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Adrift in Africa; or, Frank Reade, Jr., among the ivory hunters with his new electric wagon
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I 40'Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1ed as Second Class Matter at the New York, N Y., Post O!Ji.ce, October 5, 1892. No. 72. {coMPL ETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. Punr.IBHICR, 3! & 36 NOR1'H MOORE STREET, NEW YORK. New York, February 3, 18M. ISSUED WEEKLY. Entered according t o the Act of Congress, in the year 18M, by FRAN I( TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, lJ. C. Adrift in Africa; Or, FRANK READE, JR., AMONG THE IVORY HUNTERS WITH HIS NEW ELECTRIC WAGON. B y "NONAME,"

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2 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year ts $2.50: $1.25 per six months, postpaid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2700. :A/DRIFT IN Olt, Frank Reade, Jr., Ivory His New By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruisflr of the Lakes,'' "Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Prairie Schooner," "From Zone to Zone," "'.l'he Black Range," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. The two young men lookad at each ether. AN AFRICAN LEGACY. How WOUld We ever get ther&?" "Any way at all. Work our passage on a sailing vessel. Any way "A HILL or ivory, did you say!" will dol'' "Even so.'' "Mercy! that is a fortune to the one who can recover it!" "Wait a moment,'' said Ilal, with a sudden thrill of inspiration, I have an idea!" "Certainly; but there is the hitch. lL is not easy to penetrate the deepest and darkest wilds or Africa and bring out even such a treasHe picked up a morning newspaper and indicated a paragtaph. ore as that.'' Thus it rt>ad: 1 b 1 H Is rJmored that the famous inventor or many wonderful rna" I believe you are right. U there on Y was a way t ere wou d be chines, Frank Reade, Jr., of Readestown has completed his new ma no further need of our slaving away at this dog's life.'' chine the Electric Wagon, and will shortly start on an exploring tour The speakers were two young men, cousins as it were, named Hal through Central Africa. 'l'he confirmation or this report is awaited Martin aDd Jack Fuller. with deep interest." The scene was n
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ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 3 Bot the most important fixtures of all were the two elecll'lc guns, one upon each side of the machine anll pointing through portholes In the body of the wagon. These deadly engines of warfare were the particular Invention of Frank Reade, Jr., and were very light, being madE> of tough, thinly. rolled ste.el, tired by rn
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4 ADRIFT IN -AFRICA. In two days!" replied Frank. Be sure to be all ready by day after to-morrow. Make all personal preparations by that Lime." I will do it," replied, Hal. Until then au revoir!'' With this he hnatily left the macbin11 works. He went at once and wired Jack. We are to go along with Frank Reade, Jr. Shut up office, and come along at once!" 'l'he moment Jack Fuller received that message he was.delirtous with delight. He hastllv made preparations. It d1d not take the two youths long to get ready. At the appointed lime they were in Readestown, and ready for the start. The electric wagon was in sections, neatly boxed, and placed aboard the Sierra> Leone in New York harbor. Meanwhile, the news of Frank Reode, Jr' s, proposeu trip to Africa ha'.lspread all over the country. From far ond near people Hocked to offer the young inventor congratulations and wishes for success. Frank thanked them o.:J. Then one day all of the Afr1cnn expl.>r party stood on the deck of the Sierie Leone ns it lny nt anchor in the North river. The Electric wagon wus packed safely nway down in the hold. The S1erro. Leone was o. fruiting steamer and o. stnuch rapid snil lng !itt e craft! Her captnin wns o. genial, honest man. The stnrt wns made. America's shores were left behind and the liLtle steamer was soon battling with the sea. Frank lind planned for a landing in the of Cape Lopez in Lower Guinea. From thence he meant to penetrate into the unexplor ed regions of the Durk Continent. The voyage was a singularly propitious one. In due time after some weeks of buffeting with the seas and head wmds the lslanda of St. Thomas were sighted. Cape Lopez was south of these and the Sierra Leone kept that course until tinnily the mo.ln laud burst into view. The voyagers gazed upon the coast of Africa with emotions or a var-ied sort. They were about to enter upon a wonderful and thrilling trip through o. veritable wonderland such as hnr. The shores near at hand presented a picturesque appearanc11. There were waving palms and llowerlng plants of the richest and most exotic kind. High cliffs of basaltic rocks rose at intervals as a barrier against the sea. This was the point by Frank Reade, Jr., tor the disembark ation. The floats npon which the wagon was to be taken ashore were low ered. While this was being done, Frank decided to take o. trip ashore. He was anxios to climb the high cliffs and see something or the country beyond. Reaching the shore, Frank led the way up the cliffs. Reaching the summit, a wonderful sight was spread to view inland. As tar as the eye could reach all was a vast, tract of country cooBarney took up his post in the pilot-house, and l:eld a course due eastwar-d over tbe spreading plain. Hal Martin and Jack Fuller now fully Imbued with the spirit of the occasion stood on the deck and watched the country lly past liS the I electric w11gon sped on. I "This Is o. rare experience!'' cried Hal. "We are in the wonderful land ol the negro!" "Ami the cannibal," rejoine.I Jack with li laugh. "Yes, a few of -the African tribes are cannibalistic," said Frank Reade, Jr., "but I think we need little from them H we only keep out of their clutches.'' "I am sure I shall be very careful to do that," said Jack, emphat ically. How will it take us to get into tho heart of Eq!!o.torial .Africa!" asked Hal. Perhaps a week," replied Frank. "lt will depend much upon the obstacles we meet.'' Ah, let us hope thPy will be fewl'' "We are now in what is known as the French Congo State. Due west from us is the Congo river, ami that is the lJOuuJnry line between the French and the Congo l<'ree State. Southeast from bere in the laud of the Kassongos is the locality where your uncle dis covered hill of ivory." Yet Ivory exists all through this Congo country," said Ilal. Very true. It Is obtained mostly by barter wllh the chiefs of the native tribes." No doubt we may meet with some or the ivory traders.'' No doubt whatever. The worst thing we shall meet with, how ever, Is the slave traders. We must regard them as natural en emies." "Tbat will be an opportunity for a petty warfare!" cried Jack. Yes,'' replied Frank, "for in every instrance I meet I shall do my utmost to relenae any slaves we may come across." Who or what class are generni!y engaged in that nefarious call ing?" asked Hal. The Portuguese, I believe. They are o. lreacberous and soulless cines or villains.'' For some hours the Electric Wagon on Into the .interior. Of It was necessary to select the smoothest of traveling, and fortunately the character of the country admittetl of this. It was low and level, and the wa11:on was possessed or scythe like knives, which coultl be put upon the axles, and which easily cut a. way tbrougb the deep grass. Tbus the explorers got along famously. But at every step evidence was furnished that they were in a wild and uninhabited part or the world. Wilt! and reptiles were plenty. Upon tbe plain the antelope roamed in great numbers. In the bot tom Jande the buffalo and occasionally o. band of hyenas were fright ened from their hiueous orgies. Then serpents crawled into the deep grass, lizards and alligators swam in the shallow rivers. Nightfall came at last. They had covered fully one hundred miles that day. sisting or rolling, grnas covered plains, dense jungles, deep woods and slowly-flowing rivers. A wiluer or more picturesque tract could hardly be imagined. j Far the horizon was visible mighty mountain chains. Over all bung that indescribable gloom or haze, whicll has given to Africa the fitting name or the dark continent. Frank decided to make a stop, for he did not believe it possibll! to travel after dnrk, though with the aid of the search-light this might have been attempted. So o. spot was selected right in the verge or a densa jungle. Here it believed that the night could be quietly. The tmnsportntion ashore of the electric wagon was o. task of no slight sort. But it was accomplished, and tinnily all the various parts of the machine were piled up on the beach. The next thing was to get it to the summit of the cliff above. Luckily, o. wide path was found, up which Frauk believe(\ he could cause the wagon to climb. The next thing was to put the machine together. This required the work or a day, and when completed, the electric wagon was ready for work and travel. There, by dint of much eflort, Frank managed to get it to the sum mit of the cliff above. All the ellects of the travelers and the supplies and equipments of the wagon were next brought ns!Jore. Then all was ready for the start. "Captain Baxter," said Frank, as he shook hands in farewell with the steamer's captain, we will expect to meet you here upon this spot six months later." CHAPTER