The electric horse; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and his father in search of the lost treasure of the Peruvians


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The electric horse; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and his father in search of the lost treasure of the Peruvians

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The electric horse; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and his father in search of the lost treasure of the Peruvians A story of adventures in South America
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No. 38. {coMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, 3! & 36 NOR'l'H MOORE 81'REE'l', NEW YORK. New York, June 10, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. { l'IUCE } 5 Library. Vol. II Entered acco1ding to the Act of Congress, in the yeu?'1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Libra1ian of Cong1ess, at JVashington, D. C

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.... 2 THE r A.ddress FRANK THE ELECTRIC HORSE; OR, Frank Reade, Jr... and His Father Ill Search of the Lost Treasure of the Peruvians. A STORY OF ADVENTURES IN SOU'I'H AMERICA. By N 0 NAME," Author of "Fighting the Slave Hunters. ; or, Frank Reads, Jr. in North Australia," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. FBANX AND HIS FATHER-THE ANOIENT CIPHER. "You don't mean it, father?" "Yes I do, my boy. I'm not as young as I was when I astonished the world with The Steam llorse, but I'm good for anotller trip." "You had better give up the idea, father." No, my mind is made up." "Well, when you speak tllat way--" "You understand, I'm in earnest." "But, fatller, at your nge--" I'm younger in feelings than half th e boys, thanks to a goo d constitution. l've a ll vays warrt ed to explore South America, Frank." "Well. I can say no more to dissuadR you." "No, I tP.ll you, Frank, my htd, I f e el that I ion't want to rust out h e re in Headestowu in my old age, and have no p e rsonal experience with our last and greatest scientific wonder." "Well, I can't blame you " I a1n sure you cannot:' You know, fatbnr, I shall be dellghted to have you accompany me on my pro posed trip. It WII.S only my solicitude f o r y our saf e ty and com fort that caused me to try t o argue you out of the no tion." "I understand that, Frank. You've a good heart, and you ve a l ways b een a good son " Well, !athe r, you are fully satisfied ITith the result of our unite d efforts during the past ye ars. You think w e can make no furtller im provements on our Ele c tric Horse ?" "No. What one fias not thought of the ot her bas. This last invention is the triumph of our liv e s With the Electri c Horse having made one good journey I'll be satisfiLnd stone writings from India, Egypt and other portions, of tbe world "If we could only get him interested--" "In tllat ancient ciphe r of yours ? "Yes. Then he might be induced to go with us and assist us in the search we propose to make." "Eor the lost treasure of the Peruvians." "Or, possibly, it may prove to be the Bra?:i! ians." "True eno u gh. But let us have another l ook at the cipher." "All right, father, here it is." It is not necessary to introdUCf their efforts The achievements and which the y were yet to accomplisll and encounte r w e re des tined to throw >til th e ir pre vious expe riences i n th e shade and far surpass them. Barne y and Pomp bad saf e ly p acke d and shipped the electric man for R e ad estown, and they reached home before the machine did, though that came all right. A:; Frank, Jr., last spoke, he drew from his pocket a cube of p eculiar looking metal-a sort of bronze with light streaks tbrongh it-and handed it to his father. 1 "And so that's the cube wit b the ancient cipher on It, which Horace Hastings, your ohl colle((e friend, gave you on his death b e d ." "Yes, teat's the ancien t cipher supposed to reveal the site of a hidden treasure o[ the PeruvianR. At least roor Horace believed so, though you know that think tbe treasure may have belonged to the ancien t Brazilians." "Yes, but--" Frank's paused as there came a tap at the door. Come," he said, The door open e d. A fine l ooking g e ntleman, past middle age who s e snowwhite hair wa s brush e d back fr o ni a broad int e ll ectual brow, a nd wh os e dark eyes se e n through his gold-rimmed spe ctacles beamed pleasantly e n le r e d "Good-morning, gentlemen," said D o cto r Vaneyke. "Good-morning, doctor. We w e re just speak iag of you," responded Mr. Reade, Sl'. "And wond ering if you were not coming over to-day," st1id Frank, Jr. As he spoke b e plac e d a chair for tho natur al ist, for the scene was the library of the Reade mansion "You may be sure, g e ntlemen, that I am so d ee ply inte r ested in your last grea: inventi o n t hat nothing induce m e to forego the pleasure of examining it and hear you explain its m e chani s m," repli e d DoctorYaneyke His ac cent was p e culiar and pl e a sant. He w a s a Prussian, and he b a d acquire d & knowledg e of almost every known langu age. His own di a l e ct, as h e said him s elf w a s so l os t an1 min g l e d witll scraps and fragai ents c a u g llt fr o m other languages that no o ne could t e ll hi s nationaJity from h earing him speal<. Frank caught his fath e r s ey e and gave him a s ly si g n al, Th e y o un g inv entor m eant to entrap the na turalist f o r a c ompan io n de v oyage Mr. R e ade, Sr., unde rstood Frank, Jr. H e care lessly pla c e d the cube o n whic h tha strange cipBer was inscribed on the tabl e t .-r.Jt r f -r-sr a-. +
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\ ,,....... \ .. .. =E=C=T==R=Iv=?==H==O=R=S=E==.===============================8 The doe.tor bad just sighted the cube. "Well, yes, rather. Bnt I was about to say Frank has come round. He's glad enough to have mb go with him, only be isn't sure the trip won"t prove t oo much for me." "Where did you get this cube?" asked the doctor. H e bad polished the glasses of his spec tacles on a silk handkerchief, and b e was re garding the cipher traced upon one side of the cube with some. excitement and the gre1ttest interest. "I shall trap him through his interest in this ancient enigma," thought Frank. The n h e said: I ll tell you all about it. That cube came from South America. It was brought to this c ountry by the sailor brother of a college friend of mine. The sailor filched the cube from an ancient tomb in Peru." "Are you aware that this is a remarkable relic?" "Yes. The college friend who, dying, gave it to me, said it was or great antiquity." "There's no doubt of that. But tell me, have vou ever been able to make anything out of the singular inscription on one side of the cube, which certainly must be a cipher?" "Well, I haven't be e n able Lo read it, but the man who found it in South America thought it was the key to the hiding place of a lost treasure ef the Peruvians." Ah 1 Hem I And the map traced here on the opposite side of the cube. What's that? As I livo, the Spanish words, which translated mean 'treasures ol gold,' said Docto r Vaneyke, point ing to a rude map which any one could have trace d on the cube with a instrument. This map showed part of both Peru and Brazil as the names of mountains and rivers written in ancient Spanish, told. Among the mountains of Peru there was drawn a Dotted lines ran from this 8pear to an other drawn on the map far away on the mighty Amazon. Aloug the dotte d lines connecting the two spears were the Sp>mish words meaning "treas ures ol gold;" and directly under the m, written in Latin, were directions which, translate d read: "Re:td the secret writing of the Franciscans; the rein is the secret of the lost treasure." "Yes, I am sure, doctor, that the lost treasure is hidden somewhere in Peru or Bra.zil, along those dotted lines, >tnd with our Electric Horse rather and myself propose to explore country and seek for the trelisure,'' said Frank. 'l'his singular affair interests me. The writ ing of the cipher is not Greek or Latin?" "No, I'm a little rusty in my Latin and Greek, but I knew as soon as Frank showed me the cipher that it was neither," said Reade, Sr. W e ll, I've made a study of such things, and it's my idea that the singular characters were in v ented for cipher writing. The word Franciscan gives me the idea." "How so?" "You must know the Jesuit and Fmnciscan fath ers obtained the confidence of their converts among the native rulers o f Peru and Brazil. 'l'he missionaries bad preceded the Con
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4 usa is inside a miniature safe, where it will be se cure from any possible accident. The second bat tery is concealed under the first in such a man ner that no one would suspect its presence who was not previously informed regarding it." "I suppose you generate your own light." "Yes. The light is the moHt brilliant in the world. A dazzling e l ectric illumination. It will flash from the eyes of tile horse and frorn a globe aliova the head of the engin eer." But is there no danger that the horse will sllp. 1 "No; he is sharp shod, and he cau race up and iown hill without the slightest p e ril." "Well, I think I understand about the horse. Now explain that strange-looking vehicle to which he is attached. Why, it must be at least twavty feat long." "So it is, doctor. You have guessed the length exactly. lt is just twenty feet in length." "Hello l Why, hera's Barney?" exclaimed Mr. Reade, Sr., in surprise. At that moment the door had opened and given admission to Barney Shea. "Whist! It's mesalf as is ready to jump out av me shoes for joy to git back io yez. But put orr greatin's till yez witness the mostHligant ruc tion yez have feasted your ayes on for many a day. Whisper l Kape mum and watch for fun!" said Barney, in a l ow, earnest voice, as though h e was really afraid soma one would overhear him. Frank and his father look ed perplexed. They couldn't understand what the jolly Irish m a n was up to now. "Taka dis chile's word, dat Irishar am drunk," said Pomp, sagely. Fhat does the nagur say? B adad, i9 it foigbt he wants av me? Arrah, iet me at him I I'll bate the head av him I'' Barney threw orr his coat and spit oo his hands. Pomp ducked his head about and seamed to be getting up steam to butt Barney out of time. "Let dat Irishe r go I Luft him run agin dis brunette gemman's pile-driver once. Dat 'ull knock de whiskey out av him," sneered Pomp. Hold on h era I Hold on both of you, I say I Can't you behave yourselves? You haven't met for months. Must the lirst thin g be a fight?" cried Frank, Jr. The nagur insulted me, bedad I" "Doan' you call me names! I wan' you to unEle rstan' that. I didn't go fur to 'suit you. What's de matter wid yer?" "That's all right, be gob. Jist you hold yez gab, me gossoou, an' hev the extreme neatness to lo.ok out for tb a illigent ruction I spoke av." All was silent while they watched Barney as he stole along the side of the room. Suddenly he dashed open a door and plunged through it, and shouted: "Arrah, y ez thief av the world, it's now I bas yaz I Come ou t o' this an' I'll bate the head av yez I Coma out, ya yellow-headed spa! peen. Coma out forninst an illigent gintleman from the county of Clon a kilta, bad cess to yez I" CHAPTER III. Tliljl WONDERFUL WAGON DRAWN BY THE ELECTRIC HORSE-THE INVENTORS IN BRAZIL. "BA:.RNEY bas gone read, father!" cried Frank, Jr. I think so myself," the old gentleman as sented. '!'ban they all ran forwaril to the door through which Barney nad disappeared, and they were just in time to see the Irishma n haul the tow headed Yankee they had observed watching them from the gate, out from b ehind a pile of lumber near an open wind()W. The next moment Barney and the Yankee clinched. Thl'ly slung each other around, and finally went down on the floor in a rough and tumble scrimmage. "The devil fly away wid yez I Shades o' Tippe rary, but I'll make an illegant funeral av ya, ye yaller bead ed spalpaan I" r oa r ed Barney. "Golly, Mars Frank, d!\t's de same feller I done seed round beah afore. Yes, sab, an' be am de same faller what went by de gate," said Pomp. "That's so," assented Frank, Jr. "Dat f alle r weren't haah for no good, sah." I'm sura of t bat." "!'sa gwine fo' to help Barney, an' we'll 'rest cfut faller for a bugler I" "Go ia, Pomp," Frank, Jr., answered. Pomp started to Barney's assistane-e. "I'sa oomin', Irish I Jiss lift yahself to one side, an' gib diR oattarin' ram a chan,ce to rise de bugler I" cried Pomp, ducking his bead. But juel than the Yankee managed to scramble to h!z feet. 'l'HE ELECTRIC He broke away from the Irishman, and mad e for the open window. Pomp darted after him, and at the same tim e Barney scrambled up . Barney and the darky accidentally collid ed and tba butt Pomp meant for the Yank was re ceived by poor Barney, who doubl ed himself up on the floor like a jack-knife. Pomp caught the Yankee by the back of the neck and the slack of his pantaloons, just as h e reached the window, and pitched him through it h ead first. 'l'he Yankee came upon his f eat a ud ran for it. Barney got his breath back, and made a run for Ute window. He saw the Yank disappearing over the hill. Then his Irish was up and he turned on Pomp. "Ye blind, blunderin', stumblin' babboon yez I Ya bav' spoilt me illegant ruction wid de Yank intire ly, but, begob I I'll take it outav ye::. Show me the nagur as kin stan' afore Barney Shea. Yez took me foul, ye black spalpeen; an' now it's batin' the big h ead av yez I 'm a f t herdoin' I" B a rn ey squared himself and danced around Pomp as though pranuing on a bot iron, and he let out a few wild Irish yells that would have bean a credit to a r ea l Tiperary fair row. Pomp stood on the defensive, and h e was wait ing for a chance to butt Barney again, whe n Frank and his fath e r both interposed, and the belligerent Irishman was quieted down. Then h e shook hands with Pomp and everything was lov ely between them again. "Ye sea I'm aftha r jist arrivin', an' on me way hero fat did I soy but the yaller-b ea d e d rasm\l craw lin' in a t the windy," explained Barney. "And you meant to t;urpriue him and us?" "That's it, Master Frank, and but lor the nagur,bad--" "That will do, Barney." It's glad I a Ill> to sea ya all. An' so that's the illigant Electric Hoss yez was writing rna av. B e gob, he's a beauty. An' I'm to go wid yez to South America? Faith an' it's a man I am this day." "I don't doubt that, Barney. Nobody but a sneaking spy who wanted to steal our id eas would have crawled into our work-shop as lhll Yankee did, and I am not sorry be was handled roughly," said Mr. Reade, Sr. That's true for ya, sur." "Now come back to the invention. I've writtan you all about it, Barn!ly, but I want to make siOma furth e r explanati ons for the benefit of our friQnd Dr. Vaneyke," said Frank, Jr. They returned to the front room of the work shop. After Barney had expres sed his admirat ion for the wonderful Electric Horse in a characteristic way, Frank, Jr., said: "Now, doctor, to explain the vabiclA to which the Electric Horse is attached. It is almost com plete, and you can understand everythin g about it now. You have guessed its length-twenty feet," said Frank, Jr. "Now Barney and Pomp taka your places," h e added The Irishman and the darky promptly entered of spiral stairs ending at a small trap-doo r. At the rex, just forward of the engineer s seat, you will lind among a variety of appli ances and implements, and tools for repairing the machinery, also collection of sc ientific articles such as a tales!!opa, a compas s a huge burning g lass, an e l ec tri c saw, a number of steel-pointed drills for drilling rock and m ining purposes can be worked by ele c tricity. A small balloon for mak ing "captiva ascensions" to take observations at great distances. El ectr ic t o rpedo es for blasting, and two suits of chain-armor for fath e r and I, and other articles which I need n o t enumerate,'' said Frank. What are those round b!;.c'\SS plates along th.; side of the vehicle? I see that th e y a r e placed about on a l e vel with the top of .the wheels?" asked the doctor "You shall sea,"' replied Frank, and pulling a l aver, he caused the brass plates to move aside and disclose the port-holes of a concealed elec tric battery of Winchester rifles placed in a nar row compartment between the bottom floor and tne supply locker. "'!'hare are six rifles on each side and they aan be discharged simu!taneously,by m e r e lylowariQ.g: the bar which applies the elect ric currant t o tha1r m echanism," explain ed Frank. "One q u estion more, Frank. How fast can you travel with your Electric Horse and carriage?" "Ordin a ry speed on l evel country, twenty to twenty-five mil es an hour, though we shall go much slower, so as to observe the country." "Faster if necessary I presume?" "Yes, perhaps thirty to thirty-five miles an hour, and even more than that." "You have surpassed all your previous efforts. I cong ratulate you and your father most since re ly," said the d oc t or, earnestly. the vehicle through the rear door. Frank followeu them, and a moment after-.. * "' .. wards reappeared on top of the v ehicle StandThe next day the machine ry was care fully ing there, he want on t o explain the wond e rful take n apar t, the sections of the metal horse on carriage, while Mr. Reade, Sr., and the doctor jointe d and everything packed securely and care stood by and contemplated the g reat invention fully in cases provided for the purpose, and ship-in unbounded admiration. pad by rml to. New York. "Now you will follow me while I d e signate its The exploring party started a few days later' principal peculiarities," said Frank, Jr. and it consis t ed of Mr. Reade, Sr., Frank, Jr., Dr: "Yes, certainly." Vanayke, Barney, Pomp and Cormjo, the gaucho. To begin wit II, the four whee l" are made of H e mentioned last, but b e is by no means the iron, and provided with tires six Inches in width, least important member of the ptuty, as we shall so they cannot si!!k in soft earth readily." yet s ee "So I sea, and the v e hi cle is about e ight feat The party r eache d New York in safety, high, with a flat t op, surroundeu by a hand-took passage on board a fast steamer lor Para\._ rail, like a d eck on shipboard." Brazil. The Electric Horse was shipped on the'->.... "Yes, and that is really the 'deck' of my car-same vesse l, which was bound finally for Rio ri aga You see, d octo r, th e sides and ends iu-Janeiro. In New York tb a Reades comp l e ted closing the v e hicl e are composed of wood plat e d making such purchases as they thought naces with sheet iron secured with copper riv!lts. The pary The voyage was a pleasant and e ntir ely plates are perforat e d all over lik e a s ieve, with uneventfu l one, ttnd the explorers, {vith all the round bol es, which are aud so arranged cases con t aini ng the Electric Horse and wagon that they a fford ventilation and protection at the and tho scientific appliances, were landed in the same time for the occupants of the vehicle." old Brazilian city of Pam, on th e riv e r of the "Which is now closed?'' same nama, which is a tributary to the Amazon. "Yes, but I will open it and show you an imA vacant building near the wharf was secured provement on any vehicl e we h a v e heretofore inby the party, and the r e the Electric Horse and vented." Wagon was unpacked and put tog et her. Mean-The succeeding moment, nqt a little to the while, while Frank, superintended this work doctor's astonishment, half the rear half of the Mr. Reade, Sr., letters of introdu c tion sid e of the carriage toward him swung upward to the American the a uthoriti e s. Dom on hinges placed at its top and remained in an Pedro, th e Emperor wds in Para, and upright position, thus forming an adjustable side, when informed of the of tho great A marl-or bulwark, for the deck, or top of the Yehicle. can inventors, he them par-Through a loos e ly woven netting of Frank mission to go his em-and the rear half of the interior of thtl vehicle I pire, but ex start of could be plainly seen. Above tlt e rear axle was the ad ventura brake-wheel like that on the rear of a lire-ladous der truck. Leading up to tile roof was a flight the ReadeR hurried mat-,./

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ters up, and in a few days the start for the interisr o l the great Amazon valley was made. It was a bright and beautiful morning when the Electric Horse emerged upon the street <', rawing the wonderful carriage with stately \ : ead. One-half of the perforated sides were raised, showing Barney at the rear brake. On deck stood Frank, Jr., with his hand upon a lever which passed up through the floor and by means of which he controlled the movements of the Electric Horse. About Frank, Jr. were grouped his father, Dr.Yaneyke and Cormjo, the g;.ucho. Pomp was seated on the driver's box, and in his hands he hebe! a pair uf gayly colored reins. '!.'his was an idea of Frank, Jr.'& to heighten the illu !!iO'Il of nctuallife in metal horse. The stars and stripes and the Brazilian flag crossed, floated from above the globe for the electric iight. The streets were thronged with people and from every window and balcony fair ladies waved their handkerchie[s, while cheers of ad miration froBl the populace greeted the ad vance of the inventor<; a t every step. Dom Pedro, the emperor, himself looked on with wonder from the porch of an imperial pal ace. CHAPTER IV. IN THE VALLEY OF THE AMAZON THE start from Para a most auspioio us beginning of the great expediti on of Frank Reade, Jr. and his father. As they p roceeded they found that their last and most wonderful inventi on full y s ustained all the hopes they entertained for it. The great Electric Horse was true to the promises prev ious tests, to which it had been carefu lly subject .ed, had made( Our adventurers skirted along the southern bank o f the Para river, an:!. as the country was open, provided with excellent highways and populated by friendly and ci vili,;eu .Brazilians, they proceeded rapiuly. "Be me soul," said Barney one morning sev eral days l a t e r when they had c rossed the Ca meta river-sometime s called the Tocautins and were entering the great valley of the Amazon, proper, "but this is a wonderful f oine country, so it is. Bates Mexico clane. Would yez look at the trees av it! Bedad they forgot to stop grow in it's m.-,self is thinkin'.'' Barney was lost for a moment in wonder and admiration at the panorama of natura. [ beauty and tropical luxuriance spread out a ll around him, but presently he added: "Be gorra, do ye moind the clump av trees wid umbre llas un top av 'em? Bedad it. would take two men an' a -b:>y to l ook to the top av tbim!" The wondering Irishman pointed to a n adj a cent group of tall Brazilian palms. "Umbrellas l Dat Iris her got no sense. Dam y a h tretos wouldn't keep de rain off-no, r-ab," r emarked Pomp, taking a practical applicatio n of the subj e ct. "Is it the nagur that's afLher g ivin' pointers? F aith, an' it's meself made many an umbrella out av the same at home in Clonakilty, Ireland." Datls good. Palms in Ireland 1 What am ver gibbin: us?" Everybody Iaugher !. Barney sa1v h e had made an oversight, but he didn't like to have Pomp get the laugh on him." I s it doubtin' me wotd ye a r e? Be gob, Dr. Vaneyke, il y e z will have ihe extrame politeness to hould me coat--" "That will do, Barney," admonished Frank, .r Jr., reprovingly, a n d the Irishman subsided, and Pomp was the author of a d e li ghted grin which displayed a double row of ivories clear across his face "But, really, there is some truth in what Bar ney said," remarked the old naturalist. "How is that, doctor?" asked Illr Reade, Sr. "Why, these palms are sometimes called um bre lla-trees.'' "Listen l o the li kes of that, will ye, darkness?" said Barney, with an look at Pomp. "And wHI those trees actually shed rain?" in quired Frank, Jr. "Indeed they will, that i s .provided it doesn't, rain too hard." "Nature has provided wontlers h ere. Eve rything is inte re sting," said Mr. Reade, Sr., seriously. Well might lte affirm 'I.' h e Amazon valley the heaven of the animals a r e the fac e of the globe i ts and remarkable "But amij nil the beau man v dangers said "Dangers is it1 Thin fur an ,-\ THl: -ELECTRIC HORSE. illigant ructio n I take it, be gob. But fat are the dangers? Are there any \vild nagurs h e r e t o have a bit av a sbindy wid, sur?" asked Barney. The gaucho smiled quietly as he r ep li ed: "Dangers. A ll, yes The Brazilian o f the interior are'11er ce and war-li ke. They resent any intrusion in Co their domain, and hesitate not to attack Let tbim co me! It batin' the heads r.v the spalpeens I'll be aftherd oin' e f they come forninst us," r ep lied in a belligerent way. "'Tille Amazon v alley is the gaucho's h ome, wit h all its perHs it is by him beloved. Eacb plai n and forest, the wide wide pampus, the gmnd rivers, the fierce animals, everything in e/ grande count1'y is dear to Corrajo," said the gau cho f e rvently. As he spoke h e gazed around him with d eligh t depi cted upon every feature of hi s br onzed fa0e, and drew the air of his into his broad ches t with great breaths, seeming to d e riv e new animation from each in spiratio n. The party were all on the deck or roo f o f the wonderful carriage drawn by the giant Electric Horse. Frank, Jr., had just turned off the motive power of the powerful battery, and the colossa l steed of metal stood on the grand pampas as motion less as a g iganti c statue of some mammoth equine of forgotten ages. The young in vento r had stopped the .horse, that the party might a deliberate view o f their interesting surroundings. All the party r egarded Corrajo with admiration as he stood erec t and confident, surveying the land he knew so well And the gau cho or hunte r of the pampas was well worth y of admiratio n. H e was finely formed, a. littl e above the m edium height, with strong and sinewy arms, and lithe and agile limb s His eyes were keen, hi s bronzed features pleasing and honest in expres sion and in fact his whole pe1sonnelle conveyed to the be bolder at once the idea of courage and intelli gence. In very truth the Brazilian possessed these d e sirable attributes to an emin en t degree, as w e shall yet see proven. Corrajo wears a poncho of woolen fabric, woven in stripes of gauriy colors, Zouave breeches reaching below his knees, while his feet and th11 lower portion of hi s limbs are encased in h orse -hid e boots Upon his head worn grace fully i s a bro!td brimmed hat. In, the gaucho's belt i s a lonl!, k ee n-bladed knife, such as the pampas rovers inv a riably car ry, and which in their hands becomes a weapon of the most formidable character. Besides his knife, Corrajo has brought with him a number of weapons and implements p eculiar to his native l and, alth o ugh they are nut now in sight, being stowed away in the in terior of the carri age The explorers co uld not have secured in all South America a more valuable acquisition to their party than the gaucho. His skill as a trac ker, a hunte r and a guide co uld not be excelled by any pampas-dweller in all Brazil o r the Argentine states. A moment o f silence succeeded the remark last made, a nd then :!<'mnk, Jr., srtid: "You speak of dangerous animals. What va ri eties abound here?" "There are so m>tny one can scarcely enumer ate them There i s the jaguar, the Brazilian tiger, the boa the peccaries, the giant apes, and so on. But the jaguar is m ost to be dreaded," r eplied Corrajo. "Yes, b e is as f erocious as any of the felis onca," giving the class icalaame of the tiger tribe to which the jaguar, puma and the like belong the o l d doctor naturalis t r ep lied. "Felix Oncas I" excla im ed Barney, laboring unde r a misapprehension, and he added: "Felix Onca., is it; sure an it's m ese l as never fouutmily so fiorce. lndade they liv ed nixt me father's furrnm, an' I bate the 1lead av Felix an' his brothe r Pat too more than once, bad luck to thim !" 'l'be l nugh was on llarney, and he felt that h e was an man. "Fat the diyil are they laughin' at, I dunno?" be muttered. Frank R eade, Jr., gaYe his attemtion to the surrounding scenery as the conversation went on "Obse rv e," said the doctor, "how luxuriant th" grass, how profusely abundant e e ry variety of tbtJ floral kingdom n ot f ound e lsewhere on the g l obe but h e r e." "A,nd the monkeys I" added Barney. The great trees were full of chattering. mar moset monkeys, and parakeet s o f brilliant plu mage perched amon g the boughs. '!.'here w e re ot her membe rs of the featheted tribe, on wing or llt rest everywhere in whicb. the eye glanced, .... -.... ... and the splendor of their color in g surpassed the power of description. I n the d istance was heard the voice of the alonatte, or howliag monkey. The macaws and parrots screamed among the f o liage, and afar ofl', high above the earth, floated the great South American concior, appearing lik e a black blotch o n the cerulean sky. It was high noon, and Barn ey and Pomp set about preparing lunch, which consisted o f dried meat and fruits, such as keep w eJI in equatorial climates, an, Jr. But be fore the devoted f e llows could reach the r ea r door of the cnniage,and while the imperiled young inventor was &lowly retreating with his eyes fixed upon lhe ti ,;er, tht> auim alleaped at him. "Worra 1 Worra I It's kilt he i s ontirely !" yell e d Barney, as the tiger made his spring. "011! .Mars Frank 1 screamed Pomp. Frank was burled upon his bacl> against the rn etalic railing a long the side of the carriage t op '!'he impetus of the leap carried the tiger par- tially ove r the rail. 1'be animal hung tbrre partially over the side of the fiat r oof, and strove to scramble up. An instant's respite was granted Frank, Jr. He was on his feet, whil e yet the tiger str o 1 e to gain a footing on the roof and reach 1:\im with his terribltl cia II'S Frank made one terrific forward leap The position of the tiger across the metallie guard-rail suddenly inspiced him with a happy thought. He reached the front of the r o of, and quickly as the liglltnings fla s b his hand gras1 'ed a small curved handle near the steerin gl e v er. Frank gave the little handle a powerf ul jerk. Simultaneously with this movement. as though the handle controlle d its movements, the tiger uttered a terrible roar, there W>tS 'l convulsive jerk in every muscle of its bu)J;a fram e and it was burled from the side o f the c arriage-toP->tlnty some fe e t distant. Frank, Jr., hai suddenly given the jagu a r a terrible e l ectric shock. 'l'he small handle o[ which h e had so suddenly bethought himself and pulled so promptly, bad

