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"N Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. -r Entered as Second Class Matter at the Ne,,, York, N. Y., Post Office, October 5, 1892. No 63 { } FRANK TOUSEY. PURLISflER, 3! &; 36 NORTH MOORE S rREET, NEW YORK. {)'UICE} Vol. III COMPLETE, New York, December 2,1893. ISSUED WEEKLY, 5 CENTS. B.uered according to the Act 01 9ongress, in the year 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D, C. Flank Reaae, JI., A.nd His Engine of the Clouds; or, Chased Around the World in the By "NONAME,"

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-..: ,. 2 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE QLOUDS. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per sL'l: months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Frank Reade, Jr.,. and His of the' Clouds: OR, Chased Around the -World in the Sk)r. By "NONAME," Author of .. Frank Reade. Jr., With His Air Ship in Asia," .. Frank Reade. Jr., in the Far West," etc., etc. CHAP TER I. SHOT FOR MONEl. IT was a bitterly cold night in March Tbe bleak, gloomy streets of Chicago were almost deserted. A poor little boy in rug@ was slinking along an aristocratic avenue, shi v ering with the cold, and looking very wretcbed. His pallid, emaciate1 face sbowed poverty und privation, an air of utter misery surrounded him, and he had a mournful look in his sunken eyes. Nobody noticed poor Joe Crosby, but the police. He was then only one of tbe mllDy waifs of the great city. Tom Reynard, the detective, had seen him stealing along like a thief, and the zealous officer became so auspicious of the boy's actions tllllt he began to follow him. Perbaps be wasjustified in doing this, for tile hoodlums of Chicago were a pretty bad set of rowdies as a rule. The d e tective was a middle aged, sharp, shrewd fellow, of medium size, clad in a black suit and derby hat, bis bony face clean shaven, his keen blue eyes snapping wit!:!. fire, and his reputation for ability the very Iinest. He kept the skulking boy well in view, and was a little bit startled L O see him 1I)0uli t tbe stoop of a very handsome brown stone house, t brough tbe parlor windows of whicb, partly open at t.he top, there gleamed a dull light. Iostea(1 of the poor little wretch making an attempt to break into tile bouse, liS Lhe detective expected, he boldly rang the bell. answered the summons, and seeing tbe boy, SGe cried: "Whatl Joe Crosby-you !lack borne againf' "Yes, Nora," the boy replied, in Iirm tOiles, "lind I am going to stay too. My step-fatber, Martin Murdock, is a wicked man. He lnred me to a wretcbed tenement in West Randolph street, where an Italian villain has been ktjeping me a prisoner But atter a month of captiv ity I escaped from there to-nigbt, and now I have come back to make Martin Murdock tell me why be did this." .. Ob, tbe rascal!" illdignl>ntly cried the girl. "He told us that he sent you off to boarding.school. Come in, Joe, come in." Is my step-fatber iu the house! " Yes j YOlt will lind bim in the front parlor." The boy enteretl the manSion, and disappeared from tt.e detective's view. R e yuard vented a whistle expressive of intense astonishment. .. Holy smokel" he muttered. .. Here's a daisy game! Never thought I was going to drop onto a family affair of this kind. Won der if I could hear what goes on in the parlor if I get up on tbe stoop?" He saw that the parlor windows were partly open at the top, aud mOllnting the stuirs, he crouched in the doorway. Joe had gone into tile parlor. A well-built man, iu stylisb clothing, stood in tbe room. It was Martin M:l:dock. He was apparently about forty years of age, and wore a black mus tache, had dark hair and black eyes.-an aquiline nose, and upon his left clleek a V-shaped, livId scar. A cry of astonishment escaped his lips when hesaw the boy. "Freel" he gasped. "How did you get away, you whelp?" (I Tbat is .my business," the boy replied angrily. "You must explain why you had me imprisonad in tbat vile den." Oh, I must, eh?" sneered the mnn, with a nasty leer. "I have thought it over," said Joo, sharply. "You was a poor man when you married my mother. When died, I know that she lett me a large fortune, for I beard the lawyer relld her will. You was made my guardian until I come of age, in live years. Now there was one pOint In the will tbat would make you wish to see me dead. 'I'bat was the clause which said you would inherit all my money if I were to die betore I am twenty-one. Are you trying to put me out of the way eo you can get that money, Martin Murdock!" He lookea tbe man squarely in the eyes as he asked this questIOn. Murdock quailed before bis victim's burning glance for J o e had correctly surmised the dark plot he had in view. fIis nervousness only lasted a moment for he quickly recovered. Foo!!" he hissed, getting enraged at tbe tbougbt that his wicked scneme was suspected. .. How dare you hint that I'd do such a tbing!" .. Because I know you are a Villain." c. What!" roared Murdock furiouslv. .. You insult me. I'll pound the life out of you, you infernal young scoundre!!" And he spraug at the boy and dealt him a savage blow that knock ed bim over upon the floor, rusbed up t\) him and began to kick him about the head. Weak from past privations, and unable to defend himself, poor Joe groalled in a heart-tending manner, and cried as the hot tears ran down his pale, thin cbeeks: "Ob, don't-don't, Mr. Murdockl" .. I'll kill you!" yelled the brute. For pity s sake! Oh, the pain! Stop-I CDD't stand it!" Just then the servant rusbed in. .. Shame!" sbe cried indigllantly. Get out of here!" roared Murdock. "I'll dischar,!1;e you!" "H you beat poor Joe any more I'll have you arrested!" This threat caused "the broker to say hastlly: He provoked me to it. I don't intenU to hiJ. him again." Satisfied with this the girl went out. Poor Joe, cut, bleeding and blackand-blue, crept toward the door. The man glared at him a moment, and then hissed: .. Ger. up, there! Get up, I say! I'll have a linal settlement with you! Put on your hat. It is eight o'clock now. The lawyer wbo has charge of your money has gone home. He lives out of town. You come with me to his house. You'll get your money. Then you can clear out of here and never trouble me again." "Gladly!" exclaImed Joe, iu eager toues. He knew that with plenty of money he could easily get along in the world, and be under no obligations to this fiend. Murdock scowled at him and vrepared to go out. Hearing them comillg, the detective left the stoop and got bebind an adjacent tree wbere he was unseen. He had scarcely concealed himself when he saw Martin Murdock come out witb Joe, hail a passing call, get in and ride away. The detective had o verheard all they seid in the parlor, and with his suspicions of the broker aroused, he pursued the cab, resolved to see tile termination of the ali air. Murdock did not uLte,r a word to the boy, but kept watching him, and deeply thinking over a scheme he bad in view. Tile boy feared this lIIun, but he" was so eager to have a linal set tlement with him, that be did not hesitate to go with him. Reacbing the rai lroad depot, they embarked on a tra,in. "I'll take bim to an unfrequented place and put Dn end to him," tbought Murdock, grimly. .. He staods in my way to nearly a mil hon. The stakes are enormous. It is worth tile risk. I'm bound to have tbe nlOoey." UnlUCkily for bim, the detective was on the same train. They were whirled away. Several hours passed by when the end of the road was reached. .. Readestown! All out! Last stop!" called the conductor. Murdock and the boy were the only oues in that car, and they arose, alighted and strode away. Tom. Reynard them. The place was a noted city in which dwelt a celebrated young inventor named Frank Reatie, Jr. Skirting tbe suburbS of tbe city, Murdock led his victim toward a. magnificent big mllnsion III which dlVelt the inventqr alluded to. In tbe extensive grounds surrounding the house were a number of immense works bops, in which the inventor constructed his m!lrvel ous contrivances. Tbere's where the lawyer lives," Murdock said to the boy, as he pointed at the manSion, although he had never been in Readestown h(1tore. '. 'I'bis information allayed any suspicions the poor boy might have

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FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 3 had, and as tbe surroundings were isolated, tbe place seamed to favor the murderous design tb,e man had in View. They strode toward the mansion and paused at tbe gate .. You wait here for me," said Muruock. .. I'll go in aud see if the lawyer iii home. I'll call you in if I lind him." .. All right," the boy replied, in low. sad tones. He leaned against tbe gate post witb an oppressive feeling at beart and the gloomiest forebodings in bis mind. It almost seemed as if he had a subtle prentOnition of his fate. Murdock entered the grounds and stole away in' the shrubbery. He eame to a pause and listened intently, then Keenly peered around without bearing or seeing anybody. The wretch was intensely excited and as pale as death, while upon his brow there stood great beads of perspiration. He fully realized what he was going to do. There was pot an extenuating thing to him. From where h B crouched he could PlalDly see the boy. He drew II revolver from his hip.pocket, his band shaking as if pa!sied, and deliberately aimed at the poor boy. Bang! .. Ob, God, I'm sbot!" shrieked Joe. Murdock rushed to his victim. Poor IiLtle Joe fell to the ground. The assassin thrust the pistol in his stiffening fingers. He designed to lend the crime an appearance of suicide. But Tom Reynard had seen the whole dead, and came rushing np to the villain and his victim, too late to stop the crime or be of any service. .. You murderer!" cried the detective. .. I'm caught!" hoarsely muttered Murdock. He struck the with the pistol, knocked him senseless, and bearing footsteps approaching he rusbed away. Down from the house rusbed Frank Reade, Jr., alarmed by the pis. tol shot, aild seeing the detective was stunned he knelt down beside the boy. Poor Joe was dead to all appearances. CHAPTER II. THE E!(GINE OF THE CLOUDS. FRANK READE, JR., was a dashing young man of distinguished ap pearance, attired in fashionable clothing. He was noted for hiS wonderful skill at inventing electrical and me chanical wonders of various kinds. In this work he was ably assisted by a diminutive negro, named Pomp, and a rolicking, redheaded Irishman, called Barney O'Shea, who inVariably were his traveling companions on the trtps he made with his inventions. Judging that the boy was beyond all recovery, and deeming it wisest to pay first attention to the living, Frank lifted the detectiVe up and carried hiQl into the hOU3e. He lIlet the coon and the Celt running toward him. "Gorrarnighty!" panted Pomp, .. Wha' de trubble, Marse Frank!" "I found thia senseless mall alill II. dead boy at the gate just now!" Be heavens, it's a bloody murdher, then?" exclaimed Barney. So it seems. Help me ill with this fellow till we revive him." They carried Reynllrd into the sillingroom, laid him down, and seainl! his badge, discovered that he WIIS a uetective. Restoratives were applied and he began to revive, upon observing which Frank went out to get the dead boy. When he reacHed the gate, to his amazement, he found that the body of little Joe Crosby bad mysteriously disappeared. Frank bunted all over, but failed to tlnd it. Completely at a loss account for the mYM! erions disappearance, he returnell to the house and told his friends about it. Keynard bad recovered. Sitting on the sofa, he heard that the body was gone. Then he told Frank and hiS friends wh;lt had occurred. As soon as they heard the story they realized that a brutal crime had been pEirpetrated by an avaricious, unscrupulous rascal, who ought to be punished for his sin. I'd better apprise the local anthorities of the deed and the strange loss of the body," said Frank, briskly. "In the meantime, Mr. Rey nard, you had better try to find Martin Murdock." .. Holy smoke! Here's a daisy game!" the detective replied. .. Your head's level, Mr. Reade. I'm off. You'll hear from me saain!" "'And away he went. Frank followed him out. He went to inform the police. It was then nearly elever; o'clock. Barney and Pomp bad been in tbe workshop putting the finishing touches on a new llsing macbine Frank invented. Everything was completed, but in lbtlir 'hurried exit tbey had left the electric arclights lit In the shop. When the inventor was gone, tbe Irishman said to POIl)P: .. D'yer moind yer wor afther lavin' ther loights lit in tiler shop." .. Me?" said the coon. .. G'way! T'warn't me, honey. Yo' done it." Go an' turrun thim out, nagur." I< Won't do nnffin' ob de kine." .. N aitlier will I, me jewel." W hen Marse Frank come bac!!:, he gwine tel' git mad." .. Shure you're a dead man then, fer I'll blame it on you." An' l'se gwine ter say dat yo' don(> did it, chile." Ther two av us will get it in ther neck then." .. Dunno 'bout dat, l'i9h," said Pomp. .. If rse got ter go, yo' go, tool" And so saying, he suddenly Burney by the nape of bis' neck, and the slack of his pants, and rushed him into the yard Away they scudded IIcross the garden toward the shops, the Irish. man unable to stop himself, and Pomp grinning and Chuckling over the advantage he had gained. Wboop!" yelled Barney, as his legs flew along. "Begorry, I'll have yer 8clap fel'this, ye puckerednp hyaena!" .. Cl'ar