Around the Arctic Circle; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s most famous trip with his air-ship the "Orbit."

Around the Arctic Circle; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s most famous trip with his air-ship the "Orbit."

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Around the Arctic Circle; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s most famous trip with his air-ship the "Orbit."
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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La;test and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No.105. {COMPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY", PtJRLISH&R, 3i & 36 NOR"l'H ,MooR& 8 '1'R&&!J.N&W YORK. { J 'JtiCE } New York, Aprill9, 1895. ISSUED W&JGKLY 5 CJCNTS, Ente1ed according to t h e A c t of Congress, in the yeur 1895, by FRANK 'l'O UST<;Y, in the o.Ulce o f the Librarian of Cono ess at Washington, JJ. C A d th A t' c I or, Frank Beade, Jr.'s Most Famous aroun e af6 16 lP6 e; Trip By "10 NON.AME.'' They advanced again to the attack. Nea r e r they drew t9 the startling surprise which was in store for them. The next moment they were upon i t The a i r wa's full of tumbling Esquimaux. Dogs and men alike received the terrific shock of the dynamos.


. 2 AROUND 'l'HE The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six _P-Ost-paid. Address FRANK.-.... TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box I Around the Arctic Circle; OR, ftrank Jtr.'s lYiost famous I trip With ais llitrMShip, the "Otrbit." By "NONAME," Author of "Abandoned in Alaska/ "100 Miles Below the Surface of the Sea," "Unde1 the Equator From Ecuador to Borneo," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s' Sky Scraper,''' the Yellow Sea," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. BEGINNING OF THE TRIP. FBANII: RBABE, JR., after months qf pa.tiel.'t work, had at last fin Ished bis new air-ship. The Orbit" it was called, and It was a marvel of a certainty, aad such as no other brain but the gifted young inventor's ooul

AROUND 'l'HE ARCTIC CIRCLE. 3 It wu.s aot to be free from greu.t perils as he knew. Indeed it was possible that be might never return, but this did not worry him. He waa a youth or sand and resolution. A little while later be left the Reade Machine Shops and stnrted for the depot to take the first train. For Dick was not a native of Readestown but of New city. Preparations went quickly ahead for the fumous Arctic aerial voy age. Throughout the country everybody was intensely interested. A week pu.BBt>d quickly by. We will not dwell upon the details of the start from Reu.tlestown which was witnessed by a large crowd. Neither will we follow the course of the Orbit as she salls north ward over British America for the Arctic Circle as no notable inci dent occurred during the journey. B11t we will take the reader direct to the arctic reiions where one day the nir-ablp bung directly over the line .of t!le Arctic Circle in a storm driven sky. The pa18engers aboard the air-ship were four in number, and con slated of Frank Reade, Jr., Dick Huntley, Pomp, the negro, and Bar ney O'Shea, one of the quickest witted Iridhmen you ever saw. These two faithful employees of Frank Reade, Jr., had been in his employ for years, and also had been in Lhe service or his father before aim. They were faithful and always on band. The best of friends, each was, however, fond of playing practical jokes on the other as we shall see in the course of our story. The air-ship made a beautiful picture as she hung there In mid-air with great banks of clouds sweeping at times across her deck. The Orbit was in shape long and aomewbat of the proportions of a oigar, The Ia ail was of thinly rolled but bullet-proof alu minum. The suatalniog power of the Orbit was furnished by thrall powerful rotascopes driven at terriOe speed by powerful electric englnea. She had a long deck guarded with braes rails, and a cabin with windows of plate glass was amidsblps. The pilot-house forward con tained the electric key board which regulated the machinery, the rotascopes and the propeller. A powerful searchllght enabled the ship to tralt'el on the darkest alght With safety. This is o faint idea of the external appearance of the air-ship. Passing into the cabin one found it small but richly furnished, and containing all the necesJary CORlforts for an extended trip. Beyond this was a small dining-saloon. Then came state-rooms and a magazine where were kept stands of small arms and any quan tity of ammunition. There were provisions aboard for a long cruise, though it was in tended to do some bunting. All of the voyagers were on deck and studying the angry looking sky. Begorra, Misther Frank/' cried Barney, there's the looks av a storm out yender. Thim cloulds looks lolke it." "I har(jly think we will p;et it," said Frank. "Artie skies are by no means sunny, you know!" Ugh! I should say not! excl11imed Dick, with a shiver, Ulis Is worse than an east wind from Boston harbor!" "Dere am plenty ob lee an' snow yer fo' anybody," averred Pomp. I done llnk H. wud be a poor place fer de ice bUBiness!" Everybody laughed at this. Then Frank stepped into the pilot. llouse. He llad his bearings, and set the course or the air-ship due west along the Arctic Circle. Below all was a region of ice and snow. The voyagers wore suits of fur, aQd were none too warm at that. "Are we off, Frank!" sllou L ed Dick. The young professor pressed the propeller key. The air-ship shot forward. ''We are off!" be cried. The trip around the Arctic : 'Circle was begun. CHAPTER II. AT CAMP MCTAVISH. DUE west the air-ship held h!olr way. There was a ititi breeze at her back to assist her. All the seas below were frozen over. Snow lny in great masses. It was 110 part of the Arctic ocean they were over, but certain bays and straits which lay between various islands. They were upon a lon.gitudinalline wit!J Chicago, and consequently not far to the westward of the Melville Peninsular. Frank expect e d to reach Bathurst Inlet in one day. Beyond that the Arctic Circle passes through the middle of the Great Bear Lake, and pluugeB into the richest fur country on the I ;tee of the globe. The voyagers, In spite of the bitter cold, which was about thirty degrees b11low zero, clung to the deck and watched the wonderful scenery below. It was a remarkable paooram11 which swept continually before their vision as the air-ship sailed on. At times the low-lying clouds engol!ed them, and the earth became lost to view. They were a little over a mile in mict-air. Objects below looked pretty small. NevertheleBB hundreds of wild animals of various species were seen. Of these \YOlves nod bP.ars prevailed in the greate1t number. The tip or Bathurst Inlet exactly upou the Arctic Circle. The Arctic day was just closing when the broken ice fields hove 1nto view. Here, it waa the belief, there existed a for station. This Frank wished to find. So careful watch was kept as they aailed slowly on. But no sign of human life was seen so far below until just as the darkness began to intensify. Dick gave a sharp cry. "I think 1 see it!" he cried. Where?" exclaimed Frank, springing to his side. Dick pointed to a black speck distant some miles upon the ice pack. Frank took his most powerful glass and began to study it. It did not require many momenta (or him to become satisfied that it was In deed a camp. Hold the air ship down, Barney," he commanded; we'll take a look at that place.'' The Orbit's course was accoroingly changed for the distaat camp. Iu a few moments the outlines of the bigklamp could be seen, It waa a long, low-roofed : structure, with an angle to protect Ita yard from the north. It was built of logs severo! feet in thickness. In these fur camps the bunters were orten exiled all winter. When they came out In the spring It was always with a great stock of rich furs which they took south to Fort Enterprise or seme other station of the Hudson Bav Company. The life of the fur hunters might be deemed most lonelJ a11d deso late by some. To lle sure the comforts of civilization were missing. But there were the traps and the chase to afford no end ef excite ment. Always some new adventure was on the tapis, ao tllat alto gether the life of the fur hunter Is not so bad after all. Buried In the northern wilds they make little visible sttr In the world. Bot they are hardy, brave men, and the product of tileir skill and adventure furnishes the rich lady of civilization with those coveted winter garments which are at once a thing of beauty and pro tection. This camp at Bathurst Inlet was known as Camp McTavish. The leader of the baud or twenty or more fur hunters was a canny Scotcbmu.n by name-Alexander McRae, Mc"&ae was probably more widely ltuown in the northwe!t than any other man. He bad penetrated, it was aaid, almost to the North :Pole itself, bad trapped and shot animals in every part of the great for regions. The great camp or long .bouse occupied by the fur hunters was divided into various rooms. These were occupied by the fur bunter and his family, for 111any of them Wel"e married. It might be thought a strange and inhospitable region for a wolll an. But the bracing clirllate and hygiene rendered the children of the fur hunters strong and healthy. The Orbit was seen by those In the fur camp long before it reached a apot above it. Of course the most Intense or excitement was created. None of them had ever seen an air-ship before, a:nd it was truly a novel sight. Men, women and children thronged the yard in the ligbt of the de clining day. To reassure them Frank stepped to the rail with the American llag. It was answered with a cheer, and then up to the Oagstaff of the camp ran tile British tlag and the burgee of the Hudson Bay Com pany. A number of the for hunters fired a salute with their riOes. It was evident that the visitors were very welcome. Tbti air ship began to descend. '' Are we really going to stop herer asked Dick. lust fOr a brlei while," said Frank. Tile air-ship settled down rapidly and upon the snow In the stockade inclosed yard. In an inl.'tant the occupants of the place crowded about. Hello, strangers!'' cried a tall, powerfully built man with great red whiskers; "glad to see ye. Ye're welcome Camp .McTavish, and I'm McTavish himself. So they've got to flying In the air, eh! That beats the railroads. Woll, th!lre is no telling what Will come next." Frank shook bands with McTavish, and all were soo n open extreme ly ijociable terms. 't'he fur hunters could not recover from their wonder and interest in the air-ship. It seemed a ma rvelons thing to them that it could actually travel in the air and carry so large 1_1. freight. Frank allowed them singlr to come aboard and lnepect the air ship. Then they showed the1r native hospitality by inviting the travelere into the big living room or the camp aud giving entertair:ment. A repast was served of juicy meats, and the products of t!Je frozea North. It was a unique experience for the aerial travelers. Seated before the mighty fire-place of Camp Mc'Iavish, whet'e the wood fire blazed merrily, the travelers enjoyed themselves. FranK conversed wltb McTavish. What are ye doin' with your air-ship in this part of the world!" asked the big fur bunter. We are going to travel around the earth on the ArcUc .Circle," replied Frank. McTavish looked astonished. "Ye don't mean itf' "Yes, I do!" Hang me, bot that's a big ways!" \


