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Chapter NumberXXXVIII
Chapter TitleSOLVING THE MYSTERY-AN APPALLING DANGER.
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Full Date1888-11-09
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Newspaper TitleKyabram Union (Vic. : 1886 - 1894)
Trove TitleMy Plucky Boy Tom; or, Searching for Curiosities in India for My Show
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' THE YOUNG FOLKS. MY PLU4MY BOY TOl; on. ýaRA0RlI O BO TOY ; ·: or, aRAnROi GFORCURIOSITIE 1W INDINt'FOR MY BSOW,. BIP. T. Baue.' OCA uRR XXXVIL.-Rol sran' r..e Mrs 'OrR-AIt Arrarl.rre DArnsW. Tom Beaford'a ery was a gasepleg shriek as ha 'tseg up his arms, dropped Ites rifle, and felt backward as the raft like one deed. Mr. Godhia ld Athor were struck with eonsereatios at the sight, and. orsetfol. t their ew perli sprsag forward from the heat ithe etrwesae to his help. The led, after feliegrtoried em bhi eada and lay as t-s very edge of the rati, I Sim mines stikof rollIeg iteO the lake. SMr. GOfan weas the first to reach his rbnadl and 'irting him by the shoulder, he hastily drew him reck to the layer of glass at the frost. Ather was bat ea mean t behind him. ent graoped the other ihoelder of the lad, his removal bseig effeted to etwaihttag. Ro*t qlek a weas ab work, each was see. rotlon ofa sndden, bsarp ptle that paUed through their bodies, oeausig an lavelaaltry emoamation on the pert of bolh. The blow, If shob It may he wailed, wan not severe sough to' deprive them of the power of motion, and they. did mot falter Is the work of bhumaity until it was completed. " odkio In that starulg s moment Mr. Gdl soticed that the Demon of the Lake kept it. place at the sters of the raft, with.whieb he seemed is asnal eoilact4 be ;stroo'ore trembling onue or twerie, as 1U from collaision with a rook. By thie lime, too, a suspcleIoa of what It all msat bhad fleshed through the mld of Mr. Godkle, whose grpat fear was that his yonng friend had reen fatally lejered. A n. loote was sfaiefant, however, to maket known the gratifying faseet that Tom was alive. He was seen to quiver, as if soffering Intense paie, then he opened his eyes, stared aroand lna drzed sort of way, and suddenly eat upright as well as eorr. My graclonlu I' he exelaimed, but thati was awful I' ' Bow do yen feel asked Mr. OG rakle. *I'm all right, except a slight nausea atl the stomach; but let's go fr that demon, at they call him.' ' BIIe arefol to keep on this pert o! thei :1.,' admonibced Mr. Godkin, while Athoor stood bewildered, hardly knowing. what to do rr to advise his frienda to do. The monster at the rear of the stroe'ure seemed to be filled with a devilish me igoity that would not be denied. Seeinlg that the thre ptrsons were on their feet asd, there f r, exrlnmely alive. he tead to slay all three. The bideous head, with Its hund:ede of vibrating horns, wars throat above the water, the irmmense round eyes glaring oter the lsreg of the raft like a couple of locomotive headlights, while the horrible mouth openeard aid ahat with a gaspiog movement, as If the long, sharp teeth were 'eager to read the victims they were unable to rseah. The samne low, grinding moan Iessued from the intestlor of the nondescript, whose appearance suggested some apalling night. mare of sleep. But ulr friends were too aooustomed to all manner of peril to be paralysed by a sight whichb, under other circumstances, would have held them tranafixed with horror. Do you take the right eye, and I will plug hi4 lel.,' said Tom, biloging his rifle to his sh.ulder. SAll right; I will count thre eso that we may lire togetLer.' The weapoe were levelled, the D.mon of the Lake maintaining his positlor; though he appeased to be on ths point of dropping back lto the water. !