From coast to coast: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip across Africa in his electric "Boomerang"

From coast to coast: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip across Africa in his electric "Boomerang"

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From coast to coast: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip across Africa in his electric "Boomerang"
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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a n d Best Stor'es are .Publi hed in This Library. No 100 { cmuPLETE} FRANK TousH:v. s1 & 36 NoR'l'H MooRE S'J'Ril:E'r. NEw YoRK. { } Vol IV o o New York, February 8, 1895. ISSUED WomKLY. 5 C IGN1.'8. _Entered according to the Act of Congress. in the veur 1895, b11 INlANK 7'0USFr:'f". in the o(fire Q( the Lihra1ian of Congress, at Washington, IJ. C rom Coost to Coost: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Trip Aeross Afriea in His Eleetrie "Boomerang." By "NONAME." Straight for the Boomerang's rail the blacks sprung. One of them placed a hand upon it. There was a yR'td flash, and he uttered a yell like that o a lost spirit and fell back into the water. As fast as the ._ blacks came in contact 'Wit e electrified rail they were all served the same.


, 2 FROM COAS'l' '1'0 COAST. I 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. From Coast to Coast; OR, fttank Reade, Jtr.'s Tttip llettoss llftriea in ffis Eleetrie "Boomettang." A THRILLING STORY OF WILD EXPLORATION. By "NONAME," Author of "Under the Equator From Ecuador to Borneo," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Sky Scraper,"' "Under the Yellow Sea,"," Frank Reade, Jr.'s Prailie Whirlwind; or, rne Mystery of the Hidden Canyon,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER 1. 'filE PROPOSED TRIP. FRANK READE, JR., tile famous young inventor bad just finished his tew Electric Boomerang, the most wonderful of all his recent trials in the inventive line, and had sent down to N!lw York city for his friend Gerard Benton to come up and see it. Benton, the well known young newspaper man and African ex plorer, received this invitatior. with delight. Heighol" he cried in his exuberance of feeling, if Franb:: has really succeeded in perfecting the Boomerang, I have all hopes of traversing the Afril:an continent yat.'' So he hast.ily picked up his effects and bought a ticket for Reade3towo. Arrived in the smart little town he proceeded at once to the machine shops of Frank Reade, Jr. As it chanced tile young inventor was at home and gladly welcomed his visitor. "Delighted to see you, Gerard!" said Frank warmly. "You came 1 promptly." "I could not wait for the cars to get here!'' declared the young traveler. "So your Boomerang is completed, Frank?'' "Yes.'' I am consumed with curiosity to see it!" And you shall!" Frank touehed an electric button which rang a bell in the' inner yard, Very quickly a door openeu and a comical negro, black as a coal bonnctlu into L!Je room. He ducked his head and cried: A'right, Marse Frank. Wl'ia' am it I kin do fo' yo!'' Where is Barney?" asked the youcg inventor. "Begorra, he's here, Ror," came a rich brogue from beyond the door, and into room tumbled a block of an Irishman, with .tlery red hair and a mug fit for a chromo. Frank and Gerard laughed, So these are Barney and Pomp?" cried the explorer, I. have beard or them." Frank Introduced Barney and Pomp to Gerard, saying: Where or.e is found, be sure the other is not far away. I could hardly spare "I have heard their praises sung before," said Gerard. 11 I am asnred they are faithful fellows.'' At which Pomp did a little breakdown and Barney turned a band apring. "We'se gwine to stick by .Marse Frank forebber, sah," declared Pomp. He am a bery tine gemmen.'' Begorra, the same here," averred Barney. "Weill" said Frank, "here is a command I want you to obey at once!" '' A'right., sall!" Name it, sort" I want to show the Boomerang to my friend, Mr. Benton. Haul it out into the yard, and have it all ready for inspection!" The two servitors vanislled. As they disappeared Benton laug!Jed heartily. "'l.'ruly, Frank!" he said, 11 you could ill dispense with those chaps!" "'l.'ha.t is true!" a:;reed Frank, "and yet they are at times a great trial to mel" "A trial!" "Yes, they are as full of fun as a nut is of meat, and constantly playing pranks upon one another. Why, not two days ago, Barney gave Pomp a drink of drugge

