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

Per volume. LENOX AND NDATIOXS J9 L BOOKS BY VICTOR APPLETON THE TOM SWIFT TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-CYCLE Or Fun and Adventures on the Road TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-BOAT Or the Rivals of Lake Carlopa TOM SWIFT AND HIS AIRSHIP Or the Stirring Cruise of the Red Cloud TOM SWIFT AND HIS SUBMARINE BOAT Or Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC RUNABOUT Or the Speediest Car on the Road TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Or the Castaways of Earthquake Island TOM SWIFT AMONG THE DIAMOND MAKERS Or the Secret of Phantom Mountain TOM SWIFT IN THE CAVES OF ICE Or the Wreck of the Airship TOM SWIFT AND HIS SKY RACER Or the Quickest Flight on Record TOM SWIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC RIFLE Or Daring Adventures in Elephant Land (Other Volumes in Preparation) ismo. NEW YORK COPYRIGHT.ASTOE. 1911. Illustrated. BY GROSSET & DUNLAP Tom Swift and His Wireless Message . 50 cents. Price. Cloth. postpaid GROSSET PUBLISHERS & .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. JENKS HAS DIAMONDS SECRET OPERATIONS 136 144 XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK 151 ^ XIX 159 165 XX THE WIRELESS PLANT in . . DAMON WILL Go ALONG . .CONTENTS CHAPTER I PAGE AN APPEAL FOR AID i II Miss NESTOR'S NEWS 10 . 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. III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY MR.

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

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

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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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"I

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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