Lost in the mountains of the moon: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great trip with his new air-ship the "Scud"

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Lost in the mountains of the moon: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great trip with his new air-ship the "Scud"

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Lost in the mountains of the moon: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great trip with his new air-ship the "Scud"
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7 ... ........ ............... .. "'Noname's" and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Err-tend as Second Class 1latter at the New Y01k, N. Y., Post OUtce, October 5, 1892. No 102 { coi\IPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. Pum.JsRreR, 3! & 36 NoR'l' H MooRE s 1'REET, NEw Yo&rc. { JJncE } Vol IV New York, March 8; 1895. IssuED 'WEEKLY. 5 C I CN'l'S 1 Enteed acc01ding to the Act of Congess, in the y e ur1895, by FRANK 1'0USJiJJT, in the o.tfice o.f" the 7Abmiat o.f Congress, at Washington, JJ. C. Lost in the Mountains of the Moon : By. NON.AME.'' or, },rank Reade, Jr.'s Great Trip With His New Air Ship, the "Scud." Frank led the way across the shop yards and into a high-arched building. Here, upon a series of rollers, rested the famous air-ship. The Flying Scud was truly a most wonderful invention. The broker from Wall street gazed upon the aerial wonder for a time spellbound,

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\ 2 LOST I.N OF THE MOON. The subscription Price of tbe FRANK READE LIBRARY b y the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six'months, po&t paid, Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Lost in the Mountains of the Moon; OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT TRIP WITH HIS NEW AIR-SHIP, THE "SCUD." By "NONAME," Author of "Unde1 the Equator From Ecuador to Borneo," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s 'Sky Scraper,'" "Under the Yellow Sea,'' "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Prairie Whirlwind; or, rne Mystery ot the Hidden Canyon," etc., etc. CHAPTER L ) "This report greatly excited Mr. Belden. He was plunged into an agony of grief and remorse. THE FATE OF THE EXPLORERS. "Ob, why did I let Ward undertake SUCh a foolhardy thing!'' be READERS of certain New York papers were one day confronted with cried. "I should have known what the result would be. Wbat shall ldo., n peculiar advertisement, which read: "in this frantic state of mind, he put the tremendous $100)000 re" ONE HUNDRED THousAND DoLLARS REWARD! wafd advertisement in the papers. Of course there were answers 11 Millionaire Belden offers this lmn
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LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. i Beld e n took the missive. I Hi dar!" Then be read, written in a clear, bold legible band: Look out, ye black ape!" And the jokers, wedged in the door, were having it out hammer D.EAR DALTON : In to yours of the by-gone I will and tongs, when Frank interfered. say. tnat the great Is at last completed, The Flymg Scud 1 "Bold on you rascals!" he cried authoritatively. "That is enough very soon fly ner and on board. If you care or that!" ' to take tb e mighty nsk anrl mcUl; the hardships of a . you I With which he pushed them both through the door, and away they may cons1der Y ourself my guest upon l!er matde_n crUise, which Will be scurried to escape a reprimand. a t least some SIX or eight thousand miles in lur. I shall be glad to The following day as promised the mornin"' train brou<>bt Dalton s ee you at any time. Barney a::d Pump send. their llest regards. to Readestown. ' "' "' I am friend, The broker was at once driven t o the Read!) machine works. F READE, He was met at the gate lly Frank, who gripped his band and said: Readestown, U. ;:;. A. Dehgbted to see yoa, Ben. You are right on time." For a moment after reading this exciting bit of information Belden A man can afi' ord to be when be receives such an invitation," te was silent. Finally he mastered himself sufficiently to speak: pl:ed the broker. "This Frank R e ade, Jr., is a great inventor, Ia be uot! I have ::I are ready to at any time! heard much or him." lndeAa I am. Yes'' replied the biahear ted broker "and be is one of my best "I will try and not lose you in the clouds," said Frank, jocularly. friends. Now you can guess my plan." The Scud is a stanch veesel and I think will stand any amount or "Will Mr Rtlsde be willing to go to Africa!'' bnrtl usage." . "1 think be will be deligllteG to have the great object of rescue in G?odl" cr i ed the broker, with apparent now vie w It is an incentive." busmess. I have an Important matter to d1scuss With you .. i see'" said Belden hopefully. "I will pay the hundred thousand Frank regarded his friend with some surprise. cheerfully "Indeed!'' he said. "May I ask what it is?" .. Be will not take it." Both entered the office and were seated. The brol!:er placed a map What!" on table. . He is a very wealthy man himself and wonld be greatly insulted. Have you demded to what part or the world you Will go, Frank? He will enjoy the adventures as I sball myself," be ?eked. ., Tears stood in Belden's eyes. 1 had thought f you, Frank! he smd. When I have told you "' my reason for the change of plan I am sure I shall have your hearty "FRANK READE, JR.-Will accept your geneoe1 ous offer. Expect and co-operation." me up to see you to-morrow if nothing fails, Yours ever, I shall be pleased \o hear them," said Frank. DALTON." With this Dalton told him explicitly or the Belden expedition into Upon receiving this message Frank Reade, Jr., the famous young i nventor, was greatly pleased. It found him busily at work in his private office upon some plans. He at once arose and pres9ed an electric bell. Into the room there bounced two curious characters. As they are to tlgure prominently in this story we will talte a look at them. was a negro, black as coal, with gleaming rows of ivories and dancing eyeballs. Be was called Pomp, and was as devoted to his young master as eould be. The other was an Irishman, a genuine type of Celt, with a s hock of red hair and a mug like a chimpanzee. Barney was his name, and he was equally as devcted to Frank as the negro. 'l'he two servitors or the great i nventor were the warmest or friends, t hough given much to friendly nagging and bickering. Frank RP.ade Jr., himself a young, handsome and talented fellow, c onfronted the two servitors, and said: "Barney and P o mp, I want you to have the Scud all ready for i mmediate departure from R e a tll'sto-;vn. I !lave just r e c e iv e d word from m y frien d, Ben Dalton of N e w York, that he will accompany us.'' This announcement seemed to delight Barney and Pomp. CHAPT E R II. THE AIRBH I P "Wau&Roo!" cried Barney, the kolnd av talk Iloike. Be J!:Orra, I'm wid yez Misther Frank. Up to m e arrnm p i ts.': Gol!v!" shouted Pomp, executing a double shuffie, '' d1s chile am done tir e d ob lonfin' around R e adestown any longer, Marse Frankl" Central Africa. Frank listened intently, and as Dalton bad hoped was greatly in teres ted. He asked all manner or questions about the expedition and its oh ject, and Lhen seizing Dalton's band cried: Why this gives us an incentive to visit Africa. Nothing could have workE'd better. If young Belden is lost in those mountains we will certainly find b1m." "I will wir. e Mr. Belden nt once," cried the broker, joyously; that will greatly relieve his suspense." "By the way, you have not seen tile air-ship yet." "Not vet." o; Com'e with me." "l will be delighted." . Frank led the way across the shop yards and into a high-arched building. Here, upon a series of rollers, rested the famous air-ship. The Flying Sc11d was truly a most wonrlerful invention. The broker from Wall street gazed upon the aerial wonder for a time spellbound. Be saw what looked like a rakish craft built upon the lines or a gov ernment cruiser. The long, rakish bow tapered into a keen pointed ram. The decks were prot e cted all arour.d by highly p o lished brass hand rails. Frank led his visitor forward, and at once proceeded to explain to him ali the fine points of the Scud. "She is made of the tig htest metal know .n-a\uminum!" said Frank. Her bull is of this tined with the thinne s t and tough est of1 steel, and capable of resisting a rifle bullet.'' "That is a wise precaution!" declared the broker, "for I have no doubt we shall encounter fulls!" "Certainly! the motive power Is that huge propeller, whose blades are or thin platinum, and it is driven by electric engines or great power, an invention or rily own, and which is a secret. Thee you are both ready for business?" asked Frauk. "Yo' kin bet yo' life!" Be off, then, and see that you leave nothing undone. In the side of tbe hull are large plate glass windows, as you see. Upon the cabin is a powerful searchllght, which Will throw a light for Remember two miles." Grand!'' exclaimed Dalton; "surely it is a triumph!" to bave everything ready I" AI! right, sor !" We'se gwine, Marse Frank!'' And both jokers started for the door. here asserted themselves. The elevating power is furcished by tbe rotascopes, lour in num ber continued !'rank; they are capable or many hundred revolu Tbeir irrepressible natures tiona per minute, and will support u much heavier body. Let us now go into the cabin." The door was narrow and they tried each to get through at the same time. The result was a collision and a wedge. Barney indignantly began to pull the darky's kinky wool, and the latter tunked the Celt in the ribs. "Hi dar, yo' big l'ish mocker,'! cried Pomp, angrily, "keep yo' nasty han's out ob mah hair!" Begorra, lave off tickling me ribs!" roared Barney. Lave off, I "I done gib yo' a "Yez ain't able!'' To attempt a r!escription or all the wonderful details of the exterior or the air-ship wouhl require a great deal or space. We witt, tb'3re fore, pass over them, and go on with a meager description of the in terior appointmenta. The hull of the Scud was divided into any number of compo.rt menta. There was the main cabin or saloon elegantly .upholstered and appointed. Also staterooms for the voyagers, a dining saloon, a cooking galley for Pomp, a gun room, where all varieties of small arms an:l ammunition were kept. Also there was the pilothouse with Its nautical instraments jast

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I ... --............. <"" ------LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF 'l'HE MOON. the same s.s aboard ship; the engine room where--were wonderful 1 Hours passed like minutes to the voyagers, and almost before they pieces of machinery, the pride of Frank's heart, and upon which rest knew it night was at tand. ed the motive power of the air-ship. With a powerful glass Dalton could dlscerc. small objects far be We trust the reader will be content with this wholly inadequate low. descri(:tion or a wonderful inventdou, which the artist can perhaps ill usHe saw people upon the earth gaze with wonder at the strangetrate much betLer with his pencil than tte author with his pen. vision in the air. It Is needless to say that Ben Dalton was delighted. Farmers at the plow, teamsters on the highway, chtWren at play" I am just itching to get aboard the Scud and sail the blue ether!" ali turned a startled gaze upward. he cried. What a wonderful sensation it will b6'l" In the cities and towns great masses of people congregated in deep I trast that our expedition will be a success!" !laid Frank. wonderment. There Is no reason why we should not start at once.'' They made all manner of signals to the voyagers In the air. .Are you ready!" Dalton amused himself by writing little messages upon balls or pa" Oh, yes!" per, and, attaching a small weight, sent t!Jem down to the earth. Then we will sail to-morrow." Darkness put a stop to this childish sport, but the air-ship did not So soon!" stop in its course. "Yes!" 1'he seurch-light now threw a mighty traveling pathway of light. I am delighted,'' cri'.ld Dalton, and he hurried away to wire the down to the earth. good news to Mr. Belden. In its profound glare strange sceces were witnessed. WhereverAlmost instantly the telegraph ll.ashed the news from one end of the human beings were seen ali were gazing upward with wonderment. continent to the other that Frank Reade, Jr., an!l his air-ship were But after a time all this passed away. going in quest or