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" "TOM SWIFT SUBMARINE BOAT." HIS "TOM 6WIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC AIRSHIP.'' "TOM SWIFT AND RUNABOUT.TOM SWIFT AND OR HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE The Castaways of Earthquake Island BY VICTOR APPLETON AUIHOK OF "TOM AND SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-CYCLE." ETC. ILLUSTRATED NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS ." "TOM SWIFT AND n HIS W>TOR-BOAT.

ASTOE.DUNLAP . Per volume. Price. 1911. Illustrated. postpaid GROSSET PUBLISHERS & . 50 cents. Cloth. LENOX AND NDATIOXS J9 L BOOKS BY VICTOR APPLETON THE TOM SWIFT TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-CYCLE Or Fun and Adventures on the Road TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-BOAT Or the Rivals of Lake Carlopa TOM SWIFT AND HIS AIRSHIP Or the Stirring Cruise of the Red Cloud TOM SWIFT AND HIS SUBMARINE BOAT Or Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC RUNABOUT Or the Speediest Car on the Road TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Or the Castaways of Earthquake Island TOM SWIFT AMONG THE DIAMOND MAKERS Or the Secret of Phantom Mountain TOM SWIFT IN THE CAVES OF ICE Or the Wreck of the Airship TOM SWIFT AND HIS SKY RACER Or the Quickest Flight on Record TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC RIFLE Or Daring Adventures in Elephant Land (Other Volumes in Preparation) ismo. NEW YORK COPYRIGHT. BY GROSSET & DUNLAP Tom Swift and His Wireless Message .

IES IX THE WHIZZER 73 83 X XII XIII ^*f OVER THE OCEAN OF TERROR XI A NIGHT 94 102 A DOWNWARD GLIDE ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND XIV A NIGHT IN CAMP in 119 ^ <^ r i XV XVI XVIII THE OTHER CASTAWAYS 129 AN ALARMING THEORY MR. 21 IV 32 V VI VII VIII VOL-PLANING TO EARTH 38 50 THE NEW AIRSHIP MAKING SOME CHANGES 58 65 ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE FJ. DAMON WILL Go ALONG .CONTENTS CHAPTER I PAGE AN APPEAL FOR AID i II Miss NESTOR'S NEWS 10 . III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY MR. . JENKS HAS DIAMONDS SECRET OPERATIONS 136 144 XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK 151 ^ XIX 159 165 XX THE WIRELESS PLANT in . .

iv CONTENTS PAGE MESSAGES INTO SPACE 172 CHAPTER XXI XXII ANXIOUS DAYS XXIII A REPLY IN THE DARK 180 188 199 XXIV "WE ARE LOST!" XXV THE RESCUE CONCLUSION 205 .

My! but we certainly do need rain. "Some one must the lad remarked. and He saw a cloud of glanced down the road. "It's Well. be in a hurry this morning/* "Looks like a motor speed- ing along. stepped from the door of the TOM SWIFT causing it. for i Tom Swift himself built the airship. I'll take the airship out for a flight this afternoon. work. where he was at work making adjustments to the motor of his airship.TOM SWIFT AND HIB WIRELESS MESSAGE CHAPTER AN APPEAL FOR I AID masome chine shop." he added. as well as several other . very dusty." The young had inventor. I may as well get back to. if the wind dies down a bit. which effectually concealed whatever was dust. as he looked up toward the sky.

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for swift locomotion, turned to re-enter

crafts

the shop.

Something about the approaching cloud of
dust, however, held his attention.

He

glanced

more
"If

intently at
it's

it.

an automobile coming along," he mur-

mured,

"it's

much
more.

fuss.

And
as

moving very slowly, to make so I never saw a motor-cycle that

would kick up
It
it

much

sand, and not speed along
I

what

ought to be here by now. can be?"

wonder

cloud of highway dirt rolled along, making some progress toward Tom's house and the group of shops and other buildings surrounding
But, as the lad had said, the dust did not move at all quickly in comparison to any of the
it.

The

speedy machines that might be causing
the cloud seemed momentarily to

it.

And

grow

thicker

and

thicker.
if it

"I wonder

could be a miniature tornado,

or a cyclone or whirlwind?'* and Tom spoke aloud, a habit of his when he was thinking, and

had no one to talk to. "Yet it can hardly be that," he went on. "Guess I'll watch and see what
*

*

it is."

Nearer and nearer came the dust cloud.

Tom

peered anxiously ahead, a puzzled look on his face. few seconds later there came from the

A

AN APPEAL FOR AID

3

midst of the obscuring cloud a voice, exclaiming:

"G'lang there now, Boomerang!
feet a-movin'

Keep

an'

we

sho' will

make

yo' a record.

'Tain't laik
car, but

we was
sho'

a autermobiler, er a electricity

hab been goin' sence we started. Yo' sho' done yo'se'f proud t'day, Boomerang, an' Fse gwine t' keep mail promise an' gib yo' de bestest oats I kin find. Ah reckon. Massa Tom

we

Swift will done say
sage
t'

we brought

dis

yeah mes-

him

Then on the dusty
wheels.

as quick as anybody could." there followed the sound of hoofbeats

road, and the rattle of

some many-

jointed vehicle, with loose springs and looser

"Eradicate Sampson!" exclaimed

Tom.

"But

\vho would ever think that the colored man's

mule could get up such speed as that cloud of dust indicates. His mule's feet must be workovertime, but he goes backward about as ing That accounts for often as he moves forward.
it.

There's lots of dust, but not much motion." Once more, from the midst of the ball-like cloud

of dirt came the voice of the colored

man

:

"Now
most
laik.

behave

yo'se'f,

Boomerang.
sit

We'm

al-

dere. an'

den yo' kin
it

Jest keep

up

a

little

down an' rest if yo' longer, an' we'll gib

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Massa
erang."

Tom

his telephone.

G'lang now, Boom-

The tattoo of hoofbeats was slowing up now, and the cloud of dust was not so heavy. It was Tom Swift walked gradually blowing away.

down

to

the

fence

that

separated

the

house,

grounds and shops from the road.
there the sounds

As he got
and

of the mule's progress, the rattle of the wagon, suddenly ceased.

"G'lang
son.

!

when we am most
"It's
all

Don't yo' dare t' stop now, G'lang dere!" cried Eradicate Samp!

"Keep a-movin', Boomerang!"
right,

Eradicate.

I'm here/

1

called

Tom, and when the

last of the dust

had blown

away, the lad waved his hand to an aged colored man, who sat upon the seat of perhaps the most
that was ever dignified by was held together with bits of wire, rope and strings, and each of the four wheels leaned out at a different angle. It was drawn by a big mule, whose bones seemed pro-

dilapidated

wagon
It

such a name.

truding through his skin, but that fact evidently worried him but little, for now the animal was
placidly sleeping, while standing up, his long ears

moving slowly

to

and

fro.

"Am dat yo', Massa Tom?" asked Eradicate, ceasing his task of jerking on the lines, to which operation the mule paid not the least attention.

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"Yes, I'm here, Rad," replied Tom, smiling. came out of my shop to see what all the ex-

citement was about.

How

mule

to

make

so

much

did you ever get your dust?"

"I done promise him an extra helpin' ob oats ef he make good time," said the colored man.

"An' he done

it,

too.

Did

yo' see de dust

we

made?"

much else. And make very good time. I watched you, you and you came along like an ice wagon after a You were day's work on the Fourth of July.
"I sure did, but you didn't do
didn't

moving slow." "I 'spects we was, Massa Tom," was the colored man's answer. "But Boomerang done better dan I 'spected he would. I done tole him
going
fast,

but

yo'd be in a hurry did trot along."

t'

git yo' telephone, an'

he sho'

"My telephone?'' repeated Tom, wonderingly. "What have you and your mule Boomerang to
do with

my
it

telephone?

That's up in the house."

"No,

ain't! it's right

yeah in

mah

pocket,"

chuckled Eradicate, opening a ragged coat, and "I got yo' telephone reaching for something. "De agent at de staright yeah," he \vent on.
tion see

me

dribin' ober dis
it.

me

t'

deliber

He

said as

way, an' he done ast how he ain't got

no messenger boy now, 'cause de one he done hab

" called Tom. how we'd Boomgiv yo' erang. "Dinnah an extra mos' ready. The mule suddenly came to life. "I said as reins. you mean a telegram/' said Tom. with a laugh. but stood de agent t' say telephone." am t' The effect of these words seemed magical. erang." went on the darkey. raising his voice." chuckled Eradicate. and was about to start off. Rad. maybe it's telegraf. who was "I tearing open the envelope of the telegram. as he took the message from the odd colored man. dere git along." The mule never moved. I wonder who is wiring me now?' 3 He read the message slowly." and with that the colored man pulled out a crumpled yellow envelope. I done under- An' I s'pects we'd better Anyhow. "Oh. "I done thought dat would cotch yo'.6 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE went on a strike fo' five cents mo' a day. it is. and used a splintered whip better git along. an' I'm goin' helpin' ob oats. Boom- erang. might want to send an answer back by you. "Well. and Eradicate re: marked . Boom- "Wait a minute. though Eradicate yanked on the with energy. So I done took de telephone.

Ef I started him back t' town now he would jest I'll take de answer back lay down in de road. An electric airship." "All right.APPEAL FOR AID " 7 fo' t* 'Taint no kind ob use. perhaps that will do. in another cloud of dust." he mused." and as the colored man. I never but I had other plans. did odd jobs around the village. Massa Tom. and he may be all right. I don't know Tom's musings were suddenly cut short by the . when "It having read it once. "I haven't quite got the hang of Drop around this afternoon. He could just as well have written it. started off down the highway. looking up from the sheet of yellow paper. Rad. eh? heard of him. I'll have to think it over. this is rather queer. who. " Wants my aid hum well. and I don't know whether I can spare the time to go to Philadelphia or not. an' he won't do nothin' till he has it. " 'Case as how I done promised Boomerang his dinnah. Tom. must have cost him something to send all this over the wire." "Why not?" asked the young inventor. send a message back wif me. Well. with his mule Boomerang. So he wants my help. fo' vou dis arternoon. Tom Swift resumed the reading of the message. eh? He's sort of following along the lines of my inventions. "Hum." assented this yet. he began at it again.

dad. questioningly. "I "Yes. it to rise off the ground. Hosmer Fen- wick. . of Philadelphia.8 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE who was walkdown the path that led from the house highway which ran in front of it. will Can you hurry to pay you well. Tom?" asked the newcomer. and I am sure you can aid me. Boomerang?" and the gentleman seemed much amused. "Kow did he ever get up speed enough to deliver a telegram?" "Oh. from a Mr." was the reply. in to ask your advice about it it. I and I need help." "What. approach of an elderly gentleman. " He says : 'Tom Swift I Can you come on to Philadel- phia at once and aid me in perfecting it my new elec- tric airship? want to get ready for a flight 7 before some government experts w ho have promI am ised to purchase several if it works well. and have I can't get the other inventions you and your father have I am perfected. Eradicate has some special means he uses on his mule when he's in a hurry. in trouble. It's But listen to this message. w ith r his mule. Answer the Quaker City? !' I at once "Well?" remarked Mr. heard about your airship. was just coming Eradicate brought to me. ing slowly to the country "A telegram. Swift. dad. stuck.

He is a gentleman of wealth. but inventors should be mutually helpful. Fenwick. Tom?' 9 'What "I don't exactly know. talking of | a new invention which they were about to patent. If you feel like going to Philadelphia. are you going to do about it. if you can spare the time. Femvick?" "Well. and aiding him in getting his electric airship in shape. I have not heard of him some years until now. I'll wire him that I am coming. and can be relied upon to do just as he in says. What would you do? Who is this Mr. We are slightly acquainted. and see if I can help Mr. . Not that you need the money. dad. Perhaps it would be well to aid him." answered Tom. and then he and his son went into one of the shops. Tom little knew what a strange series of adventures were to follow his decision to go to the Quaker City. I was going to ask your advice. Swift. to-morrow or next day/' "Very well. nor the danger involved in aid- ing Mr. Fenwick to operate his electric airship. I think I will take a run to Philadelphia. my monoplane in shape for was nothing particular. though. he is an inventor of some note." assented Mr. "I "I don't know/' just getting It you have my permission. doubtfully. was a little flight.AN APPEAL FOR AID as his son finished reading the telegram. Dad. but he has had many failures.

' "Why son. "Your monoplane would Why don't you 10 go in the mono- plane?" ." said the engineer. "It's quite a little run from Shopton. "That is if you don't want to take out the big airship. 'WHEN "I don't exactly know/' was the answer. "How was Tom's rather would I go ?" be a good deal quicker. But I think I'll start to- morrow. do you go by train?" asked Mr. had spread out on a table. an engineer employed by them. as the aged inventor and his son were looking over some blueprints which Garret Jackson.CHAPTER MISS NESTOR'S II NEWS do you think you will go to Philadelphia. Jacker "Why because " else hesitating reply. and you wouldn't have to change cars. Swift. because I can't get a through train. a little later. Tom?" asked Mr.

Tom almost for- got the message calling him to Philadelphia. "and it will also be a I to test my new rudder. volts group in the currents. believe good chance I will go to Philadelphia by the Butterfly/' "Well. "I haven't had it out since I mended the left wing tip/' he went on. Taking advantage of the momentary lull in the activities of the young inventor. never thought of that.MISS NESTOR'S NEWS n By Jove! tt I believe I will!" exclaimed Tom. as she's too didn't. and. as long as that's settled. suppose you give us your views on this new form of storage battery. for Mr. though it's a wonder I I'll not take the Red Cloud. Tom Swift lived with his father. as those of you. Barton Swift. so that those who have no previous introduction to him may feel that he is a friend. for a time. well know. But the Butterfly will be the thing. The and little deep in machine shop was soon the discussion of ohms. who have read the previous books in this series. I hard to handle alone." suggested at his son. amperes. . Swift. with a fond glance val- Tom's opinion was considered uable in matters electrical." and Tom looked over to where just a new monoplane rested on the three bicycle wheels which formed part of its landing frame. I will tell my readers something about him.

owner. and did anything else that was needed. Eradicate Sampson might also be called a retainer of the family. jest them Australian boomerangs. an engineer and general helper. for he might be jealous if I talked too first much about book of her. for though the aged colored man and by his mule Boomerang did odd work about the village. Baggert. in the village of Shopton. made gardens. Damon. In the this series. Eradicate was so called because. he "eradicated" the dirt. New York. He may go forward or he may go backward." There was another valued friend of the family. who was learning to . There was also in the household Mrs. Wakefield Damon by name. Garret Jackson. because. they were more often employed and his father than by any one else. also lived with the Swifts. as Eradicate "yo' nebber know jest what dat mule am goin' t' do next. as he said." there he became possessed of the machine. And I then there was Mary Nestor. Tom He did whitewashing.12 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE a widower. the aged housekeeper. after nearly killed "Tom was told how it had Mr. called Swift and His Motor-Cycle. who looked after Tom almost like a mother. Boomerang was thus named by his said. about whom prefer to let Tom tell you himself. to whom the reader laik will be introduced in due course.

in which they had some strenuous Their adventures in this craft of the air form . called Motor-Boat. a town bully. to very cheaply.MISS NESTOR'S ride it. John air- Sharp. entitled . "Tom Swift and His some exciting times following the acquisition by the young inventor of a speedy craft which the thieves of the patent model had stolen. and beat him. invented . Tom Tom repaired it. tried to climb a tree with did not "bless" the motor-cycle after him and he sold it . In the boat Tom raced with Andy Foger. Tom also took out on pleasure trips his chum. called the Red times. from a burning Our second book." related balloon that fell into the lake. Ned Newton. and had a of adventures on trailing after a Not the least number of these was tried to gang of scoundrels who get possession of a valuable patent model belonging to Mr. who had a habit of "blessing" everything from his collar button to his shoe it laces. Sharp and Tom built an ship. it. Swift. the aeronaut. who worked in a Shopton bank. and the two had fine times together. some new attachments for it. Cloud. NEWS 13 Mr. Later Mr. Damon. Need I also say that Mary Nestor also had trips in the motorBesides some other stirring adventures boat? in his speedy craft. Tom rescued.the basis for the third book of the series.

Mr. Shopton the night stolen. suspicion pointed friends as the robbers. Swift perfected a new type of craft. who . and were in no little danger from their enemies before they reached the wreck in the fourth its with store of gold. and also saved a bank from ruin." 'Tom Swift and His Cloud. and seventy-five thousand dollars Because of evidence given by his Andy to Fuger.14 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE Airship. Not Tom and with having mastered the air and his father turned their attention to the satisfied water. called "Tom Swift and His Submarine. not only in meanness of jealous enemies. Fogers. But they turned the tables by capturing the real and defeating the mean plans of the Tom burglars. and and his father. started . make a record flight. Tom his inventive work. book of the series. In the Red left Tom and to his friends. The party had many adventures. Da- mon. named Tom how Swift and His Electrical Runabout. and won a prize with it. including Andy Foger. when the bank They vault was blown open. fifth The book of the series. including Mr. but because of the had to struggle against odds. and they were pursued." you may read how he went after a sunken treasure." told Tom built the speediest car on the road.

Fenwick to-morrow. dad. "if you are going to the Quaker City. Sometimes he succeeded. Tom. In it rather. he made several successful try. or. when he received the message him to Philadelphia. I haven't. and when Eradicate comes back I'll have him take it to the telegraph repaired after this office. ing. In one trip he had met with a slight accident. It was now some time since Tom had won the prize in his electric car and. "I'll get a message ready at once." was the reply. to see Mr." remarked his father that afternoon. trips about the coun- and gave exhibitions at numerous aviation meets once winning a valuable prize for an altitude flight. thrashed Andy well. in the meanwhile he had built himself a smaller airship. but more often the tables were effectually turned.MISS NESTOR'S NEWS 15 seemed to bear our hero a grudge of long standEven though Tom had. summoning "Well. the bully was always seeking a chance to play some mean trick on the young inventor." "I wouldn't do that. more than once. and the monoplane had only just been . Tom. named the Butterfly. monoplane. come ?" "No. you'd better be getHave you wired him that you will ting ready." "Do what?" .

dad." "I will. you can tell me when you come back. burg. anxiously waiting for it. dad. besides. Jackson. Fenwick may be down in the road. The young inventor and the engineer soon had the electric car in readiness for a swift run. my electric car. and say that I hope his airship will be a success." Tom. and when you telegraph to Mr. Mr. yet I would be glad if you could do him a self?" favor. but there's no telling lie when that mule of his may and go to sleep.16 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE 'Trust it to Eradicate. Then I'll get right along to Mans"All right. and. to get It will go quicker. Fenwick. give him my regards. I wouldn't like to offend him." Mansburg was a good-sized city some miles from the village of Shopton. I want some piano wire to strengthen the wings of my monoplane. will you help me the batteries of my car. run over to Mansburg and send the message from I'll there. Then your message won't get off. He means all right. for . I think they need charge replenishing. though he and I have not met in some years. Why not take the message your- "Guess in I will. and Mr. and Tom and his father had frequent business there. for. So it's an eh? I wonder how it works? But electric one.

The enough to build an airship. was soon speeding along the road. at the same time shutting off the current. as she looked at Tom. owing latter to a new system perfected by Tom.MISS NESTOR'S NEll'S 17 the charging of th^ batteries could be done in much less than the time usual for such an operation. dartr out directly in the path of his car. wondering what sort of an airship Mr." mused the difficulty is to get them off the and keep them there. "but tree-tops. and then. and jamming on the powerful brakes. The lad was turned around just entering the town. for ground. Fenwick would prove to have. and had a corner. there had been several failures with his monoplane before it rose like a bird and sailed over the Tom. in me down?" "Mary Miss Nestor !" some confusion. and whether or not it could be made to "It's easy fly. "Look out !" yelled Tom." He knew. a young lady. do? Run Tom Swift ! "What are you trying to ejaculated our hero. she exclaimed : 'Why. twisting about to pass a milk wagon. when he suddenly saw. There was a momentary scream of terror from the girl. ringing his electric gong. .

"I " from behind the milk wagon. I should have been more careful. Come and take a ride. to pass. for he saw that his friend was not her usual calm self. prettier. but I'm so excited that I hardly around the end of know what I'm "Excited? doing. without looking to see if anything else was coming. "Has anything happened. "I didn't see you/ went on the lad. was waiting for the milk wagon and when it got out of my way. with a little thought made her look all the talk. "I. too." advised are collecting a crowd." What's the matter?" asked Tom. "We "Of blush. you!" she ex- in here. saying that I will help difficulties him out of some with his new electric airship. and had thrown open the door. alighting on the crossing." Miss Nestor hastened to add. Mary?" tell "Oh. and "It came was my fault. I'm go- ." the girl said. I've such news to claimed. "Then we can But where are in Phila- you going?" 'To send a message to a gentleman delphia.18 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE He had brought his car to a stop. while a 1 little knot of curious people gathered 7 about. and we'll go on." 'Then get Tom. course I which Tom have. I darted it. that is if you have time.

Resolute." spoke Tom. it "My! to hear you tell it. down the street. and he thought papa and mamma like to go." he "But what is the news you were to tell me?" "Did you know the mamma W est r ! and papa had gone girl. I'm getting used to the upper air. and monoplane. I." should say that I didn't was news. . nor sudden. It make a "Neither did they. with a party of friends." interrupted Mary. one would think airship flight than it was to go shopping. They sailed from New York George Hosbrook. He is making a little pleasure trip. to them. and I'm in such trouble!" 'Well. followed by Tom. Mr. they got ready in a rush. When did they go ? know they intended to either. I should say that was news. caught the express to New York. was very yesterday. "Oh. to Indies?" asked the I "No trip. a business friend of papa's. as she entered the electric car. I'm left all alone. offered to take them on his steam yacht. and went off might "He wired in such a hurry that I can hardly realize it yet.MISS NESTOR'S NEWS my 19 ing to take a run down there in " Butterfly. who wasn't any more to make an quickly sent the vehicle said. to-morrow.

" replied . while mamma and papa are away: and now what shall I do without a cook? I was on my way down to an intelligence office.20 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Oh. "as there's only one in town.." admitted "Well. And so your people have gone to the West Indies?' "Yes. after I'd asked the girls to spend a month with me. and I have invited a lot of girl friends to come and stay with me. and I wish I had the chance to go/' "So do I. with a smile. little realizing how soon 1 his wish might be granted. "But is there any particular intelligence office you wish to visit?" "There's not much choice. I'll help you all I office. I'll bundle her into this car. when you nearly ran me down! isn't that news?" "I should say it Tom. wouldn't it?" Tom agreed that it certainly would. take you to the intelligence and you can get a cook. But the cook just left unexpectedly. by hook or by crook. with a smile. and get her to your house before she can change her mind. if I'll was two kinds." went on Mary. Oh. can. to get another Now. servant. you haven't heard the worst yet. I do hope I can get a cook! It would be dreadful to have nothing to eat. .Mary Nestor. and they soon after arrived at the intelligence office." spoke Tom. "I don't call the fact that papa and mamma went off so suddenly much news.

was obliged to "Then I'm help me. indeed? Then. made ready to leave the electric car. Some of the girls who are com- ing are very fond of them." the lad confess. a little I can engage one. and the turn- overs and the cook are there. of Miss Nestor. with a smile. 21 . "Do you know anything about hiring a cook?" she inquired. now will make them." come when just you. to get to "Are you. "I'm afraid I don't. The cook who just went away because I asked her to make some apple turnovers. I'll see if left doubtful of your ability to But I'm ever so much obliged to you. boldly." spoke Tom. and "I'd rather also if I'll the cook I hope invite you over meet my friends." declared Tom.CHAPTER III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY "Do YOU want me to come in and help you?" asked the young inventor. with a blush. with an arch smile." "So am I. and Mary. have some.

" "All right. as he be back in fifteen minutes." she "If I said. Hos: mer Fenwick." swung the car out away from I'll the curb. while telligence office. Will not premise to make your electric airship ily. "at least let me when you have engaged and take you home one." "Oh. can't help you select a cook. and leave before she has a chance get frightened. and then I'll call back I'll take you and the new cook here for you." call went on Tom. after reading it over. . and the remarked : latter." he said to the tele- graph agent. in a low voice. it will be too much trouble. though. and get some piano wire." protested Miss Nestor. but don't "I'll go slower. to make an apple turnover. back home flying." The cook may fly so fast. Father sends regards. Mary Nestor went this into the in- Tom wrote and sent message to Mr. and aid you all I can. I have only to send a message." "Just rush that. of Philadelphia "Will come on to-morrow in my aeroplane. "Not at all. please. called Tom.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Thank you.

and things paid him. but as soon as I mentioned treasure.TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY "It'll 23 rush itself. if I woman Oh. "Does the new cook refuse to come unless you do away with apple turnovers?" I have engaged a real "No. to use as extra guy-braces on the ButTom re-entered his electric car. and go to her. that you would take us home in the electric automobile. she flatly refused to come. I reckon. the induce her to come to her house. eh?" mused Tom. She said walking was the only way she would go. hastened back to the intelligence office. I do?" So she's afraid of electric autos. But the worst of it is that a rich for a cook. what shall and poor Mary looked quite distressed. with a little tragic gesture. being all about air- ships. "That's queer." he answered good-naturedly. Leave it to "Humph! . and Tich lady may and I'll be without one! has just telephoned in don't get this one away. She hasn't been in this country long. He saw her standing at the front door. Miss Nestor came out to meet him. it isn't that." and he laughed as Tom Selecting several sizes of piano wire of great strength. and terfly. like that. and before he could alight. I'm sure. Tom !" she exclaimed. where he had left his friend. "Oh. "what do you think?'' "I don't know.

with an assumed confidence he did not feel. either." she comes. I don't believe it will do any good. because servants are so scarce. sitting on a bench. he saw a pleasantfaced Irish girl. She won't come. "I am afeered of thim things." "'Leave it to me. since I have mentioned your car. but not impudently. don't worry." answered the girl. and perhaps I can make amends. It's partly my fault. Duy Puyster when the automobile. Tom. He left the Entering it. hired is suspicious of me. an I won't j work in a family that owns one/' . with Miss Nestor in his wake." decided the young inventor. "And so you began Tom. don't you ?" "Yes. with a bundle beside her. and all my girl friends will arMiss Nestor was quite distressed. an' it's no use of the likes of you askin' me. and she'll surely go with Mrs. rive shortly. and perhaps I can to get her away from here You want in a hurry. I'll talk to the new cook. me. I'm sorry I spoke of "Well." suggested the lad. don't want to ride in an auto?" "No. car. Mary. that they are engaged almost as soon as they register at I know the one I have the intelligence office.24 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE fix it. "Oh. and walked toward the office.

