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Title: Motor Matt's Defiance - or, Around the Horn
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  MOTOR STORIES

  THRILLING
  ADVENTURE

  MOTOR
  FICTION

  NO. 19
  JULY 3, 1909

  FIVE
  CENTS


  MOTOR MATT'S
  DEFIANCE

  _OR_
  AROUND
  THE HORN

  _By THE AUTHOR
  of "MOTOR MATT"_

  [Illustration: _"Clear away the boat if you can!"
  shouted Glennie. "Hooray for Motor Matt!"_]

  _STREET & SMITH,
  PUBLISHERS,
  NEW YORK._



MOTOR STORIES

THRILLING ADVENTURE MOTOR FICTION

_Issued Weekly. By subscription $2.50 per year. Entered according to
Act of Congress in the year 1909, in the Office of the Librarian of
Congress, Washington, D. C., by_ STREET & SMITH, _79-89 Seventh Avenue,
New York, N. Y._

  No. 19.      NEW YORK, July 3, 1909.      Price Five Cents.



MOTOR MATT'S DEFIANCE

OR,

AROUND THE HORN.

By the author of "MOTOR MATT."



CONTENTS

  CHAPTER I. TELLTALE SPARKS.
  CHAPTER II. CLIPPING THE DRAGON'S CLAWS.
  CHAPTER III. THE OVERTURNED BOAT.
  CHAPTER IV. GALLANT WORK.
  CHAPTER V. THE FIVE CHILIANS.
  CHAPTER VI. TREACHERY.
  CHAPTER VII. TURNING THE TABLES.
  CHAPTER VIII. THE MAN-OF-WAR.
  CHAPTER IX. ABOARD THE "SALVADORE."
  CHAPTER X. THE TIGHTENING COIL.
  CHAPTER XI. DICK ON HIS METTLE.
  CHAPTER XII. DESPERATE MEASURES.
  CHAPTER XIII. A DIVE FOR LIBERTY.
  CHAPTER XIV. ENGLISH REACH.
  CHAPTER XV. SANDOVAL EXPLAINS.
  CHAPTER XVI. NORTHWARD BOUND!
  THE SPIDER WATER.
  BEAVER IN PERIL OF EXTINCTION IN MICHIGAN.
  RARE CAGE BIRDS.



CHARACTERS THAT APPEAR IN THIS STORY.


  =Motor Matt=, a lad who is at home with every variety of motor, and
  whose never-failing nerve serves to carry him through difficulties
  that would daunt any ordinary young fellow. Because of his daring
  as a racer with bicycle, motor-cycle and automobile he is known as
  "Mile-a-minute Matt." Motor-boats, air ships and submarines come
  naturally in his line, and consequently he lives in an atmosphere of
  adventure in following up his "hobby."

  =Carl Pretzel=, a cheerful and rollicking German boy, stout of frame
  as well as of heart, who is led by a fortunate accident to link his
  fortunes with those of Motor Matt.

  =Dick Ferral=, a young sea dog from Canada, with all a sailor's
  superstitions, but in spite of all that a royal chum, ready to stand
  by the friend of his choice through thick and thin.

  =John Henry Glennie, Ensign, U. S. N.=, representing the U. S.
  Government on board the _Grampus_ during her long trip around South
  America.

  =Captain Enrique Sandoval=, of the Chilian warship _Salvadore_, a
  sailor who has a faculty for gathering wrong opinions, and an equal
  facility for setting himself right and doing justice to those whom
  his mistaken ideas have wronged.

  =Captain Ichi=, and other officers as well as the crew of the
  mysterious steamship which plays many parts and sails under many
  flags, the Sons of the Rising Sun, fanatic patriots of Young Japan,
  to whom nothing is considered valueless that benefits Nippon!

  =Garcia and his four comrades=, escaped convicts from the penal
  settlement at Punta Arenas.

  =Gaines, Speake and Clackett=, crew of the _Grampus_.



CHAPTER I.

TELLTALE SPARKS.


"We have finished repainting the ship, Captain Ichi."

"Very good, lieutenant."

"What flag shall we fly?"

"Where are we?"

"Off Cape Virgins."

"Then break out the Chilian ensign, lieutenant. My compliments to the
officer of the deck, and tell him to double the lookout and have a
sharp watch kept. If we raise a Chilian ship, haul down the flag, and
run up the British flag; if a British ship is sighted, then haul German
bunting to the gaff. In any other event, leave the Chilian flag flying.
Eternal vigilance is the price of our success for our beloved country,
lieutenant."

"Banzai, captain."

"Banzai, Nippon!"

"Any other orders, Captain Ichi?"

"Watch the wireless. As soon as anything is received, let me know."

"Ay, ay, sir."

The swarthy little lieutenant withdrew, his slant eyes gleaming. A few
minutes later he clattered to the bridge and repeated Captain Ichi's
orders to the officer of the deck, then, descending, he walked to the
door of the wireless room.

"Anything yet, Kaneko?" he inquired, lounging in the door.

A young man in his shirt sleeves bent over a table, the wireless
"receivers" pushed close to his ears and held there by his fingers. At
sight of the lieutenant, whose lips he could see moving, although his
stopped ears had not allowed him to hear the question, Kaneko removed
the helmet.

"Nothing yet, lieutenant," said he. "I have been two hours getting the
instrument to spark properly. A damp helix and a feeble motor were the
cause; but now I am ready, and waiting."

"Captain Ichi must know as soon as anything is received."

"I shall inform him immediately, lieutenant."

The lieutenant turned away from the door and passed to the port rail.
The steamer was standing off and on the coast near the entrance to
Magellan Strait. As the lieutenant peered landward, he surveyed the
cape, and the long spit of low, sandy land stretching southward. He
was somewhat familiar with the English coast, and this South American
headland he likened to Berry Head, at the north of Torbay.

Turning from the rail, the lieutenant lifted his eyes to where the
phosphor-bronze aërials swung between the mastheads, the wires of each
"T" held rigidly apart by their wooden stretchers. A passionate look
flamed into his yellow face and gleamed from his slant eyes.

"Come, honorable Hertzian waves," he murmured, with a queer gesture of
appeal directed at the swinging wires; "give the Sons of the Rising Sun
the telltale sparks, the beautiful blue sparks! Let them spell success
for Nippon and disaster for the American submarine!"

Taking a little image from his pocket--the image of a sitting
Buddha--the lieutenant placed it on the heaving deck and prostrated
himself before it. Then, in low breath, he murmured his supplications
to the senseless ebony. In the midst of his appeal, a stifled crashing
sound came from the wireless room. Starting to his feet, the lieutenant
caught up the little idol and returned it to his pocket. Exultation
arose to his lips, for his upward-turning eyes saw a blue spark
wavering at the ends of the aërials, and to his ears came the hiss and
crackle of broken sound as the wires plunged back and forth with the
roll of the ship.

The operator appeared in the door of the "station" and nodded. The
lieutenant rushed aft to notify the captain.

Presently Captain Ichi arrived in the wireless room and sank into a
chair by the table.

"Getting anything important, Kaneko?"

The operator shook his head respectfully and continued to listen and to
pencil what he heard on a tab of paper. Finally he settled back in his
chair.

"There's a wireless station at Punta Arenas, in the strait, captain,"
said he.

"Then it must have been recently put there," answered Captain Ichi.

"The Chilians also have a convict settlement at the place."

"Every one knows that."

"Punta Arenas is calling the Chilian war ship _Salvadore_."

Captain Ichi wrinkled his brows.

"Your instrument is perfectly tuned with the one at Punta Arenas,
Kaneko?"

"Perfectly, captain."

"And you can send in the Spanish so that the trick could not be
detected?"

"I know the Spanish as well as I know my native tongue."

"Then answer," was the calm reply. "Say this is the _Salvadore_ and ask
what Punta Arenas wants."

There was not a quiver in the captain's voice, and not a tremor in
Kaneko's fingers as he caught the handle of the big key. Slowly but
firmly he worked the key up and down. A blue spark exploded in the
gap between the brass knobs of the discharging rods. Sounds like the
explosion of firecrackers echoed through the room.

Throwing off his switch, Kaneko jerked the phones over his ears. The
captain watched Kaneko's pencil moving over the white paper.

"Five convicts escaped from Punta Arenas last night in a sloop-rigged
boat. Watch for them."

The captain studied the words; then, taking his pencil, he wrote
underneath:

"Very well. Anything else?"

Kaneko sent the message. Five minutes, ten minutes, passed; then came
the question:

"Is that the Chilian gunboat _Salvadore_?"

"Yes," lied the blue, telltale sparks.

"The United States submarine, in charge of one Matt King, is going
around the Horn. Watch for her; pay her a visit if you can, and have
the craft carefully looked over. The submarine _Grampus_ is a marvel
of her kind, and a long way ahead of any other under-water boat yet
launched."

A shout of exultation escaped the captain.

"Where is the submarine now?" he penciled, with shaking fingers.

"Three days out from the River Plate," was the answer, "and must be
well below Cape Virgins by now."

"We will watch for her."

"Try to pick her up before she gets far into the Pacific."

"We will try."

As the spark and sputter ceased, Kaneko jerked off his helmet. Captain
Ichi had leaped to his feet, and now reached out to grip the operator's
hand.

"For the present, Kaneko," he cried, "this is the Chilian war ship
_Salvadore_, and we of the Young Samurai are in the Chilian naval
service."

"That is good, captain!"

"The _Grampus_ will be expecting a call from us," pursued the captain.
"Who knows but the United States authorities have asked the Chilian
government to have the _Salvadore_ meet the submarine and escort her to
Valparaiso, thus affording her protection from the Sons of the Rising
Sun?"

"Exactly so, captain! We shall find the _Grampus_, and we shall prevent
her from falling into the hands of the United States Government at Mare
Island."

"We shall!" and a look of grim determination crossed the captain's face
as he moved hurriedly toward the door.

"Banzai, Nippon!" called Kaneko.

Captain Ichi, pausing a moment, pulled a flag of his island empire from
his pocket and pressed it to his lips. Just outside the door of the
wireless room he met the lieutenant, repeating to him what had taken
place in the "station." The lieutenant slapped his hands ecstatically.

"We will call on these Americans who are taking the submarine to Mare
Island," said the lieutenant. "It is a rare chance to accomplish our
work, Captain Ichi!"

"There could not be a better chance! If possible, the submarine must
be destroyed in these southern waters. That, you know, will give us an
opportunity to change the color of our vessel and continue our peaceful
cruising toward Europe! Our government will never know that we were the
ones who destroyed this menace to our beloved Nippon!"

"If they knew it at home----"

The lieutenant did not finish, but winced and shrugged his shoulders.

"We should be heavily punished. Even if the United States found it out,
their government would demand that we be hung."

"Harikari before that!"

"Harikari? Yes--perhaps that may be best, anyway. We have but one life
to give for Nippon."

"And we have vowed to give it! Captain, may I be one of those who visit
the _Grampus_?"

Captain Ichi shook his head.

"I am sorry," said he, "but those who put off to the submarine must
have _straight eyes_! This Motor Matt is one of the sharpest Americans
I ever had anything to do with. Slant eyes, lieutenant, would prove
that we are not Chilians. Only those who have such eyes can go in the
boat."

"She is below the cape?"

"So Punta Arenas reports."

The captain turned and made his way to the bridge. There were two
lookouts at the masthead, each watching the surface of the ocean with
powerful binoculars.

Captain Ichi gave the quartermaster his course and signaled the engine
room for the best speed.

The steamer, flaunting her false colors, bore swiftly away to the
southward and toward Cape Horn, bent upon an act of treachery which, to
the misguided minds of officers and crew, seemed an act of the highest
patriotism.



CHAPTER II.

CLIPPING THE DRAGON'S CLAWS.


"Will it work, matey?"

"It ought to--providing there is anything for it to work with. When
you talk by wireless, Dick, you know there has got to be a second
instrument within reach of your Hertzian waves. Lucky we were able to
pick up that wireless instrument in Buenos Ayres. Lucky, too, that
Ensign Glennie knows how to use the key and to talk Spanish."

Just behind a bold headland to the north of Cape Virgins and within the
mouth of the River Gallego, the submarine _Grampus_ was anchored. The
shore of the little bay lay steep to, the submarine being moored within
a jump of the wooded bank.

Wires issued from the conning-tower hatch of the craft, crossed the
stretch of water, and climbed a high tree that had been stripped of its
branches. From the top of the tree hung the aërials. Below deck, in the
periscope room, was the instrument, with John Henry Glennie, Ensign, U.
S. N., waiting at the key.

Motor Matt and Dick Ferral were on deck.

"Are you sure, matey," went on Dick, "that that was the Jap steamer our
lookout raised from the headland?"

"We can't be sure of anything where those Japs are concerned. The
steamer was of about the same size, although differently painted. But,
then, paint is cheap, and it sometimes makes a big difference in a
boat's appearance. The suspicious circumstance is that, while she was
passing the mouth of the Gallegos, she pulled down the cross of St.
George and ran up the Chilian flag."

"And she had two wireless masts!" exclaimed Dick. "These Sons of the
Rising Sun are wily chaps, but, seeing that we have come from Para,
all down the eastern coast of South America without any trouble, I was
beginning to think the Japs had given up, and that they were going to
let us finish our long cruise without paying us any more attention."

"Remember what Mr. Brigham, the American consul at Para, told us,
Dick--that these fanatical young Japs never turn back once they
have set their hands to a piece of work. Our business is to get the
_Grampus_ around the Horn and into the hands of the commandant of the
navy yard at Mare Island, and collect a hundred thousand dollars for
Captain Nemo, Jr. The Sons of the Rising Sun came near winning while we
were on the way from Port of Spain to Para, and the mere fact that we
got the best of them isn't going to cause them to throw up their hands
and haul off."[A]

[A] How Motor Matt and his chums were commissioned by Captain Nemo,
Jr., to take the _Grampus_ around South America to San Francisco, how
they met unexpected enemies, and how they worsted them, was set forth
in No. 18 of the Motor Stories, "Motor Matt in Brazil; or, Under the
Amazon."

"If there's a wireless machine on that steamer," observed Dick
speculatively, "it doesn't seem to me that she can belong to the Japs."

"It was probably easier for the Japs to install a wireless apparatus
than it was for us. Undoubtedly they had every part of the machine in
the hold of their vessel when they left their own country. As for us,
we had to pick up a second-hand instrument at Buenos Ayres. I don't
know that wireless telegraphy is going to help us any; but there's a
chance that it may, and we can't neglect any chance if we want to clip
the claws of the dragon."

"Right-o, old ship! Brigham told us not to let any one know what ports
we were to call at, or what course we were going to take. If that
steamer belongs to the Japs, those aboard won't know whether we're
going through Magellan Strait or around the Horn."

"Our orders," said Matt reflectively, "carry us around the Horn, but
those orders were given when it was not known that the Sons of the
Rising Sun were after us."

"It was a good scheme putting in here and sending a lookout up on top
of that headland," and Dick peered up toward the high point where
Speake was sitting with a glass to his eyes. "If you hadn't done that,
you'd never have seen that steamer, or----"

Dick was interrupted by a blue flash from the top of the tree.

"Strike me lucky!" he broke off, grabbing Matt's arm in a tense grip.
"What does that mean?"

"It means," answered Matt excitedly, shaking off Dick's hand and
hurrying toward the conning tower, "that Glennie is in communication
with somebody. Stay here and watch, Dick, while I go below."

In the periscope room all was excitement. Clackett, Gaines, Carl, and
Glennie were grouped about a table which, loaded with sending and
receiving apparatus, completely filled one end of the chamber. Ensign
Glennie, stripped to his shirt, was humped over the key, cramming the
ear phone to the side of his head and listening breathlessly. Matt
pushed close and looked on with deep interest.

"What is it?" he asked, as Glennie leaned back on his seat.

"I can't make out," was the ensign's disappointed answer. "This old
second-hand instrument don't seem to be keyed properly, or else we're
out of the zone of the ether waves and only catch snatches of---- Ah!"
he finished, jumping for the table again.

After a few moments he lifted his head.

"I caught that," he said. "It was Spanish. 'This is the Chilian war
ship _Salvadore_,' ran the message; 'what do you want?' It was clear as
a bell, and was sent from some 'station' fairly close. There comes the
answer, and I can't make head or tail to it--the sending instrument is
too far away."

"It must come from Punta Arenas, in the strait," averred Matt. "That's
a Chilian settlement, and the station there is talking with the war
ship."

"Or with that mysterious steamer that passed here a few hours ago,"
qualified Glennie.

"Py chimineddy!" muttered Carl. "Schust to t'ink dot all dose t'ings
vas t'rown troo der air, und----"

"Hist!" warned Matt as Glennie began to take another message off the
sounder.

"The supposed war ship answers," said Glennie, "'All right; anything
else?'"

"Try and make out what follows, if you can," returned Matt.

The chronometer on the wall ticked off seven minutes.

"I guess that's the end of it, Matt," said Glennie.

"Our spark won't carry to the land station?" queried Matt.

"If theirs won't come here distinctly, ours won't be able to reach
them."

"Then we'll get into communication with the boat. Ask if she's the
Chilian war ship _Salvadore_."

The Spanish words ran crackling up the wires to the top of the tree and
jumped off into space.

"The answer is 'Yes,' Matt," said Glennie.

"Now give them this," said Matt: "'The United States submarine, in
charge of one Matt King, is going around the Horn. Watch for her, pay
her a visit, if you can, and have the craft carefully looked over. The
submarine _Grampus_ is a marvel of her kind, and a long way ahead of
any other under-water boat yet launched.'"

Glennie stared in blank amazement.

"Vy, Matt, dot's a gifavay!" gasped Carl. "Prigham saidt dot ve vasn't
to dell anypody vere ve're going."

"That's my notion, Matt," said Glennie.

"Send the message, Glennie," ordered Matt.

The perplexed ensign bent to his key.

"It's gone," he muttered, "and here's something else coming back."

A few minutes later Glennie translated into English the words that had
come to his sharp ears.

"They want to know where the submarine is now."

"Tell them," said Matt resolutely, "that she's three days out from the
River Plate, and may be well below Cape Virgins by this time."

"Ach, lisden!" whispered Carl. "Pelow Cape Firgins--und here ve are to
der nort', in Gallegos Pay."

"They say they will watch for her," reported Glennie, after sending the
message and getting the answer.

Matt smiled grimly.

"Tell them, Glennie," said he, "to try and pick her up before she gets
around the Horn."

"They say they'll try," announced Glennie presently. "Now," he
finished, removing the ear phones, "I'd like to know what you're trying
to do, Matt."

"It's a cinch, I think," replied Matt, "that you've been talking with
that steamer that passed the headland, bound south, a few hours ago."

"No doubt about that."

"She hauled down the British ensign and hauled up the Chilian flag as
she passed."

"Exactly, and that looks suspicious, although it might be explained."

"She says she's a Chilian war ship," went on Matt, "but she had no
guns. If she's not a war ship, she's not Chilian; and if she's not
Chilian, she's Japanese; and if she's Japanese, she belongs to the
Sons of the Rising Sun, who are trying to lay a trap for us. Here's
where we have a chance to clip the dragon's claws--and we've virtually
accomplished it by wireless."

Matt whirled away.

