Frank Reade, Jr.'s new electric air-ship the "Zephyr;" or From north to south around the globe. Part II.

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Latest and! Best Stories are Published in Ente. ed as Second Class Matte at the ]l"ew York, N. Y., Post Office, Octobe 5, 1892. { COMPLE.TE.} FRANK T OUS EY. Punr.r sHER, 3 & 36 NoRTH Moo R E S rnEE r NEw YoRK. { } Vol IV Ne w York, June 8 1894. IssuED WEEKLY. 5 C JGN'l'S. acco1ding to t h e .tl.ct of Cong r ess, in the yeu1 189!, by F RANK. 1'0 USEY, in the. a,{fice of the Lib a ian o f Congess a t Washington, D. C rant 'Beaae, Jr.'s New the or, From North to South Around the Globe. By "NON AME." Those who reached the rail were thrown over with such force that they were badly maimed, or suffered from a broken neck. It w a s a terrible experience for them. Frank kept the current on until he saw that the deck was cleared.

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, '2 ) FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP 1THE "ZEPHYR." The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. I JR.'S New Electric Air-Ship the ''Zephyr;'' OR, From North to South Around the Globe. By N 0 NAME," Author of" Frank Reade, Jr., With His Air-Ship in Asia; or, A Flight Across the etc., etc P...A..RT. II_ CHAPTER XXVIII. derstood by our friends, but it was easy to see were groveling in the dirt and calling for RESCUE OF BEATRICE. that theywere begging them to save themmercy. THE scene beheld by those on board the airfrom the flames. It was patent to them that their only escape ship was thrilling and one never to be forgot-Frank Reade, Jr. sprang forward and struck lay in throwing themst:lves upon the mercy of ten. up Montgomery's rifle bar_rel. those aboard the air-ship. In a clear space in the jungle and close to the_ "Desist!" he cried. "You must not take life With their native cunning and hypocrisy, mountain wall, were half a dozen horsemen. needlesaly. They are beaten." they hoped to work upon the sympathies of the They were clearly of the Thug tribe, and they "But it is subserving justice to kill them aerial travelers. bad been driven there by the fire set by the all," cried the young Englishman; "they are But Frank Reade, Jr., was not so foolish Braho-iins. murderers of the worst type." to yield to any mistaken impulse of They ,were literally hemmed in by the roaring "Yet it is not fair to shoot a foe who has sur-ity. flames. rendered," said Frank, firmly; "their fate will Down settled the air-ship until w Every moment the fire was drawing nearer, soon be determined by the flames." safe a distance as possible of the fire line be -and must very soon engulf them in it:> awful "That is right!" cried Sir Archie. "Don't neath. Then Fran)>: went to the rail. embrace. It was a horrible thing to contemfire on the wretches." He held in his hands a long, fire-proof rope of plate, an awful death to snffer. Montgomery lowered his rifle. pliable steel. It was a very small but very But what brought the loud cry of horror from "But something must be done to save Bea-strong line, and capable of sustaining great the was a fact. trice!" he m;ied. "She must not be left to die pressure. The three Englishmen had with one accord in the flames also." Making a trumpet of hi$;hands, Frank recognize
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1 ' Part II. :FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRlC AIR-SHIP 'l'HE 3 Dick Montgomery had stood at the rail all The hot Indian sun beat down upon the "You are right," agreed' Lord Swelton. this while with the rifle in his hands. country with fearful intensity. The air-ship's "Who would fancy a people of such intelligent He bad been itching to give the villain a deck, however, was a cool and comfortable sort in this out of the way corner of this ehot and this was his chance. place. mighty world?" It was to save Beatrice's life, and quick as a Awnings were so arranged as to shut off the "It looks like a fabled ctty of the East," said flash he threw the rifle to his shoulder. rays of the sun,;and beneath these the voyagers Beatrice. "Babylon in its glory may once Crack! 1 lounged. have looked like that." The bullet went true to the roark. Straight A happier party was never seen, and there "What do you think of it, Mr. Reade?" cried to the murderous Nigra's heart it went. The was good reason for this. Montgomery. "Are these people distinctly of villain threw up hi arms and fell. Lord Swelton was made happy in the know!-the Hindoo race?" It was fitting that he should end his ca:eer edge of the restoration of his daughter. Bea"I should say that they were," replied in this summary manner. In that moment In-trice, of course, was overjoyed at her escape Frank, quietly. dia was rid of one of its vilest monsters. from a horrible position, and everybody else "But I always supposed that the Hindoos The other Thugs did not desist in their grov-was pleased that affairs bad turnect. out so for-built their houses of bamboo, and that they eling. With quick and ready hands the air-tunately. never essayed a house of stone." ship's crew pulled Beatrice aboard. It seemed a rare treat, indeed, to enjoy this "That is a wrong impression," replied Over the rail she came safe and sound and wonderful voyage through t.be air over tropical Frank. "The Hindoos' are by no means a be-was in her father's arms. India. nighted people, save, perhaps, in the matter of What a meeting that was. We will draw a There was much of interest to be seen in the religion. Even then they have many beautiful veil over it for sufficient reasons and pass on to country spread below. and forceful theories, for the most of t'hem are other incidents. Also the party lounged about the deck, told followers of Buddha. Barney pulled lever No. 11 <:Jpen just in stories and indulged in the happiest of social "Certainly this branch of the race have built season to escape an upward burst of flame. converse. a beautiful city bere,"ventured Sir Archie. Up shot the air-ship. In a few moments it There was never any lack o diversion. You are right. No doubt this little princi-was speeding southward. When all else flagged, Barney brought out pality is Independent and owes no allegiance Nothing \Tas ever known of the fate of the hi" fiddle anti charmed-his hearers with Irish to any other power." Thugs left within that flaming circlP.. melodies and jigs galore. "England has not as yet put her But it was safe to a'lsume that they met fit-Pomp, not to be outdone, produced his banjo band upon it." ting expiation for their awful cri mes in the and plantation refrains and negro breakdowns "Exactly: It is a small principality without flames together with the. body of the monster in done in rare style, were much appreciated. doubt, and the native ruler is a man of judg criroe, Nigra. Barney. and Pomp were two incorrigible roent and good information, you may depend The quest for Beatrice Swelton was ended. jokers and kept the company always in mirth upon it." She had been restored at last safely to her and laughter and jolly spirits. I agree with you. Really would it not be doting father and her faithful lover. More So matters went on very happily during that fine to pay him a visit?" happiness could not have fa,llen to their lot. voyage to Benares. Frank shook his head slowly. But all were prone to admit that had it not "I tell you, Mr. Reade," said Sir Archibald "I fear that it would be hardly safe," he de been for the opportune coming of Frank Reade, once to the young inventor, this sort of life clared; "these petty rulers are despots fre J r., and the Zephyr, the rescue would never is ideal. I could not wish for more certain quently. He might take a notion that he want-have been accomplished. realization of Paradise and its pleasures than ed the air-ship for a bauble." As a natural result their gratitude to the fa-to have this voyage last forever." "That is true!" agreed Dr. Vaneyke. "Yet mous inventor knew no bounds. \ said Frank, with pleasure. "Then it would be a rare opportunity to study the He ovcrwheh;ned with praise and thanks. you enjoy life aboard the air-shipl'' habits and 'dress of these people." Frank received all these manifestations mod"I do." Frank saw that the scientist was anxious to estly. "I am glad of that. If, however, you bad descend. "How can we ever repay cried Lord traveled in this manner ... s much as I have, it At first it had seemed to him like a bit of Swetton. "If it will recompense you my formight not seem so much of a novelty, at foolhardiness. tune and my title are yours." least." But now the more he thought of it the more "Sir, r am already rewarded in having "I could never tire of it," declared the noble convinced he became that it was not impracti-righted a wrong," replied Frank, firmly. "Let roan "It is the very quintessence of enjoycable and that it could be done safely. the matter drop here." fuent to me. I wish that you might be induced Accordingl y after some thought Frank finalOnce more the air-ship went on her south-to sell your air-ship, Mr. Reade. I will give ly. decided to descend to a polnt within one ward way, ot quite half of her journey around you half my estate for it." hundred yards of the housetops and first make the globe from north to south had been accom-Frank smiled as be replied: the acquaintance. of the people. plished but the most thrilling experiences "That I cannot do, sir. The air-ship is my They might be friendly, and if so all would were ahead. own and I will never part with it." work well Of course t'here was more or less But all things must have an end, and as the risk to run. CHAPTER XXIX. days passed the Zephyr drew hourly nearer to Accordingly Frank imparted his plans to HoME wARn BouND. Ben ares. Barney. The Celt readily embraced them and SouTHWARD over India the Zephyr tool( This would mean a leave taking of the airproceeded to act accordingly. her wonderful aerial flight. ship, and this the passengt>rs were bound to The Zephyr was-allowed to sink until at the It had all been arranged that the English deeply regret. proper height. party should disembark at Benares and go One day the Zephyr was passing over a deep Then s'he floated above the housetops like a thence by rail to Calcutta, from whence a valley among the mountains when Barney, big bird. The result was wonderful to wit homeward steamer to England could be found. who was in the bow, espied a wonderful city ness. Once in Benares they were far beyQJ!d the far below. The whole Hind'oo city was all alive with ex line of safety and no more danger need be ap-Its buildings seemed to be of the whitest citement, and vast crowds of people surged prebended. marble, and its streets were broad and well into square to get a look at the leviTo go to Calcutta would have been out of the paved. athan in the air. way for the Zephyr. Throngs of native Hindoos could be seen in Of course the Zephyr was a mighty mystery -\ Frank bad decided to keep, straight souththe public squares,' upon the streets, in windows to them. ward for Madras, and from thence to Ceylon. of houses; and even upon the housetops, where The more ignorant were inclined to be super They were now ove!the central parb-of Hin vas t gardens of luxuriant plants were to be stitious and view the air-ship as an apparition, dostan, and the country presented a different see n. and its visit of evil omen. aspect. Indeed the entire city could be seen with But fortunately the majority of the Hind-oos The wild, barren regions of the upper states wonderful distinctness, and ent. irely from the looked upon the Zephyr in the true light. were superseded by the fertile valleys of the a ir-ship's deck. Regarding it as some wonderful vehicle usad tributaries of the Ganges and other streams. As a result everybody crowded to the rail to by a foreign prince in his travels, they v iewed Bq.t it was a curious scene to the voyagers v iew the wonderful spectacle. it with wonder and admiration. which was spread out panorama like below "Is it not a grand sight?'' cried Sir Archie, While they could not understand its princi them. enthusiastically. pies of aerial elevation, they were not abo.ve be.