" get her away soon. come A moment later gaged herself to work in the country." Mary. "I'm off now. 'We must her. "and there is absolutely no danger. Tom was rather at his wits' ends. I is will drive slowly. but to Tom was thinking to him.TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY "But we don't own one/' said Mary. "There is your employer." "No!" snapped the new cook. who. the very latest means of traveling. to the one Mary Nestor had hired." wished Bridget. Sarah. "Good-by. The I'm goin' away carriage has just come for me. and Tom and Man*. At that moment the telephone rang. with a nod at the Irish girl. Duy Puyster over the wire. drawn by two rusty-looking horses. had just enrapidly. Sarah." "Good Tom was luck. Bridget. 25 The "It girl only sniffed. listening. whispered "or we'll lose no plan seemed one of the assistants of the office led out from a rear room another Irish girl." Tom went on." said the ." said this girl. in style. could hear the proprietress of the in- telligence office talking to Mrs. just drawing up at the curb. it seems. dilapidated A farm wagon. looked out of the window.

and he said. If that's was comin' t' take her it I want none of it! to the counI'll go wid you young gintleman. Tom was quick to seize the advantage thus offered. Sarah?" asked the cook whom Miss Nestor had engaged." "Indade an' I don't!" was the ready response." "An' so that's the style you was tellin' me of. or called out wagon. "I'll go wid you now if only to show Sarah Mai- She was loy thot I have more style than her! an' th' illigant boastin' of the fine place she had. will if you appreciate it is come latest in the automobile. gathering up her bundle she followed Tom an' th' and Mary to the waiting auto. evidently the seat. Then you won't have such hard work any more. But perstyle. carriage that thry. "Bridget. "you have one of the very safe. Sarah. ride to the country and I hope you will like the place." A typical country farmer alighted from the his wife.26 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE 'You will have a nice proprietress of the office. an' we'll drive right out hum. "That's queer style. leaving a woman. ." I haps you prefer a farm wagon. 'Mandy. eh. Style indade!" and." Sarah was blushing from shame and mortification. He : "I'll git th' servant-gal. very models.

TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY
They entered
it

27

and started

off,

just as Mrs,

Duy Puyster drove up in her elegantly appointed carriage, while Sarah, with tears of mortification in her eyes, climbed up beside the farmer and
l:is

wife.

"You saved the day for me, Tom," whispered Miss Nestor, as the young inventor increased the
speed of his car.
"It

was only

just in time."

"Don't forget the apple turnovers," he whispered back. Once she had

made

the plunge, the

new cook

seemed to
the ride.

lose her fears of the auto,

and enjoyed

In a short time she had been safely

delivered at Miss Nestor's home, while that

young

lady repeated her thanks to Tom, and renewed her invitation for him to come and sample the
apple turnovers,
to do, saying he

w hich
r

Tom
call

would

promised faithfully on his return from

Philadelphia.

Tom

Musing on the amusing feature of his trip, was urging his auto along at moderate

speed, when, as he turned

down

a country road,
;

leading to his home, he saw, coming toward him a carriage, drawn by a slow-moving, white horse,

and containing a

"Why, Tom, half
driving?

solitary figure. that looks like Andy Foger," spoke aloud. "I wonder \vhat he's doing out

His auto must be out of commission

e

28

TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE
that's not strange, considering the
It's in

But

way he

abuses the machine.
the time."

the repair shop half
for he did not

He slowed down still more,

know

but that Andy's horse might be

skittish. He need have no fears, however, for the animal did not seem to have much more life than did Eradicate's

mule, Boomerang. As Tom came nearer the carriage, he was surprised to see Andy deliberately swing his horse
across the road, blocking the of the carriage and steed.

highway by means
1

Foger, what does that mean?' cried Tom, indignantly, as he brought his car to a sudden stop. "Why do you block the road?'
"Well,

Andy

3

"Because I want to," snarled the bully, taking out a notebook and pencil, and pretending to make some notes about the property in front of

which he had halted.

"I'm

in the real estate

business now," went en Andy, "'and I'm getting descriptions of the property I'm going to sell.

Guess I've got a right to stop

in the

road

if

I

want to!" But not to block
against the law.
Ul

up," retorted Tom. "That's Pull over and let me pass!"
it

'Suppose
it'

I

don't do it?"

Then
'Huh!

I'll

make you !"
you
try it!" snapped

I'd like to see

TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY
Andy. "If you make trouble for me, it the worse for you." "If you pull to one side, so I can pass,
be no trouble," said Tom, wished to pick a quarrel.
seeing
that

.29

will be

there'll

Andy

"Well, I'm not going to pull aside until I finish putting down this description/' and the bully continued to write with tantalizing slowness.

"Look here!" exclaimed
den energy.

Tom

Swift, with sudthis!

"I'm not going to stand for
let

Either you pull to one side and " or

me

pass,

"I'll

"Well, what will you do?" demanded the bully. shove you to one side, and you can take
to !"

the consequences!"

"You won't dare
"I won't, eh?

Just you watch."
car.

Tom
ahead.

threw forward the lever of his
the motor,

There

was a hum of

and the

electric

moved

Andy had continued to write in the book, but at this sound he glanced up. "Don't you dare to bunk into me!" yelled Andy. "If you do I'll sue you for damages !"
"Get out of the way, or I'll shove you off the road!" threatened Tom, calmly. "I'll not go until I get ready."

"Oh, yes you

will,"

responded our hero quietly.
It

He

sent his car ahead slowly but surely.

was

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TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE
had dropped
fist

within a few feet of the carriage containing Andy.

The

bully

his

notebook, and was

shaking

his

at

Tom.

young inventor he had his plans made. He saw that the horse was a quiet, sleepy one, that would not run away, no matter what happened, and Tom only intended to gently push the carriage to one side, and pass on. The front of his auto came up against the
for the

As

other vehicle.

"Here, you stop!" cried Andy, savagely. "It's too late now," answered Tom, grimly.

Andy reached
on a
little

for the horsewhip.

Tom

put
to

more power, and the carriage began

slide across the road,

but the old horse never

opened his eyes. 'Take that!" cried Andy, raising his whip, with the intention of slashing Tom across the
face,

for the front of the auto
fell,

the blow never

for,

was open. But the next instant, the

carriage gave a lurch as one of the wheels slid against a stone, and, as Andy was standing up,

and leaning forward, he was pitched head
out into the road.

first

"By Jove!

I

Torn, as he leaped brought to a stop.

hope I haven't hurt him !" gasped from his auto, which he had
bent over the bully.

The young inventor

There

none the less. Tom was frightened. . but. entirely by his own meanness and fault. and brushed back He ' his hair. 31 and his face had been most effectually knocked out.TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY was a little was white. He raised up Andy's head on his arm. cut on Andy's forehead. Andy was unconscious.

" declared Tom. our hero was somewhat reassured. with which to bathe his head. or I'll punch you!" "I didn't hit you. 'Yes. But when he realized that the fall from the carriage. and. while Andy tore himself away. hit me!" "I did not! You tried to strike 32 me with your . which was a low one." Tom murmured.CHAPTER IV MR. "I wish I had some water. and holding him. AT FIRST Tom was bully might be seriously hurt. and struggled to his feet. Tom Swift. DAMON WILL GO ALONG greatly frightened at the He feared lest the sight of Andy's pale face. Andy opened : his eyes. too. you did. was not hard. for. and that Andy had landed on his outstretched hands before his head came in contact with the earth. the exclaimed bully "Here! You let me go! Don't you hit me ' Tom again. a in vain for some. when he bending over. and he looked about But it was not needed. moment saw later.

whip. Next time don't to blockade the whole street. You lost your balance and fell. Andy. some day." "Well. trying not to laugh. get- A ting into his car. I could have } ou arrested!" lad. or maybe for began blubbering. you'll suffer for head. he cried out it. It was your own fault. and mind your business now.) was shoving your carriage out of the had a perfect right to do. was a coward. and was evidently glad of the rest. damaged. while Andy was brushing the dust from his clothes.MR. as I DAMON WILL GO ALOXG I ^ V. "It's only a scratch. get into trouble. and then. and bringing it blood on it. glance satisfied Tom that the carriage had not been damaged. and you'd better drive home. . and I'll pay you back for this. putting his hand to his with some drops of away. and. which just the same. our hero started the motor. or shall I I'll bleed to death He take you in my car?" !" "I wouldn't ride in your car snapped the ugly "You go on. and you won't try Are you able to drive home. as you were blockading the highway. I'm hurt ! I'm injured !" ! Get a doctor. Your rig isn't structing traffic. snarled Andy. like all bullies. r "And so could I have you locked up for ob- But I'll not." asserted Tom." The old white horse had not moved. way. "You're not hurt. : "Oh.

to-morrow. "I've got quite a lot to do if I make an early start for Philadelphia. and soon Tom was hum- ming down the road. "Tom Swift is too smart thinking he can run everybody. Meanwhile Tom. leaving a much discomfited bully behind him. as he drove along in in powerful car." Andy had said this many times. his father. and everything.34 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE There was now room enough to pass around the obstructing carriage. the wound was but a scratch. as he finished dusting off IPS clothes. As Tom had said. rather wishing the little encounter had not taken place. "I wish I'd hit him with the horsewhip. vindictively. "Let's see. Pondering on some scheme of re- venge the rich lad for Mr. peller on the shaft a want to tighten the protrifle. I my airship." he went on. though the bully's head ached." he his murmured. "I'll get square with him some day. and wiping the blood from his face. but refusing to blame 1 himself for what had occurred. I think I'd better good try-out. Then. Foger. to suit himself. but he had never yet succeeded in permanently getting the best of Tom. make . and he felt a little dizzy. was quite wealthy drove on. and give the engine a too." growled Andy. was speeding to- ward home.

" he answered. or his rubbers. Baggert or Garret Jackson. sah. and the negro. "It's is allers saying his "Saying his prayers?" repeated Tom. I'll Yes. and Tom opposite the side door. Rad?" asked Tom. glad of an excuse to cease the weeding of the onion bed. "Anybody home?" "Yais. "Yep." . "Hello." "Yais. sight of his father. came shuffling forward. Massa Tom." "Oh. de gen'mans what prayers." The runabout swung into the yard of the Swift house. the DAMON WILL GO ALONG 35 The last landing springs a little stiffen time I made a descent the frame was pretty well jarred up.MR. "Yo' dad an' anodder gen'mans hab jest gone in de house. or his necktie. if I make tall that air trip to-morrow I have to do some electric hustling when get home. The only person visible was Eradicate brought it to a stop He looked about for a Sampson. Wakefield Damon. you mean Mr." "Who's the other gentleman." called Tom. Mr. dat's who I done means. Rad. Wake full Lemon dat's sho' him. Yo' knows what I means. Mrs. working in the garden. Massa Tom He's allers askin' a blessin' on his shoes.'* answered the colored man.

and some one else there in conversation. Damon all right. Bless I am! I just returned from . with slow and lagging steps he went back to weed as he the onion bed. "You don't say so! Why I know Mr. him with Bless it? Why. "Dat's what I done tole you !" said Eradicate. Mr.36 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE At that sounded. watch chain!" exclaimed the other voice. bless Tom my collar button." observed Tom. and. but I think I will!" "That's Mr. he's back !" exclaimed the ecbless man. within the house. my shoe laces. but bless my . Fenwick very well he and I used to go to school "Bless my I multiplication tables to anything! And never thought he'd amount is going to help so he's built an airship and together. "How "Why. moment "And so Tom has decided to make a run to the to-morrow. the voices of Mr. Why. Swift. Fenwick. I've a good notion to go along and see what happens. as he advanced toward the diningroom. Quaker Swift was saying. my very existence. T with a smile. but I'm real glad to see you. w hence the voices proceeded. centric are you." Mr. Tom! how are you? my eyeglasses." City in the Butterfly. Damon." called our hero^ mounted the it's Tom steps of the porch. "and he's going to see if he can be of any service to this Mr.

I do. but the kind of tires one gets now-aHowever. too. fairly raised himself Damon his tiptoes. Bless my spark plug. "Then I'll go. If "Then you'll let I'll tell I'll me to take that run to Philadelphia with you!" "Glad have you come along. and days are a disgrace ! your father has just told Philadelphia in Bless I me about you going to your monoplane. It's real kind of you. to help a fellowinventor with his airship. and deflection rudder I don't." you what I'm going to do. heartily. . Tom!" and on puffing up his cheeks. my topknot if it isn't! Do you know what just saying?'' "I heard you mention that you knew Mr." responded and. Damon. I'd like to see his Will your Butterfly carry two passen- gers ?" "Easily. and I thought I'd run over and see how you are. and. with a smile. Mr. if Tom. I'm here. I'll Fenwick's bless go with you in that if my Mr. a DAMON WILL GO ALONG 37 little western trip. as he exploded these words." replied Tom. what's more. ship will rise. Damon. shook Tom's hand again.MR. as he shook was hands with Mr. what's more. Fenwick. "So airship. I came in my car had two blowouts on the way.

what happens ?" asked Mr. too. glide down from whatever 38 height you . 'You have in to vol-plane back to earth. Mr. be glad of your company. "but you must remember is my is Butterfly not like the Red Cloud. know how I'll to take their eccentric friend "Of course Damon. They did not quite at times. the sustaining gas will prevent us from falling." 'Vol-plane?" and there was a questioning note voice. But it isn't so in an " your engine stops there "Well. Mr. Damon's 'Yes. Damon. There more danger riding is in the monoplane the than there in the airship. Damon's announcedid not reply. for Tom hesitated. aeroplane." that said Tom. im- When patiently. Mr. Swift. seemed after little at a loss for something to say. In the latter. if engine happens to stop.CHAPTER V VOL-PLANING TO EARTH FOR a moment ment a Tom Mr.

I you never saw L my new monoplane. and 5 ' Mr. we'll hope we won't have to. yes. and I guess it's good "Have you acter. I'm getting to be quite an aviator. Mr. be pleased to see you.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH are at 39 the engine stalls. Now you are sure you won't get nervous and want to jump. having informed his father of the sending of the message." "Then. no doubt. took his eccentric friend out to the shop. bless my fur overcoat ! I can do it. too. When will you be ready to start ?" "To-morrow morning. gine happens to break down?" if the en- "Not a bit of it. but I'd be glad to. "And I'll be very glad of your company. "Well. declare. when down as in a Vol-plan- ing. I've never Damon met him. Come series of dips from the upper currents." went on Tom. Fenwick will. Damon. the French call a word as any. ever done it?" asked the odd char- "Oh. and exhibited the Butterfly. Suppose you come out and see what sort of a craft you are to travel in to-morrow." "That's right." and Mr. laughed. and it will be nice to have some one to introduce me. A little later. Damon chuckled. doomed believe Mr. Tom. several times. I haven't. . I'll vol-plane whenever you are read}'. Tom." it.

operated by a four cylinder motor. though the . Back of the seat stretched out a long framework. unlike that of a butterfly or dragon fly. almost exactly like the front T set of wings of the dragon fly. was the large. set at right angles to it. the cylinders being air cooled. He had seldom taken a passenger up with him. in flexible wings. I will not plane. The body was not two just aft of the engine and controlling levers. and at the end was a curved and a seat for The ends of the plane. and other mechanism was in rator's seat. where front of the right-hand ope- Tom always rode. either take much it to say Bleriot Sufficient space to describe Tom's. so as to preserve the horizontal equilibrium of the craft. There was the usual propeller in front. to permit of plane terminated their being bent up or down. The big gasolene tank. At the extreme end was the vertical rudder.40 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE As many of you have seen the ordinary monoon exhibition or in flight. Forward. long and slender. and set like the spokes of a wheel around the motor box. was modeled after the one in which made his first flight across the English channel. main plane. consisting of a rectangular frame with canvas stretched over it. which sent the monoplane to left or right. w ith the concave turn toward the ground.

The propeller was tightened on the shaft. wait. as he wheeled the Butterfly out of the shed." "Oh." answered I'm going up in her just the same bless my buttons if I'm not. I guess it will. and began pumping up the tires of the bicycle wheels on which it ran over the ground. for I'm make the trip in the morning.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH machine would little 41 easily carry two. and toward evening Tom announced that all was in readiness for a trial flight. changing the rudder cables. "It looks a little frail. 5 ' "Not that I'm afraid." ventured Tom. and in was the answer. compared Cloud. and see how it acts with you aboard. to rise. Damon. putting on new wire stays. get impetus enough with which to to the big Red the eccentric man. and he was a about the outcome of the trip with nervous Mr. "but . "How do you like the looks of it?" asked the young inventor. Tom." Tom could not but admire the grit of his friend. "Want "I'll to come. but perhaps it won't work just right now. Damon?" he asked. and rest of the The tuning up the motor. going to . Mr. day was busily spent making various adjustments to the monoplane.

but suddenly with a burst of smoke. who was standing back of the machine. the young inventor placed a bag of sand on the extra seat. with a passenger of Mr. tilted his planes to catch the wind. and then. Jackson and Eradicate. Then. Tom took his place in the seat. and a spluttering of fire the cylinders began exploding. in a big spiral. was blown off by the wind created by the propeller. knowing that he had motion enough. "Bless my gaiters !" he exclaimed. The monoplane was then wheeled to the end of the starting ground. At first the engine failed to respond. he began ascending in the air. An instant later the explosions almost doubled. Damon. Jackson started the propeller. Faster and faster it went. and Mr. The hat of Mr. for Tom turned on more gasolene. "I never thought it was as strong as that !" "Let go !" cried Tom to Mr. like some live thing. higher and higher. who were holding back the monoplane from gliding over the ground. until he was five hundred feet Up there he traveled back and forth. Up he went from earth. . "All right/' answered the engineer. the Butterfly rushed across the starting ground. until the young inventor. Damon's weight. like some graceful bird.42 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE know just order to be able to how his Butterfly was going to behave.

the downward. as Tom tilted the planes. In a series of maneuvers like this. in the machine had come to a . for Tom had somewhat de- and the explosions had been plainly But now they heard by those observing him. Like some great bird. scended. and in figure eights. Down came the Butterfly. far "She's all right enthusiasm." said Mr. "He is vol-planing back to earth !" "He Nearer and nearer came the Butterfly. losing some of the great momentum. and looked anxiously up at his son. Suddenly the engine stopped. Damon. disabled in mid flight. the springs of the wheel frame taking the shock wonderfully well. ceased ! "His engine's stalled!" cried Garret Jackson. "Is he in any danger?" gasped Mr. Jackson. shut off the engine on purpose. the silence became almost oppressive. the young inventor reached the earth. when regular bird !" cried Tom. It would shoot downward.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH 43 in circles. would rise a bit. and to those be: low. A moment later a hearty shout monoplane swooped from Tom reassured them. not from where his father and the others stood. No one answered him. Swift heard the words. and then. Mr. anxiously watching. desiring to test the machine in various capacities.

it was in perfect running order." "Good!" delighted. Damon. there being hardly a breath of wind. and had seen to it that. or to-morrow morning. "When father. and let you know. some of my special tools to work with. will you be back. There was not a trace of nervousness noticeable about Mr." "Shall I keep supper for you?" asked Mrs Baggert. I don't know just what Mr. I'll be back to-night perhaps. Tom?" asked his 'To-night. "I don't know. and then stay. Mr. and he had 'We'll make a good flight to-morleaped out. and "Perhaps have some apple turnovers/ for he had told them at 1 drop down . as far as he could tell. Damon. The lad had gone carefully over the entire apparatus. "I shall be "They made the start early the next morning. the housekeeper.44 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE stop after rolling over the ground. with a laugh. But I'll if it is anything that requires a long come back. Fen wick wants me to do." answered I'll Tom. if the weather holds out this way. I may need run down to Philadelphia again. row. as he took his place in the seat beside Tom. perhaps. Miss Nestor's." cried the eccentric man.

Garret. to say. "Yes." he went on to Mr. The engineer whirled up propeller. waving his hand to those on the ground below. the little monoplane. builtrattle and roar of the motor. effectually drowning any but the loudest shouts.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH 45 of the incident of hiring the new cook. out a route for himself the and now. Tom let the engine warm up a bit before calling to his friends to let go. "Now for He had mapped night before. and with a the big wooden. the Butterfly was ready for her flight. Damon. "are you all ready ?" "As ready as I ever shall be. when he had thrown the gasolene lever forward. and then. sprang Forward." but it's not dangerous no wind. sprang "We're off!" cried Mr. into the air. we're off. Damon. Tom?" when Start her "Hard there's off. Do you think we'll have to do any vol-planing. with a tilting of the wings." the Quaker City !" murmured Tom. and then. it to set the air currents against them. picking out the land- . "Well. It ran perhaps for five hun! dred feet. All right. he shouted a good-by and cried: Let go !" "All right like a hound from the leash.

for. as if he was on the back of some bird." "Yes. It was. The was not new to Tom. Why it takes the train over five hours. for they were almost as flying fast. it "I hope to do the in three hours. and were beyond a scene as they had a glimpse of it. it. was much different. The earth stretched out below them. in a degree. but they could not stop to admire any particular spot long." shouted back young "What! inventor. and it's only about two hundred and fifty miles. quickly "How long will it take us?" yelled Mr. I know. Damon. this mode of locomotion. Damon into Tom's ear. he got used to "Bless it!" my finger ring!" he exclaimed. Still. though had made frequent trips in the large airship. two thousand feet high. sensation of flying along. to the latter Mr. like some vari-colored relief map. in a shout. in a machine almost as frail as a canoe. after the first surprise. and he adjusted the oil feed to send more lubri- cant into the cylinders. "I like "I thought you would.46 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE laid as straight a course as possible marks. That's . but we're going direct. he for Philadelphia." said Tom.

We're doing seventyfive now. faster than the Red Cloud." cried Tom rush of nodded. It was hard work to talk in that For an hour they shot along. while with the other he gripped the lever of the rudder. called: "North Philadelphia !" "So soon?" gasped Mr. we made speed! Where are you going to land ?" "I don't know. and the eyes of the young inventor and his friend sparkled in delight as they rushed forward. He was now doing better than eighty an hour as the gage showed." he announced in a shout. "Going to make it?" fairly howled Mr. and I haven't let her out yet." answered the young inventor. Damon. Damon.VOL-PLANING TO EARTPI 47 only about eighty an hour. their speed gradually increasing. certainly "Well. Tom nodded again. The trip was a glorious one." "She goes Mr. Tom called out the names of the larger places they passed over. Two hours passed. It's . "Be there in time for dinner. It lacked forty minutes of the three hours when Tom. air. Damon. pointing with one hand down below. *T11 have to pick out the best place I see.

48 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE no fun landing in a city. "Mr. after you're down. and City itself." went on Mr. "Did gone you shut "No!" !" it off on purpose?" shouted Tom. He had never executed this feat with a passenger . and Tom had to adjust the wing tips and rudder quickly to prevent it slewing around at a dangerous angle. "What's the matter?" cried Mr. No room to run along. and. and there was a grim look on his face. Damon. They were now over North Philadelphia. "Out where they play football. Damon. was startling the The monoplane gave a sickening dip. Bless "Something's overshoes ! wrong "Gone wrong any danger?" ! my Is there "We'll have to vol-plane to earth." "What's the matter with Franklin Field?" cried Mr. Damon. and soon saw With a suddenness motor ceased its terrific that racket. Fenwick lives near there. as the people in the streets became aware of their presence there \vas intense excitement field. and Tom nodded comprehendingly. Tom steered for the big athletic it in the distance." "Good! The very thing!" shouted Tom. in a few minutes more \vere above the Quaker They were flying rather low." answered Tom.

which was now He was swarming with a curious crowd. . for already the tiny monoplane was shooting rapidly toward the big field. But he would know very soon.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH aboard. 49 wondering how the Butterfly would behave.

