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

BY GROSSET & DUNLAP Tom Swift and His Wireless Message . NEW YORK COPYRIGHT.ASTOE. Cloth. 50 cents. 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.DUNLAP . postpaid GROSSET PUBLISHERS & . Illustrated. 1911. Price. Per volume.

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. .CONTENTS CHAPTER I PAGE AN APPEAL FOR AID i II Miss NESTOR'S NEWS 10 . JENKS HAS DIAMONDS SECRET OPERATIONS 136 144 XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK 151 ^ XIX 159 165 XX THE WIRELESS PLANT in . . III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY MR. DAMON WILL Go ALONG .

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 .

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

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TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE
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

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

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

dad. was just coming Eradicate brought to me.8 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE who was walkdown the path that led from the house highway which ran in front of it. and I am sure you can aid me. ing slowly to the country "A telegram. It's But listen to this message. "I "Yes. . heard about your airship. Answer the Quaker City? !' I at once "Well?" remarked Mr. questioningly. w ith r his mule. in trouble. Eradicate has some special means he uses on his mule when he's in a hurry. " 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. dad. "Kow did he ever get up speed enough to deliver a telegram?" "Oh." "What. stuck. Tom?" asked the newcomer. in to ask your advice about it it. of Philadelphia. Boomerang?" and the gentleman seemed much amused. approach of an elderly gentleman. Hosmer Fen- wick. will Can you hurry to pay you well. it to rise off the ground. I and I need help." was the reply. Swift. from a Mr.

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

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

and. for a time. Tom Swift lived with his father. as those of you. The and little deep in machine shop was soon the discussion of ohms. Swift. But the Butterfly will be the thing. ." suggested at his son. amperes. Barton Swift. believe good chance I will go to Philadelphia by the Butterfly/' "Well. with a fond glance val- Tom's opinion was considered uable in matters electrical. though it's a wonder I I'll not take the Red Cloud. who have read the previous books in this series. so that those who have no previous introduction to him may feel that he is a friend." and Tom looked over to where just a new monoplane rested on the three bicycle wheels which formed part of its landing frame. "and it will also be a I to test my new rudder. 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. suppose you give us your views on this new form of storage battery. volts group in the currents. well know. Tom almost for- got the message calling him to Philadelphia. "I haven't had it out since I mended the left wing tip/' he went on. I hard to handle alone. I will tell my readers something about him. as long as that's settled. as she's too didn't. for Mr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And so your people have gone to the West Indies?' "Yes. But the cook just left unexpectedly. with a smile.Mary Nestor. and they soon after arrived at the intelligence office." spoke Tom. . and I wish I had the chance to go/' "So do I. by hook or by crook. after I'd asked the girls to spend a month with me. with a smile." went on Mary. Oh. you haven't heard the worst yet. when you nearly ran me down! isn't that news?" "I should say it Tom. servant." replied . take you to the intelligence and you can get a cook.20 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Oh. 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. little realizing how soon 1 his wish might be granted. "I don't call the fact that papa and mamma went off so suddenly much news. I do hope I can get a cook! It would be dreadful to have nothing to eat. "as there's only one in town. and get her to your house before she can change her mind. can. to get another Now." admitted "Well. wouldn't it?" Tom agreed that it certainly would.. "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. if I'll was two kinds. and I have invited a lot of girl friends to come and stay with me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the voices of Mr. he's back !" exclaimed the ecbless man. Damon. "and he's going to see if he can be of any service to this Mr. I've a good notion to go along and see what happens. Bless I am! I just returned from . but I think I will!" "That's Mr. w hence the voices proceeded. "You don't say so! Why I know Mr. my very existence." observed Tom." City in the Butterfly. but bless my . Mr. 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. but I'm real glad to see you. Fenwick. bless Tom my collar button. Damon all right.36 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE At that sounded. as he advanced toward the diningroom. watch chain!" exclaimed the other voice. and some one else there in conversation. Why." Mr. moment "And so Tom has decided to make a run to the to-morrow. him with Bless it? Why. "How "Why. and. Quaker Swift was saying. Swift." called our hero^ mounted the it's Tom steps of the porch. with slow and lagging steps he went back to weed as he the onion bed. my shoe laces. T with a smile. "Dat's what I done tole you !" said Eradicate. within the house. centric are you. Tom! how are you? my eyeglasses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH aboard. 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. 49 wondering how the Butterfly would behave.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

