The electric man: or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Australia


'dAN. ,50; $1:25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK Street. Box 2730. TRE EJJECTRIC MAN; OR, By "NONAME," Author of "Fightin!l the SlaTe Hunters; or, Frank Reads, Jr., in North Australia," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. RANK READE JR. IN AUSTRALIA. .-HIS SPEECH AT THE REOEPTIOl'l BANQUET. THE great banquet room in St. Georges' Hall at Sydney, in faraway Austmlia, was ablaze with light and resplendent with the beauty and fash ion of the colonial city The long tables were laden with the delicacies of two continents, which the tJulinary arts of the caterers in Australia. had been summoned to prepare. Great banks of rich and rare flowers, placed at intervals along the length of the tables, filled the graat room with fmgrant perfumes as well as dazzled the eye \Tith their many colors. It was a gala night in Sydney and all the repre I!IOntatives of the nobility(){ England then In Austri ... well as the heads of all the departments of the local government, had assemn1ed ro do honor to a. young American inventor, whose fiune had already reached the uttermost parts of. the civilized world-'FRANK READE, JR. He had just arrived on Invitation of the scien tific societies and the government's representatives, and this was the reception accorded him. As he entered the great hall leaning on the arm of the mayor, every eye was turned on him. 'L'he ladies particularly craned th&ir necks to get a glimpse of one about whom they had heard so much, and they were gratified with the sight of a manly, compa.::t ftgure, denoting great strength and RCtivity, whose fac e was brQnzed by the winds and suns of a voyage of 13,000 miles through t1vo oceans. Introductions followed, and the g,racefnl bear Ing and smiles of the famous young inventor won the hearts of Sir Ja!Iles Halsey was the mayor of Sydney at the time of Frank's arrival, and the young inventor was in his hands. Hs Introduced the ladies and gentlemeh with a dignity that was pleasant to 1\ll. The introduction over, the mayor led the way to th(l head of one of tho long tables, to the strains of most exquisite music. He the guest vf the evening at his right, and Lady Ackerly on his left. A.n hour passed In delightful enjoyment or the good things on the tables, after which the wine brought on. Of course the first to?.st among Englishmen is the health of the queen, which was proposed and drunk standing. 'rhe mayor responded in loyal tones, and ended by the of the of thE' Mr. ] 'rank Reade, Jr., the most famous of living inventors. 'L'he name elicited a storm or applause. The men sprang to their feet and held their glas3es above their heads, whilst the ladies waved dainty handkerchiefs, and showered their smiles upon the bronzed-fi\Oed young inventor. Frank rose to bis feet and bowed right and l eft, whilst the applause shook the immense building. He &Ssayed to speak, but his voice w.ltl! lost in the tempest of sounds that greeted htm At last the mayor waved his hand for silence, and the storm gr!Cdually subsided. Frank Reade, Jr. tn clear manly tones: "Mr. Mayor, and Ladies and Gentlemen-The warmth of your reception of 111yself surpasses my wildest anticipations, and words in which t\ grancl, loftly tribute to the inventive genius of Fr>tnk 1-teade, Jr., excla buing: "'.rhougb an American be belongs to the world; the world is his field I He overcomes the ele ments-he penetrates space and rescues Ute unfortunate !rom the jaws ofodeath I" Again the building shook with the applause, j and Frank blushed in spite of himself the praises of the eloquent mayor. Other toasts were drunk and other speech es made, but the "Electric Man was the univer&.; theme. The Ludy Ackerly leaned for ward and asked : "Mr. Reade, where is that wonderful Electri 0 Man?, "He is on shipboard yet, madam," be rep lie "but will doubtlees come .ashore to-morrow.' / 1 ShaU we see him t!Ien 'I" "I do not design pltl41ing him on exbibip. am afraid you would be frightened at sigh Qt him, as he cannot smile, nor is 1:te soft of -spe6b nor do I think that his perception is such as enable him to distinguish the most be:}utitullad , in Sydney from the most repulsive 008.11 I "Honlble J' exclaimed the ll1dy, with a shud der. "Even though you could not gve him braios, you could at le!I.St have made him hand some, Mr. Reade " So I could, dear lady, I was not willin to assume the responsibility in doing so." "Why, dear me I" exclt\imed the vivacious lady, greatly pleased at the idea of haying monop olized the lion of the evening for a few brief mo ments, "what is the responsibility as bet..lveen the two?" express the emotions of my ht-art utt0rly tail -1!le. I have tlown round the globe and rested in the capitals of all the nations, but never before in my life have I received such a reception as this. BelieTe me when I that I am at a yoss to know how to respond to it. Here are men whose fame as soldiers, statesmen and savants encircles the globe doing nono;: to one, but a few short years out of his teens. You overwhelm me, and yet I am prouder t o n-ight than ever before in my life, and this magnitl cent scene-these fair and smiling faces around me-will never pass away as long as memory remains and reason holds her own. I have come to you with my two faithful attendants-typleal representatives of the Celt and, African-at your solicitation, to render what aid I can in solv i ng some of the mysteries of Australia.. It, with the aid of the appliances J have .brought with me, you can attain your..J;Yish and hfl. the veil that obscures the view across the bosom of the greatest island the world, I shall be equally paid with yourselves in the satisfac tion wit)l the result. You have aske<\ me to invent, build and bring over with me a con veyance calculated to go fa.r beyond the en lurance of animal life, in order that you may ascertain the fate of adventurous spirits who have gone forth and never returned, and 1 have done so. (Tumultuous applsmse.) You d esire to go farther and solve questions that the ge')graphers of the day cannot elucidate; to sound the depths of the geological mysteries of the interior of Australia, and unravel the tangled tmditiona of the natives concerning the mineral wealth, which iles concealed thousands of miles away toward the horizon. I have co rue prepared to brave evt>ry danger in furthering your wishes On the other side of the glob e my people regard Austmlia as a wonderful country,faunaandjlom differs from aU the rest of the world, hence, you A great many of your sex would have hope see, I have no little person&! interest in this exi!"ssly fallen in lpve with him," replied Frank, at pedition I know there are mountains to scale, which there was an exp!()Sion at that end of the rivers to cross, and boundless plains to tra1et'Se, table at Lady Ackerly's expease. whilst natives and wicked bushmen stand r!'ady "Really now," she retorted, " not thiak to binder or to slay. I come without horse, so meanly of our sex as to think a woman, conld saddle or bridle-without airships or boats to fall in love \Tith an inanimate piece of take us tprough the perils of the way. Yet we do you?" do not hesitate to go-for we have _an ELBCTRIO l "Have you not heard of men and women to charge of us us safely ing deeply, .:rmdly in love with a face on can back to th1s regal clty of vas?" he asked, looking tbo beautiful )ady (nil in The whwh. follo .;;ed tho the face as he spoke. man told of the mtensi.y of the "Oh yes but that was sympathetic sentipublic curtostty .as t? the mode of conveyance ment."' the young mventor had "Call it by what name you will," he said, "th11 It \'I'M to be an Electric Man, a .far fact remains and cannot be argued 11.way." wonderful than the famous :urships, With "Well, you ceed not have feared any broker.1 whiCh he !lown the world., hearts among Sydney Jadie:;," she said, laughing. The waiters whispered It to those about the There are too many 11 ve men here for any worn doors of the great banquet hal.!, and the news an to sigh for a machhile man." was carried to the thousands which thronged the The daughters of Eve are the same bb.e world streets for blocks &way. over, and there a r e many a one who would be "An electric man l Electric man!" went from glad to exchange a worthless husband for my mouth to mo uth, and in a little while it was 'Electric Man.'" known even among the suburbs. "That's true !ll!l gospel," exclaimed Sir James The excitement rose to fever heat, and tho11-Halsey, "for I know a. number myself who saudi rno1e rushed toward St. George's Hallin would gladlv make the exchange," and they all the hope that a glimpse of the wonder might be laughed had. "Ob, you men like to laue;h at us women, but When the young American had finished speakyou like l!.S a' I the more for our weaknesses," ing Sir Arthur Paget exclaimed aloud: Lady Acke rl y retorted. "His eloquence equals his inven tion!!. Drink "Ah! you utter !ld a great truth, madame," to alth and s u ccess?" said l!'ra n k, earnestly. "There is no Influence Everye glass was emptied, and then another on earth that equals woman's W ithout ber re


-fining infiuence man would have remain11d a savage to this day." I believe you there, Mr. Roode," said the mayor. "She is the better of man always, and all.e is strongest when she IS weakest." "How tall is your Electria Man, Mr. Rtladc?" Lady Ackerly asb:._ed. "He is about e1ght feet tall and stout 10 proportion," was the reply. Dear me I He must be very strong." He is, indeed-a veritaBle Samson, I can as sure you, and yet he cannot make love. He was lJorn to bard work all his life." "What & pity. Really, I must see him. You ctmnot refuse me. I shall go down to the tfier and demand to be allowed to go on board the ship to-morrow." You would see nothing there but his remains in several boxes," returned Frank, smiling "It will take me several days to put him together, infuse life into him." "Oh, yes, I f_orgot," ttnd she laugh_ed one <;>I her sweet, silvery laurths that rang like music through the room. But you are going to put him together soon, are you not?" "Just as soon as I 0an get him landed in the proper place," he replied. By and by otner toasts were given and drunk, followed by short and witty speeches, all of which Frank enjoyed very much. The banquet lasted till a late hour and then ended. But a number of distinguished men accom panied Frank to his hotel, as if loth to leave him. The freedom of the city had been voted him, and they all felt that they could not do top much honor to him. Many of them asked about Barney and Pomp, of whom they had read so much in the published accounts of his travels round the world. They are on board ship," he said, "taking eare of the Electric Man. Two more faithful fel lows never lived than they." CHAPTER II. FRANK PUTS TilE ELECTRIC MAN TOGETHER. AT an early hour the ne:J:t morning after there ception banquet at St. George's Htll, Frank sent a oommunicatioa to the mayor requesting thf' use of some large building to which he could have the Electric Mall sent for the purpo3e of putting it together. The mayor very promptly responded by plac ing at hjs disposal a large long building which had been used as a warehouse, but was now ViLcant, Frank inspected the building an

4 "Wonderful l Marvelous l" were the comments heard on all sides, and the young inventor was forced to stop and answer questions that were put to him every moment. He invited the mayor and three others to enter th.e and take a ride around the ware house, and they accepted. As soon as they were seated In the carriage Frank started the electric battery going, and in !\not hoc minute the man between the shafts shook as i! bracing up for a run. Touching anotller knob the young Inventor had the of seeing the Electric dart oli on a quick run around the great ware house. Very little noise was made, for the ma chinery worked so in every joint that no friction was caused that amountj'ld to any thing. "The most wonderful invention of the agel" exclaimed tbe mayor. "Seems like a dream," said Sir Arthur Paget. I can hardly realize it," said the third man, a well-known !)anker of Sydney. ltound the great building went the Electric Man, not a single jar causing the least detention. When it reacned the starting-point the party emerged from the carriage and another entered to take a ride around the building. Among them was La.dy Ackerly, the beautiful young lady with whom Frank conversed on the evening of the banquet. Oh, Mr. Reade," she exclaimed, "I am so nervous 1 You won't let ":lim run away with us, will you?" l!'rank laughed. "Now you are laughing at mel" she said, pout ing like!\ spoiled ehild. "I was laughing in spite of myself," said Frank. "Yoll are the only lady I ever saw who was nervous over the idea of a man running away with her. "Oh, you horrid man l" she exclaimed, as the party joined in the laugh agai11Bt her. Barney came to Frank after a half dozen trips around the building had been taken, saying that a man at the door wanted to see the mayor. Frank told Sir James what the trouble was and the mayor sent n man to see who it was. The man soon returned accompanied by an other man with glasses across his nose and a very benevolent expression of countenance. "Ah I'' exclaimed the mayor, gra.eplng his hand, Professor l I am glad to see you l You have come just in time. Mr. Reade, I have the honor of introducing to you Professor Bagstock, who Is to accompany you on your ex pedition." I am rejoiced to meet you, professor,'" said Frank, shaking hands with the professor very cordially. "We are taking a few s1ins around the room in the carriage. Will you not step in-side with us?" The professor did so, and he was highly pleased with everything be saw. "Just the thing," he said, as he watch(ld the motions of the Electric Man. "BtJlter than a horse. The natives and bushmen will not dare attack such a man as that." When the exhibition wa11 over Frank told the professor that he would be ready to start at mid night of the next day, and that he would wait for him till that hour. "But why not start In the day-time?" the pro fessor asked. "Because h;,.U the population will crowd the streets us no end of trouble. Let no one know the hour of starting." The party then went away, and Barney and Pomp remained behind to keep watch over the macbiae. All the next day was spent by Frank in pur chasing such supplies as might be needed where neither food or water could be had. Ever,ytbing was in condensed form, and a liberal water sup ply was arranged for. Precisely at the appointed hour Professor Bag stock was on hand prepared to accompany Frank -with all of his sctentiflc instruments with him. "Time is up," said Frank. "Jump in, professor. Open that door there, Pomp, and shut it I again after we are through." 1 The Professor entered the carriage by the rear iodoor, whilst Pomp opened tha entrance to the warehouse for it to pass through. Frank guided the Electric Man carefully, and they passed safely through to the street. Then he stopped to take up Pomp, after which he turned on the electric lights and dashed away like a railroad train. .People heard the tramp-tran::p-tramp of the Electric Man, and dashed out on the streets just in time to see him go by. The wildest kind of excitement ensued, and lipndreds ran with all their might to keep it in liight as long as possible. THE ELECTRIC MAN. But they were left behind, for the Electric Man was swift of loot, and _1n a few minutes the city limits were passed. Professor Bagstock looked as It he were very urreasy about something, and alter a while asked Frank: "Have you thought of what the consequences would be, Mr. Reade, if you were to run ugainst n stone or stump when going so fast?" "Oh yes," replied Frank. It would be dis astrous in the extreme." "So I thought; Why do you run sucll risks?" "Because I am 011 tile lookout for stones and stumps all the time, and do not propose to run against any of them." "Ah-yes-true. I never thought of tllat." They mn very last when the road would per mit, and very slow when they reached a rough part. Tile road ran along the north bank of the river Par;:aruatta for about forty miles when it struck another town. The people were all sleeping soundly a11d didn't dream of the wonderful thiug in the:r midst. The Electric Man passed through the town quickly, and struck the road beyond which, for about ten miles, was very smooth. 'l'lley made the run in about lhrfle quarters of an hour. Then they struck a rough road which seemed to crawl lazily up over the mountain range. "We'll take it slow along here," said and the Electric Man began to walk dt about four miles an hour. They kept up that pace till sunrise, by which time they had reached the top of the The Professor suggested that they stop there and have "I am prtltty well shaken up, and feel the loss of my usual sleep," he said. "You can sleep in the carriage at any hour, day or mght, that you may wish," said Frank. "Well, the novelty is worn bf! now, and I guess I can sleep some to-day or to-night." They stopped a couple of hours to kill game and eat breakfast, after which they resumed the descent of the mountain, going very leisurely all the way down. "There are very few settlers on thi' side of tbe mountains." remarked Frank to Bagstock. "Yes, very few, and even those are not sure that the other side is a safe place for them." "Ah, they are hard cases then?" "Yes, more or less "We amst l)e careful llow we stop among them, then." "Yes, for some of them are really very desper ate characters," said Professor Bagstock. "De Lor' gorramigbty l" exclaimed Pomp, "jes'look at dat j11mpin' rat!" They looked in the direction Porn p indicated, and saw a terrified kanga-roo mal.:ing his best paces for a place of safety. Such leaps as he made astonished even Frank. who bad seen the animals before. "That's a kangaroo," said the professor, with a smile. "Tne woods are full of them.'' "Golly, but dey kin jump," saict Pomp. "Yes, they have lbeen known to ma(l:e some very long ju'm ps," re;marked the professor. Dem kandyroos doan't wan' no wings-dat."s er fac'." "Bedad, an, yez are rolght, Pomp," said ney. "The spa! peen flew wid his tail." They decided that they would try to shoot one during the day and Barney stood ready with a good rifle to do so, Frank having rung down the steel-netted sides of the carriage that he might have a fair Bhow. But the day passed without getting a ka11garoo in sight, and night came on just as they reached the banks of a stream. 'We may as well cook supper here," said Frank, "and then push on by electric light." "Yes, and I think we can follow t .his riven all night," said the professor. It runs in the di rection we want to go." "We'll follow it as long as we can," remarked Frank. Tiley found plenty of g!lme in the way of pheasants, and naJ. a sumptuous supper. Pomp had improved wonderfully in his cooking of wild game since his last trip with Frank. When they started again it was quite dark, but the wonderful brilliancy of the electric light on the bie man's helmet lighted up the scene for a quarter of a mile around. They moved on down the river, tJ;w absence of any u udergrowth enabling them iii make con siderable speed at tlmes. The electric light frequently caused fowls to make some fearful noises, and then all would be still till aPother one was alarmed. Two hours after starting tbey heard a peculiar noise such as they bad not beard before. 1'hey paid little attention to it, howeYcr, and kept on. Frank was guiding, keeping a sharp lookout ahead. Suddenly b.e uttered an exclamation of horror and stopped the Electric Man right in his tracks. "What is it?" "Look there l" In front of the Electric Man, in tbe full glare of the Electric light, stood an enormous nativll chief, With head erect, defiantly gazing at the Man before him, whilst behind bim half a hu11-I dred of his followers, as if terror-st;.icken, were on their knees, with their foreheads touching tJ1,; ground. CHAPTER IV. A SINGULAR ENOOUNTII:R WITH NATIVES-BAl\NEY SHOOTS A KANGAROO. A:r,L four men In tllo carnage glared at the sav ages with feelings of intense anxiety. The chief was fierce-looking and defiant, and was such a gia11t in comparison with f o llowers tbat be must have been chosen chief by rea son of his size. He was almost black, but his hair though curly was not kinky like most black people's. His face wore an expression of mingled wonder, fierce ness and surprise, as though he did not under stand what manner of tnnn the Electric Man was, and yet was not afraid of him. In his left hand he catried a spear and boomerang-in his right a cl11b large enough to fell an ox with. Not one of his followers dared to look up ntthe Electric Man They were terrified beyond expree.sion, and did not know whnt to do. I "'.rhey are natiYes l" the treli\bling like a leaf. me bore a bole in him, bedad," said Bar ney, taking a rifle !rom the rack. ''Keep quiet, Barney. Don't fire unless I say so. I can kill the whole !land with electricity if t they attack us. "They'll be sure to do that," said the profes. sor, "when they see that there are only four of us." ( "But that won't do them any good. One man inside here is worth a thousand outside. I want to get through without having to hurt any of them, if possibla." 1 don't think you can do thRt," the professor said, "tor they have no common sense at all. t They never learn from experience/' 'Well, we'll see what they will do," said Frank, as he sat there and gazed at the big savagto in front of the electric light. The savage had gazed at the electric light now till he could not see anything else. If he gazetl in another direction, he saw nothing but black darkness, whilst Fra11k could see everything around him. "I'll give 'em a surprise," said Frank in a whisper. "Just keep quiet, all of you." Be touched a knob before him, and the elec tric light went out in an instant, leaving tJVerytbing in total dnrkness. "Ugh! ugh l ugh l" grunted th0 natives; and then all was silent for a minute or two. Then a howl from one-evidelltly from the chief -went up, and tbe others a11swered with yells. Frank heanl spears rattling together, and low, g11ttural sour.ds, as if the chief was giving orders to his fo lowers. Fearing they might make an attack.:ffi the dark, he turned on the electric light again, and revealed the natives massed around their stalwart chief. _.J But the glare of the lil;ht was too them, and down they all went on their kb.,. again, whilst the chief stood defiantly up, au'd glared at the brilliant blaze which he could not underbtand nor account for. "Bedad,'' said Barney, "the naygurs haven't sinse enou,:!"h to run away." "Dn.t's er fali','' assented Pomp, "only dey ain't niggers." "Keep quiet," ordered Frank, still watching the big chief, who now began to blink his eyes, rub tl\em a little and then make an effort to make out what it was before him. Suddenly he gave a whoop, and every one of his folloll"era sprang to his feet. They loeked at him for further orders. He raised his right hand above his !le:ld, poised a spear in the air for a few mcments, and then hurled It at the breast of the irou ma11 in front of him. The spear went true to the mark, but fell shat tered to the ground. "Ha, ha, ha !" laughed Frank. I The dumfounded chief seized another spear from one of his followers, and then hurled It alter the first one with still greater force. That shared even a worse fate than the otherit was splintered into fragments, and fell at the. feet of the Electric Man.