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FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." Part II. lieving it a possibility and nothing of the super-The Zephyr settled down like a monster bird The prince now turned his attention to the natural sort, at any rate. in the center of the public square. entertainment of his distinguished visitors. The Zephyr hung suspended about three The people cheered, the native guards fired a He cordially invited them to _his palace. But hundred feet over the public square. salute, and Prince Kosh met Frank at th!l Frank was anxious to at once be on the go. Great crowds of native people surged below. gangway with a hearty handshake. However, prince did prevail upon them Suddenly these gave way, and a guard of "I you to Bhindpore," he cried, to wait and view an exhibition of snake charm soldiers, with showy uniforms and gleaming genially, "and shall make yourself mas ing and juggling given in the public square. sabers, dashed into the square. ter of everything while you are here." In a jiffy divans were brought, rugs were In a twinkling the people were driven back "Ah, I thank you, replied Frank, spread upon the stone p:;tving, and a line of and the soldiers made a cordon about the deferentially, we can remain with you soldiers formed about a sor. t of throne upon square.' but a abort time. We have a long journey to which Prince Kosh sat. Then into this open space there suddenly make." Frank Reade, Jr., had a seat by his side as a dashed a dozen liveried men, carrying a palau-The prince seemed disappointed. special mark of honor. quin of gorgeon,s sort. He expressed his regrets, and then regarding And now the crowd opened and the snake In the palanquin there was a young and the Zephyr curiously, he said: charmers appeared. richly-dressed man. He w.as treated with the "I have heard of you Americans as wizards The fantastically attirednat,ives, attended by utmost deference, and as. the palanquin stopped in the art of invention. I have heard of the a dervish with a reed pipe, which he played in he out and waved his arms. steam railroad, but I have never before heard a melodious manner, advanced. In an instant silence fell upon the vast of the flying palace in the air." A cage containing several specimens of the crowd. It was evident that they had been well "It is not a palace," said Frank, with a deadly cobra were produced and then the ex-trained to obey. smile. "It is simply a ship of the air.' \ hibition began. The voyagers of the Zephyr saw at once that "It is wonderful beyond description," cried Under the influence of the music the snakes he was a dignitary, no douJ:>t the prince or chief the prince, "but how do you manage to make were fondled and handled by the charmers in ruler of the province. it float 1" the most careless fashion. Now that quiet was gained, the Hindoo ruler A score of questions were put by the prince, It was a most remarkable exhibition, and the turned his gaze upward, and regarded the air-and Frank answered the.ni all pleasantly. Zephyr's passengers watched_ it with. interest. ship w.onderingly. Frank Reade, Jr., saw this, Then the young inventor took Prince Kosh After it had terminated the jugglers appear and went at once to the rail. aboard the Zephyr, and, in a few minutes, haded. All were looking forward to this with carried him to an altitude from which the earth eagerness. CHAP'rER XXX. c.9uld not be seen for fleecy clouds. But before they could begin a terrible cry In spite of wonderful nerve and cool courage, went through the crowd which brought Prince AT BHINDPORE. the native prince turned pale as he reflected Kosh from his seat with terror and mad anx-THE famous inventor had not the slightest tha t he was so far from the earth. iety. idea that any words he might speak would be But the air-shiD presently began to descend, "The Kurghids are coming! They have car-understood by the Hindoo ruler. and soon was in sight of the earth. ried the ga tesl" However, he was resolved to chance it, so he Then Prince Kosh looked down upon the city At the same moment the distant crash of leaned far over the rail and shouted : and the country about. firearms could be heard, and a scene of confu" A pleasant greeting to your excellency. I His spirits now arose and he became wild sion indescribable ensued. e .;: 'l glad to meet you.'' with excitement and interest. -The Hindoo prince smiled, waved his hand in "Wonderful!" he cried, eagerly. "I have a pleasant and re-assuring manner, and in the never seen the equal of this. It is grand.'' CHAPTER XXXI. best of English replied : When the Zephyr, after an absence of scarce-THE ATTACK OF THE KURGHIDS. "The same to you, sir. Will you not descend ly fifteen minutes, once more settled down into IT was an appalling report to the faithful and partake of a decanter of Indian wine 1" the center of the public square, the native tribe of Prince Kosh that the barbarous Kur-Frank .nearly tumbled down in a heap, so aspeople gave way to their enthusiasm in wild ghids had forced the gates of the city and were toundi!d was he. cheers. upon them with full intent to exterminate Great' guns!" he gasped. Did you hear They greeted the safe return of their prince them. that, friends 1 He speaks English," with great. joy. They would have surged into In an instant the whole square was a scene The Hindoo prince laughed, for he had heard the square but for the cordon of police. of confusion. Frank's sotto vooe. Prince Kosh was highly pleased with the eneven the trumpet orders of Prince Kosh "Yes, I speak English!'' he cried. "Also I tertainment he had received. could restore order. He turned with horror am your friend. Pray descend and accept of When Frank told him of their experience and despair to Frank. my hospitality.'' with the Thugs, and that the' monster Nigra Oh, Mr. Reade,'! he cried, ''what am I to For a moment Frank was utterly at a loss had been killed, his joy was beyond bounds. do 1" what to say or do. "Good for youi" he cried, eagerly. "Why, Frank's sympathies were at once aroused. Finally recovering, he to lean over that miscreant has been the terror of India. His eyes flashed and he drew a deep breath. the rail and blurt forth : Do you know that he once sworeblack revenge Have courage," he said, with great calm" I say! In the name of conscience, who are upon me, and but for my faithful guardsmen I ness. "I think I can help you.'' you.1" would one night have suffered death from the But Prince Kosh looked doubtful and his The prince laughed again. garrote 1 It is a great joy to know that he is manner became frantic. .. I am Kosh, prince of this city of Bhindpore!" dead.'' He threw off his bejeweled mantle and he replied. I am a Hindoo, and, I trust, a Then the prince swept his hand in the direc grasped his sword. His manner was fierce and devout follower of Buddha.'' tion of the fine buildings and continued: desperate as he sprang down the steps from his "But-where did you learn to speak English1" ''I am master here, and I do not mean to be throne. gasped Frank. a tyrant. My people are faithful subjects. "We will give the dogs a good fight," he Oh, that is easy enough. I learned that They are happy and well treated. But my cried, "If Kurghid defeats us to-day while in Calcutta, some years ago, ; !l'eplied tribe is a small one. I have not over three it will be a costly victory.'' Prince ]rosh. "My father, who was then ruler thousand fighting men. Over yonder range of Into the midst of his soldiers Prince Kosh of this province, sent me there to learn the mountains are theKurghids-a strong and bar rushed. arts. I became well acquainted with the barons tribe, who have sworn our extermina He showed that he was a commander as w ell English people there.'' tion sjmply because ...-;-e are prosperous and not as a prince, and the manner in which he foun d At once all on board the Zephyr became robbers like them. I live in hourly dread of an his troops ap.d out of chaos was deeply interested. The Englishmen were at attack from them.'' masterly indeed. once eager to descend and accept the hospitality Frank was interested. In a few moments the Indian troops were of Prince Kosh. "Can you not whip them 1" he asked. fl)rmed in a solid square. The people had 'all Even Barney and Pomp were as desirous of "Ah! I fear not. ,They outnumber us fully fled _to a safer part of the city. the same, and Dr. Vaneyke prevailed upon four to one, Moreover, my people are tillers of The Kurghids had stolen upon the city cau. Frank to let the Zephyr go down. the soil and not fighters.'' tiously, and at an opportune moment had oveJ:\ Some further colloquy ensued between Frank "Indeed!" said Frank, sincerely. "I trust powered the guards at the gates. and the prince, and then the young inventor you may have no trouble with them." They were now swarming into the city like told Barney to lower the air-ship. "I live in hourly dread o.f it.'' ravenous wolves. I

