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Six weeks in the clouds; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship, the Thunderbolt of the Skies
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Latest :and Best Stories are Published in This Library . Ente r e d a s Second Class Matte r at the Ne1 v York, N. Y., Pos t Offic e October 5, 1892. "To 73 { } FRANK TOUSEY. PUBT, t S R ER. 3t & 36 NORTH MOORE srREET, NEW YORK. { )'ltiCE } Vol. III .&.,. COMPLETE. New York. F ebruary 10, 1894 ISSUED WEEKLY; 5 Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the veur 1894, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the oJ!I.ce of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D. a. Six w eels in tfie Cion as: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air-Ship, the Thunderbolt of the Skies. By "NONAME."


-2 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LraRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. Six Weeks in the Clouds; OR, fttank Jtt.'s llittMShip the Thundettbolt of the Skies. By "NONAME," Author of Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric CruisEe married in midair." 'I' he theory is good,'' laughed Frank. "But the result was terrible to relate," continued Mr. Warden. "'Tbe aeronaut agreed to transport them 'Jil.lely up into the'clouds and !Jack again. My atgumeots were or no avail. The day was set and a crowd assembled to 11ee the feat performed 'I he balloon was truly the largest 1 ever saw Indeed, my fears were somewllat assuaged as I saw bow gracefully it rocked at its anc horage. 1'o cut a loug story short the party all got into the basket. There was Prof. Denham Hattie and Charlie and tbe minister, Rev. Schuy ler Wall, of the Boston Tabernacle. Tbeu the l>nllon leaped up into the air. It was Denham's promise to remain aloft only long enough to Lie the marriage knot. 'l'hen be had agreed to descend. But his plans evidently miscarried. The b a lloon did not descend. Instead it kept growing emaller and smaller until alter a while it went out or sight altogethe; From that day to this, tbe balloon nor its passengers have not been heard from." Mr. Warden paused, and Frank saw I hat he was deeply affected. Indeed, that was very unfortunate," said the young Inventor. "Yes," re;>lied the millionaire. "I set my heart by those young peot>le. Some people have tried to encourage me !Jy asserting that the party are sale, and have descended in some remote spot and will yet tart up all right." Which is quite possible," agreed Frank Yes, but I don't believe it. What is your opinion! Are they be yond human aid!" Frank was tbouglltlul a moment. "That is bard to say,'' he replied. "Yet I

, SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. 3 "I should. say not!" agreed Frank. "Indeed, Mr. Warden, I am very much interested in this case, and I will surely help you all I can." A cry of joy escaped Warden's lips. Bless you for that!" he cried. I knew that you would do it! Oh, if you will only find and rescue them I you alii have 10 the world!" I will t replied Frank. "You have just completed your new air-ship, I hear!'' Tlie Tllunderbolt of tile Skies? Yes, and I feel proud of it." I wish that I might take a look at it." "You shall!" Frank touched a bell. After a moment the door opened, ar.d a short, diminutive darky as black as a coal appeared. Pomp,'' said Frank, "you and Barney may open the store-house doors and roll the Thunderbolt out under the glass roof. I wish to show her to this gentleman." "A'right, sah!" replied the darky, bobbing his head in a comical fashion. I'se jes' gwine to do as yo' say, Ball. And Pomp Mr. Warden could not restrain a smile. What a comical darky!" he said. "One or your servants, I sup pose!" "Pomp and Barney are my two most devoted friends," replied Frank, warmly. Barney is equally as faithful and valuable a man as l'om p. He is an lriallman of the purest kind. 'l'hese two men are inevitably my traveling companions wherever I go." "And you are fortunate, Indeed, in having them,'' said Mr. Warden. "I presume you will take them upon this trip!'' Certamly." But they now left the office and crossed the broad yard, The doors or the storehouse had been opened as directed, and there in full view was the new air-ship. Warden gazed at It in suprt>me astonishment. Well, I never!' he exclaimed. Truly this is worth coming far One glance at the 'air-ship was sufficient to establish its feasibility. And at tlle same time one wondered why these simple plans bad not been attempted by some previous inventor. "Then the alr-sllip is at last a settled fact!" exclaimed Warden, "for all time this bas been regarded as the supreme of problems.'' And it would have been mastered long before, if inventors had only went at it with confidence and the same applicatiou that they have put into other triumphs." "I believe you are right," agreed Warden. "Yet, but for you the problem m1gbt still remain unsolved." "Possibly,'' said Frank, "but now let me explain to you, the method by which I gain ascent!'' "Pray do so!" "You as a school boy probably were familiar with the principle of the paoer rotascope!" "I have made many of them and sent them sailing about the room," replillrl Warden. "Very good! My principle of overcoming gravitation is exactly the dame. Five large rotuscopes are the insL1 umants with which I elevate my ship. "And they are driven by--" "Electrical engines, made as light and portable as possible. I will show you.'' And Funk proceeded to descrille in detail, the Thunderbolt of t)!e Skies. CHAPTER II. THE AJR.SHIP-THE START. IN shape the Thunderbolt resembled a long canoe at the bow and a cylinder at the stern. The hull was made of thin but highly-tempered sheets of lightest platinum and steel. These were secured by cleverly made joints. At intervals windows with gratiD{!, S were placed in the hull. Above the hull rose five light masts, to which were attached swiftly revolving rotnscopes. rhese were the means of causing the air-ship to ascend. In the rear was a huge six bladed propeller made or thinnest steel. At the rear end of thEI long cylindrical bull was a platform which extended two-thirds of tbe way along the hull on either side and waa provided with a guard rail. From this platform A swinging ladder!!huog for descent to the ground. The entrance was in the rear by means of a broad door. Forward was a ;>:Jothonse;in which were the steering and the electr;cal keyboard for the running of the enginquests and not a few begged the privilege of accompanying the young inventor upon his aerial voyage. Frank treated them with silence. The waste basket most of them. Indeed to have answered all would have required the aid of an army of clerks for many weeks. So this was out of the question as well as bad taste. Preparations were quickly made for the aerial voyage. ft Barney and Pomp were obliged to bustle for all they were worth. They were, however, overjoyed at the prospect