III. THE LION H UNT. THE captain nodded and replied: "That will be about the 25th of November, I believe." "Exactly." "If I am not here on just that date wait awhile, for I may not be able to weather the cape." "I will do sol" replied Frank. Then the sailors returned to the ship and a salute was fired from the Sierra Leone's two guns. The steo.iner weighed anchor and stood out of the little harbor. The eJrplorers from the cliff watched her out of sight. Then Frank Rende, Jr., cried: "Come, boys! All aboaru! We most improve Lime I" .All clambered aboard the wagon and Frank started tlte machinery. The day had been exces1nvely warm. crew of tho eiPctric wago::; had iounged about in white duck suits and light cork hats. But with the shutting down of night a cool a1r sprang up seemingly from the earth, and so delightful was it that none of the party could at once think of retiring. They sat out upon the outer ueck or balcony of 'tbe mallhine. Pomp descendej into tte llabin and np his banjo. Ti1e darky was an adept with this, and was ricb in knowledge of old plnuto.tion songs. He entertained the company for some while. Then Burney appearlld on the scene. Under his arm he carried an antedeluvian fiddle. At once he began to make it groan. "Mebbe yez think the naygur is the only musician on boord!" he cried. "Wait until I play yez Garry Owen!" And his listeners were charmed, for Barney rendered some sweet. old Irish airs in his rollicking way. ThuP tile hours passed, until tinJliiY all concluded to turn in. It was arranged that Barney should watch the llrst half o! the night and Pomp the latter half. The darkness wo.a of a stygian quality. Nothing could he seen ten feet away from the machine without theaid of the electric lights. These were turned on, however, and Barney took up his station for, ward of the pilot bouse. "Bejabers, I don't wondher they call it the dark continent," he muttered. "Shure, it's blacker than Danny McGuire's hat.'' However, the Celt lit his pipe and puffed away at it chellrily white be scanned the dark about. Time passed slowly. It was near the hour of midnight when Barney was nearly precipi tated fl'om his seat by o. fearful noise It seemed to come renlly from the beneath the wagon.

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ADRIF'r IN AFRIJA. 6 At first it seemed to Barney as if the universe was tumbling to I pieces, so fearful was the noise in ita intonations. But almost immediately he recognized it, and bis sengations can be imagined as be suw glaring at him from the jungle a pair of eyeballs that seemed liktl veritable bnlls of tire. "Begorra, it's a lion!'' gaspe(! the Celt in tarror. "Shure, it's not any close acquaintance I'm afther wantin' wid him." He stood a moment in indecision, whether to fire n ah )t at the monster or not, when another roar, tills time in his rear, caused him a fearful start. Howly smoke!" he gaspe!). "Ph at the divil is that! Another av the amadhouns, as I'm a livin' sinner." Tbis was true. Two of the monarchs of the jungle bad appeared upon the scene. Doubtless tlley bad been attracted by the scent and the electric lights. Barney hesitated no longer. He threw his rifle to his shoulder. CraCk! The bullet must have gone true to the mark, judging from "the after effects. There was a territic crash in the jungle, the sound of a thrashing body and an awful roar. Then something like a thunderbolt struck the wagon. Tht>re was a terrific shaking of the steel netting, and Barney was a s tounded to eee against tile sky one of the lions clinging to t.be roof or the wag on. This was tlnough for the Celt. He yelled with ali his m1ght: "Mistber Frankl All av ye?:. Come up as quick as iver ye kin!" But there was little need lor the call. The voyagers hat! heard the fe11rlul racket and were already climbing out of tbelr quarters. Frank was the first to appear. What on earth is the matter, Barney?" be cried. Shure, yez can see fer yersiltl" replied the Celt. "A lion!" cried Frank, as be glanced up at the huge beast vainly tryin" to claw its way through the netting. Hal ancus of electric light upon the lion. It for a moment blinded the beast, but it did not cause llim to relax his efforts to claw a way through the netting. "Jewhittakerl" gasped Jack Fuller, he is a royal one, isn't be? How can you ever reach him!'' This was a question. or course a bullet could not ranch him, for he was on the other side of the netting. Neither could a line be drawn upon him through any of the port holes. While he might not sncc11ed 10 doing any damage to the netting, vet Frank reahzed that it would be better t o rid the structure of its gigantic incubus. So he z:dopted what was an ingenious nod the best method. From t .he cabin he brought a wire and donned some iAsolated gloves. These enabled him to handle a live wire with impunity. The other end at the wire was connected with the dynamos. Then the current was turned on. '' Everybody keep away from the netting!" cried Frank, warning ly. All stood upon the wooden part of the deck which was a non-con ductor. Then Frank touched the netting just under the lions' body. The result was thrilling. The monster uttered a terrific roar and tumbled off the netllng to the ground. A lightning-like streak had seemetl to traverse biB whole body. He lay upon the ground quite still. 1 The current was shut off and then the electric light focused upon the prostrate beast. He is dtlad !" cried Hal. Yes, said Frank, be will never trouble us more." '!'here was no more sleep !or the voyagers that night. The excitement of killing the lion was sofftcient to banish the drowsy god. All remained on deck untJI morning. No more wild beasts, he wever, showed up, and no incident worthy or note occurred. But examination in daylight showed tbut Burney's shot in the darlt had been a good one. It had penetrated the lion's eye and his brain, and be lay dead in the deep grasses. Two lions in one night was royal game, auG the voyagers all felt well satisfied. But the wagon ha1 not proceeded twenty m!les further on its jour ney that mornicg when Frank Reade, Jr who was forward on the dasher, turned, and shouted to Burney in the pilot bouse: Hold up, Barney!" The Celt instantly swung the electric lever over and brought the wagon to a stop just in the verge of a jungle. Frank pointed to some peculiar and huge footprints in the soft soil or the plain. All were instantly interested in the st .. tement he made. CHAPTER IV. IIUNTING ELEPHANTS "WE have had a lion hunt!" he cried. "Now, for diveiBion, let us try an elephant chase." "An elephant chase!" cried Hal Martin, excitedly. "You don't mean that, .Mr. Reade?'' Certainly I do." But where are the elephants!" Do you see those tracks!" "Yes." They are elephant tracks. Simply follow them and you will find your game." Just at' that moment a distant, peculiar sound came from the jungle. Do you bear that?" cried Frank. "What is Elephants trumpeting." Of course, all in the party were eager to engage in the rare spmt or ilu elepbnnt bunt. Particularly so were Hal and Jack. It will be a go'ld chance to secure some ivory," they oeclared. Certaiuly," repli e d Frank. ".And I will promise you some fine B11t will we be all safe at close quarters with such hug:e beasts?" asked Hal. No,'' replied Frank: they would tear the wagon all to pieces. We must use the utmost of c:ITe.'' A broad path into the jungle was ldund, and into this the wagon ran. They had not far to go. A smq.lllake occupied part of the jungle, and here the elephants, six in umber, were engaged in play. Nothing pleases an elephant more than to shower himself with water taken up by his trunk. This pastime all the elephants were en gaged in. lint the appearance of the Electric Wagon upon the scene created a commotion. Instantly the huge leader of the coterie, a veritable Jumbo, began to trumpet liArcely. Tlte other elephants, following his leadership, started out of tbe water. Barney ran the machine within Hfty yarLis of the sp"t. Frank Reade, Jr., Pomp anti Hal and Jack were all or. hnnd with elepl;ant rilles. 'l'hese threw an explosive shell, the peculiar invention of Frank Renrle, Jr. "Pick your elephant!" shouted Frank. J"et them have it now!" And fire was at once opaued. The huge leader seemed the center or fire, and was three times Each time the explosive shell tore gaping wounds, but yet not suf ficient to bring t!te monster down. An elephant is well known to be the hardest of all animals to reach in a vital part. '!'his is owing to the leathery toughness of its skin, und the depth of its tlesh llesues. The efl." ect of the shots upon the leader was terrific. He paused, and emitted maddened shrieks for several moments. Then he turned and charged for the electr i c wagon. "Look out, Barney!" cried Frank. "Don't let him get to close quarters!" All right, sor l" replied the Celt. And he swung the wagon off on a new course. The elephant made a blow at it with his trunk. Bot the blow just grazed the netting, and the wagon, skillfully manipulated lly Burney, was almost instantly upon the opposite side of the monster. While at almost point blank range, Hal and Pomp poured their lire into the monster'a body. It was left fC>r Jack, however, to !Ire the shot which bagged tire game. The young New Yorker took cnreful aim and fired at the monster. Thto shell struck just behind the ear, and exploding with fearful force tore its way into the brain. With an almost human-like groan the monster reeled and toppling fell with a tremendous crash. But now a new danger menaced. Loud cheers went up at I he success of Jack's shot. But Frank suddenly cried: "Look out! Wheel to the right, Barney!" There was good cause for this warning. The other elephants, five in number, with almost human-like in stinct, had turned in their course to avenge the death of their leader. In a single column they charged straight for their white foils. There was need or quick work up6n Barney's part. The Clllt turned the wheel bard about and run before the advancing column of giant foes. or course the wagon co11ld go !aster than the elephants, and so It kept ahead of them. And oow Frank Rende, Jr., tnade a lncky shot. Selecting one of the largest of the line, he tired for a point under the shoulder. The shell struck exactly in the right spot. A hole was torn into the heart, and the elephant tumbled in a heap. 'l'hree more were left. All witbiP a hundred yards another was killed. Tha remaining three m;;de off into the jungle. Chase was not given. Three elephants in one day was enough, and now our hunters re turned to secure their gnme so royally bagged.

