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I No. 20. { cOlllftlms.} and Best Stories are Published in FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 & 36 NOR T H MOOR E SrR EET, N EW YORK. New York, February 4 1893. IssuED WEEKLY. { JJtJCI'l } 5 Vol. I Entered ac cording to the Act of Congress, i n t h e yeur 1893, by F RANK (l' OUSEY, in the offi c e of the Librarian of Con g r ess, at Wash ington, D C FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. By "NONAME.'' The appearance Wonder in the streets there created the most intense excitement among the people. Men, women and children ran out to look at it.

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FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM subscription Price o[ the FRAN-/ READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50:$1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISIIER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. RANK JR., / j :S:IS ST:E.A.:l\1.!: "VV:O:N":OE::Fi.. By "NONAME," Author of all the Frank Reade Stories. CHAPTER I. 4'RANX :READE, JR., AND HIS FATHEB-THE WON DEBFUL INVENTION. Now, father, 'I want you to and look a ft. I think I've g o t everytbing right now." "In a 'lD.ome nt, my boy .as soon as I get a l1gbt for my cigar Here's a match, father." Ab I that's bandy; there!' The cigar lit, the father and son passed out of the bouse-the r e sidence of a well-known wealthy gentleman in the Far Weet-and w!'lnt through the back yard toward a large carriage-house in the rear oi the premisee. I should think it was about time you had it right, my boy," said the father, puffing away at his cigar. "You have been thinking at it for a year a'' "So I have, father; but that was no worse "than your first experiment, you know," replied tbo:t son, a manly-looking youth of seventeen summers and the same number of winters. "You are right; but I had no precedeuts, and you harl." "True; but mine Is a bigger thiag than yours WIIB," and the son led the way into the carriage house. "Just look at that, now." "It's a beauty, so ffLr as appearances go," said his father, his face beaming with pride and grati fication; but will it wo1k? That's the point you want to arrive at." '-' Oh. it works like a charm," replied the son. Every part is perfect. Every joint is covered and protected from the du11t." "But can i.t adapt itself to any little rise or de on the earth's surface?" Oh, yes. I've had an eye to that all th0 time. It doesn't make much noise, either, even at full speed." "I would like to see it on trial once, my boy," said the rather. "If it will do all you claim for it, you have a fortune In your hands, for it will work a revolution in this section." "I will get uv.steam, father, while you examine thl'l machinery, and the young man proceeded to follow his suggestion, throwing o:tl' his coat and mounting the machine under inspection. And now, reader, who do you supvose the father and son are? No reader of the BOYS OF NEW TOBK has for gotten Frank Reade. He well remembers the great genius that invented the world-renowned Steam Man of the plains, the Steam Team, and the Steam Tally-Ho. Well, Frank Reade, after making an ample for tune out of his invention, married the girl of his choice, bought a large trsot of plain-land out West, settled down to farming by steam, and soon had a thriving settlement around him. Ife plowed by steam, hauled up his grain by steam In tact, made steam do the work of man and beast to such an extent as to a11tound all his neighbors. He used one-fourth only of the forc e his neighbors did, and thus made four times a.'l much money. He bad several children In the course of time. The eldeet, Frank Reade, Jr., now a youth of sevE>nteen, at the opening of our story, inherited his father's inventive genius and great fondnees tor adventure. On his return from college, Frank had com experimenting on a steam traveling con9'e;yance for the Illimitable plains of the West which be bad c o nceived whil e at school. His father, willing to encourage and develop a taste for a science that had made him both rich and famous, allowed him to dmw on him for all the money he ne eded in p e rfecting his plans. Frank took possession of the farm carpenter shop, and employed a first-class model-maker to work under his supervi s ion. He bad many of the tools and implements hie father had used years ago, as well as the great knowledge whi c h Frank Reade, Sr., plaotJd at his service. After nearly a year of unremitting toil, Frank had everything complete trom the hands of his model-maker. He s ent the model to and bad one of the best machine-shops in that great city make a duplicate of it in steel and hard wood. When complete, this duplicate had been sent to him by rail, and be bad put it together calling on his father to in spect it. And now, reader, let us see what his wonderful invention was. I don't that I can give the reader a better idea of its use than by the simple statement that it was an engine and oar without a railroad 1 In deed, it needed no track. It was made !o leave tracks behind it-not follow OI\e-and 'to give the horse a rest. The engine was a beauty-a picture to look at. It WII.S light and airy in appearance, yet strong as the best steel and wrought iron 0011ld make it. At first glance it bad tbe appearance of an ordi nary railroad engine. But a closer inspection would show a vast di:tl'ereuce. In the llrst place, what is tho boiler in the ordi nary engine was simply a case that inclosed the delicate machinery to protect it from dust. The boiler, a small upright one, was at the end that conneoted with the car. Steam was to be gene rated by the use of a non-explosive oil. A special anr., examined the machinery with minute care, like the experienced machinist and Inventor that he was, and then remarked: I believe you have made it a success, my boy. I congratulate you. I canuot regret the cost of it in the least. Suppose you get up steam now, and give it a trial?" "Just what I want to do, father," replied Frank, striking a match and furnace under the upright boilder. Instantly there was a bright light under there. "There'll be steam in ten minutes, father,'' said Fmnk, "and while waiting for that,_ come in and look at my palao!l-oar." The father stepped Into the car, which waa mounted on four wheels with broad, smooth ties, and looked arouud with 11 ple11sed countenance, There were for four-easy, cozy, reclining seats, and sleeeping berths for as many more fur ther back. Then there was a small baggage-room and provision closet; a place for guns and other hunting implements, together with many other things needed on a long journey over the plains. The father took in everything at a glance, and remarked: "You are a chip of' the old block, my b0y. I am proud of you. and hope you may have as good a time as I did with the Steam Team and the Tally Ho." "You can just your fortune that I am going to have all the fun there is in it, father," replied Frank, l11ughing be11rtily. I've worked hard at it, and intend to get pay for it in more ways thl\n one." That's right. I hE>ar the steam hissing al ready. That's a powerful heat under there." It beats coal or wood, is cheaper, 11nd a bar rel ot the oil will last a month of constant use,, replied Frank. "But is it entirely safe?" "A gallen of lar
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FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER.. into which he had plunged, he would have broken his n eck or head. he was mad. He rushed up to the Indian, seized him with Both hands, and comm e n ce d butting him furious ly. The savage tried to get away. He could not. Whack 1 Bump I Thud I And h.e down to the unconscious under the ternble blow,;, CHAPTER XV. THE WONDE:B :BETU:BNS TO :BEADESTOWN. "MEnnE youse won't f oo l wid er black man no m o r e 1 said Pomp, as he stoo d over the prostrate form of the ins e nsible "You've done f o r him, I guess, Pomp," said Jac k. f lin f h h d "Hope I hab" sa1d Pomp ee go 1s ea whe re it struck tbe ground. "Dat Injun ain' t g o t no sense." "I guess not, now,"said Frank, looking down at the b attered savage, from mouth, n ose and ears tbered blood was OOZlng. During all this time theotberindia.ns, who had be e n scattered by the charge of the Wond e r, h a n c ollec t e d togeth e r again, watche d the treat m ent I)le ted out to their ch1ef. The y d a red n o t make an attempt at rescue. They dreaded the p o w e r of the Wond e r. "Now f o r the othe rs," said Frank, leading the way to the car. The party re-entered and the chase reaom m e nced. .1 The r edskins scattered again, but not unt1 a half doz e n of them had caught bullets from the r e peatin g -rifles or Jack, Bic k, and Pomp. "Tha t'll do, boys," Frank. "Ma ybe they'll be g o od now, aft.er this. Good I" excl a imed Dick Morgan. I'vo. been a year with them, and the only good Ind1an I eve r sa.w wasP. dead one!" "Ma ybe you are right, Mr. Morgan," said Frank "in fact. I believe you; but we haven't got fool with 'em any longe r t o -day." "The best way to make an Indian good is to kill him said Dick with considerable em phA.Sis. er fao'," added Pomp, rubbing his bead ..Jind ba c k or his n e ck. "De y ortet kiU'em all, SU11h. D e y s er bad crowd, dat's er fao'." The Wonder was now turned h o meward again, and all hearts Njoiced tb.at they were fast leaving th11t part of the great West where crime o! every d oac ription 'vas so rampant. "I don't think we will meet with any more In dians now, said Frank," as we are too far east ward for that. '.rhe red rasools are loo shrewd to commit any depredations so near tbe border eett)ements." Oh, I am so glad I" cried Susie Jones, bursting into tears. Poor girl! She had suffered so much that she eould scarcely realize that lite could have any charms for her. That day they made a good run, and camped In the open prairie. They spent th'3 evening in singing, dancing, and story-telling, till a. late hour, when theyret!Nd to r e st. They were all up at sunrise, ready to resume the journey, Such a happy lot of young people were never seen together. Every one of the girls assisted In cooking the breakfast, telling the boys to look after the car. P omp was s et to rubbing up the engine, while Frank again examined the j oints of the covered machinery. The young inventor was delight e d at "flnding ev ery screw in place, and ev e ry joint free from dust. He oiled every part and closed the covers again. After braakfast they started oft In high spirits, making fast time till high noon, when they eaught sight of tbe two church steeples of Reades town. "Readstown! Readstown I" cried Pomp. "Tank de Lord, w e's h ome er gin I" The girls laughe d and cri e d by turns, hngge d and kissed each other, and otherwise acted like overjoyed children. "This is the happiest of my life," said Frank, grasping Jack Russell's h imd. "To kno w tha t we have made so m any Innocent y-oung hoorts glad is enough to satisfy the ambition of any man." "Yes,'' said Jack, the tears dimmin<> his bright blue eyes. "You have rescued them from a livIng d eath." "It was a. living hell,'' said Dick Morgan, with bitterness. "Satan's kingdom can't be any Well, it's all over with now." I don't know about that, said Dick. "If I get two hundred volunteers, with repeating rilles, I intend to go back and kill every Apache that I can flnd "You can get the men, I guess,'' said Jack. "If I can, tb.ere ll be no more trouble with them in anoth e r year. "Would you kill all?" "Yea-men, women and children. I would de stroy the race altogeth e r. They are born devils, and ought to be wiped out." I b e lieve you, M orga n, and, if you can r a ise the men I'll agree to transport the m a c ro s s the country.' I'd build two more cars for the pur pose." Thanks. I'll appeal to the people through the press The