Frank Reade, Jr.'s marvel; or, Above and below the water

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s marvel; or, Above and below the water

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Latest: and Best Stories are Published in This Library. FJnttred as S e cond Class Matter at the Ne:w York, N. Y., Post Offtee, October 5, 1892. No. 27. { coM PLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, M & 36 N ORTH MOORE STREET, NEW YORK New York, March 25, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. { I 'JUCE } 5 CJCNTS. Vol. II Ente red ac cording to the Act of Congress, in the yeur 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the_ o ffice of the Librarian o f Congress, at Washington, D C frapk .:Jr.'s l'Jiarvel; OR, ABOVE AND BELOW WATER. By "NON AME." "Be careful about the s ignals," said Frank, as he st6od o n the brink of the well A m i stake might c o s t me my lif e ." Then he made the descent, and in anotner minute or two he w a s down in the soft mud a t the bottom of the river again.

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2 F RANK R EADE, JR.'S MARVEL. 'l'!1e subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. Frank Readet Jr.'s Marvel; OR, ABOVE AND BELOW WATER. By "N6NAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr and His Air-Ship,"" Frank 1-teade Jr.'s New Electric Terror the 'Thunderer,'" etc. CHAPTER I. .rQl!LP AND BARNEY-THE GOVERNOR'S LETTER. THE snow bad fallen deep in and about Read estown, the old home of the famous Reade family. It was snow, snow everywhere, and the merry jingle of sleigh-bells was board on all sides. Readestown bas grown to be quite a little city, and it is still growing. With each new in vention of the Reades fatber or son-the town takes an upward turn, for its name is then heard around the world. Frank Reade, Sr. is sitting by the cozy fire in his study, thinking of the past triumphs of him self and snn in the scientific world, and waiting for his daily mail, which Pomp-faithful old Pompbad gone to the post-office to get. Pomp is the same happy, good-natured dar key he always was -at the time of which we write-whom everybody in Readestown )oved lor his many good qualities He is coming around the corner of the square with a package of letters and papere for the elder Reade, when an immense snow-ball landed against his ear with sacb force as to make his bead swim, and stars to dance ber6re liis eyes. "Ugh-oof! Who dat?" he ejaculated, look1Bg around 10 quest of the a u thor of the missile. There were quite a number of peop l e on the street, and Pomp knew them all. He was sure that there was only one in sight just then who was capable of doing such a thing as planting a f s now-ball in his ear, and that was Barney O'Shea, the jolly Irishman. Barney was looking as innocent as a Kilkenny eat in the da y -time, however Pomp eyed him suspiciously across the street for a minute or so, anti then stoped, crammed the mail in the capacious pocket of his coat, and then proce e ded ta make a ball of snow, packing it as han! as his brawny muscles could make it Barney was watching him out or the corners o f his eyes, and chuckling way down inside of llimself that he had given "the naygur wan forninst his ear, begob When be bad fini&hed the ball, Pomp quietly started toward the bouse, as if for the purpose of delivering the mail befor e tiring it. That caused Barney to look around at some boys who were snow-balling each other further Ip the street. All! That was Pomp's ruse! Swish! went the ball, taking Barney on the le ft ear with such force as to send him rolling o ver and over in the snow. "What's the matter wid yonse, Barney?" P omp asked, with a broad grin that seemed to r un half-way round his black visage. av Fin gal!" gasped Barney. picking up and r n b.bing his ear. "It's kilt I am! S tbrnck by l oightning in the dead av wintber!" Then he caught sight of the grinning c ounte nance of Pomp. That was more than he could stand. "Whoop!" he yelled, and making a dash across the street, he went for Pomp like a wild buflalo Pomp met him with ilia head-butting him i n the stomach and rolling over in the snow with him. In the melee the mail flew in every direction out of the posket of Pomp's greatcoat. But they were up agaiq in a minute, and, as a policeman was coming down the streel;, they quietly walked ofl. Pomp remained just long enough w pick up the letters and papers, and then went in to de liver tbem. Several days later a citizen of Readestown, in passing along the stre et, discov e red a crum pled Jetter lying in the snow He stoope
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FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL. CHAPTER II. FRANK AND HIS FATHER-FRANK AT WORK. POMP was at the depot when the midnight train came in, waiting for the young inventor, of whom he was very fond. "He llo, Pomp!" greeted Frank, giving him a hearty slap on the shoulder. "Hello, Marse Frank! Am dat you? Golly, I'se glad ter see yer." "What' s the matter at home, Pomp? Are they all welL" "Yes, sah, dey is." "Well, I'm glad to hear that. Father's tele gra;n alarmed me. What's he up to, anyway?" "Dunno, Marse Frank," said Pomp, taking up his trunk and valise. "Nothing gone wron!, eh?" "No, sail." Frank made his way home. to find his father still out of b ed, waiting to greet him. Father and son shook hands heartily, for they loved each other very much "Go to bed now, son," said Lhe father, "and get up in the morning with your thinking cap on. I have some good news for you, that will give you some work to do." "All right," and Frank shook bands with him again, and went up to his room, where he was soo11 in the arms of Morphens. He was up early, and went out to see Pomp and Barney at the barn. Both were extremely glad to see him, and many 1 little story did they have to relate to each other about things that had occurred since they were last together. After breakfast, where he met and greeted his mother and sisters, Frank met his father in his study, and sat down to a table that was pretty well covered with books, maps, papers, and morlels. "Just read that, Frank," said the elder Reade, banding his son the J etter he had re ceived from the Governor of Louisiana. Frank read it through very carefully, and then looked across the table at his father. "Well," said the latter, "what do yon think of it? "Why, I think you ought to accept the offer, of course," was the prompt reply. His father smiled. "You are not going to decline, I hope?" ex claimed Frank. "Yes. I think I shall," was the quiet reply. "Why, father, that is not like you at all! Success there would double your fortune, and--" "I am aware of that, my son,'' said his father, interrupt ing him. "But at my time of life one does not care for such stirrii:g adven tures. I have seen enough of that kind of hfe. I shall write to the Governor of Lo1;1isiana, de clining his munificent offer, and suggest that he malre to Frank Reade, Jr., who is--" "Ah! Thank you, father, a thousand times!" cried Frank, springing and reaching across the table to grasp his father's hand. "Oh, you would accept it, eh?'' Yes, of course I would." Do you tbink you could get up such a thing as would enable you to find that treasure?" I think so." Then I will telegraph to Governor Lyle that you will undertake the job?" "Yes, sir." The dispatch was written and sent to the telegraph office, and then the two famous in ventors resumed their seats, and talked over the matter long and seriously. "One must have a diving outfit," said Frank, Jr., "and that is something I know but little bout. But I can soon get all the points I want about such things." "Oh, ) 'ee, that is easily managed," said Frank, Sr. "The most difficult thing is to overeome the density of the muddy waters of Red River." "I think a powerful electric light will do much to overcome that," remarked Frank, Jr. "Ah! Yes, I never thought of that. Then you will have to look out for your life. Those fellows down there don't place much value on human life, you know." I think they do, if the life happlms to be their own." "Of course, but not otherwise." "True. But I have ball de a lings with such people before, father, and do not fear them in the least. I'll build an electric boat that will be light enough to be carried on the cars, and yet-entirely bullet-proof." "That's the idea!" exclaimed his father, with cotlsiderable enthusiasm. "You might get up something on the style of your electric boat." "On t.hat principle, f a tber, I will set my builders to work on it at once, and theu go on to New York to examine the different kinds of diving outfits there;" and taking ilp a p e ncil and paper, he procee cled to make a drawing of the kind of boat he thought he would need for such an enterpri s e as th
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....... FRANK READE JR.:s MARVEL. in getting everything in shape before daylight. They then Jay down in their berths on board, and went to sleep. .A.bout nine o?clock they woke up and had breakfast, and then saw that a crowd had assembled on the river-bank, gazing in wonder at the strange cmft. and points, to be used in searching in the muddy I young inventor beyond bearing, and the WCJrde bottoms for the kegs of gold, or in were lost; but, a mile away, Frank saw the against alligators, if be should be attacked. steam-boat captain gazing after him through a "Admirable-admirable!" his fa-spy-glass tber, as he saw that nothing bad been left un"Guess be has got a Jlea in his ear," done to nssure success. "But you may be chuckled Fraok, as he retumed the captain's shot from the shore as you go overboard iu that gaze. By and by Frank's father came, and was hailed by all three and taken aboard. suit." After awhile Frank began to give .Barney "Oh, no! Come back here to the rear of the and Pomp instructions as to the proper man cabin;" and Frank the way round to the agement of the boat. It was never to be lef' rear, leaving Barney m charge of the wheel. alone, nor was any one ever to be aUowed on There he lifted a trap-door, revealing a hole board without his order or consent. Then he three feet iu diameter, through which they could showed Pomp the kitchen arrangements, which see the boiling water below as the boat skimmed were so complete that nothing else was to be along. desired. The toolchest, ca!Jin and berths-all "What m the world is all this you have been up, Frank?" his father asked, as he grasped his son's hand when he stepped on l!!oard. "Tbis ill the 'Marvel,' father," replied Frank, witb pardonal_ldt pride, "and a marvel it will prove to be. It llai ctlmost the speed of the Electric Boat on the lakes, having similar machinery, and is as a craft as ever skim med the water." You have hit it, my were inspected and explained, so that the two boy!" and the delighted father seized his son's would not be making any mistake in the dishand and shook it warmly. charge of their duties. Then Frank laid aside the diving-suit, and "Now, see here," he continued, as he stood So it seems," remarked l,..l.s fa.ther, looking around in admiration at the wO<>derful inven tion. I will take you down to the next town with us ," said Frank, "so you can see how it works. You can take the cars home from there instead or here." gave many other little bits of information about on the bow of the boat and looked up at the the Marvel" that were quite interesting to his steel cover. "Where we are going we may be father. He showed him the provision-chest, the under the necessity of doing some fighting, arms-chest, and the place for clothes and other hence I have made this thing bullet-proof. No things. rille-ball can penetrate it, and this wire netting "Yes-yes-go ahead." Frank, having taken everything on board necessarv for the trip, took hold of the helm, pulled the knob or the electric battery, and the boat moved gracefully out into the middle of the stream. "You are 'horoughly equipped, Frank," said is equally to lead. Here are small his father. "I shall have no uneasiness whatadjustable port-holes, through which we can ever about you." fire in any direction, if necessary. We are "I am glad of that, father. I wanted you to going down into Louisiana to search for money see for yourself and be satisfied." that was thrown into the Red River during the Turning down-stream, the boat spurted ahead with such speed as to cause the people on the river-bank to cheer lustily, and in a few min utes they were leaving the town behind them. I am perfectly satisfied, my boy. Give my war. That's what the diving-suit is for. It respects to the governor, and hand him this we succeed in recovering the gold, it will be lett er It may be of service to you. Be sure the biggest thing I've struck yet. Now, I've and make a friend of him, and let him see that brought you two along because I have confi you mean business. You will have to go to dence iri you. Yon know me, and I think I New Orleans first and see him, you know." know you. Do your duty, and your reward "That's my intention." shall be in proportion to the success of the en'fhe next town was now in sight, and Frank terprise." This is wonderful speed in the water," re marked Frank Reade, Sr., all he stood up and watched the trees flitting past. "Yes, indeed," rPtnrned Frank. "Speed may be necessary-w J don't know always," and then hll proceeded tr give his father a detailed Reade, Sr ., was landed, to return home bv rail. "Pomp is right dar ebery time, Marse The "Marvel" then fired a salute from asmall Frank," said the faithful black, when the young cannon on her bow, and sped down the river inventor had speaking. like a rocket. "Bedad, an' it's Barney O'Shea phat niver description of the boat. CH.A.PTER IY. 'It is twenty-eight feet in length by Seven ON THE WAY DOWN SOUTH. in breadth," he said, with cabin-room for six, as you may see there," pointing into the As the "Marvel" sped along down the river, snug little cabin, and a galley for cooking tiro people, who saw it from either bank, were in the rear of it. The battery and machinlost in wonder at its marvelous speed. There ery are out of under this chflst here, as was no smokestack or smoke, nor any visible was the case witn the electr ic boat, but conmachinery, nor any sound save that made by trolled by these knobs and cranks. Now, do the keel cutting through the water. Its speed you notice this wheel here back of this chest? was about double that of the fastest steam That is a wonderful invention, I can tell you. boat, a fact that made every one stare in Pomvt'' amazement. "Snh!" "Dis is better dan scrapin' de sky wid dat Take hold of the crank on that wheel and Jlyiu' mersheen, Marse Frank," remarked Pomp, turn it quickly." with pleasurable pride, as he watched the work" Yes, sah.'' ings of the wonderful little !Joat. Pomp took hold or the handle which pro"It's roight ye are, Pomp," said Barney; jected from the rim of the wheel, and began "but it's Jlyin' we are all the same.'' turning rapidly. Dat's er fac," answered Pomp, with a Presto, what a change! chuckle. Dis nigger doan' mind dis heah .]Lor a moment it seemed as if the boat were kinder Jlyin'. Yer doau' git in no clouds, an' risi Y g out of the water. The sides llew up and de wind an' de lightnin' doan' make yer wool met over their heads, a. complete cov-stan' up straight. Oh, dis am jolly!'' ering-or roof-of steel, whilst all round the Begorra, yez spake the truth, ef yez are a sides ran a strip of wire netting, some three naygur," said Barney, laughing good-natured feet wide, which admitted both air and light. ly, as he proceeded to fill his pipe for a com" That wire netting is tripled, father," said fortable smoke. Frank, "and being made of the best Bessemer "We'll beat everything on the river," re steel, is bullet-proof. Nothing but a cannonmarked Frank, as he glanced at the trees along ball could break it. Thus you see we will be the banks of the stream. They were Jlitting like the tartle-able to draw into our shell and past like telegraph poles as an express train defy a thousand enemies.'' whirls by them. "Yes, yes-wonderful.'' "Yis, sor," said Barney; we'll bate the: "Here are small port-holes for rilles if we loife out av the ould shtame-boats." have to use them. .A.nd we have an assortSeveral villages were passed and a number meut of the best arms in the chest. We call it or boats on their way down the the Marv el," because everybody will marvel river. .A.s the "Marvel shot past the steam when they see it. It will be a marvel in every era the captains and crews stared in dum respect." founded amazement. One burly captain cried "I should say so. But how about the divout from the pilot-hou se: ing-suitt" What craft is that?" ".A.h! That's another marvel, I assure you. "The Marvel,'" responded Frank. Here it is. I will put it on for you. It has a "Where from?" powerful electric light in the breast, so as to "Chicago!" light up the muddy water in front of me. A "The deuce!" exclaimed the astonished cap' wire connected with the battery on board will tain. How did you get to this river from ilnpply the electric light in the diving-suit.'' Chicago?" He put on the suit, and sto,.od up before his "We came overland through the dew," said father, looking like a strange monster from l Frank. some unknown region below. He picked up The captain howled back something, but the nrlous implements, such as sharp steel hooks great speed of the "Marvel" had carried the .. gets left," put in Barney. "Sure, au' isn't it mesilf as 'ud be afther goin' to the Ould Nick wid ver?" "Oh, that's all right, boys," said Frank, laughing. "I only wanted you both to that you are my right-hand men, that's all." "Iledad, an' it's enough," remarked Barney, who was on to the helm. In his anx iety to catch all that Frank was saying, he came near running the against a hu_ge log that was Jloating down the river. Frank saw the log, and turaed quickly on the Irishman with: "Did you see that Jog, Barney?" "Yis, sor.'' "How far off?" Sure, not till we wor forninst it." "That's what I thought. Now, see here, both of you. This boat is both strong and light, but it's not a battering ram. Going as fast as we are now, a collision with a Jog like that would ruin us. It would have made a terrible wreck of the whole business. Therefore, when you are in charge and running her, keep a look out altead. No matter what is going on aboard, keep a lookout ahead.'' Both promis418 not to forget the lesson, and Frank lit a ciga r and walked about the little deck, admiring everything connected with the marvelous little craft. When night came on, the pale moon came with it, giving light enough fer them to see far ahead on the water. Pomp went down into the little kitchen and began preparations for sup per. He was a splendid cook, and knew just how to prepare Frank's favorite dishes. Every good thing that could be had in the market at that season was to be found in the provision chest, and so the faithful old black went to work to get up a good supper. When it was ready, Frank sat down and eat heartily, after which he came out and relieved Barney, to Jet him go down and till himself up. That night they passed through Peoria Lake, quite a large sheet of water caused by the ex pansion of the river. On the right bank of the Jake stood the town of Peoria. The numerous gaslights of the streets of the town resembled torchlight processions. .A.fter passing the lake, Frank told Pomp to lie down ana sleep till ka was calle(