"Gaines," said he, "you and Clackett strip those wires off that tree
and call Speake down from the top of the hill. Carl," he added, "you
help Glennie clear these instruments out of the periscope room. They've
served their purpose better than I ever dreamed they would when we took
them aboard at Buenos Ayres."

Gaines and Clackett at once shinned up the iron ladder to carry out
their orders. Carl and Glennie began carrying the wireless machine
into the steel room abaft the periscope chamber. Meanwhile Matt was
overhauling some charts, which he had spread out on top of the locker.

Dick, Speake, Clackett, and Gaines--the two latter with the coil of
wire and the aërial points--came down into the periscope room before
Matt was through.

"What's the next move, matey?" asked Dick.

"Get up the anchor and cast off the mooring ropes, old chap," Matt
answered, getting to his feet. "If that boat we were talking with
really belonged to the Japs, then she's hustling for the Horn to
overtake us. While she's beating around the southern end of Terra del
Fuego, we'll pass through the Strait of Magellan and reach away up the
coast of Chili."

"Hoop-a-la!" exulted Carl. "Dot's der vay der king oof der modor poys
fools der Chaps! Vile dey look for us von blace, den ve scoot out some
odder blace!"

"That's the trick!" cried Ferral; "and it's the trick that wins."

"But our orders carry us around the Horn," demurred Glennie.

"You're aboard as the representative of the United States Government,
Glennie," said Matt. "If we try to go around the Horn, there's no
telling what will happen. A hundred thousand dollars is trembling in
the balance, and ought we to take chances with it? It's for you to say."

"Then go through the strait," answered Glennie.

Motor Matt had reasoned wisely; but the failure of their wireless
instrument to catch the messages from Punta Arenas was to cause them a
vast amount of trouble.



CHAPTER III.

THE OVERTURNED BOAT.


Matt knew why the original orders given him by Captain Nemo, Jr.,
carried the _Grampus_ around the Horn. For a vessel that depended on
anything but sails for motive power rounding the Horn was no difficult
matter. In those southern waters bad weather prevails, but it was
possible for the submarine to dive downward and escape the gales and
the rough seas. Magellan Strait, on the other hand, was difficult of
navigation. Captain Nemo, Jr., had specified a course around the Horn
in order to expose the _Grampus_ to as little hazard as might be. He
had not known, of course, that Matt and his friends were to be beset by
such relentless foes as the Sons of the Rising Sun. Matt preferred to
risk the difficult passage of the strait rather than to take chances
rounding the southern tip of the continent.

It would have been possible for him, of course, so to word his wireless
message as to carry the mysterious steamer through the strait, leaving
the _Grampus_ free to take the course originally laid down for her. But
that would have given the steamer the shortest course to the Pacific,
and she could have been waiting in Smyth Channel, at the western end
of the strait, when the submarine came picking her way among the
islands. On the whole, it seemed to Matt better that he should send the
mysterious steamer around the Horn, and so get ahead of her for the run
up the Chilian coast.

The barometer had been falling rapidly all afternoon, and Matt was in a
hurry to round Cape Virgins and find anchorage in Possession Bay, there
to submerge to a good depth, avoid the storm, and pass the night. While
in the strait they would have to do their navigating by daylight, and
either sink to the bottom or tie up during the hours of darkness.

While the _Grampus_ was still at the surface, Matt pushed through the
hatch to get a look at the sky. Off to the south the heavens were black
as the inside of a tar barrel, and through the heavy gloom ran vivid
lines of lightning. The wind was high and constantly increasing, so
that the waves were lashed furiously. But the rollers were long, and
when the submarine crossed one high wave, she slid down the watery
hill like a toboggan, ramming her sharp nose into the next comber, and
flinging the scud high over the conning tower.

Our friends aboard the craft were hurled about at every angle, and
it was necessary for those who had to remain at their posts to lash
themselves securely in order to avoid being thrown against the
machinery, or the steel plates of side or bulkhead.

Matt closed and secured the hatch, after which he slid down the ladder.
Speake, tied to rings in the forward bulkhead of the periscope room,
was watching the periscope and doing the steering. The floor underneath
seemed to tumble around like the back of a rearing horse.

"We're getting it good an' proper, Matt," said Speake. "For exercise in
ground an' lofty tumblin', a submarine in a seaway takes the banner."

"We'll submerge," said Matt, "but I'm in hopes we can get around Cape
Virgins and into Possession Bay before the worst of it hits us."

He turned to the tank-room speaking tube.

"A ten-foot submergence, Clackett!" he called.

The pounding of waves against the hull caused a dull roaring throughout
the boat, almost deadening the "ay, ay" that came from Clackett.

Presently, as the ballast tanks slowly filled, the _Grampus_ sank until
only five feet of the periscope mast was out of water. The motion
of the boat was perceptibly easier, but steering by periscope was
difficult. Huge waves flung themselves at the ball that capped the mast
and thus sponged out the view that should have been reflected on the
mirror. Only at intervals could a view above the surface be obtained.

Matt called Dick and had him lash himself at the periscope table, thus
leaving Speake free to attend to the wheel.

"Keelhaul me!" muttered Dick. "It's as black as your hat all around
us. And lightning! I'm a Fiji if I ever saw it so sharp."

"Can you raise Cape Virgins?" queried Matt.

"I can see something off to starboard that looks as though it might be
the cape."

"Well, after we once get around that we'll be in quieter waters and
will submerge for the night. Keep your eyes peeled, Dick. This would be
a bad time to collide with some steamer just leaving the strait."

Matt, braced on the locker, fell to examining the chart again. While he
was at it, a yell of amazement and consternation came from Dick.

The shout lifted Matt off the locker.

"What's the matter?" he asked, ranging alongside his chum.

"An overturned boat," gasped Dick. "I saw it in a trough of the waves
just as the periscope cleared--_and there were men lashed to the
bottom_!"

"Positive of that?" returned Matt, fixing his eyes on the mirror.

"Watch, matey, and mayhap you'll see them for yourself."

Just then the periscope ball shook itself free of the waves, and the
tumbling sea lay under Matt's eyes. As the darkness was lighted by
a glare of lightning, the young motorist was thrilled by the vivid
glimpse thus given him of the overturned boat. It was about a hundred
feet away on the starboard side, and, at that moment, was being hurled
high on the top of a comber. There were five dripping forms on the
boat's bottom--Matt saw that much before another wave drenched the
periscope ball.

Whirling away, he turned to the motor-room tube.

"Is Glennie or Carl down there?" he shouted.

"Glennie's helping me," answered Gaines, "and Carl's with Clackett."

"Send 'em both up here on the jump."

"What're you going to try to do?" demanded Speake, as Matt began
throwing coils of light, strong rope out of the locker.

"There are five men on that overturned boat," was the determined
answer, "and we're going to save them."

"It's as much as your life is worth, Matt," returned Speake earnestly,
"to bring the _Grampus_ to the surface and venture out on deck."

Matt had thrown off his coat and hat and was now taking off his shoes.

"It's our duty to do what we can," said he. "We can't leave those five
men to be washed into the sea and drowned."

"No more we can't," seconded Dick, likewise beginning to peel off his
extra clothing. "Watch your old periscope yourself, Speake. I wouldn't
give tuppence for those fellows' chances if we don't snatch 'em off."

At that moment Carl and Glennie came rolling into the periscope room.
It took Matt only half a minute to tell them of the work that lay ahead.

"Hoop-a-la!" shouted Carl, beginning to strip, "dot means me!"

"And me, too," averred Glennie, likewise preparing himself.

"Dick and I will tie ropes around us and go on the deck," said Matt.
"Glennie will stand in the tower and do the steering. Dick and I will
each carry the spare ends of a couple of ropes with us, and the coils
will be left down here in the periscope room. As soon as one of the
men makes fast to a rope, Carl and Speake will tail onto it and haul
him aboard."

Matt turned to the tank-room tube.

"Empty the ballast tanks, Clackett!" he shouted.

Clackett must have thought that a strange order, but he was there
to obey, and the tone of Matt's voice told him clearly that instant
compliance was wanted.

The splash of the turbines could be heard, and the _Grampus_ began
rising into rougher water.

"I'll go out first," said Matt, stepping to the ladder. "You follow me,
Dick, and, Glennie, you come last."

Matt lingered a moment to pick up an iron wrench and secure it to the
end of one of the ropes that was going aloft with him, and then made
his way up the ladder.

By then the _Grampus_ was rolling and pitching on the surface, and when
Matt opened the hatch, a wave swept over his head, nearly smothering
him and hurling him fiercely against the inner wall of the tower.

It looked like suicide to venture out into the waves that hurled
themselves over the rounded deck of the submarine, but he watched
his chances, got over the edge of the tower and crawled to the steel
periscope mast. Just as he reached it, another wave flung itself over
the boat. Had his arms not been around the mast, he would have been
plucked bodily from the deck and swept into the sea.

As soon as the wave had passed, he tied his life line to the stout
steel upright, and stood erect. Just then the submarine was riding
a wave, and he saw the overturned boat to the north and on the port
side--twice as far away as when he had first seen her through the
periscope.

Dick was on the other side of the tower, lashing himself to the
flagstaff, and Glennie was out of the hatch to the waist line.

Talking, at such a time, was impossible. Matt pointed in the direction
of the overturned boat, and the faint tinkle of the motor-room bell
below was heard as Glennie signaled for a turn on the port tack.

As the _Grampus_ came around, she was rolled like a barrel, Matt,
Glennie, and Dick, all three, being entirely submerged. But the stout
craft was nothing more than a big air chamber, and so long as her
plates held together she was practically unsinkable.

Righting herself, the submarine brought the three boys up out of the
whirling maelstrom of water.

Matt looked behind. Glennie, dauntless and determined, still reared
above the hatch, peering ahead and directing the course; and Dick,
farther aft, was hauling at one of his spare lines, coiling it in his
hand and making ready to cast as soon as the _Grampus_ came close
enough to the overturned boat.



CHAPTER IV.

GALLANT WORK.


The southern horizon had become almost a continuous glare of lightning.
This was a help to the rescuers, otherwise the deep gloom that
prevailed would have rendered it impossible for them to do anything.
The thunder rolled heavily, and this, united with the splash and roar
of the sea, lent an accompaniment to the scene well calculated to try
the strongest nerves.

At times, Matt, Glennie, and Dick seemed to be adrift in the waste of
waters with no substantial foothold under them. Rounded deck, and even
the conning tower, were covered with the creaming waves. When they were
not completely deluged, the stinging spray was hurled into their faces,
temporarily blinding them.

Glennie, however, kept his wits about him. Dick and Carl had never
liked the ensign, principally because his naval rank and his family
pride seemed to have gone to his head, enlarging it. But the way
Glennie hung to the conning tower, keeping his eyes in the direction of
the overturned boat and his hands on the steering and signaling devices
in the inner side of the tower, made a good deal of a hit with Dick.

By dexterous manoeuvring, Glennie brought the _Grampus_ to windward of
the five men. He did not dare halt the submarine, for to try and hold
her powerless in that rolling tumult would have invited disaster. Matt
and Dick, understanding this, prepared to hurl their ropes as they came
close to the other boat.

In some manner the five men had contrived to lash themselves to the
keel of their boat. They saw how gallantly the king of the motor boys
and his friends were trying to rescue them, and waved their arms
encouragingly. They must have shouted, too, although their voices were
lost in the bedlam of sounds that surrounded them.

Matt, being forward of the conning tower, came near the overturned boat
first. He had his weighted rope coiled in his hand, but did not cast it
immediately. He was holding back until the next wave should lift the
submarine. At that time the five men would be in the trough, and this
would give him a "downhill" cast.

Dick preferred not to wait. His line flew out, but was caught by the
fierce wind and twisted from the hands that were stretched to grasp it.

The next moment the _Grampus_ was lifted high, and Matt swung the
wrench. The rope uncoiled in his hand, was caught by one of the men on
the forward part of the wreck, and there was a cable stretched between
the two boats. But what happened during the next minute was hardly
expected.

As the submarine poised on the crest of the wave, her propeller was out
of the water, and racing; then, as the wave rushed on, the _Grampus_
fell away in the trough, rolling her deck plates under. The wreck was
lifted, and the pull of the line and the motion of the sea threw it
over almost on top of the submarine.

The wooden hulk struck the iron plates a tremendous blow. All three of
the boys had a narrow escape. Had the _Grampus_ delayed two seconds in
taking the windward roll, they would have been crushed under the impact
of the two grinding hulls.

The submarine, however, righted just in the nick of time. Two of the
men on the wreck were thrown off. Glennie managed to catch one of them,
and Dick laid hold of the other.

This left three still on the boat's bottom, with only Matt to deal with
the situation. Quick to think, the king of the motor boys flung the
second of the two ropes he had brought with him. It was caught, and two
of the men fastened themselves to it. The other man had already lashed
the first line about his waist.

As the _Grampus_ plowed her way onward, placing a rapidly widening
distance between herself and the wreck, the three men flung themselves
into the water.

Glennie, although busy with his steering, with his signals to the
engine room, and with his work of holding the man he had grabbed from
the wreck, contrived to let Carl and Speake know that they were to haul
in on Matt's two lines.

While those in the periscope room were engaged in this, Glennie was
passing his man down the hatch, and Dick was getting the other one
forward.

By the time Dick's man had followed Glennie's, Carl and Speake had
dragged the other three close to the submarine. A wave threw them with
crushing force against the plates. One was rendered unconscious--Matt
could not tell, in the lightning glare, but that he was killed. As his
limp body slipped downward over the rounded deck plates, Matt jumped
for it, and wrapped it in his arms.

A smother of water engulfed the _Grampus_. When she shook herself free,
Glennie and Dick had the two men on the other line, and Matt was still
clinging to the one he had rescued.

Glennie and Dick passed their half-drowned charges to the safe regions
below, and Dick helped Matt with the last of the five unfortunates.

In some manner, the boys could never tell just how, they succeeded
in getting the man below deck and in following him themselves. Matt,
who was the last to leave, was so nearly fagged that he had not the
strength to close the hatch. Carl bounded up the iron ladder, got the
hatch in place, and slid down again.

Matt, Dick, and Glennie, utterly exhausted, were lying on the floor
among those whom they had rescued. Water, which had entered the open
hatch, was churning back and forth and splashing through scuppers into
the tank room. Clackett had set a pump to work, and was ejecting the
water as rapidly as possible.

"Were any of the port plates sprung by that collision with the wreck,
Carl?" inquired Matt, rousing himself. "Did all this water come down
the hatchway?"

"Efery pit oof id, Matt," declared Carl. "Clackett looked ofer der
blates, und he say dot dey vas all righdt."

"Then submerge until the periscope ball is awash," went on Matt. "These
poor fellows can't stand this knocking around."

The violent rolling and pitching of the boat was throwing the five men
in every direction.

Carl communicated at once with Clackett, in the tank room, and the
_Grampus_ was soon riding easier, some ten feet under the surface.

"We're off Cape Virgins," announced Speake, once more at the steering
wheel and with his eyes on the periscope.

Matt crawled to the locker and pulled out one of the charts. After a
few moments' study of it he gave Speake the course.

"As soon as we get into Possession Bay," said Matt, "we'll be out of
this gale. Be careful, Speake."

"It's hard to be careful, Matt, when you ain't able to see the surface
more'n a third of the time," was the answer, "but I'll do the best I
can. I think you fellows are entitled to a little rest after what you
done on deck. Je-ru-sa-lem! but that was a plucky fight you made. I
wouldn't have given the fag end o' nothin' for your chances of savin'
those fellows--and not much more for your chances o' gettin' back
yourselves."

One by one the rescued men began to recover. Carl had been working over
the unconscious man, and when he opened his eyes he began to groan.

"He's hurt," announced Carl. "He vouldn't make a noise like dot oof he
vasn't hurt."

"I'll see if I can tell what's the matter with him," said Glennie.

Picking his way to the man's side, he and Carl lifted him and laid him
on the locker. The man's groans redoubled as he was raised.

"It's his arm," announced Glennie, after a brief examination. "There's
a fracture."

"Do you know anything about surgery?" queried Matt.

Glennie shook his head.

"Then it's up to me," said Matt, leaving the periscope chamber.

There was a chest in the torpedo room well stocked with everything
necessary in the medicine line, also with lint, bandages, and splints.
Selecting a set of splints and bandages, Matt returned to the periscope
room.

Glennie and Carl had already stripped the water-soaked flannel shirt
from the injured man, and Matt, Dick, and Glennie at once got busy.

It was a painful piece of work. While Glennie held the man down on the
locker by the shoulders, Dick pulled at the arm, Matt pressing his
hands about the fracture so that he might know when the bones got into
place.

The patient groaned and yelled, for the pain must have been terrific.

"There you are, Dick," said Matt suddenly. "Now hold it that way until
I get it bound up."

Adjusting the splints, Matt wound them rapidly with bandages, and
presently had the arm rigidly in the cast.

The work had required some time, and when it was finished, Speake
turned from the periscope table.

"Here we are in Possession Bay, Matt," said he. "The chart shows twenty
feet of water under us."

"All right," answered Matt. "Drop to the bottom, Speake, and then get
busy and make us a little hot coffee. We all feel the need of a bracer,
I guess."

Clackett could be heard opening the tanks, and the downward movement
of the submarine became perceptible. The motor was stopped, and in
a few minutes the boat touched bottom gently and came to a rest in
undisturbed waters.

Speake went below to attend to getting the supper, and Clackett and
Gaines, all agog with curiosity, came into the periscope room.

Matt was just preparing to give his attention to the rescued men, and
to learn how they had come to be in their desperate plight. Glennie, in
a few words, explained to Clackett and Gaines how the rescue had been
effected.



CHAPTER V.

THE FIVE CHILIANS.


The five rescued men were swarthy and undersized. All were barefooted
and bareheaded, and clad only in coarse linen shirts and dungaree
trousers. They were a dejected-looking lot, and seemed hardly able to
realize, as yet, that they had been saved.

The injured man was still lying on the locker, while his mates were
sitting up around the sides of the periscope chamber and leaning back
against the steel walls.

"Who are you?" inquired Matt, seating himself on one of the low stools
with which the room was supplied.

Four pairs of eyes were turned on him blankly, then three pairs swerved
to the largest and heaviest man of the lot, who appeared to be the
leader.

"_No sabe_," said this individual.

Matt had picked up a little Spanish while he was in Arizona, but he
did not feel that it was sufficient to enable him to hold an extended
conversation with the rescued men.

"Unlimber your Spanish, Glennie," said he, "and translate it as you go
along. I know something of the lingo, but not enough."

Thereupon the following passed between the ensign and the spokesman for
the five, all being translated as the conversation proceeded:

"Who are you?"

"We come from Valparaiso, Chili, but have been at Sandy Point (Punta
Arenas) in the strait for a week."

"What is your business?"

"We worked in the quicksilver mines, but left the mines to ship on a
guano boat that was going to the Falklands."

"How did you happen to be at Sandy Point?"

"The guano boat proved unseaworthy. Her seams opened in the strait, and
while we were feeling our way along toward Sandy Point her boilers blew
up. Some of us got ashore and made our way to Sandy Point."

"Then, after that, how did you happen to get wrecked?"

"There was no work for us in Sandy Point, so we hired a small sailboat
and were going to the River Plate. The squall struck us, and our boat
went over on her beam ends. The owner of the boat was swept into the
sea and drowned, but we managed to get on the boat's bottom, and tied
ourselves there. We had given ourselves up for lost when you came to
our aid. We are grateful to all of you, señors."

