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and Best Stories are Published in as Second Class Matter at the New York, N Y., Office, October 5, 1892. No 85 { c } fRANK TousEY. PuaLrsaER, &. 36 NoRTH MooRE srREET, NEw YoRK. { JJncl!: } Vol IV OUPLETE. New York, July !10, 189!. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 CENTS, Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the yeur 189,, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.f!lc e of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C. 'Frant.Beaae, Jr.., antl Hi.s New ElecEric .3hip, the " ;"or, FIGHTING THE CHINESE PmATES. PAR-T t BY "NONAME." A long line was procured and tied to Pomp under his shoulders. Then he was lowered into the water, and with Bar ney paying out the line .be drifted down with the current. 'l'be darky struck out and swiftly swam down the curl'ent. The search-light made things in the cavern as light as day,


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELEC'fRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE." 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. FBliK BlADE, JB., And His Electric Air-Ship, the "Eclipse," OR, PIRATES. :By 16NONAME," Author of" .Frank Reade, Jr., With His Air-Ship ia Asia; or, A Fl_ight Across the Steppes," etc., etc, I. CHAPTER I. "I felt sure, Mr. Reade," said Squeers, with At the junction of the roof with the deck 011 THE NEW AIRSHIP. a. low bow, "that you would not disappoint the either Ride wide wings projected, running the "Is it true, Mr. Reade, that you have concurious millions of readers in this country who length of the air-ship. structed a new air-ship 1" are looking forward eagerly to a. detailed and These were so arranged as to admit of being The speaker, note-book in hand, waited upon printed account of newest invention." drawn in and securely fastened to the side of a well-proportioned, tine-looking young man, "Notoriety is something which I afwa.ys the ship in case of storm or high wind. who stood at the brick 'arched gateway of a avo_id," replied Frank, almost sternly. "You 1'heobject of the wings was to give the air foundry yard in the thriving city of Reades shall see the Eclipse upon the condition that ship buoyancy and also to aid in a gentle de town. The hour was noon and the hundreds you will publish no sensational account of her. scent. of mechanics employed in the place were tiling GivE! the bare facts." In the convex-shaped roof of steel there were out to dinner. Caleb Squeers bowed obsequiously. on either side four sliding grated windows with "It is sir," replied the young man, who "I will give you my word," he said. steel shutters, to be opened or closed as neceswa.s a most famous personage and known all "Enough!" cried Frank. "Come this way sity demanded. Forward was a. square win over the world as a wonderful ipventor. He with me." dowto a pilot-house which contained a wheel was no other than the distinguished F:r;ank Cale,b Squeers followed Frank into the foun-and binnacle like any sailing craft. Reade, Jr., the builder of air-ships, and the dry yard. Crossing this, they approached a. Just over the pilot-house was a small plat inventor of many wonderful steam and electric mammoth building with a heavily trussed form, reached from the pilot-house by a small marvels. roof. stairway, and upon which was placed an elecFra.nk Reade, the young inventor's father, had Passing ,through a door, they Vfere in the in tric search-light of enormous power. been an inventor before him and had built these terior of this s-tructure. A long platform or outer deck extended kom machine shops. The son was even more gifted A wonderful sight rewarded the gaze of stem to stern on either side of the air-ship than his father. Squeers. with a. railing, and on a level with the spread-The man who had addressed Frank Reade, :r'he new air-ship, the Eclipse was before him. ing automatic wings. Jr., was a. most peculiar looking individual. As his quick, shrewd gaze took in the shape A door made to slide up or down at will He was short and fat,lwith a jolly air, and and details of the new invention, an exclamaopened upon this platform or deck. The bot wore a loud suit of plaid with a stand-up collar tion of admiration burst from his lips. tom of tlie craft was furnished with projections and white tall hat. Diamonds sparkled upon "Grandi Wonderful!" he declared', excitedly. near the keel like small blocks of wood, upon his fingers and he looked like an edition of the "I had no idea it was such a thing of beauty, which the air-ship might rest _when upon the city sport. Mr. Reade." ground, so as to preserve a level and keep her But he was really nothing of the kind. "I think she excels anything in this line that upright. 1 ''Why do you ask the question 'I'' asked I have ever constructed," declared ,rank, with Everything was elegant, ligkt and graceful Reade, Jr., as he saw the fellow jotting some pardonable pride. "Just step this'way, please, about the hull and showed the most skilled of thing down in his book. and I will describe her to you more particu-workmanship. In reply the other handed him a card. Frank larly." But the motive and elevating power of the accepted it, and read: Caleb Sq.ueers, the prince of newspaper reair-ship was the most important feature of all. "CALEB SQUEERS, porters, with note-book in hand, followed Upon each side were four tall rotascopes, "Reporter and Interviewer. Frank Reade, Jr. He was already busily mak making eight in all. These were operated by 1 "Associated Press, New York City." ing notes. means of a series of cog-wheel arrangement in "Ah, you are a newspaper representative, As the famous inventor declared, the Eclipse the hold of the air-ship, in turn propelled by a ; then," said Frank, with a genial I!lanner. "I far excelled any previous effort of his in the line powerful electric current derived from storage suppose you want to write the air-ship up 7" of air-ships. batteries, the peculiar invention of Frank "Exactly, Mr. Reade," replied the reporter, Her model was vastly different. Reade. Jr. suavely. The hull was long and rakish with the outThese were so swift and powerful in their ac "Well, thus far I have kept visitors an lines of a clipper-ship. But the deck was en-tion as to be capable of holding the air-ship sight-seers from these premises. But the tirely roofed over in a concave fashion with aloft in midair with only a mild current of Eclipse is finished and ready to sail, and I can ribs and plates of thinly rolled steel and platielectricity, while a stronger current would see no good reason why I carmot do you the num. The. entire hull was, for that matter, cause it to shoot upward into space with the favor." manufactured of this light but strong material. apidity of a nevrly inflated 'balloon.


. Part I. FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, 'l'HE ECLIPSE.'' Fr ank Reade, Jr., had very cleverly solved world has ever known," declared Squeers, enClark, here is that indefatigable newspaper rethe problem 'of_ elevation in the invention of thusiastically, "You are certainly the most porter, Caleb Squeers." the rotascopes. wonderful man of this age, Mr. Reade," "Gentlemen," said Squeers, arjsing with a But this was not all It was necessary to blushed and looked a little annoyed bland smile, "I greet you! I told you that I have a this pointed compliment. But Squeers should be in at the finish. You will find it so At the stern of the air-ship there was rigged laughed in a good humored way, and COX\-and if any living power can rescue those unfor: an eight-bladed screw, with diverging flanges, tinned: tunate tourists or rather Indian Ocean voyagers i and of sufficient size to act upon the air cur"Pardon me if I was a little pronounced in I mean to see that it is done." rents with great power. my statement," he declared. "It is only "Bravo, Squeersl" cried the banker and the This driven with the full speed of the.dyna-way. I cannot thank you enough for your merchant to'gether. "You are certainly a mos, would cause the Eclipse to shoot forward kindness in showing me the great wonder, Mr. clever worker. If :1ou succeed the ten thou-through the air with tremendous Reade. But I may as well tell you right here, sand dollars reward is All these outward points of tb,e air-ship that I came to Readestown upon a far weightier "I mean to succeed," replied Squeers. Frr.nk Reade, Jr., illustrated to Caleb Squeers errand than an inspection of the Eclipse for a Frank Reade, Jr., looked puzzled. Dr. Van in comprehensive manner. Then he said: newspaper report. I did not mention this to eyke threw upon the cabin table a pile of pa" :Well, Mr. Squeers, now that you have seen you, in the first place, as I had a curiosity topers a'lld cried: the outward workings of the Eclipse, let me see the ship." "Now, Frank, an explanation is due yon. I show you the interior." '.'Indeed!" exclaimed in some sur-will make it, and begin by first telling you a "I am more than pleased," declared there-pr1se, "What, may I ask, lS the real object of thrilling story: porter, with alacrity. "Indeed, Mr. Reade, your visit r "One year ago the schooner yacht of Morti this surpasses all the inventions ever placed on "It involves the question of human life," mer Osborne was halle!l by the British steamer record." was the startling reply. Princess Ida in the Yellow Sea, not one hun-Frank ascended a small gangway, 11-nd they dred miles off the River of Pearls on the coast went aboard the air-ship. Passing into the CHAPTER II. of Boca Tigris. She was then bound for Hong first cabin, Squeers gazed about him in a dazed STORY. Kong. Mr. Osborne, the brother of this gen-way. FRANK READE, JR., wasnotalittlesurprised tleman with us, is a retired millionaire, and It was a scene of beauty and magnificent at this reply. He gazed critically at Squeers with a party of his friends had been making a furnishings. Books, papers, charts, scientific and saw thafhe was in earnest. tour of the world in his ya.cht, the Daisy. The instruments; all werb in proper places. "I don't know as I understand you," j:J.e said party consisted of Mr. Mortimer Osborne, his Beyond this cabin was a parlor, upholstered calmly. daughter, Myrtle, a cousin, Will Deane, and in rich plush, and still beyond it the dining "I owe you an explanation," began Squeers. his chum, Jack Clark, who is the son of Mr. saloon. Then he s.topped. The reason for this was James Clark here. The Daisy's crew Everything wa:s magnificent. it quickly made obvious. ed five seamen, all trustworthy men. As I looked more the quarters of a prince of the A quick step sounded just outside the cabin have stated, the Daisy was hailed by the Prin blood than aught else.' The humble newspaper door. The next moment three men appeared cess Ida, since which date not a trace of her or man gazed about him in utter amazement. in the doorway, Their manner was excited. of any in the party or crew has ever been "Why, Mr. Reade," he declared, "this is The first was a tall, well-formed man of sixty found. wonderful beyond belief. Why, you are an years, yet ljvely as many a younger man, His "The yacht's company together with the craft autocrat in your air-ship. You could make the white hair and beard gave him a patriarchal has as mysteriously vanished as if flWallowed cities of world pay tribute to you. Only appearance. up by the earth. think, all you would have to do would be to He was in reality 1a very noted scientest "1'he theory exists that the might sail o;er sone town. and drop a te;; of your and a dear friend of Frank Reade, Jr.'s. have went down in a typhoon or electric bombs down mto the streets. paused a moment on the threshold and his face common to those seas. But a carefulmvestt" My air-ships are not invented with any lit up at sight of Frank. gation has led to developments which tertd to such purpose in view," declared Frank, with a "Thank Heaven!" he cried joyfully. "We disprove this theory. shrug of the shoulders. have found you at last!" -' "A manturned up in Hong Kong, and told "What do you intend to do with. the ship1" "br. Vaneykel" cried Frank, springing up. a thriiHng story to the Unitett-Sta.tes consul asked Squeers, curiously. "My dear old friend, I am glad to see you: there. "It is possible that I may take an extended You look well and hearty." "He claimed to be one of the yacht's crew, journey to some far part of the world. I have "And so I am,'' replied the doctor. "I have and said that the Daisy had l:ieen captured by always found use enough for my air-ships.'' come to see you upon a very important errand. a Chinese pirate junk, scuttled and sunk, while "Such as going to the relief or rescue of im-First, however, allow me to introduce my the yacht's party had be_en carried off prisoners. prisoned countrymen in some far land," venfriends, Mr. Howard Osborne and Mr. James "Of course the consul set about an investiga-tured Squeers. Clark." tion. But the bearer of the thrilling news "You are partly right.'' Frank Reade, Jr., shook hands with the failed to turn up again. Two days later his "Do you intend the Eclipse for any such er-two friends of Dr. Vaneyke. Both were fine-mutilated corpse. was-found in the river. He looking men of middle age. Osborne was a had been mysteriously murdered. "Not unless I have the necessary incentive," banker in New York and James Clark was a "Of course with his death all clews terminat-replied Frank. merchant in lower Broadway, the same city. ed. But the consul cabled to New York, via An odd light shone in Squeers' eyes. He "I am very glad to meet you, gentlemen," London, and communicated the facts to Morti-was silent a moment and then said: said Frank, politely. "Pray make yourselves mer Osborne's American relatives. "Last o! all, Mr. Reade, let me see the workcomfortable. The doctor's friends are always "In the meantime, the failure of the yacht to ing of the engines. After which I have 'mine." turn up at any port only confirmed the thrill something very important to tell you." "Thank you!" replied both, in the same mo-ing report. Active measures we!e at once em-Frank led the way into the engine-room of ment. Then Mr. Osborne, the banker, con tinployed to obtain' redress for the terrible the. Eclipse. Here were revealed the storage ued: rage. batteries and the powerful dynamos which fur"We have heardvery much of you, Mr. "The government took the case in )land and nished the motive power of the air-ship. Reade. You are the most famous inventor of the Chinese government did ali in their power After duly explaining all the intricate mech-this century.'' to unearth the mystery. But Chinese methods an ism to the reporter they finally returned to Thank you!'' replied Frank, modestly. I of detection of crime are slow. the main .,a]oon or cabin. The famous invent-fear you do me too much honor." "Moreover, the coast beyond Boca Tigris was or motioned Squeers to a seat and then sat "That would be, impossible," put in the merthickly infested with pirates, who !leemed down by a table himself. chant, Mr. Clark. wholly beyond the pale of the law, and who set Squeers had intimated that to inspect the "But t;his is not business," burst in Dr. Van-the native government at defiance. air-ship alone was not the sole object of his eyke, as he saw that Frank was getting em bar"Learning this the government at Washing visit. Therefore, Frank Reade, Jr., regarded rassed. "Let us come to the point--" ton caused a man-of-war, then in Hong Kong, him questioningly. The doctor paused. He had just set eyes up-to proceed to Boca Tigris and scour the coast "Well, Mr. Squeers," he said, quietly, on Caleb Squeers. In an instant a light of rec-thoroughly. But this did not result in the find "what do you think o'f the Eclipse 1" ognition flashed from his eyes. ing of even the slightest clew. "I think she is the greatest wonder the "As I live!" he cried. "Look, Osborne and "In desp(, Messrs. Osborne and Clark have


r FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE ."ECLIPSE." Part I. offered the magnificent sum of ten tholAand the Eclipse to dhina to effect the rescue of the Bands played, the crowd yelled, and a few dollars to the party"who will visit Boca Tigris Daisy's party. Then he went to work preparfireworks were displayed. Up, up went the a.Jd rescue the captives of the pirates, who they ing for his prospective aerial voyag e air-ship until she was a thousand feet above doubt not are still held ill captivity there. It is hardly nece .ssary to dwell upon the de-the town. "It occurred to me at once that as a philan-tails of the next forty-eight hours. Suffice it Then the propellers began to work, and a thropic and charitable man, this .distressing to say that in that brief time the Eclipse was course was set, for San Francisco. The event case would at once interest you, and I have tak-stored with provisions and fully equipped with ful jourpey to the Celestial Kingdom was be en the liberty to b'ring Messrs. Osborne and arms and ammunitiop. for the with the gun. Its outcome was destined to be of thrillClark to you. Chinese pirates. . ing sort, "Something ought to be done at once to ef-The newspapers made a great heading in feet the rescue of our countrymen, who no each issue, and an intense excitement was ereCHAPTER ilL doubt are held' in slavery by the Chinese ated in all circles. Indeed, it seemed almost a A DEADLY PERIL. pirates, who, it is well known, are able to set national affair, the starting of the Eclipse for IT was not frank Reade, Jr.'s purpose to the Chine"e government at defiance. There is China. . cross the on his way lfl China in midair. but oiie man 'in the world who can rescue The morl!ing named for the start came. The It was a lpng sail, and subject to storms ne Mortimer Osborne and party, and that man is Eclipse had herguarters and culiar to those latitudes. It would be a tre Frank Reade, Jr.'' was all in readiness. mendous strain upon the air-ship, so he decided Ae Dr. Vaneyke .finished this exciting narra-Dy her rail stood two individuals wh would to go as far as San Francisco, and there take tive of facts, Frank Reade, Jr., showed the have attracted attention anywhere. One was the apart-and proceed to Hong Kong greatest of interest. an Irishman dressed in corduroy, and the oi;&er by steamer. "It is, indeed, a hard position for tihe unwas a negro with a vari-cojqred checked suit This could be easily dont:l, for the air-ship fortunate voyagers if they are yet alive," he on. was so constructed that it could be taken apart said, quietly. I am much interested in the "Bejabers, it's glad I am that Misther Frank in sections and safely stovred away in the story, doctor. As you say, so1.11ething ought is goin' to Chinee," cried Barney O'Shea, with steamer's hold. to be done at once.'' a broad grin. Caleb SqueeJ;S soon became a great favorite A great cry, of eagerness escaped the lips' of "Wha' fo' yo' glad ob 'dat, asked with all on board the air-ship. Howard Poinp, innocently, He was full of wft and good cheer, and was a "Oh, Mr. Reade." he cried, "you can resI'll have. a chance, to m_ate versatile mag!cian. He had lj>rought with him cue my dear brother and the others. With bloody Chmayser on hts own sod, replled Barall the paraphernalia of an accomplished pres your air-ship you can go where the U.S. warney.

\ FRANK READE, JR., Arm HIS NEW ELEC'l'RIC AIR-SHIP, THE 'ECLIPSE." ting their ponies to full speed dash madly The appearance of the air-ship over the city gates half the population of away. h8.fl created a tremendous sensation. gathered. Once a battle scene between two hostile Of course the telegraph had apprised the peoSuddenly there was a tremendous uproar. observed. Caleb called Frank's at ten ple long this of the coming of Frank Reade, The clash of arms was heard, and the gates to Jr., and h1s wond_erful invention. But this had were suddenly burst open. Into the yard sprang re each other up, he cr1ed, not lessened the a hundred armed Chinese giants, swingin2; facetiOusly. It IS about as well t o let them Even at that he1ght the cheermg of the poputheir long, keen swords over their heads. continue, is it not 'l" lace could be heard. "The emperor's guard!" cried Consul "Yes," replied Frank. Then with a sudden It would have been extremely unsafe for the in amazement and terror. -''Treachery! For "But it is. evident they do n:ot see the Eclipsetohavedescended intothelnidstof that your lives, all! Mr. Reade, arm your men, or Echpse. Supposmg we drop a few bombs throng. you will be assassinated. There is some mis down there." But Frank had foreseen this danger and had understanding here. Quick, for your lives!" "Good!" cried Caleb, with alacrJty, That provided for it. Wilson sprang to the air-ship's bow and will be good sport. Give them a surprise." A large ship-yard had been,provided for the seizing the American flag, swung it aloft: Barney and Pomp seconded the scheme and Eclipse to alight in. There was a high wall "Back, you dogs!" he cried, in Chinese. We even Dr. Vaneyke came out of the cabin to s!e this and barred gates. Here the airare under the protection of the American flag." the fun. shiP. would be taken apart and stored in sec -"We do not care for you or your flag!" yelled Several electric bombs were brought out of tions on the Pacific Mail steamer bound the leader of the guard in Chinese. "It is the the Cfobin. The air-ship was slowed to almost for Hong Kong. emperor's orders to behead every oiie of you a stop just over the combatants. The Eclipse descended like a mighty winged American dogs, who have come here to make Fully half a hundred savages were fighting bird into the yard. Quite a large crowd of the war upon our people." madly in an inextricable heap. Dead Indians city's notables were there in a body to give It was a moment of awful peril. and ponies strewed the prairi'e. reception, and the mayor of San Francisco was Frank had no desire to kill any of the barthe first to step forward and shake hands with barians. It was simply his purpose to give Frltnk Reade. CHAPTER IV. them a fright. "Welcome to the Golden Gate, Mr. Reade," THE FIGHT IN THE SHIP YARD, Accordingly, he se!ected a good spot and he said, warmly. T.HE Chinese emperor's word is law in the dropped one of the bombs. The reception accorded Frank and his comFlowery Kingdom, and to disregard it is death. It struck the ground just fifty yards from panions was a warm one. It was with diffi-Consul Wilson knew this and also that the struggling horde. The effect was terrific culty that the famous inventor could eTery one of the air-ship's crew would be put to and sublime. himself from the numerous invitations to be neath unless actin measures were taken. The born b exploded with frightful detona-feted and dined. Self-defense wa,; the only alternative. To retion. A great furrow was torn in the floor of Indeed, Frank could have spent. an indefinite pulse the attacking guard wa.s the only hope. the prairie, a vast quantity of earth and pebtime in the Golden Gate in this way. The a i r was hideous with the yells of the bles was hurled aloft and filled the airo But he pleaded the urgency of an immediate populace outside the yard. For a moment Instantly a tremendous uproar followed. start for China, and finally the air-ship was Frank Reade, Jr., was dumfounded. The fighting savages broke ranks with horror, safely stored aboard the steamer. He could not understand this strange maniand sight of the air-ship h;overing over them, The next morning the Golden City, as the festation. He had not anticipated any trouble fell upon their faces in the maddest of terror. steamer was named, sailed out of the harbor of of this sort with the Chinese government. To their ignorant minds the air-ship was. a San Francisco and put to sea. If these men had_ attacked them by the emthing of supernatural sort-a monster from We will not dwell upon the voyage across to peror' s orders, then it was a declaration of the unknown world, domina.ted by evil spir-Hong Kong, which was uneventful, but transwar. ita. port the readers at once to the real theater of It was an outrage upon the people of the The situation was a comical one Indeed, and action of. the story. Suffice it to say that the United States. and the American government convulsed all on board the air-ship w\th laugh Goldel\1 City arrived at Hong Kong one would be justified in calling Chin!!to account ter. Caleb Squeers laughed until the tears ran fine morning. for it. down his face. The American Consul, Wilson, came off in a This was all clear enough to Frank. But T:tJ.en from mere force of habit out came his small boat to meet Frank Reade, Jr. He was the immediate question was one ot"personal note-book, and he proceeded to write up the a small, wiry-built man, with 11: pleasant cast safety. affair. of features. He cou l d not afford to Jose his life. "This article w ill be worth a hundred dollar "If you 'can succeed in worsting those pi The brutes would certainly murder him and bill to me," he ,declared, excitedly. "Oh, this rates," he cried, excitedly, I tell you, Mr. his companions unless active steps were taken trip will make my "fortune. I shall write a Reade, you will not only win the praise of the to prevent. book and sell a million copies." American colony here, but every good ChinaThere was but one alternative, and that was A few moments later the air-ship had passed man as well. to fight. beyond the scene of excit.ement, and quiet was "I shall try," replied Frank, modestly. Wilson, the consul, had just leaped aboard once more restored. Arrangements had been made in advance by the airlship, hardly in time to save his life A few hours later, the air-ship hung over a cable, by which the air-ship was to be accorded The yard held about half' a score of sailors vast lake down among mighty mountain the safety of the ship-yard. Accordingly-as and workmen from the steamer Golden City. ranges_ A city of no mean proportion was to soon as possible-the sections were removed Two of these cut in pieces by the keen the northward. from the ship's hold, and by Frank's direction swords of the Chinese brutes. "(I declare that looks like Salt Lake City," the construction was prosecutedo Frank saw this, and it aroused the lion's declared Squeers, pulling out his note-book. Quite a number of American residents and a spirit within him. In an instant he was upon "It i s the Mormon city," replied Frank. few Chinese officials thronged the yardo They the air,ship's deck. "With this glass you can easily distinguish watched with interest the putting together of "This is brutality!'. be cried, madly. "I the Mormon temple." the air-ship. will show the Emperor of. China that he cannot Across Utah, the Eclipse took its flight, and At length the last bolt was riveted, the last commit such an outrage with impunity. He then came the last of the salt basins and alkali screw driven and the storage jars fill ed so that shall pay for this!"' deserts as the of Nevada was crossed. the air-ship was. all ready once more for a fresh Barney and Pomp, who had traveled witlt Over the wild region of the Great Basin, and voyage. Frank so much that the.y were never unpre-at length in sight of the Sierras, the Eclipse As she now stood complei .ad tqe Chinese pared for an emergency of this sort, now ap passed. officials and the American residents viewed peared on deck with their rifles. To cross this mighty mountain chain and her with wonder and admiration. These were an. invention of Frank Reade, have the mighty Pacific burst upon their view ;Truly, Mr. Reade," declared Wilson, the Jr., and the bullet they carr(ed was a small ex was a wonderfu! experience. consul, ' 1 do not see why you cannot easily do plosive shell, capable of deadly damage and al The air-ship at length hung three thousand battle with the pirates.' Your air-ship far exways fatal. feet over the city of San Francisco. ceeds anything my imagination ever por Caleb Squeers and Dr. Vaneyke had been in As the Eclipse began to descend, the streets trayed." the cabin and now came rushing out. Both of the Golden Gate city were seen to be filled Frank was about to reply, but at the moment sprang back after their rifles. with excited throngs of people. a thrilling thing occurred. Outside the big Frank was hardly in time to escape the scim-


