The chase of a comet; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s most wonderful trip with his new air-ship the "Flash"

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'"'" N oname's" Lates t and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No. lOS. { COl\IPIJJ:TE} FRANK 1'0USEY. P(TI !LI SHER, 34 &; 36 NORTH MOORE S'J'REE'f, NEW YORK. { JJI,ICE } NewYork,May31,1895 ISSUEDWEEICLY. Vol. V. Ente1ed acc01ding to the Act of Congress, in the yetu 1895,1"1 /i'll INI( '/'OUS!i;l { in the o!Tice of the Libmian of Congess, at rVashington, IJ. C Th Ch f c t or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Most Wonderful e ase 0 a Orne Aerial Tt:iP With His New Air-' Sh1p the "Flash." . By 10'" NON.AME." From the cage they had rAmoved their effects, includingthe telescope, and were already preparing to take a. sight at the comet. Their astonishment at sight of the air-ship can hardly be expressed in words. "Mercy on us !" gasped Jack. '"What is that, father P" It looks like an air-ship.''

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2 'l'HE CHAS:Ii: Ol A ME'l'. The subscription Price of tbe FRANK READE LIBRARY by the ye!Lr i s $2.50: $1.25 p e r s ix month:o, postpaid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. The Chase of a Comet; / OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Most Wonderful Aerial Trip With His New Air-Ship the "Flash.'' A MABVELOUS MID-AlB FLIGHT. I By "NONAME," Author of -Around the Arctic Circle; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Most Famous Trip With His Air-Ship, the "Orbit," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE NEW COME'r, PROFESSOR ALEXIS MENDON 0( the American School Of Science had just desc e ude.t from the observatory where for two whole hours he had been engage d m watching the heavens starlit and beautiful. Below him lay the flashing li2;hts qf Washington but he bad never even them a gla,nce. His whole attention had been given to that wh, ch he saw In t!te reflector of the great tel e scope. The assistant, John Vance, had stood behind him all the while await iog orders. The pr o fessor was to a state or no little excitement, for be exp e c ted noll hoped that hour to make a discovery which would electrify the scientific and astronomic world. He bad b egun to study the great reflootor, at exactly ten o'clock. In it wne mirrored the constellation of stars which were the object of his interest. Slowly time dragged by and he watched. Several times it became necessary to change the range of the great telesc o pe. At h q H past ten the atte ndanl ventured to say: We are a little early, sir!" Better that than late!'' was the scientist's terse reply. "Aye, air!" agreed Vance, Time went on. Eleven o'clock came. One hour had passed 'Still the professor stared into the reilector. Another half hour drHted by and Vance stirred n little. Keep still!'' said Mendon, harshly. The attendant winced, bot obeyed. 1'here was already a light or in credulity in his eyes. It was now fifteen minutes or eleven. One hour nod threA quarters bad passed. The professor's face looked troubled. If it does not come within fifteen minutes,'' he mused. All my rt>ckonmg is .at fault.'' John Vance looked as if he doubted tte expectations, but he said nothing. But suddenly Mendon drew closer nod watched the reflector intent l y His note-hook lay in his lap, and he made entries witlrout taking hts g-aze from the reflector. Through the milky whiteness or the nebula he saw a bright nod tiery star suddenly emerge. It was movingand increasing i n siZP, As it developtld more distinctly a long nebulous tail was seen. F()r full ten minutes the uew comet, for such it was, remained in Bight. Then it vanished. But Mendon knew that this would not be Jts !net appearance. Every night after this, at the same hour, nod for a longer period each time, it would be He drew a deep breath and arose. "John Vllnce he said, "wipe the lena nn:l hnve all renlly for to-morrow night at quarter of eleven. The comet has come.'' --The attendaut bowed rei>pectfully. It was then that Professor Mendon descended into his study. 'At a table upon which were spread many charta sat a young man. He was handsome and mtellectual, and looked up as Mendon en tered. He saw the light of exultation in the professor's eyes. "My boy," cried the latter, "my reckonings are verlllet.l! The Hopkins comet, after an absence of Iitty years, taaa Father,'' exclaimed the young man, springing up, you don't menu it!" Yes, do, Jack.'' Jack Mendon, the professor's son, and who was following rapidly in his !ather's profession, was much excited. ' What a wonderful revelation this wall be!" be cried. "The Hop kins comet has an enormous orllit, and, if it follows its previous course, will come very near the earth," "As near us the moon, my lad." "Mercy! What a chance thai. will be to study its composition and other characteristics!" The professor made a rueful face "So It ought to be,'' he said, but I fear that its proximity to tbfl earth at that moment can only be viewed from a part of the globe which has hitherto never been reached by "And that--" Somewhere in the vicinity of the South Pole.'' Jack Mendon was silent for some momenta after this declaration. He saw at that. moment the apparently sheer impossibility o[ carry ing out a cherished project. B11t with the charact e ristic hopefu\ness of youth, he would not abandon the chance for such mi'ghty 'g nins. He would not believe but tbnt there was some way to gain the desired en
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, '! 'HE CHASE OF A COMET. 3 much speculation. Many have claimed that H is a solid appendag e o t hers that it is but a nebulous trail in the sky. In :view or all these things, the bitter disappointment of the scien ti s t and his son can be ima g ined. But finally Jack, after much thought, ran his fingers energetically through his long hair, aLnd exclaim e d : Is there no possit.le way of gainin11: those latit. udes?'' I certainly know of none," declared the prof.,ssor, Ships bad penetrated quite near it. Perhaps--" Nonse&sel No ve88el can ever tuke us far enough sooth. Be sure or that! Oh, for wings," cried the young sciuntist. Or perhaps a balloon would take us thither." "A talloonf' The proledsor ga.ve a start, and then paced the .Ooor several times excitedly back and forth. "A balloon!" he exclaimed, and his features \7orked convulaively. "My boy, you bave hit it." He paused before his son wltb pale and agitated features. There was a sonorous ring in his voice as be said: Do you see the point? I believe that a strong balloon, launched from the southern cape of Enderby Land, would take us as far as the Pole, or far enough to see the comet. Jack looked intensely at his father. "So il would," he agreed, but--" "How wollld we ever returnf' I Professor Mendon's frame quivered Be at. his eon again, and there was a strange li!!'ht in bi1 eyes. "We could never return!" Startletl beyond measure, Jack Mendon for a moment could not apeak. Then he said : "You are right. We must give up the idea." "Nol" Professor Mendon went on earnestly: "My life is near ita close. I IHLVe devoted it to science. J. am willing to sacrifice it to science. I intend to see the Comet at its appro a ch to the earth, even if J do not come back alive. I am willlg to give my life to see it." Jack llendon gave a gasping cry: "No, no lather!" he c r ied. I will never consent to that--" "Stop! My mind is d e cided.'' Jack knew when his fat her spoke in that manner that be was not t o be glnsaid. So he interposed his last argument. "But in what manner will you b .Anelit science by thus throwing your life away? Bow will you be able to send to tbe world an account of whut yon have s e en! That will die with you." "No," replied the Professor; "there is a way. I shall take carrier pigeons with me. They will back all that I may wish "And your plan then--' "Is first to secure a ship to take me to Enderby Land. Four mon t hs from to-day I must laud there." "Yes!' "I shall go 1 ashore, wait for a favorable wind and th?D launch my balloon. The ship may wait two months for me to re t urn II I do not come back by that time it may return heme for it will be known that 'I am dead." J11ck Mendon arose and clutched his father's arm. Be was very much affected. Father," he said, "you are not going alone!" "Yt!l!, my boy!" N e ver! I am g oing with you!" "No -I forbi d that. Y o u are y oung and shall take advantage of my gre a t discoveries. You shall reap the frons of _that mighty e u terprise for which 1 am willing to bring my nigh spent life to a closet'' Bot J ack Me!!don said: I am decided as well as yon. I shall go with you. And If you do not return from the South Pole alive, we will die together.'' CHAPTER II. THE NEW .&.IR SHIP, JACK MENDON meant just what he sa i d. Be clung to his point aflo duously. Nothing th e prof e ssor c:>uld say would di88nade him. So finally the agected the darky, rolling his eyes. "Good!" cried Frank, with evident pleasure, "then ttJe new airabtp ts almost reauy for a mid-air Oight." Yis, sor!" replied B11rne y, with a grin, "but if pbwat av thim say cums throe, she'll niver .Oy!" I How is that?" asked Frank, sharp!]'