The mysterious mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s desert search for a secret city with his new overland chaise

The mysterious mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s desert search for a secret city with his new overland chaise

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The mysterious mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s desert search for a secret city with his new overland chaise
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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E n te red a s Sec ond Class Matter at the Ne10 York, N. Y Post OD1ce, October 5, 1892. No. 113. { COMPLIIlTE} FRANK rpUSEY. P(rnr.ISRR:R, 3! & 36 NOR'l'H MOORE S'l'REE r NEW YORK. { l 'ltlCE } New York, August 9 1895. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 Vol. V. E ntered according to the Act of C ongress, in the 11eur 1895, by FRA.NK 1'0US!i;Y', in the o(llce of the Librar'ian of Cong r ess at Washington, V C. MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE; or, Prank Beade, Jr.'s Desert Search for, a, Secret City with Bis New Overland Chaise. B y ISON.AME.'' It was as i f a miniature earthquake was in progress. The a n gle of the cliff w a s shattered, and tons of dislodged rocks came tumbli na; down upon the affrig h ted M oslems. It was im:r.oossible tor theru to control their horses, much less their own tears.


2 'l'HE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50 ; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. THE :MYSTERIOUS :MIRAGE; I OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Desert Search for a Secret City With His New Overland Chaise. A STBAIIGB STOBY OF A STBAIIGB LA11D. By NONAME," Author ot "To the End ot the Earth in an Air-Ship," "Lost in the Great Undertow," "The Chase of a Comet," ''From Tropic to Trop1c," etc., etc. CIIAPTER I. COLONEL DUSTIN'S STORY. 0oLOXEL HARLAND DUSTIN sat In tbe loh'Jy of tbe Fifth AVenue Hotel emoking a fine Havana cigar with all the relish of a born tobacco;user and traveler io all climes of the world. A little knot of men, among whom were uo author, two ed1tors and a couple uf the iuevltnble rPpnrters. were about him nod listening to his chat ahout life In tbH Great Desert ol Northern Africa. For the col'"'"l b11d -just returned !rom a sojourn of I wo years in aotJ ahout tile Sahara. "1 tell you," he said, impreaalvely, "that few people can under ltllnd what a mighty flltpaost> or burning sand that is. There is no other spot on the lace of the earth like it." "Indeed!" said one uf the editors, relaxing his usual cynicism. I imagine you nro o good colonel." "I ought to be," admitted the colonel. I have visited all corners of the eartn." "That is your llccms.,," dAclared the author. Is not the Sahara a great field lor exciting Incident!" Well, I found 1t so," ugreed the colonel, "in fact., it is a place where vou never need to seek incident, for it is couUnually seeking you I'' Speaking of that," dllil one of the reporters, with an eye to a "story," what was tbe moat exciting incident you met with there!" The colonPl had no need for thought. He promptly rBI>Iied: The mysterioue mirage!" At this answer oil crowded somewhat nearer to the colonel and list ened attentively, For they knew something good was coming. This blase traveler, tnis eeAker of adventure, would be sure to launch nothing ol the stale order. It would be something worth listening to. The colonel took one whiff at his cigar, and thl'o resumed: In that part of the desert call11d Bikan by the B .. llouins, because It is very like a lund with its mysterious manifestations, there may be seen a miruge of most wonderful sort. It is tllA of a city, the like of which for architecture or t!owering was never seen on earth. Now, you all know wilat a miruge is. "It is a cnrious and faithful photograph by Nature, In tbe misty eky ol some distant plah!, valley, mountain, or town, or perchance a body of water. "The mirage of Bikon, however, baa never been identilled. No one has been able to tell tbe name of tbe beButiful city or its secret loca tion. That still remains a mystery which no effort bas ever solved. Thousands of traveJIPrB, Enropeans aud natives as well have applied all sorts of calculations to locate tho wonderful city. Could It once bA locllted, it would no doubt be the wonder of the world, for no other like It is known, no other people of the same ap pearance hove ever been. This mirage of Bikan I col!sider as one of the most wonderful things I came across In the Desert." The listeners were breathless with iutenae interest for a moment. Then the author said: "Could you really distinguish the people? J.t:igbt It not be a transferred from another planeU'' "It must have been a wonderfulapec acie," commented an editor. But it remained for the ucute r"porter to get at tc.e in the nut. A mirnge Is supposed to a natural phenomenon, mujor, Ia It poaslhlH for a rnytlncal rity, or one not in existence to be portrayedf' No," replied the colonel, promptly. "A mirage Is a reproduc. tion and must !lave a pattern, or suhject In actual existence." In that case sucb a city must really exist." "or course." How far is It possible for a mirage to draw it subject from! What is tbe greatPSI known distance!" Probably !rom no point beyond the horizon at its oltit'lcle," was the reply. "The mirage of Blkau may hang a thousand luet In the air!" ThAn the wonderful city must be somewhere within a radlus of three or four hundred miles," I should any sol" Tt.e author wns thinking ol the ri'Surrectlon of some old time city of romance, and already .(llctored a Prince Charming oud a Sleeping Beauly The editor was wonrlering if the subject would be tri t e lor his read ers, but the reporter already sow the matter up In cold type with bold headlines. Now," resomed the reporter, "wby cannot this city be found. Extend the rnchus another hundred miles. Hns not o:i that region beell explored!" Presurnubly, time and ognin," replied the coloneL "And yet no trace of the miragA city can be fooncl," The reporter scratched his head with his pAncll. "I wish I had the chance," be said. "I'd bet a ne hat I could find it." The 1\olonel lau!!"hed, I advise your syodicata to send you out there," he said, "it would be the biggest job they could put U}l."


THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. 3 "I vow I'll app oach them on the "but let me tell you "Well!"' matter," declared the scribe, J "The mere publication of this story so lnterestiiH!:IY narrated by you Is bound to Interest the whole country. Probably a hundr .. d men of will have thetr cuptdlty excited to such un extent, that they will at once set out t o discover the city." "No danger or their meeting with success," said the coloneL "Why!" "It is Impossible." "You furgeLI'' "What?" "Nothing Is lmpoBBible to an out and out American." r. "Yoa have the advantage of me-" begun the colonel. "Theo Wilton. ut your service," replied the reporter, with a low bow, "Ameri, News Syndicate.'' "You know mef'' Col. 1>aatin. '' "Exactly. I am glad to meet you, Mr. Wilton. But I want to talk with you fort ber. Will you honor me wttb your a.t m) room to-night at eight!" Tbe scrlhe bowed. Col. Dustin arose. The uuthor entered into a surprisingly friendly colloquy with one or the ed tLora. Theo Wilton was absorbed In his newspaper story. Col. Dustin ente .. ed the elevator, which ia the American dialect for "lift," und was so:Jn ou his way to his room. "By Jove!" rellected Wil'ton, as he Jlluced hls note book in his pocket, "thas is not a batl da y's work. The syndicate ougbt to pay me a bnnlred lor that. Hello! another chance!" Wilton aturtt>d pt>ll mell f o r the reading room. A mao whom be instantly recognized entered it. Wilton overtook him. He was a yoang man, but or remariahly His face was well chisel"d and handsome, anllec tual. "I beg pardon," said Wilton, politely. "lli'. Frank Reade, Jr., I believer Tbe yoaug man turned, That Is my name," he said. Here is my curd. I reprPsent the Americian Syndicate.'' "Ah," said Frank Reade, Jr., glancing at tbe caru; "I am afraid I have btLie matPrial for you.'' "I can't believe tnat, Mr. Runde," &ahi Wilton, ea!!'erly. "Yon will grant me a brief interview; then I wtll tell you something of inter est." Very well," said Frank Rende, Jr., sinking chair. "Please be brief." How about the new invention you were at work on the last time I was ap to Reudestowuf'' IL Is Wbatf ThEI new Overland Chaise!'' "Evec so.'' Wilton knew that the young man before blm was one of the moat famoas persons un t he earth. He was th11 greatPst or living Inventors, and the fruits of his genius were indeed womlerful. He was the perfector of the Steam Man, the Electric Horses the Flying Alr-Sttip, the Submarine Bout aud many other wontlers. And now hy his owu confession he had just llnisLed an Electric Overland Chaise. What this vehicle was like only tile inventor and bls workmen could tell. It wus k<'pt a profoand secret. For a moment Wilton wue too full of the daring resolva apon hia mind to speak. Th11n he mana,ed to ask: What prorratl\rne have you outlined, Mr. Reade? What will be yoar first trip with your Overland Chaise!" Well, I lnrdly dACitled," re11lied Frank. "I am anxious to nett aome unknown and unexplored part of the world." "You arer crted the reporter eagerly. "Yes.'' Wilton c:oald hArdly contain' himself. "lllr. Reade," he said, "I have aometblng remarkable to tell you." The young Inventor tnrned. "Indeed!'' he exclaimed. "What mav It be, sir!" Then the reporter told the story of the mysterious mirage. Fr<1nk Reade. Jr., was intensely interested. "On my word!" he cried, "that is bewitching story, and if true __ .. "ThA man who tells it is in the hotel at this moment.'' "Indeed!" "Suppose we send ap our cards! Be will grant as an interview. That is, if you--" "I understand," replied Frank. "The Sahara Is just the field lor 'he Overland Chaise. We will talk with Col. Dustin." Cards were sent up. A few moments later th e messenger returned and said: "Col. DoaUn requests the gentlemen to come to his rooms.'' CHAPTER II. THE ELECTRIC CHAISE. FRANK READE, JR., and Wilton at once entered the elentor. lt ; u few BP.conds they were in the apper regions ot the hOteL The n thP.y w .. re ut the door of 0.:>1. Dustin's room. The colonel himself greeted them warmly. It did not take Wilton long the ohject of the vielt. M.r. R r ud" is the inventor of the Overland Chaise!" he said. "I told hun us nearly as I could remember your story of the mysterious r Pd," said the colonel. He is deeply interested and has thought of taking a trip to the Sahnra. Tills seems to olfer bim an object, and at tile same lime au adveuture." Col. Dustin tossed Ilia cigar Into the grate. He advancml and stood before both his visitors. "Mr. Rtlade.'' he said, with s11pp; essed excitement, "Is it possible to travel safety through the enemy's country witll your new ma chine?' You mean," said Frank, "is it impervious to an ordinary at. tack." "Just so.'' I may say that it Is. It was constructed for just such a purpose as this of traveling in perilous count riee. I haVd made every provls ion and have every kind or a weapon aboard for either otlimse or defense." Tue colonel was much excited. Then it can be done! he cried. "I Bl!l! the way it 11nn be done. That is all settled. Tt.e city of tile mystertous mirage will be found let me tell you.'' In some PXclt11ment the coionelseated himself ond went on: Every kind of an effort has been made to ll!ld the mirage city That it exi s ts there is uo douht. But It lies, l in some mountains south of Bikan, and wheN hostile trlhes have kept explorers from pe1Hllruting. With such a machine us yourR no doubt tiiTee or foar men could travel with impunity tbroagh ull that region. "Thr y can," assented Frank. Then you will undertake It!" I will consider the pln.n. I must first go back to Readestown be fore nn answer.'' 'l'bink of what a mighty discovery It will be for science and for the world!" cried the colonel, enthusiastlcnlly. "Who knows but that this muy be city and region or Ophir described by Solomon and wh:ch no mun has ever located. What a wonderful thin"' it' will be to WCJrld n city and a new race of people, who" undoubt edly have been undiscovered for cer.turies. '' The colonel was eagerly euthaslastic over the matter. Wilton was the same. But Frank Reu