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6 ADRIF'f IN AFRICA. The largest of the elephants had tusks of simply tremendous !iimen slons. They were secured as were the others. The smell of the blood had drawn a host of savage animals to the scene. Hyenas and wolves were growling and fqualling in the undergrowth waiting only the departure of the human foes to indulge in a royal feast. "Hurrah!'' cried Hal Martin, as the ivory tusks were lugged aboard. "I can hardly see how one can expect more royal sport Ulan this. For my part, I am more than satisfied." So am I!" cried Jack. 'l'here Is one thing more I'd like." "Whatt" "A rhinoceros hunt." "Perhaps we may be aule to have one," said Frauk. "'flme will teu. Thus far nothing had been seen of the hostile blacks supposed to inhabit the region. Not a village or a settlement had been encountered. All the civilized settlements, as Frank knew, were fur to the south. But the voyagers were not long to remain In doubt as to the characacrer of the natives of this section. All that day the wagon crossed broad pampas. The next day they came to tbe shores of a mighty lake, across which the opposite shore could not be seen. "The Mutsn Ki Lake," said Frank, consulting his chart. "We are truly getting nearer Central Africa." ".Hurrah!'' cried Hal Martin. "How soon shall we strikp for the IOUthr As soon (aa we get besond the valley of the Congo," replied Frank, and that we ought to reach by another day.'' This announcement had hardly been made when the attention of all was claimed by a singular incident. From a clump of bushes near suddenly a giant black appeared. He was armed with a shield, battle club and assegai, and was a formidable looking fellow. He regarded the electric wagon wiLh apparent amazement. For a moment he seemed unable to move. Then with a territled yell he made a backward leap and vanished in the jungle. T11e traveler had all seen bim and were deeply impressed. "Bejabers, I'd not loike to me'!t.. him afther dark!'' cried Barney. "Bad cess to the omadbouu!'' "Golly!'' gasped Pomp. "I done !Ink be am a wild man." I Wait awhile and you will see others," said Frank. "If I mistake not, we are very near a settlement of them." The young Inventor pointed to a dull line of haze In the atmos phere just beyond the jungle. "Smote!'' cried Hal Martini 'fhat is what it le." "What will you do, Mr. Reade?" asked the young New Yorker. "Had we not avoid a close acquaintance with them?" That would no doubt be the most cautious move to make and perhaps the wisest,'' replied Frank, but I have some little curiosity to make their acquaintance." So have I!'' cried Jack Fuller, eagerly. I don't see bow they can do us much harm!" We shall not have long to wail!'' Frank was right in this. Soon a distant medley or sounds came from beyond the jungle. Prominent among them was the muflled beating or tom-toms. The whole tribe is aroused, declared Frank, they will be here soon." Frank changed the position of the wagon to open ground near the lake. Here the comlllg of the blacks waa waiLed. Suddenly the distant tumult ceased. All became quiet as the gravel What did It mean! Not a sign of a lllack could be seen anywhere. Were they adopting Indian tactics! The travelers kept a keen watch of the jungle. Suddenly Jack Fuller cried: "Look! What do you call tbntt" There wns a good reason for this exclamation. All saw it at the same moment. Just allove the jungle grass the tufted heads of several assegais were seen. Then from the jungle, with a whirr like a covey of quail, came a shower of arrows. They rained against the wire nltting of the wagon harmlessly. Another and another !light came. \ "Dejabers, let's give them a llit av a volley!" criecl Barney. But Frank forbade this. "Wa.it a hit," he said. "I want t.o parlev with the rascals.'' Seeing that their arrows had no effect upon the Invaders of their country, the natives llegan to throw javelins. These were heavier and given With greater force. But they were as easily tll'rned aside lly the steel netting. For some while this species ol attack wns kept up. Frank had hoped to gain a parley with the blacks without thtl neces sity of taking human lire. But this speedily was proven an impossibility. Seeing that this method of attack did not work, the blacks now wltb loud war cries, burst from the jungle. They made a tremendous charge for the electric wagon. What would have been the result had they reached it it ie bard to say. 1 Bot Frank Reade, Jr., saw the necessity of prompt action and "Give them a volley, frienJsl Beat them back!" Crnck-ackackl Rilles cracked in chorus and the blacks were ahot'down in numberd. But there was a tremendou1 body of them. The volley did not seem to deter them in the leaat. On they came like a mighty wave of the sea, threatening to overrun the wagon and its occupantP. Frank Reade, Jr,, saw the desperateness of the exigency. Only one thing could stop tba toe. It was den!ier resso1t, but he did not hesitate to em ploy It. He sprang down into tbeguo-room where were the two electric guns, CHAPTER V. I AMON G THE MOKOMBOS. IN all cnses Frank Reade, Jr., was a humane man, and much averse to the taking or humar. life. But in this case self-preservation waa certainly a necessity. He had no other recourse. It was uut a moment's work to train each of the guns npon the advanciPg lines or blacks. Then Frank pressed the electric lever. There was a whirring sound, a recoil, as the pneumatic tubes worked and the projectiles were expelled. 'fhe aim was accurate and the projectiles struck tha mark. Straight through the ildvancing line they plowed and exploded with fearful effect. Fully a score or the foe were hurled into th.e air and torn Into frag ments. The fearful havoc was demoralizing to the foe. The halted, wavered, and then retreated In wild confusion into the jungle. Those on board the electric wagon cheered lustily and fire again with their rilles. But the blacks bad been thoroughly repulsed and did not at once venture another attack. They retreated luto the jungle out of range. For a time they were silent. "Vtctory Is. ours!'' cried Hnl Martin, jovfnlly. "1 don't bellove there is anything living can stand up before those Electric guns of yours, Mr. Reade.'' "Indeed, I am of that opinion mysell," replied Frank. "Dynamite is a deadly article.'' I should say so.'' Shall we go on nowr asked Jack. "Not yet,'' replied Frank. We must do a little parleying with these fllllows. I want t\l find out the shortest route to get around this lake and reach the Congo.'' Wbat! do yon think they will d&re attack us again!" .. No, bot they will DOW make friendly overtures. You wiU see.'' Frank was right. Bearce half an hour had elapsed when a black litepped out of the Jungle with both hands uplifted. This was In token of amity and just what Frank Reade, Jr., had been. looking ror. The young inventor at once answered it. by appearing on the bal cony and making a friendly gest11re : Tbis encourllged the black to advance. When within spaaking distance he addressed Frank ip some unin telligible lin 'I' he young inventor shook his bead. "I don't understand." This was what the fellow caught from Frank's gesture. He grinned and then to FronK's intense surprise addressed him in This the young inventor bud a smattering of and conversation now became easy. The Portuguese language bad probably been learned by the black from the traders of that nationality who traveled among the trib11s buying slaves and Ivery. "I am envoy of Mokombo the king!" the black said, impressivPly; he sends greeting to the white king or the fire wag ln." "I return the greeting," replied Frank. We should be friends. ' "Yes," replied the black envoy, e agerly. How many are your people?" The black made a sign as if to count the stars In the sky. The young inventor smilel af this falsl!!cation. Where is your village!'' The black pointed over the jungle. Then he saHI: We have many slaves. Come to and we will sell cheap!" "I am not buying slaves!" replied Frank. The black looked astonish e d. No!" he replied, incredulously. Then be drew a portion of an ivory tusk from beneath his 1'/Rist cloth. "You buy this!'' he asked. "Yes!'' replied Fra-nk. The fellow nodded his head eagerly in reply, nod after a time beck onetl to the "Come to village and see King Mokomi.Jo," he said. "He sell many slaves; much ivory!" Frank at once Cor the pilot-house. But Hal Martin intervened.