Damon. Damon. "I have done this same thing before. moved slightly. "Is is there any great danger. to catch air beneath and bring the Butterfly flight. Tom?" asked Mr. tilting plane. but he seemed calm and collected. and Tom. "I think not. even in those tense moments." answered the young inventor. or everything in general. Tom threw up the it. and the consequent sudden dropping to- ward the earth of the monoplane. in a manner. checked the downward and they glided along horizontally for a hundred feet or more. wondered if the odd gentleman was at blessing anything in particular. Tom glanced The latter's face was rather Mr. confidently. in a more more parallel position to the earth. 50 The only thing that .CHAPTER VI THE NEW AIRSHIP FOR a brief instant after the stopping of the motor. and from greater heights. This. His lips pale.

motor was not spitting fire and throbbing a battery of Catling guns." new stunt. He had scarcely hoped for it. "I certainly hope so. which make it difficult to manage the planes and wing tips." as the like Conversation was more easily carried on now. Damon. of the some part Down looked like dolls. Reaching the limit of the parallel glide the monoplane once more shot down on an incline toward the earth with terrible speed. He tried. Hold fast !" . But I think we'll make a good landing." "Bless my overcoat!" exclaimed Mr. coming nearer and nearer to the earth.THE NEW AIRSHIP bothers 51 me is that there are several cross-currents of air up here. Damon. it perhaps thought on the spark. they glided. was the cairn answer. as the propeller was slowly swinging from the force of air against it. The ground seemed to rush up to "Look "Not to try a out!" he cried to meet Mr. and people could be seen running exTo Tom and Mr. as he realized that Tom might start r mechanism must have broken. The crowd in the big athletic field grew larger. "We're going "I'm going to hit something!" yet. Damon they citedly about. Shouts of wonder and fear could be heard. but there w as no explosion. Tom.

easing the craft. which had grasped the the strain. with an upward tilt It was slackened. Mr.' are you going to do?' I think that will spirals. a moment later." "I Under his skillful guidance. and his uprights with such firmness that his knuckles came on the face of the Seeing it Mr. Then. the Butterfly swung violently around. like a polo pony taking The young a sudden turn after the ball.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "What "Some on. Damon took hands. which righted itself in an instant. made too short a turn !" cried Tom. He v sat easily in his seat. all "I'll right now. take a couple of forward glides now. and a smile of relief young inventor. but the craft is likely to tilt a bit. and made a frantic grab for one of the upright supports." machine straight ahead. showed white with were now removed." declared Tom. and we'll "We're land. the monoplane was soon slowly approaching the earth in a series of It was under perfect control. courage. graceful curves. so inventor shifted the movable planes and rudder. off "The air currents fooled me. : let us down hold easier. almost as if brakes had been sent the He . Damon slid to one side of his seat. and. It gathered speed in an instant.

the Butterfly came to the ground." he explained. though airship flights are getting "Where did you more and more common. Damon. NEW AIRSHIP 53 Once more it shot toward the earth. and I had to glide. and scores of other questions were The fairly volleyed at Tom and Mr. Swiftly more ideal landing place would have been hard to find. for they had probably never been so close to one before. and hundreds pressed around the aviators. . inventor good-naturedly answered them young as best he could. and once more it was checked by an up-tilted plane. come from?" "Are you trying for a record ?" "How high did you get?" "Did you fall. 'We were coming down anyhow. Then with a thud which shook up the occupants of the two seats. Several sought to reach. Scores of willing hands reached out.THE applied. or come down on purpose?'' "Can't you start your motor in mid-air ?" These. and ran along on the three it bicycle ground. "but we did not calculate on vol-planing. The crowd set up a cheer. wheels. slid over the level A and checked the momentum of the little monoplane. The motor was stalled. and touch the machine. and Tom and Mr. Damon climbed from their seats.

having satisfied himself that only a minor difficulty had caused it to stop. or the ' men. me pass." The arrival of several policemen. when a voice on the outskirts of the crowd excitedly to see that air- exclaimed : "Let ship. Fenwick's house. he decided to put Tom made the monoplane in to some safe place. Damot? At the sight of him. Fenwick?" gasped Tom. the eccentric indistood. please. who were attracted by the crowd. The if lad was just asking one of the officers the air craft could not be put in one of the grandstands which surrounded the field. and A wormed his way to where Tom and Mr.54 . Let me in. and I need all the experience I can get. please/' man pushed his way into the crowd. I want I'm building one myself. boys and women (for there were a number of the latter in the throng) might have caused serious trouble. and proceed Mr. vidual cried out: "Why bless my pocket-knife ! If it isn't Mr. and.f SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE away from the machine. . a hasty examination of the motor. Please keep You might damage it. Fen wick !" "Mr. served to keep the curious ones back away from the Butterfly.

as a steady diet.' . as he shook hands with him. attend to that. He and I were coming to see you. "Leave it to me. modestly. Bless my radiator. "I'm afraid I've been much overrated." Mr. when we had a But that slight accident. know your r father." spoke Tom." hope my airship will do as well." answered Tom's friend^ 'and let me introduce you to Mr. Fenwick of Tom. But seems to be wrong with it. Swift. Fenwick hastened to assure him. the inI ventor of more machines than can count." "Did you come all the way from your home in that?' asked Mr. didn't matter. Only we had to vol-plane back to earth. At the same moment the newcomer cried out: "Wakeneld Damon !" "That's who I am. and I have something "Well. and I can't say that I'd care for that. as I knew it was near your house. and nodded at the monoplane. and we landed here. "but I'll do all I can for you. but I'm glad we've arrived safely. hopes that you can help I me I discover what it is.THE NEW AIRSHIP 55 The inventor we came to see!'' 'Yes. yes. for we intended to land here anyhow. and have heard much of why requested your aid. I is That I L must now leave however. I It's not much of a trip. "Oh." "I'll my monoplane in a safe place." your ability.

Fenwick proudly. in charge officers. Mr. he requested that Tom's machine be protected from damage. It hasn't 'whizzed' any to speak of yet. seeing that it was all right. "Oh. Damon and Mr. and. I call "The Whizser? repeated Tom. take up all that room?" asked Tom. as "Does it .56 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE By this time a lieutenant of police. was out when I saw your monoplane coming down. I of these taxicabs. and I hastened to Franklin Field to see it. in back of Mr. but I have hopes that it will. the Whisser is pretty good size. now that you are here to help me. empty shed. Fenwick. be at We will take one my house. Fenwick's house. "Yes. and were soon being driven to the inventor's home. and a policeman would be left on guard. and soon for a stroll. Fenwick knew this official." The three entered an automobile. Fenwick started for the latter's house. There she is!" cried Mr. Then. Tom. yes. as they walked along. for the had arrived on the 4 crowd was now very large. It was arranged that it could be stored in a large. that's what my electric airship. of several reserve scene. A little later he led them out to a big shed which occupied nearly all of a large lot. wonderingly. "I said am very anxious to show you the Whiszer" Mr. as Mr.

with a good-sized gas bag hovering over it.THE NEW AIRSHIP 57 he threw open the doors of the shed. and a strange collection of rudders. . Amidships was an enclosed car. He looked dubiously at the electric airship and shrugged his shoulders. at first glance. saw a large triplane. Fen wick. or cabin. with pride in his voice. you think of her. and a glimpse into it served to disclose to the young inventor a mass of machinery. Tom that it It seemed would never sail. Damon. looking in. wings and planes sticking out from either side. Tom Swift?" "What do did not immediately answer. and Tom and Mr. There she is! That's the Whiszer!" cried Mr. to him.

except as the wind blew it.CHAPTER VII MAKING SOME CHANGES "WELL. insisted the inventor." pay you well 58 . your time and trouble. "Do you made think it Tom? I haven't dared to try I though a small model which floated in the air for some time." remarked the I lad." burst out Mr. what do you Fenwick again. without a careful examination. it "Then give a careful examination." answered fly or Tom. still think of it?" asked Mr. Tom walked all about the without speaking." "I'll sugfor gested Mr. Red Cloud." "It would be hard to say. as electric airship. But it wouldn't move. whether this large one will not. certainly. to it know. "Bless my shoe horn! Damon." will fly. Tom. "It's big. Fenwick. "It's larger should say it was!" than your I "But will it go ? That's what want yet.

MAKING SOME CHANGES "Oh. and it seemed a good idea. than from a gasolene motor direct. Fenwick had an idea that better. 'Well. That's the most important point. in if I 59 making a can help a fellow inventor. now that you have seen the motor?" asked Mr. "I didn't in without pay. what's your opinion. I'm only it too glad to do quickly. was that the Whizzer had a large electric storage battery. One advantage which Tom noticed at once. Suppose if we go the cabin. and look at the motor. and more uni- form. . on that power Mr. as Mr. In turn. and appliances. "I'd have to see it in operation. the dynamo operated an electrical motor. small but very powerful. for your airship in the There was certainly plenty of machinery Most of it was electrical. the nature of which Tom could not readily gather from a mere casual view." said Tom. There were various other apparatuses." retorted Tom. There was a new type of gasolene engine. This was intended to operate the electric motor in case of a break to the main machinery. Fenwick intended to depend to sail through space. power could be obtained in this way. is to navigate. and assist new model of airship fly. and this served to operate a dynamo. machines." cabin of the Whizzer. anxiously. Fenwick. come here for that.

the inventor. and hear what you have to say. we can easily get around that. for the inventor was a man of wealth. "Shall I start the motor in here?" asked Mr. "but am certainly hungry. from Shopton. Fenwick." said Mr. We can take the Whizzer out of the rear . as he led the way back to the house. Fenwick." declared "I'd like to start it now. to aid himself and better if "It young would be inventor. Fenwick. people.60 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "And you shall. It was magnificently furnished. when he had summoned several of the machinists the whom he employed. "I have two openings to my aeroplane shed." "Oh." anI swered Tom with a laugh. and then the three returned once more to the shed where the Whizzer was kept. right after dinner." "Then we'll postpone the trial until after dinner. I think." "I don't know whether it's that or not. and only took up aeroplaning as a "'fad." An excellent dinner was served." "yet a crowd is sure to and I don't like to work in a mob of gather." said Mr. suggested Tom. It must be ready by this time. we could take it out- side. but I'm not so selfish as I know you must be hungry after your trip that. as they say aeroplaning gives one an appetite.

whirled around started." and I hope you can remedy "I'll Tom do the best I can. and applied the brake test.MAKING SOME CHANGES door. and perhaps by using a- way . to see how much horse power the motor would deliver. by changing some of the cogs. my difficulty." lot This was soon accomplished. and it won't go up. The motor was Tom made some tests and calculations. though some boys did find knotholes and use them. But I don't mind that. and for there were two. sail. "I think there is one trouble that we will have to get over. Fenwick. at which he was an expert. also by increasing the number of revolutions. the propellers. and in the open Tom made a thorough and careful examination of the mechanism. is where I made all my trials. "The motor cause of the I think is not quite powerful enough bein which you have it geared up. into a field enclosed by a high fence." he finally said to "What is that ?" Mr. at rapid speed. and the 6l That crowd couldn't get in. The only thing that bothers me if is that I can't make it the cer- Whizz er go tainly won't up. But let's get the air- ship outside. Swift. That's it. and getting rid of the off-set shaft.

but I will come over here again. need to get some of my I special tools. and arrange I to stay until I have done all I can. but we can get the Whizzer up in at "Can you begin work ventor. too. "I think the arrangement of the planes will also have ta be changed." promised . give you a list. I hope you can come back soon. Fenwick." "I'll return the of the week. and I'll do just as you first say." remarked Tom." he said. Do you think will work after that ?" "Well." take quite some work.62 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE style of carburetor. and then. "I promised father I would be back by to-morrow at the latest." "Then w e'll do it!" "I knew enthusiasm. after a the air. It will bit. hesitatingly. r cried I Mr. of which I will hope you don't mind me in this way. you will require some other supplies. modestly. perhaps. Mr. new we can get more speed and power. as though speaking I knew more about it than you do. eagerly." added Tom. Fenwick. "I want the benefit of your advice and experience. once?" asked tW in- Tom "I can't stay long enough on this trip. with hadn't got everything it just right. "Not a bit of it!" cried the inventor heartily. shook his head.

thus cutting off the spark. Damon started on their return flight. in the presence of a large crowd. Now go over the whole ship once more. it is of very good. Whizzer asked Mr. make some changes I may have a The whole affair is too big though the elec- and clumsy. "and I'll 63 then we'll see what can be done. as they were work. With the aid of Mr." incident. "I'm a little dubious about it/' was the reply. I also want to test the lifting capacity of your gas bag. Fenwick. Damon and the owner of the Whizzer. Tom went out to Franklin Field. having written out a of the things that would be needed. flight to Shopton. and repaired his own monoplane." The rest of the day was a busy one for our hero. and see what I need. flying high over Philadelphia. It was soon repaired. It was found that one of the electric wires connected with the motor had broken.MAKING SOME CHANGES Tom. night Damon remained over list In the morning. and. as it was too late to attempt the return father. he went over every point carefully. "Do you think you can make the Tom and Mr. trical part that's the trouble. he telegraphed his and he and Mr. Tom?" "But after I different opinion. in about Shopton was reached without . with Mr. Damon. Then.

and there was more confidence before. Fenwick. which he proposed taking back to Philadelphia with him. and there of vol-planing back to earth. After a short rest. a few days/' he added." replied our hero.64 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE was no necessity. . does go up/' he concluded. and several of his mechanics. this time." it. Damon/ decided Mr. work progressed. and. Damon did not accompany him. Then I must send word to Mr." assented Tom. three hours. Tom began making the changes on the airship. The young inventor made another trip to Mr. first Fenwick's house the of the following week. with the assistance of the inventor of the Wlnzzcr. anxiously. Then. He "Do you think you can make it fly ?" asked Mr. in a low tone. he began to "I'll make a trial flight. went by train this time. "He wants to be on hand to see so he told me. "I only hope it . any1 how. "I hope so. if possible. after several days of labor. and Mr. Tom tools began getting together a number of special and appliances. in his tone than there had been As the be more in hopeful. Fenwick. go up "All right. as he had to ship his tools.

Mr. "I think we can give it I shall a try-out. "It all how she behaves. "Well. with a greater lifting power than that of the ordinary illuminating vapor which Mr. Mr. and one of these was to use a new kind DURING He wanted a gas of gas in the balloon bag. Fenwick had used. have to go back to Shopton to get some articles I need. Fenwick. Tom was kept busy over the airship. as he came from the airship shed one afternoon. in a few days more." "Yes." and when I come back I will bring with me.CHAPTER VIII ANDY FOGER'S REVENGK the following week. and we will see what the will "Do you mean we make a trial flight?" "For how long a distance?" depends on with a smile." remarked Tom." answered "If possible. Damon Whizzer can do. Tom. we'll make a long flight/' 65 . He made many important changes.

" proceeded Mr. and have some apple turn- ." "It might not be a bad plan. Damon join him in time go back to the Quaker City two days later. in case we are two or three days in the air. Tom returned to Shopton the next day. thej would not have wondered at his decision.66 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Then I'll tell you what I'm going to do. when this decision of the inventor of the Whizzer stood the adventurers in good stead. though had any one to seen him reading a certain note a few minutes before that. "so I'm going to take plenty of food along." went on the inventor." The time was to come. and some other supplies and stores. which note was awaiting him on his arrival from the Quaker City. It merely said: "Won't you come." agreed Tom. Swift of his son. Fenwick." "Well. "I'm going to put aboard a stock of provisions. and that was all the reason he would give. "though I hardly think we will be gone as long as that. being out in the air always makes me hungry. "But why don't you start right back to Philadelphia to-morrow." answered Tom. "Because." asked Mr. The note was brief. and that very soon. and sent word to have Mr.

or even catching runaway horses. Girls. . He said afterward that he would rathei have vol-planed back to earth from a seven-mile height. he gave a gasp." by which last she referred to the time Tom saved her life. True to her promise. But our hero soon recovered himself. and the girls are anxious to meet you. who doesn't mind going up in the air or under the ocean." It was signed Mary Nestor. Swift. to call on Miss Nestor. than again face such a battery of sparkling eyes." remarked Tom. As for the almost as if young inventor. Having gotten ready he wished the few special appliances to take back to Philadelphia with him. he had plunged into a bath of icy water.ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE overs ? 67 The new cook : is a treasure. on his laughing declination to partake of so many. that evening. at the sight of so many pretty faces staring at him. and. and. with a smile. she ushered a room full of pretty girls. and entered into the merriment of the evening. which she gaily offered our Tom hero on his arrival. went. the girl had a big plate full of apple turnovers. here Mr. "I think I could enjoy some apple turnovers. and first made her acquaintance. Tom. saying: him into is "They'll help you eat them.

is an ideal host. Augustine to let me know they were having a glorious time aboard the yacht. Swift ." answered Miss Nestor. Hosbrook. anxious to change the subject." "She shall have it. Mr. They there are bad storms down there at this time say now. "But I'm talking altogether too much about myself. I had a wire to-day. "Oh. "for those are the best apple turnovers I ever ate. the owner. if they are shipwrecked. They stopped at St." "I'll toil her so. yes. of year." he said. as she calls your auto. "She'll apcoming from an inventor of your preciate it ability." "Have you heard from your parents?'' asked Tom.of his exploits." "Perhaps." declared Tom." declared Mary. I do hope they will arrive safely. finally. mamma said* They are proceeding directly to the West Indies. to the West Indies ?" new cook. "How is the new cook Miss Nestor. and she is anxious for another ride in a taxicab. Mr. she is a jewel of the first "We all like water. and have you heard from your father and mother since they sailed on the Resolute for the "As her.68 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE knew it before he he was telling Miss Nestor and her attractive guests something.

and the various buildings and shops surrounding it. or a submarine. as soon as he had gotten in shape for flying. He promised to call again. As. more to reassure Miss Nestor. I'll certainly go to their rescue/' he added. and try some more samples of the new Mr. "Oh.ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE 69 will go to their rescue in one of his airships. That little craft was Tom's pet. his first glance was 'Butterfly. later that night." suggested Mabel Jackson. for the society of Miss Nestor and her friends made the time pass quickly. Fenwick's airship cook's culinary art. It was late when Tom started for home that night. Red This was principally because the was so light and airy. "Of course they won't have any trouble. the young inventor came in sight of his home. me "Don't speak of shipwrecks! It makes shudder. ." as- serted Tom. "but if they do get cast away on a desert island. than from any knowledge he possessed. I hope he doesn't have to!" exclaimed Mary. toward the shed which contained his monoplane." and she seemed unduly alarmed. either it in time or money. and could be Butterfly gotten ready so quickly for a flight across counCloud. but he cared more for than for his big airship. It had not cost him anything like as much as had his other inventions. confidently. one of the several pretty girls.

He's very curious. If there was an intruder inside he wanted to surprise him. since the eccentric man had telegraphed.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE try. was capable of long endurance. and he might get it out of order. the light within flickered. I hope it isn't Eradicate monkeying with the monoplane. for oil was carried aboard." Tom increased his pace. an extra large supply of gasolene and It too. Damon it "Yet. wonder if dad or Mr. So it was with rather a T start of surprise that Tom terfly saw a light in the structure where the But- "I was housed. Jackson can be out be. and out looking over. "Somebody's out there. and moved swiftly but softly toward the shed. not arrive until the next day. There were large windows to the place. I don't see why they wouldn't be going for a flight arrived. however." however. should at night. As Tom approached." went on Tom. "and I'm going to see who it is. and moved to and fro. told Tom that this last surmise could not be true. saying he would A moment's reflection. is They Or perhaps Mr. . and they would give a good view of the interior. there?" he mused.

and our hero went over on his back. was Tom that the unknown collided with him. by the dim light of a crescent moon. The other person was tossed back by the force of the impact.ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE 71 Tom reached one of the casements. and dashed away. 'They've seen me. did you do?" Back came the answer through the night : . and. but quickly recovered himself. r Tom had had a chance to glance at his face. and. Then. "I must catch them!" He fairly leaped toward the portal. to the chagrin of the inventor. "Hold on inventor. and he heard a peculiar ripping sound. just So close as he reached it. how ever. the light suddenly went out. as he sprang toward the front door." thought the lad. a figure sprang out. He caught a glimpse of a moving figure. the countenance of Andy Foger! bully. and peered in. and are trying to get away. he recognized. and the young inventor could hear some one running from the shop. Not young before. If additional evidence was needed Tom town fully recognized the form as that of the Andy Foger !" shouted the "What are you doing in my young shed? What right have you in there? What there.

done while a mocking laugh floated back to Tom. What was Andy's revenge? .72 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "I told you I'd get square with you." and then Andy's footsteps died away. and I've it.

" 73 score of places. r Andy had slashed the canvas of the planes in a growled Tom. done. the young inventor decided his best plan would be to see what Andy later if damage had been follow Andy's certain. realizing that find he wanted him.CHAPTER THE WHIZZER IX FLIES after the fleeting FOR a moment. little monoplane. "The scoundrel! . to give pursuit. the building. and he could not repress an exclamation of chagrin as he looked toward his trim Butterfly. the for Now it was a Butterfly w ith broken wings. the lad switched on the lights. Tom gazed figure of the cowardly bully. For that secret visit to the shop. "I'll make him suffer for this! He's all but ruined my afroplane. damage would Tom was Stepping into Nor was his surmise wrong. He was half-minded he could and then.

after the bully. That's all right. and saw the propeller. when I get time. what's the he reasoned. Tom The fine wooden blades of several layers. 'Whipping Andy wouldn't mend the Butterfly." and Tom felt terfly! you almost as if he was talking to some living crea- ." went on Tom. and then fashion useless to the right shape. "I guess I won't do anything now. he gave another exclamation. that I can come back here and fix up my own. ! The had been propeller was of Andy's work. gracefully curved. Poor Butsure are in a bad way. It's a good thing I don't have to depend on her for making the trip to Philadelphia." murmured Tom. As he came in front." A hasty examination had shown this. which was succeeded by a justifiable "More is "This rage. about the worst yet !" There came over him a feeling of great despondency. hacked. "I'll have my hands full After getting Mr. He wanted to take him a merciless beating. he didn't meddle with the engine. She's in bad shape. came over Tom. Luckily. and give Then a calmer mood use?" "After all. but I can repair her. and cut with an axe. Fenwick's airship to run.74 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE walked around his pet machine. which had cost him so much in time and labor to build up.

But of late. "He's too frightened. once began connecting the burglar-ap- at He went into the house. the fastening of shop. "Oh. wouldn't be surprised if he disappeared for a He'll be thinking that I'm after him. and told his paratus." reaAll the buildings were arranged so that if any one entered them after a certain hour. as Tom and his working on any special inven- tions that needed guarding." declared Tom. "But and he it won't happen again. "I should have had the burglar alarm working.THE WHIZZER FLIES ture. After another disheartening look at his air o craft." This proved true. so 75 wrapped up was he in his trim little mon- oplane. It was due to this that Andy was able to get in undeoversight tected. the alarm had not been father were not set. and this would never have happened." said time. an alarm would ring in the house. the young inventor started to leave the looked at a door. I there's right away." all night. no danger of Andy coming back Tom. as Andy had left town next . and the engineer declared 'that he would sleep with one eye open ready to respond to the first alarm. which Andy had broken to gain admittance. He soned Tom. father and the engineer what had occurred. They were both indignant.

Mr." said Tom. mother said She was not aware of her tell son's meanness. He wished he had time to repair the monoplane before he left home. sorrowfully. "Why. and wanted to forget about it.76 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE all morning. as his you be back. as he told of Andy's act of vandalism. "Hard make a long flight . we'll leave for Philadelphia to-morrow/' was the answer. and. thing ! individuality!" cried Mr. to Damon if arrived from his field that day. and to he had gone to inquiries his visit relatives. "Yes. to say. dad. bless my Never 1" good to talk of it." wanted for the trial of the home know Tom was ready electrical airship. and Tom in did not her. Da"I never heard of such a indignantly. Damon departed for If I can Quaker City the following morning. however. Tom?" asked Mr. "When the will Swift. but there was much to do to get ready for It did little Tom the trial of the Whizzer. with Watermany "blessings. mon. but I like that little machine!" "It will be some time before you again have a flight in her. "Are we going in the Butterfly? Bless my watch chain. son and Mr.

ing wires of the frame are used for sending wires. The derived directly from the engine. "Bless my gizzard! I never heard of such a thing !" "Oh. though. it can be done. I'll keep you posted. And this was a fact. I can't say in the when I'll return." was the reply. however. Damon. and the remaining things needed are a small step-up transformer. by writing. and in place of ground conductors there and it is well modern biplanes can The crossing and bracrecently. hang below the aeroplane. it now. "I could." "Send wireless messages from an aeroplane?" gasped Mr." Tom assured him. are trailers which is current Tom had gone a step farther than this. a key and a few other small parts. I may even drop down here and pay you a visit. and had . with a smile. which is more than likely. But if I find there are many more changes to make in her construction. ratus "I'll if I had thought to rig up the appaon Mr. Fenwick's airship." "Can't you arrange to send me some wireless messages?" asked the older inventor.THE WH1ZZER FLIES Whizzer I'll do so. Tom had installed a wireless apparatus on his hardly have time to do Red Cloud know n r that several of the send wireless messages.

She stated that she had a message that day from her parents Resolute. "Don't let Andy Foger come sneaking around here. let me hear from you when you can/* requested Mr. Eradicate Sampson. which spoke a passing Mr. "Ef he do. and the other guests of Mr. " 'Deed an' I won't !" exclaimed the colored man. Fenwick's craft. aboard the steamer. the and Mr. and anticipated a fine time on reaching the West Indies.78 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE also arranged to receive wireless messages. was no time now to install a wireless apparatus on Mr. I'll nab Boomerang kick him t' Tom now pieces. Jackson. Rad. Swift. though few modern aeroplanes are thus equipped as yet. not forgetting. It was some time after that. and Mrs. an* den I'll whitewash him so his own . and many strange things But. and Tom promised. said good-by to his father. there happened before Tom Swift again communicated with his father. Hosbrook were well. at any length. Nestor. Tom thought he would be lucky if he got the Whizzer to make even a short flight." cautioned the young inventor. of course. The young inventor had bidden farewell to Miss Nestor the night previous. 'Well. of housekeeper course.

and resumed the next morning. after you're up. you may want to take a long flight. They arrived in Philadelphia that afternoon." "Well. as compared Tom with the one made by the monoplane. Fenwick anxiously awaiting them. don't you worry." suggested Mr. Aside from a few .THE WHIZZER FLIES folks won't 79 know him! Oh. Many more changes and early adjustments were made. so well was she balanced. hour later. in spite of her men could easily move the craft about. Mr. They found Mr." a flight?" but only a short one. Fenwick. want to get her up in the air. Damon. Massa Tom. kept at it until late that night. Fenwick. if you find out. that she does well. why I have everything aboard necessary for a long voyage. take a try-out. I it." An size. four for. and see how she behaves. and started for the station with Mr. the big electric machine was wheeled out into the yard. and Tom at once started work on the airship. the He young inventor said: it "I think we'll give if she'll "Do you mean make "Yes. and that afternoon. Dat Andy won't do no funny business when I'm around!" laughed. The Whizzer is well stocked with provisions. the trip being very slow. "If you do.