' FROM COAST '1'0 COAST. 3 Bou!ueraJ}g aboard his steamer and luuu us safely in St. Paul de Luanda." Goou !" cried Benton, joyfully. "01!, I to get there!" "What route were yCIJu most uesirous of taking?" "Straight-from coast to coast, coming out at Zanzibar. This will be throngb the Congo Free State, across Lake Tanganyika anu to the sea. Oil, we shall see many wild sights!" How soon can you he ready to 11;0?" asked Frank, bruaquely. "I am ready uow!" "Good! the Southern Star will leave her dock in the North River next Thursday, from New York for St. Paul ue Lounda. You will be on board!'' "I will!" "Then the matter is settled." ''But--'' "What!" Is the Southern Star a large enough steamer to take the machine bodily into the hold!'' "Oh, no! I have provided for that. The Boomerang is easily taken apart in sections and stowed away in small compass. It can be put together again at St. Paul, anti the Southtlrn Star will take my werk men around the Cape to Zanzibar and wait for our coming there!" Gerard was satisfied. 1 That is capital," be said, "and now I itch lor the final day to come." At this moment a bell jingled in tte office. F!ank made a gesture and openeu the door. "Come," he said, "the Hoomerang is re11dy for inspection.'' "And I am rea:ly to inspect it!'' cried Gerard. "Hello! What a beautv!" The n be stood speechless in the machine shop yard. The Boorne rang was before his t>yes. There she stood in the middle of yard. Burney was in the pilot house and Pomp was by the gangway. Quite a number or the workmen were gathered at the gate to. see the machine for the first time out of doors. It is a bun! tas k to ad e quately descrli.Je the The artist can do much be t ter than the author whoso pen description cannot hope to e qual that or the In a meagre way we will say that the Boomerang consisted of a large, boat-shaped structure of finely rolled steel; her hull was shape ly and well hung upon substantial running gear. 'l'he wheels were four in number upon patent uxl e s which were so constructed as to obey the steering wheel in the pilothouse. Thes wheels ware provided with rubber tires and were driven by a propelling rod operated by au electrical engine in tlltl I.Jody of the vehicle. There were two decks or llo:>rs. The lower one was made light by three plate glass windows upon each side. The upper deck was prot e cted by a hand rail which ran compl e te ly around the vehicle. Above this deck rose an oblong structure or finest and proof wire netting with a dome.shaped roof. Behind this netting could remain anti see plainly in all direc tions anu at the same Lime be safe from the bullets of a foe or the claws of wild animals. There were loopholes in this structure for the purpose of firing through. Just forward of this was an elevated platform upon which was mounted nn This gun was Frank Reade, Jr. 'a own inventivn and a very pecul iar weapon. It was light and made of thin steel. The propulsive force was pneumatic, the projecule bemg a shell of dyr.amite very explosive upon impact. Forward or the pilot-bouse, with its ph\te-glass wimlows, was u small d eck protected by a handrail. This is a brief and incomplete description of the exterior of the machin e Tile intel'ior was a marvel heyond The lower d e ck was occupied by a main cabin luxuriously furnished, n number of small yet cozy state the galley for Pomp's cooking and n mal!aztne for ammunition, as well as a store-room for supplies. Of course, all of these compartments were small, but, nevertheless, they were adequate. The main cabin was elegantly fnrni8hery foot of progress was battled against winds. At one time the travelers began to fear that they really would not reach the African coast. Toe Southern Star was one of the stanchest of vessels, and Captah: Porter, a good skipper, or they assuredly would have succumbed to the awful seas. But a last they struck the Equator and entered the Gulf of Guinea. Here tbe smoothest of sene wtJre encountered, and the spirits or all at once arose. The distant coast of the African continent was now plainly seen. It !.'ave all a thrill. The steamer bad suffered some little damage during her bard strug gle ngainst wind and wave. But this was finally, to a certnin extent, repaired. Then the stanch vessel stood southward alon!!' the coast. One line morning she dropped into the harbor of St. Paul de Loanda. "Here we are!" cried Benton. Our voyage ia ended," declared Frank, "and our jourcey bas be gun!'' This was true. 'l'he incidents of that journey the little party were destined never to forget during the rPst or their lives. The Southern Star anchored, nnd very soon lighters were alongSide. The different sections of the Boomerang were placed aboard thesP, and finally lanued at the wharf. Here the worl;m e n whom Frank had brought with him proceeded to put the machine together. 1 This jlttracted quite o. large throng of the native residerlts, nod the governor of the little town paid the wharf a 'Visit. He was a genial personage, and made no demur to the landing of the exploring party. Indeed, be extended a cordial invitation to Frank to visit him at his house. But the young inventor was obliged to decline this politely, and proceeded to put the Boomerang as rnpi11ly us possiblt>, To put the machine together and Put all tile supplies aboard con sumed all of two days. But the task was finally concluded, and oll was In readiness for the sto.rt. Captain Porter onl his crew bade farewell to the travelers, and then the Southeru Star started away for the Cape of Good Hope and Zan zibar. The travelers were left alone npon the wild African coast. The perils of their project now began to assume gigantic shape. Yet not of them would have turned back. Through Jungle and fort>st, ocross I!Wnmp and stream, over mount ain and through valley they most make their way ever eastward, from coast to coast. There were to be apprehended encounters with lions, elephants, tigers, deadly reptiles and battles with savage people. Also there was to be fearPd and avoided, i( possible, the deadly jungle fever, the malaria of the swamps and the contagious diseases peculiar to an ultratropicnl clime. But all LbesA things bad been considered, though it was to be co!r leased that their proximity caused them to assume more gigantic pro portions. However, Frank called all aboard the Boomerang and stepped into the pilot-house. Barney went into the engine roon:. The dynamos were charged to their fullest AXtant. Frank pressed a little button which rang a bell in the engine room. Barney turned on the current. The machinery began to buzz. Frank placed a band on the motor lever and turned it. At once the Boomerang rolled forward as noiMiessly and us softly as n Pullman cnr on the steel rails. Down the principal street of the little town tbe electric car ran at Increased speed. It is nee;!less to say that this created more or less of a sensation in tbe town. The people crowde(l from houses and stores to see the great wonder thunder past. Soon the highway led out into the country. There were large plantations, and the roads though narrow wPre passable. The Portuguese planters were startled by the appurition which burst upon their vi&w. 1


, FROM COAST TO COAST. Bot Frank did not pause to make the acqoaintat:ce of any of them. Tile Boomerang rolled on. Into the heart of Arrica the machine made its way. For some days no Incident worthy of note occurred. Then one day Wle travelers reached the banks of a large river in the wildest of all regions. All traces of civilization had been left behind. For many 111iles the Boomerang had been obliged to pick its way over grou. nd at time3 exceedingly rough. Small rivers were easily crossed, especially where the current was amooth. Frank had constructed the Boomerang with this exigency iq view. She would lloat in the water like a sailboat, and the wheels were pro. vided with an arrangemtmt by whicli steelllanges or paddles shot out from the axle nnd furnisheu motive power. So thut the Booonerang co f 1ld cross the wildest and deepest of rivers or lakes as safely as any water craft. The r1ver which now burst into view was a of the Congo river alit! was known as the Kuango. It was at this point widened almost Into a Jake and dotted witil aumberless small islands. Gerard, who was f a miliar with the country, said: This raglon Is inhabited by a tribe of or swimming na tives celled Hllesis, who live in little huts built !lpon posts in the saw ;rasa regions. They swim from isle to isle. or palack warriors was plain. They sought to entrap the Boomerang in this narrow strait between the two islands, and capture her by daring corpdemain, Frank saw and understood this plainly enough. He smiled grimly. He knew that he could cut tbis rope and go ahead easily enough. But he dtd not do it. He was curious to know what move the Mbesi wouhl now He was not long In doubt. Almost instantly the water f a irly swarmed with the black warriors. ThAy camA straight for the Boomerang's rail. Frank stepped into the pilot-bouse to be ready for the savage borde. He understood the peril. flut he wrt.s also prepared for it. He did not intend that several hundred or the black denizens should COI'..,e onto the deck. 1


J FROM COAST '1'0 COAST. So he pressed a small electric lever. T!ie result was quickly made manifest.. The entire rail of the Boomerang, by an Ingenious device, was thus charged with deadly force of electricity. B a rney and Pomp bad opened upon the black with their Wiochesters. Gerard bounded into t!Je pilot-house ami cried: They are coming aboara of U6, Frank. What shall we lio!'' "Keep cool," replied the young inventor. "!have provided lor that. " You have!'' Yes.', "Ma v I ask bow?" K eep your eyes open and you will see." The explorer accepted this logict.l bit of advice, and be did a e e very quickly. Straight for the Boomerang's rail the blacks sprung. One of t!Jem placed a band upon it. There was a vivid flash, and be uttered a y ell like tllat of a lost spirit and fell back into tlle water. As fast as the blacks came in contact with tile ele ctritieu rail tlley w e re all served the same. The water was tilled with struggling forms. Not one of them was able to get aboard tbe Boomerang. One con: tact with the electrified rail was qui t e sutflci e nl. S o terrific a shock did some of tllem get that they sank in the water t o rise no m ore. Gerard, who upon the scene, was spellbound. Of course he comprehended the situ a tion, and said: Upon my word, tllat is more effective, Frank, t!Jan the electric gun!" IL is fully us adequate,'' declared Frank, "and the slaugllter is not so great." In vain the water natives tried to get aboard t1le Boomerang. Not until dozens of their best men were lying under the surface dead 4iiuld have lnngbed at the net s. But, being a ground vehicle and by n'l means coiJstrnctetl for a wat e r craft, she had not the head way or speed necessary to break through a very great obstruction. Frank could have avoided the channel by going further up stream, and as things had turned out this might have been a better move. But as it wns, there was no war bat to Iorge ahead and try and break t!Jrougb the nets. It was strictly necessary for the voyagers to keep behind the wire screen A wound from one of the arrows meant certain death. At least I know of no antidote," declareu Gerard. So Frank put on ull epeed and the machine fairly dove into the midst of the cunoes. There was a jar llnd a shock, and l4 sudden rending sensation. Thea the dynamos !Juzzeu !Jut tile Boomerang obstinately refused to move. It ball come to a complPte stop. The M!Jesis with yells of triumph saw this advantage that they had gainEd. This time in attacldng the Boomerang they pursueu difl er ent tactics. A score of canoes swarmed alongside, and avoiding the deadly rail, a number of the warriors sprung on deck. Gerard Benton was as pale as a ghost. "My GotJ!" he cried, ' they have come aboard or us, Frank!" The young inveutor's face wore an anxious expression, bot he wa1 as cool as could be. "Don't get excited," be said. "We will look out for them!" Barney and Pomp shot down several of t!Je savages upon the deck, but they coulu not get all in The Mbesis were demons in the wny of pluck, and they seemed to set death at naught, Whenever one came in contact with the rail he was burled over !Joaru like a shot from a catapult. But the wily natives hall IAarned to look out for this. They sprung cl ear of it from the1r canoes to tile deck. The water was black with them. The situation was critical. "It wau evident that aometbing radical must be done, and at once. l:lut Frank Reade, Jr. not been Idle. To lire the electric p;un was out of tbll question, as the savages wero too near to get a line upon them. However, Frank was determined to drive them from the di'Ck of tlle Boomerang if desperate means had to he resorted to to do so. 'l'lle M!Jesis were pouuding upon the ste"l network with t!Jelr axes, and trying to drive their javelins through it. 01 course, it resisted all their etforts, !Jut yet the situation was, to say the least, unpleasant. Frank rushed into the engine room and procured a couple of electri.c wirell, Tilese be conuecteu with the dynamos. Then he carrieu t!Jem up into the cage where his companions were. "What shall we do, Frank!'' cried Gerard, excitedly. "We can't shoot the rasca)s for they are not in range of tlle loopholt>s !" "I'll lix them!" declared the young inventor. "Barney apd Pomp briug those glass leggeu platforms from the pilot house!" 'l'he two serYitors hastened away to do this biuding. These wooden platforms with knobs of glass for support were pro viue d for just such an as the present. The deck of the Boomerang was of steel. Frank could easily charge it with the electric fluid. But in doing this he would injure himself as much as the enemy nr less the non-conducting platforms were used. Barney and Pomp quickly returned with these. The savages were howling like liende, and j