There was no reason why Matt and his friends should not believe the
Chilian's story, and they accepted it exactly as given.

"Tell them, Glennie," said Matt, "that we are not going into the
Atlantic, but around into the Pacific. Ask them what they want to do."

Glennie gave the Chilians the substance of this, and their startled
looks aroused Matt's surprise.

"They say," went on Glennie, repeating the spokesman's words, "that
they do not want to go to Sandy Point or to any port in Chili. They
want to know how far north we are going along the Pacific coast. If we
are going as far as Peru they would like to travel with us."

"Dowse me!" muttered Dick. "We haven't room for them aboard. They'd
only be under foot, say nothing of consuming our fresh air and making
an inroad on the stores."

"Why don't they want to go to Punta Arenas?" asked Matt.

Glennie put the question, and all four of the Chilians began to
expostulate excitedly, while the wounded man redoubled his groans.
Finally, when the clamor died out, the spokesman answered as follows,
his words being faithfully translated by Glennie:

"They say they were suspected of being mixed up in a Chilian
revolution, and that if they are landed at any Chilian port they will
be arrested and shot."

"Py shinks," grunted Carl, "I hope dot ve ain'd going to have
somet'ing more to do mit refoludions. I hat enough oof dot oop in
Cendral America."

"We all did," seconded Dick.

"We're not going to be caught in any more revolutions," declared Matt.
"These Sons of the Rising Sun are giving us plenty to think about. I
hadn't intended to stop at Punta Arenas, but we'll have to put in there
long enough to leave these men. If they don't want to take chances in
the town, we'll leave them outside. The injured man we'll take with us,
and do our best to look after him. Tell them, Glennie, that that is all
we can do."

"And it's right, too," declared Dick. "We can't run the risk of getting
into trouble on account of the revolutionists when we've got so much at
stake. Why didn't these Chilians explain about the revolution business
at the first? It looks like they were keeping something back."

Glennie's announcement was received with black looks and hearty
objurgations in the Spanish tongue, but gradually the four men settled
down to a sulky attitude which did not look promising.

"They're a grateful lot, I must say!" scowled Dick. "Look at 'em,
mates. And to think that we risked our lives to pull 'em in out of the
wet!"

"It don't make any difference who they are, Dick," returned Matt. "In
rescuing them we did only our duty, and that's something we can chalk
up to our credit. We've got to work through the three hundred and sixty
miles of this strait just as quick as we can. We've sent that other
boat around the Horn, and if we don't reach Smyth Channel ahead of her,
all our trouble will go for nothing. The fact that we shall have to lay
up nights makes it all the more necessary for us to travel at top speed
by day. All these men will go ashore at Punta Arenas--the injured man
into the bargain. There must be a hospital in the town, and he can be
better taken care of there than here."

Glennie repeated this ultimatum, and the looks of the spokesman
underwent a change. The sullen expression faded from his swarthy face
and he began speaking volubly.

"He says," reported Glennie, "that he is very sorry if he and his
companions have put us to any extra trouble. They will go ashore at
Punta Arenas--for they would rather be captured and shot, although they
are innocent men, than to inconvenience us. If it hadn't been for us,
he says, they would all have been dead men, anyway."

"That's the spirit," approved Matt, "although I don't think, if they
are really innocent, that any harm will happen to them."

Just then Speake came in with tin plates heaped with food, and with
tin cups of steaming coffee. He had to make several trips below, but
finally all were supplied and fell to eating.

The Chilians devoured their food more like famished animals than human
beings, casting aside the knives and forks and using their fingers, and
gulping down the hot coffee as though it had been ice water.

"They eat like cannibals," remarked Dick.

"Vat a safeageness!" exclaimed Carl. "Dey act like dey don'd haf
nodding to eat for a mont'."

Even the injured Chilian used his left hand and went at his food with
the frantic haste shown by his comrades.

"They'll do," rumbled Dick. "You couldn't kill 'em with a meat axe.
That chap on the locker has forgot all about his broken arm."

When the Chilians had emptied their plates they clamored for more.

"We haven't any more," said Speake. "I cooked just enough and made an
equal division all around."

Glennie explained to the Chilians, and once more they looked resentful;
but, as before, their faces finally cleared and they resigned
themselves to the situation. Matt emptied some of his food upon the
plate of the injured Chilian, and without so much as a _gracias_ (thank
you) he devoured it with fierce celerity.

"We'll have to let them sleep in the steel room with you, Glennie,"
said Matt, when the meal was done and the eating utensils cleared away.
"You've got a revolver and you can watch them. It may not be necessary
to have a guard, but it will be just as well. Some one of us will keep
awake in this room--Gaines can put in a two-hour watch, then call
Speake. Speake can call Clackett, and Clackett can call Dick. I'll
follow Dick, and by that time, I hope, it will be light enough so we
can start through the strait. We must take advantage of every hour of
daylight."

Matt's orders were immediately carried out. The four uninjured Chilians
were shown into the room abaft the periscope chamber, and the injured
man was left on the locker. Carl and Matt went down into the torpedo
room, and Dick, Clackett, and Speake sprawled out in the tank room
and motor room. Gaines, in pursuance of orders, went on guard in the
periscope chamber.

Matt, being dog tired, was asleep almost as soon as he lay down on his
blankets. Carl was tired himself, but he would have liked to talk a
little, in spite of that. As Matt slipped off into slumber under his
first remark, the Dutch boy had to go to sleep.

All was quiet in the boat, save for the ventilator fan humming softly
in the motor room and sending fresh air throughout the steel hull.

No matter how wildly the gale howled over the surface of Possession
Bay, thirty feet down in its depths all was quiet and serene.

When Matt was awakened, it was by a wild yell echoing weirdly through
the vessel. At first he thought he had been dreaming, and he sat up, in
the Stygian blackness of the torpedo room, and listened in bewilderment.

A moment more and he knew that what he had heard was not a dream. The
boat, poised on the ocean bed, rocked with the frantic movements of
some one in the periscope room.

"Vat id iss, Matt?" came the voice of Carl through the darkness.

"Give it up," answered Matt. "Switch on the light, Carl, so we can see
what we're about."

Carl could be heard getting to his feet and groping for the electric
switch. Presently the torpedo room was flooded with light and Matt
rushed for the open door in the bulkhead.

Just as he reached it, a revolver exploded in the tank room, and a
bullet whizzed past his head and struck the torpedo tube.

Matt paused only a moment. He knew that the Chilians were up to some
rascally piece of work, and that it would stand him and his friends in
hand to get busy without delay.



CHAPTER VI.

TREACHERY.


With a shout to Carl to follow, Matt plunged through the doorway, and
was met with a terrific blow that threw him, half stunned, backward
against Carl. Carl tripped over a box, grabbed at Matt to save himself,
and both fell sprawling. Before they could get up four Chilians were
upon them, holding them by main strength.

"_Que quiere?_" cried Matt, as he struggled.

One of the Chilians had a rope. None of them answered Matt's question,
but proceeded without delay to put lashings on his hands and feet. Carl
was treated in a similar manner, and thus the two chums were rendered
absolutely powerless to do anything for themselves, or for their
friends. And where were their friends? they asked themselves.

As soon as Matt and Carl were secured, the leader of the treacherous
Chilians left the torpedo room with one of the others.

"Here iss a fine keddle oof fish?" wheezed Carl. "Der nexdt dime vat ve
see some fellers on der pottom oof a poat, py shinks ve vill leaf dem
vere dey are. Ach, vat a lot oof sgoundrels!"

"Hello, there!" came the voice of Gaines from the tank room. "Did that
bullet do you any damage, Matt?"

"No. Where are you, Gaines?"

"Here, in the tank room, lashed hard and fast. We heard a noise, and
Speake went up to investigate. He didn't come back. Those rascally
Chilians have turned on us."

"Who was in the periscope room?"

"Dick."

"Any one else below with you?"

"No. I'm alone."

"You don't know anything about Glennie or Clackett?"

"Not a thing."

Just then Glennie entered the torpedo room. The big Chilian walked
behind him with a revolver pressed to the back of the ensign's neck.
Glennie's hands were bound.

"Here's a go, Matt!" muttered the ensign angrily.

"How did it happen?" asked Matt.

"I ought to have kept awake, I suppose, but I was so deuced tired I
dropped off and slept like a log. The big Chilian got my revolver while
I slept, and then the four of them laid hold of me, kept me from giving
an alarm, and got ropes on my wrists and ankles. After that they gagged
me. Then one of them went out into the periscope room. Dick was on
guard there, and the Chilian asked for a drink--making motions to let
Dick know what he pretended to want. Dick couldn't tell him how to get
the water, so he started to get it himself. He had hardly turned his
back before the Chilian downed him with a cowardly blow from behind.
He was tied and dragged into the steel room by two of the Chilians,
the other two staying behind to deal with Speake, who came up to see
what was going on. Speake was taken by surprise and captured, and then
Clackett. Speake and Clackett were hauled neck and heels into the steel
room. I wonder if you can imagine how I felt, lying there on the cot,
bound and gagged, and able to look through the door and see what was
going on?"

"I can imagine it, Glennie," said Matt. "We're in a fix, all right, but
we're not going to let that discourage us. They've brought you down
here to talk, I suppose, and to let us know what their plans are."

The leader of the Chilians had allowed Glennie to speak with Matt,
inferring, no doubt, that he would explain how securely the _Grampus_
had passed into the hands of him and his companions. Now, as Glennie
faced him, the man began to speak.

"He says," translated Glennie, "that he and his friends do not intend
to go to Sandy Point. They are determined that we shall take them to
the River Plate."

"Meppy he iss," struck in Carl, glaring at the leader of the rascally
Chilians, "aber ve're tedermined anodder vay."

"We won't do anything of that kind, Glennie," said Matt, "for the
chances are we'd have trouble with that mysterious steamer. I wonder,"
he added, as a startling thought flashed through his mind, "if the Sons
of the Rising Sun had anything to do with this?"

Glennie shook his head.

"It can't be possible," he answered. "From the little I have overheard
passing between the Chilians, I believe that they are convicts. There's
a penal settlement at Punta Arenas, and I feel sure the rascals escaped
from there. That was a tall yarn they gave us--but they had to explain
their situation on the bottom of that boat and to do it without
exciting our suspicions."

"Well, ask the leader how he expects to get the _Grampus_ to the River
Plate."

Glennie put the question.

"He says," the ensign went on, "that he intends to have you and one
other run the boat."

"Ah!" exclaimed Matt. "Unless we run the boat they won't be able to
carry out their plans. I believe I see a chance here to do something.
We can at least take the boat to the surface--and when we get her there
we'll not sink her again. If we're on the surface, we may have a chance
to communicate with some vessel passing through the strait. Tell him,
Glennie, that there will have to be three of us given our liberty, one
to run the engine, one to run the tanks, and another to steer. I think
that Dick, you, and I are the ones. You can steer and Dick will look
after the tanks. Perhaps the three of us can get the better of these
scoundrels."

"It's my chob to look afder der tanks," put in Carl. "Vy nod led me haf
a handt in der scrimmage? I vould like, pedder as I can tell, to haf
some mix-oops mit der sgoundrels."

Matt, however, did not change his plans. Carl was a good man in a
set-to, if there should be one, but he was apt to lose his head.

Glennie repeated Matt's words to the Chilian, and the latter's face
cleared as if by magic. No doubt he thought that he and his comrades
were to have their own way on the _Grampus_.

"He says all right, Matt," said Glennie, "but he warns us that if we
try to do anything more than obey orders he will shoot. He and his
comrades are determined to reach the River Plate, and are willing to
give up their lives trying to do so."

"If he can take chances," said Matt grimly, "then so can we."

The Chilian gave an order to the three men with him, and the ropes were
taken off the ensign's hands. The three Chilians then led him out of
the room.

"Count on me to do everything that's possible, Matt," called Glennie.

When they were gone, the leader himself cut the cords that bound Matt.
Presenting the revolver, he motioned sternly for Matt to rise and
proceed through the door.

Matt did not intend to rebel just then. He was anxious to get the
_Grampus_ to the surface; then, after that, he and his two friends
could do whatever they thought best.

The Chilians were playing a desperate game; and the fact that they were
obliged to rely on their prisoners for running the boat made it all the
more hazardous.

The young motorist proceeded forthwith to the engine room. Kneeling
behind him, his captor continued to keep him covered with the weapon.

Presently Dick, followed by another Chilian armed with a harpoon that
belonged on the boat, appeared in the tank room.

"Keep your offing, you loafing longshore scuttler!" cried Dick angrily
as the Chilian touched him with the sharp point of the harpoon. "You're
the swab I saved from the wreck, and I wish now I had let you go to the
sharks. Matt, old ship, what do you think of this?"

"Never mind, Dick, what I think of it," answered Matt. "We'll get the
_Grampus_ to the top of the water; then, if they want her sunk again,
you'll find there's something wrong with the ballast tanks. There'll be
three of us free, and perhaps we can do something."

"All I want is half a chance," growled Dick savagely.

"The first thing you do," spoke up Gaines, "cut me loose. That will
make four of us--only one apiece."

The leader of the Chilians said something fiercely. Undoubtedly it was
a command for silence.

"Quiet now, fellows!" warned Matt. "Pretend that you are scared to
death and go ahead with your work."

"Hello, Matt!"

It was the voice of Glennie rattling through the speaking tube.

"What is it?" replied Matt.

"I'm at the wheel. Whenever you're ready you can count on me."

"What's the situation up there?"

"Clackett and Speake are locked in the steel room. Two Chilians are
watching me like cats watching a mouse. One of them has the key to the
room."

"Well," called Matt, "don't do anything until I give the word."

Matt and his chums had the advantage of being able to talk among
themselves without their captors understanding a word. On the other
hand, Glennie could hear what the Chilians were talking about and
communicate it to Matt and his chums.

"Empty the tanks, Dick," called Matt, getting the engine to running
preparatory to switching the power into the propeller.

Dick was a good all-round hand. He had made it his business to learn
the engine so that he could relieve Gaines, and he had also learned how
to use the turbines, the compressed air, to load and fire torpedoes,
to steer, and everything else connected with the operating of the
submarine.

The turbines got to work with a splash, and the _Grampus_ began
slowly to rise. The two Chilians watched operations with considerable
curiosity, although they did not fail to give their closest attention
to Matt and Dick.

Presently the boat was at the surface.

"Great Scott!" exclaimed Glennie, through the tube, "we almost came up
under a canoe with----"

Matt did not hear the rest. Just at that instant there was a fierce
yell from Carl. Matt whirled just in time to see the Dutch boy flinging
himself on the Chilian with the harpoon.

The Chilian, watching Dick, had his back to the door of the torpedo
room, and this gave Carl his chance to make an attack.



CHAPTER VII.

TURNING THE TABLES.


How Carl had managed to release himself Matt did not know, and he was
too busy, just then, to spare time to ask. The leader of the Chilians,
leaning out into the narrow passage, lifted the revolver with the
intention of firing it at Carl. The position of the fighters did not
give the man the chance he wanted--but it did give Matt an opportunity
of which he was not slow to take advantage.

While the face of the Chilian was turned, the young motorist leaped at
him and clasped him about the neck with his arms. There was no head
room in the passage between the engine room and the tank room. In order
to get through it a person had to go down on his hands and knees and
creep.

Matt caught the leader of the Chilians just where a step downward led
from the passage into the engine room--the farthest point aft in the
boat.

The swarthy rascal gave vent to a yell, shouting something to the
two men above. As Matt pulled him backward and downward, Dick rushed
forward and lent his aid.

"Fine-o!" panted Dick, gripping the hand that held the revolver and
wrenching the weapon away. "We're turning the tables quicker than I
ever thought we'd be able to do. It's a main lucky thing Carl was left
in the torpedo room. Quiet, you treacherous swab!" Dick added to the
fiercely battling Chilian. "Stop your fighting or I'll put a bullet
into you."

"Give me the revolver, Dick," said Matt, "and I'll take care of him.
You go and lend Carl a hand."

Carl was having a hard time of it. The Chilian was not large, but hard
labor in the penal settlement of Punta Arenas had developed his muscles.

Carl, at the bottom of the hatchway leading up to the periscope room,
was doing his utmost to bear the Chilian down in the passage leading
to the tank room. He was on the rascal's back, throttling him with his
hands, and trying to force him forward.

The man, holding the harpoon point up, was jabbing with it over his
shoulder. It was a dangerous instrument, and if Carl had been struck
fairly with the lance-like point, he would surely have been badly hurt.

"You t'ought you hat got der pest oof Modor Matt, hey?" Carl was
whooping as he continued compressing his fingers about the brown throat
and gave no attention to the harpoon. "Vell, you got some more t'oughts
coming. I peen Modor Matt's chum, und I vas a rekular horned ven I got
my mad oop--a yellow chacket mit some stingers, yah, so! Vy don'd you
fall mit yourseluf? Vy don'd----"

Just then the point of the harpoon ran through Carl's hair, raking his
scalp.

"Shdop id, oder I vill shdrangle you!" Carl cried.

The Chilian, so to speak, had got the range. He was breathing in
choking gasps, but he still had strength enough to stand upright, and
he was preparing for a backward thrust with the harpoon, which might
have won the day for him had not Dick interfered.

At the critical moment Dick seized the fellow's arm and wrenched it so
severely that the harpoon fell clanging to the steel floor. The next
instant the boys had the Chilian down.

"Get a rope, Carl!" puffed Dick. "I can hold him while you're doing it.
Better get two ropes--one for Matt to use."

Carl darted into the torpedo room, and was soon back with the ropes.
They were the same ones that had been used to secure him and Matt.

"Durn aboudt iss fair blay," chuckled Carl. "Der ropes ve use on dem
vas de vones dey use on us! Ach, vat a habbiness!"

The man was quickly bound, and Carl and Dick crept on to where Matt was
threatening the leader of the treacherous clique with the firearm.

"You and Carl can take care of the fellow, Dick," said Matt. "I'll
leave you and go up to the periscope room. There's no telling what's
been going on there."

"Slant away, matey," said Dick. "Carl and I can handle this dago, with
ground to spare."

"You bed you!" echoed Carl; "ve can take care oof all der tagos on der
poat."

Matt waited for no more, but crawled back to the ladder and hurried to
the periscope chamber. What he saw from the door alarmed him. Glennie
was lying on the floor, and the two other Chilians were nowhere to be
seen.

"Glennie!" shouted Matt, rushing forward.

Glennie lifted himself on one elbow and gave the young motorist a
bewildered look; then abruptly his brain cleared and he realized what
had taken place.

"All right, Matt," said he. "As soon as that row was turned on below I
was knocked over. Cæsar, what a thump I got!" Glennie sat up and lifted
both hands to the back of his head. "What's going on?" he asked.

"We've captured the two villains who were below with us," Matt
answered. "What has become of the other two?"

"Give it up. My wits went woolgathering the minute I dropped."

Matt ran to the door of the steel room and tried it. It was locked.

"Hello, out there!" came the voice of Speake. "What's all the
excitement about?"

"We've captured the boat back again," replied Matt.

"Hooray!" exulted Clackett. "Let us out, Matt."

"As soon as I find the key." Matt turned to Glennie. "Who did you say
had the key?" he asked.

"One of the two who were here with me," said Glennie. "They must have
gone up on deck."

