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" "TOM SWIFT AND n HIS W>TOR-BOAT.'' "TOM SWIFT AND RUNABOUT." "TOM SWIFT SUBMARINE BOAT." HIS "TOM 6WIFT AND HIS ELECTRIC AIRSHIP.TOM SWIFT AND OR HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE The Castaways of Earthquake Island BY VICTOR APPLETON AUIHOK OF "TOM AND SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-CYCLE. ILLUSTRATED NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS ." ETC.
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DAMON WILL Go ALONG . . III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY MR.CONTENTS CHAPTER I PAGE AN APPEAL FOR AID i II Miss NESTOR'S NEWS 10 .IES IX THE WHIZZER 73 83 X XII XIII ^*f OVER THE OCEAN OF TERROR XI A NIGHT 94 102 A DOWNWARD GLIDE ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND XIV A NIGHT IN CAMP in 119 ^ <^ r i XV XVI XVIII THE OTHER CASTAWAYS 129 AN ALARMING THEORY MR. 21 IV 32 V VI VII VIII VOL-PLANING TO EARTH 38 50 THE NEW AIRSHIP MAKING SOME CHANGES 58 65 ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE FJ. . JENKS HAS DIAMONDS SECRET OPERATIONS 136 144 XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK 151 ^ XIX 159 165 XX THE WIRELESS PLANT in .
iv CONTENTS PAGE MESSAGES INTO SPACE 172 CHAPTER XXI XXII ANXIOUS DAYS XXIII A REPLY IN THE DARK 180 188 199 XXIV "WE ARE LOST!" XXV THE RESCUE CONCLUSION 205 .
if the wind dies down a bit. work. and He saw a cloud of glanced down the road. My! but we certainly do need rain. "Some one must the lad remarked. for i Tom Swift himself built the airship. 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. I may as well get back to. as well as several other . which effectually concealed whatever was dust. be in a hurry this morning/* "Looks like a motor speed- ing along. very dusty. where he was at work making adjustments to the motor of his airship. "It's Well. I'll take the airship out for a flight this afternoon." he added. as he looked up toward the sky." The young had inventor.
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for swift locomotion, turned to re-enter
Something about the approaching cloud of
dust, however, held his attention.
an automobile coming along," he mur-
moving very slowly, to make so I never saw a motor-cycle that
would kick up
sand, and not speed along
ought to be here by now. can be?"
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
speedy machines that might be causing
the cloud seemed momentarily to
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
Nearer and nearer came the dust cloud.
peered anxiously ahead, a puzzled look on his face. few seconds later there came from the
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midst of the obscuring cloud a voice, exclaiming:
"G'lang there now, Boomerang!
yo' a record.
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
Swift will done say
Then on the dusty
as quick as anybody could." there followed the sound of hoofbeats
road, and the rattle of
jointed vehicle, with loose springs and looser
"Eradicate Sampson!" exclaimed
\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.
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
den yo' kin
down an' rest if yo' longer, an' we'll gib
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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.
grounds and shops from the road.
there the sounds
As he got
of the mule's progress, the rattle of the wagon, suddenly ceased.
when we am most
Don't yo' dare t' stop now, G'lang dere!" cried Eradicate Samp!
"Keep a-movin', Boomerang!"
Tom, and when the
last of the dust
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-
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
"Am dat yo', Massa Tom?" asked Eradicate, ceasing his task of jerking on the lines, to which operation the mule paid not the least attention.
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"Yes, I'm here, Rad," replied Tom, smiling. came out of my shop to see what all the ex-
citement was about.
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
yo' see de dust
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
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
yo'd be in a hurry did trot along."
git yo' telephone, an'
"My telephone?'' repeated Tom, wonderingly. "What have you and your mule Boomerang to
That's up in the house."
ain't! it's right
chuckled Eradicate, opening a ragged coat, and "I got yo' telephone reaching for something. "De agent at de staright yeah," he \vent on.
dribin' ober dis
way, an' he done ast how he ain't got
no messenger boy now, 'cause de one he done hab
dere git along." The mule never moved. The mule suddenly came to life. maybe it's telegraf. "Dinnah an extra mos' ready.6 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE went on a strike fo' five cents mo' a day. you mean a telegram/' said Tom. with a laugh. I done under- An' I s'pects we'd better Anyhow. "I done thought dat would cotch yo'. how we'd Boomgiv yo' erang." chuckled Eradicate. and Eradicate re: marked . Boom- "Wait a minute." am t' The effect of these words seemed magical. who was "I tearing open the envelope of the telegram." went on the darkey. Rad. Boom- erang. it is. So I done took de telephone. "I said as reins. "Oh." called Tom. but stood de agent t' say telephone. raising his voice. and used a splintered whip better git along. might want to send an answer back by you. and was about to start off. I wonder who is wiring me now?' 3 He read the message slowly. "Well. though Eradicate yanked on the with energy. as he took the message from the odd colored man. erang." and with that the colored man pulled out a crumpled yellow envelope. an' I'm goin' helpin' ob oats.
" 'Case as how I done promised Boomerang his dinnah.APPEAL FOR AID " 7 fo' t* 'Taint no kind ob use." assented this yet. send a message back wif me. eh? heard of him. perhaps that will do. I never but I had other plans. "I haven't quite got the hang of Drop around this afternoon. must have cost him something to send all this over the wire." "Why not?" asked the young inventor. did odd jobs around the village. Tom. I don't know Tom's musings were suddenly cut short by the ." "All right. eh? He's sort of following along the lines of my inventions. Tom Swift resumed the reading of the message. when "It having read it once. Well. with his mule Boomerang. he began at it again. in another cloud of dust. Rad." and as the colored man. started off down the highway. looking up from the sheet of yellow paper. Massa Tom. an' he won't do nothin' till he has it. who. fo' vou dis arternoon. and he may be all right. So he wants my help. this is rather queer. An electric airship. and I don't know whether I can spare the time to go to Philadelphia or not. "Hum. Ef I started him back t' town now he would jest I'll take de answer back lay down in de road. I'll have to think it over. He could just as well have written it." he mused. " Wants my aid hum well.
"I "Yes. Eradicate has some special means he uses on his mule when he's in a hurry. "Kow did he ever get up speed enough to deliver a telegram?" "Oh. approach of an elderly gentleman.8 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE who was walkdown the path that led from the house highway which ran in front of it. dad." was the reply. ing slowly to the country "A telegram. I and I need help. Hosmer Fen- wick. will Can you hurry to pay you well. " 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. Boomerang?" and the gentleman seemed much amused. of Philadelphia. heard about your airship." "What. It's But listen to this message. from a Mr. Tom?" asked the newcomer. it to rise off the ground. Swift. and I am sure you can aid me. was just coming Eradicate brought to me. and have I can't get the other inventions you and your father have I am perfected. stuck. in trouble. dad. . w ith r his mule. in to ask your advice about it it. Answer the Quaker City? !' I at once "Well?" remarked Mr. questioningly.
If you feel like going to Philadelphia. though. Fenwick. Swift. Tom little knew what a strange series of adventures were to follow his decision to go to the Quaker City. to-morrow or next day/' "Very well. Perhaps it would be well to aid him. if you can spare the time. "I "I don't know/' just getting It you have my permission. What would you do? Who is this Mr. are you going to do about it. ." answered Tom. and then he and his son went into one of the shops. Not that you need the money. We are slightly acquainted. nor the danger involved in aid- ing Mr. I'll wire him that I am coming. He is a gentleman of wealth. and see if I can help Mr. dad." assented Mr. I think I will take a run to Philadelphia. doubtfully. my monoplane in shape for was nothing particular. I have not heard of him some years until now. but inventors should be mutually helpful. Dad. Fenwick to operate his electric airship. he is an inventor of some note. Tom?' 9 'What "I don't exactly know. but he has had many failures. and can be relied upon to do just as he in says. talking of | a new invention which they were about to patent. and aiding him in getting his electric airship in shape.AN APPEAL FOR AID as his son finished reading the telegram. Femvick?" "Well. was a little flight. I was going to ask your advice.
'WHEN "I don't exactly know/' was the answer. a little later. Tom?" asked Mr. But I think I'll start to- morrow. "Your monoplane would Why don't you 10 go in the mono- plane?" .' "Why son. Swift. had spread out on a table. do you go by train?" asked Mr." said the engineer. "That is if you don't want to take out the big airship. because I can't get a through train. "How was Tom's rather would I go ?" be a good deal quicker. as the aged inventor and his son were looking over some blueprints which Garret Jackson. Jacker "Why because " else hesitating reply.CHAPTER MISS NESTOR'S II NEWS do you think you will go to Philadelphia. "It's quite a little run from Shopton. an engineer employed by them. and you wouldn't have to change cars.
"and it will also be a I to test my new rudder. amperes. Tom Swift lived with his father. for a time. I hard to handle alone. Tom almost for- got the message calling him to Philadelphia. suppose you give us your views on this new form of storage battery. Barton Swift. The and little deep in machine shop was soon the discussion of ohms." suggested at his son. as long as that's settled. Swift. . believe good chance I will go to Philadelphia by the Butterfly/' "Well. I will tell my readers something about him. But the Butterfly will be the thing. with a fond glance val- Tom's opinion was considered uable in matters electrical. as those of you. and. as she's too didn't. well know. though it's a wonder I I'll not take the Red Cloud. "I haven't had it out since I mended the left wing tip/' he went on." and Tom looked over to where just a new monoplane rested on the three bicycle wheels which formed part of its landing frame. who have read the previous books in this series. for Mr. Taking advantage of the momentary lull in the activities of the young inventor.MISS NESTOR'S NEWS n By Jove! tt I believe I will!" exclaimed Tom. volts group in the currents. so that those who have no previous introduction to him may feel that he is a friend. never thought of that.
who was learning to . he "eradicated" the dirt. in the village of Shopton. and did anything else that was needed. after nearly killed "Tom was told how it had Mr. about whom prefer to let Tom tell you himself. Eradicate Sampson might also be called a retainer of the family. called Swift and His Motor-Cycle." There was another valued friend of the family. they were more often employed and his father than by any one else.12 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE a widower. for he might be jealous if I talked too first much about book of her. In the this series. to whom the reader laik will be introduced in due course. Eradicate was so called because. New York. Wakefield Damon by name. the aged housekeeper. owner." there he became possessed of the machine. because. as Eradicate "yo' nebber know jest what dat mule am goin' t' do next. who looked after Tom almost like a mother. Baggert. made gardens. Garret Jackson. He may go forward or he may go backward. also lived with the Swifts. as he said. for though the aged colored man and by his mule Boomerang did odd work about the village. Boomerang was thus named by his said. jest them Australian boomerangs. Damon. And I then there was Mary Nestor. an engineer and general helper. There was also in the household Mrs. Tom He did whitewashing.
who worked in a Shopton bank. John air- Sharp. entitled . In the boat Tom raced with Andy Foger. called Motor-Boat. Cloud. Damon. Need I also say that Mary Nestor also had trips in the motorBesides some other stirring adventures boat? in his speedy craft. who had a habit of "blessing" everything from his collar button to his shoe it laces. the aeronaut. NEWS 13 Mr. Sharp and Tom built an ship. some new attachments for it. from a burning Our second book. invented . Swift. and beat him. Tom also took out on pleasure trips his chum. to very cheaply. "Tom Swift and His some exciting times following the acquisition by the young inventor of a speedy craft which the thieves of the patent model had stolen. and 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. tried to climb a tree with did not "bless" the motor-cycle after him and he sold it .the basis for the third book of the series. Tom rescued. in which they had some strenuous Their adventures in this craft of the air form . and the two had fine times together. called the Red times.MISS NESTOR'S ride it. Ned Newton." related balloon that fell into the lake. Later Mr. it. a town bully. Tom Tom repaired it.
Swift perfected a new type of craft. and won a prize with it." you may read how he went after a sunken treasure. when the bank They vault was blown open. But they turned the tables by capturing the real and defeating the mean plans of the Tom burglars. suspicion pointed friends as the robbers. who ." told Tom built the speediest car on the road. not only in meanness of jealous enemies. In the Red left Tom and to his friends.14 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE Airship. Fogers. book of the series. Tom his inventive work. but because of the had to struggle against odds. including Andy Foger. Da- mon. and also saved a bank from ruin. Mr. started . Shopton the night stolen. and were in no little danger from their enemies before they reached the wreck in the fourth its with store of gold. Not Tom and with having mastered the air and his father turned their attention to the satisfied water." 'Tom Swift and His Cloud. including Mr. called "Tom Swift and His Submarine. and they were pursued. named Tom how Swift and His Electrical Runabout. fifth The book of the series. and seventy-five thousand dollars Because of evidence given by his Andy to Fuger. and and his father. make a record flight. The party had many adventures.
Sometimes he succeeded. summoning "Well. named the Butterfly. to see Mr. he made several successful try." remarked his father that afternoon. In it rather. dad. Tom. the bully was always seeking a chance to play some mean trick on the young inventor. thrashed Andy well. 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. Tom. In one trip he had met with a slight accident. and the monoplane had only just been . and when Eradicate comes back I'll have him take it to the telegraph repaired after this office. when he received the message him to Philadelphia. "I'll get a message ready at once." was the reply. more than once. or." "Do what?" . I haven't. you'd better be getHave you wired him that you will ting ready. in the meanwhile he had built himself a smaller airship. "if you are going to the Quaker City. monoplane. come ?" "No. Fenwick to-morrow. but more often the tables were effectually turned.MISS NESTOR'S NEWS 15 seemed to bear our hero a grudge of long standEven though Tom had. ing." "I wouldn't do that.
" "I will. but there's no telling lie when that mule of his may and go to sleep. dad. and Mr. I want some piano wire to strengthen the wings of my monoplane. I think they need charge replenishing. Jackson. dad. though he and I have not met in some years. burg. Then your message won't get off. besides. Fenwick may be down in the road." Tom. Fenwick. The young inventor and the engineer soon had the electric car in readiness for a swift run. will you help me the batteries of my car." Mansburg was a good-sized city some miles from the village of Shopton. Then I'll get right along to Mans"All right. my electric car. for . give him my regards. and when you telegraph to Mr. anxiously waiting for it. So it's an eh? I wonder how it works? But electric one. Mr. yet I would be glad if you could do him a self?" favor. and. and Tom and his father had frequent business there. I wouldn't like to offend him. to get It will go quicker. He means all right. Why not take the message your- "Guess in I will. you can tell me when you come back. and say that I hope his airship will be a success. run over to Mansburg and send the message from I'll there.16 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE 'Trust it to Eradicate. for.
ringing his electric gong. there had been several failures with his monoplane before it rose like a bird and sailed over the Tom. The enough to build an airship. for ground.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. Fenwick would prove to have." mused the difficulty is to get them off the and keep them there. a young lady. wondering what sort of an airship Mr. she exclaimed : 'Why." He knew. "Look out !" yelled Tom. and whether or not it could be made to "It's easy fly. at the same time shutting off the current. "but tree-tops. There was a momentary scream of terror from the girl. The lad was turned around just entering the town. do? Run Tom Swift ! "What are you trying to ejaculated our hero. and then. and had a corner. and jamming on the powerful brakes. twisting about to pass a milk wagon. was soon speeding along the road. owing latter to a new system perfected by Tom. when he suddenly saw. dartr out directly in the path of his car. in me down?" "Mary Miss Nestor !" some confusion. as she looked at Tom. .
and had thrown open the door. "I " from behind the milk wagon.18 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE He had brought his car to a stop. Come and take a ride. "I. but I'm so excited that I hardly around the end of know what I'm "Excited? doing. that is if you have time. I should have been more careful. "I didn't see you/ went on the lad. while a 1 little knot of curious people gathered 7 about." the girl said. alighting on the crossing. "Has anything happened. you!" she ex- in here. I darted it. Mary?" tell "Oh. saying that I will help difficulties him out of some with his new electric airship." advised are collecting a crowd. I'm go- . prettier. to pass. "Then we can But where are in Phila- you going?" 'To send a message to a gentleman delphia. and we'll go on. for he saw that his friend was not her usual calm self. with a little thought made her look all the talk." Miss Nestor hastened to add. too. and "It came was my fault. was waiting for the milk wagon and when it got out of my way. without looking to see if anything else was coming. "We "Of blush." What's the matter?" asked Tom. course I which Tom have." 'Then get Tom. I've such news to claimed.
MISS NESTOR'S NEWS my 19 ing to take a run down there in " Butterfly. one would think airship flight than it was to go shopping. and went off might "He wired in such a hurry that I can hardly realize it yet. was very yesterday. to-morrow. It make a "Neither did they. a business friend of papa's. When did they go ? know they intended to either. offered to take them on his steam yacht. followed by Tom. nor sudden. Mr. I'm getting used to the upper air. to Indies?" asked the I "No trip. I'm left all alone." interrupted Mary." should say that I didn't was news. it "My! to hear you tell it." spoke Tom. who wasn't any more to make an quickly sent the vehicle said. to them. He is making a little pleasure trip. with a party of friends. and monoplane. and I'm in such trouble!" 'Well. as she entered the electric car. down the street. They sailed from New York George Hosbrook. caught the express to New York. I should say that was news. I. and he thought papa and mamma like to go. . Resolute. they got ready in a rush. "Oh." he "But what is the news you were to tell me?" "Did you know the mamma W est r ! and papa had gone girl.
with a smile. and I have invited a lot of girl friends to come and stay with me. take you to the intelligence and you can get a cook. And so your people have gone to the West Indies?' "Yes. and I wish I had the chance to go/' "So do I. you haven't heard the worst yet. after I'd asked the girls to spend a month with me. if I'll was two kinds." spoke Tom. and get her to your house before she can change her mind. wouldn't it?" Tom agreed that it certainly would. "as there's only one in town.20 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Oh.. with a smile. little realizing how soon 1 his wish might be granted. I do hope I can get a cook! It would be dreadful to have nothing to eat. I'll bundle her into this car. servant. by hook or by crook." went on Mary. when you nearly ran me down! isn't that news?" "I should say it Tom. can. and they soon after arrived at the intelligence office. ." admitted "Well." replied . "But is there any particular intelligence office you wish to visit?" "There's not much choice. Oh. But the cook just left unexpectedly.Mary Nestor. I'll help you all I office. "I don't call the fact that papa and mamma went off so suddenly much news. 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. to get another Now.
" the lad confess. to get to "Are you. and Mary. 21 . The cook who just went away because I asked her to make some apple turnovers. of Miss Nestor. with an arch smile." "So am I. have some. Some of the girls who are com- ing are very fond of them. with a smile. indeed? Then. made ready to leave the electric car." spoke Tom. with a blush.CHAPTER III TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY "Do YOU want me to come in and help you?" asked the young inventor. was obliged to "Then I'm help me. "Do you know anything about hiring a cook?" she inquired. now will make them. I'll see if left doubtful of your ability to But I'm ever so much obliged to you." come when just you." declared Tom. "I'm afraid I don't. boldly. and "I'd rather also if I'll the cook I hope invite you over meet my friends. a little I can engage one. and the turn- overs and the cook are there.
TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Thank you. of Philadelphia "Will come on to-morrow in my aeroplane. as he be back in fifteen minutes." he said to the tele- graph agent. after reading it over. Father sends regards. called Tom. and get some piano wire. ." swung the car out away from I'll the curb. though. and aid you all I can." "Just rush that." "All right. and leave before she has a chance get frightened. to make an apple turnover. in a low voice. and then I'll call back I'll take you and the new cook here for you. back home flying." call went on Tom." protested Miss Nestor." "Oh. "at least let me when you have engaged and take you home one. Hos: mer Fenwick. I have only to send a message. please. "Not at all. it will be too much trouble. and the remarked : latter. but don't "I'll go slower. Will not premise to make your electric airship ily. while telligence office. Mary Nestor went this into the in- Tom wrote and sent message to Mr. can't help you select a cook." she "If I said." The cook may fly so fast.
Leave it to "Humph! . "what do you think?'' "I don't know. she flatly refused to come. that you would take us home in the electric automobile. being all about air- ships. eh?" mused Tom. and go to her.TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY "It'll 23 rush itself. the induce her to come to her house. Miss Nestor came out to meet him." and he laughed as Tom Selecting several sizes of piano wire of great strength. where he had left his friend. She said walking was the only way she would go. and before he could alight. but as soon as I mentioned treasure. to use as extra guy-braces on the ButTom re-entered his electric car. with a little tragic gesture. if I woman Oh. She hasn't been in this country long. But the worst of it is that a rich for a cook. I'm sure. "Oh. hastened back to the intelligence office. what shall and poor Mary looked quite distressed. Tom !" she exclaimed. I reckon. like that. He saw her standing at the front door. 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. and things paid him. it isn't that. "Does the new cook refuse to come unless you do away with apple turnovers?" I have engaged a real "No." he answered good-naturedly. and terfly. "That's queer.
I'm sorry I spoke of "Well. rive shortly." answered the girl. don't worry." suggested the lad. I don't believe it will do any good. car. I'll talk to the new cook. and she'll surely go with Mrs. he saw a pleasantfaced Irish girl. and walked toward the office. She won't come. an' it's no use of the likes of you askin' me." decided the young inventor. and perhaps I can make amends. don't you ?" "Yes. He left the Entering it. with a bundle beside her. It's partly my fault. hired is suspicious of me. because servants are so scarce. with an assumed confidence he did not feel. me. with Miss Nestor in his wake. and all my girl friends will arMiss Nestor was quite distressed. that they are engaged almost as soon as they register at I know the one I have the intelligence office. don't want to ride in an auto?" "No. Mary." "'Leave it to me. Tom.24 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE fix it. either. sitting on a bench. since I have mentioned your car. an I won't j work in a family that owns one/' . "Oh. "And so you began Tom. "I am afeered of thim things." she comes. but not impudently. Duy Puyster when the automobile. and perhaps I can to get her away from here You want in a hurry.
looked out of the window. but to Tom was thinking to him." "No!" snapped the new cook." Mary. who. Duy Puyster over the wire. "I'm off now. drawn by two rusty-looking horses. 'We must her. At that moment the telephone rang." "Good Tom was luck. The I'm goin' away carriage has just come for me. it seems." get her away soon. in style. just drawing up at the curb. "There is your employer. Tom was rather at his wits' ends. to the one Mary Nestor had hired. Sarah.TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY "But we don't own one/' said Mary. with a nod at the Irish girl. dilapidated A farm wagon." said this girl. I is will drive slowly. listening. "Good-by. the very latest means of traveling. Sarah." wished Bridget. Bridget. come A moment later gaged herself to work in the country. "and there is absolutely no danger. whispered "or we'll lose no plan seemed one of the assistants of the office led out from a rear room another Irish girl. had just enrapidly. and Tom and Man*." Tom went on." said the . 25 The "It girl only sniffed. could hear the proprietress of the in- telligence office talking to Mrs.
