Frank Reade, Jr., with his new steam man in Central America

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. \ 'Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. I No.3. {!COMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHED, 3! & S6 NORTH MOORE STREET NEW YORK, New York, October 8, 1892. ISSUED WEEKLY. { l'JUCE } 5 CENT!!. V ol. I Enured according to t h e Act -of Congress, in the year 1 892, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.ffice of the Librarian of Congress, at TVas h i ngton D C Frank Qeaae, Jr., With His New Steam Man in CENTRAL AMER ICA ..

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2 FRANK READE, JR., IN CEN'l'R.A.L .A.MERIC.A. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the ;year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 27il0. / With His New Steam Man 1n America. By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Man in No Man's Land; or, On a Mysterious Trail," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. I And there to-day lies untold wealth all in the possession of the A STRANGE STORY FROM YUCATAN. anacondas. i . "Many attempts have been made by the natives to destroy the READE, JJ;J. the dtstmgmshed tuvent or .->f sr.akes. A great body of men once attempted it. Six of the snakes m_aclunes, and the new Steam Man, sat In hill htJra.ry one were killed, but th&re seemed to be fully half a hundred lPft. The place day readmg seemed alive with them, and a dozen men falling victims to the wonHis wife sat near him. engaged .m sone hght She sters the atte'mpt was abandoned. looked up to see a peculiar expressiOn upon her husbands bandsome "From that day to tbis uo attempt nas been made to recover the . Metlo toltl me tbat no white man ever visite'l the rel!:i m. "Wei_!, exclam_Jed Ft ank Jr., ,\VIth a whistle "The journey tbither is a dangerous one on account of hensts and of surpnse. I am pustUve that IS my old frtenll, wborn I poisonous reptiles. Yet I believe if. can htt made. I bave thought of at my word, thts brHaks all. U!3. you and your wonderful Steam Mau .and I feel sute that with the aid of WI.Jat IS It, Frank. asked Mrs. Reade, mth you and your wonderful invention the treasure can ue recovered. "Why! To.ny an .ultl cnllege mate or mwe, seems has Now, Frank, r humbly beg or you If possiole coma aowu !Jere and turned hiS w1ts to mmmg Thts has h1m dow_n to embark in this enterprise wiLl! me. Central Amenca, Yucat.a!1, and a cablegram Just been ecetved "Of course 1 have plenty of money, my father being a millionaire, in New s.tatmg that had become sepat.ated from bnt I have a powerful desire to visit ruined city or Mazeudla and and lost w the Jungle. For stx weeks he was seaicbetl for m vam. do battle with those anacondas ;; terrilJle." "I can do it alone, but I can succeed better with the nit! of your It IS than he fall:n a prey to Wild beasts. Steam Man. As a favor I beg of you to write me at once to Cam Yet fathet,, t?e miihonatre, Thomas of _New peachy. And now, my dear F:ank, hoping w bear from you soqn and out wnh an otlet o.r $50,000 to the I>' rson who IYIII furn1sh posntye favorably I am as ever your fneud. ToNY BucKDEN." proof that hts son IS alive, and brlug h1m 8afely bon! e." That is a large reward," ventured .Mts. Reade. "I hope some. .Fr.ank R:eade, Jr., drew a deep brea.th as he fimquired but a glance for Frank Reade, Jr., to recogfllze the sky want to interest you. While at Cam peachy I fell in witll a native larkers. trader from Valladolid. I was fortunate enough to do him a service 1 Tbey were faithful servitors of bis, and were named Barney and and gain bis friendship, and as a reward be accorded me a most as Pomp. tonisbing tale and secret. They were a legacy from Frank's and in all the famous "Be told me or bts travels in the interior through jungle and swamp young inventor'S" travels these servants had accollipaniecl him. and forest. Also of the deadly animals and reptiles, the poisonous Nobody could be more attached to a master than they were to it; sects, and all the great dangers and pitfalls of the traveler in those Frank. lttLitudes. And now, as they caught sight of him approaching, they straight-' But more than this, he told me a wonderful story of a ruined city eued up andboth doffed their hats. fnr up in the--inaccessible table land!! of Tanada. I "l'se done glad.to see yo', Marse Frank." "No doubt you are familiar witl! the ac, rouuts of ancient cities "I hope yez air well, Mtsther li'rnnk." of Palonque and others. Well, I imagine that rninea city, Barney and Pomp!" cried Fran!,, eagerly. "You are just the Mazendla he called it, is one of the same sort. fellows I want to see." But Metlo, which is the name of my informant, described a vast "Wburroo!" shouted Bamey. "We're ready for anytbin', Misther temple in which he said there was vast treasures of gold, silver and Frank, from a shindy to a ruction." jewels. But ever si nce aiscovered this temple has been a perfect "I don't it," replied Frank with a smile. "But here'e a letter nest of anacondas, and none of the natives have ever veuyou may read, and tell me what you ti.Jink of it." tnred into \be place. "A lett ber!" gasped Barney. "Only one man ever lived to get out of the place, and he brought He took the missive, and with Pomp at his shCJulder, it wasread by forth enough gold and jewels to insure his wealth for life. botb. Frank watched them intently.

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f FRA.NK REA.DE, JR., IN CENTRAL AMERICA. 3 It was evident that the letter had made a powerful impression upor::. J think it is the proper vehicle t o trav e l with th ere," agreed Frank them. I believe that tbe region wh e re your son will b e likel y lO ue found Well!" said Frank, when they had linished. "What do you thiuk is one of level sort,' fiat tai.Jle,..lands anti plains." of it!" I believe so!" "Be jabers I'd loike nothing betther than n go at some av them "All, well, I will promise to do the beat I c a n to s nve blm forty foot snakes. Shure it's a foine thrip that would be fer ther "I thank you!" Stbearn Man, Misther Frank." ._ A short whtle later Mr. Buckden took his d epart ure. Ki dar, Marse Frnnk!" cried Pomp, with eyes big as moons. Now that Frank's mind bad been ma(l e up to t ak e the t r i p h e l ost "Kaiu't dis cbtle likes snakes, LJuL yo kin jes' bet he'::! like to go uo tim a in m a king prepar'ltio ns. dar jes' de same." \ His father, when acquaiuteu with th e proje c t s h oo k his beau wist "Good!" cried Frank, "then if I conclude to go, you'U be all ready!" fully and said: "Yo kin jss' bet we wilL" "I only wish I was as young and supple a s I onc e was How I'd "Make no doubt nv that." like to go along!" "All right," suit! Fra11k; buttoning his coat closer, "be in readiBarney aullJ'omp were over-enthus iastic ove r t he project. ness for 1 may d e cide to go." They were on baud prompt ly and a ss iste d m the p reparutions. The young inventor went on dowa the street. Tlle wagon was quite spacious an t i would curr y n good deal. Pru In a few moments be came to the entran<1e or the big yards of the visions of a port aule kind w ere p a c ked, a n d plenty of ammunition. Reade Machine Shop. Frank took care a lso to supply himself w ith d rugs, fM he did not Here ut the emrance was the sumptuously furnished office. Frank forget that iL was a malaria l c o untry t h at h e w as going to. entered and au elderly patrician-looli:ing gentleman who was pacing One tiling was much in their f a vor, a n d t llat was the season or the t!Je tloor, excite dly rushed up to lJJm, crying: year, it beiug wmt e r. Are you Mr. Frank Reade, Jr.'l" Naturally the climate would not b e s o bot as in mid -summer. 1 am," replied Frank. Vvhen the r e p ort was sprea d that Frank Reade, Jr., and his S >eam '' 'l'hnnk God you have come at last! Here is_ my card." wer\l going to Central Ame ric n tile wiJole country was deeply Frank took it and rear!: mterestell .. THOMAS B ucKDEN, NEW YoRK CnY." Th e news pap e rs contained sketch e s of t h e you ng in ventor and his famous maclnn e "Indeed!" exclaimed the young inventor, atl'ahly. "I am glad to People trav e l e d hundreds of miles t o Reade s town for n look at the welcome yon here, Mr. Buck den I believe 1 I know your son well, great S team M an, the wonder of age. and--" Scientist s and explor e r s w er'e c o m i nually besieging Frank, and the "Oh, then yon r e memler him well," crie u the old gentleman, ex-young invent o r was quite wo rn out with the impoFtumties or mauy citedly. "Tha nk Heaven for tlmt! It will perhap iutluence you to wh e n the day set tor starting cam e accede to the r equest I have to make. O h have-!lave you h eard At length the t!ay c a m e about my son? -"" 'l'he Stea m Man was place d aboard a s p ecial ca r and sbipped t o Tew "I have heard that your s&n atlast accounts had become lost 10 Orl e an s direct. tbe jungle," r e plie d Frank. H ere Mr. Buckden h ad seen to t he c hartering or n steamer, aboanl "Yes, yes, hut w e believe that be has been cnptured and held a whi c h th e trave l ers w en t prisoner I.Jy a wild trilJe of savages known in that vicinity as the Ta-A trem endo u s c ruwtl were a t the w harf to cheer the Yoya0aers. nadas." It was n g reat d a y f or New Orleans "It is quite Jikely." But at l e u gth the s teamer's !Jell r u ng for sta r ting. "God grunt it may be so, Oh, sir, listen to no agonized father's Frank s h ouk ban d s wn r mly with Mr. Bur.kde n prayers. 'l'Lnly t ell me tbat you have the nece ssary equipment s and .. I feel s ure t h at you will rescue my sou," declareu the agonized fa are the only man who can go into thos e wilds and rescue my boy. ther. H eaven w ill ai a you. Now I am a w e al thy man and will pay--'' "I will do all iu my p o we r," said Frank, enrne s tly. "Stop!'' said Frank, imperatively. ''Do not speak to me of p a y! Til e s ch oone r cas t loos e f rom tbtl l evee and shot down int o ll w cur. I knew your son; he w a s my colle ge fnend. I am only too glr.d to be rent. A b a u d p l ayed, the peoople che ered, a n d Frank Rl'a d e Jr., abletogotobis .. id. Iwillsaytbismuch thatbeiore, threRd a)sl, B 'P d h s M 11 lf 1 1 shall starL from N e w Orleans with mv S t eam Mnn on board a specia l urn e y anu omp a o t e team au were ren Y 0 upon l Hllr t r P J to Centrjl l Am erica steamer for Cam peachy. You may if you cboo e see to the chartering A shott while l a t e r tb e t passed tb rourrh the J e tt ies a t t h e d e l ta of or the steamer... .... J .. A flee t if you wish it!" cried Mr. Buckden. .. Oh, accept rpy the Miss i ss i ppi, and w e r e in t ile wat e rs of the Gul f deepest gratitude, Mr. R eade, and-bring my boy back The voya ge to was not a long one and moa t pr o piti" I will try,'' r e pli e d Fran k ous. "dOt! biesM you! But this wllnderful Steam M an-I have never Wl 1 en at l e n gth t hey e nt e r ed t he B a y of Cam p ea chy t he mild l 'i ndA seen it." bre ez e and a view of the palm -s t lld(leu shore t:Jld them that tiJey "Ooine with me and I will b e glad to show it to you," said Fra nk. in a t ropic a l clime The young inventor led the way a l!igh roofeLI chamb e r \'l'ith To t he s urpnse of our vo yagers, a wnrm reception was n ccordcu large doors which opened out into the y nrd. them at O a mpeachy Here was a s1ght such as Mr. Buckden bad never se e n the like of. Th e S panis h p e o p le, e ve r o f an entbnsiastic, sportlonng turn, Standing in the center of the lluge chamber was the Steam Man, turned o ut in g r eet f o rc e t o welcome the distin g uish e d Vi
