Frank Reade, Jr., and his adventures with his latest invention

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Lates t and Bes t Stories are Published in .. { COMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. P UBLISHER, 34 & 36 NORTH MOORE STREET, NEW YORK. { J'l l JCE } New York, March 4, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 Vol. I Entered according to the Act of Congress in the year 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C. rank Reade, Jr., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. I By "NONAME." With yells of terror the savages u rged tbeir P!> to the top o f their speed. They fly ove r the plaius o n the wings of t h e wind. but the tricy cle sails alon g behiri1f m c l o s e enoug h for the terrible Winches ters t o d o their work. ,.


.... ---,..------------1 2 FRANK READE, JR., AND H I S ADVENTURES WITH HIS LAT E S T INVENTION. The s u bscri ptio n Pri ce o f t h e FRANK READE LIBRARY by the yeu.r is $2.50 : $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moo r e Street. Box 2730 FRANK READE, JR., --AND HIS-Adventures Witb His Latest Invention. / By kolA,ME," Author of" Erank lteade J r .'s D eep. Sea D iver the ''l.'ortoise,' '' Frank, Jr., and H i s l!Jlectri c Boat, e t c . I CHAPTER I THE -YOUNG INVENTOR. "PALMER HousE, CHICAGO, June 15. "To FlUNK READE, SR., \1-eadestown: "Send Pomp here at once. I have just capped the climax or inventions "FRANK READE, JR." "Holy smoke!" he exclaimed. "Jack Mid d l eton in New York! I thought he was in T u rkey by this time. He went to Europe two months ago, to be gone a year Bet my bot tom dime he's got into some kind of a scrape, and had to come back. He's a wild one, but one of the best fellows in the world. Hanged if I don't ask him to come out here and make the trio witt rnA." "Yes, quite a nice rQom, l>omp. O n e caD keep pretty comfortable here." "Yes, sah he kin. Dis heah ain t like libin' o u t on de prairy, eh?" Oh, no, of course not; but there's more fun out on the prairie, though, eb?'' "Yes, sah, dere is," and then the old man surveyed himself in a fulll ength mirror at one end of the room . .,.. ), Frank Reade, Sr., the famous inventor or the "Steam Man of the Plains," was sitting out on tae piazza of his residence at Re adestown when the above dispatch was banded him He hastily tore it open and glanced over its con tents. Frank was ever quick to act. He sprang up, put on h i s hat and ran down-stairs to the tele graph office. Seizing a pencil and paper, he hastily wrote: "Looking at the gray in the black wool, Pomp?" "Yes, sah . Ole Pomp is a gittin' gray, suah "Ah! Something new again!" be exclaimed; "He's a genuine chip from the old block! He wants the old chunk of block meat with him aga in, too. Well, be shall have him. Pomp! Say, Pomp!" "Yes, sah, l'se comin'," cried Pomp, quickly around the corner of the bouse. "Well, come here, Pomp," said the old man. "I've got news for you. Do yo u re.Jol lect a boy named Frank Reade, Jr., the young--" "Yah! yah he! he! Marse Frank," l aughed black Pomp, "you tink I done go n e an' forgit dat boy? De good Lor' sabe us!" "Ah! you remember him, then, do you?" "Yes, sah I does," and the black face hnd a grin on it that revealed two big rows of ivory "Well, that same ]?oy is up to another racket. See here. He telegraphs for you to go to him at the Palmer House in Chicago at once. Which means to-night." Pomp' s eyes stretched their widest when the 4l.lspatcb was read tq him. "Will you go, Pomp?" Mr. Reade asked "Yes, l'!llh," was the prompt reply "Very well. Get ready, and I will go down to the telegraph office and send a dispatch to the etl'ect that you will start to-night." "Yes, sah," and he hastened round to his cabin to make the necessary preparations for departure. Mr. Reade strolled down to the telegraph office, and was about to write a message to the young inventor, when a'!IOther dispatch, this time from New York, was p l aced in his hands He read it carefully, folded it up, put it in his pocket. and then wrote and sent the dispatch to Frank, Jr. Seated in his sumptuous apartment at the Palmer House, Frank Reade, Jr. the famous youag i nventor o f the "Steam Tally-Ho," Steam Wonder and "Electric Boat," was reading a paper, when a dispat c h was ban ded In by a messenger boy. He tore i t ope n and read : "READESTOWN, June 15th "Pomp l eaves for Chi cago to -night. J ack )liddleto n Astor Honse, New York, tefegrapbs for yo u r address. Success to you. ''FRANK READE, SR." "PALMER HOUSE, CHICAGO. "Hello, Jack! What are you doing In New York? Come West, man, come READE, JR ... An hour l ater a reply came: "AsToR HousE, NEw YoRK. "I came back to see you Will leave for Chicago to night. JAcK." "Well, n ow!" exclaimed the young inventor, on rending the djspatch. This Is beginning to get interesting Jack went to Europe to spend a year, an d now, after two months, comes back to see me. I wonder what it all means? Well, he'll be here day after to mor row, and then I will give him a surprise, though, and Pomp too. The faithful old fellow will be hiP\& to-morrow morning. I'll have some fun wit of them, and then let 'em into the secret The r11ader will rea I recognize Frank Reade, Jr., and his faitbflll than Pomp. The young invent o r ha<}ju t completed a new and statthng invention, qnd was now waiting for Jack Middleton, an old college chum and classmate, to arrive. The next morning Pomp arrrved at the ho t el and was showri up to the roc;1m of his young master. They b ad not seen each other f o r three months. "Hello, Pomp!" the you n g inventor cried, as the familiar black face entered his room. "Gl ad to see yon, old man!" and he wrung the horny hand or the old man till the tears came into his eyes. "Marse Frank," faltered Pomp, for his voice was unsteady from emotion, "I-l'se glad to see youse. How is yer?" ' All right; old man, all right. H o w are they all at borne?" ' Dey's all well, Marse Frank,'' was the rep l y Glad to bear it. Yon are looking well yo u r self "Yes sab Ole Pomp ain't dead yit And then be looked around the roo m as if ha lf ex pecting to s ee something o f the new i nventio n there. Dis am a gorj n s r oom, Marse Fran k be remarked. Whar am dat 9.r climax, Marse Frank?" "That what?" "Dat climax what yer father tole me yonse hab done gone an' made." "Oh, my climax of inventions!" and the young inventor roared with merriment at Pomp's ignorance of his meaning. ' What's de matter wid yo use, Marse Frank?" excl a imed the old dar key, glaring at the young inventor. "4 "Ob, nothing. I'll show you the climax to morrow, Pomp. Have you had your breakfast yet?" "No, sah : "Well, here's two dollars. You can have the day to yourself. Knoc'k around apd see the sights. You can get a good breakfast in the kitchen of the hotel down-stairs." "Yes, sab," and Pomp moved went down-stairs to the servants' he was served with a good m eal. He strolled llJ'Ound the city during the day, and took in the sights. But when night came be round that his poc,ket bad been picked of all his loose chunge. "Dis heo.h am de beaten est town I ebber see," he exclaimed, on discovering his lo&s. "Now dey's got all de little change I had, but de big change is dar yit," and be grinned a grin of co m plete satisfaction. A pick-pocket beard it and attempted to get into thedarkey's confldeoce, but Pomp wouldn't have it . The thief then waited 1for an oppor tunity to down him and go through him. Tipping the wink to a pal they both s e ized hi111 and tried to hold him till t!Jey secured his wallet. "Hole on dar!" cried Pomp, exerting a strength that utterly amazed the rascals. He knocked both of tbem down and gave them black eyes They didn't wait to renew his acquaintance, as thP.y saw they bad got the wrong sow by the ear. Springing to their feet, they ran l ike race horses down the street, disappearing in a nar row o.lley. Pomp really didn't know what the attack meant. He l:jad opposed f orce w ith fOl'ce, a n instinctive habit with him. He returned to the hotel and reported ti Frank, Jr., hi s adventures of the day. I


( FRANK READE, JR., HIS' ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 3 "You got off a great deal better tlian most I completed the greatest invention of the age. I white men do, PomJ?," said the young man. am so full of it that it's utterly impossible to "You are lucky." think of any new invention at present. I am "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "Wish dat I going out on the plains, among the Indians and done broke dere necks, suah." buffaloes. You are going witb me. We' ll have "Well, if they ran away I am quite sure you a splendid time, and when we return, I promise didn t do that. You have to keel; your eyes you that I will do my best to do what you wish open in Chicago." me to. In the meantime, don't tell me what it 1 "Yes,. sah-it am er bad place, Marse is, for I don't want anything to spoil my fun Frank." with this thing I already have on band." "A very bad place with a great many good "Why, what in the world is it, Frank?" expeople in it." cl:l.irned Jack, catching some of the young in" Am dere any good folks beab?" Pomp inooenthusiasm. cently asked. "Well, now, you'd never guess it, would Oh, yes; thousands of them," was the reply. you?" Poinp then tried again to ascertain what the "No. I might guess a thousand things, and young inventor ba<} sent for him for. But Frank never mention the right one." shook his bead. o you would. I am sure you will never "Waittillto-morrow,Pomp,"besald, "and guess tbe right one. "Well, it's a new tri tbe o you'll lind out everything. Jack .Middlecycle/' too will be here to-morrow; and he will go with "A tricycle?" us." "Yes. You know what a tricycle is, do you "Go whar, Marse Frank? ' not?" "Out West-on the plains." "Of course I do, but--" Why, Marse Frankl Is yer gwine out dnr "Well, that's what it is." aginY" Jack could not repress a smile. Yes-all over the West, old man. Indians. "And you call one of those little three-wheelrobbers, buffaloes, bears, and all that sort of ed concerns the boys use all over the country thing." one of the greatest inventi9ns of the age?" "De Lor' sabe us! Whar am Barney O'Shea, "Yes, I do. It is run bv electricity, and will Marse Frank?" carry from four to six men with ease over the "I don't know where Barney is, Pomp. We ground at a speed of thirty miles an hour." shall not have any use for him if we did. Three "Jerusalem!" exclaimed Jack, amazed at the of us will be enough." sudden revelation of his skill. Pomp went up to his room that night and "Yes. Now come on with me and I will fell asleey over the problem of what tile climax show it to you." was. "I am at your service, old fellow, but hadn't CHAPTER II. JACK ARRIVES--THE ELECTRIC TRICYCLE, THE next day after Pomp's arrival Jack Mid dleton, the old classmate of the young inventor, reached the Palmer House. He sent his card up to Frank 'a room, and the &ervaot came back with instructioos to show the gentleman up. "Jack, old man, how are you?" exclaimed Frank, grasping his chum's hand as he entered the room. "I am deuced glad to see you! How have you been?" "Never ltetter in my life, Frank; and you are looking as hearty as a buck," and the two friends stood up and looked at each other several minutes, as if noting the changes that time had made since last they met. "Take a seat, Jack, and make yourself com fortable," said Frank. "Have you had break fast yet?" "Yes -and a good night's sleep on the train. I am feeling quite comfortable." Glad to heart that. Now tell me what has made such a change in your programme? You wrote me that you were off to Europe for a year, and yet--" "I am back here at tho end of two months, you say," said Jack, interrupting him. "Yes,'' replierl Frank," that's just the proper Btat ement of the situation you better take my project in band anct--" "No-no, not now. I am going to work my tricycle first. Come on." They put on their hats and left the hotel to gether. Out in front they met Pomp, and he and Jack greeted each other with cordiality, for Pomp had been Jack' s boay-servaot and body guard while he was at college. "Come on, Pomp," said Frank, "we are going to see the climax." Pomp fell in very promptly, for he was as anx ious to see the new thing as Jack was. Frank led the way down to the little work shop on the lake-shore, where he built and launched the electric boat the year before. On the way down he explained to Jack that a )ittle boy dashing by him on a little tricycle one day puL the idea into his head. He had already de monstrated the powerof electricity in the electric boat., and now thought he had invented some thing that would revolutionize travel in the West. When they reached the little work-shop Frank produced a key, fitted it to the lock and threw open the wide double doors. "There she is-look at her," he evclaimed. and they did look at it. They walked around it a half dozen times with the most puzzled looks Frank bad ever seen on two faces. Pomp looked at the tricycle a minute or two, "Well, I came all the way back to Frank, old man." see you, and then at the young inventor. "Am dis er clilnax, Marse Frank?'' he asked. Jack and Frank chuckled. ''See me?'' "Yes, you. and no one else." "Well, that's news. Go on with the I was in Germany about two weeks, when, at a scientific exhibition in Berlin, I saw an offer of a prize of $100.000 for the invention of a certain machine. I inquired of the per sons in charge of the exhibition, and found that the ofl'er was made in good f a ith, and that one of the wealthiest houses in the empire was at the back of it. I at once thought of you, Frank, and set my wits at work to firul out what the result of such an in ve ntion would be. I was told that letters patent would be granted the inventor, and that an immense mcome would come to him as as he Jived. Satisfied on that head, I immediately returned to New York, and t e legraphed to your father for your address." It's a tricycle, Pomp." "Er trysickness?" "No-tricycle-a rame for a three-whe e led concern. It's run by electricity just as the elec tric boat was. That beat everything on the water. will beat everything on land." "How?" "It will run thirty miles an hour on the ground, and--" "Marse Frank." said Pomp, shaking his head, "youse gwine fo' ter broke your neck! You heah dat?" "Well, see that my g rave's kept greer. when I do, old man. The Tally-Ho, Steam WondeJ: and Electric Boat were all to break my neck, but it isn't broken yet." tbree. wbeeled concern, one wheel in fronlt and two behind. The one in front was about \ three feet high, and worked on a pivot so as to turn to the right or left. The two wheels behind were at least six feet in diameter, with a broad thm steel tire, very strong and yet very light. In the center of the axle-tree were two elbows, with piston-rod attachments by which the propelling power was given. The machin ery was inclosed in a zinc box 11nderoeath to prevent injury by dust or other causes. Above was what appeared to him to be a wire cage, which seemed to be a cage within a cage, and still a third one. The wires were small and the orifices tine, yet one could plainly see through it. It was large enough to hold four persons. On the sides of the wire cage were slides made to uncover and cover holes a couple of inches in diameter. On the rear side was a door, which Frank opened, and said: "Now come inside and I will explain it to you." They followed him in, and found three nicely cushioned folding stools, wnich Fra6k offered as seats. They sat down and looked around them. On the right and left sides were chests running the entire length of the caO'e, and in froDL was a number of silver-plat e d 'knobo! and handles, connecting with slender 'steel rods, evidently comprising the machinery of the thing. t Now," said Frank, as his eyes sparkled, "I've got the biggest thing here in America. This cage here is entirely bullet-proof. There is nothing but 11 cannon that can send a ball through it. I've had it tested. It's of the finest elastic steel, against which a ball w ill flatten and drop to the ground. Hence, you see, there is absolute safety inside here Now, see these knobs and handles here? This one marked G' guides that smgle wheel out there ill front, turoing 'it in any direction wanted See?" and he turned the handle, and the wheel turned right and left with noiseless motions. "This one marked 'P' connects with a powerful E>lectric battery and machinery in the zinc-covered box underneath this cage, and sets tne thing going. This one marked 'B' 7uns it backwanl when needed, and this one, L,' controls a powerful light on top of the cage there, which is strong enough to enable one to read an ordinary paper on a dark night a half mile away. This one, marked 's; means shock-it eends a current of electricity throughout the whole thing strong enough to kill a mao. Inside here, however we are shut off from that, as I have so constructed the cage that the inside material is non-conducting. Suppose a body of enemies were to seize the tricycle to detain us, or turn it oYer. I could kill the whole band as by a stroke of lightning." "Good Heavens!" gasped Jack. "It's a ter rible machine .. "Yes, indeed. Over my head here, where I sit when running it, bangs a bell, which I have placed there for eflect, and to give notice of our approach sometimes These chests here on either side are to hold supplies for a long trip, blankets, ammunition, arms and such things. They can be used as seats too, when so desired. These hole$ here, cover ed by wire slides, are for the rifles' when we want to &hoot without exposing ourselvE>s. So you see we can visit even the most hostile tribes of Indians and have no fears, and wher ever a wagon can go. we can follow, no matter where. Now I will give you a test of the im pregnability of thb cage,' / and stepping out side, he drew his revolver and, aiming at Jack, !Ired. Then he fired at Pomp. Both leaped up as if bit and yelled: "Hold up! Stop that!" Frank lahghed and emptied his revolver at them. When be ceased firing there were SIX mashed bullets on the floor, underneath the tri?ycle. ' Now hold up, Jack," said Frank, as he was J.bout to speak again. ''I know now what yon would say. You want me to try to invent the machine for you." "Yes, that's it, and go in with me in it." "Exactly. Now listen to me. I have just "No, sah, dat 's er fac'," admitted Pomp, gazin"' at the machine with a puzzled air. Jack Middleton gazed at the tricycle in rapt admiration He could not undertstaud all he saw, hut he waited for Frank to explain it to him. CHAPTER III. OUT ON THE PLAINS-AN UNEXPECTED MEETING. JAcK and Pomp sprang out, and ran round to see what eflect the bullets had had on the wire cage. They were both amazed boyood the He saw a fine steel frame of a tricycle-or I ---(


