Frank Reade, Jr., and his flying ice ship; or, Driven adrift in the frozen sky

Frank Reade, Jr., and his flying ice ship; or, Driven adrift in the frozen sky

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his flying ice ship; or, Driven adrift in the frozen sky
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Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1 ed as Second Class Matter at t h e New York, N. Y Post O,[Jice, O ctober 5, 1892. No. 7 5. { COMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. Punr.rsRll!R, 3! & 36 Noar a MooRE srREE T NEw YoRK. Vol. III New York. M:arch 10. 1894. ISSUED WEEKLY. "' Entered accordi'l'g t o t h e Act of Oong1 ess, in the yeu 1894. by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o_[Jic e of the Librarian of Oonmess at Washington, JJ. 0. Frank Beane, Jr., And His Flying Ship; or, DRitEN ADRIFT IN THE FROZEN SKY. By "NONAME."


2 l!'RANK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY hy the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six mont hs, post-paid. Address FRANK e TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Flying Ioe Ship: OR, By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes," "Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Prairie Scnooner," "From Zone to Zone," "The Black Range,' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. S T EALING A BO Y. IT was late on a cold November night in the city or Boston, the sky was obscured by dark, stormy clouds, a ble a k wind was whist ling through the almost deserted streets, and the lights in the lamps flickered dimly. A attired man with white hair and a black mustache was walking away from the railroad depot wltb a handsome boy or seven teen, clad in the natty blue uniform or a military academy. "Alfred ?!lilburn," the boy was saying pleadingly, Go not keep me in suspense any longer. Tell me why you wrote me to come to Boston to-night from my school. serious news have you to tell me!" Yon must prepare yourseH for a great affliction, Walter Grey,'' the man rl'plied. I bate to break bad news, but--" Grea t heavens!" exclaimed young Grey, suddenly-" my mother--" She suddenly hecame insane, nnd I have bad to place her in. a private asylum," said Alfred Milburn, in low g e n tle tones. A. stitl.ed cry or woe escaped tbe !Joy, and he burst into tears, for his mother wns the only relative be hnd in the world. He paused, and glanced piteonsly at the lawyer who bad been act ing as administrator .of the fortune his father hnd left, and saw th a t Milburn was very pale and greatly agitated. As soon as Walter could master his grief, he asked, tremulou s l y : When did this horrible misfortune occur, sir! ' Just a week ago, my boy. I am very sorry tor y ou. Br a c e up She may recover her reason. I will take y ou to see her to night. There was a spark of hope in what the lawy e r said, and Walter eagerly grasped at it, a!ld answered: I can never get over this shock, but I shall try to be cour a geous, Mr. Milburn. Take m e to her. Let me see my de a r mother. Perhaps I can do something for her." "Very well,'' repli e d the lawyer. "Come this way." He turned into a street bordering the water fron t and casting a rapid glance around, failed to see an y one e x c ept three men, attired in the garb of sailors, crouching in an adjomin g doorway. The law yer drew his handk e rchi e f from his pocket, wiped his face with it, and while apparently re t urning it t o his pocket, dropp e d it. Instantly t h e three eai!ora darted from the doorw ay. One of them, in a captain's uniform rush e d up behind the boy, tl.ung an arm around hie neck, pulled his head back, a n d clapped a sponge s a tur a ted with chlorof orm to Walter Grey' a nos trils. A cry of alarm pealed from the startled boy's lips, bu t it was quick ly checked by a pressure or his assailant's arm, and the moment he began to inhale the fumes or the drug he ht!came stupefied. ]lltl!Jurn recoiled a few steps. His dark eyes were flashin g with excitement. He cautiously glanced around, and then saw a y ounlt man coming. "Captain B e n Bolt!" be hissed. "Well? gruffly asked the man w11o held young Grey. "There's someone coming." "Blast i t! But ther !Joy's senseleeR!" "'l'be fAllow Ia runn\ng toward us." He's seen tber struggle then.'' "Yes. What shall we do!" "Carry tber lad aboard ther Red Eric." "And your "We'll lay that lubber out!" The lawyer picked the drugged boy up and hastened over the muddy street with him toward a big whaling ship lying at one of the docks. In the meantime the three sailors surrounded the newcomer. He proved to be a dashing-looking young mao, with a dark mus tache, a symmetrical and athletic figure, and an intellectual face. He bad been behind the lawyer and the boy when they left the d e pot, aod seeing the as s ault and Milburn's indi!Ie)'ence, he correctly concluded that the hoy had been led into a trap. "You lcoundrels! he panted. "What are you doing to that boy?" "Keep away tbarl" roared the captain, threateningly. "Mind yer own an' clear out o' this!" "Never, until that boy is released!'' "Go fer tber meddler, my lads!" The two sailors obeyec! Ben Folt. As the three seamen closed in on him, the stranger doubled up his fists and struck out straight from the shoulder. Bitr! Bang! Thump! went his flats like spite drivers, and everytime they struck, a man went down. When people or your stamp fool around Frank Reade, Jr., you generally get left!" muttered the gallant stranger. The sailors swore as they got up, and the captain drew a pistol. Cues yer!'' he growled, as he !Av,eled tlle weapon at Frank's head, I'll blow yer brains out fer them welts!" Bang! went the pistol, and a cry escaped Frank. He clapped his hand to the side of his bend where the ball had graz. ed his scalp, and reeling back, fell senseless to the ground! Run, boys!" hoarsely cried the desperate captain. "I had ter do it or he'd a got tber best o' us! That sbot 'll fetch ther p'licel" Tiley rushed over to tlle whaling eblp unseen, leaving their victim lying bleeding and senseless ou the sidewalk. Boarding the vessel g oing Into the cabin they found the law yer there in the g loom with th e drugged boy. Well?" eagerly asked Milburn. Did you down the stranger? "Shot him," answered B e n Bolt with an ontb. "I see yer r;ot t.her lad aboard all right sir 1 Yes. You bad better put him out of sight." "Stow him b e low iu boys," said the captain to his two men. Tbey carried the limp form of Walter Gr o y out of the cabin. Whe n they were gone Milburn handed the captain a big roll or billS. "Here are th e $2,500 I promised yoo to shanghai the bt'y," said the lawyer. "You must maroon 'him iu the Arctic regions so !Je can n e v e r r e turn. If you shonld bring me evidence of his death I will d o uble the amount I just gave you. Will you do it, captain!" He bent nearer to Bolt a nd hissed this in such sinister tones that the captain started, and muttered boar@ely: D'yer mean f e r me ter put him out o' ther way!" Yes," was the emphatic reply. Why d'y& wagt this done!'' I'll make a clean bl'east of the matter. I hold some money I n trust belonging to the boy nnd his mother. H both die I can do a s I like with th e ir fortune. Although tbe woman is sane I have pni t l dearly to have her confined in an asylum. Sbe is diep'osed of. Now it only remains to gAt rid or the boy. This !leave to you." "I'll do it," muttered the captain. "Re member, the money I paid you is some or the boy's fortune. The remainder you are to get will come from the same source. It you fail, you will get no more or the bank notes and may have to not only what you now have but oleo answer in court as m y accomplice." "Trust me, Alfred Milburn!" "I'll go now." "An' as I've cleared my manifest in ther Custom House, an' thar's a tug waltm' ter had! us out, I'll put tar sea right away so's no one will have a show ter get aboard an' find ther lad." "You are bound for tbe polar regions now!" Ay, ay-t!Ulr Kara sea, off Nova Zambia, in s'arch o' whales." After some further conversation the rascally lawyer parted with the villainous sea captain and went ashore. The Red Eric put to sea immediately afterward, carrying the unfortunate Walter Grey to the frozen polar regions. In the meantime, a crowd bad been attracted by the pistol shot, ) I


