Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric cruiser of the lakes; or, A journey through Africa by water

Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric cruiser of the lakes; or, A journey through Africa by water

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric cruiser of the lakes; or, A journey through Africa by water
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' "40Noname's" and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1ed as Second Class 1latter at the New York, N. Y., Post 0./!ice, October 5, 1892. No. 71. {COMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. Punr.tSRI

., ., J FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. t The Subscription Price of the YOUNG SLEUTH LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 Nortli Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes: OR, dOUR]'JEY THF{OUGH WfoTER. I By NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., With His Ship in Asia," "Frank Reade, Jr., in the Far West," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. .A HUMAN TARGET FOR KNIVES, WHEN the midnight express train paused at the pretty city of Readestowo, a fine-looking old man with a white beard alighted, years ago. He was a celebrated scientist, named Dr. Vaneyke, and had come from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, with which be was connected. The object or llis visit to Readestown was to see Frank Rende, Jr., a noted young inventor, upon business relating to his discovery of the of a rich gold n,ine in Africa. Scarcely had the professor left the train, and started to walk toward the inventor s house, when four ruffianly looking men alighted from the same cars, and stealthily followed him. At that late hour there were but few people abroad, and the road l eading to the inventor's house being on the suburbs was particulurly

FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEC'l'RIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 3 Raising his keen blade, he a1med, and let it fly. Through the air flew the knife, and each one watched the ll.ashing blade spin toward the doctor with eager, expectant looks. Thud! went the sharp point into the tree. It struck so close to t .he doctor's throat that it touched the skin! Vafleyke shivered, an\). his eyes began to expand, but he firmly presseu hiS lips together and said not a word. A boisterous yell of delight pealed from the gang. Well done, Hogan!" roared tbe captain, slapping the man on the tack. "I'll bet that made a cold chill go through him. Now, then, old fellow, will you speak! The next one1may stick in your head." Oh, you can't make me weaken!" criea the doctor, obstinately. You've got nerve," growled Driggs, in disappointed tones. "ll's _your turn, Morgan. See if you can dig a piece out o[ him.'' "I'll make a pincushion of him!" grinned the other. He took his position and Jet his knife tly with all his might. The handle struck t!:le tree and it glanced oil and fell to the ground. Dr. Vaneyke's feelings were dread[uJ when he saw the blalle com-lnlfhe rascals vented their in terrible imprecat-ions, .and Baxter clid not wait to be told, but faced the professor. Away whirled bis knife, and with a sharp click It pierced the doc -tor's shoulder and then stuck in the tree. "Help-help!" shrieked Vaneyke, as a throb or excruciating pain darted through him, and his voice rang out piercingly. Hold your tongue!" roared Driggs. 1 knew we'd make you Now will you confess?'' "Not if you carve me to pieces!" exclaimed the doctor passion :ately. Then, by heavens, since you are so obstinate I'll do it!" yelled the tlery captain. I'll put my knlffl through yon!" He took up the position his men had occupied, a terrible look upon his ugly race, and drew back his knife. Bufbefore he could Jet it drive, a young man, attired in blue, rush ed from the road, and doubling up his list, dealt the hrute a blow tbat felled him like a Jog. "You won't hurt him If I can help it!" he cried rlngingly. "Frank Reade, Jr. I Hurnih.-hurrah!" cried the professor delight edly, as he recognized the newcomer who saved his lire. "Blast him!" yelled Driggs, arising. "Go for him, boys!" The four rascals closed around the unarmed young inventor with their knives, which they had hastily recovered from the tree und the ground. CHAPTER II. THE CRUISER OF THE LAKES. FRANK was menaced by the direst peril when the four murderous suilorR surrounded him, brandishing their knives. But the dashing fellow bad nerves of steel, and did not ll.inch, al though death was staring him in tile face. He was a fine specimen or physical young manhood, with a small, dark m11stacbe, keen eyes, an intellectual forehead, ancl an athletic otlgure, made up or bone and sinew. \ "Barney!" be shouted, "Hey, Pomp!'' "He's got friends!" muttered Driggs, in dismay. An instant later this remark was verified. Flying footsteps approached rapidly from the road. The next moment a wiry, raw-boned Irishman, with a good-natured, freckled race, dashed t>p to him. His name was Barney O'Snea, and he was a great friend of Frank's, :and as full or run and tight as a Celt can be. He was followed by a jet black coon named Pomp, of very short who posse ssed a strong penchant for hutting people. "Hoopla!" yelled the Irishman, brandishing a shillaleh. "Get out :av me way afore I thramp yez inter powdherl'' "Heah we am, Marse Frankl" roared the darky. "Oh, gol!y! dem men gwine ter do wif dey's rnzzers-h'm!" "Charge on them! They're killing Dr. Vaneyke!" exclaimed !Frank. Then the three made a rush for the sailors. It was like a veritahle whirlwind. Bang! went Barney's shillaleh down upon the head or Hogan, and that Individual bit the dust as if the sky fell on him. Bump! went Porn p's bard skull against Morgan's stomach, and -with a terrible gasp the sailor doubled up and flew in a bush. Frank dealt Daxter a punch on the nose that made him see stars innumerable, and landed him against a rock. Seeing inevitable defeat ahead, Captain Tom Driggs snatched up the professor's valise and wisely took to his heels. Dr. Vaneyke ol>served this, and shouted frantically: Oh, stop him. He's got my valise, and it contains a journal of my exploring trip, in which is written a correct des cription of tile lo ()at.ioo of the African gold mine they wanted know about." What's that, doctor!" demanded Frank, picking up a knife one of the sailors had dropped and severing the professor's bonds. "Don't Jet that fellow escape." "We can't overhaul him now. He's got too big a start." "Then I'll follow him myself!" cried the doctor in agony of mind, for only he knew how necessary It was to capture Dr;ggs ere he saw what the journal in the valise said. And away he sped after the fugitive. Frank, Barney and Pomp had their hands full to render the three men powerless whom they att&cked. Both the coon and th" Celt were tire eaters. They pitched into the sailors and the three were finally secured. Frank bound them with the pieces or marline be had cut from the professor, and then asked his prisoners: What was tile cause of this rowf" "I won't tell yon!" Baxter. "' Then we'll find out when our friend returns." Be heavens!" said Barney, "It was a pincushion they were makin' av Misther Vaneyke wid their frog shtickers, did yer rr.oind.'' ''Dey's gwme ter be a hangin' match henb befo' long,'' grimly asserted Pomp, shaking !:is fist at the prisoners. An' yo' white trash nm gwlne ter be de ones ou de wrong end ob de rope!" It's lucky we were going to the railroad depot by this road just now," said Frank, else we would not have heard the professor's cry for ilelp, and he might have succumbed to these villains.'' "Shore an' It's no goin' ter Cb, icago we'll be afther doin' this bless ed noigilt be ther 12:15 tbrain,'' said Barney, "for there's ther phwisLie now an' she's oil; so she is." "Can't help dat now, honey," said Pomp. "How yo' specs we'se gwine ter Chicago fo' de tings Marse Frank want fo' his new electric boat when we'se got dese yere cbillen ter kill?" Frank questioned the prisoners again, but they Tefused to speak. While he was so engaged Dr. Vaneyke came back panting for breath and looking very much disappointed. "The wretch has escaped me," he cried In disgnst, .I and he bas got the very secret in my valise wilich he stole, wilich I was gunrding with my hfe! The train for Chicago was just departing, and I saw him jump on, and he was carried out of my reach!" What a pity!'' cried Frank. "But what does all this mean?" The professor explained the matter. The gold mine is a wonder or wealth,'' said he. You know you wrote me you was building a :;ew electriC cruiser. If you had uo other use for it, 1 wanted you to go to Africa with me, and fet the gold. But now that villain bas got it." "But my boat isu't completed yet," said Frank. Will you go when it is finished!" "Yes, or course I will. I have no use to put her to.'' Good! Now Jet us pot these men in prison for their atten1pt to murder me. When I get to your house l'll give you all llle details of this treasure. Perhaps we can get ready to follow that man who has my valise to Africa, and stop him robbing my claim of gold. See here, Jim Baxter.'' Well, air?'' demanded the captive, In surly tones Who was the man who robbed me?" Baxter pondered a moment. He realized that he would now go to' jail for hie misdeed, and that Driggs would go on to Africa and get the gold. It made him furious to think, that the captain would reap a rich harvest while he most lie suffering In prison He therefore did not hesitate to reply: He is Captain Tom Driggs of the steamship Lioness, bound from New York to Alexandria, Egypt." Thank you tor the information," said the doctor, politely. As we now know who he is, the name or his ship, Its locution and dea tination, perhaps we can stop him.'' They thereupon got the prisoners upon their feet. Marching them into the city, our friends put them In the hands o! the police, and made a formal charge against them. The professor then liad the chief of police telegraph to the anthon ties of New York to apprehend Driggs when he boarded his ship. Going to Frank's house after that, the doctor gave the inventor and his two friends a detailed account or the African gold mine. As the hour \yas then late, they retirea and the professor dressed his wound. On the following morning the professor met the rest or the family with whom lle well acquainted, and had a hearty welcome. "I have not seen wJy of your Inventions in a long time, Frank," said be to the young inventor, after breakfast, and ever since I heard that you had constructed a. new boat I have been wild to see it. You must show me your latest contrivance.'' "Why certainly," laughed Frank. "Come out to the shop. I have not completed tbe vessel get as I told you, but when she is tlnished, you will find her to be a beauty.'' What induced you to construct her?" Two reas

l FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. mounted on top of the forward turret, tbP-re were davits at the sides carrying metal <1\larter boots, nod a lighting mast rose amidships. The rooms below were ventilated by air-funnt-ls. Dr. Voneyke critically eyed this dangerous looking craft a few mo-ment<:, and turning to Fronk, he snit! grimly: She's beautiful, but a regular arsenal." "Of course. Think of the warlike work she was designed to tlo." "Well, those weapons won't come amiss in the Dark Continent, for before we reach Lake Victoria Nyanzo we must pass through the countries of hostile savages, fierce storms, carnivorous animals and no end of dangers !rom which the guns may defend us.'' He then passed aboard by a gang plank. Each of the turrets had a door, and he opened the one forward. It showed him the breeches or the guns standing inside, 11 staircase lending up to the turret, and a companion lending down-stairs. He descended into a large room used as a cabin and state-room, in back or which was a combined dining-room and kitchen. They were magnificently fu;uishell, and contained electric lights and !an wheels. .Aft or this room was a store-room, and the sternmost comportment .contained the dynamo, storage batteries, oil engine, insulated wires, powerful motors, air pumps and mechanism that worked the boat. Having inspected everything and seen that the boat was not com nleted, the professor returned to the deck and went ashore. .As be did so, be was startled to hear a tremendous yell out in the yard in the voice of Barney. It was followed by n crashing noise, the patter of running feet, and then the voice .of Pomp wildly shonting. Wondering what it portended, the nnd Frank llXChnnged startled lo(lkS nnd rushed to the door Flinging it open, they sped out .An amazing scene was presented to their view. CHAPTER III. AN AWFUL E.l:PLOSION. RusHING through the young inventor's immense yard were the three sailors whom our friends hod causPd to be impriaoned They were hotly pursued by Barney and Pomp, while rushing into the garden from the street were a number of policemen and citizens. The prisoners had broken !rorn the officer who was taking them from the station bouse to thP court for exammatlon Rushing through the streets with a rapidly swelling crowd at their heels they reached Frank's grounds, ran io, and instead or finding a safe retreat there, they encountered Barney and Pomp who hod been sitting in an arbor playing a fiddle and a banjo. Frank and the professor instantly joined in the .Away dashed the three desperate men faater than before when they saw the inventor and the old scientist following them too. "By thunder, tbe prisoners!" cried Frank. "They've escaped!" They can't get out of here, can theyr queried the professor. "Not unless they return the way they came from," replied Frank, grimly for the place is surrounded by a high -fence." That they dare not do, as the front of tbe yard is thronging with policemen and civil!alis," muttered Vaoeyke. Running at the top of their speed, the three fugitives soon reached a small brlcklbur!Liing standing apart from the rest, and dashing in, theyEcloaedlthe door after them. Fronk a cry of consternation. " my magazine!" he cried. "Halt, everybody! It is almost sure death to emer there if you don't know the place!" Every one paused suddenly. Frank's words mode them shiver. ''The magazine Is stored with aynamite, guncotton, and other JX plosives enough to blow up the whole city!" erred Frank. "Faith, it's a microscope we'll node ter foind their remains if they shtrolkes agln any av ther explosives,'' sail! Barney. .All haulls clenr out of here!" shouted tile professor excitedly. "There may he an explosion th&t will kill you!'' The officers and crowd fled for their lives. In o. few moments the yard was deserted by all but our friends. Fo' de Lawd's sake, whut wa'se gwine ter do!" gasped Pomp. Go Into the magazine through the tunnel under the ground that runs from the workshop," replied Frank. If they set:. us approach the door it may throw them In a panic. The slightest shock against any of the explosives will blow up the place." With this umlerstnnding they has:ened into the shop. Here a. trap-1loor was opened in the fioor, and the tllfee descended a flight of sr one stairs into a vaulted passage. It was dark and damp. / Fronk led the way. But half the distance hod been covered when l'Uddimly there sound ed a frightful roar that shook the earth. The explosion was deafening. 'l'he air was filled with fiying bricks and debris, on immense hole was torn in the grounJ, and the maguzine vanished. Our friends WHre horrified. ".As I feared!" muttered Frank. How Jay done do it?" gasped the coon. "No one will ever know," replied the doctor, significantly. "Begob, it's well fer us we war r.ot in ther yard!" said Barney. They hastened out of the tunnel, reached the outer air, and saw the scene of the explosion. Not a window pane was left whole In any or tbe buildings around them, and the fiylng nvaloncbe had broken and torn everything that stood in its way. .Again the crowd aurged In from the street. were the prisoners in the building when it blew up, Mr. Reade?" questioned the chief or police. ".All of them," replied Frank. "It will be impossibll! to even bold a. eoroner's inquest over them, I presume, sir?" Utterly out of the question, sir.'' Have you any Idea how the explosion happenedf' I can only give you a theory; Tbe magazinll was filled with some hiah explosives. One of the men must have struck the stuff Not a particle of the unfortunate wretches was to be found. The crowd was finally dlspera ed by tLe pollee, and Frank congratu lated himself that the damage done to his property was no greater than it was. He set a number of laborers to work the ruins away and repairing the damage Barney and Pomp went to Chicago to /get the tbings wanted by the young mventor to cor:oplele buildmg his boat, and the work went on for a week. .At the eml or that time the .Spark wns finished nod equipped for the JOUrney Frank intended to take in her. News reached Lhe old profeasor d a serious nature Tom Driggs had not only escaped the police of New York, but! had put out to sea in the steamar Lio ness. The vessel had been gone a week. With sucb a start as that," said Frank, "tbey will very likely reach the place before we cnn. However, that does not dismay me, I've tried the boat on tile river, and found that she operatas as slie should. She can make thirty miles an hour; We. will be clo8a at their heels." "We must not lose a moment's time," said Dr. Voneyke. "We have seen evidence that Tom Drrggs is a desperate and unscrupulous man, who is very greedy for this gold. He Will very likely tight hard t:>. put us out of the way if we meet him.'' '!'bey left the room, and Barney turned to Pomp and said: Falx, it's a hard toime we'll be afther hovin' av it.'' "Specs we will, honey," replied the coon. He took a big cigar from his pocket and lit it. Barney eyed him closely, a lid a mischievous twinkle appeared in his eyes, for the coon was puffing away a.t the cigar with a very grand and lordly air. "It's a foine shtinker yez has there," remarked Barney. "Regular Henry Mud,'' announced Pomp, puttmg on m ore airs than ever. Doan' you' wish yo' hod onef' Niver, whoile I have me meerschaum," replied Barney, taking an old clay pipe from his pocket and filling it witb rank tobacco. Only one ob dese yere come in a box,'' said Pomp, grmning, for he sow that Barney was envious of his possession of the cigar and was evidently acheming to get it away from him. "Be heavens, it's looky thero bes said the Celt. "If I wor to kape me nose in the affinvium ov that Havanny long its a coorpse I'd be. Lind me ther loan ov a loight fer me poipe.'' Pomp graciously bonded over \he cigar. Instead of lighting his pipe with it, Barney stuck the butt in his mouth, handel the pipe to the coon and strode away. Hey, dnr!" roareli the coon In tones of Indignation. "I don't see any," said Barney, pausing and grinning. .Any whatr "Hay.'' G'wny. Do an' yo' link yo' fo'got someflo'!" "Dlvil a bit! What d'yez mane?" .' "M v cheroot.'' "Is it a cheroot yez c:tlls this thing?" Spec's it am. Whu' yo' call it!" ".A donation gilt, begorra." "How am dat!" "It seldom goes back." "Fink yo's awfully runny, donn' yo'!" "Faltb, I know I am. Ivery toime I luck at you tt makes me gag.'' "Glmme dat butt!" "Niver! It's moine. Shmoke ther poipe.'' "Gwine ter gib it to me!" "No!" "Den I smash dis ole pipe!" .And Pomp &lammed it down on the fioor, smashing it into a thou sand pieces, but Barney merely smiled. He hn!l tbe cigar and it seemed to be a good one. "It's widout yez are entoirely now!'' he chuckled, puffing away. I wnot dot dar cigar!" roared Pomp, vehemently.1 Get out! It's no appreciation yez have av anyth\ilg but--" Bong! exploded a firecracker concealed inside of tlie cigar just then and tbe whole thing blew to pieces. "Wow!" yelled the delighted coon, who bod lured Barney Into a trap. "Murdher!" howled Barney, in horror. "I'm shot!'' .And down he tumbled on the floor, while the laughing black prac tical joker rushed out of the room to escape the consequences. Up jumped the Irishman and away he dashed after the coon. When they met out in the yard there was a struggle which might have led to consequences had not Frank come out or the shop nod separated them.


FRANK READE, JR., HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 5 That afternoon leave was taken of the Reade family, aml the four friends embarked on the Spark. The oil engine had been operating the dynamo and th& dynamo bad been charging the storage batteries. Barney then stoppe<: the engine and dynamo, Pomp busied himself lubricating the machinery, the doctor cast off the hawsers, and Frank went up Into the wheel bouse. It was a commodious room, containing a compass, charts, a lever uoard for controlling the boat's mechanism, and a large number or dials for registering the elements, forces, tension or current, atmos pherlc changes and so on. Pulling the lever mnrked No. 1 Frank put the storage battery cur-rent In connection with the motor, and the propeller revolved. The Spark glided out to the river. Going down the stream, she finally reached the sea. The boat went swifter, more smoothly, and much easier than most sea going craft with her electrical mectanism, the peculiarity or her lines, and tile unique manner of her arrangement. Our friends were launched on their journey. It was destined to -!Je one of the most excitin:,; and pJrilous they had (lVer been on, as will presently be seec. CHAPTER IV. THE HOLE IN THE HULL. A TERRIBLE storm in midAtluntic was furiously several days Iuter, und the Spark wns caught in its giant grip. 'l'he little cruiser" was but a mere cocklesbell In that awful element, and rolled, tossed and pitched fr1glltrully. Waves were rolling up like mountains ,6n each side of her, hissing and boiling with foam, tbil wind shrieked a dirge carrying the spray in great clouds, the murky sky was split by flying lightning, ned the boom and roar of thund to him. "All hands put on diving suJtB!'' he shouted. "Hey, Barney!" ... Yis, sor.'' Shut off power.'' I will th&.t." A moment afterwards they all entered the storeroom. Here hung a numl.Jer of metallic diving suits, with electric lamps on the helmets nnrl air ?.ylinders on tbe hacks. There was enougl.J atmosphere compressed in the reservoirs to !nat each of them six hours under water, while in a small separate com pattment in the cylinders were powerful batteries that kept tlteir hel met lights glowing. In a few moments they were all attired. In the meantime Frank gave his friends certain instructions and they hastened u;> to the deck with ropes. Toe lloaticg wreck was filled with lumber Frank observed, nod it was then but a lew away from the slnkicg Spark. Four lengths of rope were camed on deck. Each of the crew took one, and tied an end at four corners or the electric cruiser's deck. Frank took the four remaining ends in his hands. He then sprang upon the deck or tbe wreck, and securely tied them fast to her in four different places. By the time he finished the Spark went down. Frank's companions were carried down witll her, and In a moment were swallowed up by the ocean. The weight of the cruiser bore on one side of the wreck, and sud denly capsized her so that she floated keel upward Frank barely h .nd time to seize a rope when she turned over and thus prevented himself falling iuto the ocean nod sinking to the bot tom. In a momf:nt more the Spark hung by the ropes Frank had secured her to the drifting wreck wltb. She pulled tile overturned derelect under sol"e, but it did not require much buoyancy to lloat her from uottom. Frank slid down tbe rope to the deck of the Spark. Here be found his companions. The cruiser was filled with the brine. ;Every roll and toss of the wreck that held her from sinking made her moTe up and pown, and sway to and fro. The electric lights were all glowing as they are the only lights that burn under water with('Ut air. Motioning to his friends to follow; the young lnvenlor passed into the boat, and when the door was closed they went down to the cabin. Here Frank examined the bole in the hull. It was a jagged aperture, and showed him that when the Spark col !lded with the wreck she must have struck n metal projecion. To patch it up inside was impossih!e. But the voung inventor did not !DiDd the Inconvenience. Be went 1 o the storeroom with his friends and !Jrocured a metal p!llte, a drill, ri?etR, hammers, ropes and other things. Boring holes near the edge or the plate, and then drilling holes in thll hull around the break that with the ones In the plate, be motioned Pomp and the doctor to stay there. With Barney he went on deck. Tying a rope around himself, Frank motioned the Celt to lower him do'l"n to the bole, and whfln this was done be took the plate rivets and n hammer which Barnev let down to him. In a few moments they were riveting the plate over the OJlenlng. When this was finished and Frank was hoisted up, he .wentmslde, and getting some metallic cement, be stopped up the crevices betweea the patch and the hull. Next he secured a double bose to the water pump, and then gearing the pump motor to the storage batteries, be carried one end of the long hose out on deck tt.rougb a bull's-eye in the turret. Here he tied a line to himself and put the other end In Bar ney's hand, after which be took off his weights. Holding the end or the hose and ascending surface ward by the buoy ancy of his air knapsack, he reached the top nod got upon the hulk, where he fastened the hose. Stuffing had been put In the bull'seye around the hose, where it came out or the tarret, to exclude the ingress or water. The pump ran by the


