Lost in the land of fire, or, Across the Pampas in the electric turret : a thrilling story of Frank Reade, Jr. in South America

Lost in the land of fire, or, Across the Pampas in the electric turret : a thrilling story of Frank Reade, Jr. in South America

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No 43 { } FRANK TOUSEY. PuBusRER, 3! &. 36 Nourn MoonE srREE'r, NEw YoRK. { J'ltJO& } Vol. I I o o COI\X PLETE. New York, July 15, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. G Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the yeu,r 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office o/tlte Liba'ia" of Congress, at Jl'asltinqlon. JJ. C. LOST IN THE LAND. OF FIRE; Across tJ!e Pampas in the Electric Turret or, By ' N ONAME."


2 LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six mont30hs, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box Z7 Lost in the Land of Fire; OR, Across th e Pampas in the Electric Turret. A THRILLING STORY OF FRANK READE, JR., IN SOUTH AMERICA. By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search tor a Sunken Ship," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Chase Through the Clouds," etc. CHAPTER I. EN ROUTE FOR SOUTH AMERICA, FRANK READE JR. the most wonderful young inventor of the age, sat in his office' at his extensive steel works in Readeatown with a satisfied expression upon his !nee, and a ring of joy in h!s voice as he spoke to a comical-looking Irishman who stood tJefore him. "Well, Barney, the Electric Turret is a. success. Every detail now ts complete and she is ready for use." The Irishman whose name was B11rney O'Shea, and who was a skilled electricia'n and an old servant of Frank's, ducked his bend in a grotesque way, and replied: "Bejabers, Misther Frank, it's moioghty glad I am to bear yez say that." "I will say more. I think the Turret eclipsll.'! any ground machine I have ever yet invented." "Share, sor, an' phwat counthry will we be nfther going to now!" "Are you all ready for a trip, Barney!" "Shure, sor, I am." "And Pomp, too?'' "I'll let the naygur spbake fer himsel!." Barney stepped to the door and whistled shrilly. In reply a short, diminutive darky, black as ebony, entered. He rolled up his eyes comically and bowed to his young master. "Yo' w11n' fo' to see dis chile, Marse Frank?" he asked. "Yes," replied Frank. "Wha' yo' want otl me, sah!" "I have beer. talking with Barney about our new invention, the Turret." "Yes, sah!'' Pomp ducked his bead in a comical manner, and glared at Barney who harl made a grimace at him. Barney and Pomp were Frank Reade, Jr's. favorite servants. Tbey were faithful beyond reproach but as lull or fun and mischief as a nut is of meat. At every opportunity each was engaged in playing practical jokes upon the other. It certainly excels anything I have invented yet!" said Frank. "Now the question is where shall we go for adventure nod sport?" The two servitors were silent. Indeed neither knew just what answer to make to this question. With some one or other or his inventions Frank had visited almost every quarter of the globe. It was not strange then that he should ask with some perplexity what place of interest it was best to vis1t now. Suddenly Barney ducked his bead. "Well?'' asked Frank. "If yez please, sor, I wuz rendin' the paper--" Here Pomp bad a violem fit or cougl!ing. Barney glared at him. Again he began If yer please, lor, I wuz readin' ther paper this mornin' an' I jist read about--" Pomp gave a tremendous sneeze. It was of sufficient duration to drown Barney's utterance. The Celt WIIS mad. He glared at the Ethiopian again. Now Pomp's face was as sober nod long as a deacon's. Such an idea, as that he h11d purposely sneezed seemed entirefy out of the question. But Barney was not to !>e deceived. "If yez do that thing aga;n, naygur!" he cried, angrily, I' II break the nose off yez." Ain' done nuffin'!" protested Pomp, with mock indignation Yis, yez did!'' Wha'ebber did I do?" Yez interrupted me!'' "Huh! It done take_yo' mo' time to say anytlng deq,.it would fo' a lame man to walk to Cincingnnti." Come, that will do, boys,'' said Frank, tersely, "let's have no skylarkmg here. Go on with your story, Ba.xney!'' The two jokers subsided. Theu Barney reaumed: As I sed, sor, I wuz readin' av the paper whin I seed a bit av a story about So uti! Ameriky." About South America!'' Yis, aor.'' Frank was interested. What part!" Shure, sor, is there a part av it calle,li be the name o.v the land av foire?" The lund of tire!'' exclaimed Frank. W!ly, certainly. Tbat is a part of Patllgouia and Terra del Fuego." "Shure, sor, that was it." Certainly it is a region we have never visited. It is called the laoj of fire on account of the vast pampas tires whlciJ tlley have tllere. It is a willl anll wonderful region.'' Shure. an' the piece told ev giants an' a city av white crystal an' the loikes.'' The latter is no doubt a fable," said Frank; bot the existence or the giants is well known.'' The young inventor arose and took down a huge atl11s from the shelf. He studied it a moment. Then he said: "Upon my word, Barney, you are a brick. You have solved the problem." Barney looked delighted. "Yez don't mean it, sor?" "J.es, I do. Patagonia is in part a JevE>l country. We have never yet vi&ited the pampas, and here a chance.'' "Shure, sor, an' yez'll go there?" We will see about .t. It is a level country, which is all the better for the Turret. That is settled. We will visit the Land of Fire." This announcement was receivAd with by Barney and Pomp. Pomp cut a pigeon wing, and Barney whistled "Garry But let us take a look at the Turret," said Frank, witll pardonable pride. "I think she is a beauty." The young inventor led the way from the office out into the foundry yard. Across the yard they went and entered the model shop. Here curious looking frames and designs of wood and steel hung upon the wall, and men were at work. Passing through this, Frank opened broad doors, and they entered a v11st chamber, Doorless and with a high trussed roof. Here the object of his remarks was brought to view. The wonderful Electric Turret was before them. Its shape was long and rakish, a deck of light steel set upon a car riage framework, beneath which were wheels with rubber-cushioned tires and strong spokes. To the hubs were affixed keen blades of steel. The forward wheels were made to work upon a circle so that the machine could torn about In a Around the deck there extended n network railing, with gates at convenient points, which could be thrown open. In the center of the deck there was erected a circular turret of fine plates of steel to the height of three feet. Then above this was a netting extending to the roof of the turret.


'l'HE LAND OF FIRE. 3 In the netting there were loopholes, and through one or these pro truc ed the muzzle of an electric gun. Just forward of the turret was the pilot house m which also was the electrical engine which ran the machine. An electric Beare'light of great power adorned the top of the pilot bouse. Back or the turret another formidable electric gun was erected upon a steel carriage. Th1s was capable of throwing a projectile or electric compound fully two miles, with an explosive force sutllcient to blow to powder a one hundred ton bowlder. On the front of the machine was a long keen ram of finely-tem perer his trips often took him deep into tbe heart of a savage country. And the trip to the Land of Fire as proposed, was cerLainly one in volving the greatest of risk. The report was circulated that l!'ra:lk Reade, Jr., was going to Patagonia in his electric Turret. Everybody was interested. All over the country people talked the matter over. There were held in the different cities meetings of scientific socie ties, and offers were rr.ade to the young inventor of large sums of money to allow a committee to accompany him on board the Turret in the interests of science. But Frr.nk declined all offers of this sort. ?Joney was no inducement whatever to him, and he preferred to take only Barney and Pomp with him. This angered some or tbe cranks, and as a result he received many eccentric and threatening letters. But he burned tbese and went ahead with preparations. The Turret was packed in sections aboard a train of cnrs, and shipped to New York. There it was placed aboard a special steamer, which was to land the adventurers upon the coast of Patagonia, and after an iuterve.l o! a certain time, was to return for tbem. Frank was decided to thoroughly explore Patagonia. He would find the nati?n of giants, invade the Land of Fire, and search for the city or .lllanola. Barney and Pomp, of course, were all enthusiasm and ready for the start. As time went on the whole coon try became in a furore ove, the mat. ter. Frank's name became more famous than ever. But this did not add one whit of conceit to his nature. Finally all arrangements were perfected in full. The Turret was packed and en route to New York. The three voya!!;ers took leave of Readestown and their friends amid a grand celebration. They reached New York in safety and went aboard the steamer. A mighty crowd was upon the wharf and saw them off. Frank was obliged to show himself and was cheered to the echo. Then the steamer dropped away frvm the pier, sw:mg out into the stream, and the journey to the Land of Fire was begun. CHAPTER II. OVER THE PAllPAS. THE scene or our story is now transposed to the rock bound and forbidding coast of Patagonia. Little is known, even at this late day, of certain portions or this res from the steamer. Tbis was done liy means of repented trips with the boats. At length, however, all this was accomplished "in full. The Turret ready for her thousand mile trip, and the steamer blew her whistle In token of appreciation. Frank Re!lde, Jr., shook hands with the captain. Now we nre oflT' be cried. Captain you know when to return for us!" "About the middle of September?" "Yes." "I }Viii certainly be here." All riabtl" Tne ste,7mer crew waved their caps and cheered lustily. Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp sprang aboard the Turret. They responded to the farewell greetings of their friends, and then Frank pressed the electric lever which set tbe Turret's machinery in motion. Like a thing of life the Turret glided gracefully forward. Gradually she gained speed. The plain was smooth a12d hard, and she had no difficulty in getting up a terrific rate of speed. The steamer's crew stood upon the cliffs and watc!led the Turret until she was far out of sight. Tben they returned to the steamer. A few moments later she had left tbe bay and was far out to sea Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp in tbe Electric Turret were in the Land of Fire, a barbarous and un e xplored r e gion, many th OU snnd miles from home, and eflectnally ofl' from all intercourse with friends. It was a thrilling thing to think of. But the bold explorers g11ve it little heed. The dangers of the trip had been well considered and accept e d by them before making the start. On went the Turret over the le;vel plains. The sea line soon faded in the distance, and now the country began to undergo a change. Low lying on the inland horizon was a line of blue mist. It seemed to hang there like a wall of mystery, shutting out possi ble wonders beyond. "Begorra, that's a quare Iukin' soight!" d e clared Barney "Yo' am right, I'isb said Pomp. "I j e s' finks dat am some kin' ob a storm comin' dis yer way!" "I rather think not," said Frank, studying it awhile. "[t is very Jik{lly a peculiar condition of the atmosphere." About upon every band lay the boundle8s plain. It was, as far as could be seen remarkably free from the long pampas grass which would have clo:rged the whee ls or the Turr e t bad it not been for the keen, scythe like knives with which Frank bad provided it for this very purpose. The plain had the appearance of having been burned over not long since. ,.. Short, succulent grass was just sprouting up in good sh a pe. Over this smooth surfAce ol course the Turret could thunder at a terrific speed. The hours passed and the machine had covered a great distance. Frank looked at the dial and saw that fully one hundred miles were they now from the sea coast. Thus far they had seen no sign of life. Only the boundless plain upon either side met the view. But now Barney, who was on tb& forward deck, CPied: Whisbt now, Misther Frank, wud yez Ink at tbat .'' What is it, Barney!" cried Frank, leaning out of the pilot-house window. "St:ure, sor, an' that is phwat I'd lolke to know for mesilf." Frank gazed in the direction indicated by the Celt. Far out over the Plain he beheld a long moving line. At first it looked only lik:e a little break in the level of the prairie floor. But a closer scrutiny showed beyond any doubt that the line was moving. The young Inventor was interested. What was -it? He picked up a long range glass, and lashing the wheel, went out on deck. What do yon make of it, Barney?" "Shure, sor, I don't know that.''