. 4 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH Hl LATEST INVENTION. power of expression when Frank picked up the mashed bullets and handed them to them. Pomp drew a long breath of relief. "I wur afraid I wur done gone dead," he said "I nebber did like ter be shot." "Well, no one can ever shoot you in there, old man." "No, sah, dat's er fac' !" and Pomp stared at the tricycle as the most wonderful thing that had ever been invented, "It beats the Tally-Ho, eb, old man?" Frank remarked. "Yes, sah." "And the Steam Wonder and Electric Boat, too!" "Yes, sab, all ob dem." "The old folks at home will open their eyes, eb?" "Yes, sab, and yer fader will grin wuss'n a wolf." Frank smiled. Pomp always tbought a wolf could show more teeth when he grinned than any known Animal. "Well, we'll start for Readestown In the morning', 'at sunrise, and after a day or two there will make for the open prairie. You must stay here, Pomp, till Jack and I come back. We will go up-town and buy some supplies. When they come, store them away in these two .chests here. But don't you go to fooling with any of those knobs and handles up there, or you may set the thing going and play the old Harry. You haven't got the bang of it yet." "No, sab, I ain t gwin ter do nuffin' wid it," said Pomp, moving a little further ofrtrom it, as if suspicious of the whole business. Jack accompanied the young inventor up town, and aided him in the purchase of sup plies, which were at once sent down to Pomp. When they returned, they found that Pomp had "tored everything in the proper place, and lvas aitting down by the door of the shop enjoy ing his pipe. "Now, Pomp," said Frank, "you must sleep here to-night. You will find blankets in the left band side chest." "Yes, sah." Had Frank told hi!ll to jump into the lake be would have done so. Re believed in the young inventor, and would as soon have thought of fiying as of disobeying an order of his. "We will return at sunrise and start for Readestown, so you must get up early and have yeor breaklast by that time." "Yes, sah." Frank and Jack then went back to the hotel, ate a hearty supper together, and then 'l"(ent to the theater. They paid their hotel bills before going to bed, and gave orders to be called at an early hour. Some time before sunrise tbev started down to the little shop where the electric tricycle was waiting for them. Pomp was up and bad just finished a cold breakfast which he had pur chased the night before. "All ready, Pomp?" "Yes, sah." The two young men deposited their valises in the cage, and then turned their attention to pushing the tricycle out into the street. They got it out, and then entered the cage. Frank seated himself in front of the ma chinery where he could see ahead and guide the tricycle, and turned the "P" knob. The electric immediately began mov ing, anrl the tricycle started. It went smooth as any carriage could move, and climbed the hill to the main street with perfect ease. In the main street it moved faster-ten miles an hour, for there was no t:afflc on the streets at that early hour, and only the street cars and milk wagons were going. The few mechanics .who were goin"' to work at that early hour stopped and gazed with puz zled looks at the stran11:e vehicle. They gazed as long as they could aee it, and then went on, thinking it was something new, of which they would hear more in time. At last they reached the suburbs of the city, where they struck the level country roads. ''Now we'll make better time," said Frank, and, the "P "knob anothor twist, sant the tricycle ftying along the smooth road like a railroad engine. "De Lor' sabe us! Stop her, Marse Frank," cried Pomp. Why, Pomp, olu man, this is nothing Wait till we get out on the prairie, and we'll go so fast you'll have to tie your hair on your head to keep it." "Frank, old boy!" said Jack, as they dashed alonl$' -the smooth road, this is certainly a wonaerfol invention." "Of course it is. Bot you clon't know half of what it can do yet. It was late in the afternoo n when they came in sight of Readestown. "Now we'll wake up the whole place," said Frank. "Stand up here and ring this bell, Pomp, and I'll take a ride through street, and let 'em rack their brains to find out what it is." Pomp began ringing the bell as soon as they struck the end of the street. The tricycle dashed through at good speed. The sound of a strange bell in their streets caused men, women and children to rush out to see what it was. Of course it had just passed as they got a look at it. But they all suspected that Frank Reade, Jr.,. had turned up with something new, and accordingly set out on a run toward the Reade residence There they found the strange machine, with the young inventor hugging and kissing his mother and sisters. A big crowd soon collect ed, and everybody wanted to know what it was. "Frank, my boy," said the elder Reade, "come out here now and tell ns all about it." The crowd cheered as the young inventor came forward. He then began and told them all about lt, and they were amazed at the re sources of his inventive mind. "We-are going out on the plains to-morrow," he said, in conclusion, "and when we come back we will tell you all we have seen and heard." That night Pomp carried to the tricycle three Winchester repeating rifiAs and plenty of car tridges, and saw that nothing was wanted. Early the next morning Frank and Jack took leave of the family and started. The tricycle bell tuld that they were off, and in a few minutes the village of Readestown lay behind them. The sun was not yet up and the dew was still heavy on the grass. "By George, Frank?" cried Jack, "this is the most exhilarating ride I ever had! The air of the prairies Is good!" "The best in the world." They were going in a southwesterly direc tion. Frank had made the trip eo often that be knew just which way to go. All day long they !Jped over the rolling prairies, and night found them nearly two hun dred miles from Readestown. But the dark ness did not stop them. 'they bad provisions on board, and so did not have to stop to cook supper. Frank flas)led the electric light from the top of the tricycle, and the reflector threw its concentrated rays in front with such intense power as to enable them to see objects plainly for a quarter of a mile ahead. "Frank Reade!" exclaimed Jack, in admira tion of the inventive genius of his friend, "this is the greatest invention of the agel It's com plete-nothing else desired!'' "Fills the bill,--eh?" said Frank, smiling. "Yes-and more, too." By midmght they had made another hundred miles. "We are in the Indian region now," said Frank. "Not the Indian Territory?" "Oh, no, bnt In that part of the great plains where bands of red-skins P.OSS and repass in their bunting or marauding expeditions SuddeBly Pomp startled them with an exclamation of: "Good Lor', look dar!" Both sprang to the front and gazed forward. Intense darkness reigned everywhere except in front. The glare of the electric light revealed to their astonished gaze a band of mounted Indiana over one hundred strong, hideous in all the repulsiveness of war-paint. "I11dians, by Jove!" exclaimed Jack. "Yes," said Frank; "hut they can t harm us. Our cage is bullet-proof. We'll go tbrough them?" The red-skins sat on their horses, rilles poised as if to be in readiness to firQ, and gazed in mystified awe at the blinding light that shone full in their facea. The glare was so intense that they could setl nothing else-could not tell whether it was re ceding, coming, or stationary. The tficycle approached them rapidly and almost noiseless ly. Seeing that the savages did not give way Frank quietly halted, anu gazed at them, with in forty yards of them. They were so blinded by the electric light that they did not see tricycle. "Ugh!" grunted the chief, blinking his eyes. "Big light. Injun see all light." A feeling of awe, curiosity and superstitious fear was plainly depicted on each ,llideously painted face. The steady glare of the electtric light blinded the whole band, and Frank was beginning to tnink about removing the re flector, when the chief called out: "Ugh! Me great chief! Who light ? Injun can't see. Ugh!" CHAPTER IV. SHOCKING THE RED-SKINS. THE situation was an exciting one. The red-skins were perfectly hideous in their war-paint. Every mother's son of them held his rifle in readiness to shoot at anything they could see. The glare of the eteJtric hght had utterly blinded them. They could not even see the shape of the strange vehicle that bore it. Frank and J'aok, however, coufd see them well, and neitheM>f them saw anything band some about them. They gazed in silence, waiting to see what the bewildered red-skins would uo. Those of them who moved out of the range of the light robbed their eyes and glared at total darkness. Then they Jabbered among themselves, as if in the greatest state of mysti fication. Frank had been so often among the red-men that he readily understood everything that was said. "By George!" be whispered to Jack, "they are the worst scared set I ever saw." "Suppose they should fire a volley at us?" "Well, unless you are leaning against the wire it won't do you any harm. The w irtlgives a little, you know "Yes, I never thought of that. Have you tested it?'' "Oh, yes. Everyt)ling is safe as though we were behind a stone wall." The reds heard the whispering, or some of them did, and a signal caused a silence like death to fall on the jabbering warriors. They gazed at the blinding light, winkAd their eyes and listened. Frank reached up and commenced tolling the bell that hung just above his head. It's clear, sweet, silvery notes swelled out on the air of that still summer night, filling the savage mind with wonder and awe. Tbey had never heard anything like it before, and, of course, didn't know what it was, or what to make of it. Ding! ding! ding!" went the bell, and the awe-stricken reds sat mot ionless and silent under its silvery tones. "Hello. red-skins!" Frank suddenly called out. "What's the matter with you?" "Ugh!" grunted the chief of the band . "Pale-face light!" Frank quickly reversed the reflector, fiooding the scene with a brilliant light in every direc tion, when, after a few moments, the aston ished red-skins beheld, for the first time, the curious machine that had crept np into their mid'st. Exc!amaticns in the shape of grunts


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 8 from the surprised red-skins. They crowded around the tricycle, and glared at the three men inside with unfeigned amazement. Who pale-face?" the chief asked. "I am Frank Reade," was the good-natured reply of the young inventor. "Who are you?" Me great chief--;-me Red Horse." "Oh, you are Red Horse, are you? Well, I must say you are nolbandsome." "Ugh! Pale-face heap big lie. Red Horse great chief!" "Oh, no doubt of that. Why don't you wash your face and look decent?" "Ugh!" grunted the chief. "P"Je-face heap talk." < "I say, Red Horse, what do you think of that light up there?" The chief glared up at the electric light, but a moment later recoiled from it. It was too much for him. "Ugh! Light strong like the sun," was the red-shin s comment. The band bad completely surrounded the tricyr.le, and were examining it. with a great deal of interest. "Ugh!" grunted one-" no .horse-all wagon." Red Horse turned to Frank and asked: Where horse?" "'Vhat horse?" "Horse who pull wagon?" "Oh, we don't have any horse." "No horse?" "No. Our wagon runfi! without horses." "Ugh!" grunted the chief. "Pale-face big liar." Red Horse is a fool," said Frank. Pale-face lose his scalp," said Red Horse. If I do Red Horse won't get it." "Me get it," and the chief rode up alongside of the tricycle and struck the wire cage savagely with his tomahawk. "Ha! ha! ha!" laughed Frank. "Red Horse wants to dance a war-dance. He can never get a pale-face scalp till he dances a war-dance." Me shoot pale-face, and get his scalp!" exclaimed the angry red-skin, leveling his rifle ar1d ti ring at Frank. The entire hand yelled iu unison at the shot. But a moment later, when they saw Frank standing unmoved in the center of the their yells gave way to grunts of amazement. Red Horse gazed at him for a moment like one in a dream. Then he uttered a war-whoop, in wbich he was joined by the entire band, followed by a whole volley of rifle-shots. Of course, every shot fell to tl1e ground from the sides of the steel wire-cage, and our heroes remained unharmed. "Don't you see what a fool you are, Red -Horse?" said Frank, laughing good-naturedly. "You can't hurt a pale-face in this thing." "Me take wagon,'' grunted Red Horse, "and burn it in tire-rl)aSt pale fac:e." "Oh, you can't burn the wagon, either," said "Frank. "You red-skins are all fools, and you'll find it out soon, too." Red Horse gave a signal to his tfraves, and a score of them leapt to the ground and laid bold of the tricycle to hold it and prflvent it getting away from them. "Now look out for fun, Jack," said Frank, touching a small crank that connected with the electric battery. The. next instant a powerful current of elec triciW flashed through all the outer portions of tricycle. The savages caught the full force of it, and the most ear-splitting yells that ever r.ame from human lips burst from them. Their bodies twisted and squirmed like impaled worms. They could not let go, for the sudden c onvulsions that bad seized upon them caused t hem to grip all the l:iarder. Lord, ho.w they yelled! They screamed in unfeigned Red Horse and his other braves knew not the cause of their yells of ter ror, and yet they drew their tomahawks aud yelled in unison with them. "De Lord sabe us!" exclaimed Pomp. "Dem red niggers is-..done gone crazy, suah!" "Let 'em go, Frauk," cried Jack. "You'll kill the whole gang." "Not much,' replied the young inventor. "I know just how much to them." The yelling rascals at last sank down in con Frank then the current of electricity, and let them go. They tumbled to the ground, some of them so badly used up that they couldn't stand on their feet for several minutes. But those who could stand rubbed themselves all over, as if to make sure they bad not been shaken to pieces. They bad a wonderful tale to tell, and their grunts told more than the language of civilization could have done. "Catch on, Red Horse," called out Frank, "The wagon will run away if you don't." To make the chief lay his hands on the tricy cle Frank caused it to move slowly forward. Thinking his prize was ab out to escape him, Red Horse sprang to the ground, and seized hold of the left wheel. "Now for him!" cried Frank, turning on the current again. "Ugh! ah-whoop!" roared the red rascal. His hideously painted face became even more than hideous in thA convulsive grimaces that followed. His mouth flew open and his eyes protruded a& though they were about to pop out of his head. He squirmed and twisted like a serpent with its head under a stone. Yell after yell burst from him, and his hair stood up like quills on the porcupine. Suddenly be became utterly unconscious, and then Frank stopped the current of electricit) and let him fall to the ground. During this scene the wildest excitement pre vailed among the band of red-skins. They ran hither and thither, making the welkin ring with their blood-curdling yells. Just as the chief fell to the ground Frank commenced ringing the bell, and at the same time started the tricycle forward. Of course the red rascals dared not stop it, and in a few minutes it was careering over the plains .at a rapid rate .. muflled roar of a hundred horses rushing after him in bot pursuit. "There! Don't you hear 'em coming!" he said. They are following the light." Jack. and Pomp both listened, and could plainly hear the horses' feet on the soft prairie soil as they dashed after the tricycle. "Why, they won't let us have any sleep tG nigpt," said Jack. "No. Thoy are determined to capture us if they can. I've a mind to wait and see what they will try to do." "I don't know what else you can do," re mark{ld Jack. "Heah dem er comin'," exclaimed Pomp. A couple of miles behind they uttered the fiercest war-whoops, and urged their steeds forward to the top of their speed. The tricycle came to a dead halt, and Jack and Frank, seating themselves on camp-stools, lit cigars and began smoking. Pomp was too intent on watching for the re-appearance of the Indians to indulge in a smoke. Suddenly Pomp sung o,ut: "Heah dey come!" They came on like a thunderbolt, yelling like so many and quickly surrounded the tricycle. "Hello, Red Horse!" cried Frank on seeing the chief again. "How do you feel now?" Ugh! Red Horse want fight!" exclaimed the chief. .Me great chief; me take pale-face scalp!" "See here, Red Horse, don't be a fool!" said Frank. "You know I can whip you, and not try hard either, so go away and let me alone!" Pale-face coward. He run away from Red Horse. Red Horse great warrior. All his enemies fly before him!" "Just bear the rascal!" said Frank. "I've a mind to give him a bullet for his insolence!" 0]], don't shoot him. We are safe enough," CHAPTER v. said Jack, having no desire to see any one of the band killed. "STRUCK BY LIGHTNING." "We'll have to kill some of them in order to JACK and Frank laughed till the tears came get rid of them," Frank said, shaking his head. into thmr eyes at the terror of the red-skius "Yoa see, I know these rascals, Jaek." when electric shocks struck them. "Well, maybe they'll leave us at daybreak," "I never saw anything like it in my life, Jack returned; "let's wait tili then, at least." Frank," said Jack, holding his sides. "I've Frank agreed. nearly split !TIY sides laughing." awe may as well lie down and sleep then," Bo. have I," returned Frank. "I arranged said Frank. the electric current for just such a trick as "All right. They can't get at us, so there's that. I knew the red rascals would try to stop no danger in doing so." me some time, and so I wanted to give them a "None in the least." good dose." They took their blankets from the station "They'll never forget it, l'lllbet." chest, on the right hand side, and proceeded to Oh,. they will take a good deal of hard make a bed on the floor of the cage. The knocks before they will give up. As none Indians saw the movement, and were amazed. were killed, they will think that we can't kill. They could r:ot believe that the three men in And then we have run away from them. (['bey the tricycle would dare to go to sleep with over will think we are really afraid of them. Ob, one hundred enemies, all armed to the teeth, we'll bear from them again, you may depend around them. upon it." Just before he laid down Frank sent the "Can you kill any one with that current, electric current tlasbing through the out-surFrank?'' face of tbe tricycle, and then said: "Why, yes; as eflectually as a tlash of light. "Now they may do their worst. They'll get ning can." a lesson that will make them remember this Jack shuddered. racket as long as they live. I've given 'em "It's a terrible weapon," be said enough to knock 'em clean through eternity, if "Yes," said Frank. "It's a defense that they only dare make the circuit in their own will save us when the rascals seize hold to turn bojies." us over." "Good Lord!" gasped Jack. ''That's awful, "Do you. think they will follow us?" Frank!" "YesI am sure of it, and that's why I am "So it is, Jack, but you forget that those not going any faster. I want to keep just fiends are itching to get their hands in our hair. aheatl of them, and let them think they can No; I don't mind killing Indians any JLore run us down." than coyotes. They are both alike." "But why not get away from them altoJack Middleton could not sleep after that. gether?" He lay there thinking about tbe death-yell he "Oh, I want a little fun out of them, and expected every minute to bear. He knew not teach 'em a lesson that will have a tendency to that one would not have tim'.! to ye!.l. A man let white people alone. Do you know, Jack, struck by a full-fledged 8trea k of lightni ng that while they are much sinned against, they never stops to make any noise about it. He are incorrigible thieves and murderers!" hastens into eternity at once, and stands not "Yes, I have heard so." on the order of going. "Well, I know they are. That band would The Indians, enraged at the insult, tts they have murdered us to-night if they could." conceived it to be, of the three men lying down "No doubt of it." to slel\p, fired a volley of rifle balls at the cage. Not in the least." Of course the balls fell harmless to the ground, Frank 1Jlowed up after going a few miles, and and Frank and Jack remained quiet on their listened. blankets. Away in the distance he could bearJ the Pomp, however, remained on his knees, ....


