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Ente1ed as Second Class at the Neiv Y01k, N. Y., Post Office, October 5, 1892. No. 74. { FRANK .rousEY. Pmn.TsHER. s! & 36 NoRTH MooRE STREET. NEw YoRK. { JJttCE } Vol III New York, February 1894. ISSUED "VEEKLY. 5 C ltN'l'8, Ente1ed acc01ding to the Act of Cong1ess, in the yetw189i, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Conuess, at Washington, D. C Frank Beane, Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; Or, AROUND THE GLOBE IN THIRTY DAYS. By "NONAME."


F RANK READE, JR.'S E L ECTRIC AIR The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; OR GuO BE B y "NONAME," A utho r of Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric C ruis11r of the Lakes,'' Frank Reade, J r and His Electric Prairie Scnooner, "From Zone to Zone," "'!'he Black Range,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. t FRANK READE, JR., AND THE SCIENTIFIC BUREAU, THERE had l.Jeen much excitement throughout the country, concern ing the feat of a smart young man who claimed to have traveled around the earth In seventy days, thus by far eclipsing the perform ance of .Jules Verne's hero. Indeed, a young lady bad also accomplished the same thing It seemed an unparalleled feat. "Hair a century will elapse before it is excelled!" said one scien tist. Twenty-five thousand miles in seventy days waa certainly a most r emarkable thing t.o consider, being an average of two hundred ancl 'll!y miles per day. )Iamers aud roi1rOads 1100 llOOD into making their fastest Jill order to do tbia. It looked improbable tbat it oould be eclipsed, at. least lntii some method of tran@it more rapid than anything at present could be devised. But there was one person in the United States, who read the ac count and This was a man f:u. nous the world over as an inventor. His name was Frank R11ade Jr. Readestown was his hol!le, and here were the large factories and machine shops kept in operation by him for the exclusive manufacture Of his inventiOns. And none of tbesA were patented. There was no need of this pro tection, for no other inventor could equal them. Tlleir construction was a secret. The Steam Man, tl:;e Electric H o rses, the Submarin e B o at, all were the ollspring of Frank Reade, Jr.' s fertile brain. He waa inimita'.>le, the one exclusive occupant of his field. This famous and talented young man read the account qf the famous trip around the world, and smiled in his peculia r way. "Humph!'' be said. "I shall proceed to show them how to really make rapid transit around the world. I will accomplish it in half tllat This statement was overheard by a scientillc friend o f Frank's, Prof Malabar, who c hanced to be in the room. "What is that, Frank!'' he exclatmed. "Do you really mean that?" "Every word or it!" dec l ared Frank, emphatically. Well.'' said Prof. Malabar, stroking his white beard, "I am not p r epared to dispute you, Frunk, for I am inclined lo believe tbat any (bing is possible to you "By no means,'' said the young Inventor, hastily "There are many things beyond my ken, but this seems like a problem of very solution." Prof. Malabar was Interested. Are you serious, Fmnk?" Certainly!" " Well, I-tbat is-you know you can trust me to death I am Tery curious to know your plans." Frank smiled. How do you know that I have a ny!" I know that you must else you would not make the positive as sertion which you bnve." I give you credit for very keen perctoption Prof. Malabar!" said Frank. In the main y ou are c o rrect I liave been studying upou the problem of an a e r i a l v o yag e around the globe1" The pro fessor leaped out of h i s c hair. His face was aglow. "Shades of Cicero!" he gasped. "A voya,ge in the air? You mea n by air-ship?'' ''Yes.'' "You-you don't mean to tell me that you have mastered that great problem of ae r ial navigation!" "Yea, I dol" The profess o r was m u ch excited. "I would like to see the pluna!" he said. "You shall see more." replied ]!' rank. "You shall see the atrshi p itself!" What! is it then a reality?" "It Is, or rather will be by tomorrow. The last rivets are beteg placed to-day. To-morrow you siJall see mv new invention." The professor could hardly contain himself. He arose and paced the lloor like one m a dream Suddenly he paused. Do you know what a mighty benefit that w:n be to the cause of be asked. Do you realize that, "Frank!" Well, yes!" replied Frank, calmly Why it will set the world by the ears. How fast will your air ship;travel?" ' As near as I ca n ca l culate we ought t o make the llight around the globe in thirty days or a little leas." Pro f llia l ahar waited to hea r no more. He jammed his h a t upon his head and lert the office An idea had occurred to h i m whi ch he hastened to execute. It was two days before Frank saw or heard ftom him again. Then he r e ceived the following f rom New York City BUREAU OF AMERICAN SCIENCES. "No. 18,-42ntl Street. Ne1v York City. "To FRANK READE, JR.-ESTEEMED SIR: You are' cordially re quested to favor this society with your presence upon the evening of Thursday the 20th at 8 o'clo ck. A very important matter wtll be brought up for discussion. Please to honor us. "By order of "MILTIODES M')NTMORENCY, President." Frank read tl1e communicati on, and smiled as he Pjaculntett: "This is some of l\1alabar's work. Well, I will answer it in person.'' So it happened that upon the evening in question Frank Reade, Jr., became the guest of the Scientific Bureau. All the great lights of sciPnce were there But the cynosure or all eyes anti the most distinguished of them all was Frank Reade, Jr. TIJe president of the society, Miltiolies Montmorency, opened the meeting with a few well chosen remarks. The subJect of thi3 meeting,'' he went on to say, is the disc s sion of aerial navigation. We have the word of one of <'Ur memberlil, Cynthius Malabar, that the great and mighty problem been solved, and that we have as otr guest to-night the talent11d gentleman wbo claims the honor or havir.g solved it." There was a burst of applause, then Prof. Malabar led Fronk Reade, Jr. forward upon the platform. Erery eye was upon the young inventor at that mom ent." But he fuced the a u dience coolly and in an impressive manner maue speech.


FRANK READE, JR.'S. ELECTRIC .AIR RACER. "It is tru .e, as Prof. Malabar has told you, that I have solved the problem of aerial navigation," he said. "My air-ship is now com pleted, and I shall at an early day start upon my proJected trip arouuj the globe." What is the elevating power of your ship!" a man in the crowd. The rotascope." Then you do not employ gas?" "Not at all." With this Frank went on to in part describe the construction of his air-st:ip. All listened with interest. What time will it require lor you to make the circumference!" asked one of the scientists. "I hope to do it in thirty days!" There was'h buzz in the crowd. f "Have you rel1ected upon the mighty average per day or such a feat?'' asked another. "I have.'' "It would mean a fraction over eight hundred miles per day." "I am aware of that." "Then you maintain that your air-ship can sail that fast!" "1 do, and even Sr.y-one thousand miles each twentyfour hours.'' A sensation was created. "That would accomplish the feat in twenty-five days?" "Very true. But I am allowing for several stops." "How many will you make!" "Possiblv four. Stop and think. One thousand miles every twenty-foUl: boors is only an average of a little over forty miles per hour. My air-ship is constructed so as to make twice that speed under pressure." The philosophy of Frank Reade, Jr.'s declaration was seen. For the first time the undertaking bad begun to assume feasible prcpartions. There was a favorable comment upon the young inven tor's shrewdness. Forty miles per b:mr is only the speed of a rnilwny train," said one man. "An air-ship should be able easily to beat tilat. The carri e r pigeon exceeds one hundred miles per ilour." The air-ship will be stocked with provisions for the thirty days!" continued Frauk. I shall make four sto ps: the tirst at Sau Fran cisco, the second at Pekin, China, t .he third at Constantinople and the fourth at Terciera 111 the Azores Islands. All of these places are on or very near the fortieth parul!el of latitude. 1'his parallel I shall follow all the way around the earth!" A tremor of intense excitement ran through the room. There were men present who had witn e ssed the birth of many new and wonderful things in the present century. Yet all were gratdul that th e y were alive to-day to witness tile execution of tl!is most won derful feat ever attemp:ed by man. With much solemnity president arose and proceeded to thanlc Mr. R e nde fur according them the honor of his visit and the explana. lions,and said In conclusion: It will be worth more to science than any opportunity of the past fifty years if you will permit one of our memb rs to accompany you upon your veyage around the world!'' Frank arose and salt!: I am aware of the fact, and no man will serve the ends of science with a better spirit than I. I halve invited your colleague, Prof. Mal abar, to accompany me.'' The audaence rose in a body and cheered,. Unauimously thanks were accorded the young inventor, and then the meeting broke up. But outside the ball Malabar importuned Frank and insisted upon accompanying him to the Grand Central Depot in a carriage. I can never fully expresa my gratitude to you, Frank, for your offer," he said. "I feel sure that we will succeed, and the world will know our lame hencewrth.'' "At least we will try," said Frank modestly. "I have ull confi dence in my air-ship." And so have I!" cried Malabar enth usiastically, as the carriage halted at Lbe depot entrance. Frank Reade, Jr., here too !a a train for Readestown without change. CHAPTER II. FLOYD'S OFFER-DESCRIPTION OF THE AIR-eHIP, THERE ha41. no privacy enjoined upon the meeting of the Sci entitle Buren so s e veral enterprising reporters bad been present. A accoun t of the proceedmgs l"nS !lashed over the tele graph wires of the country. A tre ,endous sensation was crested. Varied enough were the opinions or people. Some taelieved that Frank woulti make the distance in twenty da1ys; others that he would make it in tltirty, while not a few pooh-poohed the whole tiling as most ridiculous. Among these skeptics was a New York gambler and sporting man, Gustavus Floyd. "I tell you, sports," be cried one night in the Hoffman House bar room, "Gus Floyd don't hit anything but a dead certainty nowadays. I'm willing to bet tlfty thousand dollars, four to live, that the air-ship don't get around the globe in forty days." In an Instant several gamlJlers sprang up. I'll take a silce of that!" cried one. And I'll place a tpousand," said another. So it happened that in less than two days Gus Floyd had all his money placed at the r equisite odds. The gambler cbuckled as be one day boarded a train for Reades town. Frank was busy in making pr eparations for the start wheo' Floyd entered with a swagger. .J\Ir. Reade, eh?" be asked. .. Yes," replied Frank. Floyd threw clown his card. "Well, sir," said the young inventor, curtly. "What cal) I tlo for you?" "I have come to see you upon very important biz," said the gam bler, slangily. "You understand? I don't care about its falling into other ears.'' You are safe here!" said Frank. "Go ahead!" With this the gambler f brust his thumbs Into the arm holes or his vest and came nearer. Lowering his voice be said: "You like money?" "What!" "But in course you do. Well, now, fri end, I've laid the wires for a blg pull.'' What do you me;;n?" asked Frank. Oh, I see you are not a sporting man. Well, in other words, I've got the Held agio you on tLis trip around the world." An inkling of the fellow's meaning began to dawn npon Frank. "Ob, I thmk I understand you," be saiu. "You have made a bet against my success?" "Exaclly." "Well," said Frank, slowly, "I am sorry for you." "Ye are, eb!'.' "Yes; that is if the amount is large.'' FifLy thousand.'' "Ahem!" saill Frank, dryly, "then you are that much out.'' Floyd drew a deep whist! e ln course I am, unless you help me," he said, significantly. "I h elp you?" "Exactly." How can I do that?" "Look here!" said Floyd, earnestly; "there's a big stake fer us. Twenty thousand is yours. One-half-sec? All you have got to do is to let time beat ye.' For a m oment Frank was undecided bow to act. Then he adopted what was perhaps the wiaest and best course. He advanced to the door aud opened it. "Excuse me, Mr. Floyd," be sai < l politely, but firmly, "this is the way out." The gambler looked stunned. He could hardly believe his senses. What!" he gasped. "You refuse the ofier? Twenty thousand cl e an?" "You mistake your man, sir!" said Frank, calmly. "Money will not Luy me. I am not .a gambler, and ill were ever so poor l would not lend myself to so dis reputable a scherne to make it." Floyd guz e d hard at Frank. The young inventor was in earnest. But it is only a speculation. H the others win they'll my money!" the more fool you for wagering it!" said Frank. Then you decline?" 1 I do." S uppose I increase the amount?" Not for ten times that amount.'' "But-see the hole I'm in," whined Floyd. "I wouldn't have bet if I been sure I could do business with you." There is no use to discuss tile subject said Frank, reso lutely. "My time is valuable." A wave of passion swept across Floyd's face. His eyes gleamed with sinister purpose, and he lifted his clenched flat wit.b a hiss, as be cried: That is all right, my fine friend. I'm In the hole just now, but Gus Floyd always pulls out You'll bear from me again, and 1'11 bet you two to one now for any amount that yer blasted air-ship don't make it in forty days for mighty good reas ons. '' "Enough!" cried Frank, angrily. "I will endure none of your threats. I warn you to leave at once!" Frank touched a push button. The next moment a door flew open and two men bounded into the room. Both were short and stout. One a as black as ebony, and the ot!Jer was an Irishman with a comical mug and a shoct.: of red hair. "Barney and Pomp, please to show this man the door," said Frank. "If be gives you trouble sound the police alarm!" The wrath of Floyd coul t l not be ad e quately depicted in words. He was literally beside himself. "Curses on you!" he roared, shaking his list at Frank. "Ye've not done with me. I might have done ye some goocf, but now, curse ye, I'll ruin yet Mark my words! Gus Floyd alwnys wins:" "Go an wid yer bluff!" cried Baruey, the Irisl!man. "Shure, I'll break a shilialegb over yer thick head!" "Jes' yo' take yo' walkin' ticket,'' said Pomp, the negr reaten ingly. If yo' don', we w1li be 'bliged to fro' yo' out, sa Floyd did not wait for this. He made a hasty exit. Then Farney and Pomp returned to their mailter.