The chiel raised his heavy club above his head and rushed on the Electric Man to deal him a blew on the head. But Frank promptly turned a crank and th'l right foot of the Electric Man flow up, struck the chief in the stomach and lauded him over in the midst of his cowering followers, the sickest man ever seen in Australia. The natives around him and tried to brace him up, but the blow on the stomach from a big iron foot was too much for him, and he laid back on the ground and groaned with pain. I am sorry to have to do it," said Frank, "but he would have broken that globe with his club, and I didn' t want him to do that." "It beats anything I ever saw or heard of," said the professor, adjusting his spectacles, and taking another look at the savages in front of the Slectric M&n. "Dat's er rae '," said Pomp. "Dat man kin kick wuss'n er mule." "I am going to run around them and see if they will follow us," said Frank, suiting his actions to his words. The Electric Man turned to the right and trotted off, leaving the tenlfiect natives with their chief to wonder what strange apparition bad appeared to them so unexpectedly. But they did not think of following the electric lights. Their chief was unable to lead them, and they would not budge an inch without him. In a little while they were out of sight of the band, and then they turned toward the riv'er again, which they reached after a run of a couple of miles Ptofessor Bagstock and Frank went to bed on the narrow adj berths over the tovl chests at midnight, leaving Barney and Porn p to Lake turns aL running the Electric Man till daylight. "Follow the course of the river," said .l<'rank, "as long as you can, and when you find that you can't call me and tell me what the trouble is." Barney was the first on watch, and he kept the Electric Man trotting steadily till time came for Pomp to take charge. Then he laid down and went to sleeo. But in less than a half hour Pomp woke Frank up gently, saying: "Marse Frank, we can' t no furder dis way." What's the matter?" asked Frank. "Dere's anuder ribber heah-.we s in de fork." "Is that so?" "Yes, it am for er lac." "Well, put out the lights and go to bed. We may as well rest here as anywhere else." Pomp was of that opinion too, and In less than ten minutes he was in hid berth snoring away like all possesr;ed. They all slept soundly till th11 incessant twittering of birds awoke them after dawn. Barney was thll first one to open his and on looking out he saw that the carriage was standing still and Pomp fast asleep. He could not understand it, for he and Pomp had run for many years, and he had never known him to shirk a duty. But he said nothing at the time, concluding to wait and see what Frank would have to say about it when he woke up. As be lay there looking out through the network that inclosed the carriage hoe was astonish-ed at seeiRg two big kangaroos leaping about in the and under the trees. TJie y s-eemed to b e leaping about either for fun could not tell which. But he "-_,.., r" [!;so excited over their pres)nce and near ap to the carriage that he could not stop to do much thinking. On e of them came within shooting distance, a:nd Barney reached for his gun, which was just above his bead. H e took a aim and fired. The gave a bound of some ten or twelve feet in the air, and fell back in the grass in the agonies of death. Of course the report awakened the sleepers. Prof. Bagstock sprang out of his berth with a yell, and asked: "In the name of Heaven, what's the matter?" "What is it, Barney?" asked, looking around just in time to see the mate of the wounded kangaroo making of[ with bounds which ful'y proved theJextent of his terror. "Shure, an' it's kilt he is," said Barney, looking over at the kicking animal in the grass. What was it-a kangaroo?" "Yes, sor-one av thil!l jumpin' rats," replied Barnty. "Bedad, but the other wan Jumped loi k e ther oulJ Nick." "Yes, tbev are the best jumpers in the world." Frank and the professor hurriedly dressed &nd went out to look at the dead kangaroo. Barney was a good shot. THE ELECTRIC MAN. His bullet had gone through the kangaroo's head, and it was dead in a very few minutes. "Bedad," said Barney, after looking at the long hind legs and immense tail of the singular animal, "av I had legs loike tbim, an' a tail to balance me, I'd jump over the moon." Is it good ter eat?" Porn p n.sked. "Faith an' av yez ate it the Ould Nick would be afther slaping wid yer," remarked Barney. "They are frequently eaten," said the professor, "for I have seen hundreds of people who eonsider their meaL good, though I have never tASted it myself." "We'll put oft eating it till some other time," said Frank. "These woods are full of game. I can hear pheasants calling each other out there." "Yes, this seems to be a good plat>e for game," remarked the professor, looking around. "Build your fire, Pomp," Frank ordered, "and I'll h&ve some game in a few minutes.'' The took a gun and went with him some distance in the woods, leaving Barney and P omp to arrange the temporary camp for the meal. Pomp made a fire and Barney went down to the river to bring up a pail of water. Just as he was about to dip the pail into the water be saw a fowl as l arge as a seven or eight pound hen jump out of a little clump of bushes and run along thA bank of the river. Bedad I" he exclaimed, it's a foine poi yez would make," and he hastened back to the camp with the pail of water, snatched up a gun and ran back to get a shot at the strange bird he had seen. He ran forward about two hundred yards, and was fortunate enough to get a glimpse 0f the fowl again. He aimed quickly and fired at It, and had tae satisfaction o! seeing it fall. But just as he was about to go forward to secure the game he heard a rush of something behind him, and, wheeling around to see what iL was, he was almost paralyzed at the peril of his situation Over one hundred enormous birds, whose heads were as high M his own from the ground, were rushing toward him in a panic. He had no time to think. The great birds-as large as ostriches-were upon him. He gave up and fell on his knees. Pomp's feet. "Bedad we'll foind natives with no bids on them I'm thinkin'." Why, Barney, dis heah bird ain't got no wings!" exclaimed Pomp. yees, Pomp. I am not oft me nut. Sure. an' I didn't know but me hid was wrong enthirely," and Barney looked down at the bird as if he regarded him with very suspicion. "Dare goes de pigeons !" exclaimed Pomp, as an im.nense flock flew over the little camp. "Shoot some ob dem, Barney. Dey is good ter eat." Barney shook his head in disgust, and said : They fly -they have wings, bedad. But av ye kill wan yez'll foind they have no legs, begorra !" and he looked as though he wanted to return to Ireland or America without more ado . Just then Frank and the professor hove in sight loaned down with game which they had secured in the forest. "What did you kill, Barney?" Frank asked, as he threw down a brace of pheasants and a dozen brouze -winged pigeons. "Dis am what. he killed," said Pomp, holding up the strange bird Barney had brought in, and he's mad because it didn't hab no w!Pg," a.nd Pomp laughed heartily at Barney and hlo superstitious !em'S. Barney was angry in a moment, and was about to make an angry retort, when ]'rank said: "Keep quiet now. Did you see that flock o! big birds run down this way?" "Yes, sorr, an' I was rin over by 'em, be dad." Did they run over you?" "Yis, sorr, an' kicked rue out loike I was a loafer." "Why in thunder didn't you shoot one of them? I'd give fifty dollars to get one of them dead or alive." "Faith, thin, it's a cannon yez want ter shoot 'em wid," replied Barney. Frank laughed, and said: Shoot at their beads, and they are eaaily killed, I guess.'' Pomp took the game and began to prepare it for breakfast, whilst the professor, who was familiar with the animal kingdom. of Australia as well as its bird life, expatiated on the peculiarities of the rare bird which Barney had shot. "It has no wings," said Fmnk, "hence I do not see why it should be called a bird.'' CHAPTER V. "It baR all the characteristics of a bird save BARNEY AND THE EMUS.-THE BOOMERANG. wings," Said the pro:essor. "Yes, I suppose it bas. It is one of the THE emus-for that is the name of the great strangest specimens I ever saw." Australian ostrich-bad been started up by FrAnk "There is another animal, or fowl, I don't and the professor, and in their paniC the y bad know which," remarked tl:.e "whillh run upon Barney. I will puzzle you even more than that. It lives on In the rush they did not see him in the bushes, the water courses, has t.he body of a dog and the and that's why ran over him. head and bill of a duck.:' One of them struck him, and i.Joth rolled over "Howly mitherav Moses I" exclaimed .Barney, on the ground together-the emu the worst hmt who was listening to what was being said. of the two. "What ails yer, Barney?" Pomp asked. But they were gone in another minute, and "I'm sick," said Barney. "Sure an' av I iver Barney pulled himself together with some mis-git out av this e bird and An hour or so after breakfast Frank and the looked at it. "' professor again took guns and started out It had no wings, yet in every other respect it in quest of game, leavmg Barney and Pomp In was a perfect bird. charge of t8e camp. Barney gently laid his gun down on the grass, "Do?,'t g_o>tl.fty away from, camp, either and vigorously crossed himself for several min-of you, said !'rank, for know what utes. may happen m a country !Ike this. "SU'fe, an' it's bewitched I am," he said, "or Barney crossed himself a dozen times m M this land i s old many seconds, and then felt a htUe He took up the sttange fowl aqd made his way Fmnk and the professor made their way. up back to camp. the river aundred yards and shot qmte a "Hi, Barney,"

6 They ran about hal! way back toward the camp ere they discovered the natives. Abo1:1t 11 doze,.c. of them were dodging behind tress ns they pushed on after the retreating whites. Frank watched his chance to give one of the;11 a. bullet from his rifle-a genuine Winchester. The savage went down with a yell, and the pursuit stopped for the moment. But it gave Frank and the professor just the tilJle they wanted to r eac h the camp. "Put evArything in the carriage," said Frank, in very hurried tones. "The natives are com ing!" Barney and i'omp had everything back in the <:'arciage in less than three minutes' time, with the steel net-work up and rifles in hand. "Show me the dirtily spa! peens," sail Barney, looking about in eyery direction for a glimpse of the natives. "Don't you fire till we are obliged to," s11id Fmnk. "We have no right to shoot 'em down like dogs unless they attack us." "Why, they have done that already, Mr. Reade," said Bagstock, in no little surprise. "They came within an ace of killing you." "Yes, sq they did but we have so much the advantage of them that it would be almost as bad as to use it against them." "True-true-! never thought of that," said the professor. M aybe they won't attack us now." "Look dar!" exclaimed Pomp, pointing to 11 stick about two feet long, which was gving up at an angle of about forty-five degrees from a clump of hushes on thQir right. Frank and the Professor gazed at the stick as it ascended, ancl the latter exclaimed: That's a boomerang-loo k out!" "It's gwine tudder way!" said Pomp, watching the boomerang's flight through the air. "Yes, but it will come back again 1" said Bag Here it comes now 1" The boomerang ascended so high that Frank saw that it had been thrown by a strom{ arm. It stopped for a brief second or time when it reached ths highest altitude, and then began to fall-as it perpendicularly-but when it acquired some momentum it began to perform some very peculiar gyrntions, the result of which was a change of course. Insteacl of following the laws of gravitatiOn, as one would naturally expect, it made a dart for 1 the Electric .Man, striking him full on the breast with a Ioree that would have felled an ox. "The lor' gorramighLy 1" gasped Pomp. Howly mither av Moses 1" ejaculated Bar ney. "That was a hard blow," said Frank, "but the old man can stand it, I guess." "It would h&ve broken the globe on his helmet though," remarked the Professor. "Yes, so it would, but they seem to aim lower." "Marse Frank," said romp, his eyes like sa.ucer.;, "did dey frow dat stick at de 'Lectric Man?" "Yes." "'De Lor' sabe us!" he, in distress of mind. "DAy kin bit a man behind a tree wid dat ar stick." "Yes, or behind a house," remarked Bagstock, "and they are the on!) people in the world who know how to throw them." "Dar goes anuder 1" The second boomerang struck precisely where the other one did, after performing gyrations in the air, and was shattered against the ,;oJid steel it encountered. CHAI'TER YI. ATrAOKED BY THE NATIVES-THE RAFT. "THAT is the most wonderful mark11manship I ever saw in my life," said Frank. ""Tr!lly wonderful," the profj)Ssor said, "and it is the result of mental mathematical calcula tion, too." '' Mental mathematical calculation," repeated the professor. The thrower looks at the object he wishes to hit, calculates the distance, and then calculates the and altitude that will be re quired to reach it-and he also consillers the ve o! the \Vind at the same time." "Wonder! til 1 Marvelous 1" exclaimed Frank. There goes another!" They watched the tl.ight ofthe third boomerang and noted every gyration it made in the air. It deseended as the other bad done and struck the Electric }{an on the neck, breakinp: in two. "That would have broken anv man's neck!'' sai? Ba.gstoek. It wonk! indeed-and no rifle maR could have made a better shot. There goes 1" The Electric Man again received a blow on the THE ELECTRIC MAN:. neck, and the resounding whack could have been heard hundreds of yards away. "Such an enemy is not to be despised," remarked Frank. "'!'hey are exceedingly dangerous. I see now that I must have moved a little alter tile boomerang was tllrown at me, or I would have been killed." "No doubt of it," said Bagstock. "They sel dom miss. SomeLimes a sudden gust of wind i nterfer&s with their after tbe wetwon le aves th e ir hand, but very rarely." "Dar goes anuder one!" excl aimed Pomp, as another boomerang from the bushes. 'l'hey watched its ascent and descent, to see it land on the roof of the carriage. "That will do," said Frank. "I'll give 'em a scare now which may last them a long time," and he suddenly started up the electric current. The Electric Man, as if to punish them !or throwing sticks at him, made 11 dash at the chump of bushes from which the br>omerang had been thrown. The next moment, with peculiar yells, the half dozen savages in that particular spot, dashed away through the woods. "Don' t fire 1" cried Frank, as Barney levered his gun at them. Barney down the weapon with an ex of disgust ou his face. He lmd no sym pathy for the sentiment of humanity that filled Frank's breast at that moment. l:ledad I" he said to himself, "it's soft-hearted fools we are whin we let thim naygurs pound us an' rin away from us." Suddenly a dozen sprang out of the bushes and rushed on the Electric Man with upraised clubs. They evidently believed in the power of numbers, and had calculated that a d ozen clubs well used would be too much for the big man who had defied their boomerangs. "Hello!" exclaimed Frank. "Fire I Quick I" He stopped the carriag e and drew his r evolver The others fo lloweJ his example, and in about ten seconds a fusillade from the carriage caused the terror stricken natives to dart away into the bushes again. Hanged if they can't beat rabbits at hiding in the bushes I" exclaimed Frnnk, as they disappeared from sight. "Two or them are down, though," remarked the professor. "Yes-so they are. Well, I am sorry for them. We may as well leave here now, as it would be as much ail our lives are worth to get out ot the carriage." H& started the Electric Man again, and guided him round to the left. As tney were in the fo :ks of the two rivers, they decided to follow the one that had stopped them the night before and go up toward its source till they could find a crossing plr.ce. The b usbes prevented them fr o m making fut time, and the day was gone ere they httd made twenty miles. "We must find a place for a camp," said Frank, looking around in the woods. We want water, you know." "I think we have been followed by the natives all day," remarked the professor. 'Why do you think so?" Reade asked, looking suspiciously around. Because we have heen going slow enough for them to keep up with us." "That's true. We shall have to be careful. They make Jess noise, and are more secretive than any savages I ever saw." "We had better spend the night in the car riage," suggested Bagstock, "for then we run no risks." "Yes, but we must have water," said lfrank, "and when we find it we must fill up the tank so a.s to be always supplied in case of <>mergency." They moved along at a. moderate pace for an other mile, and then found a spot where tho;re were a number of springs boiling up 1tt the foot of a rocky blul'f. .Frank stopped alongside one o! the springs, and then opened one of the chests whicll had done duty as seAts in the rlay aad berths at night , and took therefrom a coil of rubbAr tnbing with a pump attachment. He threw one end of the coil in the spring, and told Pomp to connect the other with the twenty gallon tank under the chest. Pomp made the connection and Frank set Barney to pumping. In a half hour the tank was full and the pumping stopped. "We are all right now, and ready for a siege," remarked Frank, as be ordered Barney to put the pump and tube away." "Yes, for we have plenty to eat and drink no,v." Frank moved away to a point wher4;1 there was a clearing for one or two hundred yards, and stopped in the center it. Pomp prepared supper of the canned provisions, and they made a good meal, after which they lit Lbeir cigars and indulged in talk and smoke till bed t.ime. At the usual hour they all four rolled in their l!erths and went to sleep, knowing that the least interference with the Electric Man would wake them up. About an hour after roidmght Pomp wok e up to get a drink of water. He was burning up with thirst. But, though it was very dark, he saw shadowy objects moving all round the carriage, and noises that sounded not unlike w bispE'rs. "Dem native niggers," he thought to himself, and he reached over and shoek Frank by the shoulder. That rnvoke him, and in another minute b e saw the objects thr. t had attracted Pomp's attention moving about in the darkness. He shook the professor, and whispere d in his ear: "Get up, the natives are all around us!" The professor did ns he was told, and Pomp called up Barney the same way. "Just have your revolvers ready," Frank whispered to them. "I am going tv turn on the lights, and while they are blinded by the glare we can give 'em a volley that'll ILslte 'em let us alone." .. At a given signal Frank turned on the e lectric lights, and the glare of them completely knocked the natives out-of whom there were at least a hundred or more. They were so blinded that they could Ree noth ing but the lights. "Now let 'em have it 1" cried Frank, and the fusillade began. In au inbtant the howls commenced, and each wounded native added to the din. But ere the lRst revolv e r was emptied, the dark-skinned natives had vanished into the bushes. Not one, save those who had fallen, could be 11een. "Now we shall to move," said Frank. The lights enabled them to move away from the spot, and a half-milo beyond they struck an open plain stretching away northward. Away they went at the mte of twenty miles an hour, which they kept up !or an hour and a half. "We cim stop now, I guess," said Frank, "and finish our nap." He put out the lights, and soon they wer& soundly sleeping again. When the sun arose they were out of sight ot mountain or fore,;t. But they resumed the north-westerly course tbey \Tished to go, and k!>pt it up till lat e in the afternoon, when they struck timber and W!>ter again It was a river-not very long, but quite swift and seep. They skirted it for twenty miles look! ng for a crosBing place. But they found none. "There's no use wasting any more tim e on it," said Frank. "We've got to build a rait if we get across." "Can we do that?" Bagstock asked. "Easily. Here's plenty of timber, we have axes on board." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp, going for the axes, which he brought out. He and Barney went to work cutting which were found all along the river bank, ._ Frank and Professor Bagstock procured grape vine with which to tie th e m togeth&r. Three days were spent in the job, at the end of which time a strong raft had been finished. It was tied securely to the bank, and the Electric Man and carriage guided on to it with great care. Then the wheels were lashed to the logs to prevent accidents Being thus prepared for th o venture, they procured long poles, and pusb"d ol'f from the bank, and were soon out in the current of the stream. The current '!arried them down stream n ea r!) a half mile sre they could strike the other side. But the shore being toe marshy for them to land, they pushed oft' again. Down the stream they floated, l ooking contin uouiily for a favorable place to land. But mil e after mile was passed, and still no good landing was found. Suddenly they espied <> dozen canoes fill ed with natives coming toward them. Now we've got to fight for it 1" cried l!'ran k, "Keep 'em off the raft. or they'll sink us. Inside. quick, and get arms!" They sprang inside the carriage, and in another minute the four rifles were protruding


from the sides. The natives made a. dash for the raft as -the rifieli bluzed forth. CHAP'i'ER VII. BATTLE OF TilE RAFT-CAPTURE OF A NATIVE. THE situation was one of the gravest peril to our h eroes There were about a dozen canoes, each of which held from four to six natives. The Elec tri c Man was the obj ec t of their aim, for the others bad found saf ety in the carriage where neither boomerangs or spears could them. It was evident that they t!Je Electric Man as a human being with a. peculiar armor on. They hurled spears at him. But the weapons rang against the stee l &nd fell harmlessly on the raft at his feet, to their utte r ama.zement. Then those in the carriage opened fire, aild thEl nearest canoe was emptied in a trice. Unless knoci.ed out instantly a native would plunge into the water to swim ashore as soon as he was hit. Barney yelled with e\ery shot as if he enjoyed the picnic, and his shots created such havoc that the natives beca111e b ewildered. Frank and the others were equally as d estruct ivf! in their fire, and the blacks suffered dreadruny. Snddenll they seized their oars and pulled away as i pl:l.llic-stricken, and Frank instantly ordered his party to stop firing. 'l'h e natives landed in some tall grass and water trees, and pulling thei r light canoes alter them, disappeared from sight altogether. "We made a narrow escape that time," said Frank, looking in their direction. "Yes," said the professor, it WruJ a close call." "Had they crowded on the raft1 as I was afraid they would, they would have upRet it, and then we would have been drowned, locked up in here.u "De Lor' sabe us!" gasped Pomp. "It was a wise thing to lash the wheels to the ra!t," remarked Bagstock. "Yes, a lucky one, at least." Did you notice Burney in the fight?" Bagstock ruJked. "Yes, I've eeen 'em both in sorrA desperate llgpts, and know that I can depend on tllem when danger threatens." "He really seemed to enjoy it." He did enjoy ir. Baru ey had rather be in a ruction than preside at a f eas t. Eb, Barney?" Bedad I" returned Barney, av the spalpeeos wants ter foight, I'm not mane enough ter disappoint 'em. Faith, an' they don t have much fun, I'm tbinkin'." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "De fun was all on our side." "Yez are :roight, Pomp, but av they get us In ther grip it's fun galore they'd have wid us. "Better die fighting than fall into their hands," said Frank. "Yet I would never be able to get over it if one of you should get killed by such miserable creatures as these natives are." "Isn' t it a singular phase of savage nature that he should always seek to slay his spec ies when not of his own tribe?" "Yes. I have often thought of it," replied Frank. "They seem to have the same feelings toward other races as all men have toward the serpent." .,L 1 !:Jt:r".'i' ' : It is a singular feature or charac f savage life," remarked the professor. fioateEI down the stream for many miles, looking for a good place to land. But about noon they struck on a sand ear, aJ,J.d lodged there. "We may as well remain !)ere as anywhere," said Frank, "as one place is as good as another. I think we can fiad good 1!\nding where there is u Slll!ld bar." '.fhey found themselves a half mile from snore, either way. The river had spread out a mile wide over a bed of sand lik" 11. shallow lake. "There must be plenty of fish here," said the professor, "as we can see them rippling the water everywhere ' Get your tackle, Pomp, and see what kind of tlsh they,'' Frank ordered, and the faithful darky did as he was told. He baited his hook with scraps of meat, and landed a of perch about as fast as he could keep it baited. "This is good sport, at any rate," said Frank. "Catch enough for dinner, and then clean them. Barney, wade out toward the bank there, and see liow deep the water is, and note the botrom, to see if it is hard enough to allow us to go ashore.'' THE ELECTHIC MAN. Barney stripped and started out to wade ashorR, He found the water warm, and from ten t o fifteen Inches deep all the way, with a smooth, hard, ;;andy bottom. The ba.oks were low and sandy, stretching away in the distance in a low plain. "Faith I" he exclaimed, as he looked away westward, we can be afther making fast toime out there .' When he returned he reported what he had found, and then Frank wont o\er the route to make sure about the bottom of the river. 'l'o make a mistake and Jose the Electric Man and carriage would be equivalent to losing their lives, and he did not propose to take auy unnecessary risks in attempting t o cro&ii the stream. But he found that Barney had made no mistake and so he came tmck t>nd ordered Pomp to cut the grape-vines that held the wheels to the raft. Pomp cut them and then they all entered the carrhtge ''Steady now I" called Frank, "steady now, old man," and he started the mttchinery in mo tion. The Electric Man stepped boldly off Into the water. His great weight cause.d him to sink nearly up to his knees in the wata, but that diu not deter him m the least. He stepped forwartl and pulled the carriage along ali if he was walking on dry land. "'l'hls is a l right," said Frank. "Dat's er fac," said Pomp. "Dere ain't no dust heah." "Nor mud either," remarkej the Pr01esser. "Plinty av wather, though,'' put in Barney. "Very good tor you three," said Frank. laughIng. "Make some more funny r emarks." ";I'm exhausted," replied Bagstock. "I thought so. We'll brace up when we get out there on that l evel plain.'' They soon reached the white sand beach, and then stopped near a large log which had been thrown up there by some great freshet. 7 make ready to throw it from the top cf the carriage, Pomp." "Yes, sah," said Pomp, who at onoe began a search for the rope in one of the chests "Hold on-he is down!" The savage had fallen fiat on his face on the grass, and Jay like a dead man. He coultlrun no furthe r. He had given up exhausted. 'l'be Electric Man stovped alongside of him and Frank and Pomp got out to take a look at ant.! diBarm him. Pomr picked up his spear, club and boomer aug, a! three of which he had held on to to the last. He was naked from head to foot ant.! was quite a well built fellow H's feet were large and very hard and dirty. His sk:in wa.s very dark, though not quite as black as Pomp's, but his hair was very curly, though not kinky, showing that he did not be long to the negro race. "Stand him up on his feet, Pomp," Frank or dered, and Pomp proceeded to do so. "De lor' gormmighty, Marse Frank," Pomp exclaimed, he am skeered almos' ter def r "Tell him we won t hurt him.'' "Look heah, nigger! We ain't gwine ter hurt yer," said, standing him on his feet and turning him around so as to have hilll face the others. 'he savage trembled like a lea r from head to foot and spoke in guttural sounds which were about as intelligible as the grunts of the ground hog. He was evidently Pleading for his life, for the moment he was let go he threw himt!elf on his faCA at Frank's feet. "Take his boomerang and leave him the olub and spear," 8aid Frank, ''and let him go. We can't get anyt:Piog out of him." Pomp obeyed, and then they entered the car riage and dashed away in a northwesterly direc tion. CHAPTER VIII. Take your axes and make a good fire there, said Frank. "I want some fried fish for break fast." Barney and Pomp soon had a roaring tire go THE SWIFT-FOOTED EMU. ing, and then the savory odor of frying fish THEY were a mile away from the native ere he gave thetn an appetite for all they could get to raised his head to look around. eat. moment he saw that he Wli.S alone and unWhile the fish were cooking, Frank looked to harmed he sprang to his feet and went through a the water-tank and saw that it could hold a few series of most extraordin.wy antics. gallons more. He leaped in the a ir, landed on his hands, rollHe used the hose and pump and soon had it ed over on the grass and let out a few yells that full. reached even the receding Electric Mao. "We might not strike any more good water "He is a happy man, no doubt," said the profor a week," he said, "and it's something one feasor, laughing heartily at the Iellow s performcan't do without.'' ances. Pomp announced dinner when it was ready, "No doubt of it," added Frank. "He believed and they fell to and did ample justice to the friofl he was to be killed, and his surprise and joy are !Ish, which they thought was as fine as any they too much for him: And yet he 111ay even think had ever eaten. that Wfl were actually afraid ot him." Just as they had finished the meal, Barney dis"Yes, and that we are running away from coveretl at least half a hundred natives creeping him.'' toward them in the tall grass which lined the "Bed ad I" said Barney, "let me go back an' river-bank. tache him a lissou." Come, let's be off," said Frank. We'll! Oh, let him alone. He is nothing but a wil1 chase 'em awhile and give 'em a good scare." man, and doesn't know any better." Tboy scrambled into the carriage, and Frank "Faith, an' I'll tache him betther. I 'll tame started straight for the natives in the tall grase. him wid me fist." On seeing the Plectric Man comiD-g for them, "You' ll find plenty more to tame before we get the natives sprang up and r11n for all they \Tere back home again," remarked Frauk. "Don't worth. worry, old man." "There they go," laughed tb@ professor. "Sure, an' it's not loilces av me as worry "Yes. I am going to run down one of them about it," replied Barney. and catch him," said l!'rank. "I \'mot to see They soon left the native out of sight and went one of them when he can't do any mischief." scuElding over the level, grassy plain at the rate He selected one of the fastest runners in the of fifteen or twenty miles an hour. band and made after him. The surface of the earth was as level n.s a l1oor, But the fellow saw bis peril and plunged into with not even a bunch of grass thicker in one the river to swim across. place than in another to make a jar. They chased another,and succeeded in getting It is like riding over a catpet," remarked the between him and the river. professor. That demoralized the savage, 1\nd he started "Yes. We could soon croBs the island if we off from the river at full speed. had such ground as t o trayeJ over," replied Frank did not crowd him too close, but kept Frank. near enough to him to keep him doing his best. "Of course. But we'll strike the sand plains Mile after mile was passed, and still the native beyond the next range of hills or mountldns, and ran at full speed then our trouble will come." "His bottom is good," said Frank. "But we can travel over sand as well ns O!:l "Yes-long-winded, I should say," remarkeit hard grc.und, though not fast." the professor. But there are bowlders of rock everywhe re, I "I would like to know juRt bow long he can am told.'' keep that rntfl of speed up," Frank said. "If he "We can dodge those, you know.'' can run fifty milet! without. stopping I'll give him "Ye s, but it's trying, I guess. a medal.'' "No doubt of that. What a splendid pastur-The others laughed. age for sheep this would be I" Then Pomp yelled at him, and the native ao-"Splendid. I never saw better pasturage in tually increased his speed my life," said Bagstock. "He' s doing well." "I presume it is too far inland for it to be They ran him an bour long er, and then it WruJ used for many years yet.'' plain to be seen that the fellow was giving out. "Yes. We have come some two or three hun" l'd like to stop him before he is broken down dred miles have we not?" completely. You had better get your lasso and "Yes,"