' I .FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. 3 and surrounding Frank Reade, Jr., they carried him into a re the clerk weeping bitterly, and heard her say in sob choked tones: "Do not refuse me lodging here, sir! You surely would not bave me roam the streets all night for. want of sbelter." Madam," replied the clerk, as you have no money to pay for your lodging here, l have no right to take yon m.'' Oh, this is dreadful,'' said the lady in tones of great distress. She was a very refined looking person, with 11:ray hair, a good race, and wore a very handsome dress, but she bad on no hat.1 The clerk sbrugge:t his shoulders and turned away. Frank was moved with pity for the lady. He saw that she was no professional beggar. Approaching her and doffing Ilia bat, be said politely: Excuse me for interfering, madam, but I could not fail what yon said. H you will allow me, I would be very glad to pay your expenses at this hotel for a week." A cry of joy escaped the woman as she glanced at Frank. "Thank Heaven!" she muttered. "I am safe-safe!" CHAPTER II. THE VILLAIN CAUGHT. THE hotel clerk looked very much surprised at Frank's charitable deed, but took his money, made no comment, and assigned the lady to a room. All she reached the parlor door, she beckoned to the inventor and be followed her into the room and asked her pleasantly: "Do you wish to speak to me, madam!'' I wish to thauk you for your kindness," she falterec. "It i s not necessary,'' replied Frank. "At least let me tell you how I happened to be in this pligb_t." I admit that I am somewhat curious about it." "Well, brietly, I am n rich widow with one child-a boy of seven teen, who is novt at a military boarding Bchool up the State. lliy fortune was plac.ed under the admlnistratior; of an unscrupulous lawyer, named Alfred Milburn. He calculated that If I and my son were out of the way, he cnuld keep possession of our money. My name is Caroline Grey. I lived in a handsome dwelling on a go(id street, and my lawyer boarded with me. "One week ago the wretch drugged me. When I recovered my senses I found myself confined in a private lunatic asylum. Milburn called and coolly told me be did it to rob me. He also stated that be intended to send for my son and have him carried away to sea, from whence be would never return. Frantic with apprehension, I man aged to escape from the asylum to-night. That iii why l have no bonnet on. Coming here, I. tried to secure shelter until to-morrow, when I intend to state my case to police. I will have Milburn arrested and baffie his design." "Is he a tall man with white hair and a jet black muBtache?" ""Yes-do you know him-have you seen him?" "I saw him to-ni,!!;ht. Ami your son-is be a well-formed boy with a military uniform of dark blue, trimmed with light blue braid?" "Yes-yes!" excitedly cried the lady. "Walter has very fair skin and jet-black eyes There is a small scar on his left cheek." "I was not near enough to distinguish his features well.'' "Near enough! You couple his description with that of Milburn is it possible yon have seen them together!'' "Yes-to-night. The boy was abducted." A low cry of horror escaped Mrs. Grey, her face turned deathly pale, and a wild look to her eyes as she gasped: What has happened? Tell me, quick!" Frank detailed his adventure. Mrs. Grey was overwhelmed with grief and despalr. "Bound for the Arctic ocean!" she groaned. "Oh, he will never come back alive! My poor, poor boy This is dreadful-dreadful! Ob, wh'lt shall I do? I nm wild-frantic--filled with agony!" "Hush!" satd Frank, gently. "I alone can give you hope." I do not understand you." "Then I'll explain. I am Frank Reade, Jr." What! The wonderful inventor of whom I have so often read?" I am an inventor and my latest contrivance ia a tlyint;: iceboat wtth which I have planned to visit the mysterious land of Nova Zembla. As my course will be the same as that of the ship Red Eric it is more I than likely that I shall fall in with \bat whaling ship. If I don't I'll bunt for it. If I find her I shall save your son. I swear it, for I huve tue means of doing so.'' His words were so emphatic that renewed hope was nroused ,in the heart of the half distracted mother, and she dried her tears and asked: Wben do you iotend to undertake this Journey, sir?'' Within a few days,'' Frank replied. "My tlying ice ship is nearly finished. I came to Boston to get the few thmgs I need to complete her. To-morrow I am going home, but t>re I leave this city, I shall make it my business to help you to have Alfred Milburn arrested, f!O you can recover possession of the fortune of wbicll be designs to rob you." "God bless you, Frank Reade," the lady exclaimed, . After some further talk, they parted for the night. The inval)tor was accompanied by a little old negro named Pomp, and a rollicking, red-headed, pug-nosed Jrishman named Barner. O'Shea, wbo always went with him on his travels, and lived in Reades town. Both were Inveterate practical jokers, the coon W-llS a good cook and played the banjo, and the Celt was an expert violinist, and ever read.Y for a fight or fun or any kind, while both were greatly devoted to the inventor. They were domiciled In tbe hotel with Frank. On the following morning the coon woke up aarly, dressed himself, and going out into the ball heard Barney snoring in his room. "Golly, wba' lazy feller dat l'ishman am," muttered the darky, with a grin, as be paused outside or, Barney's room. "Specs he sleep de whole lib long day ef l done let him. Wondah ef I kin git in dar!" He tried the door, found it unlocked, and >llntered the bed-room. The Celt laid on his back with his mouth wide open, and Pomp stole over to the wash basin, turned on the freezing cold water full force, put his finger over the faucet and squirted it at the sleeper. Swish-plunk! went the jet the Irisbmim's eye. Then a steady stream fiew all over his face lie gave a sudden start, the snoring ceased, and be sat up very much confused from being awakened so violently. The cold water continued to squirt on birp, and be gave a wild yell. Murdher! I'm dbrowndin' !" be bowled, Then he bounced out of bed. Fizz-swiah-fiipp! continued the stream. Barney only wore a red tlannel under-shirt, and as th!l cold liquid Hew around his limbs be jumped up in the air, his teeth chattering his hair on end, and roar alter roar pealing from his lips. "Begorra, I'm a dead man!" be roared, as he rushed, danced, bop ped, and galloped around the room, followed by the cold stream and the laughter of the mischievous coon. "How!y beans, ther roof's leakin'! Ther poipes busbted! Ther bouse is afoire! Help! Help!" "Yah, yah, yah!" howled the delighted darky. "Haw, haw! Lord amassy, looker de jumpin'-jack!" And SBSs-spbf! went the water again. By this time Barney got his confusion and saw the coon. He also observed the cause of his misery. Faith, it's ther naygur!" he groaned, as be tried to dodge the stream. "Go it, Barney, yo' ]ole hyaena!'' chuckled the coon. "Whoop her up! Dot's de step, honey! Oh, Lawd-looker dem legs tly!" "Shtop it!" shouted the Celt wildly, ns be raced around to avoid the freezing water. "Bedad I'm frozen. Pomp, ye spalpeen, wanst I get ther grip av me fingers in ther wool av yer bend, l'll scalp yez wid wan pull." "Hop, dar, yo' chimpanzee, hop, I say! I'se gwine ter gib yo' a wash if yo' nebber hab one uefo', chile!" Barney flew into a closet. Here the door protected him. \ There were several pairs of sh0es, a boot j!J.Ck and sundry other ob jects lying upon the floor which he eagerly grasped. The next moment be bombarded the coon with them from behinq the door, and as the fusillade whizzed through the ai,r; Pomp made an efl'ort to dodge them. He was not quick enough, and the next moment a shoe caught him a thump on the nose, a valise banged him on the ear and a whisk broom pounded him in the eye. With a howl of pain, as a second volley struck him, be charged on the Irishman who bnd come from behind the door. The coon's bead was down to the Irishman in the stomach, but just at the right moment Barney nimbly sprang aside, and with a terrible crash Pomp's bead struck a panel of the door. It went through, splintering the wood, and before be could with draw his skull, Barney seized one or the bedslats and belabored him so that every thump sounded like a pistol shot, and the bowls of the captured coon awakened every one in the bouse. In the midst of the furore Frank rushed in, and p.ltbough be could hardly refrain from laughing at the drenched Irrshman and the darky, he assumed an angry look and cried, sternly: "Stop that row, will you! Every one in the hotel is alarmed." "Masther Frank!" muttered Barney, dropping the slat. "Pull me out!" shootee Fomp: "l'se stuck!" "Faix, I'll lave yer till yer cocoanut dbrops off!" "Oh, Lawd amighty! I'se got-" He gave his bead 11 jerk and extricated himself. The moment be got free and saw Frank be wilted, and making a dive for the door vanished in the ball.