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. "Kain't say I likes de looks ob dat Marse Frank!" cri e d Pomp. "Wha'ehber be come "Bejabers, I was tempted to land llim one in ti.Je jaw fer his impoo dence!" cried Barney. "I've no doubt he is a bad character," Frank. "How ever, we are well rhl of him." "Don' know 'bout d a t,'' said Pomp. shaking his head. "1 done link he do as he say an' come hack agio." Begorra, if be does we'll break the neck av !Jim!" cried Barney. Barney and Pomp were old and truster! servanta. They had been long in tile employ of the Reade family. They had served Frank's father, a distinguished inventor before him. Upon all bia famous trips Frank had taken Barr.ey and Pomp. At thia moment and just as the discussion or Floyd had ceased, the door suddenly opened atd in came Malabar. The professor was as gay as a lark, and trod as lightly as a school boy, be was in such gooll spirits. "Heigllo, Frank, here I am!" he cried. "Are you glad to see me?'' "Certainly," replied the young inventor. "I suppose you are all prepared for the great trip?" "You are ri!!;ht I am." "Good enoualll" "When shalt"' we sail!'' "To-morrow." "But you promised to show me the air-ship." "'l'hen I willl,eep my promise!'' said Frank. "Come this way!" He led the way to the main building of tile foundry. Here, in a high, truss-roofed1 building, was the latest triumph of Frank Reade, Jr.'s, inventive genius. And that it was a triumph could be seen at a glance. The air-ship rested upon wooden stays, and was all ready to be car ried into the outer air. "You w11l see by the lines," observed Frank, "that I have planned the Needle for Ppeed, and I think she will be a llyer." "The Nee dle!" ejaculated Malabar. "She is well named." The air-ship was fully one hundred and twenty fee t in length. Her hull was cylindrical, and, except in the center, was round and slender. The material was plalinum and hardened steel, in thinly rolle1 plates. The bow of the Needle was a long, pointed ram. Above the hull rose four llollow rotascope shafts, to a height of forty feet. Upon the top of these were the revolving rotascopes tllemselves, driven at fear ful speed by electric engines. At the rear of the air-ship were two blade-like plates between which was suspended the shaft or the propeller. This was made or tll\n steel. The main body or the air-ship consisted of a cabin, one rourtb of the length of the hull. There were circular windows in this, with plate glass, and around the deck ran a hand ra,il. At the forward end or the deck was the pilot: house. Upon the roof of this was a powerful search-light. This is a meager description of the exterior of the air-ship. The interior was vastly difl' erent. One long cabin or saloon was elegantly furnished with all the accesories of a drawing-room. Besides this there were n number of state roorr.s, a dining-room and kitchen, or room, where Pomp officiated. Forward was the most important compartment of all, where the electrical machinery was in operation. This was a wonderful sight, and Prof. Malabar consumed much time in inspecting it. There was much in detail explained by Frank of the appointments of the air-ship. 'l'his wouhl he here, and we will wait for it to come up In the course of our story. In the gun-room there was a stand of arms of all kinds, and a goodly store of ammunition. Also provisions sufficient to last the party of four for two months were safely stored on hoard. "Euoughl" cried Prof. Malabar. "I am more than satisfied. I consider the Needle the greatest wonder on earth to-day. 1 am proud to be enabled to take a trip aboard her." "Well, you Will be on band at ten to-morrow!" asked Frank. "I will.'' "Good! We shall sail at that hour." They turned and left the building. But ns they did, a dark form glided from the shadows, and a hissing voice not audible to them arose. "At ten to-morrow, eh? Perhaps you will, but Gus Floyd will bet another fifty thousand that you w on t!" CHAPTER III. ATTE,W TO CRIPPLE T H E .AIRSHIP-THE START, IT was indeed the gambler Floyd who uttered these words. He had managed to sneak back into the grounds and had gained the b ings. There was a dark purpose uppermost in hit mind. He not disposed to lose h1s fifty thousanu dollars without a atruggl His on way to win was to prevent the air-ship from making its wonderful voyage around the globe. Floyd was unscrupulous. To carry a desired end, human life coulu not stand in his way. There was murder in his heart. But fortunately Frank Reade, Jr. was not In a position at all as sailable. He accompanied Malabar to the street. The latter took his own cab to the rail way station. Frank's private carriage was at hand and he entered it and was driven home. The would-be lingering in ti.Je shadows gave a baffle d curse. "Tllat jig is upl" muttered Floyd. "There is nothing left but to try the other!" He slunk into the deeper shadows and approached tho store-h'ouse. Barney and Pomp were in there. The and tile darky were the best of friends, but each was fond of nagging and playwg practical jokes upon the other. They were engaged in a friendly scuffle upon the deck or the airship. Shure, that's a foul hold yez have I" spluttered Barney. "Take y11z elbow out av mt> ribs!" Huh! It am jes' as fair as any yo' has, I'isb !" "Yez niver'll trow me, anyway. Hi, there! Whisht! Aisy it is!" And around the deck the two wrestling jokers went. Neither noticed the dark form which was hovermg in the slladows by the wheel-house. Finally the question of supremacy was settled, and Barney and Pomp prepared to leave the store-house. "Shure, it's off we'll be ter-morrer, uaygur," crit>d the Celt, "an divil a bit will I be sorry fer it." Yo' am right dar, chile!'' Suddenly Bamey gave a sharp cry. "Phwat's tltatf" he cried. "Upon me soul, I belave it's a man!'' "A man yo' say!" exclaimed Pomp, excitedly, \Vha'ebber yo' mean, chile?'' "Shure tllere's some omadluian hiding beyant th' wheel-house!" yelled Barney. "Go to the roight, naygurl" Pomp dashed to the ri g ht and Barney to the left. Around tbe wheel-house they went. They met, but no other being was in sight. Barney was mystified. "Bejabers, that's qunrel" he muttered. W ha' am de mattab wif yo'f" ejaculated Pomp. I don' see nuffin wrong anywhere?" Bejabers, where is the spalpeeu gone to!'' gasped Barney. '' Shure he was ferninst here. I'll stake me loife an that.'' "Hull! Yo' mus' be color blind!" "Not so bloind as yer. moight think, naygur!" retortell Barney. "I know when I see a thing. Shure he must have gone into the air!" Then both jokers were given a sudden appalling shock. From tbe engine-room under tbe wheel-house there came a terrific Sharp lightning flas!ies played up and down the rotascope shafts. Tile airBhip rocked, and tile ele%rical machinery "Fo' de ian' sakes wha' am dat?" gasped Pomp. Begorra, it's the wurrok av th e r divil wllum I see a minute ago!" yelled Barney, bad cess to him I" And into the pilot-house Barney sprang. Down the nnrrow stairs he rushed. When he reached the engine room, a llood of electric light waa all about. The machinery was whirring and buzzing. But a direful sight rewarded Barney's gaze. He saw that the electric e:auge and indicators, with the motor lever, were smashed all into a mass. Upon them lay au ax just as it had struck. While doubled up In a heap open the floor was the figure of a man. Barney embraced the situation at a glance. Bejabers, it's wan av thim cranl>s!'' be yelled. Sbure an' he thought he'd spile the air-sbip, an' if I'm not it's spiled birnl" Gus Floyd, for he it was, lay like a log upon the floor of the engine room. lie had received a terrific shock from the batteries when he struck the blow which he iuteuued should wreck the machinery of the air. He had failed to accomplish the damage that he bad hoped to. He lay like one dead till Barney turned him over. Bad cess to the omadhaun !'' he cried, it's the chap tb11t threat ened Misther Frank awhile ago!'' Floyd now opened his eyes and gasped: W bat's the osatter!" Be jabers yez ought to know from experience!" cried Barnt>y, "Whisky!" gasped the stunned man. "Give me whisky!" Barney poured a few drops l.Jetween bis lips. Floyd instantly re vived. He was only stunned anyhow. Wbat will you do with me!'' he asked In a maudlin way, Snore we ought to kill yezl" cried Barney, angrily, but I reck on we'll Jest hand yez ove r to a policeman:" "No, no!" Floyd, desperately. Let me I'm all right." All right, are yez!' cried Barney, angrily. "Sure, yez have nigh spiled our machiner y I'll give yez to the police an' Misther Frank will complain of yez to-morrow." Floyd was now quite well recovered. He made no further speech at the moment. He great helplessness. He knew that it would be fatal to his plans to filll into the hands ol th e police j uat now. But he allowed Bamey and Pomp to lead him out into the yard. Then quick as a flash be suddenly turned and dealt Pomp a. terrific blow in the face. Tbe dnrky Cropped. 0


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. Before Barney had time to act the villain struck him, and breaking away dashed for the street. "Whurroo!" yelled Bnrney. "Shtop thafe! Shtop him some wan!" But there was no one to stop him. The shades of night had rapidly fallen and Floyd sought refuge in these. He made good his escape. At once Barney presied the signal of alarm connected with Frank Reade, Jr.'s residence. The latter was instantly aroused and started full haste for the ma chine shop. When he arrived there he fount! Barney and Pomp hold ing guard over the air-ship. "Shure the omaclhaun meant to destroy it," cried Barney. "It's nigh a piled the machinery is, J'm aft her thinkin'." Frank made a hasty examination. He found to his r elief, however, that no harm which would require any great time to repair hacl hceu done. The necessary repairs conld be made in a few hours, and he set about doing them. It was near daybreak whe:1 the job was completed. But the airship was not to be delayed. But Frank regretted one thing. "I am sorry the villain escaped," he said. He deserved punishment." And thus the matter ended. But Gus Floy1! had not done yet. He learned that the airship was to stop at Constnntinovte. He be lieved that in a foreign land he could cope witb the airship's crew bet ter. "If an accident can only delay it in Constantinople," he muttered, "I shall win mv wager.'' He knew that Frank was going to the west. The villain was sure that he could reach tbe Turkish city before the air-ship by goil)g east and across Europe. So the very next steamer took him from America's shores. But the voyagtlrs had not done with Floyd yet. Tbey were yet to hear from him. A large crowd gathered the next day to witness the ascension. At teu o'clock all was ready and all were on board. Then Prank went into the pilot house and opened the electric switch. The rotascopes began to revolve and the air-silip t.o ascend. Up like a mighty bird it rose-up and up, and tbe Plaudits or the multitude below died out. When Frank JOined Ll!e others at the rail tl:.e town below looked like a lillputian village, and tile peovle like flies. .!far above was a cloud. Into this the uir-sbip sprung, and then mist was all about. The eartb had receded from view. Prof. Malabar, wbo had been intently watcbing all, drew a deep breath. Wonderful!" he ejacu lated. "Truly this is an experience worth a fortune to a man of science." Frank headed the air-ship due west. He was about on tbe 4.0th parallel now and meant to keep it all the way;around the world. He allowed t be air-ship to descend !r om the cloud so tbat tbe earth wns once more in view. Malabar was in the best of spirits, and paced the deck rubbing his bands unci giving expression to delighted remarks. "It is all very grunt!!" he cri ed. Ah, what a glorious opportuni ty! Wilen shall we m ake San Francisco, Ft k?'' "In three days, 111ope," snit! Frank. "Ah, it would take a railroad train over a week, Grand! You will stop there-about how long?" Only a few hours.'' And then--'' /,Straight Cor Pekin." Upon that !light we shall be most or the way above the ocean.'' "Nearly all the way." The professor made a wry face. "That will be ratber monotonous," he muLtered. "However, we shall stop there!" "Yes," replied Frank, "and I have no doubt you will find !llUCh of interest in tbe largest city in China.'' I know I shall," rejoined Malabar. I can assure you of that.'' Frank hat! set the engines at work rapidly. Tbey were almost at full speed already. II he was to make the circumference of the earth in thirty rlays, there was certainly need of expeditious movement. The air-shtp wa9 moving albng like a meteor through space, ami Barney and F omp were engaged ia scouring the !