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e XIS SC .. .ADRIFT IN .AFRICA. T ==========================================t========== Mercy on us!'' he exclaimed. "Shall we dare to ln vade their village!" "Oh, yes!'' replied Frank. Bot shall we not fear treachery!" I think not!" replied the youug inventor. "At le ast we will be on our guard!" Of course no one could oppose Frank in his purpose. He was the lea.ter and the others could but agree. The Mokombo warrior led the way almost down to the lake shore. Here a broad path led through the jungle. In a broad clearing, leading down to the water's edge, was tile native village. There were visible several hundred negro huts, and as the machine ppeared, a. great number of the natives rushed out of these. But in the center or the collection of buts o. huge thatched po.vihon wo.s seen. The roof was immensely broad, and beneath it was a. bamboo throne hung with lion skins. Upon the throne sat o. venerable-looking negro, with more than the usual numiJer of ivory and IJrass rings upon his arms, o.nd wearing a head dress of aigrette feathers. A!Jout the pavilion was o. solid mo.ss of black warriors, forming a sort of protecting squo.re. Otherwise the Mokombo village was not ditlerent. from tbe ordinary negro seLtlement in African wilds. As the Electric Wagon ro>lled into the village, its imposing o.ppear ance mo.de appnreotly a powerful impression upon the unsophisticatell blacks. Some of them stood gaping at it in sheer amazement. Others fell upon their faces with superstitious terror. But the guard al.Jout the pavilion lowerell their ja.velios threr..tingly, anti swod ready to defend tileir king's lile with their own. Bat Fraok Reade, Jr., at a respectable distance l.Jrought tht> machine to a. halt. Then he elevated one of the electriC guns and threw a bomb out into the lake. This was for effect. The projt!ctile struck the water half a mile from the shore. There was a roar, and then the rush or waters in cataract. Full lifty feet in tiJe a1r, the water was lifted by the force of the dynamite. It was a wonderlul displo.y. The black king even seemed for o. moment to partake of the o.we ami feo.r of his subject&. At once four nearly naked savages stepped down from the dais, and bearing n ivory tusk between them approached the wagon. Their attitulle was supplicating, and accepting the token of amity Frank stepped oqt upon the balcony of the wagon. He was thus exposed to the jo.velins of the foe, and they could easily ho.ve killed him at the moment. It was a great risk, but the young inventor knew that it was the only way to make treaty with the barbarians. So be stood l.Jefore the savo.ge throng coolly and fearlessly. In his hand he held a. with a. fancifully chased haod!e of brass. As the emissaries of the black king laid the ivory tusK at his feet he tendered them the dagger. The four blncks accepted it o.nd conveyed it to the king. Then a startling thing happened. Suddenly the black monarch rose upon his throne and uttered a strange harsh call. Instantly every bowman in the crowd of several thousand guards drew the bow string am! sent a cloud of arrows tlyin2 into the air. Then a. shower of javelins followed, all 9! which llew ioto the jun gle. Next the entire bolly of savage warriors began a war dance about the pavilion. Frank's companions were for o. moment alarmed for his and cried: "Come in, Frankl Don't expoRe yourself so needlessly." But the young inventor koew IJetter than this It would only betray a knowledge and fear or the strength of the black foe, and give them encouragement. This never do. Frank nnllerstood exactly what all this dis play was for. It was to make an impression on tile white invaders. The politic move, therefore, wa& to if possible oft'set So the young inventor atl'ected to view Lhe exhibition with unconcern. Then be turned and saill: "Barneyl"1 "Yis, sor!" replied the Celt. Train one of the electric guns upon that banyan tree yonder. Doo't miss it!" All roight, sor!" The Celt sprang ioto the gun room. In a moment he had the gun bearing upon the huge bunyan. Then he pressed the lever. Whirr-ping-boom I The explosion shook the eo.rth. Wbeo the dust cleared away nothmg was to be seen of the tree. The astounded blacks stood for' a moment .in consternation. Then the populace fell upon their faces. The king's gmml shrunk closer to the throne. The monarch him self hastily spoke to some attendants. Then dwn from the dais they came again bearing another ivory tusk. This was tendered Fr11nk and ooe of the l.Jlacks said, in Portu guese: "King Mokombo welcomes the white men and their fire wagon.'' A lane was made between the lines of black warriors up to the throne. By gesturs they showed that the black king uesired au audi ence with his visitors. Fro.nk at once boldly left the wagon. But his companions kept their rifles ready for an emergency However, there was no need of this precaution. The blacks were completely o.wed and ready for peacdul overtres. Frank walked boldly up to the blue!< kiog's throne. To his surprise Mokom!:Jo stepped down and witll a pleasant smile tendered halld, saying fluently in The white man is welcome. Mokombo will not seek battle with him, but rather to be his friend.'' Frank bowed and replied: "The black kiog speaks well. I feel that we shall be friends." "The white man bas come for slaves. I have a thousand at his command.'' "No!'' replied Frank emphatically. "You misjudge ijle, king, I am the enemy of the slave bunter!" Tne king looked astonished. "You are Por t uguese?" he asked. "No, Jam American!" What is that?" "The most progressive, enlightened and pow erfnl nation on the earth!" replied Frank. "It is far over the seal" "Ahl" replied the king, slowly. You o.re the same as the Inglie who seek to explore but not to slave hunt!" "Yes!" replied Fraok. Insta.otiy the king's manner changed toward Frank. He fell upon his neck in a rnptarous fashion crying: You are our greut and good friend of whom the prophet& have told us. You have come to so.ve Mokombo from the slav., bunters. Praise be to thee!" Taen at a gesture from the king every negro musician began a weird but not unmusical selection upon their r11ed inatruwents. CHAPTER VI. THii: SLAVE TRADERS, FRANK saw at once that Lhe ignorant mind or the black king had once accepted him as a savior, noll that homage wus due him. While Frank did not exactly like the idea or perpetuating this de ception, yet he saw that for the time beiog, It could l.Jetter serve his ends to let the impression remain. So be acknowledged the king's deference with a. smile and bow. After the musicians bud finished, the king maJe another gesture and iostantly slaves appeared, IJringmg a bountilul repast or roastell pbea0ant and broiled raiJIJit, rich fruita from the bread nod l.Jaoana treeB. This was Instantly spread upon the oais. 'l'he guards fell back and the king seated himself upon the ground, t11king up the two reeds used as knife and fork by the Frank saw that he wus expected to at least make a pretense or in dulging in the bountiful fare. So he seated himaelf opposite the black king and proceeded to IliaPeel one of the pheusanu. And u.s they ate they talked upon subjects. Frank speedily discovered that King Mokoml.Jo was really a jolly old fellow. From him Frank learned that withir. a week a party of P.l.rLnguese bnd visited the village. They had taken awuy with them over one hundred slaves and much ivory, The king explained that they were oftentimes obliged to sell the very best young men of the tribe, for the failure to comply with the threats of tile Portuguese meant o. l.Jloody war. Frank was 7ery indignant when he hear
