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[Transcriber's note: Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the copyright on this publication was renewed.]

TOM SWIFT

and

His Giant Telescope

By VICTOR APPLETON

Illustrations by JAMES GARY

WHITMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY Racine, Wisconsin

Copyright, 1939, by WHITMAN PUBLISHING COMPANY Racine, Wisconsin

All Rights Reserved

Printed in U.S.A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I The New Project 9

II Suspicions 42

III An Accident 90

IV A Murderous Attempt 124

V In Peril 168

VI Tom Drugged! 216

VII Deep Sea Diving 264

VIII Trapped By a Sea Monster 296

IX A Robber 346

X Success! 380

[Illustration: Tom Swift Appeared Calm]

TOM SWIFT and His Giant Telescope

CHAPTER I

THE NEW PROJECT

Tom Swift appeared to be calm, although in reality he was about as excited over his latest invention as he ever had been about anything in his life.

"I'm sure it's going to work, Ned!" he said eagerly to his chum as they neared Tom's private laboratory. "With my new device I hope to learn more about the planets. I want to start soon "

"Listen here!" broke in Ned Newton. "If you're thinking of going to Mars or the moon, just count me out! I've gone with you to many strange places and have never kicked. But this "

"Hold on, young fellow!" interrupted the youthful inventor with an amused chuckle. "I've nothing like that in mind YET! All I want to do is show you my new 'space eye.'"

[Illustration: Ned Newton, Tom's Chum]

"Can't say as I like that word 'yet,'" Ned muttered darkly. "But I'll take a look at your new jigger if you'll promise not to shoot me through space in a rocket or cannon ball!"

"Word of honor I won't," promised Tom, crossing his heart with mock solemnity. "Well, here we are."

The two boys had reached the laboratory, a small building at the rear of the spacious lawn surrounding Tom's father's home and close to the extensive work of the Swift Manufacturing Company at Shopton.

[Illustration: Tom Crossed His Heart]

"I'll bet these shelves have more scientific apparatus on 'em than any other shelves in the world," remarked Ned, as his chum opened the door.

Various cabinets containing hundreds of chemicals stood about. Against one wall was a huge transformer, from which the youthful scientist, Tom Swift, could draw almost any kind of electric current he might desire.

[Illustration: They Entered the Laboratory]

"Here goes!" said the young inventor.

He rolled back a small rug in the middle of the floor to expose a massive steel trap door. This he unlocked by twirling the dial of a complicated mechanism. Some years before Tom had constructed beneath his laboratory an impregnable chamber to safeguard his secret plans. He called it his Chest of Secrets, and guarded it well.

[Illustration: Tom Rolled Back a Small Rug]

Even Ned Newton, Tom's closest friend and business associate, did not know the entire contents of the massive vault. Only Tom and his father were aware of all the inventions concealed there.

"Some of these inventions must not be known to the world in its present state," the elder man had said.

One of them was the terrible electric death ray, capable of destroying anything in its path. Only if the United States should be invaded by an enemy power, would this be revealed.

[Illustration: There Was a Death Ray]

"Here it is," said Tom, joining his chum after a few minutes spent in the vault.

He was carrying a small wooden box which he placed on the desk and opened. If Ned, as he leaned over eagerly, expected to see anything astonishing he was disappointed... Continue reading book >>




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