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6 ) THE ELECTRIC HOR!sE. turne d o n an electric current from the powerful battery, and sent it flushing along the iron rod to which the tiger clung. CHAPTER VI. A LITTLE TOO MUCH WHISKY AND A BIT OP RUCTION." Frank was saved. But the cold sweat R tarted upo n his brow, and he felt a sudden weakness as the reaction conse-NEITHER Barney or Pomp were as seriously quent upon his intense excite ment came upon wounded as might h ave been expected Indeed h it seemed tl:ley h a d mirac ul o u sly esca p e d. now Pomp, who was first to r each the car-It was found that although both h_ad received had entered it, and as the ti ge r picked him-some d eep scratches from the tigers c lw s. no self up from the ground upon which the e l ectric great re.sultant danger was to be apprehended. shock. had hurled him, the black dead-shot l CorraJO exammed the. wounds o f both Barne y leaped forth rifle in hand. and Pomp, and procunng som e leaves Instantly Pomp's ri!l.e sprang to 4is shoulder, he pounde d them to a pnm_ICe and them and he fired at the tiger, exclaiming: cuts and laceratiOns the bra.ve f e l" Take dat you big yaller cat I" lma r e ceived. Pomp's shot took effect In s laying the the ga uch o had made the The tiger was hit, and he staggt>red and f e ll two m,en hiS for hfe .. clo.wing up the turf, and making the forest re-The y d1dn t say much about gmt1tud e, but they sound with his terrific roam. . Barne y secured his rifle, and came out of the Jt s the colored ,gmt\ q man y ez close behind Pomp. Barney, P omp s ht\nd. He did not mean that the darky should have Youse d e Ins her. You takes de bake-all the honor of the tiger adventure to himself. shop, Pomp, and so 1n rna-He thought he could easily dispatch the tun! ad1ntr atwn they buned the hatchet, at least wounded beast. fo;, the . . So he ran toward him, clubbing his gun like Bedad, Jt was &n tlhgant ructton I his beloved shillalah and shouting: bate the h ead of yaller thafe, so I d1d. But, "I'll bate the head av him. It's m esel as 'II Mast e r Frank, w1ll yez have tha extrame nate knock 11mithereens out av the ugly baste. Look ness to hand m? a w ee sup av the m!e old st.uff? out for me, ye thafe o' the world!" Be soul 1t a drop av ould Irttih wh1skr, "Hold on, Barney 1 Hold on I" cried Frank, that s the medwme we wants now, so Jt IS, Jr., kuowicg well that to rush at a wounded Baruey went on. tiger like that wao foolhardy. Jr., produced a JUg of. Barney s favor-But the wild Irishman was bent on outdoing 1te hquor from the supp!1es. Pomp and he heeded not his young master's Barney tasted 1t long a!ld lovmgly. shout.' Then he handed the JUg to Pomp, who also Barney reached the tiger and aimed a blow at dmnk his head ail he cried Meanwhile, the party gather e d around the car" Whoop 1 whoop I There, yez have it 1 riage, and; partook of the. lunch whic_h bad been Wh:lop I" prepared JUSt before the tig e r made hiS attack. But the tiger was not as severely wounded as An animated conversation followed. Barney supposed, and in an instant the now Dr. Van11yke bad ma,de a copy of_ the cipher pain-maddened and thoroughly infuriated beaot and the map Ofi the anc1ent cube, wh1ch was supleaped upon him. pos6d. 'to r_eveal the secret of the lost treasures of Barney went down, and the tiger with him, Peruy1aus. . and a yell which resounded above the din of the had _mtrusted With the tiger's roars was uttered by the poor fellow. terwus cube sm.ce he VISited Read es at their But Pomp saw Barney's peril, and although home, and saw It for the hme . they w&& always quarreling between them-. After lunch the doctor exh1b1ted his map and solves, the darky was ready to fight for, die Cipher. for his old friend at that. The real friendship of "Our principal object being to discover the the most devoted kind which existed mutually lost treasure, we must direct the course of our in their hearte came to tbe surface. explorations toward the locality of the site mark" Gib him your knife, Barney I Stick dat y;\1-' ed on the ancient map by the arrow drawn in ler cat in de ri::>s I" shouted Pomp, lustily. Brazil," said the doctor. And dropping his rifle, which he knew he "Certainly, doctor," acquie sced Mr. Reade, ceuld not again for fear of hitting Sr., n.nd Frank. Barney Pomp whipped out his long-bladed "Now, Corrajo, what say you? T ake a look and bound e d to the r escue. at my copy of the ancient map, which is on a The succeeding moment there was a desperate larger scale than that on th e cube, and tell me if fight in progress between !he two men and the I am not right in thin the point indi cated by wounded tiger. the first arrow is near the mouth of th e Purus Frank and his father were utterly powerless to river?" said the doctor to the g a ucho. render the brave and reckless fellows assistance, "Quite right, I I r ecollec t hearing my much as they desired to do so. fath e r say that in former times th e old Spanish > As Pomp reached the tiger, In the struggle name RIVen on the ancient cube map to the river, which was going on b e tween. tbe beast and Barnear which the first arrow is drawn, was the ney, the animal's great yellow belly was turned same as that inseribed the re." to the dnrkey. "Then we can consid e r an important question Pomp uttered a delighted settled?" "Yah l yah!" "That's a great point gained," said Mr. Reade, Then suddenly ducking his head he shot torSr. ward like a human battering-ram, and his head "Yes," added Frar.k. "We have a definite land-struck the tiger with tremendous forco. mark in the river to guide us now." The butting darkfly knocked some of the wind "That is true, but the journey to the Purus is out of tbe huge animal, an<.\ the next instant he through the wilds, wh e re dangers lurk on e very was stabbing and slashing at him with his knife. hand," Raid Corrajo, gravely. The weight of the beast held Barney pinned "But can you guide us through the Amazon to the ground, but as the tiger turned his attenvalley?" asked Frank. tion to his new adversi\ry he released Barney, "Yes, I can guide you from the Atlantic to th e who regained his teet, covefed with blood and Pacific. From Parma on one coast to Lima on clothing torn in shreds. the other," answere d Cormjo, proudly. At that moment of desperate peril for Pomp, "Then we are sure to get along all right. R e -there oome a ringing shout, aud Corrajo came member our Electric Horse gives us an advan-bounding forward out of an adjacent thiclret. tage over all explore rs who have attempted to "El tigre! El tigre!" shouted the gaucho. penetrate the unknown region of the furthe r He rushed straight at the terror of the AmaAmazon," said Frank. zon country. "Yes-yes. It is wonderful. We shall go "Away l away!" he shouted to Barney. where the foot of a white man never trod since The Irishman reeled back, and the gaucho the world began." made a leap at the tiger and struck him on the "Tbat is glorious It will be just like dis nose with his great knife just as he was about to covering a new world!" said Frank, Jr. with Ileal the well-nigh exhausted Pomp a terrible enthusiasm. blow with his huge paws. "But, doctor, have you made any progress in Corrajo had fought the tiger before that day, your efforts to solve the cipher?" asked Mr. and as the animal reared upon his hind legs eade. he aimed a blow straight at the tiger's heart. "No. TlJ,at is to say, noL in the actual readThen. with an agile bound he leaped backing of the enigma. But I think I hav\) progressward, l01aving his knife protruding from the side ed far enough in my investigations to say with of the tiger. cons iderable certainty that I have discovered the But the blade had split the forest monarch's m eaning of three of the strange figures of the heart, and with one final r oar, like a last trump-cipher, and that each of them stands for one et note of a def;mted, but defiant foe, the monsSpanish word ter dying upoa the sward. "Good!" exclaimed Frank, Jr. Excellent l What Is the meanlni of these -signs you have made o ut?" asked Mr. Reade, Sr. "One is gold, tiHl othe r two are respectivel,y, sacred. and finger." Mr. R eade Sr., and Frank, Jr., h a d b ee n so in. tereste d in the ir conversation with the doctor that the y had n o t paid any attentio n to Barne y and P omp for some little titUe. Frank, Jr .. now look e d around for Pomp and the Irisllman, but he did not see the m. He did see the whisky jug though, and as a certalu sus picion occurred to him he took up the jug and examined it. The jug was empty, Barney and Pomp had drained it to the last drop. Well, here's a go I" c ri e d Frank, laughing. "What is it? ' both asked. "Barne y and Pomp 1\ave emptied the whisky jug. '!'h ere was enough in it to make the m drunk a doz e n time&." "I saw them going off just now," said Carrajo. Which way did th e y go?" asked Frank, Jr. Cormjo pointed to th e westward. "What foolish drunken whim has taken pos session of them I wonder? said Mr. Reade Just as he spoke B>trne y's v o ice was heard from the woods to the westward beyond the open plain. "Whoop! Ye murderin' varmints. Stand out av a n Irish gintleman's way or be gorra it's atin' ye I'll be afther d o in !" "Doan't you colored niggers fool roun' dia chile. You hear me warble. I'se got a razor in me boo t. Yas sah !" Pomp WllS heard to utter. M ercy!" e xclaim e d J\Ir. Reade, they have encountered a band of Brazilian savages? L et's haste n to their assistance "All right l There's no knowing what mad freak they may b e up to. Father, you remain and watch the Electric Horse, I don' t like to leave it alone." Mr. R eade assented. Fmnk, Jr., accompanied by the doctor and Carrajo, started in the direction whence the shouts uttered l.Jy Barney and Pomp seemed to emanate. "Perhaps you had better put on your suit of mail," suggested Dr. Vaneyke to Frank, Jr. Corrajo smiled as he said rather enigmati cally. "The Guaribas are not armed." "You do not seriously m ea n that the savages are without weapons?" asked Frank, Jr. Corrajo shook. his h ea d, and the doctor laughfld. I think you're chaffing," continued Frank, Jr. They had almost re>tched the edge of th e tim ber when the voic es of Barney and Pomp, whi c h they continued to hear, were n early drowned by a chorus of unearthly screams. "The Guaribas are very angry," said Cor rajo. He advanced into the tropical forest as he spoke, and Frank, Jr. and the doctor followed him closely. The trees grew far apart and Frank and his companions beheld just ahead of them the most ludicrous scene they had e v e r witnesded. The y saw Barney and P omp sunoo:.nded by a score of Guaribas-or man-apos of .Brazil. The huge monkeys, each as lar!{e as a boy of fourteen or fifteen, were dancing around Bamey and Pomp, and chattering and screaming like mad. Their comic.1.l, old-m a n faces were iJovered with malicious grins, and one of the m had pos session of Barney's h at, which he had stucl\. on the side of his head, thu,; making him l oo k like a real man, and an Irishma n at that. At one glance their friAnd s saw that Bar. ney and Pomp were very hilarious, indeed, the y w ere m ore than half seas over. The whisk v had gone to their heads, and Barney was literal: ly "three sheets in the wind and another a-flut tering," for he had thrown his coat off so it hung on him by one shoulder, just us though he ha(j peeled for a regular Donnyrbrook row. Barney brandished a club in lien of a real shil Ia! a h. Trailing his coat, he twirled hi$ "twig av a sthick and danced and reeled about, while ha whooped: .J "Come on, yez dturder)n' spalpeens I Come on, yez nagurs. It's stale fhe hat av a gintlem11n yez will, eh? Bedad, I'll bate the heads av ye I whoop I Donnybrook for ivecl" Barney tried to reach the big ape that wore his hat, monkey leaped about, and so did in such a lively manner that furious blowa dealt with shillalah fell on empty to !>e mad and recklesi thoBe big grinning,

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, monkevs was a sight to see. But he hit them: They were never just there when Pomp had arrived. Frank, Jr., l aughed until sides ached, the doctor roared and even CorraJO chuckled. "Stan' up dah 1 stali' u.p Jike a man dab 1 you n o count niggers 1" cned Pomp duckng Ins and charging at the ape that wore Barney's 1 But the ape dodged and Pomp s sku! went "bang," plump against the trunk or a tree and he kee led over. Jus t nt tha t moment our friends were startled by hearing the electric bell on the carriage ring out violently . "Back to the Electric Horse I Barn.ay! Pomp! q u iok 1 quick 1 father mus t be in tro u ble and h e is all alone with the Electric Hor3e," cried Frank, Jr. CHAPTER VII. THE GIANT APES LEFT BEHINDA BATTLE. THE sound o f the violently-ringing elect ric tell and Frank, J r.'s shouts, from which they I nfer red tbat Mr. Reade, Sr., m ight b e in danger, did more to s ober up Barney and Pomp in a moment tban anything else could poss ibly have accompli s h ed Pomp picke d himself up, shook his h ead whic h seemed to have proven t o b e harde r than the and appeared all right again. B arney drew on his coat, cast one fond, part Ing glance at the hat, which he considered lost for good, and both h e and Pomp starlet. o Frank, Jr .. and the others, w ere n o w ly retracing their way toward the ope n plam be yond the confines of the forest, wher-e they had left the Eiectric Horse in charge o f M r Reade, Sr. As Barney and Pomp overtook Frank, the Irishman said by way of explanation: "Bad luck to the hat hens, we thought they wus min whin we seed 'em c reepin' alo n g the edge 1w the wo?ds, and thoug ht to. h,ave a bit av a shindy wtd 'em wtdout dtsturbw av you gintlemen." "An' ,you done hat 1 Golly if I dat !Jig monkey agm wll yer h a t on, delld I se afeard I've d o ne mistook him fer y e rse'f, Bar n ey yah 1 yah!" said P om p. and the others were too anxio u s l o r the safety of Mr. R ea.:le, Sr., and the Elect ric Horse just the n to pay much attentio n to Barney or Pomp. 'l'h e party soon emer ged out of the woods u pon th!l open pampa.s. Tllen an exc lamation o f alarm burst from Frank, Jr.'s, lips at what he saw. The Electric Horse was coming straight toward the m at full speed Mr. Reade, Sr., was r.t the enginee r's post guiding and controlling tbe e lectric steed with one hand on the main-lev e r, whil e the other grasped the b elll eve r which communicated the elect rici ty to it and caused it to r ing Rushing In pursuit of th e Electric Horse and the strange vehicle which it drew were m o re than a score of nearly naked Amazon I ndians. The savages we r e tall, sinewy and swarthy fellows armed with native we a pons, such as the long bow, the blow pipe, and, strangest of all, the famous bolas. The natives rent the air with their fie rce yells great black e yes protrud ed with aston Ishment at the speed of t h e Electric Horse Tbey had evidently not as yet made the dis cgverv that the metallic steed was other than a gtgantic living horse, and were consequently ;amazed at their inability to compet e with it in point o f speed. "The wild men o f the .Amazo n I The fiercest of a ll South American tribes!" shouted Corrajo, and his rifle sprang t o his shoulder. Just the n the natives sent a shower of arrows from bow and blow-pipe after the Electric Horse. At the same time the gaucho discha rged his rifl e with unerring and fatal aim One of' the savages went down. "Arrah I It' s min sure this toime I Wild nagurs be gob, an' we struck a r a l e ructio n thi t oime I" cried Barney. Meantime, wh e n h e saw his son and compR.n lons approaching, Mr.Reade begR.n to depress the main l eve r, and thus s low up. The old gentleman was on deck, and as the spee d of the wonderful d ec r ease d his pursuerm drew nearer Mr. Read e was in imm weapons of the the crank which chinery worksd by the or which the hinged sides m oved ELECTHIC HORSE. As if b y magic, the mystic po11'er fr om the battery sides of the carriage upward like g r eat doo ninged at the top, until t hey stood on end th inclosing th e roo f of th e carriage, and to:ming a complete bulwark and lor the deck The next volley o f arr ows dischar3ed by the savage s struck the sheet-iron plates on the bulwarks, and glanced off harmless ly. 'l'he natives paused in superstitions amazement as they witnessed the sudden and trliracu lous transformation of the appearahce o f the strange vehicle Taking advantage of the h alt Inv oluntarily made by the Indians, Frank, Jr., made a rush for the electric vehicle which was n ow pretty nea r him. He shout e d encouragingly to hi s father, and discharg ed his rifle at the natives as he mn. .Frank was closely follow e d by th e others, save the doc t o r, who had fallen behind. The old naturalist was not as fleet-foo ted as his younger comrades. Neither Frank, Jr., nor the others n oticed that the doctor was not k eepi ng up to them until just ae they r eached the carriage, which was brou .ght to a halt. Then Uorrajo g lanced back for his old fri end and master, t'l w hom he was greatly a ttach e d. At the same time Dr. Vaneyke uttered an alarmed cry. A second party of savages had just darted out of a clump of saput grass, and they were rushing b e tw ee n the doctor and hi s friends. Carrajo turned, bent upon going to the of his olr l friend, d esp ite the terrible odds whic h he w ould be cor:&pelle d to encounter. But the original pursu.,rs of the Electric Horse were now advancin g again, and Frank, Jr. and Barney s eized Corrajoand fairly dragge d him up the r ea r steps and into ths netting. We'll save the old doctor yet, fri e nd Corrajo. But you shall not rush t o certain destruction in attempting to do so," said Frank, Jr. H e w ill be slain, murde red before my eyee !" cried Corrajo. The whole party were now in the vehicle. The door was closed and the spring t t e ps closed up with a snap. "You run the r ea r bmke Barney. We may want to do some quick turning presently, for we a r e in fot a hot fight I" c ri ed Frank, Jr. Then 4:bounded up the spi r a l stairs, through the trap-door in the r oo f a nd gained the inclos ed" deck." Cormjo and P omp f ollo w e d him but the for m e r p aused l ong enough t o open his chest of weapons, and snatch up a singular w eapon. Barney graspe d lh e bmke-wh ee l over the rea.r axle, and he was r eady t o control the movllrnents of the rear portion of the vehicle w htJn a starp turn was made. "Father 1" c ried Frank as h e gained th e top of the vehicl e We must run no furthe r. Ai: the very outset we muot teach those murderous sarages a l esson which they will remember, or w e shall have no e nd of trouble Then, too, the doctor must be r esc u e ll !" Yes 1 The doctor must be saved at a ny haz l:lee, the nativ..s hav e surrounded our poor o ld fri e nd, and they a r e hurrying him away to w ard the forest in their midst." Thank heav e n th ey have not at once slain him, and evidElnt l y seek t o make him a prisoner," replied Frank, Jr. 'Now, futher, turn the carriage sideways to the sav ages who first pursued you I L o ok out d ow n t here, Barney 1 We turn t o the right 1" shouted Frank, Jr. Mr. Reade promptly d e pressed a small bar marked "S. A." f o r "aid e action" on th e l e ft s id e of tho vehicle. That turne d oft: the electric current from th a t sioe of the mechani ca l horse. The n h e raise d a l e v er-bar on th e ri g h t side, which sent an inc reased amount or e l ect ricity to th e wh ee ls and that controlled th e movement o n the corresponding side of the metal steed, and the natnml result followed. Tl:!e horsQ obllye d the immutabl e law of force and counterforce, and steed and vehiCl e promptly turned t o th e rig ht, until the right sille of the carriage was turned t o the savages. The n Mr. Reade, Sr. at a signal from Fra nk, threw up the granll central-lever, and the vehi cle and horse was at rest for an instant. Barney had worked the r ea r brake accurately, and th e whole m a n e uv e r was ac com plish e d with as much ease and speed as tho u g h the horse of metal was r a ally endowed with lif e. The savages, who had pursue d the v e hicle were now close up to it. They threatened t o clamber upon it, and their spears and arrows fell lik e hail-stones in a shower upon the carriage sides which protected the deck. There's no other way I" said Frank, It's a a uestion of life o r death for the d o ctor. We I 7 must get rid of these fellows, for the other party is enough for us to contElnd with!" "What do you mean to do?" cried Mr. Reade, Sr., excitedly But Frank) Jr., did not hear his father. He was bounding down the spi r al stairs Into the in-terior of the v ehicle At the sam e time Pomp was discharging hia rifl e at the Brazilian Indians, l eve ling the wea pon ove r lhe bulwark of the d ec k. C orrajo, too, was cro u ching there with strange w eapo n in bis hand. It was the famous bolas o f the Amazon In dians, a n d it consis t e d of a thong of braided and oiled rawhide, with a metal ball s ecured at each end-though sometimes round stones are u sed. Th e gaucho was swingin g th<:) J?olas in a peculi a r w ay, somewhat alter the manne r in which the l asso i s cast "H a!" he muttered, "I want to single out the big c hi ef of the band for my a im. On ce h e f alls the other s, l ef t without a lealler, will be apt t o take to flight.'' Sudd en ly Corrajo cast his b o las. The met a lli c balls whizzed through tho nir straight to the mark. CH!P'l'ER VIII. I TO THE RESCUE OF THE DOCTOR. ConRAJO had at last succeeded in making a cast o f th e bolas at th e chief o f the Amaz o n sav ages who m his previo usly knowl edge o f the tribe enabled him to distinguish from his followers b\' his peculiar head-dress, The bohis-c ord e ncircled t.lle throat of the chief. On e of til e metal balls struck !lim under the ear, and the other whirl eli round and round his n ec k drawing the cord so tightly that it cut into the flesh, and strangled him as he fell from th e of the b l ow r ece ived from the ball on the other e nd of th e string. The singular w eapo n whi c h, like the boomerang of Australia, is formidable only in the hands of one who has acquired the difficult art of throwing it properly, had ac complished its purpose. But contra ry to the of Corrajo, the fall o f their chief did n o t cause the savages to b ea t a Probably scenting plunder, and thinking a continuance o f the attack would r es ult in vi ctory the y contrary to their u s u a l custom, under similar circumstances, stood th ei r ground. Indee d, furthe r infuriated by th e fall of their chi e f rallied and led by o n e who prom ptly assumed the l eadership they made anothe r chatge_ Half a d oze n of the yelhng wild .men succeelled in l eap ing u p with surprising a g ility, and gained a hold upon the metal guard-rod which ran around th e exteriar o f the vehicle on a level with th e lower flo o r, and c linging th e r e b ega n t o send their arrows at the steel-wire n e tting which nO\V that the sheet iro nplated s ides w ere raised to protect the d ec k, a l o ne interposed as a shillld between them and Frank, Jr., and Barney, who w e re in the interior. W orm 1 Worra The heathe n blackguards 'ill be afth e r break in' tlte net I Whoop I This is me gent. A ructi o n a fth e r me ow n h eart 1 But it's the happy man l'd be if I could get nt the nagurs wid m e othick I" roar e d Barney as from his p o&t at the r ear brake h e banged away at the savages with his r evo lv e rs. "They can't bteak the net, Barney," repli e d Fr-ank, who was hurriedl y engage d in making certain attachments to the electric battery by mea'l.s o f copper wires, which ran along the of the interior of th e vehicle, insulated by means of incasing rubbe r tubes. "What are yez up to, Masther Frank? Orah I worrah 1 orahl Bed a d it 'll blowin' nadles out av stlliclls the divils are doin' 1" roared Barne y. The savages w e r e using th eir blo w-guns, and one of the little 6harp arrows from one of those odd wElapons had penetrated through the meshes of the stee l net and struck Barney on the ear. The Irishman dance d abo ut, holding on to his ear as th oug h h e was afraid he might l os e it, and he poured out vials of his wrath upon the heads of the h athe n nagurs.'' Barney's ye lls made those on d ec k thlnk he must b e serioqsly hurt, and Pomp called out: "What's d e matte r, B a rney?" Be gob the nagurs are pickin' h o l es in me ears so I kin wear ea r-rings, replied the fac e tious Barney. But all this had really occupied but a few mo ments, though some space had be e n dev o t e d to the narration of the rapid succession of inci dents. Frank Reade, Jr., had only beon absent fro& the carriage-deck f o r about a mom ent when b e had the wit 'lS b e had b ee n adjusting all fix ed "Now, the n for n broadside!" cried .Frank.

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I" I( I 8 THH ELECTRIC At that moment his father turned the electric current onto the metal guard to which all.vagee who were n'.lsailing the netting clung. '!'he natives received a shock that tumbled them oti in all directions. Then as they scrambled to their feet Frank, Jr., suddenly pulled a sliding-bar, which instantly sent a current of electricity along the copper wire he had 1ust adjusted. A crash of musketry occurred simultaneously !\'ilh Fmni{'S movement. He had discharged the electric battery of six rifles all at once lrom tho portholes in the side of the vehicle toward the savages, which cunningly constructed springs enabled him to unmaslt with the movement of the lever which turned on the electricity The broadside thus discharge.t was, so to say, the last stmw that broke the camel's back, and the savages fled in consternation and confusion. Nor did they pause In their fligbt until they gained the shelter of the timber whence they had come. "Hurrah I The broadside is a great success!" shouted Frank, in delight. "Now, father, let the old horse out, and after the natives who are hurrying away with the doctor!" he added. In a moment more the Electric llorse was in motion. Forward he sped, majesticallycovering tht> ground with wonderful stridee, ;ust like a giant living horse going at full speed. '!'he carriage moved over the grass-grown pampas readily, and the wheels, owing to the broad tire, did not sink deeply, even where the tiround was soft and yielding. Cormjo and Pomp sent bullets from their rifles after the retren.ting savages. On, on rushed the electric steed In pursuit of the nativee who were carrying away the old doctor. "Ma.sther Frank, make Pomp take a turn at t!Je brake. Be dad is there any nade of a brakesman n.t all now!" said Barney. "No, since we are going straight ahead." "Then it's on deck I'll go. But do ye miad, the nagurs that bas cotcbed the ould doctor seem hke to &it into the trees, afore we kin cntch up wid tbim," said Barney, pausing at the foot of the stairs. "Yes, yes, but the Electric Horse is doing his best." Barney bounded up the stairs, and Frank, through the netting, continued to watch the ex citing chase. It was as Barney snid. The savages who had made Doctor Vaneyke a captive were rapidly approaching a !forest of large trees whose immense trunks would stop the Electric Horse. Frank thought of the great saws be bad brought with him which were contrived to work by means of electricity from the battery in the carriage. "Our saws could demolish those trees, and open a path for the Electric Horse and carriage, but our progress would not be very last, and so we cannot resort to the saws which may yet be ol the greatest service to us, just now," reflected .Frank. He knew that tbe savages must be overtaken at once if the rescue of the doctor was to be ac complished. Frank ascended to the deck, and with th e others watched the savages who held his friend. They were all excited, and it was a suspenseful "But, Fmnk, the cipher I" suddenly exclaimed Mr. Reade, Sr. "What of the cipher, father?" Heavens, Frank I liave you of that? Why, the doctor has the cabe, and all his copies and the map in his pocket I" Frank turned pale. Without the ciphe r he knew they could never find the lost treasure. CHAPTER IX. MEN IN MAIL-FRANK, JR'S., TORPEDOES-CHASING A CONDOR 'NEVER say die' is tha motto for us now, father. We Will not think the secret of the an cient treasure is lost to us yet, f o r do we not mean to r esc ue the doctor?" Frank, Jr. "But I fear the worst!" replied Mr. Reade, Sr. "Thero they go, tl!e bloody hathens I" O{ied Barney. The natives were even then ente:ing the dense iorost of the Amazon, n .nd as Barney spoke they disappeared But as the Indians V>tnisbed into the timber their friends of the captive sight of him. The doctor waved his hand toward thc>se whom be feared be was parting with forever, as be passed from view. "We cannot enter the great forest, and the electric will not open a way for us with sufficitmt rn.pidity," Mr. Rearle, Sr., said. Corrajo shouted with all his migllt: "Keep a stout heart, doctor I I will save you yeti" "We shall have to follow the natives on foot, and now the suits of mail we brought with us will be of service,'" said Frank, Jr. "'.rhe very thing. Those mail s .uits are bullet proof, and they will insure us protection the sp.ears, arrows and other weapons of the savages," a,ssented Mr. Rende, Sr. "Yes, the mail suit will render us well-nigh invulnerable. But, father, you won't thin!' of venturing into the for est?" "And why aot?" "Ah, sir," cried Corrajo, I ask it as a favor that you will loan me your suit of mail. I understnnd the cm;toms of the savages, and while you and the others remain to gun.rd your re markable invention, your son and I will pursue the savages "Well, well, I suppose I may as well consent. Yes. you can have the suit of mail You will maku better use of it than I could hope to," as sented Frank's fath e r. So it was decided. Frank and Corrajo descended into the Interior of the carriage, and donned each a suit of chain armor of the finest steel, flexib l e in every part, and provicted with helmets which protected the entire bead and faco, and was provided with openings through which they could see and breathe. When thus incased in their armor, which in no way impeded the freedom of their move ments, Frank and Corrajo resembled the mail clad knights of the medieval days. Before securing his armor finally upon his person, Frank took the precaution t0 put a small com pass iu his pocket, so that if by any unfor tunate chance be and the gaucho should become separated in the Brazilian wilderness he would not be entirely without tho means of directing his course. When all was in readiness, Frank, Jr., and Corrajo stepped ont of the carriage, which ltded their way. "And there is enough of them In sight to form The rover of the pampas now proved his skill a deadly ambush for us in the woods," added as a trailer. The Indians had strue.k into the Frank, Jr. woods immediately after passing out of sight. "Dat's so. Dem colored niggers am at home There was no tmce by which to track them visi-in the woods, too," vouchsafed Pomp. ble to Frank, but Corr>l.jo was n o t at fault. It's meselas 'ul go afther tbim all the same, The gaucho tmiled the captors of his aged bedad," said Barney. I master with nil the surprising skill of one of our "And I'll go with you!" said the deToted Nortl;l American lndi:Lns. bmvely. Meanwhile, h(l sn.irl: "We must be on the alert for an ambush. The cunning Amazon savages always seek to take an enemy by surprise." Constantly on the alert, they hastened on and on until, perba:;>s, they had penetrated a mile in-to the depths of the wood. T11en, suddenly, without the sllghtest warning of their pres ence, the Amazon savages sprang up all about them from the shelter o f a jungle, whose confines our adventu-rers had just reached. Frank's rifle was instantly discharged, and the foremost of the s,wages-a bowling, hideous creature--fell. while Corrajo's bullet promptly dropped another. Then the two men in armor charged forward side by side. 'rhey had slung their rifles across their shoulders by the straps with which they "ere provided, and now each grasped a pair of r e volvers, and as they advanced straight through the wild horde they discharged a simul taneous volley of pistol shots. '.rite savages went down as though swept away by a cyclone. Fire flash e d in a d e adly stream from the muzzles of tae fats! tube s, and the air was heavy with powder smoke. But the natiVP,S outnumbered our hero and Corrajo ten to one, and they sent a shower of ar rows and spears at them. The armor turned the points of these weapons, and they fell beside the men in mail. 'l'hey passed the thicket in their desperate charge, and beheld the doctor in the grasp of two powerful savages At the sight of his master, Corrajo uttere d a cry of joy, and with one bound be ren.clled his side. A blow of his mailed band stretched one of the doctor's guards at his feet, and coming up quickly, Frank, Jr., felled the other. "'l'bank Heaven you have come in time!" cried the old doctor fervently, while be trembled from head to foot with emotion "No\v then, to fight our way back!" cried Frank, Jr. "Can you do that?" asked the doctor. Frank's anqwer wits drowned by n frightful pandemonium of yells, and the savages charged upon the adventurers furiously. They placod tbe doctor behind them and started forward The charge of the savages was met by a fusi lade from the revolvers of the adventurers who had now reloaded their weapons. For a moment the Indians were compQI!ed to fall back, but our friends had not advanced far when a large reinforc_ement came up. The wertl more or less awed, and intimidated at the failure of their weapons to in jure the mail-clad men, and yet they were so in furiated that .they did not allow tlleir superstitious fears to dri\'e them from the oonftict. Backed by the r einforcements they bad re ceived, the Indians formed in a phalanx, and as Corrajo saw the savage legion thus massing themselv es, he said to Frank. "We shall surely be overpowered by the force of numbers now. We can never fight our way through their compact lines I" "Ah, my brave fri ends. You bad better have l eft me to my late. You have sacrificed yohrRelves upon the altar of friendship," said the old doctor, dcspn.iringly. "It is true enough, doctor, that ordinary weapons cannot avail us now, but I mean to try the virtue of those percussion torpedoes you saw me experimenting with in my laboratory at home some months ago. I have perfected them. They are something of a novelty in the way of self dis charging highe xplosives,. doctor,'' answered the young inventor, with a calmness that went far to reassure his two comrades. 'l'ben Frank opt'ned the tin case at his belt, and it proved to be fille d with metal canes. The re ceptacle contained at least a dozen of the small unique projectiles of destruction. No time was to be l ost A crisis was at hand, and without another word Frank hurled one of t he cones among the savages. It exr!oded as if. struck among them, and a shower of bullets con tain e d within it, outside of a central ehamb!ll', which was filled with nitro-glycerine W8re dis charged The result was more destructive than the explosion of a cann<;m loaded with grapeshot. 1 In rapid succession Frank threw th r ee more of his torpedoes and. then the terror stricken savages of tbeAmazon broke and fled in the wild est confusion The "'"-Y of retreat was opened and our adventurers took n.dvantage of it. They quickly gained thu pas beyond the timber. There they of huge condors-the mammoth bird of prey--circling above the couple of natives who bad been ots discharged from the car' I