\ \ FRQM COAST '1'0 COAST. Then Frank pressed the key. In no instant every iron or metal thing about the Boomerang wr.s heavily charged. What followed was comical as well as startling. There were possibly a hundred of the black natives on tbb deck. As if hurled by giant bands thes11 were uoceremomously thrown into the Some of them fell on the deck insensible, some leaped overboard in terror, and others were hurled over the rail. In less time than it takes to tell it the deck was literally cleared of the whole motley crew. It was a complete Waterloo for the travelers. The Ml.Jesis were panic stricken. They could not cope successfully with such u mysterious power, and which they could not compre ber.d. No doubt they were convinced that the defenders of the Boomerang were possessed of witchcraft or other supernatural power, and from that moment the Boomerang was safe from further attack. The Mbesis, or the survivors rather, scattered like chaff into their fastness in the reeds and were not seen agai n. The nete were cut by Barney who ventured into the water under the Boomeran,!!:'s bow. Then the Boomerang went on without further molestation to the opposite bauk of the Knango. Well," said G e rard, with a brealh or relief, "I am satisli6d. We have certainly dono a big thing in subduing the Mbesis; they are the worst lot of natives in Africa." Biyond the Kuaogo river was a long, level stretch of prairie and over this the Boomerang bowled merrily. It bad just been swept by a lire and therefore the surface was quite smoo,h. For miles the Boomerang kept on at tremendous speed. Then night shut down. In the tropics there is very little twilight; with the going down of tbe sun all becom e s dark almost ins t antl y As it was uupl e asant aa well as difficult to travel by night, the Boomerang was usually laid up in some good spot, and the travelers spent the night there. Upon the present occasion a small oasis was sighted in the broad and level plain. Tllis was a clomp or trees and jungle. As the BoomP.rang drew up in its verge, chattering troops or monkeys went racing among the tree branches. As there was a water-bole near, it was decided to stop here for the night, 1 Barney got out, and collecting some fagots, start ed a lire. He had jost ignited when a literal swarm of 11nakes emerged from holes in tle porous soil. Now if there IS one thing that an Irishman is afraid of it is a snake. The Celt gave one yell, and made a flying leap for the deck of the Boomerang. Howly murther!" be gasped. Divil a bit do l want to do will tbim spalpeens, bad cess to tbim!" CHAPTER V. MONARCHS OF THE JUNGLE. )3ARNEY's yell of alarm, of course, brougllt everybody out on deck. The Celt was dancing about like a maniac. Pomp laughed hilariously, but Gerard said seriously: "It is loclty that you did get out of the 'l)'ay, Barney. Those are very deadly reptiles. Tlley are puff adders, and their fangs are deadly." "Be jnbers, I don't want any part av thim!" declared the Celt, "divil a loire will! make out there!'' "There Is no need of making a lire out there!" said Frank. "Pomp can do ali h1s cCJoking aboard the machine!'' Oat am so, sah !" affirmed Pomp, "jes, yo' bring me a brace ob dem tine fat pheasants ober dere in de woods an' I show you beny quick!" The pheasants alluded to by the darky were beauties o( thtJir spl'ci es, and were visible in the jungle near. Barney shot two of them, even at that dlsto.uce, but positively de clined to go for them. "Av anybody wants tbim, be me sowl he 1\in go an' get thlml" he declared; ball cess to the snakes, but I'll niver do it!" Pomp, who had seen too many boyhood experienc e s with the Moc casins and rattlers of the sunny South to be afraid of t snukes, volun teered to go. He went and returned safely to the amazement of Barney. Mebbe it's a snake charmer yez are!" he cried. Shure I've heard that snakes will niver bite a haythin, anyway!" "Golly!'' ejaculated Pomp, I" dat may be:de berry reason why yo am so afraid ob lleing bited!" The pheasants were roasterl for per and made a toothsome meal. The little jungle and patch of woods seemed tilled with animal and bird life. All manner of gorgflously plumed songsters flew among the branch es. The monkeys came down in 'roops to ins;>ect the new arrival, tbe curious invention of man. They evidenlly viflwed it with favor, for a!Ler a con8iderable spell or gibberish they came slowly down a branch near. Then about a dozen of them laid hold CJf tails nod swung dowr., maki!lg a living pendulum many yards in Iongth. Swinging with momentum increased, the lowest monkey was swept over the rail of the Boomerang and clutched it. Instantly down this living ladder came a baH hundred of the romp ing denizens. They ran chattering over the deck unt1I Frank came suddenly out of the cabin. Then up the ladder they went like a streak, the lower monkey let go his hold, and the living rope went up like a llasb. It was amusement to the travelers, and so absorbed were they in the antics of the monkeys that they were indeed startled when the earth trembled witb a sodden awful roar. Though none of the party but Gerard had ever seen n live African lion in his native jungle, they allltnew that the king of beasts was Lhe author of that terrifying cull And as they turned, there he stiJod in the very verge of the jungle, a monster of his species. He was lashing his yellow tail and glaring at the Boo. meraog fiend ishly. Des pite the fact that the travelers felt safe iu their steel cage, they regarded the monster not without terror. "Golly!" gasped Pomp with chattering teeth "kain't say dati want to make de close acquaintance ob dat chap." Be jabers, he's euullto give wun a nightmare!" chattered Barnev. "Are-are you quite sure this cage is safe, Frank?" asked Gerard. Those fellows are powerful beyond ail powers of realization.'' Fran!' laughed at this. "Have no fears!" he cri ed; "that chap will never dare to tackle us. lf he does he will th e wot st of it.'' I thin It he will attack us," said Gerard. "You do!'' and I know these African lions quite well. They-are a very ferocious animal." "Well," said the young inventor, stoutly, "I cannot see the policy of running from him.'' "By no means! but--Ab, look there!'' The lion ut this moment shook his shaggy mane and roared unt .iJ the ecl10es came back like the reverberation of thunder Then he advanced slowly toward the Boomernng. Once be paused the air. 11 He has our scent," said Gerard, 11 be assured, he means busi ness!'' Then Barney acting npon the impulse did a foolish thing. He rushed to a loophole und flred at the lion. His aim was true enough, hut, of course, the bullet did not give a rat a ) wound. In an instant th'l big beast was coming full bent for the machine. It was a moment. He cleared tile rail anti struck against the steel cage with fearful impact. The Boomerang shook from stem to stern. For a moment it seemed as if the king of beasts would come right through the light cage. But he did not. Frank Reade, Jr., knew of what sort of material t.bis was made, and was not fearful of its giving way. Gerard fled into tqe cabin, and Barney and Pomp to the pilot house. The lion got in some savage work with his claws upon the netting, but could not his way through. Frank very coolly regarded the heast, as he clung to the trying vainly to claw his way through. "For :uercy's-sake, Frank, don t take any chances!" cried Gerard. Don't worry,'' said the young invento r, coolly. "I don't meuo to.'' He watciled the lion for some moments. He was deliberating upon thf.\ best method of killing him, when Pomp came oot of the engine room. "Here, Marse Frank!" he cried. 11 J done linl we fix bim dis way!' The darky had rubher gloves on, and held a wire gingerly nt arm's length. Frank saw the point. 11 Good for you, Pomp!" he cried. "That is just what will do it!" The darky close to the netting where the lion now hung with his boby pressed firm against it. It was an easy matter to thrust the wire through and against the lion's hod y taking care not to charge the cage at the same time. Then Pomp turnlld on the current. The lion was a powerful monster, but the eclectric current more powerful. With a terrible roar the benet was fairly hurled from the cage and over the rail. There it floundered about on the ground Barney and Gerard poured shots into him with their rill e s. In a fow mome r.ts the struggle w as over. The king of beasts was subdued. Death had overcome him. "Whooray!" yelled Barney. "Yez are a brick, naygor! Shore it's his skin we'll hnve fer a foine rug!" "Yes, he has magnificent fur," snld G e rard; "be is as splendid a specimen as I evA r saw." Frank opened the cage door and stepped out on det.:k. "Bring your knives, Barney and Pomp," he cried. "Fiay him while he is yet wurml" Then gj ve his carcass to the hyenas,'' said Gerard. There will be a million of tllem down here after dark.'' All roight, sor!" cried Bnrney. Git a move on yez, naygur!''