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. Part II. FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 6 Savage, oarbariouslooking natives they were, "Well, jus t a trifle. Watch the effect and He picked up another bomb and hurled it yet armed with the European rifle and fairly you will see." directly into their midst. The effect was well disciplin ed. Frank swung the wire directly over the heads frightful to witness They were a hard foe for the Hindoos to face, of the Kurghid force s Then he suddenly Doz ens of the savage warriors were torn to as they were savage fighters and far superior pressed the lever. pieces, and another mound was raised. Truly in numbe rs. In an instant the wire was alive with a pow the eJectric bombs were fearful instruments' of But though they invaded the city with the erful current. death. conviction that victory was within their gras p, Vivid lightning fia,shes shot from the end of The Kurghid forces, with this fearful repul se, t h e y w ere destine d to be much it. turned and broke into a confused and disorder Frank Reade, Jr., saw the very desperation Down among the barbarians fell that lively retreat. It was a thrilling sight. of the exigency and was quick to act. wire. Where ver it struck deat h and confusion H e sprang to the gangway of the Zephyr and went. was quickly on d eck. It overthre w men and hors es, and literally The others of the crew followed. mowed a swath through the ranks of the bar ON TO CEYLON. I CHAPTER XXXIL "What a horrible thing!" cri e d Sir Archi barians. THE terror of the Kurghid warriors was fear bald. "These fie rce savages will wipe ou t this They. were pile d up in heaps, and consterna ful to witness. They ,ran as if pursued by p e11ceful and intelligent tribe of Hindoos." twn se1zed the m. demons. "My s oul! something ought to be don e to They saw only darting, d eath-dealing If they could have fought the peaceful Hin h elp them!" cri e d Lord Swelton. li g htni_ng in their midst, and could not under doos without the operation of the air-ship, they Beatrice was wringing her small white hands stand 1t. would no doubt have come off victors. in dread anxiety, and Montgomery was trying :Wh_erever the wire stru?k it carried death But with this powerful ally, against whom to quiet her. .I With 1t, and proved a terr1ble destroyer. The they could seem to do nothing, they were really Dr. Vaneyke was assisting Frank in certain result was mo s t terrible to witness, as well as not in it. They sought safety in precipitate operations, while Barney, and Pomp were at for the stricke n foe. flight. work in the pilot-house. They could not combat such a powerful an It wa impressed upo' n their superstitious Suddenly Frank cried : tagonist. that a foe possessed of the marvelous "Up with the air-shipllet her go up quickly, Blows availed nothing against it. Rifle gift of floating in mid-air, must be possessed of Barney." shots were useless, and yet still in their midst supernatural qual! ties. In that case they could "All roight, sorl" cried the Celt. played that deadly wire. not hope to fight against it. The next moment the air-ship sprang into There were fully six thousaQd men in the Frank followed them with the bombs for space. Kurghid army, but only a part of this force some way. U t t fo a thousand feet and there had entered the city. Then he left the defeated foe _to the tender h p 1 wend d r For a time the barbarians tried to locate and mercies of the pursuing Hindoo soldlers, who now and saw a thrilling comba_t their terrible foe. But thli destroyer were disposed to give no _quarter. sight. The Kurghids had met the soldiers of kept r1ght"after them. . It was a defeat from wh1ch the Kurghids were, Prince Kosh in the streets and a desperate batDown through them,. and r1ght mto the front not to recover . tl rank went the mysterwus destroyer. It was From that day thetr power was broken. m s A h"b ld ld quite useless for the Kurghids to stand before Never after did they successfully venture to at Y sou Crle 1r. rc 1 a ';0u you it. tack the Hindoos. see how these barbar1ans are mowmg down . h f P K h C t th" The1r front rank was broken, and the Hm The atrship now took leave of Prince Kosh t e men o rmce os anno some mg . . b d Oh "f ld 1 th doos w1th loud and v1ctorwus cheers pressed and h1s c1ty. e one, 1 we cou on y g1ve em a . ll ,. m upon them. The prmce was deeply affected, and begged vo ey. The Kurghids were driven into an utter rout his visitors to sojourn a while longer. But cried Lord as he picked and breaking in ttl wildest confusion, were they declined gratefully, and soon the airship up lh1s r1fle. Let every one take a gun and we driven down the city streets. was once more on it way to Benares. them Frank now drew in the wire, for he reflected When, several days later, the city came in I m w1th you I cned Dick Montgomery, that it might do as much harm now to friend view it was early morning and all were on 1tnd even Beatrice looked eager t9 join the as foe. deck: fray. The Hindoos were valiantly doing their part. TIOI!tl appearance of the airship over the In But at this moment Dr. Vaneyke appeared They were driving the routed Kurghids like dian metropolis caused a sensation. at. the rail with half a dozen of the deadly elec sheep out of the city gates. Vast multitudesr of people instantly assemtrte bombs. But outside of the city there were in waiting bled, and Frank could see that they were much He would have dropped one of them over the reinforcements. These were now pressing for excited. rail, but Frank Reade, Jr., interfered. ward to stem the tide of battle and check the The young inventor was too shrewd to de "That will not be safe," he cried. "I have a defeat. scend into their midst. better plan." ) Frank saw this. "I will wait," he said, philosophically. "It "What is it 1" asked the doctor. He saw that he was far enough from the is to go slow and safe." "Wait, and you will see." city walls to do no damage, He now picked up "But how are we to land 1" asked Lord Sw;l. Frank had produced a tremendous long coil one of the electric bombs. ton, spmewhat anxiously. of wire and this he now thre w over the rail. Holding one over the rail, he let it drop. "Have no fear as to that," replied FranJs DoW'!Mt went, unrolling as it went. When It fell directly in the path of the reinforcing with a smile. "I will see to it that you get it struck t4e ground it was in the rear of the party. The result was amazing as well as ter-down all safely." Kurghid forces. rifying. The air-ship hung over the city fer some It was so small that they did not notice its The bomb struck the earth and exploded with while. Then an idea struck Frank. presence. ter;ific force. He selecte d one of the largest and highht One end of the wire lay upon the ground. A perfect mound of earth and debris was buildings, and allowed the air-ship to descend The other' end was attached to a peculiarly raised directly in front of the advancing barba and rest upon the flat roof. powerful b attery, an invention of Frank Reade, rians. This was like many others, a sort of aerial Jr.'s, and Frank held .the switch lever which They paused in utter astonishment at this garden, 1Vith palms and beds of plants, and 1 was to turn on the current. wonderful demonstration of force. even a fountain playing. Here the air-ship He waited until the wite struck the ground. Tilby regarded the air-ship with something rested. Frank had on gloves of rubber which was a like superstitiousterror. Then they started to Of course a great rush was made by the ex s ufficient insulator, and enabled him to handle go around the mound. cited populace to gain the roof. Several Hin the wire. Frank saw that ,something desperate must doo gentlemen and ladies were beneath an "What are you going to do, Mr. Reade r be done. awning, and they retreated in dismay as the asked Lord Swelton; "do you expect to anchor If the reinforcements reached the city gates Zephyr, so like a huge bird, settled down so the boat with that little wire 1" the fate of the Kurghids pursued by the Hin near them. "Not exactly!" said Frank, with a smile, doos would be averted. At a respectful distance they viewed the "but I beg of you for your own sake not to It was imperatively necessary to check them, air-ship with wonder. touch that wire." and there was but one way to do it. The Englishmen were all at the rail, ready to "Ah, is it charged 1" Frank took this way. descend.

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r FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP "THE "ZEPHYR." Part II. "I think we had better make our leave tak-ing decided that this was a suitable spot for "No." ing brief," declared Frank. "I fear that if the his work. Frank was horror-struck. mob gets up here in their excitement they will Armed with his trowel and other instru "Then what can be done r he cried with do the ship harm." ments, Dr. Vaneyke left the air-ship. agony. "You are right, Mr. Reade," cried Sir Archi. It was a lonely place, and no sign of habita"Local absorption is the only means of cur bald. "We will lie all right. You ma,y leave tion was to be seen anywhere about. The ing the bite of the cobra." right here." mountain slope, however,' was rich in rare "Perhaps suction ;yould do it'l'' "Then you will be all safe?" plants, and the doctor was in his glory. "Yes." "Oh, yes. I am familiar with the city of He enthusiastically pursued his quest, find "Then here goes.'' Benares and will find plenty of my own people. ing a new' rara avis at almost every ;;te}l. W ithout a moment's hesitation Frank woul d I am even acquainted with the native owners "Wonderful!" he cried. there is no have applied his lips to the wound, ev!Jn at the of this house.'' part of the earth richer in specimens. I am a risk of his own life. With this Sir Archie addressed the Hindoo lucky man to be able to carry away so many.'' But a rustling was heard in the bushes near gentlemen in their tongu.e. They answered at Thus he enthusiastically wandered about the and a musical voice said: once with ready and came forward vicinity. "Wait, sahib! I will s ,ave you. Have no readily to welcome him. Barney and Pomp were busy shining the fear." Frank saw that his passengers would be all bright work of the Zephyr. The next moment the s eaker stood bef ore. safe. 1 Jr. had been busy studying them. He was a slender, lithe Hindoo, with So he shook hands in parting with Lord his charts, when a thrilling incident occurred. handsome features and great grace of move Swelton, Sir Archie and Dick, and Beatrice The doctor came to the spot in the mountain menlo. too. side where there was a cluster of beautiful He spoke English fluently, and had the ap "We shall never forget the service you have flowers. pearance of a man of refinement and culture in done us, Mr. R eade ," she said, with one of her In his eagerness he neve r once thought of the native way. sweetest smiles. possible danger, and did not see a pal.r of bead-His appearance was a surprise to Frank and The crew of the Zephyr all were e the rail, like eyes deep among the green leaves. the doct(Jr. and farewells were quickly spoken. He put his hand boluly the. leaves. But in an instant a ray of hope shot through Then the leave taking came. Pomp opened The next moment he experienced a shock which the breast of inventor. lever No. 11, and Zephyr shot upward a nigh took away his senses. He knew that the natives were often pas thousand feet. A deadly cobra had struck him full force'. sessed of the secret of a cure for the bite of the For a moment; the air-sl;lip hung over the city With a sharp cry the scientist reeled hack. cobra. and then begun its southern flight. Well he knew the meaning of this. The fact A spasmodic hope seized hil'n that the doctor Their experiences with Lord Swelton and his that death, swift, sure and speedy was over might be saved after all. party were at an end. But they would nevdr taking him, for lL moment dazed him. "I am Gulah, the healer," said the Hindoo, forget them or their thrilling adventures with "Oh, God!" he crie d. "I have got my death. with a re-assudng, smile, as he sprang forward the Thugs. Help! Help!" and seized the doctor's wrist. "Ah! the fangs. "Golly sakes, but I jes' kinder cattored to Frank Reade, Jr., heard his cry first, -and have not struck deep. You will be easily saved, dem chaps," said, Pomp, as he jingled a few came rushing to the rail. golden sovereigns in his pocket. ''Dey was "What is the matter, doctor?" he cried. "What!" gasped the doctor, "then you tl;link jes' de bes' Englishers I ever seed.'' "God help mel I have been struck by a you can save my life?" "Bejabers, av' all England was loike thim, cobra!" "I do.'' ould'Ireland wud soon be said Barney. "My God! 