, 4 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. Frank nod the other guests burst Into a roar of laughter and fol lowed him. When the coon and the Irishman met at the breakfast table, they had so far forgotten their anger that the subject was not referred to. afterwards took them aside, told tlJem all about Mrs. Grey and her son and having introduced tbem to the lady they went to po lice headquarters and laid the matter before the uutlJorit ies. A .detecuve a warrant for the arrest of Alfr e d Milburn, and ac companying Mrs. Grey to her residence with Frank and his friends they went in and arrested the lawyer. His dismay was .J..ntense wben be saw Mrs. Grey free and Frank in her company, for be recognized the young inventor at once. The rascal was locked up. We ma.y as well add here that he had to .disgorge the money be held in trust for the widow and her sou, and without muclJ delay was sen tenced to a long term in prison f o r his rascality. Tbe widow received her rights. Having procured the parts of the fiying machine they were after, Frank and his two friends assured the lady ngain that th e y would strain every effort to rescue her son, and boarded a train for home. Readestown, to where went, was a beautiful little western city near a river that llowed to the Atlantic. Here Frank in a magnific e nt m11nsion, near which stood the great machine shops and works in which his wonderful inventions were constructed. The young inventor upon his arrival found an old friend there nam ed Dr. Vaneyke, who bad often gone with him ou bis trips. The white bear d ed old scientist had beard th a t Frank had built a new flying machine, an:.l being desirous of accompanying him in It on his proposed journey, had oome from the Smithsonian Institute, with which he was conn e cted, to join the inventor. Frank was delighted at the prospect or having his old friend go, ami readily assented to the piau. On the following day, as the air ship was nearly finished, tl:.e in ventor brougbt the professor out to the shop to see it. Here a singular aULI unexpected Incident occurred. CHAPTER III. DRIVEN ADRIFT. THE room in which Frank's inv e ntion sto o d was a vast apartment, with sliding Joors in the roof which couh.l be opeced to permit the exit or his Hying machines from the interio r J n the middle of this room stood th e flying ice ship. The vessel was made of an e x tremely hght, bull e t proof material called aluminum, and looked like a two masted sclloouer, with a rounded wedge-shaped bow and stern. At the truck or each mast was a large gyroscope, while upon the upner part or each or the yards many mora or these wheels were arranged in a horizontal position to lift the engine in the air. Upon the yards and stayB were furled sails, to be used while travel ing before tne wind. At the bow was a long bowsprit, a search light at its foot, and upon its deck, in the forward section, a pilot bouse. There were three big steel Ice runners on each side, and between them two spiked wheels for propelling the boat over the ice with out sails. At the stern was an ice rudder, above it a water rudder, a water screw, anq. on t h e end of a shaft an Immense air-wheel lor propulsion. Bull's eyes broke the side of the hull to admit light into the interior. As they stood looking at the boat which was operated hy the door bell rang, and Frank saw the professor start nervously, turn very pale, and glare at the entrance. the matter-you look nervous?' said Frank. "I am nervous,'' admitt\ld Vaneyk e "So would any one be who is innocent or murder, and is <>ccused of killing a man ' Why-I don't understand '" Then I'll explain," said the doctor, but until I le in pursuit of the Ret! Eric to rescue Walter Grey. I can't uo it if you are arrested wiLb su<;ll a serious charge hanging over your bead. No! You musL not submit to arrest." Bang, bang! came the sound of a volley of raps at the door. "'l'he y're bound to get in," nervou sly sail! Dr. Vaueyke. "After all it may not be any one after you "No one knew l came h e re." For safety get uuoard the Ice ship and hide yourself whi i e I open the door tWd ascertaiu who is outside." The professoGJomplied. He had hardly done so when the bell rang loudly. Frank fiung open the door. Upon the threshold stood a detectivP.. Well?" deJJanded Frank, keenly eying him "I am after Dr. Vaueyke, sir," replied the officer. "What for?" "Murder." ''Humbug!" "Here's the warrant." "You are on the wrong track.'' Oh, no! It's proven. He s here, isn't he?" "Stoppi ng at my house-yes." "Your wife just s aid. he came out here.'' 1 Well, you can't have him, sir." Do you mean to say you will prevent me!'' "Ex actly so. He is an Innocent man!" Let him prove it in court, then." At present be bas no time to do that.'' "But I must take bini, Mr. Reade." "Have you got a searcb warrant!" "No," reluctuutly said the "Then you can't come in here." I'll watch for lllm outside tben." "Very well," answered Frank, shutting the door. He went aboard of tte Ranger, as be had christened the !lying i ce ship, and opening a door in the wheel house, found himself in a l a rge room. lL contained some furniture, a compass, steering wheel i levers f o r controlling the mechanism, and a nun. ber or registers. A companionway led down into a small, but beautiful cab i n, where he found the professor nervously pacing to and fro. Frank told !lim what transpired. "It's just as I feared,'' murmured Dr. Vaneyke, despairingly. The

FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. 6 "I don't care ir you have an army." Then l'll burst in tbe door." "Burst away!'' Crash-bang-boom! came a heavy shower of blows. Frank glanced at his workmen, nod saw thtnn trying to force the sliding doors in the roof above the Ranger. They obstinately stuck fast, though. Faat and furious fell the blows against the door outaide. Frank began to get restless, null pa s sing into tile wbeelroom be pee red out the window with an anxious look upon bis face. It was evident tbnt tile officer! bad brought a battering ram to bear upon tile door, for every blow they dealt it made it shake and caused every window pane to rattle. "Lively there, boys, lively!" sllouted Frank, impatientiy. "Yes, sir, but they stick!" replied the foreman. An awful shower of blows now struck the

6 FR-\NK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. Tbat eased the strain on his arm and relieved his pain. Be heavens, I'm aloive!'' be gasped. He was panting bard, but in a few moments be yelled: "Help-help!'' Just then Frar::k reached the railing. Peering over be saw the Irishman. "Thunder!'' be cried, with a thrill of hope darting through him. "Am be gone?" cried Pomp, reaching the deck. "No! Help me to haul up the broken stay." ( Wha' fo'!" "He's on the end of it." "Glory halleluyab!" They b o th grasped the line and began to haul the Irishman up. Barney was pulled half way up to the deck in this manner, when sudde.Iily there cafne a shout from the professor "The ice ship is falling!'' Such was the cry that startled Frank. He glanced up at the gyroscopes. They were moving very slowly compared to the speed at which tbf:ly had been spinning. 'l'be cause was apparent to Frank at a glance. Holding the Calling ice and snow, the metal spars were so cold that tlle flakes congealed around the pivots, choking them so that the ice thus formed Interfered with their revoluticns. CHAPTER V. BARN E\" A N D 'filE BEAR. "POMP! We are going down into the sea r "Golly, Marse Frank, am de machinery brock?" "No, but Ice is forming aroun

READE, JR. AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. Before the startleiiirisbman could stop himself, he struck the beast, fell over it and landed on the ice again. The bear uttered a savage growl, nud turned upon Barney. It bad been frightened by the flymg ice boat before, but now a human being, and angered by the blow the Celt dealt the brute, bared its formidable teeth, and rushed at him. Up jumped Barney very much startled. He wanted to run after the Ranger again, but coul\l not do so as the bear was between him and the hoM. "Bedad l'm nipped!" he gasped. Seeing the ugly brute coming for him, he clapped his hand to his belt in search of a weapon to defend himself. He was not armed. A cold chill went over him upon finding this out. He realized that he could not do anything with the beast now and taking to his heels, ran away hotly pursued by the animal. CHAPTER V. THE FISHING STATION. NoNE of the Ranger's crew bud seen what had befallen Barney, as the bend in the pass hid him from their view. Frank, therefore, !lid not hasten to stop the ice ship's wheels, and to his aurprise he found her flying down the side of a steep hill. To stop her now with the bruke was almost an utter impossibility, for the wheels were .apt to trip her up. He, therefore, raised tlfem, and let the boat go on her runners. She gathered speed every moment, as the hill was steep, and was soon roarii1g down like a locomotive. The snow flew up m showers from In front of her runners, and a loud, buzzing sound came from them as they cut through the ice. Away she flew, and reaching the bottom of the bill, Frnnk abruptly turned her to the, to avoid a mass of rough ice of her. No sooner did she fly around the base of the bill, when to their amazement the boat began to sink. ShP had run into a dnft. Above the snow rostJ the tops of a number of ice buts, shaped like inverted bowls, and a tremendous shout in a strange tongue emanated from the huts the boat struck ami crushed iCJ. Some of the inmates of these buts bad been burt. The rest swarmed out into passages cur. through the d r ift and got upon the level ground above the hollow where they hall hUt8. All of tbemwere dark skinned people, somewhat resembling the Esquimaux of North America and Greenland. They wore fur clothing, with pointed hoods !or their heads, aml carried walrus spears, muskets and knives in their hands. Although a:nazed at the sight of such a peculiar lio"t thore, these Nova Zembla savages soon recovered from their surprise, and brand ishing their weapons at our friends, whom they now saw, they began to prepare for an aJ.tack. Their animosity was aroused by the injury done so innocently to some of the inmates of the ice huts. Frank could do nothing with the ship but let her stop of her own a ccord when she plunged 1nto the snowdrift. Natives!" he exclaimed in surpr1se, upon seeing them. Armed and angry at us too," added the professor. "We've ruined several of l:uts." Yes, and injured the inmates of some." That's what they nre angry about.'' Evidently," coincided professor. "I didn't notice the huts until we were UI>On them." "Nor I, as they were nearly covered up With snow.'' Just then Pomp came rushing in !rom the deck. The boat had paused lial! buried in the snow and the coon was covered. He was very much e;;:cited, and cried wa&ingly: Dey's a gang oll niggahs out car gwine ter shoot!" Close the metal shutters over the wir1dows, doctvr. ' "Better start the g y roscopes," said the professor, complying. Just then the yelling natives tired at the boat, a shower of arrows, spears and musket bullets striking th" Ranger. All the wooden weapons broke against the hull of the ice-ship and the leaden bullets flattened agai nat the plates. "Where's askec! Frank, anxiously. "Done loobe him sah," Pomp answered. "We must pick him up .. re the angry natives see him." Gwioe ter shoot 'em!" "No. They can't hnrm us here." "Look out! They're on the deck!" said the doctor: "1'11 so oo get rid of them," Frank answered. He put the gyroscopes in operation and the air-ship pulled herself up out of the snow ba11k into the air. A dismal howl of dismay pealed from the throats of the natives on her deck when they foun

