Over the Andes with Frank Reade, Jr., in his new air-ship; or, Wild adventures in Peru

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-,... -Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Entered. as Second Class Matter at the Ne10 York, N. Y Post Office, October 5, 1892. No 94 {cou P } FRANK TousEY. PunLTSHEI\, at & 36 NoRTH MooRE s-rREE!J.NEw YoRK. { rnic E } Vol IV LETE New York, November 16, 1m 1 IssUED w E.EKLY. 5 C JNTS, Entered t o the Act of Conoress, in the year 1894, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Conoress, at Wash inoton, D. C. OVER THE ANDES WITH FRANK READE, JR. IN ms NEW AIRSHIP; OR, WILD ADVENT'O':RES IN PER'O'. H y JSON.AME."

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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 aad 36 North Moore Street, New York, Box 2730. Over Jr., In His New OR, I WILD ADVENTURES IN PERU. By "NONAME," Author of "The Missing Island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful Trip Under the Deep Sea," etc., etc, CHAPTER I. ranged a wire frame or belt, which should keep the gas bag always erect. THE NEW Then netting was skillfully wove over this; the bottom of the netting WHAT bo'y bas not Indulged ia dreams of some day being able to and the bag as well was fastened to a long platform of thinly rolled master the art of !lying in the air? What youth has not felt the fas-but stiff steel. cinntion of a balloon ascension? Below this was anotberplatform;with light standards and partitions From early years we look upon the blne sky above as a mystic, which mnc:te the caoins and engine room of the air ship. wonderful and unexplored region. We feel our utter inability to cope This also in weight acted as ballast. with the questian of overcoming thnt specific law of gravitation which Upon either si!le of the platform a guard rail extended the whole prevents our flying 111 mid-air which is so simple a matter for the length. birds, and yet there is not one of us but has ever had faith that the Four huge wings upon steel"fra:nes nod made of powerful texture pr<>blem would spme day be solved. silk were proj.ected from the sides of the air ship to aid in its buoyHow it bas been solved, and the outcome or that wonderful feat we ancy. 1hall endeavor to depict in tho incidents of this story. These wings were driven by an upright cylinder and a version of It uud become a famous and w1111 known fact thut a certain talented walking beam, giving regular action and symmetry of movement. young American bad mastered tlie problem. Forward was a pilot house with windows of heaviest plate glass; Frank Reade, Jr. a native of Readestawn, and by nature, tastes also a powerful search-light. nod adoption an inventor, bad given to the world the Man, tile At the bow was the rudder, a huge expanse of silk upon a frame, Electric Horses, the Sub11Jarine Boat aod the Electric Air-Ship. These the turning of whilly fellows they were too, though a bit given to playing jokes millionaires of the couutry with electric bombs, upon each other, which we shall discover in the course of our story. Of course Fronk consigned all these to the waste basket. The famous air-ahip was just llnlshed when Burney came int() But yet they llotbered him n ot a little, and for fear some insane Frank's draughtlng room, and said: crank might work harm, a heavy guard WliB kept over the Readeatown Sllure, sor, an' the Era is all finished, I understand!" works. "Yes, Barney," replied Frank. "What do yotl think of The great air-ship was finished. BJJgona, it's a foine llit av machinery she is." Frank hnd chriatened it the "Ern," as it really marked an ern in the "I think an!" problem of sky nav1gntion. Shure an' yez will be aftber taking a thrlp in her afore long, sor!" Jt rested upon tL1e stocks in the great yard of the machine works. "Yes," replied Frank. "At a very early day, I hope." A of the aerial wonder might not be out of place, before "An' may I ask have yez decided ph were to go, sorT" setting forth further the excitiog incidents or our story. Well, not Tbere are many parts of the world accessible. First, Frank Reade, Jr., realized that it was necessary to consider Perhaps we will go around the world!" the question of lightness. "Shure, sor, thin cud I make a bit av a sugghestion to yez!" He abandoned the ide1 of suspensory helices or rotascopee, Why certainly!" declared Frank. What may it Barney?" and declared: "I 'ave a cousin, he's a Frenchman, be the way-yez see it WU?# "I believe n lighter and swifter ship can be built upon the storage this wnyl Me mother's sister was aftber rnartying a frog ater, and or gas principle. By constructing a reservoir sufficiently strong tore-shure they ball wan boy, au' fer a compromise they him Path sial expansion, I believe that the elevating power can be maintained De Frontenac. Arrah, he's a gosaoon av a boy, nn' there's ivery with lateral wings." bit mother in him." Accordingly, first )1e constructed the gas reservoir. Frank could not help smiling. This was malle full fifty feet long and cylindrical in shape. Of the Wei!, that is truly a wonderful combination!" he declared. "I oile d aUk six ca9es each within the other. Frank sltillfuily ar .. never before heard or thnt kind of a marriage!'' 'I'

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Barney scratched his head. I niver was in love wid the French meself," he said, "but I'd niver own a sister as wud marry an Eyetalian." And Barney made a grimace, and executed a quickstep In a manner wbicl1 haded no good for the sons of sunny Italy. All right!" said Fmnk. Now let's get down to facts.'' All roigh t sor! ' agreed Barney. "Me Cousin Patbnck, sor, has been for tiu years au e xplorer in South Ameriky. He bas lhramped all over;tt.e Andes Moun talUs sor, an' he is nfther askin' me to ask ye if ye wudo't think av a trip over the Andes yesilf, sor!" "Over the Andes!" exclaim e d Frank. "Well, that is not a bad iden. But why is he so interested!" Shure, sor, be kin tell yez that betther than I kin He's this mo ment outside, sor, an' i! yez will do !lim the favor he'll talk wid yez about it." Well,'' enid Frank, reflectively. "I'll see him, Barney. Show him in!" All roiabt sort" The Celt A moment later a tall, wiry built man, with an olive complexion and shr ewd Irish features enter ed. He b a d the stamp of a traveler, ned was evidently a man of refin e ment and education. Mr. Reade, I am honored to meet you!" he said, politely. I presume Barney bas told you all about met" Frank was a t once favorab l y impressed with his visitor. "Yes," he replied. "You have traveled in the Andes!" "I have!" "Barney tells me that you found a great deal of interest there.'' Pntrick De Frontenac replied earnesly: "I believe that you, Mr. Rea ;!!', witb your air sbip, can give to the world one of the greatest benellts to science that Lhe world bas ever known!'' Frank was interested. ;.; All!" he exclaimed. ".And all this In the Andes?" u Yes!" "Pray what may it bet" Patrick De Frc nlennc drew from his pocket a number of mapa. These were skillfully drawn, and were evidently of his own construction. He placed his linger upon a certa i n part or the Andes ran ge "There," he said, "is a part of the world which has never been There are hundreds or s quare miles or wouderful region in babited by a strange people, who artl beyond the reach or the ordinary explorer.'' CHAPTER II. TRE EXPLORER' S STORY. DE FRONTENAC's declaration was an earnest one and impressed Frank R e ade, Jr., deeply. Moreover, the young mv entor was at once interested. An unexplor e d region!" he declared. Why, can it not be reached by the ordinary methods%" "For the reason that the mountain peaks intervene and the cl11fs and precipices so completely shut it in, that the place is inaccessible." "Indee d!" It is true." And thia region Is inhabited?" -"By a strange people, perhaps descendants of the Incas. They will not venture out of their fastnesses, and their life and country is one of the bidden mysteries of the world. You, and you alone can solve