Frank Reade, Jr., exploring Mexico in his new air-ship


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oname's" Latest and Bell!Jt Stories a r e .Published in FRANK READE, JR., EXPLO R ING ft\EXICO IN HI.3 NEW .3HIP I By "NONAME.'' Fa.ater and faster went the rotascope, and in another minute the air-ship began to rise. Barney and Pomp sprung up and began cheering and waving their hate. Xensel and Ballinger waved theirs also, catching the enthusiasm of the other two, and in a little while the air-ship was a thousand feet or more above the earth.

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2 F RANK READE, JFt., EXPLORING MEXICO. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore l:)treet. Box 2730. By'' NONAME," Author of "Across the Continent on Wings; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Greatest Flight," "Frank Reade, Jr. Sea Serpent;' or, The Search for Sunken Gold," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. r I'BANX KBA.DB, rn., BEOIUVES A LETrEB FBOM NEW YOBX A.BOUT A NEW A.IB-BBIP W GO TO liiEXIOO. FIU.NX BEAD, J:s., was at hotne in Reades town. He had settled down with charming yaung wife and two children to enjoy tile re1:1t he had so well earned. His many wonderful Inventions had brought him both fame and fortune, ana he had made up his mind to enjoy both at his ease. Both Barney and Pomp, his faithful com panions and men of all wCJrk, had also married and settled down in comfortable homes near the Beades, who had been so liberal to them in the p8!1t. In fact, for some three years they had all been enjoying life in the fullest sense of the term. Tl:iey would meet and talk over adventures which no other travelers had ever passed through, and have many a hearty laugh over incidents that made their hair stand and their blood run cold at the time of their occurrence. One evening Frank. walked down to the post ofllce for his mail. Among the dozen letters he received was one from New York. ile could not recognize the hand-writing, and hastily broke It open. It W&S from a total stranger, and read as fol \ows: "STOCK EXCHANGE, :NEW YORK. "OCT lath, 187-. "DEAR Sm,-I the Interest of a party ol gen tlemen who desire to &end two men to Mexico In one of your alr-sblps. or course nO' man would under take to make the trip except under your guidance. Can yon be Induced to go, and ror what price 1 Please answer by return mail and very much ot>Jige, "Very truly yours, "CHARLES KENSEr.n When he had finished reading the letter, he quietly remarked : "I'm done with that kind of business," and proceeded to read his other letters. But that night he sat down and wrote In reply to the letter : "READESil'OWN. Iowa, Oct. 17, 187-. "DEAR Sm,-Yours of the loth inst, Is received, and tn reply will say that I have given up the alr-slliu bustneBB. I have made enough to live comfortably on the rest of my re, ami. at the earnest solicitation of my wtre and parents, bave decided to stay at home. Roping you may lind some other way to get to Mexico, I remain, .. very truly yours, "FRANK READE, JR.'' This he sealed In an envelope and directed to "Charles Kensel, Esq.," at the New York Ex. ehange, and the next morning it was mailed. l"lve days later h'il received another letter from :Kensel. The letter ran: I believe that when you know for wba;pnrpose we propose to send two engineers to Mexico In one of your air-ships you wtU Qonsent to unite with us In furthering the scheme. Mexico is making rapid de velopments, under tbe insplrat.ton ol American capitl\1 and energy. Millions or AmP.rtcan money have been Invested there In tile last ten vears. It ts only a ques tion of time as to ber becoming one of the States or the Union. To hasten that time we are seeking to llandle the commerce of that country and the vast Pa,., cltlc coast trade. By building a railroad across from._ the Galt to the Paclftc we can tnm all her commerce toward our own country; and I believe you are paj place America ahead of all the other ll&tlons of triotlo enough to wlsll for snch a consummation. eartll, I am always ready to respond to the call." But such a survey as would be required cannot be That lettsr met the wishes or the syndicate ln made In the ordinary way except at an Immense loss the fullest sense, and Fmnk Wl\8 instructed to or money, and,,perbaps, life. Rut by means or construct any kind of a air-ship he thought would your air-ship a bird s-eye view ot the proposed route best answer the purpose and draw on them for can be bad from Ocean to Gulf. We care not what It may cost us. We appeal to you to come to our BBBiRt-, the money.. ance, and thus give us an advantage over an English Frank went work all the varl syndicate which is seeking to accomplish the same ous models <>f his old air-ships, Ill order to up result. Hoplcg to hear more faYorably from you, I something new, if possible. remain, Barney and Pomp, not knowing anything Very truly yours, about the correspondence with the New York "CIUBLBS KENSIIL.'' gentlemen, noticed the fact that lle was lnaerestFrank Wl\8 puzzled. ed in the shop once more. He Is Intensely patriotic In his devotion to his "What's yer doin', Marse Frank?" Pomp asked country. one day, putting his head in at the door of the To serve his country in any way he had always workshop. regarded a S&cred duty. "I'm looking over the old air-ships, old man," Here W88 a chance to fllve his country the adhe replied. vantage, in a commerolalsense, over foreign bid"Better let 'em er lone, Marse Fmnk. Fust ders for the commerce of Mexico. yer know yer'll be er fl.yln' er way ofi yander He could easily understand how 'much easier agin." It would be for a survey to be made from an air" Oh, well, you wouldn't mind a little sail, ship than on foot. would you, old man?' It would Indeed be a saving of time, money "I doan want no mo' sallin', Marse Frank, and life. My wife does all dat now, sah." "It is In the Interest of American enterprise "She does the salting now, does she?" and commercial supremacy," he said, 88 he "Yes, sah." folded up the letter and laid it aside for future consideration, "and I must give It the careful "Well, when she fl.nds out that you can sail.. thought that It deserves." too, maybe she won't sail into you so heavy." That evening he explained the matter to his PomP grinned, and shook his head. wife. "I likes ter hab her sallln," he said. 11 She am She was as patriotic as bimBillf, but she did not jes' de gal for me." like to have him go away from home again. "Well, I am glad you are satisfied, old man. I "You and Pomp and Barney have all married am happy myself. But a little is good for and settled down," she said, "and we are all so us all. A man doesn't want to eat chicken all the happy and contented. It would be a pity to time, you know," have them taken away from their wives. They "Yes, sah, .dat's er fac'. But Dinah ain't no would be so lonely. I have my children; and chicken, sah." your father and mother would be company What is she, Pomp-a duck?" enough for me. But their wives would not be Pomp" chuckled,.a.nd said: so well otf. Think or all that before you make "Yes, sah, I spec she is. She hab got feet like up your mind to go." de duck." That was just like the noble young woman she Fmnk roared. was-to think of the comfort of others instead of You didn't tell her so, did r,ou ?" her own. "No, sah. I ain't no fool,' and he grinned Frank showed the letter to his father, and again. asked what he should do about it. Frank Sr. Soon after that he returned to his home, which read the letter over very carefully, and said: was on the little farm adjoining the big estate or I don't see how you can refuBil them. They the Reades. are well able to pay you for the trip. The airIn the afternoon he paid a visit to Barney ship survey will place the Americans ahead of O'Shea on his farm, & quarter of a mile dlst.Q,nt. everybody else in Mexico, and that Is a point Barney was at work in his shirt sleeves, but that-moves me to advise you to accept their ofgave his old comrade a hearty welcome. fer." "Barney," said Pomp, 118 he sat down and "That's the way I look at it. It seems that a looked around 88 If to Jllake sure that no tllird foreign syndicate Is trying to get ahead of the party could overhear what he had to say, ":Marse Yankees in bidding for the commerce of. Mexico. Frank Is at It ergln." A survey across the country on foot must neces .Bar114Jy stopped work and gpzed at his old sarily be very slow and dllngerous. The airfriend in a way that evinced an Intense Interest, ship will be rapid and easy. I'll write to 1\[r. and asked: Kensel at once and tell him that I will go." "Pilat's that?" I think I would under the circumstances," "He Is wuckin' In de shop," said Pomp, "wlf sald his father. dem air-ships." That evening the young Inventor wr9te to "Be the powers!" exclaimed Barney, greatly Kensel, and said: excited, "it's meself as will be aftber knowln' In vtew or the fact that the of my phat. it Is," and he started ofi at onc:>e, In ,his country would be sustained, and a large slice of Mexi Rhlrt-sleevss, to pay a visit to the young in can commerce be secured by the propoen railroad, t ventor. have
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLO R I N G M EXICO 3 "Hello, Barney I" exclaimed Frank, "what's the newii?" Bedad, an' It's that same I want to know. Sure, an' a.v yo plaza, pbat's It now?" "What do you mean?" "Sure, an' I mane to know," replied Barney, Is It an air-ship this to! me again?" "Oh, hoI Pomp has been to see yoa, hasn't he?" "Yis, sorr." "I thought so. Well, l'm going to look over the old ships and see if I can't get up a new Idea In that line. It's been three years, you know, since I have bad any tun at flying. A man muet have some recreation once in a while." "Sure, all' It's roight yer are," said Barney. ''Would ye after goln' away In the ship?" Frank looked at the brawnyfellow, and asked: "You would like to go; would you?" .. Yis, sorr." "All right, then, but don't sAy a word about It, not even to your wife and Pomp." "Niver a worrud sorr." That's right. h1 take you a.loDg, and w e'll ba.ve no end of fUn." Barney was so glad that he executed a break down, and would have given one of his wild Irish yells, bad not Frank restrained blm. He went away an,d told Pomp that he guessed It didn't mean anything after all, Pomp shook his head, and said: "I doan no 'bout dat," and returned to his own comfortable oottage to think over it all by himself. In the meantime, }'rank went to work to make a drawing of what kind of a ship he wanted. He spent days and nights over his drawings, determined to get up something quite different from the others with which be had made a world wide reputation. Hy degrees be developed part after part, until the whole constituted a perfectly harmonious creation. "I am sure that will be just the thing I want," he said, 11.8 he surveyed the picture be had dmwn. ''It Is neat, strong and swift, and will meet every requirement that could possibly arl'3e. I'll make a small model aoout four feet long and see how It will work. If it works well, I'll have a One one built and make it the crowning work of my life:'' A of slender build, florld complex ion, and brown mustache and beard, stepped off the cars, followed by fourteen other gentlemen. Frank Rtepped forward and sale : I am Fmnk Readeyou are Mr. KeDsel, are you uat?" "Yes," replied the New Yorker, grasping his band and shaking it warmly. "This Is my father," said Frank, introducing the elder Reade. The two men shook hands, and then a gen eral introduction all round took place. They were all driven to the Reade House, and given the rooms that had b.een assigned them. That evening Frank and his father spent at the hotel, getting acquainted with the New Yorkers. In a little whJle they all felt that they had been acquainted a long time. Frank related many stories of adventure in distant parts of the world. We have all read the story of your travels and adventures," said Kensal, "and enjoyed the narrative very much Indeed. What has become of Barney.and Pomp?" They are here, both married and settled down Into steady old farmers." They are great characters," remarked one ot the bankers. "They are, Ind eed," returned Frank, "and the most faithful men I ever met with In all my life. They aro typical of their race, and when you have seen them you wlll agree with me.'' "Shall we see them?" another asked. "Oh, yes. I'll intro:luce them to you all to morrow evening, when we shall see the model of tile new air-ship work." T-he next day Frank and hie father drove the visitors about the town, showmg tbe:n the finest resldenoes and business houses of the place. In the evening they all repaired to the work shop of the young inventor, accomjl'Ulied by a half dozen or mo1e of the prominem. busil:ess men of the Frank bad arranged seats In one half of the shop, so that every spectator present could hear and see all that was said and done. In front of them was a table on which stood a model of the new air-ship, about four feet In length. The bankers stared at the little beauty with un feigned interest. --It was different from the other air-ships In CHAPTER II. many respects. It had but one rota.scope, or ti'RA.NX Eli:BllliTB TJ!:E MODEL OP TJIB NEW AIBSRIP. lifter, whereas the old ones had two. Then the AliOUT thirty days after the correspondence rudder was behind instead of before, liS In the others. betweey n kFrauk and the stock oxoban 1 g 1 e br1 okedr.in But we wUllet the young lnventOI' expla.in It, New or the latter fo ow ng Isas he did to the millionai> es who were present. patoh from the young mventbr "This is a perfect working model gentlemen "RBADBBTOWN, IoWA, Nov. 20,187-. he said, as he took his stand by'the table on "M.R. CHARLBS KBNBBL,-Tbe model or atr.shlp which the model rested "of the new air-ship llniebed. Bring your trlends and It on tbe 27th l which Is to be built It differs from the others 1 tnst. FJ!ANK RBADR, JR.'{ The next day Frank reoelved the followirl.g have m.ade In many respects. You wlllsee tbo.t reply: castmg your eyes at the pictures on the wall "STocK El:CHANGB Nxw YORK. on the left. there. The of the ones .. Nov. 21, 187-. was more hke that of a skiff, whereas this one "hANK RBAl.lB, JB.,-Yool'!l received. The syndl nearly straight., with a prow not very discare ornneeu capitalists will arrive In on similar to that of a sea-gomg ship. It hM a tbe 26tb lnst., to see you and the model. cabin with accommodations for six P.ersona-"CHARLES KBN&BL." that Is the sbip, not tbe model-and a lifting and "They are coming, father, strong," said carrying capacity of a .bout 1,500 pounds. The Frank, a.s he read the dispatch and passed It to motive power is electricity. Two powerful bat-his father. teries, inclosed in a chest just abaft the center Wbo are coming?" are controlled by these little sliver knobs and Kensal and .t:.ts syndicate.'' cranks here. The same principle that applies to The deuce I" ships applies to tho navigation of the air, with a Yes-to see the model of the new air-ship.'' single exception of tbe lifting power. GravitaFrank Reade, Sr., read the dispatch, and then tion bas always been the one !{Teat obstacle in the looked at his son. way of a successful air-ship. I have the lifting "That's quite a crowd," he remarked. power here-this tall mast in the oenter, which "Yes," said Frank, "&nd every one of them a resembles an umbrella In many respects, opens It can be steered even In strong currents of am lt oan even go against the wind, as llhlpe gcs a.ga.l nst the tide." As the little model Rlilled gracefully around Ute room the syndicate of capllnllsts 1nd spectators burst Into enthusiastic appla.use. It Is a. grand succesel" cried one. I never saw anything like It I" excla.imed another. Wonderfull" eja.cula.ted a third. "Three cheers fOI" the inventor I" yelled a fourth, and the cheers were given with an energy that came near lifting the roof off the shop. Round a.ud round the room the little beauty sailed, rising and falling in response to the slightest touch of the master mind that controll ed it. Every man in the room watched It as it sailed noiselessly about, and then looked admir ingly at the young man whose inventive genlue bad brought him both fame and fortune At last Frank fastened tbe oord to a screw on the table, and let the model sail around tbe room whilst he entered Into an animated description of the electric machinery that gave so much power for so little weight. It Is the motive power of tbe future," he said. "Steam will !rive way to it, and thus the motive power of the world will become com-. pletely revolutionized." After lecture, which the bankeis declared to be the most Interesting one they ever listened to, Barney and Pomp were Introduced. The bankers crowded around to shake hands with tbem. "Pomp, old man," said Ksnsel, gn.splng the darky's hand and shaking it. warmly, "vour name Is known all over tbe country, for you have been with Mr. Reade In all his adventures." "Yea-dat's er rae'," said Pomp,. and the entire pa.rtv la.ughed. I'se been wid lm all de time, sah.r' "Bedad I" excla.imed Barney, "an' it's mesllf as wur there, too." "Dat's er rae', Barney. Dat Irisher don't git left nowbar." The bankers laughed, and one of them asked Pomp If be would like to go on another voyage. "Ise done gone an' done it now, sab," said Pomp, shaking his head in a very grave manner. "Done what?" "Got' married, sah." "Oh I" and the crowd yelled. "Barney is married toO, sah," said Pomp. u Oh, is he?" "Yes, sab, he Is." "Faith, an' It's for you, Pomp," said Barney, who overheard the remark. I hope you are both happy and contented in your domestic relations," said Kensal. "Av coorse," ref.lled Barney. Bridget rules the ranche, an' its mesilf that's proud 1n -me boss." Good I I like a man who Is proud of his wife!" Bedad, an' it's meself as loikea the wife that's proud av her OU[d man." "Yes, you are a lucky g, Barney. If you write tne history or your life some day you'll make a big fortune." Sure, an' I would ave me wolfe wouldll,'t rade it." At that the crowd roared with laughter. "Give me your hand, Barney I" exclaimed one of the bankers. "I think you have uttered the sentiment of every one present. If every one of us had to write the history of our lives, we would be sure to leave out some things which we would not care to baveour wives to read. You are a philosopher, Barney. Long life to you." CHAPTER III. miUionaire.'' when it revolves, and the leaves work upon the "What shall we do with them?" principle of the old Dutch wind-mill. To increase THE NBW AIB-SmP IB READY TO SAIL-TJIB BAT Take them to the Reade House, -wbioh Is as the number or revolutions Is to .mount higher, TLEB 01!' THE WIVES. good a botelRS any in the West. We can give a and -vice -vena. I will now sbow you how it THB night after the exhibition of the model of banquet. there and bavepome of ourbestoitizens works. First, I touch this little knob here, the new air-ship Frank and his father entertain present as Invited guests.'' marked Rotoscope,' and the battery beneath at ed the bankers -at a sumptuoue banquet In the "That's so, and we need not crowd our fami-once sets it to revolving. There t you see It house of the elder Inventor. 1 Ues with them.'' -spread out like an umbrella I Now, see it rise-:. The dinner was a gran:l affair. "No, not In the least.'' up she goes I I hold to this string to keep conA dozen prominent citizens sat down with the will be here In live days?'' trol of it.'' visitors, and for three hours there was a feast of "Yes. Tbe littl)-l model rose up as gracefully as a butreason and flow of soul that made the New York "Then I'll go down to the hotel and engage terfly. Frank held to It by means of a cord. ers open their eyes in astonishment. rooms for the party." "Now I'll pull it down and toueb the motive. "They understand these things out here as well "All right. I'll have the shop arranged so It power," he said, drawing it down so as to reach as we do In New York,'' remars;ed KeliSel to one can be used as an exhibition room. There Is up and touch the knob that controlled the pro-of hiS party. ample reom there when the lumber Is moved out. peller wheel behind. The wheel had three tlukes "Indeed they do. The West Is breezy in ltli I'll arrange seats for about twenty people and let or blades, ot the same sl!ape as those need by way, but they are right up to the rack whenever the syndioate see the model work.'' ocean ships. anything iR to be done.'' Mr. Reade, Sr., went down to the Reade House, The propeller began to revolve, and the beaut!The banquet ended an& the visitors returned to the best hotel in the town, and engaged quarters fullittle model pulled against the oord as. if it the hotel. for the fifteen millionaires who were coming "On wanted to go away. Tbe next day they were ready to attend to the from New York. "Now I'll set the rudderwbich projects beyond business they bad on hand-to sign a contract On the day the New Yorkers were to arrive, the propeller," continued Frank," and that gives. with Frank to reimburse him for any outlay of Frank and his father met them at the depot with It the circular route around the room. See boW'" money he might make In building the air-ship, live carriages. gracefully It moves around I You see now how and to allow him to retain the of lt