church steepl e s came Into better vi e w as the Wonder neared the town. The white c o tt a ges looked so \leautiful in the clear sunlight, that even Frank and were charmed, though they aad been only two weeks away from them. Wh e n they were within a m i le or the town Frank bl e w the whistl e s e v e ral time s so as to no tify the p e ople that they were coming. The y could see men, women and childr e n run nlng out of the hous e s to welcome them. "They' ll give us a grand reception,' said Jack. "Yes adde d Frank, a nd wh er.. they s ee the girls and hear their story, they' ll carry us on their s h o uld ers. "Oh, tb.at'll be fun," remarked J ac k. "I don't know what to do,'' r eturned Frank, who was as modest as be was brave. "Those big-hearted, red-shirted fellows abo.ut the saloon will want to m a ke a big demonstra tiOn." Well, l et them make it. It will be b ette r for the girls a -nd excite sympathy in tb.eir behalf." "Oh, I couldn't help myself if I wanted to," said Frank. By tb.is time they had reache d tho outskirts of the village, and entemd the main stre et. Th e r e d-shirts commenc e d yelling and throwing up their slouch hats. Frank slow e d up so as to al low the people to walk alongside of the car and shake hands witb. him. Eve rybody knew old P o mp, aud in less tha n five minutes !:!e had told the story of the rescue o f the girls (tom tb.e Apacb.es. The pretty fac e s o f some of them at the windows excited the most intense enlhusia.qm. At last the Wond e r drew up In front of Frank Reade, Sr.'s, home A crowd of ov e r three hundred men, wdmen an.! children gathered around" it. Tell us about It, Frank I" cried dozens at once. Frank came out, leading the girls, and stood on ths steps of his fath e r's house, and said: We caught Dick Morgan here "-b.e pointed to Dick-" di s guised as an Indian, and were about to wipe him out when he told us why ho turne d Indian. It was to rescue his young sister and four other girls who were captives in 110 Apache village. Tllatwas enough for us. We made him wash oft the paint and dress Ilks a white man again. He then agreed to pilot us to the village where his sister was, and we Wjlnt there. The Wonder scared the Indians nearly to death, but we got the girls and brouooht them away. They are the best and prettit>.st lot of girls I ever saw, and I told the m that if they would come to Read estown tb.ey would soon find friends, homes and husbands. They have come, and I hope thev will find my words true." The crowd yelled and cheered with the wildest entb.usiasm, and scores or red-shirt e d men, with revolvers in their b e lts, rushed forward to take the young inventor by the hand. Then they s hook hands witlt tb.e girls, and left ten and twenty-dollar gold pieces in their hands. Julia Morgan got over $100, nnu the others nearly as much. The red-shirted men of the W est are rough and j(enerally on the shoot, but they are tender-hea rt ed for all that, and, where wom e n and cb.ildren are concerned, are ready to spend their last dol inr and spill their blood for them. Su s ie Jones receivfld three offers of marriage on the spot, and Julia. two. The y blush e d r osy red, and asked to be excused fr o m giving answers then. "Wait till they are dressed up like ladies," .said Jack, "and then you'll all want wiv es.'' The girls were conducted into 'the house by Mrs. R eade and given two rooms, whilst many other women of the village hastened home to get some articles of clothing for tbem. In the meantime Frank and Jack and Dick had be e n seiz e d by the red-shirts and carried away on their should e rs. "Hurrah for the whitest boys in the West I" cried a st.alwart r e d-shirt, and they made the wei kin ring with their shouts. CHAPTER XVI. POMP WINS A MATCH. THE crowd increased .in numbers and entbusi-asm as they progressed through tho streets of the town, bearing the tb.ree young men on stalwart shoul<1e111 towat"d "Grand Saloon," lht ee blocks away. Cheering continued with every step. The red shirts had found a vent for their pent-up spirits, and determined to blow off at all hazards. They bore the three young men to the saloon, put the m in thre e c hairs on tables, and called fot tb.ree times three and a. tiger, which were with a will. "Now, barkeeper," called out a stalwart red shirt, "here's fifty dollars in tho yellow. Set the wortb. of it in drinks for this cro,,.d in honor of the tnre e whii.etoc :Joys in tbe West I" "Hooray for Bill Perkins I" called out some one in the crowd, and the generous-hearted red-shirt was applauded to the skies. "Thankee, pards," said Perkins. "Just come up an' take your horns, like little llilen.'' "That we will!" and fult three hund,red men crowd e d forward to take their favorite drinks. "Tell us your yarn, pard?" said Bill Perkins, taking Dick Morgan by the arm and making him rise to his feet. Dick then commenced, and repeated his seory as the r'lader has already heard it-how, in order to be near to aid his sister in <'aptivity, he had the Indians as a pretende d fugitive from JUstice, and went with them on their marauding excursions. "'.rhey are born fiends he said, "and ought to be swept from the face of the earth. If I can get two ,hundre d m e n with arms, I will go back and kill ev.Jry man, woman, and child of the race I can flnd I" Such wild cheering as greeted his proposilion I "I'll go with you, pard," cried an old red-shirt in the crowd. "I to o I And I, and I, I, I I" cried half a hun dre d more, tlourishing revolvers above their heads. "Give me the men," cried Dick," and the days of the A p a c h e s are numbered I" "Hye r s yer man I Whoop I Set 'em up ag!n, Jim 1" and an enthusiastic miner threw an ounce of g o ld on the c o unter. Cb.eers broke forth anew, and the bull ding falr Jy shoo k. Wine and cigars were pressed on thG three young men, which they took modera ti o n. Then they took them on their shoulders In thG chairs, and carried them back to the Reade house, where the Wondt>r was still be fore the gate. They put them down at the door, gave three more cheers, and then returned to the saloons to finish the day in drinking. Frank Reade, Jr., was the most popular young man In Readestown then, and every new-comer ia the town was anxious to make his acquaint ance and take him by t.he hand. Bill Perkins, the burly red-shirted frontiersman, who first treated the crowd to fifty dollars' worth of drinks, was a typical Western man, rough, but generous, and brave in every sense of the term. He pronounced him the whitest boy he had ever met, and offered to whip any man who said to the contrary. Of course no man in Readestown dal'ed to contradict him, for Perkins on tbe shoot, and bad a "private cemetery." His friendship was much sought after by the rough elements that passed through Readestown. He swore by Frank Reade 1r., and dooiared that he would back him against any galoot in the West. That 'night there was more liquor drank In Rea.destown than ever was known before in the history of the place. A o! miners from tile Black Hills got hold of Pomp, and made him teU the story of the trip of the Won d e r. His story of the buffalo stampede aml the great prairie flre, and the daring of the Wonder through the sea of fire, but added to the excitement and the reputation of Frank. Reade, Jr. The story of his butting episode with the Ap ache chief, in which the Indian was l e ft for d ead on the gr'lund, caus e d them to regard him as s o mething of a hero aloo. "Sa y, Jim," call e d Bill Perkins to the bar keepet "bring this son of charcoal a l!'ln.es ol y our best whisky. He's my friend-! want every body to understand th a t. His skin is black, bnl his heart is white. There you are, old man, Bill Perkins is looking at you." "An' l'se lookin l}t you, Massa Bill," sald Pomp, grinning from e a r to e a r, as he held up tb.e glass to his thick lips. Ho drr.nk the liquor like an oldev eteran, and set down the glass with a smack of his lips that s et the crowd in a roo\r. "So you butted tb.e Injun, did you?" asked a brawny red-shirt. Y e s. sah; butted u m stiff,'' replied Pomp. "I'se got er hard h e ad, I is." "Wal, now, I've got a hard nut myself," sa.!d PAGE 13 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. 13 the man. "I outbutted 'he oldest ram in Dead wood. I'll bet a. gallon. of whisky I can outbutt you." '' Whoop I" yelled Bil'l Perkins. "That's a match. I'll take that bet, and make it a barrel. l'ut up or shut up." "My barrel is up," said red-!hlrt, placing a small leather bag of gold-dust on t.he counter. ''What's a barrel worth, pard?" "Two huu4red dollars," said the Bolh men planked down two hundred dollars in gold-dust and coin together, the belding the stakes. Pomp was dumfounded. "De Lord gorramitey I" he exclaimed. "I ain'\ Ot no call ter butt dat man !" "Yes, you have," said Perkins. "He' s good as ealled yer 1< liar, and wants to butt with you to e.how the crowd that you can't butt no more' n a hog." Why, Marse Bill, no white 1nan ain't got er nigger head I" said Pomp, in honest innocence, at which the crowd roared. "Well, go in and win, old man. I'm backing JOU. 1'he whisky is yours if you win it." "De wll.ole bar'!?" Yes ; every pint of it." "Whoop! Bring out yer man!" And Pomp flung his coat ott with the eagerness o! a small boy going for candy., The butter from Deadwood was a professional "hard head." But Pomp had confidence in his nut. The ring was formed, and the two men met and shook hands. "Doet1 yerseedat bead?" asked Pomp, bending his woolly head forward for Deadwood to inspect. Oh, yes, I see it," was the reply. ]'eel oh it I" said Pomp. The crowd laughed, and the Deadwood man butted it with a tremendous whack, falling back stone blind !or a moment. "Yi-yi-did youse feel it?" Pomp asked. The man slowly recovered and got on his feet again. Pomp rmet b1m halt-way next time, and sent him alf in a heap on the floor, where he lay utterly unconscious !or minutes, unable to respond when ttme was called The whisky is yours, Pomp," said the bar !l.eeper. The crowd yelled like so many wild lunatics. 'l'hHy crowded around Pomp and shook his hand as though he were the leader of a hundred battles won. "I'll back him agafnat any man In the West I" cried Bill Perkins. Whoop I" yelled Pomp. l'se got a whole bar'l o' whisky I I goll;[l_ Dis ole head ain't so no account arter all. Whoop I" and he danced a regular old plantation breakdown, to the In tense amusement of the crowd. Scores of men pressed forward and Insisted on him drinking with them. He tried to do so. The result was be got as drunk as a lord, and offered to butt against a wild buffalo if any one would bring one in. They took him home, and turned him over to the tender mercies of Frank and Jack. They put him under the pump and turned a stream of cold water on him. He stood it for some time, as the cold water were quite refreshing to him. But he finally came to, and mumbled out something about omebody spilling water around. Jack and Fronk laughed heartily until he so bered up enough to understand the racket. "Hei.Jo, Pomp!" cried Frank. "How's this? Are you drunk?" "Ebbery (hie) body drunk," muttered Pomp. He didn't miss the mark very far that time, for nearly every man at the saloon was drunk by that time. The two young men sa.w that be was unable to talk very Intelligibly, so they took him to his room over the stable and put him to bed. After that thay retired to their own door, when Jack, who, beill!