>rasa work of the deck rail, when Prof. Malaher came along to the pilot-house where Frank was engagerl. "Frank!" he said, sharply. "What?" asked the young inventor. He stepped out of the pilot-house and saw au expression of nlarm upon t he race of tbe scientist. Malabar pointed to tbe horizon. Look tbere!" be said. CHAPTER IV. IN THE STORM. FRANK gazed in the direction Indicated by the scientist and saw at once the cause of his fears. Mighty storm clouds had crept up to anl the zenith. A f earful storm was on tbe tapis. Frank saw also that its extent was most unJsual. Its character was almost cyclonic. Certainly this was a peril t.o be dreaded. Tl:e young inventor knew that ample precaution must be taken. Of course the air-ship bad been constructed with a view to bofl'eting the storms of he upper atmosphere. Yet these hurricanes, being of an unsual severity, must be avoided if possible. In tbeir clutches the air-ship might at any moment go to Death would be the certain fate of everybody on board in face o r such a contingency. Frank looked at the electric indicator and saw that they were r.ow at an elevation of full four thousand feet. Of course this height could easily be increased and with perfect safety. But wool this put them above the storm? Frank, huwever, did liOt time in weighing the matter. He at once adopted the safest. and best move. As after events proved, however, it was of no material aid. He pressed the rotascope lever nod the nirship went up. Up, up, it shot. And now the eartb was lost to view beneath fleecy clouds far below. Frank: all tbe while studied the rapidly advancing storm. He saw that it was coming with great force. Also he realized the (utility or trying to get above the storm. 'l'his would have been possible only by going beyond the limit of the atmosphere and in t<> the icy regions of spac e There life could not have been suppnrted a moment. The young inventor therefore saw that be bad no altl'rlil\tive but to face storm. Accordingly all was made shipshape. Barney nne! Pomp cl e ared the deck or awnings and all loose effects. "If I had seen this storm coming in season," declared Frank, we would never b ave left Readestown until it was over." Prof. Malabar was too intent on studying the wonderful develop ments of the storm to feel any apprehension of danger. Frank shouted to him. "Come into the pilot house, Malabar!'' he cried. "If you don't it may l.Je the worse for you!'' Will it be as bad as that?" cried the professor. You shall declared Frank. A storm of that kind is a ter rible thing to face. You can see H just as well tbrongb tile pilot house windows." '' Oh, well, I am agreeable!" declared the professor, readily. "Lead tile way, I'll follow." Iu the pilot house Frauk had just time to fasten the door. The scene now was a territic one. It was as if they were submerged in inky blackness, and the light of dav went out in an instant. There was a fearful ron= and crash like the booming of artillery, and thea the air-ship seemed seized by giant hands and whirled througb space. ... The abock was a terrible one and precipitated the air-ship into the deepest of the clouds. It seemed for a moment as if the Needle must be smashed and fall to the enrth. Every one of tbe inmates or the pilot house were thrown from their feet. They clung to objects of a stationary sort and were unable to do aught else. But Frank knew that this could last but a few moments. It was the first rude shock of the storm. As soon as it was over the air sbip would ride easier, providing, of course, that she weather ed it. At first a horrible doubt bad entered Frank's Jind as to her ability to do so. But already the air-ship seemed to become more buoyant and there was every intlicat.ion now that she would ride out the storm. But yet the roaring and crashing of tile eletTI.Jlnts was something terrible to hear. A more terrifying posttibn could hardly be ima!!:ined by the human mind. But, as suddenly as it had come, the total darknllSS lifted. ObJects became visible about. The Neeclle was yet in the clutches of the tempest. She was hurled and tossed about furiously. But her crew wete able to regain their feet and become cognizant or their true position. 'l'his was worth somPthinl!. Frank was the lirst to recover. The young inventor made his way to the window and looked out. All was a tossing tempest of rain and sleet. 'l'he cold was most and ,hili ho knew to be evidence that tile:!' were at great altitude. Frank consulted the barometer. The tube was alreacty beginning to cle ar. "The storm will soon be over," he exclairr.eJ "We have experienced the worst." "Indeed, we have been fortunate," declared Malabar. "You are right.'' "II we strike another storm like this, I shall be surprised:" But Frank shook his head. The storms of t3e tropics are more to be fenrE)d," he said. "They are fiercer and accompanied by more of the cyclonic element. We will pray not to meet tbPm.'' "Amen!" exclaimed Malabar, heartily; "but are we all alive: far as I can see. How are you, Barney and Pomp?"


, FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR 1-tACER. Barney was holding onto his cranium, and Pomp was nursmg his shins. Begorra, I thought me head was smashed that toime, fer Eturel" cried the Celt. "I see siventeen hundred different kinds av stars. Shure, I've niver seen the loike since Mike Hooligan basted me ten year agone wud his silillelab at Donnybrook.'' "Golly!" grinned Pomp "I done fink mah shins am mos' bruk wif de thumpiu' dey jes' got!" Whurrool" exclaimed Barney, scornfully, "I'd niver make a row over sich a small thing as that." I l}on't know about that, Barney," laughed Frank. "I'm in clined to think that Pomp's shins are just as sensit1ve as your head." "Da t dey am, Marse Frankl'' cried Pomp. "Hub! if I was yo', l'isb, I'd ueber suy nuflln 'bout mah head." Bejabers, do yez mean that fer an insinooatioo ? cried Barney, angrily. "Yo' may take it jes' de way fo' to suit yo, chile." There would have been a ruction tl:en and there but for Frank. The young inventor tabooed But Barney was beard to mutter under his breath: "Hum! yez kin j es' bet I'll squar accounts wid dat naygur at der fust opportunity or me name ain't Barney O'S hea!" It could not be s lid that the storm had put the air-ship back any', though abe was a little \0 southward of her proper course. But Frank was n e vertheless disposed to put on all speed ) The air-ship made speed and JUstified her owner s most sanguine expecta tion. "I hope td'beat the recoed by several days!" declared Frank. "I see no reason why we should not." I hope we will," declared Malabar, enthusiastically, but what do you suppose our fril:lllds at home are thinKing just now, Frankf" "Well, I hardly know," said Frank, with a smile. "Well, I'll wager they are thinking of us and wondering just when we wlll reach San Francisco." We sllould make it in three days." Whew! Twenty-five hundred miles in that timer ejaculatell the professor. "That seems wonderful!" ".Let us see how far I shall come !rom the mark," said Frank Malabar did not attempt to express nny difference or opini o n with the young inventor, but secretly he did not believe it possible to make that distance in the time named. However, the Needle did fairly fiy through the atmosphere. The rotascopes hardly revolved, so swift was tho impetus or the propeller. The first night of the voyage was one never forgotten. There WAre many nova! experiences and sights. The electric search light was tried with interesting results. Thrown against distant clouds, the effect was most enchanting. The clouds, under the illusive glare or the electric light, assumed a solid appearance, and it seemed as if the atr-ship at times was charg ing into a solid wall or stone. Look out!'' once Malabar cried. "We're into a mountain, Frankl" But the next moment the prow of the air-ship struck the apparent mountain wall and went clean through it, Frank laughed at the professor's fears, for he knew that they were too far from the earth to be in danger or a collision. At times the air-ship seemed to be traversing deep valleys between mighty beetling chffs. In fact the scene was gorgeous b eyond all description. Now the Needle floated upon a sen of tracslucent water, then went charging down over rugged heights, only to leave all heblnd in a be widering haze. Truly this is worth a life time to witness!" cried Prof. Malabar. "I I'm the luckiest man in America to-day." Flashing down to the earth far below the search-li,g;ht revealed a most wonderful spectacle. Tllere were prisms in the atmosphere rainbow like in their glory. What must the people down llelo1v there think of this display!" crted Malabar. Very likely to-morrow's press will record the wonderful luminous meteor seen in this part of tbe wvrld," laughed Frank. '' But will any of, them guess the real truLht'' J doubt it!" I would like to be down there and see the display just for a mo ment. Of course they cannot see the air-ship!" By no means!" Tiring of watching all this curious display, the party finally ad journed to the forward deck. Frank lashed the wheel ned came out of the pilot-house. Then Barney an!l Pomp furnished entertainment. And good hancts they were at it, too. Barney played the fiddle and Pomp the banjo. And thus thtl hours were eeg01led until past midnight. H was the firat night aboard the air-ship. Jast after midnight all were In bed except the one left on watch. Barney and Pomp ex changed in this. CHAPTER V. AN ACCIDENT TO THE AIRSHIP. BA&NEY kept watch the first ball of the night and Pomp the last. 1 Daylight found Frank and the professor once more on deck. Malabar had one keen regret. Hll would have liked to travel near the earth and occasionally make a descent. But it must be remembered that this trip or the Needle was against time, and there was need of hustling. Four stops were to be made anyway. Yet there was always enough of intereet on board the air-ship to keep one occupie1. Mo..ny strange things occurred. Once, as Malahar was sitting by the rail, be gave a great cry. TllP others instantly came rushing out. What's the matter!" asked Frank Reade, Jr., not withou t alarm. "Look!" cried Malabar, pointing downward. It required but a glance to see the cause of the professor's surprise. There just below the hull or tile airship was visible a huge b1rd. It was flying parallel with the air-ship, and equally as fast. It was a monster eagle or the very largest species. As it swept it seemeu interesteu in the air-ship. Whew!" cried Frank. Tbat is the largest eagle I ever saw: He is n monster," agreed Mulallar, and I should say he hn'htly. Then Barney and Pomp threw out the anchors. All looked dis mayed. At least we can go back home and start over again," said Prof. Malnl>ar. Never!" declared Frauk, resolutely. ''I will make up the lost time in some way. Even if we lose a day here we will not be bebind.'' Think you the machinery can be repaired?" I see no reason why. In fact I cannot understand the breakage, for I was ready to take my oll\h when we left home that all the parts were perfect.'' "It is too bad!"