de track!" roared the coon. "Heah come de cyclone! Golly, wbat a roast, Barney!" Propelling the Celt before him, he reached t!Je half closed door of the shop, slammed Barney against it witb a bang, causing it to fly open, and barked his nose on the panel. .. Murdher!" raved the Celt. .. Faix HIe bugle is bushted!" Put on de brakes!" howled the coon. Then he hauled off with his big foot and gave Barney II. boost that landed him on his ear ill the middle of the big room. Unlnckily for the dusky practical joker he tripped over a plank and landed on top of the Irishman with a thud. Tbe next moment Barney had him by tbe leg, him over to !l. tackle lianging from the waU, secured tbe hook around the coon's ankle. and hoisted him up by tbe rope When Pomp's woolly head cleared the ground Barney tied the ,'ope to a cleat, and pici{ed up a barrel stave. .. Watch me droive him troo ther wall!" he roared. It was now his turn to chuckle and laugh Pomp began to look sick Aronnd swished the stave over the coon's coattail. Whang! Bang! Plunk! Thump! For reports like pistol shots pealed out, as Barney brought the stave down upon the coon's anatomy. A beUow ripped from between Pomp's thick, blubbery lips. Fo' de Lawd sake, stop dat!" he yelled frantically. Y er will ploog me wid yer fut. hey?" roared Barney, Then he soaked thll coon again. Whack! Crack! Blff Boom! Pomp squirmed, roared, and suddenly grabbed his tormentor. .. Unfasten me dar!" he howled, as he plDched the Irishman. "If yo' doan doue it I'se gwine ter chaw yer, honey." .. Holt onl" y .eUed Barney in tones of agony. .. Bad cess to yer, it's a choonk yez will take Ollt av me entoirely. Lave aff, yer bottle nosed gorilla, or I'll go around on a croolch!" .. N<;l, sort No, sort Not'li yo' luf me down yere." .. Yis! Yis!" bowled Harney, complying. I< Ouch, me leg! Whoa -oh-oh!" The moment Barcey let go the rope, he tore himself free and rush ed out of the shop, pursued by the coon, In the middle of the big room stood Frank'S new invention. It was formet! like a sharp pro wed ship, and was made of alumi num. There was an air.rudder at the bOW and a screw and rudder at the stern, while the deck was railed in. From the bow projected a long ram, while at the stern were two enormous air'propellers, one larger tllan Llle other. Two turrets crowned the deck, with tub6s rising from thair roofs, on top of wllich were a pair of tremendous neilces. From one tube to the other ran two more horizontal tubes, between which were ranged nve more big helices. These helices were revolved, as were the other wheels, by a strong current of electriCity, to lift tha engine up in the air. . In the forward turret, wliich was designed for the steersman, stood a powerful electric searchlight, and in the midship section a circular deck house pi"rced by doors and hull'seyes It was a remarkable looking machine, the material and mechanism of which combined extreme ligllLness with the greatest of strength. AI! Frank. had built other tlying machines WiLh mechanical parts similar to those employed in this one, which had proven successful, he was sure this one would operate Tile young inventol' had returned (rom pOlice headquarters when Pomp chased Barney out into the yard, and going between the prac tical jokers, he separated them. Both were forced to shake bauds and go to bed, and the inventor turned out the lights and followed them. On the following day Frank received reports from the police from time to time, but nothing was found of the missing body of poor little Joe Crosby. Toward nightfall Tom Reynard returned to Readestown. He made his way at once to Frank's house, and the celebrated in van tor in his library, he asked bim: Well-Ilave you found the corpse?" .. No. The police have hunted all over but failed." .. How strange. Suppose someone slole it-probably medical stu dents, who want it for dissection. I've got bad news." What is it?" asf,ed Frank, cnriously. Learned tbat Murdock returned to Chicago last night

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4 FRANK [l EADE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF 'l'HE CLOUDS. Today be drew a small fortune in money from his bauk, went to New York and started for Europe ID the transatlantic steamer Red .. So he escaped you, eh!" .. Yes. He knows that his crime is exposed, and wants to escape. arrest. He's got plen ty money to do it too. But I've telegra phed on to Liverpool to the police to hold Ilim on a charge 01 murder. I've got a warrant to arrest 111m on that charge and am going after him." .. He may suspect your design, and give you the slip." .. Yes, I Iwow. Such a daisy game has been playt'd before. But It's the oest I can do," said the detective. "I know a surer way tban tbat to catch bim." .. How? How!" eagerly asked Reynard. .. CMse him in my new flying machine. Heard of it!" .. Yes. The papers mentioned that you had such an invention." My interest in the case is excited. Do you want to do it?" I'd be delighted, iI you'll allow me lO." Oh, I .want a use to put the engine of the clouda to, and as this is a good one, I'll II I can't aid the ends ot justice with the ma chine." .. Good! When shall we start?" .. The day after tomorrow. As we can make one hundred miles an hour through the sky ie her, we are bound to Boon overhaul the steamer. We have only to provision and equip tbe engine now." 1.'lIe four set to work at once 011 thll air.ship. By the second day sbe was ready, and they all embarked. Frank entered the forward turret. thll maebinery was starLed, tho kelices whirled, and the engine arose, and passed through the open roof of the shop and shot up IOLO the sky. OHAPTER m. A STOWAWAY THE sun was going down in the west whp,n the Pegasus, as the engine I)f the clouds was named, rose above ReadestowIl. Her seven big hehces were whirling around with a loud, buzzing Bound, and liftmg her at the rate of a yard a second. A siJont arose from the people thronging the streets when they observed the llight of tile engine, and as tile news spread, everyone in the city watched the ascension with dllep interest. Barney and Pomp bad gone into the deckhouse, and hastened below to watch the working of machinery. Left alone on deck, the detective observed that the Pegasns rode as steadi! y as II she rested on tlanges upon the ground. At a height of 2,000 feet Frank slackened the speed of the helices until they whirled jusL fast enoagh to hold tlle engine at the desired altitude. The detective tben joined him in the turret. .. Holy smoke! This is a daisy contrivance!" be exclaimed. .. Sue works just as I designed shetshonld," rephed Frank. What are you going to do now?" .. Drive her out over the Atlantic." .. In tbe teeth of this gale?" .. Certainly." There were several levllrs in front of the steering wheel beside the compass binnacle, and Frank"lJulied one of them. Like tlle rest this lever was connected with the machinery, and it made an electrical Clrcnit with the driving screw motor, causing them to rotate. 1.'he screws acted upon the air as a metal propeller does in the wa ter, and the eugine glided ahead. Frank glanced at several dials on the wall. They registered, measured and gauged the different parts of the air ship, while various other instruments kept the temperature, gave the altitude, velocity of the wind, and 80 on. .. This is marvelous!" the detective cried, enthusiastically. .. You can feel ber advallce against the wind," said Frank, .. but when we are going with it at the rate of one hundred miles au hour you would scarcely think we were maving." How can you go with Lhe windf' .. WlJy the atmospheric envelope of the earth consists of numerous stratas, or air cnrrents that blow in all directions," replied Frank. .. If I were in a balloon, antlllad no means of guidance but plenty ballast and lots of gas I could steer it as well as if I had a rudder. Tllis could be done uy alternately raising or lowering the balloon into currents of air blowing in the directions I wished to pursue." .. Ain't that queer?" .. It is perfectly natural. Now there Is a strata called the Solar Ourrtlnt which blows constantly from the west to the east at a very higb altitude. 1 could send a balloon complei-ely around the world by remaining poised in tllat current. As it is so high up, however, we cannot make use 01 it, for we would be lit such a great elevation we could Dot see tbe Steamer Red Star if we met It." Just then Barney came in. How is the machinery!" Frank asked him. Faix, it do be wurkin' as shlick as a phwistle," replied the Celt, an' I suspistJey that she'll be uftber gallopin' troo ther clouds be yant wid tbe agility av a kangaroo." .. Take Charge of the wheel, and hold her due east. I'll run down below and ooserve the actions 01 ber dynamo and machInery myself." He beckoned tbe detective to follow him. Leaving Barney steering, they went out on deck. The panorama of the lalluscape uelow looked like an enormous oil painting. Everything took on the most diminutive size, and in the far uis tance Lhey caught sight of the great lakes. The intense solitude was occasionally broken by the shrill blnsts of steam whistles in factories aud locomotives, the clang of bells, aou otber loud, distinct sounds. A few high lIying birds were seen circliog around not far away, and II strong wind was vainly opposing tbe Passing into the deck Ilouse, Frank and the detective found them selves in a room used for a cabin! On one side stood a row of bunks, and at the other a staircase lead ing dowlI below A door in the partition gal'e access to a combined kitchen and din ingsaloon over which Pomp presided as c30k Every room wae tltted up with incandescent elect.ric lamps and pony mOLor fanwheels, while tbe furnishing was luxul'iouB. Descending the stairs, they found thelllselves in the hold. It was divided into t!lrtle compartments. Tue one lorward was a general storeroom for tools, arms, ammu nition, duplicate parts of the engine and similar tbings; the next room contained food aull water enough Cor a long trip, and the rear comr-artment held tile machinery. It was a simple arrangement. The base of each helix sbaft was furnished with a powerful motor whicb:only required an electric current to turn it. Tbis current was derived from a small, light dynamo which in turn was operated by un 011 engine. The same engine and dynamo power to the electric lighting machine, and a large mOLor connected with the machinery whiclJ re volved the screw shaft. Should tbe occasion require, the power conld be turned into a small motor, to wlJich the water screw was coupled, for work in tile sea, if they des1red to navigate the water. Pomp was busy Oiling the bearings when Frank and his companion enLered engine room. "Barney says everything is satisfactory, Pump," saill Frank. .. Spec's it ani, sah," the coon. .. She dOlle buck de win'?" H Like a battering ram. I'll examine her." .. Fo' shuah, honey." The inventor began his iuspection. He had not looked far before he received a tremendous shock of sur prise. Crouching in a corner behind a barrel of oil, he caught sight of a ma'o, who, by sOlne means had himself away ou the engine. .. By thunder, a stowaway!" be cned. .. Holy smokel" gasped Reynard. "Here's a daisy game!" .. Fo' nlidentially. .. You lie! You are simply pretending to be a crank in ol'der to aVOid punishment." Tllal.'s a daisy game!" lauahed the detective. .. Oil, hut you're said the man, ill injured tones. .. I just escaped from the asylum. I'm a dead uug; on the level, I am." .. What induced you to enter my shop and stow yourself away aboard of this air-ship-a deSire to navigate the clouds!" .. No," replied the stranger. H You cllrried me up before I could get off again. I-hey! Give me that--" .. What is this book!" queried FranK, hauling it out of the man's pocket, ami glancing at the pages. Tbe man strove to snatch it away, but Frank was too quick for him, and prevented it, One glance at the contents was enough for him-the ':look was filled with drawmgs of the mechanism of the ILir-ship .. He's a thief!" cried Fl'ank, tlusbing with indiguation. He bas simply come aboarll to steal my patents. Here is tha proof!" held up the book to the view of his companions. The man slunk back with a scowl 01 alarm on his face, for he realized that his real motive WIIS betrayed, aud that all the contradic tions he could make would be 01 no avail in the face of such damag ing evidence. For a moment a deep silence ensued. .. Holy snake!" ejaculated the detective. H That's a daisy game!" Frow de dirty White trash overboard!" indiguantly roared Pomp. Frank tore the hook. to pieces, and lIung the fragmeDts out one of the 1\"IUdows, after wblch he turned to the man, and said: .. Your treachery slJall be sevel'ely punished, sir." H But I'm a maniac!" protestad the fellow, in a v\lin att,empt""to convince them that he was not accountable for his actlOllS. .. t'm covered with snakes! Take 'em offl Don't you see 'em HqUlrmingY" Frank caught him by the neck, interrupting hlln. That will do!" he cried, angrily. .. Insane people don't usually

