In issue 17, Motor Matt’s Close Call; or, The Snare of Don Carlos, the submarine Grampus once again faces revolutionaries in Belize through the machinations of a villain with a talent for impersonation.
The issue also contains some interesting filler material: a feel-good New Year’s story by Horatio Alger, Jr. and an article about dangerous careers, which includes such memorable passages as this one, about the hazards faced by pearl divers:
Many succumb every season to a strange and deadly form of paralysis. Many more are eaten by sharks, drowned through getting their feet entangled in weeds, caught in crevices in the rocks while exploring the depths of the sea, or seized and devoured quickly by shoals of gigantic octopi—those ghouls of the ocean—which invariably infest the fishing-grounds.
The entire book can be downloaded or read online through Project Gutenberg.
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