the African explorers who were lost in the Mount-.A deep, sullen roar came up from below. It was the boom of ains or the Moon. breakero ou a rock-bound coast. The next morning scores of newspaper men flocked into ReadesThen the tossing waves of the sea lay far below. Upon its broad. town with note-book and camera to see the air-ship start, and, If posbosom white-sailed craft crossed the path or search-light. sible, to interview the voyagers. Up above, the sky was studded with diamond like stars. A strong Barney and Pomp bad been industrious. wind, laden with the night damp, met the air ship. In spite of their perennial love for chaffing each other, they never So that after a time the were contented to repair to the neglected o. duty and the present occasion was no exception. cabin, where it was much warmer. The air-ship was in readiness even to every little detail. For many days the air-ship traveled over the rolling ocean .At the aJ:tpoioted hour, the Scud was slid out of her bouse by the Thus far they had met with only the best or weather; but now there rollers upon which she rested. came a change. Then the great rotascopes and propeller were oiled and the electric Tbey were destined to meet with a tempest, and such a one as they engines adjusted for the last time. bad never seen before. Tb1s done, all was ready. The stormy Atlantic is seldom at rest. The voyagers went aboard. Her rolling billows are always suggestive of unrest and lurking Barney went into the pilot-bouse wher e was the electric key board malice. which governed all the machinery. A st0rm over her could not be less terrific than one upon her Frank o.nd Ben Dalton stood by the rail; l'omp was near i>y. bosom. A great crowu was waiting in the streets of Readestown to see the Frank knew this, and when a sharp squall came up from the southascension. east be sent the air-ship up in the hope of getting above it. Those in who were acquainted with Frank Reade, Jr.,. But this dill not seem so easy. At an altitude of two miles the agidid not doubt but that the ascension would be a success. tation in the atmosphere was felt to an alarming extent. Te go high Bqt the strangers were mauy of them doubtful, and as time went er was of course possible, but the rarity cf the air was so intense that on a murc.ur went up. it was extremely unpleasant. It is a fraud!' The voyagers were not pleased with the situation. "There will be no ascension. 'l'he problem of aerial navigation Dalton s delight turned to genuine alarm. has not yet been solved, nor Will it ever be in this generation." Whew!" he exclaimed, "1f anything should happen to ike rota But even as the doubters were freely expressing their opinions, o. scopes, Frank, what then?" great shout went up which made the ground fairly tremble. We should fall into tbe sea," lhe young inventor. "There she goes!'' "Jericho! that would be death!" "Hurrah!" "Certainly!" "She !11 a dandy!" "Upon my word, I can'& say that I like the situation. What ar& This was certainly no exaggeration. Up into the air, with the grace we going to do!'' ef a monster eagle, tba air ship rose. "Meet and weather the storm if we can!" replied Frank, resolately. Up and up she ehot like o. mighty bird of passage. The 11uspense But can we!" of the moment was great. "We will hope so!'' A thousand conllicting emotions surged through the bosoms o' the The next moment the storin broke. What happened in the ensaing 111ultitude of spectators. two hours was ever after like o. hideous dream to all. Would she keep alloat! It seemed as il giant hands bad picked the air-ship up and hurled itWith the -qtmust intensity the great throng watched the air ship as into iliimitat.le space. she glided upward and bath&d herself in a bank or silvery clonus. Frank clung to the wheel in the pilot house and kept the propeller o.nd rotascopes at work. CHAPTER 111. ACROSS THE SEAS, BuT the air-ship did not full. The predictions of t!Je croak:era were not verified. The problem of aerial navigation was beyond all peradventure solved. Up in the zenith bung the air-ship for a time. Then she bore down for tbe horizon, traveling rapidly to the eastward. The crowd watched her until she was but a speck in the blue sky. There was one watched her with greater interest than the others. This was Walter Belden. He knew that it was a forlorn hope for the rescue of his lost sen. He prayed for Its success. Those on board the air ship were In the highest ol spirits. The broker, Ben Dalton, could not conceal his se1isationa of ex treme pleasur-e. He walked t .he deck great excitement. As be gazed upo rf tbe earth so far below and realized the success of the air-ship, be cried: "Frank, you are the most wonderful man in the world. You have achieved the greatest of earthly triumphs." I am afraid you are too eulogistic,'' laughed Frank. Not a bit of it. Why, I'll bet any -cruwned head In Europe would give a year's income to be in my shoes just now!" Readestown was soon shut from view. The panorama spread be low was a and ever-varying one. Dalton could do nothing but sit at the rail and gaze aown upon it. Over rivers, lakes, moantains and plains, the Flying Scud sailed on in majesty, He knew that it was best to keep the air-ship head on to the storm and so the battle went on. The greatest danger was that the rotascoped would be blown away. In that case the ship must fal!. could be seen through the cabin windows. But that they were at a great altitude was known as heavy frost covered the glass and iron work. The cold was most hitter and Lh& voyagers suffered extremely. .And on and on, they knew not whither, they were befog whirled and hurled and tumbled and tossed. It was impossible to stand without clinging to some stationar y ob ject. It was o.n experience which they never cared to repeat But the stanch air ship held out valiantly the fierce blast and the storm fina lly ceased. When the clouds rolled away, and the early light of dawn broke, i t was a happy moment for all. cri e d tbe lilroker, excitedly. "I wouldn't take my cho.nces that way again lor a farm down East." Frank Iaul!hed. "It was a bad one," he declarl"d. "But we may meet a worse one before we end this voyage." "I shall hope not, nt least on the sea." That is true. On land we could, at least, get the shelter o.r some high object and anchor tbe ship. Perhaps we will be lucky enough, however, to escape another such experience.'' One day the air-ship sighted the .Azores nnd passed over those islands. Then Tenerilfe, with its mighty peak, and at last the coast or Africa. .As the shores of the Dark Continent burst upon their view the sensations of the travelers can be imagined. -

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LOST IN 'l'HE MOUN'l'AI".:S"S OF THE MOON. 5 They saw a long rocky line of coast extending southward. High elitli! of basalt were fringed with tile wildest of tropical growth. Cbattering monkeys disported themselves in cocoanuL groves. Flocks of wMd fowl dotted tile waters of the lagoon. ln the depths or the jungle the tiger and the hyena slunk out of sight. On the grassy plain, and in the the elepllant and the Hon roared, witll the zebra and the tall giraffe. All ti.Je wonders of the wonderful continent were thus -revealed in panorama to the aerial voyagars. Wilh interett all guzed upon the scene. For many miles iuto the interior tbe air-ship sailed. Then Lbe first sign of human hfe was eucouutered. Suddenly Dalton, who was leaning over the rail, shouted: Hurrat! tiJere they are!'' All rushed to the rail. "Phwat's that, sor!'' cried Barney. "Och bone, ph were is the naySbure, Misther Pomp, an' wud take a luk at yore aucis ters!" Pomp bridled up at this. "Don' yo' gib me no sass, 1'1sh!'' be spluttered. "I'se bo'n in ole Vargeeny, an don' yo' fo'git. Don' own no 'lalion to dem niggers down dere!" All lauglled at tllis. But yet the black denizens of Afric's untaught wilds seemed to be very comfortably situated for all of Pomp's contemptuous disavowal. To be sure, many or their kin in "Ole Vargeeny" might be worse off. The native village consisted of a thousand or more bamboo huts, cleverly tllatched with jungle grass. These were cone shaped and quite respectable in appearance. But the natives themselves somewhat l!iscredlted their dwellings. They were ugly and naked, with the bare exception of breecb clout. Most of them w o re enormous and disfiguring l!oops of ivory in ears and nose, and piled their abnormal growtb or hair up on tbeir heads to a fearfn! height .. There was certainly nothing comely or attractive about the personal appearance of these denizens or the wilds. T11ey were intensely excited at the appearance of the air-ship. Toe African is mightily superstitious, and as a result the sudden ap pearance in the sky of snell a vision as the Send had its dire effect upon them. In their simple state they knew nothing of the sciences of civilir.ation or the possibilities of a modern American inventive mind. Naturally they were prone to regard the air-ship as a supernatural appearance, and to which tbey must, on peril of their lives, yield due rever e nce. So down they all fell, men, women and cllildren upon their faces, in the most abject of supplication. The air-ship hovered over the lii.tle village for some moments, and Ben Dalton cried: What are you going to do, Frank?" I am going down and hold a confab with them for diversion '' re phed the y oung inventor. CHAPTER IV. THE FRIENDLY MAKONAS, THIS was just what Dalton wanted. As the air ship settled down, be clapped his hands with delight, like a veritable school boy. "I tell you we are making a great imprAssion on those fellows," he eried, jocularly. ' They think we are the children of the Great Mogul." "That is true," agreed Frank. "We will disabuse their minds of that!'' The air ship settled rapidly. Frank allowed it to rest upon the ground in the very midst of the prostrate natives. None or them dared to look up until Frank went to the rail and shouted to them. They did not understand him, but a human voice reassured them, and soon all were upon their feet Ttey don t undetstnnd you,'' said Dalton. "No,'' replied Frank. "It is evident that they never saw people of our nationality before!" Then an idea occurred to him. He knew that this part of Africa was the stamping ground of the Portuguese traders. It was possible that some or them had penetrated to this place, and if so, possibly some of the natives had learned tile tongue. Frank was fairly familiar witb the Portogese language. One cf the natives, a distinguished looking old man in a lion sldn robe advanced. Frank addressed him: "We come as friends," he said in Portuguese, "have no fear." The native ruler bowed profoundly nod reverently. "Welcome to Makona!and," lle replied In broke() Portuguese. Oh, you that fly in the air! We worship you!" "We want no worship," replied Frank. "We are only human beings the same as you.'' Makona, which was the ruler's name, seemed much reassured and became talkative, coming to the air-ship's rail. In this manner Frank l!rndually overcame the fears or the natives, and tlley became quite social. In a short while Frank had learned some interesting facts. The Makonus were an industrious and fairly mtelligent tribe, and made war upon nobody. But they were many times victims of foes. Es pecially did they stand iu terror of the slave traders. The wretches!" exclaimed Frank, indignantly. I wish they would come along here now and attempt any of their nefario:zs games. I tbink I would very quickly settle their cases." Toe Makonas now became profuse in their friendly overtures. Tbey tllronged abouc tile air-ship and made all manner of demon GiXts and offerings were brougllt to the distinguished visItors. Each was offered a half dozen wives of their own choosing, but this oll'er was politely declined. Then King Makona's men brought from the huts a number or lion skine, and spreading them upon the ground, made court tor their king, who held a really royul reception. A genuine barbecue was quickly in process, a wild boar bema impaled on a long stake and roasted over the burning embers. 0 Also 10 gourds toe Makonas brought a curious kind of liquor wuich was almost inLOxicating. Barney and Pomp conld not get their fill of this. Begorra, caygur!" cried the jovial Celt, I 'aven't a worrud to say agio yore ancisters any more. It's royal foine people they air.'' "Golly! I done fink l might be proud ob dem mahse'f,'' agreed Pomp. '. I alias tllought they was a passel av cannibals but divil do I think so now.'' "Yab, chile, but yo' oughter cum to ole Vargeeny when dis chile was at hum alo' de war. 