6 READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LA'l"ESJ' INVENTION. peeping over one of the chests at the red-skins who were holding a consultation over the situ, ation. TheJ were already convinced that it was worse than \lseless to waste powder and lead on the tricycle. They concluded at last to turn it over-do it so quickly that no harm could come to them selves in the meantime. Accordingly, a half-dozen stalwart red-skins crept up to the left side to seize and turn it over on its side before the occupants could do anything to preveht it. As was stated, Pomp was down on his knees watching their movements. He saw them ap proacb to take hold. His wool almost straight ened out like a horse's mane at the thoughts of what was about to take place. Look out, dar!" be gasped Ain't you red nlggers got no sense? Look out, dar, I tole you! De Lor' Gorramitey!" Both Jack and Frank up to look. The six savages who had laid hands on the tricycle were instantly killed. They dropped to the ground in their tracks, n.nd remained as motionless as only the dead can. "By George," exclaimed Jack, "they are as dead as herring!" or course they are. They were struck by lightning." The chief suspected something wrong by the silence of the six men. He crept forward and gazed at them. A glance told him .they were dead, and then a wild, shrill whoop escaped him. The others joined him with their yells, and a minute later the whole band fled in terror from a mystery that killed. "Ah! They have got the lesson!" exclaimed Frank, as he heard their howls growing fainter as the distance increased. "They will never forget it; but the very next band we meet will have to Jearn it as they did. I tell you, Jack, they are the worst fiends outside of old Nick's abode." "I believe you, Frank. They were the most repulsive-looking things I ever saw in human shape." "You may well say that. Now we can lie down nnd get some sleep," and they again sought their blankets. his attention toward getting breakfast for the two young men. "I say, Jack," suid Frank, "I think I see the faintest fringe of timber right in front of us here. Suppose we run. over there and have a hot breakfast! ' "Good! I don't care to eat breakfast with a half-dozen dead Indians lying around in sight." Here we go, then." Frank touched the knob that controlled the powerful electric engine, and in another mo ment the tricycle was dashing over the prairie like a streak of greased lightning. It only took them about thirty minutes to reach the timber. They halted on the edge of it, and then Pomp sprang out with a shot-gun to shoot some prairie chickens he had seen just below where they stopped. Bang! bang! went both barrels or his gun, and in a couple of minutes more he returned with four fowls wblch be had brought down out of a flock. "By George," exclaimed Jack, "I like that kind of sport!' Let's try our 'nand at hunting whilst Pomp gets up a tire for us." "Yes, make a good fire, Pomp, and we'll go a little way down the timber and get some more of those lilirds." "Yes, sah," responded the faithf!ll dar key, preparing to start a fire against a Jog that Jay just in the edge of the timber. Jack and Frank then shouldered shot-guns and game-bags and started out. 'Ihey bad not gone a hundred yards ere tlley were in the midst of a fine tlock of prairie hens. They emptied their gnos into tb" flock and brought down nearly a dozen birds. They reloaded and followed the flock again, after tilling their bags with the game. Again did they bag a half score of birds, and now, having as many as they could well carry, they concluded to return, eat a hearty breakfast, and then resume the hunt. Pomp bad built a big tire against a Jog and was busy plucking a brace of the prairie chick ens when the two young meo returned. "Do you want any help there, Pomp?" Frank asked, looking over at his faithful help. "No, sab, 'less youse mighty hongry, sah," was the reply. "Well, I'm prett;y Jmngry, so I'll help you," CH PT R v and, as he uoderstood all about cooking game, A E L he set to work helping the black pluck the birds. THB BREAKFA.BT AND ITS INTERRUPTION. In the meantime Jack watched the fire and IT was daylight when they awoke. The sun arranged the smaller chunks so as to have them was not yet above the horizon. But the stars reduced to live coals as soon as possible. had faded ,away, and the dew-drops on the When four of the birds were ready for the grass began to glitter like so many pendant knife Pomp took them to the stream, which diamonds. A fragrant odor of flowers was was but a few rods fr.rther in the timber, and wafted ori a gentle zephyr to the cage of the cut tltem open, washed them out, and returned. tricycle, and Jack, inhaling it, exclaimed: Salting them well, and f!dding a liberal sprink" This is Paradise, Frank! I am intoxicated ling of pepper, he laid them on the glowing with this delicious ozone!" coals. "Whar am it, Marse Jack?" asked Pomp, "Ah! they will be gooil enough for a king!" looking around as if in search of something. exclaimed Jack. "W .lat?" demanded Jack, in no little sur. Indeed they are," said Frank. "They are prise. fresh aod fat, and this pure air of the boundless "Dat dar nozone." prairie gives one an appetite for such game. Frank and Jack roarefl. As we are not in a hurry .we will stQ.P here and "What's de matter wid youse?" Pomp asked, have a good day's hunt. I think. we can kill in a state of complete mystification. game enough to last us a week an more be" Oh, Lord!" gasped Frank, as he looked up sides. Don't they smell good?" at Pomp, I shall burst!" and he exploded The odor or the broiling birds extremely again. appetizing, and Jack enjoyed inhaling it, He "Ef youse doau't stop dat I affin' youse bust watched Pomp's way of cooking, and took his auah," remarked Pomp, not yet showing the first Jesson in the art. sign of a grin on his black face. When they were nearly ready for the plates, "PomJ>," said Jack, "you do not know what the faithful black went to the larder in the cage ozone Is, do you!" and took therefrom several plates and placed No, sah." them on the Jog. Then he got cups and san" Never saw any, eh?" cers, knives, forks, and spoons. sah-nebber got any, elder." "We'll h&ve to wait for the coffee, Jack," "Well, I'll tell yon what it is." said Frank, "so Jet's take a walk to the creek," "Yes, sab," and Pomp stared at him as if and see what kind of a stream it is. We can expectlog a wonderful revelation of some kind. return in ten mioutes. Pomp will give us a "It means good, pure, fresh air." signal when the coflee is ready." Pomp gave a snort of contempt that nearly "All right," said Jack, turning to follow threw them Into convulsions again. him. "Ef I was you, Marse Jack," said Pomp, "I "Better take yer guns," said Pomp. "Dem wouldn't use uem big words no more." Iojnns mont be ober dar." "Why not, Pomp?" "Yes, that's so; Jet's get the Winchester's, "Kase dey'H choke yer some day, an' den Jack," said Frank, as he went back into the yer'll be sorry yer did," and with that be turned tricycle and got them. Each witb a Winchester repeating rifle on his shoulder, they sauntered through the timber toward. the creek. Tho fragrant odor of broiling birds followed them. "By George, Frank," exclaimed Jack, "the odor of those birds is strong enough to draw all the wolves for five miles around." "Yes; aod if it was qight there would be aL least a hundred or them prowling around and snuffing the air. They don't prowl much in tne day-time unlesa driven by extreme hunger." They reached the banks of the creek, which was about twenty feet or more in width and of an unknown depth. "I guess there's plenty of fish here," r& marked Jack. "Yes. These prairie streams are full of fish.'' "By Heavens! look there!" CTied Jack, starting suddenly, and pointiog to a dark object on tbe other side of the creek. "It's a bear!" "Yes, and a big one too!" Tho bear bad come down to the creek either to get a drink of water or else ascertain some thiog about the good odor that filled the woods. He looked at our two heroes in a way that plainly said he was seriously inclined to come over and shake with them. "Jack,'' said Frank, "it's your first bear. Let hirn have a bullet right in his eye. A bullet in the brain will down anything in the animal world. Take good aim. Don't get nervous!" Crack! went the Winchester, and Bruin rolled over with a fierce growl, clawing everything within his reach. "That got him!" cried Frank. "He's your bear! He's a monster, too!" Jnst then Pomp's signal notified them that breakfast was ready. They waited till they saw Bruin stretch out his limbs and give up the ghost, and the n turned to back to the camp. They found the coflee and broiled p1airi e fowls delicious, and sat over against the log ready to devour all that Pomp could place he fore them. The was hollow, with the butt-end split. As JacK sat over the edge of the split, eating a wing of the fowl, h e gave a start, then leaped to his feet with an exclamation. The next mo ment the head of a yonng white girl protruded through the !!plit in the Jog, and glared at Jack with an eager, scared look. CHAPTER Vll. OUT OF A LOG. As they gazed at the face of tl'le yo'tln&' girT,_ Frank and Jack were rooted to the spot m pel" feet dumbfounded amazement. There was a wild, hunted look in her eyes. "Oh, I am roasting io here!" she moaned. "Oh, for Heaven's sake take me out and let me]goWhy, you are white men!" Yes-yes....,.wbite men and friends, miss?" cried Frank, darting forward and catching her in his arms. "We are friends-yes, you are sale-safe!" he repeated, as de dragged her ont of the hollow of the Jog and stood her on her feet. "Thank God!" she cried, and then she burst into tears and sank down on the soft too weak from joy to stand. "Ah!" said Fnank, .yon are weak from thirst and hunger. Here, Pomp, run to the creek and fetch some water.'' Pomp snatched up a tin cup and hastened t<'.l the creek, whence be returned a few minutes later with a cup of clear water. She dmnk it eagerly, and said: TJlank you. I feel better now," and 11s she spoke she gazed up at Frank and Jack. as if to read their thoughts in regard to herself. She was a beautiful girl of some sixteen or seventeen years of age, with large blue eyas and auburn hair. Her teeth were like pearls behind ruby lips. "Iu Heaven's name, young lady," sa.i

.. FRANK READE, JR, AND HIS ADVENTUFfES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 7 me away. As they were passing night, I watched my chance and darted a;way into the bushes. It wai so dark they could not see nie to pursue, and I wandered ever so long without knowing where I was going. At last I heard them coming toward me. and I struck against this log in my endeavor to get away. I felt of it, and found this hollow, and crept into it. I have been there ever since. When I first beard your voices I thought you were Indians, end kept perfectly still. But the fire then be gan to burn through to the inside, and to es c a pe death by tire I came out. Oh, I thank God I am saved!" "Amen!" said Frank, tears in his eyes and a choking sensation in his throat. "I kr.o;v you must be hungry, miss," said Jack. "Here is a broiled fowl, and bread and cotl'ee. Let me beg you to help yourself." sir. I am indeed hungry." "Then eat with us--Ah! you would like to bathe your face and. hands. Pomp, bring the basin full of water and a towel." Pomp promptly obeyed, and the young girl bad the pleasure of soap, water and a clean towel before eating. She looked so much hand somer after washing her face and bands that Jack gazed on her with silent admiration. Then she sat on a camp-stool and ate hearti ly. "Oh, this is delicious!" she said, as she par took of the fowl. "Yes, Jack. "Pomp is a splendtd cook, and knows how to get up a tempting dish, man though he is." Pomp grinned from ear to ear at the com pliment to his culinary skill. He was proud of his cooking. "It's lo)1e firet bit of food I have tasted in twenty-four hours," she said. "Then you must be hungry. But didn't your captors give you any food?" They offered me some, but I was too low spiraLed to eat. I would have thanked one of them if he had raised a tomahawk to kill me." "Yes-yesI know. I can appreciate your f eelings," said Frank. "Did they ever capture you, sir?" the girl asked. "Yes, once, and such was my experience among them that I have resolved never to be taken alive by them again." "But, sir, bow could you help yourself if a dozen or more were to come upon you now?" Do you see that cage on three wheels, miss?" he asked, pointing toward the tricycle. "Yes sir.' "Well, inside of .that we can defy all the Indians in America." She looked at him in surprise. "It's a wire cage which no bullet can pene trate," Frank added. "But can they not take it and carry it away, too!" "No. In that covered box underneath is a. powerful electric battery, by means of which I can send a current of electricity all round the tricycle strong enough to shake all the meat off em Indian's bones " Good heavens, sir!" she exclaimed glar Ing up at the young inventor. Who are yon?" "My name is Frank Reade, miss." "Ah, I thought so '' a bright, happy look coming in h&r eyes. "I have read about your Steam Tally-Ho, and my uncle, w!Jo lives down on White River, wrote my father a long account of it two years ago. As soon as you mentioned the strange things about the electricity I at ence thought of what my uncle bad written to l!llY father." "Ah, I am glad you know me, then," said 1 f.l'rank, "for yon will not have any fear as to--" "Oh, I would trust you anywhere, both of you,'' she said, interrupting him; "your faces show that you are incapable of being other than gentlemen. There, now, I have eaten.a hearty breakfast, and am ever so much obliged to you for It," and she banded the empty plate and (:up to Pomp "I am glad you have enjoyed it, Miss--" "Hammond," she said. interrupting him again. "My name is Ella Hammond," Both Frank1and Jack acknowledged t!Je inclump of bushes behind him, kept watch and troduction, and then they sat down to hear the guard over him history of her capture from her own lips, whilst Suddenly Frank saw the end of a feather Pomp busied himself with putting the dishes shaking behind a tree some fifty yards away away after washing. from the spot where the bear lay. He instantly It was the old, old story of the plains; of a knew that it was a feather in the bead-dress of party of sneaking red-skins prowiing around an Indian, and kept his Winchester in readi the camp of the emigrants, waiting for a chance ness to tire at a moment's warning. He never to rob and plunder. She bad gone to the little moved, however, and was determined to ma.R:e spring alone, just a few paces from the camp, no cause for trouble unless forced to do so. in the edge of a narrow strip of timber, when But in less than five minutes he discovered she was seized from behind, a hand pressed no less than seven Indians concealed behind tirmly over her mouth to stifle her screams, trees, peeping cautiously around at Pomp. Tiley whilst a pair of strong arms bore her away into were puzzled1 no doubt, to know what had the woods. become of the pale-face, and were waiting for an That's the old, old game," said Frank, opportunity to spring out and capture both . when s!Je had tinished her story. They inBut Frank, being conce:lled in the thicket, tended either to bold you for a large ransom, or puzzled them not a little. 'hey resolved, how else their chief would make you his wife. You ever, to make a dash and capture Pomp and have made a narrow escape, Miss Hammond then bunt for the pale-face. "Yes, sir. I know it," and she gave a s!JudAccordingly they sprang up at a signal and der as she thought of it; "and I shall never made a dash toward Pomp. forget your kindness to me at such a time." "Look out, Pomp!" said Frank, in low tones. "All! We could not have done otherwise, "Let 'em r-ome!" Miss Hammond. Don't say a word about gratiPomp looked up from his work, and saw them tude unless you ascribe your rescue to a higher speeding toward him. power than man's. Just before yon made your He quickly drew his revolver, and waited for appearance we shot and killed a huge bear them to come up. They were so over on the other side of the creek. Pomp success from sheer force of numbers that they and I will go over there after his barns and never raised a rille to fire. skin, and when we return we will start for "Now!" cried Erank to his faithful Pomp, White River." and the next moment he commenced with hi!! "Oh, will you?" cried the delighted girl. I Winchester. "Yes-we will deliver you to your people as Crack! crack! crack! and three red;skinil soon as possible." tumbled to the earth in less than ten seconds "Oh, I am so glad! I know my father is terThe red rascals expected that one or two ribly distressed about me." shots would be tired, and that then all would be "And your mother?" over in the capture of the two, hence they did "Mother is dead," she said, in a sad, tearful not stop on bearing the shots-that is, those tone. who were unhurt did not. Those who were 1\it "How you must miss her. But never mind, tumbled quickly. we'll soon make your fathers heart glad. Cra,ck! crack! crack! went Pomp's revolver Come, Pomp," and Frank led tilt> way toward and two more went down-& third turned away the creek. with a broken arm. CHAPTER VIII. THE FIGHT BY THE CREEK. THE young inventor left Jack with the tri cycle and tile young girl. He knew be could trust Jack with the machine, and also that he was as brave as the bravest and an ugly cus tomer in a scrimmage. He and Pomp soon crossed the creek, and found the bear just where he had fallen. He was a huge one, and had died hard. The im mense paws bad scratched the ground in a ter rible manner, showing tremendous strength and savage ferocity. "Dat am a whopper, Marse Frank," said Pomp, on beholding him. "Yes, he was a big one; Jack brought him down with one shot." They found that the terrible Winchester re peating rifle bad sent the bullet clear through his bead. "No beast can live with a bullet in his brain," remarked Frank. "Dat's er fac'. It makes 'em mighty sick, I tole you." "Yes, an elephant wm yield to a small buck shot if you send it crashing through his brain." Pomp took bold of one of the immense paws and proceeded to turn the dead brute on its back, when Frank made the startling discov ery that somebody had already commenced the process of skinning. The work bad evi dently been abandoned with precipitation. "Look dar, Marse Frank!" exclaimed Pomp, pointing toward the incision that already bad been made wttb a sharp knife. "Yes, I see it, Pomp," remarked Frank. Somebo!ly bas been here ahead of us. Our coming must have driven them away. Don' t look as though you suspected anything wrong, but go to work and I'll stand guard for you." "Yes, sah," and the brave old dar key, who bad been in many a tight with the red niggers, as be called them, knowing he had on a brace of revolvers, and that Frank was a dead-shot, went to work at skinning the dead bear. He worked fwhfully, whilst Frank, fro!!) a There was only one now unhurt, and he did not know that he was alone till be was within ten feet of the young inventor. Then on finding himself covered with the pale-face's rifle, he halted and glared at him as though be expected the next moment to be llis last. The smile on Frank's face caused the rascal to look around, and tin ding five of his six com panions lying on the ground grlllnted: "Ugh! Pale face shot all Injuns!" they are all down but twp of you, re plied Frank. Pomp, on seeing .that the right arm of the wounded red-skin was broken, dashed forward and barred his way. "Heab, you red nigger!" be cried "stop dar, I tole yer!" "Ugh. Me take black-face's scalp!" and the savage drew his tomahawk with his left band and rushed at him. Pomp met him half way, and gave him such a thump in his stomach with head as to stretch him senseless on the ground. "Dar, no w. Dat lays yer out!" and then the aroused black disarmed him. The savage whom Frank had brought t.o a halt stood with folded arms his breast, glaring defiantly at his conqueror. "Do you surrender, red-skin?" Frank asked. "No," was the reply. ''Want to fight, eh?" "Me fight pale-face-me great brave." Frank had him tbe drop on him-but did not wish to shoot him down in a cold-blooded way, although be knew be de served to be shot like a dog. "W'lll," said Frank, why don't you pitch in and nght? I am ready." The black eyes of the wily savage flashed back the intelligence that be fully the s i t uation. He was waiting for the moment when Frank would be off his guard. But the young in ventor was not to be caught napping; h e kept his enemy covered till Pomp came up after having butted the life oat of the Indian "Pomp," he said, "give that fellow a toncb with your battering-ram." The Indian dared not take bis eyea off the


