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Frank Reade, Jr., in the sea of sand and his discovery of a lost people
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No. 4 9 {coMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. Pom,tSRER, 3! &. 36 NORTH MOORE SrREE'r, NEW YORK, New York, August 26, 1893. lSsOED WE&KLY. { JJtJCE } 5 CJC:NT8. Eilt.tered according to the Act of Congress, in the yeur 1893, by FR.J.NK TOUSEY, in the ojJice of the Libra1ian of Congress, at Washington, D. C. Frant neaae, JI., I N THE SEA OFSAND I AND HIS DISCOVERY OF A LOST PEOPLE.


FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF b the ear is $2.50: $ 1.25 per six months, The subscription !'rice of the :itNorth Moore Street. Box Z130. Fronk Roode, Jr., in the Sen of Sond: AN:b HIS .IIISCIJIERY ElF A LDST PEDPLE. By '' Author of" Frank Reade, Jr. and His Electric Air Yacht; or, The Great Inventor Among the Aztecs," etc. I CHAPTER I. HOW FRANK MAKES A NEW ACQUAINTANCE. THE results often hinge upon the most trivial or happenings Empires have overthrown and bloody_ wars have caused bv the most ummpottant of rumors; the m1stake not betng realized until a l ter the irreparable damage was iuHicted. A l.Jreatb, a Jiaht word, a thoughtless deed, will change one's whole life destiny in cases. This is a fact beyond dispute. No person on earth was better aware of this fact than Frank Reade, Jr., the wonderfui inventor, whose fame was world wtde. Yet as be wended his way through one of Chicago's principal streets one day a _few years ago, be did n:>t dream that within the short space of an hour all his plans would be changed and bis destiny sb,aped anew. He had been living quietly for some time at at his beautiful home in Readestown. His life thus far had been an active on-e, but he had now decided to indulge in a few of much needed rest. How his plans fell short of consummation we' shall see. or all the people whom be met and passed on that thoroughfare, and who jostled him at every corner, t here probably was not one in every hundred but bad heard of Frank Rende, Jr., yet none recog nized the quiet, square-shouldered young man with the stately waik as the world famous inventor. So Frank walked on until suddenly he came into n public square. He was on his way to the Van Buren street depot to take a train I The square was Hlled wtth a mighty crowd or people. They and app laud1_ng a: couple of men who, percbed upon a box m a wagon, were makmg speecpes. It needed but a second o-!ance for Fran k to understand the situation. "' It was a Socialistic gathering, and the intl.ammatory orators were inciting the people to rise against monopoly. The vastly excited and cheered lustily. Frank W?uld no ?oubt have passed giving the speeches much heanng had _It not been a thr1 lltng Sudclep ly from stde streets a squad of blue-coated police appeared. They charged down upon the crowd their clubs and strove to thsperse Jt. What followed was all in quick order. cr1es 'and the sound of blows. The officers were b!ltth!lg wtt_h the mob. Suddenly -an obj ect was hnrled throuo-h the atr and fellm the center of the blue-coated squad. I t wns a bo"'!h. A tremenc!ous t>xplosion followed. Several of the officers were lntd dead and mangled in the streets. It was the sio-nal ., crowd, driven back by the officers, who were now reinforced, sm..,ed about Fr,ank Jr., and be speedily found himself unable to move or extr1cate lumself. rhus jammed in the struggling mass be was suildenly seized by the lar.d arms jerked him backward, and be felt manacles 13 tppe on Ins wnsts. b "FI knko,w him. He is of the rin' gleailers," a voicesi10uted Y ran s ear. "Take lnm to tbe rear Frank was now i n the or the d T rus!ling him towards the n an mstant the yqung inv t t "' This waR an ontrage and he would have flamed up. The idea that be, an inoff e nsive cittzen, should be thus scandal oul!lly arrested and roughly han1Jed in the streets o? Chicago, too much for Frank's usually placid temper. He struggled and crted angrlly. "Let go or me, you blockheads. You have made a misr.ake. I am no anarchist. I am Frank Reade, Jr. Let me go, I say." But the officers were inexorable. One or them shook a club before biB face and said, ominously: "If ye don't be civil, I 'll sul.Jdue ye with thi ... The threat would bave had little eflect upon the courageous yoong inventor but for an incident. He chanced to up nnd see an exceedingly well-rlre ed young man being hustled along to the Maria in just the same manner. De was fully as infuriated as Frank Reade, Jr., himself. confounded idiot," the other was aro you arrestmg me for? Don't you know the difference between a gentle man and a ruffian? But that's your style. Arrest the lnnoc nt man and let the guilty one go. Let go or me, I say. I am Wosblogtoo Whitwell, I'd have you know." But the minions or th e lo.w evidently knew and cnred as little about Washington Whitwell os they did about Frnnk Rende Jr. Without nny ceremony :bey were thrust into the Blnck Jar! others, the door closed and away the vehicle went to headqnart rs. T!le appenr&nce nnd manner or WosbingJ:on Wbitw II mnde qatte an impression upon Frank Reade, Jr. He was convinced that he wr.s no ordinary person. Dad It not as black as Erebus in th e wagon he would have ou,.bt In ac quamtance. But the wngon now came to a bait, the door were opened and the manacled pr_isone:s were Jed out and into the pre ence or the pollee clerk for regtstration. The moment Whitw ell entered the pollee station be be to berate b1s captors and censure tlteir stupidity. Tlu had no effect upon the police tlu;ml!;h. ts chance had it, Frank the Hrst to he lee np for reg;lstratlon. What ls your name!" asked the clerk gt uftl\'. "Full name, please." "Frnnk Reade, Jr._ I wish to be admitted to bail at once The clerk gave a vtolent start and raised hi bend. The :-eco"n'twn was mutual. Fr'ank knew the clerk ns a former reaident or Reades t own. "Bless my soul!" exclaimed the fnmous in>entor. "If it Is not Jack Henderson." "Mr. Reade!" gasped the young clerk. "How is it thnt you ne arrested!" Explnnations followed. Frank wns identifled on the spot, and escaped being incarcernted 10 a cell. All this while ashm,..ton Whitwell, with rnoutb wide open stood by a clo e lis tener. Now he exclaimed: Or 't'bAm. r or is this Frank Reade, Jr., the fa mons Inventor e mr-s 1p, .. nown all over the world'" mo

JR., IN THE SEA. OF SA.ND. 3 Frunk felt sure that tb' tl d IS man wns not one of the rioters so to save me un trouble he determn d ,, Sh'" b . 1 e upo;, a ruse to etrect release. e exclauned lll u low voice. lle cool and I'll bel ou out of your fix. What is name?" P) Washington Whitwell." t !frank Hstepped up to liiJ.e desk and explained Mr. w hitwell's situ a 10n to euderson; the clerk. Then you identify the gentleman!'' asked the latter'\ I do," replied Fnnk. "Take off the handcuffs, sergeant." The was obeyed. R wgshtJngton Whitwell walke.d out of the police station with Frank en e, r .. He expressed hts gratitude in warm terms. Frank looked at his watch and that his train was gone. f Ele would be co!llpe!lea to wait over until the next day. Whitwell _re:;Iy expressed bts mmd upon the subject and wound up with: Well, perhaps are no worse here than in other eountries Indeed when I was in Beloochietan two years aao I was arrested and ten days for smoking a cigar on the steps of a temple." Then you are a traveler?" asked Frank. "Well, somewhat!" rep !jed Whitwell. "I am twenty-ei ,.ht years old and I have traveled since I was twelve years of age. Th'ere 'is not a corneP'f>f the globe t6 which I have not penetrated "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank, with interest. "1 have mastered seven different and as many dialects. I am at home on the Steppes of Tartary, at the Antipodes or in the frozen valleys of Greenlanrl, the Sea of Sand or-well name any corner of the globe and I'll tell you ali 11bout it." Sea of Sand!" exclaimed Frank. "I never heard of that IoI cahty before." "qh, yes, you have," replied Whitwell. "It is a name many travel ers gtve to the southern part of the Gre11t Sahara. There the desert gradually meFges into Central Africa, aud few men of our color have ever penetrated to those regions.'' "I confess that I never have," replied Frank. "Although I have traveled across the desert nnd over Africa but not the part mention.'' ' "Ah, I had forgotten," cried Whitwell, With sudden inspiration. are traveler8, are we not? But have the advantage. Wtth your air shtp you can go where white man could not penetrate ()D foot.'' "Do you like to travel?'' "ltis my life." Do you do nothing else?" "Nothing. You see I fell beirtoa million :lollars when I was. twelve years old. I always ba. ted school, yet I lovell to learn. But my knowledge is acquired by experience and observation." l<'mnk Reade, he bad never met with n stranger specimen Qf. buman nature m all his hfe. Yet be was very deeply int!)rested in "I was a slave among tl1e Bedouins for two years,'' continued Whitwell. "In that time I suffered much and learned a good deal. Ab, that is a C\>Unt:-y I would much like to visit-with a conquering army, that region beyond the Sea of Sand." He checked himself as a sudden swift inspiration struck him, be (lame to a halt and faced Frank Reade, Jr., bringing his bands toaether forciblv. 0 "By Jupiter! I have it." he cried. "It is a famous plan." "A plan?" excla!Jned Frank. "What do you. mean?" "I cannot elaborate it here," cried Washington Whitwell consult Ing his watch. "But I shall feel it the l!'reatest honor I bave ever received, if you will grant nie the pleasure of your company at dinner. I stop at the Grand Pacific Hotel." It seemed to Fraok Reade Jr., at first like too close intimacy with a stranger. But Whitwell was so polite and earnest that the great ihventor fina!ly yielded his assent. Scarcely had be done so, when he hearf,l a great clattering of feet behind him. Glancing over his shoulder he saw two men racing down. the street. One was white and the other hlaclt. The features of the Hibernian were unrr:istak able in one and of the E;hiopian in the other. Frank's face lit up." "Barney and Pomp!" he exclaimed. It was indeed the two faithful companions of Franlt Reade, Jr., in all his wonderful travels by air-ship and electric coach. They bad chanced to be in Chicago that snme day, and turning a distant corner, Si!W their beloved employer ahend. Be the bowiy Vargin," exclaimt>cl BarnAy, excitedly, ''there's l Misther Frank hisself!" "Golly, dat am a ra c'!" agreed Pomp. "Bejabers, it's for sore eyes to se e the dear bye onct more. Whisht now! I'll be the fust to shake his hand." "Nebber say dat, yqu bow-begged l'iahman," spluttered Pomp, with bJlging eyes. ;, Go an, ye hloody naygur!" "Jes' yo' hoi' on one lilly bit," said Pomp, with a queer light danc ing m biB eyes. "What'll yo' bet yo' does shake hands wif llfarse Frank fust?" "Oob bone! 1'1 bet ye foive dollars.'' "I done take dat bet, !'ish." I'll take ye! Put up or shut up!" "It am done. Golly, look out dar!" Swift as a flash Pomp, with an adroit kick, Barney's legs from :mder him. The Hibernian upon stdewalk, but WllB upon his feet and after the Jlymg darky hke a cannon "Be the sow! of St. Pathrick I'll tate that nayaur black an' blue" he muttered. o Tiley swooped down upon Frank Reade, Jr., like eagles npon their prey. was. the fir_ st after all to get hold of Frank's band, and did BOt by Ius clever tri<-.k. However, both were so overJOyed to meet thetr old llmployer that Frank was nearly overwhelmed F They fell back respectfully, however, as they suddenly saw thllt rank bad a compamon. bBut Whitwell with eager manner now adva:tced just as Frank was n out to reprove them foD their rudeness. these the two faithful fellows of whom I have beard so much as ;?em g your companions in your travels, Mr. Reade?" be asked. Theyare Barney and Pomp,'' replied Fmnk wavln"' his band In "Allow me to introduce to you Mr. Washington WhitBarney and Pomp both advanced now and s!look hands with Whit well and were at once favorably impressed with him. "I accept kind invitation dtnner, Mr. Whitwell,'' said pleasantly. Barney ancl Pomp I will see you both to-mor" No," interposed Whitwell. "Have you any objection to their accompanying us, Mr. Reade?" Frank lo oked up in surprise. Not in the least," he replied. Do you Include them in our invitation?" "Yes," replied Washington Whitwell, with earnestness. "What 1 have to say concerns them very m11terially as well as us." Barney Pomp as were by no means averse to the prospect of a good ... so, Without further ado, they all adjourned to the private ball of the Grand Pacific, where Washington Whitwell, the mtlhonatre traveler, entertained them Ill royal shape. :A-fter a surfeit or the good things, they procee (Jed to Mr. Whitwell's private apartments, where cigars became the order. Cozily eusconced before a cheery se!!. coal fire, they indulged in a jolly chat and inter change 9f exciting experiences. Washington Whitwell proved to be the most able of i1osta and things went smoothly for some time. Then he suddenly "Now I .am ready to unfolj to you my project which I think you Will agree IS a most wonderful and fa sc inating one. Of course r am not yet assured of your co-operation, yet I will ask you to kindly listen to my story.'' "Certainly," replied Frank. "Yet it would be no in')re thnn fair for me tp hint right now that I have abandoned traveling for a few years and mean to take a rest." : I shall certainly not urge you against your will." said Whitwell pol1tely. "Yet I feel sure you will be interested in my story." We will gladly listen to it." "Very well.'' Whitwell spread upoif the table some mao-nificent maps and charts of the African continent. He placed hiij hand upon the line wbicb indica. ed the Tropic of and sr

R IN THE SEA "'-...::=-....::...::====== FRANK READE, J ., SA:8D. 4 part ob de worl' all de time. What do ; Jr "1 never dreamed of the heap octar !?ish?" Pomp turned to "I objec' to yer "Wbew!" exclaimed Frank the wonders of the w?,;ld so'wl of. Saint don't threat m& exist ence or such a wonderful sea. s the area of this Sea or Sand. callin' me I'ish any more, woo m e" o are not yet half fht d it completely surrounds the land with more respect bejabers I II f Y "Yo' better be a little mo' "Many hundreds of mt\es. existence to-day." I Ki yi dar'" cried Pomp, derlstve y. In which the lost people live, res ectable to' me. Yo' am jes' too !assx "You speak ?f an here then existed an which Arrah l'll break yer IJuck, nay our! "Yes accordmg to tbts account t t w't'll tlie main l : wd of the vast. 'l';sh mucker'" f th' but for fi of the deser 1 d Np, .Y?' wont,1dyo t a 1 nly have' been tbe result o 1s connected the terrfl rma d b the Sea of Sand. Tl)is an was A colhsJOn wou cer Island or cor:tiu ent surroun< e 1 Y rare and valuable productS Wonderfully fertile, and produced. mansyln sonre parts. Quite a trade Frank Reade, .Jr. h f that'" said autborilati'l"ely. p b w mouutamou d til There there! Enoog 0 k n savaue arimaces at omp and minerals, It eu M l k'tes as these people werfl an e Barney contented himsetr, Pomp glared at his tor-sprung up between the a I ke caused the isthmus to smk, and bPhind the young mventor s ac Syrians, but one da! an ear hundred years, not a thing has mentor l dl mies "said Frank aside from that day to people beyond the Sea of Sand." would think that they wereh< eat are the best of IJeeu seen or known o to Whitwell with a laugh. "But t e ru friends." .11 decide to uo" said Whitwell, as be "I only hope that you. WI o politely them hotel for the night. Barney aod Pomp J!'rank secured rooms 10 t e 1 town the next day. CHAPTER II. THE START. R J listened to the marvelous account rendered by FRANK EADE, R.' II bound Was hington Whitwell like in 'amazement, while Pomp's he acratche d bis woolly head. !m simply fairy tales,'' were to accon:tpany him to night. could not The young spen an make up his. mmd JUSt appeared to see them off. HIS At the tram the next ay Be .. ob, it sounds 1 e "' averred Barney. 'bTt that it'is all a fable?'' asked Frank, in. "Isl thelre vouch for the of the credn ous y. Ms., Mr. Whitwell?" T3e traveler's face flusbed1i d kly u Yet I know of no gqod Of course not, he rep e qUJc fnct this of Sand exists?;; a "Well," Whitwell, w_ith atr of qmet ouoht to know it. I have viewed 1t w1th my ,OlYD eyes " The deuce!" exclaimed Frank, w1th n. sharp cry. Then you know what you are tali>ing about?" or course I do." R d J tly "Pardon me for my incredulity," sa1d FraJJk: ea e, qUJe. "But have you any other evid?nce than this ,MS. of the extstence of an Inland continent beyond thts Sea of "I'll tell you how it was. I was a slave among the Bedouins for three ears. In one of their expeditions we to the of [Jis sen. I then learned that they still preserve a trad1t10n the lost people." . "Wcnderfull" exclaill)ed Ffank, deeply Will you kindly describe the appearance of this strange sea! . . "Certainly," replied Whitwell. "lL is 1t. frQm the rest of the desert. There is a very slight difference 1n the ghsten-. ing 'of t he sands. Ind.eed, many a carayan has wandered desert path and been engulfed m the treacherous saa. . What! Are not the quicksands 1s thjlre no water 'VISI-. ble'" ,; Not visible. A thin scum or dust like white powder covers the surface of the sea. Throw a heavy object into it., and corp mo tion for many hundred feeli abot is like tlte trembling of a vast sea of jelly." Fralik Reade Jr. arose and paced the floor back and forth excited ly. Suddenly he p{used. . "You have stirred my interest 4eeply," be With enthus1asm. "There is one sure. With my air ship we could cross that sen. of saud with safety." "Ah, therE> is the idea," cried Washitigton Whitwell, with excitement. "I need say no more. You understand me now. There is no other possible way' of relinking, this last race with the civilized world." "I am tempted to go there; de, clared Frank, earnestly. But I promised my wife to remain at ho111e for a few years. .:. "Of cour&e 1 cannot urge you against your bettflr judgment," de clared Whitwell, excitedly. "But only think what a mighty benefit it would be to the world at large anc! to scien ce. Indeed, one is constmiued to almost qelieve it one's duty f'' lt was a powerfular.E(.urneot audl Fran' k Reade,. Jr., felt lhe ola desire for travel returning to him. It wa.S with difficulty that he fought it off. The discussion lasted for some hours, Washington Whitwell em ploying many arguments and even entreaty. Before leaving him for the night; the great inveot'or did take Iris hand and say "My dear sir, I feel a deep and powerful interest in this matter. I recognize its importance and the benefits to te derived to the world at large ns well as you. 1 w;ill make no dirE)ct promise, but will think the matter over. In the morning I shall start for Readestown. I shalllle at home to-morrow night. I will consult wit.h my friends and decide by another day. I will then telegraph you here." "That settles it!" cried Whitwell, confidently. "I know that you will go. I to make preparations.--" "Not so faet," interrupted Frank Reade, Jr. "Remember I make no Barney a nd Pomp, what do you think of the trip?" Pomp cut n. pigeon wing shn!He in the center of the floor, while Barney's eyes shone like stars. "BPgorra, I'm jist acliin' fer a thrip in t1Je old ship Mister Frank he sa:d. ' "Yo'-klnjestcount on dis nig ebery time, Marlje Frank. I'se a last words weret. b that you will ao. 1 shall wait in mucb "Be sure to telegrap me "' ., suspense. I will, atll ttehed 1trl we will divide ex-.. No you wont, re or o f b be took mto his arms and k1ased. .,.lance for the astute liltle woman there was of oo light weight Frank a e, r. mind. She dU not ;ay anything, however nntJI they were at home young inventor uuboso.II!ed himeelf to her. He told her of his meeting w1th Whitwell and DIS strange story. d "I knew that something of the kind was upen your m1n Frank," she declared. When I met you at the depot. Then she arose and threw her arms about hrs neck. "I know that you want to go also," she "And .that w hlch restrains you is your promise to me to remaw .hom.e. Wh1le lllke to have you with me. I know what a wonderful thmg 1t would be to dl cover that lost race. I would be to say one word in opposition. You shall ao indeed I believe it is your duty to go." A glad escaped Frank. Reade, lips, and he caught her in his arms and kissed hPr ngaw and agam. "That is spoken like my own true little wife,". he cried. Yet IC you had demurred in the least, I should have g1ven up the "I will manage to kill time in some way," she said, until you come borne. Ab, I cannot help but worry about you. Yet, I know that you will come home safely." A shor t while later Frank walkod down to the telegraph office nod sent a dlspa\ch to his machinist in Chicago to come on, for he desired to make a few changes In the air sh1p. U was his purpose to add another set or rotosCOJ?es, and also to enlarge the screw. This he believed would tit the a1r ship for any voyage which be might see fit to undertake. At the same time he wired to Washington Whitwell at the Grand Pacific Hotel the following: "I shall stan just as soon as I can fit-out my nlr-ship. Come on at once and bring all your maps. Yours, "FRANK READE, JR." Then be went down to the great build in.,. where the air-sblp was housed. Barne y 11.nd Pomp met him nt the door and cried: "Begorra. I knew as bow ye'd go, Misther Frank. Well, Barney O'Shea will be glad to be afloat onct more." "Marse Frauk,l'se done glad yo' am d eclared Pomp, earnestly. "I'se gwine to stick by yet, Marse Frank." Frank thanked these two humble servants, whom he knew lobe stanch frie nds, and went on board the air-ship. His ex-perienced and skilled ey!! speedily hit upon several points which he believed he coulc! improve. He went over the ship thoroughiy and examined all the machinery. As the thoughts of past expeditions came to himr he felt a thrill or the old excitement and liking for adventure. The next day the machinist came on and work was begun in earnest. Washington Whitwell also appeared and rendered most able n sist aoce. The exciticg report that Frank Reade, Jr. was about to take a trip of thousands of miles in search or a lost people got about the country, and a tremendous fever of interest was created. The newspapers had column articles and descrlpUoos of the won derful ship end portraits of the young Inventor. Frank realized that the agony had begun when he received a flood of letters from all over the country, from cranks, who either desired to accompany him or render a service of some questionable sort. Indeed, if the young inventor bad been inclined to receive all these applications with ravor, 'it would have required an air sbip o( fifty the size of this one oo accommodate the passengers.


