Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice, Or, the Wreck of the Airship (Dodo Press)

American boys' fiction below pseudonym utilized by the Stratemeyer Syndicate who produced Tom quick sequence, Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, Dave Fearless and so forth.

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Cried Tom speedy, grimly. He held his electrical gun, notwithstanding he had now not used it greatly within the past assault, who prefer to put it aside for a time of extra desire. because the defenders of the cave reached the doorway they observed the physique of natives speeding ahead. They have been nearly on the gold gap, with Andy Foger and his father discreetly at the back of the 1st row of Eskimos, while, with a suddenness that was once startling, there sounded through the complete valley a unusual sound! It was once just like the wailing of a few giant—the sighing of a few robust wind. while the air all at once turned darkish, after which there got here a violent snow squall, shutting out immediately the sight of the advancing natives. Tom and the others couldn't see 5 ft past the cave. "This will hold up the attack," murmured Ned, "They cannot see to return at us. " Mr. Parker got here working up from the internal of the cave. On his face there has been a glance of alarm. "We needs to go away the following right now! " he cried. "Leave right here? " repeated Tom. "Why needs to we? The enemy are in the market! we would run correct into them! " "It has to be performed! " insisted the scientist. "We needs to depart the cave right now! " "What for? " cried Mr. Damon. "Because the move of the ice that I envisioned, has began. it really is even more speedy than I meant it'd be. very quickly this cave and the entire others can be overwhelmed flat! " "Crushed flat! " gasped Tom. "Yes, the caves of ice are being destroyed! Hark! you could pay attention them snapping! " all of them listened. Above the roar of the typhoon will be made out the noise of crushing, grinding ice-sounds like cannon being fired, because the nice plenty of frozen crystal snapped like frail planks. "The ice caves are being destroyed by means of an upheaval of nature! " went on Mr. Parker. "This one will quickly pass! The partitions are bulging now! We needs to get out! " "But the natives! they'll kill us! " cried Mr. Damon. "Bless my soul! what a attempting place to be in. " "I wager the natives are as undesirable off as we are," recommended Ned. "They're now not firing, and that i can listen cries of alarm, i feel they're working away. " there has been a lull within the snow flurry, and the white curtain appeared to elevate for a second. The gold-seekers had a glimpse of the natives in complete retreat, with the Fogers—father and son—racing panic-stricken after them. Tom may also see a major cave, simply past the gold gap, cave in and collapse to items like a home of playing cards. "We don't have any time to lose! " Mr. Parker warned them. "The roof of this cave is slowly coming down. the edges are collapsing! We needs to get out! " "Then wheel out the airship! " cried Tom. "We needs to keep that! We need not worry the natives, now! " The younger inventor moved quickly to the crimson CLOUD calling to Ned and the others. They hastened to his part. It used to be a simple topic to maneuver the airship alongside at the wheels. It neared the hole of the cave. The rumbling, roaring, grinding sound of the ice elevated. "Why—why! " cried Tom in shock and alarm, because the craft neared the mouth of the ice cavern, "we cannot get it out—the beginning is simply too small! but it got here in simply sufficient!

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