'Possum stews an' coon roasts wif de oos' ob cuink-pina fo' dessert. Yah, dat am de way to lib I tell yo.'' Barney was not to be outdone. Whurroo!" he cried, Tllet's all rolght. But yez should have seen the O'Sheas of Bal!ybooley. Shore, they were the foinest people in tin counties about, an' aven ole Brian Boru himself has ate at toe table av me great-great ancister." "'Specs yo' am right," agreed Pomp, scratching his bead. "But whar am yo' ancisters today, !'ish?" Barney gave a groan. "They'd be there now, in their ancistral halls, av it wasn't for the ltivils av English, bad cess to thim!" "Berry sorry to' yo','' said Pomp, sympathetically. But don' yo' feel bad about It, fo' I have so many ancestol'S dat l kin wil!iu'ly spare yo' a few." Barney made a grimace. "Barrin' the color that moigbt dol" be said. At tllis moment the sound or weird music burst upon the air. The natives, with drums aud a peculiar kind of reed pipe, were making an effort at entertainment for the benefit of their guests. King Makona squat down in the center of his lion skin mats, and the musicians were grouped arouna. Then a number of women, not ungraceful either, danced a strange sort of dance. Of course the aerial voyagers professed to enjoy all tbis. But after a few hours spent thus Ben Dalton said: Shall we tarry here much longer, Frank?" "No!" replied tl:e young inventor promptly. "We are losing time. We wiil go on at once.'' So a farewell was bade to King Makona and his people, and once more the Scud 11ew on ller way. 1 The adventure had proved interesting and pleasant, but not at all thrilling. However, exciting experiences were at hand. Toe Scud sped on her way all that night-over jungle and forest. At times there was evidence that tbey were passing over human habitations. Great fires were seen below, and even the dancing forms of the ex cited blacK natives. But with dayligbt a wonderful scene was spread before our voya gers. There was revealed a mighty growth of forest and lt was tllickly peopled with animal life. Dalton was at the rail chatting with Pomp when both beheld a tllrilling scene below. In a forest glade were a number of men eo gaged in battle with a lion. Three of the men were Europeans. the rest were natives. The lion bad charged and one of the men was crushed beneath his giant paws. It was a horrible situation. There the huge beast held the unfortunate man pinned to the ground. Roaring furiously be kept the others at bay. It was certain that the unfortunate victim's lite was sacrificed unless be could be given succor at once. "Mercy on us!" screamed Dalton; "he will kill the man! Help! Frank, come quick!': Frank beartl the cry and came rushing out or the cabin. Barney brought the air-ship about without delay. Then all rushed to the rail. The lion hunters had seen the appearance or the air-ship from be low, and waved their armR wildly. 'fhey dared not tire at the lion, for fear of killing their friend. It was necessary to do something desperate at once. Frank, with his eagle eye, took in the situation at a glance. For a brief moment he was undecided how to act. Then he did what proved to be the best thing. Quick as a flash be sprung to the pilot-houde. I

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.. 6 LOSIJ.' IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. Down sank the air-ship. Straight down over the lion it went. Down until it was within a few f eet of the monster. As Frt1nk had believed, the attention of the animal was distracted. lt partly relaxed its grip on the victim, and looked up in apparent aRtonishment at tile aerial monster bearing down upon it. It was but natural that the beast should partly shrink from this un known foe. But not in terror. Fear is not an element of the .A frizan lion's nature. It was solely a shrewd effort to gain the vantage of this new assailant. Meanwhile the lion hunters had hailed the aerial "For the love of Heaven, save him if you can!" shouted one of them. We will try it,'' replied Dalton. Who are you?'' We are officers of Her Majesty's servic-e," was the reply. "We came out here for a bit of sport." "Glad to meet you!" "Our names ar. e Lieut. Vandyke, Corporal Allison, and Chauncey Dane. Who are you?" "This is Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship, the Scud.'' An air-ship! You must be Americans!" "We are proud to be called such." "And you should be. Only people of your nation would ever be able to solve the daring problem ol aerial Dl\Vigation." "Thank you." "It is the homage of England to America. Save our friend Allison, we will worship you." We will try it," replied Ben. MAanwhile Frank bad not been idle. He had arrived at the logical conclusion that to conquus nod cool and nervy as could be. He even ventured to address Frank. It is kind of you to try and save me!" he said, "but do not im peril .your own lives!" Have no fear of that!'' said Frank. "I hope to get the lion's at tention, if I can. Do not move, and I wlll see what can be done." Witll this the young inventor proceeded to carry out what he deemed n secure plan. While Allison, the imprisoned llut plucky man, coolly awaited re sults. Tlley came quickly. CHAPTER V. THE HUNTING PARTY, FRANK produced an electric wire from the pilot-house. The lion was still gazing upward at th., air-ship and roaring furiously. But he did not seem to relax his grip on his victim. Frank muttered grimly: "We will see my tawny friend whethl'r you will move or not. I rather think you will!" Tlle wire Frank carried was what might be called a "live wire," and was connected with the dynamo. He carried it in hands gloved with rubbl'r, so that he was properly insulated. Leaning ovPr the rail, Frank lowered the wire. The lion affected not to notice it, but showed his horrible fangs more and roared. Down sank the wire until its tip touched for an instant the lion's Cur. There was a flash of light, and instantly a spot was burned out of the creature's .hide as big ns a tea cup. Only a flush anda puff of smoke. Then the wire swung about and struck the lion's nose. There was a lightning fiusb, an awful roar of agony, a shock, and the king of beasts was fairly lifted from the ground and hurled yards away, limp as a rag. The shock was a most terrific onll, and flesh and bone could not hope to withstand it. Wild cheers burst from the hunters below. In a moment they rudlled .forward and surrounded their rescued comrade. Thougb he was badly torn, Allison was quite able to get upon his feet, and protested that he all right. However, his wounds were carefully dressed, then mutual introduc tion followed. The Englishmen were overglad to meet the Americans. Frank showed them over the air ship, and told them of the object of his visit to Africa. They listened with the deepest of interest 11nd Lieutenant Vanayke, who niter all was a Dutchman, though in English service, cried: There is but one great regret in my life now, and that is that I cannot go with you to the Mountains of the Moon. I would give the world to accompany you!" The black hact removed the skin from the dead lion and it was presented to Allison as a solace for his inj!lries. We shall not forget you and the great service you have done us, Mr. Reade;" cned VandyKe, "we thank you, heartily.'' Don't mention it/' said Frank., tlhtly, it is nothing!'' It is much to me!" declnre
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LOST IN THE MOrN'l'AINS OF THE MOON. T But towards evening a fresh breeze sprung up and cooled the air materially. lL was a gr eat relief. Boundless plains were now reached which were close cropped by vast herds or the African butlalo. At times tbese were oeen to be pursuod l>y blacks with assegais and nets. In all cases the natives retreated in dis may at the approach of the air-sh ip. Ind e ed it was impossible to get near enough to them to holu conversation or any kind of intercourse. "They are evidently very much afraid of us!" said Dalton, with a laugh. Well, I don't know as I blame them. ' Nor I be jabers!'' cried Barney. "Not so long as that naygur shows his race at the rail. S llure tlley think it the ghost av some av their ancisters no doubt." Thi s was too much for Pomp. Barney had been him quite senrely or late. The darky's patience was exhausted. Huh! don' yo' be so fresh, l"ish!" retorted be. "Dey jes' bub to yo' ugly mug jes' once 10 skeer de lire outen dom. Dat am jes' wha' am de Dattall wif dem to' suah, lo' dey link it am de ghostis ob a gori!!a!" Barney made a desperate swipe at the d1nky. But Pomp ducked his head and bolted straight fqr the Celt. He took the Irishman !u!! iu the stomach. Theu 'here wus a crash. Down went the Celt in a heap and Pomp on top of him. A territic wrestle lo!!owed. As it chanced what was merely a frolic came near proving a fearful tragedy. They were at the moment not far from the edge of tl:e air-ship's deck. Suddenly Barney rotted Pomp over violently. A loud cry of warning and horror arose from Ben Dalton's lips. It came too late. Over the verge the two jokers went, and it seemed to a certain death too horrible to contemplate. CHAPTER VI. A CLOSE C ALL FOR POMr. "Oa, my God!" cried Dalton wildly, "they have gone down to death!'' Frank bad rushed on deck. "What?" be yelled. "Overboard!" shrieked Dalton. The air-ship was three thousand feet in the air. To fall thiu distance meaut certain death. For a moment the two men looked at each other aghast. Eacq was afraid to go to the rail, But as they stood there with teeth chattering, Barney's bead np peared over the bulwark. He had clung with one band to the rail. He drew himself np and sank on the deck. Frank rushed to his side. "Where is Pomp?" he cried Jmskily. "Howly Vargio, save us!" cried the Celt in agony, "diviln bit do I know!" "He bas gone down to his death!'' screamed Frank, angrily. "And all for your senseless fooling! l've a mind to kill you for it!" Thm, begorra, if he's gone down there, shure I'm goin', too!'' crlea the Celt desperately, as he sprang to the rail. But Frank caught him by the shoulders. "Hold, you fool," be cried. "Don't add suicide to murder. Stay where you are!" The young iuvenlor looked down to the earth. He could see notb i1Jg of Pomp so far below. But he made no doubt that the darky's mangled body hi:y in some rocky dashed to pieces, In the wilderness they were passmg over. "Lower the air ship," be comtnande
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8 LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. It was certainly a hazardous thing to dot" HBzardousl Wty, it was slleer roollmrdiness. A handful of 11ative s familiar with these hills coulll eutrap anJ annihilate a small army!" Forests so migh t y nod dense, that the selvns of the Amazon were no eompanson, were passed over. There were terrific clefts, gorges and chasms, and the fastnesses or the mountains of the moon, were indeed dark and dreadful. These fastnesses were inhabited as well by the most ravenous of wild beasts. The tiger and lion here made their home. There were fierce packs of hyenas, yelling wolves and panthers. It was certainly a den of hor rors. Yet in the very center of these terrible wilds were long rolling plains Gf vastly fertile soil. Peaceful and harmless indeed looked the smiling rivers which in the mountains were sav-age torrents. The plain was dotted with gem Ukelakes. But as yet no sign of human life bad been seen. That it existed there was no manner of doubt. In these hills, among the savage beasts, and Indeed if anything more fierce and wild tbemselves, dwelt a race of giants. They were not as black as the other AJricnn tribes, and much finer looking and muscular. But th e y were terrible warriors-merciless, blood-thirsty brigands, who lived by warring upon weaker tribes. These were the beings whom the tbree boy explorers bad run foul of in their hazardous ex ploring tour. CHAPTER VII. INTERCOURSE WITH THE WOOLOMOO S. ANXIOUSLY the voyagers looked for some trace of the Woolomoos. Thus far notbing lind been s een or them. But just as the air-sbip was fiontiug along the face of a mighty cliff Dalton gave a great cry. "Look!" be shouted. "By tbe gods or war did you ever see so big a man as that before!" A deep mouthed cavern in the side of the mountain came suddenly into view. A wide shelf of rock jutted out from Its mouth. Upon the very verge or t!Jis stood a powerful built mao. He was not exactly