. r Shure, sor, wan spalpeen met rne on the 1tbreet to-day an' want ed to bate me tin to wan q1at the air-ship cud nivt'r lly. Be said tliat navlga.tion of the air was nlver yit solved, an' niver wud be! ' '. "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank, with asperity. You llhould ba\8 taken that het, Barney. However, it is well yoq did not, for I ca.t never approve or But he is mistaken!'' Golly! I done fink he ani, sahl declared Pomp; "dare ain' no sight ob sense in nobody sayin' dat air.abip ain' gwlne ter Hy.'' We'll show them!" said Fraok, resolutely, "bot I r.m an.xious that she shall be got ready as quickly as possible! I inteud to start upon a tong aerial with her at once. Barney and Pomp exchanged delighted glances. Tbe prospect was too much for them. Barney turned a ll1p-Oap, and Pomp stood on his head. When they bad recovered from lbls ebullition Frank smiled and said: "I have fo!lnd a very important and philanthropic mission to make It an object for our n ext journey. I am goiug to the South Pole.'' Pomp grinned and Barney chuckled. "Yo' am gwlnto to de Sour Pole, Marse Frank?' cried Pomp. Wha' am yo' gwine to do when yo' git darf' "Begorr11, phwat a sinseless question to ax!" put in Barne y "De yez t l1iok there'll be notbin' to do there? Shure we' ll make yez cloimb the Pole if n o thin' else.'' \ Shut up, yo' no 'count l'ish," blustered Pomp; "don' yo' sassiry me.' Easy, boys!'' said Frank, with a smile. "Don't carry the joke too far. I have a wonderful object in view in visiting the South Pole.'' The two jokers looked expectant. "You can understand better by reading this paragraph in the pa per," he cor.t i nu e d as be e xtended it 10 them. Both Barney and Pomp re a d the accouut of the thrilling enter prise or the Mendons. They were deeply interested. Begorra, I see the point! ' cried Burney. Shure, Mistber Frank is going down there with hie air sbip to bring thim brave min back aginl" "Just so," replied Frank, "and that is not all.'' Barney and Pomp look e d ea g er. Wba' a m de nex tingr a sk e d Pomp. I am going to see how near we C I LII get to that comet by a di rect ascension. l shall have the Flas h provi del,l. with chemical res ervoirs for the generation or air just the same as my submarine boat, for you know that if we should get miles up in the air we would find It too rare ror our lungs.'' Bejab e rs, thin we'll be in chase or the comet!" cried Barney. "Just sol" Al!ain the two j o kers Indulged in lively Oip-tlaps. We'sP< all ready, Marse Frank," cried Pomp. "When am we g w ine fo' to start?" "At onc e replied Frank; "see that the Flash is provided with all the ne-::essarte s for such a long voyage. I want the airship ready within two day s if possible.'' Tilts ended the confab. Barney and Pomp rushed away to do Frank's bidding. The young i nventor retraced his steps to his desk and went to work again. But in some manner an enterprisinat reporter got bold of t be affail. The next day the papers were full of it. Imaginary cuts of the comet, of the air-ship and or the icefields or the Antarctic were given. 01 course none of these wer9 correct, and originated in the fertile ima g ination or the art ist. But it was sufficient to set the country agog Frank was deluged with telegrams and letters. 1 One of was from a lar11;e scientific institute in the West, ofier ing a large reward for the safe r e turn of the daring acientists. Frank assured all that he would do his best. Of course be could gu n rante e nothing. Night and day work was pusHed on air ship All h o pes were centerell upon If she succeeded, then the Men dons would surely be rescued. rr not, tlien they must perish in the frozen wilds, martyrs to the noble cause of science. I The Flash was ready right on time. As abe was rolled out or the shop into the yard, she formed a wonderful spectacle. Her model was not unlik e that of a racing yacht, with a long, sharp bow and deep stern. B H r hull was of lightest and toughest aluminum She carried two powerful rotascopes which gave a prodigious BUB power. Forward was a mast, to which was attached a hnll:e fiying jib to a1d the scr e w In propulsion and g1ve her additional speed. For the Flash was built for speed. \

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.. _....,. 4 'l'HE CHASE OF A COMET. I Frank had designed her for the fastest of anytbiug alloat, whether on water or in air. 'l'he sc1ew had four powerful blades and it and the rotascopes were driven i hy electric engines of Frank's own inYention upon tile storage principle. The deck of the Flash was capacious and enclosed on all sides by guard rails. For ward was a long cabin and Dilot-bouse. Aft was anotller cabin in were the state-rooms and living quarters of the crew. A!l of these anu compartments were richly furni s hed, yet with an idea to lightness of material. The Flash was the most won derful result of inventive genius of moJern times. A 'ld Frank felt proud of his airsilip, now that it was done. It was saf11 to say that no modern inventor could hope to eqnul it. i\11 the necessaries for such a long voyage were stored aboard the i'la Jh. r. here were all manner of scientillc instruments, weapons and a go,od stock of provisions. Thus us far as possible we have given the renuer a description of the Flash. In some way the hour set for the departure was learned by the ea !;ike a man!" 'l'he Celt glared wildly about us he staggered to his feet, lie was burning with discomfiture and batHed vengeance. Woe to the dr.rky if be could only catch him at that momene. But Pomp was nowhere in sight. Wben Barney went down the clarky had turned a somerault hi111. Then be bad vanished. .But Baruey was not to be deceived. He was certain that Pomp bad !led for safety into the cabio. He would chase him and bring him out. So into the cabin he dasbed; but bigb and low be searched, and found no trace of the darky. The Celt was Stlimped. Bejabers, it's quare ph were that coon cud bide himself," be de clared. Divil a bit do I undherstand it!" At !engtb he got tired of the search, and in baflled rage cried: "Shore, yez kin stbay hid; but yez will soon git tired av that, I'm tbinkin', an' want to cum back; then I'll have yez sbure!" If Pomp beard he madtl no reply. Barney went down to the en. gine room and busied himself. Frank was looking over some charts in the cabin. Thus an hour drifted by. It was the dinner hour, and lime for Pomp to be found in the cooking galley. The Celt chuckled. "Begorra, he don't dare to cum back," he innttered. "Share, be knows pbwat he'll get." Finally Frank pressed a call bell. Barney answered it. "Look here 1" said the young inventor sharply, "is it not past the ctincer hour!'' "Yis, sor,'' replied Barney. "Where is Pomp?" I Divil a bit do I know, sor." ";you don't know!" "No, sor.'' Frank was astonished. What fol-de-rol is tllis!'' he cried impatiently. "Look biro up at once and see why be has not made dinner ready before thjsl" Barney ducked his head. "Shure, sor, I've bunteu iverywhere for him, and diYil a trace av him kin I foind." "You can't find him!" exclaimed Frank in alarm. "Perhaps be bas fullen overboard. When did you see him las f' "No, sor,'' stammered Barney. "Shure, I don't belave that, sor. I think it's only a joke,-sor--" A joke!" "Yes, sor. He's hldin' away from me. Shure we were Coolin' an' be butted me in ther stumick wid 1Jis head, an' I reckon he's afeerd to cum out an' show ilimself fer fear I'll baste him, sor." Frank looked angry. "Well, I don't like such skylarking,'' he said; "find him at once, and tell him to come out of his hiding." "Yis, s()r." READESTOWN w'as left behind in a twinkling. It soon faded entirely from vie1v. And away went Barney shouting Pomp's name in every part of the Frank was anxious to test the speed of the air-ship. ship. But when be went back to the galley and the darky was not So be the P.ngines to their utmost. The speed was so terrific there, then he began to grow alarmed. that Barney and Pomp lay clown fiat and clung to the deck. A sudden thought and a recollection came to him. yez will sweep us overboard, Mlsther Frank," cried the scuflle bad taken place near the rail. Celt, in alarm. What i! Pomp had lost his balance and plunged over itt This wa1 Frank laughed at this and then checked the speed of the air-ship. not improbabl e We were traveling right along," be declared. "I think it would The Celt turned grayish pale be hard work for that comet to beat us much." Frank came on deck at this moment and Barney went to him with Begorra, I believe yez!'' cried Barney. Shure I'd about as soon his fears. rolde 00 its tnil." Frank was horrified. "Hub!" grud{ ed Pomp. I j es' like fo' to see yo' ride on a comet's "My soul!" he cried; "of cours e that is where he is and be tail, !'ish. I reckon yo' cbaing11 yo' mind pooty quic!t." is doubtless dead ere this. Horrible! Could you not have seen Tbe darky's eyes twinkled mischievously as he said this. As Frank him?"' bud gone back to the pilot-bouse, be saw what be believed was a rare "Shure, sor, I was that dizzy on sick, I could see chance to hector the Celt. Frank rushed to the rail. It required but a brief e.x:Qmioation to Barney was ripe for any sort of ruction. It did not take him long see the truth. to !lash back: That part of the rail near where they had been wrestliu: waa bent Be me sowl, ye?l seem to be very much intherested in me roidin' and twisted as tboui!:h a fallen body had struck it. on the comet, yez black clown yez!" It wus near the anchor ropes, and one of these was dise11tangled "Huh! I jes' remember bow yo' tried to ride a mule once. Any and hung, anc!ior and nll, a thousand feet below. man dat kain't SLICk on de back ob a mule bettah not talk about riding It was hardly a hundred f eet from the earth, and why it bad not on the tail of a comet!" caught some obstruction was Indeed a great mystery. Who told yez I cndn't roide a mule!" Hushed Barney, indignantly, But there it hung swaying. No sign of Pomp was to be seen, how" be jU:bers, av I can't ride one yez can't, I'll ate me ears!" ever. Yo' I'Oould tin' dat a berry big job,'' suggested Pomp. That the darky had gone down to his death seemed certain. This was enough for Barney. Frank Instantly turned the air-ship about. He made a dive for his tormentor. The darky made a feint to run. Of course it was not an easy matter to tind Pomp's mangled body, Then he suddenly turned about and lowered his bead. but Frar.k was determiGecl to do this, even if he gave up his trip to This was disastrous to Barney to say the least. The Celt tried to the South Pole. dodge. He was much distressed over the sad fate of the faithful darkey, Bur. in vain. The two jokers collided with terrific fore!'. while Barney was almost frantic. The darky's head took the Celt fair in the atomacb. The effect was Shure, if be had a black face it was a white he bad,'' he de decisive as well as comical. clared, with many groans and wails. I'd rayther have lost me own Barney sat down with a suddenness which for a moment confused brother, fer we were tbut same ourselves!" him. He hardly knew what bad happened to him. Buck on its course went the air ship. He could not yell for be bad no breath to do It with. He simply lay j Barr.ey und Frank kept a sharp watch of the ground belew. The there gasping and' sputtering. air ship was not allowed to rise Yery high above the earth. I