r \ FROM COAST TO C O AST. 7 "Sposin' yo' do de same, l'isiJ!" retortPd tlle dnrky. "Doan' belietoe yo' kin do dat any quicker den I can.'' "Easy there! Don't get to quarreling,'' admonished Frank. Then tbe two jokers, with long !laying knives, appeared. But just as tbey were leaving the deck they were brought to :l sharp bulL. A frightful roar woke the echoes. Instantly they scampered back lU to the cage. "Golly!" gasped Pomp. Wba' ebber wos datf" Begorra, the big divil's cum to Ioife aginl" cried Barney. "No!" cried Gerard. "'l'here is the lioness and her cubs. See!" Tins was true. From the forest depths the dead lion's mate. had come. She had heanl the and scented the blood from afar. There she stood in the edge of the jungl e, a thrilling p1cture. Her head was reared high, and she was gazing at the Boomerang with apparent curiOsity uud anger. Barney was about to open upon her with his Winchester. But Frank cried: No, do not do that! Let us see what she will do!" "'l'IJ.aL is right!" cned Gerard. We know that she cannot h!Lrm usl'' Two cubs were with her. Theae were little fellows, yet evidently about weaned. They were frolicking in t!Je jollillst kind of a way, For some moments tbe lioness regarded tl!e Boomerang in this curi ous manner. She growleu, but her voice was !lOt Uke that of the lion. Suddenly she began to advance, lashing trer tail. Nearer she drew to the Boomerang, smiling the air constantly. It was certam that she had scented the blood o f her deu had prepared a steaming meal, and nil proceeded to do jus tice to it. While they were nil in the cabin thus eating, there came a series or strange sounds as if something was beating furiously agaiust the cage. Out on deck all rushed. It was a curious sight which they beheld. Numberless small black objects were {)eating against the cage. They were seen to be vampire bats, !Pgions of which were attracted by glare or the electric lil'ht. Some of them, dashing too hurd, fell upon the deck, Jluttering and limp. For fully an hour these curious night visitants continued to assail the Boomerang. Then they vanished as quickly as they bact come. Gerard explained th1s by pointing up to a number of huge birds, which clrch:d high up in the darkened sky. "'l'hose are the African uight hawks," he declared, They are the terror of tiie vampire!" Now, from the distance, came prolonged howls and cries. These were the hyenas coming to their feast They bad scented the carcasses of the lions, and were eager to IJe the to tear a.nd rend them. Soon a legion sf them were wrangling and quarreling over the refu3e. Gerard made remark: To-morrow you will hardly find a bone,'' be said, The hyenas are the greatest scavengers on earth!" I believo you!" agreed Frank. The prairie coyote is not in 1 heir class.'' With this episode the excitiog events of night ended. Burney was elected to watch the first half of the mght and Pomp the latter. Daybreak found u.ll once more on deck and ready Cor the resumption of the journey. Leavillg the oasis the Boomerang once more bowled away over the broad prairie. Good time was made for n while, bot after the noon hour the ground became more uneven and great savannas came to view. !VJre there were treacherous quagmires and mud bole!, and it was necessary to mnke many miles detour to tile northward. Great heros of buffalo were started from the deep glens, and there were plenty of deer. The beat was something intolerable, and the travelers were Cain to lie aboul the deck half nuked. Great care was now necessary not to gilt mired. This was much to be dreaued Cor it woulu not he easy to lift the Boomerang out or the quicksand. 'Since leaving the Mhesis nothing bad been seen of any natives. But Gerard said: "I am ,familiar with this region. I once penetrated far beyoud here. We shall soon be in the Kassongo Countq The Mairis Country ib jnst to the south, and the two nations are ever at war." "Jll(leed!'' excluime:i Frank, "are they peaceably inclined towurd the white man?'' "Tbe Kassongos are. Bot the Mairis are the most treacherooo; and deadly of all the black tribes." "Indeed!" "But the Kassongos, naturally a peaceful people, have n worse foe to dread than their bll .. ck neighbors." "Indeed! What may it be!'' "All through this region the slnve hunter has left his foul tracks. They are the curse of Qentral Africa.'' Frank's eyes tlashed. "We may come across some of tbe gentry," he said. '' Oh, we are. sure to!" "Then we may be ai.Jle to give \hem an opini(ln of their nefarious occupation." "Good for you!" cried Gerard. "Yon have a soul. I hope you will give them a so; vera lesson.'' "I will endeavor to." For two daJS the Boomerang mad rock' there was a strong likelihood that the running gear, if not the body or the Boomerang, would be wrecked. It looked as if the great journey, not t:alf completed, was to meet with an ignomiuioua end. All was the most intense excitement. My God, we arjl lost!'' cried Gerard in an agony. But quick eye saw a way out of the t!Jiemma. He rushed out upon deck with a huge coil or rope. One end of this be looped about the mast in the bow of the Boomerang. Come here Pomp!" he shouted. "A'right, suh !" cried the tlnrky with alacrity. "You are a good swimmer?" Yes, sa h.'' "Then take the end of this rope. Over witk you and make tlie shore. Throw it around the nearest tree." Pomp needed no second bidding. the rail he Wl'nt. He was a literal water dog. I