it." I beg your pardon," said "bot if nobody has ever visited this strange r e gion, how .is it known for n fact that tllis state of affairs exists th e ret" "Ea sy enough," replied De Frontenac. "One of the strange race was captured one day, having found his way down into the valley He was never able to get back, and affiliating with the native bec ame one of them. These won:lerful stories were told by !Jim." Do you consider this authentic?" It is thtl common belief of the country. I see no reason !or dis believing it until the unknown region is explored." Frank was more interested thau he cared to show. He stu<.lie d De Frontenac earnestly, noll finally made up his mind that the French-Irish adventurer was bonelft in his sta tement. "You are right, De Fronten ac, in one thing," he declared. "The solution of the problem can be accomplished by the air-ship." "Just so!" cried Frontenac, eagerly, "and it will be a aid to science, and deeply satisfy me as well. I can assure you that I am sincere, nod m y char a cter is good." "1 b e lieve you," said Frank, now thoroughly convinced. "I will say, De Front e nac, that I am much interested in your story. As my cruise in the air is mainly in que s t of adventure, this seems to afl'ord a good incentive.'' "Joy!" cried the explorer, wildly, "then you will go, MI. RelideT" 1 will conshler the matter," said Frank j .. and let you ki!OW to morrow. Your addr ess--'' I am stopping at the Palace Hotel, this city." "'l'hen I will send you a message in the morning!" declard Frank; '' you may rest easy till then:" "On the contrary I shall not rest easy!'' laughed De Frontenac; "I I shall not close my eyes in sleep until I hear your anawer. Know tl!at it is t he aim or my liCe to explore that region In the Andes!" "Indeed!" exclaimed : Frank, more than ever interested. "Well. you may expect au answer from me in the morning!'' De Frontenac went away like one in an ecstllBy. Soon after Barney came rushing iu. Frank was studying some Gouth American maps. Begorra, Miather Frank!" cried the Celt, excitedly. "Will yez Afther say in' yez will got S hure ye'll niver bo sorry I'm sure.'' "I think we shall, Barney!" said Frank. "Whurroo!" "Waitj" "Well, sor!'' Be sure you have everything shipshape and In readiness aboard the Era. I may decide to take a sudden start." I'll do that, sor !" Barney rushed out into the yard. He was going so rapidly that he did not heed a dark form comiug out or a passage betwet>n the build ings. It was Pomp, and in his hands be carried a brush an his feet. "Yo' jes' do dat on pupnose!" B e jabers, don't yez tell me that, naygur!" "Yo' did, au' I gill yo' a good return to' it!" yelled Pomp. Down went the darky's heuQ like a battering ram. Forward be darted, and beforfl Barney could get out o! the way, tL& darky's bead took him full in the abdomen. It was like being struck by a canuon ball. The Celt went down as if shot. He was for an instant winded, but his Irish l:lood was up, and be quickly gained his feet. Whorroo, yez black blaygardl'' he yel!ed, "I'll have the loife av yez; fer this! Whurrool'' But Pomp having had revenge darted back into the passage. He got the start nnd eluded Barney, who presently gave 1111 the pcrsult. Rubbmg his stomach ruefully be returned to the yard, saying: "On me sow! I have it in fer that naygur now. An' it's a fool I am av I don't have it out wid him." Then away be we: t to get the Era in shape for the projected cruise. Meanwbile, Frank Reade, Jr., had been busily studying the maps. He was satisfied finally that such a region as De Frontenac describ ed might real!y exist. "At least we will make the trip," be finally decided. He arose to his feet, when there came a tap on the door. Frank gave a start. Nobody was ever admitted to the yard without first stating theil" errand, or being announced by Barney or Pomp. Y e t, here was &orne visitor who hall entered unheralded. '!'hen Frank remembered that be himself had carelessly left the outer gate open. Frauk opened the door and stood face to face wit.h a man whom he had never seen before. He was tall and dark, with slyrewd piercing eyes, and a peculial" nervous mauner. He regarded Frank searchingly and said: Is this Mr. R ende?" "It is!" rep lie u Frank. The fellow tendered "Frank a card. The young inventor glancea at it and gava a little start. "OsMAN. DYKE, Detective, "Nt>w York City." "You will see that I am a detective," said Dyke, politely, "therefore my business with you <. "Very good; sir!" agree:! !<'rank. What can I do for you!" Frank bad motioned his visHor to a chair.

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OVER THE ANDES WITH FRANK REAnE, JR., IN HIS NEW AIR-SHIP. "I think you are the only man in the wor!d who can solve my case f or me," said the detective. "Indeed!" "That is why I have come to you. But first and beforE) I attempt to enlist your sympathies, let me t ell you my story." "J shall be g lad to bear it," said Frank. "Pray go on!" "The story is a strange o.ne, you will saiacbery." CHAPTER III. SOUTHWARD BOU ND. "THE truth was, John had been at the bottom of all of Allan's t roubles and had profited by them. He bad, in short, neatly tleeced his brother and turned the tables upon him in the most cqwnrdly manner. At first Allan was stunned with this realization. Then he said to hili wife: " Ellen, we are ruined! John bas beaten mel' H e is a villain and a th)efl' cried the wife, forcibly. I demand that you ask satisfaction of him!' Allan at once went to John and accused him of treachery. The latter only laughed and. sneered bitterly. This stung Allan to the quick. " I will have my rights he .declared, in a court of law. I believe _you are liable.' "At this John defied him. But Allan was now in earnest. Able counsel was employed, and the strange suit, brother versus brother, was brought. "It was fought out in the courts, but John's dishonesty was shown, and the court< promptly order e d that r e stitution be made to Allan. John was under bonds and obliged to comply. But his wrath and hatred or his wronged brother was intense. The ne x b time they met was upon the street. A brief altercation ensued. John's black tenper got the best or him and be rushed upon .Allan, dealing him a blow which crushed his skull. The murderer escaped. He mana ged to get aboard a South American steamer, and was tracked to Rio and thence !or some ways i nto the interior. But from that day to this he bas not been heard from. The .Young wife was frantic with grief and horror. Mrs. Burton mourns her murdered husband, but lives with only one end in view and that . She wlll track the murderer down and bring him to justice if it t akes a li!eti:ne. I have I:Jer authority to search the world over for him. This is the story.'' A moment or silence reigned as the detective concluded this vivid .and graphic recital. Fra nk Reade, Jr., had been deeply impressed, and now declared: Really, sir that was a very tragic allnir; I certainly hope you will succeed, but--'' Well!" "In wh.at manner can I hope to give you aid?" The det ective leaned forward. "You alone can help me," be said, earnestly. "If it Is that you possess an a i r-ship which can travel the world over--" "It is.'' Then it is in your power to help this sorrowing woman to gain justice for the loss of her Frank was deeply impressed. "How can I track the villain downl" The fastnesses or the Andes are mighty, and a man could hide -there f9r a'life time and never be discovered by ordinary means.'' But with your atr-ehip--'{ l "I understand. You wish me to go there in quest of the mur derer!" "Yea, and IJring him back to a jast trial in the courts of this coun. try H you will do this you will be doing an act of justice and phil antbropy. The suffering widow bas but a fragment of her husbann. Across a part of the gre a t United S t ates the nir-ehip rapidly flew. At noon the next dny, the waters Gulf were sighted. But they were not ror long in view. A terrific gale blew from the 1 southeast, and the stor111 clouds bung in an impenetrable pall below.