4 AROUND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. "Yes, if one was compelled to walk. But witll tile airShip it is not an impossible feat." In course not!'' agreed the big bunter. I wish I was lc yer shoes. Tllen ye intend to go back home!'' "Yes!" What do ye think or the fur country, anyway?" be asked abruptly. "I think it is a great country!" replied Frank. "IL's great enough," rejoined McTavish, "an' sometimes it gets monotonous. But I don't' believe any of us would feel contented in civilization." Well, y1>11 are free from any filar of enemies here!" Sbol don't ye believe it!" What?" We're in mortal danger all the while. Why, thor's the nastiest Aang of Injins come up here in ther summer you ever saw. They're always kickin' up a muss with us. "Then in the winter ther confounded Esquimaux cum fiVer an' try to annihilate us, We're tlghtlng fer our lives ninetenths of the time." Frank was astonished. Is that true?" he exclaimed. "You kin bet it is!" Have you bad trouble with them lately!" "Within a month. We bev aline stood 'em off though, but fer all that they're apt to cum down on us at any time. Yesterday one or our scouts cum in an' reported a gang or the Esquimaux as bearin' down this way!" The words had barely left the lips of McTavish when a distant yell caused him to leap to his feet. At the same moment the door burst open and in from the blackness of the night, buret a man who was more dead than alive. His fur suit was rent and torn. Blood !lowed from many wounds and he was pale and gasping. "McDermott" cried McTavish, as be sprung to his feet. "What has happened ye, boy? What's up?" "The chased me across the pack!" replied the wounded fur hunter, "but they didn't catch mel They are coming to attack us, a thousand strong!" The Esquimauxf' "Yes." Instantly all was excitement. Men rushed to arms. Women and children huddled in the main room o! the camp. The face of McTavish was white and stern. "Ye see, friend," he to Frank, "it's no easy matter to bold yer own in such an accursed country as this." Fear not," said Frank, very calmly. "I'll help you out, my \'lend." "You!" exclaimed McTavish. "Yes.'' The Scotchman was puzzfed. "I don't know as I understand ye,'' he S!!-ld. Well, I'll show you," replied the young inventor. Come on, boys!'' Barney and Pomp and Diek wbo were near by sp\'ung up with this. Frank led the way quickly to the air-ship. Springing aboard, he went into the pilot house where the others joineu him. In another moment the air-ship was several hundred feet in the air and hovering over the camp. It was a thrilling scene spread below. Fires were lit in all corners of the big yard. Iu the light of these the fur hunters prepareJ their defense. But Frank stepped to the search-light and turned on its rays. The light of the fires was hardly in comparison. CHAPTER III. ACROSS BEHRING STRAITS. THE light or the camp-llres '!'IllS pale, indeed, in the electric glare. The furbunters were astounded. But Frank qu1ckly sent the searchllgbt's rays sweeping out over the distant icepack. An immense throng of men, dogs and sledges were seen coming full speed toward Lhe camp. They were the savage Esquimaux, and they were bent upon murder and violence. "Heavens!" exclaimed Dick Huntley. "There is an army or them, Frank!" That is about right," agreed the young Inventor. But I guess we can care lor them." 'They are enough In number to overrun the camp." "Yes.'' Frank allowed the air-ship to drift out over the ice pack a ways. Then be trailed some wires down upon the ice directly In the path of the approaching crew. These wires were all connected with the dynamos and heavily charged. To come in contact with one meant a terrific shock. The Esquimaux paused at sight of the great light in the air above them. They were no doubt puzzled, but only for a time were they discon certed. Then they advanced again to the attack. Nearer they drew to the startling surprise which was in store for them. The next moment they were upon lt. The air was full of tumbling Esquimaux. Dogs and men alike re cei ved the terrillc sho.:k of the dynamos. They were literally piled in insensible heaps. Frank caused the air ship to move forward so that the wires would pass on to the others. But as the wires struck the astounded Esquimaux, they emitted tlasbes of light. This warned the rear line or the foe, and they incontinently fled. The rout was an utter and most effectual one. The Esquimaux did not recover and were soon scattered over the plain. The battle was ended. Camp McTavish was saved from what might have been a fatal at tack. The air-ship returned to the camp yard. To say that McTavish and his people were delighted anll gratified would be a mild statement. They fairly embraced Frank when he once more stood among them. They were most efi'usive in their expressions or pleasure! The rest or the night was without incident. Wllen day carne again the air-ship took leave of McTavish. From Bathurst Inlet to the Great Bear Lake there is a wild stretch of frigid country. The air-ship crossed this, however, as far as the banks of the Copper Mine River before another day. Here a brief stop was made to look down upon the swollen current of this wonderful stream which tlows north into Coronation Gull. It is said that all this region is very rich in minerals," declared Frank; "there is no doubt plenty of gold in placers hereabouts." "It will stay here I reckon," declared Dick. "I'm afraid it will be a good while before anybody will be able to mine it." That is true!" agreed Frank. "Yet the world is progressing. I expect to see the day when we may travel to Europe by rail." To Europe by rail?" exclrimed Dick, incredulously. "Certainly!" t What! bridge the Atlanticf' 1 By no means. Simply bridge Bebrings Straits. In no place is the depth too great or the distr.nce either lor that matter. I tell you we shall have railroad and telegraphic connections with Russia yet.'' "I hope I may live to see it." I hope we all may, and what is more, I believe that we will." The next morning the air-ship left the Copper Mine River country behind, and tllen passing the ruins of old Fort Confldence they came in sight of tl!e m1ghty inland sea knowL as the Great Bear Lake. It was a mighty body of water, and presented a magnificent spec tacle. It was not entirely frozen over. Across Great Bear Lake the air-ship drifted. Beyound was a of timberland leading a course for many miles, even to the banks of the mighty Mackenzie River. This t iver, which bas its source in the Great Slave Lake, is only ex ceeded in size bY the Yukon. These two are ttle principal Arctic rivers. In their currents swarm millions of salmon only waiting for the in road of civilization to lend themselves as a fresh industry when the famous Columbia river s!Jall become exhausted. Also, in the sands or these rivers gold exists in great quantities. It only awaits the solution of the problem how to mine which will be settled at no very distant day. Then the inhabitants or the world will turn to the mighty Northwest for its greatest resources. Oh, if this region only had a temperate climate what a wonderful place it would bel" cried Dick. And even that may come to pass," said Frank seriously. nick was astounded. What! You don't mean tbatT" "Yes, I do." But-bow, I'd like to ask! How will it ever be within the power or man to change the climate of any part of the worldf' That branch of science is governed by a power which is yet in its infancy," 11aid Frank; "that power is electricity." Electricity?" "Yes.'' "Well," said Dick, incredulously, "I will admit that electricity has done much, but that it will ever be able to change the laws of Nature -well, I cannot crerlit it." "It is not at all improbable,'' contended Frank. "It bas been clearly demonstrated that rain can be made to fall in arid sections by means of explosions in the upper air. This must mean a precipitation by means of electric accumulation. It this is posstble it will yet be demonstrated as clearly possible by the concentration or elPctric heat waves and other adjuncts to actonlly change the temperature or any part or tne globe. A change of temperature necessarily means a change of climate." "By Jove! that is an able argument," declared Dick. "Do you intend to include such an invention in your wonderful list Frank!'' "I have nothing to say on the subject at present,'' declared Frank. We will leave that w the future. Electrical research is the study of the future, though." I believe you." And here the subject dropped. Still the air;ship kept on its westward course. The Arctic Circle was followed as exactly ns possible, as Fra.Jk ID tended it should all the way around the Partb. The country between the;Mackenzie and t.he Yukon was n,ow croosed.