FI(ANK READE, JR., .A.ND HIS NEW E L ECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE/' iters of the Mongolian guards. H shouted ex-cover from the effect of the sudden transition ter or viceroy may have given the command. citedly to Barney and Pomp: for a few moments. Ah, I see the U S. ship ;Despatch now anchor" Give them a volley! Our lives depend on Then he ventured to approach the railed in the bay. If you will descend, Mr. Reade, it!" cautiously. I will go aboard and I have no doubt affairs The two faithful servitors needed no second "My soul!" h e gasped. "This is wonderfuL will be very speedily settled." bidding. But what if we should fam" "It sl/-all be done," replied Frank Reade, Jr. "Begorra, I'll blow the brains out av the All laughed at this. :r'he terrible danger was Orders were given to Barney and Pomp to spa! p ee ns!". yelled Barney. "Whurrool Yez over, and a relaxation of ;;pirits was pleasant. lower the Eciipse and bring her alongside the bloody divils, luk out fer the Dandy of Con-"No danger of that," cried Frank. "But ship of war. naught!" now look at the transformation below." As t'b.e Eclipse began to descend into the bar" Hi dar,' gimme a shot at dem vilyuns. I'll All rushed to the rail and looked down. A bor the rigging of the multitude of Chinese jes' gib 'em somefln' hot an' yo kin bet yo 'pos-wonderful sight. was revealed. junks and indeed vessels of all nations about sum skins on it!" cried Pomp. The Chinese people, as well as the guards, were seen ,to be thr\)nged with curious sailors. had been literally astounded at the sudden up-The Chinese seemed to be in a state of great Both rifles spoke. Two of the gtantGhina-ward flight of'the Eclipse. terror, and many of the junks incontinently men went down in a heap. The rifles were reTo them it was the work of a god, a supet:put to sea. peaters, and giving the lever a t'Vitch, Barney natural feat. In an instant the superstition, so The Eclipse descended until about one hun-and Pomp again pulled the trigger. inherent in their natures, manif!!sted itself. dred feet above the Despatch's topmast. Bang-bang! One and all had fallen upon their faces in ab-The rigging was thronged with marines and Two more of the brutes 'were stretched out in ject terror. the quarter deck held the officers of the ship, their death agony. But not before deadly work After this manifestation of supernatural who were inspecting the Eclipse with their had been done with the Golden City's crew. power, the air-ship >yas. safe to return to the glasses. The sailors of course were unarmed, but they earth. Frank went t the rail and made signals to seized iron bars and billets of wood and stood Consul Wilson regarded .the actions of the the officers. One of the marines more nimble on the d efense aswell as they could. Chinese with contempt. than the others ventured into the top rigging, Butthelong, keen of the Chinese "Poor benighted fqolsl" he cried. "They and shouted: soldiers overreached these, and a blow was are actually the greatest cowards on earth. Ahoy, up aloft! Wl;10 are yef' sutlicient to decapitate any unfortunate A mer-But I am not as yet able to understand this at"The air-ship Eclipse," replied Frank Reade, ican who received it. tack made on us." Those guards would never Jr. "We have the U.S. Consul on board who Such as could had retreated to the ship's have, dared to do it but for an order from the wants to board YOJlr ship." lighter at the wharf. BuJ; the Chinese out-emperor. Well, his Royal may have In a few moments an answer came from the numbered the litt le party ten to one. Every to pay well for this little diversion. War with commanding officer one of them would have been assassinated but the United State;:; will nqt be a pleasant sub"Ahoy, the air-ship! Come alongside aild we for Frank Reade, Jr. ject for him to contemplate." 'CI'ill take the consul ., Caleb Squeers and Dr. Vaneyke now a:p,Pear-"Then the Cpinese goverm;nent have not yet Frank then caused the Eclipse to descend ed with their rifles and opened fire on the viibecome possessed of the modern methods of until she touched the water. She had been lains. warfare1" ventured Caleb Squeers. made buoyant and floated safely on the water With this ter. rific volley meeting them in the "By no mean.s Why, one of our ships could of the bay. fac e, the phinese guard were held at bay, so far blow the wh,ole city of Hong Kong to perdiA: boat instantly put out from the man-o'-as boarding the air-ship was concerned. tion." war .and came alongside . But something decisive needed to be .done at "It seems a pity that those poor seamen Frank Reade, Jr., said to Barney and Pomp: once. T)leguard were being reinforced by the should have been killed," said Dr. Vaneykjl. "Keep_ good watch of the Eclipse I am go-excited mob outside the gates. "If the Emperor of China ordered the attack he ing to accompany the consul. I shall return A large-sized battle was imminent. should be made to hang for it. shortly." But Frank Reade, Jr. no longer had any ,"I cannot believe it," declared Wilson. "Ay, sorl" replied Barney with a scrape. fear, so far as the air-ship was concerned; "There is some mistake about it. I an "Me an' the will do that same, sor." He knew that a turn of the electric lever ai?surance but a day ago from one of the em per-Frank entered the war-ship's cutter. with Mr. would send it aloft and out ot danger. All of or's representatives, that his Highness would Wilson and they were rowed to the ship. As his party were safely on board. favor any effort made by Americans to chastise they ascended the gangway they were rec eived But the crew of the Golden City were in im-the pirates which are the curse of these shores, with ceremony by Admiral Dupont and his of-minent danger of being literally exterminated. from here to the Ladrones." ficers with an introduction from Mr. Wilson. Immediate action only would save them. "The fact yet remains," said Frank Reade, "We are more than glad to make your ac-Frank had ran into the forward cabin and "that his guard attacked us." ., quaintance, Mr. Reade," declared the Ameri-now came out with a handful of small bombs. "It must be the effect of malicious influence can commander, politely. "That is indeed a He threw one into the midst of the giants then,'' declared the consul. wonderful invention which you possess." who were pursuing the ship's crew onto the "That is not improbable," agreed Frank. wharf. The effect was terrific. "Well, what would yqu advise doing1" Several of the brutes were torn to atoms. "You may land me at a safe point," replied CHAPTER V. Consternation seized them. It was an oppor-Wilson, "and I will seek refuge on board one A SETTLEMENT OF AFFAIRS. tune lull in the strife. The Golden City's men of our war-ships. Of course, it will hardly be "I THINK I may without egotism agree with were enabled to reach their boat and put out at safe for me to venture to return to the legation yo u," replied Frank Reade, modestly. once for the ship. until after the riot has subsided." "Zounds, man! It is the wonder of the cen_Six of the American sailors had been killed This was plainly the only course to pursue. tury. Does the government at Washington in the battle. At least twenty of the Chinese The course of the Chinese Monarch in ordering know of the existence of s uch an air-ship 1" had been kiBed the attack upon the Americans was inexplicindeed," r eplied Frank. Seeing that the Go den City s crew were now able. "Ah, then I shall look forward to a new safe, Frank sprung.'into the pilot-house and "It i s my opinion, though," declared navy which wpl do battle in the air instead of gave the rotascope lever a turn. that it is all a misunderstanding. A Jittle on the water." The rotascope began to turn and the air-explanation will set matters right. yet," replied Frank, resolutely. "I am ship shot up into the air. Six of the Chinese "But what of the Golden City's sailors who a man of' peace, Admiral Dupont. Undoubted giants had grabbed the rail of the ship and have been so wantonly murdered 1" asked Caleb l y the air-ship would prove the most formida-were carried up with i t Squeers, who was busy with his note-book. ble engine of warfare invented." The expression of terror on their faces was "This is not the first demonstration of this "Of course," replied the admiral, excitedly. comical in the extreme when they suddenly kind," replied Wilson. "Many American resi" Don't you know that any government in the found themselves a tho"Usand feet above the dents have been persecuted and even murdered world would pay you millions for your patent1" earth. by the riotous element of the city. The Chi-"I have no patent,'' replied Frank. "The Rendered insane in their terror, they sudden-nese a r e prejudiced against the presence of for-construction of the air-ship is my secret. I ly let go their hold and went plunging down eign!lrs in their, land. I have not the slightest alone own that. There is not money enough in through space to a frightful death. idea that the order came direct from the em-the world to buy it." Wilson, the American Consul, could not re-peror to attack u s Some meddlesorp.e minis."Tut, tutl you would not deprive human


\ Part I. FJ\ANK READE, JR., .A.ND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, 'l'HE "ECLIPSE." 7 kind of the vast advantages which the posses-he was fully assured that no international Of course all this was very amusing to those sion of such a secret would mean." complications would follow. on board the air-ship. "Admiral!" replied Frank, firmly, "that se-It had been a narrow escape for the air-ship's Caleb Squeers had his note-book half filled cret would be used for the destruction of hu-party, but the main thing to be regretted was with thrilling data. man life, for the conquering of nations. That is the slaughtering of the. Golden City's. sailors. "Why, {frtune is made already," he de why I guard it. Agents from every large ,Frank Reade, Jr., had now nothmg to do clared, w1ldly. "When I get back to New government on earth have interviewed me, but but to continue his journey. Therefore he York I shall at once haye a book published on in vain. If my air-ship ever enters into war-proceeded to leave the war-ship. this subject, and sell a million copies. The fare it shall be either for the relief of my He shook hands warinly with the officers of royalty will make me rich." country or for the maintenance of right against the Despatch, and with Consul Wilson. "You have only begun on the preface as wrong. To right a terrible wrong is the object "We wish you the best of luck, Mr. Reade," yet," said Frank Reade, calmly. "I d are say, of mv visit to China." aeclared Admiral Dupont, warmly. "If you Squeers, that before you see New York again, "You refer to the capture of the Daisy's whip the pirates, yo u will confer a great blessyou will see more worth writing up than it asked theadmiral. ing upon humanity in this part of the world." ever fell to your lot before in the course of your "I do." "Report to me when you can," said Wilson. life to "Well," replied tbe naval commander, "I "Anything I can do to help you, Mr. Reade, do "And I owe this unexcelled opportunity to hope you will s ucce ed. I can assure you that not fail to call on." your magnificent generosity!" cried Squeers, we used every effort in our power. Of course the Frank thanked them and went on board the gratefully. Chinese government is not respons ibl e for the air-ship. In a few moments he was on deck Darkness now began to come on. It was not outrage. It is the work of pirates. They have detailing the result to Caleb Squeers, Dr. Van-a clear night,. the sky being overcast and there done all in their power. But you will have a eyke and Barney and Pomp being no moon. advantage over us. You can go anywhere There was nothing now to hinder an imme-Soon the earth was shrouded from with your air-ship." diate setting forth on the quest for the pirates. view in the black pall of darkness. Of course I hope to be successflll," declared Frank. Accordingly, the rotascopes were set in mocompass would carry them on a straight "Do you believe that the yacht's party are tion, and the Eclipse rose from the water ,like course, but Frank Reade, Jr., conclvded that it still a huge osprey and sped into the upper atmos-would be better to find a safe plii>Ce and descend. "There is no doubt of it. The pirates are phere. The country below looked barren and unin-cunning, and are holding tl;lem for ransom: The water of the bay shook with a salute habited. At least it had' iust before the com Why, not two days ago they !;entme a message fired by the Despatch, and the Golden yity's ing on of darkness. stating terms for the surrender of the pris-rigging was with cheering seamen. Fr!\nk did not imdgine that they were near oners." When a thousand feet above the harbor, any settlement of size. "Where do you believe these pirates hold Frank set the air-ship's course up the co .ast. The ocean was upon one side, and they bad out," asked Frank, eagerly. Far below could be seen the strange pano-passed over a number of little coast towns, but "I should look for them along the coast be-rama of the Chinese metropolis and its harbor, he fancied they were now in a locaiity removed yond Boca Tigris."' dotted with strange looking craft. from human habitation. "Another matter. What do you think of the The streets of the city were seen to be Accordingly he gave Pomp orders to slow. up attack upon us by the emperor' s guard?'" thronged with excited multitudes who were the rotascopes and stop the propeller. "That was a singular and most unwarranted gazing skyward. The order was obeyed and the air-ship began thing," replied the admiral. "I cannot believe It was the most exciting day undoubtedly to descend. but that it will come out all right, however. that Hong Kong had seen for many a time. Frank sprang to the search-light and shot But certainly the emperor must apologize and Caleb occupied h imself in looking its powerful rays downwards . As the mighty pay a heavy indemnity.' for the American and English settlement. pathway of light illumined the face of the At this moment a sharp cry came from a He fo1lnd it finally, and even at that distance, country b'elow, the famous inventor gave a midshipman at the rail. with his glass, he saw the balconies of the start. Consul W ilson had been conversing with a houses and the terraces crowded with his coun-He bad been deoeived. What he bad imag number of the officers. He now sprung to the trymen. ined was a desolate, uninhabite d tract of conn rail as did all the rest, Even ladies could be distinguished at the try was, instead, a small village, with a pagoda Wilson caughtsightofaChinese steam vessel United States Legation waving their mantles. of imposing_ appearance in its center. decked with streamers which was Squeers gallantlywavea a flag over the air-ship The sear'lh-light's glare lit up the streets of approaching the Despatch and signaling it. rail in return. . the tow': like day. .early in the "It is .the emperor's yacht," cried Wilson: Of course the .upon the evemng, and lights were flashmg m the shops "We shall soon find out what they are going as a new and mighty mventwn of a SC1entlfic and houses of the town. t do." b'rain. Long lines of Chinese lanterns and'lamps fes-0 th ht A b f hi But the Mongolians were not disposed to take too ned the pagoda and the sacred temple con-Nearer came e yac num er o nc y . . d sed functionaries were on the deck. As this VIew.. . nected w1th 1t. . res 1 d f th hi Superstltwn and Ignorance held sway m t'herr It was a strange and beautlful s1ght for those the yacht drew a 0::81 e, one 0 dese, Y composition, and hundreds of the poor heathens on the deck of the air-ship. robed, walked up e b g.angwa; ald could IJe on their knees paying worship to But what was the sensation of the inhab! the deck made low .0 elsance 0 mlra u-the strange "air god," as no doubt they con-tants of the pont. strued the air-ship to be. Surely the reader's imagination can be trust Wilson was the only man who could under-Frank Reade, Jr., as well as the others, could ed for a safe conception of this. The appear stand the Chinese language and he conversed not help but laugh at the spectacle. ance of the winged monster, with its blazing with the bejeweled envoy for some moments. Mischievous Pomp hit upon an idea to imeye of light in the air above tbe town was an Alter a time Wilson turned and said t.o the press. upon the Chinese mind the air-ship's pow-incident well calculated to drive the average admiral and Frank Reade. er. He appeared on deck with a bomb in which Chinaman insane with terror. "It is just as I imagined. The attack upon was placed a time fuse. Quite a number of pig-tailed heathens were our citizens was unauthorized by the emperor. Two seconds after lighting the fuse the in the streets of the village. With the sudden The magistrate who ordered it will be behead-bomb would explode. Pomp dropped the bomb flashing of the seal'ch-light down into th.e ed, as well' as every one of that detachment of over the rail. street,.making all as plai9as day, these gave 'the guard. The emperor makes humble When half way to the ground it exploded. one upward look, and then fled, shrieking with apology, regrets the occurrence, and decloces It was a magic bomb, one of the clever il.arky's terror. that any indemnity no matter how large shall own invention and after bursting for a sec-The most fearful of excitement reigned in be paid." ond or two the air was filled with darting the piace. A few moments later the envoy made his re-dragon like figures. Drums and gongs beat madly in the temples, turn to the yacht and steamed away. The exTl,lis settled matters for the Chinese. The r9bedpriests rushed out and threw themse lves citement was over, the riot and the dragon is their deity, and they at once con-flat on their faces. after part, viz., the report of the American eluded that this was positive evidence that the Evidently they firmly believed that the end of Secretary of State, and final adjustment would air-ship a "god of the air." Thousands the world bad come and that the Great Joss, devolve upon Wilson. prostrated themselves in the most abject ter-their deity, had come for their souls to trans Frank Reade, Jr., drew a breath of relief when ror. port them tb the celestial paradise.