8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. The air-ship continued on toward the wretched little cluster of 1 "Sen' fo' de \lUdahtakah, l'se a cead niggah!" he yelled, franticwooden huts and soon reached them. ally. News of her approach had been communicated to the inhabitants He reached out his hand to assist himHeit to rise, but the contact and the crews or tile ships. with the floor completed the mrcuit agaw, They were all grouped on the shore wat11hing the ice ship. A wild whoop escaped him. Frtutk 11ent the Ranger down on the ice near them, and they all He bumped up his back and bounced to his feet. maae a rush for her to lind out what she was. l'ae full ob it!'' he howled. Somebody insulate me!" In a few moments the ship was surrounded by the curious throng. Just then he caught sight of t .he wite that tripped him. He thought it was a loose piece into which bia foot "Ot tangled. CHAPTER VII. INTO DANGEROUS GRJUND. THERE were three whaling ships in winter quarters otr the Nor wegian fishing station, and all were from the United States. The American sailors were among the Norwegians, and wheu they saw the stars and stripes fluttf,lring from one or the Ranger's milsts, t\1ey set up a loud cheer. Both captains then hailed Frank, asking what sort of craft the fly. ing ke ship was, and he told them and asked: "Has the Red Eric, of Boston, arrived here yet?" No, 'Bir," replied one of the captains; "but as we know she is coming here, we are looking out for her daily." Is the captain a friend of yours?" Ob, no; nor any one else's, for that matter," replied the whaler. "He's a very ugly man, who is not liked vers IIIUCh by any one." I'm gbd to bear that, for be certainly is a bad mao, and I can prove it. He was paid to shanghai a boy whom be bas got aboard llis vessel, and we are going to help the lad to escape.'' It's like him. But bow diu it come about?'' Frank detailed Waiter Grey's history. At its conclusion, t:e added: Ben Bolt shot me. I'm going to arrest him for it." If we meet the rascal and you don't happen to be around, you can rest assured that we will make him produce tile boy." Good enough!" After some more talk they parted. Frank sent the ship up inLO the frozen air. Turning to Dr. Vaneyke, he said to him cheerily: 1 "Now then, to flud the mastodon, professor.'' Going no w!'' "Yes; produce your directwns.'' The profPssor drew a paper from his pocket. He cnrefully read it over and then satd: The man who discovered the rematns said they were to be found in the ground at the head or Tchekin Bay, fifty miles north of bere, on the eastern coast. The place is marked by a solitary cedar tree '' We shall be there in little more than an boor.'' Frank turned the Hying ice ship up the coast. As she passed the place haunted by the birds they flew away in fear with a tremendous chorus of screams and violent whirring of wings. The waves of the Kara sea were breaking in a long line of foamy surf along the icy coast, and far out upon the heaving waters great bergs and ice lloes were seen drifting along. It was bitterly colut tbe bot' wires in the hollow masts kept ptvots free at the gyroscopes Pomp went down into the engme room to lubl'icate tbe machin ery, and as Barney was alrearly there, he dodged out or bebind a dynamo, from whence he narrowly watche1 the darky's movementa. The fun loving Irishman had not forgotten the trick Pomp played on him in the Boston hotel. He now saw a chance of evening matters up with the coon. Unconscious or his danger, the diminutive darky went from one oil cup to another with the oil can in his hand tilling them up. As be was passing the Jynamo behind which Barney crouche1l, the Celt passed a copper wire around his anlda and rapidly bound it there. On went Pomp a few paces and paused at a to be oiled. Tbe moment be touched the metal lid of the CU!J to open it, an electric shock flew through him that made him iu the air. "Ouch! Fo' de ian' sakes!" he yelled. "Whn' dat!' He shook his lingers, glared at the oil cup, and then pondered. The wire Barney fastened to his leg was secured to one pole of the dynamo, and the Irishman had run another wire from the other pole to the metal floor. As the machinery was bolted to the floor, the moment Pomp touched any of the metal work, a complete circuit was made with his body, and a terrillc shock was the result. The Irishman chuckled over the success of his plan. "Specs dey mus' hab been some current in dat cup." muttere

FRANK READE, JR., -AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. 9 CHAPTER Vlil. THE LEAVING the boat in the professor's c1ue, Frank rushed out on deck, .nod peering over at the ground, be saw tllat it Wll8 sinking down beuentb thll weight of tile. boat. 'l'be icy covering bad given away, exposing a muddy marsh, up from which a terrible stench was rising. This smell came from tile rotting carcass of a huge mammoth lying buried in the mud. It was the animal which Vaneyke was hunting for. 'l'his creature bad probably stepped into the marsh centuries before, and sinking into the mire, was buried alive. It bud been preserved by the swamp freezing around it, and thus would have k ept for an indefinite period, had not a thaw set in which rapidly decomposed the enormous bodJ'. Exposed to Fra nk s view was au elephnnLine head, covered with dry, skin, furnished with tufts or hairs, the n e ck was covered with a long flowing mane, and a reddish wool grew all over Lhe ex posed parts. The long curved tusks were Len feet in length. What a stench! It is awful!" he muttered, holding his nose. "Tile mud bas hold of the wheels and runners!" Having seen bow the Ranger was held Frank dashed inside and t elling the professor what be had s e en, he pulled the levers controlling t he Stde wheels and dnving screw. As th e y began slowly to revolve, the mud flew up from them in 'Showers, anti the runners having thus been cleared, the ascensional f orce of the gyroscopes lifted the ship up. She treed herself this way and rose a few feet, then darted away. Frank tll e n stopped her machinery. The professor had g o no outside. He viewetl what little there was of the carcass on the surface, and, going back again, he said to Frank: We c an't do anything that object in the state it is now.'' Wha t do you propose to do!" Only c arry away the Hkeleton." S trip it of that rotten fles h?'' No; we can let the scavengers of this nerghborllood do that for us" ;, How do you mean, doctor?" "Blow tile mud away from around that tiody eo as to leave it ex posed. Th e odor will atttact the foxes and wolves here. They will devour the flesh, picking the bones dry." "It they eat all the rotten meat," said Frank, "as there are tons n pon tons of it, there will be enough tor an army.'' As the food here is very scarce," r e plied the old scieiJtist, "the wild beasts are ravenous, and as are vast numbers of them t!Jey hll soon get away with it.'' We might try the experiment, anywa y." How shall I go about it, Frank? " I ll attend to it. You keep the ship over the marsh.'' Frank went to the store-room as he spoke, and procured two fifty p ound bombshells, to each of which he fas t ened a wire. Takmg them out on deck, he let them drop one after the other down i nto the mud, on each side of tile mammoth. They sunk deeply by their own w e ight, coming from a height, and t he other t!nds of the electric wires r e mained in Frank's hand. Raise the ice shil> a hundred feet!'' he sung out. Dr. Vaneyke complied, there being pleDLy slack wire attaclled to t he bombs. Frank then handed him the ends of the wire, and said: "In a miuuto you can touch them to tile hattery binding post." "All right," said the professor, witl.t a nod, and Frank went out again. Peering down be saw that they were at a safe distance from the place where the shells would explode. Wilen an ordinary gun-powder shell is fired on the battlelield," be muttered, "if it explodes in front of a man, be will get killed, whil e H it bursts b e hind him, the man will not be injured, for the force all thrown forward. Now, in this case, as the shells will be burst from the upper side, the force will be downward, and that will throw the mud up, I think--'' But just here the professor touched the wires to t!Je battery, a current passed down to the shells, and tlley exploded. A smotllered roar was heard, and a tremendous mass of mud was blown so high in the air that some of it spattered the underpart flying ice-ship. J When it suLsided Frank looked down, and saw tbflt a huge pit bad been reut in the marsh, and in the laid the body of au en <>rmous mammoth. The carcll8s was somewhat mutilated by the shells, but none or the limbs had been torn off. A mass of black, muddy water ran back into the bole from the ground, and settled around the body of the mammoth. "Well!" asked the professor. "What luck ? "The body is exposed. Come out here," said Frank, as he wound i n the wire with which the shells were burst. Dr. Vaneyke complied and was well satisfied. After a short survey, hfl said: "We'll soon have tllat skeleton. Wait here awhile, and you will see for yourself.'' Over an hour passed by. Then a dismal il