8 "Dis heo.h am er big paster," remarked Pomp, as he looked around at the boundless expanse of green succul13nt grass. Just then he espiQd a lot of emus in the distance, the ostrich of Australia. "Look dar, Marse Fmnk. Dem's de birds dat run ober Barney!" Frank turned the carriage in that direction, awl made for them. .rue big birds evidently did not see the carri'\l there is a native within fifty miles of us to-night.'' "Nor have 1." Begorra. !" exclaimed Barney, "we won't have any ruction to -n ight, Pomp.'' l'se g l ad ob dat, honey," replied Pomp. "Dis heah chile d 0an want no ruction.'' "Are you spoiling for a fight, Barney?" Bag stock asked. "Sure, an' I wouldn't moind havin' a wee bit av a shindy wid tber spalpeens," replied Barney. "You had better let 'em alone. They are dan gerous, evea though very great cowards." "Badad, an' it's mesilf that' s dangerous, too," he replied. So you are, but il's a safe rule never to h nut round for a fight. They come often enougl1 in this life without we being onder the necessity oi me e ting them baH way." "'.rhat's the best advice you have had in a year, Barney," said Frank, laughing," and I want you to heed it. You have always bAen too willing to in strife. Some day, if you don' t curb your fondness for a ruction, Pomp and I mtlv have to dig t\ bole for you somewhere thousands of miles away from home." "Bedad, but would yez have me be a coward?" "Oh, no. I am not a coward, am I?" "Niver a. wan!, "Well, you don't see me getting into rows on small provocations, do you?" sorr." "Well, just keep cool as I do, and you 'll get on in the world much more ptlaoeably." "Dat's er fac',"tiaid Pomp, knocking the ashes from his pipe. "Phwat the ould Nick is it to you, yer nay gur !" retorted Barney. who could not bear to hhYe Pomp join in the lecture against him. There you go, now !" said Frank, iaughing. "Pomp simply indorsed my s entiments and y o n turn round and insult him. You know that Pomp can lick yon any day in tile year.--" "Whoop!" yelled Barney, springing to his feet and throwing off his coat. "Ould: Ireland for iver! Show me the naygur as kin stand up wid Barney O'Shea, an' be the powers I'll bate the hid oft av him.'' Pomp sat quietly on his camp-stool and grin/" ned at Barney as if he considered him thefn -niest thing he had li'een siuce he left home. "Pat on yer coat, honey," he said to the Irish man. "I ain' er gwine Ler hurt yer." That was too much for Barney to patieutl.l[ bear. He pran' ced around like a turkey on a hot fioor, and whooped like a Coml\nche Iadia. n. "Keep quiet, you fool!" sternly oruered Frank, "or I'll put yon in a straight jacket. narney walked off down to the water's edge to let his anger cool, and the professor asked: Did he and Pomp ever fight?" llfore than a hundred times," replied Frank. "And is Pomp the better man of the two?" "Tbtly are even matched till Pomp butts him Then Barney is knocked out. They have fought above the clouds in an a1r-sbip, and down under the sea-In every quarter of the globe, and y e t tluy love each other like brothers. 'l'hey have sa.,yed each life repeatedly at the risk o f own. Yet Barntly is always ready to fight at a word.'' When Barney came back from the water, he was over his passion, and as pleasant as usmLI. He lit his pipe, and indulged in a smoke b e f o r e going to bed. As a measure of safety, they all slept in the carriage, where no native boomerang throwers could reach them. When they awoke in the morning-, the sun was just rising, giving promise of a cloudiess day. Pooop soon had breakfast prepared, and thef did ample justice to it. N.>w, let's see to the water tank," said Frank, for I've an idea that we may not see an other stream in the next thousand miles.'' De Lor' sabe us!" exclaimed Pomp, his eyes wide open, and a scared look in his face. "Bed ad, thin, it's dry we'll be forninst we get back, I'm t .hinkin'," remarked Barney. "Yes," said Frank, "we shall be on short ra tions for water, but if we don't waste any we ll have enough to us through. They filled the tank and two ]!!ails with water from the stteam, and then started westerly direction. ft' .,____, For many miles they noticed the vJ S :1 growing poorer and scantier. The grasS'P..vas a species of tough wire grass, which reached down under the rooks and thus drew moisture enough to save life. Bot the trees dwindled down to bushes, not unlike apple trees in size and appearance, and they recognized what some travelers had called "apple tree flats." "This is poor gra.zlng ground," remarked stock. "Yes," said Frak. "Even the nativ.e animals shun it and seek other and greener pastures." "Dat's er fao'," said Pomp. "I doan see what folks want ter lib heah for, no how." "Do you see any people round here?" Frank asked, looking at the darky with a quizzical ex pression on his taco. "No, sah, but dere am fools enoug-h ter come heah," was the reply of the faithful old man. "Pomp is right," obsorved the profes or. "H gold should be discovered hereabout:S in paying quantities there would soon be a big crowd of peopl<' rushing to the "Oh, of coursfl. Gold will draw people in:c worse places than this."


By this time the rocks were becoming so numerous that Frank had to exercistl the utmost vigilance to avoid striking against them. Of course their speed bad to be slackened, and more care taken in the management of the Elec tric Man. An accident in that unpleasant section would enta il no end of troubl e and danger to them. The day passed, and they came in sight of a. range of low mountains, which at first glance did not seem to present any very formidable ob stacles to their progress. But between them and the mountains lay an arid waste of many miles, and an hour's traveling did not seem te bring them any nearer the hills. "They are a long ways off yet," said Frank, as twilight c u t oft the view; but I want to reach their base before stopping for the night." "You'll have to look sharp for stones if you travel after dark," remarked Bagstock. "Y as, but the electric light will give us as much aid for that purpose as the sun itself," and he touched the knob that lighted the Electric Man's h el met and eyes. Oh, that's so; we can see even the smallest stones by that l;ght I" The y pushed on mile after mile, and the surrounding darkness had grown inten3e in the ex treme. "What a terrible solitude tliis Is," said Frank. "Not a. sound of any kind breaks the awful stillness, no animal or insect life-not even a. breath of wind to blow among the e ton es." It is awful," commented Ba.gstock. "Dat's e r fac'," said Pomp. They pushed on f or another .:tour, and then Pomp sprang to his feet, exclaiming: Fore de Lor', Marse Frank, I heerd a man h oller out dere in dtl dark." "What I A man holler?" "Yes, sa.h." "I never heard anything," said the professor, shaking his head. Frank looked at Barney, thon at Pomp. "Did you hear anything, Barney?" he aske:i. "No, sorr." "You haYe been mistaken," said Bag stock, looking a t Pomp. No, sah; dese heall ears doan' fool dill chile," replied Pomp. "Which way was it?" Out dere," and Pomp poitrted -a little to the right of the course they were going." "I'll go that way," said Frank," for I know what good ears he bas. I've kaown him to have heard so nude when one of us heard anything at all." They changed tlwlir course a little to the right, and when they had gone a half mila they were by a yell, and the words in English: "Oh, Lord I what is it?" They all heard the words, and they were fol lowed by groans as of some one in despair. Fra.nk stopped the carriage and listened. Groans came to them as if from behind a bowlder of roek nearly in front of them. "Give me that Winchester," said Frank. I am out there to see what it means." He took the rille from Pomp's hands and Bar ney opened the door for him to out. He st&rted tow11rd the bowlder, rille held ready for instant use in case of emergency. Ere he had advancfld half w-.y he saw a tall, gaunt llgure of a man, clothed in rage, witn long, unkempt beard and hair, stagger from behind the bowlder, drop on his knees, extend two long, bony arms toward him, and cry out: "Oh, for the love of God, spare me--save me you are I" ,-. C:IUPTER X. THE CONVICT'S STORY. FB.A.NX glared at the man in the profoundest am!I.Zeo::ent as he knelt there with outstretched 11rms. He seemed the picture of woe and gaunt starvation. "How many of you are here?" he asked. I am the only one. I don't know If my com rades are yet alive," was the reply. "For God's sake give me food and wattlr I" "Bring him some water, Pomp," Frank or dered. "Yes, sah," and Pomp descended from the tarriage with a pint cup full of water in his hand. The man staggered to his feet and darted toward Pom:p with outstretched hands and an eager look m his haggard face. lie clutched the cnp with both hand!! and pressed it to his lips. "Be slow now," cautioned FraBk, "or you may injure yourself. We have more water, but to drink slow." But before the words had all left Frank's lips THE ELECTRIC MAN. the man emptied the cup, and, with a long-drawn sigh of relief, said, as he gave it back to Pomp: "You have saved my life." "Dat's er fac', honey," said Pomp, whof'e sympathies were stirred up from their deepest depths. "Give me food I give me food I" pleaded the man. "My God! I a m starving to dtlath 1" "Give him some biscuit and a quail," said Frank, and Barney came out with the food in his hands. The man eagerly snatched them and began devouring them with ravenous haste. "Be careful. Eat slowly and a little at a time," cautioned Fmnk again. But the man ate like a. famished wolf. Words of caution were wast e d on him. He finished what had been gtfeo him, and cried out: "I am starving 1 Give me more I For God's sake give me food!" "Not now," said Frank. "You would kill yourself within an hour were you to eat all you craved." The man had the wild look of a half-famished wolf as he glanced at tbe from which had come the water and food. Suddenly he darted toward the vehicle witt:t the speed of a. deer, but Barney promptly seized him by the waist and held him. Let me go I Give me rood 1 I am starving I" "Be a.isy now," said Barney, who held him as f he were but a teo-year-old boy. He was so reduced thal a boy of fifteen could have held him. "Be aisy wid yer," said Barney. Whin the masther ::Jays ya can have more yez can have it, but not before." "But I am starving," persisted the man, a wild, eager look in his eyes "Be aisy now; yez are not did yit." "You can have more in a few minutes," said Frank. "If I wanted to kill you I'd just turn you loose on all you could get away with, and within an hour you'd be a dead man. Just wait now till you get the benefit of what yon have just eaten." "But I haven't eaten a thing in a week. I am starving." "You are not starving now," said Frank. "You have just had a pint of water and a quail on buiscuit. That will lase yon for a. half hour, after which you can have another pint and a quail." The man sank down on the ground with a groan, and looked around at the men who had allowed him to taste again the hope of life. "'Vho are you?" Frank asked, as he stood over the man and looked down at him. "My name is V11rlay," said tbe man, as he looked first at one and then at the other of the wen who had saved his life. "Where are you from?" I came from England several years ago, and have lived in New South Wales ever since." "What are you doing a\vay out here all alone?" "I came out in quest of gold, whleh we heard could be had in the mountains just for the aom ing." How many were In your party?" "There were thirteen of us, but I don't know how many are alive now." "When did you leave them?" "A week ago. I wandered away from them in the darkness of night, and when morning Ct is gold when It canno t bring food nor drink?" "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp, who was deeply interested in the man's story. "Yes--Oh, give me JUBt a sup more of water I My lips are too dry tor talking I" "Give him another pint, Pomp," Frank or dered, and Pomp brought it to him. He drank it as eagerly as he did the first one, and said, as he gave back the cnp: "How sweet--oh, how good sweet It is I" How long did your party remain near the where the gold wM found?" Frank asked. "Till our provisions gave out. Then we thought we might find game of some kind, but nothing that could fiy, run or swim could we find. Then we had to leave everything and start back. My God, how we suffered I Words can't descrlbe what we endured, sir. We wera almost ready to fall on and eat each other up. Something told me one night that if I would get up and go oft by myself I would find food and water. I did so, not knowinll or oarlni which way I went, and after a week or s uff ering S'Uch as words cannot describe I came here. Who are you? Where are you going? " We are going over that mountain and be yond it," said Fmnk. My God I" gasped the man. "Beyond is nothing but a wild waste of sand as large as ths ocean. Don t go I It' s {!eath on the oth-er side." "We are prepared to take the chances oa that," said Frank. "Can we get over the mountains? .. "You might climb over, for they are nothing but rock> piled upon rock." "No vegetation of any kind?" "Not even a bit of moss on the rock's," the reply "Did you have any weapons?" "Yes, but I must. have dropped 'em some< where-! do11.' t know where." "Well, you were in a bad way indeed, for had you succeeded in getting to where there were and water the boomerangs would havll finished you." Yes-yes. They will all perish." "You have no idea which way your went, have you?" "No. I have no idea which way I have come myself. Have you a drop of spirits you could give me?" "Barney, give him an ounce of brandy," or dered Frank, and Barney proceeded to th& carriage to execute the order. He opened the medicine-chest and poured from a bottle just one ounce of brandy into a measur ing glass, then emptied it into the pint cup and carried it out to him He drank it eagerly, and then broke forth inte the most profuse volley of thanks. "You have saved my life," he said, "and you can have it to do with as you please-: Make me one of your sel'\'ants-your dog, if you wish-Only let me prove my gratitude to' you I have iufl'ered so much that the memory of it will stay with me while life lasts." "How long have you been in Australia?" "Nearly tweaty years. I was transported for life and--" "What I A convict!" "Yos, sir, but an innocent man for all that," said the man earnestly. '' They all say that. I am sorry for you, sir;" said Frank, shaking his head. "But I can give you corroborative proof of iny Innocence, slr," said the man. "Why did you not have your proof in court tbat convfoted and sentenced yo a?" Be011use I was very young then and did not know as much M I do now. I escaped from Tasmania two years ago, and have lived in the bush ever since, trying to pick up gold eoougb to buy my passage to America, and over to England." "What was the crime chargecJ against you i" Murder-a man was killed rmd \Vhen he wtt' found a knife belonging to me was found !n his "llosom. 'l'hat was ail the evidence that waa brought against me. Another man now boors my title and enjoys the wealth that is j11st!y mine. Their hope was to get me hanged, but they failed in that and I was transported." "You have had a hard time of it," Reaile, "but we won't leave you to stuve. We'll take care of you till we can drop you where y011 can take care of yourselt." Oh, thank you a thouaand times, yn asked z "What you tiok ob dat, chile?" "What is it?'' Varley a11keil.


lO "Dat' s er Eluctric Man." "Wbut's that?" "Erman wha t runs by lightnln'," .Run by li g htning?" "Yes, chile." The convict had been w e ll educated in his early youth, and kne w how to use the quean's pretty well, but he had not kept up with the march of science since his transportation, and had never heard of Frank Reade, Sr. or Jr., and the ir wonderful inv e ntions. He had never before h eard that e l e ctri c ity the very essence of the lightnlr.g, of which the world stood in awe as It flashed from the black summer clouds, being bottl e d and controlled in the interest of science bef<> re, and the idea seemed incredible to him. He looked at Pomp in a way that plainly told what was passing in his mind. Pomp grinne d and said: "You don't belieb that, chile, but you jes' walt an' youse 'II know mo n yer do now." Just then the others awoke, and all arose to pcepare for the morning meal. The first thing Frank did was to get his field glass and mount the top of the carriage to scan the horizon in every direGtion In quest of the of the convict. "I can' t see anything with the semblance of life," he said to Bagstock, who was watching him with considerable Interest. "Then we had better move on toward the mountains and keep up a watch a.s we go," sug gested the professor. "Yes. Did you come from that direction, Varley?" Frank asked the convict, pointing to ward the mountains. "Yes, sir," the man replied. "Well, th others can't be very far off, then, I guess." They ate heartily of the quail, of which they still had a good supply, and gave a double quan tity to the rescued man. The food he had eaten the night before had made a wona.erful change in him, and he showed &igns of returning vitality to a remarkable de "You'll be yourself again In a few days," said Frank, as he saw the change a little wholesome f ood and drink had made in him .. "I hope so, for then I shall be able to do something in return for what you have done for "me." "There may not be for you to do," returned Frank, "but it> there shvuld be, every man is expected to do his part of wl111tever is to be done." "You' ll ftlnd me willing to do my share, sir, and more, too, if necessary," returned larley. The meal over, Frank ordered Barney to get top of the carriage with the field glass, and keep a lookout for the party supposed to be wandering around somewhere on the verge of 1>tarvation. "Please allow me to perform that duty, Mr. Reade," said the prof e geor. "It may give me some idea of the of the country, which otherwise I might not get." "Certainly, professor. If you wish it I have no objection. Barney, give the glass to the professor." Barney gave the field glass to Bagstock, who i mmea.iately climbed to lhe top of the carriage and eettled down to the task he had taken on himself. When the Electric Man stal'ted off on a brisk trot at the rate of ten miles an hom where the way was free from stones, Varley sprang to his f oot and stared as if his eyes would pop out of his head. His astonishment was so great that he not find words in which to express it. Did you make that man?" he finally asked Frank. "Yes," was the reply. I wonder you have not managed to fly. such a g enius ought to make a ftying-ma e hine." Frank,l)arney and Pomp' a!l gave a smile that had a world of meaning, but which he did not understand. What arelyou laughing at?" he asked. "I have flown around the world," replied Frank, "at 111;1. average height of half a mile a bove the surface ,of the earth. Flying is old now." The convict glared at him in surprise, whilst a look of incredulity came into his eyes. "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. He looked at the Electric Man again, and then said: "I believe you. The man who can make such a thing as that out there can make anything he wants to." "Not quite," replied Frank laughing. "There is a flmit. I know several things I would like to make, but oon 't." THE ELECTRIC MAN. The mountains became more distinct every hour now, and the party eoulct begin to distinguish some of the rugged outlines of the immense bowlder. along the range. Still the professor could not find any trace s of the lost twelve men he was looking for, and he b egan to think that the poor fellows bad per ished from starvation. "Those mountains will be hard to get over," he called out to Reade as they went bounding on toward them. "I have been looking at t hem, and they seem to me to be by any thing like this conveyance." "Yes, it would seem so," replied Frank, "but we'li skirt them till we find a passage over them somewhere. We htwe plenty of time, and are within two days' run of water and game." "Have you thought of the effect of tbe finding of those twelve men alive, Mr. Reade?" "Yes-it will reduce our supplies very low, but we shall save so many human lives." "Yes-and that is the only thing to be con sidered." "Yes, the only thing." By and by they got so near to the mountains that great stone s blocked their way in many places, and Frank had to drive with extreme caution to prevent accidents. "These are the mountains," said Varley, "and beyoml them the most arid plains in the worldnothing but sand-not a sprig ot vegetation of any kind." "How much of those plains have you seen?" "Only so much as could be seen from the top of the mountain, but that seemed to be fifty miles or more." "How did you get up there?" "By climbing," Where did you find the gold you speak of?" "In broken fragments of rock ail along on the mountain. There's no end of it, but we had no tools with which to crush the quartz." "Yes, so you had to leave it all behind you." "Of course-but though it might have lain about us in sblid lumps we would have been compelled to leave it, for hunger outweighed every other consideration." It was true. All that a man has he will give for his life, and the experience of many a pioneer has proved it in all "Do you know at what particular point you saw the gold bearing rocks?" "Yes-if I could s e e it again I am sure I would know lt. Just keep on down this way and we'll run across :t soon, I think." Frank turned in that direction, and guided the Ele ctric Man among the stones with a consummate skill till over twenty miles had been passed over. Suddenly the professor called out: "I see men's tracks here I" "Ah! This is where we left the mountains to walk across the plains in search of water and food," said Varley H.S he glanced around. "We traveled in the night because it was cooler." "'fhen we' ll follow the trial," said Frank, "till we know what became of them The trail was e asily followed and as they re ceded from the mountains the way was smooth er, and hence the speed faster. Mile after mile was passed and still nothing but the trail could be seen. Bagstocl: kept a sharp lookout from the roof of the carriage, and just bafore sunset be sung out: "I can see small objects in the distance which look like men." "Let me have a look at them," said Frank, climbing out and up on the roof. The n he snatched the from Bagstock's hands, and leveled it at the objects mentioned. "Yes-they are men," he said. "One-two fodr-Jlve-seven-nine in all!" "Three are gone, then," cried Varley. "Yes, lucky no more have perished under the eircumstances," said Frank. TheyJmust be ten mil e s a way at least." Even more than that, I should say," remarked Bagstock. Well, it will be dark ere we can reach them, and I'll get their exact be&ring by the com pass so as not to miss them." He made his way down into the carriage again, examined the compass and then increased the speed of the Electric Man. When darkness settled down over the great plams, the electric light gleamed with the bright ness of the noon-day sun. On, on they went, till they kne1v that they must be In the near vicinity of the party. Suddenly Pomp gave a whoop. "Dar dey Is I" he cried. "Dar dey is I" Varley lifted up his voice and called out: "We are coming, boys; here's water and food for you. I" Nine gaunt specters staggered to their feet to stare at the Electric Man, which to them seemed hke some horrible phantasmagoria taunting lhem with promises of rood and water. The carriage stopped, and Varley sprang out with a pail of water in his hand. ".Back here wit h that pail!" cried Frank, sternly. Varley stepped back. "Go and make those men lie down, and t e ll 'em to stay .:town till we giva e m leave to riae. They would upset that pail in their eagerness to get at it, and all would be lost." Varley saw that what he Mid was true, and he obeyed without uttering a word. He went to each man and told him that relief had come, but that he must lie down and not move till he was told to. Of course they all obeyed, but they cried out incessantly: "Water I Water! For the love of Heaven, water!" Barney, Pomp &nd Varley then carried a pint of water to each man, which was drunk eagerly. Then Frank and the professor gave each some food whfch they had deeided was the best for them in ttair weak condition. They ate like famished wolves and Frank had to stop and say to them: "Men, we have water and food enough, but in your condition, unless you eat little and slow you will be in greater danger than if I brought you nothing at all. Just exercise a little self-control and you will soon be out of danger." Then he ga"e taem more food and they tried to obey him, but the pangs of hunger were 96 great that it was a hard thing to do. They succeeded in eating their allowance, however, and then had another pint of water within the next hour. All night long they waited on them and succeeded in pulling them through, but they were too weak to travel the next day. "We shall have to wait here at least three days," said Frank to the professor, "before they are strong enough to march." "And then vou have to escort them to the nearest river before you can drop them." "Yes, that' s true. It wouldn' t do to leave them here in the midst of this arid plain." "No, of course not, but that will lose us an en tire week." Yes, and m&ke terrible inroads on our provi slons. The truth is we shall have to kill about 36t' quails and cook th!'m up for our own use." True, or we might get out of proviolons alto gether." "That would be as bad on us as it was on them, only we could go 300 or 400 miles in twenty-four hours, whilst they could not make the tenth part of that distance." They made a camp there and proceeded to brace up the men with rations of brandy and water and food. But Frank shook his head as he surveyed the party,:for they were, with one or two exceptions, as villainous looking a set or men as he had ever seen in all his travels. He quickly formed his opinion of them and communicated with the professor. "Yes," said Bagstock, "I noticed what a hardlooking set of men they are, and I don't know that we have done any good to the country by saving their lives. They are all thieves or murderousindividuals, judging from appearances, though I am at a loss to know what induced them to come so far out Into the interior." "We must try to find that out." Frank Instructed Pomp andBarney to disarm them as they slept and place all their w : n the carriage. It was soon done, and then he instructed them to make sure that some one was in the carriage ere they left it. "Under no circumstances must the carriage be left alone. Gne must remain inside all the time." When the men awoke and found their weapons taken away from them they growled and de m anded them back again. "When you are well and strong and ttbie to carry them you shall have th!lm? said Frank. They seemed to acquiesce very quietly, and said no more about it till on the third day, whea. they were told to march In a southeast direction. Then they demanded their guns and rev<:>lvers.IJ CHAPTER XII. LEFT TO THEIR FATE, THE demand was made in a very peremptory tone by one of the men of the name of Crowther, "What do you want a gun for?" Frank de. manded. "There is no game on this plain, nol' are there any enemies you need fear. Why do you wish to carry a ten-pound gun on a lonli day's march?"