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r I 8 .ADRIFT JN AFRICA. Fifty of the party were white men of tile most villainous type, and armed to the teeth. The remainder were blacks, a. long, dismal line of emaciated, toiling wretches, half dead from starvation, and irone:l in pairs by means or steel mnnach s. It wa!! a looking sight and such as would make the tender heart of a philanthropist quiver. But Frank Reade, Jr., felt more than pity for tile poor slaves. He was boiling over witb indignation against the slave traders. "'llbey come!" cried Mokornbo, with scowling brow. Now we must give up some of our young men!" "Never!'' cried Frank. "Semt your warriors out there and liber-ate your fellow beings.'' But the king shook his bead sadly. "They. will kill us all," be replied. "We can only obey them.'' Then order your warriors to fall back," said tba young inventor. "Let me talk witb tbem." King Mokombo complied with this. The young inventor then walked rapidly forward to meet the cara van. At the head of 1t, upon a lmtfola ox, rode a tall, swarthy complex ioned Portuguese. He showed his white teeth and waved his hand in sainte at sight of Frank. Then he desctmded from the ox and advanced, saying: "Buenos, senor! You are here before me. Have you picked the best of this set of black
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A.DRIF'l' lN AFRICA. 9 Many of the Portuguese were blown into eternity. 'file remainder of the murderous l:!'ang, followed by the avenging King Mokombo, overwhelmed with joy, came rnshjng up to the wagon. lie fairly embraceli Frank. l'ou are the black man's friend!" he cried, in Portuguese. "The god of the moon will bless you!" Gaston and his band did not return to the attack. Later in the day the pursuing party of blacks returned, reporting scarcely a dozen of the slave traders surviving. These had reached a place of safety in the hills. 'l'ruly, vengeance most
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-10 ADRIF'l' IN AFRICA. It was the Portuguese : and they were endeavoring to make an es cape in that direction. No attempt was made to pursue them as this was not deemed wise, or not worth while. "Let them go!" said Frank, as he bandaged his head. "We may met>t .Manuel Gaston again!" The party reached the Mokombo villa3e about dark. Everything waa found safe and soutH!. But tt was too late to pur sue the journey further that night. Frank informed Mokombo of his intention to continue his journey m the morning. The Mokombo king was deeply and wildly implored tile travelers to make their borne with him. But all expressed their appreciation of his kmdness and declined. H Gaston or his gang bother you again show them no mercy," salt! Frank, forcibly, to the Mokombo king. The next day leave WIJJii tnken of the MokomboR. Now for the Hill of Ivory!" cried Frank. That is our mission and we should fulfill it." Hal und Jack of course acquiesced warmly in lhls. The electric wagon now entered upon a low, rolling country until the banks of the Congo were reached. Here they were for lltime held in abeyance. But finally a raft was constructell and upon this the wagon was ferr1ed across tb& great river, We are now in the Congo Free State," cried Frank, as the ma chine was once more booming along. Now for the kmgdom of Kossongol'' "And the Ivory Hill!" cried Hal. For weeks the Electric Wagon kept on its swift run over a wrdely diversified region. Plains as h1vel as a tloor were crossed, riverf and creeks forded, swamps and lakes circumvented, and many thrilling experiences had. But one day the wagon entered a long deep valley between rocky hills. "The kingdom of Kossongo!" cried Frank, "briq;t up your chart, Hal." The young New Yorker was not slow in complying. Frank ttudied it carefully, and said: "We are llfty miles north or it. Before nightfall, barring obstacles, we will be tllorel" The spirits of all were on the qui vive now. The Electric Wagon bowle
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r ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 11 Then you w1ll do my bidding?" I Tile lllo.::k inclined his head. "Well and good!" declared Frank. "I want you to take a mes sage to your king and me an answer. Tell him that we will pay him for the ivory, and that if he will come uowa and talk with us we will give him presents." The Kossongo's face did not change. "U he does not answer my call," continued Frttnk, "I will lind a way to reach him upon his elevated home, and I have the power to destroy him and all his tribe." The !>lack took the message and depar'ted. He was soon out of sight. "no you expect to see him again?" aske
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12 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. All on the uou.-conductor!" cried the young inventor, lUI he rush ed out or the dynamo room with a wire. His purpose was seen at once and all at once compiled. Frank had rubber shoes and gloves on, so that the electric could not harm him. The wire he carried was heavily charged. 1 It was but a moment's work for him to hold it up to the netting and the result was most el:lecti ve. The manner iu which the blacks abandoned the netting was comical. Some were hurled straight away from it; others turned back somer snults, and some fell dead. But still on came others only to receive the shock and also retreat in dismay. It re(}uired some time for the black crew to realize the exigency correctly. When they did, they ceased the attack. Every part of the machine where there WIUl a particle of steel heavily char!J:ed. To touch it was like receiving the kicks of ten mules, and in many cases was instantly fatal. Tbe were dazed '.ly so Stftrtliog a beoouemeot The t1lle of battle bad t:1roed and wa3 already in the favor or the white men. Barney instantly sprnn!!' to the whe el-house. Frank shut off the cur rent, and tben sprang -to the electric guns. Be placed a in tbe breech, and then switche1 on the cul' rl!nt. The bolt struck full in the midst of the black horde, It was with frightful el:lect. Full half n hundred were instantly killed and dozens were mortally w o undeu. Another bolt and tl e Kossongos fell back in terr.