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FRANK READE JR.'S MARVEL. up, and then instructed Barney to steer till two o'clock, when Pomp or ltimself would relieve him. Thus be arranged to keep the boat going continuously day ani! night, which wati his design till they reached the city of New Orleans. 'l't1e next day the struck the Mi!!sissivpi Rivet". "Now, we must keep a good lookout for l ogs," said Frank to Berney and Pomp, "for things of that kind may always be found in this river. It's!tbe greatest river in the world, you kuow, and does some big things some times." Sure, an' it's nasty wather," remarked Barney, as he looked at the rolling, boiling water of the mighty river. "Yes-that's. so. It's not good for drink ing. That s why I brought a tank and along." "Look dar!" cried Pomp, pointing down the river at one of the monster steamboats that run up and down the stream. "That's a big steamer," said Frank. "Here, let me steer past her," and he took the helm to guide the "Marvel" around the great puffing monster. Botii were going in the same direction, and when first seen the steamer was some three miles aheajl. But in a little while the Mar vel '' was abreast of her and shoving ahead. The steamboat was the fastest one on the Tiver, having distanced every ope that dared to race with her. Passengers along the river would wait for her on account of her reputation for speed, and congratulate themselves on their good fortune if they secured passage on board of her. Judge of the dismay of her captain and crew when they saw the "Marvel'! leaving her behind! Glasses were brought to bear, and men and women wondered what strange thing it was that thus outstripped the fastest steam boat on the river. But Frank had little time to waste on river :raft of any kind. He was bent on securing the immense fortune that lay somewhere in the thick mud of Red Rtver. So he pushed on, en joying the wild, pictureAque scenery that was continuously changing Eke a grand panorama on either side of him. .At St. Louis he stopped just long e::wugh to run UJ!l inte the city to see an old friend. Then he resumed the journey, determined to make no other stops between there and the Crescent City. On the way down be overtook two steam boats racing, each doing her best to beat the other. It mad, dangerous business, and often ended in explosion of boilers, terrible destr-uction of life and property. I'll show them tbnt they are both slow old tubs," he said, and, taking charge, he sent the "Marvel" skimming over the water like a thing <>f life, leaving the two roaring, belching steam ers far behind. The passengers of both steamboats laughed at the joke, and begged the captains to give up the race, which they did in mutual disgust. "I'd give my whole cargo to know what that ts," growled the disquieted captain of one of the steamers, as he gazed through a spyglass after the "Marvel." CHAPTER V. THE MARVEL IN NEW ORLEANSFRANK .AND THE GOVERNOR. .As they moved down the great river, the ehange of climate was noticeable in a marked degree. When they left Chicago not a bud was visible. Now, in twa days' time, they were gazing at the green foliage of the trees en either bank, and listening to the twitter of the b : rds. It seemed like going to sleep in a hard, cold, unromantic world, and waking up in Fairyland. On, on they went with wonderful speed di rectly south-toward the land of the orange and magnolia. The air was laden with the per fume of flowers, and all nature seemed aglow with budding life. Memphis was passed, and then numerous little towns on both sides flitted lty in rapid succession, till at last the historic city of Vicksburg loomed up in the distance. Frank gazed at the memerable spots where some of the most gigantic operations of the late war had been carried on, and thought of the heroes, in blue and gray, who had perished there in the caraage of battle. He felt like stopping there and going over the battle-fields, bllt knew that be would have no time to do so. The sooner he got to work in his search for the treasure the better it would be for him. Vicksburg was passed. People on the blufls, overlooking the [river, wondered what manner of craft the "Marvel" was, anq saw it pass down-stream out of sight almost as quickly as a bird on the wing could have flown. Such was the speed of the Marvel" that, 1n three days from the time it left Joliet, it touched New Orleans. Hundreds of vessels were moored to docks, and it looked for some time as if Frank would not be able to find a suitable place to land. .At last be saw a chance to slip in between two huge steamboats, and did so. "What kind of a boat is that?" the captain of one of the steamboats asked. Ob, it's a httle dug-out," replied Frank, good-naturedly, "but she's the fastest on the river." That thing! I guess not." "I guess so," returned Frank. "Why, that tug out there can show her a clean pair of heels!" cried the captain. "No, she can't, either." I'll bet a $100 on it." "Show your money," said Frank, his purse, and shaking it at the steamboat man. The captain was plucky. He knew the tug was the fastest one in port, and so did not hesitate to back her against anything. In ten minutes the tug_ backed out into the stream for a race, and the "Marvel" followed. .At a signal both started. Ere h e had gone two hundred yards the captain of the tug stop ped in sheer disgust. "I give it up," be said. "That little thing lays over anything in the water." The steamboat man was all broke up. He didn't mind the loss of the money so much as the grand laugh that came tumbling down on him. What the deuce is it, anyhow?" he Oh, it's nothing but a httle dug-out," said Frank, ''which greenhorns don't understand at first sight." The captain winced and turned away, leav ing the young inventor severely alone. Frank was the richer by $100, which be divided equal ly between Barney and Pomp. "Both of you stay on board now till I come back," he said to them, as he sprang ashore. He knew that be could rely on them, and so be set out to find a first-class carriage in which to ride up to the governor's mansion. It was not difficult to find such a vehicle as he want ed, and so, in a little while, he "'as speeding on his way to the governor's residence. When he arrived at the mansion, be found that the governor was engaged on important business. The secretary told him to call again -the next day. ''Take my card in, and let the governor say when he will see me," said Frank, banding his card to the young man. "Are you acquainted with the governor?" the young man asked. "No-never saw him in my life," replied Frank. "But I have come 2,000 miles to see him at his request, and so don't feel like bang ing around two or three clays. The surprised young man looked at the card, and recognized the name of the famous in ventor. Mortified at his mistake, the young man carried the card in to Governor Lyle, who promptly told him to show the gentleman into his private office. Frank was scarcely seated in tbe governor's private of!lce, Pre tbe governor himself ent.ere
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FRANK READE JR.'S MARVEL. On the fifth day the governor sent a mes9en ger for our hero. Frank lost no time in responding in person. .As he entered the governor's office, be found there a middle-aged man, whose face indicated str.Gng individuality. "This is Mr. Jack Leslie, Mr. Reade," said the governor, rising ad introducing our hero to the stranger, after shaking hands with him. "He was with the party the night the treasure was dropped overboard in Red River." Frank shook hands with Leslie and looked him full in the face. The ex-Confederate returned his gaze for a moment, as he held his band, and said: "I am glad to see you, sir. The governor has been telling me that you have a wonderful boat on the river here." "Thanks, sir. Yes. I have a wonderful boat, which I built expressly for this business. You are to go with me, are you not?" "Yes; the governor has asked me to go," was the reply. "Then we ought to get away before our object Iii suspected by any one." "Yes. That's what I think, too." "Well, why can't we leave to-night or to morrow?" To-morrow," said Leslie. "I will be ready to go. Have you any arms on board?" "Yes; enough for a dozen men." "That's good. We may need 'em. Baa lot up thei'e on Red River." After an hour's conversation with the gov ernor, Frank and Leslie left to go and take a look at the "Marvel." CHAPTER VI. FRANK AND THE OLD SOLDIER-ON THE GROlJND. THE young inventor took the ex-Confederate on board, and showed bim everything about it. Then he gave him a specimen of the speed of the, "Marvel," which almost took his breath away. She beats anything ever seen on the water!" exclaimed Leslie, in unfeigned admira tioq. "Yes," said Frank. "We have speed and protection. We pan turn her into a little float Ing fortress, which nothing but cannon can get away with, and that is an arm that is not used oxcept in time of war." '' Why,:bow is that?'' Leslie asked in aston ishment. '' J nat stand further over this way," said Frank, taking him by the arm and pul-ling him further away from the side o! the boat. Then he gave Pomp the signal to hoist the steel covering, and the faithful black seized the crank and be gan to turn it vigorously. The shies flew up and closed overhead with a sudden snap that startled the surprised South erner. He saw where the protection from bullets came in, and was lost in admiration. "Why, blast my two eyes !" he exclaimed, "She's an out and out iron-sladl" "Yes," said Frank, laughing, "you are right. No rifle-bullet can reach us here, and we have many little port-holes which we can fire through! But I don't think any one will lire on us if we do nothing to provoke hostility." "There's where you are mista.ken," said Lealie. There are many people living around there who think that because they fought in the Southern army, and lost everything, they have a to th'1 treasure that lies concealed in tbe oottom of the river. They know that sev eral attempts to recover it have been made, and they have done all they could to raise it them selves. If they find out that a Northern man is after it, they will be particularly aggressive, and if they Elon't try to wipe you out, it is be cause they choose to wait till you have recovered the treasure and thus enable them to capture lt." "I have thought of all that," said Frank, "and am glad Lo know that I have not under rated the danger. Do yon know the people up there?" iDa me of them." "They know you?" Barney let drop the anchor through the well "Oh, yes. They woud be very bitter toward or aperture in the rea1 of the cabin, and down, me if they knew I was trying to show you just down it went, until it rested in the soft mud at where the treasure lay." the bottom of the river "So I sppose. But you are not afraid of I The "Marvel" swung; round with the current, them?" and ther. remained stationary. "Me!" and the bronze-faced ol(l soldier Ten minutes later a small skifl, with two tnen seemed surprised at the question, as he looked in it, having rifles with them, set out from the the young inventor in the eye. "I am afraid left bank and rapidly approached them. of nothing." "Leave me to talk to them," said Frank to Frank saw before him one o f the many thouLeslie. ' You get in the cabin and listen to sands of sojdiers who made the conquest of Lee what they say." so difficult a few years before-a man who was Leslie entered the little cabin, and sat down not afraid to face death m any shape. out of sight of the rr;en in the skiff. "'!'hen we will be all right," said our hero. "Hello!" cried one of the strangers, the "We will start at sunrise." skill came almost alongside. That night the two men called on the governor "Hello!" returned Fran\<. to receive final instructions in regard to their "Whar're you bound, misterf" duties. The governor gave them commisaions "Up the river." that showed them to be in the service of the Don' t stop hyer, then?" state, and authorized then; to call on the sheriffs "Yes, we'll stop here to rest a bit." of the state for assistance whenever and wher"What kinder boat is that?" ever needed. It's a little pleasure-boat." Everything being thus arranged, they went "What makes her go?" back to the Marvel," and slept on board that "Oh, that's a secret." night. They looked at each other a moment as Just as the suu was rising in the east the puzzled, and then one said: ".Marvel" pulled out into the river, and started "Wal, we don't want ye secret." up strea:n. Frank was so anxious to reach the "I didn't suppose you did," returned Frank; field of operations so soon, that he lost no time "yet you asked what It was." in o-ettinothere. He sent the "Marvel" going "Whose boat is it?" at full spePd, and kept it up through the day "Governor Lyle's." and night, without a single stoppage. "Gosh!" gaspect one of the men, ther Leslie showed him Red River when they guv'nor is up to it agio." reached the mouth of that stream, and tha "Yes," returned the other, with a terrible "Marvel" was guided into it. frown on his face. Let's go back." He found the waters very muddy and of a dull Without uttering another word the men in color. It was a winding, tortuous the skitl' rowed away, and Frank turned to don stream, running in almost every direction, full hjs diving-suit. of snags, and, altogether, one of the most dan gerous streams to navigate in America. "More old steamboats lie sunk in the mud of this river," said Leslie, "than in any other river in the United States." So I've heard. It's full of snags, I see," said Frank. Yes; they are all of logs and fallen trees brought down tJy great freshets. It's full ef al ligators, turtles, sliakes and cat-fish." "Do you think you can find the spot where the treasure was sunk?" Frank asked. Well, I can come pretty to it. It was on a dark night. We 'l)'ere crossing the river. The carried us down some little dis tance, and then, as we thou<>'ht we could not possibly escape capture, we siTently threw every overboard. They were so heavy that they went right to the bottom like lumps of lead. Two hours later we were captured, eut the treasure was at the bottom of the river." "You can come within a few hundre1 yards of the exact locality, then?" "Yes; I think I can." It was late in the afternoon when Leslie sprang up and gazed from shorjl to shore, as if in surprise. "Why, blame me if we ain't almost there now!" he exclaimed. "How do you know?" "Why, there's a place wtlere I camped two weeks," and be pointed to an opening through the trees, where a view of a double log hut could be had. '' I used to tlsh there every day, until the advance of t.he Yankees compelled us to move." "How far is it to the other place, then?" "Not more than ten miles or so." 11 Then keep a good leok-out, for we will soon be there." In another half hour they came to a sharp bend in the river. "Ah! here we are!" said Leslie; "and there's a camp-tire on the right over there." Who are the campers, think yeu?" asked Frank. "Dun't know. May be men on a camp hunt, or watching for a prize.'' At a signal from Frank Pomp turned the wheel that sent up the steel covering, and, thus incased, they moved on slowly, till Leslie said be believed they were almost over the spot where the kegs of golu were thrown overboard. Throw out the anchor, Barney," said Frank CHAPTER VII. AT THE BOT'fOM OF RED RIVER. As Frank stood up in the diving-suit, with its electric light apparatus on the breast, he looked like some demon of another world. He weuld have waited till the next morning but for an almost irresistible desire to lind out just what he had to contend with under 1ehe water. Not to have gone down and made some sort of examination would have left him to dream all night of terrible obstacles and unheltl'd-of dan gers. Barney and Pomp had been instrooted how to work the diving-suit, pumping in the fresh air and keeping the electric light in proper order by means of a connection with the battery that furnished the motive power of the boat. Leslie stood by a silent but deeply interested spectator, and took in everything that was going oo. He had long since come to the con clusion that Frank Reade, Jr., was one of the remarkable geniuses of the age, and had, there fore, made up his m'ind to learn all he could from him. On the river bank a group of four men, two of jVholil had just returned from a vieit to the ''Marvel," were standing under a large spread ing oak, engaged in earnest conversation. One of them seemed to be trying to persuade the others to do something to wbich they objectod, by motions that could be understood by those on the boat. "They don't know wh:>t to do about it," re marked Frank to Leslie. "No. They know well enough that we are here to hunt for that treasure. Your story that this boat belongs to the Governor of Louisiana. sets 'em back. If tbey find out that such is not the case, they will give us some trouble." you know any one of them?" "No. I have not been up here for years. They are strangers to me.'' "We must be careful not to expose ourselvea to any shots. They can't hurt us as we are now." "I reckon tiley don't know that, though," said Leslie. "No. One weuld not suspect it, ltut nothing short of a cannon-ball can get through wire netting or steel roof." "They are watching us like hawks," re marked Leslie, after a pe.use of several minutes.

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FRANK READE JR.'S MARVEL. during which time Frank was busy arranging his diving-smt to his satisfaction. "Oh, they can watch as much as they please. I don't object to that," said Frank, and then, turning to Pomp, be asked for the steel hook and l.Jlade, a weapon he had invented for a l<>uble purpose. It was made of steel, with a keen, pointed, two-edged blade at the end of it ten inches long. Back of the blade was a curved book, calculated to be used in pulling anything fl.om the bottom of the river. Pomp gave him the steel, and then he pre pared to drop through the opening, or well, in the stern of the boat. "Now, Pomp," said he, as he stood over the well, ''be sure aad obey everv signal promptly, for down in this muddy water one can't tell what is going to happen." "Yes, sab," respoaded Pomp, rather nervously. The electric light blazed in the breast of the diving-suit like an immense diamond. As he turned for a moment and gazed at the four men on the river-bank, they gave a start that be trayed their infinite amazement. They had never seen an electric light before. : Here goes," said Frank, and the next moment he disappeared through well into the muddy below. "De Lor' Gorramighty!" gasped Pomp. gaz ing down through the well at the bubbles that came up to. the surface of the muddy water. Down, down he went into twenty feet of water, and when he stopped he found himself standln15 up to his waist in soft, yielding mud. The dingy, reddish color of the water as sumed anot!Jer hue under the intense glare of the electric light, and those who peereJ down from above could see that it was possible for objects to be seen a few feet away. But they cauld have no idea of the terrible scenes that surrounded the daring young in ventor the moment he landed at the bottom of ihe river. The mud was so soft that he hardly knew when he touched it. The current at that flOint was SO sluggish that but little mud Was cani.ed with it, and so it settled in a soft, yielding mass that swallowed up everything that was heavy enough to sink from the sur face. "Ah!" muttered Frank to himself, as he made the discovery. "I don't wonder no one has been ahle to find the kegs. It has been some fifteen or more since they were thrown overboard, and during all that time mud has been accumulating on them. I have got to p1obe for them, and probe deep. It's a bigger task than I thought it would be. But we'H see." He began probing the soft mud to the depth of several feet with the steel he carried in his right hand. Everywhere he made a thrust he discovered only soft mud, which firmer and more solid the deeper he probe would like to eat me. Ah! there's two more as big and ugly as himself. If they attack me, they may ruin the diving-suit, and cause water to rush in on me. Great God! I would be drowned in two minutes! There! Take that, and be of!' with you!" and with that he gave the largest one of gars a thrust with the steel, the sharp-pointee blade of which struck under the scales, and gave the fish a deep wound. Quick as a flash the fish darted away, making such a commotion with its tail as to stir up a perfect cloud of mud, which enveloped him so completely as to render it impossible to see anything two inches beyond his nose. CHAPTER VIII. A. BATTLE FOR LlFE UNDER WATER. FoR a few moments our hero was at a loss to know what to do, as he found himself enveloped in a cloud of dark reddish mud. He did not know but what the strange fish would attack him while they thus bad him at a disadvantage. He was alJout to signal to Barney and Pomp to draw him up, when he felt himself struck on the back by a fish. of some kind; and a moment later something caught tl:e sleeve of his suit and gave it a violent jerk. "By George!" be mentally exclaim .ed, "they mean to give me a tussle, I believe. If' I could only see them, I would give them tit for tat. I'll move up-stream a few steps and see if the current won't carry this mud away, so I can see what I am doing.'' He did move up, stepping slowly until he had gone some ten feet or more. Then he was able to see about him much better than before. But what be saw was enough te shock men of stronger nerves than he. Hulidled together in the circle of electric light was a motley group of fish and r,eptiles-attracted by the glare-a wriggling mass of slimy objects, large and small, such as he had never before dreamed of. He stood appalled for a few minutes, not know ing what to do. There was the horribly re pulsive gar-fish, with its savage mouth and shark-like body and eyes, alongside the big bellied mud-cat; and even the clumsy, hard shell, logger-head turtle had come to see what the electric light was. He stood there gazing at the wonderful men agerie of reptil es and fish, wondering if he would be able to pursue his search for sunk en treasure with such unwelcome companions, when he observed a sudden commotion among them. A moment later a as large as a five-year-old boy was gobbled up by a monster alligator. "Good Lord!" gasped our hero in his suit, as the monster stopped and stared at the elec tric light, as if blinded by its fierce glare. "He's dangerous! He is fift. een feet long, and as big round as a barrel. I don't want to have anything to do with him. But if they draw me up, he may snap at my feet and ruin me for life. Ah! Hanged if I don't believe the light blinds him! Don't think he can see anything but the light. I can go right up to him and give him a death-blow under the forearm. If I don't, he'll give me some trouble. Ugh! what a monster he is!" For several moments Frank was puzzled to know what to C.o, yet dared not move out of .. I 7 the way, with a hope of avoiding the monster, lest he expose himself to attack. The alligator was l:uge enough and stroug enough. to seize and run of!' with him if he chose to do so. Poising his steel blade so as to b11 on guard, our hero moved toward the monster, and ga,e him a thrust under the forearm ami sent the blade up tv the hook. The attack was so sudden, and the blow so well aimed, that the alligator, blinded by the light, evidently did t:ot know whence it came. It had the efl'ect. however, of causing him t.a plunge forward with such tremendous force as to knock Frank insensible, and he fell back in the deep mud like a log. Fortunately for him, the sudden jerk given to the line by the alligator's attack causect Barney and Pomp to think Frank had given them a signal to draw him up. Accordingly, tlfey pulled him up with prompt ness, as they considered the signal a very em phatic one. But, when they drew him up through the hole, o,r well, and saw that he was limp and apparently lifeless, consternation seized upon them. Do Lor' Gorramighty !" gasped Pomp, as he turned him over on the deck. He am done gone dead!" "Howly mither av Moses!" exclaimed Bar ney, !l.lmost paralyzed with fear. "Take oft' this diving-suit, \ quick!" manded Jack Leslie, "anJ we II what bhe trouble is. He may need fresh air!" Barney and Pomp sprang forward and began to unbuckle the various parts of the dtving-suit, and in a couple of minutes bad it entirely re moved. The moment the fresh air struck him Frank began to revive. Leslie was puzzled to know what to make of the affair, and was al.Jout to ask a question, when an immense alligator rose to the surface, on the right side of the boat, and began lashing the water with bit! powerful tail in a furious manner. He glared at the monster wtth no little astonishment. "Faith, an' its the Ould Nick!" exclaimed Barney, glaring at the enraged reptile. a 'gater," said Pomp, his eyes almost bulging out of his head. "Yes, and a big one," remarked Leslie. Mr. Reade has bad a tight with him, and given him a death-blow.'' "Howly Moses!" "Goshermigsty!" "I know tile 'gater well. That fellow has been hurt, and so has Mr. Reade, and--" Help me-up-Pomp," said Frank, in feeble tones. "I am knocked out completely." Pomp seized the-young inventor and rnised him up to a sitting posture. Frank looked around, and asked: What's that?" "What's what?" "That splashing in the water.'' "It's a big 'gator kicking the bucket, ";said Leslie. "Eh-what?" ".A. blg kicking the bucket. You gave him a lick that settled him.'' Frank was amazed. He looked up at the bronzed-faced ex-Con federate, and asked: How know you that?" "I have killed hundreds of the pesky things," said Leslie, and know their habits. Look at that fellow out there. He would never make all that fuss if he was not badly hurt. He would slip away and hide himself if it, \"as not a death wound he has. Did be attack you?" "Well, I can't say he did-not till I struck aim, anyway. He came and stood before me. I didn't know but what he would, and so I let him have the blade under the forearm." "You did?" "Yes." That settles him, then. That is about his only vulnerable point." "Would he have attacked me if I bad left him alone?" "Yes; they will attack anything under water. Out on land they run away from man