l FRANK_ RE.ADE, JR.. IN THE SEA OF SAND. 5 Ot\e man bad the audacity to advance the claims of a superiot. sat of rotoscopes for the ship. For the privilege of using his invention, F_rau.k lteade, Jr., he proposed, pay him a large sum and take htm mas equru. partner. A women's misoionaTy society fotwarded numberless bal e s of cloth Ing, to t .aken among tbe poor heathens Another society applied for permtsswn. t. o .send a dozen missionaries on the an-ship lor the I>urpose ClVlhZlllg the benighted lost race. Frank bad to use not a little of dtpl!)macy to turn aside otlers witbout wo:J.ndinothe feelings of sorce quite well meaning people. Be received messag:es from the mayors of many big cities, asking h1m to stop over on h1s way, promising that a fete should be held. Other honors of like sort were proflered him, but the young inventor declined <.hell\ all. The good people of Readestown, however, insisted upon giving him a royal send-otr, and Frank could not demur. Accordingly the pretty little town was draptld with bunting, a civic parade was held, speeclles were otfeted, and u. grand celebration was indulged in. Fireworks were left of the programme, llowever, for fear that some harm might be done to the air -ship. But a salute was flre:l from a battery of guns. The res teLl upon a platform in the pul.Jlic square, and there tile young inventor and his brave little wife \ield an impromptu levee , Everybody pressed forward, shaking with Frank and wishing blm the best of luck. Wr.sbington Wbi(well was striding up and down the deck Impatiently waiting 'for the hour of departure. Barney an:l Pomp were leaning over the rail cnatting wiLh some of t\leir friends. when the town clock the hour of tbree. Instantly FranK. Reade, Jr., stepped forward and caught his wife and child in his arms and kissed them tenderly. Then he embrnced his father andmother, and lipringing upon the deck of the air ship be cried in a ringing voice: Kind friends all, I will say to you au revoir. When I see you next I hope it will be on my safe return from the Sea of Sand. Rest assured your kind remembrances will travel with me, and once my mission is accomplished it will !Je the same great joy to know that I to return to "dear old Readestown. Au revoir!" .... He waved his cap and the air was filled with thundering cheers. Then at a signal from Frank Barney set the in m:>tion and like a mighty bird the air ship arose. Up, up it went abo'e the bouse tops. Not until they were half a mile did Frank give tile order to go ahead. Then straight eastward tlleir course was set. Washinu-ton Whitwell seemed to be in a perfect whirl of delight. He waltzed up and down the deck, ran to the rail, looked over, waved his bands to those below; cheered, and altogether for time like a wild man. He came to Frank's side finally, and removing his hat, cried: "I take off my hat to tbe most famous inventor the world ever knew. I am hopored to stand in his presence." "You do me too much boner, Mr. Whitwell," said Frank, mod-estly. Wb t t "Not a pit," cried the great earnestly. a mven 1011 on record has ever equaled the atr-shtp? I tell you none and you are entitled to the name of the greatest inventor the world ever knew." Frank modestly thanked bts admiror, and presently went the pilot-bouse. Barney was engaged in oiling, of the maclunery: "Will we sthop on the way, Alister Frank?' asked the son casually. "Or shall we kape :t sthraight co!lrse all av the way? "We shall stop in Pbilidelpbia..!" declarea Frank; And also m New York for one day. I have some purchases to make. Then we will strike out stright across the Atlantic." . "Yis, sorr," replied Baroey, anxiously. wtll It be t'other side of the wather? Shall we kape on to "Marse Frank, dat I'shman wants to htm s bead mto mo trnbble wid dem dynamiters on de odder stde. ob de water, I done tink .fo' a suttin fac'," cried Pomp, who had JUSt, come mto the room. b 1 d B e "Kape you're mouth shut, you stump of c arcoa roare arn whiskinoa streak of the oil f rom thP. snout of the can across .Pomp.s race, m:king that sable dignitary splutter and as a Jet of It shot into his open mouth. -" Begorm, one wud thmk that yez owned the air-ship Frank bad gone on into the cabin, aud .tbere vyas to pre vent Pomp's retaliating in kind and be d1d so with a vengeance. A pail of very dirty water sat on a bench. . In an instant he bad seized it and dashed It over the Htberman steersman, at the same time cryin11.: . "Ki vi! !'ish, yo' tink yo' kin fool Wid dts chlie. Take dat .fo de grease yo' gib c:r "Whurroo!" yelled Barney, as be emerged from flood gaspm.,. like a porpoise. "I'll have yer loire for that Out of the he chased his s&ble colleague. t he deck of the air-ship to the cabin stairs. Here they came to gnef. b Whether purposely or otherwise, Pomp snddenly lay flat on t e deck Barney went over him like a shot out of a catapult\ and down tbe dabin stairs in a discomfited heap. got a whack m the tem ple from Barney's heavy cowhide boot, which, stra,nge to say, made the colored uentlemar. see stars. 'h d h d k Wb Bar'Dey had pulled himseir together and. reac e t e ec Porn e!as uone. He had not time to sea:ch for him, for at tbat moenfhe Frank calling hlm in the pilot-house. m "Begob, Oi'lllay fur that naygnr," muttered Barney, vengefully, as he went limping across the deck. "That was a foine thrick av his, but I know a Letter one." When he entered the pilot-house Frank Reade, Jr. was there with a large chart. "Here is the course we shall pursue, Bu.rney," be declared. '' We will stop at Philadelphia, New York and Halifax. Then we will go across the Atlantic straight to Paris. We will not stop in London. Our last reception there was not of the kindest, so we'll out Johnny Bull this time." "Shure thot's n p more than roight," cried with true Irish hatred of the British. "Ocb hone, if ye'd only stbop in Dublin ye'd pe shure to have the Q.est of tilratemeut . "That would lle out or our course," declared !<'rank, tersely. "Yis, son. What course shall we be aftber takin' thin, sorr?" ,Straight across the Mecliterranenn to Algiers. From there we will stnke out across the wide Sabara to the southward. Now you understand?" "Begorra I do, sorr." Barney proceeded with the work of oiling the machinery, and Frank went out on deck. Be met Washington WhitwelL "It seems as if I cannot walt for the day to come when we shall rP.ach the Sea of Sand," said the great American traveler. "You mst jlave patience," laughed Frank. "We will get there some time." "Bow soon ought we to reach Pblladelphia?" "In three days, I think." "Will we stop there long ? "Only a day Let me see," pursued Frnnk. "I am curious to know of your life among the Bedouins. You say you were a slave among them?" Botb sat down by the rail of thd air-ship. Whitwell, in talking, carelessly threw one arm over the rail. I was a slave among them for three years," replied Whitwell. And pardon me if I compare it to three years in hell. I cannot re call that time without a shudder " l can understand," rejoined Fr11.nk. "The civilized we>rld knows little of the vnstneas of that world be yond the Great Sn!Jara and extending even into the inte rior of Africa, pursued Whitwell. "'!'here a1e vast cities peo led with saval.\e tribes who war upon each other constantly. These people, many of them tUl the soli, and when tha crops are ripe the wandering Bedouins of the desert descend upon them and rob them. It is a system of piracy most unparalleled. Woe to the stranger who fl\lls into the clutches of tile Bedoums. His lot will be a hl\rd one." ''Indeed," exc.Iaimed Frank, deeply "How did you finally escape?" By the merest chance," replied Whitwell. "Our sheik pursued a caravan almost to the gates of Damascus. We camJ>ed in a little valley. In tl!e night I filed tbe which bound my limbs, and get ting onto one of the sheik's horses rode into Damascus. The Enghsh consul there aided .me in returning home." "Yon were fortunate I was indeed. I would not go it for-,--" A little shriek of pain escaped Washmgton whitwell slips, and he drew bis hand back quickly over the rail. Strangely enough it was from some mysterious cause -or other batbed in red l.Jlood. CHAPTER III. THE AIR SHIP IN DANGER. FRANK READE Jr., astonished beyond measure, was quickly upon his feet. b wt ll " Wnat is the matter?" he cried. "You are urt, "Yes," replied the million aire traveler,.holdwg up hts "I understand it now. it was a bullet, and tt baa passed throu.,h my hand completely." . Then he sprung to the raJl and leaned over. !-"ar belo:w m meaoow both be and Fra:nk saw a man wittJ a g un. Thts "The scamp bas fired at the air ship to our attentiOn," Frank. ":Well, that was a fool's trick . He should not have pomted his gun at the ship. I'd give him a les son only n bat I cannot believe he meant to do any damage." . The m'lln with the aun was wavmg b1s hand exCitedly. This of course precluded any supposition that tbe shot Intended to do harm. Probably the did not once believe th.nt the uun would carry so far. "' Frank turned and gave orders to Barney to give tbe ship more elevation. Tllis w as done at once. . Then Whitwell went into the cabin and Frank bound up his hand for him dressing the wound skillfully. . . ''Better my band than my head," satd the mtlhonane traveler cheerfully, as tl!e job was completed. After that Whitwell was careful about Jeanlrlg over the ship's rail. There was no telling what might happen. In due time after passing over n tract of country and many large cities, Frank one day took station in the bow with his glass and cried: . I can siaht Pbtlndelphta. All were excited, and Whitwell was by Frank'.s side In an In staut. A wondArful sight vyas revealed as the atrsh1p hovered over Philadelphia, the Quaker Ctty. . d Flags went up, the city c.ecorated and the flrmg ot salute'il m or er, ...


FRANK READE, JR., s of oees could be seen in the streets Thousands of people hke swarm below !!:azing upwards at aJio-ht upon tbe top of a It wns decided tlle alr-slup done thail the owner of the build large l.Juilding. ThiS was no sooner lng appeared. him b Frank Reade, Jr., and the But matters were adJuhstfg pftch while Frank and Barney alr-sbip was allowed o e went down on a sboppmg tour. Whitwell did not w York. be declared. "I pre" I shall make my purcnase a 1D e rer to remain aboard."d 'th Pomp No sooner was Frank Reade Jr. so be was left aboar WI f _,. men came on board to out or the way than dozens _o ,.ts o inspect the of1 the to be able to show them about the air It pleased Whitwel grea Y ship. d Barnev returned with their purchases. In to receptions and dinners were waiting for but tbbm all promptly. The stay In Philadelphia was set in motion and the air A few hours later the n less than a mile high a straight ship once more rose up war e course was set York. reached at dark, .and as b e-' The greatest upon a buildir.g. .A. great clld condescend to accept of a sup per at Delmouieo's. 1 r N York v'ed with All the distinguished and we_altby peo2 e 0 ewr Yeri1 e would the air-ship was on Its wny to Halifax. t fi' 1 t cross the Only a slight stop was made the grea t a II felt Atlantic was be,.un. Once above the mighty waste o wa era a Whitw_ell to stand upon the deck of the air ship and see Lhe vast ocean passmg beneath his feet. d l d salutes Ships and steamers by hundreds were met au passe<, an excbauo-ed with many . Two days out from Ha_lifax, Pomp was leanin"' the rail one morning when suddenly h1s eyes IJulged almost o:r. or their sockets' Marse Frankl'.' be cried excitedly. I done tlnlt I see a man down yender. Come here au' see fo' yo'self." Somewhat surprised at the darky's manner, Frank sprang to the rail. Sure enough, it needed no glass to _far below upon the broad bosom o f the sea a man in sailor attire chngmg to an upturned His race was upward, white and despairing, and be waved hiS arms wildly. Frank shouted some orders to Barney and the air:ship began to descend. . It was plain that the fellow was some shipwrecked sailor and it was only consistellt with humanity to s!i.vetest at being dub!:>ed a gent, nod crietl fulsomely:


FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. 7 "It's a ro!aht f to claim me ye are yersilf, sorr, an' I'm honored ;hat hour Jim Ca:ble stood high itt Barney's estimation. He unconscious of the noFrank now discovered that tbey were over the Ena ish channel It would be an _easy mMter now to turn in the dir';;ction or 1' had no desire to visit the EnaJisll metropO: ISC:. lS ast there when Barney had been for al With a dynamite was yet fresh in bis He the air-sl::ip's for Paris. It had oeet; a wonderfully S!pOOth voyage thus far. No storm had ;.oeeu encountered and but little head wind. near noon of a beautiful day that the air-ship hovered over gay ans. 1 the a.. rrival was no surijrise to the denizens of that wonderful The cable had"tloflveyed news a week ahead, and preparations had been made for the commg of the famous American air-ship. A plati?rm had been conlltructed on the de Boulogne. A cor don of was about it to keep the croW"d back. Prestdent of the Freoch Republie with his cabinet, were in .fl'aitlllg on the to greet the young inventor. It was ;easy for } t? detect all this with a glass,. and he of accepted the and allo_wed the air-ship to descend. As_ It hovered the B01s cheers wild and enthusillstic burst from the lips of the exmted Frank allowe(t the ship to descend slowly, and it softly rested upon the platform. T4,en Pomp let down the gana-ladder and Frank d;essed as fine as any of the distingnished passe'ggers to o-reet h1m, descended from tile deck of the air-ship. "' It was not his first visit to Paris, and he was greeted by many whom he had met before. \ Be was received with the utmost of courtesy and distinction A number or the dignitaries insisted on his spending several days in the metropolis. Frank did acce:pt an imitation to dinner at the American Le .. ation and was-dined in a most royal fashion. "' Then he took the French President and a number of his cabinet of ficers aboard the and took them so hio-h in the air that they were fain to admit a desire to descend, and a"'o-reed that Paris after all, viewed from su

8 FRANK READE, JH.., IN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. would come in C(>Dtact with the wood work and likely tear it to pieces. This would ob> truct the machinery, and by bringing the rotascopes to a stop, send the air-ship crashing to the earth. The horrors of sucl! a happening were easily appreciated by Frank Reade. , He had no idea of allowing the catastrophe to 0ccur, at least noL if be could pre vent H. So he a swift diagnosis of the broken journal and t!Jen bur riectly said to Pomp who stood near with bulg'ing eyes. "Go to the wheel and turn the ship's course inland, Pomp. _!.ook out for a good place to descend. 'l'liis lJe repaired lJefore we c an go furtl!er." Pomp was quick to ohey. The air-shit> was allowed to go inland for some miles. The'n Frank saw a hi g h mountaiil. There was a spot visible wl!ich looked like the crater of an extinct This seemed like a good place for oescent and the air-ship was allowed to descend. Down it went slowly and hovered a mo111ent in the crater until a favorable spot w as fonned for it to rest. Then Frank brought it gently to the ground, and the rotascopesl ceased to revo:ve, und the propeller was inactive. It was dark fast, but as well as could be discerned were far from any habitation. This was what Frank Jr., wanted, and he believe::! that they 1 would be safe from any molestation that 1 Fortunately t\)ere were a number of spare journals aboard the airship, and Fran[ knew that it would require but a day's work more or less to repair the damage. He started the search light and sent its rays llas!Jing through the valley. No sign of human life was visible and all was as silent as the to!Db. As was characteristic of him, the young inventor now proposed to turn this temporary misfortune to good account, and be cried cheerily: "I'll tell '{OU what, friends, we will stop here for a little rest. What say you? There is r.obody about here to bother us, as was the case in Paris. To-morrow we will explore this crater and enjoy ourselves "I'n;J. cried Washington Whitwell, readily. "That suits me well, Mr. Reade. It will seem good to take a little walk oo terra firma." "Then it is declared Frank. Barney, perhaps you and Pomp may lind some congenial -spirits in some mountain inn here-abouts. "What's that ye say?" exclaimed the Hibernian, his eyes with merriment.. "Arrah, but ye know roight well, Mist her Frank, that I'm nqt a dbri'nkin' man. I soigned the pledge to Father McCarty in Readestowu afore iver I left home. But-troth there's tbe naygur now--" "Look ahere yo' !'ish loofah yo'," cried Pomp rolling his eyes up comically. "Don't yo' go fo' to gib me a bad .karakter afo' Marse Frank. But d e n he knows dis yer culled gemmen too well fo' to bleebe any ol> yo' fish yarns." "Begorrah, I'd hate to thrust ye wid a bar'l of Scotch whisky ye SliD burnt jay ye. Out an ye fer a hyperkril." "Yo' jes look to horne yo' l'isb bogtrotter yo'," sputtered Pomp. "I gib yo' a shot in de jaw er yo' gits gay wid me." Barney mrde a comical grimace at the exasperated Ethiopmn. This was too much for Pomp, and he lowered his head and mat!e a dive for tormentor. But Barney was up lo this trick and with a quick leap in the air went over his opponent's head. But l!is foot caught on Pomps shoul der and tripped him. A bucket of bad been left at the foot of the rotascope shaft. It was considerably more than a bucket: it was a keg equalling fully a balf barrel. Barne y dived head-first ioto t!Jis, filling his nose, ears, eyes and mouth with the unsav.>ry stufl'. Over 'vent the keg, and tbe slimy, slippery stuff suffused the air ship's deck. Barney floundered in this, unable to rise. Pomp, missing his first mark, had wheeled and made an.otber drive at Barney. But instead or striking the Hihernian, lie was just, in time to ram his bead against the bcttom of the keg. The bead did not give way; that is, r.ot the Ethiopian's bead, but the bead of the keg did, and was knocked clean out, while the soapy half barrel slid down ovel' the negro's shoulders with great facility, holding him as in a vise. His feet went out from under him, of course, on the slippery deck, and over he rolled. Bsrney by this time had regained his feet, and was digging the soft soap out of his eyes and ears. But the first tl!ing his gaze rested on was the helpless Pomp, who could not free himself from the barrE'!. "Yah: yab! yah!" he roared in the wildest of laughter. "Wud ye Ink at the nay!!:ur! Begobs, that's tit for tat, an' I thought I got it in the neck mesilf; but just luk at ther naygur, fer ther .Jove of Saint Petber! Ha, ha, ha!" Poor Pomp was vainly endeavoring to get free of the barrel. Bar ney's triumph was short lived, for his feet slipped on the slimy deck, and down he wPnt again, this tfme carroming against the rotascope shaft, .which hurled him ten feet away against the airship's rail, turn ing him a dozen somersaults. Pomp, in the midst of his dilemma, had to stop arid laugh In his turn. ,. "Ki yi v 1 !" !Je roared . "Look at dat I'is!Jman fo' de lub cf Hebbe'n. 'oat am dess de funniest I eber seed." Lucki!y for the two roysterers, Frank Reade, Jr., bad gone into the cabin just as the ruction was But there was a wnness, and th1s was T1m Cable. The castaway lauuhed 'until the tears rolled down his cheeks. ,?Blast me eyes!" he cried hilariously. "If ye mn't in quarantine, and nary a free pass out. Belay t!Jere, you feller m the barrel. Lay quiet a minute." Seizing a hatchet, be went up to the l!Dpr1.soned Pomp, and cJgav ing the chimes at a blow the barrel fell 111 pieces, and the neg,ro was I Now that the run was over, there was the fiddler to pav, and it cost no liltle work anti skill to remove all traceso.of t.he soft-soap from deck so that Frank Reade, Jr., should not see It when he came up from below. 1 But darkness now came on. Washinglon Wl!itewell and Frank were in the cabin discussing the future. Pomp and Barney had become reconciled, and bud formed a little plan for some good sport for tbe mght. called Calile Jorwunl anll Barney said: Dole moind watchin' out fer the deck fer us a little w!Jile, me !rind? We' ve a little bit of an eLgagement down fcrninst the moun tain here." "If yJ'll de!! be kmd enough, sah, we'll do as much fo' yo' some time, sah," rejoined Pomp. . "Why of course I will," agreed Cable, rP.adily. "Go right along, shipmates. Mum's the word." Not knowing what they might have to encounter Barney and Pomp armed themselves with revolvers and tl!en left the air-ship. The moon wao just coming up and illuminating the landscape. But Cable set the search light so that they could see their way out of the crater. The two roysterers in search of fun made their way out of the crater and be5an to descend the mountain. At its ba!le while the air-ship had been seeking a place tNight. the astute rascals had spied a small inn, just about an hour's walk from the air-ship. Both anticipated finding a genial host and some good wine, and their spirits were high as they went on. Everybody is aware at an antipathy the Hi'Jernian bas for the Italian. They are ever sworn foes. But Baruey being in a good humor, began a dissertation eulogistic of the land of thA Dago. "Troth, an' I believe it be the finest climate In the worruld, and the foinest counthry, savin' dear old Erin. I'm quite in love wid it, an' If I cutl foind a swate leetle crather of an Eyetalian gurl I moight sthay here an' live the resht of me loife amidist the orange threes and the vinyards which Saint Paul and His Holidess both a thim loiked so well." But now they were in sight of the inn. It was a quaint little structure, like the mountain hostelries de scribed by the old-time n.ovelists. There was a light at the !attica window, and as Barney and Pomp drew near they heard the sound of female !aughter beyond. j Both came to a halt. "Begorra, rap onct on the door," suggested Barney. "Sho! dat's no way fo' to do it, chile." "What wud yez be afther doin' then, naygur." "Yo' je8 creeps up to dat winder an' peep in !'ish. Dat's de bes' ting we kin do.". "Done!" exclaimed Barney. "Yez bev a big head fer onct, naygur." The Hibernian accordintrly crept up to the lattice and looked in. The scene which they beheld was an enticing one. The room was large and cheerful. A wood tire burned on a henr' ,h. Three females were visible, two quiLe pretty Italian girls and an elderly woman, their mother. "Begorra!" muttered Barney. '' Now's me toime, Oi'll shine up to the wan on tbe.leJ t an' yez can the other. Cum an, naygur." Before Pomp had an opportunity t') advance any argument Barney advanced and rapped or. the door. It was flung open and the Italian woman stood on the t!Jreshold. She regarded the two visitors with astonishment. Barney bowed obsequiously, and said: ''If yez plaze, fair lady, two lone travelers would ax ye to take them in, an' if yez can give us a.bite of somethin' to ate an' dhrink.' The womaR stoot! and gazed at the visitors blankly. Theu she made an unintelligible answer. The truth dawned ur;on Barney. "Begorra it's thick-beaded I am," he exclaimed. "Af course she c:m't talk English. Well, rn thry Parisian French thin." Barney bad acquired a smattering of French, and he managed to make a Sl!ntence. "Is this an inn, mum?" The woman's face lit up, and she replied In excellent French. "Signors, you .are welcome. Have you traveled far!" "Troth an' we have, an' It's dhry anq hungry we are," falsified Barney. Pomp was regarded by the tavern mistress with or aver sion on account of his color. But Barney at once received attention galore. The mistress's d:mgbters, if such the two Italian signorinas were,