4 'l'HE M YSl'ERIOUS MIRAGE. In Readeetown tha t beautiful little city among the bill&, all was CHA PTER III. bustle and excitement. IN THE S A H A RA. Frank Rea de, Jr's, l!rs t move upon arriving home was to visit the great high arched store bouse whe re the new machine was set up. CoLONEL DUSTIN and Wilton, the reporter, arrived in Readestown It was qui t e complete and only needed to be equipped with provi-rig ht on time. sions to start at once. They were the firat privileged outsiders to view the Chaise. Upon ente ring the yard, Frank was met by a comical negro, and a It is needl e ss to say that tuey waxed exceedingly entbo&tastic over shock heade t l Irishman. It, and the colonel cried: "Golly, Marse Frank. Glad fo' to 9ee yo' back!" cried the negro. "You have honor untold upon us, Mr. Reade, in allowing "'fbe top av the marnin' to yez, Mistber Frank!'' declare d the Celt. us to accompany you.'' "Tbe same to you, Barney and Pomp," replied the young inven" I am glad of your company," said Frank, honestly. Certainly tor. it would b e dreary work e11ough to visit the S ahara alone." Barne.Y and Pomp were old and faithful servitors. Tbey had been The Cbaise had been taken apart and stored in sections aboard a Ion:: in the employ or Frank's father before him. freight car bound for New York City "Shure phwat brought y':lZ back from New York so soon, Mistber '!' here it was to be transferred to the bold of a steamer bound lor Frank!" as ked B a rney. Suez and the Mediterranean. "I bave some work cut out for the Chaise!" replied Frank, "ls she The voyagers, themselves, took a last express train for New York, lo good trlmr where they arriv e d somewhat in advance of the Chaise. "Shure, sor, as !oine and fit as a fiddle." Of course reports of the proj e ct e d trip hud spread, and when the "That is good." party reached the big city, they were literally besieged by newspaper "Phwative r will bo the thrip, sort" men. To the Sahara." Frank brought with him !rom RAadestown skilled workmen enough "Sure !!Or......._" to pnt the machine together when Su e z should lie reached. "Ob, the Great Desert, I mean,'' Xplaloed Frank. That Is in The se were to return aboard the steamer oti her homeward voyage. oorthllrn part of Africa, you know." So all arrangements were made and finally tbe hour tor the start "Shure it's gittin' to be the fashion t o viait Alriky sinCe Stanley came. wlot there and then the Celt turned mischievously to Pomp: The Chaise was safely stow11d In the steamer's hold. Begorra, there s a chance fer yez to renew acquaintances wid Captain Partrid ge, uf the Prince Leon, as the vessel was nam ed, some av yer relatives, naygur." order e d tbe gang plank hauled In and she swung out from her pier. ','Look yer, !'ish!" cried the darky hotly, "don' vo' insult me! I I A lar g e crowd were on the wharf to see tbe departure. was bo'n in ole Ca'line, an' don' yo' fo'git ltl All my relatives lib dar, Out into tbe bay, past tbe Barthold! Light and Fort Hamilton the an' dey ain' no bog-trotters neithllr!" steamer sailed. Burney sbook his n .. ry hair liKe a mad bull. Soon she bad cleared Sandy Hook and the great ocean voyage was Phwat's that rel!ictioo on the bog throt.tersT'' be cried. Don't begun. ye get gay wid me, naygur! Shure, divil a btt am I ashamed av the 'l'o dwell upon the Incidents o! that voyage would be Irrelevant, and 8911 av me nativity! Here's luck to the Emerald Oiale!" would be of httle interest to the reader. Frank saw that they were perilously near a ruction, ,of which both Therefore, l d t us pass on over the ocean voyage, through the Straits were fond, so he put u stop to the aft'uir by say J u g sharply: or Gibraltar and to Suez Be olf with you, rascals, and open up the store-house. I wan\ to Here the pany w e re transferred to a smaller steamer bound for a take a look at the Chaise. sm 1ll port in the R e d Sea. Barney turne. Ki-yi, den yo' don' link youse gwlne to like de climate!" This gun was Fronk Reade, Jr.'s own invention and most deadly. Barn e y scraped tb e p e rspiration from his brow and replied: It would throw a dyno rnite projectile over a mile with fatal effect. B u d cess to the climute! Shure, 1 her e 's no counthry on earth Upon the roof or the pilot-houall there was a powerful aearch-;igbt equa l to the ould sod. War yez iver in Oireland, ouygurT'' which was of great value. Kaiu't say dat I was, chile.'' Tbe interior of the Chaise was an lllustratton of the possibillty of B e jabers, then half av yure loife is wasted. Shure, it's the foineat tboroug!J furnishing in u limit e d apace. place on earth. Dlvll a snake will y ez !oind there." The cahin was elegantly draped and upholstered. "Golly! dat am de pla ce fo' me," cri e d Pomp, who mortally There were little recesses in the wall, where were shelves or rare afraid of sn n kes. "Am d"r any culled people in dut books, or arti cles needed upon a long journey. "Moigbty f ew!" replied Barney, "but there s the Oirlsh an' that's There wiiB a table replete with beautl!ul silver and china, also a bettlrer. Shure, the re's no pla ce loike Oir e land. It'll sorry I am fer cook room or g a lley. yez tha t y e z ain't an Oirisbman." Then there came the storeroom or bold, where were kept the pro" Huh!" sallied Ponrp. I don' know 'bout dat. Wba's rle mnttah visions and ammunition for a journey. wlf je culled people!" To at tempt a detailed description of the machine wonld be lengthy Barney made a grimace. and tedious. '' Av I wuz as black as yez he cried, "shore, I'd take off me shkin Therefore we will content ourselves with this somewhat incomplete an' grow a new one. Och, the naygura ain't to be wid de account or the Chaise. Oir ish." Of course Its motive power waP electricity from a motor and battery Pomp spat on Ills bands. syftem, wl)icb waR the peculiar inven t ion o! Frank Reade, Jr. "Wha' dat yo' say!" he cried, energetically. "don' yo' go frowin' The Ovllrlanll Chaise was all ready for the journey save the storing slops on de culled people. Mebhe dere skins ain' white, but dey Away of the provisions. w a rn t bo'n in no bog cabins, an dey kin hol d dere own anv time. This was accomplished in quick time, and all preparations wer e Jes' yo' show me a nigger dot kam't whip an Irishman out ob his boots -completed for tbe most famous trip upon which the party ever went. any time." Whurrool Phwat's that yez say?'' roarP.d Barney. "Shure, wan Irishman cud whip a bull rig lment uv naygnrs. Av yez don't think so thrv a l eetle rot:tlon wid Barney O'Shea." "Golly! dat wud Jes' be a heap ob fun!" cried Pomp. "Does yo' gib mt. de challenge, l'ish?"


THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. Shure, take it how yez plaze." A' right den! Look out fo' yosef. I'se a-comin'." And quick a1 a llaeh Pomp lowered his head, and made a dive at the Celt. Barney dodged the attack, nod grasped Pomp by the hips. Then the two jolters closed. They were having a lively ruction when Frank appeared on the scene and put a stop to it. Tbe Red Sen port was left rapidly behind aa the Chniee struck out Into the Egyptian country. F1 nnk, with Dustin and Wilton, stood on tbe main deck watching the country as they &ped on rapidly through it. Barney woe 1n the pilot-house and Pomp in bis g&lley. The Chais11 rolled on over the short green turf which here adorned the rolling couutry. Through groves of olives nntt oaks, past orchards of figs and fields or corn the machine run. The dwellings of the agricultural EgypLian were the only buildings of nOl9 encountered for many miles. Then ocCilBionally tb11y encountered h-.aps or ruins and leveled structures of ancient times. Ouly a llrief ius!Jection was accorded thei!e. The machine kept rapidly on to the southward. As they towns, even cities were discovered. They were followwg a t.ighwuy one day tllrougb a deep pass, when they were suddenly lirought to a halt in an unexpected and somewhat startling manner. Barney, who was In tba pilot-bouse saw the dellle suddenly fill with a lland of mounted and armed men Duatln wllo was 1m old Egyptian traveler, cried: They are janizaries of au Emir's guard. The Emir himself must be In the train!" It was clearly Impossible for the machine to go ahead without mow ing down doz ens ol tl1e janizarles so Barney stopped it. The janizaries formed instantly a solid line. They blocked thE' pass with drawn swords and evidently regarded the Chaise with nmaz e ment. Tbe captain or the guard shouted some unintelligible commands and then rolle out In advance or the troop What does be .vautf' exclaimed Frank. "Have we not a right of way In this pass!" "Undl)ubtedly," replied Dustin, "but we have got to convince these fellows of It, and llthe. 1 are as wooden-headed as some I have met with, that will not be easy." They will not dare to detain us In face of the passports, will theyf' asked Frank. "I don't know. Time will answer that." "Very good! Let us see!" Frank aDll the colonel showed themselves upon the forward part of the Chaise. At once the captain rode nearer and saluted. He addressed Frank In the Turkish language. The yonnac Inventor was not very adept In thiS, so be replied in French. Foriunately the cnptnin of the guard understood. How Is Great EtfP.nlllf' cried the captain. Do you invade the Emir's country with au armed chariot!" We come with a warrant,'' replied Frank. "We seek to do no one hnrrr.. Our errand Is that of peace." Yet you are dogs or Chrilltil>nB, and this Is the land of Mahomet. You not desecraie It!" "Pig-headed, Illiterate scoundrel," muttered the colonel. "Show him the passports.'' Frank accordmgly assumed a bolder 11tand, and sbouted: You detain us aL your peril. We have passports from the Kedlve, and your heads will pay lor detaining us." For a moment the captain or the guard was silent. He was evident ly incredulous. Then he replied : "The Khedive gives no passports to You utter a lie!" "Don't you tell me that, or I'll blow you into eternity," retorted Frank, angnly. Come here and I will show you the passporte." The captain ol the guard rode up to the side or the He was a dark browed evil-looking fellow. He glanced at the pass ports and his fuce Frank read him through and through. He saw that he feared the Khedive's word, but at the same t1me was loth to obey it. It was evident !rom the expression o! his face that he was casting nboot lor some plan by which to evnde it. Seeing this, Frank put In a clincher. "You will trouble ns at your peril. We are under the protection of the Great Kheolve.'' .A sudden thought seamed to come to the fellow. He turned and galloped to tbe rear of the train. CHAPTER IV. THE BlUR'S DEFE.lT, WHAT was meant bv this move our travelers could only guess. But an explanation came quickly. 'Pile llne of jnniz11ries parted and a patriarchal old fellow, In rich robes and mounted on a splendid Arab chargE>r, came down through. "The Emir!" exclaimed Dustin. It was the Emir, and as he rode nearer he regarded the Chaise with evident interest and surprise. He reined his horse In haughtily and Frank in French. "Dogs or Cbl'istiaus," he said tartly, "what do you in the land sa cred to Mahometf "We are under the protection or the Khedive,'' replied Frank. : Th!lt is false!'' declared the Emir llotly; "The Khedive permits no mfidels to travel through his cou01ry!'' "You are wrong," said Frank cuolly, "here are our passports," The young inventor produced tbe docomeuts, which were imposing in appearance and bore a large seal. The Emir took them and his face changed as be recognized t!Je Khedive's halid and seal. For a moment be wns Irresolute. It was an authority greater than his own and he was for a time disposed to yield to it, But he glanced again at the Cllaise and b1s Moslem Ire was once mora raised. H angered him to see a party of the haled Christians travclinoo with immunity and uuder the Khedive's protectiOn through bis coun': try. For a few moments he wsa irresolute. He fingered the documents in a nervous manner. Mahomet's true followers can scarce sanction this act of the Kbeuive?" be said, defiantly. Bat Duatin caught the cue quickly and cried: What! Are you a traitor to the Khedive! Those words carried to his ears woultl co9t you your head, Sir Emir!" The Moslem dignitary turned a trille pale, and lnvolnntarily shiver ed. Then he made a move if to return the passports, when tbe cap tain or the Janizarles c1 ught bis arm. A few hurried and excited words changed t,be compiE>xion of every thing. Swift aE thought the Emir passed the documents to the captain or the guard, who tore them into fragments. No sooner had this astounding act been performed than the Emir drew his yataghan and shouted: "Now, dogs of Christians, we have you at our mercy! You have no passports, and are trespassers in the sacred land of .Hahomet. For this prepare to die!" The nmazement of oar travelers at this act or treachery can hardly be conceived. "On my word," cried Col. Dustin, "that Is the dirtiest trick I ever heard or." "lnto the cabin-quick!" cr1ed Frank. They were none too soon. Bullets rattled ag11inst the eteel sides of the Obalse. Tbe Moslems were dead in earn e st. The defile llrislled with them, and it was evident that they meant to attack the Chaise. No time was to be lost. Frank gave hurried orders. A battle was certain. Barney and Pomp, with rilles, went Into the pilot-bouse and opened llre upon the foe. But Frank sprang to the electric gun. He knew that unless the bat tle came to close quarters they could clear the de!lle of the foe. Bullets were rattling against the body of the Cbaise like ball. It was a critical moment. But our travelers did not falter. They kE>pt their end up. Barney and Pomp had kept up the liveliest kind of a fire. The Moslems were dropping right and left. Inwardly Frank depreciilted tbe aftair. He kuew well enough that It wool

6 THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. the cliff was shattered, and tonE! or dislodged rocks came tumllling down lll)On the atfrigluetl Moslems. It was lmpossillle for thtHD to control their horses, much less their own fears. Up the dellle, In a mad, excited mass, they surged. The Chaise pro ceeded after them. "Follow them close!" cried Frank, "don't glve them a chance to rally!" ln vain the Emir tried t.o reform his men. Be might as well have trit>d to turn the sun backward in its course. The rout was effectual. The end or the ueHie being reached, a remarkable stretch or country was presented to view. It was a semated plain covered with close cropped green grnss. In places there were little clumps or palms. In the foreground there was a ruined mosque. But beyond-what a spectacle! It was like a mighty vista-a boundless space-like looking off to sea upon a clear ool in the shadows. lt was an inviting spectaclt!, and not one but was tempted to dash into the war...r. Aal could now perceive with what matinees or joy, the weary Sahara traveler, atblrstlaUtl fatigued, !{aze upon the desert uaais. It lllUdL to b1m seem like new lile and joy and grutilicution. A indeed is the in the Gaeat Saharu. Tlw Chaise rolled IIllo the shady dell and the travelers threw them selves down from the deck to get a drank from ,. cooling spring in a bunk. "Begorra, I'd loike a shwlm mesilf in that pond,'' declared Barney. "Shure it Inks mulghty invoitln'.'' Others shured Barney's opinion. Still nobody attempted to make it literal. A !:loot the etlge of the pool there were marks or camel's and horses' feet, where caravans had driven mto the water, For fully au hour did the party sojourn iiJ the oasis. Tueu Frank cried: Come, we must go on our way. We should reach Blkan by Fri day. Ell, Dustin!" Yes, 1 suonld think so," replied the colonel. "If so, within forty eight hours \heaealter we see the mysterious mirage." This wus really the object or interest in tue minds or all. Everyone looked forward eagerly to reaching Bikan. All speed was put on after leaving the oasis; But suddenly a dark line came view In the distance and directly in the paL!l or the Chaise. The travelers studiet:t it with interest. Frank procured a strong glass and regarded It intently. It looks to me like a body of horsl'men !'' he said. Let me see the glasel'' said Col. Dustin. Frank gave him the glass. The colonel studied the distant line or horsemen. Then he sudden ly exclaimed with some excitement: "On my word! It iR lucky for us we are not afoot!" '' Why?" Fmnk. "They are Be,louiusl'' Iodeed !'' This announcement created a marked impression upon all. The character of the Bedouins was known to them. He is really the pirate or lawless or the desert. What is worse, tile luckless t.raveler who falls into their clutches rarely eHcapes with his life. A merciless and mercenary creature ia the desert Arab. But t.Ur friends aboard the Electric Chaise had little to fear. The Bedouins, however, were seen to be in great force, and were rldiul!. directly toward the Chaise. "It looks t? me ;l8 if we should have a collision with them," said Frank. "Yes," affirmed the colonel, "there Is no doubt but that we will.'' All right," said Frank grimly, "I reckon it will be a bit the worse for them on the whole." I think it will too,'' agrePd the colonel. Certainly there is no reason why we should change our course." Tht1 course or the Chaase therefore wus not changed. It kept stmight on, and ao did the Bedouins. A while sufficed to bring them quite plainly to view. All were liuely mounted and carried long lances. Picturesque looking fellows they were, but, us was well known, aa incapable or heiug trusted as a rattlesnake. Oa they came in a Hying cloud or dust. They bad sighted the Chaise, and now surrounded it. It was evident that tluy regarded It as lawful prey, and reckoned that they ball secured a rich prize. It would ha e been easy enough for Frank to have put on all speed and run away from the Aralls. Bat he ditl not. The truth was he wae Interested in the desert dwellers, and was de sirious or getting a good look at them. 'L' ?e Bedouins, on the other hand, seemed to have the same purpose Ill v ew. 'l'hey regarded the Chaise as a slrange atlair. Col. Duslin and Wilton were on tbe main deck. Frank had gone forward, Suddenly one of the Bedouins rode forward brandishing his svear. He was a tall, powerfully built man, with long gray beard, being evidently the sht'lk of the trihe. He looks a typical patriarch," said Wilton. "Really, I admire him!" He is certainly a magnificent specimen or the desert native," declart>d the colonel, "but I'll warrant he is one or the most blood thirsty scoundrf'la aliVd Ins men und one or them rode forth. This fellow apparently was the llngo!st of the tribe.


THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. He spoke French lluently. What is yuur pleasure, monsieurs!'' be asked. The great sheik Ali Ballo, wunts to know what you do in the desert." We are going to Blkan,'' repliell Frank. The land of the silver star!'' cried the interpreter. Ob, mon slenrs, you are not maklnll: war upon our peoplef' By no means!'' replied Frank, earnestly. We would much rather be friends with you." Friends, monsieur!" "Aye!" The interpreter conveyed this announcement to Ali Babo. The sheik smote0his thigh with the p11lm of his hand, and at once rl'lplied: "No dog of an unbeliever cun cross the desert to Blkan without paying tribute to Ali Bubo!" This aonouncem .. nt wus conveyed to Frank. The young inventor sm1led. Your sheik CJl.n never exact tribute from us!" he declared. "We are not to IJe tritled with. We travel well armed. Take the warn ina!" Tile Interpreter conveyed this reply to Ali Babo. It made the sheik very wroth. Time and again he smote his thigh, using high sounding words. Then be bran:lished Ius scimeter and rode once around the Chaise. This done, he paused to note the effect. It must have been somewhnt to his discomfiture that be saw that it had no effect whatever upon the travelers. The Chais e kept on toward Bikan, and Frank's face wore the same provoking smile. For a moment the sheik was undecided what to do. Then be au thorized his intl'rprt-ter to say: "The Great Sheik demands tribute or he will attack the invaders of the holy land of Mahomet." "jAil -right!" retorted Frank. "You will the worst of it." Shrieking with the sheik rode away toward his men. When he reachtod them a thrilling scene was enucted. Instantly every man drew bla scimeter and the whole troop sprung forward. With their magnificent Arab steeds on the full gallop, they came down for the machine. Had our travelers been in a less secure position, they might well have flllt some trepidation. But as it was they were safe eouugh. Down came the cavalca1le at full swing. They made an imposing array in their barbaric COdtumes. "Golly!" cried Pomp, "I done fink we bettab gib dem a lily bit of a volley!" "Begorra, that's t.hrne, naygur! Ph were ia me rille?" No I" cried Frank, authorilatively, "that most not bel Don't shoot one of them. There is no need of taking life!" "I can imagine how the soldiers of Napoleon must have felt when they were charged by the Mamelukes." declared Col. Dustin. "Cer tainlv these are a set." "Very true," agreed Wilton. "But how quickly they would melt before our American repeaters." "They would be swept out .1f existence," declared the colonel. "Yet they are wonderful men.'' "The savage will never be able to cope with crvilizal ion in the matter of arms," declured Wilton; "hut given the same weapons they would be most dE>ar what thut band of rascals think now!" cried Wilton. Begorrn, they can think phwat they plaze, but they kin niver catch us now!" cried Barney. dnt am rir,ht," averred Pomp. The Bedouins were !!Very momer:t receding in the c.listance. They were now hut a speck on the horizon, but for all this one pe collar fact was nottod. They kept still in pursuit, hanging in the rear. This fact was noted by all. "They evidently intend to follow our trail," suid Frunk, grimly. They will have a long way to follow,'' amrnull Wilton. "I am afraid that they will tire bllfore they overtake us!" I dont know about that," enid Frar:k. Bikun is not such a distance away yet. Even when we get there, we are not out or the desert!" Which is truel'' nmrmed the colonel, but if worst came to worst we could give them a li!thl!" "Juat n hit or a one!"' laughed Wilton, "imagine their trymg to cope the electric gun!" Everybody smiled at this. But now the topography of the desert to cllunge a lillie. The mighty even of sand which extPnded for such a dis tance became bordered wnh a horizon of peculiar aspect. What id crit>d Wilton, it looks like luw clouds!'' But it is not," replied the colonel. We ure coming to a hilly part of the desert " Hills!" ejucu!ated Wilton. Why I thought the desert was in all parts as level as a floor.'' By no means!'' repllecl the colonel, on the contrary it is di versi fied as much as any reg10n in the W)rld. There are hills and valleys, plains and rolling hmd in abundance.'' "But yet all one ex;>anse of drt>ary, qnchangine: sund!'' CertainlJI The desert is the desert whether high or low land." Is not water apt to luy in aome ol the low pluces!" To the contrnry, wnter is almost invariably round on the high groond. This is a strange anomaly." Uu!ike any other country on the face of the earth." Certainly.'' All these were matters of intere&t to the young rEportPr. He incorporated them all in his journal or tlle trip, intending to make use or tllem v.t some future day. Rapiol!y now the Chaise approuched the hills. There was a dull in the atmosphere. It was like a film which seemed to permeate landscape anrtlle slope. There were beautiful lleiXClnimed the colonel; that will do very well.'' "How is this, colonel!" cried the reporter. We must have reached the verge of the "No, I guess not." No! Why, how do you explain that ferUle tract of country? It is too large for an oasis.'' "Ensy, my boy," replied the colonel, calmly. "That is all a snare ru1d a delusion. Ther e is no such country over there.'' Slowly a of the truth dawnfld upon Wilton. He gave u little gasp anti exclaimed: "By Jove! the mirage!' "Exactly," cried the colonel, "that is the seductive scene which has Jured many a poor soul to his cerlain (ate." "But-" exr.laimed Wilton, "Lilia is not the mirage we are looking for.'' "By no means. The mysterious mirage depicts o city." Where then is the region depicted in this mirage?" "You usk me too much. It may be in Bikan. JL may be hundreds of mile& away. Wonderful specimen of nature's photograpl:y.'' Jntleetl you are right.'' All watched the mirage wHh deepest Interest. But aa they drew near it grnduully bPgun to fude. Into impalpable mist it went and they saw a rugged and wlld range or hills before them. Beyond those hills is Bikan," remarked the colonel. How shall we tint! a wuy through them?" asked Frank. "You have bl'en ! ere before, colonel!" "Indeed, yes!" replied the colonel. "I think yonder rugged bead of rock overhangs n pass. Try it.'' The Chaise ran rnpitlly toward the frowning points of rock. As the colonel had said, there wns a puss between them. Into thts the muchine rolled. But it bud gone but a short distance when there was a sudden jar, a hissing anti buzzing sound. The Chaise s;ootl still. Frank came out or the engine-room. He looked pale and anxious. "What has happRned, Frank!" asked the colonel. We hnve met with an accident," replied the young inventor. An accident!" All looked alarmed. "Yesl" What Ia Its nature!" asked Wilton. Well, to be brief about it!'' said Frank, "the machinery hac brokP.o aown.'' This wns an appnlling declaration. Dismayed cries went up. "]\{Prey!" exclaimed Wilton, "that Is a bad blow. How bad is the break!" I Is it beyond repair!" "I cannot say yet," replietl Frank. "I must make a closer ex amination. But we will hope for the besl.''


8 'l'HE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. Of cpurse there was no other way bot to make the beat of it. The Obaiae coohl not proceed fortber for the while. Frank at once began to search for lhe brenk In the mucbloery. To the relief of every one, after un hour's work, he declared that It could be repaired, but thut with the assistuoce of Barney nod Pomp It would require some hours yet. However, all were ioclioea to rest content. Work was at once be guo. Col. Dustin nod Wilton were on deck. In t3e excitement of the duy's incidents the Bedouins bad been qoitt> forgotten. It w1ll be remembered \hat the last seen of them they were track ing the machina yet. What was more natural, therefore, than for them to soddenly ap pear upon the scene. They rode into the defile all of a sudden, Thunder and guns," gaspeJ the colonel, leaping to his feet. "Those fiends have overtaken usl" Wilton eeot a cry or warning down Into the In a moment, Frank, with Burney nod Pomp, came rushing up. A. glance was quite enough, Tare no' 'oundsl'' gasped the Celt, "phwat will we do wid 'em?" "Did you ever!" exclaimed Fl"8uk. "Were they not persistent to follow us thuar They are ugly warned the colonel. We bad better not give them the start." "Nor will we," muttered Frank. He saw, hnw .. ver, that the electric guo could not be used without turning the Chaiae about, as it waa in the bow. There was no way, therefore, bot to depend upon the repeatir:g riOea. Thete were quickly produced. The Bedouins indulged in very little ceremony. They almost in stantly opeoPd llre. This fired Col Du1tio's blood. His war spirit was aroused. t1" Gife iL to the black dogs!" be shouted, "don't spare one of them. Extermir.ate the whole gong!" No further billtliog woa necessary. Barney and Pomp were alrendy at work with their repeaters. The work was lively. Up the dt!llle came the shrieking Bedouins. Tbe1r charge was Impetuous. It Lhey reac11e1 the deck of the Chaise the result might be serious. Tbia most be avoided. So the repeaters were worked as rapidly as po88ible. The attack log Arabs went down like sheep. Yet they seemed game aud bound to carry their point. But the pats became lilerally blocked with their dead horses, and this as much as anything else cuuaed them to come to o stop. Human courage coul1l not face such terrible fire and as a result they were compelled to hold back. They broke into a literal rout nod were swept back down the pass. With wild cheera the defeodt>ra or the Chaise kept up the llrel "We've licked 'em!'' cried Colonel Dustin, wildly, "they are not in our class, I tell you I" "I reckon they've had enough of the Electric Chaise," said Wilton. But Frank's face still wore an anxious looli. and he said: "Don't be too sure!" "Begorra. they're formlo' agio!" cried Barney. This waa true. But they diu not come again to the attack for all this. There was another plan uppermost in their brains. What this was speedily became manifest. They disappeared or a sudden, leaving the paas entirely. Some Ume passed. While the deeert travelers were wondering what this could mean, there came a explanation, and in a most startling manner. "Howly suddenly screamed Barney. "Wud yez see phwat the black divils are up to.'' All looked in the dirt>ctlon indicated by Barney, and for a moment they were dumb with awful rear. CHAPTER VII. DEFEAT OF 'I'HE BEDOUINS. THE Bedouins ha:l adopted a new plan of action whlch seemed likely to give them the upper hand after all. Over the machine hung the heavy brnws of the cliff. !if Suddenly saferal of them bad appeared upon this. Their Oeodish Intention was at onc11 plain. Tbls was In abort to tlemolish the Chaise by rolling heavy bowlders down upon it. There were plenty of theae upon the cliff weighing many tons. Should one of them crash down upon the mnchine It would wrPck it Frauk Rende, Jr., waa the only one in the party with any power to He saw at once that something had got to be done. But what? lly soul!" finally gasped Col. Dustin, they han got the best of ua." For a moment it aeemed so. Only a lucky circumstance saved the machine. A loud cry eacape1l Duatlo. "Look oat!" be shouted. There comes the llrst one!" Over the verge of the cliff came a mighLy bowlder. It weighed tons, and seemed about to crush the Chaise to atoms. But by the luckiest chance in the world it missed the aim. It struck the ground not six feet from the machine. It bgril'd Itself deep in the sand, bot <.lid no harm beyond. lL waa a close escape. A bamed yell went up from the Bedouins. But they had others almost in readiness lO drnp. It was at that critical moment that a recollection or an import ant fact came to Frank ReaJe, Jr. The brakf'S to the Chaise were tightly eet. It rested upon a little incline, and these held it. Frank rem.,mbered this. He saw at once that to release the brakes would be to allow the machine to run down the incline with its own momentum. This would be snflicient to carry it to the end of the pass, where it would be out of harm's wAy. The mnmeot 'his dawned upon Frank he muttered: "Saved!" Then be sprang to the brake valve and released them. Instantly the machine started backward down the paas. Just at that Instant another huge bowlder fell. It strocli: exactly on the spot where the machine bad stood. A more narrow escap11 could hardly be Imagined. "Jericho I'' gasped the colvnel. "That was a close call for us!" In a few seconds the Chaise woe out or danger. The delight of our travelers con hardly be imagined or described in words. 'l'be Bedouins, bamed, yelled savagely and sent a shower or bul lets after the Chaise. Bot these did not

THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. 9 They wore tonice, girdles and turbans, and carried keen sclmeters. They were a swarthy-skinned, JlOWerfulbuilt race or people. But or all the South Sahara tribes accorulng to Colonel Dustin they were the most peuceable. They were friendly to all foreigners, and it was here that the colo nel bad spent so much time in former years. So there was no hesitation in running the machine directly up to the city gates. A number of the dignitaries .>f the to'll'o greeted the colonel famil larly in the .Morocco tongue which Dustin uotleretood well. Then Frank and the others were Introduced to Hyder Ben All and llnstapha H11ssau, the leaders of the town. They were quite agreea ble Arabs, und bade the whole party welcome to the town. The m11chine passed through the gates, and now the people crowded closer about exchangmg sulutes with the new-comers. A sort or public lete was held in their honor, and when it became known that they had come for the purpose or diacoverlng the secret city or the mysterious mirage there was some excitement. Hyder Ben All promised all the aid in his power, but took occasion to say: "There is danger In vlslting the Rnkan Valley now, Efltmdil" How Is thut?" asked the colonel. The warlike Sheik All Ballo has a large force encamped there. He Is mustenog all the smaller tribes he can l!ud to make a_n attack npon us." Ah Babo!" exclaimed the colonel. "Why, we had a little ruction with him on our way here." The Bikun ruler wns surprised. "Doubtless he was out scouring the country for reinforcements," he said. "He is a trallorons dog!" Then he meditates an attack upon this city!'' asked the colonel. "Yes." "For what pnrposer "For plunder and rapine. Our people are peaceful and lodnstrl oas. The sons ol the desert live by plunder. But we shall resist to the "Of course you will, and we stall help you." The colonel conveyed this informaUon to Frank Reade, Jr., whose brow darkened. "So that Is the purpose or All Babo," he "We will see about it. I hardly believe he will go very fnr In his nefarious aebeme." So HydPr Ben Ali was when the colonel announced the intention of proceeding tbe next morning to the Rukan Valley. However, the Bikan people were g11me, and decided to accompany their American allies, though, to tell the trutb, they were not a little apprehensive as to tbe result. They did not know then the power of the electric gun, or the olfen slve and defensive resources of the ChaiRe. Promptly on time the next morning the party set forth. Fully six hundred of the Bikan people, armed in a primitive fashion, set forth with the machine. The Rukan Valley was In fact but a slight pepression In the bed or the desert. There was a email oasis here, and about this the forces ol Ali Babo were encamped. The Americans came in sight of the array ol Arab tents spread upon the sands. They made really quite an imposing appear. auce. Well," said Frank Reade, Jr., as he regarded the scene, : there quite an army of them, is there not!'' "To dee I yPs," declared tbe CJlonel. If it were not for tbe electric gun I should be afraid of them." "Indeed! Don't ;7on tbmk the Bikan people wouldt llghtr "Yes, but they would be as a handful of cbalf to tbese people. They are great llgbters, I tell you." CHAPTER VIII. A STRANGE LAND. WELL." said Frank, drawing a deep breath, we will give them some lighting before we get through with tbeml" "I hope so," cried the colonel. "Ah, they have seen us!" There was seen to be much commotion in the camp or the Arabs be low. They bad evidently spotted their foes, and realized the necessity or at once preparing for a defense. They began to strike their tents, and a great body or horsemen rode out in front or tbe camp. Hyder Ben All bad marshalled his men npon the slope. It was a good position. They split into three large detachments. Oue went to tile right and left to attack and !lank the Bikans. The third and lurge1t attacked the Chaise in front. On they came up the slope In full career. Frank was at the electric guo. 'I 'be time had come to act. He knew this well. Nor did he lose time. Quick as a l!ush be whirled the gun upon ita }:lvot, and sent a shot hurtling to the right. It struck the ground full in the face of the fiankiog detachment. The effect was thrilling. A literal mound of sand was raised in front or the astonished Arabs. Tb.,re was an earthquake-like roar, a tremendous cloud or sand and dust high 10 air. The horses of the Arabs became unmanage able. The entire troop was brought almost to a complete rout. It was for them an nulookedfor intervention. But FranK lost no Quick as a fiash be wheeled tb e gun to tte left, and repeated the shot in the sume manner in front or the left detachment. It brought them to a bait. Then Frank sighted the gun for the on coming iu front. In the front ruuk rode Ali Babo. Straight into the horde of charg ing Arabs Frank sent the bomb. The effect was terrtlic. Whole lines were mowed down by the fearful explosive as if with a scythe. And shot after shot followed. Human blood and llrawn conhl stand nothing like that. The deadly dynamite would have exterminated the whol.e amy ol Arabs bud they not broken and lied. The buUht was eotle

10 THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE Wilen this announcement was made to Hyder Ben Ali and the Bikauites they expredse(l their regrets. But at the t1ame time extended their best wishes for the success or the undertaking. No tune was lost. The Chaise was at once beaded doe south. At a very rapid speed it soon left the Rukan Valley far behind. The trnVt>lers were upon the Lip-toe of expectancy. The hortzuo was constantly scanned as if they "xpected the secret city to ut any time burst Into view. Bnt It was decreed tbat they1 were to experience many thrilling adventures before thus being rewardell. The country 11ow llegao to undergo a very rapid change. The desert grew less and less evident. Vegetatio u began to show itself In stuntell Ste11dily the verge of the desert was passed. Bot yet all wus a wilderness. This section between Bikau and Rukan wllll wholly devoid of set tlement. Far two days the Chaise kept on its soutbward way. Then they cume into a land or waving palms, dense jungles, cool ing streams, and far in the distance greaL mountain cllains were aeen. "There is the region which no white mao has ever dared pene trate.'' declnred the colonel. "lndeelll" exclaimed l!'rank. "And why not?" "Ah, it is a region replete with deadly perils. No man could go there and return alive. Even these Arab tribelf never Yenture thither." Then it is practically unexplored:' "Just so.'' That settles it then I" "What!'' That Is where you will ftnd our secret city of the mysterious mirage. Take my word for it.'' 1 believe yon are right. Certainly every other quarter bas been eearched." As yet I see no reason why this region could noL have been safe ly explored." Oh, I dare say we are not yet deep enough into it, but with the Electric Chaise we are doubtless safe enough, anyway.'' Frank decided to hold a course for the distant mountain chain. He bud a conviction that the secret city was beyond this. lt be a premise, but yet he clung to it. So the Chaise kept on for the mountnlns. High and hold crowned they were, with heavily wooded elopes. It was not an Inviting region to enter. It became evident, however, very soon, that they were encroaching upon the tropics. Suddenly, as the Chaise was a grassy plain, a terrific roar was heard, an< I from a jungle nenr a monster lion sprung out. Be was plainly in an aggressive .spirit, lashing his tail and roaring fiercely. He glared at the Chaise nH if inclinell to mnke thut the ob ject or tis fQ.ry. fSy Jove!" exclaimed Dustin, "I never saw the eqool or him in my life. Is be not a monster?" Truly, he was the largest specimen or the king or beasts that any In the party had ever seen. Had they been afoot or even on horse, they might well have trem bled for safety. But aboard the Chaise all seemed to feel quite secure. Though the Chaise was obliged to proceed slowly on account or the density of the grass. While the party were watching the lion he was suddenly seen to un dergo a change or aspect. With a bound he cross e d ,he intervening distance. "Look out!" shouted Wilton, "he's nboarll or us.'' THIS Willi beyond donbt. CHAPTER IX. TilE SECRET CJTY. Leo had chosen to vent bis rage and spite upon Chaise. Either be took It for some huge monster challenging him or he had seen some one of the party at the windows. For all had quit the deck. At first eight they bad taken this precaution. It was the wisest and best thing to do. Indeed, It was lucky that no one was on deck at that moment. For the lion had come like a flying vulture over tbs rail and onto the deck. He dashed at the pilot-house furiously. He struck the barred window stunning blows wilb his paws. BuL or course this did no harm for the window bars were too strong for him to break. the inmates of the pilot-hon1e instinctively recoiled with ter ror though they were safe enough. Barney and Pomp secured their repeaters, and were for shooting b1m. But the trouble was great to get a g:>od rouge. The lion in the meanwhile worked himself into a fury. It was possible that be have done some serious harm had it not been for his suddenly getting in range. This was at the extreme end or the deck. I Barney and Pomp instantly opened fire. Every bull e t struck the mark, but it was not until after they bad firM SIX consecutive shots that a vital part was reaclled. The question was then quickly settled, and a dead lion lay on the deck of the Chuise. The danger cow being over, nil ventured out on deck. The dead king of the jungle was viewed witt. varied sensationa. He was truly a monster. Thu Chaise had come to a halt, and the question now arose as to It was best to do with the monster. Take off his skin," sail! the colonel, the rllst of him will make gool food for the hyenas." Accordingly this was done. Then tile carcass w.1s thrown over the rail, The Chaise went on Its way. Beyond the grassy plain they now came lo some open woods. It wus easy for the machine to tl :reure were what like the fossil remains of Megothermins and lmnumse sou.rians of a past age. "Mercy on us!" cried the colonel. "What are we co:ning tot What a field this would be for a scieotistf' "Indeed, yes I" agreed Wilton, there is no other place on earth like it in my belief." "In troth I believe you are right, declared Frank. "Some Smith sonian Professor would give a year's salary to delve among these remains." f All that is left or a past epoch,'' declared the colonel. What monsters must have Inhabited the e'artb in those days." "You are right,'' agreed Wilton, "bow strange though that we find no trace of human remains.'' Don't be so sure ur that,' said Frank, they are undoubtedly here.'' "Do yon beli eve itt" "Begorra, there's wan now!" cried Barney. Instantly the Chaise came to a halt. An astounding spectacle was revealell to the travelers. Here was a high bank or what bad once been marl, but solidified into a species or sandstone. And there, distinctly outlined In that, were the skeletons of two men In a wrestling attitude. They were imbedded in the bank, where they had doubtless been for thousands of years The story of their death strife would never be known. But they bad died to2ether. Each had h1s hood at the throat or the other. In tbi11 manner they had probably fought until deutb overtook tbem. Doubtless .. y had sunk into the clayey bank, and this had preserved and foesilized the hooPs. But the remarkable was their size. By actual each skeleton was fourteen feet in length. Allowing for shrinkage, in life these men must have been fifteen feet tall. Whew!" exclnimed Wilton, in sheer amazement, "what a race of giants they must have been!" Giants, ind e ed!" cried the colonel. "Why, they were twice tha size or our largest giants or toduy .'' AL this moment a cry from Pomp attracted general attention. 'I he darky had l!iscovered a curiosity for a fact. Title was an immense stone ax. None in the party could more than lift it from the grou'ld. "When you hear in mind,'' said the colonel, "that they doubtless wore like that at their jiirdles, you can realize what an lcsignill cant etfeminale race we aru.' Due to civilization," said Wilton. "As yon will." "Yet,'' said Frank, "would yon not our civilization and ad vaotagP.s to their barbarous life and strength?'' Nob ody was ready to answer th1s question. In fact It had been pro pounded rather suddomly. However all were intensely interested In his lordship of the barbaric age. His battle ax all would have liked to preserve, bot it was so in tensely heavy that this was not deemed prac 1 icable. So the Cha i se continued on its way deeper into this strnogest of all strange lands. And such it was At every side new wonders were discovered. In fact, there seemed no emi to the:n. "I ver:ly believe we are on our way to the secret city,'' declared the coloneL This Is a fit preparation for it."


THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. 11 Only the secret city teems with life, while this seems to be tile region or deaLb said Frank. That is very true, bot I look for a change bel ore long." And th& colunPl's was soddenly vt>rified. A ditl corue. Out of the lussili:eed tract they passed and into one which was a literal rl'presentation or a typical Eden. The lush waving palms, shimmering lakes, and blue hazy bills, with the balmy nir, m&de nu entrAncing combination. The travels were spell hound. Oh my word," cried Wilton, ir I did not know better, [ should say I Wild 10 Eden." It c"rtaiuly couhl not have been a more lovely spot," declared the colonel. The tr11velers g-azed upon U:e scene spellbound lor a time. Then the Chaise went ou through this maze or natural beauty. Suddenly Frank Reade, Jr., gave a great cry. Instantly all eyes were upt.n him. What is i>, Frank?" cried the colonel. The young inventor pointed to a distant range of bills over which hung a purplish haze. "As I liv .. l'' he cried, "those look extremely natural." "What do you meau?" Why-lnok sharp! Have yon never seen them before?'' The colonel gave a start, and a great wave or comprehension swept over him. You are right!" be cried. Those are the bills or the myaterlous mirage.'' "You arf! right!" cried Frank. "And :.bey are just back of the secret city I" This aunauncement created a most Intense sensalion. Instantly all became excitement aboard the Chaise. It seemed a certainty that the goal or the expedition was near at band. "In that event," cried the colonel, the secret city JS just beyond that range or b1llsl'' "For a luctl'' "How shall we get there?" "We most llud a pass. That ought not to be diiDcnlt." "By no menus. What is yonder cleft? It look11 like a pass.'' "We will try it." The Chuiso waR sent toward the distant cleft In the azure bills. Before it was reucl.ed iL was 8een to be a pass. Beyond thl3 they all felt sure they would find the secret city. It was a moment of deepest suspense a111l excitement. Steadily the Chaise drew nearer Lhe pass. The entr.1uce to tho pass was veritat.rly hke that to Hades. Words can hardly picture it. High clitiR rosP to stupendous upon either side. There were dark and ghoulish de!Jlhs, Immense yawning caverns, and dizzy epurs on the mountain wall. Even mystery and hung in the atmosphere. The sensations of the travelers were of the strangest un J post description. It was all like entering a land of romance, a country of genie like that deacriheu in story looks. Throue;h the deep pass the Chaise wended its way. Suddenly it emerged at the further extrtmity. A literal new world opened to the travel .. rs. They beheld a wondrous valley miles in extent, and deep In its heart there was neslleu the wonderful city :11 the m1rage. Fortune was with them. At last, evercoming ali obatacles, they had found \he long sought city. CHAPTER X. THE HABANITES. IT would be Impossible to describe the senso.tiona or our travelers, as they gaZAtl down upon the secret city. They were fur a time hell! speechless nnd amazed. It was all hke a dream. Here was a city which looked like nothiug more than the city cr fable anti ola time romance. Here were people who notbmg or the world beyond their fer tile valley. Nor cared )ASB. I\ was 11 literal Utapla out of the world's beateR paths, on t or the way or sordid eut .. rprlse and grasping civilization. Here was the itleul life, the Ideal people. Why was it not the great est or earth's wonders? It was a !on!!' wnlle helore any iu the party ventured to speak. Then the colonel said: I have gnined the greatest enr thnught cotild hardly be found. Surely such a discovery was remarkable in the f!Xtrem<'. God's peopi .. ," exclaimed Frank, "so we may im1.2:ine hew the people or Israel looked in the dnys of Moses. ' ExncUy," deelured Wilton. We are 1111t to consider tlte Hebrew, the anti the Jew as ull one race, c.lnrkoodkinned, coarae f.,atured an

12 THE MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. mountains which env1roned them, they Lever sought their acquaint ance or made explorations. If any or th11ir young men had gone into the outer world they had mever returned. Neither did they desire or seek intercourse wl\h the world beyond. They worabiped one God, and lived in his glory. While visitors to the valley would not be rudely dealt with, or even forbidden a viM to the city, they would not bll encouraged to make a 1tay there. The people of Habana, as the Hebrew Clllled them, lived there. They cared nothing for the world beyond. The travelers it need scarcely be said were Interested. Here wa1 a ruce or people almost In Chrlstilln fuith in practice and In profession. They were almost without sin. Grp.ciousl" exclaimed the colonel, it makes me almost wish I was one or them I" "Bejubera, I'm Bftber thin kin' not," said Barney. "And why!'' asked DusUn. "Begorra, I ct.d oiver lnjy mesilt bein' so good as that. Shure It's being too good altogether." There wus a general laugh at this, but In the meanwhile Wilton bad been holding parley with Jashaan, the Habanite, again. The result was that an invitation was extended the travelers to go down into the city. Accordingly tbe Electric Chaise move1 forward slowly down the slope. Jashuan rode on ahead, The city of the Habanltes was marvelously like the ancient Jero"salem. It was surrounded by a high wall and there were wide gutes. There were temples and market places, as in the Scriptural city of the Je"' But the Habanites were all a quiet and gentle people. No word or quarrel or blasphemy was to be beard, and every man was polite to his neighbor. The desert travelers actually felt abashed In such company, and the colonel remarked: I never knew that I was such a black sheep before. Wby the contrast appalls me. "What a lot of lambs these people would be for the wolves of the desert if they should get in here," said Frank. "You are right,'' agreed the colonel. "All Babo and his men, for instance." "It would be a terrible massacre. But surely God would never permit such an outrage, for In a measure, I believe these people are His chosen." The Chaise now drew near to the city gates. The Habunltes somewhat curious at sight of the newcomers, but did not evince unmannerly surprise nor gather in crowds. But from the temple came the governor of the city and the high priests to meet the visitors. At the city gates the meeting occurred. It was a memorable occa alon. Wilton was the interpreter. The travelers told of the mirage-or their journey thither-of the world from which they came. AI! this sepmed to Interest the aged priests very much. But they were more interested in the Cbalsa. CHAPTER XI. ALI BABO'S TRAP, FRAU showed them over the Chaise, and tried to explain the ele ment ol electricity to them. But the Huhlloites were hardly able to this. It remained to them a myst11ry. Then travelers were taken through the city in parade by the governor and his council. They were shown through the tbmples and the high places, and it was to them hke taken back to old Scriptural days. I declare,'' f'Xcluimed the colonel, I really b11lleve I am dream ing. I can hardly credit my senses!" It is not an experience that many can say they have had," de clared Frank. "You are right!" It Is needless to say thaftbe tour through the city was a highly interesting one. The impreuions received were never by our adventurers Three days wer" spent in the gentle sOCiety of the Babamtes. Then Frank announced his Intention of makwg a return to the desert. We have accomplished our. purpose," he said. "We have dis covered the secret city of the mysterious mirage. What else can we dof' That Is true," agreed the colonel, there Ia no object In stayIng longer that I can see. 1 for one am perfectly willing to make the re turn." The others voiced the same sentimPnts. So the intention was disclosed to the Habaniti'B. Whereupon the governor made Aach one a gift. This wae returned in kind and then leave was taken or the city of the mirage. Up tho long slopes the Chaise made its way. When at tbe pigbest point all Lorned an: looked bnck. The city looked like a dream neaUing down there between the azure hUla. That is a scene which I shall never forget," said the colonel, truly It surpasses everything I ever saw. It seems to me like a dream!" Then the Chaise passed out through the delile. Not much was said until they were well into the land bor dering the Habanite vali"Y Then the colonel made a remark. "It would be an awful pity for some of these savoge tribes to find that valley." "Yes!'' agreed Frank. "You are right there, colonel!'' It would mean the plllagiug or the beautiful city," said Wilton. What a horrible tiling!" "Indeed!" The colonel clenched his hands and said: Wh1le their existence is something a little beyond me and which I cannot altngether understand or uppreciute and while I do not think their methods could or should ever be adopted by the world at h1rge, I should bate to think of their comwg into contact with the hard worlu ou1sule." Yet some day there is no doubt but that they will." That is right," agreed Wilton, and it is not altogether these tribes or the desert you need rear." "Ahl" "There Is England, France or Germany, whose methods In every part of the world are unscrupulous. You would see sohliers In those sacred temples or this p11r!ect Hebrew race before you could say Juck Rollinson. It would then become an English, French or Ger man colony or protectorate." Wlllch would be a pity, a shame to civilization, for it," said the colonel. "Now I have u proposition to make."' What Is itf' "After leaving the Sahara we will pledge ourselves never to give to anybody the route to the mirage city, nor even to commit ourselves In any way that will lead to the place ever be!Ug visited again. What say you!" The motion was carried unanimously. But this point had hardly been settled when Barney leaped to his feet witll a cry or pain. Ouch, murtherl'' be cried. "Shure, It's shot I ami" Blood was running down his face. In an instant all was the most Intense alarm. But it required only a brief examination to show that the wound was Simply a llesh wound. The bullet bad jast grazed the cheek, nothing more. But others followed it. All were glad to seek. refuge In the cabin. Great Scott!" cried the colonel. What the deuce does that mean! Who bas attacked us?" Thus far the attacking party bad not showed themselves. But now Pomp gave a great shout. "Golly! I see deml" be cried. "Dev am de Arabs fo' suah!" The Arabs! Constllrnatloq at once succeeded. It required bot a few moments to settle this as a fact. Ali Babo's men were secretP.d in a copse near. The Arabs had tracked the Chaise all tbe way from the desert. Bot It was not of their own personal danger that the party instinctively thought. "By Jupiter!" cried she colonel, "suppose they find the secret city? Whut a close Cllll.'' Stern glances were exchanged. "They must be driven back even if-we ha e to annihilate the whole of them." The Bedouins bad adopted a new method or warfare. They evidently realized tbe folly and hopelessness or a direct and open attack. Bush fighting became the Clrder. From coverts about they kept up a fire on the Chaise. They were Pnahled to do this for the fact that the machine could not proceed with all sveed owing to the character or the ground. Bot even if It could have done so, it would not heen Frank's intention. His purpose was to settle matters with Ali Babo then and there. This be proceeded to do. Wherever one of the Arabs became visible, he was greeted with a. rille shot, and thus the contest went on. Frank noted one fact. l declare," he cr1ed, "their numbers have been augmented. They are in much larger force." '"You're right,'' ugreed the colonel. "Probably All Babo baa scoured the desert to tiud all be could!" Frank laughed. They will lind that numbers do not count," he cried, "ten thou sand or the rus::als could not bead off the Chaise." I would like to see them try.'' cried the colonel, with llashing eyes. "We most give them a good thrashing. Frank." And we will." Indeed the travelers went to work literally to do th1s. Tile Bedouins, or course, speed1ly found that they were no for th" Cbatse. But the cunning of Ali Babo now came into play. H11 was determined to win the contest if' he could. Nothing would have dt!llghted him so much as to have secured the he .. ds or every mun aboard the Chaise. But this contingency Frank Reade, Jr., was resohed should never coiUe to pass. In fact, be was after the head or Ali Babo.