* One-two-three 1' The reporls of the guns were s'multanecos, and the very eStre of easoh eye-was pleoed by' the -ILaden mtsaile, whieb boaed is way olean thrLogh fesh, oartilage and bone, the entire lensth of the terrible oreature, the bulids linking is the water hevood., TLu death of tes dazing Wanuwars, who stepped out in the ootl .-of theoape, was hardly more sodden than tha of the Demon of the Lake. The horsible moanirg ceased, the gigantic jiwa clued with a snapplg sond, and the monster went to the bottom itLe a bonlder that had rolled down the mountain side. S'Bureah-i' alled Tom- B.adfi d, linging his hast -o high in the air that it came near falling ovarboard; ' be is asdeadsaadoor nail, ard it-was or thbots that htlld Lim I' * Thse ear be so doubt of that,' remarked Athoeor. who hlt a suangeawed exuliatica; bot who shall explain the mysery -of chite power ever bi rvineis while ee was elie? 'It Is as plai as AB C,' said Tom, walkb iog to the edge of the lail, and geaiLg down as the monster that lay eo the bottom, fity feet below. SYou name pretty nesr fiaishing me, sdded the lad, shaking his fist at him; ' and if it hadn't been that yon- had -killed the WVld Mae sob a short time before, you would have:doe it.' i . lam quite sore that my intelligent reader hae alrs dy asrp'oted the explaneaek of the extraredicacy ooeoreoesea dectbed. They have read of the -elertrital eel of 8ush Amerlsr, which Is faroished by nature nlih an esiotriat battery poserlol enough to slet osadden death- cpu any animal with which it rome in contact. Horses are driven lInto the pools of water wheretheoe singular alc abound; many of the animals belog so severely abooked that they are drowned before the reptiles Iemporrily exhaust their batteries to the point of making it safe for men to handle thim. ' Eleatalel dulle are well known,. and the Demon of the Lake was - a gigantle monstrosity "fralshed' with an ietrical battery- of overwhelming power. FPlly aware of its abllty'to inflict a lightnnler. ls death' upon ay area are whiob it -could touhab Itwasso foad of iexercilg' It fatal gift that it wall deserved the name it tso eelved from the superstitious satises. Gilding' noiselessly up to the Wanwara, standoing walt deep in the lake asd I. the set of oohinlg hi. jurella, the moonser emom him with lastman death. The ilentotheok exhausted the sleeteial reservoir, :a it may be called, sal some houre were artesary for It to replealoh It. self. - 'The time, thereforer; was so brief beforeit aiatiled the raft sad Its toopsate, that It could mod only a partial shook through the rafl snd into the anssopeosiog TamBrad. ford- Naverthelees; it was sofolosn to atreteb hism -sadlse., ad bet or the preloous dsorharge Into the body of the warror, my ploehy young frhaictver would have knows what kiled htn. When Atheeor ad ir. Godlin rushed to hle! help, the Demon of the Lake tried to shook them through the raft, just as he had dose a meomsn before wish she Ids. hot by chat timi bie store of lecrtlialty was so low that it amounted to little, though etartllnjly peorepithb to the men -a ThMe explaation make.eleer also the pro aenco of the sheate of glare at the frout of the atreatore. That esbetanes. I need not tell you, isa nouondutotr of eetricty (of 'wbleh we really new very little. ad by same mesas the asgarhse WId Mea.nd t Maontales had asee'tNlaad the fet,. A portIon of the' raft therefore, with whloi tahy oeeenal llyjoarne es aerms the lake, wke pasledby tbhln sbld Bo long aelthe 'naigators rumahod on that part they were sals c ad had Tom Bradfed baen at the front Intiad ef at th' storp a hewuld not have been periratid& haytshok.--" Bot thee, alao, he weuli asi have eelwed the mystery of the Demos of the Lake, and ele he-reallyi adered nso barebe will savev regret the knock down hereoelved at the hsdfe of the sietrliMo mossier.' 'It will aver do to try toeeptore a earloell like that for Mr -Berum ' said the lad, alter the mattes had beea foly disesased l- mad. eler to AtiHor; *for be wouldplay theahlobaf withibfs captors, sad If we cosid get blm to Amreris, he would keep is up He would t wiorresbtan that old elephant, Golomboc, that Mr. BHr' som had yrsn ago sad that kilkd so many