of a voyage in the air. While the warmest of friends they were both lively as crickets and fond of plnying pranks each upon the other. It was even up between them as to which got the best or this. Sometimes Barney came out ahead and sometimes Pomp. "I jes' tell yo' one fing, l'isb,'' said Pomp, in a bantering tone. "II yo' evP.r shows yo' head above de rail de peoplll on de earth will done link dere am a neiV sun come out ob de sky, or mebbe dar am a bnll ob red fire hanging ober 'em.'' Barney dropped the article he was lugging, and turned upon his defamer. Arrnh, an' don't YllZ l>e afther refleclin' on the color av me hnir! Sh!Jre it's a black cloud as will darken the earth, when yez get up aloft." This was bitting Pomp back with his own weapons. The darky was silent a moment, then he resumed: Huh! clouds 'kain't do no harm. But if de world got on fiah, what den! But I -say, honf-y, wha' am yo' gwine to do for the 'crather' when yo' gits up dar?" "Never yez moind!" retorted Barney, with a twinkle in his keen eyes. I niver was left yet for a hit av whisky wheniver me stomach felt the need av it.'' "Yah, but dere ain' none up ill de clouds. Nuffin' but water.'' "Whist now, an' do yez think I'll be aft her Iavin' Readestown an' not carry a bit av consolation wid me!" But Marse Frank done say dat we kin hab no whisky on bo'd!" Begorra, that's fer the loikes av such as ye. But I'm the gintlem:m as knows how to nee it. See?" And Barney snapping his fingers in the darky's face, puffed away a


4 S!X WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. moment at his dudeen and then picking up his loul went on his way. Pomp looked after him a moment and then scratching his head, mot tered: I done fink dat chap ha!J some place on bo'd dat he hide dat stuff away. Hum! well if dis chile doan' lind it

SIX WEEKS IN 'l'HE -CLOUDS. Below, the storm woe still thundering nnd bellowing. Frnnk lashed the wheel and sprung down into the cabin. Hello!" be shouted. Are you all olive down there!" Begorra, much ns ever!" cried Barney. Shurely me back is broke in two!" Golly, 1 done link mob shins nm busted!" ueclnred Pomp, with n wail. Mr. Warden was badly used up himself, but be said, cheerily: I am thankful that it was no worse. 1 thougl1t it was the end of us, Frank!" \V ell, I was in great fear myself for a while," said Frank. Then the air-ship is all right!" I believe so. She may be somewhat wrenched, but not seriously injured I hope. An examinativn will-show.'' And this Frank hastily prooeeded to make. To his great joy he found the vessel intact. Tllere was really reason for mutual congratlation, for the escape bud been a narrow one. One thing is sure," declared Frank. We shall take great care to keep out or the way of storms hereafter." All were surprised at tile long duration of the storm. 'l'he ascent had been made nt three o'clock in tile afternoon and now it was fast growing dark. Night was at band. Soon darkness settled down everywhere. The blue firmament over head with its myriad stars seemed fully as far off as if viewed from the earth. Alf was blackness below. But Frank trained the search-light to bear upon the earth and the result was wonderful. The ray of light sent down through all that space was reflected back aa if from a mirror. Frank Rende, Jr., understood this. "It is water!" be exclaim ed. We are above one of the big lakes; probably Lake Michigan." Indeed!" exclaimed Mr. Warden. "At this rate we shall soon reach British North America." Oh, yes," replied Frank. Then ho touclled the rotascope lever and the air-ship began to settle down. "I am going to make sure if It is a large luke or not," he said. "Mercy only knows where that storm might have blown us." Down the air-ship rapidly setlled. And as it did the surface of tile water became enlarged and plainer under the search-light's glare. From a height of two miles the air-ship descended to within a thousand feet of the lake's surface. Then twinkling lights were seen near by. The search-light \Joing turned in that direction allowed a large steamer plowing its way along. 'l'he people even could \Je seen upon her decks. They were evi dently astonished at sight of the air-ship. Tile steamer's siren whislle sounded a repeated solute. Frank answered by firing an electric projectile ahead some distance into tile water. Ttle effect was grand to witness. The full glare of tile search-light was turned upon the miniature cat aract which arose from the lake. The steamer hod slackened her engines and laid to. Frank saw her officers on the bridge and that the captain lind a speaking trumpet. Ahoy, up there!" came the stentorian hail from the steamer. "Ahoy the steamer!" replied Frank. What kind of a balloon do you call that?" "This is not a balloon!" What the devil is It tllen !" Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship, the Thunderbolt of thtJ Skies!" "The deuce you say! We lmve heard of that invention, but supposed it only a newspaper story. So yon are Frank Reade, Jr.!" Yes." "Well, come down on deck and see us!" "I can't do that,'' replied Frank, but now please to answer my q n estions.'' Ali righ tl'' What steamer is that?" "The Lake City, excursion steamer for Chicago. Captain Ernest Brand." Well, Captain Brand, I wish yifu good-night and a fair voyage!" shouted FraniC. Then he touched the rotnscope lever, and up shot the air-ship. Up a mile into the sky it rose. Then Frank set the lever and the wheel. Tis came down 1nto the cabin and said: " I know you must ail be very tired. I am myePir and propose that we have some sleep.'' "Good!" cried Warden. "I am more than willing!" "Now, Barney!" said the young inventor. "You are to watch until two o'clock. Pomp will relieve you t!1en. Call me at five!" Then Frank retired to rest. Routine had hegun on bQard air ship. CHAPTER IV. BARNEY VICTIMIZES POMP, ALL that night tl:e air-shjp sailed on through space. The puce was a moderate one, and yet in the morning it was seen by the register that she had sailed ninety miles. Lake Michigan had lleen crossed and left to the eastward. Frank now set the course toward Manitoba. Little could be seen of the country below from their dizzy height. But Mr. Warden did not seem specially interested in what was be low. He watched the sky incessantly w1th a powernl pair of glasses. For his belief was firm that Ius friends would yet be drifting around in space in their unmanageable balloon. All that day the air-ship kept on at full speed. But not a speck ap peared in the sky. So far no trace of the lost balloon bad been seen. It was like looking for a needlll in a haystack. But Mr. Warden would not relinquish his sanguine hopes. We shall lind her yet,'' he sa1d. "Yet think of the slender chances!" said Frank. "Some storm may have taken the balloon aeroes the Pacific.'' I do not think t.hat is possible!'' ''Why?'' Storms do not travel as fnr without spending their force. More over, there are certain air currents about the