" "An' so that's the style you was tellin' me of. "you have one of the very safe. eh. and he said." I haps you prefer a farm wagon. Tom was quick to seize the advantage thus offered. . or called out wagon. "That's queer style. But perstyle. leaving a woman. evidently the seat. will if you appreciate it is come latest in the automobile. 'Mandy. Style indade!" and. very models. "Bridget." Sarah was blushing from shame and mortification. Then you won't have such hard work any more. Sarah. Sarah?" asked the cook whom Miss Nestor had engaged.26 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE 'You will have a nice proprietress of the office." "Indade an' I don't!" was the ready response. an' we'll drive right out hum. "I'll go wid you now if only to show Sarah Mai- She was loy thot I have more style than her! an' th' illigant boastin' of the fine place she had. gathering up her bundle she followed Tom an' th' and Mary to the waiting auto. carriage that thry." A typical country farmer alighted from the his wife. If that's was comin' t' take her it I want none of it! to the counI'll go wid you young gintleman. ride to the country and I hope you will like the place. He : "I'll git th' servant-gal.
TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY
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
"You saved the day for me, Tom," whispered Miss Nestor, as the young inventor increased the
speed of his car.
just in time."
"Don't forget the apple turnovers," he whispered back. Once she had
the plunge, the
lose her fears of the auto,
In a short time she had been safely
delivered at Miss Nestor's home, while that
lady repeated her thanks to Tom, and renewed her invitation for him to come and sample the
to do, saying he
promised faithfully on his return from
Musing on the amusing feature of his trip, was urging his auto along at moderate
speed, when, as he turned
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
solitary figure. that looks like Andy Foger," spoke aloud. "I wonder \vhat he's doing out
His auto must be out of commission
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that's not strange, considering the
abuses the machine.
the repair shop half
for he did not
He slowed down still more,
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
Foger, what does that mean?' cried Tom, indignantly, as he brought his car to a sudden stop. "Why do you block the road?'
"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.
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
want to!" But not to block
against the law.
up," retorted Tom. "That's Pull over and let me pass!"
don't do it?"
make 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.
"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
Swift, with sudthis!
"I'm not going to stand for
Either you pull to one side and " or
"Well, what will you do?" demanded the bully. shove you to one side, and you can take
"You won't dare
"I won't, eh?
Just you watch."
threw forward the lever of his
was a hum of
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
responded our hero quietly.
sent his car ahead slowly but surely.
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within a few feet of the carriage containing Andy.
notebook, and was
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
"Here, you stop!" cried Andy, savagely. "It's too late now," answered Tom, grimly.
for the horsewhip.
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
for the front of the auto
the blow never
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.
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
cut on Andy's forehead. 31 and his face had been most effectually knocked out. Andy was unconscious.TOM KNOCKS OUT ANDY was a little was white. Tom was frightened. He raised up Andy's head on his arm. . and brushed back He ' his hair. entirely by his own meanness and fault. but. none the less.
'Yes. and he looked about But it was not needed. the exclaimed bully "Here! You let me go! Don't you hit me ' Tom again. Andy opened : his eyes. was not hard. and struggled to his feet.CHAPTER IV MR. you did. with which to bathe his head. and that Andy had landed on his outstretched hands before his head came in contact with the earth. "I wish I had some water. a in vain for some. while Andy tore himself away." Tom murmured. or I'll punch you!" "I didn't hit you. DAMON WILL GO ALONG greatly frightened at the He feared lest the sight of Andy's pale face. hit me!" "I did not! You tried to strike 32 me with your . But when he realized that the fall from the carriage. too. when he bending over. for. which was a low one. AT FIRST Tom was bully might be seriously hurt. our hero was somewhat reassured. and. and holding him." declared Tom. Tom Swift. moment saw later.
which just the same. like all bullies." "Well. : "Oh. and I'll pay you back for this. our hero started the motor. glance satisfied Tom that the carriage had not been damaged. It was your own fault. I could have } ou arrested!" lad. and was evidently glad of the rest. 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. damaged. way. some day. and. Next time don't to blockade the whole street. You lost your balance and fell." The old white horse had not moved. or maybe for began blubbering. and then. he cried out it. .MR. snarled Andy. Your rig isn't structing traffic. while Andy was brushing the dust from his clothes. whip. r "And so could I have you locked up for ob- But I'll not. as I DAMON WILL GO ALOXG I ^ V. "It's only a scratch. and mind your business now. and you'd better drive home.) was shoving your carriage out of the had a perfect right to do. you'll suffer for head. was a coward. Andy. as you were blockading the highway. I'm hurt ! I'm injured !" ! Get a doctor. "You're not hurt. trying not to laugh." asserted Tom. and bringing it blood on it. get into trouble. get- A ting into his car. putting his hand to his with some drops of away. and you won't try Are you able to drive home.
" growled Andy. peller on the shaft a want to tighten the protrifle. was quite wealthy drove on. I my airship. and everything. rather wishing the little encounter had not taken place. leaving a much discomfited bully behind him. "I wish I'd hit him with the horsewhip. "I've got quite a lot to do if I make an early start for Philadelphia. "Tom Swift is too smart thinking he can run everybody. "Let's see. to suit himself. but refusing to blame 1 himself for what had occurred. Then." Andy had said this many times." he went on. Foger. as he finished dusting off IPS clothes. the wound was but a scratch. Meanwhile Tom. "I'll get square with him some day. and give the engine a too. and wiping the blood from his face. as he drove along in in powerful car.34 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE There was now room enough to pass around the obstructing carriage. was speeding to- ward home. vindictively. and soon Tom was hum- ming down the road. Pondering on some scheme of re- venge the rich lad for Mr. I think I'd better good try-out. and he felt a little dizzy. but he had never yet succeeded in permanently getting the best of Tom. his father. to-morrow. though the bully's head ached." he his murmured. make . As Tom had said.
glad of an excuse to cease the weeding of the onion bed.MR." he answered. Wakefield Damon. The only person visible was Eradicate brought it to a stop He looked about for a Sampson. "Yep.'* answered the colored man. and the negro. Mr. Baggert or Garret Jackson. "Anybody home?" "Yais. sah. working in the garden. "Hello." "Oh. you mean Mr." "Who's the other gentleman. "Yo' dad an' anodder gen'mans hab jest gone in de house. Rad?" asked Tom. sight of his father." The runabout swung into the yard of the Swift house. Massa Tom. Mrs. the DAMON WILL GO ALONG 35 The last landing springs a little stiffen time I made a descent the frame was pretty well jarred up. if I make tall that air trip to-morrow I have to do some electric hustling when get home. dat's who I done means. "It's is allers saying his "Saying his prayers?" repeated Tom. came shuffling forward. Wake full Lemon dat's sho' him." . Rad. I'll Yes. and Tom opposite the side door." "Yais." called Tom. de gen'mans what prayers. or his necktie. Massa Tom He's allers askin' a blessin' on his shoes. Yo' knows what I means. or his rubbers.
Tom! how are you? my eyeglasses. him with Bless it? Why. Bless I am! I just returned from . Quaker Swift was saying. but bless my . "You don't say so! Why I know Mr. but I'm real glad to see you. he's back !" exclaimed the ecbless man. the voices of Mr. Fenwick. and. T with a smile. but I think I will!" "That's Mr. "How "Why. w hence the voices proceeded. watch chain!" exclaimed the other voice. "Dat's what I done tole you !" said Eradicate. with slow and lagging steps he went back to weed as he the onion bed. I've a good notion to go along and see what happens. Damon all right. and some one else there in conversation. my very existence. 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. as he advanced toward the diningroom. Swift. centric are you.36 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE At that sounded." City in the Butterfly. bless Tom my collar button. moment "And so Tom has decided to make a run to the to-morrow." observed Tom. within the house. Damon. my shoe laces. "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." Mr. Mr.
I'm here. I do. as he exploded these words. if Tom. and deflection rudder I don't. and days are a disgrace ! your father has just told Philadelphia in Bless I me about you going to your monoplane. ship will rise. and I thought I'd run over and see how you are. but the kind of tires one gets now-aHowever. Mr. Bless my spark plug. a DAMON WILL GO ALONG 37 little western trip. fairly raised himself Damon his tiptoes. what's more. as he shook was hands with Mr. I'd like to see his Will your Butterfly carry two passen- gers ?" "Easily. what's more. "So airship. Fenwick. 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. too. shook Tom's hand again." replied Tom. I'll Fenwick's bless go with you in that if my Mr. to help a fellowinventor with his airship. Tom!" and on puffing up his cheeks. I came in my car had two blowouts on the way. . with a smile. "Then I'll go." responded and. Damon." you what I'm going to do. and. my topknot if it isn't! Do you know what just saying?'' "I heard you mention that you knew Mr. heartily.MR. It's real kind of you.
There more danger riding is in the monoplane the than there in the airship. Mr." that said Tom. Mr. be glad of your company. Swift. im- When patiently. for Tom hesitated. seemed after little at a loss for something to say. Mr. Damon. the sustaining gas will prevent us from falling. "but you must remember is my is Butterfly not like the Red Cloud. But it isn't so in an " your engine stops there "Well. know how I'll to take their eccentric friend "Of course Damon. too. Damon's 'Yes. They did not quite at times. In the latter. glide down from whatever 38 height you . 'You have in to vol-plane back to earth. Damon's announcedid not reply.CHAPTER V VOL-PLANING TO EARTH FOR a moment ment a Tom Mr. what happens ?" asked Mr." 'Vol-plane?" and there was a questioning note voice. aeroplane. if engine happens to stop.
be pleased to see you. . and exhibited the Butterfly. Suppose you come out and see what sort of a craft you are to travel in to-morrow. ever done it?" asked the odd char- "Oh. but I'd be glad to. having informed his father of the sending of the message." "That's right. I'm getting to be quite an aviator. When will you be ready to start ?" "To-morrow morning. declare. and 5 ' Mr. Tom. doomed believe Mr. Come series of dips from the upper currents. no doubt. Mr. we'll hope we won't have to. laughed. bless my fur overcoat ! I can do it. I've never Damon met him. Fenwick will. yes.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH are at 39 the engine stalls. Tom. A little later. "And I'll be very glad of your company. Now you are sure you won't get nervous and want to jump. I you never saw L my new monoplane. the French call a word as any. Damon." it. when down as in a Vol-plan- ing." went on Tom. and I guess it's good "Have you acter. "Well. I haven't. Damon chuckled. several times. too." and Mr. gine happens to break down?" if the en- "Not a bit of it." "Then. took his eccentric friend out to the shop. and it will be nice to have some one to introduce me. I'll vol-plane whenever you are read}'.
unlike that of a butterfly or dragon fly. the cylinders being air cooled. to permit of plane terminated their being bent up or down. Back of the seat stretched out a long framework. long and slender. The body was not two just aft of the engine and controlling levers. w ith the concave turn toward the ground. The big gasolene tank. He had seldom taken a passenger up with him. Forward. set at right angles to it. and at the end was a curved and a seat for The ends of the plane. I will not plane. either take much it to say Bleriot Sufficient space to describe Tom's. consisting of a rectangular frame with canvas stretched over it. operated by a four cylinder motor. was the large. where front of the right-hand ope- Tom always rode. almost exactly like the front T set of wings of the dragon fly. which sent the monoplane to left or right. and other mechanism was in rator's seat. At the extreme end was the vertical rudder. There was the usual propeller in front. main plane. so as to preserve the horizontal equilibrium of the craft. and set like the spokes of a wheel around the motor box. was modeled after the one in which made his first flight across the English channel. in flexible wings.40 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE As many of you have seen the ordinary monoon exhibition or in flight. though the .
wait. "but ." ventured Tom. 5 ' "Not that I'm afraid. I guess it will. day was busily spent making various adjustments to the monoplane." Tom could not but admire the grit of his friend. and rest of the The tuning up the motor. and see how it acts with you aboard. and in was the answer. as he wheeled the Butterfly out of the shed. Tom. changing the rudder cables. The propeller was tightened on the shaft. get impetus enough with which to to the big Red the eccentric man." "Oh. Mr." answered I'm going up in her just the same bless my buttons if I'm not. to rise. going to . and began pumping up the tires of the bicycle wheels on which it ran over the ground. and toward evening Tom announced that all was in readiness for a trial flight.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH machine would little 41 easily carry two. and he was a about the outcome of the trip with nervous Mr. "Want "I'll to come. compared Cloud. but perhaps it won't work just right now. "How do you like the looks of it?" asked the young inventor. Damon. for I'm make the trip in the morning. "It looks a little frail. Damon?" he asked. putting on new wire stays.
was blown off by the wind created by the propeller. for Tom turned on more gasolene. until the young inventor. with a passenger of Mr. the young inventor placed a bag of sand on the extra seat. and then. who were holding back the monoplane from gliding over the ground. until he was five hundred feet Up there he traveled back and forth. but suddenly with a burst of smoke. "Bless my gaiters !" he exclaimed. The hat of Mr. Jackson started the propeller. like some live thing. in a big spiral. like some graceful bird. he began ascending in the air. and Mr. Damon. "All right/' answered the engineer. . higher and higher.42 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE know just order to be able to how his Butterfly was going to behave. Faster and faster it went. "I never thought it was as strong as that !" "Let go !" cried Tom to Mr. An instant later the explosions almost doubled. and a spluttering of fire the cylinders began exploding. who was standing back of the machine. knowing that he had motion enough. At first the engine failed to respond. Up he went from earth. Jackson and Eradicate. Then. The monoplane was then wheeled to the end of the starting ground. tilted his planes to catch the wind. Damon's weight. the Butterfly rushed across the starting ground. Tom took his place in the seat.
Suddenly the engine stopped. in the machine had come to a . anxiously watching. It would shoot downward. Like some great bird. not from where his father and the others stood. losing some of the great momentum." said Mr. Damon. shut off the engine on purpose. Down came the Butterfly. ceased ! "His engine's stalled!" cried Garret Jackson. and to those be: low. disabled in mid flight. Jackson. and looked anxiously up at his son. Swift heard the words. "He is vol-planing back to earth !" "He Nearer and nearer came the Butterfly. desiring to test the machine in various capacities. "Is he in any danger?" gasped Mr. would rise a bit. the springs of the wheel frame taking the shock wonderfully well. as Tom tilted the planes. the downward. scended. In a series of maneuvers like this. for Tom had somewhat de- and the explosions had been plainly But now they heard by those observing him. and then. the silence became almost oppressive. and in figure eights. far "She's all right enthusiasm. A moment later a hearty shout monoplane swooped from Tom reassured them. the young inventor reached the earth. Mr.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH 43 in circles. No one answered him. when regular bird !" cried Tom.
Damon. if the weather holds out this way. and "Perhaps have some apple turnovers/ for he had told them at 1 drop down . I may need run down to Philadelphia again. and he had 'We'll make a good flight to-morleaped out.44 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE stop after rolling over the ground." "Shall I keep supper for you?" asked Mrs Baggert. But I'll if it is anything that requires a long come back. "I shall be "They made the start early the next morning. the housekeeper. Tom?" asked his 'To-night. with a laugh. and had seen to it that. and then stay. "When father. I don't know just what Mr. Fen wick wants me to do." cried the eccentric man. as he took his place in the seat beside Tom. as far as he could tell. I'll be back to-night perhaps. Damon. "I don't know. it was in perfect running order. or to-morrow morning. row. Miss Nestor's. perhaps. and let you know." "Good!" delighted. will you be back. There was not a trace of nervousness noticeable about Mr. The lad had gone carefully over the entire apparatus. Mr. some of my special tools to work with. there being hardly a breath of wind." answered I'll Tom.
" he went on to Mr. into the air. sprang "We're off!" cried Mr. it to set the air currents against them. waving his hand to those on the ground below. The engineer whirled up propeller. Tom let the engine warm up a bit before calling to his friends to let go. he shouted a good-by and cried: Let go !" "All right like a hound from the leash. "Now for He had mapped night before. when he had thrown the gasolene lever forward. "are you all ready ?" "As ready as I ever shall be. "Well. to say. we're off. Damon. out a route for himself the and now. All right. and with a the big wooden. effectually drowning any but the loudest shouts." the Quaker City !" murmured Tom." but it's not dangerous no wind. picking out the land- . "Yes. with a tilting of the wings. builtrattle and roar of the motor. and then. sprang Forward. Damon. Tom?" when Start her "Hard there's off. the little monoplane. Do you think we'll have to do any vol-planing. It ran perhaps for five hun! dred feet. the Butterfly was ready for her flight. and then. Garret.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH 45 of the incident of hiring the new cook.
this mode of locomotion. Still. Damon.46 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE laid as straight a course as possible marks. That's ." shouted back young "What! inventor. I know. after the first surprise. for. quickly "How long will it take us?" yelled Mr. like some vari-colored relief map. to the latter Mr. and he adjusted the oil feed to send more lubri- cant into the cylinders. sensation of flying along. in a degree. as if he was on the back of some bird. was much different. two thousand feet high. for they were almost as flying fast. "I like "I thought you would. and it's only about two hundred and fifty miles. in a shout. though had made frequent trips in the large airship. Why it takes the train over five hours. and were beyond a scene as they had a glimpse of it. The earth stretched out below them. he for Philadelphia. it. It was. it "I hope to do the in three hours." said Tom. but we're going direct. in a machine almost as frail as a canoe. Damon into Tom's ear. but they could not stop to admire any particular spot long." "Yes. The was not new to Tom. he got used to "Bless it!" my finger ring!" he exclaimed.
Damon. It lacked forty minutes of the three hours when Tom." "She goes Mr." cried Tom rush of nodded. and the eyes of the young inventor and his friend sparkled in delight as they rushed forward. Damon. faster than the Red Cloud. called: "North Philadelphia !" "So soon?" gasped Mr. certainly "Well. while with the other he gripped the lever of the rudder. The trip was a glorious one. their speed gradually increasing. we made speed! Where are you going to land ?" "I don't know. pointing with one hand down below. Two hours passed. "Going to make it?" fairly howled Mr. We're doing seventyfive now. Tom nodded again. air." answered the young inventor. *T11 have to pick out the best place I see." he announced in a shout. It's . He was now doing better than eighty an hour as the gage showed. Damon. Tom called out the names of the larger places they passed over. and I haven't let her out yet. "Be there in time for dinner. It was hard work to talk in that For an hour they shot along.VOL-PLANING TO EARTPI 47 only about eighty an hour.
" went on Mr. Fenwick lives near there. Tom steered for the big athletic it in the distance. as the people in the streets became aware of their presence there \vas intense excitement field. Damon. and there was a grim look on his face. "Out where they play football." "Good! The very thing!" shouted Tom. Damon. "What's the matter?" cried Mr. "Mr. and Tom had to adjust the wing tips and rudder quickly to prevent it slewing around at a dangerous angle." "What's the matter with Franklin Field?" cried Mr." answered Tom.48 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE no fun landing in a city. and soon saw With a suddenness motor ceased its terrific that racket. was startling the The monoplane gave a sickening dip. "Did gone you shut "No!" !" it off on purpose?" shouted Tom. Bless "Something's overshoes ! wrong "Gone wrong any danger?" ! my Is there "We'll have to vol-plane to earth. and City itself. and. in a few minutes more \vere above the Quaker They were flying rather low. Damon. He had never executed this feat with a passenger . and Tom nodded comprehendingly. after you're down. No room to run along. They were now over North Philadelphia.
. 49 wondering how the Butterfly would behave.VOL-PLANING TO EARTH aboard. which was now He was swarming with a curious crowd. But he would know very soon. for already the tiny monoplane was shooting rapidly toward the big field.
and from greater heights. moved slightly. Tom threw up the it. and Tom." answered the young inventor. and the consequent sudden dropping to- ward the earth of the monoplane. tilting plane. Damon. Tom?" asked Mr. This. wondered if the odd gentleman was at blessing anything in particular. His lips pale.CHAPTER VI THE NEW AIRSHIP FOR a brief instant after the stopping of the motor. even in those tense moments. but he seemed calm and collected. Tom glanced The latter's face was rather Mr. "I have done this same thing before. "Is is there any great danger. checked the downward and they glided along horizontally for a hundred feet or more. to catch air beneath and bring the Butterfly flight. confidently. Damon. "I think not. or everything in general. in a manner. 50 The only thing that . in a more more parallel position to the earth.
Shouts of wonder and fear could be heard. they glided. Damon." "Bless my overcoat!" exclaimed Mr. coming nearer and nearer to the earth. He tried.THE NEW AIRSHIP bothers 51 me is that there are several cross-currents of air up here. The ground seemed to rush up to "Look "Not to try a out!" he cried to meet Mr. motor was not spitting fire and throbbing a battery of Catling guns. as the propeller was slowly swinging from the force of air against it. Reaching the limit of the parallel glide the monoplane once more shot down on an incline toward the earth with terrible speed. it perhaps thought on the spark." as the like Conversation was more easily carried on now. Damon they citedly about." new stunt. of the some part Down looked like dolls. The crowd in the big athletic field grew larger. But I think we'll make a good landing. Tom. which make it difficult to manage the planes and wing tips. was the cairn answer. but there w as no explosion. as he realized that Tom might start r mechanism must have broken. "We're going "I'm going to hit something!" yet. "I certainly hope so. and people could be seen running exTo Tom and Mr. Damon. He had scarcely hoped for it. Hold fast !" .
which had grasped the the strain. so inventor shifted the movable planes and rudder. all "I'll right now. showed white with were now removed. It gathered speed in an instant. the monoplane was soon slowly approaching the earth in a series of It was under perfect control. take a couple of forward glides now. and made a frantic grab for one of the upright supports. Mr. like a polo pony taking The young a sudden turn after the ball." machine straight ahead. with an upward tilt It was slackened. off "The air currents fooled me. and his uprights with such firmness that his knuckles came on the face of the Seeing it Mr. but the craft is likely to tilt a bit. and we'll "We're land. Then. Damon took hands." "I Under his skillful guidance. courage. and.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "What "Some on. graceful curves. a moment later. almost as if brakes had been sent the He . He v sat easily in his seat. Damon slid to one side of his seat. easing the craft.' are you going to do?' I think that will spirals. which righted itself in an instant." declared Tom. the Butterfly swung violently around. made too short a turn !" cried Tom. : let us down hold easier. and a smile of relief young inventor.
