By Victor Appleton

Tom quick in Captivity is the thirteenth publication within the unique Tom quick series.

"Every boy possesses a few type of artistic genius. Tom rapid is a vibrant, inventive boy and his innovations and adventures take advantage of fascinating type of reading."

"These lively stories exhibit in a practical means, the glorious advances in land and sea locomotion and different profitable innovations. tales like those are inspired upon the reminiscence and their studying is effective in simple terms of good."

This sequence of event novels starring the genius boy inventor Tom fast falls into the style of "invention fiction" or "Edisonade".

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Now could be our chance—fire! " hoarsely whispered Ned. It appeared as though the massive snake heard, for, elevating its head nonetheless better, it particularly glared at Ned and Tom. It used to be the very probability they sought after, for they can now fireplace with out the chance of hitting Mr. Damon. "Ready? " requested Tom of his pal in a low voice. "Ready! " used to be the both low resolution. It used to be essential to kill the serpent at one shot, as to only wound it could actually suggest that during its anguish it should thresh approximately, and heavily injure, if no longer kill, Mr. Damon. "Fire! " known as Tom in a whisper, and he and Ned pressed the triggers of the electrical rifles at the related fast. there has been a streak of bluish flame that lower like a sliver in the course of the collecting darkness, after which, as if a blight had fallen upon it, the folds of the good snake cozy, and Mr. Damon slipped to the floor subconscious. the electrical fees had long past quite throughout the head of the serpent and it had died immediately. "Quick! Mr. Damon! We needs to get him away! " cried Tom. "He could be useless! " jointly the buddies sprang ahead. The folds of the serpent had scarcely ceased relocating sooner than the 2 youths snatched their pal away. losing their rifles, they lifted him as much as undergo him to the slumbering tent which have been erected. "Liver pin! " all of sudden ejaculated Mr. Damon. It used to be what he began to say whilst the serpent had squeezed the breath out of him, and, on regaining recognition from his temporary faint, his mind conducted the advice it had initially got. "How are you? " cried Tom, approximately shedding Mr. Damon's legs in his pleasure, for he had carry of his toes, whereas Ned used to be on the head. "Are you okay? " gasped Ned. "Yes—I—I bet so. I—I suppose as if I have been positioned via a garments wringer even though. What occurred? " "A immense snake dropped down out of a tree and grabbed you," responded Tom. "And then what? placed me down, boys, i assume i will be able to stroll. " "We shot it," stated Ned modestly. "Bless my insurance coverage! " exclaimed the peculiar gentleman. "I—I rarely be aware of what to assert. i will say it later. You stored my existence. allow me see if any bones are damaged. " None used to be, thankfully, and after astounding a few bit Mr. Damon came across that he may well limp alongside. yet he was once very sore and bruised, for, notwithstanding the snake had squeezed him yet for a part of a minute, that used to be lengthy adequate. a couple of seconds extra and approximately each bone in his physique may were overwhelmed, for that's the way during which a constrictor snake kills its prey ahead of devouring it. "Santa Maria! the valuable gentleman isn't really useless then? " cried San Pedro, because the 3 approached the tents. "Bless my identify plate, no! " exclaimed Mr. Damon. "Praise to the entire saints! The courageous younger senors with their significant weapons stored him. Now you need to leisure and sleep. " "I suppose as though that used to be all i wished to do for a month," commented Mr. Damon. His pain and stiffness elevated every one minute, and he was once blissful to get to mattress, whereas the men and remove rubbed his limbs with liniment. San Pedro knew of a leaf that grew within the jungle which, while bruised, and made into poultices, had the valuables of drawing out discomfort.

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