' 10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. Look back there and :you'll see!" The Iriellman did so, and a pallor overspread bis freckled face as he saw that the Ranger was being pursued by an immense cyclonic cloull which was sweeping over the island. It extended from the sky to the ground, black as ink, vivid tongues of lightning flying out of it, anll it swept everythlng before It with irresis tible fury. Blocks of ice were through the air with the force of cannon balls, great clouds of it, ground to powder, rolled up like a fog before th e rush of the wiud, and a roarmg of the gale arose that sounded dreadful. Barney put full speed in the driving wheels. Click-click-clicld they dug into the ice, the Ranger rushed on at a tremendous rate, and a wild buzz arose from tbe tlying spokes nod from under the steel runners. Be heavens, if that thing ehtroikes us it's all over wid ther Ranger but ther shoatin'!" cried tbe Celt, n e rvously. We may be able to outstrip it in a race,'' said Frank. It's n-gaintn' on us now.'' We'll hoist the sails." "Can' t we rise in tber air an' escape it?" "No; don't you see that it would reach us before we got above it?" Tbrue fer you, Misther Frank." The iuventor dashed out on deck again, where Pomp and the doc tor then were swiflly unfurling the sails. Lending. i.bem his a s sistance, Frank quickly succeeded in getting the cauvns up, and as \here was a beam wintl they hauled around the IJraces and stays, and the speed of the Rang e r was materially in creased. She was now llying over the ice with all the speed at her com mand, and made a mile a minute. The terrible cyclone was roaring on in her wake, its sable cloud spreading over a large tract of territory. We hold our own, so far,'' muttered the doctor "Golly, dis am wuss dan a lightniu' express train,'' said Pomp. "'It's lucky we've got a clear field of ice ahead Frank remarked, as he clutched the railing. It we b!l.dn't, that monster would soon roach us and burl tbe Ranger up in the air." They had to watch the sails closely. The canvas was bulging as if it would burst from the bolt ropes, and the wheel motors insille were fairly bowling as the armatures tlew around at the top of tl!e speed imparted by the battery. Along they shot, the terrific pace undiminislled, the runners hump ing over the lumpy spots, crashing across the crackP, and plowing up the snow they encountered. Mile after mile was covered. The exciting race was kept up for the northeast, for the cyclone followed the trend or the land. Suddenly the strain on one of the square sails became so great tllat it burst in two with a report like a g / m shot .. In a moment the tattered canvas was wildly llying ahead from the yard, and a15 considerable power "!'as lost, the speed of the Rung a r was slightly diminished. It made a vast difference, for the storm now began to gradually gain upon the ice ship. The cloud was only a mile behind them. "What a miMfortnne!'' muttared Frank, in disgust. '' we rig a new sail, ho[Jey!" asked the coon. "We couldn't,'' replieo the doctor. We got enough. The wind would tear tlle canvas from our hands.'' Just then a shower of small icy lumps carried on in advance of the storm struck the boat. It rattled against her like a volley of bullets. Pelted all over Frank and !.tis companions were obliged to ruu into the turret for protection. The missiles tlying through the frozen sky in back of first ones were very large. As the Ranger continued to lose ground abe now began to get pelted with these lumps. Every blow that struck ber gave back a metallic ring and the clatcrash of the ice breaking. Barnay now ob s ervell some vast ice bills ofl' to the north west about a leagu e and, poin t ing at thenl, he said: Faith it's pertection we'd toe aftber havin' if we wor ter get undber shelter av thim cliffs, sor.'' Steer for them ," said Frank. But we'se g wine ter lose groun' if we does." "Never mind, Pomp, we're losing a n y way." Bel!;orra we're in a had fix entoirely !'' By h e ading for those cliffs w e 'll have a free wind,'' said Vaney'ke. "Good! You are right!" criell Frank. "That will increase our speed Around spun the wheel which had been gearetl to the ice rudr\E,P, and as the IJoat swung o f i on the new tack, Frank aucl the coon hastened out, and slack e ned ofl' the bracej!. Around went the yards. The wwd now cau ght them free. Jostnntly the ship's speed was increased. 'l'bey did not feel the wind, now that they werto goiog with it. but they continaed to lose ground by tack athwart the couree of t!Je cycJpne, and tlle pelting ice blocks continuell. AH hands were kept busy dodging them. One of theso blocks struck Pomp in the back and knocked him acroBB the deck. He would have gone overlJoanl, had Frank not reached out his hand and se"ized him. Sucb a foil would have meant certain death for the darky, as the Ice ship 'fOUld have left him astarn, and the raging storm would soon have reached and destroyed him. Inside with you!" cried Frank. "Golly! Why dido' I go ober?" Did yon want to?" "No, not'' They could do nothing further out there so in they dove a ga in. The Ranger now resounded from the repeattJd blows slle received. but she was rapidly nearing the icy cliffs. Burney worked the wheel like a veteran Ice-boatman and kept his eyes open for pitfalls filled with snow and crevices tbat coulll tnp the boat or wedge the runners. There were many openings among the lee clifl';l, and as the Ranger dashed up to onll of them the cyclone was only a sl!ort distanc e astern of her. Take that narrow gorge!" cried Frank. Shure it may not go in all thar way," expostulated Barne y "'l'rue, hut it will afford us wost protection." "Jist as you say, me bye!" And into it aaslied the ic;,-boat like lightning. The pass was winding, and the bottom lumpy, ami Barney graspell the levers with one hand. All the rest went out to haul down the sails. At ounll a curve swept the Ranger, as the Cllnvas tluttered down and Barney gave utterance to a Htartled exclamation, and ha s tily cut out the current for the pass terminated in a cul-de-snc. The ice-ship was plunging with fearful velocity straight at the wall that rose to an immense height in front of her. It seemed tor a moment to Barney that abe most run her long bow-sprit against the hard wall. Sucb a collision would probably smash her to pieces. He rapillly lowered the side wheels. Put,ing on the current he reversed the wheels! and they tore through the ice with a territ!c ripping sound. The boat did not pause at once. She alid along a considerable distanca, her wheels ripping up the ice and sending it tlying in two streams on each side of her. Barney was frightened. There cama a bang as the bowsprit struck. But the shock was no\ heavy euough to break it. The po,le had run Into a crevice, and tllere it was jammed Flung down by the collision, every one thought for a few mo ments that some Herious mjury had beer. done to the ship. In this belief tbey were undeceived, as soon as they got upon th eir feet and saw how she struck. The cyclone l;lad by this time hit the cliffs Huge fragments of ice were torn oil' and hurled in the a i r and a. sho;ver of splintered particles rained down in the ravine. They drove Frank and his companions inside. Further retreat was cut ofl' by the dead wall, nod the boa t could not move any way on account of the bowsprit being caught. All they could do was to wait. The storm cloud raged about the clitls. It seemed to make an effort to tear them to pieces. In this design it met with some success, but it flnnlly pass e d on. leaving a broad trail of devastation behind, and sending enormous blocks or ice thundering down from the cliff tops. Once it had padsed ahead, Frarrk and his companions hroke the ice away from around the bowsprit with axes, and released h e r She was then turned around. Going aboard they ran her back tor the entrance to the ravine t() get out on the icy plain again. But when they reached the place, whera the opening had been, they f.lund it blocked np by tons of the ice that had fallen down from the clifl tops. The ice ship could not get out Every one was alarm e d by this, tor tbe ic.e blocks were so high an d thick that they saw no possible means of the ship o v er it, for the top of the gorge was too contracted to alluw her to tty np and thus pass tlle barrier. CHAPTER X. PLUNGED IN A LAKE, A c o N FERENC:S was held by the tout adventurers to devise a meana of overcoming the icy barrier choking up the e x it of the ravine and Frank finally said: "'l.'he only woy I can see out of the difficulty is to melt it.'' How yo' gwine ter do datf" asked Pomp in perplexity. "By means of electric beat," promplly answered Frank. "Faix, it's a puzz!R yer givin' us entoirely,'' said Barney. "I'll explain: by forming a wire net over the ic e and c har,!!;ing it with all the heat we use tor the boot, the ice can gradu a lly be melted away enough to let us get through." "Such a plan will consume much time,'' said Dr. Vaneyke "but as no better of the problem can be advanced, let us try it." "By de time we done re:;Lch Nordenskjold bay," said Pomp, "de Red Eric mebbe be gone away." "I hope not," Frank said. ThPy saw no more of the cyclone that drove them into the pass, and set to work to corry out his ideo.