northwest which I be lieve would keep the ballon for an indefinite period sailing about within a certain radius.'' Your theory is logical!" declared Frank. I wish I knew some way to study out those air currents!" Our meteorologicnl maps might enable us to do it in a measure!" That is true. We will consult them. But-here is another problem!" "What?" The danger of the balloon ascending into the rarified atmosphere. Perhaps this has happened.'' Whieh would he fatal to all in the cart'' "Yes!'' "I do not believe it!'' said Warden, knitting his brows. "Why not?" The ballon would not carrysnllicient gas to carry it to such an ele vation. I believe it would maintain a stationary positiOn so far as elevation goes." "Well, you may be right,'' agreed Frank. "At any rate, we will do all we can to find the party.'' For days the air-ship kept on. The days passed into a week. The plans of the aeornauts had resolved themselves into merely fol lowing the various air currents and keeping watch or the sky. Thill ull done by Warden's direction, who would not listen to a theory that the party had made a descent. "If we can only sight them before their supplies give out, we will save them!" lie said, witll a deep sigll. One week bad passed. Tired of unsatisfactory about in a certain radius, Frank had token a new course to the northwarcl. This brought them almost to the land of and ice. And here, the first thrilling incident support Warden's theories occurred. Dark clouds hung in the zenith. It was near the close of day, and darkness was at !land. Warden had been out on deck. He was watching Intently a distant rngged cloud. Suddenly from it a huge object seemed to glide. For a moment he stood like one in a daze. Then a great wild cry escaped his lips. "It is! lL is!" he yelled. "Hooray! come all! It is the balloon!'' But when the others excited beyond measure reached tile spot there was no balloon in sight. It had been visible but a moment drifting from one cloud into au other. It might have been an illusion for all the proof there was; but Warden would not relinquish his claim. "It is the balloon!" he said. "I tell you I saw it. Make for that cloud!" Of course the air-ship was sent forward at a rapid rate of speed. The cloud was reached and penetrated. Electric signals were made, guns were fired, the search-ligh\ employed to pierce the cloud, bot all in vain. 'l'he aeronauts if in the vicinity did not make reply. Warden was beside himself. "It is too bad," he cried, with grief and dismay, "they were right in our reach. I tell you I saw them. And now to think that we should lose them.'' But for the clouds we could very soon tell whether your eyesight was good or not," said Frank. "We will wait until morning. They may disperse then.'' "I don't know about that,'' said Warden with a shake of his head. "We are in a cloudy part of the world. The sun sometimes does not show itself here for weeks." Keep up your heart!" cried Frank. If the balloon is really here we ahnll be sure to find it." Ah, hut the clouds!'' Never mind, they shall not prevent it.'' "We shall see.'' Darkness now shut down rapidly. It was not darkness or the ordinary kind, either. The searchlight would not penetrate it, as it was partly composed or the material of the clouds. 1 Frank's plan would have been to descend to the earth and trust to getting a better view from there m t .lle mornmg.


I I i I I 6 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. But Warden expressed agony at the proposition, so speed was shut off and the Tbu nlle riJolt belli suspended in space. Barney waa first on watci.J that night. Pomp was to relieve I.Jim at two o'clock. The Celt sat out on deck for a full hour after the others had retired. The air was cbllly, and be exptlri e nced many a shiver. He bad been directed to listen for some sonnd from the sky, which migi.Jt indicate that the lost aeronauts were In the vicinity. But time passed, and he beard cot bing above the chuck of the rota scopes as they kept up their steady movement. ".B e jabers, it's loike waittn' fer the end av the be mutter ed. Divil a bit do I loike it." He ti.Jrnsi.Jed his arms about his body for a wi.Jile to warm his ling e rs. The n an idea s t ruck I.Jim. "Be ja!Jers, U I had a drap av the crnthet no;v I'd be warm enough.'' Barney knew whe re to get this. The impulse was upon him to go after it whe n be became aware OJ a 111ost startling fact. A llark form was brking behind the pilot-hou s e door. "It's the naygur!'' whis pered the Celt as h e recognized the shape of the skulker. "Phwat th e divil is he up to!" Then like a !lu sh, a complete understanding dawned upon Barney. He chuckled with infinite glee. "Be jabers I have it!'' he Ill Uttered. "Shure the spalpeen is watchin' av' me, ti.Jinkin' I'll soon go after tile crath e r au' tilin he'll foind out where he Is!' As this became a moral certainty to Barney, be was too elated to expr e ss his feelings. Ind e ed, he bad been anticipating just such a move as this upon Pomp's part. He had prepared a neat little r e c e ption for the darky, which he be lieved would e ffectually s quare old accounts. "Shore I 'lllarn him a l e sson in meLidlin' t .his toime!" he mutt e r ed. B a rney whistled a merry tune, then exclaimed as if t o hims elf but yet lou d e nough for Pomp to bear it: "Shure it's murtheri n cold. It's a drap av the crather wud do me gooct, an' t.e gorra I'll have that same!" He nated wit h a twinkl e in his eye that Pomp hat! straightened up. Barney now proceeded to walk aft along the deck. H e however, mana ged to slyly glance behind him and saw that Pomp was f o llowing him. Be the sow! av Paddy the piper! ' be chuckled, I'll llx the oma dhoun this toime." Barney lej the way dqwn the ladder to the outer platform and then through a small door int.o the after hold, which was under ti.Je cabin. Here all was d a rkness. Nobody ti.Jought of pen etrati ng t o this part of the air-ship save per haps to examine some part of the machinery .Barney slid alon g th& s teel rods which braced the body of the air ship and then placed I.Jis hanu UtH]er an overhanging joint of the ste e l plates. He waited until be was sure that Pomp was behind him, then be lit a wax tap er. Tile darl'Y was hiding just behind the door of steel and could see every movement or the Celt. Satisfied of this, Earney hummed an Irish air, then placing his hand the shelf he drew out a black bottl e "Here's to ould Ireland!" he muttered, tilting the bottle to his lips. He took a good strong draught. It was the real stuff and he smacked his lips with great relish. S hure that naygur wud give all his owld socks to foind this," he eja culat e d In a tone loud enough for Pomp to hear. The darl{y grinned. "But he niver will," rejoined Barney, Then he p e rformed a sleight-of-hand which apparently restored the bottl e to ita hiding place. But really it went into an innljr pockllt and another was substituted. '!'he substitute bottle contained