'! 6 READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. more could get into the boat, it wns rapidly emptied. strike a blow, rose up and pitched him on his face. Wat..,r spurted from the end Frank carried to the top, and as no I The young inventor darted between tne Turk's legs ere be could As fast as the water poured out of ber, she arose with the decrease Tile rage of the old fellow was treDiendous. of the weight that had been holding her down. He yelled for help, and trieJ to swear at tbe same time. In half au hour !!he-floated on the surface of the raging sen again, 1 A !)rowd of his countrymen came flying from all directions toward entirely emptied of the water sh{' ha1 contained. j them to a s certain the enuRe of their dignitary's wild plight. The patch did not admit a drop of brme, and our friends were overFrank saw that n storm was gathering. joyed at the success of Frank's ingenious plan. He was unarmed, and therefore unprepared to fight a crowd nearly CHAPTER V. UP THE NILE. off those mooring hawsers!" cried the young inventor, when they had abandoned their diving suits. Unrig that pump! I'm going to blow up that wreck so it will no longer menace other ships, and perhaps wreck them!'' Hia companions hastily complied. As soon as everything was clear, Frank lett the wheel in the coon's bands, and descended into the gun turre t. He opened the breeches of both pneumatic guns, shoved in long brass cnrrridges of dynamite, and filled the reservoirs. Getting aim at the wreck, he pul:ad n lever, releasing the compressed atmosphere, and the proje<:tiie flew out. It exploded with a terrific report when it struck the wreck, nod tore all the deck off, littering the sen with lumber. The second 11hot was then fired. nil of wbom carried daggers or scimetors in tbeir sc&rlet sashes. A medley of voices addressed tbe fat Turk. Boiling with rage, he pointed at Frank and bowled: "Seize upon that pagan son of a proscribed race, bare his feet, and deal him twenty blows with a cow's tail. By Mahomet, be has con tll!llinated your cadi with mud. Allab, il Allah, I shall--" But FrBnk waited to hear no more. The crowd had made a ru ; h for him. He took to his heels, as aiscretion was the better part of valor in this case, and ran for tbe water front. Tbe wbole crowd of Tnrks came rushing along in pursuit of him, brandishing the daggers they carried, and yeJling at such a fearful rate that otbers joined the crowd. Several men tried to head Frank off. But his Jist shot out and thumped them liken spile driver, or he sent them !lying to earth uy hitting them with his slloulder, and kept on in the lead. Turning another corner, be reached the water. Springing into the uoat, be cried to his friends: '"Give away, boys-quick!" It completed the destruction of the wreck. l:lhe was complately torn to fragments. Frank was tllen satisfied. He went down below, and seeing that the patch was all right, next examined the drenched interior or the Spark. Both Barney and Pomp lind seen what waa transpiring They grasped the oars and pulled away swiftly toward the Sparli:'. be and the crowd paused at the water side, yelling and hooting at them and making all sorts of threats. The water had of course destroyed many things, but the damage was so slight that i!i did not trouble Frank much. Indeed, be congrntulatlld himself that they bad a very narrow escape from total loss of the boat. The Spark ran ahead through the storm, and finally crossing the Atlantic, she passed into the Mediterranean sea. Her course was laid tor the Nile. Everywhere she went the crews on passing ships were struck by her peculiar and warlike appearance They in most cases set her down for n gunboat of some foreign na tion. In some instances they were bailed. But as Frank hall no desire to gratify their idle curiosity with tm account of Ilia craft, be paid no attention to any one, but kept quietly on hie way to Alexandria. Frank stopped tbe boat off this city to make inquiriea about tbe Lioness. One of the quarter boats was lowered, Barney and Pomp got in witli Frank and rowed ashore. '\'he city stood partly on the Island of Pharos, now a pllninsula, but most of the buildings were on the isthm us running to the main land. It was once surrounded by a strong lurrP.ted but in vari ous placl's it was destroyed to make way for improvements In the Turkish quarter the streets were narrow, irregular and l filthy, and the houses small, mean and ill built. On the other hand, the Frank quarter presented the appearance of n European town with handsome streets, shops and squares. Leaving his friends in the boat, Frank made his way to the Great Square and called upon the American Consul. Do you know whether the 11bip Lioness entered this port recent ly?'' be asked the United States miaister? "No, but she entered the Ntle, sir," was the reply, "and she seemed to be in a very great hurry !rom all accounts." When was thist" asked the inventor. Seven days ago.'' "She must have made good time across from New YorK." Oh, she's n very fast uoat. The captain owns her. And she is so llatbottomed that she can ascend the mighty hundreds of miles." Frank then explained his mission. A grave look crossed the consul's face. He said, however, that he could not assist Frank any, as the Lionells was then e10tire!y out or his reach, uut would go to the pasha's palace and apprise him qf Driggs' villainy. When the Lioness came back she might be thus stopped. Frank then his leave or the consul. In returning to his boat be was obliged to go through the Turkish quarter referred to. As he was hastening ulong at a rapid pace not far from the water trout, he suddenly turned e cornor. A portly Turkish dignitary was hastening from the opposite direc tion. Frank and the dark featured Onentol collided furiously. Down went the Turl< into the !lith, soi:ing his gorgeous baggy pants, ripping up his embroidered coat, sending l!ls turban flying, and utter ing a string of expletives aga.iost t.he inventor strong enough to sul phurize the air. "Dog or a FrnDkish mummy!" he raved, as be bounded to his feet, and drew his scimeter. "I shall cleave thee in twain! By the beard of the Prophet, thy accursed lile shall pay fJr thy stupidity!'' And hll rushed at Frank, fully determined t\carve him up. But Frank was safe from clutches. Fo' hebbin sake chile, wha' yo done?" asked Pomp. Merely knocked one of them down by accident,'' replied Frank. Faix, tt's roiled tbey be's entoirely!" exclaimed Barney "D'yez moind, they're gittin' boats ready ter folly us." "Well, it won't do them any good, us they can't catch the ::')park." "Wba' yo' heah about tie Lioness, Mruse Frank!'' She didn't stop here, but went up the Nile seven days ago." "Bad cess ter th!lt Dhriggs; he'll bate us tar ther lake." "I don't know about that," said Frank. "You must remember that the Ntle is 3,370 miles long, from Lake Victoria Nyanza to the Medital ranean Sea. Besides that tbere are the dangers from the hostile natives or navigating the uig river, to euy nothing or the falls wbicb the best ship in the world can't mount, no matter how high the inundations may ewell the water.'' "Falls, sah! What falls?" B e tween Berber and Wndy Haira rapids and cataracts are to be found which can only be crossed in n flood. Then when the Nile tlowe from the Victoria mto the Albert Nyanza there are the big Murchison falls one handred and twenty feet higb." "Arrnb! How are we ter cloimb up thim with this boat!'' asked the Irishman, in tones of dismay. "Dr. Vnneyke baa found tributaries of Lbe big river and small creeks that wind around these falls, by means of which we may pass them," replied Frank. "Ot c.1urse the or the Lioness can take advantage of them if be knows where to lind them, but I don't believe he does.'' At this juncture they reached the electric cruiser and securing the davit Jines to the bout hoisted it up. By this time a number of tha native boats had been manaed by the tlarce crowd who had been chusing and now came sailing in a stifl breeze toward the Spark. It would bA an easy matter for me to blow them all to pieces if I so inclined,'' said the young inventor, gazing scornfully at the tlotilln approaching. But that would only lead to trouble with tl:e and this I wish to avoid." Tie therefere mounted to the tnrr&t and put on the current. Away rushed the electric boat, followed by the furious shouts or the natives, and they soon left their prisoners far behind, and plunged in to the delta of the Nile. The boat sped nl9ng rapidly toward Damanhoor, and when the sable mantle of night fe11 upoil tile scene notlnng more was seen of the Turks or their boats. The Spark pass e d Cairo, and was soon going through the magnifi cent valley ot Egypt. There were numerous mud flats and"smali islands dotling the water and Frank stood do1vn on the forward deck closely Pcanning them when tbe doctor drove the boat too near the right hand eille. She struck a sunken flat with a shock that hurled Frank overboard, but tmmediately slid over It and shot ahead, leaving h i m far behind, as no one bad seen him fall into the river. Down he sunk, but he wus an expert swimmer, and at once came to the surface again and began to swim. He saw the boat racing away from him, and shouted: Hey, Come back! Come back and pick me up!" words had scarcely left Frank!s lips when suddenly the water parted all around him and up came several crocodiles. The huge saurians had seen the young man, and were wonderfully rapid As soon as they bad him located, they dashed at him from all di rectiotos with the evident intent ion of devouring him alive! A shudder or iRtense horror passed over the young iaventor.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 7 CHAPTER VI. FIGHTING TilE REPTILES. DR. V ANEYKE ball beard Frank's cry for belp, and, glancing back, saw the inventor swimming in tile river. He at once turned tbe cruiser around, but to his horror tile big crocodiles appeared, and be tbat it would be au utter impossi bility to reach Frank in time to save him from the reptiles. Despite tbe awful peril he was in l!'rank did not lose his courage. He realized tbat bis meagre chances for life depended upon retain ing his coolness and employing bis wits properly. None knew better tban be wbat rapid swimmers the saurianS' were; and although it added to his dismay, it served to quicken his actions proportionately. As soon as the rush of the reptiles was made he dove under the water as far down as be could go, and then swiftly struck out toward a large mud flat be had seen near by. His body kept ascending as be swam. He reached the surface llefore be bad gone far. Some or the crocodiles bad disappeared under the water in search or !Jim, but the rest laid on top like logs. No sooner bad he made bis a)lpearance in the sunligbt, though, wben they caught sight of him again. In a moment they were after !Jim. But Frank !Jad come up near the mud flat. He drove ahead through tlle water until lie reached it, aud then be gan to wade ashore. The thick mud held on to his feet tenaciously. Floundering through tbe shoals, he reached the flat. Here the mud was softer and more tenacious, and lie had to fight his way to the middle. But there he sank up to his knees and stock fast. He could not budge an inch. A cold perspiration broke out all over him as he saw the reptiles swim up to the sbore all around the tlnt. 'l'hen they began to creep slowly toward him. Their elongated bodie11 did not sink in tbe mire as Frank did. On they came, some of them gaping their huge mouths, brist ling with frightful looking teeth. Frank ghmcPd back over his shoulder. 'l'he cruiser had ron ateatl until ler bow struck the mod, and Barney and Pomp came out on tl4ick armed with pneumatic repeat Ing rifles, charged with explosive bullets of iron. "Donn' worry, Marse Frank!" yelled the coon. We'se gwiue ter kill llem yere beasts. Watch dem now, sail." And eacll of them singled out a victim nod fired. The weapons gave out no report. A simple thad of escapl,ng air was all. But the iron bullets fairly howled so fast dl!l they fly. Upon striking t.he hard cuirasses or the crocodiles they burst with the most terrific detonations, blowing huge holes iu the bodies or the saurians. Two or them were killed at the first discharge. Four remained, still approaching Frank. Barney aud Pomp could o _nly aim at two, however, lor the otbers were behind the inventor, and they feared to hit bini if they fired at them. Bang! bang! went two more bullets. 'l'he Irishman and negro were detd shots. Each of the bullets killed tbe oi.Jjects aimed at. "Lie down!" yelled Barney. Frank realize.1 that they wished to Ore over his prostrate body. Although the crocodiles were I.Jut a few feet distant, and still np proaching, the young inventor flung birnself on his back almost into the jaws of the monsters. It wn& a desperate thing to do, but there was no alternative for his life was at stake. A of intense suspense seized him. Bang! bang! came the two next &hots. The Celt and the coon had aimed as far from Frank as they could, so the flying particles of iron would not hit him, and he could hear tbe bullets whistle over him. A terrific splashing of the mud folluwed. He ventured to look op, and saw that while one of the lmge beasts bad been killed outright, the other was merely wounded. Its nttention was drawn from Frank by the injury, and the splashing came of its tail t!Je mud. Having no joint in its neck, the huge creature was turning Its body around to get back into the water, and this action brought its lash ing tail nearer to the young inventor. It !lew tbrough the air close to where be lay, every violent slash threatening to kill Frank. Boom I roarPd another shot. It had struck the animal on the oack. That settled it. The reptile flied. Hurrool'' roared Barney. "It's kilt, I' Frank Rat up and glanced nround. He snw the dark b01lies of more of the crocodUes in the water, and now caught sight of Pomp and the doctor lowering a boat. The next moment the coon was in the skitr pulling toward the mud flat, and in a moment be reached it. Marse Frank, grab dis yere oar an' I pull yo' out." By heavens! I thought my doom was sealed, Pomp." "Hang on now, honey.'' "Pull away." Frank had seized the oar with both hands. Pomp was very strong, and succeeded in dragging his legs out of the mud until Frank lay on top of the Hat. He then polled the young inventor over to the boat. Once Frank was in it, 119 presented a sorry spectacle, but his life was saved, and that was all he cared about. "Give away, Pomp. I'm all right now," said he. "Gosh amightyl wha' bait yo' was fo' dem den, honey." It's lucky you and Barney are such good shotR." How yo' tumble inter de ribt:er!" Frank explained. On the way back to the boat he sprang overboard and .w11shed him sell, after which he re-entered tC.e skiff. Upon reaching the Spark, they were hoisted up to the deck by Bar ney and Dr. Vaneyke, to whom Frank's mishap was explained. While Frank was changing his clothes, the professor went up into the turret, and reversing the screw, be succeeded in getting the Spark out into deep water again. Tbe journey was then resumed, and various villages were passed. On the following day Frank and the professor sat onder an awning on deck to keep out of the scorcbing son, when the young inventor us ked of the doctor: "Do you thmk we can get through to Khartoum!" "Well," rllplied Dr. Vaneyke, rellectively, "vessels generally pass up from Egypt as far as Bedden, a aistance of 2,900 miles. But even at this period oJ high tides, namely between June and August, the ascent of the cataracts between Wady Haifa and Berber is so danger ous for ve5,j!els of any size, that the river route is seldom follllwed. I tbink we can do it, though. "They go from the Wady to El Ordeh by land, and thence resume tbe river np to Old Dongola, pro::eeding to Khartoum. There's a free course from Dutile to the neighborhood or Murchtson Falls, and thence they go overland from Mngongo to Lake Victoria Nynnza." And we can get around the falls?" Easily by means of the circuttous streams I mentiOned. We are approaching one no". Don't you see-the rapids ahead there!" "Yes, and there don't seem to be a clear passage through them: Come up in the turret and I'll show you how to proceed." Barney was guiding the boat. He had a troubled look on his face. Bedad, it s blocked we are, I'm afeered.'' said he. Oh, no," laughed the professor. See that stream to the right!" "I do that." "Follow it." Barney spun the wheel around. The boat thereupon ran into the stream. It led them around the Ftrst as the place was named. Each aide of this branch stream was lined by a dense jungle of papyrus, bushes and trees. Half a mile up the wa\ercourse Frank caught sight of wbat looked like an ancient ruined city ou.,.the right hand bank, half buried in the dense, rank shrubbery. There were scores of fallen pillars, great, discolored obelisks cov ered with hieroglyphics, standing columns, and dense weeds, dhrobs, and saplings growing atnong them. A broken staircase of stone led to the water's edge; at the top of wbich stood the ruin of .an ancient temple, covered with moss and creeping vines. It was embowered among a number of tall date palms. As the electric boat drew near it, Frank was startled to hear a wild cry in human tones proceeding from the ruin. "Help-help-help!'' shrieked a man's voice In English. The voice came from within the old ruin. Frank stopped the Spark. "Some one in distress!" he gasped. "Heavens, what an agonized voice!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. Let us go ashore and see who it is.'' All right. Arm yourself, Frank." Barney, ron the boat up to those stairs." "Yis, sor," replied the Celt, oneying. By the time the Spark reached the steps Frank and the old scientist had armed tbemselves with rifles and went out on deck. Springing ashore, they ran up the stairclt!e. Save mel" frantically screamed the same voice again. Into the ruin dashed the two anxious rescuers, and they saw a man standing in the middle of wbat was once a big room. He was alone-a white man iit sailor cost ume. A laugh pealed from his tips when he saw Frank and the professor, and he a peculiar whistle, when out from bebin