THE applied. and hundreds pressed around the aviators. and I had to glide. though airship flights are getting "Where did you more and more common. Damon. Damon climbed from their seats. "but we did not calculate on vol-planing. or come down on purpose?'' "Can't you start your motor in mid-air ?" These. NEW AIRSHIP 53 Once more it shot toward the earth. Several sought to reach." he explained. The crowd set up a cheer. Then with a thud which shook up the occupants of the two seats. and scores of other questions were The fairly volleyed at Tom and Mr. and ran along on the three it bicycle ground. 'We were coming down anyhow. wheels. Swiftly more ideal landing place would have been hard to find. slid over the level A and checked the momentum of the little monoplane. and touch the machine. for they had probably never been so close to one before. . The motor was stalled. inventor good-naturedly answered them young as best he could. Scores of willing hands reached out. and Tom and Mr. and once more it was checked by an up-tilted plane. the Butterfly came to the ground. come from?" "Are you trying for a record ?" "How high did you get?" "Did you fall.
The if lad was just asking one of the officers the air craft could not be put in one of the grandstands which surrounded the field. and A wormed his way to where Tom and Mr. please/' man pushed his way into the crowd. who were attracted by the crowd. and. a hasty examination of the motor. I want I'm building one myself. when a voice on the outskirts of the crowd excitedly to see that air- exclaimed : "Let ship. having satisfied himself that only a minor difficulty had caused it to stop. and I need all the experience I can get. the eccentric indistood. Fen wick !" "Mr. boys and women (for there were a number of the latter in the throng) might have caused serious trouble. .54 . or the ' men. Fenwick?" gasped Tom. Please keep You might damage it. Damot? At the sight of him.f SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE away from the machine. please. Let me in. and proceed Mr. served to keep the curious ones back away from the Butterfly. Fenwick's house. vidual cried out: "Why bless my pocket-knife ! If it isn't Mr." The arrival of several policemen. me pass. he decided to put Tom made the monoplane in to some safe place.
' . At the same moment the newcomer cried out: "Wakeneld Damon !" "That's who I am. and we landed here. attend to that. the inI ventor of more machines than can count.THE NEW AIRSHIP 55 The inventor we came to see!'' 'Yes. and nodded at the monoplane. yes. "Oh." Mr. modestly. and I have something "Well. He and I were coming to see you. as he shook hands with him." hope my airship will do as well. Fenwick hastened to assure him. as a steady diet. when we had a But that slight accident. and I can't say that I'd care for that. "but I'll do all I can for you." answered Tom's friend^ 'and let me introduce you to Mr." your ability. for we intended to land here anyhow. as I knew it was near your house." "I'll my monoplane in a safe place. I is That I L must now leave however. know your r father. didn't matter. Only we had to vol-plane back to earth." "Did you come all the way from your home in that?' asked Mr. But seems to be wrong with it. I It's not much of a trip. Fenwick of Tom. but I'm glad we've arrived safely. "Leave it to me. Bless my radiator. and have heard much of why requested your aid. hopes that you can help I me I discover what it is. Swift. "I'm afraid I've been much overrated." spoke Tom.
Fenwick's house. as "Does it . It hasn't 'whizzed' any to speak of yet. for the had arrived on the 4 crowd was now very large. and a policeman would be left on guard. as Mr. Then. as they walked along. "Yes. was out when I saw your monoplane coming down. in charge officers. Fenwick proudly. he requested that Tom's machine be protected from damage. Fenwick knew this official. Mr." The three entered an automobile. and soon for a stroll. It was arranged that it could be stored in a large. that's what my electric airship. Damon and Mr. and I hastened to Franklin Field to see it. "I said am very anxious to show you the Whiszer" Mr. Tom. There she is!" cried Mr. I call "The Whizser? repeated Tom. "Oh. of several reserve scene. seeing that it was all right. empty shed. Fenwick. take up all that room?" asked Tom. yes. wonderingly.56 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE By this time a lieutenant of police. but I have hopes that it will. the Whisser is pretty good size. and were soon being driven to the inventor's home. now that you are here to help me. and. be at We will take one my house. Fenwick started for the latter's house. I of these taxicabs. in back of Mr. A little later he led them out to a big shed which occupied nearly all of a large lot.
Amidships was an enclosed car. There she is! That's the Whiszer!" cried Mr. He looked dubiously at the electric airship and shrugged his shoulders. or cabin. wings and planes sticking out from either side. Damon. . saw a large triplane. and Tom and Mr. Fen wick.THE NEW AIRSHIP 57 he threw open the doors of the shed. at first glance. with pride in his voice. with a good-sized gas bag hovering over it. to him. and a strange collection of rudders. you think of her. Tom that it It seemed would never sail. and a glimpse into it served to disclose to the young inventor a mass of machinery. Tom Swift?" "What do did not immediately answer. looking in.
insisted the inventor." remarked the I lad. Red Cloud. what do you Fenwick again. except as the wind blew it. still think of it?" asked Mr." "I'll sugfor gested Mr." will fly." "It would be hard to say. to it know." pay you well 58 . it "Then give a careful examination. as electric airship. But it wouldn't move. Tom walked all about the without speaking. without a careful examination." burst out Mr. certainly. "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. "It's big. Tom." answered fly or Tom. "Bless my shoe horn! Damon. your time and trouble. whether this large one will not. "It's larger should say it was!" than your I "But will it go ? That's what want yet. Fenwick.
"I didn't in without pay. and it seemed a good idea.MAKING SOME CHANGES "Oh. and this served to operate a dynamo." retorted Tom. on that power Mr. what's your opinion. power could be obtained in this way. in if I 59 making a can help a fellow inventor. There was a new type of gasolene engine. machines. This was intended to operate the electric motor in case of a break to the main machinery. the nature of which Tom could not readily gather from a mere casual view. come here for that. . Fenwick intended to depend to sail through space. small but very powerful. and appliances. That's the most important point. "I'd have to see it in operation. for your airship in the There was certainly plenty of machinery Most of it was electrical. was that the Whizzer had a large electric storage battery. There were various other apparatuses. as Mr. is to navigate. I'm only it too glad to do quickly. than from a gasolene motor direct. In turn. and assist new model of airship fly. and look at the motor. Fenwick. One advantage which Tom noticed at once. and more uni- form. Suppose if we go the cabin. anxiously." said Tom. Fenwick had an idea that better. now that you have seen the motor?" asked Mr. 'Well. the dynamo operated an electrical motor." cabin of the Whizzer.
" "Oh." "Then we'll postpone the trial until after dinner." declared "I'd like to start it now. It must be ready by this time. we could take it out- side. "Shall I start the motor in here?" asked Mr." "yet a crowd is sure to and I don't like to work in a mob of gather. the inventor. "I have two openings to my aeroplane shed. suggested Tom. and only took up aeroplaning as a "'fad. Fenwick. Fenwick. as he led the way back to the house. as they say aeroplaning gives one an appetite. and then the three returned once more to the shed where the Whizzer was kept. but I'm not so selfish as I know you must be hungry after your trip that. we can easily get around that. and hear what you have to say. from Shopton." said Mr." anI swered Tom with a laugh. to aid himself and better if "It young would be inventor. We can take the Whizzer out of the rear . for the inventor was a man of wealth. "but am certainly hungry." "I don't know whether it's that or not. I think. people. It was magnificently furnished. Fenwick.60 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "And you shall. when he had summoned several of the machinists the whom he employed. right after dinner." said Mr." An excellent dinner was served.
at rapid speed. and perhaps by using a- way . whirled around started. my difficulty. is where I made all my trials. and getting rid of the off-set shaft. sail. But I don't mind that." and I hope you can remedy "I'll Tom do the best I can. and for there were two. and the 6l That crowd couldn't get in.MAKING SOME CHANGES door. That's it. the propellers. by changing some of the cogs. at which he was an expert. The only thing that bothers me if is that I can't make it the cer- Whizz er go tainly won't up. to see how much horse power the motor would deliver. "The motor cause of the I think is not quite powerful enough bein which you have it geared up. "I think there is one trouble that we will have to get over. and applied the brake test. Fenwick. But let's get the air- ship outside. and in the open Tom made a thorough and careful examination of the mechanism. also by increasing the number of revolutions. Swift." he finally said to "What is that ?" Mr. though some boys did find knotholes and use them. and it won't go up. into a field enclosed by a high fence. The motor was Tom made some tests and calculations." lot This was soon accomplished.
" added Tom." remarked Tom. Fenwick. after a the air. "I want the benefit of your advice and experience. with hadn't got everything it just right." "I'll return the of the week. but I will come over here again. too. and arrange I to stay until I have done all I can. as though speaking I knew more about it than you do. perhaps. you will require some other supplies. modestly. and then. It will bit. eagerly. Fenwick. shook his head." take quite some work. hesitatingly." promised . give you a list. Mr.62 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE style of carburetor." "Then w e'll do it!" "I knew enthusiasm." he said. once?" asked tW in- Tom "I can't stay long enough on this trip. need to get some of my I special tools. new we can get more speed and power. "I promised father I would be back by to-morrow at the latest. "I think the arrangement of the planes will also have ta be changed. r cried I Mr. of which I will hope you don't mind me in this way. "Not a bit of it!" cried the inventor heartily. and I'll do just as you first say. I hope you can come back soon. Do you think will work after that ?" "Well. but we can get the Whizzer up in at "Can you begin work ventor.
With the aid of Mr. Now go over the whole ship once more. trical part that's the trouble. with Mr. "I'm a little dubious about it/' was the reply. Tom?" "But after I different opinion. Damon and the owner of the Whizzer. It was found that one of the electric wires connected with the motor had broken. "and I'll 63 then we'll see what can be done. in about Shopton was reached without . as they were work.MAKING SOME CHANGES Tom. Fenwick. in the presence of a large crowd. and." The rest of the day was a busy one for our hero. night Damon remained over list In the morning. it is of very good. make some changes I may have a The whole affair is too big though the elec- and clumsy. flying high over Philadelphia. Then. and repaired his own monoplane. and see what I need. Damon started on their return flight. flight to Shopton. as it was too late to attempt the return father. Damon." incident. "Do you think you can make the Tom and Mr. It was soon repaired. I also want to test the lifting capacity of your gas bag. Tom went out to Franklin Field. he went over every point carefully. having written out a of the things that would be needed. Whizzer asked Mr. he telegraphed his and he and Mr. thus cutting off the spark.
with the assistance of the inventor of the Wlnzzcr." assented Tom. Fenwick. He "Do you think you can make it fly ?" asked Mr. Damon did not accompany him. Tom tools began getting together a number of special and appliances. three hours. and. After a short rest. in a low tone." replied our hero. any1 how. and several of his mechanics. in his tone than there had been As the be more in hopeful. this time. Tom began making the changes on the airship. Fenwick. "He wants to be on hand to see so he told me." it. as he had to ship his tools. and there was more confidence before. Damon/ decided Mr. Then I must send word to Mr. "I only hope it . go up "All right. if possible. after several days of labor. anxiously. went by train this time. and Mr. The young inventor made another trip to Mr. . and there of vol-planing back to earth. "I hope so. Then. first Fenwick's house the of the following week. does go up/' he concluded. work progressed. he began to "I'll make a trial flight. a few days/' he added.64 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE was no necessity. which he proposed taking back to Philadelphia with him.
Mr. Fenwick had used." answered "If possible. as he came from the airship shed one afternoon. He made many important changes. and one of these was to use a new kind DURING He wanted a gas of gas in the balloon bag. and we will see what the will "Do you mean we make a trial flight?" "For how long a distance?" depends on with a smile. Mr. "I think we can give it I shall a try-out. Tom was kept busy over the airship.CHAPTER VIII ANDY FOGER'S REVENGK the following week. Damon Whizzer can do. "It all how she behaves. in a few days more. "Well." and when I come back I will bring with me." "Yes. we'll make a long flight/' 65 . with a greater lifting power than that of the ordinary illuminating vapor which Mr. have to go back to Shopton to get some articles I need. Tom. Fenwick." remarked Tom.
thej would not have wondered at his decision." "Well. The note was brief. which note was awaiting him on his arrival from the Quaker City. and that very soon. "I'm going to put aboard a stock of provisions." "It might not be a bad plan. being out in the air always makes me hungry. Tom returned to Shopton the next day." agreed Tom." proceeded Mr. and that was all the reason he would give. though had any one to seen him reading a certain note a few minutes before that." asked Mr. "But why don't you start right back to Philadelphia to-morrow." answered Tom. when this decision of the inventor of the Whizzer stood the adventurers in good stead. Damon join him in time go back to the Quaker City two days later." went on the inventor. in case we are two or three days in the air. Swift of his son. It merely said: "Won't you come." The time was to come. Fenwick. and some other supplies and stores. and sent word to have Mr.66 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Then I'll tell you what I'm going to do. "so I'm going to take plenty of food along. and have some apple turn- . "though I hardly think we will be gone as long as that. "Because.
Swift. As for the almost as if young inventor. the girl had a big plate full of apple turnovers." remarked Tom. he had plunged into a bath of icy water. and first made her acquaintance. which she gaily offered our Tom hero on his arrival." by which last she referred to the time Tom saved her life. and the girls are anxious to meet you. He said afterward that he would rathei have vol-planed back to earth from a seven-mile height.ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE overs ? 67 The new cook : is a treasure. with a smile." It was signed Mary Nestor. on his laughing declination to partake of so many. that evening. and entered into the merriment of the evening. Girls. at the sight of so many pretty faces staring at him. True to her promise. But our hero soon recovered himself. she ushered a room full of pretty girls. or even catching runaway horses. here Mr. Tom. "I think I could enjoy some apple turnovers. saying: him into is "They'll help you eat them. . went. and. Having gotten ready he wished the few special appliances to take back to Philadelphia with him. than again face such a battery of sparkling eyes. he gave a gasp. who doesn't mind going up in the air or under the ocean. to call on Miss Nestor. and.
" answered Miss Nestor. Mr. the owner. "Oh. she is a jewel of the first "We all like water. and she is anxious for another ride in a taxicab." "Have you heard from your parents?'' asked Tom. if they are shipwrecked." declared Mary. "How is the new cook Miss Nestor." "Perhaps. Mr. I had a wire to-day. They stopped at St. finally." "I'll toil her so. "She'll apcoming from an inventor of your preciate it ability. of year." "She shall have it. Swift .68 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE knew it before he he was telling Miss Nestor and her attractive guests something." he said. and have you heard from your father and mother since they sailed on the Resolute for the "As her.of his exploits. Hosbrook. anxious to change the subject. is an ideal host. as she calls your auto. mamma said* They are proceeding directly to the West Indies. yes. They there are bad storms down there at this time say now." declared Tom. I do hope they will arrive safely. "But I'm talking altogether too much about myself. "for those are the best apple turnovers I ever ate. Augustine to let me know they were having a glorious time aboard the yacht. to the West Indies ?" new cook.
and the various buildings and shops surrounding it. I'll certainly go to their rescue/' he added. more to reassure Miss Nestor. than from any knowledge he possessed. or a submarine. later that night. one of the several pretty girls. the young inventor came in sight of his home. for the society of Miss Nestor and her friends made the time pass quickly. and could be Butterfly gotten ready so quickly for a flight across counCloud. It was late when Tom started for home that night. Fenwick's airship cook's culinary art. toward the shed which contained his monoplane." and she seemed unduly alarmed. as soon as he had gotten in shape for flying. but he cared more for than for his big airship. "Oh. and try some more samples of the new Mr. "but if they do get cast away on a desert island. That little craft was Tom's pet.ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE 69 will go to their rescue in one of his airships. I hope he doesn't have to!" exclaimed Mary. his first glance was 'Butterfly. me "Don't speak of shipwrecks! It makes shudder. As." suggested Mabel Jackson. ." as- serted Tom. It had not cost him anything like as much as had his other inventions. either it in time or money. He promised to call again. "Of course they won't have any trouble. Red This was principally because the was so light and airy. confidently.
an extra large supply of gasolene and It too. and out looking over. I hope it isn't Eradicate monkeying with the monoplane. . There were large windows to the place. Damon it "Yet. told Tom that this last surmise could not be true. since the eccentric man had telegraphed. however. wonder if dad or Mr. If there was an intruder inside he wanted to surprise him.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE try. "and I'm going to see who it is. and he might get it out of order." went on Tom. for oil was carried aboard." Tom increased his pace. should at night. and moved to and fro. is They Or perhaps Mr. the light within flickered. saying he would A moment's reflection. and they would give a good view of the interior. not arrive until the next day. So it was with rather a T start of surprise that Tom terfly saw a light in the structure where the But- "I was housed. Jackson can be out be. there?" he mused. and moved swiftly but softly toward the shed. I don't see why they wouldn't be going for a flight arrived. "Somebody's out there. As Tom approached. He's very curious. was capable of long endurance." however.
and peered in." thought the lad. and the young inventor could hear some one running from the shop. to the chagrin of the inventor. how ever. The other person was tossed back by the force of the impact. and are trying to get away. a figure sprang out. and. the countenance of Andy Foger! bully. did you do?" Back came the answer through the night : . he recognized. as he sprang toward the front door. r Tom had had a chance to glance at his face. "I must catch them!" He fairly leaped toward the portal. by the dim light of a crescent moon. 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. and he heard a peculiar ripping sound. Not young before. was Tom that the unknown collided with him. and dashed away. "Hold on inventor. just So close as he reached it. and our hero went over on his back. Then. but quickly recovered himself.ANDY FOGER'S REVENGE 71 Tom reached one of the casements. the light suddenly went out. He caught a glimpse of a moving figure. 'They've seen me. and.
72 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "I told you I'd get square with you. and I've it. done while a mocking laugh floated back to Tom. What was Andy's revenge? ." and then Andy's footsteps died away.
little monoplane." 73 score of places. Tom gazed figure of the cowardly bully. For that secret visit to the shop. r Andy had slashed the canvas of the planes in a growled Tom. realizing that find he wanted him. to give pursuit. the young inventor decided his best plan would be to see what Andy later if damage had been follow Andy's certain. "The scoundrel! . the for Now it was a Butterfly w ith broken wings. "I'll make him suffer for this! He's all but ruined my afroplane. done. the building. He was half-minded he could and then. the lad switched on the lights.CHAPTER THE WHIZZER IX FLIES after the fleeting FOR a moment. damage would Tom was Stepping into Nor was his surmise wrong. and he could not repress an exclamation of chagrin as he looked toward his trim Butterfly.
" went on Tom. he didn't meddle with the engine. Fenwick's airship to run." and Tom felt terfly! you almost as if he was talking to some living crea- ." murmured Tom. after the bully. and saw the propeller." A hasty examination had shown this. "I guess I won't do anything now. about the worst yet !" There came over him a feeling of great despondency. and cut with an axe. which had cost him so much in time and labor to build up. and give Then a calmer mood use?" "After all. what's the he reasoned. ! The had been propeller was of Andy's work. gracefully curved. Poor Butsure are in a bad way. 'Whipping Andy wouldn't mend the Butterfly. Tom The fine wooden blades of several layers. came over Tom. Luckily.74 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE walked around his pet machine. As he came in front. hacked. It's a good thing I don't have to depend on her for making the trip to Philadelphia. when I get time. and then fashion useless to the right shape. that I can come back here and fix up my own. he gave another exclamation. He wanted to take him a merciless beating. "I'll have my hands full After getting Mr. but I can repair her. which was succeeded by a justifiable "More is "This rage. She's in bad shape. That's all right.
" all night. as Andy had left town next . They were both indignant. "He's too frightened. so 75 wrapped up was he in his trim little mon- oplane. After another disheartening look at his air o craft. "Oh. wouldn't be surprised if he disappeared for a He'll be thinking that I'm after him.THE WHIZZER FLIES ture. But of late. no danger of Andy coming back Tom. the alarm had not been father were not set." said time. as Tom and his working on any special inven- tions that needed guarding. the young inventor started to leave the looked at a door. the fastening of shop. It was due to this that Andy was able to get in undeoversight tected. father and the engineer what had occurred. an alarm would ring in the house. and told his paratus. I there's right away. "I should have had the burglar alarm working." declared Tom." reaAll the buildings were arranged so that if any one entered them after a certain hour. "But and he it won't happen again. and this would never have happened." This proved true. and the engineer declared 'that he would sleep with one eye open ready to respond to the first alarm. which Andy had broken to gain admittance. He soned Tom. once began connecting the burglar-ap- at He went into the house.
"When the will Swift. we'll leave for Philadelphia to-morrow/' was the answer. Mr. Tom?" asked Mr. as he told of Andy's act of vandalism. Damon departed for If I can Quaker City the following morning." said Tom. but I like that little machine!" "It will be some time before you again have a flight in her. "Hard make a long flight . mon. son and Mr. "Are we going in the Butterfly? Bless my watch chain. to say. but there was much to do to get ready for It did little Tom the trial of the Whizzer. as his you be back. He wished he had time to repair the monoplane before he left home. dad. however. bless my Never 1" good to talk of it. and Tom in did not her. and. sorrowfully. "Why. thing ! individuality!" cried Mr. mother said She was not aware of her tell son's meanness. with Watermany "blessings. and to he had gone to inquiries his visit relatives. to Damon if arrived from his field that day.76 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE all morning." wanted for the trial of the home know Tom was ready electrical airship. Da"I never heard of such a indignantly. and wanted to forget about it. "Yes.
are trailers which is current Tom had gone a step farther than this. hang below the aeroplane. Damon." "Send wireless messages from an aeroplane?" gasped Mr." was the reply. it now. I can't say in the when I'll return. "I could. and had . ing wires of the frame are used for sending wires. "Bless my gizzard! I never heard of such a thing !" "Oh. Fenwick's airship. it can be done.THE WH1ZZER FLIES Whizzer I'll do so. I may even drop down here and pay you a visit. though." Tom assured him. 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. which is more than likely. and the remaining things needed are a small step-up transformer. But if I find there are many more changes to make in her construction. I'll keep you posted." "Can't you arrange to send me some wireless messages?" asked the older inventor. by writing. The derived directly from the engine. and in place of ground conductors there and it is well modern biplanes can The crossing and bracrecently. And this was a fact. with a smile. however. ratus "I'll if I had thought to rig up the appaon Mr. a key and a few other small parts.
not forgetting. Tom thought he would be lucky if he got the Whizzer to make even a short flight. and Mrs. The young inventor had bidden farewell to Miss Nestor the night previous. 'Well. aboard the steamer. Swift. and anticipated a fine time on reaching the West Indies. at any length. I'll nab Boomerang kick him t' Tom now pieces. and the other guests of Mr. was no time now to install a wireless apparatus on Mr. " 'Deed an' I won't !" exclaimed the colored man. "Ef he do. She stated that she had a message that day from her parents Resolute. and Tom promised. Fenwick's craft. It was some time after that.78 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE also arranged to receive wireless messages. "Don't let Andy Foger come sneaking around here. which spoke a passing Mr. let me hear from you when you can/* requested Mr. an* den I'll whitewash him so his own . though few modern aeroplanes are thus equipped as yet. of course. Eradicate Sampson." cautioned the young inventor. Nestor. there happened before Tom Swift again communicated with his father. the and Mr. of housekeeper course. said good-by to his father. Jackson. and many strange things But. Hosbrook were well. Rad.
and see how she behaves. Fenwick." An size. They found Mr. Fenwick. so well was she balanced. the trip being very slow. in spite of her men could easily move the craft about. the He young inventor said: it "I think we'll give if she'll "Do you mean make "Yes. Aside from a few . if you find out. Damon." suggested Mr. and Tom at once started work on the airship. Many more changes and early adjustments were made. don't you worry. the big electric machine was wheeled out into the yard. take a try-out. you may want to take a long flight. four for. and resumed the next morning. after you're up.THE WHIZZER FLIES folks won't 79 know him! Oh. want to get her up in the air. Dat Andy won't do no funny business when I'm around!" laughed. The Whizzer is well stocked with provisions. Fenwick anxiously awaiting them." a flight?" but only a short one. Mr. Massa Tom. I it. They arrived in Philadelphia that afternoon. and that afternoon. kept at it until late that night." "Well. why I have everything aboard necessary for a long voyage. that she does well. as compared Tom with the one made by the monoplane. "If you do. and started for the station with Mr. hour later.