8 READE, JR., AND HIS NEW-ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE : It was a thrilling and yet amusing sight for in Barney leaped over the air-peering at him from behind corners and various those on board the air-ship. ship's rail. places of refuge. Pomp cried out from the pilot-house: Down the street of the Chinese town they He held up both hands and cried loudly in Marse Frank, I done fink yo' don' want dis raced. They reache d the corner of the pagoda English: chile to let the ship down in dali'ar place, does and Barney dashed into the open gateway. But "Have no fear. I am a friend." yoT' Pomp was upon him and was the means at that Several times he repeated this cry. Then he "Yes," cried Frank. "Let h!\1' drop right in moment of saving his life. had the satisfaction of seeing a number of the the street." The court-yard was a spacious one, and light-inhabitants, re-assured, emerge from their hid\ "But fo' goodness sake,' Marse Frankl" cried ed with oil lamps. Not a Mongolian was in ing places. the astonished darky, "don' yo' see dat .it sight, but coiled up on the tiled floor was a Frank succeeded in approaching quite near am one ob dem Chinese Dey don' monster snake, a venomous reptile of the cobra to them. 'tack us again!" species. He used peaceful gestic)llations and words. "Do as I tell you, Pomp," cried Frank, au-How it came there, or for what purpose, the In a short time he had drawn quite a little thoritatively. two skylarkers had no time to ascertain. Bar-crowd of the inhabitants about him. "A'right, Marse Frank." ney had almost stepped upon it, when Pomp But they yet regarded him with distrust, un-Down went the Eclipse. In another mpment grabbed him by the collar and pulled him back. til, by a chance, one of their number came lt had touched the ground in a little square. Another foot and he would have felt the repboldly forward and, to Frank's joy, exclaimed just in the center of the town. tile's fangs. Certain death would have been in broken English: But not a John Chinamen was in sight. the result, for the cobra is the most venomous "Yoa Inglis'man_r' snake on earth. Yes," replied Frank. "I speak English. CHAPTER VI. It was possible that the mon'ster was fosteram an American." SAM HOP's INFOJ:tMATION. ed by the heathen priests as a god of worship. "Melican man, allee samee," exclaimed THE Eclipse certainly held the' town at its However, this was, it seemed, ul)questionably Chinaman, eagerly. bin to Meliky. mercy at that moment. the autocrat of the place. workee, washee, w&shee, gettee heap monee, 'Frank Reade, Jr., knew well that it would Forgotten at once was the object of the two come backee to Chinee." be perfectly safe for the air-ship to descend jokers in invading the place. Pomp's eyes "You are just man I want to see," cried here, working upon the superstitious fears of stuck out like agates and Barney's hair stood Frank, joyfully. "What's your namet" the natives as a safeguard. on end. 1 "Me Sam Hop. What for Melican man Moreover, there was probably not an armed Both retreated to the gate. stoppee ,;uard in the place. Consequently, it would be "Golly!" gasped Pomp. "I done fink yo' "I came. down here last night in my air easy to hold the town subject to the air-ship's las' hour had come, !'ish. I was suah dat yo ship," replied Frank. domination for a time at least. would.step on dat snake." But Sam Hop looked puzzled. He shook his The famous inventor had counted all these "Bejabers, it was yez saved me from the head. costs and had accepted the chance with a per baste," exploded Barney. "Howly mithcrl "Me no unstanee," he said. feet of safety: ain't he a big devil though r "Come vl'ith me anq. I will explain to you," Not a was s1ght. Both retreated from the temple and now said Frank, taking Sam Hop's arm and trying The wtth thetr goods quite sobered off made their return to the airto lead him toward the air-ship. But the felwtth lamps, the dwellmgs m the vtcm ship. low's knees shook. .. tty, all were vacated. . Barney went into the cabin for his rifle, with "No go_!" he cried. "Debbil-debbil get Sam. Indeed_, those. on board the atr-shtp could the intention of returning and shooting the Callee him off belly quick. ha v_e easily carrted off half the town for any opreptile, but Frank interfered. "N onsensel" cried Frank. "You've seen a posttion that would have been made. "N .. h 'd d 1 "Th t "11 t d b 11 h t s "" . o, e sat ecistve y. a WI no o. a oon, aven you, am 1 Pomp had now qutte recovered from his I have heard often that certain ignorant classes "Allee samee big kitee Fly in air likee feaHrs. d d F . of the Hindoos worship the cobra. It may be bird 1" e un erstoo rank's reasomng now qmte h th 1 th' t h b'b ll d f . h t at ese peop e m LS own ave Lm L ed "That is it!" cried Frank 'eagerly "Well cameouto the ptlot-house wtth fres the same faith. It is my purpose to make that i s what we came here It th t' co deuce. f d 'th th 'f 'bl f t J't' a . k rten s wt em 1 posst e or cer am po 1 LC only goes with wings oily!' he exc laimed, wtth eyes II e saucers. reasons ." ,. ' Whar am all de people ob dis place gone to1" No hurtee Sam 1 Squeers and Frank both laughed "How do you expect to do that, Mr. "No. Come along and tell your people that "I reckon they think the Deity Dragon bas asked Caleb Squeers. "It don't look as if they they will not be harmed." lit upon the place," cried the correspondent. will to come near enough to us By degrees Frank succeeded in re-assuring "It would be a picnic to carry off the town." frtends. . Sam. He finally succeeded in "Begorra av' a moind to stheal a good chist Well, we must gam their confidence, regettmg htm aboard the Echpse. av tea for a 'keepsake," cried Barney. plied Frank. "Of course the of the Of course this overcame the fears of the other "G;long dar, yo fool I'ishman," crie. d Pomp, to_wn are of th_e better cla:'s of . ,They residents, and they ventured nearer. Soon they derisively. "Yo' ueber would hab dat red nose wtll hardly be mleague wtth the ptrates. swarmed about the air-ship like bees. They ob your'n if yo' had ueber drank nuffin' stronger ::That is truer' . regarded the Eclipse with great wonderment. dan Chinee tea." Then we can hope to gam thetr sympathy Of course the fact that Sam Hop could con "Ph wat's that to yez, yez monkey-faced Afriv:aluable ipformation them." verse with the new-comers )llade quite a lion of kan snorted Barney. "For jist half a dollar Lt IS your to remam here unttl him in the eyes of his countrymen. I'd sphoil the face av yez." m?,rnmg,_ Mr. This increased his confidence and swelled his "Golly! yo' jes better try dat, !'ish," scoffed Certamly. vanity, and he became very talkative. Pomp. "I done make yo fink yo' was 'speri. Even the superstition of the Chinese people Finally Frank ventured to broach to him the mentin' wid a dynamite bomb." relaxed sufficiently for them to venture back subject upon which he desired .information. A bucket of dirty water stood near the rail. into the town by daylight. To his joy, Sam Hop knew all about the Daisy Infuriated by the darky's words Barney seized But they kept at a safe distance from the airaffair. it an:d thr'llw its contents over him. ship. It was evident that there existed among "Me know!" he cried. "Cbineeman he puttee Pomp was completely by surprise. He them a diversity of opinion as to the nature of up sign in allee towns say belly big monee for .' spluttered and gasped a moment. Then Bar-the invader. pilates and hangee Wing Ho, an' sabee ney's guffaws stirred up his blood, and be could Frank saw that it would not be difficult in Melican people." of nothing but daylight to their confid e nce .. Wa_tc,b "Wing Hol" cried Frank, excitedly. "Is He started full tilt for the representative of was kept all mght by turns on the air-ships that the name of the pirate leaded" the Emerald Isle. But Barney brol>e away, deck. "Yep. Lun Wing Ho, bad man, killee heap Pomp, however, in close pursuit. With the coming of daylight Frank decided people. N eber gib no one up no gib him muchee The Celt had too often come in contact with upon a bold move.. big monee." the negro's hard bead not to realize full well Arming himself, he requested Barney to ac-"The same!" cried Frank, turning to Squeers what it meant to be overtaken. company him, and they left the Eclipse's deck. and Dr. Vaneyke. "We are surely on the right Therefore he made every effort to elude his Frank advanced boldly down the street of track. Now, Sam, I want you to tell me where pursuer. But Pomp was close upon him, when, the little town. He could see frightened faces I can find Wing Ho and his piratical gang!" I


I I READE, JR., AND HI& NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLlPSE." Sam Hop shook his head slowly and solemn-Their first sensations had been those of appre"Melican man go furder. Sam Hop ly. He made a dubious gesture. hension and even horror. when stoppee. Slee "'Melican man findee out China big contlee. But now that it was seen that he was safe right," replied Frank. "It shall be as No lailroads, no speakee ober wire, no fi.ndee the comical signt he now form.ed changed the you say." man likee allee samee Meliky." thing materially. The air-ship moved on over the harbor and "Verylikelynot,Sam,"repliedFrank. "Just Everybody roared erybody had sprung to the rail. great care, and then said, slowly:


I FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE Part I. "Me no see face," replied Hop. "Me no can phiz that worthy's beauty would have been Sam Hop fairly rolled upon the deck in his tell." forever ruined. delight. "Evidently they think we are some super-But an incident occurred to prevent. "Hi la, muchee fun!" he cried, as Frank natural beings. Speak to them and tell them Reade, Caleb Squeers and Dr. Vaneyke all to arise." CHAPTER VIII. came on df;lck to learn the cause of all the y essee, me do dat." ANCHORED IN THE WILDERNESS. racket. Sam Hop spoke to the prostrate Chinamen POMP had been standing in the pilot-house "Ilishman pullee me pig-tlail, settee me in their native tongue. At once they began door. He and Barney were always embroiled down in water, makee me wet, black man heap slowly to uncover their faces and gaze blinking-and it might have 'been expected that he would quick chuckee Ilis.Jlman mouf full, him dancee, ly at the air-ship. have viewed Barney's discomfiture now with rollee ober, gettee out, me hit tee heal? hard, As soon as they saw that it was a structure satisfaction. allee samee, heap funnee." of earthly material and that human beings and But such was not the case. Anr ransom. They asserted this very Barney glided quickly to the door of the stand lt. A sharp cry burst from Franks hps. positively. engine-room and gave way to peals of laughter. "My God! we are he cried. What Now that their superstitious fear of the air-Pomp retreated again to the pilot-house and .. s:ri V ship was well cop.quered, they were sullen and did the same. e ost cne r. aneyke. almost defiant. Frank read their game at Barney's mouth, distended to its utmost ca thAt ihishmstanti an alarmed cry came once pacity in his laughing fit looked like an invit-e PI otouse. twas Pomp, who shouted d p bl t t "Marse Frank, come quick! De rotascopes "They are all lying" he cried angrily Then mg cavern, an omp was una e o resis a . ' te t t h" h t th t d am mgh stoppm' ob dey own accord. Some-he turned to Vaneyke, "but I don't see hi:p a lon w 1C a at momen assai e fin's wrong." how we are gomg to force them to tell the . Frank reached the pilot-house at a bound t th I d t h d d Upon the shelf of the p1lot-house wmdow ru never saw a more espera e ar ene . . They had not as yet gained alarming moment looking set of human beings in my life." was a pile of oil waste. It was liberally satur-. .. ated with the best of oil. urn m the1r downward course. You are ngbt, agreed the man of sCience. . But it was certain that the rotascopes W(lre "I h dl k h t t d F k" Qmck as. a flash Pomp grabbea a handful ar Y w a o a v1se, ran upon the point of ceasing their revolutions. "I d 't b 1" h 11 d t t" and let fly. oq e 1eve we s a succee n ex or mg To come in contact with the earth at the any from them. As for making them perma-The .darky was a dead shot, and the waste . . struck the Irishman full in the mouth. There speed they were. now falhng, even though 1t nent pr1soners, 1t 1s out of the questiOn. might not mean death would certainly dam" Oh, of course!" was a gasp, a gurgle, and Barney went over two full back somersaults and began to roll age the Eclipse. "Then we will not waste. further tim_e with around the deck, trying best to pull the Frank's first move was to throw out the them .. Our only method 1s to Wmg Ho nasty mess out of his throat. wings which were intended to act as a para and hts stronghold. There vre will find the Th t h d 1 tel fill d th chute. if e was e a comp e y e e caverncaptives thex;re yet alive. . ous depths of the Celt's mouth. It was too Then he put his hand on the rotascope lever The others 1 not den_tur at deCisiOn. comical for anything, and Pomp laughed until and 'it over to the point of highest Caleb nodded head approval. he got down on his knees from sheer weakspeed. Sam Hop. mdorsed Franks ness. But even this bad no effect. Accordmgly the order was given to Pomp, 'S H h h d dh' Tb. Certainly something was out of order with who set the rotascopes in motion. Up into the am op, w. o a lS eqm 1 rmm, . h t "th h' and was holdmg on to h1s brmsed nose, forgot the mechamsm of the Echpse. alr s 0 e alrs 1 P his wrongs and entered into the humor of the But the parachute wings saved the Eclipse The Chmese p1rates now seemed to have situation. from destruction. The next moment she struck wholly recovered from their terHe clapped his hands to his sides, and ele-the earth, but it was with a gentle shock. ror. Indeed, so much had the1r confidence vating himself upon his toes fairly danced Then the rotascopes ceased to revolve. The been Testored that they ventured to yell defi-with Celestial glee. It was fully two minutes Eclipse had lost its power of ascent. to those on board the air-ship. This ex before Barney got all the waste out of his There the air-ship Tested in the center of the -c1ted Sam Hop very much, who leaned over the mouth. mighty plain. The situation was not devoid of rail and shook his fist at the outlaws, and It had nearly strangled him, but when he did.critical features. would have thrown some heavy object down get upon his feet he was the maddest Irishman All this had happened in a few brief minutes. upon them but for the interposition of Earney. above the earth, for he was not at that moment Caleb Squeers and the others were at the door "Let up wid yez foolin', Chinee," cried the upon it. of the pilot-bouse filled with apprehension. Celt, as he seized Hop's pigtail and gave him a "Be the shades av me ancisters," he yelled, "What is the matter, Mr. Reade'' asked the whirl which sent him spinning to the cabin furiously, "phwativer did yez dare to do that correspondent, anxiously. "Has the air-ship door, where he collided with a tub full of dirty to me for, yez misfit baboon. rn have the loife given out r :water and sat down plump into it. av yez fer this." "So it seems," replied Frank, in a puzzled when the Chinaman e_merged from his enBarney made a rush for Pomp, but the darky way. "At least it will not ascend." ; bath he was p1cture of fury. retreated into the engine-room and closed the "What is wrong r H1s eyes blazed w1th anger and he made a door. I cannot say now. I hope nothing serious. rush at Barney. Barney tried to force it, but Hop came at him I' can tell by making an examination of the rna "Me killee Iiishman heap 4l,Uick," he cried, with a wet mop or swab which he had picked chinery." furiously. "No foolee Chineem"an, gettee allee up, and began to belabor him over the head, Some excitement was created. Frank made dlownee, heap fool Ilisbm.!l.n, killee him quick." yelling and howling the in wild glee. a brief examination and then with Barney Hop ran at Barney with his fingers spread This was too much for Barney. went below. claw-like. The nails were fully an inch long, He was obliged to own up beaten and retreat-There the trouble was speedily located. One and had they come in contact with Barney's ed in hot haste to the engine-room. of the large glass reservoirs or storage vats of (


r Part I. READE, JR., AND HIS NEW EL'EC'l'RIC AIR-SHIP, THE 'ECLIPSE." water bad cracked and the water bad entirely new sitiratlon we're be aftber Iukin' for, av escaped. don't moind tbim." In the other jars the water had evaporated, "A'right, I' ish. Yo' jes'leads de way. W He leaped down from the deck of the and began to walk towards the distant so that not enough was left to generate the go back. I'm drefful sorry, fo' I'd jes' He used his arms in gesticulations. For current necessary to run the dynamos. Here scrap wif dem Chinee pirates." the horseman seemed to regard him was indeed a calamity. "Wburroo l it's yesilf as may be '""''uullw1u distrust. It was easy enough to replace the cracked dated yet," cried Barney. Then when Frank was a few hundred yards storage jar. But water was not in sight for might not loike it so well afther yez had umrte10.Ifrmn the air-ship, the stranger started up his miles about. How were the jars to be filled 1 it, me gossoon. and rode down towards him. As the To carry enough water the d!stance required "I amn't 'fraid ob dat," snorted Pomp. drew nearer, Frank saw that he was wouldconsumeanimmenseamountoftimeand But back to the air ship the two doughty youth, with a pallid face and labor. warriors went. The cause of the recall as if he bad suffered great pri-In the meanwhile the ship would be obliged perhaps not a justifiable one. t sight of Frank he seemed greatly to rest where it was until the jars could. be lt was Dr. Vaneyke who had .filled. It was by no means a pleasant predica-them. The reason for it he pointed out ment. his finger. Seeing that'be was a European !,ike himself, "Glory fo' goodness!" ejaculated Pomp, in "If my eyesight is not bad," he said, the rider came up at full gallop and then leap from his horse and stood before Frank. dismay. "I done look at dem jars yesterday, ing the horizon, "somebody is coming an' I felt suah dar was en11ff water in 'em fer a way." Doffing his hat, be cried: long time yet." Glasses were brought to bear upon a u>Q

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    l L FRANK READE, JR., AND ms NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE Part L am strongly equipped," replied He carried a pocket compass to make sure of "Begorra, I'll never see' the naygur come to a safe return to the Eclipse. harrum!" he shouted, belligerently, "if I have And what is that odd structure down After a long ride, water suddenly burst upon to go out thar an' paste the divils all alone by there 1 It looks like a queer kind of pagoda. Is his vision. It was a small river fringed with mesilf!" that your campr' trees. It was with great difficulty that Frank "Just now," replied Fr-ank, quietly. "But So eager was Pomp to get the coveted water Reade kept the excited Celt on board the air-you are hungry and fatigued. Come with me that he did not think of the surroundings. ship. and get recuperated. We will then talk over He went down boldly to the water and began Sam Hop had watched the proceedings eager-plans for the future." to fill the water pails. He had filled a number ly. He now approached Frank, saying: I am only too glad to accept that offer, of them, when a startling sound smote upon "Melican man gib Sam him shootee too. said Will Deane, with alacrity, as he took his his hearing. Me belly good shoot." horse's bridle. "I will walk with yu as it is It was the clatter of horses' hoofs, and he saw "Barney," commanded Frank, "get Sam a but a short ways. But, pardon me! You have a gang of Chinese robbers, mounted and armed, gun." not yet given me your name1" bearing down upon him at full speed. Barney the order, and the" Chinay" I will do that with great pleasure. It is There was but one thing to do, and only a ser," as the Hibernian dubbed him, was made Frank Reade, Jr." moment of time in which to do it. supremely happy. Will Deane stopped with a spasmodic gasp. Pomp was extremely loath to leave the It was at this juncture that it began to look "What!" he cried, in amazement. "Not the water, but this was a case of necessity, and not as 1f Pomp would be overtaken. real Frank Reade, Jr.-the world-famous inchoice. Frank, fearful that this would be the result, ventor1" The foe were close upon him. With a yell, now determined to throw a few of the explosive "The same," replied Frank, very quietly. he dropped the water buckets and leaped upon shells among the gang. Will Deane for the first time smiled. Then his horse's back. Accordingly he took aim and fired. he glanceQat the air-ship. A chorus of yells came from the mounted The shells struck one of the horses. It ex"Well, I am getting to be a bigger fool every outlaws. Out over the plain shot pursued and ploded with great force and three of horses day of my life!" he cried. "Now I know that pursuers. fell with their riders. is your wonderful air-ship, which I mistook for A mad race was on. Pomp was a daring This was a wonderful shot and drew a cry of a dwelling because it was on the ground." rider, and knew how to bear his horse up well. admiration from all on board the air-ship. "It is," replied Frank. He kept a good lead of the pirates until the But this result had hardly been gained when Will Deane staggered as if made giddy by air-ship once more came in view. there was another shot and one of the pursu-the revelation. If the darky should fail to reach the air-ship, ing pirates fell from his saddle. -"God be praised!" he cried. "You are the it would mean death. He knew that his life Frank and the others turned with astonish man to rescue my companions! Oh, I have was at stake, and_ exerted every nerve. ment, for no one else had thought of firing for heard much of your wonderful exploits, Mr. But the Chinese pirates seemed to be gaining fear of killing Pomp, and there was Sam Hop Reade. They will be sure of rescue. You can-upon him at every bound. Pomp's heart sank dancing like a dervish and caressing his smok-not know how glad I am. God bless you for in his breast. ing rifle. coming to our rescue, Mr. Reade!" --"Hi Ia! Sam Hop. shootee gleat stuff._ Him Deane was quite overcome with emotion, but CHAPTER X. hittee mark evly time, Neher fail kill, ee pi-he recovered before the air-ship was reached. BESIEGED BY THE FOE. late. Hi la!" l There he was presented to all on board. H1s THE horse ridden by Pomp was game and In a moment Barney had grabbed the gun coming was the means of producing intense exmade rapid progress. But the horses ridden from his hands. 1 citement. by the foe were fresher. "Phwy, yez gorilla-mouthed hay thin' ye!'" Caleb Squeers was beside himself, and went The air-ship, however,-.. was in sight. Pomp cried the Celt. "Didn't yez know betther than to pressing him with so many questions that knew that if he could hold his own he would to do that 1" Frank interposed, and after Deane had partak-win yet. Sam Hop was astonishe d. en of a hearty repast he was put to bed for Once the air-ship was reached he would be "Me no harm," he whimpered. "Do allee much needed rest. safe. At least his friends could likely hold the samee Melican man. Killee pilate.' The horse was taken in charge by Pomp, and foe at bay long enough for him to get aboard. "Yes, yez yaller haythin, but don t yez know a clever had entered that darky's head. And thus the mad race went on across the that yez moight have hit the naygur?" "I jes' tell yo', I go to Marse Frank wif dat," arid plain. A gleam of comprehension emana.ted from he muttered. The Chinese outlaws spurred and lashed the Celestial's eyes; he,blinked at Barney in a So he went to Frank. their horses to the utmost. Their yells were knowing manner and said : "Marse Frankl" he cried, excitedly; "I done deafening as they tried to overtake their would"Me no hittee black man-me hittee pilate. got a splendiferous idee fo' to get watllr to fill be victim. lli:shman mebbe hittee black man. Him no up dem electric jars." But Pomp did not "intend to be capl:ured if he good shootee. -Neher hit tee mark." "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank. "what is it, could help it. Everybody roared at this, and Barney retreat Pomp 1" He occasionally glanced over his shoulder at ed crestfallen, giving Sam Hop back his gun. "I jes take dat hosg ob dat chap's and gwine the foe and muttered with a chuckle: .Bejabers, the Chinayser kin shoot," he adtill I fin' watah, and den I fill up de pails an' "Hi dar, yo' jest got to ride a good race fo' mitted. "He did shpile that divil in foine come back. What yo fink ob datr -to cotch dis chile, an' don' yo' fo'git it." shape." A very excellent idea, Pomp," replied There was now only a good mile between The next moment Pomp came dashing up Frank. "It is a ,pity that we haven't more Pomp and the air-ship. The darky held his to the air-ship. But the pirates did not follow. horses. We could soon get water enough horse steady and kept cool, They had halted more than a thousand yards then.'' But the outlaws had begun to gain rapidly. distant and were deliberating upon a plan of "I jes' brung back a hull ribber, Marse They were now so near they began to hurl action. Frankl" cried Pomp, excitedly. javelins. destructive shell thrown from Frank's In a few moments he emerged from the cabin One of these passed so close to Pomp's head rifle had intimidated them, and they were in a with pails. These he had arranged in tiers that a fraction of an inch closer would have quandary as to what to do. from the horse's nethers, so that he could bring brained1him. The noise of the shootillg had brought Will back at least six pails at one trip. But, meanwhile, those on board the air-ship Deane from his bunk to the deck. The return would necessarily be slow, for had caught onto the rumpus. He gazed in amazement at the gang o f fear of spilling the water, but in going h:e could In an instant all was excitement. mounted pirates. gallop as fast as he chose. Frank Reade, Jr., sprang illto the and "Why, that is one of Wing Ho's divisions!" Of course Barney demurred and wanted to go, came out with his rifle. This carried an ex-he cried, excitedly. "No doubt they have been but this was out of the question. plosive shell of his own invention, and was a scouring the plain in pursuit of me.'' So Pomp mounted his horse and rode away at deadly weapon Q.t the distance of a mile. "Indeed!" cried Frank Reade. "I\l this celefull speed. Squeers and Barney, as well as Dr. Vaneyke, brated Wing Ho one of that crowd out Soon he went out of sight, far over the plain. also went for their rifles. there1" It was evident that they were a good ways They soon re-appeared and watched the race "No," replied Will, after a critical glance. from water. with apprehensions. Barney was quite beside" He is not there. You would notfail to recogPomp rode on at full speed. himself. nize him. He is many pounds heavier than ... : (