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.. OVER THE .ANDES WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW .AIR-SHIP. 5 The air ship bad safely risen above this warring of the elements. I Frunk saw that the gas reservoir was swellln.,. and the was It was a remarkable spectacle, and being new to the detec(ive and stationary right ou the surface or the water. 0 the explorer, they gazed upon it with much Interest. Tile waves rolled ove r the lower sta"'e or platform and at times it: "Indeed it surpasses auytiliug I ilave ever seen!" declared De Fron: was entirely submerged. 0 teuac. "I ilave this spectacle described by balloonists, but I But uo serious damage was being done by this. never expect
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6 OVER THE .ANDES WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW AIR-SHIP. "Begorra it's almost as purty as the ould sod!" declared Barney. u Shure the green av it Inks much thl! same!" "Golly! I done fink it knock Norr Kyarline all out!" averred Pomp. Frank had struck the coast at a point east of Cartagena. He had no desire to visit that city, or, indeed, to tarry in any of the South American towns. There were good rell!lons for this, for the people were of a class bardly to be trusted, and they might do the air-ship some damage. But at the point where they struck the coast there was a little bay and a small hamlet. Let u11 descend here, and see what the place looks like," said Dyke. I am dying to stretch my legs on earth once more.' Ditto!" cried De Frontenac. With your permission, Frank. Will i t not be safe''' Why, if you wish!'' replied the young inventor. "We will make it ear e. Lower the ship, Barn _ey !" CHAPTER V. NEWS OF B U RTON, THE Celt was only too willing to obey. Down settled the air ship umtl it hung oot a thousand feet over the little hamlet. The scene below was an amusing one. The deniz9ns of the place were ont in a body, and were rushing about in :he mo!lt intense or excitement. Some were loading rill es, others were arming themselves with clubs and staves, and a score more were pulling an old rusty cannon down tho s t reet. "Look l:erel" shouted Dyke, in alarm, "I don't know as this is go ing to be hardly safe, is it?'' "By gracious, It looks to me as if they meant to give us a hot reception," said De }?ronte nac. Frank was not a little alarmed. He studied the scene a moment. Then he drew back with 1\ start. A rifle ball ju9t cljpped the rail, coming within au ace of his face. It was a close call. "Hold on, Barney!" shouted Frank, these people mean We must first talk with them!" The air-ship hung suspended about five hundred feet abctve the t own. were whistling about the air-ship in showers. Frank stepped i nto the cabin and rigged up a flag or truce. Wit h this he stepped to the rail. It was seen and understood. Tile firing ceased. The crowd below tor a moment became q 11iet. Frank saw a tall, pow e rful built man mount a stone column and maKe a number or signals. Frank answered them. Then the parley began. Frank addressed the fellow in English. Bat he replied in Spanish. Fortunately this tongue was familiar to the young inventor and he at once answered: "All right, my friend! Who are you?'' "I am Don Jolla de Pasqua!, the Alcalde of San Luisi" was the reply. "Who are you?" I am an American, and my name is Frank Reade Jr." "An American!" replied the alcalde, in alarm, then you are a filibuster. You come to do us harm!" ) No!" retorted Frank. "I come for nothing of the kind. I am a friend But the alcalde remonstrated. "No, no! Senor Amer l cano keep away from San Lo1s with yoar floating ship. You are leagued with the devil. Caramba! Begone or we will tire!" Lis1eu to reason!'' shouted Frank. But the alcalde had leaped down to signify that the truce was at au end. Frank was compelled to draw back. He had scarcely done so whmi the bnllets b e gan to fly again. No use!'' declared the young invetttor, these people are too ignorant to treat with. It would not be safe to land bere!" So the proposed landing was at once abandoned. The air-ship soared aloft and out or range. Then Frank Reade, Jr., set the course due south for the northern limit of I he Andes. These were encountered a day late r. Then a course was held for the Ecuador line. A strange lind wild country it was which was passed over. There wer e many cities and towns all densely popalated. Fertile valleys abounded in which horned cat tle grazed. In the mountains tbe scene WilS of the wildest and grandest. Many wonderful sig hts were witnessed, many sc e nes passed over, but th e Era did not descend. Wait until you get down into Peru!" declared De Frontenac con tidently, there you will see scenery which will pot this to shame!" But before many days our adventurers thought that the scenery of Ecuador would do. .. Upon my word!" gasped Dyke in sheer amazement. "What aw ful mountain is that? Why, we are f a r below its snmmit!'' That is Cotopaxi," declared De Frontenac. Over eighteen thou sand feet high. Bat old Chimborazo, twenty-one thousand, four hun dred nod twenty-four feet high, is the wonder or Ecuador.'' All these were wonderful sights to the voyagers in the air ship. These mighty mountain peaks were passed around, not over, for the rarified a1r ut that awful height was painful to the lungs. De Frontenac was perhaps the one most familiar with all these won ders. "They &re not new "to me," be "Almost every part of these wonderful mountains, ever visited by man, are familiar to me." "I presume you have thoroughly explored them!" sai\1 Frank. "Ab, no, indeed! There are parts of them wl.Jich have never been explored by man, and have hitherto been deemed inaccessible.'' "And yet," said Dyke, "we are the favored ones to he able to gain that end." "Would you have thought it easy to track your man Burton in these impenetrable wilds?'' asked De Frontenac. "I should have realized very speedily bow utterly impossible it would be to explore this region, to say notlllng of finding my man." "Exactly." "But-" "What?'' On the other hand it woulcl seem to me quite difficult for a man to find a congenial quarter here in which to hille away from justice all his life.'' 1 "There are scores of such places," declared De Frontenac. "Peo pie inhabit these wilds whose existence is never dreamed uf by the passing travelers. There are tribes of natives who hnve never s een a white man, iuaccessible valleys and gulches where the explorer has never p e netrated, Moreover, many of rnountaineera, particular ly the Peruvians, have comfortable homes among the fustnesses and there they pass their lives. It would not be difficult for a fugitive from justice to lind refuge with them." DoulJLiess this is what Burton has done,'' sald Dyke. No d oubt. I should, however, consider it a Herculean task to' find him and very much like looking for a needltl in a haystack." Incteed, yes,'' replied the detective, slow, but apparently not yielding hope; "however I shnll try." Perhaps fortune may favor you.'' I pray that lt may." The air-ship had for somewhile kept far above the conn try spread below. As there was a general desire to get a better look at the regi :m, Frank now allow e d the Era to descend. They hung over a mighty gorge thousands or feet in descent. This was spanned hy a curious rope bridge A path led in winding form along the verge or awful precipices, Over this path, nearly naked natives toiled with great bundles upon their heads and backs, bound on by straps. They walked with ease and aurety, where the slightest misstep would have meant sure doatlt. Quite a numller of these mountain cnrriers were thus climbing the peaks when the air-ship appeared above them. The efl'ect was. peculiar. Astounded by such a strange and Inexplicable spectacle, all or the natives paused in superstitious terror. Thft hicteous vultures peculiar to the Andes soared around the air ship, but were not lighter on the wing than it. What the natives took the air-ship for lt would be hard to say. One thing was certain, they were terrified. And yet they could not retreat in baste. To descend the narrow path rapidly was dangerous indeed. So they cowered upon the narrow path, muttering susperstious prayers. Frank allowed the Era to settle in the gorge, and then ap peared on the d!'ck. He addressed the mountain carriers in Sp anlsb. This was the nec:>ssary open sesame. They responded at once. For the love or our Holy Mother, cried one or tl t e Indians, how can y ou float in the air that wny? Does Satan support you!" "Not, a. bit!'' replied Frank. This is an air ship!'' "Jesu pity! We have never seen one before!" Well, you see it now. I am Frank Reade, Jr., an American. Do you know of a white man sojourning in this part or the world?'' was a moment's consnltation, and then one of them replied: Si, senor. We know him Wbll, He bas gone idto the Isabella diamond mine. Ah !" cried Frank, eagerly. Can you tell me what was his name!" Si, senor!" cried one of the carriers. He was Senor Burton, a rich Americnn. Ab, but he scnt;ered silver in the streets of Bonita!'' He is wild and reckless!" cried another. He wlll risk his life to find the Light or the Mountains, which is to be the dia mond in the world. You Americans are br .. ve and skillful." .Qyke, the detective, gripped the rail or the air-ship and gilSped: Great heavens, Frank, I am on the right track at last! What a stroke of luck!" You at e indeed lucky to get news or Burton so quickly!" "But-in what direction has be go 'ue? How shall we find him?" I will learn at once.'' Frank leaned over the rail and questioned the carriers again. Where do you carry your packs! ' he asked. To Bonita,'' was the reply. It is a city in the hillg. We came from Iquique, which is by the sea.'' When do yon expect to reach Bonita!" Before another evening, senor!" And then--" ,