READE, JR.'S ELEC'l'RIC AIR RACER. 7 "Ay, but it might have been worse. It is very fortunate indeed, that we did not descend into the Pacific Ocean." Malabar shrugged his shoulders. '' Is there a possi'Jility of another break!" he asked. Frank laughed at thi&. "lt will be an easy matter lor you to return home now," be said. "You will avoid the risk!" "Never!" cried Malabar, emphatically. I'm in it 'o the end. Nothing shall change my decision. Live or die, survive or perish, I shall keep on!" "Good lor you!" cried Frank. "Let us hope this will uot happen agam. Now to investigate!" The air-ship was safely anchored and Frank went below. It did not take him long to find the seat of trouble. Wedged in between some delicate cogs was the cl'llsbed remnants of a hammer. How it got there was foF a time a my5tery. Frank called both Barney null Pomp down. "Now," be said, severely, "here is something that looks like criminal carel e ssness. Can you toll how the hammer came theref'' "Bejahers I can't, sor," replied Barney, bluntly. Pomp l o oked at the 1lmmer for a moment thougbtfnlly, and then said, slowly: "I done fink I kin tell yo', sah." "ah, Pomp!" exclaimed Frank, ''how was it!" "Don' know as I kin tell yo' who !rowed de hammer in dere, sal!,'' continued Pomp, "but does yo' see dat lily tit ob a shelf up dar, sall?'' "Yes.'' The shelf in question was just above this part of the machinery. "Well, sail, I jes' remember ob seeing yo' put dat llammer up dar yo'sef, sab, some days ago, afore de air-ship wus taken o11t ob de store-house, sah." "Yes, but bow did it get into the cogs?" asked ;Franlc. Then all came to him. He put up his hand and examined the shelf carefully. There was no gourd upon it ancl it was perfectly smooth. Moreover it slanted downward just a trifle. "Ah, I think I can see it all,'' he said, comprehensive!}. "It is all a curious accidem. The jarring motinn of the air-Ship probably caused the hammer to fall-and it graaually worked into the cogs. That explains it all." The question now was as to how easy it was going to be to repair the break. Frank examined the cogs carefully and with brightening race said: It'R all right. Only one cog is broken. I huve a duplicate in the cabin and it will be the work of only a few hours to replace it. In the meanwhile--" He ceased speaking. All at the moment were in the engine-room. Tbd deck at the moment was clear. And as they were so deeply engrossed in the question of the break, not one thought of any possible danger. But a souna now came to the bearing of all which gave them a mighty start. It was the distant, shrill warwhoop or au Indian. There was no mistak1ug that cry. Frank remembered that they were upon the plains, in the very wild-est purt or the wild and woolly West. The danger could be easily seen. "Quick!'' cried the young inventor, "follow me!" StraighL for the gun room be rushed. The others followed him. From a stand Frank seized a rille and a belL of cartridgf. Each of the others did the same. ; J Then they quickly gained the deck. They were not a moment too soon. Within ten feet of the rail wt>re half a score of painted savages. With a wild whoop, they turned their ponies and dashed away to the cover of a roll In the prairie. Mercy on us!'' cried Malabar; "they came near boarding us I" "It was a close .:all," admitted Frank, with a shiver. The result--" "Ugh! We might all have been butchered in cold blood." Then you think they would have attacked us?" "If they bad got aboard? Most certainly. They are Apaches." Begorra I'd loike to tumble over that man jist over tile hilltop yonder," cried Barney. The Celt rais e d his rille as if anxious to fire. But Frank interposed. "No," he said. "Let them fire the first shot. We are not in the best of ;>ositions. Our forte is the defensive!" "I believe you are right,'' agreed Malabar. "Ah! What is that?" The Apaches were all behind the roll in the prairie. Now however, tro the surprise of all, one of them was seen to advance with what looKed like a flag of truce in his bands. He was on foot and came fearlessly toward the air-ship. "Ah!'' crieQ Frank, "they ask a truce. Let us see what it means." The savage advanced rapidly toward the air-sllip now. CHAPTER VI. ATTA CKED BY APACHES. FRANK stepped out to meet the red truce bearer. was a burly specimen of his race, with the usual coarse type of fep.tures and beady black eyes. He halted when within twenty feet or Frank, and gave him a search ing, critical and hall insolent glance. "Well!" Frank sharply, "what do you want?" "White man on Indians' land," said the rtld scoundrel with a frO"!\ "He surrender to Black Eagle. No do so, kill quick!" The wretch drew his hand significantly across his throat. Frank drew himself up hauglltily. "Is that the message your chief sends?" he cried forcibly. "Then go back to him and tell him to go his way and not trouble us, or it will be the worse for him." The Apache showed his teeth and made reply: "White ruau hab heap queer wagon. Gib wagon to red man he go free. See!'' Frank saw at a glance that it was useless to attempt to treat witll or make friends with these red rascals It was plain that they believed that the white men were traveling across the prairie in some sort of a queer wagon, It was also plain that they considered the white man in their power. If be did not surrender, they believed it an easy matter to capture him. I'll fool them!" thought Frank, ironically. "I'll give them a les son." But aloud he said: I don't propose to give you even a button, my greasy friend. G() back to your chief with that word from me!" The Apache was still stoical. White man got 'naccy; got fire water?" be asked. "Injun want some!" Well, you'll have to want!" said Frank, sternly. "Go away, you greasy dog!" The truce-bearer turned and made his way back to his comJ>nnions. Evidently the word he carried did not suit them, for a yell of rage came from their throats. "The fun bus only just begun!" said Frank, calmly, as he returned to the air-ship's deck. "Now we must be ready for music." All waited behind the cover of the air-ship's rail for any demonstra tion upon the part of tlle Apaches. They had not long to wuit. With fierce wild yells, the savages began the usual tactics of riding at full speed in a t.ircle about the air-snip. A picturesque spectacle they made. At first this circle was quite large, but gradually they began t() draw It closer. Frank undtorstood the game well. He smiled ironically. If you can draw a bead on any of the rascals, do sol" he cried. Bejabers, I'll tbry that one wid the striped lanketl" cried Barney. Witll which be threw llis rifle to his shoulder and fired. The bullet went true to the mark. The redskin dropped from his pony, which went careering aw riderless A savage yell went np from the other savages. Pomp now tried his skill, and with good effect, too. Another savage fell. Two of the red fiends were disposed of. The efl'ect of this upon the saTages could be plainly seen. The rei) man is ever a coward in the open field. Frank and the professor now fired. Que more Apache was brougbt down. or a sudden the savages changed tactics. Look out!" cried Frank; they are coming for us." Suddenly, with one mall chorus of yells, the savages massed and charged down upon the air-ship. They came on like the win<), and it seemed for a moment as if they were certain to collide with the stip. It was a critical moment. As fast as the repeaters could be worked the Needle's cr&w poured volley after volley into the midst of the horde. The ground was strewn with dead and dying Apaches. Certainly it was a costly charge for them. Within fifty yards of the air-ship they reined in their horses and dis mounted. All was done in a flash. "Into the cabm!" shouted Frank, who saw that their position on the dtock was far too exposall. Ail obeyed. They were not a moment too soon, for as it was Bar ney got a bullet through the sleeve or his coat. It was a narrow es. It was plain that the savages intended to gain the deck of the air ship. This purpose must be frustrated. Tbe volley given th e m by the air-ship's defenders was most de structive. It did not seem as if the savages could stand before it. One ta!l, brawny chitJf seemed to be their leader, and was indomit able. He urged them on fiercely. So conspicnous was he that Barney singled him out and made a target of him. But the wretch seemed to bear a charmed life. No effort of Barney's would seem to bring him down. The Celt was bailled. "Bejabera it's moighty quare!" he muttered. Shure it's a good throe aim l':n alther takin'. '' The however, was too furious to last long. The Aonches, seeing their comrades falling about them, even at the very moment when they seemed likely to gain the air-ship'& deck, took fright and lied. With great confusion they retreated to their ponies, and leaving nearly a score of their number dead and wounded behind them, they made otf. It was a signal victory for the air-ship's crew.


READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RA ER. Cheers went up, which were answered by a baffled yelr from the Apaches. The latter rode beyond range and then halted. Here, behind the cover of a butl'alo wallow they remained for some hours. In the meanwhile Frauk was busy adjusting the broken cog. Darkness was now fast coming on. For a time it seemed as if they must pass the night upon the spot. All uegan to reel anxious. Not oue in the party uut realized the seriousness or the situation. With the cover of darkness the savages could make a more concerted attack. And perbars a successful one. There was no doubt but that this was what they were waiting for. Fran! pushed matters as rapidly as possible. But be was finally forced to declare: "It will be midni11;ht certainly before we shall be able to leave tbia vicinity. Until then I must depend upon you all to keep the foe at bay!'' "Be jabers, we'll thry it!" cried Barney. "Golly! we jes' do our bes'," declareu Pomp. I done fink we kin lick de whole tribe ou dem !" "Don't be so sure!" adjured Frank. "I tell you they are a bad lot. An Indian is like a shadow after dark!" "I agree with you there, Frank!'' declarect Prof. "but is there not some sure means of defense?" An idea came to Frauk. "There is!" be crieu. Instantly be went down Into the cabin. When he came up he had a long roll of wire. r "I shall resort to the po of the dynamos'!'' he said; this wire must be placed in circles about. the air-ship and connected with the dynamos and heavily charged. I can knock out an army with such a powerful weapon." Hurrah!" cried Malabar at once enthused with the idea. "You nre right." "Bejabers, that'll kape thim away!" agreed Barney. But a problem presented itself. How was the wire circuit to be made! The Indians would at once pick off anybody exposed in such a manner. But this did not puzzl'l Frank for but a few moments. I have a rpeana of safe operation," he said. Down into the cabin he went again. This time when he came up he bad a long box fastened with a padlock. He quickly uuloeked this and opened the box. Then all saw what looked like a suit of very fine meshes of steel. Chain armor!" cried Malahar, in astonishment. "You are right," replied Frank. "And impervious to any rifle bullet. Any oae is safe with it on." "If that is so,'' cried the professor, allow me to accomplish the task of laying the wire circo1its. I will esteem it a favor.'' It shall be so," replietl Frank, and Barney and Pomp will pro tect you also wiLl! their rilles.'' The plan was acceptable to all. No time was lost in its consumma tion. Frank went below and to work. While Prof. took the wire and proceeded to lay a. number of circles around the air-ship, .at a of twenty or thirty yards from the sh1p. or course this operation was at once seen by the savages, who manifeHed their disapproval very forcibly. They crept up through the butl alo wallow, and opened fire upon the professor. Bullet after bullet struck the steel meshes. But in every case their impact was resisted. The professor \{ept about his work unconcernedly. Barney and Pomp nt intervals sent bullets in the di.rectiou or the bntlalo wa.!low. Darkness was now increasing every momeot. Boon Prof. Malabar ba;d finished his job. He returned to the air-ship, and a connection was made wilh the powerful ayuamos. These were run to their full capacity. The deadly circuit was est a blished. It was now impossible for the savages to safely approach from any direction. Yet that such was their purpose, under cover of darkness, wa,s cer tain. At times skulking forms coulu be plainly seen at different points, gradually working nearer tile air-ship. Barney and Pomp amused themselves by trying fancy shots at them. Ever and anon a bullet would tell. "Begorra an' I believe there'll be music afore moroin'," declared Barney, with a knowing shake of the head. If IE!Ver ther omadhauns run them electhric wires, may the Lord have marcy on thim!'' Frank was yet busily at work below decks. Pomp went below after a time to prepare the evening meal. It was a moonless night, and the darkness was most intense. 