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FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDb. fj do such very practical and profitable thiwgs as you hM'e done. Con sider yourself my prisoner, sir." .. I'll be hanged if I will!" .. You can't escape from here." I can't, eh! Well, I'll own the engine." As he said this a desperte ligllt into his eyes, and he pulled a kmfe from his breast pocket. Making a rusll at Frank, he aimed a stab at him, which the young iuventor barely had time to avoid hy stepping back. "Pomp picked up all iron bur, and the detective drew his revolver aud aUlled it at the man. Seeing the peril he was in, t he rascal rushed for the stairs, pursued by the three, and dashed up to lhe cabin. Out on deck he ran like a deer. Franlt and his companions followed him. He headed for the pilot house, and flinging open too door, he dash ed into the room behind Barney. CHAPTER IV. A LIGHT FROM THE SKY. BARNEY heard the man Tush into tbe room, and glancing around, he was thunderstruck to see tbe stranger. Moreover, his amazement was increased by observiog that the man had a wild, bun tea look on his face and a knife in bis hand. .. Be Heavens, it's a stranger!" he gasped. II you budge an inch, I'll run this knife in your heartl" hissed the man .. Faix, I'll not boodge a quarther a\' an Inch," replied Barney. .. Tell your friends to keep back, or you are a dead man!" .. Shtand back as far as ther sturrun, fellies!" roared Barney. Ther further bac k yez goes, ther safer me loife will be!" FranK and his companions heard this cry. It orought them to a pause, for they realized that Barnev was in' danger. A cODs:Jitation was held to deviSe a means of getting the man into their power and Barney. .. See bere, II saia the stranger to tbe Irishman. "I'm luckin', yer bonor," replied the Celt. Of Lower the engine to the ground so I can alifl,bt." .. I will; only kape tbat knife away. Begorry, it makes a cowld chill f10y up an' down me backbone whin tber p'int toochas me." And Barney slackened the revolutions of the helices. The engine began to rapidly descend. In a short time she was near the ground. Now tell your friends to enter the cabin," .. Malltber Frank, dear!" roared Barney. .. What do yon wantf' .. Gil beyant inti! ther cabin, d'yer moind?" .. What for?" This sllalpeen do b9 wishin' to escape wid no bullets in himl" ]8 your life in danger, Barney?" .. Faix, I'm widin wan irtch av bein' a coorpsel" .. Then we'll go in." "Go, an' God bless yer SlJw\!" Frank and bis companions returned to the cabin. Peering out the door, the stowaway saw that the coast was clear .. If you attempt to turn your head before I am off this engine." said he in threatening tones, "I'll cut your heart outl" .. Faith I have a shtitf neck, au' COuldn't turrun it if I thried," Hed Barney. The man shook his knife at Barney, and glided out on deck, for by this time the macbine was within a few feet of the open grollnd. No sooner was he out of tbe room. when US quick as a Jlash Barney turnell a heavy current of electricity into the hull. .. She' S electrifiell!" he yelled to bis friends. They uearu and understood him, and remained in the cabin out of danger. Not so the stranger.' His shoes insulated his feet. But no sooner did he grasp tbe railing to go overboard, when be received a powerfnl shock that made him yell. Both bands grasped tbe railing convulsively, and he could not let go. "Ohl Ouch! Oh-b-h-hl" be yelled, wildly. Bedad, I have him!" roared Barney, delightedly. .. Stop itl" screamed the stranger. "I'm a dead man! I'm a dead mao!" .. Faith, I'll take yer measure fer a coffin," chuckled Barney. .. Let up there, will you! Ob, oh. ob!" .. Divil a bit! It's electrocuted I'll have yez in wan miuutel" The man raved, SWNe, begged and wept. Barney kept the current on though. Finally Frank cried: .. That will do. He's enough." I'll let him go tben." returned the Irishman. He cut out the current. As soon as the stowaway found himself relieved, be gave a jump, flew over the rail, and landing on tbe ground below he rolled over and over in the dust. Getting upon his feet he sped away. Frank and tbe rest tben emerged from the cabin, and Barney sent the machine up in the air again. She resumed her Journey, and the man below was soon lost to view in a woods .. Fer ther love av Hlven what do it all be manin'!" asked the Celt .. He was a stowaway stealing my patent," Frank replied. Troth an' it wuz a blackguard he made av himself entoirely." .. He didn't gain anything by his fll8cality," How hoigh up shall] he afther sindin' tbe Pegasus?" .. One thousaud feet will do." .. 'It's that same 1I0W." .. Then drive her aheadl" Barney complied, and by nigbtfall tbey reached tbe ocean. A. watch was maintained for the steamer Red Star all night, and the engine of the clOUdS mounted higher to avoid a rain storm, and sped along on tbe course 01 European hound vessels. Several craft were seen during the night. But 1I0ne was the steamer tbey sought. On the following morning Pomp cooked a dainty breakfast for them and all hands went out on deck. They were then over 500 miles from land. Below tbem stretched an endless expanse of water, while above the sky was clear and blue. Pomp bad assumed control of the Wheel, and the engine floated half a mile ahove the seu. She was making eighty miles an hour, and going with a strong breeze from the south west. The detective was an inveterate smoker, and having lit a fragrant cigar. was puffing away at it .. How far are we from the steamer?" he asked Frank. From three to four hundred miles," the inventor replied. And how long will it take LO gain that distance!" About ten hours," "Then you think we will meet tbe Red Star to-day?" "Very likely hy six o'clock to-night." .. She will be nearly ball way across the ocean--" r, .. No-not more than quarter tue distance." This seemed to please tbe detective very much. We are bound to calch Martin Murdock before he reaches the other side, it seems!" he remarked. .. Provi Ii valy reel. Pomp bad a banjo in the pilot house. Hearing tbe scraping of th e violin, he fastened the wheel. and pick ing up the instrument, he began to playa rattling accompaniment to the Irishman's lune. Be ther hokey this is foine!" chuckled Barney, with a grin "Bress de lambl" roared Pomp in the Lurret. "Saw away dar, honey, saw awayl rse a-plunkin', I is, an' dar am gwine 10' ter he music In de air if dis yere coon knows hesell." .. Bedad, it's out av tnne yez are enlOirely I" cried the Celt. .. G'way, chile; dis ole pianner am all right. Yo' bettah go learn how ter scrape dllt dar ole caliope befo' yo' done try ter play tunes." Watch me rattle ther spalpeen," grinned Barney. He suddenly changed the reel into a slow hymn, and no sooner did tbe coon change his accompaniment when the Celt switcbed 011' into a waltz. Before Pomp could fairly get started into different keys and dllIer ent tunes, oil went Barney into dill'erent tunes. It made Frank and Reynard laugh at the coon, aliI! they heard him swear, and twang and thump away Wildly. At times the air and accompaniment harmonized and were timed alike, when suddenly Barney would Jlip from fast to slow time, leav the coon thumping away furIOusly. Tben, when the darky played slowly, oII went the fiddle at a tremendous rate leaving him far I>ebind. It finally got the moke so Wild that he quit playing 'rhe day passed by uneventfully aud eight fell. Tom Reynard had learned how to manage tbe Pegasus and stood at the wheel steering about eight o'clock, when suddenly he descried several twinkling lights ahead. "Vessel ahead I" be shouted out tbe door., .. What do you make ber out to be!" cried Frank, running in .. Holy smoke, how can I make out in this gloom?" I'll direct the search-light upon her." It was very dark down belOW, but througb the gloom Frank plainly saw the twinkling lights ou the moving vessel. He turned tbesearcb-light by means of a lever, so that it was direct-ed toward the vessel. Then he switched on the electric current.

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6 FRANK R"l!JADE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. A broad sbafC of light suddenly S\1ept down upon the vessel, lighting her up as if by II big beam ot sunlight. It WIlS 0. steamsbip. A yell of surprise arose from her crew. They were alarmed anti amazed at the brilliant dazzling glow sud denly shooting dONn upon them from tile sky, and most marvel ous ideas of its origin entered their minds. Frank leveled a glass aL the craft. It IS tbe Red Star!" he exclaimed. "I see the name on her bow." .. Hurrah I" yelled the detective, delightedly. .. Now we'll get Murdockl" and down swooped the air engine toward thespeecting steamer. CHAPTER V. FOUND AND LOST. II STEAMER ahoy!" shouted Frank_ .. Ahoy! What's that?" was tile reply. .. This! An air-ship." By thnuder, I tbougor it was a comet!" II I wish to board you. .. Shall we haul toY" .. No. Hold this ladder." Frank dropped a roptlladder down. Two sailors seized it, and held it rigid. Barney had the wheel, and kept tbe Pegasus over the steamer. The detective and Frank dtlsceudecl the ladder to the deck. Here they were met hy the captain, tbe watch on deck and many of the cabin passengers. .. This is lin Ilmuziug call," sllid the captllin. .. We lire here on husiness, sir," replied Frank. .. That is very strange," .. Not at all. We have come from Readestown." .. What! Can it be possible! What forY" To make a prisoner 01 one of your passengers." I am more and more astonished," The man is a murdererl" A murmur of surprise ran from lip to lip at this remark When the captain recovered (rom the ShOCK he asked: I .. What is the man's name?" .. Martin Murdock." .. Whom did Ile murder?" I .. His stellson, a boy named Joe Crosby .. Why was the crime committed!" II So Murdock could inherit the boy's lortune." "Purser, have we a man of tbat nume aboardf' II No sir," the pursuer replied in positive tones. II Perhaps he has a fictitious naml'," hinted Reynard .. True. He has ample reason "to," admitted the captaiu. .. Try to descrIbe him. We might recognize him that way." o. He is forty, very dark, has a black Illnstache, aud a vivid Vshaped scar on his left Cheek," said the detective. Why, that's Mr. Blank, who occupies stute-room No. l2." Produce him, and we will try to identify Ilim." .. Certainly, if you bave a warrant for his arrest." .. Here it is,'' said the detective, exhibiting the paper. The purser went off in search of Mr. Blank, In ten minutes he returned empty handed. The individual in question had va!!iahed. Everyone \lOW started of I in search of him, and he was finally dis covered hiding in one of the coal-bunkers below. Be presented a very dirty and rnflied appearnnce when they hauled Mm up on deck, struggling and swearing furiously. As soon as the detective saw him, Ile cded: That's the man!" Sure asked the captain. .. I'd swear to it, sir." .. Take him-he ain't wanted here." Thank you, sir. Now then, Murdock--" The rascal recognized the officer, and saw the handcuffs Tom had drawn from his pocket. Be shuddered at the sight of them .. Spare me!" he gasped. "No, sirl You are my prisoner." Don't put those things on me!" .. Will you submit peacefully?" .. Yes-yes I I'll do anything you or.1sr." .. Climb up that ladder to the air-ship," "Very well," said Murdock, and up he went. Frank aUlI Reynard followed him, and the sllip sped on. Pomp received the prisoner, and stood holdin!! him. .. Wha' yo' gwine ter do willlim, mht" he asked Frank. .. Lock him up In tbe storeroom down-stairp. He can't very well escape with the Pegasus up in ;.he clouds." .. Fo' IIhuab, sah," assented the coon. Take him down, Pomp." II Yessah," and off the darky marched the prieoBer. .. Our work is almost done now, Reynard," "I'm glad we succeeded so easily." .. Hey, Barney!" .. Yis, sorl" .. Tnrn the Pegasus arouDd and steer for home." .. Beuad, it's tbe great man-hunters wo bees," said the Irishman. The air-ship m(lunted the clouds, and retraced her course. Everyone was jubilant over tlleir success. They discussed the capture until bed time ant! finally turned in. Frank and Barney remainell on duty. About ten o'clock the invent or suddenly said: .. I'm down to have a talk with the prisoner." "Faix it's bad compauy you'll he kapill', sor." "I wisb to learn tile hcts abont Joe Crosby." .. 