AROUND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. lS One day the water of the latter river, which is at this point u.lmost a lake in width, burst into view. The greatest game country of all was now spreu.d before the voy agers. Moose and deer abounded in the glens and mountaio wilds. At times bands or Indian hunters were seen in the chase. But Frank bad no intention of spending any time in Alaska, for he he hnd once before explored this region. He was anxious to reach Asia, so pushed with all speed. The Yukon was left to the south and the next waters to corr.e into view were those of the Kotzebue Sound, which is north of Cape Prince ot Wales. At last the Behring Straits were reached. Beyond these it was be lieved lay the land or wonders which the party were so anxious to ex plore. The northern wilds of Siberia must afford much of interest. So the aerial voyagers were all expectant. The distance across the Straits to the East Cape was not great. The air-ship had soon covered it. Behring Straits were be.hind and now a mighty mountainous land lay before them. It Wall the land of the Tartar and the RuBAian exile. Across Asia in this latitude the Arctic Circle Is dotted with wretched villages aud small cities. These are mostly the colonies of the exiles sent thither from Russia. For several days the traveled westward from Behring Straits, however, without encounterirJO' any sign or human life. The region was strangely wild and desolate. But on the fourth day a narrow valley was seen carpeteil with grass nod in which were a number of rude dwellings. As the air-ship hovered over this the voyagers pressed to the rail eagerly with glasses to take a look at the strange people. And they lookf-d strange indeed. As near as could be seen from that height they were a cross be tween tl:e Mongolian aulA the Russian race. In explanation of this, said: "There are many Mongolians in tb8se far northern regions. Tl:ey are a penetrating race and come here from China. Tile Russian exiles must, iu course of time, assimilate with tbern." "They are a wretcbed-looking crew," declared Dick. "I never saw anything to beat tbem. None of tile lowest peasants of Europe can compare with them." That is very true!" agreed Fra.nk, thiil part of the earth, the latitude of here as far as tbe Yellow Sea, is under a terrible ban of ignorance and re!igious prejudtce. It will, I fear, be many years before tbey will arouse from such a terrible spell." Lndeed, I believe you!'' agreed Dick. Then be cried: "But look! What are they doing?'' II could be seen l hat tbe inhabitants of the curious little town bad all rushed to the center of the village, ahd were cnadly waving ban ners and signaling the uir-ship. Dick was astbnished. What can they meanr he cried, their actions are very curi ous!'' "So it seems!" agreed Frank. Can it be that they want to make friends with us!" It looks like it!" Jove! I'd like to go down and have a talk with the poor devils. What do you say, Frank!'' CHAPTER IV. IN THE SIBERIAN TOWN. THE young Inventor IJy way of reply turned and called to Barney who was in the pilot-house. "Lower the air-ship, Barney," he said. "Go down within speak ing distance!" "All right, sor!' The air-ship settled do)Vn rapidly. When but a couple of hundred feet above the earth it remaiped stationary. Then Frank leaned over and si!Outed to the excited villagers: "Ahoy down there!" An unintelligible reply came back. W bat did be say!" asked Dick. "I don't know!" replied Frank. I cannot understand their tongue." "Try it again!" Frank did so. But it was quite impossible to make the Siberians understand. Then the younginventor hit upon an idea. I He was a good linguist. He could speak French, German and Italian quite lluently. One after another of these languages be tried. And finally bit the mark. Whatever should bring a Gt!rman to that part or the world it was not easy to say. But when Frank called: Sprechen sie Deutsche!" the answer came back in guttural tones. We will anglicize the conversation. Who are you!'' asked Frank, and why are you so far away from the Rhine!'' the Tartar baa not altogether hidden the Teutonic identity of Carl Hansbad. The young inventor conversed with him at some length and learned some important points. Carl asanred him t hat the villagers were simple and friendly people, and Insisted that the aerial voyagers should spend a while m the place. You will tind them very warm hearted and hospitable," he said. '' I promise you good treatment." / Frank turned to Dick. What do you say!" he exclaimed. Shall we stop!'' "I am very willing," declared young Huntley. "I think it w'ould be very interesting to study tbeir munoers and customs." "Then stop it is!" declared Frank. Let her go down, Barney." he Celt oiJeyed. The air ship settled down upon a level plot of ground and the na. tives crOwded about her in sheer wonderment. It was not difficult for them to understand her wonderful powers, but the reason therefore was not so obvious. Frank received a few representatives introduced by Hausbad aboard the air ship. He showed them over her and explained the element of electricity a11 well as be could. But it was yet a mystery most Inexplicable to the untutored Tar tare, who were much mystified. However, the reception given their distinguished visitors was a most wa1m one; the hospitality of this beuigbteu people was of the truest sort. Preparations were instantly made for their elaborate entertain ment. 'l'be Khan, as leader or the comll\unity, a fierce mustached bnt all'able old chap, gave forth innumerable orders. These were explained to the voyagers l)y Carl Hnnsbad. "They have declared a fete,'' be said. "You are to be the honor ed guests." "Good!" cried Dick, joyfully. "This Is a splendid chance for us to Btnlly the customs or these curious people.'' It looked as if the voyagers were bound to enjoy their stay in the Tartar village. The Khan had given out orders for a celebration on a magnificent scale. , The plain about was paraded by gaily dressed people. All sorts of bright tent& were erected, llags were spread to the breeze, and a race course was laid out. For the Tartars are renowned the world over as horsemen. Whllto their horses are smtlr and clumsy, yet they are capable of runulng long distance races without tiring. Barney and Pomp were in high glee. Tbey 1 were quickly on pleasant ternas with many or the nntives, though unable to apeak their language. This, however, did not altogether handicap them, for they resorted to sign talk. 1 The Tartars brought girts of choice furs, northern fruits and other thin11;s to the aerial voyagers. 'l'bey also brought a peculiar sort of drink, not unlike absinthe, and which was intoxicating. Barney and Pomp came dangerously near forglltting themselves after drinkicg a lit till or thts. Very soon arrangements were all completed for the fete. Great tables were spread beneath vari-colored pavilions, and upon them were placed the choicest or viands cooked a Ia Tartar. A gilded chair was placed upon a dais alongside the air-ship, and here the Khan sat with all his retinue about lum. A Tartar band played weird music upon curious instrnments, and then the sports began. It might be said that the gathering was motley in dress, but It was lively in character and brilhant in achievement. First came the athletic sports. Two sturdy Tartars leaped into a ring and engaged in a lively fray. They were masters of the art, and It was most Interesting to watch them. For a time they struggled, then one vanquished the other, and the bout was at an end. Next followed a broadsword co:1test, and then came juggling after the Mona()!ian fashion and athletic tumbling. Seated" on the air-ship's deck, the voyagers enjoyed the affair im mensely. T9is is an honor which we ought to appreciate well,'' declared D1ck. I eujoy it." Right!'' agreed Frank. Hello! what is coming now!'' Into the ring was led a high prancing horss. Soon others ap. peared. Ench boasted only a surcingle around its body. There was no sug gestion of a saddle. Then there appeared a number of small Tartar youths, stripped to the waist, and carrying whips, not .uulike a several lashed knout, snell as is used in Russia. They vaulted upon the backs of the little steeds. There was much preliminary bustling into position, thGn with the crack of a carbine the race was on. I am Carl Hansba

6 .AROUND THE .ARCTIC CIRCLE. Golly, jes' look at dem gallop!'' cried Pomp.1 Meks me fink ob de days when I was a pickanuiny an' rode in New Orleans." "Bejabers, it's loike tbe races in onld Tipperary!" cried Barney, '\An embryo Bay or Monmouth,'' rejoined Dick. "lly money on the "And the black wins!'' cried Frank. "I congratulate you, Dick!'' "1 knew It!" cried Huntley, wildly. "I feel like bugging that boy!" The race bad put everybody In a good humor. More followed and were enjoyable. Then there came a lull. Carl Hansbad came aboard the air ship and addressed Frank. TbA people would !Ike to see your air ship in some evolutions," he said, if It would please you." "Certainly," replied Frank readily. "I am very glad to contrib ute to the fund." The anchors were taken in and Frank invited tbe Khan and a num. her of bls friends to take a little aerial trip. They responded wllb alacrity. A few moments later the air sblp was speeding toward the zenith. Up it went with thrilling velocity The earth was left so far below that it looked like a mere speck. Then clouds lnterTened and It dlllappeared entirely. At this the Turtars became victims of awful terror. They clung to the rail and pleaded wildly to be taken back. Indeed, tbev might have thrown themselves overboard had not the voyagers Interfered. Frank yielding to their fears allowed the air-ship to descend. As the earth came in sight again the Tartars recovered somewhat from their fears. Down sank the alrship until within a tbous'and feet or the earU:. The Tartars were now quite recovered from their terror. Our! interpreted their remarks to the effect that they were not yet sufficiently purged of their eurLhly sins to sail Into Paradise in their 1lesbly raiment. This was certainly a very reasonable explanation of t!ieir terror, 'bough the Americans laughed heartily over it. Frank made numerous maneuvers in the air with the air-ship, and lnally descended once more to the village green. The Khan nod his colleagues were exuberant over their trip now 'the danger was all over. They were much envied by the oLhers. Frank now proceeded to show the Tartars many wonderful electric tricks. He brought out a long wire connected with the dynamos, and sufficiently charged to shock without Injuring. The wire was laid upon the ground, and Carl, in the native lan gnQie, directed a number of the Tarters to pick it up with both bauds. They did so, the circuit was made, an.! fully a score of the naton iabed victim& were dancing about wildly, and trying to Cree themaelves lrom the wire. But this they were quite unable to do. It neld them with the clutch or a giant. In vain they tried to free themselves. It was a comical sight, and even the other Tartars laughed at it. But all11ere unable to understand the mysterious unseen power which held them so firmly. Tbis was the mystery. Frauk released them after a few moments of electrical bondage, and they were glad or their freedom. CHAPTER V. LAND OF THE EXILES. THE Tartars had now acquired more than an ordinary amount or respect for the wonderful inventor or the ship which could tly in the air. He wns to them a visitor from a land of wonders far beyonJ the limited horizon or their world. '\'hey imagined all sorts of vague or that wonderful world. Carl Hansbnd explained to them as well as be could, but this did aot exacLiy clear the mystery. That day and night the aerial travelers spent in the little Asiatic village. The next morniug early Frank took leave of Yokauusk, whlcb was the name of the village. The Khan was reluctant te say fareweil, as were bls people. Carl HanAbad beseeched Frank to take him along as a member of tile air-ship's crew. But the young inventor was compelled to refuse this application. So the German yet continued to seek his fortune among the Tartars. Westward still the air-ship sa1ied on. Towns and villages were now quite plentiful along the Arctic Circle. Some or these were quite thrifty. Bat l!'rank was looking forward to Central Northern Siberia where were the great mines owned by Lhe Russinn government and worked by exiles. "I would like much to see those mines," declared Dick. "I have laeartl so much of Silleria and Its horrors.'' "It will not be much out of our way to take them in," said Frank. "We will do so." Days passect and the air-ship steadily kept on to the westward. The country over which they passed did not afford anv very ex tended picture of attract! veness. It was mostly bleak and for bidding. But the course of the Arctic Circle in this was totally liifferent from the one they bad just left. The Arctic Circle in North America extends through a region or almost perpetual ice nod snow. But In Northern Asia the summer is longer and quite mild. Extremely productive land is farmed even beyond the circle. The difference in climate is very marked. The voyagers noted this. Yet there was a chilliness In the air which the almost constant use or warm clothing; especially when in mid-air. At the rate they wer" going the voyagers were bound sooner or later to reach tbe mmes of the exiles. Tbe first of these towns was found upon the extreme frontier. It was small and tbe buildings were dirty and low roofed. Tbe 1 town was enclosed with a high stockade which was garrisoned witll the soldiers or the Czar. Tbe scene as viewed from the deck or the air-ship was a curious one. "There are the exiles!'' cried Dick. This was true. There was a line of the doomed men, with chains and manacles, marching up the steep mountain side. They were attended by armed soldiers. Haggard and bent they looked, and their manner was more that or bunted wolves tban of hu man beings. Dick Huntley could not restrain himself. That is certainly inhuman," he declared. I don't wonder th"t half or the Czar's people are Anarchists." "It is cert11.inly a living ueaLh," agreed Frank. Of course it is. Ob, is t!Jere nothing we can do for tbemt" The young inventor shook his hea