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e. FRANK READE .iR.'S MARVEL. anfl take to the water But und e r the water they are v e r y bold a nd dangerous." "Am youse hurted, Marse Frank ? Pomp asked. "Gue ss I am, PomJJ," he replied. "I feel all broke up. That fellow knock e d me out at one blow." Just then the wounded monster rai s ed hims e lf several feet out of the wat er, and uttered a growl like the hoarse bellowing of a mad bull. Barney turned pale and crossed himself several times. "1 dPOpJed my blade and probing hook down there," ea1d Frank, after looking around, as i! in search or the weapon. "You can find it in the morning," suggested Leslie. "Better wait till you get over the effects of Jlow." "Yes. I'll ,vait. Get me a drink of brandy, Pomp. I am weak." Pomp brought him a small bottle of brandy trom the supply chest in the cabin, and handed it to him, with a small glass. He took a small drink of it, and gave lt back. "Just look at him now," said Leslie, gazing the alligator. He gives up, and is making h .. r the bank. He will be dead in a little while. "He will?" "Yes. They never die in the water if they can get to the land. He is going out to die." The mon s ter made hi s way to the right bank or the river and crawled up on the bank, ut tering a hoarse, bellowing sound all the while. They listened f o r more than a half hour, and then the bellowing ceased. The alligator was dead. CHAPTER IX. TilE FIGHT FOR TilE PRIZE. "You have done what no other mao ever did-killed an alligator under water in a hand t o-hand tight," said Jack Leslie, turning to Frank the moment the bellowing ceased. .. I don't wish to meet another one that way," replifld Frank. "I don t know bow he hit me, but a moment after I stuck him something worse than a thuderbolt hit me on the shoulder and h e ad, and I saw a million stars. I never knew anything more till I found myself lying on my back on the deck here." "We thought you had given the Rignal to draw you up,'' said Leslie, "and it's fortunate that we did eo. Do you feel any pa,fn. now?" "Yes, in my head neck and shoulder." Then you had better lie down and keep quiet till you get over it. I'll look after that alligator out there and get his skin for you." "Yes. 1 would like to have it to send home." They assisted him to bed, and left him to rest and sleep. The sun was just visible over the tree-tops, as it was sinking iu the western horizon, when Frank laid down. Pomv busied himself with placing the diving-suit where it belonged. Then he proceeded to !;et supper, whilst L:<>slie and Barney made ready to go ashore aat. get t.he alligator's skin. Just as they were about to into a small boat to row ashore, the four men who were en camped on the river-bank showed up at the dead alligator's side, and began skinning it. "Hello, there!" cried Leslie. "That's our game!" How's that, stranger?" asked one of the men, standing over the carcass, knife in hand, "Why, we kilted it." "011, I reckon not." "Iflit we did One 10f us gave him a stab under the forearm." "We have been watching you, and nevP.r oaw you do an y thing of kind." "Do you see the cut uil!er the left forearm?" "Oh, that's nothing. We found it and it's ours." A black scowl settled on Leslie's race, and a fierce light gleamed in his eyes. "Give me a gun," he said to Pomp, in low tones. Pomp handed him rifle, and then he said, In a lo11d voice: It's our gam e Touch it, if you dare!" "Blast you!" growl e d on e of the men, do you mean to shoot us?'' "Yes, if you touch that 'gator." The four men stoou resolute, and held their rifles in readiness to fire. Barney and Porr.p got out their weapons and stood by the ex Confederate. Come out of that boat and we'll swing you up to a limb!" cried one of the four men. Don t you fellows go to making any trouble," said Leslie, ' or you 'll get the worst of it." Ot course we will. Come and get your old 'gator skin." ''We are not in a hurry about it. We'll get it when we want it." "You will, eh? Well, w e are going to get it now." I reckon not," sneered Leslie. One of the men told the other three to stand guard, and cover the boat with their rifles, whilst he skinned the alligator. Then he drew a formidable-looking knife and proceeded to tackle t.he dead alligator. Crack! A rifle-shot broke the stillness or the scene, and the blade of the knif e fell to the ground, broken from a bullet from the rifle in Jack Les lie's bands. "That's a blamed good shot," said the man, coolly straight e mng himself up and glaring at his comrades "Why don't you plug him? One or the men raised his weapon and fired at L e slie. The bullet mashed against the wire netting, and fell into the water. Seeing that the shot had done no harm, the other two quickly aimed aud tired, and with a like r e sult. The four men were utterly amazed. They eould not understand why their shots bad not taken effect. ' Get out of that, now, or I'll plug you!" cried L e slie, ia a tone of voice thijt was not to be misunderstood. "Come out! Come out, you coward!" "When I am ready I will," was th e reply. "What's the matter out there?" J.\1rank asked from within the cabin. "They want to claim the 'gator," said Leslie. "Well, tell 'em take it anu give us the skin." "That's just what they won't do. They want the hide themselves." "Well, we'll take it. That hide is ou1s, and we must have it at all hazards. We may as well teach these fellows a good lesson at once." ''Yes, you are right," said Leslie. Then, turning to look agam, be found that each of the four meu had taken to a tree, and peering around from behind them as if waiting fot a chance to give another shot that would the matter at once. Thus it became a regular siege, each side not venturing to give the other a chance to put in a blow. Suddenly, as if by a preconcerted signal, the four men fired at Leslie, who was standing near the wire netting. He was a fair target but the bullets could not reach him. Quick as a flash Pornp, who was on the lookout for a good shot, fired at one of the men and brought him down with a bullet in his hip. The man fell where be was exposed to the fire of Barney and Leslie, but they did not tire at him. "Better take him up and go away before you all get hurt," said Leslie to th em. "Blast you! we will kill you all for this!" cried the wounded man. The others took him up, and disappeared witli him in the woods. That will cause 'em to be ready to shoot us every chance they get," said Leslie, after a pau se. "Dar comes some more ob dem," aairl Pomp, as seven more men came out of the woods and gazed at the Marvel." They were all armed with rH!es. CHAPTER X. BARNEY AND THE ALLIGATOR. THE seven new-comers stood on the banks of the river and gazed at the M;;.rvel '' as if struck by the novelty of its build, to say Iioth iug of its unexpected appearance in that pa.rt of the world. The brave ex-Confederate re tnrnad their gaze in silence, a-nd seemed trying to recall some familiar features in the party. "Hello, there!'' cried one of the seven, look ing toward the boat. What's the matter?" Leslie asked. "That' s what we want to know," replied the other. "What did you shoot that man for?" "For shooting at us." Who are you:" A man-a citizen of Louisiana. Who are you?" "Well, I reckon we are the same." The same what?" "Men and citizens." Oh, you are, eh? Hunting, I suppose?" "Yes, we are hunting. What are you do-ing?" "We are on a pleasure excursion." Where are you going?" "Anywhere we please. Where are you, bound?" "Just beating about in the woods," was the reply. "How long are you going to beat about in the woods around here?" ''As long as we think we can find any game.'' "Wha t kind of game?" "Any kind; we ain't particular." I hope you'll have good luck," said Leslie, Thank you. Got anything to drink oa board?' "Yes." What is it?" "Wine, brandy, whisky, paregoric, and kero sene oil." "You have a good assortment. Can t you open a bottle of whisky for us if we come ou board?" "No." Why not?" "Because it doesn't belong to me." "Oh! Who does it belong to?" "Governor Lyle." "The deuce! Is he on board?" ''No." Where is he?" "In New Orleans." "Is he coming up to drink it?" "Don' t know; he may." "You won't give us a drink, then?" "No; not to-day." "Come ashore, and have onfl with us, then!'< "Thank you. I never drink anywhere else but on board." "I say, mister!" "Well?" "You'll die very young. You are too smart to live to be a man." "So! Well, now, that's strange, seeing that I am already old enough to take care of my self." "Do you want to sell ttlat boat?" "Yos; for one million dollars," replied Leslie. I'll take it. Bril!g it ashore," said the spokes'!!an of the party. Excuse me. Bring your money on board and take possession at once. We came np here to sell Qut to somebody." There was a chuckle heard in the party, and tb ,en they were seen to turn to each other and hold a conversation in low tones. Lying in his berth in the cabin, Frank beard every word that passed between Leslie and the rnen on t .he river-bank. His brain was busy in au attempt to solve the problem of overcoming the obstacles that were rising up aTound him above and the water. It was a ques tion with him which was the most dangerous-the armed strangers on the river-bank, or the scaly monsters under the water. Of the two he fe:tred the former less. Those he could meet on something like equality. Not so with the alligat o rs. Suddenly be heard Pomp say to Barney: "Barney, see dat 'gator derel"

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FRANK READE JR.'S MARVEL. 9 "Where?" Barney askell. "Yet they didn't hit the alligator." utes, glaring at the young man who dared thus "Out dere-see dem two eyes stickin' up "No; they didn't want to." to talk to them and defy them to theit face. outen de water?" "So! We know where to place them now." "teVs go back,'' the leader finally said, and is that same one av thim bloody "Yes. But I knew that before." a few moments later they pulled off and eraythers?" "Well, so did 1, as for that .. back to the shore, where their companions \rel'e er 'gater Jookin' at youse." Then turning to Pomp, Frank ordered him to gatll.ered around a Be tbe powers, it s as'll give 'im a proceed about preparing supper, as it was now ''We have got to look out for those fellows," oiye;" and with that he ran the muzzle of growing twilight. said Frank, as they rowed away. "They are llis revolver through one of the port-holes, took In the meantime, the alligator, having revery dangerous men." 1 deliberate aim, and ffred. ceived a death-wound, made straight for the "Yes," Efttid Leslie, "and they will seek ever/-.. The ball cut one of the eyes of the alligator oank to die. chance to do us a harm." out, and the effect was startling in the extreme. He crawled up out of the water, bellowing "They can't reacl i us here, however," An instant after the shot a huge back 'body, hoarsely, and lashing the bushes with his tail. marked Frank "We shall not expose our twelve or fifteen feet in length, sprang up to The monsters die hard, and so they were comselves to their bullets." the surface, roaring like a I'll ad bull, and lashpelled to endure the horrid noise for nearly an "What will you do abeut that 'gator ekin?'' ing t.he water into a muddy foam. The ta1 J of it was too d.trk to soo the trees on Leslie asked. the alligator is a poweful weapon for offensive either bank. "Oh, let 'ern have it. It isn't worth tke and defensi;ve purposes. Their strength is Pomp announced that supper was ready, and trouble of standing guard over it all night." wonderful. A full-grown alligator has been Frank and Leslie sat down to a aurnptuous reAfter the four men went away all hands on known to kill an ox with u single blow with its past, the savory odors of which 1eached the the "Marvel" lit their pipes, and proceeded to t&il. men encamped on the river-bank. Out there enjoy a quiet smoke. At ten o:clock they r!T No wonder, then, that when the monster rose they had built a fire, and were b)lsy preparing tif.ed, leaving one on guard. to the surface, roaring like a mad bull, and a meal of game, which had been killed during Early the next morning Pomp was up prelashing tbe water into a foam, Barney turned the day. paricg breakfast. pale and crossed himself a dozen times in rapid While Frank and Leslie were at the table, H6 made the discovery that over a dozen moo succession. four men came up to the "Marvel" in a skiff, had put in an appearance during the night, &nd Frank sprang out of bed the moment he and stopped there. he said to Barney: heard the allot, and ran out on the deck of the "What youse want lleah?" Pomp asked "Dem folks out dere am er gwine ter bab boat. He was feeling badly all over from his "Say, you nigger," said the leader of the trouble wid Marse Frank. suah." collision with one of tbe scaly monsters, but he party "you are speaking to whit e men. "Yes, an' they'll be afther havin' a funeral, could not resist the temptation to get up and "White trash," said Pomp, in a sneering too, begob!" replied Barney. eee the struggle of the great reptile. tone. 1 "Dat's er fac'." "Did you kill im, Barney?" he asked. That was a red-hot coal in a keg of powder. When breakfast was announced Frank was 1 it's the loivest baste I ever saw, Such words corning from the lips of a black still iu his bed. He felt stiff and sore born his bad cells to it." man set the four men wild with rage. 110llision with the alligator the day before. "Yo'u hit it, didn't "You black imp of Satan!" roared the leader "I won't get up yet," he said. "Bring ae "Divil a wan o me knows. It's ahowlin' of the party. "I'll cut your heart out of you!" a cup of coffee, Pomp; I feel all broke up." bloody murther' he is, though." "Shoot the scoundrel!" Pomp brought him the coffee, and stood bf "Where did you hit 'im?" "Fill him up with lead!" till he drank it. Then he told him of the num" In the oiye. Sure, an' Pomp towld me av "Blow up the whole thing!" ber of men who had turned up 'at the camp tbim." Crapkl Crack! Crack! 'Crack! dill:ing the night. The alligator has a habit of lying under the Each man fired at Pomp, but their bullets "Well, don't bother with 'em," he said. surface of the water, out sight, with only its fell harmless from the wire screen, leaving That day all hands lay oll' and watched eyes exposed. They can project their eyes out Pomp standing unharmed and grinning from on shore, not caring to do anything until the of their heads the length of a man's finger, thus ear to ear. young invent was ready to go to the bvttom showing only a. pair of eyes above !le surface "Sho'!" he exclaimed. "You white trash of the river again. when lying in wait for prey; hence the pair doan' know nuffin'. G'way befo' youse git Just before sul!lset, when Leslie had just Barney had shot. hurted." caught a twenty-pound cat-fish through the In its blinded,rdge the big reptile ran against "Wh&t's all this noise about?" Frank asked, well in the rear of the cabin, four men carne he Marvel," and made it rock to and fro. coming out of the cabin, and looking straight alongside the "Marvel" in a skifi:. '!'hen he struck it a blow with his tail that could at the men in the skiff. "I am the sheritl' of this county," said a man have been heard a half mile away. <' That infernal black nigger insult!ld us," in the bow of the skiff, "and have a warrant "The .mints betune us an' harrum !" exsaid the leader of the party. "He called us for the arrest of all four of you for shooting tlaimed Barney, devoutly crossing himself. white trash." James Turner yesterday. Here it is." "Oh, he can't do us any harm. Don't be He did?" "Oh, you are the sheriff, are you?" Frank uneasy about the boat. He may pound it as "Yes; and we are going to peel his black asked. long as he Give him a bullet behind hide for him." Yes, I am the sheriff." the shoulder he hi.mself." "I gness not. You have insulted him by "You hav,e arrested t11e others for shooting The halt-bhnded rept1le tned to chmb up on callin.,. him an infernal black nig,.er and thus at us, have you?" 4.he "!'arvel,': and in gettin,g his got with him." "' "No. I have no warrant for them." Q!aws m the WJre-R.ettmg, much to Franks "Insult a nigger! Good Lord! Are you a "Of course not. Do your duty-arrest me prise, pul.led himself. out of the :ater. white ma, n, stranger?" if you can." "QuiCk! Gtveme a rifle, excla1med "Yes; Ithinkiam, andmanenoul!htosay "De you resist?" Frank, turnmg toward .the falth!ul black. that a negro is a man as well as any other hu"Well, no. You must lay your baud on me, had htrnself wtth a man being. This black man here is my faithyou know, before you can arrest me." Wmchester, wh1ch he handed to the young m-ful friend who carried me on his iihoulders "We can get at you easy enough, I reckon," ventor. Frank took the powerful weapon and when I a child. I am his friend now, and said the sheriff. thrust muzzle through .one of the his quarrel is my quarrel. Now, clear out "See here, Mr. Sheriff, I have a document, holes, nght under the left Side of the rept1le, from here! Make yourselves scarce!" signed by the of this State, which not and fired. "Why, blast your eyes!" gasped the leader only exempts me from arrest, exceptton his The b a ll wnt clear through h1m, and .gave of the party, "we can duck you, and sink your own order, but ordera every sheriff in the State the monster such a shock as to cause h1m to derned old boat to the bottom of the river." to obey my call for assistance while in the disdroop, a few spasmodic wriggles, and then "You can, do nothing of the kind," said charge of my duty. What my duy is does not drop back mto the water. Frank, "and you had better think twice before eon cern. you. Here's t'ne signature, CHAPTER XI. THE STR.A.NGERS-A SURPRISED SHERIFF, !lURING the battle with the alliator, the men .m the river-bank stood silent spectators of the IBCene. They were familiar with such monsters and tlid not have any fear of them when beyond their reach. Yet the moment the alligator climbed upon the side of the "Marvel." they fired I at him, or pretended to. But not one of them hit him. Every bull e t struck against the wire netting 1n front of Frank's breast, and dropped into the water. The ex-Confederate saw the whole thing, and looked hard at Frank, who returned his you make any trouble. We are here on busiand the official document," and he held the ness of our own, and don't wish to have any document close to the wire netting, so the trouble with any one. Go your way, and we astonished sheriff could read it. will go ours " By the Eternal," he exclaimed, "it's gen "Say, youngster!" called out one or the ine, boys! I know the governor's signature." men, "come ashore, and let me give you a "You acknowlEdge it, do you?" epanking; it will do you good." "Yes, I do." "We are well armed," said Frank, very "Very well, then. I now call upon you to coolly, "and well protected from bullets from disperse those men out there. If they don't go any quarter. On the other hand, we can lay away, arrest them, for they fired on Uli yeste.r out every one of you in just one minute. Don't day." provoke us to do it." "By gosh! Mr. Reade," said the dumfound "You talk well, young man," said the leader; ed sheriff, "I can't arrest 'em; they're all "but if you come out of--" armed." But I am not going to come inter" Then call on the govereor for troop1, rupted Frank; "so you need not watt for me There's nothing mean about me." gaze. They are good shots," he \Ut whatever they shoot at." the supposition that I am a fool. Be ofi' "Oh, I can'f get 'em to go away, I reckQR," said, "and can with you, now!" I the sheriff said The n:en sat still and silent for several min"If they will not, just order me to tire OQ I j