'hat is awful!" "Heaven be praised!" cried Frank, joyfully "They were g entlemen. of discretion and good Barney and Pomp heard the dread announce"You shall be rewarded, sir." sense," said Dr. Vaneyke. I am proud that ment with fearful dismay. The Celt shivered The native smiled, showing a beautiful ro. w we were able to be of service to them." and wailed: of teeth. Frank Reade, Jr., had gone into the cabin to "Och, hone, the dear docther is done for this ''If I had met you in another place, sahib; I consult his chart. toime for sure." could not have done it," he said, in his pleasant Dr. Vaneyke joined him there. "Massy sakes, but it am drefful!" cried way," but you see? It is here!" "Are we g etting near the end of the peninsu-Pomp, wildly. "Somefin' be done .fo' As he spoke Gulah reached down and pluck-la ?" asked the scientist. him.'' ed the leaves of a strange-looking plant at their "We shall 'soon sight the Santpoar Mount"Begorra, phwat can it be?" cried, Barney, feet. ains," declared Frank. "From thence we will despairingly. "Shure them koind av snakes With .a quick movement he bruised them be fly southward until over :Madras. 'hence over is fearful deadly.'' tween his hands and then spat upon them. the lower spur of the Ghauts range, and across But Frank had made quick action. He had The leaves thus bruised and wet he clapped the Gulf of Manaar to Ceylon.'' rushed to the cabin and 'now appeared with in a profuse quantity upon the wound. "Good!" cried the scientist. "I would beg a bottle of whisky. They were bound tightly over the fang some little time in Ceylon for botanical re-He knew that this was a powerful antidote marks. The hand was rapidly swelling and search.'' for rattlesnake bites. It might act the same the doctor's complexion was turning livid. "You shall have it," replied Frank. with the poison of the cobra. There was no time to lose. The Zephyr kept southward day after day. At least it seemed the d ernier ressort for the The poison was beginning to work upon the A vast territory was passed over. The Sant-moment. system. It would be but a question of an hour poar range of mountains was left behind, and at the furthest, unless its course was arrested. the air-ship floated over the province of MadCHAPTER XXXIII. Gulah, the native, looked into the doctor's ras PRINCE GULAH. face and said peremptorily: A strange, wild and broken country was seen THE bite which the doctor had received from "Lie down!" below. The weather proved of the finest, the cobra was fortunately not in a part imme-The scientist obeyed. Indeed, his tottering though a trifle warm, and on the whole little diately connected with an artery or hig vein. legs would have soon compelled him to, in any occurred to mar the pleasure of the trip. Yet the deadly virus might prove fatal, nevercase. Finally the Zephyr reached Cape Comorin, the le s s. "Get hot water quick!" commanded the Hin. and then proceeded eastward across the Gulf For a moment the brave old man was giddy doo healer. "Bring fire quick, sahibs! Lose of Manaar towards Colombo. and faint with the prescience of certain death. no time!" This part of the island of Ceylon was not Then courage eame to him and he partly re-As luck had it, Pomp had hot water in his stopped at, however, the air-ship keeping on gained his composure. kettle on the stove in the ga.lley of the air-into the interior, for the purpose of giving Dr. The next moment Frank Reade, Jr., was by ship. Vaneyke a chance for botanical research. his side. A kettle of it was brought post haste. And now vast jungles, such as had not been "Good God, doctor!" cried the young inventor Sticks were collected and a fire was going in equalled in India proper, were encountered. "don't give up hope. Take this whisky. It a jiffy. Native settlements and plantations of coffee will save you." The doctor was now moaning in delirium. and rice were interspersed here a:Q,d there. But the scientist shook his head. 1 All were excited, even Frank Reade, Jr., ex-At length the air-ship reached an open tract "No," he cried. "Whisky has no effect upon cept the native, Gulah. of country at the base of a range of mountains. the cobra.' He was calm and collected through all, an
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rp.,, II. Iu what seemed like no tiQle at all he had CHAPTER XXXIV. ''Yes!" agreed Frank, "there is no need of FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC .AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 7 I brewed a cup from the steeped leaves of the PRINCE GULAR's STORY wasting t,ime." curious plant.' F t 1 d th t 'th b' But Prince Gulah paused. d! ,how I have suffered!" he whisper-of him a favor which he can grant, and I know was m favor of the move. ed "but I am saved I feel that the poison is f t" 1 . h t 't.. Prmce Gulah gave orders to h1s attendants o no o ner Ivmg person w o can gran 1 . being counteracted." "N th t f 'd F k tl to await h1s return. Then Frank made a mo-. arne a avor, ran earnes y. . Ay, sahib!" said the Bindoo healer; with a "N tt h t 't 't h 11 b ., tion to Pomp m the pilot-house, and the r "G I h h ed Th . o rna er w a I IS, l s a e yollls. Ze h r s rang into the air sm1 e. u a as sav you. e pOison IS "First I shall have to tell you a story," said p Y_ P. out-see1" th 1 1 "Wh I 't Instmctively Prmce Gulah sprang up with e prmce, s ow y. en was qu1 e young, . The Bindoo now began to press the swelling th t f 1 t th alarm as he saw the earth leavmg h1m. as 1s e ens om o my peop e, my ro was about the wound 1 d d t S t' But he soon recovered h1mself. It was a Great drops of. virus were forced out of this P 1 e geh 0 a young_ orne Imes peo-new sensation and of course did not fail to have and fell upon the grollJld The fellow persisted PI e wto 1are marhnethln 1ds manner hnever its influence upon him. But he was a fellow earn o ove eac o er, an many un appy . in this treatment until the hand was reduced f 11 of great ]11.uc d soon composed himself. marriages o ow. B to its normal size. / . e appeare o greatly enJOY the sat! as the Then he bound some more of the !uicy leaves Your are fortunate m _reZephyr soared above the high mountain rafiges, over the wound spect as caste IS not a part of your Chnsban and soon the vast expanse of the Black Jungle "Keep them there for one day," he directed. religion." was spread out to view. "Pretty quick you may get up and walk "But in this case the Princess Nida and my-The jungle looked vastly different from again." self were always in love with each other. We elevation than it did from the level ground. "Right!". cried the do to "I feel were to have married !1. fortnight since, but As far as the eye could reach there was pre-strength coming back." c r. my Nadja Pimjaub, my nephew, also was madly in sen ted an unbroken expanse. of dense grass Frank pressed forwatd and seized the Bin love with Nida and swore that she would not and cane growth so thick as to be almost abso doo healer's hand. tle mine. lutely impenetrable./ "Gulah," he said, warmly, "you ha.ve s11-ved "Be tried to bribe our priests to break the In the of tht_s was morass, and the life of my dearest friend, Bow shall I ever bond which tied us. Failing in that as the a small-lake m the center. repay bond of caste would not permit it he vowed to as the a1r-sht? sailed above the jungle, "I 1 h'b, 1 d th t' break up our happiness e'l'en though it cost him the qmck gaze of Prmce Gulah caught an ob-as r no pay, sa 1 rep 1e e na 1ve h' if ject below and he cried. healer, modestly. "Gulah has money enough. IS 1 e. H h 1 B h t "Sahib do you see yonder long range of hills 1 Ba, do you see a boat upon the water, e 1s a among IS peop e e was un . sahib 1" he cried. "Is it not so 1" mg the t1gerwhen he saw the wondenul float-Beyond them 1s the ternble Black Jungle. F k It d t t h' h 1 'th b ran saw a !!mall coracle upon the waters mg palace descend and he came to see 1t and IS a ense rae w tc 1s a 1ve w1 co ras, f th 1 k . . d l'f f h 1 o e a e. He ra1sed hts glass to h1s eyes the wonderful people who were m 1t. But you an no mans 1 e ts sa e t ere. d t d' d 't are English, sabib1" "It is certain death to invade that fearful s u 1 e 1 . "No," replied Fr&nk. "We are not English. tract. Not a step can l:)e taken that a snake You ;:.led. It 18 a canoe, We are Americans." will not strike you from the deep grass. or some era 0 t e nn . "Say :you so1" cried the native prince with "Were it not for that mighty breeding ground thhad sto.od with hts hands t 'd th t th b d' 11 ld b gr1pomg e ra1. reat vems stood out upon sparklmg eyes. "I have heard much of your 1 IS sat a e co ra t cape o cou e ex-h' f h d people. They are wonderful in the arts. terminated from the island of Ceylon. ore . 