Frank Reade, Jr., in the clouds

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{coMPLETE.} ,F:aANK TousEY. PuBLISHER, 3! & 36 NoRTH MooRE STREE'l', NEw YoRK. { ) 'JticE } Vol. II New York, April 22, 1893. IssUED WEEll'.LY. 5 CJCN1 B. Enteted acc01d ina to the Act of Gonares"S, in the yeur 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Libt atian of Gonrpess, at TVashinaton, D G ank Reade, Jr., in the Clouds. By "NONAME." Down, down went both Pomp and. t h e eagle Filled wit h unspeakable horror at. his doom, on. Just why he did so he himself didn't know.


JR., IN THE T!Je subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. FRANK. READE, JR., IN THE CLO By N 0 NAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr."s New Electric Invention the 'Warrior'; 01, Fighting the Apaches in Arizona," etc. PROLOGUE. laughing good-naturedly. "Some day we'll down in history n.s greate r than any fmm Adam the train a-trial. You can h!we a ten-mile to the end of timA." eJi:vl!R.l.L years ago one of the most remarkable along the side of the track on the south section." "Ah I exc l aimed Frank, laughing geniuses of the age came into notice through a Yes, sah, dat's er fac'," grinned Pomp. "Dem good-naturedly, "you are as full o f enthusiasm series of wonderful inventions which soon bosses kin beat dnt train sure's you're born, as ever, I see. sent his name to the uttermost parts of th e earth. Marse Frank. Whoa, dar 1 Heah comes de "Why shouldn't I be? My faith His genius seemed to have come from a double train!" your inventive genius stands unsn,I\K later the conductor called out: Frank." Steam Man, which was the wonder of the day. "All aboard!" 'l'he phaeton had stopped in front of the handHe attached the Steam Man to a wagon and There was a flutteting among passengers and some residence of the young inventor, which drove him across the plains of the West. spectators for a moment or two, and then the stood some three hundred yards beyond that After a series of daring adventures, he return-train moved off again. his father's. ed and Invented a Steam Horse, with which he A tall dark man, with grizzled beard and at"Here we are, professor," said performed still more wonderful feats. tenu a ted frame, was seen standing among the ing out, and assisting the tall, In all his adventures he was accompanied by new arrivals, aud !coking around as if in search elight. "Get out and come his two faithful servants, Barney O Shea, a brave, of some one. better when you have had a bath and rollicking son of Erin, and Pomp, a black son of The moment Frank caught a glimpse of him he The professor alighted and followed Africa, whose head proved to be one of the most sprang forward, and grasping his hand, exinto the IJI>use, carrying his vali5e with him. dangerous battering rams the savages of the claimed: "Let mo havo your valise," said Frank, plains had ever seen or heard of. "Why, how are you, professor? Welcome to tempting to take it from his hand. Well, like most great men, Frank Reade fell in Readestown. I was looking for you!" "Bette r let me carry that," replied the pro_love with a beautiful girl and married her. After "Ah Mr. Reade!" returned the professor. fessor. "I am better acquainted with its contents that he settled down, and would travel no more. tor your kindness. I got your telegram than you are." A son was born to them-Frank, Jr.-and he in-and came on at once. You are look well." "All right. Any dynamite in it, eh?" herited his father's inventive genius, and more "1 am in splendid health and spirits," returned "No-I don't call it by that name." besides. Frank. "Where's your baggag e?" Frank stared at him. As soon a.s he was able to handle a toolrhe be"Here-this and he pointed down to a "Something as bad, ell?" gan making things which had never been made valise at his feet. The professor smiled. before, and whon he left college with a first-class "Come on, then, and we'll go up to the house "Better JeaYe It in an outhouse," he sup:gesteduaation, ho turned his attention to inventions. at once," and the famous young inventor led the ed; "it might do damage." The first invention was the Steam Wonder, a way round to the other sld!l of the dflpot, where "No danger of that," and he smiled again. "I'll locomotive to run by steam, without tracks, on Pomp was waiting for them with tbe team of keep charge of it myself." the level prairies. bays. The professor followed him, and in anAt the door two little boy and girl;Pomp and Barney went with him over the old other minute both were seated behmd Pomp, and ran forward, and were mstantly caught up m stage routes of the plains, and in a series of terdashing through the town in very gay style. Frank's arms. rille fights with:red-skins and road-agents,cleaned Did you have a nleasant trip, professor?" "These a r e my little ones, professor," he said, them out so completely, that they gave the govFrank asked, as they turned into Reade avenue. kissing them tenderly. ernment and travelers very little trouble after" Oh, was the reply. "Never had a more I "Ah 1 and they are," replied the pro wards. Then followed the Electric Tricycle, the pleasant one in my life. The truth is, I was so fessor, chucking them under their chins. I Electrio Boat, and several others, which he overjoyed that you had at last completed your hope they may both live to see their father's name explored North and South Contiship that I could think of nothing else on the honored all round the world." n:ents, rescumg_ many people from perilo1;1s way." I "Thank you. I have hoped that much my tlOns, and makmg a fortune that was prmcely m "You didn't enjoy the scenery on the route, self," said Frank, laughing hoortily as he stood amount .. In his Barney and Pomp then?" the little ones down on their feet again. compamed h1m, and thetr adventures IL'?d hatr-"Scenery! I never saw any, my dear young "Your hopes will all be realized, my friend. escapes would fill Their names friend." Never fear that," and the professor followed him .bus became known along wllh that of the young Frank burst into a hearty fit of laughter, to the up-stairs to the r oom that been set apart for inventor. no small astonishment of the professor, who his use when it was known that he was ()Oming. glared at him through a pair of big-eyed specLa-Frank left him there, ami went down-stairs to CHAPTER I. PROF. GRIMM AMi) THE AIRSHIP. IT was a llright, cheery morning In June that saw Frank l:teade, Jr., seated in a handsome phaeton, driven by old black Pomp, the faithful old servant of the young inventor, on his way to the little depot in Rendestown, to meet the incom ing tmin from Chicago. He was in great good humor, and his handsome ft\ce was wreathed in smiles, as though pleasing thoughts filled mind. Even honest old Pomp wore a broad grin on his black face as he drove the beautiful span of bays at a dashing pace through the town. "Drive fast, Pomp," said Frank, l ooking at his watch. "You have only two minutes to meet the" "Yes, sah. Dese horses can beat dat train suah," said Pomp, urging the bays to u faster pace. "l believe th.Jy can, Pomp," returned Frank, cles. see his wife. He found her lo oking sad and de" Yon must Ind eed have been absorbed not to spondent. have seen and admired the beautiful scenery be"My darling, he said, as be stood by her tween here and Chicago," re::narked the young "'Yhat's the You know that ProfessOT inventor as soon ns he could stop laughing, "for Gnmm has come. the low but rollin g country is just now clothed in "Yes, Frank, and his coming with un the richest green, decked with flowers of all the utterable w_oe. It means that 111 a hues of the rainbow." now you wtllleave us to be gone a long t1me. "Seems to me I did see some flowers and green "Not half as long as you think, dear," said he, grass on the way said the professor, a faint stealing an arm around her waist and kissing smile on his grim "but I took no notice of hec. "You know tht\t up in the air we ca'?travel them. I was thinking of something else at the much faster than on land or water. I will time." return., "Of course you were-of icebergs and the "Ah I That's what you say, and I know you North Pole and an open sea and all that." will if you can," she said," but God bas forbid" Yesyes I" and the professor's face lighted den to the silence of His frozen up with a sudden enthusiasm as he thought of domamM, and only dtsaster has come to those the one great dream of life. "How could I dared to do it." think of anything else just now? We are going "You look at It from a wreng stand-pomt, to open the sealed book of Nature for the first dear, and--" time since the world lJegan. Our names will go "I look at it through the grand vision of my


r r --FRANK READE, JR., Whee. my idol goes where him had perished, it is aBd she laid her head soft, sileut tears of sorfear. may understand the situation, great fame of our hero's inthe wonderful success of his as the glamour of his exploits, strange offers to him from all years previous to the opening of our recaived a letter from one wlwse name entirely unknown to llim. It read as "NEW YORK, June 5, 18-. "DEAR SIR,-Another expedition to the North Pole has proven a disastrous failure. Lives of gallant men have been lost, aud the mystery still remains unsolved. Those who go down to the sea iu ships will never be able to solve it. The Frozen Kingdom is still locked !u a wall of ice, and the existence of an open Polar Sea remains in doubt. To him who scales the W>\lls of King Frost, and gives to the world the knowledge it seeks, honor and will be given, and an eternity of fame shaH rest on his name. I have been authorized by the American Academy of Science to make you an offer in her mtme which, I hopa, will your deepest consideration. I have never had the honor of your acquaintance, but the fame of your inventions and exploits bas challenged my admiration and held it for years. The offer is this: J Build an air-ship, and pilot her through the the North Pole, with your humble servant on and then name the price of your will be paid by the Academy. me hear from you by return mail, and oblige Your very humble servant, ALEXANDER GRIMM, "Professor of Geographical Science The reception of that letter set tho young Inventor to thinking. The Jeam1ette had been crushed in the ice, and neatlY the whole of her had come back in co:tlrns. The eyes of the world had been drawn toward them, and nil hearts had been touched by the story of their sufferings, Baffled though they were, scientific men the world over still hungered for knowledge ooncerning that great frozen region. "The ships ot tho sea can't scale the icebergs," eaid Frank to himself, after rending the pro fessor's letter. But an air-ship can. I oee no reason why I cannot fly over the North Pole and puss down on the other side of the globe. I'll talk to the professor about it anyhow." He telegraphed to him in New York to meet him at the Palmer House in <.Jhicago on Wednes day. In less than two hours an answer came: "I'll be therl'." The two men met for the first time in that hotel and talked the matter over for two whole days. The young inventor found the nrofessor full of enthusiasm over the subject, imd thoroughly versed in scientific lore. It will tako me fully two years to develop and test such a ship as I would have to build, pro fessor," said Frank, after they had talked the matter ovet together. "Tnat will be time enough," was the reply; "and you can draw on the faculty ofthe academy for every dollar of expense." "Which I won't do." said Frank. "Why not?" "Because then it would belong to the academy. Tho ship must be my own." "As well as the honors of the expedition," sug gested the professor, smiling. "Well, yes, if you put it that way. But, as you will be the scientific man of the expedition, and I only the engineer of the ship, the honor olianJ new discovery will rest with you." Oh, no. But for you success would be im possible." "Well, we'll go together;" and then they shook hands and laughed over the matter. When they parted the next day it was with the understanding that Fmnk would go to work at onoo on the air-ship that was to solve the problem of the century. Once more alone, our hero sat himself down to think. There were few men who could concen trate their thoughts with more intensity than he. He eat up all night, pencil in hand, poring over drawings and diagrams on a table. He went over all the old drawings of previous inventions of his, discarding many things, improving some, and making others wholly new. At last he completed a drawing of what he wanted, and then threw himself on the bed, much exhausted, and fell asleep. He slept all during the day, dreaming of Polar seas and mountains of ice and 11now. When he awoke he was as fresh as ever, and, strange to say, as full of enthusiasm over the project as the professor himself. He had caught the fever, and already he imagined the whole world singing his praises for having overcome all that had hitherto baffled the best navigators of the world. Before leowing Chicago, he made up his mind to build the air-ship at Readestown, where he could be with his wife and children, as well as have the benefit of his father's advice in many things. Having decided on thes not eat." "That's so,"replied Frank;" vitals and victuals keep close relationship, I believe." "Yes-the relationship of mind am! matter," added Frank Reade, Sr., laughing, "which cul minates in the chemical JabQlatory of tte stomach. You seA, we are well up in the science here, prOfessor." A hearty laugh followed, and then, as they en tered the dining-room, the new-comer was in troduced to the young inventor's wife and mother. The dinner over, the three men went out into the "ship-yard" to look at the air-ship Pomp !J.nd Barney were on hand, but no one else was allowed inside the inclosure. As he entered the yard the professor looked hard at Pomp and Barney. He instinctively knew them as the faithful companions of the young inventor in his many perilous voyages. There was nothing of the aristocrat about him, so he walked OVN' to the Irishman, and extend ing his hand toward him, said: "You are Barney, the gallant Irishman who has so long stood by Mr. Reade; I am glad to see you, my friend." Barney W!I.S amazed at the condescension. Off went his bat, and a broad grin spread round hio jolly Celtic face. He grasped the professor's outstretched hand, and exclaimed: "Be rue soul but it& a rale gintleman ye are, an' its Barn_l;lY O'Shea as is glad ter say it "Thank, Barney," returned the professor. "Everybody in America has heard of you, and--" "Bedad !" exclaimed Barney, interrupting him with true Celtic enthusiasm, "thin thA byes in oulcl Ireland heard it, too, I'm thinking "Oh, yes. The people in Irektnd generally hear all the news in America." "Faith ye are roight, sur. Ireland id a great country." "A wonderful country. Ah! That's Pomp, I am sure. Who has not heard of honest old Pomp and his hard head 1 How are you, my friend?" and he grasred Pomp's hand and shook it heart ily, to the evident surprise of Porn!' himself "l'se well, I is, boss," said Pon:.p, grinning like a cat-fish. "How yer folks at home?" "Very well, indeed, thanks," replied the pro fessor, whilst Frank and his father looked on with no little amusement at the actions of the famous professJr. Rather eccentric, I think," remarked the elder Reade to his son. "Yes, somewhat. Most scientific men are, I believe," said Frank. "Yes, I've heard so The professor having made the acquaintance of Barney and Pomp, now turned to Frank and "I am at your service." "There's the ship," said Frank, pointing toward the magnificent result of his two years' work, as it stood on a platform that had been pre pared for it. professor stared at the wonder in pro found silence for several minutes, and then turn ed to our hero and said: "I have conficence enough in your inventive skill to believe that you have invented everything necessary to the success of the expedition. But you will have to explain it to me. I never saw any of your inventions before, and so know noth in$ about this one. It looks like a wonderful p1ece of mechanism, and I presume it is," and he again turned and gazed at the airship, as it stood on the little platform It was, indeed, a wonderful piece ol mechan ism. As it stood there, it had the appearance of a little yacllt of some thirty feet in length, as trim and neat as any ever Jaunehed in the water. It had a depth of Eomething like four feet, with s cabin a midship, with two tall, slender masts ris' ing out of it some six or seven feet from the ends. At the bow was a farge, fan-like rudder for steering, and in the rear :was the propeller. But it was not so heavy. It was light, being made of thin layers of maple. Each layer was lai-d across the grain of the other and securely fastened, so there could be no ripping or split ting. Tho blades were curved to the proper degree to secure the greatest amount of speed. They made a circle 6f twenty feet when they re volved, reaching far below the bottom of the ship. But it was made to fold up when the ship was on the ground, and raised out. of the way. All this the professor took in at a glance, during which time the young inventor and his father kept their eyes riveted on him. "How much does it weigh, Mr. Reade?" he asked, after a-lapse of several minutes. .. "Just four hundred and seventy pounds," was -, the reply. Is that all?" "Every ounce." "Well, it looks as if it might weigh at least two thousand pounds." "So it does. But I had an eye to light weight all the time, and I think I have got it down so fine that an ounce could not be spared without injuring its strength." "I haven't a .douht of it," said the profel!t'lor. "How many persons can you carry in it?" That depends upon weight of the persons. 1'he lifting power forbids more than two thousand five hundred pounds, including the weight ef the ship. She can carry six or eight people of wetght, and supplies, with but little trouble. as there aro to be only four of us we will not to strain the lifting power to such an extent. Please tell me where the lifting power the professor asked. Certainly. Come on board, and we oan givo thl' Rhip a thorough overhauling," and he went to the starboard side, touched a spring, and an air,


E, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. tight door on that side OIJ(Ined, leaving a clear than 2,000 pounds, including the weight of the passage for them. ship and everything else, and as I said,a record of "Ah I that's a wonderful thing," exclaimed every pound must be kept." the professor. How nicely it fits in the !!ide I "That's business," said the elder Reade, "for Why, I can't even where it is jointed!" then you can always know how much power you "Of course not. You will see greater wonders have on hand." than that before you get through. Here's the "Yes, that's what I am aiming at," replied eabln. Plenty of room, you see, and warm beds Frank. that defy t be chilly atmosphere of the Pole. It "Stand on the scales there, professor, and let is to be heated by electricity, so that a ton of fuel me get your weight now." can be carried in a pound bottle." The professor steppeu on the delicately con" Ah, yes, so it can I That is condensing with structed scales, and tipped the beum at :ll1 a vengeance .-a ton of fuel in a pound bottle I" pounds. and the professor rubbed his hunds with un"Just one pound less than BarneY,," said Frank. feigned delight as he gazed around the little "Pompweighs139,andmyself125,whicbfoots527 cabin with its comfortable arrangements. pounds. We will need at least 25 pounds each of "Now here's the lifting power," said Frank, heavy arctic clothing, which will make another leading the way to the forward mast, a tall, slen100 pounds. Then come 600 pounds of pro cter rod of steel, so incased in frubber as to provisions; 100 for arms and ammunition, 80 for tools teet it from lightning. The mast extended twentyand 100 for extra materials for repairs-nil of five feet up, and rested in an inclosed chest Ill which sums up to 1,977 pounds, leaving a margin the bottom of the ship. of 533 pounds. The professor looked up at the miiSt in no little The professor was amazed at the minute calcu6Urprise. lations the young inventor had made, and glared "Why, that looks likEl a huge closed umbrella," at him in profound admiration. he said. "Have you provided against accidents?" he "Yes, it opens and shuts like one, save that it finally asked. revolves in opening. It's a rotascope-both are, "Yes, of ever{ kind," was the reply. and they revolve in opposite directions, so liS to "Well, then, am ready to start whenever you keep the ship steady in the air. are. But have you bought the proper clothing When they open their wings they spread into for that cold climate?" a circle of eighteen feet in diameter, and can "I have got everything for three. I thought make a thousand revolutions a minute. Here, I you would provide for yourself." will show you how it is done," and Frank went "So I did; I have the m In my valise. By the into the cabin and removed a lid from a mahogway, have you thought or the danger of the ehip any box. In that were a number of silver knobs, being covered with ice up in the air under certain cranks, and handles. Touching one of the knobs, conditions of tbe air1" both miiSts began to revolve. Powerful electric "Ob, yes. I have calculated that we will have batteries at their base furnished the power, and to beat the iee off every half hour, at certain sea in a few moments the great revolving wings besons, as well as pick icicles out of each other's gan to spread. They were made of the strongest hair." materials, on the principle of the wings of a "De good Lor' sabe us I" groaned Pomp, his wind-mill. eyeR growing as big as saucers. As ther, revolved they forced the wind down"The saints pertect us I" ejaculated Barney, wards w1th the rush of a cyclone. crossing himself. "Good heavens I" exclaimed the dumfounded "Look heah, Barney," said Pomp to the !fishprofessor; "such a.draught as that will give us our man in an underton e "whar dis heah flyin' ship death-colds before we can go one hundred er gwine?" miles from home." "Sorra a wan o' me knows," was the lugu-Frank laughed. brious reply. "You haven't seen all yet," he said. "Marse Frank is gettin' ready for er cold And touching another knob, a double-casing winter, suah." slid from both ends of the roof of the cabin, and Roight ye are, PQmp, an' its oice thoy talk formed a perfect shelter from the downward rush about the whoile." of air. Pomp gave a shudder as if a chilly blast from "Capital, capital!" exclaimed the professor ia the Pole had struck him. The thought of going unfeigned delight. "I never saw anything like into regions of eternal ice sent a cold stream it." down his spine that set his teeth chattering. "It wards oft the air without adding anything It's the most wonderful invention of the age, to the resistance," remarked Fmnk. Mr. Reade," said the professor, grasping Frank' s "Yes, I see it does." hand and shaking it heartily. "I see no reason The rotascopes revolved without lifting the ship why it should not be a perfect success in every from its moorings to enable the professor to respect. It will hand your name down to the Cl\toh the modus opmandi of its working. last generation of mankind." The cover was removed from the electric batpair of which stood at the base of each mast-that they might be seen. "There are four In all," said Frank, "two of which are kept in reserve for emergencies." remarked the professor. "You have remarkable foresight, Mr. Reade. I can perceive that." "ThankR, sir. Now come back into the cabin and sea the medicine-chest, provision-chest, and the place for arms, ammunition and clothing. llere's a place, also, for scientiflo instruments, oonvenient and handy. There's the apparatus for heating the cabin. Back there is the kitchen, where Pomp will cook everything by the same kind of heat." see hme,'' said the professor, "so much Jle<:g:icilby around is very dangerous, you know." I have got it alf under cover sc that happen." glad to hear that, for I don't care to get to atoms or shocked to death, even in the interest of science. I am very human after all, you seo." "Just my sentiments exactly," said Frank, laughing good-naturedly, "so I have taken good care to be on the safe side. You need not have any fears of death by electricity unless lightning should get aftor us, and I don't think lightning around the )forth Pole much." I should not. It is more complete of,'' said the professor. all yet. Here are scales on must be weighed. Our own recorded in a book, as well as Every pound of food consumed be weighed before being eaten, so tbat be ascertained in a few minutes how much lUting we have. We must always at least oOO pounds of spare power, to be uron when needed. If we have a lifting o 2,500 pounds, we must not put on more CHAPTER III. IN THE AlB. THE three men remained in the little ship yard, looking at and discussing the many points of the great air-ship, for over an hour. They were all with the vessel so far, and the professor was profuse in his expressions of admiration for it. They sat under the adjustable roof of the cabin, smoked cigars and talked of adventures in for eign lands. The professor was never tired of hearing Frank talk of his flying trip across the continent, and asked many questions about it. The young inventor answered them to the best of his ability, and laughed at many things that were brought back to mind inspeakingab. ut the trip. Barney and Pomp, seated on the edge ef the platform on which the ship rested, were silent listeners to all that was said. "I have made the North Pole a study for years," remarked the professor-" that Is, as well as one could study it who had never been there. I have read every book written bv Arctic ex plorers, and analyzed their stateme-nts, together with all the atmospheric phenomena, and have thus acquired some littlo knowledge about it. Of course I shall have the chance to learn more on this trip to the regions of eternal ice. I have longed to see the mountains of ice that float around in those silent seas. By being above them in the air I can let down cords and measure their height. They have been seen as big as and as high. You can judge of their size when I say that there is five times as much under the water as floats above it." Both Barney and Pomp groaned aloud on the platform. The thought of such a region of ice made them feel sick. "Bress de Lor"' said Pomp in an undertone, "l'se sick Barney an' how. Yguse'll hatter go 'widout suab." Be the powerq av darkness I" ney, "av yez don't go, it's mesilf wid de shmall-pox, begorra." Frank burst into a hearty laugh, overheard them, and said: "See here, \Te can't go without What's the matter with you any way? I ever take you where I couldn't bring you We wont feel the 'cowld,' Barney, becausft will have plenty of warm clothes, and a jug of beating fluid alon9,." "Begorra, thin, said Barney, "I'll be aftheP goin' wid you to the ither ind av the wurntld." "Oh, I know you will. And how about you, Pomp?" "l'se er gwine, {o, Marse Frank," was the reply of the faithful black. "Of course you are. I never went anywhere. without you, and I don't inttmd to. When yol.l get too old to travel, I'll settle down and talk yol.l both to death." Pomp chuckled and Barney grinned, and both made up their minds to go with the expedition. "You must say nothing about when we are going to any one, understand." u Yes, sah.'' "Niver a worrud will I spake," said Barney. "We don't want a crowd of people coming iu on us to see us," said Frank, "at least, notinside the yard here." "No. I would rather not be bothered with a crowd,'' said the professor. "When can we get. off?" "In a few days," replied Frank. "We have to\.... make a purchase of supplies and other things." '11t "Very well. I'll run down to Chicago and get the few thiDgs I need, and then return." "I'll go down with you," said Frank, mako my purchases at the liame time. We start to-morrow." It was thus arranged, and the ship was left in charge of Barney and Pomp, to guard until every thing was in readiness for the start. The next morning Frank and the professor went to Chicago and made their purchases. Two days later they returned, the goods having been sent by express. Two more days were spent in putting things in their proper places. Then Frank sent out word to the people of Readestown that the Eagle," which was the name he had given the air-ship, would start for the North Pole at noon the next day. The most intense excitement prevailed tqrough out the town, and l!undreds of his friends rushed to his house to dissuade him from going to his death," as they culled the movement. The.r besieged his house in swarms. My friends," said the young inventor, in a little speech to them from the steps of his house, I know what I am doing. There is no more danger in this expedition than in my former ones. We will come back all right, I hope, and with information that will put a stop to future ex ploring voyages, wb.ich prove so disastrous to human life. That is our object, and we hope to. accomplish it. We have built a ship that will take us over the icebergs which have been so fatal to all Arctic explorers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind intentions, but you can rest assured that your fears are entirely groundless. We shall return as well and safe as. weare now." The crowd cheered their famous young towns man, and in a little while they went back to their homes to think over ;this new venture of the young inventor. The next day was the eventful one of the expedition. It had been all over th6' country the night before that they would start. The country was electrified from one end lo th& 0ther, and telegrams laden with good wishes came pouring in some two or three hours befor& they were to start. But they were too busy to pay any attention tO< telegrams. Barney and Pomp had taken leave of their friends, and had everything on board. They only waited for Frank and the professor. Frank was taking leave of his wife, children and parents, and the professor was waiting for him. At last Frank made his appearance in the shipyard, his cheeks wet with tears, and said to the professor: "I am ready now. The sooaer we get away the better." "Yes-leave-taking is sad and painful tlmes." They entered th'l ship, closed the side-door. and looked around. Everything was in readiness. Frank set the powerfql electric batteries In mo tion. The rotascopcs began revolving in opposite directions.