THE MYSTERIOUS .MIRAGE. 13 It had become p a tent to the Arab sheik that the only way to coolly. "My will altogeth e r dt>pend upon whetlter or not I come his foes was to n some way check the progress of tllll machine. have d y namite enough. We will hope so." For this purpose be emplo) ed a cunmng scheme. With which he trai ned the gun upon the bowlders Through Lue strange land of fossils the fight was k ept up. I T htl result was awa i ted with interest. Frank trained tile gun on the Frank wns pleased to make it a runuiug fight for a good and sufii-I wea k !lst point in the b a rricade. cient reason. Ti:tl u he pressed the I.Jutton. This w a s to draw the Bed ouins out of that part uf the country. Sue-I There was a te r rific tl!un:l e rous roar, and tile air wns filled wiLh tons Clled iug 111 tlus he believlld tlla t they would not be lik ely to r e turn. of d ei.Jris. And once out upon the S ahara, where tllere was open groun J he Where the dynamite shell struck the bowlders they were literally recoultl wipe the BllLiouins out of exietence. duceu to small fra g ments. Whetller Ali Ballo guessed Lis purpose or not, it is not possible to Again and again Frank fired tbe goo. say. Slowly but su rely tbe migllty b n rricade began to crumble. It was a. Yet this was doub t less so. fearful ex hibiti o n or ele .. tric a rtillery. For as tile m a chine entered a deep del!le, there was a terrific exThe B e douins could help but stand and watch it with something plosion in th e ir rear. likll awe, Great masses or rock came down and blockeu the defile behind Tho terrific ro a r of the dynamite, the crumbling of the huge rocks, t hem. The travelers were astounded. I the awful 1'1tan like power of the tbing, was c e rtainly awe-inspir i ng. Gee wbizl" exclaimed the colonel. Wbat is that for!" It was as Frank said, simply a question as to the quantity of 1 Why, they probably meant to engulf us iu that heap of bowlders," dynamite. snggestlld Wilton. Thus far it had held out well. The huge barricade was rapidly Well, they got left." melting. "I should aay so." The colonel was enraptured. He could not belp cheering at every "Probahly a in calculation. JIVe ran by too quick." shot. But the irnproballility of this surmise was quickly establiahed. The "It takes me buck to Gettysburg," he cried. "I never saw anyplan of the Bedouins seen to be of entirely a different order. thing grander. It makeb me think of the artillery fire at Picket's For suddenly the Cbatse came to a halt. 1 charge." Progress further was impossible, The defile was blocked ip front Frank now ran the machine nearer. The barricade was not wholly of them. cleared away, bnt there was he believed enough of it worn away so 'l' bis was the cleve r trick of Ali Babo. that be c ould go over it. They were entrapped. A11d this proved a fac,, Already the triumphant yells of the Bedouins could be heard on the The machine actually ran up over the obstruction and continued on blllsldes. They were surll of their prey now as they b e lieved. out of the puss. The travelers looked at each other in a dubious way. Ali Ballo would have been less than human if he had not been im" Begorra, it's a long-headed crew they are!" averred Barney. pressed by this wonderful exhibition. "Golly! I done fink dey reckon on habbin' us dis time," said 1'he Bedouins were silent. The machine ran on for a little way& Pomp. and then Frank began to look an x iously behind him. "Well, I never!'' exclaimed the colonel, "did you ever see the Whn.t is tbe matter?' cried the colonel 11 We are ontstrlpping beat of it, Frank?'' the foe.'' 'It is "'ident that we are not done with trouble yet!'' sold the is not all that I want,'' sold Frank. "I want to draw them young inventor, "t;ut I gu e ss we will find a way out of the scrape.'' after me.'' So lon!r as we have the inventive genius of Mr. Reade with us I Ah, I seel" do not fear!" asserted Wilton. But 1t very soon became evident that the Bedouins were following But the Beliomus had gathered on the heights above and were the Chaise. keeping up a hot fire. in fact ther once more opened fire. Frank kept the machine on to-It was imposstble to venture out on deck. There was almosr. a ward the desert. certainly of being shot to piece s His time would come when it should be reached. Things were getting warm for a moral certainty. Soon the llrst level reaches of sand broke into view. The machine here could have increased Its speed. CHAPTER XIL But Frank instead brought it to a complete halt. "Put out a white flag, Barney!'' he said. I WHIC H IS THE END, 11 A parley!" asked the COiOue(, THE bowlut I'll tell yea what I It was easy to see what would follow If the obstacles in front wer11 called this truce for.'' not removec.l. Tbe servnnt of Ali Bnbo waits." It was Impossible to go around or over them. The machine would G ood! just contmue to wait. Go back and tell your master that have to remnil) entrapped in the d efile perhaps for months-perhaps he wants to give up chasing us or I'll him and the whole forever. of you. If he will peaceably withdraw we Will call it qnite. H not. Starvation would certainly be their fate. It truly looked as if Ali I'll hunt every one of you to your holes like hyenas." Babo had his winning card. The envoy rodp away. But Frank Rentle, Jr., did n ot think so. A few momllnts later a number of horsAmen approache4. He wore the same confident smile. The colonel was getting anx-At their head the great sheik himself was seen. TheJ rode up to i oas, and ventur e d to say: within bailing distance. How is it, Frank! Are we stuck in this place forever?" Frank called: "Pshaw!" l a ughed Frank. "Don't w'Jrry about it yet. I think Well, what is it now!" we dhall get out alive." The s ame envoy cnme forward with a sweeping bow. "You dof' "Tbe great slleik is here," he said. He will haraBB the Amert" Yes enos no more upon one couditon.'' "I great faith in you." "Ind eed!" enid Frank coolly. "That Is very kind. What is it?" "Thank yon." "A tribute sball be pa1d him of ten thousand piastres.'' But how do you expect to do it!" Frank whistled slowly. "Well, there is only one way, and it ia a very simple one," That's modest," he said. ae really wants ten tlioueand pias What is itT'' tres, eh? Well, you tell him that he will get not a piastre. Ltt this Frank pointed to the obstrnction. end it!" You that mass of bowlders?'' The sheik and his party rode away. "Yes.'' Some time passed. "Well, I am going to try and reduce them to powder.'' Then a cloud of horsemen enveloped in dust were see riding ta With what?-;; the eastward. "Dynamite." There goes the sbeikl" cried the colonel. "And he is going Tbe coiouellooked incredulous. without his piastres, tool" Thut would be all right," he said, "if we could only get out there Everybodly lnu gbed at this. It was, indeed, the sheik and his party. to set a mine!'' They hud wisely given up the hunt. They were never aeen again. WhiCh I do not intend to do." A stop was made at Bikan, and hospitality accepted by Hyder Ben Tbe colonel was puzzled. All. "I don't understand you!" he saiJ. But due care was taken to say cothing r.bout tbe secret city. This Well, then I will proceed to illustrate," said the young inventor, was a wise move. I I


14: Tii.E MYSTERIOUS MIRAGE. The great object of the expedition bad been accomplished. Our travelers may be partlonetl fvr feeling a bit triumphant. Cer tainly they atl earned tneir luurele. Naturally all now beg r m to think of borne. Home, sweet home,P sang Wilton, "be It ever so humble, etc.'' So a was set upon the return across the Sahara. Once more arid saudi were about them. One day there appeared on the shores of the Red Sea, a strange looking \'ellicle. A small town of Moelemltes turned out in force to see it. -ln all their lives they bad never seen anytblnguke the Electric Chaise. Tile nearest approach waa an ox cart. The sensation created can therefore be Imagined. 'The trip across the desert had been fairly successful. There bad been one breakdown, and at one time t he travelers fan cied they mi!tht have to make their way to Cu1ro on foot. But Fuu1k Reade, Jr. with his accuatomed ingenuity repaired this But he auld: This Is the last trip of the Chaise, I fear." How sor asked the colonel. It easy to see. Her mncblnery, being of a very delicate make, Is wearing out." But can you not put in new machinery!" asked Wilton. Frank shrugged his shoulders. I don't like to bulh.l over," be said. I have plans already for a new invention." "Hurrah!'' cried the colonel. "Success to you, Frank, and may I be able to go with you on the next trip." The muchine ran dowu to the little quay and watch was kept for the small steamer which waa to meet \hem there and take them back to Suez. From thence they were to aall for America on a steamer bound for the port of Nf'W York. As they BLood on the quay, Co looP) Dustin said: "Really, I )l'ave .Egypt with some regrets. I know I am not per fect enough to Habanltea, and yet their ll! e was a happy one, eh Frank!'' "No dnubt," replied the young inventor. "Yet my interests nt are, in R"adeatowc, and there I leur I shall be compelled to stay." Wbut will he your next trip. "That. I um unable to say." "Well," saitlthe colonel, heartily, "when you want another travel ing companion, let me know." "I will .' "Ditto," said Wilton. Barney and Pomp meanwhile had been having an argument in their own peculiar style. Goily! I done fink dis chile glad fo' to glt back to Readestown averred the !tarky. "Kain't say dat I am nowise stuck on d'is country." BPjabers, that's quare!'' commented Barney. "Whin it's yore nr. tlve soil." Clar' fo' goodness I" ejaculated Pomp, "how yo' do keep dat goln'. Dls ain't muh native soil no mo' dan It am yo's.'' Be me sow I, bow do yez make tbut out!" Su11h, l'se an American, sab. I wuz IJo'n In ole Kyarline an' I don' want no mo' insinuations !rom a lowdown, po' wlute trash l'lsb man like yo'.'' This was just what Barney was looking for. Whurroo!" be yelled, "yez hev Insulted an O'Shea. Sburc, yez can't do that without payln' fer it." Don' care nuffin' !o' dat. If yo' want yo' pay jes yo' cum alon" am' it." Thall the two jokers closed In a rough and tumble wrPstle. Of course lhe natives about thought they were in earn esl"ancl run to the spot W \Lh chattering cries. It happened that Barney and PomtJ were dangerously near the edge of the wharf, In their neither noted tbls and suddenly tbey reeled liDd went over the edge. Down they went kersplnah into Red Sea water. When they came up and pantintr they scramblt!d out with ardor cooled. A chorus of haw-haws u.reeted them and looking up they were abnshed to see Frank Reade, Jr., and tbe others laughing at them. This waa e .. ougb f11r them. With wilted pride and garm& ots thev elunk away to the cabin of the Chaise to restored. A few moments inter a cry went up: Here comes the steamer!" The macbillhe was taken quickly apart and packed In sections aboard tbe steaml'r. Then all embarked. In due time they reached Port Said. From there they went to AI exandria and boarded the Amencan b?und steamer. A propitious It was across th e Atlantic. 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HOW TO !lAKE CANnY. Oontaboin! a aried &NIOrtment of Stump Speeoheo N= .A. ooaple:e b&nd-beok for wakiq aU kiDdo ol e&DdJ, to .. pieoee, toaetoher with mant etanda1'd read.iaaa. Price 10 Dutoh an lriob. Also gnd llan' o jokes Joot the t.h ... D oonta. for bome amu .. meot and amateur ehowa. Price 10 ceDta. cream, &Jrups, euenoee, etc. eto, Prioe 10 oe te. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, post-paid, upon receipt of price. Address Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.