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I 4 FRANK READE, JR., IN CENTRAL AMERICA. correct as he could gather 10 detail from the natives who penetrated !lie interior. Frank had decided to proceed at once to the tableland of Tanatda. This point gained he believed that he could there learn someth ng more or the,.Jate of young Buckden. He consulted with every ne.tive guide and traveler who knew any-thing about the ro ute. 1 But now a curious thing occurreo. Every man he encountered see.ned to have a difl'erent idea of the table-lunda. Some were inclined to Muncbausen tales, while others pooh-poohen or boa-constrictor. In the monster's folds was a small wood fawn. It had been cruEh ed all to jelly by the powerful folds of the reptile. lt reared its head and recoiled as the Steam Man appeared on the scene. But it did not show fear, or seem to .care in the least for the machine. Indeed, it acted defiant and ready for battle. Barney shrugged his sboulgers and picked up his rifle. "Begorra, I'd loill:e to spoil the appetite av ther baste," he cried. "An' it's that same I'll do." So with this the Celt up and fired at the python. The effect was curious. 'I'he huge snake received the ballet in its sinuous folds, 'Snd a Jet of blood marked the course of the ball. Hissing Bavagely with pain, the python released the wqod fawn, aDd without an instant's warnmg charged directly at the man. In an instant Frank saw that they had commited on indiscretion. While to be sure they were protected by the steel screen of the wagon, y e t it was easy to reckon the of the python's attack. That monster's brown body came hurtling and hissing down the .6.1pe like an avalanche. than a railroad train the enraged python charged upon its foe. It would have required something more than an ordinary barrier to withstand such an attack. Frank saw this and made quick action. With quick hand, he seized the throttle rein and started the Steam Man ahead. Then he turned him face on to the reptile. He had barely time to do thi s when the monster struck the machine. _In a flash the folds of the reptile were wound about the Steam .Man. The foresight nod wisdom of Frank's move were once seen. If the snake ha(l struck the wagon, he might have crushed the screen with it leviathan folds. As it was, the air was instantly filled with the fumes of burning snake flesh. The huge snalte's body coming in contact with the almost red hot fire box or the Steam Man, feceived a terrific scorching, For an instant his soakeship did not seem to mind this and made terrific blows with his head at the screen. He strove in vain to reach the men within. Whurro!" yelled Barney. "Yez did a wondher!J! thin"' thin, .\Iisther Frank. Slmre, the big divil is burn in' up." o "Golly sakes, dat am a fac'," cried Pomp, joyfully. But Frank knew that the was not over yet by any means. It bad only just begun. Tbe monster, feeling the terrible effect of the bot iron, with an almost human-like cry unwouml itself quickly from the Steam Man. It went twisting and rolling about the plain in agony for a few moments. 1 In its course bushes were uprooted, the ground was torn and the air filled with dust. Frank knew that would last but a few moments. The enraged monster would soon recover ar.d renew the attack with ten-fold fury. So the famous inventor cook up his elephant rifle and thrust an ex-plosive shell mto the breach. Going to a loophole in the screen be took careful aim. Crack! The rifle spoke sharply. Straight to its mark went the shell. The next moment as it exploded the air was full or shreds tf snake flesh and Hying dirt. 'fhe shell bad torn a hole in the python's side, but had not destroyed the monster's life. 'l.'erribly enraged, the monster snake now seemed to !o;get its pain, and once more with mad fury charged down full tilt upon the Steam Man. Cl;IAPTER III. THRILLING ADVENTURES, TH:s crisis had come. Frank knew tllis, and that it would bn eithe1 victory for one or the other. If tbe python should succeed in ovenurning the wagon, h., might do great harm to t.he delicate machinery of tbe Steam Man. But E'rank did not intend that this should happen if he could help it. He got one more shot at the reptile as it came on with a fearful rust. Crack!' Once more the deadly elephant rille spoke. This time an explosive shell tore its way through the snake's side. Yet it did not inflict a mortal wound. "Heuvens!" gaspeu Frank. "Tl; mt snake has more lives than a cat." He essayed to meet the reptile as be bad done before. But the wily monster, this time evaded the Steam Man and made for the wagon. 'l'here was no such thing as turning aside that fearful attack. Like an avalanche the snake struck the wagon. Ha1 not tile wheels bE>en braced against a heap of stoue9, it would surely have been swept over upon its side. But, hy the best of good fostune it resisted the shock. Like a flash the snake's coils went twining about tiJ'e wagon_ They began to draw powerfully, and the metal work l.Jeg:!n to groan a111.l crack. Quick, boys!" shouted Frank Reade, Jr. Cut the folds in two wherever you can. But Barney ancl Pomp needed no bidding. .They already had thHir kilives unsheathed, and where the snake's body wu.s expgl!ed at the loopholes began to slash and cut. Frank with his ril1e tried to l!et a shot at the reptile's head. If he could only blow it otf with one of the shells, the battle would be ended. But the monster did not give l1im this op:>ortnnity. Something desperate needed to he done. ThP. metal work of the wagon thrtlatened to give way. Frank saw this and at once with his accustomed hardihood accepta desperate ch11nce. Throwing open the ctoor of the wagon, he s p rang out_ ':!'he reptile's bead was above the wagon, und Frank instantly fired at 1L. He was a dead shot' and, undobteilly, would have i.Jit it, had it not been for the gyratory motiOn. The reptiles attention was instantly attractP.d towaru Frank. Singularly enough, its folus relaxed aud it slid away from the wagon and started for the young inventor The snake was between Fraak and the c11ge door. He knew that if those deadly folds were to close about him, there would be little likelihoo d of ever alive. The snake had acted with the rapidiLy of thought. Frank bad not even time to thrust another cartridge into the breech or his gun. He started to run. For a few paces he made good time, hut what is .there on earth to equal the speed of an active python. Swift as the wind the monster wu.s upon him. Frank felt its bot breath, and saw for a moment its glistening jaws open over him Instinctively he threw up ane hand, and by chance his fingers clutched the monster's throat. Frank hung to this hold with a death-like gl'ip. -He felt the mighty coils closing about him, and then with the desperation of one facing certain death he clutched the hilt or his knife with his free hand. With all his strength he slashef. at the monster's throat. 'fhe 11rst blow half severeJ the head from tbe body. A huge jet of black blood spurted into ]'rank's face and nigh chok ed him. But though half sutrocated he made another blow. -The snake's folds began to loosen, and the monste.r writhed and tried to free itself. Frank instantly realized that he had won the victory and fought more coolly now. Once more be made a blow at the snake's neck. This time it severed the head from the body completely. The body of the snake went twisting and writhing a hundred yards across the plain, while Frank fell half fainting to the ground. Barney aud Pomp were quickly by his side and the Celtic cried: Be me sow!, Misther Frank, I did think yez wor done for, an' it was a good foigbt yez made to be shure. Are yez badly hurted?'' Not a bit, Barney," said Frank, staggering to his feet. It wail only a little faintness, that was all." Pomp turned a band spring. "Glory fo' goodnessf' cried the overjoyed "I'se jes' dat glad, Marse Frank, datI don' jes' know what fo' to do dat yo' was not hurt." The snake's body now lay writhing and twisting far oat on the plain. The did not go near it. They hnd had snake experience enough or one day and returned to the Steam Man .-(

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I FRANK READE, JR. IN CENTRAL AMERICA. "The next t ime yo u see a big s nake, Barney," snld Frank, "if he is not disturbing 1 s I think you bad better let him alone." The Steam Man now onc e more went on its way Every day now they p enetrated deeper into the jung l es and w il d fastnesses of this wi!dest country on Lbe Many strange s ights wer e seen and some thrilling were encountered. WiLh dittlculty the Steam Man found passage through the lowlands At times it was necessary to cut a path through a densa forest in ordet to reach claar c3untry beyoncl. But one day t h ey came out of a deep woou at the V6l'Y base or a mighty, volcanic mountain. Here ground was reucbed and a broad view enjoyNl. And from here a view coulu be had or a part of the uroaLI table lands or 'l.'anada. It began to look as if tue explorers would soon reach tile end of their jouruey. Now the table-lands were reached the next thing was to discover tbe ruined city of Mazendla. Thus fa r our adventurers had ( seen very few natives, and none of them hostile. Tho Stea,m Man journeyed all that day upon the broau table land of Tao ada. As night was comiog on, a location was selected for a camping place. lL was a green 8pot close to a bubbling spr!ng of water. Not more than one hundred yards uistant was a dense grove of trees. Barney and Pomp were busy aboard the Steam Man preparing the evening meal. Frank fancied that through the fo!iage of the trees be could discern the white walls of a building. Barney and Pomp could not see it, but Frank was sure that he could. The famous inventor exclaimed: "I am not sure but that we are in the neighborhood of the ruined city of Mazenclla. It may be that yocder grove of trees conceals it." "Begorra, Misther Frank, maybe yez are roight," declared Barney, "but be Mither Murphy's pigs, I can't see tl!at same with me own eyes!" "Can't you? Look sharply now to, the left." 