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4 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. after the survey of the proposed mllrO&d route bad been m&de. That done, the party took leave of our hero and returned to New York. Frank went to work immediately to build an Ri-ship on the style of the model that bad been exhibited. He telegraphed to Chicago to the skilled work men who bad constructed the machinery for his ether inventions. They came promptly, and be showed them the model of the air-ship he wanted to build, and told them to go to work and make the necessary machinery in accordance with the specifications which he gave them then and there. Then he went to work constructing the woodwork in the shop where the exhibition of the model took pl&oe. He worked like a Trojan, and by degrees the air-shop took on both shape ana beauty. Barney and Pomp held many consultations over the matter. They both knew that Frank would never think of making a voyage to any part or the world without them. But they had now formed new ties that held theru to new duties at home. .Barney was of a roving disposition, however, and Pomp soon found out that he was not only wllling to go, b11t quite anxious to do so. That set him to thinking, but be did not say anything t'o his dusky partner aboul it. It was only by accident that Dinah heard that the great inventor was building another air-ship. "Pomp," she said to him one day," Mr. Reade am er bl1ildln anuder fly in' ship." "Dat's er fae', honey," be replied. "Whlll''S he gwine Pomp?" I doau no, honey, an' dat's de trofe. I11 Barney gwlne wid 'im ?" BreM yer heart, honey, dis chile doan no numn 'bout dat." "Dar ain' t no nigger gwine wid him?" "I doan know, ilh1le," he answered. "Dis yere nigger is too ole ter go er flyin' around like er bird." "Dat's so, Pomp. Ef Gne nigger goes dar'll be two of 'em, an' dat's er fao'." "Yes, ohlle." She was half snspioions of him, and Pomp was conscious of it. But he said nothing to give her any reason to think that be took any thought of the matter. The truth is, he did not know where Frank iniended to go, as the. young inventor had said nothing to him about it. He bad picked up enough from the visitors from New York to suspect that he was fitOing on a grand enterprise that would bring him both fame and fortune. Pomp had married a woman who took great pleasure in boesing him ln every conceivable way. He was quito fond of her, o.s 11he made a splendid housekeeper, 11nd kept things about home look ing bright and cheerful. But he got awful tired of her lectur6!1 sometimes. AB for Barney, he wanted a change, and be lieved that an absence from home for a few weeks would really do him good. But he eaid nothing about it to anybody, preferring to wait till the air-ship was ready before mentioning lt to his wife. Time passed, and the winter came with Its snows and chilling blasts. The young inventor worked with a will, and when the green came again and flowers bsgan to bloom the new air-ship came with them. It was finished, and a marvel of beauty and in ventive ingenuity it was. Barney and Pomp allppi!d into the shop every day to get a look at it. "Whar yer gwine now, Marse Frank? Pomp asked one day. "Where dol.ou want to go, Pomp?" the young inventor aske "I doan want ter go nowhar," he replied, look Ing slyly around at Barney. "Where would you like to go, Barney?" "Ter Ireland, bedad I" exclaimed the patriotic Irishman. "That's the Irishman all over," said Frank, laughing. "I suppose Pomp would like to go down South where he was born ana see the old cabin once more." .Pomp looked at the young man and shook his head. He didn' t know what to say. He was thinking or what Dinah had s!Ud, and didn't"' ant Frank to know that shs was the cause ()f his relctance to go. "Wouldn't you like to go South, Pomp?" I doan keer 'bout dat, Marse Frank," said Pomp. "l'se e>r gittin' too ole .fordatnow,Mh. "Toe old I Why, you old rasoe.l, yon are as apry as I am at this moment." Pomp grinned. He knew he was spry enough. He didn't care to say that his wife was the cause of his peoliar hesitation at this particular time. But Frank suspected the cause, and said: Pomp came in just as Barney was abollt to "I know where your trouble is old man. Just leave, and Frank gave him tile same hint he bad leave her to me, and 1'!1 manage her. Don'tsa_y given to Barney. _: a word. You and Barney must go with me It Pomp grinned from ear to ear, an4 went out to will be worth a thousand dollars to each or you." return home to give out the he had re-"Whoop I" yelled Barney. "Av Bridget opell& celVed. her mouth, sure an' I'll put me fut ln it." The moment l'omp entered Dinah 1111ked: "Just leave it to me. Don't say a word about "When am dat Bhlp gwine to sail, Pompi'" it." "Lor', honey, I doan no." "Wbar you gwine, Marse Frank?" "Is Barney er gwine ter go?" "Tn Mexico. Two gentlemen wm go with ua. I doan no, honey." 'We are going to flnd a route aoross Mexico lor "Does he want ter go?" a railroad which those rich New Yorkers are go-"I doan no dat, nider. Bridget tole meter git ing to build." in an' go an' say nu111.n er bout it ter nobody." That relievoo Pomp very much. Dinah sprang up, and cried out: He had been to Mexico in on<. of the old air-"She yer ter go?" ships, and knew all about the amount of danger "Yes, honey, dat she did, suah." they would have to encounter in that part of the "l'se gwine ter broke her neck for dat, sure's world. you lib, Pomp." You are not afraid to go to Mexico, are you?'' Den de sheriff wm broke yo use neck, honey, "No, sah. I ain't erfrald ter go nowhar," he an' Pomp'll beer lone wtdder." rep,lied. Dinah no more. 'Would you like to go?" She went through her bouse-work with a aavPomp made no reply, as he heard his wife call-age energy that made Pomp grin and chuckle. lng him. She had come over to tell him that one He knew then that Frank had told the trutb of the cows was choked with a turnip. He left when he !laid that she would give him a rest alln a hurry to try to save the animal. ter that Frank wrote to Kensel in New York that the After a little while he went out made his air-ship was finished and ready to start on the way over to the shop where the air-ship was wait-trip. ing only for her crew and passengers. Kensel telegraphed that himself and one of the There he met Barney, who had just been put. engineers would start from New York in three ting a flea ln Bridget's ear in regard to what he days to accompany him. alleged Dinah had advised him to do. Frank had ordered from Chicago all the neoeeThey both grinned and shook hands. They sary supplies for the trip. His experience on uttered not a word, as both well understood ta. similar voyages enabled him to calculate jliSt other. "hat they would need and how much. Kense: and Ballinger, together with Frank, In the meantime, both Barney and Pomp had had moved their effects on beard, and were ready remained quiet a8 regarded their own interest ln. to follow as soon as the air-ship was ready to the proposed trip. rise. Kensel and a man of the name of Sa.llinger, an Suddenly Bridget burst into the yard of the engineer, arrived from New York, and were shop, and seizing Barney by the collar, extaken to the home of the young inventor, where claimed : they could be on band every day in lohe prepara "Sure, an' would be afther Iavin' me a peOl' tions for the of the 11.ew air-ship. widdy, ye spalpeen?' Kensel and Sa.llinger inspected the new air-ship "Ooh, Bridget, It s off ye nut ye are," said with the closest scrutiny. Barney, trying to pulllo0841 from her. "It's new to us," said Kensel to Frank, "and "Faith, thin, come home wid me an' behave it's natural that we should feel a little nervous yersilf," she replied. about sailing through the air in any kind of ves"Pomp, yer braok rasoal I"
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READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. "Lave me get at her, an' il's the loi she'll ate." .Barney and Pomp looked on, not knowing whether to take any hand 1D the fight or not. You ought to go home and hide yourselves for a week," said Frank. "I think the best thing you ean do 18 to send Barne:r and Pomp away for a month, and--" Dat lazy Pomp ain't er gwine," said Dinah, very Ballinger. the handsome eogiD.eer from New York, who had been a speetator of the scene. "That was well done, Mr. Reade," said Se.illnger, as he saw the two women depart In peace. "Bedad, but It's a great head he h88," said Barney. "Dat's er fac'," put In Pomp. You certainly know how to manage women," remarked Kensal. "Well, if he oa.n manage an air-ship he ought to know how to maoa.ge a woman," said Ballin ger, "for both are high-flyers." Kenli'el looked hard at his companion for a moment or.two, as If astonished at the tremen dous offort and said : "I wouldn't attempt such heavy jokes 118 that Se.ll.inp;er." "Why Because the air-ship oa.n't carey such heav:r thlnll:B as that." "J4ve a cigar," said Ballinger, tendering his c!Jl:ar-oase. You are entitled to one." "Thanks. I always take what Is due me," and KeDSel took a cigar. "I never oa.n get half what Is due me," reUiarked Ballinger, as he put up the cigar-case. "HO\Y is that?" Owing to lack of comprehension on the part of many people," Wll8 the repl:r. Frank laughAd. "He Is coming back on you, KeDSel." "Yes; here, I return you your cigar," and:Keneel tentlered the weed to him. "Smoke it. It will enn.ble :rou to comprehend a few things :rou otherwiSA might not under After a good laugh all around, Frank said to Barne:r and Pomp: "We are about ready to start. Go home and make peaoe with your wives. We shall start at noon, and Pomp returned home, and the others repaired to the house, where the:r made Uleir final preparations. At noon the:r were all prompt!)' on band, together with a few neighbors who had oome to see them off. 'l'he double doors of the work-shop wag thrown open, and the air-ship brought out and placed in the yar:l. Kensal and Ballinger were nervous 118 they shook bn.ods with Frn.nk Reade, Sr., aod the others just before stepping on board. "How will she stand a cyclone?" Se.Uinger a.sked. "She won't stand it at all," replied Frank. "She will have to travel with it." Ballinger stopped and looked tl.r8t at KeDSel and then at the young Inventor. Frank smiled. "That 18 where our B&fet:r would lie remark ed the young !11veotor. "By going with It and keeping up a god distance from the earth we would soon ride through it." That was lucid enough, and Sallluger sst down 6longslde of Kensal with a little resignation. The steel m88t at once began to revolve, and Both the New Yorkers were In Ot de-the leaves of the rote.aoope opened like the folds llp;ht over tht1 grana view of the country of an lmmeDSe umbrella. "It seems like a dream than a ree.llt:r," The dust rose 1D a cloud from the earth all remarked KeDllel. around the air-ship. "So It does," ussented .Faster and f88ter went the rote.soope, and In "You will both soon becoQI.e used to It," said another minute tlae air-ship began to rise. Frank. "I don't mind it now any more tllan .Barney and Pomp sprung up and began cheeryou would mind driving a horse along that dust:r lng and waving their bats. road down there." Kensal and Salllnger waved theirs also, catchBoth men took gle.sses and looked threugll lng the enthusiasm of the other two, and In a them at distant objects. They saw many excited tittle while the air-ship was a thousand feet or people gazing up at the air-ship, as U they were more above the earth. at n. loss to understand what It was. 'l'hen Kensal sat down, saying: "Just look at the people at that farm-house "It makes me dizzy to look down at the earth." down there I" cried Balhnger. "They are down "So it does me," said Ballinger, llittlng down on their knees-the last one of \hem." by his side. "Oh, I've seen that often," said Frank. "A "Look off toward the horizon until you get grest many Ignorant people think we are superused to it," suggested Frank. "You will soon natural, and therefore feel alarmed when they get ov9r it." see us." They followed his advice, and 1D a little while "Did r,ou ever pe.s8 over a Methodist campfound that they could look in any direction they meeting? wished without experiencing any ill effects from "Yes, se-feral times." it. What was the effect?" "How much higher will you go?" Ballinger "Very exciting. But generally the people 88ked, growing uneasy. knew we were coming, and were on the lookout "Oh, we oa.n go as high 88 we please," was the for us." rep!)'. "One, two, three, four or five miles, If you "Yes, I suppose so. Just look at the people wish:' In that village down there I The entJre popula I guess we are high enough now," remarked tlon hB!> turned out to look at us." Ballinger. Our heroes gazed down at the upturned faces "What I Why we are not more than a half of the excited villagers, and, b7 the aid of powermile h!Rh I" ful field glasses, could see some vecy prett:r fa.oes "WeT!, Isn't that high enough?" among tlie women. "That depends upon how high you want to go. When night came on Frank began to look A. mile higher will give you a view of around for a stopping place. thklgs." "We want to stop where there Is plenty of "A better view of the 1k7, I suppose," said water so we ean have fish for supper and a Se.llinger. swim In the morning," "No, of the world." "Just the thing," said Sollinger. "I would "I don't know about that, unless :rou go upon like to have a swim." the principle that distance lends enchantment to But the stars came out long before an:r river the view. As for me, I would rather have a little was seen. closer view of the world below." "We may as well keep on now," said Frank, ''You are not interested 1D the world above, "and sail all night. We will be that much nearer then?" said Frank. our.objectlve point in the morning." "Not just now. I've got some surve19 to "Butwlllthemaohlnerystandsomucll.wear?" make 1D the world below tlrst." Kensal BAked. "So you have; but we ll have to ft7 a gr6a.t "Oh, yes. No trouble about that." many miles before you oa.n get to work." "But what will you do for sleep?" "Well, don't take me too far above my work. "I'H have my sleep." I am not a bit proud." "And lot the ship run herself?" But he kept going higher and higher, and "Oh, no. Bn.rne:r and Pomp will relieve me then Kensellooked at Fmnk and said: b7 turns." "Suppose you walt till we are a little used to "I-1-don't think I can sleep any to-night," high flying before you sail to such altitude?" said Ballinger, a vecy scared look on his face. "Vecy well; W<' won't go an:r higher," said Frank laughed. Frank, touching the knob that regulated the "Bn.rney and Pomp have both run an air-ship evolutions of the rotaeoope. Then he set the all night long," he said. "Doc't you suppose that propeller !Wing, and the afr-ship moved oft In a I value my life as hlghl7 as :rou do yours?" southerly direction. "I suppose :rou do." The day was a be.lm:r one, wlt.h but little wind Vecy well, then; console yourself with the blowing. The air-sbif moved along with good thought that you oa.n aflord to take the same risk speed, every pa1t o the machintlry working that I do." smoothly, without an:r friction whatever that "Tbat's good phJ.losopb:r," remarked Kensel, could be detected. and I aQI. going to act on It." "This is the triumph of Inventive genius," Ballinger was silenced for the time, but he was said Kensal, In a burst of admiration at the not feeling vecy comfortable-that was plainly to grand panorama epread befoi'!I him. be seen. "Yes," added Ballinger; "I never thought He did not lie down in his berth until he ha4 when I was reading tbe story of the air-ship that sean Pomp running the air-ship for nllal-ly an I "Would evflr be a passenger on one of them." hour. How many miles per hour are we making Then he retired to his berth and slept sollndl:r now?" Keese! asked. till oalled up thfl next morning by Pomp. I think we are making about ten miles," said He sprang up and looked out. Frank," though I oa.n tell more after 'fhe air-ship W88 resting qult!Uy on the grQUnd I have examined the lnstrumen' ." on the banks of a river, w:d a fire waa I:Miml.ng He made the examination and found that the:r brlghtl:Y not twenty feet away. were making about ten and a half miles per The savory odors of coffee ud broilklg fish hour. greeted him. "What Is the best speed you can make?" Ken"Why, llello I" he exclaimed. "Where are we, sel asked. Pomp?" "That depends upon the speed of the wind." "We'se heah, sah," replle41 Pomp. ".But without any wind?" "Here I Where Is that?" "About twenty miles, I think." "Right heah, sah, by de ribber." "That's fd8t sailing." "Yes, but what river is it?'' Yes ; and 1 would not undertake to run that "I doan know, sah." fast for any length of time, for fE>ar of an aool-"Where's Mr. Baade and--Hello, Kensell" dent." "Hello1 Saliinger," returned Kensel, who came "This Is fast enough," remarked Ballinger. forward trom the river with a big trout "If an aooident should happen, what would be in his band. What's the matter with yo11 this the result?" morolog? You sleep like a log." "Don't mention It," replied Frank. "1 didn't,get -:1 sleep till very late. Why didn't "Why 110t?" you wake me /" Be<'.ause It makes me shudder to think about Becaustt u didn't ask me to. I thought it." :roo were en oylng your sleep too well to care to &lUnger himself shuddered, and dropped the get out early." subject. "How long have you been up?" "About an hour. I've caught a dozen fellows OHAPTEB V. POMP AND SALLil'IGEB-TIIE CAln',, like this ooe. They almost come oot of the water after the book." At the proper time Frank cried out: "Good-bye till we come back I" and the11 touched the rotascope knob, ALL the afternoon the atr-shlp sailed steadl17 southward1 passing over towns, villages, rivers and many oeautlful farms. "Well, you fellows must have been vecy quiet In your movements not to hn.ve n.wakene
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6 FRANK REJ\_DE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. "The w!Wlr 18 a little too cold for a swim yet," he said. I prefer to walt till we get further ROUth." They sat down to the adjustable table and ate heartily of broiled trout. cotroo, eggs and butter. When they prepared to resume their journey, Barney and Pomp soon replaced everything on board the and tben the young Inventor sung outt '' All aboard I" Two minutes later the air-ship began to rii!C U'p-np It went, and when about half a. mile up moved oft In a s6urherly Qirectlon, "Why do you go up so high, Mr. Reade?" Ballinger 1\Sked. "For aafety," Wl\8 the reply. Ballinger Wl\8 puzzled. It seems to me you l'Un Into danger by doing so," he said. "Oh, that' s because you don't understand. If we went skimming along only a few hundred feet above the earth some fool with a (rUn In his bands would get frightened and gke us a dose of lead. "Don1t say another word," said Sallina:er. "That settles it. G6 up as high please. l'd hlther take my chances up above than down below." Fran.rr. and Kensellaughed, and Sailinger add ed: A manJs never too old to learn f!Ome things. I Intend to ftnd out tblngs as I go long through life." "Dat's er fl\0'," said Pomp. ".A. man what doan' k.no nuftl.n' ain't got no sense." Ballinger glared at the black man In astonish ment for a moment, as 1f In doubt as to his meaning. But ere he could utter a word both Frank and Ketisel were aotu11lly rolling on the ftoor In uproarious merriment. Pump grinned, o.nd Barney ;remarked: "Ther naygur 18 fiesb. sorr-he 18." "I l!hould say said Sallinger. "The freshest old coon I ever saw. "Doan' call me er coon, ma;rsa," said Ppmp who particularly disliked thnt word when applli:d to one of his race. Snllloger was about to make an angry reply, when Frank said: "You misunderstood him, Salllnger;. Pomp meant to be complimentary to you." "Yes, sah-dat's er fac'," put In our sable hero. Bedad, but a naygur niver--" "Sbet up, yer lrisber," said Pomp, turning on llamey. "Doan' youse give me. none of yer lip." "Faith, an' Isn't it fresh he 181" Pomp began to scowl, and In another minute they would have come to blows, bad not Frank spoke up and ordered Barney to the rear of the air-ship on some trilling duty. Barney went back, and kept chuckling to him self till Pomp was mad eno\.lll:'h to butt blm over-board. "I have to watch Barney and P&np all the time we are out this way," remarluld Frank. '"They are the best friends In the world1 and yet I never saw two men more prompt to p1tch Into each other than they are." "Which 18 the best man?" Kensel asked. "They are pretty well matched till Porup his bead as a battering ram. That Ill ways knockS Barney out." "Do they everattempt to use weapons on each oth1lr?" "Never but once. Then I told them tl:at I would shoot the one who used a weapon on the other. That put a stop to it." They don' t seem to be very quarrelsome," re marked Salllnger. "They are not. They can't resist the tlon to gl ve eaoh otller a dig to raise the laugh -on him. '.rhey are game, though, and will ftght to the death against any odds. I'd rather go lnto a. tlg:ht with them to stand by and back me than any two men I ever knew." "That is snying a great deal," said Kensel. "So it 18, but I have been In some terrible tight places with them. They have saved my life more thAn once out on the plains when we were at-. tacked by ludlans." I would like to hear the story of some of theiD adventures," said Sollinger. "You shall hear several of them after we gel7 well started In our enterprise," replied Frank. "Do you know where we are now?" K.ensel llllked. In Southern Missouri, I think. To-morrow we will be In the Indian Territory." "It wouldn't do to stup anywhere around there eh?" "Ob, yes. The Indians of the Territory are quite tame. When we strike the OomRnche aountry we sha.ll have to be very cautious." "You have been there before, have you?" "Yes-and rescued young glriR from them several years ago." "Would they know yao?" "No." They stopped on the banks of another river that njght, and ha.d another good time fishing. shAke hands with them. But I want to see thllm." "Just look at that farm out there," rl'marked Kensal, pointing to a weliBtllcked and well-tilled farm below them on the tight. "Do you mean to tell me that an Indian roD!! that?" Ballinger asked. ''Yes," Bald Frank, "and I don'tthtnk he 18 a CHAPTER VI. very good farmer at that. I can show you some THE INDUN VIL 'GB-TRB OIIIL. Indian farming that can beat white men olean out of their boote." TB.BY were up bright the nell:t mornWhen night came on they settled down on a lng. Frank shot a deer before breakfast. mnohe owned by a Cherokee Indian. That will give us all the venison stl'ak we can He bad no end of cattle, and his hams were eat," he srud, "and w e can have two or three full of the products of the farm. hours' fishing wh.ile Pomp Is eooklng the moot." In his employ were about a score of white "Let' s hunt for m ore deer," suggested Kenlaborers, all of whom came out to see the aireel. ship and its managers. "All J.lgbt." A few Indians cam
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO 7 "Who are you SAilors?" "Yes, and out of harm's way." never clear, but that makes no difference. I love "We are Amerlcruis," returned Fra.:-.k, in the Bb:e was terrHI.ed; the Rio Grande." same tongue. What are you doing here, senor "We are in an air-ship, senorita," said Ballin+ Suddenly she cried out: ita?" lrer, "which sails through the air as well as otbef "Oh, I know where we are now I We are go-The young girl was very beautiful as she gazed li6i1>s sail through the water." ing below Laredo, and my home is not far away. at theople who live on the earth we refuse such a request as that? We owe you "No, senor." ao not 1ly." a debt of gratitude for the pll'lasant time we llave "Dq you wish to go home?" "No, not as the birds do," said Frank, "nor do had since you came on board the ship." "Yes, senor." they swim as the fishes do, but they have ship!! And I owe you all a debt which I can never "Come with us, then." that cross the ocean for all that, This is a ship repay," she replied. But I shall never cease to She quickly up such things as be-to sail through the air, and you see that it does so thmk of and pray for your health and happinees longed to her and them out of the wigwith the greatest ease. I have been all over as long as I live." wam. A moment later they were ljtartled by wlld Mexico in one like it." And we shall never forget Maria Sanchez," yells and rifle shots from the air-ship. degrees they succeeded in quieting the said Frank. "She has-been the light of the ship girls fears, and then she sat dow-n and gave them as we sailed through the air." CHAPTER VII. the particulars of her capture by the Indians. Oh, now you can see the old farm-house I" It was the old, old story of a chief in search or she cried, as the house came distinctly ip.to new. THE EESCUE 01!' THE MAIDEN-BARNEY AND POMP a pretty young wife, which he could .not find Ah I How home-like It looks,'' said Ballinger, Dllll!'END THE AIB-SHIP. among nis own people. But 11he had resmted unas he gazed at the farm-houses on the place. "No AT the sound or the tlrst shot Frank stopped til she was almost ready to give up in despair wonder you love it, senorita." and listened. and destroy herself. I do love it with all my heart," she said. He knew the Comanche yell as weU as he That evening the air-ship settled down on the "Do you see the yard In front of the house?" knew the English ian![uage. .banks of another stream where game was plenti"1'1111." Another yell, and another small Tolley of rifle ful and the solitude invited repose. "Well, can you land the ship there?" shota. The camp was soon pitched, and in a little "Yes, with ease." "The warriors have returned," he said, turn-while a sumptuous repast was prepared. "Then do I!O. Oh, there's father, mother, sising to Ballinger and Kensal, "and Barney and The girl was charmed. ter and my two young brothers I They are look-Pomp arfl ha'l"ing some fun wit h them. We have They all showed her so much deference and ing at us. They don't know what to make of lt." our revolvers and must fight our way back to ti)I!J sylllpa,Uly that she really felt as if she would The young inventor began to work the air-ship air-ship," and he drew a brace of revolvers as lie rather remain with them than return to her home down to the spot which had been selected by the spoke. on the banks of the Rio Grande. girl. Ballinger and Kensal did likewise. Her name was Maria Sanche?:. She said that The Sanchez family stood in the yard near the They were pate, but never 1linche.J. htn father was a small farmer on the American front door and gazed in awe-struck wonder at the Both had served in the armies Union, side of the river. strnnge veesel. and knew what it was to face bullel.s. "What great people you Americans are I" she They seemed to be rooted to the spot, as they The Mexican girl turned to Frank, and said: said. "You fly through tbe air like birds. 'he That was the whole story in a few words, and the hand to reassure her;" we are getting out of eaught sight of the river she uttered a cry of Joy. tlie simple-hearted parents needed no more \a the way of the Indians." .. Yet
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8 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. The old m&n's voluble S!la.nlsh Willi poured ont I.D showers of blessillga on the heads of the three A.meriea.1111, whilst the happy mother lndulgod Ill another burst of joyful tea.nr. 8enors," said the father, as he wrung their hands, stay with us a. while &nd rest. AU that we have Is at. your service." "l'ha.nks, Senor Sanchez," eaid Fr&nk. "We shall a.ooept your hospitality for the night, and ;ben go on our way." The mother, on bea.ricg \hat, a.t once tlurrled lnto the house to set It in order for tae reception ami entertainment of her guests. Fmnk sa.w wkat she was up to, &nd turned to Maria.: "Please explain to your mother that we have ample room on shipboard, &nd that we wiU sleep there after taking too with the family." Maria hu.stened Into the house to illform her mother that it was unnecessary to fix up th11 spare room. The mother felt rdleved when abe beard it., and turned her attention toward preparing a. supper that would, In a. measure, ex press the depth of her gratitude for the restora tion of her dl\ugl!.ter to her home. The supper was even better than our heroes expected. Numerous jars of sweetmeats that the thrifty house-wife had hidden a. way for many months were brought out and placed on the table, for the first time, to the great delight of the younger bmnches of the family. After supper Maria. regaled her parents with the story of her a.dTentures, and then devoted herself to the entertainment or her rescuers. At a. late hour our heroes repaired to the airship to sleep, a.ad found that Barney and Pomp had a.rr&nged everything for their comfort. They were awakened at daylight by the shrill crowing of two roosters on the place. There was no more sleeping that morning, &nd so they arose and prepared themselves to receive the calls from the Sanchez family. The breakfast was even better than the supper, and our heroes really admired the cooking or Maria. and her mother. Alter breakfast came the leave-taking. The daughter and parents were profuse In their expressions of gratitude, and pressed them to stop there on their return from their trip aot091 Mexico. I shall never cease to think or you," Ba.id .Haria. SanchtoZ, a.s she bade Frank good-bye, "and shall expect to see you a.galn when on your way back to New Yark." "If we come within one hundred miles of your bom!l we shaU call to see you," sa.ld our hero, as he shook her hand And stepped on boo&rd the air ship. The next moment the rota.scope began to re volve, and the air-llhlp rose rapidly above the tree-tops, whilst the MexlriCBn shore, determined to make l:lletr escape whilst the Blr-s.blp should seek to BeQ\U'S' the canoe and its contents. But they soon saw that Fr&nk was In no)tuiTy about-capturing the canoe. Tho air-llhip could navlgatll the water as well as the a.lr, a.ud in a. few minutes they round them selves overtaken. "Come aboard, now, like gooa fellows," 8$ld Frank. "It was foolish for you to jump over board that way." l'he two men were taken on board and Sa.lllnger placed over them as a. guard, Now for the
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp, grinning from ear to ear at the reoolleotlon of the event of yeal'll beforfl. Where shall we stop to-nlll:ht?" Kensel In qulred, as the sun began to slnli: behind the distant mountains. "8ure;an' 1f It's dead I am I don't know and when the bread and co1fee were ready our it." heroes declared that they had never eaten,. more He was so badly shaken up that he was un-palatable meal in their lives. able to say whether he was hurt or not. After supper they sat on the deck of the aU" At the tlrst plaoe whcte we can have plenty "Marse Frank," called Pomp, "take dis heah ship, smoli:ed their pipes, and talked of advenhoad o1f me, ploa.ae." tures In dltrerent parts of the world. Frank told He had been trying to get rid of the snake's of many escapes whloh had never been rsoorde4 head, but the fangs were so deeply fastened In In print, In whloh his listeners were deeply in-of water," said Frank. "Is there any game In this part of Mexico?" "Yes, and some very dangerous game! too," was the reply. "You want to be carefu how you wander o1f Into the woods. There are huge snakes, coqgars, panthers and Mexican lions, 1\11 of which are dangerous." the coat-collar that he could not do so. terested. They won't attaok us In camp?" No1 they keep away from a camp-tire, liB do Q.U \Vila bea.stl\ the world over." "Dar's water down dar I" cried Pomp. 'Where?" He pointed to a creek which wali bounding over a rooky bed between two high hills. "Just the place," said Frank," provided we can ftnd an open space large enough for us to make a descent." The air-ship made several circles over the plaoe, whilst our heroes looked about In vain for a place to land. At they had to give It up and start In an.ther dtrectloa. Hanged If I am not disposed to settle down on the water," said Frank, "and tie up to tbe bank." Well, there's a smooth sheet of jnst be low the rapldR." Yes-nd I am going down t.here." The air-ship descended slowly, and In ten min utes was riding on the clear waters of the creek which formed a smooth basin of something like two hundred feet In circumference. "Tie her up to ths bank, .Pomp." Barney and Pomp caught hold of a limb and began pulling the air-ship In, when a sudden vio lent shaking of the tree startled them. The next momenta long, sinuous blaok serpent swept Barney o1f the deck and swung him ashore In Its deadly coll. CHAPTER X. PB&Nli:'S l'BIBND8 BY TBB SNAKE. As may well be supposed, both Barney and Pomp yelled like lunatics as the big serpent th(l former In his coils and swept him from the deck. Not one of the other three knew what had hap pened until the yells of the two men called thelr attention to the terrible sl.tuation. Barney'a yell was mora of a sore.J.m of terrorthan otherwise; and Pomp's was folbwed by nn of: De Lor' gorramighty I" But the faithful old Pomp was quiok to aot in ihe time of peril. He drew his big camp-knife and sprang llgbt after Barney. Tbe anaoonda, for such it proved to be, had his tall lashed around the tree as a vantage ground from which to ex ert bls immense power. His movements were as quick as lightning, and ere Barney could use his hands to protect himself In any way a half-dozen folds of the serpent's body were colled around him. But Pomp rushed upon the serpent so quickly that Barney was not Immediately crushed. Th" reptile had something else to do just then. He eelzed Pomp by the collar-his fangs just grazing ihe skin. Quick as a ftash Pomp ran his camJ>-lmife through the serpent's neok, and gave a desperate terk that severed the head from the body and eft It clinging to his collar. Instantly Barney dropped of his own weight, comparatively unharmed, just as Frank rushed up with a hatchet In his band. The whole thing was over with In a half minute. "Dar now I" exclaimed Pomp, "you'se dean' eat no mo' folksee, you'se doan't." "Ah 1 you wertl just In time, Pomp I" Slt tlaimed .Frank, as he saw what had been done. "Dat's er lac'," said Pomp, trying to dls!Gdge the IISrpent's head from his Rhoulder. "Dat ualte ain't got no mo' head." Ballinger and Kensel were both pale as death. Such a terrible peril coming upon them so sud enly and unexpectedly had nearly paralyzed them. "Yes, old man," said Frank, and he promptly "I notice that the stars seem much brighter disengaged the snake's head from Pomp's coathers than further north," remarked BalllngerJ collar. "It was close work for both of you that looking up at the bright twinklers overhood. time." Yes," said Frank, "and the noorsr you get to "Dat's er fao'," returned Pomp, as he glared at the equator the brighter they are. On a clear the still writhing form of tlie serpent on the mooniight evening you can sit out-doors and ree..d ground; but It war Barney he war atter." ordinary print." "Yes, he wanted an Irish stew for supper, I "That' s pleasant, Indeed." suppose." "Yes," said Frank, "but every suoh luxory Mashed potatoes, rather," suggested Sal-haBits annoyance. In the tropics the pleasure I linger. marred by 1\llsorts of lnseote-m'bsqUitoes at night "Yes; an Irish potato." and tiles by day: Bv I he wa-,, Pomp, you hatl Barney did not join in the laugh, but pullbetter throw that dead snake mto the water anti ing himself together as if uncertaill as to the excover up tbe blood as far as you can." tent of damages. Yes, sah." ".Bedad 1" he exclaimed, "It wur the toughest Pomp soon obeyed the order. hup; I lver had." "Why did you do that?" Bai.Unger asked. They measured the snake, and found that his J:lecause the smell of the flesh and bloo41. eJttreme length was a little over sixteen feet, would attract mosquitoes In larger quantities, anj while the thickest part of his bOdy was as large maybe wlld animals." as a man's thigh. Pomp came back and resumed smoking hill If we had time we might take o1f the skin pipe, listening to the stories that were old to 111m. and preserve it; said Frank. That night they 1\11 slept without anything oo-" It would be a sp!fmdid trophy to take back currlng to disturb their slumbers, and the nen home with us," said Kensel. morning they were up before the BUll, preparing "So It would," returned Frank; "but then, if to resume their journey. we keep a good lookout, we may secure a still larger specimen." If \Vo have to tlnd him as we did this one," aald Ballinger, "I would prefer a muoh smaller speoim(ln." So would 1," &SdSnted Kensel. "The troth Is, I don't believe I can sleep well hers to-night. Suppose thl\t f e llow had a mate, and that mate should ftnd his hody here?" "They gen e rally go in pairs," remarked Frank, very quietly. "They do, eh?" ,.Yes." "Then why stop hers?" "Because we have no other convenient plaoe to stop, at." 8a1l all night," suggested Ballinger. "Oh, we' d Jose the line of the survey," replied Frank. "Belter lose that than a human lite." ''But we haven't lost a human life yet I" "But are you going to wait till you do?" Bal linger asked. "Oh, no. If any threatens us we must meet and overcome It,' replied the young hero. That has been my role, and I have found it a good one." "8o it Is," assented Kansel. It Is the wa; all the hel'OSII of the world went up to the head o the heap. But what's the use of exposing ourselves unnecessarily?" "Are we doing so?" Frank asked. "Why, yes." "Where Is the danger?" Ballinger looked at him in silence for nearly a minute. Then he replied: "This serpent may have a mate." "Yes, and then his mate may have been killed before he was. You have seen no other snake around, and yet you want to run away. I never run from enseen danger." That sllenced the other two. "When a oamp-tlre Is once built "Frank oon tlnued, "all animals, serpents and fowls retire from it. Wears In no danger whatever." "Then I'll stay pretty close to the tlrs, warm as the weath(lr is," said Ballinger. 8o will 1," added Kensel. "Well, I shall catch some tlshforsupper,"sald Frank. "Barney, you had better lie down and take a reet. Pomp,. build a good ftrs, and prepare to get supper. Yes, sah," answered Pomp, going to work at once. In a few mlnntes Pomp had a rollBing oamp .flrs barnlng. In the meantime Frank got out his ftshing taokle, and, having secured bait, went on board the 11lr-ship and cast his hook Into the water on the other s ide of lt. CHAPTER XL SIGHTING .A. OUBBBILL.A. lUliD, WHEBEVEB he found water, Frank Indulged. Ia his favorite pastime of tlshing. Inside of ten minutes after he bad uressed ht W&!' casting his hook for perch In the creek. 'l'he tlsh bit rapidly, and Pomp prepared them for the pan as fast as they were caught. "They ars the sweetest Sl8h I ever ate," 11nld 8alliuger. Tliat's because they ars just out nf the wat.Jr," replied Frank. "Beale tlsh begin to deteriorate in tlavor and quality within an nour after they are taken from the water. They be k.illecl and cooked at once." I know that to be trne from experience, H sl\ld Kensel. After breakfast they prepared to rise and proceed with the 8al.lln_ger had his Instrument& ready, and turn ing to Frank, said: "We had better move down this stream a few miles, in order that we may ftnd a gap in thesf' mountains. It would be extremely difllcnlt to out a rl\llroad through these rooks hers." "Yes," said Kensel. "I was tblnklng of that last night, just before I dropped to sleep." Just then Pomp orled out: "Look up dar I" They turned and gazed up at the crest of a high precipice on the other sfde of the ersek, where stood a full grown coupr, the terrible Mexican panther. His long tall waa switching to and fro u It he was anxious to make a msl\1 otr the odom that came up to him from the remnants of the breakfast of the explorers. But savory odors might be appetizing, but not satisfying. What is It?" 8alllnger asked. "A cougar," sl\ld Frank. "Bring me a rl1le, Barney." "Yes, sorr," replied Barney, who promptly brought the weapon from the 08bin of the air ship. Frank took the weapon and drew a bead oa the beast and fired. The cougar gave a spring into the air and came down one hundred feet or more Into the water. That was a splendid shot I" tlXC!ll\lmed Ken seL "Bedad I" sl\ld Barney, "the fall wud kilt him dead lntolrsly." "Dat's 'er faa', Barney," put In Pomr,-"But the bullet brought him down,' said Sal : linger. But when they saw the serpent writhing In 1M death agonies, with Its trunkless bead still lng to Pomp's shoulder, they ashore. N:y God 1" exclaimed Kensel. I never had In a few moments he got a bite, and caught a large perch Ali l That's a beauty I" exclaimed Kensel. "Yes," assented Ballinger. I'll take a hand In that myself." "8o will I," put In Kensel, and both men got tackle and bait and went to work to catch tlsh enough for supper. "Of course," put In Frank. It would have been enough to li:ill him without the fall, for tbe ; bullet went into his brain, and that 1s something animals in this world can't stand. I make It a rule when shooting at dangerous anima!s to aim for the head, if that part Is well exposed. If I can't perforate the head I try to send the bullet to the heart. suck a shock In all my life." It was very sudden," sl\ld "Yes. Are 7ou hurt, Barney?" Bedad, an It's mesUf as 18 thrylng ter folnd out that same," he auawered, feeling himself all In a llttle while they caught more tlsh than a dozen hunbory men could eat. Pomp soon had a pnn full of them on the firs, "How about alligators?'' Kenselasked. I try to get at their brl\ln throuxh an eye; tl not, I let 'em have It &hind the foreleg." It takes a good shot to send a bullet throlljlll an aiJJiat or's eye."