LOST IN THE LAND OF .FIRE. Frank studied the line for some moments through the glass. T!Jen he exclaimed excitealy: "Upon my word, it is a troop of wild horses, or tamed ones, with Indiull riders." Injuns, am it, sah!'' cried Pomp, excitedly. "I jes fink I bettah get mali rille/' "Begorra, yez had betther go mso!de an' sthay there!" said Barney, with cruel sarcasm. Huh! yo' fink l'se '(raid, does yo', chile!'' Well, take it that way, if yez loikes." Don' yo' fool yo'se f one lily bit. If yo' fink so, jes yo' tackle dis chile, dat am alll'se gwme fo' to st.y." With which threat Pomp Inside the Turret. Frank had meanwhile been busily engaged in watching the distant foe. For that there would be a foe there was little do abt. In this particular locality there might be expectetl to be found the snvagEl' Auracanian or Red Indians. They were the natural toe'tl f the white men. F rank, of co ursa. did not experience any thrill of fear. He knew that they could easily handle any number of the barbar ians Y e t the young inv e ntor was not r e ckless. He was not dispos e d to court any conflict wtth the Red Indians. If t hey did not molest him, all well and good. H they should, then they must suller the consequences. Of course the armament of the Turret would be too heavy for the In to safely face. Frank knew this well. Every moment now the galloping line drew nearer. F rank made no move to change the course or the Turret. Straight toward the Indians it thundered on. There was a grim smile upon the young inventor's face, as he re garded the keen knives upon the hubs of the machine. They had better not attack the Turret!" he muttered. Surely they will have better sense than that.'' So swiftly were the Red Inuiaus riding that they soon came in near view. They were something like two hundred in number, and as savage looking set of bum au I.Jeing s as eve r the sun shone on. Stalwart d a rk-skinned fellows they were, halt clad in puma and skins. They wore ostrich plumes In thelr hair and painted their faces. The y come bea1ing down upon the turret in a cloud. It lookell for a as il they would ride down upon it. But suddenly, with a movemeo t of the reins they turned their horses aside and went circling about the Turret. All the while they filled the air with surprised yells and grunts. "It is evident that they don't know what to make of this," said Frank, with au amused smile. Dat am a fac', Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. Bejabers, I'd loike to grathify their curiosity wid a bit av cold lead!" said Barney. No. not'' cried Frank, you must not fire at them.'' The Turret had come to a bait. Frani < awaited some friendly action upon the part of the Indians. But they contir:ued to ride furiously about the Turret. And all the while they kept up a furious yelling and whooping. They were armed in a primitive way with lances, bows and arrows, and battle clubs. A shower of arrows came rattling harmlessly against the steel sidf!s of the Turret. Then suddenly, as if by concerted action, the Auracanlans made a m a d dash at the Turret. S o sutlden was it that the voyagers bad no time to act. The savages swarmed down upon the Turret like mad hornets. Forcing their horses alongside, they even leaped from their backs t o the deck. CHAPTER III. A FIGHT WITH THE INDIANS, THis settled all doubt in Frank's mind as to the hostile intentions of the Patagonian savages. He had refrained from firing heretofore on account of this douht. The young inventor disliked to shed human blood. But It now speedily became evident to lim tbnt he must overcome this repugnance or harm would result. The natives were assailing the Turrat with their heavy bat!le clubs. Blow after blow they ruined upon the steel shell of the machine. "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp, "I done link dem rascals gwine to brek de maslteen all to pieces!" Well, I think they will if we don't act quickly," said Frank. With which he pressed the electric lever and set the machinery in motion. The Turret started forward with great speed. The result was comical ns well as most exciting. The Anra::anlans were hurled right and left an

" LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. 5 and streets were to be seen extending in every direction. But 10 all that vast area once occupied by the unknown city there was not left standing one single bul!din ... All had gone to ruin lon.,. aao. ., lL was With curious that F1ank gazed upon the scene. Was not here reasonable proof that a powerful and civilizeu people had once lived in Patagonia? long since this city bad been occupied by a prosperous and thnvmg people there was no way of guessing. 1t might have been a thousand years. However thle might be here was the undisputable proof that the city had once existed. That it bad been a large and beautiful place was also certain. Frank reckoned rougllly an estimate of ninety or one hundred thou sand for a population. Forgetting his guanaco bunt for the moment be walked down among the mounds. He could see that time had covered the ruins with a drift of sub soil, and that the grass which was everywilere had done its best to further conceal the evidence of human work. Frank selected a soft place in one of tile mounds and kicked away the dirt. To his surprise quite a large section of it caved in. He narrowly escaped fulling into a cavity, tile depth of which be t.ad no means of knowing. Imbaed with a p)werful curicsity Frank lay down ll.nt upon his stomach and peered down into the place. All was darlmess. He c:>nld not see the bottom or the cavity. He let a pebble drop and heard it fall upon some hard substance e.t a depth which he estimaterl to be twenty-five feet. "Mah soul, Marse Frankl" cried Pomp, "Don' yo' go too near to e done.'' A'rlght, sah.'' Accordingly the mounds were left to the ri$1-t, and the two hunt ers on to the growth or beechwood. Here they proceeded more stealthily in the cover of pampas grass. Frank led the way. 1 For some while they crept on thus. Then suddenly Frank paused. "Easy, Pomp," he said. "There is the game just ahead." The darky etond still. Sure enough, not more than one hundred yards ahead was seen a number of the guanaco. They were quietly on the succulent grass. Frank raised his rtqe, at the same time saying: "Take the one to tho left, Pomp." A'rigb t, sa h.'' There was a quick ar:d ceadly aim. Then came the report. Crack-ack! The two rilles spoke together. And without etl"ect either. Two of the guanacos fell. The rest S;Jampered away like the wind. In a moment Frank and Pomp bad reached their game. Two beautiful specimens of the goanaco lay before them. Pomp at once :proceeded to skin and cut them up. Their meat is highly prized in Patagonia, and Frank was anxious to secure a stock of it. But the bunt was not over. Down in the glen by the river there were immense ll.ocks o! ducks. Every kind and species were represented. The young inventor started thitiler, but was reetrained by a warn-tog cry which burst from Pomp. "Fo' de Lor's sake jes' yo' look out dar, Marse Frank!" CHAPTER IV. THE PUMA. IN an instant Frank Reade, Jr., sprang ba.:k. "What is the matter with you, Pomp?" he cried, hastily. The darks had retreated in terror to a muund near, and held his rifle ready cocked in his hand. "Good Lor', Marse Frank, jes' cast yq' eyes ober yender to de edge ob dat grass! Ki dar! it am gwine to come an' gobble us all up jes' like de chill on ob Israel!" The darky was in abject terror. Frank was puzzled. But be quickly swept tho vicinity with a keen gaze, and then he saw the cause of the negro's alarm. Be was to be excused. There just in the verge of the pampas jungle was a huge, tawny yellow monster. His proportions were enormous, and his savage looks enough to terrify the of men. "Heavens!" exclaimed Frank. "It Is a puma!" This was the truth. A puma of the most savage species was the animal in question and the cause of Pomp's fright. For a moment Frank gazed at the monster in a cool manner. The young inventor was an utter stranger to fear. But certainly there was something terrifying in the facing of this cruel monster with its powerful jaws and claws. Tben slowly Frank began to retreat to the cover of a huge beech wood near. Keep cool, Pomp!" he said in a low tone. Do what I tell you." "A' right, sab!" replied the darky, who was trembling like an aspen. "I will fire first. I If my shot does not take effect and the monster attacks us before I can relcad, fire again!" "Yes, sah!'' Frank raised his riHe and his eye glanced along the eight. He took cnreful anrl steady aim. The puma w"s glarmg at him and lashing Its long tail. Frank aimed for the animal's shoulder in the hope of piercing the heart. If he could succeed in doing this be would have the animal at his mercy. There was a momeut of hesitation and then Frank pulled the trig ger. Crack! A terrible roar went up on the air, and Frank saw a yellow body co ne hurtling through the air towards him. Never In his life bad the young Inventor felt more keenly the presence of deadly peril. Fire, Pomp!'' he bad presence of mind enough to shout And juet in time Pomp fired. Crack! The monster struck the ground ten feet in front of Frank He tumbled in a heap, turning a some rsault, and slid along the ground for several feet with the impetus Qf his rush. But be was dead. Straight to the heart Pomp's bullet had gone. In an instant the darky's terror was gone. He rushed forward wildly crying: "Golly fo' glory, Marse Frank, he am done kill e d fo' suab. Amn't dat jes' good lucl?" "You're right on that score, Pomp," said Frank, earnestly. "I thought my end bad come. ; There was some thought of removing the puma's skin. But a closer xamination showed that i t was m a n g y and worthles s So it was not lone Frank now tilougbt only of returning to the Turr et. The guanaco n.eat was packed and carried along with them. A little while later they 11merged upon the plain and saw the Turret not a quurter of a mile distant. Barney was on tbe outlook for them, and came bearing down at full speed. A few moments later they were on board th e Turret. Pomp told the story of their adventures with gusto. Barney listened with tingling veins "Bejabers, it's mesilf that will go wid Mistber Frank next time,'' be said. "Yez have bad yer turn, nay g url" "A'rigbt," agreP-d Pomp. "If yo' bad been dar, dat big lion wud hab eat yo' all up." "Begorra, tbere's two moinds an' that poiut!' declared Barney, hotly. As darkness was now at hand Frank wag determined to remain night upon the spot. A,ecordingly preparations were made to that end. The electric senrcb-ligbt was turned on, and as the darkness incrP.ased this lit up the vicinity far and near. Frank was determined to explore the ruined city the next day. Particularly he was desirous of descending into the aperture in the mound which he had discovered. He was of a firm belie! that he would make some wonderful dis covery. So be anxiously awaited the coming of dny again. But. the night was destined to hold aqventures of a most thrilling sort. Everythin!!: was made shipshape for the night. It was arranged that Barney and Pomp should alternate as watchers. But Frank Reade, Jr., was a light sl\)eper, so on the whole they had little fear o! a surpriee. About ten o'clock Frank turned in to get some sleep. This left Barney on guard wb!le Pomp was sleeping, having retired much The night was as black as pitch. Objects could hardly be seen a foot distant, and the search-light was closed, as Frank did not like to waste the current necessary to run it. Barney was plucky enough, but as he patroled tbe deck of the 'rur ret upon this night, be felt a trill.e queer.


