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The Wailing Octopus by Harold L. Goodwin

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."


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