a negro, but s!Japely as a Cauclisiau and with features like an Arab. He was dressed in breech clout of lion skins and wore a cloak or some sort or jute like cloth. Upon bls bend was a peculiar head-dress of varicoloted birds' wings. He carried a ponderous club upon w!Jich be leaned; while a blow pipe and string or darts were fastened at his girdle. He had been looking abstractedly down into the valley when the air-ship suddenly swung into view on his right. The effect was startling. With a loud yell the Wooloomoo. for doubtless he was one of that strange tribe, gave a backwarl\ leap into the cavern. There be crouched baH behind an angle watching' the nirship curiously. Too bad we could not have lassooed that fellow!" cried B('n Dal ton. "I wish we could get a few points from him." "He may give us a few point!! which we will not c11re to receive," said Frank, as be touched an electric spring. Instqnlly a section of network of finest steel rose from the rail of the air ship upon standards to the height or seven or wgbt feet. "What do you mean!" exclatmed Dalton, in amazement. You shall see," said Frank, coolly. And at that moment the voyagers did see. In the month of the cavern there now appeared a number of the natives who with one common Impulse put their blow-pipes up and sent a shower or the darts rattling against the wire screen. If Frank had not raised the screen thus opportunely no doubt some or the voyagers would have been struck. "Jupiter!" exclaimed Beo, in amazement. Who would think they .:ould drive those little darts with such savage force!" There is good reason to rear those little missiles," said Frank. Are they especially deadly!" ''They are apt to be poisoned!" Barney had allowed the air-ship to fioat quite near the entrance to the mountain cave. For some distance into the cave objects could be seen, but beyond that nil was darkness. As Frank "'as anxious to see what was in tbe depths or the place be called to Pomp: Throw the search-light in there, Pomp. Let us see what it looks like." "A' right sah!'' replied the darky. So the searchlight was turned on and its rays sent far into the cav ern. A wonderful sigh t was revealed. Beyond a long high arched passage was revealed a large cavern ehnmher. This was decorated with palms and skins of animals and a throng of Wooloomoos were revealed there. It was evidently their retreat, and a safe and secure one it was too. As tbe light penetrated to this chamber the natives set. up n tre mendous howl. A fresh shower or the darts came hissing about the air-ship. One or these fell upon the deck and Fraok picked it up. He held It up to inspection and said: See, the point is discolored. Tllere is no doubt but that this i6 a poisoned arrow." "Ug!J !" exclatmed Ben Dalton with a shiver. "I am glad it did not strike me!'' "1 believe we cannot be too careful,'' said Frank. "They meao businebs, don't they!" "Evidently." Why not give them a shot?" Not yet!" Frank w;;s always averse to the unnecessary taking of human life. It wns not yet time, as be fancied, to open lire upon the Wooloomoos. He fanCitld it possible to yet make friends with tbem. H so, then be would feel sorry to think that he bad slaughtered any of t!Jem. Frank's main desire was to attempt conciliatory overtures to t!Je savage natives. So he tried various methods or drawing them into a truce. A while flag did not work. They evi
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LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. The best and only logical course was to impress upon their anper stitious minds the fact that the aerinl voyagers were superior beings, and a lied to the gods. So he began at once to impress this upon the black rasca!. Frank made signs to that effect aud posed as effectually as he could for an agent or tlJe gods. The Wooloomoo lis tened latently .but incredulously. He shook his head in contempt. He saw the wings .or the flying air ship and believed that he understood its mechanical principle. He would not believe that it was of supernatural construction or rela tion. Frank wns more than surprised at this practical view of matters t aken by the ignorant native He saw length that the only way to sni.Jdue the Incredulity of his auditor was by a direct manifestation. He made signs which conveyed to the other the information that b e held control of the lightning, and could call it to his aid at any U rn& The Wooloomoo grinned at this Munchausen like statement. He did not believe it. Frank had the njlcessary apparatus upon his body, and holding his mailed band out for the Wooloomoo, motioned to him to touch it. The rude n a tive violently struck it with ll,is own hand. The next moment he wished he hadn't. A myriad or sparks flashed in his f a ce like a shower of stars. CHAPTER VIII. IN THE CRATER. WITH a sharp yell of pain, the astounded Wooloomoo drew back. His a rm tingled like as rf it wus encased with hot coals. But there stood his foe smilingly before him. Recovering himself, t he Wooloomoo spokesman was for. a moment nonplnsed, With this Frank shook sparks from his flngars like drops of water, made a halo of them about his head, and performed other apparently aupernatural tricks. Something like fear came into the Wooloomoo's face. But be was not yet convinced. Determined to prove to him beyond all doubt his superior power, Frank drew frum his pocket au object which looked like a cigar. He poised i t in the air a moment and then hurled it against the side <>r the cliff some fifty feet distant. There was a cannon-like explosion and tons of loose rock were dis l odged. Still the obdurate native grinned. Frank picked up a bar of iron from the deck and extended it to the Wooloomoo. He motioned to the native to take bold or the rod with both hands. The air-ship was o n a level with and close to the shelf of rock. it was therefore easy for the native to obey. He took bold of the iron rod and essayed to wrench it away from Frank. With a grin and a most confident air he made the effort; but he never made a greater mistake in his life. He was as .powerless as a child in the grip of the unseen power. Now that be bad taken hold of the bar he could not let go. This last inexplicnble trick staggered tbe ign'>rant Wooloomoo. His swarthy face overspread with a fearful light of terror; he essayed in vain to break away. Trembling like an aspen he stood h:>lding onto the bar of iron until great drops or sweat oozed from every pore. Frank held him thus for some time. Then with a scornful laugh he released him. Go tell your people," he said in sign talk, "I c an destroy you all with the greatest or ease." The Wooloomoo slunk back into the cavern. Frank returned on board the air-ship, Ben Dalton and Barney and Pomp had been watching the parley with the greatest interest. exclaimed Ben, when Frank stepped aboard. "You just settled his doubts In good shape, didn't yon!" "I trifid to," replied Frank. "I guess he is satisfied now." "He ought to be, but--" "What!" "What lock did you have in learning the fate of our three boys!" "Nothing, except an intimation that like all captured foes, they bad been thrown down the crater of a volcano which he called, as near as I could make out from the signs, the Three Demons or Three Devils.'' "Tben that rs the horrible explanation or their fate," groaned Dalton." Thrown into the crater of a volcano. Of course, they are dead!" "Yet there is a chance." "Ought not the crater to be near here?'' asked Ben, finally. I don't see why it shouldn't." "Then let us find It at once. We can learn nothing more from t hese black scoundrels. I have no Idea of ever finding the boys now, but I want to see the spot where they were hurled to their death." "You shall," aj!'reed Frank. "Yonder mountain is a volcano if I am not mistaken.'' The summit of the mountain which he indicated rose fully two thou sand feet above their present position, It had the appearance of a volcano, but Ita cone was not active. It was very likely extinct. The fires may have burned out a thousand years ago Or possibly they recurred only at long intervr.ls. But the mountain showed no signs of recent devastation. Frank sailed the air-ship up its slope. Up, and up the Scud until finally the crater which occupied the top was in full view. Then Dalton cried excitedly: "Look! there are the Three Demons!" The crater itself covered an immense tract, some square miles ic extent. There was every that it had been unce a boiling sen of lava which issued fram various cones In the crater. The Three Demons were marvelous representations formed by Na ture out of the rock of the crater, at i ts eastern verge. Three singular jagged forms or rock they were, bearing at a dis tance a perfect or three horned representative& of his Satanic majesty about l.o leap into the crater. Tt1ey wore almost as accurate as lf carved by the hand of man, 'l'he voyagers gazed upon them spell-bound. They overlooked a tremendoas steep precipice, some three llundred feet In perpendicular. To be hurled from this dizzy height was certainly not a fate to be desired. The aerial voyagers gazed upon the jagged rocks aL the base of the eliff with horror. There was a hep.p of bones as lnrge'flS a house. Hundreds or human beings had taken that awful plunge to death. And thAre their bones J a y whitening to the epd or time. It was a mast horrible reflection. God help us!" said Dalton, in a hushed vole& "We can car.ry no very cheering report back to Walter Belden or his darling son!'' Shall we go down into the crater!" asked Frank. "If yon wlll be so kind. At least, we can gather up the remains or the poor lads!" If they can be ideo tified." "Let us liopt> they caul" As the airship descended into the crater, a great flock of vultures rose. It gave all a sickening sense of horror. 'l'he air ship rested upon the lava bed of the crater, just nn,.der the cliff. Then the voyagers sprung down (rom her deck. In a few moments they were gazing upon the sickening spectacle. And a grewsome It was. Some of the skeletons were not as yet entirely devoid of flesh. And there was one which appeared to be that of a white man. Dal ton examined it closely. Can that be one of tte boysf" he exclaimed, with horror. I do not believe it!" '!Nor 1," said Frank, who had also been examining the remains. It does not belong to a white man as I believe." But-what flesh there remains looks white!'' "Does it! Take a closer view," said Frank. "You may think differently then." Ben complied, and even placed his hand upon some of the llesh. He was satisfied at once. The Wooloomoos were far from heing a black race. Their skin, viewed In a certain light, was almost white. That these remains belonged to one of their race was a clear certainty. It stood to reason that as this spot was used as a place of execution by the natives, that they should here execute criminals of their own tribe as well as prrsoners. And that the remains here heaped up so fearfully might belong to both was a certain "Ugh!'' exclaimed Ben Dalton with a shiver, "this is not a pleas ant sight! It makes me faint!" I don't see anything here which looks like the remains of any of our own nationality." Nor I. Let us abandon that theory. I tell yon!'' cried Bee, joyfully "I yet believe that Ward Belden and his friends are alive!" I can only hope yo11 are right," said Frank, sincerely. With this they left the terr ible scene and went back to the Scud. "Begorra, I saw something very quare jest now I" declared Barney. All eyes were turned upon the Celt. What was it!'' asked Frank. "Shure, sor. as near as I could make out it was the futprint av a man that wore shoes. Divil a shoe did I see on the black divils!" Frank and Ben gave a startled crv. What!" cried the young inventor. Do you mean that, Barney?" "Shure, I do, sor." "Was it a fresh imprint?" Quite fresh, sor." Frank and Ben exchanged startled glances. Here was a clew. Where did you see it?" asked Frank. Shure, sor, fernlnst that big rock over yonder." Frank and Ben looked in tbe direction indicated, and saw a huge block of lava, w!Jicb lay near the center of the crater. At once both men started for it. A heap of sand bad been blown up by the wind, and mixing with a little clay, made a compost. In this any reasonable pressure would leave an rmprint. And there, jast as Barney had said was the Imprint of a human foot. Moreover, it was a shapely foot, wearing a shoe of civilized maker It was an important discovery. Frank down and very critically examined the footprint.

