From the Nile to the Niger; or, Frank Reade, Jr., lost in the Soudan with his "Overland Omnibus"

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From the Nile to the Niger; or, Frank Reade, Jr., lost in the Soudan with his "Overland Omnibus"

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From the Nile to the Niger; or, Frank Reade, Jr., lost in the Soudan with his "Overland Omnibus"
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Frank Reade library.
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From the Nile to the Niger; or, Frank Reade, Jr., lost in the Sudan with his "Overland Omnibus"
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"r;Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No.107. {coMPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. P!1nr.rsRma, 3! & 36 NoR'rH MooRE S' J 'REET, NEw YoRK. { J Juc& } Vol V New York, May 17, 1895. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 0 Entered acc01ding to the Act of Congress, in the yeu 1895. bit fi'RA.NK 'l'OUSP:J.T. ,:n the o[fice o.f the Libarian of Conoress. at IVashington, JJ. C. [ROM TH[ Nil[ TO TH [ Nlr[R. or, Jr., Lost in t.he r J . ll Wlth Hus "Overland II By 4040 NON.AME." Frank Reade, Jr., inserted a shell in the breech of the pneumatic tube, Then he sighted it. The next moment there was a thunderous roar as the projectile struok in the midst of the savage orew. The result was terrific.

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FR0.\1 THE NiLE 'lO THE NIGER. The s u bsc r i pti :>n Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by t h e yea r i s $2.50: $1.25 per s i x p_ost-pa id. Addre ss FRANK TOUS E Y, PUBLIS HER; 34 and 36 North M oore Stre et, Ne w Yor k Bo x 2730. Jr., Lost in the "Overland Omnibus." By "NONAME," "Around the Arctic Circle; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Most Famous Air-Ship, the "Orbit," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. AT THE RAMBLERS CLUB. NowHERE on the face or the earth is there a region to compare with that part of .Africa, between the Nile .and the Niger," Edgar Foss the distinguished young Amencan traveler. He contmued with earnestness: "From the Red Sea to the Gulf l)f Guinea Is the heart of the Dark C'lntinent and while we consider It all explored territory, I assure you are many parts It, or which we have never heard, many strange peoples unknown to us, and great natural wonders much beyond the ken of the most powerful Imagination. I know this for a fact." Walter Dane, his companion and the most celeb:ated yac htsman or the New Yotk Club, listened to this declaratiOn w1th much mterest. He knocked the ashes from his cigar and tilted back in his chair. Through the windows or the Rumlllers' Club they could see the fash onable throng of gay Fifth Avenue in the morning. You were some years in that part of the WOI'Id, Ell!" "Yes, and they were years or great excitement and .wild experi ence .. They must have been. Certainly parL or Africa ough,t to hold grea t charms for the explorer. Betng In the !Jeart of ohe Great Soudan--" Ah, that is it exactly, It Is the fact that it is in the S oudan that bars the travel e r out.'' Why should itT'' "Indee< l why sbo : lld it not! The Soudan is the hot bed of wild s avagery an d hostile clans. It IS impossible to thoroughly explore it." U nless w i.t,'h an arm y e h !'' "It would be a big army, I assure you, and weT equipped. E v e n then t here woul d h e a big nsk of defeat. B u t I would just like to e xplor e that part of the world if it could be done safel y And t h e you n g traveler's e y es fiasbed, and his bosom swelled with t h e spiri t or the true e xplor er, Hts companio d looked at him critic ally a moment. Then he said: "Do you really mean that, Ed!" or course I do.'' Dane lazily picked up a newspaper fr.om t he fioor and scanned its c olumn s a moment. Loo k here!" h e exclaimed. Here Is the chance. Did you read about this fam_ ous inventor, Frank Reade, Jr. t" "Frank Reade, Jr.! Well, I h a ve heard of him. He is the Inven t or of a sabmari11e boat an d a team or e lectric horsll s is he not " E x a ctly. F rom all I have heard of him he Is the most wonderful ge n ius or this century.'' "I c ave no d oubt or i t. Bnt what has that to do with our question or the S oud an?" L e t me rea d t his paragraph to you, and then you will unders t and.' W i th which W alt e r proceeded to read: The l a test product of the inventiva genius of Fra nk Reade, Jr., who is well known in this country as a most remarkable young man, i s the E le.ctric Overland Omnibus. Our correspondent paid a visit to the shops of the inventor in the pretty little city or Readestown, and was politely receive d by Mr. Re n de who permitted him a first glr.nce at the famous machine, aud a wonder it ie. "In shape it is not altoget ber unlike its namesake, the omnibus. The body is made of plates of thinly rolled steel, and rests upon a running gear of delicate sprin g s and rubber tireu wheels. The for ward wheels are traverse, and by them the machine is steered. To attempt to describe tbe omnibus in ev ery detail would require a great deal or space. The sketch herewith given by our artist will convey a better idea than words. There are doors and windows In the hull of the vehicle. Forward Is a platform with a guard rail, and above it Is the pilot house wtth its plate glass windows and its wonderful kt>y boand by which the electric machinery IS controlled. The upper section of the hull is or fine bullet-proof netting. Above this Is tlte hurricane deck, and here is a powerful electric search-light which cannot be excelled in this country. We most not forget to mention the two powerful dynamite guna carried by the Omnibus They are but thin steel tubes, but operated by pneumatic preB!Iare threw a small projectile many hundred yards with temfic effe ct. Mr. Reade has constructed the Omnibus with a view to the possibility of encountering hostile tribes i n wild and out of-the-way parts of the world. The interior or the Omnibus Is a revelation. The cabins are richly upholstered, and comprise main aaloon, gun room, chemical room, enuine room, galley for cooking and sleeping c ompartments. :=: It miaht be thought at first that such a vehicle would be clum s y and to drive only over a smooth surface. But the Omnibus ill provided with tilt i ng run n ing gear and whe els so low set that they can easily run O \' er any object of reasonable size without any serious jar to the occupants. When questioned as to his purposes with the Omnibus Mr. Reade decl a red th a t he intended visitin g some unexplored part of the world. W ith such a veh icle ami his powerful dynamite guns, he need fear n e ith e r man nor benst in the wildest jungles. Mr. Reade Is accom pani e d u pon all his tri p s by a couple of faithful companions, a j olly n e gro named Pomp and a w i tty Irishman Bl'ruer O'Sliea." As Walter finished reading Foss drew a deep brea th. He arose and w e nt to the window. S ilenc e e nsued for some momer:ts. Then the dist i nguished traveler said: You don't suppose that this is all a fanciful yarn, do you!" ooid Walter positively, "I don't see why it should be. We know that ther e is such a man as Frank Rea de, Jr. and we have heard or his i nventions .' "By Jove, that is so! Now if we could only interest him iD this Afric a n trip--" What! From the Nile to the Niger!" "Yes!' Both men looked at each other, "What a capit a l thin g it would b11! Only think, with sn. ch a machine as the Electric Omnibus one could travel with sarety through all th o se savage countries and defy their murderous inhabitants!" T hat looks true.'' It Is true! By Jove! Why can we not Interest llr. Reade in this scheme We must dp it!" Foss was ver y much excited. He touched a bell. One the cluJ:> honea attendants "Bring me a telegraph blank," he sah1 f' aleo paper and ink.'' While the attendant was gone not a word was spoken. Both mell seemed plunged into deepest thought.

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!<'ROM THE NILE TO THE NIGER. 8 l'rssently the attendant returned wiLb paper ami ink. He plllced it on the table and. withdrew. Then Foss picked up the pen and said: "What shalllsay to him, Walter!" "Ask him point blank if lie will undertake a trip from the Nile to the Niger, We may as well know our fate at once." "You are right." Fosa scratched away with the pen for a few moments. When be had finished he said: "This is what I have written." He banded the slip to Dane. The latter read as follows: .. MR. FRANK READE, JR., Readestown. "We have seen an account of your Omnibus ao:lare much interest ed. Will you make the trip across Northern Africa from the Nile to the Niger, with two travelers who are familiar with Africa! Will pay all expenses if desired. Please answer at once. EDGAR Foss, Ramblers Club, New York City." Dane nodded his head emJihatically. "It's all right," he declared. "Send it right along.'' Foss again touched the bell. In a few m<>ments the message was on its way. Both men were much excited. They paced the room nervously. Finally Dane consulted his watch. "lt is one o'clock!" be said. "We ought to have some lunch." I will wait here for you," said Foss. I do not care to eat." I shall not go unless you do!" I shall not gb until I get an answer from the telegram.'' "Do you expect it so soon?" It ought to be here In two hours. If it does not come until night I shall wait just the same." So each lit a cigar and sat with their chairs tilted back and their feet on the wmdow sill. Time passed. But in their suspense the minute's seemed hours, and lhe hours were days. Yet they ke,!Jt a close watch of the street. It was four o'clock and they were finishing the fourth cigar when Foss suddenly clutched Dane's arm. A messenger boy was coming up the steps. 1 They would soon know their fate. A moment later the me sage was in Edgar's hands. He broke the seal nervously. Thus he read Frank Reade, Jr.'s answer: "M&. EDGAR Foss, "Ramblers' Club, N. Y. City. The project you propose is to me In the highest degree aecept able." "Hurrah!' yelled Foss, in deepest joy. Then he wont on: "The plan is a grand one and I will be glad to confer with you personally. Let me know at once how this can be done. "Yours truly, READE, JR.'; To express the insane joy of the two clv,b men would be an utter fur tongue or pen. CHAPTER H. bN BOARD THE STEAMER, LET us pass over the incidents of the next week. 'l'bis wlllliud us in the great yard of the Reade Machine Works in Readestown. Upon a side track were three large cars. In these was stlcurely packed the sections of the wonderful Electric Omnibus. The plnn was to ship It across the great Atlantic, and through the Suez C&nal end the Red Sea to the east coast of Africa. There it would be put together and the great Overland trip begun. or course it had been impossible to keep the affair out of the news papers. The whole country was agog over it. The explorers were constantly In receipt or hundreds of offers from all sorts or cranks and people who were anxious to accompany them on the great trip. or course, none of these were answered. They were consigned to the waste basket as soon as received. A special train was to take the sections of the Omnibue to New York and the steamer dock. All was in readiness for the start. And when the train rolled out or Radestown, it was amid wild cheering and the grer.tesL of excitement. Frank Reade Jr., with Barney and Pomp, joined Foes and Dane aboard a Pullman car bound for New York. Thus the start was made. Everywhere they might have met with an ovation had they cared to make a stop. \ But t!le eng-ineer had his orders and the train had the right of way, and the African explorers were carried through to New York With but little delay. The steamer Osman Pasha of the Mediterranean service was ready at her dock. The machine bad been stored In her hold and all went aboard. Then down the river and ot& to sea the big vessel went. Barney and were the lire of the party. Two jollier chaps could hardly be imagined, and they were at ways ready for fun. Barney, with his comical mug like a chimpanzee and his shock of red haJr, was as full of ready wit as a nut is of meat. Nothing could escape his keen criticlsm. He regaled the passengers with a roaring fond of amusement. Wherever he went he carried his genuinQ Irish fiddle with blm anlil he could play all the Irish airs from the days of Brian Born ward. Pomp, as black as soot! was not to be outdone by his colleague. He could play the banJo, dance, and slog plantation airs without number. Between these two lively chaps times were not at all dull aboard the ship. Barne Y had 1 a predilection for playing tricks on Pomp, and the darky v1ce versa. They were al:ways in a stew of some sort, yet always good natured abOUL it. It was bard tO Saf wbjcb generally came OUt at the best end of the born. But honors we1e gent!rally divided. Barney was a capital sailor, but Pomp was at times wretchedly sea sick. The Celt took advantage of this fueL to torment his