'l'her facts, is It?" .. Yes-what Murdock did witb his victim's body." .. Shure, an' he'll DOt tell yer," .. I'U try him anyhow." Frank passed down below as he said Ulis and made his way to the store room. He found the door broken open. Going ill Ile saw thaI the prisoner was not there. Very mucll startled Frank searched nil over for the man, but soon discovered that he was not aboard the Pegusus. A long drag-rope hung down from the side Its end allllost tmiled in the sea, as the engine of the clouds had heen lowered to wiLllin a few hundred leet of the ocean to get ller out of a dense cloud bunk. One of the four life-preservers was gone It was clear thaL Martin Murdock had broken from the room, took a life prest'rver, went up on deck unseen, lowered tbe drag rope and slid down to tbe sea. It was, he calculated, safer to trust himself to the mercy of the ocean than remain aboard the Pegasus, be carried back to Chicago, an,1 have to answer to a charge of murder. Seeing tow matters stood, Frank returned to Barney, and explain-ed wbat had bappened .. Bebeuvens, Ile's as slippery as an eel!" groaned the Celt .. Stop tue engine, ane! retrace your course." .. Is it a sarcll fer him yez would have me make?" By all means. Drop her down near the sea." .. May the aoald Nick floy away wid ther spalpeell." .. By an effecLive use of the searcblight we may find him." You kape watCh, Masther Frank." Barney lowered the engine and flushed tbe light down on the sea, thil surface of which he swept with it! Armed with a IJowerful glass Frank scanned the water everywhere tbe light struck Altbougu Liley searched and searched everywhere until it was lime to arouse tile others to relieve them, they failed to find any trace of the missing man When Pomp and Reynard were aroused and told what transpired, they were wild WiLh vexation. "Golly!" cried tile coon, .. I done lock him in de sto'-room, sab an' Lebber tink ob sich !J., ting as dOL he gwin& fo' ter git oot. Bres s my soul, if I know dat he git away, I'd Ilslep' befo' de do' wi( one eye open de hill! night." .. We've Ilad all our trouble in vain," sighed the detective, dolefully. HOly smoke, Ile's a daisy!" Just then Frank caught sight of 0. white object /loating in the water and l Ie leveled the glass at it. .. A life preserver I" he muttered. .. And bless me if it isn't the very one MurdOCk: stole from the Btore-room. !L's got the name Pegasus UpOD It. Lower the ship, Pomp!" The darKY obeyed. She soon reuched tbe surface of the sea. Frank took a boat-hook and hoisted np the life-preserver. A hunt was mace about tbe Vicinity for the man, but they did not find I,im. It occurred to them that he was drowned. A sbip was descried in the distance just then I .. He may have been picked up by tbat vessel," Frank Bugg"sted. Let's run up to her and see." The coon steered for the ship Wilen they arrived within a short distance of her, tbey saw by the search-light that she was plunging into a fog bank, and Frank viewed her with bis glass. He gave a violent start a moment later. The ship May-Queen, of Liverpool," he read 011 her stern, .. and, by heavens, there's MurdOCk: sLanding on her deck surrounded by sailors watChing us." .. Good!" cried the detective. .. Follow her, Pomp." .. Yas, sah," the coon replied. He grasped the level' to increase the speed of tbe engine when a report pealed lrom the deck 01 tbe boat, and 0. shot from signal gun rOllred out. It struck the forward tube of the rotascope frame, there sounded a crash as the upnght hroke, nnd the next moment the helices all stop ped, a9 electric wire tllnt gave current to them was severed Down Into the sea plunged the Pegasus. A cry 01 alarm escaped her crtlw when they felt her fallin ... and the next moment the ship dissolved from view into the thick fogbank DDwn rnshed the Pegasus like a meteor. She struck the Bell. with a violent thud A shower of brine flew up over her, and the next moment she disappeared from view under the water. The ship thus escaped, bearing Murdock away_ CHAPTER VI. FOILED A.GAIN_ THE Pegasus ros.e to surface at once and /louted like any ship, hut had Laken In conSiderable water, and was badly crippled.

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FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF 'I.'HE CLOUDS. Frank heard a mocking laugh come from amid the fog in the voice of Marlin Murdock, as the ship receded. It lilled the inveutor with wrath. "You may escape now!" he "but I'll cateh yon if I have to chase you arouud the world, Martin Mur(iock!" "Fooll You can never catch mel" came the reply. The voice wa.s so indistinct tuat Frank realized how useless it would be to protract a couversation. ,. Man the pump, Barney I" he cried. Yis, sor," replied the Celt. Pomp, help me to clear wreckage." Fo' de Lo.wd! am de hull ting busted!" .. I think we may be able to repair They up on tile turret, and, 119sisted by Reynard, they took down the broken'parts, while Barney wall busy pumping out tile water tbe engiue shipped. It WIIS impossible to do anything in the gloom. As tue vessel tloated buoyantly, they her water-screw in mo tion to give ber steerageway, and started off. Sue proceeded so slowly ID tbe wat!>r, though, that tbey had flO hope of overtaking tbe ship. Besides, the fog was so dense tbey could not see It. Finally Barney and Frank turned in. Tue sea was calm enougb and tbe wind moderate, so tbey passed a quiet night lIud met witb no accidents. On the following morning they set to work to repair the damage, and were kept busy all dllY and far into the succeeding night. As there were plenty tools and materials on board, they tlnally suc ceeded in repairing the damage. Tbe "\}rk was so well done tbat it would bave been very difficult to tell tbat tbe macbine was broke!:, We clln ascend now," said Frank. .. But wbether we will over take tbat ship or not is an open question." .. She was heading eastward, wasn'tsbe!" questioned Reynard. .. Very likely bound for Liverpool, as sbe came from there," .. What could have induced her crew to shoot at us!" .. Murdock probably incited them to do it." .. Be ther hokey, be's a vilyun!" growled Barney. IO Send hel' up," said Frank. Pulling the belix-Iever, the Celt caused tbem to revolve. and the engine rose from the sea, dripping water, and mounted tbe air. Frank carefully watched the spinning wbeels. He coul(l not see any defect ill their action, and soon felt confident that tbey would continue to operate properly. Up, up the Pagasus soared like a bird on the wIng until she reach. ed tbe lowest strata of clouds. When sbe plunged into tbem the Bea was obscured. Sbe rose above them presently, and paused. Here a glorlol1s scene was obsArved. Tbe silvery moonlijl;ht streamed down unobstructed upon the sea of clouds beneath the air.ship. Tbey had a billowy appearance, tbeir constant movement lending tbem a strange aspect as tbe lights and shadows cbanged from mo ment to moment. A soft, dark, velvety gloom filled tbe vault of Heavpn which was o[;ly broken by tbe vivid points of light emauating from tbe stars that studded the firmament. \ It was a SIlent region. Tbe air was very rare and exhilarating. Having stopped tbe ascent, BarnElY started tbe hugo driving wheels revolving, and drove the Pegasus ahead. She looked like silver as the moonlight slanted upon ber white metal huIl, and to anyone on the ocean must ha.e presente:! a strange ghostly look with her electric lamps glowing and her search ligbt blnzing out far ahead. All nigbt long she swept along tbrough the dizzy heigbt, and in tbe morning ber dazzling lights went out. Not a 8ail was in view helow. Frank was discouraged. He thought tbey would overtake tbe May QIlp.en. .. You ought not feel downhearted over it," said tbe detective, consolingly, altbough he felt disgusted bimself. "She may have changed her course, 110 tbat we might. have passed her." .. Suppose we head for Liverpool. We can find out all about her there, and wait for her to come in," .. That's a very sensible plan." A rattling sound overhead reacbed Frank's ear at this moment, and he glanced up at the big stern-belix. A bolt at the top of the post had worked itself loose. In a few moments it mIght fly off and injure the wbeel. He hastened below, procured a long bandied wrench, and went up tbe frame to tighten the bolt. Getting on top of the upper longitudinal girder, be reached over tbe revolving belix and began to tighten the bolt with the longhan died wrench aUuded to. Scarcely bad tbis heeu done, when the rim of the helix caugbt bis jacket as be carelessly leaned too close to it. The wheel was making rapid revolutions with enormous power, and tbe next !Loment tore Frank from bis footllold. Held by tbe jacket, he was whirled around and around furiously by tbe big wbeel. A cry of consternation escaped bim. At any moment he was liable to be hurled off into space. HIs cry was taken up by tbe rest when tbey saw tbe perIl of bis po sition. If the helices were stopped to let bim down, tbe entire ship would fall like a etone into tbe Sell. Frank grasped the braces to sustain himself. He was getting frightfully diz2/Y from the swifL gyrations. Tbe Pegasus tben lioating at a heigbt of 3,000 feet. As soon as Bamey ohserved what bappened, he immediately slack ened the spesd of tbe beliC3S. Tbe fiyitlg machine begllll to descend swiftly. Slower anll slower whirled tbe wheels, until the engine of the clouds was at the rate of 500 feel a minute Frank's brain was in a. whirl. It seemed every iustant as if he would lose bis senses. Such a thing would be fatal. Although the wlleel was gOlDg much slower, its velocity was yet Simply frigbtful. It made the inventor sick at his stomacb and sent tbe blood flying tbrough bis veins like lire. His .sight fhiled him and a roaring noise sounded in his ears, bis body hecame cold and numb, and he could scarcely breathe. Suddenly his lingers relaxed. He was burled far out from tbe wbeel. His body shot through the air like a cannon ball. In a moment mOl'e he struck tbe water and sank. Fortunately he was close to the water, and thetlUdden shock of sink ing revived his fnculties again. He and tben rose to the surface. At first be only knew enough to swim, but as bis senses graduaUy returned, be finally realized his surroundings. Glancing around, be saw tba Pegasu 's. Sbe had settled into tbe water close by, and the screw having been put in motion, she glided toward him. Pomp tlul!g him a rope .. Cotch dat!" be cried, .. Heave awayl" cheerily answered Frank Am iO' orrigbt, honey!" .. Yes, Only a Ii.tle dizzy," In a moment mOl"e be was on the deck. Bis coat was torn where tbe rim of the belix caught and be was drenched, but that was all. Wbile bis friends raised the engine In the air, he went inside again, put on dry clotbing, and took a drink of brandy. The Pegasus reached the of Ireland and went over Ito Liver. pool where sbe aligbted on the suburbs. Her descent drew a large crowd of people to the spot but they tln ally landed ser in a private garden at the offer of tbe owner, where sbe was kept secluded. Frank then went to the city. Here, by dint of inquiry, be learned tbat the May Queen waB com ing into the lJarbor at tbat moment. Dellgbted to bear this, Frank bired a tug imd went out to meet the sbip. Going aboard of ber, be aaked the captain sternly: Where's tile man YOIl picked up at sell?" .. Martin Murdock? We met a French steamer and be left us to go aboard of ber. She was hound for Havre," .. Foiled again !" cried Frank 10 disgust. .. W bat did you wan t or bim r" .. He is a murderer," Good Lord! 1 s tbat so 1" .. Why did you fire at the air-ship?" .. It frightened us, We did nOL know wbat it was until too late. Then we were so scared we lIed." .. Did Murdock pay you for your helpf' .. Yes, very banllsomely, too; but bad we known that he was a fugitive froll1 the law, we would bave imprisoned bim." Fra1'!k then returned to Lhe tug. The boat was sellt flying back to the city. Here he made baRte to back to tbe Pegasus. his friends wbat happened, he added: .. Up in the air with bert We molst go to Havre after him. QUick, boys, quick!" CHAPTER VII SAVED FROM DEATH. THE air.ship soared up to the clouds and sped away over Great Britain toward the English Channel. A tremendous shout arose from the l'oplliace wbo bad seen her as. cent, and hearing tho shouting, Frank tllought it was a token of their approval of the engine's work. He strode to the rail and doffed his cap. Again the shout pealed out. Frank looked perplexed. It did not sound like a cbeer. Tben be heard a faint cry below. .. HEllp! Helpl" waBlhe scream. It Bounded llke the voice of a bOY, and the inventor glanced down, wben, to his amazement, he observed a lad of about fifteen hanoin"" to the drag rope by his bands. 0 He had !Jeen among the spectators. Ad the rope swept by he thought it would be great fun to seize it,

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8 FltANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF 'l'HE CLOUDS. and let the air.Rhip lift him up a short distance when he cslculatell to let go anll drol' 10 the ground ag-ain. Unfortunately the aerostat IiItfl' ttle deck, and rapidly slid down to the boy. .. Hurry-hurry!" the little fellow was g-roaning. Hang on a moment more!" shouted Frank. Along he slid, so fast that the rope bUl'lled the palms of his hands, un til he reached the youngster .. Then be reached down and seized him by the collar. No sooner had he done so, when the poor boy's strength suddenly gave out, and he let go tbe rope. HIS hands fell to his side. Frank bore all his weight with one band, for with the otber be was <>bliged to sustain blmsllif. He was very pow"rful. Still tbe strain on bis muscles was immense. Barney bad heard his cry, 'and rushingto the side be looked over ana saw how the situation stood. .. Brace up!" cried Frank. .. Oh, I'm so dizzy!" groaned tbe frightened boy. You'll get over it in a moment." .. I'll fall-I know I shall!" .. No, you won't. I've got you fast." 