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l pearance upon the pampas with a j oyful shout. .But our friends were yet in dange r. The sav ages b a d rallied and now emerged from the wood in pursui t of them. Frank felt for another torpedo. Then be dis(!Ove.6'i that the box was g o n e It had become detrtched f.tom hi s belt as he ran and fallen, but a thick layer of cork-shavings in which oach torp edo was separately packed had prevented an oxplosion. "We must run for it. Only ou r speed can !5ave us now I" cried Frank. They darted toward the Electric Horse, which put in motion and came toward them. To lacilitate his movements, the doctor threw aside l!is coat forgetting in the excitement ot the moment that it contained the cipher c ube and all his copies and maps. The three friends reached the carriage and bounded into it. As they did so they glanced back and saw one of the great condo rs, which they had oLserved, swoop down, and, seizing the doctor's coat in its clawa, fly away with it. "Misfortune of misfortunes I" cried the doc tor. I forgot The anci ent cipher and all that pertains to it is in my coat r "Then we must chali Q the condor. Turn on all the electricity father, and follow the great bird I" shouted Frank, Jr. ThQ next moment the Electric Horse was dash in g away in pursuit of the condor, which flow along the pampas skirting the wood. The sides of the deck were l owered, and Cor mjo and Pomp s e ized their rifles, and dropping each on one knee, leveled their weapons, and breathlessly waited to get a shot at the condor if th9 speed of the vehi c le 'brought it in range. Everything depended on the issue. CHAPTER X. A RAOi: WITH A COND(E.-TOO MUCH SPEED ALL AT ONCE. THE flight of the vulture king of the Cordil leras was somewhat impeded by the weight of the doctor's coat. But the daring thief soared ateadily onward, though he did not a ttain the lofty altitude of the upper regions of the air, where he is at home. The condor usu ally dwells in the region of the Cordilleras, whose loft y peaks are perpetually whiten e d with snow, but occasionally the great birds aPe encountered in the Amazon valley. Perhaps no other member of the feathered tribe unl es s it be the eagle, habitually soars as high above the surface of the earth as this monarch of the vulture spec ies. Humboldt, the great traveler, states that he has seen the condor in the sky more than a thou s and feet abo ve Chimborazo, which attains an elevatio n of 21,420 feet above the level of the s ea In see king food the condor depends almost en tire ly on the k ee nness o r his vision. From his s tation amid tllle c l ouds, even above the sight of the Cordill e ria a hunter, he notes his prey ami at d esce nds. His s e ns e of smell is not acute. A pi ece of raw meat placed very near him, but ou t o f sight, he will not di sc ov e r by i ts scent. No d o ubt the condor, whi c h was flying away With D oc t o r Taney ke' s coat, containing the an cient cipher, pr es um ed he had pounced upon som e thing very d es irabl e in the way of food. But the r e W!\S great d a n ge r that the huge bird might fly away over th e d e nse Brazilian f or es t In which event rapid pursuit of him would be impossible While the condor continu ed its flight it occa sionally ul t.e r e d a p ec uli a r cry not unlik e the hissing voic(l o f the goos e I think the g r ea t vulture is c a lling to his mA.te," said Corrajo, who with Pomp continued to kneel on the d ock of the carriage with their rifl es in -t"eadin ess to try A. shot at the condor. Mr. Reade. Sr., still occupi e d the; e ngin eer's -, post. Can y o u not crowd on a little more electric i ty, father?" asked Frank, Jr. No, I've turne d on the full power of the bat tery. It is impossible to produce more motive pow e r n o w." But thG o ld horse would stand it and it would 11ot be dangerous to go fast e r on this level pam"That's true enough, Fr11.nk." "Then we'll increase our speed a bit." "What do you mean to rlo?" "You have forgotten we carry a double battery-that unde r the on,e from which we are drawing the electricity no''V a second battery is conceal ed." \ "That's a fact, Frank, my 'n;lemory Isn't quite what it was at your age, I'll Cditious it has been Ws ex perience to encounter savages or other ev illy disposed persons who have sought to d amage his inventions so as to capture him." "Ah, I understand, and this time Frank me ans to forestall such attempts." "As far as possible. You comprehend that should an enemy d es troy the upper battery w e could still proceed as fast as we desired, unless we wanted to h a v e another condor race." "Yes. It i& an a dmirable thought. You would only h a ve to make the attachments necessary to apply the motive power of the conc ea led battery to the machinery." "Exactly, d oc tor. And there is little fear that one ignorant of its ex ist ellce and lo cation would even suspect, much less discover, the sec ond battery." I t's the great janus Is Master Frank," said Barney, enthusiastically. But see d e big bird am gwine fer de woods suah now," crie d Pomp. Y es the cor.do r has changed his course I" Corr ajo at that moment exclaimed. Such was the alarming fact, and the huge bird was moreover descending earthward. "Faith an' I hear a strange sound a bit ahead in the woods. Bedad it's lik e thunder away off," said Barney. All the party w ere cogui?.ant of the sound al lud ed to, and Mr. Read e Sr said to Corrajo: "What i s it? To me the sound seems lik e that occasioned by the rush of waters." "We a re appoac hing the Amazon. We h9 a r the distant sounds of the mighty river," r ep li ed th e gaucho M ake haste, Frank!" called out Mr. H ea de, Sr., a moment subsequently. As the condor had some distance y e t to traverse before he be gan to fly over the foreBt, additional speed might bring him within range yet btlfore he arrived at the confines of the tim ber. Frank, Jr. was meantime working swift ly. He opelltld the concealed door in the floor which communicated with the second batte ry,aud qui ckly made the ne e dful attac hments by m(lans of which the power or the heretofore unused bat terv was now to be utili zed. First, Frank, Jr., set the controlling l ever back so that only about a third of the full current of e l ectricity cou ld pass to the machinery which moved the hors e This main lever of the second battery, worked on a cr esent-shap ed i ron-guard which was sup plied with flanges at intervals of three inches to cat c h the l ever whic!h could thus be secured at any point and so measJre precisely the power of the e l ectricity turned on The moment the one-third power applied a t first by Frank, Jr., was communicated to the Electric Horse his speed was correspondingly in creased. "Whoop I It's gainin' on the f eat h e red thief o' the worruld w e are now I" shouted Barney. exultantly, as the speed of the vehicle was ac celerated. There was a possibility that the condor might decrease hiS speed yet whl l e the pursuers ad vanced more rapidly. Their spirits rose and Pomp remarked hope fully : "We'se gwine fo' to git a shot at de big bird yet, I reckons." "Yis. Be gorra--" What Barney had started to remark was abruptly interrupted. The Electric Horse sudden ly shot forward lik e an arrow discharged from a bow, and the car ri age gave a tremendous lurch forward. Barney was leaning upon t h e side rail near P omp and th e sudden impetus carrie d the darky against the Irishman with gr(lat force, and he was hurl ed to the ground. Pomp could not re cove r his balance in time to sa" hi mself, and he followed B arney But Pomp struck on his head, and so h e \vasn't much hurt. Barn ey had a ll the breath knocked out of him, but h e sc r amb l ed up in tim e t o see the Electri c H orse brought to a halt at some distance ahead. Mr Reade c lun g to the main lever when thl'l h o rs e so s ud d e nly datted forward, and thus sus tain e d himself from falling. Corrajo and Dr. Vaueyke w e re precipitated upon the floor of tha carri age d eck, but they were fortunate eno ugh to escape a fall to th& ground 'he ca use of the sudden acc e leration ot speeo. may r e adily be surmised. The l ever controlling the electric supply from the second battery h a d slipped out of the flange in which Frank, Jr. had hurriedly thrown it, and the entire e l ec tri c current from the concealed battery was, all at once, sent to the machinery moving the metal horse. Frank hastened to bring the lever back to the "one third" flange, whence it had escaped as soon as p oss ibl e, a nd th e n Mr. Reade, witness ing the fall of Barn e y and Pomp, shouted: Turn orr all the elect ricity down there, Frank I" Frank a t once obeyed. Mr. R e ade also threw back the upper lever, and thus as soon as possible the carria10e was stopped Frank g lanc ed back at Barney and Pomp, and an impatient exc lamati on fell from his as h e saw B arney throw off Wa coat and square him self lor a fight, while P om p began t o get r e ady to butt CHAPTER XI. THE CONDOR F.LLLS JN THE FOREST-WILD BO.LRS AND NATIVES. Jus T then Corrajo, who h a d quickly regained his feel, and helped the doctor up, cried: "Fortune favors u s I See, the condor is swoop in g downward H e means to a light I think." He has my eterna l gratitude if he only drop s my coat," said the doctor Yes, th e re h e goes. Good I Excellent! H e has settl e d d own on the pampas I" exclaimed Mr. Reade, Sr., the succee ding moment The party on the deck were f or the present so intent up on observing the m ovemen ts of the condor that the y did not think of looking back. for Barney and Pomp. Frank, Jr., was really the only one who had observed the belligerant attitude of the Irish man and the darky. He thought they might get into a fight, really injure each other, so he ope n ed the door in the re a r of the vehi c l e decended the springs t eps, whi ch unfold ed as thA door opened, and r a n tow ard B a rney and th e darkey. M eanw hile the moment the Irishman wae on his f ee t h e cried : "Bad luck t o yez, ye nagurl Yez thre w me off av the carriage! Be dad, I'll h a v e a whack at yer black mug, so I will. It's manners I'll be af ther tachi!l' a v yez I" Then it was B arney threw off his coat, ood. put up his hands. "Go 'way, man, I done nuffln. Doau' yer look cross-eyed at dis coon Yah heare me whisper ." "Yer a loi e r, so yez are; I'll bate the head av "Who flung dis chil e of!'? He flung hisself Ob, yes, d at's likely, dat am. You'se a fool. De kerrige done gib a jump. Dat's what don(l it." "Begorr a, maybe yer roight." "Dat's wat 's de matter." "Come, come, you two burry up or you'll be left b e hind I" shouted Fmnk, Jr., woo was now near enough to mak e him self hAard. Barney put on hi s coat and then h e and Pomp ran back, joined Frank,Jr. a nd all thre e r eturned to the carriage As they went along Frank, Jr., exp lain ed th e cause of t h e accident, and Barney ackuowledjiled he was:in the wrong. Reaching the horse they boardQd the carri&ge and an advance was made again The condor, afte r alighting, had remained at r es t until just as the ca n iag e started, and then it soared away tow ard the for es t, yet carryin g the doctor's coat in its claws. I n a few mom e nts Frank, Jr.,graduallytnrned on the power of the second battery again until. the Electric Hors e sped a l ong at a speed that almost took the breath of the explor e r s away. They were all willing to risk th9 danger of thll'

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-...... 10 wonderful speed in order to recover the clew to the lost treasure of tile Peruvians. Corrajo and Pomp, with rifle still in readiness, kept their eyes fixed on the great tird. 'l'he surprising speed now attained by the Electric Hone enabled him to gain on the feath ered traveler of the sky, The rifles in the hands of the gaucho and the dar key were both pro vided with telescopic sights. Thus their aim was rendered accurate at a great distance. Suddenly Carrajo said: I think we are in range." The others were breathless for a moment, aud both Corrajo and Pomp were seen prepa ring for the ahot upon which so much depended. All at once there came a double report. The two weapons were discharged at almost the same instant. And what of the condor? Was he hit? For an instant this most important question remained in uncertainty and doubt. Then sud denly a shout went up from our friends. The condor, which hung over the edge of the woods, was seen to flutter as though abont to fall, but he winged his way wearily onward for some distance. "He is surely hit I" cried the doctor. THE ELECTRIC and lget out o! their way. They fuld escape discovery. FLOATING ISLAND. Frank, unheard, had almost reach ed the sav-THE leafy canopy of the tre e in which Frank, age, and h e was in the very act of d ea ling him a Jr., and the gaucho had taken r e fuge served t o blow from behind with his clubbed weapon, when entirely conceal them. The native hunters had a dry twig broke under the pressure of his foot find in the not seen th em previously, a nd now the y were with a sharp snap. As though in confirmation of this, the condor eoon fluttered earthward, and finally full among the or the !otest. "Bedad it' s a dead condor we'll woods I" cried Barney. I not discovered. The Indian wh ee l ed about and saw Frank, but Oorrajo expressed the same opinion. Frank, Jr., and the gaucho had not as yet re moved their suits of mail, and the former said : "You and I will go in quest of the contlor, if you like, Corrajo." , All right. I would prefer you for my com panion . You are very brave, aL.d we may find dangers that are hidden from our sightjn yon der forest," answered the gaucho. He and the young inventor made certain preparations and then started for the forest. Barney and Pomp again urged their desires to accompany Frank, .Tr., and but in vain, and Barney said: Bedad it's brakin' on a strata-car I mo!ght as w ell be d o in', for all the ructions aud shindys be the way of divarsion that's comiu' my way a,t all." Corrajo took another singular weapon out of his chest this time before starting. It was a long slender tube, from which dangled a vicuna-skin quiver, filled with arrows not more than ten inches in length. "What's that?" asked Frank, Jr., Indicating the weapon. "That is a 'gravatana,' or to give It theEuglfsh name-a blow-gun,'' answered Corrajo. The blow-gun in many portions of South America supplies the place of firearms. The specimen carried by Corrajo was about ten {feet long, and very light. It was composed of stems of a variety of palm, which so considerably vary In size that one may be pushed inside the other. The Amazon Inl!l.ians are adepts in the manufac ture of this weapon, and they use it with remark able skill. Having fitted the ste ms together the maker removes the pith and spirally binds the whole wilb supple bark. A conical wooden mouth-piece is inserted. Sights are fit ted on the barrel, and armed with arrows needle pointed the huntsman is ready. He carries also an indispensable piece of bone which is used to sharpen the arrows. Sometimes ;vben on the warpath, the native dips his arrows in the dead ly wourali poison Then death is the certain result of a wound received from one of them. Night was almost at hand when Frank, Jr., and the gaucho found themselves again thread ing the forest of the Amazon. Soon the full moon came over the tree tops and flooded the forest witl:t soft, silvery light. Frank, Jr. and Corrajo sought to follow the
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I in check until they exhausted their s u pp ly of ammunition This time in his haste, Fra.nk, Jr., had neglected t o bring any of hi s percussion tor p e does wi:h him. Soon he and Cormjo were forced back t o the river. Corrajo suddenly discerned an island, and h e told Frank they must &JVim to it. T h ey plunged into the water and reached the i s land. A moment l ater they discovered it was in motion. "We are on one of the wonde rful floating islands of the Atnazon," cried Corrajo. CHAJ,>TER XIII. OUT OF DANGER-a NIGHT JOURNEY. Tin!: island wh ich Frank, Jr., and Corrajo had reached certainly was in moti on. 'J'he current of the Amazon carrie d it along s teadily the trees growing from it s serving as masts. 'l'he g reat rive r is celebrated t o r its rilovi::!g islands, which some h >Lve supposed to have become de tac hed fron: its banl-:s during tt1e rainy season by the proc es s o f undermh1 in g which then takes place owing to the vast volume of wate r con fin e d in its channel. It is during the season o f almost continuous rain in the fall that c ertain p o r tions of the gre>\t valley is periodically inundated. The flood s eason is greatly drea ded by the na tives, as tile riv e r sometimes rises so suddenly that the l ow land s are flooded before the inhabit ants can make th e ir esca p e While the flo.Ltiug island moved onward the savages ran a l ong the riv er-bank yelling wildly and 'dischargin g th eir arrows. But their sha!ts f e ll short, and th e saf e ty of the young inventor and hi s comrade was insured, at least ror a time. The ringing of the electric bell was still h eard, and Frank suddenly exclaimed: The island is carrying u s toward the Electric Horse!" The sound o f the bell, as it grew more and more distinct, assured Frank of this. It is so," r eplied Corraj o The river makes a bend h ere, end its course is toward the Atlantic whence we cam e "And we are drifting inshore 1" said Frank In Y es an eddy Is canyiog us to the bank.'' "Then we shall be overwhelmed by the savages!" 'l'he sound (Jf the be ll became more distinct 'than ever as the island was carri e d steadily toward the southern banlt in the bend o f the stream. "Look!" mk, Jr., excitedly. "I see the moonlight reveals t h e ope n pampas beyond a fringE) of trees on the bank !" "Yes, y es," aRsented the gaucho. "We a r e fortunate, !or the riv e r has carried us out of the forest!" "I'll send up another fir e -ball!" cried Frank, Jr., and drawingone of il.is great Reman candles from a water-tight metal case at his girdle he set it o ff. The savages in antic ip ation of the !&land s reaching th e river bank had now assembled at the bend o f the river, and the y were reacly !or awattack. But a few mom ents succeeding the discharge of.Frank, Jr.'s last tire-balls a shout was h eard inland. "Whoop! Give the hathen nagurs fits, P omp I Bedad, it' s a ruction the blackguards wrmts an' we're th e boys to give 'em an iligant shindy !" Barney yelled. "Hi I Yi l Hello dar, Marse Frankl We re comin'. De big hess am right behind us too, co min' like he's walkin' fo' dat cake!" roared Pomp. "'l'he brave fellows have left the Electri<. and the y a r e rushing into danger on our account," said Frank. 'They cannot know of the presence of the multitude of nativ es whom the trees conceal from their sight," said Corrajo. "They are utte rly rec kless of danger." "The savages will draw them into a deadly ambush. " I fear so, and I will shout to them and warn them to go back.'' "Yes. Do so," assented Corrajo. Frank was !\bOut to shout a warning to Bar ney and Pomp. when a loud explosion sounded in the rear of the trees b ehind the Indians, and in the direction whence Barney and Pomp were approaching. "Good luck! Our friends are hurling some of my deadly torpedoes axng the savages]" cried Frank. It was so, and report fter report sounded as the e xplosiv es were hurled into the trees among the Indians on t .he river bank. They could sot stand the destructive dis charges and as the island re11,ched the bank they broke and fled. c ELECTRIC H ORSE. u Frank, Jr., and Corrajo leaped ashore, and J northward, and the for est lay in their western darted through the trees o ut upon the pam. pas. pathway. There they beheld Barney and P o mp, who had The gaucho was consulted as to the course to now exhausted their supply of torpedoes, and pursue. swif tly approaching came the El ect ric Horse H e advised that they run a southwestern course with Mr. Reade, Sr., and Dr. Vaneyke on "deck." along the pampas skirting the forest until they How grand the magnificent metal steed and were at a safe distance from the Indians. the wonderfu l structure it drew looked by night. This advice was acted upon. The brilliant elect ri c light flashed from the e y es While Frank, Jr., and his father took turns run-of the colossal h o rse, a nd a stream of the same ning the El ec tric Horse, the party turned up their dazz lin g light radiatAd from the great globe on bunks, and sought repose in the interior c! the t op of the carrhtge in !root of Lhe engineer's po s t, vehi cle where stood Mr. Reade, Sr., with the doctor be-The dawn of day found them on the pampas in siJe hi m It was a most surprising and aston-a position not far from the which makes ish in g s i ght, aod Frank Jr.'s heart thrilled with a great b e nd southward. pride and joy as it was r evea led to him Now for a break fast. The river will supply But the retreat of our friends !rom the island, it," cried Corrajo, wh e n the party halted. now that the discharge of the torpedoes had H e got out hooks and lines, and, accompanied ceased, cause.d the savages to rally, and as Frank by Porn p and Barney, set out for the river, which and C01mjo, accompan i e d by Barney and the they soon r8ach e d. darky, ran toward the Electric Horse, the enemy There is a great vari e ty of excellent fish in the burst through the tn:es in pursuit of them. Amazon, and Pomp and Barney were catch" Down! Down I Flat upon the ground with ing them rapidly, while the gaucho left them you all!" shouted Mr. Reade, Sr., at the top of his saying: voice "1 shall bring back some turtle eggs." 'l'he ?ector was seen to rush down the stairs Turtles are an importan t article of food il and seiz e the brake over the rea r axl es. the Amazon country. At almost all times fresh Comprehending what was about to occur, our tnrtle meat can oe had, and the eggs are a deli adventurers all thri)W thel!1s e lves .fiat on the cious delicacy, as Corrajo knew. pampas, and lmmedmtely, m o b edm n ce to the He soon came back dragging a captured tur p owe r of i ts wond e rful t;nechanism, directed b y tie by his lasso and carrying his hat full of eggs. 1\Ir. Reade, the Electnc Horse turned aod These, with the fish secured by Barney and brought the broadside toward the onrushing InPomp, made a splendid breakfast for the exdiaos. plorers, and they did ample justice to the meal. 'l'hen followed a discha rge of the electric bat"Now as to our future course, Corrajo," said tery of Winchester rill es worl!.ed by the doct o r the doctor, after under Mr. Reade, Sr.'s A number of savages f e ll, the balls passing ov e r our prostrate friends and striking in the midst of their enemi es The natives halted, and regarde d the Electric Horse with the wonder and alarm. A score of voices uttered the same strange words as they fled as though the y were pursue d by all the "'Vil s pirits o f th e Amazons. "Ab, they say it is a spirit horse!" cried C o r rajo, who knew something of th e n a tiv e tongu e as he and his comrades arose and quickly gained the carriage. As may be supposed, they were vmrmly wel comed, and wh e n Frank placed the ciph e r-cub e in the hands o f the old naturaliat, t ogether with th e maps and copies he had made, the satisfac tion of the good doctor f ound veut in a joyful shout, in which Barney and Pomp joined, whil e the one exec uted a few steps of an Irish jig and the latte r shuffl ed a r egular plantation "breakdown." The n Frank r e lated his adventure and Corrajo said: "In foll ow ing up the India ns after I left Frank I stumbled into a pit-tn\p, made by the natives, and had great dilllculty in getting out. That was the cause of my delay.'' But th e old d oc t o r was thinking of th e singu lar incident of the r ecog nition of the cipher-cube b y the old Indian, a'ld he said: "I am now more than ever convinced that the c iph e r-cube?is the clew to an ancient s ecret of this land. Since the old native knew it, it may have a remarkabl e history, and I regre t that the natives n ow know it is in our possess ion.'' "I thin\{ the Indians know what the cipher r e lat es t o," said Corrajo. "How so?" asked the doctor and Mr. in a voice. "The savages passed close by the pit into which h e had fallen without seeing me, and among them I saw a half-breed Portuguese-one of those r o v ers of the pampas who used to make a business of slave-hunting in the days of Brazilian slavery.'' "And did you ever hear what was said?" asked the doctor eage rly. "Yes Th e Portnguese half-br ee d and the old Indian who found the cipher-cube were convers Ing I gathered from what they said that they were well aware that the cube contained the secret of a sacred treasure, l ege nds of which had b ee n handed down from father to son in the tribes but that they were as yet quite as ignorant as ourselves regarding where the treasure was to he found.'' Ah I Had we needej further assurance that the r e is a treasure to be found by him who can r ea d the cipher, we have it now!" sa:d the doctor. "Yes, and I can foresee that, led on by the cunning half-breed ex-slave hunter, the natives will seek to wrest the \lUbe from us." "No doubt of that. But the y will have a lively time doing it," said Frank, Jr. "We sha ll have to be constantly on the alert, then," Corrajo replied. while during this conversation the Elec tric Horse v:as put in motion. The Amazon w11s before our explorers to the CHAPTER XIV. UP IN THE OBSERVATION-BALLOON-CAUGHT m Tim PAMPAS TORNADO. THE doct o r had b ee n consulting a recent and r e li a ble map of Brazil, and also the copy of the m a p o n the cipher-cube. "It seems to me that we should take a north westerly course," he added. "Quite right," assented Corrajo. "And to do that we shall have to cut our way through the forest.'' "And also cross the Amazon, I think?" d oc tor. Now if I could only take an ob servation, observe the extent of the forest, I might select a course so as to traverse the forest at its narrowes t point. There are open pampa& to the westward, but I know not how far distant." If you were up in the air a few hundrAd feet you could command a view of the surroundings lor mauy miles and thus find out what you wish to know?" said Frank, Jr. "Certainly. It is indeed most important that I should make such an observation.'' "W-oll, then, you shall do so." "How do you mean?" "Maybe I didn't tell you about my hot-air bal loon. Well, I have one, and you shall make a. captive ascension,' and take an observation.'' Excellent!" "The very thing!" Corrajo and the doctor thus expressed their satisfaction But have you the neceesary appliances for inflation?" the doctor asked. Of course; the nalloon would be no use else You know I've done considerable in the fiyint line, and I think I am pretty well informed abou: balloons and air-ships,'' said Frank, Jr. "lt's pointers the young janus could give tb.e man who first invinted balloons, be dad!" alllrm ed Barney. "Well, lend a hand, you and Pomp,'' said Frank. Then, assisted by the Irishman and the darky, the young aeronaut unpacked his balloon. It was a small, ordinary globe balloon, with a basket carriage. A fire was kindled and the hot-air or gas gener ator and reservoir appliances placed in posi tion. The great globe of the balloon was success fully inflated under the direction of Frank, Jr., and the stout "captive-rope" attached to It to prevent its ascending beyond the length of the same was secured to the trunk of a tree. When all was in readiness for the ascension Corrajo took his place in the basket carriage under the infiated globe telescope in hand, and Frank, Jr., made ready to cast off the utay ropes, which besid e s the main-r o p e, which was to limil the flight of the balloon, held it to the earth. Just as the were being cast otr Barney clambered into the carriage. "Begorra, it's meself as wud go wid yez if yez want company!" he exclaimed. "All right. 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s 12 Then h e added: "All Frank at once gave the and the stay rope s were sev e r e d. The ball o on arose m a jeSti c ally into the air. .. Have y e z a ny word to sind to your fri ends in the m oo n?" cri e d Barne y, as h e s oare d a l o ft. Wh e n the captive" rope ran out It s length the balloon stoppe d, and (Jorra.jo pro cee d e d to closely s can the country through his t e les cop e The wond e rful panorama of th e Amazon was l'tlve a l e d to him. It was a sight w orth a journe y across the world to see and Corraj o enjoyed it thoro ughly. But he was intent upon sel ecting the route for theeEl e ctric H o rse. Sc anning the for e st, Corrajo soon mad e out a course f o r the a d van ce of the e x p a rty. S o me di s t a n ce northward, at a point which th e y had passe d during the night, h e saw tha t the for est was quite n arro w, with vast op e n p a mpas and the Am azo n b e y o nd it. "Tha t is our route s aid Corraj o pointing "Le t me hav e a p ee p through the g lass B ego b this r e minds m e av our trip in th e air-s hip i n M e xico. A rmh, tha t was s ky trave lin' for y ez whil e y e z b e talk said B arne y. C orrajo g ave him the glass and Barne y look e d about t!Jr o ugh it in ev ery directio n. "Faith, a n it' s a f o in e country. Too foln e f o r haythe n nagurs. B e me soul, y e z c o uld plant the wh o l e Eme r a ld I s le d o wn h e r e and n o t miss the la nd. B ego b, if tha t could b e d o ne, thin ould I r e land would b e fr ee, and the divil c o uld fly aw a y with the la ndlord s ," said the Iris h ma n, duly impre s se d with the m agnitude o f the great Brazili a n t errito ry. "But what's that, I dunno? h e adde d sud denly, with the gl ass thro ugh whi cl1 h e was gazing, turne d in the dir.,c ti o n whe n ce tl:ie y h a d com e "What do you s e e?" aske d C o rmj o "That' s what I can t make o ut, sure. "Let me h ave the g lass. B a rn e y surre nd e r e d thll t e le scope to Corrajo and the latte r look e d in the directio n indicat e d oy the Iris llm a n, who said : There 's a bla southwarlf d e v outly. ) / \ THE ELECTRIC HORSE. B u t th e gal e wa s i nc r easing e a c h m o m ent, and prese ntly it struc k the b alloon 'l' h e immense pr essure o f t h e a t mosphe r e threat e n e d to burst tll e gas gl o b e It s w a y e d a nd cra c k e d S o m ething mu s t y ie ld o r a ll was l ost. The b a lloon could n o t s u r viv e the s train a mom ent. .rh e re was but one c h a n ce f o r the lives of the impe ril e d m e n. If the g l o b e burs t they would f all to death, o ut if the b alloon w a s r e l ease d, and thus no l ongElr r es i s t e d th e pre s sure o f the gal e whil e it mi ght b e carrie d b y th e fie r c e winds the y kne w n o t there w as still a po s sibility lhat the y might esca p e with th eir liv e s . C orra j o r es ol v e d to take th e one d es p erate chanc e that presente d i tse lf f o r s a lvati o n. Qui c kly be r eac h e d do w n and s e v e r e d the r o pe tha t h el'd the ball o on to the e arth with a f e w rapid stro k e s of hi s hunting knif e. 'l'he r 6 p e w a s n o soon e r c u t than th e ballo o n s h o t f orward b e for e the gale with tre m e nd o u s v e l o city straight tow ard the army o f s ava g es who w ere approaching in the "It's go n e w e a r e n o w I W orm I W orra. l Will I i ve r s e" Mrs. Shea a n the c hild e r agai n I dun n o w aile d B arne y Jr., and the o th ers' witn e ssed the esca p e of the c a ptive btllloon in h orro r CHAPTER XV. FRAN:K, JR., EXPERIMENTS WIT H HIS BURN I NG GLASS "THEY a r e l os t I P oo r B a rn e y I Un fortuna t e Corrajo c ri e d Frank, Jr. ash saw th e balloon contai ning bi s friend s c arrie d a w a y b e f o r e t h e t o r nado. The wind s t orm s w e pt o v e r the d ep r es si o n o f the dry wa t e rcourse in wh ic h the E lec t r i c H o rse and carriage conta ining the compani o n s whom the o c cupa nts o f t h e ball oon had l ef t be hi nd w e r e w ith out injurin g the m, and the w onde rful inven tio n sustai n e d n o injury. "Why d oes n o t C o rrajo le t off the gas fr o m the inflat e d g l o be, a nd s l owly d esce nd?" asked t.he d oc tor, who had not s ee n th\3 gau c h o se v e r th e r o p e whi c h s ecure d the b alloo n But Fra nk had wi t n esse d Corrajo' s f u tile ef f orts to turn off th e gas and acc o m plis h a d e scent, a ml h e had see n him s e v e r the r o p e. The y oung inv ento r unde tsto o d t h e s itu a ti o n exactly a nd he expl a in e d it to the d oc t o r a nd t h e o t hers. But Frank did n o t him se lf know jus t how th e s t op -c ock had g o t te n out o f o rd e r Dr. V a n e yke experi e n ce d the k ee n es t so lic itud e f o r Corra jo' s s a f e t y and the othe r s, sha rin g his anxi e ty f o r b oth tlle i m p e ril e d m e n wat c h e d the course o f the ba lloo n. Frank h a d anot h e r t e lesco p e, and wh e n the fury o f the t o rn a d o h a d p assed h e turne d it t o Wi\rd the ball o o n whi c h had b eco m e a bla c k sp ec k scarc e ly vi s ibl e in th e d i m distan ce Whil e he wat c h e d it th e llalloon pass e d b e yond the range o f the glass, and was entire ly lo s t t o s ight. "We mus t f ollow the m fath e r ] c ri e d Fra nk, J r., as h e put d o wn the g lass "By all m eans, s a i d th e d oc t o r. "Ce rtainly. .I d o n o t think a n y of u s drea m e d or d ese rtin g ou r fri e nds Mr Reade r emarke d "Golly, l'se mi g ht y so r ry f o r Barn e y a nd C or r ajo, but d is ehil e i s j is t a h u gg i ng hi sse ll cause h e didn't go l ong wi f e m," said Pomp. The s torm had spent it s fur y and i t was n o w s a f e to bring the El ectric H orse and carri age out on the pampas again. The e lect ri c it y was pr o p e 1ly a ppli e d, and the g iant m eta l h o r se dre w the c a r r i a ge up the s l o p ing b ank upo n th e lev e l pl a in, and starte d swiftl y in purs uit of the l os t balloon It is o n e of the n e culi a riti es of the s e p a m pas tornadoe s that they' subs id e a bout as quic kly a s t h e y come up," remarke d the do ctor. The p assage of the g a le had di spelle d e v ery cloud and th"l sun shone bright and c lear. T h e pampas a fford e d e xc ellent f o oting f o r the El ec tric Horse and f o r the lim e a full h ea d o f e lec tricity was turne d on The sle ctric c o nv e y a nc e r ace d a way alm os t a s swiftly as the wind whi c h h a d carrie d the b a l l o on b e for e it. S o m e h ours e l apsed a nd th e n Frank, Jr.;who was now running the e l ec tri c maahl ne a nd k ee p in g a bri ght look out ahe ad, utte r e d a n e xcl a ma tio n indic a tiv e of a discov e ry. "What i s it?" asked R e ad A, Sr "Have you discove r ed them?" questio n ed the d o ct o r '' I think so." H e11.ve n be praised if the y have mira cu lousl y e s cap e d d eath," said the old naturali s t f e rv e ntly. Pomp, in the exuberanc e o f his d elig ht, turne d an Impromptu tlip-ftop, a nd came near la nding on th e pampas. "Yes," continued Frank, J r I cer tainl y dis ce rn two d ark objec t s r ese mbling m e n coming to ward u s, and behin d t h em, al so mo vi ng thi s w a y i s a dark, c o mp ac t mass whi ch I canno t yet m a k e out the c haractf'!' of." "No d o ubt a b and o f nati ves afte r our fr iends," s a id th e d oc t o r Y o u a r e ri g ht, said Fmnk, Jr., a few mo m ents la t er. "Yes, the tw o obj ec ts I fir s t saw a r e m e n and Barn e y and C o rraj o Hurra h 'l' h ey c a n n o t btt m u c h hurt, f o r the y a r e running f o r their pursue d by a l a rg e p arty of n a tiv es Frank adde d. ' l h e n c onnec t the sec ond b a tt e ry-1'11 run the h o rs e. 'l' bi s i s a m atte r o f life or death for our fri e nds. Hast e n, Frank!" c ri e d Mr Read e Sr Frank surre nd e r e d th e m a in l e v e r a nd ran d ow n i n to th e inte ri o r of t he ca rri age a nd turne d o n the J:!O W e r o f the co n cea le d b a tt e r y gradu a lly. C o rraJ O and Barney h a d i n d eed esc a pe d th e storm a nd r eac h e d t h e earth i n As th e s t o rm wh ic h h a d canie d t h em s o f a r s u bsi d e d C orrajo r enew e d h i s t o turn off t h e gW> withi n t he g l o b e, 111nd h e finally s u cceede d in com plis h i n g thi s he balloo n came t o the earth, and the i mpe riled m en a light e d j u s t in time to see an a r my o f n a tives-the s a me wh o m Corraj o h a d di scerne d by tll e a id o f th e t e le s co pee m e r ge from the a djacent for est in whic h the y had s o u ght s h e lt e r The n a thrillin g r ace b egan, for, abandoni n g the b allo on, Corraj o and B a rn e y st arted a t full speed in the direc ti on w h ence the y b a d come, and the n a tiv es purs u e d the m. The gau c ho and B a ne y d isco v e r e d the Elec t ri c H o rse w bil e it was fa r Mvay, and in the tl:io u ght tha t th eir friend s we r e c o m i n g t o the r esc u e t h e y fou n d e n co u rage ment t o e x ert the m s e lv es i n th o race, whi c h mus t otherwise h ave b ee n f o r them en tir e l y h ope less But Frank, Jr. as the Elec tric H orse dre w n ea r e r the fug iti ves caref ull y m a d e a clo&e a pproxima t e ly accurate c al c ul a ti o n of the r e l a tive rat e s of s pee d o f the m et a l h orse the purs ued and tl1eir purs u e r s From thi s h e drew the p os i tive d educ ti o n th a t Cormj o a nd B a rn e y w o u l d sure ly be o v e rtak e n b y the ene my b ef or e the lat t e r w e r e wi t hin r ifl e range fro m the carriage The r es ult o f hi s c a l c ul a tion Frank, Jr. c o m munica t e d t o hi s fri e nd s "Wha t i s t o b e d o n e? asked th e d oc tor. "I h a v e it. I'll blin d th o s a vages and giv e the m a r e d-h o t s un-b ath at t he s a m e time!" c ri e d Frank, Jr. c h ee rfully The d oc t o r l oo k e d p e rpl e x ed But Mr. R ea d 9 S r., s mil e d a pprovin gl y as bP s a id : "Tha t s the id e a, Frank. The n h e took his s on 's p l ace a t the le ver. "I don' t comp r e h end your m e anin g Fronk," s aid th e d o ct o r. "Why, y o u see I've a n immens e b urning g lass wit h m e It's i n the s upply lo c ker, unde r the low e r floor Y o u r ecollec t how in anci ent tim e s, a t th e si ege of Tro y o r s o m e o th e r old pl ace o r othe r, by mean s o f grea t l o n g -di s tanc e burn in g glas s es the b esie g e d tire d t h e e n e mi es' v es s e l s in th e h a rb o r ? said Frank, Jr. "Yes, y es "Well, t h a t 's jus t w h a t I'm ag oin g to try on the s av ages r eplie d F rank. 'I' h e n h e a nd P0 m p descen d e d into the int erior o f th e v e hi c le a n d b r o u g ht up the g reat burningg l ass It was a circ u la r mirro r in s i x s ec tion s w hich cou ld r eadily be put toge th e r. The r e was a stand ard for it to r es t o n at th e cen t e r a nd this support was p r ov id ed wi t h a pi v ot b y mea n s o f wh icl1 th e g re a t r o u n d mirro r c o uld be in cline d so as t o catch th e rays of til e sun, the m, and r eflec t the sam e in a ny d esi r e d ti o n Frank and P o mp q uic k l y put the g r eat burn in g glass t ogethe r se t u p t he standard, and pl aced t he hu g e mirro r-wh ee l upo n it. WhfJn all was in it w a s so la r g e tltat it c o v e r e d a part o f the t o p of the carri age Whil e this w a s b e in g d o ne the spee d of the Elec tri c H o r se had b ee n m o d e r a t e d so tha t the movement o f the w o nd e rful carriage did n o t im p e d e the work o f Fran k, Jr., anq hiR ass i stant. "No w th e n t o 'l atc h the sun's ray s a nd r eflect the m i n a s co r c hin g bl aze ri ght upon th e Indians!" c ri e d Frar:k, whe n all was &rran g e d a s h e wi s h e d. Li ght tra v e ls with a s pe ed that exc eeds flight of a bull e t, and its pow e r or r eJle ctio n rea ch e s much f urther t h j'.n the range of r ill es," said the doctor. 1 "And the heat accutnul a ted by the tropical s u n on the great mirror will be s uffi c ient for you r purpose i{Jthexws of ca l oriftcs do not prove fa lse," h e add e d. Frank depresse d he mirror on one side at an angle of thirty d e!fees and cnught thll full glare of the sun. The .eat burning-glass was liihte d