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10 .FRANK READ}!;, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. "Yea, 11.11d every man ought to pride himself on "I waat to see the Alcalde," said Frank. [ The _Alcalde was Invited on board, where being a good allot." "Bend him to me at once. Your homes are In tle of wine was opened. "I am going 1.0 try to be remarked Sal-danger.'' The old dignitary astonished our heroes by hla Unger. "I was oonsld&red one In the army." Two men took to their het>ls and ran down one tremendous capacity to store wine under his vest. The dead cougar was soon carried out of sight of the narrow streets of the village as fast as they He got away with an entire bottle in ten minutes, In the current, and aU interest iQ. him ceased. could go." and then intimated that he was dry. Let's get of[ now," said Fnwk, totlchlng the They are going after him, I guess," said Sal" He's a bank,'' remarked S&lllnger in Enrotascope knob. III.ger. glish, which the Mexican could not understand. The rotascope began to revolve at a rapid rate, "Yes, he will be here in a few min\.ites;" said "Yes," said Kensal," and the dryj!St one 1 ever and in a little while the air-ship rose up out olthe Frank. "We wm walt for him." saw." water. While \they were waiting for the Alcalde, the "He'll create a famine in the wine-chest If Up, up fL rose, and when about a thousand women and children gradually came neart'r to the Reade doesn't mix the drinks on him. yards above the earth they moved otr down the air-ship. "I'll him the hint If the ol.d du1far oall8 01tream. They saw that they were men of flesh and for a th1rd bottle." It's a pretty rough country througll here for blood like other people, and hence thtli.r fears But he did not call for it. a railroad,'' remarked Ken3el. graduallv wore away. The second bottle got away with him, and as Yes," said Frank, but the railroads will be One o( the young girls, about sixteen years old, the end of an hour he was as drunk 88 a lord. built In time. Mexico Is the natural-inheritance tall and graceful, and as beautiful 88 an houri, But Frank didn't care anything for that. The of the American people, and wherever they rule attracted the attention of Kensel, who was u. old fellow sa.t in his chair at the table and drank railroads wiU run." bachelor. glass after glass as if he believed that he was "You are right there" eald Ballinger. "I be-"Just look at that girl," he said to Ballinger. doing honor to the strangers. Ueve In the ol the great republic. We "Did you ever see a more beautiful girl any-Jn the meantlme,li.msel had managed to speak shall absorb both Canada an.! .Mexico In the where?" a few words of Spanish to the fair maiden to course of time." "Sh11 Is indeed beautiful," l:!allinger, whom he had given the ring. "Yes, and I don't think we shall stop galling at the girl. "You are the most bsa.utllul malden In Mexico, there. But look over there. There's the gap "!'II give her a ring as a tribute to her beauty," which Is the land of beautiful women,'' he said. you are looking for. Your railroad can run said Kensei, taking a plain gold ring from the lit"I have seen no face like yours in Mexico. through there, I think." tie finger of left hand. Shall I hope that whenever you look upon that Ballinger took his glass and looked over the gap He approached the young malden, who ssemed ring that you will think of the stranger who surIn the mountains, whilst Kensal used the lnl!tru Inclined to run away with the rest of her com-rendered the moment he beheld you?" menta which enabled him to ascertain the panions. But a motion from him caused her to "81; senor," was the half-frightened reply. and deprassions of the earth's surface below. 11top. He took her hand In his, placed the ring "Thanks, senorita. I shall never forget the "Why, there's an old dirt road running up on her finger, kissed her hand, and then return-lovely maid of Mexico," and he aga.ln kf!!lled her through there I" exclaimed Ballinger. ed to the air-ship. hand in the presence of more than a hundred "That shows that a railroad could be built The young girl stood rooted to the spo,, her women an:l chi!Jren. there, then." color coming and going under the tremendous The Alcalde had prassed our hero to stop "Yes, and It runs due west, too." excitement the simple tribute had ra1.8ed in her over tiU the next day, and promised to sfve a It runs toward some of the old mines, I heart. ball in his honor If he would do so. guess," said Frank. No sooner had Kensal returned to the air-ship Anxlor.s to cultivate the good will of the Kex "Ah I I didn't know they were in this part of than the young girl was immediately surrounded leans, he accepted the invitation. the country." by all her young companions, who eagerly ex-Instantly the news spread among the young "They are all over Mexico. It Is the richest amlned the solid gold ring on her finger. men and maidens that a ball would be given that country fu minerals In the whole world. Her "You have made every girl In the town her evening In honor of the Americanos. people are too lazy to develop the wonderful reenemy," said Ballinger, for they will never for_In a few minutes the young people began to sources of the country." give her for being beautiful." slip away to their homes to prepare for the ball. They followed the road as It wound around the "I u.m afraid I ha\'e,' said Kensal, "but I did The air-ship was surrounded all day by the base of the mountain-spurs, noting every curve not mean to do that." men. and turn. Here comes the Alcalde," said Frank, as he The women were more intent on preparing to In one place they sa.w a party of ll:exicans on saw an old dignified Mexican approach, follook splendid in their finery than in gazing upon horseback. lowed by a number of others. the greatest wonder of the age. "That must be a military company," said Sal-The Alcalde cam11 forward, an:l bowed him-Late In the attemoon a Mexican cJ.me Into the Unger, "as every man of them carries a gun." self almost to the earth. town, having ridden a mustang nearly to death, Frank took the gl&IIB and looked down at the You are the Alcalde?" Frank asked, in good to bring the news that Gomez, the guerrilla chief-men. Span!sh. taln, was within three miles of the place. He had seen such bodies of men In Mexico be-"81, senor." That created the most Intense excitement fore and knew what they were at a glance. "Well 1 am traveling through. your country in among the population. It's a band of guerr!Uas," he said. "The my This morning we saw a band of "Never mind abot1t him," eald Frank. "We rascals are always fighting among themselves." guerrillas marching on your town and I thought will take care of him." i'They have no uniforms on," said Keusel. it my duty to stop and tell vou about it. They In a little while he callec some of the men:of "Because they have none. They have' n9 are about fifteen miles awayf the town to take l:he Alcalde home, which they principle but plunder, though their leader msy The Alcalde was thoroughly demoralized did. have some ambitious object In exciting revoluHe knew but too well what the visit of the 'guer They then came back to watch the movements tlon among thll people." rillas meant. It meant a forced contribution from of the air-ship. ::They haveu't seen us_ yet." all the people in the town who had any money. Frank soon sent It up, and when about a thouNo, but when they do they will be frightened Ashe wasone()fthewealthiestmenl!) the town sand feet above the earth he eould see the dust almost out of their boots." he knew he would be ruined and tbB.t was raised by the guerrlllas in their mad gallop toIn a little while one of the Mexicans looked up cause of his consternation. ward the little town. and caught sight of the "I n.m a thOusand times indebted to you, "There they are over there," he said. "Get He set up a yell of dismay. senor," said the Alcalde," but I don't know how the rl1les ready, Barney." The entfre stopped and gazed up at the we n.re to be protected from them. We have no "Yls, sorr," and the brave son of Erin soon wonder in the wr. soldiers here and but few of our people have any had the rifles ready for action. Such a sight appalled them. arms." Then the air-ship sailed o!T toward the goer-They could not account for It, for none of them "Do you know who this guerrilla chief Is?" rlllas, and met them at a point about two miles had ever hsard of Fmnk Reade, Jr., or his wonFrank asked. out. derful inventions. "Yes, senor. He Is nothinll more .than a robOf course the band stopped to look at the They were Ignorant and superstitious, and ber, thouli:h he pretends to be the friend of the strange thing sailing around over their heads at very readily attributed the air-shlp to supernatu-people." least a quarter of a mile high. ml, caWuhses.hall d ?" K 1 ed "Do you wish us to aid you ,in driving him Frank wrote on a piece of paper IJ!. pure Span- at s we o ense ask back?" Ish: "Nothing," said Frank. "It they let us QJ.one, "IiJ. God's name we should thank yoa senor "JU Gomez and his men do not go back and we ought to follow their example." but what can so few do? Gomez has moi-e than leu.ve the people of tills State undisturbed, they I think so, too," put ln. Ballinger. one hundred rifles will all be kUied." The air-ship pursued its W!'Y westward till the "Oh, we can him bs.ck very easily If you He signed no name to this, but tied It to a road led into a small mountain settlement which wish us to do so." bullet and dropped it overboard. seemed to be a mining town. "Then do so and we. shall call down the blessIt fell In the road right in front of the band, "We ought to stop here and see what the peologs of all the Batnts on your head." and tht1 chief ordered one of his men to bring It pie th!,nk of the guerrillas who.are marching on "I will do so. Tell your people not to 'be to him. them. alarmed." When he read the note he looked up at the air-" I think so, tGo, Mr. Reade," said Kensal. sh.!J> In dumfounded amazement. The air-ship descended toward the plaza in the he was a determined brute, and would not center of the village. CHAPTER XU. yield to the commands of any one. When about a thousand feet above the earth, TilE ALOALDE-FBANX A.l'ID TilE GUB.IUIILLA CHIEI!'. He ordered his band to move forward. sollt9 of Lhe viUagers caught sight of it and set up "Take your gun, Barne)','' said FraRk, ver'! a terrible howling. THE Alcalde turned to his people and told them coolly, "and shoot dQwn that fellow's horse." Men, women and chlldren1 ran out into the what the stranger had told him aooutGomez, the Barney did so, and the horse and the rider streets frightened out of their wits. Some of guerrilla, and said: rolled in the dust together. them prostrated themselves on tha ground and "The Americanos will drive them back. They The chief sprang up and o_rdered his whole e&lled upon all the saints In the calendar to pro-can sail through the air and keep out of reach of band to fire at the air-ship. teet them. danger and kill off Gomez's men with the great-They did so, but not a bullet went half as high. The women crossed themselves, but gazed at est esse." Then the chief mounted another horse, but the four white w.en who stepped out of the airThe people understood at once that our heroes Barney brought him d6wn the same way. ship the moment it touched the earth. were Americanos, and so thev crowded around The chlaf seized his rille and took ,aim up a'l "Where Is the Alcalde?" Frank asked, in loud them and asked a thousand questiona. the air-ship And fired. Of course he could not voice and In good Spanish. Barney and Pomp speak Spanish, but reach so high, and In return Frank dropped. 811 J:very man who had prostrated himself sprang they sinlled and talked as If they cared nothing other note tied to a bullet, which said: to his feet wid gazed at the young inventor. at all for the Spanish language. If the fool Gomez wlsb.ee to atop a bullet be

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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. It ean do eo. If he does not retreat and disband, The presentation of the ring that day had he will be shot as a traitor to Mexico." turned her head completelv, and she refused to The guerrilla. chief was a hot-tempered fellow, dance with the young man who had been oourting and, for a time, was bent on defjlng the un-her for nearly a year previous. known enemy In the air. The young Mexican was furious. But Ills band had seen that, while they eould She had encouraged him with her smiles at all not reach the enemy, the enemy could rea.ch times up to the coming of the them. That was something they could not very Kensal was charmed with her as a specimen:of well stand. physical beauty, but be found her weak intelAe H by a preconcerted signal, the whole band lectually-a silly, ignorant butterfty. But she wbeeled and dRShed off down the road whence was dead In love with him, and took little pains they came, leaving their leader standing on foot to conceal the fact. in the middle of the highway. She would not let him leave her side for a "That leaves him without Any command," said moment, though he did not wish to do so, as she &Hinger. was th<\ most beautiful girl in the room, as well "And serves him right," returned Kensal. as the bellt dancer. "Yes, but if the old Alcalde could get bold of "I am sorry I cannot liv.e always near such a him h& would order him to be shot," Bllid Frank. graceful dancer, senorita," he said to her as he I believe I will drop down there and have a talk waltzed her around the room. with him. Maybe I can give him a scare that "Senor, you should not flatter a poor girl that will mate a good citizen of him." way," she replied, hiding h.er face on biB sboul-Tbe air-ship circled around and settled In the der. middle of the road not verv far from where the "It is not flattery, senorita. You eaptured my chief stood, revolver In heart the moment I saw you." "Who are you?" Gomez demanded, the mo"Ab I senor, if tbat is true you will not go ment the air-ship touched the ground. away, then, lor where one's heart Is there will he "I am the guardian of Mexico," repliedl!'rank, stay." looking the desperado full in the face. "Would you have me stay, senorita?'' Gomez was terribly shocked. "Bi, senor." He didn't know what to make of the etrangers, He pressed her closer to his side and whirled their dress was lfucb as be had seen bearound the room 1n the giddy mazes of the waltz, fore, whilst bAr lover scowled at them from a comer Il you again mise your hand In violence ot the ball-room. against any citizen of Mexico ton wlll die the They danced every .set together, and. the girl's death of a dog," said Frank, in very stern tones. infatuation lncrBRBed with every passing moment. "You had better begin at once trying to learn She believed that she had met her fate in the galhow to be a good citizen." !ant Ameriean, and that he was ready to cast "Who are you?" OQmtJZ demanded again, In a himself at her feet. hoarse voice. The dance continued all through the night, and I am the guardian of Mexloo," repeated &long toward daybreak she began to beg .him Frank. not go away in the air-ship. Gomez glared at him In trembllng silence for a "My duty compels me to go," he said, "but moment or two, and then turned and dashed we will come back this way at the end of a down the road as fast as hill heels could carry month." him. no, you must not go," she said. "I could not live so long without you." CHAPTER XIII. EENSEL AND THE JIIEXICAN MAIDBN-THB .TKALOUS LOVKB. As the /uerrllla chief tied down the road B11mey an Pomp set up a yell that made his balr stand on end. "Shoot 'lm I" cried "Hi, dar l" yelled Pomp. Oom.ez ran with all his might and main, and In a oouple of minutes was out of ends our job," said F.rank, laughing, "and nobody hurt. I alway11 try to get along without taking human lire." I am giau nobody was burt," said Kensel. "Yes," said Frank," and I am sorry we bad to kill two horse&. One good horse is worth dozen of those guerrillas." to kill some of the raseals yet," remarked er, for they are all over Hex-leo." Oh, we can't through this survey without a little trouble. Mexico bas a great many law less characters within her borders.. I've been in this oountry before." The air-ship once more ascended and sailed away toward the little town where a ball bad been tendered the gallant Americana. The whole population ran out to weloome them, and when they heard the news of the dis persion of the guerrillas they grew perfootly wild in their demonstrations of joy. Our heroes were given the freedom of the town, and e>erybody shook hands with them. But the women did not show up again tnl they put in their appearance at the ball. They were too busy arranging their toilets. And such toilets they were I Such mingling of colors I Such gay ribbons and fancy dresses I Our heroes had never seen any thing like It In all their lives. They were one hundred years behind the times, and yet they were as happy &a their gay Parisian sisters. The long, low ceilinged room was crowded. Tbe Alcalde was there mall his glory, and with an appetite for all the wine he could get hold of. Being the bead man of the town, he did the honors of the occasion. Frank opened the ball with the Alcalde's wife, a fat, puffy old lady on the shad)' side of IItty. But she oould dance with a vigor that astonished him. Salllnger led off with another married lady, and Keusel bad his beautiful young houri for a part ner. The young girl's name was Inez Garc.elon, daughter of a small tradesman of the town. She was the belle of 'he place, a graceful dancer, and aa full of romance as an egg is of meat. "We shall return In a month," he repeated, "aad then--" Oh, how ean I bear It, senor?" "By thinking of me all that time as I shall think and dream of you," he said. At the end of the dance next the last one he led her out under the trees, and under the shadows folded her to his heart. Ere she return his caresses a man darted upon them from behind a tree and flllBhed a bright-bladed knife in Kensel's face. "Ca.ram ba.l" hissed the man. Kensel sprang aside and caught the u.pralsed arm just as a piercing soream escaped Inez. The scream brought scores rushing to the spot, and then the jealous lover was recognized in the person of Kensel's assailant. The Infuriated Mexican tried bard to cut him, but Kensel was at home in a scrimmage. He bad lived too long In New York not to know bow to take care of himself. By a dexterous blow he sent the kl!i!e flying, and then he began to put in s'ome flue work on the Mexican's anatomy. Whack I and an eye was freacoed. Whack I and he went to graes with stars dancing before his eyes than he had ever dreamed were in the heavens. "Whoop!" yelled Barney. Won't some yal-ler son av a gun stlp on me corns?" ''Shut up, Barney," ordered Frank. Yis, sorr but It's bard wurruk, sorr." When the lover WllB felled by a stunning blow between the eyes Inez rushed forw!lrd to throw herself in Kensel s arms. He caught her, and held her gently, keeping an eye on her lover. But the Mexl
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12 READE, JR., EXpLORING MEXICO. It seems so. She Is a very foolish kind of a girl." But very beautiful." "Yes-the most beautiful I ever 11o.w." What promise did you make to get away from her?' That we would return In a month." "You did?'' u Yes." I am sorry for that." You need not do so." Oh, It'S best to come back and then try to get -ay o.go.ln without maidng any promise. WhM ever promise we mo..ke to psople on this route we must keep, for if we do not they may be able to make the ),ulldlng of the ro.flroo.d very difficult Indeed." I see {our point amd think you are right about it. am afraid that if I get with her again I will have little chance of genlng away frol]l her." Frank and lo.ughed and joked him considerably on his mo.sh. After sailing about twenty miles they found a lovely plo.ce to camp and cook breakfo.st. It wo.s on the banks of a small lake, which glistened In the ,sunlight like an Immense mirror. Ah 1 That's the most beautiful sheet of water I think I ever beheld," said Ballinger, "-' he the beautiful panorama below. "I am sure I never saw anything like It In or America," so.id Kensal. And yet there is not a house within miles of !t.t" remarked Frank, which shows that these ..lllexlco.ns do not appreciate the beauties or resouroes of their country. The natural resources of Mexico are such us would make her the richest country on 'the globe If they were properly developed." The air-ship settled down on the so.ndy besl)h of the lake, and Pomp wo.s the flNt to spring out and make for the water. "Why, dis heah water am clear o.s glo.ss," he said. It am full ob tlsh." Barney and Pomp proceeded to make a tire, whilst the others prepared the tackle for Jlshing. By the time the lire was hot Frank and the others had tlsh enough for breakfo.st. l'omp fried them, and made some bread and coffee. The water Is very cold," said &llinger, o.s he plo.ced his hand In the water. Yes," replied Frank. I think it Is t.ed by iilprlnl'l! at tlie bottom, as I can eee no Inlet or outlet to it." "We must go round it and see what we can ftnd out about It," suggested Kensal. "It Is a beautiful sheet of water, and may ultimately be come a famous resort when the railroad opens up this country to the outside world." They ate a hearty breakfo.st and then prepared to .make the circuit of the lake In quest of In formation In to 11 The lake seemed to be about eight miles long by three or four In width. The water was clear o.s very cold and teemed with tlsh. "There's no outlet to It," said Frank, after sailing around the at least none that I ea.n see." "Yet the water Is fresh o.s that of any spring," remarked Ballinger. So it ill. '.rhat demonstrates the preeence of springs at the bottom and an outle' through subterranean channels." "Undoubtedly. I wish I knew the name of the lo..ke." "Oan't you tlnd It on the map?'' No; I've been looking for it. I am going to put It down on the survey map o.s Lake Reade." "That's a good idea," said Kensel. "I hope wlll put It down that way." "Dan't do anything of the kind," said Frank. "It may have a name that Is known throughbut all Mexico, and In that case we should be lo.ughed at." I never thought of that," said Kensel. It may have a name, as It Is only twenty miles from the laat towa we p8.8Bed. But it's very strange that no settlement of any kind does not exist on its shores." "Yes. There must be some about It, and I would hke to solve It some day.' So would 1," remarked Salllnger. I ftnd that a railroad could be bullt to this point. Beyond the mountains seem to Jorbid any thing of that kind.'' "We shall have to loook tor passes,"said Frank, looking at the mountains on the other side of the "Yes, and I guess we will have to look around a good deal before we tlnd one," said Kensel. "Tlaat remains to be We'll make this late a starting p<>lnt an!} make straight for yon der mountain. I am Inclined to think that we aan lind a Jl888 on the north 11ide of It, as I notice a tlepresslon on that side." Turning and going up toward the northern end .of th!!l&.Jte, they made that point .tn about a half hour. Then they made direct for the depreBEiion, miles away, which could be 11een plain ly to the north of the bold mountain spur. The depreesion proved to be a gradual incline up between two immen8e spurs, and our heroes followed it for miles. It was densely wooded, and presented some besuttfulscenery, which was greatly admired. "By my soul!" exclaimed Sa.lllnger. "I be lleve nature made this p8.8B express1y for a railroad." "Why so?". Kensel o.sked. "Because no such gap can be found anywhere else in the world In such a mountain range o.s this." Is that so?" Frank asked. "I am quite sure of. it, and we might have hunted for It on foot for ten years without tlndlng it. Its discovery demonstrates the wisdom of using the air-ship for the purpose." b1111.11ts &rollDd hEire. Those two run this loco.lity to suit themselves, and no other would dare illtflrfere with them.'' "Well, I am glad to hear that. We can go on and look at the gorge now.'' Yes-come on. We are all right now." Tlley followed Frank across the gap to the right, and found a deep gorge not one hundred feet wide, but several hundred deep. They could hear the roaring of water d&.hing over rocks in the bed or the gorge. This Is wonderful." said Frank, as he gazed down into thelawnlng abyss. "Yes, and am gtad to see. that it does not croE
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. J3 "Look up," said Frank. Men never rhse who never look up. We are above the .cyclone In the dear sunshine, while below us the storm is epread!ng havoo and destt uctlon." They were amazed. They could heat'the roaring of the storm below, and see the vivid flBBhes of lightning. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" exclaimed Ballin ger, as he gazed upon the llWfulsoene. "It seems more llk:e a dream than a reality," said Kensal. "Truth Is stranger than fiction," said Fn\nk. "We are going at the rate of fifty miles IIJ:1 ho11r." "My God 1 We shall be lost!" and both men looked the pioture of terror and despair. CHAPTER XVI. 'rBE LAD ON THE KOUNTAINB. THE tremendous height to whiob they had ascended gave both &llinger and Kensal a ehook that broke them all up. They could not understand that there ,was no SRore danger in three than one mUe altitude. Yet they oould see that they had ridden above the storm-that the terrible was exhausting Itself on the mo:.tntalns below, while they were riding above it as peacefully as a summer breeze. They both went into the cabin to lie down and Eealgn themselves to a fate they could not avert. Two hours later Frank called to them : Come out here, Kensel-Snlllnger. I want to ehow you something." Ttey came out. "What is It?" Salllnger asked. "Look down at that picture." They did look down. An exolamu.tion of surprise burst from both of them. The earth lay smiling and fresh and green below them. Not a breath of wind WIIS stirring, and rain dropa glistened in the sunlight on eYery lea! and 'wig. What do you th!nlr. now?" Frank asked. In reply, Ballinger grasped his hand, and said: "Nothing, I surrender." "So do r;" put in Kensal ... Frank smiled. So did Pomp and Barney. "Dat's er fac'," sald Pomp. "Sure, an'it's ther thruth," added Barney. Where are we now?" Kensel asked. "About 100 miles out of our way." The deuce !" "Yes. We have got to go baolr. where the etorm struck us, and take up the survey where we left off." Can we find it?" .think so." The air-ship was then going In a 10utheasterly direction, the opposite way the storm had blown tbem. "wemay flnd It to-morrow," said Frank. "How green and besuti!ul everything looks .down there !" said Kensel. "When you see the path of the oyolone you will see tne worst destruction you ever saw In :your lives," remdrked Frank. "I am glad we did not stay down there on the Plountaln," said Ballinger. So am I," BSsented Kensal. "You see, I had been in suoh storms before," said Frank, "and knew what I was aolng." "But suppose you oould not have gotten above the storm, what then?" "We ahou ld have boon driven before It at the rate of one hundred mlies per hour." "But we hllve ridden through It aUve?" "The chances would have in our favor, unless we were too near the earth." It was a terrible danger, at best." "Yes, but we are all right at last." .. So we are." "We are still over the mountains?" "Yes-Mexico has a good dsal of mountain territory." "There's.another lake out there In the mountains." "Yes-tllere are several. There's a llttlo one out there. I want to look at them when this sur vey is ended. They are great curiosities, some of them." There's a mountain stream out there running westward." "Yes, and the water Is nearly as cold as toe." By and by they began to look for a place to eamp for the night. The sun was slnl..tng In the west and night would soon be with them. Pomp was the ftl'!lt to find a small lake In the croton of the mountains, and oalled nttentlon to lt. "That will do It we can get down there," said Frank. I don't see any open spot where we ean make a landing." "Drop Into the water," sultgested KeuseL "I will If we can't do any better." 'l'hoy descended to within a few hundred feet of the lake, and found that it was hemmed !n by the mounts!n peaks on every side. "There 1s not an open space anywhere on Its shores," sald Frank. "No. The lake must be very deep." No doubt of it. !:!ball we drop, then, and stop for the night?" uyes_,, Ten minutes later the alrship was riding peooe fully on the placid bosom or the lake. The water was as ciear as cry&tal, and evident ly very deep. Frank looked all round the mountsiD, and said: "No human being, save us, has ever seen this lake before." How do you know that?'' Because we are the first to sail throngh the air. It cannot be reu.ohed any other way." They gazed at the mountain peaks around the little lake, and came to the same ooncluslon. "How large is the lake?" "I should say It is three mlles long by half as wide," -remarked Frank. "That's about the size of it," sald Ballinger. I'd like to get at its depth." I'd rather have some of its flsh for suppeJ," remarlted Kensel. So would I," said Frank, laughing. I'll get the tackle. We'll have to use baoon for bait." "Well, I guess the fish here would consider bacon ahtxut-y." The was soon ready, and Kensel was the first to drop a hook In the water. Barney and Pomp were busy In the kitohen, the latter preparing the stove which had been pro vided for JUSt suoh emergenoies as this. Hello 1" cried Kensel, pulling on his Une with desperate energy. I've got a whale!" He had run out some thirty odd feet or Hne, and some kind of game fish had taken the hook. Take hold here!" he cried. I pull him !nl" Ballinger and Frank ran to his assistance. The moment they caught hold and began pull IDlZ the line parted. li Ah 1 he has got away I" What a pity !" He was a whopper.'' "Yes-a fifty or a hundred pounder!" "Get a bigger hook and stronger line." Barney !" called Frank. Yls, sorr tn "Come here.'' Barney came. "Have you a strol!ger Une than this. Barney looked at the line. '' Yis, sorr." Bring It here-and the largeet hook yon have." Barney soon produced a llne the size 9f a carpenter's ohalk line, and a hook strong enough for a shark. "I guess that will do," sald Frank. They found the line tO be sixty feet IJillength, and took pains to tie one end of It to a l'lng bolt in the bow of the air-ship. Then, after baiting it with a 'half pound ohunk of baoon they oast the hook into the water. The bait went d.own deep, and hung there several minutes without being molested. Frank and the others concluded to try for small fish near the shore, and oast their hookS over on that side of the air-ship. &!linger soon a two-pound trout then Frank followed with a four-pounder. Ken sel then yanked in a three-pounder. "'.ri)is is a trout pond, guess," remarked Ballinger. "Dlit's er fae'," said Pomp, as he o&.me out of the kitchen and looked at the three besutles floundering about on the deck. !:!uddenly Frank felt a jerk that came nPar tsk lng him .werboard, and the next moment te was struggling with a big flsh at the other end of his llue. After a hard fight he landed a nine-pound trout on the deck. That's the finest trout I ever saw," sald Sal Unger. ll'hey next felt a jerk that jarred the entire ship, and a ruoment later the air-ship bt-gan moving through the water. "Hello 1 Tile whale has taken the big hook I" cried Kensel. All three rushed to the bcw of the air-ship. The line was as stiff a wire. A big llsh of some kind was pulling at the hook and dragging the air-ship out toward the middle of the Frank caught hold of It and tried to pull against lt. Whew I" he exolaimed. Whatever it Is It Is a. big one, and game all through." We'll have to let him tire himselt oat before we can manage him," sald Kensel. "Yes, that's the only way." The flsh pulled the air-ship olear acrose the lake, and made se'l'eral efforts to go to the bot tom, but the line WBS too stroog for him. Then he made his way toward the so11th end of the lake, and pulled the alrhlp nearly two mUes. By I" exclaimed Kensel, "ll.e is a game fellow I "Yes," sald Ftank, I c.evet: saw anything lit. lt. Ah, there he is I lt'B a trout-a forty pound er If an ounce 1" The flsh had rushed to the surface and almo.t thrown himself ou,.t of the water. CHAPTER XVIL POJfi' GETS A DUCXING, Ou.a heroes were greatly excited whea the7 caught a glimpse of the magnifioent fish they had hooked. Frank attempted to pull him in. But the game was too pvgoaeloas yet. and he had to give It up. "Bring the rifle, Barney, and give him a bullet when he oomes to the surtaoe again.'' "Yls, sorr i" and Barney ran .Into the cahill to get the rille. I woqldn't lose him tor his weight !n silver," said Franlc. Nor would 1," said KensaL Barney eu.me out on deck with the rifle and stood ready to fire when the fish should oome to the surface again. Frank tugged at the line again, and the game made desperate etlorts to shake himself loose. He came to the surfaoe and shook his head lilr.e a terrier shaking a rat. Barney fired, and the bullet went clear througll the fish a couple of inohes baek of the gills. He rolled over on his side. 'His quivering tall and fins showed that he had reoelved his quietus, and Frank began to pull him in. That settled him I" That laid him out I" "Look out dar I" cried Pomp. Frank pulled him up near enougl:l for Barney to cat<;h him with u. boat-hook. They then !!uooeeded in pulling him on boald, where he made a few more convulsive fiounder !ngs, and then gave up. What is it?" &ll!nger asked. Frank looked oloeely at the fish and "If It Isn't u. trout I'm out of my reolt.on!ng.'' It looks like a trout," said Kensel, only I never heard of trout attaining sueh enormoua size before.'' "Nor I, either," said Frank," and that's what puzzles me. This fellow will weigh forty or fifty pounds." Every pound of fifty," said Kensel. They baited the nook again and threw it over board. I want a steak otl this big one for my supper, Pomp," sald .Fmnlr.. uyes, sah!' "So-do I." "Yes-all of us." Pomp proceeded at once to comply with their request, and In a little while the trout steaks were broiling !n the kitohen. The little fake was as smooth as a sea of glass, and the air-ship floated lazily on its bosom as if it had a.! ways rested there. They were nearly In the center of lake when they sat down to supper. The steaks were delicious-cut from the fish within a few minutllS after he tslr.en from the water. When they were about halt through the meal they felt a jerk that told but too pl.afuly that an other fish had struck the big hook. Bedad !" exclaimed Barney, as the air-ship began to out through the water, inother whale has got the pork I" "Go out and see what It is, Pomp.'' Barney was already out there. The ft4h was pulling the air-ship through the water juat.as the other one had done. Porn p caug\t hold of the line to feel the weight of the fish. "De Lor' Gorramlghty, Barney!" he exolalm ed "dat's er whale I" 1 It's a whopper 1" said Barney. Well, ain't er whale a whopper?" "Bedad, it's er wolze naygar ye are, Pomp. A. whale's a whale." "Ob oourse It am, an er lrisher am er fool a.ll de time.'' "Sure, It's !rish ye are, Pomp.'' 1 I t

