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

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

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

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

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

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TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE
for swift locomotion, turned to re-enter

crafts

the shop.

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

He

glanced

more
"If

intently at
it's

it.

an automobile coming along," he mur-

mured,

"it's

much
more.

fuss.

And
as

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

would kick up
It
it

much

sand, and not speed along
I

what

ought to be here by now. can be?"

wonder

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

The

speedy machines that might be causing
the cloud seemed momentarily to

it.

And

grow

thicker

and

thicker.
if it

"I wonder

could be a miniature tornado,

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

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

*

it is."

Nearer and nearer came the dust cloud.

Tom

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

A

AN APPEAL FOR AID

3

midst of the obscuring cloud a voice, exclaiming:

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

Keep

an'

we

sho' will

make

yo' a record.

'Tain't laik
car, but

we was
sho'

a autermobiler, er a electricity

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

we

Swift will done say
sage
t'

we brought

dis

yeah mes-

him

Then on the dusty
wheels.

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

road, and the rattle of

some many-

jointed vehicle, with loose springs and looser

"Eradicate Sampson!" exclaimed

Tom.

"But

\vho would ever think that the colored man's

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

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

of dirt came the voice of the colored

man

:

"Now
most
laik.

behave

yo'se'f,

Boomerang.
sit

We'm

al-

dere. an'

den yo' kin
it

Jest keep

up

a

little

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

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Massa
erang."

Tom

his telephone.

G'lang now, Boom-

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

down

to

the

fence

that

separated

the

house,

grounds and shops from the road.
there the sounds

As he got
and

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

"G'lang
son.

!

when we am most
"It's
all

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

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

Eradicate.

I'm here/

1

called

Tom, and when the

last of the dust

had blown

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

dilapidated

wagon
It

such a name.

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

moving slowly

to

and

fro.

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

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

citement was about.

How

mule

to

make

so

much

did you ever get your dust?"

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

"An' he done

it,

too.

Did

yo' see de dust

we

made?"

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

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

but

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

t'

git yo' telephone, an'

he sho'

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

my
it

telephone?

That's up in the house."

"No,

ain't! it's right

yeah in

mah

pocket,"

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

me

dribin' ober dis
it.

me

t'

deliber

He

said as

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY
They entered
it

27

and started

off,

just as Mrs,

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

wife.

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

was only

just in time."

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

made

the plunge, the

new cook

seemed to
the ride.

lose her fears of the auto,

and enjoyed

In a short time she had been safely

delivered at Miss Nestor's home, while that

young

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

w hich
r

Tom
call

would

promised faithfully on his return from

Philadelphia.

Tom

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

speed, when, as he turned

down

a country road,
;

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

and containing a

"Why, Tom, half
driving?

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

His auto must be out of commission

e

28

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

But

way he

abuses the machine.
the time."

the repair shop half
for he did not

He slowed down still more,

know

but that Andy's horse might be

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

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

highway by means
1

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

Andy

3

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

which he had halted.

"I'm

in the real estate

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

Guess I've got a right to stop

in the

road

if

I

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

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

'Suppose
it'

I

don't do it?"

Then
'Huh!

I'll

make you !"
you
try it!" snapped

I'd like to see

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

.29

will be

there'll

Andy

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

"Look here!" exclaimed
den energy.

Tom

Swift, with sudthis!

"I'm not going to stand for
let

Either you pull to one side and " or

me

pass,

"I'll

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

the consequences!"

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

Just you watch."
car.

Tom
ahead.

threw forward the lever of his
the motor,

There

was a hum of

and the

electric

moved

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

"Oh, yes you

will,"

responded our hero quietly.
It

He

sent his car ahead slowly but surely.

was

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TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE
had dropped
fist

within a few feet of the carriage containing Andy.

The

bully

his

notebook, and was

shaking

his

at

Tom.

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

As

other vehicle.

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

Andy reached
on a
little

for the horsewhip.

Tom

put
to

more power, and the carriage began

slide across the road,

but the old horse never

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

for the front of the auto
fell,

the blow never

for,

was open. But the next instant, the

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

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

first

"By Jove!

I

Torn, as he leaped brought to a stop.