6 LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. In that lonely wilderness, with such a veil or darkness about him, it was not surprising. The Celt in broad daylight and in plain view of an enemy, was as brave as a lion. But m-11uch darkness as this, and with the superstitious fears or his nature aroused, he was far different. So as he patroled the deck with the rille at his shoulder, he would look about him fearfully. Every dark shadow suggested a foe, every distant wailing cry of night b1rd or anjmal called to mind the banshee. So he sbiverecl and drew himsell up wittJ a tautenlng or nerves. "Begorra, iL'a tbe bayttJius own land, this is," be muttered to him self. "Divil a b!t do I loike it at all, at all.'' But be would not have say, there was a wall of thick rubber between the outer and the inner steel walls. The purpose of this was a most adroit one. The outer shell was connected by a network of wires with the dynamos. When the current was turned on, the entire outer shell and steel deck was heavily cbargetl. Contact w1th this was the most diaastrJus for any human being. / When Frank pulled open lever 57, therefore, be charged the outer shell heavily. The result was thrilling. Every barbarian on the deck was given a terrible shock. Nothing coulil withstand such a thing. They were prostrated m heaps and in many cases hurled from the--' \leek as if witb giant bands. It was safe to say that no,ne of them bad ever in,lulged in such an experience bPfore. Many of them would !lever again. For the force of the current was fully tbree tho\lsanll volts and enough in many cases to 1 natantl y kill a man. More of the barbarians were piling rorwarcl as if to invade the deck. But the moment one came in contact with the steel railing, h 3 was a sorry savage instantly. The att. acking body of barbarians were hurled back as efl' ectually as if by the hands of Jove. Then Frank started the Turret forward. He was r!lsolved to change his position, and clearing the crowd of assailants Frnulc started the Turret out onto the plain. It ran well and fast for a half mile. Then Frank was satisfied that they were clear of tbe savage gang. He had turned ofl the current which charged the shell of the Turrt>t. Upon the deck there was a heap of the attacking natives. Some were dead and others unconscious. By Frank's orders Bar ney and Pomp went out and dumped them unceremomously off upon the floor or the prairie. The tlashing of lights could be !een about the spot they had just left. The excited adventurers now bad-time for an interchange of opin ions. Barney; told his story succinctly. Then you did not really understand what those lights were when you saw them?" asked Frank. "No aor. l did not!" replied the Celt. "Divil a bit av it. But I knew whin I see the divils coming over the rail!" "Well,'' said Frank, jrawing a deep breath. "We've whip_ped them but it is no telling how serious it might have been for us had they got in to the Turret!" Bejabers they'd niver have done that while I was aloive!" declar ed Barney. I hardly know what to

LOST iN THE LAND OF FIRE. ., Frank for some while for the savages to appear again. I Anc as his lantern broke the utter gloom beyond be stood absolute But they dtd not tlo so. ly enchained with wonderment. It began to look tor a certainty-as if they had really enough of the Never in his life had it been his good fortune to gaze upon so wonbattlt>. derful a scene as this. Resolved to satisfy himself upon this point Frank started the Turret 1 around the mound city. With the search-light 'to illuminate the vicinity it was easy enough I to see the way about. The Turret coasted about the vicicity for some while. But not a trace of the natives was to be f01md. They ha(l disappeared absolutely from tile vicinity 'l'he lesson given them had proved a terrible one. They had no de sire to again try conclusions with the wlute men. Where they had gone it was not easy to guess. Frank guessed perhaps correctly that tlwy had sought the cover of the jungle. Certain it was nothing more was Heen of them that night. But there was no more sleep for the voyagers. Tiley were glad enough to welcome the light of day breaking in the east. VI. THE TRAVELERS, FRtN K READE, JR., wua for a moment appalled with the spectacle which burst upon his vision. A mighty banquet hall lay stretched in columned vistas before him. Great columns, radely carvell, extended in a long lme down its en tire length. Beneath the roof supported by these was an immense banqu e t table, with what actually seemed like a bountiful repast waiting for lmngry eaters. A long row of chairs extended upon -either side of the tabl e In each of these chatrs sat a ghastly, grinnu:g skeletor: Nothing was left or llesb or vestment, but the crumbling bones were all. Upon the table were great flagons, mighty urns and vast howls, As soon as daylight appeared, preparations were made for the morning meal. All were hungry, and the juicy guauaco ro11stet l over h<)t coals, made a most appetizing dish. Wh!ln all had partook of this to their heart's content, Frank took his rille and said: Come, Barney, this time it is your turn. Let us explore that with drinking cups of silver and gold and horn I Great candelabras of brass were at intervals along th11 t11ble. It hall been a mighty feast apparently, with only Death to preside Frank gazed upon the cene with sometlling like a sickening sense of horror. 1 Its like he bad never seen or heard Qf b efore. mound." The Celt was delightetl. "All roight, sor!" he cried. He picked up his rille and followed Frank with alacrtty. The young inventor was desirous of thoroughly exploring the city of mounds. He believed that much ofscient.i!ic value might be discovered there. With Barney accompanying him he untlertook tlle task. Pomp made no demur. The darky was quite willing to remain aboard the Turret. He had enjoyed his turn at it the day previous, ami he was not !>y any means selfish. Frank had no difficulty in finding the mound which he had broken into the day before. The cavity yawned at b is feet, but so far as guessing what tbe place contained be was ns much at sea us ever. He bad brought with him, however, a lantern and rope. These he laid down upon tbe ground at the mouth of the cavity aud aaid: "Now, Barney, I om going down into that place. I want you to lower me on the rope and lJaul me up when I give you the signal!" The Celt bowed. "All roigllt, sor!" he said, readily. "I'll do jist as yez say. Divil a bit different.'' "Thut is the way to talk!" Frank tossed one end of the rope into the cavity. The other end be gave to Barney. The Celt braced himself and Frnnk prepared to descend. As he slowly slid down the rope, tlle light of tile lantern diu much toward making the mystery clear. Frank saw about him the cornices antl curved reliefs of a wonderful ceiling, the style or architecture being entirely new. The young inventor surveyed this with interest. "T)le former occupants of this place certainly had a good taste for line art," be muttered. ''They must have been civilized." The more he pondered upon the matter, the better satisfied he became that thiR was so. Down into the buried house Frank was .Lowered slowly. Soon his feet strucl;: the floor. He unloosed the rope and stood in the wonderful chamber underground. Above him was a round circle of daylight, but it was not difficult for him to realize that he was underground. "Are yez all rolgbt, sor?" came Barney's voice down the shaft. "Yes, Barney!" replied the young inventor. "Well, sor, phwat sort av a place can lt be down there!" "I will tell you very shortly," replied Frank. "I have uot yet found out for mys11ll.'' This satisfied Barney. "All right, sor," be replied. Frank now proceeded to examine the underground chamber with care. Its walls and ceilings were those of an ordinary house of the ancient Roman period. Indeed, the style of architecture of the columns and bases which supported the roof was much after the Roman. Frank continued his exploration with deep interest. The lloor was of paved tiles and arranged somewhat in Mosaic pat tern. But the chamber was utterly devoid of anything like furniture or statuary or like objects. Whether it had ever contained anything of this sort or not, it was not easy to hazard a guess. Neither were there any skeletons or human remams to be seen. YeL it was certain that human hands bad built these walls. Frank discovered that a door led into another room, and in th!' hope of finding something there which was more explanative, he passed through it. Upon my word," be muttered. What an as s emblage this was. What ter;ible stroke of death wns visited upon them in this summar y manner to leave them all here like this." Certainly it must huve been a fearful and sudden death stroke which had struck the assemblage. Not:e 8eemed to have left their seats indicating a desire te escap e What did it mean? Frank wus puzzled. He overcame a sense of horror suffictently to advance to the table. He sent the rays of his electric lantern down the length of the table. Whether it was the effect of the light or the commotion of the at mosphere by bis appearance, it was not easy to say, but some or the bone.s crumbled into This showed great ar;tiquity. They had been here no doubt several huntlred years at lea&t. At this Juncture Frank picked up one of the silver mu,!!:s. He examined it closely when he received a powerful shock. There, upon the surface, he saw plainly a crest and arms. The lattef ware the arms of Spain. Below it was the date 1590. Like a great wave the revelation came to Fran k Reade, Jr. "Ah!" he cried. "At last I have it. I h ave found a city, founded in this wild country by that early spirit or exploration and tliscovery which led Colum!>us to dare the uukno'Nn ocean west ward." This was true. The city of mounds was really the relic of a mighty effort of Spanish colonists to found au empire on Americpn soil. The city had been bnilt perhaps one hundred years after the voyage or Columbus. It was a powerful thing to think upor.. Frank gazed upon the scene before him with a deep thrill. But all this, however. did not explain the myserv of the d!latb of the banqueters seemingly all at once. Nor was be to find any sort or a key to this problem. Search as he would Frank could not solve it. He was obliged to abandon it. This banquet hall and the room by which be had entered were the only chambers in tbe vast palace, which the building must have been, not filled with earth and debris. Frank took several of the silver and gold flagons and an antique sword with a diamond studded handle and started on the return. When he arrived at the aperture he foaud Barney in waiting. "All right, Barney. Pull away!" he cried, adjusting the noose about him. "I will, sorl" The Celt did pull away. Aucl with such saccess that Frank was soon once more on leve l ground. "Shure, sor, an' phwat have yez there?" cried the Celt, in amaze ment. Frank t! en told the story of his discoveries in the banquet hall. Barney listened in wonderment. "Shure, sor, that is very quare!" he cried. "Don't yez mane to return and hunt further?" I think not!" replied Frank. "I don't believe it will result In nny \ advantage to us We will go on to new explorations, for our stay in I Pa:agonia is brief." "Very well, sor!" Yon know we want to find the giants and visit the southern spur of the Andes.'' "Yis sor.'' I will, however, take the exact latitude and J ongitude of this plnce so tbat) f we desi,re we may vtsit it again!" Barney diu not demur. Frank was the boss and he had nothing fo say. Tbe young inventor returned to the Turret at once.