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14 READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. Dats er fa.o', Harnev. I aln 't no ole fool. 1'11e fresh an' young an'--' What kind of a fish Is it?" Frank oalled out to tbem from the oabln. l :loan' know, Marse Frank," re_plled Po.!Jlp. "Heiser runnln' away wid de ship.' "Well, if he tries to drag us over the mountains let us know.'' "Y ee, aah. Reckon he ain't dat ldnd of fish, though," a.nd Pomp turned to take hold of the line &gain. To fils surprise it was slack. He sprang to his feet and began pulling it ln. When he had about twenty feet of it in the ftdh made a plunge, and the line went out again like greased 1igbming. Pomp had stepped on a coil of lt. In a moment he Wll8 caught round the ankle IUld went overboard with a yell that awoke an the echoes of the mout.ains. Frank and the others sprang from the table and rushed out on deck. "What's the matter? What has happened?" Frank demanded. 1 "Bedad," aald Barney, looking ever where Poum bad gone down, "the fish bas caught. him!'' "How did it happen?" "Niver a wan av me .knows. He (tuk tbe loine, an'--Howly Moses 1" Pomp had risen to the surfaoe, nearly fifty yards in the rear, and called out: Barney !-Marse Fmnlt I" The fish was pulling the alr-si:IJp aw,.y from blm at o. terrific rate. "CUt Lhe line, Barney--quick I" commanded }/'rank. Barney qulok to obey, and in another mo. the line was severed. Fronk then set the propeller in motion, and the air-ship round to where Pomp was auggllng in the water. He was lifted on board, his teeth chattering as 17 a dozen chills had struck him at once. "Golly, but dat am de coldest swim I eber br.l.d !" he exclaimed. "What did you l'ump in for?'' Dat fish done t.'' 'How?" I dmwed in da line an' den stepped on it like a fco\. Dnt er fish jes made er jerk an' tuck me "ber qulcker'n llghtnln'. Did yer catch 'im?" No. We had to cut the line to aave yeu.'' "Golly, dat am too bad." Pop went inside and changed his wet elothes leT dry ones. Then he took a "ood drink of bnmdyin a cup of bot coffee to drive out theohill. Tilen he felt all right again, o.nd went about his W?rk as though nothing unusual had happened. He and Barney sat down to supper after the were through, and when Pomp &eked for another piece ef fish the humor of the Irishman oropped out. "Bedad, it's Dot so frlsh as the wan in tbe wa.tl:er." Dat's er fao'," said Pomp, as he helped him BPlf to another slice, "an' ef you would take er t.Bth, too, yer would be fresher'n tht.s heah .ilsh.'' "Sure av I wait for a ter take me in I'd niver take a bath," retorted Barney. "Ob oourse yer wouldn't. Youse nebberw ash yerself." "Whoop 1" yelled Barney, springing to his feet and making a aavage blow at Pomp's head. Pomp spran" up and dodged the blow. He was not asexcitable as the Irishman, for he was laughing ail the time. What in thunder le the matter with you, Barney?" Fmnk called out from the deok, where be and the others were enjoying their oigal'll. "I'll kill the naygur I" yelled Barney, dashing round the table to get at Pomp, Pomp ran out on ieck. Barney pursued him, aiming furious blows at his head. Suddenly Pomp made a run at him and butted him in the stomach. knocking him overboard into tile water. CHAPTER XVIIL BARNEY .A.ND :roP-TBE BEAB AND DE!m. "WHA.T in blazell i.s the matter with you two?" Jtlled Frank. "Dal; Irllilher ain't got no sense, MQ.rse Frank," aald Pomp, laughing good-naturedly. "Ugh-0ugh I" exclaimed Barney, a11 he came to the surfaoe and began swimuling. "Hi, dax, Barney-bring up er fish wid you l" cried Pomp. "Shut up!" said Frank, who was getting quite ugry over what had occurred. Barney was pulled on board, ancl the moment he regained hiS footing he struck Pomp a terrible blow on the ear. Barney tried to get away, but Pomp was too quick tor him. The woolly head again caught him, and again he went overboard into the water. "Served him right," Raid Fronk. "Let him drown. Such fools ought to get the foolishnees butted out of them." Sallinger and Kensal pulled him back on board again, and Pomp went Inside at Frank's com mand. "It you dcn't yourself, Barney," said Frank, I'll f,itoh you overboard and make you swim ashore. Barney needed no lecture. He had received enough. Pomp's head and the cold ducking bad cooled him off admirably. He went to biB berth and changed hiB wet clothes for dry ones, and when he oame back to the table Pomp gave him a cup of with two tablespoonfuls of bmndy in it. "Dat's mighty col' water, ain't It?" Pomp ask-ed, as be gave him the coffee. "Yis, begorm," and the Irishman laughed in spite of himself. "Do they often quarrel that way?" Kensel asked of Fmnk. "Once or twhle on every trip," was the reply, "and Pomp butts him out every time. They are the best friends in the world too." "harney Is very quick-temperoo." "Yes," said Frank, "Pomp can keep his temper much better than Barney can." Strange they never use their weapons on each other.'' They came very near doing so once in Africa. I told them the one who drew blood from the other with any weapon other than what nature gave them I wonld shoot as I would a.. dog. Since that time they have J;lever been in clined to use any wea1Jons." A half hour later Bttruey and Pomp were con versing together as if nothing had occurred to disturb the harmony of their relations. The night,; was one our heroes never !orgot. The air was still and the surface of the lake like a sheet of glass. Overhead the stars seemed so numerous or so bright, and every one of them was refiected in the bosom of the Our heroes sat up till. midnight drlnldng ill the beauty of the scene. Then they retired. When they awoke the next morning they found that Barney and Pomp had caught a mees of pan fish for breakfast. Hello I There's a deer drinking water from the lake out there," crioo Ballinger. "Where?" Kenselasked. "Just under that big tree out there," and Sal linger pointed in the 'direction of a large tree which stood almost in the water about the eighth of a mile away. "I see him," said F&nk, who came out at that moment "ith a ri1le in his hands. Are you going to shoot at him at this dl.'!-tance?'' Kensal asked. "Yes," be replied. "These rifies will kill at or a mile it the aim iB true." How far Is it to that deer?" "About.an eighth of a mile, I think.'' Fronk took a 1ong,' deliberate aim and fired. The deer sprang up and tu mbled into the water. "Whoop," yelled Barney. "Sure an' the Ould Nick is in the gun I" "That was the shot I ever saw," remarked Sallimmr. said Kensal. "I never dreamed Lhat you would hit him at that distance.'' "These Winchester& are long reaching weapons," ll&id Fronk, the ship over there, Barney, and we'll get the hams for a change from fish diet. Barney s"t the propeller going, and guided the ship toward the point where they had seen the deer plunge Into the water. When within about one hundred yards of the shore they espied a bear climbing up the face of the bluff. Ah, old fellow," said Frank, I'll g1 ve you a tumble," and aiming at the beast be pulled the trigger. Bruin growled, but kept on climbing up the bluff. He was evidently maki11g for his den somewhere above. Crock 1 Crack 1 Crack 1 Frank gave him three shots in rapid suocesslon. The fourth shot seemed to have broken his back, for he soon lost the of his hind limbs. Frank was about to take a more deliberate aim, when the brute lost his grip and oame tumbling down the face of the bluff. "Dar he go l" cried Pomp. "Whoop!" yelled Barney, ae the big brute tumbled down frOm tree and bowlder, a of more than two hundred feet, finally landing in the water not ten paoes from where the deer had perished. "ThiB is a fine place for g&IIl't," said Kensal. looking around in quest of something else to shoct at. It would seem so-a deer and bear before breakfast. Run up alongside there and get a. bam each from them," said Frank, Barney ran the air-ship alongside the deer and Pomp sO'>n cut off a ham. Theu the -bear gave up one of his hams, after which Pomp proceeded to oook some venison steaks for breakfast. After breakfast Frank prepared to rise and sail over the mountains In quest of the survey trail which the great storm had driven them from. The rotoscope was set going, and in a few minutes the air-ship left the wtter and began to ascend. Up, up it went, and soon the top of the highest peak was below them. "Look at dem eagles," cried Pomp. From the west they saw a dozen immense eagles making straight for the &ir-shlp. CHAPTER XIX. POKP'S PHILOIIOPBY AND BALI..IfGER's TBEOBYTBE TBA.CX OF THE CYCLONE. "TIIJ eagles are coming for us," cried Fmnk, ae he saw the great birds maklngastraightshoot for the air-ship. Get .out the shot-guns." Bartley and Pomp lost no time in getting out the shot-guns. "Why, will they attack us?"" Sa!llnger asked in wondering surprise. Of course they will. They are the of space, and won't allow any invasion of their domain. We have a fight with them every tilll.e we meet them.'' Well, I guess we oan take oare of ourselves. even it we haven't any wings or talons." "Yes, but you want to look out that they don't gmb you with their talo,ns, tor they are very dan- gerous." The eagles oame shrieking and screaming around the air-ship, knowing what to make of tt. Give it to 'em I" orled Fran)t, aiming at an immense eagle who was sailing close to the rotascope, as it lia1f inclined to attack it. It was but a moment that he aimed, and then he polled the trigger. The eagle gave a shrill scream and then went tumbling toward the earth. Two others darted to his assistance, screaming at a terrible rate. Crack, crack I Barney and Pomp sent two more of them down, and then &llin!tllr and Kensel let loose the doga of war. Kensal shot at one not ten feet away, and kill ed him instantly. Ballinger killed his also, and still the others showed fight. Keusel woundt;ld another, and he fiew away; then the remaining ones made a determined attack on the rotascope, which was making three hundred revolutions per minute. One of them reached out his foot to clutch it. with his great claws. The next moment his legs was nearly jerked off of him, and he went away, shrilly screaming, aa fast as his wings could take him. Two or three more shots broke them all up, and the SUrviVOr& took Jlight and Bailed a war for the mountam peaks on the south side o the lake. "Well, I've read of the battle above the clouds at Lookout Mountain," said Ballinger, as he gazed after tlle eagles, but I never thought I would ever ll&il up and fight eagles in their own element." "You will do worse than that before get back home," said Frank, laughing. What will it be?" "Just wait till the time comes, and yQu wUI agree with me. I am glad none of us got hurt.'' "Did you ever get hurt by one of them?"' "Ask Pomp," replled Fmnk. "Dem eagles Is worse nor bull-dogs, l!&b," said Pomp. "Dey grab a quicker'n a .wink;" and be told of some of his battles in th air with eagles. I didn't know they wonld attack human beings that way," remarked Ballinger. "Dey wU! go fo' a elephant ef he files up whar del. is, sah," said Pomp. The moral is, then-stay where you be long.'' "Yes, sah, an' dat's er tac'," assented Pomp. "I don't belleb in dis heah ll.yln' nohow.'' "Why not?" I

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.. FRANK RBADB, .JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 18 "Kase er nigger ain't got no wings. lle &in'& DO bird, sab." "But he is to have wlags some day, you when he croesea over Jordan." "Yes, s&h, dat's er fac', but Jordan am a h.-.rd road ter trabbel afo' he gits dem wings." But if he mllkes a tlying machine betore he crosses Jordan, and gets used to flylngabout,he won't be such a green hn.nd when he over on the other side, you know." Pomp shook his head. He could not subscribe to that kind cf philos ophy. Somehow it didn't fltln with his theology. "When a nigger gets too smart," he sal!," he makes er fool ob hisself, and comes outen de Ht tle en' ob de horn. Niggers ain't got no bhm888 er flyln' 'bout when dey ain't got no wings." "White men have no wings either," remarked Ballinger. "Dat's er fac', sah, an' some white folks want tier fly all ober de worl'." "You have flown all round the world YQP.r88if, have you not?" "Yes, sah, an' Jat's er tao'. But Marse Fmnk made me done dat. Dis chile ain't got no wings ylt, n .:Uer." "Well, I don't think ypu ought to be down on tlying machines, Pomp, any more than on railroads. Because a man can't run forty miles an hour that should not hinder him from going that !Mt on the cars." "No1 s&h, but de kya.rs stay mighty cloee to de grouna all de time." Ballinger laughed and saw that he had failed to convince the old darky by his logic. It was about noon when Frank ulscovered the lake near the mountains where the llyclone over took them. He was glJLd to get at the starting point again, and said to Kensel : "We oan now resume the survey that mountain over there." Is that tlis placs where we left off?" "Yes., "How can you know?" "By yonder little lake several miles beyond. Don't you rscognlzs the incline betweeb. those mountain peaks?" "Yes I believe I do now." "Weli, that's where we were when the cyclone came up. You will have a chance to 1188 how destJ:uctivs it was." It was difllcnlt to sse the full extent of the committed by the storm. But when the air-sh1p got down to within a few hundred feet of the path of the storm the evidence of ita a wfnl destruetlveness was plainly to be &een. Troos were torn up by the roots, and limbs soottered about in every dll'6Ctlon. A wide swath had been cut through the fore<, showing human being have lived through it. "I never saw anything Ilks it," said "Nor I," put in Sallicgsr. "I have seen much worse," SB!d Frank, "and In this very country. It is worse in this climate than north of the Rio Grands, thOU!fh they have some terrible ones in Texas sometimes. Have you oought on to the survey where you left off yesterday?" "Yes, I believe I have," said Ballinger, eon-suiting his Instruments. 1 Then we tum westward again and see how the road oon be made to crawl over th()se monntalns," and the air-sblp veered around and mads a westerly course again. "Go slow, as the mountain is rough in some pmts, and I have to make ooleulaUons as we go along." "Very well. Five mUss an hour Is the epsed now.u They ma<41 a few miles, and then the p&BS through the mountains turnsa southward. "We shall have to follow that," said Ballinger, "till wa can flnd our way out of it." "It Aproods out Into a sort of plateau," remarked Kensal. Yes," said Frank, "and rlgAt hers, llevsral lset above sea level, is the flnest elimats in the world. They have neither summer or winter Is always a May day season." "It must indeed be a floe climate." "Yos. I regard the table lands ot Mexico as havlni the finest elimate in the year. "Ah I There's a hacienda out there!" "Yes," said Fmnk, "and if you will look far ther ahead you will sss a village an'd haciendas all around ft." Kensal seized the flsld 'glass and took in .the YaHey for many miles around. Yes," he said, It is one of the most bealltl ful valleys I ever saw." It would pay to run the road through the entire length ot the valley," remarked BWllngsr. Of cGurss it would, and when a few thou. sand live Yankees settled hers It would become one of the famous winter resorts or the wor11i. Oo you know, I think some of the old. .mines whieh the Spaniards worked 200 years ago are Ia these mountains?" I would like to see some of them." HI eaw one of them in Peru once," said Frank. :ft had not been worked in over a hundred years, and was in a neglected condition, ol course. But one could see enough to form an idea of the very loose Wfll.Y the Spaniards worked them." Shall we stop at that village?" Ksnsel asked, as the village cams more plainly in view. "I think ws hfll.d better stop a little while-long enough to get at the name of the place," and the party thought so too. As the air-ship neared the village the entire population ran out into the streets in the wildest excitement over the appearanee of the flying visitor. CHA.PTEB XX. A TOWN IN TlDii MOUNTAINS-THB PADBE AND ALCALDE. SHUT out from all the world in that little vale in the mountains, where railroads, telegraphs and newspapers were unknown, it Is not to be wol\dered at that the inhabitants of the town of Coxatla had never hsarDtel' of the plaza. "Yes, that is our air-ship. Wa travel that way when we bave long journeys to make." The f1100 of the padre was a picture to look at. Amazement was in every feature. His people, seeing that he was not being harmed, gra.duallr came up and stood behind, gazing in awe-stncksn wonder at the strangers. "I don't understand how you can fly through the air," said the padre. "You saw us come down through the air, did you not?'' "Yes." "Well, you know that we did, even thongh you can' t undsrslruld It." And a smile came 6ver the faes of the young h:ventor as ho:lspoks. Yes, even so, senor,'' replied the padre. 1t is a simple mechanical apparatus whleh will soon be known to all the WMid," said Frank. "We came down to pay our respects to you, father, and the Alcalde." The padre was flattered ; he wail a good sort of a fellow, with the usual amount of human weakness with regard to flattery. "We are glad tli welcome you, senors," he said. "I will send for the Aloolde, who will soon be here." Th11 padre turned and spoke to one of the many gaplni rustics behind him, and the youth turned on his heels and qulekly disappeared. "Father, will you be so kind as te have some fresh water to us? We are TBry th irst,v .'' The padre spoke to those. about him, and a dozen women set off at once to feooh water. In a little while they returned with pails fnll ot elsar, sparkling water, almost as cold as ice. "Ah 1 How kind your people are, father!" ex claimed Frank, as he took a driD.k of the water. Water belongs to all the people of the earth," said the padre. "Yes, and It is one or God's best gifts te m-" said Frank. But, father, will you drink a boto tis of wine with us?" "Yes, my sor.-two, if you wish." Ballinger winked at Kensel, and Barney ancl Pomp emptied several palls of the water into tha tank. The Alcalde soon put in an appearance, and aa soon.as Sallinger saw him he whispered to Kl'n sel: "We can't get off with less than a half dozeD bottles." And he was right. Both the padre and the Alcalde were men wltb extraordinary stomachs and hard heads. They went on board the air-ship to drink a bottle of wlus with the new-comers. The Alcalde proved himself a giant in wine dnnking. He got away with two full bottles himself. The padre managed to put himself on the outside o( one and a half bottles, whilst one bottlE\ was enough for Frans: and his two com. rades. Whilst the drinking was on on board the air-ship, the whole population of \he town stood around and looked at the wondrous vessel whieb had come through the air like a bird. Among the hundreds of lookers-on were many beautiful mountain b9&uties. Ksnsel wa.s strongly tempted to pay his respects to some of them, buc a hint from Frank deterred him. After several hours delay Frank began to weal"J' of his guests. They had seU.lsd down into that condition of mental somnolence where all the world 1s for gotten-the naturalconsequencs of a stomach full of generous wine. The troth Is the Alcalde Wl\8 drunk and the padre was happy, and both were so good-batur ed that nothing could be said or done to d!sturb them. "We are eaught In our own trap," remarked Frank to in English. "Yes, it looks that way, but what are we to do about it?" "I see no other way than to grin and bear it." "Why not tumbjs them out and sail away?" KeWlel asked. "Beoouself we get the eommunlty down on us Amerioons, as ws would be sure to do if we treat the padre and Alcaldwthat way, you could aever make a railroad a suecess in this part of the country.'' "Ah I I never thought of that. It won't do to ottsnd them." "Or eourse not; we have plenty of time, and ean spend the night here It nseessary." "Yes, I suppose we can. Tiley have such fln& water hers that I wouldn't mind &topping over night." The only trouble Is we won't have any wine left If we do," remarked Ks8881. Those are the worse two old guzzlers I ever saw." I've ssea much worse," said Frank, but I eonfess that I wanted to murder them." Not 8. doubt of It," and Kensal laughed. "Why not send out and buy some native wine, .. suggested Ballinger, "and flU up the empty bot tles with it? I guess it's cheap hers." Hanged if I don't act on that said Frank. "I have a lot of Msxiean silver dol lars, and I guSI!B I oon get one of those fellows out there to get the wine for me.'' "Try it, anyhow." Ballinger and Kensel entertained the Alcalde and the padre while Frank negotiated with one of the Mexicans to purchase flye gallons of good native wins for the ship. The man took lhs moaey and ran off with It. In twenty minutes he returned, accompanied by a wine-merchant, who delivered some real good wine for the money that had been eent him. By George !" exclaimed KenS81, on tasting the wine, it's good enough to take witb us." "It is cheap enough to flll up guzzlers with, too, Blild Frank, and he ordered Pomp to reflll the empty bottl'ss with the new wills. By and by the padre woke up and looked around for a bottle with something in it. Pomp brouffht in one of the reflllsd bottles and placed it on the table in front of him. He poured out a glassful of it and drank it with great gusto. Frank and the others watched him to sse if be had dlseovered the trlek, To their surprise, he

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16 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. took a second glass and swallowed it, as 1f it were nothing more than so much water Then the A.lcalde followed his example, in that he took two gl118ses brimming full. rrh*ir-shlp ,remained In; the plaza, and the men, women and children surged aroub.d it till near'mldnight. During all that time the Alcalde and tho padre still sat at the table drinking wine and dozing. .Pomp prepared a supper, but the two guests were too full to partake ol it. At last the Alcalde's son eame for hlm, and, with the aid of several others, both he and the jolly padre were taken 8\lBy, CHAPTER XXI. 05 2'Bll: WING AG.lDf-THB CAMP INVA.DBD BY BANDITB-THIUB BECKPTION. WBli:K the guests were gone our heroes arranged for watches duting the night, and then re tlrea to get some sleep. They had been bored almost beyond endurance by the Alcalde and the padre, .and needed all the sleep they could get. "He. ve breakfast at sunrise, Pomp," said Frank, Just before he rolled In for the night. "Yes," said Pomp. All of them were OOlled to breakfast promptly the next morning, just as the sun was gilding the highest mountain peaks east of. the town. They B&t down to venison steakS, eggs and co tree. Where did you get the eggs, Pomp?" Frank asked. Bought 'em, sah." "Where?" ''Hyer, sah." "Why, how did you manage it? You can't speak Spanish?" "Dat's er fac', sah, but de gal brung 'em hyer, an I glb her a quarter for 'em." How many dozen did you Two dozen, 81\b." "Well, that's cheap enough. If you had spoken Spanisil you would have paid double for tl:iem." Pomp grbmed. Dey don't cheat dis chile 1f he doan no Span Ish." "You are right, Pomp," said Salltnger. "I'll bet you mashed' her." "No, sah. I ain't no masher.'" Just as the;y finished breakfl\st, and were paring to enJOY a smoke, Frank saw the padre and about a score of men coming toward them. "There he comes again I" he exclaimed. "Up with her, Barney, or we'll have him with us all da .. rushed to the rotascope knqb, and set lbe electric battery In inotion. The rotascope began to re._,lve, and In another minute the air-ship swung clear of the earth. The padre ran forward, and yelled at the top of his vo1ce. The men with him lifted up their voices and yelled in unison. "Too late, my hearties," said Frank, laughing. "You are pretty early, but you llldn't quite catch us this time." What In thunder are the,Y after at such an early hour as this, I wonder?' Kenselasked. "Hanged if I know, but we would have been compelled to treat that: crowd, and that wonld have held us there tlll all the town got again. We made a lucky escape." "Yes, I think we did." "Just look how the women are pouring out of their homes. The news has fiown all around that we are going away." The women and children ran out into the yards and streets, and gazed up at the air-ship as it weat skyward. In a little wb!le the atr-shlp passed in a south westerly direction. Sai!J.nger was busy at his in struments making a map of the route as they went along, and keeping a record of the elevations and depressions of the earth'l! surface. B&.degreee the little town faded from view and ottlePtowns and haciendas came in sight. "I believe the Mexicans elect the man who can drink tbe most to be Alcalde," said Ballinger. "I am sure or thath" said Kensal, though I have seen but two of t em.'' "They were fair specimens," said Frank. "Well, you ought to know, having been in Mexico before.'' "They are pretty much all alike all over the country. But woe to the foreigner who Is brought before one or them charged with even t.b.e most trivial violation of law. 11e is st-ripped or everything of value-utterly despoiled-and he can il.nd no redress." "Ill theJO no court of appeal?" "Yes-but the Alcalde never leaves anything for a higher Judge to pluck; hence an appellant ean get no hearing there.'' "Well, it's a queer country Indeed,'' "Indeed it Is. You want to keep out or the law courts in :Mexico. A man's best friend there is his revolver.'' There's a gap in the mountains on the right out there," said Ballinger, who kept his eyes about him all the time hE' was talking. It appears to be a good wide pass," remark ed Frank as he gazed in tbe direction Indicated. "Yes, 'i think ws had better go over there. It leads off In the right direction.'' Very well," said Frank, and' the .course of the air-ship was changed accordingly. To their surprise, tbey round that th11 pass was another long valley or strip ot table land In the mountains. where the soil was rich and tae cli mate thaflnest In the world. This pass wag cut for a railroad when these mountains were built," remarked Kensal, aa he surveyed the beautiful landscape from a high altitude. It would seem so," returned Frank as he looked away in the d!11tance. "But I think you will find some pretty rough mountains at the farther end of the pass.'' No doubt of It, but this vale .is rich eneugh to support a road, even though it did not connect with the Pacitlc. But we'll find a way to get through to the coast. I have no fears on that score., There are several villages in sight now," said and the valley appears to llve In pro found peace with all the worlil.'' Yes-ah I There's a l>lg road. :Mexico has some great highways that she has the right to be proud of. They all point toward the capital. I guess this one runs down through tbis gap till It comes out into the grsat table-lands." Our heroes did not follow the road but a few miles, 8>1 tbeir1bourse compelled them to keep in a westerly direction. Followmg the pass; they found that a strsamfrom a number <>1 springs in the valley-fiowed westward. "Water never runs up hill," eald Frank. "We are on the western !!lope or the mountains. That stream empties into the Pacific 11omewhere, I am sure., "Let's follow it awhlle and see if it leads us to a good outlet for the railroad.'' They followed it all the afternoon, and saw tt grow larger every hou'r by the junction of other streams with it. Night came <:>n, and our heroes concluded to settle down on the banks of the stream and camp there. Tbey found fish plt>ntiful, and had no trouble in catching all they wanted ':for their sapper. Just before they were about to retire to their berths on the air-ship they were startled l>y the sudden appearance of a dozen armed :Mexicans. Frank readily recognized their cbara<:lter from their dress and manners. So did .Barney and Pomp. They were regular :Mexican bandits. Frank ross up and eonlronted tbem as they surrounded the CP.inp-fire. "Who are you, senor?" the leader' demanded of Frank. "We are Americans, senor," was the quiet ply or the young inventor. "Amerlca.nos?" "Yes. Wbo are you?" replied the leader, with a swag gering air. "Oh; you are at home, then?" "Yes; at home anywhere in :Mexico. What are you dping here?" "Camping for the night. We are traveling over the mount.ains to the coast." The leader glanced around lib 1! in quest of the horses be supposed our heroes had ridden. But seeing none, he asked : How do you travel?" "Through tbe air.'' The leader looked Frank in the face a full minute or so, as If he did not und .. rstand him. "We are traveling through the air," he said. We can't travel much any other way. Where. are your horses?" "We have none.'' "On foot, are you?" No, we came In yonder ship.'' They looked at the air-ship for the first time, and then made a rush for it. Barney and Pomp were on board, expecting a call for the rlftes. Halt I" cried Frank, very promptly. They halted in surprise, and the leader turned on blm and asked: "What do you mean?" "I mean for you to halt," was the reply. Do y01r dare halt :Mexicans on :Mexican soil!" hlseed the leader, handling his escapet thrsaten ingly. "Yes, when Mexicans make a rush tor my property." You are my prisoners-cll of you I". exclaim ed the bandit chief. "You are mlsts.ken, senor. Yot forget we are Americans, who are prisoners to no man.'' The bandits turned and levell!d their guns at Frank and his two friends. But the next moment .Barney and Pomp gave them a volley from the deck of the air-ship, and two of them tumbled headlong to the ground. The bandits were utterly dumfounded. They wheeled round to face the unknown foe, when Frnuk1 Sallinger and Kensal opened on tbem with tneir revolvers. Then Barney and Pomp gave them another round. Thal was too much. They fell on their knees and cried out : "Quarter! Quarter! We surrender!" CRAFTER XXII. PBANK TKACHBB A WHOLEBOlllll LESSON TO TlU NATIVES. THB terror of the bandits was unbounded. They were the veriest of cowardS-men who were bullies where numerical strength gave theOl the advantage. They believed that they were three to one when they first came into tbe camp, but when Barney and Pomp ftred on them from the air-ship they suspected that they were outnumbered, hence their sudden abject begging for quarter. Six of their number lay on the ground, three of Whom were dead, and a fourth was gasping In his death agony. The leader was unhurt, but was on his knees begging Ilks a dog tor his life. What's the m$ter with you?" Frank asked. Quarter--quatter !" cried the villain, in the most abject fashi01.1, "Why, you have quarter?-you had it before you came here. What are you making such o. fuss about?" The bandit did not know what reply to make to such a query. The truth is hedldn'tleally know what WIIS the matter with him. "I've met such :Mexicans as you before," Bald Frank, "and know how to deal with them. We whipped out this eountry once aml can do it again with the greatest ease In the world. Now you fellows had better make yourselves very scarce around here.'' They needed no second bidding. Without east lug a look at their wounded comnaaions, tbey marched away Jn the darkness of ihe night, and were seen no more. "Now we want to leave here and at once," Bald Frank. "Those fellows will rouse up the natives around here and seek reyenge by attacking us before daylight. Get aboard :\t onoo." They went aboard, wherePompand Barney already had possession, and Ftank at once set tha rotascope going. In another minute the air-ship was rising nbove the tree tops and sailing in a westerly course; fol lowing the valley. When they had gone about ten miles they set tled down on the banks of the same stream witWn a few feet of the water. "We can all tnrn in here and sleep," !laid Frank, "as nobody knows where we ars. In th11 morning we will build a fire and cook brsakfast. Then we'll go back and catch on where we left off, and go on with the survey.'' "That's very easily done," said Ballinger. "Yes," said Kensal.'' "We gave 'em the gTBnd dodge, didn't we?" "I should say we did. But wasn't Barney and Pomp right up to snuff, though?" "Oh, I knew they were right on the ragged edge of a fight all the time," said Frank, laughIng. "Those old boys never failed me yet In the hour of danger. I am never uneasy when they are around." Pomp grinned and Barney smiled, as they heard what the young inventor said. They turned In and went to sleep as though no human lives had been sacrificed that nlgbt. Early the next morning Barney and Pomp were up building the fire by which to cook brsakfast. Frank and the others were soon up, also, pe.ring to try their luck at fiBbing In the stream. Just as they had cast their hooks in the water Pomp, who was busy making a pot of eotree, felt himself seized by the collar and yanked sr. ..... md as if a giant had hold of him. "Hi, dar I" he called. "Lef go dar, I tole yer!" He hsard a gruff voice speak in. Spanish, and then felt a violent kick under his coat-tall. That was enough. He crawled out of his coat In the twinkling of an eye, and confronted his assailant, who proved to be a big, burly Mexican farmer. "Wha' for )'llr kick me?" exclaimed Pomp. "Bold on there, Pomp I" called Frank, start

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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 17 lng to return to the 1lre to see what ths :Mexican wanted. But Pomp's wool was up. Ht> bowed hill head and mad11 a dash at the burly Mexive Fmnk. Barney, Ballinger and Kensel had crowded around to see and hear a.ll thllt was done or said. "You are on my property," said the Mexican, haughtily, "and I want you to leave at onoo I" Frnnk coolly took out hls watch and noted the time. "We shall leave In just one hour to the min ute, senor. We hu.ve not had our breakfast yet." "You will leave now-t take the cODIIeqtJenes," said the Irate I'On of the soil. "Iu one hour, senor." "Tben I'll summon my peons and have you all &rrebted," and he started to leave. .&nor, !arrest you!" said Frank "and will hold voa till I am ready to go. Ho\d up your liandsl" Prank eovered him with his revolver. The J(Pxican turned pale, but made no motion te obey the order. "Hold up yoar hands, or I'U put an ounce of lead you I" hissed Fmnk. Up went his hands. "Go through him, Pomp, and see If he Is arm.c!." "Yes, sah," and Pomp advanced to search him. Thfl llexica.n drew baok. "Why tills Indignity?" he asked. "Simply to teach you how to be a gentleman In the future," replioo Fmnk. "A gentleman would have a.skeJ the servant to show him the Ill ASter, and to him he w o uld have addressed himBelt. Do you catch on to the lesson?" Pomp went through him, llnd found no weapon but a small Dn.t'sall he hab got, Marse Frank,".said Pomp, as he tlnished the search. "Thnt Isn't much of a weapon to have," remarked Fmnk. "Now, senor, you will tllke 'your seat thflre by the lire and keep us company till we are reRdy to leave y<>ur estate." Tile 1lexica.n had made up his mind that he had run Into a hornet's nest, and the blldt lhinp; he could do would be Implicit obeod and gazed upwards as if they feared some great danger was impending. Our heroes made no demonstration of any kind, but went quietly to work to resume the survey where they hlld left olf. Then they turned about and sailed westward again, goiug over the very ground they had piiSSed over the niA:ht before. "We are all nght now good day's work," Silid Salllnger Yes; and I hope we will lind the route a good one for a railroad," eaid Pmnk, for this Ill the richest country In t\le world through here, when one takes climate and soil Into oonsidemtlon." They pa.esed the spot where they had left the burly .Mexlcan that morning, and found that he had A:one home. "He Jives near by here, I guess," said Chatlle Kensel. I'd like to see him again." "So would I," said SalllnA:er. ".[. would like to hear his opinion of liyingshlps and Americans In general." "You would not ftnd It very liattetlng, I can assure you," said Frank. 0[ course not, but I would like to hear It all the same." "Ah I there's another town-quite a large one, too," said Kensel, who had been took.lng out ahead during the conversation. It W88 In the dlatance and the lield-g111138 was brought Into use Frank. gazed at the large colleetlon of housea for a minute or two, and then hllndad the glass to Ballinger. It Is quite a olty," remarked the latter, as he gazed through the glass. Yes, but we don't want to stop there and have an Aloalde guzzling down all onr wine," said Fmnk. '' No-don't stop. Just paSB over the town and g!Te 'em a good I am sorry we have no l)tg tin trumpet on board with whleh to give 'em a loot. They'd a.ll think the end ot time had come." Yes. I haTe seen Americans frlehtened a!-most to des&h that way. We nearly broke up a camp-meeting once by liylng through the air blowing an lmmenRe tin trumJ!Ot." The town came into better v1ew every moment, as did the rich haciendas all around It for many miles. They judged the town to hold about ten thousand inhabitants. Most of the bouse!', however, were miserable adobes, showi.ng that the majoiity were of the poorer clllss. The air-ship ww. over tlle town w1len it was discovered. Then the people ran out Into the streeta and behaved like so mimy JunatltJS just turned loose. "Just look at 'em!" exclaimed Kensel. "Did you ever see people so much excited?" "]j never did," said &!linger. Beda.d, but It's crazy ,they are," Barney. "Dat's er lac'," chimed In Pomp. "The y don't t.:now what to mtl.ke of the airship," 81\ld Frank. "Such a thing 1\11 a small ship sailing through the air a few years a:;o would have set aoy people In the world crazy.' "Well, they seem nearly crazy down there.'' "Yes. It would open their 11yes if we were to drop down there and tell them all about the mysteey of the air-ship. But we have other work to do.'' Yes I think we ought to push the survey thro\lgb in two or three days more," said Sal linger. Two days ought to bring us In sight <>f the ocean," replied Frank. "Then we sho.ll have completed one of the most wonderful surveys of the age, I think.'' "No doubt of that; 11.11d the world will so regard It, too.'' By and by the town was left behind, and the valley seemed to stretch away to a great dl.etance. But along toward sunset a mountain range loomed up in front of them. Ah, there' s the end of this valley I" 8a.ld Kensal, as he gazed at the mountain. Ballinger looked disappointed for a moment or two, but, sei.dng a glass, he made a sweeplng survey or the range. There's an for this riTer bel<>w us somewhere," he said, "or else it nms htllthing I never knew a river to do by ltseAI "Yon are right about that," said Frank. It liows through a gap somewhere, yon lll&J depend upon it." "But why can't we see It? It appear:e to be a solid mountain range In front of ns." Because we are too far olf to see where the gap winds around some spur, perhaps, whieh prevent!l us from seeing through lt-n least, that lB the ocly explanation can give of it." "Well, we ll know more about It when '!l'e get there.'' ln an hour's time they were near enough to the mountains to see where the little river 11m through. It entered a narrow gap, which made a sharp curve to the left after going a few hundred yards, whloh accounted for the appearaace of a solid moun taln at a long distance. We want to get down low as we go tllrough tbat gnp," said Ballinger, I waat k> see whether or not It Is possible to run a ra.llroad through there." "We can sail as low as you wish," replied Frank, proceeding to lower the altitude of the air-ship. As they entered the gap they were hunredll of below the tope of the peaks on either side of the river. "It Is mostly rock," said SalHnger, "and very solid rock at that." "Yes," returned Kensel. "They wru have some blasting to do here.'' But no tunneling,'' remarked Prank. "I think the passage Is wide enough to permit a railroad tra.ci to be laid along the b&nu of the river." The gap was about three and one laa.Jt mfies In length, and then It emerged Into a algplng table land, wtth level country ill the dim dlstanoo be yond. The of tho little river became a roarlnlf mpid for !Lany miles. In one plAce they espied, a beautiful cascade-the entire river over a shelving rock in an unbroken body, flllllng distance of fttty or sixty feet. What better plac& than that do we want for a camp?" Kensel asked, as he looked down at the cascade. It sulta me well enough,'' said Salllnger. I bave no objection to It," remarked Prank. Maybe Pomp might not like it.'' Pomp grinned from ear to ear, and said: "Dat's er nice place dOW!\. dar, )[arse Frank, an' plenty ob fish an' b'ar stEIIk fo' ter eat." "Bear steaks I Where are any bear steaks?" "Down dar on dat big rook by de water," eald

