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The Wailing Octopus   By: (1914-1990)

The Wailing Octopus by Harold L. Goodwin

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THE WAILING OCTOPUS

A RICK BRANT SCIENCE ADVENTURE STORY

BY JOHN BLAINE

1956 BY GROSSET & DUNLAP, INC. NEW YORK, N. Y.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Printed in the United States of America

[Transcriber Note: Extensive research was unable to find a U.S. copyright renewal.]

[Illustration: With his spear Scotty jerked off the enemy frogman's face plate ]

Contents

I DESTINATION: CLIPPER CAY

II THE SCUBA SLIP

III THE SHADOW

IV VISITORS BY NIGHT

V THE WARNING

VI THE DEADLY TANK

VII THE DERELICT

VIII THE FANCY FROGMEN

IX WRECK OF THE "MAIDEN HAND"

X THE WAILING OCTOPUS

XI LIGHTS ON CLIPPER REEF

XII CLOUDS OVER CLIPPER CAY

XIII MESSAGE IN THE STORM

XIV BELOW THE DARK CORAL

XV HOW SINGS THE GAY SARDINE?

XVI THE DEADLY SPRING GUN

XVII TRAPPED IN TWENTY FATHOMS

XVIII THE FIGHT ON THE "MAIDEN HAND"

XIX JANIG TAKES TO THE WATER

XX THE BURIED SECRET

List of Illustrations

With his spear Scotty jerked off the enemy frogman's face plate

Pretending to lose his balance, Rick fell squarely against the man

The valve assembly, traveling with bullet speed, barely missed Scotty's head

Rick turned in time to see a six foot shark speed past

A third man lowered something that glistened like gold

Rick nudged Scotty to back away

[Illustration: Spindrift Island]

THE WAILING OCTOPUS

CHAPTER I

Destination: Clipper Cay

The Sky Wagon droned through Caribbean skies, following a compass course that led to Charlotte Amalie, capital city of the Virgin Islands. With eager interest, the four people in the small plane watched the blue water below. In a few moments they should pass over the island that was their ultimate destination.

Rick Brant, in the pilot's seat, turned to the husky, black haired boy next to him. "See anything yet?" he asked.

Don Scott had been surveying the far horizon through binoculars. He took them from his eyes and shook his head. "Nothing but water. You sure there is an island called Clipper Cay?"

Rick let the plane fly itself for a moment while he stretched luxuriously. He was a lean, long legged boy with brown hair and eyes and a bone deep tan. He grinned at his friend. "No faith. That's the trouble with you."

"No logic, that's the trouble with you," Scotty countered. "If there were such an island it would be called an island, not a cay. A cay is something that follows an O, as in okay."

The two scientists in the rear seat had been listening with amusement to the boys. Since the start of the expedition Scotty had professed doubt and misgiving, more for the sake of conversation than anything else, Rick was sure.

Dr. Anthony Briotti, archaeologist of the Spindrift staff, leaned forward. "At least pronounce it correctly, Scotty. 'Cay' is pronounced 'key.'"

"See?" Scotty exclaimed triumphantly. "The only place where they have islands called keys is in Florida. We're on a wild goose chase, I tell you!"

Big Hobart Zircon, a nuclear physicist and long time friend of the boys, tapped Scotty on the shoulder. "Since you're so certain of that, may I ask why you came?"

Scotty tried to look martyred. "Only because of the buddy system," he said solemnly. "The first rule of underwater safety or above water safety, for that matter is that you have to swim with a buddy. You and Tony swim together, so I had to go along as a buddy for Rick. Somebody has to chase the mermaids away from him, and it might as well be me."

"That's nice of you," Rick said soberly. "There'll probably be a whole horde of mermaids guarding the treasure, not to mention half a dozen sea monsters."

Tony Briotti said, "There's one mermaid I wish were with us, and that's Barby. After all, she started this whole thing. Too bad she has to miss out."

Rick's pretty sister, Barbara Brant, had unwittingly launched the flight to the Virgin Islands by getting into an argument with Tony Briotti about the authenticity of the legend that pirates had once used Spindrift Island as a hangout... Continue reading book >>




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