1 I am proud of my people," replied Frank, "But they can breed faster in the jungle than 1 : satd, tersely. modestly they can be destroyed outside and no man's 0 mee tm ace 0 ace. "You have reason to be, sahib. But wait, life is safe in the vicinity of the, Black Jungle .. Insltidncdtively hilt o_f a and you shall partake of the hospitality of Gu"But Nadja Pimjaub secured some great Jewe e, agger m IS e e passwn I h spell from a wizard and this enables him to of the Hmdoo temperament was m his face. a . h . t d dl t'l The air-ship now began to settle down closer The native prmce blew a shrill whistle. It go wtt 1mpumty among he ea Y rep t es. t th t h k H d th' N d d d th h f o e wa ers of t e a e. was answered from a point in the jungle and avmg one ts, a Ja mva e e orne o Th t h . N'd d t 1 h b dil e occupan oft e lake saw tt commg and qUickly a score of nat1ve hunters appeared t as parents an s o e er o Y away. t f ht d f th "I b r d h h h k h t th m grea r1g starte or e shore. As the As Gulah had said, he been hunting the tIS e Ieve t at el asdta enh er_loh le coracle was not far from it at the moment the t 1ger, and had come up JUSt at an opportune heart of the Black J ung e, an that e WI l o d h h d d b moment. her there until the priests consent to break the s ore dwas reac e an oat and man d1sap-It requ. ed b t a few t t k decree which binds her to me. Do you under-peTahre h' ttl d 1r u momen s o rna a a t d?" e at.r-s tp se e down over the lake's pleasant acquaintance with'Gulah. Dr. Van-s d r d F k h d 1 t surface, being scarcely twenty feet above the eyke quickly recovered, and then cou:-!;;;;;ies t d 0 rep Je ran w 0 was eep Y m er-water. were exchanged. es e In this manner it sailed to the spot where The native pringe was invited aboard the "None of our _Pe?ple dare the coracle had disappeared. Ze;Jh!r; and Frank even gave him a trip up in Ju_ngle, and safe. But With your atr There was the boat upon a strip of sa.ndy themr. sh1p you do It. . beach scarce ten feet wide. Beyond this was a Gdah was immensely pleased and carried As the prmce hts thr11lmg tale path leading into the jungle. away with the wonderful air-ship. Frank Reade, Jr., said eagerly: But the dense foliage covered the oath and "It(s wonderful, sahib!" he declared. "But "My dear prince, nothing in the world would it was imposaible to follow it with ey:. if you wish to do me a favor you are in a posi-gtve me greater pleasure than to carry out your Frank saw at once that this was impracti-tion to do it." desires in. this matter." cable. His only method was to follow the path "Of cours' e I will," replied Frank, readily. "Then you will help me to recover Nida he on foot. A peculiar change had come over Gulli.h's asked, eagerly. This fact he conveyed to Prince Gulah . The features. He waved his. hand toward the "I will." Hindoo was not displeased, and said eagerly: cabin. The Hindoo bent down and pressed his lips "Ver.y well, so let it be. But what of cobra "Let us sit down in private, sahib," he said. to Frank's feet. Then he sprang up with di capello? We may get struck at any mo" It is a matter of great importance, I promise eagerness and cried: ment. But I am ready to take the chance with you." "We will go now if you will, Sahib!" you." 4

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8=======F=B==-A==N=K=R=E=A=D=E=,==:J=R=.=s::::==N=E===J=E=L=E=C='l=R=l=O=A=I=R=-=SH=IP==T=H=E== .. '=' = ===P= a = r = t =II., I I have the means to successfully overcome below. From the cabin the cases containing "Sahib speaks well. But I have no suit of that peril," said Frank, readily. "We will n.ot the electric armor was brought. armor." worry about that." Naturally Barney was delighted to think that "But I have another, declared Frank. "It Gulah looked puzzled. he had been selected by Frank to go upon the is generaily worn by Pomp. You shall put it "But there is no sure cure for the cobra's bite trip into the jungle. on and come with us." 1 if it strikes an artery," he declared. Pomp was by the cabin door when Barney The prince overcome with joy feil at Frank's "Have no fear," said Frank, positively. "I came out. feet. will arrange_ that matter." Huh! Yo' needn t feel so big, !'ish, jes' be-He blessed him in the HinAoo fashion and w1ll say no more. He has confidence kase youse gwine wif Marse Frank," sniffed withal was quite _carried with joy. m sahib. . Pomp. "I jes' reckon if dar was any danger-But the young mventor said: Frank directed Pomp, who was m the pilot-some wo'k fo' to do, Marse Frank would take "It is nothing. We are more in your debt . me an' leave yo' to home." than we can ever repay. You saved the life of The a1r-sh1p was not able to find a restmg "Bejabers, don't :yez insult me, naygur," re-our companion." place here among the tallreeds ap.d cane, so it torted Barney, swelling up like a toad. "If "Ah, that was one little po!lr service,.sahib," was anchored twenty feet above the yez do, I'll break the jaw av yez." declared Gulab. ground and a gang ladder was let down. "Huh yo' mus' learn fo' to spell able fus' It was a mighty service to us." Frank and .Dr. Vaneyke descended for the ting." Pomp's suit of armor was brought out and purpose of taking a look about the vicinity. "B I'll h 11 'd b Gulah was dressed up in it. Thus equipped As their feet struck the ground both .eavi 1 d dspBe yez Wl ox and armed with Winchesters the three adven th t th th 11 b na1 s, exp o e arney rna mg; a 1 at a epa was-awe eaten and exPorn "T k h t Ji k turerswere ready to dare.the dangers of the tended far beneath the overhanging foliage of Thp. 1 afeBt a' !ez IDIS t mon ey, yez. Black Jungle. th 1 e pa m o arney s hand took Pomp across e Junge. . . . Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke were to remam and "Pshaw!" exclaimed Frank. "There is no his thwk lips, producmg a s_ound like the crack uard the airshl d f of a pop gun. The darky mgh tumbled over. g p anger o any snaKes here. path 1s too B t. t t h h d d h' Prmce Gulah now began to feel confident of wide and--" bl 1:s an e flrecovere IS eyes success in rescuing Nida and wreaking revenge Hl!' ceased speaking. _ur!.d f t h't h'l ., upon the and villainous Nadja. D V k d t h d d o y, yo Jes are o o 1 me agm, c 1 e C . h' d h r. aney e was some IS ance a ea an h d I d 11 t onsequently h1s sp1r1ts were 1gh an e th f ll fift f t fr h . e roare Jes poun yo a o p1eces yo' . ey were u y ee om t e a1r-sh1p. b' r h t ff 1 ., felt exceedmgly Jubilant. Suddenly a strange, hissing was heard. YIS : t h tb t" Descending from the air-ship, the three men Not ten feet ahead the dried moss and leaves a ,e t er k, in armor started boldly along the p!l.th into the beside the path seemed literally alive. "Sh yo .. 1 depths of the jungle. Into the path crawled a cobra and threw its Th' ul utpt ye ac 1 lVI t. t h Several of the cobras lay in their path. The f t 'l 'th 't h d t IS a er comp liDen was oo roue ford dl t'l d'd t b d d f th smuous orm m o a co1 w1 1 s ea eFec p I t tl h 1 d h. h d d ea y rep 1 es 1 no u ge, an one o em ready for battle. Just beyond was another, d t .;s an Y e owere IS ea an let struc}l: with full force at Frank. and while the two adventurers stood there, six a th. ar:.ey. th C lt t k f But the reptile's fangs were shivered against of the deadly reptiles crawled into the path to h' ut IS IIDe e e was 00 qmc or the steel armor, and the next moment its bar their progress. liD. writhing form was crushed beneath the iron As they reared their heads aloft, it He dodged and J;'omp went by him like a heel of Frank's f oot. was truly a hideous and terrifying sight, stone o u t of a catapult. Down the cabin stairs The death of this one seemed to be a sort of Frank paused aghast, and then seizing Dr. he went head first. signal to others. Vaneye's arm, turned back toward the airThe fall would have brained a white man. The jungle seemed suddenly to literally ship. But. Pomp's skull was of the proverbial thick-swarm yvith cobras. ness. H undreds of them flashed through the un. CHAPTER 'XXXV. lt was too comical for anythi ng. He struck dergrowth and out into the path. They seem the cabin floor below and actually pirouetted ed to be banded together for the purpose of re-IN THE BLA.CK JUNGLE. upon his head like a ballet dancer. sisting this invasion of their den. "CoME!" he cried. "It is certain death to go Barney literallf'roared with laughter. The The path was literally alive witli them. in that direction. Celt was so intensely amused that he seemed Despite their armor the three men-paused "Upon my soul, I believe you are right, likely to go into a fit aghast at the spectacle, Frankl" cried the doctor. "I never saw the '!'his infuriated. the darky all the more and "Upon my word!" exclaimed Frank in like in my life." he came tearing up the stairs like a maniac. "I never saw so many snakes be What puzzles me," said Frank, "is the fact But a voice at 'this moment shoutfore in all my life." that we just saw a man enter this place.'' ed: "They know that we are foes and they mean "It must be that he has a charm, as Gulah "Hold up there! No more of that!" to fight us, sahib," cried Gulah. says." It was Frank Reade, Jr., and that command "Be jabers, I'm not in love with this job," "Listen!" could not be disregarded. Instantly the two cried Barney, with a shrug of the shoulders. Both came to a halt. jokers collapsed, but Pomp went back to the" If the amadhouns shoul d happen to pile onto In the distance both heard a strange weird pilot-house, muttering: us all to onct, phwat the divil wud become of sound; the plaintive notes of most peculiar "Golly, dat I'ishm::.!l jes' get a little de bes' us 1" music. ob me dis time, but I jes' reckon I lay fo' him "And more are coming," cried Frank; "that There was no doubt but that it was notes of. now, an' I fix him fo' suah. beats anything I ever SIJ