a vas tly differe nt preparation. Then Barney let the taper go out and proceeded to crawl toward the door. He passed so near Pomp that be could have touched the darky. But he did not offer to do so. He passed out on the platform and went wllistling apparently back to his post. But in a few seconds he was back to the steel door listening. '!'here was a rustling movement in the hold Barney grinned. "SI.Jure, the naygur is onto it," he muttered. "It's fun .here'll be moighty quick.'' Barney was right. Pomp in his concealment had watched the Celt with elated feelings. He was sore of a dead snap. Golly, l'se jes' gwine to wet mnh whistle wit dat l'ishman's whisKy," he muttered. "I done he be surprised fo' to see bow fas' it will go.'' The darky crept forward until arrived at the spot where Barney had been. Then be reached under the steel plate and took out the bottle It was but a moment's work to uncork it. Victory seemed his. He held it aloft trmmphantly. Yo' am a pooty smaht 1'1shman, Barney O'Sbea, but dar am 11marter men dnu yo' right abo'd dis ship. Hyar goes to yo' health, saht" Barney lis t ening at the door heard every word of this soliloquy. He nearly exploded wit3 suppre ssed laugi.Jter. And Pomp put the bottle to his lips. He tipped his head !Jack ami took a long, deep draught. And then -ab, wi.Jat ti.Jen? yHAPTER V. F UTILE Q UEST-THE F U R H U NTERS, THE bottle which Barney had prepared containeq a mixtUI' e sufficient to paralyze a woollen image. There was whisky with it, to be sur e a moderate amount, but there was aleo red peppers, castor oil, mustard-raw, jalap and Sflveral other ingredients of an aesthetic and emetic character. Down into his capacious gullet the unsu pecting Pomp poured that conglomerated dose of pi.Jysical IJ.I!:ODy. The result was Indescribable. For a moment the darky's am!lzement was only exceeded by a fear ful, ago nizing doubt as to whe ther be was yet on earti.J or in hades. "Ubble-gubble-gurgle-wi.Jisht-ss-mrn-oh-h-b!" Tben a yell like til at of an expiring Sandwich Islander escaped the duped darky's lips. Clutci.Jing his ti.Jroat with both hands, btl started for the deck. Massa Lordy-um-gu.rgle-sa!Je die !" And upon the platform be burst. Here he fellllat upon his stom acb, wriggling like a snake. "Fo'-de-lan's sake!" he gasped. "Wha' am struck m e ? Ahh-h-ugh!'' Barn e y was rolling upon another part of the deck in a paroxysm of laugi.Jter. l'se done burnin' up!" yelled Pomp. Sabe dis chile!" Barney ins tan tly sprang up. A pail of cold wat e r sat near the gang way. The Celt seized it. Phwat's tile matter wid yezt" he c:ied. Is it burnin' up yez. are?'' Yah, yah!" yelled Pomp. Swish-swash! Down went the contents or the pail over the darky's head and sboul ders. It nearly drowned him. But it bad a good elfect. He swallowed nearly a quart of the cooling fluid. Then op came his stomach. At once he grew better. He managed to get upon his feet. He ask e d no questions, volunteered no explanations, but startad at once for his bunk pell mell. A deep, dark sr.spicion, bad dawned upon his mind. "Fo' de Inn's sake!" be muttered. "I done believe dat I'ishmao knowe

, I SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. I Perhaps we will l.Je mor!) apt to see the balloon. She may bang below the cloun if it had come that way. Down settled the air-ship Frank decided to malached the subJect o! his visit. CHAPTER VI. EXPERIENC E S WITH THE F U R H UNTER S "I CAN' T say that 1 would want to join your gaug," he said. "By the way, friend Wimans?'' "Wall!" Is this air-ship of ours the first one you've ever seen?" Wimnns stared at Frank. Then a light broke across his rough face. I've seen a balloon,'' be replied. Warden gave a gasping cry. F o r God's sake, when ancJ where did you see it?" he asked. Wimnns looked at War(len in e.stonishment. Then he coolly ejected a quid of tobacco anJ replied: "Not more'n tew days ago.'' Warden almost screamed: Where? Tell me!" Where?"' exclaimed Wimans. "I say, stranger, air yew lookiu' ferthat balloon!" "Yes. replied Frank. Wimans l ook Frunl tly the arm. "Come byar." He led him to the door of the cabin. Then he pointed to the north west. "Up over tbet peak!" he said, "I seen a balloon, an' it hung thar for six hours. Some or our boys set out tew climb the peak, but tber fnst ttling we knew tiler cussed thing sailed away." "I told yon so!" cried Warden, triumphantly to Frank. And in what dir e c tion did it go?" Wimans pointed to the west. Frank grasped his baud. "My friend!" be cried. "You have done us a great favor. We shall not forget it.'' Then he tnrned to Warden. That settles it. The l.Jalloon shall be found." Both Silt out for the air-snip. But big Wimans shouted: "Hello, tbar, friends! I don't call this air a fair shake!" Frank saw the point. He turned and marched back. We bave no intention or forgetting our indebtedness to you I" he said. "Come with us!" And he led the big trn ppPr straight to tire air-ship. On board they went, and Frank gave Pomp a lcey. Go to the locker and bring out the choicest old Burgundy," he said. B e seated, Mr. Wimans. By the wuy, won't your friends partake too?" Wall, I like this," said the big trapper, looking approviugly about the air-ship. Then be arose and shouted: "Come, pards! This i s ther Tenderfoot's treat." As the rough crew piled aboard the air-ship Frank saw his mistake, and instantly repented his hospitality. Of course he had accepted them as honest men, and yet, for awght he knew, th e y might bP cut-throats. It was evident that the same thought was in Warden's mind, for he exchanged glances with Frank. Barney and Pomp also looked askance at the rough hunters. At an opportune moment W a rd e n said to Frank: I don t know but that we ar .. taking a great risk. do yotl think?" I am afraid so," agreed Frank. "It is well to be on our guard" Can we handle such a crew!" "I think so" The Burgundy was brought and tendered to the hunters. It was choice wine, but in their rough throats, accustomed to old rum lt was little better than cold water. "That's good stnff fer women," grumbled Wimans, "but I kain't say as it fits a man's gullet." "Let's have some rum," rejoined one of the gang. Wimans arose and sauntered toward the pilot-bouse. His keen gaze took In about the air-ship. Suddenly be paused and wbipp ed a brace or revolvers from his belt. With a voice of thunder he roared : Hands up, every condemne c Yankee of ye! Surrender!" Frank Reade, Jr., t nrned in amazement. What's that!''"lie exclaimed. Surrender: What for?'' "Fer instance Ain't thet enough?'' "You're j )king.'' "I'm in dead earnest.'' Btit what right have you to treat us in this manner?" exclnim9\a Frank, angrily. The right or English law!" shouted the ruffian. Which says