>r. Cheers buret from the lips of the victorious whites. The wagon was brought about. It was useless to nttempt to rescue tho white prisoner or th"' plateaa nt present. An idea had occurred to Frank which he proceeded to carry out. "I have it!" be cried. "We must cut oil the return of tl.Je warriors to t beir village on the plateau." The otherd saw this plan at once and em'Jraced it. Tbe wagon was sent forward at a Iapid rate atoog the base of the Frank's purpose wns to linu the mouth of the cavern by which the blacks made their ascent lu this be was su.ccessful. Two miles around the end of the elevation this found. A small band oLKossongos were guarding it. A dynamite bolt from the wagon, how..,ver, quickly diapersE!d them.' 'l'ben Frank ran tl.Je wagon plumb up Lo the cavern emrance. Here it stood with the electric guns pointed om j nously out upon the plllin Truly, no light attack could hope to dislodge the wagon from this position. It looked as if the travelers l.Jad much the best of the situation "1 think we sl.Jall succed in bringing the blacks to terms!'' cried Frnok. Perhaps King Corocomo will yet be glad to treat with us!" "It looks as if be would!" cried Hal, "but 1 wisl.l. my uncle was with us." "We will try and rescue him!" declare(] Frank. "How!" "By visiting the plateau. That is o e grand object that I deaira." "But,'' cried Hal, in astonishment, "how can we ever get the wagon up there!" We don't want to!" "Wbatf" "You sbnll see. Wtll you accompany me! allll Pomp to defend the pass!'' e will leave Barney "lt:ercyl" exclaimed Jack Fuller. "Do you mean that, Mr. Reade!" "or course I do " But-what can three of us hope to do against such o,\cls ns we shall find there!'' We will not seek open combat. If they attack us we will stand on the delensive. But I am very anxious to see what the plutea is like." "Well" :laid Hal, rea:lily. "or course we will go, Frank. But can Barney and Pomp get along alone?" I'll risk them, They can hoi.:! an army at bay with the electric guns!'' "Then it is eetUed." "Come below anu put on the armor!" said Frank! Armor?'' exclaimed Hal. u Yes. " What do you mean!'' "Just what I say. Come and I will show you!" And Frank led the two bewildered New Yorkers down into the cab i n Here be produced three long metal boxes from a locker. Opening them be took out three suits of complete maii, steel linked and neat lir. ting. They were a piece of workmanship. What do you ttlnk of that!'' be cried. Just put one of them on!" Frank suitlld thl! action to the word and began to don one himself. At this Hal nod Jack followed his example. In a few moments they were neatlv clad in the armor. I Now,, cried Frank, you need not fear the javelins or arrows of the foe. The armor is proof ngaiust even rille "You don't mean it!'' cr1ed Hal, enthusinstico.lly. "Come then, let ua be ol:l'!" The two young New Yorkers nu longer had, any fear of the trip to the plateau. Indeed they were anxious 110 court the risk. So the start was made. Barney noll Pomp remained with the machine to hold the Kosson gos at \Jay. Frank had no means or knowing how many or the foe were left upon the plateau. 1 But be believed that the majority of the fighting men were on the plain below and that be would have Httle trouble with those left above. So the three e:xplorers proceeded to creep stealthily up the cavern. When they had first entered it with the wagon quire a number of the Kossongos had been driven into it. These might be lurking somel'lhere in the dark recesses, and Frank understoood well the risk. The cavern led in its winding course upward. Up and up the three explorers went. All was darkness. Nothing thus far lind been seen of the blacks. Reassured, our advepturers pressed op. After a time a glimmer of light was seen ahead. ft was the light of day, and after some more climbing, the three white men reached the end of the passage. 'l'hey emerged upon the plateau, and In the heart or a clump of palms. What impreased them singularly was the fact that none of the Kossongos were in sight. Where were they! What was their game, if there WhB any! Frank askeu himself these ques:ions. The country upon the plateau wns similar to that below. Indeed it woulu never hav,e been suspectE!d that they were above the common level, unless one had visited the cli!Th. Paesiug through the palms, our adventurers came to a broad and well-troddeu. path, which seemed to lead into the Interior. The explorers followed it fearlessly. l:iuddenly Hal Martin gave a start and a shnrp cry. Look out!" he ejaculated. "What is that uhead!" There was a rustling in the palm g1 owtb. Sudder.ly from the shade of some plantains a form leaped forth. Instinctively all three picked up rilles. But the alarm was groundless. The figure was that of a white man. IL was a Col. Martin. With a wild cry of joy he rushed toward them. Heaven be praised!" he cried. "At last I am to meet my own kind. My salvation is at !land!" Unr.le!" crie:l Hal, fulsom11ly. "Oh, this is great joy!" They embraced warmly. Then experiences were recounted. "Yes!'' declared the colonel, "the \Jest fighting men men are down b.elow on the plain, But thore are many yet on the plutenu." "Bow far distant is the village!' asked Frank. "But a very short distance; woulu you like a look at it!" Is the risk great!" I think not Then the colonel lookel curiously at them all. "What is that you have on!' he asked "It looks like st11el armor." It is," replied Frank. "Of the best quality and impervious to a riDe hall." "You don't mean it? Indeed, Mr. Reade, you are a wonderful in ventor!'' Frank modestly disclaimed this insinuation. But the party all set forward now to take a look at the Kosson!{o town. "Was there nobody on guard at the cavern when you came up onto the plateau!" he asked Not one,'' replied Frank. TI:at Is very curious, Indeed. There al;vays used to be a number of armed gunrus." Perhaps we demoralized them when we drove them into the cav ern with the electric wagon." "Perhaps so." :At this moment the African captive parted the screen or plantains, and said: "Look!'' Tile scene was a rare one. They were upon the brow or a slight eminence. A grebn and fertile plain lay below. And there were plainly VISible a vast collection or negro huts. Streets were raid out in I"Ve n order. This was the plateau retreat or the Kossongos. Surely a more favorable spot could not be imagined. A large number of the natives were gathered In the central square or the town. They were in a state or excitement. They seemed to be holding some sort of a council. One tall and aged chieftniq was addresaing them, Tbat is Mafta, their great prophet,'' declarlld Col. Martin. What he says IS law to them." "It looks as if he were inc1tin2: them to war," said Frank. "Very likely that is the case,'' the colonel. "At any rate, if we watch long enough we can tell.'' This the explorers inteodeu doing, for it was important. to know what tluiir purpose. was. B'ut just at this moment a startling and unlooked for catastropbe occurred.