Tom maand Mr. but we'll try ^nurmured Tom. no one was present at the try-out. All was in readiness. Mr. and between the wing-like planes on either The young inventor had decided to make the Whizzer rise by scudding her across the ground on the bicycle wheels. without the use bag. There . Tom signalled to the men to give a little momentum to the craft. He wanted to see if she would go up that way. himself. to it how much pull the engine "Eight hundred pounds/' announced one of the machinists.go TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE personal friends of the inventor. Damon. The propellers gained speed with The airship had been made which was attached a strong spring balance. of the gas bag. to see every revolution. his chinists. She began running over the smooth groupd. and. "A thousand would be better. Damon and Mr. and then by using the tilting planes to endeavor to lift her off the earth." loosened. The motor was to started and the machinery began hum and throb. increasing the speed of the engine. side. fast by a rope. as was desired would give. Fenwick climbed the car which was suspended below the gas jinto . with which she was equipped. Tom. "Cast off!" The rope was it.

motor He ran the speed. Fenwick. took an hour to do Once more the scale test fifteen was applied. I'll gear the motor higher. "Couldn't get up speed enough. "We must have more momentum to make her rise. and the propellers whirled so that they looked like mere circles of light. "What's the matter?'* anxiously. seeing the necessity of making an attempt the to get up into the air. "We'll go up. grimly. cried Mr." "Can it be gotten ?" "I think It so. Tom quickly shut off the power. and then." answered the young inventor." this. The front of the Whizzer rose.THE WHIZZER FLIES 8l was a cheer from the few spectators. for the high board fence tled loomed up before him." said Tom. before end of the speeding ground was reached. Once more the motors spit out fire. Certainly the Whizzer made good time on the earth. but could not seem to get it. and then set- down. he pulled the elevating plane lever. to the utmost. an arrangement of spikes that dug into the earth. It registered a pull of hundred pounds now. and jammed on the brake. Tom was anxiously watching the gages and He wanted a little more other instruments. Once more the Whizzer shot .

she rose up like a bird.82 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE over the ground. as she neared the fence. cleared it like a trick horse. and soared off into the air! The Whizzer was flying . but this time.

Fenwick?" up. as he adjusted various It's not as high levers and gears.CHAPTER X OVER THE OCEAN "HURRAH !" cried Mr. and never got more than two feet off the ground. for certainly the airship had looked to be a very dubi- ous proposition at "Bless first. and little Tom himself pleased at his own success. "No. you manage Tom. I don't want to 'hoodoo' it. steer. I worked as hard as I could. my gaiters! But we are doing pretty 83 . It's great!" He was was not a very enthusiastic. "she is going. as I'd like. until it's in good running shape. considering the weight of the craft. but it is doing very well. and we'll go Mr. Now I'm really sailing. Fenwick in delight "My machine is really flying at last !" "Yes. and the fact that we have not used the gas bag. Don't you want to it." answered Tom. I'm going to let that fill now.

I think we've done enough for the first day." - their hands. He had already set the gas machine in operation. he put the craft through a number of evolutions designed to test her ability The lad to answer the rudders promptly. It needed some adjustments.84 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE remarked Mr. This satisfied Tom that the airship could do better than he expected." said Tom. "We'll do better. cheering and waving well. Fenwick's friends and the machinists were gathered. which he made. but soon after the gas it began to enter the bag rose until it was nearly thousand feet high." declared Tom. All this while the Whizzer was moving about in a big circle. "But I'd like you to handle her . he decided In going down. as he saw that his owner craft was slowly settling. and to return nearer earth. opportunity for making a number of changes. It was about hundred feet high. suggested them to Mr. Fen wick. Damon. to see that it was working well. looking down on the field where Mr. for the rudder had been auto- matically set to so two five swing the craft. saw and "Are you going any farther ?" asked the of the Whizzer. "No. and was now looking over the electric apparatus.

I guess I can make a landing all right.OVER THE OCEAN 85 now. Fenwick and his acquaintances had about given up hope that she ever would rise." He did make a good descent. though was gotten ready for him when the girl received h*s message. Mr. Tom was also given much praise for go at all. All was in readiness for the long flight. what do you think of her?" Mr. Fenwick and the his success in making the craft latter's assistants." assented the inventor. they would attempt a long flight. for Mr. and received the congratulation of his friends as he stepped from the airship. "I'm better at coming idown than going up. while I watch the motor and other machines. tor. "Well." "Yes. Fenwick. and intimated that he might make a call in Shopton if all went well. as soon as some further changes had been made. Tom sent a short note to his father telling of the proposed long flight. Fenwick wanted to know of the young inventor. who replied that. You can make the landing. This promise was kept two days later. and a preliminary test had demonstrated that the. He also sent a wire to Miss Nes- hinting that she might have some apple turnovers ready for him. But Tom never it called for that particular pastry. They were busy days for Tom. . Mr.

Fenwick ?" : "Why. I suppose. if we could." crowd gathered to see the start. a little As gone far. But Are any of your friends going?' "I've tried to pursuade some of them to accompany me. Mr. haziness which Tom did not like. though if our trip is a successful one I'll be overwhelmed with requests for rides.86 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Whizzcr had been wonderfully improved by the changes Tom made. as they were enter- "Do you wish ing the cabin. circle Cape have a friend . or less. glanced at the other stores. but they are a bit timid." said the inventor. but there was a slight He hoped. to head for any particular spot. Mr. The young inventor looked over the supply of food Mr. Femvick had placed aboard. and asked "How long do you expect to be gone. New Jersey. "I guess we three will make up the party this time. Fenwick?" asked Tom. before. that it would pass over before they had though. I think we're all 3 'We ready to start. I would like to go down and I May. "Yes. week?" don't you think we can stay out a "That's quite a while/" responded Tom. The day was warm. may be glad to return in two days.

with a smile. and then a little later. for Cape May. "Take her straight across the Delaware River. was made." Leaving the owner in charge of his craft. Up and up it went. swiftly did it So little rise that the cheers of the crowd of Mr. and pay him a call. the airship started sail An Tom. with the lifting gas aiding in to pulling the craft upward. Tom and Mr. but Tom soon had the automatic ap- . Fenwick's friends were scarcely heard. for we are getting up good speed. to that gentleman's no small delight. New Jersey. put the airship twice in a circle around the statue of William Penn. There was much that needed attention. Damon began an inspection of the electrical and other machinery." it. I'd just like to in front of his place now.OVER THE OCEAN who has a summer cottage there." the lad invited "Now you south. We ought to make 'it in an hour. the Whizzer high over the city of Philadelphia. Mr. to the astonishment of the crowds in the streets. Fenwick. and he was at 87 al- ways laughing drop down my airship. and then head steer. on the top Tom of the City Hall. and over Camden." "We'll try assented start auspicious taking the air after a short flight across the ground. and then.

" spoke Tom. Damon "Bless my shoe laces. but sufdenly.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE paratus in working order." to disappoint it would be too bad Mr. now that we have made such a good wants to make a long flight. Fenwick. "That's better than millionaire DaxteFs dis- . let's put back. However." he said. He The wind is and Tom which showed a speed of twenty miles an hour. " "But if there's danger "Oh." "Then "No. and noted that they had attained an altitude of seven thousand five hundred feet." was the answer. Tom looked at the barograph. and start back. The speed of the Whizzer was now about forty miles an hour. freshening rather sudlooked at the anemom- ficiently speedy in trying out a new machine. though. in a low voice. l l think we're in for a storm. start. we can soon be at Cape May. well. and then less attention need be given to it. Tom. Several times the young inventor looked out of the windows with which noticed this. and I can't blame him. it was in their favor." eter. not fast for an air craft. "What's the matter?" "I don't like the looks of the weather. the cabin was fitted Mr. aiding them to make faster time.

" They kept on. and. This high and enough for the present. but it certainly will be easier to shift around up here than down on the ground. and try to make another ascension we may fail. again. but she it's And best to we'll do better than that in time. which pretty good for your machine.OVER THE OCEAN 89 tance of seven thousand one hundred and five feet. he let it out a little. go slow at until is we see how fast is standing the strain. every "Why "Well. a little later they came within sight of Cape May. The Whizzer at once leaped forward. Then. with a smile. first. Mr. Fenwick. "and is it breaks Jackson's climb of seven thousand three hundred and three feet. and as Tom saw that the machinery was working well. If not ?" the it wind is getting stronger minute and will be against us on the way back. "Yes. Fenwick. drop down and visit my friend/' said Mr. with a smile. it may not. We're up in the air now. "Won't he be surto "Now prised !" "I don't think we'd better do it." remarked the lad. we descend." "Do you really think so?" asked the pleased inventor. the Jersey coast resort. and it may be easy to turn around and go back." said Tom. .

drop him a message!" One was in readiness cylinder. in a weighted pasteboard and soon it w as r falling downward. pointing to a man who stood in the "I'll street in front of a large." 'Well. and Tom this By prepared to circle about the roof. white house. we can get around that. Fenwick picked out the residence of his friend. just as you I say. and cottages could be made out quite After looking with a pair of opera glasses. The ." "That's a good idea. time the presence of the airship had to hundreds. Fenwick. it. though I wanted my friend to ship. if you'll point in message it out." know could build a successful air- "Oh. I'll take her idown as low as is safe. "I'll do it. Fenwick. become known and crowds were friend eagerly watching "There he is! There's believe I my who didn't would ever succeed!" exclaimed Mr." Tom sent the Whiszer down until the hotels plainly. and fly over his house.90 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE I'd rather not descend So that is." assented Mr. not entirely to the ground. Mr. and you can drop him a one of the pasteboard tubes we carry for that purpose.

Will would never go I'll come and give you a ride." observed Tom. some day!" Whether the gentleman understood what Mr. Fenwick shouted to his friend : was moving I thought you said my airship "Hey." "A much better one than we'll have going back. and he paid little attention to the young inventor. Mr. Leaning out of the cabin window. as it was beating against the wind." said Tom. 'Why. Fenwick shouted at him is doubtful. and then tried to turn about. and will be dead against us. and a look of astonishment ! ! spread over his face. 'The wind has increased to a gale. "Bless my storage battery!" cried Mr. but he saw the inventor waving his hand. and he saw the falling cylinder. Mr. "But we have had a fine trip. as he shifted the rudder. 'We're going up now. what's the matter?" asked the eccentric man. Tom sent the craft well up into it the air. and will try to head for home. and head .OVER THE OCEAN airship 91 slowly. Damon. in a low voice." answered Tom. a moment later. as he ran to pick up the message. Fenwick was busy writing another message to drop.

and seventy miles an hour. happened to look down through a What plate-glass window in the floor of car." down on "Yes. which was now almost a hurricane." answered Tom. "We we're over the ocean. and were now well out over the Atlantic. No sooner had he done so than the airship was met by the full force of the wind. came from his small private cabin. the Whizzer. across the sandy beach. and. quickly realized this. let it fly before the gale. It had steadily increased. ''Why why!" he exclaimed. giving up his intention of beating up against the wind. Damon and Tom were in a low-voiced The owner of conversation near the engines. they did not notice it so much. Fen- . to where Mr. Once they attempted to stem its fury they found themselves almost helpless. They had quickly passed over Cape May. Fenwick. quietly. but.92 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE back for Philadelphia. the propellers aiding to get up a speed of Mr. he saw caused him to give a gasp of astonishment. who had dropped the last of his messages. he Tom turned the craft around. "Why why are we out here?" asked Mr. as he gazed the tumbling billows below them. as long as they were moving with it.

Fenwick.OVER THE OCEAN wick." replied Tom. blows itself out. We can't turn around and go back in this gale. somewhat. I'm glad we've got plenty on board to eat!" exclaimed Mr." my coffee pot. except to keep on until the gale slowly. "But we can't help ourselves. and we can't descend." "Then what's to be done?" "Nothing. maybe. "Isn't it 93 dangerous in an airship that hasn't been thoroughly tried yet?" "Dangerous? Yes. . Mr." will that "And how long "I don't know "Bless be?" a week. Damon.

two men. Fenwick. to know that one was speeding over alarming the the mighty ocean. before a terrific gale. if "We would surely rip this craft to pieces we "Is attempted to buffet this storn?^ it so bad. Fenwick was not so well acquainted with our hero. simply. "It is cut of question/' Tom. and put faith in his them out of their present difficulty. Damon knew Tom of old. skill "Are you sure you air-currents / can't turn back?" asked Mr.CHAPTER XI A NIGHT OF TERROR the first shock of Tom's announcement. while Mr. with nothing more substantial under one that a comparatively frail airship. showed no signs of fear. and. then?" asked Mr. he had to carry heard much about him. Dames. Still AFTER Mr. and had confidence in his ability. who were traveling with him in the Yet it was airship. around and go Kis knowledge of replied w?s rather thft limited. &>r94 .

or higher up. who had made some simply. and the barograph soon showed that they were steadily mounting. The powerful electric engines. it seems to be increasing/' . Fenwick. and the Whizser began to go up. which were the invention of Mr. in which the wind is blowing. True. perhaps. and to try to turn now would mean that we would tear the planes loose "It inventor. Fenwick." assented Tom. if we went lower down. "I'll try. in the same direction jured. but even that might be inGoing as we are. On anxiously. "Is the wind pressure any less?" inquired Mr. stood them in good stead.A NIGHT OF TERROR 95 getting to bless anything in the tense excitement of the moment. for there was great lateral presBut Tom knew his sure on her large surface. we do not as that feel the full effect of it. the contrary. we could still keep up by means of the gas bag. business. study of aeronautics." was the reply of the young "The wind is blowing about eighty miles an hour at times. He shifted the elevating rudder. Damon. from the ship. and urged the craft steadily. we could get in a different current of air." "But. slowly. might be worse." suggested Mr.

we may as well go back to the level where we were. "I guess . down." declared Tom." "Then. "Bless my souil I didn't count on that. could see the heaving. "The wind." "I'm afraid not. white-capped billows. tossing and tumbling below them. and the Whizzer pointed her nose downward. are." assented "We'll be blown across the ocean at this rate/' exclaimed Mr. with a replied glance at the anemometer. "I don't believe we can get above the gale. the rudder was changed." "Perhaps we had better go down/' suggested Mr.96 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Tom. 'We Tom." came from be a bit better down below. Damon. a hundred and thirty. Down. down. "Look out. the great airship. aided by the propellers. None of the lifting gas was let out. we must be I making over a hundred miles an hour/' said the ^inventor." Tom. Fenwick. Damon. went until the adventurers within. or we'll be into them !" shouted Mr. as it was desired to save that for emergencies. "It's nearly ninety miles an hour now. "It may Accordingly. by gazing through the plate glass window in the floor of the cabin.

. so much was swayed and tossed about. Damon. Fenwick. at about the same speed. is to scud before I it. and " then Tom did not finish. They were again on a level. the Whizscr. but Mr. when in the air death in the tossing ocean.A NIGHT OF TERROR 97 both above and below that particular strata is Our stronger. Damon knew what he meant far from land. but this was not much relief. had made a staunch craft. suppose we eat. until it has blown And hope it will be soon. unable to float into the storm- any longer. only chance itself out. There was nothing for them to do. it if he had done nothing else. "if there's nothing else to do. where the gale blew less furiously than either above or below. occasionally re- plenishing the justments. All the rest of that day they swept on. save watch the machinery. or making minor ad- "Well. But Mr. which stood the travelers in good stead. Damon." asked Mr. and we will be safer up above." finally remarked Mr. in a low voice. oil tanks. Bless my appetite. should drop enraged Atlantic. It seemed as if the airship would go to pieces. "Because we may be blown so far that we can "Why?" not get back while our power holds out. when the afternoon was waning away.

that you had plenty of food aboard." offered can attend to the It will Mr. Fen wick." There was a well equipped kitchen aboard the Whizzer and soon savory odors were coming from it. As darkness settled in blacker and blacker. and we'll serve the take our minds off our troubles. though it was difficult to drink coffee and other liquids.98 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE I believe you said. Night came. Damon." he an- . and it was not to be denied that they were in peril. but the excitement of being blown out to sea on our first real trip. almost like a ship on the heaving ocean below them. and sometimes thrust her down into a cavern of the only to lift her high again. of tossing lights on the water. made me but I'm hungry! and forget all about it. Tom had a glimpse below him. owing to the sudden lurches which the airship gave from time to time as the gale tossed her to and fro. air. "Tom airship." "So we have. Mr. In spite of the terror of their situation. I'll get dinner at once. as the blackness settled down. they all made a good meal." "And meals. It howled the gale seemed to increase in fury. and. if you can put up with an amateur's cooking. I'll help. "We just passed over some vessel. through the slender wire rigging of the Whizzer^ and sent the craft careening from side to side.

" the lad mused. as they steadied the ship." . "And we've been going at that rate for ten hours now. "Ninety miles an hour." The thought of the parents of the girl he cared much for being in Tom. "If they are." There was no indication that diminished. mornwind doesn't die down. for it had been decided that it was best to keep the engine and propellers going. was not reassuring to to busy himself about the machinery of the airship. than 99 we are." "I hope they are in no worse plight Then. B . 'We'll have our own "'if troubles before this ing. who were somewhere on the ocean. unless the vessel is a staunch one. there suddenly came to him a thought of the parents of Mary Nestor. and he began so peril. to take his mind from the presentiment that something might happen to the Resolute. in the yacht Resolute bound for the West Indies. too?" mused Tom. That's nearly a thousand miles. for the gale increased rather than Tom looked at their speed gage. "I wonder if they're out in this storm.A NIGHT OF TERROR nounced. they may be in danger. They were making a good ninety miles an hour. We are quite a distance out to sea. this was going to be the case." murmured Tom.

There came a sudden burst of fury from the storm. Mr. occasionally attending to the machinery. and plunge with them into the depths of the sea." reasoned the young "But I think the gale will die away before morning. at about the The hours . and noting the various gages. West inventor. whirled downward. Tom Mr. in- He stead of being headed directly across the Atlantic they tion. "Bless my heart!" cried Mr. for they dared not go to sleep. not knowing at what moment the ship might turn turtle. and it served to refresh them." The storm did not. which they drank from time to time. "That was a said nothing. and noted that. and the airship rocked as if she was going over. however. Fenwick looked pale and alarmed. or even rend apart. sometimes being ward. were bearing in a southerly direc- "At to the this rate. Damon made hot coffee.100 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE looked at a compass. we won't come far from getting Indies ourselves. and again tossed upward at passed. So they sat up. More fiercely it blew through the hours of darkness. They were swept ever onsame speed. spring- ing up. It was a night of terror. close call !" Damon.

airship was well-nigh as he realized their position. ioi and Tom.A NIGHT OF TERROR the will of the wind. in a yacht. frail pleasure . The could not repress a fear in his heart as he thought of the parents of the* girl he loved being tossed about on the swirling ocean. helpless.

to attend to one of the machines. staring Occasionally Tom rose helplessly at each other. akin to horror. with a feeling of surprise. and then only when urged on by a terrific wind which added to the speed produced by the propellers. that they were making close to one hundred and fifty miles an hour. Fenwick came close to Tom. Only an aeroplane could have done it. and partly from the awful wind. The whole craft swayed and trembled.CHAPTER XII A DOWNWARD GLIDE THEY sat in the cabin of the airship. Damon uttered Then there was silence. and exclaimed: "Do you think it would be any use to try once more to go above or below the path of the storm ?" 102 . partly from the vibration of the electrical machinery. Mr. It seemed impossible for the Whizzer to travel any faster. Fenwick did the same. broken only by the howl of the gale. a remark. Mr.. or Mr. Occasionally. yet when Tom glanced at the speed gage he noted.

Tom.' Tom shifted the levers and rudders. They were not ascending. It will be hard work. however. but as he watched the needle he saw it stationary. seeing the futility of it.A DOWNWARD GLIDE Tom's first 103 impulse was to say that it would be useless. awful!" exclaimed Mr. "We've got to stay this is here now!" "Oh. though. "If that doesn't work. The young inventor nodded. the nearer to the ocean they went. though the great airship was straining to mount to an upper current where there might be calm* It was useless. I'll see if I can force her down. His eyes were on the barograph that delicate instrument. shifted the rudder to send them downward. "We'll try to go up/' he said. but he recollected that the craft belonged to Fenwick. This was more easily accomplished. but wick. but it was a change for the worse. and the . since. Fenthis !" "We can never stand The airship swayed more than ever. The wind is too 1 stiff. Damon. the trembling hand of which registered their Tom had tilted the deflection rudder to height. send them up. "Back ! "We can't!" yelled Go back up higher !" cried Mr. and Tom. the fiercer blew the wind. right to and surely that gentleman had a make a suggestion.

it did seem that human be- ings never could ordeal. he hour of dawn was at hand. "yet we have come . grayish sort of light outside. "Is the night over? storm. dim and Tom wick. Philadelphia. it where stood Mr. as he noted anemometer and felt the shudderings of the Wki&zer as she careened on through the gale. he noted a pale. "Morning is coming. as he observed the sickly gleams of knew that the "See!" he exclaimed to his companions. fade. Damon. "It hasn't blown out yet !" The to pale light increased. pointing to the window. Some of the apparatus was in need of oil. At first he could not understand what it the incandescent electric lamps. The electrics seemed looked to the engines. from Indeed. left "Less than a day since we murmured the owner of the Whisser. perhaps we shall get rid of the tire "I'm afraid not.104 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE side to side. Fenwas much lighter outside. come alive out of that fearful As Tom looked from one of the windows of the cabin." answered Tom." Now." as he glanced at a distance indicator. and he supplied it." ''Morning!" gasped Mr. was. Damon and Mr. then. occupants were tossed about in the cabin. When he came back to the main cabin.

His face wore a troubled older inventor: look. "That unless something happens to them. travel at top speed. Instead* . scend for some distance. They are rather frail to stand alone the brunt of the gale. I am not so familiar with it as I am with the one on the Red Cloud. We'll have to reckon out our position when it gets calmer. " and I wish Tom did not complete the sentence." replied Tom. and he said. We "Still over the ocean. "It may need adjusting. be working properly." and Tom hesitated. said Mr." The gas seems and we may have to be to de- "But the aeroplanes will keep us up. "Yes is. Damon. suspiciously.A DOWNWARD I GLIDE 105 certainly did nearly sixteen hundred miles. I the gas generating apparatus. as he looked down at the heaving billows rolling amid crests of foam far below them. they will. addressing the "Mr." Tom came from the engine room. Damon. with all the confidence he could muster. ''Though what part of it would be hard to say." wish you'd come and look at It doesn't seem to "Anything wrong?" asked Mr." replied wonder where we are?" Mr. escaping from the bag. "I hope not. Damon. Fenwick.

Then it appeared more glided forward." answered Tom. "Has anything happened?" "I'm rather afraid there has. And I'm worried over the strength of the planes. and the airship recoiled as if it had hit a stone wall. to recover. to raise when Tom caught . register7 ing different altitudes. crashing sound. "Bless my feather bed! Mr. and avoid being !" caught under the airship He it darted for a large window. as he glanced at the barograph. The airship quivered from end to end. Fenwick. We must make an investigation !" "We're falling!" almost screamed Mr. Fen! wick. "Bless my shaving brush What's that ?" cried Mr. went up. opening from the main cabin. Damon. the delicate needle of which w as swinging to and fro. Damon. made a rush for the compartment where the machine was installed. without there came a rending. "It sounded as though the gas bag solemnly. "Let's So we are?" shouted jump. and once Tom. followed by Mr. tearing.106 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE he paused suddenly and seemed to be intently listening. and seemed to make a sudden dive down- From ward. and was endeavoring his hand. They had no sooner reached it than there sounded an explosion.

" Oh. find damaged." we can decide what is best still how much gas suggested Tom. Damon. see what has happened we have left in the bag. "If to our "What can you will look and main wing planes. I'm going to jump it ! "Don't think of You'd be instantly killed. even into the ocean. He stood at Tom's side. "Then I will see to be done. recall the rather excited man to He came back to the centre of the which was no easy task. "Save soon as my life! I want to get out of this as !" I can. We're too high "The ocean! done ?" jump. it was tilted at first one angle. None of them seemed to be damaged. examining the different machines. even if everything is gone. and then another. Damon must first hesitated." said how badly we are 'We must keep Tom. the . as. I need your help." This served to his senses. Fenwick was darting here and there. is that still below us? Is there any chance of being saved? What can be for a "We Mr. I do to help you ?" he asked. Mr. quietly. no matter what happens. out our heads. and be calm. and it will take some time to complete our fall. are you trying to do. Mr.A DOWNWARD GLIDE 107 "What hoarsely. We are quite high." asked the lad. for the floor of cabin.

