Frank Reade Jr.'s chase through the clouds

Frank Reade Jr.'s chase through the clouds

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Frank Reade Jr.'s chase through the clouds
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'' Latest and Best s are Published in This Library. -'NO. 41. { C O M PLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, 3! &. 36 NORTH MOORE S !'REET, NEW YORK New York, July 1, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. { J ltJCt<.: } 5 C E NTS. Vol. II Ente1ecZ according to the A c t of C r >itgress in the yeur 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian .of Cong r e ss, at Washington, D C I )


2 FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THE CLOUDS. T!l.e subscription Price of the FRANK REA-DE LIBRARY by the vear is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. / FRANK READE) JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. By "NONAME," Author of all the Frank Reade Bwriea CHAPTER I. THE THmVING BALLOONISTS-FRANK READE, JR. ONE day a few years ago a robbery was committed in the town of CranHton, In the State ol Hlinois, by a couple or men who, when hard pressed by pursuers, sought refuge a balloon, which carried them up above the clouds. The pursuers wondered bow sn!)h things could be, and b"egan to ask themselves whether life was worth living if riches could thus take ba.l oons and fly away. The Incident created a widespread sensation, and tbe papers had much to say about the new dodge the criminals had gotten up to e. void the officers or the law. By and by the humorous members of the press began to print jokes about It, till everybody smUed at:the bare mention of it. The sheriff was asked why be didn't throw salt on the balloon's tail, and thus catch it. Others also asked why he didn't spread his wings and fly away in pursuit of the The poor sheriff never heard the last or it. The idea of a. sheriff and posse or citizens chasing a balloon on horseback was too laughable even ror a stoic, and th'e grin ran all round the countJ:?'. After awhile a little town over in Indiana had a similar experi. ence. Two robbers cleaned out a bank and fled. A hot pursuit foll!)wed. The fugitives fled to the woods, where, In an open space, a huge bal loon was already Inflated and ready for ascent. They cut the rope and fiew up out of reach of the exasperatetl pursuers. Again the country was thrown into a merry fit or laughter, but a desire to capture the bold and Inventive rascals took possession of everybody. Suigestlons from every quarter appeared In the papers, In some of which sense and nonsense blend!'!d in about equal proportions. Said one writer: "Catch 'em before they reach the balloon." Another said: "Catch 'em when they come down." Still "GeL anothEll' balloon and run 'em down." "Put wings Oil tile police." H\re angels to chase them." The people laughed and the officers of the robbed bank offered a liberal reward for their capture. By and by a llttle town over in Ohio rece1ved a visit from the mar .audtng balloonists. This time a l'obbery of over $SO, COO was com mltted, and the robners again got away by ascending to the clouds .a.nd disappearing altogether from sight. The seneation was renewed, followed by a universal desire for vengeance. The people bad laughed enough over that kind of business, and now set about to devise some means by which the robbers could be cap tured and brought to justice. The Oh:o victims offered a Jiberal reward, and many Inventive brains lost sleep trying to suggest a plan by which the daring villains could be caught. It became known that the balloonists would descend at night in some lonely place, then proceed to plunder wherever plunder could be found. One would think, after such publicity, that a balloon in the ail would be watched till it descended, and the occupants captured annlloon robbers! An immediate answer will very much oblige "Yours truly, FRANK READE, JR., "Readeetown." "Have you written to him, father?" Harry Thorne asked wheo he had finished reading the letter. f


I FRANK! READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. 3 "No. I didn't think it worth while to 1o so. The i'llea of a !;lying &hlp 11 too absurd tor a moment's thought." "But his father fiew around the world in one." Yes. I remember reading about such a thing a few years ago." "Well, do you suppose his father will not see that be makes no, mistake!" "I never thought of that," said tlre banker. "I will write to him at once and answer his question." The Jetter was written, and a few days later another came from young Reade acknowledging the receipt of it, and suggesting that when the balloon appeared in any part of the oountry again tlat the tact be telegraphed to him without dela3(., stating also in which direc tion the wind was blowing at the time, adding: "I am ready to start at any moment; but you must keep the fact concealed from the tmblic, as it would put the robbers on their guard were it known to them. I Young Harry Thorne was on tip toe to see and know all about the Hying machine or ship, and as soon as he heard the letter be said to his father: "I want to go and BAt' that thing, father." "I'd like to see it myself," said the banker, but I can't leave home just now." "Well, Jet me go and see it," Harry asked. "Certainly you may go if you first get permission from young Reade to see the thing." Harry sat down and wrote a letter to Frank Reade, Jr., telling him bow anxious he was to see the machine, and that be would come to Readestown if assured that be would be allowed to see it. Two days later be received a cordial invitation from young Reade to visit !Jim at his home in Readestown, where under the pledge of secrecy he could see the Hying ship which was now ready for instant use ') Harry boarded the bound train and went speeding on his way to Readestown. Wb

4 FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. "Yes.'' "Well, t hat is keeping a seeret, indeed." "Yes, and no more surprised men than those (our workmen be found in tire United States when they hear that it is llying in the air Instead of in the water.'' I should think so," and Harry looked around as if eager to s<:e as much as poseible whilst in the place. It did not take them long to go through the shop, and then they passed out of the inclosure to the house again, where Frank led !lim mto a room he called his armory. 1 "Here is where fathllr and I keep our guns and ammunition. We have pretty near all the latest inventions in the way of tire-arms. Father is very fond of gunning." I should say he was, if this collection is any evidence," said Harry. "You have some very strange guns, such as I never saw or heard of before "Yes. He has bought specimens of every nation he has to, and some of those weapons came from countries where no othe r style could be sold or even given aw!l.y. Show the Arab a Spencer repeat ing rille, and prove to him that it is the moat deadly weapon in tile world, and he will still cling to his old single-barrel, which is as long as a fence rail, as you can see." In the afternoon they went out for a ride m the open prairie. Frank was as proud of his horse as he was of his invention, and took much delight in showing his paces. Harry was a lover of horseflesh, too, and was profuse In his praise of the splendid animal Frank was Whlln they returned home Mr. Reade handed Frank a dispatch, which had come only a few moments before. Frank tore it open and read lt. It was from Banker Thorne, at Cranston, Harry's father, saying: Balloon robbery at Midway, in --County this morning. Wind blowmg from northeast." "It's from your father," he saW, handing the dispatch to Harry. "I am going to follow tllat balloon in ten minutes." Harry read the dispatch, and then hastened after Frank. He fou11d him in the work-yard giYing hurried orders to Barney O'Shea, an Irishman who was with the elder Reade before ybung Frank was born. Barney was hurrying things in first-class style, whilst Pomp, the colored man, was giving a gb servants were fast friends, and yet they would often quickly disagree and sometimes come to blows. Their anger would subside l as quickly as it arose, and they would then he fast friends again. "Which way do you think the balloon will go, Frank?" Harry asked. "Which ever way the wind blows. They have to go with the wind, you know." "Yes, so they have. But doesn't the wind blow In different dirac uons in different localities!"


FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE 'l'HROUGH THE CLOUDS. 5 Sometimes," said Frank. But we can go in any direction, as we are not dependent on the wind for our motive power. Our great est trouble will be iu finding them. When night comes they will drop dawn somewhere in a lonely spot, and wait till they can make a haul, and then rise up again." "Just look at. those people down there in that little village! They are greatly excited over our appearance. I wonder what they think of us!" "You would IJe n.stoiushed to know bow superstitious some white people are," said Frank. "They may not be very much given that way down there, hut most people, if they have not beard of a llying machine like this, naturally think it is something supernatural." "InQ.eed!" "Yes. The negroes down south would all fall down on their knees and pray and shout, were we to go llying over their beads as we are going now." The afternoon was now pretty far advanced, and the slanting rays of the sun cast sbndows on the ground that could be distinctly seen at the great height at which they were llying. Frank bad a tleld glass with watch be swept the )lorlzon in hopes of being able to catch a of the balloon he,was in pursuit of. But he saw nothing of lt. "What will you do if you don't see It anywhere?" Harry asked. Keep on hunting for it," be replied. "But you can't hunt for it in the darkness of night." "No. We can stop and wait till morning if we think we are in the right locality." "Yes. Do you think we ought to be anywhere !n sight of the bal loon now!" I am not sure of that. If the balloon is well up, we ought to be able to see it a great many miles off." The llying-ship kept on its course southward till it struck another river, a large one way out on the left. "What river is thnt?" Harry asked. "It's the Mississippi." "I thought so. What a magnificent stream it is." "Yes, the greatest river in the world in many respects." It was now growing dark. The sun had sunk down out of sight, and the evening star made its appearance. I am going to drop down in that little patch of priirie near the river ttl ere," said Frank. "There are no settlements in IJ!Hils of it. We won't be bothered with visitors there, and in the mornil}g we can rise on the wing and continue our search." Harry was deeply interested in the management of the llying-ship, and watched everv movement Frank made. He saw the descent and was charmed with the gentle Jetting down which was done. When the llying-ship was settled dowa in the grass Barney and Pomp sprang out. They looked carefully to see that no stol)eS were underneath the ship to do her damage, and then Barney hurried off toward the river, whilst Pomp returned on board to prepare supper. In a little while Barney returned with two good-sized cat-psh which be gave to Pomp. Half an hour later they sat down to a supper of fresh and coffee. "This is elegant," said Harry. "I don't think we could fare any better at a first-class hotel." "You might a greater variety, but not better fare," replied Frank "There is no good reason why we should not live well, as we can cook as we go aloag, and we can carry a goodly quantity of proVisions with us." Do you think that balloon has settled down for the night any where?" Harry asked. "That 1s hard to say. They would not be at all likely to go down where the telegraph bad warned the people against a balloon. A mob would attack them." "So you will have to hunt for them at random?" "Yes. I may stop at some town and telegraph to your father for fJ further information." "How far do you think we have come to-day?" forty or fifty mlies, I should say," was Lhe reply. "That Is good traveling. How fast can a balloon travel?" "As fast as the wind blows. It goes with the wind, you know." 'Harry laughed nod said: "I might have 'known that." "Yes, but you didn't think about it." "No. Do you know I am king about the possibilities of such an invention as this? I don't see why you can't make an immense for tune off of this !lying machine." "Perhaps I may. I've been thinking about it myself." "It seems to me that the government could use it to great advan tage." .. Yes.'' Just then a big owl began to boot in a tree "t a few rods away from the ship. "Hang that owl!" exclaimed Harry. "I'd ratner hear any other noise in the word than that." "Why, that's a serenade. You ought to appreciate It," and Frank laugh.,d. But Barney got a gun, and went out to see if he could not get a shot at the big ll.ooter. It was too dark, tyougb, and be had to give it up. In a little while the owlllew way, and they beard him a half mile away hooting at a mate still farther off. They went to bed at an early hour, leaving Barney and Pomp to watch the ship, which they did, taking turns at it. It was a little heforesunrise that they awoke, and prepared to rise once more in the air. "All aboard!" sung out Frank. \. They were all on board, but Frank used the precautionary cry to warn all In hearing that the ship was readv to start. The whirring noise was heard, and in a little while the fiying-shlp rose in the air. v When it started upward it always went up very fast. Just a few short minutes were required to raise it a half mile above the earth. "Ob, what a grand suru-ise!" exclaimed Harry, ns be saw the sun rising above the eastern h rizon. I never saw anything like that all my life!" "It is indeed beautiful!" said Frank. "But I would rather see that halloon rising somewhere in sight." "Yes, so would I. I guess we'll get a chance at it to-day. Some how I feel that wey." "Well, 1 hope you feel right, then." Pcmp soon !lnnounced breakfast, and Barney was placed in charge of the wheel, whilst Frank and Harry sat down to the little table in the cabin. By and by Barney sung out that be Haw a balloon. Frank had just finished his meal, and sprang up to see what the Irishman had found. Where is it, Barney?" "Out there, bedad!" and be point d in a southeasterly direction a black spec the size of a man's hat floating lazily about in the at least a half mile apove the earth. Frank got his lleld-glus, and took a look at the object. "Yes, that's it," be said. "That's a balloon." ( "Let look at it," said Harry. Frank banded him the glass, and be took a look at it. ''Yes, that's a balloon," be said. "But it seems to me to be rather small." "That's because it's a long ways off," was the reply. Frank toQk charge of the wheel now, and made straight for the balloon in the distance. Harry watched the balloon with an eager interest, whilst Frank held the ship steadily on her course. When the two were about five miles apart Harry made the discov ery, having the glasses in his bands, that the balloon was empty. What!" exclaimed Frank. "Do you mean to say that there's no in the car!" ''Yes, see for yourself," and be handed him the glass. Frank made the eame discovery when be looked. "Well, something bas happened, I guess. We'll go ahead and see what the trouble is, anyhow." He gave the glass back to Harr_7 and bent all his energy to gnidiog the fiying-ship straight to the bal!Qon. In due time came distance of it.