8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE. LAKES. That brought the rest to a pnuse, and as a sudden panic seized them over thiS deadly, unexpected fire, they recoiled. Frank saw the white man turn to run with them, when he covered the wretch with hiS" rille and sllouted: "Halt where you nre, sir I'' Dou't shoot!" yelled the man in alarm. Hands up, and come here-quick!" A groan escaped the fellow, the sarcastic smile left his face, and with an expression of intense alnrm he obeyed the inventor. With reluctant stepa and raised bnnds, he approached slowly. He bud weapons in his belt, but dnred not touch them. Caught!'' he muttered in dismay. "Hot ryl" roared Frank. A mot!ou wilb his rille mnde the man run. In a moment he renched them. They disarmed him, and Frank said sternly: .Marcll ahend of us! At the ll1st sigu of treachery, I'll blow your brains outl Now go you scoundrel!" ,Just as they were nbout to pnss through the door, the doct')r glanced back, ami suddeuly cried: "Dodge!" Behind the broken wnll they sprnng. The prisoner attempted to follow them. A shower or spenrs hnd been burled by the blacks. Before the prisoner could get out of the way one of the shafts pierced his hack, went through his body, and as a wild scream of agony escaped him, he fellnnd was pinned to the ground. Frank and the doctor escaped the missiles lJy getting. behind the atone walls, bot saw befell the trnitor. He bas fallen into his own trnpl" the inventor mutterl!d. "Give them a vollyl" cried Dr. Vnneyke. Several shots were tired nt the cegroes. Alarmed by the reports Barney nnd Pomp had hastily armed themselves nod hnstened ashore. Ruuning up the steps they joined Frnnk nnd the doctor. At one glance they took in the <uutlon. Comtl .fer ther spnlpeensl" cried the Irishmnn. Whoop! D'yez moind tber timper I have! I'll nit thirnl Come on!'' "Ayl Chnrge on them!" cried the doctor. The four thereupon ran past the gronning mnn, who lay welteriug in his blood on tlJe lloor. Shot after shot wns tired at the black men, and while several of them fell the rest ran nway nod tlid not return. Having put their enem1es to l11gl'tt, our friends returned to the wounded man; and drew the out or his body. It caused him the mosL horrible misery. Frnnk noticed that his body wns getting diacolored and was rnpidlr swelling up. l'm booked for the grnve!" groaned the unlucky wretch. "Yes-you are doomed!'' said Frank, grimly. Can'vyoo do anything for met" No; spear was poisoned. The jirus has been Gommonicated to your body. You are In a short time you will die!" Oh, why did I do this for Tom Drlggdl" groaned the mnn, dismal ly. I don't want to die! Oh, I don'L wnnt to die! For God's sake try to anve my life: I'll do nnythlng for you If you will." "It Is out or tile question to dream or living with lwcb a frightful wound and all the poison you have got," said the professor. I nm a man or medicine, nod therefore am In a position know how lJudly injured you are.'' The man began to groan, scream nod weep in a veritalJle frenzy over the thought thnt be would have to perish. Frank looked nmnzed nt his remnrk. So be ia one of Tom Driggs' htl remnrked. "Den dnt skunk's ship mus' hab passed you." Pomp ndded. "It looked like a put.-up job to waylny us," the doctor exclnimed. "Ax this moo," snid Barney. Faith, he may explnin it.'' FrniJk nodded assent, noel approaching tl.te dying wretch, be said: "Did the Lioness pass up this strenml'' "Four days n.,.o," groaned the man. DriggR fenred you would chase him from Readestown, and left me here with 11ome natives h& bribed to stop nil vessels from the Lioness.'' How did you know who I wns?" I didn't until I just bnrd your names." How does your catltain know lJow to get around the. "Becnuee he picked up a nntive pilot. who Is well with this river from beginning to end.'' I see. He had the book dtrecting him to ths gold mine then!" "Yes. He found it in a vnlise which he stole from a man in Readestowo. He won the help or the steamer's crew by promising all nn equal share of the gold he might secure. A terrible paroxysm of pain interrupted the mnn. He rolled on the floor, and shriek after shriek escnped him. Presently the ngony became so great that he fniuteu. In this mnnner be died. They left his body where it laid. Returning aboard of the cruiser, they sent her along, and running into the Nile again, continued their journey. Bnrney got out his pld Iiddle nod Pomp his bnnJO, as they had brought these Instruments with thllm, o.nd to the harrowing scene they pnssed through, struck up a hvely tune. Our friends were now cnst Into a fever of npprehension, for if the captain or the Liooees took possession of the mine, he coulu bold it 1 a!!ainst an army with very few men, and might work the supply with native help until It was exhausted. Every volt or electromutive force the boat could carry was put Into the motors, and the Spark tlew alltmd at a rapid rate. Several days passed by uneventfully. They found the different nrrns of the Nile by which they could get around the cataracts, rapids and falls, and tlnally reached lake Albert without further mishap. lt was one of the great sources or the Ntle to discover which Sir Samuel Baker and his heroic wife nearly perished. The Spark ursP," .. Do you see that storm coming cp yonder!'' asked Frank, ns be pointed to the eastern sky. "The quicker we get into the river then the better." Frank nodded and mude the effort. They hnd scarcely reached the base of the cliffs nt one side, how ever, when tbere came 11 terrific gust of wind from the channel that drove the water furiously nnd set them lJnck. In n few moments tbe storm swept dow11 upon them and kicked up as henvy n sea as if the lake were th" open ocean. There were a numi.Jer or rocks nstern of the cruiser. The water wns and boiling over them in white foam, and as the Spark was seet back her rud