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    l Part I. REAJ:)E, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE." any ordinary Celestial and the worst specimen th7 and the latter are in league their guns and glel!-ming swords, were ad of a ruffian you ever set eyes on." w1th some of the prominent government offi-vancing over 'the plain. "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank again. "Is it cials in Canton and Hong Kong." It was really a skirmish line, the object of true that he is an Well," said Frank, dr::.wing a deep breath, which was to test the strength of the foe. "Yes, that is why I and my friends" that is all r _ight, but when they capture 'citiAt once the defenders of the' Eclipse prepared have been kept so long for a ransom. He is zens of the United States and hold them for for the attack. familiar with our mode of life, you know. He ransom, it is time for America to become interEverybodY., with their rifles, went to the even knows Mortimer's father, and thinking ested. This Mr. Chester Wing or Wing Ifo deloopholes. On came the line of men, and then him a millionaire, believes that he will extort serves to hang, and his villainous career shall a line of fire leaped forth, and the roar of their from him a handsome ransom." be brought to an end before I leave the Flowery rifles was heard. "Strange!" exclaimed Frank. "How can a Kingdom." The buUets rattled against the steel hull of white man affiliate with such a low class of At this moment loud yells of joy were heard the Eclipse. But not one of our adventurers from the pirates out on the plain. was hurt. "Ah, Wing Ho, or Chester Wing, as his real 'lfhe reason for this was obvious. They were protected by the steel shell, which name goes, is cap a ble of anything vile or mean There had appeared from the eastward anshed the bullets easily. under the sun. He is a most notorious crook, other immense body of the miscreants. "Hold your fire!" cautioned Frank. "Wait and the worst man that ever served in Sing They were also mounted and were at least until they come near enough." Sing." five hundred :strong. Frank Reade, Jr., ob-The order was obeyed. On came the line of Then he is a graduate of that served the coming of this vast force with a chill Chinese pirates, firing as they came. ';He from that prison. He is owing of 111pprehension. But our adventurers held fire until the foe ninetee n years there for manslaughter. Here The situatiou was :fast becoming a desperate was within one hundred yards of the air-ship. he is wholly beyond the reach of the law." one. Then the pirates gave a mad yell and charged "Does not the Chinese government make -It was impossible to raise the air-ship withupon the Eclipse. some effort to exterminate these out having first filled the storage jars. On "Now!"' cried Frank, in a ringing voice. "Ah, they have tried it for years, only to the other hand, it was now impossible to send "Give it to them! Fire!" fail. The pirates on this coast are demagogues to the river for water. Crash! on their own tenitory. No effort has yet re-In its present position the air-ship was a!The volley which %Jllowed was a fearful desuited in uprooting them." most at the mercy of the Chinese pirates. structive one. The line of pirates were mowed "I cannot understand that." Had' there been any electric current of which down like wheat before the sickle blade. "Well; it is not such a difficult task for them he mi):l;ht make use, Frank could easily have Once again the repeaters were worked. An to hold at bay and even destroy any ordinary held a thousand of the gang at bay by using other volley staggered the line and threw it force sent here against them. When one strongdeadly wires. into confusion. hold is uprooted another springs up in a new But as it was, they had only their rifles to deSome of the pirates reached the rail of the quarter." pend upon. air-ship. A few tried to clamber aboard Indeed!" Tlfey were but a handful opposed to the But they were shot down like sheep. The They are a numerous gang. They have mi!dtty force before them. By mere weight of ground was covered with the dead pirates. ships and arms and strongholds as invulner-numbers the besieging force could overwhelm The shells from Frank's rifle were especially able as Gibraltar. Again, they are not wholly them. deadly. But nothing could stand up before pirates of the sea. They are land pirates as None realized the gravity of the situation such a fire. well and as many of them rove about on land better than Frank Reade. The line wavered and broke. In confusiom robbing travelers and committing crimes of ali The pirates had now come up and surrounded most dire the cowardly gang turned and fled. sorts. Wing Ho is one of their most powerful the ship Our adventurers were really be-It was a brilliant repulse for the crew of the chieftains." sieged. air-ship. Not one of them had received a "But can they not be uprooted 'I'' asked Wbat was to be done? scratch. Frank. Certainly something must be devised at once Barney proposed three cheers, and they were Yes, I believe they can, and you are the to save the air-ship from the which given with a will. man to do it, Mr. Reade. With your air-ship, threatened. But every expedient suggested Sam Hop was the most delighted one of all. _you have the advantage of any landorseaforce, seemed . He danced and sang in literal glee. I think you can, almost single-handed, literally It certamly seemed as If the Eclipse and 1ts "Pilates no good. Heap poor stuff," he cried, extermina t e them." brave crew was doomed. jeeringly. "Me lickee 'em evly timee. Slee "1 will g ive them a lesson before I am em run likee allee samee heap fool." through, if possible," said Frank. CHAPTER XI. The discomfited pirates retreated to a safe "And you can do it. All you have to do is to A PITCHED BATTLE. distance. They did npt venture another attack. sail aloft over their ships and blow them out of ANY one posaessed of a less steady nerve They must have suspected that something the water with bombs. Then their stronghold and clearer than Frank Reade, Jr., might was wrong with the air-ship. you can batter down wit. h heavy cans of dyna-have mad!! a fatal mistake in this serious pre;But not one of them dreamed that is was mite launched from a thousand feet in the air. dicament. possessed of the power to sail in the air. Oh, you have an engine of warfare in your air-But the famous invent.or had no idea of sue They regarded it as some sort of a vehicle, ship, Mr. Reade, not to be despised. It beats cumbing to the fate which threateaed. the manner of propulsion being but a vague .anything. But you are well enough aware of "The air-ship must be got out of the way," matter to them. that." he mused. "But how? '!'he storage jars must Camp fires were soon gleaming in all direc" Perhaps so," agreed Frank. "But 1 would be filled in some way." tions. Our friends were literally surrounded. like to ask you a few questions, Mr. Deane." He looked up at the sky as if to invoke a "That is all right," cried Will Deane, confi" Well r' flood of water. In vain he tried to think of deHtly. "They will attack us again to-morrow "This stronghold of Wing Ho, you say, is a some expedient. and then we will just annihilate them." mighty Ca.vernr' Meanwhile, the pirates seemed in no hurry A good watch was posted on board the air" Yes." to force the battle. ship that night. "And his ships can sail into it'/'' Night was at hanq, the shades of darkness But Chinamen, unlike Indians, are not good "They can. It is like a vast high-roofed fast settling down, and they were preparing scouts. No stratagem was attempted. grotto. There Is a safe harbor within where the camp. When morning came they were in the same the pirate vessels can ride safely at anchor." Frank drew a breath of relief. J?Osition. Those on board the. air-ship were "That is remarkable." "They dol).'t mean to attack us to-night," he astir at an early hour. "Yes, it sounds like old time romance. But cried. "The morrow may bring us something. An attack was an!Jcipated, but it did not I know it for I have seen it. Every few days a But the words were barely out of his mouth come. captured prize is brought into the grotto. before Will Deane cried: Not that day did the Chinese pirates make .Sometimes a Chinese merchant ship, and again "You are mistaken, Mr. Reade. They do an attack upon the air-ship. Another night some foreign VP-ssel. Oh, these Chinese pirates mean to attack us." was passed and the second day Frank com preare the worst that ever sailed the seas. What "What 'I'' cried Frank. hended their motive. is worse, they are quite well protected. They "Look there!" He also realized the very desperation of their -are hand in glove with their fellow miscreants, Sure enough, a line of the Chinamen, with situation. 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    T FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC .AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLII?SE." Part I.' "Theymeanto starve usput,".he declared. speciesoffascinationsuchasthesoldierissome"There is no doubt plenty of wate:.; a few "That is certainly their game. It is a bad out-times said to experience upon the battle-field. feet under this soil. It is the solution of the look for us." The Chinese pirates this time evidently meant difficulty." "You are right," echoed Dr. Vaneyke. "We a victorious attack. Then he called Pomp and Barney down into shall all soon die of thirst; there is not a drop They were massed in great force and advanced the place. of water aboard." upon the Eclipse in the shape of a triangle. But "Bring picks and shovels!" he. commanded. The situation was indeed appalling. It was their close lines was a fatal mistake. "Shure, an' phwat's up. now, Misther discussed in executive council. "Wait until you can almost see the color of cried Barney. "Is it a tunnel yez will All manner of schemes were suggested. It their eyes," cried Frank, then give it to be afther diggin' out under the blatherskites was finally decided that the only way was to them." and blowing them all up in a heap with dyna-make a sally and try to defeat the foe in open The comman.d was obeyed. The Chinamen mite 'I'' field. advanced slowly until within a hundred yards "I had not thought of that, Barney. Not a This, however, would be almost suicidal. In of the air-ship. bad scheme," replied Frank. "But I don't the face of such overpowering numbers the re-Then with a wild yell they started on the think we'll try it. Bring your shovels and dig sult could not be doubtful. charge. down here until you come to water. That is But at this moment ot doubt the At fifty yards Frank gave the command to what we want." pirates made a little diversion. fire. Barp.ey looked dumfounded. Suddenly one of them was seen bearing a A sheet of flame leaped from the air-ship's "Shure, it's a well yez want, Misther Frank," white flag. At once Frank Reade stepped out side. Just as fast as the repeaters could be he cried. "An' why didn'tanny av us think av upon deck. worked, a storm of bullets poured into the that afore Ha, ha, hal av course it's the cheap-The truce-bearer, a giant ruffian of the lowest ranks of the foe. est way to get wather! Well, I niver!" Chinese type, advanced until within speaking Nothing human could well withstand, that Everybody else on board felt like kicking distance, and then addressed Frank in Chi-withering fire. themselves for not having thought of this sim-nese : The shots of the Mongolians were without pie method before. The famous inventor could not understand effect for they struck the metal sides of the "Well, that is very odd," declared Dr. Vanthis, so he called Sam Hop out as interpreter. air-ship and rattled off harmlessly. eyke. "Why, we might have been many miles The colloquy which ensued was amusing as In vain they tried to reach the air-ship's r ail. from here by this time." well as interesting. I The front ranks were mowed down in heaps. "There is a possibility that ;ve may not get Sam Hop and the truce-bearer harangued for Nothing could stand up before such a deadly water even by digging a well," said Frank. a few moments. Then Hop turned to Fran,k fire. In wildest confusion the pirates broke" But I do not fear such a contingeqcy. I am and said : ranks and fled. quite sure that a few feet down in that soil we "Pilate man say, Melican man surrendE)r. :u Fully half a of their number were will find an abundance." not he killee quick." left dead upon the plam. Barney and Pomp went to work with a will. Oh, that is what he says, is it 'I'' exclaimed Thus ended the second atTh_ey wielded the pick and shovel with great Frank. "Ask him if he is one of Wing Ho's tack upon the, aJ.r-shtp. Another was not sktll. precious gang." eilW of water followed. the camp of the p1rates. Loud shouts and spranoup with a great cry A h .. t h' 11 t d h . ,.., c eer up a t 1s announcement. angry ye s gree e ts revort to h1s fellow v1l-"What a fool I ami" he ejaculated Of .. A f f lains. . . ew eet more, declared Dr. Vaneyke. course 1t 1s the eas1est thmg m the world to get "Give way with a will boys." Then it was seen that the pirates :vere about water in that way!'' At exactly eighteen a great jet of water to make a fresh_ upon the Echpse. spurted into the well. A heavy vein had been Reade was st1ll dubwus as to the result. CHAPTER XII. struck and in a few mome ts th t a "Oh f t l" h d "I d 't n e wo lggers or wa er e groane see ESCAPE. were up to their knees in the welcome liquid. why we were so careless as to let those Jars_ get AN Idea had occurred to the famous inventor They were drawn up out of the well. Then a empt!. If I could only get which was so simpie and perfectly natural line was lowered several times in the course of w1 orkmg we would qmckly spoil thelr withal that he was 3:stonished at his failure in an hour, which finally showed three feet of tttle game. not having discerned it before. water ln. the well But as matters were, it seemed that the only A great change came over him. There was now no reason why this should way was to meet the foe with the repeating He went down mto the atr-ship's hold. Here not be utilized. It was allowed a reasonable rifles and_ trust to them alone. he used a pocket lantern he found a slide length of time to settle, then a pipe was lowAccordmgly the loopholes were opened and fn the metal bottom of the air-ship. ered and attached to a hand-pump. every man armed with a repeater stood by Th1s he opened and stepped down upon the In a short while the tank was filled, and also one. ground beneath. He picked up a handful of the storage jars. Frank was not long in getThe situation was not wholly without a the soil and examined it. ting the into running order.