Damon and Mr. There . Mr. to see every revolution. He wanted to see if she would go up that way. his chinists. Fenwick climbed the car which was suspended below the gas jinto . Tom. All was in readiness. and then by using the tilting planes to endeavor to lift her off the earth. with which she was equipped. increasing the speed of the engine. She began running over the smooth groupd. side. without the use bag. no one was present at the try-out. Damon. 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. fast by a rope. Tom signalled to the men to give a little momentum to the craft. to it how much pull the engine "Eight hundred pounds/' announced one of the machinists.go TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE personal friends of the inventor. Tom maand Mr. himself. The propellers gained speed with The airship had been made which was attached a strong spring balance. "A thousand would be better." loosened. as was desired would give. and. The motor was to started and the machinery began hum and throb. but we'll try ^nurmured Tom. "Cast off!" The rope was it. of the gas bag.
" "Can it be gotten ?" "I think It so. an arrangement of spikes that dug into the earth. cried Mr. Tom was anxiously watching the gages and He wanted a little more other instruments. Certainly the Whizzer made good time on the earth. It registered a pull of hundred pounds now. before end of the speeding ground was reached. seeing the necessity of making an attempt the to get up into the air. grimly. took an hour to do Once more the scale test fifteen was applied. "We'll go up. for the high board fence tled loomed up before him. and then set- down." said Tom.THE WHIZZER FLIES 8l was a cheer from the few spectators. "We must have more momentum to make her rise. "Couldn't get up speed enough. "What's the matter?'* anxiously. to the utmost. and then. motor He ran the speed. I'll gear the motor higher. Tom quickly shut off the power. he pulled the elevating plane lever. and jammed on the brake. The front of the Whizzer rose." this." answered the young inventor. Once more the motors spit out fire. Once more the Whizzer shot . and the propellers whirled so that they looked like mere circles of light. but could not seem to get it. Fenwick.
and soared off into the air! The Whizzer was flying . as she neared the fence. but this time.82 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE over the ground. she rose up like a bird. cleared it like a trick horse.
Now I'm really sailing. Fenwick in delight "My machine is really flying at last !" "Yes. Fenwick?" up.CHAPTER X OVER THE OCEAN "HURRAH !" cried Mr. "she is going. considering the weight of the craft. as he adjusted various It's not as high levers and gears. steer. but it is doing very well. and we'll go Mr. for certainly the airship had looked to be a very dubi- ous proposition at "Bless first. and never got more than two feet off the ground. It's great!" He was was not a very enthusiastic. my gaiters! But we are doing pretty 83 . Don't you want to it." answered Tom. as I'd like. I don't want to 'hoodoo' it. "No. and the fact that we have not used the gas bag. until it's in good running shape. I worked as hard as I could. and little Tom himself pleased at his own success. you manage Tom. I'm going to let that fill now.
" declared Tom. looking down on the field where Mr. for the rudder had been auto- matically set to so two five swing the craft. All this while the Whizzer was moving about in a big circle. and was now looking over the electric apparatus. opportunity for making a number of changes. Fen wick. It was about hundred feet high. as he saw that his owner craft was slowly settling. suggested them to Mr. to see that it was working well. "We'll do better. he put the craft through a number of evolutions designed to test her ability The lad to answer the rudders promptly." - their hands. He had already set the gas machine in operation.84 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE remarked Mr. he decided In going down. saw and "Are you going any farther ?" asked the of the Whizzer. It needed some adjustments. I think we've done enough for the first day." said Tom. This satisfied Tom that the airship could do better than he expected. cheering and waving well. but soon after the gas it began to enter the bag rose until it was nearly thousand feet high. "But I'd like you to handle her . "No. Fenwick's friends and the machinists were gathered. Damon. which he made. and to return nearer earth.
Mr. Tom sent a short note to his father telling of the proposed long flight. You can make the landing. But Tom never it called for that particular pastry." "Yes. "Well. while I watch the motor and other machines. He also sent a wire to Miss Nes- hinting that she might have some apple turnovers ready for him.OVER THE OCEAN 85 now. Fenwick and his acquaintances had about given up hope that she ever would rise. and intimated that he might make a call in Shopton if all went well. Fenwick and the his success in making the craft latter's assistants. what do you think of her?" Mr. Mr. Tom was also given much praise for go at all. This promise was kept two days later. tor. they would attempt a long flight." assented the inventor. Fenwick wanted to know of the young inventor. who replied that. and a preliminary test had demonstrated that the. All was in readiness for the long flight. though was gotten ready for him when the girl received h*s message. as soon as some further changes had been made. for Mr. I guess I can make a landing all right." He did make a good descent. "I'm better at coming idown than going up. and received the congratulation of his friends as he stepped from the airship. . They were busy days for Tom. Fenwick.
as they were enter- "Do you wish ing the cabin. Femvick had placed aboard. that it would pass over before they had though. I suppose. but there was a slight He hoped. a little As gone far. and asked "How long do you expect to be gone. circle Cape have a friend . Mr. Fenwick ?" : "Why. before. if we could. "I guess we three will make up the party this time." crowd gathered to see the start. New Jersey." said the inventor. "Yes. may be glad to return in two days. to head for any particular spot.86 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Whizzcr had been wonderfully improved by the changes Tom made. The young inventor looked over the supply of food Mr. The day was warm. But Are any of your friends going?' "I've tried to pursuade some of them to accompany me. week?" don't you think we can stay out a "That's quite a while/" responded Tom. Fenwick?" asked Tom. haziness which Tom did not like. though if our trip is a successful one I'll be overwhelmed with requests for rides. or less. I think we're all 3 'We ready to start. Mr. I would like to go down and I May. but they are a bit timid. glanced at the other stores.
and then a little later. 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. I'd just like to in front of his place now. Mr. with a smile. was made." Leaving the owner in charge of his craft. for Cape May. We ought to make 'it in an hour. New Jersey. Fenwick's friends were scarcely heard. to that gentleman's no small delight. to the astonishment of the crowds in the streets. Fenwick. "Take her straight across the Delaware River. swiftly did it So little rise that the cheers of the crowd of Mr.OVER THE OCEAN who has a summer cottage there. on the top Tom of the City Hall. Damon began an inspection of the electrical and other machinery. the airship started sail An Tom. and over Camden. There was much that needed attention. but Tom soon had the automatic ap- . and then head steer. put the airship twice in a circle around the statue of William Penn. the Whizzer high over the city of Philadelphia. Tom and Mr. for we are getting up good speed. with the lifting gas aiding in to pulling the craft upward. and then." it. and pay him a call." the lad invited "Now you south. Up and up it went.
"What's the matter?" "I don't like the looks of the weather. The speed of the Whizzer was now about forty miles an hour. " "But if there's danger "Oh. and then less attention need be given to it. in a low voice. Damon "Bless my shoe laces. and start back." "Then "No." spoke Tom. Tom looked at the barograph. Several times the young inventor looked out of the windows with which noticed this. Fenwick. Tom." he said. let's put back. However. l l think we're in for a storm. it was in their favor. He The wind is and Tom which showed a speed of twenty miles an hour. aiding them to make faster time." to disappoint it would be too bad Mr. and noted that they had attained an altitude of seven thousand five hundred feet. "That's better than millionaire DaxteFs dis- . freshening rather sudlooked at the anemom- ficiently speedy in trying out a new machine.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE paratus in working order. though. well. we can soon be at Cape May. but sufdenly. now that we have made such a good wants to make a long flight." eter. and I can't blame him. the cabin was fitted Mr. start. not fast for an air craft." was the answer.
" remarked the lad. If not ?" the it wind is getting stronger minute and will be against us on the way back. it may not. again.OVER THE OCEAN 89 tance of seven thousand one hundred and five feet. first. every "Why "Well. We're up in the air now. and. a little later they came within sight of Cape May. and try to make another ascension we may fail. with a smile. . the Jersey coast resort. but she it's And best to we'll do better than that in time. with a smile. Fenwick. we descend. drop down and visit my friend/' said Mr." said Tom. Fenwick. The Whizzer at once leaped forward. "and is it breaks Jackson's climb of seven thousand three hundred and three feet. Then. "Yes." They kept on. go slow at until is we see how fast is standing the strain. and as Tom saw that the machinery was working well. "Won't he be surto "Now prised !" "I don't think we'd better do it. he let it out a little. This high and enough for the present. but it certainly will be easier to shift around up here than down on the ground. Mr. which pretty good for your machine." "Do you really think so?" asked the pleased inventor. and it may be easy to turn around and go back.
" 'Well. The ." know could build a successful air- "Oh.90 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE I'd rather not descend So that is. Fenwick. just as you I say. I'll take her idown as low as is safe. pointing to a man who stood in the "I'll street in front of a large." Tom sent the Whiszer down until the hotels plainly. in a weighted pasteboard and soon it w as r falling downward. "I'll do it. white house." assented Mr. Fenwick picked out the residence of his friend. if you'll point in message it out. we can get around that. Mr. and Tom this By prepared to circle about the roof. though I wanted my friend to ship. it. 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. not entirely to the ground. drop him a message!" One was in readiness cylinder. time the presence of the airship had to hundreds. and you can drop him a one of the pasteboard tubes we carry for that purpose. become known and crowds were friend eagerly watching "There he is! There's believe I my who didn't would ever succeed!" exclaimed Mr. Fenwick.
in a low voice. and head . and will be dead against us. and then tried to turn about. Tom sent the craft well up into it the air. as he ran to pick up the message. what's the matter?" asked the eccentric man. and he paid little attention to the young inventor.OVER THE OCEAN airship 91 slowly." observed Tom. "Bless my storage battery!" cried Mr. Fenwick shouted at him is doubtful. a moment later. Fenwick was busy writing another message to drop. as it was beating against the wind. Damon." answered Tom." said Tom. but he saw the inventor waving his hand. 'The wind has increased to a gale. and will try to head for home. 'Why. as he shifted the rudder. some day!" Whether the gentleman understood what Mr. 'We're going up now." "A much better one than we'll have going back. Will would never go I'll come and give you a ride. Leaning out of the cabin window. Mr. "But we have had a fine trip. and a look of astonishment ! ! spread over his face. Fenwick shouted to his friend : was moving I thought you said my airship "Hey. and he saw the falling cylinder. Mr.
Fen- ." down on "Yes. to where Mr. and. "Why why are we out here?" asked Mr. came from his small private cabin. the propellers aiding to get up a speed of Mr." answered Tom. he Tom turned the craft around. happened to look down through a What plate-glass window in the floor of car. Fenwick. giving up his intention of beating up against the wind. quietly. They had quickly passed over Cape May. let it fly before the gale. Once they attempted to stem its fury they found themselves almost helpless. quickly realized this. but. as he gazed the tumbling billows below them. It had steadily increased. Damon and Tom were in a low-voiced The owner of conversation near the engines. and seventy miles an hour. who had dropped the last of his messages. which was now almost a hurricane. and were now well out over the Atlantic. the Whizzer. they did not notice it so much.92 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE back for Philadelphia. ''Why why!" he exclaimed. he saw caused him to give a gasp of astonishment. as long as they were moving with it. across the sandy beach. No sooner had he done so than the airship was met by the full force of the wind. "We we're over the ocean.
except to keep on until the gale slowly." will that "And how long "I don't know "Bless be?" a week." replied Tom. We can't turn around and go back in this gale. maybe. somewhat. Fenwick. and we can't descend. . "But we can't help ourselves. blows itself out." my coffee pot." "Then what's to be done?" "Nothing. "Isn't it 93 dangerous in an airship that hasn't been thoroughly tried yet?" "Dangerous? Yes. Damon. I'm glad we've got plenty on board to eat!" exclaimed Mr. Mr.OVER THE OCEAN wick.
while Mr. who were traveling with him in the Yet it was airship. and had confidence in his ability.CHAPTER XI A NIGHT OF TERROR the first shock of Tom's announcement. then?" asked Mr. with nothing more substantial under one that a comparatively frail airship. around and go Kis knowledge of replied w?s rather thft limited. Fenwick was not so well acquainted with our hero. simply. Damon knew Tom of old. before a terrific gale. and. "It is cut of question/' Tom. showed no signs of fear. if "We would surely rip this craft to pieces we "Is attempted to buffet this storn?^ it so bad. and put faith in his them out of their present difficulty. Still AFTER Mr. to know that one was speeding over alarming the the mighty ocean. Dames. skill "Are you sure you air-currents / can't turn back?" asked Mr. Fenwick. &>r94 . two men. he had to carry heard much about him.
perhaps. might be worse. we could get in a different current of air." suggested Mr. we do not as that feel the full effect of it. The powerful electric engines. and the Whizser began to go up. in the same direction jured. On anxiously. and the barograph soon showed that they were steadily mounting. and urged the craft steadily. "Is the wind pressure any less?" inquired Mr. He shifted the elevating rudder. business. stood them in good stead. which were the invention of Mr.A NIGHT OF TERROR 95 getting to bless anything in the tense excitement of the moment. but even that might be inGoing as we are. in which the wind is blowing. it seems to be increasing/' . who had made some simply. Fenwick. Damon. True. slowly. from the ship. or higher up." assented Tom." "But. we could still keep up by means of the gas bag. Fenwick." was the reply of the young "The wind is blowing about eighty miles an hour at times. and to try to turn now would mean that we would tear the planes loose "It inventor. study of aeronautics. if we went lower down. "I'll try. for there was great lateral presBut Tom knew his sure on her large surface. the contrary.
the great airship. down. down." came from be a bit better down below. tossing and tumbling below them. "It's nearly ninety miles an hour now. Damon. and the Whizzer pointed her nose downward. Damon. "Bless my souil I didn't count on that. the rudder was changed." "I'm afraid not. "It may Accordingly. as it was desired to save that for emergencies. Down.96 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Tom. Fenwick." declared Tom. aided by the propellers." "Then. could see the heaving. white-capped billows. "Look out. "I don't believe we can get above the gale. None of the lifting gas was let out." "Perhaps we had better go down/' suggested Mr. or we'll be into them !" shouted Mr. "I guess . we must be I making over a hundred miles an hour/' said the ^inventor. a hundred and thirty. by gazing through the plate glass window in the floor of the cabin. "The wind." Tom. 'We Tom. are." assented "We'll be blown across the ocean at this rate/' exclaimed Mr. we may as well go back to the level where we were. went until the adventurers within. with a replied glance at the anemometer.
is to scud before I it. suppose we eat. They were again on a level. until it has blown And hope it will be soon. should drop enraged Atlantic." asked Mr." finally remarked Mr. and we will be safer up above. Fenwick. so much was swayed and tossed about. had made a staunch craft. but Mr. save watch the machinery. . in a low voice. There was nothing for them to do. or making minor ad- "Well. Damon knew what he meant far from land. at about the same speed. which stood the travelers in good stead. where the gale blew less furiously than either above or below. It seemed as if the airship would go to pieces. Bless my appetite. it if he had done nothing else. oil tanks. But Mr. and " then Tom did not finish. when the afternoon was waning away. but this was not much relief. Damon. All the rest of that day they swept on. only chance itself out. the Whizscr. unable to float into the storm- any longer. "Because we may be blown so far that we can "Why?" not get back while our power holds out.A NIGHT OF TERROR 97 both above and below that particular strata is Our stronger. occasionally re- plenishing the justments. when in the air death in the tossing ocean. Damon. "if there's nothing else to do.
Night came. As darkness settled in blacker and blacker. though it was difficult to drink coffee and other liquids. air. and." he an- ." There was a well equipped kitchen aboard the Whizzer and soon savory odors were coming from it. I'll help. I'll get dinner at once. Tom had a glimpse below him. In spite of the terror of their situation.98 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE I believe you said. and it was not to be denied that they were in peril. owing to the sudden lurches which the airship gave from time to time as the gale tossed her to and fro." "So we have. "We just passed over some vessel. Damon. of tossing lights on the water. Mr. made me but I'm hungry! and forget all about it. but the excitement of being blown out to sea on our first real trip. It howled the gale seemed to increase in fury. and sometimes thrust her down into a cavern of the only to lift her high again." offered can attend to the It will Mr. if you can put up with an amateur's cooking. "Tom airship. they all made a good meal. almost like a ship on the heaving ocean below them. that you had plenty of food aboard." "And meals. as the blackness settled down. through the slender wire rigging of the Whizzer^ and sent the craft careening from side to side. and we'll serve the take our minds off our troubles. Fen wick.
"If they are. too?" mused Tom. "I wonder if they're out in this storm. there suddenly came to him a thought of the parents of Mary Nestor. for the gale increased rather than Tom looked at their speed gage. They were making a good ninety miles an hour. 'We'll have our own "'if troubles before this ing. That's nearly a thousand miles. than 99 we are.A NIGHT OF TERROR nounced. who were somewhere on the ocean. in the yacht Resolute bound for the West Indies. as they steadied the ship." ." murmured Tom. was not reassuring to to busy himself about the machinery of the airship." There was no indication that diminished. "Ninety miles an hour." "I hope they are in no worse plight Then. mornwind doesn't die down. and he began so peril. B ." the lad mused. for it had been decided that it was best to keep the engine and propellers going. this was going to be the case. We are quite a distance out to sea." The thought of the parents of the girl he cared much for being in Tom. to take his mind from the presentiment that something might happen to the Resolute. "And we've been going at that rate for ten hours now. they may be in danger. unless the vessel is a staunch one.
we won't come far from getting Indies ourselves. They were swept ever onsame speed. Damon made hot coffee. and the airship rocked as if she was going over. More fiercely it blew through the hours of darkness. Fenwick looked pale and alarmed. "That was a said nothing. however. West inventor. spring- ing up. at about the The hours . close call !" Damon. Mr. not knowing at what moment the ship might turn turtle. and it served to refresh them.100 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE looked at a compass. There came a sudden burst of fury from the storm. and noted that. Tom Mr. which they drank from time to time. in- He stead of being headed directly across the Atlantic they tion. and again tossed upward at passed. for they dared not go to sleep. were bearing in a southerly direc- "At to the this rate. and noting the various gages. and plunge with them into the depths of the sea. occasionally attending to the machinery. So they sat up. whirled downward." The storm did not. or even rend apart. "Bless my heart!" cried Mr. It was a night of terror." reasoned the young "But I think the gale will die away before morning. sometimes being ward.
frail pleasure . The could not repress a fear in his heart as he thought of the parents of the* girl he loved being tossed about on the swirling ocean. helpless. in a yacht.A NIGHT OF TERROR the will of the wind. airship was well-nigh as he realized their position. ioi and Tom.
The whole craft swayed and trembled. broken only by the howl of the gale.. It seemed impossible for the Whizzer to travel any faster. 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 . a remark. Mr. Only an aeroplane could have done it. Fenwick did the same. Mr. or Mr. that they were making close to one hundred and fifty miles an hour. staring Occasionally Tom rose helplessly at each other. and then only when urged on by a terrific wind which added to the speed produced by the propellers. partly from the vibration of the electrical machinery. Fenwick came close to Tom.CHAPTER XII A DOWNWARD GLIDE THEY sat in the cabin of the airship. Occasionally. to attend to one of the machines. yet when Tom glanced at the speed gage he noted. and partly from the awful wind. akin to horror. Damon uttered Then there was silence. with a feeling of surprise.
Fenthis !" "We can never stand The airship swayed more than ever. They were not ascending. but it was a change for the worse. the trembling hand of which registered their Tom had tilted the deflection rudder to height. seeing the futility of it. "Back ! "We can't!" yelled Go back up higher !" cried Mr. The young inventor nodded. but wick. send them up.' Tom shifted the levers and rudders. I'll see if I can force her down. but as he watched the needle he saw it stationary. "If that doesn't work. His eyes were on the barograph that delicate instrument. though. Damon. the fiercer blew the wind. awful!" exclaimed Mr. though the great airship was straining to mount to an upper current where there might be calm* It was useless.A DOWNWARD GLIDE Tom's first 103 impulse was to say that it would be useless. since. and Tom. and the . but he recollected that the craft belonged to Fenwick. however. Tom. right to and surely that gentleman had a make a suggestion. shifted the rudder to send them downward. This was more easily accomplished. "We've got to stay this is here now!" "Oh. The wind is too 1 stiff. "We'll try to go up/' he said. It will be hard work. the nearer to the ocean they went.
The electrics seemed looked to the engines." Now." ''Morning!" gasped Mr. grayish sort of light outside. Damon and Mr. Some of the apparatus was in need of oil. At first he could not understand what it the incandescent electric lamps. then. from Indeed. dim and Tom wick. pointing to the window. "Is the night over? storm. it where stood Mr. occupants were tossed about in the cabin.104 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE side to side." as he glanced at a distance indicator. he noted a pale. When he came back to the main cabin. Damon. as he observed the sickly gleams of knew that the "See!" he exclaimed to his companions. "Morning is coming. it did seem that human be- ings never could ordeal. come alive out of that fearful As Tom looked from one of the windows of the cabin. fade. Philadelphia. and he supplied it. was. he hour of dawn was at hand. Fenwas much lighter outside. 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." answered Tom. perhaps we shall get rid of the tire "I'm afraid not. "yet we have come . "It hasn't blown out yet !" The to pale light increased.