'l'he boy groaned, for he was in a panic. The strain on Frank's arm began to tell ou him, for the rope was swaying like the pendulum of a clock in the wind. He was so accustomed to great heights tbat It did not affect bim iu t he least. But the inexperienced boy felt awful .. Masther Frank!" yeUed Barney. ,. What'li I do!" .. Lower the engine as fast 8S you can!" Barney rushed to the tnrret to comply, and a moment later they were flying earthward at an alarming The bOy crie:land gasped for breMh, and Frank tightened bis fln .gers on his collar Ilnd clung to the rope. Th eir combined weight at sach a great distance from tbe deck of t he Pegasus was so great tbat it would have been a difficnlt task lor Reynard, Barney and Pomp to uaul them np. Down they shot toward the wooda. It was clear that they would plunge into it. Look out now!" shouted Frank in warning tones. "I have me oye on the thrells," returned Jjarney. We muaL leave bim bere." .. In a tbree!" Yes." I'll grade her." In a minute more they reacbed the topmost branches. Frank watclled for a favorable opport unity. Can you get borne from bere?" he asked the boy. Yes-yes-anywl:ere!" panted the little fellow .. I'll have to leave you in a tree." .. I can get to the ground." Here's the one. II The Pegasus had drifted to a tall trlle with thick upper branches which they struck. As the uoy grasped a brancb Frank let him go. Be clung safely to the branch a moment, aud tben quickly made biB way down to the ground. Ul.irnatelv he got ho: ne in safety. Frank sighlld with relief and straIghtened up. Winding the rope around one leg, he rested himsell and tben went up hand over hand until he reached tbe deck. Here bis three companions met him with: .. How in thunder did it happen?" .. Wbar de kid come from, honey?" Be it wor dead I thought yez waz." In a felv words Frauk detailed tbe circumstance and tbey returned to the pilot-bonse. Here Reynard resumed the management of tbe wheel. The engine returned to tbe clouds and they finally reacbed the English channel and crossed over to Havre. Here a descent was made. Then a thought flashed across Frank's mind that brought a cry of I .. In my haste I forgot to ask the captain of the shi;> the name of the steamer Murdock IVellt on." .. Holy smoke! Tbat's a daisy mistake!" .. Now we'll bave trouble, I'm afraid." .. Very likely. All that wIll save us will. be i\lq::Jiries." They urougltt the engine to the ground in the country. It was long uJter mIdnight. Nothing coulll tben bedone, so they turned in. On the following 1lI0rning Frank proceedeJ to the city He was a good lingUIst and Illude inquiries at the Custom bouse abont the incollllllg steamers. 'i'hree wele expected that day, he learned, and none had come in the lIay previou8. It was therefore very fair to presume tbat the was on one of tbl! several th"t were expected His next move was to apprIse the prefeet of police that tbere was an American murderer on 1J0ard of one of the vessels expected, and aSK his aiLl to secure the man. The request was granted. Ollicel's anned with warrants and a description of the man were posted to wait for Murdock witb Frank. 'i'he entire day tnus passed away. 111 the morning one of tbe vessels came in, aud in tbe afternoon au other, but Murdoct{ was Bot 00 either of tbem. It was late In tht! night when tbe thirLl sbip made the port, and feeling sure that bis llIan was aboard, Frank and the officers went out and boarded her. A search \Vas made among the passengers, but be was not fouud among tbem. Frank then spoke to the capUlin, asking bim : .. Did you take a man from a ship otr the British coast?" "Y"s, sir," replied tke captain. .. He was an American." \V hel'& is he now?" .. L e ft the .. Wllat?" .. Yes. He paid to he set ashore at Cherbourg. .. Did he say where he was going?" .. Not a word. Frank retnrned to his friends and told them the news. It was vel)" exusperating, !Jut tbe detective saId: .. L"'t's cross tile bay of the Seine, and inquire about him. We may get on his trail yet." This plan was out. In a sbort time afterwards the aerostat landed near the city, and Frank left her again. He soon came back, bis lace aglOW with plensure, and cried. ad he got abOard: . I've discovered what became of him." "Where is eagerly asked the detective. ,. 011 the rail. Ho purchased a compllrtment on a traiu which will carry him to Marseilles, in the south of France." .. Good! HilS he tJp.eu gODe long?" .. Five houl'S ahea!\ of us." .. It would lie hal'll to tell which train it is if we met it." .. Very true, U'lt I"know when it is due at its destination to-morrow, and we have only to go ahead. and as we can easily pass him, we will get there ahea!t of the cars. When the train arrives, we'll be waiting for him." .. He mlly trick liS again." .. Perhups. But he don't know we are after him. and therefore will not look for us sni'! Frank. The Pegasus IVas started off again. CHAPTER VIII. BAFFLED AGAIN AND AGAIN THE engille of Ibe clonds reached Marseilles five hours ahead of the train on which Martin Murdock was riding. Fl'Rnk knew what time the cars were :lue. In Cherbourg he bad met a Custom House inspector who saw thll man land from the steamer, and purcbase !JlS raIlroad ticket for the sOlltb of France. 'rhe Pegasus was landed late in the afternoon, and the inven tor went to the railroad depot. When the Irain came in, he saw Murdock alight. Coming lip behind the man and clapping a hand on bis shoulder, Frank exclaImed: .. Martin Murdock, you al'e my prisoner." .. Blast it. the inventor!" gasped the man, in startled tones. He turned around. g!.ared at Frank a moment and then clapped bls band to his hip-pocket to draw a revolver. The inventor was as quick as he waoi. In a momellt tbey were aiming at each other. A shout of alIII'm escaped the people around, and they scattered in all directions, fearfnl of ueing shot. A deAp silence ensued. Then Frank said: .. You mnat 8nhmit!" bitter disappointment from bis lips. .. Wby, wbat's tbe trouble?" asked Reynard, in The antaor, wben a boy, experienced thiS adventure witb Prof. Donaldson's balloons. '. I one of i "Never!" dP.terminedly replied Murdock. .. I am honucl to take you." .. Not while I can resist, si:." With oat the lenst warning Murdock tired The hullet grazed Franl,'s head, aod he staD''''ered. Mnrdock dashed out into the street and

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10 READE: JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. There were seven in the party, and everyone men. Frightened by the air engme, the came13 got upon their teet aud pluuged about the oasis in the wildest manner. Frank keenly eyed tbe Arabs. .. All natives," he comment(>d. .. Mayn't Murdock be iu a tinL?" asked Barney. I doubt it, but I'll see." Can you speak to them?" aslted Reynard. Not in their tongue." Just then the uir-ship on tour /:langes and stood on tbe ground perfectly rigid near tbe Arabs. Frank alighted with Reynard. Going over to the three tents, he peered in. 'fhey were all empty. "He isn't here!" he exclaimed. .. Perbaps he is in another caravan," suggested the detective. More than likely, for he isn't in the oasis or we'd see him." "Let' s go ahead then. These poor wretcbes are badly scared." Very well," assented Frank, and tbey returned aboard. 'fbe Pegast:8 was sent skyward. When sbe had rIsen, the seven men arose. One o( them borst out luughing aud muttered: What a narrow escape! But they failed to penetrate my disguise!" He was Murdoclt! For safety against the natives he had Pllt on this disguise when he started to cross the desert with his six paid servants. It now stood him in good stead, Iguorant of the deception tha.t bad heen upon tbem tbe crew of tbe air engine arose to a heigbt of 430 feet toDd tbe coon sent the machme atead. Frank watched the people in the oasis with a glass and as they van isbed astern in tbt! distance, he suid: I was almost sure Murdock was among them. However, we must look further. It was disappointing." Gwine straigbt ahead ter Bagdad?" asked Pomp. "Yes. We can run across him long before he reaches there. The caravans travel very slowly, going at u walk, while we CAn get along at the rate of a mile a minute." Barney was now posted on watch. The rest of the journey was finished by the afternoon but not an other caravan was seen. Everyone was surprised at this. It begun to dawn upon'Frank's mind that an error had been made somewhere. Could be possible tbat the captain of the steamer sent us on a wild goose cbasel" he asked the Irisbman. Bedad, it looks as if we'd been fooled," replied Barney. Jt would have been impossible lor any caravan to have reacbed this place ahead,of us." Yer ro ight there, sor. Now, them spalpeens in the oasis--" Are you suspicious about them?" Faith, it shtrack me a@ Murdock might be wid 'em." How could be have escaped detection!" "Be makin' himself luck loike tber resbt av ther gang." Sure enougb." "Did you see anny av their mugs!" .. No, for tbey kppt tbeir faces to the ground " Begorra, tbat's where yer mishtake waz." Frank began to agree with this idea. He had baen careless by trusting too mach to outward appearances, anti now deeply regretted it. I'm going back to meet that caravan!" said he, finally. Moight jest as well wait here, as they're buund ter come along." ., Very w"ll. Tbere's a good place to wait." He pOinted ont a rocky gorge, and the engine descended. All travelers to Bagdad bad to pass tbrough it. They remained tbere until the followmg day, when tbe coon des cried some camels approaching. In an bour tbe caravan reached them, and our friends saw that they were the very mell they wanted. But th(>re were oilly four in ,tbe party. Each man rode a camel. As tbey drew near the air.ship, Frank and bis friends armed with rilles, ccnfrouted them. Haiti" cried tbe inventor. The Arabs gave a shout of fear. At one glance they recognized the adven turers. Instantly the camels were stopped, and one o( them yeUed: .. No sboot-no shoot!" Tbe rascal speaks English I" exclaimed Frank. Me not got money," coutinued the Arab. He takes ns lor banditsl" laughed the inventor. "Take camel; no kill usl" continued tbe native. .. Dismount!" "Yes, yes!" cried tbe man, as he and his (riends obeyed. Where are your friends!" .. ,Free-gone." 'fhe white man!" Yes, be gone." Here was an acknowledgment that there was a wllite man among tbem, as Barney had surmised. Ftank was quick to notice it. He therefore asked: .. Why did the wbite man dress like youf' 'Fraid of de Bedouins." Do you know his nnmer' ,. Mr, Martin. he say." Martin, eb? He had a cut face, didn't he!" "One mark on cheek dis shape," said the Arab, stretchmg opeo his first and second fingers in 0. V sbape I Tbat's tbe man. Where has IJe gone!" "To Sumara, or. de,Eupbrates water near de ruins of Babylon." Who did be have with him?" Two of de mens. He 'fraid to come to Bagdad." "How came YOII to be with him?" He pay. Me interpreter an' guide ot Jerusalem." Ah-l see. Now, where does he intend to go?" Down de river to de Persian gulf." "If you are lying to me, I am coming back to kill you." "No, no! Me tell trule." The man was so frightened tbat he really spoke the trutu Frank: I ben allowed tbem to pass, and going aboard the Pegasus with his friendS. they started her up. Tbey UOIY had evidence enough of tbe cunning of the man they were chasing, for be gave them the slip at every turn. "He seems to anticipate every move we make," said Frank, in tbou"hlful tones. "Now be will make better time on the water. As we know wllat boat he is in, und there ffiay be' scores of them on the river, it will be like bunting for a needle in a haystaCk to lind biOI." 'l'pe Perrasus ran to tbe soutbward. She tinally reached the big river. Therll they lowered her to within a sbort distance at tbe surface or tbe water, and callsed ber to follow the course of the stream toward the gulf. Sbe sped along, and a keen lookout was maintained tor boats going down the stream. Toward midnight a vessel was seen in advancB, and tbe Pegasus bore down upon it. CHAPTER X. BUYING A SHIP'S CREW. As tbe air ship ,drew neur tbe boat, a number of Persians were seen swarming over her deck. Tbe Pegasus liad created a profound sl'nsation among them for they were wildly gesticulating, loudly talking and all at once began to discharge a number 01 rilles at her. A bail of struck ber. As tbe leaden pellets bummed over her deck, Frank and his com panions rushed inside, and close : 1 the windows. They headed their boat for the city of Bassorah a short disto.nce down the stream" and kept up a steady fire at the Pegasus as Lhey retreated before he;. The discharge of fire arms alarmed the people in the city, and in a. tew moments the bank of the river was thronged with armed men. Many of Lhem embarked in boats and put out to join the one after which the Pegasus was going. Seeing that tbere would be serious trouble if the engine remained where she was, Frank raised her A tremendous shout arose from the Persians when tbey saw ber lIy up into the air. Many of tbem hastened back to tbe shore. We can't do anything hEjrel" exclaimed Frank Howly /:loy!" roared Barney. "Is it roonin' away yez are? Be heavens, it's as loine a ruction as iver I see yt:r chaitm' me out of, d'yer moind!" There's no sense in fighting without an object in it." Faix, is it no object tel' brolak ther heads av thilll fellies!" Do you think our man was on that boat?" asked Reynard. "No. If he had been we would have seen him." "Golly, what u sensation dis yere air-Ship make wif dem yaller face niggabsl" chuckled Pomp. Having risen to an altitude of live hundred feet, the engine plunged into a bank of /:leccy white clouds, and the scene below vanished (rom view. Frank kept the Pegasus aloft nutil they had passed the city and tben Bent her down again. She ran down to the gulf without meeting another boat, but Qut on the broad sheet o( water they a number of sbips and steamers going in different directions. I Frank viewed them with a telescope As bis glance roved over the water he 8uddenly caught sight of a movillg figure. Riveting his attention intently upon it he suddenly cried: By tbunder, there's a man in the water." .. Whar?" gasped Pomp, in startled tones Astern of that steamer to the southeast." "Surah 'nought It am a man I" "Barney, steer fOl; that steamer." "1 will that," and off went tbe engine on another tack. Wben sbe drew close to the man sbe paused, and they saw that he was almost nai).ed and clung to a broken plank. Down settled the Pegasus, and when she drew near tbe surface of tbe Frank shouted: "Aboy there!" A vOice!" cried the man in the water, joyfully. "Catch tbis rope, aud come aboard."