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    i I 0 Part I. FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELEC'l'RIC A I R-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE." By this time darkness had settled down over on de plain," replied Pomp. "I jes' fink he CHAPTER XIII. the plain. take Care Ob hisself." SAM HOP'S PECULIAR EXPERffiNCE. "You will not attempt to leave here until "That was proper," said the young yachts THE bomb dropped by Frank Reade, Jr., as morning 1" asked Dr. V a.neyke of Frank. man. "These Chinese horse& are of a Tartar seen in the search-light's glare, dropped full "Yes, I shall leave at once," said Frank, posibreed, and all quite able to take care of them-upon the deck of the pirate junk. tively. "We can afford to take no more selves if given their liberty, even in a barren A terrific explosion followed, and a vast ori chances. Why, the miscreants might creep country." flee was torn in the deck. The pirates were up on us in the darkness and overwhelm us.'' The Ecliplie was drifting slowly through a hurled right and left, and many were killed. we travel far by night1" mass of fleecy clouds, and Caleb Squeers had A cheer went up from those on the deck of "Why not1 We have the compass to guide entertaining the crowd with one of his the air-ship. us. But it is hardly likely that we shall make comical yarns, when Dr. Vaneyke suddenly ex-The effect upon the pirates was fearful. They more than twenty miles before daybreak. I claimed: looked up and could see nothing only a blind-shall run the propellers slowly." "As I live, Frank, I believe we are over the ing glare of light. Frank now connected the different parts of salt water." Out of this came th" ose terrible bombs like the machinery with the dynamos, and the A glimmer of water far below was plainly the destructi. ve bolts of Jove. Their terror was ) electric current was turned on. seen Also a sharp cry esqaped all. wonderful to witness. 1 Pomp took his station once more in the Lights were seen fla!lhing upon the bosom of The grapplings between the two ships broke pilot-house, and Barney went to the .enginethe heaving sea far below. The outlines of two and they drifted apart. The English ship sped room. ships could be faintly distinguished. away in the darkness as if glad to escape. The Eclipse was once more all right, and This m uch was discerned when a startling But Frank Reade, Jr. had not done with the good care was taken to have the storage jars incident ensued. junk yet. He to Barney who c!Lme up well illled. There was a sudden flash of brilliant light, out of the cabin with a long coil : of electric The night was pitchy dark. Far out on the and the distant boom of a cannon. Then wire. plain the gleam of the camp-fires of the foe to the hearing of those on board the This, by Frank's orders, Barney paid out over could be seen. air-ship there came the loud yells and cries and the rail until it had trailed in the water far be-But they did not dream of what was going on crashing blows of a combat. low. Then Frank put on a pair of insulated on board the air-ship. In an instant the Eclipse's crew were in a gloves and connected the other end of the wire If they had, it was safe to say that their state of excitement. with the air-ship's dynamos. emotions would have been of a different sort. Every man was upon his feet, and Dr. VanHolding the wire free of the rail, Frank turnSuddenly, by Frank's order, Pomp set the ro. ed a key "which sent the deadly current into it. tascopes whirring. It fight between sh1ps: I v;,1ll "We will fix them this time," he said to Dr. With a mighty rush the Eclipse sprang up 1t the work of ,the. Chmese pirates. Vaneyke, who stood by, watching him curious-into the air. Up three hundred feet it shot. We Will soon know, !ja!d Frank. ly. Far below could be seen the camp-fires of the He sprang to the search-light. The next mo"Are you going to kill the whole gang, foe. the below was rendered as plain as Frank 1" asked the scientist. Will you not An idea occurred to Frank. Ill broad daylight. spare some of them 1" He sprang to the search-light and turned on Dr. surmise had proved "Why should !1" cried the famous inventor. the current. It _was mdeed a fight between the ptrates and They are murderers and it is but justice that "I'll give them a little scare," he cried. "Just a of n9ble size and which carried the flag we are dealing them." see the fun." f . . "You are right," agreed the doctor. "They . . The prrates Junk lay alongs1de English canl\ot be dealt with too severely.'' The famous mventor s prediCtiOn was not far ship B F k' d th h d . y ran s comman e arr-s 1p now move ':rong. The search-lights blindmg pathway It was a thrilling sight. The rails of the forward a slight ways. This drew the wire light, suddenly turned upon the foes two ships were covered with fighting men. across the hull of the pirate junk. camp, was a n;ost startlmg development for The smoke and din of battle was terrific. The result. was thrilling. The wood of the them. But the pirates were seen to be the stropger vessel ignited like punk beneath the influence were thro':n mto a state of the Wtldest force. It was beyond doubt that they would of the fierce current. contusiOn and surely English crew. In a moment the flames burst upward and Of course ?Y upward they could not The result was easy to reckon. A general the ship burned like a rag saturated with kero see the Eclipse Ill the face of that powerful massacre and the looting of the ship would sene. From fore to aft, from hull to masthea
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    0 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELEC'fRIC AIR-SHIP, 'fHE "ECLIPSE:" Part I. be agreed, with glee. "Jes' yo' count dis yer Frank went to the cabin stairway and called an inl!ufficient altitude, it had collided w 'ith the chicken info' dat. l'se wid yo', honey." sternly for Barney and Pomp. crags and only by what was a lucky chance Poor Sam Hop never dreamed of what was Ay, sor, here I ami" cried Barney, appear-had escaped wreck and demolition. coming. His bunk was in .the forward cabin, ing on the scene with as innocent a mug as one Examination of the and. the compass and near Barney and Pomp. It had been his might expect to see. showed that the small pm, by wh1ch the rudder intention to retire but Pomp called him on .. Does yo' want me, Marse was set in the pilot-house, had shifted fully six 'deck on a slight p;etext, and held him there 'Here was Pomp, looking as innocent as a degrees This had set the air-ship's course in while Barney went below and fixed up the lit-lamb. Frank looked hard at the two jokers. land. l tie game for poor Sam Hop. 'Look here, boys," he said, s harply. "I Had Pomp remained at his post, no doubt Pretty soon Barney reappeared and gave don't want you to molest Sam Hop again. Do the accident would not have happened. But Pomp the wink. The darky at once cut Hop's you understand that 'I'' at that altitude when over the sea it was very society and went back to the pilot-house. Ther!l was a tell-tale twinkle in Barney's eye often customary to set the ail:-ship's rudder, as After a tilne, the Mongolian once more started as he replied: the helm of a ship is lashed at to retire. "Shure, Misther Frank, don't yez iver be-Frank went down into the hold With an The events of the day had somewhat wearied lave that I'd hurt the Chinayser for me loife. I electric lantern, and made an examination of Hop, and he was anticipating a good, sound think as much ov him as I do me mither-in-the air-ship's hull. sleep. He quickly divested himself of nis law; bejabers, that's thrue!'' There was nothing to iudicate that the outer garm.ents, and then placing his hands "Fo' de Law's sake, Marse Frank!" protest-Eclipse had been done any great injury, so far upon a metal rail, he swung himself into his ed Pomp. "I wouldn't hurt dat chile fo' any-as the hull was concerned. There was a few bunk. fing. We's jes' as good frien's as a cat an' a dents in the platinum shell, but these were of In getting itt or out of the bunk, Sam always mouse." little consequence, found it necessary to gral:! hold of this iron "I see the guilt right in your faces, you ras-As Frank clambered out of the hold, how rail. This fact Barney was well aware of cals," cried Fra.b.k, suppressing a laugh in ever, .a loud cry of alarm came from the deck Not but a few yards away, ensconced behind spite of himself. "But, undeJ:Stand it, this above. a screen, were the two jokers, already splitting roasting business has got to stop, We'll have In an instant the young inventor sprang up with inward laughter over the prqspective sue-no more of it on this ship." the stairs, and met Dr. Vaneyke. The scien cess of their scheme. With much dignity, Frank told Hop that it tist's face was pallid, and his manner extremely Barney held under his arm a machine which was only an unkind joke played on him by the excited. the average schoolboy would have at once iden-two rascals and that if he would go back to "What's the matter 'I'' asked Frank, sharply. tified as a magic lantern. bed now he would be troubled no more. In "Something is wrong with the machinery," "Is yo' ready, I'ish whispered Pomp. "I this way the terrified Celestial's fears were replied the savant. "We are sinking." done fink de lamb am ready fo' de slaughter." calmed and peace once more reigned. Frank instantly realized tliis from the pecu" Begorra, thin, here goes!" cried the Celt, as No sooner had this been acccomplished, how-liar feeling The air-ship was certainly sink-he turned on the light. ever, when a startling thing Otnnected the rail with a for an instant stunned, and when Frank wedged in such a manner that the revolutions lightly charged wire. The poor Chinaman got Reade, Jr., managed to regain his feet, the of the drum was slow and uncertain. Barney a good grip on the rail, but there he was held Eclipse rocked like a ship at sea. was trying to remove these fragments but with-fast. "My God! What was cried Dr. Van-out success As in a vise he was held, and In vain he eyke, the first to recover himself. ' We are Frank saw at once with a feeling of relief tried to fr<>e himself. His terror was be-going to destruction." that the injury was only temporary and easily yond expression. The apparition had gone, for "No, no!" cried Frank Reade, Jr., excitedly. repaired. Barney had closed the lantern slide, and he "The ship yet floats. To the wheel, Pomp! Of course, it would necessi'tate a descent and and his colleague Pomp were rolling on the Throw out the search-light-lively!" some hours of labor, possibly the loss of a floor convulsed with silent laughter. The famous inventor's order was quickly day's time. But the journal could be replaced While poor Sam Hop was yelling and howiobeyed. Pomp was at the wheel instantly and with a perfect one and then the air-ship could ing with terror and trying to break his grip on Barney at the search-light. go on 'ltg_ain. the rail, suddenly Barney 'Shut off the cur-The ship was now on a steady keel and the Seeing this, Frank sprang back again to the rent and Sam Hop, freed, gave one leap and rotascopes were revolving all right and the pro-deck. He turned the search-light downward. went flying out on deck. peller doing its duty. What had caused the They were just above a broad shelf which jutOf course the racket had brought Frank ted out from the mountai9side. Reade, Jr., Dr. Vaneyke and everybody else "What was it 'I'' cried Will Deane. "Did we Down upon this .they settled. The Eclipse out of the main cabin. strike struck the ground with a little shock and the They rushed on deck to find poor Sam Hop "I don't see how we could at this altitude," rotascopes ceased to revolve. in a state of terror bordering on insanity, replied Frank. "It is more likely that some Of course it was unfortunate that the acci while Barney and Pomf! were nowhere to be missile has struck us. Perhaps some ship be-dent should have occurred. Yet, on the other found. low has .fired a cannon ball at us." hand, it was a matter of congratulation that The truth was, the two jokers were so con "If so, then the air-ship is likely to be seriworse had not happened. vulsed with laughter that they dared not show ously damaged," cried Dr. Vaneyke. The darkness was fast giving way to the light themselves for fear of betraying the game. "The search-light will tell the story." of day. Until it should come it was impossible The only clear explanation Sam could give This was true. Barn!l:r now had the search-to tell with any degree of certainty beyond the Frank was by no means lucid. light in working order. Its rays were turned rays of the search-light just what sort of a "Debbil in Chineeman's bed!" he cried downward. All gave an exclamation of sur-region was about them. trembling as with an ague. "Sam Hop catchee prise at the sight revealed. But the immediate question was the repairhold, han gee on, neber lettee go. Debbil after The water was no longer beneath them. A ing of the broken journal. Sam, wan tee go back, ueber go wid Melican wild, rocky country, broken into mountain A new journal was procured from the store man, debbil gettee him!" ranges, lay below. room, and Barney and Pomp set at work to ad "Pshaw!" cried Frank, reassuringly. "There The Eclipse now sailed above one of the crags just it, under Frank's direction. is nothing on board to hurt you, Hop. Upon not fifty feet from its summit. The shock was It promised to be the job of only a few hours, my soul, I believe those two rascals, Barney at once explained. and they were making famous progress when and Pomp, have been playing roots on you. In some way the air-ship had drifted from a loud cry came from the deck in Dr. Vaneyke's I'll find out." her course, and passing over the mountains at voice:

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    FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELEC'l'RIC AIR:SHIP, THE 'ECLIPSE." "Frank, come up here, quick!" there's no way but to fight. Everybody on pening. The disappearance of Squeeni in so The young inventor responded at once. When deck, armed and ready to repel an assault!" strange a was a problem not easily he reached the deck he saw that daylight had Dr. Vaneyke went hastily after his rifle, solved. made all about clear and distinct. The scene Barney and Pomp left their work, for it was "Has any one seen him since the collision?" was a striking one. more necessary to defend the air-ship, and asked Frank Reade, Jr. The country was fearfully rough and rocky. Will Deane suddenJy came on deck with a None liad. Everybody made a negative re-As far as the eye could reach, all was a series startling report. ply. of unbroken mountain crags and valleys. The "Where is Squeers?" he apprehen''Well, it is a very strange thing," said the Eclipse rested upon a rocky shelf overlooking sively. "I have searched the ship over for him young inventor, curtly. "I shall be very sorry a deep valley. and can find no trace of him anywhere." if harm comes to Squeers. He was a pleasant The descent into this was most precipitous. "Squeers !" exclaimed FraJ;Lk Reade, Jr. fellow." Yet along a narrow path a number of horsemen" What does it mean? Now I call to mind. I "Begorra, he was a gintleman an' a scholar," were rapidly making their way. haven't seen him since the collision." averred Barney. The center of that consisted of eight stout armed Mongolians, ca.rrying the handles of a richly draped litter. N o doubt some Chinese dignitary, who was traveling with his body-guard. They were fully a score in number, and wore Nor It" cried Dr. Vaneyke, and all ex-'' I'se jes' sorry fo' to know dat Marse Squeers the fantastic dress of the Chinese outlaws. It changed startled glances. am done fo'," said Pomp, sincerely. was evident from their hostile action that they "Can anything have happened to him?'' "We will n'ot look at it in so serious a light had discovered the presence of the Eclipse, and "Go down to his state-room and see." as that," said Will Deane. "He may yet turn were coming to attack it. A search was at once instituted ,for Caleb up all right. Let us hope for the best." "Do you see them, Frank'?" cried Dr. Van-S
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    18 FR.ANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE : ECLIPSE." In any event, it looked to them like lawful air, their superstitious fears were excited, and CHAPTER XVI. prey, and they were determined to despoil it. they were seen to, in a body, throw themselves THE MANDARIN. How they succeeded we shall see. upon their faces in terror at what seemed to IT did not seem as if Pomp could be saved. Up the mountain path they came. When them a mighty miracle. Themonster's jaws were close upon him. Once within fifty yards of the Eclipse they opened But they were soon shut from sight, as the they caught him he would be lost. fire with their long barreled rifles. Eclipse went on her backward journey over There was not time to draw the lint! up. The bullets rattled harmlessly against the the mountain top. Only an instant was there in which to act. side of the Eclipse. \ The air-ship kept within a reasonable dis-But brief as that. time was Frank Reade was Sam Hop chuckled with glee at the result, tance of the earth, and th'ose on her deck were ready for the exigency. His rifle was at his and cried: on the watch, with powerful glasses, for some shoulder, and he pulled the trigger. f. "Bad Chinee gettee him head in tlubble. sign of Squeers, dead or alive. It was a wonderful shot. The explosive shell Heap killee quick. Hop shootee, but neber But thus far he was not to be seen. Soon entered the shark's mouth. There was a con gettee hurtee." the gleam of the waters of the sea was visible. cussion, and the next moment the monster lay With this the pig-tailed defender of the At this juncture, Frank said: bottom upward on the water with his immense Eclipse took aim at the foremost of the bandits. "It is hardly likely that he fell into the sea. jaws blown literally off. There was a sharp report, and the wretch If he did, he has undoubtedly become food for A wild cheer went up from the crew of the tumbled out of his saddle. the sharks. air-ship, and they pulled upon the line. Pomp A volley from the Eclipse made fearful havoc "Perhaps not,'' said Dr. Vaneyke. "He rose from the water just in time to escape the in the foe's midst. Frank threw a few of his may have escaped them." jaws of a second man-eater. patent explosive shells into tQ.eir ranks. The "It is hardly likely," declared Frank;; "unIn a few mome{lts he was once more on the result was fearful to witness. less he found some raft to cling to. However, air-ship's deck safe and well. It was a marvel-The attacking party could not face so de-we will go back far enough to satisfy all doubt." ous rescue, and now that the darky was sare structive a fire, and the remnant of the gang Soon the Eclipse was above the tossing his hair fairly stood on end as he thought of turned and fled. Down the mountain side waters of the ocean. Suddenly, as all were his narrow escape. they went belter-skelter. scanning the sea's surface, a loud cry escaped "Golly!" be exclaimed, with wide open eyes Sam Hop yelled with a:lee as they retreated. Pomp. like saucers. "I neber fink ob dar being sich He was overjoyed at the sweeping victory. "Fo' goodJJess sake, Marse Frank!" be cried. big sharks as dem in dis paht ob de worl'. No, But Frank gazed anxiously into the valley ";Ain't 'dat a man's bead down dere in de I neber did." below and said: watab'l'' "You have bad a lucky escape, Pomp,'' de" We're not done with them yet. It is im-It was not a man's bead, but a drifting bit of clared Dr. Vaneyke. "And I am glad that possible to tell how many confederates they wreckage. Pomp, however, leaning over the shark did not get his grip on you." may have in the valley below there." rail, was so excited that he did not think of "The same, Pomp," cried Will Deane, while Then he went hastily back to the task of re-the consequences. Sam Hop nodded his head and grinned in ap-placing the broken journal, with Barney and Suddenly his foot slipped, he made a desper-probation. Pomp. ate effort to recover his balance, and then top-But Barney rushed upon his fellow voyager wasseenoftbebanditsforthe piing, fell. Downbesbot like a stone 'from aandembracedbim, time. What troubled everybody the most now catapult. "Begorra Ameriky wud have lost wan av' was the of Caleb Squeers. He struck the and was out of sight its broight if yez had been ate up by that All sorts of theortes were but hke a flash. A >mgbty cry of horror went up shark, naygur!" cried the overjoyed Hibernian. none of them seemed to offer any valid expla-from all on board the air-ship "I'm that glad I could sthan' on me head fer a nation of the mystery. "Begorra, the naygur has fallen overboard!" week that I could:" That he was gone was certain. But how he cried Barney. "Sure it's mesilf as is the dandy p t b tb' ff had left the air-ship and under what circum-swimmer and I'll save himP' d ompt qm; Yt. IS b ef usthve stances it was most difficult to guess. The brave Irishman had thrown off his coat f e;pns ra wnda: 1 tme e ore e The hours passed, and Will Deane had sug-and would have leaped after his friend, and uBytrFecovekreRe dts ebqud 1 rmmt tb .1 t h h' d u ran a e a gone o e pt o ouse gested leavmg the atr-s tp an engagmg m a thus only made matters worse but for Frank d d' t' L N 7th E 1 S an a JUS mg ever o. e c tpse now quest for the m1ssmg queers, when Frank Reade, Jr. ted k d u h t t'l t d moun s ywar p s e wen un 1 a an Reade, Jr., wtth Barney an Pomp, apppeared The young mventor caught Barney by the 1 t' f th h d d f t k e eva 1on o ree un re ee on dec . shoulders. . Then the air-ship continued on her course Themachmerybadbeenrepatredandtbeair "Stop!" he cried. "Don't you dare to do 1 th tf d' t f th B t ship was once more ready to go on its way. that. If you would save your friend go to the at ong f .or aC 11s ban ... ce ur er. f u ndo race o e mtssmg a e oqueers was oun "But what shall we do about T ask pilot-bouse, number Quick! so it was assumed that search was useless and ed Dr. Vaneyke. Stand by all w1th lines. We wtll save Pomp th the had gone to his death is only one that I can acyet." ;he spirits of all were depressed by cept, sa1d Frank, He have Frank Reade, Jr., knew well Pomp s awful this chilling conviction. Squeers had been much fallen overboard. At what time and JUSt where peril. He knew that the waters of the bay be-l'k d b all and his loss was a serious blow we have no means of knowing. We can go back low were literally alive with sharks. :b y t in our course with the faint hope of finding was but a remote chance that Pomp would es F e pkarhy. ld t h ll b d b' ,.. ran owever, wou no w o y a an on 1m. cape wtth h1. s hfe. hope "It is the least that we can do," said Will The air-ship went down with a sudden drop Deane. "As much afl I am alarmed about lJIY until within twenty feet of the water. There "He be alive yet," he declared. "At com ;pan ions at Boca Tigris, I am not willing to the propeller was checked, and just enough least, we Wtll keep a close eye upon the country go ahead without .fl.rst, if possible, having as-speed given the rot:tscopes to hold her in susbelow as we go along the back track once certained the fate of Caleb Squeers." pension. more. Squeers was a shrewd fellow and may "And you are right" declared Frank Reade, Twenty feet above the water's surface those have provided for the exigency very cleverly." Jr. "Back we will go: It may be possible that on the of the Eclipse saw Pomp come to The air-ship OD;Ce more :went on he: way to he fell on land and escaped with a few broken the surface. At the same time in the trans-ward the stronghold of Wmg Ho. Wtll Deane bones. If he fell in the water, be is no doubt parent waters they could see four huge sharks and Sam Hop indicated the course necessary food for sharks before this." rushing for their prey. to be pursued. "Let us hope not,'' said Will Deane. "Dive, Pomp!" shouted Frank Reade, Jr., But the thrilling. incidents of the day were This sentiment was fervently echoed by all. and not a moment too soon. by Ito means over. The air-ship was calmly Pomp went into the pilot-house and set the Poo;tp was a duck in the water, and went forging along through space, when suddenly a rotascopes in motion. The Eclipse, like a large under just in time to avoid a huge shark. sharp cry came from Will Deane, who was bird, sprang into the air. When he came up a line was thrown him, and stationed in 'the bow of the craft. Just as they rose three hundred feet above he gr11-sped it. But at that moment a monster "What is the matter?" asked Frank, as he the mountain top, Will Deane and Dr. Vaneyke shark came close upon him, and there was not joined the young American. caught sight of a large number of the bandits time to draw him away from the awful yawn "Matter enough!" cried Deane. "Come coming up the mountain side. They were evi-ing jaws which were a trap of death. here, Mr. Reade, and I will show you quite an dent1y returning to the attack, but now that interesting spectacle." they saw the Eclipse so far above them in the "Ah!" exclaimed Frank. "What ma.y it be r'

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    . .. I t .1 Part I. FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW E L ECTRIC AIRSHIP, THE "ECLIPSE." 19 He joined Deane, who pointed downward, "If Ireland could only whip England as easy much, Caleb had decidd to crawl up the saying: as that wouldn't she like it," said Will Deane, mountain side as far as possible and wait for "Do you see it now 'l" with a roguish-look at Barney. daylight. Frank did see it, and experienced a thrill. It The Celt shrugged his shoulders and replied But his troubles were not yet over. Sudden was, a scene which was well calculated to en with a comical grin: ly he felt the earth give way beneath his feet, chain one's attentiqn. Shure, Barney O'Shea would this minnit realized too late that he was upon the brow of The country below was into hills and be sittin' on the throne av his ancisters in dear the precipice and fell-down-down and then valleys. Through a rocky pass between two of ould Ireland if Misther Frank wua let me the he recei'er Of course, by this time, all on board had also He was leaning against the rail of the ship to get out of here 1 Ah !" been attracted to the rail. when the shock came. So sudden was it that He arose to his feet and gazed to the east. Frank spoke to Sam Hop. he had not time to recover himself and went ward long and searchingly. What do you think of that, Sam 1" he asked. over the edge down into space. "If I am not mistaken," he reflected, the "What sort of a personage is traveling in that Fortunately, the distance was not great, sea lies in that direction. Now if I re'ach the fashion 1" and Squeers fell lightly -upon a soft bed of coast I can make my way to Boca Sam Hop made some grotesque gesticulations moss. He rolled over: several times and picked Tigris, barring getting nabbed by the Chinese and replied: himself up, a little bruised but not seriou_<;ly pirates. At any rate, I will be more apl! to fall Him heap big mandarin. Trabble allee hurt. in with the Eclipse again. At least; I can see samee order of emperor. Pilates killee quick, "Great gimcracks!" he gasped, "I'm in for no other or better way. I will do it." Melican man no sabe." it now. What a fool I was not to see that the A tall bush near held some bei-ries Squeers "Just as I thought," said Frank. "Well, air-ship was likely to strike this hill. I am partly his b.unger with a meal upon mandarins should know better than to travel lost!" them. through such a country without a 'strong A deep groan escaped his lips as this realiza-Then he tilled his cob pipe with choice fine cut guard." tion was forced upon him. He saw theair-sh!p's tobacco and set out in more cheerful spirits up"Him no fink of pilates,"rejoined)Iop. "Fink lights go over the summit of the mountain and on his pilgrimage to the sea. he hab body-guard allee safe-slee ?" out of sight. It was by no means an easy task climbing "I slee! ; exclaimed Frank, w;ith a laugh. All was clear to the quick-witted fellow. He over the hill tops and the devious de Well, we will give those pirates a surprise knew that it would be hours before he was files. party." missed, and then it would be difficult fo1: those But he kept on bravely until afternoon, when Frank had <;Iecided on a different method of on board the air-ship to tell where to look for from a high he obtained the first view defeating the fo e The idea of taking human him. of the sea and knew that he had set his course life was exceedingly repugnant to him. There-In the meantime, ou foot and without arms right. This was a source of much satisfaction to fore, he did not use the bombs as before. i'n the 'wild region, he stood a good chance of him, and he on with increased courage. He gave Pomp orders to let the air-ship drop. starving to death, or encountering savage wild He was getting faint and hungry, but he re Pomp obeyed the command and the Eclipse beasts or the pirates infested these hills. fleeted that if he could r each the shore he gradually settled down into the pass. :ro fall into their hands he well knew meant could find shellfish enough to sustain life. Then one of the outlaws chanced to look up d eath. As he went on now, the country began to and saw the air-ship for the fir s t time. The For a moment he was overcome with the undergo a change. The mountains gave way effect was beyond description. force of the refl e ction. It was certainly a du-to a low, rolling country:densely wooded. The fellow let out a yell of terror which was bious outlook. Suddenly Caleb to the banks of. a wide heard by those on the deck of the air-ship. The But Caleb Squeers was not one given to stream.Upon the opposite shore was a dense result was comical. despair, at least not for long. Pluck was a clump of poplar trees. The plucky newspaper He turned and fled as if pursued by his Sapredominant element in his nature. correspondent had nearly reached the verge of tanic majesty. The others followed, and in a "Well," he philosophized, "here. I am. I'm the high bank overlooking the river, when a jiffy were hidden behind the bowlders and bound to admit. that I was a cursed fool for startlin' g sight cauRed him to start backward ledges of the hills. here, but I've got to make the best of and instantly slip into the cover of a thicket. It was a laughable sight and those o.n the it. In some way or other I must find the Upon the. shore close to the water's edge deck of the Eclipse were prone to give way to Eclipse." stood a couple of Mongolians. Their rou_gh great merriment. I As it was altogether too dark to continue his dress and long swords proclaimed them speci is an easy victory," cried Dr. Vaneyke. or even make it safe to prowl about mens of Wing Ho's gang of pirates. -