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' up like a circular sea of living flame in an instant. "We are now about in range for your experi ment," said the doctor. "And the natives are getting pretty close to our friends. Now I'll let them have the red-hot sun shower," answered Frank, Jr. Then he reflected the scorching, concentrated rays of the sun from the burning-glass directly over the heads of Corrajo and Barney, and threw the fire upon the savages. A pandemonium of shrieks and yells ensued. I The scorched and blinded savages turned their I backs and danced about like mad. CHAPTER XVI. THE ELECTRIC SAWS AT WORK. FRANK, JR.'s ex!feriment with the great burning-glass was in truth a grand success. The astounded and frightened natives, blinded and scorched by the intense light and heat thrown directly upon them from the young inventor's wonderful reflector, continued to yell and leap about, seeking to evade the glaring flame. Those in the front ranks of the pursuers of Barney andCorrajo puslled backwaru upon ttleir comrades, and the band came to a halt, and was thrown into confusion. "Tbe swarthy rascals don't seem to enjoy thfl sunbath. Hurmh l They are retreating 1" cried Frank, Jr., in great delight, as the natives began to fall back. "Roast dem, Mars Frank 1 Cook detn till da Is clean done 1 Gollie! da Jt like de wedder was gettin' berry warm out. d>\r 'bout dis time ob day 1" cried Pomp, grinninl'( from ear to e1u in delight. As tho are naked there is nothing to shield them. No wonder they cannot endure the heat,'' said Mr. Sr. "The burning-glass is a most effective weapon just now. See the blacks scamper l Carrajo and Barney are saved," remarked Dr. Vaneyke. l'he gaucho and the Irishman were still running toward the .Electric Horse, and Barney now shouted: "Begorra, but it's an eligint bit av light yez are throwin' on a dark subject, Master Frank. Be clad, an' if the nagurs wasn't thicker thin fleas, it's a ruction we d av shown thim. It's buckin' against the young janus from America that the hathen gits left at, be gob l" l'he Electric Horse continued to advance, and FnLl1k, Jr., kei>t on flashing the light from the great reflector in burning' rays on the retreating savages. Soon Barney and Corrajo were picked up, and they were heartily congratulated upon their remarkable escape; "Whare's the balloon?" asked Frank, Jt. "Back yonder on the pampas," replied Cor raja. "Then we'll follow up the natives until we reach it.'' "Yes, we must recover the balloon," said Mr. Sr. "We may need it the doctor added. "And it's not much damaged,'' said Corrajo. "I have the material in the locker with which \o repair it," Fmnk assured them. The pursuit of the savages was continued, and the burning gJ.ass kept them in full flight. The balloon was discovered further on, and stopping the horse when the Indians were at a safe distance, the adventurers alighted from the carriage, and the collapsed balloon wa.s picked up and placed in the locker. "The savages are after the cipher cube," said Corrajo. "Why do you think so?" asked the doctor. "Because they were led en by tne half-breed Portuguese and tbe old Ticunas warrior whom Frank, Jr., saw recognize the mysterious cube.'' "Well, it will be a very chilly day in Brazil when they get it, unless some unforeseen accident happens to us,'' replied Frank, Jr. "But what did you make out when you took an obsarvation from the balloon?" Mr. Reade, Sr. Corrajo acquainted his companions with his discovery of a desirable route through the narrow belt of forest which he had sighted, and then he indicated the proper c9urse to take toward it. The Electric Horse was turned in the usual manner, and started forward ;toward the forest in the direction advised by the gaucho. As they went along Corrajo drew from a little pouch a h .andful of dry leaves looking somewhat like tea, and eating some of them he tendered some to Barney. "Fat's thim? Is it the koind of 'bacca they use in this heathen country, I dunno?" asked the Irishman, who seemed a little doubtful about accepting the herbs. "No,'' replied Corrajo, ":they are coca Leavoo." THE ELECTRIC HORS'E. "You: need not fear to eat them, Barney," said the old reassuringly. "The coca plant belongs to the order of vegetable tooics, and has long found a place in the mt\teria medica of more cjvilized lands. The leaves give strength and appease the appetite. The natives always carry coca-leaves with tbem when they are bound upon long journeys, and it is quite surprising the amount of fatigue they can endure without tasting food, while under the ,influence of the stimulating leaves." It was high noon when the Amazon fore-st, toward whic h the explorers had been steadily advancing, after the rout of the savages, was reached. In the shade of the great woods the Electric Horse was stopped, and the great mirror which had been taken apart when there was no farther use for it at this time, was carefully packed away. Corrajo then took his gun, and he and Pomp went into the forest to look for game while Frank, Jr., and his father assisted by the doctor and Barney set about getting the great electric saws with which they hoped to demolish the trees in their pathway in readiness for use. While they were thus engaged Frank, Jr., dis covPred a dense smoke arising from th!) pampas far away in the direction whence they had come. The young inventor at once procured his teles cope, and after looking through it he announced: "'l'he pampa.'l is on fire 1" 'Ah! l'hen the heH.t from the bur1,1ing glass must have caused the conflagration," said the doctor. "Yes, I observed that the grass covering a large extent of the pampas 0ver w!:lich we chased the Indians was very dry," assented Frank, Jr. "Is there danger of the fire reaching us?" asked Mr .ReH.de, Sr. "I think not. The grass for a long distance behind us is quit.e green," replied Fra.nk, Jr. "And of >\ different quality, owing to the superior moisture of the soil We have no cause for alarm I think," said the doc tor. Then the fire is really a lucky accident for us," Frank remarked. Bed ad, it is thin . It will kape the !1eathen back from follerin' av us while we git a good start inti! the woods Oi'm tbinltin'." "You' re quite right, Barney, and now let's see bow our electric saws will work," said Mr .Reade, l:>r. Two large steAl saws of the best tempered metal, such as are.used in the portable saw mills by the lumbermen of Michigan and other por tions of the United States, were taken from the locker. Then there were two frames provided for each saw with braces of metal to support them, and with a guard for the reception of the saws which set into a metal groove in a bar, across the top of the frame, with the sidecontaining"the teeth outward. The grooves for tbe saws passed through the top bar, and on the backs of the saws were projecting bolts, by means of which they were secured in the grooves so the saws cc:>uld move backward and forward along them. The entire frame was mounted upon rollers, so that the saw could be moved about readily, and pushed forward as; plying backward and for ward, beyond the grooves, from which all but the ends were free, it cut its way through the tree with which it was brought in contact. The entire mechanism was practical and com plete. The motive power was supplied, of course, by the electricity from the battery in the carriage. There were the necessary barf\ and wires to connect the saw with the battery, which could be easily adjusted, for the battery had been originally constructed to admit of these and other attachments. The explorers quickly set up the electric sa,vs. Two of them were placed in position at once against separate trees. The grooves in which the saws were to play were well oiled, and then the attachments were made with the battery. At once the saws began to move backward and forward, and to cut the great tree trunks rapidly. Tbe saws were placed on rhe sides of the trees toward the electric horse, so that in falling there would be no danger of their descending upon the carriage or the metal steed, as trees fall away from the point of severance. "Everything works like a charm I" cried Frank, Jr., in delight, as the party witnessed the success of the electric saws. "It is another triumph for you, my young friend. But how are you a-g9ing to get the fal len trees out of the way?" "Oh, that is easily done. We only require a narrow road for the passage of the Electric Horse and carriage, and as the trees fall we can roll the saws asi:le, back up the carriage, hook on to the trees with chain attached to the rear axle and snake them aside as we advance," replied the young inventor. "You have foreseen every difficulty. The way can be readily cleared in the manner you propose," replied the doctor. "And we can keep right on cutting eur way through the woods, only pausing in oer work now and then long enough to flle the saws why are moving toward a watering-place, having already br0wsed sufficiently on the pa;,ture here. I'll try a shot, and you shall do the same when we get nearer.'' They crept along th&edge of the timber, and presently each tired and they brought down two of the herd which they dressed, and laden with the choicest portions of the meat, set out to return to the Electric Horse. Presently they came upon a beaten path. "Hi! I reckon dis am a route dem colored heathen trables l" cried Pomp, halting in the path. "No. It is a tapir path-worn by those ani mals in their way to.the river beyond this narrow belt of forest." "Yah, au' dar's some of rlem comin', I specs." Just then a herd of tapirs emerged from the timber and came along the path at an awkward gallop. "Da looks like de rhinoceros what I 'fore now., "They are of the same species.'' Go0d to eat?" "No. We do not want such food.'' They turned aside and permitted the pachyderms to pass unmolested. The tapir is not very dangerous, and only attacks man when cornered. The unwieldy animals soon disappeared in a su map thicket. Corrajo and Pomp resumed their way. The latter had fallon behind the gaucho some distance, having paused to collect some strange feathers dropped from the body of the beautiful ly-colored Amazon macaw, when an cry from his lips caused Corrajo to turn about quickly. "Carramba l The great serpent l The:black man is in deadly peril!" cried the gaucho. He beheld Pomp struggling on the ground kicking and yelling with all his might. The poor fellow was enveloped by great dark coils of a serpent. He had been entrapped by the huge snake. It was a gigantic boa-con The dreaded serpent had been coiled ab0ut the limb of a tree ab0ve Pomp's head. Suddenly he l!ad dropped downward and coiled abnut Pomp like a flash. The monster was slowly tightening his folds about the clarkey and threatened to crush him to death. A rescue must not be delayed for a moment, as Corrajo well knew. But he feared to die-

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,. 14 charge a shot at thll boa-constrictor, the dange r of hitting Pomp was so great. "Take um otf I Take um off! De big snake done broke me in two. Golly I ough I He don e squeeze the breff clean out of dis chile Ough I" y elled Pomp. The folds of the serpent had bound the arms 1>f the darky to his sides, and he could not use lbem to draw a weapon. His gun had IRllen from his g rasp, of course now he was utterly powerless. Upon the brave gauclao Pomp depended for the preservation of his life now. Corrajo had encountered the mighty monarch of South American snakedom before that day, and he determined to resort to his knife as a weapon with which to attack the boa. The gaucho drew off his poucho, and hastily wrapping the garment about his l eft arm, h e drew his long and keen-bladed hunting-knife in hi s right hand, and shouted: . Have courage I I mean to save you, Pomp." Den make llaste. I fee l like I was mos' done ready fo' t e r 'tend my own fune ral, 'deed I does," groaned Pomp, his futile attempts to liberate him self. The monkeys in the tree alarmed at the sight of the boa, which is their mos t dreade d enemy, chattered and screamed. The birds flew away shrieking an a larm in shrill voices, and the un equal strife between the man and the serpeat '1\'E.ll.'t on, But now C o rrujo was ready to take a hand in t h e strife. "l'se a goner. I'se sent for an' got to go, suah !"wailed Pomp in despair. But the crafty gaucho was creeping upon the great boa. Nearer and nearer he glided, but sud denly the huge creature ele vated his head and a mad hiss told he had discovered Cormj o. The gaucho was now near enough, he thought, for his purpose, and all at once he thrust forward his left arm, bound about with the poncho as a guard, and with his right hand made a stab at the boa's throat. The aim of the Brazilian was accurate. keen blade penetmted the neck of the serpent, and he gave the weapon a tremendous wrench as it went in and half severed the hideous bead from the scaly body. The great crushing folds of boa gradually relaxed, and Pomp struggled free from his on twining grasp and r .. gained his feet. Snatching up his gun the irate darky clubbed it, and began to shower blows upon the writhing monster, which had really received his death blow from Corrajo's knife. "Take dat, an' dati Yo'use jumped de wrong person dis season, mistab snake I" cried Pomp. Pomp's vengeance was only satiated when the 3nake was dead. Then he grasped Corrajo's band, and said warmly. "You'se de stuff. Dat knife done de biz fo' de big snake." "It was a. narrow escape," replied Corrajo. Well might he say so, for the boa was fully thirtY feet is length. Corrajo and Pomp soon arrived at the edge of the forest where their friends wore at work with the electric saws. They had made surprising progress. While Corrajo and the darky gave expression to the wonde r and admiration occasioned them by the perfect working of the sawing appliance, the others signified tlleir plea.sure at the sight of the gams the bunters had secured, which them there was a feast in store for all. Presentlv, after Pomp had related his thrilling adventure with the boa-constrictor, as,a peculiar looking tree was being sawed down, Frank, Jr., noticed a white fluid exuding from it. Why, the juice of that tree looks like milk. What is U, doctor?" he asked. The doctor's botanical knowledge was by no means lilr.ited, and he replied: "That is a cow-tree; the sap is drank by the 1>\tlves, who sotlletime tap those tree s as you of lbe United States do the sugar-maple. "This conn try is full of botanical curiosi ti es. Now, yonder is a uinay tree. It serves as a sort of barometer for the natives." What 1 Can they foretell a ctange of the reather by it?" "Yes. When its flowers close their corollas }!ere is a rain storm coming." "Well, it seems to me tile petals are pretty well shrunk up now." The doctor put on his spectacles and took a closer lclOk. "It's just as you say. The flowers are clos ing. It will soon rain," he said. "I don't like that news," replied Frank, glanc Ing back over tJ:te pampas. "I understand. You are thinking the rain will put out the fire on the pampas and enable the army of savages to follow us up." THE ELECTRIC HORSE. ,; Yes, doctor." "Then we must work fast. Barney, help Pomp prepare a meal," said Mr. Sr. The f e lling of the trees was continuedra.p.idly, and they w ere heaped asi rain descended in torrents without. Frank, Jr., bad taken advantage of the storm to secure a supply of water wllich was caught in several l!J,l'ge buckets. Tne water tank was not yet empty, and though they soon expected to reach the Amazon, the young explorer's past ex periences taught him to always be on the safe side. The interior of the vehicle was illuminated by an electric light, and Dr. Vaneyke got out th e cipher-cube, and his maps and drawings, and also some copies of the ancient sup posed to be the work of the old Franciscan monks, and found on the rocks in Peru and Bm.,;il, The doctor spent the evening in trying to study out the mysterious cipher wnile a n animated conversation between the other members of t ne party went on about him. It seems too bad that so much of this fertile land should be populated only by savage tribes," said Frank, Jr. "So it assented his "This is the largest state in l:!outh America, and the only empire in the new w o rld. The Amazon river alone drains eight hundred square miles of Bra ziliaq territory." "And Dom Pedro reigns over it all?" asked Frank, Jr. "Yes, executive powor is vested in the emper or. But Brazil is a sort of limited monarchy, for legisltttive authority rests with the senate and chamber of deputies." "Thll empire is divided into several states, I think?" "Yes, I believe there are about twenty provinces." Well, Brazil is a great country, and besides a fertile soil it is rich in minerals." "Indeed it is, and many precious stones are found here. The diamond' mines which aboand yield largely. They used to all belong to tile state, but now some of them a r e owned by private "Dom Pedro is the best emperor the Brazili ans !lave ever l.md, isn't he?" "Y11s, and lle has greatly improve!\ the manufactures in his country by the introduction of American machinery." ".It strikes me that there isn't much education in Brazil." I think about three-fourths of the people are illiterate, and yet I am inform!'d that compulsory education exists in several provinces." "What i s the religion of the civilized people?" "The established religion is Roman Catholic, and the clergy Is supported by the state. You mustknow,Frank, I read up on Brazil just before l eft home, while you were busy with prepaz:atwns for ou r sta.rt." Just then the conversation between Frank, Jr., and his father was interrupted. All heard scratching sound on the outside of the rear doo r. 'It must be some animal. I'll go on deck and try to get a shot at it, snid Frank, pickmg up his rifle ,, Be careful. It may be a tiger I" admonishef catlike shape crawling upward ovor thll rear of tho vehicle by the aid of sharp claws. young inventor thougllt thtl creature was a puma, an animal much r esemb ling the panther of oar own forests. great cnt suddenly ut tered a strange scream Iili A tlul cry of a child in dis tress, and his eyes blazed as h e saw Frank. Corrajo h ea.rd the scream of the puma, aud he bounded up the stairs and gained the r oof But as til e gaucho r eache d Frank's side the young discharged his rifl e just as the puma was in the very act of making a l ea p at him. Frank's aim was true, his bull e t penetrated the lleart ol the puma, and be roll e d to the earth. The creature was a fine specimen of !lis spe cies, and Frank removed its bide and kept it as a trophv The party was cot further disturbed hJ wild beasts during that night, though they heard voices of the flerce forest denizens until day dawned. With the flrst appearance of light the 'li ork of sawing their way forward was resumed anj continued all day. That evening they at last emerged upon the broad pampas once more. The vast plaililS extended for many miles. But afar they saw the faint dark outlines of a fringe of timber which Corrajo said marked the course of the Amazon, which they mnst cross when the y reached it. entire par-ty felt the need of rest, and so the electricity was turned otT from the maJbinery of the colossal horse, and after a good meal had been partaken of they all entered the car riage and sought repose. The nigllt was well adYa>lced when all were suddenly awalrene.d by a startled cry from Cor rajo, who had awakened some time previously, and beli e ving he heard the murmur of distant voices ascended te the roof to take an observati on . t As his friends sprang up from their bunks at the first shout uttered by the gaucho, he called out: The savages are coming I Quick I Start the Electric Horse I" Mr Reade, Sr., rushed to the engineer's post and seizing the mal a lever he turned on the elec tricity and put the giant metal horse in motion without a socond's delay. Frank ran up to the deck, and beheld the army of natives from whom Barney and Corrajo bad been saved by the burning-glass, advancing under the moonlight along the road cut through the adjacent jungle by the electric saws. The savages had been advancing stead ily in pursuit ;,f the explorers since th e rain put out the pampas fir e, and the d e lay occasioned by the cutting of a road through th e woods h a d enabled the natives to overtake the Electric Horse. They bad already discovered it, and were creeping up in a stealthy way, nR though to ac complish a surprise, when C o rrajo saw them. The gaucho's shout inrormed the Indians that their intended surprise was a failure, and now they came rushing at the electric conv e yance, making the forest and pampas echo with their wild, fie rce yell s There is nothing to be gained by making stand, and against such an army we might Yalnly throw away our ammunition, so we'll show them our speed," said Mr. Reade, Sr ., as he allowed the full power of the upper battery to pass to the mechanical horse. l<'ollowed by the savages the Electric Hor&e spod away swiftly. But presently its speed began to slacken. The whellls sank d eep ly, sometimes being suddenly bttriCJd to the hubs, notwithstanding their wide tires. Tile metal horse plunged down to his knees, as though stepping in pitfalls. The car riage was racked and jolted frightfully, and there was the most imminent danger that it would be overturned or the machinery broken. "We have run into a warren of biscacbas !" cried Corrajo. "Merci I we are lost I" he added, in the greatest alarm. 1 The Electric Horse had really run into an ex tansive burrow of tb,e' singular South American rodent, which undermines and burrows the ground likA our or" prairie dog," only that btscachas dig doeper. now as impossible without courtdestruc 'on o t the machinery of the