( n New York boy, knew something about eucb called out: "Why, Pomp, old man, what in thunder is the matter with your btJRd this mOt"ning?" Pomp stopped, and looked at them. There was a heaviness about him that gave him a. way badly. "I dunno, Marse Jack," he said. "I reckon I done gone an' butted sunthin' las' night. !'sean ole fool nigger, Marse Jack." "Why, what have you been doing, Pomp? Your head is all swelled up as big as a barrel. You can make a fortune with that head in New York." Pomp slowly felt of his head, closed his eyes, opened them again, and muttered: l'se an ole fool nigger, I is." "What have you been doing, Pomp?" Frank asked. "Tell us. We won't give you away." Marse Frank, is yer got any ob dem sperrits what yer had in dat jug in de keer?" he said, corning up close alongside of the young Inventor. "Yes, I think there is," replied Frank. "Help yourself, if that's what you wnnt." "Tankee, Marse Frank. Dat's de trouble wid me dis mornin'." He disappeared In the car, and found the demijohn. Turning it up, he took a. long and strong pull at it. Giving a sigh of supreme satisfaction as he set it down, he returned to the two young men, and frankly confessed his fall of the evening before of his match, and the winning of the forty-gallon barrel of Bourbon whisky. "Why, Pomp I" exclaimed Frank, "it will never do In the world for you to own so much liauorl" not?" "You' d be a dnmkard In Jess than three montha, get fired oft the plnce, and b eco me n drunken traBlp, whom nobody would have around." "Dat's er fac' l" exclaimed Pomp; "but what's I gwine ter do wid it?" Sell it for the benefit of the girls in the house. It would be a big thing for you. Yon would be the best man in Readestown alter that.'' Oh, golly, Mnrse Frank I" exclaimed the de Jighred darkey, growing bright and lively under tht> strong drink he had just taken, "dat's de ting I Tell clem I gibs It to 'em." "Bully for you, Pomp I I'll give you a new suit of clothes for that." Pomp was delighted, and went about his duties as light-hearted as a child. Frank and Jack told the girls at the breakfast table of Pomp's comical match the night before, nod of his intention to p;!ve the proceeds of the sale of the barrel of whisky to them. Ab I" said Frank Reade, Sr., "I see a way to create a sensation, and make that barrel pan out a thousand dollars!' "How, father?" "Put it up at auction to the highest blddor for the benefit of the girls. Every maa will want to chip In ana be more generous than that poor 0ld negro, so the barrel will bring a round sum in the end.u "Oh, that's the racket f" cried Jack. "It will be n big thing." Frank and the girls were dellgllted. They called Pomp in and thanked him for his generous gift, and explained to him what they intended to do with it. He expreesed his satisfaction, and said he would help work up the excitement. After breakfat!t Pomp went down to the saloon with Jack and Frank, and the barrel was delivered to him. I ain't gwlne fo' ter take it away," he said to the barkeeper.: "Well, what shall I do ')Vith it?" the barkeeper asked. I'se gwine ter hab er sale for de young l ed dies.'' "The deuce I" exala!med the astonished bar k<*lp_er. "Yest sah." "Well, it'll oo tbe biggest thing ever seen In this town, old bed-rock." "Dat's er fac' I" said Pomp; at which the others laughed. "A reg'lar auction for the benefit of the young ladies you brought up with you?" "Yes." replied Jack. "That whisky' ll bring fifty dollars a gallon, as sure as you Jive." That would be two thousand dollars for the barre l." "Yes, and it would bring even more than that if you sell it by the gallon." "Well, we'll sell it by the gn.Jlon then, d said Frank. "Put up a notice that It will be sold next Tuesday for the benefit of the five young ladies rescued from the Indians.'' "Why, pard,"said the ,barkeeper, "that'll make a holiday." "Well, let's have a holiday, then," returned Frank. "I think beys would like a blow-out anyhow, I'll have the girls down here in the car whe!'ll every man can see them as he bids for the liquor." The barkeeper put up an elaborate notice, and the first man that rend lit started out to spread the news. Ea:ch red-shirt that beard it caught the inspiration, and commenced working up an enthus1asm that was to last till after the auo tion. Black Pomp wRs recognized as a white man after that, and every red-shirt in town took him by the hand and asked him to drink with him. Thus they kept the poor fellow ai:Jout half-seas over during the five days--or until Frank Reade, Sr., interfered to save him. The day of the sale came. Red-shirts came In from every direction, till th e re were several hundred great, rough, fellows h a nging around waiting to get a cba.nceto bid for a gallon of that whisky. Everybody was out in Sunday clothes. It was a regular holiday. About two hours before the sale was to com me.[lce a delegation of red-shirts waited on tho ladies at the Reade house, and asked permission to escort them to the place of sale. Tbey the reques1 of course, for they co uld not do otherwise. The committee went away, to return at the proper time, dragging two barouches-each drawn by one hundred red shirted men-preceded by a wagon drawn by an other hundred men, covered with flowers and the barrel of whisky. Oh, mercy I" gasped Julia Morgan, "just look at that t Ah I" exclaimed Frank Reade, Sr., his face brightening with pleasure, our boys are going to do this thh:g right, young ladles. They are rough fellows, but their hearts are all right every time. Smile on them, and look your prettiest, and you will be glad you did so.'' "Oh, Mrs. Reade, won' t you go with us?" cried Susie Jones. "Yes, if you wish it," r eplied the good matron. They were escorted out, and seated ill the barouches, and the procession eommenced. Tha wagon with the whisky preceded them. :Black Pomp was seated on top of the barrel, and received as many cheers as the ladies did. The wildest enthusiasm prevailed all along the line of the procession, which was nearly a.n hour in reaching the place where the sale was to take place. Frank Reade, Sr., was selected as the proper person to act as auctioneer. Now, gentlemen," said Frank, Sr., "you all know why we are assembled here to-day. You have heard the story of the young ladiea-of their captivity among the red-skins, and their rescue by my bov and his compapions. You have heard of Pom,P'S hard h!!nd. To-day we see his tender heart m that barrel of whisky. There's the whisky. Here are the girls, as pretty as the whisky is good. Now how much for tbe first gal ion?" "Fifty dollars I" roared a. dozen voices a.t onoo. "Sixty!" "Seventy!" "Eighty!" "One hundred 1,. "One ten!" One twenty I" One thllty I" One fifty I" One hundred and fifty dollars," cried the auctioneer, "one fifty-one fifty-do I hear any more? One fifty, and--" "Two hundred I" cried Bill Perkins. "Hip-hip-hurrah I Hurrah I" "Gone to Bill Perkins I" cried Frank, Sr., "one of the whitest men in the West l" "Here's your rhino I" cried Dill, holding up the amount In gold. The money was W.ken amidst the wildest cheers. "Now, sell it again for the youngest gal In the lot," said Bill, at which the crowd went wild with enthusiasm. The second sale brought$250. Then the sale went on for nearly three hours, by which time the last gallon was sold, the whole bringing over $3,000. The sale over, the enthusiastic crowd drew the two barouches around town again, and finally halted il; front ol Frank Beade, Sr.'s, place. CHAPTER XVIII. ON THE GO AGAIN. "THAT gives you all about$500 each, girls," said Mrs. 'Reade-" a small fortune for a young lady nowadays." "Oh, I am rich I" cried Susie Jones. "I kiss dear old black Pomp for his hard head I" "So could I I" chorused the others.

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L FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. "Ot course. I wouldn't have you run any I other's heart beat. But they heard nothing riSks, pard." else. A half hour later they came to the river. The My God!" groaned Jack, turning ashen pale, water was silvery clear and limpid in the light of "this is awful! How can we do without Frank? the full moon. They all got out, and Fru.nk We must find him. Come Qn, and let's go l!>ack stripped and 1vaded m to examine the bottom. toward the road by going further away from the He found it hard, white sand, and that the water water." came just above his knees in the deepest part. They started, each man growing more deeperBut Frank would not be satisfied till he waded ate as the time passed witb.out finding any trace clear over to the other side. The stream was one ot the young inventor. hundred yards wide. The refiector threw the "Hark!" and every man stopped as if rooted rays of light over on the opposite bank. to the spot. Jack and the others were watching him. He A pistol-shot bad rung out on the still night reached the other side, and was examining the air. bank closely to see if the Wonder could climb Crack I went another-and another. out of the water there, when two men darted out "To the Wonder!" cried Jack, cl arting away ot tha timber, s eized and dra;tged him out of with the speed of a deer. "Come, quick!" sight before the eyes of his astonished friends. "My God!" gasped Jack, "he is captured by outlaws I Jump in, quick-burry up!" They all sprang in, and JtLCk pulled the steam handle with an energy that sent the Wonder llend long into the river. It ran through the water with a roar that could bave been heard a. mile. Get your weapons ready I" cried lack, seizing a. repeating-rifie bimsell. The others followed his example. Pomp, you must stay on board, to prevent any one getting inside." "Dat's er fac' !" replied the faithful darkey. The Wonder rushed up the sloping bank on the other side about fifty yards from the water, and there halted. "Now follow me, all but Pomp," he cried, leaping to the ground. The others followed-all but Pomp. "Ksep well closed, Pomp, and let no one but our crowd in." "Yes, sah l Dey cain't git in," replied Pomp, with an energy that assurtld Jack that he would be equal to the task of guarding the Wonder. Jack and Watson then led the pursuit through the timber. Thev beat every bnsh in their way, revolvers in band ready for any emergency. Still I> trace of the outlaws could be found. "By my soul!' groaned Jack, "I would rather die than go back without him. Hanged if I don't bunt over all the West but what I'll find him or thos& out.laws I" "I'm with you there, pard!" said Watson. "He'd never go back on a friend." "Never J He's thll truest friend that ever Hvedl" They turl!ed and made their way back to the road, keeping close to the J:iver, but failed to find any traces of him. "We'll have to wait for llaylight to follow their trail," said one of the passengers. "Frank is half naked," said Jack, "and will catch his death of cold in the uigbt air. I'll keep bunting all night but that I'll find some clew to his captors." I'll go wlth you, pard," put in the stagedriver. So will we all," said the others. "Come on, then. We saw them go in here on this side of the road. Let's go through again." The whole followed him into the timber, and pushed on fer nearly a quarter of a mile. "Hark I Hush-sh !"and Sam Watson stopped the entire party for nearly a minute. They could !lear nothing. I am sure I heard a horse down on the right !here," he whispered. "I th01.fght so too," said one of the passen gers. "Opme on, then," said Jack. "We'll soon see whether there Is a horse there or not." They followed him, and in five minutes came to the river. "There's no horse here," said Jack. "You must have been mistaken." "I may have been, but I was quite sure I heard one." "So was I," said the passenger, who claimed to have heard the same noise that Sam did. "Well, let's go further up on this side and see what we can find." They followed along the river-bank one or two hundred yards, looking carefully into every clump of bushes for a concealed enemy. Nothing whatever could they find, and they turned to retrace their steps, 'vhen three of them declared they heard a horse snort back in the timber. Of course they went back in search of the horse, rambling about east, west and north. But all their labor was in vain. They