Damon. and he said. ''Though what part of it would be hard to say. We "Still over the ocean." Tom came from the engine room. addressing the "Mr." replied wonder where we are?" Mr. travel at top speed. They are rather frail to stand alone the brunt of the gale.A DOWNWARD I GLIDE 105 certainly did nearly sixteen hundred miles. His face wore a troubled older inventor: look. I am not so familiar with it as I am with the one on the Red Cloud. suspiciously. "That unless something happens to them. Damon." The gas seems and we may have to be to de- "But the aeroplanes will keep us up. " and I wish Tom did not complete the sentence. Fenwick. We'll have to reckon out our position when it gets calmer. as he looked down at the heaving billows rolling amid crests of foam far below them. Damon. escaping from the bag. said Mr. I the gas generating apparatus. scend for some distance. Instead* ." replied Tom. be working properly. with all the confidence he could muster. "Yes is. "It may need adjusting. "I hope not." and Tom hesitated. they will." wish you'd come and look at It doesn't seem to "Anything wrong?" asked Mr.
and avoid being !" caught under the airship He it darted for a large window. went up. without there came a rending. as he glanced at the barograph." answered Tom. followed by Mr. tearing. Fen! wick. The airship quivered from end to end. And I'm worried over the strength of the planes. "Let's So we are?" shouted jump.106 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE he paused suddenly and seemed to be intently listening. made a rush for the compartment where the machine was installed. to recover. the delicate needle of which w as swinging to and fro. Fenwick. Damon. crashing sound. opening from the main cabin. and the airship recoiled as if it had hit a stone wall. and once Tom. and seemed to make a sudden dive down- From ward. They had no sooner reached it than there sounded an explosion. Then it appeared more glided forward. Damon. register7 ing different altitudes. "Has anything happened?" "I'm rather afraid there has. to raise when Tom caught . and was endeavoring his hand. "Bless my shaving brush What's that ?" cried Mr. "Bless my feather bed! Mr. We must make an investigation !" "We're falling!" almost screamed Mr. "It sounded as though the gas bag solemnly.
"If to our "What can you will look and main wing planes. and it will take some time to complete our fall. Mr. Damon must first hesitated." we can decide what is best still how much gas suggested Tom. no matter what happens. He stood at Tom's side. I do to help you ?" he asked. Damon. We are quite high. quietly. Fenwick was darting here and there. "Then I will see to be done. even into the ocean. see what has happened we have left in the bag. recall the rather excited man to He came back to the centre of the which was no easy task. are you trying to do. even if everything is gone. We're too high "The ocean! done ?" jump.A DOWNWARD GLIDE 107 "What hoarsely. the ." said how badly we are 'We must keep Tom." asked the lad. find damaged. as." This served to his senses. it was tilted at first one angle. out our heads. examining the different machines. I'm going to jump it ! "Don't think of You'd be instantly killed." Oh. is that still below us? Is there any chance of being saved? What can be for a "We Mr. I need your help. "Save soon as my life! I want to get out of this as !" I can. and then another. for the floor of cabin. and be calm. None of them seemed to be damaged. Mr.
"The gale was too much for them. The wind is even stronger than it was last night." and astonishment." retorted Tom. quickly. where he could obtain a glimpse of main wing planes. He darted 'It toward will be useless. with a return of his alarmed and nervous manner. Fen- wick. the Damon darted to a window in the rear of the cabin. "Two "They are torn and "I feared as much. quietly." spoke Tom. He gave a cry of terror of the planes are gone!" he reported." 'Then what's to be done ?" demanded Mr. quietly. start the generating will machine. "It has nearly all flowed out of the retaining I bag. are hanging loose. "Bless my fingernails! What's to be done ?" For an instant Tom did not answer." it." 'Then we must make more at once.108 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE material of the bag will act as a sort of parachute." "What of the lifting gas?" asked Mr. Damon. It was . The silk and rubber envelope has been torn to pieces by the gale. left to "Why?" "Because there is no bag hold it." Mr.
"I think so." and fore. How?" fairly exploded Mr." spoke "Bless my gizzard! Tom. do. though there sun. quietly. "By vol-planing down!" "But." he went on. we will fall into the will Fenwick. Damon. Tom spoke more quietly than be- are over a large island.A DOWNWARD GLIDE 109 constantly getting lighter. ocean!" even cried if we Mr. "and I propose to let the disabled airship volplane down to it. The young "Is inventor looked critically at the various there gages and indicators. is any chance for us?" asked Mr. with a hopeful feet to de- "We for have about two thousand scend. which had suddenly loomed up in the wild and desolate waste of the .. "We be drowned!" "No. Dalive !" "We can never do and "I think so. we have fallen nearly that distance since the accident. Tom had spoken truly. for it was no was obscured by scudding clouds. At that moment they were over a large island. Fenwick. That is our only chance." answered smile." He "Over an island!" cried Mr." "Two mon. Damon. thousand feet to fall!" it gasped Mr. "We looked down through the floor observation window. Tom.
time. He must Could It try. and landing her on an unknown island. 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. was the only chance of saving their lives. most difficult feat stepped to the steering and rudder levers.HO TOM SWIFT AND ocean. but Tom glide. and it seemed as as she began that earthward the craft . shot the damaged Whizzer if like some Swift giant bird with broken wings. knew charge. he do it? There was but one answer. and Down was in it. HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE its They had reached vicinity just in Tom and took charge.
shut down the motor?" inquired the older inventor. Mr. as well as from the one in the bottom of the craft. in the long. to get a glimpse of the unknown island to- ward which they were shooting. more cheerfully. "Shall I raged and lashed the waves to foam. don't need the "Yes. you might as well. They could see it more plainly now. and I may be better able to make the glide without them. it?" asked Mr. as Tom spoke." We The buzzing and purring in electrical apparatus . in a "I think so. propellers now. rugged piece of land it midst of the heaving ocean. A was. Fenwick had crowded to the window. Damon. narrow. from the forward casement. for the storm still "Can you make low voice.CHAPTER XIII ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND MINGLED feelings possessed the three adventurers within the airship." answered Tom. Damon and Mr.
but ming forward. and Tom held to that position as long until a glance at his Tom as possible. the ship became a little more steady with the stopping of the big curved blades. and she to the island.112 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Silence reigned in the airship. was not like guiding his little Butterfly to earth Tom hoped he could make it. after a swift downward glide. were now within ten feet of the earth. just as the aviator checks the downward rush of his monoplane or biplane when he is making a landing. would sail along in a plane parallel This had the effect of checking her momentum. With skillful hand he so tilted the elevating planes that. . steered for that. inert and lifeless. barograph showed that they had but a scant sixty feet to go. for it was much Tom saw a stretch of sandy beach. skimThey after a flight. They could now make out the topog- raphy of the island plainly. so to speak. As Tom had hoped. was shut down. though had the craft been undamaged they would have served to keep her on an even keel. Tom tried another upward tilt. and lighter. but the wind still howled outside. repeated this maneuver several times. Downward It shot the airship. the head of the Whizz er would be thrown up. There was time but for one more upward throwing of the Whizser's nose.
and the roof did not fall completely upon our friends. and succeeding it an instant later. The top of the main cabin crashed down. had thrown himself behind and upon them. as the bicycle wheels collapsed under the pressure. It ran along a slight distance. followed . had it not been for the protecting cushions. the airship seemed to go together in a shapeless mass. as the side supports a plan adopted when they found gave way. there were strong main braces. but. It seemed as if the whole ship went to pieces. At the first Mr. and our hero. in pursuance of that they were falling. With a crash that could have been heard some distance the Whisser settled to the sand. there might have been serious injuries for all concerned. there came a second smash. Damon and Mr.ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND 113 but the forward planes would not respond. Tom had from the steering wheel and levers. Fenwick. The whole bottom of the craft was forced upward. As it was they were badly bruised and shaken up. and. They could get no grip on the air. leaped away for he did not want to be crushed against them. fortunately. had piled a lot of seat cushions around them. They had also provided some as buffers for Tom. After the first crash. and then. impact with the earth. at the instant of the crash.
At that moment "You may we a piece of wood. Fenwick. broken gaps. Fenwick?" "Yes. where it had hung by a strip of canvas came crashing down. at all events. by a and a shower of sparks smashing "Come. get out of here before the gasolene sets anything on fire. . There may be a fire. I feelHe did not finish the sentence. Damon. Da" mon. broken from the ceiling." They both sprang to Mr. and hit Mr. Once in what was left the outer air Mr. There was no diffiwere culty in emerging from the airship as there big. what a terrible crash! guess so. "We must get him out of here. "Oh. Damon sides of revived. is "Oh." said Mr. and you. "Bless my top knot. The was eccentric man toppled over on his pile of cushions.'succeeded in lifting him out. and opened his eyes. "I bope not !" cried Tom. let's could be seen in the engine room. from which he was arising when he he killed ?" struck." answered the inventor. and . My airship is ruined!" be ^lad are alive. gasped Mr. on all of the cabin. Damon on the head.XI 4 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAbb slight explosion. Damon's aid. I all right. Mr. "That's the electrical apparatus through the floor!" called Tom. Are you Mr.
ON EARTHQUAKE ISLAND "Much hurt?" asked Tom. I I'm all "I was stunned for a moment." and his hand went "No." was the slow anno. Fenwick. I guess not. I guess." said Mr. Damon's head. where the starting wheels were placed. twisted planes were wrapped about the afterpart. friend's head. resembled a lot of broken bicycles. "Indeed it is." observed 1 . Bless my stars. I'm all right. "It doesn't seem to blow so hard. what a wreck !" Mr. Damon looked at the remains of the airThe bent and It certainly was a wreck! ship. to his head. Can you walk?' "Oh. "but you've got a lump there as big as an ostrich egg. with which to bathe Mr. nothing broken. right now. The cabin looked like a shack that had sustained an explosion of dynamite. as he came back with a tin can full of sea water. and they had landed right on the beach." agreed Tom. The lad had picked up the can from where it had rolled from the wreck. cheerfully. 115 feeling of his "No swer. and the under part." added Tom. "It's a wonder we came out alive. Nothing broken. in a low voice. the frame was splintered and twisted. the gas bag was but a shred.
"Though if it hadn't blown us this we might have come to grief over the ocean." remarked Tom. I judge. it is I We were blown nearly two thousand walked over and surveyed the wreck.1 16 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE as he Mr. instead of on dry land. but it happened too late to do us any good. Now was over he was beginning to be aware of numerous bruises and contusions. "No. Damon. or where don't know. good shape/' mused "That looks to be in pretty . but which one. Peering about." Tom. and be floundering in that. It was bleeding. sorrowfully." responded "It's an island. was tenderly sopping his head with a handkerchief wet in the salt water. His legs felt rather queer. just but he bandaged it with a spare handkerchief. who was carefully feeling of some bruises on his legs. 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. far. including most of the electrical apparatus." agreed Mr." "That's so. had fallen bodily *and walked on. right shin. he saw that nearly the whole of the machinery in the engine room. through the floor. Fenwick. the wind is dying out. anyhow?" "I haven't the least idea. miles. "I wonder where we are.
he was halted halfway by a curious trembling feeling. ing sensation that that it was the ground the was shaking and trembling. there was a stronger tremor now. to his friends. sickenlegs. that's certain. and . Damon and Mr.ON EARTH Q UAKE ISLAND Tom. but a he realized with a curious." spoke Tom. Mr. left to eat in the wreck?" "Plenty. and then returned Mr. !" had only minor "Bless my I coffee cup feel exclaimed Mr. island The lad turned back. "Bless my gizzard! Did you feel that. "but any good it's 1 17 a question whether it will ever be to us. Fenwick had discovered that he bruises. hungry. and cook something. Damon." young inventor was returning to the wreck. "The whole place is shaking I" Indeed. Fenwick were staring after him with fear showing on their faces. Tom?" cried Mr. Damon. and perI haps can set up the gasolene stove. "I'll get it I can eat a sandwich or too myself. wonder if there's anything out. 'What was that?" cried the inventor." He self. We can't rebuild the airship here. At first he thought it was a the As weakness of his moment itself later caused by his cut. cheerfully. walked about the wreck. I "I declare. Damon was more like himand Mr.
"We're in the midst of an earthquake !" . and not far off a great crack The roaring. sound increased in volume. rumbling opened in the earth. "An earthquake! It's an earthquake !" cried Tom.Il8 it TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE like distant thunder. ing to and Suddenly they were tossed to the ground by a swaying motion. The adventurers were swayfro. was accompanied by a low. rumbling sound.
119 . for the island THE was shaking under tion. during which time the castaways found it impossible to stand. wasn't Mr. Damon. "Bless cried my very existence! What happened?" it. Fenwick. or into the depths of the sea. frightened as he was.CHAPTER XIV A NIGHT IN CAMP rumbling and roaring continued for perhaps two minutes. they might be precipitated into some bottomless abyss. or if a crack opened near them. "It was an earthquake. But the fissure did not increase in length or breadth. Mr. roaring sound subsided. The island grew quiet and the airship travelers rose to their feet. Tom if it looked to see was extending in their direction." agreed the young inventor. If it was. presently the rumbling. and. Off to one side there was a great fissure and. Tom?" asked "It sure was. their feet with a sickening mo- in the earth.
I "Rather a hard one. may have no more." hope we don't have it?" "Do you think there is any likelihood of demanded Mr." went on the eccentric man. Damon. "Bless my 1 pocketbook! If I thought so I'd leave at once. Fen wick. and this island may it ject to quakes. which had hardly had a chance to subside from the gale." assented Tom.120 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE too. get ready for it." "There aren't any to take. "It's hard to say. "We are in a bad place do you think be more quakes. "Yes. Tom ?" I don't know where we are. "Then let's "All we can do is to wait until the shocks come . submay be that this one is merely a spasmodic tremor." We "And there may be one at any time." proposed Mr. any more. with something like there'll a groan. "Let's take all the precautions possible. Damon.' inquired Tom. which brought us here Perhaps the great storm was part of the disturbance of nature which ended up with the earthquake." added Mr. looking out across the tumbling ocean." declared Tom. ere it was "Where would you go?" again set in a turmoil by the earth-tremor. "That's so there isn't a place to escape to. or be something like Japan.
were going to get something . "This is worse than falling in an airship! There you do have some chance." "Oh." suggested the lad. he it was of volcanic origin.A NIGHT IN CAMP i 2 if any more do come. wringing his hands. He resolved to do his best to avoid making his two companions worry. as he looked around on the island." Tom cried to remay have been the first shock "Oh. It was islands. and then we must do the best we can. which I hope won't happen. his heart and misgave him. Damon. But was no help for it. Fenwick rather depended on him." "This not be so bad. He realized that. in may assure him. and there may never be an- other. for Tom was a lad of no ordinary attainments. "Let's get after a while." noted evidences that But. and had a fund of scientific knowledge. for he knew that such created suddenly* by a submarine upheaval. it Here you haven't any. dear me! Bless my fingernails!" cried Mr. both Mr. it off "We our minds. that might explode at any moment. Damon and Mr. not a pleasant thought there it was like living over a mine. Tom tried to assume a cheerfulness he did not feel. in spite of his youth. might just as suddenly be destroyed by an earthquake. or by sinking into the ocean. a hundred years.
and gasolene for use Some in the airship. gasolerre. If you and Mr. and noticed that the lad limped. of these had been split open by the crash. was carried in steel tanks." can haul out the gasolene stove from Perhaps we can use it to make some By delving in about the wreck. and three of fuel." said Mr." Tom hastened to assure him." It's the first watched Tom as the latter advanced once more toward the wreck of the airship. "I just got a bump in the fall It isn't anything. Water. . of the five burners were in commission." "I declare mine wasn't either. ever in. but two and could be used. "No no. Da- mon. . that's all. Fen wick want to get out some food from the wrecked store room I'll see if I the airship. for his right leg had been He cut when the Whizzer had fallen to to earth. "but earthquake I can't I was forget it easily. Tom was able It was broken. insuring plenty of the liquid As for the water.122 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE to eat. to get out the gasolene stove. Tom were you hurt in the quake?" asked the eccentric man. coffee. Suppose we carry out that program. Tom hoped to be able to find a spring on the island. My appetite wasn't spoiled by the shock. but there was one cask of water left. "What's the matter.
"I thought that was another earthquake ing." admitted Mr. Fenwick had been investigating the contents of the There was a large supply of food. even on a two weeks' trip in the air. no telling. much larger than would have been needed. "If a passing- steamer happens to see us. may come handy. Tom did not a week." spoke Tom." said Mr.'A NIGHT IN CAMP 123 In the meanwhile. do you think we will be here long?" asked Mr.' 'he said. Damon and Mr. and the inventor of the Whizscr hardly much aboard. 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. The young "There is inventor shrugged his shoulders. with an air of relief. and fell so into the sea. may be taken off we may be here finish. Damon. Tt was probably loosened by the shock. Fenwick. and the earth seemed again to tremble. rugged cliff about a quarter of a mile away. storeroom. Damon. we If not to-day or to-morrow. with a grim smile. " He stood There was a rumbling sound. Then there came a great splash in the water at the foot of a tall. ." observed Tom. or in a listening attitude. : A com- v "So did I. "Why. Mr.
"I suppose it's my fault. and pilot biscuit. which they had instead of bread." spoke Tom. Tom soon had water boiling on the gasolene stove. the aroma of coffee rilled the air. Fenwick. I call this a fine breakfast. munching his bacon dipping into his coffee the hard and eggs. The poor old Whizser there's not much left of I saw that the her !" "Now sisted don't distress yourself in the least. I should have turned back before we got over the ocean. so that the shock had broken only a few of them. and a little later there was mingled with it the appetizing odor of sizzling bacon and eggs. had brought along a supply." in- Mr. for he had rescued a tea-kettle and a coffee pot from the wreck of the kitchen of the airship. "Well. Fenwick. "We're mighty lucky to be eating at all. carefully packed in sawdust carriers. who was very fond of the latter. the castaways proceeded to get their breakfast. but I never supposed it would grow to a gale so suddenly. for Mr. and while the storm was not at its height wind was freshening. "I'm proud to have built . I suppose. Damon. Fenwick." "Indeed we are." exclaimed Mr." chimed in Mr. "I'm awfully sorry the airship is wrecked. though.124 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Their momentary fright over. Shortly after- ward.
and as soon as I get back to Philadelphia. They were seated on bits of broken boxes taken from the wreck. though the sea was in great billows. Tom Swift/' "I certainly will. they judged it was about ten o'clock." promised the young inventor. Damon. if you'll help me." observed Tom.A NIGHT IN CAMP 125 a ship that could navigate at all. and accordingly set their timepieces. for their watches had stopped when the shock of the wreck came. but will you kindly pass the bacon and eggs again !" There was a jolly laugh at the eccentric man. as he collected the which they had also secured from the wreck. I see where I made lots of mistakes. forming a little circle about the gasolene stove. I think we can rig up a from some of the canvas of the wingand from what is left of the cabin. but presently the sun peeped out from the clouds. It . Tom. which Tom had set up on the beach. to spend the night. in which he himself joined. "we must begin to think about a place dishes. "And I'll take a voyage with you!' cried Mr. I'm going to build a better one. "Well. and. The wind had almost still en- tirely died away. and masses of sur heaving all They had no exact idea of the time. shelter planes. from knowing the time when they had begun to fall. "Bless my teaspoon. and the little party felt better.
" said "We may find cannibals Mr. on the other Tom and "Cannibals don't live in this part of the world." haven't been all over it yet. shelter. and. side. now that the storm was over. as we 5 were. "I hope they weren't wrecked." "We Damon. and he wondered how her passengers. I should say we were pretty well south. But there was little time If they were going to build a for idle thoughts." assured him. "No." It was quite warm. they saw that it was almost wholly tropical. including the parents of Mary Nestor." As he spoke he thought of the yacht Resolute. "We certainly came far enough. had fared during the terrible blow. to have reached them. I think this island is it practically unknown. The storm brought us here.' mused Tom." said Tom. for from the warmth of the atmosphere. "I shouldn't be surprised if we were on one of the smaller of the West Indian islands. might have landed us in a worse place. But this one doesn't appear to be inhabited.126 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE doesn't need to be very heavy. they knew . as they looked at the vegetation of the island. flying a hundred miles or more an hour.
for it island. they set to work taking apart that they such of the wreck as could the more easily be got at. ter These things were piled under another rude shelwhich they constructed." said blankets and followed his was decided that no watch need . they soon had a fairly good shack. and. Accordingly. The others example. which was prepared on the gasolene stove. "To-morrow we will explore the Tom. By this time it was three o'clock. in that warm Next they got out the food and supplies. They collected driftwood. and. their spare clothing and other belongings. with the pieces of canvas from the wingplanes. Boards. they sat about the cheerful blaze. as he rolled himself up in his turned over to sleep. which would be protection enough climate. and they ate in their hastily Then they prepared to spend the night made camp. again. and planks were scattered about. sticks.'A NIGHT IN CAMP 127 must speedily get at it. a feeling of thankfulness that their lives with had been spared. and some spare material which was carried on board. few of which had been harmed in the fall from the clouds. after supper. with which to make a fire. discussing their adventures.
"I? No. He sat up quickly and called out : "What's the matter ?" "Eh? What's that? Bless my soul! going on?" shouted Mr. However. near the fire. nothing like as severe as the one in the morning. "How often are we to have them?" "I don't know. Damon. "Another earthquake!" groaned Mr. the night passed with no more terrors. 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. "Did you shake me?" inquired Tom. followed by Mr." answered Tom. What ?" What's Then they realized that another earth-tremor was making the whole island tremble. but over in a few seconds. . and rushed outside the shack. Damon and Mr. soberly. The shock was a They felt slight one. Fenwick. it was the earth shaking. tive quiet. on edge.128 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Thus passed several hours in compara- be kept. for they feared lest a shock might bring the shack They passed down about their heads. Tom leaped from his blankets.
shining into his eyes. "I think it will feel better. tossed aside his blankets.' 129 if we can . tingling with health. had awakened him." ob served Mr. when the bright sun. dressings and bandages in the airship. I have antiseptic "Better put something on it. at any rate. "You did get quite a gash. Fenwick.CHAPTER XV THE OTHER CASTAWAYS "WELL." the lad added. "Now make me as he walked for a dip in old Briney. They came up from the waves. and stood up. didn't you. including Tom's cut leg." announced Tom. The day was a fine one. He sat up. their shack had suffered not at all from the slight shock in the darkness." "I'm with you. down to the surf. Damon also joined the bathers. felt much better. and Mr. 1 find them. and their bruises and bumps. Fenwick." added Mr. as he noticed Tom's leg. we're all alive. and the violence of the sea had greatly subsided during the night.
