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'' "TOM SWIFT AND RUNABOUT." HIS "TOM 6WIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC AIRSHIP." ETC." "TOM SWIFT AND n HIS W>TOR-BOAT. ILLUSTRATED NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS .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 SUBMARINE BOAT.

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

JENKS HAS DIAMONDS SECRET OPERATIONS 136 144 XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK 151 ^ XIX 159 165 XX THE WIRELESS PLANT in . DAMON WILL Go ALONG .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 . III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY MR.

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

who worked in a Shopton bank. Tom rescued. called the Red times. Sharp and Tom built an ship. entitled . John air- Sharp. 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.MISS NESTOR'S ride it. from a burning Our second book. Tom also took out on pleasure trips his chum. Cloud. it. In the boat Tom raced with Andy Foger." related balloon that fell into the lake. to very cheaply. invented . 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. in which they had some strenuous Their adventures in this craft of the air form . NEWS 13 Mr. "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. Damon. and the two had fine times together. Ned Newton. who had a habit of "blessing" everything from his collar button to his shoe it laces. Swift. Tom Tom repaired it. some new attachments for it. and beat him. called Motor-Boat. a town bully. Need I also say that Mary Nestor also had trips in the motorBesides some other stirring adventures boat? in his speedy craft. Later Mr. the aeronaut.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It had steadily increased. They had quickly passed over Cape May." answered Tom. "We we're over the ocean. "Why why are we out here?" asked Mr. Damon and Tom were in a low-voiced The owner of conversation near the engines. and seventy miles an hour. giving up his intention of beating up against the wind. happened to look down through a What plate-glass window in the floor of car.92 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE back for Philadelphia. to where Mr." down on "Yes. the propellers aiding to get up a speed of Mr. Fen- . quietly. as he gazed the tumbling billows below them. he saw caused him to give a gasp of astonishment. ''Why why!" he exclaimed. quickly realized this. Once they attempted to stem its fury they found themselves almost helpless. and. he Tom turned the craft around. which was now almost a hurricane. but. came from his small private cabin. 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. let it fly before the gale. who had dropped the last of his messages. as long as they were moving with it. Fenwick. they did not notice it so much. the Whizzer. across the sandy beach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in a yacht. 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. airship was well-nigh as he realized their position. helpless.A NIGHT OF TERROR the will of the wind. frail pleasure . ioi and Tom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

" quake Island! are you? What's wanted?' That was the message that was clicked to Tom from somewhere in the great void.196 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE castaways of Earthit off his call for help for the quake Island. But what was this ? What was that clicking in He listened. No! It was his own The call of his station call that was anEarth- "E. in their shacks below him. For half an hour he sent away into space. 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. Then Tom. "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: . With trembling fingers Tom pressed Out into the darkness went his key. swered. having worked off his restless fit. conveying through space a message that meant nothing to him. help. "I get your message 'E. none of the others awakening. was about to return to bed. I! What's wanted? "Where Do I hear you right? Repeat'' Tom heard those his call questions in the silence of the night. I.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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