John C. to be dead.
The mystery of that torpedo has never been officially cleared. In naval
circles, however, there is no doubt whatever felt as to the guilt of
Rhinds and Radwin; but it is also felt that both have been suitably
punished for their dastardly conduct. The three Rhinds torpedo boats
were seized, under court orders, and sold to satisfy the claims of
creditors of the Rhinds Company.
The chauffeur recovered twenty thousand dollars damages through the
attachment of Radwin's funds and the subsequent civil suit. Besides
which, after a few months, the chauffeur had practically recovered from
his painful injuries.
David Pollard was out of hospital in three weeks. In twice that length
of time he felt as well as ever.
Later on, the Pollard Submarine Boat Company received from the United
States Government orders for eighteen torpedo boats in all, the "Benson"
and "Hastings" included. One of the new ones, under this order, was
named the "Somers." The Navy has accepted all three names, and the
boats are now known in the service by these names. Later on the fortunes
of the three submarine boys were materially increased by these sales.
One of the first pleasures experienced by David Pollard, after his
discharge from hospital, was that of joining the rest of the Farnum
party in dining with the members of the naval board and the gunboat's
officers in the messroom of the "Oakland."
In the course of a little speech after dinner Captain Magowan referred
in glowing terms to the splendid work of the submarine boys on that
Lightning Cruise, and their success in being first to reach the derelict
and torpedo it.
The president of the board was followed by Lieutenant Danvers, who,
among other things said:
"The performances of Captain Benson and of his brother officers on
the Pollard boats have, indeed, been wonderful. 'Wonderful' may not
be quite the word, but, at this moment, I am so carried away with
enthusiasm that I cannot cruise about for mere words." (Laughter and
applause.) "The other day, a naval comrade, in talking with me about
the performances of Jack Benson and his friends, told me be considered
them to be wizards of the deep." (More applause.)
"But I took exception to my comrade's well meant remarks. A wizard,
as we understand one nowadays, is a mere pretender, a sleight-of-hand
man - a jack at cards. I would offer a more fitting title - and in
all sincerity - when I allude to Jack Benson, Hal Hastings and Eph
Somers as the Young Kings of the Deep!" (Tremendous applause.)
* * * * * * * * * *
Here we will leave the submarine boys briefly, but we shall come upon
them again in their next succeeding adventures - adventures that make
a fitting climax, in the next volume, which will be entitled:
"_The Submarine Boys for the Flag; Or, Deeding Their Lives to Uncle
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