AROUND THE ARC'l'IC CIRCLE. 7 Frank hesitated. It was his impulse to go to the rescue or the fleeing man, but yet he feared an international complication. I The air-ship dtd not linger in the vicinity. Frank would have enjoyed giving the insolent Russians a lesson but be wisely refrained. With his electric bombs he could have destroyed the place and all its Why not give him help, Frank!" cried Dick earnestly. The young inventor was irresolute. Bejabers, he Inks loike an Amerikin," cried Burney. inhabitants. When the exile recovered his Cull strength and spirits be gnve his "That's sol" exclaimed Diek. "Do you suppose they have shut up one of our countrymen in this accursed slave den!" "1 think they would hardly dare do that,'' said Frank, "bu' t yet -he really does look like an American." name as Albert Vance, and declared his family was one of the I r1chest In America, and that Frank should he well paid. But the young Inventor said in protest: "By no means! I ask no reward lor what I have done. I assure you it was no more than my duty to succor a fellow being in dis tress." or course he does!" cried Dick. I shouldn't hesitate, Frnnk. They have fired on us-why not retaliuto! U he is a countryman of ours we must consider it our du t y to save him." Frank glanced in the direction of the cunnon. He saw that in descending be would be out or range or that. He delayed no longer. L:>wer the ship, Ramey!" be cried. The Celt obeyed. Down sank the Orbit. The fleeing fugitive was frantic 'l'lith appar ent joy. As the air-ship drew nearer to the earth now it was seen that his face was unmistakably that of an Amertcan. At once Frank's blood boiletl. His patriotism was thoroughly aroused. That the brutal Russians should dare to send into !'Xile on11 of his own countrymen was enough to set Frank's blood 011 lire. I'll fix 'em!" he muttered. He went into the cabin and from a locker took out a small dynamEe bomb. The air-ship was now within a few hundred feet of bhe earth. The fugitive was below and the Rus11ian eohliers above on the mountain sid&.TQ\ 'fbey Instantly opened fire on the air-ship. This w&s enough for Frank. He knew that be was now warranted In retaliating. He did not hesitate. He threw the bomb far out toward the soidies:. He aid not throw it into their midst, for he had no de@lre to take human life. It struck the earth and exploded witlt terrific force. Whlle it killed none of the Russians, it showed them the power they had opposed to them. It was simply a hint, and it was well heeded. They paused In evi dent dismay. Then Frank threw a rope ladder over the rail. The fugitive ran forward and grasped 1t. Burney switched on the rotascop9 lever, and the alr-ahip vaulted many hundred feet into the air. Dick and Pomp pulled the rescued man aboard. CHAPTER VI. THE EXILE'S STORY. As the fugitive came over the rail he cried In unmistakable En glish: Thank God-1 am out of Inferno at last!" In a moment Dick had him l>y tbe band. Mercv on us!" he cried. "You are one of our countrymen.'' "Yes," replied the fugitive. "I am an American. You are the same!" "Yes." "Heaven be praise1ll When I was being led away into that ac enrsed bole In the earth, I saw your air-ship. I knew that it could b e long only to an American, and I resoi'V'ed upon one bold dash for lib4irty. Thank God, I have su:ceeded!" Tbll f1tgitive drew a deep breath and went on: "You will no doubt wonder what me to such a desperate strait. It was t -he cursed rigor of Russian law, which gives little chance for the innocent and the oppressed. "'Four years ago I left New York to visit the hospitals of Eu rope to complete my ml)dical education. I came to the Royal Boa pitai in Moscow. While there [ made the acquaintance of a young Russian no!Jle man who was also a student In medicine. We became room-mates and tbe warmest of friends. Unknown to me he was a member of a Socialistic gang, and used to attend their secret meetings. The police tracked him, and one night hurst into our room and arrested us in our bed. "He wns1sentenced nnd executed with the briefest sort of a trial. I tried in vain to convince thein of my innocence I was not al lowed even to communicate with ou 6onsul. I was given a travesty of a trial and sentenced to Siberia for lif e It mnttered not that I was an American. I was deemed guilty of complicity with the Anarchists and, was exiled. Here for three years I have lived a helllsh life or torture. But thank God, I cati now see a brighter future, if you will not refu&e to aid me." "Refuse to a!d you!" cried Dick, impulsively; "don't you know \bat we are human beings?" I thought that I could depend on you," cried the overjoyed exile. Oh, von cannot know how happy I am at this moment. Quite overcome be sank down upon a chair, and gave way for a time to his emotions. The Russian cannon was an uproar below. But the air-ship was ail safe. There was notlung to fear now. "Heaven bless you!" cried the rescued exile joyfully, as he kissed Frank's hand in the ecstasy or the moment. Albert Vance soon became a favorite m board the air&hip. Be WILB cheerful and always ready to do his part. Barney and Pomp liked him particularly wen. When be learned the purpose of the voyagers to make a t011r of the earth on the Arctic Circle be was intensely interested I would like nothing better than to accompany you," he declared. "Yet I know that it is too much to ask. If I cun accompany you be yond the Russian lines 1 wlll ask no more." We will certainly do that," agreed Prank. 1 The air-ship sailed on now over a barren region. Fot a day or two the trip was devoid of incidents, and beeame acto ally monotonous. Barney and Pomp perhaps felt the relaxation more than anybody else. They proceeded to take advantage of it in their peculiar wny. Barney was gomg by the coGklng galley when Pomp was sifting some llour. The darky pretended no\ to see tile Celt, and whisked the sieve around in such a way that Barney got the full benent of It full In the eyes. For a moment the Celt was blinded and nigh strangled. !l'he light llour pervaded his ears and eyes, and changed his decidedly auburn hair to a delicious cream color When Barney recovered his breath he Indulged in a series of ex pletives, which were or the choicest and most vnr.ied order. The air WILB blue with a tinge of white for a moment, and there stood Pomp, open-mouthed, and as Innocent as a lamb. This angered the Celt all the more. He could control himself no longer. '" Bowly murtberl'' he roared. Phwat the divil do yez mane, yez black ape? Shure, I've a moind to lay yez out fer that!"' "Golly,'' protested Pomp, "yo' shudn't bab been in de way!" "Shouldn't ' bin 10 the way, yez say? Sutfertn' shmoke, bavfl yez no gentility phwatever! Shure, phwy don't yez kape au eye out!'' It was jes' an axi

.AROUND THE .ARCTIC CIRCLE. The purpose wns deep set In Bnrney's benrt. But be was wary. Not for a moment did he nvow his intention. He was as chippE'r and apparently as geninlly inclined toward Pomp ad could well be imagined. But all the while beneath the surface there seethed a pent up vol cano. Be jabers I'll fgix that coon!" be muttered under his brenth. It bad been some while since either bad set loot on the earLh. It was a safe spot and Bnrney proposed that they take a little rumble along the river bank but not 011t of sight of the air-ship. Pomp was agreeable. Begorra if the watber in the river wuz not so co wid it's r01ght well I'd Joike to tbry a good sbwim," declnred the Celt. "Huh! I done fink it wud freeze yo'," declared Pomp. I'm shore nv that, naygurt" Barney's eyes twinkled as a daring thought entered his mind. It was a bold scheme which he beHaved would turn the tables on the darky well. Tbis was to in some way indnct him into an enforced bath in the fril!;ld waters. A dozen plans revolved in his fertile brain. To attempt to do tbis with mere strength of aha result seri ously,for him, for Pomp was no mean wrestler. Moreover the point of the joke would be lost. Bat Barney !laB too ingenious by far to be long baffled, and he soon hit upon an idea. He threw off biB coat and began indulging in flip-Jiaps and other athletic tricks on the green sward. Pomp was interested and watched him wjth interest. Then he cried: "Hnbl yo' caio't do somefln' I kin!" Begorral pbwat's that!" cried the Celt. Wud yez be afther showing me?" Pomp was willing. CHAPTER VII. Then his wrath found expression, He launcheu a series or expletives at Barney which were terrifying. 'l'be Celt sidled away, not caring to come to too close quarters with his collegue. Pomp, however was too busy for a few moments wringing the watar from his garments. Barney kept a safe distance and as Pomp was slowly congealing with the cold he did not venture to pursue him. But he went at once to his stateroom aboard the air-ship and put on dry clothing. Wilen be came out on deck agam he saw Barney seated nonchal aotly under a tree smoking his dudeeo. Pomp shook his fist at him. '\ Golly, when I cotch yo', I'ish, yb' ae when It wns known to the others that three of ,ever experienced. their number lay .:lead in the cabin. He emerged, dripping and shivering, and rushed up t.he bank. The Tartar is not extremely superstitious, and while the mysterwua