.t FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEC1'RIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 9 commented the doctor, gravely. "We've got clear of the snags that broke the rudder now, aud seem to be in deep water." Wba' yo' all finkin' about!" demanded Pomp, impatiently. Why donn yer frow ober one ob de 1\DCbors!" Every one brightened up at t bis sensible suggestion, for they bad not thought of doing as tbe coon said. Frank and Barney rushed do.wn to tbe deck. By this time tbe boat bad drifted many miles south of the river they w e re beading for, nnu seemed t!l be witbm a league of the tloating Ut!lrls on the eastern shore. 'l'be anchor was leL go and sank. 1t went down twenty fathoms before it reached bottom. 'l'heu it caught, aod the crutser came to a pause, and swung around w ith her bow to the wind. There sbe buag and remained. Nigl!t settled down upon the lake A watch was posted and our friends took turns sleeping. Toward dayb re ak th e storm cleared away, and Barney, who wus on watch at the time, s a w the sun rise in the eust. He glanced out tlie wtudow at the lake and observed that us the wind \vent down the waves subsided. Astern or the boat he caught or a large Jlotilla or canoes made or dug oJut tre e trunKs coming from shore. They were tilled with half naked savages armed with shields, spears, clubs, bows and 11rrows. These people were a mixture of Madia nnd Koshis, a fierce, warlike race un1er the government or a noted king named Kamraei. Paddling the cano 8 s with amazing speed they bad come out or an opening in the tloatiug vegetation lining tbe shore wbicb had hitherto concealed tbem from view. Barney coumed over one hundred canoes. Tbe weapous carried by the natives quickly showed him their hostile intentions, and he muttered: An attack, be jabers!" Then be dove downstairs. His first care was to lock the doors. Then he pulled the screens over the windows. Having secured tbe boat against invasion, he yelled: Turn out! Turn out!" Startled from their slumbers, his friends obeyed. Wllat's the matter!" quickly asked Frank. There's a gang av onmannerly uagurs acomln', sor." "Hal dress, noys, and geL up in the turrets." As these words left Frank's lips, a shower of missiles from the savage s rattled n.g ainst the boat. lt was followed by a tremenclous yell. Peering out the loopholes in the windows our friends saw the black warr;ors and realized tbe seriousness of the situati.on. They mean business!" cried Frank. There are several hun dred of the beggars, and they are surrounding the Spark.'' ".lleah dey come up on de deck!" gusveu Pomp, as be listened to the patter of footsteps overhead. Doc, or, you and Barney man the guns in the forward turret, while Pomp and I go up in the after gun room." The professor assenael!, and hurried upstairs with the Celt, while Frank and the coon went t o the engine room, and thence up into the after turret. Scores or the black men had got up on ths deck, and were roaming all over the boat, trying to get into her. An army of them were in the ontside. Frank lost no time loading the guns. "We may seriously unless we drivo them away!" he remarked to Pomp. "Tlley would almost sacrifice their lives to gain poe session of the metal this boat Is made of.'' "Golly," gasped the coon, "heah dem yell!'' What are the fellows doing on the deck!'' Dey boisted.UJl one ob de canoes," replied Pomp, as he peered out througb one or the bull'seyes, "an' dey am usin' it to a batterin' r am agio de do' ob de farrell turret.'' "Hope they won't break it down," muttered Frank. Most of the canoes were astern of the Spark. Be therelore took atm at them and fired the gun. The shell struck one or the canoes and exploded, blowing the Madia it contained to pillces. An awful uproar ensued. Tbe other hoats were paddled away. As they were going Frank fired again. True to its mork swept the proJectile. An appalling roar followed, the canoe the shell struck wes smashed to fragments, and its crew were burled in the air. A tremendous shout arose from the natives who remained, aad or them puddled furiously for the shore despite the yeils of the more valiant ones to bold them back. The men who were on deck diu not seem to be intimidated by the roar of the shots, for a score of them were holding a canoe and rush ing at the turret door using it as a battering ram. Crasli after crash resounded as it struck. Every blow made the boat quiver. "Fire agaiu, hooey! We'se got dem niggahs iu the watab!" cried But the fellows on deck nre out or the reach of our friends' weap. ons," said Frank, as he let another shot Jly. For several he was thus kept busy shooting at the canoes, and a number or them with their crews were destroysd. Under the repeated blows or the battering ram the door of the for ward turret finally gave way with a crash, aau with a bowl or delight, the negroes rushed into the room. Dr. Vaneyke and Barney barely had time to rush downstairs when the sa entered. Rushing back to the store-room, they provided themselves with re peating rifles, hastily loaded them, and peering through the open door way saw the blacks ransacking the cabin. "Give it to them, Barney!" cried the old scientist. "Begorra, they're robbin' us!" the Irishman muttered. Then they both fired. Bullets flew into the cabin like rain. Masy of the blacks were hit and fell. Others shot arrows back at two defenders. A pandemonium or shots now ensued, mingled with the shouts or our friends and the btoodcurdhng yells of the natives. Unable to stand the deadly lire the invaders retreated to the ceck. In tile meantime Frank had provided himself with a dozen hand greua:tee In a bag, aud opening the door went on deck. Running up the shrouds, followed by a ruetllade of arrows, he managP d to escape the and reached t}le crow's nest. Here the young inventor was safe bellind the bulwarks ot the circu lar platform, and began to hurl the hombs down at the boats. Every time a grenade struck a canoe a deafening explosion followed, the boat was blown to pieces and the crew InJured moJre or leas. When the Invaders came rushing from the cabin, Frank droppetl one or the bombs down upon the deck in their midst. The deck was damaged by the bursting or the shell, but the Jlying particles of iron mowed down many or the blacks and caused the Purvivors to dive overboard. Horrified at the terrible ending or what King Kamrasi thought was to be an overwhelming victory for himself, the savages .got into their canoes and padtlled away. Nor did they pause until they were safely ashore. Frank then descended from the crow's-nest, and his friends came on deck and tossed dead negroes overboard. "The fight is ours!" remarked Frank, triumphantly. "But at what an awful sacrifice or human life,'' said the doctor. '' That'a the forune or war, sir. They in vi tad their O'fD doom.'' Sure enough, Frank.'' Me only regret," suid Barney, is tllat au nv thim wuzn't kilt!" S'posen we lix de ruduah IJefo' dey come back," said Pomp. This plan was carried out with and !lS soon as a new pin tle book secured and the rudder hung, our friends hoisted the anchor, and repaired the deck hod broken door. The cruiser then glided ahead through the lake nnd our friends oc casionally caught glimpses of the negroes running along the shore to keep p a ce with them It caused a I or anxiety to mantle Frank's face. "Is the Somersllt river narrow, doctor!" be asked Vaneyke. Not more than 15& yards wide in places, Frank.'' 'l'her; you can depend that we haven't seen t last of those savages, for they ara following tbe boat.'' "In the narrow stream we would certainly be at their mercy," re plied the doctor. But I trust that the cruiser's gun may finally knock all the revengeful feeling out those black demons. We will soon see, though!" CHAPTER IX. LAKE VICTORIA IT was late in the afternoon when he Spark reached th e mouth or the Somer&et, and the great lake, entered the river. 'rbe stream was only 500 yards wide at its hot it contracted to half that width twenty miles up. Strange to sny there was but very little current at first bat it was seen further on by the drifting of the little green water plants called pistia stratiotes. Fi.oally the river narrowed down to 1 8 0 yards, when our friends heard the roar of water sounding like distant rumbling thunder. Ahead were some fishing buts at a point where the river made a turn, Here our friends saw an extraordinary show or crocodiles exposed on every sandbank on the sides of the river. The stream ran between towering walls or rock. Rounding the bend, a magnificent sight burst upon thorn. Beautiful wooded chfi9 abruptly arose on either side of the stream, rocks jutting out from the intensely green foliage. Rushing through a gap that cleft the rock exactly before the boat, 120 feet above the river, pent up in a narro'!l' gorge roared furiously through the rockbound pass, and plunged in one leap down into dark abyss wtere the Spark tloated. Tb. e tali was snow whHe, which bad a grand effect, while the tall gracerul palms and wilu plantains perfected the beauty or the scene. "Murchison Falls," commented Dr. Vaneyke. And our route now?" naked Frank. at that tributary the left there.'' It comes with fearful force.'' "Yes, because it runs down bil l from the river above the fall.'' "Do you suppose Driggs ascended that river In tl!e Lioness!" "Be conld very easily if he had a nativa guide." Frank drove the boat into the tributary, and abe was soon llwai lowed up in a dense mass or foliaga. She bad scarcely vanished, when the negroes who had been running