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THE CHASE OF A 5 In this manner the Flash !ailed elowly on for two boors. Then It began l!> ascend the elopes of a mountain. How it had ever passed over this without the kedges of the anchor catching was a mys tery That it bad done so was certain. But even as the air sbip was fifty feet above the s11mmit, Barney gave a wild cry of delight. There upon the mountain summit safe and well stood Pomp waving his arms excitedly. Howly mitber!'' gasped Barney, IJOwiver did he live troo it!" And, indeed, he tl)ight well ask thiS question. But it remaine-d a. mystery until Pomp came aboard. Then he explained all. "Golly! I done fought dis chile was done fo' when I went ober dat rail,'' he declared. "But I jes made one big grab fo' de unchor rope It fell and I hung on and slid down it afo' l cud stop mah'sef. T!ten de anchor etrucl a big rock an' done !rowed me to de ground. I fell not mob dan teo feet so was jes not one lily bit hurt." "Begorra, an' it's glad I am av that, oaygur!" cried Barney wildly, as l.;e embraced his colleague. It was a happy outcome. But Pomp bustled away to the galley to get dinner. While the air-ship once more sailed away at full speed on her Southern course. For the next two days she traveled very fast acd over a section of the Soutbern States to the Gulf of Mexico. One ll!orning they !lUng over the blue waters of t!te gulf, and Frank saic!: The journey is really begun. We shall very soon now be well on anr way to the Equator." Be jabers, thin mebbe we'll catch up wid the ship Storm King!" declared Barney. I wish we might," said Frank. We conld prevent that fool hardy balloon trip, winch we ought to do." So all speed was put on, and the air-ship kept on her southward Day niter day the Hight went on. The blue sea rolled beneath sometimes in a dead calm, at other timee in the fury of a storm. 'l'be aerial voyagers enjoyed the experience, but no special tncident wortby or note occurred until the cold seas or the Sout.h Atlantic merged with the waters of the Antarctic and they knew that tbe Ant arctic Cotineut was not far distant. CHAPTER IV. THE I C E BOUND SHIP. AcRoss the Equator and in the middle Atlantic, plenty of ships were sighted every day. Bot once well into the South Atlantic these no longer fre quent. To be sore a few whalers were seen, but these were all. No attempt was made to bail or communicate with any of these passing ships. Occasionally a signal wns exchanged, but that was all. The voyagers now found that the climate bad undergone a radical change. The warm skies and balmy air or Equatorial seas was no longer in evidence. But Instead, there were drifting Ice-fields, giant bergs, lowering skies and fearful cold weather. Fortunately Frank bad provided for this very contingency. He had caused fur snits to be provi1ed for all on board. These en abled the voyagers to withstand the frightful cold of the Antarctic regions. This was, if anything, more extreme than at the North Pole. Forty and fifty below zero was a common temperature. There was also a frightful chill in the atmosphere which seemeu almost fatal to the lungs. Over the great ice fields the air-ship drifted. Frank was looking f?r the Storm King. But the ship seemed no where in that part of the world. But one day after futile quest, Barney called the attention of Frank to a high white line on the horizon. "Pbwat iver is tha.L! be asked. Frank was excited. "Why, it is land!" be declared. "Land, sor!'' "Yes, the antarctic Continent. On those shores the Men ;Ions were to land. We must se .. rcb well for them." "Begorra, that we will!" cried the Celt. Tbb air-ship's course was shifted in toward the coast line. Every moment now it grew plainer. There was little evidence or vegetation-a few scrubby pines and lirs; tbnt was all. The air-ship followed along the ooast of the Antarctic Continent for several hundred miles. Of course no exact epot h?-d been fixed upon for the lnnding of the battoon party. lt was something like the proverbial search for a needle in a buy stack, bat the aerial voyagers kept a keen lookout just the same. Frank felt quite sure of finding the Storm King aomewhere along the Antarctic coast. If he should fail in this, be was then deter mined to 8trike directly for the South Pole. The Antarctic winter was evidently just setting in. The ice ti&ld growing more and more solid every hour; also the sun was isillle t>ut a felT hours each clay. The Antarcttc night was coming on rapidly. This was not utter darkness, but a deep gloom, which at times was so dense as to reEjuire the use or the to dispel it. High overhead at night the heavenly constellation shone with woa derful brilliancy and magnitude. Barney and Pomp several t11nes fancied they saw the comet. But Frank was of difi'erent opinion. And thus the search for the ship Storm King went on. Several days were spent in futile quest. Then one morning, whfle the sun was visible for a few brief moments, B a rney sighted an Ullusnill object across the ice pack. He called Frank's at. tention to it. "Shure!'' he cri11d, phwat the divil do ye call i' but ehmoke?" And smoke it was to be sure, a curling column ascending high into the rarefied air. Tbe cold was something intense, which made the air very clear, se that the distant smoke seemed quite near at hand. Of course, this was evidence or the nearnese of human beings, for they alone could be responsible for the smoke. Frank was interested. 'l'he air-ehip was headed thither at once. The smoke came from behind a high hummock of ice, so that the tire could not he seen. But-t!1e Flash had not proceeded far when FranK: gave a wild cry. Oo my word, it is the he cried. "The ship! Begorra, that's thrue!" screamed Barney. There was the Storm King tightly wedged in the ice pack. Shewn!! laid up in winter quarters. '[be ice pack must have closed in upon her immediately upon her arrival, for she could not have penetrated so far shorewards other wise. It Is needless to say tt.at the air-ship was not lo:Jg io reaching a point within bailing dtstance. The smoke came from the ship's funnel, and upon her deck was a number or fur-clad sailors. At sight of the airsbip one of the sailors fired a rifie as a signal. Frank answered it. Then the air-ship hovered right over the ice-bound ves!el. Hello!" came up the nail. Hellp!'' replied Frank. "Who' the deuce are yon!" I am Frank Reade, Jr., and this is the air-ship Flash." Well, I'll be keel-hauled! It's the first time I ever saw a ship that could sail in the air. I'm Captain Levi Briggs, anJ this is tile ship Storm King." You're just the man we are looking for!" replied Frank. "The deuce you say!" It's the truth. Do you kr.ow nnything about Professor Mendon and his son!" A cry of surprise came back. Yes, they chartered this ship to bring them here." That is what I thought. Where are they now!" They have gone toward the South Pole in a balloon. The more fools they, for I don't believe they'll ever conie back!" "And you are to wait for them!" "Until tiois ice-pack breaks up. Then we are to sail for home." Frank let the air-ship descend and rest upon the ice-pack not far frOfiJ the sbip. Then he went on board and bad a long consultation with Captain 'l'he latter gave him full particulars of the apparently foolhardy trick of the two scientists. "Why,'' exclaimed the captain, vigorously, "bow can the two fools ever hope to get back? They surely can't walk; aud the balloon never will bring them back, be sure!" "They probably are willing to sacrlflce their lives for the benefit of science.'' "Yes, the more fools they! They have taken carrier pigeons witll them, but I don't look for them to ever get here! The cold is too much for such a bird!" "Well,'' said Frank finally, "I agree with you that it was a fool hardy undertaking. But it was just this thing that brought me to th6se latitudes." "To see the eomet?" "No, but to rescue these two zealous but foolish men." Tile captain gripped Frank's band. "You're after my own heart," be said. "I hope you'll succeed, nnd I feel sure you will.'' "1 hope your ship will stand the ICe all right.'' I lJray for that, though I ow n she's a bit likely to be nipped. If she is, then our cake is all dough." No. I will return this way and if you are in trouble I will give you assistance." God bless you, my friend.'' The crew of the Storm King cheered the air-ship as she flnal:,ascended and started for the Pole. In a very few moments she was but a speck in the distance to those on board the ice-bound ship. Then the 11, un went below the horizon and the gloom of the Antarc-tic came on. It was no ensy matter to search for the missing scientists aDd their balloon, as Frank well kNew. i ? \