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OVER THE ANDES WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW AIR-SHIP. ., "We will reload our packs and return to Iquique.'' "Very good!" said Frank. "Now can you tell me where I can find the Amerlc&n, Burton!" was a moment of silence. Then one replied: "We can do that, senor. He Ill m the Isabella mine." A.h, but where is that?" One of the carriers arose and pointed to the southward. A hundred leagues thither!" he exclaimed, "the mountain Is one of stone. You will know it when you see it. There is the Isabella mine! It will be easy to lind Burtpn there!'' A few more questions In regard to Burton and the diamond mine, and Frank turned, saying: I am going to the Isabella mine at once! Dyke, you may be quite sure o! caging your man!'' CHAPTER VI. AT ISABELLA, OsMAN DYKE, detective, was deligbted with Frank's proposition. "Good!" he cried. That is the sort of talk I like. I hope we shall win success as you say." "II be is in tbe mine you may be sure o! it." Over the mighty gorges and peaks sailed the airship. To attempt to describe tlle wonderful scenery which was witnessed would be quite impossible. So, with the reader's permission, we will pass it over and continue with thrilling incidents which were close at band. After some boors of random sailing over the wild region Barney cried: Bejabers, :Misther Frank, I think I can see the Isabella Mountain!" At once all were interested. "Where, BtuueyT" asked Frank eagerly. "Shure, sor, jist atween thlm two tall peaks.'' Everybody !coked in the direction Indicated and not one in the party but gave an exclamation. Sure enngh there was the mountain o! stone as described by the An denn native. At once the air ship was headed for it. Soon it towered before them almost a perfect cone or solid rock. At the base or this mountain there was a level plain with much green verdure. Here there was a phmsnnt little town surrounded by v:neyards and gardens replete with rich fruits. They knew that this was Isabella, the beautiful little town at the en tmnce to the diamond mines. HtJre a tributary to the Amazon ran leaping and foaming over hun dreds or miles or rapids and cataracts to the mlgbty selvas below. Upon the west was the great Peruvian seaboard, and from Calloa ami Lima merchants sent great puck trains over tbese migtty heights to l.Jarter for gold and diamonds and rich wines. \ The Isabella diamond d\gginga were an alluvial tract of country, just half way up the slopes or the great mountain. Hare there were table-lands and basins covering thousands of acres, and in the red earth the precious were found. That Burton should have sought this region was quite natural. Back or It was a region full or hidingplaces, and Inhabited by an extremely treacherous type of Indians. Among the Chilka people the fugitive would be certain to find a covert safe enough from ordinary pursuit. Indeed Burton had made friends with the chief or the Cbilkas, und it would therefore be an easy ma t ter for him to set all pursuit at naught. Befnre the air-ship descended into the Isobella valley a consultation wns held. "There Is a quPstion," said Frank, "whether it is -wiser to go open ly down into the town with the sir-ship or "Why not?'' asl\ed De Frontenac. For the reason that Burton seeing us coming would get the alarm nnd skip out,'' said Dyke. That is true!" agreed Frank. "It Is quito Impossible to approach the town In the Era without being seen!" For a moment all were thoughtful. "Don't you suppose they have seen us already!" asked De Fronte nac. Begorrn, I don't see how they end iver help itt" cried Barney. Sbnre we've been in soight av the town fer a long while!" Which is very true!" agreed Dyke. I don't know as we would gain anything, Frank, by any other course tbau by going boldly down into the place.'' Perhaps sot" H there is any law in the place I think I can get the authorities on my side.'' "There ought ; to be plenty of law!" declared Frank. "Peru is an independent nation and on the best or terms with the United States!" "Ob, I have provided for .that!" said Dyke: "before I left. home I secured through the foreign consuls extradition pnpera in all or the South American States." 'l'hen you are all right!" cried Frank. or course Isabella Is a aufficier.otly important place to have an Alcalde and a tribunal. "I should think so!" Of course it 1sl" "Then onr best move is to descend and attempt to enlist the officers of the law in our lletYitr." "Exactly!" "All right. I am agreeabla." So Barney &llowed the air ship to flo!'t down Into the volley. They were now n thousand feet over the wonderful vineyards and the town, and a startling scene was revealed. The appearance or the air ship In the sky above their heads, was no doubt a bit or surprise to the Peruvians. They had never seen anything or the sort, and In many eases super stitious fear prevailed. Great trains or heavily burdened llnm11s were trailing into tbe town. In many cases the native drivers lied lncontiently at the sight or the Jnysterious wonder. In other cases merchants and vineyard keepers stood 'Staring at the ship in stupid wonder. The native soldiers or the little fort recognized the apparition as a certain scheme of the1r foes and Cilili"an neighbors to destroy tbe country, and at onc'l bent to arms. Great excitement reigned generally in the little hamlet. Those on board the air-ship viewed the scene with deepest interest. It was a serious qtiestlon in the minds of all ns to whether they wel'e to be received in a friendly fashion or not. Tile incident with the Colombian alcalde wos fresh In their miodd, Much depended upon t.!Jeir reception in Jsabe!h., Suddenly as the air-!hip was hovering over the town a startling thing happened. It came near proving a catastrophe also. Some of the defenders of the little fort had elevated the rnuz 'z!e of a cannon to the right degree and sent a ball hurtling upward. It narrowly missed striking the hull or the air-ship. Whew!'' exclaimed De Frontenac, In constern!ltion, that was a close call." Right!" cried Dyke. They eYidently mean business. Eb, Frank!" "You are right!" agreed the young inventor. "We are to be treated JIB a roe!" Is there no way we can make friends with them?'' asked Dyke, anxiously. We will try," replied Frank. With which he took a white fiag and stepped to the rail. The etJect was instantly seen. The men at the cnr.non abstained from firing, and a white fiag was seen below in response. "They have accepted the truce," declared De Frontenac. Good!'' cried Dvke. A man appeared on the wall of the Andean fort with a white flog. Frank called to Barney: Let the nir.ship go down to within speaking distance." All roigbt, sor." Down sank the Era. When not more than two hundred fqet above the fort It hong In sus pension. Every detail of the fortification could be seen. The upturned Spanish faces were regarding the aJrship wondering Iy. Frank wasted no time. -... He leu ned over the rail and said in Spanish: Bu4lnos, Senor Commandante! My compliments to you!" Per Christo!" came back the reply. Who In the fiend's name are you come down from the sky?'' "We are Americans!" "American!!!" exclaimed the Peruvian spokesman. "Ah, I should have known that for nobody else could do the wonderful things yon dol" "Which is a compliment to my countr_y such a& a true born Peruvian alone can make," replied Frank diplomatically. "Good!" whispered Dyke, "giVe them taffy, Frank." Tbe rClply evidently pleased the Spanish coi\Jmander, for be said: We are friends with your people. If you mean us no harm, you are welcome to Isnbelln.'' We come to make a bond or fr!endshlp with you!" replied Frank. "Allow me to introduce myself. I am Frank Rende, Jr., the owner or this air-ship. These are my friends and Americans also.'' l return the compliments, Senor Americano. I am Joaquin :Murillo, the governor or the Province of Isabella." "I om honored, most noble Governor!" "The honor Is mine most gifted Senor,'' replied the Governor urbanely. "Will you not descend and try of the vintage of Isabella?" "A thousand thanks." Frank turned to Barney: "Let tile air-ship go down!'' he said. "She may rest in the yard of the fort." Barnev obeyed orders. The Era descended into the fort yard. Frank stepped down from the platform and sainted Joaquin Murillo. A few moments' conversation made them fast friends. Other Spanish or Peruvian notables carne forward and were in traduced. Frank brought his companions forward also. Then wine was imbibed, and Frank next invited the Governor and his friends to go aboard the air-ship. They were delighted and wonderstruck with its fine appointments. After all was over Murillo said: "Pardon, Saoor Reade, but will it be an impertinence to ask what has brought you to Isabella!'' I By no ml'ans," replied tbe young tnventor. "It Is a matter of very seriouH moment, I can assure yon." "Indeeal"