Matt sprang to the iron ladder and mounted swiftly to the hatch. The
hatch was open and the morning sun was streaming down. The moment he
got his head through the opening, he saw a sight that still further
increased his alarm.

At least a dozen canoes were in the bay, arranged in a circle at a good
safe distance from the _Grampus_. The boats were constructed of rough
planks rudely tied together with the sinews of animals. There were four
warriors in each canoe; small, fierce little men wearing cloaks of the
sea otter and with faces like those of baboons. The warriors were armed
with bows and arrows, and in each canoe the small fighters had their
bows in hand with an arrow laid to the string.

Matt recalled what Glennie had said just before Carl made his attack on
the Chilian with the harpoon. Evidently this flock of canoes had been
in the bay, the warriors intent upon some nefarious expedition, when
the _Grampus_ lifted herself to the surface of the water.

This apparition, emerging from the depths of the bay, must have filled
the superstitious natives with panic. They had fled, Matt reasoned, but
had plucked up heart when the monster had failed to attack them and had
drawn closer.

In grim silence the warriors surveyed the youth. They made no attempt
to attack, but watched with glittering eyes, their steel-pointed arrows
ready.

"That's a layout for you!" came the voice of Glennie from below. He
was looking into the periscope, and had as good a view of the canoes
and warriors as Matt had himself. "Don't let them get a whack at you,
Matt," the ensign cautioned. "They're a treacherous lot of savages,
and many a good ship they have coaxed to her doom by lighting fires on
shore in stormy weather. It was those false beacons that gave their
land the name of Terra del Fuego--the Land of Fire."

"I thought the country was named that because of the habit the natives
have of carrying fire with them to keep them warm."

"Some say one thing and some another, but----"

"No use debating that question now. What I'd like to know is where have
those other Chilians gone?"

"Can't you see them? They're beyond the canoes in a boat of their own,
and pulling ashore."

The periscope ball, being fifteen feet above the deck of the _Grampus_,
afforded Glennie a wider view than Matt had from the top of the tower.
Matt climbed higher up the ladder and looked shoreward over the heads
of the savages in the canoes.

He saw the two Chilians. They were in one of the rough boats and
getting hastily toward the shore of the bay.

"How do you suppose they ever managed to get that canoe and pass
through the circle of Fuegans?" asked Glennie. "Why, the savages are
not even chasing them!"

"Probably," guessed Matt, "the Fuegans thought the Chilians were
visitors from the bottom of the sea, inasmuch as they came out of the
boat, and were afraid to molest them. But we're not going to let the
scoundrels get away so easy as all that."

Stepping back down the ladder until his fingers could touch the
steering device and the bell pushes, Matt rang for full speed ahead.

The jingle of the bell reached the Fuegans, and perhaps gave them the
idea that this monster of the deep was making ready to do battle with
them. Dropping their bows, they seized their paddles and shot their
canoes to a safer distance.

The churning of the propeller still further alarmed the savages, and
when the submarine headed shoreward, pointing straight for one segment
of the canoe-draw circle, there was a wild scramble among the boats to
get out of the way.

The Chilians, looking over their shoulders and seeing the _Grampus_
pursuing them, redoubled their efforts to get away. But they would not
have succeeded had not the Fuegans unexpectedly changed their tactics.

Whiz-z-z--zip! An arrow flashed past Matt's head.

"Come down, Matt!" shouted Glennie. "If you don't they'll put one of
those arrows through you! It's a wonder that one missed."

Matt needed no second bidding. Emboldened by the attack of the first
savage, all the others prepared to launch their shafts.

As Matt dropped into the tower and closed and secured the hatch, a
veritable cloud of arrows came pecking at tower and deck, some of them
gliding off into space, and some of them splintering and breaking upon
the tough steel.

Matt continued to remain in the tower, his eyes at the lunettes and his
hand on the steering device.

Any further attempt to chase the escaping Chilians was only a waste
of time. Even if the _Grampus_ overhauled them it would have been
impossible for those aboard to get out on deck and effect a capture.
Their canoe might have been run down and destroyed, but that would
merely have thrown the convicts into the water, where they would have
been drowned or pierced with the sharp-pointed Fuegan arrows. Rather
than have the Chilians slain, Matt chose to let them get ashore and
take their chances on dry land.

The Fuegans, however, had no intention of giving up their attack. When
Matt vanished below the conning-tower hatch, they divined instantly
that he was afraid of their arrows. He could be no god of the ocean's
depths if a Fuegan arrow frightened him. Reasoning in this primitive
fashion, the savages gave vent to loud cries and urged their canoes
toward the submarine from all sides.



CHAPTER VIII.

THE MAN-OF-WAR.


With an armor of steel between him and the arrows, Matt could laugh at
the puny efforts of the Fuegans to do any harm. With his eyes at the
lunettes, he guided the _Grampus_ toward the outlet of the bay.

The savage ardor of the Fuegans increased as they saw the monster
apparently running away. Closer and closer they drew their circle of
boats, two in each small craft using the paddles and the other two
continuing to discharge their arrows. The canoes on the side toward
which the submarine was making did not give way an inch, but continued
to come boldly on. Two warriors in each leaped to their feet and hurled
taunts at the frightened leviathan, letting their arrows fly directly
against the bow. In a few moments the _Grampus_ was upon one of these
canoes, staving it in and tossing its splintered pieces to right and
left.

Four Fuegans were in the water. They were canoe Indians, however, and
as much at home in the water as on dry land. Swimming away, they were
picked up by some of their comrades in the other canoes.

Meanwhile, three canoes had managed to come alongside. Some of their
occupants clambered to the deck of the _Grampus_ and began stabbing at
the plates with the points of their arrows. Fearing they might come to
the tower and damage the lunettes, Matt ordered a ten-foot submergence.

As the submarine began to sink, the Fuegans flung themselves from the
deck--and that was the last Matt saw of them.

"Take the wheel below, Glennie," called the young motorist. "We'll
travel a short distance submerged and see if we can't leave those
troublesome little fellows behind."

Glennie went to his work and Matt descended. Ten minutes later the
_Grampus_ again sought the surface, and a look from the conning tower
showed that the savages had been left out of sight around a point of
land.

"Here is our course, Glennie," said Matt, laying a chart on the
periscope table, and running his finger along the route they were to
take; "through the first and second narrows, and so on to Cape Negro.
I've got to leave you to do the steering for a time while I open the
door and release Clackett and Speake. One of those two Chilians got
away with the key, and, for all the good it can do us, it might as well
be in the bottom of the ocean."

"I can take care of the _Grampus_, all right," answered Glennie.

"How's your head?"

"It feels as big as a barrel, but otherwise it's comfortable."

Matt went below. Dick was at the motor and Carl was in the tank room
with Gaines. The latter had been released and was keeping a watchful
eye on the two Chilian prisoners.

"What's been going on overhead, matey?" called Dick.

"The other two Chilians got away," replied Matt, "and we were attacked
by a lot of Fuegans in canoes. But their attack didn't amount to much."

"Dose fellers," and Carl nodded to the prisoners, "vas in der vay. Vy
nod take dem oop to dot shdeel shamper, Matt?"

"That will be all right, Carl, just as soon as I can get the steel
chamber opened. Just now it's locked, and the key is somewhere in the
pocket of one of the escaped Chilians. I've got to break the lock in
order to let Speake and Clackett out."

Matt went on to the torpedo room, opened a tool box and possessed
himself of a hammer and cold chisel. With these he was not long in
smashing the lock on the door of the steel room. Speake and Clackett
rushed out.

"Jumpin' jerushy!" exclaimed Clackett disgustedly. "We didn't cut much
of a figure in the recapture of the boat, Matt."

"We didn't need you," answered Matt. "Carl turned the trick. Once the
rest of us got started there was no stopping us. Two of the rascals we
rescued got away, but the other two are nicely tied down in the tank
room. You fellows had better go down and relieve Dick and Carl, so
they can bring up the prisoners. Or, better still, Speake, you might
let Gaines take the motor, Clackett the tanks, and you get something
for us to eat. We don't want to neglect our appetites during all this
excitement."

"I'm hungry myself," replied Speake, following Clackett out of the
room, "and I'll not be long getting our whack ready."

"Get every ounce of power out of the motor down there," called Matt.
"We've already lost a couple of hours--and we didn't have any time to
waste."

Matt took a look at the periscope. They were gliding past the low,
sandy shores of Patagonia, on one hand, and the rugged mountains of
Terra del Fuego on the other, headed for the Narrows.

"We ought to be at Punta Arenas late this afternoon," said Glennie,
"providing we keep up this rate of speed. Shall we put in there?"

"We might as well pass the night there, Glennie," answered Matt.
"There's danger in it, but we've got to land these prisoners."

"Where's the danger?" asked Glennie. "Our worst enemies are sailing
around the Horn; we're well to the north of them and are due in the
Pacific before they are."

"You forget one important point: The Japs have a wireless outfit
aboard, and there is another station at Punta Arenas. Suppose the news
is flashed out that the submarine _Grampus_ is in the harbor? What's to
prevent the Japs from picking it up?"

"That's so," muttered Glennie. "I hadn't thought of that, but it isn't
much that gets away from you, Matt."

"I've got a big responsibility on my shoulders and can't afford to let
anything get away from me. Even if the news did reach the Japs that
we're in the harbor at Sandy Point, headed west, we'd still be ahead of
them and their steamer. But they're so full of wily tricks they might
hatch up something to make us trouble."

"I'm mighty glad they're going around the Horn, and not us," said
Glennie. "You were wise when you made that change in the programme,
Matt."

At that moment, Dick and Carl came dragging the leader of the escaped
convicts into the periscope room. The fellow began to talk as soon as
he saw Glennie.

"Pay attention to him, Glennie," said Matt, taking the wheel out of the
ensign's hand, "and let us know what he's saying."

Glennie stepped over to the prisoner and listened to his talk.

"He's making threats," observed Glennie, "and his talk's not worth
listening to."

"What does he say?"

"Why, he says that if we turn him over to the authorities at Sandy
Point he'll make us more trouble than we can take care of."

"The duffin' old jailbird!" exclaimed Dick angrily. "Tell him that if
he talks too much like that we'll toss him overboard, tied as he is."

"He's talking for effect," said Matt. "Take him into the steel room."

"I vish, py shinks," cried Carl, "dot I could dalk Spinnish so I could
tell dis feller vat I t'ink oof him!"

When both men had been brought up from below and put into the steel
room, Speake had breakfast ready. It was ten o'clock, and rather a late
hour for breakfast aboard the _Grampus_.

Some attempt was made, while the boys were eating, to get some
information from the wounded Chilian, but he would not say a word. He
ate with his usual heartiness, however, and when the meal was finished,
Dick went into the prison chamber and supplied the other Chilians.

No boats were passed, and hour after hour drifted by with the motor
singing its song of speed, and the _Grampus_ just "humping herself"
through the strait.

Matt kept to the steering himself. He had made a long study of the
chart and felt that he was more competent than any of the others to
keep the submarine out of danger.

At Cape Negro the scenery began to change, and for the better. The low
brushwood became good-sized trees, and there was some character to the
shores the submarine was passing.

"It was just our luck to fall in with a bunch of convicts--that is
the way our luck has been running ever since we left Port of Spain,"
grumbled Speake.

"Avast dere a leedle, Shpeake!" warned Carl. "Don'd go finding some
fault mit our luck. Ditn't ve got der poat pack from dem confict
fellers? Dot vasn't a pad luck, you bed you!"

"Yes, but look at the time we've lost."

"We're making it up, Speake," said Matt. "By the way, Carl," and he
turned his eyes on his Dutch pard, "how did you get those ropes off
your hands down there in the torpedo room?"

"I vas some foxy fellers, you bed my life," chuckled Carl. "Ven you
shkipped oudt, I t'inks, py shiminy, dot I vill make some surbrises.
Der dool shest hat its gorner in der shmall oof my pack, und I rupped
der ropes oop und down der gorner ondil I rupped dem in doo. Den I vas
retty, und you saw vat I dit. Some shtar blays, eh?"

"One of the finest things you ever did, matey," averred Dick, "and
you've done a lot of things that stand pretty high on the record."

"T'anks," said Carl. "I ain'd von oof der pragging kindt, aber you bed
somet'ing for nodding I'm a hot von ven I durn meinseluf loose. Now----"

"Ship ahoy!" exclaimed Matt suddenly, his eyes fixed on the periscope.

Every one in the periscope room leaped up excitedly.

"What is she?" came from all of them in chorus.

"A Chilian war ship," said Matt.

"Not the--the Jap boat?" gasped Glennie.

"Hardly. The Jap boat wasn't a war ship. This isn't the same steamer,
but an armor-clad. Run up the hatchway, Dick, and hail her. We can turn
our prisoners over to the captain and won't have to go ashore at Punta
Arenas."

"A capital piece of work!" applauded Glennie.

But it was not to turn out such a capital piece of work as they all
thought.



CHAPTER IX.

ABOARD THE "SALVADORE."


The _Grampus_ was between Elizabeth Island and the island of Santa
Madalena when the war ship was sighted. She was headed eastward, and by
the time Dick got the hatch opened and looked out, the distance between
the two boats had rapidly narrowed.

There was a good deal of excitement on the deck of the war ship.
Officers were crowding the bridge and sailors were pressing against the
rail, forward. Several of the officers had glasses to their eyes and
were studying the submarine with ill-concealed curiosity.

The waters of the strait were as smooth as a pond, and it was possible
for the _Grampus_ to come close alongside the larger vessel.

"Ahoy!" roared Dick.

An answer was returned in Spanish.

"Can't savvy your lingo," roared Dick, making a trumpet of his hands.
"Haven't you got any one aboard who can talk English?"

"What ship is that?" cried an officer, so heavily embroidered with gold
lace, brass buttons, and epaulettes that Dick was sure he must be the
captain.

"It's the submarine _Grampus_," answered Dick.

"English?"

"No, American, although _I'm_ English, fast enough."

"Where's your flag?"

The war ship had slowed her engines and was lying to.

Dick signaled the engine room for just enough speed to give the
submarine steerageway.

"We're under water so much," said Dick, in answer to the officer's
question, "that we can't fly our colors."

"Is that a government vessel?"

"Not now, but she will be as soon as we get her to Mare Island Navy
Yard."

"I'd like to send a man aboard of her to look her over," said the
captain. "Come closer alongside and heave to."

"We can't allow you to look her over," said Dick. "There are
improvements on this boat that no other nation is going to get hold of."

Dick was not very tactful. Whenever he wanted to make a point, he took
the shortest way to it. His answer seemed to anger the officer.

"You're talking to a captain in the Chilian navy," cried the officer,
an ostrich plume in his hat quivering with the wrath that shook his
body. "If I want to look that boat over I'll do it. Who's your captain?"

"Better let me come up and talk with him, Dick," said Matt, who, at the
foot of the iron ladder, had heard all that had passed between his chum
and the captain of the war ship.

Instead of coming down the ladder, Dick got out on the deck.

"I am in charge of this boat, captain," Matt called up to the commander
of the war ship, "but there is a representative of the United States
Navy with us, and his orders are that the boat is not to undergo
inspection. I am sorry, but, you see, this boat has virtually been
purchased by the United States Government."

"If you're in charge," came from the man on the war ship's bridge,
"then come up here--I want to talk with you."

"I shall be glad to do so," Matt answered, "but, first, we have some
prisoners we should like to turn over to you."

"Prisoners?"

"Yes, escaped convicts."

"Ah, ha! You found those five rascals, did you?"

"Yes, captain. Their boat had overturned and we picked them off
the craft's bottom not far from Cape Virgins during the storm late
yesterday afternoon."

"Good enough! We were looking for those men. Come up close under our
lee and we'll send down a rope for the prisoners and a sea ladder for
you."

"Better drop a bosun's chair, captain," suggested Dick. "One of the men
has a broken arm."

The officer turned and gave some directions. While these were being
carried out, the _Grampus_ was manoeuvred around the stern of the war
ship and up under the lee. As they passed the stern, Matt and Dick saw
the war ship's name. It was the _Salvadore_.

"That other ship, we talked with by wireless," commented Dick, "wasn't
the _Salvadore_, by a long shot."

"I had a hunch to that effect right along," answered Matt.

As soon as the _Grampus_ was close in, on the lee side of the larger
vessel, a bosun's chair and a sea ladder were in readiness. Dick went
below to help bring up the prisoners.

The leader came bellowing and roaring his wrath. He fought against
being placed in the bosun's chair, and a rope was flung down from the
steamer's rail. Dick caught the end of the rope and it was tied around
the Chilian's body, under the arms. The rascal was still howling as he
was snatched aloft and dragged to the war ship's deck.

Another rope was sent down for the second uninjured prisoner. He went
up quietly, but with a stern face and glittering eyes.

The man with the broken arm made no struggle, but silently took his
place in the bosun's chair. When he had been safely lifted over the war
ship's rail, the captain leaned over and called down:

"Where are the other two? There were five who escaped."

Matt explained how the two missing convicts had got away. Just as he
finished, a junior officer stepped to the captain's side, touched his
arm, and said something in a low tone.

"Now you come up," called the captain, beckoning to Matt; "I want to
talk with you."

The captain turned away from the rail.

"You vould t'ink dot brass-plated feller owned der eart'," remarked
Carl. "Ve vas free American cidizens, py shinks, und he don'd got some
pitzness shpeaking to us like vat he dit."

"Nonsense, Carl," laughed Matt, "that's only his way."

The sailors on the war ship gave the rope ladder a heave that sent
it close enough for Matt to catch it. Gripping the iron rungs, Matt
allowed himself to swing from the submarine's deck. He was jarred a
little as he struck the armored side of the war ship, but he went on up
to the rail quickly and easily.

An officer said something to him and took him by the arm. Leading him
aft, they entered a passageway at the break in the poop, walked along
it a few steps, and then turned in at an open door.

Two men, who were armed with muskets and looked like marines, stepped
on each side of Matt as he entered.

Dick, Glennie, and Carl, down on the deck of the _Grampus_, had watched
Matt vanish over the rail with anything but easy minds.

"I don't like the looks of things, mates," said Dick, "and that's a
fact."

"Me, neider," added Carl. "Dot feller in der brass drimmings shpeaks
like ve vas togs. He iss some Shmard Alecs, I bed you."

"I don't think Matt ought to have gone aboard the war ship," averred
Glennie.

Dick turned on him in a flash.

"Then why didn't you say so?" he demanded sharply. "You're an officer
in the United States Navy, and these Chilian swabs wouldn't dare lay a
finger on _you_. What did you let Matt go for, when you could have gone
just as well?"

"Hold your luff, Ferral," answered Glennie, reddening. "You didn't
think I stayed off that war ship because I was _afraid_, did you?"

"I'm a Fiji if I know why you stayed off," scowled Dick. "That dago
captain is hot because he couldn't come aboard the _Grampus_----"

"He's hot because you refused him the privilege in the way you did."

"Oh, my eye!" scoffed Dick.

The dislike Dick had for Glennie was increased by a vague alarm for
Matt, and the ensign and Matt's sailor chum were never nearer an open
rupture than at that moment. Dick's fists had clinched, and a dangerous
gleam had leaped into Glennie's eyes.

Carl, to his great credit be it stated, interfered. He had as little
liking for Glennie as Dick had, but he saw the folly of quarreling
under the eyes of the _Salvadore's_ sailors.