, ..... -6 FRANK JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. "There's some one in that car, I am sure," said Frank. 11 It doesn't I 11 Ob, I can do that easy enough," he replied. 11 Who Is tile owner swing as tbough it were entirely empty." of the balloon?" "I was going to remark that myself," said Harry. 11 But I don't "I am now, since my husband is no more." know enough about balloons to be sure. "Who was your husband!" 11 Well, we'll see," and Frank guided the ship a little the bal11 He was knov.n as Professor Bardolph, the aeronaut." loon in order to enable him to look over into the car, or the big bas11011, yes; I remember him," sai yards away from the Flying Ship. Then she hurst into tears and wept bitterly, finally crying out: 11 Run up alongside of her lliain, Barney," said Franlr to the Irish" Oh, save me! Save me, please." man, who was at the wheel. "Save you from what?" Frank asked. Barney turned the course of tlle ship and veered towar9 the balloon "I dnt manage this balloon. My husband and I:made 6n ascenagain, whilst Frank went inside and got his rille. r sion from Iuka yesterday, and while he was trying to arrange some When within twenty yards or so of the balloon Frank tired at it, of the ropes last night he fell from the car. We were a half mile and instantly the hissing of the gas as it escaped through the small high," and she wrung her hands as she told her story, whilst tears orifice made by the bullet was heard. streamed down her !ace. Crack! "Good Heavens, madame!" Frank exclaimed. "That is an awful Another pair or holes was made, and another and another, after fate." which tlie great balloon began to go down toward the earth. "Yes. He was daRhed to death, of course, and I could not be with "That will sink her," be said as he saw the effect or the shots. him. Oh, It's horrible. Can't you save me? Can't you stop this balrill take charge now and go down too." loon?" "He gave the rille to Harry and took charge of the wheel in order "I don't know of but one way, madame," said Frank, "and that is to attend to the task' of descending to the earth safely. for you to come aboard this tlying-ship, a d then hit me perforate the The balloon went down alm ost perpendicularly, as no wind was so the gas will escape and let it d wn." blowing at the time, and it was their gO'od fortune to descend in the 11 Oh, if you will!" she cried. center or an old field which was not cultivated that year. "Of course we will." Barney and Pomp sprang out and ran to the balloon to secure it so 11 But how can I get on board? Those big wings won't let yon get as to prevent any damage being done to it. near enough to this car." Madame Bardolph alighted with them and gave orders like one who 11 You'll have to tie a rope around you and we will pull you on knew something about what she was doing. board." There were several farm-houses in sight of the spot where they "Throw me two ropes, please," she said. went down, and, as might have been expected, in a very little while 11 Dar's one, Qen," said Pomp, throwing her the end of a coil of a crowd ol farmers began to assemble. rope which she deftly caught and securely tied it around her waist. The old farmer on whose land they had landed, came up to Frank "Bedad, an' here's anither," put in Barney, tossing hJr notber, and asked: which she also caught and tied around her waist. "What' s all this ab out?" She t ben looked over at the four in en and asked: This lady was alone in the balloon after her husband feU out," re" What must I do now? plied Frank, "and we had to shoot boles in it to Jet her down and Frank and Harry held to one rope Md Barney and Pomp grasped save her life." the other. "And did her husband fall out of thtl balloon?" "Jump overboard and we'll take care or you," replied Frank. "Wait for the word. Steady, now, all! Now, over with you, madam!" The brave little womali made the jump and swung out into mid-air. Pulling hard on the ropes the lour men drew the half-fainting woman up on the deck of the flying ship, where she Jay limp and helpless till Frank took her up and conveyed her Into the cabin, where he made her drink a wineglass full of brandy. 11 Oh, how can I t.han. k you enough!" she cried. "Oh, my poor hus band! My poor husband! My poor husband!" and she wrung her hands in an agony of grief, as she Jay there on the berth. Frank t.hought it best to Jet her grief find vent b(j-fGfe her too closely. He was not altoget.her satisfied that 'the not the one he was in search of. He could not see ever, to lead him to think that the woman's grief was not genume. By and by she recovered sufficient to talk rationally. Then she repeated her story that she and her husband had made an ascension the day before at Iuka, iu tbe presence of thousands of people. That during the night her husband bad lost his balance and fallen overtloard, that she had fallen down in a dead faint in bot tom of the car, and did not know anything more till sunrise." "Now, do you want me to perforate the balloon, madam, and send lt down?" "Yes, if you can go down too, and let me secure the property. "Yes, last night, she says." "Last night!" Yes so she says." "And has the balloon been np all night?" "Yes," replied Frank; "ever since yesterday afternoon." A knot of farmers stood away by themselves, engaged in hurried whispered conversation, shaking their heads and looking very deter mined. CHAPTER IV. A BA'ITLE WITH EAGLES. HARRY THORNE noticed the farmer.a whispering together, and overheard one of them say: "I'm betting that it's them, the villains!'' 11 So'm I," assented another. Then one of them went away. Half an hour later he returned accompanied by a half dozen men armed with shot-guns. Fr:tnk saw that he was suspected or being the balloon party he was in search of, and told Barney, Pomp and Harry not to make any reo sistance if arrested. The man who came up with the armed escort. was a constable.


v \. FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. T "You are my prisoners, gentlemen," he said. "Surrender, or I 11 order my men to fire on you." Why, what' s the m11tter with you?" Frank asked, looking the con stable in the face "There's nothing the matter with me," said the constable. "I arrest you for robbing the bank at Cranston, in Illinois." \ Frank laughed, and asked: "Do you know anything about the balloon robbers? E.ave you no descriptio II of them?" "Yes, I have," said one of the men with shot-guns. "I have a paper here with a description of the balloon and two of the men in "Read it, please." The man opened the paper and read the story of the robbery and the singular escape of the robbers Then followed a description of the two men who had done the roboing, and the crowd soon saw that the description did not ref e r to an y body who hnd come down in' the flying-ship. "Now d0 :JVU think we are the ones you want to arrest, Mr. Constat Frank asked. Yes, I do was reply. "I don't take any stock in a newspaper The papers are never more than half right, no bow." 0 Upon what authority do you arrest me, then?" "Upon suspicion." Is that all? "Yes. I am 11 constable and have that fight under the laws of this State.'' "Do you give bonds for the faithful discharge of your duty?" "I do." "Very well, then. I'll hold your bondsmen responsible for arrest ami false Imprisonment. I am Frank Reade, Jr., son of Frank Reade, the inventor, and I am in pursuit of the very men you take us for. I built this nying-shlp for that purpose. I saw this balloon In thP air and chased it till I came up with it, to lind this lady in alone; she and her husband, Professor Buruolph, went up from Iuka yesterday. He f e ll out last night and she bas not seen him since. We rescu e d her. Now if you want to take the chances in arresting us you are at lib erty ---'to do so. I will not make any resistance." The constable seemed to hesit a te, and one of the others said to him: "You bad better go slow, Bill:" I don't want to do an ything wrong," said the constable, shaking; his head, "but I believ e thes e nre the balloon robbers the pape rs have been telling about." So you got your news from the papers, did you?" Frank asked. ''Yes." "Why you not take the from the papers a lso? You depend upon newspapers when it suits y ou, and rej ect them whe n th e y don't sui t you. I don't intend to ba arreste d by any such law as that," and he spra n g back, drew his revolver and cocked i t. The armed men gave way, as they were not sute that they were in the right, ieavi l}t the constable to face Frank alone. Harney H a rry and Pomp, drew revolvers also, and the constablE)\ saw that he bad bitten off m o r e than he could chew. What are you going to do?" Fra11k asked, after a pause of a min1le or two. Nothing," was the reply Very well. You,'ll find that the safest ;thinJ-u, e a crowd or young men and women around here till long after midnight." "Well, what of that? You don't olject to a number or pretty girls being a round, do you?'' "Yes, when they have troublesome beaux along who get jealous and want to fight somebody Then why not skip out at once and sail till we find a spot where we can spend the night without interruption?" "I guess that would be the best plan after all. Besides, 1 want to stop at some telegraph station and communicate with your father t o ascertain whether or not he has bad any mora news as to the where abouts oUbe balloon robbers." "Yes, and let him know that I am with you," suggested Ihrry. "Yes, be ought to that. There is hut one objection tu the.t though." What is it? "It will be tnlegra'phed all over the country that we are looking fot )


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE 'l'HROUGH 'l'HE Ci:.OUDS. the balloonists. 'rhe villains may bear of it, and lie low till we are out of the way." "That's so. I never thought of that. But then we can't keep the thing very long." "No, of course not. We m&y just as well push rigbL ahead and take the chances." Frank then ordered all the visitors to get off the ship, as she was about to eail. Every man or them hastened to get away from the ship and then Harry and Frank proceeded to prepare for an ascensioo. "All aboard!" shouted Frank, as a precautiona1y measure, and the next moment he set the machinery in motion. The whir made by the revolv

FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. 9 "Yes. We can manage him in some way to-morrow," returned Frank. They went back to bed and left the eagle to his feast, which they he had fairly won. When they awoke in the morning, they found the eagle perched on the log, and nothing but a remnant of the fox on the grounc near by. After breakfast they set to work to lasso the eagle, and make a pris oner or him. He fought like a tiger, but they were too many for him. He was tied up so he could not use his claws or beak. Then Frank cut the wing off at the second joint, after which he was released with a cord around one leg to confine him to the declc of the ship. Thl"t they proceeded to rise in the air and continue their jour.ney southward. Bnt two boors later they descended in the outskirts of a town on the line of a railroad, where Frank went to 'the telegraph o!Dce to Inquire of Mr. Thorne at Cranston if he had heard anything farther from the balloon. "It was seen in Central Missouri yesterday," came back the reply. Frank then telegraphed that Harry was with him and well, nfter which he returned to the ship to find that a mob had surrounded it and demanded 1ts surrender. CHAPTER V. A BALLOON SIGHTED. HARRY, Barney and Pomp, were all on deck, guns tn hand, and holding the crowd at bay. The excitement was intense, and many rough-looking men were threatening to fire if they did not surrender. Frank elbowed his way through the crowd, and climbed to the deck ere they knew who he was. "What does all this mean!'' he demanded of the excited men around him. "It means that if you don't surrender you'll get mora lead than you can carry away," said a tail, determined looking man, who seemed to be a leader among them. "What do you want to make us prisoners for!" Frank asked. "Just l et me know what the trouble is, and then I can tell you whether or not we will surrender." "Yon are the balloon robbers, and if you don't surrender we'll riddle you right here." DO you call thing a Frank asked, looking down at the fellow and smiling at him. "This is nothing like a balloon. 'lt's a !!ylng-shlp, and we are on the hunt for I've just heen t o the telegraph o!Dce to tele g raph to Banker Thorne i.ibe had beard any news of the balloon. Here is his answer. As we are not in a balloon we are not going to surrender. H you want to have a fight you can have it. I've as much right to arrest yon as you have to ar rest. me." "I told yer it wasn't no halloon, Joe," said one of the men at the back of the spokesman of the mob. "Of course it isn't a balloon said Frank. The man who calls a ftylng-ship a balloon ought to be taken up by his friends and clapped into a lunatic asylum." That produced a laugh at the of the spokesman of the mob, wbo retorted: "If you think I am a blooming idjot, come outen that thingamajig an' tackle me." "My dear sir, I have something else to do besides tackling idiots in every town we strike. I have just received a dispatch that hurries us off to the central part of the State. I hope you have friends enough here to take care of you. Start her up, Ba. rney." Barney was in the pilot house, and immediately set the machinery in motion. The crowd nearest to thll ship scattered, and as the roar Ing increased some of them ran over each other in their eagerness to get out of the way. The fiylng ship ascended to a great height, and Frank took his field glass and scanned the horizon in the direction of the southwest. "Those fellows have got wind or this fiying ship through telegraphic communication in some way, and are making off to a section of coun try where the telegraph does not "It looks a little that way," said Harry. "Yii. They may go away out into the southwest where telegraph r wires run only aione: with the railroads. They can go from town to town, then, robbing and plundering wltb impunity.'' That is their game, I guess." "No doubt of it." They pushed on into the great State of Missouri, and when night; came on they could see no opening where they could land save in o. cultivated field. That won't do," said Frank. "The farmer would llave the right to have us arrested for trespass and damage to his crop, We want to avoid everytbil}g of that kind." "What shall we do, then-tl.y all night!" "Better do that than get the name of being as bad as the men we are in pursuit or." They found an old uncultivated field, however, near the banks of an old mill-pond, and descended there. It was a lonely-looking_spot, bn' answered the purposes of our heroes admirably. Pomp had supp a r ready by the time they were settled down, and t.hey fell t b and ate heartily of the fare he had prepared for them. put they were not there over an hour when four negroes came down to the pond to fish. Tblll darkies built up a big fire near water's edge and began to haul in the fish. They had not seen the fiying ship back. from the water a hundred yards or so. To have some fun at their expense Frank decided to turn an electric tnem, aided by a powerful refiector. The moment the lour darkies saw the elecrtlc light, they were par tially blinded by its brilliant glare. "Wha-what's dat, Ebenf'' one of them exclaimed, dropping his pole and gazing at the blinding light like one terribly confused. "Duo no; Mose," replied Eben. "Neber seed dat light afo'." l'se er gwine home," exclaimed the third darky, in faltering tones, and he started to make a break. "Don't get scared, boys," called out Frank, in olear, but kindlJ tones. We are friends." Who-who dat!" called out Eben. "Fishermen, like yourselves," said Frank. Pomp then went down to where the four fishermen were, and tol

10 "FRANK READE, .JR.'S CHAlbE THROUGH THE <.LOUDS. The yells of the negro and the shrill screams of Lhe eagle raised quite a racket for a few minutes. "What kinder chicken am dat, sah?" :Mose asked, turning to Frank. "That's an eagle." A eagnl! De Lor' sabe us, l'se gwine ter kill dat nigger," and he made a break for Pomp to thrash him for saying that it was a chicken. Pomp was grinning from ear to ear, and not expecting an attack till Mose had given him a blow that made him grunt. Lookee heab, you nigger," yelled Pomp, "what do dat for?" Mose made another pass at him without making any other reply. Pomp prepared at once for war. His heavy ordnance was his head, and he brought it to bear on the Mose. He lowered it, and made a forward dash. He collide

) FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH 'l'HE CLOUDS. 11 "Let her go!" returned Harry. I what to ihink of it. I don't know whether they are the balloon crowd The next moment tlle whir and roar of the machinery were heard, or not. But whoever they are, tbey are going to tight for the ship. and a little later the ship rose in the air. I They may have an idea that Pomp or Barney able to run the The farmer and his men were utterly dumfounded. They stopped I ship, and thus hope to get it for_ their own use." and stared up after the ascending ship, as if unable to understand bow 1 "Why can't we pick 'em off when it grows darker?" Harry askeu. 1ucb things could be. "Just w.hat I am going to try to do," wa.s the reply. "We have done him no harm," said Harry, "as not a dozen hills of corn were destroyed." "Say about two dozen, aud you will hit it right," remarked Frank The farmer was seen gesticulating frantically till he was too far away for him to be noticed by those on board the ship. I wonder fr the balloon passed through the storm all rig;bt?" said Harry. "I don't see why they should not," replied Frank. "All they bad to do was to sail before the wind. 48 long as they keep above the earth they are safe." "Have you any idea how fast the wind blew at its best when we came down?" "I guess it was fully sixty miles an hour." "Whew! And we were tlown in that tleld over two hours-!" "Yes{ giving them another start of o'ver 100 miles,'' remarked Frank. "Well, that's a good start to have, I should say." "Yes. But we can go in any direction we piP.ase, whilst they have to go with the wind. That is so much in our favor." "So it is. Well, we may catch up with them again in a day or two 0 The ship went in the direction the wind was blowing, and ere night came on they had placed nearly 100 miles tJetween tl!em and the i!pot where they last saw the balloon. "We may as well d rop down there by that 'stream," said Frank. There's an open prairie near it, where we may be able to find some game in the morning." They dropped down near a small river and found it to be a lonely spot indeed. A llock of prairie henR rose on th.e wing and tlew about one hundred sarps. Pomp's mouth watered for prairie chicken. Chicken was his fav orite dish at all times, so he suggested that some of the wild fowls be secured for supper and breakfast. '" Harry and Frank took their guns and went in pursuit of the hens. A halt dozen shots br<>nght dQwn four, anli Barney came out to where they W!lre to get the game. With the instincls of a l:?ue sportsman Harry suggested that they follow up tlock and get a few more. Frank agreed, as the twi. J Three more fat hens was the and Barney took charge otthem and carried them to Pomp. When he reached the deck of the ship he was attacked by a couple of bearded white men, who covered him with revolvers and ordered him to lrold up his bands. "Phwat's the matt her wid yez?" Barney demanded, gazing at the two strangers in a9tonisbment. "Hold up your bands or I'll make holes in you!" hissed one of the men. bad to obey. had no other recourse, as he didn't want to have any "boles" made in him. Great Scott!'' gasped Harry. There's two men on the. deck there holding Barney up!" Frank glared at the scene like one in a dream. "Yes," be said, "and they have tied Pomp up too, I guess. We have our revolvers and shot-gnus. and they have our ritles. We'll llave to get into the woods to save ourselves." "Yes-come!" and they made a break for the woods, which they reached after a two minutes' ron. "We are safe now," saict Frank. "We cnn creep up near enough to get a shot at them if they show themselves out ou deck." They crept forward to the ship under cover of the trees, till they got within forty yarda of it .' There they halted and watched the two men, who were inside the cabin. They could be seen throngh the wir:dows, and :mr h!Jroes made the discovery that two more were in there, showing at least four foes they would have to conquer ere thP.y regained possession of the ship. This is hnd business," whisper!ld Frank to llarry. "I don't know I CHAPTER VI. BARNEY AND POMP IN TROUBLE. A FEW minutes after Frank and Harry left the ship with their guns, Pomp took up a pail and went to the river for water. He dipped it full and turned to retrace his footsteps, when he found himself con fronted by two men, wh'o liweled cocked revolvers at his head. "Drop that bucket, and bold up your bands!" said one of them in hoarse tones. Pomp had been in many a tight place before, and knew that when a man got the drop on him his only chance lay in obeying orders. He