' FRANK READE, JR., JN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. engaged lnm in conversation, and Barney ')ecame quite atteDlive to l both. This excluded Pomp, who grumbled: "I wisht I was back in auld Aineriky," cried the excited Hibernian. "Do yo' tink dat am de fair ting, to monopoligate de sassiety ob de hull room, l'ish?" "I do!l't \oike the bloody.Eyetalians Ol}yway. If the spa! peens waro't as thick as the stbars me sow! I'd stand an' fight it out wid 'em. Barney's ideas of Italy were now completely transformed. All ow lng to a radical changing of circumstances. "Begorra if yez can't make yerself winn\ng tain't no fault of mine," spluttered Barney. Go in au' win, ye no good wall flower yez." It was.fedrfui work climbing the mountain side at such arate or Thus Pomp made the attempt. But the llaliau girls ig1 nored him and vied with each other In their attentions to Barney. The jolly son of Erin pitched in for a good time. He proceeded to maks himself at home and sang Irish songs and cracked jokes with great gusto. speed. But pretty soen the gleam of the search Jigbt was seen. The moment both Barney and Pomp were in its pathway. As chance bad it Jim Cable was on the lookout and saw Barney and Pomp coming aiong the patbway of light. He called for wine and drank wit\i the Italian beauties, displaying quite a sum of English gold. Hutl he noted tile strange gleam in the liostess' eyes as he did this, he might have proceeded with more caution and reserve. Also in their rear the pursuing bantlJOld on the air-ship Time went on. The continued when Barney proposell a dance. He had just taken a fair partner for a reel wlleu a shrill whistle sounded outside the inn. 'fbe door swung open and half 11 doze'O of the most villaioous-look mg bandittieri in all Italy stood upon tile threshold. much damage might he done. In the bow was the swivel gun which Frank Reade, Jr., had invente d some years before, and which was capable of throwing an electric holt a great distance with frightful results. Without going to arouse Frank or Whitwell, whom he knew to b e asleep below stairs, he rusheu to the gun. Every man was armed to the teeth, and the dance stopped. Barney's hair rose as with an electric thrill. The fun was over, and our gay roysterers from the air sl.Jlp found tllemselves face to face with a mighty peril. He had been taught how to use it. It was a morMl.lll's work t o swing it around and bring it to bear upon the banditS. But a chilling truth in tile shupe of sudden rem em bernuce apon Cable. CHAPTER V. It was quite imposSible to II the guo unless it was connected wit h the These were entirely disconnected and defunct. Tile A BRAVE RESCUE. gun COuld not be fired. THR seemingly-hospitable inn was really the headquarters of a banWhat was to be done? dittieri. Barney and Pomp bad struck the wrong place. .He was upon the point of rushing below to eall Frank Reade, Jr., Pomp would llnve turned white had It been possible, and Barney when a sudden idea occurred to l!im. was so taken aback and terror-struck he could not act for some He remembered the automatic cage or oettmg of steel which coul d moments. l>e drawn over 1 he air-ship's deck at a moment's notice. 'l'he lender ')f the bandits stood in the doorway and glared wollishly He quickly went to work to raise this. In a few moments be had i t at the two viaitors. in pluce and was holding the little steel door open for Burney an d Burney's enticmg female partners had left him for the far end of Pomp to enter. .' the room. It wus a remarkable turning of tables. They came up completely winded and burst In upon the air-ship's "Teresa!" exclaimed the bandit chief, sternly addressing the woman deck. Cable then closed the door which locked automatically. in Italian, "who are these strangers?" Til en he -seized a gun and let drive at the bandits. "Luigi, my husband, they lire Anglais," replied the woman, "and In spite of their exhaustion Barney 11nd Pomp managed to get upo n our prey. They have good Angfais g'Jid.'' -their feet and use tbeir revolvers. A savage smile contorted the 1Jand1t's face, and he stepped into Under this heavy lire the bandits came to a halt. inn. At this moment also Frank and Whitwell came up from below. A. "So!" he exclaimed, jubilantly. "You have donewell, Teresa. few words explained tbe situation, and armed witb repeating Win Sirs, it is your gold we will have or your lives. Dare nut resist Luigi cheaters those on board the air-ship drove the enemy back. Contarini. It is death!' Tile bandits ret1red beyond the pale of the search light. or neithe:-Pomp nor Barney understood the words, but the Now that the light was over for the time Barney and Pomp came in gesturBs made the matter plain to them. for u. lecture from Frank for having left the nir-sb\p. Barney managed to mutter to Pomp: Both felt somewhat rlowncust and ;;nd Barney ventured t o "Bad cess to the blatherskite. He's got us by the short wool this say: toime. What wut.l ye do, naygur? Wud ye surriuder?" Arrah, sir, an' dlvil a. step wud I hev went from the ship but fer "I reckon if we do we nebber see Marse Frank nor de air ship any tbA warruds ye made about the inn on the mountain. soide. Bad mo'. Hab yo' got yo' pistol wif yo'?" cess to the bloody Eyetalians. It's not long they'd live on the auld "That I have." / sod with theit" murdherous worruk." "Den les make some sort of a fight fo' it." "Well, I was partly to blame," agreed Frank cantlldly. "But here Neither Barney nor Pomp were cowards. They had been In too after take no chances. Remember tllat you're in a !:>reign land." many thrilling experiences with Frank Rende, Jr., to know fear. "Shure, I will that, sorr. Br-rru-o! but I'd loike to git a wipe a t So Barney quick as a llash drew his revolver. Pomp did the same the bloody pirates on even ground, that I would." and covered the bandits. There was a tremendous commotion among The bandits did not return to the attack tl!at night, though a watch the cowardly Italians, and they beat a retreat out of the ion. was kept on the deck or the air ship. But not before a couple of shots had been fired at the two intended The next morning the vicinity was made plainer, and they could see victims. ru!!'ged heights all about them. Fortunately not one of the shots took effect, but it was the openiog It wus a likely place for a bandit's home. There was no doubt but of the fight. that the miscreants were even then at tllat moment lurking about the Neither Barney nor Pomp now hesitated to return the shots. It was crater. certain that the handit,s meant to kill tllem so it was really in self Frank Reade, Jr., now went to work repairing the broken journal. defense that they tired. A new one was put in its pln.le nod properly-oiled." Bang! Bang! This took some time, and twilight was again at hand when the ai r The shots rang out quick and sharp. One of the bandits aroppe'l snip was once more ready to start. with a bullet in his shoulder. The women Sllreal)led, and Barney and 1 At this juncture a startling discovery was made by Jim Cable. Pomp made a dash for the door. An enormous number of the bandits was creeping up behind rocks It was their wonderful pluek and resolution that saved them. in the rear to ll)ake au attack on the 'air sllip. The bandits for a moment fell back the fusillade. Three of All armed themselves witb Winchesters and awaited the attack. tbeil number fell to the ground. Suddenly a white rag tied to a stick was waved from behind a rock. This enabled Barney and Pump to gain tbe outer air. Frank Reade, J r., answered the truce signal. For the moment they were victorious, but they could not hope to Tben a man tall and swarthy, and a good type oJ ruffia n, advanced bold this vantage against such odds. across the open space. Now that they were in the open 11ir, they could see the number of He came up to the netting, and, doffine; his hat, fixed his little the bandits was legion. Fully half a. hundred of them were about the black, l>ead-like. eyes upon Frank, and said in Freoch: plllce. "Luigi Contarini demands tribute. You ure on his land." They were recovering now from their repulse and with wild yells "Indeed!" replied Faank in the same language. "Do you own t bi.: rushed upon our two adventurers. mountain?" Realizing that discretion was valor's better part, both Barney and "I do," replied Contarini. Pomp fled incontinently, making no preten11e to stand; "How much tribute do you want!" The bandits came hot-foot after then.. An exciting chase ensued. "Ten thousand francs." It was a miracle, indeed, that of the score or shots sent after them "You are modest." none struck our adventurers. "Signor?" One bullet passed through BKruey's sleeve and another grazed "What if we do not pay itt" Pomp's wool. The others luckily went wild. Then you must di('!'' "For the love of Heaven, P.omp me boy." cried Barney as they ran All right," said Frank carEoleasly. We" have got to die so me on wildly,." We git out of here. Bejabers, lim afraid we'll be time." killed intoirely "Sign or better pay." "I 'clar to goodness I done wish we had nebber left de air-ship," Frank turned a keen glance upon the ruffian and exclaimed in re_plied Porno.. Marse Frank Won't like dis one pit." thundering tone: _, I


10 FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. "You miserable limb of f:oiatan, if you aon't betake yourself away from here in t,wo seconds, I'll rid the earth of a consummate scoun drel. 1 can blow yon and your gang into etemity. Now take my warning." Evidently Gontarini was incredulous. His keen black eyes took in all the appointments of the airsbip curiously. '' Then signor will not pay!'' be asketi. "No." Conta.rini turned ancl walked buck to cover. Then a wild shout weut up, and a hundred of the bandits came charging across the open s p a ce. "Stanti firm. Give it to 'em!" cried Frank Reade, Jr., as aimed t heir Winch e sters through the netting. A t remendous volley was g(ven, followed by others, just as rapidly as the twenty-four shot guns could be fired. The bandits were mowed clown like sheep. Their mad rush carried them to the wire netting. This they tridd to force, but it was in vain. They were beaten back, and in retreating, Frank Reade, Jr., sprung to the engineroom and started the dynamos. The airs hip began to rise, and went swiftly up into the air. This was too much for the snperstitious Italians, who never dreamed that the strange ship coulm the "'lass window of the pilothouse he had seen the peril comino-. "' He knew that by giving the the full power of the dyna mos at one sh.ock, the air-ship would leap upward like a bird. Bar ney t.1me of was nlways quick and cool Hie nervea did not fat! btm now.


:FRANK RE.A.DH, JR., IN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. 11 "Mither of Moses!" he gasped. "It's an ocean steamer. Whisht! We've a .:lose shave on it now, I reckon, but I'll thry it!" Frank Reade, Jr. belle vel! in that moment that !tis pet air-ship was lost, and gave a deep groan. But at tllat instant, in the briefest second or time, the air-ship gave a mighty leap upwards. The steamer vassed underneath in the day light glare of thll electric light, while her topmost just grazed the bot tom of the air-ship. l It was a narrow escape. But the air-ship wae saved. Frank )leade, Jr., delitious with joy, rushed into the pilot-house ana Barney. "You are a quick-witted, brave fellow, Barney!" cried the young i nventor, joyfully. ""You bave saved the air-ship.'' "Be me sowl, I uiver exphected to do it," declared Barney, frankly. "I thought as hVeen Mrs. Frazer and her daughter was an affect ing one, and the old captain c arue to Frank Reade, Jr., and took his bazid in a warm clasp, saying: I shal! never be able to repay you for the service you havE' done me. But you have \DY undying gratitude." "Sir," said Frank warmly, "I am only too glal\ to have been able to save your life, and your wife and daughter as well. It is nothing.'' But the question now arose-whe.t could the Frazers do? They could not hope reach a point of safet y if they left the air-ship here. To accompany the explorer! on their trip to the sea of sam! was out of the question. Fortunately a solution of the problem was near at hand. A sudden startled cry -escaped Pomp. At the same moment the IJoom of a cannon echoed across the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Those on board the air-ship saw a stately ship of war, flying the Italian !lag, suddenly come around a headland. The cannon bad been tired as a salute to the air-ship. The explorers answered with a volley from their Winchesters, and the iron-clad hove to. As tt.ose on board the air-ship, with the ex ception or Barney and Pomp, went down to the water's edge, a boat was seen to leave the war ship. A few moinents later it grounded upon the ':leach. An officer stepped out and made a polite salute. He was a dark ancl handsome Italian with a fine mustache. Hs spoke first in Italian, but Frank Reade Jr., addressed him in French. Fortunately be could speak that as well, so an understanding was quickly arrived at. It seemed that the air-ship !tad been sig!Jted far at sea by the war ship, while Barney had kept It suspended over the cliffs and the Ital ian commander had determined to solve the Ii1ystery of such a won derful spectacle. At !lrst he had counted it a mirage, and expected to find that it was such, but was astouncled to learn that it was nothing of the kind. His amazement was great when Invited by Frank Reade, Jr., he went on board the air-ship. Frank gave the signal to Barney and the air-ship rose into the air a hundred feet. The Italian officer turned pale but was too brave to outwardly show fear. "It is wonderful ; Signor Americano," he said in French. "Noth ing like it bas ever been selln In this part or the world, I can assure you." They returned later to the cliff w!II.'re the story or Captain Frazer's rescue was relatP.d. As a result arrangements were made by wbich the captain, his wife and daughter were to be taken aboard the war ship and landed in Naples. This S'ettled the problem quite nicely and the captain and his wife and daughtflr went aboard the war-ship. But all thanked the young inventor wit b tears in their eyes for the great service done them. Then 'the warship made an offinu for the little bay, .and put to sea. "'


/ / 12 FRANK I,tE.ADE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. Frank Reade, Jr., now turned, s11ying: "All aboai'd once more. No rr.ore stops, I hope, until we reach the Sea of Sand." A cheer went, up, and Barney and Pomp start'ed on a run for the deck of the air-ship. Finding that Pomp was out-footing him, Barney threw one foot out, tripping the darkey up. Pomp went down upon his bead, turned a somersault, but was quickly on his feet. "I 'clar to goodness ef I don' cotch dat l'ishman and bust his jaw," he yelled at the top, of his voice. After Barney be went, but for once the Celt was too many for him, and found a place of safety in the locking the door after b!Jn. Pomp ha(l to content himself with blackguarding his adversary, and shaking a list at him through the glass. As ail were on board now, Barney started the rotascopes, and the air-ship arose high in the air. Just as they reached an elevation of a thousand feet, those on deck could look down and see the superstitious Algerines, who had been hovering behind a range or small hills, fleeing as if for their lives Pomp took his Winchester and sent several shots after them, but they fn.r beyond range now. Rising to the altitude or half a mile, the airship set a course directly across Algiers. I A stmnge and wonder,ful country was crossed in tllis way. It was not long before a distant white line was visible. At last the great Sahara was in sight. A fearful glistening arid expanse it was. Before long t):ie airship was sailing over it. Washington Wllitwell was pacing the deck in deep meditation. Frank Rende, Jr. was in the cabin a chart. Jim Cable was shining up some of the brass work and Barney was in the pilot-house, when a great cry came from Pomp. He was in the bow of the air-ship and had been scanning the hori son, when an object his view. It was in the air about a mile above the plain, and wa3 drifting towards the air-ship. It did not require a second glance for Pomp to recognize it as a bal loon. Merciful Powers! A balloon hovering over the Sahara. What wonderful thing was this? -Pomp scratched his wool a moment in sheer bewilderment, and then shouted lustily: Marse Frank, come here as quick as yo' can. I do 'clar to good ness if it ain't jes' de strangest t'ing I eber heerd ob." Although Frank Reade, Jr., was in the cabin he heard Pomp's cry, and hastened to come upon deck. What Is the matter now, Pomp?" he asked, coming forward. The datky's eyes stuck out of his head like bulging agate9. Pomp was excited. Fo' f.le good Lor' Marse Frank, do look at dat. balloon out dar!' "A balloon!"' ejaculated Frank Reade, Jr., in sheerE>st amazement. What do you mean?" '' Dat's a rae', Marse Frank. A solemn scripteral fac'. Des yo' see fo' yo'self." There was no mistaking the fact that the distant object was a bal loon. The young inventor was amazed. He studied the balloon for some moments with his glass. As I live it is a real balloon," be shouted llnally. ,1\nd I can see two occnpams, a man and a woman. Barney, change the air ship's course in that direction, and we will interview the aeronauts who dare to venture across the Sahara in this manner. Barney promptly obeyed. From the glass ptlot-house he could see:the balloon quite plainly. The air-ship bore down for it rapidly. All were in the bow watching the balloon and exchanging re marks upon the snhject. Frank Reade, Jr. was intent only on reachthe balloon as quickly as possible. So it happened that a great peril arose in their rear which was not seen until it was almost upon them. Barney chanced to gaze back over Lhe desert. It was not his first experience in the Sahara, they having crossed it once before in the trip to Africa. A great cry of alarm escaped his lips. '' Och, Misther Frank!" he bawled. "Wud yez luke asthern and say phwat iver is a comin.' Be jabers, it Iukes as lf the hull ground wuz comin' up.'' Barney's simile was not a bad on&. A few miles in their rear the vast plain seemed heaving and tossing, and many hundrell feet in the air Wa!l a mighty cloud of aand and wind whirling and ru&hing down upon them with the speed of a thunderqolt. CHAPTER VII. BEYOND THE BEA OF SAND. FRANK 'READE, Ja., had turned at Barney's cry and he saw quite plainly the might!{ peril impending. He comprehendad its nature at once. With pale face but cool manner he sprung to the pilot house. "It is the simoon, the sand storm of the desert," be cried. "Up, Barney, up-up! We must get above it." All (Iad heard of the terrillle sand storm oJ the Sahara."To lie caught in itnvhirling waterspout-like suction would m!"\11 the demoll tlou of t _be air-ship and death for ev.11ry person on board. No wonder then that Barney was quick to act. .He set tlle rotascopes In motion quickly. Up went the al.r-ship like a bird, higher and higher. I Ne!irer .swept the fearful sand storm. The next moment it caught whirled aloft like a cork. J;Jarner clung to the pro. ll 1 e and Frank Reade Jr. came to Jus assistance. pe .. gasped the young' inve_ntor aghast. "We must be some/here near the upper limit of this storm. Put on more of the current. Hang to it." / b d d For a few brief seconds it sceme_d as if the air s IP was oome 1 But fortunately at that altilude 1t was the verge of storm wave, and a moment tater they emerg;ed the clMid of fiymg sand, and were the tossing, heavmg, furwus maBs. It was au awful spectacle. The ship had experienced a very narrow escape. But for Barney's prompt action it must surely haver been demolished and the lives of all on board lost. The deck was piled higli with sand, Pomp grumbled not 11o httle at the prospective bit of work in clearmg 1t off. In a few minntes the sand storm passed, and the llesert occe more lay aJittering below them. it Jay in waves and wind rows of sand like the s_ur_face ?f a sea in 11 h&avy gale. Far to the southward went the pillars ol sand and they soon disappeared entirely beyond the hor1zon. until this moment did any one t!Jink of the balloon. It was no longer in sight. What had become of it! Oertainiy if it was struck by the storm tt was a thing of the past and the hves of its occu.pants must be lost. Watch was kept of the plain below for some s1gn of the aeronauts bodies, though for that matter they might be buried deep under the light shifting sands. . It was a horrible thought and depressed the sp1r:ts of all. The sun now sholle out powerful hot. Awnings were pot up on the air ship's deck and the explorers all donned the lightest of clothing. White duck suits and Indian cork hats. Washington Whi. twell was in the best of spirits, for every day no1v brought them nearer to the of Sand. After hovering over the vast desert for several days there came a A rool