8 SIX WEEKS IN 'l'HE CLOUDS. that any Yankee encroacbin' on her majesty's grounds, which l Then and Pomp and wild with joy, came rushing is patented to ther Hudson Bay Fur Company, IS guilty, o.n' should be mto the pilOthouse. arrePted." They surrounded Frank. "Nonsense!" rephed Frank, "that applies to bunters. We are not Whurroo, but didn't yez give it to 'em, Misther Frank!'' yelled such!'' Barney, exuberantly. "How in tarnation do we know that? Howsundever, ye're our "I done fought we was gone chickllns dat time sure!" priPoners, an' this air-ship will make us a nice little go cart. Eh, "You circumvented them in a wonderful manner, cried pards! An' when I'm done witb it, I'm goin' tew send it to Queen Warden, joyfully. But what will you do with them? Throw them Victoria tew ride In from Windsor clown to London!" overboard!'' And the ruffian lau!!lled fiendishly, in whicli he was joined by his "Not yet," replied Frank. "I don't exactly want to kill them." companions. -Thll young inventor sent the air-ship across the lake. Then in a They bad nil risen, and were holding cocked revolvers in their clearing he allowed it to descend. bands. 'l'he villains had begun to show signs or returning consciousness. Frank saw that for the moment the air-ship was at the mercy or ths Frank with the help of others rolled the bodies of the rascals wretches. out the ground.. W1mans was the last, and he staggered to h1s But be did not lose coura:te. feet JUSt as the a1r-slup rose. . This would have been fatal. But he was too dazed to Jo any !!arm. The a1rsh1p rose a bundred It was his province to now find a way out of the scrape. He was and then to t,?e rill!: quite equal to the Farewell, fnend Wunans! cned; the 11ext you to But he realized that it was best. for a time to humor the whims of his arrest me my a1r-sh1p come down mto the Umted toe. So he said quietly: States and do 1t. . '!'hen we are your prisoners!" A volley of curses escaped the wretch s hps. Th1s term mated the "Yas!" replied the villain, emphaticallY'. 1 But [ had no idea of receivina such treatment as this when I Up mto the a1r rose the Thunderbolt. landed here!" "' It bad been a ua:row escape for the voyagers. But they bad gnined Then ye're disappointed, ain't ye?" the purpose for wb1ch they . "Yes but I can'' see what you are going to gain." It now known for a fact tllll lost was still Wby not?" arouud m. the. air-currents above British Columbia. It was now m You cannot make the air-ship fly!'' to lind 1t. The villain looked oonplused. Ttus Frank was resolved to I eau make you allow me!'' he said, finally. And when the famous young mventor set out to accomplish an end If I will!'' he generally succeeded. ' You will," said the villain, fiendisbly. "Or I'll blow yer brains out. Yew won't dare to refuse!" If you insist upon It!" said Frank, warily, "but the ship cannot .tly with so many on board!" WI mans' was thoughtful a moment. Then a gleam of comprehension fiasbed from his eyes. "How many will sbl! carry up?" he asked. Perhaps a dozen!" Wimans 10 his compnnior.s. "All get oil' but a dozen of ye!" he ordered, "I'm goin' tew take a leetle ride

l SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. 9 The third night of the fourth week was a memorable one. None in the p:uty even forgot iL. "Pity the poor souls iu the basket," rejoined Frank. Why, will they fre eze to death!" Whe n it came time to turn in, Frank Reade, Jr., made the remark: "I think there is a storm about to burst over us. The barometer indicates it, and the wind has fre shened." This was true. Quite a gale was blowing from the northwest. It was 'Barney s first watch as usu al. The nights were bitter cold ic this part of the world, and the C e lt was warmly wrapped up in furs. He walked the platform until midnight. At intervals he had been directed to listen, and if anything was heard to at once investigate. "Be gorra, it's mesilf as thinks we are on a fool's errand!" he mut "Shure we'll niver foind that balloon The words had barely left his lips when a startling thing occurred. Suddenly from the gloom far distant there appearear1 Begorra, we're sure or wan thing!'' crted Barney. It's no wild H e re was a problem. goose chase we're on." l How were the aeronauts to be got aboard the air-ship! Even they "That is settled," agreed Wardea. "We have seen the balloon themselves saw this point. ano.l know that it is still alloat.'' The aeronaut, Prof. Denham, shouted: .


10 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. "It won't do for you to come too near ull!" "I see tbat!" replied Frank. "We will find some other way." Being so near, for a few moments a running conversation was kept up. "How are you all!" shouted Warden. "We are all well as could be expected under tbe circumstances,'' replied Charles Allen, but we are anxious to get down upon terra firma" You don't like living in space then?'' Well, not exactly.'' Don't ynu wish you had taken my advice and married in the old faebioned wayl'' . I'll tell you better after we get out or this scrape," replied young A.llen, laughingly. This is certainly the most romantic wedding I ever officiated atl" cried the Rev. Schuyler Wall "You will not try another?" "I think not." I don't think. they ought to complain," protested Prof. Digby. 11 They bave not been killed yet.'' "No thanks to your faultily constructed balloon!" cried Hattie. This caused a laugh. Well, have you suffered from cold?" asked : Frank Reade, Jr. Not much!" replied Rev. Mr. Wall, "hut I would little more room for my cramped limbe.'' How are you fixed for provisions?" "Enough for another week!" There!" declared Frank to Warden, your fears of starvation have proved groundless!'' "Ah, but in time they might have come to pass." Fortunately we are in time to relieve them of the risk,'' rejoined Frank. "Now, friecde," be shouted, "I am going to send a man aboard of you.'' "All right," replied Prof. Digby. "How will you do it!" "I shall mount to a position above the balloon. I will send a man down on a rope and ewing him into the basket.'' All right!'' This was certainly the only feasible way of making connections with the balloon. All this while the rain had been dripping on thll air-ship's deck and over all. "Now, Barney," said Frank, "