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, l I 9 Part II. I FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC .A.IRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." But after a time the path became clear, and The next moment Frank had only time to "Forward, sahlbs!" cried Gulah, as he rushed scarcely a cobra was in sight. behold a vision of yellow hide, flaming eyeballs on. "Death to the woman stealer! Down with "By.Jove! I believe we have got befona the and sharp 'Yhite teeth. He was hurled to the him!" danger line," cried Frank. ground with catapult force. "Prince Nadja, the abductor, saw that a crisis But the words had barely left his lips, when The big tiger's teeth closed upon his shoulder. had come. He heard the words of his rival a thrilling thing occurred The strong teeth grated over the steel armor, and shouted, defiantly: There was a low, deep growl just ahead, a but did not penetrate it. This was the saving "Come on and try, if you dare. He flash of color, and then down into the path diof the yqung inventor's life. But for the armor will never give up Nida alive." rectl y i n front of them there descended a mam-he would have been crushed to death. "Coward!" cried Gulah, impetuously. "I moth specimen of the fierce, man-eating tiger. An awful cry of horror went up from Barney dare you to co1pe out and fight mesingleha' nd-He was a fierce monster, and brought the ex-and Gulah. For a moment they believed that ed plorers to a halt with an awful sense of terror. Frank Reade, J:-.'s, fate was sealed. "I do not fight with dogs!" ." Och hone,Misther Frank is k il t, intoirely!" "You are a coward!" 1 CHAPTER XXXVI. cried Barney, wildly. "Bad luck to the baste, "Perhaps I am, but yo u will never get Nidt. THE FIGHT WITH THE TIGER-DRIVEN TO BAY. I'll have his skin for it!'' She is mine, and before I give her up, I will THE huge beast Jay in their path, lashing its With this the Celt placed his rifle muzzle kill her.'' tail, and g laring at them in a fierce manner. p lumb against the tiger's body and pulled the At the same moment there was a scuffie ill Pen cannot describe the sensations of the three trigger. the bungalow, arrd a wild. scream Then men. The effect was marvelous. The big beast Prince Nadja appeared on the piazza with Nida Prince G ulab was the calmest. gave a plunge, a yell of a gony, relaxed his hold in his arms. He had faced the man-eater before, and knew upon Frank and turned upon Barney. But He hel d her like a captive bird, and in his perhaps better what to do than anyone else. even as he did so the spark of life went out right hand was a murderous knife. "It is the man-eater, sahib!" he muttered. and the tiger fell dead "Stop where you are!" he shouted. "Wait, do not fire yet," Franlf scrambled to hi.s feet uninjured. Gulab "Coward!' cried Gulab, with an awful hor-Frauk hadl thrown his rifle to his shoulder sprang up, a'nd Barney gave a wild whoop of ror. "You will not dare to kill h.er.'' for the purpose of firing a shot at the beast. triumph. "I .dare anything," yelled the cornered viiBut he desisted at the ad vice of the Indian "Whurroo!" be yelled "Shure that's the lain. "I give you warning. If you do not, de-prince. toime Barney Shea did his duty. Bad cess to in and leave the jungle at "Perhaps I can drive h i m away," said Gulab, the baste!" once, I wil_l plunge this dagger into her heart. coolly. "I will try it.'' It was certainly a narrow escape. But as no I have sworn that she shall be mine. Before With wonderful coolness, the Hindoo drew one was h1jured, mutual congratulations were she shall be yours I will kill her .'' from his pocket a small object. exchanged, and then they pressed on along the As he held it up, Frank saw what i t was. It path. CJ;IAP'rER XXXVII. was nothing more nor less than a Chinese For some ways they journeyed on without fire ball. hindrance, and finally the path began to broad0 N To THE souTH PoLE. These ignited, burned with a fierce fury for en. Tms announcement Nadja had made \11 the sev e ral minutes, and were dazzling in their At every step almost they encountered co Hindoo tongue. But his expression and geslibrightness to look at. bras, b u t they had ceased to pay heed to these. ures were all con1preb,ensive to the others. Now if there is anything the tiger fears it i s \ Suddenl y a w il d cry escaped Gulah's lips At Gulah, of course, understood every word. fir e. the same moment a fem inine shriek went up For a moment he stood liter ally petrified wi t h Brave enough at other timeii, fire will cow on. tbe air anQ. then tbe sharp crack of a r ifle horror. him and dri ve h i m from his quarry in many followed He knew well enough that the wretch would cases. Gulah reeled as the bullet struck him, b u t he keep his word and plunge the dagger into Nida's But there wer e exceptions, as of co u rse, recovered himself quickly and sprang forwar d breast. It was a moment of horror and inde there are in many cases However, G ulah Deep in a small clearing in the jungle was a c i sion. quickly ignite
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r to FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SIJIP THE "ZEPHYR.'' Part II. ped the knife in his hand, threw up his arms In a fe-w hours the open sea made. the hori-CHAPTER XXXVIII. and felL zon and the island of Ceylon was taken fare OVER THE ICE FIELDS. Prince Gulah, white-faced, stood with the well of. "WHICH ough. t to make your fame, doctor," smoking pistol in his hand. "Now for the South Pole!'' cried Dr. Vancried Frank. "You should begin work upon "Tell me not that I have killed her," he cried, ey ke. "Yo1,1 will not attempt to cross over to a drawing to be known forever as Vaney ke's in a constrained voice. "I will then kill myAustralia, chart." self." "No," replied the young inventor, decidedly. "Ah, the fame belohgs not to me so much as "No!" cried Frrn'k, excitedly, as he sprung "A straight course for the South Pole, and to you, sir," replied the scientist, heartily. "I forwar'd. "You have done her no harm, Guthen once more nothward for Cape Horn, and may make the chart, but you have the credit of lah, butyo dared much in firing that shot." thence home." the invention of this wonderful air-ship, which "It; was the only chance." "Which will complete our wonderful trip enabled me to come hither and make it." "Yes, and it counted," from north to south around the globe." "Yet such a chart would be a wonderful aid The Hindoo muttered a prayer of thanks to "If nothing bars us." to mariners in the Antarctie waters." Deity, and followed at Frank's heels. "I trust nothing may." "Very true," replied the doctcr, "and I am Reaching the prostrate pair, Frank bent down "We have had good luck thus far," declared the luckiest man in the world to be able to over them. Frank, "and have accomplished much good." make it." The Hindoo wail dead. "You are right.'' Frank left the cabin and went out upon deck. 'rhe bullet had -pierced h is heart. It was a "If the rest of our journey is as successful The day was beautiful, the sky cloudless, wonderful shot for Prince Gulah. Princess need find no fault.'' and the ocean like a mirror. Far to the east-, Nida'Was uninjured., "Not a bit of it." ward two ships lay becalmed. frank drew a brandy flask from his pocket The Zephyr D1ftintained a comfortable altiBut the air-ship kept on the same steady and applied it to her lips. The draught brought. now of a thousand feet, and niove-d swift course to the southward. Frank looked in the color t o her cheeks and she opened her eyes. ly along on her o.ourse. that direction and reflected that the distance 'rhis was to look up into the fac\,of her true The skies were beautifJil and the air balmy. was mighty and that weeks even must pass love. It was a powerful elixir, an
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FPact II. FRANK READE, JR.' S NEW ELECTRIC .AIR-SHIP THE ''ZEPHYR." l I ,. "So it seems,'' Dr. Vaneyke was at the rail and had cried will certainl y not be devoid of the humane ele" Good! That will be another rare chance excitedly: ment," cried Frank. "We have been fortunate for me to add to my store of specimens and "Land bo!" enongh to render succor to many unfortunate scienti fic data." "vVhereaway 1" shouted Frank Reade, Jr., people thus far.' "I think it will," agreed Frank. ".I think as he rushed from the.cabin. That is the best part of the t rip, cried Dr. you will find it a pretty cold place to explore, "Dead to the southeast," replied the scienVaneyke. though." tist. "I take it that it must be the Antarctic But the Zephyr now bore down toward t h e But Dr. Vaneyke bad no thought of hardcontinent." ice bound ship. ship in the pursuit of Jus favorite vocation. "Right on are," cried Frank. "It can be Very soon the airship settled down and rested He procured a glass, and proceeded to study nothing else." upon the ice field not fifty yards frgm the ves-tbe distant line of the Antarctic Continent. It All crowded forward to view the wonderful sel. seemed to him as if the air-ship crawled along sight. It was seen to be a craft of quite large s i ze, !l.t snail's pace. A long white line on the horizon was all that full rigged for a clipper ship, and the deck was "Only to think," he reflected, exuberantly. could be seen of the Polar land, But the sea roofed over in the fa shion of Arctic vessels. "I am given a chance heretofore accorded to below was one vast i ce field, and the cold wind But no smoke came from the galley pipes, no other scientist in the world. I shall pass which swept the Zephyr's decks was such as to nor was there a footprint in the snow, or sign directly over the unexplored regions of the make the explorers shiver in their fur suits. of life about. South Pole. I shall soon be able to solve the It seemed certain that they had at last come This looked ominous indeed to the explorers. mystery of centuries." to the wonderful and unexplored land of the "Upon my word," mu.ttered Frank, "it Indeed, it did appear that the doctor had a South l'ole. begins to look to me as if. bhe crew of this nnwonderful opportunity. Nearer the air-ship drew. fortunate ship wEl're all dead.'' Barney and Pomp, however, were disposed A mare d.ismal and desolate sight the human "Let us hope not," rejoined Dr. V:aneyke. to view it in a more practical mood. mind could not conceive. 'The gang ladder was lowered, and Frank and Barney, on the fore-deck, was slapping his The vast still plains of ice and snow, the ab-Barney prepared to pay a visit to t.he)ce-bound hands around his sides in the vain attempt to sence of vegetation or animal life of any kind ship. keep them warm, was a scene so drear and lonesome as to nigh In a few moments they were ready. As tbe "Begorra, it's too blasted cold for me any pall upon one's senses. One thought filled the snow was quite deep, it was necessary t o use way!" he cried. "Shure I niver can stand it at minds of all, and this was what a horrible fate snow-shoes. all, at aU" it would be to be left alone in this awful wil-In manner Barney and Frank covered "Hub!" grunted Pomp, disdainfully. "Yo' derness. the intervening distance. won' die fo' it, !'ish. I jes' reckon yo' ain' sugar The very grave-like stillness would seem to When they reached the door to the ship's nor salt. Yo' won't freeze nor melt in dese drive one stark raving mad. cabin they felt satisfied that no being times. With a shiver all turned away but Dr. Vanwas on board. "Be jabers, who axed yez to put in yer oar, eyke. Frank was prepared to see a row of ghastly naygur 1" roared Barney, excitedly. "Shure, The scientist seemed fascinated by the scene, skeletons inside as he forced in the door. if yez thry that agen, I'll shpile the beauty av and as he continued to gaze upon it, a start-The old ship's timbers creaked as they step-yer face for yezl'' ling sight met his gaze. ped into the cabin. The air was cl;till and cellar "Yo' amn't able, Irisber.'' It was an object in the vast expanse