* ' considering the exigencies under which it was prepared. "In earthquake countries all the houses are low. of light pieces of wood and canvas on us. He felt much better after "Well." it can't harm us very much if it falls "That's right." spoke Mr. Damon wanted "Let's know. we will not be injured." "I think the one gested we now have will do. while we are sleeping in it. that. Fenwick. to make a better house to stay in. but . so?" "I was going to propose making it even less substantial." "Ha! wick. after breakfast. and built of light materials. Damon.130 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE look for "I'll them. Fen- "I used to read that in my geography. and I'd like a more substantial residence." Tom promised. after they had washed up what few dishes they used. in the event of an earthquake." agreed Mr." pro* posed Mr." "Why Made "Because. and following a fairly substantial meal. and dressed his wound. So I recollect now. what's our program for to-day?" Mr. he got out the medicine chest. of which part remained in the wreck of the Whizzer. as they sat about." sug- Tom. "We may have to remain here for some time.
and they stopped for dinner. "We've had I two. as much as possible. " hope there won't be any more." was Tom's reply. For they decided that they needed some shelter from the night dews.THE OTHER CASTAWAYS never thought it would apply to me. and bring it down about their heads while they were sleeping in it. But canned food can be had . as it was exceedingly uncomfortable to rest on the sands even wrapped in blankets. while very light and frail. and. and with a driftwood fire burning nearby. But do you think we will be subject to the quakes?" "I'm afraid so. would afford them all the protection needed in that mild climate. and soon had made a shelter that. and there way of telling when the next will come. within a short time. There was quite a variety of stores in the airIt enough for a much larger party than that of our three friends. Of course all the stuff they had was canned. was noon when they had their shack rebuilt to their liking. but is no We will He did not finish his sentence. Thereupon they fell to work. and they varied their meals ship. but the others knew what he meant. there would be no danger should an earthquake collapse it. though there were some salted and smoked meats. now. at the same time.
since the interior of the place consisted of rugged rocks in a sort of miniature mountain chain. and see what sort of an island we have taken possession of.132 in TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE a variety of forms now-a-days. They set out on their journey around the island. then we'll explore. we'll ." came from Mr. 'What do you say this afternoon?' 1 after dinner." or cannibals/' "Don't worry. They agreed that it would be best to fol- low the beach around. Fen wick. but I haven't seen the sign of a ship. now. I have been watching the horizon for some time. so the castaways did not lack much. "We will make Tom." proposed we can discover nothing. "Perhaps on the other side we will stand a much better chance of speaking some passing vessel. "And natives see if it isn't already in possession of suggested Mr. if a circuit of the place. to an exploring expedition asked Tom. Damon." Tom as- sured him again." went on Tom. there are none*here. as they sat about "We ought to find out what kind of an island we're on. as it was easier walking that way." "I agree with you. "and then. "Bless my frying pan! but I should hate to be captured by cannibals at my time of life." "All right.
" added Mr. Fenwick. Damon." 1 "I hope so!" cried Mr." Tom said nothing. and we ought to be able to see in any direction for a great distance from the topmost peak. send word will "I want to home worry when I set out. and it would take at least a day to get all around it. now that I I have sailed and have been wrecked. know she'll told you so/ as soon as I get back to Phila- delphia. Fenwick would have a chance words to her husband. but Mr. in 'I "My wife never wanted me say to build this airship. several miles. but he thought to himself that it might be some time before Mrs. My wife she learns that the airship. and. and get ready for a longer expedition to-morrow." would like to send word home." said Tom. in which "I fancy we all has disappeared. "In which case we will need some lunch with island The *us. The centre of the island is quite high. Fenwick was of the same mind. 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. We 'may be able to signal a vessel. it. that I am all right. to utter those significant Following the beach line.THE OTHER CASTAWAYS 133 go inland." Mr. Damon called out : .
The island ceased trembling. In another instant it was flung outward and into the sea. Damon and Mr. The roaring increased. Some were standing. "Here comes another one !" cried Tom. a party of men and women. At the same time. reeling He saw Mr. And what Tom saw caused him to cry out in For he beheld. Its removal by the earthquake them a view of a part of the beach that had gave hitherto been hidden from them. and the roaring Suddenly the whole cliff stopped. the Tom companions. They had not more than a hundred yards toward the cliff. and see sort of a view had from there. cliff rose to his feet." oblige him they followed. clinging to one .134 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE go just is ''Let's beyond that to be cliff. toward which they had been walking. gathered around astonishment. the ground began to shiver and shake. appeared to shake itself loose. followed by his He looked toward the place where had been. The island seemed to rock to its very centre. what Then we'll turn back. a little fire on the sand. a great mass of rock and stone. To topple to the beach. and the rumbling was like thunder. close at hand. Fenwick about. gone than there came the preliminary rumbling and roaring that they had come to associate with an earthquake.
"more !" ." and.THE OTHER CASTAWAYS another in terror. "More castaways'/' cried Tom. he added under his unfortunates on earthquake island "More castbreath. Others were running to and fro in bewilderment. 135 Some were prostrate on the ground. aways.
himself. Fenwick spoke. caused by the fall of the great cliff. and were now staring toward the other band of castaways. . following Tom's announce- ment to his two companions. Damon nor Mr. "Is this a mirage. neither Mr. "But how why how did they get here?" kisser. "They are real enough people. Tom?" inquired Mr. and immense waves rushed up on shore. but all the islanders were beyond the reach of the rollers. in turn were gazing to\vard our three friends.CHAPTER XVI AN ALARMING THEORY FOR a few seconds. Fenwick. "Is it do I really am I dreaming or not?" at length gasped Mr. There was a violent agitation in the sea.. or do we really see people. who. went on the inventor of the W 136 . Damon." replied the lad. They had arisen from the beach. somewhat dazed by the unexpected ap- pearance of the other castaways. where the shock of the earthquake had thrown them.
" murmured Mr. to where the other . we're all right. Tom. save for a boat drawn up out of reach of high water. are." "They are. Damon." asked Mr." The tremor of the earthquake had now subsided. Those who had fallen." answered the lad. and the little band that was gathered about a big fire of driftwood was calmer.AN ALARMING THEORY 137 "As long as they're not cannibals. as he counted little band of castaways. The had made a rugged path around over rocks. Fenwick." agreed the lad." murmured Tom. suppose they are a party from some disabled airship. and meet them. arose. Let's go forward. and began feeling of their arms and legs to see if they had sustained any injuries. "Do you "Not from an airship. whatever it was. "and they don't seem to have been able to save much from the wreck the of their craft. "Nine of them. "and they appear to be in the same sort of trouble as ourselves. Others advanced toward our friends.' But we will soon find out who they Tom fall led the cliff it. Tom. "Probably from some vessel that was wrecked in the gale." The beach all about them was bare. or who had thrown themselves on the sand. of the the base of way for his two friends. "They seem to be persons like ourselves.
"Mr. Nestor!" cried father of his girl friend. A moment later. He was anxious to know who the other castaways were. "Yes Tom Swift the young inventor the lad of Shopton don't you know Mary's life in the runaway who saved "Is it Tom Swift!" Nestor. Tom.138 TOM SWIFT AND PUS WIRELESS MESSAGE people stood. No. when the lad had a good view of one of the ladies and a gentleman. leg." answered the . he could Then he not repress a cry of astonishment. right. now advancing Tom could see two women and seven men. "Tom possible Swift !" murmured Mr. in spite of the pain it caused his wounded there. and how they had come Several of the larger party were to meet the lad and his friends. all !" "I'm Tom Swift. "Tom Tom Swift here ?" ejaculated man at her side. Nestor!" look yet he added a moment later. it's it's it be possible and Tom the Swift !" cried the lady. hi-s first impression had been correct. "Why can't of all things Amos why. Tom scrambled in and out among the boulders. to make sure it was not some rubbed his eyes blur or defect of vision. recognizing the "And Mrs.
Tom. when Mr. was wrecked in the awful gale. Mr. : I want you to meet a friend of mine. George Hosbrook. What a coincidence! To But if you're think that I should meet you here it's the best thing in the world that we hungry. on this island. and we'll give you all you want!" Tom had rushed forward." Mr. and we only had a little island. please don't speak of earthquakes !" cried . Nestor called out "Come over here. Come over to our camp. ! we have a large supply of food. We are almost starved! But how came food. "I can't understand it." A "To moment later. The yacht Resolute. think of meeting other people on this desothis island of earthquakes." late island "Oh.AN ALARMING THEORY 139 " but how in the world did owner of that name. and was shaking hands with Mary's parents. as guests of Mr. We took to the boats and managed to reach this The yacht sunk. Nestor ?" you get "I might ask you the same thing. for. the millionaire owner of the ill-fated Resolute was shaking hands with Tom. Fenwick's airship was wrecked. met you. Hosbrook. so unexpectedly met with. and we dropped down here. you here?" "Mr. Mr. though our airship was wrecked. Hosbrook said. on which we were making a voyage to the West Indies.
and Mrs. the mate of the vessel. that you had food?" he went on. Hosbrook. our own if we have heard nothing about them. who seemed an odd sort of individual. "And are these all who were saved?' asked told Tom. "If you have. . awful ! It is a regular earthquake island !" . and the other containing some of my guests. I call it. Swift." answered Mr. got away before our boat left. as he introduced his two friends. and 3 Jake Fordam. who had been in s-aspiciously.140 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Mrs. Hosbrook." "But did I understand you to say. and briefly of their air voyage. friends of the millionaire . who was spoken of as a scientist. "No." spoke Tom. grimly. Besides Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ander- "That's what The son. Nestor. Captain Men- command of the yacht. but However. one containing most of the crew. lives may not long be safe. others of the larger party of refugees now came up. Barcoe Jenks. Nestor. I trust they have been rescued. Mr. who must be faint. Mr. always looking about tor. Ralph Parker. and Mr. I will gladly pay you any price for some. espeI cially for these two ladies. ' these earthquakes continue. there was Mr. "two other boatloads. "We are in mortal terror! There have been several since we landed in the most Isn't it terrible storm day before ytesterday.
but " if we ever reach civilization. gladly have enough for all. if Mr. you. "I er stopped and looked about indefinitely. "Suppose we go to our camp. with rather a suspicious glance at Mr. er I only spoke of it. and he was fumbling securities at a belt about his waist. I beg of gasolene stove. share with you. as though he did not know exactly what to say. Hosbrook has no money. I will "Don't speak of such a thing as pay. 'We may be able to get you up a good meal. hesitatingly. and then he turned away. Damon. but said nothing. "Well. yes!" joined in eagerly. per- who have can offer an equivalent." inter"All that we have we'll rupted Mr." said Mr." Jenks. "Bless my I topknot." We "Ah haps I er. Mr." went on Mr. Jenks. certainly.AN ALARMING THEORY have lost all 141 my ready cash. before another earthquake comes. Fenwick." proposed Tom. 'You are welcome to whatever we have." broke in the man had been introduced as Barcoe Jenks. "Don't speak of reimbursing us. and we can cook on our Don't speak of pay." . Fenwick. Mr. Hosbrook looked sharply at him. a belt that some " He might con- tain treasure. Come over to our camp.
It is being slowly washed away." "Undermined by the sea?" repeated Tom. 'Yes. This island is one of the smaller of the Indies group. Damon. as cheer- fully as though he was a professor some problem to his class.142 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE many of them?" "I wonder what makes so asked Mrs. . and has But I am sure what causes the earthquakes is that the whole island has been undermined by the sea. One never knows when to expect them. theory?" inquired Tom. who. it in the course of a comparatively short will sink. Parker. up to this time had spoken but u II' little. the scientist. indeed." "Bless my soul! Washed away!" gasped Mr." went on the scientist." said Mr. "Yes. what an alarming theory!" "I wish I could hold to a different one. Nestor. they are terrifying! son. propounding "Sink!" ejaculated Mrs. It is little I believe. visited. West that seldom been known." added Mrs. and it is the wash of great submarine waves and currents which cause the tremors. Nestor. time. "And. "The whole island undermined! Oh. Ander"I have a theory about them. "Yes. with a nervous shiver.
and again his hand went to his belt with a queer gesture. . I 143 I can- think the island will sink after a few " more shocks.AN ALARMING THEORY madam. Parker's answer." was Mr. "but not." "Then what good will my began Barcoe Jenks. but he stopped in confusion.
which had motion. It may be a wrong one. "You don't really mean to say. with a spasmodic hands. dropped to his side. That individual manner. "That's my theory. Nestor. Parker. He saw the young in- ventor looking at him. with a shrug of his shoulders. I greatly fear for our lives !" "But what can we do ?" cried Mrs. but the man seemed to be He was contrying to hold back some secret. strained and ill at ease. turned to gaze at Mr. Barcoe certainly had a strange it might be caused by the terPerhaps ror of the earthquakes. save to 144 wait for it to happen. do you?" asked the owner of the Resolute. "Absolutely nothing. and his gone to his belt. but it is borne out by the facts already presented to us.CHAPTER XVII A MIGHTY SHOCK TOM SWIFT Jenks." . that you think the whole island is undermined. "Nothing." answered the scientist.
the boat w e came r here in " "Struck a rock. Why. "I must be saved! I have a great secret a secret " . ing on this terrible earthquake island. as for the unfortunate w^omen of the and one of them was Mary's mother! Yet what could he do? What chance was there of escaping from the earthquake? "Bless my gizzard!" exclaimed Mr. Swift ?' in despair. and Mary home alone Amos "But can't ! ! Have you seen her lately. "It would never do to put to sea in that. Mr." interrupted Captain Mentor. and stove a hole in the bottom. Jenks. : Tom told of his visit to the Nestors' home." something else be done ?" demanded Mrs. can discuss means of savf We ing ourselves. "Don't let's stand here worrying! If you folks are hungry plenty. Damon. madam.A MIGHTY SHOCK "Don't say that!" 145 begged Mrs. Think of it. "Oh. Our hero was almost party not so much for himself. "Can't you gentlemen do something build a boat and take us away. Anderson." "I want to be saved!" exclaimed Mr. it is awful to think of perishOh. as big as a barrel. come up Afterward we have to our camp. Nestor.
Hosbrook related how his yacht had struggled in vain against the tempest. and it has been terrible. "But we are not would. I believe." he dmurmured. the earthquakes! had. That name seems exactly. Mr. how she had sprung a leak. Tom and his two friends of the airship led the way to the camp they had made. helpless in They had walked the trough of the sea." added CapThis likely to. "but we won't be far out. anyhow?" inquired Mr. "And . and most unexpectedly come upon the island. "And island is so. 'It the charts. Then they had taken to the boats. the gallant vessel began to founder. "We haven't had a to sleep. and now had gone past the broken cliff. and how. On the way. and once more his hands nervously sought his belt. I fancy. how the fires had gone out." on. Then. while talking." was the captain's reply. if isn't "What island down on it is this?' we to call fit it Earthquake Island. since we landed we have had very little to eat. we all tain Mentor." said Mrs. Nestor. place And my husband and I too.146 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE Once more he paused in confusion." 'Where are we. Fenwick. "I would give a big reward to be saved. out of the track of the regular line of vessels.
That the supper (which the meal really was. But there theory is correct. PerhapSf can build a raft. of the Fortunate it was that Mr. while was . if is that our camp. had brought along such a supply of food. The yacht castaways had subsisted on what little food had been hurriedly put into the life boat. to get some much needed meal should be ready. You will be at least for a little while. One was soon in course of preparation by Torn and Mr. Swift! Do think there is any chance of us ever seeing you her again?" "I don't know. as they left the vessel. Fenwick Resolute. for there were now many mouths to feed. Mr.A MIGHTY SHOCK 147 worried so about Mary. The ruins of the airship were examined with interest. If we stay here all I there is scientist's no telling what will happen. Oh." more comfortable. for it was getting late) was much enjoyed. and the two women took advantage of the seclusion of the rest until a little hut. At Tom's tain yet light. Tom In a short time they were at the place where and the others had built the shack. "I'll do we can to get us off this island. CapMentor and some of the men hunted for a it request. goes without saying. aided by Mate Fordam. softly. just ahead. and set out." answered Tom. Damon.
we can sleep without being my eyes !" "If it would do any good to stay up and watch. the food from the wreck of the fire was taken and when darkthe camp was snug and comstores airship. "but they come with- out warning. a big fall. and they were soon in course of They were made light. /to tell you when one was coming. so that. The spring gave promise of supplying a sufficient quantity." However. I'd do so. . mak ing other shacks. with a laugh. and found one. the night did pass peacefully. as she prepared to go into the shack with Mrs. if only awakened by an earthquake!" exclaimed Mrs.148 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE spring of fresh water. as was the his friends first built. "But I am almost afraid to close of driftwood burning brightly. shack. no one would be hurt seriously. and "Oh. There was plenty of material at hand for construction. with the increase in the party. for. the young inventor saw the necessity for more water. The remainder of ness began to fortable." spoke Tom. and there was not the least tremor of the island. Nestor. in one Torn and case of another shock. and the The two ladies were given the larger men divided themselves between that two others w ere r hastily erected on the beach. Anderson. In the morning the castaways took courage and.
I don't like the idea. if this island was in the path of the steamers. 149 began discussing their situation more calmly. at that moment. "It seems to me build some sort of a raft." said Mr. Fenwick. that the only solution is to or other craft and leave the island. Fenwick. "Why It can't we wait for some steamer to see hoist a signal of distress. "What is it?" demanded Mr. Wait and see if I can work it !" "No. and it and call for us? that would be more simple than on a raft." going "A signal would be all right. He seems to me to sea sprang to his feet.A MIGHTY SHOCK after breakfast. who was looking at the wreck of the airship. cried M'r. Tom whence the yacht castaways had come. and never be seen. there sounded. at the far end of the island." said Captain Mentor. did not get a chance to answer. suddenly uttered an exclamation. a It was accompanied. Tom. terrific crash. you?" "Does your sore leg hurt have just thought of a plan!" "I have it! fairly shouted the young inventor. Damon." His words seemed to strike coldness to every heart. "Bless my hair brush!" Dhmon. Our flag might fly for a year. rather than . for. "But it isn't. but I "Work what?" cried Mr.
trembling the ground. and disappear beneath the foaming waves of the sea. and swaying of tor. before their eyes. slip off. while the echoes of the mighty crash came to their ears ! . Suddenly. "Another earthquake!" screamed Mrs.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE followed. The castaways gazed at each other affrighted. they saw the extreme end of that part of the island on which they were camping. Nesrushing toward her husband. by a shaking.
out of reach of the water if it should come. At first the ocean retreated. JENKS HAS DIAMONDS STUNNED. As it was the flood reached part of the wreck r of the airship. And it did. Succeeding the disappearance of the end of the island there arose a great wave in the ocean. that lay on the beach. and washed 151 .CHAPTER XVIII MR. and. "there may be a Rood and hastened up the beach. the waves came leaping back. !" "Look out !" yelled Tom. and the recurrence of the earthquake. with a rush and roar. caused by the immersion of such a quantity of rock and here dirt. They realized his meaning. then. the castaways gazed spell-bound at one another. and well-nigh paralyzed by the suddenness of the awful crash. as though the tide was going out. I had the castaways remained where they had been standing they would have been sw ept out to sea.
True. away some first and there was no more danger from that source. but. blown out of her course may see it. I wish you and Mr.152 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE of the broken planks. "The on. "Oh." "I will. solemnly. Hosbrook. Captain Mentor." "Let hope so. turning to the first mate. the sea grew less troubled. the whole island was rumbling and trembling in the throes of an earthquake. after the rush of water. as they stood looking toward where part by this time. Come Mr." spoke Mr. Fenwick. "I wish you would first help me to get what remains of . if we could only get away from this terrible place! We must hoist a signal of disti ess. if we are out of the track of reguSome ship. But. the refugees of the island had vanished. even lar ^'essels. and only the two ladies exhibited any outward signs of great alarm. "If you don't mind. "I guess the worst is over." added Mr. Fordam would attend to that. Tom observed. Barcoe Jenks. though Mr. was nervously fingering the belt which he wore about his waist.( had become somewhat used to this." answered the commander of the ill-fated Resolute." interrupted Tom. signal shall be hoisted- at once. itself "The shock expended en tearing that mass of rock and earth us away. sir. Fordam." he added.
That one nearly covered it.Captain Mentor. ." spoke the millionaire yacht electrical owner. So. there was left of the airship. and the we can do is to aid them in anything they ask. The odd gentleman started to utter one of his numerous blessings." put "I can't see that any great harm in Mr. . but "I don't know what good least the wreck can we owe considerable to Mr. be. and the castaways were calmer. save the mass of ma- chinery." said Tom." from that. if you don't mind. and there was a quiet determined air about him. and began pulling off some broken boards to get at the "Well. By this time the earthquake had ceased. JENKS HAS DIAMONDS 153 the airship up out of reach of any more possible high waves. Tom started toward the airship wreck. but he thought better of it. Swift and his friends. Swift a hand. Jenks. and if there are other big rollers. handy before we leave here. the wreck may be -washed out to sea. Damon to look at him curiously. it may come in machinery.MR. In fact. you and the mate bear a hand. that caused Mr. and to ask Tom a question. Captain. "I guess you had better give Mr. would result "There isn't make a little anything about the wreck that we could use to boat or raft from." Indeed.
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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."
looked pleased at this order, and soon he
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
young inventor to carry a small dynamo, was used for operating the incandescent
have a half-formed
be able to carry
to say anything until I look over the machinery, and see if all the parts which I need are here. Please say nothing
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,
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.
are likely to be here
time, and, while
and have a few
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.
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.
was still sufficient to Mr. Fenwick had not
eat to last
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
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
"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
pleasure-seekers, out for a holiday. had spent In the meanwhile,
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
was too much
was carrying some
Well, nothing exactly new," answered
to try an experi-
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
"Good!" exclaimed Mr. Jenks.
have a proposition to make to you. you are not very wealthy, Mr. Swift ?"
not poor," answer, "but proud
was the young inventor's would be glad to make
"I thought so. here !"
Most every one would. Look
approached closer to Tom, and, pulling his
his pocket, held
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
"Do you know what
those are?" asked Mr,
Jenks. "I might guess," replied "I'll save you the trouble.
leaped toward the young in- . there came a warning rumble of the earth. Jenks. 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. fear." "That "Yes. but I have been defrauded of my I need the aid of a young fellow like you. iike They give you some diamonds are genuine. I'll you ordinary diamonds. Will Before Tom could answer. Jenks. almost at the feet of Mr.158 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE the very I first Diamonds of water. 'make/" answered Mr. with a cry of ventor. island. 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. rights Will you help? now. though they are not See. " I made them. who. and a great fissure opened. struck by the use of the work "make. I will agree to is if I can discover the secret the secret of Phantom Mountain. worth of them. there are some of the first ones made. but uncut Now to the point.