AROUND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. !) power in the cabin was to them Incomprehensible they did not yield to terror but rather to rage. With loud yells of anger they began at once to 'l"ent their feelings upon the air-ship. Tiley began to pound the sides or the ship furiously with their axes and migllt have done much damage but for an IDCident. One or them rushed into t.he callin and made a blow at the switch table. In an instant the rot. ascope switch was sprung, and the air-ship leaped up from the ground. Had it uot been for the anchor ropes It would have carried a do.zen or the Tartars high up into the cliJuds. But the anchor ropes held, thirty feet from the earth. There the air-ship struggled to free itself, bounding and fnrioosly. This was enough for the 'l'artars. Those on board leaped frantically over the rail at the Imminent risk of their necks. What was more, their horses tethered near by were frightened out or their wits and broke away. Away they aped in all directions and the Tartars after them. For a few moments there was lively work. At this critical juncture, as it happel)1!d, Frank, with Vance and Dick:, came upon tile scene. They were loaded down with fish, but as they saw the state or af fairs dropped them Instantly and ruslled to the scene. CHAPTER VIII. THE TARTARS REPULSED. FRA.'il[ and his companions had appeared just in the nick of time. It was at a moment when the 'fartars could offer little or no resistance. They were too scattered. Jericho!" gasped Dick Huntley. What's up, Frank!" "The Tartars!" gasped Vance. Follow mel" cried Frank hoarsely. They rushed down the slope, firing at few rr,_artars who stocld in their path. Dick cut Barney's bonds and Frank llberated PomJ); then Frank cried: "Climb up the anchor rope, quick! We'll keep the foe at bay!" All roigllt, aor,'' cried Barney. He sprang up one rope and Pomp the other; up they went like monkeys. But at that critical moment the anchor hedges slipped. instantly the air ship shot upward. Up like a rocket it went to the height of a thousand !eat and still ket>t on going higher. Barney and Pomp were swinging on the ancher ropee, and at that awful height looked like flies. "My God! they will be killed," cried Dick Huntley, in agony. Not much!" rejoined Frank, "they are good climbers both, and will get aboard all right." His prediction happily proved correct. The Tartars having recovered their horses were returning to the scene. But they were with such a hot fire that they were held In check. f If we oan only keep them at bay!" declared Frank. "Barney and Pomp will very soon cbme to our rescue!" "We'll do that!" cried Vance, as he reloaded his rifle. "Give it to the ignorant dogs!" The three men ensconced themselves behind a pile of bowlders and kept up a good fire at the Tartars. This had its effACt. They made several desperate charges, but were unable to force the brave voyagers bock. It was no light matter to face the savage crew, for a worse looking lot of barbarians were never seen. But our adventurers did not !linch, and held their own gamely. Meanwhile Barney and Pomp, dangling in the air at a frightful dis tance from the earth, were in by no means an enviable position. A fall from each a terrible height would of course be certain death. But neither was gifted with weak nerv6{!, and did not falter in the least. As they were swept upward a great cry weut up from Harney. "Begorra, naygnr, howld on! It's to the divil go if we don't!" Bet yo' lire, honey!" retorted the darky. "Catch dis chile Jettin' go!'' Up-up! shot the air-ship. Both dangling men began making des perate efforts to get aboard. It was no light matter to climb up that dangling rope. But they kept on with the beet or courage. The result was gr3tifying. Barney reached the rail and went over it. Howld on, he cr1ed. Shure it's a lilt I'll give yez!" "Good fo' yo', l'isb," replied Pomp, ''only I'se a'right until yo' shuts off de lever an' keeps de ship from goin' up any furder." .Wb1ch is a good idea!" cried Barney. Shure I'll do it!" Into the pilot-house he dashed. It was but a moment'R work to shut off the current. The air-ship came to a stop and began gently to settle down. The altitude they had reached was so great that the air was frosty. H11d the air ship kept on it would very speedily have reached the aerial limit. This would have meant death to the voyagers. But it was checked in time. Barney now llastened to pull Pomp over the rail. Once on the deck the two jokers fairly embraced each other 'IVith I joy. Golly, but I'ee glad we'ee got out ob dat scrape whole!" he cried. Now we rnus' jes' go down an' help Marse Frank out." Yez kin bet we will!'' cried Barney. The air-ship settled fast. Soon it was within a few hundred feet of the earth. It hucg direct ly over the horde of Tartare. They assailed it with rifle-ehotd, firing repeatedly at it. The bullet s rattled harmlessly against the steel hull, though. Barney, however, waa determined to put au end to this at once. He went into the cabin and brought a small dynamite bomb. This he hurled down into the midst of the savage crew. It had a terrilic effect. Full a dozen or the rascals were hurled in all directions either killed or wounded. A second bomb proved too much for them. They tied incontinently. The VICtors sent up a rousing cheer. The air-ship now descended to the ground and Frank and hia com panior.a leaped aboard. Mutual congratulations were exchanged. Barney and Pomp told their storr, and all agreed that they hnd experienced a very narrow I eecapo from tbe savage Tartars. No further time was wasted in the vi:llnlty. Vance recovered the fish caught and then the party set out upon the continuation of th6 journey around the Arctic Circle. more the topgraphy of the country began to change. In place of the desolate plains wild mountains and unmhabited valleys, they cam& to fresh settlemenLs made by the exiles. In many places these poor wretches bad gained immuuitr from penal service in the mines and were enable'd to till the soil for their living. It was a sad looking country. The turf houses and primitive life of the poor souls who were uaed to so much better things was truly pitiful. Our voyagers regarded it with much interest. As the air-ship drifted on over these places much excitement was created. The peasants all rushed out of their humble abodes and regarded the airship witll wonderment. It can be imagined that such a sight as a ship tlying In the air was most unusuaL and indeed thrilling to them. Dick stood by the rail, and showed them the American fiag. They at times would cheer it. The Yankee flag is popular in that part of the Russian dominions, lor the kind shipment of grain ami wheat to them when the crops bad failed and all in the Russian domains were starving, bad won their everlasting gratitude. No attempt was made to descend and push the acquaintance any further. The air-ship kept on steadily along the course of the Arctic Circle. Once more they came to a wild and unexplored region. Then an accident occurred to the air-ship. One of the rotascope shafts became worn, and Frank decided that a new one would have to be used. So It became pecessary for the ship to descend and wait a few days. A gootl spot was selected, and accordingly it descended. No one could demur. It was an imperatively necessary proceeding, for the ship would be apt to fall U the shaft should give out, which it was liable at any moment to do. The spot selected for the resting place of the ship was in a little valley between high mountains. These mountains were volcanic and there was a faint susp!c1on or SIJlOke lurking about the top Of ODe of them, suggestive of an active crater. The air was quite mild in the valley owing no doubt to these influ ences, and all enjoyed this. While Frank, with Barney and Pomp, was busy with the repairs Vance and Dick suggested going on a tour or exploration. "Be careful and not go too far,'' adjured Frank. "There may be perils in this country of which we do not dream." "Yet I don't believe there is a Tartar within a hundred miles," said Dick. Don't be too sure." "We will keep oar eyes open," said Vance. "I know what the Tartars are. We must climb up to the crater of that volcano, Dick."' Wait until the airship is repaired and I will take you up quickly enough!" declared Frank. "But we don't want to do that," said Dick. We want to dp some exploring on the way. Moreover we want the satisfaction of climbing up there on root!" "If there is any satisfaction !n that,'' laughed Frank, "!tO ahead!" So the two explorers left the airship, and were soon out of sight rar ap the mountain. Mllanwhile thoee left behind worked industriously on the broken shaft. So engrossed were tbey that it was not until an incident oc curred that was out of the ordinary that Frank gave any thought to other matters. Then as he was crossing the deck he saw a huge shadow fall across it.