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.. 8 OVER THE ANDES WITH F'RANK READE, JR:, IN HIS NEW AIR-SHIP. We are here with extradition papers for the proper urrest or a fellow countryman guilty of murder." What, a murderer!" exclaimed Murillo. "An American here in Isabella?" "That is what we your excellency." "Pray let me see your papers." Frank motioned to Dyke. The detec t ive came forward. He producet! his papers at once, and tbt! Spnnisb governor glanced over them. These are true he said. They bear the correct seal of our court. We cannot deny the rigl:Jt." "Do you know of this man Burton!'' asked Frank. The governor drew a dePp breath. "Indeed, I know him well," he said. "He has been here in our midet somewbile. But I never deemed him a murderer. However, you shall have the ald of our law to capture him." CHAP1'ER VII. THE CAPtURE OF BURTON. THE delight of Osman Dyke, the detective, can hardly be expressed in words. "Good!" he cried. "I shall succeed in bringing John B rton to jasticel" Then Burton is at present in Isabella?'' asked Frank in Spanish. Yes," repli e d the governor, or at least he goes every dtly to the !llamond field, where he owns u claim... "How shall we catch bim!" "J! you wish I will take some officers nod go thither with you now." 1'hat will be a great favor to us ." The governor gave a few sharp orders to an aid. In a few four uniformed men appeared. They wer e Peruvian police and were ready for duty. The start was made at once. The governt>r and the four officers got aboard the air ship. Frank motioned to Harney. The Celt pressed the key and the air ship shot upward. The peoplll below cheered wildly. It was a new and wonderful sight to them as well as a novel ex peri e nce to the nllw passeng'ers. At first they all turned pale and were not a little alarmed at Jeav lug the earth so rapUly. But Frank quieted their fears by saying repeatedly in Spanish: "Have no !ear, gentlemen. If harm comes to you it befalls ns also." The air-ship struck out direct for the Isabella mines. l::ioou the immense diamond tle lds came into view. A strange sight it was. There were mig hty excavations, Immense heaps of thoroughfy sift ed soil and everywhere throngs of natives were working in the boil ing sun. Here some of the most valuable of stones were recovered. As the air-ship sailed on the governor who was at the rail, pointed to an adobe building at the base of a rocky clitl: "There is the claim of Burton the American,'' be saJd. "You will lind him there I think!" . A number of natives were digging near the bnt. By them was a tall man in white duck allli a Panama hat. The appearance of the air-ship over the plain bad of course attract ed much attention. Astonishet happen., Down the sbo;er wall he slill like a rocket. But not two hundred feet below was a jutting shelf. Here, from a crevice, severn! mountain pines grew, and projected ) far out over the chasm. Into the branches of these the fugitive slid with great force, For a moment it seemed as if be must go down through them. But be did not. To everybody's surprise he cluog there.He was saved from an aw ful death. But it was only rescue from one fate to meet another. He was now at the mercy of his pursuers. "Now we have him!" yelled Dyke. "Luck Is ours! The game is bagge,d at last!'' So indeed it seemed. The air-ship sailed down to a level with the shelf of rock Tbere in the branches crouched desperate-looking man. His free was copper colored and his eyes blood-shot. Foam was upon Ins lips, and in one hand he clutched a revolver. But Frank Reade, Jr., had covered him. "None of that!" he cr1ed, sternly; "drop that weapon or it will be the worst for you!" \ Burton muttered a savage oath. "Curse you!'' be gritted. "You want my life!'' "Not without a fair ttial, John Burton," cried Dyke; "it is better for you to surrender and meet it." "You will hang me?" "Not unless you deserve it." "You have no proof that I killed my brother," sneered the villain. .. Then you have less to fear. Better take your char.ces in a United States Court. Come aboard and give1yourself up!" There was a snaky gleam in the villPin s eyes. 'l'he hand which held the revolver twitc!led nervously for a moment; as if he longed to use it. Then be llung it from him. "I yield!" he j:ried, "on tbe condition of fair play," "You shall have it!'' declared Dyke. Who are you!" "I am a U. S. detective!" "From New York?'' "Yes!'' All right! I'll surrender to you. I'm not guilty, and have nothing to fear!" Dyke smiled contemptuously. He read the villain's soul through and through. He saw the cunning purpose lurking in his evil eyes! "Once he is in the Tombs," he muttered, "he'!{ never come out till be stretches hemp!" 'fhe bow of the air-ship was now run close to the ledge of rock. A rope ladder was thrown out. Burton came across it quickly. Tllo moment he stepped on deck the detective slipped manacles upon his wrists. Tlle villain growled. What's that for?" be demanded. Are you afraid of met That's. not fair play. There are six of you to one!" "All right!'' saill Dyke, coolly. "We'll let you wear them a little while. Now. Frank, where will we put him!" "In stateroom No. 5," replied the young inventor, "be will be safe there, for the door is of steel and the window heavily guarded." Ac<:ordingly Burton, despite bis protests was locked in stateroom 5. When Dyl1e came 011 deck, Frank had turned the prow of tbe air. ship hack .t:ownrds Isabella. Governor Murillo had been more than delighted with the trip. It is a wonderful experience!" be said, "Only to think that you Americans have at last solved tbe problam of fiyiug in the air!" But we have not forgotten that it was a Spaniard who discovered our wonderful count1y!'' said Frank. This pleased the Peruvian governor immensely, and he demonstrat ed 1t with a smile. When Isabella was reached again, the place was up in arms to wei come the air-sbip. A band was playing and a solute was fired from the fort. Darkness was coming on and it was proposed that they spend the night in the town. So the air-ship was landed near the fort upon a broad patch of green. Murillo detailed a guard of soldiers to guard against l:arm being done the air-ship. Then as darkness came down Frank turned on the electric lights and dazzled the Andean people. The searcb-light made the green as bright as day, A little evening tete bad been arranged. The go\"ernor caused a string band to play and a bevy of pretty Spanish girls went through a mazy dance upon the green.

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I OVER 'rHE .ANDES WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW .A.IR8HIP. 9 It was a picturesque and beautiful sigllt, and the aerial travelers gazed upon it spell-bound. Until long past mldnigl:t tll1s sort of thing continued. Tllen tlnally all retired to wait tile coming of day. During all this Burton, the murderer, was sullen and silent in his stnteroom. Barney and Pomp took turns as sentry, though Murillo bad (!lr nished a military gu!U'd. Nothing worlby of record occurre-d during the dark hours of the morning. But when the Andean sun peeped over the higll peaks all were qmckly aliltlr. "Now," sa:u Frank to the Dyke, "what shall we dot I can take you over to Callao and you can get a steamer home. Or yon can remail). aboar,d the air-thlp.'' Why not do the latter!" replied the detective. Certainly, unless you are in haste to have your man tried.'' Where are you goiJJg from here?" With De Frontenac explore an inaccesaible valley inhabited by an unknown race!" The detective was interested, With your permission,'' lie said, I will stay with you. I can afford to wait, for you_,would beat any steamer back to New York." CHAPTER VIU. THE VALLEY ABOVE THE CL6UDS, "DoN'T be so sure or that!" said Frank. "We may be delayed a long while in the unexplored Andes. "I don't care. I am sure of my man, aml he cannot escape!" Very true. So let it bel" Gov. Murillo mad!! overtures to Frank to remain longer at Isabella. But Frank replied: "I have another project on hand which will take much of my time and energy dudng the rest of my stay in South America." So be shook hands with the Spanish governor, and the Era sailed away over the mountalus amid the plaudits of the Isabella people. Frank now gave his whole attention to e problem of the mysterious valley above the clouds described by De Frontenac. The French-Irish explorer recognized many localities as they sailed on, as places he bs.d visited. Once he said : "H is here that I first learned of the Cordillera Los. Angeles, or the Moun tau } of the AngelB, as the natives call it. They imagine that the people who live up there are a race superior to man and onJowej with supernatural traits." "Indeed I'' exclaimed Frank. "Then we cannot be far from the Cordillera?" "Yonder It is.'' De Frontenac pointed to the southward. There against the horizon was a long, ragged array of peaks with a serrated effect. They extended in what seemed a long oval far to the southward. At once all to study the distant peaks with their glasses. It could be feadily seen that tbere was doubtless an inclosure or valley within those mountain walls. That a race of native Incas might there yet find a secluded home was not altogether improbable. "It will be interesting -to visit tbat unknown and hitherto unseen nation