12 rFRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE H THE CLOUDS. As they opened the door of the cabin they were plainly revealed &o Harry and Frank, who fired point blank at them. They both fell right at the threshold, and Barney gave a whoop-a wild Irish whoop-for he knew that the end was near. The fourth man sprang to Ius feet in the cabin and leveled his re volver at Barney's bt>ad, hissing: "Another sound from you and you are a dead man!" Frank opened the door and Lleveled his revolver at the man, who turned ashen hued In the face. Harry covered him also with hla Jgun, one barrel of which was loaded. "Drop that gun and hold up your hands!" ordered Frank. The order was promptly obeyed and then Barney gave another wboop. Pomp sprang up and sang out: "Cut me loose, Marse Harry! Cut me loose-quick!" and he turned round so as to Jet Harry see !low his hanus were tied behind him. Harry very promptly cut him loose, and then performed the like service for Barney. "Whoop! Lave 'im to me!" yelled Barney. "Lave me glt at im, the spalpeenl" and he charged on the ruffian and gave him a stagger Ing blow In the face with his fist. The man recovered himaelf quickly and drflw an ugly-looking knife. He would have ended Barney's career then and there, had not Pomp made a charge on him. Pomp's woolly head struck him in the side, and sent him clear thtough the cabin door to the floor of the deck. He rolled against Uncle Sam, the eagle, and the fierce bird at once fastened on to him. Then he yelled. The eagle screamed. ""Whoop!" yelled Barney, taking down the lantern Inside and bring Ing It out so as to get a sight of the combat. "Lave the aigle be! Lave the aigle bel Bedad, but it's a foine birrud for a ruction, he is!" The man rose to his feet, having lost his knife when he was butted out of the cabin, and grappled with the eagle. He got hold of its neck and gave it a wrench that broke lt. That ended the fight. Victor though be was the man was a sight to look at. The eagle's beak and claws had done terrible work, for he was bleedIng from a score of small wountls. 0 He was sullen and defiant. "Hold out your bauds, sir," said Frank, leveling bls pistol at hJm. "You've got th13 drop on me,'' said the ruffian, as be held his hands out. "Yes, of ourae. Barney, tie him hard and faet." "Ylr, sorr," and Barney procured a cord with which he tied him securely. "Now, what does all this mean?" Frank demanded of the prisoner. It means that you've won the was the reply. "'Yes; but what was the game? Why did you seize my property in the way you did?" "Because we wanted it ourselves." "Yes. I might have known that much. Do you belong to bal!oon gang?" "Balloon gang! I don't know nothing about no balloon gang." "You haven't had to do with a balloon!" "No. Are you a lunatic! What's a balloon got to do with this game, I'd like to know?" 1 "Have you seen a balloon anywhere in the last day or two?" "No," and the man Jookeu as though he really believed Frank to be crazy. "Are 'you sure of that!" "Yes, I am. What do you think a balloon would be doing away out here, J'd like to know?" "It would be trying to get away from us, I gu.ess," replied Frank. "We are looking for a balloon with four men in it.'' "We were four men, but I don't know nothing about any bal loon." "Well, I'll see HI can't find out something more about It in the morning," said Frank. "We'll have to keep you tied up till then." "I'm In a pretty bad fix to be tied up, mister," the man said. \That eagle put iu some bot work while he was at it.'' "Yes, be did, and I am sorry be didn't finish you so you could keep company with your three companions." The prisoner did not say anything more. He knew that he had nothing upon whtcb to base a claim for consideration at the hands of the two young men. Pomp and Barney took up the bodies of the three robbers and laid them out on the grass. Barney then brought pails of water from the river and washed away all signs ol the tragedy, whilst Pomp busied himself with the delayed preparations,for suoper. During the evening Frank, by dint of close questioning, managed to get some inforq11itlon out of bi3 prisoner. They were a part of Quantrell's old guerrillas, who turned highway men after the war, aild bad long been a terror to the sparsely sett!ed sectioqs of the State. "I have done no wrong then," said Frank, with some degree of sat faction. "No," added Harry. "I guess State would strike a medal in our honor if it were known that we bad wiped out three of the villains." Frank smiled and the prisoner looked gloomy enougl1. Barney and Pomp took turns at standing guard dllrJDg the night. When morning came Fr&nk and Harry found the four horses belonging to the four villains, and knew then they were not in any way connected with the balloon rascals. "That Jets blm out,'' said Frank to Harry. "Yes. But what f'Qall we do with blmt We can't hang him Of take him out and shoot him." "No, nor do we want him with us In the ship. I guess he is pun ished enough as he is. Uncle Sam went for him for all he's worth." "Yes, and I am very sorry be was killed. I expooted tQ have that eagle with us all through this trip." "$o did I. He was .as game as any I ever saw. '1 "He was a terror. I never saw anything like it.'' being over, Frank said to the prisoner. "We are going to resume our We don't care to be bothere1 with you. If we release you will you bury your companions and then stop this sort of business?'' "Yea, and I'll swear it, too.'' / or course we expected to hear you say that. I suppose you'd promise to go and hang yourself to get away from the officers of the Jaw?" "Yes, any fool would." Frank laughed heartily and told him he could go, and then he turn ed and entered the pilot-house wherjl he set the machinery in motion. The ship shot up Into the ait and bore away in the direction the bal loon had gone. The solitary would-be robber was seen standing in the prairie, gaz ing up at the ascending ship, as if rooted to tbe spot. ''He has had an experience he wllr not soon forget," said Frank. "He may make up his mind that his business does not pay.'' "I am not sure of that. He will leave the men and will sell their horses and saddles and pocket thP. money." ''Of course he will-and then skip out of the couatry to escape the vengeance of the of. the gang.'' They sailed all day long, and then encamped near a small lake, where they found fish and ll:ame abundant. On the next day they came in sight of a balloon In the distance, bu\ not in tbe direction of the one they WPre in of. "How came it out there, I wonder?" said Harry. "That's hard to tell," was the reply. "But we'll see if we can't get nearer to them than we did the other day." They made direct for the ba!loon, which was many miles away. Af ter two hoJrs they were near enough for Frank to see that. there were only two J)ersons In the car. They must have lost two of their gang dur{ng that storm the other evening," he said, handing the glass to Harry, who leveled it at the balloon. Harry looked long and steadily at those In the car, and finally sahl: "A man and a woman!" "Ehl" "A man and a woman are an there are in lt. I don't think It Is the balloon we are looking for at all." "You don't?" N'O. This one looks newer and brighter than the other one did.'' Frank took another look at it, and then said:


FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE 'l'HR'OUGH 'l'HE CLOUDS. 13 "You may be right, but I'll make sure of it, anyway. We have J "Now we can get into the town without any trouble," said Barry, the right tG suspect every balloon we sea now." as they struck the road "Yes, there's no harm In that." Yes, but how the deuce will we be able to find the ship again in The ship drew nearer and nearer to the balloon, till the laces of the be dark?" Frank said, stopping and looking around. "When we man and woman could plainly be seen. come back the lights In that bouse may be all out. We'd never be able "What balloon Is that?" Frank asked. to find the ship Wit hout a signal light." "Professor Noel's of St. Louis," was the reply. "That's as true as gospel," said Harry. "Where bound?" .-.Of course It Is. We must go back and tell Barney to bang out a "California, It the wind Is kind to us." red light. Nobody would notice It out here, or lt It was noticed no "How many are on board?" one would have interes5 enough In It to follow it up." Only two-my wire and myself. What sort of a. macl:.lne Is that?" They returned to the ship and told Barney to hang out a red signal It's a Hying-ship.'' light after they had been gone an hour or so. Where from?" Then they came away and again started np the road toward the Readestown." town. "Ahl Yo11 are Frank Reade, then?" A walk of about a halt m!le brought them Into the beart of lt. "Frank Reade, Jr.'' They found s e veral salo1ns In full blast, and a crowd of roughlook "Well, It's all the same. Can you go against the wind?" lng border meu In them, drlnkmg, smoking, singing, and otherwise "Yes, lC it Is not too strong." making merry. By this time the ship had come alongside the balloon, so the two Quite a lively little town," remarked Frank as he looked around could look Into the carriage and see that only the professor and his the place. w1fe were on board. "Yes, and the saloon business seems to be the principal one, "Have you seen any other balloon lately, professor!" Frank asked, too," remarked Harry. after a pause of some moments. That's the case with all border river towns," said Frdnk. "1 "No, I have not." am going to inquire for the telegraph office." "We are looking for one-the balloon robbers.'' He went Into a saloon and bought a cigar for himseU, whilst "Ahl I beard of them before we left St. Louis." Harry remained outside; and asked the saloon keeper lt such an "We are in pursuit of them. We were within a mile of them the I office was In the town. OUler day when a atorm aeparated ua and ellabled them to get away, "No," was the reply. "Every galoot In this town Is er whole We had to go down In order to avoid having our wings wrenched by telegraph himself. We don't need no telegraph in this ere town, the fierce wind. Where the balloon went to don't know.'' 1 mister." "The wind is veering rouud to the northeast again," remarked the "Who wants er telegraph!'' asked a man somewhat under the In professor, "and as I don't want to go to Mexico I'll have to settle fiuence cf drink, coming up to the bar alongside of Frank. down and wait for it to change again." "I do," said Frank, very promptly. "I wanted to send a dis-"I think you a mistake, professor," remarked Frank. "Go patch to New York.'' southwest and then tack northwest 1.1nd you'll find yourself gaining all "Why don't you writef Hang the telegraph! Glnime a glasa o' the time.'' cold pisen,' Joe." "Yes, I am aware of that fact, but I want to go as near straight The barkeeper set out a black bottle and two glasses, asking Frank across the continent as possible." what he was drinking ......... After a little more talk the four men on board the ship gave tbe pro-"I never drink," replied Frank. feasor and his wife three hearty cheers and sheered otr. The man who bad called for the drink looked hard at the sun-em-"Which way now?" Harrv asked, browned face of the young man, and remarked: Across the wind,'' was the reply. That storm blew them some where out here, and I am going to bang on till I see them." Just as the sun was sinking below the horizon they caught a glimpse I of a western border town on the banks of a river. where I want to stop said Frank, "if we can do so without being seen." "Why!'' .. To telegraph for information If there Is any telegraph office there." "There's a good place to land below the town," said Harry, looking through the glass. But It will. be very dark ere we can reach it." "Just what I want. I to drop down there and walk Into town without the presence of the ship being suspected by any one. We don't want the whole poJ;ulatlon turning out to bother us about the thing.'' Darkness came on, and the lights of the town alo::1e enable(! Frank to locate it and guide the ship to the spot where he wanted to land. "Don't light a single lamp, Pomfl,'' Frank ordered. "We'll see If we can't get along without any light to-night." Halt an hour later Frank slowed up and began to settle down. They did not strik1l the place they bad calculated on, for they could see the lights of several houses on the outskirts of the town from the deck of t.he ship, after It settled down. "Now, Barney," he said to the Irishman, '' Harry and I are going up into the town. You and Pomp remain here, and don't let any body come on board till we come back." Yis, sorr," replied Barney. "Come on, Harry. Let's go and see what we can tlnd out abou\ this place." Harry and Frank left the ship and made their way through the darkness toward the lights In one of the ho'lses near by. When they reached the gate they found themselves in a road. "Never drink, eh?" "No, I never drink liquors of any kind." "Wal, you'll drink a glass o' cold 'piseu' with Bill Moss,l' and he shoved the bottle over toward him after filling his glaj!s. Frank deliberately turned away and started toward the door. Say, you!'' called out the man, grabbing him by the arm alid pulling him suddenly aro11nd. "Yon drink with me or I'll Hll you full of lead! Do yer hear meP" "And I suppose you want me to pay for tt, too, don't you?" Frank very coolly asked. "Yes, you tenderfoot. Drink or you'll never see sunrise aglnl" "Landlord, what's the liquor In that bottle worth?" "One dollar," was the reply. Frank promptiy threw down a dollar on the bar, drew his revolver. cocked It and leveled It at the bead or Bill Moss. "You overgrown prairie dog!" he hissed. "It you don't raise that bottle and swallow every drop in it without flinchme;, I'll make as many boles In you a..'l ever a wasp nest had! Drink, I say!" The bully was dumfounded at the sudden change In tbe personality of the youth. But he was not the only one astonished. The bar keeper and all the spectators were equally amazed. He bad the drop on Bill, and Bill concluded that the best thing for him to do was to take a drop on himselt. So he turned up the black bottle, which was nearly full of the miserable western whisky, and drank down every drop of Its contents. "Now, do you want any more out of me?" Frank aSked, looking blm full In the face. "No," stammered the bully. "I've got a week's drunk In me now." "Then cut a notch on your ear to remind you that you are liable to make a mistake sometimes when sizing up a stra!lger. You are not quite as much of a telegraph as you thought you were."