Fl-tANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. 13 The wonderful ?bject o( their voyage had been partly gained. Frank Reade, Jr. had discovered and viewed many marvels ln bis day but never a one like this, It was almost past belie( that such a freak of nature could exist. And what a treacherous thing it was too. To distinguish the terra firma from the quicksand was almost an im possibility. As Whitwell had declared, a fine white powder covered the so that their moisture could not be very readily dis-cerned. Frank Reade Jr., tied a lioo about his waist and crept down to the 'lerge of the mighty sea-of quicksand. HEY, some it up in his. ha?d, and it requireu but a moment!s exaennat1on for lum to recogmze 1t as ordinary quicksand. But that the vast mire of sand should cover such a mi.,.hty territory a wonder. indeed. "' 1 The young mventor gazed upon it with not a little of wonderment and awe. "Upon my soul," he -exclaimed positively. "If In ad not been In formed previously of the nature of this plain I should have without hesitation descended upon it with the air-ship. "And the world would never have \mown the secret. of the dis appearance of Frank Reade Jr., and his air-ship," declared Whitewell. "You would never have been heard from again. Once those deadly sands clutch you in their embrace all is over. You can no more escape them than death itself." "Horjjble!" exclaimed Frank with a shiver. ".i should like to know their depth." "We can do that I think, by holding the air-ship SU!!PElllded over the sands, and letting an iron btu attached to a line." "We will do it," declared Frank turning about. But before he could take a step toward the air-ship a startled yell came Barney who was at the rail. But in the same moment the others caught sight of the danger. Across the desert at full speed there was coming a party of mount ed Bedouins. Savage and wild indeed they looked with their long lances and scarlet hoods, swarthy features, 1,1nd general air of wildness. They were ridiug down upon our party of explorers. Frank: Reade Jr., saw that the peril was a fearful one. They had not taken tbeir Winches:ers with them on leaving the air Not apprehending r.Lny danger they had not thought of this. It now looked like a very serious mistake. 1 On came the Bedoui!ls. Barney was the rotascopeR to move the air-ship nearer. Bnt there did not seem time for oar friends to reach it. Golly, Marse Frank, we am done for," gasped Pomp In terror. Jim Cable said nothing, ':>ut gripped .a knife in his pelt. Even Frank 'Vas pale, but Washington Whitwell suddenly gave a great cry. "Look! took!" he shouted. "What fools they are. They do not know of the deadly sea." The words were not clear of his lips when an appalling spectacle was witnessed. Sudtlanly the entire bo.nd of a score of Bedouins vanished from sight in a twinklii1g, disappeared as by magic into the very ground seemingly. They ha4_ unwittingly full speed into the Sea of Sand, and were swallowed up as !!uddenly and mysteriously as if they had vanished into air. It was a wonderful spectacle. In a second of time not one of the band was in sight. Only a commotion of the jelly-like sands, which extended seeming ly to the horizon line, attested to their fate. Our ndven turers gazed upon the scene aghast, Frank Reade, Jr., experienced a deadly faintness and a weakness in the knees. "My God, Whitwell," he exclaimed, "what a fearful sight that was. Let us get aboard the air-ship at once before we share thefr fate." Wuitwell was palliu as a ghost and trembling violently. "Is it not a fearfrrl thing?" he exclaiilled. "The world holds not a parallel. Only God knows ho'l}' many are buried! in those awful dep!hs. Whole armies may have found their fate there." It was an awful thing to contemplate. With trembling limbs our adventurers hastened back to the air-ship. By Frank Reade, Jr's., order Barney started the rotascopes and hel,d the air-ship suspended over 1the quicksand. Then Frank Reade, Jr., let down an iron bar on the, end of a line one thousand feet in length. Down went the oar through the treacherous sands. 'l'he line was played out rapidly and a slack did not come until over eight hundred feet had been given out. ''Eight hundred feet in this spot and not fifty feet from its verge," exclaimed Frank Reade, Jr., in mpazemeut. "Ugh! small h-ope of ever getting out of the-Sea of Sand, once one gets in." .. The air-ship was now headed across the Sea of Sand. For hours It hovered over the treacherous waste, then Whitwell called Frank's attention to a distnnt mountain peak on the horizon. "We must soon f.Oma to the inland continent!" he declared ex citedly. "Ah! this is the. crowning triumph of our lives, eh?" "You are right," declared Frank Reade, Jr., earnestly. ''I con the Sea of Sand the greatest wonder of the world to-day." "If one could penetrate its secrets, that wonderment would be in creased," declared Whitwell. "Ah,. many an unsuspecting traveler has !(one to his fate in those treacherous depths.'' "l do not wonder that the people of the inland continent are a lost race," de::lared Frank Reade, Jr. "Certainly this eea can 'be crossed by no other means than that of the air-ship." "I was well aware of that," declared Washington Whitwell. "Now you can understand why I was so anxious to get you interested in the project. I knew that in no other way could the people of the inland continent be communicated with." It is all very wonderful.'' .. "Ah, but I anticipate greater wonders yet. Only think of the nov-elty of encountering a race of peple lost to the world!" "It is great indeed." "Ot course it is." The borders ot the inland continent were now in sight. It could be seen easily where the Sea of Sand merged with the fertile soil of ll. wonderfully beatifu\ and picturesque region. Waving palms, forests of cocoa and betel were Giant oaks and pines and many trailing vines were on every The air was tilled with singing birds, all with brilliant plumage. A tiger's striped coat was seen in the of the forest: troops of monkeys chattered in the tree tops-all was tropical beauty and verdure. The country was undulating arid in parts mountainous. Yet the soil seemed rich, and no part of Africa seemed so enticing. But darkness was coming on, an

FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. The object was clear or the jungle now, and was revealed as a m1ghty nondescript monster almost half again as large as tbe fam_ous elephant Jumbo, once exhibited by the great Circuses of the Un1ted States. In many respects the animal resembled an elephant. His bulky body was covered with the same thick elastic b1de, tons upon tons or flesh sagging underueatl>. '],'he bead resenl'bled an with tbe exception that the tusks of ivory relicbed downward instead of upward, and curled up by the shoulder in fanciful scrolls. Tlte trunk was prodigious in length, and thick, bushy hair like the bristles of a boar the creature's bead. "What is it?" gasped Waslliugton Whitwell. "Heavens, Mr. Reade, what manner of country have we encountered?" "Golly, it am de bigges' CI:itter I ebber seed!" gasped Pomp .. "It am as big as a house. Good Lor Maras Frank, I bleebe we am m de debil s country fo' suahl" . "Howly Vargin purtect toe!" gasped Barney, begmmng mentally call upon bis patron saint. If tile crather takes any one off tb1s ship, let it be the naygur an' not me. Saint Pether preserve me! I ain't ready to die yit beja'Jers." "There'll be nothing left of the ship, messmates, if that whale on laud makes a whack at it with hiR flukes," Jim Cable. But Frank Reade, Jr., always cQoler and deeper of penetration, be he understood the creature's character at once. He was aware that be was in a part of the world never before visited by one of his own people. That the wonders of til is country should seem exaggerated to them was nothing more than oue might expect. . He knew that this monster must belong to some lev1athi!LD spemes of animal extinct in other parts or the world. "It is a species of the megotherim," he declared, positively. "They were of gigantic size, as their bones found in different parts of the civilized world will attest." "The megotherim!'' gasped Whitwell, with white face. "Well, I'm inclined to believe that we are not in the race with his mightiness. I think we had better switch off." What would not the scientists of the civilized world give to be hold this monsterf" exclaimed Frank Reade, Jr., who dia not seem disposed to regard the leviathan with fear. We are certamly the only Americans who ever beheld one in the flesh." That's all right," urged Whitwell. "But I would suggest that we give the critter a wide berth." I done t'ink so to," agreed Pomp. But ]fr a nk Reade, Jr., only laughed. The m ea atheriun, if such it was, had now caught sight of the air ship. He" stood regarding it with seeming astonishment, fioudshing his huge trunk the wllile. Frank Reade, Jr., bad conceived a daring plan to capture and de stroy the monster. He turned to Barney. Get me three hundred feet of wire," he said sharply. Connect <>one end with the dynamos, but don' t turn on the current. Then prepare to go with me." Barney

/ I FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'RE SEA OF 84ND. 15 in the east. "' yes." were aroused by Pomp just as the dawn of another 1ay was breakin" I "Do you expect to find the lost psople here?" Now that the excitement of the past four hours had reached "I have no idea in what part of the world we are." a lull, .our au venturer!! began to expenence the natural reaction and "Well, perhaps I can enlighten you. We are at present in an the spmts of all began to droop. unexplored part of the world hemmed in by.' the greatest wonder Breakfast was in silence, most. lugubrious and profound. Inof all nature, the Sea of Sand." deed, there was go?d reason for this of mind. 'l'he Sea of Sand!" ejaculated the aeronaut. '' As sure my Thousands of m1lt>s from home, lost man inaccessible part of the name is JamE>s Pendennis I never beard of sucb a sea." world, what more situation c0uld be imagined. Frank brieHy detailed the peculiarities of the Sea of Sand. James Only Frank Reade, Jr. and J1m Cable were at all hopeful. Peudennis listened like one in a trance. The felt some rehauce his inventive faculties for a way you mean to say that we are now in a country surrounded out of the difficulty. The latter hau been too long accustomed to call by that impassable sea?" he asked. any part the globe home, to long remajn homesick or despondent. "I believe so," replied Frank Reade, Jr. "At least I know that to But Wlutwell and Pomp were io decidedly bad spirits. be the case on one side, that next the desert. The southern part of 01 all t!le scrapes I ever got into, this in tile worst," averred the this country may possibly merge .M:to the Impenetrable forests of Cenmi\lionaire traveler, with a wry face. tral Africa." ''True! but there is nothing now to hinder your study o! the lost Wonderful!" exclaimed James Pendennls in amazement. "I am race," s1ud Frank Reade, Jr., with a forced laugh. "I should think myself in this part of the world upon a mission of scientific purposes. your interest in that. great discovery would outweigh all else." I am preparing a work upon the climate and natural resources of this "Yes, it would," agreed Whitwell. "But what good can it do the part of Africa. But permit me tc. introduce you to my daughter world at large now. Where is the honor to us as explorers or to the .Myrtle." world! Buned with us here." All were introduced in turn tQ the very beautiful young lady and "Ob, well, 'l"'e must hope for better luck," declared Frank Washington Whitwell !elt his hitherto !leart give a little Jr. "Come, let's waste no more time here. but look about us, and see leap as he held her band in his. what sort of country we are in." So you expected to travel the region over with better ease in a It was but a few moments work to prepare for the move. balloon?" asked Frank Reade, Jr. Their etl'ect!! were precious few, and soon collected. In a few "Yes." moments they were on the move following the small stream in the Did it not ot-cur to you as a matter of some risk?" direction of its source. For some miles they kept on through a region "Yes, but I did not heed that," replied the which presented, kaleidoscope like, new wonders at every step. and I have traveled many miles in this balloon." But still no sign of human habitation was found. All was the still"I fear you will travel no further in it." ness and desolation of the wilderness. "No," said the aeronaut regretfully. I fear that I shall not. That Indeed, Pomp declared that they bad reached the end or the earth rent in the side is past repairing." and would soon step oft into spactJ. "I may mention that I am something of a travHler in the air, my" Fo' de Lor', Marse }frank," be said, in dismay, "I done self," said Frank, quietly. "Indeed, we came hither in the air." tink dis chilluns will ueber see old Readestown again. Dat am a James Pendennis looked surprised. dreft'ul hard ting to tink of." "How is that?" he asked. May I ask your r.ame, sir." "Don't get discouraged, Pomp,'' said Frank Reade, Jr. "We Certainly! Frank, Jr., Readestown, U. S. A." have been in many a tight fix and didn't I always bring you out all James Pen dennis gave a sharp cry. right?" "Frank Reade, Jr.," he cried. "Why, all the world knows of you, "Dat am a gospel fact," agreed Pomp. "A'rigbt, Frank, sir, a 'nd your wocder!ul inventions. I am glad to mal'e your accone tink you'll inve11t a nodder llying sbip. l'se mos' suab ob it." quaintahce. But your air-ship--" Whitwell bad recovered somewhat from his despondency, and was Is lost," replied Frank, dismally. interesting himself deeply in the characteristics of the region through Great heavens! What do you meac?'' whic.b they were passing. Frank with tbis _at once detailed the loss of the air-ship, and Bar-In this manner they kept on with little incident of note until ney's probable fate. The aeronaut Per:dennis listened attentively. noon. "Then our lot is all in 'common," be declared. "We are all cast. Then Frank had called a halt when Jim Cable pointed skyward aways in this part of the 'fOrld. I am glad that we have met you, with a wild, stattled cry. for it has enabltJd me to learn just what our position is." To the eastward of their position was u high mountain, peak and Whitwell and Myrtle Pendennis had been baving a quiet chat all over this, fully a thousand feet hovered a balloon. All gazed upon this while. Now, however, the aeronaut stepped out of the car to the the sight with wonderment. ground. "The ballo.on!" gasped Jim Cable. The balloon would have sprn1;1g into the air again, but all laid hold That this was the same balloon which tbey had seen from the deck on it and held it down. of the air-ship previous to the simoo3 thAre was no doubt. Myrtle was assisted out. The balloon gradually subsided as the What had saved it from utter destruction in that dreadful storm, gas escaped, and finally lay collapsed upon the ground. they could only surmise. "I brQnght the balloon with me t.o Cairo," said Jamt>s Pen dennis : Yet 1t was no mirage, but on visible realiJ;y. Indeed in the "From ihere 1 made the ascent, and tried to cross the de!'ert. The car could be described the forms of two persons, one a man and the upper currents of air, however, brought me here." other a female. "Well, we will make the best uf the situation," declared Frank What was more the talloon seemed to be swaying violently an1 was Reade, Jr., hopefully. "There is no use in crying ove r spilt mi)k." settling fast. There was quite 11 large rent visible in its side which From, their present elevation a good view could be had of the was every moment growing larger. country in eve9' direction. It was likely that the aeronauts would alight on the mountain peak. To the soutliward as far as the eye could reach:were long of Frank iteade Jr., could not help a thrill as be noted tb1s fact. It forest land, with intervening valleys and plains. immediately became his resolve to meet the aeronauts and learn who Iu the other direction, diJLly visible, was the broad expanse or the they were. Sea of Sand. Accordingly be gave word and all started up the mountain As they were engaged in studying the face of the country attentive. side w\th great speed. As they drew near the summit, the balloon ly, suddenly a long column of smoke was seen ascending above the sank lightly to the ground. tops or the trees below. They were now near to the features of those in "Golly! What am dat, Marse Frank?" asked Pomp in an excited the balloon. One was a tall man gray whiskers al!d wearing manner. alasses. The other was a young girl, whom Frank Rllade, Jr. thought I should 3ay it was a camp," Paid Washington Whitwell. ;as of a type or beauty such as he had never seen the like of. Frank Reade, .Jr., studied the smoke for some time. and then it The two aeronauts stood In tbe car of the balloon, and regarded our was decided tbat he and Whitwell and Pomp would descend and inadventurers with not a little of wonderment and alarm. vestigate. their fears were quickly set at .rest by Frank Re11de, Jr., who Cable was to be left witb Pen dennis and Myrtle. cried: Thus decided tbey set out down the mountain side with their Win" I hope we bavo met a fellow countryman. If I am not wistaken, cheaters In readiness for use. you are an sir?" But they had not proceeded one hundred yards when a most start-A liooht of joy seemed to suffuse the man's face, and be replied: ling incident occurred. have gaesed aright, sir. Of oOiirRe, )OU are tbe same?" A wild cry of alarm came from those left behind. Frank Reade "You are right." Jr., turned and beheld a fearful thrilling sight. "But--" / From 'behind rocks and ledges there bad suddenly sprunointo vie w "WhaU" a score of savage-looking men. "' "What are you doing here in this out-of-the-way part of the In all his travels the young inventor had never seen such phys ical world!" giants as these men were. There were of a white sk'1n with lono-"Well said Frank Reade, Jr., as he graspe() bands with the aero'matted hair an_d scraggly beards. The only articles of clothing worQ naut "it would require some time for me to detail the real objects were a goat skm over the shoulders and a clout of the same. of u{y visit here. But I will briefly state that it is mainly in search of They were armed with shields and long lances tipped with steel. a lost people." Some carried bows, and others buge battle clubs. Tbe aeronaut was astounded. They were rushing savagely upon the three left on the summit. "Then you are en route to Central Afrlcr.!" he asked. Cable had '>ravely placed himself in front of Myrtle and milt the attack "To the contrary, I have reached the end of my journey." desperately.