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    20 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE." Part I. Drawn up close to the bank of the. river was not a mandarin, but a prince of the blood. safe here, I assure you. They will return when a four-oared sampan, or canopied boat. Moreover, according to Hop's statement, he they think the danger is over." Caleb gazed upon the pirates from his hiding-could talk English and his name was Prince "But it will not be safe for you to -stay here place with interest. Kong. The air-ship settled down and came to alone," said Frank. -....-/" He did not doubt but that these two had coma rest upon the bed of the pass. Prince Kong "Safe!" said the prince, producing some re panions near and they were in the neigh-remained standing in the same position, gazvolvers of the American pattern. "No wild borhood for some villainous purpose. Just ing eagerly at the air-ship and betraying not beasts around here will attack me." w;hat this was he had no means of ,knowing, the least particle of fear. "Ah, but the. pirates! But for our arrival but was determined to if possible ascertain. What was more, he made a gesticulation of I have no doubt they would, before this, have s 1 t d t t' f F k Re d t porter eheved that he could make hts way m t f .1 'th A .r l'f accep e an tnv1 a wn o ran a e o m th al . you were no am1 tar w1 mer1Can 1 e. t h h. smoo water ong the coast unttlBocaTtgrts "Of course, replied Prince Kong. "I only spec t e a1r-s _1p. was reached. h t 1 t d th 1 When the prmce went on board the Echpse With Caleb impulse went far.' To thlnk was wishd t a my pteop des 0?1 upt_on e ane he was welcomed with ceremony, every one 0 of a vancemen an ClVl 1za ton as yours. 1 to act, and first sure that the coast Th t b 'bl d doffing therr hats, save Sam Hop, who fell on 1 1 b d th d h a may e poss1 e some ay. h' f .1 I was c ear: e accepte e armg c ance, ",Ah I fear that day is far distant said 1s ace m a e From bts covert be sprang, and down to the p 'K 'tb h "F t 1 k But the prmce qmckly made htmself agree J water's edge. The next moment his rmce ongd,lw1 f a sthg. h odr mtshanced, 00 table and at home aboard the Eclipse. He glad. at the co war y ear w 1c ma e em eser were upon the .bow of the hght sampan and If th A tb ly accepted a fine Havana from Wtll Deane and he shoved it into the water. their prmce. ey w(lre meriCans ey chatted with Barney and Pomp. Then he sprang in, and the light craft shot would,. stand ground and face the fiends of Then be went below with Frank to fpspect out into the middle of the stream. hades. d bt th th ht th t d 't the machinery of the air-ship. "No ou ey oug a some e1 y 1 d d fi I' But a mad yell came from the shore, and the d th 'd F k "Go ly, at am e nes' gemman se seen m four ongolians, brandishing their swords, own upon em, sat ran dis yer heathen country yetr 'averred Pomp. rushed down to the water's edge wtt a aug I jes' goes yo' two fo' one, !'ish, dat he am a Two of them leaped into the water and be "They should not thiljlk so, for all of them New York gemman in C.isguise, out fer a lark." .gan to swim out to overtake the sampan. were in Hong Kong and heard of the exploit of "Don't yez be givin' me any av that sthuff, "No, you don't!" chuckled Squeers, adjust your air-ship there. Ah, sir, my father, the naygur," retorted Barney. "Don't yez s'pose ing a pair of oars. "This is my picnic. So emperor and I greatly regret that miserable I knows a rale Chinaysed Yez can't fool Bar-long, yellow birds! I'll see you In Hong Kong occurrence. We hope to be able to render you ney O'Shea, an' goin' to a Yankee college and or New York." greater hospitality before yo u leave our counIarnin' to talk American cain't make a Yankee Squeers easily left the swimmers astern, and try." out av a Chinayser at all, at all, an' yez kin jes' he Jiterally made the sampan fly through the "Ah, then you have heard of my air-ship be-bet yer loife on it." water. But his victory was fore said Frank. Then the two jokers went to the rail and Suddenly !turning. a bend in th1 river, be "Assuredly, and of your wonderful inven-frightened the wits out of the demoralized chanced to look over his shoulder, and he was tions before I left America. I am glad to weibody-guard of the prince by telling them Mun horrifled to see the rlver literally filled with come you to my province and hope that you chausen tales, with Sam Hop as interpreter. sampans, all corning up stre!m toward him. will help me to rid it of the curse which has for Sam was a practical joker himself. cent_uries held it in dis:epute. We have sent Meanwhile, Prince Kong was with much inarmtes against these ptrates, but cannet seem terest and wonderment viewing the interior CHAPTER XVIII. to exterminate them." mechanism of t!Je Eclipse. A PRINCE OF THE REALM. "I think I can give them a good lesson before The prince was well educated in the special SAM HoP's cry of recognition, as the man-I_am declared Frank. "But my m isbranches of science and machinery and knew darin gained his feet and regarded the airswn here lS to effect the rescue of several of my something of electrical forces. So Frank's ex ship with evident joy, was a surprise to Frank who are held prisoners by the pi-planations were comprehensive to him. Reade, Jr., and the others. rates. "Wonderful!" he exclaimed, when the in' t "So, ho! Muchee good! Heapee luck!" vocif"I am aware of that," r eplied Prince Kong, spection was finished. "And this is all your l erated Hop, dancing like an American. Indian. "and I deplore greatly the fact that they were own invention, Mr. "What is the matter with you, cried captured and held in such a manner. My "It is," replied Frank. Frank, sharply. What ails troops and my exchequer are at your diaposal "Why, with a fleet of these air-ships you "Me feelee good. Sleet Melican man know in the attempt to rescue the prisoners." could whip the navies of the world." dat Chinaman! Hi111 no mandarin. Him "Indeed, I thank you," replied Frank. "But ""Without doubt." Prince Kong, He heap trabbler, talkee a llee what will you do for the Your ser"Then, Mr. Reade, I will commission you on samee Melican roan, lib in Melican man's coun-vants and body-guard seem to have gone bebehalf of the emperor to build China as many tlee allee life." yond recall." . of these ships as you can at your own price." Frank Reade caught enough of this to realize "I'll have every one of them lashed for this!'' Frank shook his head. that the erstwhile occupant of the litter was said Prince Kong, angrily. "But I am quite "What r exclaimed the prince, in surprise J 1

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    I FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW ELEC'l'RIC .AIR-SHIP, THE 'ECLIPSE." 21 "You refuse 1" But what an escape for Prince Kong. Had" If you will direct us in our course I will take "I do.'' replied Frank, bluntly. "I will tell he not been aboard the airship there was little you thither gladly." you why, sir. The secret of this air-ship is doubt but that it would have been his end, "I will do so," -replied the prince. "This mine. I would not sell it for money, because I for there was no doubt but that his body-guard Fort Kiang Chu is the first of several military have plenty of that commodity. To place my had perished, every man of them. which I intend to establish all secret in the hands of others would revolution The prince appreciated his narrow escape through this province, and from which I can ize the world, would work an evil which--" and wiped the cold perspiration from his brow. send out bands of armed men to break up the Frank did not finish the sentence. There "Once again I owe my life to you, Mr. nests of smugglers and pirates which infe st; was a sudden, terrific explosion, the air-ship Reade," he declared, sincere ly. "How shall I these hills." rocked and pitched and leaped madly. All ever repay "Indeed I" exclaimed Frank, in surprise. were thrown upon their faces. Somethfng ter"It -,_as a lucky chance, rather," declared" This is the first that I have known of the exrible had happened. .Era.nk r modesbl.l':. "Y-our time had not yet istence of such a place." What; was iH . come, prince." "It is the first post I have established," said Frank Reade, Jr., was the first to regain his "Ahl what a fate for my soldiers. But that the prince. "But I mean to establish them so feet. He knew from tl}e motion that the aircomes of their cowardice in deserting me. But thickly that the pirates will be able to find no ship was a shooting up through space. He I should have known that we were in the dan-foothold in my domains. It is war ,to the sprang to the cabin door, gained the deck, and gerous volcanic region of Lien Ho. Yet who death." saw that the air about was vivid with brilliant would have looked for so sudden an outbreak "Your idea is a capital one," agreed Frank. flame. and with such short "You should succeed well. Perhaps we can "You are right," agreed Frank. co-operate with you for a time: At least until CHAPTER XIX. "What a terrible revulsion of Nature's my countrymen have been rescued." forces!'' commented Dr. Vaneyke, who was "With much pleasure," replied the prince. A VOLCANIC ERUPTION. studving the eruption with the critical eye of "I have at present five hundred men at Kiang FoR a moment the horrifying thought came the s'cientist. "It is a magnificent spectacle." Chu. It is a stone fort built into the sides of a to the mind of Frank Reade Jr., that the air"Begorra, I was niver so near the infernal hill, with a small battery above it. It is fairly ship was on fire. Then he dispelled this, for he regions afore in all me loife," was Barney's well defended.'' knew that it was wholly of metal and conse-comment. "Shure, av I didn't think the divil "Is there any danger of its being attacked by quently fire-proof. had come for me." the But the air-ship was shooting up through "H ,11 h b t I'" h "d p "th "Yes, and that is wliy I am on my way e a yo ye IS sa1 omp, WI a h. h I h space. grin. "Yo'll nebber get off so lucky the next t .It er present. ave a battle Barney and Pomp and Sam Hop were prost" I j tell b d t, w1th Wmg Ho's men and des1re to be present trate on the deck. They now regained their feet ebs yoi 0d 'at b 1 h h in person to directthe defense.'' h h" t d dth t t eJa ers,av on eaveyez ave oo "E hi" d F k 1 "W "ll as t e a1r-s tp was s ea y an e nex mom en dooed this party, ye black misfit!" cried Barney, sat ran y. e ':I they were above the flames. making a dash at the negro. "I'll have re go to Ktang Chu at once. It Will a capt tal Then Frank sprang to the ratl and looked f th t It, base for 1\S to work 'from. Pomp, adJust Lever o-ver. It was a fearful sight which m'et his V!Bnget por ad lnksud h .. h d No. 10 and let the Eclipse have full speed." u omp uc e ts ea "A' ht M F k" d th. k gaze. "K' d 1 1 k t f , 'f r hi" h ng arse ran cne e aar y, as Far below was the earth, but just beneath d 1 !.\: 00 ?U, 0 se h' d ts d turned the lever and the Eclipse increased the air-ship was a stupendous vomiting mass of 0 am agm a b her speed. Fifty miles could be easily covered flames, smoke, ashes, cinders and dirt; in fact, p w;s tad enh t betwe;n ft. by the air-ship in 'an hour, ll.n
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    ' FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE ,: ECLIPSE ten. Confound their yellow hides. If I had a fore we go any further, I want to know you <+]By Jove! this is tough," he muttered, opWinchester I'd perforate the carcasses of business in this locality." ])ressed with dread anxiety. <+If that cona few of the heathens." Squeers was quickwittel!l. He had grasped fQunded pirate gets the idea I am a detective The pirates drew nearer every moment, the situation readily. be won't rest until he bas my scalp. You'r; shouting and gesticulating wildly. He knew at once that thevillain before him owt of luck, Caleb &Ineers, that's Celltaf:n."' their captive no demonstration of was the renegade,. Wing or Chester Wing, With this conclusion Squeel/S tried to .-, host1hty wha.tever. W1th the utmost coolness the escaped AmeriCan conv1cl. resign himself' to fa.te. He guessed tl1U1y bbat sang-frotd Sq ueers sat down nonchalantly He was.also .aware of the. fact that his posi hewas being lllilnveyed to the stronghold lilt the m the stern of the . t1_on was delicate and one. But he piJates, wheJJe no. doul!Jt the Daisy's c11ew He produced a fine mgar, lit. 1t and blew did not g1ve way to fear. in. dl'ead captivity. great clouds of smoke from his lips. As the With the utmost nonchalance -drew a pirate boats shot up and came alongside his cigar from his pocket and telOl>dc..e it. to.:wv,8 craft he nodded pleasantly to the villainous- Ho. looking crew, who were regarding him fiercely, "Smoke, friend" he said. a.ff'a.bly. CliH..AP11Jll:R XXI. .--RIVER. and said: "Will yill,. with great pleasure ," replied Squeers, Chu created grea.t ucitement, and a. gentleman. Very glad to see. you." iimpertmbably lighting his, ltigar. jpyful cry,frGlm lips. He had no idea. that his wl>rds were tmder-"You axe. a eool one." "Lively, Barne,.r cried Frank. "Feteh me stood by the Chinese pirates and used them '' Eh r some of the elee.trie bombs. Put Olll ali speed, only to emphasize his amicable attitutle. He 1 Don't yon know that y.aUJ are in bad hands Pomp. There's lively work for us.aJJ... bowed and scraped with much zest, lilu.t all rw e are a. had gangand W.())uld just as soon la "A'right, Marse. Frankl" cried the excited this was lost upon the heathens. your head off as wink." darky. "I jes' show yo' how .t.aK de Eclipse There was nothing evidently in theirna,tures Squeersaffected surprise. can go, fc/ suah." but bloodthirstiness and they meant to. take "You don't look like: a eanni!Jal," he inbi: Pomp turned on the currenll, The air-ship's his life. Had Squeers been a coward he. weuld mated, ttoo.lly. propeller literally flew and the Eclipse went have fainted at that moment. "I'm m.ot afraid WjgOUJ at any rate." ahead a.t railroad speed. But pluck was one of best attributes, The ]j)irate leader at Squeers p$11e Dr. Vaneyke and Will JDeane armed them and he did not winde as the villains sprang tratingly, as if to whether he was selves. wit1i Winchesters.. Sam Hop did the aboard his sampan and advanced upon him, playi:ag a part or not. For a moment a smile same.. brandishing their keen swords. playetl about his lips, then he said, sharply: "Hittee mark evly tiime. Sam Hop vellyThere was no doubt but toot moment would are, yQU going to answer my go.od shot. Neher miss, sho.otee allee have been his last but for an intervention. question r Melican man," cried delighted Celestial, as Suddenly a tall form rose in one of the sam-' !With pleasure. 1 am Caleb Squeers, re he shoved cartridges i.Bt() the rifle's magazine. pans and a loud voice thunderedacomma.nd to porter for the Assooiated Press, New York You'll get there, Hop!" cried Will Deane, the would-be murderers. Then th-. sampan in City. I am in this country, not for my health, che.erily. '\Let's them a good, soond which was the speaker came alongside and the as you might imagine, but to write up a book thrashing this time. old man." murderous crew shrunk back. about the people and the .advantages of the "Yeppee. Hop shootee evly pilate he. see," 1 Squeers saw that the individual to whom he climate." replied Sam, dancing about the deck. Owed his life was a tall, powel'ful fran1ed man. "And 'Yrite me up as well," put in Wing Ho. "It. is quite a battle, I should judge, from What was more, his features though yellowed "Tell the truth, and tell me that that is one of this distance," declared Dr. Vaneyke, as he by the sun's fierce rays-were not of the Mongol the objects of your visit here." scrutinized the distant s cene. "The smoke is ian type. "As you please," agreed Squeers. "You can dense and indicates heavy firing." At first this peculiarity did not strike Squeers see what it is to be famous.'' "You're right," agreed Will Deane. "Well, I as particularly odd. The reporter, conscious of .. Give me the truth now. You are one of hope we can whip them." the fact that to this person 'he owed his life, that party of whom I have heard of coming ,; That will be easy enough," said Dr. Van:rose and tipped his bat ceremoniously. here in an airship to wipe me out of existence, eyke. "We shall soon be there." "Glad to meet you, my Grand Mogul," he are you not1" As they drew nearer now the details of the. said, affably. "It ain't every day I have the "Well," replied Squeers, satisfied that eva strife going on below could be plainly seen. pleasure of meeting a real live Mogul''-out sion would not answer, "I carne here on board The fort of Kiang Chu was a series of palisades came the note book. "By the way I'd like to an air-ship; but I came as a reporter to write and breastworks not strong enouP;h to with write you up for the Associated Press. Your up the country.'' stand artillery,'but very good defense for small ugly phiz would terrify the American people Secretly, Squee1s was thrilled, as the reflec-arms. into buying the paper which it contained. EhT' tion came to him that it would not be difficult No artillery was employed by either party. as Squeers saw a black gather upon the if his life was spared and he was held as a pris The pirates were sheltered by a dense wood, Mogul's brow. I hope you're not offended oner by the pirates, to learn the fate of Will and a binge of smoke and flame showed their because I borrowed your elegant row-boat for Deane's companions. line of battle. a Jit .tle ride on the water. I had no idea of "You are lying to me," said Wing Ho, point The defenders of the fort suddenly caught stealing it, be sure." edly. "You are one of that party, and I know stgbt of the air-ship. They ceased fighting for "Well, you're a dandy!" A gruff voice, in by your appearance that you are a detective. the moment, and their wild cheering could be plain English, uttered these words. Poor You've come here to try and nab me p.nd take heard even on the air-ship's deck. Squeers was so astounded that he nearly tum me back to Sing Sing. But you will never do They did not seem terrified or even astonish oled overboard. it." ed at sight of the air-ship. But Prince Kong Thunder!" he gasped. "You don't mean "I protest!" cried Squeers, earnestly. "I am explained that the report of the coming of the to say th"at you can speak English T' no detective.'' Eclipse had reached them some days previous A sardonic laugh escaped lips of the tall But Wing laughed in a sardonic, blood-curd from Hong Kong, so that they were really o n leader of the pirates. ling fashion. He turned to the crew at his the lookout for it. "Just as well as you, Yankee," said the pi back and gave a few sharp commands in the Even the attacking pirates did not give way rate leader, with an oath. "Oh, I'm no China Chinese language. to the usual exhibition of superstitious fear. \ man, but just as good an American as you." Then Squeers was placed between two guards No doubt the news of the air-ship's coming "Well, that's beat mel" ejaculated the as in one of the sampans. The gave way, had been circulated all through the province tounded Squeers. Now I can see that you're and the concourse of boats moved forward once and the Chinese pirates were prepared for its not a Chinaman, although you dress like one. more. appearance. Well, doggast it, I'm glad to meet ye, although Wing Ho retired behind the curtains of one Nevertheless, they were plainly discomfited I am a little surprised to find one of my own of the sampans and did not show his face again by the air-ship's appearance. They had stood countrymen in this forsaken part of the world.'' until the end of the journey. a good chance of winning the battle and vic-Squeers extended his hand to grip that of the Poor Squeers was dejected indeed. But he tory seemed to have declared in their favor. pirate leader. But the latter did not accept kept scanning the sky, half expecting and fondBut the prospect of having to do battle with s o the courtesy and laughed scornfully. ly hoping that the Eclipse would appear and formidable an adversary was not by any mean s "Oh, I'm no soft fool!" he said, harshly. "Berescue him. encouraging.