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r--. 10 LOS'l' IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. When he arose he said: That has been made very recently. I should say that it was not yet six hours old. What white man could be passing this way so recently, unless it was Ward or one of his companions?'' abked Ben Dalton. Frank shook his bead. "That is a conundrum!" he said. Golly, Ms.rse Frank. Wha' am dls?" cried Pomp, pickiug up a small object. He belli it up to the view of all. It was a metallic cartridge shell of about forty-eight caliber. It had evidently been used in a repeating rifle. This was a certain clew. CHAP'fER JX. THE LOS'l' IS FOUND. THERE was no longer any doubt but that white men had pa.Ssed through the crater. Dalton was jubilant. 1 tell you we are on the right track!" he cried. That foot-print was madE> by Ward or one or !Jis fnends!" "U so," rejoined Frank, "they cannot be far distant." No, they ought to !>e near at hand!" "Bot--" "What?" In what direction shall we go to find them!'' Frank looked again at the foot-print. It pointed to the west. He glanced back at the air-ship which was anchored some two hundred yards away. Barney and Pomp,'' he said, you had better go back and stay by the air-ship. Ben, we will look and bow tar we can follow the trail!" "Good!'' cried Dalton. "I badlnot thought of that." So Barney and Pomp returned to the airship. Frank and Ben weat on acros8 the crater. This resulted in a fresh discovery. They came upon more rootprints. Some or them were bare, which was an indication that there were natiVP.S in the rarty. For a few moments this puzzled the rescuers, untll suddenly the truth dawned upon Frank. I have it!" he cried. "Ah!'' exclaimed Ben. Of course, the explorers took a train or retinue of foot soldiers and servants with them. These are their footp.rints, for they are al ways natives. Hurrah! We have found not only that the explorers are alive, but they must be in force somewllere in these hills, for they evidenL!y have their train still witil tllem. Dalton was awfully excited. He wrung Frank's baud. "lsnt that good!'' he cried, "then we are to find that not only are our boys a.live, but they are still plucl1ily pursuing their explorations." "Exactly!" "That is too good, How 1 wish I could cable Belden at once." Frank laughed. That will hardly be possible," he said. "But first let us make sure that we're right." "Right!'' gasped Dallon. "Can there be any doubt?'' Indeed, there can, and mach doubt too, For instance, those shoe prints may have been made by sorr.e one of the Wooloomoos who had conliscated the shoes of their captives.'' Ben Dalton's jaw fell. ;, Come on," he said, hubkily. "I can't stand this suspense." WiLli which they started away on the trnil again. But they bad not gone a l;lundred yards when a rifle shot nnd a loud yell caused them to halt. They looked back and bebt>lrl an astounding sight. Barney and Pomp beside the air-ship bad fired the shot and were waving their ar .ms warningly. I The reason this was to be plainly seen, To the southward tbe edge of the crater fairly swarmed with hostile Wooloomoo warriors. They bad leaped down into the crater and were running with all speed to cut otl' Frank and Ben. For a moment the young inventor's face clouded. He saw the deadly peril at a glance. "My Go.1! We are cut off Ben!'' he cried. This was only too true. Before they could hope to reach the airship the savages must be upon them. It would be madness to court close combat with them. The pois oned darts would speedily end their career. There was nothing for it but to ruu in toe opposite direction. There was no time to lose. To make a virtue of necessity was the only course. But Frank sig naled Barney Pomp. At once the sagacious pair in charge of the Scud scampered aboard and began to pull in the anchors. This done, they sent the airship up into the air. Meanwhile Frank and Ben had been speeding for their lives for the further edge of the crater. The Wooloomoos came alter them like thunderbolts. But all of tlie poisoned darts fell short. "Run!" shouted Frank, who was a fast sprinter. "Don't let them get within ran ge!" "You're rigllt I won't!" cried Ben, as he redoubled his exertions. FasLer and faster they ran. The crater was now near at hand. Up it they scrambled. From crag to crag they climbed, and t!Jen sank hal! fainting upon the ground at the summit. For a brief moment tbey lay thus to regain their brenth. Tben a dull explosion was btmrd. Barney an:! Pomp were dropping bombs down upon tLe Wooloomoos. This checked their advance. Every bomb exploded in their midst killed dozens or them. 'l'hey sco.ttered beneath such deadly execution. For the nonce the two fugitives were Whew!'' gasped Ben. "I wouldn't ran that way again for a fortune. I'm nigb dead.'' "It was a close one!" said Frank, "but-look here. This was thecourse followed by our Frank pointed to footpnnts quite visible in the soil. Ben was nt. once interested. "You're right!" he cried, and then scrambling to his feet he fol lowed them some ways l>ack from tbe crat.er. This brought bim upon an astounding spectacle. There in a thicket lay the contorted corpse or a coast native. His half naked form was drawn up in a hideous heap. His eyes were started from their sockets, and his tongue bung black and putrid from his mouth. In hie breast were a number of the Wooloomoo darts. It was easy Losee how he bad lost hia life. "My God!" gaspeu palton. What a fearful poison that must. be!" "Yon are right!" agreed Frank, "he certainly died in awlul agony!" They regarded the victim' of the poisoned darts for some moments after tills, and then a startling sound came to their &ar s. It was the 1\lstant crack or rines. lt came from a point far dowB the mountain side. The two men exchanged glances. "They are engaged," exclaimed Ben We ought to go to tbeil" assistance." "And so we will," agreed Frank. The air-ship now hovered directly over them. Frank made signalg. to Barney who was at the rail. The two servitors bad dispersed the Wooloomoos in the crater with electric bombs. Tbe airsllip now rapidly descel)ded. Begorra, Mistber Frank cried Barney, "I thought yez war both done for. Shure U iver thim pizeo darts bad bit yez.'' "It was a close call, Barney!" said Frank, "but go down into tte cabin qutekly, and bring me up those cases contaimng the suits or mail!" All roight, sorl" cried Barney. "Shure do yez want all av thim?' Four of them. Each of us should have a euit.'' Wl,at!'' cried Ben with delight, have ;you as as that. Frankf'' "Oh, yes, hall a dozen of them I guess. It seems to be neceasaty to wear them just now." "Indeed yes! It will be perhaps the saving of our lives!" "They will enable us to make open warfare safely upon the Woo loomoos. That is worth a good deal." I should say so, when a single one of those poisoned darts wm cause so horrible a death.'' Barney quickly returned with the chain suits. Each one of tb& voyagers put one on. Then the air-ship leaped up into space again. Down the mountain side Frank allowed it to drift. The sounl!s of distant conllict became plainer. Suddenly a startling scene burst upon the view of all. Just at that moment the mighty forest lor a ways covered the mountain st. de, cleared and showed a deep rift m the mountaill wall. There was a broad sb6!f with a natural parapet of loose bowlders. Upon tbis and behind the shelter or the bowlders were a score of men. They were mostly natived, and half clad in the picturesque costumeof the GJld Coast. But ttree of them were dressed in rough hunting suits and wore di lapidated cork hats. These three were white men. A great cry burst from DILl ton's lips. "Found, by Jupiter!" he shouted. "Hurrah! luck Is with us. We have won success!'' T!Je air:ship floatijd above the exploring party. Already they had seen it and were evidently regarding it with astonishment. They don't know what to make of us!" criPd Ben. "Go down a little, Frank, so that I can speak with the boys!'' Frank at once complied. The air-ship sank down to within a hundred feet of the earth. The exploring party had ce:lsed tiring upon the Wooloornoos who were se creted in clefts of tbe rocks opposite. That their deadly darts bad done execution was plainly seen, as two of the natives lay dead. "Hello, Ward Belden!'' shouted "Don't you know me!" A handsome; bronzed !ace youth, wrth a smoking \fincbester in his bands, stared at Dalton, and then cried: "Ben Dalton, on my bon or!"

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LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. 11 That's who it is!" cried the whole souled broker. "Aren't you glad to see me!" "Glad!'' retorted the millionaire's sou. Well, I should say sol You're the first white man we've seen m a year.'' "You don't say!" "Y .. s, I do. Butr, saints defend ns, what have you got there au r.ir-sbip?" ' That's what it is," replied Ben. "You never saw one before!" I should say not. So the pro1>lem of ae:ial navigation is solved!" Just so." Well, that .beats mel But what has brought you out to thifl lonely part of the world!" I have come here to find you," replied Dalton, bluntly. CHAPTER X. DALTON MAKES AN .ARGUMENT. THE young explorer looked amazed. To lind me!'' he exclaimed. What do you want of me!'' Why, your father wants yon brought home. He has a conniption lit. You were reported dead, and I am not sure now but tbat you are and tllis is all a dream." Young Belden laugued. My fathjlr's fears were unnecessary," !Je said. I never felt bet ter in my life. As for Jack and Allie here, so far as I know they are all right." "You bet we are!" cried the two young companions of young Bel-den. Well, I never!" gasped Dalton, somewhat taken aback. Then I've come all the way out hPre !or nothing!" "So far as our welrure is concerned you have," laughed Ward. And these nre a.ll the thanks I get!" said the discomfited broker. I've a mind to go right back home!" Don't do that!" protested Ward. Come down nnd have a talk with us. Tell us who is the iove11toror that beautiful air-ship!" He is right-here!" cried Dalton, pulling Frank to the rail. "Al low me to introduce Mr. Frank Reade, Jr." The air-ship descended and made a landing. Frank and Dalton stepped down from the deck and tbe introduction )VIIS made more for mal. H was a pleasant meeting all around, and the three plucky young explorers the news from home with avidity. In spite of their !irst protestations, they were lain to admit that they would like much to go back and were a tr1lle homesick. "But have we not done well!'' cried Ward, proudly. "We have traveled through t he most perilous parts of Africa, and experiencea many thrilling advtJntores and are alive to tell It." At one time two ol us were down with jungle fever!'' declared Allie Vane. "Aml Allie mgh died from il:e bite of a puft" adder!" said Jack l'eters. The coast natives who made up the train were more than ordinar ily intelligent 11nd could speak English, French and Spanish. Out or their number of oce hundred upon leaving the Gold Coast scarcely twenty-five were left. Tbree.f;>nrths of tbeir number bad eu::cumbed to the perijs of the country. At this moment attention was diverted by an attack from the W ooloomoos. A great shower of darts came llyiug over the cliff. They 11re the worst roes we have had I'' said Ward. Those darts are a frightful thing to stand up against." I think you have borne charmed lives!" said Frank. I am sure we have!" But-what benefits have yon derwecl from your explorations?'' "Much, I trust," said Ward. We have passed through a wonder-ful region. If civilization ever penetrates it, it will be the centllr of the world. We discovered a land literally llowing in milk and honey. Gold, silver and precious stones abound.'' Then you have plac11d your names high upon the scroll or fame. You will win your reward!" "For the last month It has been a close question as to or not we should live to get out or this country," said Ward, "the Woo loomoos are the very worst foe we have met." Indeed, I believe you are right," said Frank. "Ah, look out!" Another shower of darts came up over the cliffs. Bu. the aerial voyagers had on their suits of mail and so did not lllnch. Ward and his friends had a narrow escape, however. Frank's eyes flashed angrily. I tbink it is about we stopped thut sort or thing," he de clare :I. Bring out some electric bombH, Barney.'' All roight, sor!" replied the Celt. While Barney was alter the bombs Frank explained more fully the wonderful mechanism of the Scud. The young African explorers listened with the deepest of interest. Indeed, Mr. Reade,'' said Allie Vane, "you are a wonderfll in ventor. There is nothing on earth more marvelous than your uirBhip!" That is true!" chimed in Jack Peters. Frank and thanked them. "You do me too much honor," he said. Then turning to Ben Dal ton, "but I say, friend Dalton, we came to Africa to find these youn"' gentlemen. We have succeeded. Now what is th!lprogramme!" 0 "Just sol'' replied Ben; "your father, Ward, commissioned me to bring you home if--" Well!" said Word, with a merry twinkle ic his eyes. "U you have had enough of African exploration!" ''My father and you, as well, are very kina to go to so much trouble," said Ward, seriously. "And I assure you I appreciate 1t highly. But before answering I must consult with my brother PX plorers. What say you, Allie and Jack?'' The two youths thus addressed replied: We are satistled if you are, Ward.'' Tbat's it!'' cried the broker, triumphantly. "Now, Ward, do not forget that your father is in deep distress over your prolonged ab sence." Indeed, I am sorry," said Ward, with deepest concern, "but really I had no way to send a message home to him. We have buried in this wilderness for a twelvemonth." Then you can aLOne lor your neglect, enforced though it was, by responding to your father's call. Remember that he is an old man, and you may not have him long.'' Ward hesitated a moment. There were tears in his usually rl.'solute eyes. He was undergoing nn inward struggle. Mr. Reade bas brought me away out here in his air ship to find you," continued Ben. Of course you might roam about Africa lor years, but have you not already gained as much as you will? Was tt not your purpose to lind and explore the Mountains of the Moon!" "It was," replied Ward. "And you have succeeded?" "I have!'' Now why expose yourself further to danger and privation? Why not go back to your luther!" Ward grasped Dalton's hand. "I see it in the right light!" be cried. "It is true that I owe it to my fathar to go home. l have accomplished the great object or my expedition into Africa. I am satisfied.'' And vou will go!'' "Yes." Dalton fairly embraced the youth. But now a new difficulty pre. sen ted i'self. Upon my word!" exclaimed the young \nventor; "how can I leave my faithful guard? They have stoo1 by me through thick and thin. To leave them here unprotected would be to leave them to die.'' For a moment the problem was considered by all, It was cer. tAinly not easy to solve. The guards certainly could not travel aboard the airship. It could not carry such a number. "What shall we do, Fronk?" said Dalton, in a complete quandary. The young inventor smiled. "There is but one way," ije said. What is "We must escort them safely back to the coast with the air-ship.'' There was a moment's silence. Then Dalton's face lit up. "I see the point!" be cried. "The air-ship is to hover over them and protect them until they reach home once morel" Yes," replied Frank. "Hurrah! that is the idea! What do you think o!it, Ward!'' I am more than pleased," replied the young explorer. It is SQ kind In Mr. Reade to give us such a glorious opportunity. Why, just as much exploration can be done on the homeward way." This placed all in the happiest of spirits. Explanations were quickly made to the colored guard, who were overjoyed at tbe prospect. They regarded the air-ship as a most powerful protector, and were willing to start at once. So the three boy explorers went aboard the air-ship. This left the little band of blacks below bemmed in by the Wooloomoos, but Frank said: "Never you mind! I will settle this case for them.'' Up shot the air-ship. When at a'n altitude of several hundrell feet Barney helrl it sta tionary. Frank picked np one of the b:>mbs. The below were huddled in crevices or the clitfe, and in deep recesses. They were regarding the air-ship somewhat doubtfully. Frank de cided to settle their doubts. He sent one of the bombs down into their midst. It exploded with frightful effect. Dozens of the Wooloomoos were hurled Into the air. The hoy explorers regardsd the feat with amazement. Why, really!" exclaimed Ward, "I don't see why you couldn' t whip the whole world if you wanted to, Mr. Reade!" Frank lunghed. Not so oad as that!'' he enid, "but I am not afraid or those chaps at all events.'' The Wooloomoos yelled fiercely and essayed to wreak their ven geance upon the coast natives. But Frank sent bomb after bomb into their midst with deadly efiect. The result was they were obliged to scatter. Soon they ll.ed incontinently in every direction. Of course they could not hope to battle against such a terrific and deadly powtlr which had such an advantage over them.