wiee teny eothidig eboat Bease, that I eapýse. w asrei atat' Bsdgpaee. * Ia I eet to be suppoed that the ee we have shat li the aly one ia the late,' rint i t. Oasle ! e wew mast look oat, fer *"e oeat sheik fream one of those oreterea wilU tayot eshe viesnm teyed pi hope of .se tneriiatlon.' auring thes eliroing moment, the Wild Men had snme frtu from their hiding plt.; ad were inokltg out epon the- warte wish inten" rolosity. They hatd see the hola ored en tse very fn or one Demon of the Lkn, rand as It .d if the eats of toe reft sad sank, they ould not have failed to understand abet to wer kIlled. . Ueeounde' mot have Obeen their satOrih mnio as the elhta; for. of est the wsnseible terrs of which is eatrase people sepoei wibhlated tceat, there was never mey that equalled th. - areal or6ratee otewe as the Demise the lsaerhL .-' Theliaered Laie of Piue, beg so far lto the Tootbe; is the base of semy at theb htrangea formadoes ever 'haews i O* animal blegtoin , as our frietds were de stfsled to lear before reahobing tshe Other abore. Time wae preolore, ad Athrow ad Mr. Oodkan plied ihelr paddlue with all the power at their e*miand. There waee reU s to fear that the Wauwaers, divtieg their per, pner, woold m-he beesi to arme reeed to west them; ad, though It reemed unlikely that they stald pse over the greaterdleane ie the esear tim that aour frendaoold vrytge the ehorter, there wase Mate to *e lieve shey might reach the oppoette shore il lime to eo* serlious troulhe. The bite r tRrte gave only a sogglh mrove meot 0. the raft, while the sesessity cf keep ing a watch for -oher eleetrieal mesitea handiooppd the progren of tbf party. 10 that it ea evident an hoor or, two most elesbefore thoy could hope to. eat feoot on T'e dlsppartere rf the Wild Men from the sape, where they had heen steading for game time, gave probability to the the ry that;they were hurrylog to the other elde of the lake. SWhat the matti r I' sddealy uaked Tor Bradford, who, standinv on the bow of tc raft, rifl)e in hed, weeable to keep a brighter look out thian hi frla edpiylng the oar.. . What dn you eina? ashed MrI. Godhie, esel'g work for ae lasteot and looking uop. ' Too are not goiang .ward shore, hat erare treralllng la caelre.' Atboor row satoppedal work ais and ook a osurvey of matters, The next moment be altered an eselamn tion in ledostarnl. * I forgot it,' he said, with bleashed fte; 'there Is a great whiripool In the oentre of the lake, and we are eanuht lo Ie power.' * Let as hburry thin and work car way oat,' added Mr. Godklio, dippilg his floang paddle deep, and sweylag it with all hbls power, while the native did the easre on the other side of the rat., Under their nated Impulse the strootore rnoved faster than ever, little ripples no water shbow ing I front. Tem, who asai kept ble place at the ront, lorely wetebineg their progrees felt that the danger wars past, and oalled out eneoanraging words. SBut they were searcely ttered when to his dismay, he perceived that the sirl of the maelstrom was greater thaa bhe almost etrength of the two man. The raft was goingol rouand and rounad in a rapidity narroowg cilrcle, and swiftly ap proaohing the frightful vortex, which wee now plainy observed only a short dlitance away. You have all seetn the little whirlpools as they appearaor rerome !ndergrotrd paeage through which' a aream discharges its volnme. You have noticed how the waters spin round and roand, faster and fatter, until the centre is resuhed, don which the sticksand other Bfloating deblis plonge rad vanish for Imagine now a vortex ten feet aorest, with aaunknowo depth, the areen we re whirlinag about with disalog velocity, aod with a roar like that of the rapids below Niagara, and you have a faint piclture of the appalliog danger ahioh eat friends on the raift were eseprapelled to face, and from whibh thi re ecemed to earthly eaoee bshort of a miracle. 