which like. At first it seemed dark, but as their eyes "Ain't able, eh 1" growled Barney. "On_me attracted his gaze, and held it for a moment, got accustomed-to the light the visitors were wonud, if yez say that agin I dhrop yez over until a wild cry burst from his lips. able to look about them. the rail!" "Hoi ship ahoy!'' To Frank's relief, however, no dead bodies, "Don' give us no mo' ob y o cheap talk!" re-Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, all no ghastly skeletons were seen. The appoint-torted Pomp, who was inclined to be plucky. started as if shot. ments-of the cabin were seen to be rich and "I don' care nuftln' fo' yo' at all, sah. cried Frank, in great amazement. tasty. "Bejabers, I'll make yez care!" cried the Celt, "A ship in this awful spot 1" The two explorers m!tde a hasty trip through excitedl y "Shure, I'll tache yea lesson of civ"That is the truth!" replied Dr. Vaneyke, the vessel. Stores and everything seemed in ility to a gintlemanl" earnestly. "Just look out yond!ld" tact. The great question was as tv what had "Yo' call yo'sef a .. cried Pomp, All gazed in the direction indicated by the become of the crew. derisively. "Hub! yo' amn't any fin' but a big scientist, and his affirmation was at once veri-That they had left the ship was certain, but blowing Mick. I don' care two cents for yo', fied at what time and in what manner it was not sah!" easy to guess. "Yez don't, eh 1" growled Barney. "Jist CHAPTER XXXIX. However, in returning through the cabin, howld yer breath an' I'll show yez a thri9k or THE IcE-BouND sHIP, Frank saw the open pages of a log book on the two. Shure, I'm onto yez.'' THERE, not five miles distant, and seemingly table. With this Barney picked up a greasy rag, wedged in among the ice floes were visibie the At once he proceeded to read the entries as made into a wad, and flung it at Pomp. white sails of a ship. follows: It took the darky fair in the right eye, and It was apparently a vessel of the whaling "May the 5th, 18-. comp!Hely closed it. ..(1.. bowl of pain burst type. It seemed nipped in the ice. u"sOnAboacrd shJip Vestast' of New B edt fordM, f tb d k 1 'I' fi h h d f . a p m erry earns, maser: a mg 1 rom e ar Y s 1ps. he rst quest10n t at arose m t e mm s o Cape Horn the latter p art ofFebr.uary, we have b ee n Then Barney roared with laughter. To him the explorers of course was as to whether the our course b y terrific g_ales h ea d . : . . wmds, until we have found ourselves m tbe ICe floes 1t seemed the funmest tbmg 1magmable. crew were yet alive or not. of the Antarctic circle. For a month we have in vain But it was not so funny a moment later. At that distance of course no sign of life out of this wyderne ss of ice and The darl'Y recovered suddenly, and yelled: could be seen. every effort has proved of no avail, a nd ":e "Massy sakes, but yo' nigh killed me, chile. "It is very likely some sealing vessel which ar!l at a loss to. know what to do. The Antarctic I'll 'f d' t" h ht 'h fl d 1 d wmter has set m and we cannot 1p0ve from her e for geo square Wl yo l S very mmn1 as got caug among e 1ce oes, ec are seven or eight months at least. God alone knows Quick as thought Pomp picked up a wad of Frank. what will be our fate. May He be with u s." the same material and flung it at Barney. "Begorra, I don't see anything av the crew,' Here the journal broke off. Only a few more It took the Celt fair in the stomach. Vijith a said Barney. entries of minor importance were found. gasp Barney sat down very hard upon/ the "No, they are not in sight," replied Frank. Frank read the jotting with interest, the deck. "It i s possible that they are in the cabin.'' mystery was not yet solved by any 'means. "Mnrtherl" be howled, between intervals for "If they have survived," modified Dr. VanWhat bad become of the crew 1 breath. Shure, ye have-kilt-me intirely. I'll eyke. Had they deserted the ship and made their -have the-the loife av yez fer this!" "Unless the ship has been here for many escape in some way over the ice fields 1 Yet Pomp was now the one to laugh. It i s said years I would venture that we will find them this did not seem probable. that he who laughs last laugh best. Certainly alive," declared Frank. A solution of the mystery did not seem near the darky did the act in hearty style. Let b.s hope so." at hand. Barney recovered in a moment, horever, and Bejabers, mebbe we kin do thim a good What do yez think av it, Misther Frank 1'' would have made another rush a bis torturn, jist as we did the Englishmen in India," asked Barney. menter, but at that moment a loud cry came said Barney. "I don't know what to think," replied the from forward. "The results <>f thi s trip around the world young inventor. I

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12 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP 'rRE "ZEPHYR.'' Part II. "Shure it's quare enough!" Then l'ompflung down the rope. It fell luckHowever, nothing was to be gained by re "Yes, it is. One thing is sure. The crew of ily within the reach of Frank Reade, J.r maining in the vicinity. this ship are not now on board of her." He grasped it and at the same moment The Zephyr once more took her course over "Tbn.t's thrue, but phwat the divil bas be threw an arm about Barney. The noose in the the ice fields and pursued it. come av thim 1;, rope slipped over Frank's shoulders and tight The ship, however, and her crew was the "It is a mystery. There are several explana-ened. subject of general discourse. tions. One might be that they left the ship of The young inventor bung to the rope and In general respects the scenery of the South own accord; another that they have been shouted: Poln.r-region did not materially differ from that re .scued by some visiting again they "All right, Pomp! Pull away!" of the North Pole. may have away and got lost." There was little need of the adjuration. It looked, if possible, a trifle more drear "Begorra, if it's the latter, I'm thinkin' ye'll Pomp was joined by Dr. Vaneyke and both be-and uninviting. Animal and vegetable lifP. Diver see tbim again." gan to pull upon the rope. was not so common. Yet there were the same "You are right, Barney. They have long But it quickly became evident that the strain ice floes, the mighty glaciers and the vast bergs since perished in the ice fields." was too much for them. just as een beyond the 80th degree north. "Shure, I hope not." Seeing this, Frank shouted: Pomp and Barney would not abandon the "So do I. Yet I must confess there is little "Take a turn about.sometbing, Pomp. Then hope of finding the crew of the Vesta. hope of ever finding them." bold firm." The long Antarctic day was on, and the spell "Ocb hone! tbats too bad." At the same moment Frank sai!i to Barney: of darkness was slight indeed. It was very "Let us make a thorough search of the You bang onto the rope. Don't lose cour-enjoyable to on the deck, thickly eJlcase d cabin. Then we Cl!-n tell to a better purpose" age and bang on. from head to foot in furs, and watch the polar "All roigbt, sor/' "All roigbt, so rl" replied Barney. phenomena, which was ever present, day and Another search of the cabin was made. But Then Frank began to go band over-band up night. it resulted in little beyond discovering the fact l:rbe rope. This left Barney dangling below, Frank busied himself with Dr. Vaneyke that Vesta bad sailed from New Bedford but the Celtbung on pluckily. making scientific observations and records. two years previous and had been oi1 the way to Up the rope Frank went 1and very soon bad But Barney and Pomp kept an incessant Chili for a cargo of nitrate. reached the rail of the airship. Over it be watch at the rail, with the firm and fond belief Many evidences of the character of the crew sprang and onto the deck of the airsbip. that they would surely sight the Vesta's cast' were found. Then be Dr. Vaneyke and Pomp. aways By the' ship's register it was seen that four Seizing bold of the rope b e cried: And one m orning their efforts found reward. teen men constituted all the souls on board. "Three of us ought to pull Barney aboard. Barney in the pilot bouse saw something That they were simply seafaring men was eviNow, all together." that looked like a flag far distant over the ice dent. All together they did pull and up came waters. This was all of any importance that they Barney. In another moment the Celt was safe He seized a glass and gave it a critical sur-could gather, and satisfied of this fact Frank aboard the Zephyr. vey. In a moment his suspicions were con-said: The ice belBW was and crashing wildfirmed "Come, Barney, let's go back to the Zephyr." ly. The ship, ice-bound for many months, "Wbur.roo!" be shouted. ( Wud yez come "All roigbt, sor." seemed likely to change its position and perhere, naygur 1 On me worrud, there's the crew They lef t the cabin of the vessel and started haps be freed from the embrace in which it bad av the ship as we've been on the lookout for." across the ice for the air-ship. been so long. Golly, you'se right, !'ish!" cried Pomp, But they had not taken ten steps whe n a The voyagers on board the Zephyr watched wildly. "Jes' call Marse Frank as soon as yo. startled cry burst from Barney. the phenomenon with dee p interest. can." "Shure, Mr. Frank, wud yoo luk at that!" "Begorra, I think av the crew av that ship But Frank had heard the words and came Frank did look at the object indicated by were on board now, they wud be loikely to get forward instantly. Barney. It was a thrilling sight. free," cried Barney. "What do you chaps mean 1" he exclaimed, Upheaved by the pressure of the ice field was "Golly! dat's a fac'!'' agreed Pomp. tersely. "Are you in earnest1" one block of ice of many tons wetght. In its "Yes," said Frank, slowly, "it looks as if Cut me lroaL, kill me dead," asserted Pomp, clear, crystal-like body was the form of a man, the Vesta would drift out with the pack ice earnestly," we jes' tell yo' de solemn fac', Marse wrapped in canvas as if prepared for burial. There is no cloubt but that the summer current Frank." That it was one of the crew of the ship who has set in, and this whole field of ice will drift "Begorra, the naygur is roight," cried Bar bad died and b ee n buried in the ice was certain. northward until the warmer waters dissolve il." ney. "Ivery worrud bespeaks is the truth." The two explorers gazed at it with horror, and "Correct," agreed Dr. Vaneyke;" that is acer-Frank said no more, but at once seized the undoubtedly would have taken some action re-tain sure thing." glass and began to study the dista'nt flag. garding it, but at that moment a wild cry came "Bejabers, an' cud yez tell me what wud be-He became at once satisfied that it indeed from ,lihe air-ship. come av the ship wbin it gets. free from the marked a camp and that human beings, perThe ice plain was suddenly seen to pitch and ice?" cried Barney. haps the crew of the Vesta, were its inmates. hea>e and Frank .and -Barney were thrown "Surely!" replied Frank. "She will sail Pomp bad gone to the pilot-house and head violently down. about at rand'om until some gale swamps her ed the Zephyr directly toward the flag Great ice cakes thundered about them, and and sends her to the bottom of the sea." The air-ship now bore down toward it with tpey seemed certain to be engulfed in their "Massy sakes ali be!'' cried Pomp. "Dat am fult speed. In a few moments a large ice hut midst which would mean a horrible death. a pity, fo' she am a nice ship." was seen, and about it were congregated half a "Yes, she is a nice ship," agreed Frank. dozen men clad in fur suits. QHAPTER XL. "Her timbers, no doubt, are as sound as ever, They were waving their hands and seemed in spite of being encased so long in the ice much excited at sight of the air-ship. 