The Romance of Elaine HTML version
8. The Vanishing Man
Del Mar had evidently, by this time, come to the conclusion that Elaine was the storm
centre of the peculiar train of events that followed the disappearance of Kennedy and his
At any rate, as soon as he learned that Elaine was going to her country home for the
summer, he took a bungalow some distance from Dodge Hall. In fact, it was more than a
bungalow, for it was a pretentious place surrounded by a wide lawn and beautiful shade
There, on the day that Elaine decided to motor in from the city, Del Mar arrived with his
Evidently he lost no time in getting to work on his own affairs, whatever they might be.
Inside his study, which was the largest room in the house, a combination of both library
and laboratory, he gave an order or two to his valet, then immediately sat down to his
new desk. He opened a drawer and took out a long hollow cylinder, closed at each end by
air-tight caps, on one of which was a hook.
Quickly he wrote a note and read it over: "Install submarine bell in place of these clumsy
tubes. Am having harbor and bridges mined as per instructions from Government. D."
He unscrewed the cap at one end of the tube, inserted the note and closed it. Then he
pushed a button on his desk. A panel in the wall opened and one of the men who had
played policeman once for him stepped out and saluted.
"Here's a message to send below," said Del Mar briefly.
The man bowed and went back through the panel, closing it.
Del Mar cleaned up his desk and then went out to look his new quarters over, to see
whether everything had been prepared according to his instructions.
From the concealed entrance to a cave on a hillside, Del Mar's man who had gone
through the panel in the bungalow appeared a few minutes later and hurried down to the
shore. It was a rocky coast with stretches of cliffs and now and then a ravine and bit of
sandy beach. Gingerly he climbed down the rocks to the water.
He took from his pocket the metal tube which Del Mar had given him and to the hook on
one end attached a weight of lead. A moment he looked about cautiously. Then he threw
the tube into the water and it sank quickly. He did not wait, but hurried back into the cave
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