"Dot vill do you, Tick!" growled Carl. "You vant dose tagos to t'ink
Modor Madd's friendts vas a punch oof yaps? Keep shdill mit yourseluf;
und you, Glennie, nodding more schust now, oof you blease."

Glennie turned and walked to the base of the conning tower. There he
sat down moodily and watched the war ship, hoping every moment to see
Matt reappear.

"I don't like that swab a little bit," muttered Dick to Carl. "There's
something wrong with his top-hamper. Do you recollect the time he came
aboard the _Grampus_, Carl? How he laid it down that we were all to
'mister' him?"

"We can't forged dot," said Carl, "aber id vas pedder dot ve try, Tick."

"I guess he'd like to make us black his boots, if he could."

"Nod so pad as dot. He's a prave feller--you saidt dot yourseluf ven he
vas heluping you und Matt safe dose fellers on der poat."

"Of course he's got nerve, but he spoils it all with that way of his.
Why didn't he put in his oar, while that cock of the walk up there was
ordering Matt around?"

"He knowed pedder as to inderfere mit Matt's pitzness, same as you und
me. Modor Matt knows vat he's got to do, und chenerally, you bed you,
he does id. _Nicht wahr?_"

Dick remained silent. He was not acting at all like himself, but was
angry because something had not been said or done to keep Matt off the
_Salvadore_.

Half an hour passed, with the war ship and the submarine lying
alongside of each other. At the end of that time another officer, who
could not talk English quite so fluently as the captain, thrust his
head over the rail.

"We go to Punta Arenas," he called down. "You come 'long in your leetle
boat."

"Where's our skipper?" roared Dick.

"He iss arrest'," was the calm answer. "You know more w'en you get to
Punta Arenas!"

Dick said a good many wild and unreasonable things, then, but no one on
the war ship paid any attention to him. Carl said quite a few things,
too, but, strange as it may seem, he had himself under better control
than Dick.

The war ship got under headway again, put about and started westward
along the strait. There was nothing for the _Grampus_ to do but to
follow.



CHAPTER X.

THE TIGHTENING COIL.


Matt, supposing that the actions of the two marines was a mere
formality, made no comment. The captain sat in a chair before a desk,
smoking a cigar and scowling at him. He did not ask Matt to sit down.

"Who owns that submarine?" the captain jerked out.

"Captain Nemo, Jr., of Philadelphia," Matt answered, a little resentful
because of the captain's curt manner.

He and his chums had captured the convicts and had thus performed a
good deed for the Chilian government. It seemed to Matt as though he
was entitled to a little more courtesy.

"Captain Nemo, Jr.," muttered the captain. "_Carramba!_ A fictitious
name. There is a story about a Captain Nemo. Why do you talk to me like
that?"

"I am telling you the truth!" answered Matt. "Will you tell me your
name, sir?"

"Why do you wish to know that?"

"So I may report this conversation to the naval officer aboard the
_Grampus_. He will enter it in his log, which, at the end of this
cruise, will be submitted to the navy department of our government."

The captain's eyes glimmered like coals.

"So!" he snapped. "You think me afraid? Ah, ha! I am Captain Enrique
Sandoval, of the Chilian war ship _Salvadore_. Report it. What is it to
me? Now, if you please, have you a wireless telegraph instrument aboard
the submarine?"

"We have. What of that?"

"Then you admit it!"

"I don't know why I shouldn't admit it," answered Matt coolly.

"Why have you a wireless machine on your boat?" went on the captain.

Matt had no intention of telling this Captain Sandoval about his
trouble with the Sons of the Rising Sun.

"That is my business, Captain Sandoval," said he.

"_Si_, and mine, too, as you will find. Yesterday, this war ship was
in Smyth Channel. Her wireless machine was out of commission and could
not be used. The station at Punta Arenas kept calling for me. _You_
answered! _You_ replied that your boat was the _Salvadore_! _You_ took
the message about the escaped convicts from the air. Why? Because
you wanted to find them, take them aboard, and help them escape!
_Carramba!_"

Matt was astounded. Captain Sandoval punctuated his words by jabbing a
long forefinger into the air, but Matt hardly saw the finger, or the
wildly triumphant look on the captain's face.

"That is not true, Captain Sandoval," said Matt, his face flaming
indignantly. "If we were trying to keep the convicts out of your hands,
why should we turn them over to you, here in the strait?"

"Garcia told me," went on the captain. "He and his men were to pay you
money to take them to the River Plate. You took them off the sailboat,
and then you lost your courage and came westward along the strait to
leave them at Punta Arenas."

"That is not the truth!"

"Don't talk so to me!" frowned the captain. "Be respectful."

"I shall tell you what I think," answered Matt. "What you say is worse
than foolish. Who is this Garcia?"

"He is the leader of the convicts--the one who planned the escape. I
say you helped them, because you thought they would give you money."

"There is not a word of truth in what you say!" declared Matt.

The captain started up from his chair.

"Ah, ha!" he screamed. "You dispute the word of Captain Enrique
Sandoval?"

"Oh, splash!" exclaimed Matt disgustedly. "I'm going, but this insult
shall be reported to our state department."

"Your state department!" sneered Captain Sandoval. "When you try to
help Chilian convicts escape, you put yourself out of the protection of
your state department."

Matt stepped to the door. Two muskets dropped across the opening in
front of him. The king of the motor boys whirled around and drew
himself up to his full height.

"What does this mean, Captain Sandoval?" he asked crisply. "Am I not to
be allowed to leave this ship?"

"No; you are under arrest."

Matt, waiting no longer for an invitation, sat down in a chair.

"You are piling up a lot of trouble for yourself, Captain Sandoval,"
said he coolly. "You're a reasonable man, or ought to be, as captain of
a war ship, but is there any sense in arresting me on such a ridiculous
charge as the one you have just mentioned?"

"The charge is enough," growled the captain. "But there is another."

"What is it?"

The captain's talk was so outrageously nonsensical that Matt, in spite
of his desperate situation, could not help but find some amusement in
his preposterous assertions.

"You, over your wireless machine, claimed to be the war ship
_Salvadore_. That is enough, more than enough, to cause your arrest."

Matt was beginning to see through the whole proceeding.

Captain Sandoval, for reasons of his own, chose to take the word of the
convict, Garcia, in preference to Matt's. Garcia had made his threats
that, if Matt persisted in turning him over to the Chilian authorities,
he would make trouble for the _Grampus_. This, undoubtedly, was what
the convict was now trying to do.

Garcia had been the first one sent aboard. He had at once told his
false story to one of the petty officers, who, in turn, had carried it
to the captain.

As for the wireless part of it, the machine on the _Grampus_ had not
been strong enough either to receive messages from Punta Arenas, or to
send them there. Punta Arenas had heard the Japanese boat talking. The
Japs had claimed to be the war ship for nothing else than to receive a
possible message regarding the whereabouts of the _Grampus_.

But Matt could not explain the case of the Sons of the Rising Sun to
Captain Sandoval. Sandoval might attempt to get into communication
with the Japanese boat, either to confirm Matt's story, or for some
other purpose. The result would be that the Sons of the Rising Sun
would learn that they had been tricked, and that the submarine was in
Magellan Strait. Then, if the _Grampus_ was held any length of time in
Punta Arenas, pending an investigation, the Japanese boat would have
time to get around to Smyth Channel before Matt and his friends could
reach the Pacific.

The young motorist took a look ahead, and held his peace regarding his
Jap enemies.

"You are making a big mistake, Captain Sandoval," said Matt quietly. "I
shall appeal to the American consul at Punta Arenas."

The captain showed his teeth in a snaky smile.

"I shall have much to say about what you will do," he answered.

"You will not allow me to return to the submarine?" asked Matt.

"I shall take you, a prisoner, on this war ship to Punta Arenas."

"How about the submarine?"

"The submarine will follow us. We----"

An officer appeared at the door.

"Captain," said he, "one of the prisoners would speak with you."

This report was made in Spanish, but Matt translated it.

"Let him be brought here properly guarded," said the captain.

A few minutes later, the wounded Chilian was brought in by two marines.
This was the man Matt had taken such a desperate risk to save at the
time the five convicts were taken from the overturned boat.

"_Amigo_," said the prisoner, looking at Matt and tapping his bandaged
arm.

Here, then, was a friend where Matt had least expected to find one. For
some time the convict talked, the captain listening incredulously. When
he had done, the captain ordered him away.

"The fellow says," observed the captain, to Matt, "that Garcia speaks
lies, nothing but lies. But this fellow wants to help you, for he says
you saved his life."

"He is truthful," said Matt.

"I reason for myself," declared the captain shortly.

"If you delay the _Grampus_ at Punta Arenas," went on Matt, "our
government will hear of it and will make trouble for you and your
government."

"I do my duty," answered the officer, patting his gold-laced chest;
"Captain Enrique Sandoval always does his duty. It is not for you to
tell me what I must do."

"Will you take me to jail in Punta Arenas?" asked Matt.

"No, not to the jail. The house of the harbor master will do. You will
be kept there until the convict, Garcia's, story is looked into."

"How long will that take?"

"A week, two weeks--I do not know how long."

"I shall not stay in Punta Arenas more than a day, at most!" declared
Matt. "The submarine must be taken into the Pacific and up the coast
without delay."

"We shall see," said Captain Sandoval, pulling at his mustache and
shrugging his shoulders.

"We shall see," repeated Matt, "if the American consul, when appealed
to by the naval officer aboard the _Grampus_, has any power to undo
this outrage."

The captain waved his hand to the marines and gave them an order. The
guards stepped to Matt's side, motioned for him to stand up, and led
him off to a small room opening upon the same passage that led to the
captain's quarters. Here Matt was locked in, and presently he heard
muffled orders, a jingling of bells, and the _Salvadore_ began putting
about for the run back to Sandy Point.



CHAPTER XI.

DICK ON HIS METTLE.


It was dark when the submarine arrived off the town, and those aboard
her could not have taken in the city's appearance even if their
curiosity had prompted them. All the way in from the point where they
had met the war ship those on the _Grampus_ had been holding a council
of war.

Why had Matt been arrested? Why was he being taken to Punta Arenas?
What was to be done with him there? How long would the _Grampus_ be
delayed? Would the Japanese steamer have time to round the Horn and
reach the other end of the strait before the submarine pushed her nose
into the Pacific?

These were some of the questions canvassed by those aboard the
_Grampus_. No one was very much worried over Matt's safety, for
they all felt that the Chilian authorities would not dare go to any
desperate length with him. The worst that could happen would be the
delay to the _Grampus_--but that was likely to be grievous enough if
the Jap steamer was in a position to take advantage of it.

"I shall go ashore," declared Glennie, "just as soon as the _Grampus_
reaches the town, and lay the matter before the American consul."

"The British consul's my man," declared Dick.

"Our boat sails under the American flag," said Glennie, "and the
logical man for us is the American consul."

"The British consul cuts more ice," affirmed Dick, "and I shall go to
him."

"Vere iss it for me to go?" piped up Carl. "I vant to do somet'ing for
my bard, Modor Matt."

"You, and all the rest of the submarine's crew," said Dick, "will stay
on board and watch the boat. If any one tries to come aboard, close the
hatch and sink to the bottom. I guess they won't go after you in diving
suits."

On reaching the town, the _Salvadore_ took up her berth a cable's
length off the wharf. The submarine, being of light draught, lay to
alongside the wharf, and Dick and Glennie went ashore. As soon as they
had landed, Carl, who was left in nominal command, backed off for
half a cable's length and let go the anchors. It was arranged that
a sharp whistle from the shore was to bring the _Grampus_ back to
that particular part of the wharf as soon as the mud hooks could be
lifted. All on board were to keep awake and remain ready, at a moment's
warning, to assume their duties.

When this arrangement was made, none of those concerned in it had the
remotest idea of the importance it was to hold in the progress of
events. It went to prove that carefully laid plans are always best,
even when an excess of care does not seem essential.

Neither Dick nor Glennie knew where their respective consuls were to
be found. Happening to meet a soldier from the garrison, however, he
directed them.

Having secured their bearings, Dick and Glennie separated. For this
Dick was not sorry. The ensign had a number of little mannerisms,
entirely unaffected, although they did not seem so, which Dick was far
from admiring. Then, again, Dick Ferral had been an apprentice seaman
in His British Majesty's navy, and Glennie was a commissioned officer.
The fact that Glennie held his commission in the United States and
not in the British navy did not seem to lessen the breach that lies
between the forecastle and the quarter deck. At least, it did not in
Dick's estimation.

Dick was not long in finding the vice-consul's house--and not much
longer in discovering that the vice-consul was out of town for a week,
having taken a horseback journey into the interior. His affairs,
meanwhile, had been left in the hands of the German consul.

"I'll be shot," grumbled Dick, to himself, as he came away from the
vice-consul's door, "if I call on any Dutchman. I guess it's up to Mr.
Glennie, so here's hoping that he puts his conceit in his pocket and
gets the United States consul to do something."

Dick, loitering back along the street, suddenly came face to face with
Glennie, who struck into the thoroughfare Dick was following from a
crossroad.

"Well!" exclaimed Glennie, recognizing Dick by a street lamp.

"Is it?" returned Dick, none too well pleased by a meeting.

"Is it--what?" queried Glennie.

"Why, well. What did the consul promise to do? And, if he promised
anything, why isn't he along with you to do something? You don't want
to have Matt spend the night in the war ship's bally old brig, do you?"

"I had hard luck," said Glennie disappointedly. "The American consul
has taken a horseback ride into the country and won't be back for a
week. He left his affairs in the hands of the German consul."

"Keelhaul me!" growled Dick. "That's just what I was told at the
British vice-consul's. That's all we have here now is a vice-consul. He
left _his_ business with the German consul, too. I wonder if those two
fellows went into the country together?"

"More than likely," was the gloomy response. "What are we to do now?"

"Call on the Dutchman. I'd rather be flogged than do it, for Carl's
about the only Dutchman I ever saw who was worth knowing. But I'll go,
if it's going to help Matt."

"Let's hunt up some one to tell us where the German lives."

Having agreed on their course, the two boys set off to follow it. A
sailor gave them their directions, from which it appeared that the
consul they were looking for lived on the other side of the city, not
far from the shore. As the easiest way of reaching his house, Dick and
Glennie returned to the wharf and followed it for a short distance. It
had been their original intention to keep along the wharf until they
reached a point opposite the square of houses containing the German's
residence, but something occurred to interfere with their designs.

Just as they were abreast of the spot where the Chilian war ship was
anchored, they heard a splash of oars.

"A boat's coming ashore," said Dick. "Let's draw back and watch. If the
captain's in the boat we'll tackle him and make him tell us something
about Matt. It's no more than fair that we should be told what Matt's
been arrested for."

"Quite right," agreed Glennie. "Here's a good place to wait, Ferral."

The ensign pointed to a pile of timbers close to the wharf.

"Just the place," assented Dick, and, in a few moments, they were
screened from sight and watching the approaching boat.

The launch hove alongside the wharf and five figures could be seen
climbing up on the old timbers. Just who the persons were the darkness
made it impossible for Dick and Glennie to discover. Their ears,
however, soon gave them the knowledge that their eyes could not yield.

"I claim the right to be taken to the American consul!" said a voice.

Dick was so startled he almost dropped.

"It's Matt!" he whispered hoarsely. "By glory, they've brought my old
raggie ashore!"

"Listen!" urged Glennie.

"You will not go to the American consul's to-night," an authoritative
voice answered the young motorist.

"There will be trouble over this, Captain Sandoval," went on Matt, "if
you don't take me to my country's representative."

"It is impossible."

"Why?"

"Because the American consul is not in the town. He has gone away for a
week. When he comes back, you may see him."

"Are you telling me the truth, Captain Sandoval?"

"_Carajo!_ I will not allow you to talk to me like that."

Some words in Spanish followed, evidently an order to those who
accompanied the captain and Matt.

"Stop!" commanded Matt. "Before you take me to the house of the harbor
master, I have another demand to make."

"We are wasting too much time over your demands," replied the captain
sternly. "The harbor master may have gone to bed if we wait too long. I
do not wish to put him to any inconvenience."

"His convenience is as nothing compared to mine. If the American consul
is not in town, then I ask you to take me to the British consul."

A laugh arose to the captain's lips.

"As it happens, _amigo_," said he, "the British consul left town with
the American. Neither will be back here for a week."

"That is too much of a coincidence to be true," answered Matt.

"You have disputed my word too much, already," snapped the captain,
"and I will bear no more."

Again he gave the order to move, and again Matt hung back.

"If necessary," cried the captain, "I will have the marines carry you.
Forward, I say."

"Let me have a word with my friends on the submarine," continued Matt.

"I shall allow you to talk with no one but me--and the harbor master.
In a week you may see your consul."

"I tell you I can't stay here in Punta Arenas for a week. The submarine
must leave Sandy Point in the morning."

"If so," was the sarcastic rejoinder, "then she leaves without you."

Motor Matt had borne patiently with Captain Sandoval, but now his
patience seemed to have given out.

"Captain Sandoval," he cried, "I defy you to go ahead and do your
worst; and, at the same time, I warn you that the more trouble you make
me the more you are making for yourself. I can't understand what you
are trying to do, for your excuse for arresting me and taking me away
from the submarine is as unreasonable as it is foolish. If----"

"Do you threaten me?" stormed the captain.

"Yes," was the calm response, "and defy you, at the same time. Now go
ahead and let's see how far your crazy ideas will carry you."

The captain, in a tone that bespoke his fierce anger, gave orders for a
third time to the marines who were with him.

The orders were obeyed, and the marines started.

"I'm a Fiji," whispered Dick, "if they're not coming this way!"

"I believe you're right," answered Glennie, carefully watching the
direction taken by the dark forms.

"They'll pass close to the end of this pile of timber," continued Dick.

He spoke rapidly, and there was a good deal of excitement back of his
words.

"I guess that's so, too. But what of it?"

"What of it?" repeated Dick. "Say, Glennie, if you're the right sort,
now's the time to show it."

"I'm over my head," said Glennie. "What are you thinking about?"

"I'm on my mettle to-night," pursued Dick.

"From your excited condition I should judge that that might be the
case."

"Do you want to see the _Grampus_ held up for a week in this blooming
place at the south end of Nowhere?"

"Of course not!"

"Well, that's what will happen, sure as fate, if those fellows take
Matt to a lockup. Neither the American consul, nor the British
vice-consul, will be back for a week, or----"

"But there's the German consul we're going to call upon."

"Ten to one he'll play safe, and make us wait until the American consul
gets back. Now we know Matt hasn't done a thing that calls for this
sort of treatment. It's an outrage. But that's not the worst. The delay
to the _Grampus_ may throw us into the hands of those Sons of the
Rising Sun, and that _might_ prove the destruction of the submarine.
Everything hangs on us, right here and now. Matt has given his defiance
to the captain of the war ship. Let's match him, and go him one better
by giving defiance to all the powers of Chili, naval and military."

"How?"

"Why, by laying for that blooming lot of swabs and taking Matt away
from them by main force! Are you with me? In other words, John Henry
Glennie, are you a man or just an imitation of one with a uniform and a
commission in the United States Navy?"

Dick Ferral certainly was on his mettle! His proposition almost took
Glennie's breath; but, notwithstanding, there was a taunt in the last
words which did not escape the sensitive ensign.