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FRANK JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 11 .. Thank God, I'm saved!" Frank dropped a rope ladder down. As it fell near the man, he grasped it 611gerly, and began to ascend to tbe deck of the engiue of the clouds. He was assisted alward by the young inventor. The man was evidently an He wore only a pair o( pants . He had a smootll face, browu hair, sun-burned skin, and was evi. dently about lorty years of age. "Lord, ain't I glad!" he cried, deli!;htedly. How you gel into the water? a81,ed Frank. A man flung me overboard from my ship." ,. An attempted murder, eh?" .. That s just about the size of it, sir. But say-what is this?" Frank explained about the Pegasus. Then he said questioningly: .. What vessel are you from!" .. That steamer abead there-the Rover." II You haven't been long in the w.ater then!" .. Oh, no. Only half all hour." .. Why did the man try to kill you 1" .. I'll explain. My ship is a San Francisco trader. Her last stop was in the Euphrates. She was homeward bO:lnd tonight when a native boat came up lIehind her. 1 stood on the deck, aft. The first thing I knew a fellow looking like an Arab came up a rope at the slero, from the Persian t;out. He gave me a thump that knocked me senseless Whlln I revived I saw tbat the man was a white man in disgnise, He had on my clothes." "Hu! Did he look like thiS!" interposed Frank quickly, and he gave the sailor a description of Murdock. .. Yes, that's a life-like picture of him I" said the man. .. W 611, be fore I could say a word to him he flung me overlJoard. The native boat had vanished. By good luck I had my senses and swam. A piece of I'lank was drifting near me and I seized it. 'fho steamer went on. I yelled (or help, but no one seemeli to hear me. I was left to my fate until you just found ll.Ie." .. So Mart ,in Murdock is on that steamer, eh? Well, by all that's wonderful this IS a good pitlce of news. 1 never expected to find him so easily." .. You seem to know the man." .. Listen, and I'll t ell you his history." Franl_ related all that had transpired. It surprised the sailor. When the inventor liDlshed, he said: .. Ain't it quellr that you should find me and get on his track again?' .. Very," assented Frank. .. Now, I've got a plan to propose to you." .. What is it!" queried the sailor, curiously .. I'll put you back aboard tile Rover. You can tell your captain what happened. Tbey will arrest the man. Then we will take charge of him. Will you do it!" "Gladly. 1 want to get even with him badly." "All right. Say, Barney, overhaul the sLeamer." All ihe rest had overheard the sailor's story, and the Celt steered the engine alter the steamer. H I want to tell you something," said the rescued man, as they fiew along in pursuit of the distant vessel. .. What is it?" .. The captain and crew of the Rover are a bad set." .. How do you mean?" .. If that fellow has got plenty money, and offers to bribe them to protect him, they will do so." "That's badl Why do you tbink he attacked you?" Probably to get my clothes for a disguise . But he will lind won't work, as he can't palm himself off for me. BeSides 1 must that I gave him a little tight before be got tbe best of me, and his murder ous attempt to take my life might have come from a lit of revenge." That's more than likely it, as he is very spiteful." The engine was fiying along swiftly and soon came up with the big steamer. Frank the rope ladder hanging down, and as the Pegasus paused above the steamer, tile sailor went down and landed on the vessel's deck. The walcb had seeD the Ilir-ship, and their shouts aroused the peo ple <1own below. Every oue was on deck when the sailor came down from the Peg. asus and in stantly surrounded hilD. As soon as they heard his story several of them ran off lD search of Marlin Murdock. When tbey found him, he was in company with the captain. "Stand back, there!" the skipper cnect to them "Bllt--" .. Silence! See here!" "Money!" .. Yes-one hundred dollars for every man who stands by him." "That settles it. He remains unharmed, sir." .. You bet he will. Tell the rest of the crew." The men hastened away to comply. In a few mlnutes all the crew were apprised of the news, and the man Frank saved felt disgusted over the result. Matters had terminated just as he feared, but he could not do any thlllg unaided to help the aeronauts. Murdock was exultant. Hll discreetly remained below out o( Frank's sight. The :;oung inv e ntor became impaUent when he found that nothing was dOlle to produce the rascal. "ahoy!" he Shout e d down. "What do you wall I.?" yelled the captain. .. The mall we sent for." .. You can't have him!" .. What! Are you befriending him?" .. Ay-ay! with our blood, if This answer starlled Frank, for it gave him plainly to understand that Murdock had won the friendship of the ship's company. .. We will blow your craft to pieces with bombsl" he shouted an-grily. .. You will repent of your folly, captain." "Bosh! We are armed and do not fear you!" Frank withdrew from the rail and started for the deck house. He had scarcoly reached the door, however, when there sounded a report like a pistol sbot down ill the hold The the helice.s began to slacken speed, and the Pega sus plung e d toward the water: It was evident tbat some serious accident had happened CHAPTER xr IN A TI GER'S JAWS, By the time the Pegasus dropped Into the Persian Gult the helices had stopped revolving, and t .be lights went out. The report Frank heard in tlte hold clearly indicated thllt some ac cident happened that paralyzed all tile mechanism. He rushed into the deckhou s e and hastened down below. The engine of the clouds floated buoyantly, but the steamer ran away from her rapidly The Rover was making fifteen knots an honr, and her crew gave a yell of delight when they realized tuat some accid e nt bad be(allen the air.ship. Now they expected to run away from the reroiltat, and carry MarLin Murdock to San Francisco without molestatIOn. That would be an easy way to earn the money he effered them to protect him. In a few minutes the steamer was far away. Franl, lit a match in the hold, and soon found that the dynamo wheel had burst Its fragments littilred the fioor. All the power of the Pegasus wail paralyzed. She could not move until the wheel was repaired, and as Frank saw that It would occupy considerable time to do the work, he foresaw the escape of the trading steamer It was th e n nine O'ClOCK at nig ht. Tom Reynard came running in .. Holy smoke, wh, t a daisy accident!" he cri'ld .. They will escape us now," said Frank, regretfully. II Never saw the beat of the way Murdock slips away from us." .. It can't be helped. The best thing we can do is to get to work and repair the damage at once. The sooner we fix the wheel, the quicker we can pursue tbe &teamer." Barney and Pomp were called down. They worked like beavers all night long, and it was long after day break before they had the Wheel replaced by a new one, and the ma chinery put in order. Pomp prepared breakfast, after partaking of which they took turns at sleeping. Frank Btood first watch He raised Lha Pegasus in the air. The new dynamo wheel acted sllffly at firat, but finally got into good working order, and the engine traveled properly again. Kel'ping a constant look out for the steamer, tbe young inventor ran engine down to the Arabian sea. Barney relieved him of the wheel. The Pegasus was headed forOeylon. Night fell upon the sea. Nothing ilall been seen of the Rover yet. Frank made a calculation after supper while in the cabin, and turLing to the detective, he said: .. We ought to sight the steamer by this .. Do you think (3o!" According to the distance she traveled and that which we have made, sbe must be somewhere in this Vicinity, off the coast of India." .. Knowing that we are in pursuit of her, the crew will very likely try to keel? her concealed from us." .. Just what I expect." .. Tllen we migbt pass her." I'm afraid of thllt." .. To lose her would be a serious matter." Mnrdock might take to the shore. In that case we might never find him. I'm gomg ahead very slowly." .. Why are you keeping the Pegasus so close to tbe ilea!" To avoid the possibility of missing the steamer if she's on the water." Frank arose and went out on deck. It was a clear, moonlit night, and every object below Was plainly viSible for a long way off. Bamey and Pomp were on duty. At a sbort distance rose tbe coast of India. OIose under the lee Frank s uddenly saw a dnrk, moving object and riveting his attentIon upon it intently he shouted:

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12 -FRA\,K READE, JH .. AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOGDS. Barney, stop the Pegasus." Yis, 801'," replied tbe Celt, obeymg. I see a vessel wIthout any lights." Faith, an' tbat's more than I do." Look close to tbe shore there." A momentary silallct'! followed. Then the Irishman saw the vessal. He turned the air-ship toward it and as they drew e\oser he suddenly directed tile searcll-ligbt upon the craft. A cry oj deligllt now escaped Frank, for he the steamer to be the Rover. "That's her!" he cried. .. Shure, they've hauled (0." .. Ain't they lowering !j. boat, Barney!" They are that, an' rowin' fer shore. Be tiler powers, there's amlin in ther boat wid thim sailors dhressed in citizen's clothes, who, I'll take me oat', must be Martin Mnrdock." .. Can tlley .be carrying hlm Ashore to escape us in the jungles! It lOOKS like it." 1'he quarter boat reached the shore. Passing through the surf, she was beached. The man alluded to sprang Out and rill> up on the sand, wlIile the sailors got their' boat atl,IJal. agaiu. While they rowed back to the steamer, the man on the shore stood in pJain view watclling the Pegasus. The search-light was fl'lshed upon him. He waa thus iven to understand that he was seen. 'I'urning be away into tile busbe!!. Frank observed his action. .. Tbere he goes!" lie cned. .. Begorra, that U1ust be Murdock!" said Barney. Chase him !" Away flew tbe engine todarw the shore. The quarter boat returned to the stea/D er. When tbe Pegasus reached a point near the vessel, the signal g:lll on the Rover was sudden Iy discharged at her. It had bean loalled with bullets, !iails, and pieces of lead, and the scattering shoo struck her_ She was too strong to sufler any injuu from such small shot, how ever, and cOlitillued on her way unhurt. I wonder if the man going ashore wasn't a scheme to draw us near, so they could tire at usf" muttered Frank. Masther Frank!" yelled Barney, "is it wid a shmoile yez will take tbim shots, or shall we return thim wid our compliments?" .. Fire a volley at tlte rascals!" replled the inventor. The coon tlte Irishman and the detective, obeyed this order, by discharging their rille s at the sailors. Several mournful howls were returned, showing that tbe bullets had hit their enemies. Passing on, the Pegasus left tbe steamer astern nnd reacbed tho! land wbere I he fugitive vanished. He had gone into a jnngle. It was half a mile in diameter and surrounded by clear ground op on all sides. If the fugitive were to attempt to escape from it, the occupants of tbe flying machine wouhl not fail to Bee him. I Franlt saw that it would be a difficult task to find the mao in tbe night, so he saill to his .. I am to keep the Pegasus poised above the jungle here un til dayhreak. III the meantime, if you will keep watch he can't get away witbout being seen." The rest agreed with this plan. At that time tbe engine of tile clOUds floated but 200 feet above the waving grass. She was kept there. A watch was posted. Nothing occurrell during the to diaturb OUI: friends, and when d a ylight tinally came they aroused As Frank went out ou deck he Ileard a deep, low moan like tbe rumbling of falling earth, in the jungle below. It is by this plaintive sigh that the royal tiger makes his presence lqlOwn, and in company with other al;imals of bis species, he cater wauls like a gigantiC rom cat. When charging, hia sprmg is accompanied by a series of rapid, frightful cough-like growls. and IL single blow of his paw will break the back 01 an ox whicb he ciHrias away as a cat carries off a mouse. Frank had heard what terrible creatures the tigers of Innia were, and was not snrprised wben he bllard a man yell furiously down in the jungle. .. There'a a tiger after Murdock!" he shouted. He sa w the jungle agitated off to tbe right, and watching the spot closely, he saw a man running. It was the same individual wbom he had observed the night previously running into the cotton plants and boxwood bushes. He ran for a deep nullah. DIrectly behind him was a huge tiger in pursuit. A wild cry of horror escapee! the poor wretch lis be glanced oVllr his shoulder, and saw the fiery eyed monster rapialy overtaking him. He fired a shot at the beast from his revolver, bnt before he could do so again, it sprang for him. Through the air flew tqe graceful and beautiful body, and in an in stant more it struck the man. He was knocked down. A terrible roar t-scapell the beast, as it landed on top of him, and opened its foalning mouth. The terrible jaws crollched the man's bones, tore his llesh and as a wild despairing cry escaped him, the tiger absolutely ripped him to pieces! CHAPTER XII. LOSS OFA WHEEL. FRANK had witnessed the terrilJle scene, and picking up a rille, he aimed at the tiger. The man had fallen into the nullalt, and the brute was then lying across the remains of his mangled bolly Seeing that the unfortunate fellow had been killed, the young inventor lIid not to discbarge his pnenmatic rill!!. Tue explosive bullet pierced the animal's bead. IC burst there, ulowing its skull to pieces. With the discharge the tiger bounued up into the air It landers: By this means the helices were started. one of its paws into the scmicircular handle of one or the I levers, it could not withdraw it, and becoming panic-strIcken, it be gan to struggle LO release itself.