FRANK READE JR., IN THE they tur.ned, till it seemed t1nwn"'"'rt1 rush of wind would crush in the cabin. p exclaimed : I" to ascend. And ascended mpidly when she started. Up a few hundred feet in the air the party looked down over the town, and saw Lhflt the whole population had turned out to wave them a good send off. Handkerchiefs waved everywhere, and a roar of hearty cheers callle up to thorn as they as cended higbee and higher above the town "How high will we go?" the professor asked, a little tremulously. About a half mile er so, and then we will strike a due north course," was the reply. That altitude was soon reached, and then the bow of the ship was turned northward, and the propeller wheel in the stern oogan to revolve. The professor f

6 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. He looked at the black brute, now still in death, the trout and bear-steaks disappeared would and gave a shudder. have created a panic in an ordinary boarding" I don't think I could," he said; "I'm afraid house. 1'he professor was prevailed on to try a I've had all my appetite scared out of me." piece of the bear-steak. He barely tasted it at Frank laughed. first. Then he cut of!' a good "chunk" and "Oh, that will come back to you by the time chewed on it. you get the fragrance of the coffee anp. steaks. "It's good," he said. In a short race .I'd like to back you against all Then have a slice and your revenge at the eomcrs for all I am worth. I never saw such sarue time," suggested Frank, placing a big slice running on two feet in my life before." on his plate. "Don't laugh," said pro[essor; "wait till Thus the man of science, for the first time in his Yes; and therefore a dangerous counter all alone." Oil, yes. He would have been an tomer in a hugging match. Do you thing about fire-arms, professor?" Oh, yes. I used to fish and hunt was a youth." Well, you should go armed all the time when traveling. You don't know when or how you may be attacked." I was thinking of that. The truth is, I 11m not half as brav as I thought I was," and the professor looked sad as he made the confession. to-rcorrow, I will laugh with you, maybe," and life, partook of a meal of wild game in the wild he sat down and tried to regain his composure woo ds of the West. 1'he Situation was a novel and breath at the same time. one to him, and he enjoyed it to the fullest ex" You had better go back to the ship, and take tent ol his capacity for such enjoyment. CRAFTER VI something to brace you up," suggested Frank. The supper over, the party lit pipes, and THE PROFESSOR ovERBOA.RD IN THE AIR. "You are not used to such violent exercise, I proceeded to enjoy a quiet smoke before retiring. BARNEY ::;oon called them to breakfast, and guess." For two hours Lhe young inventor entertained they hastened to respond to the call, for they "Well, no; I confess that I am not. I was the professor with stories of his adventures with were hungry. never chased by a bear before, and hope I never his various inventions, and never did he have a :Pomp had prepared another savory meal of fish will be again;" and he rose to his feet and acmore attentive listener. The man of scilmce was and bear-steak, and the best coffee in the world companied tile young inventor back to the ship, interested in tile new life he was leading, and it added to tile attractions of the table. Both sat whilst Barnev and Pomp proceeded to cut off the seemed as if he had entered a new "'orld alto-down and ate with ravenous appetites. hams of the hear. gather. The m(lal over, they lost no time in preparaWhen the hour for retiring came, Frank showed ing to leave. CHAPTER V. the professor the berth he was to occupy, and I Barney and Pomp quickly replaced ev\rything, THE PROFESSOR MAKES A CONFESSION. then placed Barney on guard for the first half and when Frank c!llled out All aboard," they ON the way back to the ship, Frank picked up of the night. sprang in and took their usualse!lts. one of the large trout the professor had caught, "Why keep guard?" the professor asked. The young inventor then set the of and said: This is not a hostile country." the powerful electric batteries in motion. A mo:You were having splendid sport when Bruin Why did you run from the bear?" asked mentor two later the rotascopes began to recame up?" Frank. "This is not a hostile country." volve. As they revolved they opened their wings "Yes; never had such glorious sport in my The professor laughed, and said: t<> catch the breeze. Then the adjustible roof life," returned the professor. "They bit as fast "I give it up. You have the advantage of slid forward from off the cabin, and turned the as I cast my hook." me." rush of air from the boat below. "What did you do with the rod and tackle?" "Well, I make it a rule to keep a guard on post "Up sh'l goes!" cried Pomp, as the ship rose The professor looked at Frank in a quizzical whenever I am in a strange region, this. It's from the earth and began to mount up in the sort of way for a moment or two, and answered: a wise precaution, I think." air. \._ "I believe I had a big fish hung to it when you "Yes, indeed. I shall sleep better knowing the "Why, we are drifting right over the lake called to me to look out. I was so terrified at camp is guarded by a brave man," and he gave cried the professor, in no little alarm. seeing the bear right there by me, and hearing Barney a look that made the jolly, good-natured He had quite forgotten himself. him growl, that I think I dropped tho pole and Irishman swell up almost to bursting. "Yes," said Frank. "We shall be out over the took to my heels. The fish may have it yet." Pomp glanced at Barnt>y when the professor ocean too, when we reach it. You are not afraid,. I guess he has," laughed Frank; but, no made the remark, and saw the effect of his WQrds. are you?" 1 matter. We have plenty more. I have calcuA broad grin swept around his black face ns he '' Oh, no. If you can stand it, I am sure I lated for such accidents in a voyage of this caught Barney's soldier-like posing, and whiscan." kind." pered: "Glad to hear you say that," said our, "I am sorry I didn't catch him," remarked the "Doan' bust your biler, Barney." "for I can assure you that I think as much of professor, "as he was larger than the others." "Begob I" returned Barney, "it's -a naygur as my life as you do of yours." "The largest flsh always escape," said Frank, kapes no biler," and he strutted off toward the "Yes, of course. I &ometimes forget things I laughing. "When I was a boy, and went fishlake to refill a bucket of water. should remember." ing, the biggest fish alwayil got away somehow. Nothing occurred during the night to disturb "We aU do that." If I 'hung' one and missed him, he always their slumbers, and they awoke with the birds the The morning was bright and clear. The sun seemed twice as large as any I landed." next morning, greatly refreshed. They also aros(l was just gilding the tree-tops, when the air-ship The professor laughed, and admitted that his with appetites that were simply ravenous. soared above them. Its reflection on the leaves boyish experience was very lile his. "What have you for breakfast, Pomp?" Frank and grass caused the dew-drops to gUtter and "Of course, and so is every man's who ever asked. sparkle like millions of diamonds. went fishing in his youth. However, coming "Trout an' b'ar steak, sah." "What a beautiful sight I" ejaculated the proback to pres9nt times, this fine trout will be ltll "Very good. Give us plenty of it, and we'll be fessor, gazing in rapt admiration at the scene we want for supper in the way of 11sh. We will satislled-eh, professor?" below. have some bear-steak, you know?" "Yes, more than satisfied. Why, where did Beautiful indeed," remarked Frank, "No "Yes; but I am not sure that I shall be able to you get those fine trout?'' painter can equal that on canvas." eat any of it, after my experience with the "Outen de lake, sah," answered Pomp. "No. Nature is the artist of all artists," said beast." The professor glared at f0ur large trout flounthe professor. "Th9re'B where you are wrong, professor." dering in the grass near the camp, and seemed The Eagle continued to mount higher and "How so?" enchanted with them. higher, and then started off in a northern direc" You should eat heartily of the bear-steak, in "Give me some ba. it I" he exclaimed, snatchtion, straight as the crow flies. revenge for the scare he gave you." ing up the rod, and preparing to try his haul at "We ought to see the great lakes some time to" Revenge I I never cultivate a feeling of reangling for trout again. day," remarked our hero, as he looked at the venge against anything. It's foreign to my "De bale is in de box,sah." said Pomp, pointing grand view ahead. very nature." to a small tin attached to the rod by a small l hope so. I am anxious to sP.e them from "Well, then, go in on the Indian principle-cord. this elevation. I know it must be a grand that he who eats heartily of boor-meat will never The professor started off in a trot toward the sight." again be afraid of one." lake, scarcely fo1ty rods away from the camp-fire. Frank and the profeBilor were together, enThe man of science looked hard at the y0ung He was full of a sportsman's enthusiasm over the gaged in conversation, nearly all the forenoon. inventor for a minute or two, and said: certain prospect before him of bagging several Pomp, who went on guard at midnight, and "You are making game 0f me, roy frimd, befine trout before breakfast. cooked breakfast at snnrise, fell asleep in his cause of my ignorance." "Look out for bears, professor 1" called out seat, and soon rolled in a heap on the bottom, or Frank burst out laughing again, and extending Frank, when the man of science was about half floor of the ship. his hand to the professor, said: way to the spot where he had fished tbe evening Barney could not resist the temptation to have "But I would never do so in tho presence of before. a little fun at his expense. third parties." Ugh I Lord bless me I" ejaculated the proThere was a coil of rope lying near by the head The professor grasped his hand and pressed it fessor, leaping aside, dropping the tackle, and of the sleeper. It was what is called a grass warmly. preparing to run for dear life. But on looking rope, very strong aud durable. "Don't forget one thing, though, professor-around he beheld, instead of a huge black bE"ar, One end of the rope was loose, or frayed, and and that is, thatwhatone man cnn do another can, Frank and the two servants laughing at him. looked somewhnt like a brush. or very near it. By keeping that idea in view, you For a moment he was quite angry, and was on Barney took up the end of the rope, and gently will save yourself from appearing odd or timid the point of making his 1mger known, when he dragged it acrofls the black face of the sleeper. under trying circurustances. Keep cool as long as was startled by hearing a growl in the edge of The effect was electrical. you see others doing so. Let somebody else get the timber on his left. A glance in that direcPf>mp struck a vowerful blow at it, thinking seared first." tion revealed to his astonished vision an enorsome enormous bug had dropped down upon By this time they reached the ship, where mous black bear, the mate, perhaps, of the one him. But he was only half awake, and in another Pomp had built a fire and had water boiling ready that had been killed the evening before. moment he was fast asleep again-sounder than for coffee or tea. Frank led the way into the His anger disappeared in a moment; fear took before. s:hip, and went to the medicine-chest and took possession of him and lent wings to his feet. He Again Barney dragged the ragged end of the out a bottle of cordial, which he handed to the dropped everything and made a break for the rope across his face, and the elaborate grin that professor, saying: camp, leaping clear over the flm ere he stopped. illumined the face of the sleeping son of Ham "Take a swallow of this. It will do you "Crack 1" went Frank's UDA!Ting rifle, and a caused a loud laugh to burst from his tormentor. good." bullet in his brain caused the brute to roll over This was repeated several times, and the h11arty The man of science took the bot.tle, the ad vice in the throes of death. laughter of the Irishman caused Frank to ask: and the medicine, and felt the good effects of it in "That settled him. Come here, professor, and "You are having a flue time out there, Barney, a very few minutes. His respect for the young let's go and have a look at him." are you not?" inYentor Wits continuously on the increase, findProfessor d-rimm marched boldly up to the "Bedad, sor, it's a .worruld av fun," he aPing him equal to every emergency. bear, accompanied by Frank, and stood over him, swered, drawing the end of the rope acrO'ls The supper that evening was one they all ena silent witnt>ss of his death-struggles. Pomp's fa<.>e again. joyed. l'hey had splendid appetites, and the way "He ls a big one," remarked Frank. His laughter caused the professor to lP.ave


FRANK READE, JR., lN THE CLOUDS. '1 go to the rear of the cabin and look tne two He saw how it wns, and a broad nvornri> his face be caught sight of thtl ot Pomp's physiognomy. He out there and stood over the sleeper, laughing till he had to hold his sides, at the grimaces that swept from side to side of Pomp's face. He stepped on the coil of rope, and by and by his right foo\ WOJ'ked through 1t to the floor, as l.Js moved a little to give the sleever room to '3quirm. Barney drew the end of the rope back and forth over Pomp's face, for the delectation of the pro fess.or as well as himself, and the unconscious dar key squirmed as if wrestling with a first-class cramp coho At last it proved too much for the iron nerves of the sleeper. He gave a sudden start-kicked up both feet in the air with such force as to hoist the professor bodily over the side of the ship. A wild yell burst from the professor as he went overboard, which was echoed by Barney in an Irish sq11awk that could have been heard miles away. A moment later a yell burst from Pomp. "Ugh I Lef go dar, I tole yer !"cried Pomp, as he felt himself being drawn overboard by some. unseen power. All three yelled in unison, and Frank dashed outside the cabin to find the professor dangling in the air some twenty or thirty feet below, held by the rope which had become entangled around his leg, and Pomp entangled in the balance of the coil trying to keep from being drawn after him. My God I" he exclaimed, springing forward Hd clutching the rope in time to save both Pomp nd the professor. "Help, here, Barney I Help, uick! Hold hard, Pomp I Keep your grip, rofessor !" glared at Barney as though he were the ghost of some old African king. "Look heah, Ramey," said he, shaking his woolly head," what's dat yer givin' me, eh?'' "Sure, an' don't yez know the taste av it? It's the blessed truth Ivery toime, ye black naygur." Pomp was getting angry. The mystery was getting deeper and deeper every moment. He was on the point of giving vent to his anger, when Frank called out to him to come inside a moment. He promptly re sponded, and in another minute was attendingto some detail assigned him by the young inventor. In the meantime, the professor was having a hard time of it. 'l'he terrible shock to his nerves proved more serious than was -at first suspected. He remained quite a while in an unconseious state, despite Frank's efforts to revive him. When he did come to, he 'vas not free from the idea that he was still dangling in the air, nearly a mile above the earth. "You are all right now, professor,'' said Frank, in re-assuring tones, as soon as he thought he was In a condition to understand what was be ing said to him "Eh I" he answered, looking up at the young hero and then glaring wildly around the cabin. "Where am I? Ugh I Save me I Pull me upquick!" -"You are all right now-all right, professor!" Another glance around the cabin finally told him where he was. He looked hard at Frank for a minute or two, and said: My God I it was horrible!" "Yes-a very narrow escape," was the reply; "but you are all right now, you see. We pulled you back on board again, and now you are all right." The professor gave a Rhudder, and said: CHAPTER VII. "I am weakened su much that I don't believe A NARROW ESCAPE AND ITS EFFECT. I can stand On my feet." THE situation was an appalling one. "No douj:lt it was a terrible shock," returned The air-ship was at least a half mile above the Frank. "You must lie here and rest till you feel earth. better. 1 will give you an opiate to make you If the rope should slip and escape from Frank's sleep and quiet your nerves." hold, Profeto the cabin, I'll put you off, if I have to leave you on au icewhore he deposited him on the bed. berg." There was a look of trouble on Pomp's face. ", thin," said Barney, Jaug,hing goodAn undefined fear rested on his soul for which naturedly, "I'll love the naygur wid all me he could not account. Exactly what had hapsow!." pened he did not know. He had been suddenly "See that you do, and dwell together in unity awakened by l:>eing pulled overboard by the rope to the end of the trip." entangled around his legs, a thing he could not "Unity-unity-unity," muttered Barney to understand, try as hard a11 he may. That he had himself, as Frank walked back into the cabin. been in very great peril he well knew, and what "Sur'l au' its mesilf as is puzzled to know phat puzzled him was lack of knowledge as to what itis,atall,atall." caused it. "Oh, course yer don't know," said Pomp, with When he came out of the cabin, where he had just a slight tinge of contempt in his tone and left Frank in charge of the unconscious professor, manner. "Dat means yer mus' behabe yerself, he looked hard at Barney, and asked: it does," and he looked as wise as a serpent as he What's you done gone an' done, Barney?" delivered the definition. Barney smiled a broad grin, and said : "Begob, thin, av yer don't moind it yersilf it's "Faith, an' it's yesilf has done It, Pomp." overboard yez'll go some foine noight in yer "Done what?" slape. Faith, an' I'm thinkin' yer will, av Mr. "Thrower! 'im overboard, hegob." Frank don't tie yer down to the floor." Pomp's eyes stretched as big as saucers. He "Go away wid yer nonsense, Barney. Ef yer doan' mind yer business when I'm er-snoozin', yer'll git kicked overboard yerself, suah." "Bedad, aloively naygur yer are whin yer slape," replied Barney, laughing in spite of him self as he thought of Pomp's grimaces and con tortions whenever he drew tha ragged end of the rope across his face. The way 11e lifted tbp un suspecting professor with his feet almost threw him into convulsions. Barney's laugh finally became contagious, alld the first thing Pomp knew he was lau,.hing with him, and enjoying the thing equaUy as much. The day passed, and the professor slept through the greater part of it. The strong opiate FrlWlk had given him had a wonderfully effect on him. He came to about sunset, and th('n got up and sat out on deck, where he could get the fresll breeze. He was pale and weak, but otherwise all right. "How do you feel now?" our hero asked. "Very well, thank you;" but there was no smile on his face. The shock was too great for him to feel much like laughing yet awhile. "You'll be all right by morning," said Frank. "Take a light supper and a smoke, and then you'll feel much better." He was feeling hungry then, for he had eaten no dinner that day. The savory odor that came from the kitchen, where Pomp was preparing supper, whetted his appfltite to a keen edge. When supper was announced he was prompt to respond, and from the way he ate, Frank was satisfied that he was all right. As it was clear and still, Frank concluded to push on and travel all night if he could, and thus gain one day's distance in the trip, The pro fessor made no objection, and so the >tir-ship con tinued on the way as the stars carne out. CHAPTER VIII. ON THE SHORE OF LAKE SUPEI!IOR, WHEN the dews of the summer night began to dampen their clothing, Barney was placed at the engineer's seat, with instructions to keep her going in a due north course. Don't bother with anything else," cautioned Frank. All you have to do is too keep her on her course. The batteries will do their work and keep her going. At midnight, call me up, and I will see how things are." "Faith, an' I will," said Barney, and then tltey all retired to sleep. At midnight Frank arose and saw that every thing was going on smoothly, and then set Pomp to relieve Barney, who retired to his berth to sleep. When daylight came they were over th e west eyn end of Superior. Away on the right, far beyond the range of vision, the great inland sea extended. By means of a powm;ful glass they could see vessels of every descri ptlon going in different directions. "We can't stop anywhere for breakfast this morning," remarked Frank, as he handed the glass to Professor Grimm. "There's no place, and I don't care to settle down in the water." "I guess you are right, though I don't know much about it," said the professor "I would like to get down on solid ground once more "Oh, you want to walk back borne, do you?" "No, sir," replied Grimm with no little dignity. I am going with you as far as you go, and see tho thing through. I am not in the habit of back ing out of anything I embark in "I beg your pardon, professor; I really didn't mean to oi'rend you." "Oh, I aware of that, and am not offended I don't think you would intentionally do anything to offend me." "I am Rlad you have got that down fine," said Frank, "for l would as soon think of wrecking the ship as intentionally offending you." "I believe you," and the professor extended him his hand, which Frank grasped and warmly shook. Late in the afternoon theY' came in sight of the northern shore of the great lake, where a spleu did white beach stretched back some distance to a deep forest. Frank instantly made up his mind to settle down there and camp until the next morning. He wanted to stop as often as possible, so as to kill game for present use, aud thus save his st.ore of provisions for the Arctic regions. So he steered the course of the ship to that point, and in less than a half hour they were settled down within fifty yards of the water of the greatest lake in the wor l d. Professor Grimm spmng out and strutted It bout like one who did really love old mother earth. "Ah I it makes me feel good to be on solid gronn{} again," he exclaimed. "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp, as he stepped out after him. The professor wheeled on the darkey, and said: "Yes-you were really glad to kick me out yes


8 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. tery the eagle. In another instant both went shrieking through the air to ward mother earth. CHAPTER X. A PERILOUS DESCENTNEARING THE FROZEN REGIONS OF THE NORTH POLE. 1'HE suddenness of the disaster fairly took Franlc's breath away. He was appalled. The professor groaned. Barney yelled. But the young inventor was so convulsed with horror that he stood like one in a trance. 1'he gun fell from his hands, and be _glared at t:1e fast disappearing man and eag l e, whOSi shrieks and screams came back to him like accus ing voices from the other side of the grave. At last he fonnd his voice. "My God 1" be groaned. "The poor fellow Is killed I" "Ob, wirra, wirra, wirra 1" moaned Barney. "Dad 'cess to the day. God rest his sow!." The professor was overcome with horror and sat down, his face as white as a sheet. Frank leaned over and looked down toward the eartl1. He could see the great eagle with outstretched


