Tom Swift in the City of Gold, Or, Marvelous Adventures Underground

By Victor Appleton

American boys' fiction lower than pseudonym utilized by the Stratemeyer Syndicate who produced Tom rapid sequence, Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, Dave Fearless etc.

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THAT gave the impression of ANDY! " 28 Tom fast within the urban of Gold "I did not, you outdated scout! " cried Tom. "This is from the steamship corporation, asserting that the steamer Maderia, on which we've taken passage for Mexico, will sail to−night at excessive tide. that is the stuff! finally we are going to relatively get on our approach. " "Bless my pc! " cried Mr. Damon. "I was hoping we would remain at the least one other day right here. i have not noticeable part sufficient within the museums. " "You'll see stranger issues than in any museum after we get to the underground city," expected Tom. "Come on, Ned, we are going to take up a relocating photo express, have our final lunch within the enormous urban, after which cross aboard. " So impatient have been the tourists to move on board the steamer that they arrived a number of hours prior to the time set for crusing. Many others did an identical factor, notwithstanding, as supper used to be to be served at the Maderia. notwithstanding it used to be inside a number of hours of leaving time there appeared lots to be performed, such a big amount of shipment to stow away, and quite a bit coal to place into the bunkers, that Tom and the others may perhaps good be excused for caring approximately whether they quite might sail. substantial vans drawn by way of strong horses thundered down the lengthy dock. significant autos encumbered with containers, barrels and bales puffed to the loading gangways. there has been the puffing and whistling of the donkey engines as they hoisted into the massive holds the products meant for export. in conjunction with the steamer have been dirty coal barges, into which was once dipped an unending chain of buckets wearing the coal to the bunkers. Stevadores have been operating right here and there, orders and counter−orders have been being given, and the confusion should have been maddening to anybody no longer conversant in it. "Bless my jogging stick! " exclaimed Mr. Damon. "We'll by no means get off to−night, i am confident. " "Dat's right," agreed remove. "Look in any respect dat coal dey's obtained to load in. " "Oh. they knew the right way to hustle on the final minute," acknowledged Tom, and so it proved. steadily the loading was once comprehensive. The coal barges have been emptied and towed away. Truck after truck departed from the dock empty, having left its load within the inside of the steamer. One donkey engine after one other ceased to puff, and the littered decks have been cleared. "Let's watch the late−comers get aboard," steered Ned to Tom, after they had prepared issues of their stateroom. the 2 boys and Mr. Damon had a wide one to themselves and remove were assigned a small one now not faraway from them. "That'll make the time go until eventually supper is ready," agreed the younger inventor, in order that they took their station close to the most gangway and watched the passengers hurrying up. there have been many going to make the journey to Mexico it appeared, and later the men discovered vacationer business enterprise had engaged passage for a few its consumers. "That fats guy won't ever wake up the slope except a few one pushes him," remarked Ned, pointing to a really fleshy person who used to be suffering up the steep gangplank, wearing a heavy valise. For the tide was once virtually at flood and the deck of the steamer used to be a lot increased. certainly it appeared at one second as though the heavy−weight passenger could slide backward rather than getting aboard.

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