CHAPTER XIX SECRET OPERATIONS HELP me whose tus. "That was a light one. with an air of relief. the earthquake ceased. "The machinery? What do I care about the machinery?" cried Mr. this fied "And with that phenomena. "I want to save my life !" machinery is our only hope!" reHe began tugging at the heavy torted Tom. but he might have saved himself the trouble." spoke Tom. until it was almost to the place where the parts of the wrecked airship had been carried. and. the crack closed The shock had done it. He was 159 becoming used to the . dynamos and gasolene engine. and the island no longer trembled. first save this machinery!" yelled let it fall into Tom. Jenks. thought was for the electrical appara- "Don't that chasm !" For the crack had widened. for with the same suddenness with which it opened. as if satisagain.
" added Tom. when he saw that his precious machinery was not damaged he could view the earth tremors calmly. I'll see you again. says this last shock bears out his theory. and. "I should say But what are you doing.160 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE shocks now. Jenks walked away. I hoped we were free getting awful. Swift?" "Trying an experiment." "This is replied the yacht owner. the scientist. but they still continue. from the shocks." "We guess they will. ." and with that. Mr. to say the least. But I see Captain Mentor and don't call it so. "No. ready to talk about his plans. Parker. "Well." called the captain. Jenks. in some confusion. as he neared the young inventor." commented so. the queer Mr. I "Slight!" exclaimed Mr. 9 "We came to see if you were hurt." "Comforting. Mr. Tom." went on the millionaire. I'm all right. are on Earthquake Island!" certainly "Mr. Please don't say anything to them about the diamonds. "And I "He when says it will be only a question of a few days the whole island will disappear. Hosbrook coming. How about the others?" "Only frightened." answered the young He was not yet inventor.
Tom." The place to which the airship machinery had l^een removed was some "Oh. after the shock. distance from the camp. and out of all sight of the shacks. Barcoe yes." spoke Mr. "Well. : I'm right." am at a loss to know what to do. ( Jenks. Mr. to carry out his intention." was the reply. "I left the camp. Hosbrook?" "Not a great deal. he asked "Do you know much about this Mr. don't know what "Perhaps Captain Mentor has some plan. "I confess I "No. Hosbrook." said Tom. Nestor was worried about you. where it might be seen if our ! first one wasn't.SECRET OPERATIONS 161 "We some must begin to think seriously of building sort of a boat or raft. but the island/' went on the millionaire. go to sea with anything it is we can conI risking our to do. I think I'll get back. on this end of the island. hoping ing with which to do anything." and he moved away. answered the commander. that is the trouble But I did think of hoisting another signal. I believe I'll do that." sugto change the subject. and getting away from "It will be perilous to struct. with a sudden impulse. There is noth- gested Tom. "In fact. Then. because Mrs." lives to stay here. and tell the others that you are all right. .
Why do " you ask?" "Because I thought he acted rather strangely. to get off "No." declared the yacht owner. Jenks. though he is a comparative stranger to all of us. Jenks seemed so cut-up about being deprived of the yachting trip. though he was in this guest on the Resolute. So that is how he came to be among my guests. and was so fond of the water. Just as we were about to sail Mr. I assented. "Just what the rest of us think. Jenks. I had invited a Mr. and he asked if my he could bring with him a Mr." "I see. to know what I planned to do. "Has he been acting unusually strange?" asked Mr. Hosbrook suspiciously. It came about way. and Mr. for the reason that I don't know whether . but I suppose we all are. Jackson received a message requiring his presence in Canada. and he could not make the trip. even if his friend did not. Jackson came aboard with Mr." spoke Tom. only he seemed very anxious the island. "He is no friend of mine. that I invited him to remain on board.TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE I may say I do not know him at all." He wanted "Did you tell him ?" "No. "But Mr. a friend of his. Frank Jackson to make the trip with me.
Jenks around the spot." "I see. moved away. this Tom might have been seen in close conversation with Mr. Hosbrook." and. : he seemed Mr. For the next three days Tom. Hosbrook sent him away." was all the young in- ventor replied. and his two friends. the millionthoughts." responded Mr.SECRET OPERATIONS I 163 can succeed or not. blessed himself and The his various possessions so often. Damon and Mr. whatever I wish you luck." i "Then you would us?" prefer not to any of "No one I that is except Mr. little leaving A while after Tom alone. that have gotten out of breath. Fenwick exbe one of claimed 'Tom. but a word or two from hung Mr. "Well. Damon. may need them to help me. young to former. if you can work that it will the greatest things you have ever done!" "I hope I can work it. busy with many which crowded upon him. Mr. spent most of their time in the neigh- borhood of the pile of machinery and apparatus taken from the wrecked Whizzer. and I don't want tell to raise false hopes. it is. on hearing what the inventor had to say. Fenwick. and our three . Fenwick and Mr. It is certainly a fearful place aire this island.
Tom dynamo. mal response. I simply want to protect it from the weather. The gasolene motor was overhauled. But he was too "You'd better busy with his work to waste much time speculation. But there had been no shocks since the one that nearly engulfed Mr. and the lad even had his doubts as to the value of the queer stones he had seen." answered Tom. who held to his alarming theory regarding the ultimate disap- "No." was the disearthquake. do it before we get another and the island sinks. "You will soon know I think they will work out. and wandered off alone by himself. for they were inclined to be secretive about their operations. Parker. as Tom did not want his plans known until he was ready." all our plans. Are you afraid we will steal it?" asked Mr. the pearance of the island. scientist. Then it was attached to the When this much had been done.164 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE friends were left to their work in peace. and put in shape to work. Jenks. in idle . and his friends built a rude shack around the machinery shutting "Humph! it from view. Tom wondered what kind of diamonds they were that the odd man had. As for that individual he said little to any one.
Jenks seemed nervous and ill at ease. and some were so severe as to throw whole porcastaways Island a tions of the isle into the sea. and Mr. in spite of this. Mr. Damon and Mr. fered many shocks. As for Tom. and in that time had sufSome were mere tremors. the three were busy in their shack. Only Mr. the refugees were as cheerful as it was possible to be under the circumstances. Captain Mentor and the mate spent much time gazing off to sea. Nestor and his wife took it for granted that Tom was building a boat. Fenwick. hoping for a sight of the 165 sail of some vessel. But. and often one awakened them in the night. tell THE when a shock They never could was coming. or the haze that would indicate . and he kept much by himself. The others had ceased to ask questions about what they were doing.CHAPTER XX THE WIRELESS PLANT had been on Earthquake week now.
Parker. and our only chance would." "If money was any object . of the regular liners. or some ship blown off her course. indignantly. I tell you." "Why so?" asked Mr. "Why don't you keep such thoughts to yourself?" demanded the millionaire yacht owner." ." stubbornly insisted the sciIt doesn't "What if it is? do any good to re- mind us of it." chimed in Mr. Hosbrook. Anderson. would see our signal. "And the message needs to go off soon. TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE smoke of a steamer.166 the ing. "What good would money be ?" demanded Mr. "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. I "Because of a week!" think this island will sink inside A scream came from the two ladies. Jenks. 'Well. we're in a bad way. entist. it's true. be that seme tramp steamer." began Mr." "That's right. friends. the scientist. if we are to be saved. But they saw noth- "I haven't much hope of sighting anything/* "I know we are off the track the captain said.
no!'* exclaimed Mr. summon- would be the very thing. "Suppose we have dinner. "We are are totally cut off frora the rest of the world here. "Oh." replied Tom." sighed Mrs. "If we only could get a message it off. I'm hungry." That seemed to be his remedy for a number "Bless my of ills. quietly.THE WIRELESS PLANT gizzard. not. and had heard the conversation." added Mrs." "Perhaps not." "But it is out of the question to send a mes- sage for help from Earthquake Island. "What's that you said?" cried Mr." to "Why don't mean demanded Captain Mentor." repeated Tom. "You say that you have been building a little boat up there in your a shack. from the "I said perhaps we weren't altogether cut off rest of the world. He had come up silently. Nestor. Damon. hear of the wreck of the Resolute. herself to death. Nestor." spoke Tom Swift. and worry may ing help. Mary. do you?" "Not a boat. Anderson. word of where we are. "but I think I have means of sending out a call for help!" "Oh. springing to his feet. how I wish I could send my She daughter. and crossing the sandy beach toward the lad. Swift how?" exclaimed . Tom Mr.
" said the lad. "That is the secret we have been engaged upon Mr. not exactly to her/' answered the young inventor. though he wished that such a thing were possible. clasped his hands on and turned away. Damon.168 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS UBSSAGE "Do you mean we can send a mes- Mrs. Mr. Damon and Mr. " "I'll give He paused. with the help of Mr. Anderson. and have you tapped it?" was Tom's calm answer. Nestor." . Fenwick. "Oh. threw her arms about his neck. you managed to discover "Have some cable line running past the island. "Perhaps you'd better explain/' suggested Mr." "How?" demanded Mr. "But I think I can summon help. We did not want to say anything about it until we were sure we could suchis belt. "I will. Nestor. "but I have succeeded. and kissed him. whereat Tom blushed. "Are you sure?" "Wireless messages!" exclaimed Mr. Tom!" cried Mrs. Hoshrook. Jenks. ceed. sage to my Mary?" "Well." will send out wireless messages!" "Wireless messages!" gasped the millionaire. Fenwick and myself. in building an apparatus that "Not exactly. and she went up to the lad.
" spoke Tom. or some murmured Captain Mentor." suggested Mr. and attach the dynamo to it so that we can generate a powerful current. "Tell trs about it." will disappear beneath the sea." But they were all so interested in Tom's announcement that they paid little attention to this dire foreboding. 169 are you sure now ?" asked Captain Men- "Fairly so." 'Then that passing (t some station. related how he had up the dynamo and ." gloomily murmured the scientist There is no telling when the island ship. set And Tom He did. was not damaged by the shock of the fall. it There is a chance that we may be saved/' If it isn't too late. "I have just tested the machinery. that "Fortunately.THE WIRELESS PLANT "And tor. Nestor. "From the electrical machinery that was in the wrecked Whizzcr. and I think we can send out a strong enough message to carry will reach at least a thousand miles. Hosbrook. fairly We also have a good storage battery. though that was slightly damaged by the fall." "How could you build a wireless station?" in- quired Mr. and I have managed to set up the gasolene engine.
by means of the proper coils and other electrical apparatus. but it works. to produce the Morse characters. Fenwick's airship. coherers and needles that I needed. though it is rather crude." I can click out a message with "That may be. and part* of that came in handy." replied Tom. though that is it for had even more crude than the sending plant. but can you receive an answer?" "I have also provided for that. therefore. knew something it. But I think it will work. carbons. "you may send a message. to be delicately adjusted. fortunately." the lad said. Oh. and how. "I have made a receiving instrument. arrangement on Mr. who had been considering installing a wireless plant on his yacht. he could produce a powerful spark. Hosbrook." said Mr." "Did you have a telephone receiver to use ?" There was a small interior telephone Yes. it.170 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE gasolene engine. "I had to make a key out of strips of brass. <r . about and who. "This took considerable time. was aboard the Whizzer. all of which. Nestor. I think I can hear any messages that may come in answer to ours.*' "But what about the aerial wires for sending end receiving messages?" asked Mr. and I did not have just the magnets.
and that is the last thing to do.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. of pile of rocks in the centre Earthquake Island. "Yes." and he pointed to a dead palm that towered gaunt and bare like a ship's mast. on a wires.
and the dynamo whizzed and hummed. Air. their Fenwick and Mr. and inspected the young inventor had said. for Tom said had it not did. Damon came in for share of attention. but when he set the gasolene motor going. violet-hued sparks. They crowded about him. been for the aid of his friends he never could have accomplished what he trooped up to the plant. considering the materials at his disposal. and asked all manner of questions. they were all convinced that the young inventor had ac- complished wonders. "But it's going to be no easy task 172 to rig up . the As sending out great.. it was necessarily crude. little Then they all shack.CHAPTER XXI MESSAGES INTO SPACE TOM SWIFT'S announcement of the practical completion of his wireless plant brought hope to the discouraged hearts of the castaways.
but is it I can't get it through my head." declared 'That will take some time. over a telegraph system. But now followed a busy time for all. when the odd man had exhibited the handful of what he said were diamonds. Jenks had referred. using five and attached to a wooden The wires were then run to spreader. and he speculated as to what might be the secret of Phantom Mountain. from the stays of the airship." said the young ina message by wire. Under "I took it Have you the direction of the young inventor. "I've read about wirewires. set parallel." was Tom's reply. and the receiving coil. to which Mr. Mr. "But I can't understand how you are going to do it. they began to string the wires from the top of the dead tree. got the wire?" asked Mr. and he recalled the day he was atj that work. Tom wondered if they really were. Nestor. Swift?" is 'The theory ventor. or stay. How done. the dynamo. This establisnes a current over wires stretched between two points. and the necessary ground wires were installed." said Mrs. Jenks. less messages. to a smaller one. at . a battery or dynamo is used. some distance away. "To send very simple." u Tom.MESSAGES INTO SPACE the sending and receiving wires. or broken. a 'key' this current By means is of what is called interrupted.
which we have just strung. That is why any tain radius. when we 'ground' "To send a wireless message a current is gen- The current flows along erated by a dynamo. "Well. and a long click a dash. dashes. II the air is used in place of a metallic conductor. letters are spelled out." went on Tom. so to speak. which in itself is a big magnet. all that is necessary to do is to break. to prevent this. once the impulses. are sent out into space. wherever they may be erected. represent the so on.'* admitted Mrs. Nestor. between places where there are no wires. By combinations of dots. until it gets to the ends of the sending wires. a dot . A making the sounding instrument short click is called a dot. and spaces between the dots and dashes. send out clicks. until it Then it leaps off into reaches the receiving wires. can catch wireless receiving station.' I II letter 'A and understand so far.174 1 OM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE certain intervals. and a space and a dash. as you choose to regard it. within a cerany messages that may be that is flying through the air unless certain ap- paratus is tuned. or interrupt them at certain inter- . space. In telegraphing without wires. or electric currents. For instance. or adjusted. The earth helps to establish the connection certain conductors. or a battery. with the help of the earth.
the letters into words and the words into sentences." "But how can we tell them where to come for . He hears the code of clicks. dashes and spaces." them up. "Somewhere. listening wireless operaas they call it. some of them are I hope. "That's what was Tom's "I will have to project them off into space.MESSAGES INTO SPACE vals." know. But other people have been saved by sending messages off into space. 175 These to make dots. Nestor. Anderson. That is how wireless messages are sent." was Tom's quiet answer. we will have to trust much to chance. and why not we? Sinking steamers have had their passengers taken off when the operator called for help. merely by sending a message into space. and trust to chance that some 5 tor will 'pick us aid. "As I said. make corresponding clicks in the telephone re- ceiver which the operator at the receiving station wears on his ear. reply. and translates them into letters. with I a smile. and send "But are wireless operators always listening?" asked Mr." "And do you propose to send some asked Mrs. "I do. to "Where to ?" Mrs." replied that way?" Tom. Nestor wanted can't tell.
" "Or tist.-on this An- derson. call for aid. and help may come "It some day." . "Bless my door knob.176 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE unknown island ?" inquired Mrs.' They stand for 'Come Quick Danger." can't come any too quick for me !" declared Mr." am going to use the old was the reply of the young inventor. 'I fancy Captain Mentor can supply our longitude and latitude/' answered Tom. but A new code call has I am going to rely on the old one. added the scien- grimly. the new one may not be so well understood." ordered Mr. as. Damon. in this part of the world. but must be worrying about my absence!" my wife "What message tain 'I for help will to you send?" Cap- Mentor wanted know. D. "I shall flash into space the three letters 'C. 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.' been instituted for them. "Here! Don't mention that any more. us. "It's getting on my nerves! We may be rescued before that awful calamity overtakes us. as nearly as Captain Mentor can figure I will it out. Q. Hosbrook. Then follow that by giving our position in the ocean.
of course." "I wish you would. and then it was only approximate. I'll get right to work at it. until. lucky you understand wireless telegraphy. Nestor admiringly. and he actually seemed to derive pleasure from gloomy prophecy. . fellow worked out his plan of he succeeds. The sooner we begin call- ing for help the better. Captain Mentor. "Not very ac- curately. the young inventor had been The wires were connecting up his apparatus. blushing. Swift have it. for all ments went down my papers and instruBut near the Resolute. and let Mr. But at length he handed a piece o( with the latitude and longitude written paper Tom on it." was the in reply. I fancy. enough for the purpose. In the meanwhile." hope took some little time for the commander to that young I figure their position.MESSAGES INTO SPACE 177 "I don't believe so. but it is wonderful how It rescue. and "It's his the others joined in praising the young inventor. I never expected to be in such a predicament as this." was Mr. "I think so. Parker's reply. "Can you compute our longitude and latitude." asked the millionaire yacht owner. Tom Swift." said Mr. he hurried off to make some ad- justments to his apparatus.
" replied Tom. with a smile. But it was over in a second. a vicious." he I hope some one receives it added. was A curious throng gathered about the little shack as Tom announced that he was about to flash He v. to which had been fastened the apparatus for clicking off the Morse letters." he said. and answers. took his place at the box.1 78 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE all now strung. in a low tone. The motor was buzzing away. While they gathered . snapping. "I am going to send a message for help. Nestor. there crackling noise. The crackling increased. here we His fingers go.nto space the first message calling for help. and the dynamo was purring like some big cat. to send the cur- rent into the instrument. clasped the rude key he had electric fashioned from bits of brass and hard rubber. Anderson. "Well. Suddenly. ! "Mercy What's that ?" cried Mrs. "The wireless. Just as Tom opened the circuit. off into space. and all that was necessary to start the motor and dynamo. and calmness succeeded the incipient panic. quietly. "Another quake!" screamed Mrs. overhead. as sounded a queer if from some invisible whips. there came an omnious rumbling of the earth.
clicking away. As for Tom. 179 Tom Swift pressed the key. asked themselves. from the wires fastened to the dead tree. while. O.MESSAGES INTO SPACE about him." And he followed them by giving their latitude and longitude. . would it be in time? These were questions that the castaways Would it be answered? If so. he sat at the key. Would help come? from where? And if so. flashed out the messages. D. making and breaking the current until he had sent out from Earthquake Island the three letters "C. Over and over again he flashed out this message. overhead.
out the messages, the
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
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
realized that he could not run the
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
other wireless operators will be on the lookout, There is no use wasting or, rather, listening.
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
help from the
to trust to chance.
"The only was
would not have
the while, and could send out messages automatically, it would be good."
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
"Anyhow, even click out 'C. Q.
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."
"Have you any
plan, then?" asked
TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGR
shoe laces! there are enough problems
"I thought of
'Til send out
Then I'll two to three
help from nine to ten in the morning. wait, and send out another call from
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
going to sink
happens." "I guess
hope we are rescued before that
do," remarked Mr. Fenwick.
thought about getting an answer from the unknown from some ship or wireless station, that
reply to your calls that will come in ?"
"Then won't you or some of
have to be
listening all the while?" "No, for I think an answer will
rectly after I
have sent out a
picked up by some operator.
some operator might
sage, and report to
authority over him, before replying. In that time But to guard against that I I might go away.
will sleep with the telephone receiver
clamped to can hear the answer come over
the wires, and can
jump up and
"Do you mean you
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
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.
"Yes," replied the young inventor, with a smile. listen for yourself, and he passed the
" "But why "They would come to our aid. not in tune. " 'Steamship "Falcon" reports a slight ' fire in her " f lt is Tom." spoke Tom. it is out now. and they ought to be glad to save life. I it!" was part of a message. did not catch it all. never can understand "It *'I "Bless my soul. aid?" asked Mr. slowly. Fenwick. or he is be- yond our zone." he "But they are a message." can't you send a message to that and beg them to come to our steamship then. Damon. "All I can hear are some faint clicks. moment. and we will proceed' "Do you mean to say that was the message you said heard?" cried Mr." and he put the receiver to his ear." . "Even if they have had a fire. "but I can not make their wireless operator Either his apparatus is pick up our message.-' I'll translate." "But you heard him.' " under control. or send. nor to whom it was sent. but sometimes it is easier to pick up messages than it is to send them." spoke Tom. Damon. forward compartment. However. 'Yes. I will keep on trying. or in accord with ours." answered Tom. 'Wait. said." insisted Mr.184 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE The latter listened a head-instrument over to the Whizzer's former owner.
Three days passed. and waited in vain for an answer. That night there was a slight earthquake shock. Parker. and one very severe. Tom sent out his messages the remainder of the day. you and your theory!" exclaimed the millionaire in disgust. He caught several messages. was shut down. days of anxious waiting. during which time Tom sent out message affer message by his wireless. though the castaways were awakened by the tremors. "Oh. destruction of our island. and were in mortal terror for a while. "What is?" demanded Mr." and the scientist actually seemed to take pleasure in it. but no harm resulted. .ANXIOUS DAYS 185 Putting into operation the plan he had decided on for saving their supply of gasolene. but no more of the island fell into the sea. There was a flooding rush of water. "It is coming nearer/' said Mr. There were three shocks in this interval. \vhich last cast into the ocean a great cliff on the far end of the island. "Don't let me hear you will "The mention it again ! Haven't we troubles enough ?" . My theory soon be confirmed.at the intervals agreed upon. Hosbrook. but the lad paid frequent visits and listened to the clicks of the tele- phone receiver. two slight. Then the apparatus to the shack. but they were not in response to his appeals for aid.
whereat Mr. after the completion of the wireless station. and we'll have to draw on the reserve supply. I. I. where you had stored the rest of th rest of the food ?" "The "Yes. with the telephone receiver to his ear." Earthquake In each appeal he sent out he had ro~ Island. that his morning was sending out Mrs. suppose?" she inquired. to loot had fallen. there is only enough in the shack where . "I certainly hope so." the shack where "No replies yet. Swift. though it clicked many times. and there was a hopeless note in her voice. there was not sounded the call he had slept Each night Tom adopted for his station "E. but. have used up nearly all that was airship. to inquire food. Nestor came up the little Tom hill to Tom was clicking away." murmured Tom. I and "But Tom I tried to speak cheerfully." added Mary's mother. that the answer be preceded by the letters "E." came up more especially now. 'Yes. We piled in the improvised kitchen. "None yet.186 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS IdESSAGR off." 'The reserve. the supply you took from the wrecked. Mr. quested that if his message was picked up. Parker went at the place where the cliff by himself. but they may come any minute." It was on the fourth day calls.