.-. "RANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. wings, struggling dE>sperately to free himself, and also hear his screams. But he ;vas going down through the air at a terrific rate. Pomp was evidently holding on to his feet with a death less grip. PoOL' fellow I" groaned Frank, his eyes filling with tears. "It's an awful death to die I God help him." Down, down both Pomp and the eagle. Filled with horror at his doom, the poor fellow held on to the eagle. Just why he did so he himself didn't know. It may have been that to hold to anythinfJ. then was a precious boon. Drowning men wLll grasp at a straw, and a man whirling through space would be apt to do tbe same thing. J:le that as it may, he beld on, and at times the tremendous etrorts of the eagle to freE." himself almost checked the downward speed of both. The immense wings of the bird had great lifting power, and he could doubtless have flown away with a sheep; but Pomp's weight was too much for him. Nearer and nearer the earth they came, and Pomp looked down to see which particular spot he would reach in a shapeless mass of flesh and broken bones. Just before they struck the earth the engle made a supreme effort, and flapped his great wings as he never did be{ore. The effort checked the force of the fall to such a degree that when Pomp struck the ground he merely fell and roll ed over, as though he had simply made a leap and stumbled. .But he released his hold on the eagle, which uttered a shrill scream and soared upward again. Pomp was upon his feet Rgain in a moment, full of JOY, as well as of amazement, over his es cape. "Glory to God I" he shouted, and then he began to dance a regular breakdown, and to fling his arms about like one wild with joy. "Good Lord I" exclaimed Frank, up in the ship. The poor fellow is not killed I The eagle must have broken his fall! Barney I professor I Look at him I Rnd he sprang to the engineer's 11eat, and reversed the electric machinery. The ship at once veered round and began to down. In ten minutes the ship settled down, and Frank sprang out and caught Pomp in his arms. Thank God I" he exclaimtld. I thought you were gone for good, Pomp I" "Yes, sah I I did too, but de eagle belt me up. Hi, Barney, yer Irisher I Yer cain't do dat, Be the powers, yer wouldn't do it yersilf again, I'm thinking," responded Barney, as he wrung the black's hand. "Dat's er fac'," grinned Pomp. "It's dretrul bad, it is, suRh." The professor congratulated him in th heart iest manner, and then they settled down to let nerves recover from the terrible stmin they had been to. Aft11r an hour's rest they resumed the JOUrney, and nothing more of inter est occurred for aome time. Ten days p:tssed; they were a long way on their trip. The air was much colder than they had ever experienced at that season of the year, and all of them had to fut on heavier clothing to guard against any il effects of the cold. "What sheet of water is that out there on our right?" Professor Grimm asked, after having gazed silently in that direction for min utes. "I guess it's Hudson's Bay," replied Frank," as that is the only very largo sheet of water on the map hereabouts." Surely we are not so far north a11 that!" ex claimed the pnofessol', in no little surprise. "I guess we are," said Frank. "We have been out some ten days, you know." "Yes-and we must have come nearly 3,000 miles in that time. Get your quadrant and let's take our benring, Mr. Reade. We ought to make sure of our position." "Yes-\VO are in a good position to take it, too," and our hero hastened to get his instrument and m'\ke calculations. As he called out the number .. the professor put them down, and then they pro-1eeded to make out the total. An exctf.roation of surprise burst from the pro fessor. "Why, we are up to the 62d degree of lati tude I' he exclaimed. "We have been traveling along the west shore of Hudt>on's Bay all night long." That's so," assent"d Frank, "and that puts us in three or four degrees of the Arctic Circle," "Yes. I don't wonder at it's being cold." "What's dat Arktick I, llfarse Frank?" Pomp asked. Frank looked at the professor, and then at the i6ble questioner. "You had better answer that question, pro fessor," he remarked. Of course. That was in the professor's line, and he was glad to get hold of some one to wllom he could expound his theories. He began, and gave the son of Ham a learned disquisition on the divisions of the earth, and the theory of lati tude and longitude. Pomp listened with a puzzled expression on his black face that plainly indicated that what the professor was saying was all Greek to him. Frank could not repress a smile, and finally said: Professor, you have got him out over his depth. Pomp is more mystified than ever, and doesn't understand a word you are "Eh? What? Bless my soul, is that so?" "Yes,sah," promptly answered Pomp. "Dat's all Dutch ter mEl, suab.'' Frank burst Into a hearty laugh. "Excuse me," sai

10 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. Crack l went another shot, and another one was wounded The same revolting scene was repeated, and the number of wolves kept increasing. ln the greatest alarm the professor continued to fire, and, strange to say, he brought down a woU at every shot. At last, as Barney, Pomp and the young in ventor appeared, after having dispersed the brutes out in the woods, the few remaining ones l in front of the ship took to their heels Hurrah for the professor!" crie<.l Frank, anxious to encourage the man of science in the ex>Srcise of physical courage. Barney and Pomp took it up, and made the welkin ring with cheers "You did splendidly, professor," said Frank, as he came up and shook him by the hand. "I did think you an arrant coward when you ran uilt up a splendid camp fire, they were under the necessity of leaving 1t. There were too many dead brutes around to make a longer stay in that place anything like a comfortable one. In a few minutes they were :all in the ship and rising up in the air. The sun was not quite down behind the horizon, and they were thus enabled to look well for another open place where they could encamp for the night. That place was soon found about seven miles further up the coast, where they settled down near the shore of the great bay. I think we can rest in peace here," said Frank, as he stepped out on to the white saud of the beach. I don't see any wild beasts about," remarked the professor, looking cautiously around toward the WOiildS. There are none here, I guess," Frank sai<.l. Build up a fire as soon as you can, Pomp." "Yes, sah," and the brave old darkey lost no time in gathering the wherewith to make the fire. Barney aided him, and in a little while a roar ing fire was boo mini';' where a fire was, perhaps, never before kindled That night they feasted on bear-steaks and fish, and ate to their heart's content. No Figns of any wild bea,;t disturbed them, and wben they retired to their berths, Barney remained on post armed with rille, knife and revolver. The night passed, however, without any dis turoonce, and they ate an early breakfast in order to make an early start. We will cross the Arctic Circle to-day," re wa.rked Frank. "Yes, and every day after this will be colder than the one before it, too," said the professor. Of course, for we are getting further and further away from the sun." HPomp." "Sah?" "Cook up as much as you can of that ham. We may need it before we get any more." "Yes, sah," and the faithful fellow went to work to do as he was told In cooking the breakfast that morning Pomp I threatenfld instant destruction to the ship, caused put up enough cooked bear-steaks to last the a thrill to run through all on board. Professor party at least three days, and then packed the Grimm held his brooth, and Pomp and Barney others away for future use. glared in horror at the iceberg. "How much does all that weigh, Pomp?" our But the daripg young inventor held steadily to hero asked of the cook. tho silver crank that controlle<.l the battery, that "I dunno, sah." moved the rotascopes, and mentally calculated "Well, weigh it and let me know." the time and distanoo. It was shod, quick work, Pomp weighed it and reported: and the danger was so great that the bott0m of One hundred and sixteen po11nds, sah." the boat knocked a quantity of off the top. "Very well Keep a record of e\ery pound, so of the iceberg. we may know just how much extra lifting power Every one on board felt the jar, but as the galwe have on hand." !ant ship soared on higher and higher, they drew a "Yes, sah." long breath of relief, and knew that the danger He put it on tbe record, and then, everything was past being in readiness, he set the rotascopes m mo"Golly, Barney!" exclaimed Pomp," dat was tion, and in another minute they were t:ising in er close call, suah," and he shivered as if his the air. teeth were about to be rattled out of his head. The morning was bright and clear, and on the "Bedad, an' so it was," replied Barney. "Phat right they could see the great bay stretching do e s it mane, anyhow?" away beyond the range of vision, and on the left "What?" the illimitable wilrlerness spread out toward the "That ould oiceberg up hyer SQ hoigh?" west, as if to cover the earth to the setting sun. "Dat iceberg didn't come up heah, Barney. It was a grand solitude Jay beneath them. De Rhip went down .dar whar it was." No town or city could they see. On the bosom Barney looked overboard, and saw nothing but of the great deep they saw no ships or other a white 11eld of fine snow. The water and ice sail. bergs could not be seen, of course. "It's a dreary-looking country," the professor "Phat doe10 a naygur know?" he said, look remarke<.l. ing contemptuously at Pomp. "Sure, an' aren't It is, indeed, and I guess it's more so further we a moile above the wather?" north The whole region is not worth the life of Pomp giggled. one good man. Yet hundreds have been sacri"Barney," he said, "ye ain't ripe yet. Ax flced iu trying to find out the mystery of the Marse Frank, an' he tole yer dat we dowiJ. open Polar Sea.." dero close by de water, suah. We am h1gh up "Yes, but the human mind will nev0r rest now. Doan' yer go for ter git skeered now, satisfied till that mystery is cleared up," added 'cause I ain't gwine ter hol' yer if yer does." the professor, "and, unless we succeed in this By the piper that played afore Moses!" hissed expedition, hundreds of more lives will be sacriBarney, as he saw that Pomp was making fun flced." of him," av yez grin ag'in, I'll jump down yer "Oh, yes," assented Frank," because the' pc;ol throat 1" killer' is locked up, you know." Pomp grinned from ear to ear, and shook his Professor Grimm laughed, and the conversation head, saying: turned to other subjects. "Dis chile kick while man overboard mid his Th"l day passed, and night came on. Below foot. Ef I butt youse one time, Barney, whai was a sheet of water which did not look very inyer be, eh?" viting as a resting-place, so they kept on, and Barney had had experience enough with sailed all night long. The air was cold-very Pomp's head to keep away from it. He turned cold-and they had to put on heavier clothing toaway, and hugged his Arctic overcoat closer tQ ward midnight. his body. When morning came again they were still sailProfessor Grimm was almost sick from there-ing over water, and the leade!l sky overhead action of emotions. He had faced 1\ peril thai threatened to send snow or somE.'thing worse, on instant destruction to all on board. lJYerything below The danger called up all the terrors that come to "I wonder where we are now," the professor one in the presence of death. The escape was said, toward the expanse of water as sudden as the peril was, and the rapid reac ,---belo\v, tion of feeling almost prostrated him. He "That's more than I can say," said our hero. pa!Hd in the face, and staggered to a seat. "We can't take observations till the sun comes Frank knew what ailed him at a glance, and out." sprang forward and caught him by the arm. "That's so. I guel!s it won't come out to"I say, professor," he exclaimed, "let's have day." a drink on that l It was neatly done, wasn't it?" "No. It's going to snow. I see a few flakes "Yes," gasped the man of science, as he sank Jlying now." down on the seat. Pomp and Barney gave a shudder as they saw He was too weak to stand up. Frank had him small particles of snow flying By and by they a half a glass of brandy in a moment. began to fall faster, and in another hour the ship "l!er!?,Clrink this. It'll drive out the cold was cutting her way through a furious, blinding The professor swallowed it at a gulp, and the sn"w-storm. effect was all tbat Frank could have wished. It Frank had to steer by the compass, and he \Yas good strong brandy, and its very strength kept her heade<.l towar<.l the north with a steady was what did the work. h&nd. The professor revived in a minute or two, and The sno v fell so fast and thick that the earth remarked: below was completely hidden from view. It was "It was a narrow-very narrow escape, :Mr. simply white-everything was white-and cold. Reade." "Dis heah is mighty col' work, Barney," said "Yes; but nobody was hurt, you see," said Pomp, as he stood shivedng at his post. Frank. "Bedad, an' yez can say that same every "I am not sure of that ," was the roply. I toime," replied Barney "An' sure, it s cowldor think I was scared out of a year's growth, at it'll be More it gits warmer." least." "Dat's er fac'," and Pomp turned gloomily "Oh, I guess you have had all the growth awav to attend to his duties. you'll ever have, professor,'' sai<.l our hero, The day passed, and as the snow continued laughing. "You see, you are not used to these flying the ship could not settle down anywhere. things, like:the rest of us." In fact, they could not see any place to settle "Are you used to them?" he asked, with child down in. They were, therefore, forced to keep like innocence upon the wing through another long'bight. Oh, "Well, rather. We meet with narrow escapes how cold it was 1 very often on every expedition we go on." Before morning the snow ceased flying, "Well, I didn't know that. I hope we won't and the stars came out. But it was, if possible, have any more like that. colder than ever. "Wby, they are exhilarating. We wouldn't Just as tee sun was clearing away the shadows have any fun if we didn't have something of thQ of night, the young inYentor looked down and kind once in a while." discovered the dark-bluish water but a few hun"Deliver me from all such tun!" said the prod red feet below. Right in front of him, scarcely fessor, with a dismal shake of the head. a half mile away, was an iceberg-a "Ol1, you are not young, as I am!" and Frank veritable mountain of ice-aga;nst which tho laughed again, and went out to see how thing ship would dash in two minutes if not turned lool>ed. from its course. Even then the profesRor could not shake oft He dashed into the cabin, and set the rota-the tremor of the terrible fear that had swept scopes revolving at a double rate of ilpeed, and OYer him. He went to his berth and lay down. the ship began to rise. He felt weak and demoralized, and had no appe CHAPTER XIII. THE EFFECT !JF FRIGHT ON THE PROFESSOB. THE presence of the enormous iceberg j'ust in their front, with a solid, menacing look tite for his dinner. Frank could not help smiling, as he thought of the pallor on the professor's face just as the ship skimmed over the top of the iceberg. He did no t wish to hurt hib feelings, or he would have (


.. FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. 11 laughed loud and long. But be bad too much for the man of science to do that. But when be went out to see Pomp and Bacn e y 'he found them both very quiet, and doing their best to keep warm. Did you see the iceberg, Barney?" be asked. "Yis, sor, bud cess to it," was the prompt reply. "Big chunk of ice, eb?" "Yis, sor, it wur." Ever see one lik"'l it before?" l:ledad, an' I !lave." Frank. was stagf(ered. "W'bere?" be asked. "In ould Ireland, bedad." "Oh, I forgot. I have read that they use larger -ones than that in Ireland to keep liara cool on." "Sure, an' that's where it all wint to, begob. I niver got any oice for md whisky all the toime I wur in Ireland; the dart by &pal peens av loiars used it all up." Barney, give me your hand," said Frank, extending his hand toward th e jolly Irllihman. I 1esp ect an honest man wherever I see him." "Bedad, au' I'm that same," said Bawoy, giv1ng the young inventor a hearty shake of the tumtl. Frank turned to Pomp, and asked him what he thought of icebergs Dey ain't half ez big as some liars dat I knows, Marse Frank," said the old darkey. "Eh I Did you ever see a liar as big as that iceberg, Pomp?" the young inventor asked. "De Lor' bless yer heart, honey," said Pomp, grinning. "Dat ain't nuf!lu' 'longside dat Irisher. Ef yousfl see anudor one like dat, Marse Frank, jist let dat Barney speak ter it, an' he bust it all ter pieces, snub," and be grinned again from ear to ear. Frank indulged in a 1<-ud laugh at Barney's expense, and then said to both of them: "It was the closest cttll bad so far. We rubbed the top of it as we shot over it "I knows dat. Afore de Lor', Marse Frank, it done made my wool stan' up straight, suah." "Oh, you were scared too, were you?" "Yes, sah I Dis was er nigger." "How about Barney? Was he scared too, do :you think?" "Yes sub. De trufe was skeered onten 'im. 1)at Irisbe r won't nebber tell Qe trufe no mo'." Frank turne d and looked at Barn!'y. That im perturbable son o! Erin was wrapped up in his Arclic coat, bead and ears, and evidently didn't h oa r Pomp's remarks. When he raturned to the cabin our hero found the professor still on the bed, but be ha1 re gained his composure to a great extent. But he was stm concerned about the probable danger of meeling more icebergs, for he asked: "How high up are we?" "Ob \Ve are l'learly a mile up, I gueHs," ro l)lied Frank. don t rE)aCh quite that .bigh." "I should hope not. Can you keep up to that height?" "I don't know, but rather think I can. I don't ()are to remain up so high unless we make the attempt to get above the snow clouds." The professor glared a:t him and asked : Can you do that?" "Well, I have done it further south. I don't know how high these Arctic clouds run." That was food for thought with the professor. He lay there in deep study for some time. At fast P omp called all hands to dinner. The pro fessor bad no appetite, and did not eat. The fright he had received had broken him aU up for that day. But !:>y night he was himself again. The dark ness was intense. No light, save that in the little (Jabin of tbe ship, uot.ld be seen in any direction. Had there been any lights in that dreary region, the snow-storm would have prevented any view of them, no doubt. Yet it was a dreary lonesome night to our heroes. They were forced to keep on the wing, and to be on the alert to prevent accidents. Frank saw that he would have to remain awake all through the night, as he knew not how long the storm would continue. Fortunately, no wind blew alter the sun went down. But the snow came down steadily, and the cold increased in volume. Every half hour I Barney and Pomp had to shovel the snow out, using scoops and brooms, to prevent the accu mulation of snow weighing the ship down. The foroe of the wind made by the rotascopes swept the top of the cabin cl11ar of snow. It was im possible for snow to accumulate there or on the rotascopes. At lnHt, about midnight, the storm ceased, and the clouds broke away. The stars came cut clear and bright. Still no light could be seen below Everything bel.ow them was dark as Egypt. They coulu not even hear the sea. "We must be a good ways up," muttered Frank, as he listened to catch a sound of the waves dashing against the icebergs. Hut not a sound did he hear. Barney and Pomp, now that the snow had ceased falling, were allowed to go to bed In a little while, the daring young inventor was the only one on board who was awake. The hours flew slowly by, and at last the gray streaks of dawn began to illumine the east. It was then that he caught a glimpse of the dark blue sea nearly a mile below. Not until it grew lighter was he able to see the immense snow capped icebergs that floated lazily about in the bosom of the deep. Pomp was up before sunrise, preparing break fast and lookinp: suspiciously at the great icc bergs below. The intense cold caused him to shiver ev03ry time he had occasion to go out where the raw air could strike him. But be never failed in his work, and at tho regulation hour, to the very minute, he announced that breakfast was ready. CHAPTER XIV. AMONG THE IOEBERGS-HARPOO!'.'ING A SEAL. THE professor had regained his appetite; Pomp thought it a very ravenous one, for he car ried in coffee and hot rolls enough for four, in stead of two. }'rank always bad a goosor?" Frank asked of the man of science. I have thought a good deal about them," he answered, "yet I am not sure that I understand the full scope of your quesMon." "I meant to ask if you had given any thought of what finally became of those great mountains of ice-what disposition nMure made of them?" "Ab! I understand you now/ Yes. They wnn der around, sometimes lor years, in these !leas, accumulating in size all the time. But the cur. rents of the North seas set southward, and bv and by they float away toward the E>UU, and gradually return to sea-water again. Otherwise the whole North Sea would become one vast field of ice, and the sun would never see the face of tbe" water again." "You are right. These icebergs we are look' ing at are going southward to meet heat enough to melt them. Ah l there's a field of ice-cakes away out there. They have not stuck together long enough to make mountains of crystal water. We'll go there and take a look at it Frank changed tne course of the air-ship a little, and went in the direction of the field of floating ice be had seen. As they neared it he took out his spy-glass and took a squint at it "By George!" be exclaimed, "there are seals sunning on the ice I Just look at. them!" The professor took the glass and peered long and silently at the field of ice. He could see the dark spots scattered about on the ice, but oould not make out what they were. "How do you know they are seals?" hiT asked. Because I know they are not bits of ice, and that the seal is about the only animal we shall likely to find here, under such circumstances." ''Quite right," said the professor; "you reason wonderfully well, Mr. Reade,'' and ne handed the glass back to Frank, who too-" another look at the seals. But they soon lessened the distance so as to see the seals with the natural eye. There were b undreds of them, and they were resting in per fect security many miles away from land. Pomp ant:l Barney gazed down at them in awe-stricken wonder, for some of them were big, ugly-IQoking fellows, that appeared to be able to destroy a full grown man with the greatest ease. "Can't we get one of them?" the professor asked. "Not now,'' was the reply. "Why not?" "There's no place for us to land." "Why not settle down on the ice itself?" "For a very good reason." "Pray, what is it?" The bottom of the .ship might freeze to the ice and hold us there." "A very good reason, I am sure," said the pro fessor. I am learning fast, you see." "Yes; antl you are a very good scholar. give you>\ certificate when we return south,'' both indulged in a quiet little laugh over matter. "You are getting down quite close to 'em," said the professor, a little later. "Yes; I waut to give 'em a good scare." The ship slowly settled down toward the field of floating ice. The seals evidently heard the noise of the revolving rotascope, and lifted little heads to look around to see whence it They had never been accustomed to look for danger from overhead, hence they didn't look in that direction "Pomp," said Barney to the old darkey, "git


, 12 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. yer harpoon, an' be afther catchin' one av the I "Just above the land, but a long way oft'," he bastes." replied. Tbe idea tickled Pomp immensely. He crept Frank took the glass and made a minute examInto the store-room, and soon returned with a ination of the coast. He was dumb for several long, slender hr.rpoon, to which was attached minutes, and when he gave the glass back to the s,.,veral hundred feet of cord-small, b\lt as strong professor, he said: as steel wire. "It is a native settlement." Thill he arranged in the rear of tlie ship, and "Native I You don't mean to say that people placed himself in position to throw when time live in such a country as this!" and opportunity offered. "Yes, I do; and I have no doubt that they Lower and lower the ship went, till in a little think it the finest climate and country in the while it was slowly skimming along not fifty feet world." above the sesls. By that time the timid creat"What do they live on? How can they live in had become thorouf:hly alarmed, and began suoh a climate?" to scramble over the ice iD eager haste to get into "Oh, vou'll soon find out all about that," said the Frank, -laughing "I never was here before, Thmr awkward. movements provoked laughter. but I have been in some strange corners of the Though grace[ulm the '_Vater, they are most awkworld, and always found that people could adapt ward on i!'nd-mostludiCrously so. themselves to any circumstances. You'll flnJ th!l Sudd?nly Pomp cast tile harpoon. The sharp natives here as happy as iD any other part of a large seal throug_h th? the WOllci." 'f' noop I Barney, Ill wlid, im-The ship soon came in view of a collection of pulsive way. the powers, we got the small buts, evidently made of skins. The smoke baste I Howld to 1m, Pomp I Sure, an he pulls our heroes had seen issued from the tops of the lo!ke a pig I" . huts, which were very small, and stood but a few Barn.ey With the hue, and aided feet above the surface of tile earth. seal np. He was a goo_dNot a soul was in sight when the air-ship one, weighmg about ,?undred hovered above the little settlement, and began What have you do?e theie? Frank out settling down near the huts. The wind bad w?,en he the n?ISe they were makmg. swept the side of a hill bare of snow, and it was S':ue an 1t s a wo1ld baste we there our heroes proposed to land. ex.clrumed Barney, pulhng away With all hiS Just as the ship settled gently down on the m1ght. ground, a whole batch of Esquimaux dogs came Frank ran back to see what they were d_omg, from the huts, barking furiously, as i! bent on 11.nd was much astonished to see them hauling a tearing the intruders to piec<'s. large seal on board. "Look out I" cried the professor, making for a The seal was dangerous t? He gun in the cabin, The wolves will come aboard near getting Pomp's hand m his mouth m h1s of us!" sa;:age bei_ng "Wolves be blowed !"said Barney;" sure, an' Kl!l him I said Frank, beforE! does any didn't yez iver see dogs afore 1 Bedad, but a dog mischief. I am sorry you.caught him. barks the same tile worruld over." The professor was however, and "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp:" dam dogs bark aided tilem in killing the timid creature. jes' like any udder do' dey ain't nebber seed white folks afore. G way dar I Ef youse jump up in dis heall ship dis cbile'll scald some of dat hair offen vouse !" CHAPTER XV. "Don't liurt 'em, Pomp," said Frank, as he saw THE LLND OF THE ESQUIMA.UX, Pomp preparing for a possible attack. THE incident of the seal afforded some diversion "No, sah-not ef dey doan' want none ob my for some time. They were all interested in the meat." splendid specimen caught, and the professor had Just then a number of queer-locking little peomuch to say abeut the habits of tile seal. He was pie, none of them over four and a half feet in deep in book learning, and knew much abc>ut height,came out of the huts and gazed at the ship Natural History. Few men had been more stu-and four meR in unbounded amazement. They dioufi than he. uttered several queer, guttural sounds to each Pomp was allowed to skin the seal and keep his other, and seemed to be in a fever of excitement. coat. But all the rest had to be thrown over-Then one of their number darted into one of the board. The skin was weighed, and the weight huts, and soon returned with an old man, whom entered in tile cargo, so that every pound taken they pushed forward toward the ship, uttering on board might be known. words of a horrible jargon. The ship once 111ore rose on the wing, and The old man came forward, eying our heroes soared higll above the water, the seals, and the as if half afraid they would do him some harm. icebergs. He had a pair of clear, sparkling black eyes, There's land over there on our right, I be-and his face was the P.olor of a Chinaman's, and lleve," said Frank, as he leveled the spy .. glass in not unlike it in general expression. that direction. The distance, llowever, was so "How do?" he said, in broken English, as he great that he was not able to make out just what came up near the ship. it was. He the shig in that direction, "Why, hello, old man I" exclaimed Frank. however, and in another hour knew that he had "How do you do!'' and he extended his hand to struck land, though it was several feet under the the old man, who grabbed and sllook it with snow. great cordiality. "Well, we'll land there, anyhow," be said, "Me well," he said. "Who you?" "and give tile ship a cllance to rPst." "We are Americans, come up to see your coun" But isn't there somo .danger of thf'l sh!p gettry." ting stuck in the snow?" the professor asked. The old man turned and spoke to tbe natives "No; I think not. The snow lli too dry .for back of biro, and they came crowding around that." him, peering at the four strangers, as if they reThey descended until they were within a hun-garded them tts great curiosities. Pomp seemed drod-naturedly. The natives were chatterinf( in their outlandish jargon, and running around the boat, peerinf!J under it, as if to ascertain lf it had been in the water at all. At last they came to the old man again, and be. gan an animated wrangle with him. They point ed to the bottom of the boat, and then chattered away at a fearfal rate. They are uneasy as to what to make us out to be," said Frank to Lhe profeesor, as he watched them in their excited discussion with the old man, who was their interpreter. At last the old man turned to Frank, and again asked: "How boat come?" We came that way," said Frank, pointing up toward the blue sky. Tile old man was startled. He said something to those around him, and' the whole party stood away, getting further further away each moment. They did nofenter t)leir huts, but moved back up the hill beyond them, keeping t eyes fixed on the au-shlp and the four men on board of her "They are afraid of us," said Frank. "We had better go on up tile coast to Upernavik, where we can get some news about the country from some of the people Frank set the rotascopes in motion, and as soon as they began to revolve, the natives became greatly alarmed. The old interpreter fell back very hastily, and seemed to be in the greatest fear of his life. By and by the air-ship rose up in the air. The natives uttered peculiar shouts and fell down on their faces in the snow, where they were still lying when last seen by our hero. CHAPTER XVI. THE NATIVES OF UPERNAVIK, ON the way up the coast, our heroes spent the time gazing at the strange scene below them. It was one tlley had never witnessed before in all their lives. On the right, as far as they could see, lay an unbroken sheet of snow, covering the whole country, save where some exposed spot gave tho wind a chance to drift it. On the left was the water of Baffin's Bay, dark and billowy with here and there a huge iceberg floating lazf.y about. The reflection of the sun's rays on some of them made them look more like mountains of crystal. Others were of a leaden color, save where the snow had lodged in the rugged places. Over all this swept a wind that threatened to freeze up all nature. But it seemed colder than it really was, though Barney and Pomp were ready to swear that the whole world was turning to ice. They hugged themselves in their Arctic coats, and looked on in silent wonder at the half, frozen world below. By and by Upernavik came into view It was simply a collection of natiYe huts, half under and half above ground. But for the presence of smoke that issued from the huts, they would hardly have known that it was a settlement of human beings. "What do dem folks lib heah for?" Pomp ask. ad, looking down at the miserable huts below. "'l'o kape cool, begorra," said Barney. 1