"By Jupiter!" he exclaimed. "It's a wild, impossible piece of work, but
I'm with you!"

"Then lie low here and wait for those fellows to come along!"



CHAPTER XII.

DESPERATE MEASURES.


Ensign Glennie was as brave and gallant an officer as ever left
Annapolis, but he was taught to look at such enterprises as Dick had
broached in a sane and logical manner. This desperate measure, viewed
in that light, seemed the height of reckless folly.

Matt had four guards--the captain of the war ship and three marines.
The captain was armed--probably with the sword alone--but the marines
certainly had muskets.

Here, then, was the situation: He and Ferral, with only their two hands
for weapons--Glennie had left his revolver on the submarine--were to
attack four armed men in the attempt to rescue Matt!

Even if fortune was kind to them, and they were able, in some manner,
to get Matt away from his guards, there was a barracks full of soldiers
within sound of the captain's voice; and how could Matt, and Dick, and
Glennie run the gantlet of the whole town?

But Glennie had given his word, and he would stand to it, no matter
what the cost. It was a matter of pride with him to meet any plan Dick
Ferral might propose.

The ensign did not think, for a minute, that there was anything unjust
in taking Matt by force away from the captain of the war ship. A
mistake had been made by the captain, but there was no time to let
the blunder be rectified by the ordinary course of events. As Dick
had said, the fate of the _Grampus_ might depend on her leaving Punta
Arenas the next morning.

The cause was a just one--but foolhardy.

Matt and his guards had landed at quite a distance from the pile of
timbers behind which Dick and Glennie were lying concealed. The path
from the wharf led past the end of the pile, and it had not been
difficult to discover that the approaching party was following the path.

The party was close, very close, as the two youths knelt near the ends
of the timbers, listening to the crunch of footsteps and prepared for
their reckless work.

"What's your plan?" whispered Glennie.

"Nothing but to jump out at 'em with our fists," whispered Dick. "As
soon as Matt knows what's up, he'll help. And say, he's got a 'right'
that could put any one of that outfit to sleep!"

"I hope none of us will be put to sleep while we're getting Matt in
shape to use his 'right.'"

"Don't croak!"

"Never. I'm merely thinking of what might happen."

"Hist now! Here they come. Jump when I give the word."

In that critical moment Glennie thought how much better off he and
Dick would have been, and how much more certain of success, if they
had brought Speake and Clackett along with them. But it was too late
to think of what might have been. Dick and Glennie were face to face
with the emergency, and must, alone and unaided, deal out the desperate
measures themselves.

The crunching footsteps approached. Glennie caught a glimmer of
starlight on a musket barrel, and saw dimly two marines marching ahead,
followed by Matt, with a uniformed figure and another marine bringing
up the rear.

"Now!" roared Dick.

His voice was loud enough to arouse the town. Dick made it so
purposely. He aimed to startle the guards--to hold them panic-stricken,
if possible, until Matt could be apprised of conditions and help in the
resulting battle.

In this Dick was entirely successful. Every member of the party jumped,
even Matt.

"It's Dick and Glennie, Matt!" cried the young sailor. "Get into it,
old ship! Everything hangs on our success!"

Dick, while he spoke, was plunging at one of the marines. Glennie
leaped at another. Matt, quick to realize what was afoot, turned on the
third. Captain Sandoval drew his sword.

Before the sword could be used, Matt whirled about, the marine's musket
in his hands. _Clash!_ The sword struck the musket barrel and Matt, by
a dexterous jerk, flung the blade a dozen feet away into the darkness.

Captain Sandoval, thus suddenly unarmed, set his face toward the
barracks and ran with all his speed, shouting at every jump for the
soldiers.

"Don't hurt anybody!" panted Matt. "Don't make this a serious matter
instead of a--a farce!"

"It will be a mighty serious matter if we don't get you down to the
_Grampus_ in short order," puffed Glennie.

He had toppled over the marine whom he had chosen for an antagonist and
was struggling to get his musket; but the marine, agile as a monkey,
rolled out from under the ensign's gripping fingers, bounded erect, and
made off into the gloom like an antelope.

A blow, and then a grab and a jerk, all judiciously given, had placed
Ferral in possession of the weapon belonging to the other marine. Those
who were unarmed had rushed away on the track of the captain. The
one who had retained his musket, however, paused somewhere among the
shadows and began to fire.

Bang!

A bullet whistled through the air close to Glennie's head.

"Cut for it!" shouted Dick. "Don't let any grass grow under you! This
way, Matt."

Dick started for the wharf, pointing so as to reach it at the nearest
point to the submarine. Matt and Glennie pushed after him--three
fleeing streaks rushing for the water front of Punta Arenas with the
clamor of alarmed soldiers awaking frantic echoes around the barracks.

Bang! went a revolver.

The marine, emboldened by the sounds from the barracks, pursued the
fugitives, firing as he came. His bullets, launched while he was
running, went wide of their targets.

"We'll never make it!" breathed the ensign.

"We've got to make it!" flung back Dick over his shoulder.

"But the _Grampus_--it will take time for those aboard to get up the
anchors and to come to the wharf for us!"

"We'll win out!" asserted Dick stoutly. "Save your breath and run!"

Stumbling over the litter that had been scattered from the wharf, the
three fugitives reeled and sprawled their way through the darkness.
Even a fall, if it was in the right direction, was a distinct help.

Dick, being in the lead, was the first to reach that part of the wharf
nearest the _Grampus_. The boat, looking like a black blot on the
water, was tantalizingly out of reach.

Dick whistled shrilly.

Bang! It was not another bullet, but the hatch cover being thrown open.

"Vat it iss?" came the wavering voice of Carl.

"Pull up your mud hooks and come to the wharf!" shouted Dick. "Matt's
with us--and we're defying the whole town. Everybody in the place is
tight at our heels."

"Himmelblitzen!" cried Carl. "Der anchors vas coming oop alretty, aber
id dakes a leedle time----"

The marine blazed away again. Carl, interrupted in the midst of his
remarks, gave a hollow gurgle.

"Vat a safageness!" he exclaimed, "aber pulleds vat don'd hit don'd
amoundt to nodding."

"Start the motor!" called Matt. "If the anchors are clear they can be
carried this way while the chain is being taken in."

The jingler could be heard answering Carl's pressure on the push
button. The propeller began to churn the water, but the boat did not
move.

"They're sticking to the bottom!" groaned Dick. "Oh, what a beastly run
of luck!"

A yelling pack was rushing toward the wharf from the barracks.

"We can't wait here until that outfit comes within rifle shot,"
declared Glennie. "We've got to get behind the iron walls of the
submarine."

"How can we do it if the anchors hang to the bottom?" returned Dick.

"Swim!"

Splash! The ensign was in the water. Then there were two more splashes
as Matt and Dick followed.



CHAPTER XIII.

A DIVE FOR LIBERTY.


Carl fell over the top of the conning tower, descended the rounded deck
with one hand clinging to a wire guy, and reached out over the water.

"Schust a leedle vay farder, bard!" he cried encouragingly. "Shvim a
leedle fasder! Der fellers on shore iss pooty glose!"

Glennie was first to clasp Carl's outstretched hand, and, with its
assistance, to reach the deck; then Glennie, dripping wet, laid hold of
another guy and bent down to give a hand to Matt. Carl assisted Dick up
the sloping deck at the same time.

By then the soldiers were almost upon the wharf. Sudden flares lit the
night, and each flare meant the explosion of a gun.

"Quick!" cried Matt, "get below. We're in the right, but those fellows
don't know it yet."

Carl pushed Dick toward the conning tower. The sailor was loath to be
the first to seek safety, but hesitation on his part only blocked the
way for the others. Down Dick went, Carl close after him. Then Glennie
took a dive through the hatch, and had no more than cleared the way
before Matt followed.

Flashes were shooting up in the darkness all along the wharf. Leaden
hail pattered on the steel sides of the _Grampus_, but the stout iron
merely gave a ringing laugh and flung the softer metal off.

An unexpected event happened just as Matt ducked below the hatch. The
propeller, working against the pull of the anchors, suddenly took a
grip and hurled the _Grampus_ ahead.

Carl had set the rudder for a move toward the wharf. It was in that
direction, therefore, that the boat plunged, thus carrying those aboard
nearer their enemies. Matt grabbed the tower steering device just in
time to turn the craft. So narrow was the margin that the rounded side
of the hull brushed the wharf timbers as the boat swept by.

This gave the soldiers a chance to do some shooting at close range;
it likewise gave them a chance--for the fraction of a minute--to jump
aboard, but no one improved the opportunity. Another minute and the
submarine was headed out into the strait.

"Take the wheel, Carl, until I get down," called Matt.

"Dot's me!" boomed Carl from below.

Matt closed the hatch and descended to the periscope room.

"Stop the engine, Gaines!" he called through the tube. "Fill the tanks,
Clackett!" he added.

"Hooray!" came from Clackett as the splash of water echoed from the
filling tanks. "It's good to hear your voice again, Matt. How far down
are we going?"

"Till we touch bottom. There's where we're to pass the night."

The bottom was reached at forty feet. Clackett announced the depth as
the _Grampus_ came to a rest.

"We're forty feet from all the military and naval forces of Punta
Arenas," said Glennie.

"But it's forty feet of water," added Dick, "and, even if those ashore
knew where we were, it would puzzle them some to get at us."

"We're safe enough," said Matt. "In the early morning we'll rise
until we show just the periscope ball and will start for the Pacific.
Now that there's nothing particular for all hands to do, let's be
comfortable and find out how it all happened."

"You're the cause of it, matey," declared Dick.

"I know that, of course. If I hadn't been held a prisoner by Captain
Sandoval, there wouldn't have been any need of you and Glennie taking
all those chances to rescue me. What I mean is, what suggested such an
audacious proceeding?"

"You did," persisted Dick.

"Explain how?"

"Why, when you landed from the war ship, you stood up there on the
wharf and defied this Captain Sandoval. It was Motor Matt's defiance
that suggested to me a plan that was a little more comprehensive. You
had defied Sandoval, so why couldn't the three of us defy all the
Chilians in the town? Well, we did, didn't we? And we got clear with
whole skins, every one of us."

"I can hardly believe it possible," muttered Glennie.

Dick turned on the ensign.

"You had as big a finger in the pie as any one," said he, "and you took
the foolhardy risk like a whole man. I like you better this minute,
John Glennie, than I ever thought I could. Toss us your fin!"

Glennie looked surprised, then a pleased look crossed his face and he
reached forward and caught the young sailor's hand.

"If I've won your friendship by that piece of work, then I've had a
double gain," said he.

"Vat in der vorld," chimed in Carl, "dit dose fellers shpeak to you
like you vas a tog for? Und arrest you und keep you apoardt der var
ship? I hat id all fixed oop in my mindt to put a dorpeto indo dot
gruiser oof she ditn't led you go."

"It isn't very clear to me yet," answered Matt, "what I was made a
prisoner for. Garcia started the trouble for me----"

"He said he would, you remember," put in Glennie.

"Yes, and he carried out his threat as soon as he got on the deck of
the war ship. He told one of the officers that he had hired me to take
him and his friends out of that sailboat in the _Grampus_, and that I
had lost my courage and was heading for Sandy Point with them."

"You don't mean to say that this Captain Sandoval believed that?" cried
Glennie.

"He professed to," answered Matt. "I was to be held in Punta Arenas
until Garcia's yarn could be verified, which, the captain said, might
take a week or two. The American consul, and the British consul, the
captain also told me, were both out of town for a week----"

"Which is a fact," spoke up Glennie. "Dick and I went ashore to see the
two consuls, and were informed, at their residences, that they had gone
into the interior for a week."

"Then I owe Captain Sandoval an apology," said Matt, "for I doubted his
word."

"Vell, he owes you some abologies, too, don'd he?" asked Carl.

"Well," smiled Matt, "a few."

Matt got up and turned off the electric light that flooded the
periscope room.

"What's that for?" asked Dick.

"The light might shine through the lunettes and be reflected up to the
surface," was Matt's answer. "I just happened to think of it."

"Well you did, Matt!" exclaimed Glennie.

"There was something else that Captain Sandoval told me," went on Matt,
"which had to do with the Jap steamer."

"What was that?" came the questioning chorus.

"Why, at the time we were doing our wireless work from Gallegos Bay,
the war ship _Salvadore's_ wireless apparatus was not working. Sandoval
discovered, from the station at Punta Arenas, that, at that very time,
the station was communicating with a ship which claimed to be the
_Salvadore_."

"It was the Jap steamer, eh?" put in Dick.

"Yes. You see, our second-hand machine wasn't powerful enough to
communicate with Punta Arenas nor to receive messages from there; but
the Jap steamer was closer, and so we exchanged messages with her. But
the Japs were able to communicate with the Punta Arenas station, and
the Chilians thought it was us. At least, that is what Captain Sandoval
said. I couldn't explain without getting us into more trouble with the
Sons of the Rising Sun, so I kept quiet."

Matt cut short the general comment by declaring that he was tired, that
they were perfectly safe from pursuit, and that he was going to sleep.

All the rest were of the same mind, and presently the echoes of the
excited voices had died out, and only sounds of deep and peaceful
breathing disturbed the silence that reigned within the _Grampus_.

Matt was astir at five o'clock the next morning, and went around waking
his friends.

"We must get an early start," he explained, "so all take your stations
quietly. We are still off the town, remember, and we shall have to come
close enough to the surface so that our periscope ball will be free of
the water and show us the course. If the red ball should be seen as it
glides over the water, we might have trouble, so we must proceed as
warily as we can."

With Matt at the wheel and the periscope table, Gaines and Dick in the
motor room, Carl and Clackett in the tank room, and Speake working at
his electric stove in the torpedo room, the ballast tanks were slowly
freed of a part of their watery load. Matt, watching the periscope,
signaled to Clackett to stop unloading the tanks just as the reflected
image of the surface appeared in the mirror.

"How is everything, matey?" queried Dick through the speaking tube.

"The _Salvadore_ is within twenty fathoms of us," replied Matt, "but
everything is quiet. Full speed ahead, Gaines," he added. "We'll not
come to the surface until we're several miles nearer Smyth Channel."

With all the machinery working smoothly, the _Grampus_ glided as softly
as a huge fish away from the dangerous port of Punta Arenas, the red
periscope ball alone showing, and flashing a crimson trail in the
direction of the Pacific.



CHAPTER XIV.

ENGLISH REACH.


When safely beyond Punta Arenas, the _Grampus_ arose to the surface
and rode as high as completely empty ballast tanks would let her. The
higher she was in the water the more speed she would develop--and speed
was the one crying need at that time.

Luck had favored the chums in Punta Arenas, and all were hoping that
the good fortune would hold until they passed the western end of the
strait. But in this they were destined to be disappointed.

With everything working perfectly they passed Port Famine, and, a
little later, the southernmost point of South America that enters the
strait--Cape Froward. Here the weather usually changes, but it did not
change for Motor Matt and his friends. They had, what was rare in those
waters, a fair day, which, so far as the barometer could foretell, was
likely to hold.

But after passing Cape Froward, and while Mount Sarmiento's snowy
crown was still visible in the distance, the motor developed a serious
complaint. It refused absolutely to run, and the trouble was too much
for Gaines and Dick. Matt had to go down and give the machinery his
personal attention.

The batteries were not working properly. Matt replaced some of the
cells. That, however, did not remedy the matter. Further examination
developed carburetter trouble, and, as the examination continued, one
ill after another showed itself until it seemed as though every part of
the motor had gone into a decline.

Matt, of course, remedied the matter, but it took hours of time and
made it impossible for the _Grampus_ to glide into the waters of the
Pacific that day.

After supper, smothering their disappointment as best they could, the
submarine descended to the bottom according to her usual fashion, and
her crew had supper together in the periscope chamber.

"How long does it take a good fast steamer to sail around the Horn?"
asked Speake.

"About a year, I guess," grinned Dick. "It would depend on the number
of sails the steamer had. Probably she could steam around in two or
three days."

"From that," spoke up Clackett, "I should infer that the Jap boat has
had time to get somewhere near the end of the strait and lay for us?"

"It's hard to tell where the Jap steamer is," said Matt. "We've done
the best we can, so let's not borrow any trouble. Our periscope ball is
a pretty small thing for the crew of the steamer to see. We could pass
within a mile of the Japs and they'd never know we were anywhere in
their vicinity."

"We'll get through, somehow, mates," averred Dick cheerfully. "After
we pulled off that little game in Punta Arenas, I'm beginning to think
there isn't anything we can't do."

"There'll be more accidents," said Gaines seriously. "Something else
will happen to the machinery. I've noticed always that motor troubles
come in pairs."

"Why, Gaines," laughed Matt, "our last motor troubles came in bunches
of a dozen! Every part of the motor seemed to have developed a
weakness."

"They all came at the same time," continued Gaines, with superstitious
firmness. "There'll be something else, you mark what I'm saying."

The following morning there was another early start. Everything went
swimmingly for several hours; then, on rounding a particularly bold
headland, Speake, who was in the conning tower, steering, saw something
which nearly caused him to fall off the ladder.

"Oh, Christopher!" he called down the hatch. "Look, Matt!"

Matt and Glennie both sprang to the periscope, drawn there by a quick
jump on account of the wild alarm that throbbed in Speake's voice.

English Reach lay ahead of the _Grampus_, and there, out across the
surface of the water, quietly and expectantly waiting, was the Jap
steamer!

Speake had been on the lookout, on the crest of the hill at Gallego
Bay, at the time the steamer had been raised the other time. He
recognized her on the instant.

There was a Chilian flag flying, and from a swift movement of men over
the steamer's decks it was certain that the _Grampus_ had been seen.

"They see us now," said Matt, "but they won't in a minute. Clackett,"
he called through the tank-room tube, "we'll go down the usual depth
for periscope work."

Matt's voice was calm and steady, in spite of the fact that the thing
for which he had planned in Gallegos Bay--namely, the avoiding of the
steamer--had failed.

Minutes passed without bringing the usual swish of water filling the
ballast tanks. Through the periscope Matt could see that the Japs were
lowering a boat. Speake had come down into the periscope room, closing
the hatch behind him in preparation for a dive. He stood with his hand
on the wheel and looking over Matt's shoulder.

"What's the matter, Clackett?" called Matt.

"The intake valves won't work!" came back the disgusted voice of
Clackett.

Matt ran down to give his personal attention to the matter. For a few
minutes he struggled with the valves, but all to no purpose.

"I'll get at the bottom of this trouble," declared Matt, "if it takes a
leg."

"I told you something else would happen," called Gaines from the motor
room. "That's what it is--tank trouble."

"And just when we need the tanks," said Matt. "That Jap boat is close
by, and we ought to be under the surface."

Matt, seeing a way whereby he thought the valve trouble might be
remedied, was just beginning a new line of attack when Glennie called
frantically through the tube:

"_Do_ something, Matt! One boat is on its way to us from the steamer,
and another is dropped into the water. If you can't do anything down
there, then come up here."

Matt turned to Dick, explained to him what his new idea was regarding
the valve trouble, asked him to work along that line, and then hurried
up to the periscope room.

Speake was in the room, hardly knowing what to do.

"If we try to run," said he, "the Jap steamer will catch us, and if we
don't run, the rowboats will be on top of us. If we can't dive, Matt,
we're in another kind of a hole."