"'Cause I feel safer with it in my hands,'s wa the reply, "and as it's my own, I want to carry it." "Well, d.on' t you worry now,'' said Frank. You ean have your gun the moment an enemy shows up." "But I want it now," said the man, very emphA.tioally. But you can't have it now." "Why not, I'd like to know?" Because you are living now at my expense,'' was the reply. "Proviaions are scarce, and the more weight you have to carry the more food you will requirtl to keep up your strength.'' Give me my gun, and I won't require any more food than the rest of 'em will.'' "Don't be a fool,'' said Varley, "You know very well the gentleman is right.'' "Don't you be a fool, Varley,'' returned Crowther. "How do you know we are not already .arrested and are about to be marched to prison?" "Hello!" exclaimed every man in the party, looking hard at Varley and then at Frank. Frank could not repress a smile at the absurdity of the idea. Tllat smile, however, they construed Into the triumphant smile of & successful detective, and they at once began to sheer off, some picking up stones with which to protect themselves. What's the matter with you?" Frank asked. "I am not an offi.cer. I am an American; only Professor Bagstock Is an Australian. You are a set of fools." """ : G-txe us our guns." "Ii''-do I shall leave you where you are.'' Give us our guns, and you may do as you please.'' "Is thA.t the v:rlsh o! all?" "YesP. came from all of them in a voice. "Very well, I'll move off about a quarter of a: mile and leaye your guns and ammunition on the ground. What I have done for you was prompted by ihe dictates of humanity. I do not care to put myself in tile power of men whose past lives have besn such as yours. Good-bye, now/' The Electric Man dashed away, and in a couple of minutes, when about a quarter of a mile off, stopped. Barney and Pomp placed all their weapons on the ground, and then re-entered the carriage. "Now we must go back for more water and game,'' said Frank. "Those ungrateful wretches bave eaten our substance without so much as thanking us for what we did !or them.'' "Yes, and they would cut our throats if they could, and take the Electric Man for their own use." "Of course they would. Well, let 'em take <;he consequencefl of their folly now," and they 'dashed off toward the last stream they had !eft, bending more toward the south than the way th<1y had come. As they looked back they saw the convicts running to possess themselves of their weapons. "Dey am callin' us back, Marse Frank," said Pomp, who was watching them from the rear. "Too late. We saved their lives, and now this is the gratitude they show us.'' They were soon out of sight of the men, bearing southward at a rapid rate of speed. When the y had run about seventy-five or miles they suddenly came in sight of we are :nearer water than I drt-amed Qf,'' said Frank. "That stream mus" have made a bend toward the west,'' :remarked the professor, "and I am glaq Q , , '""' p_v-' ,,. r am Jots ob game ober dar,'' said Pomp, - nting in tht> direction of the timber, where fowls were flying in every dire.!lion. "Yes; get your shot-guns, for we must kill, dress and cure fowl for the next two days, and pack them away for use.'' -In a half hour they reached the tlmt er; through which flowed a stream of clear water, whilst the woods were full of game. Barney and Pomp at once began to prepare the camp, and the other two went after game. They soon struck a flock of pheasants, and the work began. In the little time they had before the sun went .town they had bro>Jght down at least half a hun aired pheasants. "That' s enough for Barney and Pomp to cook said Frank. Let's gather them in and see how many there are." They soon had more than they could carry, so they piled them in a heap and made several trips to get them all into camp. "There's no !Ish in this stream,'' said Frank, a little later, when he had tried his luck at fish iDg. "Whklh I am glad to hear, as there wlll be no !boomerangs about then," returned the pro!essor. THE ELECTRIC MAN. lJ "Yes, we are all right on that point. We can "Protect myself,'' was the reply. kill and cook at our leisure now.'' "Against what.'' The evening meal over, they all went to work"Fools like you." even the professor takiRg a hand at it-dressing Varley knocked him down. the pheasants. There would have been a free fight then and Barney and Pomp were good hands at broiling there had not one man cried out: game, and ere they laid down that night "Come now, what's the use? Let's be quiet whole batch had been cooked to a turn and laid and save our strength to save our lives.'' away to be used u.s wanted. Yes,'' said another, "that's what I say. The next day they began the work over again, Crowther, behave yourself now, or we'll put au killing quail and pheasants, and by noon they end to you at once. But for you we would have had slain enough to feed them a whole month. been all right." But it WA.S a task to dress and cook them-Crowther sprang to his feet and made a run Pomp deciding that it would take \hem all the for the arms, whioh Frank had deposited on the next day to do so. ground for them before leaving them to their They went at it methodically, and the air was fate. full of small flying feathers all the afternoon. Varley saw his object, and at once started in a Night found them well satisfied with their rac-" I wonder where those ten men are now,'' same time with Crowther. said the professor when he awoke the next morn-But ere either one could use their weapot ing. the othllrs caught Crowther and threatened t "Idon'tknow,"repliedFmnk,"butl'llwager end him then and there if he did notbeha'C that they haven't got such a breakfast as we himself. have." "I'll kill himJ" hissed Crowther. "Of course not: They would give up their "Then we'll wipe you out, mind that!" said weapons now for a pint of water or a pheasant." one of the party. "Yes. What a lot of fools they are. But then "Yes!" chorused the gang. they had rather take the chances, I suppose, than "Shake hands, Crowther,'' said Varley. "I go back to prison or into penal servitude. When bear you no malice,'1 and he extended his hand I think about it I can't blame them as much as I to the convict. did." Shake, Crowther !"yelled the others, as Crow-The day was spent in quiet hunting near the ther hesitated. camp, whilst Pomp and Barney continued the Crowther took his hand and shook it, after cooking. whicll Varley said: By night the quantity they needed had been "Now we have got to fight for our lives again, prepared and packed down for future use. and we can hope to pull through only by the "Now we'll take another start in the morning, clo>'!est shave. We must elect a leader and fol after f\llii:tg the water-tank,'' said Frank, as he low him faithfully--at least till we get to where lit a cigar and proceeded to enjoy a smoke. there Is game or water.'' Thoy smoked for some time, and then prepared "Yes, that's so,'' said one. "I move we elect to go to bed. Varley. He saved us once. Maybe he can do it As usual, they slept in the carriage, in their again.'' regular berths, to make sure that no harm would Varley was chosen l eader-even Orowtbervotoome to them during the night. ing for him. Just how long they had slept they did not "Now,'' said Varley," we must make our way know, but when they awoke, it wn.s to find the out of this as fast as we can. We must follow carriage and. Electric Man surrounded by ten the trail made by Reade and his Electric Man.'' whtte men n:;arl.Y crazed by hunger. "Why?" some one aske'd'. We have you now I Crowther and :Var-"Because they have made for the most direct J? they aU leveled thetr nf\es at carnage. route to game and water. By following their G1ve us food, or you are dead men 1 ltrail we shall not go wandering aimlessly about, --but make a straight line." CHAPTER XIII. "Yes, that's so." THE AWFUL PLIGHT OF THE CONVICTS come on-we must push right straight WHEN the convicts saw the Electric Man rush ahead. It depends up0n our ability to walk southward and leave them there in that arid plain a long distance without food or water,'' and ha without food and water, they wore so stunned led the way on tha trail, followed by the others. that for some minutes they did not know what to 'l'he march was a terribly hot one. do or say. The rays of the sun beat down upon them witn '!'he man who had saved their lives when they a fierce intensity, and ere half the day had passed had abandoned every hope had left them to batthey began to complain of heat and thirst. tie for life again. "Don't think about it,'' said Varley, "and you Again they were to die by inches-to feel the won't be half so tired or thirsty.'' gnawing pangs of hunger and the burning thirst "How can one keep from tblnking about water which had consumed them. The thought was when be is burning up with thirst?" one asked. horrible. "Well, I don't know exactly, unless he thinks At last Varley spoke out. of something else.'' What fools we are I" he exclaimed. "Exactly,'' said one sarcastically. "Suppose "Yes-fools, idiots!" said another. :ron give us something to think about." "Call 'em back, I" cried a third. "Well, think of all the gold we are leaving bt "Stop! Come back l" they all yelled at thA top hind us," replied Varley. "The richest qurut of their voices, waving their arms above their in the world, and set your brains to work devi4 heads. ing some plan by which we can get back ther_ But the Electric Man was leaving them at the and get rich. When we are all rich we can buy rate of twenty miles an bout, and their calLs were a passage on almost any vessel leaving an A usnot heard. tralian port.'' The n they fell to abusing Reade "Yes, that we can!" &aid one of the party. He is a government offi.cer sent to arr est us,'' "Or we can send one to buy a vessel and we said one. can all sail away in our own snip with a cargo of "Yes,'' said another, "and that's why he did gold,'' suggested Varley. "We can all be mil not want to let Us have our arms. I'd as lionaires or lords in some other country when we die here as go back into bondage again.'' get away. Just think tJf that and trudge along So would I," put in a third. till "" get to where there is plenty of water and "Fools!" hissed Varley. "That man is an game." American gentleman. He is the friend we "Yes-the gold is ours-as nobody else knows ever had. Had he been an oJ'ficer sent after us of its existence but ourselves,'' remarked Crow he would have handcuffed us when we were too ther. "We can devise some way of getting back resist, and thus kept us in his power. there and working it out, when we have time to He would not have fed us till we were strong devote to it.'' again and then l eft us to our fate. If we die now Thus they talked and trudged along under the we will have had our just deserts.'' broiling hot sun, keeping in the track of the The convicts were silent. Electric Man, which was as plain as four wheels Varley's reasoning had them food for could make it. thought, but it was too late nQw to profit by it. The day waned and the night came on. The Electric Man was now miles away, and Under the starlight they managed to keep with hope began to die out with them. the trail and pushed on many a mile, till at last If you had said nothing about arms all would they had to stop for rest and sleep. have been right,'' said Varley, turning to ConThey slept till sunrise and then resumed theil viet Crowther. tramp, keeping on the trail of the Electrie Man I wanted my arms,'' said Crowther, sullenly. all the time. "Well, you t.hem. What are you going to If they suffered from thirst the day before they do with them?" endured agonies now.


12 craved water till some were nearly erazed. Varley spoke words of strong encouragement. He was brave even in the face of death. Somehow he hau never lost faith in the prel!entiment that he would some day return to England, prove his innoc13nce, and enjoy the in heritance that was justly his. "Courage, boys," he would say to them. "We are strong yet and good for many a mile. Water and game are just ahead of us. Reade and his friends have taken a short cut for it." They strained their eyes all day long in the Tain effort to catch a glimpse of tho tree-tops which would indicate the presence of water. But the boundless ar1d plaiu greeted them in every direction. Look. which way they would, a dreary, hope less waste stared them in the face. In. the afternoon of the second day one of the men went raving mad !or a few minutes, so great was his hunger and thirst. They caught and held him till he regained his, and they trud;;ed on as before. When night came on, Varley said: "We can't stop to rest or sleep. I feel it in illY ;ones that we shall find water before morning. I Aever was so sure of anything in my life." Thus encouraged they pushed on, having just llght enough from the stars to enable them to keep on the trail. "Timher-timber !" gasped one of the men, as he ran into a small bush a few miles back from the river where Reade and his party were encamped. "Water Is not far off," said Varley. "Keep cool, boys. We'll soon have plenty of water." They trudged along with new life, and the timber became heavier, and the vegetation more luxuriant, till at last one discovered the light of the ca"lnp-fire of Reade and his party. They made a rush forward and dashed past the carriage to the water a few paces beyond it, where they threw themselves on the ground and drank their fill of water. Then they sprang up and surrounded the car riage, yelling: "Give us food I Give us food or die I" CHArTER XIV. POiotP AND PBO:Fl1:8110B BAGSTOCK CAPTURKD. THK fierce demaml of the convicts, and the p.oiBe they made, ooused Frank and the others to spring up from tbeir berths in the carriage and gaze out upon them, with weapon.s In their hands. Here t.laey &n! &gain I" cried the professor, as he saw thflm siandiog menacingly around the car liage, whilst two of them held the Electric M11oo, )8 if to keep him from running away from them. "Yes, wo are here!" cried Crowther, "and we )ave arma. GiTe us food, or we'll make an eou )f you!" Fools, you can't hurt ue I" returned Frank. .. You have arms-kill gameforyourselTes. You shall hne nothing from us !" "Mr. Beade," said Varley, speaking for first time, "when you left us out there on the plains, these men elected me to lead them to game and "1\'ater. We followed your trail, know ing you would find the shortest cut to both. They obeyed very well till they saw the light of your camp-fire, then I could do nothing with them. They are starving. You saved our lives once, and we proved ungrateful. We were afraid you were an officer come to &rrest but we do not believe you are now." "I don't care wh&t they believe," replied Frank. They can't haTe anything from us. They have arms. Let 'em take care of them selves. Game is plentiful hera." That's enough," cried Crowther. "Boys, they have plenty, and to spare. Seize the thing and turn it over. At 'em, quick I" "Stop I" cried Varley. "I am your leader. Don't toueh It!" But they were rendered desperate by hungllr. They sprang forward and grabwd the wheels of the carriage. "Over with it I" cried Crowther. Frank touched the knob that controlled the alectric current, and the next instant a wild yell burst from those who had seized the wheels. They began to squirm, leap In the air and make horrible grimaces, screeching as if in agony. "In the name of God, what ails them?" the professor exclaimed. "I am giving them an electric shock," replied Frank. "Ah, Jet me have it, then," returned pro ftlssor. "All caught but one," remarked rraok;as he aaw that Variey had not taken hold. THE ELECT .HlC MAN. Barney and Pomp enjoyed the situation huge ly, as they took it all in, watching Crowther squirm and leap, trying in vain to get away. When he thought they had enough, Frank re leased th, m, and they all dropped to the ground in a heap, too weak to stand. "It was what they deserved, sir," said the man Varley, "but they are starving men." That may be, but they must take care of themselves henceforth. Day is bre aking. Let them kill and eat. Game is plentiful here." The men were too much usAd up to uo any thing. The electric shock had knocked them out entirely. The stars ftlded away, and the sun rose, and they were still there, unable to do anything but groan. "Let me get out and shoot some pheasants for them, suggested the profesJ:reek fast." Frank consented, aw Pomp and the professor took shot-guns and went out, leaving Barney and Frank inside to prepare against their return. Variey wont with them. Soon the reports of their guns told them that game was being slaughtered right and left by the three men. Crowther pulled himself together on hearing the shots, and said : "That means something to eat, boys. Come on." He staggered away through the bushes, follow ed t>y the others. "Better waiL here till they bring the game in," Frank called after tll.em. But they heeded him not. They dashed away through the bushes and disappeared from view. I don't like this," said Frank. That fellow Crowther Is a haru case. If he gets to fooling with Pomp he' ll be killed, and the others will then shoot down Pomp and the professor." "Lave me aftlter thim," said Barney. "No, they are too for you. Let's walt and see what comes of it. It may be all right after all." For upward of a half hour Frank heard the guns going repeatedly, and then they ceased very suddenly. A smoke was seen ascending from a dense part of the timber. "They have built a fire Ci'Ut there," said Frl}ok. "Why did they not come back and cook their game here?" Suddenly Varley was seen running toward the .lla:riage at the top of his speed, a half dozen others in pursuit of him. "Open the door, for God's sake I" erled Varley, as he dashel1l up to the carrjage. "What's the matter?" They have captured your two men, and now want to kill me," he replied "Good heavens!" exclaimed Frank, "I wa.s afraid of that. Corne in, and If you play us any tricks you are a goner." "I am not going to play any tricks," he 11afd. "I am trying to save my own life as well as yours." "Mine is in no danger," said Fronk. "TaU me what has ?" Crowther and the others got around the nigger and the other man and took their guns away from them al!d tried to take mine. But I got away and broke for you." "Well, now somebody Is going to get hurt," said Frank. I'll not show them any mercy after this. What are they doing now?" Cooking and eating their game. They'll be here as soon as they have satisl!ed their hunger." An hour later a vofce called from the bushes : 'Say, Reade!" "Well what is it?" Will 'you join us?" "What do you mean" "Join us with your Electric Man, help us get gold and get out of this country?" "No!" was the reply. "Why not?" "Because I didn't com'l here to help such rascals a& you." "But we've got the nigger and white man, -snd if you don't join us we'll hang 'em." "Threats don't have any effect on me," said Frank. "Send them back here unharmed, or I'll lay out .he whole gang of you." "Threats don't have no on us, neither." "That's Crowther," said Varley. "I .know his voice." Barney got his Winchester ready. "Don't fire till I so, Barnev," said Frank. Barney held his gun ready for instant use, and Frank started the Electric Man up, turned and made in the dirootion of the new camp-fire in the woods. The men saw him coming and ran back into .. the bushes beyond which the Electric Man couW not pass. "The y are out of our reach," said Frank, turn ing to Varley, whom he somewhat distrusted. Suddenly a shot was fired, and a bullet struck: the !Steel net-work of the carriage. "Now let 'em have your lead, Barney,'' said Frank. "They have begun war-let 'em have all they want." Barney was on the lookout for a chance. H.e soon saw one dodging from tree to tree, and lle fired quickly. A yell told that the man was hit. 'Give 'em an0tber," said Frank. But they moved back farther into the timber, where the Electric Man could not go, and kept a. watch on the Noon came anu Frank was very much worried over the matter. He would never think of leaving the professor and Pomp to such a late as they woulil meet if. he should go on: without them. Suddenly yells and shots were heard. "Good Lord!" cried Varley. "The natives have attacked them!" Good l I hope they'll give 'em a dose of boomerang I" exclaimed Frank. 1'he woods resounded with yells, but after a ten minutes' fight the convi cts scattered, and two of them, together with Pomp p .nd the professor, were captured. CHAPTER XV'. THE :RESCUE AND 1\E'l'REAT. V"' TRE situation was a perilous on& Indeed. Professor Bagstock and Pomp were in the hands of the natives, and the Electric Man was utteriy unable to pursue them through the timber. It would be worse than folly for Frank and Barney to leave the carriage for a single moment. "Varley,'' said Frank, turning to the man who had come to take sides with him against the con. victs, what do the natives do with their prisoners?'' Kill them unless they want to use them for some purpose," was the reply. "How many do you think are in that baLd ou t there?" I have no idea-though they seldom go in large numbers. l think thiB is a hunting-party, and that you may be able to r ecapture your friends if they once get out of the timbor with them." "Can you make yourself understood by them?" "Oh, yes, very easily." "Then open negotiations with them, and let's see what iB the situation in regard to the pr!s-OD6rB." ,;; Varley placed hie hands to his !llouth so as to make a eort of trumpet and uttered the c11oll used t>ywhite men in the bush in Australia: "Co-eel Co-ee-eo-ee l" "Why, you are calling the whites l" exclaimed ll'r&ok, suspiciously. "Yes, sir. I do that to make the blacks believe it comes from one of us, and they'll all rush here to get me." Ah I Here they come !" A band of some two score of blacks came rush ing up through the timber and surrounded the carriage anli. Electric Mao. They glared at the iron mao in great surpriBe, and Jabbered amongthemselves as if in consultation as to what it was. Professor Bagstock and Pomp were seen from the carriage, bound and under a The former wae very pale, and blood down one side of his face from a wound on hiS head. He gave an appealing look to Frank, but did not say anything. But Pomp wa.s not able to hold his peace. He knew there was safety inside of that car rlage, artd he wanted to get there. "Ma'l'Se Frank 1" he cried. Why doan't: you'se shoot dese heah niggers ?" One of the guard struck him a. whack over the head with his boomerang, muttering something he could not understand. That was more than Pomp could stand. He wheeled and butted the fellow in the stomach, and laid him out senseless on the ground. At that a. half dozen rushed at him to run him through with their spears. My God !" exclaimed Frank, they will kill him, and his hands are tied I Let 'em have it, Barney!" Barney and Fronk opened fire with their repeating-rifles, and Varley snatched up another and did So rapid was the fire from the carriage that the, half do

Q11ick as a flash Pomp availed himself of the 'Opportunity to make 11. break for the carr! age, trusting to good luck to reach it before the na tives co uld stop him. Open dat door I" he yelled, as he dashed for ward. '.rhree natives got in his way, but lie butted them out lik e a railroad engine and roach e d the side of the carriage in a trice. Barney opened the door and let him in. "Cut my han' s loose dar I" Pomp cried, as he sprang inside. Varley cut the cord that bound him, and the next moment Pomp had a gun' in his hands and laying out the natives with relentless ferocity, when Fmnk exclaimed: Look out for the professor I Don't hit him!" Poor Bagstock I He was so dazed at finding himself a prisoner -first to the convicts and now to the blacksthat he had no time to grasp an opportunity like Pomp did. He stood there like one rooted to the spot, and saw Pomp make a successful dA.Sh for liberty any attempt to follow him. The escape of Pomp so enrageur ob dem jumped on me afore I knowed it, Marse Frank," was the reply, "but I made dem sick afore dey got me." "Are you hurt?" "Yes, sah. I is knocked all ober," he answered, feeling a.ll over himself as if to make sure that he had no limbs broken. 'I 'he natives who had not been hit by bullets emwled away into the bushes and met under the trees for consultation. The shocks they had re ceived from the battery of the Electric Man had broke n them all up, and they didn't know what to make of it. But in a little while a boomerang came whi2i zing through the air and struck the Electric Man on the shoulder with a force that would have 1 f elle d an ox. "We must get away from here," returned Frank, and he touched up the Electric Man and started him off down the strflam, keeping a close watch out for any of the convicts Ere they had gone two miles they heard a man's voice in the timb e r call out: "Hold on, Mr. Reade." Frank stopped the caniage. "Who are you, and what do you want?" I wu.nt to surrender to you, and thus get away from Crowther and his c r owd." THE ELECTRIC MAN. "But I don't want you; you can stay with Crowther and his men." "But I'll be the best man you could have along, and--" I know his voice," said Varley to Franlr. He ia one of the worst in the crowd." "Varley says you are as bad as Crowther. So we don't want you," returned Frank. "Varley I Is hll with you?" "Yes." "Well, he's the worst in the lot. L ook out for him." I don't think you had any very good men In the crowd," said Fmnk. I guess the boomerangs will take care of the lot of you." The Electric Man started off again and pushed down the river a distance of a dozen miles or so, and stopped there to take in a supply of fresh water. That done they went some ten miles further and stopped to for the night at a spot where thev would the riv e r the next morn to resume their trill back to the mountains near where they had found the starvir\g con victs. They ate supper, smok8d their pipes and went to bed at the regular hour, leaving Barney and Pomp to divide the watch between them. At two o'clock Pomp took the watch, and when he had been on guard a couple of hours Varley sprang up and 'vhispered to hlm: "Tell Mr. Reade to wake up quick. He is in danger." CHAPTER XVI. OVERTURNED. POMP's hearing was very acu!e, and Varley'R whispered warning at the quiet hour of the night was not lost upon him. He heard a movement in the bushes as welln.s Varley, but did not know th. e meaning of it. Without stopping to ask any questions he turned to Flank and shook him by the shoul der. Frank instantly awoke and, without uttering a word, raised himself on his elbow. "Dar's gwine ter be trouble heah," Pomp whispered to him. That was enough. He was on his feet in an instant, list ening with the alertness of a cat watching a mouse. Back ln the bushes on three sides of the car riap:e could be heard sounds that came from eithe r men or beasts as if preparing to sunound and spring upon it. Frank turned to Varley and asked: ' What is "Boomerangs," was the whispered reply,. "How many, do you think?" Hundreds, maybe." Then we had better run for it. It's easier to run than to stand and fight so many." He touched the knob that controlled the alec trio current between battery and the electric man, and the man of sti:lel started forward at a quickstep. Ere he had gone fifty yards a series of wild yells burst from the bushes all round them, and a shower of boomerangs rained upon the Electric Man and carriage Good heavens I" gasped the professor, as he sprang out of his berth, suddenly awakened by the noise, we are attacked again I" "Ho\VIY ruither o' Moses I" exclaimed springing out of bed and seizing his rifle, "the naygurs will be afther catchin' us!" The boomerangs rattled on the Electric Man and carriage like hail on a roof, and in a moment the whole fhing came to a dead halt. "Hello I" exclaimed Frank, "there is something wrong. The man can't run any more." ' Heavens I" gasped Professor Bagstock," then we are lost!" I don't know about that," returned Frank. "Something has happened to the machinery." "What can it be?" "That is more than I ca.n say." The whole place seemed to be alive with na tives. They ran all around the carriage, hurling spears and boomerangs &gainst it with terrilic rapidity. "This won t do," said Frank. "We've got to fight for our lives or they'll batter eve rythin g to pieces. A mountain of steel would hnve to yield to such pounding as this in the course of time." He turned on the light, and the blinding glare so astonished tbe natives for a time that thoy ceased to throw spears or boomerangs. Their black forms seen all around, and they glared fleroely at the electric light. But they did not give way an inch. On the contrary, they presented a bold front, seeming to rely on their numerical strength to capturfl the strange invader of their domain. "Varley," said Frank, turning to the man 15 \ whom he had Ro stra,ngely befriended, "can you make them understan<.l you?" "Yes, sir, I think I ca "Woll, ask them what they want of u2." Varley called to them in a jargon was simply horrible to henr. A big IJ!ack chief responded, stepping boldly up to the side of the carriage to do so. A talk ensued, in which the native chief de manded the t\nconditional surrender of the whites >\nd their" man-wagon." "Tell him we won't do anything of the kind," said Frank, "and that if he does not lmmedi ately retire we will open fire on !aim and his fol lowers." Varley repeated Frank's words, and the chief responded witb a yell and an attempt to thrust his spear between or through the steel net-work of the carriage. .rhat was a signal for the others to do like wise, nnd in another moment a mass of some two or three hundred natives were surging around the or hUrling tll.eir spears. 'We are in a bad fix,'' saile to pull a trigger." I was thinking, sir. that if we could make terms with them we might be ab l e to get the Electric Man on his feet again, and make a dash for liberty." 'I won't trust them. The truth is I am afraid that they intend to destroy us-the old maa in eluded. We have plenty of ammunition, and may as well use it on these as any other way." "Mr. Reade," said the professor, "we are as good as captured now." "Not by a jugful, professor," replied Reade, promptly. "Dat's er fac '," said Pomp. "Dem niggers ain't got us yit." "No, bedad," added Barney, confidently. "We kin lick the crowd av thlm." "Oh, well, you know more about such things than [do, but I don't see who;is going to stand the Electric Man o n his feet again." Did you know that the chief is killed, sir?" Varley asked. "No! Is he?" "Yes, sir." "How do you know?" "I gave him a bullet in his breast and sa w bim stagger away. I can tell now by ti.Je nois8 his follow at's make that he is dead." "Well, what will they do now?" They will choose another ehief." "How?" I don't know. I have never seen them choosE one, and can't say how they go about it." Marse Frank I Marse Frank!" cried in sudden alarm. What's the matter, Pomp?" "De water is done run all outen de tank!"