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\. ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 13 CHAPTER XI. IN CAPTIVITY. ALL were 80 intently watciJing the blacks thnt tbay did not notice anything else in the v!cinity. Not until Hal, prompted by some im11ulse, looked over his shoulder did they realize the proximity or danger. Then the young New Yort>er gave a terrified cry. Tl111 blacks!" he cried. We are surrounded!" "We are discovered!" yelled Jack Fuller, dodging behind n plantain. He was just in time, lor a javelin struck the earth where be had stood. A legion ol black forms burst !rom the palm clumps about and rushtld with wild yell& upon the wbitP. men. There was no alternative but to 1lee for their lives. Frank saw this and shouted: "Quick-lor your lives! Scatter and meet at the wagon!" This was done. It was each mn11 lor himself. Hal made a straight line lor a clump ol plantains near, hut before he reached them black forms closed in upon him. He was hurled to the earth. There he wns securely held. IL was impossible lor him to escape. The horrifying refteclion dawned upon him that be was a prisoner. But he was not ulone in this mishap. Jack had also ran plump into the clutches or the black roe. Almost before be knew it be was a captive. Also Col. Martin was clfptured. But Frank Reade, Jr., made a desperate run lor his life. Fortune favored him. He reached a high wall of rock and vanished behind IL. There was n narrow lane through palms !!edged with hazel. A black leapean might not escape. II they succeeded in this, Frank knew than his late was St!aled. At once the young inventor acted. He broke cover and started on the. run lor the cavern. Tlr.e blacks saw him, and with mad yells redoullled their efforts. On ran the young Inventor. Fortunately the blacks had more ground to cover. Frank was a swift runner and made quick time. He reached the mouth just in the nick of time. A javelin s\ruck the rock wall hy his head as be dove into the depths. Down be went through the winding pa!lsage. And as be did so he heard the boom of an explosion far below. "Barney and Pomp are attacked!" he reflected, "they must have ald!'' A. lew moments later, the daylight of the lower level was visible ahead. Then he saw the Electric Wagon just ahead. Barney and Pomp were at the electric guns. Just beyond upon the plain were the Kos songos coming to the attack. Barney had tired the gun but ouce, and it bad created havoc .In the ranks or the blacks. Despite this, they were still coming to the attack. It was evident that they realized the importance of dislodging their foe from the cavern. Frank sprang upon the deck of the wagon and pressed a secret spring which opened the door. Barney and Pomp were overjoyed at sight of Frank. "Golly, Marse Pomp," cried Frank, yo' am come just in de nick of time. Der rapscallions am com in' fo' us." "Bejabers, it's glad we are to see yez, Misther Frank!" cried Bar ney. Phweriver are the rist nv thim?'' "They are captives," replied Frank. "I managf'd to escape." Then he told of the incidents on the plateau. Barney and Pomp listened with horror and amazement. Shure we must rescue tbim," cried the Celt. "That we will endeavor to do, if they ure not massacred by the Kossongos, ''. said Frank. But there was work enough in fron1 now to claim the attention of oil. The Kossongos were ccming to the attack with full ranks. Fire was hotly opened upon them. Before the electric guns thPy could hope to accomplish but little, however. In a few moments t.hey were compelled to break and fall back, leaving the ground covered with the dead and dying. In great confusion they retired to the cover or the palm clumps. Some liime passed. They did not seem inclined to return to the attack. I rather think we have tamed them," said Frank, triumphantly. Perhaps the warlike Corocomo muy yet llml it to his advantage to-make terms.'' "Look!" cried Barney. "Shure, he's co.me to thaL now!'' This was true. From the palm grove two of the blacks were soen auvanciog wftTr their hands held up in the air in token or a truce. Frank steppad out in front or the wagon to meet One of them advanced and addressed the young mventor in Porto guese. "King Corocomo sends his greetings to the great white ch1ef," said the fellow. You may return the same to your king," replied Frank. "'What does he wish!" He Seeks a trueR with the white men. If they will go away peaceably he will spare their lives!" E'rank was lor moment staggered with the audacity or this prop osition. He whistled low and softly. Well, that is very generous!" he replied, with sarcasm. "You may return to your king, and tell him that your people on the plateau have a number of our people in thair power. I damaod their relense, or I wlfi extermiaate every mother's son of you. Go this to your king." The emissaries \Vent slowly awny. Their announcement evidently did not please the savage king, lor angry yells came back on the wind. : By way or reminder or his threats, Frank sent a bomb down into their millst }t had a salutary effect, lor presently the emissaries appeared again. They advanced to within speaking distance, and again open ed parley. "Well!" said Frank, sharply. ''What word do you bring no?" "The king will accept your terms if you will give up one or the white prisoners, tbM he may be made a Sllcnfice to the god of the moon!" Frank shivered at the b11re idea or such a thing. Never!" be exclaimed, vehemently. ''All must be delivered up sale and sound or I will kill every ona of you!" .. Back to the king went the emissaries. After thl1! all became silent. The seemed to have suddenly left the vicinity. "That is queer," muttered Frank. "What are they up to!" Then he fancied this might be a blind upon the part ol the blacks to draw him out or his pos1tion. So he waited where he was, determined not to te so easily duped. Time passed and Frank began to get nervous. What did it mean? Had the wretches another method or reaching the plateau? If so then they certainly would outwit him. And the fate or the white prisoners would be sealed. It was too horrible a thing to contemplate. And as he reftected upon it Frank waxed nervous over the situation. "Mercy on us!'' he exclaimed. ''What shall we do! We cannot remain here inactive all the while." Then darkness was seen to be last shutting down. Still the Kos sougos did not appear. Frank turned the searchlight and threw its rays up into the dark ness o( the ea vern. He considered at t .bat moment the leas!billty or blowing out the walls of the aperture so that the machine might be worked up througb it onto the plateau. The ascent was gradual and shelving. The mora he studied it the better SatiSftPd he became Of itS feasibility. He resolved to attemrt it with light charges or dynamite. Turn ono or the guns upon a distant angle of rock he sent a light charge or dynamite against it. Tile resalt was gratifying. Enough or the rock was dislodged 80 that the wagon could have gone ahead quite a distance. Barney and Pomp with iron t.ars rolletl the stones aside. Tile pas9age was lull broad enough to admit of this. The difficulty in the passBge of the wagon any way was in the height or the pas sage. The rock being of such soft material as sandstone was cut by the dynamite as if with a knife. To be sure it involved some expenditure of dynamite, but what was this with the exigenoy and the result gained. Charga alter ch11rge of dynamite was sent into the sort sandstone. Most of 1t crumbled to powder. The large fragments were easily rolled aside. AnJ thus slowly but steadily the wagon made its upward way. All night long the explorers worked. And still the Kossongos did not make an appJarance. I

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14 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. Frank was satisfied that they were making the plateau by some other method. After events proved this true. Daylight came, and shortly aner the last :ifty feet or the cavern was blown out and the electric wagon !lad reached the heights of thr plateau, So elated were the three explorers that they could not resist a CHAPTER XII. FATE OF THE ELECTRTC WAGON. 0 THERE had been a Kossongu guard at the upper entrance to cavern. 1 This now retreated in dismay before the advance or the electric wagon. Not one was now in sight. Doubtless they had gone to carry the dismaying news to the Kos songo village. Indeed, this waa quickly verified by the sound or beating tom-toms. "Forward!'' cried Frank, springing into the wheel-house. u we must make rapid work, or they may kill the prisoners!" Forward shot the wagon. Fortunately, the ground was quite smooth, and the wagon encoun tered no obstacles. It was not long before the Kossongo village came into view. And a surj:rising sight was revealed. Double the umber of people seemed to be tMre. Frank saw the truth at once. Bis fear that the Kossongos on the plain woulc! find some way to reach their friends on the plateau bad been verified. Tlley hall suc ceeded. 