SIX WEEKS .IN THE CLOUDS. ]1 "At least," he said, "is there any harm in attempting it?" Why, we can try a few explosions," agreed Frank. "I am a lit tie curwus myself to see how it would act.'' WiLli this, tile inventor went into tlle g un-room. An explo sive shell carefully timed, was fired into a cl oud near. The exJliOsiOn exactly like a clall of thunder. Electric !la s hes leaped fro:n the cloud, and instantly til ere were in dications or a storm. Several of the bombs were exploded, in this manner in various parts of t:1e cloud bank. Rain fell heavily. The clouds were precipitated in a perfect deluge. For a time this continued. The n Warden cried triumphantly: See! Tl!e clouds are s cattermg. You can see tile eartll.'' This was true. Directly beneath them the aerial voyagers suw the earth. The clouds had fall e n in that irn mediate vicinity. But Frank cried: Look! The supply is inexhaustibl e!" Almost immediately the heavy clouds closed in like a solid wall, and the earth was again conce a leu. If anything the clouds looked thicker and blacker than before. Well, I never!" mutter e d Warden. "Where do they all come from?" "My friond!l' said Frank, impressively, "that is one of the myster ies of nature. The supply will never cease. All the explosives we could lind would not change the present situatio n In the 1east!" Sylvester Warden nodd e d !1is head. "You are right," he said, "then the old way of a random search in the clouds is our only me t hod for finding th e lost balloon ? " It seems to be now!'' replie l l Frank. Yet nature may work some great change and all in a few tours.'' S o tile matter was dropped. The otller voyagers especially Prof. Digby Denham had been d e eply interested in the attempt. 'l'he latter now came to Frank, saying: ''Upon my word, Mr. Reade, you have s o lved the secret or aerial navigation.'' Ah !''cried Frank, cnsuall.r, "is that your opinion?'' "It is emphatically. I build no more balloons.'' "No?" "Wile n I get home I shall nt once proceed to build me an air-ship,' Frank smil e d at this. Ab, do you reckon that easy!" he asked. "You se e m tu llnve found it o. Why should not I!" "Very tru;enith was at last free from the clouds. But there was yet left a mighty clqud covered space. However, the quest in the clouds was near its end. Suddenly a migllty wall or mist jus t in front lifted, and a !(reat cry went up from all. "Hurrah, the balloon!" Yes; there it was beyond a doubt. Tile hug e sphere was drifting rapidly through the fieecy mass. The air-ship WllS instantly in pursuit. Then it was within ha1ling distence. To the amazemant of all, it was seen that th e re was but ope man in the basket. Tllis was Charlie Allen. B a rney was gone. Wllat did it mean? A swift, cllill struck Frank ReadP, Jr. It was a deadly fear that his trus'ted servant's fate was sealed forever. At once he hat led the balloon. "Hello!" he allouted. Hello I'' carne back. "Are y ou well?" u Yes." Where is Barney?" He is not with me. I will tell you when I get up there where you are." A line was now thrown over the air : sbip s rail. It was gently swung back and forth until it was within tile reach of youn g Allen. He grasved it, and then swung clear or the balloon, The huge sph ere shot upward and vanish e d again. This time the skies might clatm it forever. No further pur s uit would be maue Charlie Allen was drawn up and ab o ard the rtmnderbolt. As be struck the deck was the first t o be clasped in his arms. 'l'hen Warden and the oth e rs gathere d joyfully ab o ut him. But Cllarlie saw the anxious look upon Frank R e ade, Jr.'s, fac e and said: "Mr. Reade, now I will tell you about your man Burney.'' Is he dead! ' I do not know." Frank drew a br e ath of relief. Ah! then there is a chance tent he is alive," he said, eagerly. Oh, yes," declared young Allan. In fact, I am quite sure that he is. I'll tell you how it wus: You see, aft e r losing the air-ship we drifted about for days in the clouds We did everything we could to eig nal you, but in vai:l. 1 Then one day, owing to Morna peculiar depression of the ntmos. pbere, the balloon began to sink. We thougllt sure we were going to tue eartll. "But it was no auch good luck. The b11lloon went down, tllough, until within a few hundred feet of the surface of a lake. w a s right in the heart of tbe woods. We thought the balloon m1ght fall into the water, and counted the chances or getting asllore. Burney did not tbink that it would be much of a swim, and said that he had a mind to leap overb o ard. Then an idea occurred to us. "And it wns our attempt to carry out th11t idea which separated us.'' CHAPTER X. TO B A RNEY S RESCUE. I YouNG Allen paused a moment for breath and presently continued: Our scheme was to simp .ly lower a line to the water and slide down it, then swim asllore. It looked dead easy. "We were bound to try it. Barney was tile first to go The line was not strong enough to hold two, so he was to go down first, then steady the line for me. So Barney went over the edge of the basket and slid down the rope, which was fully four hundred feet long. But just as he got near the end or tl;e rope a queer thing happened. From the shore a canoe with six savage Klamath Indiana in it shot out into the lake. I sho:J.ted to Barney, but it was too late. The Indiana reached him before he could even try to climb up agaln. They yanked him off that rope In a hurry. The lessening or bal last caused the ballo:m to shoot upward like a rocket. In a few sec onds I was again in the clCiuds. Tbat was the last I saw of Barney.'' As young '\lien tinisbet! his narrative a troubled expression settle1 clown upon Frank Rende, Jr.'s brow. "In the bands or tile Klamaths," be exclaimed, "that is hard for they are very cruel to their prisoners.'' But is there not a good_phance to rescu" him?" asked Allen .. [ shall try,, declared !."rank. or course you would know this locality H you were to see it againf' "Oh, yea!'' Then we will look for ill" I Frank let the Thunderbolt descend rapidly. Soon it was far below the clouds. T -he earta was just below


12 SIX WEEKS IN 'l'HE CLOUDS. "Now we will hunt for the spot," said Frank, "please to point it out, Mr. Allen!" "I will do so," replied Charlie. AnJ. be proceeded to keep n strict watch. With Burney in the power of the savage Klamath Indians, there was little chance for his life, 'i''ra.nk knew that this particular branch of the tribe were savage as sassins. show would the Celt stand them. HQwever, he was determined to do all he could to save Barney. Pomp in particular was much excited. .. Yo' don' want to lose dat l'ishman, Marse Frankl" he declared. "He am jes' too valuable a. man fo' you!" "How is this!" exclaimed Frank mischievously. "I thought you and Harney were not on very guod terms!" Who for several days cruised about the wild region. Then one morning Charlie Allen "There is the spot, Mr . Reade. There is the luke we hoped to drop Into!" Frank saw at once that the spot corresponded with Allen's descrip tion. Thtl air-ship hovered over the vicinity for some while. Not a. of the Indians was to be seen until Frank happened to send the air-ship close to the wall of a mountain near by. Then Prof. Denham cried: "There they are." All rosbed to tbe rail. The object of the professor's remarks were instautly seen. Half a dozen savages were in full retreat along the base of tlle mountain. They ball evidently seen the air-ship and \Bute lookout, however." And this was done. The three rescuers pushed slowly and cau tiously forward. Every moment now they drew nearer to the op'ln chamber beyQod. Suddenly a startling sound was heard in their rear. Then the telegraph clicker in Frank's hands began to tap in a muflled way. It was a message from tho air-ship. "Look out! Some savages have entered the cave in your rear." Frank quickly wired back: All rigllt." Then he hastily grounded