14 "Good Lord 1" gasped Bagstock, "and I was Just wishing for a drink. We are undone now." "Don't give up, professor," said Frank, "I have been in as tight a place as this and got out all right." "But I don't see how we are going to get out of this," said Bagstouk, who was now pretty 'Vall demoralized. "Well, le&ve that to me, professor. Don't say Jnythlng to discollrage the others, hold your elf in readiness to obey orders promptly. Our .nfety is in that alone." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. The natives remained under the cover of the timber till daylight, which was not very far olf, and then began to thro\t boomerangs again. With the coming of aaylight Frank could see a number of them dodging about in tho bushes. He opened fire on them. So many were hit that the others retireu out of range till not one of them was seen from tlie car riage. OHAPTER XVII. BARNEY'S CAPTURE AND ESCAPE, "Now whatever we do we must do quickly," said Frank to the others. They are out there In the woods still, waiting to get another chance at us, or make a choice of another chief. We are In a bad fix, being without water o.s we are. It we ha'fe to take the old man to pieces to see JVhat is wrong about the machinery, we may 1ave to stay here two or three days. Even theu, !f we ha-.e to keep the natives at bay while doing :he work, we may fail for want of water. There ue times when water is worth to men all the JOld in the world." "Dat's er lac'," said Pomp. "You are right about that, Mr. Reade," as sented the professor; "and, that being the ease, how are we going to live three or four days with out water?" "There's the river out there-only a little ways," suggeste(). Frank. "Yes, and a couple of hundred savages be tween it and us." "Bate ther bids off av thim," said Barney, whoee pluck generally increased With danger. "How auout our heads?" the professor asked. "That is not the question just now," l'er:narked Frank. "Will want to put the carriage on its wheels and tile Electric Man on his feet. It is 388Y enough to stand the carriage up all right In Just a minute or two, but it is very dit'l'erent with the old man. He is heavy-very heavy-heavier than all five of us. I am afraid soiDetbing is broken about him. All of you take your rifles llld stand ready to fire if any of them come into iew while I am out there." "Are you going out there?" Bagstock asked. "Yes, of course." Frank managed to open the door and get out whilst the others stood ready with their rifles to defend him it attacked. He want out to the prostrate Electric Man, and made a hasty examination. "The under shalt is broken," he said, "and one of the electric wi! es is disconnected. 'rhat's why he stopped and wouldn't go any further." Taking a screw-driver from his pocket, he ptly detached the other shaft from the Elec tric Man. Hall a dozen natives saw him and tried to get near enough to throw boomerangs at him. But bullets from the Winchesters in the carriage laid some of them low, and warned the others away. "Now run out-all of you," called Frank, "and help me turn the carriage up again." They obeyed, and laid hold of the carriage with an energy that stood it on its wheel<> in a Jiffy. But a wild yell from the natives caused them to scamper back into the carriage, and a hot fire from the rifles followed so quickly that the blacks were severely punished ere they could get under )Over again. "We are this much better otr than ten minutes remarked Frank. "What we want now is get the old man on his feet again." "Oan't we lift him up as we did the carriage?" Professor Bagstock asked. "We might, and then again we might not," aid :Frank. "But that shaft will have to be 1ended before we can hitch him between them Let me see if I can't find a piece of iron 1:' steel which will do for a brace on that broken iJ.aft." He opened the tool-chest and took out a small rise and a patent brace for boring holes through or iron. Then he found two pieces of steel of the thickness of boiler iron. Those he put to gether in the vise-which he fastened to the tool-cllest-and proceeded to bore holes through them. It was done inside of a half hour, and then he went out, the vise and brace with THE ELECT .HIC MAN. him, leaving the others to keep the natives at bay while he was at work. It took him longer to bore holes through the shaft, as it was much thicker than the two pi.,ces he was to use as braces. But it was done aftflr two hours of hard work, which time the rifles kept the blacks at bay. Screws and caps soon made the broken shaft as strong as any othor part. "That is all right now," said Frank, when the work was done, "but the worst ill to come yet. We must get the old man on his feet and put him between the shafts." But night had now come on, and darkness af forded such good protection to the natives that Frank dared not undertake to do a11.y more till daylight came again. By this time they were all so thirsty that Frank had to open a bottle of wine to quench their thirst with. "l'se 'er gwine ter hab some ob dat water in dat ribber," said Pomp, when they had tlnished eating supper in the carriage. I'm with yez," said Barney. "Better be carefql," remarked Frank. They may be all around us yet." "We kin crawl down dar froo de bushes," said Pomp, and so they each took a pail and started out under cover of darkness. Frank and the others waited and listened for over ten and then a terrible row began. "There I" exclaimed Frank. "They are in for it 1" Barney and Pomp were heard fighting against odds, but those in the carriage dared not leave it in the dark. Suddenly they heard Pomp's voice as he called to them to open-the door. Frank opened it and Pomp sprang inside. I didn't git no he said. "Where is Barney?" .rrank asked. "Ont dar somewhar. Dem niggers is thicker'n dirt in dem bushes. I butted 'em outen de way an' run for it." \ "Poor Barney 1" sighed Frank. "I fear it is all up with him. I can never go back home without him." Marse Frank," said Pomp, dat Irisher was born lucky. He ain't er gwine ter go under wid dem niggers." Frank was worried very much, and called sev eral times to Barney after the noise had sub sided. "They have captured. him and gone down the river with him," said Varley, who seemed to un derstand the meaning of several sounds that came from the woods. Then we can do nothing till we get the old man Qi1 his feet again. Oh, for daylight, so that I courd get to work at it 1 Poor Barney 1" There was very little sleep in the carriage, for all were troubled over the fate or Barney. The night seemed to be interminable, but day finally dawned, and Frank went to work on the pros trate Electric Man whilst Pomp and Varley pre pared breakfast. Varley was so sure that the natives had gone that he did not hesitate to take a pail and go to the river for water. He came with the water, not a native being lu sight, and th others drank eagerly of it-being the ftnit drink they had had in at least thirty-six hours. 'l hen Frank again attacked the Electric Man, taking him to pieces and building him up from his teet. With Potnp's help he managed to finish the task by the middle of the afternoon. Then he connected the electric wiro again and attached him to the ehafts. To his great joy he found that everything worked all right again, and that the old man was eager to run. "Now let's get to the water, fill the tank and see if we can't get en Barney's trail." They veered around and got to the edge of the water, where the hose was thrown out and the little pump set going. In a few minutes the tank was full of clear sweet water. Now let's get on the trail of that band of na tives," said Frank, as he started off again. "Get in the of the timber," Varley. They get out into the clearing when they wish to make good time." Frank obeyed, and then hurried up the Elec tric Man, tearing through the small scrub bushes at a rattling pace. They made :nearly twenty miles, and then had to etrike-a little before sunset-across a piece of treeless plain of seveMl miles, toward a piece of timber, from which could be seen a small, thin column of smoke ascending. "Tlley must be there," said Varley. "That is about the distance they would make since last night." The Electric Man made good time across the plain, and was yet a mil away from the timb&, when Pomp sung out: "Dar's Barney 1 Look dar 1" 'l'hey looked, and saw a man running at fuU speed toward them, with a body of natives pur suing him, the air tull of flying boomerangs. Dat's Barney 1 Dat's the Irisher 1" cried Pomp, lma.tchmg up a rifle to be ready to defend him the moment his pursuers came in r&nge. Frank urged up the Electric Man, and in a few minutes had caught up with Barney, 'vho was out of breath and ready to fall from sheer exhaustion. Stopping and opening the door of the carril\ge, seized him by the collar and pulled him. inside. Thank God you are back again !" said Frank. The reports of the rifles as the others fired on the natives drowned Barney's reply. The na tives, seeing that he had gotten away, hastily re treated. That night Barney told the story of his captur& and adventures, an experience he would never forget as long as he lived. The next morning they turned toward the mountains and traveled hard all day, coming in sight of them by sunset. Yet they pushed on, anxious to get there as soon as they could. Rocks became numerous now. anrl the surfac& somewhat uneven, yet they kept on steadily in their course. OHAPTER XVIII. THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD, NIGHT came on and the stars out in an their glory. A death-like stillness reigned over the vast. plain, and nothing save the steady tramp of the. Electric Man wa11 heard. The electric lights made the way they were go ing as bright as day, yet Frank had to keep a lookout for stones, which now began to appear occasionally. To strike one and break a wheel, or any part of' the intricate machinery in the Electric Man while in that arid plain, would be the death knell of th& entire party. Frank had resolved to push on until midnight, unless he reached the mountain sooner, and so they did not stop for supper, but ate a cold lunch on the way. It was evident, however, that they would reach the mountains before midnight, as the great bowlders they passed told that the mountains of stone were not far off. The stones became so numerous at last that they were compelled to atop and go into camp. Varley insisto;d that nothing having vegetable or animal life existed about the mountains, and that no danger could result from sleeping on the ground in the open air. "I'll stay in the Cafriage till I see for myself," said Frank, shaking his head. "I don't care to take any chances in a strange place." "You will let me sleep Varley asked. "Yes, if you wish to." "Oh, I am used to it now, and it makes little difference with me where I sleep if I have plen ty to eat." He stretched himself out at full length on the ground and was soon soundly sleeping. They all slept well, for tbe air was dry and pure, and when they awoke in the mw-ning they .. felt greatly refreshed. < The huge mountains of stone loomed u'p ag.-.111$--._ the sky in formidable' proportions, and our ad: "" venturous travelers gazed at them in silent awe for some time. "Dere ain't no wood heah for er fire, Barney," said Pomp as he looked around at the dreary waste of stone and sand. Troth, and yez are roight, Pomp," replied Barney, as he gazed around at the scene. It's ther Ould Nick's own home, it is." "Use the oil stove for ma.king coffee, Pomp," said Frank. "Yes, sah," and the faithful darky took from another <:hest a small oil stove and a gallon can of oil. In a few minutes he had the stove on a ston and a kettle of water on top of it. Barney brought out the hard tack and broiled fowls whilst Pomp devotod himself to the making o! a pot of good coffee. When the cotree was made they partook of a hearty meal, standing round a bowlder which answered the purpose of o. table. Suddenly Professor Bagstock dropped the piece of quail he was eating and leaned over on the rock gazing at it as if he were looking for something. "It is gold, Reade 1" he excitedly exclaimed. Pure gold and plenty of it I Just look there I"


He pointed to a streak of yellowish metal running along the broken surface of the rock, which could be plainly seen by the naked eye. Be me soul!" exclaimed Barney, as he gazed at it, "I'd rather nave it in mo pocket than say it in the shtone." "Dat's er fac' said Pomp, running his h a nd over the yellowish streak. "Dis heah stone am g o t er hard grip on it, suah." The professor was too much excited to finish his breakfast. He followed tbe streak of gold round and over the rock till it was lost against the ground. "There's no telling how much that vein wou d pan out," he said. "Oh, de Lor' gorramighty I" yelled romp with a vigor that caused every one to think a snake had struck him. They sprang away from the rock and looked at him. He was tugging at a nugget of gold as large as his thumb, which projacted several inches from a crevice in the rock near where he was standing. "Good heavens 1" gasped the professor. "Jus look at that I Hold on, Pomp." "l'se holdin' on, sah," replied Pomp, grasping the nugget as it afraid it would get away from him. Take an ax and see if you can't break of!' the piece of stone that holds it," suggested the pro fessor. "Yes, sah," and he ran for one of the axes In J.'ht tool-chest of the carriage. Frank examined the piece of gold, and decided that it would be a hard job to get the lump out without proper implements for crushing the rock. But Pomp gave the stone a few tremendous blows with the ax a few inches above and below the nugget with such etiect that it split, and the nugget dropped to the ground. "Whoop I" yelled Pomp, dropping the ax and seizing the nugget. "Dis 'ere am luck for a nigger suah 'l'he took the nugget and exam ined it. "It is pure gold," he said, "and the lump will weigh eight or ten pounds at the least." "That is the largest lump of pure gold 1 ever saw," said Reade as he held it in his band. "It is worth over two thousand dollars," said the professor. "Oh, golly 1" cried Pomp, leaping upand striking his heels together, dis am luck, an' no mis take." They all had to handle it, and Varley's eyes as he beheld the little lump of yellow metal that fixed the standard of values in the entire commercial world. "That would enable me to escape to America," he said, loud enough for all to hear him. "Maybe you may find even a larger lump," said Frank. "Who knows?" "I can hardly hope to be so lucky," he replied, shaking his head. "Why, I think you are an extremely lucky man," said Frank. "Just see how you have twice been saved from death in the last week." "But look at the twenty years o f my unlucky life." "Your luck is turning. You'll come out all right yet.' " I hoi->e so, but twenty years of hard luck makes me dQCtt.t it." the meal and then went pros J pecting among the rocks till they were a quarter of a mile away from the Electric Man. Suddenly Frank bethought himself, and ex claimed: "Good heavens, what idiots we are I" What's the matter the professor asked. "We have left the carriage all alone a quarter of a mile away-a most idiotic thing to do 1" and the grola.t inventor took to his heels and ran all the way to the Electric Man. "I'll never leave it unguarded again under any circumstances," he said to himself as he sat down inside the carriage. He recovered his breath from the long run and then moved along among the rocks till he was almost up with the others. "What luck?" he called to the professor, as he saw him examining a large fragment of rook. "Plenty of quart,;, but no more nuggets," was the reply. "Is It rich?" "The richest I ever saw." ''Is it extensive?" "It's everywhere I" replied the professor. I n'ever saw anything like it." "Oh-Ugh-Oh, Lord I" yelled Pomp, a little distance away, dashing toward the carriage at the top of his speed. "Lord sabe me I Oh, de THE ELECTRIC' MAN. good Lor' I" and he fell almost in a faint at the door of the carriage. CHAPTER XIX. POMP'S TERROR AND REMARKABLE DISCOVERY, THE evident panic which had suddenly seized upon Pomp created no little excitement among tt:e others who heard him. Barney and Varley were near together at the time, and the professor about fifty yards beyond them. The moment they heard Pomp yell and saw him running with all his 3peed toward the Elec tric Man, they sprang away too, and ran like deer, without knowing what they were running from. "What is it?" demanded the professor, running up, and out of breath. "Hanged if I know," said Frank. "What is it, Pomp?" "Oh, Lor' sabe us!" groaned Pomp, still in a sort of panicky condition. Oh, de Lor' sabe us Ugh!" And he shuddered as if shaken by a chill. "Well, what thfl deuce is the matter with you?" demanded Frank. "Faith, an' it's a scared nagur he is," said Barney. "Go dar an' look at' datI" cried Pomp, pdint ing in the direction of the bowlder from which he had just fled. Barney looked at the bowlder and wcndored what in creation itoould be Which had given him such a scare, as he knew Pomp was fully as brave as he was. "Look here, Pomp," said Frank, "when are you going to tell us what you are kicking up such a rumpus about?" Afore de Lor', Marse Frank, l'se scared 'most ter def-oh, Lor' 1 Ugh I" "Do you want something to brace up on?" "Yes, snh-l'se all broke up." Frank steppeout dem dere big rocks when I looked round dat lllg un ober dar, an' dar sat er lot er men on de ground, stone dead an' leanin' up ergin de rock.'' "Is that so?" "Yes, sa h." "Go and see about it, Barney.'' Phwat sorr I" Go and see about that." "Bedad, thin, I'll ther brace afore I goes.'' Varley burst out laughing and said: "A dead man can't hurt anybody. Come onI'll go with you," and he led the way toward the rock from which Pomp had fled so precipitately. There he found seven white men seated down by the bowlder and leaning against it-all showing that they had died of starvation. He looked at them calmly and said to himself: "My fate oame near being like this," and then he turned and made his way back to the car riage, where he said: "There are seven dead men there, sir.'' "Ahl" "Yes, sir." "How long have they been dead?" I don't know, sir, but a long time, 1 guess, as they seemed to be parched or dried up." "Well, let's go and take a look at them, pro fessor," said Frank, leading the way. "You stay here in the carriage, Pomp.'' "Yes, sir-dis chile doan want ter see dem no more." They went back with Varley and found that the men were evidently miners from their dress and the tools found lying around. They came here to solve the problem of the traditions among the natives," said Frank, "and perished for want of food and drink." "Just as we would have perished but for you, Mr. Reade," said Varley. "YeS--no doubt of it. I wonder how long they have been here?" They made an examination of the clothes of one man, and found bits of !4aper in one pocket which were dated back nearly twenty years. "They have been here somewhere between fifteen or twenty years," said Frank. Varley saw a nugget oi gold in the hand of I 15 one of the dead men, and took hold of it to pull it away. TJi.e hand broke off at the wrist. "It will weigh a pound, at least," he said as he held it up. Then, as if seized by a sudden impulse, he felt of the clothes of the seven dead men, and found small nuggets in the pockets of each one, also revolvers, which had rusted and were usele11s. "Why, you have as much gold as Pomp's nug get is worth," said the professor as he looked at the pieces V had collected from the dead. "Yes, sir. Am I entitled to it?" "Every ounce of it," said Frank. "You hav& as much show here as any of the rest of us.'' "Thank you, Mr Reade," said Varley, and his bronzed face turned a shade paler as he spoke.. "Will you take care of it for me?" "Yes. You can put it in one of the chests and it will be safe the1e." Varley gathered up the nuggets and he toward the carriage with them. "Pomp," he said,as be came to the door of the carriage with the nuggets," I am your friend for life.'' "Wh t's de matter, Mister Varley?" "Do you see these?" Pomp'ij eyes opened wide as saucers as h& glared at the yellow lumps of gold. "Yes, I see dem I" he said. Well, I got them on those dead men.'' Pomp sprang back to the farther end of the carriage. Go way dar, I tole yer," he cried. What's the matter with you?" "Go way dar, I tole yer I" ctied Pomp again, drawing a revolver. "What in bl.a.zesis the matter with you, Pomp?" exclaimed Varley, completely dumfounded at the conduct of the faithful black. "Youse done gone an' robbed de dead I" said Pomp, who was full of the superstitions of his race. Go way, white man-youse er bad unl" "What's the matter now?" asked, com ing up just as Varley was turning away. "Pomp won't let me get iuto the carriage:.... says I'm a bad man because I robbed the dead.'' "The deuce I" The professor laughed in spite of himseH, and Fran!;. turned to Pomp and said: "Let Varley put his gold in the chest, you old fool.'' Marse Frank-he done gone and robbed de dead!" "I saw him take the gold-it was lying there by those dead men who will never want it again. It was not robbing the dead.'' Pomp came out of the carriage and let Varley 70 in, where he tied up his nuggets in a dirty handkerchief which Barney gave him. It took Pomp the rest of the day to get er his scare, and he di!! not go out any more till they had moved several miles away from the spot where the seven dead men were found. When they stopped to make a camp for the night there was not a piece of wood out of which to make a fire. They made cotiee on the oil-stove, and ate the broiled quail, of which they had an ample sup ply. Feeling very tired, they retired to their blank ets a an early hour and slept till sunrise. They were oppressed by the profound silence that reigned around them, as not even the hum of an insect could be heard-the silence of the tomb reigned everywhere. After breakfast they again hunted among the fragments of rock for signs of gold. They found it everywhere, and the professor declared that he had never seen such rich quartz in all his life. CHAPTER XX. NUGGETS OF GOLD. ON the second day after tbeir arrivat at the mountain Frank said to Bagstock : "There is no