FROM CO.AST 'fO COAST. He breasted the current with ease, and catching an eddy, was swept toward the shore. A momer.ot later he crawled out of the water. up the bank be sprung. There was a huge oak just over the bank:. About this he threw the coli or rope. A half hitch and then the slack came up to a taut line. 'i'he Boomerang was ancuored. Tnere the machine hang in the powerful current. There was of course, of tbe rope breaking. The tendion was tremendous. Gerard threw off his coat. "Give me another rope, Frank!" he criej. I'm a good swimmer. I can make it.'' Over the rail went the daring young explorer. He breasted the current nobly. Soou two ropes held t!Je Boomer an!( from the deadly rapids. For the nonce the machine was safe. But how was it to ue pulled ashore? Gerard and Pomp tried their strength on the ropes, but it w as or no avail. Tbe weight was too great. Seeing this Frank cried: "Hold on! I'll come out to h e lp yon:" The entire baml or now laid hold or ropes. Of course sacb tremendous power could not help but tell. The big slowly atemmetl tue current and began to come ashore. Steadily the natives drew on the ropes, ana then with a loud cheer the Boomerang rolled out of the water. What <.lid 1 tell you!" crieu Gerard, joyfully. Now we are ready fun, Frat;k." Yes," agreed the young inventor, for it will IJe indeed fun to defeat those rascally traders." Kalolo and hts men were inuch interested in the Boomerang. Tiley crowllell al.lout it, examwing it carefully. Their admiration and interest was uul.lounded. As soon ae possillle the travelers boarded the machine and took a uunb ward course for the beleaguered village as directed Kalolo. ThtJ natives ran alongside the n;ach!ne. The tweuty miles was cov ered io the course of the uay, the blacks beiug wouderfol travelers. Toward night distant tlrmg was lteard. 'l'lle heavy jungle prevented the SCiJUe of action from being seeu. Sldrtiug tltis after a time a wide clearing in the edge or a migbty forest was seen He aM Barney leaped overboard, and also swam ashore. combined strength or o.ll four was not sufficient. Here was a predicu.ment. W bat was to be done! But the 1 Here were the curious conical buts or the blacks. l'ne surrountled with a high stockade of palisades, with Intricate i.Jrushwork to protect the warriors who were defendiug the place. Frank conceived the idea nf attaching another rope to the stern and gomg down stream to get a different bearing on the Buomerang. But to his dismay he saw that the stern haJ drifted in between two huge rocks, and this was what was holding the machine so fast. For a moment the travelers were overcome with despair. As well might the Boomesang have gone over tile raptds. It ap parently could not be extricated. Mercy!" exclaimed Gerard. "We are done for now. Is it not a pity that this cal.astrophe should termmate t rip!'" "Don't be so sure of It!" said Frauli:, ever hopeful. "Do you believe the Boomerang can ev e r be got ofl" that rock!" "We will never cease trying:" But at Llus moment Barney and Pomp came running tlown the bank in terror. Tllere was apparently good cause for this, for glancing up to the bank above Frank anu Gerard saw a number of naked forms slip out of the deep forest. They were savages armed with bows and ju.velins. CHAPTER VII. THE SLAVE HUNTERS. AT that moment Frank Reade, Jr. fully ex1>ected to feel the point of a poisoned arrow and to rsallze that his life's work was done. But this did not come. On the contrary Gerard gave a cry or joy. "Hurrah!" he cried. The friendly Kassongosl Now we shall have help, Frank!" "Friendly!'' gasped the young Inventor. "What do yo'l mean!" "Didn'L 1 tell you that the Kassongos were friendly to the white mao?'' "Then these nre the friendly natives! We are in luck!" That we are!" cried Gerard, gaily. The chief of the deputation of Kasson goa was coming down the bank and maKing friendly demonstrations of welcome. Gerard met him half way. In his former explorations in the dark continent he had made him self fairly familiar with the language of the Kussongos. This stood him in good stend now for he was able to make the chief understand him. Gerard and the chief were almost immediately upon p!fmsant terms. Gteat strong fellows were the Kassongos, just the type for the ala ve hunters to select. "Frankl" crielectric gun I've a mind tn give it to those fellows savagb," he said. They deserve it," said Gerard. "No doubt; and yet I shrink from human slnu!l;hter." Ah, but they are many t!mea mur(lerersl There is no reason why they should not be punished." You are right!" agreed Frank. "I wtll give them one shot any way.'' With which he trained the gon. It was lucky that he did so, for at that moment from the Jungle burst forth the entire attacking party. It was plain that they intended to attack the Boomerang. Tiley IVere speedily to repent their folly. Qutck ns a llash, Frank the m'lzzle of the gon and pressed the electric lever. There was ::-. slight shock as the pneumatic chamber worked, ana the gun was discharge