I 16 FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. The giant savages threw themselves upon Pendennis The aeronaut made a brief resistance then went down with a crushed skull. A wild scream went up on th, e air, and with horror all saw that Myrtle was separated from Cable and was being carried off in the giant arms of one of the wild men. . This aroused Frank Reade, Jr. HIS blood seemed on fire. As for 'Wnsbinaton Whitwell, whose heart hd. been captivated by the bean tiful girl be was beside himself with horror. : Frank thr9 w his rifle to his shoulder. ; "Give 'em a volley, boys," be cried. f f t So dark and thick as to be sm11ll clearing on the verge o a ores necessary to camp. A more discouraged party thp aun nr,ver went down upon. All hope was lost. b f 11 b d 'l'hOli"'h their acquaintance with Myrtle Pendenms was ne a a learnect"ro regard her as a sweet pure and it 'ias a by far too horrible to consider that she was w the hanc:s of the Wild men. Whitwell paced up and lown groaning in despair. "It is a fearful shame!" be kllpt repeating drea:ily. ',',Why did we leave them even for a moment? It was a fulal mistalce. The ship went down rapidly, and when within twenty-five feet of the water, Frank Reade, Jr., threw over a rope, and "Ahoy, my friend! Don't you wantto come up!'" Pomp and Whitwell followed his example. As fast as they could work the repeating Winchesters they poured volley after volley in to the savage gang. Terrified beyond all expression the wild men fled. The next moment Frank Reade, Jr., was faeling the pulse of James Pendennis. But there was no doubt as to th!j aeronaut's fate. He was dead. Myrtle was gone. Cable was just regaining his senses from a crack on the skull from one of the battle axes. White-f a eed and horror-struck all gazed at each other. What a horrible fate must await the young girl. But one impulse wns par amount in the breasts of all. This was ex pressed by Washington Whitwell in a brief but thrilling sentence: "To the rescue!" CHAPTER IX. A STRANGE BATTLE. ALL other thnges bad in some manner gained the fastnesses of the deep forest and all trace of them was lost. Many weary miles were tramped ldy the rescuing part-y. But al ns without avail and when came once more they came oat in a Camp was mace in the clearing. The first day's experience in this country of the lost people was by no means pleasant to reflect upon. One fact puzzled Frank Reade, Jr., not a little. He call eel Whitwell aside an<1 saiq: Did you not perceive that these men were more nnd totally different from those first inilabitants, whom we &aw all 1n armor and equipped in a more civilized fashion!'' "Yes," replied Whitwell. "I believe they are of a different race." "Then there art! at lea3t two different races in this unexplored region?!: "So it would seem. "I believe we shall fin'd a civilized people then. I have been thinking or our present position, which is by no means an enviable one. Supposing these wild men attack us in a body. We would stand lit tie show, for our ammunition is limited." "You are right," agreed Whitwell in dismay. "Our position is getting desperate." Frank Reade, Jr., slept little that night. This. proved fortunate, for a little past midnight Pomp, who was on guard, suddenly :Jried out .in great alarm: .I "Marse Frank, all wake up, quick. De woods am full ob dem. Dere dey come!" .... Pomp sent a bullet into the midst of the borde of wild men, who were swarming out of the black depths of the forest into the moon light.


FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. 17 It was fortunate for our friends that it was moonlight else a massa-cre might have been the As it was Cat;le an? Whttwell seized the!r rifles and protected one end of the camp, while Frank, Reade, Jr., and Pomp defended the other end. Volley after volley was given the advancing mass of barbarians with the Wlnchesters. Terrified by the flash and. report and the deadly work of the rifles, which were to them mysterious kind of weapons, the wild men fell back. Morning came at la!!t Carrying their long spe,!!rB aloft, the troop made a most commanding appearance in their gfittering armor. Our travelers gazed spell-bound at the spectacle. Whether they were seen by the soldiery or not was not mape evident, for at that moment a wonderful scene followed. Suddenly the wild uproar of a thousand human voices '(Vas hear<'l, and from a t.elt of deep forest a vast swarming mass of human beings eurged forth. It required but a glance to see that they were the wild men of the woods, and that a conflict was certain to take place between them and the horsemen. But the powerful steel netting could not be forcerl as easily as all this. It resisted the best efforts of the lion, who vainly tried to tear his way through it, while Frank Reade, Jr., fired shot after shot at the monster. The savage men yet hovered in the forest. The situation wns criti cal beyond all description. Ammunition was getting scarce, and Frank Jr., knew that unless an immediate c;hange of base was made their fate would be sealed. It cost the young inventor no little study and anxious thought to decide upon this. But with the coming of daylight the little party or -explorers had crossed a ridge or land near, and now were in a differ ent part or tbe The scenery began to undergo a chnnge. The mountainsgave way to plains and meadows. The ruins or an ancient stone building were discovered. Here the pursnit of tbe wild men ceased. Evidences or civilization became more apparent. The ground to have been tilled in this locality, and suddenly they came upon a paved road. Mass r.nd weeds covered the pavements, but our adventurers kept on. Suddenly a startling sight brought all to a halt. Down a slope not half a mile distant a body of horsemen galloped. They were different, vastly so, from tbe..uociad savages with whom they had just been fighting. The horses they bestrode were powerful animals, with the well fed appearance of blooded stock. The riders were attired in coats or mail and helmets similar to that worn by the; Roman soldiery in UJe time of Heroa. . All drew a deep brE-ath and watched the conflict with deepest inter est. Straight into the midst of the wild men rode the cavalcade. The two forces met with a tremendous crash, and the scene which follc.well baffies description. The air was filled with flying weapons, and the loud yells and shouts or the struggling mass were deafening. Blows were given right and left, the horsemen urged their steeds forward madly, and otherwise displayed great valo-c. But the wild men on foot outnumbered them five to one and seemed to hold the advantage. They swarmed about the mounted troop like bees, struck them from their horses, beat them down with their powerful clubs, and in less than fifteen minutes bad won a conclusive victory. Such ::f the armored troop as were left broke tanks and fled. It was a fearful band to band battle, and our adventurers gaze

M gi \\ ti w tc p dt OI w se .. 18 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. Suddenly, as Frank Reade, Jr., was p!Yising a thicket, he hfard a deep groan. It was but an instun t's work to investigate, and there beneath the branches be descried the form of a man. It was one of the troop, and he was suffering from a broken arm aQd a blow upon the head. He regnrded our adven tnrers with sur prise, and even terror, until Frank Reade, Jr., by signs calmed his fears. 'l'hen the inventor' addressed 1\im in French, German and other tongues, ;withcut, however, getting a response. "Look here, Whitwell," he cried, turning to the great traveler, "Didn't you tell me that you were quite familiar with the Hebrew tongue?" "1 did," replied Whitwell. '' Perh11ps the fellow would understand that." "I will try him." Accordingly Whitwell addressed the warrior in the Hebrew tougue. To the surgrise and joy of all, lie made answer. Whitwell exchanged several remarks with this representntive of a lost tribe of the Jsraelitisb race. Then be turned to Frank, saying in English: old manuscript was right. We are in a wonderful governed by King Lodom, a lineal descendent of David. This man is an out and out Hebrew, and he, with his people, still cling to the manners and customs as well as the old faith of Abraham and Isaac." "Wonderful!" gasped Frank Reale, Jr. "That seems beyond be-lief." -"Yet why should it not be reasonable to suppose that this branch of Israel disconnected from the outer world, and shut up in limited terr!tory would, through all these ages, still preserve tb eir old time halnts and dress? They have had no, necessary intercourse with for eigners to enable them to adopt any change." "Yon are right," agree:! Frank; but it is a most wonderful dis covery." "Of course it is, and quite invaluable to science. How the religious and worl'ht m to the Tiebrew the wonders or the intervening the story of the fall of Jerusalem and the dissemination of Christranity over the whole world. Also he told him of America, or tbe wonders of these mo1ern times, the inve ntions of steam, electricity and so forth. .Ahopaullistened like one in a dream. He himself to matte -sure that be was a waite, and when Whitwell told him of their method of crossing the Sea of SaJ;ld in thd air-ship, the poor Hebrew's mind was completely overstrained. "Am I mad!" he_ gasped, wiping the cold pllrspiration from his brow. "These wonoers are beyond me. But you si:Jall tell them be tore the of Menotopal!" "I shall be glad to do that," cried Whitwell ,','As soon as you are able we will gladly accompany you City .. ... I am able to go now,'' cried Abopa.ul, sprmgmg to his feet. "My bead is better, and now that you have kmdly cared for my broken arm I am able to go." '!'ben let us start at once." Whitwell turned to Frank Reade, Jr., and the others, and translated into English the words of Abopaul. Lst us go to this wonderful cit, of Menotopal at once," declared the young inventor. "I am ready. But the words had barely left his lips when a startling thing oc. curred. Suddenly a chorqs of bdarse cries rose the air and a dozen ton a javelins came hurtling tlirough the air. L"'uckily none were struck and Frank Reade, Jr., sprung behind 11 tree, crying: . . To cover all. G1ve them a qmck volley. His commands were obeyed. A rattlin"' volley from the Wincbesters drove tile attacking Baro kites back to the woods again. Abopaul at the first discnarge fell upon his face overcom.e with dis may. But Whitwell lifted him up and attempted to exphun to him the mechanism of his Winchester. -AbopaullistenedJn an awe-struck but of course being ig. noront or the properties of gunpowder It was all a blank mystery to his untutored' mind. The Barokites were driven back to the forest and our adventurers with Abopaul made for a narrow pass which was an outlet to the valley beyond. Abo paul explained that it was from there a straight road to the city of Menotopal. Ddwn the valley they retreated keeping the foe back with a steady fire. Now the pass was reached, but just as they were about to enter it a most dismaying thing occurred. Suddenly the further end of the pass became alive with h alf naked forms. The wild men had made a bold coup de main in that direc tion and retreat was cut off. There seemed no way but to cut their way through. A more desperate situation could hardly imagined. My Gool!" groaned Frank Reade, Jr. "We are surely lost." This is the worst yet," declared well with a thrill of horror. "Golly, Mars e Frank, J done tink our time am come," sputter e d Pomp. :Qere's one ob de naked debbils an' I'll jes' gib him one f o luck.'' Bang! Pomp's rifle broug-ht one of the Bnrokites to the ground. A mad yell went up from <,tle wild men, and tlley press e d forward recklessly. Frauk noted one evident fact with a thrill of dismay and hopeless ness. The pad to have lost their fear for the ritiea. As they outpumbered the exploring party at least Jifty to one, the real desperation of their situation can readily be imagined. Frank Reade, Jr., saw that they were sure to give battl e to the savage horde. He coqld foresee the sequel as that of death. But though his face blanched llis brave young heart did not quail. He was if it was sure death to make a stand, to at die with his face to the foe. Not one of the others flinched, and Jim Cable pJacad himself beside Frank Reade, Jr., saying: "Dash me, but. I rec )wn we've nigh run aground this v'y'age, Mr. Reade. We'll give the blasted land starks a good broadside anyway afore we strike our colors." "That we will," cried Frnnk, drawing a bead on a burly savage. "Give it to them, boys. Don't 'It nit a minute." Crash! went the rilles in a blinding volley. As fast llS the repeaters could he worked our adventurers let the foe have the leaden storm full in tlteir faees. The Barokites Wflre mowlld down lill:e weeds. Yilt they kept on in their mad reckless charge. 'Frank bad espied a commanding position on an eminence near. They retreated to this and fought behind a sort of natural breast works. Again and again the Barokites were driven back with fearful slaughter. "See," .suddenly cried Whitwell, "they are trying to outflank us." Will see about that," muttered the young inventor as he slip ped some more cartridges into We chamber of the re}leater. A volley soon scattereC: tbe flanking party, and the wild men, ap palled at their repulses, retreated to a sale distance and held a con feret' ce. "I hope they will have sense enough now to retire," muttered Frank Reade, Jr. "I am afraid that we cannot much longer withstand such attacks." "Dat am a fac', Massa FIank," cried Pomp in dismay. "Fo' bress '!o' ob our cartridges are nigh gib out." An mvestigatwn revealed this as an appalling fact. Words cannot adequately depict the horror o f our explorers. Their fate seemed sealed. enon?:h cartridges were left for a1,1otber volley. Indeed at this moment the Barokites were seen advancing to another attack. A hand to hand conflict would be fatal. What was to be done! Retreat was quite impossible. Thev were hemmed m on all sides. Now the Bar,okites came ou with wild yells.


FRANK READE, JR., 1N 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. 19 When a hundred feet distant a volley was tired into midst. They fell back, hut lt was only for a moment. Frank Jr., sprang up and clutched his rifle like a club swing-ing it ever Ius bead and crying: "Now, boys, let us our lives as dearly as possible." A desperate broke from the lips of the explorers. On came the foe 10 sweeplllg mass. The little band opposed to them were as nothing m the1r path. They 'WOuld have been swept away like chaff. That hour would have been their last. But as if with the wrath of an Omnipotent Jove a bolt descended [rom tlie and exploded in the midst of the Barok:tes. A fearful slaughter and panic was the result. 1'he ranks were burled and heaps of slain men upon every hand : The Wild men broke and fled. CHAPTER X. THE 1\IALAKITE CITY. FRANK READE, JR., instinctively gazed upward and a mighty cry from the depths or his heart welled upward. What a glorious sight it was which be beheld Above and rapidly descending was the "air-ship. Over the rml they saw Barney leaning with a arin upon his Hiber nian mug brandishing another electric He threw 1t once more amongst the terrified Barokites and tbis was qmte to disperse them. Words cannot adequately describe the scene wbich followed. Pomp _danced. and leaped in the air like a madman. Jim Cahle swung h1s bat With a regular main-deck cheer. Whitwell clapped his bauds, and Abopaul would have incontinently fled but f:>r Frank Reade, Jr., who held him back. The air-ship settled slowly down, and Barney stood at the rail cheer-ing wildly, 1 ''Be the sow! of me mither-in-law," he cried, with great oousto "I've found ye at lasht. Shure, I was afeard O id niver see ye '"aain' Misther Frank-and-save us, i_f there ain't the naygur yet!" 0 But Pomp was too keenly i:lehghted to mind Barney's keen shots. B11rney would not leave the air-ship, and all came tumblina aboard. "My soul, Barney," said Frank Roacle, Jr., in a voice chokinoo with emotio .n, "I can but consider this a miracle. I believed you0dend. How d1d you ever get aboaud of the air-ship?" "Be me B?Wl, I hardly know meself," replied Barney. t war a grate surpnse to me. I was mgh dead with hanging to that woire whin J began to wind it around me arm. It tuk me a long while sorr' but foinnlly I got aboard of the ship onct more. Thin it was the own job to foind me way back to this blashted counthry. But It's home we'll go now, Misther Frank!'' "Ob, no," said Frank, "we have a great mission to perform in this country." "Shure, sorr, what mav that be?" ''There is a young girl; Myrtle Pendennis by name, who bas fallen in the power of the wild men. We must first rescue her." "Whist! aisy, me hearty!" cried Barney, with twinkling eyes. "It's a surproise party I have,for ye. With this the rollicking Irishman slid back the oabin door. A fe male !01; m stepped forth upon the deck. It was Myrtle Pendennis, pale and beautiful, but unharmed. Words cannot describe the amazement of all. "Myrtle Pendenn. is!" gasped Frank Reade, Jr. But how did yon rescue her, Farney?" "Shure an' it wuz aisy en uti," declared the son of Erin. "Sit down here be the rail an' I'll tell ye all about it." Barney then told his sto!'y. It seemed that he had remained long suspended in the air from the wire attached to the air-ship before he l.totnought himself of a means or getting aboard. To attempt to scale the wire was beyond his strength. But be hit luckily upon the idea of gradually winding the wire about his body and atm. In this manner he gradually worked his way up to the keel of the ship and secured a hold or the anchor rope. He was now in air so rarified that blood almost burst from his nos trils. He managed to disentangle the wlre from his body ; then easily went aboard the air-ship. He was just able to reach the dynamos and shut off the current wben be sank down overcome wid1 exhaustion. The air-ship descended until it struck the ground gently. Then Barney recovered. But it was pitchy d .ark, and the air-ship rested in the midst of the desert, so that nothing could be done that night. But with the morning light Barney took flight once more an1 set a conrse as near as he could reckon for the lost country. Be crossed the Sea of Sand once more and passed over a wide elearing in the forest, in the midst of which he recognized a strange and thrilling sight. A heap of logs was In the clearing, and bound to them was the form of a young girl. Two or the heathens were about to apply a torch to the funeral pyre upon which was their human sacrifice. Barney was resolved to save the lite of the young girl. So he took a couple of electric bombs and threw them into the or the throng. They scattered with wild confusion. It was easy then to de3cend and rescue the girl, who proved to be Myrtle Pendennis. 1 All that day Barney kept up the search for the explorers, and, as we have seen, came upon them at a most opportune moment. I But for his sudden appearance, their lives wouli.l have been sacri ficed. It is needle11s to say that Frank Rllade, Jr., was delighted to get back upon the deck of his air-ship. Myrtle Pendennis was in an agony of grief over her dear father's death, but was grateful to her deliverers from her captivity in the hands of the Barokitel:l But for Barney's prompt work she would no doubt have lost her life. The air-ship was not in the least injured, as Frank Reade, Jr., lea rned alter going over it carefully in inspection It was a joyful transition for our adventurers from the virtual Slough or Despopd to the Valley of Joy aboard the air-ship. The future once more looked bright, and they were as people brought back from the dead. It was decided to continue their research in the lost continent just as rf nothing had happened. But it required much coaxing to induce the Hebrew Abopaul to go aboard the air-ship. "Begorra, av it's a city yez are Iukin' for," cried Barney, "I thilik I could see that; same afore I descinded here on this spot. Jist take a lift into the air, Misther Frank, an' about half a mile up yez can Ink over thim mountaills and see it as loike as loife." "Is that so!" cried Whitwell, eagerly. "'l'hen all we have got to do, Frank, IS to _sight the city and make a strai g ht course for it." "Right," cried Frank Rende, Jr. "Start the rotoscopes, Barney." The Hibernian needed no second bidding. He sprung to the pilot bouse and soon the air-ship was rising rapidly. Poor Abopaul, the Hebrew, was terrified for a time and crouched with chattering teeth upon the air-ship's deck. I He did not dare to look downward for a long while, and when he finally mustered up sufficient courage to do so, he was thrown into a. paroxysm of terror. Washington Whitwell with great difficulty succeeded in calming him. The air-ship held' a straight course for the city of Menotopal, whose domes and minarets could be seen glitt!lring white and beauti ful in the distance. The coqntry now began to undergo a wonderful change. Cultivated fields were seen, and a legion or -sheep and other domestic animals. But everywhere the inhabitants, men, women and children fled before the approach of the air ship. Only one thing made any sort of a stand. This was a body of soldiers wno were encom: t ered not four miles from the walls or' the city. These stood their ground, and sent arrows hurtling up after the air ship. This could do no personal harm to any. on board, and the air ship passed over them safely. The city was now rapidly nE>ared. Abopaul leaned over the rail and in wildest excitement tried to the attention of the terrified people whom they met. "Where shall we descend?" asked Frank as he stood with Washino-ton Whitwell in the bow of the airship. "' Do you see that tall house with the wide roof?'' said Whitwell. I shall let the air ship rest there." Now that they were over the city it could be seen that a scene cf the wflctest confusion was below. An immense uproar was heard, and soldiers, citizens men, women and children could be seen running hither and thither e x citedly. The air ship settled slowly down anll' rest e d upon the roof of the building selected. A beautiful view of Menotopal could be had. It was seen to be a city of about half the size of Bost on, be a utifully situated in a picturesque valley with hills of wonderful grandeu' r about. A wall of thick white stone like a species or marble completely sur rounded the city. The buildings were all of a fiat roof kind and Jlow. ering gardens were upon t!!ese roofs. There the wildest of exotic plants thrived and even small lemon and orange trees blossomed with rare fragrance. It was like a vlew of Eden to our explorers, and Frank Reade, Jr., was so deeply impressed that he exclaimed: "This is the most beautiful city that I have ever seen. Nothing in the Orient surpasses it." "You are right," agreed Wa&hing ton Whitwell. "In some respects it resembles Da!Dascu only it is far more beautiful." It was a strange sight to see these Hebrews, remnant of the ancient tribe of Israel, dresRed exactly as their oldtime progenitors. It seemed like a transition from the present back into the decades of the past. Now that the air ship rested upon the roof, Ahopaul hastened to scramble over the rail. He seemed relievec\ to get off from the air ship's deck. The roof had evidently been hastily vacated. A mantel of rich stuff was thrown over the back of an ant i quelycarved chair. A mosaic table was overturned, and a bottle of red wine was smashed upon the rich tile paving of the roof. Abo paul addressed Whitwell in the Hebrew "The great conqueror of the air has frightened my people. But I will tell them that they have nothing to fear. I will tell them that you