1 Prof. Malaher wanted to make use of the search-light, but Frank said: "No, I would not. Wait awhile. We shall be all safe anyway with the electric Circuit. We can use the light better after the alarm Is sprung." "I believe you are right," agreed the professor after eo me reflec tion. Frank knew that the savages would not attempt their ae. cond attack on til a late hour. For the nonce there was nothing to rear. CHAPTER VII. AT THE GOLDEN GATE, So all ate their evening meal with perhaps some little excitement, but nevcrthelese a sense of security. After it was over, Frank again repaired to the engine-room. He was having good success with his work. "About midnight," be declared, "it will all be finished. If they do not attack us before then we Ehall be able to get and leave them." This was joyful news ami all felt encouraged. Isut the Apaches had no idea of waiting until after midnight before making their attack. Indeed, it was barely ten o'clock when they made their second on slaught. All this while Barney and the profess(>r had been on deck intently watching the moving prairie grass beyond the circle of electric wires. They knew that in this the savages were hiding. Yet they did not risk a shot, preferring to wait. Pomp was in the engine room assisting Frank Suddenly there was a terror iuspiring sound from the darkness of the night. It was if all panuemonium had been let loose The air became hideous with the most fiendi'sh of yells and savage cries. Frank lost no time. He dropped his tools. "Come, Pomp!" he said, tersely. He paused just long enough to turn on the full current from the dynamos. Then he sprang up on deck. Frank's first move was to go to the searchlight. It was but an instant's work to turn it on full force. Then he di rected it out upon the prairie. The scene witnessed was one never forgotten by the aerial travel lers. The Apaches had reached the heavily charged wires. Not a dozen succeeded in .:rossing without coming in direct contact. These were shot down. Those who came in contact with the wires were badly treated. They were either instantly killed by the shock or hurled back senseless. In a very few secon<:s the entire horde were as severely repulsed as though in the face ol an nrmy. The scene was one which baffles de scription. Bejabers, that settles their case!" cried Barney, excitedly. Wud yez luk at thim run!'' This was true. The survivors of the deadly repulse were in ign:>minious tl1ght. They did not return to the attack. 1 Thus ended the experiences of the aerial voyagers with tbe Apaches. Before daybreak the broken cog was repaired, the anchors were pulled in, and the Needle on' ce more sprang into the air. Once more the trip arounJ the world was in progress. Frank knew the importance uf makiug up for lost time, so he crowded on all speed. The alr,ship literally tlew through the atmosphere. Straight west ward the course was held, The next morning Frank consulted the speed register and took his bearings. We but five hundred miles from Sao Francisco," he said. We shall be there to-night.'' His words proved true. Tt was just dusk when the air-ship, after descending the the Sierras, hnog over the Golde.n Gate city. The whole city seelli'ed ablaze with light, and as the air-ship settlecl down, cannon were heard booming. Upon my word, they have prepared a receptiOn for us!" cried Prof. "Do you realize that, li'rank!" "It looks it," said Frank, In a matter of fact way. lt had been arranged that the Needle should find safe quarters at the estate of a friend of Frank's ou Nob Hill, named Royal Gates. In the grounds tte San Francisco millionaire had caused a. platform to be built, upon which the air-ship could The people had long ueen on the watch for the air-ship. Now when abe was seen far off in the sky their enthusiasm knew no bounds. Sky rockets rose in air, cannon were booming, and there was every appearance of a grand fete. Frank realized this, -and was some what embarrassed. I am sorry for a!l this," he said. "I would much rather have made a quiet entrance. I dislike anything of this sort for its very publicity." I don't see but that you have got to take your medicine," laughed Prof. Malabar. It looks like it certainly.'' By the time the NeeJle was directly over the city darkness had set tied down most profound. Frank opened the slide or the search light. 'fhis sent a pathway of radiant light down into the city. The spec tacle was one beyond description. Down settled tbe over Nob Hill. Frank kne't the residence of his friend quite well. When a few hun clred feet above the housetops the air-ship glidecl over the grounds of the Gates estate. A cordon of police surrounded the place. Upon the platform where the Needle was to descend was Rcyal Gates himself, with the mayor and the leading men of the town. A few moments Inter and the Needle had landed after the consummatmg of some twenty-five hundred miles of the journey. Frank sprung down from the decks and gripped the bands of his friend. lie was then presented to the representatives of the city.


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELEC'l'RIC AIR RACER. In a very few moments the young inventor was upon a friendly footing with all present. "How long u. stay will you make with us, Frank!" asked Gates. Only until to-morrow noon." Why, I thought it was to be a whole day and perhaps longer." Yes, but we were delayed on our way hither. I fear I shall not succeed in my purpose if I tarry." Is there any possibility of failure?" "I don't know," sattl Frank, witb a grimace. "I ought not to have stopped here. However, I sball hope to make up for the Joss in crossing the Paci!ic to Pekin.'' "You will atop there?'' "Yes .. '' Further conversation ensued and then Frank and the professor were invited up to the house to a spread. It was midnight before they retfred, But there were few slept in San Francisco that night. All were anxious to watch tile departure of the airship, and many feared that it might take !light in the night. Hence they were bountl to be on hand. But morning found the Needle at its anchorage. Then Royal Gates threw open his grounds, and thousands of people in a line passed so as to get a near view of the nir-sllip. By noontime the crowd on Nob Hill was beyond calculation. Frank did not delay the hour set for departure. But exactly at the hour he shook bands with Gates and an adieu to the people. ) Then he sprang aboard the air racer. Let her rtse, Barney," he said. The Celt pressed the rotoscope valve. Up shot the air-ship. In a few seconds she was half a mile up in the sky. To the westward spread the smooth and glittering expanse of the golden Pacific. Out over the great ocean the air-ship mover!, and soon land began to fade from view. All day the sky was clear and cloudless. Tbe air was balmy and fresh, and the voyagers keenly enjoyetl the aerial sail. The Needle proved herself worthy of her name and purpose. She was fearful fast, and left distance behind her like the flight of an arrow. When well out of sight of land Frank allowed the air-ship to deseeD'.! to within live hundred feet of the water. There was now no danger of colliding with any mountain peak or other obstruction. Also Prof. Malabar was very desirous of studying the sea. Many sailing veseels and steamers were seen, !lying the flags of va rious nations. In many cases they fired a salute to the airsbip, and it was evident that the Needle was a mighty source or wonder to them. "No doubt it seems very odd to many or those sea captains," said Malabar. "To see a ship sailing iu air is no ordinary sight." "That is true," agreed Frank. "If we were not racing against time we would speak some of them.'' The Needle kept up her hg!Jtninglike flight all that cay and night. At a late b our the next morning Frank made his computations. "We have accomplished some nine hundred miles,'' he declared. "At this rate we shall reach Peldn full two days ahead of time." All received this staLement with pleasure. Particularly pleased were Barney and Pomp. "Be j"bers if Mistber Frank cnn't get around the world in thirty days thin nobody ldn!" averred Barney. "Dat am right, sah!'' agreed Pomp. The durky went below chuckling over a certain good joke which be had been working upon the Celt. Pomp bad it i'n for Barney, nod was resolved to square some old accounts. His method of doing so was as uniqae as it was original. Besitles bemg cook Pomp was also laundress. He did tha washing for all on board, Barney's included. This giv ing him the desired opportunity. Selecting one suit of Barney's 11nderclothing and a handkerchief, Pomp put them to soak in a separate tub iii which be infused ari enormous quantity of red popper and a few other delightful in gredients. The task or ironing the clothes was not an easy one after this preparation, but Pomp endured it with the prospect before him of getting square with the Celt. .. "Ki yi!" he chuckled. "I jes' fix dat swell headed Mick dis time fo' suab. He oebber try no mo' ob biA sassy tricks on Pomp, I don' believe." The clothes were ironed and hung up to dry. To all outward ap pearances tnere was nothing the matter with them. But the next moruing Pump went into Barney's state room as usual and apportioned him his change or clothing. I want yo' dirty cloLbes right now to put in !le wash,'' he declared. Jes' yo' change an' put or: !lese." "Begorra, it's willin' I to do that!'' declared Barney. With which be changeil his underclothing entire, and thrust the oewly laondried bandl\erchief into his pocket. There was no immediate effect. That came later. CHAPTER VIII. THE COAST OF JAPAN. BARNEY went about his duties as usual. After awhile he became arduously employed and bega!l to perspire. Naturally he resorteil to his handkerclnef, wiping the perspiration from his brow. Very speedily his eyes began to smart most unmerci fully. 'l'hen be began to sneeze. It was as if a regular old-fashioned influenza had him foul. The more be sneezed the more be flourished the handkerchief, and, vf course, the more he had to sneeze. "Begorra, phwat's eating me, I'd loike to know," cried the Celt, finally. "i::ibure, I'm burnin' up!" Pomp behind the galley door was convulsed with laughter. His game was worldng far beyond his most sanguine expectations. Fo' de Lor' sakes!" he muttered, "dat l'ishman bab got his fill dis time." The perspiration of Barney's body had now began to draw the fiery qualities from the tlannel of his under-ilhirt. It really seemed to him as if be was being consumed with fire. And never once did a correct suspicion of the true state of affairs cross his mind. He