'Barney strained his vision. "Divil a bit av it." "That is queer." "Bejabers, I think so." "Pomp, bow is your eyesight?" r "Golly, Marse Frank, dis chile kin see in de dark." "Well, just take a look over tbere and tell me what you see through those trees." Pomp readily obeyed. But he could see nothing but the dense green foliage. "Bejabers, the naygur can't see it if I can't," spluttered Bal'Jley. Pomp scratched his woolly head. "I mus' say, Marse Frank, datI kain't see none ob dat what yo' says." "Pshaw!'' exclaimed Frank, te8tily. "Neither one of you have good eyesight. It is p l ain enough to see." With this, tile famous inventor descended from the wagon. Barney and Pomp stood looking at each otber and feeling a bit ct estfallen. "Begorra, I can see it if yez kin, naygur," exclaimed Barney. "G'Iong, yo' fool I'ishman. l bas'n seen itm'se'f yet." "You fellowa look out for things until I come back," shouted Frank, starting toward the forest. Bar11ey grabbed up bis rille. Hould on a bit, Frank,'' he cried. "It ain't a bit safe fer to go off out there alone." "Jes' yo' wait dar, l'isb, I'se gwine wid Marse Frank m'se'f." "No, yez )Von't." '' Yo' jes' bet I will." The two zealous servitors were in imminent danger of a collision. But Frank turned and' said peremptorily: "Hold where you are. I am going alone. Look out the Man until I get back." This settled the question. Reluctantly .they turned back and Pomp went abo11t his cooking duties, while Barney gazed wistfully aftPr Frank and declared: "Be me sow!, it ain t safe for that man to go out tuere alone. I'll just kape me eye out a!l the same." So Barney proceeded to keep an eye out, while Pomp was busy nt his work. Reaching the woods, Frank entered without hesitation. He was confident that be bad reall een the walls of a ruined build-ing through the thick foliage. To his best "belief it was some part of the ruined city they wert> in quest of. But upon entering tbe forest, Frank found that progress was not so easy as he fancied. The vines and-matted shrubbery were almost impenetrable. The inventor, however, used a smallliatchet, and proceeded to cut his way thr ough. In this manner he had very soon cleared quite a path. But suddenly he was to a halt in o. most startling manner. Down through a network of vines he suddenly saw a glisten i ng pa:r of yballo. / To his startled fancy they seemed veritable balls or fire. nUll f or o. moment be could not act. They were fixed upon him with piercing and deadly Frank instinctively knew that they belonged to some wild animal Just what kmd of a creature it was he could not nL the moment tell. But he was satisfied that his position was one o! deadly veri!. But be was not one given to fear or hesitation. His mmd Will! quickly made up as to what to do. Quick as thought he brought hts rifle up and fired point lilank di rectly between tbe blazing eyeballs. The result was terrific. Frank bad presence of mind enough to sink down upon his just as a tremendous tawny body rose out of the shrubbery and sprang directly over btm. It was as he saw at that moment a monstrous puma or panther, called bv the natives lion. Indeed, tbe genuine lion is not a morA formidable beast to er.couu ter than the puma of Central America. It was a narrow escape that Fra nk bad bad. 'l.'be puma had sprung clear over him and tumbledJJendlo ng into a heap of brush, where b_e began to tlounder and make Lbe atr bideou with his cries. Frank was not sure whether he had. given the beast a mortal wound or not. Nor did belry to find out or follow up the He linew well enough what a band to hand enconnter with one or these n:onsters meant. He at once sprang out of the Jorest and starte d at full speed for the Steam Man. But what was his horror upon looking over his shoultler to see the lion coming after bim. CHAPTER IV. THE TEMPLE IN TDE WOODS. TrrE experienced by Frank Reaue, Jr., at tho.t moment, was a most sickening and horrib l e one. He knew that it would be easy for tbe p uma t o overtake biu1. To be overtaken meant death. But still he ran with terrific speed across the plain. Th:l panther was close upon him. however. But, just l>tlgan to look bad for Frank, a cry came rrou, ''ltl Steam Man. Barney bad been upon Lhe watch. He had heard the sbot in the woods, and knew at once that Frnnk was in trouble. He shouted to Pump: "Come up quick, naygur. Bejabers, the mastber's in a heap nv thruble. I ji s t beerd his rifle go aff yeuder in tho woou "Golly!" gasped Pomp, as be dropped his frying pan. dat yo' say, l'isb?" Barney seized tbe throttle rein and started the team Man townru the woods. It was just at the moment when Frank emerged with the hon him. The lion was gaining with tremendous boucds upon Frank. But Barney set the Steam Man after him with all Slleed. A terrlllc race followed. Pomp was at a loophole with his rifle. Drawing a bead on the animal, be fired. Barney lashed the tb ttl rein and did the same. Both shots took effect. But they did not stay the panther's coursP, though they drew n howl of pain from him. But every moment increased Frank's danger. He seemed cenuir. to be overtaken. "Be me sow!!" groaned Barney, in horror, "I be lave the dlvil will overtbake M1sther Frank. How many lives has the baste got, un} way?" But at that moment Barne y upon a happy ideo.. By the best of good fortune Frank's rille lay upon one or the seats. It contained an explosive shell and was a weapoc very deadly In its effects. It did not take Barney long to m ake use of it. Seizing the rille, be sprang to a l oopho le. The Steam Mo.n bad gained, and was but twenty yards from the panther. But the beast was within ten feet of Frank Reade, Jr. Just as be made a long leap to overtake his victim Barney tired. If.e'Ver there was a time m bis life the Celt needed nerve and accuracy of aim it was then. And straight to the mark sped the bullet. The explosive shell struck the pant bP.r full behind the shoulder. lt tore its way through thP. beast's bearL an d lungs. Death was in stantaneons. But the beast's body struck Frank and burled him upon his fnCP. And t.bere the famous inventor lay witb the panther's form upon him, with the bot blood surging over him in a stream. Barney <;Joseil the throttle, applied the brakes, and brought the Steam Man to a halt. Then the two faithful servitors rushed out or the cage o.n
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/ FRANK READE, JR., IN CENTHAL "Whurroo!'' yelled Barney, in delight and triumph. "We've saved yez, Mistber Frank, an' if we hadn't yez would shurely 'av' been kilt eut01rely." "Yes, I think I should," agreed Frank. "And I owe my life to you boLh. I siJall not forget it.'' The puma was tlle l;trgest of his kind that our adventurers had ever' seen. It was at the time or year that his skin was worthless, being mangy, so Lhat iL \Vas not nreserve:st marble, and occu pied by n bubbling spring with water as pure and clear as crystal. In water were fish of a peculiar green and vivld blue color, or tbe gold tlsb species evidently. It was certainly a beautiful spectacle. Pomp tasted vf the water. It was as pure and cool as could well be desired, and far superior to the usually found in that part of Central America. Passing by this they entered main hall of the pueblo, if such it could be called. It was a massive chamber, higt roofed, with polished columns. IL was a pei'fect wonder to tbe explorers, who could not conceal their amazement. J3ut at one end of the ball was a strange polished dais. Towards tbis Barney made his way. It seemed made of some peculiar kind of beautiful stone like agate Barney sprnng upon it "Bejabers!" be cried, "av this ain't the place phwere they'll set their idbl. If iver--" He did not finish his speech. In a twinkling a thing bap. pened The p,olisbed stone' owing to some mysterious and _inexplic able agency, turned Barney vanished !ike a .!lash. CHAPTER V. B.A.TTLE WITH THE PIGMIES. No sooner bad Barney mounted the polished dais, than with a swift movement it turned and he vanished into a black aperture be neath. He went out of sight so suddenly that nothing could have been done to prevent or save him. For a moment FraPk Rearle, k., Pomp stood aghast gazing at the treacherous slab of stone. "Great heavens!" gasped Frank. "What doesit mean? Barney! Where are y0u? Answer if you can." A long wail went up from Pomp's lips. "Lor' sakes, Marse Frank, he am gwine gone to hli! death. Dat big stone bah jes' crushed him to neath fo' suab.'' "It can't be-it must not be so!" cried Fra::k, with horror, and half insane, he was about to spring upon the stone himself, when Pomp pulled him back. "Fo' goodnrss, Marse Frank, non' yo' go an' do dat same fing!'' cried the alrrigbterl darky. "Yo' Will follow Barney, an' den wbatebber dis chile dr ?" "But we must know Barney's fate!" cried Frank, desperately. Again and again be called the name of his faithful setvitor. But I no answer ra,me back. I

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FR,ANK READE, JR., IN AMERICA.. 7 All was the silence of the tomb. \ I These people of the marble pueblo might be much the same. Frank Bathed in cold perspiration, Frank laid his hands upon the stone I began to believe that this was tlle way of it. and essayed to move it. The light which be had seen the night before was no doubt oy / But he couJll not do this. the workmen in laying the stone and mortar for the structure. What other resort he wuuld have tried, it is impossible to suy, but But where did they tinll bidmg places during the day? at that lllOment a waning cry broke from Pomp's lips. Were there chambers or c averns underneath the marble pueblo? "Fo' Hebbin's sake, Marae Frank, jes' yo' look yenJer. I done tin!{ Certainly the pigmy cohld not have disappeared so easily if there we bettah skip ro lie Steam Man." was not some method of. biding in some such manner. Frank glancell in the direction iudicated. Fraiik vaulted 1he parapet and to examine the stone walls. Through the arches of the temple be saw the court-yarl'l beyond. After some moments' to his surprise, as he touched one or Througb this, three huge tig!lrB were coming at full speed. the stones, it swung inward. There was not a moment to lose. A long, uarrow passage 1ark as Erebus was disclosed. In their exposed positiou Frank Lad no hopes of overcoming tliree _The mystery wns solved at such savage bruteB. This no doubt led to nuderground chambers where tbe pigmies Lhe method to pursue was to fly to the Steam spent their days. Mau. And now Frank believed that he bad solvel the mystery of Barney's Without furtiler and with one impulse, Frank and Pomp fate. star:ed. The Celt had no doubt fallen through one of the mysterious en-They sped through the court like a flasa. 011e of the tigers let out trances into the Gndergronud abode of the pigmies. a tremendous savage roar. The marble dais in the temple was tben, after all, but a curious All or the Sa\age beasts were in hot pursuit of the two men. sort of entrance to tte undergrounst aslonishing complication to Frank Reade, Jr. His complexion was the color or pa1chment, and his hair long, 'I'ht. pigmies were all armed with long lances and bore down toward black and wiry, hung down over his shoulders. the Steam Man. His keen eyes looking furtively out from beneath heavy eyebrows Frank pulled the whistle valve and let out an ear-splitting shriek. were fixed keenly upon the Steam Man. For a moment the ptgmies appearett to be literally paralyzed. He wns dressed in a ciirious-looli:iog suit of some sort of queerly. They were into the wildest Terror seemed to be woven cloth, a compromise betweec the garbof a Turl< and a native predommant, until the l!ttle old man _ran m front of them and ex-Mexican. horted them. In his hand he carrie1 a lorrg lance steel tipped. His words seemed to act like magic upon them. For & full minute he stood guzitw at the Steam Man. They re-formed ami-once more the outlook became senous. "Golly, Marse Frank," Pomp. "Dat am de funniest With bristling lances they once more advanced towad the Steam look in.,. lillie man I eber seed." Man. you're rigtit, Pomp," ..agreed Frank, regarding other There was no_evuding the issue now. r / wjtb mterest. "I! he is a specimen of the aborigines of this country Frank saw th1s at a, glance. tliey were a funny looking lot or people." He was averse to killing any of the stra.nge people unless comBut th.e fucny loojdng little man leaped down from his percb and pelled to. now advanced toward the Steam Man, and talking in Discretion seeme;l the better part of valor, and it appeared in order some s1range to retreat in as graceful a manner as possible ].frank could noL understand a word be said. Accordingly he started the Steam Man acro ss the court-yard. With The famous iuventor opened the door of the cage an1 stepped clown clanking tread the Man crossed the space. into the court-yard. This brought him out upon the roadway. The pigmies pursued At this the aoori?;ine came to a ha.lt not ten paces cistant. hurling their l a nces at the ca g e. He spoi\A to Fran 1;: in a strange tongue. But the steel netting was proof against them, and they f e ll off harm Fran!