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I 6 THE CHASE OF .A. COME'l'. Doul.otless before this they bad reached an objective point and were alrea dy preparing to view the Comet. Anr the South Pole. lfe went out on lleck anti vtewed the comet again. Then he caused Bal'DAY to put on all speed, and the air-ship swept Kke a meteor over the ice tielnt among miners that the region or the South Pole is o temperate one surrounded by ice. They claim that this is owing to a volcanic region which has the effect of changing the climate quite radically. We are tinding the verification ol this theory." As if to corroborate Frt.nk, at that mome nt a distant pillar of tirn was seen upon the horizon. The search-light wus tlasbed thither, and after some moments of io8pect ion, Frank declared: "That is an active crater the volcanic region! In a few hours we shall know the truth." The hypothesis was speedily proved to be correel. A number of fiery pillars soon appeared. There were scores or the volcanos. Tbe air became almost summer like. Within one hundred miles, ice allli snow vanished. The trend of the earth was down ward, and valleys green and fresh began to open up. It was an astoum!iug spectacltl. The aerial voyagers were more surprised than words can tell. Begorra, I niver seen the equalu. v this!" averred Barney. "Golly I
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THE CH;.ASE OF A COME'l'. ,.. I I have hear] ol that famous inver.tion,'' tleclared the pTofes sor. Of COUrSil you will nmlerstand that to travel under the Sea, tj1e boat must necessarily be provided witll good pure air to sustain tllll life or the passengers." "Yes.'' I therdore invented a chemical generator by whiah I was enabled to keep the boat always suppliell With pure oxygen . This naturally suggested to me tile application of the same principle to a divjng suit. The result is a helmet which the ok at the comet. 'l'he huge body of lire as depicted in the was a wonuerlul spe!ltacle. It seemed a hu revolving ball, witt. jets of llnm-e and mist burst ing from it in all irections. What seemell like u cloud of mist enveloped it and merged into the tail. This seemed but a huge constellation of tire and sparks extendell at varied lengths into the upper BJ>ace. That the comet was mo ... ing with frightful speed was certain. That It wo!lltl be visible in its present enlarged form but a hours Prof. Meudoo knew well. Whatever was llor.e toward taking observations in the upper atmos. phere must be done at once. The professor intimated this to Frank, who replied: "We are all ready." "Good!" cried Mendon eagerly. "Fortune seems to be with ns. We will t.ry and get a correct diagnosis of the comet this time." All were sa:ely aboarll the air-ship. There was nothing more to wait for. So Frank gave the order, and Barney prllssed the motor lever. The rotascopes whirled, and up went the Flash with its human freight. Up and up it shot, higher and higher. In the pilot-house window there was a gauge which recorded the exact altitude or the air-ship as it changed. Up, and still up! Now it was a mile above the earth. The rarity of the air was most intense. It was necessary for all the voyagers to go into the cabin. The electric heaters were turned on full force. 'his warmed the atmosphere in the cabins. But it was frightfully cold on deck. Jericho!'' exclaimed Jack Mendon. "My lungs pain me. How do you a!l feel?" "I am really pressNl for breath,'' declared the professor. What's the altitude, Barney?" cried Frank. Three sor,'' retorted the Celt. cried Frank. "Get out the generators! We must not risk injurytto our lungs." Three m1les in the uir! This r.o doubt seems an awful distance to the reader. Frunk Reade, Jr., was going to the furthermost hmits of the terrestrial atmosphere. Thi3 would be fully fiity miles from the earth. What a stupendous height! What an awful distance to fall! But there Was no danger of the air-ship falling, as all knew. It was too buoyant and wus well able to kee;> afloat. Bot in the rarelfied atmosphere, lilty miles above the earth, would seem as if the comet would be hrought to very close quarters Professor Mendon even fancied that its heat might be felt at that near proximity. But even Jack laugheu at this. "It must be a hot fire which can be felt two hundred and Iitty thousand miles,'' snid Jack. But his lather laconically replied: I "You forget the suo." This was a sei.tler. Ceatainly all that the heat of the sun was 1 felt for a distance of ninety-live millions of miles. So Professor Mendon's seemingly ridicilous presumption was laugbed at no more. Up, and still up went the air-ship. All now wore the chemical generators and with no discomfort what ever. But it was found difficult getting any sort of an observation of the comet. I This was for the reaso n that the windows or the air ship were incrusted full three inches in frost. Ap e rtures were cut in :his, but they readily closell up. It was frigh:lully colJ without. I The electric heaters were taxed to their utmost and yet it was frigid in th" cabin. I But ror their thick fur suits the voyagers would have perished. Frank went to the pilot-bouse window and noted the high gauge thermometer. He gave a great start as e noted the astounding temperature of eighty
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. 8 THE OF A COMET. comet travel its or hit so much faster that the earth or any ether heavenly IJody!" 'l'hat is someth i ng wlucll the laws or nature seem to deny us!" declared the 1 We 1\now that the earth follows its orllit, with elo.Jw ami measured rt'gnlarity." And the comet does not!'' Exactly!'' But why should the cornet be so fiery a body!" For a simple fact. It takes a longer nod swifter shoot through space. Friction with the atmosphere is what gives the comet its lies. It seemed as if the oncoming comet momentarily grew larger "nd nearer, and would be upon much sooner than Professor Mendon reckoned. The voyagers even fancied they could ht-ar the hissing roar of its approach. Jack Mendon u theory which caused all a thrill. "You don't suppose there Is nny danger of our being caught in the train of the comet!'' he cried. we were involved in the cbmmotion, would no't the air-ship stand a chance or being badly damaged!" "Begorra, thin I'd not risk 1t," cried Barney in alarm. "Shure it's best to be on the safe soide.'' "lL am dat," declared Pomp, with chattering teeth. "Don' want nuffiu do wif comets at all.'' But Prof. MAudou "J acl< is trying a practical joke," he declared. "Have no fears nt all. If th" comet should shoot past us at full speed and quite near, unless it struck ns, it would do us no more harm thau anr ordiuary aerolite." "Tll.at stands to reason," agreed Frank. But Barney .and Pomp were incredulous. However, the professor said: "I hardly think we can gain more by remain here. Suppose we return to the tlartll and await the fall of this comet? I think it is our best plan.'' "Just as yon say," agreed Frank. "1 think it would be better.'' "Very well!" Frank turnl'll to Barney and gave him orders the air ship. The Celt went Into the pilot-llouse and turned ofi' Ule current on the rotascopes. At once the gauge bv the pilot-house window showed that the air ship was beginuing to sink. Down she went very rapidly. Yet all the while the huge aerolite grew larger atJove. It seemed directly over air-ship which appeared to be directly in its path. Frank expressed an opiuion to tins effect, but Professor Mendon said: That is an illusion. When you sight earth you will tlnll that we are not in its course at all.'' or course it was impossible to sight the earth. Being forty or fifty miles in the air, there were too many obstruc tiona intervening. It was very plaiuly out or the question. But the gauge showed that they were rapidly descending. Frank reckoned that in something less than an hour they should reach the earth. T!tis would be dP.sceudiug at railroad speed, and was as fast as !t would IJe safe to do so, Cllnsidering the friction of the n.tmospllere and the strain on the ratascopes. By that time the comet would be fully twenty miles nearer the earth. Yet this would be hardly an appreciable distance. However, at the rate of twenty thousand miles _an hour, the monster aerolite was mak. ing very rapid time. Down sank the air-ship. Now it was recorded that they were but twenty miles from the mun dane sphere. Twenty miles! Only think of it, gentle reader! Measure the distance from your own town t.o some point which you know to be twent miles distnnt. Then extend this upward towar
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THE CHASE OF A COMET, g The comet would strike t.he earth in this viclnitv. There was the chance of being in 1ts way or som e of its flying particles. But how to escape it was a question without taking chances. For as soon as it would be come certain that one was in its path tbe time left to get out of way would be limited. The main comet was uow far on its way along the other side of its or'>it and still traveling ofi toward the horizon. It would gradually grow smaller, though would prollably be visible for three months yet. But the fragment or off-shoot was now looming up perilously n11ar the earth. The air ship found a haven in one of the warm valleys ; all!