'l'he Kossongo village was in a state or fearful uproar. The war riors could be seen deploying in lines, under the direction 9f Kiug Corocomo and the prophet Marta! Tilat they intended to make a desperate resistance was certain. But as tbe wagon dreiv near anotller scene claimed the horrified tention of those aboard the wagon. In the center of the town a high dais had been raised. Upon this was a tall stake and to it was bound a white mao. It was Hal Murtiu. .. My God!" exclaimed Frank, they are about to kill lam in sacri fice.'' This was certainly true. Begorra yez don't say that!" cried Barney, excitedly. Shure sor, we'll niver see that done!" '!'he Celt seized his rille and sprung to a forward loopbol&. It was certain that the superstitious fiends meant to kill Hal. Al ren'Jr the exec utiooer with his bloody knife stood over tho youth. Already the knife was in the air. Barney muttered a prayer and pulled the trigger of his rille. Crack! It was just iu the nick of time. The black fiend threw up his arms and fell dead. nat Martin's life was saved. Another black sprung upon the dais, but Pomp brought him down. '!'ben Frank sent an electric bolt into the throng. It created fearful havoc. Dozens or the wretches were slanghtered. The wagon went down into the throng like a thunderbolt. Appalled and completely dismayed, the blacks fled. In less time than 1t takes to tell it, the whole town was evacuated. Barney leaped out of the wagon and rushed upon the dais. He cut Hal Martin's bonds. Tba young New Yorker cried: "Thank God! You came just in time!" "Shure, sor, an' where are the Clthers?'' asked Barney. "'!bey are lying bound band and root in that hut yonder," replied Bal. Harney rushed into the but. A moment Inter Jack and Col Martin, liberated, came out with him. All were quickly on board the wagon. It was u. sweeping and glorious victory. But to clinch it, fire was at once set to the combustible thatch or the buts. In a brief space the native Village was in a fair way to destructi\)D '!'his broke the heart of the Koasongo king. All his former llelianco vanished anll be became humble and peni tent enough. His warriors were scattered, and the struggle for the hili or ivory was over. F'raoR Reade, Jl., wit electric wagon had triumphed. It was not long before an envoy (fom Corocomo made his appearance. This timll be came in a supplicating mood. Frauk received him kindly, and said: Tell yom king that all this might have been spared had he treated me rightly in the first place. We are gltld to have peuce." Next the k!ng himself, a tall, powerful appeared. He threw himsel upo.n his face before Frank as au evidence or his a cknowledgment of his foe's superiority. Terms were quickly made. It was agreed that the white men should have the till or ivory by paying for it in various gifts of cloth and utensils to be brought from the coast later. 1 As an evidence of his intention to renounce the superstitious cere mony of placing tusks upon the tomb of the dead monarch, the king himself descended and removed some or them. Now, boys.'' de clared Frank:, you have received your fortun nod your rights to it. All depends upon your ability to get the iv:>ry ta market." Leave that to us,'' cried Col. Martin. "In' deed, Mr. Rende, we connot sufficiently acknowledge our gratitude to you.'' "Do not speak ollt," said Frank. "I am only tgo glad to be able to help you." 1 "We, will set out at once for St. Paul de Loando and get a caravan to help transport it." 1 will you go now, asked Hal. "I intend to oo a explorir:g in the central part of Africa, a"d then return home,'' said Frank. "Well, my dear friend," said Hal, warmly, "when we have realized npon this ivory we will come uud visit you in Readestown.'' "i shalllte very glad to see you," said Frank, but--" The young ln ventor did not finiah the sentence. At that moment an ast:>unding epectacle burst upon the view or u.ll. At the lower end of the plateau sudcenly a party of white men came into view. They were at the moment upon the r.lateau. The new-comers had doubtless found tbeir way up through the cavern. At sight of the electric wagon the new-comers halted in amaze ment. '!'here were fully a hundred armed white men in the group. One who seemed to be the leader put his hands trumpet-like to his mouth and gave a. view halloo. Hello!'' shouted Frank in reply. Who are you''' "Explorers from the United States. Who nr.e you?" "Eughsll ivory bunters from St. Paul de Loando. I am Leslie Car ter!" Then the ivory hunters came up rapidly. In less than no time sal utations were being exchanged. The new-comers were part of u. caravan or two hundred, partly whites and partly lul.\f civilized blacks. The remnil!der or fhe party with their oxen and outfit were upon the plain below. We have discovered a mighty pile or ivory below there!" said Leslie Carter, the len1ler. "And we are looking for the owners.'' "They are here!" said Frank, indicating Hal and Jack. Tbe English ;:aptain looked amazed. "You don't mean it!" be exclaimed. "How t.lid you ever get snell a p1le together!" We did not," replietl Hal. "Who did!" Those black cbaps yonder!" indicating t.he Kossongos. "The deuce you say!" "We bOUj!bt or them!' The English captain kicked the turf a moment thoughtfully with his boot toe. "What are you going to do ..vith he asked tinnily. Transport it to St. Paul cte Laanda.'' "Where Is your caravan?" "I have thought or making it up from the ranks or Kos songos." But the English captain shook his head. "No, no!" he declared, "they are treacherous. You must not trust them.': "Nor" exclaimed Hal in ,surprise, "not If you have them thor oughly subdued?" "You can subdue them. I tell you they ate a ard lot. Look here, my friend.'' Well!" "1 have a proposition to make.'' ""what is it!" "You will be to no end of trouble to rig up a caravan In St. Paul. Stand in with us, pay us well, nod we will handle your ivory for you." Hal looked at Frank. The young inventor nodded his beact ap provingly. Carter wns eviaently a straightforward man, and his prop osition solved a great diffipulty. With quick impulse Hal cried: Thnt settles it! I will take your offer.'' 'l'he matter was settled at once. A paper was drawn up by Frank Reade, Jr., which all signed. Then all went down to the plain below. Frank left Barney and Pomp with the Electric Wagon. The caravan was quickly encamped about the hill or ivory. The work of numbering and classifying the tusks !'egan. Before nightfall every ox and every negro was loaded with the ivory and ready for a start to the coast. Hal and Jack and Col. Martin were in high spirits. Ali were at the base or the plateau, Just in the edge of the evening, when Frank said: I don't believe you will Oiled our services any longer, Hal. I be lieve Barney and Pomp and I will go along.'' "We hate to part with you," said Hal, wah tears in his eyes. "Oh, I can never repay you, Frank!" "You never think or that,'' said the young inventor. "I wish you luck and hope to see you in America.'' "You shall if we live.'' I But the words had barely been spoKen when a startling soood reached the bearing of all.

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IN AFRICA. 15 It came from the plateau above. It whs the crack of riOes and yell It was a stunning catastrophe, and for a inoment Frank Rende, Jr., ()f sunge blacks. was too appalled to net. What does that mean!'' gasped Hal. '!.'hen Captain Carter suggested: All knew that Barney and Pomp were up there with the machine. Suppose we go ap ou the plateau and satisfy ourselves that Frank did not fear for them. they are not there." The wagon bad been kept there, with the guns covering the yillage Right:" replied Frank, "that is the proper move." to overawe the Kossongoa. So all at once started for the plateau. The time couaumed in reach" Thereis troui.Jle up there bll iiUj'el" cried Captain Carter. [ tell ing it was short. you those Kossongos cannot be trusted!" It -required but a few moments o time to aO' ord a complete revel a" But-they cau never capture the wagon I" declared Frank. tion of the whole niiair. "Let us go up and see!'' cried Hal. Reaching the a pot where the wagon had been, to the surprise of all, A hundred armed white men were at once rallied under Captain Barney and Pomp were found, bound baud and foot and lying on the Carter. Ali hall started on the run for the cavern entrance when u ground. great cry escapea the lips of Hal Martin. The joy of Frank aud the others was tiO great at tin ding them un.. My God! what is that!" harmed that for a time uo questions were asked. Every eye was turned upward. It was an awful spectacle which reThe two prisoners were liberated and tht:n at the first opportunity warded the e:aze of all. told their story. Out over the of the precipice shot a huge black body. Out Not apprehending any attack from the blacks both had been busily into the air it sprung. at work upon some or tbe macbmery, when suddenly Barney felt Down it came likll a thunderbolt all-that long ways. himself seized from behind. It struck the grGund with a mighty crash. Then there was an In a jiiiy both were made by a dozen howling Kosaongos awful explosion, like an earthquake. who bact unobserved boardt>d the wagon. Nearly every man was thrown from his feet. When they recovered They were bound hanc.t and foot and thrown out upon the ground. a mighty yawning pit was seen bot nothing else, save a few bits of Then the K\ossougos proceeded to take posseRsion or the wagon. cebris scattered about. All bad gone well until one of them accidentally ran across the moCHAPTER XIII. THE END. THE reader no doubt baa guessed the meaning of this lnc!t!ent. The huge blacK object which shot over the of the cliff was the electric wagon. tor lever In the wlleel bouse. In a moment the current was on and away started the wagon. In vain the clung to ir.. It carried them oti the plateau with the result which the reader has seen. The Electric was past redemption. Frank Reade, Jr.'s wonderful invention was gone forever. Natum!ly the spirits of all were considerably depressed. But there was no way but to make the best or it. The explosion was caused by the awful concussion given the dyna mitll stored aboard the wagon. So Frank Reade, Jr Barney and Pomp accompanied the caravan black to the coast. At St. Paul they chartered a sailing vessel to take them up to the spot where they were to meet the Sierra Leone. The spectators had one dim and horrified recollection. To the framework of the there had clung a dozen forms. These had with the wagou disr.ppeared. Scarce a fragment or them could be found. But Frank ba\l no thought of this, or of the loss of only gave a gasping cry: They took a warm farewell or Hal und Jack. A few weeks Inter the wagon. He on board the Sierra Leone they were homeward bound. Oh, my God! What of Barney and Pomp?'' It seemed a certainty that they had been aboard the wagon. There they bad been left, and doubtless they were on board when she weut over the precipice. 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