< did not attempt to make it out, but replied: lessly: "1 cannot talk your sir." However, FrankSaw that they were plannmg to annihilate the Again the little man Fr:).uk repeated his declaration. Steam Man with a buge log thrown across the roadway by a party The gesticulated furiously and swung his lance threateningly. who had head eel the Man otl. tried pacify him by resorting to signs. Tbe tree would prevent 1 he Man's progress in that direction, and Tins had some httle Frank set his lips grimly. The pigmy understood partly the signs Fraak made. "Th-ey are after our lives, Pomp. I hate to lire into them, but it is The young mventor pointed to the Steam Man and talked and gesself-defense." ticulatecl. 'l'he pigmy's confidence,eemed to be gained anti be ap "01:> co'se it am, Marse Frank," ..Protested Pomp. jes' a proached nearer. good rio-ht to shoot ellery one ob dem, fo'"Suah." "Now, Pomp," said Frank, "start the Man up a little." Frank picked up his rifle. Pomp pulled the throttle rein. The foe were swurll!ing tlown upon the Steam Man. The Steam Man gave a puft and began to move ahea
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8 FRANK JR., IN CENTRAL "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried the excitetl jcs' gib dem rasca.ls a bit ob a lesson." darky, "I reckon we'se "Be me sow!. but ai!!'t they bits nv men," he muttered. "No wan nv tlum is bigger nor a good sized Irish lad." "I thlnk we have, Pomp," agreed Frank, seen the last of tllis battle yet." tmt I fear we've not The pigmy women dressed much the same as .the men, and seemed to t>usy themselves in at the art. Tile young inventor's fears were not without foundation. The pigmies had been for a few moments repulsed by the deadly fire of the repeating rilles. But they bad by no means given np tile idea of capturing the Steam 1\lan. A large party of them had struck out into the forest, and now, as Frank started the Steam MaR for the table-land beyond, he was again quickly tlrought to a halt by a new Turning a bend m the road unexpectedly, be saw just ahead a large gang of the pigmies congregated there. '!'bey had felled several tall palms, and they lay across the roadway effectually blocking the passage of the S:eam Man. Afiairs had certainly reached a crisis. CHAPTER VI. Some time Barney spent 10 watchmg the people. The next moment he received the surpnse of} IS !Ife. For Heaven's sake!" said a voice at biB elbow. Is It possible there is a person in this place who can speak too?" Barney turned like a flash. 9 Tare an' 'ounds!" he gasped. Who the dtvtl are yez. On the other hand, Jet me ask the same Barney was facing a young mao, tall, sttatght and handsome. He was dressed in the garb of a native bur..ter, earned .a nOe. A moment previous he bad crept out of a mche lD the wall JUSt 10 Barney's right. The white men at each otner 1t1 amazement. "Well, I uiver!" gasped Bamey. Yez are not one of thee haythjns that own this place, are yez?"' "No. Are you?" Di\il a ui t." BARNEY MEETS A FRIEND, Who are you?'' BuT what of Barney, whom we have seen disappear iu such a mys"Me name is Barney O'Shea, and I'm a respictable Irish gintlemnn." terioas manner beneath the stone dais? "Good! Give me yonr hand. I am an Amencan, aut! the lndhThe astounded Celt felt the stone gtve way beneath him, but before man has no !.Jetter friend." ho had time to recover himself it had turned completely over, and be "Yez talk like a man, yez do," cried Barney. "I'm delighted to fPit himself through spaca and darkness. meet vez. But howiver did yez come here?" He struck upon his back upon some soft substance. "Well," replied the youug man, I was fool enough to step upou How iar be had dropped he had_no means of knowing. a revolving dais in the temple above, and--: ., All was darknass about him. He was quickly upon his feet, and "Bejabers. I came here that same way mestlf, erred Barney. began to feel about him. "So! Well we are in for it:'' The substance he had fallen upon he discovered by touch was a pile "Yez are roie-ht." of sort of soft cloth-covered cushions. 'fhe ,Celt was more than ''But what dfay I ask has brought you into this part of Yucatan?" surprised. Shure, I come here wid the Steam Illan, an' M1sther Frank Reade, "Begorra, whereiver am I at all, at nil?" he spluttered. "Phwat Jr., the worruld-famous invintor." sort av a place is this, I'd loike to know?" A gurghng cry escaped the otber's lips. This was a questton not easily answered owing to the dense gloom "Frank Reade, Jr.?" he gasped. "Do you mean to say that be is which enshroaded it. near here?" As soon as be could his scattered senses Barney got upoii "Well, I lift him when I fell down into this place." his feet and strove to pierce the gloom about him. "The deuce!" exclaimed the young man. excitedly. "Why, Frank Fo rtunately he had a small taper in his pocket. Reade, Jr., is an old friend of mine. I mpst see him. Look here, 1'ilis he lit and its light displaced the gloom about him. wbat brought him here?" Then he saw that he was in :1 squara cham bet of stone. "::liJure, he's lookio' for a man named Tony Buckden who got He was stanJing upon a pile of soft cushions. Auove him he could lost down m this haythin re,gion." see nothing but stone, just the same as the walls-about. "Well, is this not luck? Look here, man, I am Tony Buckden--" But leading out of this curious chamber was a narrow passageBarney threw up h1s arms. way. "The divil yez say!" he exploded, in a hoar!e whisper. "Shure, Barney started towards it, hut at this moment bis taper wont out. I'd ought to have guessed that, an' Mr. Frank will be deloigbted to Tae Celt muttered something not very polite and was about to light see yez. it again, when be beard a creaking sound above, and dark forms "And I shall be delighted to see him!'' cried the millionaire's son, came hurtling down through the gloom ant! str11ck the cushions near for such he was. So he answered my letter in p3rson!" him. "Yis." Barney's eyes had become partly accustomed to the dim light, and a And be has the Steam Man here?" momentary flash or daylight as the stone at>ove turned showed him Shure enough." the personnel or the intrudera. "Then the success of my plans are assured!" exclaimed Tony, jubi At first he bad instinctively fancied them his companions Frank and l:mtly. Tbat is, if we succeed in escaping from here." Pomp. Shure we must do that," declared Barney, confidently. But second thought taught him better judgment. Iustinctively he At thts moment there arose a great commotioli among the pigmy shrunk. back against the wall. people. The two new-comers with exclamations in a ptlculiar tongue quickly cries arose, and us with one accord they rushed from the picked themselves up. place.. In less than no time the place was cleared. Before Barney could fully recover from his ama:;Jment they had Tony Buckden and Barney were not a little surprised. gone. "I wonder what that means?" exclatmed the New Yorker. "Bejabers, I see it all now," the enlighterted Irishman, Bejabers, there s no tellin' but that they've beard of the Steam this is only a quare sort av a dure by 1vhich the omatlhowus "enthe1 Man and that's pbwat bas drawn thim away." their undherground abode. Well, now, that'a quite clever, but bow-, "By Jove, I don't know but that you are right. Barney," declared iver am I to git back agin with l\1isther Frank au' ther naygur!" Buckdeu. "At any rate, it looks to me like a very good opportunity This was, indeed, a problem. 1 to escape. Barney again lit his taper and looked in vain for some method by I "Shure, it's a foine chance." which he might climb out of the place. N6t one of the pigmy people were left in the place. This was impossible. Of ccurse Barney and young Buckden did not hesitate a moment to There s eemed but one way, and this was to follow the passage which avail themselves of the opportunity. the tlilw-comers bad just taken. Buckden led the way and they crodsed the broad chamber ancl came Barney made no douht that they were or th(l strano-e people who to a passage which !eemed to lead upwards. bad builL the temple, b.ut he was not by any means that tiJey There were stairs cut in the stone, and up these the two imprisoned would be especially friendly to like himself. men sprung. f "Bejabers, it's well to 1irst git acquninted with the nature av the A moment later they came out into the main body of th o temple. baste," he muttered, "an' thin av it's all right go a)1ead." Now they could hear the crack of lire-arms and the yells of the plll'my This was sound logic, and it was well f'or Barney that he people. adopted It was at the moment when the Steam Man was about to leave the The strange people would not bave received him cordiallv and court-yard and had been attacked by the nativea, if such they could be indeed his precaution may be said to have been the saving of hl; lire. called. But there seemed no other safe method of procedure !Jut to attempt Both Buckden anq Barney could see the beads of the contestan t s be-_,.,--the yond a wall of stone. -' Accordingly_ Barney it. It was_their impulse to go to the aid of Frank and Pomp. '" He kept on 10 the darkness cnutLOusly for a short dtstance. But tbts was seen at once to be clearly impossible. Then be saw a ray of lw;ht ahead. They could not hope to successfully fight their way through the Also from the there carne t:he murmur of many vmces. crowd of people. Moreover, a tbrillino-danaer now confronted the Barney kept on wltli mcreased caut10n now. "' "' Ve;y soon he saw that the passage would bring him (nto a mighty The three trained tigers from whom Frank and Pomp bad so nnrunder the temple. rowly escaped were gamboling in the court-yard. Otllamps of varwus grotesque shapes furnished the means of iiooht,l If they should chance to catch sight of young Buckden and Barne1 and a dense throng of the most curious looking people he bad the result would not be pleasant for tbem. seen were present. Clearly tbe safest way for the two adventurers was to out of Barney gazed upon the scene wttb great Interest. i the place and gain the forest beyond.