Damon. quietly.108 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE material of the bag will act as a sort of parachute. It was . "Bless my fingernails! What's to be done ?" For an instant Tom did not answer." "What of the lifting gas?" asked Mr. left to "Why?" "Because there is no bag hold it. The silk and rubber envelope has been torn to pieces by the gale. Fen- wick. quickly." spoke Tom. He gave a cry of terror of the planes are gone!" he reported." 'Then we must make more at once. start the generating will machine. "Two "They are torn and "I feared as much. where he could obtain a glimpse of main wing planes. "It has nearly all flowed out of the retaining I bag. quietly. The wind is even stronger than it was last night. with a return of his alarmed and nervous manner. the Damon darted to a window in the rear of the cabin." retorted Tom. "The gale was too much for them. He darted 'It toward will be useless." and astonishment." 'Then what's to be done ?" demanded Mr. are hanging loose." it." Mr.

Tom spoke more quietly than be- are over a large island." he went on. "We looked down through the floor observation window. Tom." and fore. "and I propose to let the disabled airship volplane down to it. Damon. which had suddenly loomed up in the wild and desolate waste of the . thousand feet to fall!" it gasped Mr. The young "Is inventor looked critically at the various there gages and indicators. "We be drowned!" "No. "By vol-planing down!" "But. for it was no was obscured by scudding clouds." He "Over an island!" cried Mr. At that moment they were over a large island." answered smile. we will fall into the will Fenwick." spoke "Bless my gizzard! Tom.. Damon. "I think so. How?" fairly exploded Mr. Dalive !" "We can never do and "I think so. Tom had spoken truly. is any chance for us?" asked Mr. we have fallen nearly that distance since the accident." "Two mon.A DOWNWARD GLIDE 109 constantly getting lighter. ocean!" even cried if we Mr. quietly. with a hopeful feet to de- "We for have about two thousand scend. though there sun. That is our only chance. Fenwick. do.

and landing her on an unknown island. and it seemed as as she began that earthward the craft . and Down was in it. He must Could It try.HO TOM SWIFT AND ocean. was the only chance of saving their lives. He was going to attempt a that of guiding a disabled airship back to earth in the midst of a hurricane. knew charge. shot the damaged Whizzer if like some Swift giant bird with broken wings. he do it? There was but one answer. time. but Tom glide. a slim one at best. most difficult feat stepped to the steering and rudder levers. HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE its They had reached vicinity just in Tom and took charge.

CHAPTER XIII ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND MINGLED feelings possessed the three adventurers within the airship. from the forward casement. Damon and Mr. in a "I think so. don't need the "Yes. more cheerfully. it?" asked Mr. Fenwick had crowded to the window. you might as well. as well as from the one in the bottom of the craft. for the storm still "Can you make low voice. rugged piece of land it midst of the heaving ocean. to get a glimpse of the unknown island to- ward which they were shooting. in the long. A was." answered Tom. as Tom spoke. propellers now. Damon." We The buzzing and purring in electrical apparatus . narrow. shut down the motor?" inquired the older inventor. "Shall I raged and lashed the waves to foam. They could see it more plainly now. and I may be better able to make the glide without them. Mr.

inert and lifeless. There was time but for one more upward throwing of the Whizser's nose. but ming forward. Downward It shot the airship. repeated this maneuver several times. . would sail along in a plane parallel This had the effect of checking her momentum. for it was much Tom saw a stretch of sandy beach. steered for that. barograph showed that they had but a scant sixty feet to go. They could now make out the topog- raphy of the island plainly. skimThey after a flight. just as the aviator checks the downward rush of his monoplane or biplane when he is making a landing. and Tom held to that position as long until a glance at his Tom as possible.112 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Silence reigned in the airship. though had the craft been undamaged they would have served to keep her on an even keel. the head of the Whizz er would be thrown up. so to speak. but the wind still howled outside. and she to the island. As Tom had hoped. after a swift downward glide. Tom tried another upward tilt. With skillful hand he so tilted the elevating planes that. and lighter. the ship became a little more steady with the stopping of the big curved blades. was not like guiding his little Butterfly to earth Tom hoped he could make it. was shut down. were now within ten feet of the earth.

Fenwick. followed . impact with the earth. After the first crash. had piled a lot of seat cushions around them. and our hero.ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND 113 but the forward planes would not respond. as the side supports a plan adopted when they found gave way. the airship seemed to go together in a shapeless mass. and succeeding it an instant later. As it was they were badly bruised and shaken up. and then. Damon and Mr. It ran along a slight distance. there might have been serious injuries for all concerned. At the first Mr. It seemed as if the whole ship went to pieces. They could get no grip on the air. fortunately. and. in pursuance of that they were falling. The whole bottom of the craft was forced upward. at the instant of the crash. The top of the main cabin crashed down. leaped away for he did not want to be crushed against them. there were strong main braces. and the roof did not fall completely upon our friends. With a crash that could have been heard some distance the Whisser settled to the sand. had it not been for the protecting cushions. Tom had from the steering wheel and levers. They had also provided some as buffers for Tom. had thrown himself behind and upon them. there came a second smash. but. as the bicycle wheels collapsed under the pressure.

is "Oh. Damon on the head. at all events.'succeeded in lifting him out. "I bope not !" cried Tom. where it had hung by a strip of canvas came crashing down. Damon sides of revived. from which he was arising when he he killed ?" struck. I feelHe did not finish the sentence. Once in what was left the outer air Mr. "That's the electrical apparatus through the floor!" called Tom. and . Damon's aid. broken gaps. "Bless my top knot. Are you Mr. Damon. There was no diffiwere culty in emerging from the airship as there big. and hit Mr. on all of the cabin. The was eccentric man toppled over on his pile of cushions. what a terrible crash! guess so. My airship is ruined!" be ^lad are alive. Mr." answered the inventor.XI 4 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAbb slight explosion. "We must get him out of here. gasped Mr. There may be a fire. "Oh. At that moment "You may we a piece of wood. and opened his eyes." They both sprang to Mr. broken from the ceiling. Fenwick." said Mr. let's could be seen in the engine room. . get out of here before the gasolene sets anything on fire. and you. Da" mon. I all right. Fenwick?" "Yes. by a and a shower of sparks smashing "Come.

" added Tom. the gas bag was but a shred. friend's head. Nothing broken. Can you walk?' "Oh. to his head. what a wreck !" Mr. I I'm all "I was stunned for a moment. and the under part. I'm all right. where the starting wheels were placed. The cabin looked like a shack that had sustained an explosion of dynamite. "but you've got a lump there as big as an ostrich egg. The lad had picked up the can from where it had rolled from the wreck. "Indeed it is. I guess. "It doesn't seem to blow so hard. in a low voice. right now. Damon's head. I guess not." and his hand went "No." said Mr." observed 1 . nothing broken. as he came back with a tin can full of sea water." agreed Tom. with which to bathe Mr. 115 feeling of his "No swer. "It's a wonder we came out alive. twisted planes were wrapped about the afterpart. and they had landed right on the beach. Damon looked at the remains of the airThe bent and It certainly was a wreck! ship. cheerfully. Bless my stars." was the slow anno. the frame was splintered and twisted. resembled a lot of broken bicycles. Fenwick.ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND "Much hurt?" asked Tom.

" remarked Tom. sorrowfully." responded "It's an island. and now rested on the sand. was tenderly sopping his head with a handkerchief wet in the salt water. far. His legs felt rather queer. instead of on dry land. good shape/' mused "That looks to be in pretty . and be floundering in that. "I wonder where we are. miles. had fallen bodily *and walked on. through the floor. but which one. Now was over he was beginning to be aware of numerous bruises and contusions. anyhow?" "I haven't the least idea. Damon. Fenwick. who was carefully feeling of some bruises on his legs." agreed Mr. and on rolling up his He that the excitement trousers he found there was a deep cut in the below his knee. I judge." "That's so. It was bleeding. including most of the electrical apparatus.1 16 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE as he Mr. Peering about. or where don't know." Tom. right shin. the wind is dying out. "No. but it happened too late to do us any good. "Though if it hadn't blown us this we might have come to grief over the ocean. he saw that nearly the whole of the machinery in the engine room. it is I We were blown nearly two thousand walked over and surveyed the wreck. just but he bandaged it with a spare handkerchief.

and . 'What was that?" cried the inventor. Tom?" cried Mr. wonder if there's anything out. and cook something. he was halted halfway by a curious trembling feeling. ing sensation that that it was the ground the was shaking and trembling." spoke Tom." He self. Damon and Mr.ON EARTH Q UAKE ISLAND Tom. that's certain. left to eat in the wreck?" "Plenty." young inventor was returning to the wreck. !" had only minor "Bless my I coffee cup feel exclaimed Mr. island The lad turned back. Fenwick were staring after him with fear showing on their faces. "The whole place is shaking I" Indeed. Damon was more like himand Mr. hungry. cheerfully. We can't rebuild the airship here. "Bless my gizzard! Did you feel that. and perI haps can set up the gasolene stove. Fenwick had discovered that he bruises. and then returned Mr. but a he realized with a curious. walked about the wreck. Damon. At first he thought it was a the As weakness of his moment itself later caused by his cut. there was a stronger tremor now. to his friends. "I'll get it I can eat a sandwich or too myself. Mr. I "I declare. Damon. sickenlegs. "but any good it's 1 17 a question whether it will ever be to us.

and not far off a great crack The roaring. "We're in the midst of an earthquake !" . "An earthquake! It's an earthquake !" cried Tom. sound increased in volume. ing to and Suddenly they were tossed to the ground by a swaying motion.Il8 it TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE like distant thunder. was accompanied by a low. The adventurers were swayfro. rumbling sound. rumbling opened in the earth.

and. Off to one side there was a great fissure and.CHAPTER XIV A NIGHT IN CAMP rumbling and roaring continued for perhaps two minutes. during which time the castaways found it impossible to stand. their feet with a sickening mo- in the earth. Fenwick. wasn't Mr. Mr. Tom if it looked to see was extending in their direction. But the fissure did not increase in length or breadth. roaring sound subsided. Tom?" asked "It sure was. 119 . frightened as he was. presently the rumbling. If it was. "It was an earthquake. The island grew quiet and the airship travelers rose to their feet. for the island THE was shaking under tion. Damon." agreed the young inventor. or if a crack opened near them. "Bless cried my very existence! What happened?" it. they might be precipitated into some bottomless abyss. or into the depths of the sea.

" hope we don't have it?" "Do you think there is any likelihood of demanded Mr. ere it was "Where would you go?" again set in a turmoil by the earth-tremor. Fen wick." went on the eccentric man. "Then let's "All we can do is to wait until the shocks come . Damon. submay be that this one is merely a spasmodic tremor." proposed Mr. looking out across the tumbling ocean. I "Rather a hard one. and this island may it ject to quakes. "We are in a bad place do you think be more quakes. "Bless my 1 pocketbook! If I thought so I'd leave at once." assented Tom. or be something like Japan. which had hardly had a chance to subside from the gale.' inquired Tom. "Yes. "Let's take all the precautions possible. which brought us here Perhaps the great storm was part of the disturbance of nature which ended up with the earthquake." added Mr." declared Tom. "It's hard to say. any more. may have no more. Tom ?" I don't know where we are. with something like there'll a groan." We "And there may be one at any time.120 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE too. "That's so there isn't a place to escape to. get ready for it. Damon." "There aren't any to take.

and there may never be an- other. as he looked around on the island. were going to get something . wringing his hands. Damon and Mr. his heart and misgave him. "This is worse than falling in an airship! There you do have some chance. He realized that. dear me! Bless my fingernails!" cried Mr. Tom tried to assume a cheerfulness he did not feel. It was islands. in may assure him. and had a fund of scientific knowledge." "This not be so bad. for Tom was a lad of no ordinary attainments. Damon. But was no help for it." Tom cried to remay have been the first shock "Oh." suggested the lad. He resolved to do his best to avoid making his two companions worry. not a pleasant thought there it was like living over a mine. and then we must do the best we can. for he knew that such created suddenly* by a submarine upheaval. "Let's get after a while. he it was of volcanic origin. both Mr. that might explode at any moment. might just as suddenly be destroyed by an earthquake." "Oh. or by sinking into the ocean. it off "We our minds. in spite of his youth.A NIGHT IN CAMP i 2 if any more do come. a hundred years. Fenwick rather depended on him. which I hope won't happen." noted evidences that But. it Here you haven't any.

and gasolene for use Some in the airship. My appetite wasn't spoiled by the shock. was carried in steel tanks. Tom were you hurt in the quake?" asked the eccentric man." said Mr.122 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE to eat. but there was one cask of water left. for his right leg had been He cut when the Whizzer had fallen to to earth." Tom hastened to assure him. Tom hoped to be able to find a spring on the island. "but earthquake I can't I was forget it easily. of these had been split open by the crash. gasolerre. Water. to get out the gasolene stove. Tom was able It was broken. "What's the matter. that's all. . Da- mon. coffee. "No no. ." It's the first watched Tom as the latter advanced once more toward the wreck of the airship. Fen wick want to get out some food from the wrecked store room I'll see if I the airship. of the five burners were in commission. but two and could be used." can haul out the gasolene stove from Perhaps we can use it to make some By delving in about the wreck." "I declare mine wasn't either. and three of fuel. and noticed that the lad limped. ever in. Suppose we carry out that program. If you and Mr. "I just got a bump in the fall It isn't anything. insuring plenty of the liquid As for the water.

may be taken off we may be here finish." spoke Tom. knew why he had put so it "But in if we have to stay here long. even on a two weeks' trip in the air. " He stood There was a rumbling sound. Damon and Mr. . Fenwick. we If not to-day or to-morrow. rugged cliff about a quarter of a mile away. may come handy. The young "There is inventor shrugged his shoulders. Damon. "If a passing- steamer happens to see us. do you think we will be here long?" asked Mr. : A com- v "So did I. no telling. Tt was probably loosened by the shock. great piece of the precipice had fallen into the ocean. Tom did not a week.'A NIGHT IN CAMP 123 In the meanwhile. Fenwick had been investigating the contents of the There was a large supply of food. and the inventor of the Whizscr hardly much aboard. and fell so into the sea. much larger than would have been needed. Damon. Then there came a great splash in the water at the foot of a tall.' 'he said. and the earth seemed again to tremble. "Why. Mr." said Mr. or in a listening attitude. storeroom." observed Tom. with a grim smile. "I thought that was another earthquake ing." admitted Mr. with an air of relief.

"I suppose it's my fault." spoke Tom. the castaways proceeded to get their breakfast." "Indeed we are.124 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Their momentary fright over." in- Mr. which they had instead of bread. Damon. The poor old Whizser there's not much left of I saw that the her !" "Now sisted don't distress yourself in the least. "I'm proud to have built . munching his bacon dipping into his coffee the hard and eggs. so that the shock had broken only a few of them. Fenwick. "Well. I suppose. Shortly after- ward. I call this a fine breakfast. who was very fond of the latter. had brought along a supply. "We're mighty lucky to be eating at all. and while the storm was not at its height wind was freshening. but I never supposed it would grow to a gale so suddenly." exclaimed Mr. Fenwick. and a little later there was mingled with it the appetizing odor of sizzling bacon and eggs. for he had rescued a tea-kettle and a coffee pot from the wreck of the kitchen of the airship. Tom soon had water boiling on the gasolene stove. though. "I'm awfully sorry the airship is wrecked. for Mr. I should have turned back before we got over the ocean. carefully packed in sawdust carriers. the aroma of coffee rilled the air. Fenwick." chimed in Mr. and pilot biscuit.

I'm going to build a better one. which Tom had set up on the beach. from knowing the time when they had begun to fall. as he collected the which they had also secured from the wreck." observed Tom. for their watches had stopped when the shock of the wreck came. The wind had almost still en- tirely died away. They were seated on bits of broken boxes taken from the wreck. and the little party felt better. It . and accordingly set their timepieces. "And I'll take a voyage with you!' cried Mr. and. Tom. "we must begin to think about a place dishes. but presently the sun peeped out from the clouds. "Bless my teaspoon. Damon. "Well." promised the young inventor. to spend the night. I think we can rig up a from some of the canvas of the wingand from what is left of the cabin. and masses of sur heaving all They had no exact idea of the time. I see where I made lots of mistakes. they judged it was about ten o'clock. in which he himself joined. shelter planes. though the sea was in great billows. and as soon as I get back to Philadelphia.A NIGHT IN CAMP 125 a ship that could navigate at all. Tom Swift/' "I certainly will. forming a little circle about the gasolene stove. but will you kindly pass the bacon and eggs again !" There was a jolly laugh at the eccentric man. if you'll help me.

as they looked at the vegetation of the island. "I shouldn't be surprised if we were on one of the smaller of the West Indian islands." "We Damon.' mused Tom. I think this island is it practically unknown. I should say we were pretty well south." It was quite warm." haven't been all over it yet." assured him." said Tom. The storm brought us here. to have reached them. now that the storm was over. they saw that it was almost wholly tropical.126 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE doesn't need to be very heavy. might have landed us in a worse place. side. "I hope they weren't wrecked. including the parents of Mary Nestor. "No. "We certainly came far enough. flying a hundred miles or more an hour. on the other Tom and "Cannibals don't live in this part of the world. But there was little time If they were going to build a for idle thoughts." said "We may find cannibals Mr. shelter. had fared during the terrible blow. for from the warmth of the atmosphere." As he spoke he thought of the yacht Resolute. they knew . and. and he wondered how her passengers. as we 5 were. But this one doesn't appear to be inhabited.

By this time it was three o'clock. as he rolled himself up in his turned over to sleep. which would be protection enough climate. their spare clothing and other belongings. in that warm Next they got out the food and supplies. with the pieces of canvas from the wingplanes. ter These things were piled under another rude shelwhich they constructed. The others example. they sat about the cheerful blaze. and. again. a feeling of thankfulness that their lives with had been spared. for it island. few of which had been harmed in the fall from the clouds.'A NIGHT IN CAMP 127 must speedily get at it. "To-morrow we will explore the Tom. after supper. Accordingly. with which to make a fire. They collected driftwood. and planks were scattered about. discussing their adventures." said blankets and followed his was decided that no watch need . which was prepared on the gasolene stove. Boards. they set to work taking apart that they such of the wreck as could the more easily be got at. sticks. and some spare material which was carried on board. they soon had a fairly good shack. and. and they ate in their hastily Then they prepared to spend the night made camp.

nothing like as severe as the one in the morning. the night passed with no more terrors. It must have been about midnight that Tom was suddenly awakened by a feeling as if some one was shaking him. However. He sat up quickly and called out : "What's the matter ?" "Eh? What's that? Bless my soul! going on?" shouted Mr. But it set their nerves the remainder of the night sleepIng in blankets on the warm sands. . Fenwick. soberly. Damon and Mr. Damon. "I? No. "Another earthquake!" groaned Mr. on edge. What ?" What's Then they realized that another earth-tremor was making the whole island tremble. it was the earth shaking. Damon. followed by Mr. Tom leaped from his blankets. near the fire. and rushed outside the shack. tive quiet. for they feared lest a shock might bring the shack They passed down about their heads. "How often are we to have them?" "I don't know. but over in a few seconds." answered Tom.128 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Thus passed several hours in compara- be kept. The shock was a They felt slight one. "Did you shake me?" inquired Tom.

They came up from the waves." added Mr. and the violence of the sea had greatly subsided during the night. "You did get quite a gash." ob served Mr. "I think it will feel better.' 129 if we can . tossed aside his blankets. didn't you. including Tom's cut leg. down to the surf. Fenwick. had awakened him. and their bruises and bumps. dressings and bandages in the airship.CHAPTER XV THE OTHER CASTAWAYS "WELL. I have antiseptic "Better put something on it. Damon also joined the bathers. at any rate. we're all alive." announced Tom." the lad added. felt much better. shining into his eyes. and Mr. Fenwick. and stood up." "I'm with you. as he noticed Tom's leg. "Now make me as he walked for a dip in old Briney. He sat up. their shack had suffered not at all from the slight shock in the darkness. tingling with health. 1 find them. when the bright sun. The day was a fine one.

as they sat about. while we are sleeping in it." sug- Tom. * ' considering the exigencies under which it was prepared. to make a better house to stay in. and I'd like a more substantial residence. and built of light materials. So I recollect now. of which part remained in the wreck of the Whizzer. that. after they had washed up what few dishes they used." "Ha! wick. but ." "I think the one gested we now have will do." pro* posed Mr. of light pieces of wood and canvas on us. we will not be injured. he got out the medicine chest. so?" "I was going to propose making it even less substantial. after breakfast." "Why Made "Because. Damon wanted "Let's know. and following a fairly substantial meal." spoke Mr. "We may have to remain here for some time. Fen- "I used to read that in my geography. "In earthquake countries all the houses are low. Damon." it can't harm us very much if it falls "That's right." agreed Mr. He felt much better after "Well.130 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE look for "I'll them. in the event of an earthquake." Tom promised. and dressed his wound. what's our program for to-day?" Mr. Fenwick.

was noon when they had their shack rebuilt to their liking. as much as possible. Thereupon they fell to work. and. would afford them all the protection needed in that mild climate." was Tom's reply. " hope there won't be any more. but the others knew what he meant. within a short time. though there were some salted and smoked meats. and there way of telling when the next will come. now. as it was exceedingly uncomfortable to rest on the sands even wrapped in blankets. But do you think we will be subject to the quakes?" "I'm afraid so. But canned food can be had . Of course all the stuff they had was canned.THE OTHER CASTAWAYS never thought it would apply to me. "We've had I two. There was quite a variety of stores in the airIt enough for a much larger party than that of our three friends. For they decided that they needed some shelter from the night dews. and soon had made a shelter that. but is no We will He did not finish his sentence. at the same time. and bring it down about their heads while they were sleeping in it. there would be no danger should an earthquake collapse it. and they varied their meals ship. and they stopped for dinner. and with a driftwood fire burning nearby. while very light and frail.

" went on Tom. "Bless my frying pan! but I should hate to be captured by cannibals at my time of life. and see what sort of an island we have taken possession of. to an exploring expedition asked Tom." came from Mr." or cannibals/' "Don't worry. Damon. then we'll explore.132 in TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE a variety of forms now-a-days. there are none*here." Tom as- sured him again. "We will make Tom. Fen wick. "Perhaps on the other side we will stand a much better chance of speaking some passing vessel. "and then. we'll ." "All right." proposed we can discover nothing. They set out on their journey around the island. now. as they sat about "We ought to find out what kind of an island we're on. but I haven't seen the sign of a ship. 'What do you say this afternoon?' 1 after dinner. as it was easier walking that way. "And natives see if it isn't already in possession of suggested Mr." "I agree with you. so the castaways did not lack much. I have been watching the horizon for some time. since the interior of the place consisted of rugged rocks in a sort of miniature mountain chain. if a circuit of the place. They agreed that it would be best to fol- low the beach around.

they walked for was larger than they it soon became evident that had supposed. and we ought to be able to see in any direction for a great distance from the topmost peak. Fenwick would have a chance words to her husband." Tom said nothing. know she'll told you so/ as soon as I get back to Phila- delphia. and. to utter those significant Following the beach line. and get ready for a longer expedition to-morrow. that I am all right." said Tom. and it would take at least a day to get all around it." added Mr. now that I I have sailed and have been wrecked. do now is "I think the best thing we can to return to camp." Mr. send word will "I want to home worry when I set out. it. but he thought to himself that it might be some time before Mrs.THE OTHER CASTAWAYS 133 go inland. but Mr. My wife she learns that the airship. We 'may be able to signal a vessel. Damon called out : . in which "I fancy we all has disappeared. "In which case we will need some lunch with island The *us." 1 "I hope so!" cried Mr. The centre of the island is quite high. Fenwick was of the same mind. several miles." would like to send word home. Damon. Fenwick. in 'I "My wife never wanted me say to build this airship.

toward which they had been walking. gone than there came the preliminary rumbling and roaring that they had come to associate with an earthquake. reeling He saw Mr." oblige him they followed. The island seemed to rock to its very centre. a little fire on the sand. To topple to the beach. clinging to one . the Tom companions. what Then we'll turn back. The island ceased trembling. Its removal by the earthquake them a view of a part of the beach that had gave hitherto been hidden from them. gathered around astonishment. the ground began to shiver and shake. Some were standing. And what Tom saw caused him to cry out in For he beheld. In another instant it was flung outward and into the sea. "Here comes another one !" cried Tom. At the same time. followed by his He looked toward the place where had been. They had not more than a hundred yards toward the cliff. a great mass of rock and stone. and the roaring Suddenly the whole cliff stopped.134 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE go just is ''Let's beyond that to be cliff. cliff rose to his feet. The roaring increased. close at hand. Damon and Mr. appeared to shake itself loose. Fenwick about. a party of men and women. and see sort of a view had from there. and the rumbling was like thunder.

THE OTHER CASTAWAYS another in terror. he added under his unfortunates on earthquake island "More castbreath." and. "More castaways'/' cried Tom. 135 Some were prostrate on the ground. aways. "more !" . Others were running to and fro in bewilderment.

"Is it do I really am I dreaming or not?" at length gasped Mr. Damon nor Mr. and immense waves rushed up on shore. They had arisen from the beach. Damon. Tom?" inquired Mr. "But how why how did they get here?" kisser. or do we really see people." replied the lad. There was a violent agitation in the sea. Fenwick spoke.. "They are real enough people. but all the islanders were beyond the reach of the rollers. went on the inventor of the W 136 . Fenwick. . where the shock of the earthquake had thrown them. in turn were gazing to\vard our three friends. caused by the fall of the great cliff. himself. following Tom's announce- ment to his two companions. and were now staring toward the other band of castaways. who. "Is this a mirage. somewhat dazed by the unexpected ap- pearance of the other castaways.CHAPTER XVI AN ALARMING THEORY FOR a few seconds. neither Mr.