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Electric H orse, and in any event nothiog lik e speed could be attained. "We shall have to stand a s i ege right here. We are in a trap, Frank, bot the acmdent which may doom us all is ncr1ault of our managment," said Mr. Reade, Sr as Frank, J r., and Corrajo d e scended from the d eck. CHAPTER X IX. JR., TRIES AN EXPERIMENT. THE climax of peril seemed to h ave a rrived for ou r adventurous explorers. 'l'hey could not l;aek out of the. m a rmot-burr ow without bringlllg IIll O req UioitiOn leverage appliances t.o lift the detlply buried l egs of the metal steed a nd pry up the im bedded wheels of the elect ri c car ;;iage. And to accomplish such results i t would be l!Messary !or them to l eave tbe shelter of th e vt\l;Iicle, and expose t h emsel v es to oertain d e su'Uction at the hands o( th e sav ages. Mr. Reade, Sr., was entirel y ri g h t. The explorers m ust stand a siege, there on the open pampas, against the a rmy of natives. "'l' h e carriage must s&ve u s as a fort n ow 1 Fortunately, w e are w e ll s uppli ed with f oo d and water as well as ammunition, said Frank Jr. The s id es of ihe cardage being t\lready c l osed there was little in the way of preparation against the impending attack t o be d one and we have seen that the perforated sheet-iro n plates co v e r ing the vehicle were a protection against the weapons of the natives. There were a number of l oop holes in the sides of the ca rriage which were pro\ided with sliding doors that were usuall y elosed but now th ey were unmasked, and th e littl e party stationed V9? th9rq tll eir l'illes in their hands. Dr. Yll.lieyke Mi'ehliiy Wiped his spectacies and adjusted t'he m on his h ead Givo me a rifl e too, Frank. I think I can see to pick o t! a stwage when they come within range My glasses are exce ll ent ones," the old g e ntl eman s a id. "Bravo I A sharpa.hooter in spectacles I H e r e is the weapon, docto r and I wish you s u ccess," t e pli ed Frank, Jr., and h e gave the old naturalist & Winchester rifle. "'J:he d octo r used to he an exce llent shot. His skillf ul marksmanship once saved my life," r e marked Corrajo, seriously. Meanwhile the enemy had a<1:vanced rapidly, and Frank, Jr., who With was watching th em through the l oo p-h o les m the rear of th e vehicle, called out: I see the old f ellow who recognized the c!pht>r cube." 1 ff !bd I have discovered the half-breed Portu-. guese renegade, of wb om I told you I" announced Corrn;o, a moment subsequently. Fro'm this the party w ere reaJ)y convinced that th e pertinacity with which the nativ es pursued them was certainly due t o their d e t e rmi natio n to secure the c i phe r cubb. The savages were soon near enough to di sco ver the reason why the Electric H o rse and carriage remained stationary, and their exult ant yells p r oclaimed that th e y were n ow confi d ent of victo ry Harney was as utterly r eck l ess of danger as eve r, and he was in his e lement at the prospect of a fight. "It's p owde r and l ead we'll trate th e nagurs wid now! Begob, here they come, char g in foreninst us like mad I Wh oo p I L e t th e hathens have their rations I" he cried. Discharging arrows fr om 1\ hundred b ows, making tho pampas rin g again with their wild, thrilling war-cries the savages charg.,d. were met with a volley from the rifl e s of tbe besieged. But the impetus o f the attack was only m o 1 m e utarily c h eckfld by the volley, and spreadin g out. they ca m e a t the v eh i c l e from both s id es. "Now for the e lectri c battery of Winch es t e r rifles again I" shouted Frank, Jr. In a trice the port-h oles of the bat.tery were unmasked and tbtl e l ec trical connection made with it. Thfln from eac h side of the v e hicl e burs t forth a terrible ctisc harge accompaniej by crashing d e tona tions. 'l'll.e repeating rifl es kept up a c ontinuous fire until th& cartridges containe d in them were exhausted and t h e enemy were com pelled to retreat. "Da!'s de music to mak9 dem rascals d a nce I' shouted Pomp, as the roar of the battery resounded. The savages dre w ot! out of rifle range, and seemed to bold a consultation; the n a tall, evil l ooking f e llow, c l ot h e d in a semicivili zed cos tume and whose color proclaim!M he had white blood in his v e in s, advanced, out his empty hand as a signal for a parlc. . "That's the Portuguese," excla med CarraJO, and he wants to talk \ l c THE ELECrRIC HORSE. U5 "_'Well,_ lAt him go ahead. Per.haps can I W(len all was in readiness Frank gave Pomp make Out what h e says CorraJo," sai d Mr. and Barney certai n instructi ons, whi cll he repea. tSr. ed ove r t o thtJm sev eral times, u n til h e was asI tlunk I shall be able to understand him, sured that they understood precisely what wae assented the gaucho. r equired of them. Unde r the moonlig-ht, which more clearly rePresently moon and stars were obscured by vealed his r epellent features a s he drew nearer, the clouds, and when th e darkness became coro fellow came_ on, but h e halte d when he h.ad arpl a t e Frail Spamsh and nattve words were mtermingled. wire. "What d oes he say?" asked Frank, Jr., eage rly, 1'hen Iris hm a n and the d arky crept out when the h alf-b r ee d paused . the v e hicl e and whil e lhe wire co ils w r e pet-" I out the of his out mitted to unwmd as they drew them out not all hiS words, The rascal we a r e 1n hiS prave fellows adv1uce d in opposite dire<:tionspowe r, and that we shall all be pul to death if wej d o to his terms." I t's t there is some dissentior. among u s and th a t we want an hour to coJJsider his pro posal." What is it the young jant\s has got in his heau now, I dunno?" muttered Bame y. CotTajo translate d what Frank, Jr., and understanding tile communication, the half-breed repli ed: "We wlll wait an hour. Then I shall again d emand the sacred cube." This answer was made known by Corrajo to hi s friends, and they saw the P ortuguese r etire to the ranks o f the n a tives Then Frank, Jr., wel).t on and exrlaine d the ruse he hoped would accomplish the sal vati o n ot the party. Tbey a ll approvetl. o f)t. 'l'h e n the young inventor proceeded to get ou t a ca nister cc>ntaln ing dynamite cartridges, such a s are u se d in mining and f o r blasting, and whi c h a r e exploded at long dist a nc es hy means of elect ri c ity. Next he produced two coils of wire made of maleable metal, which could be easily bent as de-sired After th e cartridgeR and wires were placed con v en i en tly at hand, Frank, Jr., directed Barney and Pomp to get out a pair o f stout wagon "jacks ," which were plated with iron and in t e nd e d ordin a rily to be used to lift th e ;axl es of t h e carriage, when it was d es ired to remov e the wh ee ls and o il tbe axles. It was a part of Frank, Jr's., plan to attempt, when the daTkn<>ss complete, to use the jac ks to pry up the wheels, and extri cate the horse of metal from the marmot burrow. H e th o ught this might be accomplished if, undisturbed by the enemy, tb ey wer e p ermitte d to l eave the vehicle and apply the jacks, while t\t the same time a slow and steady retrograde movement was imparted to steed ttnd v e hicl e by means o f the e l ectricity. They h a d not advance d far into the burrow, and though it w o uld require some littl e tim e he th ought that tb ey might suc ceed in backing out In the way purposed if the Indians did n o t make such an attack, while their et!orts were in progress as to compel them to abandon them. But it might be presumed that the crafty savages when darkness f e ll, would s e nd out scouts to watch the m near by, even though the main army remained in their present positi o n. If the y were discovered by such scouts in the attempt to r etrea t, a single yell would bring the e ntire force down on them. Whil e Frank, Jr., thought he codd not, perhaps, prevent th e approach. of a scout, he had devised a plan whereby he hoped to retard the advance of the main army. Il was for this purpose that he meant the dyna mite cartrid10:es should serve him. THE DISCHARGE -OF THE ELECTRIC CARTRIDGEg. WHILE Barney, unde r co v e r of the iarknc-ss, made his way f orward from the carriage in the direc tion of the JilOSition occupied by the nativ&S, Pomp advanced fr o m th e other s ide. It did not require much exe rtion fer them t o unwind anoil draw out the w ire from the coils i n the carriage as they presse d forward, and the.t, m a d e no sound. Wh en they w ere about eq ually distant from the carriage, both Barney a nd Pomp baited, then they pro c eeded to deposi t d::mamlte c a rtridge& on the earUt in a l ong line p a rall e l with the car riage The cartridges wer e pretty thickly and the wire was run along and connected with eac h of them by means of a small, almost closed ho o k into which it readily slipped. Tile peri\ 9\IS tM!f or planting the cartridges. wns Man compl e ted 'l'h e n Barney and Pomp began to retrace thefr toward the carriage accomplished th ei r retreat in the stealthy manne r as the y had made their ad,ance, and both gained the el ect ric undia cover e d by the e nemy. The r eturn of the Irishman WJd the darky was g;eeted joyfully, for the ir comrad es in p e ril ha
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s 16 THE ELECTRlC "His yell has alarmed the natives," added lifting and backing the Electric Horse 'and carCormjo. riage progressed steadily. Almost at once a chorus of yella from the main The end of the burrow would soon be reached body of the enemy informed the explorers that now if tue s e cond line of cartridges served as the savages were advancing. well as the first had done. Be dad, it's a ruction wid the cartridgestllat's Frank kept a close watch on the savage s, so as eo min' now. Be gob, it's not long range foightin' to be able to properly time the discharge of the Oi'm in love wid. Bad luck to the nagurs, will I second line of cartridges, and render it as de lver git a chance at 'em, to bate their heads wid structive to the enemy as possible. me sbillalah Joike a christian," said Barney, reThe enraged Indi
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.. I caused us so many ructions, so far from home?" asked Barney. "The native tribes are frequ11ntly at war with each other. No doubt the Ticunas army we en countered ar11 returning from an expedition against the lquitos tribe to the r;orthward, wh o are their hereditary enemies," explained the gaucho. Begob, an' it's a pity the hathen don't kill ach other off so w bite min j{in settle the coun "They have almost ione so, aided by foreign adventurers in some parts of Brazil. The river ther lands. Before the Anglo-Saxon race savage tribes always pass away," said the doctor. Hello I I out large Indian away off yondm; whence the last smoke comes I" said Frank, Jr. "No doubt it is the bead town of the Ticunas. It should be found somewhere in this neighbor hood, I think," answered Corrajo. "We must keep clear of it?" "Yes. The smoke signal has warned the pop ulace, and they will be on the lookout. We .should make a wide detour, and pass around the village." Frank, Jr., now relieved his father as engineer, .and the course of the Electric Horse was altered. The explorers proceeded along the bank of the ingarape in a southerly course. The banks of the estuary gradually became wooded, and at a short distance Corrajo made a discovery. He announced what be bad seen after taking a look through Frank, Jr.'s telescope, saying: "We are approaching the sacred grounds of thA Ticunas.'' When the electric vehicle had proceeded fur ther all saw among the trees, near the bank Qf the bayou, a singular collection of scaffolds. Is it startin' to build housafl the hathens are aftber doin'?" asked Barney. No. Those scaffolds are the tombs of the Tlcunas' dead," aald Corrajo. Drawing nearer, the party saw that upon the scaffolds there were hundreds of dead natives in all stages of decay, or shriveled and dessicated by the dry winds until they resembled Egyptian mummies. The spot Is hallowed in the hearts of tne In dians, and so they call the site of the scaffold tombs sacred ground," said tbe doctor, and taking up the telescope, he directed a long and searching glance at the singular ct>metery. The powerful glass revealed something to the doctor which the others had not seen. "I discern a flat stone set on end under the middle scaffold, and I think it is cvvered with tracings. At one time in the years gone by the Franciscan monks visited the Ticunas as missionaries. Who knows, perhaps yonder in scription may give me a clew to the meaning of the cipher on the ancient cube," said the doctor. Every member Qf the party was interested at once. "I must have a close look at the Inscription," the doctor continued. "Then we will run up to the scaffold," said Frank, Jr. By no means. The electric conveyance might be seen from the village. No, I'll go on foot, while you remain here. Corrajo will ac company me." The bamboo and palm huts of the Ticunas tribe the scaffold-tombs. For a woRder, neither Barney nor Pomp seemam pas grass. Frank Reade, Jr., ascended to the deck of the carriage, and watched them for a long time. Finally, through the aid of the telescope, he saw them ap10ng the scaffolds. But suddenly he made another and most start ling discovery. Creeping up toward the he saw a dozen Indians, clad in strange, fantastic robes. They were of robust frame, of great height, with longhair, their noses pierced, and with ears elongatbd almost to their shoulders, by the weight of their ornaments. The priests of the Ticunas, I'll be bound I The swarthy rascals have discovered the doctor and Corrajo, and they menu to take them by surprise," said Frank, Jr., mentally. The stealthy manner of the strangely-attired savages convinced the young inventor of their hostile intentions at a glance He descended into the interior of the vehicle, and communicated his discovery to the others, while he hastily put on his suit of mail, which he had discarded after using it last "We will run the Electric Horse up to the res cue I" said Mr. Reade. "No. 1'be savages will discover us then before we can Msist our lriends, and hasten their capt ure. By running bent double through the tall grass I can reach the scaffolds almost as soon as the Tieunas priests; unseen, I hope, and Barney shall go with me. Put on father's suit of mail, Barney. You have been so anxious for a hand to hand fight, ttiat I'll you an opportunity to enjoy yourself," saili Frank, Jr. Then while Barney slipped on the suit of mall Frank produced a pair of stAel-plated gauntlet gloves. On his bn< :, between tbe should ers, he strapped a small knapsack and then drew on the steel-gloves and connected them wHh the knap sack by means of flexible wires, jointed every few inches and insulated by rubber tubes, which ran over his shoulders and down his arms. These preparations were completed in a mo ment, and then Frank and Barney seized their arms and slipped out of the carriage. Barney didn't like to make any objection, though he was averse to going near dead men, and the prospect of a real hand to hand ruction" went far to overcome his super&titions. Meanwhile, wi!hout seeing any one, the doctor and Corrajo reached the stone w bich the former had discovered, and, very much to his delight, he found it covered with cipher-writing. The old uaturallst produced a note-book and pencil, and hastily copied the inscription. While be was thus engaged the band of native priests came up. They were undiscovered until with unearthly yells they suddenly leaped erect out of tbe tall grass and rushed at the doctor and the gaucho from all sides. Tbe whites discharged their weapons and made a heroic fight. But hemmed in as they were by the enemy, who seemed determined to capture them alive, it seemed that they were doomed. To add to their alarm, they beard the yells of hundreds of natives in the neighboring village, and they knew they were coming to rein force the priests. "Merci I We shall be taken, and these savages are cannibals I" cried Corrajo. CHAPTER XXIII. FRANK, JR., EXPERIMENTS WITH IDS ELECTRIC GAUNTLETS. CoNTRARY to Frank, Jr.'s a_upposition the Ticunas priests had advanced more rapidly than he and Barney, and thus it was that they made their attack upon Corrajo and his o ld master be fore the young Inventor and his companion came up. As Frank and Barney crept through the bushes and tall grass the latter asked: "Fat invintion are yez aftber tryin' now? Be dad, yez hev somethin' in pickle for the nagnrs, I know." "Yes, I mean to shake bands with some of them, Barney." "It isn't tryin' to make with thim ye are aftber tbinkin'? Bedad, ye promised we'd hev' a bit av' a ruction," replied Barney, anx iously. "No. The savages won't want to shake hands with me more tban once, my w!ll be rather too forcible, I'm thinking." Be gob, it's the gloves as contain the sacret." "Yes. These are my electric gauntlets." "An' where does the electricity come from?"" 17 "From a small but powerful portable battery In the knapsack on my back.'' "It's a janus y6z are intirely, from the crown av yer bead till the soul av yer feet I" exclaimed Barney, in admiration. 1'hey could not see the Tie.unas priests and as they drew near the Bcaffold-tombs the first warning they received that the savages lind reached them was when they sprang upon their friends, uttering their fierce yells. "Now for it, Barney'" said Frank, Jr. They quickened their pace, and just as Corrajo made the despairing remark, which concluded the preceding chapter, the young inventor and the Irishman fell upon the enemy. "Whoop I" yelled Barney, as be and Frank, Jr., charged forward side by side. Never did sound more welcome fall upon hu man ears than the shout of the brave fellow, heard by Corrajo and the old doctor, for it toJj them assistance was at hand. As Frank and Barney suddenly appeared be fore the surprised natives, the sunlight illumi" nated their polished suits of mail, and reflected a thousand brilliant lights, making the men in armor look as Jhough they were incased in suits of flame. Like supernatural they seemed to the Ticunas priests, who fell back for a moment in awe, and stri11ken with superstitious feat'S. Frank and Barney reached Corrajo arrd the doctor, and when the natives saw how the latter welcomed them they concluded they were merely Dlt'n, and made 11notber onset as the f our friends started to retreat. Then a desperate hand-to-band battle began. For once Barney found himself in the midst of a ruction after his own heart, and, clubbing his gun, as though it was a" sprig of a shillalah," he laid about him lustily, hitting a native's head wherever he saw one. .A.rrah I Shades of Donnybrook I Whoop I Bedad, the nagurs stband forninst the sthick. The Irish man's shamrock forever I" Barney shouted and he leaped about, showering blows in every direction. '!'be bold, reckless Irishman was a host In him self, but it remained for ol!r young hero of a hundred adventures in almost every land, tile great and only Frank Reade, Jr., to turn the t!de of battle against the enemy by means of the elec tric gloves which he had himself invented, and which were a great improvement on anything of the kind previously originated by anybody. .A. score of natives from the village had now come up. Frank bad been leaping about among the sav ages one whenever he could, all the time since his advent among them. Every time Frank, Jr., selztd a native, the ele.il,tFic gloves gave him a powerful shock, some tbill'g like a stroke of lightning, though not sd severe of course. Frank keeled the natives over In every direc tion, and when the reinforCJements came up, led by a giant chief, Frank, Jr., advanced toward bim, holding out his nand. Hand-shaking is a custom among the Ticunas, a nd the big ehlel thought Frank wanted to make friends, seeing he was in a tight place. The crafty native saw tliat Frank, Jr., was rather slightly built, and he counted on seizing his extended hand in seeming friendBhip, with a grip of iron, and then jerk the young inventor ofr his feet, and thus make him a prisoner. In a moment the young genius grasped the band of tl:e hurculean chief in his steel gaunt let. Then, with a yell of pain, the huge fellow sprang up, as though burlHd into the air by some Invisible power, and fell in a heap, shocked inta insensibility. Frank leaped over the fallen Ticunas, and dashed among his followers, shocking them right and left with every touch of the magical gloves. M:eanwbile, through a telescope, Mr. Reade, Sr., had witnessed the conflict in progress at thtt scaffold-tombs. a .nd becoming alarmed when he saw the reinforcements coming from the Indian village, he hastened to get the Electric Horse and
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18 THE ELECTRIC E. on the cipher-cube. The character standing for can now cut our way through the Frank's v oice awakened all the inmates of thethe Spanish of sacred occurs, and of course I am &lly." carriage, but the answered not. not sure as to the meaning of the others,"' replied "Yes. While we are moving through the The mysterious absence of the BraziliaQ en-the doctor. ranks of the enemy the blades will cut down gendered grave misgivings in the minds of all Then he handed the note-book, in which he all who come within our reach," said Frank, Jr. but in the thought that he might return soon, had. copied the cryptogram from the rocks, to "And prevent the savages getting near enouKh and that he was better able to take care of him-Frank, Jr., who glanced at it with intetest. to bO>Lrd us as long as we mqve swittly," said self alone on the pampas than any other member "How did you first make out Lhe words you Mr. Reade, Sr. of the party, they found ground for hopes wit):) have found on the ciphercube? I have wondered "Golly I Dis am jis 1ike de mowin' machines which the y strove to allay their anxiety. what your clew was?" the young inventor asked out West at home. gwine fo' to rig up a But the night pass e d, and Corrajo did not 11e.presently. wagon wid blades like datto cut de big corn-field turn with the dawn ot the new day. "Well, you see, in Peru, at the entrance of an on de Pomp plantation when I gits home," said Then Frank, Jr., determined to delay no long'old road, I found, during my last visit to that Pomp. er, but to immediately institute a search for Lhe eountry, an inscription. with a hal!.d pointing as As soon as the blades were all firmly screwed missing man. though the secret writing was intended as a sign fast to the carriage axles Fmnk, Jr., and his asAccompanied by Barney and Pomp, and leav-board. sistants re-entered the vehicle. !ng Mr. Reade, Sr., and the doctor in charge of The natives said the ancient Franciscans had Then it was started forward once more, at!d a the Electric Horse, the :young inventor sought made the writing, and upon interviewing au old course taken leading straight toward the savages for the gaucho's trail. Frank, Jr., and Barney monk of the Franciscan order, who lives in the from the Ticunas villag e who had now spread wore the suits of mail. monastery near Lima, I learned from him that oat across the pamfl!lil/ and were waiting the Upon tile pr.mpas it could not be found for the inscription on the old roa:1 surfaces with dazzling brightness. o. movmg obJects afar off, and after a liw.e he beard was led to. a temple f "1 think I know where you got your idea for made them out. to be ho_rsell?eu. of stone, long smce fallen 1nto nun, s1tu,nted at the axle blades, Fraii:L," tne old doctor, witq f. He commUIUCnted h1s tlOrn followed by the attached vehicle, dashed right in discover a number of dark h u man form11 which posed of two signs, which wero thMe that trotn among tile massed savages. came crawling, serpent-like, through tile tall l the old signboard I bad decided meant sacred Showers of arrows were :lisoharged by the ene-grass in the fading light from the cover oJ th$0 anrt so I read the !uscl'lption, .. Sj'cred my, and a rush was made at the Electric Horse woods temple." Everything seemed to carry out my and carriage. a dozen hideous Amazon savages "" t4eo;ry, and .my copy of the t>ign on the old gold But the great blages swept away the savages sprang up out of the grass, uttering exultant road ts my clew to the secret wtiting oli. the on both sides and the great horse overthrew yells. A bola ball struck Mr. Reade, Sr and cube. Do !U!Ike my rl)llsoning clear?" w.ked them as thoug'b. they vrere wooden soldiers set felled him senseless to the. deck Then, be!ore the uooLOr, In conclusion up to be demolished. the doctor could reach h1s the IndJalli . "Entirely 80, 1 ttilnR yoa have correctly The Winchester electric battery was brought :marmed into and upon tba carnage. ; the eiphlit Qll the old gold road," Bald into use, and o. l:loment after it was once disErank, charged on both sides the electric conveyance But jusl tlorrajo called his attention to a shouts at the la'rge bod)' of natives who had marched across .. lh'e pampas from their village under cover of ed and thoroughly demoralized enemy, the ex the wooded banks of the bayou, and now seemplorers dashed away on the right course, drawn ed determined to cut off the advance of the Elec by the steed of lightning power, and the broad, trio Horse. unobstructed pampas stretched !\way before them ''"rhe pampas is solid and clear. We can make like a vast unending sea of emerald billows, as good time. do you say, father? Shall we the gentle breeze undulated the grass ln fiowi!lg try to run right through yonder band? I will waves. put on the new wheel appliance if you approve That day a fine advance was made. No more of my idea," said Frank, Jr. savages were seen, and at night a camp fire was "All right. I'm anxious to reach. the Purus kindled. Corrajo shot a fine roebuck and an ex river and the site of the arrow drawn on the map cellent supper was made. o f the cipher cube," assented Mr. Reade, Sr. It was Jeemed advisable that a guard should be kept that night, there seemed to be no enemy in sight, and Corrajo determined to serve the first watch CHAPTER XXIV. A TRIUMPH FOR THE SAVAGES. Frank, Jr. was to succeed JJ.im. THE Electric Horse was slowed up, and Frank, Not far distant from the camp a narrow tribn-Jr. openf'd the seemingly inexhaustible locker tary of the Amazon wound its way through the under the ftoor, and, assisted by Barney and pampas, and its banks were thickly wooded. Pomp, h., lifted out four odd-looking blades Corrajo had r econnoitered the woods and he about lour feet long, six inches broad at the assured his friends that there was no concealed base, two-edged, of tempered steel and running enemy in the vicinity. t o a sword-point. The wide ends of the great At an early hour all except Corr-ajo r etired to two-edged blades terminated in a hollow metal the interior of the vehicle, and soon fell asleep tube ground with a screw-thread inside. The gaucho recUned upon his poncho or blank" Bedad, sur, but thim is ugly-lookin' cutters, et on the top or the carriage, and he had Masther Frank. An' fot ls it yez mane to do wid to awaken Frank, Jr., at midnight. 'em?" asked Barney. But after having slept soma hours Frank, Jr., 'l.'be others. excepting Mr. Reade, Sr .. watched chanced to awaken of his own: volition, although the oung inventor with great Interest, and no sound had aroused him. they wondered just how the prince of inventors Looking at his watch by the light of the brill meant to utilize the great knives against the iant moon, which through the perfor enemy. atcd sides of the carriage, the young man saw "Your will be g'fatified very shortly, that it was after midnight Barney," saiTii:R. XXV. THE SAVAGES COMPEL :MR. READE, SR., TO RUN THE ELECTRIO HORSE. THE savages bad accomplished a complete surprise, and at last they had captured the Electri.C! While be lay insensible from the blow of.' the bolas ball, with which he had been stricken down, Mr. Reade, Sr., was bound securely, hand and foot Meanwhile Dr. Vaneyke was also bound ln a. like manner, while the spears of tbe natives were leveled at his breast, threRtening him with instant death if be resisted The captors of the Electric Horse were Ticunas Ir!dians of the same tribe to which belongec;l the old warri o r who had recognized the ancient cipher-cube. The sigualsmokes had warned them as well as the natives of the village of the "sacred ground,, of the npproach of an enemy Th!Jy were out on a hunting expedition on the banks of the tributary of the Amazon when they dh;covered the Electric Horse, while themselves sheltered from sight i n the wood that fringed the watercourse Tb.e savages jabbered away among themselves. and proceeded to ransack the caniage after se curing the prisoner5. Fortunately, however, they failed to discover or open the door in the bottom of the vehicle which communicated with the locker containing all the explorers' scientific appliances and sup plies 'l.'he savag-es were amazed and filled with won der at everything they saw. They clambered upon the back of the great metal horse and poundt>d him with their speats,as tb.ough expect lor; to thus drive him forward. They peered into his great glass eyes, and gave oral expression to their astonishment in their own guttural tongue. Dr. Vaneyke watched his hideous captors, consumed l.Jy dread and despairing fears. H& now thought Corrajo a1;1d the devoted trio who bad gone in search of him must have fallen Into the hands of the en!Jmy, and he ltelieved that aB was lost.