10 AROUND THE ARC'l'IC CIRCLE. .At the same moment the air seemed to fill with an ashy sort of I Dick, eager to view the wonderful at a nearer point of dust which settled on the deck. view, haRtily ran on up the mountain side. Astonished Frank looked up and a thrilling sight met his gaze. Vance followed more slowly. The volcanic mountain was sendin"' forth immense clouds of smoke Once be ventured to remonstrate with the youth. which rolled out like a cion<\ over the"' valley. "I'm afraid we are getting into a perilous place, Dick!" he said. Also It was not difficult to detect a faint reverlleration and a quiv"Keep your eyes open I'' eriog or the eartb. An eruption was certainly in progress. Don't fear!" replied Dick lightly. "I shall take good care or Golly I" gasped J::omp, who saw the thing ut this moment, "wba' that!" de debbil am De moun tin" am all on lire." And so he pushed on. "Be.,.orrn, that's sol" affirmed Barney. So it happened that suddenly they found themselves at a point dan" Wha' yo' fink, Marse Frank?" gerously near the vomiting crater. It was a thrilliug and awe llh "It is a volcanic eruption," replied Frank. "I think that we will spiring spectacle. have to change our position to lJe safe." But even as they stood there gazing upon the wonderful scene, the '' How are we "'Wine to do dat, sub!" asked Pomp. awful pall or death began to settle down about them. "We most b.frry and get the rotascope shaft repaired," replied .A terrible cloud of blackness slid over their beads and enveloped Frank. them In utter darkness. It waa an enormous floating body of ashes Th e n be thought or Vance and Dick Huntley, and a sb,a:low of anxand smoke. iety croased his face. If this should settle down upon them they might be burled n dozen He knew well the risk they were incurring. They must by this time feet deep as were the 'Victims or Vesuvius at Pompeii and Hercu-be far up on the mountain side. laneum. A cloud of ashes or a stream of lava might engulf them at any mo"My sooll" exclaimed Dick. What caused that!" ment. Be could not see his hand before him. It awlolltorrer. CHAPTER IX. TBE VOLCANIC ERUPTION. THE more Frank reflected upon the position of D1ck and Vance the more alarmed be felt for their safety. He regretted now that be had permitted them to )eave the air ship. I should bnve known better in such a laud of peril,'' be declared. "Wba\ a rooll was! But something most be done at once.'' E'fery moment the eruption wns growing In force. The earth bad begun to tremble, and a roar like thunder filled the air. It was a grand and awful sight which the volcano presented now! Fire leaped from its summit in1 a great column. The sky was over Vance wns now the coolest. He grasped Dick's hand. "We have been rash I" be said. "Denth is over us!" What shall we do!" "There is only one way. Run for, our Jives. We must not get separated. Keep firm hold of my band I" Too late Dick Huntley saw tbe folly or his mpve in ascending the mountain. Too late be regretted that he had not accepttM! Vance's more prudent advice. But it was too late .for regrets or recriminations. There was not!Jing for it bot to flee, pod for their li'fea. So down the mountain aide they started. Words cannot depict the horror of that awful moment. They were groping in utter darkness. They could not see their way a foot ahead. cast, abutting out the rays of the suo. Certain parts of the valley were like midnight. spiring spectacle. And still down about them settled tbnt Insidious fallinr; cloud of It was an awe-indust and ashes, which filled their eyes, ears and nose to sunocatlou. It could hardly be wondered at therefore that Frank should be alarmed tor that absent explorers. There was no way bat to hasten work on the rotascope shalt and go to their rescue as soon as possible. Barney and Pomp exerted themselves to the utmost. Very rapidly the work neared completion. Of course, Frank did not attempt to put on finishing touches. His purpose wru, to simply adjust the rotascope so that It could be used immediately. In this he soon succeeded. The air-ship wns ready to sail. He leaped aboard Barney and Pomp. The Orbit shot up into the air. But as she did so she narrowly eacaped a tremendous shower of ashes and stones. It was a close call. And now the difficulty In going to the rescue or the explorers was at once seen. The air-ship could not safely travel through &II that terrllic storm or smoke and ashes. The situation was a desperate one. The Orbit could only boYer in aa uncertain way about the scene or the eruption. The fate of Vance and Dick Huntley could only re main uncertain. And while the air-ship was thus hovering about, watching lor a chance to give them succor, the two explorers were having \hrllllng experiences. It was true that they bad reached a point half way up the mountain, wben the eruption begun. Suddenly and without warning the ground began to tremb)<) beneath them. Dick at tbe moment was getting a line upon a tine pheasant. Astonished be turned to Vance whose face was deadly pale. .An earthquake!" ha gasped. Vance shook his bead. He pointe:l upward. "Look!" be said, "the mountain ison fire!" Dick looked, and eeeing the column or fire and smoke, cried: "Heavens! An eruption!" "That is just what it is!'' declared Vance, soberly. .Are we in dan.,.er!'' "Decidedly so!""' For a few moments both men were irresolute and undecided what to do. Had they made a start at tb n t momeut it is more than likely that tbey might have succeeded in safely r e aching the air-ship. But powerful curiosity held Dick Huntley enthralled. He experienced iL great desire to get a near view of the eruption. Vance was deslroud or at once getting out of harm s way. But Dick cried: "Upon 'my word, I'. d like to see f hat eruption! Come on, Vance, let us risk a nearer view." "It Is very dangerous!" said the exile. "Hang the danger! We need not get into a dangerous locality. Come ahead!'' Of course under such circumstances Vance did not wish to be oband therefore reluctantly acquiesce. So that, instead of seekin,!!; n point or snfety, the two explorers walked uirectly into the jaws or danger. Blindly they struggled on, only to stu mule and. fall repeatedly. Once they were saparated, and only reunited by the greatest or ef forts. The situation was growing worse. "Oh, my God!" gaspod Dick, In horror. We are done for, Vauc e This is our certain end!" But the exile bad faced more dnngers than young Huatlsy. tiP knew that it would never do to give up. So he cried: 1 Keep along! Don't let up for a momenp" .And still on they staggered. It bad not seemed so very far uo t h e mountain but now they were headed down it, it seemed au intermin able distance. Would they never reach the base! On they staggered. And t1till about them there continued to fall that insidaoos veil of denth. Now the ash deposit was up to their ankles. Every momen' It was growing deeper and impeding their movements. Soon it would be up to their knees. Then it would moun' higher. Next would come su!focntion and-denth! Their remains would never be found. They would be as edectur.lly wiped off the face or the earth as one could well imagine. Still they struggled on. The falling cloud of ashes grew thicker. It became intensely dimcult to get breath. Completely overcome, they staggered forward and sank into the feathery heap. There, In blackness and sull ocation, they seemed cer tain to perish. My God, this Is the end of us!" gasped Dick, ns be clung to Vance. The latter, was deud game. He madeone lost despairwg effort to I!O forward. Staggering to his .feet he pushed 0::1, and then-a miracle h a ppened. Both men felt the groucd way beneath them. The y fell-it seemed a great distance. The shock stunned them for a time. When revived, it was to feel rurnlice-like nir blowing over them. A fierce red light met their eyes in tile distance. lt was liken glimpse ol Inferno. Leaping flames and surging smoke were visible. But they were not being slowly enfolded in the sheet of ashes. From that they were safe. T!.Jey saw dimly tbe ardhes of n cavern above them. Fnr down one of the cavern passages the flames wer e seen. These were doubtless in u. section or the crater and could do Lbem no harm. The air was close and stifling, but-they liYedl "We live!" cried Dick, staggering wildly to his feet. "Tbank God we are saved!" Vance could well echo this. It was ;:ertainly a marvelous dell verance. His one effort to get far ther away from death hnd cnnsed them to fall through an aperture Into the cavern passnge. Thus they wera saved. As soon as they were in n measure recovered both sprang up. Dick was for at once trying to lind his way out of the passnge. But Vance said: Walt awhile, my boy. We don't want to do anything ras':l. Let us first lind out where we are."


AROUND 'l'HE ARCTIC CIRCLE. 11 "All right," al'(reed Dick. "You have got more sense than I have. I will do just as you Well," rejoined Vauce, "in the first place we are apparently in some sort o! an underground passage!" "Yes!" "I take it that it is of volcanic formation, and only one of many whicn honeycomb this mountain!" "I believe you!" "In that event we are not yet out of danger!" Dick's eyes opened. "Wby?" "It is easy to see that if the lava or fire in that volcano rises above the edge of the crater lt will overflow into tbis passage and we shall be destroyed." It was a horrible reflection, but doubtless one based upon certain logic. For a moment the two explorers looked at each other with something like silent dismay. My soul!'' exclaimed Dick, finally, Wl!at will Frank say to all this! Is it not terrible! We will never see our friends again!" CHAPTER X. UNDER THE !IEAROHLIGHT. IT was certainly a most appalling reflection to Dick and Vance that the lava was upt ut any moment to boil over the edge of the internal .Ore pot and llestroy them. There was but one way apparently out of the scrape. This was to follow the passage to its end, and it possible to find where ill! outlet was. It this should be at the base of tne volcano and beyond the falling shower of ashes, then there wus a chance for them. Ashes were sifting through the aperture down which they bad fallen. They bid fair to lUI it up shortly. 'l'o go in the directinn o! the flaming crater was impossible. The heat was something unbearable. To go in the opposite direction wus the only logical course to pur. ane. No time was lost. Down the passage they atart.ed. As they went on for a ways the light from the llames illummed their path. But these suddenly ceased. Darkness most profound reigned. Then it was that the explorers experienced the greatest !P-ar. In such terrible darkness and uncertainty it was no wonder that they should quail. At any moment the llood of lava might come surging down through the passage. To go ahead into uncertain gloom was their only course. "We can onlv trust in fate and keep straight on," declared Vance. "Come along, Dick; follow me!" So they stumbled on in the dr.rkness. How far they traveled in this way they never knew. But it seemed ages when suddenly they felt fresh air and something like a faint glimmer of Jight ahead. A mad, intoxicated cry escaped the lips of Vance. Thank God!" he cried. 1 believe we are sure to reach the outer world ouce more!" WhaL a boon that breath of air is!" cried Dick. Then.. they rushed 011 as fast as their tired limlls could carry them. Suddenly the cavern enlarged, they !olt themselves walking over vast orusts of lava deposit and then they em'lrged into open air. The scene about them was a most wonderful one. N1ght, In all her somller shades, lay over the land; above wus the Tast dome or the startlit sky. The silent and cold, was far above them; the eruption was spent. Only a faint wreath of smoke ascended from the cone of the voleano. Tile pen! was over. Their lives were spared. Dick's first exclamation after this realization, was: Where is tile air sbip?" Instinctively the gaze of each swept the heavens, and it was reward ed with a beautiful spectacle. High up in tile blue ether bung the graceful shape of the Orbit. Her cabin windows gl>amed like jewels set in an ebony frame, and from her bow there sliot earthward the brilliant pathway or tile searcb llght. It was sweeping the mountain side diligently, for the aerial voyagers had not once g iven up hope or finding the lost men. lt was fortunat e f or them that this was so. They are lool