above the clouds," cried Frank. "SeL a straight course for the Cordillera, Barney!" The cool, refreshing breezes or the morniog were blowing up from the depths below. The v:>yagers were all in the best or spiri' s. The only human being on board at aU out or sorts was the prisoner, Burton, in State-room 5. Thus far the murderer had given no trouble. He had been extremely taciturn, even sullen, yet he ate his meals !Jeartily, and seemed to be in good .spirits bodily. The Era now swiftly bore down lor the Los Angeles valley. As lt drew nearer the peaks Frank aought an opening between them. Through this the ship sailed. A wonderful scene WIIS spread to the view of the Toyagers. At last they really gazed upon the nation above the clo uds. The scene was a marvelous one. An immense fiat plain, covering hundreds of square miles, was in closed by the precipitt>us mountain walls and inaccessible peaks. As green and bright as could be imagined was the verdure or this lovely valley And there, down in its midBt and by a sparkling lake, was a city of marvelous beauty. Its walls and towers and domes Wl!re of whitest stone and glistened in the sun amid groves of green trees like a scene in fuiryland. Upon the plain were productive farms which men, strangely clad, were working. The llama seemed the beast or burden The city of the elevated nation was thronged with people. At that distance their personal appearance could not be Judged, But it nlllooked like a high grade of civilization. The voyagers gazed spellbound. "Upon my word!" cried Frank Reade, Jr., excitedly, "this is a discovery of benetlt to science! Did ever anybody dream of such a thing!'' Wonderfull'' cried Detective Dyke. And to think that we are the first privileged in many centuries to visit them and perhaps talk with them.'' "That is indeed a won.derful thing to contemplate," declared De Frontenac. "I only hop'e they will receive us in a friendly way." I have no doubt they will!" said Frank, "they are evidently a pastoral people." "Yes, for they have never had anybody to make war with." "That is true!" The nir-sbip sailed over a vast tract of land where natives were at work gathering what looked like maze. .At that heigllt they were seen to be of a similar type to the average South American native or Indian. But they were dressed in a more coinely fashion with blankets made of gayly colored material. As the air-ship appeared above them it made a sensation. The working natives in some instances flung upon their faces in !uperstitioua terror. In others, they lied incontinently as if pursued by a demon. This made the voyagers laugh, for it indeed looked comical. Into their adobe houses the natives lied. "'l'hey no doubt think we are some strange supernatural visitation,'' Frank. "I don't much blame them for being terrified." "Begorra, it's the naygur they saw hanging over the rail!" cried Barney, wil).ing to make a shot at Pomp. "Golly
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' 10 OVER THE ANDE'S WITH FRANK READE, JR., rN HIS NEW .AIR-SHIP. Upon my word!" cried Dyke, his Royal Highness is a fine look-! This was most agreeable, and Frank lost no opportunity to cultilng man!" vate the feeling. This was true. De Fromennc had already entered into sign talk with a number of The king was a powerful built man, with aquiline features and pure them. They were exceedingly bright. white l.Jenrd and hair. But the air-ship was a source of much wcnderment. This gave him a patrician appearance and was very grand Indeed. Frank tried to explain the mechanism or the alr-s'l!ip to King Orullo, The king und all his reLniners gazed at the air-ship iu amazement. which was the monarch's name. Mally of the people fell ou th\lir faces. But it was impossible for him to understand the theory and But the old king appeared to lle undaunted. Lion or electricity. He sprang up swinging his mace defiantly, and hurled anathemas at He nodded his head in a good natured wny, and Frank abandoned the strange visitor. the attempt. Evidently they regarded the air-ship as a roe, perhaps a minion of King Orullo proved himseU il hospitable monarch, for the oorcass the Evil Spirit, and they hoped to drive it away, of a mountain deer was .brought and roasted upon the spot. One of the high priests even begnu shooting .sacred arrows with a Also some peculiar wine, which was possessed of a musty flavor, sacred bow at the Era. was furnished. But these, or course, could do no harm. One or them, however, Was Our 11dventuters partook or the so as not to offend the native captured by De Frontenac. monarch 'fbe tip or heat! was or solid gold. After this the voya.,.ers were the best of friends With the Httnlpa" Weill" cried the explorer, "they cn!} shoot those arrows at 118 a mas "' H th11y wish i they will be very welcome." ., They had nothing to rear'from these simple children of the wilderHow are we gomg to make fneuds With them? asked Dyke. ness. They were honest anti P,eaceable. CHAPTER IX. THE HIDDEN RACE, lNDEED this was a question well worli1 considering. It was necessary to make friends with the strange people. This it did not seem would l.Je easy to do. 'l'hey were inliuenced no doubt by an intense superstitious fear. This must tirst be ove1roled. Frank leaned over the rail and tried to make pacific gestures. For a time this wus or no avail. The natives made ali manner of fierce gestures for a time. Tben the king saw that this was not going to frighten the air-ship away. Also it had given him time to collect his senses a bit. He saw tile air-ship was a tangible article and no doubt con cludell very sensihly to lirst investigate its character. So he suddenly changed his tactics. His orders went forth that there be silence. As this command was seen to travel through the crowd silence Instantly became the order. Then Ute king arose In his palanquin. He had caoght sight of Frank leaning OTer rail. It did notre quire a second glance for him to see thdt it was a man of ftesh and lllood like himself. There wa s a philo look of astonishment on the king's race which amused Frank not a little. 'l'he young ioveutor could not understand a word he uttered, but he replied wit b many smirks and sm iles, "We are your friends. Yes! Why don't you receive us socially!" Of course the native 'ruler did not understimtl Frank, but he seemed to coruprehend that he was of a difterent race of people come to pay hirn a viMit. This changed the comvlexion or' everything; The nat1ve king was ali right now Be addresse _tl the people In ap parently explanative terms returned Frank's smirks and smiles with interest. A &pace was cleared in the crowd, and the nativll made mo tions for the air-ship to aescend. Frank hesitated. "I don't know whether to trust those heathens or not!'' he 'iJa1d, "I think it will do I! we arm ourselves!" declared De Frontenac. "Very well." Accordingly rifles were brought out of the cabin, and all was made ready for the repelling of no assault. Then !frank allowed the air-ship slowly to descend. It rested upon where Lhe space bad been cleared. The throng kept a respectable dismnce, evidently by the king's orders, for which Frank was very grateful. Frank stepped forward, and greeted the native ruler. 01 course It was very difficult to exchange any' comprehensive words .. Frank speedily found that the other was quick witted nod would easily embrace any sigr. talk. After 8ome persistent work this attempt at crude intercourse be:,::ame quite successful. Franlt managed to convey the fact that they belonged to a people tar to the. north, and they were simply exploring the mountains lor a pastime, This seemed to please the native king, who had evidently feared that they had come for conquest. He conveyed the information that his people were not warlike and shunned open battle. For this reason, hundreds of years previous, his ancestors had sought this seclndetl valley. An had blocked the exit and also made it inaccessible, bot none of the trilla ever ventured to lea:ve tbe valley. Tbus they had dwelt for centuries in this retreat, A nation above the clouds, t hey had !Jeen oblivious of nll the world's great doings .outside. It was a strange story, and Frank gathered it with interest. He speedily found that the Hun!pnmas, whicll was their tribe name, were an exceedingly docile and peaceable people. Now, that their superstltioas fears had vanished, they made great manifestations of friendliness. So De Frontenac was able to conduct his researches most success fully. One thing was most remarkable. The ancient Incas had been noted for the amount or pore gold they mined and used. But almost the only metal known to the Hualpamas was gold. It foirnished material !or nearly all their tools and weapons. Indeed, many of the idols in their temples were of pore gold. Various dislles, an's course was set for i;he volcano of Tombabnmba. Before the nightfall it waa in sight. De Frontenac stood by the and all were studying the country, as he said: Down there is the great mountain trail !rom Central Brazil to the western coast." "Indeed!" exclaimed Dyke, In surprise. "I don't see anything but a footpath.'' Perhaps not, but thousands of heavy burdened men and beasts go over that route every year!" "An immense carrying trade!'' "I should say sol They carry minerals, dye-stuffs, certain kinds of ,