could find no traces of a. horse, and seemed to be puz Fled to know what next to do. "Let's wait a few minutes and listen," sug gested Jack. "Yes," remsrked Sam," I was thinking about that." They stopped and listE-ned. was so quiet they could bear each CHAPTER XXII. POMP'S FINE STRA!I:EGY-FRA.NK RESCUED. WHEN Frank Reade, Jr., was seized by two stalwart outlaws on the banks of the river on the opposite side from his companions, he was un armed and powerless to resist. One of the men clapped a revolver to his ht>ad, and hissed: "Make any noise or trouble, and youn pass In your chips !" "Who the blazes are you?" demanded Frank. "Never mind who we are," one replied, whilst they both seizett him by the arms and dragged him into the bushes out of tile rays of the power ful refiector. "Well, what do you want?" he asked, as he went with tt1em. "We want you Just now," was the reply. "Oome on with you. They hurried him forward and crowded him into a clump of tushes, where they pressE-d him down to the ground, and waited for develop ments. Frank beard the rush ot the Wonder through the water, and knew that those inside of it would not leave him to his fate. The robbers heard Jack's instructions to Pomp to let no one enter the car but those who be longed to it; also the search that was going on. If you make a noise to attract their atten tion," hissed one of the outlaws in his ear, I'll blow out your brains, because it would be death to us to be naptured." "I won't say a word," saill Frank, "but I can save you if they find me." "We don't want you to save us," said the man. "We can do tb.at ourselves. Keep quiet now." Jack and his companions came up to the very clump of bushes, and actually struck it several times with theiJ. rifies, and then passed on. ''That was a escape,' whispered one outlaw to the other. "Yes-we are not safe yet. Hush!" They waited half an hour, and heard the party of pursuers go up further in the timber. "See here, now,'' said the stouter of the two outlaws, bending low over their prisoner. "We don't want to kill you. That isn't our !rltention. We want that machine of yours. That aigger is in there as a guard. You must go up to it with us and tell him to open it. He knows your voice, and will obey. The first to escape will be your death. Do you unilerstand?" "Yes." Will ;vtm do it?" "Yes.' "Come on, then. We'll take care of the nigger." They led him out into the stage-road and ap proached the rear end of the car. As good fortune woultl have it, Pomp was peep ing through the blinds in that direction, watching the road down to the water, and saw them come Uil with Frank between them. He could see Frank's pale In the clear moonlight, also the revolvers in the hands of the two men. "Pomp!" called Frank. "Hello, Marse Frank I .A.m dat yer?" replied Pomp, through the blinds. "Yes; open the door, Pomp. I ain very cold and wet." "All right, Marse Frank," and he promptly opened the door of the ear. One of the outlaws sprang Into the door, but Pomp '(llanted his revolver against his bead and pulled the trigger. He fell in a heap at Pomp's feet. "That settles the nigger," said the other out law, and even Frank himee)f tliought Pomp was done for forever. There was no light in the car, so he could not see within. "Now come in with you, and start the machine. We want to get away from here now." The second outlaw put one toot on the step, and was about to spring in, when a seeond shot broke his arm. His revolver dropped to ground, and be sprang baok with an oath. "Who tired that sb.ot?" he angrily demanded. "De niggar did!" replied Pomp, looping out and confronting him with his smoking revolver in his hand. "Perdition I" hissed the villain, turning and darting toward the woods. Frank sprang forward and seized him. He was too strong for him, and would have gotten away had not Pomp butted him like a thunderbolt, and Knocked him senseless to the ground. "Pomp, you are worth your weight in gold!" cried Frank, seizing Pomp' s hand and wringing it with all his might. "Dat's er f&c' !" said Pomp, "but I ain't er gwine ter sell out for all de gole in de worl':' Just then Jack and the others dashed into ths road in breathless haste. "Hello, Frank!" cried the surprised and de lighted Jack. "Is it all right?" "Yes, I guess it is," he replied; "atleastitwiU be as soon as I get dressed." "Are you hurt?" "No., "Are you hurt, Pomp?" "No, sah." Who fired those shots?" "I did, sah." "WhatatZ" "Dere's one dead un it: de keer, an' de udder un it! hyer on de groun' ." They af!d found one of the villains just recoverwg CODSCIOUSness. "He isn't dead!" said Sam Watson, holding his revolver in his direction. ''No, sab." "Don't kill him," said Frank. Pomp dragged the other body out of the car, and then lit a lamp and got Franks clothes for him, whilst Watson and Jack guarded the wound ed man. Frank told the story in a. few words, and every one said Pomp was a hero. "Dat's er fac','' assented Pomp. "I seed 'em com in' wid Marse Frank, an' laid for 'em wid my pistil. l'se er bad nigger sometime.'3." The party roared with merriment for several minutes. "I say, boys," said Frank, "we must. fill the casks with water here." Pomp got the pails, and in twenty minutes the tank aud casks were fillet! with water. "Now you, chap," said Frank, "I want to tak$a look at you in the light. Bring him around in front, where we all can see him." Here, you cowardly skunk!" Mid Watson. "get up here and let's see what kind of & galoot' you are." The man groaned, as tr In great pa!n. "Two of you bring him along,'' said Frank. _1 Two men seized him aQd brought him around In front of the engine, where the headlight gave all a good view of him. He was a powerful built, muscular man. His right arm hung limp by his side. Blood was dropping from the tips of his fingers. "By the Lord Harry I" exclaimed Sam Wat!!On, "you helped rob my stage once up on Whitlt Biverl" The man never said a word. "Dil you know him, Watson?" Frank asked. "No-not his name. I know his face, though, and can swear to it." That's enongb, "What shall we do with him?" "Hang him!" Shoot him!" Drown him I" Burn him I" The wretch stood unmoved in the midst of th& angry men around him. He knew that there was no Mercy in that crowd for him. He had played a bqld game and lost. To loHe was death. He had faced death before, and was defiant, like such villains often are. "I see you are all In favor of killing him in some way," said Frank," but we ought to eettlt' on some plan." "Hang him," said Sam Watson. "Yes," put in Sam's passengers," hang hllll., and leave him hanging to the tree." 'I'ie 'im to de.keer," said Pomp, "1m' run '!Ill ter def." "That's the idea 1" cried Watson, In the great est glee. "Tie a rope around his neck and fasten it to the car. He can then live as long as he can run. When he ean't run, let him the villain !" "That's it-drag him drag him!" oriel evert one in the party. Jack ran into tbe car and brought out a. l"iiQ-lar Texas lariat. PAGE 17 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. 17 Thie is just the thing," he said handing it to Watson. The stage-driver adjusted the lariat around the rascal's Beck, and Pomp fastened it to the car. Then they searched him for knives, or anything with which h11 could free himself. His unhurt arm Wa.t! secured to his side. "Are you ready to pass in your checks?" Wat-lilon asked. "Oh, yes-drive ahead," was the cool reply. All aboard I" cried Frank. They aU got aboard. The whistle awoke the echoes for miles around, and the next moment the Wonder started oJI. CHAPTER XXIII. DRAOGINu AN OUTLAW TO DEATH. WH&N the Wonder started it moved slowly at first, and the doomed man trotted leisurely along behind it. He trotted along till the Wonder passed beyond the timber. Then the whistle tooted again and the speed increased to a run. Faster and faster it ran, until it seemed to reach the utmost of the Wonder's limit. Still the doomed wretch ran, his white fe and staring eyos giving him a ghastly look In the moonlight. Every one in the car was gazing at him, won dering at his wonderful endurance. "He can't hold out much longer," said Frank, for he bas run over ten miles now." Suddenly they were all startled by a. wild shriek from the wretch, and the next moment he reu 1 Those insitle turned away and would not look at the body that was dragging behind the car. Five miles were passed after he fell, and then Frank said to Wat8on: "8uppose you cut the lariat? He is dead as a herring now." "All right," said the stage-driver. "It makes me feel queer to have his body following us that way." He drew his knire, opened the door and cut the ol!lriat. In two minutes more it was out of sight and tne party breathed freely. "'l'hat ends those two 1ellows," said Jack. "Yes," said Frank; "but if it had not been for :Pomp, we would have all been ended ourselves." I believe you, Frank, and it shows how im portant it is that we keep the car well guarded." "Yes, we ought always to be particular about that. How far is it to the next station, Watson?" "About five miles, now, I think," replied the stage-driver. Oh, we'll soon reach that," and he crowded on a. full bead of steam. The road was a dead level one and quite firm. I see a light ahead I" exclaimed J a.ck. That's the station," said Watson. Frank blew the whistle which had the effect of bringing everybody out doors. The Wonder created the most intense amaze ment, and had not Sam Watson sprang out and ordered the hands about in the style ->f all the drivers on the route, they would have fled into the house and stable and barricaded the door. "Why, Sam!" exclaimed' one of the men, "where in Hail Columbia did you get that train of cars?" .. It ain't a. trflin," replied Sam. "It's a new stag-understand?" "No, I don't understand," replied the man. "I can't understand how a steam engine can run down here without a railroad trflck." "Well, this is an ind ependent concern, and doesn't care a continental for tracks. It's here, sod we all want a drink of something hot and strong." Pomp remained in the car as guard, whilst Jack and Frank went in with the party to drink some thing that woll!ld make them feel better than they They had plenty of good stuff in the car, but they w<.uld not let the passengers know it, aa there would be llanger of having it all used up before they reached tae end of the trip. "How much abead of time are we?" Frank asked of the relay agent. "Twelve hours," was the replT. "Then we will sleep here to-night," said Frank. "There's no use in running all night when there ill no necessity for it." "Hip-bip-hurrah-burmh I" cried the whole batch of passengellB. "We'll have a night of rest and a fresh start in the morning." That' s the ticket," said Watson; I want a rest too." Pomp was carrifld a hot drink, and then Sam and two others volunteer@d to guard the mails. "No need of that," said Frank. "We will llleep in the car. which wiH be locked. Nothing CliO interfere with them. Bu.t you bad better sleep ou the bags in order to comply with your duties." "That's it." The passengers can get beds in the house, can't they?" "Of course they can." "That makes it all right then." Jack went to the wounded passenger, and fouad him doing well. Re expressed a desire to be let alone, and Jack said that was a good sign and left him. In another hour the whole party were asleep and dreaming. Early the next morning they were all awakened by a stage dashing up from below filled with pas sengers. Sam inquired if there were any Indians below, and was told that there were a few, but they were quiet. After a hearty breakfast the party aboard, and the Wonder moved slowly away from th!l station. A mile further it was going at a rapid speed. We can reach the end of the route this after noon, where we connect with the Santa Fe stages," said Wats,on. I didn't know it was such a long