-------------FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. The days were now so short that most or the work was done by I ing to drown; then he pulled his (acuities together and, realizin"' his moonlight. position, he dove down and swam under water. "' Frank's phm operated, but it took a long time to melt the icy bar-It was lucky for him that he went in the right direction, for he came rier, and depnved or the heat, the interior or the Ranger became cold up in clear water beside the boat. and cheerlesa. Had he not done so he certainly would have drowned. A day and a night passed before they finally got the ice ship out on Grasping one or the runners, he held himeel! up until he got his the icy plain again, and resumed their journey over the gro11nd tobreath, and t!Jen climbed up to the deak. ward the place where the whnler was in winter quarters. I No oce knew what had befallen him until he went inside the turret, '!'he question that most troubled them was whether Ben Bolt bad where he found Barney ana Pomp with the doctor. the shanghaied boy aboar1 his sh!p yet. "Good Heaven, what does this mean, Frank?" asked the latter. They did not know that he had contracted with AHred Milburn to Knocked overboard by a cake or ice." oat Walter Grey out or the way, so the lawyer could gam possession "Lord amassy, chile, wby dido' yo' yell?" asked Pomp. of the boy's fbrtune. "I scarcely had to even breathe.'; Nor did Bolt know that the lawyer was in prison, Mrs. Grey in pos"Yer'd bettber change yer clothes an' take a sup av whisky," ad session of her husband's fortune, and Frank on his track to rescue vised Barney, "or be heavens it's a co wid in yer head yez will catch." the boy. Frank laughed and dove down-stairs. The mammoth's bones did not Interfere 'l"tth the Raoger'R work, When be returned in a change or clothing, he showed no ill effects whether she was in the sea, on the ice, or in the air, as she was calcu-from his involuntary cold bath. lateu to carry a much greater weight. He round his companions devising a means of getting out of the Bal'ney and Pomp were so delighte(l over their escape from the pass trap into which the deer bad lured them. they got out the Iiddle an