colleague. '' Begorra, it's a foine specimen yez be," be snapped. "Shure, ye're mver sure av yore stomach. Phwat a folne man yez wud be in the navy!" Huh!" retorted Pomp, with asperity, "don' yo' be so berry tunny! I bet yo' am sick yo'self afo' you get froo!'' "Divil 'l bit," retorted Burney. "If yez wus as shure av gittiu' through Purgatory as I am av me stomaob, yez wud be all rolorbt.'' Pomp did not carry tbe argument any further. "' But his eyes twinkled keenly, and a brilliant thought crossed his mind. .It was too good a scheme to lose. At once he was determined to put it into execution. He chnckled and rubbed his hands and scratched his kinky wool. "Ki dar! ' he muttered. "l'se jes' gwine to git square wit dat no count l'ishman in de berry bee' way, yo' bet! l'se info' him!'' Just at this moment tbe captain came on deck and said that they were going to bave a bit of a "blow.'' This meant that the sea would run high, and the darky knew that it would bring his malady back again with all force. He made a bee line for the cabin. He heard a snicker at his elbow and turning saw Barney grinning at bim. "Xez bad betther git inter yer shell," jested tbe Celt. "I'm sorry for yez that yez ain't a betther sailor." "Mebhe yo' git sick yet yo' set'," warned Pomp; "dis nm de berry time fo' it. De cap'en say dut it am gwlne to blow hahd." ".Ho-ho-bo!" laughed Barney, uproariously. "Yez think so, do yez! Well, be me sow!, there niverwas a wind ethrong enough yet to make me sayslck.'' "Don' yo' be too suahl" admonished the darky, as he went below. But be didn't go to his stateroom. He had a dark and deadly purpose. He mt!ant to get square with the Irishman for his jeering remarks. "I fix him yo' bet," he muttered. From a shelf in the medicine which was In the cabin Pomp took aowu a small bottle. Nobody was near to see him. He looked at the label. It 1ead "Extract of Jalap." Chuckling tbe clark proceeded to fill a small vial in his vest pocket from the bottle. At this moment dinner was piped. A rush was made for the com panionway, for the seasick ones were anxious to get a meal before the atorm should come. They might not be able to after the storm should arrive. Pomp knew this well, and he was promptly on hand. Burney en tared and sat by his side. Tbe first course was brought and the company ate and joked merrl ly. . The captain smiled grimly all the while, for he knew well enough how soon their tune WOJild change. Pomp and Barney had many an interchange or persorral jests. 'Ihen at an unobserved moment, the darky got in his deadly work. He managetl to dump a t11rrific dose of the stuft into Barney's pud ding sauce. The Celt unsuspectingly got the whole of it. Pomp was so elated be could hardly conceal his feelings. In deed he almost forgot the approaching pangs or his own sickness. After the meal was over the seaeick ones went back to the deck to keep ahout as long as possible in the fresh air. The ship had bPguu to roll quite hard. Pomp began already to feel green in t\Je face, though he kept up well. Many of the ladies bad gone below in dire distress. Barney walked briskly up and down, affecting to enjoy the rolling of the suip. The gale was growing and the ship was being held before it. Pomp watched his intended victim with the most intense or eagerness. He was almost ready to give up himlllllf. Begorra, there's nothing loike a loife an the ocean wave!'' de clared the Celt, exullerantly. "Shure an' I'd loike to be a sailor bet ther than anything: else I ltnow av." Then he shot a contemptuous glance at Pomp. To his surprise the darky grinned and said: "I bet yo' a new hat, I'1sh dat yo' glt sick afo' dis gale am ober." Barney gave a gasp. "Phwatl I get sick! Shore an' phwy do yez think that!" "I nebber did heah nobody brag so much didn't git de wust o

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4 FROM THE NILE TO THE NIGER. it straight off. Yo' bettab look out. On mah wo'd yo' look sick I Frank bad brougllt several machimsts along with bim on the Osman IIOW," Pasha. Barney opened bis mouth to reply. But just at that moment the Tbeae were now set busily at work to put the machine together. ship o-ave a terrific roll, and to bis sheer amazement be felt a deathly They made surprisingly quick work of It. paugin his stomach. In two days' time the Omnibus was all put together and equipped He glared at Pomp. for the start. Then he looked wildq. about him. His face bad turned from a Tben the captain of the Osman Pasha received his instructions. ruddy r ed to tbe whiteness of a sheet. He was to proceed to the port of Freetown in the Province or Sierra Sick was not the name for it. Pomp was no sicker than usual durLeone and there await the arrival of the explorera. From there t!Jey ing the gale, bot Barney was never in more agony in his life. would sail for borne. Every scllool boy knows bow sick jalap will make one. Wbile there Thus matters were Pettled when a new factor appeared upon the Is nothing serious or lasting In such a sickness, it is navertbeless most scene. excruciating for the time. Suddenly the streets of the little town swarmed with Barney was very quiet and reserved during the rest of the voyage. soldiers. All were mounted upon the lleetest or steeds 1u1d had the Pomp was se!lretly triumphant, . aJlpearance of having come suddenly i.n from the desert. Celt mgh t never have known bot tbat. t was real sea-sickness Tbey did not make au attack the machine or the explorers, wluc!J h1m bad !t not au. incident. . bot the show of force was significant. The stup s m1ssed Ins pbJal of Jalap and made Inquiry for 'l'he were for a moment nonplnsed by this development. 1t. It was round 111 Pomp's stateroom. Tbe darky attempt ed a con Captain Weldon "''US fearful tbat tbey might board bis ship and pero _ue. of r ecollected hun empty h u ps burn it, so be dropped out from tile quay into tlie barbor. a pb1al similar to tbl@ mto a dtsb or puddmg and-tbe cat was out of '!'his left tbe explorer&.. witb tbe Omnibus wholly dependent upon lbe bag. . tlieir resources. Tbey were alone iu a foreign land, and their lives Barney read between tbe hoes and )VaS staggered at tbe shcknees depended upon t heir action now. o! tile trick. But Foss, wbo understood tbe Arab natn1'e well, said: "Beg?rra!" te muttered. ."I it was funny how I came to "It is the treac!Jerous work of the governor or the town. He fears be say-sick fe\ the rust toirne m my lOJfe." the Sultan's order, but at the same time is averse to our landing here. course tbe laugh was on Barney .. CHit felt rather sheepish, Not daring to resist us blmself, be has ca!led in every war-like Sheik lmt mwardly resolved to g?t w1tl! Ius colleague. witb his n:en in tb1s partof tbe country. They are Bishoreen as you Just how he d1d 1t, we will see Ill the course of our story. can easily see. 'l'bey mean to oppose us." Oue day the steamer sailed through tbe Straits of Gibraltar and en I Wbat tben sball we do!" asied Frank. Lbe blue Mediterranean. "Sui! right throuoob them." A brief was made at Sicily, and tben the Osman Pashr. went But young inv"entor was averse to tbis. on to Port Su1d. "I dislike to do that," he said. "I think we had better temporize Here abe passed through the Suez Canal and flo ated into the Red with tbem first." Sen. "Very well, try it," said Foss, dou'Jtfully. 1 I don't think it will Tbe disembarkation of tbe Electric Omnil..Ius took place ut a small avail anything." port known as Trink1tot. F k 1 b d d b f It was iol ab ted by nly few Ar bs a d M 1 m d 08 The ran went mto the pi ot ouse an starte tbe mac 1ne orward. I I o a. a 11 1 0 mm 8 . It proceeded only a hundred yards. passports Sultan Wh!CII had secured at P_ot t SJ Tbe street in front or It was literally blocked with mounted Arabs. obJeCtions to the landmg which the natives m their pre-or course Frank brought the machine to a stop. He not JUdice might have made. well do otherwise without rnJJning over the opposing line or men and horses. CHAPTER HI. IN THE LAND OF THE ARABS. FoR the tlrst time the African travelers began to realize in full {Drce the magnitude of their undertaking. The great deeerts and wild regions of the mighty Soudan lay before them. Foss knew the most about these region@, of course, bot even be was bound to be somewhat impresst>d with th e gravity of the proj ect. It was unlikely that the ignorant, barbarous tribes of the interior were going to allow the macliine to puss witliout molestation througb their land. Frank Readl', Jr., knew this. He also knew that In a pitched battle tbe machine w!th its electric guns could destroy !DDDY or the foe. In fact, it could over come any force sent against tbem. But tlJis woult.l mark tlie course of the Omnibus witb a path of blood, a thing which Frank was most desirous or avoWing. His hope was to est.nbhsb amicable relations with the p e ople during ihe entire trip. If it became necessary to fight, then fight t hey must. Yet there were many ways in which the machine and its crew could be deetrovetl. The fire or artillery or any accident to t!J. e machinery, causing a atoppage in some hostile region would he most disastrous. All these posijibilities, however, bad been well considered, ana as lnr us possiliie pr01zided against. Frank's policy, us far as possible, waa to run away. from the foe, and thus avoid a batlle. Froru Trlnkitot the course was laid to Berber, or above tbe Fifth ataract of the Nile. This would passing through the lund of the Bishoreen -'.rubs, wbo were religious l y intol e rant, warlik e and thi e ving. Tllere was some cbance of trou ble with as tbey would eertain!y look witb disfavor upon the invasi on or their land. But we have the passp orts from the sultan,'' said Frank. I ahould bard! y think they would dare to dispute those." Pshaw,'' suid Edgar, wbat do they c a re for the sultan? t he least thing, I cao assure you. He bas never yet been a ble to subdue \bese wild and lawless Bedouins. However, we will get along as easily as possiiJle." Have we more to fear from them tban from other tribes!" "1 thmk not. All we need really rear is artillery, I don't believe 'be Bishoreen people have lieavy guns." Great excitem ent was created at Trinkltot by tlie arrival of the ex plorers. Tbey congregut11d by thousands at tbe little quay where the disem llarkation was made. 1 At ti111es trouble was threatened, but thJB was staved adroitly by Foila, who had tlie sultan's manifesto, wbicll he llouriabeli otlicioasly. "They mean to stop us, don't they?" be said du!lionsly. "Of course,'' said Foss. "I would sooc make quick work or Lbem.'' "But would that be really for the best!'! "I don't see wby. However, let ns first parley with them .,. Tile young explorer, wbo was familiar with tbe Arab tougue, stepped out on the platform in front or the pilot-boose. He held a wbi t e flag in token of amity. It was answered by a tall, darkly handsome young sheik riding for ward on a milk white charger. He made a profound salute, and tbl'n raising bia sword to the skv, repeated an incantation in the "name of Allah." Then Foss addressed him in tliP Arab tougue: "Wliut mean you, Effendi, in hindering our progress tbns!'' You invade the land 'l>f tbe cbosen or A!lah !'' replied tbe young sheik I am Murad el Hassan, and A!lah has commissioned me to oppose you!" Know you that we have the sanction or the great sultan!" The sheik bowed low. "Tbe sui tun is g reat," be auld, but Allah s greater." Tbis evasion of the sultan's authority was for' Foss. He foresaw trouble at once. Tben you resist the decree of your aultanr be asked. Allah resists it," replied tbe obdurate Murad el Hassan, serenely. "Yet we must pass!" replied Foss, firmly. "You not oppose us. If you do you will be destroyed. This is a traveling tort With guns which can blow you and your whole army into fragments." The eyes of the Arab sheik flashed, aud he jingled bis scimeter de fiantly. He r aise d his bunsl, and cried: Allah is greater than your guns. The men of El Hassan know not fear, but welcome death for tbe reward Allah will give t hem!" Foss turned to Frank, who was in the door of the pilot-bouse, "You be said, "it is no use to parley wit b them. Tbere Is bot one thing to do, and that is to cut our way tbrougb them I" Tbat is your belief!" "Yes!" "All right!" said Frl\nk. grimly. "Come inside. We wall co it." ThRy closed tte pilot-bouse door belilnd tbem. Frank placed a band upon tbe motor lever. Tbe vehicle shot forwar.d. Straight toward the row of horsemen it thundered. Tbeu the Ara b s fired a voll e y at the omiobus. or course their bullets did no harm. They simply rattled against the metal Sides of tbe machlue. Bar ney and Porpp wanted to retaliate tmt Frank forbade tbis. We Will not take human life unnecessarily!" he said. "I fear i t will be a necessity soon enough." '' In that yon are right," declared Foss. I don't see how we caG help killing a few or these heathens!" "They will never be missed!" declared Walter Dune; "'hey are a curse upon this beautiful country." 'I he onslaught or the Omnibus bad itll effect upon the Arabs. lA;.