run," said Frank; but I to come this far, anyhow." You will find / some hills at the lower end of the route," remarked Watson. "Can we climb them?" "Oh, yes; the roads are good." That's all right, then." Nothing of interest oc curred on the way, and in thtee hours they reached another station. All hands were a,mazed at the Wonder, and crowded around. and examined it with the great est curiosity. They scarcely believed what they saw. There was a delay of twenty minutes there, af ter which they started off agam at fulls peed. The end of that section of the route was Valley Town, It village of several hundred inhabitants. There were several very productive mines in the the vicinity of Valley Town, which attracted many rough characters. The Wonder found several hills to climb before it reached Valley Town. The country was more rugged, and well timb ered in many places. But the road was good all the way. They reached Valley Town in the middle of the afternoon. Watson piloted the way through the streets to the post-office and hotel in thE place. The whistle sent everybody out of doors They kne"l'!' it was i'l steam whistle, but wondered where it came from. Such an astonished crowd as gathered around the Wonder I Everybody knew Sam Watson, but they didn't know his this on and a. thousand were hurled at him at once. He could not deliver the mall-pouches till the postmaster bad a guard put out to make way for them, so great was the excitement. When the mail was delivered Watson got up on a. box and told the crowd the story ot the in vention, and the. wonderful work it had done m defeating the Indians and the mails. The crowd yelled and cheered, and called for Frank. He made his appearance and said: "I am glad to see you all. We had a good time on the trip, and hope to have a good time going back. We will stop here a week to rest and see the country." 'l,'he rough miners and rancheros cheered him lustily, and called him the brainiest young man in the country. The passengers paid their fares like men, and forced him to accept n dinner from them. "We never could have come 1nrough alive on the stage," they said, and therefore we nre more indebted to you and your Wonder than words CP express." Oh. 'bRt's all right," said Frank. "I'!! eat dinner with you. There's nothing mean about me." Tbn next day there was a big dinner at the "Grub House" in Valley Town, at which half 11 hundred rough-and-ready men of the town sat down to the table. They did things in the usual American style. Jack and Frank both responded to toasts in neat little speeches, and Frank told the story of Pomp's quick work in bagging the two outlaws who had captured him. That created the wildest enthusiasm. "Whore's the nigger I Trot him out I Give him II ShOW," and a SCOre of callS were made. ''He is in the car guarding the property there," said Frank. "We never leave it unguarded." "Which shows a level head," said one of the red-shirts. "Ryar, landlord, send a twenty dol lar lunch out to the nigger, and throw in ail the whisky hi!! skin will bold. You may whoop at me for the dust." The landlord knew his man. He prepared a, sumptuoUll rep.ast, and garnished it wtth brandy, wine, and whisky, and sent it out to t!Ui cars on two trnys. Pomp was surprised as well as tickled. He pitched in and gorged himself with. the things, and then sampled the liquors. CHAPTER XXIV. THE JOKE ON POMP-THE GAMBLEBS, A HALF an hour later Frank whispered to J'aatr: "Go out and look aftor Pomp. Thq'll get him as drunk as a biled owl before they get through with him." Aji..b_e had eaten all he cbuld stow away, Jack slipped away and went out to the Vfllnder, which had been left standing in the street, so everybody could get a good look at it, and found Pomp numing a bottle of brandy like a Dutch mother. "Hello, Marse (hie) Jack I" greeted Pomp, as Jack came into the car. "Dis a m er bully ole town (hie) ain't it?" "Yes, but bow about the whisky, Pomp?" "Bes' Iicker in der worl', Marse Jack. Take (hie) a pull?" and he handed the bottle to Jack. "Don't care if I do," rer.lied Jaek, taking the bottle, and seeing it was still half full, added : "Let me get a glass of wa.ter." He went to the water, and doliberately poured out all there was in the bottle, letting it run to the ground through the pipe. "Here's luck to you, Pomp," he said, turniqg up the bottle and pretending to take a long pull at it. He held it up so long tbat Pomp, fuJI as he was, felt uneasy as regards the contenfs, and ex claimed: "Look out dere, Marse Jack I Dat's er bad anemlle youse foolin' wid I" "What's the matter with it?" asked look ing scared. Too much is bad," said Pomp. "Why in thunder didn't you say so before?" "Didn't know dat?" "No-I've taken every drop of it." "De Lor' gorramitey I" exclaimed Pomp, hi1 eyes almost bulging out of his head. "What for yer do dat, Marse Jack? Youse'n bab de monk eys arter yer, suab I" "What in blue blazes did you give me snell stuff for?" "De Lor' bless yer I" groaned Pomp I didn' t know youse'd drink er quart, honey 11 and the fright it gave nearly sobered him at once. Jack wns nearly bursting with suppressed laughter. Pomp was nearly In the same condi tion from fright. "Pomp, I feel as if the Wonder was running away with me I" cried Jack, keeping U(J the racket. "What's the matter with me? Wbere'a Frank? The Indians are coming I Get the rifles! Where's my revolver?" "Ob, Lor' l" gasped Pomp, scared into com plete soberness, "dat boy am got 'em, suah l Re'll kill somebody er he gets dim pistols I" "Whoop I" yel1ed Jack; "Indians I Thev've got my scalp I Ha, ha, ha 1-got my scalp I Take old Pomp's scalp, too I Ha, ha, ha I" and he at Pomp like a young blood-hound. Pomp grabbed and held him in a vise-like grip. "Marse Jack I Marse Jack I" be cried. "Don't yer knew ole Pomp? I ain't no Injun. Ise ole Pomp. De lor gorramitey I Dat war bad Iicker for yer I" Jack suddenly calmed down, np at Pomp, acd asked: "How goes it, old maB? Are you sober yet?" Pomp's eyes grew as big as tea-cups. He glared at the young joker as though fullyconvincod that reason had been dethroned. .But he held tightly to him, and wouldn't let go. I say, old man," said Jack again, 'that wa1 a good joke, wasn't it?" "What dat yer say?" That was a good joke. I did not touch a drop of the stuff." "Yer foolin' me, Marse Jack." "No, I ain't. I poured it out through tbe pipe." Pomp went to the waste-pipe and put his n06e to it. That satisfied him. What for yer do dat?" he asked, half angry at the loss of the brandy. "To keep you from getting blind drunk, old man." "De lor' gorramltey, Marse Jack I I ain't drunk!" "Of course not. I scared you sober as a judge," and Jack burst into a fit of uproarious laughter, in which Porno was compelled to joi!l in spite of his desire to ao otherwise. "Marse Jack," he said, "dat war er g0od joke on ole Pomp, kase it spiled his dram; but look PAGE 18 18 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. out ef I uon't make yer laugh er gin for dat, suah.', "Oh, that's all right, old man," said Jack. "No man enjoys a joke better than I do." Frank came in after awhile, aud joined in the laugh on PomP.. But while the joke spoiled his .trunk, it didn t hurt his dinner. He enjoyed the dinner, and felt as big as a New York alderman after eating a dinner at the expense of the cor poration. That night there was a grand hop at the" Grub House." All the women in the town were there. There were ten men to one woman, as the gentler sex is never very numerous in mining towns. But those who were there were brave and true women, who had no fear of the perils of a front Ier life. They were pretty and amiable, nnd seemed to appreciate the genius of the young inventor in the highest degree. Jack and Frank danced with a score of differ ent girls and woman, and promised to give them a ride in the Wonder the next day-a promise they were sure not to let them forget. The next day he fired up, and, with a full head of steam, waited for the appearance of the girls. They came in t\vos and threes, until the car was jammed with them. "Too many for one load," Frank, shaking his head. "The Wonder can't climb a hill with 110 many on board. Half will have to get ot! and wait till we return .. Pomp will stay behind with his fiddle, and you can dance for an hour or two." That pleased the girls immensely, and at least halt got otY to wait and dance till the Wonder came back. Blowing the whistle, the Wonder moved out of town, followed by the cheers of 500 miners. It went up and down hill at fine speed. The girls were charmed to find they were going so fast with so little danger and inconvenience. On the return they sang and made merry like light-hearted young maidens, and thanked Frank and Ju.ck for the treat. The second batch had danced Incessantly till the return of the Wonder. The first batch insist ed on dancing till the others had returned. Pomp aald ha would tlddle a week for them if they wanted him to. The second trip was but a repetition of the flrst. The young people enjoyed themselve' to their hearts' content, and returned home with recollections that would last them a life-time. In all mining towns there have always boon thieves, robbers, and gamblers-men ready to commit any crlme for g()ld. Valley Town was no exception to the rule. There were blackleg desperados there who were l'eady for anything. It was not surprising, there fore, that a party of them conspired and plotted together to get possession of the Wonder, for with it they could defy all known means to cap ture thtlm, and could plunder with all the impunity of pirates on the high seas. Frank first suspected such a design when a regular blackleg gambler began making Inquiries as to how the machine was un. It was natural to ask such questions, but the minute details aroused his suspicions. He communicated his suspicions to Jack, and .Tack then took l'omp into his confidence. Pomp had usually been the guaTd in charge of the car when the others were absent. The gam blers had noticed that fact, and began to lay their wires to get possession of the Wonder by drug .glng Pomp. They first commenced by treating him to as much liquor as he could drink, and making him believe that they thought he was the real hero of the concern. Ot course Pomp was "up to snut!" every time, and gave everything away to Frank and .Tack. To guard against all possible danger, Frank locked the crank so that it could not be usea to turn on the steam, and kept it iocktld till he want ed to use it himself. Then ha knew that it could never leave him without his consent. On the third night after these precautions bad been taken, Pomp was sitting in the door of the car, listening to the musio of a dance going : on at the Grub Honse." A halt dozen stalwart fel )ows came up and said: "Hello, Pomp, give us a ride." "Oan't do it, boss." Why not?" "Ain't got no steam." "You oon bavQ it in ten minutes." Marse Frank ain't byer, an--" "'That'll do I" hissed one of the men, clapping the muzzle of a revolver against his ear. "Just fire her up, and be quick about It, or you're a 4lead nigger 1" CHAPTER XXV. THE ATTEMPT TO STEAL THE WONDER. Polin' felt the cold muzzle of the revolver against his ear, and ciLme to the instant conclu sion that he had nothing else to do but to obey. He was not such a good Christian that he wanted to begin climbing the golden stairs then and there. On the contrary, he fe!t that he was too bad to die just then. He wanted more time. Y -yes, sah I" he stammered; c-c-come right in flahl" The six men entered the car, and closed the door. "Now fire her up, Pomp," said the leader, "and no fooling about it, understand." "Yes, sah," and Pomp, whose long experience in the West told him that these were very dan gerous men to trifle with, struck a lucifer match and started the furnace. The light glowed with a fierce