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    . , L r Part I. FRANK REAJ?E, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE 'ECLIPSE." 23 Prince Kong was the most excited of anybody cavern yawned in the side of a hill; and into But Squeers was not to be defeated: His on board the Eclipse. this the river flowed and was swallowed up accomplishments were many and varied and "We have arrived just in time," he cried, exfrom sight. he was not slow to employ them to adcitedly. "It is well that we have, or the fort The pirates were making post-haste for the vantage. would surely have fallen into the hands of the boats. Several of these had already become Wing Ho had retired to the depths of his enemy. Point one for us, thanks to you and loaded, and were making for the' cavern. Two sampan and had drawn the curtains close. the air-ship, Mr. Reade." disappeared within its mouth. It was just at a bend in the river, and the "I think we can very soon decide the battle," It did not require a moment for all on board sampans at the moment were near a shallow said Frank, coolly, as he took his station in the to comprehend the situation. bar which led to a steep bank beyond which bow. rhis cavern and underground river was no was a thick forest. They were now directly above the fort. doubt the means of entrance from inland to the Squeers had learned several Chinese expres Frank took good aim and launched one of the stronghold of Wing Ho. sions and phrases from Sam Hop. He was a torpedoes down into the midst of the pirate "Hurrah!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. "I tell you, natural mimic and an accomplished ventriloforces. Frank, we have tracked the foe to their lair." quist. Down went the projectile. It struck the "I believe you're right," agreed the famous Suddenly Wing Ho's stern voice seemed to ground, there was a terrific explosion, earth, inventor, then turning to Will Deane he asked: come from behind the curtains of his sampan. trees and stones were scattered and fully a doz"Will, do you remember this place 1" "Wun Sing, go ashore!" en of the foe were destroyed. Deane shook his head, but replied: This was the name Squeers had heard the A wild shout went up from the defenders of "I have never been here before. Yet I pilot chief give the tall, powerful-framed Mon Kiang Chu. As for the pirates they were undo not doubt but that it leads into the pirates' g&lian who sat by the reporter's side. The able to stand their ground before this fearful lair, for the same river must be the one that was plainly heard by the others and enemy and breaking ranks beat a disorderly comes into the.?ay where Wing Ho's fleet is it them a start of surprise. retreat. anchored. It IS only another very clever But it was certainly Wing Ho's voice, and to But Frank Reade, Jr., was not done vrith me!'.ns o{ entrance, I should say." disobey his command was death. Therefore, them. This seemedan explanation of the mystery. the men in Squeers' sampan ceased "It is well to capture as' many of the rascals But Frank Reade, Jr., went to the rail and and turned the sampan in to the shore. The as possible," he said to Prince Kong. "I will called to Sam Hop t9 order the pirates to sur-oarsmen in the other boats all ceased rowing. descend in front of the fort and let you give render or they would be shot down. Again with unmistakable Chinese accent your orders to the soldiers therein to go torth Y eppee. Me telltie allee sameel'' cried Hop. and came Wing Ho's voice again: and accept their surrender. Then we will go He shouted the summons to the boat"Leave the American there! Row on!" up about one hundred feet in the air and corral men. Meanwhile, Frank dropped a bomb into The order was sharp, short and imperative. them like sheep and force them to lay down She river to emphasize matters. A great col-But it was not to be disregarded, even though their arms." umn of water shot upward and several of the the Mongolian pirates looked their plain "Capital!" cried Prinoe Kong, enthusiastic-sampans were overturned. amazement. ally. "I will follow your instructions, Mr But the fleeing pirates did not heed the sum"D th t t capta'n ., asked b to d o you mean a grea 1 r Reade. mons. Frank was a out gtve an or er to W s 1 t f . d un mg, m a ow one o votce. Let her go down, Pomp! cried Frank. Pomp, when a tragtc thmg happene Off h d 1 Ob 1 .. "A' ht M F k" S dd 1 th f t comes your ea s ey r1g _arse_ ran. u en _Y. e mven ors This was the limft of Squeers' knowledge of Down the atr-shtp seGtled. Justin front of were horrified to see htm suddenly reel, whlle th Ch' t B t 't ffi t I the fort she reste d upon the earth. Then the a red spot on his head showed that he had e hongue. d1 su c;enf thn officer in charge of the fort appeared on the been struck by a bullet. Frank Reade, Jr., a momen d 1 0 1 Y ou 0 e palisade. turned ghastly pale, and before anybody could P acef s ore. b t t He fell' upon his face humbly before his reach him, fell backward, and in a twinkling . e were a hou ;.re prince and the great inventor, Frank Reade, went over the air-ship s rail and into the water gHatn edtrthp acest feh_sampan w end 1 mkg J Ch' b o ratse e cur atn o IS sampan an oo r., crymg m mese: of the rtver elow. ed out to see what was the matter. Had he "Oh, great master, your servant appeals to you! I am your faithful slave, oh, great and CHAPTER XXII. been asleep at that moment, as the plucky re'm porter bad hoped, he would surely ba ve gained ighty prince!" ON BOARD A PIRATE JUNK. h' }'J:j t "Arise, Ling Ko," said Prince Kong, impaCALEB SQUEERS was permitted to indulge in lS 1 er y. tient y. "Mind you these orders. Take half reflections which were by no means of the most As Wing Ho took in the situation with the of your men, go forth and make prisoners of cheerful sort. most intense amazement and wrath, he the foe as rapidly as we drive them to surren-The shrewd reporter was in a position just sprang up and yelled fiercely in Chinese: der. Do you understand 1" now which was dubious in all its aspects. "What are you doing, you senseless louts 1 "I understand you, great prince" declared He could regard Wing Ho as only a merci-Don't let the dog escape. After him for your Ling Ko, with a low bow. Your 'commands less, unscrupulous villain, to appeal to whom lives 1 What treachery Is this 1" will be obeyed." for mercy would have been the height of folly. "But you told us to put him ashore, great "You will remain aboard with us, Prince Squeers had not as yet committed this breach captain," declared Wun Sing in Chinese. Kong1" asked Frank Reade, Jr. good sense. But he was well awareof one "I told you to put him ashore1" thundered "With your permission," replied the prince. fact, and that was, that he must in some manthe pirate leader. "What do you mean 1 Don't "Certainly. Turn Lever No.7, Pomp. Go up nerdevisea plan of escape, else be would suffer ye tell me such a lie as that." about one hundred feet." certain Wun Sing humbly prostrated himself on the Pomp did as directed. Up went the air-ship ''By Jupiter! I am not ready to die yet" be sand-bar and intimated that was some foul until one hundred feet above the earth. muttered, "Let's see if I can't shake fiend who had whispered in his ear. But Wing Then the air-sl:iip went ahead. A good view up some sort of a plan to get out of this scrape Ho was furious. of the country below could be had, and to with a whole skin." "This will cost you yourhead, you lying dog!'' Frank Reade's surprise, he saw that the pirates With that be fell to narrowly scanning the he thundered. "I'll teach you to lie to me." had joined tpeir forces and seemed to be mak-ruffians near him. In form they were powerful Squeers had made a break for liberty. He ing an effort to reach one common destina-brutes; in features they were of the lowest reached the steep bank and began to climb it. tion. order of intelligence. But the treacherous, sands gave way and he A moment later and be saw what this was. This did not see!p. to result in the most satis-was precipitated to the water's edge. Not two miles from the fort was a broad, swift-factory sort of conclusion. To attempt to Stout hands seized him and be was thrust l flowing river. Upon the bosom of this river worst them single-handed was a trick hardly again .into the sampan, where he was held by 1 was a large number of small boats or Chinese to be attempted S'lCcessfully. two of the pirates. Wing Ho berated them all sampans. They carried tremendous long swords, with soundly, then t .he procession went on once For miles to the north the river could be seen which at a blow they could haTe quartered more. as flowing through a wild tract of country. bim. Squeers' daring attempt bad proved a failure. But at this juncture it mysteriously disap To be sure he had the use of his limbs, for be Yet his subterfuge bad not discovered, not been But there seemed no it was still a mystery to the pirates where Wtth the aid of his glass Frank saw the exgood opportunity of makipg use of them just the mysterious voice bad come from. planation of tb)s. A mighty black-mouthed at present-at least not safely. A less plucky fellow than Caleb Squeers

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    I FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE : ECLIPSE." would now have lost courage. But the shrewdlhoisted, the junk went on its way, leaving her, being more There seemed not a. reporter was not of that stamp. the fleet of sampans behind. Judging from the weapon of defense aboard the ship. She did After this little dis version the sampans conposition of t,he sun, Squeers reckoned that they not carry a single cannon. tinned on their way without further interrup were following the coast. I The pi,rates were yelling like fiends. Her tion. For an hour the junk lumbered along under guns were trained upon Ghe merchantman and Very soon the river wid. ened and diverged a fair breeze. Then a sudden excitement the next moment the roar of cannonade burst into the many channels of an extensive delta sprung up on deck. upon the air. 1 with the blue sea beyond. A hail came from the main-top and the junk's Great, gaping holes were torn in the bul Passing through the delta a large junk of the course was changed. Wing Ho came rushing warks of the merchantman. Yet her defense Chinese type was seen anchored not a mile out upon deck, a small drum beat and the armed less crew tried to outrun the foe. But this to sea. Toward this the fleet of sampans now men of the crew rushed to quarters. was impossible. The junk glided rapidly went. Squeers guessed that a sail had been sighted1alongside, and men with grappling-irons In due time they came alongside the junk. and experienced a peculiar thrill. Without swarmed at the rail. The officer in charge of the fort appeared on the palisade. He fell upon his humbly his prince and the great inventor, Frank Reade, Jr., crying in Chinese: Oh, great master, your servant appeals to you! I am your faithful slave, oh, great and mighty prince!'' A score of villainous-looking pirates were on doubt, the pirate had discovered a new victim; Squeers was in a terrible state of mind. board. It was not long before Squeers became satis My God!" he gasped. "This is terrible! Wing Ho sprang.aboard tbe junk and gave tied that the pursued was being rapidly overOh, if Frank Reade, Jr., was only here now with sharp, imperative orders. Part of the crew of hauled. the Eclipse!" the sampans went aboardthe junk also. with A shot from the Long Tom forward bad the Squeers, effect of bringing cheers from the lips of the CHAPTER XXIII. It was the first tii:ne in his life that the re motley crew. Then the junk came about for a .A. F u T r L E s E .A. R c H. porter had ever set foot aboard a Chinese ves broadside, and Squeers got a view of the vietim A GREAT cry of horror went up from the sel. If this was a representative type, he was not a quarter of a mile distant. of those on board the air-ship as Frank Read-e, prone to admit they were very dirty and A handsome cllpper ship she was, with all Jr., with a bullet wound on his head, went over r vile craft. courses set. The fore topmast had gone by the the rail and down full one hundred feet into He about him not without some inboard-the effect, no doubt, of the shot from the river's current. terest at the unique appointments of the junk. the Long Tom. "Och hone, Misther Frank is killed!" cried Then a guard took him into the cabin in the Squeers felt his blood boil as he saw what a Barney, frantically, rushing to the rail. "It's high pitched stern of the vessel. Here he was neat, trim craft the ship was. She .carried the the lasht ov Misther Frank, bad cess to the left in a position from whence he could look flag of Italy and her crew. seemed to be makomadhoun what kilt him." out through a window and observe what was ing every endeavor to escape her dreaded op "Fo' de good Lor' sakes!'' cried Pomp, wild going on, on deck. ponent. ly, "don' yo' 'i!ay dat yit, I'ish. Marse Frank The lateen sails of the pirate vessel were But in vain. The junk could easily outsail kain't be killed."

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    FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE" 25 "My God!" gasped Dr. Vaneyke. "I fear he sampans and their occupants had gone beyond the current, but to swim back was another is gone." the bend and were out of sight, of course. matter. All were at the rail in time to see Frank In vain those on boara the airship tried to However, Pomp was very determine d, and a strike the water. He was not Reen again. devise some means of learning the actual fate plan was finally agreed upon, which it was He struck very near the mouth of the cavof Frank Reade, Jr. It would seem as if he reckoned would be safe. -ern, and if he came up it was undoubtedly in had been at once carried under by the swift A long line was procured and tied to Pomp its depths where the swift current had carried current and was lost. under his shoulders. him. The spirits of all depresseu by this ovet-Then _..he was lowered into the water, and All the Chinese pirates in their sampans whelming conviction. Barney could not re-with Barney paying out the line he drifted were now being swept out of sight into the strain his emotions. down with the current. -cavern. "Shure, it's kilt he is, the bravegossoonr he The darky was at home in the water-indeed, Those on board the air-ship dared not throw wailed. "Faith, an' it's a shame, for there's almost as much as upon land. He struck out any bombs for feM that Frank might be with divil another in ther worruld loike Frank and swiftly swam down the current. A long line was procured aud tied to Pomp under his shoulders. Then he was lowered into the water. and with Bar ney J>aying out the !me he drifted down with the current. The darky struck out and swiftly swam down the current. The search-light made things in the cavern as light as day. in its reach and be injured. In the terrible exReade, Jr. Worra, worral it's broken me heart There was fully a quarter of a mile of the -citement and anguish of the moment nothing is intoirelyl" line. The search-light made things in the was done to restrain the pirates and all of them "Don't give up hope," said Will Deane, cavern as light as day. were enabled to escape into the cavern. cheeringly. "He may have been carried along Pomp was seen to reach the bend in the Then it occurred to Pomp to sink the air-with the current, and may succeed in keeping cavern, where he disappeared from view. ship to the level of the river and make an effort up and come out all right yet." Barney kept paying the line out until the to explore the cavern. This was done and the "Golly! I done fink de bestest fing dis chile end was reached. Then, of course, it was in .a ir-ship was suspended not ten feet above the kin do am to swim down dat ribber and see if order to draw in .surface of t)1e Marse Frank am dere. A series of signals, made by pulling upon the Th h I' ht th th t th onto some rock or odder an I km Jest brmg line, had been agreed upon, and now Pomp e searc -tg was en rown rn e him back." signaled to be drawn in. d arkest depths of the place; but two hundred "N 'd D V k t 1 "Th t At ll t th I' d p _yards ahead the cavel'n took a turn abruptly to 0 sat r. aney e, post Y a once a. gave way a e an omp th ht would be folly. You could never swtm back was drawn m. It was some whtle before the e rtg . against that current and the result would only darky was brought back to the air-ship's deck. What was beyond thts turn It could not rebe that you would be lost too." He clambered over the rail and shook the veal. The walls of the cavern, as far as seen, There was no boat aboard the air-ship and water from hiQ:llike a wet duck. were smooth and incapable of affording a footno method at present practicable of swimming "Well," said Dr. Vaneyke, impatiently, !!old. into the cavern. while the others looked expectant, "what Neither was any living being in sight. Th e It would have been easy enough to go down did you see, PompT'

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    26 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, 'l'HE "ECLIPSE." Part I. "Golly, Marse Vaneyke," cried the negro, CHAPTER XXIV. The sun was shining brightly, and the atmosexcitedly, "Icouldn'tseenuffin'. It was jes' THREE HUNDRED MILES AWAY. pherewasclearandfrosty. a:s dark as a an' ?e watah jes' THE others were astounded at this conduct The scientist glanced downward and in a. like thunder, an I couldn hear my own ears. t" t f .., K d S H understood all The scene below was upon ue par o .. rmce ong an am op. Dr. Yaneyke groaned bttterly. B t 1 t" kl a chaotic one. The air was filled with flying "AI l"h "d di 11 "l f F k' u anexpana wnqmc ycame. db. as. e sat sma y. ear ran s "Wh t' th tt "th ... d W"ll e ns, spray and dust all commingled. f t al d a s e rna er WI you cne 1 p L h d h d a e IS se e Deane shaking Hop unmercifully. omp a a presence of mind enough to "There is just one other plan I would pro"M; God! we are lost," cried Prince Kong, turn the lever on the key:board, senL pose," said Will Deane. madly. "The It is upon us. See!" the full force the electnc current.mto_ the :: What is. . . The last words were wailing in accent. rotascopes. Thts had caused the atrshtp to There IS a posstbthty that thts rtver E d 1 k d t th d" t t h shoot upward with great velocity and though . . veryoo y oo e now o e ts an onzon emerges mto the open atr agam somewhere and d d te "bl ht d d 1t had rec e ived fearful rough handling bv the seawar an a rrt e stg was accor e J that..;Frank may have swam through. th gale, it had proved stanch and had actually Dr. Vaneyke grasped at the idea. Sem. t f th h 1 d risen above the storm cloud "Of h d t dl "Wh eemmg o spnng rom e or1zon me an . . e crte exct e y. y mounting with terrific speed zenith ward was a The atr-shtp was really at a frightful dis-didn t we thmk of that At least, noth-d 11 11 h Th t tl b tance from the earth's surface. Indee d, so t b d b t h u ye ow aze. e sun was tns an y o mg IS o e game Y s aymg ere. d d f f 1 h tl h h f 11 rarefied was the air that one could hardly "C tainl t r d D If scure an a ear u g as y us e upon b th er y no rep te eane. all nature. rea e. Mr. Reade was drowned, we Will never recov e r 0 1 th h h t d th d d "Heaven be praised!" gasped Dr Vaneyke n y ose w o ave wt nesse e rea 1 his body here . attempt the passage of the typhoon of the China Sea can realize what a" We are safe. We have safely weatnered the nver. would not, be easy and terrific storm it is. storm." might result m nothmg after all. It ldh dl . 1 t "Golly fo' glory!" spluttered Pomp, as he "y ht" d D V: k "W s oncommg wou ar y gtve a sat or .tme ou are ng crte r. ,aney e. e t f 1 1 d t th 1 kl h. gained his feet. "I jes' nebber wants no mo' will endeavor te follow the river by the trend tokur bsatth, adn wdloct 0 h e uc 1 ess s IIIP ffovtehr-ob dat sort ob 'spei>ience I done fink dis yer a en y e ea y yp oon un ess we o e of the country. It IS our only hope to find t E th 1 th t ta h f coon was a gone goose dat time fo' suah coas ven en on y e mos s nc o where It comes out. h" bl t t "d t Barney an.d Prince Kong came out of the . s tps are a e o ou n e 1 Pomp sprang mto the p1lot-houseand pressed F t tel th t t cabin and Will Deane and Sam Hop soon fol,__ 1 1 Th h' . or una y ese s orms are rare m any par t= e ectrtc ev:er. e atr-s tp tmmedtately f th ld B t th .11 lowed. All were bruised but nobody was badb o e wor u come ey wt sooner or egan to nse. . later. lylhurt. at once commenced to exchange Once above the emmence, a course was set m A h' ht 1 th Ch' S f congratulatiOns the direction in which it was believed that the 'ths 1tp .satth te h eath obr tyears The air-ship was little damaged. One of the wt ou ge mg m e yp oon s pa u once rtver . struck by the dread destroyer the chance of esro,ascope shafts slightly bent, and the All thts wh1le Prmce Kong had ventured to uld b ll deck was covered wtth sand and stones and say nothing. He had paced the deck in a dis cape wo e sma broken bits of wood. cousolate manner, and none seemed to feel Often terrible storms are known to ex "Begorra, it's a foine job fer yez, naygur, to worse than be over the 'unknown fate of Frank tend far mland and wreck whole towns. In clane up the deck cried Barney. "I'U lind Rea de, Jr. certain respects the typhoon is like our West-yez a hand av' yez-'_, He now approached Dr. Vaneyke, and said : ern cyclones, but ten times more furious and The Celt ceased speaking. He turned gpostly "A noble and wonderful man has gone to his deadly. pale, foam flecks appeared upon his lips not neath. I shall my life to the exterTherefore tt was small wonder that poor Sam unmixed V!'ith blood. ruination of these pirates and avenging him." Hop should have come having a fit when "Bejabers-I can-hardly breathe!" he gasp" As long as the Eclipse can float we will he saw the dread storm commg. ed. "It's choking I am." pursue the scoundrels!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, Prince Kong was cooler, but even he was Sam Hop was at the same moment attacked spontaneously. pallid as a corpse. in tho same manner. The others began to feel "I am p;lad to join you, sir," said Prince oncoming of the .typhoo.n was so rapid the trouble coming. Kong, with fe e ling. "But with all the armies that tt would have been Impossible to reach the Ali might have been overcome in a brief of China, it does seem strange that these earth in time to avoid it. Even then it would space had not Dr. Vaneyke understood the wretches are abie to set us at defiance." be almost certain to wreck the air-ship. cause of the trouble. I "Indeed, they have the advantage of having "My God!" gasped Dr. Vaneyke, "we are Thepassageofthetyphoonhadcreatedalmost a stronghold in an inaccessible country," relost!" a vacuum in the upper of atmosphere. plied the scientis t. "ButI suppose you ought The scientist was well familiar with the pe-Human beings would spel[ldily have become 1 to return to Kiang Chu r culiarity of the typhoon, although he had never suffocated for lack of oxygen. "No, it is not wholly necessary," replied the experienced or witnessed such. He knew well Dr: Vaneyke, who was a scientist, prince. "At least, not now. My troops there what it meant. the trouble at once. Fortunately he was not are victorious and they will be safe for some "Quick, Barney, close the hatch! Below so greatly overcome but that he could. reach time to come." everybody. For your lives!" the pilot-house. "We are very glad of your co-operation," Pomp had sprung into the pilot-house and The current had not been turned off and the said Dr. Vaneyke "Oh, I can only pray that Dr. Vaneyke followed They had just air-ship had been mounting upward all the through some miracle Frank's life was spa-red." time to shut and bar the iron door when the while. 1 I can say amen to that," declared Prince storm struck the air-ship. In a very short time the Eclipse would have Kong. What followed in the next few moments been far above the life-giving element in the The air-ship was sailing along now at a good none on board could say. All were precipi-atmosphere, and the inmates of the ship would rate, and. but a few hundred feet above the tated upon their faaes, and were jolted, hurled have become like solid blocks of ice. earth. and tossed about like puppets. It seemed as if But the doctor reachl[ld the lever and turned A good watch was kept of the country below the air-ship was turning over and over like a the current off. The air-ship began to de-in the hopes that the subterranean river would cylinder. scend. reappear. Nothing could be seen and the air was full of He was none too soon, for he could hardly Thus things were when Sam Hop suddenly horrid noises. It seemed as if they were cer-draw breath and sank gasping upon the deck. rushed upon deck in the wildest of alarm. He tainly going to their doom. In a few moments, however, they had descend-began to dance a can-can, shouting unintelli-It seemed an age that this continued, Every ed below the danger and recov e red. gibly all the while. moment the shock of contact with the earth The typhoon had passed. It was now safe "What's the matter with your Will was feared, and there was not one person on enough to descend, but nothing could b e seen Deane, catching him by the shoulders. board who expected to escape alive from the of the earth for the white, fleecy masses of "Heap smashee air-ship, killee allee on board, terrible wind storm. clouds far below. thunder, lightning, come quickee, smashee, Then suddenly the fearful motion ceased. But the Eclipse settled rapidly below these. killee Sam Hop 'fraid.'' The air-ship rode level and true once more. Soon through a dim haze the earth was seen. The words had barely left the Celestial's lips Dr. Vaneyke, bruised and half-fainting, arose They had reached a frightful altitude. All when Prince Kong gave expression to a wild to his feet. He staggered to his fe e t and man-shivered now as the y thought of it. cry of alarm, What did it Was Sam aged to see through the pilot-hous e window. But rapidly the Eclipse settled down until Hop's fear contagious? They were at the moment far up in the air. within a thousand feet of the earth. They