'The U THE C.A.ST.A.W.A.YS .A.RE FOUND. "I have it, Misther Frank!" cried Barney, S flag which bung from the pole above the hut IT was a perilous position in which Frank excitedly. was tattered and torn by the violent. winter and Barney were placed. The vast ice field "What 1" winds. had started. to break up at an unfavorable mo"Shure, it m&y be that the poor divils are "Wburroo !" yelled Barne "Itell ye it is ment. alive yet, an' we may run acrost some av tbim. lhe crew av the Vesta. Shure, it's luck we've $th were thrown upovtheir faces but were If we do, sor--" sthruck this toime. quickly upon their feet. !t was Pomp who bad "If we do," interrupted Frank, "we will cer But if those on board the air-ship were pleas sent up the warning cry from the air-ship's tainly restore them to their ship. But I am ed, the forlorn remnant" of the castaway crew deck. not sanguine." were a hundred-fold more overjoyed. The brave darky saw the peril of his com-"Golly! I jes hopes we will," put in Pomp, They seemed to view the air-ship with wonpanions and was quick to act. with shining eyes "Dat would be de bes' fing der and tben broke into a .wild dance of de" Doctor, yo' jes' go to de pilot-house I" he yet." light. cried. Let de Zephyr up for a few feet. Den "It is not impossible," rejoined Dr. Van Every moment the Zephyr drew nearer and I do de rest. eyke. soon bung over the camp not more than one Pomp seized a rope, while the scientist did But Frank'was skeptical. He did not believe hundred feet above as he was bid. Into the pilot-house be sprang that any of the crew of the Vesta had s ur-Frank at the rail bailed the castaways: and the air-ship shot up into the air. vived. ''Ahoy the camp!'' be shouted.

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Part II. .FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIRSHIP 'l'HE "ZEPHYR, 13 Ahoy the air-ship !'' came back the reply After this they revived and seemed like new "How will you do that?" asked the captain, from a gray bearded man, whose haggard featbeings. The air-ship at once took a back cou rse in surprise. ures and wild eye3 bespoke the life of privation to the spot whP.re the had been last seen "I will :show you." 1 and hardship he had endured for a long time. FranK had hop es of' overtaking the ice-floe Frank went into the cabin and came out with "'Vho are you?" in which they had last seen the Vesta before an electric bomb "We are the crew of the ship Vesta, castit got out to sea, or in such a position that the He went to the rail of the ship and told Pomp away fourteen months ago. I am Jerry Stearns, Vesta would be likely to break up. to send the Zephyr ahead a short distance. tbe ship's master. Six of us are left-the rest The crew of the Vesta were now on deck and Pomp obeyed, and then choosing a convenient have passed in their final accounts!" eagerly taking in the novelty of a voyage on spot, Frank let the bomb drop. "Captain Stearns, I greet you!" replied board the Zephyr. It struck the ice with a stunnin g explosion. Frank, "I think your troubles are To them it was a wonderful experience, The was most remarkable to witness. at an end. though the bluff old sailors who had from inThe 1ce field shook and trembled and rose in God he praised, if that is truth! But fancy battled the ocean's storms would shake great billows. There was a gigantic upheaval who are you and what manner of wonderful their heads, and say: and a wide channel was instantly opened. ship is that which sails in the aid" "It's not the same as life aboard a good, Into this the Vesta drifted, comp letely free This is the Zephyr, an invention of mine, stanch ship. Give me the ocean waves and the of the ice, and a mighty cheer went up from the and I am Frank Reade, Jr., an American citi stiff, S JUS on e verge o s ar St 1 t b 'd h' lf 'th eJa ers, a s goo news. cr1 e Barney, .. earns was a mos es1 e 1mse w1 JOy. f ll "Sh th 1 vatwn. . . As they drew still nearer a narrow strait JOY u y . ure, ere_s no P_ ace lOJkebome: "That IS the s1ze of 1t," reohed Captam t h v d 't th th d "You'serJghtdar,chJle!"cned Pomp,cheerSt "A d d d b d ff d was seen o a e opene up o e nor war .. 1 "1 fl. k I'll b 1 d ff f t earns. n m ee '. we a su ere \>?, "Hurrah l" cried Captain Stearns, exuber 1 y. JeS n e g a enu 0 0 see muchthatitseemedareheftowelcomedeath. tl "W b llb bl t t th hhome. F k th' k 'th t' b an y. e s a e a e o cu a way roug "W ll I h 11 h 't 11 t' fi d ran s vo1ce was w w1 emo wn as e tb t 1 t tb t t 't d tb t e s a go orne qm ewe sa IS c r d a oose we o a s ra1 an once m a .d D V k 1 tl "I b rep 1 e : with the ship under sail we can make the open sal r. aney e, comp Y: "Well, my fr1end, you shall cheer up for we ,. all that I had hoped to m the I me of sCience intend to rescue you." sea. "At least we will have accomplished the feat "What? Will you take us all aboard your "Ye're right, cap en!'' cri>d one of the crew. of circumnavigating the globe from north to air-ship?" "Let us hang to and pull the ship through." south," cried F rank. "Yes." "Of we will. Stand ready to go "That is certainly a feat to be proud of," re-"13ut that is too much joy," replied Captain aboard. joined Dr. Vaneyke. Stearns, wildly. "Are you sure that the ship The Zephyr now until within about But the end of the journey had not vet been will bold us up?" twenty feet of the ship s raJ! reached. Thrilling events were in store near Frank laughed. Then a g;ang ladder was let d_own that disat hand. "Yes, and much morel" be replied. "Just tance and onebyonetbccrewwent down to TheZepbyrrapidlycleared the region of ice keep up a good heart." the Vesta's deck and snow. Soon she had left. even the icebergs "But you cannot mean to take u s back to At once Captain Stearns made a critical exbehind, and the dark rolling waters of the America?" amination of the ship's timbers. I South Atlantic were everywhere about. "I will put it in your way to get bacli: to "She's all right for many a long voyage yet!" "In another day we s h a ll sight Cape Horn,'' America." he cried. "We'll have her all ship-shape in no declared Frank. "Ab, how can you do that?" time." It now became necessary to "Supposing I place you safely em board the The crew went to work at once clearing the the furs and thick clothing. The air rapidly Vesta r ice from the deck and the masts. became warmer. A wild cry escaped Stearns' lips. The warm winds had already caused it toreBut even when Cape Horn was finally sight" The Vestal" be cried. "Impossible! She is lax from the ropes, and these were soon in ed, it was comfortable only with an overcoat sunk in the Antarctic Ocean." playing order. on. 'o, she is not. They seemed none the worse for the freeze, The mig;bty crags and mountains of the "What r' as the sails, upon being unfurled, were found famous cape loomed up in view first of all. "That is the truth. in an excellent state of preservation. They furnished a grand spectacle of scen ic Do you mean to tell me that my shi p, the They were soon spread and drying. grandeur. Vesta, is safe and sound?" In a remarkably short space of time the ship Then the air-ship passed over the great "I dol'' looked like a rejuvenated being. straits, and soon was floating over the mount-This was too much for the bluff captain. His Smoke was pouring from the galley pipes, ainous part of Patagonia. weakened nerves gave way and he broke down and there was a great bustle on the decks. A day later, and the mighty and famous and sobbed like a child. The Zepq,.r bung over the ship all the while Pampas with their thousands of miles of level "This is too much joy!" be cried. "It is far this was going on. plains burst into view. more than I merit." Captain Stearns now turned his thdughts to Still northward the air-ship_went The gang ladder was lowered; the castaways the.breaking of a way thr:ough the ice. The days passed and many wonderful sights came aboard the Zephyr. He would have sent 9.ut men with axes, but were witnessed, but no incident worthy of note They showed plainly the effects of their long Frank shouted down from the air-ship: occurred until one day, when they hung a period of privation, and were all treated to a "Remain aboard your ship, and I will get thousand feet high over the interior woods of royal good dinner by Pomp. you out of that fix." Brazil.

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r J h FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP 'J'HE "ZEPHYR." Part U. CHAPTER XLII. It struck the water not three feet from the be near here. With your airship, it WOII'ld be THE YANKEE EXPLORER. reptile's body. The result was thrilling to wit an easy matter for you to discover it. I would THE Zephyr had made wonderfully rapid ness. gladly the honor of discover e r with you." progress in her course around the world, con There was a terrific explosion; a wall of water : Indeed!" said Frank, heartily. "I will sidering the amount of time consumed in makarose high in the a ir. When i t subsided the help you in any way I can." ing stops and unavoidable delays. snake's body lay upon the surfa
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