" replied Tom. maybe. somewhat. except to keep on until the gale slowly. Damon. "But we can't help ourselves. .OVER THE OCEAN wick. blows itself out. Fenwick. We can't turn around and go back in this gale." my coffee pot. I'm glad we've got plenty on board to eat!" exclaimed Mr. "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. and we can't descend." "Then what's to be done?" "Nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

frail pleasure . ioi and Tom. airship was well-nigh as he realized their position. in a yacht.A NIGHT OF TERROR the will of the wind. 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.. and partly from the awful wind. Mr. 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 . Fenwick did the same. partly from the vibration of the electrical machinery. broken only by the howl of the gale. with a feeling of surprise. akin to horror. or Mr. Occasionally. The whole craft swayed and trembled. a remark. yet when Tom glanced at the speed gage he noted. Fenwick came close to Tom. It seemed impossible for the Whizzer to travel any faster. staring Occasionally Tom rose helplessly at each other. Mr. 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. Damon uttered Then there was silence.CHAPTER XII A DOWNWARD GLIDE THEY sat in the cabin of the airship. Only an aeroplane could have done it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I must be saved! I have a great secret a secret " . the boat w e came r here in " "Struck a rock. Anderson. "Oh. Jenks. Our hero was almost party not so much for himself. as big as a barrel. Nestor. "Can't you gentlemen do something build a boat and take us away. it is awful to think of perishOh. Mr. can discuss means of savf We ing ourselves. "It would never do to put to sea in that. Swift ?' in despair. "Don't let's stand here worrying! If you folks are hungry plenty. Why.A MIGHTY SHOCK "Don't say that!" 145 begged Mrs. Think of it. Damon. madam. ing on this terrible earthquake island. come up Afterward we have to our camp." something else be done ?" demanded Mrs." interrupted Captain Mentor. : Tom told of his visit to the Nestors' home. and stove a hole in the bottom." "I want to be saved!" exclaimed Mr. and Mary home alone Amos "But can't ! ! Have you seen her lately. 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 the charts. and most unexpectedly come upon the island. the earthquakes! had. Then they had taken to the boats. "We haven't had a to sleep. Mr. while talking." 'Where are we. I believe. Tom and his two friends of the airship led the way to the camp they had made. if isn't "What island down on it is this?' we to call fit it Earthquake Island. Nestor. Then. and once more his hands nervously sought his belt." on." added CapThis likely to. out of the track of the regular line of vessels. how she had sprung a leak. helpless in They had walked the trough of the sea. anyhow?" inquired Mr. "but we won't be far out." he dmurmured. On the way. "I would give a big reward to be saved. place And my husband and I too. Hosbrook related how his yacht had struggled in vain against the tempest. I fancy. That name seems exactly.146 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Once more he paused in confusion. "And . and how. and it has been terrible. and now had gone past the broken cliff." was the captain's reply. how the fires had gone out. since we landed we have had very little to eat. "But we are not would. Fenwick. the gallant vessel began to founder. "And island is so." said Mrs. we all tain Mentor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of pile of rocks in the centre Earthquake Island. ." and he pointed to a dead palm that towered gaunt and bare like a ship's mast.THE WIRELESS PLANT 171 Don't you have to have several wires on a taU mast ?" Tom. on a wires." 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. "Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and weary was that waiting. through space. kept faithfully to his and his ear ached from the constant schedule. He heard message click on after message flash : his instrument. but no food could be spared to stock the rude craft. Neshad hinted to her the real situation. attached to a rope.A REPLY IN THE DARK 191 the Whisser. which were lashed fast. and anchored there by means of a heavy rock. and none of them was in . and part of In the meanwhile. The men cut down their rations. what rations they had left when the final shock should come. This done. was also made. flash out his appeals for help. and when that Mrs. Perhaps Mr. All the castaways could depend on. was to take with them. A smaller raft. This occupied them all that day. but no answers came. 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 the event of the island beginning to sink. Tom pressure of the telephone receiver. as a sort of ferry. On board were put cans of water. large raft The was towed out into a quiet bay of the island. the two ladies joked them on their lack of appetite. in rude fashion. and bound together. they could only wait. they said nothing. Tom continued to the next. with strong trailing vines from the forest.

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

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

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

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

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

his heart beating joyously. 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.A REPLY IN THE DARK "What's that about airship?" "Never mind airship" clicked Tom. calling to the others.* Tom briefly told of how the message had come to him in the night. Then came the report: "We Keep will be there within twenty-foul hours. Thought "No fake" Tom "Help us quickly! How soon can you cornel" There was a \vait. "Tell them to hurry. Jenks." cried Mr. "Say that I will give tw enty thousand r dollars reward if we are taken off!" "And I'll do the same." Just caught your message. in communication with us/' bet I will" flashed back "You Tom. a fake. 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. and the wireless operator clicked to Tom that he had called the captain. "I " Then hf must get to the place where . "What's that?" demanded Mr." begged the rich yacht owner. sent back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BOUND IN CLOTH. very inquisitive. when they obtained an BUNNY BROWN AND REST-A-WHILE sister HIS SISTER SUE AT CAMP. GROSSET & DUNLAP. They took in the sights and helped a colored girl who had run away from home. comical in the extreme. Their eyes will fairly dance with delight at the lively doings of inquisitive little Bunny Brown and Books his cunning. 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. and what followed. and have more good times and some adventures. UNIFORM STYLE OF 31NDIKG. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE PLAYING CIRCUS First the children gave a little affair. NEW YORK . 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. 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. some lively little boy. They had many adventures. Sue followed his leadership. Bun The'family go into ny and his camp on the edge of a beautiful lake. ILLUSTRATED. is realistically told. PUBLISHERS. trustful sister Sue.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. but old army tent the show was truly grand.

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

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

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

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

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