"Don't lose your nerve, Speake," said Matt. "Go down and see if you can
help Dick. Glennie will go up into the tower and steer. I'm for the
deck to watch and see how matters progress."

"I'm for der teck, too!" declared Carl, who happened, at that moment,
to be in the periscope room.

He had a keen scent for trouble, and always tried hard to be around
whenever any was going to happen.

Without paying much attention to Carl, Matt opened the locker and took
out the submarine's copy of the Stars and Stripes.

"If the Sons of the Rising Sun try any of their old tactics," said
Matt, "I'll make it plain that it's a ship carrying Old Glory."

"What do they care for any flag?" demanded Glennie. "Why, they're
flying the Chilian flag now, and every man of them is got up in Chilian
naval uniform. It's hard to tell them from the real thing, at a
distance, too."

Matt ran up the ladder, gained the deck, and bent the flag to the
halyards. Presently he had it flying, and drew back from the staff to
look at the approaching boats.

Carl was on the after deck. In order, perhaps, to make himself look
more nautical, the Dutch boy had crowded himself into sailor clothes.
They were too big for him, up and down, and too small the other way.

Glennie, braced in the top of the conning tower, was running the boat
from that position.

The first boat that had put off from the steamer, and consequently the
nearest one to the submarine, contained an officer and two sailors.

They were rigged out in genuine Chilian style, and Matt had to admit
to himself that the imitation was admirable--so admirable, in fact,
that he would have been deceived had he not had prior knowledge of the
identity of the steamer.

The submarine's motor was doing her best, but the craft had to follow
the contour of the coast, and this threw her nearer and nearer the
first of the approaching rowboats.

"We're in for it, Matt," said Glennie grimly.

"We'll try and keep ourselves out of harm until our diving gear is put
in shape, Glennie," Matt answered. "After that we'll drop away and
leave our Jap friends up above."

"Vell, vat oof der tiving gear don'd vas got retty in time, Matt?"
asked Carl.

"Don't cross that bridge until you get to it, Carl. If the Stars and
Stripes can't protect us on a peaceable cruise, then the Sons of the
Rising Sun are taking long chances and running big risks."

A hail came from across the water. The officer in the nearest boat was
standing and trumpeting through his hands.

"Spanish!" exclaimed Glennie. "They're not overlooking many details,
those Japs. They want to know what boat this is, Matt."

"Just as if they didn't know!" muttered Matt. "Tell them, Glennie. Then
ask them what boat they're from."

Glennie followed his orders, receiving some more Spanish talk from the
officer.

"He says," reported Glennie, "that he's Captain Sandoval, of the
Chilian war ship _Salvadore_, and, he says further, that he has been
requested by his government to meet us at the Pacific end of the strait
and give us safe conduct to Valparaiso."

"Talk about nerve!" murmured Matt. "We've seen Sandoval, and Sandoval's
ship, the _Salvadore_, and we know what sort of a bold game our
friends, the Japs, are playing. Ask him how he knew we were coming
through the strait."

"He replies," pursued Glennie, "that our government communicated with
his, and requested that a Chilian gunboat protect the _Grampus_ from
Jap miscreants known as Sons of the Rising Sun."

"Continued displays of nerve," murmured Matt, "and of the monumental
order. Tell him we don't want his safe conduct, and to sheer away from
us."

The first boat was almost upon the submarine. Glennie repeated Matt's
order.

"The officer insists on coming aboard," said the ensign.

"Just tell him we know he's a Jap, and that we left the _Salvadore_ and
Captain Sandoval at Punta Arenas."

There was no waiting on the part of the Japs in the rowboat for Matt's
words to be translated into Spanish. The Japs took the words as they
fell from the lips of the king of the motor boys, dropped their mask,
and the sailors fell to with their oars.

"Stave in their boat, Glennie!" called Matt, his eyes flashing. "I hate
to do it, but it's all we can do to avoid trouble. The sailors in the
other boat will pick up these when they drop in the water."

"Dot's der dicket!" chirruped Carl, who had been shaking his fists at
the Japs and taunting them with various epithets. "Sink der poat! Den,
afder dot, sink der odder poat; und vind oop by drowing a dorpeto indo
der shdeamer. Make some cleanoops vile you vas aboudt id."

Glennie so manoeuvred the _Grampus_ that her sharp prow struck the
rowboat broadside on. Instead of staving the boat, however, the
_Grampus_ ran under her, the forward part of the small boat's keel
sliding over the deck. All the Japs were hurled into the water.

"Clear away the boat if you can!" shouted Glennie. "Hooray for Motor
Matt!"

The _Grampus_ flung onward. Matt started ahead to clear the rowboat off
the deck, but, before he could reach her, she had cleared herself.

The speed of the submarine and the drag of the rowboat had accomplished
the work.

"Don't cheer too soon, Glennie!" warned Matt. "Look behind you!"

Glennie turned in the tower and cast a glance rearward. A war ship was
just rounding the headland, enveloping the top of the uplift in a dense
cloud of black smoke.

"The _Salvadore_!" fluttered Glennie, his despairing eyes returning to
Matt.

"Anyhow," said Matt, "we're saved from the Sons of the Rising Sun. Look
at them! That rowboat is hardly taking the necessary time to pick up
the Japs we knocked into the water, she's so anxious to get back to the
steamer."

"I don'd know vich gifs me der mosdt colt chills," cried Carl, "der
Sons oof der Rising Sun oder der fellers on der _Salfatore_!"



CHAPTER XV.

SANDOVAL EXPLAINS.


"It looks," remarked Matt, "as though we were between two fires.
However, of the two enemies, I had rather fall into the hands of
Sandoval. He certainly has no destructive designs on the _Grampus_."

"The war ship is heading up for us," remarked Glennie. "It's a wonder
they don't open on us with some of their small calibre guns."

"Vatch der Chaps," chuckled Carl. "Der Sons oof der Rising Sun acts
schust like dey vas aboudt do set. Ach, du lieber, how dey row pack py
der shdeamer!"

"They're pulling down the Chilian flag," laughed Matt. "They don't
intend to have Sandoval see that."

"But what's the reason the war ship is coming for us, and acting so
peaceably?" queried Glennie.

"I don't know, Glennie, but I wouldn't trust Sandoval the length of a
lead line. I wish we could dive! Call down and ask Dick what he and
Clackett are doing, if anything."

Glennie bent down beside the tower and put the question.

"They haven't found the trouble yet," said Glennie, lifting his head
out of the tower.

"That means," remarked Matt, "that we've got to face Sandoval."

"Ah!" shouted Carl, "dere goes a flag signal."

The signal was a common one, and Matt did not have to send for his code
book.

"Wish to communicate with you," read the flags; "come alongside."

"'Communicate with you,'" repeated Matt. "That sounds rather mild--for
Sandoval. Get us alongside, Glennie."

"Don't you go aboard the war ship, Matt," cautioned Glennie.

"Thank you," said Matt, "once was enough."

As the submarine came along on the lee side of the war vessel, the
big ship slowed her pace. Presently both craft were jogging along as
companionably as a lad and his lass going to market.

"Señor," called Sandoval through a megaphone, "I beg your pardon ten
thousand times."

"Vat's dot?" muttered Carl, with bulging eyes. "Can I pelieve vat I
hear? Ten t'ousant dimes he pegs Modor Matt's bardon. For vy?"

"Why do you do that, captain?" asked Matt.

"Because of the little mistake. I made it. When Captain Enrique
Sandoval makes a mistake he admits it like a man."

"What was the mistake?"

"Why, this, that your wireless instrument was not the one that claimed
the submarine was my war ship."

Matt was puzzled.

"How did you find that out?" he asked.

"By a ruse, which I thought of myself. Early last evening I sent
out calls, through the _Salvadore's_ wireless instrument, for the
_Salvadore_. You see? My ship was calling for herself. The call was
answered by a ship which claimed she was the _Salvadore_, Captain
Sandoval commanding."

Matt was amazed, not so much by what the captain had found out as by
the fact that he had had sense enough to think of such a ruse.

"How did you know, captain," returned Matt, "that I did not answer that
second call as you accused me of answering that other one?"

"_Carramba!_ You would not have been so foolish. There is a ship
somewhere in these waters that is trying to make others think she is
the _Salvadore_. Where is she?"

"Yonder," said Matt, pointing to the Japanese steamer. "That is the
vessel that claims to be the _Salvadore_. One of her officers told me
that was her name, and that her captain was Enrique Sandoval."

Sandoval whirled about on his bridge and picked up a pair of
binoculars. For several moments he studied the steamer.

"She was flying the Chilian flag when we first sighted her," he went on
to Matt through the megaphone, "and now she's flying a piece of German
bunting."

"That's because she don't want you to make her any trouble," said Matt.

"_Car-r-ramba!_ I will make her trouble. I will pursue her and take her
to Punta Arenas while the conduct of her officers and crew is being
looked into. It will be easy for the real _Salvadore_ to overtake the
counterfeit. _Adios_, señor, and good luck to you!"

"Wait a minute, captain!" called Matt.

"What is it you wish, señor?"

"How about that story Garcia told you about me?"

"Ah, it was a fairy tale, a child's story, and unworthy of full-grown
ears."

"But you believed it?"

"For a time, yes. The injured convict told me that Garcia was not
telling the truth. I did not believe, even then. It was only when the
other convict supported the one with the broken arm that I believed.
Garcia had two against him. What better proof could you want?"

"You are not out of patience with us for what my friends did in helping
me escape from you?"

"No! It was a gr-r-rand fight! You and your two friends worsted me,
Captain Enrique Sandoval, and three marines. Of course, had I been
armed with my pistol, the result would have been vastly different. Yet
you escaped, after bidding defiance to all the Chilian authorities
in Punta Arenas. Ah, marvelous! I am filled with admiration for your
disregard of life. All Punta Arenas is talking about it. No one was
killed, no one was even hurt, and yet you were rescued. I am glad it
was so. How would I have felt had I been compelled to face you in your
prison room at the harbor master's house, and admitted that I had made
a mistake? What could I have said to his excellency, the American
consul? I should have perished of shame and mortification. I have your
pardon, señor?"

"You have," said Matt, very gravely but with a mischievous twinkle in
his gray eye. "We are friends, captain?"

"Forever!"

The smoke of the Jap steamer was vanishing rapidly to southward. The
_Salvadore_, a few minutes after the captain ceased speaking, turned
her bow on the other tack and started in pursuit.

"What do you think of that, Glennie, you and Carl?" queried Matt.

"It shows," replied the ensign, "how fortune changes when you least
expect it. I was counting, first, on losing the _Grampus_; then, when
the war ship showed up, I was thinking only that we should have to
return to Punta Arenas. And now here we are, safe on the high seas,
with not even the Japs to molest us!"

"Von enemy has peat off der odder!" said Carl.

"That's the way of it," said Matt. "If----"

Some one called from the periscope room. Glennie bent down to hear what
was said.

"It's Dick," said Glennie, looking toward Matt with a smile. "The tank
valves are fixed, and he wants to know if we are ready to dive."

"Tell him no," answered Matt, "and add that, if the valves had been in
shape, when we first sighted the Jap steamer, we would have dived and
would have missed the biggest chance that has come our way since we
left Port of Spain--the chance to make a friend out of an enemy, and to
set our new-made friend against our implacable foes, the Sons of the
Rising Sun."

Glennie repeated this somewhat lengthy statement to Dick.

"Dick says he can't understand it," said Glennie, "and wants you to
come down and make it clear."

"We might as well go down," said Matt.

"Ve ditn't got no fighdt oudt oof dot," remarked Carl, with a
disappointed air, "so ve mighdt as vell go pelow und shday dere. It
looks like dere vouldn't be any fighding any more for anypody."



CHAPTER XVI.

NORTHWARD BOUND!


It was a jovial crowd that the submarine carried into Smyth Channel,
practically free of the strait and ready to reach out along the coast
up the western edge of two continents.

Speake was serving dinner, and all were in the periscope room with the
exception of Gaines and Clackett, who had to be on duty below. But
Gaines and Clackett were listening at their speaking tubes and hearing
all that was taking place in the chamber overhead.

"These experiences of ours, during the last few days," said Glennie,
"prove that luck wears as many disguises as those Japs."

"Dot vas some deep talk," said Carl; "so deep, py shinks, dot I can't
onderstand id."

"You're getting terribly thick-headed all at once, Carl," said Dick.

"Oh, I don'd know," said Carl easily. "Who vas id got loose mit
himseluf in der beriscope room und got pack der _Grampus_ from der
gonficts? Leedle Carl, I bed you. A feller vat vas t'ick-headed
couldn't do dot. Hey, Matt?"

"You're right, Carl," laughed Matt. "It took a pretty bright fellow to
do that; and your brightness flashed up at just the right time."

"And then flashed out again," said Dick, with a wink at Matt, "and we
haven't seen it since."

"Vell, meppy," observed Carl. "Anyvay, subbose Glennie oxblains vat he
means ven he say dot luck vears so many tisguises as der Chaps. I nefer
see luck but in two vays--von iss goot luck, und der odder iss pad
luck. I can shpot dose fellers so far as I can see dem."

"Do you know good luck when you see it, Carl?" went on Glennie.

"Don'd I say dot? Sure I do."

"Well, was meeting those convicts good luck or bad for Motor Matt and
the rest of the motor boys?"

"Vat a foolish kvestion!" muttered Carl. "It vas pad luck righdt from
der chump off. Ditn't Modor Matt, und you, und Tick come pooty near
going off der poat drying to ged dose fellers? Vas dot goot luck?"

"Well," went on Glennie, "what was it when Captain Sandoval made up
with Motor Matt and went after the Japs' steamer, thereby leaving us
free to proceed north without having anything to fear from the Sons of
the Rising Sun?"

"Dot kvestion iss more foolish as der odder," said Carl disgustedly;
"dot vas goot luck."

"Then if we hadn't had the bad luck we couldn't have had the good luck."

"You vas gedding grazy, Glennie. I von't lisden to sooch a ignorance."

There was a general laugh at this.

"Now, wait a minute, Carl," proceeded Glennie. "I want to change your
views on the subject of luck. If we had not taken the convicts aboard
we should not have delivered them to Captain Sandoval; and----"

"Und oof ve hatn't telivered dem to Santoval," continued Carl, taking
up the theme, "Matt vouldn't have gone on der poat und got indo
drouple."

"And if Matt hadn't got into trouble, we should not have put in at
Punta Arenas; and if we hadn't stopped there, we wouldn't have got Matt
away from Sandoval; and if Sandoval hadn't been trying to test Matt's
story about the convicts, he wouldn't have come after us when we fled
from Punta Arenas; and if he hadn't found us and made his peace with
Matt, he wouldn't now be chasing the Sons of the Rising Sun or----"

"Ach, himmelblitzen!" groaned Carl, clapping his fingers over his ears,
"shdop it! You vill haf me grazier as a pedpug."

"Well, you see, don't you, that helping the convicts, which you
called bad luck, really resulted in bringing us in touch with Captain
Sandoval, who is now our friend and doing his utmost to overhaul the
Japs. He will keep the Sons of the Rising Sun so busy that they won't
have any chance to follow us up the coast."

"You've run the bell with your remarks, Glennie," said Dick. "We can't
always tell whether things are happening to us for the better or for
the worse. But, taking 'em full and by, they usually pan out what's
best for us."

"My little scheme for gaining time on the Japs by sending them around
the Horn didn't work," put in Matt.

"It was a clever scheme, all right," declared Glennie, "and it would
have worked if the motor hadn't balked on us and compelled us to lose a
day."

"We've given the Sons of the Rising Sun something to think about," said
Dick. "Keelhaul me if I don't think they'll just about throw up their
hands and quit after this."

"If Sandoval gets them," returned Glennie, "he'll keep them in Punta
Arenas until we reach Mare Island."

"And if he don't get them," queried Matt, "what then?"

"There's no doubt about his getting them, old ship!" exclaimed Dick.
"The war ship is a faster boat than the steamer."

"But Sandoval hasn't the cunning nor the brains that the leader of
those Japs has!"

"That may be, but it doesn't take much cunning or brains for a
straight-away race. The fastest boat will win, and I'm banking on the
_Salvadore_. You don't mean to say, matey, that you're expecting to
meet the Young Samurai somewhere up the coast?"

"I'm not expecting it, Dick," answered Matt, "but I'm not going to let
anything surprise me. The things you least expect are the things those
Japs are certain to do."

"I hope like anyt'ing dot der resdt oof dis gruise don'd vas going to
be some Suntay-school bicnics," piped Carl grewsomely. "I vould like to
haf a leedle chincher shdill lefdt in der expetition."

"I guess we'll have ginger enough left, Carl," said Glennie, "even if
we don't have anything more to do with the Sons of the Rising Sun."

"Where's our next port of call, matey?" queried Dick, directing the
question at Matt.

"You know what Brigham said we were to do when we mentioned any place
where we were to put in with the _Grampus_?" laughed Matt.

"He said," replied Glennie, "that we ought to go down in the deepest
part of the ocean and then whisper it."

"Vat dit he mean by sooch grazy talk as dot?" inquired Carl.

"He meant," said Matt, "that the Japs were full of guile, and that the
plans we least expected them to overhear would be the very ones they
discovered. We came down the east coast of the continent from Brazil
and the River Plate, and laid in at Gallego Bay. If we hadn't done
that, we shouldn't have discovered that the Japs were following us,
their boat newly painted and two wireless masts on her deck. Those lads
had their wits about them when they did that wireless work; and it was
only an accident that enabled us to catch their messages, and answer
them, putting them on a wrong tack."

"But that isn't telling us, mate, where our next port of call is to
be."

"I was trying to emphasize Mr. Brigham's advice of keeping such matters
to ourselves."

"But it isn't necessary, now that the Sons of the Rising Sun are out of
the running."

"Possibly it isn't. Well, we shall have to have more gasoline about the
time we reach Valparaiso. You can draw your own inferences from that."

"That means," said Dick, "that we put in at Valparaiso. That will do,
fine. I've been there a lot of times, and I'm a Fiji if I wouldn't
like to renew some old acquaintance among the Chilians and the English
colony. Let's lay over a day or two, Matt, when we get there, and not
just paddle ashore, get the gasoline, and put to sea again."

"How long we stay in the place, Dick," returned Matt, "will have
to depend on circumstances. We've got to make good, you know, by
delivering the _Grampus_ safely at Mare Island Navy Yard."

"Well, I guess we've nothing but plain sailing ahead of us," said Dick.
"You won't have to set a pattern of defiance for the rest of us again,
or use our wireless apparatus to send a disguised Jap steamer around
the Horn."

"When we ought to have gone around the Horn ourselves," added Matt.

"I don't agree with you there," said Glennie. "By coming through the
strait you took the most dangerous passage, and it will count more as a
test of the submarine's capabilities than rounding the Horn."

"I agree with you on that point, Glennie," returned Matt, "and I am
glad you take that view of a case that was practically forced upon us
by the Sons of the Rising Sun."

"To their own undoing," finished Glennie.


THE END.



THE NEXT NUMBER (20) WILL CONTAIN

Motor Matt Makes Good;

OR,

Another Victory for the Motor Boys.

  Off the Chilian Coast--Hurled into the Sea--Saved by a
  Torpedo--Weighing the Evidence--A Surprising Situation--Another
  Attack--A Bad Half Hour--Chasing a Torpedo--Northward Bound--A Halt
  for Repairs--Dick Makes a Discovery--A Wary Foe--Pluck that Wins--A
  Little Work On the Inside--A Star Performance--Conclusion.