" The tremor of the earthquake had now subsided. "and they don't seem to have been able to save much from the wreck the of their craft." "They are. "Nine of them. whatever it was. and meet them. suppose they are a party from some disabled airship.' But we will soon find out who they Tom fall led the cliff it. "Do you "Not from an airship. we're all right. Those who had fallen. "They seem to be persons like ourselves. Fenwick. to where the other . Damon. Tom. as he counted little band of castaways. and the little band that was gathered about a big fire of driftwood was calmer. arose." murmured Tom.AN ALARMING THEORY 137 "As long as they're not cannibals. Let's go forward. Others advanced toward our friends." The beach all about them was bare. "Probably from some vessel that was wrecked in the gale." answered the lad. or who had thrown themselves on the sand. The had made a rugged path around over rocks. save for a boat drawn up out of reach of high water. Tom. "and they appear to be in the same sort of trouble as ourselves." murmured Mr." agreed the lad." asked Mr. and began feeling of their arms and legs to see if they had sustained any injuries. of the the base of way for his two friends. are.

Tom scrambled in and out among the boulders. hi-s first impression had been correct. leg. and how they had come Several of the larger party were to meet the lad and his friends. A moment later. recognizing the "And Mrs. Nestor!" look yet he added a moment later. "Yes Tom Swift the young inventor the lad of Shopton don't you know Mary's life in the runaway who saved "Is it Tom Swift!" Nestor. in spite of the pain it caused his wounded there. Nestor!" cried father of his girl friend. when the lad had a good view of one of the ladies and a gentleman. Tom.138 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE people stood. it's it's it be possible and Tom the Swift !" cried the lady. "Tom possible Swift !" murmured Mr. he could Then he not repress a cry of astonishment." answered the . now advancing Tom could see two women and seven men. all !" "I'm Tom Swift. No. right. "Tom Tom Swift here ?" ejaculated man at her side. "Mr. "Why can't of all things Amos why. He was anxious to know who the other castaways were. to make sure it was not some rubbed his eyes blur or defect of vision.

! we have a large supply of food. as guests of Mr. Hosbrook. and was shaking hands with Mary's parents. though our airship was wrecked. for. and we dropped down here. Come over to our camp. met you. and we'll give you all you want!" Tom had rushed forward. Nestor ?" you get "I might ask you the same thing. was wrecked in the awful gale. so unexpectedly met with. Nestor called out "Come over here. The yacht Resolute." late island "Oh. think of meeting other people on this desothis island of earthquakes. the millionaire owner of the ill-fated Resolute was shaking hands with Tom. Fenwick's airship was wrecked.AN ALARMING THEORY 139 " but how in the world did owner of that name. and we only had a little island. Tom. please don't speak of earthquakes !" cried . We are almost starved! But how came food. We took to the boats and managed to reach this The yacht sunk. Mr. Hosbrook said. What a coincidence! To But if you're think that I should meet you here it's the best thing in the world that we hungry. "I can't understand it. on which we were making a voyage to the West Indies. you here?" "Mr. George Hosbrook. Mr. : I want you to meet a friend of mine." A "To moment later." Mr. on this island. when Mr.

who was spoken of as a scientist. one containing most of the crew. there was Mr. Ralph Parker. Floyd Ander- "That's what The son. our own if we have heard nothing about them. . and the other containing some of my guests. awful ! It is a regular earthquake island !" . Mr. Mr. "And are these all who were saved?' asked told Tom. "If you have. and briefly of their air voyage. Captain Men- command of the yacht. but However. others of the larger party of refugees now came up. I call it. that you had food?" he went on. and Mrs." spoke Tom. "We are in mortal terror! There have been several since we landed in the most Isn't it terrible storm day before ytesterday. grimly. who had been in s-aspiciously. Barcoe Jenks." "But did I understand you to say. who seemed an odd sort of individual. I trust they have been rescued. espeI cially for these two ladies. "No. Besides Mr." answered Mr. and Mr. as he introduced his two friends.140 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Mrs. always looking about tor. and Mrs. Swift. Hosbrook. friends of the millionaire . got away before our boat left. I will gladly pay you any price for some. who must be faint. "two other boatloads. the mate of the vessel. Nestor. Hosbrook. lives may not long be safe. Nestor. Mr. ' these earthquakes continue. and 3 Jake Fordam.

Jenks." broke in the man had been introduced as Barcoe Jenks." proposed Tom. gladly have enough for all." went on Mr. yes!" joined in eagerly. Hosbrook has no money. "Don't speak of reimbursing us. 'You are welcome to whatever we have." said Mr. I beg of gasolene stove. "Suppose we go to our camp. I will "Don't speak of such a thing as pay. per- who have can offer an equivalent." . er I only spoke of it.AN ALARMING THEORY have lost all 141 my ready cash. 'We may be able to get you up a good meal. you. certainly. and we can cook on our Don't speak of pay. "Well. a belt that some " He might con- tain treasure. Fenwick. but " if we ever reach civilization. "I er stopped and looked about indefinitely. "Bless my I topknot. as though he did not know exactly what to say. but said nothing." We "Ah haps I er. Come over to our camp." Jenks. Fenwick. Damon. if Mr. and then he turned away. before another earthquake comes. Mr. and he was fumbling securities at a belt about his waist. hesitatingly." inter"All that we have we'll rupted Mr. Hosbrook looked sharply at him. Mr. share with you. with rather a suspicious glance at Mr.

. and has But I am sure what causes the earthquakes is that the whole island has been undermined by the sea." added Mrs." said Mr. This island is one of the smaller of the Indies group. propounding "Sink!" ejaculated Mrs. "Yes. time. visited. One never knows when to expect them." "Undermined by the sea?" repeated Tom. theory?" inquired Tom." "Bless my soul! Washed away!" gasped Mr. as cheer- fully as though he was a professor some problem to his class. Nestor. "Yes. what an alarming theory!" "I wish I could hold to a different one. the scientist. with a nervous shiver. Nestor. "And. and it is the wash of great submarine waves and currents which cause the tremors." went on the scientist. West that seldom been known.142 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE many of them?" "I wonder what makes so asked Mrs. who. up to this time had spoken but u II' little. Parker. It is being slowly washed away. it in the course of a comparatively short will sink. they are terrifying! son. "The whole island undermined! Oh. indeed. It is little I believe. Ander"I have a theory about them. Damon. 'Yes.

Parker's answer." was Mr.AN ALARMING THEORY madam. but he stopped in confusion." "Then what good will my began Barcoe Jenks. . and again his hand went to his belt with a queer gesture. "but not. I 143 I can- think the island will sink after a few " more shocks.

"You don't really mean to say.CHAPTER XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK TOM SWIFT Jenks. but it is borne out by the facts already presented to us. save to 144 wait for it to happen. That individual manner." answered the scientist. I greatly fear for our lives !" "But what can we do ?" cried Mrs. but the man seemed to be He was contrying to hold back some secret. and his gone to his belt. turned to gaze at Mr. strained and ill at ease. It may be a wrong one. do you?" asked the owner of the Resolute. "That's my theory. which had motion. that you think the whole island is undermined. He saw the young in- ventor looking at him. with a spasmodic hands. with a shrug of his shoulders." . dropped to his side. "Absolutely nothing. Parker. Nestor. Barcoe certainly had a strange it might be caused by the terPerhaps ror of the earthquakes. "Nothing.

" "I want to be saved!" exclaimed Mr." something else be done ?" demanded Mrs. Anderson. Nestor. can discuss means of savf We ing ourselves. "Oh. ing on this terrible earthquake island. "It would never do to put to sea in that." interrupted Captain Mentor. Jenks. come up Afterward we have to our camp. Damon. Mr. as for the unfortunate w^omen of the and one of them was Mary's mother! Yet what could he do? What chance was there of escaping from the earthquake? "Bless my gizzard!" exclaimed Mr. it is awful to think of perishOh. Our hero was almost party not so much for himself.A MIGHTY SHOCK "Don't say that!" 145 begged Mrs. madam. "I must be saved! I have a great secret a secret " . "Can't you gentlemen do something build a boat and take us away. : Tom told of his visit to the Nestors' home. and stove a hole in the bottom. the boat w e came r here in " "Struck a rock. Swift ?' in despair. as big as a barrel. Think of it. Why. and Mary home alone Amos "But can't ! ! Have you seen her lately. "Don't let's stand here worrying! If you folks are hungry plenty.

"And . Fenwick. and it has been terrible. place And my husband and I too. Then. "but we won't be far out." 'Where are we. and how. "I would give a big reward to be saved. That name seems exactly. Nestor. while talking. anyhow?" inquired Mr." added CapThis likely to. if isn't "What island down on it is this?' we to call fit it Earthquake Island. On the way." was the captain's reply. helpless in They had walked the trough of the sea. and now had gone past the broken cliff. out of the track of the regular line of vessels. Mr. the earthquakes! had." he dmurmured. I fancy. how the fires had gone out. and most unexpectedly come upon the island. Hosbrook related how his yacht had struggled in vain against the tempest. "And island is so.146 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Once more he paused in confusion. "We haven't had a to sleep. I believe. Tom and his two friends of the airship led the way to the camp they had made. how she had sprung a leak. since we landed we have had very little to eat. 'It the charts. we all tain Mentor." said Mrs. and once more his hands nervously sought his belt. Then they had taken to the boats. "But we are not would. the gallant vessel began to founder." on.

The ruins of the airship were examined with interest. One was soon in course of preparation by Torn and Mr. while was . to get some much needed meal should be ready. "I'll do we can to get us off this island. You will be at least for a little while." answered Tom. If we stay here all I there is scientist's no telling what will happen. Swift! Do think there is any chance of us ever seeing you her again?" "I don't know. At Tom's tain yet light. as they left the vessel. Mr.A MIGHTY SHOCK 147 worried so about Mary. if is that our camp. Damon. for there were now many mouths to feed. CapMentor and some of the men hunted for a it request. softly. PerhapSf can build a raft. had brought along such a supply of food. Tom In a short time they were at the place where and the others had built the shack. for it was getting late) was much enjoyed. The yacht castaways had subsisted on what little food had been hurriedly put into the life boat. and the two women took advantage of the seclusion of the rest until a little hut. of the Fortunate it was that Mr." more comfortable. goes without saying. aided by Mate Fordam. just ahead. Oh. Fenwick Resolute. But there theory is correct. and set out. That the supper (which the meal really was.

if only awakened by an earthquake!" exclaimed Mrs. in one Torn and case of another shock. the food from the wreck of the fire was taken and when darkthe camp was snug and comstores airship. Nestor.148 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE spring of fresh water. The remainder of ness began to fortable. as was the his friends first built. There was plenty of material at hand for construction. In the morning the castaways took courage and. we can sleep without being my eyes !" "If it would do any good to stay up and watch. mak ing other shacks. a big fall. the night did pass peacefully. Anderson. and found one. and "Oh. and they were soon in course of They were made light. for. with a laugh. the young inventor saw the necessity for more water." spoke Tom. "but they come with- out warning. and there was not the least tremor of the island. The spring gave promise of supplying a sufficient quantity. with the increase in the party. no one would be hurt seriously." However. . and the The two ladies were given the larger men divided themselves between that two others w ere r hastily erected on the beach. so that. "But I am almost afraid to close of driftwood burning brightly. as she prepared to go into the shack with Mrs. I'd do so. shack. /to tell you when one was coming.

Wait and see if I can work it !" "No. cried M'r. "It seems to me build some sort of a raft. "But it isn't. Tom. Fenwick. He seems to me to sea sprang to his feet. "Why It can't we wait for some steamer to see hoist a signal of distress. Damon. you?" "Does your sore leg hurt have just thought of a plan!" "I have it! fairly shouted the young inventor. who was looking at the wreck of the airship." said Captain Mentor. rather than . suddenly uttered an exclamation. that the only solution is to or other craft and leave the island. I don't like the idea. a It was accompanied. but I "Work what?" cried Mr." His words seemed to strike coldness to every heart. Tom whence the yacht castaways had come. did not get a chance to answer. Our flag might fly for a year. and it and call for us? that would be more simple than on a raft.A MIGHTY SHOCK after breakfast. at the far end of the island." going "A signal would be all right. if this island was in the path of the steamers. at that moment." said Mr. 149 began discussing their situation more calmly. there sounded. terrific crash. "What is it?" demanded Mr. for. "Bless my hair brush!" Dhmon. Fenwick. and never be seen.

slip off.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE followed. "Another earthquake!" screamed Mrs. before their eyes. by a shaking. they saw the extreme end of that part of the island on which they were camping. The castaways gazed at each other affrighted. while the echoes of the mighty crash came to their ears ! . Nesrushing toward her husband. and swaying of tor. trembling the ground. Suddenly. and disappear beneath the foaming waves of the sea.

the castaways gazed spell-bound at one another. I had the castaways remained where they had been standing they would have been sw ept out to sea. and well-nigh paralyzed by the suddenness of the awful crash. caused by the immersion of such a quantity of rock and here dirt. and. JENKS HAS DIAMONDS STUNNED. They realized his meaning. As it was the flood reached part of the wreck r of the airship. and washed 151 . !" "Look out !" yelled Tom. the waves came leaping back. and the recurrence of the earthquake. And it did. "there may be a Rood and hastened up the beach. At first the ocean retreated. then. that lay on the beach. as though the tide was going out. out of reach of the water if it should come. with a rush and roar.CHAPTER XVIII MR. Succeeding the disappearance of the end of the island there arose a great wave in the ocean.

" he added. signal shall be hoisted- at once. even lar ^'essels. Fordam would attend to that. "If you don't mind. True. I wish you and Mr." added Mr. solemnly. Come Mr. turning to the first mate. and only the two ladies exhibited any outward signs of great alarm. Captain Mentor. but. was nervously fingering the belt which he wore about his waist." "I will. itself "The shock expended en tearing that mass of rock and earth us away. Hosbrook. after the rush of water. away some first and there was no more danger from that source." answered the commander of the ill-fated Resolute. the sea grew less troubled. the whole island was rumbling and trembling in the throes of an earthquake.152 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE of the broken planks. though Mr. "The on. blown out of her course may see it. if we are out of the track of reguSome ship. "I wish you would first help me to get what remains of . Fordam. But. "I guess the worst is over." "Let hope so.( had become somewhat used to this." spoke Mr. as they stood looking toward where part by this time. if we could only get away from this terrible place! We must hoist a signal of disti ess. Tom observed. Fenwick. "Oh. Barcoe Jenks. the refugees of the island had vanished. sir." interrupted Tom.

Jenks. if you don't mind. That one nearly covered it." Indeed. and began pulling off some broken boards to get at the "Well. and to ask Tom a question. So. Damon to look at him curiously. ." spoke the millionaire yacht electrical owner. The odd gentleman started to utter one of his numerous blessings. In fact. but he thought better of it. Swift a hand. be. By this time the earthquake had ceased. Captain. would result "There isn't make a little anything about the wreck that we could use to boat or raft from. . handy before we leave here. it may come in machinery. that caused Mr. "I guess you had better give Mr." put "I can't see that any great harm in Mr. and the we can do is to aid them in anything they ask. you and the mate bear a hand." said Tom. but "I don't know what good least the wreck can we owe considerable to Mr. and if there are other big rollers.MR. there was left of the airship. Tom started toward the airship wreck. Swift and his friends. the wreck may be -washed out to sea. and the castaways were calmer.Captain Mentor. save the mass of ma- chinery. and there was a quiet determined air about him. JENKS HAS DIAMONDS 153 the airship up out of reach of any more possible high waves." from that.

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and move the wreck so far up that

we'll all help,

there will be no danger, even from tidal waves."

Tom
and
all

looked pleased at this order, and soon he
the

men in the little party were busy takout the electrical apparatus, and moving it ing farther inland.
'What are you going to do with it, Tom?" asked Mr. Damon, in a low voice, as he assisted
the
that

young inventor to carry a small dynamo, was used for operating the incandescent

lights.

"I hardly

know
not.

myself.
I

I

have a half-formed
it

plan in

my
may

mind.

may

be able to carry

out,

to say anything until I look over the machinery, and see if all the parts which I need are here. Please say nothing
I

and

I don't

want

about

it."

"Bless

my

toothpick!

Of

course,

I'll

not,"

promised Mr. Damon. When the removal of most of the machinery of the wrecked airship had been completed, Mrs. Nestor exclaimed "Well, since you are moving that out of harm's
:

way, don't you think it would be a good idea I'm sure I'll never to change our camp, also?
sleep a wink, thinking that part of the island may fall into the ocean at any moment in the night,

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HAS DIAMONDS

155

and create a wave that may wash us all out to Can't we move the camp, Mr. Swift?" sea. "No reason why we can't," answered the lad, "I think it would be a good plan to smiling.
take
it

farther back.

We
we

are likely to be here
it,

some
build

time, and, while

are about

we might

more complete

shelters,

and have a few

more comforts."
others agreed with this idea, so the little shacks that had been erected were taken down,
to higher ground, where a better outlook could be had of the surrounding ocean.

The

and moved

At the same time

as safe a place as possible, con-

sidering the frequent earthquakes, was picked out a place where there were no overhanging rocks or cliffs.

Three huts were built, one for the two ladies, one for the men, and third where the cooking could be done. This last also held the food supplies and stores, and Tom noted, with satisfaction, that there

over a week.
kitchen stores.

was still sufficient to Mr. Fenwick had not

eat to last

stinted his

This work done, Captain Mentor and Mate Fordam went to the highest part of the island,

where they erected a signal, made from pieces of canvas that had been in the life boat. The boat itself was brought around to the new camp, and

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it was hoped that it could be repaired, and But too large a hole had been stove in the bottom, so it was broken up, and the planks used

at first

used.

making the shacks. This work occupied the better part of two days, and during this time, there were no more earthThe castaways began to hope that the quakes. island would not be quiet for a while. Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Nestor assumed charge of the
in

"housekeeping" arrangements, and also the cook-

The two ladies even instituted wash-day," and when a number of garments were hung on lines to dry, the camp looked like some summer colony of
ing,

which relieved

Tom

from those
"

duties.

pleasure-seekers, out for a holiday. had spent In the meanwhile,

Tom

most of

his

time

among

the machinery which had been taken

from the airship. He inspected it carefully, tested some of the apparatus, and made some calculations on a bit of paper. He seemed greatly pleased over something, and one afternoon, when he was removing some of the guy and stay wires from the collapsed frame of the Whizzer, he was approached by Mr. Barcoe Jenks. "Planning something new?" asked Mr. Jenks, with an attempt at jollity, which, however, failed. The man had a curious air about him, as if he

MR. JENKS

HAS DIAMONDS
was too much

157
for

was carrying some
him.
"

secret that

"

Well, nothing exactly new," answered
best I

Tom.

At
"

am

merely going

to try an experi-

ment."
"

An experiment, eh?" resumed Mr. Jenks. And might I ask if it has anything to do with
:

rescuing us from this island ?' "I hope it will have," answered

Tom,
I

gravely.

"Good!" exclaimed Mr. Jenks.

"Well,

now

I

have a proposition to make to you. you are not very wealthy, Mr. Swift ?"
at

suppose

He

gazed

Tom,
"I

quizzically.

not poor," answer, "but proud

am

I

was the young inventor's would be glad to make

more money

legitimately."

"I thought so. here !"

Most every one would. Look

He

approached closer to Tom, and, pulling his
his pocket, held
it

hand from

extended.

In the

palm were a number of irregularly-shaped obstones or crystals the lad took them tc be. jects
or crysyet they did not look like ordinary stones
tals.

"Do you know what

those are?" asked Mr,

Jenks. "I might guess," replied "I'll save you the trouble.

Tom.
They
are diamonds
!

'make/" answered Mr. rights Will you help? now. island. If have half a million dollars you get me safely off this make you a quarter of a million dollars worth of diamonds!" "Make me a quarter of a million dollars worth of diamonds?" asked Tom. though they are not See." "That "Yes. island I Get me away from the and I will share my knowledge with you need help to make help to learn the secret and help the diamonds see. almost at the feet of Mr. struck by the use of the work "make. Will Before Tom could answer. I'll you ordinary diamonds. Jenks. with a cry of ventor. Jenks. there are some of the first ones made. but I have been defrauded of my I need the aid of a young fellow like you.158 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE the very I first Diamonds of water. and a great fissure opened. iike They give you some diamonds are genuine. " I made them. but uncut Now to the point. I will agree to is if I can discover the secret the secret of Phantom Mountain. worth of them. leaped toward the young in- . who. there came a warning rumble of the earth. fear.

He was 159 becoming used to the . dynamos and gasolene engine. "The machinery? What do I care about the machinery?" cried Mr. this fied "And with that phenomena. for with the same suddenness with which it opened. "I want to save my life !" machinery is our only hope!" reHe began tugging at the heavy torted Tom." spoke Tom. the earthquake ceased. first save this machinery!" yelled let it fall into Tom. and the island no longer trembled. Jenks. "That was a light one.CHAPTER XIX SECRET OPERATIONS HELP me whose tus. and. as if satisagain. until it was almost to the place where the parts of the wrecked airship had been carried. but he might have saved himself the trouble. with an air of relief. the crack closed The shock had done it. thought was for the electrical appara- "Don't that chasm !" For the crack had widened.

" "This is replied the yacht owner. in some confusion. Tom. when he saw that his precious machinery was not damaged he could view the earth tremors calmly. Jenks walked away." called the captain. "I should say But what are you doing. but they still continue. 9 "We came to see if you were hurt. "No." went on the millionaire. and. says this last shock bears out his theory. from the shocks. I'll see you again. I "Slight!" exclaimed Mr. Hosbrook coming." and with that. . the queer Mr." commented so. I hoped we were free getting awful. "Well. Jenks." added Tom. Please don't say anything to them about the diamonds." "We guess they will. How about the others?" "Only frightened. Swift?" "Trying an experiment. Mr. to say the least.160 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE shocks now." "Comforting. "And I "He when says it will be only a question of a few days the whole island will disappear. are on Earthquake Island!" certainly "Mr. the scientist." answered the young He was not yet inventor. I'm all right. Mr. ready to talk about his plans. But I see Captain Mentor and don't call it so. as he neared the young inventor. Parker.

Tom. after the shock. go to sea with anything it is we can conI risking our to do. Hosbrook?" "Not a great deal. and tell the others that you are all right. "I left the camp. but the island/' went on the millionaire." said Tom. There is noth- gested Tom. Nestor was worried about you." sugto change the subject. with a sudden impulse. Then." was the reply. Barcoe yes. Mr. "I confess I "No. to carry out his intention. I believe I'll do that. ( Jenks. and getting away from "It will be perilous to struct. "Well." The place to which the airship machinery had l^een removed was some "Oh.SECRET OPERATIONS 161 "We some must begin to think seriously of building sort of a boat or raft. that is the trouble But I did think of hoisting another signal. Hosbrook. distance from the camp. : I'm right. and out of all sight of the shacks. on this end of the island. . "In fact." am at a loss to know what to do." lives to stay here. where it might be seen if our ! first one wasn't. he asked "Do you know much about this Mr. I think I'll get back. hoping ing with which to do anything." and he moved away. don't know what "Perhaps Captain Mentor has some plan. because Mrs. answered the commander." spoke Mr.

So that is how he came to be among my guests. and he asked if my he could bring with him a Mr. "Just what the rest of us think. I assented. I had invited a Mr. a friend of his. to know what I planned to do. but I suppose we all are. though he is a comparative stranger to all of us. though he was in this guest on the Resolute. Hosbrook suspiciously.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE I may say I do not know him at all. Why do " you ask?" "Because I thought he acted rather strangely. Jenks. to get off "No." He wanted "Did you tell him ?" "No." spoke Tom." declared the yacht owner. even if his friend did not. and Mr. that I invited him to remain on board. Just as we were about to sail Mr. Jenks. Jackson received a message requiring his presence in Canada. and was so fond of the water. and he could not make the trip. Jenks seemed so cut-up about being deprived of the yachting trip. "He is no friend of mine. Jackson came aboard with Mr." "I see. Frank Jackson to make the trip with me. It came about way. for the reason that I don't know whether . "Has he been acting unusually strange?" asked Mr. "But Mr. only he seemed very anxious the island.

For the next three days Tom. and our three . Hosbrook sent him away. Mr. Jenks around the spot. young to former. and his two friends. if you can work that it will the greatest things you have ever done!" "I hope I can work it. busy with many which crowded upon him. Damon.SECRET OPERATIONS I 163 can succeed or not. whatever I wish you luck. the millionthoughts. Hosbrook. and I don't want tell to raise false hopes. blessed himself and The his various possessions so often. little leaving A while after Tom alone. Fenwick. this Tom might have been seen in close conversation with Mr." i "Then you would us?" prefer not to any of "No one I that is except Mr. moved away. that have gotten out of breath. may need them to help me. Fenwick and Mr." was all the young in- ventor replied. spent most of their time in the neigh- borhood of the pile of machinery and apparatus taken from the wrecked Whizzer. Fenwick exbe one of claimed 'Tom. It is certainly a fearful place aire this island. it is." responded Mr. on hearing what the inventor had to say. : he seemed Mr. Damon and Mr. "Well. but a word or two from hung Mr." "I see." and.

the pearance of the island." was the disearthquake. But there had been no shocks since the one that nearly engulfed Mr. Tom wondered what kind of diamonds they were that the odd man had." all our plans. scientist. Tom dynamo." answered Tom. "You will soon know I think they will work out. as Tom did not want his plans known until he was ready. and his friends built a rude shack around the machinery shutting "Humph! it from view.164 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE friends were left to their work in peace. Parker. for they were inclined to be secretive about their operations. Then it was attached to the When this much had been done. I simply want to protect it from the weather. But he was too "You'd better busy with his work to waste much time speculation. and wandered off alone by himself. The gasolene motor was overhauled. do it before we get another and the island sinks. Are you afraid we will steal it?" asked Mr. in idle . who held to his alarming theory regarding the ultimate disap- "No. and put in shape to work. mal response. As for that individual he said little to any one. Jenks. and the lad even had his doubts as to the value of the queer stones he had seen.