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FRANK READE, JR., IN CEN'L'RAL AMERICA. 9 Then tl:ey m1ght trust to in rejoining the Steam Man. Cer tainly it was the !.Jest method to pursue. 'This Bnckden at once proceeded to do. He led the way boldly across the court-yard and to a wall at its extremity. Fortune favored them, and they reached the wall in safety. Vaulting it, they dashed into the forest. Once among the thick undergrowth they were safe, at least tor the time. "Whew!" exclaimed Buckden, suddenly pausing and wiping the perspiration from hi's face. W-e did that in tine shape, did we not, Barney?" "To be shure, sor," replied the Celt with a chuckle. "Now what shall we do!" "Shure, I think we had betther thry and foind the Stheam Man," said Barney. "Of course, but how sball we proceed to do tbat?" "Well, bejabers, I think the bist way Is to make a cut through the woods here amL thrust to good fortune to foind Misther Frank out on the open ground. I'm thinkiu' he'll 'ave to return there aflher Iavin' this place, fot shure." "All right," agreed Buckclen. ''Fortunately I know a path that will lead directly there. In fact, I came here by it. : "That's good luck!" cried Barney, joyfully. "1t's dyin' I am to get the Stheam Man once li;!Ore:" "Well, we will try it hard!" declared Buckdeu, leadiug the way. Come on, Barney." They sel out through the forest without further comment. Buckden found little difficulty in finding the path by whiCh he had entered the place. A.lor.g this they sped swiftly. Soon the foliage began to grow thin ner and straggling rays of light ahead showed that they were approaching the verge. A few moments later they emerged entirely from the forest anti came out upon the vast table-land. As far as -the eye could reach extended the lev e l expanse. Barney and u:s companion swept the plain eagerly with tlleir eyes for some trace of the Steam Man. Barney felt confident that the Man would return to the .open plain. Therefore it was with a glad cry that he suddenly poi:Jted down the line of forest. "Lnkl" be cried. "Wu:l yez see the loikes av that! Be me sow!, we're in luck, for it's the Sthearn Man!' Sure enough, CO)IIing along the edge or the forest at a rapid speed was the famous Steam llfan. r Frank Reade, Jr., was at the throttle, and when he saW'Barney waving ius arms he pulled the whistle valve open and sent up a shriek of welcome. "Well, they didn't know anything about it," declared Tony, sententiously; _"then you got my letter?" "Yea." .. "And yon have answered it in person. Just like you." "Look here, Tony," said Frank, seriously; "I was sent here by your father to look you np and bring you home." \ Humph!" exclaimed Tony, with a shrug or his shoulders. That is the truth." Well, I'm not ready to go home yet." You are nott" "No." "WQy not!" Because I pl'opose to find the ruined city and its treasure first. l thought that you had come here to help me." Do you believe it exists?" Of course I do." "Near here?" Why, I believe that we are not ten miles from it." But if it is inhabitee sure that he was very much in earnest. He would not leave his purpose unaccomplisheu, even thou21t it coat him his life. There was no doubt but that with, the Steam Mau the countn could be safely explored. -Frank was a tritle skeptical now as to the real existence of )!a zendla. But be reasoned that it would do no great harm to give at least week to explorati on. In that time, no Tony would be satisfied, am\ then or course would willingly retur-n. So Frank extended his band. "All right, Tony," he declared, "I am with, you." "Good for you, old pard!" cried Buckden, joyfully. "I knew yon would do it. Now for Mazendl"." But. I must say I have .. no idea of the location of the city." -"But I do." "You do?" "yes! Where is it?" "I learned it from a native." "Ah!" "Go due east across this table-land. When a tall, sugar-loaf shap-TIIE WONDERFUL CITY ed mountain is directly ahead of you, bear to the ri2ht and enter n CHAPTER VII. THAT the Steam Man had esca.Ped !rom the attack of the pigmies, canyon. It will take you directly to Mazeodla, the most worH.Ierful this would make certain. d cities." Straig3t for the 'barrier erected by the foe Frank: sent the Man. A.ll right," cried Frank. "We will follow your directiOns. All When twenty yards frot:Q it, he closed the throttle a.ud applied the aboard, everybody!" brake. A.ll scrambled into the cage, anJ Frank set the Steam linn in "Now, Pompy!" he cried, "it's a fight for life." motion. "Yo' kin jes' bet on dat, Marse Frank," cried the plucky darky. 'l'he temple in the forest and the strange race or pigmies were left "We must not waste a shot." bPhiml. Nothing more was seen of them. "Not a oue, Marse Frank." The Steam Man rapidly crossed the plain. A.t the loopbo!Gs the two a
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10 FRANK READE, JR., 1'he widetstreet, which seemed to extend for miles through this mam moth city, was paved with blocks of a species of sandstone. Between the stones grass had grown up, and in places trees had at-tained a great height. Palms grew and flourished upon the roofs of many of the bu1ldmgs, and everywhere clinging vines bedecked the ruins: It was a wonderful sight, and one wl.Jich our adventurers never forgot. The sight of this wonderful city of ruins awoke many strange thoughts and sentiments in the breasts of all. The one question occurred to each: What manner of people bad built this wonderful city, how many centuries ago, and wtat bud be come of them? How long had it been since the feet of human beings had trod these streets! It must have been many centuries previous, as the appeara_nce of the buildings would proclaim that they bat\ not been erected m very recent times. .A.ll this must remain a mystery. One day a powerful race bad here flourished, enlightened, civilizeu, and certainly intellectual. Now nothing remained of them but a few crumbling palaces. It was a wonderful thingto tJOoder upon. Indeed, the more one studied upon it the morE>" befogged one became. What had carried off this vast nation of people? Was it a pestilence, or a war of exter!I)inatiou, or had their seed by some strange fate exhausted itself and they become extinct as the llotlo or the megotherium, or any other antedeluviau animal? There was nothing at hand to answer this question, aod there seemed no other way but to accept it as a mystery never to be solved. The Steam Man jogged leisurely the broad street. Toe occupants of the wagon gazed w1th wonder upon the stupeod-ous plies upon either side. 1 Suddenly Barney gave an exclamation and picked np his rifle. From one of the buildings a spotted leopard llad leaped. 1'he pretty creature crouched for a moment in the Steam Man's path, snarling and defiant. "Begorra, ain't be a beauty?" cried Barney, eulogistically. Shure, I'm goin' to have the skin of baRte." So without a moment's hesitation the Celt drew aim and. fired. The leopard ga\Cll a quick, sharp yelp of pain, leaped in the a1r and fell uend. The bullet had sped true to the mark. Barney was a dead shot. "Hooray!" cried the excited Iriahrr:an. I flunked him just off. No1v av yez plaze, Mistber Frank, .will yez jist bowld an wac min nit?" Frank. could not refuse this request, so he brought the Steam Mau to a halt, saying: Pshaw! You don't want ekin, Barney. It is of little use." "Don't I?" exclaimed the Celt. "Yez kio jist bate I do. I'll take it home to me friends fn Arneriky, an' tell tllirn what a foine shot I am." "' Barney opened the rear door and leaped out of the cage. He went directly up to the leopard, n.nd was about to lift the creat ure upon his shoulders, when a thrilling thing occurred. Suddenly, from the same building, four more of the savage animals appeared. / They saw Barney, and without further ceremony came for him a tlasb. The Irishman saw his predicament, and knew t3at be was in deadly peril. It required but a moment for him to act. Wh urroo!" hey elled. "I'm a son av a say cook if the woods ain't full av the divils. Luk out there, yez spotted imps. Be off, I say." Barney fired at the first Jeopard, aod the shot struck the animal's shoulder. For a moment it wavered and then tumbled in a heap. But the next moment the three leopards left were upon Barney. The Celt went to the ground like a teo-pin. It began to look as if his fate was surely sealed. Wi!. h three of the animals upon him he wotrld speedily have. been clawed to death. But fortunatjllY for him Barney had valuable allies in the three friends aboard the Steam Man. .. A startled' cry carne from Frank's lips as he saw the leopards ap-pear. He at once snatched up his rifle. "Ilen.vens!" he cried. "Barney will be killed." Pomp and Tooy were no less quick in also coming to the rescue. All three fired. As chance had it all fired at t!Je same leopart the appearance of this It was deemed best to keep to the main thoroughfare. At intervals a halt was called before some wonderful building of cur1ous architectme and time was spent in studymg it. "Look here, Buckden!" said FranK, tlnally, "how is this? What of that temple you wrote me about, which was so abundantly stocked with anacon:las?" "Oh, that is a good from here," replied Buckdeo. "This street I believe extends for a of twenty miles. Half way to the other end is a public square and there we will lind the temple. At least, ao,.I was informed by, the native, Metlo." "Very good! then we shall be on the lool(out fw the anacondas." Tlie wonls were not out of Frank's mouth when a waruwg CI'Y came from Bamey who was at the forward end of the wagon. "Lnk out fer yesilf, llfistber Frank!" he cried; there's a big Jog acrost tile road an' if yez don't luk out we'll be overtur!led by it." Frank quickly closed the throttle and applied the brake. Right across the Steam Man's path was what looked like a log of palm, and it stretched from a clump of palms to a thicket which grew out of the paving stones full tbirty feet away. But quick as he had been Frank was not in time to prevent the Steum Man from stumbling against it. The reanlt was terrHyiug. 1'he log was instantly an animated creature. Quick as a flash it bounded in air and ran up in huge coils, while the savage head of a huge anaconda emerged from the palm clump. Before Frank could make a move to retreat, the big snake had thrown its giant coils around the wagpn and over the cage. Tl!e huge head was thrust against the steel uettwg, seeking an open in g. "Tare an' 'ounds!" yelled Barney in terror. ".A.v it ain't anothP.r wan ov the snakes! Be me sow!, he's puttin' his head-in at the windy!" was a terrifying fact. The anaconda's head suddenly was thrust through one of the port holes. Tl!is chanced to be one of large circumference and the snake's whole body begau to slide into the cage. Frank Reade, Jr., seized a hatchllt and made a blow at the Bot the replile's head struck him in the breast. and lmocked !Jiln over. Its ke&n fangs tore his shirt and lacerateu his flesh. When be picked I himself up he was alone ir. the wagon with tile snake. 1'he nnacon