.. 8 LOST IN 'l'HB L.AND OF FiltE. Then he proceeded to note the bearings of the buried city. Whew!" be muttereq, as he mentally surveyed the vast collection of mounds. What a treasure this would be to certain enthusiastic scientists and antiquarians!' i He put away his boot;: and went into the pilot hou3e. Frank was In earnest i n his intention to leave the spot:'. A beautiful day was breaking overhead. A few moments later, tbe Turret was once more under full head racing across tbe pampas. The country now began to undergo a change. It was still the same ,low, level plain, but the grass stood in some plaees ten feet high. It was with difficulty tl:at their course could be seen from the pilot house. It was like swimming in a vast sea of white cotton, for the pampas grass was ripe and its pollen bung in great quantities from the stem. An ordinary wagon would have found slow. But the Turret had been provided with keen knives upon the l!ubs and axles, which cut the hke cheese. i'his left a btoad pathway wherever the Turret went. For hours the machine went on in this fashion. There seemed literally no end to the mighty waste. Barcey and Pomp were on deck engaged in various duties. Frank was in the pilotbimse. At every st.,p, wild game sprung from the grass in the shape of rabbits or wild birds. Occasionally a was tried at these, b11t not much time was t hus lost . Frank was keenly desirous of getting to the other end or the plain as quickly as posible. He was alive to the fact that this wns one of the most perilous of journeys. The reason wns apparent in the fact that they were in the very henrt of the Land of F ire. H was the burning of ttese mighty wastes of tall grass which had given to the region the name above. Even now in the Jar distance the long line of smoke and flames of a flre could he seen. Seldom in Patagonia is one Ol't or sight of one of mighty con flal!:rat!ons. Nothing can stand in their coutse. Sweeping across the plain they carry destruction iu their van, and woe to the unlucky traveler thus overtaken. Sad indeed is his fate. Frank knew this well. Therefore he was upon the lookout S uddenly be spied an object just above the distant sea of white which gave him a start. Jt was a man's bead moving rapidly through the grass. Soon Frank saw others. Full half a dozen, as the young inventor believed, mounted men were approaching the Turret. They wore broad palmetto hats and their features could not be plainly distinguished. Frank instinc t ively made tl:em out to be gauchos, a kind of Pata gonian cowooy and herder. He did not apprehend any trouble with such and therefore, when suddenly the foremost hailed Turret Frank the lever., Leaning out of the pilot house window he returne::l the hail. To his surprise, back came in good English the terse query: Who the devil are you, and what have you got there!" "Mercy preserve us!" cried Frank, in surprise. "Are you English men! ' "Not by a durued sight. We are pure bred American Yankees!" "Well, so am 1," "You are?" ''Yes!'' "That settles it. When we get up there we'll shake!" "How many of you are there!" "Six; three or us are Ameticans, and three are gauchos." Frank gave quick orn tell us of the An dean giants!'' I cannot," replied Frank. "I am now on my way to the Andes.'' "So are we." "Indeed!'' May we ask what is your mission in Patagonia?" "Certainly," replied Frank. "We are here simply for sport, ad venture and any kind of exploration." How in the world did you ever get that machine down here!" "It was brought by special steamer." "You don t mean it? Is it bullet proof!'' "Yes.'' What is the motive power!" "Electricity." More catechism followed, until Frank invited the travelers aboard the Turret and &bowed them ita mechanism. They were wonderstruck and expressed their admiration in glowing terms. "What a grand idea!" cried Everhard. Surely, Mr. Reade, you are a wonderful man." The others expressed themselves in like terms. Frank, however, modestly disclaimed the title and said: "Well, gentlemen, if you will hobble your horses and tarry here awhile we Will try and give you a sample of Pomp's skill in the culm ary art!" In other words an invitation to dine!" ctied Wayne, gayly. "In deed, Mr. Reade, if we will not be presuming upon your kindness--" Certainly not." "To tell the truth, our living bas been so poor since leaving home, that it will seem good to really get something that is toothsome. AI! entered into the spirit of the occasion in high good humor. PomP,, who was much flattered, dlq his part handsomely. The travelers turned their horaas out to graze, and a campfl.te was made in the clearing maue by the keen scytheliK(l knives of tbe Turret. It was a jovial meeting of kinured spirits in that far away part of the world. Very soon a toothsome repast was being discussed by the com pany. It was a pleasant social gathering, and in spite or the beat and some discomforts was thoroughly enjoyed. Frank brought out wine and all drank to the success of the expedition. After all was over Everhard ad:"We can, at least, be traveling companions.'' That is what I mean.'' "Good! We shall certsinly be glad of your ::ompany.'' And so it was arranged that the two explormg parties should pro ceed together. It was decided to contilme the journey Without further delay. Ac cordingly the Turret started ahead. But even as the machinery waB put in motion a sudden gloom fell over the landscape. Iu surprise all turned their beaus to the eastward. The sight they beheld was a most thrilling one. There had suddenly sprung up from the horizon a mighty black cloud which was fast spreading toward the zenith. Below on the horizon line there was a livid line of fire. "Fire! Fire!" cried Everbard in trumpet tones. To saddle everybody. It is for our This was a' truthful utterance. The lives of the party certainly depended upon quick action. The entire world seemed on fire at tbat moment and the fl,\mes were coming with lightning-like speed toward the party of explorers. Up to the very zenith swept the mignty cloud of smoke.


LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. 9 The progress or a pampas fire is very rapid lpdeed. Unless quick action is made few can get out of the way of the terrible flames whicn scorch and wither in their path. None realized thiS more keenly than Frank Reade, Jr. The young inventor shouted: "Come, Barney and Pomp! Get aboard ltvely now!" The two faithful servitors were quick to obey, They were quickly in the Turret and Frank sprung into the pilot-house. As Everherd sprung to saddle he shouted: go due south Mr. Reade. 'l'here is a wide burn tllere and i! we can reach it we will be safe!" Indeed it was hard enough to tell in which direction this was in the face or snell a wall of smoke. But Frank glanced at the compass. "All right!'' he replied. "Come along all of you!" We will," shouted Wayne. And away went the Turret cutting a wide swathe through the dry grass. Like a locomotive on a clear track the Turret ran on. Fortunately the ground was quite smooth m spite of tile ceep grass, and Frank let the machine run wild. On over the plain thundered the Turret. The horses kept up with difficulty, yet did not aee.ft to be givir,g out. After the first two miles Frank realized that it would not do to run so fast. He would certainly le ave the others hopelessly behind. He did not wish to do this. So accordingly he slackened pace. II it had been uecessarv he would have taken the three Americans aboard. The three gauchos had gone in a differect direction, having quit the party immediately after the first meeting. They no. doubt were in safe quarters and far beyond the reach or the fire. But now just when it became patent to Frank that the horses were going to be unable to outrun the fire a most thrilling> thing happened. A mighty great wave or smryke down over the So thick and dense and overpowering was it that all seemed liable to suffocation. What was worse, when it began to lift nothing was to be seen or the horsemen. In the dense gloom they had become separated from the Turret. Frank sent the searchlight's glare out into the smoke. But it was of no use. Nothing could be seen through the dense vall. Barney and Pomp went out on deck and shouted: Bat all to no avail. The horsemen were hopelessly separated from the Turret. It was with a sense of horror that Frank realized this. "My God!'' be declared. It will be the death of them." "IGollyl dey is jes' asJgood as cooked a' ready I reckon,'' said Pomp. "Bejabers I'd raytber not be in their akin!" affirmed Barney. The lire bad been making trem11ndous headway. It was now gaining fast. Frank was in a ternble quandary. He regretted now th11t he had not taken the three travelers aboard in the first place. Their fate seemed sealed. Rut every moment endangered the Turret and their own livus. Frank had brought the Turret down almost to a stop. But, or course, every moment the !lames were fast drawing nearer. Time was valuable, and to hesitate was to be lost. Self preservation is evAr Nature's first law, and Frank yielded to a sense of his inability t o succor the lost men. So be sent. the Turret ahead once more at full speed. But now a new and terrible danger threatened. or course it was quite impossibe to tell where the machme was aoin"" or what was ahead, on account or the dense sm,ke. "' course might be dear, or there might be some obstacle, which, if the Turret should crash into it would ruin it. It was a \>lind course, and placed Frank in a predicament. He dared not wait or turn back on of the fire. The was no other way b1it to ahead, or turn about and take the chances of dashihg through the flames in safety. For a moment Frank considered this latter plan. But he abandoned it on account or its seeming lack or feasibility. He pulled the lever wide open, the dynamos buzzed and the Turret shot like a meteor across the plain. The blind was on. Frank had no idea what the end would be or wllere he would ter minate the mad ruri. On and on like a met eor fled the Tnrret through t!iat smoke cloud. Tbe younoo inventor was In momentary hope that the Turret would emerge rror:i the smoke cloud and that the course could be seen. But strange to say the smoke only grew thicker. lllore than this the air became suffocating hot, and Frank even fan cied that he distinguished flames jnst ahead. What did it mean! Haj the Turret changed its course and were they going really in to the fire instead of away from itT A fearful chill of horror struck Frank Reade, Jr. "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp, in terror. "I done fink we is gettin' into a bad l!x. Wha' ebber shall we rlo?" Begorra, it's burned up intoirely we'll be!" cried Barney. But Frank only grimly held onto the steering wheel of the Turret and sent it ahead with increased speed. "There IS only just one .way now!" he reflected. "Apd that to make a run for life!" He lo,oked at the compass and saw th1,1t the Turret was going due south. 'l'his should have carried them away from the fire instead of into it. But Frank the truth which was that the l!re had rapidly made a semicircle and tile wind changing had brought it from this new quarter. And every moment the Electric Turret was going deeper into the flames. In a few moments it would be engulfed in tbat awful flame. But Frank Reade, Jr. did not once lose his nerve. He hung onto the Turret's wheel and kept her straight ahead. It was a trying moment. Would he succeed in his purpose! OHA:I;'TER VIII. THE GIANT. FRANK READE, JR., knew that the chances were against him. 'fbe fire was intensely fierce, and it would require but brief exposure to ruin the machinery of the Turret. But the best of luck sided with the Turret's party. The machine plunged full head into the fire. And as it happened this was at a point where the grass was thin, there being a gravelly bottom under it. For one brief Instant flames were all about the machine. Frank Reade, Jr., in the pilot-house could see nothing ahead, but mereiy held onto the lever auq kept his eyes on the compass. The heat was something awful. The glass in the pilot-house front seemed likely to break at any mo ment. The metal shell was creaking and straining as though a3out to burst. But the only combustible thing on the outside of the machine was thfl flags. They were consumed instantly. Or.e moment or awful suspense. Till' Turret could hardly have been in the vortex of flames ten seconds. Yet this was sufficient to instantly charge the air on the i)llerior. Then as if bursting from the depths or Hades the Turret emerged from tte flames. Sunlight was all around them, and a long, level, blackened plain lay before them as far of the eye could reach. Scarcely a smoking ember could be seen in that expanse where t.he terriule heat bad so quickly consumed all. But the Turret was safe. They had emerged as b;r an act or Providence from the clutches or grim death. A ')Vild cheer burst from the lips of Barney and Pomp. Bejabers, this is the toime we got out av a foine scrape!" cried Barney wildly. "Shure an' it's lucky we are." "Hub! I done link it would be no mo' dan yo' will come to some time, l'isb," declared Pomp, with a smirking grimace. "Bejabers, I'm aftber thinkin' yez will be me nearest neigh \lor, ; criP-d Barney. "Huh! Yo' kin bet I won't. I don' mix wif no l'isb, I don' .'' "Begorra, an' they're a shade betther than naygurs," retorted Barney, hotly. The two servitors would have bad a friendly scrap then and there had it not been that other and more important matters just now claimed their attention; The Turret was now running wild across the burned plain. The course was smooth and clear, and Frank turned the Turret so that It could follow the fir(). The young inventor DOW thought of the three America11s. What had been tbeir fate! Had tlley wrished in the flames or had they really made good their escape? This was a mystery. It was not eMy to solve it. Frank allowed the Turret to bear more to the northward now. It was possible that if the flam' es overtook the A111ericans they might be able to break through the line safely. So Frank kept a sharp lookout in the hopes or seemg them. But this happy hope was not accorded him a fulfillment. For miles the rurret kept on, but nothine; was seen or the Americans. / All hope was given np of ever seeing them alive again. Frank did not believe it possible that they could have made their escape from the flames. The fire now surged away to the southward in huge masses of flame and smoke as high as the zenith. Frank did not attempt to keep up with it. He bore away to tile westward now, and soon had reached the line or a previous burn, where the new grass, rich and succulent, was springing up. Here there were plenty of guanacos and o striches. A number of the latter started up .from their burrowing places in the sand and started across the plain. The ostrich is a very l!eet bird, as is well known, being able often to ontrun the l!eetest horse. Barney, who was on the bridge, waved his arms and sllouted:


10 LOST IN THE LAND OJ!' FIRE. "Bejabers, :Misthe,r Frank, phwat wnd yez say to be afther catchin' wan av thim purty birruds?'' . All right!" re, plied' Frank. Go out and help him, Pomp!" A'right, sah!'' replied the darky, who eagerly obeyed. Out upon the deck Barney and Pomp scrambled in haste. Frank sent the Turret after one of the finest or the os triches. And now began a race as exciting ad it was wonderful. The ostrich sped on at a terrific rate and alter it came the Turret. Of. course the latter gained rapidly. On a straight course it would very quickly have outrun the bird. But the ostrich was tricky and suddenly turned like a fiash and shot off in another direction. Of course the Turret had to slacken speed and take a long sweep. But Frank soon had the machine once more in close pursnit. The ostrich again and again dodged but Frank kelJt up the same tactics. The result of this soon became apparent. The bird bP.ga.n to tire and now Barney brought out a long lariat, which he was expert in the art of throwing. Just at the right moment he swung it over his head. It went coiling and circling through the air and settled down over the bird's neck. / A quick pull and the game was bagged, The ostrich struggled violently, but was soon captured and killed. Its feathers were secure'] and the better part of Its meat, which is very good eating. This ended the ostrich hunt and Frank now headed the Turret doe westward. All that day they bowled on over the pampas. Theu just as night began to down, Barney, who was on the lookout, cried: "Hurrah! On me worrud there is a mighty big hill!'' A hilll" said .Frank, with a laugh. I should say it was!" Barney took umbrage. Bejabers, an' phwat else would yez call it?'' he asked. Why, it is a mountain," replied Frank. "A mountain?'' Sure!'' "Begorra, it Inks only loike a hill." "That is because of tbe distance and the rarity of the atmosphere. That is one of the Aude!l.n range.'' "Yez don't mean it?'' "Yes, I do!" An' how far wud yez call it, sor!" "It is fully or.e ( hundreu miles distant." "Faith, an' I'd niver belave it." It is the truth, nevertheless." An' do yez mean to go yender?'' "I dol" Shore, an' I s'pose we'll foind tbim giants over there?,. "Yes'' Barney bad been from the first more than anxious to get a look at the Patagonian giants. His curiosity was destined to be rewarded and that very soon. The Turret kept on rapidly. Before dark hall the distance to the Andean range had teen covered. Travel was made by search-light, and by midnight the .. Turret was at the root of the mighty range. The country now underwent a change. It became more rough and rocky. There were great heaps of bowlders, mighty ledges, hills and hol lows and dashing cascaded torrents. But it was all a vastly beautiful region. The forests were of beechwood and )Ilaple, with firs upon the mount ain slopes. There were beautiful glens, picturesque dells, and all manner of wonderful natural beauties. For the first Lime now they came upon drove3 of wild horses. Beautiful animals they were, as fieet as the wind, and as plump as the best of rich feed couiJ 1llake them. Barney and Pomp had a. great desire to mal(e a hunt for them. But Frank would not listen to t1 is. The young inventor was imxious to discover the valley in which it was said the city of the giants existed. Slowly the Turret made its way through the deep glens, until at length higher gr9und was reached. Now the pampas could be seen far below. Stretching as smooth as a billiard table far to the horizon line, they certainly preaented a remarkable spectacle. For some time the voyagers rested upon a spur of the mountain wall and them. Then the JOurney was resumed. They had come uow to what seemed like a sort of a water shed extending along the mountain wall. Beyond there were beautiful valleys. In this region the Pata.gonian giants made a dwelling-place. Suddenly Barnev leapeu down from the bridge, a trille pa.!e, and rushed into the pilot-house. "Shure, :Mistber Frank!" he cried, "wud yez Ink at that!" What!" asl(ed Frank. "Bejabers, sor, up yender on the mountain side!" Frank's gaze went in the directiOn lndicatlld. Truly it was a won derful sight which he beheld. There, high upon the mountain side, was the figure or a man. But such a man. He was of euorrr.aous stature, being fully eight or nine feet in with herculean pro portiot.s. Never in their lives had the voyagers seen his equal. For a moment they gazed upon uim with a mixture of terror and awe. That he was a savage was evident from his manner and dress. He wore clothing ruuely made of guanaco skina, and carried a tre mendous battle club in his hands. 0. He seemed w be regarding the Turret with surprise. Indeed be seemed to be fully as astonished to see it as the voyagers were to see him. exclaimed Frank Reade, Jr., "what a man that is!" "Bejabers he'd make six a.v the Ioikes av us!" affirmed Barnuy. "I done fink yo' betta.b look out fo' bim, Marse E'rauk.'' Pomp's warning was not without good grounds. Indeed the giant was seen to angrily make gesture3. Then he swung uis battle ax aloft and started down for the T!lrret. It wa.B evident that he meant to challenge these new inva.uera upon his territory. CHAPTER IX. THE GIANT RACE. BuT Frank ha1 not the slightest fear that the giant could do any harm whatever to the Turret. Indeed he did not make a move to change the position of the ma-chine. Tile giant came down the mountain side witb long loping strides_ Rtraight toward the Turret he came. Frank waned until be was within fifty yards of the machin .e. Then the giant halted. His features were coarse and massive and the shape of his head low and brutal in every detail. It was evident that he was one of the lower order of men. He stood at tbat distance a towering, powerful specimen of man hood. The voyagers regarcted him with somethlng like admiration and wonderment. Frank's curiqsity was aroused to see what move the fellow would make. For a few moments the giant surveyed the Turret in silence. He eeemej unatJle to make out its character and its mission. Suddenly the urutal force of his naturu cropped out. It bas ueen claimed by certain physiologists that it is the nature of man to kill. Certainly the first impulse 11( the savage is allyays to kill the first invader upon his domains, So the giaut, actuated doubtless by what be believed was propel' resentment at the intrusion, made rmgry signs at the curious mon ster before him. Finding that they were not answered, he was angered. Whirling his battle ax aloft he hurled it with all his might at the Turret. I t struck the metal sides of the machme with terrific force and bounded off ten yards a. way. The force with which the ax had been thrown stowed conclusively the fearful power o( the thrower. "Mercy on usl" cried Frank, He is strong enough, is he not?" Bejauers, I'll not risk a wrestle with bim !" said Barney. The effect of his assault evidently astonished the sava.g:e. He had !Very likely fancied it an easy matter to bury the ax in tho hide of the monster before bim. But when he found that it made no impression whatever upon those metal aides he was dumfounded. The natural caution o( the savage was at once aroused. He cow began to approach the Turret more cautiously. He made a detour and recovered his ax. Then he placed his hands to his mouth and maue a. strange hooting cry. The voyagers knew at once that this was a signal. In a few moments it was answered. From the distance there came the same peculiar cry. Therr in a few seconds down the !!lope there came bounding a dozen more of the giants. Matters now looked more seriouJ. While there was little to fear from one of the giants, there was much to fear from so many of them. Their combined attack upon the Turret might prove serious. The giants seemed to hold a hasty and excited consultation. Then one of them advanced, swmging his battle club. An idea. struck Frank. He boldly left the pilot-bouse and stepped ont onto Lhe bridge. This was the first intimation the giant had received that there were human beings like themselves aboard thll Turret. They seemed to oe astonished, and stood motionless and silent, gazing at Frank. . The latter quietly advanced to the end of the bndge, and held Dl) his hand in token of amity. Savages though they were, the giants recognized this token and I made reply. One of them, apparently the leader, advanced with his hands up held, palm outward. I


LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. 11 Frank saU to Barney and Pomp in an undertone: "Keep a goC'd line on that fellow with your rifles, but do not shoot him uuless you see that it is necessary." "All roight, sor," replied Harney, "I'll do that." Frank accordingly descet;ded from t!le bridge and left the deck of the Turret. This fully gained the confidence or'the advancing savage. He came forward now until he was about eix yards distant. He towered above Frank, who looked like a pigmy in proportion. Almost disdainfully tile giant looked down upon Frank Reade, Jr. Then te opened his mouth and began to talk in some kind. of "ib berish which was all Choctaw to Fran!<. ., Frank shook his head energetically and made reply: "No, I do not unll.erstand you!'' But it was a mutual thing. Neither did the giar.t understand tim.\. It was now a qutJstion as to what sort ol a sign manual could be established between them. For some while Frank tried every device be could think or and fin ally succeeded in carrying his point. Several intelligible things passed betweoJn them at:d Frarik learned that this was a hunting party of the main tribe. The hills at this point hid the giants' city, which was a 'ot very far distant. From all outward signs the giants were disposed to be friendly. Indeed, very quickly Frank was upon pleasant terms with them. The giants now all came forward eagerly. Frank made them some small presents. It was evident that this was the first time that any or this branch of the tribe had ever seen white men. They were delighted with the presents. Their mannur ()f manifesting their gratitude was grotesque and strange, they groveling in the dust and quantities of saud about their beads, which, however, they easily shook out or tlleir long hair. '!'hey were astonished when the Turret moved forward by Frank's orders, Barney being in pilot house. They were wholly at a Joss to understand so )Vonderful a thing. Frank was secretly gratified at, his success in handling them thus far. They did not appear to be malicious or evil to unwonted degree. The young inventor was anxious to view thtl city and learu more if possible of this wonderful people. He conveyed his desire to them by means of signs. They readily ncquiesced, and very soon took the lead through the mount1in pass to the valley beyond. The Turret followed slowly. It was a wonderful sight to see that dozen or more of giants striding ahead of the Turret. It seemed as if it would have been an easy matter for them to hava carried the machine away bodily. The distance tllrough the pass to the valley beyond was not great. Theu a wouderful sight was spread to the gaze of the Begorra, di(\ yez iver see the Joikes av that!" cried Barney, effusively, pointing to the wonderful scene below. "It is grand!'' replied Frank. Pomp was speechless. Below was the rich and beautiful valley. In its center was a large lake fully a dozen miles long. The lower end of it was apparently shallow, ami bad once been broken up into lagoons aml bays. These had been utilized by the in building thP.ir city. The huildin"B were of vast bowlders piled one upon the other with rm!ely mortar to fill the crevices. The styles or architecture were of course crude, but the s1ze of the buildings was enormous. The doors were made with a view to the safe passage through of the bu!re bodies of their owners. The streets were broad aud grass grown, except where the waters or the lake came in : mal,ing a sort of rude Venice . The city was enormous in extent covering ar. area of miles. That the aiants were familiar with the use of boats was apparent. Upon the iake and in the lagoons there were vast numbers of craft, or canoe shape, and some even had rude sails of guanaco skin nicely dresRed. Fire was well known to these natives, for smoke was seen ascendin!'( in many places. The voyagers on board the Turret gazed upon the scene in silent wonder. < The machine slowly moved down into the valley behind the gmnt guides in !rout. Below could be seen hundreds of the giant race, men ar.d women and children engaged in various pursuits. . . Barney and Pomp natur11.1Jy experienced some feelings of ttmtdtty at venturing amon"' such a giant race, apparently unprotected. But Frank Reade7 Jr., was prepared Cor any outburst akin to trench ery. Have no fear!" he replied in response to Barney's query. There will be no trouble; I will look out for that." Down the slope and to the very outskirts of the giant .city the Tar ret went. The giants leading the way seemeu much elevated l>y the Import ance of their mission in bringing the newly discovered wonder into the city. It certainly created a sensation. The entire city turned out en masse and a furore ensued. Around the 'l'urret several thousand of tile giant race congregated. Frank had intimated by signs that the giants must keep their fel-lows from contact with the Turret. For this purpose and to guard against nn attack, Frank charged the body of the Turret with a mild quantity or electricity. Several of the giants, venturing to touch the metal, received a sen-sation which terrified them while it did not injure them. This led them to be more cautious and they kept aloof. But for hours they thronged about the Turret in wondering crowds. It wa,s a strange, wild spectacle to the voyagers. This mighty concourse of giants thus at arms' length by the subtle current of electricity was certainly wonderful to gaze upon. The llrst discoverers of the 'l'urret would not desert it, and now played the part of actual gunrdinns. '!'be spokesman with whom Frank had managed to get up quite a system of sign talk was always on hand. From him Frank lenrned many points regarding the people ami their customs. For a time Frank was doubtful as to whether the giants had a ruler and a form of government or not. But his doubts en this point were soon satisfied. From the center of tile city there now marched forth a long array or fantastically arrayed barbarians. The,Y were native soldiers, and behind them with stately tread walk ed the king. CHAPTER X. JN THE GIANT CITY. THE giant king was the largest of them all. With majestic mien he walked and Frank could not estimate his height at anything less than ten feet. The people all fell back as the king an::! his retinue appeared. A wtde circle was made about the Turret and the king of the advanced into this. He stood regarding the Turret in a dignified way. Two of his retinue and bowing low made signs to Frank Reade, Jr. 'l'he young inventor responded and then descended to the ground and made a respectful snlute to the sovereign. His majesty smiled rather pleasantly and said something unintel ligible in a ru!l, rich voice. Frank responded in English, but the monarch shook his bead. Then the savage with whom Frank bad first established a system of signs now came forward. He bowed low before hii sovereign, and then began sign talk to Frank. "Cocvey my compliments to the king I" said Frank, by of Signs and nod9. The fellow said to the king wl;lich was evidently gratiry ing, for the latter smiled and noddetl approvingly. Where does toe white-faced mnn come from?" was the king's query. "From a far land beyond the sea!" was Frank's reply. Thus the conversation continued for some t1me. Then suddenly the king accepted an invitation from Frank to go on board the Turret. But at this juncture a most unfortunate thing happened: Barney, who was in the pilot-house leaning out or the wmdow, sud denly shifted his position so that pressure was brought to bear upon the key which connected the dynamos with the insulated outer shell of the Turret. In an it was charged. Unsuspectingly Frank led the way to the gangwny of the Turret. He mounted it, side by side with the giant king. At the samtl moment hoth steppett upon the deck. It was fdrtunate that the full force of the current was not on. If it had been doubtless the both or them would have been killed. But as it was 'they r,yere burled back with startling force and such a shock ns nigh rendered tbem insensible. The giant king was completely taken by surprise. It was natural that be should regard it for the mom.ent as an at tempt upon his life. The result was most thrilling. . The people instantly sent up a mad yell and came rushmg mto the circle bent upon destroying the Turret and its occupants. It was a moment of awful danger to Frank Reade, Jr He with difficulty regained his feet. There was tremendous excitement. The air was full of 'lavage cries. It seemed as if Frank Rende, Jr., would be instantly killed. Too late Barney comprended the thrilling truth. The Celt instantly shut oft1 the current, and shouted: "Misther Frank, for the love of God, bear up! Shqre we'll give the spalpeens a good bastin'." But Frank hall regained his feet and his presence or mmd at that moment. The giant king had no idea what it was that hurt him. But bis momentary anger over be saw that Frank had suffered the same as himseU.


LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. He was sufficiently astute to see that alter all it was not the young ill fault. Also, he saw tbat his newly made friend was in great danger of be-ing killed by his own people. Frank had recovered, and now hit upon a very happy idea. This was to make signs to tlle king in a voluble way. The saw and understood them. With uplifted battle axes in another moment the people would have been Frank Reade, Jr. But the young inventor was not destined to die thus. Ttle king swiflly turned and faced the excited mob. His voice had tbe ring of thunder in it. What be said, of course, Frank Reade Jr., did not know I But the people instantly retreated, and their demeanor changed as if by magic. Then the king listened patiently to Frank's attempt to explain the cause of the accident. This it was not easy to do, for the giant knew very little auout the elements of electrbitY,. 1 But finally Frank satisfied him that the thing should not be repeated. This time they ascended to the deck in saMy. Then Frank took the king all over the Turret. He explained to him by signs, as well as he could, the mechaniani of the wonderful ll)achine. Or course, it was all a great mystery to the savage, but he listened silently and respectfully. He was delig,hted and amazed beyond all expression. He hardly knew what i t all meant, but everything possessed to him a splendor far beyond his ken. He was so tall that in the Turrep l!e was obliged to lower his bead in passing from one part to another. Then Frank took him on a ride out upon the plain a short ways. To say that the giant ktng was pleased woultl be stating 1t mild. He was simply delightl)d beyond all measure. The travelers were to him a species of god, a snp!lrior being bj' all means. Returned to the city, a proclamation issued, gran ling the voy agers the liberty of City and making pupfHhable by death any in jury or inPUlt to them. Then the giant king bad his turn. Frank was invited to a banquet at the palace, a huge dwelling made of great slabs of rock, with a paved floor and furnished witli skins and primitive furniture. The repast consisted of two hundred guanacos, roasted whole, and served np on slabs of slate. 'Vhere w ere fish and berries from the woods, nuts in atmndance, and a kiud of curious pas:e to imitate a cake made of a pecnlil'r kind of ' Surely the were getting along famously with the'giant >men of far away Patagonia. Frank Reade, Jr., reckoned tbat he would have much of a very in teresting nature to give to thli world when bR should once more reach home. 'rhus matters went swimmingly for several days. Many were the (etes gotten ap by the giAnts in honor of their Tist tors. 1 These took the form of out-door banquets and athletic sports. The giants were famous athletes and the feats they per!ormed were marvelous 'Jeyond But tbe expolorers executed their share of the programme. Barney played Irish airs upon his fi

LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. 13 They were nearly naked, huge brawny-muscled fellows with repnl sive features and black skins. TM unfortunate white man who should fall into their clutches need not look for mercy. Frank SIIW this '.\t once. Also, that it was necessary to make immediate action to save them. If this was not done they would soon be but a heap or ashes. carefully studied the situMion and then decided upon a plan or actiOn. Be got the angle of the three death stakes and calculated the dis-tance. Then be trained the pneumatic gun. lt was but a moment's work to press the electric button. There was a recoil, a hissing noise, and the projectile shot forth. It struck the group of savages a fraction of a second later. In an in1tanL there was a explosion, an awful upheaval and the air was instantly tilled with tlying bodies, earth and debl'iS. It seemed as if a hundred of the giants hall been slaughtered by that one bolt. Then quick llS thought Ji'rank thrust another proJectile into the breech. Hiss-iss-boom! Another destructive explosion followed. The effect upon the giants was wonderful. They instantly were thrown into a fearful par.ic. It was a stunning ana inexplicable shock to them. H was as i! au enraged Jove had begun hurling bol.s into their midst. They could not see from whence they came, nor could they guess their nature. Superstiti?n is an inherent trait of a savage. They waited for nothing, but lied in wih.l confusior.. No thought waS given to the prisoners at the stakes. They thought only of their own self-preservation; this was more to them than aught eJse. Frank had no desire to make useless slaughter. He really cared only at present to save the three Americans. They had at once divined the truth and were wild With joy. or course they were not a little surprised at the appearance o! the Turret. But it meant deliverance to them, and this was what tht>y cared more for than aught else just then. ,_.,. And now as the giants made a mad retreat, down into the glade glided the electric Turret. Barney and Pomp sprung down from the bridge. Over the rail they went, and were soon by the side of the prisoners It was but a moment's work to cut their bonds. Words cannot express their joy. Wild cheers burst from their lips, l!nd they capered with literaljoy. "Hurrah for Frank Reade, Jr!" ..._ "Hurrah !or the electric Turret!" "We are saved!" They rushed up to the rail and fairly embraced F,-ank. It was a.' joyous meeting. Then explanations foll?wed. Each told their story. It seemed that the three men had ridlien madly to the northward after losing sight of the Turret. They were hard pressed by the !lames, when it suddenly occurred to Everhard to start a conn ter fire. This was done, and as it ran before them they followed it. This left them, or course, safely upon the burn, and as' the old fire came up it wasted itself. --. This was the cause of the fire whicl! had so suddenly shut down around the Turret. Bot It had been the saving cf the lives of the three However, all was over and the danger for the time past. But yet It might return at any moment. The giants had now caught sight of the Turret and saw the white men on ita deck. This somewhat reetored their courage. They were really brave and reckless fellows. They r&llied and made a bold front not a quarter mile distant. Frank saw this and kept an eye on them. 11 Well, Mr. Reade," cried Everhard, "I am !!;lad that you escaped that tire all safely. It was really a hard pull." "It was," agreed Frank. '' However, we will now hope for better times. But just now it looks squally." "Ah, Indeed!" 11 We have not yet done With those savages.'' "You think not!" "I kr.ow it.'' Frank with this proceeded to detail their experiences with Klng Don and his men. The explorers listened with interest. Then Everhard said: 11 Boys, 1 am getting sick of this kind or life.,. "You are!'' "I a.m." What are you going to do about it?" 11 I nm going home to America.'' "'What, and give up the search for the golden city!'' '' I 1on't believe that it exists, or there is anytbmg here for me. I am going back home." Well," said Prof. Bent, "I'll go with you." I Tbe other, Chester Wayne, looked at his companions in surprise. "or cours.,e I can't stay here alone," be said. "But bow will you return just now?" asked Frank Reade, Jr. "You have no horses, and you cannot reach the coast on foot." We can lind h0l'Stl9," That Is not.. easy." We will catch and train some wild horses," said Ever bard. I'll risk but we will get back/' You will Jo well!" said Frank Reade, Jr., skeptically. Will you take my advice?'' '' What is it?'' For the time you can travel with us aboard the Turret." The three explorers looked at each other a moment. But we shall discommode you!'' Not a bit or it." 11 Then we will gladly accept,'' declared Everhard, eagerly. The thrall explorers were delighted, and Frank Made cumfortable quarters for them. "Now," sai

LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. Huge stones were !lung high into the air, and it seemed as if the -entire mountain was bsiug disintegrated. Then a long funnel siJaped column of smoke shot up into the air. Arter it came a burst of vivid !lame. Then thera was the bubbling of a liquid mass, which came plnng,ing down tlie mountain side in torrents. "Au eruptiou!'' cried Prof. Bent, e+citeJiy. This sight is worth .a thousand dollars to me." The scientist matantly began to make notes. He was right. It was au eruption. Nature's RJighty internal forces were at work upon a l!eW and mi.,hty evolution. Tile party were witnessing one of the most wondtlrful of sights, the creating of a new volcano. Words could not describe the wonderful scene adequately. "By Jupiter! is not that a wonderful tlllng?" cried Everhard. Bey9nd all se deposits of gold said to be so plentiful hereabouts." "They do not exist!" declared Frank, positively. "I hardly thtnk we huve given it sufficient trial." "Verv well, then, we will remain for further trial," said Frank. "l wiil abide by a vote of the party," said Wayne. Let it be so," cried Everhard. All in favor of staying hold up the right hand." Only Wayne held up his hand. It was decided to go. I do not wish to be understood as standing out the IJ.la jority," said Wayne. We will make the resolution unanimous." Ali cheered this. Then the Turret was headed for the Atlantic coast. For several days the party traveled Wi\hout incident across the plains To be sure several times the'y narrowly avoided being overtaken by prairie fires. Ail the wi.Jile they werfl constantly il*view of smoke and flumes. Truly Patagonia was riglltly named the "Land or FirA.'' But they were not destined to reach the c oast without some mis hap. Frank had calculated that they were hardly tw o hundred mtles from the coast when a thrilling ti.Jing happened. It was a dark night and the 'J'urret was running-at full speed. The search-light's glare lit up the plain far ahead It was considered safe to r:m this way after durk, for the search light made all ahead plain. Moreover, the ci.Jaracter of the pampas such that there was lit tie danger or colliding with any 8izable object. So the Turret was thus making time wben the disaster came. Barney was in the pilot-house, and kept the speed of the Turret uniform. Across the !loorlike expanse the machine boomed at a lively rate. Nohody dreamlld of any possible danger. Ftauk Reade, Jr., was aft ou the rear deck with the thrtle explorers. They were all engaged in a lively discussion. Argumants were being made upon the worth of Patagonia as au agricultural district "I tell you it never will do," cried Everhard, emphatically. "The only thing you Clln ever raise here is stock." "Pshaw!" said Wayne. "The land which will gruze stock will bear cultivation.'' Allow that, what will you do witb your products?" The markets of the worLd are open to you." Distance defeats that." Before another word could be uttered, a thrilling cry came from Barney. CHAPTER XIII THE END. l BARNEY's cry echoed wildly through the Turret. In an insto.nt every man was upon his feet. Then there was a swinging, jarring, jolting and sinking motion. Every man was prostrated. n Thunder aud lightning!" screamed Everhard. "What has hap pened?" Some wet substance waa tlllOding the deck. Everybody was knee deep in it. What was it!" 'It was hot water. rue confusion which ensued for some moments was intense. But despite this, Frank Reade, Jr., had been able to make his way to the pil:>thouse. Here B:1rney was clinging to tbe wheel. Ttte Turret bad come to a full stop. In the search-light's glare Frank saw the appalling truth. TI.Je l'urret hall ran full-tilt into a quagmire which is not uncommon on the pampas. Tbeso are often on a dead level with the plain, and the unsuspect tra velar doe' not realize his danger until he is really in the clutches of the deadly quicksBnd. I The Turret was slowly sibking. In a moment Frank realized the appalling fact that nothing could be done to extricate it. It would cettainly continue to sink until the sand should cover it entirely from sight. The THret was lost. It was a terrible blow to the young inventor. h meant the irretrievable loss of tbousanct_s of dollars. What was more it left the party alone upon the pampas, several b,undred miles from the point. where they were to reach the return steamer. And there was no time to lose if they would save their own lives. The Turret was sinking fast r.nd they would surely go down with jt unless they at once lert it. The rest of the party were overwhelmed with horror and dismay when they beard tile truth. "Ob, God, we are lost!" cried Everhard, bitterr'y. But Frar.k Reade, Jr.'s, coo; courage now held the others up. By his direction many necessary things were secured. Then it was an easy matter to leap from the rear end of the Turret ont upon the hard tloor of the prairie. It was a terrible thing to crouch ti.Jere that night and see the Tor ret rapidly diso.ppeat from view. But this they were to do. By the early morning light little was left above ground of the elec tric Turret. That wonderful triumph of the genius of Frank Reade, Jr., was lost forever. Slowly and sadly the party took up their wearisome march to the sea. That wo.s a terrible experience For weeks they toiled on, and it was a happy day when, ragged and footsore and half starved, they came out upon an eminence o.nd saw the blue sea before them. As luck had it, they atruck the very point frOID which they bad started upon the eventful journey. And tl.te cry of joy which escaped the1r lips was heartfelt, as they saw that the steamer was there awailing tt.em. After much suffering and many thrilling adventures, the wonderful trip across the Laud of Fire had reached i-ts end.


LOST IN THE LAND OF FIRE. 16 Signals were made, and they were quickly taken aboard. Auchor was at once raised, and they bid farewell without regrets to the wild Land of Fire. Once more Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Po_ mp were safely at home in Readestown. TO EUROPE BY MISTAKE. -:o:-By "BRICKTOP." -:o:-Tellin_g all ab_out how it happened. Containing twelve IllustratiOns by the great comic artist THOM.AS WORTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon receipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publishe1, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Mo!>re St., New York. OJST .A. -:o:.By '' BRICKTOP.'' -:o:Copiously illustrated by THOMAS WORTH. SideSplitting Fun from Beginning to End. Handsome Cover. Price Ten Cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or will be sent post-paid upon rece!Jl_t of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore Street, N. Y. OUR SERVANT GIRLS. -:o:-By "BRIOKTOP." -:o:-This book cannot be surpassed for Fun, interesting Situations, and t)J.!} hurLorous side' of Home Life. Abounaing in illustrations by 'l'HOM.AS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all l}ewsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. (I, Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St., New York. Fverybody welcomed them warmly, and Frank announced his in tention to remain at home fo1 a while. llut his genius would not remain idle, and !Je was soon at work upon a new and grand invention. W!Jat that was and how !Je ducceeded with It some future time to tell. [THE END.] we will leave to I JOINING THE FREEMASONS. -oBy "BR'ICKTOP ." -oA humorous account of 'th.e Initiating, Passing, and of the Candidate, together with the Grips and Signs. Fully Illustrated by THOMAS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St., New ZEB SMITH'S COUNTRY STORE -:o:-By BRICKTOP." -oRandsomely illustrate.d by THOMAS WORTH. A Laugh on Every Page. Illummated Cover. Price Ten Cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, 'or will be sent post-paid upon rece!t of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore Street, N. Y. MULLIGAN'S BOARDING HOUSE. -:o:-By "BRICKTOP." -:o:-Profusely illustrated by THOM.AS WoRTH. This book illustrates the Comic side of full of funny Ad ventures and Novel Situations, abounding in Jokes and Original Sayings. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipt of price. Address FU.A.NK TOUSEY, Publisher, P.o. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St., New York. Use:f'1.11 a:nd. :J::ns"tr"l.1.c"ti ve :Books. flOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-.Contalnlng f-t>nrteen mustratlon'h I giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mOEt simple concise manner possible. For s;tle by all newsdealers in the U lllted States I and Canada, or sent to your address. postage free, ,_on receipt of ten cents. .Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 34 anc, 36 North Moore street. New York. Box 2730. JIOW TO DO TRICKS WI'l'H U.ARDS.-Containlng of the general princ\ples of sleight-of-hand to card ttwks; o! card tricks with ordinary cards, aud nll'f reqUiring of tricks involving sleightofhand, Ol' the use of speetally prepared cards. By Professor Raffper. With illustrations. Priee 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealere, or sent, J?OStpaid, to any addreHs OP ol price, by Frank l ousey, pubJr.;her, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO M.AKE AND USE ELECl'RICITY.-A of wondtortul uses ot electricity tmd together With full instrn.,tions for Electric Toys, Battenes, etc. By G_eorge Trebel, A.M., M.D. ContainiPg oo:er fifty _illustrations. Pnce 10 )!or salfl by all newsdealers m the States and Canada, Qr sent to yonr addrei!s, free, on receipt of price. .Address l!'mnk 1ousey, publisher, 3 and 36 !\orth Moore Street, New York. Box 273;!. !WW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By ',rhe se cret given away. Every Intelligent b

<.I'he Best 5 Cent Detective Library Published. Issued Every Saturday. Each Number Complete. Read All About This Wonderful Young Detective in the Following Stories Which Are Now On Sale: No. 1. Young Sleuth; or The Inspector's Right Hand Man. 2. Young Sleuth in Chinatown; o.t:,_The Mystery of an Opium Den. 3. Young Sleuth on the Rail; or, working Against the Train Robbers. 4. Young Sleuth and the Beautiful Actress; or, The Diamond 'fhieves of NewYork. 5. Young Sleuth's Best Bargain; or:,_ $20 for One Nlgllt's Work. 6. Young Sleuth's Trail; or, The lums of New York. 7. Young Sleuth Behmd the ,Scenes; or, The Keen Detective's Great Thea 8. Young Sleuth and the Widow in Black; or, Tracking a Child Stealer of New York. 9. Young Sleuth as a Hate! D etec tive; or, Solving the Terrible Mystery of Room17. 10. Young Sleuth After Stolen Millions; or, The Keen Detective and the Safe Blowers. 11. Young Sleuth and the Dashing Girl Detective; or, Working with a Lady Agent of Scotland 12. 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Millions In It; or, Something New Every Minute, by Sam Smiley 12. The Mulcahey Twins ,' by Tom Teasen 13. The Villa.ge Sport; or, Two to One on Everything, by Sam Smiley 14. One of the Boys of New York;or, The Adventures of Tommy Bounce, by Peter Pad 15. Tom, Dick and Dave; or, Schooldays in New York, by Peter Pad 16. Touchemup Academy; or, Boys Who Would Be Boys, by Sam Smiley 17. Corkey_; or, The Tricks and TravelS' of a Supe, by Tom Teal!'e and Below Water, Gang of "Rustlers;" or, Wild Adventures in Montana, by" Noname" by" Noname" 28. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Latest Air Wonder the" Kite;" or, A Six 7. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Horse; or, The Weeks' FlightOvertheAndes, by "Noriame" Search for a Million Dollars. A Storv of Wild Life in 29. Frank' Reade, .Tr.'s Great EleCtric Tricycle, and What He Did New Mexico, by, Noname" For Cha,l'ity, by" Noname" 8. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Horse Among the 30. 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Fighting the Slave Hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Central west; or, Wild Ad ventures Among the Blackfeet. Africa, by "Non arne" by" Noname" '67. The Electric Man; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Australia, 14. Frank Reade and His Steam Horse, oy "N oname" by '!Non arne" 15. Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe; or, The Search.for the 38. The Electric Horse; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Father in Valley of Diamonds, by" Noname" Search of the Lost Treasure of the Peruvians. by "Noname" 16. FrankReadeanaHisSteamTeam, )Jy"Noname'' 39. FrankReade,Jr.,andHisElectricTeam;or,In Search of a 17. Frank Reade Jr.'s New Electric Submarine Boat" The Ex Missing Mall', by" Noname ; plorer;" or, To the North Pole Under the Ice, by" Noname" 40, Around the World Under Water; or, The Wonderful Cruise 18. Frank Reade and His Soeam Tally-Ho, by "Noname" of a Submarine Boat, by "Noname" 19. Frank Reade Jr:s New Electric Van; or, Hunting Wild Ani 41. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Chase Through the Clouds, by" Noname mals in the Jungles of India, by" Nonam 42. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for a Sunken Ship; or, Working 20. Fran];: Reade, Jr., and His Steam Wonder, by" Noname" for the Government, Noname" All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United Sta:tes and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt ot price. Address P. 0. Box 2730. ... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York. -"' \


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