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NI "Hf S:QVrii'H 1INVJI.[ HJ..I.M. Sri!QNV S:H.L 'HriiAO OVER THE ANDES WITH 'RANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW AIR-SHIP. I 11 fruits, and bring back cloth and knick-knacks from Yankeedom, which ward on her husband's arm. She greeted Frank warmly and thanked are bartered with the natives for th&lr products.'' him earnestly. , And e verything must be carried by pack train!" It is nothing!" replied the young inventor with a happy smile. "Certainly!" "I am always honored to serve!" Will they never have railroads!'' I shall never forget you, Hr. Reade," replied the English lady Not through these inaccessible mountain fastnesses,'' declared De warmly. F rontenac. "They could nllver climb the grades." After some further pleasant talk the episode ended. "I pr e sume not; but what an immense forest down there. See the The air-ship w ent on Its way and the pack train likewise. tJeautiful plumage birds. See-there is a tiger!" The pyt!Jon bad been examined and found to measure forty-five "A jaguar. Yes, in these woods you will. find chattering monkeys, feet in length. scr ee ching parrots, little wood deer, an;l-the .teadly pythqn." "That's thll biggest snake I ever saw!'' declared Dyke. "I don't "The python!" exclaimed the detective. "Ab, I would like to see think I fancy this country." . The others, led by Frank, proceeded to explore the mountain top. No thought bad been given to Burton who wus deemed secure in the cabin. And right here was where a fearful mistake was made. The villain during his confinement bad not IJeen idle. If bis captors fancied thut he did not meditate escape they were ex ceedingly In error as events proved. It bad been an unwise thing to remove bis manacles. To Burton it was a godsend. T!:ie villain bad not been idle a moment. In the state-room be extracted n steel spike from n portion or the woodwork. With this he bad contrived to wear away one or the bars or the grating in his state-room door. These were or iron and easily yielded to the steel. So cleverly was the gap in the iron cover'ed up with a bit of clay which the viilian had in some way secured that it was not noticed. So now, when all the explorers left the air-ship and it was resting upon the earth, the villain believed that hi1 chance had come. From his window be saw them leave the air-ship. Be chuckled well at this. I'll learn them til11t John Burton Is no fool!" be hissed. I'll cheat them or their game yet." With vengeful declaration, the villain deftly removed the sawed bar, anll putting his arm out through the aperture shot back the outer bolts. The door easily swung open and the escaped murderer crept into the cabin. As he passed through the be to ok down a brace or pistols and thrust them in his pockets Then be crept out upon the deck. Barney was standing forward and wistfully watching thtl explorers. He had been greatly disappointed at his inability to accompany them. Begorra, it's a shame!" he mutte r ed. That na ye-ur j est gits iverything he wants. Ah well, me turn will come next!" Ana as Barney stood tllere be suddenly beard a slight noise in his r e ar. Like a flash he turned. Be was aghast to be confronted by the villain Burtorr, who, with a revolver pointed full at him, cried: "Stand where you are! You are in my power!'' For a moment tile Celt was in a quandary. His lion couragt> would have prompted him to spring full at his foe. But as he looked into the deadly tnh e he knew that it death. This man was a murderer, and would as soon take his life as not. It would be folly to court that rate. A thousand terrible refle ctions pa s sed through Barney's minrl. Be realized at once what it meant to have the air-ship rail into the power or this tlentl. The Celt was quite desperate, but what could he doT Tbe n:.Live

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I 12 OVER 'l'HE ANDES WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN .HIS NEW I cunning of his shrewd nature asserted ltse!C, and he Instantly re&ol ved to resort to stratagem. "Begorra, I'll fool him!" he muttered to himself. "I'll wait me toime!" But aloud he said: "All roight, me frind. Don't shoot, fer I'm yure prisoner!' "That's common sense," said Burton vindictively. "Now, my tine pup, I want you to do just what I tell you and no fooling about it, or by the justice I'll kill you!" said that wanst/' retorted Barney. Phwat the divil do yez want av me!" "You know how to run this air ship-send her up!" Barney's fuce paled. "Sl;ure an' lave all the rist av he asked in "Yea, of course." "Och! begorra, I'll niver do that!" "You ehT" gritted the villain, savagely. "I will give you one minute 'to make up your mind! If JOU don't do it you shall CHAPTER XI. I Somewhat surprised, Barney at once complied. The air ship se.ttled down rapidly. The spot was a ely plain, yet a path could be seen which seemed to lead into the mountain!!. The Qelt half divined tbe villai11's purpose. He means to take leave av me here!'' he muttered. "1Bejaue1s. I'll nlver o!:Jj'!'ct to that." But Burton bali a deeper and darker purpose in view. Tbe air ship settled down rapidly uutil it rested upon the plain. Then Burton arose, saying: Put out your ancborll!'' They went out on deck, Burton yet holding the pistol close to Bar ney's bead. 'l'he Celt proceeded to moor the air-sllip. Then Burton saise.. For a moment his lace was ghostly, but he quickly replied: \ Divil a bit; aor!" Don't yon lie to me! Bring it out here at once!" But, aor--" "You can't deceive me. The dynamite is here and you know it. 1l BARNEY'S BRAVE WORK, know where it is. Come with mel" BARNEY was in a terrible prellicament. For a moment Barney's form quivered. A terrible deadly resolutioo He did not wish to go ofl' in this manner and loae his companionhad half come over him. ions. Yet ought he to sacrifice his liCe! But yet again he looked into the deadly muzzle of that death-dealOne moment he hesitated; then the reflection came to him that ing revolver and knew Um' he must ouey. be could return for them. There WII,S no alternative in any event, so Would no opportunity occur for him to turn the tables upon the be cried: wretch? He was in despair. All roight, me friend, I'll do jist wliat yez tell me." "Shure it's sthuck I am!'' be reflected, "the black hearted divil See that von do." means to blow up the air-ship!" Barney started along the platform to the pilot-house. This wao Burton's plan. He kept an eye covertly on Burton, bopiog to see a chance to down By destroying the Era he could end the pursuit of his foes. ThiS> him; but the villain followed him close, boldlug the revolver at his would enable him to make good his escape. bead. What to. do with Barney was yet a question to the villain. He bad There was no opportunity and Barney was reluctantly obliged to half deCided to ldll him. press the key and set the wings i1: motion. Had the Celt known this be would perhaps have taken a desperate Up Rprang tht! air-ship like-a bird. Up, up oter the crater, leaving chance long ere this. ' the others below. . But he obeyed his captor, and proceeding to the ammunition locket> And they cpoo the verge of the crater heard the movement or the took out one of the fearful dynamite bombs which were an inven. air-ship and looked up to see it sailing away to the southward. tion or Frank Reade, Jr's. 1 Thetr astonishment and dismay can hardly be imagined. This Burton carried, and then said: By the powers!" gasped Osman Dyke, "there the ship!" "Now I want connections made with the dynamos. Lay a wire fot> What is Barney up to?" me!" Dues he mean to leave us?'' Barqey could not evade the command. Then one commun thought came to all. Had Burton got free and A cold sweat broke out over the Celt. He mentally resolved to die overcon1e Bamey! Was this his work! before he would see the air-ship blown up. "Golly Co' glory!" gasped Pomp. "De I'ishman am killed fo' But the time had not yet come for him to act. suahl Dis chile ought to ball stayed dar wid bun!" So he followeli Burton's directions and latd the wire from the dyna" ft never occurred to me that there was risk!" exclaimed Fronk. mos to a safe dibtance from the air-ship. But wu have done wrong in leaving Barney alone!" A key was provided which could open or close the current, and the "True, but it is too late now!" groaned Dyke. "Our man Is lost connections were made with the bomb which was placed under the 1 and the air-ship too!'' air-ship. We will not admit that yet,'' said Frank. "Barney would not But Barney deftly fixed the connections in the key so that it woul is leaving us!" Barnoy's hand. It must be in Burton's bands." lie pressed it in one hand, but it did not work. What are we to