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.. 18 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORiNG MEXICO. Pomp, pointing to a big b!Mir. bear sitting on a Oat roek within a few teet of the water's edge. They looked down and saw the bear as Pomp bad des6IIbed him. By George, there he is I" eried Kensal. "Yes, and a big fellow he is, too," said Bal Unger. He has heard us,'' Frank said, "and doesn't know where we are. Just watch him looking for us. He is right where we want to laad. Have vo!Pl' guns ready to llre D.B soon as we settle down by him." "6ood )leavens I" gaeped Ballinger, "what do you want to drop right down Into his month for?', "Why, to make sure of kUling him," said \ ]!'rank, laughing. "You are not afraid of him, are you?" Oh, no, of course. But I don't want to soore the bear too much," replied Ballinger. Frank roe.red with laughter, and Kensal ex elaimed: "Just my llx, too. Just land on the othet side and give the bear a chance." "Well, we'll sail around low and take him on the wing." The air-ship settled down almost directly over the falls, and then, for the llrst time, the bear caught of it. He reared on his haunches, and glared at it as if ready to tackle it the moment it came within his reMh. "Now all of you take good aim at him," said Fronk, "and llre at once, to make su\'e of having some bear-steak for supper." 'l'hey all had their rilles ready, and when the air-ship was low enough to give thtlm a chance to put m a good shot they blazed away. The bear was/aralyzed by four bullets at such ehort range, an fell over on the rock In convul &iveagony, CHAPTER XXIV. DABNEY AND THE :8.1U.B-A. SH.u> THAT DIDN'T PA.N OUT WBLL. WHEN tbe air-ship settled down on, the rock the bear was stone dead. Barney wo.s the fin;t to leap out and touch the prize, and Pomp was the next. "Sure, an' he's folne one," said Barney. "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "Make er llre, Barney, an' I'll cook yer a big sllce." Bedad, thin, it's a big folre I'll make." Frank and the others examined the 'prize with a f.reat deal of satisfaction. 'He is a llne specimen," satd Kensel. "Yes, a very fine," added Frank, "but you want tp look out for the mate. They go in pairs, you know." Both Sal Unger and Kensal grasped their rilles, and looked uneasily around them. Oh, t!ley are not so dangerous &a serpent
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 19 "Tbank God I" went up from every one on board, and they rushed to the side of the airship to peer over at the falling snake. It a{lpeared to be twelve or ftfteen feet long as It aqmrmed, twisted and turned over and over Ia Its descent. "It will strike on a roek I" excl&lmed Fllionk, a.s be saw the course of the desceJlt. So it did, and it struck so hard 'that our heroes heard It at the height of a quarter of a mile. '!.'bat k!Ued him I" cried Kensel. "Of course It did. Nothing could etand such a'fall88 that I" "Let us down, Barney," said Frank. "I want to see that snake when he isn't quite so danger ous. I never bad such a surprise In my me." "Dat'a er fac'," said Pomp, his wool returning to Its natural kink again. "Where did you run across him, Pomp?" "Lor' sabe us!" gasped Pomp. "De fust ting I knowed I heered de hlssia', an' I looked down an' dar be war on de ftoor er axin' fo' his breck fus. I doan' say numn, but jes' skipped outen dar qulckern lightnin'. Dis am de wuateat coun try In de worl' fo' snakes." ,"I believe you," aaid Kensel, bad a deep aversion to all serpents. How did be get on i>Qard ?" Ba.llinger ASked. "He must have crawled aboard when we were eating breakfaat. He could not have done so at any other time without beiBg seen. He was an ugly fellow." I should say he was. I don't think I ever bad such a fright In all my !Ue," and Sallinger'elooka confirmed his words. I sball look under my bed every nlglat after this, like an old maid, to see If there's a snake under theret said Kensal. As for Pomp, It's a wonder he aidn't turn white. "Dat's er fao'," said Pomp, grinning. By t.hle time the air-ship bad settled down within a few feet of the monster serpent, and all llande got out to take a look at it. He was a big one," reml\l'k.ed one. "And an ugly fellow," said another. "Yes. I wouldn't care to tackle him alone." "Bedad," said Barney, "be could squaze I he tolfe out av a stump, bad cess till 'lm." They measured him and found t.hat he wss about thirteen feet in length. "Big enough," said Frank. Too big fOl' me," said Kense\. "Just thirteen feet too long for me," added Ballinger. "l'd rather have anything else around tllan the likes of him." "Sure an' It's the t.hrnth yez are spakln'." "Dat's er fac' .. All aboard I" cried Frank. "Look through the ship for more snakes," suggested Kensel. "Yee," said Ballinger. "Make sure we haven't any more such passengers on board." Barney" and Pomp quickly made a search, and found nothing to create any alarm. Then they once more uscended ,and the survey was re sumed, The view toward t.he west WBB a grand one for our heroes. The lend sloped gradually toward the coast, and the beautiful river went leaping and boundIts way to the sea, sparkling like molten sil r In the sunlight. here can be no dimculty In building a road through here," aald Kenael. "None in the least," replied Ballinger. I never saw a more beautiful country for railroad ing, It will be a long gTa.de, though, from the mountains to the sea level." "Yes, but as it Is not a steep one: It will give no trouble." W to strike the orange, lemon and cocoanut," said Frank, as he looked over the grand panorama below. How about the banana?" "It am dar," said Pomp, a broad grin on his honest black face. "It Is, eh?" "Yes, &ah," and he smacked hlsllpaln antici-pation of a feast on the deUclous fruit. "You like 'em, eh?" ''Yes, sah." "Next to l.be watermelon give Pomp a bunch of ripe bananas," said Frank. "ObI The Wl!termelon comes ftrst, eh?" "'tee, eah. De watermilyun am de nigger's pie, ebery time, aah." "I've always heard that the 'possum was the eolored man's beat dish," said Keneel. "De 'possum in de winter an' de water-milyuo in de summer, ash," said Pomp. "Oh, everything has Its season, I see." "Yes, ash, dat'e er fac'." When Is the chicken in season?" Dey am In aeasoa fourteen months In de year, aah," replied Pomp, grinning frt>m ear to. ear. There was a geaeral rciar of approbation at the bim up near enough to cut the rope and let him truthful reply of the representative of his moe. JIWim out." The air-ship moved weetward with a steady "Good I I'll do It," and the course of the &hlp pace, the country gradually became more letel, was changed so as to take It over the river. till a broad river came into view. There It wa.s lowered till the dog was in the "What a beautiful river I" exclaimed Kensel, ater. as be noticed the silvery reftootlon of the sun's Then the air-ship also settled down In the water. for miles and miles. Barney drew his knife and drew the dog up to What a lovely forest on both sides of it I" within a few feet of him and cut the rope. cried Sn.lllnger. The moment he felt himselffreed from the ship "But between that river and the ocean yoq the dog struck out for the bank. wtll see some arid plal,pe where It Is extremely When he reached the land he climbed up out of diiDcult for one to support life," remarked the water, shook the dao:p from his aides, and Frank. made a break for home at the top of his speed. "Is that so?" "That dog will never forget h1a experience to-" Yes. I passed through here a few years ago day as long as he lives," said Fmok, laughing at with Barney and Pomp. There Ia little Inducetlte tremendous speed the dog was makinK. ment for an enterprising m{ln to settle on the "What must that Mexican think?" Kenael ask-west coast of Mexico. I don't know what etroot ed, at that worthy a half mile away. a r:tilroad will have on It, though." Ob, he thinks the evil days have oome, and "That is something no man can tell." will cross himself forty times a minute every "No; time alone can solve that problem." time he thinks of os." They reached the river, and then decided to "How are the oranges?" Frank asked. stop there during the afternoon and night, pro-They had forgotten all about them in the exvlded they could ftnd a suitable place for a camp. citement about the dog. There's an orange grove over there," said But now they fell to and tested them. Frank, pointing to the left he could \ee the They were delicious-they bad ripened on the yellow fruit by means of tqe field glass. tree, which the oranges tilat get to New York "Well, let's drop down in that grove, by all never do. means," suggested Kensel. Good Lord exclaimed Kenael, I never "And be arrested for trespassing?" tasted such sweet oranges In my IUe." Who In can arrest tllis crowd, I'd like "No; I suppose not. That Ia the way to get a to know?" good orange-let It ripen on the tree. It makes "Dat's er fao'," said Pomp, whOPs mouth was a vast dlfl:erence In the flavor and sweetness." watering for a taste of a dozen oranges. "Yea, I suppose It does. I don't think I really Bedad, It's epollin' for a scrimmage, I am," ever had as many oranges as I wanted to eat. I said Barney. am going to eat all I want this time." }'rank had charge of the ship, and guided It That's right. Ther&'e enough on board for right dow11. into the orange grove, where the treM all of us." were banging full of the ripe, delicious fruit. During this converaation l.be air-ship ftooted "Now gather quick, be said, "and let's away down the river on the current In a little while before the owner go!a after us." they bad J1B88Sd below the orange grove, anlled Barney. "You jest, senor," he said. "Sure, an' he wantster go wid us! "Indeed we do not, senor. We U.ve fn the "He's treed us I" said Pomp. moon, and will go back as soon as we have seen By this time the dotf was sa{l!ng above the more of this beautiful country." tree tops, and the yelpmg pack below raised a The Mexican wondered how so many lunaUcs tremendous huiiaballoo over the matter. had come together in l.bat part of the world. Yet Crook I went a guo from the orango gt"ove, and he could not but see that they were not Insane a huiiet whistled close by Barney's ear. people --on the contrary they looked like very Then oome a aeries of \Vild Mexica11. whoops, sensible people. and a mao, gun In hand, was seen running abOut The laborer brought the bananas, and the yelling like a lunatio. owner refused to take any pay for them, doubt-But the. blood-hounds made suoh a racket that less thinking it would be bad policy to do eo. it was impossible to make out what he was say-"We are very grateful to you, senor," said log. Fronk, and will not forget your kindness. We I am sorry for the dog," said Frank, "for he aha)l prove to you tkat we live In the moon, as I I.e game to the last." see you .do not believe me." "Yes," said Kenael. "Cad't we eave him fJ:I Frank set the rotaseope going, and the Mexlaome way? I'd hate to see him fall." can looked on in amazement. It was the strang-" I don't know how. He would kill one of us est boat he had ever seen, and did not know were we to pull him on board." what to make of an Immense revolving umbrella "Go over the river and descend low enough to over lt. let him down Into the water. Then we can draw But when he and hl.e laborers saw the boat rise

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20 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. up out of the water and sail westward, they ut-knocked him back live or six feet, completely 'l'he ne)l:t morning he was sore from head m tared exclamations of terror and threw them-stunning him. foot, but would get up and take another look at selves on their knees, and crossed themselves Tho reptile then plunged into the water an(\ the dead alligator. the rate ot ten cross<:>s per minute. disappeared from sight. "Sure an' it's dead he Is," be said. "They are the worst scared lot I ever saw ,'1 Hi dar r yelled Pomp-" look at Barney I De "Dat's er fa.c'," said Pomp. said Kensal, laughing. 'gator hit 'im I" After breakfast they ascended again and moved "You may well say that, for they fully believe He ran to Barney and picked him up, shaking book up the river to where they lllid left off the that we are part of old Nick's gang, or else really him to bring him to. survey, and then started forth<:> coast. do belong to the moon. Good -heavenl51" exclaimed Frank. "The In an hour's time they struck tile arid plaina "I don't wonder at that. I would have thought boy Is hurt!" that lay between the river and the coast. ao too, under the circumstances, no doubt." They all ran to him to lind him just recovering It was indeed an arid, ureary waate that was "Yes, and so would almost anyone his wits, and looking aro11nd in a dezed sort of spread out before them. The only thing that "We are making due west now." way. could or would grow there was the giant cactus, "Yes," replied Frank, "but I think had No one but Pomp had seen the alligator, and which grew larger there than in any other part of better follow the river a few miles and then camp Sellinger and Kensal were at a loss to understand the world. for the night, otherwise we would have very dry what had happened. "How do you account for tile !'normous size ot surroundings." "Barney, my boy," said Frank, as the Irish-the cactus here, Reade?" Sellinger asked. "Let's stay by the river, then/' man began pulling himself together, "are you "I don't know how to for it," replied Why not follow the river to the coast?" Kenhurt?" Frank. It is something of a puzzle to me. I eel asked. I'm kilt," he said. think, though, that the atmosphere has something "Because It does not make a straight course "I )lope not, old fellow. I can't aflorc to lose to do with it-that it draw<> r:1ore sustenance for the oceaa. We want to make the nearest you you know." froa: the air than from the earth." point, and then seek a good harbor." "'Phat was it, onyhow?" "That is a good theory," said Kensel, "and a "Yes, that's the point,"saidSallir:ger. "1 think "It was de 'gator, Barney," said Pomp. correct one, I think." we can make the ocean to-morrow." "Bad cess to 'im, I'm broke all ter pieces. It Is the only one I hays regarding the plant. "Oh, of course. We are within a half day's Luk around an' gather me up. Me back is I have seen them before, and regard them one of sail of It now," remarked Frank. knockQd outer me," and he groaned as In the the great curiosities of Mexico." They kept along the course of the river for greatest agony. I would like to see one of the largest specl-about ten miles, eating oranges and bananas all "I didn't see any alllgat.or," said Keneel. menl5," said Kensal. the way. You heard the blow, did you no!R" Frank Take the glass and look out for one, and Keneel ate until he could not swallow another asked. when you make a selection we wiJJ. go down and piece, and then said: "Yes and It was enough to kill an ox." take a look ar it." I have done what was my one great desire "The'y have boen known to kill au ox with a Kensel soon found a large one, and tbe o.ir-shlp when I was a boy." single blow of their tails. It Is lueky for Barney settled down near It to enablj our heroes to In What was that?" Sellinger asked. the reptile did not seize and drag him under the spect it. "Eaten just as mt.ny oranges as I wanted. I water. That would have been the lll.St of him." It' was about tliirty feet high, and some of the couldn't eat anotller if my life depended on it." They carried Barney inside the air-ship and leaves were a foot thick, three feet wide and "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "When I was el' put him in his berth. Frank gave him a drink of nearly ten feet long, with spines long enough to boy, I wanted 'em jes' dat way, too, ssh." French brandy, and then proceeded to open the run through a man's body. "How about watermelons, Pomp?" medicine-chest and get hniment to rub on his "I never saw anything like It In all my life," Bress de Lor', honey, dis chile got 'em ebery bruises. said Kensel. time he went fo' 'em," and he grinned all over his Pomp built the lire \VIthout Barney's help that "Nor 1," added Sallinger. "Thhl must be thl' face as he spoke. evening. Barney was too much broken up to do native clime of the cautus." "And you didn't pay for them, either, eh?" anything but groan and call down bad i'Uck On all "It may be. I am not well ac9,uainted witla sah." albgators. the history of the plant," remarked ]j rank. But "Nor raise them yourself?" While he pas ceoklng su-pper Pomp looked out these are HBid to be the most remarkable In th "Yee, sah, I raised 'em-right ofl'n de vines over the river and saw 'the alligator crawling world." an' Obel' de fanes." up on the opposite bank. "And I gueBI'!It Is true," said Kensei. They toared over the truthfulness of the old "Dar he Is I Dar's de 'gator, Massa Frank I" I want to cut some of the spines and keep. darky. he cried out. them as curiosities," Salllnger said, looking abou "Give me your hand, Pomp," said Kensel. "Where? Where Is he?" Frank asked, rnl'lhfor some of the largest. "You are an honest man. I rallied largo crops ing out of the air-ship, gun in hand. You can lind plenty of There just that way myselr when I was a boy." "Ober dar on de oder bank I" some very large ones over there." Pomp shook hands with him, and seemed Frank looked in the direction Indicated, and Sallinger cut two very large ones and said that happy at having met a man who had farmed saw a monster alligator stretching himself out at they would suftlce, after which the alr-sblp asafter his style. full length on the ri.yer bank. cended again and resumed its eourse toward the Oh, you two think you are the only honest Kensel and Sallinger saw him, too, and were Pacific. meu on board, do you?" said Sellinger. "You eager to get a shot at him. They sailed many miles of the wild and cactus are very much mistaken I have been not only "Keep cool now," said Frank," and we'll get waste, where no water course of any kind waa a farmer, but a fruit raiser besides." him. All of you get your Wlnchesters and we'll De Lor' sabe us I" gasped Pomp. "Did yer have a shot at him." "This Is an a.wful country-the worst I evel' took apJ?,les an' peaches an' plums an' slch?" All three got theil' rilles and Joined Frank on saw," remarked Ballinger, at the dreao-"Yes,' replied Salllnger,' and took the stom-the river bank. waste below. "No wonder no people 1rve here. ach-a.che, too." "Yon want to aim right behind his forearm," I don't see how animal life could be supported Pomp shook his head with an airof disgust. said Frank," and close up to the arm, too, or the here." "Bad boy," he said. "Good boys take de bsll can't break his shell. Take a good, steady "Vel'] few animals are to be found In this water-mlly:m-dat's all right; but dem little elm, and when I count three all let him have It region,' said Frank. It gets better a11 we near fl'uits-bah I" at once. If we don't kill him we'll make him the coast." Frank and Kensal roared at Samnger's exmighty sick. Ready now." "I hope It does, for this 1s simply repgnant pense, and the latter Joined In, saying: All four aimed deliberately,and Frank counted: to look upon." "The old man has got the best of me, but I'll "One-twa-three I" "HI oar I" yelled Pomp. get even with him yet." The four shots made but. one report, and the "Whoop I" Barney. "You acknowledge that you are not one of us alligator made but one ;ump. He seemed to "What's the matter with you?" good boys, though, don't you?" Kensel asked. bounce ab
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. Another roar. see me get eve!l with you before we get back to remarked Kensel. Plenty "f wQOd ancl water "Right there, Barney, old man," said Kensel; York." -just the things we needed In camp." .. laugh when we do, and you'll be sure to catoh "Oh, that's all right. I'll walt till we get back "Yes, and I llW.ess we can find something to tt every time." to New York before I order the &nits." ,eat about here.'y-" .Begorra, av I opened me mouth as Yf!H. be Enough said !" t>xclaimed Ballinger. "I was "Dat's er fac' ," said Pomp. Dar's er monkey afther doln', It's a bad cowld I'd catoh !"replied afraid you were going to order them right now.'' up dar In dat tree." Bamey. I don't Hire the suits the sharks put up here, "A monkey 1 Where?" "Th(l.t's true, Barney I ciied Ballinger, "lie is or I would, said Frank. "Up dar In dat tree. De Lor' I!Sbe us I Dat &lwaya trying o get up a laugh where it doesn't "They have put up three suits for you." tree am full ob monkeys." belong." "Him ply gave me orden; on you fellows for They all looked up and found one of the treea "Dat's er fac'l' exclaimed Pomp, whereat tlum-that' s ull." replied Frank. loaded with monkeys. was another hearty laugh. "Bad to 'em," said Barney. The little fellows on seeing they were rliscov "Oh, well, old mau," said Kensel, "I owe you "Jes' look at dem gulls!" said Pomp, pointing ered began scampering from limb to limb and one, anyhow. If I should happen to shoot you to a couple of huge rocks that loomed up about chattering at a fearful rate. aome day, don't feel hurt with me?" 200 feet out IJ.red for anything that three miles often." a peck measure. turns up.'' "I'll wl!.ger.you a eult of clothes that you can't When they returned the baskets were full of They got their guns and fishing tackle and acswim flve hundred yards In that water out eggs, and as many more had been stepped on and companied Frank down the stream on its shon 1bere." mashed. run to the sea. CHAPTER XXIX. "I'll tske that bet," said Kensel, very prompt"I want to get away !rom here as soon as we Tile banka of the stream were well wooded, y, extending his hand to Frank. can," said Kensel, as he stepped on board. although the ground was so rocky that it was "I dare you to that bet with me, too," "Why what's the n:attsr?" Frank asked. difllcult to see where lrees could get root hold. aid "Too much fowl and foul eggs," was the But they did, and many or them were quite large. "Oh, I'll do that,'' said Frank, extending his repll. with extremely luxuriant foliage. tland to Ballinger, "and you, too, Barney, If you thought so," said Frank. "They never As they advanced tbey found monkeys everyWish." clean out their old nests, nnd so some of the eggs where. The little fellows scampered out of the &dad, It's a suit nv foine clothes I want," get too ripe.'' way as they saw our party. rer.lied Barney grasping his hand All soon as they were all on board Frank began "There's quite a colony of them here," said It's a bet, is it?" Frank asked. the ascent. The whirling of the rotascope set Kensal, "a fact which 1 am aL a loas to under. "Yes," replied all three at onee. the gulls In a flutter, and a terrible commotion stacd.'' All right. We ll go down at once." WI\S the result. 1 don't think they live here all tr a tlo:.e," said "Wby aon't you make a bet too, Pomp?" Ken-There were so many of them, however, that no Frank, looking around at the cht\ttr.rlng little asked. "Can' t you swim?" one on boord had any desire to shoot th(lm. fellows. "They have come here for. special "Yes, sah, I ldn swim," said Pomp," but dis There could not have been any sport In shooting reason for a time. ehile don't swim wid no sharks." into a tlock of so many birds. "What special reasons C&ll they'llave? I don't "Sharks!" yelled Ballinger and Kensal In a. "Well, I am glad we don't have to camp on see much fruit about, '-aa surely C.:Oey did not breath. that islund to-night," said Ballinger, looking back come here for the water "Yes, a&h. Dar's er millon sharks down dar at the fowl-covered rock. "Suppose we watoh &ome of them a.nd see In dat water." So am I," a.lded Kensel. "A half hour there what they feed on while we are hE>re !" 11nggested Kensal and Ballinger looked at each other was enough for me."' Kensal. and then at Frank. "Dat's t>r fac'," said Pomp. "Dar's too many "Yes, that's the way to tlnd out," said 8alThe young Inventor smiled. darter be healthy." Unger," but we are not na.tumllsts on a monkey "Sftld r !\X claimed Kensal. They sailed tack to the main land and resumed hunt." "Sold!" echoed Ballinger. the soorch along the ooost for fresh water. "N o-tbat's true. But we are not prohibited "Begorm !" cried Barney, "me bet is off.'' After passing beyond the bold bluffs they found from learning anything while out on this survey, out a suit. of clothes, Bamey," replied a small stream emptying into the ocean through are we?" Frank, laughing, unless you make the swfm of a roaky gateway. "Gentlemen," said Frank, the survey is prae-8ve hundred yards out from the beach." "There's fresh water," said Frank, "though tically ended. We have reached the Pacillo Ocean. "Sure an' wud yez lave me go?" we may have to go up-stream some distance to The railroad can't go any further. I propose to "Of course, if you are fool enough to take the flnd It free from Mit." camp_ here two or thrt.e 4iays." risk. You should have thought of the sharks be-"Not very far I guess," said Kensel. "It "Why so long?" Kensel asked. fore you made the bet." seems to me to be above the tide not; quarter of "I want to examine the electrieal machinery "Dat's er fac'!" and Pomp grinned from ear a mile back." of the air-ship, see that everything Is In perfec' to ear as he looked at th'l three enthusiastic "I guess you are right. Why, hello I The order, oil every joint, and then olean up things swimmer!'. tire stream Is not a mile long.'' generally." "It's a pretty good Joke," remarked Kensel, "The deuce you say I" "Ah, I 1!!66 you have a huge bump of caution, lighting his pipe. Yes,loolr out there-there's nothing but a Mr. Reade," said Ballinger, smiling. "Yes-three suits of clothes would cost me dry plain beyond.'' "Yes, and you may well thank your lucky stall about one hundred dollars," said Frank. "I've That's so. I gueas there's a big sprillg In that I have," said Frank. "All our lives depend aot to make this trip pay somehow." that clump or woods.'' on our watchfuinees. It a.ny part of the ma''He, he, he!" chuckled Pomp. We'll soon tlnd out," said Frank, and the ehlnery should give way, we would not stay up Bamey never could enjoy Pomp's laughing air-ship sailed about over the woods till they In the air very long." ehuckle under such elrcumstsnces. It nettled found an opening In the trees through which they "That is self evident. I am willing to gi'l"e my him more than the cf a hornet. could make a descent to the ground. time to the work. You l'an order me around "Luk at the naygur !" he said. "Shure av I On reaching the ground they found a big spring lively whe n yo. 1 get to work.'' tlad his wool it's a shape I wud be I" from whiah fioweda large creek. The Wtllil "Well, I shall order you two to go fishing when Dat's er fao' chuckled Pomp. "Sheep cold and sweet. I begin work for I don't want any loafers around ain't got no sense or spunk. Yer ain't got Why this is a curiosity," e%Glalmed Frank, when I am busy.' wool, an' dat makes yer a fool, Barney.'' as he tasted thl" water and glanced at the dimen "Good I I'll go fishing and stay all day," said Barney waa about to rush at him, but Franll; sious of the S,Pring. "It must be like some or the Kensel, laughing heartily. ealled to him: b!Q: springs m Florida, where whole rivers dis-By this time they had reached the point where "Behave yoursell, Barney. 1 You are acting appear under ground and reappear somewhere tid!\ Ler came up to the ledge of rocks over Uke a fool! Pomp has the right to laugh at the ellle." wlilch \he waters of the areek rippled. whole pack of yon, and so have I I" "Yes, I should say this is one of thatklnd,''sai4 There wero quite a number of monkeys about, "Da.t's er fac'," chuckled Pomp again. Ballinger. -and our heroes stopped in a clump of busll.ea ta "1 own up*<> that," said Kensa1, "but you will "Well, it's just the spot we were looking for," observe them.