20 FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE S EA OF SAND. nre of a mighty nation, come, not to make war with the Malaklte/but to make peae.e." I "That is right," replied Whitwell. "Also tell them that we areal lied with them against the Barokites." Abo paul will spread the cried the wounded Hebrew sol dier. It will reach Kmg Lodom, and he yill come and treat with the King of the Air. Salaam, master! I will return." With this Abopaulleft the roof. Our explorers awaited the result of this. Below. In the streets an immense uproar could be beard. Tlle Mnlakites were t!Jere in force, and might have tried to do harm to the air-ship, but Abopaul appeared. He rendered a stirring addresH, which was listened to with deepest reverence and wonderment. It bad a magical effect upon tie people . From that moment Frank Reade, Jr., counted thij Malakites as pis warmest friends. The address of Abopaul was in favor of treating with the King of the Air, as Frank was called. Couriers at once arrived from the royal palace, and arrangements were made for a visit to the air-sllip by his majesty. A cordon of soldiers formed about one of the public squares, and thus assured protection, Frank Reade, Jr., brought the air-s!Jip down to a rest upon tlla level ground; wllere all the peopll' could plainly see it. To guard against any undue invasion, however, Franlr caused the steel netting to be put up, and behind this our adventurers could take in the scene about them with safety. But the good intentions of the Malakites soon became apparent. Frank needed not to impress upo11 Abopaul the fact that he could with his deadly engines of electricity destroy and tlleir city. The Malaldtes were a wonderfully beautiful race of people, sym metrical in form and intelligent to the llighest degree. But it was a curious sight indeed to gaze upon the passing throng, with their turbaned men and loosely gowned women, the Oriental magnificence o( rich drapery and dress. It seemed like being carried back into tlle old Jerusalem of which we_ are told by Holy Writ. Whitwell was not idle a moment. With note-book and sketching-pencil he was busy jotting down characteristics and criticisms, and making artistic drawings with which to embellish the pages of the book which 'he proposed to write upon the suoject when he should return llome once more. The maidens of the Malakite people wllre beautiful form and feature. The young men were wonderful specimens of manly phys. iq ue. It was evident that they were a wealthy nation. Few poverty-stricken people were seen ana uo beggars. Frank Reade, Jr., learned that there was a royal edict against them. Tlle traditional ass, mentioned so often in Holy Writ, was there as a beast of hurdeu. Also the and the elephant. The scene was one of constantly sort, .-and consequently of great interest. Now came a troop of shephArds ; with their sheepskin girdles and curly beards. They regarded the airs-hip wonderingly, and. played many fantastic airs upon tlleir flutes to the explorers. Presently a prince and his train came alqng. Men and women richly attired, and each bearing some artiCle of vertu were in the train. Ethiopian slaves held the vast fans which agitated the air about the dignitary's head. ; And rtght here was a point which Whitwell and Frank Reade Jr., a great start of surprise. They exchanged glances. If these people are completely surrounded by the sea of sand how do these natives of Central Africa get here?" asked Frank. There be communication with the savaae tribes in tho south," declared Whitwell. "But I will make It was an easy matter to inquire of one of the guards near In the Hebrew tongue. The fellow replied readily: The blacks come from a far country In the south, sir. Our peo ple never go there, for the forests are deep and black, and the people are savage dwarfs, strong and well armed." 'l'he great mystery was solved. The southern part of this lost regi_on was hot in by tte Sea of Sand after all, though the barner was one scarcely less insur mountable. A troop of maidens cams nex,t, diffusing incense upon the balmy air, and behind therrr wa11 the litter of the king. The palanquin, for such we might call it, was carried by a dozen armored nobles, and was brought to a halt near the air-ship. Then costly shawls were cast upon the ground, a guard of llonor patrolled ou eiLiler side and the king descended with stately tread frorrl his carriage and was escorted to the door in the netting which covered the air-ship \ry two of his high priests. .l. Frank Reade, Jr., stood tllere dressed in his finest, while w llitwell stood by his side. Barney and Pomp and

FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. The young girl's heart was far too sad over her father's loss to par tlcipate in anything like a festival. So Jim Cable alone accompanied Frank Readt, Jr., and Whitwell. The feast was indeed a royal affair. Our explorers were liailed and treated as princes and the richest of viands were placed before them. It was all a sce11e of Oriental splendor. But, as in the time of the old Jerusalem, they reclined at table, quite a novelty for our Demo cratic Americans. "Blow me!" muttered Jim Cable as they were being escorted back to the air-ship after the feast. "If I'd got outside of another jug of that wine l'm mighty afaard I'd have got off my course a bit. IL was the best tasted in my !ife." The royal palace was a mighty edifice of marble, with pillars of porphry and a kind of carnelian stone. The table was bedecked with the richest. of gold and si 'ller tankards, and flagons any one of wi.Jich was worth a small fortune. "B.Y Jove!" gasped Washington Whitwell, as they once more stood on the airsbip's deck. "These Hebrews know how to uo you honor, don't they? I don't know but we would do better to sojourn among them always "The novelty would soon wear off," declared Frank Reade, Jr. "We would soon become but ordinarf mortals, and ti.Jen tbe king's favor would cease. Let us enjoy ourselves while we can." But Barney and Pomp, left at home, bad been having quite a little celebration in their own way. It happened that Frank Reade, Jr., had left orders for them to swab the deck or the air-ship while he was gone. I Barney fetched the water and oil while Poml? manipulated the mop. A heavy cask to be removed to another part of the ship, a.nd Barney called to Pomp to help him lift it. "Begorra, it's full toime ye did a bit of worruk yesilf, ye ape-!act>d nay. gur," spluttered the Hibernian. "Take howld here now loike a man." "Ki yi! yo' jes' better speak a little mo' respectingful to dis yer chile," retorted Pomp. "I'll bottle yo' up in dat yer cask if yo' says mo' ob dat sort to me." "Ye will, ehl" roared Barney. "It's no black-faC' .ed, ape loike ye as wull tell me the loikes of that. Wburroo! Take that, ye blather skitel" Barney gave Pomp soddenly the toe of his brogan at the extremity oflbia,spioe. The colored gentleman turned an undignified somersault and landed in a pail of slopp)f water bead first. The buckt>t upset, and Pomp's head became entangled in the handle of the pail which was jammed down upon his crown. It was too funny for anything, and Barney roared with laughter. He seized a long strap and began lustily to baste Pomp across his unprotected rear. But wliat was to be doiJe with it? He had no other jug \)r bottle at band. Pomp could think or no better receptacle than nature's ownl4tviz., his own stomach. It am dead suah to be safe dar," he muttered. "I'll j,es' stow away what I can of it fo' safe keepin'." Had any one at that moment have accused Pomp of a desire to get intoxicated he would have resented it indignantly'. His sole and honest purpose was to put that whisky where it could do Barney no further or good either for that matter. .1. Accordingly he drank immo4_erately of it, and then chuckling dropped the sleeping powder into the res1due. He bad hardly done this when he heard footsteps coming down the cabin stairs. It was Barney. Pomp had just time to slip behind a partition. Barney CjLme straight for the hiding-place of the jug. Pomp held his breath and with difficulty refrained from laughter. Barney drank liberally from the and went up on deck aga(n. A few minutes later Pomp crept up. He wo.s beginning to feel queer sensations. His legs seemed to re fuse to balance him, and his brain was strangely muddled. "Golly! dat am de bes' joke oil dat l'isbman yet," he muttered, with an immoderate laugh. "Reckon he won't trouble dis chile again. He-he-he! hi-hi-hi! Des tink I'll go up an' see if he am feel-in' it.'' Pomp was able to crawl upon deck. I He staggered to the door of tl1e pilot house. There upon the floor lay Barney in a state of insensibility. Pomp laughed until his sides shook. Then his legs gave cut under him. "Fo' de Lor', I b'leeve I'm drunk!" he muttered in maudlin jabers, have I died a gone to Purgatory?" .....--So while Barney was in the pilot-house the darky went from one He tried to pick himself up, but his head was buzzing with the end of the air-ship to the other searching for the secret still, which effects of the drug and all him was such darkness. Barney alone bad the key to. Pbat's ail this?" be yelled, kicking Pomp in the abdomen by mi s -Almost a marvelous instinct aided Pomp In finding it. take, for he could not see him. "Ph were am I? Help! murder it's In a part of the air-ship under the dynamos where nobody would abdtcted I am sbure." ever think of looking for it, Pomp found a black jug. The sudden sboel\oT Barney's brogan in his stomach brought Pomp Moreover the jug presented the appearance of having been used out of his sleep with a gasp. / frequently, and was now fully two-thirds filled. Kiyi! hoi' on dar! Don' kill dis chile Good Lor gib me-hie Pomp removed the cork; and npplied his nose. It was the aroma of -a chance to lib." excellent whisky which greeted his nostrils. "Mitber of Moses!" gasped Barney, in sheer horror. 11 Ifl ain't i n Wihout hesitation Pomp applied the neck of the jug to !tis lips and1 Purgatory with the naygur. Saint Pether forbid." took a deep draught. Pomp here tried to gain his feet but stumbled over a cross brace Smacking his lips, he set the jug down and began to think. and fell on his head. He very speedily hit upon an idea. Ha: l it been Barney's head the skull would have been certainl y "I'll fix dat !'ish loafab," be muttered.. "He'll nebber want to smashed. But Pomp had the traditional negro head. play no mo' jokes on dis chile again for a 'suttin fac'. Dar am a He essayed to rise agam but this time butted Barney in the s!P.epin' powcler in my chest. I done tote dat down here an: put it stomach. In de jug. I des wonder how much whisky am in dar." The good-natured Hibernian felt that this was the limit of bum a n Of course be bad to take up the jug and shake it to find out. endurance. He was evidently satisfied that there was enough in the jug, for he It seemed to him a disgrace to be found in Purgatory with a negro. applied the mouth of it once more to his lips. More than all tbe rest, to he attacked by ,him in this mantrer was an Another good draught. outrage which he felt it to forcibly disclaim. "Dat am goo.1 fo' a suttiu fac'," he muttered with satisfaction. Accordingly, he let out a yell which would have been a credit t o Then up be to his own quarters after the sleeping powders. the arch tienrl of Hades. Down be came, and he took up the jug once more an appalling "Whisbt away wid ye, ye' black skinned son av a sny cook!" he yel! fact struck bim. e<), wildly. I'U bate the brains out av yet Wburroo! Barney "Dat am a powerful shame to spoil all dat good whisky," he mntO'Shea will never go throe Parga tory wid sich a dhlrty spa! peen as tered. "Des a little would him asleep," ye.''


22 FRANK :READE, JR., IN TliE SEA OF SAND. Barney let out wildly with his fist. The result was that Pomp went sailing into another part of the hold with a blow under the ear, which brought a howl of pain from 1\im. Barney fell upon his knees and began to pray and call upon his patron saint to release him from his dark position. "Divil a bit do I know ph were Oi am," be plead. "But Saint Pether, plaze to let me out, and Oi'll niver dhripk another dh;rop av whisky as long as I live!" Saint Peter did not appear, but Barney's prayer was answered, for the trap-door above suddenly opened, and a tlood of light was let into the place, and a stern voice said: "Barney O'Shea, you have disgraced yourself enough. Come up and attend to your duties." With a decidedly sheepish air, Barney crawled out of tba bold. No body was in sight, and he made his way to his own stateroom, where he made himself presentable once more, and then went into the pilot house and pretended to be very busy about the dynamos. Pomp came up a little later much sobered oft Neither ventured to get in the way of Frank Reade, Jr., and both were under a little cloud of disgrace for a clay or two. The air ship remained in Menotopal nearly a week. Tbep the king (lesired Frank Reade, Jr., to visit his gold and dia mond miues in the mountains. Of course, the young inventor was much pleased to go. 'l'he day was set and the king had eonsented to go in the air ship. With his suite accordingly he went on board and the start was made. Rising high above the city the course was indicated to Frank Reaue, Jr., and the air ship headed in that direction. It was a s11il of a few hours through the air. Then the ail ship alighted upon the summit of a high mountain. The spot \fhere they alighted was seemingly upon the verge of a mighty crater. Below were several hundred men half naked working in the various shafts which extended into the depths of the mountain. These mines belong to the Government," the king said Whit well. "We get some very fine stones from them." "Indeed!" replied Whitwell in the Hebrew tongue. "It did not occur to me that this was the right sort or Come with me." Frank Reade, Jr. and Whitwell !eft the air-ship in company with the Hebrew monarch and descended into the diamond mine. The !dug picked up a. handful of the. alluvial soil and said: Do you see?"' The soli was of a bluish hue and seemingly rich In glittering par ticles. The depth of this blue deposit was enormous, extending down ward hundreds of feet. The shafts down which <.;he men climbed were ma.Je of heavy beams. They were required to be very strong, for the weight of the loose earth pressing against them was enormous. At a word from the king a bucket was raised from the depths. It was large and capable of holc!Iilg three men easily. The Hebrew monarch motioned the others to enter the bucket and he followed them. In this man net they were lowered into the black depths. Down they went among the giant timbers for a thousand feet or more. Then the bottom of the mine was ranched. All the workmen show ed the visitors great deference. Bowing befove the king in a most servile manner. Many passages extended into the mountain side, and King Lodom talking enthusiastically to Whitwell led the way. They had penetrated to an inner chamber lit by oil lamps. It chanced that none of the workmen were in the place. King Lodom was illustrating to his companions the manner of searching for the diamonds, when suddenly there was a strange rumbling roaJ:; and a rush of air. "What was thad" cried Frank Reade, Jr. Has the mine caved Whitwell gave a cry of horror. The Hebrew king's face turned livid. Whitwell started to rush into the passage by which they had enter ed. But in that instant the volume of falling earth rolled some feet in to the center of the cave. "We are lost!" cried the king. Frank Reade, Jr., alone was calm. But the worst had not yet come. Suddenly, alarmed cries broke from all. The earth was settling beneath their feet. What did it mean? Gradually, but surely, it was sliding downward. Merciful God! were they to be entombed alive in that Stygian hole? The most appalling of horror seized them. Frank haJ sufficient presPnce of mind to seize the oil lantern before it was overwhemea by the falling djrt. Suddenly the commotion beneatli their feet ceased. Then the left wall of the chamber seemed to melt nway in a dust-like heap, and a mighty blinding light was shed into the place. It was a strange dazzling sort of light, such as might come from internal fires, and Frank Reade, Jr.'s, first horrible retlectlon was the volcano bad again become active and the crater was, reopening. In any it seemed as if they were all beyond earthly aid. All fell down upon their faces with the mighty shock. i Then the rumbling ceased, all was quiet, and Frank Jteade, Jr., being the first to rise, beheld a wonderful sight. A labyrinth of arches, cavern-like, were spread before his vision. These seemed to be shooting forth tongues of fire. It a grand and most wonderful sigll.t. Whitwell and the Hebrew monarch were now upon their feet. All stood for some moments spell-bound at the sight be. fore them. It was such as human gaze had seldom, If ever, rested upon. t A What is it?" asked Whitwell in amazemen,; re we 10 the heart of the volcano, or the center of the earth? "You are partly right," replied Frank Rea:ie, Jr., who had sud denly bit upon a solution of the matter. "We have been let ':>y the caving_ in of our chamber :ovallmto a vast cavern under the mountain. The hght whtch we see_ts produced by the chemical action of certain ingredients ol the soli upon a pbos pborus deposit in the rock. It is a thwg ou can see that this internal fire gives no heat, netther does 1t ?urn. As Frank spoke he stepped into the cavern and apphe(l hls bands to the blazing rocks. As he had declared they gave forth no manner of heat. It was certainly a most wonderful freak of nature's powers. A more beautiful sight could not be imagi_ned. . One mio-ht imagine themselves tn a wonderful paradtse of hght and Our three entombed friends gazed upon the spectacle in silent amazement. Then Whitwell spoke: "Well it may be all very beautiful," be declared, "but it's not pleasant' to think that one is buried al\ve, even here.'' "Don't lose courage," cried Frank Reade, Jr. "There may be a way out of t!lis cave. We must try and find the outlet.'1 "If we don't get lost in its depths For all we may know it goes to the center of the earth." "We should at least try it," said Frank, earoestly. Of course.'' Without further ado, therefore, they set out to trace the depth of the cavern. For a long time they wandered on from one cavern to an other, until after a time the phosphoric illuminations ceased and dark ness took their plac(!. But fortunately Frank Reade, Jr. had possessed himsel of the oil lamp. CHAPTER XIII. OUT OF THE DEPTHS. As the cavern now grew J}ark the nature of the soil and rock changed. Huge bowlders were piled along at intervals, makiog it hard work to clamber over and around them. In a slow and laborious manner they kept on for hours. Then a great cry escaped Frank Reade, Jr's lips. He had stepped into water, and lifting his lamp flashed the rays ahead. It was seen that they had come out upon the shores of a mammoth underground lake. lt barred their progress. They c ould not go to the right or left, as the cavern walls jutted sheer clown into the water. What was to be done? They ha:i no means of "nowing the width of this underground sea. Nor what was beyond it. To,go back and take up another passage the only way. But all felt loth to do this '"'Well," ejaculated Whitwell. "Here is a fix, indeed, If we only had a boat now." But we have not.'' "Or even the material with which to co ustruct a raft." "Nor that etther.'' "We are stumped.'' ''No." Frank Reade, Jr., threw off his coat and vest. Next be removed his pants anc! other clothing. What are you going to do!" asked Whitwell, in amazement. "I am goin)!; to across this lake, if possible," rep!ieu Frank. I shall try to find out what is beyond it and you may listen for a shout from me." "Bravo!" cried Whitwell. "Let me go in your place?" "No," replied Frank, resolutely. "I am going alone." With this he slid into the water of the lake: He was a good swim mer and struck out boldly. He soon discovered that the lake bad a powerful m;dercur rent. This suggested to him the possibility of a subterranean river. Acting upon this theory he allowed the current to sweep him along. As a result, he suddenly became aware of another startling fact, a strong current of air was blowing in his face. This could mean but one thing and that was the certainty of an outlet. Frank allowed himself to drift on for some time until he was given a sudden and start!lng surprise He beard a splashing of the water just ahead of him and a dark ob ject loomed up in the gloom. There was just light enough for him to see that it was a boa' with two occupants at the oars. It was a thrilling surprise to Frank Reade, Jr., but he