' 8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVE'"""'NTURES WI'l'H HIS LATEST INVENTION. young pale-face. Pomp, J;herefore, bud a fair whack at him. He towered his woolly bead and made a quick run; he struck him in the back and knocked him nearly twenty feet into the c reek "By George, Pomp!" exclaimed Frank; "yo u 've settled him!" Yes, s ah! He won't get ober dat, suah Befng .Knocked insensible, t!Je rascal drowned ere b e c:>.me to the surface again. "'fhat ends the band, then. It was better t han I had hoped for. Now we'll finish the s kinning of the bear. Jack and the young lady must be very uneasy about us " sah, dey is; but dere ain't no Indians he a b now but dead uns." "'fhat's true. Go to work here; give me that knife a moment." Pomp handed him the knife, and then they both went to work with a will. It to o k them some time to divest the huge brute of his overcoat But they finally got it. oft; and then they cut off the two hams. 'fhe skin wa3 so heavy that it was as much as one could carry Pomp took it on his s houlder roll e d up like a huge carpet, whilst Frank carried one of the hams. They crossed the creek where it was shallow, and then made t h e ir w a y to camp. There they found that Jack, on hearing the shots, had placed the y oun g ghrl and himself in s ide the cage, to pre vent a surprise by any foe that might put in an appearance. "He llo!' cried Jack, on seeing them; "you a re all right, are you?" "Yes-right side up with care. What are ; ou doing in there ? "Nothing. We didn't know what all that s hootin g was about, so we came in here to be on the safe side." "And you did right. Once inside you are safe from any d a nger from man. See there, what a fine be a r ham we have.'' H e threw the h a m on the ground by the fire, whe re P o mp l aid the skin. Yell, it's a fine one. Wbere's the other o ne?" Pomp will go after it. It was to-'l heavy to carry both." Whe n Pomp r e turned Ja

I FRANK READE, JR, AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 9 "and Pomp will help you. I'll keep you in I good measure, Frank released him and let range." go. He seized the knob that controlled the elecThe tricycle then retraced its course, and the tric battery, and the next moment the tricycle three men picked up the rilles that bad been dashed away in hot pursuit of the flying dropped when thmr owners ceased to carry wretches. arms in this world. At first they did not know they were purThey up a score or more ?f rifles, sued but the continued cracks of the fatal and then the Journey toward Wlnte Rtver was and the death-yells that followed resumed. . . them soon told them that a terrible Nemesis By D?OD they m of a wagon-tram Will! on their trail. also gomg to the Whtte Rtver country .. a d h were a dozen wagons and as many fam1hes m yells of terror savaEoes urge t mr them. They weJ.W making for a piece of timber pome! the top of then speed. fiy over some six or eight miles ahead of them, where th.e plams_on the of the wmd, but the there was botil water and fuel. tncycie sm!s behmd them clo,se enough Several miles to the left was a band of In-for the ternble Wmchesters to d.r def, Marse down that band of red-skins. We can make Frank," said POJ?P as ,he :J?roceeded to rethem s1ck of meddling with everything that charge ma!?azme of biB Wm<:hester. comes along this way." On himself the sole ObJect of pursmt, The course of the tricycle was turned in the the solitary savage redoubled h1s efforts to get direction of the Indians and in a little while it away. But his pony was fast falling, and in was within rifle-shot of 'the party. There were another mile he went dovo:n to rise no about sixty Indians in the band, and the rooThe l!avage sprang to biB feet and ran like a meut they saw the tricycle corning towards deer. them they at once prepared a bot reception "Hi, dar," yelled Pomp. "Jump high, you for it. yaller nigger! Jump. high, I tole yerl Whoop!" Frank stopped when within a hundred yards. Frank and Jack laughed till tears blinded With a whoop the whole baud dashed forward \hem. Even Ella. Hammond laughed at the and surrounded the tricycle. terror-stricken wretch as he made frantic ef"Hello, red-skins!"calledoutFrank; "what's forts to get away. the matter with you?" Suddenly !Je came to a full stop, folded his "Ugh! Who you?'' demanded a chief, a bid" arms across his brelll!t ana gazed at the trieously-scarred cut-thr9at fellow. cycle as though he expected it to rush on him "Oh, we are white peoJ.,le, '' was the reply. and crush him. "Get out of wagon," cdemanded the chief. "Be gives up," said Jack. "No, we will stay in here," "Because he can't run any farther," re"Ugh!mesboot ifdon't openwagon,"and turne!l the young inventor. the rascal held his rille menacingly towards the "Helle, red-skin!" Jack called out to him young inventor. when the tricycle stopped within a few feet of "Now, look here, chief, we want no trouble him. "What uid you stop for?" with you. Go yqur way and we will go ours. "Ugh! Injuncan'trunanymore,"hAreplied. Butifyou fireashot or make anJ attemptto "You are ready to die then, are you?" interfere with us we will kill half your band." Yes-Injun die. Pale-face too much for "Ugh! Heap big talk!" sneered the chief. red-man." "Open wagon or we will turn it over." "That's so. If the red men were not fools," "You can't over." satd Frank, "they would let the white men The cilief gave orders to tnrn it over, ami inalone. But they are all fools, and the time stantly a dozen warriors sprang forward to up will comi when there will be none left. Go set the tricycle. Quick as a flash Frank sent bUt and tie h!m to the wire, Pomp." the electric current around the circuit with its Pomp went out, and found the panting wretch full force. The result was the dozen red rascals too much wir.ded to make any resistance to were knocked into the regions of the happy anything that was done to him. hunting grounds so qaickly that they never "Heah, you red nigger," said Pomp, leading knew how it happened. hi.m to the rear of the tricycle, and attaching The chief saw them faii down dead and stood the t:WO wires together, after plll!Sing them once like one in a dream, 80 utterly dulllbfounded around his body. was be. The sa.vage was under the impression that "Take bold and try your hand at it, chief," they merely intended to bind him so ae to lead suggested Frank. him away as a pri!loner. grunted chief; "pale-face deatlt But be will! made a wiser man in a few minon and ,recoiled several paces ln unutes. feigned dismay. An electric shock caused him to leap several feet in the a1r, and the look of profound amaze ment was enough to make a stoic laugh. Another shock and another leap, and the dumbfounded savage began to experience a mortal terror. Then a succesaion of shocks sent him roiling on the grass and a series of yells .tlying through the air. Suddenly Frank let up on him. "Ugh! Injun go away-never look at pale face again. Ugh! Whoop-ugh!" and as other l!fioc.ts came he yelled like a son of noise. Then, after giving him a few more by way of CHAPTER XI. THE RENEGADE'S DOOM. TttE expression caused the young inventor to stare at the chief. His face lll!sumed a frown, and his eyes tllll!hed with the fire of indigna tion. "What's the matter, Frank?" young Jack asked. "Did you bear what that fellow said, Jack?" "Yes; he said 'pale-face death on Injuni.' Whyt" "Because I am sure no Indian would ever have used that expression." "Why, what do you mean, Frank?" "I mean that I don't believe that chief ls Indian," was the reply. "Good heavens! What is he, thsnt'' "A white man iu disguise." "Impossible!" gasped Jack. "When rascality is involved there ls no such limit as impossibility, Jack. The worst Indians on the plains are whlti men who have Jl.ed from justice and sought refuge with them." "Ah, I have read of such things," said Ella. who had been a sJ!ent listener. "So have 1," remarked Jack, "but I bad for gotten it. Do you really think he is 11. wh1te man Frank?" "I am qbite sure of it," replied Frank. "i have seen such men before and never have any mercy on them." During this half-whispered conversation the chief and his braves also held a short conversa tion. "I tell you," whispered the chief, "I know that young fellow, and he'll get away with the whole band. He has the power to kill us all. Look at those dead warriors lying there. WhtU can we do against such a power as that?" "Revenge-take scalps!" said one of the red skins. "But how can we? They are in there aucl we can't get at 'em." "Shoot 'em," said the Indians. "Well, shoot, but I know him welt enough to know that he wouldn't come here if he could bl' shot." With demoniacal yells the savages leveled their rifles at the cage and fired. Of course the butlets fell to the ground doing no harm w any one. "There!" exclaimed the chief, turnig to hilS braves. "What did I tell yout We'd bette let him alone." "Ugh! pale-face no kill," grunted a savage. "Me go away." Be turned and rode away, and the others followed, the chief am them. "Hold on there, chief," cried Frank, sternly_ "I want to see vou." "Me go away," said the chief, imitating thf Indian well. "If you attempt to leave I'll put a bullet through you. Now come here." What want pale-face?" "I want you, you cowardly renegade," claimed Frank. Tho chief startetl as if stung. "Great God!" he muttered to himself, "hae be recognized me! I-1 won't owu up till the last." "The pale-face all talk," he said. "I am a chief, and--" "You are a sneaki1'g renegade wllo is afraid to show his skin to bis own race!" cried Frank. "If you don't come here I'll put a bullet through your worthless carcass in less than one minute." Just then tho renegade's horse passed be tweed him and the tricycli. He sprang upon him, 'I,Vith one arm over the horse's neck and a foot on the crupper, thus making a shield the animal. "Ah! I know that game!" exclaimed It was played on me once, but never a time." Just as the horse started to run with ter the young inventor sent a bullet through his head, and be went heap. The renegade sprang up and bind another. Crack! went one ot the Wine" down went another horse, rolling in the grass. The warriors fired a away at full speed, to get away as best he Seeing there was n away, the renegade take the chances. "I surrender," he called "Come here, then." He went forward. "Now, who are you2"


, 10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. "My name's Ben Short." "It is, eh? What a queer name for an In dian!" "I am not an Indian." I know youare not. Yon are a cowardly renegade. I knew it as soon as you saiu I was death on Injuns,' for a genuine Indian would 11ot have said such a thing. Now I am going 'o carry you away to the White River settle ment, and turn you over to--" "My God!" he "not there. Not there. Anywhere but there!" Why not there?" Because-1-have enemies there." "Well, you have no friends anywhere among the whites. IC you go anywhere else my story will hang you, for you know there is no mercy for renelfades who go dressed and ted as Indians.' The renegade fell on his knees, and implored the young inventor to spare him. "Spare me now, and I will leave the West forever. I will go to Australia, and never set foot in America again." "No, you are a murderous rascal, and you have committed some horrible crime duwn in the White River settlement, which Is why you don't want to go there. Go out there and tie him, Pomp." Pomp opened the door of the cage and stepped outside. The trembling wretch, in the hope that he would be shot down where hewas, which he preferred to being away to the Whi te River settlement, a tomahawk and rushed furiously at the faithful black. "Hole on dart" cried Pomp, springing back out of the way of the deadly weapon. "Hole on dar, I tole you!" With a war-whoop that echoed far and wide over the prairie, the renegade rusted forward, the tomahawk raised in the air. Pomp drew his revolver and fired. The renegade threw up his hands, clutched wildly at space, trembled violently for a mo ment, and then fell to the earth a corpse. "By George, tbut saves us a great deal of trouble," exclaimed Frank. "I couhl not shoot him clown in cold blood. Bully for you, Pomp." Dat was a bad un, Yarse Frank," said Pomp, looking down at the wretch as be stood over him witll the smoking revolver in his hand. "Yes, he was a hard case, I g uess. C'bme, pick up those rifles on the ground there and bring them in. We could get enough arms for a regiment of men." Pomp gathered up the rilles, a dozen of them, and placed them in the cage. Then he entered, anc;l Frank turned the tricycle toward the wagon-train in the distance. CHAPTER XII. AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE. As they speeded along toward the wagon train, Miss Hammond asked: "Mr. Reade, why does not the government employ you to klll all the Indians!" "Good Lord!" exclaimed Frank. The govcouldn't pay me money enough." Why not?" Because I could never be hired to kill a I never harm a man until be first makes to harm me or my friends." that, and also that the In do Harm to whites wherever they are mistaken, young lady. When the whites too much for them enough. They are cut and stop at nothing they themselves. I sometimes ought to assign them to build a wall like the round it. They can murder than they can hungry. They havE) c a use whites, God knows, but. they suffer the more for giving feelings in acts of violence. among them cause: more else. Ah! we will soon now." Oh, I >Lm so glad! I shall see some of my own sex among them. Maybe they are going to the White River settlement too." "Yes, I think they are. They are beading tn that direction at any rate." Oh, I hope so." Th& tricycle soon came up with the train. The old gmde in charge of the wagons came forward, his whole air and manner betraying the most intense curiosity. What in 'tarnal creation Is that, strangers?" he asked, as be gazed at the tricycle. "Hello, McDonald!" cried Frank, throwing open the door of the cage and grasping the old guide's hand. "Thunder and greased lightning!" exclaimed the old man. "Why, Reade! Blast yer picter! What's all this byer thing!'' "Oh, it's a new thing I got up, Mac," replied Frank, "and we are having a high old time around over the plains." Hello, Pomp, yer black nigger!" exclaimed the old guide, as Pomp emergec.l from the cage. "Give us yer pawl" "How Is yer, Marse Mac?" Pomp asked, as he shook hands with the old guide. Never better in my life, old man," was the reply. "But tell me what this thing is; I don't understand it-hanged if I dot" "Well," said Frank, as he saw nearly all of the men of'tbe train running up, "It's a tricycle, a three-weeeled concern, made to run by electricity." "Run by what!'' "Electricity." The oid man gradually caught on, and then there was the greatest wonder to see and un derstand how it worked. "Hang me if yer don't neat the old one him self, Reade," said the old guide. Whoever heard of such a thing as that?" "I expect to beat it yet, old man," said the young inventor, laughing. "Here's a young lady, whom we found in the timber this morning trying to get away from the red-skins. She was captured from a train on the way to White River settlement." "That's whar we are bound said the guide. "Ob, I am so glad!" eried Ella. When did they catch yer!" the guide asked. "Nio-ht before last.'' your train is only two days ahead of me. We are following their trail now-" "Is that so?" exclaimed Frank. ''Yes." Then we can place her wttb her people by sunset." Oh, If you only would," she said, my gratitude would be boundless." "The pleasure of seeing you restored to your friends will be joy enough for me, Miss Hammond. We will start in a half hour. Mac, there was a band of Indians watching your train back there. We killed a dozen of them, and scattered the rest of them. Keep an eye on them." "I've been them all d ay, my boy. They won t bother us now, I reckon." I can spare you a dozen extra rilles if. you need them." "I may need them. Let me have them." Pomp brought out a dozen rilles and gave them to the men, who took and examined them with the greatest curiosity. Ella Hammond spent a abort half hour with the women of the train, and then re-entered the tricycle cage to try to overtake her father's train, which was two days ahead. The emigrants cheered them as the tricycle moved away, and were amazed at the immense speed it developed. How the tricycle flew over the level plain! The trail of the train was as plain as a dozen wagons aud forty horses could make. "Oh, we'll soon overtuke them!" cried Ella, her face all aglow with the bright anticipation of meeting her father and friendR. "Yes, we are making a day's journey every hour at this rate," said Jack. "There's a strip of timber ahead of us," said Ella, "and that means a stream; how can we cross It?" "If the W8.iODS hav11 crossed it Wil 11an follow them. Don't be uneasy about that. Wherever a wagon can go we can follow." They reached the timber and found that the wagon-train had there the night before. They crossed down below here, some where," said Frank, gazing at the trail. We'll follow and see where the ford ie." Following the trail about five miles along the edge of the timber, they at lMt struck a road that had been cut through the woods tG the river. Turning into it they reached the stream in a few minutes, to find that the trail of the wagons disappeared in the water and re appeared on the opposite bank directly in front of them. Get out and wad(l across, Pomp," said Frank, and see whether the bottom Is solid enouo-b for us." ":Yes, sah,'' and shouldering his Winchester, Pomp boldly waded out Into the stream and made his way ovtJr to the other bank. The water only reached a little abov& the knees, for the stream was wide and shallow at that point. Just as Pomp reached the other bank two men darted out of the tuicket and seized him. CHAPTER XIII. POMP AND THE OUTLAWS-THE RESCUE OF A WAGON-TRAIN, THE moment Pomp felt himself seized by the strangers he knew that any resistance on his part would be worse than useless. He looked the surprise he felt, however, and hurriedly asked: What youse gwlne ter do!" "We are going to make a white man of you," replied one of the men, lau_ghing, "and elect you President of the United :states." "Youse can 'tfoo l dis nigger dat way, mal'!la." said Pomp. "A nigger won't make a. white man, nohow." "Nor can a white man make a nigger, eh!" "No, sab, kase be ain't got de wool." "By the great rattler, but the nigger ill right," said one of the men, laughing. "But see byer, nig, what kind of a rig li that on the other side of there?" Dat's a tricycle, sah." "A what!" A tricycle, saM" "What In glory Is that?" I dunno, sah. Dat's what dey call lt. n run on free wheels, an'--" "Blow 111e for prairie smoke, Bill!" exclaimed the larger of the two men, if the darned wheel-barrow ain't coming overt" Yes, sah," said Pomp. Dey Is gwlne ter come ober heah." How many men are In lt, ehr' Two, sa.h." "Are they armed?" _ "Yes, say." The two men passed quick glances and then started to go into the thicket, as if to ambush the tricycle. "Hands off that nigger!" cried Frank from the tricycle, which was now in the middle of the stream. Pomp pulled back ln order to keep the two men in sight. "Come on!" hissed the taller of the two men, drawing a revolver, and aiming lt at Pomp's head. That act was his last. Frank had covered him with bls rifle, a!ld the next. moment the keen crack of the weapon sent a bullet crashing through his brain. The man dropped dead at Pomp's feet. "De L or' sa be us!" exclaimed Pomp, bls eyer staring like one half crazed. "Wiped out," gasped the other outlaw, away into the thicket, and leaving Pomp unmolested. A few minutes later the tricycle reached the bank or the river. Who were they, Pomp?" the young inventor asked. "Dunno, Marse Frank, but dey is bad 'una " Oh that fellow lying there is a good one, now. He'll never do anything wrong, I'm sure."