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I .._. .. 10 FRAN K READE JR.'S MARVEL. 'em, and we'll give you a lot of corpses to handle." The sheriff returned to the camp the worst astonished man ever seen in tllat part of tile country. 'd "You'll have to go away, boys, he sa1 to them, as they stood around the camp-fire. ''That young fellow h a s got his side, so you can't do anytllmg wUh lum. What shall we do?" one asked. "Go off till I can say I sent you all away When I am O'One you come back and do as you please, for all I casf" "That's it! Come, fellows," said th.e lP.ader, turninO' to the others, let's go mto the and Jet him settle it with that young fellow." They followed him away into the bushes, after which the sheriff reported to Frank that he had dispersed the mob. CHAPTER XII. DOWN BELOW AGAIN-A KEO. I WHEN the sheriff reported that bad sent the men away, Leslie smiled, "They will come again. You d1dn t send em far enough." 1 "Oh tbey have gone home. T_hey won t trouble' you any more," said the .. "If they do, they bad better brmg picks and spades with 'em,'' said Frank. / "For what?" "To dig graves with. I am prepared for them and the governor has exempted me from arrest, except Oil. his own order." "What did be do that for?" "To check you t>.nd men like you," was the reply. The sheriff went away, and our hero prepared to make himself comfortable for the rest of the day and evening. . Everything was qmet that mght, and when morning dawned the woods seemed to be de serted. "Maybe they did go home," aaid Frank to Leslie. d "Not a bit of it. They will be aroun agam soon." "Well, they can't do us any harm, and so we won't think anything more about them. I feel well enough to go down again to-day. About noon he put on his diving-suit and pre pared to go down. He had to take another book and blaue-prohe in place of the ?ne he bad lost. That he might not run t_he of losing tnat one, he made it fast to h1s wrist by means of a strong cord. Be careful about the signals, said he,. as he stood on the brink of the well. "A mistake might coal me my life." Then he made the descent, and m another minute or two be was down in the soft mud at the bottom of the river again. The first thing his feet touched was the steel hook and blade he had lost in his encounter with the alligator. He pirked it up and used it, letting the other one hang by the cord that attached it to his wrist. . That he might not make any m giv Ing a search of the locahty, probed the mud in a circle of tlmty feet mameter, without touching any hard substance of any kind. t The electric Jiaht enabled htm o see any number of fishes all se11!lled to blmd them when they came wtthm Its ctrcle, and he ws thus able to touch some pf them. 'Just as he was about to give the signal to be drawn up, an immense cat-fish came up al.most aO'ainst tbe electric light, and stopped as tf bewlldered by its glare. "You are a big fellow," said Frank. to him self, but I am not afraid to tackle you for all that." d 1 He raised his hook and It un er .us head. Then giving it a Jerk, be huned .it deep in the side of tbe !ish, Just under the left side-fin. k d h The cat-fish made a plunge that Jer e t.m completely off his balance, and he fell over ID mud. But he helq on to the hook. The hook held on to the fish, and the fish made des-! oemte efl'orts to get rid of it. When he was jerked over tb(, line was violently jerked and Barney and Pomp began pullmg away as if lor dear life. In another minute be was bemg drawn up; yet he held on to the hook. Every plunge tt.e fish made Barney and Pomp felt it, and began to think an alligator was swallowmg him. h '.'Be the powers!" exclaii?ed Barney, uge drops of perspiration streammg down bts face, "the bloody baste is atin' "Up wid 'im Barnev!" cned Pomp makmg desperate haste: "De. Lor' Gorramitey!" They pulled him up through the well, and seeing that he was struggling with something on his hook, Leslie seized hold of It and held on with all his might. 1 The fish came near jerking him into the water, though, and if Barney bad not given his assist ance it ts doul!tful which would have gotten the best of the struggle. Not till they saw what it was on t he l10ok could they disabuse their minds of the Idea that it was an alligator. "Goshermighty!" exclaimed Pomp, when he saw the monster cat-fisb, which looked as if it woulcf weigh one bundred pounds, dat am er whopper, suah!" "Thrue for you, Pomp ," cried Barney, pulliflO' the strua.,.Jing fish away from the well. "Bedad, an' ';e'll have a faste av fish for a wake." . Frank removed the upper part of his SUit, and told them about his encounter with the lis h. b t h dd d "I never saw any alligators a ou e a e "Don't think they are around much to-day.. I want to move from here about forty or fifty feet. There's nothing but mud below here." Then let's move further over that way, suggested Leslie, pointing toward left of the river. "Somehow I have that we are a little too far
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FRANK READE JR.'S MARVEL. "Now, we don't want those fellows around ing the light shining in the rooster's eyes, and here," said Frank, in very decided tones. made a thrust at him with the sharp, steel"No,"said Leslie. "We may as well warn pointed blade. them off at once." It cut him to the quick, and caused him to "Yes-get your guns, Barney and Pomp." dash away like lightnmg. All four armed themselves as quickly as pos"I guess that will make you keep away," sible, and stood as if ready to fire on the intrudthought Frank. ers. But in another moment he saw the monster Halt, there!" cried Frank, very sternly. '"II you come any nearer we will fire on you!" return and show fight. "The deuce!" exclaimed one of the men in He was a big one, and our hero began to the skiti. "What Eloes this mean?" wish himself back upon the deck of the "Mar-" It means that you will be fired on if you vel," as he did not half like the looks of the come any nearer to us," was Frank's reply. reptile. "What rigllt have you to--" Suadenly the alligator made an attempt to "By the right of m1ght and the g'Overnor's seize him in his immense jaws. Frank quickly authority. sprang aside, or ratiler bent his body, so as to "What's the governor got to do with it? avoid tile snap, and gave him another hard This river belongs to the ]lleople, and--" thrust under tbe fore-arm with the steel blade. Tbis particular spot belongs to us just Tbat time he seemed to have given him his now," said Frank, "and we are not going to quietus, for tile monster darted away; and was argue about it. If you want to tight, we are seen no more. ready to accommodate you." But in Jess than a minute another onP. cs.me, The man in tbe boat consulted with his comnot more than half as large as the other one. rades a few moments, and then said: Tbis smaller one was disposed to be very agresOur i ntentions are peaceful, and we Ohly--" sive, however, and made several attempts to "So are ours, and tbat' s why we warn you off. seize him in his powerful jaws. We don't want you, and won't bave you, so be off "Hang yoor ugly carcass!" hissed Frank, now without any more words about it." tbJ:Qwing himself on his guard; are bonne! The men immediately rowed back to the to not let me alone. I'll give you a taste of shore, and held a consultation with those in the cold steel tl!at'll make you si0k." bushe3 there. In the meantime Frank and Leslie came to an He gave him a thrust with the steel probe; understanding as to what course was to be pur-but the point struck against the shell-like part d h ol the reptile's breast, and glanced off. 11ued to war s t e strangers in the woods. The then made a rush at him with "There are mor e. tban a dozen of them there now," said Frank, "and when the news spreads open jaws, and for a moment our hero thought that we have found the treasure they will come he was lost. But he saved himself by dropping in scores. They haven't been able to find it tbem-on his knees, and thus letting the monster pass over him. Then be sprang to his feet, and selves, and now may seek to wrench it from us turned round so as to throw the rays of the as soon as we get it on board." 1 1 "Yes," said Leslie, .. I think that is their e ectric igbt on the alligator, to amid being attacked in tbe rear. game. But I don't see how they can work it, Fortunately for him, the ,alligator turned at as they can neither board us nor reach us with h their bullets. t e same time presented his side "That is true; but if we don't be firm with Quick as a flash Frank gave him a terrific 'em now, they will give us no end of trouble in a stab under the fore-arm, and sent him away with a mortal wound. few days.' That settles him," said our hero, as the al" You are right, Mr. Reade," said the ex-Conligator disappeared in the muddy element. federate: "and I will
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FRANK READE JR.'S MARVEL. Pomp used a small shovel, while Barney stood hy and dashed pails or water over it. "Howly Moses!" yelled Barney, after a min lte or two. ''It's a keg!" CHAPTER XV. CHEEK. BARNEY'S exclamation was heard by the men on the river-bank, who had been close observers of everything on board the Marvel all the morning. It acted on them like magic, as an intense excitement was noticeable among them immediately after. They almost ran down into the water in their to see and heo.r more. Then a wild yeH burst from them-a yell like that which was so often heard on the battle fields during the war for the Union-and one or their number cried out: "Have you found it, mister?" "Say nothing in reply," cautioned Frank. Barney threw bucket after bucket of water on the keg, till all the mud on it was washed ofl. "That's one of em!'' exclaimed Leslie. "I kn
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r I r "Dern my bide!" And many were the queer remarks beard by those on board the ":t.farvel." But our hero paid no attention to them. Returning, the "Marvel shot over to the apot where the carcass of the deer was lying close by the water's edge. No time was lost in getting the game on "Joard, after which they hastened to return to the buoy they had left in the middle of the 1river. There they dropped anchor again, and drew in the box and bag of shot. "Now, Pomp, open that deer and take out its eBtrails, and throw them overboard. That will draw the alligators. By the time you are ready, I wlll have a little surprise on hand for the ugly varmints." Pomp went to work as ordered, and soon had a dozen hungry alligators fighting over the fl't!sh meat that was thrown into the water. "Why do yon clraw 'em to you that way?" l"esliwasked. "To kill 'em," was the reply of the young in. ventor. Frank took a small can of dynamite from his am:nunition chest, connected it with two wires, and then placed it inside the carcass. "Now sew it up, Pomp, with strong twine," be said, while I attach these wires to the bat tevy. I'Il make 'em so sick that every alligator in RPd River will vote to emigrate." The can of dynamite was sewed up in the car cass. A stout cord, of the size of an ordinary clothes-line, was then tied around the neck, aud the whole tossed overboard. It was allowed to float about one hundred feet below the "Marvel,., at which distance the cord held it steady. "Now look out for fun," said Frank, as a balf-dozen huge alligators rose to the surface and rushed upon the carcass. Scarcely had they laid bold on the luscious prize thail a rlozen more. big and little, joined in and began a terrific strugglBI for a bite. "Now for it!" exclaimed Frank, turning a tremendous electric carrent on th e wires that eonnect ed with the can of dynamite in the car cass the monsters were tearing to piecP.s. The next moment a column of water as large as a hogshead was smt up in the air, filled with alligators and pieces of alligators, followed by a report thn.t was heard fiv.c miles away. "'Whoop!" yelled Barney, ."do yer moind that now! Be the {powers, the divils is done for!" Hi dar! Dem 'gators hab done gone an' got it dis time, suah!" exclaimed Pomp, his eyes almost popping out of his head. Bedad, it's blowed 'em to glory, the bloody ould snakes!" "I think those that are not killed," said Frank to the ex-Confederate, "will set out at once for a trip to the Gulf." "Yes, I should think so, too," was the reply. "But look there! Nearly every one was killed!" Yes-there go four, making off as though the Old Nick was after them!" The water was full of dead and dying alliga, tors, and a few who were able to navigate were making the best speed in getting away from the epot. They didn't, stop to look hack, but got away without so much as showing any desire to finish their repast. The men oa the river-bank were taken as much by surprise by the explosion as were the alligators. They were not dreaming of any thing of the kind, and were not prepared for it. Hence they stood and gazed in open-mouthed wonder at the awful destruction they had so witnessed. "Now that the coast is clear," said Frank, "I will put on the diving suit and go down again. I guess there won't be any more alligators around to-day. You must be careful and not let any of those kegs fall back into the water, as I would be driven through the mud to Chinq.iC one were to drop on my head." I will see that they are handled with care," said Leslie, as he assisted Frank to don the CHAPTER XVII. RAJSING THE TREASURE. ONCE more down at the mll on somethinll:." Pomp brought the bottle from the medicine chest, and .Frank took a hearty pull at it. "It's hard work down there," be said, pass ing the bottle to Leslie, "and very lonesome. You c,an't eat or drink !3-nything-though there's plenty of water around-nor talk to any one." "And all the time afraid that an a!!igator will pounce down on you," remarked Leslie. "Yes; but I didn't bother much about 'em this time. They are pretty well scared off by tl;is time, I guess." During this conversation Frankl noticed that several more men had joined thP. purty on the river-bank, and were intently watching the work on board the Marvel." "Every man out there is armed with a rifle," be remarked to Leslie. "Yes. They mean mischief, if they can get a chance to make any." "Well, we must not let 'em provoke us, if we can avoid it, as we have the advantage, you know." "You are right; yet, when I see men bang ing around, ready to shoot me down and rob me, I don't feel inclined to have much consid eration for them." "Surely they don't any; but still, if we should be so unfortunate as to kill one o! those fellows, they would raise the whole county on us, and give us no end of trouble.'' "True; and for that reason we had better not have anything to do with them." "Hello, there!" came from the shore in a strong, manly voice. "Well?" answered Frank. "You've struck it, have you?" "Struck what?'' Those kegs." "We've got a few kegs on board." What's in 'em?" "Mud, was the reply. "Are you going to divide any of it?" "Yes." "Whom with?" Governor Lyle and the State of Louisiana."' "How about the people of Louisiana?" "Oh, the governor will look out for them. He is their agent." "Hang the agent. We don't want any agent.. Part of that money belengs to us, who fought for it." ''I think I know how you feel about it, my friend," said Frank, "but I have no discretion in the matter. You must see tbe governor about your claim. He may look at u in the same--" "The governor be hanged! We don't want nothing to do with him. Right is right and that's all there is to it. We want yo.u to di vide." "I am sorry, but the governor sent me here to do a certain thing, and you can bet all yoll are worth that r am going to do it!" "You won't divtde, then?" "No." "Nor leave a few kegs iB the river thllre?" "Not one if I can find it." A profound silence followed, during which time both shies stared at each other as if trying to read their thoughts. Then the strar.gers tl!rned nnd disappeared in the bushes without uttering another word. "What does that mean?" Frank asked, turn ing to Leslie. It means mischief," was the re):lly. They have arranged a plan of some kind, and came back to see if they would be finally refused by you. They wili try to surprise us in some way." "Well. as long as they don't bring a cannon against us, I don't fear them," said Frank. "Nor do I. But we must be on our guard against a surprise of some kind." "What can they do?" "I don't know. They may come down on ua with axes and cut their way in. Such a bag sum of mney will tempt men to any desperate measure." Frank looked hard at the ex-Confederate, and then around at the wire nettiae. "A strong man could cut Ji(s way in with an ax,'' he remarked, as if communing with bia own thoughts. "Just what I think," said Leslie. "I have an electric light, be placed:

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14 anywhere on board," said Frank, after a pause "I had better rig it up at once, so as to be prepared for a night attack." "Yes; it would be a good idea, I think. I don't know that they will attack us, but it's best to be prepared in case they do.' Frank went to work arranging a powerful electric light to be placed on the roof of the Marvel and in an hour s time had it ready for use. They can't get within two hundred yards of us now," be said, as he gave the finishing touch to the work, without e xposmg themselv e s to us." CHAPTER XVIII. THE JI!IDNIGHT ATTACK. AFTER arranging the light f o r the roof of the "Marvel," Frank again put on the diving-suit, and went down in search of more keg s The mud had settled considerabl y and he was able to get up four more ke g s before tile sun went down behind the tree -tops on the west bank of the river. Then he came up, and throwing off the div ing-suit, said: "I will r est till to-morrow. The mud bas not lletLled enough yet to suit me. "You have made a fortune to-day," said Les lie, and can afford to rest." "Yes. I am well pleased with the day's work remarked Frank. "You ought to be, I afll sure, as you have nearly a half million dollars on board." "I wonder wllere those fellows have goneT They have vanished altogether 1 "Oh, they will show up again. You may be sure you are not rid of them yet I only wish we were." Frank went about the "Marvel," to make sure that everything was in readine s s for any emer gency that might arise. "One thing we plUst make sure of in ca s e they attempt to come alongside of us," he said. "What' s that?" "Pull up the anchor and keep out of their way. They can do us no harm if we do that." "Yes; you are right about that. It doesn't take more than a minute to raise the anchor, you know." "That's so. We must keep a lookout, and not let 'em approach too ne a r to u s How long before you can have supper ready, Pomp ? "In a Jeetle while, sah." "I am very hungry." Pomp hurried himself, and in a very short time had a splendid supper on the table. The sun went down, and myriads of stars came out and decked the sky as with diamonds. .Frank lit a cigar and leaned back in a chair for a quiet smoke. Leslie and the others soon lit their pipes and kept him com. pany. All were feeling good over the rllsults of the day s work. Frank bad made a fortune; and the others knew that they would not be left when the job was finished. Convers a tion was bri s k and plea sant till bed time, at which time Frank ignited the ele ctric light on the roof of the boat, flooding the river and forest with a brilliant glare. ' Now, Barney," he said to the Irishman, ... you mu s t stand guard till t'Vo o'clock, and tllen call Pomp." "No: call m e," said Le s lie. "Pomp will be needed to get breakfa s t." t "Thanks; said Frank. "You must not l e t any one come alon g side of us. If you see any craft of any kind approaching, wake us up, and raise the anchor at once." "Yis, sor," said Barney They retired, and in a few minutes Barney was the only one on board who was not t.sleep Nothing came to disturb the quietness of the first watch, and at two o'clock he called up the exConfederate, who promptly took his place as watch. Barney went to his berth, and in a few min utes his snore was heard all over the boat. Leslie quietly lit his pipe and paced back and forth on the deck, and kept his eyes roving up and down the river in search of a:ny moving ob-. ,.......... FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL.. ject. The truth was, he was ill at ease and strangely suspicious. Suddenly he heard the stroke of oars up the river, and h'l turned and gazed in that direc tion. A minute or two later he saw a half-dozen skiffs filled with men coming rapidly down the river. "Ah! They are coming! Here, Reade, up and raise the anchor! Barney! Pomp! Up with you quick!" All three sprang out of bed in a jiffy; and Barney and Pomp rushed forward to raise the anchor. Frank touched the electric knob that con trolled the battery, and the boat began to move s lowly as soon as the anchor swung clear of the mud. "Now Jet 'em come on," said our hero. "Get your rifles. boys, and stand ready to use them. Don't fire, though, till I give the word." The rifles were gotten out and placed where they could be reached in a moment, if neces sary. Then Frank set the "Marvel" in slow motion. so as not to be observed by the meri in the skiffs. On thw came, with men in the bow of each skiff armed with axes. The \' Marvel kept going at almost the same pace, till they had gone some two or three hundred yards below tbe spot where the treasures had been found. Then th e y made the discovery that the Marvel" was moving away from them, and for a mom ent they were dumfounded. They were so angry over the discovery that some twenty or more of them leveled their rifles and fired a volley full at at the wire net ting of th e Marvel." 'l'he bullets fell into the water, mashed against the netting A mom ent later Frap k turned to his three comrad e s and said: "That settles it; give 'em a volley, and let' s see how they will like it." Four fla shes burst from the stern of the 'Marvel," and four men in the foremost skiff sank down in the agony of death. "Give 'em another!'' "Crack!" "Crack!" "Crack!" "Crack!" Four more were laid low. Every man was clearly exposed under the glare of the electric light, and thus made a good target. "Give 'em another!" Cr r-r-ack !" Four more shots rang out again as if drawn out by one long discharge, and four more were hit. Then a howl of rage and terror burst from the deluded villains. They sent a few shots back in reply, and then seized the oars and tried to pull away from the dangerous foe. "Surrender!" cried Frank, in a loud tone of voice, or you are all dead rascals." Th e y made no reply, but bent to the oars in a desperate endeavor to escape to the shore. To g ive them a more terrifying scare, Frank turned the Marvel and made a dash for the skit!:: In a moment he was alongside of it. A man spra ng u.p with an -ax in his hand, and prepared to strike a blow. Barney thrust the muzzle of his rifle through a port-hole and shot him dead. He f e ll into t!Hl water and disap peared taking the a x wit h him. "Don"t shoot-don' t shoot!" cried the other two men in the skiff, throwing down their oars and dropping on their knees. "You ought to be shot-the last one of you!" exclaimed Frank. "Don't shoot-don't shoot!" came from the others, pulling for bank with all their might. "Clear out, now, or I'll not leave one of you alive!" cried Leslie "You fellows brought this on yourselves, and ought to get a little more of it!" Don't shoot-don't shoot!" was all the reply they made. "We surrender!" cried seveml men in one of the skiffs, fearing they were about to be fired on "Oh, we don't want any prisoners," said Frank. ' Cleur out and keep away. You are not worth the powder and lead we have wasted on you. If you show yourselves about here again we'll riddle you with bullets!" In a few moments more the first skiff struck the bank, and the men dashed of!:" into the woods. The others followed in quick order and-in al few minutes more not one was in sight. "Give 'em a cried Frank. "Hip, hip, hurrah! Hurrah!" Hurrah! hurrah!" burst forth Barney, Pomp a!19 Leslie, making the welkin ring with their cn.eers. As if enraged by th'l cheers, the batlled wretches turned and fired a volley at the ''Marvel, and then slunk away into the depth of tbe forest. CHAPTER XIX. AN .ALLIGATOR SEIZES FRA::;"K IN HIS JAWS. THE punishment of the would-be robbers was something appalling in its severity. Over a. dozen of them were killed and wounded, while not one on board the "Marvel was hurt. ''It's awful," said Frank, shaking his head moum:ully, but it could not be helped. They brought it on themselves. We had warned them sever a l times;" "Yes," said L e slie; "you did all you could to avoid a difficulty with them. So far as I am concerned, the country is better off in the death of those who were killed." " I am glad to bear you say that, as I would be sorry if a good m a n had b e en killed." "I reckon you won't lind any good men go ing round trying to rob people as those fellows did." "Oh, well, they may have labored und e r the impression that they bad some right tn a part of the treasure you know. P e ople sometimes get que e r idP.as in th eir heads." Yes, I know. Well. you could do nothing le s s than defend yourself when attacked. J guess we are about at the old place again : Tha t tree out there seems to be about as it was before we pulled up anchor." The Marvel" was now back at her old place again, and Pomp dropped the anchor ovor board. The boat swung slowly round with the current and sl:)ttled down, as before the pres ence of t .he" robbers was discovered. ";I' his looks like the old place," said Frank, looking from shore to shore. .. Yes. I don't think we can be as much ae ten feet out of the way, if that much "Well, I can soon find out when I g e t down in the soft mud," said Frank. "I onl y hope the pesky alligators have not return ed. Do you know I have a horror of those huge rep tiles ? one had bette r have remarked Les lie. They are not such things that one would W 'tnt. to make pets of. In the water they have the strength of a full-grown ox." "I sh < mld say they have. One of them could soon make mincemeat of me, if once he got me in his .immense jaw s Th e trouble of it is the water is so mudcly that I c annot see 'em well enough to have a fair show in defending mysel! against 'em." "That' s so. But I don"t think you will have any arouua here for f a day or two. That ex plosion gave 'em such a scare that they will keep shy of us." "Well, the sooner I go to wor\1: the better it will be." Pomp and Barney prepared an early break fast, and then Frank began to arrange his diving-suit for another descent into the muddy depths. being in readiness, he cautioned Pomp and Barney to be v e ry careful in watch ing for and obeying his signals, and then dropped through the hole, or well, and was out. of sight in a moment He hadn t more than touched the bottom, ere he found out that he was not in the' same S]JOt where he had already .secured severn! kegs of gold. Instead of the soft, yielding mud ot the former place, he found himself standing on 1