.. -.... FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. 18 How dey git warm?" "Bedad, they niver git warm." "Dat's '.lr fac'," and the dar key shook his head, as if the question had been satllifactorily an swered. Frank touched the little silver crank that con trolled the electric machinery of the ship, and they began to settle down toward the earth. l As in the lower village, a dog was the first to discover the presence of strangers, and he set up a furious barking that soon brought out the en tire population of the vicinity. The natives crowded around the air-ship, as if amazed at seeing it so far up from the water. Tbey did not appear to be much surprised at seeing a race of people so very different from themselves. White men had come there in ships before, and nearly every Arctic expedition had touched at that port. The new!' ran from mouth t<> mouth that strangers had suddenly landed iu the town, and everybody ran out to see them. Among them were some Danish sailors who were waiting there for tidings from their ship, which had gone farther norr'l on an exploring expedition. B11t neithor Professor Grimm nor Frank could under stand a word of Danish. Finally one of the sailors asked, in the language of LaBeaeFrance, if they could speak French. "Oh, yes," said Frank, in good French. "I am at home there. What are you fellows doing here?" "We belong to th!l good ship Gopenftagen, which sailed to the north seven months ago." "Well, why didn't you sail with her?" Frank asked. Because we were ill, and she had provisions only for able seamen." "How many of you are here?" "Five. One died four months since. Where do you bail frvm?" "We are Amsricans." At t;hat the sailors indulged in a shout of joy, and cemght Frank by the hand, and came near bugging and kissing him. Indeed, be was very much afraid they would, for they were a dirty, greasy-looking set. "We are so glad to see rou I" the Dnne ex olairned. We don't know i the Copenhagen is etill afioat. We have heard nothing from her 11ince she sailed from here. Where are you going from here?" "North," replied Frank. They opened wide their eyes and gazed in un feigned astonishment. Then, for the first lime, they turnod their at tention to the air-ship. They would glance at the trim little craft and shake their beads. Then they looked away at the sea and the great floating about in sight, and shook their heads again. "You came in that craft?" the Dane asked in French, pointing to the air-ship. "Oh, yes, we came in that," was the reply, "and we made good time, too." "The ice will crush it." "Oh, no. The ice won't hurt us in the least. This boat goes ovm the ice." Then they looked at the keel of the air-ship, and saw no runners for traveling on the ice. A general whispering went on among the Danes, as well as the natives. anything about tho country around here before we leave." On turning to the French-speaking Dane to ask some questions, he found that individual laboring under the impression that all four were cranks who had escaped from some ship in the vicinity. "We may as well take 'em and all they have," said the Dane to his comrades. "They can't take care of and they will be lost if they be allowed to go away in such a frail craft as that." His words '"'ere repeated to the natives, and measures were at once taken to arrest ail f9ur of our heroes Frank saw tbat.sometbing was wrong, as some of the natives began to arm with their pecul-iar weapons, whilst others crowdell. up closer to the ship. Pomp," said Frank to the faithful black, "turn on the electic current, and keep clear of the guard-rail." "Yes, sah I" said Porn p, a broad grin illumin ing his black face as he went into tl:.e cabin to do his bidding. In the me ntime, Frank and tJ:le professor had returned on board, and quietly awaited develop ments. The natives, headed by the Danes, began to come closer around the ship, and some of the latter acted as though they intended to come on board. Tell your friends," said the young inventor, to the interpreter, "that they must not try to board us. We don't allow any strangers on board the ship." The interpreter smiled, and said a few words to the natives, at which;they grinned and crowd ed closer to the sides o! tho ship. Suddenly one of them caught Jiold of the steel guard-rail, and received lhe full force of the elec tric current. In an instant he was dancing up and down, and twisting about in all manner of shapes, yelling like a maniac. The Esquimaux were doubtless amazed at his actions. They crowded around him, and yelled in unison with him for a few moments. Then two or three more caught hold of the railing, and the circus increased in interest. They squirmed and whooped, and yelled like so many maniacs, till the balance of the crowd be came wild and demoralized. Thinking the new-comors bad bewitched their comrades, they made a rush for the ship, and tried to board her. Frank and the professor re mained standing on the little deck looking on the curious scene with a degree of innocence that would have made a stoic laugh. The uproar became so great, that all the dogs in the village came out and added their voices to swell the din. Women and cbih.lren joinea in. "This is terrible," said the professor. "Yes, the noise is," returned Frank. "But they are worse scared than burt." Then, turning to Pomp, he motioned to him to throw off the current. The faitltful black did so, and in another mo ment the whole gang fell in a heap, too exhausted to do anything but moan and groan. Every one of the Danish sailors had been caugb t by the electric current. The interpreter was the first man to get on his feet after being re leased. "You didn't tell 'em not to try to board us, did Then some one of the natives made the discovyou?" Frank asked him. ery that there were no tracks between that part "Yes," said the rascal, "but they said they of the village and the ice-bound beach, a half mile would do it." away. That caused an uproar '>f Well, they can't board this ship. Tl\ere are In God's name tell us how you got here!" not men enough in the world to do it without our crietl the J)ane who was acting as interpreter. consent." "We came in this ship," said Frank, laughing "What's the matter?" the Dane asked. good-naturedly. '' Oh, nothing," was the r.ply. They would not believe it, and a buzz But, just as soon as the others could get on of conversation took place all round them. their feet, they made baste to get away from such natives, as well as the Danish sailors, ran round a dangerous apd mysterious power as had so the and made hasty examinations of all they mercilessly twisted them double. Tl:e crowd, could get at. already demoralized, turned and ran, too, and in "It hasn't been in the water at all," said the a few minutes not a soul was in sight. interpreter, looking suspiciously at our hero. I guess that settled 'em," remarked Frank to "Why, who Etid our hero. "Cbeer up. We'll reach the North Pole in a week or two, and then we'll see how the world turns around." "Doan wanter see it," said Pomp, shaking his "You don't?" "No. sah." "Why not?" "'Cos it ain't wuff nuftln'." Oh," and the professor burst Into a hearty laugh at the reason for the black's Indifference. "Pomp is not far from right," said Frank. "Maybe so," assented the professor, "but he doesn't know it." "He believes it, anyhow." "Yes; but the ice is the father of the belief." Of course. Ice will sometimes take all the Elnthusiasm out of a man." "So it will. Pomp reasons solely from a physical stand-point. His mental qualities take no part in his judgment in tbis case." "Yes, and almost any one else would reason the same way ir he was half frozen, as he is." Pomp listened to the discussion for some time, and wondered what in the wide world they were talking about, when he beard the professor say: "He knows nothing whatever about science." "Ef I doan kno' 'bout de science ob cookin', youse done gone mighty huflgry afo' now, marsa," said Pomp, shaking his head at the pro Frank roared. "That's so, Pomp," admitted the professor, good-naturedly. "You do understand that sci ence to perfeetion. I give you great credit fot your skill in that department." Pomp grinned from ear to ear at the compli nient, and went into the kitchen to begin prepa rations for the noonday meal. "Begob, hut yez have killed ther nagur," said Barney, as Porn p disappeared in the little kilchel!. "Oh, I guess I haven't hurt him very much," replied the professor, laughing. "I don't think Pomp is very weak in that direction." "Thin it's little ye know av the nagur," said Barney. Sure, an' it's he will forgive yez av ye kick him out av the ship." ..


.. 14 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. "If I have made a friEmd of him, I am very glad to boor it. I don't know any man whose friendship I prize more, unless it be yourself, Mr. O'Shea." Sure, an' wasn't it mesilf as tould the nagur as how yez honor was a gintlemen as soon as 1 laid me two oiyes on ye." "Ah, I am glad to hear your good opinion of me, Mr. O Shea," returned the professor, tipping Frank a wink to call his attention to the little mutual admiration society he and Barney bad formed. "Oh, yes," said Frank, joining in, "Barney is a solid man, every time. I never go out on an expedition without them. He is game all over, and isn't afraid of but one thing in the worlt.l." "And what's that?" the professor asked. "Pomp's bead." "Pomp's bend?" "Yes; his butting machine." "Oh, I undet'Rtand. Did Pomp ever butt him?" "Yes, and laid him out as flat as a pan-cake." The professor grinned, and Barney felt that he had fallen a few degrees in the estimation of the great man of science. B11t the professor at once reinstated him in his good opinion of himself by saying: That is a mode of fighting familiar to the savage tribes of Africa. I d>tre say that if our friend from Ir11land had a good, old-fashioned shillelah in his hand Pomp's head would get the worst of it. Be the powers l" exclaimed Barney, "your honor niver a bigger word in your loife l Sure an' it's mesilt as would bate the nagnr's hid off av him." Of course you would, or any other man. It takes an Irishman to know how to handle a stjck." "And a nigger to handle his head," suggested Frank, bv way of tat!'y to Pomp. "Sure; but ther hid is not made to butt wid," !laid Barney. "Pray, what is it for, then?" "To crack, begorra." Frank and the professor roared with laughter, tor Barney was oornebt and innocent in his feply. -Other duties called Barney away at that mo ment, and thus ended the guying, which our young hgro very much enjoyed. The hours passed, and the sun made a circle almost around the horizon. It dipped down to the very water's edge and seemed to stop there, as If. hesitating to go lower. They were entering the region of the long days and nights, which last nearly three months at certain seasons. Even when It disappeared a twilight remained, a golden-tiutt.d halo rtsiug above the sun. Still the air-ahlp pushed on and on, and by and by the disc of the sun rose above the surface again, and remained near the verge of the horizon. "Look beah, Marse Frank," exclaimed Pomp, in no little trepit.lation; "what kinder country am dis, anyhow?" "It seems to me to be a vory cold country, Pomp," replied the young inventor. "What's your idea abor.t it?" "I duuno, Marse Fronk," said he, shaking his head. "Dis am de curiousest country I ebber did see. It's so col' dat eberyting done froze up, an' whf3n de sun goes down de nights off jes' like it war erfraid ter come in. What's de matter wid de sun, anyhow-eh?" Frank and thuproftlssor roared with merriment over the perplexity of the cook. "The sun is all right, Pomp," said Frank; "it's you that's wrong." "Mel Why, \\hat's de matter wid me, eh?" and his eyes stretched to their widest J.I.S he stared at the young hero. "Why, you simply d back at once, or you will be lost." "How? Why?" "You are in a channel between two great fields of ice," said Frank. The upper end is closed, and the sides are closing in on you. In another twenty-four hours you will bo nipped/' "Ten thousand thanks I I must tack ship at once I" and the energetic captain turned to his men and gave orders that sent the half-frozen sailors to their He has splendid discipline on board there, .. remarked the professor. "Yes," assented Frank. "One must bavs goed discipline there if anywhere in the 'vorlcl." Then he spoke through the trumpet again, and asked: "How have you fared?" "Badly. Two men died of cold, two dow11 with scurvy, and five we had to leave at navik." "We saw your men at Upernavik. They are well, but. uneasy about the fate of the ship. D<> you need assistance?" "No; except your g-uidance out of this chan nel. Is it open below?" "Yes; only detached icebergs are floating about." I can avoid those.'' The ship had veered around, and wns slowly tacking about in a southerly course. Frank ac companied them several miles. and sawthnt they would have a good chance to escape thll threat ened danger. Then he exchanged farewells with the Danish> captain, and soared upwards again. Those on board the marine vessel stared up at the one in the air, and wondered if they were not dreaming, or if the intense cold they had been so long exposed to had not so muddled their brains as to make them victims qf a peculiar hallucina tion. They continued to gaze until the air-ship was out of sight. I feel sorry for those poor sailors on that ship," said Frank. "Yes, so do I," said Professor Grimm. "I was thinking of what they must imffer when you spoke.'' "Yes; they have to exercise the utmost vigilance to keep from freezing to death.'' "I guess you are right." Quite right. I have 8tudied the i'eports of Arctic uavlgatiou,but never realized what it Nall) was till now." / And we are having an easy time, it seems.'' So we are, but we can't tell bow long it wm last. It's going to snow again. The sky is bll coming overcast, and we may expect a tough time of it." "Then we had better get back over the land again," suggested thf' professor. "Yes, I think so. I'll get over there as quickly as I can," and be at once proceeded to steer in that direction. In an incredibly short space of 'time, the heavy, leaden clouds precipitated a. storm of flue snow that enveloped the a ir-shipo so completely that they could not see from onEJ end to the other. The snow was like fin& mustard-seed in size and shape, and from that t() a white dust that filled their eyes, ears, noses. and every crevice about the air-ship. ,.-


za FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. 18 -"This is horrible l" exclaimed the professor, I was heard, and those on thoir feet in the littie maKing his way to the cabin "Oue cabin stl\ggflred half-way across it. freeze to death out there in ten minutes l" Frank sprang to his feet and glared like one in Barney and Pom;J had already sought refuge a terrible suspense. in the cabin, driven in by the intense coig. The com pointed north"No, not in these latitudes." ward, but whether they v:ere going in that direoPomp groaned. tion they did not know. Barney looked ashen-hued in the face, and Frank knew that their safety depended on crossed himself several times. their keeping above the earth or water, and that "Boom!" came another thump, and the ship so long as they could do that they were safe. trembled from stem to stern, aud reeled to an.i fro Hence he tried to keep up. The snow filled all as thougJ.J. on the crest o! a mighty wave, or zwell the boat outside the cabin and weight carrie d of the sea. them down without their knowing it. "Ah l" ejnculated Frauk, "I know what it is Suddenly they felt a jar-a dull thud-as if the now!'' boat had struck a bed of mud, and then they "What is it?" gasped Professor Grimm. remained still, their faces as white as the snow "We have setLled down on top of an iceberg, around them. and the waves beating against it I" CHAPTER XIX. FAST ON AN ICEBERG. THE moment the air-s!:ip struck, Frank stood with his hand on the crank and kept the rotascopes revolving at full speed. Ho could feel the motion of their rapid revolutious, bnt yet was convinced that the air-ship itself was not mov ing. A puzzled expression came into his faco,"and he was conscious that the other three men on board were watching him with intense earnestness. "We are not moving," he said to Professor Grimm, aft&r a long pause. "Where are we, then?" "I don't knuw," and he shut down the r .rank and stopped the roatscopes. "The snow has weighted us down, and it's a lucky thing we dropped where the snow was deep." The professor tried to look out of the little window and ascartain something in regard to the situation. But uo human llye could penetrate that cloud of fine flying snow. Barney and Pomp stood still and silent, appalled at the terrible tempest that reigned around them. They could hear a roar that was not like anything they had ever heard before, and it was '-plain to them, from the expression on the young inventor's face, that they were face to face with a desperate peril. Frank went to the window and listened, with only the thickness of the glass between him and the howling tempest without. A profound silence prevttiled within. I think I can detect the sound of waves dash ing against something," he finally said, turning to the professor, though I am not sure of it. Seo if you can catch.the same sounds. The professor placed his ear at the window, and listened for nearly ft ve minutes. "I think I do," he said "We must have settled down near the sea." "Yes, I think so We will have to wait here till the storm lets up. It's useless to attempt to unload the snow while it is flying so." "Of course. It couldn't be done." "We may have to dig out aftm it does cease." "Yes, but that is nothing. We will be warmer Under the snow than above it-so I have heard." "So we will. But we may be snowed under i!O deep that we can't tell when the storm has passed." "Thnt is the least trouble we to contend 'With. We can stay here a week, if necessary, un le5s we should suffer for fresh air." No danger of that. The temperature will purify the atmosphere, and the snow is not dense enough to stop the air. I am beginning to feel warmer now." So am I. The storm seems to be less violent, too." "So I was thinking. But we ca::;'t tell yet," &nd the young inventor lool;:ed at the window, &gainst which the snow wo.s now banked, and wondE'red if he could open it and get any definite idea as to the situation outside "I am going to see if I can hear anything out side," he $aid, and with th{\t he slid the window back and exposed a wall of snow beyond. By applying bis e!tr almost against the snow, he heard sounds that convir;ced him that the storm was still raging. Closing the window, he "The storm still rages. We are snowed under, and will have to wait till it is over. If it gets too close for us we can dig a hole to the surface for fresh air." He sat down and prepared to make himself as comfortable as and the professor was about to do the same thing, when a heavy boom The saints presarve us I" groaned Barney. "De good Lor' sa be us I" moaned Pomp, trem bling from head to foot. "We are in g'rsat peril, then," said the pro fessor. "Yes," answered Frank, "in very great danger," and the two men looked E.ach other in the face in profound silence for a minute or two. But for the <;lull, noise of the elements outside, they could ilave heard the beating of their hearts. They could distinctly feel the swaying of the ship, for they had to brace themselves to keep their balance. Boom I" <>a me another mighty wave, and it seemed to have increased in volume since the other one struck. "Light up, Pomp," said Frank. "It's getting too dark in here." "Yes, sah," said Pomp, and in a couple of minutes one of the cabin lamps was lighted. "We may ilave settled down in a gorge or crevice on the top of the iceberg," remarked Frank, who saw the necessity of reassuring the others. If so, welare safe, unless the iceberg should capsize. But I don't think thllre is much danger of that;" and as he rensoned, his own courage, in a measnre, returned to him. "If we only knew the real danger," sighed Professor Grimm. "Yes, for then we might be able to meet it in some way. We must try and get the snow off the ship, so we can mount up in the air again." "An' go back home'ergail>," suggested Pomp, ill a treru bling voice. "Yes, I would rather be at home than here," said the professor. "Oh, you didn't expect a summer picnic, did you. professor?" Frank asked. "No, not exactly; but I did expect that we would escape the ordinarv dangers of the Arctic navigator. Here we are, on an iceberg, under I don't know how J;Oany feet of snow." "That is somethiug I did not expect myself," admitted Frank, "but I am not discouraged. When the snow is too heavy for us we have to take the chances. Here, bring me that rope under my bed, Pomp." "Yes, sah ;" and Pomp brought the rope and laid it at his feet. Frank took one end of the rope and tied it nronnd hi,; body. "What are you going to do?" Professer Grimm asked, as he n0tioed his preparations. "I am going to dig out of this snow, and see where we are," he replied. "This is a precaution against accidents." "Yes, I see.'' "If I give a signal by jerking hard on the rope, you three must pull me in. If I stay out too long, jflrk me two or three timos, and if I don't return the jerks, pull in. Do you understand me?" "Yes," all three replied. Then he opened the door, and pushed out into the wall of yielding snow. The profAssor closed the door to keep out the snow, and Frank began to dig out, packing the snow under his feet till he raised himself sev eral feet. During all this time the thunderous roar and booming of the angry waves against the iceberg was heard. Suddenly he reached the surface of the snow. A fierce wind was blowing, and the air W!\S full of fine snow, driven by the wind. But he could see that the fury of the storm had abated, and that it was practically over. Yet the scene was an appalling one to contem plate. The air-ship had settled on an immense ice berg in a sort of gorge on the top of it, and the wind had drifted the snow qui<1kly over it. Thus it was he understood why the air-ship had not slid off into the water when the waves caused tha iceberg to roll. "My God I" he exclaimed, as he glared around at the scene of frozen desolation, "this is ter rible I II the iceberg should careen or part we would all go down to death." He made the aperture in the snow as large a& possible, and then went back down into the cabin to warm himself, and report. "Where are we?" Professor Grimm asked. Oh, we are on an iceberg." "Howly mither o' Moses I" groaned Barney. "De Lor' sabe us I" moaned Pomp. "What is the danger?" the asked. We don't seem to be in any very great dan gee just now. But we may run another ice berg, and there is .u::> telling what may result. Wa must get away as quiekly a5 possible." "DM's er fac'," said Pomp, who was now all eagerness to go to work to dig out of the snow. "Then let's get to work at once," suggestect Frank, rising and going into the store-room iB search of such things as he thought would b& necessary to the work. In a few minutes they were all four at work clearing away the snow. The boom-boom of the waves aga\nst the mountain of ice made them feel that they could not get away from it a moment wo soon wind made it truly difficult to keep the snow out, as it drifted rapidly, and gave them all they could do. But they stuck to the ,,ork bravely, the professor working as hard as the rest, throwing th& snow like a regular shoveler. "I think we can rise now," said Frank, after two hours of hard work. "We must get away from here as soon as possible. Put up your shovels, and let me tty tJ.J.e rotascopes." They got out of the way, and the young inventor set the machinery in motion. The rotascopes revolved rapidly, but the ship did not move an iPch. "We are stuck to the ice," said Frank," and will have to out loose. Get the axes, Pomp." Pomp got the axes They tied ropes aroune) their waists as a measure of precaution. Barney was the first to go over. The moment hii3 feet touched the ice, they dis appearAd from sight as if by magic, pulling the rope after him like a whale running away with & harpoon in his side "De Lor' gormmighty I" exclaimed Pomp, grasping the rope with both hands and trying to stem the Irishman's descent. "Barney is er gone Irisher, suah 1" CHAPTER XX. BARNEY'S PERIL. BARNEY's sudden descent under the snow created no little consternation on board the air-ship, and Pomp's exclamation brought Professor Grimm and the young inventor to his assistance. All three held on to the rope, and began pulling on it with all their might. He signals us to pnll him up," cried Frank. Pull away, now. Steady I Up with him." They pulled and pulled, and it seemed as if the snow had banked heavily against them to prevent his rescue. But he came up sh wly, and at last they could hear him moaning and groaning just a few feet under the loose snow." Dat youse, Barney?" Pomp asked, as !SOOn as they got him up against the side of the ship. "Yis, begorra," came up from the white object, "an' more dead than aloive." They hauled him on board, where }le lay down on the deck, too much exhausted to even stand on his feet. "Take him in the cabin, Pomp," ordered Frank, "and give him some hot coffee to warm him uf. Professor, hold to my rope, please, while drop down over on this side." The Professor held the rope, and our hero sprang over the opposite side, to land on solid ice. He at once proceeded to make sure of his footing, and then set to work to ascertain where the trouble was. By and by Pomp came over to his assistance. and in a few minutes they had cut the sllip loose from the ice. "Now get on board, quick," he said to Pomp, "and we will be eft' The sea rolls higher and higher, and we may slide under the snow, a& Barney did." Both he and Pomp climbed back into the ship, and the machinery was aga\n set in motion. Ail the rotascopes r evolved they threw the snow ln every direction. Suddenly the ship rose from her icy bed. The sides struck against the wall of snow on the right, and then soared upward. Pomp was so overjoyed at the escape that he cheered like a wild lunatic, and Barney scrambled to ':!Is feet and rushed out to see what it WIUS