FRANK R.EADE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WI'!'H HlS LATEST INVENTION. U Pomp glanced_ down at the dead man, and remarked: "Yes, sah, dat's er fac'; but it' s mighty onhealthy goodnes s ." Jack and l''rank laughed! Human life has a very low value in part or the world," said Jack. "Yes, there are thousands of white men who live by murder and robbery in this section. I would not have thought of shooting that fellow bad he not placed his pistol against Pomp's head." Oh, you were justified in killing him. I won

I 12, FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS AD,VENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. "Yes_:_tbat's a good idea. Come on." three men were soundly sleeping, and a pro" Mr. Bedford, we are going out to get the found silence reigned in the camp. rifies of that band, and will overtake you in a half hour." All right," said the old guide, turning to CHAPTER XV. his post and starting the train toward the timber ahead of them. A SINGULAR CAPTURE-A LOTTERY OF DEATH. Frank and Jack then ran back to the spot THE profound silence that reigned in the where at least half the baud had been camp was not destined to last through the by the terrible electric shock. There they night. About two hours before daylight a found about thirty rifles and a good lot of amdark forms congregated at the spring munition. These they gathered up, and just inside the timber, and carried on a whis then proceeded along the line of tbe flight and pered conversation. picked up the arms of those who bad fallen. "Yes," said one in good English, "it's.old "Now we'll join the train," said Frank, "and Joe Bedford's train. 1 saw han two days, or etop over night with them. To-morrow we'll rather two nights, ago, and he has about a go in search of Mr. Hammond." dozen good men with him who knows how to When they overtook the wagons they were handle a rifle." within a mile. of the timber. They concluded "But they are all asJoeep now," said another to dash ahead and select a good spot on which "except two men on guard around the wagons: to camp. They skirted the timber about a half We can rush 1lJ) and wipe out the guards and mile, and succeeded in finding an excellent then settle the others as they crawl out of the place for a. cam I?. Signaling to the where wagons. Then we can plunder the wagons to com.e, the tncycle stopped and waited for and take away the young women all in a few them to come up. minutes." The place they had selected hQ:d evident1y They were white men known in that section been used as a camping-ground on occaas road-agents, the worst band of cut-throats sions. There was a cold spring there just in that ever infested any part of the American the edge of the timber, one of the recontinent. They had surprised and plundered quisites to comfort under such circumstances. wagon-trains on that very spot several times When the wagons came up, old Joe Bedford before, and were confident of another prize recognized the spot and shook his head. now. "I don't like this place, Reade," be said "I Just as they were about to make the rush for was here once ten years ago, we were atthe purpose of killing the two guards, one of tacked by road-agents and lndtans. Other them stepped on a twi.,., which snapped loud trains have been attacked here since then." enough to attract the of Jack Middle: That's no sign that we will be attacked," 'ton, in the tricycle. He raised himself on his' saul the young mventor. "The band that elbow and glared around, thinking some animal would have troubled you is no more, and no was creeping up to the spring for a drink of others are around." water. II You are right, but I will put out a strong He caught sight of the dark forms moving guard, anyhow." toward the tricycle on their way to the wagons. "Of course. You should always do that. I "Hello!" he said. "What's this? Frank! never take any chances while out on the plains. Pomp! Get up, qdck!" There's too mu?h deviltry going on"' Frank and Pomp sprang up instantly, and "You are nght, young man. That's just glared around them. Frank gave a shrill whistle what your father used to say. I reckon we that caused every man iu the wa.,.ons to sprin.,. won't be bothered any to-night." out, revolvers in hnnd. 0 0 "No-if we are, woe be unto those who, do "Perdition!" hissed the leader of the band. it." ''That blocks our game! Kill the fools and then The wagons were arranged in a semicircle, break for the timber!" about two hundred yards from the timber, and They turned and scrambled up on the tricycle, the tricycle occupied a position nenr enough to firing their revolvers in the hope of hitting those the spring to command it in case or trouble. inside. The tire was built in the celiter of the circle Turn it over, men!" ordered the leader. of wagons, and the womett at once began the "Here, take hold here!" preparations for supper Jack and Frank gave They laid hold of the tricycle, and in another them one of the bear hams to cut up into moment would have had it lying on its sid e had steaks. Soon the savory smell of broiling not Frank given them an electric shock that steaks pervaded the place for a quarter of a doubled them up In convulsions. They groaned mile around. and howled like all rossessed, and tried in vain 'fba.t night Frank created a sensation at the to release their grasp on the tricycle. The camp-tire by telling how Ella Hammond had electric current caused such a contraction of the killed seven Indians that day with a Winchesmuscles of thetr that they could not let ter rifle. Everybody was astonished. No one go. had dreamed that the modest young girl could They plunged, screamed, howled and swore be capable of harming even a rabbit. The old like so many pirates, but the relentless shocks guide seized her hand and swore he'd make her doubled and twisted them into all kinds ot Mrs. Bedford if she'd sa.y the word. tortuous shapes. Ella blusued to the tips of her ears, and What's the matter?" exclaimed old Joe Bedsaid: ford and half a score of his men, running up "Mr. Reade made me do it." with weapons ready for action. "Thunder!" exclaimed Frank, "I merely "I've got a. lot of rascals here," said Frank. asked her if she could shoot. She said she held by electric shocks. Disarrli th-em and could, and then I handed her a. rifle. The way then you can take the whole gang." she thinned out that tribe would have made old "Great buffaloes!" exclaimed the old guide, Kit Carson's heart leap for joy. Oh, she's a. as he stared at the villainous-looldng wretches. jewel, fellows." "How am I to do that? Your darned electricity Tlle young men eyed her with looks of ad-will knock me double, and I don't want to fool miration, and the women regarded her with with any lightning." amazement. "There's no danger if you only touch them The evening passed quickly, for the emiwith one hand," said Frank. grants were so deeply interested In the story of "One hand, then-one band, boys!" said the the adventures of the tricycle tbat they never old !!"Uide. "Disarm them." noticed the tlicrht of time. He took the weapons away from the man near-It was midnight when Jack took out his est to him without feeling any shock of any kind. watch, and said it was time to go to bed. Then the others joined in and disarmed the The youn.,. inventor, and Jack, and Pomp, whole band. retired to the tricycle to sleep. They never Got all their arms?" the young inventor slept outside of It, as in that case one would asked. have to stand guard. Inside tbe cage they "Yes; got everything," was the reply. could sleep with a thousand deadly foes around Stand by to blow their brains out, then, if them. they r e sist or attempt to run." In ten minutes after reaching the tricycle the. "All right-let 'em drop." Frank cut off the of electricity, an(! the dozen wretches fell down as limp as drunken men completely used up by the tremendoue shocks they had received. "Better tie them now before they get over it," suggested Jack, and the suggestion was very promptly acted on by the old guide. Stwng cords were procured, and in a. few minutes each wretch had his hands bound behind his back, and that in no very gentle manner either. Thea they began to recover their speech. They glared at the tricycle in dumbfo1r.1ded amazement. Then they turned and looked at the two young men who came out of it. "Ten thousand fiends!" hised the leader. "What is it, and what does this mean, any how?" It means that you are fairly caught, you sneaking rascal," exclaimed Frank. "What right have you to catch me, I'd like to know?" demanded the wretch, with a cool ness that staggered the young inventor for a. moment. "The right of self-defense." he finalfy replied. I fully understood your game, ami blocked it very nicely. You sec I thought some of you good sort of fellows would be along here, so I moved over by the spring in order to get the first show at you. It was a pretty good trick, eh, wasn't it?" "We've done you no harm," said the leader. "That was not your fault. You did all you could. You tired a half dozen shots at me. I only gave you a little electricity, and held you till my friends came up.'' CHAPTER XVI. A TERRIBLE RETRIBUTION. OLD Joe Bedtord had lights brought ancf held close enough to enable him to scan the faces of the prisoners. One of them tried te turn h1s head so as not to let the light reveal his features. '' Hold your mug round here," sternly or dered the old guide. "Abl I know you. Dick Clarke. You are a robber and a murderer, as well as a. horse-thief, and I guess the wh6le crowd is of the same stripe." "No, no, not so!" exclaimed the leader. "See here!" demanded Frank, "why did your whole band shoot at me and try to turn us over?" "You shot at me first!" was the bold reply. "Well, as a liar you can take the cake! Not a soul has tired a. shot to-night hut your gang. Yon hissed out your order to 'kill the fools' and blazed away at me, all oecause I gave the alarm that spoiled your job. Now, if you don't hang at sunrise, I'll never befriend another wagon-train." "You can bet all your electricity that they'll hang, young man," said old Joe Bedford, "and before sunrise, too, if we can find rope enough iu camp to swing 'em up with." "You don't dare do it!" gasped the leader, turning deathly pale. "We don't, eh? Why not!" "Because-you-have-no-right-to do it. We are entitled to a trial, and-' "Ha, ha. hal" chuckled the old guide; "your respect for law comes too late. You have lived outside the law, and now you will have to die outside of it. Boys, get all the spare rope you can lind in the camp." Four men went back to the wagons in search of ropes, and found all the women up and great ly excited. They wanted to know what the trouble was, and were told that a. little picnic was about to be organized out in the woods, to which no ladies were to be invited. They then knew that some terrible work of some kind was goih"' on, but they did not ask any more ques as they really didn't wish to kng \ what it was. "Just keep quiet, said one of the men, "and wa'll soon be back. You are protected as much as if an army or ten thousand men was around you." When the ropes were brought wretches weakened. Said one:


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 1'8 "Look here now, I'll give everything away if you will g ive me my lif e." "Wllat can you give away?" Fra nk asked. "The whole b and, their names, head-quarters, a nd where all tll e ir money i s." "There' s a r egula r b a nd of you, then?" Yei and a strong one, too," was the reply. "I can tell you more than he can, s aid anQtber. I've been in the band longer than he has." "Well, you are a precious pair of scoundrels," s aid Frank. "I'll let you draw straws as to which shall be spared," and he prepared two straws of unequal length and held out his hand for them to draw. "The longest wins-the shortest dies," he s aid. "Then there's no need of but one. drawing," s aid the first. "Put in three straws, and let us botharaw." All right," said Frank, taking another and placing it alongside those alr'lady in his ha11d. Release their hands, Bedford." They were unbound, and then they stepped forward to draw for their lives, one of which de lJend e d on the length of a little piece of straw. The two men held their breaths as they stood up and reached forth their hands. The young in v entor held out his right band, and the first roan looked hard at it for a few moments, as if to calculate on the length of the three little >l'.traws it held in its grasp. Draw!" exclaimed Frank, himself impressed with the awful consequence that must come to one of the men. 1 The man drew one of the straws and held br e ath as he glared at it. Th e second man then dr e w and held his up. Both were short, very eho rt, and it was necessary to place them aide by side in order to ascertain which of the two was the longest. There was but a quarter o f an inch difference in lengths. "The second draw loses," said Bedford, in a s olemn tone. A howl of terror escaped the doomed man, and he d a rt e d forward intending to escape into th e bush e s beyond the spring. Old Joe Bed f ord rai sed his r e volver and tired at him, and the m a n f e ll with a bullet in his back. "There's no getting away you see," remarked t he old guide. "You fellows have made a mis. take, and didn't know it till it was too late." "Pomp, said Frank, "tie that fellow's hands again, so he can t get loose, and then back him up ag a inst that tree, and tie him to it." "Yes, sah,'' and the faithful black obeyed orders to the very letter. He took the man who had won his life by drawing a straw, and t ied him hard ami fast to a tr e e near by. "Now go on with the hanging," said Frank, turning t o the old guide. The old plainsman had no sympathy for the white marauders of the plains. He promptly went to work, adjusting nooses around the necks of the prisoners, all of whom fellon their lrnees, and begged piteou sly for their lives. "Stand up and die like m e n," he said. "You've killed many a man, and must have ex pected y our time would come some day. Stand up and face the music hke brave men. Here, boys, throw the ends of these two ropes over that Hmb up there. That's it. Now you may draw them up." "Mercy! mercy!" yelled the two doomed men, rolling over and over on the grass in mortal terror. "Oh, Lord have mercy! Spare mel Sp a re me and I'll be--" No quarter for sv. ch wretches," said the old guide. .Judg e L y nch never makes many mis t akes. Up with e m boys." The m e n who h e ld to the ropes pulled them np, and in a mom ent they were dangling in the a ir. It was a horrible de a th by strangulation, as w a s no drop by which their necks could be bro ken. The lead e r o f the outlaws shuddered as he gla r e d up at the t e rrible struggle of the two VICtims. B e dford he said, turning to the implaca ble old guide, "the w orst m a n th a t ever lived i s entitled to 'lome con s ideration durin g the last mome n t s of his life. I onl y ask one f a v o r. I aon t ask for my life. I know it would be useless. But I do ask that you shoot us instead of fork, on a hunt for the daughter of their chief, hanging us. It c a n make no diflerence to you who bas eloped with a Mexican." so long as we are wiped out." "Well, we'll start after sunrise, and see if we "Ob, it makes the greatest difference in the can't overtake and rescue those white men. world," replied the old guide. "To shoot you And see here, if you tell us any yarns, we' ll would look like murder. To. hang you would make quick work of you. Wo are in no humor be the punishment of the law for crime. Do to be trifled with. That we will hang a man for you understand?" cause you have already seen." "Yes, bnt the end is the same, and that's "Yes, I know that my life is in your hands, all you wa._nt." and will trH!e with it. 1 am no fool." "No, not at all. There's immense satisfac"All right. You understand the situation I tion in hanging one who has robbed men, see." women and childrea as you have done. You By this time the dead b0dies had been cov shall die the same death tha.t a sheriff would ered up in a trench that bad been hastily dug give you-by hanging till you are dead." by the picks and spades or the emigrants, and The leader bit his lips and summoned all his the spot covered with leaves and grass, so as desperate courage to his aid. He was trying not to attract the attention of any of the women to make up his mind to die bravely; but the of the train when they visited the spring next moment his fortitude gave way, and again sunrise. he fell on his knees and for his life. That's all right now," remarked the old "No use," was the reply, and the work of guide, glancing around in approval of what had death again went on. been done. "Now we can return to the train, When they came to the wounded man they and tell tbe women that we have succeeded Ia found that he had already paid the debt by driving the enemy away." giving up the ghost. "They are all up and dressed now," said one "That ends that band," said the young in-of the emigrants, "and makmg ready to get ventor. Bnt you had better bury them, Mr. breakfast. The sun will be up in less than an Bedford, lest some of the ladies of the train see hour." them after sunrise." "So it will. There's no use in going to bed "Yes-yes-we'll bury 'em," said the guide, again. Gather more wood in your arms, boys, who turned and sent four men back to the and carry it w the fire." wagons for picks and spades. They did as the old guide ordered, ljach man "You see what a narrow escape you have r e turning to the camp-tire with his arms full of made," said Frank to the man who had escaped wood. The women were assured that all danthe fate of his comrades. ger was past, and that they might go to the "Yes," was the shuddering reply. spring with perfect safety. "When you get free again you will go at Frank sought Ella Hammond and taking the same game again, and finally die as they her by the hand led her away from the others. did." "I wan ted to tell you," he said to her in low "No--no." tones, so as not to be overheard by the others, I think you will. But we will spare you i "that I have he a rd of your father. He is alive you reveal all you said you would." and w ell, but a prisoner." "I will do that, sir!" "A prisoner!' she gasped. "Very well. What is your name?" "Yes-in the hands of the reds, but as they .. Tom Todd." hold him for a ra!isom, there's no danger or "Is that the name you go by in the band ?" harm being done to him." "Yes-they don't know me by any other." "How did you tind it out?" she asked. "You have another?" "We captured a dozen robbers at midnight, The man hesitated. and hung them all but one. That one we spared "Is it necessary to tell the name I have disbecause he promised to tell ns where the graced, and thus render my old parents miserrendezvous of the band was, and put us in the able at home ?" way of breaking it up altogether. He told me "Are your parents living?" how he came to know about your father's cap" Yes." ture, and I guess he has told the truth about it. "Where ?" I am going to start after breakfast, and will "In Ohio." never stop till I have restored your father to When did you see them last %" you.'' "Eight years ago." "How can I ever thank you enough, Mr. "How came you here?" Reade? You have been so kind and genero1111 "I came West to seek my fortune in the to me?" mines, and for over a year worked steadily. "By not telling any of the women But one night I quarreled with a man over a children that we hung !!Ieven men out there by game cf cards, and killed him. To escape the spring before dayli2:ht this morning." being lynched I fled, and. soon after that, "Oh, I won't say a word." joined the road-a15ent3. That's how I came That's a good girl. Now give us a kills, to be with the ban a." and after breakfast we will be off." "And you have lived by plundering ever She threw her arms around his neck and kissed since?" him. Yes, we were a band of robbers." "Ah! That s worth a of bard work," he "How many are in the band?" said, another. "Now come back to "There are about fifty." the fire and look as gay as you can, forypur dear "They have but one headquarters?" father shall be restored to you as sure as I live "We have several places where we m eet and two days longer." stop as long as we like, but there s only one They returned to the fire and joined in the place where the booty of the band is kept general conversation, which was one of con" Where is that place?" gratulation over the escape of the night just "About one hundred miles north of here." ended. "Can it be reached by a wagon?" The women prepared a savory breakfast, and ' Yes, very easily." all ate heartily. "Now tell me, did your party seP anything Then the young inventor prepared to leave to of four white men who were out in search of a go in search of Mr. Hammond and his three youn g girl in the last three days?" friendB. The prisoner, who had also eaten a "Yes. breakfast, was placed in the cage of the tricycle, "Where?" and the others followed. The next moment they "About fifty miles east of here. A. party of were off. Indians had them." "The deuce!" "Yes sir" were the reds going to do wiUJ them?" "Demand a ransom for them, I think." "Do you think you could guide us to that band of Indians?" "Yes-we ar e on good terms with them, and they with us. They are now down on the lower CHAPTER XVIL FATHER AND DAUGHTER RESTORED. THE old gui e bad agreed to encamp by the spring for three days, to wait for the return of the tricycle, as well as to grve his stock


14. FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENl"llRES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. chance to recuperate on tile rich grass and good water which the spot afforded. This was exceedingly pleasant to the women or the train, as it gave thll.ID a chance tl.l take plenty of exercise, which they so muc!:; needed. The whole party of emigrants gathered to oheer the young inventor as the tricycle moved away. The clear silvery tones of the tricycle's bell mingled with the united voices as theY cheered, and the next moment the electric wonder was dashing over the dew-bespangled at the rate of twenty-five miles an hour. "My God!-" criP.d the prisoner, Tom Todd, "what in wonder's name is this?" and his eyes distended in terrible amazement. "This is an electric tricycle," said Jack, "run by electricity." What did you call it?" "A tricycle-a three-wheeled vehicle," repeated Jack. The prisoner was lost in amazement. "In this cage," continued Jack, "we can defy a thousand foes. No bullet can reach us, and if any number take hold we can send a lightning current through them that .'!ill kill every man who gets a taste of it." "Good Lord!" exclaimed Tood. "Who made it!" Jack pointed toward Frank, who was looking out ahead and guiding the course of the tri cycle. Todd gazed upon him as if he con sidered him a god. A feelin3 of awe took possession of him. "Which way now, Todd?" the young In ventor asked, suddenly turning te the prisoner after having gone about fifty miles. "Straight ahead till you pass between two pieces of tim her," was the reply. The tricycle dashed forward, and In another hour the two tracts of timi.Jer came in sight, but some distance on the right. Frank guided the tricycle between them. They were but a couple of miles apart, and seemed to be very heavy timber. A thin column of whitish smoke went up 'rom the south aid" or the one on the right. "They may be over there," said Todd, look ing at the smoke. "We'll see," and as the tricycle passed be tween the two tracts, it turned to the right and ma

FRANK READE. JR.. AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 15' Creek that belongs to the band. It's I will go into the bouse and see what we can find. they carry horses, and change their spots, or Is there any treasure kept here. Todd?" put spots on 'em."' "No-only horses, that's all." How far is it from h(ore?" "Well, I'll go in and talk to the women. Come ''It must be at least lifty miles." on, Pomp." "Which way?" He led the way to the house. Just as be , Off to the right here." reached the top step, the door tlew open, and Can we get there with this tricycle?" three women, with upraised in their hands, "Yes; wagons go there." rushed at him. "Then we can go," and he turned the ele in that direction. Two hours later they came In sight of the tall CHAPTER XIX. timber ol Cottonwood Creek, and skirted along 00 the west side Of it till Todd pointed OUt a MARTHA DAMPER, THE ROBBER'S WIDOW. place where the tricycle could cross. "Look here, Frank," said Jack, after they HAD a band of hideously painteu Indians rush\lad crossed the creek, "have you thought of ed out upon him, the young inventor couhli not what you will do with the prisoners you caphave been more astonished, than when he saw tur"?" the three women coming with uplifted axes. .. No, 1 haven't thou.,.ht of that. Why?" Look out dar!" yelled Pomp, springing "Wei!, if you carry t'bem to the nearest magback in time to save himself. "What vouse istrate, you have no witnesses against them, gwine ter tlo? Hole on dar, I tole yer!" and they'll all get free again in a few weeks. Stop, or I'll tire!" cried Frank, in a tone in" That's so. I never thought of that. Well, tended to be stern and fearless. we'll provoke a fight and wipe em out. That's You have killed our husbands!" cried one the best way, I guess. How many men are at of tlle women, "now kill us, but we will kill the farm, Tood?" you first!" and if the young Inventor bad not "There are genernlly four or five. Somenimbly sprang aside be would have been killed time a dozen, or even more, as they may come then and there. The virago aimed a terrific in." blow at his head with the ax; the blow, missing its aim, sent the weapon tlying from her grasp. "Yes, I Well, we'll go to the "I have no desire to harm you, ladies," said farm and see about it. We'll manage to get 'em Fral}k. "I only want to--" of the house some way, and then provoke a "Kill the wretch!'' screamed the woman who fight." had lost her ax. Cut him down I He dare not "There's the house now, over there," said shoot a woman." Todd. "Go rounrl that hill, over that way, Another woman advanced on him with her and you'll fetcb up in front of it." aiK upraised. There was a fierceness in her Frank followed his instructions to the letter, eyes that told our hero that she was the most and soon found himself iu front of a large farmdangerous of the trio. But while he was deter lwuse, one and a half stories high. There was mined not to shoot or strike her except in ah a piazza in front, and two smaller houses in the solute defense of life, he was equally resolved rear, beside!! a large barn and stable still not to let them blufl' him. He presented his re furtber back. The place looked as though a volver at the head of the Amazon, and hissed highly prosperous farmer lived there. through hilil clenched teeth: Hitched to in front of the gate were "If you think I dare not C.afend my life at three very fine horses, with saddles on, indicat-the expense of yours, come one step farther!" ing that at least that number of men bad been His air and tone caused the woman to stop added to the force of the band at this point. and hesitate. Frank stopped the tricycle and commenced "If seven men could not stop me, how will rin.,.ing the bell very violently. three women manage it?" he asked. Just as be expected, every soul on the place "What do you want here?" one of the wom.eame running forward to see what it meant. en asked. There were seven men, a dozen dogs, and "You know my business here as well as I do, three women in the party that ran out to see madam," he replied. "I have come out to about it. break up this band of robbers, and if you would Words cannot express their astonishment at save yourselves, you will get away from here in eeeing the tricycle. How Jt came there and three days' time." what it was were puzzling questions. "Do you think you can destroy a bm::d of one Every man had his inevitable revolver hundred men?" one of the women asked, in a limckled around him. contemptuous tone of voice. "Hello!" exclaimed the man who pretended "One hundred or one thousand, it's all the to be the farmer of the place. "What's this?" same to me. We can destroy seventy men as "It's a sheriff's carriage," was Frank's reply. easily as we wiped out those seven men out The word "sheriff" was ever a declaration of there. Be not deceived, madam, the days of war among and In this instance It this band are numbererl." proved doubly so. "You have killed all the men on this place," "Sheriff, eb?" exclaimed the leader the eldest of the three women aaid. "What his weapon, as did the other six. "Come ana more do you want here? Go your way and let take us! ' us go ours.'' "Oh, they're going to fight," exclaimed the "I moRt search the place and-.-" women, turning and speeding back to the house. ' you shall not!" exclaimed the woman, One of the men fired a pistol at Jack. again taking her ax and placing herself in a That was the signal, and then the Winchesters defensive attitude "You can only do so after commenced their deadly work. you have killed us!" Jack, Frank and Pomp fired simull.aneously, "Yes; after you have killed all three of us," and three men fell dead. added the third one, speaki ng for the first Crack! crack! crack! and three more went time. down. The seventh and last man turned to run, "Stand out of my way, madam! Think you when a bullet through his back laid him out. I will be balked by such as you? Out of my "That ends the seven," said Jack. way!" "Yes-wiped out," said Frank. Frank again advanced toward the door of "My God, Mr. Reade!" exclaimed Todd, "you the house, when the three women made a rush can wipe out all the Indians on the plains with at him, two of them flourishing axes above this thing." their heads, as if they meant murder. "Yes. We are going t.o wipe out this band Frank sprang back just in time to save himof robbers with it. l say, Jack, let's settle the self. Tho eldest woman glared at him and dogs, too." <# hissed through her clenched teeth : "All right." "I never struck any one in my life, but if The dogs then caught it right and left,"andin you don't leave here I will split your head just three minutes more there was not a live open!" canine on the place. I "Indeed, you will not, madam," be replied. "Now, Jack," said Frank, "you stay here "for if you do not get out of my way 1 will and keep your eye on things, and Pomp and I shoot you.'' "You wouldn't dare shoot a woman," sh e sui d. In the discharge of my duty I dare do any. thing," retorted be. Tbe woman started toward him. He raised his revolTer and aimed at her bend. She never flinched, but advanced almost to within striking distance of him. "'Madam," he said, "you are right. I can not shoot a woman. will ret1re, and send a company of United States soldiers to look after you." "Begone, then, as quicl\ as you came she said. "You are the only man 1 ever saw who'll I could kill. If I had a pistol I would shout you." Madam, if you would escape a prison for a member of--" "I am only a widow now," she said, "and that is no crime. Go away before I do you an injury.'' "Come away, Pomp,'' and Frank led the way back to the tricycle, where they entered the cage. "She's a tough one, eh, Frank?" said Jack. "Yes; beat me at a square game of bluff." It was no bluff on her part, sir," remarkl'd Todd. "Mrs. Damper is a dangerous woman. She would have given you that ax as sure as fate if you liad persisted on entering the bouse.'' "She put a damper on me," and he laughed softly. "Slle wouldn't. be bluffed.'' No; I could see that plair; enough.' "See here, Todd, 'l"hat's in that house that the woman don t wish us to see?" "I don't know, sir. I have never seen any. thing there except what one might see in any ordinary f arm-house." "Well, it's very strange, to say the least of it," remarked Frank, "and I am more than half inclined to return and--" "If you do, you will either have to shoot a woman or be killed yo11rself," said Todd, "for I know that Mrs. Damper well. She once one of the band for a tritle. She's a dangerous woman.'' "She's coming out again," said Jack, as the door of the house opened and Mrs. Damper ap pearejl. She had gone into the house as Frank retired to the tricycle. "What does she want now, I wonder? Why, the other two are coming with her!" The three women came up to the tricycle and made bold to up near enough to the wire cage to distinctly see tbe four men inside of iL. "Abl I thought so," exclaimed Mrs. Damper, her eyes flashing like an enraged tigress. So you are the traitor, are you, Todd?" "No, I am no traitor,'' replied Todd. "I am a prisoner. The others .were killed." "You piloted the way here-you have given the whole band away. But you shall not escape thus. "Die, wretch!" and with that she drew a revolver from the folds of her dress, and fired at him. Of course the wire cage protected them from the shot. The woman was astonished that she had not hit her mark. She dropped the pistol, and caught hold of the big wheel in front of her with both liands. The next moment Frank sent the electric current coursing around the tricycle. She caught a tl"emendous shock. Her hands convulsively grasped the wheel, and her eyes distended with a glare of terror in them. Then a shriek, a scream more fully tinged with mortal fear than any Jack Middleton had ever yet heard human voice give utterance, burst from her lips. Scream after scream rent the air, anrl the sav age dame bounced up and down like a turkey on a hot oven. The other two women screamed in unison with her without knowing why, and so the concert went on. Sudden l y Frank stopped the current of elec tricity, and Mrs. Damper was released. She did not stop to look aro und to see what had caused such a series of shocks to her frame, but turned and fled as from a terrible pestilence, or some even more terrible evil. Ha, ha, ha!'' chuckled Frank. "She will never forget that experience." "Nor forgive it," put in Todd. You have made Martha Damper your enemy for life, Yr. Reade."


16 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HlS LATES'l' INVENTION. "I could not have made her my friend after I "Yes, I suppose we are; huL they are human killing her husband," said Fra nk. beings f or all that "No; but now she will follow you for re" S o they are but not such as ought to live venge. '' Come Pomp let's go into the house and see "Do you think so ? what tlley have th e re." "Yes; she followe d a man a thousand miles "Yes, sah. once and m a de him weaken." They opened the doo r of the cage and passed "Sbe bas got plenty of nerve, I guess," reout. marked Frank. Onoly one of the five men w a s now alive. "Ple nty of it, and she never forgives." He was on e of those who had been shot in the "Well, I shall be on the lookout for her. back. But l doa't think I shall ever s e e her again," and with that the young inventor started the tricycle, turning and retracing his tracks. "Now, where is the nea rest otb e r readezvous of the hand ? he a s ked of Todd. "About sixty miles above here," was the reply. Can't we get to it?'' "Yes." "All right, then. Shall I strike north?" "Ye s." The tricycle was soon flying over the plains in tile uirection indic a ted, and. Ill l e ss than three hours, time was in the vicinity of the rendez vous, which was another pretended farm-house. How many men sta y here?" Frank asked of Todd. "Some five or six; but I don t know how many are he r e now." "Of course not We must chance all that," and then, as they approached the house he com menced ringing the bell. CHAPTER XX. 'PHE DYING ROBBER'S STORY-REPARATION AT LAST. THE ringing of a bell was such ari unusual thing in that part of the world that every man and woman on the place came running forward to see about it. Of course the sight of the tricycle, a craft they bad never seen or heard of before, filled them with a profound curiosity. There were five men and three woman on the place. "Hello!" cried Frank, as the whole party came trooping around the tricycle. "Whose place is this?" "It's Morgaq's ranch," replied one of the party "Who are you, and where do you hail from?'' 011, we are a party of gentlemen from the East on a pleasure excursion The reply did not seem satisfactory to the robbers. They exchanged significant glances and then looked into the cage as if to get a closer view of those inside One of the women recognized the prisoner, Todd, and exclaim ed: "Why, Todd, what are you doing in there?" The five men started as if stung, and pressed forward to get a good view of the man whose name !.hey had just heard. "I am acting as guide for the gentlemen," replied Todd, as coolly as be could. "The devil!" exclaimed one of the rabbers; "and you have guided them here! Take that for a fool!" and quick as a flash he drew a re volver and aiming at him through tile wires pulled the trig ger. The bullet flattened against the wires, and fell to the ground. One, two, three more were fired with a like result. Crack! crack! crack! went three revolvers in bands of Frank, JacK and Pomp. Three of the robbers staggered away from the tricycle and fell to the ground. They had received their death-wounds. The other two were dumbfounded with the eudden disaster. They turned to tly to the house, whither the women were now running. Crack! crack! went two more shots, and the two men fell, shot in their backs. "This is horrible!" exclaimed Jack. "Five more white men killed!" "Call them coyotes, and you won't see any thing horrible about it," said Frank. "Those men would murder a man for his horse or purse. We are doing the world a service in wiping them out." Seeing our hero approach, he raised himself on his elbow and said: "You h ave wiped me out. I am going," and he gave a gasp that caused blood to flow from his mouth. ''I am sorry we had to do it, sir," said Frank; "but the hand must be broken up, you know." "Yes-I-I knew It-would come to this some time. Come here. I want-to-tell you -something." Frank knelt by the dy ing man's side, and said: 11 What is it you have got to say? If there is anything on your conscience that troubl e s you it may be better for you in the next world if you will make a clean breast of it here now." 11 Yes, yes; my conscience is loaded down with crime. My name is Will S<5mers, but I was known in the hand as Sam Sickles. My parents reside in Virginia, and they don't know that I am the wretched criminal that I am. I wo11ld not have them know it. But before I die I want to do an act of justiCfl to a n innocent man and a good woman. In the city of Lynch burg there lives a beautiful woman by the name of Kate Muncy. !loved her with a passionate love such as seldom ever filled the heart of man. But she loved another, and so rejected me. She did it kindly, tenderly; but the wound was none the less poignant on that ac count. As for my rival, I hated him as much as I loved her, and my soul became terribly vindictive aad eager in its desire to destroy him. But I could not make up my mind to kill him. But I resolved that he should not have her, and I began to devise ways and means to prevent the m a rriage. One day at church I saw him drop a handkerchief. Something prompted me to pick it up and conceal it in my pocket. When I examined it in the soliLude of my own room, I fo11nd that in the corner his initials had been worked in blue silk, and K. M.' in pink beneath them. I knew then that the handkerchief had been presented to him by her, and that the initials were her own handiwork I gazed at it till a demoniacal spirit took possession of me. I resolved on a desperate scheme for revenge on both of them, and, at the same time, prevent the marriage. That night, with a small vial of chloroform, aDd the handkerchief in my pocket, 1 my way into her parent's residence, by means of skelet-on-keys, and entered her sleeping apartment. She was sleeping soundly. I could see her sweet face by the ray of moonlight that penetrat.ed into the room. Saturating the handkerchief with the chloroform I applied 'it to her nose without waking her, and in a few minutes she was under the influence o.f it. Then it was that I passionately kissed her lips, as I drew two diamond rings from her fingers, and also took the diamond brooch and ear rings that l!!.y on her dress i ng-case "Then, with a f a rewell kiss I left the room, lea v ing the handker clflej tying on the ttoor, as if by a c c i dent. The next morniug the robbery was discovered, and the tell-tale handkerchief pointed to my rival as the guilty one. She would not believe it !'nr some time, but her stern father had him arrested, and though he was acquitted at the trial, it broke ot! the match, she having been persuaded that he was guilty. Then I renewed my addresses, but she told me her heart wall dead, and could never love again. In my despair I came West, began drinking and gambling, passing from one de gree of crime to another, till I finally connected myself with the road-agents. Here, in a wallet next my heart, you will find the two riggs, ear rings, and brooch that belong to Kate Muncy. Take or send them to her, and tell her that Edwin was innocent of the robbery-that I did it, and that now, with my last breath I declare that my mad, passion at.e love for h e r urg e d me tG cum mit the crime." Th e man w a s g oing fast ; his voice falter e d and at tim e s he spok e with difficulty. I shall do just a s you d e sire," said Frank to him. "Have you anything else to say ? "No-nothing that I can right. I hav e r ob bed a nd murder ed, but that can't be mend ed. Oh, God, to die thus! Give-me-some wat e r." "Pomp, run into the house and get so me water," said ;Fr a nk t o his faithful black 11 Yes, sah," and Pomp starte d to the buns & as ordered. The women had been watching from one o f the windows. T hey saw that the black w a s sent for som e thing, and when they l ea rned what i t was, they promptly gave it to him He returned with a large tin cup full of water. Frank took it and held it to the dying ma n's lips. He drank it eagerly and then heav e d a High, and said: "Don't let my parents know of this. T ell Kate to forgive and keep it a secret from th em." Then he gasped again breathed hard a f e w times, and muttered: "Kate! Kate! Forgive Mother! Oh, how dark! I-I-ah!" Another gasp and the man wa s de ad. CHAPTER XXI. THE ROBBERS' WIDOWS. THAT is the end of a life of crime," s a i d Frank, looking down at the face of the dead man. "He had done an act of justice, how ever, and I shall do my best toward making it; good. It may make two heart& happy that are now He ran h1s hand into the inner pocket of the dead man's vest, and took therefrom and old gre asy, well-worn wallet. Opening it hastily he saw that the jewels he h lfl mentioned wer.e there. "The man told the truth, he said, placin g the wallet in his pocket. "I shall deliver these to whom they belong." Rising to his feet, be started into the h o use_ As he reached tile steps of the piazza he s a w the blanched faces of three women at a window_ They were watching his movements with ev i dent apprehensions. Opening the door, he stGpped into the roo m and confronted the women. Removing his hdt he bowed, and said: "Be not disturbed, ladies. I know that yoll are not responsible for the crimes of the me n of this band. You shall not in th e least IJe distressed, except by the death of your mal e friends.'' words reassured them. They bre ath.ed freer and one of them said: "W*' thank you ever so much, sir. We ar e indeed not r e sponsible for any crimes that h ave been committed, notwithstanding our presence here." 11 I believe you, madam I know that man y women clipg to those they love, even when crime bas made them of their love. I am sorry for you all. Rave any of you lost husbands by my presence here?" "Yes," said one; my bus band lies dead out there.'' Frank looked hard a t her for a minute or two. He saw no signs of grief in her face "You did not love him, madamY" he s a id. 11 No, sir. I once loved him, but lov e bas long since died in my heart. He was cruel t o me, a nd did me a wrong no woman can ev e r forgiv e ." "Ah! You have had a sad life. And th ese other two ladies?" 11 Their husbands are away on a raid of some kind," said the first spe a ker. "They dG not love them any more than I do mine.'' "Indeed I do!" exclaimed one of the w<>men, was not older than twenty-five years. and very good-looking. "My husband may be a very wicked man, but he is kind to me, and I love him.'' "How many went away on this raid, and which way did they go?" Frank asked.