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, I FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL. a log or fallen tree. He knew it was a tree, for he could feel the limbs and the bark. Standing on the log, he probeJ right and left with the steel blade and hook, for the kegs. But he was diSappointed, as not a keg could he lind. Suddenly be felt himself caught from behind by somethinl,'( that lifted him up and carried him olf as if to run away with him. "Good Hl'avens!" be gasped. "Tha,t must be an alligator! I am lost if I can't make him drop me!" In a wild hope that be would strike him in a vulnerable part, Frank thrust the steel-pointed blade over his shoulder witll all his migl!t. He felt it grate against the hard, shell-like surface of an alligater's head. I know that I have been through a great many dange,s, but never had a ten-foot alli gator pick me up and walk off with ine l.Jefore." Maybe the alligator is swearing at his hard luck in losing his dinner," suggested Leslie. Frank burst out laughing. "That settles it!" he cried. "I got the best of the game, and ought to be congratulating myself that he did lose his dinner. Well, well, I'll mend this suit and !!:0 dqwn again." But it was not an easy task to mend the torn suit, and the greater part of the day was sper:it at work on it. When it was finished, Frank looked \lP at the sun, and saw that it was de clining below the tree-tops, so he deferred any further visits til the muddy for a bite, where would I have been "Don't you go fool yourself that way, Pomp. tlve, or even two, minutes later?" Those fellows are out there yet, and they mean "In their bellies," quietly answered Leslie. to have revenge for our work this morning." "Yes, and I am afraid I'll get there yet;" "But dey is scared ob de ligbtnin', too, Marse and the brave young inventor looked very Frank," persisted Pomp. grave as he spoke. "Don't you believe that, Pomp; they are "Well, I don't think it will be so bad as used to it, and like it." that," said Leslie, who for the first time saw Pomp knew it would be of no use to urge Frank growing discouraged. "You have been him any further, and so be sat down again through greater perils which you did not apin a state of complete demoralization. preciate so much, perhaps." Harney was but little less troubled than Pomp, IL" Maybe you are right," remarked Frank. but when be saw bow cool Frank and Leslie / were, he regained his confidence in a measure, and began to laul);h at the darkey's fears. "Bedad," he said, "it's so scart ye are that it's white yez are turning." "Go 'way now, Barney,'' said Pomp, giving him a savage look. "Fust t'ing youse knows, I'll butt yo use clean outen de boat." "Sure, and wudn't yez ask: me consint till that, eh ?" he responded. "What fo' I want yonse consent, you Irish er?" growled Pomp. "Bedad, it's mesilf as wud have a wurrud ter say about it." "Come, now," called Frank to both of them. "This is a happy family, remember, and we don't want any quarreling on board. "There, ye naygur!" exclaimed Barney, "didn't I tell yez ter shut yer mouth?" "Nu, youse didn't! Sbet your ole mouf." "Hanged if I don't turn the bose-pipe on both of you, said Frank, looking very determined, as he rose to his feet, "if you don't stop that jawing." Botll saw that he was in earnest, and so kE'pt quiet. Frank resumed his seat, and listened to the thunder and the roar of the wind as it rushed through the forest. It was equal to the sea in an angry mood. It seemed as if whole trees were being torn up and hurled through space, only to come in contact with some resisting force. The wind grew stronger and fiercer every minute, and the boat pulled and tugged at the anchor as if it would fain break loose and go &cudding away. Then the rain came down in torrents, and it seemed for a time as H the very ll.ood-gates of heaven were opened, so heavy was the fall of water. "By George, if the river rises many feet, l shall Iiot be able to go down till it falls again." "I was thinking about that," said Leslie. "But these sudden storms seldom last long; and, though a heavy rainfall comes with 'em, they don't do much more than add to the mud dy condition of the river." "Goodness knows, it's muddy enough now!" "Yes-but it will be a little more muddy to-morrow. "Well, I suppose I can't help myself, so I will take it as philosophically as I can," said our hero. "I was once in a storm lik;e this when I was up nearly a mile above the earth in a flying machine. Barney and Pomp were both terribly demoralized, but we came through it all right." "Of course you did. You'll always pull through because you believe you will, and that helps a man out wonderfully, you know." "Yes, I know it does. Gracious! bow the wind does blow! If the anchor-chain breaks, we'll go scudding at a fearful rate." But the anchor-chain did not break. On the contrary, it held on tenaciously, showing that Frank's confidence in it was not misplacp,rl. By and by it lulled, and only the dying roar of the storm-king was beard in the depth of the great forest. But as the wind died out, the greater came the volume of water. The rain fell in torrents; and, as it con tin. ued to pour, Frank's face elongated. He fore. saw that he would have an increased volume of water to contend with on the following day. "How long before the river will begin to riae from the effect of this rain?" he asked of Leslie. "Not before this time to-morrow night." "What!" Yes. In a fiat, level country like this the water does not rush down into the streams as in mountainous countries. It is more slow and steady." "All! then I can have a cbance_to-morrow." "Yes, certainly, if the 'gators will let you." Oh, I'll go down if I never come up again," said Frank very determinedly. The storm at last subsided. The rain eeased very suddenly, and ten minutes later the stars were shining brigbL!y. "Ab! I'm glad it's over. H it bad contin ued all night that way the whole country would have been fiooQild." "Yes; but these storms come great

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16 force, and soon pass. away," Leslie. "Now we may turn m and sleep. CHAPTER XXI. THE PETRIFIED KEGS-iARNEY'S FEARS. EARLY the next day all on board the "Mar vel were up and partaking of a. hot breakfast. The diving-suit had been put m good repmr, and laid by ready to be donned as soon as Frank was ;>repared. . Frank waited n'ilarly an hour after eahng his breakfast ere he put on the suit. He more than his usual pains to see that everytbmg was all riabt. Then be had the anchor raised, and the ,;:>Marvel" moved up some thirty or forty feet feeling sure that he was that much too far to strike the kegs he was in ilearch of. Throwin a out the anchor, the boat swung round in position with the current. Then, after givina final instructions to Barney and Pomp, he olown into the muddy water again. It was easy for him to see that the rain had addP.d more color to the water, and that be would have more trouble than before iu moving about. Still be went bravely to work, and probed right and left till be struck a keg. He instinctively knew it was a keg, and so he sianaled for the derrick-hooks to be sent down. By the time they reached him lle had felt of the ke" with his bands, and iu doitJg so found half a dozen more lying in a. heap together. But those in the heap had a different feeling from the others. They felt more like stone than wood; but the shape was that of kegs, and so he sent them up, one by one, and then be-gan a search for more. Round and round he' went probing in every direction, but nothing b.ut soft-yielding mud could he find. Hanged if I don't believe I've gathered the whole crop he muttered, as be stopped and looked arou'nd him. "There's no more around here, at any rate," and then he signaled to them in the boat to draw him up. In .five minutes he wus on the deck of the "Marvel" taking ott" the diving suit. Leslie was aBSisting him. Do you know," said the ex-Confederate, "that I think we have got all that were thrown overboard on that eventful night?" Do you really?" "Yes. I've counted them, and I don't think there's another one left." "Well, I hunted all around, and couldn't find another one." Barney was busy dashing pails of water over the keas and washing the mud off of them. be exclaimed: "Howly mither o' Moses! phat is it?" "What's the matter now, Barney?" Frank asked. "Shure, an' ther keg is stone!" What!" exclaimed both Frank and Leslie, darting fotward. "Shure, an' it's a stone keg!" said Barney, devoutly crossing himself, as he stood away from the keg he had washing. Leslie went up and latd hts hand on the little k-ea and felt of it very carefully. petrified!" he suddenly exclaimed. "What!-petrified!" and Frank sprang for ward to feel of the keg for himself. He was' greatly exciteJ, and remembered that hto hap once, down under the water, thought some of thtJ kegs felt more like stone than wood. "You are right," he finally said, up at Leslie and I am rather glad 1t's so. I'd rather that petrified keg as a curiosity than the contents of it." "So would I!" exclaimed Leslie. "It is, perhaps, the only one in the whole world." How are the others? If one is petrified the others should be also." Bedad, they're all aloike," said Barney, pointing to the half-dozen kegs .that had been found in a pile together. . "Wltat a prize!" exclaimed Frank, hts face up with joy. "I wouldn't take ten dollars apiece for them. You shall bave one yourself, Leslie." FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL. Thanks. You are kind. They're the great est curiosity in the world." Yes. We'll have to have 'em drilled through in one end to get the gold out, and that will make their history all the more interesting." Of course it will;" and all four looked at them with great curiosity. Barney wanted to know how it happened, and Frank had ex plain to him that the action of certain proper ties in the water and mud on the wooden kegs had turned them to stone. Hundreds of human bodies have been found turned to stone, after being ten or twenty years in the ground," he said, by way of explanation; "and out in Nevada l.Vhole trees, that had blown down for many years, have been found petrified." 11 "The divil is in it," said Barney, crossing himself again. "Oh .no," said Frank, "it's the work of nature.' and whatever nature does is right, you know." 1 don't said Barney, determined not to be convinced. Sure, an' don't the priest read fn>m the good Book, du3t to dust?' Bedad, an' it's stone is it?" Frank and Leslie laughed till their sides ached at the peculiar theology of the Irishman. But their levity did not shake Barney ir. the least, he still holding to the opinion that the devil was in it." "Well, the devil isn't in the money, anyhow, Barney," said Leslie. You won't refuse a share of that, will you?" Sure an' there's plinty in the others," he replied, O:t which Frank and Leslie roared again. "All right, Barney," Frank said, when he was through with his laugh. J.'ll pay you out or the other kegs." That seemed to relieve Barney, and he smiled a as broad as any that Pomp could show. Take dnwn the derrick! Close up the well! Bring out four bottles of champagne, and let's have a hurrah over the last keg!" Frank's enthusiasm was catching. Barney and Pomp flew around, and soon had the glas'es and bottles ready. One bottle for each. .. Whoop! hooray! whack!" yelled Barney, overjoyed at the idea of having a whole bottle of champagne to himself. "What's the matter wid youse, Barney? Done gone an' lost your nut?" "Whoop! Dhry up, ye naygur! Sure, if yez had a sow! undher yer black hide it's shoutin' yer'd be, too!" Bress de Lor', l'se done got a soul, honey, which am er gwine ter lib in glory, whar de streets am pabed wid gold!" "Whoop! Hyer ther naygur now? Do yez moind him now?" Oh, yes, Pomp is right," said Leslie, smil ing, "All good niggers and Irishmen will go to glory together." "Begob, thin, there'll be foighting up there on St. Pathrick's day," said Barney, pouring himself a glass of the sparkling wine. As it foamed and sparkled in the glass, Barney quickly gulped it down But the next moment the efferves(ling liquid beooan to run out of the bottle and fell on tbe Barney was puzzled for a moment, but only for a moment, and then clapped the bottle to his mouth and held it there. "Let her bile, Barney!" cried Pomp, as he grinned from ear to ear at tho Irishman's at \empt to save his share of the generous wine. CHAPTER XXII. THE MERRY-MAKERS INTERRUPTED. THE merriment on board the Marvel was both hearty and enjoyable { for the four men had the right to be merry. They had made a big fortune under the most trying circumstances Dangers on both land and water had menaced them. Stouter hearts than theirs had been known to fail in the face of even less danger Yes, they felt thafthey had the right to dance and be merry. As Barney gave them a ludicrous exhibition of how to save his effervescing wine by clap ping the muzzle of the bottle to his mouth, they roared with laughter Pol!lp, having taken1two or three drinks of the generoas tluid, ran into the cabin and brought out his fiddle and begaD to tune it up. "Whoop!" yelled Barney, dancing around the deck like a jolly son of Erin that he was. "Scrape a rale ould Irish jig out av the cat gut, an' Barney O'Shea's the bye as '11 sten it, off for ye. WIJoop!" 1 "I'se er comin', Barney!" cried happy Pomp, tuning away as if he was confident the old Irish jig was in the violin. At last he was tuned up, and then began to draw thebow over the strings Tbe wine had made him feel both mellow and musical, and the way he pulled tile jig out of the instru111ent and kept time with hi& right foot caused Barney to take anotb.er swallow of champagne, and then begin dancing with a whoop that awoke the echoes far and wide. "Heah you is, Barney!" cried Pomp, playing with all his might and skill. "Whoop'er up dar, honey! Shake dem feet, ohile-shake 'em up good! Hi, hi-whoop! Oh, golly, look at dat Irisher!" The music wt.s contagious or infectious. Frank and Leslie sprang out on the cJeck and began daACing with Barney. ' Och, now, Master Frank!" exclaimed Bar ney, "Do yez moind the step now! Jist look at that! Whoop! Shake 'em up! Whoop!" It was a regular jolly ole! time on board the Marvel" that day. Pomp would play the violin till he was drv. Then he would take another pull at tbe bottle, and go at it again. The perspiration stood in great beads on his face It poured down Barney's face as he reeled off jig after jig. "Hello, here!" cried a loud voice, and Pomp ceased playing to see who the owner of the strange voice was. The others stopped dancing, and stared at a small boat full of armed men lying alongside the "Marvel." "You uns are havin' a good time, ain't you?" the hailing voice ask-ed. "Yes," said Frank, looking tbe man straight in the face. "We have some good stufl <:>n board, and--" "Give us some of it," was the blunt demand. "We don't take no man's word about liquor. We taste for ourselves." "Oh, that's when you pay for it,., said frank. "We have none to give to strangers." "You haven't, eh?" "No." "See hyer, young feller!" exclaimed the spokesman of the party, "I want you-all ot you!" and he began feeling in his pockets. "I have a warrant for you uns Jes' look at that and surrender at once, or I'll blow you all up quicker'n you can wink!'' "Oh, you have a warrant for me, have you?" Yes; here it is." "Oh, I don't want to see it. You can't ar rest me, for you can't get at me to lay your hands on me." Oh I'll take you in your cage just as it is," said man "You don'tsurrender-eh? "No, not if I know myself." "Grab her, men!" Every man in the boat produced an iron cot ton-hook, with which he proceeded to n:ake fast to the '' M:.rvel." "Get away from us now, il you can," chuckled the spokesman. "Raise the ancho'l", Pomp," said Frank, very coolly; and Barney and Pomp at once began t o raise it. When it was up and in position, Frank touched the knob of the wire that set the e l ec tric battery to work. "Do you think you can hold on?" he asked the leader. "Oh, yes, I think we can." "All right;" and the next moment he sent an electric shock <;oursing around the "Marvel," and along the cotton-hooks, that raised every mother's son of them to his feet. It a l so raised their hair, opened their eyes, and caused them to lift up their voices in a wild chorus of yells. They squirmed and twisted about, and tried in vain to let.,go of the hooKs. F u lly five minutes did Frank keep them I