FRANK READE, JR.'S ELEC l'RIC AIR RACER. Barney paused in his sneez:ug to observe what his collegue was doing for his relief. "Yo' see [ jes' put dis ere medicine in de water," cried Pomp, "den yo' pull ofl yo' shirt an' I gib yo' a sponge bath The cold water looked tempting, and Barney was not at all averse to the treatment. Off came the shirt, and Pomp managed to get hold of the handker chief_ Also he contrived to accldentnlly drop tbem in the pail. Of course, Barney was instantly relieved. But before be could really grasp the cause of this relief, Pomp began work with the sponge. Barner's body was literally a brick-red from the irritation of the pepper in the shirt. But the cooling water had an excellent effect upon it, and in a few moments the Cqlt was almost as good as well again. His joy was ibtense. BP.gorra, naygur, yez have saved me loife!" he criecl, ecstatically. "I'll niver fergit yez!'' This was too much for Pomp. The situation had suddenly again assumed a humorous aspect and be burst into a roar of laughter. Barney stood for a n:oment astounded. Then a dark suspicion be gan to straggle across his mind. At the same moment his eye rested upon the shirt which had fallen into the pail of water. Already the water was soaking some ol the pepper out of the cloth. Mystified Barney reached down and picKed up tile wet shirt. It re qulred but an instant's examination for him to see the whole game. Pomp seeing that the trick was betrayed had started for the door. But Barney, maddened by the realization of the trick played upon him, *rabbed the bucket of water. I II tache ye manners, ye black scoundrel!" he yelled. "Begorra, yez will play roots on me, eb? Whurroo! Take that for yez impoo dence!" Swish-swash! Pomp dodged, but he was not quite quick enough. The dirty water came down upon him in a literal deluge. He was for a moment half strangled. There was enough pepper from the soaking shirt to make it interesting for nose and eyes. "Ttlere's a dose of yez own medicine, bejabers!'' cried Barney. "I'll aven it up wid yez yit, me hearty!" Pomp escaped to the galley. Barney crawled into some new cloth Ing which bad not been doctored beforehand and was himself once more. He appeared on deck as chipper ns ever save for the redness of eyes and nose, and Frank and Malabar regarded him with keen surprise. "Why, we thought you were very sick, sir!" cried Frank. What does this mean!'' "Shure, sor, it was alia foine thrick, sor!" "A trick!" Yis, sor!" scowled Barney. ".W by, what do you meanT'' It's the naygur, sor. Shure, be washell me shirt in cayenne pep per. Shore, he'll not do it agio, I'm thiukin'." And Barney whisked indignantly into the pilot-house. Frank and the professor exchanged glances, and then both lapsed into a wild peal of laughter. "Well, of all things!" exclaimed Malabar, "they must like to ploy pranks on each other." "They are up to such things all the time," said Frank. Wert! they less faithful in their duties, I might lind fault. But as it is, I cannot." "Oh, certainly not, Barney and Pomp are very faithful." But Barney had sworn a great round oath of revenge upon his sooty persecutor, and be was In earnest. The Needle was doing noble work. Das in au(\ out she kept up that tireless flight over the seemingly endless sea. Archipelagoes were passea over, comprismg llnnnreds of lovely tropical isles, and occasionally a stray sbip was met. But one day, at sunrise, Frank came on deck with his distance glass. "We should see the Japanese coast in less than an hour!" he said. "We have gained two days in our journey across tile Pacitic." Tnis welcome' announcement drew cheers from the others. All crowded to the rail and strained their gaze. "We will first cross Japan?" asked Prof. Malabar. "Yes!'' repiled Frank, "the island of Japan and then the Japanese Sea. Next the peninsula of Corea, and an arm of the Yellow Sea. Then Pekm." "The famous capital of China!" declared the professor. "I shall be more than glad to view it!'' Suddenly Barney gave a great shout. "Be jabers, there she is!" be cried. This was true. Far down on the horizon was the long line which Indicated land. Every moment now it became more tangible to the view. Also, ships with lateen sails, junks and sampans, were seen peopling the waters below. , At last they had crossed the Great Pacific, and the wonderful lands or China.and Ind were before them. CHAPTER IX. AT PEKIN. THis was certainly a realization of no light sort. The quickness and the manner of the trip were subjects for more than ordinary re flection. The voyagers gazed upon the scene spread before th e ir gaze with varied sensationR. Swiftly the Needle bore them toward the land. They were not so high up but that they could easily see the native crews upon the ships below. The Japanese sailors seemed struck with fear and wonderment and consternation marked their actions. It was evident that the airship was to them a supernatural exhibi tion, and their superstitious fears were conseqently rampant. Some of their actions caused a great deal of amusement to those aboard the Needle. But now the land began to loom up. As is well known to the reader doubtless, Japan is a very populous country. The shore was lined with villages and the little harbors with tisbing boats. But the Needle quickly passed over these. The first pagoda was seen not half a mile from the sea. It was a magnificent structure, being composed largely of beauti-ful porcelain. On into interior sailed the air-ship. An interesting panorama was now unfolded. No country or people in tlHl world are superior to the Japanese io the arts of husbandry or agriculture. There were enormous tea and opium plantations on every hand. In every quarter the apparition of the air-ship coming so suddenly upon them from the sky seemed to spread consternation among the people. But everywhere the people were seen to be busy. "There are probably fewer laggards in Japan than any other of the world," declared Prof. Malabar. "'l'llere is a penal sentenc& for idleness." "A verv proper thing," declared Frank. But what would they say to such a thmg in America?" I am afraid American ideas of liberty would not tolerate such a thing." "I fear not." It must be remembered that the island of Niphon or Japan is not very broad even in its wildest part, so in a very short time the airship came to the waters of the Japar; Sea. It required some hours to cross this but it was not yet evening, when the Cbmese coast broke into view and a short distance Inland Lh<' City of Pekin hurst into view. It was an incomparable scene which now rewarded the gaze of the aerial travelers. Pekin with its wonderful pagodas, Its mammoth temples, its ba zaars and shops, canals and streets wus a scene so totally diff erent from anything to be seen in their native land that all on board the Needle gazed in wonderment. "It looks like a fabled city,'' cried Prof. Malabar. Is the spec tacle not beautiful?" There was no denying this. A peculiar bluish haze hung in the atmosphere and about the por celain towers and galleties which was in

FRANK READE, .JR.'S ELECTRIC .AIR RACER AU right!" cried Malal>ar, joyfully. It's all safe, Frank. Let the air-ship go down." Down settled the Needle. The next moment she rested upon the roof. Frank Reade, Jr., sprang down from the deck to meet Ward. "'' cried the American consul. "You have arrived ahead of time, although we have been on the lookout for you." "I mean to beat my time or. thirty days aroullll tile world,'' declared Frank-" of course, barring accidents." I !lope you will." Then followed a general introduction. The consul's comoanions were foreign residects of the city, and all were overjoyed to meet the aerie! party. Quite a pleasant conversation was indulged in. Then Frank took them over the air-ship, explaining its wonderful mechanism to them. After this they came down once more upon the roof; hut at this moment Frank first became conscious of a tremendous uoroar from the street below. "Mercy! what is that?'' he cried. "It is just as 1 feared," cried Ward, in distress; "these ignorant classes in China cannot be controlled. They are the CQ.l'Se of the country. Evidently they are angry at the invasion of the air-sllip." Then it will not be sure for us to remain !Jere," said Frank. If the Emperor's guard arrives, as be promised to send it, I think it will." But if not--" Ward looked bitterly disappointed. "I must tell tile truth!'' he said, "I fear you cannot stop in Pekin!" Prof. Malabar was bitterly disappointed. Tllat is too bad!" lle cried, almost with petulance, "there is so much ti:at I wish to dol" If you l!ad come by steamer or in any other way!" declared Ward, "I think you would have been safe. But tlle ignorant classes are superstitious." "I am very sorry!" said Frank. He walked to the edge of tile roof and looked down. The scene below was one once seen never to be forgotten. The narrow street was choked with thousands of wildly excited heathens. 'l'hey were endeavoring to break a way into the building. :Frank saw that tlley wonld soon succeed in doing it. If they should, the position of t!le air-ship would be a dangerous one, indeed. So he turned and said: I fear it will not be safe for us to stop in Pekin, Mr. "You can guess that I would be more than pleased to have you!" said the coAsul, earnestly, but for your safety and ours, I tllink you had better got'' Tllen I will." Wllere will be your next stopping placet" Constantinople." "Good! I hope you will beat your record home. Accept my congratulations. Remember me to all inquiring ones in America." I will do HO." Frank sprang aboard the air-ship. The anchors were quickly pull ed in. Not a moment too soon. '\'here was a terrific crash below and the building shook. The Chinese bad burst their way wto it. Frank opened tlle switcll and the rotascopes began to revolve. Up sbot tbe air-ship. The maddened yells or the excited populace died out. The Needle swept quickly across Pekin and left the Chinese capital far behind. Not until it bad faded from sight did any draw a breatll of relief. Then Prof. Malabar said: "If we bad attemptad to face those fiend!, every one of us would have paid for it with his life." "I believe you are rlgllt,'' declared Frank. "We are well out of it." "Now for Constantinople!'' Darkness quickly shut down. When morning came, the Needle was out on r.he verge of the Desert of Gob. Inner Mongolia was touched, and as the air-ship wPs sailing low, Frank called attention to a mighty wall, like the curtain wall of a medireval castle extending in to the distance. "The great wall of Chiou!" he declaNd. "That was built in the days of Confucius." Days passed. The Needle kept up her lightning flight over Asia. One provi nee after another was crossed. One day the Celostial l\louotaius were crossed, ar.d the airship came into Bokhnra. Next came Turkoumania, tllen the waters of the Caspian Sea burst into view. A cheer burst from the lips or the travelers as they gazed upon it. It was an important landmark in tlleir journey. For upon crossing it, they would have left Asia behind and would be in Europe. This seemed almost like reaching borne. Shortly after crossing the Caspian Sea Frank called attention to a mighty mountain to the southward. "Mt. Ararat!" be declared. Where the atk was supposed to have landed." All viewed this historic mou'ntain with interest. They were in Turkey, the land of tlle sultan. Along the shores or the BlacK .3ea the air-ship rapidly sailed. At length one morning early the Bosphorus was sighted Rnd the wonderful city of Constantinople lay revealed before them liken beau tiful dream. Truly our adventurers thought they had never seen so beau tifml a city as this. The domes and spires and rnmarets gleamed like ala baster in the golden sanlight. Here as in Pekin Frank had arranged with the American Consul for a landing upon some house top. This was to be designated by an American ling. The air-ship buug over the city an hour before the ling was seen. Then it was diijplayed, CHAPTER X. FLOYD l S CLEVER GA)!E, UNLIKE Pekin, the residents or Constantinople had been forewarned or the coming of the air-ship. Being a civilized people, they had, of course, experienced no super stitious fears. On the contrary, the city was agog witil intere,st to see tl!e wonderful invention. So the appearance or the air-sl ,ip ever the city bad created a posi tive furore. The people gathered in multitudes. But no one thought of doing the aerial travelers harm. At least, no one of. the natives. Only ontl was there, und be wqs an American, who watched the air ship with dark thoughts in i.Jis bosom. 'l'llis was Gustavus Floyd, tlle New York sport and gambler. He had come all the way to Constantinople to, if possible, delay tlie air-ship, and thereby win bis wager that she would not make the journey around the earth in thirty days. Floyd's eyes gleamed with an evil light as he regarded the graceful pJoportions of the air-sllip so far up there m the blue ether. "She is going to remain here a day!" be muttered. Well and good. If I can make it a week, or eun forever, tllen I may gain my money." The villain had not been idle since coming to Constantinople. He was an adroit schemer, and he already had tlle wires laid for a scheme by which be hoped to gain his ends. And those on board the air-ship bad no suspicion of anything of this sort us they hovered over the city. Presently Frank saw the sign of the American flag. At once the air-ship descended, and rested upon a boose top. The consul, whom we will call Mr. Wagner, met Frank cordially. Wtth ,him were a number of Americans, who bad been sojourning in the Turl a ay behind time.'' The conso!'s brow was clouded. Something is wrong!" lle declared, forcibly. "I don't understand it. I tell you these Turkish people are queer!" "Yes, bu t I cannot forego my promise, not even for the Sultan!" replied Frnnk. "I can only say that I am sorry." "But It will not do to send him that message." "Why?" He is apt to order you nuder arrest and hold you a week or more!'' Will he dnreT I am an American citizen." "Ob,' there will he a good excuse. Remember you are on foreign soil. Their laws are not ours. Be politic.'' "I thank you!'' replieJ Frank. ''I will take your advice. I will 'leave Constantinople at midnigllt." "Good!" So Frank welcomed the emissaries politely and sent a flattering reply to His 1\fajesty, to the effect that if Fate permit ted he would ac cept the honor of an interview at the appointed time. But Fate will never permit it," Frank muttered to himself. The formalities or the dinner over Frank was resolved ,at once to re turn to the air-ship. He knew that Sultans are of a very capricious nature, and that at