12 FRANK READE, JR.f AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. fur costume he wore, for the }wod covered moat of the young man's face to ward ofl the cold. Frank walked from one end of the boat to the other. Finding a ladder at the side he ma(le his way up to the deserted ice covered deck and saw a light in the cabin windows. From down in the forecastle carne the sound of sailors' voices, and a stream of smoke was pouring up from a funnel in the deck, showing that the whaler s had fires going below decks. He had scarcely observed this when the cabin door opened. The captain strode out, muffled up in heavy clothing. "Hello thar!" he exclaimed. Hello yourself," replied Frank. "Wbar d'you hail from!" My ship, in another section." What craft is that?'' The Ranger." "Whaler!'' No, an exploring boat." "Oh, I seel Won't you come inside?" "I don't mind. It's bitterly cold out here." The captain led the way into his cabin, and Frank followed him, closing and locking the door, and taking the key. Not another man was in the cozy little room. "Sit down," said Bolt, poin l'n g at a chair beside the table. "Tbank you,'' replied Frank complymg, and Bolt seated himself opposite. "Now give us an account o' yerself." "Well,'' replied Frank, "I'm searching for a certain party..'' Sbipwrecked crew!" queried the captain, curiously. "No," replied Frank, llxing a keen glance on the man. "A stolen boyl" "Wbat!" roared Bolt, with a sudden start. "A boy who was sbangbuied." "The deuce!" gasped the captain excitedly. "His name ts Walter Grey." "By tbunderl" roared Bolt, turning pale. "And he was carried otr on this sbip from Boston!" With a wild glare in b!s eyes, the captain Fran:as it be were some borrillle apparitlcn. "That voice!'' he muttered, rising. Do yov recognize me!" asked the mventor, uncovering his face. A yell or uiarm escaped the captain when he suw wllo his call e r was, and he recoiled a step, exclaiming: Tiler feller wot I shot!" "Yes," assented Frank, as he whipped out a pistol and covered the wretch witll it, "and if you utter a word to b e tray me to your crew, I'll put a ball in your brain!" For God s eake don't sboot!" Full on your knees!" "Yes, yes!" said Bolt, and down he went. Now he on your face I" "I won't!" "Quick!'' "Yes, yes!'' And down he went. Frank smiled aud glanced around. Ttlere were pienty things to Lie him with. The inventor secured a long, stcut lanyard. "Place your bands behind your bacl\ !" hil ordered. Don't ktll me!'' whined the captain, as bo obeyed. "I won't if you 'Jebave. I'll simply render you helpless eo you can't show any treachery." And Frank bound the captain's arms behind his back. .Bolt was then allowed to sit up. He was pale and agiLated beyond all measure. "Now see here, my man,'' said Frank, sternly, I've chased you all the way here from Boston to rescue Walter Grey--" "1 don't know nuthin' about him," growled Bolt. "That's an infamous lie, for I saw Alfred Milburn carry him aboard of this ship when you and your two men were at me. Before I left Boston Mrs. Grey was out or the lunatic asylum and Milburn was forced to disgorge her fortune. He is now iu prison for what he did!" Tlle feelings of Ben Bolt upon hearing this were indescribable. He realized thnt the plot had been exposed which made him liable for complicity, and reasoned at once that be had lost all chance of gettitJg the extra $2,500 Milburn ofl'ered to pay him for putting tbe lJoy out Q[ the way. lddeed, he now stood a good chance to go to prison for what he bad done in the matter. Ther game's npl" he l!roaned. ''Yes,'' assented Frank. "All the lies you utter now will not avail you In the least. If I like I can take you away and put you in jail. Bu:. I will be easy with you." '' Yes, yes,'' eagerly said the captain. But only under one condition." What is it!" "You must give op the boy." A look of despair crossed the captain's face. Frank saw the expression and btlgnn to feel uneasy. He waited a few moments, and as the captain sail! nothing he cried: "Well! Well-why don't you answer?" "I can't do wot yer want.'' "Why not?" Cause I ain't got ther lad." "You haven't!" "No.'' "Where Is be?" Sent adrift." "Explain youreelf." .. Yesterday this craft was on tber sea. A quarter boat v-nz towio' astnrn, tber boy in it, apuintin' ther ship Ther rope must ba' broke leavin' him adrift on ther sea, cause we found ther end o' thtlr broken painter, an' missed ther quaner bout." "Are you "No! I swears to it." Frank eyed llim searchingly. He was a good reader of character, and realized that Ben Bolt was telling the truth about the matter. What time yesterday did this occur!" he asked. "In ther afternoon, about three o'clock.'' "Where was this ship?' "'l'wo leagues from land, off the moutll o' this bay.'' What doing!" ".Buntin' fer a whale one o' thtlr men seen.'' settles it. I'm going to look for that lloy. If I find. that you have committed any crime in tbis case, I shall run you uown, and put you in jail!" The captain silent. He bad secrelly cut tl!e painter leaving the boy adrift. But this, he of course kept to himself. Frank unlocked tne door anrllluug it open, when the captain caught sight of some of his men on deck. Help! Help!" he yelled. Shut up!" exclaimed Frank. "Shoot that fellow! He tried to kill me!" proceeded Bolt. ''Villain!" cried the inventor, ang1ily. He saw the men rusting aft, and not to get caught in a trap be hastened out on deck. One of the men bad a pistol and se11ing Frank, fired at him. Tne ball clipped a piece out or the aide of bis jacket and be at once shot the man down. A yell arose from the others ar;d they ran up forword. Frank rusned to the side and hastened down tbe ladder. No sooner had he reached the ground when the rest of the crew came tumbling up from below. The inventor saw that an encounter with the whole crew would be a very serious matter. .He therefore started to run when they ail came swarming oyer upon tbe ice after him. W itll louu cries of hostility they started off in pursuit of Frank. CHAPTER XII. THE BOY AND THE WOLVES. "FRANK! Frank!" 'l'bis cry startled the inventor. He glanced up, and saw LllB Ice ship launch itself into the air and come salling toward him. Vaneyke was in the turret, and it was be who shouted. The professor darted the search-ligbt down into tbe eyes of the whalers bringing them to a pause. Barney bali gone out on deck with a rope. One end was tied to the rail, and the other was dangling down. As the boat swept over him Frank graped the noose in the end of the line, shouted, cheorily: I've got it!" Up went the Ranger the next moment. ro the astonishment of his pursuers Frank was whirled up into the air over their beads, and before they could recover from their l!urprise he was far beyond their reach. Pomp now rushed out on deck. Assisting Barney they pulled Frank up. As soon as be reacl!ed the deck be thanked his frientls for their timely assistance, and going into the turret with them he explained what Ben Bolt confessed to him "The case looks bopeless now," 8aid the professor. I don't agree with you.'' said Frank. How can you ex'pect to find the boy!'' "l}y searching, of course. You must remember that the Gulf Stream sweeps along tbis shore. It would carry tbe quarter boat along with it. We must follow its course." Are yez sure ther captain didn't lie!" asked Barney. I noticed that one of t be quarter boats was missing. That fact seems to bear out what be asserted." But mebbe de boy got asho','' suggested Pomp. "He might,'' Frank admitted; "but tf the boat was towing she would not be apt to have oars in her by means or which Grey could row her." Why don't you think so?" asked the professor. "Because," replied Frank, siguillcanUy, "if it was to the financial in or Ben Bait to have t!Jat boat break loose he would have taken mighty great pains to see that no ours were in the boat." "Den yo' fink de bout wuz bruck loose honey?" Most decidedly I do. I can see the baud of Captam Bea Bolt in that rascally deed very plainly.'' How shall I steer the Ranger?" "Up the coast, docwr."


.. FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS FLYING ICE SHIP. Vaneyke accordingly changed the ice ship's course. They left tbe Retl Eric out of sight astern in tile gloom, and were soon flying over the sea close to shore. The rnys of the search-light were bent down. Sweeping the coast and sea continually us the boat wns lowered, there was not nluch chance of an object so large us a quarter-boat be ing missed by its broad glare or light. The Rang e r hovered but one hundred feet above the sen Sile went along very slowly. To the left laid a great patch of clear open in wbich r:o ice could stay without melting. Thts was the northern arm of the Gull Stream. Supper was served. Our friends now kept watch two by two. Outside it was frightfully cold, for the thermometer mercury had fallen to thirty-five degrees below z e ro. 'lhe air was fogged around the bPu t by clouds of line needles of ice, t'tlrough which the moonli g ht shone, making the sky gleam and glisten like polished silrer. To go out In t his frozen moisture in th e air leaving any part of the body exposed, meant frost bites of the severe s t kind, a s our friends knew by past experience. The night p a ssed wearily away. When day came, no sut:light appeartld until eleven o'clock. Even then it only lasted three hour s (. The character of the scenery changed below. All along the coast was a gr eat sheet of pack ice, and the interior of the land assumed a rugged, mountainous aspect. "It hardly probable that the boat could have landed h e r e," said Frank. "That shore ice wonld keep it away." 'l'here's more likelihood of it having been crushed by the flontlog ice cakes," replied professor. Just then Barney came in from the deck. S htop bert" be e xclaimed. "What for?'' demand e d Fran k "Shure, I s e e ther quarther boat. "You do? Wllllr e?" "We've pass e d it. Frank lowered the Ranger, turned her around, and flung the ligbt ahead at a s pot iD

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