'lem Bradford brpged to be allowed to take one if the oars, but the perspirlg Mr. Godhin waved him saie, and continued to ply the paddle with an energy born of der perstion, amoonting almost to despair. CoarTiY XYTXll-lixFaRHNaD Io NixD. YToo may be aware tabt reven . .small sj:at, oaoabt In thbe swirl of a whirlpool, spanes rouad many times before taking its dual p ogse down the vortexr;. Although the rti aud its ocacpants ware eirelir g about the huge vorne with genat spe d, ant eteadly drawing eater eaoh moment; yet it weas Ikely to do to for a asceiderable time-as it would seem and'r the slroumstanees-before difing fete the bowe isof the earth. While gc'zirg at the terrifilog might. Tom Bradford saw a ? oond Demor of he Lake, folly a glgantlo as the one he ehad help dto kill, struagle fiercely for a momenton the very verge .,f the whirlpool, and then " go down, tail Brst, its limmense head, open mouth, aod hoodreds of attenero ippig wl.h foam, ce-with a sreechilogmoan itehot out of sight for ever. Athoor and Godkhin doubed far over, despairiogly but vainly plying their oars, audonwi lirgin those dreadful movements toyle d the idle fight with the power that was rea e -saatiost their atmost strengbth Tom Bradford could only staad at the front, praynlg that the'kid Provildese tsat ad baefriededathcmso olten would not deert bthem intheir extrernmity. A strasge brps that there might be some roekhover whieb he could fing the laego that he still earred. lId him to. hold the loops in his head, waiting for the obasce whith was never to present ilIef in that form. . SWeki as Is the meast ewerfol steaner against -a strong carrent, there are ab ark and other lbies in the that ane flat their way agselet a rmeblrg torrent, seemaetly by a partial exeritse only ol thel tremeadous a'rengtb. oWhite Tom stood in this expectant but despairing attitudei he cauoght sight of a imrnease fisb, whblah Ia the vary watoseess of It migbt, was dallyilg with the whirlpool, semingly trying to sea how aear it eo'd approach to the verter witanot belg drewb il In shot aeroe the featfolade, pe ieg within a few feet of the emerad well do wbtoh the Demoa of the Lake hadvaisbed ad thee spoed sveral wode away, nlstemaly retorierg agaln as if toa how it geoar of the weaker foree. Soddenly i glided lhoot of tlb reft, oi be obauved that it'wee foll thtl feet in lengb, hut eywmetrloally aepud, with a ttperlog body, a hgehed end two earmaons des that potout aost hoh of Ibe jaw., P errlteneld it to thruit its head partl ouof the water, es if It eought to eist one pitying glanoe at the loomed pastiesce the raft. Tbh aame nsfteet the fer in the heand of Tom Bradferd hot t twith despeate force sad wondrfl aee y. The loop fell direty over the head of the fish. end, lIke a lasb the lad steeped down a od oll the other and of the rope round ona of thslogn nf the rtft. weewa not a seod toosoon - Feeleg the strange bedMIe areano bhi heed, the gigenfto deb was eel&d. with a paelo, ae, hedt Ibg raghaw foe. the vortex, he;pat forth hha ianeoeakieaht eeetjy It was a herootean tesk, but the ish's loatoot most have tanght him tbletMe owe. eieteese was at stake, for he taosed with a strengthe tha-weeld have puolle a Cunard steamer apalact the wlhol foree ci her peoleg s a.-. or a fuill cfete Ihe eflwa iuefg motfoo. Itee, Ie sodden sherkleg senatie the foam ad spray above the three hewidared friemdl tnsash ean rxent that thoy were ioklehle to easb other, ead were In- dager of bolsg atrlagled Poodigitos as wee the powerof the giReanlo Gab, it lohkel am if he bhad ondntahen a task bsenl his pewr. - Dolt, heranb I- - The teoerlots rope drawn se test itftt it wan like a her of Iron did not break, and tha strange motor gaiod pererelptlly. At flai it acud not he perceived, but