t '' 12 AROUND THE ARC'l'IC CIRCLE. Here the air-ehip anchored until morning when Vance took his I "Partly!" replied Brown, "and partly to observe the transit o l leave o! his rescuers. Venus. We have gained both points. We are more than glad ol An English vessel was docked at Skip!oe Aboard it he could get your success." passage to England and this he intended lloing. Tha t is very kind!" declared Fmnk. I am certainly very glad "I shall keep shy or Russia hereafter be sure," he said. "I have to see you. Yes. 1 have followed the Arctic Circle all the way!" not an exalted opinion o! the Czar and his people." "Good!" cried the professor, joyfully. Then turning to his com pan "I would advise you said Frank. We will all wish you the ions, he said: "Allow me to introduce you to my friends and col best or fortune.'' leagues, Professor Morse and Professor Foster! " Thank you." Frank shook hands with the learned men. Yet he could not recover Vance went aboard the-English ship and the air-ship took leave or from his surprise at meeting them in such a place. the shores of Norway. However, they brought news from home which was welcome. She shot out over the waters o! the North Atlantic where they All the countcy are up in arms over you, Reade!" he declared. merge into the Arctic and bore stra ight across for the North Cape of "You are the most popular man in America. Everybody is on the Iceland. qui vive looking for you!" Tile aerial voyagers now felt that they were nenrmg the end of their That is a very gratifying thing to know!" said Frank, but I most remarkable voyage. consider my trip a very mod-est accomplishment." Wrong, !" cried Brown, earnestly, "it is the greatest CHAPTER XI; achievement of modern tJmes. Only think of it. Wno else can say that be has traveled aroun'l the world on the Arctic Circle!" IN I C ELAND. Did you come here m the yar.htf"' asked Frank. FRox Norway across to Iceland it was a bleak and forbidding voy "We did!" age. The cold was most intense. Will you return the same way!" They got the fuWswee1> or Arctic breezes, and at times these were "Ahem!" said tile professor, and something seemed to sticlc in his so higll that it would seem as iC the air-ship must be blown to pieces. j throat. Fr11nk's eyes twinkled. But despite this she made exceedingly good headway, and one day "H you cure to do so!" be continued, calmly. "I would be glad Barney on the main deck witll a glass sighted a poi,pt of land. of your companp the rest or the way home--" Wllurrool" he yelled. Come quick, Misther Frank'" On board the air-ship!" fairly snouted the scientist. "What's the matter!" caied the young inventor, rusbing out of the "Certainly." cabin. If he bad possessed as much glmp ae Barney and Pomp, Prof. Bux" It's Iceland, sorl" ton Brown would have stood on his head at that moment, so delight "Iceland I" exclaimed Frank. That cannot be. Ah, I see. You ed was he. have sighted Grimsey Island. We are a little to the north. Veer to Bot he exhibited the exuberance of his feelings in other and more the south a little more.'' available ways. / "All roight, sor!'' He shook Frank's hand, and even fairly him. A happier Barney hastened to chang11 the course of the air-ship as directed. old man could hardly be imagined. Then every moment the coast drew nearer. Only think or it!'' he gasped. That means a trip across And what Barr..ey had talteo for Iceland was really, as was now Greenland! Hooray! that Is worth a li!etimel" seen, but a small islnnd. Profs. Morse and Foster looked green with envy. But their late But the rugged shores of the wonderful island of the Arctic Carcle was to return aboard the yacht. could be seen beyond. Every moment their outlines became plainer. Now that this point was settled Prof. Brown took leave or bls col The voyagers were-intensely Interested, and all thronged the deck. leagues and went aboard the airship. At length the smoke of a <11stnnt volcanco wns seen. Then the airTile yacllt spread its wbite wings and sailed away to the westward. ship was over the strangest, wildest and most barren region any of A lew moments later the air-ship followed. the voyagers had ever seen. The course across tile Greenland current to Cape Darrell was not a Tbere is probably no volcanic region on earth to equal that of Icegreat snll for the Orbit. land for detail. It was made in reasonably quick time, and when the white shores of Great chasms and rifts in the mountain walls were seen. Only the Greenland burst into view Professor Brown wae beside himself with brush o! the artist could Adequately depict tlleir wonders. excitemP.nt. "Mercy on us!" cried Dick. "I don't, think Ic e land would suit me Greenland Is the lnnd of mysteries and wonders, of anomalies and as an abiding place. How in the world did they ever come to settle contradictions. One finds crevasstls and glaciers alongside o! little such a God forsaken spot!" green valleys, limpid lakes under ice mountains. It can hardly be called settled,'' said Frank, only a very small It is propably the volcanic character of the country which may expart of it is inhabitable and that is the south and east. Yet, in spite piam this. of its inhospitable shores, it is a very old country, and once had an 'l'hat volcanic regions have a certain control over their own climate independent governmeut of its own. Many able men have gone fortil is a well known fact. Thus we o!Len tinll fertile valleys,. b e yond the from its shores.'' Polar Circle unlier mountains o! ice and snow. "Then we shall see nothing of its settlementi!?'' As tile wonders of interior Greenland unfolded themselves Professor "No "replied Frank. Our purpose is to follow closely the Arc Brown was in hie element. tic circle wilicil only crosses its northern portion. Tile principal set The second day or the !light over the great ioe-bound continent, a tlements are Portland in the south, Hecla and Eskittortb in Lbe east. gem of a valley wus espiefl down amon!l; the icy bills. This is the north cape which lied before us now." "Oil my word, Frank," cried the "I must beg leave to Steadily the air ship was passing over tbe cape, when suddenly go down tllere for a little while. Will you grant the request!" Barney espied something upon a rise o! land far telow which drew .. "Certainly I will," replied the young inventor. "Lower the aircry or surprise from him. ship, Barney." "Misther Frank,'' lie cried, there's a number or men down there The Celt instantly obP.yed. thryin' to make signals to us.'' Down sank the air ship into the little valley. As it came nearer the It required but a glance for Frank to see that this was correct. earth all on board gave a startled cry. Three men stood upon a high p6int of land and were waving a flag. What is that!" cried Dick Huntley. It looks lil'e a ruined city!'' Frank rubbed his eyes. There are ruins down there beyond a doubt," cried Brown, wtld "Upon my word," he gaeped, "they don't look like Scandinavians. ly. "What a discovery for science!" Tllat is the American flag they have.'' Ruins of a city in interior Greenland?" cried Frank. Why, a "The American flag!" cried Dick. Why, they are Americans too. city never could thrive in these ice bound and unproductive regions!" On my word, Frank, that old man witil the white whiskers looks like Ah, but you forll:et,'' cried the professor. There is very good Professor Buxton Brown.'' evidence that Greenland wall not always wllat she is now.'' lu an icstant Frank read the truth. Ind e ed!" It was Professor Brown and a couple of his fellow savants. But 'l'bere are plenty of geological proofs that her climate wns onc e as what had brought them to this out or the way part of the world? mild as that or the southern U. S. Many fosstl remains are found in Tllere was but one way to find and that was to descend. Greenland to prove thas." Frank reversed the lever, and the air-ship began to descend. Down Then these rums may be of antediluvian origin?" it settled rapidly. "Exactly! Perhaps a city flourished here before the flood. No 'lne Then it was seen that a white sailed yacht rocked in a harbor near. can say how old these ruins may be, or of how much value to sci e nce Upon the shore a temporary cabin was erected. their discovery will be.'' "Hello!" shouted Frank from the rail. "Wh11t does this mean!" Perhaps we have found traces of the original Garden of Eden!" Hello, friend Reade I'' returned the noted man of science. "I am cried Dick. "Who knows?" gl n d to see you." Indeed who did know! All waited with much suspense for the airThe air-ship touched the earth and Frank leaped cut and gripped ship to toucll the earth. the band of the savant. Then all leaped over the rnil and out upon the green cnrpet of moss. The expression upon Brown's face wasa most radiant one. Prof. Brown led the way instantly to the ruins. They were all or "Mr. Reade, you are the hero of the hour!" he cried. We felt stone and if mortar existed it was not now in evidence. sore you would come!" Most of the rums were under the green carpeting or moss and this Felt sure I would come?'' said Frank in a puzzled way. 1 made their origin obacure. "Yes. We have been waiting herAlfor you lor a month. Have you r But from their shape it could be seen that they must have been followed the exact course o! the the way!" jlarge and spacious an