heat which would soon set the water to boiling. The six desperadoes gazed the queer furnace for several minutes in perfect silenctl. "How long will it take to get up steam enough?" the leader asked. "Fifteen minutes, sah," was the reply. One mau looked at his watch and said: "We have twelve minutes to wait yet, then." Those twelve minutes seemed almost an hour to those desperate men. They knew the danger of being caught before they could get away wit)l the Wonder. They knew that everybody in Val ley Town was a friend to the young inventor and his cousin, and that a fight would be death to them. By and by the steam began hissing in the boiler. See if she will go now," said tutlleader, turn Ing to one of their number whol"had been some thing of an engineer in his younger days. The man-Jim Brady-tried the steam crank, but could not move it. What's the matter with it?" he asked of Pomp. "Dunno, sah. I dunno nu.tlln erbout it. l'se de cook on dis hyer train." "What's the matter?" the leader of the party asked of Jim. "'l'hat's what I want to know," replit>d Jim. "This crank seems to be fastened some way." "Do you know what the trouble Is, Pomp?" "No, sah. I dunno nuJlln erbout it," said Pomp. "Marse Frank allers done dat, sah." They were satiRfled that lae was telling the truth, for ttiey well knew he was not the engineer of the Wonder. But they thought be might know the peculiar construction of the machine. "Which one does he pull to start her?" Brady asked. "Dunno, boso." "Try one of tho others, Jim," suggested the leader. Jim took hold of oue of the other handles and gave it a sudden wrench. The et!ect was startling. The steam-whistle awoke the echoes of the town! "Perdition 11 hissed the leader in a furious rage. "That'll Reade and all the people out of the tavern I" Try all the others I" hissed one of the six men. Brady grasped the others, but they were to be used only when the Wonder was in motion. Tile whistle blew again, as if to call oat everybody in the town. "We must run for it, boys!" said the leader. "They are coming now I" And leaping out of the car, they dashed away at full speed down the street. "Dar dey go!" yelled Pomp, drawing a re volver and firing at them. "Kotch um I kotcb um!" "What's the matter, Pomp?" Frank asked, dashing up to the black as be was sen dlng bul lets after tile desperadoes. "Dis you, Marse Frankl Golly, but dey bad me dat time, suah I" "What was it? What were you shooting at?" demanded Frank, seizing him, and thus stopping the shooting. "Dey come up heah an' put er pistil ter me bead," he said, "an' tole me ter fire up or dey wr,uld fire me head ot!. I lit de furnace an' dey waited till de steam was er fryin', den dey tried fur ter make her go; but she wouldn't go. Dey pulled de udder crank, an' lordy 1 Dat whistle jes' blowed um outen de keer. Dey run like Ole Nick down dat way," and be pointed in the direction the desperadoes bad gone. A crowd soon gathered, and the story passed from mouth to mouth with startling rapidity. Lynch 'em !" Shoot 'em I" 'emt" "Run the machine over 'em I" "Whar's the galoots?" "Run 'em-down I" an<.! a score of other angry suggestions and questions were hurled at the young inventor as the story gathered on its way from mouth to mouth. "Maybe we'll catch 'em yet," said Frank, turning to the crowd. I took the precaution to lock the steam-crank, which is all that saved us. I'll give one hun application for passage. On account of the speed, and absolute safety as regarded Indians and outlaws, the passengQrs were willing to pay$100 each. "1 don't mind taking ten passengers," said

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r FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. 2.1 Morgan and the rescue of the five young girls from the Apaches. By the great desert !" exclaimed the elderly passt>ngd ?" "Yes, eir, and two splendid girls they are, too." "'hank God I" he murmured, and then he burst into a flood o! tears. There was not a dry eye in the cn.r, for there was a manly sympathy in the hearts of all. "Youn!\ man, you have a friend in Duncan Kenward,' said tb.e uncle of the girls, "and I have a fortune for the girls I have long given them up as dead. They are the children of an only sister. What did you do with them? Where "They are at my father's house in Readestown, as happy a& humming birds. He wrung Frank's hand, and 1then shook hands with everybody in the car. Even Pomp came in for his share. But when ..:Tack told the st"ory of the gala day in Readestown, when Pomp' s barrel of whisky was auctioned off f o r the ben e fit of the girl,s, every man grasped his big black and said be was every inch a man. Banged if this isn't the strangest meeting I ever heard of," remarked Jack Russ e ll. "Who'd have dreamed of ymi being the uncl e of the Jones girls?" "I was going through to New Y ork to enj oy the money made in mine.s and mining gtocks," sai<'l Mr. Kenward, but I'll go to R e adestown first." Go with ns, then," said Frank, for I'll run (I)Ver there as soon as we deliver the passengers at the railroad." 1 Of course I will, young man-of course I will. God bless me I I am so happy I don t know what to do I Who bas got any good whlsky on board? I want to wet my throat or my ey e s will overflow again." A half dozen flasks wero instantly thrust at ltim. He took one and made a strong pull at it, diminishing its contents greatly. "Ah," he said, smacking his lips. llfy heart Is full, gentlemen. We'll celebrate when we reach the railroad." They ,reached the railroad that night, and astounded the citizens of the town by going through the principal streets. They thought an engine ani:! car bad gotten off the track and was running around The uncle took the whole crowd to the hotel and ordered a magnificent breakf ast to be served for the party the next morn in!{ at his expense. Jack, Frank and Pomp in the Wonder,de termlned to give the desperadoes no chance to get yossesAion of it. AI hands were up with the sun, and ready for breakfast. Several hundred men crowded around the Wonder to gaze at it. But Jack and Frank were cautious about allowing peo11111 to enter it, as they were not disposed to give the secret away to everybody. It was announced that the Wonder would lea.ve there on third day for Valley Town, with pas sengers, beating the regular mail-stage by four days. In two hours there was a score of applications for passage, and Jack told them that they could carry only ten at a time. In the meantime Frank telegraphed to his father that the Wonder would reach Readestown that night. Then they started, and pushed in a due easterly The dead, level country made the trip a pleasant and easy one Tht} red-shirts of Readestown made up their minds to give them a reception on their arrival. They mustered some three hundred strong, and had every arrangement made by !I unset. When the whiRtle of the Wonder was heard out on th-e prairie they assembled and gave three times three rousing cheers for the Wonder and ber young inventor. They then formed in a procession and marched down through the vil lage, bearing torches, halting in front of Frank 1\eade, Sr.'s, house. The five girls had remained up out of bed to \Velcome their gallant young rescuers. They were neatly dressed and looked pretty and sweet enough to kiss, as they stood on the piazza and waved a welcome to the Wonder. Fra!lk wa.a called on for a speech, and his appearance was the cause of anoth e r enthusiastic outburst of cheets. "We have had a successful crulse," he said, talking to the crowd. "We rescued the regular mail-stage from a band of outlaws, and carried the mails and passengers thro11gh to Town. Had two fights with Indians who didn t know what they were bucking against. We had a fight witb. a bull-buffalo, too, who took Pomp on his back and r a n five or six m,iles with him. We had to do some fine work to get him back again." That put the laugh on Pomp, and caused the crowd to go for him. "Why didn t yoa butt. him, Pomp?" Pomp grinned. "Dis yer chile knows who to butt," he said, at which there was another roar of laughter. He was a great favorite with the red-shirte of Reades town ever since his auotion sale of the barrel of whisky. "Now, you girls up there on the piazza," cried Frank, looking up at the piazza, which was crowded with ladies, "we have a surprise for twq of you. We have not brought husbands for any of you, but we have found the uncle of Susie and Sarab. Jones," and he brought Duncan Kenward forward. Oh, Uncle Duncan I" screamed both the gil'ls, springing forward and rushing through the crowd, clasping him round the neck and weeping for joy. CHAPTER XXX. THE MEETING OF UNCLE AljD NIECES-FRANK CHECKMATES A GANG OE DESPERADOES. ''BLOW me, if that don't make a baby of me I" exclaimed Bill Perkins, the red-shirt Mro of the town, wiping his eyes with the sleeve of his red shirt, as tl,le sobs of the two girls were keard. There was sc a rcely a dry eye in the Roul:{h as they were they were tender-hearted fellows. "Whoop I Hooray for the Steam Wonder ot the plains?" cried one of the m e n, and the c eers burst forth like a thunde r-bolt. "Come down to the saloon,boys," said Perkins, "arl.d we ll tA.ke something to take this brine oute n your eyes. Che ers for Perkins followed, and then the crowd moved away down to tl;le saloon, where t he drinkfl w e re set up for the whole party. Frank and Jack lock e d up the Wonder, and spent the rest of the night in the house with the family. Duncan Kenward told the story of his ad venture R since l e aving his home in the East years before-how he went West poor and seedy, and was now rich-worth a cool half million dollars, which he would share with his dead sister's two children. He was told of the farm the girls had bought ln the outskirts of Readestown. "I'll buy 'eru all a farm each he E.aid, "and stock it for 'em. They be as independent as girls ought to be, so they won't marry to have some fellow take care of them." "Why, bless your soul, sir I" exclaimed Frank Reade, Sr., "two of 'em are engaged now, and I am suspicious of Susie and a young fellow down in the village." "Eh, f>usie, girl!" said the uncle, looking hard a!Jthe bhlsb.ing Susie. "Don't be ashamed of it. If he is the right kind of a chap for you I'll set you up all right. Susie made no reply. "Oh, well, we'll see about it. Time enough yet, only don't pick up a man who'll spend your mon e y, and ab\lse you and your children." They all laughed, and the party broke up, for it was long after midnight. The next morning, there was a merry, happy pa_rt.y at the breakfast-table of the Reade f a mily. Frank Reade, Sr., was delighted when Frank Reade Jr., paid him ono tho!lsand dollars down on the amount be had adyanced toward the con struction of the Wonder. "I'll pay for it in a month, father," said Frank. "If you do, I'll make you a handsome present, my bov," said the happy father. "Alf right. I'll hold you to that, father," he replied. Duncan Kenward bought a fine farm each for the five girls, gave orders for houFes to be built, and for stock to run them. Said they could all live with him till married off. They were a happy set that day. The next morning Frank and the Wonder were off again for the town on the railroad, where they were to get a load of passengers for Valley Town. He had laid in a double quantity of oil and every thing he could possibly need on the trip. They reached the to'jl'n and announced that they would leave next day. The number of applications had doubled. There were over forty men who wanted to go. "Gentlemen," ho aaid, "only ten can go at a time. You must throw dice fo.1 chances." The proposition was eagerly accepted, and half the evening was spent taffling !or seats. Every man \vho won was required to pay down his money on the spot and take a receipt. They were closely serutinized, too, so their