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til2 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. Just below tne ledge of rooks, seaweed grew quite abundantly. Rooky ll!!Bures were seen everywhere along the edge of the water, and ex tending back some dlsto.noo. Sevel:al monkeys were seen sitting over one of those orevlces, looking very solemn and yet expectant. Suddenly one of them gave a screech and 11prang four or llve feet In the air, amid a chat tering of tongues. On the end of his tall a huge crab was attached, which, the moment he landed on his feet again, the monkey smo.shed with a smo.ll stone which he picked up from the ground. "Well, I wouldn't deny my race alter this If:{ was." "Pomp can rig up a crab-net In a few min utes," said Frank," and he Is a good hand at oatohlng them, too. Suppose yon go baok to the oamp and tell him to ftx up a net and oome down here with it. He can get a bushel of 'em In a little while." Kensel hastened baok to the oamp and told Pomp about the crabs. Now, Pomp loved crabs equal to anymonkey in Mexico. He went to work and made a net out of an old mosquito-bar, and then taking a plooe of bear meat along, hastened down to the point where the others were waiting. By all the so.lnts of Mexico I" exolal.med Ftan k. They are fishing for crabs I" "Fishing for crabs?" Al'TEll. XXX "Yes. Didn't you 1166 that Zellow catch one? OR \ I have often beaid of such ftghing, but didn't PO:Ml' AND 'l'n bel!Pve it. Just look at those sitting over that crevice in the rock. Their tails hang down In ON reaching the sprt Pomp tied a string to a the water. When a crab It they spring up, piece of bear-meat, attached the string to a pole, yank the crab out of the water, and smo.sh him and gave 1t to Kensel to bold over and drop into with a stone before be can escape." thtJ water. "Great guns I" exclaimed Kensal, as another A dozen crabs fastened on to the piece of meat monkey made a horrible grimace and a spring, at once, while as many more fougl!t to get at it. yanking a big crab out of his native element. Pomp used the scoop-net he had made to sooop "That beats anything I ever heard of In all my 'em up, and caught over a dozen at the first life. Those felfows oug)l.t to be civilized and haul. given a vote. They know how to make a living, "Golly, but dey 11.m fat ones!" he exclalmed, which cannot be said of every man In the as he placed them Into the bo.sket he had brought world." along with him. "Ju!\t 1166 how he enjoys that crab I'' so.ld So.l-"We'll have a supper fit for a king I" said KenHDirer. sei'l smacking his lips In anticipation of the feast. it And see the other one examining the tip of want just as many as I can sat, and I never hill tall to see wlw!re the last catch nipped It! I did know just how many that would be." tell yon those monkeys have more real courage "You can lind out to-night, I guees," remark-and fortitude than any of U!l. Ranged If I don't ed Frank. take off my hat to the little rasco.ls." "Yes-and as these are very largo ones, I don't "Look at that big fellow on the right there 1 think I'll require over a thousand of them." He looks scared and seems to be on the verge of Pomp scooped them up by the dozens, and In a leaping." little while hfs basket was filled. "He's getting a blt&--feels the crab smelling 1 "Pese am enough," he said, as be looked at the around. There he goes 1 By George, he has 8 clawintr, wriggling mBBB In the basket. "Ef ds1. big crab 1 Just see how quick he knooks him water IS hei>t enough dey will soon be red an' loose from his grip 1 Oh, it's no fun to them 1" ready ter eat. Yum, yum, yum I" "But It's fun to me," said E.ensel, holding his "Stop that yum, yum, yum, Pomp I" cried Kensides with laughter. "I never saw anything sel, "or I'll go to eating 'em alive." like It in all my career." Reckon you wouldn't eat many, den," replied Suddenly "' lltUe wee monkey, who was very Pomp, grinning, "'case dey am mad an' full ob nervous for some time, gave a screooh and fight." &Prang up three or four feet with an Immense Do they fight each other?" ald hard-shell orab fastened to the end of his "Yes, sah, dey does. Jes' look at dem," and tall. he held up a pair of old fellows that were clawing each other up. He Jan ded or. his feet and rolled over and over Drop em In hot water as soon as you can. 1 &l mortal agony. The crab held on like grim am hungry for them." and the little fellow was in tQo much pain When they reaohed the camp-lire they found 1o trunk about smashing him with a stone. He the kettle of water boiling with tremendous llereoohed at the top of his shrill voice, and trleJ energy. It would not hold but a dozen at a time. to pull the crab off. In doing that the crab The first dozen was dropped In, and 1n a mln nlpjled. his hand, and such acrobatic feats as that ute or two they began to ch11.nge color. little m<>nkey performed our heroes had never As fast o.s they were well cooked they were before wltn688ed. taken out and others put ln. By that means they Finally an old monkey killed the Clrab with a were ali cooked in the course of an hour. !!tone, and the mtle fellow was relieved of his Then the feast commenced. -was too much for ou,. w:fsh: crabs They rolled over and over on the ground in con-Thev co.me around by hundreds, chattering and vulslve laughter. screoohing as if half crazy to get hold of cooked The monkeys were thus frightened away, and crabs. they scampered for the woods as fast as their "Throw em one, Pomp," suggested. F1-o.nk, lmble feet could cacry them. and a big fat one was thrown at the foot of one But our heroes ilmghed till they cried, and then of the trees. tried to stop and sympathi2l6 with young mon-Instantly there was a scrambling among the key llshermen. But the more they tried to sym-little ones that set our heroes In a roar. pathize the more they laughed. They couldn't About a dozen reached It at the same moment, get over the ludiorousness of the affair. and then a savage light resulted. "Well, that's the best cirous I ever r.aw," so.ld They fought with the savage ferocity of tigers, Kensel, wiping hit eyes. and a. number ran up the tree crying with pain "I never anything that could beat it," said from hurts they had received. Ballinger, "and I know I have not had such a "Golly 1" exclaimed Pomp, "Ise gwine for ter In twenty catch one to my ole 'oman," and he started to-"Now let's try our luok at crab ft.shlng," sugward the wriggling pile of monkeys. geeted Frank. Better look out, Pomp," called Frank. "We haven't any tails," said Ballinger. But Pomp wR.Dted a monkey and he paid no "There is where the monke_y has the advan-heed to the warning. tags of Uti," put In Kensal. "I never appreclat-Selecting a plump little fellow who was doing ed the monkey so muoh as I do to-day.' his best to take the coat off the back of another They went over the rocks to the spot where h bbed hi b th bo. k f th k d the monkeys bad been crabbing, and found the one, e gra m Y 8 0 0 6 nee an came away with him. crabs quite thick among the crevices and In the The monkey was at a 1088 to .know what had shallow places. happened to him for eotne moments. Then he "This must be a sort of feeding-ground for seemed to realize bigger and dif ihem," said Frank. ferentfrom a monkey Md him. "They O:ln't get above the ledge of rocks He squirmed and scratched and tried to bite, there," remarked Kensal, "and 1 1 gu888 that's but Pomp was too muoh for him at first. why so many ot them are here. Now, there's Then he let out a seriee of BCreoohes that nothing In the water I relish more than the orab. caused every monkey In the woods to stop and Row can we 10anage to get a bushel or two of think. them?" \ There was a profound silence for a moment or "Oatch 'em monkey fashion," Saltwo, and then bedlam broke loose. linger, laughln6f. I A thousand little rascals screoohed at once and I'll give you one dollar each for o.ll you catch appeared to be worked up to a pitch of rage that that way," retorted Kensel. made lunatics of them. "Oh, l'm not a monkey I" They sprang from btanch to branch of the trees, screeohlng like o.ll possessed, breaking oft twigs and throwing them at Pomp. "Let him go, Pomp," wd Frank. "He'll give you no end or trouble. It would be cheaper to buy a tame one.'' Dat's er fac I" ssld Pomp, and just as he was going to release the little rasco.l the whole gang began screooblng on I" higher key. That seemed to nerve the P.rlsoner to renel\"ed exertion. He caught Pomp s arm with his two hind feet and tried to get his tail around his neok. Pomp the move and tried to throw the monkey from him, but the little fellow began fighting with a terrible energy, and sucoeeded 1n biting his arm. "Ough-ugh I" yelled Ppmp. "Pull 'im off. Marse Frank!" Frank ran forward, oought the monkey by the tail, jerked him loose and slung him out Into the middle of the oreek. "Befor' de Lor' I" so.ld Pomp, ruefully, rubbing his arm, "I doan want no mo' monkey.'' "Got enough, eh?'' Yes, sah, I is." "Well, I told you to look ont." Yes, sah; but er nigger ain't got no sense, reP,lied Pomp. 'Bedad, but It's er fac' I" exclo.lmed Barney. Pomp's eyes flashed. Er kno'l'l'll er 'gater when he 8888 'lm, whiob er Irisher doan't," he retorted. "Oome, now-none of that," said Prank, as he saw that In than a minute they would exchange blows. The little monkey swam out to the other side of the creek, and the wholE' trlbe ran off up the trees and made their way round the spring to where the late prisoner was. They seemed to hold a convention, as they re mained In a body for a long time, chattering like politicians at a primary. Then they scampered off ln'.o the woods, and were silent for nearly an hour. But they came back, by and by, drawn by the dellclotts odors of the boiled crabs. They leaped about on the trees and abused our heroe& for not pa&eing the crabs around. But they got nothing but ellells, and night came on without. then having obtalned the treat they had begged so hard for. During the night, while our heroes slept, the monkeys came down and roamed at leisure over the cam p--.even leaping all over the the air-ship and trytug to get Inside. It was annoying for a time, bpt by degrees our heroes got used to it and fell asleep. When they awoke In the morning tl:.ey found the monkeys gon&--not (.ne being in sight. But they were found soon after down at the ledge of rocks fishing tor crabs, and there our neroe!l repaired after breakfast to take in the fun. While they, were engaged In watohing the monkeys they were destined to receive a surprise they little expected or relished. CHAPTER XXXI. TWO 'IVONDII:BFUL SHOTS, WRD.E our heroes were engaged watching the monkey system of crabbing another watcher waa discovered In the form of a huge serpent. Kensel was the first to see him. He saw hts head protruding from behind a rock almost in striking distanoe of the monkeys. That w6s o.ll he did see-but from tlte else ol the head he rightly judged that he was a big fel low. By George I" Kensel exclal.med, In an under tone.t.." I see a big snake!" "where?"! asked Ballinger. I can only see his hBII.d just over that bowlder a little to the right of that monkey at the end of that row at the crevice.'' "Ah 1 I see him l Let me put a bullet through his head," and Ballinger raised his rille to lire. "Hold on-don' t shoot yet," so.ld Kensel, layIng a hand on his arm. "Let's wait and see what his game is." "Why his game Is to catoh a monkey for his breakfast, of course.' "Maybe It Is, but let s see him dolt. We have never seen such a thing and never will again.'' "You are right, but It's a pity to let him catch one of those ingenious little fellows.'' Oh, the monkeys are used to lt. I've doubt that snake has been coming here regularly for years for his supply of monkeys.'' Well, we'll wait and see how he works his racket.'' They waited nearly an hour, during whlcb time the snake came round under the further side of the rock and crept slowly toward the doomed monkey on the end of the row. The little fellow sat there with hl8 tall hanging r

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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 29 down the water patiently waiting for a bite. But he was thinking of crabs-not snakesand every moment to feel the nip at the end of his caudal appendage. The serpent erept nearer and nearer as silent as death itself, and when in striking distance reuch ed for his prize. He caugllt the doomed monkey squarely by the back, and lifed him several feet above the rock. His screech alarmed all the other monkeys, and in another moment they became aware of the presence of their enemy. They knew him of old, and set up the most excruciating screeches our heroes hail ever heard, scampering about in a way that fully be trayed their terror and demoralization. The proceeded to crush all the bones of his victim, and then swallow him. The process of swallowing was ra!her faster than our heroes expected to see, as they had read of many instances where the serpent spent hours at dinner. Bu. t the monkey was rather small, and in five minutes after he began swallowing the morsel the dinner was over. As the monkeys had all retreated to a safe dis tance, the snake made no further efforts to catch another. He probably knew from past experi ence that it would be useless to do so. He stretched himself at full length out on the rocks ia the hot sun to sleep after his meal, and wait for digestion. "Now is our time to avenge the monkeys," said Kensal, rising from his crouching position. "Yes," returned "we it toth4illll to kill him." "So we do. Can you hit his head at this distance?" "Of course I can. I am a good shot." So am I. Aim at his head and fire at 'the word three-one, two, three -crack l" Both shots were as one report, and when they looked through the smoke they saw the monster serpent executing some of the most vigGrous squirming they had ever seen in all their lives. He rolled himself into spiral coils like an im mense cork-screw, and then shot out straight again like r1 flash of lightning. We did for him that time 1" cried Kensel. "Yes, his neck is broken! See how his head bangs when he raises himself I Isn't he a mon ster?' "Yes, an awful ugly fellow. Let's run over there and have a closer view of him." They ran around on the rocks till they were in ten. 'J.)aces of the squirming monster. There tlley sat down on a rock and watched him struggling 4!.gainst fate. It was nearly an hour ere.our heroes n:.ade up their minds that the serpent was dead, and then they made a minute examination of the dead monster. They shuddered as they did so. "He must have had enormous strength," re marked Kensal. "Yes. They have strength enough to master any animal they attack. Just look at those fangs, They are nearly two inches long." "Yes, but they are not poisonous, I'm told." "No,the unaconda,boa-constrictor and python, the three lurgesl serpents ln the world, are all non-poisonous. The most venomous snakes are generally small." "The cobra, in India, and the asp, of Egypt, are small, seldom attaining a length of three feet." "I am teetotally down on all snakes, poison ous or otherwise." "So am I. Shall we go back to tlamp and tell Reade what we have done, or wait till noon.'' I guess we had beLter wait till noon, as he is busy overhauling the air-ship." Then had better go further down toward the beach and give the monkeys a chance to come back and catch more crabs." "Yes. We may come across game of some kind down tnere." They shouldered their rilles and set off down the stream toward the beach, which was not a half mile away. There was not a tree below t,he ledge of rocks, but wherever the weeds could get a grip they grew very abundantly. Various kinds of aquatic fowl rose on the wing as our heroes advanced. If we had shot-guns we .could take 'em on the wing," said Kensel, looking wistfully up at a number of fowls fiying over him. Oh, give 'em bullets," suggested Sallluger. "On the wing?" "Yes, of Why not?" I am not such a fool as to think I can kill birds on the wing with a rifie." Why won't a bullet kill a bird on the wing as l'tl&dily as when sitting?" "It will, if it hits him. That's where the1 They moved back away from the water and trouble is-hitting him.'' watched the monster from a safe distance. "Oh, there's no trouble in that. Just atch He crawled up on the banks of the creek and me bring down that gull now," and Sal inger squirmed about, appa.rently in great agony, for raised his rifle and aimed at a gull whic was nearly an hour. He roared, or bellowed, like a. sailing leisurely along severul hundred feet overbull at times, and lashed his tail furiously. head. 1 "He is caving in," said Kensel. He fired. The bird closed Itt! wings and. "Yes, lliY friend was right." dropped to the earth like a stone. "So he was. It's a strange thing for them t(t "Great Scott 1" gasped Kensel. "Did you do w)len the water is their natural element. that on purpose?" 'fhere, I believe he is giving his last kick now I" Of course I did. Didn't you see me shoot at Yes ; look at that I" l him r" The monster raised his tail and held it up "Yes," and Kensel took up the dead bird and quivering for a minute or two, and then dropped looked at it. It was shot right through the it heavily to the ground. He was dead. body. Sallinger was as mueh astonished at the shot as Kensel was, but did not let him know it. CHAPTER XXXII. "Sallinger, you are:a fraud," said Kenscl, dr
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24 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. But what did you get for dinner?" Frank asked, with a look of extremo disgust on his bronzed face "Nothing," Mid Kensal. "We never saw any game tbl\t we were willing to eat." "All right'then. Suppose you try your lucJ.: fishing. .tly the time you Cl\toh a mess of fish for dinner we will havetbis job ende d. Then we will have a hunt that will be a bunt." They took their fishing-tackle and went back down to the ledge of rocks to try their luck at :ftshlng. But the crabs were so numerous there that the llsh had no chance at the hookl! at all, and so they did not catch any there. At the end or "half hour they returned with nothing but their tacli:le. Where's our dfuqer?" Frank asked. In the ocean, I guess, replied Kensal. "Didn't ootch anything?" "Nothing-not even a whale. "Well, you fellows take the cake. Let me Jlave your tackle a mom ent." He took SaU!nger's tackle, b3ted the hook and woot to the creek not five paces from the camp fire, cast it in and in less than two minutes drew out a four pound trout. "Well, shoot me for a fool," exclaimed Kensal, if I didn't think that no fish could come up here over that ledge of rocks I" "Just what I thought, too," Sallinger. How did they c!o it?'' "A trout can climb where a crab cannot,'' said Frank. H"re, Pomp, put this fish in the pan just as quick as you can." "Yes, sah," said Pomp, taking the fish and killing It Instantly. Before be had divested the first fish of his scales Frank had another one a pound or so heavier. I guess that will be enough," he said. ffave yon fellows learned anything yet?" "Yes," replied Ballinger, "What is It?" That you can catch smoked herring in a vol oano," was the reply Frank aud Kensal rosred. Perhaps I could if a Dutchman had a small grocery there," returned Frank. Pomp soon had the dinner ready, and our \eroes sat down to enjoy it with appetites that trould htwe utterly demo1-a.lized a New York bOarding-house kellper. "Instead of going out hunting this afternoon," 8ald Fnmk, turning to Ballinger, you had bet toc stay on board and make out the report of the amrvey to be sent back to New York." The report Is very nearly finished. I have been making It oat as w"& came along, and I Wl\B particular to draw a red lin\) across the map of Mexico as we progressed. \'ery good. I think we ought to make It out and send il; back fl/1 soon as possible." Can we send it back faster than we could take it?" Kensel asked. "Yes," answered Frank, "for I am not going book to New York direct." Where are you going?" they both asked. "I don't know. I do not care to go back till I have seen some of the world." Kensal roared. "See some of the world I What part of the knowo world have you not seen?" "There's a corner I have not seen yet," Frank, "and now while I am down here In this part of the world, I want to see some of it." "Where do you wish to go?" Kensal asked. "I would like to go down the Pacific coast to the ju otr What say you fellows to that?" Kensel and Ballinger looked at each other, as if one was waiting for the other to speak first. "I am willing," said Kensal, "if it does not cost too much." "Oh, It shall not cost you a cent," said Frank. "You two shall go as my guests If you go at all. My contract with the railroad syndicate ends with the completion of the survey of the route. "That's sa-l accept your invitation," said Kensal. "What say you, Ballinger?" I accert, too," was the reply. "But where ea.n I ma.i my report?" "Oh, we can sa.il over to some responsible post-office and mall it. Or, we might sail out over the ocean to some ship bound for San Franoleeo, and get the captain to it there for you." "That would be a novel tv indeed." "Yes, I would like to do that." "We'll start to-morrow, tnen, it you can finish your report by that time." "I'll finish it if I have to write on It all night," 86id Ballinger. "You had better get to work at It right away, then. Kensel and I will go out and try our luck at a good supper for you. Barney and Pomp will remain to guard the ship and keep the monkeys and snakes from interfering with you." Sallinger finished his cigar and went to work to get his report In good shape to be back to the syndicate of capitalists iu New York. Frank aud ll..tmsel took their riftes and went out to make an afternoon of It, leaving Ballinger alone with his big task, CHAPTER XXXIII. THE A.IBSHIP AND THE SHIP J.T SEA. WHEN Frank and Kensel returned to camp, a little before sunset, they found that Ballinger bad completed his report, and that Barney and Pomp had caught saverallarge trout for supper. They had succeeded in killing nothing that was fit for food, and so had to depend on the fish for supper, as they did for tho noon-day meal. They spent the evening till bed-time telling stories, and then retired to sleep and dream or the extensive trip they were about to take. They were up bright and early the r.ext morn ing, aud after a breakfast on fish, bread, cotree and butter, they prepared to leave the spot. The sun was about an hour high when the air ship llScended. "I see a ship," cried Kensel when they were up about a quarter of a mile. "She is twenty miles away, too," said Frank, looking at the ship in the distance. But she is the ship we want, as she is heading no1thward." "Well, let's go out there and give the skipper and crew a good scare," suggested Kensal. "Just what I was thinking of," said Frank. The air-shl p turned In that direction, a.nd in a few minutes it was sailing above the blue waters of the Pacific. Tbtship was a long way out, and It took our heroes nearly two hours to reach it. But long before they were in hailing distance, It was plainly seen that the crew of the ship were intensely ex(lited over the appearance of the air ship. The captain of the ship stood by with trumpet and glai!S. "What ship is that?" Frank asked. "The Sea. Gull of San Francisco, homeward bound," replied the captain. "What craft is that?" "The Flying Dutchman," replied Frank. A yell of terror oscaped the crew, and every mother's son of them made a break for the cabin, to hide thems e lves from the terror of the sper stitious saiiol' of almost every nation in tbe world. The uth America. We have come across from the Rio Grande." "How does your sqip work?" "As easy as a baby's cradle," replied Frank. After a few words more our heroes bade adieu to the captain and his crew and started down the coast, leaning toward the shore as they moved southward. "That business is otr our hands," remarked Ballinger, "and now we can devete otrselves te pleasurable enjoyment." "Yes," said Kensel, "and follow ourownsweet willa, too." "We shall have enough to do to follow the ooast," put in Frank. Is there any dtmculty about dolns that?" Kensal 11aked. "That depends whether or not a storm should blow us up or dow c. the coast, or out to sea." Is there any likelihood of such a t.binc oc-curring?" "Always in this latitude." "Then I that li-e get out of this latitude just as qutck as we Cl\n," I second that suggestion,'' said 1:11\lling!ll'. "I don t want to have auything to do w1tb cyclones. hurricanes or tornadoes I never did like them, even when a boy, and I have !ells l!klng foe thew now In my old age." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp, "I deaa waat no slycones roun' me." "Be.-orra., but It's no wan as wants 'em," put in Barney. "Of course not. We are all ag.ed on that one point. But how about yellow fever dQ1r.l ill Panama, Reade?" Oh, they have got It there, I belleYe." "Well, I guess we had better give it a wide berth, then.'' "Yes, or a pretty high berth. If we keep pretty well up in the pure air we won't be in much danger of oatching it.'' "or course not. But !twill take us some time to reach there yet.'' "Yes, we have plenty of time. Just look at that village out there. Did you ever see a more pov erty-stricken looking place anywhere?" "I don't think I ever did. It must be a village of fishermen.'' Hardly. There's no market for fish in this part of the world.'' "They fish for the home market, I guess .Just look at them I The whole town has tuned out to look at us I" ".Unt's er said Pomp, "an' de] am skeerd almos' ter death I" Sure, an' it's wolld they are,'' remarked Bar ney, as he saw the women and childrello runJ?ing wildly about the street. The air->.1hip did not stop there, however. Our heroes concluded to keep on their way till night forced them to seek a suitable camping place. As they moved farther south the scenery on the landslde gl'ew more !ntereetlng. Mountains were seen in the distance rearing their peaks above the snow line; and ber!l and there could be seen villages and towns nestling under the dense green foliage of tropioal trees. It was a scene worthy the brush of the true artist-one probably never seen from such a height before. There is one thing more I want to see,'' said Kensal, as he gazed at the snow-capped moun tains In the distance. What is that?" Fmnk asked. I want to look down the throat of a wideawake volcano.'' "You are very modest, surely,'' replied Frank, laughin g Why not ask to get a peep at Pluto's regions at once?" "Oh, he 'll get there In time,'' remarked Sall!n ger, with a broad grin on his face. "Dat's er fac'," added Poml.', whlch there was a roar of laughter. "You want to let the wide-awake volcanoes alone," said Frank, when he had finlebed 1l!a laugh, "and confine your e:lllplorations to the slEISpius ones.'' "Dat's er fac','' said Pomp, with no small degree of emphuis. Two hours later they came in sight of a vol cano, from which a huge column of SIJI.Oke waa Issuing. "There's one now," said Frank. "We'll take it in and see what it looks like," and the course of the air-s hlp was changed. They made straight for the volcano in the distance. CHAPTER XXXIV. OVEB A. WIDE A. W AXE VOLCANO. THE volcano was many miles back from thro coast, yet se immense was tile mountain range that it did not appear to be more than len or fif teen miles otr when our heroes started toward it. But after an hour's sailing Ken8Sl turned and asked : "How far otr Is that mountain, anyway? We don't seem to be going very fBSt.'' "We are making fifteen miles an hour," an swered Frank. "I think we may reach it in twe hours more.'' Y _ou don't mean to say that it is thirty miles oft:?"

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FRANK READE, JR., EXFLORI.l'fG MEXICO. "Yes, I do-at least, that Is my estimate," said l!'mnk, r Jerusalem I I was 'DeVer so deoetved about .W.ythlng before in all my life." How far off did you think it was?" "About ten or twelve miles." "Well, you were away off," said Fmnk, 11\ughlng. A high mountain can be seen along distance." "Yes; I ought to have known that, tor I've been among mountains a good dsai in my day. But .we are gaining on it. It begins to loom up nigher &very minute." Tiley J>BSBed over a number of small towns In the bee,utltul valleys, Where the people l'Wl out fBto the streets tO '6J:aZe U D at them, As they approached the volcano the country became more ruggerl and mountainous. The settlements grew gradually smo.ller and further apart, until they ceased altogether. Then the wild grandeur of the mountain scen ery began to Joom up. In many places bright silvery streams glittered In the sun's mys as they leaped down the mountain side, coming froin the melting snow above. "That water cold and sweet," said Frank. .. It oomee from nght under the &Dow. It Is the best drinking water In the world." "Snow water is the health!BIIt In the world, too.'' "Yes. It Is the bet!t of all watttr to drink." "Bettet than tire-water, eh?" "Yes, indeed." "It am mighty, good ter mix wid tire-water," said Pomp. "Sure an' It's rolght yez are, Pomp," affirmed Barney. "I qulle agree with you both," said Kensel, laughfng, and so would the judge on the bench." f "An'd the prisoner at the bar," added Salllnger, and all the officers of the court." "Dat's er f&c'," Pomp, which nobody disputed. "We are getting lower," said Kensal, looking over the side of the air-ship at the earth below. "On the contrary, we are much higher than when we Jert the water," returned Frank. "The mountain comes up to meet us. That makes a big difference. We shall have to aecend much f higher ere we scale the top of that volcano. It Is many thousand feet' above sea level." I notice that the volcano has but little on it," said Kensal. "Yes, and it's a wonder It has any at all, con-sidering the everlasting tires that burn, within It," l'eturned Fmnk. "Yes, that's so." The air-ship rose higher and higher and the &l.r grew cooler till our heroes ehl vered. "This Is mther oool for summer," &lllnger. "Dat's er f&c'," said Pomp, shivering as If he bad a. chill. How would you like to have a summer residence as high up as that peak out there where the snow has held its own since the first snow that fell?" Fmnk asked, lUI he pointed to an Im-mense snow-oopped peak on the left. "Not so high up, If you please," return11d Kensel, reaching for his overcoat. I like cool places in summer, but not a frozen region." "How would you like to go coasting there, Sal linger?" "Niltey. I was very fond of coasting when I was a boy, but I didn't care to climb ha.Jf way to the moon to get a .;ood slide. I am very modest in my desires." They Wtlre now near enough to the smoking to realize something of its enormous extent. Several dense columns of smoke Issued from the cmter, accompanied by rumllllng eonnds not unlike distant thunder. It is not very wide awake now," remarked Fmnk, as he gazed at the crater. "It isn't? What :loyoucall wide awake, then?" Kensal asked. I call a volcano wide awake when It bolls and sends rivers of la.va down Its sides, destroying everything destrnctable In leagu611 around." 1 "Oh, yeti, I should say so. Well, don't go too neRr this fellow for fear we might wake him up. I hear him grumbling now." Oh, I don't think we can wake him up. He'll get his nap out, no matter who eomes along. I want gel a look down his throat and see If I ean see anyUllng of some who have gone before us." De lor' gormmtty, Marse Frank I" exclaimed Pomp, "what's youse sayln' anyhow?" "Never mind, Pomp," replied Frank. "You may give 'em the slip, you !mow. A nigger is mighty hard to hold." Begorra, but ave ould Nick glts 'l.m, sure he'll llowld 'im," remarked Barney, What be do wid Irishers, Barney?" Pomp:. CHAPTER XXXV. asked. DABNEY 'l'BIEB lUS lUND A'l' SHOOTING PHBA!t-" Shure an' they don't be afther going there, AN'l'B. ye Daygur," replied Barney "Dat's all yer know 'bout It," sneered Pomp. 1'1' took our heroes some time to get tbe smoke "Dar's so many Irishers dar dat dey hab t'er and ashes out of their (lyes, ears, hair and split 'em up fo' kindjin' wo
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FRANK READE, .JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. "Because wtld pheasant Is like qul\ll in regard to a reKUlar diet. Before the week waso"utyou'd prefer Iluzzard or crow to pheasant." Well, now, maybe I would, but I am free to eay that I don't think so." "You have ne\"er tried It?" "No, but I would like to." "I should like to do it. You have never &rled quail that way, el er, have you?" "lio. I have heard o men trying to eat thirty qualls In thirty-days and tailed. But I have afways believed that I could eat sixty in sixty jdays." "Don't you ever gamble on tilat, old fellow, said Frank. "I have seen men with strong stomachs try It and fall. You would cave in pe fore you the tenth bird." I don t believe It/' said Kensel again. Nor do 1," put In Ballinger. I can eat quail on toast 365 days in the year and sill! cry for more." Frank smiled, Pomp grinn_!ld and Barney chuckled. Hanged If I don't give you a trial when we get back home," Frank said. You fellows have much to learn yet, and you are both older than I about picking uf Tolcaaoes. I've had all the fun with tliem that want.'' "All right. We keep about t!ve miles from the coast. What a view of the old ocean we have from here I "The ocean Is always grand,'' remarked Sal" I never/et tired of it.'' I am very fon of the wllter," Frank added, "and yet I Uve far away from any considerable stream or lake.'' That enables you to appreciate it all the more when you see the ocean.' "Yes-no doubt of that.'' "Hello I Listen I" cried Kensel. I hear tir-Ing somewhere I" So do I. It must be right allead of us. There it .goes againa whole volley I" "Hanged if I don't believe there' s a small bat tle going on down there somewhere r Boom I Boom I Boom I There artillery I lt's a battle as as fate I Ah I There's the smoke out there-behind that spur!" CHAPTER XXXVL am." OUB RlmOli:S WlTNlllBII l. JaTTLL They all laughed, and Kensal said: Tim suspicion that a battle was going on be wrong, but I am willing to try I t arm;md the base of the mountain spur In front of They filled their pipes and sat dowu tor a soc!them aroused the excitement of those on the air able smoke. The evening air was balmy and soft, ship to the highest pitch. and the stars seemed to shine brighter than ever "I didn't know thel'E' was any trouble In Mexibefore. co," said Kensel. I wonder If there are any t!sh In that There's al wals trouble somewhere In this on-stream?" said Kensel. happy country,' replied Frank. Some petty "I doubt It," said Frank, "It Is almost like little chief is always stirring up revolution. If Ice water." the government would only have them shot as "I shall try In the morning," put In Ballinger. fast as caught it would soon cease." "I am Inclined tO think that tlsh like cold water "Dar dey Is I" cried Pomp, as the air-ship as well as we do." passed round the mountain In full view of the At a late hour they retired to the air-ship to scene below. and the entire party slept till sunrise withBehind a series of. strong Intrenchments a out once waking, party numbering probably a thousand men was "I don't. think I ever slept so sweetly In my engaged In defending tbe position against the as-lHe," said Frank, as he arose ft:om his berth. saults of perhaps double that number. "Nor I," added Kensel. "I slept like an In"It's a regular battle I" cried Kensal. tant all night. The air Is pure here and !nvlgor-"Yes, and. quite a nUII}ber of the 11B38.ultlng atlng." party have fallen.'.' "Yes, indeed. I'd !Ike to come down here one "I don't see but two men down Inside the winter and camp out with a lively, jolly party. fort ,' said We'd have some lun." "They are Ilels-those in the fort," said You would, indeed.'' Frank, after a pause of some .minutes. Pomp and Barney soon had a roaring tire, and "How do you know that?" in a little while the savory order of broiling "Because they have no uniforms. The others pheasant made our heroes hungry enough to eat have the r egular uniform of the Mexican army, the whole t!ock of them. as well as the t!ag." A heavy dew was on the grass which prevented "That' s so. Yet It looks as If the army would them frolll going out to hunt game. they be defeated.'' stood near the air-ship and shot pheaasnts on Yes, the rebels have a strong position. It on the wing as they ftew over the camp. a poor judgment whic h the attempt to They soon had a couple of dozen of them on take the place by storm. Just look I The ground the ground, and Barney and Pomp divested them in front of the 1ort Is covered with the dead and of their feathers as fast as they gathered them dying I They are brave fellows, but they can't' up. carry that position by assault. Ah l they are re-"Broil them all, Pomp," said Frank. "We all pulsed I They fall back-they run like sheep l" like pheasant for lunch; Two day's tmpply A wlld cheer bursts from the victors, which won't be too mueh." rolls up far over the mountains. "Yes, sah,'' replied the faithful darky, as he But they do not pursue. worked away at his task. They were not strong enough for that. But the extensi've oooldug delayed them till The besiegers recover from their panie as so near noon, during which time our heroes had as they were out of range of the enemy's guns, their till of shooting game. and are rallied by their oftlo e rs. Ballinger tried the creek and found that It had But they cannbt be induced to renew the asno tlsh. .at least he didn't get any bites. sault. The scores of dead and weunded men But the slaughter of phsasant3 was awful The lying on the ground In front of the fort warn birds were numerous, and e-v:ery. minute or two them of the terrible consequenoes of such a mad they aame t!ylng over the camp. Armed with attempt. good repeating shot-guns, our heroes brought It was at this moment that the air-ship was eown one or more at a1most e very shot. perceived by the soldiers of the Mexioon army. "Well, this Is the best sport we have had. yet," They at once became very much excited, and said Kensal, as he went down to the creek a seemed on the point of running away. Their drink of the cold snow-water. oftlcers, however, restrained them, and In a little "Yes-l'd like to stay here longer," replied while had them under complete control. Frank, but we have a long journey before us, Shall we go .down and see what the trouble J<'U know.'' Is?" Frank asked, turning to Ballinger and Ken-. At noon, with two dozen broiled pheasants on sel. board for lunch, they bade farewell to the beaut!" Yes," answ11red the latter. We may be of ful little valley and ascended to resume their some service to the MexiE!IIk unreservedly. W& have just had a skirmiSh with an arrant rebel. and are now preparing to crut
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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 27 "That Is enough," said Frank. "I am at :rour eervlce." CHAPTER XXXVII. OUB BEBOII'B AID IN BUPPBESSING A :aEBELLION, GJ:NBB.U. P Allll3 was overjoyed at the ol!er Ji'rank had made as regarded the use of the alrahtp against the Insurgents. He was very profuse In his thanks, and said that Mexico would -not forget him In her hour of triumph. "I do It In the Interest of humanity and good government "I'Rid Frank In reply." The squelch lng of this ii:tclpient rebellton now and here will aa ve both life and treasure." "You are right, senor. That ill the view that the. government takes or it. If you will go down now and let me pick out my best sharp-shooters we 08ll s09n be2in this work." Are you a good sbot,general ?" our hero asked. "Yes,'' was the prompt reply. "Well I have the moat Improved ariDB In tile world board-repeating rilles-and they are at your service." "Let me see them." A Winchester repooting-rllle was shown him, and Its working was explained to bim. He raised It to his shoulder an
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,. FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO let them get one fold-grip, and theJt ean crush ly. "Dem ole maids doan' nebber fUBII wid 61: any bones that ever grew." parrot." Look at his fangs I are as big as my "They don't?" finger!" exclaimed Ballinger. ..No, sa.h, dey don'." "Yes," added Frank," and as sharp as needles. "Why not, I'd like to know?" Kenselasked. J shall out them out to take home with me as "K111:16 dey bofe say de same tinge all de time, curiosities." sah." They waited a half hour for the serpent to die, Our heroes roared with merriment over the and then went up to it and fired;two more shots theory. advanced by the old darky, and then at its head to make sure that it wu past doing agreed that he was not far off in his reasoning. any mtschlef. As soon as they had finished their morning He is dead," remarked Frank. "The first meal Frank led the way to the old ruiruo, and shot did the busine68 for him." found the dead serpent where they had left itethe "'' I wonder if there are any more like him in day before. those ruins?" said Kensel. No other serpent was there, nor did they find "No," replied Frank. "You may depend upon the trail of one anywhere. it that this fellow was master of the place." "He had no mate," said Frank, "so come on. "But he may have had a mate." We have nothing to fear," and he boldly entered True, but if he did the mate was not with the ruins, followed by the others. him, o they would have come out together." "Are you sure of that?" CHAPTER XXXIX. "Quite sure. If we leave him lying here all THE BUINB OP AN OLD TEMPLE. silrht we will find the mate here, if he had one." l'i Then we'llleavEl, it here," suggested Kensel, THE place was gloomy, for a large portion of ... and keep out of the ruins till to-morrow morn-the old stone roof still remained. That part ing." which had fallen in made a sort of triangle prop "That's a good idea," said Prank. "We can against a corner, under which our heroes could hunt around for game the rest of the day." pass by stooping. "We have plenty of broiled phea.sa.nts if we Everywhere that grass and weeds could get don't find any other game." root-hold a rank growth had aprung up, and "Yes; there's no danger of our starving, at any moBS, one of the most proliflc products of a mte." tropical climate, elung and crept in every direcThey went back to the air-ship and told Bartion. ney and Pomp of their adventure with the big "This has oot been visited for many years," Th th to k the! h t d said Frank, standing on a moss-covered stone serpent. en ey 0 r 8 0 -guns an and looking around him. "Everything seems to strolled off toward the mountain spurs in quest have remained undisturbed for a eentury or more of other game. They soon foUnd birds of brilliant plumage, of time." several of whioh they shot merely to examine. A.. "Yes, but do you notice how large these blooki! A I b h d b K 1 of stone are, Reade?" Kensal asked. arge parrot was roug t own Y ense"Yes, 1 was just remarking it in my mind having broken its wing. when you spoke." He picked it up, and was nipped by the powel' "They would have remained where they were ful beak of the wounded bird. "Jerusalem I" he gasped, rising 00 his tollS, placed to the. end of time had violence not inter-ith t.o h dl ldnh" "th bl ed feredwiththem. Nowhowdoyousupposethis w an as DIS e 00 0 18 eyes; 6 am massive was knocked to pieces this waiJ:;' thing nips like a turtle l" "Yes-and a blamed sight worse," remarked Frank loo ed around again, and then at Frank. "You had better drop him." friend, who was waiting to hear his answer. H d d d h h h h "It is the work of an eanhquake, I gue68," e i rop lm, With an expreBSIOD w IC e replied Frank. I can imagine no other power did not learn at Sunday-school, and looked at equal to the job." his hand, which was bleeding profusely. "1 guess you are right. It must have been an Then, as if indignant at receiving such treatearthquake. Strange 00 attempt was ever made aent, he kileked the wounded bird about twenty to rebuild it." feet, saying: "Yes--every stone seems to be lying just where "You may be a good companion for old matds they fell. The inhabitants may have had a auwhen civilized, but you ain't a CUBS to old perstition that prevented them from touching a bachelors in a wild state." stone thus thrown from its place." Frank roared, and Salllnger leaned agalnst a "Very likely. The builders of this temple tree and held his sidflS as he laughefl. were better architects than can be found in this "It's rather queer," remarked Kensal, "that country at the pre!l6nt day:' one should escape such.a monster serpent as the "No doubt of that. You will not find such one we just now killed, only. to be nipped by a buildings in Yucatan nowadays/' chattering parrot." "No, nor hardly anywhere else." "Oh, you must give credit where it belongs," They rambled about among the vast ruins, the lamp was lit. Taking the lamp in his hand, he said to Barney: "You and Pomp hold hard now, and let m down." He swung off into the hole, aad went down nearly twenty feet, whece he touched the pile of stones that had fallen through. Stepping over the stones a.ud holding the lamp so as to cast its rays as far as poesible, he saw Sa.lllnger lying on the ground, p. few feet from the stones, bleeding from a. cut on the side of head. ''There he is," and he made his way to hia side as quickly as he could. Kneeling by his side he felt over his heart nnd found that he was not dead. He lifted his head, felt or the wound, which seemed to have been made bv the sharp edge of a. rock, and saw thtt the skull was not fractured. In a. few moments the wounded man and moved. Frank kept rubbing his hands and shaking him, calling him hy name. "Is he aUve?" I:ensel called from above. "Yes, but badly hurt," replied Frank. Pretty soon Ballinger when he hear his name called. Where am I?" he askAd. "Down in a. hole, where you fell," replied Frank. Eh I In a hole?" "Yes, in a hole. Are you hurt?" "Yes," and he raised a. hand to his head. Have you got any brandy with you, Kensal?'" Frank asked, looking up at the fa.cea. that were peering down into the dark hole. "Yes," was the reply. Tosa. the tlask down here." "Can you catch it?" "Ye11-let it come." Ke1186l tossed the tlask and Frank oo.ught it. He unscrewed the silver cap and placed the mouth to Ballinger's lips. He took a. couple or good owa.Uowa, and felt better immediately. "You are better now?" said Frank. "Yes! but I am all broke up. I fell throush that ho e up there, did I not?" : Yes. Are you hurt anywhere besides that cat on the head?" "I don't know. I feel as if every bone in my body had been broken," an4 he got upon his feet with Frank's assistance, and began fooling himselt to see if he could find a.Ry broken boues. "Now, you must get back to the sinp and lie down," said Frank. "Here, I'll tie this rope to you, and Barney and Pomp can pull you up," and our hero proceeded to lie the rope arouud his friend's body. "Now, pull away, Barney!" he Cli"Jled, and forthwith they began to draw him up. Be careful," cried Frank. "D(Jn't let his head strike against those stones up there. I'll wait here till you take him to the air-ship." CHAPT3R XL. remarked Frank. "Your own carelessness or looking up at great columns that towered some flrnora.nce, I don't know which, got you Into that fifty or sixty feet abov" them, and wondered if it diftlculty. You ought to have known that parwas poesible that a roof once covered the imTHE WONDEBS OP THE ot.o BUINB. rots can bite harder than an eagle." mense areiL. "I did know it, but never til ought of it," re-.si! they were walking about they frAquently WHEN Ballinger was drawn up out of the cavturned Kensal, tying his handkerchief over his found some very heavy blocks of stone jnst bare-ern under the old ruins he was a pitiable .sight wounded hand. ly balanced on the edge of others. to look at. "Just so. You owe the parrot an apology," Ballinger stepped on one of these, and it tilted His face was covered with blood from a wound suggBSted Frank. over with him. Jle fell against another, and the on the head, and several bruises could be seen "Bo I do, and I'll put him out of his misery," one he had disturbed dropped about three feet, hero and there. Dust covered him from head and raising his gun, -he shot the wounded parrot but with such force as to break the supoorts un-to foot, and his clothes were tom in sev,eral to pieces. dorneath, and the whole space for twenty feet or places. "That was the best thing you could do," Prank more around broke through the roof of a cavern Barney and Ker.sel took charge of him the mo-said. 'Oelow. ment he appeared above the hole, and bore him Yes, and the lesson may be worth something With a wild shriek Ballinger went down and off to the air-ship, leaving Pomp alone with the l:o me in the future." disappeared from sight, whilst a cry of horrQr rope. They hunted around and shot quite a number went up from Kensel. "Youse want me down dar, Marse Frank?" of birds of different kinds, some of which seem-Frank was too horrified to make any outcry. Pomp asked, as soon as the others had gone. ed to be a spec!BS of quail. He sprang forward to look down into the cavern "Yes, if you can come down," rep1ied the When they returned to the camp they turned In quest of Ballinger, whom he fearQd had been young hero. the game over to Pomp, who made a seleetion of killed. "I kin git down dar," said Pomp. the quail-like birds and proce&ded to cook them. But such a cloud of dust came up from the "Tie tile rope to a stone," advised Frank. He warmed over the broiled pheasants, fllade hole that he was forced to stand back to get his "YeR, sa.h." coffee and bread, which, together with canned breath. Pomp tied the rope round a stone that WI&B sweetmeats, made an elegant repast. My G:od I" exclaimed Kensal. "I fear that wedged In so as to be immovable, and let the The night was spent till bed-time smoking, Ballinger is killed." other end dangle.down Into the cavern. tory-telling and viewing the scenery by star" So do I," added Fmnk. If one of those "You can slide down the rope now," said our light. After ten o'cloek they shut themselv611 blocks rolled on him he is done for. Run back hero, looking up at him. up in the air-ship. and went to sleep in their to the ship and tell Barney and Pomp to come "Yes, sah. Look out, l'se er comin'," and he bertha. with lamps and ropes." proceeaed to slide down tbe rope to where the They were awakened the next morning by the Kensal hastened to obey, and Frank gQt down young inventor lltood with lamp in hand. clatter of tell thousand birds of every description. on his knees and peered into the hole, calling: "You're u.Jl right now." The barsh voice of the parrot was heard over "Ballinger 1 Ballinger!" "Yes, sah. l'se all right. Dat was er mlg)lty every other. No answer came, and our hero became very bad fall fo' Marse Ballinger." "Sorry I didn't slaughter all the parrots yester much. depreBSed, feeling convinced that he had "It was, indeed. It was a. narrow escape. One day while I was at it," said Kensel, as he listen-been killed. of these stones would have finished him by just ed to the rllo6ket. In a. little while Barney and Pomp came with rolling over on him." "You would have offended all the old Kensel, bringing a rope alld lamp. "Yes, BBh, da.t's er fac'," assented Pomp,look-l.n christendom if vou had," returned Frank, Here, tie that 1rope around me, quick," said log uneasily around the dark cavern in which he laughing. Frank, springing up and throwing off his coat. found himself. "Dat'(:l er faa'," said Pomp, chucklhi.g Tbe rope was tied aroUDd his waist, and then "Take the lamp, Pomp, and follow me," said