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I OVER THE ANDES WITH FRANK READE, lit, IN hi NEW ih!a4h&. II "For God's sake take that bomb out from under the ship!" he cried. But Barney laughed. Shure, If it explodes it'll only take the both av us out av the wor t'uld, an that wud be a small loss!" he cried, Go in there wid yez!" And the Celt forced tis man into a state-room and locked the door. Then he made sure that Burton could not again escape in the interim and wer:t out to remove the bomb. He broke the connection and relegated the bomb again to the locker. Upor: me sowll" he muttered, "it was a close call that divil ,gave me an' the air-sliip! But divil a bit will he iver play it on me aainl" 0lt was rapidly growing dark, but nothing daunted the Celt. started tlpon the return to Tambobombo. He well knew that Frank and the others would be in a rever or excitement and unrest. Shure I'm afther thin kin' they'll be glad to see the air-ship againl" be muttered. He t.urned on the search-iight and sent Its rays quivering acroas the mountain peaks. He was not quite sure of his course to Tambohombo, but neverthe less kept on at a good pace, looking the while for his friends. CHAPTEI,?. XII. A. TIMELY RESCUE. THE horror and mystification of the party left by the volcano's crater can hardly be described. "Great Jericho!" gasped Dyke In dismay. "Now we're in a scrape!" I "It is Burton's work!" "Certainly I" agreell Frank Rende, Jr. Barney would not go oft and leave us for any slight reason!" "What shall we do!" The explorers stood looking blankly at each other. Truly they were in a fix. To leave the spot was hardly advisable for the air-ship might return. "l'o remain there did not very feasible with the lack of provisions. But fortunately they had their rilles with them. This would enable them to do such hunting as was necessary to ob tain game for food. A consu!'tatiou was held and it was decided to remain on the spo All interest now was lost in the volcanic lake. All spent their time in studying the horizon, vainly waitingthe re turn of the air-ship. But it did not reappear, and as time passed darkness lllost intense ea.me on. The explorers made a rude camp among the rocks, and prepared to thus spend the night. Sleep was almost out of the question, for the nerves of all were extremely taut. But after a. while some or the weary ones lapsed into genUa sleep. Pomp, however, sat up studying the blackness or the southern sky. Th.e darky was secretly mourning what he believed was the sure loss o: his confrere, Barney. "Golly, but dis ehile am gwine to be dreffullonesome wifout dat I'ishman," he declared. "He jea had h is faults, but all said and done, be a.mn't sich a bad fellow as he looked to he." Thus communing with biu,self, the darky passed the time away. But suddenly as be was studymg the dark sky he gave a violent start. "Golly!" he gasped. Wba' am daU Dat am berry queer!" To the darkey it looked like an enormous star in th'il What was more it was wavering grently. \ "It looks somefiog like a star," he mutt.ered, but I disremember e_ber seeing a. star act dat a.' -way afore!" Then a sudden Idea flashed across him and be gasped: Fo' de Lor', I done believe it am a rae'. Marse Frankl quick sab, I done beliebe it am de air-ship!" The starlled cry aroused every one In the camp. In a moment they bad sprung up. Wbat 's the matter with you, Pompf' 'asked Frank sharply. "Jes' yo' look yender sab," cried the darky, "fo' de Inn's sake, I (]one beliebe it am dat !'Ishman coming back a right, sa.h!" Frank now saw the distant star as did the others. They gazed at it hard for some moments. Then Dyke cried: Upon my word, Frank, I believe it really is the a.ir-shipl" That is good news!'' "Yes, that is the search-light or the Era as I live!" It seems to be coming this way." 4 Yes.'' Barney is looking for us." But he'll never find us." How we signal him?" Instantly De Frontenac cried: Build a huge fire!" This idea was embraced instantly At once all B!t to work to pile up a great heap or wood. . There was plenty of this a short distance down the mountain side, stumps and fa.gets aqd fllMen logs. These were heaped up and fired. The blaze shot upward, a literal tower or fire. It could not help but be seen many miles distant. Meanwhile, the star of light was rapidly drawing nearer. That it was the search light of the air ship was certain. Whether Barney saw their signal fire or not the explorers were not certain, but still the air ship came on. And now, back of the glimmering light, a dark body was seen. lt was the air ship. All doubt was settled. Hurrah!'' shouted Dyke, excitedly, "it is the air ship coming back for us!" 1 The mystery of its leave-taking or course yet remained a mystery. Every moment now the search-ltght became brigilter. Soon its path way or light struck the mountain top. It was true that Barney had seen the beacon fire. At first he had thought it flame from an active volcano, but on sec ond thought he recognized its character. He now bore down with all speed upon Tamhoba.mbo, and when at length he was able to locus the search-light upon the mountain top, be saw some tiny dark forms there. "Begorra., there Lhey are!" he cried, joyfully. "Shure, it's luck fer me an' fer thim, too!'' 1 Down settled the air ship quickly. Soon it rested upon the mountain side, and with c i1eers the explorers quickly rushed aboard. It did not take Barney long to give a. faithful account or himself. As he portrayed his experiences, the explorers listened with wonder. "Mercy on us!" cried Dyke. "You are a hero, Barney. What a hig thing for you to outwit the villain that way. he safe aboard!'' "Shure, he's locked cp all safe!" cried Barney, "hut J'd advise ye to git him back to Ameriky, an' hang him as quicl!: as iver ye kin, or the divil will help him to escape again!'' EverybOdy laughed at this, and Frank said: We shall all return home at once." "After a most successful voyage," declared De Frontenac "Right there!" cried Dyke. "I hope you gentlemen are satisfied!" said Frank. Why shouldn't we be!" cried De Frontenac. I visited the hid den nation above tl1e clouds. The greatest object of my lite .was attained." ... An.d I bagge my man!" cried Dyke. Which was my great object." All were in the happiest of spirits. Daylight was at band, so no body went hack to sleep. Good care was taken now tlJa.t Burton's statroom was well guarded. Another escape would not be possible. With th" tirst break of day the air-ship shot up Into the sky and took a north ward course. The sky explorers were norlhwnrd bound. But they had not yet escaped all perilous adventure. An incident transpired that' very day which was of thrilling sort. John Burton had by no means given up his plans of escape Now that he knew that they were homeward bound and he was every moment drawing nearer t o a court or justice he became doutlly Gespe rate. "They will never hang me!" he gritted. "Curse them! I will cheat the gallows!" He spent all his time in cnrefully studying his chances. Bef o re be h:..d .escap'ed by. tile door This was, however, now doubly barred and locked. He therefore turned his attention to the window. This he found was a thin frame set in steel. By dint of much exer tion and patient labor he managed to bend the frame and slide the window down It left an a.pert.ure just large enough for his body to pass through. He crawled through one dark evening, and swinging downward grasped the rail. Along this like a monkey he made his way. But the air-ship wns full a thousand feet above the earth. How could he hope to escape! He could not lower the ship himself, for tlrere in the pilothouse was Barney. The alarm would be given ned he would be recaptured. The mur derer was in a desperate frame of mind. iVbile cowering in the shadows by the rail he was apt to be dis covered. But a sudden thrillmg Idea. came to him. He acted upon it. His plan was to t brow over one or the anchor cables and descend by it to the end . Somewhere the end or the cable would be apt to toach the earth when he could disengage himself and be free. Forward crept the prisoner until he was in the bow. All or the voyngers were in the ruain cabin talking merrily except Barney who was at the wheet. Some motive prompted Detective Dyke to go forward. He ad vnnced with qnlck, l:lrm steps, but suddenly halted. A dark, crouching form was by the rail. It was Burton, and he had just fastened the rope about his waist. It was a thrilling moment. a The det ectlve started Coward in surprise, exclaiming: "Who that?'' Then another cry pealed from his lips. "John Burton!" Curse ye!" grfttecl the villain, as he tried to slide off the deck. don't ye put a hand on me!'' \

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But the detective had already gripped him by the throat. In an instant a terrible struggle was in progress. Dyke had \Jut one thought. He would never let bia man get away. Barney sprang down out or the pilot-bouse. He saw the two men straggling and would ijave taken a hand in the contest. Dot before he could do so an awful cry or horror. eacaped his lips. He saw botu n.en slide, and slip and vanish over tbe 11dge of tbe air ship's deck. CHAPTER XIII. TllE END DowN into apace slid the men. But they did not fail to meet the awful death Barney had thought of TIJey did not reach the earth. TIJe cai.Jle fastened to Burton brougiJt them to a halL. But tiJere they swung in mid-air and lighting madly. In the darkness Barney did not see this, of course. He cGuld realize but one tlJiug, and tiJis was that they had gone down to certain death. Hia cries brought all from the cabin in a hurry. The air-ship was instantly stopped. It was the horrified belief of all that both Dyke aud Burton lay mangled and dead a thousand feet below. Quick, Barney!'' shouted Frank, focus the search-light down ward and see if yon can locate them!" 'l'he Celt required no second bidding. Hsh asteued to obey. 'l'ile searcil light swept tbe. gronu
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