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There were tears of sympathy and regret in his ey es, and his features expressed his consuming grief as he looked upon the upturned face of 1\Ir. Reade, Sr., 1\8 tbe great American inventor lay motionl!'ss, the moonlight falling upo:J. his up turned face. H e believed that it was the drllevitablo, he yielded. The doctor, witnessing tpe reril of his resolute friend, urged him to obey, saying: "We can gain nothing by your further delay, whil e even in this dire extremity time is precioue, and life 1\8 well. We must not hasten our fates. The chapter of accidents may not be ended even yet." THE ELECTRIC HORSE So, as the untoward circumstances did not ad mit of his doing 0therwise, much as it was again s t his will, 1\Ir. Reade, Sr., finally reluctantly obeyed the b e h es t of the savages, and put the horse in motion. By means of signs the Indians made the in v e ntor comprehand that he must go back iu the directi on of the Ticunl\8' village, near which the scaii91d tombs w ere loc ate d. Then Mr. Reade, Sr., in turn resorted to signs, and made his captors understand that it Wl\8 n ecessary for him to have the doctor 's assistance, and they unbound the old naturn.list, and he d e scended to the rear brak e foll o w ed by a couple of savages, who stood over him while he work ed the rear axle as Mr. Reade, Sr., in the manner which hilS already b ee n clenrly described here tofore, turne d the horse and carriage All the snvages save those who guarded che doctor r e mained on "deck," and closely watched Mr. Reade, Sr., in evident distrust. And so the enforced journ ey, which the captives believed would end in death for them when their destination was r each ed, was begnn. But, meanwhil e what of Frank, Jr., Barney and Pomp, who had been absent all day? They followed the trail of Corrajo along through the woods, and soon convinced them selves, from the peculiar;lties about the gtlucho's trail, that he had bee n still stalking" the roe buck, or pnmpas a':ltelope, 1\8 they discovered the t racks of those ammals, and they presumed that havmg discover e d the game from the top of the carriage, Corrajo had scught to secure one for breakfast without disturbing them. But the gaucho had followed the slot of the game for a long distance through the narrow strip of timber along the river. Finally our friends came to a point where a discovery was made which filled them with the gravest fe&rs. They found the tracks of a band of savages Still further on they saw, where the earth Wl\8 soft and left impressions at every step the y took, that therE:> was every evidence that nn encounter had taken place there between the gaucho and the enemy. The earth was trampl ed, the bushes broken, and a fragment of Corrajo's poncho was found adhering to a thorny plant. "Ah, Corrajo hag been cnptured, but he was not taken without a desperate fight," said Frank, Jr. "Golly, dat's too bad 1 Corrajo saved Barney an' dis chile from de tige,. We ain' t gwlne back widout him, Is we Irish?" said Pomp. "No, be dad. We'll foller up the nagurs and bate the heads av thim. L ea d us on, Masther Frank, an' it's an illigant bit av a shindy we'll give the hathen I" replied Barney. Corrajo must be r esc ued, and I think only immediate pursuit can av&il now. So we will pro ceed. But we must resort to a to get our friend out of his captors' clutches when we overtake them," said Frank, Jr. "Sure, an' you an' I hev out suits of mail on," said Barri ey. 'l'his was true, but Pomp was without armor, of course, as there were only two mail suits in the possession of the inventors. CHAPTER XXVI. THE CAPTURE OF FRANK, JR., BARNEY AND FOMP. FRANK, JR., and his two comrades continued steadily onward, and they experienced little dif ficulty in following the trail of Corrajo's captors, for It was quite plnin, tlHl natives having made no attempt to cover their tracks. But the deYoted trio were led much further away from the Electric Horse than they had anticipated, for the natives bad traveled very rapidly. It WR.S midday when, as they were still travers ing the woods, a startling and surprising incident oc curre d. Suddenly Barney and Pomp, who just then chanced to be a little iu advance of Frank, Jr., vanished from his sight with a cri\Sh as though the earth under their feet had opened and swal lowed them up. "Another tapir trap 1 They have stumbled into a pit dug by the natives to capture the tapir," exclaimed the young man. He hastened forward, and at once discovered that his explanation of the accident was the true one. Fran it paused upon the brink of a deep square pit, which bad been cunningly covered with sticks and leaves, like the one from which Bar ney had been previously r escued when he want in pursuit of the Antbear. At t.he bottom of tlte tapir-pit Barney and Pomp were struggling in vain attempts tc. get out. "Lind us a hand, Masther Frank. Sure an' 1" it's another one of the h>
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20 of the catll p first reached by his captors, and his limbs which had not been bound so as to oar mit him to walk were secure d. The other membe rs o f the party w e re co nvey e d to the opposite e nd o f the camp, and bound hand and foot they were pla ced in a large hut. As .Frank, Jr., parte d with his ftiends the young man said to them : "While th e r e is life there is hope If any one of us euc ceeds in liberating he will risk his liie to save the r es t." "Yes. W e will stand by each other till the death," replied Corraj o "We will that same l" said Barney, and Pomp echoed his wordd. Such mutual assurances were n eed l es s betwe e n men who bad so often proven their d evo tion to each other, but th e utterances served to cheer and sustain them Frank, Jr., no soontJr found himseff alone in the native hut than he set ai)out trying to liberate himself. He soon found that it waa a fortun a te thing that he was clad in mail. Htl discover ed that by rubbing the thongs about his wrists against the steel plates of hili armor he was slowly but surely savoring them. Half an hour's steady work enabled :F'mak, Jr., to free himself in this way from the fetters that confined his wrists, and th e n he untied his ankles and gained his fee t. His arms had been take n by thtJ enemy, but they had failed to rob him of a tin box suspend-ed from his girdle. Glancing anont the hut, Frank saw an Indian bow and a quiver filled with arrows. H e seized the bow, and slung the quiver of arrow; o n his back. Night had fallen, but the darkness was not so complete as to prev ent him seeing, when he pres ently to the door of the hut, that the Indians w e re assembled at the other end of thecamp, where his fri ends were confined. Dropping upon his hands and knees Frank, Jr. crawled away, and he was soon crouching in the tn.ll pamp!I.S grass beyond the camp. "Now to create a diversion, and draw the savages away from my friends that r may attempt a rescue," said the young inventor mentally., CHAPTER XXVII. FRANK, JR., FIRES THE NATIVE CAMP-THE ELEC--, TR:!C HORSE IS SIGHTED. THE young adventurer quickly b ethought him self o f a ruse which might serve his purpose, for the p{'ril of the situation had not in the least he numbed, or rendere d inac tive his remarkable brain, which was eve r fertile in expedients. He proceeded to open the tin box which was suspended about his waist by his girdle, while he kept a close watch upon tho enemy's camp. From the box Frank, Jr., took one of a num bor of the large fire-ball appliances, r ese mbling in their construction great Roman candles, which we have already h11.d occasion to minutely de scribe. Then, from the quiver which he had brought from the Indian hut, he selected an arrow with a needle point, and inserted its sharp head into one of the fire balls. Then he ignited the fire-ball, fitt e d the arrow to which he had attached it on the lbowstring and took aim at the nearest hut. Frank had practiced archery at home and he was a fine marksmar:.. The bowstring was liberated with a sharp "twang," and away sped the shaft of fiamtJ. The fuse of the fire-ball sputtered for an instant as it flew through the air like a meteor, and the fire balls began to discharge themse lves as the a,rrow landed on the hut at which Frank, Jr. had aimed it. The light reeds of which the hut was built were as dry as tinder, az;d the fire-balls at once set it on fire. Frank quickly discharged a second arrow, tipped with a fire-ball, and another hut burst into flames. The young inventor fired a third shaft, and at once one more hut was added to the conflagra tion. Then, while the flames from these three huts began to spread to others near them, the savages 'discovered the fire, and with mad yells the y rushed toward the burning shelters, hoping to save arms and various implements which they had left in them. In a trice the part of the encampment in which Frank, Jr.'s fri e nds were imprisoned was desert ed by the natives. Meanwhile, under cover of the pampas grass, the instant he had discharged the last fire-ball, Frank, Jr., was swiftly making his way around the camp. In a moment or so : he reached the opposite side, and glided forward to the hut in which he r THE ELECTRIC HORSE. had seen his friends placed. But just as he reached its entrance a savage came out of it. Quick as a flash Frank, Jr., clubbed his bow and struck down the Indian, in whose belt he saw his own hunting-knife Snatching the weapon from tke savage, Frank, Jr., bounde d into th e hut, and with sw ift strokes of hi s knife cut the thongs wi t h which the captives were b o und, and in a moment all three were liber ated. Then they crept away over the pampas. Meanwhile til e :Indians had discovered that Frank, Jr. had escaped They then attributed the conflagration to his agency, and all atl once bethought th emselves that but one warrior had been l ett to guard the other captives. They came rushing back to the other end o f the camp, and the climax of their rage and chagrin was reached when they di sc overed that the whites had all disappeared. As soon as they were beyond the camp our fri ends ran swiftly f orward over the pam pas, and they shape d their course in the direction whence they had b ee n forc ed to come. They had not secured their arms, and Frank, Jr., was the only one of the varty who possessed a weapon Bending down, so as to screen themselves from sight es far as possible in the pampas grass, for thtl night was not v ery dark, th e fugitives fled at the top of their speed, while glancing back they saw the savages seeking to take up their trail The natives procure d fire brands from the burning huts, and by the light thus afforded they found the track through the down-trodden grass which indicated the route taken by our and started to pursue them. .l:lut there had been some delay The fugitiv es had obtained an excellent start. "It's to be a race for life now l" shouted Frank, Jr. "Wo)lld that wtl had our rifl es," said Corr ajo '"Widout a weapon the nagurs hev the whip hand av us, an' bedt td, there's not even a sprig av a sthick. to be picked up on these plains to bate the heads av thim wid," Barney remarked. "Dem r ascals run berry fast l" cried Pomp, as he <>lanced back. ,.'''Yes, they are r egular sprint runners," assented Frank, Jr. "And begorra they are gaining on us I" said Barney. "They are l They are l Can we reach the tirr ber in advance of them?" cried Corr a jo. They were shaping their course towerd the woods that the tributary o f th{' Amazon, beside which they had lett the Elec tric Horse. far away to the northward. The small river had been followed by the sav ages when they marched the captured e xplort'lrs away to the camp whence they h a d just fled. "If the Electric Horse was only near," said Frank. Ah I then "e could soon turn the tables on the savages," added Corrajo. "Bat we have nothing to nnticipate in'the way of assistance from the invention. I trust no harm has come to my fath e r or the doctor. They mus t be terribly alarmed o n our account," s aid Frank, Jr. But the party needed all th eir breath now for th ei r race for life, and no more wa.s said the n Inspire d as they were by the thonght that lif e d e pended on the issue, the four friends ran with a speed which under less terribl e and urgent circumstances : they : would have bee n unable to accomplish. The y reached the shelter of the woods breath less and utte rly exhausted "We can run no further. We must climb trees and conceal ourselve s among the branches," cried Corrajo, setting the example by swinging himself up among the limbs of a great tree provided with luxuriant foliage. The otfiers did the same, and a mom ent or so subsequently they were all ensconced in the tree s. Fortunately they found no monkey!! among the limbs to betray them by their alarmed cries. The savages soon burst into the timber and began a search for the escaping fugitives. But the night darkelh l d and th e y were not dis covered, and finally they ceased to hear th e sounds of their pursuers moving about and they believed they bad returned to their camp. The fugitives remained concealed in the trees for a long time. The night was well advanced when they fterl from the camp of their captors, and when at length they ventured to leave the trees and descend to the ground, night was al most at an end, and on the eastern horizon a faint glow of light was beginning to proclaim the coming dawn. Cormjo said, as the little party assembled under the great trees of that remote forst of the Amazon country, whence all knew the y might never e m erge alive: "I fear the cunning Indians h ave resorted to a stratage m to induce us to betray our where abouts." "We must proceed with caution," said Frank, Jr. "And as day will soon dawn we cannot think of leaving the woods," replied th e gaucho. "No, we will follow th e river back to tbe place where w e l e ft the Electric Horse. It was fortunate, perhaps, that th e sav ages who captured us did not discov e r it," Fmnk, Jr., rejoined. But a t that moment, as they were moving for ward, a chorus of the molit unearthly yells that e v e r emanated from savage throats echoed through the f o r est. e 'rhen from the. dense growths of the wood the cunning savages, who had !!lin co nceal ed and in profound silence, believing the whites were somewhere near at tia nd, sprang into view. They charged straight at the little party, and drove them before them out of the woods into the open pampas. The n a wild, thrilling chase began as Frank, Jr., and his comrades, though believing they w e re f a ted to be r ecaptured, still sped onward. But all at once, coming fr om the north, they saw a great globe of fir e whose brilliant light illuminated the plain with its glowing reflection:. B e fore the great globe of flame were two smaller "Hurrah l" shoute d Frank, Jr.; "the El ec tric Horse and carriage i s coming l" He recognized th e lights. "We shall reach it before we are overtaken, and we are saved I" he added, and they all sprang f orward towar.d the approaching light. But were they not rushing to certain doorp? Wer e they not to be captured by the savages whom we saw in possession of the Eiectric Horse? CHAPTER XXVIII. SAVED BY QUININE-HUNTERS -THE EXPLORERS REUNITED. As Frank Reade, Jr., and his companior:.s hotly pursued by the Idians fle d in the direction whence th e y had discovered the Electric Horse apvroaching the young inventor, who was in ad vance of the r es t of tho party, suddenly fell intc a walk and almost halted as he exclaimed: What are those dark forms moving beside the electric carriage, and also coming up in the rear?, Mounted men, I think," Corrajo. "Merciful Providence! Can it be that our newly awakened hopes are to be dashed to thli ground l" cried Frank, Jr. "Be dad, y ez fear the min on l:.orseback hev' captured the Electric Horse," said Barney. "Gollie l If dat am de case den we is gone," said Pomp. As the distance betwe e n the fugitives, and the electric oouvey e nce was lessened Frank, Jr., and his companions obtained a more distinct view of the horsemen who surround.ad the Electric Horse . ' 'l(r 1 "They are not Indians!" cried C orrajo "Are you quite sure of that?" asked Frank,Jr. "Yes," r ep lied the gaucho. * * Jll!'antime, during the occurrence of the events last recorded, certain other incidents were taking place, whi c h th e unity of our narrative demands we should now relate Guarded b y th e ir savage captor Mr. Reade, Sr., anll Dr. Vaneyke were compelled to run tbe El ectric Horse on and on in tho direction of the village near the sight of the strange native scaf fold-tombs. We know that every hope had departed from their h ea rts, l ea ving them oppressed by the weight of complete and bitter despair. But as "the electric conveyance ran along th8 timber which grew upon the bank of the tributary to th e Amazon about two hours previous to the discovery of the Electric Horse by Frank, Jr., and his comrades, a startling occurrence took place. Out from the shelter of the wood dashed a ban
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lever, and made a flying leap trom the deck of the vehicle. He lauded upon his feet almost as the Electric Horse and carriage stopped. The doctor 8prang from tile carriage at the same moment. The sudden movements of the two captives, and the abrupt stop of the Electric Horse was a 11urprise to the natives, whose attention was at that moment centered upon the approaching horsemen. But scarcely had the great inventor and his friend alighted upon the ground when, with mad yells, the savages sent a shower of spears and arrows after them. The men were not hit, however, and they ran to\vard the approaching horsemen. As he fled Mr. Reade, Sr., shouttJd: "We are Americans 1 Protect us from the savages who have captured our conveyance. In the name of Heaven we ask it." Si, senors. The black rascals shall be pun Ished," shouted the Brazilian in the lead o! the new arrivals. In a moment the pampas-riders dashed be tween the Americans and the savages on the electric carr: age, who were now seeking to start the v11hicle again. The mounted party were armed with rifles and other weapons, and they heaitated not to use them. Failing in their attempts to start the Electric Horse, owing to a precaution which Mr. Reade, Sr., did not neglect to take even in the excitement and haste of his flight, the savages abandoned the vehicle and fled. The horsemen pursued the hostile band for some distance, and then they galloped back to the electric conveyance of which Mr. RCI you are in my sellvice your time shall pay you better than it 'l'(lmld at your work of gathering chinchona," re\ !()lied Mr. Reade. Sr. \ "Our way lies to the southward, and that Is the very direction in which you wish to pursue your friends. We are ready to follow you," said the leader of the "barkers." "Very well. While one of your scouts goes along on the trail of our friends in the woods and !rom time to time signals us, the electric convey anee shatl be run along the confines of the timber on the open pampas,'' llfr. Reade, Sr., rejoined. This plan was carried out. The horseman rode along with the carriage, J&ading the horse of one of their number who followed the trail in the woods, and signaled the party by means of fire-balls provided by Mr. RAade, Sr., occasionally. Thus it was that when Frank, Jr. and his friends discovered the approach of the Electric Horse and carriage his father and the doctor were once more masters of the great invention and surrounded by friends. A moment after the horsemen about the elec.. -lTHE 4 ELECTRIC HORSE. tric conveyan<'e Wt>re discovered by Frank, Jr., his father saw him and shouted in great joy: "Frank 1 Frank 1 We have found friends 1 Hasten 1 Hasten 1" As they heard these words a great shout went up from the young inventor and his comrades. It was a cry of joy and involuntary expression of delight they experienced. They rushed forward still pursued by the sav ages, and gained the interior of the electric con veyance which was almost stopped for their con veyeience. Then Mr. Reade, Sr., spoke a word of direc tion to the horsemen as he embraced his son, and the mounted made a flank movement which placed them on the side of the vehicle op posite to that from whence the Indians were ap proaching. The succeeding moment, acting upon a sug gestion made by his father, Frank, Jr., sprang to the electric-battery of repeating Winchester rifles, and discharged volley after volley from the sixteen shooters into the ranks of the In dians as they came within range. The savages wt.re repulsed, and they retreated back to the woods while thtl electric vehicle drawn by the tireless metal steed continued on ward to the camp of the quinine-hunters, which they were now invited to visit, and on the way mutual explanations were made between the re united friends. The camp or the barkers "-as they are called in Brazil-was situated in a large wood composed almost exclusively of chinchona trees, and a number of rude cabins had been erected there. The barkers" had penetrated further into the interior that season than ever before, and it was a fortunate circumstance for our adventurers that they had done so, else they would not met. CHAPTER XXIX. THE WONDERFUL SUSPENSIONBRIDOE-A.lii:ONO THE ALLIGATORS. THE Indians had been left far behind, and our friends, who needed rest, determmed to remain at the" barkers'" camp until they were recuper ated. "Quinine was a great diso:>very-a boon for suffering humanity, which cannot be overrated," said Mr. Reade, Sr., as the Am,erican explorers proceeded to make themselves at home in the hospitable camp. "When was quinine discovered?" asked Frank, Jr. "In the year sixteen hundred," answered Mr. Rearte, Sr. In sixteen thirty-eight," corrected the doc tor. "I suppose," he added, "you are all familiar with the story." "No, be dad," said Barney. "Well, it is said that the Prin'cess Chinchona, wife of the Viceroy of Peru, lay seriously ill of a fever in the great palace at Lima. The doctors could do no more for her, and she was informGd that she must die. Then an old Brazilian brought her Rome of the wonderful bark, and it completely cured her in a few days. After that the qulnia-trees were C>J.Iled chinchona in the countess' honor, and thereafter the virtues of the medicinal bark became known all over the world." "Isn't quinia sometimes called Jesuit bark?" inquired Frank, Jr. "Yes, for there is also a legend that its virtues were first revealed by the natives to the ancient Jesuit missionaries," assented the doctor. "Certainly the appearance of the chinchona trees is beautiful." said Corrajo. The gaucho w'as right, and tbe party looked with admiration at the lanceolate leaves with their delicate crimson veins. The wonderful trees were covered with small white blossoms hanging in clusters1 and from them emanated a rich fragrance whicn pervaded the forest. It was interesting to watch the barkers gather ing the chinchona. The casca,itlmos felled the trees, and carefully removed the white bark which they pressed fiat and marla into large packages, and sewed up in canvas ready for transportation. The barkers 10aog at their work, and seemed a light-bearted and care-free party. The explorers resumed their journey after a day's rest, during which time Dr. Vaneyke de voted himself ttl the study of the ancient cipher, but with what success he did not make known then. They soon reached the bank or the tributary of the Amazon, along which they had baen when the last adventures occurroJ. It was npw necessary that the river should be crossed. While the electric conveyance w11.s halted and the project of constructig a raft was discussed, 21 Frank, Jr., and Barney scouted along the hank in one direction, while Corrajo went In another. They were in quest ol a place whece the river might be forded. Frank and Barney were hardly out of sight of the electric conveyance when both suddenly halted. and uttered surprised exclamations. They saw in advance of them one of those ri markable triumphs of native ingenuity, which are found in parts of Brazil and other portions of South America-a wonderful suspension bridge. Be gob, an' Is it the nagurs that built the loikes av that?" cried Barney, gazing in open mouthed wonder at the remarkable bridge. "Yes,'' replied Frank. 'I have read of these singular structures, but this is the first one I have ever seen " Be me soul, I'd not hev thought the heathen could do the loike. Let's t .ake a close look at the same; an' faith, if it's strong enough to hould the Electric Horse, it's <.lry shod we'se may cross wid him," said Barney. That's so, but I hardly think the bridge can sustain th& weight of the great metal horse and carriage," replied Frank. Then they approached the bridge, and upon reachin"' it they found it was composed of the tough fibers of the B1azilian the flexibility and strength of whose fibers is unequaled by any product of South America. The maguey p!ant, as the osier is called, had been twisted into mu.ssive cables, which were se cured to trees on each side of the river, which was more than four hundred feet wide. The floor was of braided fibers closely inter laced. A glance, however, assured Frank, Jr. that the surprising structure was only a swinging foot bridge, and therefore entirely impracticable for the passage of the heavy Electric Horse and the attached carriage. After inspecting th!l aerial bridge, and observ ing that the floor of the structure was worn, and that there were other indices to indicate that it was frequently traversed, the young inventor and Barney continued their search for the ford But they found no place shnllow enough to admit of the passage of the Electric Horse and carriage. Finally they returned to the vehicle, and so re ported. Corrajo had also returned, and his re port was equally discouraging. It became evident that there was no other way, and tbat a raft must be constructed. The electric saws were brought into requisi tion at onoe, and the work of sawing the treos for a raft was begun. The great saws worked as well now as at the first occasion for tbeir ser vices, and we need not dwell again upon the method of thoir action, as all that has been fully explained. Meanwbile, Frank, Jr., told his friends of his disooverv of the suspension bridge. Ha 1" exclaimed the doctor, "I must see it l Those singular structures are very rare now in Brazil. The natives seem to have almost lost the art of constructing them." "Well, we can get along very well without you and Frank while we are sawing the timber for the raft," said Mr. Reade, Sr. "All right," responded Frank. "I'll show you the way to the bridge, doctor." "Thanks. We will set out at once." They took their rifles and made their way swi!tly along the stream. Reaching the bridge they admired it, and the old naturalist discoursed learnedly upon bridge building among the ancients and the aboriginal tribes. Frank walked on the bridge and passed hal! way over it, but the doetor contented himself with remaining on the bank. Beyond the bridge was n dense jungle, and what it might conceal the explorers could only imagine When Frank, Jr., had gone about half way across the bridge tbe doctor called out to him: "I would go no further, Frankl" "Why not?" "The bridge may lead to a native village. In fact I am sure it does. Some of the savages may be lurking on the other bank even now." 1 Oh, I think not," replied Frank, carelessly. He was looking down into the water of the river as he spoke, and in the Qext breath he added: Cayman 1 The river is full of them!" He had sighted a number of alligators called cayman, the of their found in the lagoons and streams of the Amazon Valley. "Ah, they are man-eaters The gigantic saul'ians would soon make a meal of you if yo u wer e within their reach," said the doctor. Just then the young inventor caught sight of Corrajo approaching along the bank furtbec up stream.

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22 There comes Corrajo !" he exc l aimed. 'l'he ga.ucho continued to approach slow ly. Frank remained leaning on the mil of the bridge watching the.monstrous ogres of the river below him. But all at once he r eeled and uttered an alarmed cry that startled both the doctor and Corrajo, whc> now reached the bridge. Frank had suddenly felt the frail mid-air bridge sway and oscillate beneath his feet. Not a breath of air was stirring and he bad not moved. J :rhe young Inventor was alarmed. He discerned that the motion was imparted to the bridge !rom tho further side. Turning to retrace his steps he saw with horror the beads of a couple o! hideous savages appear above the }ungle growth at the end of the bridge on the further siue of the stream. Then sucCJeeded another discovery which thrill ed Frank, Jr., from head to foot with absolute terror. The young man saw that the natives were hack ing away at the fril cablas which sustained tho bridge, and he understood that they meant to sever them, and that he was in imminent peril of being precipitated down among the alligators. Frank darted toward the bank where he had left Dr. Vaneyke as swiftly as possible, for the bridge now oscillated so violently that he believed it was almost about to fall. "Quick 1 Quick 1 or you are lost cried the old doctor as he too discovered the natives, and saw what they were up to. Merci I Merci 1" yelled Corrajo, throwing off his poncho anu taking his great pampa& knife beneath his teeth. As the gaucho spoke, the swinging bridge went down and Frank Reade, Jr., with it, uttering a scream of awful terror. CHAPTER XXX. THE BATTLE WITH THE ALLIGATORS-THE AMAZON CROSSED-NEW PERIL. FRANK, JR., sank out of sight under the water. Cormjo was about to plunge into the stream to go to his rescue, hsedless of the danger from the alligators, when to his joy he discovered a native dug-out, or canoe, concealed in the bushes close beside him. T.b.e gaucho leaped into the frail craft, uttered a shout, and shot the paddles through the water, thus sending the boat toward the spot wh e re the young inventor had vanished with the speed of an arrow. Frank, Jr., came to the surface, and he beheld Corrajo in the canoe but a few feet distant. A glad cry escaped his lips. "Quick, Corra.jo 1 Ha 1 The alligators have sighted me 1" he added, in tones of wildest alarm as he saw a couple of the hideous rertiles mak ing toward him. 1 It seemed that our hero was destined to be 'qvoured alive. "he doctor uttered a groan and closed his eyes 'l"i' :.o. ,ut out the terrible scene. LO!Sl. Corrajo was cool, and he cried: m save you 1" '!A .I ole of strokes of his paddles sent the round a d ke water, an>:I L At the same thne nocked Col'rajo c dive to the bottom reptL But the other ca e nver. h carried him 'lis huge tail 'Verboard. 'le made a Frank. r, wit 'lVOt-'\IVTHE ELECTRIC The a lligator imitated the first one the gaucl:lo attacktd. .. Down he went to the bottom or the river. Uorrajo was carried down with the monster. But he came to the surface again almost imm ediately Meanwhile Frank, Jr., had reached the canoe, which had drifted toward him, and entered it. Corrajo clambered into the frail craft as soon as he gained the surface after he went down T.ith the cayman, and with mutual con gratulations, while the doctor uttere d cries of delight, the brave coup! e paddled to the shore. Meanwhile the treacherous natives who bad severed the cables of the bridge had disappeared. "We have not seen the last of thos9 rascals. They would never have cut the bridge if tbey had not resolved to dispute our advance,'' said Corrajo. The three friends now returned to the place where they had left the Electric Horse and wagon. '!'he work of sawing the necessary timber for a raft was soon completed, and then they se t about getting it in shave. The maritime structure was put togetller without difficulty, for the explorers carried all the necessary tools and matel'ial, such as nails, spikes and the like needed, with them. Frank, Jr., superintended lhe building of the raft, and it was constructed on scientific princi ples. rettched and a landing made, Dr. Vaneyke, who had complained of being ill for some tim e, de clared he did not feel able to journey farther. The motion of the electrin carriage gave him great pain even when it proceeded slowly. It was decided to camp on the river bank until the doctor s condition improved. '.rhe elect ric carriage was drawn into the shade, and while for a number of days, everything possible was done for the sick man, the surrounding country was explored and no natives found. Frank, Jr., made a fillS botanical collection during thlil enforced delay, and abundance of fish from the river and game from the woods s uppli ed the larder of the adventurers. A couple of canoes had been made in which the party paddled along the river as they wished. But one day, just at nightfall, while the doctor was yet unable to be moved, thoug!J his condition wa..q improving, a vast army of natives was discovered approach ing on the trail of the Electric Horse. Through his telescope, Frank, Jr., saw the Ticunas chief, who had r e cognized the cipher cube, and the half-breed Portuguese among the enemy. He knew the natiTes woulu quickly construct canoe s and seek to cross the river. Great peril menaced the party, but Frank, Jr., suddenly thought of trying to prevent the savages cro s sing the river by means of a scientific appli ance. CHAPTER XXXI. When all was in readiness the Electric Horse and carriage wa.s run down the sloping bank on to the raft which was secur e d to the shore by rope C<'l.ble. Nobly thQ raft sustained the Electric BARNEY GETS THE WRONG BOTTLE-PLANTING Horse and carriage. A pair of sweeps w e re SUBMARINE TORPEDOES. arranged on the sides and a rude rudder in front. THE approach of the native forces led by the The explorers cast off the rope-cables aud em-Portuguese half-breed and his colleague, the old barked without the slight est fear. Pontp and Timmas chief, was witnessed with feelings of the .Barney manned the sweeps, while Frank, Jr., greatest apprehension by all the little band of the rudder. adventurous explorers. The current was not very swift, and the pas "llegorra 1" cried Barney "The nagurs will sage of th e river, and a landing on its opposite find a way to cross the nver an' 1t's a ruction bank was accomplished without difficulty. we'll be afther havm' now, for the ould docther The raft was then abandoned, and the journey can t be moved, an' we' se can't run foreninst the resumed, after' a number of wild ducks and an hathen ond leave the docther behind." antelope had been shot by Currajo and Frank, Jr. The reckless Irishman was the only one of the Night came on presently, but it was deterparty who seemed to find satisfaction in the pros mined to continue the joumey without pausing. pect of an encounter with the-enemy, and he pro Just as the Electric Horse was getting under way ceeded to cut a couple of stout clubs. an attack was made on it by a band of natives Golly 1 dat lrisher makes dis coon tired. Dem who came from the. direction 6f the Swinging brack savages are a hundred to one of we 'uns. bridge, and who suddenly burRt iato v i ew out of What am yer doin' now, .Barney?" said Pomp. the timber along the river bank. "Is it blind ye are? Don't yez see for A single volley from the electric battery of self? Olm cuttin' a sprig av a sbi!lalah." Winchester rifles served to disperse the band, "A stick am no against so many," retll.ey retired they e>Lme. plied Pomp, in 11 disgusted tone. He was enTile Amazon valley abounds in butterflies, and gaged in mixing a decoction of medical herbs in r.owhere e l se do they attain such rare beauty. 11 bottlc3' which had contained whisky, an:l the A species of these insects seems to be lumin ous at doctor was instructing him in the preparatic::l night, r esembling tire-flies, and afar off beyond of the botanical remedy upon which he r elied to the area of electrical illumination, the explorers cure his malady, which was a severe fever. saw their lights like a myriad stars gleaming The old naturalist was aware that his devoted through the night. friends would never desert him, and he said whell And now, wh1le tbe explorers peacefully con -Frank, Jr., announced his discovery of the na tinued their journey, an oath bound league was tives: being formed against them afar off in the village "My illness has come at the very time when it of the scaffold-tombs is most necessary that we should all be in possesThe aged Ticunas chief, accompanie:l by the sion of health and strength I regret bitterly half-breed Portuguese, and the native army, had that I have become a burden to you, and that arrived at the village of !he" sacred grounds," your retreat is retarded on my account, for I and there all the chiefs of the tribe assembled. fear you will be overwhelmed by the savaged if Iu the shadow of the upon you delay here." which reposed, in everlasting sleep, the remains "No," said Frank, Jr., "I mean the Indians of t h eir dead, the savage chiefs knelt and bound shall not reach our side o f the river." themselves by an oath administered by the Ticu"And there is not one of our party base enough nas priests never to abandon the pursuit of our to think of proceeding without you," said Mr. friends until they had secred the cipher-cube Reade, Sr. and put the exp l orers to death. "Corrajo will defend the old master with his The league of the pampa.. thus formed, com life," affirmed the devoted gaucho. prised the chiefs who rn! ed over a vast territory, "You are all brave hearts-noble-trlle," said and in his nativ e Portuguese tongue the halfthe doctor with emotion breed might have been heard muttering to him!l{eanwhile Pomp had completed mixing the self in exultant t ones. He anricipated that the decoction in the whisky bottle, and' patting it in pampas league would accomplish the purpose the place of a bottle of the same kind, which which, at his instigation, it had been formed for. contained the finest" Old Rye," upon which J J The journey to the banks of the Amazon, which had seen Barney longing, wistful glancel had made a curve in its course to th11 south-all day, he stole away with a broad gri n on hiS / w11rd, was accomplished by the explorers, aod humorous features, cas ting a sly look at the ., they found themse lv es Itt the c l ose of a pleasant Irishman, who was now from a clump L day looking out upon the mighty river which of bushes carrying a couple of stout shillalahs must now cross. But how can you prevent the natives CrlJSS-Once more a raft was constructed, but this time ing the river?" asked Dr. Vnneyke of Frank, Jr., greater care was taken in building it. The l ogs presently, as he saw him enter the electric carwere sawed of greater size and Frank Reade, Jr., riage. directed the construction of the raft, taking int o I mean to use submarine torpedoes." account the capacity of each timber for floating. "Have you them with you?" This was necessary,because the dl:fferent varieties "Oh, yes. Our locker is the repository for a While Dr. Vane k yman was close upon nessed the With terro ed gaucho, and while Fe ad befallen the d lug hls own knife, whil in dr, the surface With ease be e sustamed himself n of wood varied greatly in their specific density. quantity of them." The explorers bad very fortunately reached a "Well, well. What haven't you brought with mer. emg an excellent swim.The young Inventor tack of the cayman. e could against the atl But before th YL alfghted on his monster reached him Corra of 1 point on the great river where the water ran you?" 'moothly for perhaps a quarter of a mile, but be"A little of everything we thought we might 'nd that distance on each side was a long extent need." apids, and in them no boat or raft could cross. You intend to plant your torpedoes in the such craft would be dashed in pieceR. river, eh?" great river was crossed in safety after the "Exactly. You see there is less than a quarter '-S built, and when the other bank was of a mile of river practical for the passage of With his knife as well to defend himsllltl knife into his IS eye. raft WI>.