-;. FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SEA. OF SAND. 23 bim. But by means of signs he finally induced them to row over to tbtl spot where had his companions. Their explanatiOns qmckly followed. It seemed that the men were Hebrew fishermen, and that the un deraround lake was but an of a larger lake outsi(le anu at tile "base of the Diamond Mountain. They were in the habit of penetrating the cavern for fish, but had never gone beyond its shores. Of cour s e our adventurers were overjoyed to know that they were not doo'lled to a tearful death in the of the earth. The fisherm en, as soon as they learned that the king was one of their cgmpany, were obsequious indeed, and hastened to row tnem back Into the outer world. Frank Reade, Jr., experienced quite a !thrill of horror, when in formed by the fis hermen that the lake was infested with the most vo racious of crocodiles, ami that it was by the merest chance that be bad escaped their jaws. However, a kind fate had spared lheir lives, and the spirits of all aro s e. The fis hermen rowed them to a small hamlet near, where horses wer e procured, and they gallo!Jed back to the diamond mine. When they arrived there, affairs were found to be in a fearful state. mine bad caved in completely, and over 11 hundred poor re11ows were buried in the alluvis.l drift. Only the bre11kmg of the wall into the other cavern bad saved the lives of our friends. -It w11s a deliverance to be indeed th11nkfnl for. It was no use to attempt to dig out the bodies of the buried miners. So they were left for eternity in their deep graves. Barney and Pomp, as well as the others on board the air-ship,__hn.d believed that Frank and Whitwell were dead, and their anguish knew no bounds. But now that by 11 seeming miracle they bad'returned, words can not d e scribe their joy. Myrtle Pendennis wept with great happiness, and when Whitwell could man11ge it safely he toolt both her h11nds and said: "Tell me truly, Myrtle-Miss Pen dennis, I mean. Would you h11ve cared greatly if l had lost my life in that mine!'' Tears was in tbe young girl's eyes, as with deep feeling she m11de reply: "Yes, Mr. Whitwell I should h11ve cared very much. It would have filled my brimming cup of sorrow to overflowing." "I thank you for that of your regard for me," Maid Whit-well, with a choking voice. .. From that moment there was the best of understanding between them. Nothing further could be done at the diamond mii :e. The king, however, now !lppeBred with a small leather h11g in his bands . Through Whitwell as interpreter be said: "l'b!lve a gift for my friends from the country so far beyond the Se11 of S11nd. A gift for each." He opened the bag and picl,ect out a diamond of the sizo of a Will nut. It was 11 \Jeautiful blue and he placed it in the haod d! Frank Reade, Jr .. saying: "Please accept and-keep as a token of friendship." It was a royal gift, for in America such a diamond must ba worth 11 fortune. :' The next recipient W!IS Whitwell, wlro W!IS given almost the same in size and color. Then Myrtle came in for a smBller sto,ne, !IS clear and white as could be, typical cert:tlnly of her pure character. The ethers were not forgotten, handsome stones given to Pomp and Jim Cable, but last of all the Reurew monarch took from the bag 11 rarity indeed, a green diamond which he banded to Barney. To Ins dying day the Hibernian would never believe that this was chance and unintentional on the king's part. He ever averred positively that the monarch had been posted previ ously by Whitwell. This, however, made the stone none the less pr ec ious to him, and the l:1u5h raised at :'3arney's expensa over the green stone was good naturlldly horne by h1m. "Now," said the king turning to Whitwell. "I shall t11-ke you to on r gold fields," All were now in tlyl best of spirits, and upon the qui vive. Barney set the rotnscopes in motion and the air-ship w11s once more upon its way. Deep down among the hills was a long lev e l plain. Quite a number of huts were collected in one encl of this plain. trenches extended in various In these water fiowed, and men with n method similar to the cradle and rocker used by the early CaliforAia prospectors were busy e.xtrncting the precious metal from the soil. The air-sbip descended upon the plllin and 11t once work ce11sed. The miners all Hocked forward to view the great wonder of the air and, see these strange people from a far country and of a race of whom they bad never heard before. The king, upon this occasion invited Myrtle to accompany them. Theis the youno girl was not loth to do, as Whitwell was of the party. Barney Pomp and Jim Calle were left aboard the BirIt was 1111 very interesting \IDd time r-assed rapidly. Indeed, it was near sunset when it was proposed to return to the air-ship. They were at the lower end of the gold field, and just in the shadow of 11 vast forest. Suddenly several of the miners sprung out of the trenches with cries of alarm. 1 Frank Reade, Jr., turned just in tillie t\l what it meant. The woods were alive with the sav11ge Barokites. They were ad vancing with the wildest of yells, brandishing their w e apons in a lierco manner. It was plain to be seen that it'was a surprise, and that the Barokiteu meant to capture the gold field "To the air-ship!" cried Frank Reade Jr., excitedly. "For lives, all!" King Lodom's face turned deadly pale. All st11rted at once for the alrsbip, But the warning came too late. Frank Reade, Jr. and Whitwell sprung forward to assist Myrtle, who W!IS with the king. But the distance, a hundred y11rds, was too great, and p a rt of the Barokites surrounded the king 11nd the young g irl. In tbat moment tltey were made prisoners, and swept into the forest out of sight. Whitwell was ir. the act or going afLPr them in spite of 'the odds out Frank Readf!, Jr. held him back. It was easy for the youilg inventor to see that such an act would oe madness. It would only mean capture and death. He knew that it would be far wiser to retain their liberty and seek to effect the rescue of the king and Myrtle. Therefore, be started for tbe air-ship, dragging Whitwell after him. There is nothing to g11in and everything to lose by standin g our ground here!" he cried. Come, let us get .aboard the air-ship and jf we do not rescue them, we will sweep these Baroldtes from tile face of the earth. Come on!" Thus exhorted Whitwell could not but comply. They were none too soon. The air was filled with Hying arrows and ranees, and Whitwell was slightly wounded. B11rney and Pomp saw the situation and at once ope;;eJ fire upon the foe. This enabled Whitweil and Frank to re11ch the ship's rail 11nd they were pulled aboard. The unfortunate Hebrew n:iners were being slaughtered by the BaroKites, and the foe were makiug for the air-ship. Frank knew well that it w ould never do to let the foe surround the ship in such overwhelming nurnhArs. So he hastily brought the swivel gun to bear upon the foe. It was but a moment's work to plac e it in connection with the dynamos and. then he pressed the key. An electric bolt shot from the gun's muzzle and .e truck the earth before the advancing Barokltes. The result was terrific. Men, rocks and dirt were burled a hundred feet Into the air. The ground actually trembled. Again tl::e wonderful electric gun shot forth its deadly bolt. The sl11ugh ter was terrific. '!'he B11rokites were thousands In num her, yet the electric gun mowed them down as a scythe cuts grass. 'yet in their headlong valor they charged down upun the hair-llhip. Frank Reade, Jr.' saw that' momentum wculd carry them to the air ship despite the deodly work of the electric bolts, s o he gave Barney the 8ign11l,., 11nd the rotascopes beg11n to revolve and tbe ship arose in the air. The first cQlumn of the Barokites had r eacbed the air-ship rail. I But the young inventor ,bad heavily charged the iron mil, and the electric shock burled them back fiercely. Up, up the air-ship went. When fifty feet in the air, knowing that the bows and arrows of the 1larokites could do no harm, Frank Reade, Jr. held the ship sus' Then be worked the electric gun, and MJore such a fearful instru lment of d .eath the B11rokites could not st11nd. They broke and fled wildly with frightful loss. They darted among the trees, leaving hun dreds of the slain upon the butt! e-field. And after them like an avenging Nemesis came the bolts of on every hand. Frank Re11de, Jr., knew th11t it was possible for him to extermin11te the whole Barokite nation, but .be did not follow up his advantage as hemight. Bloodshed was the young Inventor bad a horror of. Therefore, after effectually dispersing tho foe, be ceased wo'tkiog the gun 11nd devoted all time to the search for the two prisoners, Myrtle and King Lodom. But this was ineffectual. . Darkness came and there was no favorable result. The spirits of all were much depressed. ship. Since the experience of some days since, it w11s deemed best never again to leave the air-ship by itself, or even unprotected, and in spite of the friendliness of the Rebraws, Bar ney al)d Pomp patroled the deck with loaded Winchesters. "What shall we do?'' Washington Whitwell asked, as it became too dark to further prosecute the search. Shall we descend and camp Jere!" "No, that would be dangerouR," declared Frank Reade, He was thoughtful for Sl)me moments. "I have it," he finally cried. "We will go back to the city, and wait until morning. We can quiet the fears of the people somowl!at The p&rty under King Lodom's guid11nce visited the different p11rts of the gold field, Bod 11aw the precious mineral washed from the soil. I l .. and also be in a ... pl11ce of safety.''


FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'RE SEA OF SAND. With this decision word was given Barney nnd be set the course of the air-ship in the cirection of Menotopul. It was not long before the airship bad settled down upon a roof. It was the roof of a public building and almost as soon as the air ship alighted the roof wa1!' crowded. 1 The people in Menotopal were in a state of fearful excitement over' the loss of their king. Armed bodies of soldiers were massing in the public squares and everywhere the most Intense of excitement wus the order. The high otncials of the kingdom came in a body with torclt bearers to the air-ship and presented a petition to Fr&nk Reade, Jr., to rescue their king, ugreeing to pay htm a princely sum for tha favor. But the young inventor made reply: I do not want pay for the task. I will, however, agree to do all I can to rescue the king." Loud clleers greeted this declaration. It was evident that the Mal okite nation bad perfect faith in Frank Rende, Jr.'s, ability to King Lodom. Frank learned that the main headquarters or camp of the Barokites was cot fifty miles distant, in the heart of a mighty range of hills. Their positio n bad be e n hitherto inaccessible to the foot sohHers of the Mulokite nation. There were deep passeE which it was easy to guard, and whioh could QOt be carried on foot. But Frank had conceived a plan of action which he now imparted to the Malokite soldiers through Whitwell as interpreter. It was proposed to mass the entire army of the Malokite nation and marcb them upon the Burok:ite stronglJOld. The airsllip would go in advance ar:d prepare the way for the sol dlers by clearing tl;e mountain passes with the electric gun. The proposition was gladly accepted by the Malokite soldiers, and the most active of preparations begun In a very short space or time the armed cohorts had formed on the pl ain outside the city, the vast army of twenty soldiers was read y to move. AH these preparations had went oo after nightfall, Daylight was now at hand, and as the sun rose in splendorabeauti ful s ight was revealed and such as y nly our adventurers were to view in this century. . V a st columns of meu bearing shields and i'lnces and wearing glit tering armor and _rich plumes were marching and counter marching. The air-ship now rose one hundred feet i11 the air and from its deck the sight was truly a magnificent one. "It seems exactly as if we had been taken back eighteen centuries!"' cried Whitwell. I can hardly realize that we are not dreaming." The start was made and all that day the army marched. Over forty miles were covered und at nightfall the mo11otains in which was tbe stronghold of the Barokltes was visitlle. The advance g'llllrd of the Malo kite army drove In some of the pick ets of the wild men and several fights were made. Wherever practicable the elect rlc gun was used to disperse the foe, and thus the Malokites drew near to the stronghold of the Barokites. Accordino-ly with the purpose of capturing one o! the wild men Frank Reade, Jr., caused the air-ship to. Once it upon ground, the w1re nett1_ng put up, and Frank Reade, Jr., Pomp and Whitwell, armed wtth W1nchesters, left the air-ship. The wild men had scattered in various direct1ons, but Frank Reade Jr. had seen one of them run into a bush near. ina plac was to surround this, nod easily effect his capture. Accordino-ly Whitwell and Pomp all approached from different sides. As they drew nearer tt.ey could see the fellow's eyes gleaming 'I with terror in the bushes. "Come 6ut!" cried Whitwell, iu Hebrew, as they drew nearer. "If you offer no resistance we will not i!urt you.'' As fortune had it, tbis represent1ve of the Barokne tr1he D!lderstood Hebrew. He hesitated but a moment.' Then he crept out trembling and ghastly pale. He was un enormously musculal' fellow, witli thick bushy heard and hair, and wearing skins about hittf. The prehistoric man of whom historians tell could not have been wilder nor more savage than tins fellow. "Look here, fellow," sa1d Whitwell, sternly, "I want you to g1ve me straight answers, now. If not, you shall die. We can nnnihi attt your whole tribe 1f we chose." "I will speak truly," replied the savage in a thick voice. "See that you do. Wllere is the young girl and the Malokite kingt Are they yet alive?" The fellow hesitated. But Wllitwell's gaze was upon him, and he could not prevaricate. He was compelled to make reply: "They are face lit up eagerly, nod his voice trembled as asked Ah, wbere are they!" "In thtt underground prison," was the fellow's reply. "They can. not escape from there.'' "L9ok here, you value your life!" "Yes.'' "It shall be spared if yon will obey our commands In one respect." The savage looked at Whitwell stolidly. "What?",he asked, tersely. "You must take a message from us to your king. If you will do bhat faithfully, and return with the answer then yJur life shall be spared." "I will do it, replied the Bar.okite. "Well and good. Tell this to your king. If he will return Klog Lodom and the young lady prisoner unharmed to us here we will leave him and his people in peace. But if he does not return those prisoners we will kill him and destroy his people. We can do 1t with lightning from tbe afr. Resistance will be useless, and he must com ply with terms or die.'' The Barokite warrior pluced one linger. upon his heart und laid the other across his throat. Be mude other strange gestures, ar.d reCHAPTER XIV. plied: 'fhe command shall be obeyed." A DARING RESCUE. THE Malokltes camped that night in full view of the mountain pass wlilch led to the Barokites stronghold. i'he search light was put from the f:}lr-ship am! It sailed over the mountain to examine if possible the situation of the fOlf. A wonderful sight was revealed. Vast walls of rocks quarried and cut to lit closely together inclosed a wide and deep valley. Sentinels patroled these walls und armed bodies of the Barokites marchell about in martial array. The mountain pUSS was very narrow and tortuous and at intervals :Mar, tello towers were erected on the overhanging cliffs. These towers commanded the pass and were tilled with men armeQ with bows and long lances to be hurled down 'upon the heads of an invading foe. Frank Reade, Jr. looked down Into these and smUed. It was to him a very easy matter to blow thes e rortit!cu.tions to pieces with electric bombs. s "We will teach them a lesson and a good one," he muttered. "Ah, I ):tan an id11a.'' What?" asked Whitwell. 1 "Barney, lower the ship." The order 'was passed to the pilot-bouse. Down the air ship went. The fiat top of a bill was just below. Several of the Baroklte scouts had !:Ieee upon this hill. But they now scampered Into the bushes. "What on earth are you going to dot" asked Whitwell, In amaze ment. "'Well, I'll tell you," replted Frank Reade, Jr. "I am going to try and trent with the Barokltes if I can." "Ahl" "You see there is great danger that seeing that they are defeated they may massacre their prisoners." "Exactly! bot how are you going to treat with them?" I am going to capture one of those wild men and use him as a messenger to thelr..chief or Whitwell grasped the Idea. He could not but see that It was ex eellent. Be clapped his hands approvingly. "Good!" he cried. "Strange that we' did not think of that before." ;. \ "Good I" cried Whitwell. "Now begone, and return as quickly as you can." The Barokite warrior with alacrity bounded away Into the brush. Then Whitwell turned to Frank Rende, .Tr. "!'suppose we must await his return," he said. "Yes," replied the young inventor. "And we can Qnly hope that It will be favorable." The hours that passed were thoae of an_xiety. Then suddenly a half naked form was seen to come bounding down over the rocko with long leaps. It was the Barokite messenger. Be came up quickly and halting threw his bead high in the air nod cried in broken Hellrew: '' My king bids me decline the offer of the air walllers and hid them defiance. If they dare to invade his e;tronghold they eball be de stroyed.'' Then with a wild defiant cry the fellow sprung away into the woods again. Here was a problem. What should be done! Several th.higs were to be seriously considered. First of all, there was the danger of the massacre of the two prisoners by the revengeful Barokites should thev be worsted In the battle with the Malokites. How was this to be averted? The Ba.roklte king would not make a treaty. It was a gen,uine conundrum. "I never was so badly stuck in my life, Frank Reade, Jr. Have yo:1 an !den, Whitwell?" "Yes," suddenly cried the millionaire traveler. "Whnt?"' "Let us play Indian scouts and endeavor penetrate the enemies' prison and rescue the captives." Whew! that is next to Impossible," cried Frank Reade, Jr. "No .. "Why not?" "Well, I'll elaborate plan. It is how comln:r on dark. Ex tinguish every light. aboard tbe nirslllp about the time we let the air ship go up. Then we can quietly sail over the valley anrl descend In some on frequented spot within those walls of stone. You and I under cover of the will get out and start for the underground prison. \


FRANK READE, JR., IN THE SE.A. OF SAND. 25 Barney and Pcmp ma!.:e a great disturbance and draw l A watch fire was burning at an angle of the stone wall, and armed the raam of t?e to the alrSlllp. He can even give them batguards could be seen pacing up and down. tie for awhile .. Tins Will leave the clear for ?B." 1 To approach OJ?enly would be the height of folly_ and must end dis It was a darmg plan. To a cautious person It seemed an act of astrously for our friends. But Frank Reade, Jr., was not long with madness. out an expedient: There were also glaring discrepancies in the Joo-ic or their plan. He had the coil of wire in his hand yet. "But," exclaimed Frank Re!, Jr., doubtfully "we do not know "My idea is," he said to Whitwell, "to cause a exploexactly where the underground pnson is.'' sion under that wall. We can tJow it up, and in the fright and con "We must find it. At least we can make the trial. There Is no fusion !'thin!.: we can slip int o the cavern prison and Myrtle doubt but that we conld bring the air-ship to our aid at any moment." and King Lodom if they are there." Frank Reade, Jr. was not the one to hesitate in face of aan"'er It "A god idea," agreed Whitwell. "But how C!in you manage to did not take him long _to make up his mind. 0 a!)proach the wall without glvjng warning?" "It is settled," he cried. "I am with you Whitwell." "There is but one way. We must incur some little risk." "Good!" cried the great traveler. shall succeed. I Inlow "What is it?" it." "Supposing you make a circuit or the prison, then make sqme 'dis-" I hope so." turbance and draw the attention of the guards thither. I will then be Barney and Pomp were given instructimls. abl\) to slip up and place tbe cartridges under the wall. t:ibure, an' we'll give 'em the divil's own ruction sarr" cried Bar-"Good!", cried IVhitwell. "1 wilt do it. oey. ' With Whitwell to decide was to act, and be sliP.ped away into the Dat am. rlg?t Marse Frank," declared Pomp enthusiastically. gloom. . . 1 "Jus' let dis r.lule get one shot at dem wid nat 'lectric "'Ull. Ki yi' I Frank Reade, Jr., wa1ted what seem-.Jd to h1m an mtermmable .dar won't be nuffi. n' lef' ob dern.'' "' length of time. Then there carne a crashing 1:1ound .opFranl!: carefully laid out instructions. It bid fair to be a ni