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hanging on, and yelling like lunatics, a nd then he l e t up on them. They fell down, utterly exhausted the worst used-up set of men ever seen. Why don't you hold on to us?" Frank ask ed, as sGon as their yells had ceased. Take another hold, and get a good one. Nothing like holding on, you know." "Oh, I'm killed!" groaned one of the men. ' I'm all out of joint!" moaned another, and groans came from nearly the whole batch "You won't take me, will you?" Frank asked. "Yes," said the leader. "I'll have you dead or alive;" and he drew a six-shooter, as if be intended to try the argument of powder and lead. See here, ' said Frank, "if you fire;a shot at this boat, we will riddle you with bullets." "You' ll hang if you do." "No; you know better than that. I am in the employ of the Governor of the State, with instructions to defend myself aml the treasure l:n my charge against such chaps as you; and you can bet your life that I am going to do it .. "But the governor's instructions can t screen you when you commit murder," said a man of the party. "No ; but to kill men who first shoot at me is not murder. Don t you make any mistakes, my good friends. I unders .tand your game, and am ready to trump you every time." The very confident manner and tone of the young inventor had the eflect to stagger the men in the boat. They gazed aL each other in mute silence for several mill'Utes, and then Frank said: "Take hold again. Perhaps yon will be able to take us all next time." They made no reply to his suggestion. "I have a big pile of gold on board added Frank, af ter a pause. "You may get it, you know." Don t want the gold," growled the man; "I want you. "Well, why don't you take me? You are a l>"ery poor sheriff, I am thinking. By the way, what a re you? What office do you hold?" "I am a const!l.ble." "Sure? ' "Yes." "And you have a warrant for my arrest?" "Yes." "Oil a charge of murder?" "Yes, that's it." "Well; you may come inside here and serve it on me" The man was surprised. "Come out and give yourself up," be sug"Oh, no," said Frank. "Yon may come inioide and--" "But I won't go inside "You shall. I know just what your duty is, and you shall perform it. Climb up on top of this boat, and you'll lind a little door there through which you can descend.'' "But I won't, I say.'' Then I'll arrest you for the non-perform ance of your duty," said Frank. "Get your guns.'' Leslie, Barney, and Pomp immediately pre sented Winchester repeating rilles. Surrender, now, or we'll blow you all to kingdom come!" cried Frank. The men in the boat immediately fired at our bero and his companions througk the line ste el wire-netting. Of course the bullets mashed and dropped into the water went !our rilles, one\ four men in tile boat fell dead. They were at too close quar ters for any mere wounding. The others were appalled. "Do you surrender?" Frank asked. "Yon see, I mean business "Yes; falt e red the constable. "Very well. Come aboard. I know very well that you are no constable. You are a traud. I will turn you over to the Governor at New Orlean&" 'l'be man ence tore up the paper he had FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL. 17 produced as a warrant, and threw the fragments into the river. "Gather up every piece of that paper," cried Frank, or, by the powers of darkness, I'll you to the bottom with an ounce of lead in your brain!" and he leveled his unernng Win chester at the man. Oh, God!" groaned the wretch. Don't shoot!'' Get every scrap of that paper, or you are a dead man!" Thi five men in the boat then took up the oars and proceeded to follow the bits of paper which the sluggish current had carried away some little distance down the stream. CHAPTER XXIIL DISPOSING OF THE PRISONER. THE villains gathered up every scrap of the torn paper, as they dared not refuse. Frank and the others in the Marvel kept them covered with the fatal Winchesters. Four men were lying dead in the boat-a terrible remind er of the peril they were exposed to. When they were all gathered up, Frank order ed the constable to come on board ani. put them together again. The man dared not disobey. He climhed up on top of the steel roof of the "Jlfarvel," where Frank opened a small door about two feet square. ,. "Drop through," said our )lero, "and we'll see that you don't get hurt till you reach New Orleans.'' The villain dropped dowu into the "Marvel," where Barney and Leslie seized and disarmed him. "Now bind him strong and fast," said Frank. "We'll see if the Governor can't punish a man who goes about trying to arrest people on bogus warrants.'' Then, turning to the other meu in the boat, he sam: "Get. away now as fast as you can. You don t want to lose a minute This is t he most dangerouB spot in the world to you. Be ofl' with you now." They needed no second invitation, but laid to their oars with all their might and pulled for the left bank of the river. Then they sprang ashore and hurried away into the woods as fast as their heels could carry them "Now, old fellow," he .added, to the prisoner, "I ought to hang you, on general principles, but I won't. I am anxious to see w!lat they will do to a man like you. Have you anything to say? "Not a word. I am beaten.'' "Juat what I think, too," said Leslie. "There are mGre fools in this State than I had any idea of.'' "What's your name?" Frank asked. The man made no reply. "You won t give your name?" "No." "Very well, sir. It makes no difference, as long as we can swear to the man.'' Frank then took t he bits o! paper and pasted them together, so as to make out the whole document. It was a forged warrant, which the daring villains had gotten up to give a cov'.lring of law to their proceedings. "Now we can make preparations to leave this part of the country, ' said Frank. "We have done all we came here to do, and have no further need to stay. Just tie that man to the netting on the bow there, and-but no; I don't -want him there-nor anywhere else about, as for that matter. .Confound it! I ought to hang him. and be done with him.'' 1Just what I think, said Les1ie, who was particularly savage in his hatred of the villains, "or else tie a bag of shot to him and throw him overboard to the alligators. Why should we bother with such as he?" "You are ri g ht, Leslie. I don't care to be bothered with him, now that I have thought over the matter. I say. you rascal, which way had you better die? I'll give you your choice in the matter-a favor you don't deserve by any means.'' The man looked hard at him for a minute or two, an ;I then asked: ' Do you mean it ? "Well, do things loot: as if we are playing tag with, you?" ''No; I should say not." "Of course not. Just make your choice, anrl that'll end the matter. You have lived too long already.'' W!ll you abide by my choice?" "Yes; I'll keep my word.'' :'Then I'll choose to die of_oldage," said the pnsoner. Frank looked at him for nearly a minute, and finally said: "That's an old joke, but you have saved your life by it. Cut him loose, Pomp, and throw him overboard. He can swim ashore, I !'Uess.'' "Yes," said Leslie, "if the alligators don't stop him." Oh, I'm not responsible for the alliga tors.'' Pomp cut the bonds, and the prisoner stood up on his feet. "You won't make me swim for it, mister!" he asked, turning to the young inTentor. "Won't I? Just you wait and see if I don't. Come, throw him over, Pomp.'' Frank turned the crank that let down the steel roof, and thus made the Marvel" look like an ordinary open boat. Pomp seized the fellow and gave him a toss. The rascal clutched Pomp by tbe collar of his coat and jerked him overboard with him. "By the Lord Harry!" exclaimed Frank. He has carried Pomp over with him.'' "Oh, Pomp's all right," said Leslie, laughing heartily, as the twa came puffing and blowing to the surface. You m e an white trash!" roared Pomp, spurting a gill of muddy water from his mouth. l se er gwine ter butt yo use to' dis," and he struck out toward t)le shore with the fellow. They made for t!Je shore opposite to that on which the others had just landed. In live minutes they reached the bank and climb e d up on it. In the me a ntime Frank had f9llowed them closely with the "Marvil," to render aid to Pomp in case any alligators should make their appearance. Now look out dar, you mean white trash!" cried Pomp, lowering his head to make a run at him. "I'll kill you!" hissed the man, placing him. self in attitude of defense. Pomp knew that his weapons had been taken from him, and, therefore, had to fear from him. He made a charge, and struck the villain in the stomach, doubling him up like a jack-knife, and knocking him at least ten feet away. "Good for you, Pomp!" cried Frank. "Give him another when he gets up again.'' "Whoop!'' yelled Barney, growin9, exr.ited ever the affair. "Lave me git at im. The naygur will be afther spihn' an Uligant ruction! Sure, an' its meself as wud bate the hood ofi' av him!" "Oh, let Pomp butt the wind out of him. It'1 Pomp's afl'air, you know.'' "So it is, admitted the Irishman; "but tl! naygur will spile it wid his woolly head. Och, do vez moind that oow! Whoop, hit 'im wid your fisht, ye spalpeen!" The man had risen to !tis feet, and Pomp had butted him again, laying him out as neatly as a railroad engine could have done it. The sight was particularly exasperating to Barney, whose love of a ruction was aroused. He whooped and yelled like a lunatic, and danced aroand the l!eck, till Leslie thought heo was going to jump overboard. "Keep quiet, Barney!" said Frank:. "It's Pomp's circus. Don't mterfere with him.'' "Oh, me sow!!" groaned Barney, as he saw Pomp giving his game another taste of his head. "Do yez moind him, spilin' an illigant ruction like that! Beg ob, but it's killin' me he is wid his naygur foolishness." "Pomp gave the wretch three butts, af .er which the rascal lay on the ground groaniug and cursing, more dead than alive. "Get up dar, you mean white trash!" called Porn p, as he stood over the prostrate form ot the villain.

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18 "Ob, leave me alone!" groaned the man, not daring to get up and face that terlible batteriugtam again. "Got enough, bah yo use?" "Yes-more than enough," was the groan ing reply. "Then come aboard, Pomp," said Frank, "aDd leave him alone." "Reckon be won't pull no mo' niggers in de ribber, ' said PQmp, as he carne back on board the Marvel," which had pressed up against the bank to receive him ( He at once exchanged his wet clothes for dry ones, and then went abdft his business as though 11othing had happened to disturb his serenity. Tnat night the "Marvel" remained at anchor in the middle of the river, whilst Frank pro ceeded with his work of writing up his report to the governor. He was particular in describing the locality, and all the events of the week. To this lie had Leslie, Barney and Pomp affix their signatures as witnesses. "That euds tbe business here," said Frank. To-morrow we will start down the river. I shall not travel at night except at ordinary speed, as we have too much at stake." The next morning they were up bright and early. Pomp prepared a dainty breakfast, and, after all had euten, cleared the table and took his place as a boaL-hand oa deck. "Up with the anchor!" cried Frank. Barney and Pomp sprang forward an;! began raising tbe anchor. 1 Frank was as his post, and Leslie stood ready to fire a blank cartl'idge from the little brass cannon on the forward deck. At a signal from Frank the match was ap plied, and the report of the little cannon awoke all the echoes of the vast forests on either side of the river. The next moment the "Marvel" shot off down the river like a thing of life, bearing on board an t>normous treasure. CHAPTER XXIV. THE VILLAINS' LAST STAND-DEFEAT. MILE after mile was reeled off, the gallant Marvel cutting tbrough the water like a knife. Several times they ran into great flocks of cl.ucks swimming quietly on the water. So fast did the thin!! move, and so noiselessly, that the ducks were actually struck before they at tempted to rise on the wing. "Hanged if I don't try my band at duck shooting," said Frank. Get the two shot guns, Pomp.'' Pomp went in and soon returned with two very fine doubled-barreled shot guns, together with the proper ammunition for them. "Take one, Leslie," said Frank, "and try your hand at duck shooting." "I used to be a good shot," remarked Leslie, as he took the gnn. "Let down the roof, Barney," ordered Frank. Barney turned the crank that controlled the steel roof and wire netting, and in another mo ment they were standing on the deck, with only the blue sky above them. "Now, show us another flocK: of clucks," said Frank, looking ahead in the direction they were going. "I feel very like .a sports.man to-day.'' Going around a bend m the nver, they ran suddenly into another flock. There were tb ou sands of them. "There they are! Let 'em have both bar rels!" Frank and Leslie fired both charges, and about a score of ducks were laid out on the water. "Hi-ye!'' ytlled Pomp. "Dat's mo' ducks dan we'll eat for supper, suah.'' "Load up again-quick!" cried Frank. "They'll circle round this way in a few min utes." In a little while they got another shot them on the wing, and brought down some half a score more. "That's good work," remarked Leslie. "Yes, very Ducks are plentiful about here, it seems. FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL. "Millions of them. They are good eating in the fall of the year." "But they are not good eating now." "Well, not very, If you are very hungry, though, and they are well cooked, you might rellsb tbem." "Tbey are good shooting, anyhow. I guess Pomp can manage to give us a good dinner of duck to-morrow." "Dat's er fac', Marse Frank," assented Pomp, who prided himself on his skill as a cook. They gathered up a dozen o f tbe dead ducks, and then went on tbeir way down the river. Another flock was found about tbree miles down the river, and a goodly number were obtained out of it. Every mile or two they found flocks out of which they managed to secure a number of birds. In going round a bena tbey saw several deer on the river-bank, gazing at thE> fast-speeding "Marvel." "Quick-the nfles! cried Frank. The weapons were handed him and Leslie, and in another minute two of tbe beautiful ani mals were shot. "Ab! we must have some ven!son for supper," said Fmnk. "Run in there and get a couple of barns, Pomp.'' Tbe .; Marvel" was run into the bank, and Pomp sprang ashore, and secured the barns of one of tbe auimals, witb wbich he returned on hoard. "Now off witb you, Barney." Barney was tile vilot for the time being, anti he sent the "Marvel" careering down-stream at a tremendous speed. It was quite late in the afterli0on when Frank was standing on the deck, looking out for ducks or any other game. He espied sometbing that seemed like a slenaer line extepeli!lg across the river. He lo0ked again, and saw tnat the river was quite narrow at that point, and that a number of boats were partially concealed under the overhanging bushes. "All! tbere s danget here!" be exclaimed, as he sprang forward and hoisted the steel roof over the party. What s tlJE) matter?"' asked Leslie. "Danger!" cried Frank. "Go slow, Barney -very slow. Here, let me run ber! Get your rilles and stand ready to fight at the word.'' His orders were quickly obeyed. He slacked up and neared the wire-which it proved to be -very slowly. There were several wires secured around trees on both sides of the river-over a dezen of them. '' Halt!" came a voice from the thicket on the left bank. Who halt$ me?" demanded our hero, looking iu the direction of the voice. .'I do," came the reply. "But who are you?" "Never mind who I am. You want to halt.'' Well, I am baited.'' "Come into the bank here." ''I won't." "Then I'll fire on you.'' Fire away.'' "I don't want to hurt you.'' "You can't do any harm. Blaze away as soon as you please.'' A dozen rifles blazed forth, and as many bul lets mashed agamst the wire-netting and fell into the water. "Now you see what fools you are, don't you?" called out Frank in a very mild tone of TO ice. "Oh, we can take care Of you," said the enemy. "Don't you be uneasy.'' "I am not in the least uneasy. I. am going to cut tl.:lse wires, and go on down the river as merry as a lark." I reckon not.'' We'll see.'' "And Frank gave the wheel in charge of Barney, and went into the cabin where his tool chest was. There he found an instrument for cutting wires, nails, and such things. "Now, Barney," be said to the Irishman, move up slowly to the wires. Pomp, turn that crank tbere till the roof opens about six inches. There, that'll do. Steady, Barney.'' With the sides closed. and tbe fron.t opened but an incb or two, the "Marvel" moved up to the wires. .Frank reached out the cutter with out exposing even a finger, and clipped thB wires before tbe villains were aware of his tac tics. Then they began yelling and tiring like wild savages. But never stopped till he bad clipped the last wire. Ti1en be ord e red the top closed aBd the force to stand to tbeir arms. "Go slow-let her drift. They may come out and show themselves.'' So they did. They thought the prizewas about to escape them, and ran along tbe bank yelling and firing. "Now let 'em have it!" cried Frank, and thQ deadly Wincbesters began their work. At every sbot a man fell to rise no more. Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack! Tbe enemy replied iu hot haste, h11t without avail. In,..five minutes nearly a score were killed. Then tbey suddenly became aware of the fact that they were being slaugbtered wiLh a -mP.rci less ferocity, and, with yells of baffled rage, fled back into the gloomy sbadows of tbe forest CHAPTER XXV. RESCUING .A MAIDEN-A BULLY'S DEATH. As the last man disappeared from sight, Barney gave a t e gulur old lrisb whopp of tri urn ph, and Leslie tired off the brass cannon as a parting salute to the villains. "That settles 'em, ' said Frank: "This was their last stand. They thougbt they had us foul with their wires, thinking we could not cut 'em without exposing ourselves to their tire." "Yes, they felt sure of us this time," re marked Leslie. "We won't hear from tbem again. This breaks 'em all up. We can go on in peace now. I wonder how many of the villains we killed?" "I don't know. If you will put me on shor I will go and see bow many are there." "Ob, that would be incurring unnecessarw risks," said Fmnk, shaking his bead. "Not at all. I've been over many a battle field where the ground was strewn with the dead and I don't think there's any danger at all.'' "Well, never mind. We won't waste any time ou them. Let's get away from here as fast as we can.'' "Very well. Just as you say. I don't care three straws about them:" and with that tbe ex-Confederate turned and laid his rille down, and proceeded to fill his pipe Frank then turned the wheel l!lver to Barney, and looked after getting things to rigbts again. In a little while be had everything in ship shape, and then he proceeded to indulge in more duck-shooting till the sun sank down in the west. "I don't t hink we had better travel at night under the circumstances," sa.i.d Frank, "but anchor in the widest part of the river.'' Tbey went down a few miles further till they struck just such a place as tbey wanted. Tbere th e y stopped and proceeded to catch some fish for supper. In ten minutes they had more fish than they could eat, and Pomp proceeded to cook them in the highest style of his art. The night passed with a sound coming from any quarter to d!sturb tbem, and when mornin.r; came they were off before the last of the stars bad faded from view. When we strikn tbe Mississippi," eaid Frank, "we will make as fast time in tbe nigbt as in daylight. Tbis is a dangerous river at best. I don't intend to take any chances.'' "You are doing right," remarked Leslie. "Take no chances under tbe circumstances." Late in the afternoon they came in sight of the Mississippi River-the grandest nver in the worl
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( said Frank, prornplly turning!Lhe "Marvel" in her direction. When they r e acbed the spot th e y found a beautiful young girl plainly y'!t e e atly dres sed, 11tanding under the ov e rhangin g branche s "For the love of Heaven, good sirs," she pleaded, "save me! Take me awa y from h e r e I'll go anywhere in the wide world to get away from hare!" "My dear young l a dy," said Frank, "I've be a rd suoh ple adings from such lips b e f or11, and may Heaven bla s t me f orever whe n I r efus e to aio one in distr e ss Come on board, and t ell us your trouble afterward s "Oh, thank G od, I've f o und a fri e nd at last!" cri e d the poor g irl bounding on board a young fawn, and seating hers elf on one of the chairs. The ,'' Mar v el tben moved out;into the stream again and the young inventor went and s tood by her side. Oh, eir," she cried, turning her e y es upon him with an appealing look, y ou don't know what I have suffered! I would r a th e r jump i:lt o this water and drown myself th a n J e t them get me again! Can you, will you protect me?" "I botll can and will, d ea r young l a d y ," said Frank; "for I have brave men who are well armed with me and the boat in th e w 0 rld. Make your mind easy on that p o int! " S top that boat! call e d a voic e from the sllore near where the young lady had been taken on board . "Oh, that's him!" cried the young miss. turn ing d e athly pale a nd shuddering at the v ery sight of the man. "Don' t let him stop you! He is a very dan geroUs man, and will kill yon!" Don't have any fears. He will do none of us any harm;" and then turning towards the man on the shore, asked: "What do you want this boat stopped for?" "That gir! you have just taken on board must come back "Not unless she desires to do so," replied Fran!<, very coolly. Then we'll see about it," said the man, turn log and disappearing from view. Oh, he will go aft e r the others," cried the young girl, springing to her feet and lookin g wildly about Ller. Oh, let me get out on the other side of the river where I can bide in the woods! I will drown myself." "Put up tbe roof, Barney," whispered Frank to the Irishman, and in another moment ths steel roof met above her head. "Now you see how safe you are, miss," he said. ''No bull e t can reach us here. Again I say don't be une1sy.'' The "Marvel" could have run away and left the scene forever, but Frank naturally wanted to s ee what the man would undertake to do. So he moved very slowly down the river to give him a chance to do something. About two miles further down the river a row-boat shot out from tbe bank, with six arinecl men in it. Frank actually steered to meet them. "By the Lord!" exclaimed a man in the bow of the boat. "It's not the same boat, but there's the girl a11 the same. Hello, there!" "Hello, there!" returned Frank, in a similar tone and manner. 1 "Where are you going with that girl?" "To New Orleans." "Not by a darned sight. I'm her guardian, and I demand that she be given up to me at once!'' "Well, you talk big for a small man," said sneeringly. "If the young lady refuses to g o wit h you I ll protect her." "I do r e fuse to go!" exclaimed the gir!. "He i s a brut e!" 'rha t s e ttles it says Frank. "You may go ou a bout your business, sir. You won't get the Ially in your power again." The 'mo.n swore that he would have her if he had to kill every man on board the "Marvel.'' Frank merely laughed at him, and said: When the fool-killer comes round you had l>etter hide, my waspish frienll.. Good-bye; I'm of!" ''Hold on! It you 11:0 I'll fire on you!" "or course you will, and then we'll fire on FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVElyou, and k1ll every one or you. Fools get wiped out that way." The "Marvel" started oft" and, true to his threat, the bully tired, as did the other five m e n with him. The bullets mashed against the wire netting and dropped harmlessly into the wat e r "Tnrn and run 'em down, Pomp," said Frank. "They are not worth shooting." The "Marvel" made a quick turn, and charged on the little boat. It struck it amid ship. and sent it down, throwing the six men into the w a ter. Two of them could not swim, a nd they were soon drowned Th e bully struck out boldly for the shore, being a good swim mer. "Run him down again, Pomp," whispered Frank to the faithful !Jlack. "Yes, sah!"' And the "Marvel" rushed after him. "Let me give you a lift," cried out Frank to the swimmer, as they n eare d him. ":.:..et me alone!" repli e d tl!e man, striking out boldly. The n ext moment the "Marvel" rushed over him. and he went dawn in the muddy waters of Red R1ver, never to rise again. ''That settles him," said Frank. "Is he dead ? exclaimed the girl. "Yes; be is drowned." "Thank God!" and she burst into tears as she sank down in the cha ir again. What do you wis h to do now?" Frank asked. "You c a n aceompany us to New Or l e ans. I h ave pl e nty of mon ey. :which you can use till you can see your way cl ear out of your troubles." "Oll, thank you, sir! You are so kind. I have a large fortune in that man's hands. He was a bad, reckless man, and tried to force me into a marriage with him to get my fortune into his grasp. Everybody was afraid of him, and no one here dared befriend me. I am of age, and had demanded my inheritance of him. Oh, you have saved me from the worst man that ever Jived!" "Well, I am truly glad that you are rid of the rascal. You had !Jetter go on down to New Orleans, and place your affairs in the bands of the district attorney.'' "Yes, sir; I think so, too," she assented; and be then gave up the cabin to her usb, and the "Marvel" sped on down the river. your efforts to regain your inheritance. You will have no trouble, however, after the State officials take bold of the case. Wyatt !Jeing now dead, will gre atly simplify matters. I con gratulate you on your "Oh, thank you sir!" and her tears flowed afresh. But I am so sorry that you have had to destroy human on my account. Will it not trouble you in the future?" Not in the least, !If iss Bean he at:swered. Men who deliberately try to kill me or my friends, I am in the discharge of my duty, receire no mercy at my hands : You beard me w&rn him, dia you not ? "Oll, yes, sir-and you never fired a shot!" "Exactly. You see, I always ke e p inside the l aw, which gives a man the right to defend himself, you know." Oh, sir, no one can blame you. But what a wonderful boat thi s i s It g o es through the water at railroad sp e ed, and makes no noise. What kind of a boat is it? " .It is run by electricity," said Frank, very modestly. She sprang up and gazed at the young in ventor, as if she regarded him as iiOmet'bing more than human, and "Are you Mr. Fra nk Reade?" "That's my nam e miss." "Thank He a ven!" she exclaimed, sinking down into the ch a ir "I am safe! All the world bas heard of Frank Reade, the brave and the truP.'' Frank blushed like a school-girl, but made no remark. The day passed into twilight, and then Bar ney took charge of the helm, in order that Pomp might prepare supper. When the table was spread, Miss Bean was amazed at the sumptuous repast before her. "Why, this is a feast fit for a king, 1\fr. Reade!" she exclaimed, as she surveyed the table. "Then I hope t)Je queen will find it to her taste," smd Frne,, laughing. "I told the cook the queen would take supper with us to night.'' She laughed good-naturedly, and exclaimed: i Oh, you are as good "at compliments as a\ inventions, Mr. Reacte "Am I? Well, it's tuo:J first time in my life I ever tried my hand at it. You are the first lady who ever became a passenger on board the "Marvel." The governor's family took a short sail on it in New Orleans. Hence, you CHAPTER XXVI. see we feel highly honored by yeur presence on DOWN THE RIVER-NEW ORLEANS. board.'' ON the way down the river the young lady They were seated at table, and then Pomp, who bad been so gallantly rescued from the in whit e apron, waited on them with all clutches of her cruel guardian gave her name the dignity acquired by his long experience. as Abbie Bean, only daughter of a very wealthy Snell a sumptuous repast the beautiful young planter, who had died when she was but ten lady had never seen before, and she enjoyed it years old. Her fortune had been left in charge to the fullest extent. of Willis Wyatt, a scllool-mate of her f a ther, They sat up till quite late looking at the and he, having wasted his own inheritance by stars the lights here aiJd there along the shore, reckle s s and rwtous living, sought to force his and the passing steamers, thPn Leslie, who had ward into a hasty marriage with himself. a splendid baritone voice, sang several sentiOf cour s e the young lady, now of age to remental songs, much to her delight. ceive h e r lortune, naturally rebelled, and then Unable to restrain himself, Pomp brought followed his cruel and inhuman attempts to out his banjo and began tuning up. Barney force h e r to marry him. She made many deswas at the wheel, and, there, could not dance. perate attempts to escape, but failed in all till But LesJ.ie sang with the instrument, and finally at last she ran down to the river to drown herFrank and tbe lady joined in with them, mak self. Rope of escape revived in her breast, ing a concert of sweet sounds that charmed however, the moment she caught sight of the the pa s sengers on the deck of a passing Marvel" speeding along down the red cursteatner. rent. At a late hour Frank 11scorted her to the door Something prompted her to make the signals of his cabin, saying: that attracted the attention of our hero, and This is your room, Miss Bean. Lock tbe Lbe 'rescue immediately followed. door, and you will be in yo11r castle, with none Such was the story she related to our hero, to molest or make you afraid.'' through her tears as they sailed down the "Ahl How could one be afraid und e r th11 river and into the rolling Mississippi. protection of two sucb gallant gentlem en? I S he was beautiful in both form and features, am perfectly at ease, Mr. Re a d e.'' with clear, sparkling, truthful eyes, pearly I am glad to bear you say that, Miss Bean. teeth and lips that were like rosebuds in their May you sleep well and have sweet dreams. modest fullness. As she spoke, Leslie stood Good-night." by entranced, listening like one in a dream, Good-night." drinking in the music of her voice. As yet he She entered the cabin and closed the door. had not spoken to her. Frank, as soon as her Then, after arranging the watch, Frank himstory had ended1 introduced him as his friend self retired, and thus the night passed without and companion, and said: anything of note occurring to disturb their "You shall not lack for friends, Miss Bean, in 1 serenicy.