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    I FRANK REA D E JR., AND HIS N:EW ELECTRIC A I R-SHIP, THE "ECL IPSE" were now above the waters of a mighty inland passage, when suddenly be beard guttural Entering a swirling edroy the two sea, to the northward of which was a mighty voices near him. were whirled about several tlmes and came in mountain. The next moment the light of a torch lit up violent collision with one of these projecting Directly at the base ot this mountain there the water. It revealed to Frank Reade, Jr., a spurs of rock. was a village of no small size, and beyond a sta1tling The result was that the pirate foe received mighty wall many feet high and fully fifty feet Not a dozen yards from him and also being a st.unning blow on the head. That it deprived r thick at this juncture, extended across the swept along by the current was a sampan with him of consciousness Frank felt sure, for he country as far as the eye could reach. four occupants. felt the fellow's hand relax and knew that the Exclamations of astonishment escaped the These were, of course, a portion of routed battle was wo;n. lips of Prince Kong and Dr. Vaneyke. party from Fort Kiang Chu. The young in-It would have been an easy matter for Frank "Is not that the great wall of asked ventor realized his danger i.f and Reade, Jr., then and there to have submerged . to get beyond the range of the of his foe's head and drowned him. But the young It 1s, replied the prmce, and th1s lS the light. inventor had not the heart to do this. bottomless sea of Waddu. How did we ever But before he could succeed in doing this, P. There was no doubt but that the wretch reach this is the sacred mount-sharp exclamation fro;n the occupants of the would drown anyway, so .Frank WitS content to ain where the finest crystal in China is found." sam pal). was evidence that he was seen. The strike out for himself and he saw no mor; of "Waddul" gasped Dr. Vaneyke. "Why, next moment he saw the craft <;arne swooping his erstwhile foe. But the struggle had weak who would believe We have been blown downuponhim. enedFranknotalittleandhereallzed that he thre!) hundred miles out of our way. We must Frank Reade, Jr., knew that if the occupants could not for a much greater length of time have traveled with frightful velocity." of that sampan once their grip on him his keep afloat in the swift current. It was a matter of great wonderment. How-fate was sealed. He began to wonder how far he had been carever, th!) fact remained, and also that darkness He compressed his lips with grim determin-ried 1n the current and whether there would was fast coming on. ation. A plan of action was already outlined ever be an end to the underground passage. There was nothing for it but to set a return in his mind. But his question was soon answered. course; but at this moment Barney came up Down came the sampan. Two of the Chinese Suddenly he was swept about an angle and from the hold, excitedly crying: pirates were in the bow ready to grasp him. over a slight series. of rapids. The gloom was "Bejabers, av we ain't careful we'll be in. But just at that mqment Frank dove He displaced by a dim light, and he was enabled to tlie bottom of the say right quick! Divil a bit of came up just astern of the craft. With a quick see that he was floating in a vast basin of still wather is there in the storage jars. Thesthorm movement, seizing hold of the stern, he tipped water, which was overarched by a mighty sphilled it all out. the light craft over. higb roofed cavern. Great dismay was created by this announce-It was a daring and cleverly done. The basin occu ied only a small art of the ment. wretches were now m the water as well as h1mp p self With angry yells a party of them clung enormous underground chamber, however, and he saw that the shore was not many feet d'is-CHAPTER XXV. m the. darkness to the overturned s _ampan. taut and struck out for it. A THRILLING VOYAGE. -Bu_t Frank was not yet out of He be felt solid ground once more under Jr., went over the had JUst begun h1m:;;elf upon his feet and with a feeling of inexpressible re of the a1r-sh1p w1th th_e bullet mark up6n h1s t?e of h1s move when a startlief Frank crept up on the sands and sank head he was unconscwus. But the moment lmg thmg occurred d 11 xh t d the cold water of the river closed over him he He suddenly felt himself in the embrace of a oHw e d h 1 k b . . e now rea 1ze ow e ... reme y wea e was. recovered conscwusnes.s powerful foe. One of the .a gmnt m Certainly he could not have kept afloat The shock brought h1m to and w1th a natural strength, had come up close bes1de h1m and had 1 e th t dl h. 1 t instinct he struck out to swim. clutched Frank wholly by chance. Yet it was onAgft:t: m f a rna Y wt lr 1tntg curren t h" . era ew momen s res o recupera e 1m-Frank Reade, Jr., a good a firm clutch JUSt the same. self Frank staggered to h\s feet. He was of wh1ch was a fortunate for h1m. Otherwise, h1s The desperate wretch knew from the feelmg d h d d h! .fi t th ht f life would have paid the penalty of that fall in-that it was not one of his lightly clad countryh\renlc teh. an f s r: ougbl was 0 . rymg s c o es, as ar as ue was a e to the nver. . men. He realized that. had a gnp upon a He removed them, and wrung the water out Frank had what had h1t h1m, and foe and a yell escaped h1s lips. of them as well as he could. While thus en It was so dark m the that he could not The moment :'fra11k Reade, was en gaged he kept behind a large shelf of rock for have seen the blood streammgfrom the wound. gaged m a most ternfic struggle w1th a deadly 't b f th 1r te th l. qm e a num er p e p a s m e sampans ;'fortunately: however, 1o only been a foe. Pen cannot dep1ct adequately the horror passed on down the stream. shght concusswn, the ball tearmg up sca_Ip and force of that struggle.. Having dried his clothing as well as possible for a short waY_, and the sho_ck had g1ven h1m It was a struggle for life . The famous m-the young now began to cast a temporary famtness. But 1t was nota wound ventor was not as strong as h1s opponent, but h" f t f tll H t which would in any way be likely to :Qrove he had the advantage of skill and science and tm or a way ou 0t e din . some manner, con nve o reJOin 1en s fatal. was really the better sw1mmer of the two. aboard the Eclipse. But this did not seem The current of the r1ver was extremely Now they went down under the water, down powerful and he was swept along with great -down until the current seemed likely to sufeasy. . force. focate thein. Frank had no doubt but that th1s m tghty He quickly found that he was unable to stem Then relaxing their grip for the moment both arched cavern. was a par. t of Wing Ho's strong it. With chilling force the reflection cameto contest.ants would as by mutual consent come hold, as described by Will Deane. him that he was being swept underground, to the surface for air. In that event it behooved him to move with and to where he could only guess. Would he One moment Frank had his foe's head under great care. But no sooner had he reached this ever see daylight the water, the next moment it was t>ice versa decision Lhan a fresh calamity overtook him. But hope revived, when he It very soon began to look like a question ot He heard b.ehind him, that the sampans of the pirates had entered simple endurance. and turned JUSt m time to be seized by the the cavern. Without doubt it lead into the In this respect Frank had the decided ad-muscular arms of half a dozen of the Chinese underground 'stronghold of the pirates, of vantage. He was light and buoyant and could pirates, and was quickly flung upon h i s back. which he had heard so much. hai:tdle himself better. His antagonist puffed He knew not in the moment whether to feel and panted with exertion and did not seem able CHAPTER XXVI. <).ismay over this fact or to rejoice in the like-to long endure such violent exercise. THE FATE OF THE ITALIAN SHIP. libood of gaining an entrance to Wing Ho's Realizing this, Frjtnk conducted himself ac-BuT Caleb Squeers hoped in vain for the ap den. cordingly. Neither bad a weapon and were pearance of Frank Reade, Jr., and his air-ship Thus a thousand varied reflections flashed obliged to rely simply upon muscular strength. At that moment the famou s young inventor through brain as he was swept on by But the struggle could not last forever and champion of the weak and defenseless was the current. l It came to a sudden end, and in a tragic man-far away. It was not much work 'to keep afloat, for ner. Had he been present, Wing Ho's junk, with swift water is buoyant. He gave up at-The current all this while had been rapidly its murderous crew, would soon have been a temptil1g t o stem the current and suffered him-carrying them down stream. In places the pas-thing of the past. self to be carried on at a rapid rate. sage was narrow, and narrow shelves of jagged The Italian ship was now in a bad state, On and on he was whirled through a winding rock frequently projected out over the water. She could make practically no resistan ce o f I.

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    28 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE." avail to the enemy. Yet her crew were at the the entire cargo of the ship was hauled over stronghold of the pirates. He experienced a rail, resolved to fight to the death. and much of it taken aboard the junk. thrill when, as the junk came to anchor, sev-It was, after a ll, their wisest course, for Wing Squeers watched the scene, sick at heart. eral of the pirates came into his cabin and he Ho never spared the crews of any of his prizes. "By Jupiter! this sort of thing wouldn't b e was led forth. Death to all was his watchword. tolerated for long on Uncle Sam's coast," he In a boat he was taken into the high Caleb Squeers was beside himself with hor-muttered. "I only wish our country could cavern. He found that water did not ror and dismay at his inability to help the crew send a few ships here. There'd be an end to the whole of the cavern, and upon being set : of the clipper ship. this sort of thing. Oh, if Frank Reade, Jr.; ashore hfs bonds were cut, and to his amaze. The junk now closed with the ship. Their and the Eclipse would only turn up now." ment Wing Ho said in English: yards lock ed, grappling irons were thrown out, Some hours were consumed in the looting of "We give you liberty .. [Ei because it is im-and the murderous crew at the rail met the the s hip. possib le for yo u to escape. -you will be held as rr valiant defenders of the ship. Then Wing Ho suddenly appeared on deck. a hostage and as protection should we be at-The brave r eporter watched the horrid carSharp orders were given and the junk quickly tacked b/the air-ship of which you were a pas-nage with a dread fascination. He longed to cast off from the ship. senger. If the captain of the air-ship refuses break out of his prison-room and become one of The junk's sails filled before the breeze and to ransom you or attacks us, you will be put to the combatants, but this was impossible. she stood away until. about three .hundred death." Wing Ho himself, with sword in hand, led yards distant. Then s h e squared yards and Scores of the pirates were in groups about. the boarding ,party. They swarmed upon the came about for a broadside. Squeers saw a number of bamboo huts near the rail of the Italian like bees. The word was given to fire, and solid shot shore of the basin, but the greatest surprise of At the first attack, however, valiant work were poured into the hull of the doomed ship all was in store for him when he saw several upon the part of the defending crew beat them with her dead crew. These were aimed as near of his own countrymen approaching him. back. The battle was even carried to the rail the water-line as possible, and soon great, gap-Three were men and one was a young girl. But of the junk. ing holes showed in her hull, through which what amazed him the most was that one of the A wild cheer of triumph went up from the the water :poured in great volume. men looked decidedly like Frank Reade, .Jr. throats of the brave crew of the ship. Slowly the ship began to settle in the water. They were 1 but a handful, yet they fought Nearer and nearer her rail drew to the surface with a mighty desperation and actually held of the sea. CHAPTER XXVII. their own agabst five times their number. She was sinking fast. CAPTURED BY FOES, "God be with them!" groaned Caleb Squeers, The pirates had ceased firing into her. Down IT was a dismaying statement that Barney as he watched the unequal contest. "Oh, if she settled until suddenly with a magnificen had made that the water wa.S all out of the there were only a few more of them!" lurch she dipped her nose in the deep and went storage jars, having been spilled during the But Wing Ho, with mad yells and curses, down bow foremost. storm. urged his demons on. Again and again they The water was very deep here, and even Her Night was at hand, they were three hundred were beaten back. topmasts did not show above the water. With miles from the point where Frank Reade, Jr., But weight of numbers began to tell. her dead crew she had vanished from the sight had left them, and one thousand feet above the Wounds and loss of number made the defendof man forever. Sea of Waddu. ing party weaker. At home she would be looked for in vain. But there was no time to lose in idle specu-They fought desperately, silently now. The Her name must henceforth appear upon the lation. The mischief done by the typhoon it end was drawing near. shipping lists as "missing." Many a sad heart was necessary to repair at once. "Oh, for help! Oh, for relief!'' cried Squeers, would wait in vain for the return of husband, A consultation was instantly held. There in agony of distress. "Oh, for the appearance brother or lover from that fateful cruise. seemed only one course, and that was to go to of some war ship now!" Caleb Squeers, sick at" heart, turned away. the shore of the inland sea, descend and camp But alas! help was not at hand. Doom was "By the great hornspoon!" he muttered, "I for the night, and fill up the jars the. next close up n the devoted crew. Every moment hope Frank Reade, Jr., w ill light upon these morning. they grew weaker. miserable wretches with the Eclipse and blow It would hardly be safe to go to the village Now they were beaten back from the rail of them all to perdition! If I ever liv e to escape as Prince Kong declared. The Crystal Mount their ship; back to the mainmast. Still the from their clutches I'll never cease to make ain was infested with highwaymen. The horrid stl'ife went on. warfare against them. And only to think that safest and only plan seemed to be to camp for "Down witl:I every man of them!" ye lled a 'countryman of mine i s t h ei r leader! It's' a the night upon the shores of the lake. Wing Ho, fiendishly. Give no quarter!'' pity that he wasn't hung before he was ever There was no time to lose, for the electric His devilish orders were obeyed to the letter. sent to Sing Sing!" which operated the dyntj-mos was al-Nb quarter was g i ve n. At last but one man o f Having thus expressed his mind, Caleb sat ready waning. Accordingly, Pomp hastened the ship's crew was left. down moodily to await the course of events. to start the propeller, and the air-ship went He was a tall, powerful seaman. With cut-The pirate junk now stood on her way once sailing over the inland sea toward the Crystal lass in hand and bared arms he faced the fiend-more up the coast. Mountain. ish horde t hat swarmed like demons about him. It was s om e hours late r when Squeers knew On the way Prince Kong stood by the rail It was a sad and thrilling spectacle. His was om the motion of the vessel that they were and entertained Will Deane and Dr. Vaneyke a hopeless cause. working into a harbor., with an account of the famous crystal mines Death was his certain portion. He could not He arose and gazed out of his window. He owned by the emperor. ask for quarter. It would not be given. As saw that they were passing through a narrow In China and Japan, more particularly the well die fighting to the last. strait between high cliffs. latter country, this crystal is regarded as a sa-And amightystruggle the brave fellow made. Just then the boom of guns were heard; It credemblem, and is much, as well He laid about him so lustily that the foe lay in was a salute, as he presently discovered, fired as held at a high price. heaps about him. But his good right arm had from the guns of six other vessels which were In the rough it resembles a bit of quartz begun to lose its strength. anchored in a singular basin, protected from rock, but in the hand of the skilled lapidary it Human endurance could not longer bear up the winds and the observation of passing soon becomes a beautiful flawless as undet"that Strain. ships by these high cliffs. clear as glass and quite beautiful. He had made a valiant struggle for life. It was a singular and secure retreat, seem-Prince Kong's hearers listened with interest Caleb Squeers could see the expression of de-ingly designed by nature for just such a pur-to the account of this valmible gem. When he spair upon his face. pose as the present. At the lower end of the had finished, Dr. Vaneyke asked: The pirates now like swarmed about basin Squeers saw with surprise that it ex"Is it possible for foreigners to visit these him. In vain he endeavored to beat them tended really into a mighty high arched cavern mines or carry away one of the back. in the face of the cliff. "It is a crime punishable by death to sell a Now he was down upon his knees. A mo-Into this any of the ships could sail, so high foreigner a sacred crystal,"replied Prince Kong. ment later and all was over. Victory had sided was the roof and so capacious its extent. The" You see, gentlemen, educating me in your perforce with Wing Ho and his horrid crew. waters of the place wer e alive with small boats schools has led me to depart somewhat from Lootlug the ship was now in order. The pi-or sampans, and upon the shore were throngs the traditions and superstitions of my people. rates were given permission to seize upon what of the piratical crew, many hundreds in num-As for myself, there i s nothing more sacred in JDight suit their fancy. ber. the rock crystal than in any other gem. If I As a result merchandise; wares of all sorts, Squeers realized at once that he was in the were heard to say this by one of our priests,

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    FH.ANK H.EADE, JR., AND HIS NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP, THE "ECLIPSE"' '29 however, it wonld cost me my hAd, even eyke was below, and Will Deane was in the plenishing of the others could be completed at though I am a prince." ilngine-room. another time. "Your people are one of the most ingenious Barney had reached the water's edge and So the doctor turned to Pomp and said au nations on earth," said Dr. Vaneyke; "but you found that the obstruction was a mass of sand thoritatively: admit that they are under the cloud of and refuse, when Prince Kong who was at his Start the rotascopes at once. Do not rise p o 1a1;ry and elbow gave a startled cry: higher than fifty feet. With the search-light "You are right," replied Prince Kong, sober "Phwat's the matther wid yezV" cried Barwe may overtake the scoundrels." ly. "I have never become a Christian and ney, springing up. Then the doctor and Will Deane in the still worship the gods' of my people. But I am The prince bad not time to answer. hose and the gang ladder. Pomp repaired to "'an atheist in that respect. Some day perhaps A chorus of savage yells arose upon the air the pilot-house .and the air-ship began to rise. the common people of China may become en and the next moment a score of dark forms Dr. Vaneyke now sprang to the search -light. lightened in things which to them now are were swarming about them. He sent its penetrating rays everywhere and dark. There is hope for China." In a twinkling Barney was knocked from his the air-ship went swiftly along changing its "Indeed, I belie-ve that," declared Dr. Van feet and bound, and Prince Kong the same. course frequently. eyke, "the more your people commingle with Then between their powerful captors. they were In this way unremitting search of the mount ours the quicker tha'f' end will be reached. The carried swiftly away like bags of merchandise. ain side was made. But not a trace of the ab Chinese would rapidly, becpme the foremost Pomp, who was at the air-ship's rail, witductors or of the abducfied ones could be found. people of the earth." nessed the astounding incident. The darky Daylight came and it was only when con" Let us pray for that time," said Prince was unarmed and knew that it would be folly vinced of its futility that Dr. Vaneyke abanKong, fervently. to rush down into that crowd and attempt to doned the search. The fate of Bexney and By this time the air-ship had settled down in combat them' single handed. Prince Kong a deep mystery. ra,ror.anJ.e spot on the shores of the Sea of But he gave the alarm quickly enough. Near the spot where they had been seized by "Golly, fo' g o odness! Murder! J es' come as the foe, the jacket of Prince Kong was fo und "Begorra, I don't see phwy we couldn't be quick as eber yo' can, Marse Vaneyke. Dey saturated with blood. This seemed to support afther pumpin' some wather this very night," done carry de I'ishman an' de. prince away! a theory which all were much averse to ac said Barney, with sudden inspiration. ''I'll Fo' de Lor's sake jes' yo' come!" ceDting, and this was, that the two luckless fetch enuff in a pail to kape the search-light It is needless to say that Dr. Vaneyke and voyagers had been murdered. going, bejabersl" Will Deane reached the deck quicklJ. Sam In the meantime, the presence of the air-ship Strange to say, this idea had not occurred to Hop came after them. had been discovered by the people in the town any one else. It was instantly decided to act "What's the matterV" demanded Dr. Vanand a great commotion was created there, upon it. eY'ke, confronting Pomp. which was heard even at this distance. "Queer that we didn't think of that in the "Dey's jes' carried off Barney an' de prince," "There is only one decision to accept," defirst place!" cried Dr . Vaneyke. "By daycried Pomp, wildly. clared Dr. Vaneyke, finally, in sad tones; break we can have all the jars filled and save "They 1 Who V" demanded the doctor. "both Barney and the prince have been much time." "Sakes alibel I don' no' no more nor yo', murdered. I do not see how we can accept The plan was at once acted upon. They were Marse Vaneyke, Some rapscallions, I done any other explanation." hardly fifty yards from the water and the fink dem pirates, dey jes' jump out an' tip de However, nearly the whole day was-spent in search-light made a pathway as plain as day. two ob dem ober an' ,carry dem off jes' as yo' the quest. Then it was abandoned by com-j Barney and Pomp ran a line of hose from the would a 'possum. I done fink it am dem pi mon consent as futile, and the Eclipse, mountdeck to the water and the electric pump in the rates what do dat fing." ing one thousand feet into the al:r, took herf engine-room was started. In a few moments The doctor remembered what .Prince Kong flight from the Crystal Mountain. a good stream of water was flowing. had said of the gang of robbers that infested All night she kept on her way and with the The jars were being filled rapidly, when sudthe Crystal Mountain. That this was their break of day, a cry from Pomp, who was in the denly the water ceased to flow. The pump work he felt certain. pilot-house, announced that they had reached was shut off and Barney started down to the There was no time to lose. The' abductors Fort Kiang Chu, near the underground river. edge to locate the trouble. must be overlaken. It was decided to descend and hold communi Kong, who was on the deck, accomTo leave the air-ship was out of the question. cations with the garrison of the fort. him, Pomp was at the rail. 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