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I 12 LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. The battle was ended and the Wooloomoos suffered a defeat. The aerial voyagers realized this with.much satisfaction, and Frank Reade, Jr., cried: "Now there is no reason why we should not march s t raight on to the coast. In six months' time we should easily reach It!" "Six months?" cried Ward. "Oh, yes! I assure you in baiC that time!'' "It is a long and difficult journey to cover on foot," E!aid Frank; don't forget that." CHAPTER XI. HOMEWARD BOUND, "IT is a long journey, 1\lr. Reade," agreed young Belden: "but part of it need not be made on font.'' "Ah, how do you mean!" "I mean that at a certain point we can strike various rivers which we ascended in coming hither. We have boats secreted at Dark Lake, which is:aot more than a month's journey !rom here." The,trip down tuese rivers may be made quite rapidly I am sure." "Indeed yes, if that is the case ; agreed Frank "It Is possible that we can reach tlle Gold Coast in even less time." "I hope so." "Again 1t will not be necessary to escort Benguela and his men all the way. 'lA.s soon as we reach the border of Makenaland they can proceed without us.'' This was the trnlh. The Makonas were well known as peacable nati.ves. The course looked clear. Yet all in the party knew that there were many dangers )letween there and Mokonaland. Th!lY must pass through fierce jungles dense swamps, and black forests. All infested with wild men and beasts. However, with the co-operation of the air-ship, it looked reasonable enough to the voyagers that they would be able to make the trip successfully. 1 No time was lost in making tbe start. Now that the Wooloomoos were llispersed, there was little difficulty in the party's proceacling safely through the mountains. which wa& the name of the chief of the little band of faithfully followed Ward's directions. The black guard were to continually keep the air-ship in sight. In case of an attack from the enemy, the air-ship would bear down to their assistance. The route through the hills was a devious and difficult one. As the forests were so deep in the other it was decided to return by the route wbich they bad used coming-; namely, over the cr a ter and down through a pass which would finally lead them out on the wide plains, extending for several hundred miles to Dark Lake. This lake, Ward explained, was a hmg narrow body of water, fully one hundred miles long. In it they had sunk their boats so that they might find them upo!l \hfl return. Upon reaching the lower end or Dark Lake, It was then possible by a series of portages to keep on descending waters almost all the way to Makonalaud. The most difficult part of the journey, therefore, woold be the in tervening country to 1\lnkonaland. Traveling on foot was slow work compared with the lligbt or the air-ship. Tbe Send could do nothing but lazily drift, over the heads of the foot travelers below. Benguela and his men were hardy natives and accustomed to just such long jonroeys, but yet their progresa seemed slow. 'l'here was nothing for it but to have patience, however. Nightfall came and the party were yet in the hills. The natives were extremely fatigued with the day's exertion, so Ward signaled them to camp. This they did upon the mountain side, overlooking a valley which was akin in ruggedneia to the famous illustrations of the entrance to Dante's Inferno. Tlle air-ship descended and rested near the natives' camp. Benguela, who was an iutelligent black, and could talk English brokenly, came joyfully up and embraced Ward. "I kr:ow yon no go and leave Benguela and his men to perish," be cried. "W& not forget. Some white men leave us to die when their friends come in Hying boat.'' oo No, Benguela," replied Ward. "I'm not that kind. I would let my friends return without me first." This plea9ed the black, who was mightily devoted to the young explorers. The Wooloomoos did not venture to disturb them that night, and in this they showed wisdom. For Barney and Pomp alternately watched on the air ship's deck all nigbt. The search-light made all down the mountain side as plain as day. So it would have been difficult for the black foe to baTe approached Without being seen. 'l'he night wore away without incident. Morning came, and a fresh start was made. But the Wooloomoos were determined not to let their would-be prey ecape without one more attempt to extermiuate them. After the party had started the next morning, a thrilling incident occurred. Threading s narrow gorge suddenly, Pomp, who was on guard at the air ship's rail, suddenly cried: "Golly, Marse F(ank! Dar am de debbils bid down in dat deep bresh. Shuah's yo' bo'n dey am waiting fer ae udders to come along." At once all rushed to the rail. A startled cry escaped Ward Belden. oo Signal Benguela quick," he cried. II they get within reach of the darts, there will be ao awful tragedy!" This was true enough aa could readily' be seen. There was no time lost in making the signal. At once Benguela and his men came to a halt. They sought the cover or a rocky hill. And they were none too soon. The Wooloomoos came to the attack like savage tigers. Nothing s e emed ab!e to res t rain them. lt was certam that they would have overwhelmed the coast natives bad it not been for the co-operation of tbe air-ship. Frank shouted rapid orders to Barney who held the Send down nearer the earth. Then electric bombs were burled down in the van of the advancing Wooloomoos. Wherever these struck a tremendous pile or earth and debris was raised ri.ght in the race of the advancing foe. 'L'his for co instaiit seemed to disconcert the savage natives. But to the surprise of aU it did not stop them entirely. Their valor seemed to merge literally In to recklessness. Their one mad purpose was evidently to get at the coast natives, even though they were extermiuated for it. "Upon my word!" cried Ben Dalton. "I never saw the equal of these Wooloomoo natives. They surely mean to win vengeance even at the cost of their own lives!" "Yon are right!" agreed Frank. "I am at a loss to know bow to stop them!" "There is but one way!'' Yon are ri2'ht!'' Frank hesitated no longer. While be depreciated the necessity of exterminating the Wooloomoos, he admired their superior courage. He began now to burl the bombs into their midst. Dreadful execution was cone. Dozens of the savages were slaugbt ered. Huge trees were felled in their path. An advance eeemed an utter impossibility But it required persistent work of thil' kind to bring them to a halt. It was done though, and Benguela aud his comrades were saved. Frank drew a breath of relief when be saw that the Wooloomoos were once more scattered aod in ful! retreat. "By Jove!" he exclaimed, ".they were the toughest fighters I have run up al!ainst in years! They don't seem to know when they are whipped!'' "You are right!" cried Ward. "Thank Heaven, we shall be out or their country to-day l'' Once more advance was made. Ere nightfall came al!ain they were out of the Wooloomoo region, as Ward had said, and these wild barbarians were no longer to be feared. Day by day the little train of natives struggled on tbroogh the dreary wilderness. The air-ship constantly hovered over them. The Mountains of the Moon gradually faded away i!l the distance, Tbe three boy voyagers bad been doing a heap of thinking, "Upon my word, Mr. Reado," said Allie Vane, "I am Inclined to the opinion that we would never ba\ e got out of those mountains alive b:lt for your opportune coming!" ''So I believe!" cried Jack Peters. "I bad no idea those Wooloo moos were such terrible lighters.'' "We came upon the just in the nick or time,'' cried Dalton trinmphautly. "Your parents will be glad to see yon.'' On across the wide plains now the httle caravan plodded. The miles slowly drifteJ behind. Tbe weeks passed, and one day Ward Belden studied the horizon with a glass and cried: "Hurrah! we can sight Dark Lake." T!lis revivecl the spirits of all. Onee the carav:an should get upon tbe water it was believed that they co old travel faster and soon would reach Makonaland. But thrilli!:!g adventures were yat In store. It was near the hour of noon upon a terribly sultry day that the lit tie party came to the vast border of saw grass which frmged Dark Lake. Benguela and bis men in a transport of delight plunged into the cooling waters. 'l'h""Y disported themselves with such thorough enjoyment that the aerial voyagers, sweltering under awnings, rather envied them. "Upon my word!" cried Dalton, "I'd like a dip myself!" "So would I!" cried Word Balden. And this sentiment was echoed by the majority. "Well," said Frank Reade, Jr., readily, "there is no reason why yon cannot have it if von desire. Say the word and we will descend.'' "There are no Woloomoos with their poisoned darts in the vicini ty," said with a sweeping glance about. "No; the coast seems clear of enemies. I guess it's all right." Then let us have the dip by all means." So Frank lowered the air-ship. did not rest upon the ground, but was anchored upon the very surface of the limpid waters in the verge of the saw-grass. ..

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, LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. 13 Here the water was shallow and clear as crystal and the sandy bottom could by plaiuly seen. 1 Not a reptile of any kind was in sight, so there seemed to be noth ing to fear. The Benguela natives ware raising the boats some distance away. These had been sunk in the lal;e to prevent thoir being stoler.;. The voyagers hesitated uo longer, but threw off their clothes. Into the water Ben Dalton was the first to dive. Down be went like an arrow, and came up puffing and splqshinl!. The boys followed him. Barney and Pomp did the same. Frank was not averse to the dip, but thought it best to wait until the others had their turn. The young inventor sat by the rail anJ watched them with iqterest. The Bengueias hat.l raised their boats, and were now paddling to the spot. Suddenly as Frank looked up, be saw them waving their arms aod shouting frantically. At first this action puzzled him. Then like a tlash it swept across him that they we1e s i gnals of warn ing. At the same moment be also saw the water intervening, ripple in a stmnge manner and at various points. S ome strange black objects were visible just under the surface. Frank sprung up wildly. Ha saw that they were ravenous foes. Wildly be shouted: Come aboard, all or you, quick! 