FRANK RE.ADE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 17 "There were ten men in the party,'' was Sure enough, a plrty of a half dozen horsemen the reply, "and they went in a southE.rly direcwere seen coming rapidly toward the house. tion." "Come, Pomp, let's get back to the tricycle!" Frank started. be exclaimed. Did you know if there was a man by the They hurried out into the yard. and reached oame of Todd in the party?" he asked. the tricycle just aa the men rode up and sur" Yes-Todr tire was harmless; the next were never married. He captured me and moment the deadly Wincbesters commenced compelled me to live with him as his wife." their work:, and in just two minutes every man "Then you are avenged, madam," said of them was done for. . Frank. "Punishment overtakes such men They lay on the ground gaspmg away their sooner or later, and it is terrible when it comes. lives, and soon each robber had given up the Again I say I am sorry for all. If there is any ghost . treasure about the house, take it and divide it The women ran to the p!Rzza agam, only to amo .noyourselves; you may it. We shall see their robber friends bite the dust. not t;ouble you any farther than to ask for "Thus you see how the band is a supper, as it is near sunset." away," slrid _Frank, as he descended from Oh we will do anything for you sir said tncycle agam. They cannot harm us m the of the three women "You so there, so we remain unhurt. Do you think any kind to us. Come, Emma, Jet's get a supper more will return to-night?" for the gentlemen." "No, sir," replied the tall woman. Th e two women left the room too-ether leav"Then return to your work and we will place inothe third one sitting in a chair"' weepinoas these out of the way. Pomp, get the picks if her heart would break-. "' and spades--" : Madam," said Frank to her "I wish I "There's an old dry well in the corner of the could comfort you. You look hke a good barn out there," said the handsome widow. woman. I know yqur husband was not worthy "Yes," said "You need dig any o f your love. You are young and beautiful; g:ave . You can Just throw them m time will heal your grief, then when you dig a little loose earth to cover them with. are removed from the surroundings of your "That's ,a g?od idea:-take 'em up, Pomp, p res en t life, you will find an honorable man wlw and throw em m. See II they have any vatuwill devote his lire to your happiness." abies about them first." She looked up at him through her tears and "Yes, sah,' and the brave old black went to asked: work at his very unpleasant task. "Do you reallv think I could ever marry Frank again went into t'be house. He want. again?" ed to question the widow about the "I hayen't a doubt of it, madam," was his man kno_wn as Sa!f! . rep ly, "Lor you are a beautiful woman," and be :rhe wtdow received him w1th a smile and looked at her as though be was himself deeply satd: smitten by her charms. He saw she was a "You are a wonderful hero,'sir." weak vain woman who did not love her bus Thanks, madam. The praise of a handband'with anything more than a passing fancy. some widow is,au incentive to valiant deeds, Are you married?" she a s ked, to his intense and--Hello! . amazement. That exclamation was drawn from bim by a "No madam. I am a single man and heartman who rushed at him from an adjoining free." room "

r I f I '! 18 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURE;S Wl'l'H HIS LATEST INVENTION. Then Jack and Frank to9k leave of them for "Red-bot brimstone!" gasped the captain. the night, carrying with them a good supper This to me?" for Pomp and the prisoner Todd. "Yes. You are a cowardly bully to thus inThe next morning they found a hot breaksuit quiet, peaceable citizens who gave no fast a, waiting them, of which they ate heartily. ofi'ense." Then they shook bands with the women, and "Stranger, you have committed suicide. 1 re-entered tlile tricycle. am sorry for you. Take hold of Lbb thing and "Now, Todd," said Frank to the prisober, shake 'em out of it, boys." "you have kept faith with us so far. I am .A. half-dozen men sprang forward and seized plll_ased with you, and hope you have made up hold of the tricycle, whilst their leader stood j\>ur mind to turn over a new leaf." by with a revolver In his rigM hand. "So I have, sir," was the reply. "In showFrank promptly gave them a current of elec-ing you all the places of the band I am doing tricity, to tackle which shocked them into con just whll.t I promh;ed . If any of them escape, vulsions. I will hava to go to the other end of the world They raised themselves on their toes and to escape their vengeance. So you see it is howled. Their hair stood up on their heads too late for me to regret what I have done." and their eyes seemed about to pop out of their Yes, that's so. I see your position. But sockets. you would have fallen a victim to the law some "Over wit h it!" exclaimed the robber cap time, so you have escaped a very cert11in d1,mger tain. What in perdition is the matter with fo n uncertain om." you?" know that. Yet I think you had better They couldn't speak. They could only squirm wipe out the whole band whilst you are at it." and howl. "So do I," put in Frank. "Ten furies!" roared the captain, "I say-are we going in the right direction what is it? What's the matter? for the next place?" Jack asked of the prisHe ran around tricycle, ani! looked at it oner?" in profoun<;l amazement. That some mysteri" Yes, s ir, and it's not more than twenty ous, unseen power had gotten a grip on his miles from the last place." men he could plainly see. .But what was it, !' How manv men are there?" and whence came it? ".A. bout like the other places. There may be "What does this mean?" he demanded, lookonly three or four, and still there may be a ing up through the cage at our hero. "Bedozen there." lease my men or I'll t>!ow your brains out!" ''Well, it makes no difference to us how "How about the suicide?" Frank asked. many are there. We want to know how to In reply the robber chief raised his revolver shape our course so as to make it a success." and fired quickly at our hero. I'he tricycle was now out upon the prairie ".A.h! now you mean business!" exclaimed again, going at a rapid rate. They had to Frank, returning the shot through one of the make a circuit of nearly forty miles in order to little port-holes. How's that for one?" avold an impassable strip of timber and a The shot broke the pistel-arm of the villain. stream. "Curses on you!" he hissed, as the weapon But they soon made the distance, and the fell to the ground, "you have broken my arm!" bogus farm-house came into view. It was not ".A.h! Did I? Well, really, I meant the unlike the others in appearance, and seemed to other one," and, firing again, he sent a bullet be the home of a prosperous farmer. through tll.e left arm of the captain. The same dodge of ringing the bell of the "Ten thousand maledictions!" yelled the ent'l1cycle, which had heen found so effective at raged chlef, leaping about like a madman. the other two places, was resorted to. Of course The blood trickled down both arms, and everybody on the premises ran out to see what dropped from the tips of his fingers. He was it meant, and our hero bad a chance to get at helpless as a babe, so far as resistance was the strength of the robbers. concerned. "Hello! Who are you!" demanded a fine"You see i L won't do to be a bully!" said looking, stalwart man, apparently about forty Frank raising his voice above the howls and years of age, screeches or the men in the terrible colls of the "By all the saints!" exclaimed Todd, in&.. low electric current. tone of voice. "That's the captain of the "Come out of that and I will kick the sand band!" out of you!" yelled the captain, who wae really robber captain?" a man of splendid courage. "Yes-Captain Ball." Frank merely laughed at him, al!d then I That's his name-Ball?" turned to Jack and asked: "That'il all any one knows." "What shall we do with these fellows who Frank and Jack gazed at the leader of the are holding to the tricycle?" road-agents with no little curiosity. They saw "They are robbers and murderers, and you that he was no ordinary character. He bad a know what fate the daserve." quick, nervous way all::>ut him, and was evident"Yes, yes; hut I hate to destroy human life ly a man of decision and strong personal magthis way. We can't take them to any jail, so netism. He carried a bowie-knife and a brace the only way to break up the band is to kill of (!ix-sho oters in his belt, anci altogether was a 'em off. Jack and I'll give 'em a stroke of man one would not dare wontonly to provoke. lightning, and it will be in self-defense, too, CHAPTER XXIII. ANOTHER TERRIBLE TALE OF VILLAINY. THE robber captain looked at the tricycle with no little degree of interest whilst waiting for an answer to his question. The space of a minute had elapsed and still no answer had been vouchsafed. Laying his hand on a revolver, he sternly asked again: Who are you, and what do you want here?" "We are gentlemen on a pleasure trip," said Frank "and we are not in the habit of being addressed in a menacing manner. who are you?" "I am Captain Ball," was the quiet reply, and am in the habit of addressing others as I please. If you don't like my style say so and I'll--" "I don't like your style, Captain Ball," inter rupted Frank. ")t savors too much of the eoward and bully." you understand ? "Yes, of course. Why, they would murder us all if they could." Thllot so," said Todd; "they are all mur derers. '.' Frank turned and laid a band on the electric battery knob and gave it sudden wrench. The howls of the squirming wretches instantly ceased, and they dropped to the ground in limp lifelessness. "Ten thousand flendJ!" groaned the robber captain, his face turning ashen pale as he be held the destruction of his followers. "Who are you? What are you?" "We are gentlemen on a pleasure trip," re plied Frank, opening the cage door of the tri cycle and stepped outside, "and our great est pleasure is in winding up the careers of men like you." The robber captain was amazed. He read his fate in the words of the daring young in ventor. "I have had the pleasure of meeting and three gangs of your men, captain. One of your followers is here. Mr. Todd has saved his neck by agreeing to conduct us to every station and rendezvous belonging to tb& band." Ball glared at Todd, and hissed through hie clenched teeth: "Traitor!" "I am no traitor, captain. The end had come. My death could not save the band. The band was doomed anyhow. I only bar gained for my lite, and everything a man has he will give for his life." "That's the talk of a coward and tro.itor,, hissed Captain Ball. You would use the same talk if it woul d save your neck," said Todd. "Never!" "Well, never mind about that," said Frank "the doom of the band is sealed. There artt but a few more left and they will soon o e wiped out. Have you anything to say, captain, before we string you up !" "String me up?'' "Yes-you are te hang to yonder limb in a few minutes from now." Without a trial for my Hfe ?" "Yes-you will have no tria!." "But-1-demand a trial." Did you ever allow one of your victims a chance for his life, Captain Ball ? the young in ventor asked. But-but--" "No nonsense, now. Have you not sent vic tims into eternity without giving 'ern any sho w for their lives?" "You don't know that I ever did, nor can you prove it. " Indeed I do know it, and could prove it, but to do so would be giving you the benefit o f a trial, a thing I am not going to do. Todd you shall be executioner. You may hang him to yonder limb, and the sooner you do so th e better." ' 1-1-didn't bargain for that. Mr. Read e faltered Todd, turning ashen pale. Do you ol.lject?" The prisone1 remained silent. "Well, I won't ask you to do it. Pomp, ge t a rope." "Yes, sah." .A. rope was produced, and a noose made a t one end of it. .A. wild scream startled our heroes. .A. young, beautiful woman ran screaming from the house. \ "Spare hi in! Spare my husband!" she cried, rushing forward and throwing herself on her knees at Frank's feet. "Have mercy! mercy! "Who are you, madam ? "I am his wife. I love him! He is aU I have in the world! Spare him! my bus band!" "Madam, your husband is a robber and a murderer." "I know it! I know it!" she sobbed, but I love him! I love him! He has been kind tG me, and--" "Yes!" screamed another female voice, as another rushed forward from the liouse; he has been kind to you, but cr11el to me-his la.wfnl wife. She is young and pretty. I am not, and you deserted me for Iter, Jules Cantaire!' and she turned on the wounded and doomed robber with the fury of a tigress. I told you God would avenge me for your cruel desertion. You left me to the insults of every wretch in the band, and showered your love and pro tec tion on her, though we were lawfully wedded in the cathedral at New Orleans when you were an honest man. Ha, ha, ha! I am avenged! She is on her knees begging an other to your wretched life. I will talk against her. I have no love lefL in' this of mine. You trampled it und e r foot cru s hed it, and now I will denounce you. S ir, an d she turned to Frank, "be murdered a n old man in New Orleans, and tied to the pl a ins. I was infatuated with him then, and clung t o him. He !lt'ganized a band of robbers and murderers like himself, and I have seen him shoot down men in cold blowl. He never showed mercy to any one in 1Jis Jif A Why should any be s hown to him now? Hang himl


FRANK READE, JR, AND HIS ADVENTURES WiTH HIS LATEST INVENTION. 19 Hang hlm as he deserves! Ha, ha ha! Hang him Jules Cantaire you will hang and all luw tears can t save you! Ha, ha, hal I am a venge kill e d her! He tried to kill me! Poor thing! me go to her! Let me to her!" ''No-not now." "My husband-where is he ? "He is dead." "No, nonot dead!" "Y11s: be was hung-you are av e nged!" ""' bo avenged me "The sheriff came and hung him." Yes, yEIB, he was cruel to me," and the poor creature drew her band across her eyes, as if trying to brush something away. Frank succeedell in inducing her to iie down on a bed and go to sleep. She soon slept as sweetly as an infant. Returning to the nljxt room, Frank saw the pale, guilty paramour of the daring leader of the band of robbers her last. J ...... "Frunk, this is awful," said Jack. one would have been tempted togivegreat credit "Terrible," was the reply. "I -am almost to the f a rmer who selected the spot for a b orne. sorry I set out to break up this band. It is the Back of the house rose a series of a brupt hills bloodiest thing I ever undertook, but it will be that seemed to multiply as they receded in the a boon to the country, though." di s tance. "So it will, but I would rather some one else The house itself was of a better class than bad undertaken the j o b." the ordinary farm-house in the West It w a s "What shall we do now? It won t do to painted white, and h a d gre e n Venitian blinds, leave this poor demented w oman here alone and a broad veranda ran the entire length of 1 There's another woman in the bouse." the front. There was an air of comfort about "Well, we'll bury the dead of sight and the place that struck our heroes as being r e tben leave." markable under the circumstances. The man Todd and faithful Pomp were set to "This is decidedly a comfortable-looking work digging a grave for all the dead. It replace," rtlmarked Frank to Jack. quir e d a big hole, a ,nd several hour s were lost in "Just what I was thinkin g," s a id Jack as he digging it. But it was finished at last, and the looked around at the well-cultivate:! fields dead, women included, were consigned to it. below the house. Then telling the other woman to take charge "Yeij," said Todd they made it a model or everything on the place, and do as she farm, and one man was appointed to super pleased, the two heroes returned to the tricycle intend and claim Those detailed t o and prepared to leave. guard the cave were also to take tu r ns in work" The next place is at the foot of the Red ing in the fie ld." Hills," said Todd, "where the trE)a.sure is con"But has the place never been suspected? ce a led in a cave." "No" Government detectives have been here "Can we reach there?" in search of the gang and were ent e rtained "Yes, it' s a very good road, winding in and shown over the farm, and treated with a h o spi: out around the hill s Many wagons go there." tality that pleased them beyond anything they "Then we can go there, too." had experienced in the West." The tricycle skurried across the rolling prairie The tricycle approached the front g a te. like a bird on the wing. A small band of Ip" Ring the bell, Jack ordered Fra nk diana saw it and gave chase. Frank let them Jack rang the bell "l ith cons iderable vigor come up and then asked them }Vhat they wanted. Its clear silvery tones 'Were heard by every soul "Want whisky," said the chief. on the premises. It was such an unusual "Sorry I haven't got any for you," was the sound, in that out-of-the-way place that ever y reply. one must need run to see about it. "Pale-face heap lie!" said the chief. Five men came runnin g forward and stared "Indian big fool!" replied Frank. at the strange vehicl e in op e n-eyed wonder. Of courae there was a row The red rascals "Hello!" QXClaime d Frank. "Whose place thought they could get away with the four men is this?" in the cage, and so to work to do it. It mine said an elderly-looking m a n was the same old tbmg. They hold of steppmg forward and peering through the wir e the tricycle to stop it, aud the electric current cage at our hero. "Who are you?" caught them. ''We are travelers making a tour of the Wes t. They d a n ced and howled till they were too You have a finefarm here to be so far away weak to stan 'tl up. Then Frank released them, frem the mark e t." a nd they slunk away, too much used-up to want "We have no need of a market," was th e reanything more. ply. "We c o nsume all we raise here and hav e "They wop't forget that racket," said Frank, an abundance of all we want." laughing. "You ought to be very contented, then ''No. I am glad we did not kill any of them," and--" said Jack, "for it has been one continuous "So we are, my friend Will you stop with slaughter ever since )Ve struck the Indian us a day or two? I am quite anxi ous to uncountry.'' derstand what kind of a wagon you hava here." "That's true, Jack, but in every instance "Thank you, sir. As houses are many miles they commenced the business themselves." apart out here, we will avail ourselves of y our '' So they did. You have been in the right ofi'er. Will you be so kind, all of you, as t o every time, Frank. But I imagine a sheriff take hold and pull us back about twenty feet! will get sick of swinging men into eternity We are too far forward here. There t a ke bol d after awhile of the bar there, or by the wheels. All r ea d y The tricycle was now on its way towards the now?" Red Hills again. The Indians were gazing "Yes-all ready!" returned the farmer as he after it in wondering surprise till it was out of and his four assistants laid h old of the wheels sight in the distance. to push the tricycle b a ck as requested. At last they struck the road that led toward Fra nk th e n turned on the electric curre11t. the farm-house and the ca v e back among the The five men c a ught the full force o f it, and in bills. another moment were howling lik e so many "Just follow this road," said Todd, ''and Comanche Indians in a free fight. The subtl e you'll reach the house all right. There may be current douul e d them up till th e ir hair s tood a number of men there, but that will make but on end and their eyes seemed about to pop out little difference." of their heads. They followe d the road till they came to a "Now we've got em!" cried Frank. "Jump bridge that spanned !he stream : out and disarm 'em, Pomp. Be careful and us e "Halt there!'' cried a man on the other side only one hand at a time or you'll get shockeq of the bridge, rifle in hand. yours e lf." "What does this mean?" demanded Frank. "I'll get out and help him," said Jack, an d "This is a free country, and--" the two sprang out of the tricycle together and "Halt. I say!" began disarming the five men. Eac h m a n The tricycle dashed across the brid ge, and was found to be in possession of a bowie-knif e the man had to spring aside to avoid being run and revolver1 rather a formidable outfit for over. farm laborers . But he true to his trust, for he raised his During the process of disarming the m e n rifle and fired at Frank squirmed and yelled a s if in mortal agony. The bullet fell harmless to the ground, and Pain and terror were plainly depicted on th e ir th!l moment a shot from Pomp's revolver faces. They could not understand the mys. la1d him low. terious power that held them with such relent. less force. CHAPTER XXV. AT THE LAST STAND. LEAVING the dead robber sentinel where be feU by the little bridge the tricycle pushed up the hill towards the farm-house that now loomed up to view. It was a beautiful place, and "Now .I'll knock 'em senseless," said Frank, "and then yeu can tie them up. He gave them an additional shock and the next moment they dropped to the ground unconscious. "Now tie 'em up." Jack and Pomp soon bad tied hard and I 1 i , I I I