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Fl-t.lNK READE, JR., AND luS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 13 It showed its huge canine teeth to Frunk threateningly as he enter ed, aud uttered a fierce cry, while a most dlabollc:.1 look: crossed its projecting face. An ape!" gasped the astonished inventor. The brute renewed us lierce struggles. Suddenly tearing itself Iree, it eame at Frank on all four paws, and he retreated. With an agile bound, the animal landed on top of him. He lIad no weapons. Flinging up hands, he grasped the animal's hairy tbroat, but it used aU iLs palVs against him, and lIegan to tear his clotlles ami scratch his skin. Tbey fell to the deck. Here the struggle continued. The brute made a effort to bite Frank, but he succeeded in holding ita ugly heau back at arrn's lengtb. It was wonderful tue amount of energy, strength and perseverance the beast exhibited. Their struggles carried them near the edge 01 the deck, and Frank suddenly arose, IHted the brute up, and exerting all his strengtb, he flung the animal away. It shot out tbrough the oil' and plunged eartbward. The Pegasus was then nflarly a thousand leet above the earth, and the auimal's fall proved latal. "Thank Heaven, I'm rid of him!" panted Frank. He lelt sore and exhausted. \ But he ran i!lto the turret. Slackening the helices, he sent the machine to the ground again, and picked up his companions. .. Be heavens, it's rainill' moonkies!" cried Barney, as he weut aboard. .. Mastber Frauk, It's a qnare place we're in. Shure a vil lain nv a wall dlJr('lpped from Lher clouds an'landed beside me so neur, failh [ thought he'u a hit me." .. I fiung him from Lhe Pegasus I" laughed ths inventor. He t hen told his friends what happene(i. It astonished them considerably. .. If you hadn't caugllt the drag," said the detective, .. the upe would nave sent the englDe so high up in the air sue would never have come down again." Tiley then I!tarted the Pegusus for the island of Ceylon, and passing it, beaded across the Indian Ocean. A lookout was m.aintained tor the fugitive steumer. The day passed away, and ail the sun was going down a most ser ious accident to the engine. Frllnk noticed a tremendous ra:.tling sound at the end of the driv ing wbeel shaft. He mac!e his wuy to the stern. There de ohserv"d that the noise came from the smallest of the two screws at the extreme end. The nut that held it on the shaft had worked loose. Intending to stop the machinery and tighten the nut Frank was jnst about to walk away to get a wrench when there sounded a harsh. grating noise. The wheel suddenly Oew off the sbaft. SplDning around and around it dropped down into the sea into wbich it sunk and disappeured. A cry of vexation escaped Fmnk. He did Dot have anoLher wheel on bC'ard and had no meuna of get ing anot her. The eO'ect was soon felt. The engine coold now make no more than fifteen miles an hour aguillst tbe ordicury wind. She was crippled. Her only reliance for speed wus to go with a strong breeze when she could add a few miles. All Frank's friends rushed aft. They suw at once what had happened, and their expressions of dismay were without Rumber .. Now how cau we hope to overtake the Rover II we mllet herT" blunkly asked Frank. "She can truvel fuster than we can, under la vorahle conditions." .. Bedad, sbe can't bate UR badly, anybow," said Barney ... Shonld we see her, it will be a case av nip an' tuck." .. Dar's a sail now," said Pomp, pointing northward. It was a distant speck: miles away, near the coast a&d Frank pass ed into t!Je tarret to get a glasB. He leveled it at the vessel. It's the Rover. I know her shape!" said be. Be beavens, I'll folly her if I have LeI' shlape at ther wheel!" said Barney. .. We'llniver lose thrack av ber now." OUf only hope of capturing Murdock IS to keep her in view," said Frank, grimly. It shall be done!" the detective declared. And Pomp was equally as dlltermined about the matter. CHAPTER XIlI. A BOMB SHELL. .. RAISE the qUick!" .. Great beaven, Read", what is this!" .. A cvclone. Look out for those rocks, Reyuard!" .. Do you know what the land Is helow us?" .. The island of Borneo I air. sure." .. Then that's the China Sea to the northward," I .. Yes. There! The steamer is lost in the glooml We may lose all truce of the Rover now." Zizz! came the wind ill a wild shriek as the air-sbip Oew upward in-to the dark vault of heaven. But the great cliO's were dangerously close and as the wind caught tbe engine it hurled her along with terrific force and sbe struck the rocks. Crush-bang I The shock was terrific. it shook her like an aspen. She glancej along tbe cliff, tore off huge particles, and tbey went thundering down into the heavy seas that were dasbing up ill loamy billows at the bases of the precipices lining the coaSl. A terrible black pall sll'Tounded the el'gine and obscured everything so tbat the detective conll! not see a yal'll ahead. The fierce wind wus whirling in circles. H swept the Pegasus far over tbe land. Here her batlie WiLli the elements continued, and she was dushed up and down and all around furiously. A week had passed. During all that time she had been steadily chasing the steamship without guming u. mile on her in consequence of the loss 01 one of her dllving wheels. Baruey remained on deck bound to the railing, Pomp was down in the engine room, and Frank stood at the wbeel with Reynard. Along they were driven, aud the coon suddenly yelled up tbrough a speaking tube: De oil engine je3t broke heah I" .. Can't we get allY currentY" replied Fra!)k .. No, sah-no, sa:t! Slacken de helices, quick!" Frunk jerked one of the levers over, and down they settled toward the ground. The search-ligbt had been started, but as the oil engine now failed to operate the dynamo, the lights went out. It was risky to descend in the gloom of that awlul not knowing where they were going to aUght. But they had to go down. In a few moments a tremeudons crashing was heard, the engine swayed back and forth, and Barney roared: .. We're goin' among ther threes, bedad!" .. Can't stop her now!" replieu Reynard. .. Ob, may tber saints persarve ual" The crackling of brauches continued, as she continued to go down, and then there came a beavy SbOCK. She had landed on her side. Everyhody was knccked down. As soon as they were assured that she was salely on the ground, tbey forgot their bun.ps and brUises, crept out and all hands, left tlle ma(1uine. Tbey only had a lantern, but its dim light sbowed them that t1H'Y had fallen into a forest of ironViood, gutta percha, camphor and other trees. The marshes were alive with elAphants and rhinoceros, the woods swarmed with leopards, babyroussas and monkeys, while bears roamed the locky sections and buffaloes tte valleys. l:lirds of paradise, flamingoes, swallows that built edible nests, pea cocks ar:d various other birds abounded in vast numbers j every oint. beast and reptile filled witb fear of the storm. Tbeir cries all around the fallen engine raised a fearful din. .. The hull and !lying apparatus IS intact," said Frank, wbeo ht had finished his Inspection. .. Do you think she is safe for the presentr" the detecUve asked. .. We can't get her out in this storm." "Bellah turn in den," Pomp suggested. An examination of the oil engine was made, when it was found that the shaft of the fly-wheel had snapped in two. It conld easily be repaired. So tbey tnrned in. By the following morning the storm had gone. Pomp prepared breakfast, but tht'y had scurcely partaken of it wben the voices of men were heard outside. "Natives!" said Frank, listening to their talk. "Savages?" asked the detective, quicldy. 1'be Malays and Dyakil are the worst kind. They subsist chieOy by hunting, lishing and piracy, are partly Mohammedans and partly heatben, and lire cruel, crllfty and wild," said the invelltor. Frank went out on deck. Glancing down, he saw an army of the natives around the engine, loudly talking and gesticulating toward her. They were Papus, yellowish colored, fellows, carrying poisoned spears and. arrows, and knotted clubs, with wbich !J!ey beat out tbe brainB of their prisoners. These people lived in the deepest woods and solitudes, in ()aves and upon trees, naked, uncivilized, and separate from tbe rest of rr.an kintl. TbElY knew of tbe sultans, rajahs unj penjerans who governed tbe more civilized)1 the people of lSorneo. No sooner had they seen Frank wben a score of weapons werp sent flying at him, a single scratch Ir om allY of wuich would have sufficed to poison him to death He quicltly withdrew within the cabin and locked tbe door .. Hostile as I feared!" he commQlltell. "J hear them mounting tile boat," said Reynard anxiously "Yes. They will get into the turrets IIOW."