26 FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l'HE SEA OF SAND. CHAPTER XV. HOMEWARD B O UND. THE position of our adventurers was one with a mighty peril not to be expressed m words. frowned upon them stern and terrible. There was no use to look for mercy to the wiid men Dow!! into the they were coming. Retreat was impossible. To fight w a s the only mad course left. But such a battle could have but one ending. Frank Reade, Jr. shivered, and Washington Whitwell cried: "We are lost. H e threw an arm about Myrtle's waist and rejoined: W e will die together." But at the eleventh hour Frank Reade, Jr. remembered the coil of wire which be bad brought into the c avern witll llim. It conne cted with the air.-ship. To think was to act. With the telegraph clicker attached, he sent the following startling messa g e to B a rney on' the air-ship: "We are caged here in the cave. Come with the air-ship at once. Follow wire and throw out search light. For the love or God, come quickly." He knew th a t the bad been received by Barney. There was a forlorn hope that help would arrive berore they were overpowe red by the Barokites. King LOdom seized a war club and stood ready for the battle. But Frank Reade, Jr., and Whitwell knew that the Winchesters were all that could be depended upo .n, and accordingly held them in readiness. "Don't lire too soon," said Frank Reade, Jr. "And give them the bullets just. as fast as you can pull the trigger." "Ay-ay !"replied Whit }Veil. The next moment the rattling lire began. Bang-bang-bang! went the repe a ting rilles. E'very shot told and brought down a man. It was a fearful slaughter, as the Barokites were but a few paces l'listant. 'But they seemed reckless of life and determined to carry the day at any cost. They pressed on with wild yells and shrieks. Of course the tbinz must speedily have an end. As soon as the the cartridges were exhausted our brave defenders of the cave must perforce to be overcome by 'weight of numbers. It was fearful te contemplate. Bu t fate had not in store for them such a fearful death. Suddenly there was a tel:l'illc roar acd a shock at the mouth of the cave. A gre3tt light shone into the place, and wild yells of dismay and terror escap e d the wild men. "Sa ved, thank God!" cried Frank Reade, Jr., wildly. "It Is the air-ship." This was indeed tile truth, and they were saved by a miracle. The light whicll penetrated the cavern was that of the air-ship search liKht. The electric gun worked by Barney, dispersed the l3arokites like sheep. The cavern was quickly cleared, and now Whitwell and Myrtle with Frank Reade, Jr., and King Lodom, walked out of the place and hastened aboard the air-ship. The delight of those on board was beyond measure. '' Begorra, sir!" cried Barney, as he wrung Frank's hand. We wuz th a t afeerd that we bad iost yez that we didn't know what to do. St. P ethe r be praised, it's safe ye are." Pomp danced a break-down and Jim Cable a hornpipe Then a new pre sented itself. The Barokites had rallied and were advancing to attack the airship. Barney laughed scornfully and stepped along to the electric gun. S liall I give 'em a tasthe, Mistber Frank!" be asked. "Whurroo! I cu'd swape 'em o!l' av the earth." "No," cried Frank Reade, Jr. There is no use In taking human life now. We have rescued the prisoners, now let ns go back to Menotopal." ' Ab !" exclaimed Whitwell. What of the Malokite army?" "Let tliem march back," replied Frank. "Then you will make no attack on the Barokites?" "No, we have gained our purpose, They have been taughta good lesson. Now let them alone. I do not like war, anyway. Start the rotascopes, Barney." Nobody could Frank Reade, Jr. was right. Even King Lodom felt tliat the B a rokites had been sufficiently intimidated. So the air-ship mounted heavenward. By aid of search lig ht tbe course out of the valley was set. Soou the y were hovering over the plain w!lere the Malokite army was en camped. It easy to descend soldiers sleeping on their arms were arouse d and a tremendous exCltPment w a s the r e sult. Their joy was great to know that their king had been rescued. But the orders to march home without a b a ttle were not very en thus iastic ally rec e ived. With early daybreak however, the start was made. The air-sh i p re a ched Menotopal by early noon of course far In ad vance of the soldiers King Lodom descended in safety and greeted the wildly cheeri1,1g populace. Tho s e on l)oard the air-ship owned the city that day. The gratitude of the Malokites was manifested ic an abundant man ner. Many costly gifts were brought to those board the air-shi_p. Gold and &ilver ornaments and rich wmes, t apestnes and curios of inestimable value. It was all very gratlfymg, mlleed, to our friends to receive these beautiful gifts. Severr.l days tl\e air-ship remained in and then Frank Reade, Jr., one morning appeared on and said to Batney ant.! Pomp: h "Get everything ship-shape and ready for a return orne. "Home!" gasped Washiugton Whitwell. "Do you mean 1t, Reade?'' "By all means, if you have accomplished all the research yon ue sire." "I may say that I have," replied Whitwell. "At least so far as this laud of the Malokites is c oncerned. But--" "Well, what!" . "II it would not be too much to ask, I would really like to mspect more closely that marvel of nature, the Sea of Sand. "You have the pri\ ; ile gP," declared Frank Jr. "Bar ney and l:'omp, how do you ft>l about home! The two faithful members of the mr-sb1p's crew threw up thmr hats and cheered. Dat jes strikes dis ni"'ger ricrbt Marse Frank," cned Pomp. I done been awav from mah gal !Qng n.uff so she'll be jes glad to see "Whurroo! Oi'll be "'lad to see the oulu town onct more, cmd Barney "It's glad I to go on a trip in the air ship, an' glad l am to git back agio." "Then it is settled," declared Frank. "We will leave this very day, Miss Pendennis, of course you will be glad to get back to America?" "Indeed I shall!" cried Myrtle, joyfully. "I shall go to my friends in Cl:iicago.'' Preparations were made to start at once. Itwas not deemed be9t to say very much to the people of the city about it for various reasons. But just before the. start Frank Reade, Jr., sent word to the king that they were to leave. . The result was that the Hebrew monarch w1tb h1s retmue came hastily down to the air ship. There were tears in the old man's eyes, and he Whit well: "I be happy if only you wo11ld col)sent to remain subjects of mine,'' he cried. "All that l have is at your ditsposal. We would not fear o ur enemies." "We thank you for your kind reioined Whitwell, politely. "But Mr. Frank Reade, Jr., owns the air-ship and he is a very wenlt b y man, and would consider it no inducement whatever to remain here "Ab!" said the King, sadly. "I suppose the hearts of the air dwellers turn to their people. I can say no more. Farewell!" He took the hand of Frank Reade, Jr., and of Whitwell. Then he turned regretfully away and left the air-ship. Indeed, the whole nation of the Malokites seemed to think that the air-dwellers were to leave. The more ignorant of the people conceived the idea of compelling them to remain. A scheme was put afoot to do this. It was planned to bold the air ship down and make prisoners of Frank Reade, Jr., and his com panions. But was thia very exigency that bad been foreseen by the young inventor and this was why he 11ad taken care to get all in readiness for a sudden start. So the air-ship was all ready for the start. The mob was formed in the nearest squnre, and, they made a start for the air-ship before the soldiers of the King's guards could even imagine what was wrong. But Frank Reade, Jr., saw them coming and quickly gnve the word to Barney. The rotascopes were set In motion and the air ship rose rapidly into the air. In a few seconds it was far abov'e the reach of the baffied mob. Up the air ship 'lent. All on board took a last look at Mel)otopal and then a course was set to the northward. Homeward bound! What magic there was in that word. To even the mQst ardeut explorer after years of wanderings, the mention of home brings a fiood of thrilling emotions. Over the Malokite country the air-ship passed swiftly and soon hovered over the wildernPss contiguous to the Sea of Rand. The routine of everyday duties haJ been taken up on board the air ship by Barney and Pomp, and their .. irits were high in anticipation of the honora with wh:ch they would be greeted when America was reached. "Shure an' we'll shake hands with the President of the United States," cried B arn y, pompously. "Misther O'Shea the frind of the poor and the lineal descendant a v the owld Irish kings. Bed ad it's tit oill be to figger in the sassiety av the four hundred.'' "Hoo dar, yo' monkey-mugged _!'ish loofah," sneered Pomp "Does yo' tink yo' am gwine to be de bigges' man in America? Humph! I reckin dey don't !!et no heaps by de !'ish dar ef yo' only knowed it, rna' friend. Take a tumble to yo'sef." "Shut up, you ebonized chump yer! I'll put me fisht troo yer shiny eye if yer insult me agin. Be jabbers they'd use ye for a foot-stool in ther saasiety I goes wid i:1 New Yorruk. So they wudl" Von' yo' 'suit me, I'lsh.''


FRANK READE, JR., IN. THE SEA OF S.AND. 27 "Oi'll insult ye," Barney, making a pass at Pomp with his It seemed to the as if the world was assuredly going to Jist. "Begorra, I'll sptle yer beauty, that I will." pieces. But Pomp ducked his heall. and received the pass full on that bard "Shure, the earth is going to collapse!" cried Barney wildly. "It's o! his anatomy. . lucky for us we're in the air now, to be shore.'! As a result Barney mgh broke his knuckles and Pomp "Tinned with The earth trembled and rolled and heaved. 1 . . Of course the earthquake was over in a very few minutes, but it left Kt yt! Try It agrn, l'1sh!" he cried. its mark indelibly upqn the face of the country. This infuriated Barney, and, he grabbed a small camp stool in one Suddenly an alarmed cry burst from Barney. baud and rnad.e a rush th.e darl'Y Pomp dodged, and lowering his "Begorra, it's einkin' we are!" head butted hts antagomst m the stomach. 'fhis was the truth. went down, W!th the wind completely knocked out of him. Frank Reade, Jr., sprang to the engine-room. He touched rotallut Pomp carne to gner as well. His teet slippe

' FRANK READE, JR., IN 'l.'HE SEA OF SAND. Tbere was a flash and a report. Then tbe lion's paw struck Barney over the rigbt ear. He dropped insensible. Tbe lion stood over him, making the wel kin tremble with his fierce roar. One huge paw was u!)on Barney's shoulder, the animal's hot breath fanned his cheeks, and death hovered over him. One crunch of those massive jaws, one blow of the paw and Barney's fate would be sealed. Seeing bis friend's awful position, Pomp gave a wild cry of terror. Fot a moment he was in a quandary what to do. The impulse had, been upon him to run back to the air-ship for help, but he reflected that his woula be folly, for before he could return Barney would no doubt have fallen a victim to the lion's rage. There was but one daring c@nce to take. Pomp knew what this was. 'He was no coward, l:fut at times a little over prudent. Now, however, he was as courageous as if upon a field of battle. 1 Dat am de only way," he muttered. "I'li jes risk it. Dat lion't no more'n dis chile, dat am sartin. So here goes." He drew aim slowly and carefully with the rifle. He took good care to single out the animal's eye and then he pulled trigger. There was a sharp report, a fearful roar from the lion . The king of beasts gave a mighty leap in the air and sprang to ward Pomp. But he fell in a headlong heap and lay an inert mass not twelve feet distant. All Pomp's fear was gone now. It was by an overmastering sense of triumph which he could not help but vent in a loud yell. "Wboorayl'' he shouted. "Ise done gone an' did it. Fo' massy's sake I'se killed de lion an' sabed Barney. Whoop! lllarse Frank! all ob ye. Come quick." Pomp, steering clear of the dead lion, sprang to Barney's side. But the Hibernian wali! already recovering, and had but ju@t opened his eyes. "Praise Hebben, yo' am safe, Barney," cried Pomp. wildly. 'I Dat am de bes' ob I killed de lion, or yo' wud bab been a dead . Barney slowly collected his scattered senses and sat up. He looked steadily at the dead lion and then at Pomp. 1 "Bedad, give us the truth nq,w, naygur. Wuz it ye or me what killed the liou?" "It was Pomp," cried a voice behind them. "And you can thank you stars for it, you recKless Irishman." 1 It was Frank Reade, Jr., who accompanied by Whitwell had come out to learn the meal)ing of the shots. They bad seen Pomp's plucky work and realized at once the deadly peril from which Bainey bad been released. The lion was a monster and his skin well worth preserving. Barney had sufficient experience in lion hunting for one day, and after thanking Pomp for the service done him, said: "Be jabers, which one av us owns the skin? Is it yesilf or me; naygur? I shot him an' you kilt him." Sho! 'I doesn't want de skin, I'i.oh. Take it yo'self," saiie corps of American en-gineers--'' "Pshaw!" exclaimed Frank Reade, Jr., testily. "'We can never hope to link tllis lost nati. on with our people in this generation, or at least so long as the Tur!>s hold Palestine and the mam country of the East." "Indeed, it wonfd be a fatal thing for us to attempt. Even were the Malo kites enahled to crosg to the Sahara, and a method of cross. ing the Sea of Sand discoverea, their ruin would be almost assured. "How so?" asked Whitwell, in surprise. "l!Jasy enough. The Khedive would Mnd a conquering army down here and make all this country subject to his dominion. The Malo could not help being slaughtered, for their weapons are as noth ing compared wit:h the modern engines of warfare. "You are rigitt," cried Whitwell, With inspiration. You have spo ken wisely." "We could deal the Malokites no more deadly blow." "That settles it. At least we have bad the satisfaction and the honor of bei r;g the first in this century to visit the lost people." "Yes." "With that we may then content ourselves. I am satisfied." Whitwell turned his face toward the air-ship. They soon reached It and went on board. 0Fders were given Barney to start, and soon the was sailing far above the wonderful Sea of Sand. It was not' so difficult now to see where the sea ended and the desert began. Frank Reade, Jr., was In the bow scrutinizing the distant hue a sharp cry escaped bis lips. A datk object was upon tl\6 horizon. H was not difficult for him to see what it was at a glance. [t was a caravan and heading directly toward the treacherous Sea of Sand. That they were unsuspecting or its presence and the horrible fate which lay before them the young inventor felt sure.


FRAN K READE, JR., IN THE SEA OF SAND. 29 There were no doubt hundreds of lives in the caravan which would CHAPTER XVII. thus be sacrificed. THE END Frar:k Reade, Jr., as this reflection came over him experienced a thrill of horror. T-HE Sea of Sand never gave up its dead. Ali Kaden tnd his fool With an exclamation he beckoned to Washington Wliitwell. hardy followers would never ride the desert more "See!'' he cried exCitedly. "Is not that a caravan heading this A great cry went up from those in the o!art>vau. way?" 'l'his was by a profound silence, wliich wa!, no doubt, the "It is," replied Whitwell. ofi'spring of the fearful horror which oppress6ll all. At the same moment the eame idea which had occurred to Frank "My soul!" gasped Washington Whitwell. "That IS the end of now presented itself forcibly to him. those poor fools."' "My soul!"lie gasped. "They are marching on to their death." "They are tile victims of their own folly," rejoined Frank Reade, "Exactly!" Jr. "In a short while they will walk unsospectingly into the Sea of "It Is a sharp lesson fer 'em," muttered Jim Cable. "When one Sand and be engulfed in its depths." don't give heed to a warnin' of rocks aliead, they must expect to get That is what I feared." stranded on a lee shore." . "Horribl e It is within our power to ave rt the fearful tragedy and The Moslems in the caravan were gazing Sp!'!llbound at the spot Ill we must do it, cried Whitwell excitedly. the plain wl.Jere their leaders had disappeared so m y steriously. "Yes." Then the tall emissary waved his sword and addressed the caval" Have we time?" cade in the Moslem tongue. "We must have time. Barney, let tile propeller work its fastest." The result was that 'the l:orsemen broke away in a gallop to t!:ie rear cried Frank Reade, Jr., excitedly. of the train. Barney bad overheard and comprel.Jended tl.Jeir words. There they seemed to hold a confab He needed no second bidding and sprung to the engine room. Then, Frank wa& about to give the order to Barney to raise Iu a short while the air. ship was speeding at her utmost. Nearer the air-ship, a single horseman galloped up. the caravan drew every moment. He reined in his horse not twenty feet distant, and spoke in French. Now the camels and tl.Jeir high packed loads of r1ch goods cou!d be 1 "Will the sorcerer of the air not restore the sheik to his people?" plainly identified. naked the fellqw in athreatening way. "If be does not, we will de A cavalcade of armerl horsemen rode It was a strongly stroy him and his air-ship." guarded train and evidently composed of merchants of great wealth. "Tell your companione," said Frank, sternly, "that we are not At sight of the air-ship the caravan did not halt, but, instead, the sorcerers and that we merely wished to do you alia service. Had horsemen waved their scimitars aml made defiant gestures to those your sheik heeded our warning, be would not be now at the bottom of on board. that quicksand. This is all I have to say. It is not in my power to They were now perilousjj near to the treacherous gulf of quick restore your sheik." sand. "Then we will destroy your ship," asserted the fellow threateningly. "Quick! tbere'a no time to lose," cried Frank Reade, Jr. "Lower "I'll tell you th:s much," declared the young inventor forcibly. the ship." "You are all a pack of idiots, and H von don't clear out and go about Barney checked the propeller and the ratascopes. The ship sank your business, I'll blow you nil into eternity." rapidly and soon rested upon the san(ls of the desert. With an angry cry the fellow wheeled his horse and rode back _to In an instant the armed horsemen were about them like a cloud. the caravan. The message ha brought was evidently not a pleasant Their attitude was menacing so Frank cried: one to those of his companions, for loud cries of defiance came from Run up the steel netting. We must take no them. This was done and the cavalcade halted al)out one hundred yards Come, Barney," cried Frank Reade, Jr. Set the rotascopes One of their number with a white flilg now rode forward. going. If we don't get out of here pretty qu 1 ck we will surely get He was a tall, swarthy Moslem !lressed richly and carrying n jang-into a scrimmage with those fools." ling sword. He approached in a haughty m,11nner and spoke m They will all perish in the S ea of Sand," declared Whitwell. French. "Well, let them. We have given them fair warning." 1 What want the flying men with the caravan of the great Ali Barney, however, found that the mac h inery was a trifle out of order Kaden?" and that it would take some mhi utes to set the rot ascopea going. We wish to give you warning of a great danger," cried Frank anThis delay brought on the crisis A volley of rifle b alls came f rom swering in French. the caravan. "Danger!" So far from believing those on the air ship their friends the igno "Yes a mighty peril, by which you and your caravan may be rant Turks believed them theilfoes and s orcerers. In view of all this. swept from sight forever, lies before you." a collision could not be averted. The bearer of tbe truce seemed much astonished, and replied: The rille balls whistled through the s t eel net ting and came peri-" What do you mean? The even desert is before us." lously near wounding all "So it may seem to you," declared warningly. "But know "Quick! seek cover for your lives," cried Frank Reade, Jr., springfor a living truth that not one hundred yards distant is a mighty ing into the pilot house. quicksand. To walk into it will mean death to you." The others needed no second biddin g The moslems were com i n g The emissary turned and swept the pl ain' with his gaze. like a thunder cloud upon their fleet Ar a bia n coursers. Th ei r There...was nothing in the unbroken expanse to warrant the declarascimitars flashed in air, a wild hurr a h broke from their lip!:! and they tion of Frank Reade, Jr. It was evident that the Moslem discredited presented a truly formidable appearance. the statement of Frank Reade, Jr., for his lip curled disdainfully and But Frank Reade, Jr., touched a bu t ton, which c aused some arms' his eyes flashed incredulously. to lly out f:om the side of the ship supportin g l ong b ars of steel. "I see nothing," he said, scornfully. "The desert is the same." These were heavily charged with electricity and were a speci a l in" So it is to the eye," replied Frank, earnestly. "But if you should ventioo of his for the reJ:elling of just such an a t tack as this. _.,. \ ride one hundred yards further you would sink out of sight in a vast On came the cavalcade. quicksand." It was certainly their purpose to ride down upon and try to crus & The Mo&iem tapped the pommel of his saddle a moment, then he the air-ship. turned and made a sweeping gesture to others in the cavalcade. But the moment the first horse touch e d the steel bara there was a Four of them rode forward, led by a tall, h a ugh t y Turk, wl.Jose tremendous concussion, a long line of blue fire leaped into the a ir, hawk-likll nose and keen eyes were evidence of bis nationality. and horse and rider were hurled hack as by giant hand s "This is Ali Kaden, the mighty Sheik," said the emissary, with a The rider behind fell over this one, the third w a s piled on top of sweeping bow. "You may tell him of your fabled quicksand. him. Wherever horse or man' came in contact with the a ir-ship they "Well, upon my soul," muttered Frank, angrily. "I never saw were hurled back with frightful force. such a bigoted, ignorant set before in my life. Th#-y doubt my fl'he repulse was a most fearful one. Not a whole battery of guns word.'' could have equaled it. However, he undertook to explain matters to Ali Kaden. Men and horses struck dead as by a lightning bolt from Heaven lay The Moslem noble listened carelessly, and then unsheathing his in windrows. The cavalcade was effectually repulsed. scimeter, cried: Then Barney got the gearing clear, the rotascopes revolved and the "The eyes of Ali Kaden do not deceive him. No fable wi!l turn air-ship ascended. lJp she went. the course of his caravan aside. You have come from the Bed ouins Over the scene, of carua g e the air-ship was suspended. All rus h ed donb1less to prevent our reaching the southern countries, but we are out upou deck and g azed down. not fools. By Allah! I will prove your words a lie." The c aravan was badly aemoralized. A part of it went forwar d an d Ali Kaden struak spurs to his Arabian steed. Four others.folldwed the ne x t moment was engulf e d in the quicksand. him in a mad circle over the plain. This seemed to give the others a clear view of the case, and they warning cry escaped all on board the air ship. drew b ack. Ali Kaden's bigotry was destined to meet with proper punishment. "At last they have hit upon. the truth," cried Frank R e a d e J r Of course there was no power that our adventurers could exert now "They will understand now that we were friends instead of foes. It to restrain the foolhardy Moslem Sheik. took them a good while to see it, and cost tbem dear." The cext moment a fearful spectacle was witnessed. "True," declared Washington Whitwell. "And now I can underThe live horsemen sudd11nly were lloundering in the treacherous stnud the of your proposition not to open up communication sands. Only an Instant were they visible, then sank from sight. with the lost people. The Malokites would indeed be cursed with such Their fate was sealed forever. an bigoted race as this for conquerors and oppressors.'' "Yes," said Frank Reade, Jr. with conviction. "There will be no


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When the air-ship arrived above the little Iowa city the people flocked out in great numuers add with surprise, for the return bad been unheralded. But they were neue the less glad to see the young inventor and his companions. T .he first to fall into the arms of Frank Reade, Jr. was his dear wife. His father came next with tears in his eyes, and a short while later Frank was in his own home trotting his litJe boy upon his knee, and pat:tlcipatingonce more in domestic joys. His wonderful joumey to the Sea of Sand bad reached a propitious endbg. Washington Whitwell o.t once began work on his scientific work garding the lost people of Central Africa. But before he plunged deeply into it, au interesting ceremony was performed wllich him a happy man for life. In the church be Jed to the altar, for better or for worse, .Myrtle Pendennis. Tbey are now happy man and wife. J1m Cable had formed such an attachment to Frank Reade, Jr., tbat be accepted a position in his machine shops. 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Frank Reade, Jr., in the sea of sand and his discovery of a lost people.
n Vol. 2, no. 49 (1893)
New York : Frank Tousey, 1893.
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1 online resource (30 p.) ; 29 cm.
Frank Reade library.
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