the wire. The footsteps of the advanc ing Klamaths could be plainly beard in thl' rear. "Quick, boys!" whispered Frank. "Crawl in here." There was a. crevice in the wall of the passage. Into this they crept. They were not a moment too soon. Down the passage came five savages. Tiley passed near to the hidden white men to be rlmost able to touch them. But they passed on and were soon out of sight. Then Frank crept out. Quick, friend!!," he said. Let ns follow them at once!" Down the passage they went at full speed. It was hoped to geL in si:.tht of the Klamaths again. But this they were unable to do. However, they came to the very entrance to the m1ghty cavern chamber. It seemed to cover fully an acre, apparently was tile interior cave of an extinct volcano. A wonderful spectacle it was which now rewarded their gaze. All regarded it with amazement. High arched, the cavern shadows were relieved by four llres in different corners, which sent ghostly shadows fiicl;ering about the mighty roof. Sitting upon the cavern floor were fully a hundred of the Klamnths, nil in a state of great excitement. When the cause of their excitement waa seen, Frank and his com panions could hardly cont ain themselves. There in the center of the attentive circle of smoking Klamaths was Barney engaged in a genuine Irish song nnd dance. And the savages were bestowing upon the performance all the attentiveness of first nighters at a city theater. CHAPTER XI. THE FIGHT IN THE CAVERN. THE situation wa not ono devoid o r hnmorous features, although serious in the main.


SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. 13 Witb the greatest or zest Burney wns rendering n genQine brenk down, and the Klnmaths, who h11d never seen anything ol the kind be fore, were more than interested. ln their stoical way, they smoked their pipes and applauded in gut tural tones. The greatest difficulty for Barney seemed to be, however, that the Inclinus could not seem to get enough or the \bing. He was kept at it hammer and tongs, and when he see mell disposed to panse, one or the pnrty would prod him with the point of a spear. "Bejabers, phwat do yez take me fer-an Eyetalian band organ!" cried Barney, llnally breakin g down from sheer exhaustion. Shure I'm not a perpetual motion macline. Ow-ouch!'' One or the Klamnths had pricked him with a spear. Tbe Celt was doubled up. The others roared with laughter. The Irishman saw the point, and his combative Mpirit was aronsed. Quick as n flash be hit out from the shoulder, nnu the fellow with the spear went dqwn like a log. To surpris e of the three @pectators in the outer passage the other Klamaths seemed to treat this as a joke anu only laughed ur:d applauded the more. Even the three white friends or the Celt were consttainell to smile, thoul!:h they trembled for hia eafety. Good lor Barney!" muttered Warden. "I hope he has killed the scampi" "But I leur lor Barney now!" said Char!Je, apprehensively. "Stand ready!" said Frank, cocking his rille, we may have to shoo t quick!" The savage knocked down by Barney now gained his feet, and made a savage rush at the Celt. Barney promptly knocked him down a gain. At this several of the K!amaths rushed upon tlie Irishman with uplifted tomahawKs. The crisis had come. "Pick your cried Frank. "Tuko those nearest Barney!" Crack-uckl Crash! The rifles spoke, and the explosive shells strik!ng in the midst of the Klamath crew created havoc. Four c,f thP. savages were instantly killed. The effect upon the oth ers was exciting. Instantly they were upon their feet, the personification of surprise and fury. They hu,ldled together, seemingly for a moment unllecided us to which way to turn. This was Just the opportunity Frank wanted. "Now, boys," he crieu, "give it to them again!" Crack, crack, boom! Again the e:tplosive shells plowed their way through the Klamath ranks. This was quite enough for the savages. They brol

14 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. "You will find that I shall hold the ship," she declared. I can handle a r11le, and it will not be easy 1or them to get up here." Pomp showed her how to work the electric levers fJr the ascension or descent or the air-ship. Then the three men went down the ladder and were lost to view in the cavern. ., It was a novel situation for Hattie, who had endured perils encugh, however, 111 the last month to harden her fears reasonably Willi. Sua thought more of the peril of her father and husband in the cav ern than or he self. Yet in spite of tb!s she did not lose sight of the fact that it was neces sary to be constantly on her guard. And as chance had it, her friends had not been absHnt upon their mission many minutes when thrillir:g danger presented itself. It seemed as if Klamaths wore conRtanlly arriving at the cavern. Suddenly from a point on t be mountain wall Hattie saw a dozen of the red foe come into view. They paused, apparently astonished at sight of the air-ship; Their predecessors bad been glad enough to seek the cover of the cavern at once, but these fellows paused and studied the air-ship. Hattie knelt by the rail and watched them furtively with wihlly beating heart. Will they dare to attack the air-ship?'' she thought. If they do what will become or me!" Her question seemed to be almost immediately answered when one of the party suddenly discharged an arrow at the ship. It struck the metal bull and bounced clanking upon the deck. Another nod another came. As there seemed no show of re1slstance from the air-ship, tbe savages were emboldened to npproacn nearer. l'hey came down slowly. The air-ship seemed to possess a peculiar fascination for them. They studied it for a while. Then one of them began to pull on the anchor rope. He was not strong enough, however, t.o overcome the resistance of the rotuscopes. The savages held an excited consultation under the air-ship. The result was that one of them suddenly began to climb the anchor rop e Deadly alarm seiz e d Hattie. For a momotJt she was like one spellbound. 