18 At last they came to a spot where there was quite a depresBion in the mountain, anrl the face of the immense chain of rock seemed quite smooth. "Let's look at this place," said Frank. "We n::ay be 11.ble to find a passage up there." Thoy stopped, and Frank, Varley and the pro fessor set out to make the searoh for a passage, Barney and Pomp in charge of the car ;riage. It was at least a mile to the base of the mount ,ain-or rather where the actual rise commenceu -nd to reach it they had to pick their way through an immense field of broken stone. I neyer saw such indisputable evidences of a 'riolent upheaval of stone in all my life," said Frank., as he trudged along over the broken roclt,s. "Nor I either," a stones here as a barrier to any further advances in this direc ti.oa.'' "Just what I was thinking, and I wondered what was beyond these mountains that could wish to keep ths world from seeing." "That is a. bard question to an6wer. It is said to 8e a. sandy, treeless plain whicb,no mortal ever crossed. Here, come this way. This seems to be a sort of passage for a little distance." .Frsnk went to the professor s side and joinell. him in the ascent, which at that point eemed to be quite easy. The line of broken rock seems to end here," remarked Frank, looking around him. Yes," returned the professor, "and it begins again over there," pointing to the right. Frank go.zed about him as if puzzled over the strange forqlation of the surface. As for the professor, he seemed to lose interest in every tiling but the aspect presented by nature as dis played all around him. This is something that will interest the geo graphical Bocieties of the world," he remarked. These fragments of stone show that they have been rended by violent forces, and yet I see no evidences of lire about them. They are very hard, and runuing from gray to very dark in color. It is a study for the scientist, and--" Excuse me, professor," said .l!'rank, interrupting him. Let's lind a. passage over tbe mountain first, and then study the scientific features afterward." Oh, yes-go on. I can survey as I go along," replied the learned man, as he followed the young inventor up the mountain side. Frank had followej a sort of clearing, which seemed to extend all the way up as far as they could see, and which promised a passage !or the Electric Man and "Not a sprig of grass nor even a bunch of moss among the stones," remarked the pro fessor, as he passed on up the mountain. I never heard of a region more devoid of vegetable -or animal life. Yet there is gold running all through this mountain. It seems to me that we -ought to call these the 'Quartz Mountain!!.'" "I never dreamed that such a spot existed anvwhere in the world," said Frank, as he look ed around him. This is the largest rock in the world, I guess." "No doubt of that," said Bagstock. "I shall make a note of this in my report. It is rockrock everywhere, and quartz at that." "Yes. That will set the world on fire, and thousand of lives will be lost in efforts to get at tke gold.'' "Yes, yes, that's so. Give me a drink of water, please. This climbing up hill makes one very thirsty." "So it does. What a lucky thing it is that we have water, as I see no signs of any in this region of sand and stone." / The professor dr11nk from the flask which Frank banded to him, and then returned it. Up, up the mountain they climbed, winding here and there around huge bowlders in quest of a passage for the Electric Man. It seemed that, with a loose stone moved here and there as they ascended, an easy passage eould be made. How it would be on the other side they did not k11.ow. But they resolved to go on up to the top and see what they would have to face. They ascended to tbe summit, which Frank estimated to be about 2,000 feet above the bas e where the Electric Man, in charge of Barney and Pomp, had been left. But there was a surprise for them at the summit which they did not dream of. Instead of a rugged summit of gray and dark THE MAN. rock they beheld an i:nmense plateau of desert sand, stretching away !or miles to the r i ght, left and front, acroas-miles away-they could see the other edge of the plateau outlined against the clear sky. "Well, well," exclaimed the professor, as he stood there and gazed at the strange phenomenon -for such he could not help regarding it-" a sandy desert on top of a higtl mountain is some thing I never heard of before in all my life. We have made a discovery, Mr. Reade, which will hand our names down to the ages with that of Christopher Columbus. How did this sand get up here?" and he stopped and picked up a hand ful of the sand and examined it. Frank was so astonished at wl::at be saw that he did not pay much attention to whnt was being said by the professor. Htt was gazing a c ross the plateau and wondering what sort of country lay beyond it. "It is thtt same sand which we came acress in reaching these mountains," remarked Bagstock, more to himself than to any one else. Eh-what's that, professor?" Frank asked, turning and facing the learned man. I say that this is the same kind of sand we found on the pla.ins," repeated Bagstock. "I guess wind storms, whirlwinds, etc., for ages have blown clouds of sand over this basin and filled it." Frank now became interested. Why did we not find any on the sides as we came up?" he asked. "Oh, the rains may haTe washed it all away, while this plateau held it where it fell." "Yes-yes-that must be the solution or the mystery," assented the young inventor. "Yet it is a st;ange, very thing." "Stranger than fiction. The world will be to believe it. 1 am repaid in this hour for all I have endured on this trip so far." "Yes, it is an important discovery, and, as you say, the world will be slow to believe it. This sand is 2,000 feet above the base of the mountain. When the rainy season comes the water must find a vent some\There. Where does it go? There must be an immense reser voir somewhere below.'' "Yes, undoubtedly. We may lind and thus solve the problem of life in this unknown region." I hope so. I would like to go across to the 'Other side of this plateau and gaze over at the country beyond, but we have not time now. We must descend to tbe carriage, or night will overtake us and stop us, and Barney and Pomp will be very une:tsy about us.'' "Then we had Qtltter start at ouoe," said Bag stock. "To-morrow Wb can come up in the riage and look about morflleisurely." They turned, and began the descent, which was much easi6r than going up. Away off below them they could see the Elec tric Man and carriage, where they had left it. The view was grand and extensive. Frank took his field-glass and surveyed the horizon, and then took a look at the Electric Man. A smile played round his mouth as he looked. "They are two happy fellows, Barney and Pomp," he remarked. "They are seated on a bowlder by the side of the Electric Man playing cards for amusement.'' "Yes," added the professor, "they are happily constituted. They are brave, generous, full of rollicking fun, and as faithful as sunshine." They went on down the mountain, making good time, when Varley was heard to utter an exclamation or both surprise and joy. They wbeeled and looked at him to see what was the matter, when they saw him tugging at a nugget of gold which be found projecting from the broken fragment of the rocll:. "By heavens I" exclaimed the professor. "He has found another nugget!" Reade and Bagstock both examined 1he nug get and mentally calculated its value, which was immense. "You can't break that off without an ax or pick, Varley," said Reade. "Just let it be till we come up all together to-morrow." "Will you recognize the claim tiS mine, sir?" Of course we will, and we'll help you work it too" '" thousand thanks, sir,'' said he. "That, with what I have already, will enable me to eE cape from Australia.'' "Yes-but if you get out of Australia you will \Vant money to live on and prove your inno cence. So you must work diligently and abide your time. I'll stand by you and get you out when I go back." Varl e y almost fell on his knees as be poured out his thanks to him for the assurance of his protection. It shall be the aim of my life to prove to yO'U that your kindness and confidence have not been :nisplaced," ne said. "Then I shall be satisfied to the fullest extent, Mr. Vll.l"ley," said the young inventor. "You may yilt regain all you have lost." I shall try to, and gain or lose, I shall not forget your .lr.indneiSs to me.'' CHAPTER XXI. THE ASCENT OF T1I.E MOUNTAIN, ARLEY was alJnost beside himself with joy pver his lucky find. He piled a numb& of loose stones about the nugget in order to mark the spot so that it would be easy to find again when they came up the next day. Frank and the professor waited for him, and while doing so the latter discovered a rich vein of gold running through another large bowlder. It is wonderful,'' he Sllid. Gold is every where, and yet I shudder to think how many human lives will be sacrificed in trying to get possession of it." "When. we find water there may be any loss of lile,'' said Frank. True, but where is the water" "Oh, we may find it yet." "I hope so." "I am ready to go on now, sir,'' said Varley, when he bad piled loose stones on his nugget to hide it from view. "Then come on," and they resumed their (it scent of the mountain. They traveled fast, for the night was coming on apace. Already the sun wss behind the mountain, and its great shadow was lengthen ing out miles and miles beyond the base. "We'll have to hurry up,'' said Frank," or we may get caught up here in the dark, when traveling would be very dangerous' indeed. I wouldn't like to go stumbling about up here in. the dark. I'd either ruin my shins or else break my neck.'' I don't think .I could get along as well as either of you in the dark," remarkeu the profes sor. "So let's hurry down :ts fast as we can.'' "Can you trot down hill?" Frank asked. "I gues!. I can, though it has been a long time since I ran a foot-race." "Well, let's try and see what. you can do." They started off on a trot down the smooth portions they had passed over as they came up. But they had not gone two hundred yards ere the profe51lor stumbled anu fell sprawling. A grunt escaped him loud enough to stop the other two and bring them to his asaistanoo a once. "Are you hurt, professor?" Frank asked, a.; he assisted him to his feet. "I-I-don't-know,'' he replied, in a sort of dazed way. "You ought to know." "Well, maybe I am." Frank could not repress a smile, and even Var ley grinned. "I am jarred all over," said the professor, pulling hirnBelf together. I guess I won't run any more." "But can you walk?'' Oh, yes," and he started off with a slight limp. They hurried down, and when they reached the base of the mountain the stars had !J.g;:un to peep out. . The Electric Man was a mile aW""ity, but Pomp and Barn e y had set the el e ctric lightli blazing, so that they could not lose their way. In due time they reached the carriage, when the pro!essot sM down on a stool and declared that he \VIIS never so glad to rest in all his life. "You haven't done much traveling on foot, professor," remarked Frnnk. "No, sir, not much; anu I don't care to begin it at this time or life." "No. It breaks a man up who is not used to it." Pomp had a good supper ready for them, and in a little while they were lying around smoking at ease. The long walk fatigued them just enough te induce them to retire early, and they did, leav ing Barney and Pomp to divide the WILtch be tween them. Morning found them up early preparing to be gin the ascent of the mountain by the circuitous route which had been selected. After an early breakfast they started, the Electric Man seeming to be in a humor for a good run. On reaching the bas e of the mountain Barney, Pomp and Varley got out to walk up, thus re lieving the Electric Man of a very heavy burden. On the way up Varley related to Barney and Pomp the story of the big nugget he had found up on the mountain's side.


\.N. They were deeply interested, of course, and ed Frank. "I won't run any more. Hold up, kept a sharp lookout for something of the kind Pomp 1" themselves. ''Afore de Lor', Marse Frank!" gasped Pomp, When they reMhed the spot where Varley's dropping down in the sand, "I nebber was so nugl!'et was they all stopped and prepared to asskeered in all my born days 1 Dat's er fac' !" him in the task of getting it loose from the "Nor I, either, Pomp," replied Frank. "I'll grip of the stone. never leave the thing by itself again. Hold up, Barney and Pomp got each an ax and began Varley 1" pounding the stone on each side of it. Constant Varley stopped. blows soon reduced a goodly part of the stone to But the Electric Man trotted on, with Barney powder, making quite a hole all round the nugseated in the door of the electric carriage looking get. back at them. By llat means they secured about two pounds "Why doan't Barney stop 'im, Marse Frank?" more of the yellow metal, when the lump was Pomp inquired, very uneasily. broken o:tl'. "Barney is getting his wind," said Frank, There you are," said Frank. "Almost a gazing after the carriage, which was now more small fortune in one lump of the precious stuff. than a mile away. "Two or three more like that will make you a rich They waited till a distance of two miles had man, Varley." been passed, and then saw .Barney scramble to "Yes, sir, and I shall look out for more like his feet. it," said he. "He'!l stop him now," said Frank, as he gazed "Well, we can't stop here any longer now," l after the retreating carri&ge. said Frank, re-entering the carriage aud starting Barney managed to get on his feet, and went it off again up the mountain's side. forward to touch the knob which controlled the The others toiled along up the ascent, and in I electric machinery. due time reached the top and stopped on the But when he hurried forward and reached out -edge of the sandy plateau his hand he touched the wrong button. The "Dis heah am de funniest mountin I ebber did Electric Man dashed away like a race-horse flee 1" exclaimed Pom!J, looking around in amazeacross the plateau, to the intense astonishment ment at the level expanse before him. of the Irishman. Begorra 1" exclaimed Barney. "It has a "Tare an' ounds 1" gasped Barney. Phat's desert av its own." the matther wid the ould man? Shure, an' it's "Dat' s er fac'." runnin' away wid me he is." :tlie.v decided to stop there and take a look Barney gazed out ahead and saw with what round-the edge of the plateau :or a while, the tremendous speed the Electric Man was going, view from that point being one of the most ex-and wondered where he wo uld fetch up. t enslve they had evflr seen in Australia. By and by he saw that he was nearing the "How did dis h!'ah sand git up heah?" Pomp other side of the plateau, and that a great rooky asked, looking arounct in a puzzled sort of way precipice yawned there. "That is the question we want to solve, Pomp," "Howly Mitl!er av Moses 1" he groaned. said the professor. "It is one of the wonders of Then with a sudden desperation he bethought the world, and--" him of the handles of the guide crank. The Eleottio Man, who had been left standing He seized the right hand one and turned the alonj some hundred yards back, suddenly start-Electric Man to the right, making a circle. .ed ol'f the plateau at a brisk trot. ".Bedad, but it'a a woise man I am," he said The whole party turned and gazed after him in to himself in a sort of congratulatory tone as he a dazed sort of way, as if they could not realize found himself going in another direction. that the carriage was running away from tnem. When he was far enough around to face Frank Heavens 1" gasped Franlc, darting forward at and the otners in the distance, he set the Electric the top of his !\Peed. "Catch him, or we are lost 1 Man to going straight ahead and let him go. Catch him 1 Gatch him 1" But ne wondered what he should do to stop B a rney, Pomp, Varley and the professor all him. To run around the plateau all the time -dashed forward at full speed in pursuit of the would not do at all. Electric Man, who seemed be trotting leisurely He decided that he had touched tt.J go knob a way to certain destruction. instead of the reverse one. CHAPTER XXII. THE PERILOUS FOOT"RACE. NEVE:& before in all his life did Frank Reade, :Jr., feel that his life depended on his speed as a .runner. And before did he recognize Ao keenly the desperate chances upon which his life, and that .of his companions, hung, as when he start -ad in a toot-race with the Electric Man acrods t he sandy plateau on the top of those wonderful mountai:ls. He recognized the fact that the Electric Man was built to run all day, while it was not so with himself or his companions. "Run, Pomp 1 Run, Barney! Run, Varley professor '-" -'le cried. Our lives depend on lim J 1Run for yonr lives!" ,.S)p !" yljlled Barney, kicking off his shoe!', 1hrow,?-g off his coat and hat, and darting away "Hi, dar, Barntty !"cried Pomp, following his example. "Ketch 'im, Bantey 1" "Make way there 1" exclaimed Varley, throw i ng off his clothes as he ran. Frank saw that the less clothes one had on the better he could run, and in a minute or two he began to cast oil. his clothes as he ran. He scattered his clothes over the sand for the distance of a mile or more, by which time he was stripped down to good running condition. Barn_ey was far ahead by this lime, and was gaining on the Electric Man, who was trotting leisurely along over the unbroken sandy pla teau. 1 Varley was not far behind him, and it was nip tuck with Frank and Pomp. As for the professor, a half mile run over the sand used him up completely. He sat down, blowin(:( like a porpoise, giving vent to his fears in ejaculations that only served to increase his terror. A stern chase is a long chase, say the sailors, and it _proved to be the case with the Electric Man. Barney overtook the carriage just as he was ready to fall from sheer exhaustion. He was so used up that he sat down In the

18 Here it ia-a pool, or Jake," he said, calling back to Bagstock. What sort of water is it?" Bagstock asked "I don't know. Dip up a pail full of it, Pomp, and carry it out lo the light.'' Pomp did as he was ordered, and Frank fol lowed him out to the light, where the water prttved to be clear as crystal and nearly as cold as ice. Let me taste it," said Frank, taking the cup and drinking some of it. "Why, it'H as fine, sweet water as I ever tasted!" he exclaimed, handing a cup full of it to the professor. Bagstock drank a cup full of it, and agreed with him, saying: "It is pure filtered rain water, Mr. R e ade.'' "Filtered rain water!" "Yes-tlltered through sand. I can unde r stand this now. The rains which fall here at certain seasons filters through and settles in that pool or lake in there." "Ah, that's aimple enough,'' remarked Frank. "The water must go somewhere." "Yes, and that is whore i goes." "Well, I'd like to know what the supply is." "We can find out, very likely." "Yes; let's go back and see if we can get an idea of the extent of the cavern or lake." Frank led the way in again and proceeded to seek a route around the lake. But be soon found that he could not get around It, as the water seemed to be held in by perpen dicular walls of solid stone. Taking up a stone, he threw it forward as far as he could, only to hear it splash into the water. "That shows that it runs back a good dis tance, remarked Bagstock. "l wish we had a boat in which we could push investigations." So do I, but we haven't, nor is there any ma terials out of which one could be made." rhat's true. But this is a good supply, and shows that if provisions could be had life could be sustained while working for gold.'' "Yes. Pomp, you and Varley will have to earry up water enough in pails to fill the tank.'' "Yes, sah," responded Pomp. "Let me carryupthe first pailful,'' said Varley, "and get another pail for myself.'' Varley took up the ft1'Bt pailful or clear, cold water, to the astonishment of Barney, who llad not dreamed of such a discovery in that re gion of stone and dry sand. "Bedad 1" he exclaimed, "I'll have a swim in that same.'' "It's too cold; it would kill you," said Varley. Bar.ney drank some of the water, an:i decided that Varley was right. It was a little too cold for bathing purposes. Being under the necessity of climbing up and down an altitude of one hundred feet with each pail of water, it took them several hours to get the tank filled. By that time they had decided to epend the nightthere. Pomp was ordered to prepare dinner whilst Bagstock and Varley went down with Frank again t o make further explorations. Frank took a long cord and ti&d a stone to it threw the stone into the water and let it sink The cord was sixty feet long, put the stone did not reach bottom. By George !" exclaimed Frank. This is a deep'hole 1 There's water enough here to supply an army of workers." "Yes, and the water is 'the best in the world,'' remarked the professor. "How strange it is that neither birds or beasts nor reptiles are not to be found in the neighbor hood of this water?" "Yes-.but this is a desolate region-the most desolate in the world, perhaps." They went as far in as they could and then re turned, climbing up to the plateal to r es t and partake of refreshments which Pomp had prf.l pared for them. The day had waned so far that they did not go down the mountain's side again, but lit their pipes and sat down where they could look out over the dreary scene from the altitude of over 2,000 feet. Down the mountain's side was nothing but 1troken rocks, and out beyond its basp a vast plain of sand-sand everywhere. Nit;ht eame on and they slept better than ever before on account of the pure air at that altitud e, and in the morning felt greatly refreshed. CHAPTER XXIV. ELEOTRIO MAN IN THE DESERT. WHILJt they were at breakfast the next mornIng Frank remarked : "If we can manage te come back here and work for the gold in these rocks, we can lay laim to this water." THE ELECTRIC MAN. "Of course," said the professor, "but we could not keep others from it it they eame." "No-that's so. We could not r ef use a man water." "No. If we did, they'd kill us. P eop le be lieve that air and water belong to the human race and that no man has the right to cha rg e for ii-except when one digs his own well ." "Yes-it's good sense. But we could lay out claims and get the best pick of locations." ''Yes-so we can." All we need is food." "Yes/' "And that we can obtain always in three or four days by going after it to the nearest river." "Yes." "With the right kind of tools we could soon crush out a fortune in gold." "Yes." "Ah 1 Had we found this water when we wore here !" said Varley. "But you didn't come this far along the mountain," said Frank. "No, sir-not within fifty mil es of it." "But it would have done you no good, for you had little or no provisions." True, and yet had we found plenty of water we would not have suffered so much." "True, but it would have been the same in the end." "Yes, so it would, and yet we might have held out long enough to get gold enough to buy our way out of Australia." Doubtful," said Bagstock. That was a hard crowd you were with. They would have held on to the last, and instead of going back, as you did would have laid around here, because of the water till death would finish you." T;ue as gospel," said Frank. "I don't know but that you are right. They are a hard crowd, and I am glad I am away from "Of course. You are a decent sort of a man.' "Thanks," said Varley. "I appraciate that very highly." Breakfast being over, they made preparatiOns to go across to the other side of the plateau and seek for a passage down on that side of the mountain. They started and made a quick run over the level sandy stirtace, and in a little while were lookr'ng out over the great, illimitable plains be yond. As on the east side, they found bowlders and fragments of broken rocks all the way down, and bad to run several miles along !he crest ere they saw a place that gave a promiSe of a pas-saftwas dangerous trn.veling, and. all walked save Frank, who guided the Electl'IO Man cau tiously. Barney and Pomp on before to look out for rough places and s1gnal to Frank which way to go. Many places were dangerous, but the steady hand and cool nerve piloted t!).e Electric Man safely through .. The descent was at last accomplished, and some time before the sun went down they emerg ed upon the sandy plain at the base of the moun tain. "Now for the great sandy desert,': said Frank. "We have found gold in the m oun tams, an

THE ELECTRIC MAN. "Y&s, sir. The worst I ever experie ced. Is nigger as I orter be, an' when I kan't take keer [ any damage done?" ob myself I axes de Lor' to htJip me out." "I don' t know. The old man is o hiS feet "Yes, that's the way most people do. I was yet." pretty badly scared myself, but didn't lose my "It wo nld have knocked down any kind of a head. I ftnd that Providence never helps a man house or shanty," said Varley. "The steel man who doesn't help hirr.self." must be pretty sttJady on his feet to stand sucb a "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp; "but when er shock as that." niggtJr is sl;eered almost to def he ain't got no "Yes," said R eade "He has pretty sure feet." sense, n

20 have been drowned by the flood in the centro.! depression of the surface of the desert." I" Doesn't it strike you as rather queer that one snould be in danger of being drowned a wild desert?" "Yes, it does. It would be la ughed at as an absurdity in any other part of the world." Of course., '.rhey bounded along over the smooth surface of the sand as fast as the Electric Man could trnt," said Frank. Pomp extended his band toward Barney. Be me soul, out I'd loike ter bate that black head off av yez," said Barney, as he took the proffered hand. "You are spoiling for a fight," said Frank, and I believe it was a put up job between the pair of you." Barney was disgusted at .the accusation, and Pomp's ear was ringing from the blow he had cnught there. "It was an accident, sir," said Varley. "Pomp would have fallen on hi!l head had he not caught hold of Barney. Barney tried to save himself, and they both went out together." "Dat's er fac'," Baid Pomp. The carriage tl.nally started again, and the two combatants seemed to forget their trouble. The carriage pushed on at a rapid rate, and the mountain loomed up grandly from the plain, with not a bush or shrub or blade of grass afiy where to relieve the monotonous dreariaess of the scene. THE ELECTRIC MAN. At last they were near enough to make out objectS rtnite distinctly. I don't see that the earthquake disturbed the mountain any," said Frank. "Nor do 1. It takes a pretty good shake up to do that," remarked Bagstock. "But if did, it may interfere with our passage." "Yes, that's what I was thinking about." "Well, we'll have to cha.nce that. T e moun tain is tliere, and we have got to it or go south to the end of the continent." That would be a long trip to make. We couldn't do it with our supply of provisions." No-hence our salvation lies in that direc tion," and the professor pointed his finger to ward the mountain in front of them. Mile after mile was passed, and they approach ed the base of the mountain. Hello I" cried Bagstock, a look of dismay on his face, "look there! ,There's a line of sand hill breastworks in front of us." CHAPTER XXVIII. CROSSING A LAKE. THE exclamation of the professor caused Frank to stop the further progress of the carriage at once. He stared at a long line of sand tanks in front, whioh seemed to extend for miles to the right and left of them along the base of the mountain. In some places it was but two or three feet in height, and much greater in others. What can it mean?" Reade asl,ed. They were not there when we came down." "No. '.rhey were thrown up since we passed the mountain," returned the pro!essoc. "Let me go out and see what it means?" aske'd Varley. Are you willinll; to take the riek ?" ''Yes, sir." He took a rifle and started out. The sand banks were some two or three hun dred yards in ad vance. Varley marched steadily forward till he reached the base of the long line of sand banks and then stopped. He was nerving himself to the task. Then he ran up to the top and looked over. Then, after a pause of some two or three minutes, he turned round and swung his hat in tile air. "Come on," he cried. The Electric Man dashed forward to the base of the sand ridge where Varley met them. What is it" Reade asked. Why the rush of water down the mountain cast the sand up there," he said. Is that all?" "That's all." Reade leaped out of the carriage and ran up to the top of the sand-bank to see for himself. He was held spell-bound by what he saw. All along the base of the mountain was a Jake half filled with clear rain water. It was from one hundred to two hundred feet wide. The water had rushed with such force and in such volume down the rocky side of the mount ain, that it had scooped out the sand and cast it up as was seen by the travelers. "It must have been a grand sight," said Frank to the professor, who had joined them. Yes-it was a great cataract, for all the water had to run down, as it would not be absorbed by the rock." "It must have resembled Niagara on a large scale." "Yes-for it extended as far as the rain did." "That water there is as clear as crystal." "Yes-and is pure rain water, the best drink-ing water in the world." I'll have the tank emptied and refilled at once," said Frank, and in a few minutes B,uney had turned the water out of the tank whilst Pomp and Varley proceeded to refill rt from the lake. While that was being done the young inventor and the man of science were studying up the situation. The lake lay between them and t.he mountain, and would have to be crossed eru they could ascend. "We have got to bridge this lake somewhere," said Frank. Yes-for it lies across our path." "Well, we must run down alongside of it t.ill we reach the spot wbere we came down the mountain, and then bridge it." How will you bridge it?" "With spade aad shovel." "Ohl" "A bridge of sand." "Yes." That will be easy enough," They re-entered the carriage and (started oli southward, keeping alongside of the all the time. By and by they saw a place on the face of the mountain which seemed familiar to them. Reade used his field glass and took a good look at the mountain, and remarked: "I think there is where we came down." "I am sure of it," said Varley, who had beea looking that way for some time. "Dt>t's er fac'," put in Pomp. "Do you know the Pomp?" "Yes, sah. I does for er rae'." "Then we'll see if we can get up that way, .. said .Reade. "We'se got ter swim dat lake, den," "That depends upon the depth of it," replied Frank. They got out and examine<.! the ridge of sand in front of them. It about eight feet high, sloping gently outward toward the plains. "See how deep the water is, Barney," Frank ordered. In another minute Barney was stripped and wading in the lake. The greatest depth was up to his waist, with a smooth sand bottom. Bedad," said Barney, "it's a swim I'll have," and he swam around with such evident relish of the sport. that the others soon jo' ed r him in the delightful exercise. J "We must cut a channel through the ridge there," said Frank, as he stood in tb.e water and looked at the sand-bank, "and by that time tbe water may be low enough to allow the carriage to cross without wetting our provisions." The sun was about two hours when they began work on the sand-bank. It was near midnight when they finished the joh "Now let's have a swim," said FFank, "and then go to bed. Tbe water may be at least a foot lower by tomorrow noon. It is soaking into the sand verv fast." They all took-another refreshing swim and then went to sleep in the carriage. They never had a more refreshing sleep in their lives. When they awoke at sunrise they never felt more refreshed since starting on the expedi tion. After breakfast }'rank examined the water in the lake, and found that it had fallen about ten inches since sunrise of the day "We can cross by nool," he said, "and then camp upon the mountain-top." At noon they prepared to make the start. ...,.,...._, They all entered the carriage and Frank started the old man toward the channel which had been cut in the sand ridge. It was an easy passage. The Electrie Man waded in up to his thighs. In just three minutes after entering tbe water the Electric Man was eli nbing up the rocky em bankment on the other.side. "Now, all of you get out and ride up on ywr legs," ordered Ueade. If the big man's foot should slip there's no telling what might hap pen." CHAPTER XXIX. BARNEY AND THE EAGLJt; THEY all got out, save Fmnk, and beg to as I cend the mountain on foot. l It was not very steep, but they had to sort of zigzag way in order to pilot the way :;m, -the carriage. Of course their progress was slow, for they had to stop at times to roll a stone out of the way, or guide the Electric Man with care and caution over some rough place. But they rt>ached the top at last, after about five hours of slow, patienL work, and the sun seemed to have waited for them to do so befor" sinking below the western horizon. "Ah, what a magnificent view we have from hero," said Reade, as lie stood and ga.,ed out over the boundless desert they bad just left. "Yes," said the professor, ",and it is a view ne other people, save our party, ever had." "Do you really think t.hat?" Reade asked. Yes. How is it possible that any other peo pie could have it? Certainly no white geople ever came here, alfd the natives, having no coP veyance but their legs, cuuld not get up here." "You are right. We are perhaps the only human beings who ever stood on the top of this mountain, or went out on that desert." "Yes-you may rest sure of that," returned the professor. "We may as well stop here for the night as anywhere else, and take a fresh start to-mor row morning. I hope we may ba down where the gold is by to-morrow noon."


