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got out thinking the submarine was in danger. Instead it was stuck in the quicksand. " " Why didn ' t it entirely disappear? " was Bob ' s question. " Seemingly just the nose is in the quicksand, and that alone kept it from being swallowed up, " said Mr. Robinson. " Look around for some rope. " Several coils of rope were found. Mr. Robinson said, " I got this idea from a picture which I saw some time ago. Here, tie up these levers and stand by for orders. " Mr. Robinson turned and went to the periscope. " Now, John, " said Mr. Robinson, " you have the elevating levers, and, Bob, you have the speed controls. O.K. Let ' s go! Full speed reverse. John, you fill those tanks with air. " The motors hummed, and with a grinding noise the gauges showed a steady rise toward the surface. " Ahoy, there! Level her out, " said Mr. Robinson. " Bob, put her ahead, and slow. Only fifty more feet to go. " A few seconds later he exclaimed, " Well, here we are. Shut off the engines. " " Let ' s go out on deck, " were the enthusiastic cries of the two boys. They opened the hatch of the conning tower and were greeted by the sun ' s warm and welcome rays. " There ' s a ship over there that we can flag, " said Mr. Robinson. " Oh, do we have to? " said the children. " My goodness! do we have to? " was the surprised answer of Mr. Rob- inson. " Let ' s sail home by ourselves. It would be lots more fun, " was John ' s plea. " It ' s up to you, young fellows, " said Mr. Robinson, " but I don ' t know where we are. " " That ' s all right. We ' ll find out where we are, " said Bob. " We Scouts know how to read compasses and other things. " They returned to the captain ' s cabin. " We ' ll sail north to 38 degrees. Then we ' ll steer in and down to enter the good, old Golden Gate. " The trip homeward was uneventful except for an incident near the Golden Gate. Sailing as they were with no pilot and without a chart to show the reefs, they were in great danger. They took matters in their own hands and piloted through until a grinding sound was heard and the motor stopped. " Now what? " said Mr. Robinson. " Fasten down the conning tower hatch. Ye gods! Out of fuel! Who would think it? " Bob hastily said, " The other gauge shows that we have some gas. Turn it on, and we ' ll be able to get home. " They came into the harbor under the surface and pulled straight for Yerba Buena Island, stopping directly at the dock. " Say, Mr. Robinson, why are you doing that? " said John. " Well, John, this is a United States submarine, and it is up to us to return it, " said Mr. Robinson. " Oh, couldn ' t we keep it? We found it, and it ' s a case of ' finders keepers losers weepers ' , " said Bob.
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The Lost Submarine ' " JT ' he shrill shrieks of women ' s voices, the tooting of ship ' s whistles, a mad scurry of bustling feet, and John and Bob ' s stateroom door was thrown open. They, who had been aroused by the noise, were just tying their shoelaces. " Ship is sinking! " called Bob ' s father. " Come on! Forget your shoes! " They ran up on deck, and to their horror all the lifeboats had been launched. The ship was sinking rapidly. They made a raft out of life pre- servers. Then they went on it and lowered it to the water. They knew that the suction of the sinking ship would pull them under if they couldn ' t get away. They were without oars. While on deck they had found some oxygen tanks which would allow them to stay under water for from two to three hours. The ship keeled over and sank rapidly. It so happened that the weight of the oxygen tanks kept them submerged. Suddenly John exclaimed, " Look! An old submarine! " And so it was. " Let ' s go in, " Bob exclaimed. " All right, " said Mr. Robinson, Bob ' s father. As he lifted the catch of the conning tower, he was greeted and practically knocked over by a giant air bubble. As the last few bubbles wandered up to the surface, they climbed in and screwed down the hatch after themselves. Bob clambered down and opened the main hatch. They then got down into the control room. There was no water visible except that which had followed them in. Mr. Robinson led the search through the submarine. No one was to be seen. It was Mr. Robinson who noticed that the gauges were all right, that the oil was up, and that everything .was seemingly in excellent condition. " What is holding the submarine down? " inquired John. " Nothing that I can see, " said Mr. Robinson. " How about the galley? Well stocked, I hope, " said Bob. " Yes, it is, " was the welcome reply of Mr. Robinson. " Let ' s eat and then turn in. " After a sound night ' s sleep, Mr. Robinson awakened the boys with, " We have a lot of work to do. Come on, and get up. " They made several trips to the ship to get provisions, clothes, and other articles. Upon finding some of the ship ' s rooms filled with air, they at- tached the fire hose and emptied the air into the submarine so as to give it more buoyancy. Then they started out to find what strange force was holding the submarine down. When Bob walked around the bow of the submarine, he found himself sinking slowly. He could not cry for help, but luckily he was close enough to the submarine so that he could tap on its sides with his knife. Mr. Robinson wondered what that tapping was, but John recognized it as an S O S coming from the bow. They hastened forward and located Bob. An iron bar was close at hand so Mr. Robinson and John laid it out to Bob. He caught on and was pulled up. After getting back into the submarine and taking off their oxygen tanks, Mr. Robinson said, " So that is the mysterious force that is holding the sub- marine down! I see. It was cruising along and ran into a hill. The crew
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" I am sorry, son, but it is not ours. It belongs to the United States ' Government, " replied Mr. Robinson. With that remark, he blew the whistle several times, and a crew of men appeared. " What ' s going on here? " asked the man in the best looking uniform. " We found, and we return the submarine No. S 43. Will you come aboard and inspect it so as to see that we have not harmed it in any man- ner? " said Mr. Robinson. " My goodness, " said the officer, " that submarine sank a year ago. It was supposed to have crashed. " " We had surmised so, sir, " said Mr. Robinson. As they climbed down the conning tower, the story was briefly told. When they reached the bottom of the ladder, the officer said, " My, what a maze of ropes. Where is your crew? " " Right here, " said Mr. Robinson. " It consists of John Smith, my son Bob Robinson, and myself. " " Well, Mr. Robinson, " said the officer, " we shall report this to Wash- ington, and you will shortly hear from us. " A week later, word came that they would receive the submarine as a reward because it was old- fashioned and could no longer be used in active service. Carleton Cross. The zAir Mail Oh! the roar of the motor, the whir of the plane, Going onward and onward through sunshine or rain, Going onward and onward through hail or through sleet, Speeds steadily forward this swift ship and fleet. Its pilot is daring; its pilot is bold. Its pilot has faced many danges untold. Yet daytime or nighttime he ' s true to his trust For the service ' s law is, " To do this he must! " O ' er hill and o ' er valley, o ' er vale and o ' er stream; Then far in the distance he sees a small gleam. ' Tis the gleam of the light on a small monoplane. Then slowly this pinpoint of light ' gins to wane. Then nearer and nearer there looms a tall spire, Which faster and faster grows higher and higher. Of the whole air -way system this spire is the core. Oh, the air-mail pilot is back home once more. Morton Sivarth.
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