18 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. all about. When he saw that the airslilip was sailing aboTe the sea and icebergs, h3 joined in the cheers with an old-fashioned Irish whoop. JuRt a minute or two after the air-ship rose above the iceberg, a te1rihle grinding, crashing noiee heard below them, and on looking down they saw a sight that made them shudder. Two immense i ce bergs had floated up against each other. 1'hey were too large and heavy to touch eao h other and then bound back. 1'hey rub bod so hard that pieces of ice flew in every direction, m1d the noise of their breaking was like the crashing of a mountain of glt\ss. "Just in time," said Frank, as he gazed at the terri ble scene below. "Yes," said the p rofessor. "We have made a very narrow ei!Cape, indeed. Certain destruction would have followed a longer stay of f\ve minutes on that spot." The wind blew strong, and sent the air-ship westward instead of north, and the young in ventor was foraed to turn and face the wind, in order to avooid being blown out to Of aourse thoy made but little headway against the wind, and they aould observe the fact by noting the position of the icebergs below. As tor going northward, that was out of the ques tion for the present. In the meantime, Barney had recovered from the effects of his mishap, and was his duty like a maa. But every time he thought or the terrible slide down the side of the iceberg, under twenty feet ol snow, his hair would rise and a cold chill creep up his spinal column. "Bedad J he exclaimed, in speaking to Pomp about it, "it wur the worst froight I iver had in me loife. Sure, au' didn't l think av all me short cornin's whin I wint down? Be the powers I but I had the big scare all over me." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp;" dat was de closest call ye ebber did hab, Barney. Golly, but youse went down as fas' as er rook." "'Dade I did, an' whin yez pulled me up it was loike breakin' ivery bone in me body. Sure, an' lam sore all over," and he shrugged his shoul ders as if to test the extent of his injuries. 1'h.e professor sat down by his side and asked him many questions about his sensations as he went down, and among others, said: "You went very fast from the way the rope followed you. Do you reao!lect what your 'thoughts were at the time?" "Yis, sor." "What did you think?" "Bed ad, I thought_Barney O'Shea had been in many a hot place, to be buried aloive in a sea av oico.n "Oh, you realized your danger?" "Sure, an' wouldn't I? B"'na?" moment he uttered a frightful roar, and rose on "Yes, sah-dat's it." his hind feet. He rubbed his head with his "Why, the earth." paws a,q it a dozen hornets had settled there. Pomp opened wide his and stared, whilst Blood poured down over his white coat, but he Frank and the professor quietly smiled at him. seemed to have gathered fresh energy from tll.e "Sure, an' how cud the nagur know," said smell of powder, and in another moment he was Barney, laughing heartily at Pomp's puzzled ex-charging up the hill, roaring like a lion. pression. "Phat does he know about Graik, I'd The first roar brought Pomp from the kitchen. loike ter know." He saw at a glance that an immense bear was "Shet yor mouf, Barney," growled Pomp; attaaking the camp, and away he dashed for a "yo use don't know nuf!in' ." weapon. "Oh, no, av coorse not," and the grill on Bar-By the time he retnrned, the professor was ney's face was too exasperating for Pomp to enclimbing on board with the agility of a squirrel, dure in silence. too nervous to think of firing at the enemy. "Look heah, you Irisher I" he growled; "ef I Barney stood his ground by side of the butts yer you won't know nvjfin'-ye heah dat?" young inv entor, and leveled his rifle for anothei "Here I stop that and_ help sarape the ice and shot. All the rifles were repeaters of the finest snow of! this side of the ship," said Frank; and make in the world, so our heroes had nothing to they both sprung forward to obey. fear, if they kept aool and stood their ground. CHAPTER XXI. A FIGHT WITH POLA.B BEA.BS. AFTEB a examination it was found that no harm had been done to the ship. Frank was in the best of good humors when he made the discovery. "The little ship can stand a great deal," he said. "We may have to go through even worse than thio; experience of to-day." "God forbid I" exclaimed the professor. "Amen!" assented Pomp. Barney muttered a short prayer. His slide on the iceberg had been enough for him. He didn't want any more. "Let us have a good dinner, Pomp," said Frank, after a pause; "we will stay here for a day or so and overhaul the ship. We can't be too careful, you know." Pomp hurried with his preparations for dinner, and in a few minutes the odor of cooking was wafted away by the co ld breeze. All hands were hungry, and waited impatiently for dinner to be announced. Suddenly Barney sprang up and pointed to something white rolling about iu tbe snow at the foot oi the hill. 1'hllY all gazed at it, and came to the conclusion that it was either a native or some animal. .. 'fhere are but fe'" animals in this latitude," sai d Frank, "and of them the white bear is quite numerous and dange rous. Get the guns, Barney, and let s be ready for anything that may turn up." Barney hastened on board, and soon returned with two rifles, one of which he handed to Frank and the other he kept himself. "Get the professor's gun, Barney," Frank ordered; and the Irishman obeyed in silence. All three thus armed, they stood still near the ship and watched the Jisluri:Jance in the snow at the foot of the hill. "Whatever it is," remarked Frank, "it is aom ing this wav I can see where it has male a path through the snow from around that snow bank over there." "Yes-and it is making its way in this direction," said the professor, in a trembling voice. By all the saints I" ejaculated Frank, it's a Polar bear I" "Let him have it again, Barney," said Frank, and both fired another volley. Such a terrible roar as burst from tlie monster I By some strange accident, no bullet had penetrated his brain. Two balls had struck his hard head in such a position as to glance off, tearing up the scalp in a frightful way. Maddened by his wounds, he came up the lit tle hill with the shambling gait peauliar to bears, roaring with terrific savageness. Crack I Craakl Barney and Frank gave him a third volley, and still he came on. Suddenly Pomp fired from the ship, after tak ing a deliberate aim, alild the white monster rose on his haunohes, pawing the air and making the vory ground tremble with his roar. Then he fell over backwards, rolling over and over, kicking and scratching without aim. "That settled him!" cried Frank, looking back toward the ship and seeing Pomp with!\ smoking rifle in his hands. "Yes, sah, dat done settled him," said Pomp, proudly. "Dis chile doan' do no shootin' for nuf ftn', he don't." He was hard to kill. Where did you hit him, Pomp?" Eye, sah-in de eye." "It was a good shot." "Yes, sah-it was for er fac' ;"and the black cook <'arne down to take a look at the monster. "Where is Professor Grimm?" Frank asked. "In de ship, Hah, skecred 'JLost ter def," re plied Pomp. "Somehow the professor-can't get over his feal.' of bears It's a most singular thing." "Dat's er fq,c', sah." The bear was an enormous one, larger than any Frank had, ever read of in all his reading. His body was almost as big as that of a full grown ox. He will weigh nearly 2,000 pounds," said Frank, as he surveyed the monster and watched his death-gasps. He would have ruined the ship had he reached it. Just look at his claws I They are five inches long, and like hooks of Bedad, an' it's mesilf as hopes his mate isn't tough." "A white bear?" "Yes." The professor baaked u p against the ship, Wition near the ship's side, whilst Barney and Frank kept near each other in their original places. By and by the bear got over the little bed or snow and can:e out on the land at the foot of the hill, where he stopped a.nd snift'ed ,the air. Faith, but It's moigllty foine atin' at any toime, I'm thinking." "Yes; you are thinking right, then. Ah! here comes the professor. We've got him, professorthe biggest one I ever saw in all my life." Professor Grimm came up, and looked silently down at the dead monster. Mr. Reade," he said, "he was as large as an ox." "Yes. I never heard of such a big one,Pefore." "Nor I. When I saw him cominR up the hill, and reaolleating how I had read of tltrir ;


FRANK READE, JR., lN THE CLOUDS. 17 tenacity of life, I became demoralized and fled on board the ship." So you did," and Frank smiled. 1 couldn't help it. I grow very nervous when I a.--" The professor wheeled, and dashe& away up the bill again as fast as his heels could carry him, leaving the others amazed at his singular proceeding. Howly Moses I" gasped Barney, looking down at the spot where they had first seen the bear. Thar's a nest av thim I" CHAPTER XXII. A BATTLE WITH POLAR BEARS. THE cause of the professor's sudden flight and Barney's exclamation was soon understood. Frank and Pomp naturally turned and gazed in tile direction whence came the first bear. To their great surprise, not to say astonishment, thE)l'sa w three large Polar bears struggling ln the deep snow-drift at the foot of the hill, trying to get over to the little party. No wonder Barney had cried out that there was a whole nest of them. The smell of blood, no doubt, had made them more tllan usually savage. "Take lhe middle one, Pomp7Barney and I will look after the others." "Yes, sah," said Pomp, as coolly as an old veteran, leveling his repeating rifle at the head of the one in the middle of the Bruin party. Fmnk and the Irishman also took deliberate aim at the other two, and pulled triggers. Crnck-crack-crack 1 The 'hree shots were almost simultaneous. -romp's bear got a bullet squarely through the brain, and so dropped down in the agonies of death. The other two were badly hurt Maddlrney went back to the ship and busied him self reloading the whilst Pomp was getting ready to attend to the dead bears. In the meantime, ProfeHsor Grimm came down from the ship and inspected the dead game. He shuddered from head to foot as he lvoked at them. "They wel"e terrible monsters," he said. "I was never born to be a hunter of wild beasts. 'l'he sight of one of these animals coming toward me utterly unnerves me. I can't help it, even though I know that I hold u trusty weapon in my hands." "It is nervousness," Frank remarked. "One can't help that, you know." "Yes; but vet one to show a little more courage, it seems to me. "Oh, that is not a test of courage in the strict sense of the word, as it has no moral aspect to it. You see we have plenty of fresh meat now." "Yes-more than we can use in along time. What will you do with it?" Oh, we'll use it as long as we can, and take with us as much as we dare to." How much of it can we carry?" "Several huud,ed pounds, if necessary. We can save at least a mouth's supply out of it." "Then it was a good thing for us that we came here., "Yes, indeed, for we needed a change of diet very much. We will stop here a day or two and get our bearings, as well as lay in a supply of fnsh water." "Why, how will you get any fresh water here?" the prof .. ssor asked, in no little There are no ffesh-water streams about." "Oh, you are very much mistaken, professor." "Am I? I don't see any river or other stream." "That's strange, when all this now is fresh water/' The professor gave him a glance that told him how quickly he saw the point. "You are right. Snow-water is the purest we can get." Of course it is, and I am going to lay in a supply of it." By this time Pomp came down to where they were standing, prepared to skin the four bears. He carried in his hands a couple of formidable looking knives. One was for Barney, who soon followed him from the ship, bringing with him two rifles, which he had carefully reloaded. Handing the two rifles to Frank to keep whilet he and Pomp were at work, he took one of tlie knives from the black, and proceeded to inter view one of the dead bears. They were enormous fellows, and were easily handled. Frank and the professor had to help them finally. It took them two hours to do the job, after wle.ich the huge skins were stretched out on tho hard ground, where they soon froze hard and stili as boards. The skins Pomp soon cut ofi the hams, and carried them up to the sh1p. We can let. the rest of the carcasses remain here as a bait for more," said Frank. "If any more bears come !hay will attack the carcasses here instead of the ship, and we can have a fair show at them." "I hope we shall not receive any more such visitors," said Professor Grimm. "I don't care to make their acquaintance. The truth is, I don't like Arctic society, anyway." Fmnk laughed good-naturedly, and remarked: They gave us a little diversion from the monotony of the voyage, professor." "So they did; but it was a diversion not much to my taste." "Oh, well, you can taste of some of the steak. Maybe that will compensate you in a measure for the terrible fright they gave you." "It will certainly be some satisfaction to me, anyway." As soon as he. could resume his cooking, Pomp proceeded to prepare a meal of He kne1v how to cook them to perfection, and in a little while the savory odor of broilillg steaks filled the air. "They smell delicious," remarked the pro fessor. ''And they eat as good as they smell," said Frak, leading the way toward the ship. And he was right. Professor Grimm thought he had never tstoted such delicious steaks in all his life. They all ate heartily, and thanked the good fortune that sent the four bears in their way. The meal over, our heroes sat down to smoke their pipes and ponder on the situation. They bad not long been seated, however, when they heard the barking of a number of dogs. They all sprang to their feet and looked around, half suspecting that a lot of wild Esquimaux dogs were coming down on them. But they soon understood the cause of the noise. A party of natives, in sleighs drawn by dogs, came bounding over the snow toward the ship. 'l'here were five sleighs, and a little chunky native was seated in each sleigh, as cozily as a baby in its cradle. "Be the powers 1" exclaimed Barney, as he gazed at the party, "the b'y as wud go sleighiog an' lave his girl at home is a darthy blag Oh, it's too cold for the girls to come out," suggested Frank, laughing good-naturedly. "Sorra abit av it," replied Barney. "If the b'y wud hug his girl she'd skim the oice wid him till Ould Nick wur frozen out. Pwhat de yez want here, blaggards?" "Just leave 'em to me, Barney," said Frank, quite severely. The natives were amazed at seeing a vessel upon the hill, high and dry, and glared around at our heroes in unfeigRed astonishment. They were not aware of the presence of tho strangers on the coast till they came suddenly on the air 'lhe dogs barked furiously, for they got a smell of the fresh blood, and were so hungry as to be almost ungovernable. Not until their owners lashed a few of them severely did they quiet dvwn and become submissive. CHAPTER XXIII. A 'WINDFJ..LL FOR THE NATIVES. As soon as quiet was restored, Frank spoke to the one nearest to the ship, and extended his hand toward him. The native uttered a peculiar guttural sound, and getting out of sled, approached and took his hand. Then he spoke a few words to his comrades, alief whom left their sleds and crowded around him. Their jabbering then began, and Barney spoke up, saying: "Pwhy don't ye spake loike dacent Chris tians?" They jabbered back at him, and then extended their hands to him. "Faith, an' it's mesilf as won't Rpake wid haythens," said Barney, drawing away in disgust. "Shake hands with them, you fool," said Frank, angered at the Irishman's unreasonable prejudice. PolitenesR is appreciated the world over, and never does any harm." Bedad, but they are haythens all the same," said B>uney, reluctantly extending his hand, which the chunky little black-eyed fellows took and shook heartily. Frank then addressed them in both English and French. They shook their heads and showed that they didn't understand anything he said. Th1;1y have no interpreter," he said, turning to the proft1ssor. We shall have to depend on signs to make them understand us." "Yes; there's no other way." Frank then began trying to get them to say where they lived, but they could not get at his meaning. Then they began a series of sign-making that set our heroes to thinking how ltttle they knew of that very ancient art. They a.sked all about the ship, particularly as to how it came to be so high up on the land. Of course, Frank could not explain it to them so as to make them understand that it was an airship. Such a thing they could not comprehend, not having ever heard of anything of the kind. At last one of the natives saw the carcasses and skins of the four dead bears half-way down the hill, and a great hullaballoo was the result. They ran hither nnd thither, making signs with such eagerness, as wellns jabbering away like so many magpies, that our heroes could understand nothing in particular. I guess they are hungry," remarked the professor to Frank, "and want some of the bear meat.'' Oh, they can have it all if they wish," said he, desocending from the ship and going down to where the carcasses and skins lay. There he made signs to them to help themselves. They gave scr

18 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS, was profoundly interested In all he saw and heard. "I'll give 'em the skins, too," said Frank, "as we have no use for them." "They would be very valuable in New York," suggested the professor. "So they would; but they weigh over one hundred pounds each. It is imp<>ssible to carry them." "Yes that's so. Give them to the poor fellows. .rhey need them bad enough in such a climate as this." Frank offered them the immense skins. They could not believe their eyes for a minute, and they stared at him, as if to make sure they were not dreaming. He repeated his offer, and then, with howls of delight, they sprang upon the skins and dragged them to the l'hey were overloaded, little they cared fpr that. They were m everything, and would have tried t.o carry away the ship itself, if permission had been given them to do so. "We could never get any information out of those fellows," said Frank, as he watched them loading up their sleds. don't know what is meant by the Nertb Pole and the open Polar Sea and other things the world is interested in." "'You are right," assented the professor. They teach their children nothing but to earn a living in this inhospitable climate-to catch fish, and kill seals and beat'S with their rude weapons." "That's all. I've neYer read of any schools being in these regions." "No nor will you ever read Gf such things, be call!le they do not exist. I believe they pre paring to leave." "Yes, I think they are. I wonder where they live?" "They must live near here, as they don't go ing. He saw a mil lion stars by daylight, and the spot where he struck was white with cracked ice. "De Lor' gosbermigbty !" he moaned, pressing a band against his head. l'se aone gone an' broke my bead all ter pieces, suah !" "Never mind your head!" cried Frank, scrambling to his feet and picking up his rifle. Come on, or it will be all up with Barney." Rubbing his head ruefully, Pomp staggered to his feet and looked around for his rifle. It had skimmed some forty feet away unper ceived. "Whar my gun?" he.cried out, in loud tones. "You got dat gun, Marse Frank?" "No. Come on, you fool!" returned Frank, not even stopping to look back. "Wbar my gun? Who took dat gun? Wbar dat gun?'l and the excited old darkey looked around in a bewildered sort of way. In the meantime, Barney and the bear wem coming toward him as fast as they could. Pomp saw them; and the thought that be would have to face the monster without any we;tpon utterly demoralized bjm. "Ugh I wbar dat gun?" he cried again, looking wildly around "Oh, for the love av God!" yelled Barney, aa be came bounding over the ice, "shoot tlte baste. Shoot 'im I shoot 'im !" The fiercA beast gave a roar that made Pomp's. wool stand u p straight on his head. "De Lor' sabe me!" gasped Pomp. "1 ain't er gwine for ter stsy heab. I'se gw i ne back," and he put out for the shore as fast as his heels could carry him. But not being used to running on the ice, Pomp soon fell, and then his fears got the best of' him. He yelled like a lunatic, and scrambled t<> his feet with such terrible energy that he slipped and fell again ere be had gone fifty yards. "Whoop!" yelled Barney, ashe came up t<> where Frank was waiting to get a sllot at ths bear. "Stand your ground, Barney," said Frank. and give him a bullet." "Be the powers!" said Barney, panting for breath, "it's ground I'm afther. The oice won't bould me." "Ob, give him another shot," aBd Frank raised his rifle and firec at the bear, scarcely thirty yards away. The bullet struck the monster on the head, and caused him to halt and rub it with his immense paws. Crack I went another shot, and he gave evidence of being hard bit, for he growled and on his haunches. "Now let him have one in his throat!" cried Frank, again taking aim at the fair target thus presented to him. One, two, three, four more shots were fired in rapid succession, and one of the bullets entered the beast's brain through his right eye. Then he uttered a frightful roar, and full over in a hollow space between two icy hillocks. "That settled him," 8aid Frank, running forward to get a nearer view of the monster. "Bedad, an' it's mesilf as thought be had mesettled in his stomach," said Barney, draw long breath of relief. He followed Frank up to where the bear was gi !)is last gasps, and stood thera gazing at him hke one in a dream. In the meantime, Pomp and the professor bad made good speed back to the ship. The dar key tried to borrow the profeBsor's gun, but he would not let him have it. He did not know how soon be would need it himself, he said, and so they both returned to the ship. But Pomp was not the man to stay thare when Frank and Barney were engaged in a battle witb an enemy. He seized anothllr gun, and sprang overboard with it; leaving the ship in charge of the professor, and hastened with all speed to the beach. But ere he reached the ice again the bear was dead. A bullet in the brain had settled him, and be was now harmless. He came up to where Frank and Barney were looking at the dead monstP.r. "Pomp," said Frank, eying him sternly, "you are a coward!" So he is, the blnggard !" put fn Barney. The words had scarcely left the Irishman's lips when Pomp's head struck him just below his vest, and he went over, with all the wind knocked out of him. "Hold up, there, Porn p! What do you mean, sir?" demanded Frank, turning angrily on the faithful fellow. "Marse Frank," anBwered Pomp, "dat Irishe r had er when he runned erway from dat b'ar. I lost my gun on de ice, an' went fo' anudder. He called me er coward, an' I don't. staL' dat from no Irisber, nohow." "Where did you lose your gun?'' "Op de ice when I fell down," he replied. "And you couldn't find it?" "No sah." Frank knew that Pomp was telling tbe tn:til He n<'ver knew him to tell a lie seriously, and so he said: 1 "Well, we'll see if we can't find it for you." By this time Barney bad recovered his wind sufficiently to get upon his feet. There was blood in bis eye, and Pomp saw it. "Look out dar, Barney I" be said, shakiag his head warningly and holding his rifle in a manner to get the drop on him if the Irishman at tempted to shoot him. "Keep quiet, both of you," said Frank, "or I'll take a hand in myself."


FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. "Tile saints presarve us!" exclaimed Barney. Is it >to O 'Shea that's to be butted loike a goat an' 'he not sthrike a blow?" "You struck him when you called him a coward," said Frank, "and that is enough. KE>ep quiet now, or I'll leave you both here in this icy country." Barney was prompt to obey orders, but he was too mad to see straight. He growled and grum bled for some time, but he dured not break Qttt into open hostility by attacking Porn p. H e made up his mind, though, that he would get square with him on that score if it took hima year to do it. "I don't see that we want anymore bear-meat than we already have," Frank r emarked, as he again looke:l at the dead b ea r. "So may as ,veil go back to the ship and leave him h e r e." Dat's er fac'," coincided Pomp. "We's got more'n we kin ea.t." While they w ere talking the ice was grinding and breaking up all around them. At times the noise was a lm ost deafening; they could not h ear each otht>r speak. Suddenly a terrible crash startled them, and on looking around, they found that they bad brol

,.. 20 FRANK READE, JR., I N THE CLOUDS. frozen ground, and declaring that he Wli.Bn't cold the coast in quest of something. One ot these in the least. two was seen 1eturning at the top of his speed. said Barney, "the snow is warmer His companions ran to meet him, and the mo-this day, I m thinking." ment he began talking, the whole party became Dat'e er fac', Barney," said Pomp. "Dat greatly excited. They turned to our hero and enow am like blankets-de mo' youse hab de made all sorts of excited gestures, which he was warmer you is, fo' er fac'." at a loss to understand. Barney placed his thumb against his nose, and "An enemy of some kind has put in an appeargently wagged his hand at Pomp. ance, maybe," suggested Professor Grimm. Polll.p only grinned. Frank then Jed the way ".But there are no rival tribes in this region," round on the left lill they struck the foot of the returned Frank; "at least, I have never read of hill on which the air-ship waa resting. any." 'l'he professor was on deck to receive them. "Neither have I. But here comes one with a He had been afraid to leave the ship, on account bear's paw which hs took from one of the sleds." ig carcass in that way. To his surprise, when the Arclic region What had they to fear? they pulled, the carcass moved right along, and in When within one hundred yards of the mon l ess than n half hour they had it safe on the sters, the natives held back and would go no l and. Then came a jubilee. nearer. Frank and his two brave companions They made merry over the prize, nnd gave went on, and when within fifty yards of the bears, demonstrations of their gratitude to the young they halted stranger who had giv e n them more food in the "Now let s give the biggest fellow three bullets short time he had be e n on their coast than they in his head," Frank said "Take good aim, and b a d been able to procure in s e v e ral months fire at the word. Then we'll give the other one a In their pe culiar way they went to work to voll ey. Now I Let em hav e it-fire I dtvest the of the skin, and then they cut Three shots mng out on the frosty air almost up the meat and divided it for the different sl e ds as one, followed by an angry roar from the up o n the hill. wounded bear, and yells of terror from the "That pays them well for their visit," remarked natives. the professor, as he saw them packing the meat The shots seemed to have frighten e d them as away in the sleds. much as the bears, and the y took to tlteiJ J heels Yes, and I am glad they came. They seem and ran back nearly a half mile ere they stopped to b e very grateful." to note the progress of the fight. They are. If we only had an interpreter, we The first volley stopped the progress of the might be ahle to get some information out of bears. The wounded one had received a fatal them. dose of lead, but his tremendous of lifo But we haven't, and so we will have to deenabled him to make himself fear e d Hi" mate pend on signs and such f or communication stopped, as if puzzled to know what ailed the Just then two of tho mttives came up and beot her. The next mom ent she received a similar gan a minute examination of the heavy overcoat dose, and knew how it was herself tli.e professor had on. They did JlOt sesm to be Both being wounded, they fell to tearing each i nterested so much in the style and cut of the oth e r, and thus our h e roes were e nabled to g o garment as in the texture of the goods. They neare r and give them a final shot that settled have no cloth of any kind. Eve ry garment they them forever wore was made of the skin of animals, and they Then the natives, seeing that the monsters were wore warmly clad from head to foot. It was j dead, came running up, shouting and laughing p lain to our hero that they were laboring under in their joy over the rich prize that had fallen to t he impression that his clothes were made from the:'ll. t h e skins of animals also. But he was not able t o undeceive them, and so they lost that much in n ot being able to communicate with them. "They cannot live very far from !:ere," said F rank, to the professor, "as three of them were here the other day when we gave them the four b ears." Yes; I notioed them myself," the professor s a id. "They seemed to know me when the y that was. I hope never to see such another one You are going ou t to sea again.', "Yes. I want to make a dash across this un known sea in the hope that we may find land be yond. By going at full spe ed we may reach land in a day or two. I don t think land has eve r been discovered in this direction. If we find i t there, we may reach very near the Po l e that way." I guess you are right," said the professor "Do you notice what vast fields of floating ice are below us? Look out there." Frank gazed in the dire c tion indicated by the professor, and saw miles upon miles of solid ice, like islands in the sea. In several of t-hem im mense iceb,er gs rose up like mountains. Some of them seemed to have clashed against each other and then were frozen together It was thus the immense ice-fields were linked together by the frost king. "What a grand spectacle I" exclaimed our hero, as he gazed down on the crystal mountains and watched their slow movements in the sea. Yes; it seems like a dream, but for the remarked the professor, scanning the horizon with a spy-glass Suddenly an exclamation burst from his lips. "My God, Mr. Reade!" he excla im.d. "Look out there at the lower end of that fiefo of ice I I am sure I see the masts of a ship sticking out of it!" Frank clutched the glass eagerly and gazed in the direction indicated. The others almost held their breath in suspense as he gazed. "You are ri((ht," h e said : "The ship has been nipped in the ice, and is frozen in hard and fast." He handed the spy glass back to the professor, and turned the ship's course towar d t h e lower end of the ice-field In a half hour they were almost directly over the ship, which was crushed on the ice and l ying partly on its side. Frank touched the little crank, the air ship began to settle down The ship touched on an even place, and our heroes sprang out on the ice, and Frank sang out: "Ship ahoy!" No response came from the wreck, and Frank


FRANK READE, JR., lN THE CLOUDS. ana bis companions looked at each other with sad expressions on their faces. "A.lllost I" said the Professor. "Yes, all lost I" repeated Frank, as he mnde his way round the ship to the other side, where he could climb aboard with but little trouble. He fouLd everything locked in the ice, as by bands of steel. Ice was everywhere. He went on board and made his way down into the cabin of the ship. There he found seven men frozen stilT. "My God!" he gasped, stared at the poor fellows. "They starved and froze to deatb. Hello I Two are alh e I Here-Barney, Pomp I Bring some bmndy Mrs I" Barney ran to the air-ship a:1d fetched a bottle of brandy. "Pomp I make some soup at once I Come here, professor I" The professor ran down Into the cabin, and found two men giving signs of life as they Jay on the ll.oor. CHAPTER XXVIII. BACK FROM THE JA"WS OF DEATH. THE fact that two of the unfortunate sailors showed signs of life stirred up the sympathies of the four men of the air-ship. They took them up out of the bold-or, rather, the cabin-of the vessel, and bore them to tlle air-ship. There Pomp was busy making a pot of soup of con dense1 materials put up for the voyage. Frnnk knew that men in the last stnges of starvt\tion could not retain solid food on their stomachs; hence be WB.b prompt to order soup made for them. They were too weak almost to speak. Their \'\'ere glassy, and their wasted look like human skeletons covered with human skins_ "flyer's de soup," said Pomp, coming int.o the little cabin with a bowl of bot savory soup in his hands.J "Give me a spoon," said Frank. He took the spoon, and gave one of the poor fellows a taste of the soup. Lord I how eagerly he swallowed it I Two more spoonfuls were given him. Then as manv to the other one. "One spoonful every ftve minutes," said Frank, shaking his head as they looked appealingly to him for more. "You are too weak to rek\in it. You can kill yourselves In ten min overeating_" It WM plain that they did not understand him. They still looked at him with eager, hungry looks, and reached out fer more soup. A.t fast one of them said something in a tongue our heroes did not understand. "That sounds like Danish," remarked Professor Grimm. "Please see what ship it is, professor," saitl Frank. I dare not leava these fellows. They must have a spoonful of :;.oup evtlry five minutes until they are strong enough to take more." The professor and Barney went out and hunted round the ship for some time. It had been nip ped in the ice and lifted clear out of the water. The hull was crushed beyond all hope of repair, and the moment the Ice would remove its grip from it it would go to the bottom. In going around it, the professor managed to get the name, or a portion of it. It was the (Jopenhagen, the same vessel they had hailed only a few hours before they were caught in the terrible snow-storm that weighted the air-ship down on an iceberg. "Ah I I was unable to get that ship off my mind," said the profes::;or, as he stood by and gazed on the wreck of the noble ship. "I wtts afraid it would meet with just such a fate as this. Thank

FRANK READE JR., IN THE CLOUDS. talk about all your life when we reach the North Pole and get a piece of it." "Bless yer heart, honey, youse'll froze tor doth afore yer git dar;" and he shook his head mournfully as he spoke. "I guess we can all stand a great deal more of cold before we freeze," remarked Frank, as ile went out to take obsenations To his dismay he saw a whitish cloud rolling toward him from the eastward. He looked at it jn fe>Lr and trembling for a minute or two, and saw that it was growing larger and avproaching yery fast. He b11ckoned to the profe'Jsor, and the man of :science came to his side Do you see that c l oud?" "Yes," the professor replied, as he looked in t h e direction Indicated. "What do you think of it?" "I am afraid of it." "'So am I." A silence of some minutes followed. What shall we do?" the professor finally asked. "What can we do but outride it? I think we b!Ld better try to get above it, as we certainly cannot hope to outrun it." The proressor looked up, as if to measure the height of the cloud, and shr.ok his head. I fear we could not live at such au altitude," be said. I'll risk it, anyhow. Don't let 'em know in there." He went back to the crank that connected witll the electric machinery of the ship and nearly doubled the number of revolutions of the rota scopes. The air ship immediately began to a&cend very rapidly. Barney and Pomp, inside, never dreamed of what was going on. They were trying to get a little fun out of the t v:o Danish sailors. The good-natured fellows laughed and ja!Jbered with them, and seemed quite anxious to be on good terms with them. Higher and higher the ship climbed, and by and by the whitish-looking cloud seemed to pass under them. At the same time a white mist enveloped the air-ship so completely ail to shut l>ut all view of the sea. or icebergs b e low. A tlesce wind began to blow, and the ship rocked w>hfully. Barney and Pomp looked as if they had been condemned to suffer a terrible death in a few hours. The two Danes turned pale, and one of i hem asked, in Germtn, of Frank: .HAre we in dang-er?" ''Net much. We are scudding before the wind, and will be all right. Go to your beds, and stay there till I call yuu." They were trained seamen, and knew how to obey orders. They went to their quarters and stayed there. "In the meantime, they were not so far above the sea as to be out of the sound of its angry waves. As the waves dashed against icebergs, and as icebergs crashed into each other, the roar was like a clash of worlds. It far surpassed the pr'lvious storm in volume, fierceness, and grandeur. Both Frank and the professor stood appalled, and watched its progress in silence. "Which way are we goisg, Mr. Reade?" Professor Grimm finally asked "Westward-flying before the.wiud," was the reply. "What is the altitude?" "I don't know; wish I did. We must go up big her." Are we doing so?" "'rhat I can't tell. We will soon find out, though. This mist is as fine as smoke." "Yes, and colder than anything I ever felt in .all my life." The air-ship was making a terrific speed through the air; but as the wind was with them, it did not seem so fast to those on board. They must have made fifty or sixty miles to the hour. Frank looked nuxiously in every direction, and made a thoreugh examination of the machinery of the ship, to see what effect the storm was l:laving on it. Everything seemed to be getting along smooth ly, and the young inventor was congratulating himself on having had the foresight to mount up above the fury of the storm, when he made the discovery that the whole ship was being rapidly covered with a thick coat of ice. My God l" he exclaimed, as he turned to the professor, we are in danger of being weighted down into the sea I" "How? In heaven's n>tme, ho-.v?" cried the excited professor. "By the ice. Look at every wire and inch of wood-work. The ioo is nearly an inch thick. We hwe two extra men on board, and so can't carry JUUCh ioe." "Here, Barney-Pomp--quick I" The two faithful fellows sprang to his side. Look at that ice I" he cried. It will bear us down into the sen if we do not get' rid "f it. Get the steel rods that belong to the harpoons and knock it off." Barney and Pomp lost no time in ob.,ying orders. They knew that to go down in that fe!l.r ful storm would be the end of the expedition and all connected with it. The wires that held the rotaocopes in position were now an inch thick with ice. A blow on one of them dislodged the ice and sent it in a shower on the deck. Barney promptly shoveled it overboard Every part of the ship that was exposed to the mist became covered with ice, and our heroes were kept busy knocking it off. CHAP'I'ER XXX. CAUGHT IN AN ARCTIC WHIRLWIND. sor. But it was a terrible peril te through." "It was indeed. But it is not over yet, though I think its backbone is broken." Which way are we going?" "Westward." "You don't know how fast we l!lave been go ing't" "No; imvo ssib leto say." "We must have made very great speed with the wind at our back." "Yes. We are still over the sea, though, as we can hear the waves below." "A.nd the ice grinding together." "Yes. Wllat or steamer could weather through such a storm as this in these waters?" "None. The "orld does not hope to use these waters for trade or tmvel. Knowledge is all that is wanted in regard to the Pole. The world wants the mystery that surrounds it unraveled, and will never be satisfied till it is done." THE intense cold kept them busy every mo"I guess you are right. For the sake of those ment. ro stand still five minutes outside the who would otherwise be s11nt in search of the cabin threatened death by fteezing. They had to knowledge, I hope we may find out enough "to keep moving and battling with the ice. satisty the world and settle all disputed There must be a heavy weight of ice on the tions." bottom," said th11 professor. "Ah, so do I. It should be made a "Yes," returned Frank, can keep it off civilized countries to even suggest a voyage to everywhere else but there." these waters." "Is there no way of dislodging it from there?" "Yes, but they will come till th e questi0n is "I don't know. I will see," and our hero went solved." inside and sat down, holding his head between "So they will-bnt-ah !--" llis hands. He was doing hard, quick thinking. The professors remarks were cut short by a At last he sprang up and rushed out to Pomp's suddenly movement of the ship that sent him side and his stool sprawling un the floor of the "Give me that harpoon handle," he said. cabin. Such a thing had never occurred before. Pomp handed it to him. The ship was caught in a whirlwind He placed it under his feet, and bent it to It was spinning around at a fearful rate. All the desired curve, and then looked at it. on board had to lie down on the floor and close Now screw on the spear," he said to Pomp. their eyes to prevent dizziness. _____.II The sharp point can reach under the ship and My God I" groaned the professor. cut loose the JCe." "De good Lor' sabe us I" prayed Pomp. Dnt's er rae'!" exclaimed Pomp, catching the Barney called upon all the saints to interfere idea promptly. I'se gwine ter go fo' dat ice, and save them. The two Danish sailors, who suah I" had been in many storms at sea, quiet He screwed on the head of the harpoon-the and resigned where they had been all the time. spear--and then braced himself to reach under They believed that the time had come when ..._ the ship to detach the ice. death would claim them, and had made up their He succeeded in getting the sharp point nuder minds to submit to the inevitaule without making thtl ice, and an immense cake, as large as half any fuss about it. the surface of the bottom of the ship, fell off and Several times Frank tried to get upon his feet splashed into the Eea more than two miles below. and do something to !';et the shi p out of the "Ah! That was well done l" exclaimed Frank. whirlwind. J3ut as often as he tried it he was "Now try the other side." hurled against the wall of the cabin. Pomp went over to the other side, and begr.n "Heaven belp us!" he gasped "This work there. In a minute or two he broke the peril I nevnr counted on! What shall I do? I ice loose, and the ship, relieved of the incubus ths ohip will be wrenched so badly as to dis-that was weighting it down, rose higher a!::;i l ante her. Then we will go down in a crash l" higher in the air. Suddenly lie felt the ship make a plunge, as if By and by they felt t::reat trouble in breathing. going down end foremost. Try"as hard as they would, they did not seem to Barney and Pomp yelled in terror. get air enough. They ga.sped and panted like "We'se l'r-fallin' I" cried Pomp. men who had overexerted themselves. Two of Frank scrambled to his feet and looked out. them began to bleed at the nose nnd show signs One of the rotn.scopes had ceased to of great demoralization. He sprang to the crank and made the discovery "What's de matter wid me?" romp asked, with that the connection had been wrenched apart by a puzzled look on his honest black face. the tarrible strain. In a moment he had it in "We are up too high," said the professor, place aga_in, the rotascope. resumed its work. turninoo to Frank. The ship nghted, and then It was known that "Yes; we'll get down a mile or so," and the it had slipped >ut of the whirlwinj and begun its young hero touched the the electric endescent toward the gina. The number of r"lvolntlor..s ?f the rotano so.oner. was It out of the Whirlwmd than scopes was reduced, and the air-ship began to the aga.m se1zed upon It. It formed so descend toward the sea again that It earned them down-down toward the sea But the terrific Htorm continued. The roar of in spite of all they could do. The roar of the the sea as it dashed against the icebergs was angry waves came. up to them like the. fierce awful to those that heard it. growls of hungry t1gers ready to reud their prey. "Don't go too far down," suggested Professor Fiercer, louder dashed. tha waves over iceberils; Grimm, looking uneasily out of the window of a_nd more deafenmg came the crash of I.roes had to watch and prevent being weighted down by too much of it. Thus they were descevding at one time and ascending at nnother. The storm continued two days, and then began to subside. But the fierce wind, howling like a demon, still carried the ship westward. The angry sea roared and splash ed over immense icebergs, and every once in a while two mount ains of ice would clash together with a crash that cou ld have been heard ten milea away on a clear day. "I think we outrode the storm," remarked Frank, as he noticed eigns of weakening on the part of the elements "Heaven knows I hope so," said the profesCHA.PTER XXXI. BURIED UNDER THE SNOW. THE moment the ship struck Frank had the presence of mind to stop the engines, lest the wind should catch unde the outspread leaves of the rotascopes and inflict damage The ship careened, and lay on her side, while the wind whistled furiously over her. Barney and Pomp were thrown in a heap on top of Pro fessor Grin..m, and the two Danes, more used to decks that presented Inclined planes aA they mounted waves, kept their feet and tried t o hold on to whatever promised aseistance. As for


. I .. FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. 23 Frank, he fully believed that everything was lost. He cared less lor his own life than for that of <>thers He, too, slipped and went down in the heap that held Professor Grimm at the bottom. "Oh, Lord 1" groaned the professor, as he tried to dislollge them, please get off of me 1" "Bedad 1" groaned Barney, "it's sorry I am, but yer; are all I have to rest on." "De good Lor' sabe us 1" prayed Pomp, prompt Jy relieving the professor ot the weight of his body. "I didn't go fo' ter do it, nohow 1 De Lor' sabe us 1" 'rhe ma.naged to pull himself to fether again and get upon his feet. To his very great surprise, the ship lay still on her side, shaken now and then by tlw fierce gusts <>f wind. He caught bold of the wire rigging to have some chance in case the ship was dashed to ]lieces by the waves. But they never felt the waves, though they could hear them dashing fu nously over Icebergs all around them. Suddenly one of the Danes uttered a shout of joy in German, which both Frank and Professor 'Grimm understood. "What is it?" Frank asked, a faint hope that .all was not yet lost beginning t<> well up in his soul. We are on land," was the re;:ly. "We arc safe from the sea." Are you sure?" "Yes. The ship does not feel the force of the 'vaveS-Only the wind." That W!IS enough. A fervent Thank God 1" burst from both the professor and Frank at the same moment. .:Barney and Pomp heard the ejaculations, which where ia English, and both turned to the soung .nveutor to know why they felt thankful under >uch circumstances. "We are on land," said Frank. "Whoop!" yelled Barney, his Irish impulsivelless croll ping out in the rea0tion of his emotions. Pomp laughed in his joy, a broad grin illuminating hi. black face, and ejaculatt:d: "Dat's er fac', bress de Lor'." The professor reached out anLilen on ice, every wave that struck it would haYe it, tb.ough it were mill's in extent. You are right," said Frank. "But I would not have thought of that. I think we had better try to right the ship before we get fastened as she is. The sno1v will cover us, but we can stand that if we can her on her bottom again." ThAy aij muffled up in their Arctic coats and -went out to try to right the ship. The wind w11S blowing a gale, and the fine Mnow drifted in such ver," said our hero tv Professor Grimm, after they had all shaken the snow off their clothee. "Yes, of course. We can' t travel in such weal her as this." "It begins to look as though we couldn't go !lny further north," suggested Frank. .. "Haw'do?" l Our present experience, for one reason," was :he reply, "and I think that one enough, in all I think so, too. How lor:g do you think we have to stay here?" "That's more than r can tell. I want to wait for sunshine, so I can get our bearing. .I don't know whether we have been driven one or two thousand miles by this storm." "That's so. I wonder if we have struck an :Island or the mainlancl ?" "The mainland 1 What mainland lay in the direction that wind drove us?" "Why, Siberia, of course." "Good Lord 1 Why, Siberia is over two thousand miles west of where we were when it struck us I" the snow from all around the air-ship, in order that she might net get stuck fast. That done, they rested from their hLbors. CHAPTER XXXII. "YeS-but that is the only mainland in that direction that we have any knowledge of." "True. We must be on an Island in the Arctic POMP'S ISLAND-DRIVEN BEFORE THE WIND. Ocean, as I don't think we htwe come so far west Two days passed-counting twenty-four hours as to strike Siberia." as a day-and still the sun was not seen. It had "Well, we will see when we ean get the sun-been hanging on the ede of the horizoa for shine again, if we ever do. Have we got pro-more than a month, making a. complete circle yisions enough to last a every twenty-four hours, without once dipping "Ya., and longer too," said Frank. "But if below the sea. The intense cold had renclered we have to stay here any length of time, we must I life a bore, as our heroes on board the air-ship look out for seals or bears. One bear would last had no room for exercise. us two or three weeks." "If Icouldoulygetout and take some vigorous "Yes, and be good eating, too." exercise," remarked the professor, "I would feel "Of course." much better than I do. As it is, we are down They sat around and talked whilst the Arctic here in a hole in the snow where we can't move storm raged without. The roar of the angry sea around much. was heard continuously, but they made up their "But being below the surface this way makes minds to be contented, and so began to amuse it much warmer," suggested Frank. themselYes as best they could under the circum" I don't feel the warmth," dryly returned the ;;tances. professor. Cards and dominoes served to while away the "You don't appreciate the situation," said of the time. Frank .and the pro-Frank, laughing good-naturedly feasor tried their hands at chess; Pomp and I fear that I do not." Barney played cards, while the two Danes amusecl "Well, we'll wait a little while for the sun, say themselves with a little game that WIIS familiar a couple of days more, and if we don't get a. to them. glimpse of it, we will go on without it." The storm ,must have lasted a week, as it was I think that would be the best thing to do." fully that length of time in tupering down so our I am not sure of that," returned Frank. "It herolls could come out of the air-ship may be that we have discovered an island here-Then they had to dig their way out of the tofore unknown to the world. If we have, we snow. It was between ten and fifteen feet deep, ought to get its latitude and longitude for the and so fine as to be packed almornp, as soon "Mr Reude," exclaimed the proft>ssor, ".( as he of the dense character of the snow. came along with you as a scientific man, but you "Dis heah snow is done gone an' packed hard as have more of it in your mental make-up than er rock, snail I We ain't nebber gwiue fo' ter git I have. Of course, we must settle the question outen heah as to whether or not we have made any new dis" Oh, we can dig Gut, I guess," said Frank, covery. If we have, we ought to have the credit feeling the suow with his hand as be opened the of it I am willing to wait here a month, if door ot the "and the sooner we get at it necessary." the better." Oh, I hope we shall not have to wait so long "Dat's er fac',"relurned Pomp, who never conas that." his young master in anything; "but it's "Dat's er fac'," put in Pomp. I'se ready ter harder 'n the ILirth ter dig." go home now, suuh." "Oh, no. Tbe earth is frozen as hard as "Oh, we are going further north yet, Pomp," stone. This can be cut out in chunks. Go Frank. "We want to see how the snow is to work, all hands. made, and--" 'l'bey all got the implements that had been im"De L'or' saba us 1" gasped Pomp. Marse provised for the work, and pitched in. At first Frank, I'se gwine ter done an' quit yer when I they did not know what to do with the snow at I gits back home. I doan' go wid yer no mo' the door of the cabin, as they had nowhere to Dat's er fac' put it. Digging upwmds is very different from Don t be a fool, Pomp." digging downwards in that repect, as they soon "No, sah, I ain't er fool. I done got enuff ob found out. dis heah ice an' snow. But the fertiie brain of Frank Reade, Jr., again "Why, you'll be looking round for a cool place eame to the rescue, and Porn p was set to melting uext summer down in Readestown," said Frank, the snow, to add to theil' supply of fresh water. good-naturedly ut him That solved the problem, and the work of excava"Dat's er fae'. I'd redder look for er col' tion went on place down dar dan be freezin' terdeth up he,lh." Hours passed ere they succeeded in getting "Why, you haven't frozlln yet, Pomp. What's the snow out of the way so they could get up on the matter with you, anyhow?" top of it. It was packl'd so bard thut they did Pomp turned away and sought refuge in the not sink more than eight or ten inches when on kitchen, where 'he managed to keep warm and top. cook a meal that pleased all on board. But the "Yes; it's un island!" exclaimed Frank, as he idea of going still further north in the region of glanced around; "and nut a very large one at eternal snow and ice was extremely demoralizing that. We are not one hundred yards from the to him. se>\. It was a narrow escape." At last the sun came out through a rift in the "Indeed it was," said the professor. "But ten dull, leaden-gray clouds, and the professor and me. How do you know that we are on an Frank made baste to get their bearing. Frank iSillnd?" used the quadrant, while the profefSOr put down "Look around-straight across there several the figures as he called them out. miles away-and you can see the icebergs float To their utter astonishment they found themlug with the tide." st>lves on an unknown islal;ld in the Arctic Ocean, The professor did look, and in another minute several hundred miles north of the coast of he agreed that they were on an island in the Siberia. They looked on the map, and found no Arctic Ocean. Everywhere they could see imisland down in that latitude and longitude. All mensa icebergs and fields of floating ice. Only was a: dreary blanli on the map. the island, which appe11.ied to be >Lbout three or "Yes," exclaimed the professor in exultan t four across, seemed to be stationary. If tones, "we are further north th!ln any man has there were any uneven parts about it they were ever been before, and have added an island to the concealed beneath the tremendous depth of snow. map of the world I" The young inventor got his spy-glass and "That's so," assented Frank "You see it's scanned the horizon in e1ery direction in search well we waited for the sun to come out." of something to break the dull monotony of the "Yes; and I am glad we did," and the two scene. It was tbe same everywhere-snow, ice men shook hands over their good fortune. Pomp and water. No sign of vegetable or animal life and Barney looked on und listened, wondering could be seen. what in the world they were in such a good "We have to draw on our supplies as humor about. long us we remain here," he said, "as I don't "Pshaw 1" exclaimed Pomp, when he learned see that any animal life could be eustained on that they were rejoicing over the discovery of the this little island." island they were then on. "What's it good f9', "We may not have to stay here but a few I anyhow? It's done gone an' froze up harder'n days," suggPsted Professor Grim)D. er rock. Yer cun't raise chicl,ens or water-mil" True; but 1ve will have to wait for sunshine lions on it," and he elevated his nose in disgust before we can take our bearing at the whole island. Indeed, he would have "Yes, and we may have that at any time, now s n eered at the North Pole itself as an ins i gnifl that the storm is over." cant affair, and unworthy of any notice. "Well, we will hope BO, anyhow," and then "What shall we call it?" the professor asked, they all went d.:>1vn into the cabin again in order turning to Frank in his enth u siastic exu berance. to keep warm. "We must give it a name b y whic h it will b e The balance of the day was spent in removing known for all time."