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. any moment an embargo might be placed upon the air-ship, prevent-r "They are prisoners of the sultan," declared the captain of the ing its satling within a reasonable time. Janizaries in the Turkish tongue, Surrender, you dogs!" Turkish ideas are to execute the laws and then argue the justice of In vain Wagner tried to argue. The wretches would not listen. them afterwards. They closed in and instantly laid hands upo!l Frank and Malabar. The emissaries had departed and all felt free to talk. But Barney let out an Irish yell. "It is v11ry strange!'' declared Wagnea. "By the way, do you "Whurroo! Yez'll niver catch Barney O'Shea! Shnre, Misther know a man from New York named Floyd!" Frank, howld on fer yer loire, for Pomp an' mesilf will rescue yez or "Gustavus Floyd!" exclaimed Frank. Why, yes. in prison die!" 110w for trying to destroy the Needle." Down the street went the Celt like a shot. Pistols were fired at "No, you are wrong." him and a number of the Turkish soldiers went in pursuit. "What?" But it was useless. They did not overtake him. "He is not in prison.'' Barney made for the air-ship. Even as he gained the "Not in prison?" house-top where 1t was, he heard the troops lifter him below. "No." Instantly he sprang aboard and yelled to Pornp: What do you mean!'' "Up wid the ship, naygur! ShurA it'll be the liivil's own fer us if "I mean that he is here at this moment in Constantinople we don't! The omadhauns are roight afthE!r us!" Frack was dumfouMed, as were Malabar anrl Barney. They coultl Pomp was paralyzed with surprise. hardly believe their senses. "Massy sakes!" he criet!. "Where am Marse Frank an' de purfee" He came here and asked for passports," declared Wagner. "He sor? Will yo' done tell me dat, chile?" do some thing for ue,'' &omplained Malabar. "We are unjustly imprisoned. Why should we not have the protection or our government.'' It is all the work of that rascally Floyd!" Frank declared, posi tively. "You may rest assured of that." Why should the Sultan lend ear to him. Confound the scoundrel! He will see us oebeade

FRANK B.EADE: JR.' S ELEC'l'RIC AIR RACER. eou}ion. Unless we can make our escape at onc e it will be all up with u s !'' The two prisoner s looked at each otller for a few moments with a species of dism ay anti horror. 1 What can we do ?'' "We mu s t die!" Frank took a stride toward the window. He examined the iron I bars. 'l'h e y were set in the sto ne and s eeme d quit e firm. "In some way we must break these!" he cried. "We mus t escap e!" "But suppose we break th em? What then?" a s ked Mala b ar. Frank looked clown into a d e ep courtyard, full forty f eet b e low. Should they succeed in forcmg a way through the window, how could hope to make su great a d es cent? This was a question not easily answered. For some while the pris oners brooded over it. Darkness came at last. Shortly after this, a guard came through the corridor and peered through the gratwg. Re muttered sometbing in a guttural tor:e, and then passed on. We are probably safe to work now;'' whispered Frank, "the y will not come arouncl again f or some time." But the wor d s had barely lefl his lips when Malabar ejaculated: "Hush!" What is the matter?'' "Liste n!'' From tha distance there came the murmur of voices and an uproar. Botll prison ers went to tile iron grating. Somet.lling is going on down below;" exclaimed Frank. What can it be!" "I think I can guess." "What? '' Tllere Is probably an Insurrection. Some of the prisoners are trying to escape and are tlgllting tile guard." Inde e d this seemed likely as the truth. The uproar continued until it, became extremely lou ct. Then could plainly be heard yells and shouts nud curses. T b e clash "r armij and the report of tire-arms. Frank was much excited. "Now is our time!" be cried. We must take advantage of t.bis!" Frank sprung to the window bars and began work upon them. To bis joy found one of them loose. By dint of much strength and exertion the two men mr.naaed to remove this. They were about to tackle the next one when Malabar shrank back. "Look out, Frank!" Wbat's the matter?" "Listen!" There was a scraping sound along the wall of the prison. The next momijnt a dark body came swinging down over the window. For a moment the two prisoners were too astonished to compre hend the true state of Nor clld they recover until a hoarse volc!l came through the prison "Mistber Frank! fer the love of Heaven are yez there?" Barnevl" cried Frank, wildly, it is you?" All the while he continued to climb up the ladder. A few moments later he went over the rai I. Onc e upon Lle deck o r the air ship Frank gave a shout of triumph All cheered heartily and they good r e as'ln to as well. They bad won I 'l'o escape from the Sultan's prison ri g ht in th e h eart of Const a ntin o ple was certainly a f eat to b e proud of. What will Floyd think now?" cried Frank, triumphantly. "One viii am i s outwitted cert a inly! "You are right," said .Malabar. "It is ju s t upon him." "Bad cess to the omadbaunl" crierl Barney. "Sh ore, I'm aft h e r tb i nkin' we'd have had no trouble at all b.ut for him." "You are righ t, Barney," agr e ed Frauk; "but th e re i s notbing now to hinder our co n tinuing our j o urn ey. We will succeed iu. our projec t of making the trip a round th e world in thirty days,'' Tber e is but one more stop?'' a skec l M a labar. "At. 'l'erciera." "Will we have trouble there!" "I tllin l not. I would not stop save to rest the electric They will ne e d some r e p a iring a douht." '-Tile spiri t s of all were gay Barney dance d a jig and Pomp stoo d on his h e ad. Malabar lit his pipe and Frank indulged in a ci.,ar. D e spite the darkness the journey was resumed. "' CHAPTER XII. THE SINKIN G SHIP, THE lights of Constantinople began to fade out in ; the gloom. The starlit sky was gorge ous over bead, and tile I.Jalmy mr was exhilarating to tile spiri t s of all on I.Joard the Needle. Tbere wer e no regrets exp e rienced at leaving the Turkish capital. To tbe contrary, it was a matter or great reli ef. They can talk about their foreign conn tries all th e y've a mind to,'' cried B a rn ey, "divil a I.Jit do I want to do wid 'em. There's no place likll Ameriky afther all!" "Am yo' !!Wine to say dat, eah?" questioned Pomp. "An' pb wy llOt, sar?'' "Hull! Jes' d e oder day yo' done fought dat Ireland was jes' de best plac e on the hull airth." "I ain't goin' back on the ould sod,'' cried Barney, "but phwer& do yez Lbink ould Oireland is now? S hure, England has got the island av green, but Oirel and itself has gone over to Amerii'Y" With wb,ich patriotic u t terance Barney went otl about his work. All that night the air-ship held a westerly course. Frank reckoned that the blue waters of the Mediterranean would be beneath them by daybreak. "Then we will pass over the rock of Gibraltar," he cried, "thence 6 to the Azores, and thence by air line to New York." All retir e d awhile Inter, except Pomp, for sleep. The darky re mawed in the pilot-bouse. When morning dawned all came on deck early. Pomp prepared a. hearty breakfast. Tile morning was a glorious one. The sun shone in a clo'ldless sky and the air was soft and Frank allowed tile air-ship to descend until the waters of the Med iterranean could be s e en. "Ocb hone, an' it's Misther Frank fer sure," cried the delighted 'l'hey glimmered bright and beautiful. Not far distant was the I shore, and various vessels of diJl'erent nationalities were Celt. How on earth did vou get here!" "Shure, sor, the air-ship is jist allove. Heaven be praised!'' cried .Malal.Jar. But there is no time to loee!" cried through the waves. It's on a rope I am." That day was the most enjoyable of all since the start from New "We are saved!" York. Frank. "They may see us In due time the air-ship hung over the rock of Gibraltar. from below at any moment." Begorra that's so, sorl" cried Barney. "Have yez the window bars broken!" Crawl through, professor!" cried Frank. I will folllow very soon. There is no ti:ne to lose.'' Malabar needed no urging. He very promptly obeyed. Boroey wa9 on a rope ladder. Tile end or this was held by Frank, while the Celt and Malabar climbed up. But they had not gone far when a loud yell came from the prison yard below. They haQ bCiln seen by tile guard. Instantly pandemonium ensued in the prison. Tllere was a worse uproar than ever. Shots were fired at the escaping men on the rope ladder. Fifty f e et above was the air-ship. The bullets whistled about Barney and the professor. To be struc k by one meant certain death. Frank knew this well and also that something extraordinary must I.Je done. "Hurry up, Barney,'' he shouted. "Get aboard and then don't wait for rBe, but send the air ship up. I'll bang to the ladder; it's our only c!lance." Harnt>y grasped the idea. A.ll roight, sor!" he shout ed. Up went the Celt until be r e ached the rail of the air ship. Malabar was close l.Jehtnd him. Both went ov e r the rail anti were upon the deck of the Needl e Then !frank swung otr tile window ledge on the ladder. "Up! up!" he shouted. He was not a moment too soon. Guards burst into his cell. They rushed to the window wit h their carbines to shoot biru. But Pomp had alren.dy tarned the electric switch. Up shot the air:Sbip lik'.l a rock e$. Frank was almost instantly a thousand fee t in Lbe air. Here a genuine sensation was created, tl.Je whole garrison turning out en masse. A band was heard playing God Sa\e the Queen," and also a sa lute of heavy guns was tired. Franlt answered by dipping the American tlag, and a small volley was fired with the ritles. Then straight out to sea stood the air-ship. Straight for the Azores the course was set. Now full speed was put on. But the exciting incidents of the voyage were !Jy no means over. Suddenly as tile air-ship was holding a steady course westward, a. mass of dark cloud9 was seen to tile soutb. "A storm!" said Frank, anxiously. "But we are going west," said Malal.Jar. "Shall we not leave it. behind n3!" "1 fear not," replied Frank. "It looks to me as ir It was switching around to head us ofl'. However, we will endeavor to outrun it. ' Their former experience with a hurricane led the voyagera to drea d another. So the Needle was given full headway and ran rapidly to the west ward. The storm did not materialize that day. It seemed to have passed into the southward and all felt ,. to believe that the danger was over. But Frank shook his bead. "It bas only just b e gun he said. "We shall hit tbat storm, or the tail end of it before we make the Azores!'' This was I.Jy no m e ans a pleasant prospect. However, that day; pass e d without incident. But the morning of the third day saw the Atlantic rough and' choppy. A raw headwind blew out of the west It b e gan to look as if Frank's predictions would come true. Howeve;, with the principle in view that "an ounce of prevention is wortll a pound of cure," all was made ready aboard the airEhip. I