i l 20 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS. ADVENTURES WITH HIS LATEST INVEN'QON. fast, and l eft them l y ing on the ground. At that Jl'lOment two women, who had been wit nesses of scene from a window of the bouse, ru s bed forward their pallid fac e s indicating the greates t alarm "Oh, my hu s band! My husband!" cri e d one of th ein, as she ran forward. "You have killed him!" No-he is in nowise hurt, ma'am, said Jack. He is only tied up, and will come to in a W!w minut e e." "Oh, you've killed him!" she frantically 11creamed. Let me go to him!" Jack prevented her from throwing herself on th e unconscious man. M a dam,'' he said, would we take the trouble to bind dead men ? They will be all right in a few minutes "But what are you going to do?" the woman demanded. Bre a k up this band of robbers, ma'am," re plied F ra nk emerging from the tricycle. Both wome n gasped and staggered as if struck. "That-means-death-to all," said the el derl y one, in husky tones. "I don't know about that, ma'am," replied Fra nk. The band bas caused the death of m a n y an innoc e nt man. But the majority of its h ave alr e ady been wiped out. We do n o t d es ire to shed any more blood, and will not unles s forced to do so. These men are our pris one rs, and those in the cave must surrender or t a k e th e--Hold on there, ma'am! You must n o t g o to warn them of danger!" The young e r of the two women had started to run toward' the house. She did not stop at F ra nk s command, so he d a rt e d forward in pur suit, a nd overtook her just b e fore she reached th e v er a nda Throwing an arm around her w a ist b e det ained her, saying: "Mada m will you be quiet, or mu s t we tie you up too? You can do n o thing except to m ake t rouble for yourself." M y God!" she exclaimed burying h e r face . n h e r h ands "we are ruined!" The band is certainly ruined if that is w h a t you m ean; but y ou l a dies will not be troubl e d if you do not commit any act that sh ow s y ou to b e equally guilty with the men." I I will d o a s yon s a y s a id the terrified woman. Ver y w ell, then. You shall not be dis t urbed. S it down here on the steps and w ait till w e c a n decide what to do. Can you tell me h ow m any m e n there are in the c a ve?'' "Yes; th ere are only two in there now, was th e reply Can they be call e d out ? "No, s ir; they have to remain inside until the r elief-g uard g oes in to r elieve them " I understand. We'll have to u se some kind of stra t egy to bring th e m out. Will you ke e p your se at: here ; until I r etiWn? ''Ye s sir." Fra nk left her and went back to the tricycle, whe re Jack and Pomp wer e standing guard ov e r the five men whb were l y ing bound on the ground. The man Todd still remained in the tricycle T odd," said Frank, come out and se e if you ca n t work th e s e fellows out of the ca v e for u s ." Todd c ame out. The m e n on the ground 'Were r e c o v e ri ng v e r y f as t. Th e f a rm e r w a s th e first one to speak. "What does this m ea n?'' he a sk ed. "It m ea n s y ou are gone up," s aid Jack, very or ompt l y W h o a r e you? "Can' t you You are all that is l eft of ehe b and B all and the others have bee n wiped out ." "Wha t a r e y ou go i ng to do wit h us?" T hat dep ends u pon the a mount of trouble we have in ge t ting into th e cav e You-ca n 't-get-into-the cave!" I th i n k I c an," s aid Fra nk. "You w ill be sh o t down ." "No-Iwi!l g uard aga inst th a t. How many me n a r e in th e r e ? " Ten men all arm e d to th e t ee th. F t :;.-.k loo k ed hard at the m a n ";You have a hard cheek to lie to me under such circumstances,'' he remarked. "There are but two men in the cave It does not re quire ten men to guard it. Pomp, stand guard here till we return. Jack, you and Todd come with me." Jack and Todd went with him and Pomp re mained to guard the al. CHAPTER XXVI. 'CAPTURE OF THE BOBBERS' CAVE. THE three men then marched around the hous e and foilowed a path that led off in the dir e ction of a bold bluff that rose abruptly above the f arm about two hundred yards in the rear of the houses How many men do you think are in there, Todd ? Frank asked. Only two, I reckon, as that's the regular guard." How can we get them out?" "I don't know. I will show you the entrance to the c \ve, and then you may devise some plan to g e t into it. They pushed their way along the path till they came in sight of the llntrance to the cave. It was a fissure in the face of the rocky bluff, which ran up some thirty fee t or more, and was about three f ee t wide. "The re it is," said Todd. "We must not let the gua rd see u s.'' The three men kept bacll: out of s ight from the gua rd, who were evidently inside the cave, and waited for s ome time to see if the guard would come out. I think I know a plan that will llring 'em out/' suggested Jack. What i s it?" the young inventor a s ked Bring the tricycle up to within thirty or forty yards of the c ave and ring tbe bell. That will bring 'em out unle s s they have been warned of our presenc e." Hanged if! don't believe you're right, Jack You and Todd stay here till I come back." Frank hasten e d back to the tricycle, where Pomp was standing guard over the five prostrat e men. The pri s oners were swearing like so many pirates, and Pemp was grinning from ear to ear at their profanity "Now, look here." s aid Frank, turning to the prisoners, "if you give us any trouble, you will he wiped out without the least hesitation. You had better keep quiet and be civ!l. Shoot any one that gives you trouble, Pomp." "Yes, aah.' Frank then took a glance around, and saw a wagon gate on the upper side of the lot This he opened and th e n entered the tricycle. To move it round and guide it through the gate was the work of but a few minutes. He ran it along the path to where Jack and Todd w e re conc e aled, took th e m aboard, aud then pushed on to a spot within twenty paces of the entra nce to the cave, and directly in front of it. There he halted. The y bad a plain view of the great fissure in the rock. "That's the entrance, s aid Todd in a whis per. "Get your rifle Jack," whispered Frank, Jack procur e d hi s wea pon, and Frank did lik ewise "Now, Tod d you ring the bell." T o dd ran g th e b e ll vio lentl y As was exp e cted, th e two g uards, astounded at h e aring a bell where they bad n e v e r h ea rd one b efore r a n out o f th e cav e rifles in h and, and s t a r e d a t th e tricycle. Th e ir firs t impr ession was th a t som e mem qe rs of tbe b a n d h a d r e turned from th e pla ins wit h a stran ge c a pture As the y were g azin g at it Fra nk and J a ck cover e d th e m with th e ir Winc be ste rs. Drop y our g uns and h o ld up y o ur hands comm a nded Fra nk, in a stern ton e of voice Jump f or s helt er, Jim!" cried one of th e two m en, a nd ins t a n t l y b o th men wheeled and mad e a clash for th e c ave bers fell, shot in their backs, within a few feet of the en trance to the cave! "That ends it!'' exclaimed Todd. "Yes; I hated to shoot them," said Frank; but if they had gone back in there the y could have kept us at bay fur a long time. You have been inside, have you, Todd ? ."Many a time," was the reply. Come on, then, and show us where tht treasure is." Todd led the way, stepping over the bodi e s of the two guards, who had died almost i c stantly from their wounds and e nter e d th e cave. Frank and Jack followed him. They held their revolvers cocked in th e ir bands, f or fear of treach ery, or other robbers lle ing con cealed in the cavern. The entrance led along some thirty or forty feet, as if the great rock had been rent by some convulsion of n ature ; th e n it widen e d into a large cavem. The floor seemed R.> h ave bee n mad e level by filling in unev e n plac e s with loose earth. From a lamp which hung in the e ente r an uncertain light was thrown on m any objects around. Bales of good s and m any boxes of treasure were seen piied about oo three sides. All those contain valuable goods," s a id Todd, pointing to the llalesA1nd boxes. In that iron ches t over th ere is the gold and sil v er belonging to the band." Frank w ent to the chest and eJCamined it. He found it securely locket!. An ax lay n e:tr it. Taking it ur> be dealt the pa d lock sever a l tremendous blows. A half dozen blows dem ol ished it. Throwing up the lid, a glittering pile of g old and silver coin greeted our hero s eyes. "Good Heavens!" exclaimed Jack. .. Your fortune is made, Frank!" "So is yours, Jack!" returned the youn" in ventor "How much do you think is here, Todd ? " Many thou s ands of dollars, r e plied the in former. "But just how much I have no mean s of knowing. They have been accumulating i t for years." "Well, it' s a big haul. I hardly know what to do with it. " Take it, of course," said the former robber "But 1 don't know that I have the right to do that." There's no one else who can prove any claim to it, for those from whom it was tak.en were s ilenced forever at the time of the rdb bery.'' Then we will take posse s sion of it, Fra nk said, and the goods we will turn over to th e authorities. We will give you enou g h to corr.. m e nce life anew, Todd. So you stay here with J a ck till I come back I am going to decid e wbat to do with the five prisoners outside "What c a n y ou do with 'em, Frank?'' J a ck Middleton ask ed. "I am thinking of going to the ne a re s t United S tate s army post and ask the military to take char ge of them and these goods." "In that case you h a d b ette r s e cur e yvur coin .first su g gested Todd "or you will l o se it altog e ther ." Yes," added Jack; "!think so too.'' "Then let's t a ke it and put it in one oLtlie che s ts in the t ricycle.' Fra nk went ou t and moved th e tric yc le cl o se up to the entra nce, a nd th e three men 1 h en w e nt to work tra nsf e rrin g the g old a nd silver coin tt> the ch est of the cage which had heen u se d for provision s and co o kin g ute n s ils They c a rri e d it out in th e ir hats an d h a d to m nke m a n y trip s eac h e r e i t was a ll remov ed. "Now1 said Fra nk, a s he clo se d and l oc ked th e ch es t, "I will g o b a ck to th e p r i so n ers an d h a v e a t a ik with th em. I may h a v e to r ,n ove r to th e near est military s t a ti o n f o r Ther e is a s m a ll f ort down o n the river about e i g ht y mil e s fro m h e re," s a id Todd S outhw a rd from here? uYes. "I c a n r e ach it in two hours. You two s tay h e r e till I c o m e b a ck ." Crack C r ack! Fra nk and J a ck b o th fired and the Frank e nt e red th e tricy cl e and m oved away l At the g-ate M told P o m p t o keep his p r i sone rs two robwhere they were, and to shoot auy one who


/ FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ADVENTURES WI'l'H HlS LATEST INVENTION. 21 gave him trouble. Then he moved off at a rapid pa.ce, and was soon lost to view by the timber down on the creek. CHAPTER XXVII. CONCLUSION. AFTER crossing the little bridge over the creek tbe young inventor sent the tricycle fly-. iug ovet tho level prairie at full speed. With no one but htmself on board, the WQnderful machine fairly flew like a bird, barely touching the ground, apparently. Ten miles passed, and then tl)e haro caught a glimpse of a body of horsemen ahead of him. "Indians," be muttered to himself. "I have no time to fool with them. I'll dash past them at full speed and give them something to think about." He soon came nearer to them. "Hello!" he exclaimed as he got a better view of the strangers "They are Uncle Sam's eavalry, or my eyes are deceiving me! Yes, they are boys in blue-a whole company of them . Hurrah! I"m in luck!" He went dashing up to the company of aston ished soldiers, who were wondering what on earth the trtcycle could be. "Hello, captain!" be yelled, as he came to a halt. "I am lookil)g for you!" The captain rode up and peered through the wire cage at h1m. "Who are you?" he asked. "I am Frank Reade, Jr., the young in ventor," he replied. Oll, yes, we have all beard of you, Mr. Rilade. .But what in thundllr is thts thing you've got here?" "An electric tricycle," replied Frank, "with a buflet-proof cage to protect me from danger. We have broken up and destroyed the band of road-agents in this section. To-day we suc ceeded in capturing the cave containing all the proceeds of their robberies, together with five prisoners. They are all that's left of the band, I think. I was going to the fort below to get aesistance, but now I will turn everything over to yort.'l "You astonish me, Mr. Reade!" exclaimed captain. "Yes, it is astonishing, bt then, with this eage, which no bullet can penetrate, three of us armed with Winctesters can du wonders. We could wipe out your whole eommand in a few Then we could make thirty iles an hour over the plains." "Impossible!" at all I came up to you at that rate just now. Will you come and take charge of the prisoners and the plunder found in the cave?" "Yes. How far is it from here?" "Aboat wn mtles, I think." "Lead on, then, and we will follow." "Give your horse to an orderly and ride with me, captain." The officer gave his second-in-command diyou, Todd. I hope you intend to be ou henee rections to follow the tricycle, dismounted, gave forth." his horse in charge of an orderly, aud then en"Indeed I do, sir," said the ex-robber, "and tered the cage with Frank. never intend to do anything wrong aga in. I Of course be \'faS amazed at the wonderful shall go to California and begin life anew." invention. He asked a thousand questions, They shook hands with him, a11d b e rode soon learned what an immense power it away m a northerly direction. gavo the young inventor over an enemy on the "There goes a man," said Fr:n.1k, gazing plains. after the receding form of the ex-robber, who They reached the farm-house in two boura, will have to conceal and think about and found Pomp standing guard over the live in his old age." prisoners, and Jack and Todd in charge of the "Yes, and I guess it will make a better mau oave. of him," r11marked Jack Middleton. On seeing the military the two women retired "Dat's er fac'," added Pomp. "An' be won't into the llouse, and left the prisoners to their forgit it, neder." fate. After spending a few days with the settlers Captain Long took charge of them, relieving on Whi.te River, Frank began to make prepara Pomp, aod placed them under a strong guard tions to return borne. Nellie Hammond ex Then be went to the cave and put a strong acted a promise from him to return the next guard there. An examination revealed many summer and spend a month in bunting and thousands of dollars' worth of goods. Those fishing in that Paradise of hunters and fisher he took charge of. men. He gave the p romise, and the little "I fount! a considerable amount of coin in maiden was happy. here," remarked Frank to the captain, "and The next day they started, followed by the that I have taken as my share of the capture." cheers and good-wishes of the whole village. I believe you are entitled to it, Mr. Reade," Five days later they reached Reade s town, returned the captain. taking the people by surprise, as when the tri" So I thought Now I shall leave everycycle first struck the town. His father and thing in your charge and leave." mother received him with a glad welcome, and Where are you going?" the towns-people showered all three of them "I am going down to the White River settlewith questions about their adventures. ment, where some friends have recently After a few days of rest Frank sat down and settled." wrote a lor::g Jetter to the woman in Pitts" Very well. I shall repcrt your conburg, detailing all the particulars about the duct to the colonel commanding the departdying confession of the robber who bad stolen ment." her diamonds and left his rival's handkerchief "Thanks. Tell him the band is wiped out, in her room. This he inclosed in a box with the and that the electric tricycle can lick anything jewelry and sent by express to her address. on the plains, white, red or black." A week later he received a Jetter from The captain laughed and shook hands with young lady, full of gushing thanks, saying the him. return of the jewels and the accompanying conJack, Pomp and Todd then _got into the tr!fession of the robber had caused her to send for cycle with him and moved ofl: Todd wanted to her lover. He reali the confession, and then go as far as White River, where be would take she threw herself in his arms and begged his a horse, make his way to the Pacific Railroad, 'forgiveneBS. He forgave all, and then their en and thence to California. gagement was renewed. Thus were two loving That night they encamped near the farm_ hearts made happy by our hero. .., house where the captain of the road-agents bad 'Ihe news that the band of road-agents had been wiped out, and the ne:xt morning resumed been destroyed reached the public tbroog'b the their journey. It was a fine level country for report of Captain Long, of the United State3 two hundred miles, and our heroes had a flue army. Frank and Jack had said nothing about run. They passed a small body of red-skins, it to any one except to the father of our hero. who gave chase, but they were left so far be-It made him -a still greater hero with all who hind that they thought some strange enchantknew him, and the electric tricycle became the ment bad come over them. greatest woLaer of the day. They reached the White River settlement The inve!ltion Jack Middleton had hastened that night, and were welcomed with glad shouts back from Europe to suggest to our hero next by the settlers. Nellie Hammond came out engaged his attention, and with that we leave and gave the young inventor a shy, blushing him. greeting that made his heart flutter like a bird The good eflects of the severe chastisement in a cage. the tricycle had inflicted on the Indians of the The nllxt day Frank gave Todd a thousand plains were seen lon g afterwards, for tbe reds dollars in gold and a horse, saying: never forgot the young inventor and his "You filled your agreement with us like a INVENTION. m!ln. You have the making of a good man in [THE END.] 'l'he nP.xt number of the FRANK READE LIBRARY will contain another thrilling storv, entitled___:;, FRANK READE JK'S NEW ELEOT:ftlC TERROR THE THUNDERER;' OR, THE SEARCH FOR THE TARTAR's CAPTIVE." "1:Tsef-u..1 a:n.d. 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