......... -10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS J!JLECTRIC CRUISER 'rHE LAKES. alter the Spark appeared on top of the clifl's armed witll rocks to hurl down at the cruiser. They Called to s .ee her, however, and therefore abandoned the chase. It proved as Dr. Vaneyke said; the tributary led them into the Nile above the full, and the boat sped along swiftly. She bad a run of over three hundred miles uow to reach Victoria Nyanza. Tllere were numerous wooded isles along the course of the stream, and they had a heavy current to breast. At Karuma, below Fowe1ra, the river fell over a walllike ledge which extended fight across its bed. This fall w11s fl ve feet high, but the surrounding plain wae flooded to a depth of four feet, and she easily regained the river by going around the rocky ledge. On the following the Ripon fall wns enco11ntered on north side or Victoria Nyanzn, coming down from a height uf twelve feet Gver the rocks, about live hundred feet wide. It was divided into sections by a number of wooded iAles. A number of wide, deep creeks also fed the river, and as the doc tor pointed out one to Frank by means of which the Spark could ensily reach the lake the young mventor quickly drove the boat through It. She thus gained Victoria Nynnzn. Our friends were glad to leave the

FRANK READE, JR; AND HIS ELECfRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 11 An imerval of silence ensued. The inventor smiled at the rascal s surprise. He intended to increase Driggs' discomfiture soon. I Y. captain!" he shouted. What do you want!'' carne the surly reply. "Come about, and return to NP.w York at once.'' Hey!'' yelled DJ.'IggR, in furious tones. I've got a gun boat here to blow you to pieces!" Curse your impudence. do you mean to say--" Unless you obey me I'll sink your craft!" ''By heavens, this iB too much!" You are a coward and a thief!" cried Frank, tauntingly. "I'll make you p1ove words!" "No more proof is wanting besides what I saw with my own eyes at Readeslown,'' Frank shouted. "You robbed Dr. Vaneyke, but I swear to you that you have had your journey for notlling. The doctor is with me, and we are here to assert, by tlle force of arms, our right to the gold claim!" You'll never get it," furiously yelled Driggs. But you are mistaken: It is you who will never--" At tllis moment a loud report interrupted Frank, commg from a swivel gun on the deck of the steamer. A ball came flying across the water and struck the forward turret within a foot or where Frank stood The shot glanced oil' witll a metallic ring, and the tloctor inside ut tared a cry as he imagined the lnissile was coming "Good shot!" coolly commented Frank "Faix, It's armed they he's!" cried Bamey, in the turret. And for eafety he has tily closed the sllutters over the windows. "Dr. Vaneykel" "Well Frank!" "Firei" The shot was discharged. It proved to be a good one, too. Striking the tall'rail of the Lioness it burst. All the metal and wood work was torn to pieces. Loud yells of pain, rage, and alarm ripped hom the crew of the steamer, some of whom had been wounture. \ The young inventor firmly held him, however, and dragged him to the Spark, upon which the doctor, Barney and Pomp helped them, when it was seen that the negro's arm was broken. He was the chief of the inhabitallts or Bambirch Island, and had broken his arm by a fall in the rocks. Upon seeing that no harm was Intended to him he recovered from his panic and manifested the utmost gratitude to Frank for what he bad done to save his life. "Doctor, we ought to win the friendship of this fellow's people," said Frank, diplomatically. "Shall I ,@peak to him about it?" Do you understand their lingo?" When I was exploring this region I learned a smattering of the Uzinja dialect," answered Vaneyke. 'fhen assure him of our everlasting friendship. Tell him we are after a cargo of gold, admonish him to protect us from the hostile tribes around here, and warn him that the crew of the Lioness must be kept away.'' The doctor nodded assent and turned to the mnn. The black. chief had been listening to their strange language with a look of curiosity upon his face. Vnneyke then addressed the negro, and the following dialogue en sued between them. \ CHAPTER XI. A GOLDEN HARVEST. "OH, my brother!'' said Dr. Vaneyke to the chief, "we have come from the land of the muzvngu mbaya (wicked.white men,) and they have followed us in a ship to kill us.'' "You !Java escaped, white man, oh!" replied the chief. Tbe white men are bad.'' '1'bey are Wicked.'' They are very bad." The white men are very wicked.'' The white men are not good.'' They are not good.'' "The white men are not a!l good." They are cot all good " They will kill the Uzinja tribe.'' "No, no!" fiercely said the chief. Truly so, oh my brother!" "No! No!'' And you must die at their hands. : "Ugh, ugh! Do not speak way.'' It is the truth.'' Hoo, hoot It Is bad-very bad not to wear nice cloth againnever to dwell more with one's w1ves and children, not to eat, drink, snuff and tobacco. Boo, boo! It is bad-very bad!'' But your tribe can kill the wicked white men.'' They can kill the wicked white men.'' And :!IOU will be our friends!'' We will be your frieod8.'' And permit us to carry away the yellow earth yonder!'' We will permit you to carry away the yellow earth.'' And permit none of your tribe to attack us?" Oof!" grunted the chief, disdainfully. Such upumbafu!" (DOll sense)!'' Goojl We are then brothers." "To-0-obl Tuhl It is so." We shall now give you presents and safely land yon on your is!. and.'' 1 This proposition pleased the chief Immensely. After some further conv11rsation the doctor embarked in one or the boats with tile chief and rowed him over to the island. He set the chief ashore, and while shaking hands to bid him good bye, the doctor clutched a revolver with the otker hand to shoot the negro down at the first sign of treachery. Dr. Vaneyke knew from past experience that these African negroes are a very treacherous race. To win his good will, the chief bad been given a number of pres ents, wbich he esteemed highly. Perhaps the most valuable in his estimation was a pound of sugar. As a number or his men had come to meet him, the doctor wisely kept away !rom land, and rowed back to the Spark as speedily !Is possible. The electric cruiser was left in charge of Barney and Pomp, and Frank embarked in the boat and rowed ashore with the doctor to in spect the gold lead.


12 FRANK REApE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF 'l'HE LAKES. Passing up a cleft in the rocks, Frank and.the old scientist J ruined our ship with your guns, aud you've millie away witli a good (allowed the course of the creek out or which the chief had come lor many or our messmates too." a short distance. It was now clear thllt venge.ance was their motive. This ravine had been split in scd!'es of pllloes. In filet Frauk suspected it before either of them said a Entering one or tbese clefts, the doctor pointed at the wall on the there was nothing else to bring them back rigut hand Side in wuich ran a broad vein of gold. He could not say anything though, on account of the gag. "When these rocks parted asunder," said the scientist, "in con!!e-"I ain't the kind of a man to let euch injury as you've done me go quence of an earthquake, perhaps, it left that vein of metal bare. I unpunished," continued Driggs, witll a scowl ai. Frank. "You must You clln see how va)ullble the ore is." answer for it now. Not only have you done me injury but You've en" Almost without alloy," commented Frank. io this expedition tt: cheat me out or the gold J was after. "There is a ahip load of it iu plain view." You've got half of it, but you won't n ive to enjoy it I can tell you. Now "But little will be left for Driggs when we get through." say your prayers?'' "Now, the question is how to get it." He cocked his pistol, and withdrew a few steps. "By blastmg. We can convey it In the boats down this creek to His compr.nion followed his example, exclaiming: the Spark Without much trouble." "When we get through with you both, there won't be much left "VAry well. Let nB get to work the tlrst thing to-morrow.'' but food for the hyenas, I can tell you!" They then returned to the cruiser. Frank and the doctor excuanged pllthetic glances. That night the Lioness hove in view. They felt as if their doom was sealed. The wisdom of having won the friendship of the Uzinja people waa No one was there to help them, for they could do nothing for then shown, lor they put put in their canoes and made such threat themselves, bound and gagged as they were. demonstrations to Driggs' men that the villainsmstantly steamed It gave tbe_m an awful feeling of horror. away. "You take the doctor, anu I'll fire at Reade," said Drigga. H aave them clearly to uncerstand that the nearoes had befriended All right, captain," answered his companwn. 'rank's party, and would not allow the steamer to approach any:: Run as as you shoot." where near tile mine. ,, What for! . . On the following morning Frank returned to the gorgll and began "The reports .wtll fnends'bere. to drill along the top and bott('[n of the vein. Very well, I m ready. Dynamite cartridges were imbedded in the apertures, and then were They both toOK deliberate aim at Frank and Vaneyke. connected with each other by electric wires. They were exploded from the cruiser. A roar that shook the earth ensued. When our friends entered the they saw that not only the gold bad been torn from its bed, but tons of quartz rock had also been blasted out. Both boats were brought from the Spark. All the ballast was taken out of the cruiser. The work or loading the boats with the lumps of gold and convey ing it to the ship t!len began. Frank and the doctor attended to this, and the negro and Irijhman remamed aboard the Spark and stowed the ore away down below in place the ballast. In this manner half of the gold was secured. Our fortunes are n:ade now, Frank,'' laughed the doctor. Yes, we will reap ii. rich harvest, doctor." About teo boat loads of the gold remain.'' We must keep right and finish the jol:l to-night." The gloom Is falling fast now.'' So I perceive.'' They debarked from the in the creek. Striding over to the cleft in the side of the gorge, they entered. No sooner was this done than several men sprang at them and bore them to the gwond. They could not shout to Barney arid Pomp and the strangers had taken care to grasp them by the1r A fierce struggle ensued. Frank saw tuat the men were Sllilors. They h11d Tom Driggs among them, and it occurred to Frank that the villains had landed somewhere dow,p the coast, and made a circuit by land to the creek. -"Coming down the gorge from the landward they had escaped detection and therefore were enabled to get into the crevice unseen. Despite the of Frank and the doctor, they were s oon overpowered, u.s each one had four men to contend with, and they had been taken by surprise without "That 11ettles it! They've got us now!'' flashed !lcross Frank's mmd. Tie them hand and fooL!" hissed Drigas, I'll blow their headR otf if you say said onR or the men. "No. The will alarm their friends on the Spark!" But, sir--" We want the gold more their lives.'' "True, sir-true!" "Set to work there with a will." Frank and the doctor were gagged and boood and thrown on the ground utterly helpless. Presently ten more of the sailors appeared. \ They secured poles to the boate, filled them with the gold, and thus carried away load after load to their ship. In thiS manner all the rest of the treasure was soon tllken off, and our friends watched it disappear with feeiine;a of the moat in tense dis may. Shortly alter the last load had thus been carried away, TQm !'eturned with two men. One of them he posted on watch in the creek. The other accompanied him into the crevice where Frank and the doctor lily on the ground. They carried revolvers in their hands. They paused in front of the two prisone rs, and with a savage look upon his face 'l'om Driggs exclaimed: We've come back to kill voul" A shudder pa@sed over the "two prisoners upon hearing this. They realized how entirely they were at Driggs' mercy. "So wed id!" chimed In the captain's companion. You've almost CHAPTER XII. SE!ZliRE OF THE SPARK. "RuN for your lives!" yelled the sentry, just then. What's the matter?" demanded Driggs, in startllld tones. Here comes the nigger and t!Je lrislunan !" Neithllr Driggs nor his companion dared to fire, in order noL to let Burney and Pomp know they were there. They dashed swiftly away, leaving Frank and the doctor unharmed and disappeared safely in the gloom. Alarmed by the protracted absence of the scientist and the inventor, the Celt ami the negro had themselvE!s, and going overboard from the Spark swam aghore. They suspected that trouble had befallen thej.r friends and were nnxious to investigate it. Ranching the shore I hey left the lake, and fancied they saw several men runnin11: up the creek side. it's moighty quare wliat'a 'kapin' thim this lasht two hours widout t.ringin' a boat load av ther goold ter ther cruiser," commented Barney, in anxious tones. Shore, they wouldn't do that onlesa sometbin' dhreadlul detained 'em!" De boats amn't iu de creek,'' remarked Pomp. "Yo' s'peca dey done rowea up de stream, BahneyT'' Sarra a bit am I afther lwowin'.'' Gwine ter look In de crevice rust?" "Av coorse I am. Come ahead!" They quietly stole forward into the gorge. Night bad fallen some time before, and the gloomy defile was much darker than It was on the open lake. Both the coon and the Irishman held their weapons in readiness for use, and approached the gold mine. Peering into the plnce they saw ncthing of their friends nor did a sound break tbe stillness. They're not here!" said Bllrney. "Whar dey gwme den?'' Faix, can't yez ax aisier conondhrums?" "Oh, Loru! Dey mus' be dead!'' Frank and Dr. Vaneyke heard these remark!!, being gagged, could not utter a single syllable. The young inventor was equal to the occasion, though, for he be gan to roll himael[ toward his friends. They heard the souqd, saw the shadowy outline of his body, and thinking it was a wild IAI!mal of some sort, they raised their pistols to tire at him. Ung-g-gl" cried Frank, through his nostrils. It was too human a tone to be mistaken, and Barney cried: "Don't fire! It's a moo!" Yo' wall gwine ter fiah yo'se'f.'' "No, I wuzn't; I wuz only foolin'.'' See who it am, chile.'' The Irishman cautiously approJlched Frank. When near enough, the inventor's Identity was eslabliaked "Bedad, it's Frankl" Golly Am he burt, honey?" He's toied band an' lut.'' "Why donn' yo' loosen him den!" And the darky cut the inventor's bonds. He then saw Dr. Vaneyke and liberated film. . As soon as they had the gags out of their mouths they explained what bad happened. Barney nnd Pomp were furious. "Lave us lolly Lhim tar their ship!" cried the impetnons Irishman. No!" ordered Frank. "It would be folly to do so. By this time they are probably traveling over the lake. The steamer could not


FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. JS have been rur frc;m here, as they quicldy returned after carrying away the boat loads or gold." But dey hab got de boats!'' said Pomp. "After carrying away the last load or gold, of course they would not be accommodating enough to return the boa ts.'' We had better swim back to the Spark,'' said the doctor "we can then get aboard and pursue them." "In this dense gloomf" asked Frank : "True, it is a dark night, but we have the senrchlight." No better plan could be devised, so they returned to the lake. It wes a short swim to the electric cruiser, and in a few minutes all hands got aboard nod changed their clot bes. The anchor was then raised. With her search-light blazing, the boat started. Away she went upon the immense lake, a nd a long journey follow ed as they searched everywhere for the fugiti vt>: Nothing was seen of tile Lioness, iJOwever. She bad made good her escnpe. Two days were spent in searchibg for her. Our friends were in despair. On the third day t l1ey were in that part of the lake opposite :Meslod:i. when Frank resolved to que s tion the natives about the steamer. There was a clearing studded with a large stockaded and peering over tall hetlges of dark green milkbusb, fields of roue ami millet, manioc, and watermellons were seen. There were numerous liocks and herds or goats and oxen arcund shallow pits, and the houses weft! very much like hayricks or inverted funnels, being buiit of bamboo with tbatcl'ied roofs. As the boat drew near the shore swarms or men in loin cloths nnd women bare to the waist, in knee long skirts, and naked children, rushed to the water s edge to store at the S park. The womea puffed pipes, tile men had piec e s of cqne stuck through the1r ears, anti all were gesticulating in strident explosions: "Hi, hi! bui! ba, a, al Beads! beads!" The kirangozi (leader) tlutter!ld a tlag, and drums, horns and yells increased the uproar. The people here were a fine, stout, light-complexioned tribe, but they each bad two te eth pulleJ out; tile pieces of cane in their ears looked lilte handles to their shaven beads, and while some were tat tooed, others bad their crowns stoinetl with ochre anti micaceous earths. They believed In uchawi (black magic), and had waganga (medldine men) in less numbers than most tribes. Although they seldom sold their children and relatives, they barter et1 salt, elephant tusks and rice with the Arab trauers. These people wete drunken beggars shamelessly asking bori (alms), and were such inveterate tbievlls that they roboed even during the day. Most of them carried broad-headed spears of soft iron, double edged daggers with ribbed wooden handles, rungu, or wooden knob kerriea with double :Julges, nod pavoisil., or large hide sliields. It looked to Frank as if they meant war when he saw these weap ons, but when the doctor explained what they said, the young Invent-or felt reassured, and exclaimed: "Give them some presents, and ask if they saw the steamer." There were large quantities of colored beads, brass jewelry, and other things or a like nature aboard, to possess which the African savages would risk their lives. Dr. Vaneyke procured a lot of trinkets, and as the Spark neared the shore, he began tp tling them among the blacks by the handful. Instantly there was a wild scramble to get things. For awhile the excitement was Intense. When It had partially subsided, the doctor sung out: ''Where is the Kirnnaozi!" "I am thb chief,'' responded a man with many ornaments. "We wish to ask a favor or you." "Have you come to trade, white man!'' "No. We seek information about another big boat." "One of my men has seen such a large canoe. There were, my many of your tribe In it." Where did they go?" In to the Kogera river.'' "They are enemies. When did your man see them?'' "Two moons ago. May yon catch and kill them. But you cannot go from here yet. Wll would keep you with us." "No, no! It cannot be;" asserted the doctor. He told his fr1ends what was said. I presume they would hold us here until they got everything we have away !rom us," laughed Frank. "Very likely," the doctor assented, grimly. The chief now spoke t.:. his mel!. All hands dashed out into the water oround the boat and a 1ong line of buffalo hide was attached to her shaft. Folly fifty men had hold of it. "They mean to us!'' cried Frank, in alarm. Start the boat, quicltl" shouted the doctor. Frank did so. It wos useleBI. She could not move. Many of the blacks had hold of her. Besides these others hold the buffalo thong. Exerting their strength, they began to haul tho Spark in to the shore, and she soon touched bottom. Dr. Vaneyke rushed Inside the turret, and abut the door just as a numl.ler of the blacks climbed upon the deck. "Arroh, they've caught us!"\1 Burney. Gwinll ter be a fight?" anldousLy asked Pomp. I don't believe they intend to do more than rob us,'' said the doctor. All hands come up herllJ," shouted Frank. Wondering what he wante(l, they ascended to the wheelhouse. The Inventor had grasped 1!. rille, and opened one of the after hull's eyes, and was pointing the weapon out tbe bole. "Golog to lire at them?" asked the professor. "No; to try to cot the rope with a ball," Frank replied. "Excellent! Capital! But tbe.y are holding har with their hands,.. too." Oh, I ean very easily chase them away.'' As Frank spoke, he tired. He was a magnificent shot, for the bullet severed the line as clenn T y Uf a knife could have done it. XIII. THE BR OKEN MOTOR. A SHOUr from the natives attested to their displeosure upon sPeing the line severed, and the negroes who wer11 pulling on the other en!l of it toppled over in the water. .I Frank then secured down to a width of only fifty feet was frightful. It passed tetween the walls of a deep canyon. Here the water roared, boiled and llew along over the steep decliv Ity several miles In lengt-h with a speed and impetuosity that WUt!l frightful. There was no stopping her then. She plunged on like a ball shot from a gun in the frothy water pass ing between jutting snags to strike one or which meant certain de struction. On, on she raced, every moment gathering spe.<.!d until she was going with the velocity or a lightning express train. It was frightful. Every one on board axpec t etl she would strike. Severn) moments or awful suspense thus pasaed by. Theo she da11hed into the big, long, narrow lake. TQe shadows of night bad begun to fall, but it did not veil the grand view from the eyes of our relieved friends. A ribbon of yellow sand surrounded the lake, here bordered by sedgy rushes, there cleanly and clearly cut by the breaking waves It was a vast exoonse of lightest and softest blue. On the sides were broken walls of steel colored mountains flecked and capped by pearly mist, and standing sbarvly penciled against the sky. The yawning chasms. marked by a deep, plnm color fell toward some dwarf hiHs that dipped their bases in the waves. A cluster or islets dotted the water on the horizon, villages, canoes o! fishermen, and eat tie were seen on the shores and inland.