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I I 1 FIUXK READE, JR., IN CEN'L'RAL AMERICA. 11 After him witb despairing souls ran {he explorers, vainly trying to 1 The others dicl work quickly. overtake him. Barnev raised his rifle and took aim at the monster's bead. In the cage, unable to extricate himself, the huge anaconda was It was an uncertain aim, as the snake's head kept gyrating and taking an enforced ride. moving about in a lively manner. What more strange or thrilliogpredicament could be But by great good luck the bullet struck< tbe monster's lower jaw. Down the avenue went the sttange procession. The Steam Man It was instantly broken aud hung limply. The snake gave almost a went on and was soon out of si through a vist" of trees and overshriek of agony, and its fohls partly relaxed. hanging vines. Instantly F-runk sprang forward and made a blow at the Tile sMiousness of the affair to o1:r ad\enturers could not be esti with llis knife. mated at the moment. It was a lucky lllow, and cut a deep gash in the' monster's body, L-eft iu that terrible wilderness to find their way on foot back to half severing It to the backbone. Campeachy was not a pleasant thing to contemplate. Barney also rushed upon the snake. 1'1Jere did not seem to remain any doubt bnt that the Steam Man j Tlte monster mlltle a tight, however. Its mtghty coils rewoulc l keep on uctil it should come in disastrous calliswu with some 1 laxed, and it dropped Pomp from them and began to thmsh about in object. fury. 'l'he would almost surely be to smash the machinery, and in Frank and Tony Buckden were knocked down lika puppets. that out of the way part of the world it would be by no means easy to The Sltuke 's huge body lit erallv filled the huge chamber, and thrashrepait it, iug about so furiously bpt our explorers one moment upon their feet All these misgivings and fears a ssa iled the explorers. and the next upon the lioor. Frank Reade, Jr., ''as possessed or iron nerves. Hacking a t the r eptile with his knife,. Frank bad icllictecl many But if there was a time in his life wlten those nerves were wounds. ly tried, it was now. Blood flowed in torrents, and the reptile was evidPntly weakening. It diLl not seem to him possible that the Steam Man could Barney at an opportune moment raised his clulJbed rilie and made unharllled. a blow at the snake's head. "My soul!" he gasped, as he staggere\1 on. "We are lost!" It was a lucky stroke. Indeed, it seemed true. The reptile was almost instantly brained, and the battle was over. Yut tile oxplorers ran on, hoping at every turn to see the Steam --,./ Man all sale aud sound. But they seemed doomed to disappointment. a terrible cry :vent up from Barcey. "Howly Mitller! Luk,outl" he yelled. is that ahead of us?" t' Every one came to a halt. Ju s t ahead of tbem lay what looked again like a prostrate palm trunk, but the experienced gaze of our adventurers now proved its true character. It was 11nother huge anaconda which was stretchi'ng itself across the roadway. The long, sinuous horrid body, ir, its proportions, was truly a terrifying thing to look at. For a moment our adventurers stood looking at it with dism -ay. It had extend a. itself across the street, no doubt just after the Steam Man bact p ussed else the .Man would have cut it to pieces. "Glory !o' g.>odness!" cried Pomp, "whatebbcr will dis yer chile do? Ugh! I uebhe'\did like snakes!" "Nor r; Pomp!" cried Tony Buckden, with a sbiver. "What shall we do about it, Frank?" "DiscreLion is valor'fs better part," said Frank. We will not try to cut our way tltrough the foe this time, but rather go around it." "Good!" cri e d Tony. "But can we do it?" Tile avenue waafully one hur.dred feet wide here. It seemPd eaey enough to go the othAr side of the line of palms, and the explorers m;1de a move to do so. But Liley nad barely reached the other side of the avenue wllen a thrilling thing occurred. 1'be space between the palms and the buildir. g s was hardly ten f eet. Suddenly, as they were passing thr o ugh this narrow space, there was a rustling sound above, and a long, sinuous body shot down from a window or one of the"buildiugs. The next moment Pomp was encircled the folds or a huge aaacoutla. A startlec! yell went up from the astonished darky. The others recoiled in amazement and horror. Then, before any of -tbem hacl time !o act, Pomp was drawn up like a puppet and through the window above, I He .vent out of sight like a qash. But u tremendo'l'ls uproar was beard in the building, and the pound ing nnd thumping of heavy bodies 'Yas heard. Pomp's cries for h elp were agonizing. For a few moments our adventurers so overcome with horror that they hardly .knew how to act or what to say. "My G'll !" cried Fmnk Reade, Jr., "Pomp is being killed. Why do w e stancl here inactive? We must save him!" "Right!" cried Tony Buckden. "Come on, friends! Lively, now!" No second bidding wasneeded. Into thb they rushed. Some long stairs were encountered. Up these they sprung. This brought them to a landing above, and into a large cham6er. Up thro11gh this and through the fallen roof there grew a high palm tree. Partly wound around the trunk of this were a part of the snake's r' 'COils. 'fhe other part of the snake's body was wound about Pomp. and the darky was seen to be unconscious, and fot aught his agonized frienda knew, dead. The monster anaconda's bead was erect, and ferked tougue was darting from its mouth as it facecl the new-corners angrily. Fmnk Reade, Jr,. saw that If Pomp was to be sr.ved, quick, work must be made. With a long drawn breath the youug inventor sprang forwllJ"d, cry/' lDg: "Aim at his head, friends. Work quickly, for I fear Pomp is dead." But no further atlj uration was needed. I ) IX. INTO THE DEPTHS. THE battle was won, but what of The darky lay in an inanimate heap upon the stone floor. Frank was quickly by his side, however. His first niove was to feel the darky's pulse. With a cry of j oy he reached for a whisky flask which produced. "lie is aliver' he cried, him." "It is about certain that we shall save This, however, could not yet be determined. The darky bad suf fered quite a severe squeezing, and there was no certainty that bones had not been broken. Frank applied the whisky to Pomp's lips. Then the others rub heel his hands and feet vigorously. In a few moments Pomp gasped and opened his eyes. "Glory for goodness, .Marse Frank," he whispered, hoarsely, "am dis chile been sabed 1 I done fought I was a gone coon ." "You're all right, Pomp!" cried Frank, joyfully. "You're nrc you can move without pain, are Try and roll over." Pomp did as he was bid. To the joy of all it was discovered that altbouf>h the d::uky had experienced quite a severe squeezing h e was practtcally uninjured. In a few moments he was able to get upon his feet He was a trifle stiff ancl sore, but this bid fair to desert him in a. short while. Then it was seen that the anaconda was a. monster. Indeed its huge coils seemed to occupy the larger part o( the chamber. All had good reason to congratulate themselves upon their e cape from what might ha'Ve been death for Pomp at least. But now that the affair was over there was no use in further 1 waste of time in the vicinity. It was necessary at once to continue their quest for the Steam Man. Accordingly they started to descend the stairs. But the incidents of the moment were by no means spent. A strange and startling thing occnrred. No sooner had Barney put his foot upon the topmost; stair!:! than the whole affair crumbled and fell. Down went the Celt through a cloud of dust and rotten stone. It was a sudden happening and took the others quite off their guard. "Heavens!'' cried Frank, recoiling "What does tbat meau ?" "'.rhe stairs have given way!" cried Buckden, with horror. "Barney has gone down with them. "l(e is likely killed." "Massy sakes alibe!" cried Pomp, wildly. "Dat am awfuL \\e must do somfin' fo' to sabe Barney." But now as the dust cleared, a horrible realization dawned upon the explorers. At their feet y awned a d ark abyss. How deep it was tbev cOlftt! not guess, for the stairs and the floor beneath had ancl gone down vdth Barney. The bottom of the abvss could not be seen. It was safe to assume, however, that it was really a cellar under neath the building, and therefore not more than a dozen feet or more in depth, Frank leane d over and shouted: "Barney! If you are alive, answer mel" "Shure an' I will that, Misther Frank," came up the Celt's voice from the abyss. "It's not kilt I am." "Are you badly hurt!" "Shure, an' not a bit av it, Misther Frank. Only a bit av a bruhe on me head an' me arrum. Oi'm all roigbt," "Thank Heaven for that." But the question now was, how were he three men to from their aerial There was no other stairs, and it was a little too great a height to risk a jump with safety But Frank Reade, Jr., was not the one to be long in a quandary. He quickly hit upon a plan. Ad v anciog to one of the windows, he looked down to the pa 'l"e ti\,ents below. I

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12 FRANK READE, JR., IN CENTRAL It was a height of possibly twenty feet. But a jump was out of the question, However, some stout vines grew over the face of the building. These offered a good safe hold, and by means of Lhese the three explorers clambered down to the ground floor. The first thing to do now was to rescue Barney. It was found, however, that the redoubtable Celt did not require any assistance. 1 He had dispovered a way to clamber out of the cellar, and in a moment came rushing out of the ruin. Congratulations were in order over the happy escape of all. The incidents of the day had their effect upon the explorers. Already Tony Buckden had begun to sicken of the enterprise. He had really gained the end he soug!::.t, which was to visit the city of :M:azendla. Of course he had not as succeeded in locating tlie treasure spoken of by the Indian. guide :M:etlo. But the treasure was only a slight inducement for Tony to remain amid tne innumerable perils of the Central American wilds .. He had in fact more money at his command than he could expend, and, of co.urse, gold had little temptation for him. As for Frank Reade, Jr., the treasure had not constituted the ob ject of his visit. That he had already accomplished in finding Tony Buckden. Not one in the party but was badly disaffected and wanted to go holf:l:e. "I jus' fink home am de bes' place aftah all,'' said Pomp. "Begorra, that's thrue," sang Barney. '-'-Be it iver so humble there's no place loike home aven av it's in a pig pen." "Good!" cried Frank. "Well, we will soon give you a chance to see home, boys, if we can find the Steam Man inta.ct." -"Which Heaven grant we may," said Tony, fervently. Then you're really ready to go home, Tony 1" "Oh, yes. I am anxious to; the way of it is, I have sickened of roaming in this accursed clime. Father says he will take me into Wall street with bini, and I'm going to accept his offer." Good for you, Tony 1" cried Frank. "It is a good time for you to settle down." "I shall do it." They weve now once more pushing their way along the avenue. The Steam Man did not seem to be anyw here in sight. What was the fate of the invention tliey could only guess. They pushed on rapidly. Suddenly they came out into what seemed like the plaza, or pub-lic square of the city. Buckden, for aught he knew, had fallen to Lhe center of the earth. The_young inventor was overcome with horror and al?ony. Something must be done 1" he cried, wildly. He must be saved!" Bul; what was to be done l It was an awfql question. For a moment Fran)>: knew not what answer to make. He stood like one in a trance. Then he made sudden and swifc :action. He threw himself flat upon his and '!houted down into the abyss of darkness. "Tony!" "he cried, at the top of his v oice. "Where are If you can hear me, give me an answer!" But no sound came back. All was the stillness of the grave. It seemed as if TonY. Buckden's fate was sealed. Certainly, if alive and uninjured, he would answer. Frank shouted again and again. But no answer