14 FRANK READE, JR:'S CHASE H THE CLOUDS. The crowd yelled and whooped like lunatics over the discomfiture or the bully. One big, burly fellow, rushed up to Frank; and grasped his hand, saying: "Put it right thar, pard! ter're the whitest man I ever saw, an' kin lick any galoot as says that Tom Paxton Is a liar." "You talk like a 111an," said Frank, shaking his band. "This Is a free country, and when a man tries to force another man to do ll. thing against his will he is only justifying t .he application of his act to his own use." "That's so, pard," and the entire crowd grasped his hand and !!aid be was a white man all over. CHAPTER VII. AN EXCITING CHASE. FRAN& did not lose sight of the man whom be had worsted. He llidn't know but what the latter would draw and lire as soon as he got the chance, so he held his own weapon ready for instant use till be saw the man go down on the floor in a corner iu a drunken stupor. That's what I call a heavy load," remarked one of the party. .. Yes," said anotller. "It's a bigger load than he ever carried 'lrore, I'm betting." Who is he?" Frank asked. "Don't know, stranger," replied the man addressed. "Never saw hlm till two days ago." "Well, be doesn't know an old bird from a tenderfoot," remarked Frank. "He'll know one next time, I guess." "Now yer're talldn', pard!" said a big,' burly fellow, who had been loc king on and listening. Harry came walking in and the crowd looked bard at him, as if siz Ing him up. There's no telegraph office In the town, Harry," said Frank, turnIng to him. "That's bad," returned Harry. "We'll have to write." Yes. How about the mails here? How often do they come and go!" "Twic.:J a week, stranger." "Jerusalem I What do you people do here for news?" "Drink whisky and light," replied one of the party. "That's amusement, not news," said Frank. "That's news enough for us," said one or the party, dryly. "or coursE. Whatever a man is satisfied with suit!! him." "It don't suit you, though, e!JT" the same man asked. "Hardly." "Then you don't want to stop here long, mistllr." .. That depends upon bow I like the town when I see it by daylight,'' retorted Frank. "This is a free country, where a man can go where be and stay as long as be wishes wb'en he behaves himself." "Yes, that's so," assented a half dozen at once. But the other f el low didn't assent. He wanted to intimate Lu Fnink that if be didn't like the town had better get out of it as quick as possi!Jle. Frank was not to be backea down by bluster. The man who was disposed to pick a quarrel with him was a friend. of the one whom Frank bad forced to drink the bottle or whisky. The man however, saw that none of the crowd were disposed to bAck him in a row, and so he subsided and walked away to the farther end of the saloon. At last Frank decided to treat the crowd and told the barkeeper to set 'em up.' A whoop went up from the crowd as they rushed to the bar and ealled for tbeir favorite drin"s. I Nearly all of them took whisky straight. Even the man who had tried to pick a quarrel with Frank came up and called for a glass or bourb on. No tenderfoot about him!" sung out one or the men in the crowd whe n Frank p aid f o r the drh;ks. I "Not much be ain't," said a dozen, ln a "He's white be Is.'' Frank talked with the more qnlet ones when he got a ciJance and j learned the name of the town and some of the characteristics of the peopl e I "Did you see a balloon < lay before yesterday!" be asked: "No," was the reply. "Were there any up in this part or the State!" "Well, we saw one a long ways off two days ago, nod from the di ectlou of the wind I thought it might have passed over tbis town.'' "I reckon it didn't, though," said th citizen, or the people of this town would have had a holiday and a town meeting about it Frank laug!:led and said: "It would have been something to talk about, eh?: Yes sirree." By and by Frank and Har,ry got away and abo\}t among other places to see what was going on. There was but one hotel in the place. It was frequented by the men, and there was a fight on an average of one a night there. They did not enter'tbe place, b11t contented themselves with looking on an :1 listening to all they could hear. "We may as well go bac!t to the ship, I guess," said Frank, after they bad gorrn through the town pretty well. "Yes, I don't see that we can learn anything more by strolling around here. We might get into a muss with some drunken fellow." "I make it a rule never to let any drunken man take any lioerties with me, Harry." "Well, it' s a good rule, but it does not work well in all cases. A little patience will sometimes work well with a man under the influ ence or drink." "Yes, no doubt of that, but I have no patience for a mao drunk. I don't want my best friend to come about me when be is drunk." They wended their way back toward the ship, and when they reached the place where they struck tne road after leaving Barney and Pomp, they saw the green light up instead or the red one. "Just look at that, will you?" Frank said. "I told Barney to pot up the red light." "You can bet that something ls wrong,'' returned Harry. They made their way to the shtp and founa Barney and Pomp on guard on the deck. "What's the matter with the red lignt, Barney:" Frank asked. "Sure, an' 1t won't be aftber burn in' at all, at all," replied Baraay. "Why not?'' "Divil a wan ave me knows." "Isn't there any oil in it!" "Sure, an' I don't know.'' "Well, look into the cause of it In the morning. You want to have every lantern ln proper trim for instant use, you know.'' "Yis, sorr. Harry and Frank retirlld, leaving Barney and Pomp to divide the night guard between them. The green light was extinguished, and the ship remained wrapped in total darkness till dawn. But when Frank and Harry awoke a little before sunrise they were astonished to find half a score of men walkmg around the ship, star ing at it as if puzzled beyond their wits. Pomp had cautioned them not to talk loud and awaken the master When Frank appeared on the deck one of the meo sung out him: "I say, mister, what kind of a craf"ls tl.Jat?" "It's an overland ship," the reply. "An overland ship?'' "Yes." Do yer take us for fools?" "No." "What er yer givin' us, then?" The gospel truth," tbe quiet reply. "Yer don't want ter give us that, stranger," said the spokesman o, the party. "You're a wise man. I s uppo se," said Frank. "I ain't no fool to be stuffed with overiand ship stories." "How far is it to the river from her e?" Frank ask ad. "Half a mile.'' ; How did this s hip get here, if it didn't come overland?" The man looked blank for a minute or so and then said: "I dun no. But thar ain't no overland ships, stranger, an' I've got a six-shooter as says so. "SAeinl! i R believing, or knowing, isn't it!" "Yfl'S,


\ FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. 15 "Well, wait an boul' or two and you'll see this ship travel overland faster than anything ever traveled on water.'' "If you do I'll eat my hut, stranger,,, said the man. "Very well. Your friends are witnesses to that promise, under stand?" "Yes," said the others. "We'll make 'im eat it if you go overland in that thing." Pomp soon had breakfast ready, and Frank and Harry sat down and ate a hearty meal in the cabin, whilst the spectators looked on. The meal over, Frank proceeded to overhaul the ship a od see if everything was in gooa working order. An hour was spent at the task, and then Harry suddenly exclaimed: "Great Scott, Frank, iook at that balloon!" Frank sprang up and looked in tile direction or t he river. A few bundrei yards up a great balloon was ascending from a point beyond the river, and floating southeastward. t The dozen spectators near the Jlying ship turned and gazed at the balloon in dumfounded amazement. They made a rush for the road, very much excited, and stopped there, eagerly discussing the question as to how a balloon ascension so near the town could take place without their knowledge That's our balloon, Hurry,'' said Frank, after gazing at it In silence for a mir:;ute or "Yes, I guess it is." "Well we'll go for it! All aboard!" The men down in the road heard him, and turned to see what he meant. When they heard the wbir of the machinery, and saw the revolving wings turn, their astonishment was boundless. But when the ship arose froll). the ground, and passed directly over their heads, they Wllre almost paralyzed. Make him eat that hat," sung out FrafJk to the party below, and in another mmutethey had passed beyond balling distance. Once well up in the air, Frank seized his spy-glass and leveled. it ut the balloon. Great Scott!" be exclaimed. "I know one of those fellows." "The deuce you dol'' said Harry. "Yes-look and see if you can't recognize one of them," and be the glass to Harry, wh'o took it and leveled it at the balloon. He was silent fur a couple of minutes, and then remarked: One of them looks like that chap you forced to empty th!lt bottle last night." "Yes, be's the v e ry fellow. That's Bill Moss, as be called himself. They are the balloon crowd, and they must have gone down in the night time, so the people didn't know anything about them." "Yes, and they may have committed robberies in the village last night. By George! they have turned a glass on us! They seem to be worried, and are rising higher every moment." "We can rise as high as th e y can," saiu Frank. "Let 'em go as high as they pleas e!" The balloon men threw out ballast, acd the great balloon rose rap idly, going up in great bounds. But the sh1p rose with it, and in a very few minutes both were more than a mile above the eart .h. Yet they continued to asc e nd, and in a little while fully two miles lay between them and the earth. Harry began to grow un e asy and remarked: "I hope they won't go any higher. It's getting dangerous." "Two miles is a great height," said Frank. "But the danger Is no g reater than 200 yarus. As well fall two or three miles as two or three hundred yards." "Yes, I suppose so but still I'd feel batter if we were not so high." "It makes no difference with me. I am going to (!O as high as they do, unless that balloon runs away with them." "I guess it's doing that now," said Harry. Nearly another mile was added to the heigH, and still the balloon ascended "I wonder bow much higher they are going?" Frank asked, as be gazed up at the balloon, which was at least the eighth of a mile above the ship. "I nelieve it's running away wltb them," said Harry. "Dut's er fac'," said Pomp, who was growing very uneasy. "Bedad, an' it's mesilf as thinks that same, sorr," put in Barney. "Why can't we go as high as they can?" Frank asked. Bedad, we can do that same, sorr, but we not\ ne same fools' I'm thin kin'." Harry and said: That's just it. There's no use In making fools or <>urselves Just because they do." Just then Frank notice! that the machinery did not \l-Ork as weU usuu!. It seemed that tt.e ruretled air at that great height bad some deterring eJl'ect on the electric batteries. "Hold on to this wheel, Harry," be said to his companlCm,. wbllst I go below and see the trouble is." Harry did as requested, and Frank went below to make an inspec tion of the batteries. When be came back to the pilot-bouse be saw that the balloon was at least a half mile above the ship. "They are getting away from us, IJarry," he remarked. "I don't it. We ought to go as high as they do, though they work on a different principle." "Ain't we sinking?" Harry "I don't know wh'etber we are or not. The balloon may be going up faster. We'll know in a little while." Balf an tour passed and the ualloon was still farther away and the earth was nearer. Frank's face was a picture to look at as he the discovery. Harry was watching him very closely, and was trembling in his shoes for fear or an accident. Suddenly he asked: "Are .we in any danger?" "None that I can see," was the reply. "But I do fear that this thing is a failure." "A failure!" "Yes, a miserable failure." Harry was astonished. .'I don't see why you should think so." "That's because you don't understand !t. We can't go up there after that balloon-hence the failure." "But we can keep along between them and the earth, and they can't Stay up there always, you know. Frank looked at him and his face brightened. "That' s true-we may catch them yet if they don't get away from us under the cover of darkness. There's our gteatest danger." "Maybe we can keep near enough to them to keep 'em in sight." "Yes, if we can keep 'em between us and the stars. But if rain clouds come up and obscure the stars we will lose sight of them." "But the same wind that blows them along will blow us at the same rate, will it not?" "Not always. Something rru:iy happen which you know nothing about. Sometimes near the surface of the earth a wind may blow r westwarrl, whilst at the altitude of a mile it may be going the other way." "Ab! I didn't know that." "So you see the difficulty we are laboring under. But we'll give 'em a de!!-1 nf trouble. They c an't see us while we are below them ln the night, though we can see them. They may undertake to drop down quietly somewhere, and If they do we can make a break for them. They are posted, and know that we are after them." "Undoubtedly." Hours passed, and the ship was still sailing smoothly along about a baH mill' above the earth. The balloon was at least two miles high. The wind was very light, and so both drifted very slowly with it. When night came on Frank got out his spy glass and took another look at the balloon. "I am going to mount higher as soon as It gets dark enough for me to do so without being seen," be said to Harry. "Yes, that would enable U@ to keep 'em in sight." "Of course." The sun W\lnt down, and the stars came out, The ship went up a mile higher, and H&rry was thus enabled to see the balloon which was almost perpendicular above him. Put out the lights when you are through with the dishes, Pomp," ordered Frank. "Yes, sah." Hours passed and the balloon was still above them. Then the wind changed and both Jloate