"So dO' I, ant! that we may all ftnd as much as we can lift," added BMstock. Howly mither av Moses 1" exclaimed Barney. "It's crazy we'd be wid so much goold." "Dat's er lac'," assented Pomp. "Well, I'd take the chances of going crazy over it," said Varley. "I've been very near crazy sev e ral times for the want of a little of it." "So have 1," put In the professor. "In my young days I was often pinched for money to delray my expenses at college." "I never knew what it was to lack money," remarked Frank. My ffllher could a! ways eommand money with his inventions, and I hat! made a fortune myself before I was out of my Tliat was more than the professor had ever heardFrank say about himself before, and ho was very much interested. "Haw I would like to read the history of your life, Mr. Reade," he said. "I am flure it would be very lnterestiog reading." "I don't know about that," returned Frank, looking amused at the idea or ;;uch a book be ing written. "'-.. 1 am sure you could do nothing that. would interest and encourage young men more," ad tied the professor. "Your life has been a remark ably successful one, I should say. You are y e t a very man-still under thirty, and yet your name has been hoord all 10und the world. You 'vill be known a thousand hence as the first man to navigate the air in an air-ship tc circumnavigate the globe with a flying apparatus." Varley listened to the professor in the most profound amazement. He had no idea that the young inventor was such a famous character as that He gazed at him like one looking upon a great klng or emperor. That night he questioned Barney and Pomp about their travels around the world in air ships, and heard such wonderful stories that he could not make up his mind to believe them. llut Pomp staggered him with one yarn, and Jae said natly that he wouldn't believe it. Pomp appealed to Frank, and he repeated the story j11st as Pomp had told it. Varley gave up, saying: The world hii.S moved some since I left it. I am behind several yrs." "Dat' s er lac'," said Pomp, at which the etire party roared with la.ughter. They retired at an early hour, and slept well till morning. Then they arose before the sun to see it rise out of the desert. It was equal to a sunrise at sea, and the party enjoyed the view very much. After an early breakfast they started across the sandy plateau on the top of the mountain to the edge of the crest on the other side. It took them nearly an hour to get across. The plateau was as level as a floor, and the tramp of the great iron man was scarcely heard as he flew over the sand. By and by they reached the other side, where huge bowlders of rook formed & boundary to the plateau. Beyond the edge sloped the mountain toward the base, a downward grade from a height of over two thousand feet. But they had to run several m!les along the crest ere theyJound the place where came up the '.f . N<'; )und it, however, and began the de. did in ascending, so they did now-all walked but Frank. Varley and Pomp went on before to pilot the way and make sure that the Electric Man should haTe a good footing. So tar as they could see, the earthquake had made no changes in the surface of the mountain. But the descent ;\as not as rapid as they ex pected it would be, as, by somll they missed a part of the route they had come up by, and had to stop and move a number of stones out of the way. At one time they stopped for ovar an hour on a sort of shelf where a bowlder obstructed their progress. Whilst they were pushing the bowlder out of the way they were startled by a shrill acrea!fl overhead. They all looked upward and beheld a large eagle sailing grandly around nearly a thousand feet above them. Pomp made a for the carriage, where he securet! one of the Winchester rtlpeatine: rilles. "You can't hit 'im, Pomp," said Varley, as he looked up at the great height of the bird. Pomp was too eager to make any reply, but ran out, aimed at the imperial bird "nd> fired. THE ELECTRIC MAN. The eagle seemed to start as if 'the ball had whistled pretty close by him, "Give him another," called out Frank, who knew that the rille could curry a ball twice the Pomp aimed abd firer\ again, and the eagle concluded that he had betler stop circling and make a straight cut for the other side of the mountain. 1 Hold on dar 1" cried Pomp, giving him a third shot. 'rhat one hit him, breaking a wing, and the great bird came tumbling earthwatd, screaming all the way down. "Dat got 'im 1" yelled Pomp. Bedad, but the nagur could shoot a star out av the sky," said Barney, who always admired Pomp's skill with the rifle. Barney, Pomp and Varley started toward the spot where they saw the eagle would fall-some fifty yards higher up on the mountain. The bird struck with a thump that ooulu have btlen heard a couple of hundred yards away. But still the unbroken wing in a _measure broke the force of the fall. When the three men reached the spot they found the eagle on his feet, aa defiant as lightning and fierce as a tiger. Barney rushed up to grab him by the neck and make him a prisoner. The eagle raised one of its feet and grabbed Barney by his left leg. Well, a dog with first-class teeth could not take a more penetrating hold than the four claws of an eagle "Ugh 1 Ouch I Take 'im off 1" yelled Barney at the top of his voice and dancing around like a lunatic, dragging the engle with him. Then he fell down, and he and the eagle rolled about fifteen feet down the mountain-side, he yelling murder and the eagle screaming shrilly. "De Lor' gorramighty 1" gasped Pomp, when he saw how the two we1e mixed up, "jes' look at dat Irisher." Tarley dashed at the eagle to take him away, when the fierce bird made a dash at him, and Barney rolled out of his reach. CHAPTER XXX. :DOWN THE MOUNTAIN-VARI..EY'S I..UOK. TBE screams of the eagle and yells of Barney caused Reade and Bagstock to rush to the spot. Barney had just escaped from the bird, and was rubbing his leg and showering blessings on the whole feathered kingdom. Haven't you any better Sense than to tackle a wounded eagle, Barney?" Reade II.Sked, as he saw the blood stains on Barney's trousers. "I didn't tackle 'im, sorr," replied Barney ruefully. "The dirthy baste av a birrud tackled me, bad cess to the loikes av 'lm." "What did you go so near to him for? You have ha.d experience enough with eagles to know what they can do." Barney was in too much pain to relish a lecture just then, and so he took up a stone, and was about to smash the offending bird, whenFrank stopped him. Don't kill 'im 1 If his wing only is broken we can save his life and take him home with us." "Better mind 'bo't dat eagul," said Pomp, who had a wholesome fear of the breed of birds. Frank walked around the bird and viewed him from every point of the compass. He saw that the bullet had broken its left wing near the second joint. "We must catch him and out the wing off whet'e it is br'>ken," Ae saiJ, "and then tie him to the top of the cage. The wound will heal and we'll have a prize in him." "You'll hab de ole Nick in 'im," said Pomp, shaking his head. Dem eaguls is wuss den snakes." "You must keep away from him if you don't want to get hurt," said Bagstock, who was quite anxious to secure the prize. "Dat's jes what dis heah chile wants ter do, sah," said Pomp. Barney had gone down to the carriage to get some salve for his wound. Frank sent Pomp down to get a bag to throw over the eagle. When the bag arrived he threw it over the bird, who fought and screamed in a most savage way. They succeeded in catching its foot and neck, and then held it till Reade had amputated the broken end of the wing. Then they secured him and conveyed him to the carriage, when he was tied on top where he could survey things without doing any mischief. "You will have a sore leg for a few days," remarked Frank, as he looked at the wound on Barney's limb. "Bedad, but it's sore now." "Yes, I guess it is. You want to let alone, you know." They then resumed the descent of the mountain, making slow progress, in order to avoid ac cidents. Suddenly Varley made a dash to the left and ran about thirty yards, liS if impelled by impulse which he could not resist. "Bedad, but it's crazy he is," Barney, as he gazed after him. ".A.h 1 he has found a nugget," exclaimed the professor. Barney and Pomp sprang forward and weceat his side in a moment. They found him tugging at a nugget wlllch protruded from a broken rock several inches. Bring me an ax," he cried as he held on to the yellow lump as if he feared it would crawl in:. to the rock if he let go of it. Pomp ran back and 50t an ax for him. He seillled it and began pounding on the stone near the nugget. "Hold on therl'l," said Frank. "Don't strike so hard. Striking hard will ruin the ax, whereas if you use but half the force you will wear away the rock anrl not use up the ax entirr,ly." Varley did as he wa;; told, and found that it was true. But it was a tedious job, and while he was pounding away at it the others strolled about and found a ,number of small nuggets-jn<>t large enough to excite them to a frantic search for more. Hour after hour passed, and still Varley Wail pounding away on the stone. Perspiration poured from him. The excitement and the vigorous exercise was telling on him. Barney offered to relieve him, but he would not accept the offer. He was afraid the other would have a claim on the nugget H he did-:' Frank saw that the nugget was likely to prove a big one, and decided to wait there till he se cured it, it he worked all night. The sun weut down, and the stars came out to find the man still pounding away on the stone. Por:dt> earried his supper tq him, and he stopped long enough to thank him and eat it. Then he resumed work again, and kept at it till midnight, when the stone cracked, t\nd the. nugget was wrenChed out. It was a heavy lamp of pure gold, and the poor fellow was overjoyed &t his good fortune. ,, "You waited for me, Mr. Reade," he said, ns he laid the battered nx and the nugget down af the young inventor's foot, "11nd I want to thank you for it; Such kindneas touches my sir," as he hastily b,rushed a tear from his eyes. "I could not have done otherwise, llr. Var ley," Reade." and I am glad you have been so fortunate in securing the whole lump." "Thank you, sir," said the poor fellow. "I shall give you credit for tJl good luck I h&V8 in the rest of my life." He placed the nugget in the chest with the ones he bad already found, and then climbed into the narrow berth to Bl&ep till morning. They woke up at sunrise. The scream of the on top of the carriage broke their slumbers. "He is as good as an alArm-clock," remarked Frank. ".A.n' as bad as er mad dog," said Pomp. "I guess he's hungry." "Dis chile ain't er gwine ter gib 'im no meat." '' Oh, I'll food him," Frank said. You get breakfast and I'll look out for him." While Pomp wa6 prep!!.ring tile meal Frank tossed a. piece of cold meat upon the top of the carriage. The hungry birtl Aeized and devoured it with voracious gusto, and then seemed to look to the donor for more. "Hanged if I don't belieTe I can tame 'im," exclaimed Frank. "But I won't feed him any more till we get where we can kill some game for him." The meal over, they resumed their journey down the mountain-side toward the vast plain beyond the base. They succeeded in getting back into the open lug which they had struek when they went up on that side. Then the

22 he leo ked back up the incline. "I would not like to risk it again for $10,000." "The worst is over now," Varley, who was leading the way along through the opening. They passed along through the big bowlders, a.nd gradually got down to the base of the mount ain. "Whoop I" yelled Barney, who was anxious to M<>p walking so he could get into the carriage and nurBe his wounded leg. It's glad I am ter get down on the ground agin.'' The eagle screamed. because Barney whooped, (and Pomp sung out: That bird wants ter shake hands wid yer, Earnev" " yet feet wid im "retorted Barney. "Hello I" exclaimed the professor, stooping and picking up an old worn slouch hat which lay at his feet. "Look at this I It wa.s not here when we came by on our way up I" They stopped, crowded around the professor look at the evidence of the presence of man in that locality. "Come in!" cried Frank from the carriage. There is dangec here I" They rushed for the carriage. CHAPTER XXXI. CAUGHT !N A TRAP. THE call of Reade caused the party to scramble within the carriage with all possible speed. Varley was the one to enter last. He held the hat in his hand. Let me see that," said Reade. Varley gave it to him. He looked at it carefully for a minute or two, and then said : "It. was dropped here since the big rain." "Yes, sir. I tbink so too," assented Varley, "and it h:ls a very familiar look to me." "Eh! Is that so?" "Yes, sir." "How so?" It looks very much like the hats worn by some of tho convicts when I was with them.'' "What I Like those worn by Crow ley's crowd?" "Yes, sir." "Well, they were hereabouts when we you the first time. The rain would have beaten it al most to pieces and washed it into some crevice of tbe rocks." It would seem so." Is it possible that Crowley and his crowd could have come back here to the mountain after the experience of their first trip?" "It is hard to tell what they would or would not do," said Bagstock, who had been a quiet listener to what had been said. =":I guess you are right there, professor," said Reaqe. "They may have secured a good supply of provisions and made a second march to the mountain. If they did they have more nerve than I have been disposed to them credit for." It would require a great deal of nerve to try it over again after their terrible experience of the first time.'' "Yes. I Cim'tthink they have come back here. This hat must have come from another party al together. However, we'll be on the lookout and not take any cbances,'' and with that Reade started the Electric Man up again and carefully pushed his way along through the opening among the rocks which had afforded them a passage over the mountain on their first trip. "I don't think therA is any party here but our own," said Reade, after they had gone about a half mile through the winding channel among the rocks. ''It is hard for me to believe that there is," as sented the professor, "and yet I am sure that some one bas been along here since that terrible rain. That hat is a fact I can't get around.' "That's so; and facts are very stubborn things sometimes, aren't they?" Indeed they are." Look'out dar 1" cried Pomp, as the ElActric iran was"about to run up on a big bowlder lying tiirectly ia his front. Hello I" Frank, bringing him to a halt with a sudden turn. That bowlder doesn't belong there I" "Well, it's there, anyhow," rel!larked Bag atock. "Yes, and it got there after we passed here," aaid Reade, as he !'(lared at the rock. "Are you sure we passed here?" "Yes, I know several landmarks.'' "Yes, so do I," put in Varley. "I know the way well. We came right along here-didn't we, Pomp?" "Yes sah, "Wei!, earthquake must have shaken that rock lOOiie up on the mountam somewhere, and 9ellt it rolling down on the path here," remarked THE ELECTRIC MAN. Frank, as he looked at the bowlder. It's going to worry us to get it out of our way, too, for it must weigh several tons." "I don't believe we can move it," said Bagstock," unless we have crowbars, which we have not." "But we've got to move it," said Reade. "We can't stay here always, you know.'' "Maybe we can find another passage if we go back a half mile or so." "Well, we'll try and see. If we can we shall be saving ourselves some pretty hard They managed to make a short turn, and then to go back through the open ing they had just come in the hope of finding an other passage through the field of broken stone. They moved back about the eighth of a mile, when Pomp exclaimed: De Lor' gorra.mighty I" "What's the matter, Pomp?" Reade asked. "Dar's anuder rock in de paf out dar," and he pointed straight ahead to another big bowlder in t.he path in front of them. Frank opened wide his eyes and stared as if confronted by a ghost. The professor was equally as astonished with him, and gasped out: "What does it mean?" "It means that we are caught in a trap," re plied Reade, his eyes blazing with the light of battle. "A thrap, is it?" said J:!arney, looking at the bowlder out in front.. "Sure, an' it's mes1lf as can bate the head off av any spalpeen as wud do the loikes av that." Somebody has rolled the bowlders down into the passage for the purpose of stopping us." "Do you really think that?" Bagstock asked. 'Jan you account for this in any other way?" "Well, no, I cannot.'' "Then I am right. They are laying for us be hind these bowlders somewhere, either to shoot us down, or capture us as we get out to remove these obstructions in our pathway.'' "What are we to do, then?" "Wait till we can see who our enemy is," was the reply. "But we may have to wait a long time.'' "Well, we can wait as long as any other party can, for we have provisions and water, and it's not likely that they car:. be as well supplied as we are Reade turned the Electric Man around and walked him back toward the tlrst bowlder. When about half way between the two [he halted and said to those in the carriage: "All keep quiet now as if nothing had hap pened to stop us. If we take it easy they'll show their hanlls maybe, and then we'll find out who they are.'' "You are not going to try to roll that bowlder out of tbe way?" Bagstock asked. "Why, no. That would be doing what they twant us to do," replied Frank. "I am not going o play into their hands that way. They'd a qhance to shoot us down the moment we were out of the carriage." The professor turned pale at the thought of such a danger, and said no more about it. He and Reade each took a book from the chest and sat down to read, and Barney and Pomp joined in a game of cards, whilst Varley declared he'd keep an eye open :or a glimpse of the ene my. But the day waned and the sun went dow!l without anything having beer.. see!l' or heard of the enemy. "Tbey are very patient," said Reade, in a whisper, "but we cc: be as patient as they. Thev'll show themselves soon. never fear." "It can't be Crowther's crowd," Varley, after a pause of some minutes. "Why not?" "Because I can't believe that he bas so much prudence or patience to play us such a game.'' "Well, we'll see.'' As the night advanced a profound silence fell upon the world around them. Varley wanted to go out and hunt around for the unknown enemy, but Reade would not con sent to it, and so they all, save the watch, went to bed and slept, CHAPTER XXXII. VARLEY'S EXPLOIT. WIIEN morning came the watch declared that nothing had been seen or heard of the enemy. "Well, we'll look out for him to. day," said Reade, "but under no circumstances must any one expose himself to the fire of a concealed ene my. I don't want to have a wounded or dead man on my hands.'' They proceeded to take tllings easy during the day, just as they did the day before, expecting every hour that the enemy would show himself Late in the afternoon Reade's patience began to give way, and he oaid to Bagstock in a low tone: I'd rather have a hard fight and take the chancoo than sit here cooped up this way.'' "So would I," was the reply. Vt\rley whispered to Reade: "Let me go out in quest of them after dark, and I'll find out all them.'' Do you tbink you are equal to tlt.e task?" "Yes, sir. Have I not defied the constabulary for years in the bushes?" "Very well, I'll trust you. What weapons you want?" "A revolver and a knife.'' "You shall have them," said Frank. When the stars came out and darkness had well settled down on the scene, Varley, well armed, slipped out of the carriage. Being without shoes, he stepped forward with noiseless tread, cro!lching the while below the bowlders on that side of the channel. Then he began crawling around among the bowlder!', listening for the faintest sounds. But nothing could he hear. Yet he would not relax any of his caution, but kept on hands and knees crawling among the rocks. At last he concluded to cross over on the other side of the passage and see if he could find any thing over there. On that side he crept along down to a spot near the bowlder which bad stopped the progress of the carriage. There he became satisfied that he 'could he>ti' the breathing of some one behind the bowlder next to It. To creep around to tb e other side of it was the task he set himbelf to do, and never did mortal man move more stealthily than he. On the other side he c.o.ught a glimpse of a man leaning against the rock and peering cautiously around at the carriage and Electric Man. Varley stood there and gazed at the dark figure pressed against the rock for some ten minutes or more, and then crept away from the spot in or deri to derude what was best to do. "That fellow is simply a sentinel," he mutter ed to himself. The others are about here some where, and I want to find out where they are and who they are.'' Then he began crawling around among the bowlders, and for more than an hour he was searching for the party he believed:was about in the vicinity. Suddenly he heard a sound somewhat like one shoring in his sleep, and following it among the bowlders, he came across a party of men, raggeo:l, uncouth, but well armed, so far as he could see. It was entirely too dark for him to mak<1 on\ whether or not they belonged to Crowther's crowd. But he managed to understand the situation. They have set a man to watch," he reasoned to himself, and if our party leaves the carriag& to roll the bowlder out of their way he is to give notice so they can sllp around and ambush us. That is the game. I'll see if I can't spoil it a. little bit." Back he creeps to where tho lonely sentinel watches from behind the bowlder, and begins te crawl upon him with a cttt-like caution. Suddenly he taps the man on the shoulder from behind, and then claps a revolver his head, saying:. "Utter a sound and you are a deii,Q man I" The man stood stock still. '-, He dared not open his mouth. "Come with me," said Varley, taking and leading him out from behind the bowlder and toward the carriage. Reade heard foottlteps approaching, and was on thfl alert. "Mr. Reade?" called Varley, in low tones. "Is that you, Varley?" Reade asked. "Yes, sir. I have caught one of them.'' "Who is he?" 'I don't know, sir, as he has not spoken yet. There's a lot of tnem back behind the bowlders there. This fellow was watching the carriage and the bowlder in the pass.'' Varley spoke in a whisper and Frank did like wise. "Did your crowd roll that bowlder tnto the pass?" Reade asked of the fellow. "Yes," was the gruff 1eply. "To stop us?" "Yes.'' "Is Crowther in the crowd?" "Yes." "You were to give the signal if we attempte

he carriage whilst he an:l the others crept forward to the bowlder and proceeded to try their united strength upon it. After a careful inspection Reade decided to roll it to the left, and all tour put their to "the bowlder and pushed with all their might. The heavy stone was moved, and in. another 'IDOment rolled completely over, leaving space enough for the Electric Man and carriage to pass through. "Now, come away," whispered Frank, leading way cautiously back to the carriage. "The way is clear now," Reade whispered to the professor. "Well, I am glad to hear that, I am sure," was the reply. "Take that fellow out and lay him on the ground," said Frank. Barney and Pomp quickly laid him on the ground, and then hastened to get into the carriage again. All was done without a word having been spoken above a whisper. When all were inside again Reade was about to turn on the electric curs;ent and set the steel man moving, when a groan from the bound man .on the ground attracted his attention. See what he wants, Varley," said Reade. Varley got out, went to him, and, removing the gag from his mouth, asked: "What do you want?" "Give me some water,"sald the man. "I am dying of thirst." He gave him a pint of water and then said: I'll not put the gag on you again, but you want to keep quiet for at least ten minutes after we start." He then re-entered the carriage, and Reade said: "All ready now! We are off." Suddenly the electric lights blazed out, making the scene around them a!! bright as day. The next moment the Electric Man stepped forward and his heavy tread sounded clear and distinct on the still night atr. ''They hear us sure," said Varley, who thought .tie had never heard the old man put his foot down so heavily before. But the bowlder was passed, and then a yell of riumph burst from Barney, Pomp and Varley. It was answered back by yells from those who .aad been alarmed by it, and the next mom_ent men \Vere heard running around among tb.e .;ocks in a state of tenible excitement. CHAPTER XXXIIL THE ELECTRIC MAN. I can't see what brought them back here after the terrible experience they had on their first visit." "Maybe they thought that after the rain there would be plenty of water here for them," suggested Bagstock. 1 So the!'e is, if they only knew where to look for it." They lit their pipes and indulged in a good long smoke, keeping the electric lights burning, that the enemy might know where they were. At last the lights were put out, and all went to bed except the one on watch. Pomp had the first watch, and he kept his eyes and eare open for anything that might come along. But when his time was up nothing had broken the silent monotony of the night, aud he called Barney to take his place. Barney had had a good nap and was fresh and bright when he took Pomp's place as watch. He had been up about an hour when he saw a dark object on the ground not ten feet away from the carriage. At first it seemed like a log lying on the ground. He looked at It and wondered how it was that he had not noticed it be!ore. As he was gazing at it he imagined he saw one end of it t:g.0'\'11. Then, anat his susp!ulons were aroused, and he glared the object like a cat eying a mouee upcn wJliiilh she is about to spring. Co<:k.Ulg his r.ew.lver, be hissed In low ton88: "B.att: 'ibere, )16 spalpcen !" "Don't shoot," came from the ground. "I want to join you." We don't want the loikes av yez,", returned Barney. "Sure an' it's mesilf as wants ter bate yer head off av !very mithers' son av yez." What is it, Barney?" Reade asked,' suddenly waking up and hearing their voices. "Sure &n', it's wan av thim," replied Barney. Reade got out of his berth and said : What does he want?" "Sure an' he wants me to shoot him." Don't shoot," said the man on the ground. I want to surrender and go with you as Varley did." "You can't do that-we don't want you," re plied Reade. "We haven't room for any more.'' But I'll walk all the way if you will only give me food and protection." "No, we won't saddt.e ourselves with any of you. You are a bad lot. I couldn't trust you." "But you trusted Varley and--" So I did, but he proved to us that we could THE ESCAPE-AN ACCIDENT. trust him before we did. Is Crowther with you SATIBFJED that he was now safe, Reade felt like back there?" xulting too. "Yes." He sung out at the top of his voice: What is he doing?" How are you, Crowther!" "He is our leader." Crowther made no "Why did he lead you back here to starve?" Frank was really anxious to see him after the "He talked us Into It" trouble he had caused the entire party. "Well let him talk xou out of it it he can If "I say, !" he called to him again., you would cut loose from him and go Your man is lymg there tied up. You back to the wooded section where there Is game better look after him. you would get along better." The enemy was careful enough not t.o show By this time the profes?or and Varley were up himself for or a bullet from .the carnage. listening to what was being said. Tha electric light gave a good v1ew of the rock&, "Do you know that fellow?" Reade asked of but not one of the enemy could seen. Varley, in a whisper. "They may roll another stone mto the pass, "Yes sir He is a hard case" .11uggested Professor Bagstock. "So you had "The'y ali are as for that matter said Frank better be on the lookout for that." and then turning to the man Raid l:o him "Yes," SaiQ Frank," we'll. run out to the open "Go back to your gang. We won't ha,;e anystbp for the mght. I want to find thing to do with you." ,. N.rthu! party have fo,und any gold worth "They will kill me it they know I have said lan.dtioning.': anything to you about going with you said the The Electnc Man dashed away along the pas-man sage, and in f!o few minutes was out in the open "We won't give you away, but the sooner you country_ agam where. no 0 1 could be fell