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Working 105 The Oomical Adventures of Two by Tom Teaser J::: h. 108 Billy Moss; or, From One Thing to Another. by Tom Teaser 109 Truthful Jaek; or, On Board the Nancy Jane, by l om Tflaser Teaser by Peter Pad 112 JobnnJ Browa & Co. at School; or, Tbe Deao113 lU Oo., the Boy Peddlers, 115 The Two Boy Ulowns; or, A Summer With a Uircus. by 'rom Teaser US Benoy Bounce; or, A Block of the Old Uhip. by Peter Pad 117 Dick Plunket; or. The Trials and Tribula,iona of Ebenezer Orow, by Ham SmileJ Price 5 Cents. No. 55 Frank Reade, Jr . in them Far Weet; or, '!'be Search. for a Lo:! Go1d .A.tine. 56 Frank Reade, Jr. With His Air Ship in Asia; or, A lflight Across the Steppes. 57 Frank Reade, Jr. and His Torpedo Boat ; or. At War With tbe Brazi1iall Uebels. 5R Frank Reade, Jr., and l-Jil! Electric Coachi or, 'fhe Search for the la1e of Diamonds. Part I. 59 Frank Reade. Jr., and His .Electric Ooacb: or, The Search for the Isle of Diamonds. 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Under the Ocean in the Electric'' Dolpbio ." 90 Frank .Re11de, Jr.'s Catamaran of the Air; or1 Wild and Wonderful Adventures 10 North Austraha. 91 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search For a Lost 1\tao in His Latest Air Wonder. 92 Frank Reade, Jr., In Central India; or, The Search For the Lost Sl\vants 93 Reade Jr.'s Wonderful 94 Over the Andes With Frank Reade, Jr. in His New or, Wild Alventures in Pera. 95 li"rank Reade, Jr.' s Prairia Whirlwind; or, 'l1he MJBtbry of the Hidden Canyon. 96 Under the Yello,,. Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Cave of Pearls With His New :Submarine Cruiser. 97 Around the Horizon for 'l'eo Thousand or, Frank Re&de, Jr.'s Wonderful Trip With H1s Air Ship. 98 Frank lteade, Jr.'s uSky Scrape";" or. North and South Around the World. 99 or, Frank 100 From Coast to Vout; ot', Frank Jr.'s Trip Across Africa in His Electric" Boomerang.'' 101 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Oar; or, 102 the Moon; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'a Great Trip With His New Air-Ship, tbe "Scud." 103 100 Miles Below the Surface of the Sea; or, The Mor velons Trip or Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Hard-Shell" Submarine Hoat 104: Abandoned in Alaska; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s Thrill Search for a Lost Gold Olaim With His New New l:!:lectric Wagon. 105 .. 106 Under Four Oceans; or, .tl'rank lteade. Jr.'s Submar ine Chase of a ., Sea Devil .'' 107 108 "J:flasb!' 109 Lost in tbe Great Undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'a Submarine Cruise m the Gulf StLeam. By the author of "Young Sleuth.'' Price o Cents. No. 51 52 Young Slenti.J and the Opera House Myst.&rJ; or, Murdered Beh10d tbe :Scenes 53 Young Sleuth Under tbe Docks of .Ne,,. York; or, The ltiver 'l'bieves tt-nd the Keen Detective. 64 You11g Sleut.h and the Mysterious Doctor; or, A Medical Student's Dark Plot. 65 Young Sleuth and the Rival Bank Breakers; or, The Keen Detective's Girl Decoy 5G Young Sleuth's Flash Light; or, The Dark Mystei"J' of a Wdd.ding Eve. 51 Young at'4d tbe Murder in the SU.te-Room; or, A Mystery of tne Ocean. 58 Young Sleuth's Long 'l'rail; or, The Keen Detective After the James Boys 59 Young TerribJe Dilemma; or, One Chance ia. One Hundred. 60 Youn,.. Sleuth aud th Murder at the Masked Ball; or, FiJt:btisg League of the beven Demons. 61 Young Sleut.h's Big Contract; or, Ul9aning Out tDe &2 or, 'l'he False Deteot:ve's Vil lainy. 63 Young Sleuth's Terrible Test; or, Won at the Risk of Life. 64 Yeun2 Sleot.b and the Man Witb the Diamond Eye. 65 YouJJg ZSieuth Accused; or, Held tor Anether s Crime. GreAtest H.use 68 Yonnl{ Sleuth and the Female fSmuggler; or, Workinc For "UuoleS14m. 69 Young Sleuth'e Lightning; <'r, 'l'be Gold Brick Gan6t 'l'aken In. 70 Younj[ SleuLh and the Owls of Owl Mountain; or,IThe 71 The Keen Detective' Best KnockOut. '12 ::iharps; or, Sharp Work Among Sharp 73 YounK Sleuth's t:ieven Signs; or, 1'he Keen DetecLive'l .MatrkPd l'ruil. 7' Yogftf . ISleuth on the St&ae; or, An Ac Not on the 75 Youna Sleuth at Monte Carlo; or, The Orime of the Casino. 16 Yonng tileuth and the Ma.n with tbe 'l'a\tooed. .Arm; or, '!'racking Missing Millions. 77 Young 10 Demijohn OiLy; or, Waltzing Wil78 'or, Saving a Yqung American from tbe l"rieon Mines 79 \:ouog Sl .euth Almost Knocked Out; or, Nell Blondia'e Desperate Gtlme. 80 Young :Shmt.b a.nd Billy the Kid Number Two; or, Tbe Hidden Ranch of the Panbaodie. 81 Young Sleuth' s Master Stroke; or. Tbe Lady Deteo-.. tive's MtLny 82 Murdered in a Mask; or, Young Slett"'b nt the French Ball. 83 Young Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keea De,eotive au the Bomb-Throwers. 84 Young Sleuth and tbe Italian Brigands: ortThe Keea Detective s Grentest Rescue. 85 Young Rnd a Dead Man's Seuet; or, sa.a:e in tbe Hl\ndle of a Dagger. 86 Young Sleuth Decoyed; or, 'fhe Woman of l'ire. 87 Young Sleuth and the ltunal'ay Circus Boys; or, FolJo,ing a Pair of WiJtl New York l-ada 8 Young :Sleuth at Atlantic Oity; or, 'l'ha Great Seaside l\lyster:v. 89 Young Sleuth, the Detective in Obicago; or, Unra"Yel-00 Safe; or, Young Sleatk as a Basak Detective. 91 Youna-Sleuth and tbe Phantom Deteoie; or, Tile Trail of tbe Dead. 92 Young !sleuth nod tbe Girl in the Mask; ot, The Lady .Monte Uris to of Haiti more. 93 Young Sleuth and \he Oorsican KaifeThrower: or, fbe Mystery of the Murdered ActreBB. 94. Young Sleuth and the Onshiura Orime; or, The Evi dePce of a Dead Witness. 95 Young Sleuth in tbe 'l' oils; or, The Death Traps or .New York. 96 tbe Miser's Ghost; or, A Hunt 97 oung Sleuth as a Dead Game Spor\; or, The Keen 9B Gold; or, The Package Marked" Z." 99 Youne Sleuth and Poliny Pete, the SbU'per King; or, 'fhe Keen Dett:>ctive's Lott.ery 100 Young Sleuth io tbe Sewers ot New York; or, Keeu 101 or. 'l'he Secret of the Old Vburcb Tower. 102 Young Sleuth's Unknown; or. J'be JI&D who Oame Behind. 103 Yonna bleut.h's Great Swamp Search; or, The M.i Girl of Everglade. 104 Young Sleuth and the Mad Doctor; or, The Seven Paisoned .Powders. 105 Young Sleuth's Big Bluff; or, Simple Sallie's Mission. 106 Young ::)Iauth's Great Contract; or, 'l'be Keen De tective's Oouble Gnme. 107 Young Sleuth's Nigbt Watch; or, Keen Detective Guarding Millions. 108 Youmc Sleuth and the Mystery of the Dark Room; or, Tile Crime of the Photograph Gallery. 109 Young Sleuth &nd the Gold t>biu Robbery; or, Hea&ing Hold Crooks on an Ocean i:iteamer. 110 Great Mine Myeter;r; or, Mur111 Young Sleuth and the Runaway Heiress; or, A Girl Worth Millions Des"'erate ()rook& 112 Young Sleuth and the Haunted Mill; or, The Pha,a. torn Mystery of Dark Dell. All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of price. Address P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.


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