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I I FROM 'l'HE NILE TO THE NIGER. ) 6 was a literal thunderbolt of iron descending upon them, against which I Huge stones were rolled up to make a bre:1stworks, and the soldiers t lley could net hope to stand. of the train, mostly hired slaves and consP.quently cowards, were here 'l'bere wns 11 sc ambling of their terrified horses. The air wns full ensconced to ma \t e the best possible defe nse. of flying bullets, and tl!e Arabs rondA s a vage blows at machine I But one crfticnl eye among tl!e spectaLors saw 11t once the sequ e l or '11'itl 1 their scimeters j this. Foss snw at a glance bow quickly the aavage Bedouins would Bur. it pnesed resistlessly through their hoe. roll bnck that thin line of defense. S everal of the Arabs fell unde.r the wheels and were crushed. In a Nenrer the Bedouins were to their prey. In a short while few seconds the machine was speeding out of the town. the conflict would open The Arnbs came af t er in bot pursuit. Frnnk Reade, Jr., bad been doing some tall thinking. But tney might as well have cl!ased nn eagle. Their horses were "I don t know but thnt we ought to help tl!ose peeple," be said. fleet but they were no match for th e Omnibu8. What do you think of it FosH?" Beyond the town for a' ways there was a level plain. Across this "We ought to," replied the explorer. "It seems a pity to see t he machine sped swiftly. them destroyed in such a mnnner Of couse we coultl go on and leave In tlle d i stance were mighty mountain chains. When these were the Bedouins to consummnte their ends, and in that way elude them, reached of course progress must be more slow. but--" The pursuing Arabs were but a cloud in the distance now. "That would not be right," declared Frank. "We will be negleeYet they hung on iu the pursuit, doubtless with the belief that when a humnne duty if do that." t he rougll country was re achb d they could over t ake their foes. Then he put a hand upon the wheel and turned the machine toward The country between the Red Sea and Berber was intensely rocky the d istant caravan. and fODgh. Quickly the intervening distance wns covered. The distance was full) one hun d red and fifty miles. As it.was not The Omnibus, as it came thundering on, ronde more of a fright for yet past noon, Frank h o p e d to cover the most of it before nightfall. the caravan people than the Bedouins. Tbe machine bowled on at a rapid pace and the mountains every It crea t ed a sensation. And why should it not? moment loomed up nearer at band. Tl!e desert people had never seen anything of the kind before, and In due course the "nd of the plain was reached and then a pass was it looked to them exactly like some huge monster about to descend l ooked for, which would take them through .to the country beyond. upon and destroy them. This was easy to find. Bnt Frank brought the Omnibus to a halt not one hundred yards from the caravan defenses. CHAPTER IV. Bullets were rattling agn!Dst the sides of the Omnibus, for tire b!Ul aireally bHeD opened. THE CAR AVAN. OF course all the while our adveutur!lrs were senrcbing for the vursaing Arabs were lit awing nenrer. But Frank displnyed a whUe fiag and the hostile demonstrations a pass ceuaed. Then Foss went out on the platform and bailed the caravan. Tne Arabian horse is not noted so much for its endurance as its speed. Yer the stee1ls or El Hassan's gang seemed to have both. Frank noticed that the Arabs were fost c<:'ming up and suitl: "The y're bound to chase us, aren't they? Well now, tbey will have a long road to traverse.'' 011, don't fear!" Foss, they will go any further thao Musma!" "Where is that!" "About half way to the Nile.'' He parleyed with them for a while. The result was that the cara van people came boldly ont and h ailild the Americnns gladly. One patriarchnl old mnn seemed to be the leader. Fosa took time to say: "He is the Sheik and the owner of the caravan. He is a merchant of Derr, a !urge city on the Nile. His name il! Abou Ben Shir.' seem to be in great dread of Hassan's men.'' "Yes." "Tell them there is no reason to have fears." "I have done so . And why will they not go rurtherf'' For the fact that the clan or Bedouins t heirs and very powerful.'' Further conversntion with the curnvan people was no" prevente4 beyond,&here are roes or by the near approach of th e men or El Haesan. "But will tbey also give us much tronblefJ They may, though th e y are not so unfriendly for the foct that they trade with many foreigners who :lome up Nile to Berller.'' Ah, I see. I hope we shall get along amicably with tllem." At t his moment Barney came to the pilot bouse and cried in some excitE>ment: Mistber Frank, wud yez be afther comic' in here!'' Wbnt's the matter!" asked Frank. Shure there's Arabs in front av UJ!. We're all surrounded.'' "Golly!" cried Pomp; "I don't beliebe It am de snme pussons, fo' dey couldr:'t hab got In front ob us.'' Frank, wit h the two expl o l'ers rush e d Into the pilot bouse. From tbe obserV!Iotion window c o uld be seen tl!e cause of B a rney's e x cite ment. It was true that there were Arabs iu front of them, but it was not a war party. It was lns t end a caravan or camels and hors es, which was winding 4own out of the bills. The gay colore or the procession made a beautiful picture against the green of the bill slopes. For a moment the explorers ,gazed upon the scene with IDterest. Then Frank ex claimed: "Rave we anyt h ing to fear from them?'' "Not a thing,'' replied Foss ; "but t hey have much tQ rear.'' "Not from us." "Oh, no, but from our pursuers. Wait until El Hassan's men sight 'llem. They will not bother with us any more.'' "Is th a t so? That they meant bustness was morally certain. They drove in a few skirmishers sent out by Abou Sbir, and thea the batUe opened In earnest. From the outset 'lt would have been a hollow victory for El Hassnn, but at this juncture the Omnibus took a hnnd. Frank went forward and sigbted one or the electric gone. He was extremely averse to human slaughter. But there was ob vio usly no help for this. So be did not show compunrtion, but inserted a shell in the breecll o! the pneumatic tube. Then be sighted it. The next moment there was a thunderous roar as the projectile struck iu the midst of the savage crew. The result was terrific. M e n and horses, earth, stones and all manner of debris wns bnrlee in t o the lllr in a llternl shaf t many feet in height. Full tlfLy of the lledonins were killed then and there. It cbeckea their wild and for a moment threw them Into the wildest state of confusion. They retreated hast .ily for some distance. The caravan people were overjoyed as well as astonished. To them it was a literal miracle. Wbnt manner of gun was this which made no report, yet threw a thunderous projectile with such effect? Certainly it was uo ordinarr m a chine. Cheers r.rose wildly a n d prayers were returned to Allah. It was a wonderful preservati o n. Frank saw that El Hassan's man were again fot: micg to renew the a t tack. / He was sorry for this. "See! Did I not tell you so?" Foss certainly bad epo ken truly. He bad hoped that one shot frou1 the dynamite gun would be enough. Bot it bad not proved so. Had there been more time he would have preferred obstructing their Thl!re was a change or attitude course 'll'ith electric wires. Bot it was plain that there 'll'as no time in Ha s san s men. They bod swerved in the i r courae, and were no longer in pursuit of the Omnibus. Instead, they bad divided into two parties and were riding with all baste down upon thll caravan. The latter bud come to a bnlt. It was a critical moment for them. It was usel e ss for tt.em to retreat; witll the1r slower camljls they would easily have been over t uken. There was no alternative f o r them but to defend themselves. The sequel of t his bad been many a time fore told. The Arabs better armed, better equipped and better fighters would be sure to prevail. Then would follow murder, outrage and despoiling of the rich treas res ot the caravan. To these la\fl e ss sons of the d e sert n cnravan is lawful prey. Foss explained all this, and developments were watchea 'll'itb inter est. There was much visible e x citement in the caravan. The camels were huddl e d together in the mouth of the pass. The llorses were also driven to tbe rear. for this. So he again loaded the dyna mite gun. Once more be sighted it. This time be aimed not into t h e midst of tbe marauding crew, but te strike the ground nt their feet. There was just a little rocoil as the electric goo went off. The pre jectiie sped true to the mark. It struck full In front of the gang or Bedouins. There was a small earthquake in that VIcinity for a moment. A mighty mound of sand and stones was erected full in the faces or the Bedouins. Some of them were buried alive in it This last shot was enongh for the marauding gang. They at onee beat an incontinent retreat. From that moment Bi Hassan and his meri bad no &nd of respeet for the Ommbns and its dea1ly forces. They were quite unwilling tt incur its terrible power further. They retreated to a snre distance on the plain, and there they hoY-erect fllr some wb1le, not venturing another attack. A boa Ben Shir was Yery profuse in his expressions of !f&titnde fer' the defense or the caravan.