\ as near til" face or a cliff as possibte. \ The hours passed. All tbe aerial voyagers could do now was to watch the vivid de scent of the comet o Nearer it drew now with increased velocity. A light not of earth and most supernatural was spread over the whole Antarr,tic region. Tl .111 voyagers watched all breathlessly. Then Professor Menaon gasped: "Heaven defend us! l believe it will strike in this very valley, and it sboald lill it with lire!" CHAPTER VIII. THE LAKE DISAPPEARS. IT was a thrilling declaration. Tile result of such a contingency to the voyagers could readily )le understood. But their fearR proved unfounded. The comet did not strike iu that Yalley. But it did !!trike full in the center of a lake not ten mile1 distant. The result was terrific. The earth shook, flames and great clouds of steam leaped up into the air to a great height. It was as if a combinatiOn of volcano and earthquake were at work: in the vicinity The voyagers to each other with strange sensations. It seemed as if t.he world was coming to an end, so strange and un naturnl were the manifestations. The scene and theexperience was never forgotten by our voyagers. The lake was on the other side or the volcanic range and was n num ber of miles In The adventurers bad obtained a good view of it when the air-ship descended. It was a considerable body of water. But the comet hall fallen, and the fears of our voyagers were at an nd. The earth had not been knocked from its axis, nor had It suffered any serious injury. The original cornet was spe eding off to the distant horizon, and every moment growing less distinct. Now that the was over the aerial v.:>yagers recovered their spirits. All were anxious to see what the work of the comet bad been. I can say that I am glad it is over!" declared Prof. Mendon. "So am I!" said Frank. "And we ar!l luck:y to have been so narrowly missed," said Jack,. ihough the miss was teo miles, .it was nevertheless a close one!'' All agreed to this. Golly I" cried Pomp, "dis chile was jes' s'pectin' to see de Angel Gabriel ellery moment." "Begorra, I niver heerd the loikes av sich worruk!" averred Bar ney. "I belave av ould Nick bimsilf had turned up jist thin I wouldn't have ffi(lVed out av me thracks." All laughed heartily. Then attention was turned to the air-ship. The Flash was practi cally unhurt. The frost bad or course long sioce melted from her windows. So far as could be seen she bad suffered no ill from her long journey heavenward. The curiosity of all was now excited as to the eficct of the comet upon the lake Into which it had fallen. One effect was visible. This was an imr:lm which kept rising skyward. Beyond this nothing could be seen. Professor Me!ltlon advanced a bypothes,is. "It is my opinion,'' he said, that the lake is converted into steam by the !!res of the aerolite. I don't believe you will find IIluch trace of the lake after the steam sub!!ides." "Do you believe that it has completely absorbed the lake?" asked Frank. Yes!" o This seemed like a strong statement, but they remembered that the aerolite was a big one. The curiosity of all was aroused now. They awaited with im patience a favorable moment to pay a vhit to the scene. But as Prof. Mendon declared, Jt was of little use to go thither while the mighty clouds of steam were asnending. So no elrort was made to do so. All were hungry, nnd Pomp pro ceeded to spread himself npon a good meal. After all bad partaken of this, Prof. Mendon entertained the party awhile with humorous stories. He was supplied with aiund of them. I "I don't se : e why we sboulll not he declared. "Our South Pole trtp has proved a great success!'' "If we only get home all r1gh t,'' was J acl's oroviso. 1 knt.ber scien tists had ever witnessed in all time. They were content to return borne 11nd report to the scientific so ciety. They would be sure of a medal of honor and distinction. c;But Professor Mendon was not blind to one fact. He gripped Frank Reade, Jr.'s, hand, and said: But for you, this wonderful phenomenon would be lost t(l the world. My son and I woulll have sacrificed our lives for the one glimpse of the comet at such close quarters. We owe you mncb.P "It is nothing!'' replied Frank. "In serving vou. I am doing the interests or science a great service. I am well repaid.'' It was decided to spend no more Lime. at the South Pole, but,.at once return home. No time was devoted to futther exploration of the Antarctic world. How far It might extend, or whether it was inhabited not, no longer interested them. All had the fever to be ilornewnrd bour:d. Life in tllose awful solitudes was beooming oppressive. To be so long beyond the beneficent rays of the sun was a posi; tiV9 injury to health. The v.1yagers were beginmng to experience some of the discomforts of the Arctic explorers, who bafe nigh been driYen mad by extended season of darkness. So it was thllL they had tarried long enough in the region of snow and ice. Ali went aboard. \

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10 'l'HE' CHASE OF A CO.\lB'l'. A last vie w was taken of the volcanoes, of the absorbed lake uud the Antarctic valley. Then Frank sent the air-ship up. It rose like a bird. It was headed doe north. . 'l' he purpose now was to find the S torm Then, when the 1ce pack broke up the ship could sail for home. 'I be u1r slnp, or course, eonld go a t any time. The temper ate valle y s were left behind. Once more fur suns were brou g ht into r equisit i on. The cold was s ometbin g most frigh tful to face. They sehlom ven tured out on deck. But a few hours Inter the tt>lmperatur e rose a peg. Then inky black ness shut down, as a terrific blizzard b egu n to blow. CHAPTER IX. 'lHE BLia;ZARD. IN the Antarctic blizzard the air-ship was completely lost. Of course It was impossible to see in auy :lirection. Th e snow blew in tt.e most blinding of bla sts. Nothing couU be se e n beyoad the windows. Even the p o werful search-light failed to penetrate but a f e w in to the air aheud. It was by no means an encouraging outlook. To any that Frnuk Reade Jr. was dismayed would be a nnld statement. To above the storm was hardly feasible, as it doubtless ex tended to an enormous altitude. To face it seemed the only way. Of course the c o mpass was of no use in these latitudes so Frank ba.rdly knew which way to go. But be kept what he b e lieved to be a. northerly course and trust e d lo fate This led to misfartune. There was sudden terrific shock. Everybody on board was knocked down It seemed for a moment as H the air-ship was com ing to pieces. Barney who was at the wheel, WBS able to penetrate the gloom fa.r to see that :he prow of the air-ship hall collided with the peak or some mighty iceberg. But Frank bad sprung below. In that moment he had fancied hearing something about the ma chinery click and break. But though he searched for It, be found oothing then. The storm bad now increaeed with awful fury; the blackness was deeper, and the whirl of snow more dense. No progress was even attempted. Tons of snow were on the the deck. It clogged the rotascope valves. This speedily began to tell, f1.1r it weighed the airsblp down fearfully. 1 Now for the first time Frank grew apprehensive. "I never saw so much snow before in my career," he declared; and how wet and heavy it is! l fear we shall have to do some thing at once to get out or it, or we shall be burled!" Beja:bers, Misther Frank," cried Barney, "there's only wan way!" And .Mellhe we kin go above it." Correct!" cried Frauk, "try it. Let the air-ship go up." But even as he spoke, Barney gave an appqlling cry. In a moment Frank was by his side. .Mercy on Misther Frank!" cried the Celt. Shure, the rota scopes won't worruk fast enough." .. Won't work fast enough!'' exclaimed Frank, "it is the clogging snow. Ah!" Even aa he spoke he hea.rd'lb rending crash in the engine-room. The air-ship began to settle "Begorra., we're going down,'' cried Borney, in dismay. Frank knew this well. He knew that there had been a break in the machin e ry. In face of the situation tbe outlook was serious. Jf the airship should fall and be unable to r1se' it would be literally buried iQ the snow. This did not mean that it could never be resurr.ectell, but the situa tion woald be an exceedingly awkward nod uopleasunt one. It w o uld at leust mean delay In that moment it did not once occur to Frank that possibly till' break was a serious one, and might indeed prevent the Flash from !lying a2:ain. Thv other voyagers rushed into the pilot boose with dismay. The air-ship settled down slowly and .softly between the peaks or a. hu11:e ber g and all the while the snow sifted down over her Hard e r anti fn.ster blew the snow. It seemed to come in drilLing clouds. In a few moments, as it se e med, it was over the thwarts or the &hip, It was not nncomforta.ble In the cabin. But the voyagers were nil so much plunged into dismay and apprehension that they were not in a moool to Mppreciate this .' One and ull only or some way of extricating the air ship. ..,, Was her mncltinery broken beyond repair? Frank Re r tda wa9 already at work upon it. When he came up into tbe cabin again there was an anxious ex on his face. "Bow ts it, Mr. Rende!" asked the professor; "ls the break be yond repair?'' "I hope not," repli e d !!'rank; "if I bad the ship at home l should say not but I have not the right tools to work with here." And tha snow grew fesso r Mendon occup : ed the most of his tun e 111 studymg the pbenor..ena. But the others were content to occupy themselves in various other ways in the cubin. For twenty hours th e fearful storm TIIPn tt wns n ot known 'whether It had ceased or not, for the wuu1ows w ere e uttrely blocKed. Tl!e appalling fact was forced upon the voya ge rs hat they were buried in the suow. Perhaps forever! It might be impossible to eve r extricate the air a.bip from Its imprisonment. In that case fearful would be the fate or the party. But as yet none would believe this. Frank Reade, Jr., would not accept the fact but that there was some way out of tl!e predicument. And so time w ent on. At l e ngth, when fully da y s \ tad thus passed, Fran k said: "I am not to stay here any longer. I to lind out where we are, and whether the storm has c e ased or uot! "Good," cried the profesaor; "let us by all means!" Bow shall we go to work to do it?" asked Jack .. Begorra, the only wuy I ca.n see is to dig our way out," cried Barney. "If it is necessay we will do that," declared Frank How i:leeply are we buried do you thinkr' asked Mendon. We cannot be entirely buri ed,'' reasoned Frank, '' or we W('IU!d lack for air. As yet we have not been much troubled in that respect." 11 That is true!" agreed the professor. "And a point well Will}'ou go out by the deck door, Mr. Realle?" 11 No, by the upper batch," said Frank. "There must be a weight of snow on tba.t. Can we r!li&e i t!" "If we connot, then we shall know that we are hopelessly buried." I believe you are right." Frank led the way to the upper batch. He applied h ls to the trap. It yielded a trilla. His single strength was not adequate. The othen. sa.w this and at once volunteered aid. With four of them pressing up against the trap it began slowly t.o rise. Steadily it went up. Then Barney began to dig the snow away with a shovel. Suddenly the Pky was seen overbea