I jTHE ELECTRIC MAN "Somewhat. But heretofore they have been J swarmed about the carriage and Electric Man able to build some kind of a shelter of in like so many bees. the timber." "Howly Moses I" gasped Barney, grasping his "Well, they won' t find any timber convenient re>olver. this time." "De Legan preparations for supper. "'Sook double to-night, Pomp," said Reade t() him. "I am going to ask our kind friends .ll.ere to take supper with us." The wom&n wheeled and ran into the house; whence she returned ten minutes later in a dress which had evidently been held in reserve for many years. Her husband looked at her with admiration. My wife is a proud woman," he said, ''and she has the right to be." CHAPTER XXXVI. SOliE STRANGE REVELATIONS. KNoWING they were to have guests for supper, Barney and Pomp took pains to prepare a most excellent moo!. The woman watched them with an eager ex pression on her face, and the moment she caught a whifr of the fragrant Java she exclalu..ed: "Andy Willcrart I They have got coffee I" "Eh I Coffee?" "Yes, real coffee I Don't you smell it?" The man sniffed the air and heaved a sigh of satisfaction aa he caught the fragrant aroma. The moment the man's name was called Varley sprang to his feet and gazed at Wm hka on& in a dre&m. -., Suddenly he rushed to the man's side, lutched his arm, and asked: "Are you Andy Willcraft?" The man started, g&Zed oolt savagely at ley, and asked: What's that to you?" "It is a great deal to me. My name is Varley." The man staggered as if stricken a terrible blow, and Varley drew his revolver. "My God I" gasped the man, turning deathly pale. "Sarah, here he is I" Sarah screamed and sprang before her band. "Spare him Oh, spare him I" Reade sprang forward and caught Varley's arm, asking: What does it mean?" "He is the man whose false evidenee sent me here a convict!" exclaimed Varley, hoarse with heavens I Is that so?;' "Yes-he is the man." "Well, it's wonderful. But keep cool. Let me manage him for you." Don't shoot I" cried the man in abject terror behind his wife. He won't shoot," said Frank, turning to th&


THE ELECTRIC MAN. trembling wretch, "unless I tell him to. Now honor to see you through, if it costs me ten what have you to say for yourself?" thousand dollars." "Nothing!" cried the woman, clapping a band over her hueband's mouth. H 3 has nothing to CHAPTER XXXVII. say!" "Are you sure of that, ma'am?" Reade asked: THE ARRIVAL IN SYDNEY. "Go Into the house, Andy. We wou't eat' supDURING the evening, as they were seated per with 'em to-night." around the camp-fire, Varley told the history ol "Stop!" sternly ordered Frank, who saw his lite to Frank and the professor, telling many what her game was. "If y,,u don't tell all you things he had not mentioned before. know about this case I'll let Varley open lire on "Why did you not tell us you were the rightyou!" tul Lord Salliston?" Bagstock asked, wh"n he "He'll have to shoot me first," said the wom-had finished his story. au, resolutely, planting herself before her cower"Because I knew you would not believe me," ing husband. was the reply. "One bullet will settle ynu, ma'am," said Var-"You are right," said Frank. "We could not ley. "What Is one woman's life to the twenty have believed a word of it. But we believe it all years I have spent as a convict? By the powers now." above us, if you don't stand aside and let him "Yes," said Bagstock. "We know now that speak without interference, I'll shoot you as I you have told the truth. I congmtulate you, my would a dog!" lord." His fierce manner dismayed her, and she Don't call me by that title. Let It be plain tremblingly asked: Mr. Varley till this stigma is removed from my "Would you shoot a woman?" character." "Do you call yourself a woman? You are a "That Is the better way," said Reade. "Keep fiend in woman's form I Stand aside or I'll fire!" quiet on that point till we get to England. What And he aimed at her head. we have to think of now is how we are gc.iug to She stepped aside. get these children to Sydney." "Go into the house," he said to her. "No "They can walk every step of the way, sir," bRrm shall come to you or him if you keep your said Willcraft. mouth shut. Go, I tell you." "It is too far," replied Frank, shaking his The children screamed and clun:; to their head. They and the mother must ride. Some mother's skirts. of UR must take turns at walking." "Go into the house, ma'am," said Frank. They retired at a late hour and slept com" Your Interference may provoke bloodshed." fortably, save Varley, who watched the cabin to "l:lpare my husband," she pleaded. make sure that Willcraft did not give him the "Yes, if you don't interfere." slip. l:lhe turned and went Into the cabin, followed But the man was glad enough to get a chance by her children. to go back to England, with the hope of protec" Andy Willoraft," said Varley, when the worntion from the very man he had feared above all an had gone, you rPmember my last words to others. you when I was led away from court to be transHe was the first one to greet Varley the next potted for life?" morning, and said: "Yes," gt\Sped Andy. "My wife and I are both very g!nd that W!l "I said that I would live to have your llfe for have had tho chance to undo the mischief of having sworn mine away. Now if you do not twenty years ago." l"ight that wrong I'll kill you where you stand." "Well, so am I," replied Varley, "but those "How can I do it?" twenty years can never be wiped out. Their tar" You swore falsely against me, and !G was rible scars will go with me to my grave." your evidence that convicted me of a crime of "I suppose they will, my lord, but my conwhich I innocent. You were bribed to do science drove me into an exile but littia l!lSs un th:tt. Hero are witnesses. Toll them tile truth, comfortable than yours. I don't suppose I shall or die like a dot:/" ever be happy again, save when I see you in the "Yes-yes, I'll do that," he said. "Then I'll enjoyment of what Is justly yours." be easier than I have been in years. I have Preparations to leave the cabin went on whilst never been able to shake of!' the fear that you Pomp was preparing the morning meal. would some day turn up and kill me for what I The children were overjoyed at the idea of godid, and that is why I came to Australia a few in!!". The mother was equA.lly us happy, but was years after you were sent to Tasmania. I.ord quite overcome when Reade told her that she Snl!fston, who succeeded to the title and e1 tate could take n(lthing with her but what sjJ.e and after your tranllportatlon, gave me a good sum the children wore. of money on which to live in Australia. One day "Whatever is needed for the voyage home," I heard you had escaped, and f&arfng that he said to her, will be bought for you in Syd you would come to Australia, I came way out nay-everything new." here to be out of your way." 'fhat reconciled her, and after breakfast she "Who killed James Tipton?" Varley asked. and the childrlfu entered the carriage with Reade "I don't know; but he who is now Lord Saland the pn,fessor, whilst the other four men liston paid me to swear that you did." walked. "Yes-yes. But have you any proof that he I Wlllcraft knew every foot of the country. He bribed you?" told Frank how he could save at least fifty miles "Yes. My wife knows that he did, for he gave by making a certain point on tbe river where me one thousand pounds for doing so." there would be no trouble about crossing. "Does any one else know it?" Of course the traveling was very slow, as the "YeS-my brother in Cornwall knows it." Electric Man had to wait for those on foot, who "How eame he to know it?" could not keep up with him. "He o.verheard us talking one night, and has That evening they encamped on the banks of support him ever since.' the river, and stretched the tent under which the Now you and your wife must go back to Eng-men slept. land with me and swear to this in open court.'' After an early breakfast they resumed the trip, "We have no money." keeping the river on their right, till late in the "I have enough gold to get you there." afternoon they reached the point where Will" But my children?" craft said It could be forded. "'l'hey cau go too." The river was half a mile wide there-on a "Yes," said Reade, who now saw that Varley sand-bed. was Indeed an innocent and much wronged man Reade shook his head as he looked at the -"they can all go." stream. "Do you hear that, Sarah?" Andy cried out. "I dare not undertake It," he said. .. We are all to go back to old England-back to "The deepest part is not over three feet in .bur old home." jepth," said Willcraft, "and I'll prove it to you." She ran out of the cabin and s'louted for joy. With that he started in to wade across. Then she checked and 8aid: When in tho center of the stream the water "But, Andy, Lord &lliston will have us both reached only to his hips .nurdered, to save himself, the moment we land "Come back!" called Reade. in England." He came back, and then Frank said to him: "Not so," said Frank. "I'll see that you are "Pilot the way and I'll follow." protected. Rest easy on that score. How does He did so, and Reade started the Electric Man the supper get on, Pomp?" In him. "Mos' ready, snh," replied Pomp, who had lost The bed of the river was a compact sand bot-none of the strange revelations in regard to Vartom, and In a bnlf hour the carriage was on dry ley, who by right, Lord Sallis ton o! Eng-land on the other side . land, and not a real convi"t, Putting the mother and children out and leav-The family ate supper wnb them, after all. ing them in charge of the father, he rode back The delight of the children was unbom1ded. arross after the others, whom be brought safely But Varley was the happiest of all that night. over. "Varloy," said Fran!:, extending his baud to They then made a few more mile<> before mak-bim, "I'll congratulnte you now, and pledge my ing a stop. 28 On the way Barney shot and wounded a big male kangaroo so badly that he could not jump. On running up to the game he found hilll ready to fight. "Look out there!" cried Varley 9lld Willara!t in a breath. 'l'he warning came too late. The with a face w'.dcautiou ," said the profes sor. Varley and the Willcrafts sought a good place by the road-side to rest and wait for the arrival ol the carriage, and the Electric Man dashed on toward the city at a slashing pace. As they entered the suburbs of the city they were recognized and a great shout went up from the people on the streets. 'l'he veople poured out of their houses to see what the hubbub meant, but Frank dashed forward till he reached the mayor'& office, in front of which he halted. mayor was in, and when he saw the Electric Man and hMrd the shouts of the people be came to welcome Reade back to the city. Such a crowd gathered around the Electric Man that a platoon of police was sent to keep them back. "I am glad to see you back, Mr. Reade," said the mayor. "I welcome you to Sydney." "Thanks, mayor," responded Rea

96 "Your olcl quarters are still at your command,'' 11aid the mayor. "You can take posses ion at oace." "Thanks. I will go there, then, if the police can open a pas;;age for me through this crowd." The mayor spoke to the officer in charge of the platoon, and in another moment the policemen were a passage for the Electric Man to pass through. It did not take them long to reach the building where the Electric Man and the carriage were put together when they arrived in Austra lia. 1 But hundreds rushed in with them when the door was opened, and the police l;Lad a busy time in driving them out. "Now, Barney," said Frank to his faithful mo.n, "ste p outside and hire a carriage to go for Varley and the Willcrafts," and ho handed him some mon0y with which to pay for it. Barney watched his chance and slipped out unperceived, and made his way to a hvery-sta ble, where he found a good carriage at his ser :But he could not make the thick-headed driver understand exactly what he wanted him to do, without saying more than he thought was prudent, so he sprang into the carriage himself and ordered him to drive on. In about an hour he reached the l!lpot where Varley was waiting for him. They all crowded into the carriage, and were driven into the city, where they took up theii quarters in a very unpretentious little hotel. Having perf

Electric Man, with they can work the mines at the gold mountains. Then when they get thin 'gs into their own bands overboard you go." "Bedad !" exclaimed Barney, making a rush for the door. "He has gone now," said Varley," and tbe best thing we can do is to go too," and he took Barney by the arm and led him down-stairs and out on the street. "Now let's go back to the Electric Man, and say n:>thing about where you have been," he suggested to Barney, as they walked along the street. Barney agreed, and on their arrival at the warehouse Porno let them in. He at once became suspicious; for he saw that Barney had been drinking. Varley, however, said nothing till after Barney laid down and went to sleep. Then he said to Pomp: [ overhead two men talking ofa plot to steal 'he Electric Man and run ofl wHh it, taking either you or Barney along to run it. I kept au eye on them, and to-day I saw OLe of them come here and take Barney away with him." 'De Lor' gorramighty 1" exclaimed Pomp, "tm' I didn't butt 'im I" "No, for you didn't know the game." Dat's er fa.c'." "I followed them attd found 'em in a room in a '""hotel with a bottle of wi9e. In another hour they would have had him in their power. Don't say a word about it to any one. I think you and Barney can take care of the Electric Man if you keep your eyes open." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "Oh, golly, don't I wish I could butt em one time," and he shook his woolly head in a way that showed he had not forgotten how to uae it in a scrimmage. When Barney woke up from his nap he hs.d quite a head on him. But he said nothing to Pomp as to how be got it. On arriving at the mayor's office and ascer taining that he had not been sent .for, Hayward was furious. He ran out, sprang into the carriage, and told th"l coachmil.n to drive to the Kings Arm's Hotel as fast as his horses could go. At the hotel he bounded up-stairs to the room where he bad Jeft Barney O'Shea and Varley, only to find that they were gone. Then he stopped to think. Did Reade keep a detective to watch the move ments of his two men? If so the detective would have to be fixed ere anything could be done. He went down-stairs and inquired of the clerk about the two men he had left in his room. They went out together soon after you did," replied the clerk, and that was all he could find out about it. . Neither Barney or Pomp sa1d a word about the aopping out of his head. "Silence 1 Hold up your bands I" They cculd not do otherwise. They held up their bar.ds, for the intruders had the drop on them, and that made all the difl er eoce in the world. "Disarm them !" Hayward ordered. One of the party to9k their arms away from them. "Now listen w me," said Hayward, addressing the two prisoners, we have captured the Elec tric Man, and want you to run it for uH. If you work sq uartJ all right. If we see you trying to frulltrate our plans we'll put bullets into you and take to our baels. We have no idea of being captured. When you have taught us how to run the thing we'll give you $1,000 each and let you go. Do you understand?" "Yes, sah," replied Pomp. "Do you, Barney?" "Yis, bedad." "Then get up and go to work preparing the machine for a start." B11.rney and Pow p rna "ie for th6' carriage, hop ing to be able to get and then open tire on thPm with the Winchesters in there. But Hayward was not to be caug;bt that way. He spran!l; into the C!\rriage with them, followed by the others, and clapping his weapon to Pomp's head, said: "You run this thing riRht now or you'll be a dead nigger the moment you fail." "Yes, sah," said Pomp. "Open dat door an' we'll go." Which door?" "De door ob the bl)use." "Oh, yes. Open the door out there, Jim," ordered Ilayward, "and we'll take you up out side." Tbe man add reSiled opened the door, and the Electric Mao passed out into the street, stopping only to taKe up the man who closed the entrance to the warehouse. Then the Electric Mao dashed away up the street at a lively speed. A driving rain was falling at the time and there were but few people on the streets. Ten minutes later they reached the limits of the street lights, and all was darkness beyond. "You had better light up now," said Hayward to Pomp, "so that you can see where you are going." Pomp touched another knob and instantly the lights \vere on. "What a masterly invention!" exclaimed Hay ward. It is as light as day now." "Wbar am yoase gwine?" Pomp asked after a long pause, turning to Hayward. 27 "We are going right straight ahead," was bbe reply. "I'll tell you when to stop." "Yes, sah," and Pomp kept straight ahead, thinking of the scrap" be was in and how he would manage to get out of it. Mile after mile was and the rain still came down in torrents. Barney and Pomp were forctJd to explain everything about the working of the machine as they went along. Suddenly the wheels ou the right hand side sank nearly up to the hubs in a mud bole, and the carriage came near capsizing. Bs:to !" exclaimed Hayward, "what's the matter now?" "We'se stuck in de mud, sab." replied Pomp, making the Electric Man USE"<" One foot only, as if using all hie strength to pull out. "Well, what's to be done?" "You'se all got ter get out an' push ter gil> him a lift," said Pomp. "Yis, so we have," put iu Barney. Bedad, but it's not the first toime I've had to do that same." Well, I suppose there io no help for it," re marked Hayward, though I hate to get wet." "Oh, come on," said one of the men. "A lit tle wetting won't hurt any one," and they all go< out but Pomp, who bad to act as driver. "Now, when I say' ready,' all ob youse grab dem wheels and push as hard as yer kin." "Be qUick about it, then," said Hayward, as each of them took hold of a wheel. "!':eady now,'' cried Pomp, and each man pushed with all his might. Suddenly the electric current caught them, and the wheels held them as if in grasps of tsteel. Yells of pain Pond terror burst from each of them as they squirmed like so many impaled worms. Pomp bad sprang the trap on ltlem, aad now had them fast. "Hi dar, Barney!" cried Pomp; "l'se got'em suab." Whoop!" yelled Barney. "Book it to 'em I Give 'err. a good dose, the spa! peens! Whoop!" "Take dere arms erway, B:trney," suggested Pomp, and the Irishman lost no timo in doing it, for as Jon!! as he did not use both hands he Willi in no danger of a snock. He threw their into the carriage, and then Pomp asked what they should do with them. "Kill 'em!" said Barney. Dat won't do, Barney. l'se er gwine ter gil> 'em er big shock, an' de"n we kin tie 'em up afore dey gits ober it." Barney got outthe ropes and Pomp gave them a graad shake-up, which knocked them &ense less. They both sprang out and tied them bard and fast before they got over the shock. Then they shook hands with ench other and over their victory. "We got 'em dat time, suab," slfid Po!llp, grinning from ear to ear. "Yis, ivery son av tbirn," replied Barney, dancing about in the rain like a lunatic. They decided to throw them in a heap in the bottom of the carriage, and take them back to the city. It was done, and then the Efoctric Man did that wllich he could easily have done before-pulled the wheels out of the mud hole, and started back toward the city. By and by one of th6 men in the heap came to and found himself bound. "Where am 1?" be asked. "Sure, an' don't ye know?" replied Barney. The man looked around and saw wbe: e he was, but still did not catch on to the situation. "Well, why am I tied up this way?" be asked. "Bedad, it's ter kape yez from runnin' away wid us," responded Barney. "Look heah, white man,'' said Pomp, "we'se boss ob dis beah kerridr;;e now, we is." "Wbere's Hayward?" the man asked. "Ober dar,'' and Pomp pointed tc him. He saw they were all prisoners. Illlyward was pulling himself together, and Barney was watching him. "Sure, an' it's foine fun ye had, Mlsther Hay ward,'' said the Irishman. "I don't know about that," replied Hayward. "I don't see where the laugh comes in." "Sure, an' didn't Pomp and I have it on ye? Faith, an' I nlver laughed so much in me It's back to Sydney we are going now." "Why don't yo'l go the other way, and make the fortune I was after?" "Och, now, do yoo hear that, Pomp? The omadhaun it's Tillains we are." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. Then Hayward made an ofter to buy off Barney and Pomp, but without avail. He oflered them $2,000 to drop them there in the road, but both '


2 8 THE ELECTRIC MAN. refused, and so they were brought back to the a document from the Governor o! the city before daylight dawned. Colony, which givas you a year' s leave of ab sence to visit England." CHAPTER XLII. "Thank God I" gasped Varley, in a hoarse, choking voice. CONCLUSION. "You need not have any fears of being inter-fered with now," said R eade. "I engaged the ON reaching the oity they hastened to their old mayor of the city to intercede with the governor, quarters at the old warehouse, which they enterand hflwas s uccesfnl." ed, closed and loaked the door. "I am under deep obligations to him, then." Barney and Pomp never closed their eyes dur"Yes; and I hope you will make your ac-inb the whole night, but kept a close watch on knowledgments to him 1\t the proper time. the prisoners. "I shall not fail to do so, sir, nor will I forget As soon as the sun was up Barney set off to that I owe all to you." find Frank Reade, and report to him the in-"I hope w e shall alwaye be the best of friends," <:idents of the night. returned Reade. "Have you had the Willcrafts Reade was not out of bed at the hotel, but the present .. ble in the matter of ?" moment he was told that one of his men wanttJd "Yes, sir; you would hardly kaow them now. to him he ordered that he be sent up t o his They are the flock you ever saw. room at k nowing that something had h11p-"Yes, I suppose they are. them that we pened at the warehouse. are going to sail for England in one week from Barney's story astounded him, and he dressed to day." J.Uickly to go down and see the prisoners "That will adrl greatly to their happiness, When he reached there H11.yward said to him : sir." "Mr. Reade, we have played a despemte game "And to yours, too, will it not?" and lost." "Very much indeed, sir." "Yes, I am sorry yo u played the gam\), but "And to mine, too. I am q u ite anxious t o get very glad you lost. Why did you do it?" back to America." "We tried to buy it of you, but yon would not Varley went away to tell Willcmft and his wife sell it, so we took it But that nigger of your:> what Reade had said, and to make final pee para-was too much for us." tions for leaving "Dat's er fac'," put in Pomp. The next day Frank boglln the task of taking "Well, you t ook the chances and faile!, ReadtJ went back to his hotel, where he sent officials of Sydney, and went on board the ship .Dr Varley, who came promptly on his that was to convey him away to England. message. V11.rl ey and the Willcmfts were on board also, "Late last night, said Frank to him, "I rebut did not make themselves conspicuous. When they were four d11.ys out an English bar onet, Sir John Folkel!tone, recognized Varley, whom he bad seen among the convictS in mania. He stopped und glared at him, and thPn went and reported to the captain that an escaped convict was on board and occupying a stateroom. Thetstonished captain sent for Varlev to come to his office. Reade went with him and when the captain accused him he said: "'l'his man is my friend. He IS the rightful Lord Sallislon of England. He was c o nvicted of a criu:e he was innoce nt of by perjured wit nesses. I have the main witness on board this ship now, who is going back to England to undo the wrong he did twenty years ago. Mr. Varley has a year's Jaave of absence from the governor of the colony." But until the courts decide the case he is a convict," Sir John, "and I insist that no convict shall occupy the ship's cabin with me." "Do you insist on that. aftet hearing his story?" Frank asked. "Yes, I do., "Well, all I l:!ave to say is that you are a dis gr11.ce to the name of an Englishman. "Zounds I Do you mean to insult me?" roar ed the Briton. "Yes, if the expression of such an opinion can insult you. Tl.te iratfl Briton struck him. 'l'hen Reade went for him and i,n a minute or two he W11S tile worst whipped man the captain had ever seen. Frank knooke1 him east and west till the cap. tain and purser interfered and rescued the un fortunate Briton from his dilemma. That was the last that was said about convicts, and in due time the ship port and our heroes landed. Varley secreted tbe Willcrafts till time to use them in legal p r ocaed i ngs. Then he procure4 tl.te best legal talent and sprung the trap. The contest was short and sharp, and in a few months it was decided in Varley's favor. l'hat settl ed, Reade S'ailed for New York, where he arrived in due time to find the papers full of his exploits in far-off Australia. Leaving Barney and Pomp to attend to the ship ment or the Electric Man, he took the train for R eadestown, where we shall laave him fer tha present in the bosom of his family. 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The electric man: or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Australia

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The electric man: or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Australia
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Frank Reade library.
Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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.. Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Librar3{ COMPLETE. r. FRANK TOUSEY. Pusr"rSHER, 3! & NOR1'H MOORE 8TREE1', NEw YORK. New York, June 3, 1893. I SSUED WEEKLY. { l'ltiCE } 5 CENT !!. l'i:nte1ed acco1ding to the Act of Cong1ess, tn the ye

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