AROUND THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. 13 them but Prof. Brown, and be proceeded to examine them long and minutely, They evidently puzzled him greatly, for it way a long while before he made any report upon them. CHAPTER XII. WHICH ENDS THE S'fORY, ALL waited anxiously and with interest Professor Buxton Brown's opinion of the ruins in the little Greenland valley. It was a pity that they were so obscure. But the learned savant was not to be baflled, so he declared linally: I believe that these ruins belong to an epoch contiguous to the flood. Everything points to that. There ia no doubt that once Greenland was a habitable continent with an equable ciimate. Wllat sort of people its ancient inhabitants were, of course, we can only con jecture. It is safe to say, however, that they must have been thrifty nne fairly enlightened, for they understood tlte construction of large buildings. "Only think!" cried Dick. "What a long time ago that must ha'Ve been!" "Indeed, yes!" declared the professor. That was a period when snow and ice did not hold here as now. I can imagine tllat Greenland was a very fertile and promising laud." "If we only knew bow those ancl.,nt people looked," said Frank. "Very true," agreed the professor. "It would be knowledge well worth having. It is sare to though, that they were in gener al physique quite a race of giants.'' I have heard of the remains ef giants being found in Greenland," cried Dick. Oh, yee, and even on the mamland of Nortll .America,'' declared lhe professor. .All were now deeply interested in the research and continued to further examine the ruina. .And this bit of curiosity it was which led to an astonishing discovwho was kicking away some of the debris with hid foot, sud iienly felL himself sinking. The ground about him bad begun to give way, and before could recover himself be was out of sight. I The other voyagers had seen his remarkable mishap and a great cry went up. "Heavens!" cried Dick Huntley. What is the matter with Pomp! What bns happened to bino?" ln an instant all rushed to the darky's assistance. 1 They were horriliect to see only a yawning pit and darkness below. r Barney tlung himself upon his stomach and shouted down th1s: Hello, naygur! Is. it kilt yez are!" 'l'here was a moment's silence. Then there came back a muflled re ply: Golly! I'se nigh busted to pieces. Jes' let dis chile git out ob ".A rope!" cried Frnnk; bring a rope quick!" .Away scurried Barney to the air-ship. It was but a few moments before he came back with the rope. Then it was lowered down into the hole. Frank shouted down into t he gli)Om: "Give the signal, Pomp, and we'll pull you out.'' .A full minute elapsed. No answer came back. '!'here was something like a rumbling sound came up from the pit. That was all. .Aghast all in tbe party exchanged glances. Not one but felt cer tain thut it was the end of the darky. He is gone!" gasped Dick, with white face. Poor chap! What a sad ending!" Indeed that is true," agreed Prof. Bu:l'ton Brown. But Barney set his lips tightly while a of grim resolution shone in his eyes. He picked up the rope and knotted 1t about his waist. Begorra, I'll oiver see the naygur die that way!" he cried. I'm afther goin' down to save him, shore!'' "Hurrah!'' cried Dick. "Do yon dare do Barney!" "Shure an' I do!" "Good for you, Barney!'' cried Frank. "Yon are a hero! We will lower yot:J. down!" .All caught hold of tbe rope and Barney slid over the 1 edge. In a few momente be was oat of sight. Tl.ten a great cry came up from tbe pit. 1 'l'o the surprise of all it was in Pomp's voice I "Golly fo' glory! Am dat yo', l'isb? Cl'ar fo' goodness I'se made a grent discovery!" I Howly murther!" came up voice; is it aloive yez are? Shure, an' phwy didn't yez answer whin we called to yez!'' l Did'n hear yo, chile." 1 "Yez didn't h

AROUND 'fHE ARCTIC CIRCLE. llenshn. When the waters of the Straits finally bnrst into view a grp ,. cheer "ent up. 'J.Ue Straits "ere choked with ice and the weather was severe. But this did not impede tile fiigbt of the air-ship. Soon the Orbit bad reacb6d the oppoaltl! shore. Frank inlended to push on over the barren wllds and complete the circuit of the earth at Fort Hope. Tt.ence they would proceed south and eventually to Readestowa. This would bring tbe journey to its end. For days the Orbit sailed on over icy waters. Then one day the wooden stockade of Fort Hope burst into view. Tile little garrison piled forth to welcome tile air-ship. It was a motley crew of fur hunters. There "ere Canf\dian halfbreeds, Esqulmaux, Englishmen and a few Am'lrlcans. All were in the employ or the famous Hudson Bay Com Company. Their astonishment at sight of the air ship was great. They never seen anything like it before. The Eilquimaux were especially puzzled and hardly knew what to make of it. They were curious, pu11gy little fellows, and Barney and Pomp bad any quantity or fun with them. IL was a circus to !ee the two jokers try to drive one of the dog teams. or course it resulted in a lanl!hable tangle. 'l'he Orbit remained several days at Fort Hope. Frank. repaired the machinery, nod gravely It will just last us to get home. or course it Is a long trip, and machinery so delicate as this must wear out with such constant nee." Whew!" exclaimea Dick. Then this will be the only voyage or the Orbit!" And the last one,'' replied Frank, with a laugh. But that seems too bad!" "Yes. The Orbit was a good piece of mechanism, but there are others just ns good, and I have In mind now a new inventioa which I promise you shall excel it." I should like to see it," cried Dick. You shall!'' promisee\ Frank. The trip or the Orbit southward was without any thrllling adven tore. In due course the United States was reached. Straight to Readestown the air-aliip went. 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Working 105 The Oomioal Adventures of 'I wo Teaser ggp: :::Nt. 108 Billy Mosa; or, One Thing to Another. by 'fom Tenser 109 Jaok; or, O n Board the Pad 112 Johnnb, Brown & Oo. at School; or, 'l'he DeaU3 Orack, by 'l'om 1'easer Price 5 Cents. No. / 43 Lost in the Land of Fire; or, Across the Pampas in tbe Electric 'furret. U Frank Reade, Jr. and His Queen Clipper of the Olouds. Part I. 45 II. and His Queen Olipper of the 46 Six Weeks in tbft GreatiWhirlpool; or, Stru.nge Ad-ventures in a Submarine Boat. n Monitor of the Air:. or, 48 Frank Reade, Jr., J xploriug a River of Mystery. 49 li'rank Reade Jr., in the Sea of Sand, and His Discovery of a Loet People. 50 Obased Across the :Saha ra; or, The Bedouin's Cap tive. 61 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric All; or, 'l'he' Great Inventor Among the Aztecs. 52 Frank H.eade, Jr and His of the Air; or, tile for tbe Mountain of Gold 53 From Pole to Pole; Ort Frank Heade, Jr.'s Strange Sub marine Vo!age. M and His 55 F rank Reade, Jr 1n them tne Far West; or:, '1'lJe Search for a Gold Mine. 66 Frank Reade, Jr., Wilh His Air Ship in Asia; or, A l fligbt Acros the Steppes. 67 Frauk Reade, 'Jr . and His !\ew Torpedo Boat-; or, At War \Vith the BrazHiah Jtebele. 5R Frank Reade, Jr., and l::lie Electric Coach; or, The Search fpr the Isle of Diu.monds, Part I. 59 f&le or,1 The 00 Frank Reade, Jr., n.ud His Magnetic 6un-Carriage; 61 or, Lost In the Land of Urimsoo Snow. Part I. 62 Frank Reade .Jr.'s Electrio Ice Boat; or, Lost in the Land of Crimson Part IJ. 63 Frank Reade. Jr., and His Eolline of tbe Clouds; or. Obaaed Around the World in tbe Sky. 6'Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electnc Oyolone; or, Thrilling Ad ventures in. No Man"e Land. l'art I. 65 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Cyclone; or, Thrilling Ad ventures in No l\1ans Land., Part IL 66 The iiunken Pirate: Or. Frank Reade, Jr., in Search of a 'l'rea.sure at the HottoJU of the Sea. 67 Frank Reade, Jr., and His E lectric Air-Boat; OP. Hnnt-68 Jr, Among the Cowboys With his New Electric Caru van. 69 From Zone to Zone; or. The \Vonderfu.l 'l'rip of Frank Jr., \Vith His Latest Air-Ship. 70 Frank Reade, Jr., and His .B.lectric Pra.irie Schooner ; 71 of the Lakes; or, A Journey Throuih Africa by Water. 72 fli:Wew the 73 Six \Veektl in t.he Clouds: or, Frank Reade. Jr. 'a .Air;4 or, Around the Globe in '.(.l:l:irty Days. 76 Frllnk Reade, Jr . and His F lying Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift In the Frozen Sky. 76 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Sea Engine; or, Hunting for a Sunken Diamond Mine. 77 Frank Reade, Jr, Exploring a Submu.raine Mou!ltnin;-78 or, 'l'hrilling Adventures in North Australia. 79 Sea serpent; or, :six 80 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Desert Explorer; or, The Underground City of the Sahara. 81 Part IJ 82 Frauk Reade, Jr. s New Electrio Air-Ship, the .. 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The Keen Detectiva' s Girl Decoy. 56 Young Sleuth"e Flash Lighti or, Tbe Dar:k Mrstery of a Wd Millions 77 Cityi or, Waltzing Wil-78 Young :Sleuth in tiiberiH; or, Saving a Youag American from the l 'rieon Mines 79 Young Sleuth Almost Knocked Out; or,' Nell Blondi n'a Desperate ro 'fwo; or, The 81 Young :Sleuth s Master Stroke; or, Tbe Lady Detec tive's Many 82 ;n a Mask; or, Young Sleuth nt the Frencb 83 Young Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keen Detective and the Bomb-'l'hrowers. 84 Young Sleuth and tbe Italian llrigands: or, TPe Keen Detective s Grent!est Rescue. 86 Young Sleuth and a Dead Man's Secret; or. The Mea-sage in the Handle ot & Da.gaer. 86 Young Sleuth Decoyed; or, 'l'he Woman of Fire. 87 Hoys; or, F o l .. 88 at Atlantic Oity; or, 1.'11e Qreat Seasid& 89 Young Sleuth, tbe Detective in Chicagoi or, Unravel .. 00 Safe; o r, Young as a Ban k Detective. 91 Young Sleuth and the Phantom Detective; or, 'l'beo. 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