r 24 READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. "Call it Grimm's Island," suggested the young hero. Never I" cried the man of science. It's Beade'11 Island. How could it ever have been o-und but for Frank Reade, Jr's., world-wide in vention?" "Call it Pomp's Island, then." "I doan' want it. Gib it ter Barney," said Pomp, in disgust. Frank and the professor roared with merri ment, and Pomp wondered wl;111t in the world amused them so much. That's such a good joke," said the professor, "that I think we hat. better call it Pomp's Island.'" "I doan' want it," said Pomp. "Wouldn't hab no ilun like dis heah.'' "Yes," said Frank. "Pomp's Island it is.'' Pomp shook his head, and went back into the k.itchon, where he busied himself with his dutie.s, repeating his assertion that he didn't want the island, and "'1'1 ouldn't habit nohow.'' The tVIo moving spirits of the expedition were in such good humor:over the success of the voy age, so far, that they resolved to make another desperate effort to reach the Pole. They rea soned that it could not be much worse at the Pole than it was for a radius of a t.housand miles around it. "If we can reach it and solve the question of an open Polar Sea," said Frank, we will have done more than all the other navigators of the world combined.'' "Yes. I would be willing to perish here in this snow if the world knew of our success, for eternal fame would be ours." "Well, I am not so ambitious as that," returned Frank. I am not willing to die to se cure a name in hi'!tory.'' "You have secured it already by your inven tions. It is different with me.'' Frank was amazed at finding the quiet man of science so ambitious. He had not dreamed that he was such an enthusiast. They named the island, and prepared to resume their journey toward the Pole. Pomp was told to prepare plenty of rations, ready cooked, !I.O he could give his entire time to the ship in case of emergency. Everything being in readiness, who had previously examined every part of the airship and machinery, set the rotascopes in mo tion. They worked beautifully, and in a little while the ship ascended from her deep hole in me snow, and rose b.lgh above Pomp's Island. The view was the same as before the storm struck them-ice and icebergs everywhere. The little island they had just left was the only land in sight. The land there was not visible, but they knew that it was there beneath the snow. "How strange that we should have dropped down there," said the 1 professor, as he looketl down at the little island in the mitlst of an illim itable expanse of water. "Yes," said Frank. "I thought of that many times." "If anything was ever providential, I think that was." So do I. It could not have been mere lnck or chance.'' "Of courne not. No man can ever have luck in such a region as this." Frank was scanning the horizon with a spy glass, anGI, after a long silence, said: "The same everywhere-water and ice, and ilie ice increasing all the time. It's a mystery to me that all the water does not freeze up in the course of time. Take thnt mountain of ice out there. It must be several hundred feet high, and several thousand feet down in the water. What's to hinder it from growing until it fills the ocean here?" "For the very simple reason that the current carries them southward, where the wnrmer air and water reduce them to water r.gain.'' "Ah I Nature has a remedy for everything. If they were to stay here all the time, t he Arctic Ocean would, in time, become solid ice." "Yes. All the machinery of Nature works in perfect harmony. Are we heading north now?" "Yes. I am going to take the Nothing venture nothfng have." "It's dangerous, but I am willing to risk it.'' "So am I." The air-shio ascended high up above the sea, and the clear sky gave promise of good weather for the voyage. But a sudden breeze struck them-a fierce wind, and they faced it for femr days. making the best headway they could. "Why, hello I" exclaimed Professor Grimm, on the fourth day. Here's land In our rear I" Frank turned his spy-glass in that direction, and said: "Yes, land, undoubtedly, but under deep anow." "Everything is under snow.'' "Yes. Let's take our bearing, and see what ishmd it is." They did take observations, and when Frank figured it up he was amazed. Why, we are several hundred miles south of Pomp's Island I" exclaimed, looking at the professor. Oh, you have made some mistake in your figures," the professor said. '' Maybe I have. I'll go over them again." He went over the figures again, and came out as before. I can't understand it," remarked the pro fessor, in a dazed sort of way. I think I do," returned Frank. "The wind has blown us back. The clear sky deceived us. At any rate, here we are on the coast of Siberia, several hundred miles farther south than we were four or five days ago.'' "Yes, that's certain; but how strange it is we didn't know we were going backwards all the time." "We didn't notice it. There being no cloudb or snow, our suspicions were not aroused. It can't be helped now. We will have to down there somewhere, and wait till the wind blows the other way." "Yes, thar's tho only way," said the pro fessor, and the air-ship began to sail along the coast in quest of a good landing. CHAPTER XXXlli. THE 'FOOT-RACE AND WHAT CAME OF IT. THE coast 'presented but a dreary prospect. Everywhere the surface of the country was cov ered with snow, and it began to look as though they could lind no place to land except in a bed of deep snow. Suddenly Pomp caught sight of a spot where the wind had blown the snow awav from the ground. "That's the coldest spot we could find," said Frank, "but it's the best place to land, after all. We'll go down there and see what will turn up for us." The ship was headed in that direction, and ht ten minutes or so they were settled down on the dry, hard, frozen ground not hundred yards from the sea. They all leaped out and ran around the ship a dozen times, whooping and yelling, for the ex ercise it afforded them. Barney ctallenged Pomp to a foot-race along the brow of the hill as far a.s the surface was clear of snow, and Pomp promptly accepted it. He would never let Barney back him out of any thing Both were good runners, and in a minute or two they were making for 11 point a quarter of a mile away, going at the top of their speed. Bar ney, however, being younger than :romp, forged ahead, and made the goal ahead of him. When they started to return, they were almost paralyzed at seeing an enormous Polar bear in their pathway-half-way between them and the ship. He had evidently come out from his lair somewhere in the vicinity t::l see what so much running meant. "De Lor' gorramighty I" gasped Pomp, on seeing the intruder. Power av Moses I" exclaimed Barney. Neither of them had n gun. The sea was on one side of them, and on the other side was deep snow, in which the bear could travel much faster than they. What could they do? Frank and the professor saw their danger and hastened on board to arm themselves. The bear started toward them. ''Barney I" cried Pomp, "he's er co min' atter us suah I" /,Bad cess ter 'im I Phat shall we do wid the baste?" "Less run'm, an' when we gits mos' dar you run roun' on dat side, an' I run roun' on de udder, an' den we hoof it home. Dem b'ars aint' good on er run nohow.'' Bedad, an' yez are roight," said Barney, who was by no means a coward. He and Pomp had been in even tighter places together, and saved themselves by courage and dash. With a whoop and a yell they dashed away towards the bear at full speed, keeping side by side, as if they intended to charge on Bruin and give him battle. The bear saw them of course, and must have been astonished, for in that region he is king. No other beast tlare oppose him. See ing two rushing toward him, Bruin halts, gazes at them to make sure he is not dreaming, and then rises on his hind feet, and prepares to re ceive them with open arms. On rush Barney and Pomp, yelling and shout ing to keep up their courage as well as to intim idate the enemy. Bruin growls and makes ready for th.e onset. Just as he thinks he is about to clasp one his arms and down the other with a blow from one of his great paws, the twe men divide and rush past him on either side. Ere he recovers from his astonishment, they are fifty yards away, going at full speed toward the ship With an angry growl, the great beast gets dow a on his four feet again and starts off in a sham bling in pursuit or them. "Hi dar, Marse Frank I" yelled Pomp, as he went bountling back toward the ship. "Shoot 'im I Shoot 'im quick!" "Kill ther haste!'' cried Barney, almost out o[ breath. Bad cess to 'im I" Frank ran focward to meet them, and cried out to both: "Get your guns, quick!" The professor had armed himself also, but was not running very fast to meet the bear, when Pomp came up and said: "Gimme dat gun, massa I" Here, you are a better shot than I am, Pomp I" and he surrendered the gun with very great promptness to the faithful black. Then he made good speed back to the ship to get another gun. In the meantime the bear, angered at having been fooled out of his prey, came on, growling, -and made straight for the young inventor, who stood waiting for him. When the beast was within thirty yards of him, he fired. The ball struck him on the head, but at such an angle as to glance off, making an ugly scalp wound. The concussion staggered him for 11 minute or two, and he stopped, shook his head, roared fiercely, and passed one of his paws over his head, as if to wipe off a hornet or something that had stung him. Then he came on Rgain' ----.-/ Crack I went another sbot, and the bullet nearly tore Qff an ear, and lodged deep in his left shoul-der. Maddened by the pain, a fierce roar turstfrom j the huge beast, and he shoved forward as if de termined to crush his foe at all hazards. Crack I went a third shot, and again a bullet glanced off his hard skull. But this time it so dazed him that he rose on his haunches and fought the air with his huge paws, which wer$ now covered with blood. As he stood up thus, our hero aimed directly! at his throat and fired again. __....... The bullet struck true to the mark and breOid""' his neck. A frightful roar escaped him as he rolled over on the hard, frozen ground. Over and over he rolled, rising to his feet at times and trying walk; but his head hung helpless, and down he would go again, a stream of cri!llson gore pour-ing from his mouth. "That finished him," said Frank, just as Pomp ran up and wanted to give him a parting shot. "Dat's er fac'," returned Pomp, as he stopped and watched the dying struggles of the beast. "He is the largest one I ever saw," sa;idFrank, as be approached the victim of his marksmanship. "Yes, sah, he is, suah," assented Pol\lp, "an' he gib me de biggest skeer I eber hab, too." "You were pretty badly scared, I guess." "Yes, sah-dat'B er fac'. But dat ain't nuftln'. He done gone an' got de wust ob it." "You are right. It is better to get scared than killed, eh ?" "Yes, sah, fo' er fac'.'' They both then waited for the last kick, by which time tha entire crew were on hand ready to take off the skin and cut up the meat for use. "I am glad we met him," Frank said, "as we can save our stores by eating the meat. He will last us a month, at the least. By the Lord \ Harry I here comes another one-his mate, probably I Look out, all of you I" CHAPTER XXXIV. BARNEY'S PERIL AND NARROW ESCAPE. ANOTHER bear had put in an appearance, and an enormous one he was. The smell of fresh blood had made him Yey savage, if indeed he was not a! ;vays so. R'e came toward them as if severe hunger were driv ing him, for he growled fiercely, and showed his terrlb!e fangs to the men who were gathered around the dead one. "Steady, now," said Frank, as Barney and Pomp leveled their rilles at the approaching monster. "Take good aim, or he'll giYe us trouble." Crack I went both rilles, aRd the bear dropped right in his tracks as if every fiber and muscle in his big body had been paralyzed. "That was well done, boys," said Frank,


IN THE CLOUDS. 21S ending of this new danger. "Yes, sah ;"and the faithful fellow went to to him in just the right spot." work to do his duty. it's mesilf as give 'im the pill that 1'1le two Danes, seeing what he was doing, kilt him," Barney. wenl to work to aid hiru. He was surprised to "Dat was me dat hlid 'im out, Barney," re-see how much they knew about skinning a bear. t turned Pomp. "I let 'im habit in de eye." They seemed to understand every motion he "Sure, an' that Wll.Lt was mine, too, honey," said Pomp, with him good service. a great deal of firmness, an' dis chile doan' In the meantime, Frank had returned to the !row no bullets away like a Irisher." ship and examined Barney's hurts. "I guess you both will have to claim it," re"He came near getting you, Barney," he said l marked Frank, "for I don't think either one c.m to the faithful fellow. claim more than the other." "Yis, sor-ther baste,"returned Barney. Sure "Be tile Powers!" exclaimed Barney, becom-an' he wasn't dead whin he said he. was." ing vet-y much excited over the matter, "I'll "Willi, no, I shouldn't say he was dead. I foincl me bullet, an' show yez who kilt him !"and think your bullet stunned him so that he was un he strode away toward the bear, which seemed conscious till he felt your kick. Then he sprang to have fallen a'n easy victim to the invaders of up and went for you. Did he hurt you much?" tlis Arctic domain. '"' "Sure an' it's mesilf as doesn't know, sor!' The bear was lying still as a dead one. "Well, from what Pomp said, I thought you Barney walked up to where he lay, and kicked were badly hurt. Let me see the wound." him with his right foot. An examination revealed a cut made by the With a roar, he spmng to his feet, and made sharp claws of the bear a couple of inches in for the dumfounded Irishman. ength. It bled quite freely, and was no doubt "Howly Moses!" gasped Barney, making a very painful, but not at all serious. Frank saw desperate eff.ort to get out of the reach of the the nature of it at once. beast. The bear reached for him with his right "It is not very serious, Barney," he said, "but paw, which was as !urge as an orilinars pig ham. will be very sore for som.e time. You will have The claws were as long as a man's fingers, and to stand up to eat your meals for a couple of as sharp as needles. They caught in the seat of wooks, that's all." his pants and tore them away, lacerating the thin, it's mesilf that's willing ter flesh for an inch or two. Barney yelled in tershtand oop an' ate the basle. Sure, an' I'll ate ror, and made a break for the others, witlt the all av him I can." enraged monster close at his heels. "Out of revenge, eh?"laughed our hero. "Good Heavens I" exclaimed FraRk, the mo"Yis, sor. The revinge will taste swater than he saw the bear rise up, "he was only the mate, I'm thinkin'." after alii Quick, Pomp 1 he will kill "I can't blame you for thinking so." !" "Nor do I," remarked Professor Grimm, who he and Pomp leveled their rifles at the was standing by. "I really thought the brute But Barney, rushing forward, kept in would kill him right before our eyes." way oftheir aim, preventing them from firing "He would if Barney had not been very spry. soon aa they otherwise would have done. They are as dangerous and as ferocious as Ben-As for Barney, he had no time to stop and fire; gal tigers. l am glad we mflt them, though sorry to even wheel round would bring the brute on Barney is hurt. We have plenty of good meat bim. He could only run, and run he did with now, which will last us a long time." all his might. "Yes, we are fortunate in that respect. But "Oh, for the love av Heaven I" he cried as he how long will we remain here?" lilprang away toward the others, "kill the 'bloody "Indeed, I am tmable to say .. I am quite upbaste 1 Och 1 shoot 'im !" set by the backset we have received. Wfl have ...._ Just as he dashed by Frank and Pomp, the been set back several hundred miles from Pomp's raised their rilles and :fired. The bjlar was Island." ;o near them that the powder burnt his face. S? we. have; but we all that to ex But the bullets crashed through his head, and In th1s you know .. he went down a second time, never to rise Y?,s, but It is not encouragmg, to say the again. M "No. I would prefer to go on as we started. never let up in ru_n for hfe, how-But we can try it over, you know." ever, till he reached the air-ship. There he "Just what we will have to do. But I want to scramb_led on and n.early parlyzed ;:rofes-take time and see that the ship is in a condition S?I With his, terrified yells of-Shoot to withstand another storm like the last one." Kill the I ,. "God knows, I hope we will not nave to en-That settled lum l Said Frank to as counter another one like that," said the profes be saw go down the second time. He sor shaking his head "The bare thought makes knew that .m su_ch close quarters the bullets from me'shudder." would sure work. "I don't want to meet one," replied Frank, Yes, dats er fac returned f,omp. "but we can hardly expect to avoid it. I want he hke ter Barney, suah. to remain here long enough to see how often they ?'es, was a placo time. occur. If au intermission of a week or ten days I ,the beat him "';!th his claws., ,. intervene, we can easily re.ach the pole, and re-Dat s. er fac see 1m re_ace fo 1m, an turn before that time." ht out faster n he did. "Ah! That is a good idea I" the professor ex Well, run up to the s_hip and see If he IS hurt. claimed. "I never thought of that. Wo had I ll,stay here and see If any more bears show better stay here till another storm comes, and up. keep an account of the time, and then start out Pomp returned to the ship, found Barney immediately afterwards." In deep distress. He was bleodmg very freely "Yes that's my idea exactly. So we will wail from a painful wound on his hip. here ar{d make ourselves as comfortable as we "Dat b'ar hurt yer, .&rney?" Pomp asked of can. We can have no trouble about that as we the Irishman. have the ship in a safe place and plenty to eat." "Bedad, I'm kilt entoirely," was the mournful "Barney may be able to got well during our reply. "Would yer look at the blood?" stay her(>" suggested the professor. "De Lor sabe yer, Barney I" exclaimed Pomp, "Yes much faster than if we were on the voyas the Irishman turned his back toward him, in age," re'turned Frank. Qrder to show the damage he had sustained. Pomp and the D<>nes skinned -..nd cut up the "' Dat b'ar done cut yer in two." two bears in a very workman-like manner and "Bad cess to ye for a liar 1" growled Barn6y. brought all the meat up to the ship where it was give me a Barney stored and properly prepared for use. As to the 0 Shea IS al01ve yet, bedad l and that he skins, they were too heavy to be carried in the walked away, though he considered the ship, unless curfld in such a way as to reduce wound a mere tnfie. them to a very light weight. Tne Danes took "You are badly hurt," Professor Grimm re-charge of lhem and undertook to cure the!ll. marked, "and your wound ought to be attended But they found that it could not well be done to at once. Pomp, run and tell Mr. Reade to out in the open air, as they soon froze and be-come here." came as stiff as solid timber. Pomp, who kne'Y :wound not only "Keep them till some natives come along," professor hl'lw kmg we will have to remam here." busiedtherr..selves iu taking observations. They mai!e notes of every change of the weather, and calculated as to the nature and course of the storms. "'l!he last one blew us south," Professor Grimm said, "and packed the coast fer miles with a mass ot icebergs. I think that is one of Nature's ways of expelling the ice !rom the Polar Sea. We may have to face it again: tmt if we make Pomp's Island a depot of supplies, we may !Je able tG make a run from there, when the wind is faTerable, that will take us through." CHAPTER XXXV. PLANNING FOR ANOTHER ATTEMPT. PROFESSOR GRIMM'S suggestion struck Frank as being a good one. He sat silent for several minutes when he heard it, puffing clouas o! smoke from his pipe, thinking about it. I think you are more than half right, professor," he finally said, blowing a wreath of smoke in the air. At Pomp's Island we would be several hundred miles nearer the Pole than we now are. If we have our supplies there, we will gain that muah time when we start out again." "Yes; we will have that much the advantage over the elements, if it is to obtain any advantage." "Ah l I forgot I" exclaimed Frank, as an idea struck him. "We would have to make several trips to the island, or else leave some of our numher behind." ''Why so?" "Because the Danes have added nearly 300 pounds to our weight, and to add our fresh meat to that would render the traveling very dangerous." "That is so. But can't we divide, and onehalf remain behind to--" "No-no," said Frank, very promptly. "That would not do. Another storm might come, and they would perish, or nalives or bears might attack them; or we might be blown away in another direction, and never see \hem again, Oh, no, that would uever do," and he shook his head in a very positive way. "You are right. We wlll have to give up the idea altogether." "Of course we will We must stay her-e till after the next storm, or till the wind blows northward." "Yes. You are right. l don't see any other way of working it." "Nor do I. How long before we have supper, Pomp?" "In er half hour, sah ," was the reply of black Pomp, "ef the whole worl' don't go an' froz' up. Dis yeah am er mighty col' country, Marse Frank," and he shook his head as if in serious doubt as to the world much loRger being able to withstand the grip of the old frost king. "Yes, but we have seen it colder than this, Pomp," remarked Frank. "No, sah I I nebber did I" was Pomp's em phatic reply. "Oh, you are mistaken, I guess," said Frank, smiling, and winking at the professor. "No, sah; nebber seed sich eo!' wedder in all my born days, sah," and he was more emphatic than ever. "Why, how you talk, Pomp I You astonish me 1 You were colder when that eagle lifted you out of the ship and went screaming toward the earth with you-were you not? Tell the truth now, once in your life." "Yes, sah, dat's er fac'," replied Pomp, as the memory of that terrible experience caused him to shiver. I felt mighty col' den, for er fac, but de ice wasn't dere. It wasn't dat ar kinder col'," and he shoolr his head again. "Well, maybe it wasn't," said Frank, laughing, "but you were cold, all the same. There were icicles on your eyebrows when we went down after you." "De Lor' sabe us!'' exclaimed Pomp, rolling up his eyes till nothing b:1t the whites of them could be seen. "Dat one is big enuff ter melt all dem icebergs, Marse Frank. Frank and the professor roared with laughter, and Pomp to his cooking. "He is very willing to return and leave the world still in ignorance as to the North Pole," re marked Professor Grimm. "Yes. His ambition cools at sight of an iceberg," and they laughed over the matter till Pomp announced that supper was ready. The fresh bear-steaks and coffee were delicioue. The savory odor of cooking had given all of them splendid appetites. Barney forgot all about his wound in his eagerness to get a bite the steak, and sat down on the stool that was placed for him by Pomp. The next moment he sprnng up with a howl that startled every one on board.