' 14 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. But at this point there occurred a thrilling incident. Pomp who was in the bow espied a sail on the vast wllste o! tossing brine. Something about the craft at once attracted the darky's attention. "Hi, Marse Frank!'' be cried. "Will yo' jes' come here one mo"All right, Pomp," replied the young inventor. W.bat is the matter?" Suab, sal!, I done link dere am somelin' de mattab wi! dat ship out tlere. Wha' yo' link?" Something the mMter with it?" "Yas, sab." Frank procured his glass and carefully studied the craft. Then be cried in alarm: Why, abe is in distress!'' In distress?" cried Malabar. Yes, I believe she is sinking!" "Mercy! What a terrible late for her crew! We must give help, Frank!" Certainly!" Frank shouted to Barney, who was m the pilot-bouse, to bear down for the drifting ship. Barney obeyed, and very quickly the air-ship haG\ drawn so near that the true state of affairs could be seen. The ship certainly was sinking. Her crew could be seen putting out in boats. "Mercy!" cried Malabar. "I fear that the boat will not live in so rough a sea. And there are women and children. Oh, my God! that is awful!'' The latter exclamation was prompted by the sudden capsizing o! the boat. The entire load was dumped into the sea. It was a heart-rending spectacle. Men, women and children were instantly swallowed up in the raven ous waters. The air-ship was going at full speed, but it could not hopu to reach the spot in time. The first boat's crew found a watery grave. But another boat was r:ow putting out. were fewer in her than in the other one. "Perhaps she will live!" breathed Malabar. "Heaven pray that she will!" But just at that moment the ship seemed to heel over and fill with water. Almost instantly the ship went down. 'l'he water completely covered her, and she went out of sight for ev er. The boat's crew were almost instantly thrown into the sea. 'l'he awful vort e x of water seemed to swallow them up. My soul, they are all drowned!" cried Prof. Malabar. "What a horrihle fate." "Be jaben, m e bbe some nv thim will swim!" cried Barney. Right," said Frank, bold the air-ship dowG to that point, Pomp." "A'right, sah!" The Needle now was scarcely a hundred yards from the spot. The vortex of water had hardly ceased to boil. Barn e y threw lines overboard. The air-ship hovered scarc ely twenty feet above the water. For a moment nothing was seen o! any human being. It was a question as to whether any survived or not. But at the last moment two men were seen clinging to a spar. All the rest o! the crew had gone down in the vortex. It was a ter rible thing tv contemplate. Barney yelled to tbe two survivors: "Whurrool there, wud yez catch on to this." With which he threw the rope. 'l'he exhau3ted sailors made a powerful efi'ort and reached the rope. It was but a lew moments work then to draw them aboard the a1r shit>. Saved!" cried Malabar, as they come over the rail. That was a r:ood job.'' Both were dark complexioned, and or Portuguees nationality. They seemed wonder-struck at being rescued in so singular a manner. Santa Maria! ' gasped the tallest, in Portuguese. "Are we in Heaven? Or Is this a dream!" "Neither," r e plied Frank, in the same language. "You are nboard my air-ship, the Needle.'' "Mot. her of Mary! You are the captam!" "Yes!" "I have sailed the se:!S all my life, but I have never seen a ship su1! tbe air before.'' Then tbe fellow explained that he the captain of the bark which hall foundered, and that bis name w a s M a nuel Ferrero. His cowpanion was th e purser, Jose Masson, and they bad sailed from Lisbon a week previ ous. "Wll were on our w a y LO the Azores," explained Ferrero. We met a heavy storm, and our ship leaked badly. We could not keep her up.'' Thllre were ninety on board," said the purser. We are the only survivors" For which we are thankful,'' said Captain Ferrero. And be devoutly crossed himself. After which he asked: And wbitber do you sail, Senor Captain of the air?'' We are making lor the now," replied Frank. Ah, that will 'Je very acceptable to us. lou will drop us "If you wisbl" The survivors or the wreck were taken below and treated to a hearty meal by Pomp. Then they came on deck again. But a new contingescy had arisen The sky had suddenly grown black us night in the northeast. A sobbing wind went playing over the s e a. The storm which Frank bad predicted was rapidly coming. That it would be a severo one there was no d o ubt. Frank realized this and was resolved to be amply prepared lor it. He bad some hopes that hll could rise above it and escape it alto get her. The cabin doors were closed and all were ordered below. Extra bars aU!! braces were appliell to the rotascope sha!ts. Every thing possible was done to make the ship secure. Tbeu Frank went into the pilot-house with Barney and Pomp. Frank's first move was to turn the elevating switch The rota scopes began to buzz and up shot the Needle. Up, up, she went like a rocket. Soon clouds lay beneath in black and angry piles. A distant dull, booming like the discharge of artillery was heard. Frank saw the mighty storm clouds come piling in from the North. 1 The air grew fearfully chilly. Frost formed on the pilot-bouse win dow. 'l'here was a sen!e or suffocation. We have gone as high as we can," cried Frank. "We shall suf focate if we go higher.'' 1 CHAPTER XIII. THE air-ship, therefore was held in suspense at this enormous height. Tbey were miles from the earth. Yet Frank saw that the range or the storm extended up even to where they were. However, be had hopes that they would succeed in escaping the worst or it. This proved true. The storm came on with a rush and a wild howl like the wail or a concourse or lost spirits. The air-ship was caught up like a feather and whirled round and round for many times. -Frank clung to the wheel and held her steady as he could. Be neath them ali could hear the bellowing of the elements. For ball an hour hurricane raged. After the first shock, how ever, the air-sbip:was quite steady. But it wns with a br e ath of r e lief that all(saw the black clouds roll away to the south, and knew that the battle of the elements was over. "Hurrah!" cried Malabar, "we have survived Frank!" "For which we have good reason to he thankful.'' "You are right.'' "Now for home!" Home! the word had a magical sound to all. Tl!e air-ship slid down into a lower of atm o sphere. The balance of the trip to Terciera was unmarked by any e xciting incident. Here the t.wo rescued Portuguese sailors were safely landed. A brief stop was made for the repairing of the engines. This proved most e njoyable. They were very hosp i tably received by the governor of the islands and with great cordiality at his borne. The beauties o! these islands have to he seen to be appreciated. All in the party were ijOrry to leave the Azores. But the leave-taking was necessary, and once more the air-ship was on her way. The last run home it was, a!ld Frank made it a speedy one. But in spite of extreme efforts, head winds held the air-ship back so that Frank one day appeared on deck and said: We shalt make it on the thirtieth day. We cannot bent Well, that is good e nough!" declared Malabar. It will have to do!" And just as Frank predicted tte ai_ r sliip reached New York on the tbirlleth day. It was a Iamons occasion. The remarkable bad bePn accomplished. Around the world in thirty days was surely the greatest feat of the age. That it would be excelled by auy other medium was not to be thought of. The Needle's party werR famous fgr all time. But Frank did no walt for any ovation in AJiericu's great metrop olis. He proceeded at once to Readestown. The electric engines had stood a mighty test But it was their limit. Frank reckoned that live hundred miles more would have worn them out.. The wear and tear and strain of such a journey can hardly be un derstood or explained in words. Barney and P o mp were g lad to return to their duties about the shops. Frank w ent at once to work upon a new invention jus t a& if nothing had happened. Word was received not long alter from Augustus Floyd, the gam bier. Before leaving Constantinople be had incurred the displeasure of the Sultan, and his neck was barely saved by Consul Wagner. lt is safe to say that he will not again lay wager against the success of any of Frank Reade, Jr.'s inventions, with which intimation Jet us bring our story to (THE END.]


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Last Act 29 London llob; or, An Ktlghsh Boy Jn Am'lJ;'TOm Teaser 39 Hie EJectnc learn; or, In :Search 31 Sleuib in NeW Orleans; or, The Keen Detective's SO Ebeneze r Crow. b y Peter Pad 40 Around tbe World Under Water; or, 'fbe Wonderful y li1! G 1 0 1 .N Sl Bob Short; or, One of Our Boys, by Sam Smiley Cruise of a Submnri9e lloat. 38 oung :Sleuth 8 "'100.000 awe, or, l\ onte ar O JD ew 32 A Nice Quiet lloy; or Never Suspected, by '.rom Teaser 41 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Chase J'bro&gli the C louds y York8 1 L 0 S d 33 Sborty in Search of Hie Dad, by Peter Pad 42 li"rank Reade, Jr.'ts Se11rch for&SunkenShip;or, Work-39 8 St. ouut \ apture, or, prea a 3( Stutteriog Sarn, by Peter Pad ing for tile Government. y Double Net. h W ld' F . p 111 35 J'be :Sh o rtya Trip Around the World \.ly Peter Pad 43 Lost in the Land of Fire i or, Across the Pampas in the 40 at. t 8 or s au or, 1P10Jt 8 yater)" 36 Bildebrandt .lf itrr.gum; or, My Qu1et Little Vt..usin. Electric Turret. y of D 'l b K by rom Teaser ._, Frank Reade, Jr., and UisQueen Clipper of the Clouds, n oung !eu,th s recovery' or, e een 37 'l'ommy Bounce, Jr.; or, A Chip of the Old Blo c k, Part I. Detecttve slnsurace . by Peter Pad 46 Frank Reade, Jr. and His Queen Clipper of theClosds, 42 Young Sleuth tbe .Kmg .of Crooks, or, Tracking38 Twins: or, Which Was the Other? bt S!.m Smiley Part II. Down the Ma',l ,10 .,. 39 Bob Rollick; or, Wha1. Was He Horn For? by Peter Pad 46 Six 'Veeks in Great Whirlpool; or, Strange Ad r-ent-I 43 Young 1 0 th.e of New York, or, 40 The Sbort.yeltlarried and Settled Dowu, by Pad ures in a Submarine Boa.t. Tbe enderlom DJstnct Uy 1 'l' ommy Bounce, Jr., in College, by Peter Pad 47 Frank Jr., and Hie Monitor of the Air: or, Young tbe Bunco Sho.rvs or, 'I he Keen De4 2 1'be Sbortye Out for Fun, by Peter Pad Helping a Friend in Need. tectJve s WJDmng Hand. . 43 HUiy Bakkus, tbe Boy With the lliE;" Mouth, 48 Reade, Jr .. a J,tiver of 45 M)stery or, 7 h& b.vCornmodore Ah-Look 49 Frank Reade, Jr.,m tbe Sea of Sand, and H1s Dtscovery 46 A 60 to 1 Shot or YounQ' :Sleuth as a Jockey 4 "Whiskers;' or, One Year's Fun at 50 or, The Bedouin's Captive. 47 Young sleuth' and the Exf?ress Uobbers; or: Ferreting 5 The Shortrs Out by Peter Pad 51 F rank Reade, Jr. and His Electric Air Yaloht; or, 'fhe Out a Mystery of the Ralhvay. 46 'l'he Shorty'S Out GunniniZ', by Peter Pad Great Inventor AmonQ' the Aztecs. 48 Won by a ?r, Young s Best Race. 41 Bob Rollick, the Yankee Notion Drummer, 52 Frank Reade, Jr., und HiJ\ of the Air; or, 49 A Straurllt lrp, or, Young :Sleuth at the Amerlcaa by Peter Pad tbe Search for tbe .Mountain of Gold. Derbr .s or, A Bootblack's 63 or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange Sub-49 'fbe Shortys' Farming, by, Peter Pad M The 1\{ystic or. Frank Reade, Jr. and His Over-Tracing a Strange 1 ragedy of a Broker's Office. 60 Muldoon's Night School, by ron 'feaser land StaKe Upon the Staked Plains. 52 Young and the Opera. House Mystery; or, l\lur61 Dandy Dick, the Doctor's Son; or, 'l'be VillaQ'e 55 Frank Reade, Jr . in the in the Far West; or, The Search dered Behind the Scenes . 'error, by Tom 'J'easer for a Lost Gold Mine. 53 Young Sleuth Under the Docks of New York; or, Th& 62 Sassy Sam Sumner. A Sequel to" SassJ Sam. 56 Frank Reade, Jr. With Hia Air Ship in Asia; or, A Riv e r I'llieves llnd the Keen Detective. 63 The Jolly 'travelers; or, 57 Boat; or, At 54 Doctor; or, A llediby Peter Pad War With the Brazilia11 Rebels. 55 YounQ' Sleuth and the Rival Bank Breakers; or, 'fbe West, 5R or, 'rhe 56 The Dark M yste ry of a 66 Oheeky and Obipper; or, Tbrongh Thick and 'rhin, 59 Frank Reade. Jr., and His Hlectric Coach: or, The Wi!dding Eve. by Commodore Ah-Look Sea.1cb for the Isle of Diamonds. Part II. 51 Young :::Hauth al'd tl.Je 1\lurder in the State-Room; or. 67 'f"o Hard Nuts; or, A 'l'erm of Fun at Dr. Orack60 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Ma&"netic Gun-Carriage; or, A Mystery of tne Ocean. Academy, by HH.m Smiley Working for the U.S. Mail. 58 Young S leuth's Long l'r&il; or, The Keen Detectiv& 61 or, Lost In the 59 Dilemma; or, One Ohance io :f Left, 62 or, Lost in the 60 thP Murder at tbe 1\fasked Ball; or, 62 Joseph Jump and His Old Blind Nag, by Peter Pad 63 Frank Reade. Jr., s.nd Hie of the Clouds; or, Fighting of the Seven Demons. 63 'l'wo in a Box ; or, The Long and Short of It. Cbased Around the World in tbe 61 Young Sleuth's Big Contract; or, Ulsaning Out th& b1 Tom Tea.sar 64 Frank Reade, Jr.'s ElectriC Cyolon6; or, Tbrilling AdThugs of Baltimore M The Shorty Kids: or, Three Chips of l 'bree Old -ventures in No Mlln's Land. Part I. 62 Young Sleuth Betrnyed; or, 'l'he Detective's Vi1-B1oc ks. by Peter Pad 65 Frank Re&de. Jr.'s Electric Cyclone: or, 'l'brilling Ad-lainy 65 Mike McGuinness; or, Traveline for Pleasure, ventures i n No Mal'l'e Land. Part II. 63 Young Sleuth's Terrible Test; or, Won at the Risk of by 'l'om 'ea.ser 66 The Sunken Pirate; or. Frank Reade, Jr. in Search of Life. 66 Tbe Sbortys' Ohristmu Snaps, by Peter Pad a 'l'reasure at the Bottom of tbe Sea. 6t Younr Sleuth and the l\lan Wi ,th the Diamond Eye. 67 'l'he Bounoe or, J'he ' Worst Boys in the 61 Frank Reade, Jr .. and His Electric Air-Boat; or, Hunt-65 Vouug Sleuth Accusec1; or, Held for Another 's Orhne. 68 the Imp of the School, 68 Jr Among the 69 Sam Spry. the New York Drummer; or, BusinMB Cowboys Witb his Ne'" Electric Oa rnvan Greatest Ruse. 10 eg of Frank 68 Female Smuggler; or, Working 11 'l'hose Quiet 1'\fins, by Peter Pad 70 Frank Reade, Jr., and His AJectri c PrAirie SC'b.ooner; 69 Young Sleuth's Ligbtoing Changes; (lr, The Gold Brick Ready's LUe 'i'easer 71 the Lakes; 70 t.he Owls of Owl 1\lountain; or, The by Peter l'ad or, A JoUrney Through Africa by Water. Ghosts of Blue Ridge Mountain. All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt o f p rice. Address P.O. 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