Tom Truly the situation was desshook his head." all right. Anderson and I 187 last for do the cooking. Anderson and up some new dishes for you men-folks. if you will.ANXIOUS DAYS Mrs. time he had felt like . 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. His hand dropped from the key of the instrument. Nes"and Mrs. as she turned away. tor. to about two days. Swift." answered Tom. He saw the drift of the Their food was nearly gone. and no reply yet to his "Oh appeals for aid! perate. He sat staring into space. Isn't there any more?" Tom did not answer. It was the first giving up. with earthquakes likely to happen at any moment. another can. except those in the kitchen shack. questioning. weakly." went on Mrs. I will see if we can fix Mr. "Get out wherever there is left some time today.
" He glanced toward what remained of the airship. Tom resumed his clicking out of his wireless message. the hour at which he usually stopped for the morning. for he thought there might be a possible chance that the electrical impulses would be picked up by some vessel far 188 . They were gathered in a group about Mr. "Well. until help comes. "I guess we'll have to go on short rations." and. men He continued to send it into space for several minutes after ten o'clock. "More food supplies needed. who seemed to be talking The two ladies were over earnestly to them. eh?" mused Tom. wondering what the group of could be talking about. Jenks.CHAPTER XXIII A REPLY IN THE DARK less shack. I don't know where any more is to come from. near the small building that served as a kitchen. THE young inventor looked out of the wireDown on the beach he saw the little band of castaways. We've stripped the Whizser bare.
Jenks was saying. . Tom shut down the dynamo. and that's the only way we can do it. I think then anchor would be a good plan to make one. as he thought of the scant food supply. 189 who But there came no answering clicks to the "E. be little "If it good. "I tell you it's our only chance. Damon." Mr. He thinks we should leave the island. Of course. Parker. some distance out from the island. I have large interests at stake. and joined the group on the beach. I. Swift is doing his best to aid us. and it is "Especially as the island best to be prepared. or by some station operator could send help. But it is hopeless!" "What do you think about it. though I appreciate that Mr. I can't say when a reply will be received to my calls for aid." "It might be a good idea. "I must get off this island. 'Think about what?" 'Why Mr." does. If we wait for a reply to this wireless message we may all be killed. Jenks has just proposed that we build a big raft. and launch it. after a little longer working of the key. turning to the young inventor.A REPLY IN THE DARK out at sea." agreed the lad." station to Earthquake Island and. Tom?" asked Mr. even a raft will added Mr." may sink any minute. as it it it may be swamped in the vor- tex.
aboard. There thank goodness.100 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE small raft. And another thing we must not let longer. be able to live until is "Then brook." spoke Tom. Just pretend that we're if "We not not hungry. would be a good plan. Fenwick. "Put plenty pf water and food quietly. "And we must stock it well with provisions. same day." "We can't. the lad related came down to speak about. and paddle out if Then we can make a to the big one in a hurry need be. the women folks know." conceded Tom. or quarter raneed be." "Yes. "Why not?" "Because That's what we I haven't plenty of provisions." declared Mr. but take only a quarter. is "Then there but one thing to do. must go on half rations. or at most. Hos- was decided and they started felled. more than a half of what we have been in the habit of taking. Damon. Trees were with axes and saws that had been aboard that this it that ." we may plenty of water. too. that's a good idea." and what Mrs." said Mr. That will make our supply last tions. Nestor had said. "What?" asked Captain Mentor. and help comes. It shall we build the raft?" asked Mr.
in rude fashion. Tom continued to the next. and anchored there by means of a heavy rock. but no answers came. and weary was that waiting. This done. and bound together. the two ladies joked them on their lack of appetite. what rations they had left when the final shock should come. The men cut down their rations. He heard message click on after message flash : his instrument. they said nothing. was to take with them. attached to a rope. they could only wait. which were lashed fast. as a sort of ferry. Perhaps Mr. with strong trailing vines from the forest. in the event of the island beginning to sink. large raft The was towed out into a quiet bay of the island. kept faithfully to his and his ear ached from the constant schedule. Neshad hinted to her the real situation. and none of them was in . On board were put cans of water. and when that Mrs. and part of In the meanwhile. flash out his appeals for help. This occupied them all that day. but no food could be spared to stock the rude craft. through space. was also made. All the castaways could depend on.A REPLY IN THE DARK 191 the Whisser. A smaller raft. 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. Tom pressure of the telephone receiver.
and indeed the turtles formed a welcome food supply. who had been sitting with the men in their sleeping shack. "I wish some of us could relieve you. out the scanty food supply that remained. rose." "Oh. joyfully. as the hour of ten approached. all of which eked them over on their backs. and then he would lie down on an improvised couch. ''This will be something to eat." answered the lad. by turning and also located a number of nests of eggs under the warm sands. He caught some. and they. are you off?" asked Mr. and some clams were cast up by the tide. It was time to send out the last message of the night. I don't mind it. "Per- haps the message may come to-night. a week following the erection of the wireless station." he said. Tom. Damon. too. Tom. "Well. in the silence of the darkness. Some fish were caught.193 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE his face there answer to his. kindly. with the telephone receiver clamped to his ear. The two ladies suspected the truth now. that evening. came a grim One afternoon. for the message say- ing that help was on the way." Hardly had he spoken than there sounded the ominous rumble and shaking that presaged an- . Mate Fordam came upon a number of turtles. cut down their allowance. to wait. On and hopeless look.
Fern An but It instant later there came another tremor." Indeed. island about to sink! Make for the ' "Wait and Hosbrook.' confirms my theory!" said Mr. see "It how bad it is. almost in triumph. ran out screaming. "I guess wick. Parker. may be only a slight shock. 193 The shack rocked. Anderson and Mr. as he spoke. it's passed over. pointing to the left. Parker. and." begged Mr. Parker. island "It is slowly breaking up. a great portion of one of the rocky hills. sliding into the sea. and there was silence." spoke Mr. and Mr. "The in that direction. was more like the rumble and vibration of an it approaching train. "Look !" gaze went cried Tom. Hosbrook." counseled Mr. the trembling of the island The two ladies. Nestor hastened over to be with their wives. "Forget your theory for a while. was not like that of an earthquake shock. "A landslide!" cried Captain Mentor. "We "The raft !" must be doomed!" is cried Mr. Their under the light of a full moon they saw. and threat- ened to come down about their heads. .A REPLY IN THE DARK other earthquake. who had retired to their own private shack. "We're lucky please. ceased.
station." "Why not?" I "Because have faith in Tom Swift's luck!" declared the eccentric man. Damon w ere on their 7 way back "Yes. and our wireless does look hopeless but. and it took them half an hour to adjust it. when will we be rescued?" he asked hopelessly. the clicked out as usual Tom message had been would begin his weary earthquake shock had They found that the slightly disturbed the apparatus. Fenwick went with him. Fenwick. The worst seemed to be over at least for the present.* 194 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE ! to have left a place on which to stand Oh. to aid in starting the motor and Then. haven't given up yet. As there had been a delay on account of the landslide. it was eleven o'clock before Tom began sending out any flashes. "If you had been . Mr. after dynamo. doesn't it?" said Mr. this It no ships have passed appeal isn't answered. and pre- pared to get a little rest. But there came no replies. it to the sleeping shack. as he and Mr. "It looks pretty hopeless. and. I way. and he kept it up until midnight. waiting. Damon and Mr. doc Our signal hasn't been seen. learning that the two ladies were Torn started up the hill to his wireless quieted. so he shut off the power. do you know.
and had seen the tight places he has gotten out of. It all depends on some one else. see he doesn't." he murmured. and under the water." "That's all right. You you leave if it to Tom." who is up late. in the silence of the night. In the dimness of the shack he could see the outlines of the dynamo and the motor. and soon the dynamo was purring away. It shot out great long sparks. too!" "Perhaps. "Guess I'll start her up. and him- he could not "I self. sit may as well up for a while. in the wireless shack. up in the air. his ear hurt him. which snapped viciously through the air. sleep.A REPLY IN THE DARK with him as much as I 195 have. catch some ship operator it. He tested the wireless apparatus. and send out some "I might just happen to calls. I'll try The young inventor started the motor. you'd feel the same. Then." It was an hour uneasily on the hard bed The telephone receiver on Tom tossed past midnight. He'll get an answer yet." he told and he arose. Torn clicked . but here there doesn't seem to be anything to do.
swered. was about to return to bed. conveying through space a message that meant nothing to him. Then Tom. none of the others awakening. I. "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: . I! What's wanted? "Where Do I hear you right? Repeat'' Tom heard those his call questions in the silence of the night. With trembling fingers Tom pressed Out into the darkness went his key. in their shacks below him. the telephone receiver at his ear? It was not a jumble of dots and dashes.196 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE castaways of Earthit off his call for help for the quake Island. having worked off his restless fit. For half an hour he sent away into space. "I get your message 'E. own for on Earthquake Island" He gave the and latitude. No! It was his own The call of his station call that was anEarth- "E." quake Island! are you? What's wanted?' That was the message that was clicked to Tom from somewhere in the great void. help. But what was this ? What was that clicking in He listened.
"What's that?" demanded Mr. and then he let out a great are saved! shout "We are saved! We My is wireless message is answered! A steamar on her way to rescue us!" He rushed from the shack. are you?' help quickly! The answer flashed to him through space 197 "Send : Who "Steamship 'Cambaranian' from Rio de Janeiro to New it York. calling to the others. Hosbrook. in communication with us/' bet I will" flashed back "You Tom. sent back. "Tell them to hurry. Thought "No fake" Tom "Help us quickly! How soon can you cornel" There was a \vait." Just caught your message.* Tom briefly told of how the message had come to him in the night. "I " Then hf must get to the place where ." cried Mr. Then came the report: "We Keep will be there within twenty-foul hours. Jenks. a fake.A REPLY IN THE DARK "What's that about airship?" "Never mind airship" clicked Tom." begged the rich yacht owner. and the wireless operator clicked to Tom that he had called the captain. "Say that I will give tw enty thousand r dollars reward if we are taken off!" "And I'll do the same. his heart beating joyously.
but he seemed to take delight in his prediction. Cainbaranian' will ntsh here with all he announced." spoke Mr. "They'll need to hurry. Hosbrook and the others glared at him. "The island may sink before morning !" Mr. the gloomy scientist.198 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE to recollect himself. were seemed gathered about the wireless shack. and not a heart there on speed" that lonely and desolate island but sent prayer of thankfulness. save the women. He listened." he begged Tom." whispered Tom. Parker. "Another message. Suddenly the wireless instruments hummed. The "Tell them to hurry. whole crowd of castaways. "The f up a . and stopped suddenly.
" "The steamer may arrive "You're a cheerful sort of fellow to take on a yachting trip. "But it hasn't come out yet. little more sleep for They sat up. Hosbrook. "Which way will she 199 come from." "I'm going to declared Mr." remarked the pessimistic scientist. even sit you are a great scientist. "Bless my pocket comb! But I told you it would come out all right. too late. and watch for the steamer. Tom?' ? . shack." Damon. "I'll murmured Mr. Damon. talking over the any one that wonderful and unexpected outcome of Tom Swift's wireless message. and speculating as to when the steamer would get there." castically. as he went outside the The night was warm. sarif never invite you again. and there was a full moon. if we left it to Tom!" declared Mr.CHAPTER XXIV "\VE ARE LOST !" THERE was night.
Hosbrook. Damon. but I should think. are on their way. agreed "She'll come up from over there. as the young in- ventor had said. there was no possible chance of . the Mr. shut down the motor. "Then I'm going "She to see if I can't be the first to sight her lights. on which we now are. "You may They now. but. side of the island from South America." and camp.' need the gasolene before we is are rescued. can't possibly get here inside of a day." suggested Mr. don't waste any than is more power or energy needed.' Captain Mentor. that she was on her way she'd pass on the north." declared Tom.200 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE if "I don't know. according to what the operator said. Damon took up his position where he could see far out over the ocean." and he pointed across the ocean directly in front of the shacks "That's right. "No. and so Tom." urged the eccentric man. after message to the operator aboard the Camtrp in baranian stating that he would call him morning. "Wire them to put on all the speed they can. and that enough for The a final others agreed with this. declared Mr.
have to embark on it. "We didn't need to have made the big raft." asserted Mr. some too. for it They were allowed larger rations. and send it into the sea. r Morning came. Anderson." added Mrs."WE ARE LOST!" 2O1 sighting the relief steamer inside of a day. It I believe. madam. as station." "And me. we may need it yet. was seen that they would have just enough food to last until taken off. Fenwick." retorted ." Tom proceeding under forced draught. is in a very precarious resting on only a slim and the least shock may break that foundation. also. eccentric man declared that he would keep w atch. 'You make me nervous. state. to report that cation with the came down from his in communiCambaranlan and that she was he had been 'We'll not it. with spirit." "Then I observations wish you wouldn't make any more !" exclaimed Mrs. and I'm glad of "Oh. and castaways brought to breakfast a better appetite than they had had in time. observations point out. Parker. "I have been making some observations just now. That is what my off. "Science can not deceive. Mr. Parker. Nestor. and the island is. Still the nervoc"." said Mr.
Tom ing steamer. Every effort would be made to keep up speed." replied Mary's mother. Damon was disappointment observed to be closely examining the food supply. could not arrive until the next morning. as they were eating dinner that day. Did you ever see diamonds made?" "No." re- and winks. with many nods "I'll show you how to make them. Mr. Barcoe Jenks supper that evening. There was much over this. . to make some fur- ther "observations" as he called them." he remarked. and not make a person have cold chills.202 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "Well it can keep quiet about what it knows. Parker went off alone. "I'm sure we w ill be rescued r in time. Mr. because of it accident. and Mr." There was a slight tremor of an earthquake. but. if you will help me. and I guess very few persons have. and was informed a slight again called up the approachthat. Hosbrook warned him never again his to speak of alarming theories. ''I called Tom aside just before my haven't forgotten what I said to you about diamonds. but Mr. but hope was too strong to be easily shattered now. In the afternoon. aside from causing a little alarm it did no damage. it was said.
Anderson. 'We are lost!" cried Mrs. "Another earthquake! The worst yet!" screamed Mrs. saw nearly half of the island His station went down disappear from sight.'WE ARE LOST!' plied the lad. and Tom. every one was astir. Parker. as if some great cannon had been fired. Jenks might not be quite right. mentally. looking eagerly across the sea for a sight of the steamer. clinging to her husband. Tom station. as they rose and kneeled on the sand. looking toward his wireless station. had just come down from the wireless having received a message to the effect that a few hours more would bring the Cam- baranian within sight of the island. and in the morning. splashing into the ocean. Suddenly there was a tremendous shock. "Make for the raft!" it's "I guess our only chance. and the wave that followed the terrible crash washed nearly to the castaways. The night passed without alarm." murmured Cap- . "The island is sinking !" cried Mr. in collapse with it. at the first blush of dawn. thinking perhaps 203 Mr. and the whole island shook to its very centre. An instant later they were all thrown down by the tremor of the earth. Nestor.
as he gazed across the water. Could it arrive on time? The tremors and shaking of the island continued. .2O4 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE tain Mentor. There was no steamer in sight.
Mr. with pale faces. "Half gone! The other half may disappear any moment! The steamer can not get here on time. He was was moored followed by some of raft must put is off at once!" he cried. if we the island are not engulfed in the ocean. It had totally disappeared. and paddle out to the larger one. The women were in tears. Gradually the being. 205 . but tell when another would come? who could Captain Mentor. the others. which went right down into the sea. They intended to get aboard.CHAPTER XXV THE RESCUE CONCLUSION DOWN "We to where the small ran Mr. theie but a sheer cliff. everybody !" Tom gave one more look at where his wireless station had been. Hosbrook and the others were shoving out the small raft. tried to calm them. Help. at the spot. but if we put off they may pick us up. now earthquake tremor passed away. Parker. The men.
"The steamer! The steamer! The Camha- ranian!" he shouted. At that instant a haze which had hung over the water. We must Mrs. ladies. sinking to her knees even in the water." whispered Mr. my kitchen range! but nearly forgot that. The horizon suddenly cleared. Fenwick to Tom who nr as lingering behind. "It came just in time!" murmured Mr. rushing brook. . or it may be too late!" small raft was afloat. through the water to get aboard.** "There isn't any food left to take. Mrs. Anderson. Nestor." answered Mrs. "Come on. Tom Swift looked up and gave a cry. The others joined in his exclamations of joy. all The get aboard. crowding on all speed! "Saved! Saved!" cried Mrs.206 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE readiness for which had been moored some distance away. was blown to one side. Jenks to Torn. pointing to it. Damon. Anderson and Nestor. weeping hysterically. "Come on!" cried Mr. "Shove off!" cried Captain Mentor. waded oat "Bless "Have we food?" cried I Mr. "Now I can make my diamonds. in some such emergency as this. toward Earthquake Island was a great steamer. Hosfor there.
sure as guns. better land again. They could make out hands and handkerchiefs waving to them now. there was a curious upheaval of the ocean. Damon. eager hope in every heart. of the island. and fell back. Yet were they any safer 3 shuddered. Parker. swamped. 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. the Cambaranian had slowed up. The island will sink. stopping!" cried Mr. 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. some distance out in the water. Surely enough Was she not going to complete the rescue she had "The steamer is begun? . breaking up." declared Captain Mentor." obwould have been Almost as he spoke the big raft was tossed high The into the air." "We go out there. and near where the big raft was anchored.THE RESCUE-CONCLUSION "Push off! 207 Push off!" cried Mr. soon!" "I think we will be safer on the island than on the raft. There was They left the little raft. Suddenly.
Mr. "Give way now. and soon they were grasped by the sailors and In the reaction of their worriment helped in." murmured "The island will soon disappear. Anderson and Mrs. men!" cried the mate in the sand. "All here." answered Tom. the beginning of the end.208 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE "She's going to launch her lifeboats/' declared Captain Mentor. He might hit on a rock." "Will you be quiet?" demanded Mr. urged The sea sailors. "Her commander dare not approach too close. evi"Are you dently in command." later and two lifeboats were lowon by the sturdy arms of the ered. hand now. There was a little stretch of water between them and Through this the castaways waded. not knowing the water. "It is A moment giving the scientist a nudge in the ribs. they bounded over the waves. Mrs. must get away in We a hurry !" The boats came in to the shelving beach. . all there?" shouted some one. There seems to be somelifeboats The were close at thing going on in these waters perhaps a submarine volcano eruption. and. "Then hurry aboard. seemed to be more and more agitated. Parker. Damon. but their tears were those of joy. Nestor were both weeping.
and." he said. "The her. and boarded Captain Valasquez. There was a gigantic shower 01 to upheave. Tom. warmly welcomed the castaways. "Your wireless message oame just in time. "We were under forced draught most time. looked back at Earthquake Island." predicted Mr. as the Cambaranian got under way. and the others. as they reached the steamer." He gave the order for full speed. sea was now swirling but the this. island will Parker." The young inventor realized by what a narrow margin they had been rescued. An hour later and our operator would have gone to bed. to get out of these dangerous waters. rumbling reThe whole ocean about the island se#?4 port. "We feared you would not get here in said Tom to the mate." of the way/' was his answer. "We 'Just now want hear your story later. soon sink. ship!" 209 to the "We must get back angrily.THE RESCUE CONCLUSION charge of the boats. The sailors. Suddenly there sounded a dull. will I who was in command. . who had been in worse turmoils than rowed on steadily. standing on the deck.
but the horror of that the horror would have been theirs hac they remained there an hour longer held the castaways dumb. As it was. and aways told their story. Later it was learned that the other boats ." cried Mr. Hasbrook and Mr. Jenks would have paid him for the rescue.210 TOM SWIFT AND HIS WIRELESS MESSAGE spray. which was not a great deal. and Mrs. The castaways were given the best aboard the ship. and Mr. going to his home in Waterfield. Nestor accompanied Tom fca Shopton. with many blessings also accompanied them. In due time they were landed in New York. and their stories were listened to by the 'other passengers with bated breath. had our friends been aboard the frail raft. Captain Vaiasquez refused to receive the large amount of money Mr. a sound like an explosion. Mr. they would surely have perished in the sea. it all triumphantly. Damon. destruction of the The agitation of the sea rocked even the mighty CaMibaranian and. Parker. The steamer resumed her voyage. accepting only a sum he figured that he had lost by the delay. they were safe saved by the cast- Tom Swift's wireless message. The scientist's honor of having correctly predicted the island was an empty one. and when the waters subsided the island had sunk from sight "I told you of the fate it would go.
" In that the young : inventor. as he parted from "I and what the promise was will volume of this series. Tom Swift. And the joy of Mary Nestor. THE END . who aever ceased to wonder over Tom Swift's skill And now. Tom is destined to have is many more surprising adventures. to be ealled "Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers or. well. with whom Tom soon struck up an acquaintance. with the wireless." said Mr. apprising them of their safety. and the and guests were all saved. Damon. as new ways to call Mr. glad too for Mary's sake. Of course. can As for our hero.THE RESCUE CONCLUSION 211 sailors from the Resolute had been picked up. he was won't forget my promise to you. as soon as our friends had been res- cued by the steamer. The Secret of Phantom Mountain. for a time. the wireless operator aboard her. sent messages to the relatives of the cast- aways. be told in the next . when she found $iat it was Tom who well be imagined. who learned down blessings on himself and also his possessions. we will take leave of the jroung inventor and also of his many friends. had saved her parents. Barcoe Jenks.
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THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON THE STAGE Or The Play That Took the Prize. 12mo. UNIFORM STYLE OF BINDING. There are many contested matches on track and field. and we folwith interest in school and out. A stirring tale of high school of mystery and a strange initiation. PUBLISHERS. GROSSET & DUNLAP. Telling of water sports Rivals for all Honors. NEW YORK . and on the water. There is plenty of fun and excitement. camp. The girls went camping on Acorn Island and had a delightful time at boating. and fun ON LAKE LUNA and of fine times in galore.THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH SERIES By GERTRUDE W. is The low them a series full of the spirit of high school life of togirls are real flesh-and-blood characters. all clean. iaddltion. Girl Champions of the School League This story takes in high school athletics in their most approved Full of fun and excitement. MORRISON ILLUSTRATED. and bow one of them wrote the professional stage THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON TRACK AND FIELD Or The and up-to-date fashion. with a touch THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH Or The Crew That Won. THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH Or The Old IN CAMP Professor's Secret. full of fun. How the girls went in for theatricals a play which afterward was made over for and brought in some much-needed money. Here day. pure and wholesome. swimming and picnic parties. had bothered the high school authorities for a long while. as well as doings in the classroom and on the school stage. THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH AT BASKETBALL Qr The Great Gymnasium Mystery. THE Or GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH life. Here we have a number of thrilling contests at hasketball and in the solving of a mystery: which. BOUND IN CLOTH.
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