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THE CHASE 01<' A COMET. 11 We may linJ some game stalled in the snow! ' declarhl Frank; "ami il so, we may Bland a chance to secure it!" Thus equipped the party set out. It was an eujoyuble experience. On the snow-shoes they wnll>ed with ease over snows which they knew to be full tw'lnty feel deep. Without the snow-shoes they would be buried irrevocably lu the feathery while cloud. It was a thrilling thought. CHAPTER X. UNWELCOME VISITORS. THE Antarctic conntfy here was broken with a diversity of hills and Talleys. There were mighty glaciers, deep crevasses, nnd abysses in t o which one might fall with no chance or ever getting out. So it wus found ne;:essary to proceed with caution, despite the fact that they wore snow-shoes. There was something wonderfully exhilarating in the sport. The party went on for an hour climbing huge drifts allll descend ing into greut ravines. It was enjoyment or the keenest sort. The A!ltarctic air did not seem to have its usual chill to-day and this made the occasion nil the more enjoyable. Tbns fur but little evidence of game had been seen. "BAjabers, I'm a(ther thin kin' they are snowed under!'' cried Bur ney with his accustomed Irish wit. "Maybe they'll come up wid tbe abamrock in the spring." "Huh! I done llnk if dey am unller dis snow dey will jes' stay dere," lleclared Pomp. "Begorra, ph were else wud they be!" propounded Barney. It wus Prof. Mendon who attempted to solve this problem. That looks very reasonable," he said, "but it is my opinion that instinct causes them to either hibernate or tlee before the storm to n part or the country not so overwhelmed." "No doubt the professor is right," declared Frank. But at. that moment a distant moving white form was seen upon the side or an eminence. The adventurers gazed upon it with amazement. B) Jupiter!" exclaimed Jack, : what is tbt>tr Frank llrew back the hummer of his rifle. A white bear!'' he declared. A bear!" exclaimed tbe young scientist. I should think so heavy a creature would sink instanter!" Not much!'' replied his (ather, tbe professor, "the white bear is endowt>d by nature with the faculty lor walking upon the lightest sur lace or snow." How does he do It!" '' Well, if you will examine his feet, especially his hind quarters, you will llnd that they have a surface not unlike our snow shoes. Walking upon snow gives the bear a squatty attitude, but he does it just the same.'' Wonderful!" cried Jack. "We Jive to learn!" Indeed we do!" agreed Fran "but shall we give chase to his bearship." "By all means. Let us not return withcut li bit or game." "Very well.'' With this the hunt ers out in pursuit of their quarry. But it was not much or a chase. The bear did not seem at all inclined to run away. : Jt is a well-known fact that the white bear is one or the grittiest or animals. While it is not strictly aggressive and seldom molests man it will stand its ground with great courage and fury. And it is no despicable foe. Woe to the man who comes in reach of its prodigious paws. A blow would fell an 011.. As this specimen now found himself surrounded by his roes he did not come the sneak act by any means. He turned about on h!s haunches squarely and wnited for an att.ack. Frank drew ann and tired. The bullet bad no more effect than to make his benrship growl, and thPn he made a lunge forward. Indeed, as he came tearing down the slope it was no easy work for the bunters on their snow shoes to get out or the way. Pomp b.uely escapetl the animal's claws . All now began to pour shots into the bear. or course there could be bolt one result. One of the bullets was bound to llnd a vital spot. In a few momects the bear fell over in tts death struggle. He was u monster of the species and the hunters congregated over him with interest. Barney and Pomp procee
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12 'l'HE CHASE OJ<' .A COMET. CHAPTER XL MISHAP TO THE FLASH, THE matter now which claimed the attention of all was the remov. nl of the snow from ; he decks of the Once more they began work, and bad made slow progress when Ole inventiTe genius of Frank Reade, Jr., came to the rescue. "Enough!" he cried, suddenly flinging down his shovel. "This ia too hard work for me; I've had enough of it!" 'l'he others looked at him in amazement. Of courae they at. opped work. What is the matter, Mr. Reade?'' asked thll professor. I think thor.e is a b etter plan for doing this job." or course all were interested. "Your inventive genius comea to the front, Mr. Reed," crieu tile professor. What may it be!'' Wait and I will show you.'' Frank cllmbed down into the cabin. He went into the dynamo room and began to co1l together a number of wires. In a few moments he bad made a r.umber of net-like sections. These be took out and place.! at various distances upon thA snow. To each be connected a wire from thE' dynamos. "What are you going to do, Mr. Reade'!" asked the professor finally, unable to longer restrain his curiosity. "I am going to try and remove this snow by means or electric bent," replied the young !nven1or. "Electric hunt!" "Yes!'' In a moment all saw the point. How feasible the plan was, of course only ev e nts could prove. .But it looked reasonable. It was certain that the wires could be healed terrifically hy the dynamoe. Of course tllis mu!t have some effect upon the snow. Frank literally covered the snow with the nettings. Then a ditch was dug through the drift for the water and slush to be carried of!. Then Frank went into the cabin and turned on the full force of the dynamos. The result was quickly aiJparent. The wires sank into the snow with a terrific hiss. Great clouds of steam began to arise. The snow began to 8ettle as if beneath the sun of an April day. It was soon on a level with the lower deck before acy water was seen. Then the heated wires under the frigid mass made hosiness lively. In a very short space of time water coursing through the ditch. Of course it froze rapidly hut not in the 'l'icinity of the heated wires. Th'lse were literally disintegrating the great mass of white. Faster and faster it settled. Now it was far below the bulwarks. Before two hours had passed the great snowdrift was reduced. 'fhe airBhip sat on a level keel upon the ice. The snow which had not been melted was piled up in heaps about. Then Frank shut ofi the current. The success of the contnvn.nce wae a victory for Frank Reade, Jr., and brought a cheer from all. "Enougli !" cried Professor Mendon. Defeat is not in the cate gory for Frank Reade, Jr. He would overcome any obstacle!" Frank modestly acknowledged the homage paid him, anti said: "But we must take advllntageofour op;>ortunity now to get out of this vicinity. If we do not, I fear we shall get into trouble." "Which is right," cried Jack Mendon; ".I am ready to go! Let ns push on to find tile Storm King!" "But first to repair the air-ship,'' declared Frank. The young inventor went below again to search for the break in the electrical machinery. This time he found it and wna but a little while in repairing it. Then all was ready. Once rnoro the rotascopes buzzed. As soon as they b ad ciMred themselves well of thtl Pnow and ice, the air-ship sprung up into the air. Northward again Frank set her course. She sailed on over the snow-bound region apparently as steady as ever. At least it seemed so to the voyagers, all save Frank Reade, Jr. The young inventor was not satisfied. His keen sense bad revealed to him a peculiar motion, and a certain unsteadiness wliich were alarming. The air-shio had been strongly built. But in spite of all this, nothing created by man can be eternal. Frank knew this well enough. The Flash had traveled a good ways and encountered mapy serious nod rough mishaps. It could not be expected that she should last forever. But would she be able to take them out of this desolate lost land? This was the question. Frank feared the worst. He dared not think of the enormity and horror of such a fate as being left In that region of ice. It would be akin to a slow, lingering death. The chances of rescue were few. The vessels which penetrated to those seas were very few. The chance of being rescued by one was slight. 'fhus the situation stood. At length, unable to bear the strain longer, Frank called Barney aside and confided his fears to him. "Barney," he said, "I am ti.Je Flash IS never going to Lie able to get us back i;ome.'' .Barney was dumfounded. "Yez don't say !'' he gasped. "It is my fear. .Have you not noticed her peculiar actions!" "S'Jure, yes, sor; but l niver thought but that we'd bo aftber getting back, sor." l fear not.'' .Barney scratched his bead. He was a plucky rascal, was this little 1rishman. Finally be vent urtlc\ to say: "Well, sor, if she breaks down wid us, can't we foix her up ngin?" "No,'' replied Frank. "Her breaking down will be a wearing c.at. The machmery would all have to be replaced. That we cannot do.'' The Celt was thoughtful. But he wus not to be defeated. His eyes flashed. I have it, sor!" "Well?" "We kin foind our way back to the Storm King. Shure, whi11 Spbring cums we'll just sail home in her!" "Tbat is very good, Barney," said Frank, shaking his head, but-" Ph wnt, sor!'' l'he Storm King is worse ofi than we are.'' "Yez don't mane to say--" Rhe is nipped in the ice, and I predict that she will aever float again." .Baruey sank down into a chair. He bad no more to any. The out look was certainly bad. Do yez want to say anything to the others!" hi'! asked finally. I think replied Frank. "It is enough for you and I to know it.'' "Shure it is, sor." So the matter wr.s kept secret. The air-ship kept on her way north. ward though. Frank proceeded slowly, for