came back from the awful stillness below. It was lik e the silence of the grave. A queer sensation came over Frank. He felt as if likely to faint. A cold perspiration broke out upon him, and he seemed dizzy and sick. Then a strange and awful thing happened. Suddenly and without warning, the stone beneath him began to slide. He felt himself going, and made a spasmodic efforL to save himself. In vain was this. Just as he wa> about to recoil from the verge of the awful pit, there was a grinding sound as qf mortar giving way, and then, 1 wholly unable to save himself, Frank went headlong into the abyss. Down, down he felt himself going. He clutched at the air wildly a sense of suffocation, then he felt a sudden shock and knew that he was in water. It seemed as if his breath must leave his body before he came up out of this water. Comiug to. the surface, he drew in a deep breath, and then struc:k out to swim. The water was icy cold, and he knew that its depth must be great. Also, he believed its extent to be considerable, as the reverbera tions coming to his ears were far-reaching and loud. Frank had no means of knowing into what sort of place he had fallen, or what was to be the outcome of this adventure: Here wonderful sights were presented. Mammoth ruins surrounded the square on all sides. CHAPTER X. These were overgrown with vegetation of all kinds. THE SEALED CHAMBER. Clinging vines adorned the walls, and huge trees of the decidu-BUT he did know that he was in the embrace of some under-ous species grew out of the roof and piltjs of moldering stone. ground lake or reservoir of water. Everywhere all was desolation and decay. I That it was not a river he was assured. as there was no current But one building, massive and commandii)g, with huge pillars of whatever. some strange blue stone, seemed comparatively well preserved. I Involuntanly about for This building at once attracted Tony Buckden's attention. I There was a famt square far a.b_ove h1s head. This he knew must He clapped his hands excitedly. be the aperture through whwh he had "As I live!" he declared, "that looks like the temple described Certamly t)lat must have been a fea:rful dtstance to have fallen. by Metlo,l' I To have surv:1ved that fall seemed a miracle. "Indeed I" exclaimed Frank But that ltght was too far awa_y to be of any serviCe, "That is. the All upon the surface of the underground lake was Stygian black" But where are the ness. Where 1" I I don't know where I am, nor if I shall ever get out of here The two men exchanged glances. alive," the you_ng inventor, "but I must try. I will swim _Certain_ly, there was f!Ot a ?ig snake in sight. But after all, this to do. not disprove Metlo s ::rtory Striking out he forced his way swiftly through the water "De snakes,may be dar all Frank, Pomp. Pausing to rest, he suddenly heard a startling sound near him. Of courRe, agreed Tony. That IS log1cal enough. It was a splash ih the water \Vhat shall we do "Enter of course." first Frank mstmcttvely_thought of th_e pres':nce of some sub" It is well to proceed with care." m,?nster,_ r.e.collection to h1m m t1me. "Very well we can do th t Tony! he cried, 1s that you. a -"Thank God!" was the reply. But Barney and Pomp had alrea:dy sprung_ UJ! the steps of the Neither could see the other but they swam side by side in the temple. The next moment they disappeared mstde of the place. darkness Frank and Tony followed. "Th k. H 1' 1" "d F k 1 "I f d As they entered the tern le the s th t t h' h h d an eaven, you are a Ive sat ran sincere y. eare tp y aw a I was a Ig arc e you were dead / structure with evidences of having. once been a building of great "I am alive,;, said Buckden, "but I fear we wili never get out of beauty. th's" ?;'here was not a to be seen. ;, Why did you not answer m asked Frank. -qpon my Tony, t!;us has every appearance "I did not hear it" y of bemg the descnbed by Metlo. "Is that possible i" ;; It very likelJ: Is, '.said F::ank: "I no d<:mbt of it." "For some moments after coming to the surface the shock made But he described It as bemg literally alive with anacondas:'' me deaf" "It may have been, and they may have lately deserted the place." "Oh j see" It looks like it." "Of course." "What sor:t are we m 1' Then we are !n gre t 1 k" I cannot Imagme. Yes." a uc ...._ ;;I pra:f there ,\s outlet If not, we are for." "But the treasure-ahl" Th,at 1s true, agreed Fran_k. Let us pray fqr escape. Buckden paused before a ring in the sto fi '.!-'he words had barelY: left his lips, when s hand struck an . ne oor. obJect. In a moment his fingers closed upon 1t. It .was an 1ron rmg firmly JOmed to a of stone. The New H was the edge. of a stone coping, and quickly he drew himself Yorker bent down .and t? pull _upon tt. out of the water upon what seemed like a platform. The mstant he dtd so a thmg happene9-. It was really the shore of the underground reservoir or There a wh1rrmg sound as of machmery buzzmg, and Frank secured a foothold and then turned to Buckden. / a gratmg notse. "Are :r,ou there, Tony 1'' Qmck as a flash the stone dropped and went out of sight "Yes. hke a "Give me your hand and I will help you up." Down mto a black vmd went the young New Yorker. "All right." He was. swallowed up as literally as if engulfed in the sea. -...... The next moment Buckden was drawJil safely up out of the water. For an !nstant Frank Reade, Jr., was so overcome with horror Both men now stood once more upon terra firma. that he d1d know what to do.. "Well, "Ye're out of the water, anyway," cried Tony, as e pro Then a wailing cry broke from h1s hps: ceeded to wring the water out of his coat "Oh, my God!" he cried. "Tony has gone to his death." "Yes." Of course Frank had no idea as to the depth of the abyss or wh"'re "But where in the mischief are 1 t went to. "Give it up." I

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READE, JR., IN CENTRAL AMERCA. All was Stygian darkness about themv The action of time had rusted hinjZ;es and locks, and the gate was But Frank remembered s u ddenly that in an inner pocket he had just ready to fall. a small pocket lantern. A great cloud of dust was raised which nearly overwhelmed the This was in a water-proof case and consequently had not suffered two explorers. by the immersion. 1'hey emerged from it completely covered and wheezing and puff-There were matches in the same case and Frank lit one on a dry ing. part of t.he stone coping. \ "Jupiterl"gasped Tony, "there's no question about getting out Then he lit the wick of the lantern and the vicinity was diml y il of here now, Frank." lumined. "No, not if this dust don't kill us;' replied Frank. But the moment Frank t urned the rays of the lantern to the rear "Whew! it is fearful." both gave a wilds tart. After a time, however, the dust cloud was dispelled and they A frightful object confronted their gaze. At first sight Frank emerged all safe. had thought ita living object. 'fhen the, first impulse was to break through the archway. It was a monster dragon with wide open mouth and awful jaws. This they did and came to a flight of stairs. But a second glance revealed t4e fact it was not animate and Up these they ran at full speed. could consequently do them no harm. Arrived at the top, they were confronted by an astounding fact, It was of some peculiar quality of dark colored greenish stone, and They stood in a small square chamber. So far as they could see. was a remarkably life-like representation. there was no door or window or other mode of exit. "Jupiter!'' exclaimed Buckden, "but that ga
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) FRANK READE, JR., IN CENTRAL AMERICA. / "Wait a moment, Frank!" he cried. "What is "Just look across that court-yard. What is It was a prolonged shJ;iek, a distant note from the ear-splitting whistle of the Steam Man, Frank looked and gave a start of su_l'prise. CHAPTER XIl. upon my soul!" he exclaimed. What sort of a creature can it WHICH IS THE END. be1" "Let us investigate." FRANK READE, JR., gave a !lireat cry of surprise and joy. "All right." "The:r have found the Man,' he cried. "We are in luck." r-"Lead the way." "No' said Tony, putting a hand on Frank's arm. "You are Through a series of arches they W\)nt and reached the court-yard. wrong: That is not so. Listen!" Across it they made their way. The shrill whistle of the Steam Man was st1ll go mg. The object of their surprise was a strange lookmg statue. "I have it .said Buckden, positively. "In some manner the It was sculptured out of the same peculiar greenish stone as the whistle has opened, and it will continue to blow until steam dragon seen be!Jw stairs. h; all blowed off!" The statue was a compromise between a man and some strange "Right!" cried Frank, why didn't I think of that. wild animal resembling the panther. Let us go at once in quest of the machine." Certainly a more life like and hideous monstrosity they had never The two men started at once out of the temple. beheld before. They gazed upon it in wonderment. But as they reached the paved street below Tony hesitated. "Have you e:ver seen its equal?" asked Tony in ama21ement. "Wait," h"l said. "Never!" "What for?" asked Frank. "What is it intended to represent?" J "What about Barney and Pomp?" d t Here was a conundrum. "Like the statues of Bacchus and the Centaurs foun tn ancten There /was little time in which to decide. But Frank decided Greece, it is a creatio!! of mythical sort." I quickh'. I believe you're r1ght. Hello! What lS thts? Another trap'-"Enough!" be cried; "they must take care of themselves. They fi are abundantly able. Our life all depends upon, recovering the Tony paused before a heavy iron ring set in the tiled Steam Man." "Don t trouble it" said Frank. It may let us down mto anI "You are right!" cried Buckden. other underground' lake." So away the two men sped. "Do you l:ielieve it1" 1 It was easy enough to locate the Man now, as the whisfle was an "I should fear it." infallible guide. But Tony co?-ld not resist th_e temptation to insert fingers in Straight across the plaza they ran, and turned into a broad the ring and gtve the stone a hft. It was a reckless thmg to do. avenue. Here, on the verge of a clump of palms, they beheld a '.rhe result was startling. h ll' bt The stone yielded, and the next moment Buckden lifted it fz:om t ri mg stg its bed, disdosing a cavity beneath some four fe\)t long by two wJde. There was the Stea91 Man standing motionless on the edge of the Stone steps were revealed leading downward. For a moqlent the was yet writhing in -the cage. Frank guessed two explorers looked at each other. the meaning of all at once. "What will we asked.Buckden. The Steam Man had been saved by a lucky chance. "Investigate," said Frank, tersely. The snake, in its writhings, had not only closed the throttle by "But it is dark down there." twisting the rein about its body, but had also pulled open -the whis" That doesn't matter," said the young inventor, coolly. "We tle valve in the -same manner. will regulate that." The two explorers came to a h11.lt at first, and regarded the specThen, from his pocket, Frank produced a small folding pocket tacle with much wonder, lantern, an inventwn of his own. I Then Frank cried: He lit this and boldly venwred down into the place. "Hurrah! We've got the best of it. We can end the fight He went down a dozen steps, and then a wonderful sight was iww." spread before him. 1 Straight up to the cage Frank ran. It was an ea.sy matter to A large chamber, about fifteen feet in length by ten in breadth, 1 climb up and draw aim at the anaconda's head through the loop-hewn out of solid rock, was revealed. h 1 The walls were adorned with shelves, and about the stone floor were chests of metal. The .shot pierced the snake's brain. These chests contained coins and silver and gold cups, flagons, The head dropped lifeless, but the huge body contmued to wrrthe pots and all sorts of thrown about promiscuously and in heaps. in the throes of death. For a moment the two explorers astounded, gazed at the scene be-Frank swung the door of the cage or,e)l. fore them. "Come, Tony I" he cried, cheerily. :Let's pul! the Both were so dumfounded that they could not speak. and we will then have the Steam Man once more m our possessiOn, One thing was apparent to them, and it brought the blood m Buckdel} needed no urging. surges to their temples Both laid bold of the snake's huge coils. It was a hard tug, but The treasure of Mazendla was found, the huge monster was finally pulled out of the cage It would be quite impossible to enumerate. its mighty value. Then the two men sprang in and proceeded to put things to rights. But it would seem that it' must be up in the millions. For how The snake had done no material damage, but the odor of its pres-many centuries it.had remained here it would be quite bard to say ence in the cage was something frightful. "Heavens!" gasped Frank. "Here is enough to enrich us many However, Fran!