faces would be know.a in the Jack and Frank had become They suspected that a gang of desperadoes would try to get passage for tb.e purpose of capturing the Wonder when out on the plains. The dice-throw ing had upset such calculations-if any had been made. In less than an hour after the raffle men were offering $50 premium for seats in the Won der. whispered Frank to his eouein, "we must not let any man go who did not draw his seat in the ra:fl:le. I don't like the looks of those fellows who are trying to buy seatil. "It' s a as sure as you live," said Jack, watching the movements of the party. "We'll have trouble in the morning. Every man who arew s eats is selling out for double. I'll get some red -shirts to stand by us to prevent a. row." Frank found out two or three professional bul lies who were "on the shoot," and engaged them to be on hand the next day and take a hand In any scrimmage that mightocour. Of course they agreed to do so. Nothing would please them better. They found out that those who had bought out the winners of seats were men of ba.d rePrutations. The next morning the three bullies and the l r friends were on h and to see the Wonder off. Everything being in readiness, Frank stationed himself at the door of the car and called out: "Those who won seats In this car last night will please come aboard, as we will start in a hall hour." The first man to present himself Waf' a big red shirted fellow, with an ugly scar across his cheek. "Hold on, my friend," said Frank. "You didn't draw a s eat last night." The thunde r I didn't? and the man drew the receipt Frank had giv e n to th e man who did draw it. "There's thl' r e c eipt f o r$100 you." So it is, but that was given to Mr. Dougherty -nol you. Only Mr. Dougherty c a n travel on that receipt. I didn t agree to carry OU, did I?" The man was thunde rstruck. "I bought his seat from him," he said. "That may be-but you must remember that if I agreed t\l earry Mr. Doughe rty to Vall e y Town I am not bound to carry any one else in his place. I d.on't propose to let Mr. Dougherty make $50 or$100 off of me that way. Mr. Dougherty can go on that receipt, and no one elu." "See hyer, youngster I" cried another man with a receipt in his hahd. That game won't do. We've paid for this ere thing an' we're gwine to see it through." "You have a receipt, too, have you?" Frank asked. "Yeo-bought and paid $150 for it," replied the man. "Who sold it to you?" "Peter Cronan." "Well, you must see Cronan about it. I never sold you anything. I don't know you at all." "Blow my eyes I" growl e d the man, "you'll know me soon enough if you come such a shenanigan ga}ne as this over me." "Oh, keep your shirt on, my friend," eaid Frank. "We are able to run this thing ourselves. Jack, call over the names of the men we agreed to carry through to Valley Town." Jack did so. "Now come aboard you who paid me for pas sage, or you'll be left." I thought I had the right to sell my seat," said Peter Cronin. "No, sir. I simply agreed to carry you," was the r e ply. That's fair talk," said one of the bullies," and the galoot what says it ain't calls me a liar." "That's so," chorused the other two bullies, and such was their reputation in the place that no one dared to dispute with thllm. "You who are entitled to go can have one hour in which to get ready. At the end of tha.t time the Wonder will start, whether you go or not.'' "How about my money?" demanded one flftht roughs, holding up his receipt. "Who did you pay your money to?" Tom Mulligan." "Theil 101all Tom Mulligan. That isn't my name." Curses loud and deep were heard on all sides, but Frank remained firm. The ten original men were forced to refund the money they received and go themselves. The Wonder then moved away, amid the cheers of the crowd. PAGE 22 FRANK READE JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. CHAPTER XXXI. THE OUTLAW'S SPECTER AGAIN. ON the way out Frank explained to his paesen l(ers that he had reason to believe that a gang of desperadoes were trying to get passage on the Wonder for the purpose of capturing it on the plains. The raftle broke up t.heir game, and they tried to buy seats so as to get the gang together. "By the great horned frog I" exclaimed one of the passengers, I thougtt it strange you would not let a passenger sell his seaL. Your excuse is a reaeonable one." "But why couldn't they win seats as well as the rest of us?" one man asked. 1 "Oh, they could ; but it was not likely that the gang could go in and win seats for themselves. Six or eight men had to take their chances with forty, you know." "Yes; but how do you know that two or three of them didn't win?" "The fact that every one sold out prov'lls to me that not one of them won. Had one of the gang won he would have kept his receipt." "That's so; good reaeoning, young man. 'J'hat makes me feel batter," and there was general confidence at once established among the passengers. Nothing of ,jnterest occurred on the first day out. Several stations were passed. The agents of the stage contractors said that were it not that the Wonder cleaned out the Indians and outlaws on the route they would kick against its carrying passengers, as it interfered with the business. "Not a bit of it," replied Jack Russell. "Tlte stages can't carry a fourth of the passengers. We don't interfere in the least." "But it will interfere and eventually break up the stage but!iness," sr.id the agent. "Never, because the Wonder cannot ran when thete is snow on the ground." Is that so'/" "Yes." "I didn't know that." "Thora are many things you don't know yet," remarked Jack, smilingly. The Wonder moved on, and passed another station about sunset. After a stop of ten minutes it moved off. Everything was in good order, and as the stars came out the bead-light guided the way beauti fully. The stars gave a light that enabled them to see objects the size of a man a hundred yards otr. The moon would not rise till ten o'clock or after. "It will be up by the time we reach the river," said Jack, who was acting as engineer. They reached the river just before midnight. J'he moon was rising out of the plains like a great ball of silvery fire, shedding a fiood of pale bght over the illimitable prairie. Frank took charge and guided the Wonder over the hard sand-bed of the river. The water was some six inches higher than when they crossed it last-the result of the heavv rainstorm four or five days previous. On the other side they stopped and refilled the oasks and tanks with water, and then resumed the journey. About a mile from the river one of the passengers looked out of the rear windows and exclaimed: Hello I There's a fellow following us, running like a race-horse I" The deuce I" cried half a dozen at once, crowding forward to get a look at the sight. De Lord sa be us I" groaned Pomp, growing uttecly demoralized. "Who In thunder is It?" cried one of the party. "Why don't you stop and see what he wants?" Look at him carefully," said Fraqk. "Don't you see that we have got him tied by the neck to the car?" "Good Lord, yes I What does it me&n?" "It. means that you are looking at the ghost of a man we dragged to death just that way right a.long here, illss than a month ago." Every passenger turned pale. Frank then told the story over again, and then said: He will follow us this way till we reach the spot where he fell and gave up the struggle. Tben he will give a shriek and fall to the ground. When we return this way he will hitch on again, and follow us to the river." "What in thunder do you travel this way for?" demanded an excited passenger. "Because th1s is the only route to the ford. '!'hat is the only place where we can cross." It's no fun to be cha.qed ten miles or more by the ghost of a dead outlaw," remarked the passenger. "I would rather be chased by a dead one than & real live or;e,'' said Jack. "These specters never hurt anybody. 'l : bey merely disturb the nerves of weak people. That's all." "I was never considered a weak man, and yet that thing out there makes me feel very uncomfortable." "Of course. That's because It's the only real ghost you have ever seen. You have always believed that ghosts were something all mankind was in honor bound to be afraid of "I believe you are right, young man," and the passenger again glanced out at the specter of the outlaw. "He will follow us about a mile further," said Jack, "and then you'll see him make a etl'ort to free himself, fall to the ground, roll over and over, drag about lmlf a mile, and then the rope will part where Pomp cut it. That's the way he follows us." Does he fall when you go the other way-toward the river?" "No. He leaves us and dodges into the woods when we reach the river, to wait until we come back again." "Well, I'll be hanged if I would not get some other route." I don't know that that would get rid of him if we did." "Maybe not, but I'd try it." "Oh, he doesn't scare me worth a cent," said Frank, laughing. "I'd drag a dozen of them the same way if they played me the same game." ''Of course, and---" There I" cried one of the pnssengers. He's down I See how he rolls over I" The passengars crowded forward to get a glimpse of the specter again. They Eaw him rolling ovor and over as the rope drll{(ged him over the grass, till finally the rope and he was quicb:l.)' left behind and out of sight. Thank Go1, he's gone I" gasped three or four of the passengers at once. "Good riddance," cried others. "De Lord sabe ns I" exclaimed Pomp, with a great sigh of relief. "I don't mind him at all," said Jack. "We've proved to him that we can hang such as he with out any trouble." I wouldn't travel this way again," said another passenger, for a thousand dollars. Why, the car is haunted I" "No, not the car, but the place of his execution," &aid the young inventor. He leavos Ufl as soon as we pass the spot where we cut him loose." -"Yes-yes. I don't want to come this way any more. I'll never forget that fellow's looks as long as I live." Jack and Frank laughed and enjoyed the fright of the passengers, and told many ghost stories to while away the ba)ance of the night, as the specter had driven sleep from the eyes of most of them. The next station was reached in a lirtle over an hour after they got rid of the ghost of the dead outlaw. Ouly ten minutes w .. re allowed the passengers to r efresh themselves, and then the jour nay was resumed. They reached Valley Town on the third day, arid met with a rousing reception from every body. The red-shirts were particularly demon strative, and wanted to shake hands with the young inventor. CHAPTER XXXII. DESTROYING A COMANCHE VILLAGE. THE next day after the Wonder reached Valley Town three men came in from below. Two were wounded-one quite seriously. The one not hurt was a very wealthy stock-owner. whose place bad been attacked and burned, and his wife and daughter carried away by the Comanche In dians. The moment he entered the .J}rub House, he called out: "I will g.ive one thousand dollars to any ma.n who will ride to Santa Fe for a com_pany of United States troops I" Santa Fe was three hundred miles away, yet a dozen men sprang up to accept his offer. "What's the trouble, stranger?" one of the prowd asked. "The Comanches have burnt my ranch and carried off my wife and daughter and many of my best horses," he said. Frank heard him. "Do you know where they have carried them, sir?" he asked, stepping up to the stranger. "I think I do; to one of the villages about one hundred and fifty miles from here Ob, God what will my poor darlings not suffer? I'd give$10,000 in gold to save them from-" "My friend," said Frank, "I think I oan save them within two dnys." The man grasped his hand, and lookEld hard at him for several moments. "How can you?" he huskily asked. "Oh, be can do it, stranger," exclaimed a redshirt in the crowd, Then