,. 16 FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. fade away the balloon was still lloating high up above the sure. If they do we'll run into them and perferate the balloon with ship. bullets." "They are stillllying high," said Harry. The ship gradually ascended till they were up at a very alti "Tl'.s, so they are; but they'll have to come down after awhile. tude again. Under the clear starlight the balloon could be seen. They can't stay up there always. I'll bet they want water now. .If But toward the earth everything looked as black as Edpt. another storm doesn't interfere we'll bate them in less than three True to expectation the balloon began to descend, days." "They're commg down," said Harry. .. Suppose they resist!" "Yes. We'll go down, too, so as to have them as near the earth "What good will It dor as possible when we call on them to surrender." Harry didn't. know. They both to within half a mile of the earth, when those Pomp prepared an excellent breakfast, and when It had been disIn the car of the balloon evidently heard the machinery In the ship, posed of the ship was sent up higher toward tile balloon. for the balloon mounted up again as fast as they could throw out "What's the use In getting any nearer to them?" Harry asked. ballast. "I wan't to worry them as much as I replied Frank. "By George!" whispered Harry. "They are going up again as "I they are worried a good deal already," remarked Harry, fast as they can." shaking his bead. "So they are; banged If I don't go up, too," and the ship made an "Maybe they are. !f they are not It is not my fault. They are goupward start that soon brought the balloon in bailing distance. log up higher again. I don't think they can stay up twenty-four hours Hello there!" cried Frank in loud tones. longllr." "Hello, yourself!" came back in response. The day was a warm one and light, fleecy clouds floated lazily "Why don't you wait for company?" about. "Don'twant any company," was the reply. Frank dropped down a mile, and kept nearer the earth. But we want to see you on business." "Great Scott!" Harry. "'l'he balloon Is lost In a cloud "This ain't a business party. We are a pleasure party." hank!" "Where are you buund?" "That Is nothing. It Is nothing but a mist when yen get Into It," Wherever the wind blows." "There they are again!" "Well;" I guP-ss we'll go that way, too," said Frank. "As long aa Barney and Pomp were Interested spectators of the scene, and had we are going in the same direction we might as well go together." many comments to mak.,. "Well, if you want to go with us .why don t you come npT" But the capture of the balloon seemed 81 f\r off as ever. "Ob, we are not such high flyers as you are. Come down and have CHAPTER Vill. TBB FIGHT IN THE AIR. DURING the day the wind Increased, and the two floated along to ward the southwest at the rate or twenty miles an hour. Yet to those In the balloon or ship they seemed to be banging etillln mid-air. "I see a couple or deer down there, Frank," said Harry, who had been looking downward with the glass. "YIU do!" "Yes." "Get your gun, then, and we'll have some venison." Harry got out his gun and Frank began to lower the ship. When within two hundred feet of the earth Harry tired, and one of the deer fell, mortally wounded. The ship rested on the pra irie, and Pomp leapt out and cut off the haunches in a trice. Barney took them on board. "All aboard!" shouted Frank, and PoUip came aboard with the celerity of a squirrel. Up again the ship went, and the chase continued through the air. Pomp prepared the v enison for dinner, and they all four relished it with the zest of old hunters. "Tbev can t carry much food and drink with them iu the car of that balloon," said Frank, looking up at the fugitivea. "They can't hold out much longer. They try to giv e us the dodge to-night." "Then we'll have to look sharp for them "Yes, very sharp. They have one man along who knows how to handle a balloon. But starvation will force them to come down after awhile." All day long the pursuit continued, and late in the afternoon they were pas s ing over a wide expanse of prairi e land. "It begin3 to look as iC we were bound for Mexico," remarked Harry. "Yes, and we'll get there, too, if the wind lies in that direction two or three days and we keep on going. I guess we can go as far as they do if we don't fly a8 high." "Of course. I'd like to see them come down at mid-day. "They won't do t.hat if they can help it. But we may look for them to do that to-night, orat least, try it." The snn went down, the stars came out, and the balloon still float ed high up above everything. "Now we'll slip up a mile or so nearer to tltem, and keep them in slght," said Frank. "They'll try to give us the dodge to-night, I am a drink with us." "We don't drink. We are teetotallers." "Tbatr; a bad sign," and Frank iaughed as he thought of the quan tity of liquor he had forced one of party to drinK two nights pre vious The balloon 11scended higher and higher, and the ship ha d to tlo some climbing, too, in order to keep it in sight. Thus the night passed, and m9rning found them about a half mile apart. "I wish I bad a st)eaklng trumpet," Harry, as be looked up the balloon. "' "What good would it do you If they didn't have one too?" "Well, I wish they had one too," and Harry laughed as be made the wi8h. "I am, going down nearer the earth! We may see a chance to get soine fresh water somewhere." Accordingly he towered the ship till it was only about a thousand feet above the earth. Two hours later they saw a small stream of clear water, and made a landing close beside it. Whilst Pomp and Barney were filling the cans with water, Harry and Frank took their guns and shot several brace of prairie hens, all of which could be seen from the balloon by means of the spy glau "All aboard!" cried Frank, after a delay or a half hour o r so. Barney and Pomp sprang aboard, and the ship ro s e at once. Two hours fast trav eling again brought them to a point almoat under the balloon. But in the afternoon a dark cloud came up in the south-east, and the wind set in from that direction soon after. The course of the hal loon was changed to a north-westerly direction, and the ship followed suit. This will take us to Salt we City if !t keeps steady in that direetion," said Frank. "I'd rather go there than to Mexico," replied Harry. So had I, though the Mormons don't love the American people any more tban the Mexicans do But we' ll go wherever they go, un less it's out to sea." "I don't belifwe they would go out to sea themselves!" "They would go anywhere to get aw a y from us. Tliey know that this ship aims to transport them to State's prison, the one place iD tha wide, wide world they don't want to go to." "Hanged if they ain't coming down!" cried Harry, looking over his shoulder at the balloon. "Yes, so they are! Something is the matter!"


FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH THE CLOUDS. 17 The balloon began to d es cen d as If tue party was making a deliber ate go in that dir e ction, much to the s urprise of Fra nk and Harry "Let 'em get below us before you 'Start for em, Frank," su g gested 1 Harry. "Yes. I was thinking of that," said Frank "I want to see if they mean to land. If they do we' ll go down i md give 'em a square flght "It would be man to man-four against four," said Harry. "Yesj but we have the best weapons and the best men." or course." I The men in the car or the balloon seemed to be very much excited over something, and one or them was seen to be tugging at a rope as they descende'd. Suddenly the downward course of the balloon seemed to be arrested, tor it appeared to be on the rise again. "Now Is our chance," said Franlt. "We'll demand a surrender Get your guns." Harry, Barney and Pomp got their rifles. Barney brought one Into the pllot-bouse for Frank. The ship descendea till it was nearly on a level with the balloon. "Go down to the ground," said Fran"k, "Qr we'll make bullet boles In your halloon." "You can't make any holes In it," said the spokesman, who proved to be the Bill Moss whom Frank had met in the town they last stopped at. "Don't flatter yourself that we for we can. We have Win chester rifles." "Bullets won't go through silk unless there Is something behind It to resist it." When we lind that we can't make holes In your balloon, we'll try our hands at making holes In yon. We have com!! tor you, and you may just as well come down at one time as another." "That's a game that two can play at, said another one of the party. "We have rifles, too," and each of the tour men raised a rille to show that he bad one. "You won't surrender, thent'' Frank demanded. "No, we won't." "qome back Into the pllothouse," said Frank, to his party. "They hit us there." Harry, Barney and Pomp came back Into the pUot-bonse, and then Frank ordered t'lem to lire at the balloon. They did so, but lf it had any effect on the huge silk surface, they could not see lt. The balloon continued to rise higher and higher "The distance Is too great," said Fra nk. "If we get in close range the bullets will go through the silk. It must be strong silk. The soft pressure of th e gas Ins ide causes the silk to give way till the force of the bullet Is spent. I never thought of that. Look out! They a!'e going to lire!" The men In the car tired at the pllothouse of the ftylng-sblp. Two struck It and went through the wood-work. Another bullet struck the deck. "Give 'em a volle y to kill, said Frank. Barney rose up and aimed at the basket-car under the balloon and fired. One of the men dropped his rifle overboard and sank down In the car. "By George, bot be downed one of theml" exclaimed Harry. "This Is horrible!" How horrible!" The taking or human life." "They are criminals whom It's right and proper to shoot down when they resist arrest." "That may be all true, but I don't want to do It all the same." "Nor do I. But they have begun It and I am now going to give them their fill of It," and he snatched up a rifle and was about to aim at the car, when one of the men In It lost his balance and fell over board. "My God!" gasped Harry. "lost look at that!" Both were over a halt mile In the air now, and the man who tumbled went whirling over and over In his downward course, one long, wild, piercing scream e' him. A moment or two later he struck the earth. Bot the distance was too great for those above to hear it. A shudder of horror passed through them as they gazed downward a t the terrible sight. Jus t as Frank was going to bail the balloon again, the man who had bello shot was thrown overboard by the two survivors, and again those oil board the ship gazed downward to see the body strike th9 earth. This lightened the balloon to such an extent that it went boundint upwar ds so rapidly, that ere Frank was aw:are of It It was oompletely out of range of his rifle. "They have gotten away from us again," be said, as he t.ok11d up at the balloon. "But we will hang on to the last." "Two are done for, though." "Yes, and that much good work Is done." "I wonder what they are liv i ng on!" "They must have had some supplies wltb them; bat they can't carry much \D ba!!ket you know.'' "No, of course not. We have done good work, though. It we can keep 'em on the go we can starve them into surrender." "I am not sore of that. They will go down in the night If they co,n, leap out and leave us the empty balloon to hold. At least, tbal Is what I would do rather than be taken." Bot you needn't tell them that." Oh, uo. I want to capture them with the balloon. "Yes. That would be a big card for you." or coarse." The balloon soared to an Immense helght-hlllher thaD ever-and" as be gazed up at It, Frank said: "That' s higher than I care to go, and nearer heaven thad ever get again." "Very likely. How high do yon think they are above the earth?" "Fully three miles," was the reply. "By George! That's high up!" "Dat's er rae," said Pomp, gazing up at the ftoatlng object. In a little while the breeze died out altogether, and both seemed to haug In mid-air without making any progress at alL The day waned, o.nd Pomp prepared au early supper, that an ban:t'i might have leisure time to watch the balloon when l tbe stars came oul.. The evening star seemed to be larger and more brilliant than ever that evening, and H a rry remarked: "We seem to be as high as that star." "Yes, so we do, but we are not all the same," said Frank. "Oh, I know that w e i\ enough." / "We want to get o.s high as that balloon and no higher." Aa soon as It was d a rk enough to preverrt It being seen by those ill the balloon, Fra nk sent the ship up nearly two miles, so t bat they could keep an eye on the balloon. Thus he mana ged to keep It in sight till be discovered, abOut midnight, th a t it was making a rapid descent. He sank down too, till they were within 2,000 feet of the earth, as near as he could judge. "Now is our time. Stand ready with your gun11l" ordered Frank. Barney and Pomp were on the forward deck In front of the pilot;. house. Harry went Inside, and: stood near the wheel with Frank. The ship went right at the balloon, and in two or three minutes would ba'l'e run into I t bad not a specieS of wh!rlwlnd Interfered ia a most remarkable mann er. The balloon suddenly to whirl round and round, and rise rap Idly, leaving the ship to pass under it. The whirlwind gave the great wings a twlat that managed to throw her on her side. "Oh, de Lor sal>e us!" groaned Pomp dropping his rille and grab b!ng a ringbolt. His gun went overboard and was lost, whilst be barely saved him self. Barney caught a rope with one hand and on to his goo. 1 Inside the pilot-bouse Harry demonstrated that if he bad been out side on the deck be would have gone overboard. As It was, be came very near go;ng through the sides of the pilot-house, so bard \ did be strike It when the ship lurched. Fortunately the lurch threw her out of the current and she JlQatecl away some distance ere Frank got control of That was a narrow escap(' Frank said. "What In tb1101ier was it! Harry asked. \


( FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE THROUGH 'fHE OLO"C"DS. "A little eddying whirlwind," was the reply. "Be the powers," exclaimed Barney, coming to the door of the pilot house. "It's bad luck we're afther havin', Mister Frank." "Dat's er lac, sah," said Pomp. "Dat dar gun Is done gone a&' fell ov:erboard, Marse Frank. "What, yonr gun!" "Yes, sab. Dis nigger was ergwine wid it, too, when I grabbed dat ring bolt." "Well, you were lucky," said Frank. "Bad cess till it," said Barney, looking aronnd after the balloon. It could not be seen. Frank camll out of the pilot-bouse and swept the heavens with his apy-glass, and failed to catch any glimpse ef the balloon. He could see no object pass!ng between the earth and the sta r s. "That whirlwind must have twisted them out of sight some way," he said. "The best thing we can do is just to float with the wind. It may keep us in sight of each other." "Yes, but doesn't it seem strange that those fellows should have twice escaped us m a. way that human agency had nothing to do in bringing about?" "Yes, Indeed," returned Frank. "I was thinking of that when you mentioned it." An hour passed, and still no signs of the balloon was Frank never wished for daylight more eatnestry m his life. Blucher at Waterloo was not wished for by Wellington more than Frank wished to see the stars fade away before the advanclng:dawn. The hours seemed like days to him, and when he saw the gray tints of coming day in the East he almost shouted for very joy. Eagerly be looked in everY. direction for the balloon. But It was not yet light enough. The stars still shone In their spheres. But they faded away at last, and then It was that a little object floating away to the southward was seen. It did not appear to be larger than a man's hat. The spy -gl ass made it out to be the balloon they were after. "It's our game," said Frank. "We'll try It again and maybe we'll succeed next time." "They seem bound for Mexico this time," remarked Harry, laugh Ing. "Yes. They would go anywhere to shake us ojf, I guess." gave us the grand !!hake last night without any trouble, It seems." "So they did, and strange 'it was, too, that tbe whirlwind should strike us just as we were about to come together. But do you know I am'glad the thing occurred as It did?" "Deuce you are!" "Yes. lt demonstrated to me that this llylng-shlp, though consld ered by you ns a wonderful invention, is really' very crude and defect lve. I nm finding out her defects every day, and am studying how to ft!medy them all the time." "This is only an experiment, then!" "That's all." "I didn't know that I am as big a fool aa I am," remarked Harry. "How soY" "Why, none but fools would attempt what we have done as a mere experiment." Frank laughed heartily. As well fall three miles :::.s three hundred !eet," he, said. "-The -end would be the same." "Yes, I suppose It would." The balloon soon grew larger as the ship drew nearer to it. It also became apparent that the balloonists were trying to get away from their pursuers as fast as they could. But they had no means of propulsion other than the wind, and that was as kind to their foe as to themselves. They were up high above the point to which the ship could reach, however and In that they evidently relied for a means of escape. On SHed the ship In the pursait, and in thr e e or four hours they were again within a mile of Lhe balloon, which was a..most lar above them "Well, we are under them again," said Frank, "and I'll wager that they are not as much pleased thereat as we are." "You'd win that bet easy enough I guess," returned Harry. "I think so; bnt I don't want to meet any more midnight vrblr)o winds." CHAPTER IX. THE BALLOON CA,l'TUBED, DURING the afternoon the balloon came down low enoagn l or parley. ""Say, you!" --called out the man Moss from the balloon. "Well, what Is it?" Frank respon...ted at the top of bts VOice. What do you fellows wanU" "We want you and your balloon." What fort" "To deliver both to the sheriff of Cranstoa; ln Ill!nots." Wl!a.t does be want us for!" "Rob}}ery." "You don't want us then, for we are not robbers." "Perhaps; but why not come down and prove ltf'' "We prefer to stay up here." "No doubt of it. I am going to bang on to you till I get yon." "You'll bang a mighty long time then." "Maybe so," and then a pause of some mln11.tes ensued. Finally Moss sung out again: "What do you want to let up on tbls tblngt" "Nothing but you and your balloon." "What rewa:d do you to get?" "The satisfaction of seeing you hel!ind prison bars." was the promtJ( reply. "Ob, there's no mone In that for you," "I am satls!ied all the same, though." r "I'll give yc.u a good stake to go awayt" "Not much you won't. I am going to take you back to Oraust:n; dead or ailve." "I say, Frank," said Harry, "don't yon notice tbatr cloud 011 there?" and he pointed to a black clould In the southeast wbltJb w ..... expandlng In a way that looked dangerous. "I've had my eye on tt for ten minutes past," was the reply. h means mischief, I'm afraid." "You bad better look out for lt then." "Yes; I am doing that." By and by Moss sung out again: What do you say to taking the balloon and letting us go? Tb.&l will break us up, you know." "Can't do it. I'd rather take yon ana let the balloon go." That yon'il never do. We'll light to the bltttflo end." "Ob, that's all right. We are In for the bitter end too." The balloon ascended higher. Moss saw the cloud in the southeast, and conceived tbe novel Idea of trying to ride above It, hoping that It would strike the ship and either destroy It or else drive It to earth. The cloud increased In size, and became more threatening every moment. "Frank, be prudent and go down," said Harry, as he listened to repeated rolls of thunder In that direction. don't see that we have anything but a shower to look for there," remarked Frank. There may be a ller-ce wind in it for aught you know," replied Harry. Dat's er fac," put In Pomp, who didn't want to tackle any more whirlwinds In mid-air. Just then he felt a fresh breeze from the cloud, and noticed that th& great wings were affected by it In a measure. He gazed at the cloud In silence for a moment or two, and then decided to go down. The ship was directly over a. river at the time. It was necessary t o sail beyond the squth bank in order to get at tke open prairie. In passing over the timber they beard howls and yells that might have come up from the bottomless pit. "Great Scott!'' gasped Harry. "What Is that!" Barney and Pomp proceeded to m ake inspection at once. "Dem Injuns, Barney!" said Pomp, even before he taught sight or the encampment In the timber. The sounds were familiar to him, as they were all!l>' to Barney. "Bedad, an' 't' s roight ye are, Pomp. The red na.ygnrs are afthell' thlnkln' It's the ould Nick we are."


\ FRANK READE, JR.'S CHASE 'l'HROUGH 'rHE CLOUDS. "Dat's er rae," lissented Pomp as be discovered a band of Indians oolow, who were frightened almost out of their wits at the flying ship. They were whooping, yelling and hOwling like so many lunatics, as they gazed up at the ship. Are they in war paint?" Frank asked from the pilot house. "No, sah, dey ain't," replied Pomp. Then they won't trouble us any," and he proceeded to let the ship Iettie down in the open prairie about a quarter of a mile from the In Uan camp. They bad not been down two minutes ere the storm broke upon them with tremendous fury. 'Che wind blew Jierca and strong, and the rain came down In blind lug torrents. Thunder pealed forth nod shook the very earth, whilst keen, sharp tlashes of lightning splintered two trees in the edg e of the timl.Jer. It was a terrific display or the mighty forces of nature, and then it passed away in a ate dy down-pour of rain. Frank lost sight or the balloon ere he made the landing. The black elond seemed 1-0 have shut out all view of it long b e fore the stbrm burst. "Thls llerce wi!ld will blow them llfty miies an hour," remarked HArry. "Very likely ... "They'll make a. landing somewhere, then, and hide the balloon till we go home In disgust." "Maybe so and perhaps not," returned Frank. "We have not ata.rted home In disgust yet." No, not yet, but I am of the opinion that we will soon." That s because you don't know Frank Reade as well as 1 do," ot>-!lllrved Fran k. Harry laughed and said: "Well, I may be wrong, but: It looks tba.t way to me now." "I don't doubt it. But let's wait tlll this storm l.s over, and maybe you will change your opinion." The Indians may change theirs, too, and pay us a vlslt." Frank laughed and said: "You don't know much about the redsklns. They wouldn't come !l.hout us for two or three d'lys, and not then unless some'lody this thing to them. They believe In the supernatural strong ly, and anything they cannot comprehend appears superoa.taral to them." His words proved true. The rain ceased, and the clouds began to break away. The Indians came out to the' edge of the timber and gazed at the flying-ship In awe-struck silence. No power on earth could have persuaded them to go any nearer to lt. 'fhey would not take any lib e rties with auythlng sn ee rnaturat. "Dar's dat b a lloon!" cried Pomp pointing npwnrif at an angle of about forty-llve degrees. Frank and Harry glanced up and were amazed to llnd that the bal loon was almost In the same position as before the storm. "How do you account for It, Frank?' Harry asked. "Very easily. They were above the storm and didn't feel any of tbe effects of It at aiL" "That's strange." Not at all. I've read of balloons being up above the clouds, whtlst between them and the earth a great storm of wind, rain, thunder and llgbtnlng raged. This Is a case or that kind, and the fact that the balloon ts there ls a proof of lt." "Of coarse," and Harry looked up at the balloon again as It half doubting the evidence of his own sight. l Frank hurriedly went through the ship an