FROM CO.A.ST '1'0 COAST. F'rank sent another shot after them to ell'ectually disperse them, and the batlle wus over. "They will not return,'' said Gerard, positively. "Their leader is dead. 1 saw him wbeu he was blown up!'1 Tbe joy of the Kussongos at the1r unexpected deliverance was most intense. Kalolo and his men had already spread the fame of the Boomerang through U.1e town. Men, women umt cinldren all turned out to see the famous vehicle whicll had pi'OVtld their deliverance. It would ue ditHcult to ptcLure the with words. A gruud eveuiug f11te wus ordered by tile king. A native feast was also prepared. 'l'lle Boomerang could not proceed further just then, for the shades of night were fast settling down. It was a11 good a place as could be selected to pass the night, aud Frank so announced it.. Everybody satisl!eu with tile lie cisiou. The simple hearteu Kassongos were delighted and did all in their power t.> enterLain their visitors. After the feast, w luctJ consisted of a roasted buffalo, a moon dunce wns given fly the young men and women. 'l'llen the native musiCians playell a wild ami weird melody upon reed lustruments aud rude drums. This completed the night's and a httle past mid nigltt everyuoay retired to rest. Tile search-light tu1'ned full upon the jungle guarded well against any attack from that direction. So the night passed without incident. Shortly after dawn negro runners came m with the announcement that thot the slave hunr ers bad allandon d tlleir position and gone down the river in canoes ou their way to the Stla. T!tis was joyful news to the vtllagers auu they hailed the explorers and the Boomerang as their deliverers. Knlolo thll king made Frank a ptesent of several beautiful and very valuable ivory tusks as evidence of his l!'ratitudtl. The young inventor was much pleased. Overtures wore made to confer an unlimited number or wives upon ltim, but he haslily de clined this honor. It was of course to remain longer in the vicinity. So leave was takeP of the Kassongos, much to thetr regret. The Boomerang left the little town fur behind and soon was well along on way to the east coast. CHAPTER VIII. IN THE DARK FORES T. FoR many days the Boomerang kept on her course over wild plains, broker. conotry, skirting higlt mountains, and threading its way across intricate vall e ys. The course they were now puraning was llkely to bring them to Lake Tanganyika. ThPy were now in the region unexplored by Gerard, and he was 1 right in hill element. This was what htl hl!od desired, and he was constantly upon the 41,ui vive to note all the various points of interest. To mention nil the Incidents of the great Journey from coast to coast would require many volumes. One day. aftPr a long run ac,oss a prairie, they entered a dellp and intensely dnrk wood. There was no way but to cut rh;ht t!lrough this, which was dooP. The Boomerang pushed on for awhile in a sort of wide path, which Gerard averrel l was nn elephant trail. "They go down th1s way to water," he declared. "It is very easy to see that." "In that case," said FrAnk, "we ought to come upon some of the monsters before long." "We are apt to at any moment." But though the Boomerang penetrated rapidly deeper iut the forest yet nothing was s e en of the elephants. But it now became necessary to use the search-light so intense was the gloom t!Jough it was mulJay. The trees were so tall ned the uranches so intertwined that the sun could not find Its way through. "We are now in the Dark Forest of bentral Africa," declared Ger ard. This is Jhe abode of the mysterious dwarfs and also of the giact ape or gorilla." "Bel!orra, loike to see wan av thim,'' averred Barney. Pomp laughed. Ph ut ar" yez !arlin' at, yez black divii? spluttered the Celt. "Yo' only jes' nePd luk in de glass fo' to see one!" cried Pomp, and then uprot!riously. Be me sowl, I'll have the heart av yez fer that insult!'' cried the Celt, making a dtve fer Pomp. He him, and the two went reeling about the deck in a friend ly wrestle. 'l'his was suddenly terminated by tlte Boomerang coming uccere moniously to a halt. Be jabers pbwat'a happened!'' cried Barney, breaking away from his antagonist. Frank had brought the machine to a stop for a good reason. The under,!!;rowtb had suddenly closed in so tllickly tllat it was difficult t'O proceed. While the young inventor was dtJlillerating upon the best way to overcome this ditllculty a startling occurred. Suddenly a snarling cry came from a copse nearby. All on tlte deck turned a gaze iu tllat What they saw none of tltem ever forgot. It was a most terrifying sight.. 'l'here in the verge of the copse was a giant form. It was at first impression a stra11ge species of man with u hairy skin. So human like aid tbe apparition look, that all in the party aazed at it spellIIOUDlt. 0 but Gerard lind ever seen tlle gorilla in his native haunts. B tll llns was an unusually large specimen of the beast. Great Heavens!" gasped Gerard, "tllat is the biaaeat ape I ever saw. Look out for llim!" "" 'l'he was regaraing the machine with apparently the deepest of amazement. Hid prolligious arms reached fully to his feet. In one band he carritJd a cudgel as large in diameter us a 11mall tree. 'l'lle .streug. th and tenacity of the !!Orilla is well known. Nothing in the anunal 1\lngdom compares with it. This monster ape could, with ese, rend the most ferocious lion or fell :111 elephant with a blow of Ins club. What would I.Je the result of :.n uttack upon the Boomerang! 'l'his same thought bad occured to every one In the party. It gave each a terrible clnll. With his tremendous power nod super1or powers or comprehension to the lious wh1ch had attackell tl:e muclline why might he not succeed in br eaking through the cage! Mitber, preaarve ns!'' gasped Barney, with chattering teeth, it's the divil himsilf!'' "Golly!" exclaimed Pomp iu sheer terror, "dis chile doa' want uutlln to do wif dat critter!" Gerard and Frank were for the moment speechless. Bart:ieJ recov-ering himself picked up his rille. But Gerard cried out In terror. "No, no! Don't fire! It will do no good!" Be me sow! au' why not!'' cried the perplexed Irishman. Shure wud yez let him ate us all up!" "No; !Jut you cannot kill him at this distance!'1 crie