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r .... FRANK READE,.7 JR.'S MARVEL. They were all up early the next morning The sun rose bright and clear in a cloudless sky, giving them a view of river s cenery seldom s e en by any of them. After bre a kfast, the steel roof and wire net ting bci.ng turned down, they promenaded the little deck, and viewed the ever-changing scen ery which the great speed of the Marvel" brought round. Ah! There's the city below there," s aid Loolie, who hau grown very attentive to Miss Bean. "We shall reach it in another hour." She gazed long and thoughtfully in the direc tion of the city, and heaved a si gh. Then she sat down to wait till the "Marvel reached her destination To amuse her, Leslie got the spy-glass, and pointed out to her all the places of interest along the river in the vicinity of the city. She became deeply interested, and charmed him so much with her conversational pow e rs that long ere they reach e d the foot of Canal street he was mactly in love with her. At las t the "Marvel" stopped at a place where it would not be in the way of the steam-boats, and made fast "Now, Leslie, will you go in and report to the governor ? the young hero asked of the ex Confederate. "Yes," he replied; "it's my duty to do so," and he prepared to go at once. "What sh!Jil I do, Mr. Reade?" Miss Bean asked. Stay where you are and be happy. The governor will tell you what to do. When I have transacted my business with the gov e rnor I shall be at your service as long as you need me." You are too kind, Mr. Reade. I don t know how I can ever rep a y y ou for--" "Don' t mention it, please," said he, inter rupting her. "I have been happier for what I have done. It was the duty of a gentleman, and I tri e d to perform it. "That's so," said Leslie, as be bowed him self out of the presence of Abbie Bean aud went ashore. Two hours later the governor came down in a carriage, accompanied by Leslie. Then a cov ered wagon, guarded by a file of soldiers, fol lowed. R.aade!" exclaimed the governor, grasping Frank's hand and shaking it cordially, "you have succeedeu. I had faith in you " Thanks, governor. I have every keg here on board. We openeu two, and found the yel low stuff all there. When shall I turn them over to you?" "Right now. Here's the wagon and guards." Then you may proceed to load up, for I am anxious to get rid of the responsibility." The governor then gave the necessary orders, and the kegs were soon transferred to the wagons. Bean," he said, "until you can take charge of Jour estate." "Oh, how can I ever repay such kindness!" exclaimed Abbie. I have received nothing but kindness ever since I first saw this wopder ful boat.'' "My dear young lady," saiu the governor, taking her hand in his, "the man who, in this age, is not kind to one of your sex when in dis tress, is worse than a brute. Without woman man would have nothing to love an:l without love life is not worth living. A sacrifice for woman is one of a true man's highest pleasures. You confer a pleasure on us by appealing to us for protection.'' Oh, that the world had more of such men!" exclaimed the grateful girl. Frank and Leslie then accepted Governor Lyle's invitation to dine with him that evening, after which Abbie went away with him in his carriage. That eveuing the two adventurous spirits ap pe a red at the governor's mansion, dressed in the regulation dress suit of the tlay, and found Abbie radiant and beautiful. She was about the same size as the governor's daughter, who had placed her wardrobe at her disposal. There were other guests present-men of dis tinguished reputations. But Frank Reade, Jr., was the lion of the evening. Young as he was, his fame, as an inventor and trav e ler, had gone round the world. Brave men and fair women honored him of whom they bad heard 80 much and they congratulated him on the success of his last venture. It was a late hour when Frank and Leslie re turned to the "Mane!," leaving pretty Abbie Bean with the governor's family. The next day the report of the operations up on Red River was submitted to the governor, and met his prompt approbation. It was immediately pub lished, creating the most intense excitement in the city. Much to Frank's surprise, he was kept in the city of New Orleans more than two weeks, waiting for his prize money He knew some thing about red tape, however, and did not grow impatient But during that time thousands of people came down to the river to visit the "Marvel." Since the report of the expedition was pub lished, everybody bad a des ire to see the wonder ful boat which had withstood a storm of bullets and the attack of angry alligators. The recov ery of such a vast sum of gold from the mu!}dy depths of the tortuous Red River caused a sen sation from one end or the country to the ocher, and the hero was toasted and honored in every possible way. the two weeks that our hero was de tained in the city, Jack Leslie visited pretty Abbie Bean every day, entertaining her with stories of adventure by tlood and field, till she began t!llook for him with a timid eagerness, that but too plainly that her heart was his. One evening he laid his heart at her feet, and asked her to be his wife, and she consentedas happy as ever maiden was-for she:had grown WHEN the last keg was transferred to the to love him dearly for his sterling worth. He wagon Frank drew a long breath of relief, and was old enough tp be her father, but love tore said: way the marks of time and made him young "That takes a heavy load off my shoulders. again in her eyes. CHAPTER XXVII. THE HAPPY MARRIAGE. It was a terrible responsibility to have charge of "Ah I my dear friend!" exclaimed Frank, so much money.'' grasping his hand when be heard of the engage" Yes," sn.id Leslie, "but you have been equal ment," I am glad for her sake as well as yours. to the task, though!" You are just the man to protect her and her "It cost a deal of bloodshed. Do you know, rights, and make her happy all the days of her governor, that over two score of men have been life. You have made a small fortune on this killed in g(lttiug that treasure here?" expedition. Hasten the marriage and take a "Indeed!" exclaimed the governor. bridal trip up the river on the" Marvel." Stop "Yes. We were attacked several times by a month with me at Readestown and get acme!!. who swore that U was anybody's quainted with the people you fought against in and that they w e re determined to have some of the great civil war.'' it. We had to v.se our rifies mercilessly.'' "Thanks, my dear Reade," said the happy "You did rigllt. I gave you orders to defend fellow. "I'll see her this evening, and see if yourself, and I am glad that you did. she will consent to that. It would please me Then Abl1lie Bean was introduced to the very much, I assure you.'' governor, and her story told him. The gallant That evening he pleaded with Abbie to con official was at once interested, and promised sent to an i'!lmediate union. She finally agreed to have her fortune restored to her at every to become his wife within a week. hazard. He gave her plenty of gold-the proceeds of "You can make my house your home, Miss his share in the sunken treasure-and she lost no time in ordering a bridal outfit, and a wardrobe in keeping with her wealth and so ci a l position. Governor Lyle and his family approved the match, and made preparations to give them a grand wedding banquet at which the elite of tbe city were to be invited The romance of' their acquaintance and en gagement spread through the city, and a deep interest was excited in the public mind. Frank and the governor's daughter were to stand up with them, and the governor hiinsel:f would give the bride away. How beautiful and happy the young bride looktd! How her bosom heaved with emotions of joy ana love! And what a strong manly arm it was she leaned upon! Ju ck Leslie, brave, generous, and true, was as happy as ever mortal could be, swore to devote his life to the promotion of her happiness, and every one pr e sent kQew that he would keep his word. The ceremony over, Frank was the first man to kiss the bride. "Abbie,". he said, "you thought you were catchmg a husband when you stood on the banks of Red River signaling to us for help.'' "No; I never dreamed of such a thing," she said. "But I am now glad that I was driven to that course, for it gave me my dear Jack.'' "Well, you could not have found a better protector in all the world than Jack Leslie. May you live long and happy, and enjoy all the pl e asures that fall to the lot of those who love and marry for love's sake," and then he kissed her again, and gave way to others who rdesired the same privilege After the banquet dancing followed, Frank opening the dance with the bride. "Hold!" cried a stern voice in the doorway. "I foroid the marriage.'' CHAPTER XXVIII. A STRANGE SCENE AT A WEDIHNG. THE sudden interruption, together with the stern, harsh voice of the speaker, created an in tense excitement throughout the room. The music instantly ceased and every "Ye was turn ed toward the stranger-a tall, dark man of forbiddine: aspect. "By what right do you forbid it, sir?" de manded Governor Lyle, turning to the stranger, his eyes blazing with indi):!;nation. "By the right of next friend," was the reply. "You are too late, Mr. Andrews," said Abbie, bravely confronting the new-comer. "I am now Mrs. Leslie. You have had yeur trouble for your pains.'' "What! Are you really married, Abbie?" Yes, sir; and here is my husband-the man of my choice-who is able to protect me from you and all of Wyatt's friends," and she took Jack Leslie's arm and led llim up to the spot where the stranger was standing. Jack looked the man full in the face and asked: "Are you one of Willis Wyatt's friends?" "Yes-and also the fr.iend of her father when he was alive," was the reply. "You bad no right to run oft' with a young girl and marry her against the wishes of all her friends "But for the presence of these ladies, I would teach you a lesson about interfering in the affairs of others," said Jack, very coolly. "You had better return to your home and make up your mind that your section is partie ularly blest in not having received a visit from the Fool Killer." "You are a worthless adventurer, who--" "Stop there!" exclaimed the e:overnor, promptly interrupting him. "I have known Jack Leslie since boyhood, and can say that he is a brave, true man. I urged Miss Bean marry hir.1. I have also Instructed the State's attorney to prosecute to the fullest 0:1::tent of the law all those who had been in any way eng a ged in this wicked persecution of her. Now leave here, sir.'' The man turned pale at the stern words or the and, as he turned away, hissed: tle is a thief to steal a girl's fortune that way!" J

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s oon e r had the words escaped his lips than Lesli e sprang forward and dea l t him a blow that lai.d him at full length on the floor. The next moment the brave ex-Confederate turned tv the excited guests, and s a id: Pardon me, d ear frienos, I could not resist the temptation to punish the insulting wre tch! " Ob, we'll pardon you under the circum stancQS," said Frank, laughing good-nat uredly. Look out! He's going to shoot!" cried 11eme one in the crowd, as Andrews rose and drew a revolver. But ere he could use the weapGn he was seized by those near him and bustled out of the house and turned over to the police, who carried bim to the station-house and locked him up, charged with disorderly conduct. "Who is man AnQ.rews, Abbie?" Jack Leslie asked or his bride. A friend of my father, and later a partner of my late guardian in some business matters." "Ahl That accounts for it. He is mixed up in Wyatt s all.'airs in some way." "He is considered a very dangerous man up at home," said the fair young bride, and he will never forgive you that blow." "0 h, I'll never ask his forgiveness, as for that matter," said "Let the dance go on." The festivities were resumed and continued to a late hour. Then the guests dispersed and retired to their homes, leaving the young couple at the govern or's mansion till the next morning, when they were to go on board the Marvel for a trip up the river. The next morning the bridal party came down to the rivl'r in carriages. After an affec tionate leave-taking, Leslie and his bride went on board, and the "Marvel moved out into the stream. Then Barney, who was at the wheel, sent the "Marvel" up the river at the highest rate of speed the powerful electric i.Jattery could give it. In a few minutes the great city was slip ping away out or sight in the dim dis tance. The steel roof was a protection from the heat of the sun, while the steel wire netting admitted the fresh air on all sides. "This has been the most profitable trip to you, Leslie," said our hero as he sat near the bride an hour or so aft.er leaving the city. How so?" dema nded Le slie. "Your share of the prize amounts to nearly $200,000. "So it does, and I have it all in draf t s on Chicago. But you got a wife in the bargain, for whom you would not take ten million dol lars. " Ah! von are right there, my dear friend said Leslie, bestowing a loving glance on his blushing bride. "I have secured the greater prize. I am indebted to you for it, too," and he grasped the young inventor's hand and 'Wrung it with a cordiality that brought tears to his eyes. "Marse Frank," said Pomp, suddenly inter rupting them, "dem ar' steamers out dere am er racin' agin each oder." Frank sprang up and gazed out at two splen did steamers that were racing side by siJ:Ie against the current of the mighty river. Huge volumes of smoke rolled from the great black smoke-stacks as the firemen piled in the wood in the overheated furnaces. "By George!'' exelaimed Frank, "they hre doing their best, and they seem to be about evenly matched as to speed." Yes," said Leslie. There's great rivalry between competing lines on the river, and terri rible accidents often happen ln these foolish races." "It ought to be put a stop to by law. It is dangerous to both life and property. Shoot pliit them, Barney, And, Pomp?" "Sah?" "Let down the roof so we can have a better Tiew of the two steamers as they run." Pomp let down the roof of the "Marvel," and then the little party of three again sat down on chairs and gazed at the huge steamers cleaving their way tbrou9,h the water. The Marvel glided past one of them as e88ily as a bird oa the wing could have done, FRANK READE, JR.'S MARVEL. 21 to the utter amazewent of the officers and pas sengers on board. Where are you bounfil?" Frank asked of the captain. "St. Louis. Whither are bound?" came back fro m the steamer. "{laicago; but I'll stop long enough at St. Louis to tell them you are comi.ng, if yeu so wish." "Blast your impudence! roared the captain. "Do you think you can get there before I do?" "Yes; at least one day ahead of you," said Frank. "What in thunder do you mean? You are nething but a sklil'. What in blazes arc you, anyhow?" "Just a little pleasl}re-boat was the reply, as the "Marvel" shot ahead and began cross ill"' the bow of the steamer. It net only crossed her bow, but turned and went completely around her. Captain and passengers were dumfounded with amazement Both steamers strained their machinery to the utmost in a terrible efl'ort to beat the other. liluddenly there came an explosion-a crash that sounded like a thunderbolt-and in a mo ment half a hundred human beings were hurled into eternity, and one of the steamers was a wreck, floating with the current. "My God!" exclaimed Frank; "she has burst her boiler! Scores are killed! Just )ook at those people struggling in the water! Quick, Barney! Run in there and let's save as many llves as we can!" Barney was at the wheel. He lost no time in making for the wreck. Scores were strug gling in the water. Some were drowning. Others were clinging to cotton bales and bits of timber, and screaming for help. In ten minutes Frank and Leslie had saved ten women and children. Those they rushed to the banks and put ashore, and returned for more. Thus four hours passed, during which time the y saved nearly two score or lives and put them ashore. The rival steamer also rounded to and gave all the assistance in her power. But for ull that the foolish rivalry had sent nearly half a hundred souls into eternity. The prompt and rapid assistance rendered by the "Marvel excited the wonder and admira tion of all the survivors of the disaster. .A.nd many were the expressions of gratitudo that were heard on all sides. CHAPTER XXIX. H 0 liE WARD :W< O UN, HAVING rendered all the assistance possible to the unfortunate victims of the ex plosion, the "Marvel" headed up the again, leaving the other steamer far behind her. "Oh, I hope never to witness such another appalling scene exclaimed Mrs. Leslie, as she cast a last lOOk back toward the floating wreck. "It ill by no means a pleasant sight, my dear," said her husband. But it's a too frequent occurrence on the river, where the fastest boat always receives the most patronage. That was the fourth explosion I have witnessed on the Mississippi." Ah 1 It was not the first time, then. I thought you did not get excited." "Oh, no. It was not new to me," snid be. There ought to be a law to bang any captain who races his boat unless it's to see which can go slowest." "In that case there would be no racing, then." Of course not. That's just what ought to be stopped." "Diu you ever see such a beautiful sun set!" asked, away toward the where the sun was placing a magnificent silver lining on an immense bank of snowy clouds. "Oh, bow beautiful!" cried the young bride, her sweet face all aglow with the beauty of the scene. "Did you know that our friend Reade has more than onc e sailed through the clouds, mile& and mile s above the earth ? "What!" e x alaimed Abbie, in the great surprise imaginable. "Why, have you not heard of the famous flying-machine, in which he made the trip to Mexico, and there found his wife?'' "Oh, yes, I d& remember reading something about it in the papers, but I did not pay muclil attention to it. Such things did not interest me much at the time. Tell me, Mr. Reade, d1d you really go up to the clouds ? "Oh, yes, and was completely shut out from all view of the earth b elow us. We sometimes got above the clouds, into the clear sunshine, while below us a heavy rains torm, accompan ied by t hunder and lightning, deluged the earth." "Oh, such things seem incredible!" exclaim ed the fair bride. "Yes; they sound like a dream, don't they?" said Jaek. "But they are true for all that. Pomp and Barney went with kim." She gazed at the two faithful men iu silence for a minute or two, and then asked of Frank: "Were they frightened?" "Yes; very much indeed times," and the gallant hero bad to smile at the recollec tion of Pomp s terror when the tlying-machine, or air-ship, was carried away by a cyclone. The sun went down and a full moon arose, sending a flood of silvery light over the rolling "Father of Waters." "How beautiful!" murmured the bride. "Oh, look! What is that great red light away up the river there?" and she pointed to a great ball of fire some three or four miles up the river. "And there's another one further away. What in the world are they?" "Nothing more than big steamboats, my dear," said Jack. "Those are the signal on the lower decks." She gazed at the lights until the great speed of the "Marvel" sent her past them. Every thing seemed to interest her, and she was as happy as her brave husband was. It was a late hour when they retired, and then Barney and Pomp took charge of the boat for the night. No pilot was necessary on a boat of such light draft as the "Marvel." It go anywhere, almost, that an ordinary skiff could, hence our hero had no fears of running aground. The next morning they were nearly two hun. dred miles further up the river than when they went to bed the night before .A. heavy mist was on the river, and collisions were dangll!' ous. To run at any great speed would be ex ceedingly dangerous. "We must tie up and wait till this fog rises," said Frank. "We might creep along at a snail's pace, but that would tire us much more than if we took a rest." "Yon are right," said Leslie. We are not in a hurry, nohow." "No. We have all the time we want," said Frank, as he turned the bow of the "Marvel" toward the right bank of the river, and slowly pushed through the fog. In half an hour or so he touched the bank and crept along for a mile or two till he found s creek emptying into the stream. "This is just the place. The water .here is still, a111d we can find plenty of fis-h and game here." How lc;mg do you think we will have -to remain here?" Abbie asked. "Probably till noon," said Jack. "Oh, then I will have patience." "Are you growing impatient, my dear?" "Yes. I can't help it. I am so anxious to see St. Louis and Chicago." We will reach there much sooner than we would had we taken passage on a steamer." "I know that. Still, when we stop like thiii, I can't help growing impatient." "We will reach St. Louis to-morrow," said Frank, "and will stop over a day or two there, to see the city a,nd friends." Nothing of note occurred on thewaynp, save the sensation created by the great speed of the "Marvel" among steamboat men along the river towns.