he feared to tax the macl:iner to its utmost for fear of u break-down. -.But he knew that the end was near and could not be long deferred. One day the pack ice was sighted. The sun was now visible just ur:der the horizon. This was indication that they were near the open sea, and conse qnently in higher latitudes. They m.ust soon reach the locality where the Storm KiDl; was lee bound. So a sharp lookout was kept for the ship. It was Pomp who first sighted the Storm King. The vessel had changed t.er position greatly since first tl1ey saw her. She was much more on her side, and the ice was pressing about her in great masses. On my word,'' exclaimed Prof. Mendon, I fear that the Storm King will be nippad!" "She is already!" said Frank. The profesdor looked keenly at the young inventor. Tbeo. be drew him to one side, saying: I have noted for somewhile that there was on your mind. Will not you tell mer ''Really--" Frank. "'l'hat is all right," said the scientist. "You can trust me. Are our chances good for gettingout of this Antarctic country!'' Frank was silent a moment. Then he fearlessly replied: "I fear not." The scientist seemed deeply affected for a moment, and then said: "It is not for myself I care. I am an old man. .But my boy-1 had hopes of a great career for Jack!" Frank placed a hand on the old man's arm. "Do not l&t me unduly alarm you," he said. "All my fears may be naught. Tbe Storm King muy float all right yet." But the airship--" "I simll not venture to essay the trip home with her." Neitber spoke on the subject again. But they had a under standing. The air-ship now drew rapidly nearer the Storm King. But just at that moment a cutastropbe occurred. Tne Flush suddenly and without warning began to sink. Cries of alarm escaped the voyagera. Jack Mendon rushed to Frank and cried: Mr. Reade, what Is the matter?" The young inventor replied: It is no use to d1sguise the fact longer. The air-ship bas reached the limit of its career." Pomp and Jack Mendon wete the only ones who Ot<. not Know this. They were, however, soon resigned, as were the others. ''We came here expecting to lose our said J;'rofeesor Men don, "but we are sorry that yon should sacritice yours for ours!'' "We have taken our own chances," said Frauk; "it is no fault of yours. We do not find fault.'' The air-ship settled down easily upon an ice floe. The men from the Storm King came rushing over. Explanations were quickly in
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THE CH.ASB CHAPTER XII. THE ICE BREAKS UPEND. "WHAT do you mean?" cried Frank. "Will n .ot your ship tloat?" "Do not tell ti.Je crew,'' whispered Captain Briggs, "but the ice bas crushed her keel!" It was au appalling moment. Then Prof. Mendon turned to Frank. "Is there no way in wnicu your air-ship can be repaireq, Mr. Reade?" Frank shook his head. "No possiale way," he replied. Tlleo all proceeded to leave the air-ship where she rested on the ice 11oe and walk over to the ice-bound si.Jip. In all its phases the situation was a most appalling one. No one seemed to be able to advance a plan for getting out of the scrape. A gloom bung over all. It requtred but a glance for Frank to see the Storm King was past all aid. "She wtll never float agail\," bo "This is the hardest kind or as requested by Captain Briggs was kept secret from the crew. TIJey were ignorant and prejudiced fellows, ai1d there was no tell ing what insane thing they mlgbt do if they knew the truth. A show was made at clearing the ice from the Storm King's sides, and preparing for the breaking up or the ice pack. This was to daceive the crew. Whenever practical, the aerial voyagers and the captain were wont to discuss tt.e situation. Many plans were laid. All at best were but dernier resort, ( It Waj! sugge s ted by Captain Briggs that t .he whaling boats or the ship be dragged out upon ti.Je tce and. fitted out for a last re sort. Tho chances were small, however, or ever being able to make any nothern land in these. The southern seas were of the roughest description. It required a strong ship to weather them at all times. But yet hope was not abandoned. Jack Mendon advanced a plan. Tllis was to build a huge raft and launcli it as soon as a sea could be had. : But it was yet too early to take action of this kind. Moreover, it would excite the fears of the crew aull be sure to make trouble. Tl.le days passed into weeks. 'l.'llere were plenty of supplies for all for the air ship was well s\ocked as well as the ship. 'l.'be long Antarctic winter was slowly wearing away, butit seemed almost imermi::able. However, the sun finally began to show above the horizon, and with its coming,there was a change. It seemed as if the whole face of Nature was undergoing disruption. Flocks or sea fowls came down. Open places appeared in ti.Je sea or ice. 'l.'he atmosphere began to moderate very perceptibly. After a time cracking and booming noises came to tlle ears of the voyagers from the ice fields. It was now tirne to act. 'file Storm King bad Legoo to list heavily and settle in the ice. There was a gurgling sound under her as if of tlowing waters. 'l'hen Captain Briggs called the crew together. He told tl.tem the snuation plainly and honestly. There is no hope for the ship!" he declared. She must go to the bottom." The effect upon the crew was not at very pleasant. They eeeme'l inclined to mutinous spirit. But a little arguing by Frank Reade, Jr., and the captain had a good etlect upon them. "You must kuow," said Frank, "that this is no fault of ours. Ships will all meet with mishaps." "But there is no h e lp for us by being brought away down here in this God forsaken part of the world," declared one of the crew lily. I Frank saw that it was useless to try to reason with them further, iO the subject was dropped. But it was arranged t bat all of the aerial travelers should go well armed to guard against an outbrflak. And Captain Briggs pre par e u for the deserting of the ship. And here was a source or trouble. The crew were determined to pin their faith to the ship and would not leave it. Argument was or no avail. At length Captain Briggs cried, angrily: "Well, stick to your ship and go to your doom. If you will be fools sufl':lr the cooseque!lces." TIJen preparations were made for equipping tbe boats and the build ing of a ra!t. Trouble now began. The crew o'ljPcted to the removal or the boats from the ship. Big Hod Olsen, the boatswain, growled: If ye take our boats what's to become or us if the ship founders?'' The crew were obdurate and armed themselves. Only Frank Reade, Jr.'s cool nerve saved the day. They cannot object to our building a raft," he said. "By the time we get that done the ship will be in such a position that I think they wilol to their senses. 13 So work; was begun on the raft. It was \linde large and strong with high bulwarks. On board were placed goodly stores. Upon this raft they could drift for weei(B. If they chanced to get into a northbound current all might !.Je well. They would stand a good chunce of m eeting some sealing vessel or eventually reachmg the mainland of Aus tralia. Every hour now the ice field was dielDtegratiug. Only a mile nortlt lay the open sea. Piece by piece the ice field broke away and drtfted ott The lin e was drawing nearer. And now Captain Briggs took Hod Ols0n into the hold of the Storm Kiug and showed him several feet of water. "She will tJurely go down!" he declared. All that supports her is the ice." This convinced the crew, though ir, dill not by any means settle their fears. They were moody aud surly. "I thioll we bad better not stay in their compnn}," said the cap tain to the others. "Let Ud give them the cl.Joice of the boats or the raft.'' This was done. The crew decided quickly upon the boats. These were equipped and j9rovisioued. The last of the ice pack was now in motion. The heavy sea caused it to rock violently. At this juncture it occurred to Captain Briggs J,o tal;e his bearinas. He wa;. given a start of surprise. "' "On my word," he cried. We are ten degrees further north than we were. What can it mean!" All were surprised as well. "Then the ice pack must be drifting northwanl,'' declared Frank. This solved the problem. It was also a gratifying realization. T hey were in 11. northbouod I current and must, some time, barring accident, reach norti.Jeru seas. 1 'l.'IJe or all arose. Even the crew brightened up. The future looked more cheerful. P,rofessor Mendon was con Iiden t. "I can see iu all this the hand of fate," he declared. "I tell you we are going to Jive to get back to civilization, and I shall be able to render science a mighty servic 1." Tle Storm King bad settled almost to her gunwales. Early one morning her end camo. A report like a cannon rushed across the ice field. Tons of ice piled up mountain high. The ship f elt tile tlwck. It was her death knell. With one mighty lunge she went down. Only a hole in the ice and a few air bubbles remained. The air-ship, being much lighter, would lloat iotle!l&itely. TIJe t ime had come for action. The raft and the boats were launched. Sails were set and the wind drove them slowly northward. Frank took a last look at the Flash. 'rhe northward current proved a strong one. The rnft and boats were rapillly carried into higher latitudes. Thus for days they kept on. Fortune seeme([ to favor them. 'l.'be seas were rough but no storm came to disturb them for over a week. Then a territic norther set in. It was now that the superiority of the raft was shown. One of the whaleboats was stove, and tlle cr e w barely succeeded iu reaching the raft. The other became separated from the raft, and four months later, with three or her occupants still alive, sue was pic:.ed up olf the Aus tralian coast. Fohlays the norther droYe the raft before it. At times it seemed as if the crew must give them gel ves up te a cer tain ao