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THE SPIDER WATER.


I.

Not officially: I don't pretend to say that. You might travel the West
from fresh water to salt without ever locating the Spider Water, by map
or by name.

But if you should happen anywhere in the West to sit among a gang of
bridge carpenters, or get to confidence with a bridge foreman; or find
the springy side of a road master's heart--then you might hear all you
want about the Spider Water; maybe more.

The Sioux named it; and, whatever their faults, no man with sense ever
attempted to improve on their names for things--whether birds, or
braves, or winds, or waters; they know.

Unfortunately our managers hadn't always sense, and one of them
countenanced a shameful change in the name of Spider Water. Some idiot
dubbed it the Big Sandy; and the Big Sandy it is to this day on map and
in folder. But not in the heart of the Sioux or the lingo of trackmen.

It was the only stream our bridge engineers could never manage. Bridge
after bridge they threw across it--and into it. One auditor at Omaha,
given to asthma and statistics, estimated, between spells, that the
Spider Water had cost us more than all the other watercourses together
from the Missouri to the Sierras.

Then came to the West End a masterful man, a Scotchman, pawky and hard.
Brodie was his name, an Edinburgh man, with no end of degrees and
master of every one. A great engineer, Brodie, but the Spider Water
took a fall even out of him. It swept out a Howe truss bridge for
Brodie almost before he got his bag opened.

Then Brodie tried--not to make friends with the Spider, for nobody
could do that--but to get acquainted with it. For this he went to its
oldest neighbors, the Sioux. Brodie spent weeks and weeks, summers,
up the Spider Water, hunting. And with the Sioux he talked the Spider
Water and drank fire water. That was Brodie's shame, the fire water.

But he was pawky, and he chinned unceasingly the braves and the
medicine men about the uncommonly queer creek that took the bridges so
fast. The river that month in and month out couldn't squeeze up water
enough for a pollywog to bathe in, and then, of a sudden, and for a
few days, would rage like the Missouri, and leave our bewildered rails
hung up either side in the wind.

Brodie talked cloudbursts up country; for the floods came, times,
under clear skies--and the Sioux sulked in silence. He suggested an
unsuspected inlet from some mountain stream which, maybe, times, sent
its stormwater over a low divide into the Spider--and the red men
shrugged their faces.

Finally they told him the Indian legend about the Spider Water; took
him away up where once a party of Pawnees had camped in the dust of the
river bed to surprise the Sioux; and told Brodie how the Spider--more
sudden than buck, fleeter than pony--had come down in the night and
ambushed the Pawnees with a flood. And so well that next morning there
wasn't enough material in sight for a ghost dance.

They took Brodie himself out into the ratty bed, and when he said heap
dry, and said no water, they laughed, Indian-wise, and pointed to the
sand. Scooping little wells with their hands, they showed him the
rising and the filling; water where the instant before was no water;
and a bigger fool than Brodie could see the water was all there, only
underground.

"But when did it rise?" asked Brodie. "When the chinook spoke," said
the Sioux. "And why?" persisted Brodie. "Because the Spider woke,"
answered the Sioux. And Brodie went out of the camp of the Sioux
wondering.

And he planned a new bridge which should stand the chinook and the
Spider and all evil spirits. And full seven year it lasted; and then
the fire water spoke for the wicked Scotchman, and he himself went out
into the night.

And after he died, miserable wreck of a man, the Spider woke and took
his pawky bridge and tied up the main line for two weeks and set us
crazy, for it cost us our grip on the California fast freight business.
But at that time Healey was superintendent of bridges on the West End.

His father was a section foreman. When Healey was a mere kid, he got
into Brodie's office doing errands. But whenever he saw a draughtsman
at work he hung over the table till they kicked him downstairs. Then,
by and by, Healey got himself an old table and part of a cake of India
ink, and with some cursing from Brodie became a draughtsman, and one
day head draughtsman in Brodie's office. Healey was no college man;
Healey was a Brodie man. Single mind on single mind--concentration
absolute. Mathematics, drawing, bridges, brains--that was Healey. All
that Brodie knew, Healey had from him, and Brodie, who hated even
himself, showed still a light in the wreck by moulding Healey to his
work. For one day, said Brodie in his heart, this boy shall be master
of these bridges. When I am dust he will be here what I might have
been--this Irish boy--and they will say he was Brodie's boy. And better
than any of these doughheads they send me out he shall be, if he was
made engineer by a drunkard. And Healey was better, far, far better
than the doughheads, better than the graduates, better than Brodie--and
to Healey came the time to wrestle with the Spider.

Stronger than any man he was, before or since, for the work. All Brodie
knew, all the Indians knew, all that a life's experience, eating,
living, watching, sleeping with the big river, had taught him, that
Healey knew. And when Brodie's bridge went out, Healey was ready with
his new bridge for the Spider Water, which should be better than
Brodie's, just as he was better than Brodie. A bridge like Brodie's,
with the fire water, as it were, left out. And after the temporary
structure was thrown over the stream, Healey's plans for a Howe truss,
two-pier, two-abutment, three-span, pneumatic caisson bridge to span
the Spider Water were submitted to headquarters.

But the cost! The directors jumped the table when they saw the figures.
Our directors talked economy for the road and for themselves studied
piracy. So Healey couldn't get the money for his new bridge, and was
forced to build a cheap one which must, he knew, go some time. But
the dream of his life, this we all knew--the Sioux would have said
the Spider knew--was to build a final bridge over the Spider Water, a
bridge to throttle it for all time.

It was the one subject on which you would get a rise out of Healey any
time, day or night, the two-pier, two-abutment, three-span, pneumatic
caisson Spider bridge. He would talk Spider bridge to a Chinaman. His
bridge foreman, Ed Peeto, a staving big one-eyed French-Canadian, had
but two ideas in life. One was Healey, the other the Spider bridge.
And after many moons our pirate directors were thrown out, and a great
and public-spirited man took control of our system, and when Ed Peeto
heard it he kicked his little water spaniel in a frenzy of delight.
"Now, Sport, old boy," he exclaimed riotously, "we'll get the bridge!"
And after much effort by Healey, seconded by Bucks, superintendent of
the division, and by Callahan, assistant, the new president did consent
to put up the money for the good bridge. The wire flashed the word to
the West End. Everybody at the wickiup, as we called the old division
headquarters, was glad; but Healey rejoiced, Ed Peeto burned red fire,
and his little dog Sport ate rattlesnakes.

There was a good bridge needed at one other point, the Peace River, a
treacherous water, and Healey had told the new management that if they
would give him a pneumatic caisson bridge there, he would guarantee the
worst stretch on the system against tie-up disasters for a generation;
and they had said go ahead; and Ed Peeto went fairly savage with
responsibility and strutted around the wickiup like a Cyclops.

Early in the summer, Healey very quiet, and Peeto very profane, with
all their traps and belongings, moved into construction headquarters
at the Spider, and the first airlock ever sunk west of the Missouri
closed over the heads of tall Healey and big Ed Peeto. Like a swarm
of ants the bridge workers cast the refuse up out of the Spider bed.
The blowpipes never slept, night and day the sand streamed from below,
and Healey's caissons sank like armed cruisers foot by foot toward the
bed-rock. When the masonry was crowding high-water mark, Healey and
Peeto ran back to Medicine Bend to get acquainted with their families.
Peeto was so deaf he couldn't hear himself sing, and Healey was as
ragged and ratty as the old depot; but both were immensely happy.

Next morning, Sunday, they all sat up in Buck's office reading letters
and smoking.

"Hello," growled Bucks, chucking a nine-inch official manila under the
table, "here's a general order--Number Fourteen."

The boys drew their briars like one. Bucks read a lot of stuff that
didn't touch our end, then he reached this paragraph:

  "The Mountain and Inter-mountain divisions are hereby consolidated
  under the name of the Mountain Division, with J. F. Bucks
  superintendent, headquarters at Medicine Bend. C. T. Callahan is
  appointed assistant of the consolidated divisions."

"Good boy!" roared Ed Peeto, straining his ears.

"Well, well, well," murmured Healey, opening his eyes, "here's
promotions right and left." Bucks read on:

  "H. P. Agnew is appointed superintendent of bridges of the new
  division, with headquarters at Omaha, vice P. C. Healey."

Bucks threw down the order. Ed Peeto broke out first: "Did you hear
that?"

Healey nodded.

"You're let out!" stormed Peeto. Healey nodded. The bridge foreman
dashed his pipe at the stove, jumped up, stamped across to the window,
and was like to have sworn the glass out before Healey spoke.

"I'm glad we're up with the Spider job, Bucks," said he. "When they
get the Peace River work in, the division will run itself for a year."

"Healey," said Bucks, "I don't need to tell you what I think of it, do
I? It's a shame. But it's what I've said for a year--nobody will ever
know what Omaha is going to do next." Healey rose to his feet. "Where
you going?"

"Back to the Spider on Number Two."

"Not going back this morning. Why don't you wait for Four to-night?"

"Ed, will you get those staybolts and chuck them into the baggage car
for me when Two pulls in? I'm going over to the house for a minute."

They knew what that meant. He was going over to tell the folks he
wouldn't be home for Sunday as he expected--as the children expected.
Going to tell the wife--the old man--that he was out. Out of the
railroad system he had given his life to help build up and to make
what it was. Out of the position he had climbed to by studying like a
hermit and working like a hobo. Out--without criticism or reason or
allegation. Simply, like a dog, out.

Bucks and Callahan looked down on the departing train soon afterward,
and saw Healey climbing into the smoker. Every minute he had before
the new order beheaded him he spent at the Spider. One thing he meant
to make sure of--that they shouldn't beat him out of the finish of the
Spider bridge as he had planned it. One monument Healey meant to have;
one he has.

After he let go on the West End, Healey wanted to look up something
East. But Bucks told him frankly it would be difficult to get a place
without a regular engineer's degree. It seemed as if there was no place
for Healey but just the mountains, and after a time finding nothing,
and Bucks losing a roadmaster, Healey--Callahan urging--agreed to take
the little job and stay with his old superintendent. It was a big drop,
but Healey took it.

Agnew meantime had stopped all construction work not too far along
to discontinue. The bridge at the Spider was fortunately beyond his
mandate; it was finished to a rivet as Healey had planned it. But
the Peace River bridge was caught in the air, and Healey's great
caissons gave way to piles, and the cost came down from a hundred
to seventy-five thousand dollars. Incidentally it was breathed from
headquarters that the day for extravagant appropriations on the West
End was passed.

That year we had no winter till spring, and no spring till summer; and
it was a spring of snow and a summer of water. The mountains were lost
in snow even after Easter. When the snow let up, and it was no longer
a matter of keeping the track clear, it was a matter of lashing it to
the right-of-way to keep it from swimming clear. Healey caught it worse
than anybody. He knew Bucks looked to him for the track, and he worked
like two men, for that was his way in a pinch. He strained every nerve
making ready for the time the mountain snows should go out.

There was nobody easy on the West End. Healey least of all, for that
spring, ahead of the suns, ahead of the thaws, ahead of the waters,
came a going out that unsettled the oldest calculator in the wickiup.
Brodie's old friends began coming out of the up-country, out of the
Spider Valley. Over the Eagle Pass and through the Peace Cañon came the
Sioux in parties and camps and tribes. And Bucks stayed them and talked
with them. But the Sioux did not talk, they grunted--and traveled.
After Bucks Healey tried, for the braves knew him and would listen.
But when he accused them of fixing for a fight, they denied and turned
their faces to the mountains. They stretched their arms straight out
under their blankets like stringers, and put their palms downward and
muttered to Healey, "Plenty snow."

"I reckon they're lying," growled Bucks listening. Healey made no
comment; only looked at the buried mountains.

Now the Spider wakes regularly twice; at all other times irregularly.
Once in April; that is the foothills water. Once in June; that is the
mountain water.

Now came an April without any rise; nothing rose but the snow, and May
opened bleaker than April; even the trackmen walked with set faces. The
dirtiest half-breed on the line knew now what the mountains held.

Section gangs were doubled, night walkers put on. Bypasses were opened,
bridge crews strengthened, everything buckled for grief. Gullies began
to race, culverts to choke, creeks to tumble, rivers to madden. From
the Muddy to the Summit the water courses swelled and boiled; all but
the Spider; the big river slept. Through May and into June the Spider
slept. But Healey was there at the wickiup, with one eye always running
over all the line and one eye turned always to the Spider, where two
men and two, night and day, watched the lazy surface water trickle
over and through the vagabond bed between Healey's monumental piers.
Never an hour did the operating department lose the track. East and
west of us everywhere railroads clamored in despair. The flood swept
from the Rockies to the Alleghanies. Our trains never missed a trip;
our schedules were unbroken; our people laughed; we got the business,
dead loads of it! Our treasury flowed over; and Healey watched, and the
Spider slept. But when May turned soft and hot into June, with every
ditch bellying and the mountains still buried, it put us all thinking
hard. It was the season for floods.


TO BE CONCLUDED.



BEAVER IN PERIL OF EXTINCTION IN MICHIGAN.


Unless the State lawmaking body intervenes with protective legislation,
there will be a great slaughter of beavers in Upper Michigan less than
a year hence. The law which prohibits killing the little fur-bearing
animals expires with the close of January, 1910.

For more than eight years beavers have been protected, and that they
have thrived is shown by the fact that large colonies are to be found
on many streams in different portions of the peninsula.

Whether the animals are worthy of continued protection is a question
concerning which divergent views are held. From a humanitarian
standpoint most persons doubtless would be sorry to see the closed
season abolished. It is the opinion of lumbermen, however, that beavers
are a nuisance. This is because of the work of the animals in building
dams. The streams obstructed in this manner, the water is often backed
up and extensive areas are flooded, interfering with the log drives and
frequently resulting in considerable property loss.

The dams in most cases are amazingly well constructed. Marvelous
ingenuity is shown by the builders, and so systematically are the
operations carried on that the work accomplished is almost beyond
belief.

Last fall when the water in Dead River fell to such a low stage that
it was hardly possible to keep Marquette's municipal electric plant in
commission, investigation resulted in the discovery that the stream was
dammed at more than a score of places. Large reservoirs had thus been
created. The obstructions were the work of beavers, good-sized colonies
of which were domiciled at every point where the river was found to be
blocked.

So stanchly constructed were the dams that the use of dynamite was
necessary to destroy them. It was found that trees as large as ten
inches in diameter had been utilized, and in almost every instance
the timber had been cut into four-foot lengths. Firmly set into place
and plastered with mud, the logs formed a substantial barrier, and,
augmented with small sticks and brush, they were successful in backing
up the river until at one point the stream was more than a mile in
width.

However, although the beavers occasion material havoc of this sort,
they do not want for friends who would resent such action as would
leave the animals open to wholesale slaughter. It is pointed out that,
while the beavers have multiplied greatly the last few years and are
now very plentiful, as the result of the imposition of the closed
season, it would require only a few months' work to exterminate the
animals entirely.

Choice beaver skins, such as are procurable in upper Michigan, are in
demand from furriers, and it is unquestioned that with the expiration
of the present statutory protection, waters frequented by the little
animals would witness a swift and sanguinary onslaught by scores of
trappers.



RARE CAGE BIRDS.


Lovers of cage birds have hitherto confined their attention chiefly to
the canary, the parrot, and the mocking bird. Now, however, there is a
tendency to acquire rare varieties and dealers are preparing to meet
this novel demand.

The bulbul is among the feathered pets now in demand in this country.
"A few bulbuls have been hitherto brought from India," said a bird
dealer. "These have not included, however, the bulbul of Persia, the
Oriental counterpart of the European nightingale, but gifted with a
richer, sweeter, and more plaintive song."

The hill minas of India sometimes eclipse parrots in their lingual
abilities, yet very few have been imported into the United States.
They now retail at $17 apiece. Japanese robins, sometimes called Pekin
nightingales by English aviculturists, are peculiarly colored--dark
and greenish, with distinctive yellow and orange on breast, bill, and
wings. They are easy to keep, possess a sweet and musical song, and
have a song period lasting ten months.

The skill of Japanese breeders is also shown in several varieties of
cage birds that are coming into notice in this country. A pure white
variety and a buff-and-white variety of one species--the Japanese nun,
also known as bengelee or mannikin--bear testimony to the assiduity of
the Japanese fanciers. Nuns are small birds of different species, such
as the black-headed and tri-colored nuns, the spice bird or chestnut
finch, and others. Most of them have more or less dark brown in the
coloring.

Cage birds from Africa are notable for beauty of plumage rather than
song. The African weaver, in addition to attractive coloring, offers
a striking exhibition of his skill in the art that has given him his
name. At nesting time, if furnished with worsted or other suitable
material, the birds will weave this in and out of the wires of their
cage, making neat and compact examples of their handiwork. Bishops and
Madagascar weavers are brilliant red and black in coloring, cutthroats
have a band of red across the throat from which is derived the name,
and whidah birds (sometimes but incorrectly called widow birds) have
extremely long tails.

Waxbills form a family of African cage birds which are just beginning
to attract fashionable notice. These include the dainty little cordon
bleu, or crimson-eared waxbill, various species of silverbills, and
several other kinds. The violet-eared waxbill, a bird of radiant
prismatic beauty, though for some years past popular in Europe, has
just been brought to this country. Edelsingers, or African gray
singers, are an African species with a pleasing song.

Lady goldfinches from Australia have hitherto been extremely rare
in this country, although they are said to reach the highest point
of beauty and elegance attained by any of the smaller cage birds of
the world. These birds tame readily, are not pugnacious with cage
mates, and exhibit many individualities of disposition. Among their
accomplishments is an interesting and graceful little dance.



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  9--Motor Matt's Air Ship; or, The Rival Inventors.

  10--Motor Matt's Hard Luck; or, The Balloon House Plot.

  11--Motor Matt's Daring Rescue; or, The Strange Case of Helen Brady.

  12--Motor Matt's Peril; or, Cast Away in the Bahamas.

  13--Motor Matt's Queer Find; or, The Secret of the Iron Chest.

  14--Motor Matt's Promise; or, The Wreck of the "Hawk."

  15--Motor Matt's Submarine; or, The Strange Cruise of the "Grampus."

  16--Motor Matt's Quest; or, Three Chums in Strange Waters.

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  17--Motor Matt's Close Call; or, The Snare of Don Carlos.

To be Published on June 21st.

  18--Motor Matt in Brazil; or, Under the Amazon.

To be Published on June 28th.

  19--Motor Matt's Defiance; or, Around the Horn.

To be Published on July 5th.

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Transcriber's Notes:


Added table of contents.

Italics are represented with _underscores_, bold with =equal signs=.

This text edition expands oe ligatures to "oe"; the HTML edition
retains the ligatures.

Retained inconsistent spelling of Gallego vs. Gallegos.

Page 12, corrected typo "atempt" in "Any further attempt to chase."

Page 15, corrected typo "glitering" in "stern face and glittering
eyes." Changed "Hs" to "He" in "He iss arrest."

Page 17, corrected typo "arested" in "Why had Matt been arrested?"

Page 23, changed "secondhand" to "second-hand" for consistency ("our
second-hand machine").

Page 31, corrected "volet-eared" to "violet-eared."





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