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FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF 'l'HE CLOUDS. we drive them away with our weapons!" .. Yes, but it would amount simply to wanton slaughter as they have actul>lly done us no harm yet, and cannot fight us on a fair has is, protected as we are by these walls. I have a plan to electrify the boat. See if you cun turn the dynamo Il.y wheel a few minutes." While they were doing this, Frank tnrned the current inlo the deck of the engine, and a chorus of yells escaped the natives as their bare received the current. It causes them to hastily leave the machine. In Lhe meantime, Frank and Barney procured a new shaft for the oil-engine, and set it in place. Several hours were reqUlred to get the engine in condition, but they finally aCGomplished it. 'l'he natives had retreated. 'l'hey then opened fire upon machine. or course their weapons were simply wasted against the metal hull of lhe Pegasus, but tlley I,ept up the fusillade. It was necessary for somebody to go to the pilot-house to cause the Pegasus to ascend, but a trip there from the deck-house waij now highly dangerous. Any of the poisoned were apt to hit the one who attempted to ventnre it and kill him. Yet it would not do to remain where they were too long, or they might just as well abandon all hope of trying to ever tind the steaine!' again. Frank became desperate. He did not wish to injure the savages, but saw that only by the most desperate measure could he hope to get the engine up Into the air a g ain. Accordingly he went down to the ammunition room. There he loaded a bomhshell with a high explosive powder, attachlld an electriC wire to it, and secured the other end of tho 'Rire to olle pole 01 the dynamo. .. I'll sCare them away temporarily!" he said t.o his friends, "80 when I give the word, complete the circuit in th\l wire." Shure I'll attind to that," volunteet'ed Barney. Frank opened the door, and hurled the shell out. It rolled down a declivity to a safe distance from the Pegasus, and Frank shouted: "Now, Barney!" These words had barely left his lips when a score or more of tbe natives rUl!hed to the bomb to seize it. At the 8ame Juncture Barney obeyed Frank's orderl!. Wait!" shrieked the young inventor. His warning ,came too late, however, 'for tbe electric current .flash-e d into the wire. There sounded an explosion that roared like a battery of artiller y( the burst shell blew every man to pieces who surrounded it, and etlcompassed in a cloud of dirt, they rose in the air, torn to fragments. It was an awful warning to the rest, for they Il.ed, yelling, in all directions, and Frank took advantage of their panic to rush up to the turret. Shutting himself in, he started the helices wbirling. The Pegadus straightened up and rose. She forced \Jer way skyward through the opening she had first made among tbe trees, and quickly mounted to the clouds. Here she sped away to sea. Then she continued on over the course traversed by most ships bound for the United States. Several days passed uneventfnlly by, when one morning a yell came from Pomp in the turret that startled everyone. Dar's de Rover! D.ar's de Rover-a wreck!" His companions rushed out on deck and peered down. Floating 08 the ocean below was th'" dismantled wreck of the trad ing steamer, and a man stoorl on her deck wihlly signaling to the crew of the engine of the clonds. CHAPTER XLV. CONCLUSION. IT was very evident that the steamer bad fallen victim to the (ury of the cyclone, so deplorable was her conditioll. Frank studied her a few montents, cried to Pomp: Go dowu' to her; we will see what the man wants." Yassah," replied the coon, causing the engine to descend. As the Pegasus paused beside tbe steamer, the man rU8hed over to her Side, and he saw that he WIIS a sailor. .. For God's sake, take me off," he implored. "The steamer has sprung a leak and may founder al any moment!" .. All rigbt, come aboard!" eaid Frank, generously. ., You've got a good heart!" the man exclaimed. as he boarded the engine. I'm sorry I ever raisen a hand against you!" .. Where are your companions!" asked the inventor. All were taken aboard of a ship bound for Hong Kong. I was left to my fate in the hold. The cyclone ruined the ship." "Was Martin Mnrdock with them?" Yes, sir," replied the sailor. The engine was then raised in the ail' and headed for China. Frank -questioned the mnn and learned the details of their fight with tho storm and abandonment of the Rover. The air-ship was then headed for Hong Kong. She arrived thel'e in due time and descended on the suburbs. Frank and the sailor alighted and going to the city they sought the American consul. \ He told them that the ship wrecked crew had reached tllIl city in safety and all had been shipped for Ollifornia on the Pacific Mail steamer Confucius Kao two days previously. Frank was chagrined to learn that Murdo\lk was among them. He left the sailor to lind a berth and returned to wtlere he had left the Pegasus. The air-ship was surrounded by an eXCited crowd of Chinamon, all of whom seemed determined to bOllrd her. Frank's companions had resented this intrusion, but as the celestillis were persistent they prOduced their weapons. Upon catching view of the rill.es the Ohinamen became very much excited, and produced knives and pistols. Tiley brandished the hlades, anl opened fire upon the occupants of the ail' engiue with extreme insolence. Tile whole gang wera a lawless set of highbinders, whose main object was rObb e ry, and FranK's friends suspected it. They therefore did 1I0t hesitat e to lire \Jack at toem. Dl'iven t.ack by the shots, the Chine se seattered and ran. Some of the:n now saw Frank, and imagining that he was one of the crew of tbe Pegasus they ran for him Hu(1 it not lIeen for Barney and Pomp, he would have been killed, as he was totally nnarmed. The valiant Celt and coon shot out among the wretches as they charged on the young inventor. Several of tbe yelling borde fell wounded. A way was opened for Frank to the Pegasus, and he tan for her, and reached her side in safety : Hastening aboard, he put her helices in motion and she shot up in to the air. A howl of rage escaped the Chinamen to see her thus escaping, and they discharged a harmless volley after her! Up she Il.ew to' the clouds, then off she went for the sea. Frank's friends joined him. and be explained w hat he learned. "We must chase tbe Confucius across tile Pacill.c," said he; "she is bound for San Francisco." Holy smoke! Wha t a daisy rnn," groaned Reynard. It's back home Murdock bes goin' said Barney,' "How yo' 'specls ter cotch dat yere steamab!" Pomp asked. Why, by ascending Into the Solar Ourrent!" said Frank. "Orip pled as we are, we could not overhaul her. But that air cnrrent will add ten miles an hour to our speed." "Go up by all means then!" exclaimed tbe detective. Frank nodded, and sent the machine up several miles when they en tered the great current and sped along faster. From their great elevlt.tion tile voyagers could see the ships they encountered by means of their telescopes but failed to observe any uutil they neared the American shores, that tallied with the appear nnce of the PacIfic mail steamen. Frank made a computalion of the time made, and was delighted to lind tbat they had gained considerably on lhe Oonfucius Kao. Allowing knots an hour for her speed," said hl' t9 his friends, "we onght to relt.ch the Golden Gate almost as soon as she does." San Francisco came in view. Here they espied the steamer at anchor. She bad beaten them in! It was the final diaappointment. that Murdock had Ollce more escaped tbem, tbey lowered the engine of the clouds. and Frank and the (Ietective alighted. Inquiries soon developed the that the fugitive had only paused on shore long enough to procure some new clothing. He had then taken passage on the Union Pacific railrond for the East, having purchased a ticket through to Chicu.go. Learning what train he was on, and the time It was due In the Woite Clty, our friends hastened back to the .flying macbine, and resumed the pursuit reiemlt)ssly. Murrlock had six hours, or over two hundred miles start of them. Away shot the Pegasus over the continent. By catting across curves, nlld resorting to similar measures, o ur friends reduced the lead of the train. In two days they reached Ohicago. They were ahead 01 the cars. A quick descent was made. Frank and Reynard left the Pegasus and hastened to the depot, where they arrrived just as the train came in. Both were intensely We must noL miss him now," saict the inventor. "We have gone all around world after that man, and it would be terrible if we were to lose him at the last moment." He won't get away now," grimly asserted the detective ., Here come the passengers. Keep your eyes open." They stood aside as the people came thronging from the cars, and watched everyone closely. Suddenly Frank drew a revolver. There he is!" he muttllred. The next moment he had jtlmped in frent of Murdock, taking him by surprise, and n:med his pistol at the man's head. Y(;U are my prisoner, Air!" he cried. Canght, by Heavens!" gasped the fugitive, turning pale. "Hands up, or you are a de"d manl" Don't fire"! I surrendp.r." Up went MurdOCk's hapds, and Reynard handcuffed him. Some people tried to interfere, but a warrant for the rascal's arrest was show&, and they took him away.

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Jr Exploring Mexico in His New Air.. ive in Peril. Ship. 35 Young Sleuth's Oincinnnti Search; or, u. 36 Fighting the Sla,e Huuters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Stran:.;e C lew. Central Africa 36 Young Great Circus C&SP; or, Boreback Bill', 37 rhe Electric Man; or. Fran1c Reade. Jr., in Australia. Last Act. 38 'fbe Electriu Horse: or, Frank Reade, Jr . and HIS Fa-31 Young SleutLJ in New Orleans : or, TbeJ{een Detective's tber in Search of the Lost '1'rau80re of tile Peruviaos. Quiok Oatch. 39 lI'rank Rende, Jr., and Hie Electric 'feam; or, In Search 38 Young Sleuth's $100.000 Game; Of, Monte Carlo iu f"ew of", MissinR' Man. York. 40 Around the World Under Water; or, 'fhe Wonderful 39 Yonnl: Sleuth's St. LouiR Capture; or, Spreading & Cruise of a Subrnllrine Boat. DoabJe Net. Work-40 at the World's Fair; or, Piping a ing tor tbe Government. 41 Young Sleuth's J-'itteburgb Discovery ; or, 'fhe Keen 43 Lost in the r,Ilnd ot Fire; or, Across the Pampas in the Detective's Insurance Oase. Electric Turret. 42 Young Sleuth an'\ the King of Crooks; or, Tracking 4.4 Frank Reade, Jr. and liisQueen DHpper oftha Clouds, Down the Worst Man in York. Part 1. 43 Young Sleuth in the "Lava Beds" of New Yo rkj or. 46 FrAnk Reade, Jr., and His Queen Clipper of the Clouds, Tile 1'enderloin District by Night. Part TI. 44 Young Sleuth and the Bunco Sbarvs; or, The Keen De .. 46 Six Weeks in tbA Great Whirlpool; or, Strange Adventtectlve' s Winning Hand. ures in a Submarine Boa.t 45 Young Sleuth and ths Bryant Park MY8tery or, 'lhe U of the Air ; or, 46 A jockey. :: 47 Young Sleuth and the Express Robbers: or, Feneting 48 Best Race. 50 01', The Bedouin's Captive. 49 A Straie:ht ',l'ip: or, Young :SJeutb at tbe American 51 Frank Reade, Jr . an,d His Electric Air Yac.bt; or. 'rhe Uerby. I 52 of the Ai;; or, the :Searcb for the Mountain of Gold. Trncing & Strange 'frft.gedy of & Broker'tl Office. 53 From to 1>qle: Qr, Frank H.eade, Jr.'a;;trange Sub---62 !Sleuth and the Opera. House MY8tery ; or, Mur .. maT'1De dered Bebind the Scenes. 54 1'he Mystic B 'rRond: or. F.rank Reade. Jr., and His Over53 Young Sleuth Under the Docks of .New York; or, 1 h6 land Stft28 Ullon the Stakeo d Plains. River 'I'bieves lI. tld the Keen Detective. 55 Frank Reade, Jr., in the in the FarWestfor, TbeSearch 54 YOUHf( Sleuth and the Mysterious Doctor; or, A Medi-for a l.ost Gold Mine. cal Student's Dark Plot. 56 Frank Reade. Jr. With His Air Ship in Asia; or, A 65 Young Sleuth and the Rival Bank Breakers; or. The 57 Torpedo or. At 66 The Dark Mystery of a WAr With tue Brazilia11 Hahela. Eve. riB or,1'be 67 in the State-Room; or, 69 Frank Reade. Jr .. and Bis J:lectric Coach: or, The 68 Young Sleuth's Lon/it 'l'raH; or, The Keen Detective Search for the Isle of Diamonds. Part II. After the James Boys 60 Frank Reade. Jr., a n d His Magnetic Gun .. Oarriage; or, 69 Young Terrible DJ1emma; or, One Chllnce in Working for the U S. Mail One Bundred. 61 Frank R eade Jr:s Electrio Ice Boat; or, Lost in the 8} Younlr Sleuth and thp Murder at the Masked Ball; or, Lanc1 of Orimson !Snow. Part 1. Fighting t lhe Leaeue of tbe Seven Demons. 62 Frank Rende o Tr 'tl El ectric Ice Boa.t; or, Lost in the .61 Young Sleuth's Bi&' Contract; or, Olsaning Out the La.nd of Orimson Sno,v, Part II. Tbugsof Baltimore. All the above libraries are for sale by .all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of price. Adrlres'> P.O. Box 273'0. FRANK TOUSEY Publisber, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York. ) t