'l'he crocodiles are coming!'' From the o pposite shore thes e ravenous sauriane had been attract -ed by the splashing of the swimmers. They were evid e ntly counting upon a feast, and did n<*mean to suffer any disappointment if they c o uld help it. Nor woultl have but for F rank's timely warning. In an instant the sw1mmers went scrambling for the a i r-ship's deck. All got aboard but Burney. He was some distance out in the water. A bcge crococile was al-most upon him. In ad other moment the Celt would have met his fate had it not been for a lucky Intervention. CHAPTER XIL WHICH IS THE END, THE Celt was dangerously near the saurian's jaws. Before he could have reached tile air-ship he must have btJeD overtaken. Frank bud rushed upon deck with a rille. He was about to aim at Lbe crocodile, a useless procedure, for no bullet could penetrate its tough bide, when an incident caused him w desist. One of the African canoes shot between Barney and the air-ship. The chief Benguela was standing In the bow. He held iA his band a powerful two edged knife. Just at that moment with a yeti be dived into the water. He had dived directly bet ween the 1crocodile and Barney. A great cry went up from those on board the air-ship. "Grea heavens!" gasped Ben Dalton. "What will he dof" "He is sacritlclng himself "to save Barney!" cried Frank. No," said Ward Belden. "Keep cool and you will see!" Benguela, in diving, went deep. He was familiar with the habits of the crocodile and knew his vulnerable point. This was the belly. A sharp stroke with a powerful knife would the monster's llide 111 this part. So be dived deep and came up directly under the crpcodile's belly. Of course there could be no force t6 his blow unless he was braced against something. So he threw an arm about one of the reptile's hind legs. In this positiOn tbe saurian CCIUld not reach him with his mouth or strike him with his tail. Then followed a terr!fic battle in t he water. Benguela managed to get his head above the water often enough to get bre ath. Then he plied his knife with terrific force. Under the water the blows were gtveu. Blood tinged the water from the crocodile's vitals. Such a struggle could not last long. It was quickly ended. The crocodi'le tlo ated belly upward on the surface of t he l a ke. Ben guela was pulled into tbe canoe just in time to escape the jaws of an other crocodile. Barney m a anwbile hnd been pulled safely aboard the air-ship. Cheer upon che e r rl!nt the air for the brave Benguela. '!'he aerial voyag e rs mad e him come aboard, and Barney fairly em braced him. Begorra, it's 11 dead man I'd be oow but for yez l be cried. Shure I'll niver ferglt yezl" Frank made the black chief a handsome present artd be went back to his boat as happy ns could be. The other crocodiles bad now disapJ)eared. The danger was over, but the fun of further bathing was spoiled. The bathers rubbed themselves down on deck, howevH, and mu tually congratulated each other upon their fortunate escape. But the sport of the day was not over by any means. r Huge fish swam in the limpid waters, and Frank produced son.e fishing tacKle. The tinny crew were ravenous, and bit even at a bare hook, so that in a little while there was plenty of fresh fish aboard the Scud. Then Pomp proved Ius skill by cooking a number of them in a man ner which the appetites or the aerial voyagers. Frank decided to remain at Dark Lake until the next day. Toward evening, when the air became cool, Barney and Pomp brought out a banjo and a fiddle. Barney played the IIddle us only a native Irishman can. He sang bils of lriRII ballads in an en tracing fashion. Then Pomp came in for his sbare. The darky played the banjo out of s ight. He sang delicious mlllodies of old plantation days, and also did a double sbuffie. This was an entertainment moat irresistible, and none it more than tba tbree boy explorers, Ward, Allie and Jack. Tbey ap plauded in a hearty fashion. Benguela and his men gathered about in their boats and also evi dently enj::-yed the affair. The moon came up early in t!:le evening, as round and full as a sil ver ball. The air was balmy and redolent with perfume of wild water Jlowers. Altogether the occasion was a most de!lghtfnl one. "Upon my word!" cried Ben Dalton, "Africa is not such a bad place after all. If it could be like this all the time I could stay here forever." But Frank laughed. "There is no land like America for the An:ericans," he said. "You will be glad to see borne.'' I don't deny that," replied the broker. The aerial voyagers slept well that night. The next mornin g after sunrise the start was made again. Down the lake lloated tt:e canoes of the Benguelal. One hundred miles of travel over this lake, which was really a chain of shallow pools, surrounded by deep marshes, and then tbey came to the outlet. Hare it was necessary to portage lor twenty miles. But the Benguelas took their light boats on their backs and in Jess' tban a single day covered this distance. They now upon the swift current of a rushing river. In places this was hroken into dangerous rapids and even cataracts. At such places it became necessary to make a portage. But progress was more rapid, and in this way the days pas&ed into weeks. They were rapidly nearing Makonalnnd. Once there leave could be taken of Benguela safely euougb. Then it was a swift tlight lor home. All looked forward to thla most eagerly. But for one peril which yet lay In their r.atb leave might be taken or the Benguelas at any time. They were compelled to pass through the Murambo country Hfore reaching Makonaland. The Murambos were an extremely )lostile race. There was no doubt but that they would make war upon the Bunguelas. So the air-ship remained with the caravan a wEek longer. Troable with the Murambos came, as was expected. Unwittingly the Beoguelas stumbled upon a hunting party in the forest. The Murambo bunters thoaght it was an invasion of their couo. try, and at once gave battle. Thbre were lively episodes in swift snc cession. The old chief BenguAla was right in his element. He knew that the Murambos carried no poiaoD darts, and on even lerms the coast. natives feared no foe. The Murambos assumed the aggressive, and a lively battle fol lowed, They speedily bad their hands full. The Benguelas seemed to need no help from the air-ship, so the voyagers watched the battle with interest. In every sense the Benguelas bud the best of it. They drove the Mur'!lmbos back into their village, set fire to their bamboo buts, and otberwise gave them a bot time. or course, Benguela's men bad the advantage in the fact that they bad repeating rifles, though thll Murumbos outnumbered them a doz er; to one .\.fter destroying the village and ecattering their foe, Benguela was content, and th e party once more w ent on its triumphant way. Two days later they crossed the border into Makonaland. Here leave was taken by them o( the air-ship. Upon the banks of a swift rolling river the parting took place. Ben r uela and his men, f a ithful fellows, all embraced the three boy explorurs. Then Ward made them handsome prt>sents, giving them all that was in the Clutfit-rill es, clothing. ammunition and all. The natives considered themselv!ls well paid nod were delighted, Then once more an embrace was given and tbe boy explorers went aboard the air-ship. The Scud shot np into the air a thousand feet. The voyagers all crowded to the rnil, and Ben Dalton cried: "Take your last look at Central Africa. None of ua may ever eee It again." Then the air-ship headed for the coast. Barney put on all speed. ancl 1 like a bird of passage the Scud was off for America.

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14 LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON. The friends of millionaire Belden, as well as the magnate himself, were all anxious to learn what the air-ship expedition had accom plished. The press of America and EuropQ had long been on the lookout. An ngect bad tarried on the Gold Coast for the express purpose of catching the first report. ll came one day. The great cable wires which crpssed the seas carried the thrilling news that the Flying Scud was on the way hone. Then later followed the report that the three lost explorers bad been found and were also on the way Millionaire Belden could hardly contain himself. He fairly danced in the surfeit of his joy. Watch was kept doily for the appearance of the Scud, but three weeks drifted by before abe actually ber appearance. Then one day a dispatch came from Readestown: "DEAR FATHER: Arrived here on board the Flying Scud to-day. Will be with you to-morrow sure. Your Iovin!!: son, "WARD BELDEN." Frank had proceeded straight to Readestown without stopping in New York, for thP. fact that the air-ship's machinery had threatened to give out, and he deemed it best to get her tlomP. as soon as possible. Ward, Allie null Jack, accompanied by Ben Dalton, reached New York the next Hosts of their friends met them, and 1t was altogether 4 most happy occasion. H seemed good to get home. Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp, were warmly in Rendestown. Their great trip to the Mountains of the Moon had been a glowing success, yet they were not sorry to get home. The Scud, however, would hardly be able to sail the blue ether again. The distance had been great and the PC:rnin upon an air-sh1p far different thaq that upon any other kinJ of a vessel. Owing to its light frame ana delicate wachinery it must necessarily wear out quicker. But Frank declared that he had lUl Other on the tapis aud would make it even superior to the Scud. 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A complete compendium of gamee. sports, card diversions, comic r ecreations, etc suitable f o r parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. Sold by all neWl3dealers, or send 10 cents to Frank T o usey, publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore street, New York, and receive it by return mail,llOSt l>Rid. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND-Containing over fifty of the latesL and best tricks used by magicians. Also containmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. ,$or sale by all newsdealers, or sent post-paid, upon receipt of l>rice. Address F .rank Tousey, Publisher, 34 &; 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2780. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS-ContaiQ.ing over one hun dred highly amusing and instructive tricks 'with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustr(tted. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent post-paid, unon receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 &; 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. O.Box 2730. I HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS-Containing complete in structions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it by mail, postage free, upon re ceipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0, Box 2730. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Conta.ining over 300 interesting puzzles and conundrums \Vith key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, post-paid, upon receipt of the price. Ad dress Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore St., New York. P. 0. Box 2730. SOW TO WRITE LOVE LETTERS.-A most complete little book con. tainin!!' full \irections for writing Jove l etters, aud wh e n to use them.i also g1ving specimen letters for both the young and old. Prlce 111 cents. For s!Lle by all newsdealers, or sent to your address, free, on rece1pt o f the price. Address Fmnk Tousey, publisher, at amd 36 North Moore street, New York. 2780, H')W TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Cout.aining full Instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the UIQst approved methour address, postage free, on receipt of price. AddrP.ss Frank Tousey, publisher. 34 and 36 NortL l\1oore street, New York. Rox 2780. BOW TO BECOME A .. rA GilliAN.-Oontaln!ng the grLDher, 34 and 86 North Moore street, New York. P Q Box2780. , HOW 1.'0 BECOUE A full Instructions for all of gymnastic sports and athletic exe rcises. Embraolng thirty five By Professor W. MacdOstage free, upon receipt of Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore St., New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large col lection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, to gether wi!ih illustrations. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsclealers, or sent, post-paid, upon receipt of the price. AO.dres Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore St., New York. P. 0. Box 27J30. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC. TOYS-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Ander son. Fully illustrated. Price 10 L, or sent to your adl.!r'lss, post-paid, on receipt or the prio'l. Address Frank Tousey, pulillisller, 84 and 86 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2780.