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6 FROM THE,] NILE TO THE NIGER. The caravan people, men, women anciated, but it did not deter our travelers. They nere going to reach the Niger, and were determined that nothing should deter them. Thus far they had certainly met with success, though it was fair to reflect that the journey bad only just begun. Then the explorers took leave of the c11.ravan. The Emir bad also given them the most direct course to Berber, which they now proceeded to follow. Up through the mountain pass the Omnibus threaded its way. For miles It crept through wild fastnesses and over rough ground. None of the party had ever seen such rough and rocky wilds. The description of Inferno's portals palled before it. But there must be an end to all things, and finally the m11.chine emerged from the Erkowitz Mountains and approached the Wady Go boot. Here the course now became easier to follow. .But nightfall came on. Of course the search-light couJcl, have been utilized to continue travel but this was not deemed expedient. "I think we bad better camp,'' declarerl Fmnk, and the others agreed wit h him. So a good spot was selected and camp was made. This was just in the shadow of a high or cliff. As darkness began to set.tle down, there was an excellent opportn nity lor the travelers to reflect upon their position. The dreariness and lonetlness of it all now came upon them full force. They knew that the region about them was lull ol all sorts o! terrors. Yet to give them credit, not ona ol them expressed an inclination to now turn back. All were anxious to go ahead. But the night must pass before this could be done. It waa arranged that constant guard should be kept. Barney was be sentry for the first part of the night and Pomp for the Iutter. All sat on deck until quite a late boor enjoying the balmy air. Then one by one they turned in. Finally only Barney was left. The Celt ensconced himselr or: the platform in front of the pilot house. It could not he truiJ' said that be was in love with his j o b. The Stygian blackness about him was oppressive. Far upon the mountain side a lion roared. Down in the valley jackals made the night hideous. The was armed wfth a Winchester and h
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FROM THE NlLE '1.'0 THE NIGER. But fQr fear of being carried over the ca t aract, the precaution of strong ropes was employed. It took the efl'orts of a hundred natives to get the Omnibull across the great river. But success crowned their efl' ort and at the Nile was crossed. The incidents of the .great journey had only just begun. The country before them to the Niger held more perils than tlley bad over dared dream or. CHAPTER VI. THE BEDOUINS. THE Nile bad been crossed, and our adventurers realized now that there could be no turning back. Tiley were in for the mighty task before them of traversing the country to the Ntger and must not shrink. The natives or El Salamanick were rewarded for their services, and then leave was taken of the firth cataract of Lhe Nile. They were now in the verge or the Egyptian Soudan, and must cross the desert of Bayuda. 'fhis was a part of Nubia and, though not so great in extent, was nevertheless quite as arid and lifel@ss as the Sahar a Frank had outlined his course exactly upon the cllart. Tllis was to proceed in a direct line to Lake Tchad, which was in the heart of Africa. In doing this he must pass along through the edge of the Sahara, and through ruined cities urH.l regtons infested by desert pirates, Be. douins and the scum of Egyptian humanity. It would have been poBBible to have traveled through this region in no other way. t Aboard the Omnibus they felt comparatively safe. On foot or In a caravan they would have lleen almust certain of being carried into horrible bondage if not or death. The Omnibus made a qu1ck run from the Nile to the-verge of the Bayuda Desert. llere, just at nightfall of the second day, camp was made. Some strange looking and massive ruins were here, and it was In the verge of tllese that the Omnibus laid by for the night. It was a moon-lit night-unlike the previous one, for there was a. cloudless sky. The vast white plain of sand lay before them. Thus far no sign of bost1le natives had been seen. Indeed. the desert seemed utterly uninhabited. There was little ap ptehension of an immediate attack from. any foe. l;lo the spirits of all m the party were high. Barney and Pomp danced and sang, while the others conversed glibly. Consid e rable speculation in regaTd to the rums was indul!red in. There are mOlly of these ruined towns and cities bet weeii here and the west coast," declared Foss. "Who their inhabitapts or builders were it is hard to sav." "Some branch of the Egyptian race," sugg e sted Walter. "No," replied Frank. On the contrary, these people are believed to have been entirely different from the real Egyptian." "While they did not excel the people of the Pharoahs in architec ture and the arts, they were yet fully their equal. Certainly they must have been a powerful rnce one day." "That is right," agreed Edgar, "there is a. current opinion that lome one of these places was the residence of the Queen of Sheba, spoken of in the history of Solomon. It is posstble that many of the splendors of his temvle came from this part of the world." "Tile land of Ophir!" suggested Walter "It l s not uolikelv.'' "'At any rate," said Frank. "We shall doubtless lind enough to interest us before we get through t.> Sierra Leone What with old ruins and uuexplored regions, we shall be well employed." "Especially in fighting Arabs and wild beasts," declared Walter. "Yon are right.'' The night passed uneventfully. The next morning all were astir for an early start. The air was close and suffocating. The sands of the desert fairly burned beneath the rays of the tropic sun. But there were no jaded camels or over-ridden horses to drive. The Omnibus was always to be depended on, and heat and cohl had little effect upon it. So the start was made. J The Omnibus rolled out upon the sands of the pitiless desert. Of course progress was not so rapid as It would h;lVe been on a hard surface. But the machine rolled lightly on over the glistening sands. And thus was the great journey well lleguo. At length all signs or vegetation or human or animal life tlied out. Naught. was about tt.E>m but one boundless Eea of sand, white and pitiless and shining. Truly it was amost extraordinary sight. 1 This alarmed Dane and Foes not a little and they sought Frank. "Are you sure you have your bearings all right!'' asked Foss, you know it would be very easy to get loat in this desert.'' "I have," replied Frank, coolly, "I advise you not to worry. I will take yon across the desert all right." : I b111ieve you!" cried Waiter. This set all fears at rest and the Omnibus went on under Frank s guidance. 1 A whole day passed and yet the desert lay before them. Camp was made n)Jon the gleaming sands, and the night, the first one, was spent upon the desert in real earnest. Wilen morning came almost the first thing Frank did was to sweep the horizon keenly. beheld something which gave him a great start. It was a distant black speck:. It migllt been an oasis, bat it changed its base constantly. And it also approached nearer and nearer to the Omnibus. Frank finally shrugged his slloulders and said: On my word, I believe we are going to have visitors.'' "Visitors!" exclaimed "Yea.'' Who, may I ask!" is hard to say just yet; but I am inclined to believe that they are Bedouins." All watched the approaching horsemen with interest now. It soon became apparent that they were indeed mounted men. They bad apparently sighted the machine, and were comicg for it. As Frank was somewhat curious \o know who they were, he did not attempt to run away from them. But instead he brought the mnchioA to atop. Then the travelers waited the approach of the desert rlders. Nearer they drew, now they could be distinguished plainly. It was seen that they differed vastly from the ordinary Arab. They were a much wilder and more savage They carried keen yatagbaos and long rifles, but their equipmeots and garments were not nearly as floe as the Bedouins. Foss regarded them with much interest for a time. Then he said: They are a gang Of Dura and the sworn foe of the Bedouins. These two factions are always at war!'' Then they may be friec
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8 FROM 'l'HE NILE TO 'l'HE NIGElt. CHAPTER VII. THE BATTLE WITH ARABS. "THEN we shall have to tight our way through," declared Foss. it be so then. I'll risk but that we can do it," said Fra nk, rigidly. "We came here in a friendly spirit. We will not tire tile tirst spot. But we must not be opposed Foss and Dane were delighted with this assertion That is the right spirit, Frank," declared Walter, earnestly. "I am glad to see you take so resolute a stand." And I shall stand by it," declared Frank, tell that heathen out Lbere that he interferes with us at his own great risk. We are going through to the Niger and neither be nor his prophet shall stop us." Dat am de talk!" cried Pomp, as be did a double shuffle. "Begorra, give it to der big blow! Shure he'll niver want more than wan dose av the electhric gun!'' averred Barney as he turned a handspring. So Foss proceeded to convey this bit of defiance to the Dar. The latter was furious. He caracoled his charger and rode once around the machine llour ishing his yataghan furiously. Then he dashed back to his com. ratlea. 1 The announcement evidently did not please them, for they made the air hideous with their cries. Tl:ey then rode at full charge upon the Omnibus. But Frank bad started the machinery, and the big vehicle was thun. dering across the plain Woe to the Do.r who got In its path. Frank bad given orders not to fire upon the foe, though they were raining bullets upon the machine. His plan was to simply run awav from the Dars and not to cause bloodshed, unless it became strictly necessary. This seemed easy enough as th&y had the level desert before them, and the horses of the Arabs could not hope to keep u with the Omnibus. But the Dars were dead game and rodl' down upon the machine, de termined to arrest its course and execule the vengeance of the prophet upon tile mvaders. The prow of the Omnibus struck one of the horses. In n moment steed and riller were picked np and hurled away over the sands. Another horae went under the w':leels. Frank touched a spring and sorr,e sharp blades flashed out from the hub of the macbine. Woe to the luckless horae which came in con tact with these. J;le would never gallop again The. result was that' the Dars were quickly burled aside. They might as well have tried to stop a thunderbolt. And the Omnibus went bowling away over the plain as ir nothing had happenud. Of course the enraged Ara':>s gave chase. With wild yells and spurring their horses they dashed after the machine. But they might as well have spared the trouble. It required but a brief space of time to satiefy them that they were out of the race entirely. The Omnil.Jus fairly distanced them. They wouhl have been left out of sight altogether had the desert extemlell a ways further. But a range ofirnountains suddenly loomed np before the \ ravelers. They were intersected with green and fertile valleys. At their base was a walled city. Indeed, the slopes and valleys could be seen to be cut up into vineyards and farms. Here was a race of people of whom the civilized world knew noth ing; nor did they know aught of the world beyond the desert. "They most be Dars," said Walter. "Probably this is the home of those clmps we just had the encounter with." "That is very true," agreed Edgar Foss. "These people are nn doubtedly of the Dar nation. Perhaps they will give us a better re ception." What shall we do!" asked Frank-" keep straight on! ' We must do so," replied Edgar. "I don't believe we can get through those hills any other way." What if they object?" The young explorer whistled with a serious frown. "Then we must eithsr go around them or fight our way through." "How much further would it be to go around!" asked Frank. "1 should think it must be fully one hundred miles!" "Then we will not around," said Frank, l!;rimly. "I will ron the machine up close to lhe gates of that city and yon can be spllkes man." "All right!'' agreed Edgar. The city was right in the verge or the desert. Quite a number of the natives on foot and in the saddle were about as the Omnibus roll eli up. They were evidently astonished at the appearance of the machine and a sensation was created. They fled before it, amt the call of trumpets was heard from the city walls. Instantly the gates were closed. Armed men appeared on Lhe walls, the role of drums was beard and Ed2ar clntehed Frank's arm. "Look out!" be gasped. "Don't yon see the cannonr Frank had not seen the half-dozen old cannons which were sudden ly brought to view on the ramparts. A man with lighted match stood by each. Now, If there W!!.S one thing in the world tct be feared by the travel ers, it was artillery. A shot from a cannon might utterly demolish the Omnibus. While rille halls were harmless. It was a most critical moment. Mercy on us!" exclaimed Frank; "if they lire on us now, we are lost.." They certa111ly mean to! Look out! Too late!" Boom! Or.e of the gunners bad touched otrhis piece. There was a ll.nsh of tire and a solid shot struck the Omnibus. For a moment it seemed as If tile machine was going all to pieces. But it did not. Nor was it much harmed. The ball had struck lhl fiag pole on the pilot-bouse at Its base, and carried it away Beyond the jar and tile loss of the pole and ling no serious harm was