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I 14 'l' H E The raft was by no means an easy thing to steer. But !f,n e tlort was made to guide it toward the coast. '.: It required nearly a whole day for the cumbe.rsome structure to dn ft in near to the coast. '\Then Barney and Pomp leaped over and swam ashore with a line. 1 The raft was drawn up high and dry on the beach. The cas t-away gave divine thar.ks for their rescue. -The coast upon which they had hnded was really a part of New Zea land. The raft had drifted westerly as well as northerly and this explained all. It was n happy denouement of oce of the most urdu ous and thrilling ,.xpeditions ever recorded. In doe time after some thrilling adventures the party safely reached AucklanG Here the sailors found a chance to ship for .Melbourne on a merchant brig. But Captain Briggs was decided to retur::1 to America with tht> others. A steamer bound for San Francisco was found and they secured passage. Three days Inter they were homeward bound on the high seas. In due t1me San Francisco was reacheJ. Then the news of their return spread over the country. A great sensation was creaLed. A COME T People fiocked about the bnlletin boards and eagerly read the new spaper accounts of the thrilling adventures of the party. As far as Chicago the returned explorers journeyed toge thPr. There they separated, not without some emotion. Professor Mendon and JO:ck fairly etllbracell Frank. We shall never forget you as our greatest benefactor!" they cried. Frank modestly disdaimed such an honor. Then they parted. 'l'he professor and Jack went on to N e w York. There in th e Scientific Institute the account of their famous chase of the Hopkins comet may be found Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp went back to Rendestown. The expedition had not been a very profitabl e one for the young inventor. He bad lost his air-ship. Bt for this be did not repine. "I aha!! build another and a bette r one!" he declared. 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Latest Issues of 12 A Nice Quiet Uoy; or, Never Suspected, by Tom Teasel: : of His Dad, 1 3ti J'be Sbort.)'d' 'J'rip Around t.he WorJd, by Pettlr S6 Hildebrandt Jfit?.gum: or, .1\ty Quet, Lit,tle by 1'em Teaael' S1 'l'ommy llounce, Jr.: or, A.. Chip ot the Old HIy J'ora Tease r i8 Jack and Jim; or, Rackets and. Scra11et:1 tlt l;:;chool, by Tom Tease r 99 "'11he Book Ageut's Luck, by l:...t ' 100 .Muldoon's Boa.rding l:louse, by l'o m l'easer 101 Aln.IOoon'A Dau, by '!'um l eu.ser 102 'fhe 'l'rn.vering Dude: or. 'rbe Comical Atfventures of Clarence !"toy J ones. by 'f,m l'es.o;;;er 163 Senator \\I uldoo n, by Tom Teaser 104 or, \Vorking 105 The Oomicu.l Adventures of'Iwo by Porn 'I'e:\ser :::: lr. 108 Billy ,Mgss; or, Frow One Thing to Anothf"r. by Tom reaser lW Truthful Jack; or, On Board the Nancy Jane, by r om 'l'flaser !10 Fresh; or, As Gree n as Grass, by 'l'om 'fenser 111 The Deacon's Boy; Ol', 'l'he Worst in L!own, by Peter Pad 112 Johnny Brown & Co. at School; or, l'be Dea-on's flgy at His Old rricks. b Y Peter Pad !13 Jim, Jack and Jim; or, Three Hard Nnts to Orack, by 'L'om Teaser Latest Issues o f .P r;ice 5 Cents. l No. 43 Lost in t.be Ot Fire; or, Across the Pampas in tbe Electric Turret. 44 Fr1mk Reade, .Jr., and Uis Qneen Clipper of the (Ji oud:s. Part I. 45 Fra.ui< Reade. Jr., and J.i en Clipper of the Olonds. Part J l. 46 or, :Strange Ad47 li'rank RedCte, Jr. 1wd H1s .i\Jonitor of the Air; or, Helping a .lfrtend in Need, 48 l:teade, Jr., J xploring a R iver of 1\ol.vstery. 49 l frank H.eade Jr., in tile of :Saud, aud His Discovery of a. People. 50 Chased .Across the Sahara; or, The .Bedouin's Cap .tive. 61 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Atr Yac..bl; or, 'l'he Grent Inventor .Atuoug the Aztecs. 62 Frauk 1-teu.de, Jr. uud Hi, Gr.,.:f1Iounc1 of the Air; or, t.lle Search for the .Mountain of Gold. 53 Frem Pole to Pele; or, E'ra.n k Head a, J r .'tJ Strange Submarine Voyn.,lla. 64 The .Mystic or. li'Y.ank lteade, Jr., and His Overland lSb"'e Uvon tlle :;tal eo 1_J1uins. 65 Frtt.llk. lteade, Jr. 10 the Ill tne Far West; or, 'l'l.te Search tor a Uold 56 FraNk Jr., With His Air Ship iq A sin.; or, A li'light Acrost tl.ie Steppes. 67 Frauk Rellde, Jr. 1wU His .\ew Torpedo Boat.; or, At Wur With tbe l'$ruzi1iu Hebels. 5R Frn.uk 1-teude, Jr. und HiS! E lectri c Coach; or, '1'he :Search fin tbe Lsle et Diamonds. Pnrt J.. 59 Frank Reade. Jr., and His .l!!lectric Getlcll: or, The Sea.t ch for the I sle of Diamontls. Part J I. 60 Fra. u k Hende, Jr., and His Uun.Qarria"'e; 6 1 Boat; or, Lost in the Laud ot Uri m aon ::iuow. Purt I. 62 Frank Reade .Jr.'s E lectric Ice Boat; or, Lost in the Laud of Urimso o Sno.v Part 11. 63 Frnuk Reade. Jr., and His of tlle C louds; or, O lla.sed Aroun& tbe Werld iu the ::Hoy. 64 Frank Jr.'s Electnc Oyc lon"; or. Thrilling Adventures in Ne Man'a Land .Part I 65 Frank lteu&e, Jr.'s E leotric Cyc lone; or, 'l'hrilling v entures in No llao'. s Land. Pnrt ll. 66 The Sunken Pirate; or, l frunk Reade, Jr.,. in Search of a. Treasure nt the Hottom of the Sea. 67 Frank Reade, Jr .. and liis Electric Air-Boat; or, Hunt-68 Jr, Among the Oowboyli -with bis New Electric Car11Vll.n. 69 .lfro.:n Ztme to Zone; o r Tbe \Vouderful Trip of Frank .RtHI.de, Jr. Wilh His Latest Air-:Ship. 70 ]frank Reade, Jr., and His .H.Iectrio Prairi e l::iciJooner; or, Fighting the 1\iexica.u rl'bieves. 71 Frank .1\.eade, Jr., a.tld His Electric Cruiser of the '12 the Ivory Hunters Witb His New .1lectric Wagon. 73 Six Weekts in 1 .he Clouds; or, Frank Jr.'s Air Ship, the 'J'bunderbclt of tiJe Skies. 74 Frank U.eade. Jr.'s .lect.ric Air Racer; or, .Around the Globe in l'bir(y Days. 75 Frank Reade, Jr and His Flying Ice :Ship; or, Driven Adrift in the Frozen 76 Frauk Rea8.e Jr., and His Electric Sea. Engine; or, Huntiug ftn a Suuken Diamond Miue. 77 1!-..rauk Reade, Jr, Uxploring a Submu.raine 1\:IOll!lbdn; ar, Lost at Bottom of the S11a. 78 Frank Reade, Jr.'s E lectric Buckboard: or, l'hrilling Ad. ventures ia NortH Australia. 79 Serpent; or. :six 80 :Frank Reade. J r .. e Ex-plorer; or, Tbe Underground U ir.y of t.h e S&ha _ra. 81 Frank H.eade, Jr.'s New J ectr i c Air-:Sbip the" Zep hyr;" or, FromNortb to :South Around the GloUe. PartL 82 Frauk Reade, Jr. s New Electrie Air-Ship, tbe Ze phyr;'' o 1, l!rom North to South Around tile Glque. II. 83 Across tbe Frozen Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Snow ()utter. '84 Lost in the .o\tlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Subnunine Wnnder, the'' Dart." 85 .!frank Rende. Jr., and His New Electric AirSbip, the or, the Chi nese Piratee Part I. 86 87 Fmnk Re!tde, Jr.'s fllipper of the Prairie; or, Fighting the A pncbes in the ) a.r Southwest. 88 Under tue A uutzon for a Thousand MiJ'es; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'e WondP.rfolTrip. 89 Frank Reacte, Jr.'s Seucb for the Silver Whnle; or. Under tbe Ocean in tUe Eleotric '1 Dulpbin }' 90 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Catnmaran of the Air: or, \ V i ld and "'ouderful Adventures 111 North An strniia. 91 Frank Rende, Jr.'s a. Lost 1\lan in His Lat. est Air\Vcmder. 92 Frank Rettde, J r., In Centra.l India; or, The Search For the Lost ::in.,ants. 93 The 1\lissing Islaud; or, Frank Reu.de Jr.'s Wpnderful Trip Under the Deep Rea. 94 Over the Andes W ith Frank R f'ade, Jr., iu His New Air-:- dth.l: or, 'Vild Aclventnres in J>ern. 95 }<""-rank R e nde. Jr.'s \Vhirlwiad; or, 'l'he Mystbry of tbe l:iicid e n Canyon. 96 Under the Yf'llow Se11..; or. Frank Reacle Jr.'s Sen.rcb for the Cave of PeurJs \oVitb His New Oruiser. 97 Around the Horizon for 'l'en Thousand Miles; or, Fran k Reade, Jr.'s wonderful Trip \Vitb H1s Air Ship. 98 Frank H.eade. Jr.'s "Sky Scrape't';" or, North and Soui h Around the Worlc:J, 99 Frank 100 From to Uo1'st; or, Frank Reade Jr:s T r i p Across Africa in Hi-s Electric., Boomerang.'' L a test Issues of Price 5 Cents. No 39 Young St. LouiR Oapture; or, Spreadin11 a Double Net. 40 l;:,)euth at the "7orld's Fair; or, Piping a tery of UQicttgo. rU Young Sleut.b's 1-'ittebnrgh Discovery; or, 'J'be Keeo Detective's Insur ance ()UI!Ie. -'2 SleNtb .H.DII t.he King 'of Cro&ks; or, 'fracking Down the "\Vo1st 1\\un in Vork. 43 Young Sleuth in the "Lava Beds" of New York; or, .rue 'l'entlerl oi r l Uy Night. 44 Young :Sleurb and t.he Bnnco Sbtirps; or, Keen Deteot.1ve's \\ iuoittll 1-Ja.ud. 45 \onug S teutlJ twd the Bryant Pari< Mystery; or, '!'be Queen ef tt1e Queer in New York. 46 A 50 tG 1 Sbot; or. ::ileuth as a. Jockey. 47 Young S leuth nud Llle Express H.obber8; or, Ferreting Out al\fystery ot l .hA Rnilwuy. 4 8 Won by a. er, Young :Sientb's Best Race. 49 A Straia:llt 'J'ip; or, Youug :Sleutll at tile Ame-ricas lJe riJy. 50 .At Odds; or, Young Sleuth's L igiJr.ning Finish. 5L 52\ vuuj,! nnti tbe Opt:ra House l\1yat.e-r:y; or,l\-lurtlered Behmtl t.he ticenes. 53 Yenn/Z Sleuth Onder the Docks of New York; or, 'l'he lti l'bieves nod the Keeu Detectiva. 54 Yo01.g Sleut.lt n11d tlte MysteriQnS Doctor: or, A lledicnl Student.'s Dnr k Plot. 55 Young Sleuth und the Rivnl Bank Breakers; or, The Keen D etecth-11 8 G-irl Decoy. 56 Sleuth' s Flnsll Light.; or, The Dnrk MlStery 0f a Eve. 57 :Sieutb &lid tile Murder in the Room; or. A Mystery of Ule Ucenn. 58 Young Sleuth's Trail; or, The Keen Detective Arter the Ja.me! Bwys. 59-Yonng ::tlEtutb' s 'l'errible Dilemma; or, One Ohlmce in One H mtd r e d 60 Sleutll and thE' Munier at the MAsked Ball; or, Fil!hting Le&J:;ne ef the D emon$ 61 Young Sleut. h's Big Uontraot; or, U l enuiug Out the 'l'bugs ot Baltimore. 62 Young Sleuth Betrnyed; or. 'l' l:e !;l'nlse Deteclive'sVil la.iny. 63 Youog Sleuth's 'l'errible 'fest; or, W o n at the Risk of Life. 64 Younf{ ::ileutll uod the MaB Wit, h the Diamond Eye. G5 Youllg lSJeulb Accu sed; ot, Held t o r Annr.h6r s U riru&. Greatest Hnse. 68 Sleuth ltnd the Fen11de or, \\""orkit1 g For .. Cucle S11.m. 69 Young Sleuth's Changes;
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