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22 'FRANK READE JR."S MARVr!:L. It was about noon the next day when they came in sight of tile tall steeples of the queen city of the valley. "There's St. Louis!" cried Abbie, tho moment she caught sight of a tall spire. Yes; that's St. Louis," said Frank. "In a hour we will be there." They l!peut two clays in the city, riding about in a carriage, taking in all the sights. Abbie was an eager sight-seer. She was never tired of gazing at the public buildings, parks, and other places of interest. Frank bad some business to attend to in the city, and so did not have time to go with them. His stay in the city, however; was published; and then tho a sands of people rushed down to the river to see the "Marvel." As man)' more sought to see him, and thus he became greatly embarrassed by the continu ous crowds that flocked around. By some means ortother, the story of Abbie Bean and her romantic love and marriage got out, and every young lady in the city wanted to see her and her brave husband Jack and Abbie were amazed at their popu laTity among stranger.i, and begged Frank to leave at once. The young inventor was used to such public demonstrations, and did not mind them in the least. But be complied with their request, and set out for Chica!';O uy the same route be had come. Thousands of people cheered them on their way, anu the news was telegraphed ahead to all the towns along the Illinois River that the "Marvel" was coming. Of course the people were as anxious as ever to see the latest invention of tbe young genius, whose fame had gone round, and flocked to the towns to see It pass. The first town they struck opened their eyes. Thousands of people lined tbe riv,er-bank, and cheered them on their way. "By George. Jack!" exclaimed Frank, his enthusiasm rising with the cheers of his ad mirers, "we must show the appreciation of tbeir good wishes. Barney, run up the flag pole, and let tbe old stars and stripes tloat in the breeze. Load up the gun, Pomp, and let her roar. Wave your handkerchief, Abbie, and kiss your fingers to them. Jack wor;'t be a bit jealous-eQ., old boy?" "No, by tbunder!" and Jack Leslie waved his hat above his head and joined his voice to the roar or the multitude. Abbie's cheeks grew rosy under the excite ment, for she knew that the romance of her love and marriage had touched chord in the popular heart. She was happy, indeed, for the sympathy of the host of unknown friends whom she had never seen before. No wonder, tben,:that she waved her handkerchief and kiss ed her little nut-brown hand to the multitude! But the last boom of the cannon and the last cheer was heard as the "Marvel turned the bend of the river and sped onward in its course. CHAPTER XXY CONC LUSION. EvERY town on the Illinois River gave the "Marvel" a reception as it passed on the way up to Joliet. But it was at that point where the party were to stop and take the train for Chicago, that the greatest reception of all was to take place. It was a holiday for every one in the town. Everybody put on holiday attire, and waited and watcbed for the appearance of the wondei fullittle craft. Some wanted to see the electric boat; others wanted to see the still more won derful inventor, while all wanted to see the bride and her gallant husband. There is a deep vein of sentiment running in the hearts of all, that responds to every call for sympathy in romance and love. The telegrapli had flashed all over the Janel the story of Abbie Bean's love and marriage, both growing out of ber attempt to escape from her brutal guardian. Her escape and the death of her persecutor sent a thrill through the popular heart. But that she should then find refuge in the family of the Governor of the State, and finally marry one of her rescuers in the grand Executive Mansion, read like a romance of the Dark Ages. When the "Marvel" came in sight a dozen bands of music struck np along the river-bank. Frank responded with boom after boom from the little brass cannon on the deck. "This is glorious!" exclaimed Jack Leslie, as he took in the great demonstration at a !!:lance. "It's more than I said Frank. "I didn t dream the people would t11ke so much interest in the thing." A small steamer came down the river to meet them, and, as they came abreast, a voice called out from the upper deck: "How ar, e you, my boy?" "Why, father!" cried Frank. "You here! I'm glad to see you! Are all well at home?" Yes-all well." "Frankl" called another and softer voice from behind his father, as a beautiful young lady stepped quickly forward, and smiled sweet ly down upon him. "My darling! God bless your sweet face! Come down here, both of you!" Frank Reade, Sr., led his son's beautiful wife clown to the lower de<'k to where the Marvel" lay alongside. The young inventor sprang aboard, and clasp ed his wife in his arms, and covered her face with kisses "Oh, how glad I am that you. have returned safely!" said > the happy wife, returning, llis caresses kiss for kiss. "I have never ceased to think of you, dear, I ince I left you two months ago," said Frank. "I know that," she replied, "for I felt in my heart all the time that you were thinking of me." And then she looked at Abbie, who was 3tnntling by the side of Jack, and boun<1ed over to her, saying: '' Ohl I know you. Yon are happy, and se am I. The papers have told us all about yon. and I love you alreadY,. I am Frank's wife." The two young ladies threw themselves into each other's arms, and kissed with a heartiness that betokened the beginning of an everlasting friendship. Frank then led his father and wife on board the "Marvel," and away they went up the river, to the point where they WP.I'e to disemb a rk. There the cheers of tb11j multitude were deafening. Everyuolly rushed forward to get a glimpse of the famous inventors-father and son-and the fair young bride whose story bad touched Llleir hearts. As they landed, the hand struck up "Hail to the Chief," and the whole party marched to the Town Hall, where a reception, three hours, was held. Barney and Pomp had to run the Marvel" out into the middle of the stream to avoid being over run by the thousands who wished to get on board and see the wonderful little boat. Of course, everybody who had read of Fmnk Reade's adventures bad also read of Barney and Pomp. The sight of Pomp's black face reminded them, or many funny incidents in his career, and a running lire or gnod-natured questions began. Pomp grinned, and gave replies that made them laugh. Then they began on Barney, and several hours of badinage followed. At last Frank and his party went to a hote! t to remain till the next day, when the "J,[arvel "1 was to be placed on a car and transferred t11 Chicago. next clay the crowd bad dispersed, and the work of lifting the ''Marvel" out of the water was soon done>. Then they all took the train for Chicago, where the boat was launched On the lake. There we will leave it. for awhile. and let its wonderful master and builder enjoy the fortune it bad made him. He was rich ue fore, but the reward for recovery of tbtt sunken treasure bad doubled his fortune. Jack Leslie and his fair bride spent the sum. mer at Readestown with the Reacles. Then they returned home to Louisiana, to tind tb::t the governor hnd forced a restoration of Ab bie's fortune to her. 'l'lley are now rich and happy, and regularty once a week write to Frank to thank him for his instrumentality in bringing them together. The "Marvel" yet tloats on the bright waters of Lake Michi:?;an. thfl greatest curiosity of the age in marine circles. Its owner frequently runs down to the city to skim the lake in it, and consider some of the many offers to pur chase, which are being continually made to him. But be is loath to part wiiiJ it, as be cherishes it for the perils he endured with it ABOVE AND BELOW WATER. [THE END.] 'l'he nP.xt number of t he FRANK READE LIBRARY will contain another thrilling s tory, entitled-" FRANK READE Jlt.'S LATEST AIR WONDER THE KITE,'" by "Noname." -usef-u.1 a:n.d. I:ns'tr"l..:l.c'ti v e :Books. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-l!:cluding hints on how to trap Moles Weasels, Otter, Rats, Squirrels and Birds. Also how to cure Sldns.' Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and 0>-<>ada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of price. 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Price10 cents. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH. The moJt complete bunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full instructions about guLa, buntiaa with deaorip.. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SiGHT. Heller' a aeoond explained. by hfs former asaiatant_ No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF UEClr TA'l'IONS. r>iecee, together with many standard readings. Price 11 cents. No.28. HOW TO 'l'ELL FORTUNES. Every one is desirous of knowing what his future Jife w1B bring forth, whether happiness or mi s ery, wealth or po.,. unes of your frieads. Price 10 cents. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR. No. 30. HOW 'fO COOK. One of the most instructive b o ok e on c o okinR ever pubby one of our moU No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER. Containing fourteen i11ustrati o ns givin g tbe different po. s1tions requisite to a good speaker, reader and elocuti u n is t Als o g ems from all the popular moet simple No.32. HOW TO JUDE .A Blt'YCLE. Handsomely illu o tr&ted and ccnteinlng full directions f & macAine Price 10 cents. No: 34. HOW '1'0 FENCE. Oontelnlng loll for fencing and tbo nee of the broadsword; also instruction in arohery Deacrilied positioM No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES. also giving all tbe codes and J'be onlt anthe.o.tio explanation of second slaht. Price 10 cents. A complete and useful lit.tJe book, contai.ning tbe ruJ --------------------1 and regulations of bill i ards, bagatelle, bacqammon, """I No.23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS. Everybody dreams. from the little child to tbe aged ,mall and woman 'l'bis little book gives the explanation to all kinda of dreams. together with lucky aud nnluclg' daya1 and Napoleon' Oraoulum.'' the book of fate. Price lu e ents No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLE que"' dominoes, etc. Price 10 cents. No. 36. HOW TQ SOLVE CONUNDRUMS. Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amuallll' riddles. curious catches and witty eayiup. PricelO ceat.; No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE. ( No. 12. MEN. It oontelno informatio n for everybody, boy&, aida. and women; it will teac h you how to make almoatanytbiDI around the bouse, auch ae J)arJor ornaments, bracket., cements, molian harps, aDd bird lime for oatolllllll blnt.. Price 10 oeote. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO tADIES. Oodtainlng ton dlrectloBs for writing to gentlemen on au Giving complete instructions for writins letters to ladiN alao aivina ample letters for lDBtruotion. Price of introduction. noteaand reNo. 13. \ How to Do It; or, Book of Etiquette. i1 a areat life secret, and one that eveey young man. deJairee to Jmow all abeut. Sand 10 oenta and it. 'fhere'a '\ appillualn it. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST. Oontainiog full inotrnctions for all kinds of "Amnaotlc fnl book. Price!O cente. No.38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR. sale by all newsdealers in the United_ States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid. : on receipt of price, 10 cents. ,Boxj2739. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, /

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The Best 5 Cent Detective Library YOUNC SLEUTH LIBRARY. Issued Every Saturday. Each Number Complete. Read All About This Wonderful Young Detective in the Following Stories Which Are Now On Sale: 1. Young Sleuth; or, The Inspector's Right Hand Man. 2. Young Sleuth in Chinatown or, The Mystery of an Opium Den. 3. Young Sleuth on the Rail; or, Working Against the Tram Robber 4. Young Sleuth and the Beautiful Actress; or, The Diamond Thieves of New York. 5. Young Sleuth's Best Bargain; or, $20,000 for One Night's Work. 6. Young Sleuth's Night Trail; or, The Slums of New York. 7. Young Sleuth Behind the Scenes; or, The Keen Detective' s Great Theater Case. 8. Young Sleuth and the Widow in Black; or, Tracking a Child Stealer of New York. 9. Young Sleuth as a Hotel Detective; or, Solving the Terrible Mystery of Room 17. 10. Young Sleuth After Stolen Millions; or, The Keen Detective and the Safe Blowers. 11. Young Sleuth and the Dashing Girl Detective; or, Working with a Lady Agent of Scotland Yard. 12. Young Sleuth's Ghost; or, The Keen Detective and the Confi dence Queen. 13. Young Sleuth's Triple Case; or, Piping the Mysterious 3. 14. Young Sleuth's Drae;-Net; or, Seinmg a. Desperate Gang. 15. Young Sleuth and the Masked Lady; or, The Queen of tbe Avengers. 16. Young Sleuth and the Blood Stained Card; or, Shadowed by the Ace of Hearts. 17. Young Sleuth on the Midnight Express; or, The Crime of the Tunnel. 18. Young Sleuth in the Prize Ring; or, The Keen Detective's Fight for a Life. 19. Young Sleuth's Dark Trail; or, Under the of New York. 20. in the House of Phantoms; or, Fighting Fire W1th F1re. 21. Young Sleuth's Best Deal; or Trailing the City Wolves. 22. Young Sleuth and Nell Blondin; or, The Girl Detective's Oath. 23. Young Sleuth and the Wolves of the Bowery; or, Beating the Badgers' Game. 24. Young Sleuth and the" Bad Man" From the West; or Green Goods Men Entrapped. 25. Young Sleuth's Coney Island Job; or, Beating the Crooks of the Prize Ring. Fun by the Bushel in Every Number of THE 5 CENT COMIC LIBRARY. The Only Comic Library Published in the World. Issued Every Saturday. Each Num ber a Complete Story. Look Through Your Newsdealer's Stock of This Library and Make Your Selection. The Following Are Now On Sale: 1. Two Dandies of New York; or, The Funny Side of Every-thing, by Tom Teaser 14 One of the Boys of New York; or, The Adventures of Tommy Bounce, by Peter Pad 2. Cheeky Jim, the Boy From Chicago; or, Nothing To.o Good for Him, by Sam Smiley 15. Tom, Dick and Dave; or, Schooldays in New York, by Peter Pad 16. Touchemup Academy; or, Boys Who Would Be 3. Gymnastic Joe; orJ Not a Bit Like His Uncle, bv Tom Teaser 4. Shorty ; or, Kickea Into Good Luck, by Peter Pad by >:;am Smiley 17. Corkeyj or, The Tricks and Travels of a Supe, by Tom Teaser 18. Three Jacks; or, The Wanderings of a Waif, by Tom Teaser 19. Shorty Junior; or, The Son of His Dad, by Peter .!:'ad 5, Mama's Pet; or, Always In It, by Sam Smiley 6. Tommy l3ounce, the Family Mischief, by Peter Pad 20. Mulligan's Boy, by Tom Teaser 21. The Hazers of Hustleton; or, The Imps of the Academy, 7. Dick Quack, the Doctor's Boy; or, A Hard Pill To Swallow, by Tom Teaser by Sam Smiley 22. Shorty Junior on His Ear; or, Always On a Racket, by Peter Paa 8. Shorty in Luck, by Peter Pad 9. Casey From Ireland; or, A Green Son of the Old Sod, by Tom Teaser 23. Jim Jams; or, Jack of All Trades, by Tom Tease,r 24. Tommy Dodd; or, Bounced Everywhere, by Peter Pad 25. Sweet Sixteen; or, The Family Pet, by Sam Smiley 10. Skinny, the Tin Peddler, by Tom Teaser 11. Millions In It; or, Something New Every Minute, by Sam Smiley 12. The Mulcahey Twins, by Tom Teaser 13. The Village Sport; or, Two to One on Everything, by Sam Smiley 26. Shorty and the Count; or, The Two Great Unma.shed, by Peter Pad 27. Nip and Flip; or, Tvvo of a. 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Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Horse Among the Search for the Dog-Faced Men, by" l'loname Cowboys; or, the League of the Plains, by "Noname" 22. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Boat, by" Noname" 9. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Horse in the Great 23. Frank Reade Jr.'s Deep Sea Diver the "Tortoise; The American Desert; or, -The Sandy Trail of Death, Search for a Sunken Island, by" .Noname '' by "Nona.me" 24. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Adventures With His Latest In-10. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Horse and the Mys-vention, by" Noname tery of the Underground Ranch, b;v "Noname" 25. Frank Reade Jr.'s New Electric Terror the" Thundere!i" or, Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Horse in Search of The Search for the T_a.rta_r's by" .Noname au Ancient Mine, by "Noname 26. Frank Reade, Jr., and H1s A1r Sh1p, by "Noname ... All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post paid, on receipt by . 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