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r FROM TilE NILE '1'0 'l'HE NIGER. II It was important to clear the way at once to the pass. At this m(T meut another incentive was added and a t hrilling one it was, too. Up one of the streets of the town a party of soldiers were coming on the double quick, and they were hauling a field piece. Once thiS was traiued upon the Omnibus the en:l would come swift and sure. But Frank saw this petll, and put on the full force of the dynamoes. The Omibus went thundering down upon the Arabs. Then followed a scene which baffles description. The desperate valor of the Dare was remarkable. They were per fectly willing to throw away their lives. They threw themselves in the path of the machine, clutched the wheels, and tried in every way to stay ita progress. But in this they failed. Frank out the keen blades on the hubs, and the machine cut its way through like a knife through cheese. Cleuring the desperate gang, the Omnibus ran on toward the pass in the hills. The field piece being trained, boomed In their rear. A cannon ball came, 'teariug the turf behind them, but it did not reach the Omnibus. The travelers could not hefp a rousing cheer at their success. And Edgar Foss cried: Why, nothing can atoll tile Omnibus so long as we keep clear of heavy guns. I tell you we sh all reach the Niger in spite of them!" "You are right we will!" crlea Walter, exultantly. "I don't see what will prevent us " be too sure of it," admonished Frank, "it is a good long ways yet to the Niger, and we have many obstacles and dangers to en counter." That is true,'' agreed Edgar, "but it we master them all as we have those thus far we will succeed.'' We will hope to do so," said Frank. The Omnibus reached the pass in the mountains safely. Some op positioc was made by mounted Arabs on the way. Riding into the pass some or them tried to roll up huge bowlders, and block the wheels of the huge vehicle. But n single shell from the dynamite gun reduced these obstructions to powder 'l'he run through the pass was a long one and the way a devious one. But at length the annds of the great Sahara burst Into vit.W on the other side. The travelers all felt overjoyed at this, for the land of the DarB was left behind, and they would now enter upon a dltl'erent region and so much nearer the consummation of the long. journey to the Niger. bu the Omnibus ran at full speed. When night came again they were full fifty miles out upon the Sahara and all W!IS sand about them. As the machine was along tons suddenly Edgar cried: "Look! That is the result of \raveling in the Great Desert." All saw the cause o! his remark, and gazed with curious sensations upon it. As far as the eye could reach to the eastward upon the great waste there was stretched a line of bones. White and glist ening they were in the hot rays of the sun. There were human skeletons alongside those of camels nod horses. The sequel was easy to read. ,"Some caravan overtaken by the simooo has perished here," de clared t!le young explorer "Whew, that is terrible!" said Walter Dane. "Begorra, an' cudn t they make the mountains afore it cum down en to asked B a rney. I All were weary of the desolate expanse of sand. Moreover, the heat W!lS intolerable and fine particles or dust had thoroughly perme ated the cabin and gave all a distressing cough. "Oh, for an oasis!" cried Walter, "is there no such thing In view!'" I fearnot!'' declared Edgar. Indeed it would seem good to see a bit' of green now!" Frank took his glass and went on to the upper deck. He swept the horizon closely with it. Tbe light was a trille dim and there was a haze in the air. But suddenly he cried: Your prayers are answered.'' Edgar and Walter gave cries of joy. Is that true?" cried the young explorer. Where is lt!" Lool). yonder!" A dart!: spot was seen just where the sky and the pla!n met. It might have been a blot upon a brass shield. But the travelers knew well'enongh what it was. "An oasis!'' cried young Foss. "Hurrah! that is joyful news.'' The spirits of all arose. Tl>e held down for the distant breathing spot in the great desert. Soon the waving palms could be seen, and then beautiful as a poet's dream the scene lay e!01 e them : Already they could scent the fresh foliage and it was an intense re lief to their dust burdened nostrils. Every moll)ent they drew nearer to the oasis. But c.larkness was close at hand. Indeed, even as the Omnibus drew up ic the verge of the little clump of palms little could be seea of them in detail. The glare or the search-light showed a wooded dell, with a trick ling spring of deliciously cool water. All wanted to slake their thirst at this spring, but Frank did not think it best to leave the machine until daylight. So tLe tour of exploration was postponed. All retired comparative ly early, for incidents or the day had fatigued them greatly. They slept soundly, for the cool air frcm the oasis was most refrl'Sh ing and rest inducing. The next morning all were astir early, and the oasis now lay before them in the light of the sun How rich and healthful, bow fresh and beautiful, the green depths lo oked in contrast with the sonde of thll mighty desert. The travelers, two by two, were permitted to stroll through the oasis. Tbere were paths made by visiting caravans, and also many water bottles were found. IL was a regular stopping place tor desert trav elers don btless. But they were at the time the sole visitors. They did not linger long, however, for Frank was anxious to be once more on the way. So once more the Omnibus was rolling away over the sandy waste. The little oasis which had cheered mu:ny a thirsty traveler was left far behind. They had left the Dar :Mountains far behind, and were now ln the land of t!le Wady Arabs. A long and arduous trip was before them to the northern shores of Lnke Tcllad. During all these days of lonely traveling over the S"hara, no incl dent worthy or note occurred. But the machine looked as if it had been through a sand storm. The dust was inches deep on all its decks, and even encrusted on the hull. Certainly the travelers themaelves had ample reason for complaint, for their nostrils anlllungs were filled. CHAPTER lX "Ah!'' exclaimed Edgar; "P.one o! you know what a terrible thing the deadly s1moon of the desert is.'' "Phwat is it loikeT" AT LAKE TCH.il>. "It is a fearful wbirlina cloud of sand and hot t!tifling air. It en-THE journey had began to wax monotonous. folds its victims like a deadly blanket and smothers them as they "I con't care if I never see this confounded Sahara agalnr declarelt struggle In ita embrace. It is the }:oisonons hot air and driving dust Walter Dane In disgust. \bat does the work.'' "I think we are all well sick of it," agreed Frank Reade, Jr., but It was certainly a fearful thing to reflect upon that all these people Wll shall soon be out of it." had thus passed into oblivion and their fate was unknown to Do you mean it?" in &Ume !ar away land. All looked up eagerly with this delicious announcement.. For doubtless many feet of sand bad covered these bones for per"Yes, I do," replied Frank; for in a few hours we shall reacll haps half a century only to uncover them now, with some driving Njimi, a town near Lake Tchad.'' wind storm. "Hurrah!" was the answer. Who they were, wha t the freight they carried, what their destina"Beyond Lake Tchad," declarlld Frank, "we shall strike down tion must !orl'ver remain a mystery. into u far different country. We shall then invade genuine Ethiopia." The bones of the caravan were passed by, and then not a dozen "Ar.d see no more of the Arabs!" neked Walter. miles further on, another wonder or tbe desert was encountered. "That is true," declared Edgar. "We shall soon be In a couotrr This was a buried temple covering acres o! territory. Only the upwith which I am well familiar. We shall have to do after tills with per columns and roof were visible. black men instead of desert heathens.'' The balance of the structure was deep in the sands. For which I am devoutly glad," declared Walter, sincerely And Fol'centuries these had urifted about the until at length all showed the sentiment. it was entirely covered up. Frank's prediction was verified. "This is an illustration of bow the surface of the desert constantly 1Alrendy a dark line bad '.>egan to appear beyond the sandy wute. changes," said Edgar; "it is really hard to say where its orlghfal That this was a line of vegetation there was no doubt. level was." About Lake Tcbad the mighty forests of Ethiopia. begin. The de-"Or what nations may be buried beneath it," said Frank. sert l!;ives way to fertile savannas, mighty river courses and the "You are right!" wildest of Africa's unexplored heart. The Omnibus left the baried temple and now the day began to 1 Here the Arab gives way to the black man. draw to a close. Below thi!l lin.e the desert wanderer never ventures, save to procute It was necPssary now to look for a good place to make camp. This slaves for Morocco or Algiers, seemed Dot at hand. It was not Frank's intention to visit Lake Tchad. 1 &Q

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/ .... 10 FROM T:d.E NILE '1'0 THE NIGER. He W&.ll purposed to pass just to the north w11.rd of it. Thence he intended going on in a straight line for the Niger. This would take the travelers through the northern part of tropical Arrica. It would certainly be a relief from the arid deserts or the Soudan. So the machine kept on until finally forests took the place of the sandy plain, and eventually prairies or bunch grass were entered up on. Here there were evidences of animal and birtl life such as is peen 11ar to tropicBI Africa. In the jungle the striped skin of the tiger WD-8 seen to flash; the :-oar or the lion made the ground tremble, and the tall giraffe fled at the approach of the Omnibus.,; There was a complete change of scene. But no one in the party felt sorry lor it. 1 Beautiful pheasants could be shot in ny coppica. There were lit.tle wood-deer also for the sportsman to try his skill upon. It was a wonderful region which now opened before our travelers. They encountered some prowling tribes of blacks. All however were friendly, and even too much so, it being necessary to keep them at arm's length for the safety of all portable articles on board the Omnibus. For the native negro will steal, it being his untaaght nature to do so. Otherwise he is not a bad savage. But what aroused the spirits or all to the point of virtuous i ndigna tion, was the meeting with unscrupulous gangs of Arab and Portu guese slave traders. These not only bartered with the kings of the various tribes, for sl'aves bot made descents upon unprotected villages and captured the The Americans with true national spirit were much against this most infamous practice. "They ought to be garroted, the whole fiendish crew of them!'' de clared Walter Dane, indignantly. "That Is right," agreed Edgar; "if we could only catch them sack-ing a native village--'' I "If we could, we would make it serious Cor them," declared Frank. "I wouldn't hesitate to open fire on the rascally wretcbes!" The words were hardly off his lips when Barney gave a startled cry. The Celt was io the pilot house. The Omnibus had been proceeding at a slow spee1l through a brushy tract of country. Suddenly from a copse a black came staggering out. He was bleeding from a dozen \70unds and fell halt senseless upon the green sward. It was evident that he had run a good ways and was about beat out. "Whoa!" shouted Frank, "hold up, Barney. We must help that poor fellow!" The black Jay panting upon the ground. Frank with Edgar and Walter reached his aide. Horrified, the Omnibus travelers gazed upon the scene Cor a mo me!lt. Then the firing ceased. The slave traders bad turned with amazement to regard the vehi cle, It was plain that they were much astonished at its ance. The Omnibus ran np to within fifty yards of the spot. Then Frank went out on the platform. He understood Portuguese well, so no difficulty in m&l>.ing the villains urlderstand him. . "Hello!'' he shouted. "What are you trying to do here! Who are you?" The reply came back in a sullen and terse way: Keep your own counsel, senors 'l"ith the wagon, we can keep oursl" "ban you?" retorted Frank. "You can also give a civil answer or pay penalty." We uon't fear the penalty,'' was the sneering reply. "We want no parley with you. We know you Americans and warn you not to meddle with Manuel Garcia or his men." "I'll show yon what meddling is, on the j\.merican method," de clarel! Frank. "You contemptible villains, to come here andodeso late a tlefenseless community of human beings like this. you no souls?" At this a tall, brutal-looking Portuguese became spokesman. "Senor Ameficnno, he said, roughly, "you will not dare meddle with Manuel Garcia. We are pursuing the lawful business or secor ing slaves. It may be illegal in America, but this is not America." "I don't care what country it is," retorted Frank. Right is right the world over and can never be aught else. You most deliver Ull those poor wretches in chains there, and take a vow never to in dulge in this nefarious traffic again or I will wipe you out of existence.'' Hot and furious was the reply of the slave-trader. Senor Americano, can indulge in good bluster," he declared, but remember that we have the superior Coree. Go on about your affalrs or we'll pull you ont of your wagon and hang you to the nearest tree.'' Once more," saitl will you liberate those poor souls!'' Do you I'm a fool!" came back the taunting reply. "You will be a fool if you do not comply," said Frank. "Lis ten, Senor Manuel Garcia-! have a dynamite gun here, one charge from which will blow you and your gang Into perdition! I shall not hesitate to use it, anll massacre you Cor a Jot of red-banded murderers! Now will you liberate tllO'se poor blacksf' But the captain only laughed jeeringly. He put up his right baud. A revolver gleamed in it. Get in out of there!" be cried, coarsely, ''or I'll blow -daylight through you for such an iQI!ultl The Jaw will defend me in itt" They lifted his head and s11W at once the stamp of death upon his CHAPTER X. brow. IN THE SOKO:ro FOREST. Edgar gave one glance o t him and said: He Is a Mokato. They are a peaceful and gifted people and Jive FRANK did an injudicious thing. It might have cost him his life. in a valley below hE>re. This Is the work of slave traders." He refused to comply with the villain's command. He on F k 1 r h d the platform. ran gave an exc amatwn orror an anger. Very <.leliberately the villain aimed and pulled the trigger. "Are you sure of that, Edgarr he Crack! I will make sure or it by asking the poor fellow," said Foss; "I Had the aim been good that would have been Frank's last hour on have a smattering of their tongue.'' earth. But it was not. So in a guttural tone he asked the dying man several questions. The bullet !!razed his shoulder and caused him to sta!!ger. The The black's face lit up and he seemed to revive. = His answers were interpreted by the young explorer. They filled cowardly trick was seen by all in the cabin, and it created a violent the breasts of all with horror. sensation. says that his village is bot a few miles from here in the di "Kill him! Kill the cowardly murderer!" was the cry. rection 'be came from,, said Foss; they were attacked early this Barney and Pomp already bad a line upon Garcia. Tile next roomorning by Portuguese and a wholesale slaughter of women and ment retribution bad achieved its end. children was made. Also their best young men were carried into S'ltift and sure was the fate which overtook the desperado. He Cell capti,ity." pierced to the heart. For a moment there was a lull. Then a roar or rage escaped the "Enough,''' said Frank, we will see that vengeance Is llone. They slave traders. shall have their punishment." War bad been declared and war to the deatb. The slave !traders The fngitive black man lived bot li short while after this. were a terribly vindictive and merciless gang. After he was dead a grave was prepared for him, Then Frank They meant to kill all on board the Omnibus. But they had reck Reade, Jr. proceeded to carry out his avowed purpose. oned without a host. The Omnibus was headed in the direction of the Mokato village. They fired a volley at the vehicle. Barney and Pomp with Edgar Long before it was reached evidenced or the bloody work of the and Walter returned it. 1 slave trauers were to be found in plenty. The Portuguese fell before this withering fire. But still they came Dead bodies of the blacks strewed the pathway. There on to the attack. -was a literal trail of blood to the native village. They were i:1 great force and once aboard the Omnibus might have Before the Omnibus arrived there sounds or the carnage were still <.lone much harm. heard. The crack of rifles and savage cries. But Frank did not Intend that they should come to close quarters. Every man on board was armed with a rifle Frank stood grimly He went below and sighted the electric gun. at the key board while Barney held the wheel. He knew that it would be frightful carnage. But somehow be could The Omnibus went crashing through U)ldergrowth into a clearing. not feel compunction. The scene which met the gaze of all was a sickening one. It was like firing into a pack o( wolves. He could feel only that There were the conical huts of the Africans made of straw and these men were the basest or murderers and ruffians and deserved boo all in flames. death. It could be no sin to kill them. Heaps of deaq,natives lay upon the ground. Some of their bodies So he sighted the gun and pressed the button. The bomb was were roasting in the flames. driven into the rl)idst of the murderous gang. The result was treWbile just o.t the north of the clearing a band of full two hundred mendous. armed wbite men were firing volleys into the village. It seemed as if fully a third of the murderous band expiated their Back of them was a cowering line or hlacks all chained together sins in that moment. ready for thtl slave market. It was a sigbL to arouse the very soul of j They were literally blown to atoms. The remnant of the gan!; any Christian man. waited not for another bomu but fled inoontinently.