I 10 FROM COAST. TO CO.A.S'l', This time it told. The bullet fron1 Barney's rifle opened the brute's abdomen, and struck a vital part. He reeled, furiously tried again to get at those in the cage, then sank panting down. In a very few moments his care11r was ended. And tile African travelers were not sorry. It was now looked for his mate to appear, but for s_ome reason or 1 other be did not. Frank found by making a detour that be could get into clear space in t!.Je forest 11gain and the Boomerang went on, Full two days more were spent in the dark woods. Then suddenly the machine came out into clear country again. Far to the eastward were rolling plains. Once more the Boomerang sped on over clear ground. or course there were slight obstructions to avoid, such as large stones, clamps of trees, and occasionally a stream to ford. But tbe Boomerang kept on wilhout accident all of that day. At this juncture Frank took his bearings, just as it lie was at sea. He made an important announcement. "We are nearly two thirds or the way across the Continent," he declared. "Jn a ncoun tered. It will be no jokR to cross Lake Tanganyika,'' declared Gerard. It is a migbty sheet or water, and the, Boomerang is not specially seaworthy." I have thought or a detour around tle southern end," said Frank. You wiil strike a very mars by region between that and Luke llocro." I! it is possible for the machine to float, it will be the best course for ns to punue." "Wait until we get to Lake Tanganyika and we can decide! But stay! I have a plan." CHAPTF.R IX. BARNEY AND POMP HAVE 80)!E FUN. "WHAT is it?" asklld Frank. "If I remember right an old explorer told me that the lower part of Tanganyika was cut up with penimmlas and islands, making narrow straits just as in the Kuango river." "Indeed!" "If we find that true we shall have but little trouble in picking our way across by easy sta ges." "Let us hope that we will,'' said Frank. I have no des1re to en counter shipwreck." Nor I, in waters infested with crocodiles, hippopotamus and any amount of deadly reptiles. We will not anticipate it, though." By no means!' As Frank had predicted u day later the waters of the great African lake burst into view. It was like looking out upon the mighty ocean, and the travelers gazed upon the great fresh water sea with deep i.nterllst. 'l'he country was picturesque Lo a greM degree about Lake Tangan yika. The lake at this point conltt only be approached by descend ing high bluffs and crossing a bench of white sand fully half a mile The Boomerang was stopped on the summit of the bluffs and Frank cried: "We will stay here for a while; I have somli little to do to the machinery. We can in the meanwhile decitle how best to cross tbe lake, and you, Gerard, can do some little exploring on your own account." "Which is an opportunity 1 have long sought,'' crted Gel'Drtl, readily So camp was made on the spot. There were no signs of natives, hostile or friendly, so thr.t no fears migbt be enterta1netl on this score. Gerard was in his element and speedily prepared f a trip along tbe lake shore. "I will be back before nightfall,'' he cried. "Have no fears of my safety; I am perfectly familiar with the country." "Yet if you have not returned before a late hour, shall we not search for you!" asked Frank. If I do not turn up safely before tomorrow morning you may know somRthing bas belallen me!" said Ger11rd. "All right!" With tbis the young explorer left the machine. He at once stnrted away up the beach a:ud was soon lost to sight. Barney anti Pomp assisted Frank on the machinery lor some while, then ah idea occurred to the C<. "Begorrn, naygnr!'' he cried, "I'll give yez un invit&" Wha' am dot, l'lsh!" naked Pomp. "I'm afth e r dym' ler a swim. if yez will go wid me I'll take a bit av a dip in the lake!" I'll do dat, sah I" Frank did not ohject, nnd away the two jokers went. But on acMnnt or quicksands they found 'it difficult to get down to the's edge. However, they found a small creek near, nnd following this up a little ways came to an mviting pool. It was but a moment's work for Barney to disrobe. Pomp was about to follow suit when an exigeucy preaentAJ itseir. The trees about were tilled with monkeys. II lh. left their ciothea upon the bank u11gunrded tbese rollicking r a scals woultl certainly steal t!Jem. "Bejabers, I'd nlver trust thim chattering divils!" declared Barney. Shure, wud yez watch my clotbes till I've had me swim, UIL)'gur, au' thin I'll watcb yors.'' "Dut am de bas' way," agreAd Pomp. "Go on wH yo' dip." Barney leaped into tbe water and Pomp sat down ou frieud's garments. It wae a warm day and the sun had a narcotic eli'ect upon Pomps brain. He grew rapidly very sleepy. "Dat man am Jes' tntdn' his time 'bout dat swim!" be muttered. "I done link dis chile slePp till be come back." And stretching himsel! out Pomp was soon fast asleep. Barney had a gay tir11e i,r the warm water of the creek for a. time. Then be crawled out reluctantly to yield his place to Pomp. But as be reached the top or th e bank lle s aw the darky last asleep. He chuckled with glee. begorrn, I'll not spile his foine nap!" be said. Shore, it'R a fool I'd be to do that." So back he went into the watl!r. After dJsportmg himself to his ,heart's content, he crawled ont on the wlite sands a sho t dista11ce below. Here he stretched himself out in the wnrm mys,of the sun to dry himself. And as he basked thPre he also grew strangely drowsy. "Begorra, I'll have a bit av I a nav mesilf!" be muttered, "it's sauce fo the goose as well as the gnnder!" In a few moments he was t'lerefore sound asleep. .Meanwbile Pomp woke up. He, Rat up and rubbed his eyes and then looked at the sun with amazement. It was low down in the west, an indication that he bad slept for many hours. "Golly!" be burst forth. "Wha' am de mattah wif dat l'ishmau! 'Pears liko !Je am takln' a drefful long swim!" With which he scrambleu to his feet and glanced over the edge of the bank. The sight which rewarded !Jis gaze froze his blood and caused him to yell out with horror." "Golly fo' glory!" he screamed. Wha' am dat!" There, in th., sands, partly out or the water, Jay a ginnt crocodile. The monster had certainly emerged from the depths where Bal'IIPY bad been swimming. Pomp could form but one conclusi'Jn. The monst.,r's sit les were di" tended. His watery eyes blinked and seemed to say to Pomp: "I've J!;Ot him!" The terrifi e d darky shook like an aspen. Great beads of swtJat stood out upon him. "MassJ Lordy!" be gasped. "He hab eat dat l'ishmuu up. Wha Mnss1l Frank say to dat!' Fully impressed that this was an incontrovertible fact, Pomp I!:Dtherell up Barney's clothes and tied hack to the Boomerang with the dire report. Meanwhile, Barney slept the sleep or the just until sundown. Then be awoke with a start. He up with a guilty sense, "Bejabers, wbat will the naygur think?" he cried. "Shure, it's -not hardly a square thiug fer me to do! I'll _go back an' see!" He clambered over banlt and soon the spot where be had left Pomp an

r I I l I -r FROM COAS'l' '1'0 COAST. 11 That he bad been eaten uy a crocodile the darky was certain. Of course Frank was horrifi ed. "Stay here by the Boomerang!" he cried, picking up his rille. "I don't believe that Barney is dead an' I'll find him," "Golly, Marse Franld'' the excited darky, "don' yo' go an' git eated up, too. Let dis chile go!" But Frank was prevented from going by a thrilling circumstance. Just as he reached the rail of the BC'orneran g he heard a strange series of sounds, which carne from the forest ueur. Then out into view uashect a number of naked They charged upon tbe Blomerang, fiourishlng their weapons wildly. : Frank had just time to get back into the cage when th e arrows carne rattling all nbout. "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. "We 's e in a scrape now!" "You are right!" cried Fra nk, ''but get your rifle, Pomp Open fire on those rascals at onc e !" The darky need e d no second bidding He was instantly at th e loophole and tiring at the savages as rapi d ly as his repeater would w o rk. This bot lire drove the blacks back to the cover of the woods. But Gnly for a time. They carne out again to the attack and were again repulaed. Again and again they carne. Thus the light went on until darkness shut down. And now the real penl hegan. Frank feared an more than ever. But yet the blacks did dot venture out of the woods. It was no telling at what moment though they might come. CHAPTER X. m i RARD'R AUVEN"i'URES. S o Frank Reade Jr., was detetmin e d to be ready for them. But this was not all of w eight upon his mind. He was impr esde d with the horrifying fact that Pomp's tale of Bar ney's fate was all too true. You shoul