Fenwick. and Mr. and in that time had sufSome were mere tremors. Mr. But. hoping for a sight of the 165 sail of some vessel. As for Tom. and some were so severe as to throw whole porcastaways Island a tions of the isle into the sea.CHAPTER XX THE WIRELESS PLANT had been on Earthquake week now. and he kept much by himself. Captain Mentor and the mate spent much time gazing off to sea. or the haze that would indicate . in spite of this. and often one awakened them in the night. Only Mr. the refugees were as cheerful as it was possible to be under the circumstances. fered many shocks. Damon and Mr. the three were busy in their shack. tell THE when a shock They never could was coming. The others had ceased to ask questions about what they were doing. Nestor and his wife took it for granted that Tom was building a boat. Jenks seemed nervous and ill at ease.

entist. be that seme tramp steamer. TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE smoke of a steamer. 'Well. Parker." "If money was any object . "What good would money be ?" demanded Mr. I tell you. But they saw noth- "I haven't much hope of sighting anything/* "I know we are off the track the captain said. and our only chance would. friends. indignantly." stubbornly insisted the sciIt doesn't "What if it is? do any good to re- mind us of it. "Why don't you keep such thoughts to yourself?" demanded the millionaire yacht owner. "And the message needs to go off soon. the scientist. would see our signal. Hosbrook." "Why so?" asked Mr. Anderson. "What we need to do is to get a message to some one some of my friends to send out a party to rescue us. or some ship blown off her course.166 the ing. if we are to be saved. it's true. of the regular liners. Jenks." chimed in Mr." "That's right. we're in a bad way." ." began Mr. I "Because of a week!" think this island will sink inside A scream came from the two ladies.

" replied Tom. and worry may ing help. Mary. and had heard the conversation. how I wish I could send my She daughter. from the "I said perhaps we weren't altogether cut off rest of the world.THE WIRELESS PLANT gizzard. summon- would be the very thing. word of where we are. He had come up silently." "But it is out of the question to send a mes- sage for help from Earthquake Island. "You say that you have been building a little boat up there in your a shack. not. do you?" "Not a boat. "If we only could get a message it off. Damon. quietly. "What's that you said?" cried Mr." added Mrs. "but I think I have means of sending out a call for help!" "Oh. "We are are totally cut off frora the rest of the world here." "Perhaps not. I'm hungry. Nestor. Swift how?" exclaimed . Anderson." to "Why don't mean demanded Captain Mentor. Tom Mr." That seemed to be his remedy for a number "Bless my of ills." repeated Tom. "Oh. hear of the wreck of the Resolute. herself to death. no!'* exclaimed Mr. springing to his feet." spoke Tom Swift." sighed Mrs. Nestor. "Suppose we have dinner. and crossing the sandy beach toward the lad.

" said the lad. "But I think I can summon help. in building an apparatus that "Not exactly. " "I'll give He paused. whereat Tom blushed. Mr. Damon and Mr. "Oh. Tom!" cried Mrs. Anderson." will send out wireless messages!" "Wireless messages!" gasped the millionaire. We did not want to say anything about it until we were sure we could suchis belt. clasped his hands on and turned away. threw her arms about his neck. sage to my Mary?" "Well." . "but I have succeeded. "That is the secret we have been engaged upon Mr. though he wished that such a thing were possible. Nestor. with the help of Mr. Hoshrook. Fenwick. "Are you sure?" "Wireless messages!" exclaimed Mr. and have you tapped it?" was Tom's calm answer." "How?" demanded Mr. you managed to discover "Have some cable line running past the island. ceed. Nestor. Damon. "I will. not exactly to her/' answered the young inventor. Jenks. and kissed him. "Perhaps you'd better explain/' suggested Mr.168 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS UBSSAGE "Do you mean we can send a mes- Mrs. and she went up to the lad. Fenwick and myself.

or some murmured Captain Mentor." will disappear beneath the sea." gloomily murmured the scientist There is no telling when the island ship. and attach the dynamo to it so that we can generate a powerful current." 'Then that passing (t some station." "How could you build a wireless station?" in- quired Mr.THE WIRELESS PLANT "And tor." suggested Mr. and I have managed to set up the gasolene engine. set And Tom He did. "From the electrical machinery that was in the wrecked Whizzcr. "Tell trs about it. though that was slightly damaged by the fall. "I have just tested the machinery. and I think we can send out a strong enough message to carry will reach at least a thousand miles. Nestor. that "Fortunately. was not damaged by the shock of the fall. 169 are you sure now ?" asked Captain Men- "Fairly so. it There is a chance that we may be saved/' If it isn't too late." spoke Tom." But they were all so interested in Tom's announcement that they paid little attention to this dire foreboding. fairly We also have a good storage battery. Hosbrook. related how he had up the dynamo and .

Oh. he could produce a powerful spark. about and who." "Did you have a telephone receiver to use ?" There was a small interior telephone Yes. But I think it will work. who had been considering installing a wireless plant on his yacht. <r . but can you receive an answer?" "I have also provided for that. "you may send a message. arrangement on Mr. all of which." the lad said. knew something it. and I did not have just the magnets. coherers and needles that I needed. Nestor. was aboard the Whizzer. though it is rather crude." replied Tom. "This took considerable time. therefore. by means of the proper coils and other electrical apparatus. and how. carbons. to produce the Morse characters. but it works. Hosbrook." I can click out a message with "That may be.170 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE gasolene engine. and part* of that came in handy. "I had to make a key out of strips of brass." said Mr. "I have made a receiving instrument. though that is it for had even more crude than the sending plant. Fenwick's airship. to be delicately adjusted. I think I can hear any messages that may come in answer to ours. fortunately.*' "But what about the aerial wires for sending end receiving messages?" asked Mr. it.

." declared "I need all your help in putting up those That tall tree on the crest of the island will do. and that is the last thing to do." and he pointed to a dead palm that towered gaunt and bare like a ship's mast. "Yes. on a wires. of pile of rocks in the centre Earthquake Island.THE WIRELESS PLANT 171 Don't you have to have several wires on a taU mast ?" Tom.

for Tom said had it not did. They crowded about him. little Then they all shack. the As sending out great. and inspected the young inventor had said. and asked all manner of questions. Air. it was necessarily crude. considering the materials at his disposal. but when he set the gasolene motor going. been for the aid of his friends he never could have accomplished what he trooped up to the plant. their Fenwick and Mr. they were all convinced that the young inventor had ac- complished wonders. violet-hued sparks..CHAPTER XXI MESSAGES INTO SPACE TOM SWIFT'S announcement of the practical completion of his wireless plant brought hope to the discouraged hearts of the castaways. "But it's going to be no easy task 172 to rig up . Damon came in for share of attention. and the dynamo whizzed and hummed.

"I've read about wirewires. Mr. "But I can't understand how you are going to do it. over a telegraph system. at . This establisnes a current over wires stretched between two points. when the odd man had exhibited the handful of what he said were diamonds. How done. but is it I can't get it through my head. a 'key' this current By means is of what is called interrupted. or stay. a battery or dynamo is used. But now followed a busy time for all. Jenks. Jenks had referred." declared 'That will take some time. and the receiving coil. set parallel. from the stays of the airship. to which Mr. and the necessary ground wires were installed.MESSAGES INTO SPACE the sending and receiving wires. using five and attached to a wooden The wires were then run to spreader." said Mrs. Nestor. less messages. Under "I took it Have you the direction of the young inventor. to a smaller one. Tom wondered if they really were. and he speculated as to what might be the secret of Phantom Mountain. they began to string the wires from the top of the dead tree. some distance away." u Tom. Swift?" is 'The theory ventor." was Tom's reply." said the young ina message by wire. the dynamo. or broken. got the wire?" asked Mr. "To send very simple. and he recalled the day he was atj that work.

all that is necessary to do is to break. A making the sounding instrument short click is called a dot. dashes. which we have just strung. space. II the air is used in place of a metallic conductor. or electric currents. when we 'ground' "To send a wireless message a current is gen- The current flows along erated by a dynamo. until it Then it leaps off into reaches the receiving wires. which in itself is a big magnet. so to speak. until it gets to the ends of the sending wires. with the help of the earth. For instance. and spaces between the dots and dashes. or a battery. between places where there are no wires. to prevent this. That is why any tain radius. Nestor. a dot . letters are spelled out. are sent out into space.' I II letter 'A and understand so far. wherever they may be erected. once the impulses. can catch wireless receiving station. send out clicks. In telegraphing without wires.'* admitted Mrs. within a cerany messages that may be that is flying through the air unless certain ap- paratus is tuned. and a long click a dash." went on Tom. or interrupt them at certain inter- . represent the so on. The earth helps to establish the connection certain conductors. "Well.174 1 OM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE certain intervals. By combinations of dots. or adjusted. as you choose to regard it. and a space and a dash.

reply. Nestor. "That's what was Tom's "I will have to project them off into space. "I do. with I a smile." know. Nestor wanted can't tell. "As I said. 175 These to make dots." "But how can we tell them where to come for . the letters into words and the words into sentences. and trust to chance that some 5 tor will 'pick us aid. make corresponding clicks in the telephone re- ceiver which the operator at the receiving station wears on his ear. That is how wireless messages are sent. dashes and spaces. Anderson. and translates them into letters. He hears the code of clicks. to "Where to ?" Mrs." "And do you propose to send some asked Mrs. we will have to trust much to chance. But other people have been saved by sending messages off into space. "Somewhere." them up." replied that way?" Tom. merely by sending a message into space. and send "But are wireless operators always listening?" asked Mr." was Tom's quiet answer. and why not we? Sinking steamers have had their passengers taken off when the operator called for help. listening wireless operaas they call it. some of them are I hope.MESSAGES INTO SPACE vals.

us. but A new code call has I am going to rely on the old one. Damon. "I shall flash into space the three letters 'C. the new one may not be so well understood." . in this part of the world." am going to use the old was the reply of the young inventor. call for aid.-on this An- derson." "Or tist. D.176 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE unknown island ?" inquired Mrs. Q. "I will give : that with every message I send out. "It's getting on my nerves! We may be rescued before that awful calamity overtakes us. and help may come "It some day. but must be worrying about my absence!" my wife "What message tain 'I for help will to you send?" Cap- Mentor wanted know. "Bless my door knob. Hosbrook." ordered Mr. "Here! Don't mention that any more. 'I fancy Captain Mentor can supply our longitude and latitude/' answered Tom. Then follow that by giving our position in the ocean. as nearly as Captain Mentor can figure I will it out. added the scien- grimly.' They stand for 'Come Quick Danger. I will repeat this call at intervals until " we get help until the island sinks." can't come any too quick for me !" declared Mr.' been instituted for them. as.

until. I fancy. Parker's reply. the young inventor had been The wires were connecting up his apparatus." asked the millionaire yacht owner." hope took some little time for the commander to that young I figure their position. and let Mr. and he actually seemed to derive pleasure from gloomy prophecy. lucky you understand wireless telegraphy. "Not very ac- curately. enough for the purpose." was the in reply.MESSAGES INTO SPACE 177 "I don't believe so. Tom Swift. "I think so. But at length he handed a piece o( with the latitude and longitude written paper Tom on it. blushing. ." said Mr. I'll get right to work at it." was Mr. and "It's his the others joined in praising the young inventor. Nestor admiringly. "Can you compute our longitude and latitude. I never expected to be in such a predicament as this. fellow worked out his plan of he succeeds. Swift have it. and then it was only approximate." "I wish you would. but it is wonderful how It rescue. for all ments went down my papers and instruBut near the Resolute. The sooner we begin call- ing for help the better. he hurried off to make some ad- justments to his apparatus. In the meanwhile. Captain Mentor. of course.

quietly. and calmness succeeded the incipient panic. and all that was necessary to start the motor and dynamo.1 78 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE all now strung." he said. as sounded a queer if from some invisible whips. and the dynamo was purring like some big cat. ! "Mercy What's that ?" cried Mrs. in a low tone. "The wireless. to send the cur- rent into the instrument. "I am going to send a message for help." replied Tom. took his place at the box. The motor was buzzing away. overhead. clasped the rude key he had electric fashioned from bits of brass and hard rubber. a vicious. snapping. there crackling noise. While they gathered . "Well. The crackling increased." he I hope some one receives it added. But it was over in a second. was A curious throng gathered about the little shack as Tom announced that he was about to flash He v. Just as Tom opened the circuit. Suddenly.nto space the first message calling for help. Anderson. Nestor. off into space. to which had been fastened the apparatus for clicking off the Morse letters. here we His fingers go. with a smile. there came an omnious rumbling of the earth. and answers. "Another quake!" screamed Mrs.

. would it be in time? These were questions that the castaways Would it be answered? If so. As for Tom. Over and over again he flashed out this message. Would help come? from where? And if so. 179 Tom Swift pressed the key. making and breaking the current until he had sent out from Earthquake Island the three letters "C. clicking away." And he followed them by giving their latitude and longitude. D. flashed out the messages. asked themselves. O. while.MESSAGES INTO SPACE about him. he sat at the key. from the wires fastened to the dead tree. overhead.

CHAPTER XXII
ANXIOUS DAYS

AFTER

the

first

few

minutes

of

watching
throng

Tom
of
shack,

click

out the messages, the
that

little

castaways

had

moved away.

gathered about the The matter had lost its

novelty for them, though, of course, they were vitally interested in the success of Tom's under-

Only Mr. Damon and Mr. Fenwick remained with the young inventor, for he needed help, occasionally, in operating the dynamo, or
taking.

Mrs. Nestor, in adjusting the gasolene motor. who, with Mrs. Anderson, was looking after the
primitive housekeeping arrangements, occasionally strolled up the hill to the little shed.
yet, Mr. Swift?" she would ask. was the reply. "We can hardly expect "No," any so soon," and Mrs. Nestor would depart, with

"Any answer

a sigh.

Knowing
limited,

that

his

supply
180

of

gasolene

was

Tom

realized that he could not run the

ANXIOUS DAYS
dynamo
steadily,

l8l

and keep flashing the wireless messages into space. He consulted with his two friends on the subject, and Mr. Damon said "Well, the best plan, I think, would be only to
:

send out the flashes over the wires at times

when

other wireless operators will be on the lookout, There is no use wasting or, rather, listening.

our

fuel.

We

can't get

any more here."

"That's true," admitted Tom, "but how can we pick out any certain time, when we can be sure
that wireless operators, within a zone of a thousand miles, will be listening to catch clicks which
call for

help from the
can't," decided

unknown?"
Mr. Fenwick.
If there

"We

thing to

do

is

to trust to chance.

"The only was
to be

only some

way

so you

would not have

on

duty

the while, and could send out messages automatically, it would be good."
all

"Tom

shook his head.

"I have to stay here to

adjust the apparatus," he said. "It works none too easily as it is, for I didn't have just what I

needed

from which
if

to

construct

this

station.

"Anyhow, even click out 'C. Q.

I

D/

could rig up something to automatically, I could hardly

arrange to have the answer come that way. I want to be here when the answer comes."

And

"Have you any

plan, then?" asked

Mr. Damon.

l8a

TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGR
my
on
shoe laces! there are enough problems
this

"Bless

to solve

earthquake island."
this,'

"I thought of

said

Tom.

'Til send out

our

call for

Then I'll two to three

help from nine to ten in the morning. wait, and send out another call from
in

the afternoon.

Around seven

try again, and then about ten o'clock at night, before going to bed." "That ought to be sufficient," agreed Mr. Fenwick. "Certainly w e must save our gasolene, for there is no telling how long we may have to stay here, and call for help." "It won't be long if that scientist Parker has his way," spoke Mr. Damon, grimly. "Bless my hat band, but he's a most uncomfortable man to have around always predicting that the island is
in the evening
I'll
r
;

going to sink
happens." "I guess
"But,

!

I

hope we are rescued before that
do," remarked Mr. Fenwick.
is

we

all

Tom,

here

another matter.

Have you

thought about getting an answer from the unknown from some ship or wireless station, that

may

reply to your calls that will come in ?"

?

How

can you

tell

when

"I can't.

"Then won't you or some of

us,

have to be
di-

listening all the while?" "No, for I think an answer will

come only

ANXIOUS DAYS
rectly after I

have sent out a

call,

and

it

has bees
is

picked up by some operator.
sibility that

Still

there

a pos-

some operator might
his chief,

receive

my

mesin

sage, and report to

or

some one

authority over him, before replying. In that time But to guard against that I I might go away.
will sleep with the telephone receiver

my

ear.

Then

I

clamped to can hear the answer come over

the wires, and can

jump up and
will sleep

reply."

"Do you mean you
Damon,

here?" asked Mr.

indicating the shack where the wireless apparatus was contained.

"Yes," answered Tom, simply. "Can't we take turns listening for the answer?"
inquired Mr. Fenwick, "and so relieve you ?" "I'm afraid not, unless you understand the

Morse code,"
be

replied

Tom.

"You

see there

may

many clicks, which result from wireless messages flying back and forth in space, and my rethem up. But they will mean the answer to our call for help
to say that

ceiver will pick

nothing. Only will be of any service to us."

"Do you mean

you can catch mes-

sages flying back and forth between stations now?" asked Mr. Fenwick.

"Here,

"Yes," replied the young inventor, with a smile. listen for yourself, and he passed the

" answered Tom. said." and he put the receiver to his ear. Fenwick. 'Yes." spoke Tom." ." "But you heard him. it is out now. moment. Damon. Damon. forward compartment. and we will proceed' "Do you mean to say that was the message you said heard?" cried Mr. never can understand "It *'I "Bless my soul. did not catch it all. "but I can not make their wireless operator Either his apparatus is pick up our message." insisted Mr. but sometimes it is easier to pick up messages than it is to send them." spoke Tom. aid?" asked Mr.184 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE The latter listened a head-instrument over to the Whizzer's former owner. 'Wait. However.-' I'll translate." "But why "They would come to our aid. not in tune. I it!" was part of a message. "Even if they have had a fire. nor to whom it was sent." can't you send a message to that and beg them to come to our steamship then. " 'Steamship "Falcon" reports a slight ' fire in her " f lt is Tom.' " under control. or he is be- yond our zone. slowly. "All I can hear are some faint clicks. and they ought to be glad to save life. or send. or in accord with ours." he "But they are a message. I will keep on trying.

but no more of the island fell into the sea. two slight. "Oh. There was a flooding rush of water. Then the apparatus to the shack. "Don't let me hear you will "The mention it again ! Haven't we troubles enough ?" . destruction of our island. My theory soon be confirmed. "What is?" demanded Mr. That night there was a slight earthquake shock. He caught several messages. though the castaways were awakened by the tremors. but the lad paid frequent visits and listened to the clicks of the tele- phone receiver. Tom sent out his messages the remainder of the day. "It is coming nearer/' said Mr. \vhich last cast into the ocean a great cliff on the far end of the island. Three days passed. and waited in vain for an answer." and the scientist actually seemed to take pleasure in it. but no harm resulted.at the intervals agreed upon. was shut down. you and your theory!" exclaimed the millionaire in disgust. but they were not in response to his appeals for aid. . during which time Tom sent out message affer message by his wireless. Parker. There were three shocks in this interval. days of anxious waiting. and one very severe. Hosbrook. and were in mortal terror for a while.ANXIOUS DAYS 185 Putting into operation the plan he had decided on for saving their supply of gasolene.

" It was on the fourth day calls." came up more especially now. I and "But Tom I tried to speak cheerfully. and we'll have to draw on the reserve supply. quested that if his message was picked up." added Mary's mother. to loot had fallen. after the completion of the wireless station. and there was a hopeless note in her voice. that his morning was sending out Mrs. Parker went at the place where the cliff by himself. "None yet. but they may come any minute. suppose?" she inquired. I. "I certainly hope so." the shack where "No replies yet. there was not sounded the call he had slept Each night Tom adopted for his station "E. the supply you took from the wrecked." 'The reserve. have used up nearly all that was airship." Earthquake In each appeal he sent out he had ro~ Island. We piled in the improvised kitchen. 'Yes. Swift. but. Mr. though it clicked many times. whereat Mr. where you had stored the rest of th rest of the food ?" "The "Yes. with the telephone receiver to his ear." murmured Tom. that the answer be preceded by the letters "E. there is only enough in the shack where .186 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS IdESSAGR off. to inquire food. Nestor came up the little Tom hill to Tom was clicking away. I.

Nes"and Mrs. weakly. "Get out wherever there is left some time today. and no reply yet to his "Oh appeals for aid! perate. Anderson and up some new dishes for you men-folks. tor. to about two days. He sat staring into space. except those in the kitchen shack." answered Tom." all right. time he had felt like ." went on Mrs. Tom Truly the situation was desshook his head. Swift. He saw the drift of the Their food was nearly gone. Food enough for but two days more. It was the first giving up. another can. Isn't there any more?" Tom did not answer. as she turned away. with earthquakes likely to happen at any moment. questioning. His hand dropped from the key of the instrument. Anderson and I 187 last for do the cooking.ANXIOUS DAYS Mrs. if you will. yet the castaways from the Resolute thought there was As a matter of fact there \vas not still plenty. I will see if we can fix Mr.

for he thought there might be a possible chance that the electrical impulses would be picked up by some vessel far 188 . I don't know where any more is to come from." He glanced toward what remained of the airship. "More food supplies needed." and. We've stripped the Whizser bare. They were gathered in a group about Mr. Tom resumed his clicking out of his wireless message. the hour at which he usually stopped for the morning. "I guess we'll have to go on short rations. THE young inventor looked out of the wireDown on the beach he saw the little band of castaways. near the small building that served as a kitchen. "Well.CHAPTER XXIII A REPLY IN THE DARK less shack. wondering what the group of could be talking about. Jenks. until help comes. who seemed to be talking The two ladies were over earnestly to them. men He continued to send it into space for several minutes after ten o'clock. eh?" mused Tom.

and launch it." "It might be a good idea. I think then anchor would be a good plan to make one. Jenks was saying. Jenks has just proposed that we build a big raft. . I. and that's the only way we can do it. I can't say when a reply will be received to my calls for aid. "I tell you it's our only chance. even a raft will added Mr. Of course." Mr. or by some station operator could send help. and joined the group on the beach. some distance out from the island. Tom?" asked Mr.A REPLY IN THE DARK out at sea. Damon. If we wait for a reply to this wireless message we may all be killed. after a little longer working of the key." does. But it is hopeless!" "What do you think about it. though I appreciate that Mr." station to Earthquake Island and. "I must get off this island. Parker. Swift is doing his best to aid us. 189 who But there came no answering clicks to the "E. Tom shut down the dynamo. as it it it may be swamped in the vor- tex." agreed the lad. I have large interests at stake. as he thought of the scant food supply. and it is "Especially as the island best to be prepared." may sink any minute. He thinks we should leave the island. 'Think about what?" 'Why Mr. be little "If it good. turning to the young inventor.

and help comes. the lad related came down to speak about. Trees were with axes and saws that had been aboard that this it that . too. "And we must stock it well with provisions." spoke Tom. That will make our supply last tions." said Mr." conceded Tom. "Why not?" "Because That's what we I haven't plenty of provisions. aboard. "Put plenty pf water and food quietly. but take only a quarter. Fenwick. And another thing we must not let longer. the women folks know. Just pretend that we're if "We not not hungry. that's a good idea. Damon.100 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE small raft. would be a good plan. or at most. more than a half of what we have been in the habit of taking." we may plenty of water. be able to live until is "Then brook. or quarter raneed be." and what Mrs. Hos- was decided and they started felled." "We can't." "Yes. must go on half rations." declared Mr. Nestor had said. same day. and paddle out if Then we can make a to the big one in a hurry need be. There thank goodness. is "Then there but one thing to do. "What?" asked Captain Mentor. It shall we build the raft?" asked Mr.