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-----= "* FROM THE NILE TO THE NIGER. 11 But Frank sent another after them, nod indeed continued to shPII the forest until be wns satisfied that the terrified villains would never dare return. Then he threw, open the Omnibus doors and leaped out, followed by Edgar and Walter. They rushed up to the line of cowering slaves. It was but br1ef work to unlock shackles and set them free. overjoyed were they, that they grove!ed at the feet of th.,ir liber ators. One of them was the chief Mokuto and be could talk a bit of Portuguese. Frank conversed with him and learn d the whole horrible truth. Garcia and his gang bud been raiding the tribe for years, carrying off their best young men. When Mokato finally objected he brought the large force in revenge to wipe out the whole tribe. But he had been wiped out bimselr by a merciful interposition of Providence. Frank cumforted the aged chief and the Omnibus remained at the :Mo:Cato village for three days. In that lime the village was once more put to rights, a large num ber of the people who bad fled into the jungle came back and the dead were buried. One thing was sure. They need never fear Garcia any more. When the Omnibus took its leave of Mo:.aw, it left a joyful com munity of thanksgivmg blacks behind it. Once more the Omnibus was headed toward the NI!J:er. The country now became swampy .and full or lakes and rivers. This made progress very slow. The ferrying of the streams was a slow and somewhat dangerous operation. Much of this now came. Tllis took up time, and weeks were consumed in crossing a small atretch of country. Thus far no hostile blacks had been met with. But tilere were reports of tbe Sokotos, a tribe or man-eaters, who lived in a very deep and dar forest through wbich the Omnibus must pass. The travelers looked forward to this stretch or forest, which was described as fully as wild as tbe selvas o! the Amazon, with much in terest and apprehension. It covered a mighty tract, and to go nround it WPuld invJlve too great a detour. There was but one logical plan, and this was to go straight through it. So decided. Two days later they had left the region of Luke Tchad fnr behi:ld and were bearing t<> the south. After crossing a mountainous tract one day the great Sokoto foresr. came into view. They gazed upon tht! sceue with much wonderment. The trees of which the forest wad composed were of mighty propor tions. So beavy were their tops overgrown with clinging vines that in the deepest recesses ,Lhe light of clay was almust st\ut out. It was traveling througb a semi-gloom. Lookiug up, one saw that great green canopy like a huge tent over all. Monkeys and apes ab-Junded. Tlwir cbattermg could be beard a distance. Neither did they seem moen afraid of the invaders. Also there were huge pythons, which wound their huge folds about the limbs of trees and waited ror victims to pnss beneath that they might pounce upon them. In thitl Sokoto forest dwelt the mysterious race o! man-eaters whose name was a synonym of terror the over. Many wild and weird tales were told of them, and t!:Je fate of luck less travelers who had fallen into their clutches. Of course all this did not deter our adventurers, but rnther added a zest to their enterprise. It was at times difficult to lind a path thrOU!;h the Great Forest. There were many dense tbickets and jungles through which it be came nece11sory for them to literally cut their way. Huge serpnnts were sometimes crushed benenth the wheels, giant tarantulas and various poisonous insects swnrmed in the foliage. All theRe would have been a deadly peril lor LhoJ travelers to fnce had they been on foot. But, protected by the fine net work which covered the sides of the wagon, they were comparatively safe. Yet occasionally a tarantula made an appearance in the cabin. At such a time he generally became for the time being, monarch of all be surveyed, and remained so until someone was valiant enough to attack and dispatch him. But tbese deadly pests were only found in certain sections of the forest. Fortunately there were other sections entirely free from them. Also at times the machine halted in lovely llttl9 glades. where the sur;light was admitted, anti some trickling stream found its way over mossy stones. And tllus the journey through the African forest went on. No serious incident occurred, until one day a stop was made JUst before an intensely thick jungle through which it would be neces sary to cut a way. 'l'bis was usually done by throwing out the keen knives on \he )tubs and putting on all speed. They would cut the bamboo like pipe stemP, an<} the pilot on fro11t, being also armed with knives, would .do the samtt. But this patch of jnr.gle seemed to be unusually thick. Frank noted this and said to E I .ar: I doiJ't know but t we shall have trouble to get then.'' It looks pretty thick," agreel! tbe young explorer. Id there no wny to go around it!'' "None that I can see. However, here goes for the attempt. Great Scott!'' Frank was just about to press the motor lever. He instantly drew buck his banct as be gave this startled cry. Both men saw at that moment a thrilling From the deptlls of the jungle there hd emerged a giant form. It was a nondescript creature, as large and as powerful as an ox ana plainly half man, half beast. The gorilla!" gndped Foss. Mercy; on us! I never saw so big a one as that!'' Soll>ething like sense of terror seized upon them as they regarded the mighty Truly he wus a monster. His leviathan arms covered with hair hung below his knees, his neclt abort and thick supported a recedmg skull and the most woltish, tiehllisb face ever seen. Great fangs hung from tile creature's mouth, and it stood blinking savagely at the Omnibus. Both Frank and Edgnr had SP.en gorillas before, hut never such a specimen as this. Words cannot avail to aescribe him. Indeetl he seemed powerful enough to shuulder an elephant. There was no doubt but that he could do !!arm to the machine. "Mither prese.rve usr gasped Barney, with pallid face. "Shore, did yez iver 9ee the loikes av him.'' Wha'
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....,...... 0 4UU 12 FROM 'l'HE NILE TO 'l'HE NIGER. The black natives of the forest thus far bad not been encountered. Indeed the travelers bad almost begun to believe them a myth. But this conchn;ion was dtspelled in a rude manner. The machine ran into a great clearing. In this was lo cated the village of the maneaters. Frank saw this when it was too late to draw up. He reversed the machinery but it brought the Omnibus to a standstill not oue hundred yards m tbe village. The result can hardly be described in words .. or course the village was thrown into a. state of confusion and ex citement. There was the loud banging of tomtoms and the shrill notes of reed instruments a.s the Sokotos beat to arms. They came pouring in a vast body from their conical huts of bamboo and plantain. All were armed with javelins and bows. That the Omnibus was a sight the like of which they bad never before seen was evire beast than human,'' declared Foss. No wonder they are man eaters." "Th11t's right," agreed Walter. "What terrible fangs they h ave!" Do you really believe they are cannihalst" asked Frank, in. cre dulously. They have that reputation." May it not be their animallike appearance that suggests it.'' Possiblv I'' "One t!:iing Is certain!" declared Walter, "they are warlike and don't seem disposed to be friendly." "We will make overtures and see!" declared Frank_ It was not known wbetber n white flag would lle understood by the Sokotos or not. But Pomp stepped out on the platform with one. The appearance of a man of their own color aboard the Omnibus seemed to have a con$)iliatory efl'ect upon the maneaters. 'l'hey desisted for a moment in their war-like demonstrations. Then one of them advanced with his hands up in token of amity. "They want to parley!" cried Fraolq "perhaps after all their appearances belie them.'' But who will talk with themt" cried Edgar. This was a question. Of course none in the party understood the tongue of the Sokotos. The truce bearer addressed Pomp in some sort of g1llberish which he did not understand. Pomp replied to him in English. But both were stumped. The darky turned in disgust and cried: "I jes' can't make dem understan' at all, Murse Frank." "Have yez forgotten yer ancistral tooguet" asked Barney, mischiev ously. ."Don' 70' gib me no sass, I'ish!'' sputtered Pomp. Frank next went out and tried sign talK with the Sokoto envoy. It bad its effect. Jn this way Frank was able to convey his expressions of good will. Tbe Sokotos seemed iuclined to reciprocate. As well as 8ign talk could ilo it, the envoy assured the visitors tllnt they were welcome and desired them to come into the village. A deputation of chiefs next came but with peaceful assurances. Frank was triumphant. "What did I tell you!" he cried. "We shall find these people very likely some of tile most friendly on the route. We will accept the1r luvitat:on and stay here a day." "Good!" cried Edgar. ''I shall avail myself of the opportunity to study tllelr habits ant they were not of the Sokoto tribe. They were Jed <:1ose to the burning pyre. Then our trave:ers for the first time comprehended what was up. A !earful cry of horror escaped the lips of Eclgar Foss. What did 1 tell you?" he cried, "they are cauoillals and these are to be their victims." What!" gasped Frank, do they really mean to cook those poor wretches!'' That is certainly their purpose, and the.r will be cooked alive upon the prongs of those big 1ron forks. Mark my words!'' "Never!" cried the young inventor, excitedly. "I could not stand by and witness so horril:lie a thing!" What can we do to prevent iL!" We must prevent it. I tell you innocent life must not be taken in so ruthless 11 manner. Not if I have to blow those fiends to atomaf' With which Frank rnshed out upon the platform abd shouted at tbe top of his lungs for the human fiends to desist. Words can hardly descr;be the effrned I have no fears!" "Nor I!" declared Waiter Dane. So the Omnibus went on its way. Soon they were onr the boundary. I The land or the Giants probably is without a parallel on the face of While tb ere were no very high mountains, its surface was so rough and cut up that it was a literal Inferno. It was a land of dens and cavems. At every hand there ya.vnetl some deep fissure !n the eartt., ani