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l FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. our hero, "and we'll see what kind of a plaoo this Is." "Yes, sah," and P<>mp took the lamp, but he could not help adding: "J3etter look out, Marse Fru.nk." "Oh, there's nothing alive In here, because the way to It has just been opened, you know." "Dat's er fac'," assented Pomp, following him aoout and holding the lamp above his head. They moved about thirty feet, and found an lmmeii88 column, or stone pillar, which seemed to be one of many supports to the stone fioor above. Suspecting that such was really the case, our hero moved about till he found the next one, and then ascertained that there was a regular row of them clear to the end of the excavation, which seemed to be even more extensive tnan the ruins above ground. "These are the supports Qf the ancient build lng above," said Frank. "So we are simply in the basement, or cellar, of the temple." "Yes, sah-dat's er fnc'.'' "They were big enough and strong enough to support any weight. I never saw such lnaesive pillars in my life." "Nor me needer," said Pomp. "There must ha.\e been a stairway leading' down here somewhere," remarked Fta.nk, iook lng around, but it's the darkest place I ever was in." "Dat's er fac', but dear ain't so mighty close, Marse Frank." Yes, I notice that. It shows that the place hasn't been sealed llP very. tight. Let's follow this row of tlll we reach the end." They did so, an.d passed colul)ln after column, going over a smooth stone fioor. At last they roached a solid stone wall. "1-'hls Is the end to this side," remarked as he examined the wall -very closely. "We noo better follow the wall now, and get at the sJ;:e of the place." He proceeded to make the circuit, Pomp keep Ing close behind him with the lamp above hla head. They soon struck what appeared to another room, as was a door in the wall of stone. Frank stopped before the door, and looked around, saying: "We don't want to paes through too many doors, for fear we may not be able to find our we,y out again." "Yes, sah-dat's er fac'." I'll make a mark on this corner here," said Frank, "so we may know It again," and he stoop ed and piuked up a stone which his foot had struck against, and proceeded to knock out a small piece of the stone door-facing. He succeeded In knocking ofl quite a chip, and then asked Pomp: "Would you know that again?" "Yes, sa.h, suah." 1 .. "All right, then. Oome ahead. We'll see what's In llere, anyway," and our hero ,led the wa.y Into the other room. It appeared to be a room about twenty by thlr ty feet, with all kinds of queer shaped vessels of stone scattered around. Many of them were In geniously carved. "These are the stru.ngest-looklng vessels I ever saw," said Frank, after gazing at them for some time. "Dat's er fao'," said Pomp,, "but dar's one what ain't made ob no stone, and he pushed a queer shaped pitcher over with his foot. That's eo,' rep. i lied Frank, picking up the vessel. "It's very lleavy, though, and I guess It would hold at least two gallons." The vessel was almost black, and quite heavy for Its size. As he set it down he struck It rather tornbly against the stones, and the peculiar ring that fol lowed we we to fear from men who have been dead a thousand years? Hold the light steady." Pomp made no reply, but held the lamp above his head, so u.s to throw ita rays over all that side of the room. Frank stopped over the stone vessels and made his way to the stone table that stood between the four mummies, and tapped.11evera.l of the curlou5 ly shaped bowls and pitchers that covered it. Each one gave out a ring that startled both men-the true ring of silver. "We've struck it, Pomp,'' said Frank. "These vessels are worth many thousands of dollars and they are ours." "Yes, sah; we done foun' 'em." "Yes, we discovered them, and that gives us the right to take them. Those men must have been gua.rds or priests, who had charge of these sacred vessels. If eo, they died at their post of duty." Pomp gazed at the blackened, dried-up mum mies and shuddered. There was but little senti ment in his mental make up, but he was willing to face a cave full of mummies for the sake of wealth. Just then Frank heard his name called from the opening where they had come through Into the cavern. It was Kensal calling. "Hold on I" cried Frank, In reply. "We are all right and will soon be there." All right,'' rtlturned Kensel. How !sit down there?" "Wonderful. How Is Ballinger?" "All broke up." "Bnt he won't die, will he?" "No, not to-day, I guess." Frank assured himself that there was a for tune In silver vessels In the place, led the way out Into the main hall, followed by Pomp with the lamp. Once more under the aperture1 be looked up a.nd saw the anxious face of Kensel peering down at him. "Kensal," he said, "I have found the sacred vessels of this old temple, and thr(JJ are an of solid siloer I" Good heavens I" KensaL "What are you giving me, Reade?" "I'm giving you your pro rata share of the 11nd," replied Frank. Dat's cr fao','' added Pomp, looking up with a broad grin on his black face. "Let me come down and have a look at them I" cried Kensal, greatly excited. Here's a ten pound pitcher -w hlch you can pull up and examine for yourself. I will tie It to the rofle." Kensal drew up the pitcher and examined J.t with unfeigned Interest. "Drop the rope now," called Frank. "I want to come up and gat more lamps so as to get all, everything in the place." When the rope was let down Frank &Q.d Pomp climbed and rejoined CHAPTER XLI. J. BONANZA UNDBB TRB BUINS, TBBBB's a fortune for us down In there, Ken sel,'' said Fru.nk, as soon u.s he had rejoined the engineer. I am glsd to hear that, but can we convert It to our use-get away with It?" Yes-why not?" "We can't carry any extra freight In the air ship, you know." Very true, but we can make a camp here, where three of you can stay, while the alr-sblp can carry five hundred or six hundred pounds of freight to the nearest port and ship ft to New York." "Ahl It's a great head for business .YOU have. Reade," said Kensal, gl'IISping his hand. Frack laugl}ed and led the way out of the ruins to the air-ship, where he found Ballinb"BI lying on his back in his berth bewailing his hard luck In getting hurt just at the time he did. Why, my dear fellow,'' said Frank, your fall was the luckiest thing that could have hap pened to us." I don't see where the good luok comes In,'' he rE!plied. Here I am all broken up for a. week to come. I don't like such luck, however much you may." But if you hadn't fall'en through that place we never would have found It, you know." "Well, what diflerence does that make?" A great deal of difference. When I got you up all right Pomp came down and we b<>th hunted around to see what kind of a place It was. We found that it was an immense underground chamber belonging to the ancient tomple, where all the sacred vessels were kept. The place Is full of the most curiously carved vessels of stone and'silver you ever--" "Silver I" gasped Ballinger, raising himself on one elbow and staring Frank In the face. "Ye,s, vessels of solid silver-here's one now, which must weigh at least ten or twelve pounds,'' and Pomp held up the pitcher for the wounded man to look at. Ballinger instantlv forgot his Injuries. He sat up and examined the heavy pitcher which time had blackened. "Pomp wilt. scour it up bright,'' said Frank, taking it out of his hands and banding It to the faithful black, "and then we can see tlle work manship much plainer." "My fall was mdeed a lucky one,'' said Ballin ger, provided there are many more like that." Yes, and there must be at lesst a huudrod or more there," replied Fru.nk. "Then I don't regret my fall. I won't com-plain any more. It \fas a lucky tblng. "Yes, indeed." "How can we get away with lt?" "Oh, there'll be no trouble al;>out..that." Ballinger laid back on the bed, that he could not take a hand In exploriiig the rulna. with his companions. :parney and Pomp were having a picnic In cleaning the tarnished silver vessel. As they progressed the many peculiarities of the work manship came plainly into view, and exclama tions ot surprise or delight escaped them every few minutes. At last it was polished, and a magniOcent thing It was. Our heroes examined It, and decided that there was nothing like It probably In any jewelryestab lishment In ,either Europe or America. "We want to show these things u.s they are," said Frank, "as specimens of the handiwork of the silversmiths of a past sge and among an un known r,eople." "Yes, added Kensal, "and I am quite 8Ul'e they would create a grt'at sensation In both New York and London." "Of course they would. We'll select certain specimens for our own use, and then sell the others at bullion rates It we can't get any more." "Oh, we can get double bullion rates,'' said Ballinger. "People who prize such thingewould give double their real Talue to keep them as cu riosities." Frank andKens.,l now went to work to get two lamps ready for use under the ruins, and when they had done so Ballinger Insisted that he could take charge of the ILir-sbir, and let Kensal go with Frank and the others. "All you have to do," said Frank, "Is to lie down and sleep, or read or smoke, or do anything else you please till we come ::Jack." "Oh, don't worry about me I" he replied, "I'll be here when you come back." Well, if you need us for any _purpose, fire your revolver three time& In rapid succession, and we'll hurry back u.s fast as we can." i "All right; go ahead. I'll take a nap as soon as you get away." Barney and Pomp took each a lamp, a box of matches and a large strong bag, and followe4. Frank and liensel toward the ruins. The young inventor 01\rried a rope-ladder Oil his arm, and as soon as he reached the spo\ where the accident had taken plaoo he fastened It to a sto.ne In a manner that IISSured safety of the po.rty ln using it. "Now, come down I" called .Frank, as he nlm-.

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FRANK READE, JR.-;--EXPLORING MEXIOO. bly descended to the bottom of the immense un derground chamber. Pomp followed with his lighted lamp, and Barney came after him.! tKen sel then joined them, and the work of explora tion begall where Frank had left otr. In the "treasure chamber," as Frank designated the room where he had found the silver vassals, they counted nearly one hundre.: silver pitchers, bowls, and various other queer-shaped things, whioh had evidently boon used in the worship of the gods of the ancient Yucatans. 1 A number of silver clubs and great ,6ishes were found. Frahk looked 't them close-ly, and said, alter a IC>ng silence : "They otrered human sacrifices here, as did the Aztecs of Mexico, and these were instruments used in the horrid rites." "Am dater fac'?" Pomp asked. "I am quite sure of it, Pomp." Pomp looked' over at the four mummies lean ing back against the wall 8's if he had half a mind to give them a kick for what they had probably done when alive. I'm very glad I did not live here in those days," remarked Kensal. "Dat's er tao'," said Pomp. "Let's look about further, and see what else we can find," suggested Frank, turning away and movin" toward the comer on the .rfght. Over there they found more stone veeseib, but none of anY metaL. "All the Bllver ones were placed on that stone table over there," l!&id Frank, i<>oking back at tho silver pitchers and other vessels near the mumtnles. Kensel stooped down and felt of one of the stone vessels. "Why, look here, Reade I" he exclaimed. This one Is lir.ed with some kind of metal!" Frank quickly stooped and felt of the inner side of one of the stone vessels. Sure enough it was lined with a metal of some kind, He scraped it with his knife. "It's silver!" he exclaimed. "All of 'em are lined the same vray I" "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. Begorra !" cried Barney it's rich the haythins wur. Sure an' it's rich we'll be, too." I wonder how thick the lining is?" said Frank, again stooping and examining the lining elf one of.the vessels. He scraped vigorously with knife WI he ascertained what he wanted to know. The lining was as thick and heavy as the silver veasels on the stone table. Think. of that I" Frank. "There must be at least two hundred of these I" "Yes-it's a bonanza." It is indeed." "And we were about to pass them by." "Yes-1 should not have thought of examin-ing them. It Wall a lucky thing you came with us." "This place is a perfect silver mine. We may find a great deal more yet if we look close." Come on, then, and let's ROO what else we can find," They passed out of the smaller chamber into the main one, and resumed the search along the wall on that side. About fifty feet from the door they found a !light of stone stairs leading up against a stone roof. Ah I These stairs led up into an anteroom of the temple, for the use of the priests. The trap-door is closed-we can't get out by that route, and may as well let lt alone." I guess you are right," returned Kensal. "We can go out where we came in." Yes. There's u.nothet door in the wall." The woodwork of the door had rotted away entirely. Our heroes entered and the lights revealed what was evidenUv a toilet-room for the priests, There were baths cut out of solid stone, and many other things that went to confirm the idea. Scattered about were a number of silver ves sels, which gave additional force to the suspicion of the nature of the room. "Gather up all those vessel11, Pomp, and you help him, Barney," oruered Frank. He and Kensal held the lights while Barney and Pomp filled one of the bags with the treasure. When filled, 1t was too much for one to carry, and so both laid hold and conveyed it to where Ute rope ladder led up to the light above. Dat am de fust time 1 ebber had more silber de a I could tote," said Pomp. "Bedad, but it's a heavy load I'd carry av it wur moine," remarked Barney. "We shall all share. alike, Barney," Frank ald. "Your share will be as much as milia." "Sure, aad it's just and roight, sorr," replieInts that way here." "No, nothing representing the sun," and they both held the lamps high above their .heads as they glanced around the room. ''This would be ar. interesting study for the student or ancient history. "YeR, indeed. To dig up all these things and ship them to N"ew York. or London or Paris, would create a !Zreu.ter sensation than the exca vations In ancient Illium." It would, indeed." From the idol room they proceeded to !Qok along that end of the great underground cb,am ber in quest of other curfosities. All along the route they found-many stone vessels, the use of which they c01Hd only surmise. But few of them were of any intrinsic value, and so they did not waste much time on them. Finally they came to the last comer, In which was a room of the same size as the others they had visited. All around the room on three sides ran a stone tabl11, which was covered with ves sels, which, on a closer inspection, proved to be lampe. On the fourth side were a number of big vessels, nearly as large as whisky barrels. This is the lamp-room!" cried Frank, "and every lamp is 111ade of silver." "But these vessels are made of wood," said Kensal," with hoops of silver," and he ran his hands over one of them. "Dar's someftn' smAlls mighty good in heah," said Pomp, inhaling the air through his and looking around the Ye.., I noticed that myself,'' remarked Ken sel. "So did 1,'' added Fmnk, It must be the per fumed oli they used in these lamps." "They must have had a perfumery that can live a long time," said Kensal. "It would seem so," and Fmnk took up one of the primitive lamps and examined it. He held it under his nose and caught a faint odor of 11>, 46llcious perfume. "Yes, it was the oil thel' used," he said. "n has all evaporated from the lamps, but the swea aroma remains." They examined several of the lamps, none of which were covered like the lamps of the present day. "Les see what's In -dem bar'ls?" suggested Pomp. "Yes, let's look after them," and they turned to the other side of the room, where neauy dozen barrels stood on a low stone table. "Why, dam am covered I" exclaimed Pomp. "Get up and uncover this one," said Frank, laying his hand on the one In the center of th& row. Pomp did as ordered, but found the cover fast ened on; but by a little exertion he got it loose and raised it. A powedul, yet fragrant, odor came up and almost overcame him. He leaped to the fioor and gasped: "Golly, bJt dat am strong an' sweet r CHAPTER XLIL WHAT OUB IIEBOIIB li'OUND IN THE BA.BBBLS, WHEN our heroes retreated from the room they were apprehensive of being overcome by the powerful odor that came from the uncovered barrel. They were unable to stand the ftrst dose. But:after they passed out into the main chamber they halted and breathed 11.8 freely as ever. The delicious perfume had followed them and filled all the vast space under the old ruins. It's the most fragrant pttfume I ever smelled In any part of the world,'' said our young hero, '! 1 never found anything like it," added Ken sel. "What can it be?" I am quite sure it is the oil that they used in those lamps,'' replied Frank. "We could catch a faint odor of it in handling the lamp3, where it had all eva.p,orated. The barrel was covered air tight, and I II bet there's oil in it yet." "It muot be hundreds of years old, then," remarked Kensal. "Yes-the oil kept the barrels from rotting away." I think we can go back in there now," sug gested Kensal. "Yes-come on," and Frank led the way back into the !amp-room, followed bv the other three, .They went up to the barrel and looked Into it. It was two-thirds full of a fiuid that was thicker than tar. Fmnk dipped the point of his knife into it and held it up. It seems
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FRANK READE, .lR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 3l "Let's go up now," aatd Frank. "We have been down here about four hours." So long 88 that l" "Yes, look at your watch." Kensellooked at jlis watch and was surprised at the time. It does not Reem to me as though we had tteen here over one hour," he said. "You have been deeply interested." "Yes, indeed. Who would not have been?'' .. Tru&-Qome on." They went to the rope-ladder, where the bag of ailver vessels from the bath-room had been len hours before. Frank ordered Pomp to tie the rope that was ftrst US.!!d to the bag, so it could be drawn ap. This being d&e, they all climbed up to the top ot the ropt:ladder, and were once more in the i!unllght. "N"ow draw up the bag," ordered Frank, 1\nd Barney and Pomp drew It up after a hard pull. Returning to the air-ship they found every thing as they had left it, and Ballinger fast asleep. c:J.'heir t&Jking soon woke him up, and he cried out: "Hello I Back again?" "Yes, we have just returned. "How long bave you been asleep?" Sa!Unger looked at his watch. "I have elept nearlv three hours," he aald. What is that I smtlll?'' Here It is," and Kensel handed him the bit of with the lump of COJ.ldensed oil on it." By tile beard of Father Abraham I" he u elalmed. It's the Di.ost delicious perfume I IVer heard of. What is It, anyhow?'' "That's lam n-oll," said Kensel. "Lamp-olll'f "Yes-to burn in lamps." "What are you giving me?" "Lamp-oil several hundred years old," replied .Xensel, and we've got a dozen barrels of it." Ballinger looked at -Frank and then at Kensal, 88 if waiting !or an explanation. Ktlnsel related to him the story of their discov eries in the chamber under the ruins, and be was the most astonished man ever seen. "What a bonanza!" he gasped. "YesJ" said Frank. "The silver is as nothing $o it. 1 they perfumed the oil to burn before their gods In the temple. Tte centuries that have paBBed thickened it and mellowed the perfume. It lays a way over any perfume I ever ea.me across." "Dat's er !a.o'," added Pomp. A'.nd it's 6r fao tlrat we are hungry too, Pomp," sahl Frank. :ij's long past our dinner hour. llurry up and let us have something to eat." The last of the broiled phsa.sa.nts were brought <>ut, and a. cold lunoh was made of them. They were hungry enough to be satisfied with anythins. Tl.ie meal over they lit their pipes, &lld sat down to smoke and discuss the situation. "I gu688 we won't go any further South on this tdp," remarked Frank. "Well, no, I guess not," assented KensaL "Of course not," put In Salllnger. "We want to make a camp here for at least a. month," sa.id Frank. "Why so long?" "To get our tieasure safely on the way to New York," he r eplied. "I s take Pomp and a. toad and go in search of a. port from which we ean ship them, whilst you two, with Barney, remain here to have a load for us as fast as we oome for it." I understand," said Kensal. "That is the best way to work it. The port ofPanamaoan't be over <>ne huadred miles from here." "I shall go in se11.roh of it, a.nr,way, ahd carry as much as the air-ship can bear. Th11.tagreed Fra.nk and Kenselshoulder ed their riftee,IUld went out In quest of something for supper. But very little game had bAen seen in the vicinity of the ruins. On going about a half mile off in the mountains they brought down a eouple of deer. That will do till we w:a.nt mor.," said Frank. "Four good hams willla.ilt us about three or four !lays." Cutting the hams off, they set out to return liome. Ere they had gone on a hundred yard.!' they hsard a. cou pie of jaguars ftghting over the remains of the earoasoees. They'll pick the bones clean before morning," Frank. "Let 'em &Jone. They will do fls a favor by taking the carcasses away." "Yes, but if they don't take that dead snake away, we'll have a pestilence here in less than a week." "That's so. I had forgotten about that. I'll tie a tope to him to-morrow, Casten it to the a.ir ship, san away two or three miles, then drop tabi." "That's a idoo. Thsy returned \o the oamp and tumed the venison over to Pomp. Then Frank concluded to remove the dead snake at &nos. The air-ship was sent up and oame down nsar the dead monster. The rope was soon attached and the a.tr-ship ascended pulllng the carJB88 after it. Alter going about three miles, it was out looee and permitted to drop In the midst of a grsat forest. The air-ship then returned to camp where preparations were made to put in a load equal to the combined weight of Kensel, Barney and Ballinger, who were to rema.in behind to get out the treasure as fast as wanted. Long before suneet the load of silverware In t IVO bags was on board, and our hero only wa.ited for another sun to start in quest of aport. The sun had not besn many minutes out of sight before the discordant voices of jaguars and oilier fleroe beasts were hsa.rd in the woods back of the camp. As it grew darker they became bolder, and approached nearer the camp. There seemed to be a dozen at ftrst, and as the night advanced their numbers increased to an alarming extent. "Why, hanged if I don't believe the scent oftliat oil has attmoted them I" excla.imed your hero. "Just listen at them ftghtlng around the mouth of the pit In the ruins out there." "By Goorge l That looks bad," aatd Kensel. "We mi1Bt kill 'em off-that's the only way to get rid of them." I oan see their eyes aWning 8.11 round the camp when they look toward the ftre." Get the rl1lee, then, and let's give 'em some thing to howl about." The rltl.es were brought out and the work of dsath began. At the ftrst ftre ftve jaguars went down-for Ballinger was able to take a ltand In the slaughter. The next moment all the others joined in to devour the fallen ones, acd the welkin rang with their fierce howls &nd savage CHAPTER XLIII. THll: BAT'l'LB WITll TRB UGUAB8-8BEXING A PORT. THE uproar made by the jaguars was appal Ung. The more that were slain the more came. "There oan be no question about what drew them here," said Frank1 after about a dozen had been shot down. "Tne scent of that oil has drawn them from a score of miles aroullji. If the varmints didn't eat each other as fast as they fell, we could make a plle of money off their skins." Oh, it gives me pleasure enough to shoot 'em without being bothered about their skins said Kensel, raising his ri1le and bringing down an other one. Pomp and Barney took grest delight in the sport, and, as they were good shots, many jag uars went down under their unerring alm. Along about midnight those that had escaped death were full to repletion, but they were so powerfully attracted by the scent of the oil that they prowled around thll camp, growling and otherwise disturbing our hero es. "We have got kill them off," aald Frank, and may as well keep up the ftre on them. They have probably never seen n ftre before and will prowl around here all night to look at it. That will give usa cha.noe to see their eyes. Now let 'em have a few more doses of lead." They resumed the work of destruction, and In another hour they oould neith e r see an eye shin ing nor hear a growl. "I guess we have about cleaned 'em out," said Ballinger. "If we haven't we have thinned 'em out con siderably, at any rate," returned Kensel. "Hanged if I don't think we have cleaned the whole mountain of them," remarkea Frank. Dat's er fa.o'. Dar ain't many ob dem !sf', suah.u Fa.ith, an' it's dead they are," added Barney. "Sure, an' the whole family came to say us." It looked that way; said Kensal, laughing. They went to bed, closing every door and wlnd
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82 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORil'lG MEXICO. low, and Frank left him In charge and sought hls berth. In a little while he was fast asleep, and the air ship was making fifteen miles an hour. Precisely at two o'clock Pomp oolled the young Inventor up, Frank was soon dressed and ready to take Is she running smoothly, Pomp?" he asked. "Yes, sah, as smooth as grease.'' All right. Rollin and get all the sleep you ean." "Yes, sah and he made a diTe for his berth, whence his snoring came forth In deep tones and ae regular as clock work. When Pomp openect his eyes btl found the airship resting near the oomp-Jlre, and Barney was ooolting breakfw;t. The air-ship had settled down about daylight.,just 1111 Barney was crawling out of his blanket. "Oh, golly I" he exclaimed, "I didn't know we h"d come ba.mp spent a, day at Panama looking after the shipment of everything that had been delivered. When Lhey saw every article on sbip board properly boxed and marked, they shook hands m congratulation over the completion of their work. It was a big i>omp,." he said. "Yes, san, dat s er facf.' "-'.nd it's a tmng fortune for every one of lis. tf 11 ought tcJ take a trip l,n the air-s pip once a year to see what we can Jlnd. There's always somethiag Waen away for the man that can Jlnd it!" u Dat's er fao'!' "And you dldil't want to come.'' "No, sah, an' dat's de trute," and the lucky '>ld darky grinned. They lett Paaama In the early morning, and set out for the old ruins &gain. About an hour or 10 before sunset they heard the whoop of Bar-n ey; a half mile away, and soon a.fter at "I say, Reade," cried Sallinger, "let's kill hiJII the little oamp. arid take his skin home as a trophy." "So you saw everything did you?" "Good I" and instantly the ritles were gottea Kenstll asked. out and held iu readiness. "Yllll everything was properly marked and. The air-ship was turned tow11rd the great bird, shipp;;d. We can set oat tot homewheneveryou which had been Jlying in a circle about th41' wish." mountain peak, as if waitiug for tile Intruder .to "Well, we have been here long enough, I think. pass on. Suppose we put up stakes and move to-morrow?" Before the game was aware of his danger thtly "lam willing. We can 1(0 over the mount;ain were in riJle-sbot of him. and skirt along the Gulf ooast to Texas, an!l then All at once I" cried Frank, and all Jl ve aimed make a straight shoot for New York." at the bird. "Yes, that would be a good route to take," said Cr-r-ra.ck I Salllnger, "as we could take in some famous The Jive riJles went o:tr almost as one report. volcanoes on the way." and the great bird went tumbling to earth. No more volcanoes for me, It you please That got him I" cried Ballinger. Kensel remarked. "I've llad enough of theiii.'1 He fell iu tUl almost inacce8slble pJ.OOe. Tha Dat's er tao'," put in Pomp. "Dey no air-ship could not make a anywhere nea:r use no way." him. "Thrue for you, Pomp" said Barney. "Sure, "I don't think we can got at him," said Frank. an' It's ter home we want ter be afther go in'." as he looked down at the monster bird. Are you getting homesick, Barney?" Frank "Bedad, it's full of folght he Is," said Barney. asked of the jolly Irishman. who had been keeping an eye on the game. Yis, sorr. Me wolfe is cryln' for me.'' "He's on his flo.it, an' dares us ter ooom on. Fmnk the others..roured. Sure an' It's game he is.'' : I suppose you are not crying for her, are "Ah I his is broken. It that Is all the inyou?" the young Inventor asked. jury he has received we cau.take him home wltll Begorra, but I belave I have. Sure an' she's us alive." a jewel." Then we'll try to get at him," said Frank. Frank knew that the honest fellow loved his who '\fas always willing to accommodate any on& wife and so he took his hand, saying; when in his power to do so. f with you heart and soul there, Barney. At last the air-ship settled down so slowly and I want to see my wife and children too. I dream easy that Barney and Pomp were able to leap out about them every night.'' on to a rock, from which point they could make Sure, an' it's the heart av a man ye have, th,elr way down to where lhe wounded bird was. Mister Frank," said Barney, tears in his eyes. As they wended their way down to him the That night they spent in camp in a sooiul way, Condor began to hop about and show tight. He smoking and telling stories, and at a late hour was enormous In size, and as tierce as any bald they went to bed to dream of home and friends. eail:le. Pomp was the one up the next morning, ''Look out dar, Barney I" cautioned Pomp 88 and long before any of the others awoke he had the advanced on the bird, which had a bright tire burning and the oo:tree boiling. now ba.eked up between two bowlders, as if l.o When the others were up, it was decided that compel them to face him. they would leave the camp within an hour after "Sure, an' It's only a birrud," said Barney, breakfast. Barney and the others struol!: the going forward as if with the Intention of seizing tent, rolled It up snug and tight, and stored It the game as he would have seized a chicken. the air-ship to be used again when need-But the Condor snapped at him so vigorously ed. that he sprang back to avoid being bitten, and Then everything elSe was packed would have fallen over a precipice a thousand feet below had not Pomp caught hhJl. lng the supply of provisions which bef,ln "You want to be careful down there!" cried taken out some three weeks before. Frank, who was watching what was going on. When the breakfast was over Pomp put away .. Dar ain't no way u.r catch 'IIJI," said Pomp. the dishes, and reported that everything was "Shoot him then, and bring him up desd. We saug on board. "All aboal:d I" cried ]'rank, and In another mo-can't be fooling with him all day.'' ment the rotascope began to revolve. "Try to get him alive," cried Ballinger. Barney gnve a whoop of delight when \)le ship They did try, and the result was that both of went up. He had not been up In the air for them were bitten. nearly a month, and the sensation was a pleasing "De lor' I" cried Pomp, leaping one to him. back and rubbing his arm. "I'd as soon a dog bit me as dat bird.'' Up, up they went till they were a halt mile or "Shoot him," called Frank again. so above the ruJns of the ancient tllmple. Then. Barney drew his revolver, and going to wlth!Q they moved In a. north-easterly direction toward a few teet of the condor, aimed at his hea,d and the Gulf coast. fired. Off there toward the southeast," said Frank, The bullet nearly took his head o:tr, and the "is the Ca.rribean Sea, which was once the gre.ttgreat bird !lopped about .so vlgorou!lly that both esL haunt of pirates in the world.'' B d p h d f "Yes, and they were so numerous and bold," arney an a to get out o the way to added Ballinger, "that they would lq.nd and at avoid being knoc ed over the precipice by him. W.Ok large cities." Suddenly the cor.dor made a sprlug and went "But where are they :now?" Kensel asked, over the precipice, falling a thousand fest below. looking o:tr In the hazy distance. "Dar he goes I" cried Pomp. "Gone dead," replied Frank. "Let him go," called out Frank. "Oome back "llress der Lor' for Ldat I" fervently eja.oul.ated up here and got Pomp. Yes, they are all dead, but the land CHAPTER XLV. are as bad as the pirates ever were." CONCLUSION. "That's true," assented Frank, ''as I kno"' BABNBY and Pomp climbed up to the rook ane-, long.'' long down In South Ameriea.. That fell!lW JIIW Late In the afternoon they began to dea.oend come up pretty fll!-' North.'' mountain on the east side, and wtlen nlgb.'