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

The young inventor

There

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

" and then Andy's footsteps died away. 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? . and I've it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

while was . to get some much needed meal should be ready. The ruins of the airship were examined with interest. At Tom's tain yet light. The yacht castaways had subsisted on what little food had been hurriedly put into the life boat. goes without saying. That the supper (which the meal really was. Tom In a short time they were at the place where and the others had built the shack. Oh. as they left the vessel. CapMentor and some of the men hunted for a it request. "I'll do we can to get us off this island. PerhapSf can build a raft. Mr. just ahead. softly. if is that our camp. and set out. had brought along such a supply of food. aided by Mate Fordam. One was soon in course of preparation by Torn and Mr. Damon. You will be at least for a little while. and the two women took advantage of the seclusion of the rest until a little hut. But there theory is correct." answered Tom. 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." more comfortable. for there were now many mouths to feed. If we stay here all I there is scientist's no telling what will happen.A MIGHTY SHOCK 147 worried so about Mary. Fenwick Resolute. for it was getting late) was much enjoyed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE WIRELESS PLANT 171 Don't you have to have several wires on a taU mast ?" Tom. "Yes. . 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. and that is the last thing to do." and he pointed to a dead palm that towered gaunt and bare like a ship's mast. on a wires.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE OUTDOOR CHUMS AT CABIN POINTl Or The Golden Cup Mystery. NEW YORK . THE OUTDOOR CHUMS AFTER Or Or The Or The Rivals of the Mississippi. the skins for stuffing. how to manage a canoe. Rescuing the Lost Balioonists. how to swim. sons of wealthy men of a small city located on a lake. how to hunt wild animals and prepare. 12mo. fishing. motor their vacations go everywhere of thrilling adventures. Gun and Camera Club.THE OUTDOOR CHUMS SERIES By CAPTAIN QUINCY ALLEN The outdoor chums are four wide-awake lads. Handsomely GROSSET & DUNLAP. boats. Perilous Adventures in the Wilderness. and picture taking. THE OUTDOOR CHUMS ON THE LAKE Or Lively Adventures on Wildcat Island. THE OUTDOOR CHUMS ON A HOUSEBOAT THE OUTDOOR CHUMS Rival Hunters at IN THE BIG WOODS Lumber Run. and are greatly interested in hunting. The stories give full directions fcr camping out. the Ghost of THE OUTDOOR CHUMS Or Laying )0r IN THE FOREST Oak Ridge. Averaging 240 pages. PUBLISHERS. bound in Cloth. T Illustrated. The boys love outdoor life. BIG GAME ^. etc. They have motor cycles. how to fish.. Full of the spirit of outdoor life. and during and have all sorts THE OUTDOOR CHUMS Or The First Tour of the Rod. THE OUTDOOR CHUMS ON THE GULF. canoes. etc.

NEW YORK . were without number. GROSSET & DUNLAP. more manly boy than Frank Allen. PUBLISHERS. at track athletics. at baseball. at boat racing. the hero of this series of boys' tales. FORBES Never was there a cleaner. at football. Handsomely bound in cloth. with cover design acd.THE BOYS OF COLUMBIA HIGH SERIES S By GRAHAM B. All boys will read these stories with deep interest The rivalry between the towns along the river was of the keenest. Any lad reading one volume of this series will surely want the others. brighter. and at ice hockey. wrappers in colors. Illustrated. and plots and counterplots to win the champions. 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. and never was there a better crowd of lads to associate with than the students of the School.

THE BUNNY BROWN By SERIES LAURA LEE HOPE text illustrations Author of the Popular "Bobbsey Twins" Books Wrapper and drawn by FLORENCE ENGLAND NOS WORTHY 12mo. but old army tent the show was truly grand. trustful sister Sue. and have more good times and some adventures. some lively little boy. They had many adventures. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE PLAYING CIRCUS First the children gave a little affair. when they obtained an BUNNY BROWN AND REST-A-WHILE sister HIS SISTER SUE AT CAMP. PUBLISHERS. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE AT AUNT LU'S CITY HOME all The city proved a wonderful place to the little folks. 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. Their eyes will fairly dance with delight at the lively doings of inquisitive little Bunny Brown and Books his cunning. ILLUSTRATED. Sue followed his leadership. GROSSET & DUNLAP. UNIFORM STYLE OF 31NDIKG. BOUND IN CLOTH. BUNNY BROWN AND HIS SISTER SUE Bunny was a thing. 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. is realistically told. and what followed. comical in the extreme. NEW YORK . very inquisitive. They took in the sights and helped a colored girl who had run away from home.

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

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

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

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

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