Perhaps Mr. All the castaways could depend on. and part of In the meanwhile. was to take with them. This occupied them all that day. through space. flash out his appeals for help. and when that Mrs. was also made. He heard message click on after message flash : his instrument. Tom was glad Nestor did not renew her request to him to get out the reserve food supply from what remained in the tor wreck of the airship. in rude fashion. in the event of the island beginning to sink. A smaller raft. which were lashed fast. what rations they had left when the final shock should come. Tom pressure of the telephone receiver. and weary was that waiting. On board were put cans of water. The men cut down their rations. Neshad hinted to her the real situation. Tom continued to the next. with strong trailing vines from the forest. they said nothing. This done. but no answers came. large raft The was towed out into a quiet bay of the island. but no food could be spared to stock the rude craft. the two ladies joked them on their lack of appetite. and bound together. and anchored there by means of a heavy rock. attached to a rope.A REPLY IN THE DARK 191 the Whisser. and none of them was in . as a sort of ferry. kept faithfully to his and his ear ached from the constant schedule. they could only wait.

cut down their allowance. out the scanty food supply that remained." he said. and they. "Per- haps the message may come to-night. kindly. It was time to send out the last message of the night. a week following the erection of the wireless station. Damon. Some fish were caught. by turning and also located a number of nests of eggs under the warm sands. "I wish some of us could relieve you. Tom. Tom. joyfully. "Well." answered the lad. and then he would lie down on an improvised couch. all of which eked them over on their backs. that evening. who had been sitting with the men in their sleeping shack. as the hour of ten approached.193 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE his face there answer to his. The two ladies suspected the truth now. to wait. I don't mind it. and indeed the turtles formed a welcome food supply. in the silence of the darkness. are you off?" asked Mr. He caught some. with the telephone receiver clamped to his ear. On and hopeless look." "Oh. rose. came a grim One afternoon. ''This will be something to eat. and some clams were cast up by the tide. Mate Fordam came upon a number of turtles." Hardly had he spoken than there sounded the ominous rumble and shaking that presaged an- . for the message say- ing that help was on the way. too.

ran out screaming. may be only a slight shock. "Forget your theory for a while. as he spoke. island "It is slowly breaking up." Indeed. "I guess wick." spoke Mr. was not like that of an earthquake shock. "The in that direction. Hosbrook.' confirms my theory!" said Mr. Parker. . the trembling of the island The two ladies. 193 The shack rocked. and. Nestor hastened over to be with their wives. "A landslide!" cried Captain Mentor. Their under the light of a full moon they saw. almost in triumph. island about to sink! Make for the ' "Wait and Hosbrook. and there was silence. was more like the rumble and vibration of an it approaching train. sliding into the sea. see "It how bad it is. "We "The raft !" must be doomed!" is cried Mr.A REPLY IN THE DARK other earthquake. Fern An but It instant later there came another tremor. Parker." begged Mr. and threat- ened to come down about their heads. "We're lucky please. Anderson and Mr. and Mr." counseled Mr. ceased. a great portion of one of the rocky hills. it's passed over. "Look !" gaze went cried Tom. who had retired to their own private shack. pointing to the left. Parker.

as he and Mr. to aid in starting the motor and Then. and pre- pared to get a little rest. Damon w ere on their 7 way back "Yes. after dynamo. do you know. and. and he kept it up until midnight. doesn't it?" said Mr. when will we be rescued?" he asked hopelessly. But there came no replies. it to the sleeping shack. "It looks pretty hopeless. waiting." "Why not?" I "Because have faith in Tom Swift's luck!" declared the eccentric man. and it took them half an hour to adjust it. it was eleven o'clock before Tom began sending out any flashes. As there had been a delay on account of the landslide. Fenwick went with him. haven't given up yet. I way. Fenwick.* 194 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE ! to have left a place on which to stand Oh. this It no ships have passed appeal isn't answered. doc Our signal hasn't been seen. Damon and Mr. The worst seemed to be over at least for the present. Mr. the clicked out as usual Tom message had been would begin his weary earthquake shock had They found that the slightly disturbed the apparatus. "If you had been . so he shut off the power. learning that the two ladies were Torn started up the hill to his wireless quieted. station. and our wireless does look hopeless but.

in the silence of the night. up in the air. and under the water. which snapped viciously through the air. in the wireless shack. see he doesn't. "Guess I'll start her up. He'll get an answer yet. and soon the dynamo was purring away. It shot out great long sparks. sleep." who is up late. Then." It was an hour uneasily on the hard bed The telephone receiver on Tom tossed past midnight." he murmured. but here there doesn't seem to be anything to do. and had seen the tight places he has gotten out of. his ear hurt him. sit may as well up for a while. too!" "Perhaps.A REPLY IN THE DARK with him as much as I 195 have." he told and he arose. It all depends on some one else." "That's all right. Torn clicked . you'd feel the same. He tested the wireless apparatus. In the dimness of the shack he could see the outlines of the dynamo and the motor. and send out some "I might just happen to calls. You you leave if it to Tom. and him- he could not "I self. catch some ship operator it. I'll try The young inventor started the motor.

"Come quickly or we will longitude be engulfed in the sea! We are castaways from the yacht 'Resolute' and the airship 'Whizzer! Can you save us?" "We are Came then this query: . having worked off his restless fit.196 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE castaways of Earthit off his call for help for the quake Island. Then Tom. But what was this ? What was that clicking in He listened. was about to return to bed. swered. none of the others awakening. the telephone receiver at his ear? It was not a jumble of dots and dashes. No! It was his own The call of his station call that was anEarth- "E. in their shacks below him." quake Island! are you? What's wanted?' That was the message that was clicked to Tom from somewhere in the great void. I. own for on Earthquake Island" He gave the and latitude. "I get your message 'E. conveying through space a message that meant nothing to him. help. I! What's wanted? "Where Do I hear you right? Repeat'' Tom heard those his call questions in the silence of the night. For half an hour he sent away into space. With trembling fingers Tom pressed Out into the darkness went his key.

sent back. "Tell them to hurry. Then came the report: "We Keep will be there within twenty-foul hours. a fake.* Tom briefly told of how the message had come to him in the night. and the wireless operator clicked to Tom that he had called the captain. and then he let out a great are saved! shout "We are saved! We My is wireless message is answered! A steamar on her way to rescue us!" He rushed from the shack." cried Mr." begged the rich yacht owner. Thought "No fake" Tom "Help us quickly! How soon can you cornel" There was a \vait. are you?' help quickly! The answer flashed to him through space 197 "Send : Who "Steamship 'Cambaranian' from Rio de Janeiro to New it York. Hosbrook. his heart beating joyously. "I " Then hf must get to the place where .A REPLY IN THE DARK "What's that about airship?" "Never mind airship" clicked Tom." Just caught your message. in communication with us/' bet I will" flashed back "You Tom. Jenks. calling to the others. "What's that?" demanded Mr. "Say that I will give tw enty thousand r dollars reward if we are taken off!" "And I'll do the same.

Suddenly the wireless instruments hummed. and stopped suddenly. The "Tell them to hurry. He listened. whole crowd of castaways. Hosbrook and the others glared at him. "They'll need to hurry." he begged Tom.198 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE to recollect himself." whispered Tom. save the women. "The f up a . "The island may sink before morning !" Mr. and not a heart there on speed" that lonely and desolate island but sent prayer of thankfulness. "Another message. were seemed gathered about the wireless shack. Cainbaranian' will ntsh here with all he announced. the gloomy scientist. Parker." spoke Mr. but he seemed to take delight in his prediction.

"But it hasn't come out yet. talking over the any one that wonderful and unexpected outcome of Tom Swift's wireless message. shack. and there was a full moon. "Which way will she 199 come from. Damon. Tom?' ? . "I'll murmured Mr. "Bless my pocket comb! But I told you it would come out all right." remarked the pessimistic scientist. even sit you are a great scientist." "I'm going to declared Mr. Hosbrook." Damon. and speculating as to when the steamer would get there. as he went outside the The night was warm. sarif never invite you again.CHAPTER XXIV "\VE ARE LOST !" THERE was night. too late. if we left it to Tom!" declared Mr." castically." "The steamer may arrive "You're a cheerful sort of fellow to take on a yachting trip. and watch for the steamer. little more sleep for They sat up.

don't waste any than is more power or energy needed. but I should think. the Mr. "Wire them to put on all the speed they can. according to what the operator said. and so Tom. "No. declared Mr.' Captain Mentor. after message to the operator aboard the Camtrp in baranian stating that he would call him morning. side of the island from South America. shut down the motor." declared Tom. but." and he pointed across the ocean directly in front of the shacks "That's right. are on their way.200 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE if "I don't know. on which we now are. Damon took up his position where he could see far out over the ocean. can't possibly get here inside of a day. "Then I'm going "She to see if I can't be the first to sight her lights. that she was on her way she'd pass on the north." suggested Mr." urged the eccentric man." and camp. there was no possible chance of .' need the gasolene before we is are rescued. "You may They now. agreed "She'll come up from over there. as the young in- ventor had said. Hosbrook. Damon. and that enough for The a final others agreed with this.

as station. madam. to report that cation with the came down from his in communiCambaranlan and that she was he had been 'We'll not it. with spirit." said Mr." asserted Mr. 'You make me nervous. Mr. Still the nervoc". and I'm glad of "Oh. for it They were allowed larger rations. "I have been making some observations just now." "Then I observations wish you wouldn't make any more !" exclaimed Mrs. and the island is. was seen that they would have just enough food to last until taken off. Fenwick. observations point out. have to embark on it. and castaways brought to breakfast a better appetite than they had had in time. is in a very precarious resting on only a slim and the least shock may break that foundation." Tom proceeding under forced draught. Anderson. "Science can not deceive." "And me. Parker." retorted . That is what my off."WE ARE LOST!" 2O1 sighting the relief steamer inside of a day. r Morning came. also. "We didn't need to have made the big raft. Parker. we may need it yet." added Mrs. eccentric man declared that he would keep w atch. state. and send it into the sea. some too. It I believe. Nestor.

There was much over this. with many nods "I'll show you how to make them. Tom ing steamer. In the afternoon. and not make a person have cold chills. ''I called Tom aside just before my haven't forgotten what I said to you about diamonds." he remarked. Did you ever see diamonds made?" "No. Hosbrook warned him never again his to speak of alarming theories. and was informed a slight again called up the approachthat. Barcoe Jenks supper that evening." There was a slight tremor of an earthquake. it was said. as they were eating dinner that day. Parker went off alone. could not arrive until the next morning. but. . to make some fur- ther "observations" as he called them. and Mr. but hope was too strong to be easily shattered now. because of it accident. and I guess very few persons have. but Mr.202 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Well it can keep quiet about what it knows. Every effort would be made to keep up speed. Damon was disappointment observed to be closely examining the food supply." re- and winks." replied Mary's mother. if you will help me. "I'm sure we w ill be rescued r in time. Mr. Mr. aside from causing a little alarm it did no damage.

splashing into the ocean. An instant later they were all thrown down by the tremor of the earth. Jenks might not be quite right. Anderson. mentally.'WE ARE LOST!' plied the lad." murmured Cap- . The night passed without alarm. and the whole island shook to its very centre. clinging to her husband. and in the morning. and Tom. looking eagerly across the sea for a sight of the steamer. every one was astir. "Make for the raft!" it's "I guess our only chance. in collapse with it. "Another earthquake! The worst yet!" screamed Mrs. Tom station. looking toward his wireless station. had just come down from the wireless having received a message to the effect that a few hours more would bring the Cam- baranian within sight of the island. 'We are lost!" cried Mrs. Suddenly there was a tremendous shock. Parker. as if some great cannon had been fired. as they rose and kneeled on the sand. and the wave that followed the terrible crash washed nearly to the castaways. thinking perhaps 203 Mr. saw nearly half of the island His station went down disappear from sight. "The island is sinking !" cried Mr. Nestor. at the first blush of dawn.

as he gazed across the water.2O4 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE tain Mentor. . Could it arrive on time? The tremors and shaking of the island continued. There was no steamer in sight.

The men. Parker. 205 . Help. theie but a sheer cliff. He was was moored followed by some of raft must put is off at once!" he cried. Gradually the being. with pale faces. They intended to get aboard. It had totally disappeared. Hosbrook and the others were shoving out the small raft. now earthquake tremor passed away.CHAPTER XXV THE RESCUE CONCLUSION DOWN "We to where the small ran Mr. and paddle out to the larger one. but tell when another would come? who could Captain Mentor. which went right down into the sea. The women were in tears. at the spot. tried to calm them. but if we put off they may pick us up. the others. if we the island are not engulfed in the ocean. everybody !" Tom gave one more look at where his wireless station had been. "Half gone! The other half may disappear any moment! The steamer can not get here on time. Mr.

"Come on!" cried Mr. Mrs. Hosfor there. Jenks to Torn. We must Mrs. The others joined in his exclamations of joy. weeping hysterically. toward Earthquake Island was a great steamer. rushing brook. "Come on. The horizon suddenly cleared. Damon. Fenwick to Tom who nr as lingering behind." answered Mrs. Anderson. was blown to one side. Tom Swift looked up and gave a cry. pointing to it. in some such emergency as this. waded oat "Bless "Have we food?" cried I Mr. through the water to get aboard. all The get aboard. Anderson and Nestor. Nestor. sinking to her knees even in the water. "The steamer! The steamer! The Camha- ranian!" he shouted. ladies. "Shove off!" cried Captain Mentor." whispered Mr. "Now I can make my diamonds. .206 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE readiness for which had been moored some distance away. or it may be too late!" small raft was afloat. At that instant a haze which had hung over the water. crowding on all speed! "Saved! Saved!" cried Mrs.** "There isn't any food left to take. my kitchen range! but nearly forgot that. "It came just in time!" murmured Mr.

" obwould have been Almost as he spoke the big raft was tossed high The into the air. and fell back. sure as guns. Yet were they any safer 3 shuddered." "We had and stood on the shore Eagerly they watched the approach of the steamer. eager hope in every heart. breaking up. Parker. Suddenly. the Cambaranian had slowed up.THE RESCUE-CONCLUSION "Push off! 207 Push off!" cried Mr. There was They left the little raft." declared Captain Mentor. of the island. some distance out in the water. Surely enough Was she not going to complete the rescue she had "The steamer is begun? . Damon. stopping!" cried Mr. castaway on the island? They fancied they could feel the little part of it that remained trembling under their feet. soon!" "I think we will be safer on the island than on the raft. It was as if a submarine mine had exploded and foamed! "It's a ! The sea swirled good thing we didn't served Captain Mentor. swamped. and near where the big raft was anchored." "We go out there. there was a curious upheaval of the ocean. better land again. They could make out hands and handkerchiefs waving to them now. The island will sink.

There seems to be somelifeboats The were close at thing going on in these waters perhaps a submarine volcano eruption. "All here. "It is A moment giving the scientist a nudge in the ribs. the beginning of the end. Mrs. . and soon they were grasped by the sailors and In the reaction of their worriment helped in. He might hit on a rock. Anderson and Mrs. must get away in We a hurry !" The boats came in to the shelving beach." murmured "The island will soon disappear. men!" cried the mate in the sand. hand now. Nestor were both weeping. urged The sea sailors. "Give way now. "Then hurry aboard. Damon. and. seemed to be more and more agitated. they bounded over the waves. There was a little stretch of water between them and Through this the castaways waded." later and two lifeboats were lowon by the sturdy arms of the ered. evi"Are you dently in command." "Will you be quiet?" demanded Mr.208 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "She's going to launch her lifeboats/' declared Captain Mentor. "Her commander dare not approach too close. Parker. all there?" shouted some one. but their tears were those of joy." answered Tom. Mr. not knowing the water.

An hour later and our operator would have gone to bed." predicted Mr. warmly welcomed the castaways. Suddenly there sounded a dull. "We feared you would not get here in said Tom to the mate." He gave the order for full speed. . The sailors. will I who was in command. and. standing on the deck." of the way/' was his answer. and the others.THE RESCUE CONCLUSION charge of the boats. as the Cambaranian got under way. soon sink. "We 'Just now want hear your story later. "The her. to get out of these dangerous waters." The young inventor realized by what a narrow margin they had been rescued. who had been in worse turmoils than rowed on steadily. and boarded Captain Valasquez. island will Parker. as they reached the steamer. rumbling reThe whole ocean about the island se#?4 port. "We were under forced draught most time. looked back at Earthquake Island. Tom. "Your wireless message oame just in time." he said. There was a gigantic shower 01 to upheave. ship!" 209 to the "We must get back angrily. sea was now swirling but the this.

and when the waters subsided the island had sunk from sight "I told you of the fate it would go. As it was. a sound like an explosion. Mr. with many blessings also accompanied them. they were safe saved by the cast- Tom Swift's wireless message. and Mrs." cried Mr. and Mr. which was not a great deal. Later it was learned that the other boats . had our friends been aboard the frail raft. In due time they were landed in New York. Nestor accompanied Tom fca Shopton. The castaways were given the best aboard the ship. Hasbrook and Mr. but the horror of that the horror would have been theirs hac they remained there an hour longer held the castaways dumb. and aways told their story. destruction of the The agitation of the sea rocked even the mighty CaMibaranian and. Captain Vaiasquez refused to receive the large amount of money Mr. Jenks would have paid him for the rescue. accepting only a sum he figured that he had lost by the delay. going to his home in Waterfield.210 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE spray. they would surely have perished in the sea. it all triumphantly. and their stories were listened to by the 'other passengers with bated breath. The scientist's honor of having correctly predicted the island was an empty one. Parker. The steamer resumed her voyage. Damon.

be told in the next . Tom Swift. And the joy of Mary Nestor." said Mr. for a time. well." In that the young : inventor. with whom Tom soon struck up an acquaintance. THE END . we will take leave of the jroung inventor and also of his many friends. apprising them of their safety. when she found $iat it was Tom who well be imagined. and the and guests were all saved. Barcoe Jenks. as new ways to call Mr. who aever ceased to wonder over Tom Swift's skill And now. can As for our hero. as soon as our friends had been res- cued by the steamer. the wireless operator aboard her. Of course. to be ealled "Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers or. Tom is destined to have is many more surprising adventures. sent messages to the relatives of the cast- aways. Damon. he was won't forget my promise to you. who learned down blessings on himself and also his possessions. as he parted from "I and what the promise was will volume of this series.THE RESCUE CONCLUSION 211 sailors from the Resolute had been picked up. glad too for Mary's sake. had saved her parents. with the wireless. The Secret of Phantom Mountain.

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PUBLISHERS. at track athletics. Illustrated. Any lad reading one volume of this series will surely want the others. and plots and counterplots to win the champions. NEW YORK . and never was there a better crowd of lads to associate with than the students of the School. at boat racing. GROSSET & DUNLAP. FORBES Never was there a cleaner. at baseball. and at ice hockey. the hero of this series of boys' tales. wrappers in colors. Handsomely bound in cloth. more manly boy than Frank Allen. with cover design acd. brighter. THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH Or The All Around Rivals of the School THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH ON THE DIAMOND Or Winning Out by Pluck THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH ON THE RIVER Or The Boat Race Plot that Failed THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH ON THE GRIDIRON Or The Or Out Struggle for the Silver for the Cup THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH ON THE Hockey Championship ICE THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH IN TRACK ATHLETICS Or A Long Run that Won THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH IN WINTER SPORTS Or Stirring Doings on Skates and Iceboats 12mo. at football. All boys will read these stories with deep interest The rivalry between the towns along the river was of the keenest.THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH SERIES S By GRAHAM B. were without number.

NEW YORK . Bun The'family go into ny and his camp on the edge of a beautiful lake. but old army tent the show was truly grand. some lively little boy. They had many adventures. UNIFORM STYLE OF 31NDIKG.THE BUNNY BROWN By SERIES LAURA LEE HOPE text illustrations Author of the Popular "Bobbsey Twins" Books Wrapper and drawn by FLORENCE ENGLAND NOS WORTHY 12mo. trustful sister Sue. comical in the extreme. ILLUSTRATED. when they obtained an BUNNY BROWN AND REST-A-WHILE sister HIS SISTER SUE AT CAMP. Sue followed his leadership. F This new series by the author of the "Bobbsey Twins" will be eagerly welcomed by the little folks from about five to ten years of age. and what followed. They took in the sights and helped a colored girl who had run away from home. PUBLISHERS. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE PLAYING CIRCUS First the children gave a little affair. and have more good times and some adventures. When he did any- BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE ON GRANDPA'S FARM How good times the youngsters journeyed to the farm in an auto. BOUND IN CLOTH. GROSSET & DUNLAP. is realistically told. Their eyes will fairly dance with delight at the lively doings of inquisitive little Bunny Brown and Books his cunning. very inquisitive. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE AT AUNT LU'S CITY HOME all The city proved a wonderful place to the little folks. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE Bunny was a thing.

THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS Or Perils of a Great City Depicted. tures and will be found interesting from first chapter to last. indoors and out./ soul-stirring pictures of city affairs. among the cowboys and Indians. and the great risks run in picturing ^conditions The volumes teem with advenin a land of earthquakes. ILLUSTRATED. and in this line of books the reader is given a full description of how the films are made the scenes of little dramas. NEW YORK . THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS IN THE WEST Or Taking Scenes Among Or Showing Or Stirring the Cowboys and Indians. PUBLISHERS. THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS ON THE COAST the Perils of the Deep. THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS Or Working Amid Many Or Perilous IN THE JUNGLE Times Among the Wild Animals. & DUNLAP. trick pictures to satisfy the curious. thrilling rescues along the seacoast. APPLETON UNIFORM STYLE OF BINDING. . THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS AT PANAMA Or Stirring Adventures Along the Great Canal. Moving pictures and photo plays are famous ^ the world over. AND THE FLOOD THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS Days on the Mississippi. BOOTH) IN CLOTH.THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS SERIES By VICTOR 12mo. the daring of picture hunters in ^the jungle among savage beasts. THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS IN EARTHQUAKE LAND Perils. life in the Wild West. THE MOVING PICTURE BOYS UNDER THE SEA Or The Treasure GROSSET of the Lost Ship.

GIRLS SERIES LAURA LEE HOPE ILLUSTRATED. up-to-date girls who lov^ outdoor life. NEW YORK . They are clean and wholesome. full of good times at a bungalow camp GROSSET & DUNLAP. and of various adventures which befell them. Author of the "Bobbsey Twin Books" and "Bunny Brown" 12mo. the scene is shifted to a winter season. absorbing from the first chapter to the last THE OUTDOOR GIRLS OF DEEPDALE Or Camping and Tramping for Fun and Heal Telling how the girls organized their Camping and Tramping CluB-. have some jolly times skating and ice boating. hunters1 THE OUTDOOR Or Wintering The parents GIRLS IN FLORIDA. Glorious Days on Skates and Ice Boats. PUBLISHERS. THE OUTDOOR GIRLS AT RAINBOW LAKE Or One Stirring Cruise of the Motor Boat Gem. THE OUTDOOR GIRLS AT OCEAN VIEW that Was Found in the Sand. of the girls becomes the proud possessor of a motor boat and her club members to take a trip down the river to Raim beautiful sheet of water lying between the mountains. of the girls has learned to run a big motor car. These tales take in the various adventures participated in by several bright. healthful Pine Island. UNIFORM STYLE OF BiNDlNQ. Or The Box The girls THE OUTDOOR GIRLS ON PINE ISLAND Contained. Sunny South.THE OUTDOOR By Series. how they went on a tour. in the of one of the girls have bought an orange grove ia They take Florida. story. girls In this story. and visit in the big woods. BOUND IN CLOTH. and she invites the club to go on a tour to visit some distant relatives. THE OUTDOOR Or camp GIRLS IN A WINTER CAMP The 3. On the way they stop at a deserted mansion and make a surprising discovery. have great fun and solve a mystery while on an outinjf along the New England coast. a trip into the interior. and her companions are invited to visit the place. invites bow Lake. Or A Cave and What it A on bright. free from sensationalism. where several unusual things happen. a THE OUTDOOR GIRLS Or The Haunted Mansion One IN of A MOTOR CAR Shadow Valley.

JHE MOVING PICTURE SERIES ' GIRLS By LAURA LEE HOPS Series. and aided others who were also lost. THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS AT ROCKY RANCH Or Great Days Among All and waiit_ the Cowboys. NEW YORK . an actor who has taken up work for the "movies. THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS SNOWBOUND Or The Proof on the Film. played many parts in dramas before the camera. How they went to the land of palms. and giving an account of two unusual discoveries. ^ GROSSET & DUNLAP. BOUND M CLOTH.. were lost. A tale of winter adventures in photo-play actors sometimes suffer. who have ever seen moving pictures of the great West will to know just how they are made." . showing how the THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS UNDER THE PALMS Or Lost in the Wilds of Florida. the wilderness. PUBLISHERS. THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS Or First Appearance in Photo Dramas. Full of fun_ in the country. THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS AT OAK FARM Or Queer Happenings While Taking Rural Plays. UNIFORM STYLE OF BINDING a widower. Author of "The Bobbsey Twins 12mo. the father of the girls goes into the movies Tells how many "parlor dramas" are filmed. This volume gives every detail of clean fun and excitement." JBpth girls wish to aid him in his work and visit is The adventures of Ruth and various localities to act in all sorts of pictures. ILLUSTRATED. . Alice DeVere. Their father. thrilling experiences on the water THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS JN WAR PLAYS Or The Sham Battles at Oak Farm. the haps and mishaps of taking film plays.' The girls play important parts in big battle scenes and have plenty! cf hard work along with considerable fun. follow. is full THE MOVING PICTURE GIRLS AT SEA Or a A Pictured Shipwreck that account of the girls' Became Real. Having lost and the girls his voice.

and fun ON LAKE LUNA and of fine times in galore. as well as doings in the classroom and on the school stage. MORRISON ILLUSTRATED. There is plenty of fun and excitement.THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH SERIES By GERTRUDE W. full of fun. pure and wholesome. with a touch THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH Or The Crew That Won. had bothered the high school authorities for a long while. The girls went camping on Acorn Island and had a delightful time at boating. swimming and picnic parties. 12mo. THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH AT BASKETBALL Qr The Great Gymnasium Mystery. GROSSET & DUNLAP. is The low them a series full of the spirit of high school life of togirls are real flesh-and-blood characters. THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH Or The Old IN CAMP Professor's Secret. Here day. Girl Champions of the School League This story takes in high school athletics in their most approved Full of fun and excitement. and on the water. and bow one of them wrote the professional stage THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON TRACK AND FIELD Or The and up-to-date fashion. PUBLISHERS. THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON THE STAGE Or The Play That Took the Prize. all clean. There are many contested matches on track and field. THE Or GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH life. iaddltion. A stirring tale of high school of mystery and a strange initiation. BOUND IN CLOTH. camp. Here we have a number of thrilling contests at hasketball and in the solving of a mystery: which. Telling of water sports Rivals for all Honors. NEW YORK . and we folwith interest in school and out. How the girls went in for theatricals a play which afterward was made over for and brought in some much-needed money. UNIFORM STYLE OF BINDING.