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r t FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING MEXICO. 33 oame on found a suitable oamplng plaoe near a small mountain stream. They have provisions In abundance and so did not seek to find any game so far up In the moun tains. But the next morning they shot some pheasants and had them broiled fo1 breakfast. A little bfter sunrls11 they mounted again, and by noon oome in sight of the Gulf of Mexico. ''We know where we are now," said Kensel, for, by following the coaet W6 will come into Texas and thus get home." It would be a shorter. cut to go across the Gulf to the Texas or Florida side," suggested Frank. "I'd mther keep above the land," replied Ken861.. "We don't know what might happen." As for my part," rejoined Fmnk, l'd rather be over the water, in Clllle of accident to the airshlp,_unless the sea waa very rough." "Why so?" ",Because If we shall fall to the earth we would eternally smashed ; If we struck water we could float and bave a chance to save ourselves. Do you catch on?" "I think I do," replied Kensal. "Which route do you prefer in getting back to New York?" I think we'd better cross over to the Florida Keys and Indies. We need not be out of Hight of land, as there are no end of Islands out there, and we can encamp among orange groves every_ night If we wish." "Well, that Isn't bad, but how about yellow fever? I am slightly prejudiced against makin its acquaintance in any shape or form." "So am I, but I think we can manage to dodge tt. Besides, we don't know that there are any cases in any of the West Indies at preseat." They started direct for the water, and In a little while were going almost due North over the blue waters or the gulf. \ Away in the distanc..,.could be seen a number of small islands, wn lch seemed to run In a northeasterly dlreetion toward Cuba. As the air-ship moved well out, the scenery back on land was a grand one. The dark green foliage of the forests gave the whole an appearance that was at once pleasing and refreshing to the eye. By and by they began to pass over eome of th6 little isla.nds, where omnge groves and lemon trees were as numerous as {lines in Georgia. This Is the pla.ce for a wmter's residence, "!re .marked Kensel, as he looked over one of tile little 'islands. "How I would like to lie off from all care In a pla.oo like that for one winter, where all tile ice one would see would be In his pltcher:;of ice water." "That's all very well to talk about," said Frank, laughing, "but you wouldn't care to spend but one winter there, I guess." "Why not, pray?" Because of the dull, lazy monotony or the thing," was the reply. It's the same thing every day month after montn, no change, no excitement and too much danger to life." "Where does the danger nome In?" Poisonous serpents and insects. They are everywhere. There are files there whose bite is almost as bad as a mttlesnake's, and spiders big enough to glve a man a pari!c to meet one In the road." That's enough," said Kensal. I won't down here to spend a winter. l'd rather go_to the North Pole." Ballinger laughed, and said : "I guess there are warm pla.oos where It Is not quite so bad as that." Oh, yes, of course, and they are so crowded that:ft costs. a :small fortune to stop there one winter." "Yes-y88-that'e the trouble. I i11888 I'll stop in New York for the Winter." .Buy an air-ship and go to :Mexico," suggested Ballinger. Yes-that's a good Idea. But tell me I can buy one, will you?'' "Oh, they'll be cheap enough after awhile," said Frank, and aa common as umbrellas." "I hope they may, for they would be a blessing to mankind." During the day they passed over many Islands scattered about In the sea, some large, and many very small. !:lome had settlements, and harbors, and shipping. Others were barren, having no popula.tlon but Btl'\ fowls, which seemed to be everywhere In thSt part of the world. As the sun began to sink down in the wide waste of waters, our heroes cast about ,for a suitable place to camp forth& night. "We could sail all and be 1110 miles nearer home by sunrise,' said F1ank, ";but we wouldn't have any fun." "Where's the f11n to be?" Kenselasked. "In camp, on a barren Island." "Oh I" and hb didn't know whether to laugh or not, as he was not sure that he saw the point. On one of those little sandy Islands down there," said Frank, by way of explanation "on a moonlight night, we can havA no end of fun catching green turtles and--" "Dat's er facl" cried Pomp, "an' er green turkle am mighty good satin', too." "That's enough," said "we'll stop and see the green turtle awhile.' Just about five or six miles off on their left la.y alittlelbland a cou pie of miles long by a half mlle wide. The highest parts were covered with an Immense pile or drift from other lsla.nde In the group. "There's just the place for us," Bald Fmnk, "as there's plenty of wood there where we can cook turtle to our satisfaction." The air-ship turned In that direction, and in a little while had settled down not 1M from the highest point on tile island. "You needn't be afraid of dny wild beasts here," said Frank, "as there Is no fresh water on the Island.'' "Well, I'm glad to bear that. Everywhere we have beea yet, we've had to be on our guard against wild beastR or serpents, or something else equally as bad." "You don't want to go out Into the water, thougb," said Frank, as Pomp and Barney beg:m building a fire, because the sharks live pretty tblck around here." "There it Is again. If 'be danger Is not on shore it Is in the water. How-ehall we manage [THill BND,] to any fish for suppel'?" Just bait vour hooks and throw them out AS tar as you can. Your'll find no trouble about all the fish you want." They took their tackle anti went down to the beach, Kensel and Ba.lilnger, and threw their hooks out where the wal.et' WSII but four or five feet deep. In a little while they began to haul In the fl11h. Some of them were almost too much for them, and Ballinger lost his hook after having eaught several very large fish. There was no lack of fish for supper thaL night, and our heroes feasted to their hearts' con tent. But the fun came at midnight, when the big sea-turtles came up to deposit tnelr eggs In the sand, They oame up slowly and cautiously, looking about as If half suspicious of danger. Then tlley would start up to a point where the tide never reached, except during storms, and began dig ging holes In the sand, in which they deposited nearly a peck of eggs each. Frank and the others ran between several big ones and the sea, to cut off their retreat. The turtles saw that they were entrapped, and start ed on a run. But they were poor runners, and one after an other was flopped over on his back. Once on his back the sea-turtle Is helpleBB anti a prisoner. "Now let's get the eggs!" cried Ballinger, and they proceeded to hunt for the buried nests. They found two of them, and got nearly a half bushel of eggs. The next morning they llad eggs and turtle steaks for breakfast, and never did our heroes enjoy a breakfast more. :nut they had no time now to spare for ep6rt, and an hour or eo alter sunrise started over toward the Florida shore, which they reached lata that afternoon. Not wishing to stop at the lower end, where mosquitoes held undisputed posses sion, they continued to sail all night, and at daylight oome In eight of Palatka. There they stopped long enough to take break fast and telegraph to the railroad syndicate ill New York of their arrival. Four days later they reached New York city, where they were tender11d a re"--eptlon by tlle directors of the Mt-xlcan Railroad Company, The survey had been a marked success, as It p11t them at least a year ahead of their rivals an gav.them a choice of routes. The company did not regret the expense of the alr-Bhlp, and cheer fully paid the bill witb many thanks. The silver vessels and ,_.fumed oil created fill mensa excitement all over the country. Tho-ves sels were exhibit:8d in many places, and the col lection finally sold for a large sum, which waa equally divided among the five voyagers. The pertumed oil was seld to a wholesale perfumer: who 11ooded the country with a new ana delicious perfumery, off of which he made a for t.une. Having settled up accounts, our hero returned to his home In the West, there to rest In the bosom of his family, till duty should again call his in venUve gellillll into requlsUon. a:n.d I:n.s"tru.crti ve :Book.&. 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J THE FIVE --183 The lf!IBf;Adon's Cave: or, Two Wide .Awako Boys in the Far Wel!,t ............ by Percy B. St.. John SlY The Boy Stage Driver; or. The Hero of Roolti' Pass .... ....... by_ Paul Braddon 83IS F!om Newsboy Up; or, A New York Boy in 8Usin68B .................................. .. by N. 8. Wood (The Young American Actor) 836 Alone in the Wild West; ort .A New York Bo;r's Search for Buffalo Bill,by R. T. Emmet 837 The of the Sea.lod Gold Mines ....... by "Noname" 838 Little IDondin. the Tight Rope Willker .. by C. Little 839 From New York to Sa.n Francisco in a Cat& ma.re.n ....................... by John Sherman &o A Young Jay Gould; or, A Bg_y Among the Money Kings ........... by H. K. Shackleford 8&1 Only an Errand Boy; or, Getting Up in the Wortd ......................... by R. T. Emmet &2 Jack Roody's School Scrapes-comic ....... by Peter Pad 848 The Ice-Boat Boy11; or, Cruising on Frozen Waters in the Northwest .... by C. Little &4 Little :Blind Joe; or, The Sharks of New York ..................................... .. by N. 8. Wood (The Yol!llK American .Actor) 8i5 Young Ironclad, the Boy Gunner ......... .. by John Sherman 8t6 The Boy Gold Hunters; or, Young_ New York tnCa.llfornia. ............ by R. T. Emmet 847 The Shortys in the WUd West-comic by Peter Pad 848 Billy the Bugler. .A Story of Governor's Island and New York ............. by C. Little 849 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Chase Througl! the Clouds .......................... bl" Noname" 850 851 My Friend Smith by TalbOt Baines Reed 852 The Boy Crusoes; or The Young Casta ways of the Pacific by St. George Rathborne 8:i3 Jero theTnmbler: or The Wonder of the Ring .... by Qil'l10ral Morgan Rattler 8M Ned. the Bound Boy; or, Throngh 100 Miles of Foes ............................. QY C. Little 86IS Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Team by "Noname" 856 Chrlatmaa by Peter Pad 857 Two Wa.ifsjjlr, .Afioat in New York .. by: N. 8. woOd (The Young American Actor) a58 Fearless Phil in. Disguise; or, The Tiger's Last Plot ....... by Paul Braddon 859 A Southern Boy in New York or Bound to Make His Money ..... by it. K.. Shackleford 860 Steamboat Billy or, The State-Room Secret 881 The Boy Lion Ta.mere; or, Adventures in .Africa ...................................... 7 862 Out With Kit Carson. A Story of the Early Da;rsofKa.neas ............... by R. T. Emmet 1!83 The Boy Samson; or, Taking C8.re of Him selt ................................. by C. Little 864 The Boy __ ]!'rom New York; or, A Fi.&'ht for Five Mlilions ............ by Percy B. St. John 865 Sm&n & Co., the Boy Peddlere-comio .. by Peter Pad 868 .A Chicago Bty; or, Up From the LOwest .. by John Sherman f!i11 All Old Boy; or, Maloni!J .After Education868 'Oi:ienit.Or.: ............ .. by Col. Ralph Fenton 1!69 Dick Boldhero or The Strange Adventures of a Young Yankee Sailor ............... .. Written by Himself 870 Go.rcy the Greenhom; or, From Stowaway to Senator by Corporal Morgan Rattler 871 From Errand Boy to Lawyer; or, Bound to be at the Top ................ by R. T. Emmet 872 Bob .Allen's Ranch;.or, .A Cattle King at 17 by "' COL Ralph Fenton 881 Joe Junk, the Wha.ler; or, Anywhere for Fun-comic ...................... by Peter Pad 1182 Lost on the Atlantic ... by Howard DeVere 883 Monitor Matt; or The Giant of the Waves. A Story of the Great Rebellion .......... .. by Ralph Morton 884 The Boy Rovers; or, The .Adventures of Two Plucky BoY!! ................. by C. Little 885 IDs Own BoaS; or, The Boy Captain of Cat head Lake ............... Percy B. St. John 886 Bre.vinll: the Flood i...._Or, The Pluck;t" Fi_ght of Two Johnstown J:!Oys ........ by R. T. Emmet 8f1T Muldoon the Solid Man-comic. by Tom Teaser 888 The Boy Star; or, From the Footlights to Fortune ........................ by N. S. Wood 889 The Young Comma.ndeP; or, A New York Boy in the Southern War by Ralph Morton 890 Two in a. Box; or, The Long and Short of it -oemio ......................... by Tom Teaser CEITT WIDE AWAKE LIBBABY. 891 The Soldier's Son; or, The Secret of the Hou.ae of Eight Pines. .A Story of New York ............................... by C. Little 8ll2 Satin Sam, the Young Weetern by Paul Braddon 893 The Funny Four-comic .......... by Peter Pad 891. The White Queen of the Aztecs or Two YankeeBoysinMexlco ...... by R: T. Emmet 895 The Deacon's Son; or, The Imp of the VU lage-comlc ....... by Tom Teaser 896 Slave of the" Galley; or, TheMys tery of the Treasure.Ship ................. by Percy B. St. John m .A Bad Egg; or, Hard to Crack-comie ... by Tom Teaser 898 Two Years With a Pirate; or, 'lhe Phantom Ship of the Gold Coast .. by J. G. Bra.dley 899 Muldoon's Boarding House-comic by Tom Teaser 900 The Boy Diamond King; or, The Youn_g Monte Christo of New York ....... by C. Little 901 Ikey; or, He Never Got Left-comic ...... .. by Tom Teaser 902 The .Armorer's Son; or, The Mystery of the Tower of London ............. by Allyn Draper 903 Jimmy Grimes; or, Shil.rp, Smart &; Sassy-conno ........................... by Tom Teaser 90i Dick Getaway; or, Fighting for a Fortune by Corporal Morgan Rattler 905 Tom Qulok. the.Avengerof the Delaware .. by R. T. Emmet 906 Sam Swltoh, the BoyEDgineer or, Beldn ning at the Bottom b;t" Albert ;r. Booth 907 Daring Dave the Diver; or, The Prince of Swmunens ......................... by c. Little 90S Sam; or, The Troublesome Foundiingcorirlo ............................. by Peter Pad 909 Velvet Van; or, Deadly Grip and His Demon Band ................ by Paul Braddon 910 .A Smart New York Boy; or, From Poverty to Wea.lth ................... by John Sherman 9ll Foretop Tom or, .A Yankee Sailor Boy Among the Malay Pirates ... by J. G. Bradley 912 Bulger Boom, the Inventor-comic ........ by Peter Pad 913 Out in the Street& .A Story of High and Low Llfs inN ew York ................... .. by N. 8. Wood (The Young American Actor) 91' The Swamp Demon; or, Lost For Two Years ......................... by R. T. Emmet 915 Denver Dan1 Jr., the Stage Driver; OJ"J The lllJ'ste:ry: or Golden GulCh by" .N oname" 916 Muldoon s Brother Dan-comic. by Tom Teaser 917 Buffalo Bill's Boy Broncho Breaker; or, The Youngest Hero on the Pla.ins by Paul Braddon 918 A Sailor at Fifteen; or, From Cabin Boy to Captain ........................ by J. G.Bradley 919 ................. l:!Y Peter Pad 9W Homeless Hal; or, A Poor Boy's Life in a. Great City ............ by Captain Will Daft.Gn 921 Wild Bill's Partner; or, The Redskins Gold Secret .................. by Paul Braddon 922 Muldoon's Christmas-comic. .. by Tom Teaser 923 Jack. the Pirate's Foe; or, The Devilfish of the Indies ... by Roger Starbuck A Bad Boy at School-comic ........... by "Ed" 925 Mr. MoGinty-comio ............ by Tom Teaser 9'.16 Lineman Joe, the Boy Telegraph Climber b;t" c. Little 921 Shipped to China; or, The Life of a Runaway Boy ...................... by J. G. Era.dley 928 Searching for Stanley; or, Tom Stevens' .A.d ventures in Africa ............ by R. T. Emmet 929 Boarding School; or, Sam Bowser at Work and Play-connc ................. by Peter Pad 930 Young Magic; or, The Boy With a Charm ed Life ....................... by Paul Braddon 931 Muldoon Out West-comio .. by Tom Teaser 932 The Boy Treasure Hunters; or, Searching for LOst Money .............. by John Sherman 933 Senator Muldoon-comic ........ by Tom Teaser 934 Sam Johnson, the Negro Detective ......... by Ho.rcy Kane 935 Frank Reade, Jr., in the Far West; OJ"J The Search for a Lost Gold Mine .. by ".Noname" 936 The Wait of Mystery Island; <;!!1 The Ad ventures of a. Boy Who Was .tUdnallood-b_y Roger "S"tarbuck 937 The Mystery of the Sea.led Door or The Oldest House in New York ... by 'R: T. Emmet 938 Island No.7; or, The Pirates of Lake Mich igan ......................... by Geo. W. Goode 939 Our Landlord; or, Life in French Flatscomic ............................. by Peter Pad 9ro From Jockey to JudKO; or, the Boy Who Was Always Ahead ............... by C. Little 9U Alone in New York; or, Ragged ROb, the Newsboy: ................ ; ................. .. byN. S. Wood (']'he Young American Actor) 9.12 The Boy Exllress Messenger or Fighting the Ti"a.1n Robbel'l! ...... by John Sherman 913 Next Door; or, The Irish Twins-comic .... by Tom Teaser 9 The Llmbl68B Hunter; or, Si Slocum's Revenge ............... ...... by Roger Starbuck 945 The Boy in Red; or, The Czar's Masked Messengers ................... by R. T. Emmet 9!l6 Adrift in the Antarctic; or, Two Y 6IU'B on a Continent of Ice. ................... l?r C. Little 9l7 The Aldermen Sweeneys of New York-comic ........................... by Tom Teaser 9i8 Pawnee Bill; or, the White Chief's First War:;rrail .................... by Paul Braddon 9l9 The BOy Showman; or, AI Circus at Sixteen ................... by John Sherman 959 Till Top_'feddy..l t!te Young Foretopmani... or, Four Years J:Seiore the Mast. by J. G .Hl'&Qley 951 Mrs. Brown' BoardinlrHouse-oomio, ... by Peter Pad 952 The Boy Sheri11'; or, TheRe&'W!totoraotPeoo Valley ......................... 'J,',. Bmmtlt 953 The Buried Gold Ship; or, The B91: Ghost ............................. C. Little !1M Our Future President; or, The OeJi That Came From the Acom-comio by Peter Pacl 956 General Crook's Boy Great Indian Fighter's Black Tr&U ........ by Paul Braddoa 956 ThreeYankeeBoysin.Atrica; or, the Giants of the Congo .............. by 6$. John 957 The Boy Surveyor; or,Runnin l>"Rail road in the Iridian Country. b Sherman 958 Rob Rounds, the Young Fireman by 0. Little 959 Muldoon's Ba.se Ba.ll Club-comic ......... .. by Tom Teaser 960 Fair-Weather Fra'nk, the Dashi11g Sailor Boy ........................... by J. G. Bra.dle:r 961 Eagle Dan, the Boy Hermit of the Rockies. b;r Paul BraddoD 962 Captain Le'l'l'is, the Pirate ........... by c. Little : 965 The Prairie Post Boll:; or, The Scalp Hunt-ers of Apache Land ......... by PaUl BraddoD 966 Chums to the Death; or, The Adventures of a Boy Marine .............. by Starbuck 967 Muldoon Abroad-comic .. by Tom Teaser 968 An Engineer at 18; or, The Boy Driver of the Lightning Express ....... by R. T. Emmell 969 Hardpan Harry, the Hunted Boy; or, .A Young New Yerker;Among Westem Out-la.ws ................................ byC. Litue 970 The Property Boy; or, Before the Footlights and Behind the Scenes .. byN. S. Wood ... 971 Muldoon's Ba.se Ba.ll Club in Philadelphia comic ........................... by Tom Teaser 9'72 The Mystery of the Fire Ship; or, A Brave Boy Salling Maswr ........ by Roger Starbuck 9'73 The Boy Bicycle Scouts; or, On tlie Wheel Among the Redskins b;r Paul Braddon 9'1 Rob Rider, the Circus Equestna.n; Years Under the Canvas ... by_!leo. vv. Goode 971S The Shortys' Minstrels; or, Working the Same Old Rackets-comic ....... by Peter Pad 978 The Tunnel Under the Sea; or, The Adven tures of Two Drowned Boys. by R. T. EQllll6t 977 Pawneo Bill Doomed; or, The Great Scout in No Mans Land ........... by: Paul BraddOD 978 The Buffalo Hunters; or, Wild Life on the Plains ..................... by Robert Maynard 9'1t Little Tommy Bounce; or, SOmething J..ute His Dad-comic .................. by Peter Pad 980 The Treasure Trove; or, The Bucca.neersof the Gult ..................... ,by J. G. Bradler 981 Alone on a Wreck; or, The Mystery of a. Scuttled Ship ................. by R. T. Emmet 982 Dan Darling's Cruise; or, Three Boys' Lucky Vacation ................ by H. JC Shackleford 983 Muldoon's Picnic-comic ........ by TotQ Teaser Luke Lines, the Boy Stage Driver; Four-inHand of Keno Camp. by Paul.l:lr&Qdon S8IS Jockey the Daring Boy Rider; or, WiDning w.s Fortune in the Saddle. .. ]ly Robert Ma:vnard 986 The Lost Captain; or, The Secret of tne Hidden Whirlpool ......... by Roger Starbnok 98'1 HonestJa.okJo.rrett; or,HowHeMadeHis Money ................... by H. K. Shackleford 988 Rob Rivers, the Raft Boy; or, Loaon the Missouri River ........ by'R. T. Enimet 989 Muldoon the Cop, Part 1.-oomic.by Tom Teaser 900 Muldoon the Cop, Part II. -comic ......... by Tom Teaser 991 The Boy Wrecker; or, The YoungPUotof the Breakers ............... by Roger Starbuck 992 Bom to be Rich; or, A Boy's Adventures in W a.ll Street ... by H. K. Shackleford 993 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Queen Clipper of i the I ............. by "No1111Jl116 991 Frank Reade Jr., and His Queen Clip,per of the Clouds-Part II ............ by' Noname" 995 The Boy Law:rer; or, Fighting For a. stol011 Million ........................ R. T. 996 Little TollUliY Bounce on Hi8 Travel&comic ............................. by Peter Pacl 997 The Little Black Rover or, TheMtaterious Priva.teerofNewYorkBay .............. by Cocpora.I MQrPll Rattler 998l'awnee Bill's Oath or, The Oklahoma Scout's Lost Gold Cache by Paul Braddon 999 Jimmy Grimes Jr.; or, The Torment of the by Tom Tea.BeJ 1000 The Pirates of the Black Cave; or, The Mystery of the Hidden .La.ke ...... by Rolrer Starbuck 1001 Through Thick and Thin; or. Our Boys .Abroad ..................... by h&riOn Bertre. 1002 Jack and Jim; or, Rackets and Scrapes at School-comic .................. by Tom Teaser 1003 Little Quick Shot; or, Bu1fa.lo Bill's Wild West in Europe .............. by Paul Braddou 10M The Mysterious Light Shipt or.,_ The Smug _glers of the Death Coast DY' twger Starbuol( 1005 Muldoon's Grocery Store-comic. Part I. byTomTeaa 1008 Muldoon's Grocery Store-comic. Part II. byTomTeaasr 1007 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Monitor of the Air; or, Helping a Fl'iend in Need ....... by "Noname 1008 Gerald O'Grady's Grit: or, The Branded Irish Lad ........ by Corporal Morgan Rattler 1000 Denver Jr., the Silver King; OJ"J The Richest J..

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