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i ,J boats or rafts. The rapids extending above and below that distance are our safe-guards against the savages in those directions." "True. But to guard that quarter of a mile of emooth channel you will require a large number o f torpedoes, and it will l'ake time to set them." "That's a fact. But I've no apprehension on that ecore. The natives cannot attempt the pas of the river until they have constructed of some kind, and while they are thus engaged, I think we shall have plenty of time to set Ute submarine torpedoes." "Az::d you think you have a sufficient number of torpedoes for your purpose?" "Yes. It will Lot be necessary to place them near together, as they will be connected by wires, and the explosions will be so terrific that each one will proteet a c onsiderable extent of the surface we must g"uard." "You reassure m e Your idea certainly practical." "Yes, as my torpedoes are a duplicate In mini ature of the most improved variety, such as were used during our late Amencan war with success., Just then Barney was heard to utter a roar of di&guBt, and all glance d toward him. Irishman had stolen up to the side of the 1octor unobserved by any one excepting Pomp, and helped himself to the contents or the whisky bottla containing the medicine prepare d by the darky, thinking it" the rale ould stuff." Barne y was all doubled up. "Wona, worra 1 Begob, it's sea-sick I am. Me stomach is quarrelin' wid me whole body, be dad, an' tryin' to lave l!le 1" he cri e d, as h e imi tated the sea-sick person who in hot haste for tho ship's rail. "Ba d luck to the whisky 1" Barney added, thus inadvertently betrayin:; himself. Even the doctor laughed, and they all untler stood the situatior. exactly. Pomp was d e lighted. darKy threw himself down and rolled about in tile grads. "Y>th, yah, yah 1 Who stole de whisky-who 5tol e de whisky?" ho roared. 'l'h e n Barney was mad, and off came his coat, and h e jumped on it and spit on his bands. it' s the uagur did it! It's afthe r pizenin' me he' s b ee n d o in' 1 Whoop 1 but l 'll-ough, ough 1" alll.l again B arney found it necessary to contend with the difficulty in his stomach. And Pomp laughed the louder. "I'll bate the b ead av the nagur this toime, be dad I ll be tachin' the loikes av the blackguard till he'll play none av his tricks on gintlemen 1" y e 1 l e d Barney. His Irish was really up1and the more Pomp l11ughed at hiso discomfiture the madder he got. "Look out fur me, yez black murtherer 1 It's yersel' as sit out to hev me kilt wid p!zeo Now, begob, yez will laugh out av the wrong side av yer tnouth," Barney on. The n he rushed at Pomp. The nimble darky was on his feet in an instant, and leaping aside as Barney made a blow at him, he ducked down for a butt. Tbe Irishman saw him coming, and he sprang aside, and Pomp shot past him like a flash. They were right on the bank of the rive r, and Pomp couldn't stop in time to save himself, and down into the water he went with a splash. Then it was Barney's.turn to laugh. Ha 1 ha! ba! it'" plunge baths the nagur is takin' 1 How do yez like buttin' wather, ye spat peen av darkness?" he shouted. But Pomp came up smiling, though dripping wet, or course, and he made another charge at the Irishman. That time Barney was not qulok enough to avoid him, >moon fell upon the scene. Cv.Lajo and Pomp in one boat, and Frank, Jr. and Barney in the other, pulled away in opposite directions to set the torpedoes. The gloom conceal e d the explorers' movements from the enemy, although they were now pretty close to the river. Tho torpedoes were set In a double line, Q.nd their almost submerged rods were connected by a wire. though a boat should happen to run bet-ween. the rods, it wouh:t strike the wire and explode the n earest torpedo, just as though it bad come in direct contact with the torpedo rod itself. work of setting the torpedoes occupied sevtlral hours, for the explosives had to be han dled with the greatest <\d accomplished much in the way of a cure. The doctor was placetl on a bunlc in the elec tri0 carriage, and a start was soon made. Through his l Alescope Frank could discern the army of natives still on the bank of the Amazon beyond its muddy tide, and he thought they were about to again try to make a crossing. The Electric Horse proceeded swiftly all day and the enemy was left behind. For some dis tance the woods of the;Amazon was traversed, but it was open, and the trees grew so far apart that the electrtc vehicle passed along among the!ll without difficulty: Finally the explorers emerged upon the pam. pas once more. "We are now coming to the region of wild horses and cattle,'' said Corrajo. What a vast country the pampas cover,'' said Mr .Reade, Sr. "Yes. They ale more than nine hundred miles In breadth, and cover an area of three hundred and fifteen thousand square miles," remarked the doctor. "We shall see the wild horses and cattle In vast droves and herds, and this is tho land of my brother gauchos," said Corrajo. "An' fat is that? Begob it is a big goose er a. wild turkey av giant size!" cried Barney. All glanced in the direction which he indicated as he spoke and they saw a huge bird racing over the pan:: pas at great speed. "That is the rhea, o r South American osttich. He can give the .fleetest horse a long chase, but the gauchos catch him with the lasso," said Cor rajo. "Let's run him down 1" cried Frank. "All right I Ho can't outrun the Electric Horse," assented .Mr. Reade, Sr. The doctor was so much improved now that he came on deck, and he was as much surprised hLnself at his rapid recovery as his friends were. In a moment the Electric Horse was racing after the pampas ostrich. Corrajo, with his lasso in band, stood on deck and was ready for a cast. The oatrlch did ils best to escape, but soon electric steed overhauled it, and the gaucho threw his lasso over the long neck of the great bird, anrl it was strangled. But after removing some of its finest feathers, lhe ostrich was set at lib e rty again and he scurried away like the wind. Just then the blast of a born was beard. "The gaucho's horn 1 Some of the pampas herdsmen are coming 1" cried Corrajo. All glanced iu the direction whence the sound seemed to proceed and they beheld a baud of mounted men atlvancing at a gallop. They were gauchos, the centaurs or the pam pas, who almost live in the saddle. Drawing nearer {be gauchos were seen to be stalwart. handsome fellows, gayly dressed and well armed. Their mounts were the most superb specimens of South American horse-flesh. The herdsmen greeted Corrajo, whom they at once recognized as one of their own class, warm ly, but more than one of the mamelukes of the Brazilian plains crossed himself and regarded the Electric Horse with alarm. But a lew words of explanation from Corrajo made the inte lligent gauchos, in whose veins often runs the best blood of the old Spanish gran dees, understand what the great invention reaily was. Corrajo conversed with the gauchos further. They informed hiltl they were in search of the

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24 salteadores or pampas robbers, who had been stealing cattle from well-stotlked ranchos to the north, and who had been outlawed by the .Bra zilian government for rurming off vast wild herds, which no individual claimed, across the frontiers of neighboring States. "The rascA.lS A.re not merely cattlestealers, but they are bold, desperate characters, who rob any one they can, and they do not hesitate at murder when they are resist ed," said the leader or the gauchos, as he con::,Jud e d his remarks about the salteadores, as the cattle thieves and pampas r<>bbllrs are locally called. "Are you following the trail of the band now? I thh;k I so understood you to say," Frank, Jr., r emarked "Yes. We have with us a most celflbrated va querro (guide) and trailer. But we must not de l ay, for we fear the robbers mean to intercept a di amond train, '.rhey are making for the route of the diamond trains, which come from the mines far away to the south ward, beyond the Goral mountains in the Cuyaba country. "Ah, if we only had your wobd e rful Horse and carriage we could soon V>tnqui s h the robb ers and obtain the rewA.rd offered for them by hia imperial majesty, Dom Pedro," said an other gaucho. Frank, Jr.'s, eyes flashed, and he said. "What do you say, father? W e owe the em peror a good turn. Why not join the chase of the cattle-stealers?" CHAPTER XXXIII. THE ELECTRIC HORSE IN PURSUIT OF THE PAMPAS ROBBERS. Mn. READE, SR. saw that Frank was taken with th\l idea of joining the pursuit of the pampas robbers, but he hesitated about giving his con sent. "Yes, yes," cried Corrajo, with unusual ex ol.tement, while his great, handsome eyes blazed fiercely, "let us the gauchos I owe the vil lain ous salteadores a debt.'' "How so, brother?" asked the gaucho chief. "The scoundrels burned my father's ranch house and ran oJ! his cattle and killed my brother. It was Plata's baud who did the cruel work years ago," answered Corr a jo. "Hal Plata, eh? Well, this is fortunate.'' "Why, I heard Pl ata was killed?" "A mistak.,, my friend. It is Plata and his band we are in pursuit of now.'' Say you so?'' It is the truth." "Then, Mr. Reade, I ask it as a personal favor that we pursue the wretch," said Corrajo, urgently. Cowe, father, consent. Ic will not delay us lon g," Frank, Jr., hastened to say. "What do you thinK about it?" asked Mr. Read e, Sr., turning to Dr. Van ey ke. I know Corrajo h as longed for years to meet Pl a t a, the robber of the pampa.s. I would a d vise that we lend the gauchos our assistance," repli e d the doctor. "Then we will do so," said Mr. Reade, Sr. "Good! The Americanos h ave made us their friends forever," said the chief of thl'l gauchos. Carrajo expressed hi s delight at this decision, a11.d it was arranged that the Electric Horse should follow the gauchos. "Ah I 'II hen we come in sight of them they cannot escape the pursuit of the electric steed. I shall call the villainous Plata t o accoun t at last," said Corrajo, exultantly, as the Electric Horse moved forward, led by the gauchos, who dash ed away on the robbers' trail at full speed The diamond lands are a long distance to the south ward, but trains laden with the precious gems traverse these plains at this season bound for northern markets ln both Brazil and Peru," said. the doctor. "The diamond district has been the scene of much strife and bloodshed," he con tinued, "for afte r they were first discovert>d by some Portuguese adventurers, who were com p elled to make known the o;ecret to the goveru ment, the countTy was declared th" speci!t l property of the crown, and guards placed about it to keep out all intruders. -"But many sought to enter thee land of gems, and o;ecure wealth As a consequence for a long time there were frequ en t battles b e tween the prospectors and the government g uards. "In the days of slavery the diamond fields were worked by slaves, and in order to furnish the laborers with an incentive for diligent search it was the law that any slave who found a gem weighing 17 1-2 carats should bt> set fr ee .'' "An excellent r eward for fidelity But I should presume it must have been necessary to keep a close watch on the slaves to prevent thei r steal Ing the diamonds and making otr with them," remarked Mr. Reade, Sr. Such was the case. At the close of each THE ELECTRIC HORSE. day's work the slaves, who labored unde r the eyes of their task-masters, w e re closely searched, and if any of them were discovered with dia monds 5ecreted on their persons they were severely punished," replied the doctor. As the Electric Horse ::1nd carriage sped along over the level plain the explorers caught more than one glimpse of vast droves of wild horses that scurried away at full speed as they ap proached. The} also saw great droves of wild cattle graz ing upon the rich pampas pasturage, and thes., too, fled with affrighted bellows at the sight of the strange conveyance. Now and then a hen ostrich frightened from her nest started up in the path of the Electric Horse, but although a sharp lookout was co_n stantly kept ahead, no human creature was dis covered for a l ong time. The speed of the Electric Horse was constantly regulat ed so as to just keep up with the gaucho trailers, and not dist.ance th em Night was approaching when the leader of the trailers announced that the track s of the robbers were now growing so that he was sure they could not be far ahead. Half an hour l ater Frank, Jr., through his t e le scope sighted a band of pampas riders far away to the southward. The young inventor immediately announced his discovery, and a halt was made while the chief of the gauchos l ooked through Fran\1:, Jr.'s glass. In a moment he cried: "They are Plata and his band I I recognize the rascals I" A moment subsequently while he still looked through the powerful magnifier, he added : Merci I There is another corn:pany of riders approaching from the south I Ha I I see th e mules of the diamond train I The robbers are making for it, and they will attack and rob the train before we can overtake them on horse back!" "Then picket your animals h e re. Leave one of your numbe r behind to watch them and the rest of you board the e l ectric carri age, a nd we'll run down the robbers with the motive power of the lightning!" cri e d Frank, Jr., with hi's usual quickness of thought. "Excellent 1 The young Americano has said it 1" cried the gaucho chi e f in delight. Then Frank's suggest.ion was quick ly carried out. The horses of the gauchos were picketed, and while one of their party remained with the ani mals, the rest boarded the "lectric carriage. The quarte rs were a trifle crowded, but there was no danger that the additional weight of this accession to the explorers' party would endanger the stout structure. In a few moments the e l ectric conveyance was l:>owJing aloug again at greater spee d th a n befme. llfeanwhile, Frank, Jr., continued to watch the robbers and the approaching diamond train through his gl<..ss, and he saw that the latter was composed of a do:.:en men, well mounted, and a number of pack mul es. But the robb ers numbered about thirty men, and so it; was evident that the salvation of th e diamond train depended upon the explorers and the gauchos. The attention of the robbers was centered upon the train which they me ant to rob, and it seemed they had not discov e red the almost noise less appr oach of the electric conveyance. Presently the sounds of gun shots reverberated over the pampas, and Frank, Jr., saw that the robbers were within range of the diamond train, and he knew they were b e ginning the attack. "Now, then, to get ready for action," he cried. Then the sides of the carriage were quickly turned up so as t o form a bul wark for the dook, and behind the shelter thus s ec ured thronged the gauchos, their rifles leveled and ready. Frank m:.de everyt lung ready for a discharge of the Winchester rifle-battery, by means of elec tricity, and then with tremendous shouts the gauchos and tho explorers, carried by the elec tric carriage, rushed down upon the robbers as they in turn charged upon the diamond train, The e lectric b ell rang loudly, and the robbers turned and discovered the enemy. They were surprised and amazed, but wheeling quickly they leveled their weapons and sent a of shots at the electric outfit, which, however, did no harm. The succeeding instant the broadside of the Winchester battery was brought to bear on the robbers and Frank, Jr., discharged it, while the gaucb.os also poured :. fusillade of shots from their guns into the ranks of the pampas outlaws. Then those who survived the destructive dou ble volley wheeled their ho1ses and dashed away eastward toward the timbered bauks of a smal1 stream conveyance pursued them, and several were O Terlaken and secured, but a few of th e party escaped into the woods and among them was Plata, the c-hief of the band. "Long liv e the Americanos 1" shouted the victorious gauchos "Death to th e Americanos I Plata wni yet havs r evenge 1" shouted a hoarse voice from woods. "It was Plata himself who uttered that shout!" cried the c hi ef oi the gauchos. Then he led a part of his followers into the woods in pursuit o f the escaping robbers and Corrajo went with them. But they returned withcut ov e rtaking Plata and those who had escaped from the Pampas with him. J A few moments later one of the gauchos shout-ed as though in a larm: A stamped e of Wild cattle! They are coming down upon us!" CHAPTER XXXIV, THE STAMPEDE OF WILD CA.TTLE-THE WILD HORSE HUNTERS' CAMP. THE thrilling shout of the gaucho caused the heart of every one within the sound of hi s voice to leap with apprehension. A sound as of distant thunder seemed to shake the earth, and coming from the eastward rushed J a vast phalanx ol horns. Thousands of wild cattle were racing over the pampas toward our fri en ds in a wild stampede. Tte affrighted r ott.ring and bellowing of the mighty h erd was mingled with the thunder of J hoof s and they came like a troop of llavalry to sweep everything befor e them. Li ke white silho u e ttes agains t a dark back' g r ound of sky g l eamed the white horns of the madd e ned herd, and those weapons, given th e m by nature, seemed as terrible as leveled bayonets at a ch a rge. B e fore the herd flocks of birds flew away b eating the air with trembling wings, and addtng their shrill, screaming cries to the menac in g din. The captured pampas r obbers had. been bound with lassoes, and the members of the diamond train -who were indebted to the timely attack of the explorers and the gauchos for their pres e r vation, wer e expressing their gratitude when the alarm was given. Quick I To the timber or we shall be beaten down and trampled into the pampas I" yelled the gaucho o lli e !. None needed this alarming admonition, and there was no hesitation or de!A.y. The gauchos hurried their prisoners toward the shelt e r, and the diamond train followed thew. Th e greA.t Spanish spurs were plied mercilessly, and the pack mules were l ashecl frantically. The explorers spra ng into the elect ric carrial!(e, and the grea1 metal horse dashed away for the timber. And closer and closer came the mighty herd Above a ll ot h e r sounds rang out the affrighted cries of the mule driv e rs and the yells o! the gauchos. It seemed that the mule train was doomed, and observing their p e ril, ; Mr. Reade, Sr., gave tha word a nd the rBar break on the e le c tric carriage was worked, while he turned the metal horse, and I the carriage swung round, presenting it s broadside toward the wild cattle b e tween them and the diamond train. Frank, Jr., th e n discharged the e lectric bat tery of Wiuchesters thrice in q uick succession The d es tructive fusillade h eape d tha foreruost of the herd in a dead and wounded mass up.o,p. the pampas, forming ::\ momentary obstruction in the way of the wild cattle. Their advance was checked for a few seconds at that particular point, and the diamond train ( l reached the timbe r 3lose behind the gauchos and <...,. their prisoners. The El ect ric Horse and carriaga was also run in among th e trees. The vast herd came crashing against the first barrier of trees, as th o u g h they were assaulting the nstural fortress of the fugitives, but while some of them went crash in g through the timb er, the majority of the herd swept along the confine& of the wood to the northward. Two of the gauch os were overthrown, and one of the horses b e lon ging to the diamond train wa s gored and kille d but the few of the wild he r d that gained the timber da.shed into the ad jacent stream, and the Electric Horse and car riage escaped injury. Then the cause of the stampede was dlecovered. Afar, through the gathering gloom of the com ing Hight, was seen a dull r e d glow extending afar on the great plains.

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r t THE ELECTRIC HORSE. "The pampas are on fire!" cried the gauchos. I reared again, cast a lasso about his forefeet and Nearer and neare r swept the conflagration, as brought him to the groand. the bright e r glow of the crimson destroyer pro"A saddle and bridle wer9 placed upon the clttimed. thrown horse by;the third gaucho, while the others The yellow grass, sun-dried until it IJurned h e ld the madly struggling animal. Then the readily, was devoured by the flames with the man who h a d cast the first lasso leaped from his speed of the wind. own steed, and mounted the captive, which was We must start a back fir e as they do at immediately liberat e d, and permitted to dash home on our own vast western plains l" cried out of the inclosure, the doors being quickly Franl<, Jr. closed behind him, while his comrades prevented The n he quickly got out some of his fire balls, the escape of othe rs of the herd. and Corrajo taking them ran along fue e 6ge of 8norting, bounding and lcicking, while the the woocls and discharged them fix e d upon gaucho pli e d the spurs and retained his seat in arrows from his great bow at. a distance into the the saddle as though he was a part of the anigrass, which caught fire readily and burst into mnl, the wild horse rushed away and he was flame. ridden furiously uutil, exhausted and covered Meanwhile the gauchos quickly prepared more with sweat, he finally submitted anrl was ridden fire-balls in their own peculiar way. baclc to the corral by his captor in triumph. They secured the inner lining of the pampas But meanwhile during the visit of the explorers thistles which grew al 'g the edge of the timber, to the camp of the horse-hunters a singular and soaked it in oil as hey formed great wads meetin g took place upon the banks of the stream, which would burn st.rongly for a time. some miles from where Pla;ta, th e robber chief, The gauchos ran out upon the pampas and and those of his band who escaped from the threw their lire wads into the grass in a long gauchos sought refuge. line, and fanned the flames with tht.ir ponchos, The old 'l'icunas chief who recognized the making them stream like gayly colored banuerets cipher-cube accompanied by the half-breed in the night wind. Portuguese, and some twenty native warriors The back fire was a success. The flames kin-enc .ountered Plata and his meu. died by til e united efforts of the explorers and The llalf-br eed Portuguese had formerly been their allies, and fanned toward the approachmg a member o f the bane! of pampas .marauders c o nflagration until they fre e ly took that course commanded by Plata, and they met m the most ran to tneet the other line of fire. .fne ndly manner and made mutual Soou the opposing columns of the conflagratwns. tio n m e t and like destroyed like in one mad Plata longed for vengeance upon the Amenbun:t of 1'urid light. cauos, and a compact wau made between him und And thus the exciting peril passed. the whereby 1t was agreed they should Some houru late r the Electric Horse and carthmr forces and make a common cause riage accompanied by the gauchos, who stated explorers. . that their camp was not far distant, was r eturnwas the harbmger of ing on its course, while the diamond train, no futu1e trouble for our fuends. longN' fearing the vanquished robbers, resumed its mty. XXXV. Th e explorers and their friends were soon back to the place where the gauchos had left their horses, and when the latter had mounted, and while they drove the captured robbers before the m the party contipued on in the direction of the gauchos' camp. As it was not nece&sary to diverge from the di r ect route toward the Purus river in oruer to do so, the explorers resolved to visit the encampm ent of the gauchos. The latter informed them that they were engage d in capturing wild horse:> and breaking them. The camp of the horse-hunters was reached in safe ty, aud it was found to be situatod near the junction ot the tblelands and the wooded plains of the Amazon country. A number of rude huts had been erected, and a lar g e corral inclosed by posts from the nearest woods. The inclosure was for the reception of the captured wild horses, and when the party ar rived there w e re nearly a hundred i:'orses in the corral, and not one of them had ever had a man on his back. After a night's rest, which was preceded by a least of juicy pam pas beef, roasted with the skin on, afte r the native method, so as to retain all the flavor and nutriment, the explorers felt re But that night Frank, Jr., was suddenly awakened by the doctor, who started up in his sle ep, disturbed by a troubled dream, exclaim ing: "At last! Ah, I have discovered the secre t of the cipher-cube!" "What's the matter, doctor?" cried Frank. The old naturalist awoke with a start. "Eh? Ah, did you call?" he asked, rubbing his eyes and surprised to find himse lf sitting upright on his bunk in th e electric carriage "Yes. You were talking In your sle e p." !'It' was a dream. I am sorry I disturbed vou. I j was dreaming about the ancient cipher," re plied the doctor. Then he lay down again, and Frank turned o,er and went to sleep at once. In the morning the gaucho chief announced that his follow ers were about to break some of the \Vild horses which were confined in the cor ral and our explorers accompanied them to the stockade, where they witnessed a novel sight, and one which was interesting and exciting. The door of tht> corral was opened, and three of the gauchos dashed in among the herd of wild horses, which, at their appeamnce, snorted in fright, and dashed about the inclosure seeking to escape. Singling out one of the herd, a gancho made a skillful cas t of his Jasso and droppe d his neverfailing noose over tho animal's head. The captured steed gave a tremendous bound into the air, but the trained horse ridden by the gauoho, braced himself, and the captive was beld. Theu another gaucho, as the wild horse THE INDU-RUBBER GUM GATHERERS -THE ELEC TRIC HORSE BREAKS DOWN. THE explorerS took leave of the gauchos the following day. Before they began their journey toward the Purus river, they be lieved to be the locality indicated by the arrow on the mysterious map of the cipher-cube, again, they told the gaucho chief of the deter mined pursuit of them made by the old Ticunas chief, but they said nothing about the object of toot pursuit. The leader of the gauchos assured tho explorers that he did not think the 'l'icunas natives would follow them further, saying: The Ticunas will fear to venture so far from their own country on the Amazon, I think, and the rainy season is coming, when the low will be inundated, and their retreat will be cut off by the tiood unless they take the back trail now. No, no, you need fear the Ticunas no more." The explorers were quite reassured, pverlook lng the circumstance that they had not told of the most powerful incentive which the Ticunas had to brave every peril and assume any risk in order to defeat them. Toward the close of the first day's journey from the eamp of the horsehunters, the explorers were proceeding along a wooded track upon the open plains, and the Electric Horse was running at a moderate rate of speed, when Corrajo s keen sense of hearing detected certain peculiar sounds in the wood, which Jed him to infer that men wm:e near. He called upon his to listen and very soon they all heard the sounds of wood-choppers. "llfen are surely cutting timber in the woods," said Frank, Jr. "No doubt of that. Ah, yonder is a caoutchouc grove. Now I know who the choppers we hear are, and what they are doing," said Corrajo with an mtelligent look. "Fat are they doin'? Be gob is it white min as yez call the yellow civilized South Americansthat come away out here fur tire-wood I donno?" said Barney. "Course not. You'se got no sense. De men in de woods muss be niter quinine I done tole yer," replied Porn p Is it mesel' as would be axin' inflammation av' a nagur?'' "Doan' you call me names, Irish," retorted Pomp. "The men in the woods are caoutchouc gatherers I am sure. The elastic gum is a valuable product," said Corrajo. "And the scientific name of the tree from which it Is derived is s iphonia elastica," the nat uralist added. Just thon sever:t Brazilians, hardy-looking, adventurous fellows, came out of the woods. Corrajo hailed them, and some conversation ensued. The Brnzilians at first hesitated about 21 approaching the Electric Horse, but were soon Drl\lll'ing nEjarer they informed the explorers that they were, as Corrajo inferred, caoutchoucgatherers, and that they were encamped in the timber. Frank, Jr., and Corrajo accepted an invitation to witness the work of the Inditt-rubber gum gatt.erers, and they accompanied them into th101 woorls, while 'he electric conveyance was halted to await their return. "Tt1e India-rnbber k'ees are becoming lest! every year, but these interior forests, especially along the af!luents of the Amazon, still contain a good number," said one of the Brazilians. Arriving at the working ground of the gum gatherers, the young imentor and his comrade saw about a score of men employed in collecting the rubber gum. were made in the trees, and the sap was allowed to flow into small jars or pots. The sap is allowed to stand, and it forms into a coagulum. Every one knows that when manufactured tile gum of great commercial importance; its elasticity and its insolubility to water, and its impenetrability to gasses and fluids in general makes it very valuable. Frank, Jr., accepted some of the gum in its crude state, and r!'lturned the gift by presenting the Brazilian with some tobacco. When he had satisfied his curiosity about the method of obtaining India rubber gum he and Corrajo returned to the Electric Horse, and a start was made again. Tile next day, as the electric conveyance was moving very rapidly over rather rough ground, there was a sudden shock and jar, and the ma chine stopped suddenly. The occupants of the vehicle were overthrown, and they knew something about the machinery mu!lt have broke:J.. Bedad I it's buste d the ould horse has at last I" cried Barney, picking himself up. "Yes, something has given way," assented Mr. Reade, Sr., Frank, Jr., added in an anxious tone: I hope the damage Is such as we can re pair." "If not we are in a bad fix," remarked too doctor. "Golly! what if de lnjines should come down on we uns now!" exclaimed Pomp. Frank and his father immediately set about m:tking an examination of the machinery. The door in t'le belly of the metal horse was opened, and wonderful and intricate machin ery in the interior was duly inspected by Frank Jr., while his father opened the door to battery, and exposed the machinery and galvanlll apparatus there. "Ah I" cried Frank, Jr., presently. "I've found out the difficulty, the right-hand driving rod, connecting with the mammoth wntchwork machinery is broken, and the upper tier of cog wheels are out of gear." A serious accident, Frank, a very bad break down," said Mr. Reade, Sr. "Ye. s. But though it will take time, and t h e main driving-rod must te welded, I think we can repair everything," replied Frank, hopefully "Bu t you certainly have not the implements you reqmre for welding iron?" said the doctor, in surprise. "Tbat'3 just what we have. Come, Barn11y and Pomp, bestir yourselves, and get out the portab l e bellows, furnace and ILnvil," answered Frank, Jr., cheerfully. Then, to the doctor's surprie, a neat portable outfit for a smithy, such as is used in the army and carried by traveling circuses, that the horses may be shod on the road or a broken van re paired, though far from a town, was produced from the locker. Wbile Barney and Pomp set up the movable blacksmith shop, and Frank and his father re moved the broken bar, and the cogs which h11d been thrown out of place, Corrajo took his gun mid S!tunte r ed off in quest of game. There was no timber near, but a thicket of pampas thistles, which are the >:!read o"man and beast alike. They grow to a great siz.;, and are armed with terrible needl e-pointed spines The thistle thickets abound on many parts of the pampas, and they are traversed by cattlepates, Many wild cattle perish among them. Having strayed from a path, they are driven deeper and deeper into the labyrinths by the sharp points of the spine, which cut like a knife, and finally they become bewilJered and perish of starvation, or are slain by wild Leasts Cormjo knew that game was usually to be found along the thistle paths, and arriving at the confines of the vast thicket he entered a narro w cattle-trail, which he soon discovered. But though thtl gaucho penetrated for a