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r FROM THE NILE TO THE NIGER. r ==============:======::=:=::::= 13 lions and jackals were everywhere, for they had good hiding-places in these caves. Also the caves furnished abodes for the Sokoto giants. Scarcely one of these but had one or more occupants. So it could be seen at once that -the party had something lively in prospect. To pass througb. this region wltb. the Omnibus would be no slight task. There were but narrow posses for the machine to make its way through. In any one or these it seemed as if one man could easily hold an army at bay. But Frank Reade, Jr., was not daunted by all these obstacles. He was determined to pass through the region and so kept straight on. It proved the most difficult feat of the whcle trip. Soon tb.e machine was treading Its way through one of the narrow passes. The day was a dark and gloomy one, and there seemed great shadowa hangmg over the Omnibus iu a threatening way. The travelers were congregated in the pilot house anxiously watching for somt1 demonstration upon the part of th!3 terrible giants. Thus far none of them bad been seen. There was no evidence o! life but lions and jackals. T.he liona seemed as devoid of courage as the jackals, and invario.Uiy lied when the machine appeared on the scene. But when the giants did make an uppearauce it was in a manner which the travelers never forgot. Suddenly Edgar clutched Frank's arm, and gasped: "Look!'' He pointed to a high spur of rock just ahead. Prominent upon It, and outlined against the sky was one of the giants. And he was a ginn t too. II: all their lives the travelers had never seen so powerful a man. He was a perfect Samson In build. He was entirely naked save a breech clout. He carried a prodigious club nnd a javelin in his hand, He was regarding tile machiue with apparent earuestness. "Jupiter!" excluimeu the young inventor; "tbat is one of them!'' "Yes." Well, he is a giant'!" "You are right .!" And be sees us!" "True!" Frank held the wheel steadily, while the machine every moment drew r;earer to the spur of rock. It was necessary to pass directly under it. Frank hesitated. Should he come to a halt and attempt to open a parley? On seconu thought he decided to )teep on. And keep on he did. The next moment the machine was under the spur of rock. The giant was twenty feet above. But he leaped down on the deck of the vehJCle like a panther. His weight gave the Omnibus n tremendous jar. The moment he struck the deck he whirled his club aloft and the pilot ho:Jse a tremendous whack. For a moment it seem ed as if it must come to pieces. Heavens!" screamed Edgar, he will batter the machine all to pieces. Wing him, somebody!'' Begorra I will!" Another blow shattered one of the powerful glasses in the pilot house. Then Barney was at a loophole. He tired a\ almost point blank range. The ne-xt moment there was one giant less In Africa. 'He could not withstand a bullet and went off the top of the rna chine like a lump of lead. But this was not all. Other giants had appeared in the pass. Several of them lay hold of the machine and tried to stop it. Others far ahead began to roll huge rocks into the paes. It was a lively time. It seemed certain that the huge brates did not mean that tbe ma chine should pass safely through their country. But Frank Reauo, Jr., with his customary ready wit was at the fore. He threw out tbe knives on the hubs. After several or the giants bad been deliciously nrved, the others were willing to relinquish their purpose. Then Frank gave the wheel to Barney. He ran to the electric gun and sighted it. He sent a bomb tearing up the pass. TO EUROPE BY MISTAKE. By "BRICKTOP." Telling all about how it happen e d. Containing twelve illustrations by the great comic a rtist, 'l'HO:U:AS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For eale by all newsdea.lers, or we will send. H to you llpOR reeei.pt of price. Address TOUSEY, Publi8her, P. 0. Box 2730. 84: & S6 North Moxe St., lfew York. It reduced the stone obstructiO'ns to powder, and dispersed the rest or the giants. In a brief moment the victory was won. The machine went tearing on up the pass, and eventually the giants were left far behind. But the trip through giant land was ever after to all of 1 hem like a childhood tale from a story hook. The wild brolten country, the deep caverns, the snvage beasts, and the hl'deous giants could hardly seem to be a reality. But they certainly were, and l!lany exciting J!Crapes were bad with them before the Omnibus party got snfely through. Giant laud was left behind and now the machine encountered a magniticient level stretch of country. The travelers could not help but admire it, and Frank declared: "Some day these will be claimed by the forces of civiliza tion, and these wU! be t.he richest farms in the world." "You are right," agreed Edgar Foss, "the day will not be far distant either." "There is a great future for Africa.'' "Certainly! With its undeveloped it is equaled by no other country in the world.'' The Omnibus camped that night upon the pebbly shores of a lake The next day it was seen to be full or myriads of lidb. This was too great a temptation. The sportsman proclivities of the crowd manifested itself, and all spent some hours in piscatorial sport. _, Tile spirits o! nil were now mach on the rise. It seemed certain that their famous trip across tbe continent of Africa was bound to be a succi!SS. ,. "In another day," declared Frank, "we shall reach the Niger.'' And then---" 1Beyond it Is civilization. We will push on to the coast and meet Captain Wel:lon at Freetown.'' Arter that--" Home, sweet home.'' Frank's prediction proved correct. The next afternoon the machine crossed a broad savanna, and the waters or a great river burst upon the view of all. It was the Niger. At this point the great river ran due south and emptied ln\o the Gulf of Guinea. A description of the Niger is not necessary as it is n. well-known river. 'l'o ford the river was now the exciting task of the travelers. It was no light one either. . But a camp of natives was found and these were gla:l t
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Also, table of distances bJ No.6. water to foreign ports, hack fares in the princifal citie, HOW TO BEHAVE. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE. Giving full instruction for the use of dumb-bells, lodia'A No.20. advantage at partiAe, ball&, tbe theater, church, and in the Ofer 1ixtt illustrat1ona. l:very boy can become strong How to Entertain an Evening Party, room. Price 10 cents. )lealtby y following the instructions contained in thi A very valuable' little book juet published. A complete No, 34. lttlo book. Prioe 10 cents. compendium of games, sports, cal'd-iliversions, comic HOW '1'0 FENCE. No.7. recreations, etc., suit"ble for parlor or drawine-rOom entel'tainment. It contains more for the money than any HOW TO KEEP BffiDS. book publiellad. Price 10 cents. twenty-one practical illustrations, aivina the best poaitiou Handsomely illustrated and conY,iLing full inetruetions in fencine. A complete book. 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Price 10 ceatL No.9. carried on between t e mag1cian and tbe boy on the ata.,e; HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. also giving all the codes and tr,jls. 'J'he onlJ authentic No. 37, BY Harry Kenaedy. The secret given away. Every intelli-ul'lanation of second alr;ht. rico10 cents. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE. &'&nt boy t..bis book of instructions, b7 a traatical No.23. It contains information for everybody. boys, lirla, ::f: srofeesor t.iog multitndee ever)' lli&ht with il WOD HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS. and women; it will teao h you bow to make alm oatanyth erful im1t&tion8), can master the art, and create &llJ the house, tsuch as parlor ornament.B bracket .. amount of fan for himself and frienda. It is the areate* .llverybody dreams. from tbe little cbild to tbe &Ked maD oemonto. IIIOii&n harps, and bird lime for catching birdo. book eer published, and there' millions Cof tun) ia it. and woman. 1'Bie little book rves tbe explanation to all Price 10 cents. Prioe 10 cenW.: No. 38. No. tO. oenta HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOB. HOW TO BOX. I No. 24. A woaderful book, containinR oeeful and practical inforo-'fbe art of ael!-defonee made easl. Oontaialag over tbirb HOW TO WRITE LE1"l'ERS TO GENTLE mation in tne treAtment of ordinary diseases and. ailmeDta llluat.r'ationl of blows an the different of MEN. common to every family AboundiDR in uaefuiRnd.etrec'-bS:x u:rt:! ive'recipea for general complaints Pricel9 ceDt& Containing full directions for writing W gentlemen on all out an instructor.. Price 10 ceBta aubjeots; also givine saaple letters for taatruction. Price No. 39. 10 coats. How to Baise Dogs, Poultry, Pigeons ancl No. II. HOW TO WRITE No.25. Rabbits. A moat complete little book containing full directions for HOW '1.'0 BECOliE A GYMNAST. A ueefnl and inatrnctLve book. Handaomelr mustrated. writine love-letters, and when to use them; aJso aivin & By Ira Drofraw. J::'rice 10 cents. epecimen leiters tor both ,oung and old. Price 10 cents. 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HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECI ,-ithont tbie wonderful little boo"k. l"Nle 10 cents. TA'l'IONS. Nf'. 41>. No. 14. The Boys of New York Stuiup Speaker. HOW TO MAKE CANDY. Oont&inin.f a varied assortment of Stump Negro, A complele band-book for making all kinds of candy, ic&piecea, toget.her with many standard readinas. Price 10 Dutch an 1.-isb. Aleo IJnd Men's jokes. J tbina cream. syru s, eseences, etc., etc, Price 10 cents. cente. for home amuoement and amaleuralloww centa. p For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, post-paid, upon of price. Address Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.