12 FROM COAST '1.'0 COAST. I am sure of iLl'' Marse Gerard," said Pomp, am yo' a lily bit hungry!" I could eat an elephant," declared the voung explorer. Pomp hastenea away to procure food for his friend, and Gerard did justice to the repast.. There was no more slP.ep that night for any of the party, and at an early hour the next morning the Boomerang was under way. Down the shore of the lake for a dozen miles or more the t .rarelers proceeded. 1 Then at a point opposite the the Bogmeraug was lauflched into the water. The passage of the lake required all that Gay, but eventually east shore was reached. Here can1p was made in a jungle, where all night long the distant roar of the lions, and the sn&pping cries of the hyenas made music. "We are going Into an elephant country now!" declared Gerard, "the Ukonongos are great dealers in ivory!'' "We shall also lind the country thicker settled." "Yes, and doubtless we will encounter Arab traders. This will be almost entirely a dillerent country for us to explore." "And every day draws us nearer to our journey's end," said Frank. "Truly there are few who can say that they have traversed the Con tinent of Africa from coast to coast." "That is verv true, and on wheels as well." But though the explorers were nearing their journey's er;d, their list of ad,eotures w:ls noL yet completed. CHAPTER XI. IN A TRAP. THE next morning. at an early b our, the Boomerang was on its course through the Ukonongo country. It was necessary to proceed slowly, as the country was cut up with roaring nverd, swampy tracts, and dense jungles. These latter were the literal parallise of sa beasts. Their roar and pather made the nights hideous. Many t imes they ev e n ventured to attack the Boomerang. But always to their sorrow. Indeed, the travelers had acquired quite a collection of lions skins. Th e y had learned to relish the sport. Tall giratfes and striped zebras lived in these wilds, and also the ele phant. Once the Boomerang came upon a small mountain of ivory tusks, w o rth many thousands of dollars, on the coast. Jilut they had no way to transport the while treasure, so they w ere compelled to Jlass it by. 'l'he Ukonongos dwelt in little thatched buts, and in the main were disposed to be friendly. tlut there were some of them who were ready to annihilate the invaders npon their lands if the chance were given them. Day after day the Boomerang toiled on in the heat or the tropics. There were intervals when fifty or more miles of level plain enabled the travelers to tral"el at a rapid gait. B11t as a genernl thing the machine picked its way with the greatest of difficulty over the roughest or ground. ,.-\.nd thus they passed into the 1\fukalala country, and were now nearing Zanzibar very rapidly. Sa succeasful had they been thus far, thjlot for a time vigilance became a triHe lax, and this uearly brought disaster upon them. One day they came upon a walled town, quite au unusual thing in Africa. But this was in a particularly rocky country, and the natives were qu i te far advanced in the notiOnS Of civilizatiOD. li'Iany of them were even armed with muskets, which they had pro cur e d frqm traders. Yet they were exceedingly inhospitable and in clined to be enemies to the white travelers. Frank found this out at once and kept clear of the place until it came time to camp. 'l'he spot selected for the camp was at the entrance to a deep aelile anol distant some ten miles from the Mukalala town. Several times during the day Gerard bad with conviction: Do yeu !mow I believe those devils are f ollowing us!" Nonsense!" exclaimed Frank. Why should they do that?'' Why should they not? In my opinion they're a bad lot. I'll wager we'll have trouble with them yet." I hope not," said Frank. ''However, as a precaution we will run futher into the defile, where we could easily prevent their surroundin!! us and hold them all at bay.'' S o the machine was run far up into the defile, and then cam11 was m a de. Darkness shut down, and none of the Mukalalas showed themselves. Frank regarded Gerard's alarm as groundless, and morning came any de1elopment. But the breaking. of day showed ::-.startling state of affairs. The .Mukalalns had not been idle dtmng the night. Both ends of tlle llelile were literally walled up. The natives had taken this method to entrap the travelers, as they believed. For a moment all on board the Boomerang were too astonished to speak. Huge bowldets were piltld up to a height of twenty feet. How this had een done so noiselessly was a mystery. Bu t it had been done, and the machine was hemmed in, heiog liter1 ally in a trap. It was the most striking ir.cldent of the whole journey, and for a few moments disconcerted the party. Then Frank laughed. Begorra," criell Barney, the divlls think they have got us for sure." "Golly, I don' see but dey have!" asseverated Pomp. "Pshaw!" said Frank, contemptuously. "Do they really think they can hold the Boomerang in such a way? Why, I can blow my way through that barrier with case!" Then a warniug cry came from Gerard, whose attention had been attracted by a sound far up on the wall of the defile. At the same moment a 1listant yell was heard, and ,:, shower of arrows came rattling down upon the deck. Frank saw tl!e at .once. The black roe had selected a position from which they conld anJiihi lnte the Boomerang, if they wished, by rolling down stone upon it. Even now a number of them were seen rolling a huge bowlder to the edge of the clitl. It was a moment of peril. "Great heavens," cried Gerard, "they will crush ns, Frank!" The young inventor acted without delay or hesitation. He sa;v that their salvation depended wholly upon this; he turned the electric gun full upon the obstructions in the defile. "Shoot those fellows on the cliff!" he cried. "Pick them oil' as fast as you can!" The order was obeyed. Barney and Pomp with their rifles opened fire clpon the foe above. For a time they drove them back from the brow of the wall. And during this t1me Frauk was pouring dynamite. intu the.-ock walls and reducing them to powder. Iu a very short while be had literally blown his way through the obslruction and the machine able to go forward. Up the defile it ran. The thunder of Lhe dynaiJl!te and its t11rrihle execution had terrilied the natives beyond all they had fled i ncontinently. Frank laughed. "I don't believe they wi!l want to attack the Boomerang again right away.,'' he declared. The macnme soon bad threaded its way through the hills and a long, lllvel plain burst to view just beyond. Across this the Boomerang made rapid time. When nightfall r.ame they nmched a cultivated tract. A little set tlement had sprung into existence upon a tributary of the Rocha river. As the machine dashed into the main street of t.he little frontier town a l!'reat throng o( men pre1sed out of the thatched dwellings. '!They were Germaus as our travelers saw at once. Gerard was a good German scholar and he at once hailed one of the men. Whr.t town is

FROM COAST TO COAST. 13 r Words cannot express the sensation experienced by the Alncan travelers. It was with quite a thrill that they realized that they bad accom plished the great feat of croesing Africa from coast \o coast. -< The Uule town of Zanzibar, half naUve, hair Arab and balf Ger man was near at ban a. The Boomerang bud reached the end of its journey after many thrill ing episodes. In one sense all were glad, yet it was with kePn regret that they ac cepled the fact that taejouruey and its incidents were over. There had been many times during the trip when danger bad frowned so harshly upon them as to bring them nigh to repentance. But the a vice of adventure and the call lor risk and daring had given a r;ch color to thu whole euterprise winch had made it enjoy. able to the utmost degree. CHAP1'ER XII. A GREAT CATaSTROPHE-THE END. THE appearance of the machine in Zanzil>ar created a grant sensa ion. The story of the travelers that they had crossed the continent from St. Paul de Loanda was hardly credited by some. But the ship of Captain Porter lay in the hnrbur waiting to take them aboard, aml this evidence was all sufficiPnt. Frank decided to rest a lew days in Zanzibar before going on aboard the ship. \ He wus feted and dinee grand. How will you go from here?" S11il northward to the Gulf of Aden, uud by means or the Straits of Babel Mandeb into the Red Sea. We would disemuark nt Suakin, ..,. anJ proceed directly into the wilderness, eventually commg out nt Cape Jolly, a point opposite Tenerill'e," But Captain Porter--" I have tlx"d it with him. He will proceed by the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean and thence down the coast to Juby and wait for us there!" Gerard felt like standing on his bead. "How grand!'' be cried again, this is really twice across Africa.'' "Yes.'' I am crazy with joy!" ..---r The Boomerang had l>een taken apart by Frank's workmen and placed aboard the ship. Then anchor was raised and the Port of Zanzibar was bidden farewell to. A lew days later the equator wns crossed going northward. Thus far the sea bad been like glass. Oneoo( those dead calms peculiar to the Indian Ocean reigned. Cap tain Porter was not altogether easy about it. I have never seen a dead sea in these latitudes without a blow afterwards," be "Acd a blow in tile Indian Ocean means something," said Frank. "You are right it "The Southern Star IS a stanch vessel though and ought to be nble to weather it.'' always thought so," said the captain, slowly. Frank gave a He regarded the captain critically. What's wrong!" he asked. Captain Porter shrugged bls shoulders. "Nothing I hope," be re'piied. Coming around Good Rope, though, 1 imagined we atra10ed her timbers a lilLie. It may be all imaginat.ion," Bad not an examination ought to have been made at Zanzibar!" l "I did examine her as well as I could. If is anything wrong it is far below the water line. But I may be in error. I only bad a feeling that she had started some timbers." The !object dropped here, and in the next fortyeight hours Frank had ooat'i fofgiltteo it. The vessel bad made good time, and Cape Guardufin was sighted. They wonid soon be in the Gulf of Aden, where all fear of a tempest would be llt'

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