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It recipes for cooking meats. fisb. game, Containing full instruction in the art of dressing au.d l\P and oysters: also nies. pnttdings, cakes and all kinds of iJ pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most is interestmg to everybody, botb old and young You can popular cooks Only 10 cents per copy 11ot be happy without one. Price 10 cents. cent, s. No. 31. No.4. No. 18. HOW T O BEVOME A. SPEAKER HOW 1 0 DANCE H O W T O BECO lliE B EA.UTIFUL. Containing fourteen illustrations, giving tbe diffe rent po-Is the title of" new and handsome little book just issued One o f the brightest and most valuable little books eve r Sitions requisite to bt1come a good speaker, reader and .ri ve n to the world Everybody wishes to know bow to Also gems from all the popul a r become beautiful, bntb mal e and female The secret i e most simple ott in all popular simple, and alrRost costless. Read this book and be conviuced hO\ Y to become beautiful. Price 10 cents. No. 32. No.5. No. 19. 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Latest Issues of Latest Issues of Latest Issues of THE 5 cENT F ran. k Reade Library YouNG S LEUTH LIBRARY. rromirr LI0RARY . -By the author of" Young Sleuth." 0 By "Noname." No. 32 A Nice Quiet Bo1; or, Never Suspected, by Tom Teaser 33 Shorty in Search of His Dad, by Peter Pad 34 Stutteriog t:iam, by Peter Pad 36 The Shortys' Trip A round the World, by Peter Pad a6 Rildebrandt lfitzgum; or, My Qu1et Littie Uousin. by.Tom Teaser 37 'l'ommy Bounce, Jr.: or, A Obip of the Old Block, by Peter Pad 38 Twins; or, Which Wa.s the Other? by S!.m Saniley 38 Bob Rollick; or, Wh&L Was He Horn For? by Peter Pad 40 The Shortys Married and Settled Down. byPet.er Pad G 'romrny Bounce, Jr., in College, by Peter Pad 42 The Sbortys Out for Fun, by Peter Pad q "'Illy Bakkus, tbe Boy \Vith the Big Mouth, by Commodore Ah ... Look U "Whiskers:'' orj One Year's Fu.n. at Bell top Academy, by Sam Smiley 46 The Sbort1s Out by Peter Pad 46 The Shortys Out GunninR, by Peter Pad 41 Bob RolJiok, the Yankee Notion Drummer, by Peter Pad 48 Sassy Sam: or, A Bootblack's Voyage Around 49 by 150 Muldoon' Night Sohool, by IJ.on reaser 61 Dandy Dick, the Doctor's Son; or, 'l'be Villa2e Terror, by Tom 'J'easer 62 Suey Sam Sumner. A Sequel to "SaesJ Sam." by Commodore Ah-Look 63 The Jolly '.rrave)ers; or, A .round the Worm for .Fun, by Peter Pad :t West, 66 Obeeky and Obipper; or, Through 'l'hick and Tbin, by Commodore Ah-Look 6'1 Two Hard Nuts; or, A 'J'erm of Fun at Dr. 68 19 Muldooo's Vacation. by 'l'om Teaser :f Left, 62 Joseph Jump and His Old Blind Nag, by Peter Pad 63 'l'wo in a Box; or, The Long and Short ot It, by Tom Teasdr 64 The Short:r Kids; or, Three Chips of 1'hree Old Blocks, by Peter Pad 65 Mike McGuinness; or. l'tavelioa, for Pleasure. 66 The Shorty a' Obristmas Snaps 67 'l'be .Hounoe 'l'wins, or, 'l'he Two Worst Boys in the World, by Srun Smile:r 68 Nimble Nip, the Imp of the School, by Tom Teaser 69 Drummer; 10 Muldoon Out \Vest, by 'feasor 71 'l'hose Quiet l'wins, bjt Peter Pad 72 Muldoon. the Fneman by row i'easer '13 A Rolling IS tone; or, Jack Ready's Lire of Fun, by Peter Pad 14 An Old Boy; or, Maloney After Edueation.-bf Tom Teaser 75 Tumbling Tim; or. Traveling With a Oucus, 18 Judge Oleary's Country Court, 19 Joe Junk. tbe Whaler; or, Anywhere for }l'nn, by Peter P&d 80 The Deaeon'a Son: or, 'fhe Imp of tbe Village, by Tom 'l'easer 81 Behind the Scenes; or, Out With a New York Oombiuation. by Peter Pad Otub, 84. Maldoon'a .Base BaU Olub in Boston, by Tom 'fea.ser 811 A Had to Crack, by 'l'om l'eaaer 86 Sam; or, e roublesome Foundllnaby Peter Pad 8'1 Muldoo n's Base Ball Club in 88 Jimmy Grimes; or, Sharp. Smart and gassy, by Tom Teaser 89 Little Tommy Bonnoe; or, SomethinJr Like His Dad, by Peter Pad 90 Muldoon' s Picnic. by Tom Teaser 91 Little Tommy Bounce on Hie TraTels; or, Doing America for Fun, by Peter Pad 92 Bott.rding-!School; or, Sam Bowser at. Work and Play, by Peter Pad 93 Next Door; or, rbe Iriah Twins, by 'l'om i 'easer lK The .Aldermen Sweeneys of New York, byl'om Teaser 96 A. Bad Boy's Note Book, by" Ed" 98 A. Bad Boy at School, by "Ed 97 Jimmy Grimes, Jr.; or, the Torment of t.heVil-lage, by 'rom Teaser 98 Jaok and Jim; or, R&okets and at School. by'fom 'l'easer 99 'l'he Beok by .. }j;d u 102 J)3 Senator 1\lnldoon, by 'l'OJn Teaser 104 or. Working 106 The Oomicu.l AdventUl'es of 'lwo Teaser :::: lt. 108 Billy .Moss; or, One Thing to Another. by 'l'om 'J'eaee r 109 Truthful Jack; or, On Board the Nancy Jane, by 'l om re&Ber 110 Fred Fresh; or. As Green as Grass, by I om Teaser 111 The Deacon's Boy; or, '1'he Worst in Town, 112 Jollnny Brown & Co. at School; or, 113 Jior::sJ!g' Orack, by '!'om l'ea.ser Price 5 Cents. No. C Los' In the Land of Fire; or, Across the Pampas in the Electric Turret. 44 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Queen Clipper of the Oloudo. Part I. 45 II. and His Queen. Clipper of the 46 Six Weeks in tb8 Great Whirlpool; or, Ad-ventures in a Submarine Boat. 41 Monitor of the Air; or, 48 Frank Reade. Jr., Jb:ploring a Rher of Mystery. 4.9 Frank Reade Jr., in the Sea of Sand, and His Discovery of a Lost People. 60 Ohased .Acrose the Sahara; or, The Bedouin's Oap61 Jr., and His Eleobio All Yac..ht; or, The Great Inventor Among the Azteos. 52 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Gre,nound of the Air; or, 63 :gr;tg Strange Suw.. marine Vo!age. M and His 66 Frank Reade, Jr., 1n the 1n tne Far West; or, 'l'he Search for a Gold Mine. 56 Frank Reade, Jr., With His Air Ship in Asia; or, A Flight Across tbe Steppes. 57 Fra.uk Reade, Jr. and His l'tew Torpedo Boat; or, At \V ar With the Brazilian Rebels. 68 Frank Reade, Jr . and l::lie Electric Ooacb; or, The Search for the Isle of Diamonds. Part I. 59 .Frank Readeh Jr., and His Electric ()oach: or, The ro S 61 or, Lost; In the Land or Urimsoo :Snow. Part I. 62 Frank Reade .Jr.'s Electric Ice Boat; or, Lost in tbe Land of Crimson Sno.v Part IJ. 63 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the Clouds: or, Chased Around the World in the iSky. 64, Frank. Reade, Jr."s Electr1o Oycloue; or, ThrilliDg Adventures in No Ma.n s L"nd. :Part I. 65 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Electric Cyclone: or, 'l'brilling Ad-ventures in No Man's Land. Part II. 66 est:., in Sea.rch 67 Frank Reade, Jr .. and His Electric Air-Boat; or, Hunt in\ W1ld .Heaets for a Circus. 68 the 69 From Zone to Zone; or, The WonderfuJ Trip of Frank .Rij_ ade, Jr., With His Latest Air-Ship. 70 Schooner; 11 Fr&ak !feade, Jr., and His Electrio Cruiser of the Lakes: or, A. Journey Africa by Water. 72 the '13 Six Week& in the CloudS; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air74 or, Around the Globe in 'l'hirty Days. 75 Frank Reade, Jr and His Flying Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift in the Frozen Skf. 76 Frank Reade, Jr. and H1s Electric Sea .Engine; or, Hunting for a Sunken Diamond Mine. 77 Frank Reade, J r Exploring a Submaraine 1\olou!ltuin; 18 or, ll'hrilling Adventures in North Australia. 79 Sea Serpent; or, Six 80 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Dese r t Explorer; or, The Under ground Oity of the Sahara. Part I. sa Frank Reade, Jr. e New .Electric Air-Ship, the "Ze From North to Around the Globe. 8S Acrose the Frozen Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Eleotrio Snow Outter. 84 Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Submarine Wt>nder, the" Dart." 85 86 8'l Frank Resde, Jr.'s o(the Prairie; or, Fighting the A pacbes in the Ji ar Southwest. 88 Under the Amazon for a 'l'housand !files; or, Frank 89 tbe Silver Whale; or, Uoder tbe Ocean in the Electrio u DolphitJ.." 90 and 91 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search For & Lost 1\lan in His Latest A 1r 'Vonder. 92 Frank Reade, Jr., In Central India; or, The Search For the Lo s t Savants. Reade Jr.'s Wonderful 94 Ov e r the Andes With Frank Reade. Jr., in His New Air-Ship; or, Wild A'\ventures in Pera. 95 Frank Reade, Jr. 'a PrairiB Whirlwind; or, The )Jystbry of tbe Hidden Canyon. 96 Under the Yellow Sea; or. Frank Reade. Jr.'s Search for the Cave of Pearls Wit.ll His New :Submarine Oruise r 97 Around the Horizon for l'en Thousand Miles; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful Trip With H1s Air Ship. 98 Frank H.eade, Jr. 'e "Sky Scrapet";" or, North and Around the World. 99 or, Frank 100 From Coast to or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Trip Across Africa in His Electric" Boomerang." Price 5 Cents. No. S9 Young Sleuth's St. LouiA Capture; or, Spreading a Double Net. 40 Yonu.c at the World's Fair; or, Pipiug a Mys tery of Uhicago. 41 Young Sleuth's Pittsburgh Discovery; or, 1'he Keea Detective's lnsbra.nce Vase. 42 Young Sleuth anil the .King of Crooks; or, Trackinar Down the Wo,st .Man in Vork. 43 Young Sleuth in the" Lava Beds" of New Yotk; or, Tba J'enderJoit l District lJy Night. Young Sleuth and the Bunco er, The Keea DeteC1ilve's Winning Haud. 4.5 Young Sleuth and the Bryant Park Mys!e or, 'I"he Queen of the Queer to New York. 46 A 50 to 1 Shot; or, Younlit :Sleuth as a Jockey. -47 Young Sleutll and the Express Robbers; or. Ferretlnc 48 Best Race. 49 A l'ip; or, Young :Sleutll at tbe America D1rby 50 AL Long Odds; or, Young :Sleuth's Lightning Finish. 51 62 Young and the Opera House Mystery; or, Murdered Behmd the ticenes. 53 Young Sleuth Under the Docks of .New York; or, The River 'l'hi eves the Keen Detective. M Yonljg Sleuth and the Mysterious Doctor; or, A. Medical Student's Dark Plot. 55 Young Sleuth and the Rivnl Bank Breakers; or, ".fh& Keen Detective's Girl Decoy. 56 Young Sleuth's Flash Light: or, The D11.rk Mystery of a Wedding Eve. 61 Young :Sleuth arod the Murder in the State-Room; or. A Mystery of t.ne Ocean. 58 Young Sleuth's Trail; or, The Keen Detective A. fter the JamesBoys. 59 Young Terrible Dilemma; or, One Chance iD One Hundre d 60 Young Sleuth and 1\furder at the Masked Ball; or, Fil;tbting tbe Lea,t;t:ue of the !:)even Demons. 61 Young Sleuth's Big Contract; or, Out. the 62 or, 'l'he !false Detectivt'e Vil-lainy. 63 Young Sleuth's Terrible Test; or, Won. at the Bisk ol Life. 64 Youn :llentb and the Man With tbe Diamoad Eye. 65 You1ag :Sleuth Accused; or, HeJd tor Anothers Orime. Gteatest Ruse. 68 Yonng Sleuth 11.nd tbe Female Smuggler; er, Working For" Uucle Sam. 69 Young Lightning Changes; t'r, 1'he Gold Brick Gang 'l'aken ln. '10 Young Sleuth and the Owls or Owl Mountaia; or, The Ghosts uf Blue Rhige Tavern. n YoungSieutb" s La.stRound; or, The Keeo Detective' Best Knock-Out. 72 Sharps; or, S}?arp Work AmoDg Sharp 73 Young Sleuth's t!even Signs; or, The Keen Detective'& Ma r ked 'l'rail. '14 on the Stage;.._ or, An Act .No' on the 75 YounJ[ at Monte Oarlo; or, The Crime ef $he Ouino. 16 Yonng Sleuth and the Man with the Tattooed ..U..; or, Trackjng 7'l City; or, WaJtzlac Wil-78 Young in Siberia; or, Saving a Youag Amerioaa' from the I 'rison Mines 19 Young Sleuth Almost,Knocked Out; or, Nell Biondi n e Desperate Game. 80 Two; or, Tbe 81 Young Master Stroke; or, The Lady Detec-tive's Many 82 Murdered in a Ma.ak; or, Young Sleuth d the Frenc& Ball. 83 Young Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keen DetectiTe ancl the Bomb-'l'hrowers 84 Younc Sleuth and the Italian Brigands:-or, The Kee:a Detective"& Grentest Rescue. 85 Young Sleuth und a Dead Man's Secret; or. TheMes-86 of Fire. 87 Young Sleuth and the llunav.ay Circus .Boys; or. Following a :Pair of Wih.l New York l-ads. 88 Young at Atlantic Oity; or. 'rile Great Seaside Mystery 89 Young Sleuth. the Detective in Cbi.cago; or. UnraTelin,z-n .Mystery. 90 Tbe ?tJnn in the Safe; or, Young Sleuth as a Dank Detec tive 91 Young Sleutb 11.nd tbe Phantom Detective; :lr, 1'be 92 Girl in the MI>Sk} or, The Lady Monte Or isto of Haltimore 93 Young Sleuth and t.he Oors ican Knife-Thrower: or, t'be Mystery of tbe Murdered Actress. 94 Young Sleutb and the Cushier"s Crime; or, Tbe EvidePce of a. Dead Witness. 95 Young Sleuth in the 'l'oils; or, Tbe Deatb Traps of New York. 96 Young :sleuth and the Miser's Ghost; or, A. Hunt For Hidden Money. 9'1 oung Sleuth as a Dead Game Sport; or, The Keen Detectives Ruse for $10,()(X). 9ij Young Sleuth and the Gypsies' Gold; or, Tbe Package 1\larked" Z." 99 Youn6[ Sleuth and Policy Pete, the SbaTper King; or, 'rbe Keen DetPctive's Lottery Game. 100 YounJt l:ilenth in tbe Sewers of New York: or, Keen Work from Broadway to the Bowery. 101 Sleuth a.ud the Mnd Bell .Ringer; er, J"be Secret of the Old Church 'J'o wer 102 Young Sleuth's Unknown; or, 'fhe Man who Cam& Behind. 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