I'll give you $10,000 if you will." "I don't want your mo--" "You ahall have lt I" interrupted the man. "I am rich. I'll give all I'm worth to get them out of the hands of those demons." "Do you know the country down there well enough to guide me?" "Every inch of it." "Then we can be off in a half hour," <;aid Frank. I want five good fighter'S to go with us." Twenty red-shirt volunteered to go, but Frank let the barkeeper of the Grub House 3elect ths men to go with him. "I have six repeating-rifies on board," said the young inventor; "you can bring your revolver11 with you." The aitxious father was bewildere:l. He knew not what to think. lle had never heard of the Steam Wonder. He followed Frank and the five men out to the car. The whole thing fiashed over him in a moment. He grasped the young inventor's hand, und said: man, your fortwne is made if you giYe me my Wife and daughter alive." Enough said, sir. Get in, Pomp, fire up and get ready for a run. Now, sir. you must tell me how I can reach the Indian viUagl'lS without having to cross any streams. Can you do so?' The man hung his in deep thought a few moments. "Yes," he replied, "but you'll have to go at least fifty miles out of the way to do so." That is only a matter of some three hours," said Jack. "Three hour'S?" "Yes, sir. On a good prairie, we can ru11 twenty miles an hour." "Thank God I" he ejaculated. In less than the half hour they were ready to start, and the Wonder moved out of the town, followed by the cheers and good-will of every body. Mr. Gregory, for that was the rich ranch man's name, guided Frank as to the right direction to take, auP the Wonder sped along at full speed. In the meantime Jack tnstructed the men a to the style of fighting inside the car. They were apt scholars, and soon mastered it. Night came on, and the speed was reduced t<> t en miles an hour, the head-light guiding thvm safely. 1 They traveled all night, and daylight found them some twenty miles out of the way. Gr-egory soon gave the right direction, and in three hours they came in sight of the Indian village. Many ponies about the village indicated that the braves were at home. By my soul!" exclaimed Gregory, "I recog nize several of my horses I There's my favorite saddle-horse and my own saddle on him. And there's my horse-one of the fieetest in the country I The Wonder was almost in the village before tt was discovered. The alarm was given, and fully a hundred braves rushed out to meet it. Frank stopped right on the edge of the village. The braves, be lieving a new prize had come into their hands, whooped and yelled like the demons they were. "Where's your chief?" Frank demanded of eue who seemed to be a leader among them. "Me chief. Me Prairie Wolf," replied the sav age. "That's the chief!" whispered Gregory to Frank. "Well, Prairie Wolf, come in here; I want to see you;" and Frank opened the door at the end of the for the chief. The bold rascal caru" in, expecting to be followed by several others. The door was closed quickly and two revo)ver'B pressed against kis breast. "Prahpe Wolf 1" hissed Gregory," do you know me?" "Ugh t yes-me know," replied the chief. "Where is my family?n "Me got 'urn." "Well, rve got you-do you understand that? Confident in his ability to face the little hand-ful of whites in the car with his hundred braves outside, the chief gave a war-whoop. Instantly he was seized, disarmed, bound, and gagged. Those outside yelled in response to his whoop, and commenced a furious attack on the car. Then the repeating-rilles commenced their deadly work. Crack I crack I crack I they went, and the death-r<1te ran higber among the red-skins. Twenty minutes passed, and the Comanches found that over one-half their number were down, and yet they had not seen a white-face since Prairie Wolf entered the car. They ret. reated. The Wo.cdar pursued and shot them down like rabbits. PAGE 23 FRANK RF.:ADE, JR., AND HIS STEAM WONDER. 23 They sprang on their horses and fled, but ev;m that didn't save thtJm. At !..at they S!'attered aud went in every direction. Back to the village J" cried Gregory. ThtJ Wonder steamed up to the village again. Not a warrior was left there. The women were frightened almost te death. Opening the door Greg01.y sprang out, followed by the five red-shirts who had come with them, twd commenced a search among the for his family. He found them in Prairie Wolf's lodge, kep hidden under an immense buffalo robe by two old hags. Oh, papa, papa I" cried the daughter, on hear ing his volCe. 'fhe hags tried to keep her down, but the redshirts tore &em aside, and restored husband, wife, and daughter to each other. "'fhank God I" cried Gregory, pressing them to his heart. "Come to the car, darlings," and he led them to the Wonder and put them in, saying to Frank and Jack "'l'here they are-safe as ever, Mr. Reade. I'm going to burn up this village, and Prairie Wolf with it." "Do as you please, Mr. Gregory," said Frank. "I won't interfe;e in the matter. I am glad to see you restored to your husband. Mrs. Gregory." "Oh it's you we are Indebted to for this J" cried Mrs. Gregory. "May Heaven bless you, Mr. Reade I" Thank you, madam,'' and Frank bowed to the mother and daughter, and turned away to see what Gregory and the red-shirts were doing. I They bad started the fire, and soon several lodges were in a blaze. 'l'he aquaV<.S mude a great outcry, but they were mtJrcilessly kn:>cked over whenever they got in the ''Now, you fl<*1d I" cried a-regory rushing into the cur, and seizing.Prairie Wolf," i ll settle with you for all the past." He dragged him out of the car and threw him into the burning lodge he had recently occupied. In a moment the fiend was suffocated and writhing in death agonies. You will never raid another ranch I" cried Gregory, as he watched the flames do their work.. While the village was burning a score of war l'iors sat on their horses out in the prairie look Jng on, not daring to go any nearer. The Steam Wonder was much for them. Their bullets f ell harmless. They knew not what to do. When the village was destroyed the w bites re the Wonder, and moved away. They the warriors, and shot them down could be seen. Government ought to bu this Steam for the protection of the plains," said Gregory. "So I think,'' said one of the red-shirts. "I'll give you one hundred per cent. on the cost of lt, Mr. Reade," remarked the wealthy stock-raiser. "When I feel disposed to part with it, I'll consider the offer, Mr. Gregory," replied Frank. Tlmt gives ;ne the refusal of it, does it not?" "Yes." That settles it," and they ahook hands over the understanding. CHAPTER XXXII). I'll bring my sister with me," he said, "and you can go back with her and stay a month 01: two." "Yes," said she. "I would be delighted to do so. Bring her, by all means." They parted, and the Wonder speeded on its WH.y back with ten followed by th CONCLU.ION. cheerS' and good wis es of everybody in Valley l,own. ALICE GREGORY, the daughter of tbe rich stock-The return trip was not exriting beyoad the raiser, was one of the pr'lttiest 1!.8 well as the appearance of the ghost of the dead outlaw, most interesting girls Frank had ever seen. She which followed them to the river, as it had done was dark-inte11.selv to having before. s.vent all her lif6, except when at scnool, in the Frank and Jack had gotten used to the specter, open air of the prairie. Her eyes were like ebon but Pomp was terribly demoralized every time it diamonds, large and lustrous, and her hair like appeared, and would not look at it. Some of the the raven's wing. passengers were just as badly broken up as Pomp Frank lost no time in making her acquaintance. was about it. She seemed to be Ill! much pleased \fith him as The specter left them at the rivAr, however, and he w1s with her. They sat by each other during then it was pleasant sailing the rest of the way. the whole day, Jack running the engine. They indulged in a buffalo chase, but did not se& She made him tell her the history of the Steam any Indians. The fact the red-skins had Wonder and his adventures with it. heard that a strange kind of wagon was out on It seemed like a tale of romance to her, and she the prairie, playing the old Harry with them, so regarded him a.s the most remarkable young man they kept oil', a long way off, lest they should she had tJver heard of. They were about the meet it. The Steam Wonder had grown to be a. same age-not quite eighteen-and their youth J terror to the red-men of the West. and temperaments caused a deep sympathy to After delivering his passengers, Frank conclud-spring up between them. ed to run down to Beadestown and pay his father Night came on, and still the Wonder pushed on all the money he had advanced for the construe over the plains. Alice Gregory leaned her head tion of the Wonder. on Frank's shoulder and slept. Frank enjoyed Accordingly he remained only one l:Nur at the the situation immensely. place, saying he would return soon and carry anAt daylight they reachtld Valley Town, and the_ other load of passengers through to Valley 'l'own. stor)> of the rescve of the ladies and the destruc-and Santa Fe, and then set out for home. tion of the Indian village spread like wildfire. A glad welcome awaited them at Readestown. 'fhe red-shirt!! turned out en masse, and greeted The five young ladies he had rescued from the the young inventor of the Steam Wonder in royal Apaches gave them kisses, and everybody else .style. took their hands. A meeting was called, and resolutions passed, Julia. Morgan, it was plain to everybody, was requesting Frank Reade, Jr., to build a Steam madly in love with Frank, and when Jack told Wonder for the town of Valley Town, to be used them all how badly mashed Frank was on Alice for the protection of that part of the country from Gregory, sh,e almost fainted. the Comanches. A committee was appointed to Frauk Reade, Sr., Wa.!J astonished at the flnan-wait on Frank and get his answer. cial success of t!he Steam Wonder. He said .it The gold is on hand to pay for it, pard," said beat anything he had done in the palmy days the chairman of the committee, when they called the Steam Team or the Tally Ho. on Frank. I think I ought to improve on your inven" I will try to do as you desire," said Frank, I t!ons, father," replied Frank, laughing, "as t "as the people of Valley Town have been kind to had the benefit of thew to start on. I've got us." something In my head that'll work out some "Thank you, pard. We'll make the red-!;kins and l,ty everything else in the shade." bowl wben we g,et it. We'll call it the 'Frank "What Is it?" Reade,' aud stand by her till the earth crumbles Oh, I don't exactly know myself, but look away." out for it-it's a-coming,'' and they both laughed Then the whole town took drinks, and made a heartily. holiday of it. Mr Gregory gave Frank a draft And now, reader, we will leave the brilliant on St. Louis for$10,000, anc' told him he would young inventor with his Steam Wonder, career takA Wonder, too, if he would make one ing over the illimitable plains, making a lholliand for him. dollars a trip, running down to the ranch of th& Two days more were spent at Valley Town, rich stock-raiser to bRSk in the smiles of the during which time Frank was constantly with the beauteous Alice, and spreading terror among the vmmg lady he had rescued from the Comanches. Indians and outlaws, till some other time, when The truth is, be was deeply in love with the dashhis wonderful inventive genius shall call for a iag beauty, and she with him. He promised to pen to record his and adventures. run the Wonder down to her father's ranch in the fall and' Hpend a week there. (THE END.l an.d :Books. HOW TO FLIRT.-J'ust out. The arts and wiles of flirtation are fully explained by this little book. 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