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The House Under the Sea A Romance   By: (1863-1950)

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THE HOUSE UNDER THE SEA

A ROMANCE

BY

MAX PEMBERTON

Author of Kronstadt, The Phantom Army, Etc.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1902

Copyright, 1902 By MAX PEMBERTON

All rights reserved

Published September, 1902

[Illustration: "Shall we go, or stay?"]

CONTENTS

I. IN WHICH JASPER BEGG MAKES KNOWN THE PURPOSE OF HIS VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND HOW IT CAME ABOUT THAT HE COMMISSIONED THE STEAM SHIP SOUTHERN CROSS THROUGH PHILIPS, WESTBURY, AND CO.

II. WE GO ASHORE AND LEARN STRANGE THINGS

III. IN WHICH JASPER BEGG MAKES UP HIS MIND WHAT TO DO

IV. WE GO ABOARD, BUT RETURN AGAIN

V. STRANGE SIGHTS ASHORE, AND WHAT WE SAW OF THEM

VI. JASPER BEGG MEETS HIS OLD MISTRESS, AND IS WATCHED

VII. IN WHICH HELP COMES FROM THE LAST QUARTER WE HAD EXPECTED IT

VIII. THE BIRD'S NEST IN THE HILLS

IX. WE LOOK OUT FOR THE SOUTHERN CROSS

X. WE ARE SURELY CAGED ON KEN'S ISLAND

XI. LIGHTS UNDER THE SEA

XII. THE DANCING MADNESS

XIII. THE STORM

XIV. A WHITE POOL AND AFTERWARDS

XV. AN INTERLUDE, DURING WHICH WE READ IN RUTH BELLENDEN'S DIARY AGAIN

XVI. ROSAMUNDA AND THE IRON DOORS

XVII. IN WHICH JASPER BEGG ENTERS THE HOUSE UNDER THE SEA

XVIII. CHANCE OPENS A GATE FOR JASPER BEGG, AND HE PASSES THROUGH

XIX. WHICH SHOWS THAT A MAN WHO THINKS OF BIG THINGS SOMETIMES FORGETS THE LITTLE ONES

XX. THE FIRST ATTACK IS MADE BY CZERNY'S MEN

XXI. WHICH BRINGS IN THE DAY AND WHAT BEFELL THEREIN

XXII. THE BEGINNING OF THE SIXTY HOURS

XXIII. THE END OF THE SIXTY HOURS

XXIV. THE SECOND ATTACK ON CZERNY'S HOUSE

XXV. IN WHICH THE SUN TIME COMES AGAIN

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"Shall we go or stay?"

Like dancers at a stage play.

A picturesque old figure standing there.

She looked at me with her big, questioning eyes.

We were all sitting at the supper table.

The drawing room is a cave whose walls are of jewels.

"If there is a sound at the door, fire that gun."

Another man fell with a loud cry.

THE HOUSE UNDER THE SEA

CHAPTER I

IN WHICH JASPER BEGG MAKES KNOWN THE PURPOSE OF HIS VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND HOW IT CAME ABOUT THAT HE COMMISSIONED THE STEAM SHIP SOUTHERN CROSS THROUGH PHILIPS, WESTBURY, AND CO.

Many gentlemen have asked me to write the story of Ken's Island, and in so far as my ability goes, that I will now do. A plain seaman by profession, one who has had no more education than a Kentish grammar school can give him, I, Jasper Begg, find it very hard to bring to other people's eyes the wonderful things I have seen or to make all this great matter clear as it should be clear for a right understanding. But what I know of it, I will here set down; and I do not doubt that the newspapers and the writers will do the rest.

Now, it was upon the third day of May in the year 1899, at four bells in the first dog watch, that Harry Doe, our boatswain, first sighted land upon our port bow, and so made known to me that our voyage was done. We were fifty three days out from Southampton then; and for fifty three days not a man among the crew of the Southern Cross had known our proper destination, or why his skipper, Jasper Begg, had shipped him to sail for the Pacific Ocean. A pleasure voyage, the papers said; and some remembered that I had been in and out of private yachts ever since I ran away from school and booked with Skipper Higg, who sailed Lord Kanton's schooner from the Solent; but others asked themselves what pleasure took a yacht's skipper beyond the Suez, and how it came about that a poor man like Jasper Begg found the money to commission a 500 ton tramp through Philips, Westbury, and Co., and to deal liberally with any shipmate who had a fancy for the trip. These questions I meant to answer in my own time. A hint here and there of a lady in whose interest the voyage was undertaken kept the crew quiet, if it did not please its curiosity. Mister Jacob, my first officer, and Peter Bligh (who came to me because he said I was the only man who kept him away from the drink) guessed something if they knew little... Continue reading book >>




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