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FBAlfB: TOUSEY'S HAND BOOKS. ea. HOW TO PLA.Y CA.IIDS. HOW TO MAKE A. MA.GIC LANTERN. How To Do Puzzles. No. 02. l A com Jete and bandrlittle <;;;ok, revlng tbe rulee and full of the together with ita .... lor Euchre or1 Cassino, Fortr hiatorJ Also full for ita uee and Fi Bounce 8 ro Saucbo Draw Po er Auction Pito for paiohf:!g ehdeL HandsoJ:ael7 1Unstrat.ed, b7 J"ohn By A. Anderaoo. Prio" 10 cents. and m&UJ' other aamea 'of card.a. frio Pr1oe 10 cent. 87. HOW TO BECOME A. PHOTOGRAPHER. How To Do Electriral Tricks. No. S3. Oontainlng uaefo.l information regardh1g the Camera and Oontainiug a larae colleoti&n of inat1'1loti'fe and llllb HOW TO WRITE LETTERS. t'!:t:n amusin1 electrical trioke, together with iUusbatiou. A wonderful little bock, t.eUing you bow to "rite to JOUr A. Anderson. Price 10 oente. father, mother{, eister, illuetrated, Br Oaptain W. De W. AbueJ. Pnce 10 cenu. .. aad iD fao ev&rJ'bOdJ and any odyyou wnb to wr1te to. 61 ea. .... ;y JOUDC mu and every younc l&dJ ia the land 1hoald How To Do Chemical Tricks. ba .. thio bOok. Prioe 10 oents. HOW TO BECOIIE A. BOWLER. A complete manaal of bowling. Oontainine fall iDitru.o-Vontalnine over one hundred bigbJr amu\nc &Dd. etructi'Ye trioks with cbemicels. B7 A. A.nderso -11& No. S4, tiont for pit sing all tbe etandl\rd American and German cam.M; toget.ber witb rule& and eystems of eportin in \18e aomely iiJIUitrat.ed, Prioe 10 oenta. HOW TO KEEP .A.ND MA.NA.GE PETS. tit&tee. n7 69.1 82. How To Do Sleight er Hand. kiDda of peLs; also full instruction for m:lin1 eaaee. etc. Fun, aine by 28 ha.ndBOme illuatration' Hew to Become a West Point Mllitarr, Cadet. Oontalnlng over fifty of the latest aad beet. trlob 11" malunll It the m011t oomplet.e bcok of tbe kincleer Oou tainin full how to gain a mittance, .Jibe<\, PrioelO oento. course of St.udfi, Examinations, Dutiee, Staff of o:flioen I Post Gu&rdd Po ice Regulatiene, i'ira Departmeni, and atl 70. No. 65. How to Make Magie Toys. Oadet. Price 10 cents. HOW '1'0 COLLECT STAMPS A.ND COINS. 63. .. Prioe 10 cants. For eale by all 11ewadealere. or Hat. tn.ted, 10 centa. HOW TQ DECO ME A. NA. VAL CA.DET. paid, by mail, upon receipt of price. Complete inetruotionl of how to aaiD adminion to the No. 58. Annapolis Naval Academy. .Also oon\ainin2 tbe oour11' of 71. in&Lruct.ione, desoript.Jone of arounde and buildings liie-HOW TO BECOME A.N torical sketch, and everything a bo;y ehonJd know to be-How to Do Jlechanical1'ricks. Qontaining lull inatruotionB bow to prooeed in order to be Oontaialnc complete in$tructione for performia oTer, r-. come a locomotive enaineer; also directions for building a West Poiat Militar7 Cadet., Price 10 cent&. b Meobanical Trioke. By A. Anderson. Fuily IHaat u '-" modellocoruot ie; toKet.ber a full deecript.ion of ever7ed. Prioe 10 cent& For sale by all or w thin1 an &D&'ineer sllould know. Ptica 10 cents. 64. eend it b7 mail, postage free, upon receipt of the pra.e. No. !57. How to Make mectrical Machines. 72. BOW TO MA.KE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Oonta.inin full dil'ections for makine Electricalllachinee. Induction Coila. l>yn"moe, and manr Novel 'l oJa lO be How to Do Sixty Tlicks With {'ard.s. :trull directions. how make a Banjo. Violio, Zither, worked b.J. electrloity. By R. A. r: J:!ennett. Fu lr illuoEmbraclnl< all ofthelatoatan4 moot deooptive card tno &oltan Harp. Xylophone and otber mueical instruments trated. rice 10 cantos. together with a br1ef descript.ion of nearly muetoal with illuatratJons. BJ A. Anderson. Price 10 oentl. I' uaed in aDcient or modern times. roluse)J 6!5. eale by all newedealere, or we will aend it to you br Ill&! ) postage tree, tpon receipt of price. .Muldoon's Jokes. 73. Tble Ia one of the moot oririn&l joke books ever publiebed, and it ie brimful of wit and humor. h contains a large How te Do Tricks With NUibers. 68. HOW TO DE A. DETECTIVE. collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc. of Terence Showing many our{oua trioka witll ll&'llret and tbo :t!t & Old King Brady, the world known deteoin. In wbiob :J::"tJ';} b8 iaye down eome valuable and sensible for beeJnof Muldooo.'' for tbe .l!lmall 11om of 10 cente Eery boy ;:!o oan enjoy a good oubat.antial joke obould obtain a oopr :Stat.ee or we will eend it I.e you b7 111A11, pootap 1.-aers, and also relate eome adventures and experience of well-kaown det.dct.hee. Price 10 centa. mdlate upon receipt of the rice. p Funny Stories by the 6reat "Bricktop.'' Handsome Lithograph Covers in Colors. Stories Fully Illustrated by Price 10 Cents Each. Worth. Each Story Complete. 1 lVIulliga,n's Boarding-House. 2 To Europe by Mistake. 3 Joining the Freemasons. 4 Our Servant Girls. 5 Zeb Smith's Country Store. 6 On a Jury. 7 Mrs. Brown's Boarding-Bouse. 8 Henpecked. 9 Columbus, the Discoverer, by Duke Ba.gba,g 1.0 A Love Scrapes. 1.1 Uncle Josh. 12 Hunting for a, Wife. .13 Mrs. S'noodle's Curtain Lectures. 14 Dodging . a Creditor. 15 My Wife's Mother. 16 Going to the Country. 17 A Quiet Fourth of July. 18 Where Are You Going? 19 That Parrot :Next Door. 20 Our Baby. 21 Good Templars Exposed. 22 Our Boarding-School. 23 The Troubles of Mr. and Tumbleton. 24 Mrs. Blinker's Blinds. 25 My Birthda,y. The above books are (or. sale by All Newsdealers in the United States and Canada, 'Will be sent, postage free, to anr, address, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore St., N. Y.

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I Latest Issues of Latest Issues of Latest Issues of THE 5 aENT Frank Reade Library YouNG SLEUTH LIBRARY. rroMm LIBRARY. Bythauth .. of"Yo=gB!oooL !io. 3Z A, Nice Quiet Bo7; or, Never Suspecteg; Tom Teaser 33 Shorty Ia Search of Ws Dad, by Peter Pad I Stutteriog Sam, by Peter Pad Tho Shortya' Trip Around the World, by Peter Pad Bildobrandt l!'ltzgum; or, M1 Quiet Little 8'l Jr. ; or, A Ohip b:t as Whloh was the Other? 311 Bob Rollick; or, Wha Was Be Born For? jiO Th\ Sllortys Married and Settled Peter Pad Tomtny Bounce, Jr. in Oollege, t: 42 1'heShortys Out for Fun, by Peter Pad C3 Billy Bakkus, tbe Boy With tho Big lllouth, by Oommodore AhLook M ''Whiskers;" or. One Year's Fun at Bellt.op Aoademy, by Sam timiley .S The Shorty& Out Fisbiog, by Peter Pad :; Drum:!e;.eter Pad by Pater Pad cs A 49 'fhe Shortya' Farming, by Peter Pad 10 Muldoon's Niacbt School. br Totn 'feaaer Jl Dandy Dick. the Dootor'a Son; or, 1'he Villa'le 'l'error, by Tom J'easer fil S&BSy Sam Sumner. A Sequel to "SaBSJ Sam. by Oommodore Ah-Look 13 The Jolly Travelers; or, Azonnd the World for Fun, by Peter Pad West, iS Oheeky and Ohipperi or, Throuch 'i'bick and Thin, by Oommodore Ah-Look 6l T"o Hard Nuts; or, A Term of Fun at Dr. OrackAm'e Academy, by Sam Smiley Z: Store. by :l i:::: Len. 12 Joseph jump and His Old Blind Nag, by Peter Pad 63 'l'wo in a Boxj or, The Long &Dd Short or It. by Tom Teaar e& The Sh orty Kids; or, Three Ohl p s of l'hree Old B l ocks, by Peter Pad Mike .McGuinness, or. TravelinaforPleaaure, 86 The Shorty a' Obristmas Soaps 67 l'he J:Jounoe 'fwins, or, 'fbe Two Worst Boys in the World, by Sam Smilo;r a Nimblo Nip, the Imp of the School, by Tom Teaser 19 Sam Spry, the New Y ork Drummer; or, Business 'JO b 71 'i'bose Quiet rwias, trr Peter Pad Read:r'e by Peter l'ad M An Old Boy; or, 1\l&louey Alter EducatiOn, b.f Tom 'l'easer 15 Tumbling Tim; or, Traveling With. a Oucue, U Judge Oleary's Country Oourt, 19 Joe Junk, the Whaler; or, Ao7where for J:l'un, by Peter Pad 80 The Deacon's or, 'rhe Imp ot the Villaae. 81 Behind the Scenes; or, Out With a Qombtnation, by Peter Patl 82 The Funny Four, by Peter Pad 8S Muldoon s Base Ball O lub, by 'l'om 'l'easer 84 :Muldoon's Base Ball Club in by Tom 'feaser 85 A Had E!!g: orTHard to Oraok, by 'l'om 1'8Gser 86 Saw; or, 'J'he roublesome Foundlingby Peter Pad 81 MnldooD's Base Ball Olub in 88 JimmJ Grimes; or, Sharp, Smart and.Sassy by Tom Teaser 89 Little Tommr Bounce: or. Something Ltke Hie Dad, by f'etor Pad flO Picnics. b7 Tom 'Ceaser 91 Little Tomusr I:.Sounce on His Travels; or, Doing 92 Salll4fl3owaer at Play, by Peter Pad 13 Next Door ; or, The lriah Twins, by l 'om 'l'easer 14 The .Aldermen Sweenersof New York, b.J Tom Teaser 86 A Bad Boy's Note Book, by .. Ed" 96 A Bad Boy at School, b7 "Ed" 97 Jimmy Grimes, Jr.; or, the Torment of t.11e Vil-lage, by 'fom Teaser J8 Jack and Jim; or, Rackets and Schoel. by roru 'i'easer t9 The Book A Luck, by" Ed" ro'l l02 J03 Senator l\1 nldoon by 'L'orn Teasw 1()i or. Working D5 The Oomical Adtonturos of 'Iwo Teaser :::: lt. :fc::: 108 Billy Moss; er, From Oae Thing to Another. by Tom Teaser 109 Truthful Jack; er, Oa Board the Naooy Jane, by 'Jom rAasel" rtO Pred :Presh: ur, As Green as Grass, by l 'orn Teaser 111 '.Clle De&ooa's .Hoy; or, The Worst in 1'own, a2. J.ahnny Rrowa & Co. at !choel; or, .. 111 b;r l'o1a l'eaaer Price o Cents. N o 43 Lost in the Land of Fire; or, AoroH the Pampas in tbe Electric Turret. t4 Frank Reade, .Jr. aDd ilia Queen Olip,er of the O louds. Part I. 46 II. and His Queen Olipper of the 4.6 Six Weeks in the Great Whirlpool; or, Strange Ad-ventures in a Submarine Boa.t. 4.7 1\lonitor ef the Airi or, 4.8 Frank Reade, Jr., .Uxploring a River of Mystery. 49 Frank Reade Jr., in the Sea of Sand, and His Discovery of a Lost People. 50 Ch&&ed .Across \he Sahara; or, The Cap tive 51 Frank Reade, Jr and His Electric Au Vaht; or, The r;2 of the Air; or, the :Searoh for the Mountain of Gold. 53 li'rom Pole to Pole; or, Fra.uk lteade, Jr.'s Strange Submarine Vo!aae. M and His 55 Brank Reade, Jr.h ln the 1n tne Fur West; or, The Search for a Lo:. Gold Mine. 56 Frank Reade, Jr., '\'iith Hia Air Ship in Asia; or, A.. Flight Across the Steppes. 57 Frauk Re&de, Jr. and Hia New Torpedo Boat; or, At War With the BraziHau Rebels. 68 Frank Reade, Jr and. I:::Ha .Electric CoaCh; or, The Search for the Jsle of Diamonds. Part I. 59 Frank Reade. Jr., and His ltleotric Uoach: or, The Search for the Isle of Diamonds. Part JI. 60 Frank Reade. Jr and His Magnetic 6unCarriage; 61 or, Lost iD the Land of Urimsoo Snow. Part I. 62 Frank Reade .Jr.'s Electric Ice Boat; or, Lost in the Land of Crimson Sno... Part 11. 63 Frank Reade, Jr. and His Enaine of the Clouds; or, Obased Around tbe W o rld in the :Sky. 64 Frank Reade, Jr.'a ElectriC Oyclone; or, Thrilling Ad ventures fn No Man s Land. l'art I 65 Reade, Jr.'s Electric Cyclone; or. Thr illing Ad-ventures in No Man's Land. Par\ II. 06 in Search 67 Frank Reade, Jr . and His Electric Air-Boat; or, Huot-68 Jr, Among the Cowboys Witll his New Electric Oaru van 69 of Fruk 1G F 'rank Reade. Jr., and His .B.Iectrio Prairie Schooner; 71 of the Lakes; or, A Journey Tbroulh Africa by Water. 12 the 73 Six Weektt in the Clouds; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air.,, or, Around the Globe in 'birty Da,.s. 15 Frank Reade, Jr. and Hia Flyjng Ice Ship; or, Driven 76 Electric Sea Engine; 01:, Huoting Cor a Sunken Diamond Mine. 71 Monnfaini '19 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Eleotic llucl
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