'L'wo more or the savages were cll:nbing the other anchor ropes. What was she to llo! Her heart beat so fast that she well nigh suffocated. Still abe was powerless. At that distance she could eaRily J.Jave shot the savage. Yet s ome strange fascination, which she could not overcome, held her in restraint. Up came tile red foe until Ilia hand was actually at the air-ship's r ail. Then Hattie acted. She sprang up and cried forcibly: Go buck! back I tell you, or I shall fire at you!" The savage's head was allovo the rail. He paused with a gt.ttural cry. But he did not fall back . His keen, black eyes took in the deck of the nirship and Its ap pointments. He saw only a very handsome and slender young wom an to oppose him. He laughed In a fiendish manner and essayed to cross the rail. Fatal move! Up went the ritle to Hattie's shoulder. She was a sure shot. Crack! With a mortal cry the savage lost his hold and tell. The thud of his body upon tbe rocks below nigh caused Hattie to faint. A loud, angry yell went up from the other Klamaths. Two of them were upon the other anchor rope. The next moment they were at the rail. But they did not cross it. One shared the fate of the fils I. The other slid down down the rope il! a hurry. Hattie was holding the tort in royal fashion. She had killed two of the savages with f!ase. This bad a salutary effect upon the others. They did not venture again to ascend the rope. But with loud, defiant yells, they retired to a higher point on the mountain side. From there they essayed shots at the air-ship. Hattie narrowly misaed being struck by one of the arrows. She crouched down behind the steel netting of the bulwarks and watched the red foe anxiously. As mutters now stood she had decidedly the best of the situation. But the shock of the af!'air had taxed her nerves greatly. She did not dare to look down upon the bodies below, for fear she might faint. She had learned the use of the rille well, being a good huntsman. But human game was a kind which had taxed tbe nervous system of even the strongest man. It seemed hours to Hattie crouching there upon air-ship's deck, before there was any cha:;J!:e in the situation. She could easily have sbbt others of the savages in the interim. But this she did not care to do. She had no desire to unnecessarily take human life. IL was well for the Klnmaths that this was so. Time passed slowly. Again and a11;ain she fancied she heard the return or her friends, only to be disappointed. Would they never come? Had they fallen into a death trap! A slow sense of horror came over her as she realized what a posi tion hers would be if this were really so. But she clung to hope. Certainly fate would not be so cruel. Only once more did Klamaths venture to attack the air-ship. Several of them went down and tried their strength upon the acchor rope. But they could not pull tho air-ship down. Hattie fired o shot at random to frighten them away. It had the desired eflect. They retreated in hot baste to the cover of the cavern. From this on the young defender of the nir-sbip was not molested. But still she kept a vigilant watch. Of course at any noment a larger crew of savages m1gbt come upon the scene. In that event the outlook. would be a serious one. Also it would indicate the fate of her friends. Realizing Ibis, the youu:; girl prayed earnestly such a thing might not come to pass. And thus situated, let us leave her for a brief time to follow the thrilling adventures of the other characters of this story. In entering tho Klamaths' cave with Denham and Wall, : Pomp realized well enough the risk he was incurring. He was really the only llgbtiog mao in the party, though doubtless Denham arid Wall would do their duty. The darky had but one motive uppermost in his mind, and this was to rescue Frank Reade, Jr. He W119 deeply devoted to his young master, and was ready at all times to sell his life for him. Into the cave the thrlle men lloldly pushed. Soon they were deep in its tortuous windinga. They went on rapidly lor some distance before they 11aw or heard anything of the foe. Then suddenly from behind an angle in the passage ttey came face to race with a couple of the Klnmaths. TiJere was no time for sentiment. Nor for parley. It was a ease or the quickest for the best. The Klamaths had instantly unswung their bows. Arrows were already half headed to the bowstring, wlien-Cruck-ack!" Pomp's r1tle spoke, and blended with Denham's. The two savages fell d"lnd. Then the white men waitecl the appearance of others. But singularly enough they did not appear. The two Indians had, apparently, been unaccompanied by others. "I done fink we bettah go right on," cried Pomp. "Neber gain anyting by waitin' yer." So they pressed on. Through the passage they went rnpidy. Soo1.1, upon turning an angl e a distant startling sound came to th e ir hearing. It was the crack of r!lles blended with loud yells. No further explanation was necessary A battle was in progress just ahead. "Forward, gem mens!" crier! Pomy. "I done reckon we wants fo' to take a hand in dnt scrap!" I I "The tiring would se e m to indicate that our friends are not dead yet," said Rev. Schuyler Wall. "You are r1ght," agreed the professor. "I think we shall get there in time." Yo' kin jes' bet we will!" cried Pomp, confidently. "Look out dar!" All ducked their bends just in time. A flight or arrows went whizzing over. "Gill it to 'em!" cried Pomp. All tbree opened tiro Their Yoileys, sweeping down the long passage, were very de structive. The savages were completely token by surprise. The besieged white men in the cavern were not u little surprised at the sound or llring in that direction. Barney gave a joyfnl shout of comprehension. Bejabers, it's the naygur an' the others!" he cried. Shure, they're com in' just in the nick of time." This gave all renewed hope, aod the battle went on more reso lutely. The Klamaths bad been pressing them hard. But now they seemed bewildered and dismayed by the inex plicable attack in ther r rear. A sort or panic seemecl to seize them, and they broke and retreated wildly to the further end or the cavern chamber. This left the patl: open to the outer passage. It is needless to say that Frank and his companions quickly gained it.. They were met there by Pomp and the others. Tbe meeting was a joyful one. Pomp and his two associates had cleared the passage be fore them. The battle was over. The Klamaths still kept up their fire from the lower end of the cham ber, but it was not returned. Frank had no desire of conducting the conflict further. His end, that of Barney's rescue, had been accomplished. More be could not ask for. 'l'he exchange of greetings was joyous enough, but Frank cried: "Come! Let us go back to the alrship. 'l'here is nothing to keep us here. In another hour we must be on our way to Rendestown." Then the one query came to all. Would they find the air-ship safe in the charge of its fair defender!


SIX WEEKS IN 'THE CLOUDS. CHAPTER XIII. THE ENn. ALL were prone to admit that the Klamaths hBd shown themselves to be plucky fighters. Had it not been for the suits or armor provided by Frank Reade Jl"., they would certainly havfl overcome the three while men, for per fect showers or arrows were turned aside by the steel meshes. It was a glorious vlct.ory. But now all felt anxious about the air ship. "It was a risky thing to leave it so," said Frank. "But if you had not chanced it, Pomp, I am sure we abould all have been killed." "I'll wager we'll find it all safe," said Warden, confidently. "I tell you Hattie is plucky and kcows bow to handle a rille.'' Let us hope for the best," said the Rev. Schuyler. It seemed an interminable ways to the mouth or the cavern. What was more the trouble with the Klamatbs did not seem to be over. Before the entrance was reached a number or shots were exchanged with them. 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