peon tbhe strnetoii begsa moving iseein ieels' -T adwaatege grew wib every steaep l ·iaT~ac. ' rTbe forther 4Ie raft war draw from lbs vortex, bthe l- i.ess eme she powelr of: i Whiripool., ad s, morie poaabrl grew tbeau tack of lbh locgitar Be.. tr Woald tb heeave ritch become resbautIr an( plant m No: am maa to fel that, terrlfla asw , the dihe, ie tie wee .uaembiang. Sunrher sit ,rlaher, faster and fee ienad lhe ratS .tnraogh *be blinding spray .om mit and fam. uonstl ise diraoes fSomtnhI rearing tories was doubled. Conaesouc that he was now master of. tlh. situation, Ithe i-h puot forth another Iremmel done burst, and in a twibling had deneshb: bhe raft and tas thrc oceupancs so far Seatl nla she broad. eg sratesa that he raft wee snesaable to therower.t the paddls: S-The moemsa nur friends real"sed thb were sevlwdt a manner that.epproese. the mlraelan.e, Tem Bradford aod-4 - Oetkln seek on as el kose, overoome.w lo graSitude. and ronrrd out their hearts i tanakfnlness to Heaversn. Atboor stead wish folded arms eand Idos .eyes murmoring his gratitude to"Bdldi.e. who 'at Ateirvened n a More marked =0-' a r tha hbe had aver known i all his axs.ee rianle before.. Meuawhile, when they had rnoevere remewihat from thel- .gitatiou. theyb. p.r slved that the huge fish we still oating the pact of a steam ong or te.. Fortuesately he hadi headed toward tbs shets which wan the datclatl -of. .et:. friend., and wae dras i g thenm tbroal the. waer at a sperd which k pt he foam 8pirgi over the hoot ef the boas. Evidently tb. ishb was still ptaio.ateiatis: not by blie .arowesospe from bthe wiriSiLe but beanses io the straue bfrile that 6111 ecirelted s is head H's feellag m t Mbes been lmilar to thsS of Shb Ilon whoa be toa;t bldsel Inextrably onObght Ia lbm marro tbat had sprang aatl ever bt jaws. ' Rl an the wareh.*' t. Athoor. wno was the 8rstl to peek 'II swill oneo change -hi course, and yon malt be ready to mt. l ripe or e will draw no ilae le whirlpel;: sagai.' aI' look oat for that,? replied Toom, beld tat Hi knife ready So sever the ie l Ib tretast it beneme reerssry., The fish now di plyedl a dispolition ome: thing like that of the .troea, hblob dalli,. with the 'rne a icnn tlme before a)lowing blmeolf to be eep'nred. The headi on Sight of the igantin hel eunhisoed nanil he wae wi his a balf mile .. shore. All tele time Tom Bradford ws. sqouated at the poiot where She rope hed been wound araned ore of - ; logs of the raft, walling, with drawn kalfe. the moment when the fastening ehoult ao: coat. Athoor aod Mr Godkli were no wora out by Iheir great eser fore that the perspiraitb.. rstreamed from their fans, and they. no down on the raft to rerover thelc wind ad a ring h. 1 Itse oeenp erg this attitude of attentiom, the quelstion came to Tom Dradford whelheer he could not osave the lase. Of sourge be was to cime to ran any risk, hbut the powerful rope had sicod him so well, -did the prospect wans no strong that it would be of no forihaer eve, that he was naturalS anxious to kerep I., provided It could be aede done. At the distanoa of half a mile from. h . shore toward which the fabh bad hbem steadily puehiop, he turned to the left sand, esueomed a course par Ilel, to the land Ial froontrk, 'You had better uot. the rope I';rrieh Athoor; 'ha will aoon h-ad for the whirl pool aaino.' ' Wait a minute,' replied Tom. ' ar in no danger yot,' Depite the asounding power of thi hogs fish, it wars evident that he felt the prodigeua. strain, and was worn out. Suddenly there was a diminution of his ipred. He went slower and slower,. and al. atance torred rquaely about, and, facing, the ralt, assumed a motionless possion. The momentum of the structure aaueed lb toontionue forwsnard, and it pered directlyh over the fsh, whfio never stirred a So while the mrail was gliding but; s foot above bis body. But hi. abropf feoinog about gave Tom Bradford the very opportunity for which be, was waiting. The loiant hesanwbimLturn,hegavciaahrpba pull on the lax rope, which immediately elipped free of the head ans was gqoulikp, drawn on board. - , (To mx oo.vFTruZe.)