FRANK READE, JR., "\Vbafs the matter?" Frank demanded, gazing woml.;rillgly at the Barney wae pressing both hands on the tender spot, and a look of pain came into his face. "Be the powers I" he exclaimed, the b!Ulte av a bear shtruck me again." You had better stand up when facing him, then," suggested our hero. Or run erway," pulln Pomp. "The paste is dead," said Barney, turning on Pomp; "If we had cook it's dead you'd oe this minuto." "Yah-yah-yah!" laughed Pomp, who had no fear of the hishman before his eyes. Barney was about to rush on him, when Frank said: Peace, now. Why can't you two get along without quarreling?" "Faith an' Onld Nick couldn't be afther kapin' the pace wid a na .ygur," replied Barney "Dat's er fac'," retorted Barney s tease, grin ning all round his black face. "De Ole Nick got no use fo' er nigger. He takes all de Irishers." "Bi, the re I yelled Frank, "stop that now I If I h ear another word from either I'll leave you here. Stand up to your bear, Barney, and leave Pomp alon-e." Barney repressed his rage and turned to devour his steak, he found really delicious. He did wreak his revenge on the bear, and every mouthful he took he thought better than the other. The meal over, they all retired to rest and sleep, as the regular time had rolled round. One of the Danes was placed as watch while the others sleJJt. The daylight still continued, the sun re maining just above the horizon, making the circuit every twenty-four hours. They were to sleep eighthours and then begin another day. It was a night without its darkness, and our heroes had to regulate the days by the clock, and keep an account of them in a log book. While they were all sleeping on board ship, the Dane on watch rushed into Frank's quarters and called him up, saying in Gern::an that a bear was making straight for the ship. Frank sprang up and gave the alarm. Barney was too sore to get up. .But Pomp and the others wel"e soon up and armed for the fray. When they went out on deck, rilles in hand, they saw an immense Polar bear approaching the air-ship. He appeared to be taking observa tions. for he came a little way and then stopped to the air, as if to make sure there was something good to eat on board. 'rhen he would go nearer, and atop again. "Don' t shoot till I give the word," said Frank; "I want to see what he is after." They waited and watched. The monster, for he was an enormous one or the species, came up to within ten feet of the ship, and stood upon his hind f eet and growled menacingly at the five men who were standing there gazing at him. He may attack the ship," whispered Frank, to Pomp ; "aim at his head and fire at the word." Both raised their rilles and fired, n.nd so close were they to him that the bullets crashed clear through his head, and he went rolling down the frol<:en hill-side in his death-agonies. "That settled him," 1emarked the professor, Who had so far overcome his timidity ae to come out of the cabin to witness the fight. "Yes," said Frank; "at such close quarters these rilles would send a bullet through mu0h harder things than a Polar bear's head." "I should say so. They are the best in the market, I guess." And you gue8s right. They are the best in the world." "That bear would not dispute that point with. you, surely," remarked the professor, as he the struggles of the monster. "No, I guess not. He dies vecy harrl. He was a dangerous customer to have call on us." "Would he have attacked us?" "Yes, I think he would. He wae strong enough to have put one {l<'l.W on the ship and 'm ned it over." "Indeed?" "Yes. Why, didn't you know that?" "I had given it no thought." "Well, one of those fellows has a stcength equal to ten-horse power, and their claws are Jike steel spikes. can climb an iceberg as easily as a squirrel can climb a tree, such is the sharpness and strength of their claws. With one square pull at a man, they can cut him all to pieces." By the time the bear was dead, our hero had rPturned to his berth to finish his nap. The others did likewise, except the guard, who remain en on duty till the morning was chimed out by ihe clock in the cabin. After brt'akfnst the third bear was skinned and cut up by Pomp and the two Danes. Barney was so sore from his wound that he remained in bed all day. "We have more meat on hand now," said Frank, than we can eat in six months. I hope we won't have to kill any more bears." "So do I," said Professor Grimm. "I have a horror of them." "But we will have to shoot 'em if they come," put in Frank, for they will attack us if we do not., "Of course we will have to kill them, then." "Yes, and save their meat as long as we can." Barney would like to hunt a few more of them before we return south," remarked the pro fessor, loud enough for Barney to hear it. "Bedad, thin, it's yersilf I'd take for a bear," r e torted Barney from his berth. He was fee ling sore his wound, and was disposed to be qulfe savage in his replies CHAPTER XXXVI. ANOTHER PERIL-"WE ARE LOST!" SEVERAL days passed after the killing of the third bear, and life was becoming monotonous to our heroes. The weather continued cold, and the wind blew with such force at times as to threaten to sweep away the air-ship from its position on the little hill. It blew from the direction all the time. The sky continued clear, and our hero considered it tantuliziag that the sun should be in his favor while the wind was d ead against him. "We will have to wait till the wind changes, i it's a year," said Frank to the professor. "Yes, we can't go against the wind, that's certain. Such a wind as this would blow us way down south again." "Den let's go dar," sighed Pomp. "Not yet awl.ile-not till we see how the ice bergs are made," replied Frank; "we want to have something to talk about when we go home." "De Lor' gorramighty I exclaime as to give it a rest on tha snow. "Ah I That waq well done I" cried our hero_ "Now get behind her, and push as far ae she will I" He ran round behind tbe ship. The snow was already up to his waist. The others went with him. They placed their shoulders against the of the ship, and gave a hard push. The ship moved forward till it' got well


FRAl\JK READE, JH., lN THE C..:LOUDS. 27 e snow, and tllen it glided along with but half motive power that was required to start it. further it moved, the more hopeful our young hero was that he would finally escape the peril that had so unexpectedly threatened them,. Shove her along 1" cried Frank, as Liley pushed with all their might. They did shove, and in a little while the ship the deep snow beyond the hill. There they found that the great depth of the snow would stop them. They pushed witll all might, but failed to move the ship another inch. "We are stuck 1" exclaimed Frank to the professor. "Yes, fast in the snow. How far have we moved it?" "I don't know; we can't see the ice from here," and Frank climbed in, and called to the others to follow him. They did so, and in another minute they were in the warm cabin, shaking the snow from their garments. "If the ice follow us here," said Frank, after he had tak(ln a survey of the situation, "we cannot get away from it, for we can go no further." "Can't we rise and tly a mile or two?" the pro fessor asked. "No, not in a storm like this. See how the snow drifts over the icebergs and lodges on us 1 Why, the ship has a ton of snow on her now. We can't rise under a load as that." "Then we will have to take the world. In the distance some of the giant icebergs loo ked like islands; but as they approached them, the mistake would be manitest. Pomp's Island was the objective point. They desired to reach that, and make a start from there. "With such weather as this," said Fmnk to Professor Grimm, "we could reach tile Pole in four days." So I think. I hope the weather will con tinue." "'So do I. 1'hat must be an island out there in our path." Frank took a look at it. "No, it's iceb but coYered with snow, broken ice, ar:d somet ing else I can't makt3 out.'' : How do you know it is not an island?" "By the many sharp points of broken ice.'' "Ah I You are ahead of me again. That's a good way to judge," and the professor again gazed at the floating mass of snow and ice through the spy-gtass The sllip soon passed over the island of ice. They were all amazed at its immensity. It musi have been ten miles long, by one or two wide. "-I think we could safely go into camp on that," said Frank, as he took it in from the height ho occupied "These>\ could never roll so high as to brenk it up or push it up on the shore.'' -"That may be so," remarked the professor, but. when the sea is angry I prefer to be on land." "Dat's er fac', suah I" exclaimed Pomp. "Gimme do Inn' ebery time, an' whar de sun shine.'3 wa'm." Pomp never let a chance slip to remind the others that he longed to get back to a warmer climate. Two days passed, and Pomp's Island came in sight again. "There's your island, Pomp,'' said Frank, the moment he was sure of it. "Doan' want it," replied Pomp. "'Tain't my islan'. Ain't got no islan' up heah. Guess dat ain'L nuffin' but Ice, nohow.'' The ship made direct for the Island. It waR covered all round with snow, affording no j>ltlcu fora landing. Round and round they went, ooking for a spot where the wind had swept away the tleecy covering, but no such place could be found "Why stop there at all?" the professor asked. "I wanted to do so,'' rt3plled .Frank, "and make a thorough examination of the ship before at tempting tho final trip.' "Do you thmk the ship needs an overhauling?" /


, 28 FRANK READE, JR., lN THE CLOUDS. I can't eay that I do; but I think It the part of wisdom to do it." "You may be right. If we can't find sucha place 88 you want on the island, why not seek for one on the ice somewhere? There are plenty of icebergs that the wind has swept cle'!m." By George I that is an inspiration I I'll do that very thing!" and he swept the spy-glass round the horizon in search of what he wanted. CHAPTER XXXIX. STUCK TO THE ICE. HE did not have to walt long ere he found such a spot 88 he was in search of. About a couple of miles away on the right was an enor mous mass of ice, which held in its gl'ip ijeveral great icebergs, and which seemed to promise a resting-plac e The ship was turned in that direction, and in a little while they were hovering over tho floating fleld, in eager search for a smooth place on which to rest. Such a place was soon found, and the ship began to s e ttle down. When it struck the ice, Barney was the first one to jump out. The moment his feet touohed the ice they shot from under him, and he went down like a man who had never se e!\ ice before In all his life He weat skimming along nearly Jlfty feet, and made many ludicrous attempts to catoh himself. Frank and Professor Grimm roared with langhter1 while Pomp sung out to him: Gooa-bye, Barney!" He brought up against a bowlder of ice that blocked his way with a forCJo that came near knocking all the wind out of him Putting himself together again, he looked around him with an expression of supreme dis gust on his face. "Bedad," he ex<:laimed, "whin I slop I don't stop, an' whin I go 1 stop too much, bad cess to it." He was pretty well shaken up, but he was well used to that, and so started towarcl the ship agnin. When about half-way up, the professor asked: "Is the walking good, Barney?" "Yis, sorr-foine," was the reply. "Then I will join you," and the man of scienc e went overboard to take a walk on the ice. But be wiiB destined to slide before he walked. His feet went from under him, and he struck amid ship, as the sailors would say, and went skim ming along 118 Barney had done. "Hi, dar!" cried Pomp, as he saw the profes sor start off "Look out, Barney!" Barney stopped when be saw the professor coming like a boy coasting downhill, and tried to get out of the way. He made a mistake. Had he stood still he would have escaped a collision. But he sprang to the right just as the professor rolled over in that direction, and tho result was a meeting. Barney was taken off his feet In a trice, and the two went along toward the bowlder against which the Irll!hman had brought up with such forc e "Howly l\Ioses !"groaned BarnAy, as he found himself doomed to break the professor's fall by taking itfall himself. Crash! The professor was on top of Barney, and es caped unhurt, save a good shaking up, which was as bad as the scare he received. But poor Barney was doubled up, and nt>arly broken in two. "Oh !"he groaned," it's kilt ento!rely I am "I am sorry," said the professor. It WIIB an accident, you lose Wl\S not a matter of as muc h easo as digging out of the snow, and our h ero was pain fully a\V:tre of the fact "We are caught!" exclaimed the young invent or, after jumping out and making a hurried ex amination of the situation. "We must get loose as quick as we can Get the axes, Pomp, and we 'll get to work at once." "Yes, sal!," and Pomp hastened to with the command. was ready to use one, as were both the Danes. They each took an ax and sprang out to cut away the flinty ice that heltl the sl\ip in its grasp. Two hours they worked like beavers, and still the ship remained fast. "Another storm is coming," said the professor, as he looked away toward the north-east, where a thin white mist obscured t11e sky. That was the forerunner of a cloud of flying snow. "Yes, replied Frank, gazing in that direction, "and it will catch us I! ere, too, unl ess we are mighty lively. up." "But what will you do if we fessor Grimm asked. "l\Iount up above it," was the very prompt re ply. "But the wind might serve us trick." "Yes; but that might not be as bad as to caugh t here." "I am not sure about that. This iceberg large to be broken up by the heaviest seas might strike it. I believe I would rather my chances on this fleld of ice than two or miles up in the air." Frank was amazed He glared at the professor as if he t hought out of his senses. The man of science, however, stuck to theory, and said: "This iceberg old It hilS been a long time freez i ng, as big as it is. It passed through the big storm the other day. Why will it not pas s through another one?" "Great Heavens!" gasped Frank, as he glared at pro!Assor. "Go right on board, nrnf''""nr" he said, "and bind a chunk of ice to You will feel better soon Hurry up, Strike lively there, Barney." The professor wondered why his logio WIIS considered good, and went on board to solve the problem In the meantime our hero, having more in being able to outride the storm, kepl di aWt\Y at the ice. The flinty chips flew in direction as the sharp axes cut into the ice. Be careful!" he cried to the others; "don let yeur axes slip and cut into the ship." Suddenly the ship keeled over on tJ1em. "Bully!" cried Frank. She is loose a t last. All aboard, now !" They scrambled aboard 118 fast as they could, and the rotascopes were started. Soen the ship straightened up as they pulled upwards. "U}> she goes!" cried Pomp, as the ship swung loose from the ico and began to rise. "You are going to try it up in the air, are you?" the professor asked. "Yes-rather than be tossed about on an ice berg." "Well, you know best." And then he lay down on 'his bed. Tba pres ence of ext r eme danger often made him feel as weak 88 a kitten The air ship rose quickly after getting loose from the ice, and in a little w h ile they were more than a mile above the surface of the sea. In the meantime, the storm came along fast and the flue enveloped the ship. The cold was intense, but the young inventor stood to his post, and guided the ship higher and higher. But the storm-king was upon them ere they could get beyond his clutches. The wind snd rleuly struck lhem, and away they woot before it. Just how fast they were going they could not ascertein, but, to k eep control of tile ship, Frank bad to run her before the wind, whiel1, or cQurso, added greatly to her speed. Which way are we going?" Professo r Grimm asker!, after a long sil'nce. "South-west," replied Fmnk. "Good Heavens I We are goi n g n"'"""'"rn" t he professor exclaimed. Yes we can do no better."


FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. 29 "No, I suppose not." We will do well if we can go with the wind without being weighted down with snow and ice." Is there any danger of that?" Why, yes, of course there is. Since we added two more to our number it will not take vw:y much BilOW to bear us down to the water." And that means the end of us all." "Yes, that will be the end, if we go down." The professor looked very serious. He was anxious above all things to succeed in the object o[ the expedition, and was even willing to take chances. he did not care to court death in such a reckless way as to make it sure. He remained in deep silence for several minutes, and oolanced around at the faces of about him" as if to read their thoughts. Their fucee were as palo as his, and he derived no comfort from them. "We must not let the snow weight us down, then," he said to Fran!,, after quite a pause. "No, not il we can prevent it," and the inventor glanced out on the deck at the white, fleecy snow that had already accumulated there. Barney and Pomp knew the danger, and did not II"' wait for orders. They seized brooms and swept away the snow. The Danes were equally as prompt, and rendered as good as they. "Can't we get above the source of this snow?" the professor asked. "I don't know," said Frank. "We ought to be rising all the time. I can't tell j ast how we are going. It seems to me, though, that the snow is than it was awhile ago." "What does that indicate?" "That we are either climbing out of it, or the storm is ceasing ." hope it is breaking up." do I." they felt and talked for hours, without a change in either the wind or snow. As going with the wind, they did not feel But they were not so high but what could hear the roar of the angry sea below, broke over the icebergs and great fields of ice. can't be very far from the water," the pro said, after listening to the familiar sound time. don't think we are, but we are not de any. I am quite sure of that." Then we are safe at the present?" Yes, at present. But what the next minute bring we know not. Ah l We are either go clown or the wind it> rising l" How know you that?" By the way the ship acts. The wind is blow stronger." hurriedly made an examination, and that quite a quantity of snow had accumu various parts of the ship. 1 Quick, all of you l" he called. Get snow off there as quick ILS you can, or well the bottom of the ocean l" De Lor' sa be us l" groaned Pomp, laying him with all his might. said not a word, but worked with all knew the danger was imminent, to talk. The Danes kept alongand Pomp, and did as they did. the ship rose up higher. 'l'he the angry sea below beoome fainter fainter, and our hero breathed freer than he for several hours. But they soon found that could go too high. The air was not sufficient life at that altitude. They panted and men who could not get enough air. as bad as the sea," said the professor, Frank. returned Frank, "but we must long as we can." won't do. We may hold out for several then will come a sudden collapse that It will be too late then," and staggered like a drunken man as be Frank," said Pomp, dis heah am work." 1 Why you are not doing anythe matter with you?" what I waats ter know, an' it's hard fin' out." the matter?" know. Cttn't git nu:l'f brelf ter sa be the powers," said Barney," it's the thruth ', Pomp. Sure v.n the breath isn't here Danes were also in distress, but they used to rigid discipline on shipboard, to endure every privation withyoung inventor watched admiration, and waited to see if they would make any complaint. But the brave fellows never uttered a word. They simply gasped for all the air they could get, and seemed to take it all as a matter that could not be avoided. "Well," said Frank," we'll drop down a mile or so, and see if we can get along any better." Then he reduced the revolutions of the rota scopes, and the air-ship began to drop down into the white clouds ot flying snow. The roar of the an!l'ry sea became louder each moment, and they all found that they could breathe much more freely thnn a half-hour be fore. CHAPTER XLI. A FAILURE. THEY all much better when they could breathe easier, and seemed to be willing to risk the dangers of the storm rather thnn the lack of air in a higher latitude. The storm, however, was raging fiercely, and the wind sent the ship whirling at a tremendous speed through lhe air. At times it would be turned completely around; then again they were threatened with a capsize, so violent were the gusts of wind that struck them. "Keep 11 strong grip," said Frank to all on board. "You don't know at what moment you may be turned over." "How far above the earth are we?" Pro fessor Grimm asked. I don't know. We can't see anything. We can hear the roat of the sea, though." Yes, so we can. It begins to look as if we could never the Pole by tais route." "So it does," and then the two friends Weo/6 silent a long time. Each thought of the ob stacles that had repeatedly come up to block success just as they were about to grasp it. Here they were now going away from thll Pole at the rate of a mile a minute-for such they calculated was the rate of the wind at the time. The terrible storm raged for two days. At times it almost subsided, and then again it would burst forth wit)l renewed energy and sweep them along before it, as if determined to send them to the South Pole as quickly as time could take them. Long before the end of the second day they passed beyond the sound of the sea. They could no longer hear it. "We are no longer over the sea," said Frank. "We have passed that danger." "Bress de Lor'," said Pomp. "Dis nigger ain't afeared ob de snow. Let her drop, Marse Frank." "Not much I won't," said the young hero. This wind would dash us to pieces against something." "Keep her up, begob," put in Barney. "Sure, an' we're goin' ther roight way ter git home." "Dat's er fac," criod Pomp, as he saw that they were going south. Hope the wind 'll blow er week dis way." The wind continued to blow hard long after the snow had ceased to fall. They dared not at tempt to land, as the wind would dash them mercilessly against the earth, and thus ruin the ship. "Do you know where we are?" Professor Grimm asked of Frank. "Yes," was the reply, "we are up in the air somewhere in Russian Siberia." "So I supposed. But do you know our lati tude?" "No. I have not had time to tak.e an observation." Can we take one to-day?" "Yes, if the sun shines." The professor looked up at the leaden skiee and wondered in which direction the sun was hiding. Everywhere the same leaden hue met his No promise of sunshine was held out to him for s0me time. Not a break in the clouds could be seen in any direction. "But the sun doesn't shine," be remarked. Oh, yes it "Whert;,?'' "Behind the clouds." Then let's go there and make out our bear ing," suggested the professor, in a fit of despera tion. "De Lor' Gorramighty l" exclaimed Pop1p, who had been listening to what was being said. "Doan' you do dat, Marse Frank." Frank smiled. "No. I'll just keep ahead till the sun comes out." But we arll going south." "So weare." "At the rate of nearly a mile a minute, before this wind." "Yes." 'rhft professor was provoked by his coolness. He was anxious. 'l'he young inventor seemed to be perfectly indifferent about everything. Pomp was listening. was never so deeply interested in all his life before. Will you keep on before the wind?" "Yes, of course. To attempt to land would be courting destruction. The destruction of the ship in this part of the world means death to all on board." That silenced the man of science. He knew that the young inventor was a man who weighed well his words before uttering them. The widd blew' a gale all that day, and after several houm another terrible snow-storm came on. The ship had to mountupabove it to fVoid being weighted down with snow and ice. "This is awful," said Frank, after a long si lence. "What is?" Professor Grimm asked. "The whole situation. We have been on the wing a long time. The machinery of the ship ia wearing badly by reason of the heavy loads we have been forced to carry. We are liable at any time to go tumbling down to death." The professor turned deathly pale. He was an enthusiast, but he was not the stufi of which martyrs were made. He did not care to die in the interest of science. Anything else but that. "What shall we do?" he asked, after a long silence. "We must try to reMh the But we can't do that while the storm rages. The force of the wind would dash us to pieces against the earth." Then how can we land?" "We can't laud at all while this wind blows." The professor was anxious. "How mueh longer do you think we can hold up this way?" he asked "Oh, I have no idea. We may be able to hold up a week or a month; then, again, we not hold out a day. The matJhinw:y is wearing. The frequent gusts of winds give her many bard twiets, you see, and there is no telling when she will collapse." Again the professor was silent. He glanced down at the sea o( flying snow between the ship and old mother earth, and shook his head. "Mr. Reade," he finally said, "I want to ask you a question." "Well?" "Will you answ& it?" "Yes, if I can." "Very well. I merely want your opiv.ion." "You shall have it." "What do you think of the expedition? Do you think we can reach the pole?" "No, si1, I do not. The whole thing is a dead failure. The wind, ice, and snow reign supreme in the Arctic regions. We can never get over such obstMles, though we have gone further than any navigators ever yet reached." "Then we must give it up?" "Yes; I think so." The professor turned pale, and lltaggered back against the Ride of the cabin. His gemest hopes dashed to earth, and the one great ambition of his life blighted forever. The young inventor pitied him in his heart, and said : "I think it can be said that we have been nearer to the pole than any other party that ever lived to return and tell the story." "Yes, but we have failed," Jeturned the pro fessor, in hollow toneb. "Not altogether. Our explorations have de veloped information the world has long bean in search of. It is my intention to construct another ship that will, in a measure, overcome the obstacles which have baffled uR." The professor's face brightened up on the in stant. "You will another effort?" he asked. "Yes, if I can succeed in building such a ship as will meet the exigencies of the case." "Then I am content l" he exclaimed, reaching out and grasping the hand of the young invent or. They shook hands heartily. Glory be ter de Lor' l" fervently exclaimed Pomp, who had been a silent listener to all that was said. "We am er-gwine home once moab, an' dat'e er fac' l" "Phat's that, ye black nagtir?;, demanded Barney, running in on heating Pomp's exelama tion. "We'se er gwine home," answered Pomp. Barney stared in amazement first at Frank and then at t)le professor. He knew that FranK Reade had not been in the habit of giving up nil object till he had attained it. The Pole had not


-30 FRANK READE, JR., IN THE CLOUDS. been reached, and he did not incline to the beOn the third dav they came in sight of a large The two sailors were heroes. Their countrylief that he would go back till he found it. village on the banks of a river. men honored them as no sailors were ever bon" Yes," said Frank, to very great surprise, The professor and Frank made up their minds ored before in any country. The king gave them "we are going home, Barney." to find out what place it was, and, if possible, let pensions, and decorated them with IJadges of "Whoop-hooray!" yelled the enthusiastic the people know that the famous expedition honor. Irishman, dancing an old-fashion jig. "Let the through the air was on the return. Frank and thA professor were dined at the ould Pole stay where it is! Who wants it, anyl'he two Danes were questioned as to wbat royal palace, and the professor gave the royal how?" they knew about the Russian language. It was personages an eloquent account of the voyage-"Hi, dar, Barney I" cried Pomp. "Lef' me git ascertained that one of them could speak it and particularly of tbe rescue of the two Danish de banjo, hone)' I" fluently. sailors from the ill-1\tted Copenhagen. "None of that now I" exclaimed Frank, in very "Then we'll go down there and see what we The king gave Frank a diamond cross as 11 emphatic tones. "We are not out of danger by can find out," said Frank, at once turning and mark of his esteem and admiration, and the free any means. W9'll have a dance when we get a steering the ship in the direction of the town. dom of the city was voted to him and the profes landing, and not before." "Look l The whole population turns out tore-sor. The man of science was beside himself "Dat's er lac'," said Pomp, and in another moceive us I" with joy over the honors that were showered upon ment both had quieted down, and peace reigneu "Yes, and they are frightened almost to death I him. He was not used to such ovations, and on board. See how they run back and forth I Some ure hardly knew how to act. The Danes seomed delighted when they down on their knees, others stand and gaze as if "Keep cool, professor," Frank would say to heard that they were to be carried through to they were dumfounded." him. "Let 'em think we are used to such things. their howes in Copenhagen. Their bronzerl "Dam folks am skeered e'enmost tar deth I" Let 'em see that an American citizen is as good faces lit up with a happy light when Frank told laughel Pomp. as a king any day. We are all sovereigns in our them about it. "Faith an' they are," said Barney. own country, you know." So glad were all on board over the determina"T bey never heard of us, I guess," remarked "Yes, that's so," said[the man of science; "but tion to abandon the expedition, that a -great load the professor. I you see, I never saw a real live king and queen was lifted off their minds, and they forgot, for "Bedad, thin, it's they'll be whin we go before, and to be treated with such honor by the moment, the danger that menaced them. A down till thim. them is enough to upset a citizen sudden lurch of the ship soon reminded them, As the air-ship descended lower and ipwer, the "That's how you l ook upon it. As for me, I however, that they were yet at the mercy of the villagers took to their heels and sought refuge in look at the man and not at the crown. The King fierce elements. their houses. Tho voyagers got out and looked of Denmark doesn t know half as much as you do. Frank was uneasy about the condition or the around, as if anxious to see some one they could though be does wear a crown." ship. He was very anxious to have a chance to talk to. "l'h>Lnks for the compliment. 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