( FRANK READE, JR. s CHA.SE THROUGH; THE CLOUDS. I Pomp fired again, and the sound or escaping gas was heard. "Whoop!" yelled Barney. "That settles the spalpeens!" "That got 'em!" cried Harry. "Don't shoot any more, Pomp," said Frank. "That will compel them to go down slowly." Moss and his companion sprang up and began emptying their re vol vera at the ship. But the distance was great for any damage to be done. A spent ball struck Barney and stung him a little, hut did DO furtlier llarm. Another stiUck a window of the pilot-house and broke the glass. "Blaze away," laughed Frank. Blaze away as much as you like, but you'll come down all the same. You can't stop that sdlall bole The leak will bring you down In spite or all you can do." By and by the balloon began to descend, and Barney and Pomp began to yell. Slowly but steadily It drifted toward the earth, and then when at a distance of a hair mile or so, tt seemed to come to a standstill. "I am going to charge on It," said Frank. "The jib will strike her square In the center. Stand ready to pull 'em on board if they want to save themselves." She ship made a straight run toward the balloon, and as Frank pre dicted, the jib struck the center of the balloon and smashed It in. That caused the car to swing back and forth so violently that both men were thrown out or lt. Rut Barney had thrown a rope to one who caught it. Pomp had picked up a long pole With a hook to It, and extended the end of it to the other. Both grasped tightly the euccor thrown them, and 1 were wlt.h great dlmculty drawn on board the ship. They were weak from starvation. "Water! Water! Gimme they both exclaimed as soon as they reached the deck. Harry led the way Into the cabin and gave them each a pint of water and some food. They ate hke ravenous wolves, and would have killed themselves uad they be. en allowed food enough. Frank came In with Barney and Pomp, and Moss looked hard at .biro, saying: I wish I had known who you were when I tlrst saw you." "You mean on the occasion or your drinking a bottle or whisky at my expenset" "Yes." What would you have donet" mind. Things would have ended differently from this." "Well, to make sure that toy plans are not Interfered with yon two must be bound." "Oh, there's no use In that. We won't make any trouble." "We won't take any chances on that," and so Barney and Pomp tied them up hard and fast, and then went out to see to capturing the balloon which, now that It wns relieved of the weight of the two men, OO.,aan to rise again. "Just give her time and she'll come down," said Harry. .. or course, but I'm afraid she won't till night and then give me \he slip. I want to make sure of her." "It won't do to fasten to her?" "No. We might get jerked about and run o. great risk." "Then let her float as long as she floats in our direction." L__ CHAPTER X. CONCLUSION. THB balloon Jld not rise more than the fourth of a mr.e after being relieved of Its passengers. Then It began slowly to descend, and the llilip prepared to take entire charge of It as it came down. As It neared the earth it tra'feled faster. A strong wind was blowing and the ship hau all It could do to go along with lt. At ooe time It looked as though the ship w!>uld have to settle down and walt 'Ul the blow was over. But they managed to keep aleng pretty well with It tlll It struck against the top of an old dead cottonwood tree, which bad been kllled by a stroke of l The rigging caught in that tree-top, and a terrible crash was there. Part of the tree snapped, but the balloon was torn so badly that the gas escaped, and the greo.t expanse of silk hung limp to the old dead cottonwood. "Well, here's a go!" exclaimed Harry. "Yes, and a bad one," added Frank. "We'll have to land and cut down that tree." "Jerusalem! It's as large at the base as a hogshead." "We'll have to cut It down all the same, for I must have that bal loon to show in court at the trial of those two fellows." "Yes, It would be neceseary,l suppose." "It might not be neceesary to convict them, but it Is necessary for me. I don't want to half way do the job." I understand. Cut down the tree and get every Inch of the can-vas." "Just what I am going to do. But I am at a loss to know what 1 am gomg to do with it then. We can't carry such a load as that lillU be and six men besides.'' "Ahl I never thought of that." They landed within two hundred yards of the balloon, and then pro. ceeded to devise some way to secure tbe oalloon from any further damage. After an hour's time they decided to cut the tree down and take the chances on damaging the silk any more than had already been done. Barney and Pomp brought two axes from the ship, and went to work. It was an Immense trunk, fully four feet In diameter, hence It took them hours to bring It down. When It fell, it shook the earth, alid damaged the balloon badly. But they went to work to get as much of It out of the wreck as thef possibly could. Night came on, and put a stop to their work, and they returned to the ship to rest, eat supper, and get a good nights sleep. The two prisoners bad been given food at Intervals of two hours, and were now sleeping better than at any time since they discovered they were being pursued. Early the next morning they went at the tnsk of securing theb _____ ._. loon, and by noon had gotten all the silk arid ropes out of the The car was smashed so completely that they did not attempt to do anything with it. ''Now what shall we do with It!" said Frank. "We can't carry suph a load with six men." "Leave Barney and I here with It," said Harry, and we'll camp by this till you return for us." Frank grasped his hal)d and said: "Thank you, Harry. You have good judgment and plenty of pluck. I'd like to have you go round the world with me some time." "I'd like nothing !Jetter," said Harry, retnrni!lg the cordial hand grasi>. I'll take the prisoners to the nearest :town, leave them there, and then return for you." Leaving weapons and plenty of ammunition with them, Frank and Pomp took the ship and the two priso>ners and set out for the East. They pushed straight ahead as fast as they could, and when night came didn't stop for anything. All night long they sailed, and on the next morning came In sight of a border town. "There's our resting place," said Frank, and he at once proceeded to descend right in the heart of the town. Of course the people were dumfounded at such a thing coma down In their midst. Merchants and customers alike ran out Into the streets to see and hear. Frank soon explained the whole business to> them, and they agread to care of the two prisoners till he could return tor Harry and Barney. Of course he lost no time In returning. But he spent a day in trying to find them after he had reached the river. It took them some time to get the sllk and other parts of the bal loon stowed away on the deck of the ship, and when that was done night had come on again, and they decided to remain there and tab aa early start In the morning


FR.ANK READE, JR.'S THROUGH THE CLODDS. 21 But the next day was a cold, r11w, rainy day, and Frank decided that he would not travel that day on account of contrary winds blow ing. During the day Barney shot and killed a fine buck which he saw stalking through the timber near where the ship was settled. Thid has bP.en an e xciting chase all the way through, Harry," saul Frank, as Barney brought the two haunches of venison on board. "Yes, indeed. Those two men falling from the ba.lloon was the most exciting thing I ever saw )n all my life." Yes, I suppose it was. 1 shall never forget that fellow's yell when be lost his balance and found himself going overboard." "Nor I either." "And then when the whirlwind took the balloon away from us, and came near getting Barney and Pomp overboard." "Yes. I'll be a very old man when 1 forget that." "So will I." Well, we've got 'em after all our trouble, and it's a big feather In your cap, Frank." "Yes, and that's where the comes in." ''I suppose so." The next day was clear and cool, and our heroes decided to start at sunrise. Accordmgly, just as the sun rose ftom out of the plains the ship as cended to the distance of half a mile, and saiied away toward the east. All day long they sailed and when night came on they pushed on with all the speed they could command, and early the next morning came In slght or the town where the two prisoners had been left in charge or the citizens. When the ship was sighted the enti;e population turned out to wel come it. They crowded 11round lt to look at Harry, Barney. and the huge bal loon of which they had heard so much. "liow are my two prlsoneri!'' Frank asked of a citizen whom he recognized as having been one or the volunteer guard. Wal, I dun no," was the reply. "A!n't seed 'em tor two days or more." They are here yet?" Wal, no, stranger. Fact Is we bong 'em." ---"The deuce!" They was boss thieves. It's the rule to bang boss thieves you know, and then the citizen told about how, when the guards got drnnk the two prisoners made their escape, stole two horses and rode ftke the wind. Others pursued, caught and brought them back. The Indignant decided that It was a case of horse stealing, and that It was their duty to hang them according to the custom of the country. So they were banged. "We've marked their graves so yon kin see 'em, pard," said the man. "They ar thar, for I help plant 'em." Frank looked at Harry and laughed. He couldn't help lt. "I suppose we may consider ourselves lucky If we can show any of Ute balloon at Cranston." Yes, Indeed," assented Harry, and have a chance to do so we'd better go ur again and sk!p." r But the well meaning people of the place would not let them get away so easlly. They bad to stav and accept the bospltaJitles or the town. They were feasted and toa11ted as the greatest Inventors of any age. Even Pomp was treated wltb distinguished consideration because he had sailed through the air In a Oylng-shlp. But days they were allowed to depart. Tbls thne' they took the balloon with them, and they were lucky enough to get It Intact, for every man In the tow'\ was waltlng to get a chance to cut out a piece of 1t to keep as a memento or a wonderful Invention and the hanging of two men. "Now you want to make for home as "fast as you can," said Harry. "I know my parerrts are very much worried over my absence. You aee It has been two weeks since I have been able to write to them." "Yes. We'll telegraph to them when we strike a telegraph office The day passed without their striking any telegraph officE'. Several small settlements were passed, at or which did they stop. But just as night was coming on they heard the whistle of a steam engine. The spy glass enabled them to lind it. It was on a railroad, and by following the line of it found quite a. lively little town. We'll find a office there, I'll wager," said Harry. "Yes, and a pretty girl operator, too," remarked Frank, laughing, They settled down in one of thP. public streets of the place, and caused the greatest sensation the town had ever seen. :Men, women and children flocked around the ship ln the twillgh; of the evening, and had to make a speech, explaining the ex.,. pedition he was returning from. Then every man wanted to shake his hand and call him pard. But he told them he wanted to send dispatches East, and a great crowd escorted him and Harry to the telegraph office, where he eent a message Readestown, and Harry one to Cranston. Then they were invited to an Impromptu ball at the tavern that night. It was gotten up in their honor, and they had to go to get acquainted with and dance till after midnight. By that time they were both pretty well tired out, and managed to get away in time to get a few hours' sleep on board the ship. Early the next morning the crowd began to collect again, and he saw that in a few minutes they would be all over the ship without leave, so he ordered all aboard, and sent lt up, followed by the sbouta and protests of the crowd. But they were glad enough to get away. The people were too demonstrative ln their bospltallty, and took toe many Uberties with the ship, and to for'btd them was to Insult them To Insult one was to invite a bullet. They were very sociable Indeed. "We don't want to stop at any more border tcwcs," said Barry, when well under way again. "No. They mean well, though." "No doubt or that. Bot I don't want any more of their welt meaning hospitality." "Nor do I. I think we can go through now without any more stops unless the wind gets too strong for us." They pushed on toward the east, and during the day passed a num ber or good-sized villages. In some of them the people saw them and tcrrned out Into the streets to gaze up at them. "This ls something new all round, Frank," said Harry. "Yes. The people mtew York would turn out to stare at us. We are ahead, yon see." "Yes. I'd like to see yon make a fortune off of this thing." "I am going to make Improvements on tlils. This one is almost a dead failure. When I make another you will see something that will make your head swim." "Let me know by mall when you do, and I'll come up and see it." "All rightI'll do lt." '1 That evening they struck the Mississippi river, and when they saw a certain town on Its left bank, they knew where t hey were. Early the next morning they came ln eight of Cranston. "There's Cranston!" criM Harry. "I know the dome on the court house. I've seen It a thousand times the roof of the college but:d lngs. I say, Frank, go down on the green In front of the college there. It'll make the old professors their eyes." An hour later the ship settled down on the green, and stlll another hour round that a thousand people gathered around llsteQing to the story of the chase through the air as related by Harry. Mr. Thorne grasped Frank's band and told him to make bls bone his home whilst In town, and promised to pay the reward offered for the capture of the balloon robbers. A ball was given In his honor the next night, and all the elite of the city attended. Two days later he w:as paid the rewards, and then he sailed for home, having done what he set out \o do-to capture the famous bal loon robbers, which was done only after a long aod perilous chase through the air. (THE END.) ,t{ .. ''


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