\ \ FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF 'l'HE LAKES. Tile inhabitants of tbis region were the Wajiji, a. burly ruce of bar barians with very dark skins, independent, insolent, brutal and very cough in their manners. As the Spark glided along 'Over the hosom or ths lake our friends were treated to a curious exuil.Jitior. or gambols of laklsts residing in a village lilear the shore. Tbey were an amphibious race:They stood upright, balancing themselves in their dug out canoes, then they would furiously strike the water with their paddles, skim ming over the surface, dashing to and fro, splashing one anotller, and acting like lul!ntics. Cap s izing tiny canoes, they would regain their upright position with the wonderful dexterity of an Esquima_u In his kyack. Rough and tumble lights ensued in the boats, they pushed each other, tore each other's hair out, and not infrequently uaed their dag gers upon each other's naked bodies merely in sport. These waterman, called wana maji, when paddling, with a long, melancboly howling, and whjlre there were several in a long boat, the men in the bows inc e ssau tly banged tom-toms, brayed on uorns and yelled themselves hoarse. On suore they were habittld in mbugus, tigered with black strlpes and tailed like leopard skins, while their waists, wrists and ankles, knob sticks, spears and daggers were bound with rattan bark. When they saw tbe cruiser go by their eyes bulged from their sock ets with intense amazement at the sight, and they screamed and bowled at her furiously. It was lucky our friends were out of their reach and going fast, for many of them swam and paddled their cano e s after the crulst'r in a vain effort to catch ber and extort presents from her occupants. The boat was tben on the l:mgest fresh water lake in the world, as it measured 420 miles In length, and bad a breadth of from 10 to 50 miles, its deapth was 170 fathoms, and it was bordered by mountains 10,000 feet high. On the following morning, as the Spark glided along the western shore, her crew saw numberless crocodiles, hippopotamus, and otters, the jungle was alive with gulls, divers herons and black ibis, and gi gantic ml.tUlo, mininga, and ebony trees rose from the ground. Swarms of lzetse tlies were encountered, ten different tribes of negroes lived on the abores, and among them was the Arabian trad ing post of Ujiji. "A serious qutlstion arises in my mind now," said the doctor to Frank that morning, as they sat in the cabin. You look troubled. What is the matter, sir!" Is it your to proceed homet" Not until I cwerbaul the Lioness, and wrest the gold from Cap tain Driggs, which he stole from us." Til at's just tbll trouble." How ao you mean, doctor? 1 Why, I'm in doubt bow to go now. That the Lioness is in this lake there is not the shadow of a doubt. But it is bard to say whether we can catch her or not. Noo,y she may proceed to the stream that leads to Lake Nyassa, or be may escape to the western coast or Africa by tbe River Luknga." "How do you mean, sir!'' "It Is now an established fact that this river, at the center of the western shore of the lake, is a tributary of the Congo river which emp ties the lake into that mighty stream. Now as tb" captain of the Lioness bus a native pilot aboard who is accustomed to the lake sys tem or this continent, it Is a matter or doubt as to whether be will go to Nyassa or to the Congo.'' "This we must lind out.'' Yes, before we pass the Lukuga.'' Wbat Is the location of tbe river!" "It lies in 5 degrees, 52 minutes, 45 seconds south latitude, Frank.'' Tben we must be very close to it, sir.'' Frank now posted Barney up in the crow's nest with a glass, and by noon time the Celt discerned the stream. When they reached it, some fishermen were seen living in bee hive huts at the mouth of the river, and our friends bailed tbem. Their good will was purcbased with the last of the trinkets, and the professor asked them about the steamer. To their delight they dtscovered that the Lioness bad gone into the river on the precedin"' day. "By jingo, It was lucky you happened to think of this stream,'' said Frank to the old scientist. "If you hadn't, we might have gone all the way to the south of the continent without overtaking them af ter all." "Tbey probably imagine they have gtven us the slip," laughed the doctor. "It won't take long to overhaul tbem now." The crinser left the lake astllrn, and plunged into the river which she followed to the westward. She sped on until she reached the Congo, and followed that great watercourse as far as Bonga before they saw the Lioness. It was late in the afternoon. She wns speeding along under a full pressure of steam, and as the Spark rushed into view of her crew, a despairing yell burst from their lips. A rush was made for their swivel gun, and they loaded It and tired it at the electric cruiser. The ball crashed through one or the sternmost windows and struck the propeller motor. It smashed the engine to pieces. Instantly the cruiser paused. She bad no power to go on any further. A wild yell or exultation pealed from Driggs' crew. They bad been afraid our friends would take the gold away from them, and now saw that they had disabled the Spark. imbued tbem with fresh couragt", and the Lioness sped on rap idly, leaving the stationary electric boat astern. CIIAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION. BY heavens, they've disable\: the cruiser, boys!" An' dey am escapin', Marse Frank.'' "This won't do; we must not let them get away.'' 'em wid a gun.'' Thus cried the four friends on the Spark. Frank saw that unless something were uone at once Tom Driggs would get amy with the stolen gould. He tnerefore rusbed into the forward turret, loaded a gun and tired a shot at the Lioness. The projectile exploded against the stern of the steamer, tore ber ruddor to pieces and Blnashed the screw. A cheer burst from the inventor's friends, for they at once observed the extent of the damage done to the Lioness. "You have crippled ber, Frank," cried the doctor. "I'll make her crew sick now," cried the inventor. Then he discharged the other gun aud a second shell sped away. It struck the port side of the Lioness, smashing in her plates, and the wind bore a wild yell from her crew back to the ears of bur friends. "Hurrool'' yelled Farney. ''They're afther takin' ter ther boats." "Goili amlghty, dot took all

FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF TIJ;E LAKES. 11-"Well, it enn't do any ha,rm.'' And as Frank said this he drew a knife and seTered the marline that bound the man's wrists together. No sooner bad he done this when Driggs thrust his hand In his hip pocket, pulled out a revolver and shot at Frank, Tile young inventor was taken otr his guard. He uttered a cry of paiu and staggered back Traitor! You've shot mer' he gaspetl. I'll kill you!" screamed the cap t ain. He raised the pistol to fire again, but ere he could carry out his >threat Pomp rushed up behind him and struck up his arm when the bullet was wai s ted in tl:e air. Driggs uttered a cry of rage and disappointment. He turned savagely upon the coon, but Pomp sprang at him head ti rst, bu t ted him in tile stomach and knocted llim down. The pistolfiew ont or his band and be gasped Cor breath. "Hurt yon bad, Massa Frank?'' "Only a scalp wound." "Ise got him down." Bind him." "Yes, sail." .. Put him on the Spark." Whut yo' gwine ter do?" Carry bim home and put him in prison." A yell of a l a rm escaped Tom Driggs. He all his bravado now. Pomp quickly tied him up again. S pare me!" he groaned. "Curl" contemptuously said Frank, his lip curling. He paid no heed to the entreaties of the capt:ain, but went aboard t he Spark, and Pomp dragged Driggs aboard thb cruiser, shackled b im, and conllned him in the store room. The mooring lines were then cast off. Having dressed his wounds, Frank started the cruiser down the ()ongo, leaving the half ruined Lioness 1 Glancing back, he saw that Ius prE"diction was correct. The crew who escaped to the shore returned to the steamer in the b oats when they snw the Spark going away. What became or the men and the steamer after that our friends Clever knew, for tlley never saw either again. The four were delighted over their success. We've got every bit of the gold now," said Frank. "And the viltai.J who Injured us," grimly added the doctor. I will feel better satisfied with that wretch in prison." MULLIGAN'S BOARDING HOUSE. By "BRICKTOP." Profusely illustrate'! by THOMAS WoRTH. This book illustrates the Comic side of full of funny Au ventures and Novel Situations, abounding in Jokes and Otiginal Sayings. Pl"ice 10 cents. For sal e by all news dealers, or we will send it to you upon re -ceipt of price. Addres s FltA.NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 'P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St,, New York. TO EUROPE BY MISTAKE. By "BRICKTOP." Telling all allout liow it happened. Containing twelve illustrations by the great comic artist, 'l'HOMAS WORTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers, or we will send it to you upon re (:eipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY,, Publisher, 'P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 Northi Mo:)re St., New York. .JOINING THE By "BRICKTOP ." A humorous account of the Initiating, Passing! and Ra1sing of the Candidate, together with the Grips and Signs. Fully Illustrated by THOMAS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re-ceipt of pric e Address FJtANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 'P. 0. 'Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St., New York. l'iOW TO BEHAVE, contalnlng the rul e s and etiquette or good .. octet> and th e eas i es t and most approved methods of appearing to good atf vantag e at parties, balls, tr. e theater, church, a.nd in the d:.-awing room. Price 10 c e nts. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, postage free, on re ce ipt of ptico. Address Fronk Toll!!ey, publisher, 84. alit'; 36 North Moore street, New .Box 2780, Although we dill not make a journey through Africa in tile course we expected to follow, we certainly have gone through the Dark Contlnent by water," laughed Frank. "How much do you suppose our cargo of gold is worth!" "No less than two millions of dollars, doctor." "It was a prize worth winning." Oh, we can't complain." The electric cruiser reached the mouth or the Congo on the following day, and the broad Atlantic was seen ahead. She then glided out into the ocean. A long and pleasant voyage followed. It was only marred by one disagreeable incident. Tom Driggs committed suicide. By some means be gained possession or a knife ; and fixing it so that its point stood upward, he fell upon the blade. It pierced his heart, and must have killed him instantly. Our friends w e re saved the trouble of prosecuting him, and the miserable-wretch was buri e d into the ocean. ""In due course of time the Spark reached America, and while approaching the river leading to she ran on a rock. Frank benched her before she could founder. The gold was lancled, and her were sa'l'ed, but a vio lent storm arising the next night smashed her to pieces. Her remains were swept out to sea and litter the bottom now. ijaving procured conveyances, Frank had the gold and effects car ried to Readestown, and tbere they were sold. A magnilicent sum of money was realized, which the four friends equally divid e d. Then Dr. VanE"yke took leave of Frank, Barney and Pomp and turned to Washington." The young inventor soon after conceived of anothar idea for the constrnction of a new invention. Confiding the plan to Barney and Pomp, it met with their approval, and he resolved to build the machine. A model was perfected, and as it proved to be successful, the three friends set to work to bnild a large machine like it. 'l'bis invention was destined to be a wonderful triumph, and the three friends were fated to experience some of the most thrilling events when they put it into practical use. It shall be our good fortune to give an account or their advt>ntores with the mvention ir. a new story to appear in this series next week, and until we meet Frank and his friends ogain we must draw the cur tain. [THE END,) OUR SERVANT GIRLS. By BRICKTOP." This book cannot be surpa s sed for Fun, Interesting Situations, and the hurr.orous side of Home Life. Abounding in illustrations by 'J'HOMAS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North.Moore St. New York. ZEB SMI}H'S COUNTRY STORE. By "BRICKTOP," Handsomely illustrated by THOMAH WORTH, A Laugh ou Every Page. Illummated Cover. Price Ten Cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada. or will be sent poRt-paid upon receipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore Street, N. Y. ..By "BRICKTOP.'' Copiously illustrated by THOMAS WORTH. Side-Splitting Fun from Beginning to End. Handsome Cover. Price Ten Cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or will be sent post-paid upon receipt of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore Street, N. 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