{ quickly disJ:lelled this with a chemical, and then times, Tony.'' the Man's course was set for a return the treasure temple. "I sho)lld sa.y so No obstacle was encountered upon the--return. "It is the wealth of a king." Soon the Steam Man came in sight of the temple. "To be sure." As it did .so, Barney and PomJ:l were seen rushmg down the steps. "But what great good can it do us? We have got enough." Their joy to discover that the Steam Man had been safely recover" That is so.'' ed knew no bounds. The two explorers proceeded to make an examination qf the con"I tell yo'i Marse Frank, dat dar am big piles ob gold an' silver in tents of the treasure room. dat ar temp e," cried Pomp. Among all the gold and silver Frank looked fo.t: di
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\ FRANK READE, JR., IN CENTRAL AMERICA.. 15 All seemed to be maki ng for the temple. Truly, the wonderful This was rocky, /but fo;tunately clear of brush or dense chaparral, tale rende1ed by Metlo was true after a l l. Several rabbits were bagged and some bird& of beautiful plumage. There seemed legions of the snakes. They swarmed over the ternThen just as they were upon the verge of the crater of an extinct ple wall and through all the passages. volcano, the stirring events of the day began. Dumfounded, our adventurers stood and watched them. Suddenly Barney, who WitS skirting the edge of the crater, gave a "Great heavens!" gasped Frank" Reade, Jr., "what a sight sharp Ot'y, and as his companions turned, they were horrified to see that is!" him suddenly disappear from sight. "I never saw its equal!'' "Great heavens!" gasped Frank. "What has become of "Golly! amn't deru de bigges' snakes we'se seed yit 1" All rushed to an opening in the ground through which the Celt "'!'are an' 'oundsl av the divils get aftber the Steam Man--" had disappeared. "Look out!" As they reached it, a terrific roar came up from below. Several of the huge reptiles seemed making for the Steam Man. It required but a glance for the explorers to perceive a horrible Frank's hand was on the throttle rein, and he was about to pull it, state of affairs. when a terrible thing happened Below, at a depth of some forty feet, was a cavern. There was a dull, distant rumbling like thunder. The entr&.nce seemed to be from the crater, and clinging vines 'he air became suddPnly still and oppressive. Instinctively lined the passage down which Barney had fallen. Frank knew at that moment what was coming. A treacherous coating of moss had covered the hole, and the un" The earthquake!" he shouted. "Steady, all! Look out for your suspecting Irishman had stepped full upon it, with the result we selves!" have seen. F 1 ar..k j!;&Ve the throttle rein a yank. The Steam Man ran in-In falling, Barney had clutohed wildly at the vines, and now he stantly to the center of the plaza and came to a halt. bung twenty feet from the bottom by a single vine, which swayed Then a mighty, .sullen roar was heard, a terrific gust of wind and seemed likely to snap at any moment. swept down t.he avenue, and the earthquake came. Just below, upon the tloor of the cavern, crouched two fierce For a moment it seemed as if the Steam Man would be over-tigers. turned. -'l'ney roared and snarled savagely and made upward leaps to reach The ground rose and fell in billows. the Celt. The air was filled with the thunder and crash of falling buildings. Barney was white with fear .and clung desperately to the swingThe temple of treasure, which was full of the anacondas, was lit ing vine. erally leveled to the dust. "Help!" he shouted in terror. "Misther Frank, save me." It remained a great, moldering heap of ruins. Dozens, perhaps "Have courage, Barney!" cried Frank, resolutely. "Hang on and hundreds of the huge snakes were crushed in the ruins. I will do my best." Thet.J,easure of Mazendla was beyond the reach of our adventur_B atney did hang on with all his strength, and Frank cried, turn-ers rt5\v. ing to the otherss : In three minutes the entire disturbance over. Draw a bead on the tigers. Be sure and make your shots t e ll." The city presented a vastly different aspect now. The three rifles cracked, and one of the tigers turned ove r and lay Many of the mammoth buildings were a heap of ruins. Trees were limp and lifeless upon the bottom of the cavern. -uprooted, and a scene of havoc was upon every hand. The other was hit, but not badly wounded. "Golly fo' goodness!" ga!>ped the startled Pomp, as he pulled The wound, however, bad the effect of exciting the animal' s rage himself together. "I kain't say dat I'm stuck on yarthquakes, am and with a roar it vanished from sight for a moment. yo' Marse Frank 1" When it came into sight it was seen coming up over the "No," replied Frank, as he adjusted a sprained shoulder. "And edge of the crater 'to attack 1ts human f o e s what i s more, we will start this very moment for civilization, and Up over the rocks it came with mad leaps. the land where earthquakes never happen." "Look out!" cried Frank Reade, Jr.; "take good aim at the "Good!': cried Tony Buckden. "I'm with you." beast." "Bejabers, I'm the same," cried Barney, The three explorers fired. Whether the bullets struck the beast Not one gave thought to the deeply buried treasure of Mazendla or not it was not easy to say. now. But the tiger came on with long bound's. It proved in after days that their decision was a wjse one. Before the repeaters could be worked again the tiger was upon The silverware preserved by Frank and Tony, as well as coins, rtbem. He struck Pomp first and the darky went ove r l i k e a turned out to be a weak alloy. The diamonds were the real treas-ten-pin. ure, and Frank bad secured them all. Buckden rushed to his rescue with clubb e d rifle. So the treasure of Mazendla yet remains unearthed. Certainly, it But the tiger knocked the rifle from his hands and tumble d him was never thought ;worth while by our explorers to ever return for over in a heap. it. That moment would have been Tony' s last but for Fra n If, who It required some time to pick their way out of the ruined city. rushed forward and thrust the muzzle of his rifle close against t h e But they finally succeeded, and emerged upon the vast table-land bide of the beast. of Tanada once more. 'l'he bullet penetrated the tiger's heart and he fell dead ove r Buck-The Steam Man at a rapid' rate of speed kept on the return route den's prostrate form. to Campeachy. It was a narrow for all, for the tige r might have kille d one But the return trip was not devoid of incident. .of them. Haste was made to relieve Barney from his irksome po si-.. When two days out frorq Mazendla, the Steam Man came to a tiou. vast morass between high mountains, and surrounded by tall reeds. The exploration-was continued, but no other such serious adven-The Steam Man on the way out had found little difficulty in skirtture befell our friend s ing this to the eastward. A few days later they were able to leave the morass b ehind t h em. But rains bad since fallen and the morass was a lake. Nothing worthy of note occurred during the remainder of the Any attempt to go over the return route now must result in sink-trip. ing the in g reat depths of mire. Campeachy was safely reached and there the party received an So a halt was called and a consult8Jtion held. ovation. There seemed to be no other way of surmounting this obstacle but Tony's many friends were overjoyed to see him back alive. to camp and wait patiently for the water to subside. ., A few days later, however, saw them aboard a return steamer, This meantl a delay of several da,ts, but it was a virtuous neces-New Orleans was safely reached in due time. sity, as it was clearly impossible for the Steam Man to climb the Here Mr. Buckden met party and welcomed them home rough mountain sides. He embraced Tony joyfully and at once made out a check to Frank Accordingly camp was made. Reade, Jr., for the reward offereil of $50,000. A clump of palms was found and the fires in the furnace But Frankpolitelydeclined it, refusing to accept more than enough were banked. to cover the actual expenses of t;be trip. It was entirely out of the question for tom: men to remain cooped Tony and his father returned to New York city. At las t accounts up three or four days in the cage of 'the Steam Man, inactive and the young explorer bad given up traveling !lt)d was engaged in the dull. banking business with his father. The natural project was a hunting trip and this was at once deFrank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp returned to Readestown safecided upon. ly with the new Steam Man. What sort of game our explorers were in quest of it is not easy to But their travels with the new Steam Man were not yet c o n cludsay. In fact, it might as well be said that their quest was as much ed by any means, and a corr.plete account of their thrilling exp e rione of exploration as quest of game. ences in their next trip may be found in No.4 of the FRANK REA D E They started early one morning and climbed the mountain side. LIBRARY, entitled: "FRANK RFADE, WITH Hrs 'NEw STEAM MAN IN TElis; oR, CHASING THE TRAIN RoBBERS.'' HOW TO COLLECT S'fAMPS AND COINS.-Containing valuable in "formation regarding t!le collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. Price 10 cente. For sale by a.ll in t.he United States and Can'\da, or sent free of post upon receipt of tbe price. Address :Frank Tousey, publisher, M and 36 North.Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, the world known detective. In which he lays down some valuabl& and sensiblo rules W! beginners, aad also relates sorne adventures and experiences of well-known datP.ctives Price 10 cents For sale by all newsdealers in thH l!nlted Stntes and C:umd:t, or sent to your adl!t'P.Ss, post-paid, on recetp or the prlcP.. Arldn1ss Fra..ulr Tousey, publisher 34 and 36 Nort h Moore Street, New Yor k Boxjl730. / ./ dOW TO BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated, a.nl1 containing fUll for. the manag_ement and training the cana-ry, Y:DC>elt bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, p a rrot, etc., etc. Prwe 10 cents. 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