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/ 26 THE ELECTRIC HORSE. I side rable distance into the cattle path, an :van d a r e d about from trail to trail in mid s t the thistl e growth, whi c h arose above hi s head and oxelud e d all vi e w of the pampas beyond, l.Ie fail e d to disco vflr any sort of game w orth shoot Ing. "An' begob, I had a drea m, t o o," saiu Barney l were hast e ning forward toward the Electria readilv. "What did yer dream?" asked Pomp. Horse a s swiftly as possibw, guided by tlte two "That I hit a nagur a belt on tba sidf3 av the scouts who bad brought the news of the a cc i h ea d that k ee l e d hi m over, an' it's com e true, o ed ent that had befallen the conveyance of the dad. plore r s He l!ad 8tarted to l eave the thistl e f o r est, when all at once his footste ps were arrested. A s Barney spoke h e gave Pomp a rap. that did S o m e hours after ni g htfall our friends dis co vcause him t o drop. ered the e n e my advancing over the pampas to A sound which thrilled and s t a rtled him reach" That's fur the piz e n, bad scran t o yez I" the attack tl1e m. ed his hearins. Irishman cri e d. But Pomp was on his feet in a mom ent and tried to butt Barney 'I h e Irishman evade d him CHAPTER XXXVII. J It was thf3 sound of men's voic es close at hand iu the thi c k e t. Cormjo a lso heatd the sound of footsteps. "Some one comes. I mus t not be discover e d until I learn the character of the parties 1 am to m eet," mutte r e d the gaucho. and they C!incb e u a nd went down, rolling OVer OUT OF THE THISTLE FORT-STOPPED BY A FLOOil and over in the grass. One of B arne y's l egs fle w up, and striking the -PURSUED. 'l'hen he crouched down b ehind a clump of this tl es In a moment or so two men came in sight, walking path which would lead them by the gaucho's hiding p!ac.,. At a glance Corrajo re cog ni ze d these m e n. They w e re the half-br ee d Portugue s e who bad followed the explorers so long with the Ticunas savaglls, and one of Plata's band of pampas desperadoe s. The fact was, while the majority or the native army had turned back at the Amazon, the oath bound c hiefs and the hair-bre e d had presse d on alone and by daylight escaped the submarine. t o r pedoes and crossed the river, to subsequently mee t the halt-breeds' old leader, Plata, as re corde d. As the two outlaws drew nearer, Corrajo heard eon e o f them ay: "Bravo I Wehave them no,v. TheAmerlcanos' Infernal horse has broken dow a and they cannot run awav!" "Yee, anrl we will return to. the band, and When d arkness comes we will attack the Ameri canos. N o t one shall escape!" 'l' he g-reatest peril of all menaces us now," thought Corrajo. CHAPTER XXXVI. doctor, cause d him to f Lin, wd that I had the ciphe r-cube in my Beli e ving that they were working f o r their hand, an d that it slipped from my grasp and fell lives, the party l abored with surprisin.; rapidity. upon the r ocks far below. Then in my dream Several h ours were occupied in constructing I d esce nded to tha place where the cube had the barricade, and finally as the shades of night fallen, !tnd found it broken into tragments, and were falling it was completed. among the pieces of the cube which were strewn The explorers had b een in great fear all the about I found a parchment which contained the afterr.oon that the enemy might discover what key th a t e nabled me to read the cipher, as I then they were d o ing, and make an attack b efo re the did from th e copy which you know I made of sto ckade was completed, and th ey w e re very the in scription on the cube long ago," said the grateful for the respite which enabled them to doc t o r complete the thistl e barricade uninterrupted. "And what did you make out _.e ciphe r to Corraj o thought it must be th a t the two r eacl?" asked Frank, Jr., eagerly. scouts of the enemy, whom he had discovered in "From that point. my dream became confused, the thistle jungle,'musthave been a long distance and I have been trying ever since to recollect it, in advance of the' main band. but I have failed to do so." This was the fact, nnd it t oo k tbe two outlaws "That' s bad. If you could only recollect the all the afternoon to return t o their party, for it most important part of the dreac:l \Ve might test chanced that they lost their way in the labyrinth its truth." of cattle-paths among the thistles, and were "So I was thinking." some time iu finding the trail again. "Go lly I l'se done tole yer .1reams nm all But they finally r eac hed Plata and his fol-right if yer know how to make them out. Yes, Jowers, and communicated the news that the Bah, I done dreamt Barne y would drink de doc-Electric Hor8e had lroken do,Yn. tor's medicine fo' whisky, an' he done do it, As the sttades of night were falling the united auah," said Pomp grinning. forces of the pampas robbers and the Indians CoRRAJO was first to disc ove r the approach of the enemy, a nd h e called the attention ol the others to them as the y advanced under the bright mo onlight. "Bedad, they' ll b e surprised a bit, Oi' m think in', whin s ee th e thistl e f o rt. The black guards ull m a t e a sharp w e lcome at the points av the thistl es, Oi' m b e ttin', begorra," said Bar ney. "Gollie I If dem fellows go f e r to 'tack d e fort da will com e to d e scratch sure said Pomp. Frank a nd his f a th e r w ere busily engage d at the forge repairing tbe broken machinery. .Bar ney wa s working th e bellows a nd caus ing the sea coal fire of the forge to burn brightly. With sturdy blows, which sounde d a chorus of an;il cbimes, Frank was b eating th e glowing iron, and Mr. R ea d e Sr. and Pomp were readjusting th e c o (-wheels fro m the machinery of the Electric Horse 'l'h e explorers h a d brought with them several bushe ls o f sea-coal t o be used in the fire o( the forge, and so there was nothing wanting to make th e smithy complete. The scene within the thistle stockade was a peaceful, pastoral one, suggestive of a quiet vil lage smithy, far away in the imperiled adven turers' b e loved nativ e land. "As it is n ecessary that every moment be improv e d, and th a t there should b e no cessa tion in the w ork of r e pairing our machinery, while the rest or you d e f end the stockade Frank and I will keep on with our work," said Mr. R e ad e Sr. "Yes," assented Frank, Jr., "Barney under stands all about working the electric b a tery of Winch este rs, upon which we plac e roost r e li a nce for our def e nse. " Faith, I d o that, an' it's illigant ructions Oi'll give the nagurs whin th e y come within tango av the 'lectric gnus, b edad I" r e pli e d lla rnE'y, nnd he t oo k hi s place in the so as to be prepared to o pen fir e upo n the enemy. C o rrajo Pomp and Dr. Van eyke who now de clared he felt about as well as ever, took their rifles and stationoo themse lves at loop-holes in the thistl e w a ll. P o mp, th e black dead shot, n:eant to show his skill os a sharpshooter now. M ea nwhile th e e n em y had advanced stea dily until th ey diS<'ov e rea the thi s tl e fortification e re c ted about the El ec tric Horse and carriage. But, comprehending the plan of d e fens e de cided upo n by the ex plor ers as soon as th e y saw the barricade the savages and the p a mpas rob b ers halt ed A numbe r of y e ll s, indicativ e of the anger ana surprise of th e e n e my, r eac h e d the hearing of th e party in th e stockade. V ery pruden tly th e band had halted b e yond rifl e-range f rom the Electric H orse and although Pomp di sc h a rg ed his rifl e, while b e uttere d a rin g ing s h ou t o f defiance, bi s bollet f ell short. 'l' h e e n em y numbe r ed some thirty-odd men, and of these a b o ut one-third were Plata's b a nd of pampas p irates 'rhe attacking p a rty c9nsnlted for some mo m e nts, and th e n divid ed a nd began a wary 'ap proac h from tb e tw o sides o f the plains opposite the port-hole s o f the Winch ester rifle battery When about in range th e y suddenly mad e a d etermine d charge, uttering wild fie rce which w e r e inte nd e d to intimidat e th e b es i ege d. The n Barney discharg-ed the 9 l ectrie rifl e b a t tery, and the ene my retreat e d. But in a moment th e y ralli e d and chargoo the sides of the fortitl cation which were not protecteci by the electric rifle battery. The n Frank and his father seizoo their gua s, and with Barney who came fr o m his pa.t in the carriage, the y opened fir e from one side while the others dischargoo voll e y after volley from the oppos ite side. Ag-ain the enemy was driven back, but the ar rows of the savages and the bullets of the pam pas robb e rs penetrated the walls of the stockade in more than one instance. A c e sRation of hostilities ensued, and the be sieged thought the enemy was holding a counsel to devise some way of defeating th11m. Frank and his father resumed work on the

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broken machinery as soon as the attack was re pulsed. Some time elapsed The night was passing and day would soon dawn. The sky was dark !)ning, as it often does befor e daybrea k, and the movements of the enemy could n::>t be very distinctly seen. But all at once the pampas was discovered on fire, and the enemy were seen fanuing the flames with their poncho s until they ran toward the stockade. "They mean to burn us out," cried the docto r. "Ope n the water-tank in the carriage, Pomp! It contains many gallons of water, and we can soak the sides of the thistle barricade so that all the fire on the pampas can' t make the m burn I" eried Frank, Jr. The darky uttered a delighted shout and hast ened to obey Frank, Jr. In a moment tbe wat er-tank was opened, and every member of the party seiz e d a bucket or utensil of some kind, and began to dash the con tents of the upon the thistle wall. It was soon soaked through, and when the flames of the burning pampas r eached the drenched wall, they made no impression on it, and licking up every spear of grass the rod destroyer fled on beyond the Electric Horse and the barricade, leaving it standing like a green oasis, in the midst of a black desert. The disappointment of the enemy may be imagined, antl as they formed a circle about the pampas-fort and seemed making preparations to cnmp, our friends concluded the y intended to try to starve them out. And so the night passed and the folio ing day. Meanwhile the work of repairing the machinery went on. It was found that sevE!!'Rl small bars nnd rods which had at first been over)ooked were broken and bent, besides the main-rod and the portions of the machinery h e r etofore men tioned. Now and then Pomp or Corrajo picked off a savage who within range. Toward the close of day Plata, the robber ch ief, advanced in person with a white poncho for a flag of truce, and demanded tha surrender of the ex plorers. Dlreeted by Frank, Jr., Corrajo told the outlaw that he would give him just two minutes to get out of range or be riddled with bullets. Plata retreated direful threats. But the explorers were very hopef ul now Frank, Jr., announced that th1ee hours more of steady work would enable them to co mplete the repairing of the machinery, and t .hen Lhey would be ready for a start again. The three hours passed and then tho macirlnery was all intact onc e more and in place. It was tested and found to work as well as be fore. "Now, then, for a start tha t will surprise the rascals, who feel sure of starving us out, no doubt!" said Mr. Reade, Sr., when everything was ready. "Yes. All aboard I" cried Frank, Jr., cheer fully. In a trice the entire party had taken their places in the interio r of the vehicle The sides were down, and Mr. Reade, Sr., was at the engineer's stand. "Now, then, away we go I" cried Frank, Jr., and then his father turned the main l ever, and the electric current leaped along the connecting rods to the machinery of the great metal horse, starting everything iu motion. The metal steed went crashing straight througb one of the thistle walls, and the at.tsched vehicle follow e d it. sped the modern wonder of mech a nical infention. Fran!{ Jr., set the electric bell ringing loudly, and the little band rent the air with loud hurrahs liS they dasheg through the scattered line of their foes. Bullets and arrows were discharged by the latter, but they were turned aside by the iron plate tha t protect e d the carriage. A ll that night the electric conveyance continued steadily onward, and Corrajo, whe n day dawned, said that he thought a twenty-tour hours' further run would bring them to the banks of the Purus river. The character of the landscape had undergone a change. The tablelands or pampas were left b ehllld, and the low lands, whie.h foretold the proximity of a river valley were reached. In the early morning the rain began to fall in torreu'ts, and Corrajo, lifter an observation ahead through the tel81!copo, said that he fear e d one of those great floods which often occur in the valley of the Amazon and its afll uents was at hand. "The of debris i slands and immense quantities from the banks o f th68e rivers THE ELECTRIC HORSE. when the water is high, frequently dams up the. channels cause sudden ov e rflows, which submerge large tracts of country. The floods often. s.ubs id e as soon as the y come on, owing to the gtvmg way of the natural dams which causes tll em ," .said Cormjo. Befo re noon, much to the apnoyance of the ex plorers, a discovery was made which verified the ga
We him a push as be spoke that s ent him reeling away. 'l'hen the darky got mad "Dat's w'at a gem man gits fo' bel pin' Irish trash. I doan't allow no white man to shove me. No, sah I I'se gittin' up steam, I is, suah I' c.:ied Pomp. began to duck his bead about. 29 Pomp and Barney were also on the top of thil electric vehicle. l\fr. Reade, Sr. and the others were in the interior of the vehicle As the volley of shots were discharged Plata, the pampas robber, and h1s men made a sudden and desperate charge from the shelter of a led15e of rockR where they had been concealed As the detonation of the fusillade rang out Frank, Jr., uttered a sharp cry and fell heavily upon the deck. "Wocra, worra I The young masther is kilt I" cried Barney. '!'he fall of Frank, Jr., delayed the s tart of the Electric Horse, and the swift charge of the r ob bers brought t.hern to the electric carriage before the electric battery of Winchester rifies could be discharged. With wild yells of exultation they seized the side-rail which ran around the vehicle on a level with the fioor. Then Mr. Reade, Sr. as the outl aws tried to climb up to the deck, turned on the elec tricity, and it fiashed along the rail to which the enemy clung, shocking them terribly and causing them to tumble about in all directions, just as the lndians did when they were shocked tn the same way. As the enemy received the electric shock Frank, Jr., staggered to his feet, seized the main lever and stfLrted the Electric Horse. 'l'he young inventor had been knocked sense less by a passing bullet, which had grazed hie head. "Whoop I llfasther Frank is all t'ight yit, praise the saints I" cried Barney in delight as he saw Frank, Jr., arise. The Electric Horse and carriage quickly acquired momentum, and in a few moments it was moving rapidly. llut M the carriage was passing under a ledge of rocks a rumbling sound was heard above the explorers' heads. They glanced upwards'and saw a great bowlder dashing down the hill-side toward them, while a number of men belvngmg to Plata's band were discovered further up the hill, and our friends knew that the great rock had been sltuted on its downward course through their agency. 'l'here was great da!Jger the huge rock would stnke the electnc carrmge and demolish it. The robbers who had been hurled from the carriage by the electric shock were now in pursuit of it. To stOP. the Electric Horse would be to allow the pursuers to overtake it. Frank, Jr., in an instant resolved to crowd on all possible speed, and attempt to pass the place where the great rock must strike the level at the foot of the hill. The route of the explorers lay through a defile, and, therefore, they could not turn aside to avoid the loosened bowlder They were compelled eit.ber to keep on or stop. Frank, Jr., carefully meaeured with his eye the distance to be traversed before the place where the bowlder must strike the trail could be pass ed, and he thought it possible that the electric conveyance might get b:ll the point of danger be fore the bowlder struck the trail. lie estimated the relative speed of both the de scending rock and the Electric Horse befo r e he resolved to try a race with the former. It was a moment of intense 1md thrilling suspense for the imperiled explorers as the electric conveyance dashed forward and the bowlder continued the swift descent of the hillside. CHAPTER XLII. AMONG THE ANDES-CONCLUSION OF THE GREAT JOURNEY. THE exultant shouts of the robbers told that they thought the electric conveyance was rush ing to its doom. 'when the smoke of the first blast c l ea red away the explorers hastened forward to see the result, and they saw that the mouth of a narrow passage leading into the hillside was revertled. "Hold on I We don't care to witness a row just now. 'l'o work, both of you. No more of this!" srtid Mr. Reade, Sr., sternly. But with bated breath and hearts pulsating with excitement, the explorers kept their eyes fixed upon the descending bowlder as they sped forward, and they were all ready to leap from the vehicle if they could not paos the great rock. A moment which seemed like an age to the imperiled ones elapsed, and then n great went up from them which was Iringled with the sound of a terrific crash, as the huge bowlder struck the trail but a few feet behind the on-rush ing e l ectric carriage. CHAPTER XLI. 71IE FIRST TREASURE FOUND-THE ARRIVAL OF PLATA'S BlllD-A RACE. "I THINK the treasure is almost within our grasp now," cried Dr. Vaneyke. "Yes. It looks as though the mouth of this cave had.. been walled up by the bands of men, and that the earth, washing down fr om the hill side, covered it, while the rocks Hettlod, during the course or years, and became almost as solid as a natural formation," said Mr. Reade, Sr. "I agree with you," assented tho d octor. "Now we must explore the cave," said Frank, Jr. "Wait till youse outsid!\, dat's all," grumbled Pomp. I 'd bate the head av yez, if it wan't for tho roasther, be gob !" retorted Barney. But there were no further hostilities between the two just then. The explorers all lent willing hands to the task of transferring the treasure to the electric ca rriage. 'l'he work was soon accomplished, and then as the exp l o r ers were about to resume their journey in the direction indicated by the dotted lines on the map, fr om the ltncient cipcr cube, a volley of musketry suddenly rang out, and a shower or bullets whistled about them. Frank, Jr., was at the engineer's post on deck They had passed the r ock just In time, but the escape was a narrow one. The faces of the heroic band were pale with alarm as they swept onwlll'd heyond the peril which wa.s passed. Frank, Jr., did not decrease the speed of the electric conveyance until they were out of sight and hearing of th eir enemies. Then he moderated the rapid movements or the Electric Horse, and while mutual congratulations at the result of the race with tl:te bowlder passe d between the party, the young Inventor l I

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ao THE E LECTRIC +RSE. and Corra'o t oo k obse r vations w i t h the t e le -were foun d i n it B a rn e y r esol v ed to h ave a bat h. though t i n d ica t ed th e mouth o f 11 seale d min e he sco p e a nd co n s ult ed the map w hi ctt Dr. Y a n e yke But n o soone r h a d t h e Iris h man take n a olunge saw th e m app r oach ing. h ad copie d fr o m the c i p h e r c ub e and s w a m a s h ort distance than be bega n t o A t a l mos t tha same m o m ent Frank, Jr. f e lt the A course w hi c h th e y believe d corres p o nd e d t hrash a b out in the water leap in g and y elli n g a t mountai n,t r em ble unde r his f ee t, as if in int eru11.l w i t h t h e d o tt e d lice o n the m a p w hich con n ec t-the t op of hi s v oi ce convu l s i ons H e g lance d u p w a rd a nd s a w a e d tile tw o arrows was tll e n tak e n, an d til e com "Arrah! worra! It's full a v s nakes c harged de nse smoke ascen din g f r o m tile p ea k of tllo o ld pass was calleLI int o s ervi ce t o enabl e tlle m acc uwith lig h t nin g t ile wather is! Ough! o u g h I voleano. T hen the s k y darkened, a nd a showe r m tP.ly to maint a i n t h e d es ired dilec ti o n. Bad lu c k t o the cratures I The y h e v m e paralyzed of ea r t h and pebb l es fell a b out the y o t:n g i n T h e w o nd e rful j ourne y was contin u ed f o r all o v e r !" hours, and n o h a lt was mad e until Corraj o disB arne y made f o r t h e s h o r e as fast as h e co ul d H eave ns!" h e s h oute d, "the re is an eruption cove r e d a b and of nativ es approac hin g in tte Hi s a nti cs .nade all his f r i en d s la ugh, a nd of t h e v o lcano!" di s t a nc e P o m p, as u s un.l, p artic ul a rly en j o y ed Barney's Fmnk k new t h a t h e wn.s in d a n ge r of b eing Aft e r takin g a look at th em through the t e l e di sco mfitur e ove r w h e lm e d by burnin g l a v a a nd h e n e d. J oinscope the g a u c h o announce d that the r e was "Electric ee l s!" c ri e d Corraj o in g hi s frie nds, the y a ll bea t n. h asty r e t rea t. n o tlli n g t o f ea r fr o m them sa yin$: "Yes. T h ey a b o u nd i n th e strea m s h e r e N o .rh e v ol cano co ntinu ed in a state o f eruptio n "The y a r e fri endly C h aco i n di a ns. Never wond e r B a r ney t o ok th e m f o r snn.k es c h a r ge d f o r severa l day s, d u rin g whi c h tim e our fri P nd s v e ry w a rlik e the y were long ago convHted by wi tlllig htnin g," sai d D oc t o r V a n ey k e rem a i ned e n cam p ed a t a saf e di st a nce W hl'ln the J esuit m issionaries, a n d hav e beco m e q uit e Barn e y r eac h ed t h e s h o r e i n a mo m ent. One the e r u pti on s u bs i de d t h ey vis it e d th e sq u a r e lu c ivili ze d. The y a r e till e r,; o f the o f til e ee l s was c oile d _ab.out hi s l e g a n d the b l ack ledge" di scove r e d by Frank, Jr., a nd soil a nd c a ttle mi sers. At th e ti me o f the co n-pullmg It oiJ B arney h u v le d I t mto the face o f d i scove r e d th a t t he co nvulSi ons o f the m ountain ques t of P eru by Pizarro m a n y P eruvia ns flee P om p, wh o was l n u g hm g the l o u des t of a n y 1 had hurle d outward. a se r ies of r oc k s wh i c h h a d ing from the b arbaro u s c ruelty of the S p a ni s h o n e. . c l osed. up t h e entr ance to an o l d mi ne T hey en i nv a d e rs sought asylum w itll t h ese nn.tiv es and rhe d arky r ece i ved a s b oc k that m a de. hi m t e r ed 1 t bu t f o und upon advan c in g a s h o rt dlsfi:Qm the m the y, the Ch ac o s lea rn ed m a ny arts d a n ce, and hi s l a u g h te r e nd e d m a yell o f pa m. tan ce, that th e h ea t b ecame s o i ntense t h a t th ey o f c ivili ze d lif e." B arne y ev i de n t ly b en t u pon h av in g "a bit co uld no t endure i t '.l' h ey a ls o di s c o v e r e d thot t '"I h a v e h eard that the C h acos a r e la m e d l o r o f a ruc tion with Pomp but Fra n k Jr., intertheir advan ce w a s bloc k e d il.Y a pit o f volcanic thetr skill in f eathe r-w ork," sai d llir. R e ad e, S r p o s e d a nd prevented a fig ht. fla m e s a nd th e y c onc lu de d that the cmte r of the "Suc h is the fact. In plum e -embr oi d e r y w hi c h Aft e r thi s thd e xplorers' j o u rne y w a s co n tinue d v o l cano h a d b ro k en thro u g h the r oc k s i n to th e is an art unkno wn t o m o r e c i v ili zed p eople, the une v e ntf u lly until the y e n te r e d P eru a nd cam e o ld mi n e a n d carried th e los t treasure o f the P e Cha co Indians exce l Wh e n the rude so l d i e rs in si ght o f the And es. F a r ab o v e th e m tower ed ruvians down into i t s unk n ow n fie ry d e pth s unde r C ortez a nd Pi za rro fir s t saw their f eathe rthe sno wy p e ak8 o f the g r ea t range, their s umwh ence th e b a n d o f mort a l man co uld n eve r work, th e y w e r e asto ni shed and d e light e d with I mits a !m ost co ncealed by t he fleec y c l o ud s. c n e them. It," s a id Dr. V a n e y k e. The n ext thing was to fin d "the blac k l e dg es Bu t our e xpl o r e r s were w e ll satisfie d with the '"If w e c ontinu e in our pre s ent course w e s h a ll and the s ea le d mine" whi c h cont a in e d th e rego l d t h e y h ad f ound, and th e y at on ce s et out s o on approac h quite n ea r th e C h aco s w e h a v e m a inder o f t he l os t treasure of the P e ru v i a n s. f o r L i m a di sco v e r e d, a nd p e rh a p s w e m a y the n h a v e a n Carrajo k ne w th e AndPs c o unt1y a l most as we ll The P e ruvi a n cap ital was r e a c h e d in saf e ty opportunity o f seeing some of thei r w onde rful as the pam pas o f B ra zil, for he had se r ved as a a n d thence the e x p l o r e r s went t o Ca ll ao and f eathe re m b roid e ry," r e m arke d Corra j o g uid e in th a t country, a nd, f ollow in g a c o urse" h e th e r e th e great j ourney o f th e E lec tri c H orse "The n we will impro ve the c h a n ce said in d i cated three day s later th e expl o r e r s came t o acr oss th e con tin e n t of S outh Am e ri ca e nd e d Frank, Jr. . a vas t seri e s of l e d ges o f b l ac k r oc ks in th e s id e 'l'be go l d was .sec retl y p"ck e d i n casos as was The y soon cam e up w1th the n a tiv es who o f th e And es also t h e E l ect n c H o rse a nd ca rri age, and e v e ryseem ed t o b e a l a rmed and in clined to run a way "Here w e a r e I Th ese a r e th e o nl y blac k le dg es tb mg was s hip ped for Ne w Y ork o n boa rd a f ast and a void tk e m ee tin g I know of i n Peru," said Corrajo s t eame r u po n w h ic h all the p arty t oo k pass age But C orra j o who spoke their l a n guage reas And yond e r ab o v e t he l edges I s the p eak o f 'l'h e voya.ge t o Ne w Y ork was m a d e i n saf ety sure d thorn, and the y c a m e up t o the e l ec tri c a n a nci ent v olca n o h e a dd e d, p o i n ting. a nd in du e tim e the party r eac h e d born e w he r e a v e hi c le whi c h was stoppe d. The expl o r e r s w e re Without d e l a y the searc h f o r th e s ea le d min es warm wel co m e from fri e nds and r ela tiv es await n o t disappointe d a b out the feathe r-w o rk. The was c o mm e n ce d, a nd aft e r a qu es t w hi c h o cc ue d th e m Indianse xllibit e d so m e d es i g n s in p lum e e mpl e d several h o u rs Frank, Jr. dis co v e r ed a s e ri es During th e r eturn v oy a ge Jlfr. 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