Across Australia with Frank Reade, Jr., in his new electric car; or, Wonderful adventures in the Antipodes.

Across Australia with Frank Reade, Jr., in his new electric car; or, Wonderful adventures in the Antipodes.

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Across Australia with Frank Reade, Jr., in his new electric car; or, Wonderful adventures in the Antipodes.
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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Noname's" Lates t aad Bes t Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1 ed as Second Class Matter a t the 1Yew York, N. Y P ost Office Octo ber 5, 1892. No. 117. {COMPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. P[111T.ISRI:R, 3 i & 36 NOR' l H MOORE: 8'1'RKE'r, NEW YORK, { ) 'ltiCE } New York, October 4, 1895. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 CBNTe. Vol. v. Ente1ed acoor dina t o t he Act of Congress in veur 1895, bv FRAN I( TOUSEY, in t h e o ffi c e of the Librarian o f C onaress, at Waskir g ton, D. C. Across Australia Jr., IN HIS NEW EEU1,RIC CAR; -ORWonderful Adventures in the Antipodes By 1010 NON.AME.'' Frank pressed the electric lever. There was a shock and r ecoil. The dynamite shell struck the bowlder beyond all doubt.. Wt1at followed w a s wonderful to behold There w a s a terrific roar and a commotion. It was as if an earthqua k e had convulsed the vicinity. The air was filled with flying dust and particles ef stone.


'2 .ACROSS AUS'l'RALIA WI'l'H FRANK READE, .JR., IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. The subscription pric e of the FRANK READE LIBRAR Y b y t h e vear i s i$2.50; $1.25 p e r s i x months po s t paid Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLIS1lli'R, 34 and 36 Nort h M oor e Street, Ne w York. Box 2730 .. Across Australia With Frank ReadO, Jr., in His New Electric Car; I OR, WONDERFUL ADVENTURES IN THE 'ANTIPODES. By "NONAME," Author of "The Galleon's Gold; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sea Search,'' "For Six Weeks Buried in a Deep Sea. Cave; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Great Submarine Search," etc., CHAPTER I. T H E AUSTRALIAN; AND HIS S CHEME. WHAT more wonderful Jam! of romance anu of mystery Is there -.pon the face of the e n rth than the great continent of Australia? With it11 vast uneltplor a d area it furnishes a field for tl.&e traveler and explor a r unl'xcelled by other. Frank Reade, Jr. the most noted inventor of the known world, had j u s t evolved a new product wl.&ich was said to eclipse any previous e fl'ort. When it Is borne in mind tha he was the famous originator of the electric airship, the Enbmurine boat and the electric horses, thrs may at once be r e cognized us an extraordinary statement. Rumor hall 1t tl.&at the new inYention was au electric coach, and that the inventor intended making an extensive tour of the Western plains With it. But this report was only partly right. It was an electric car and not a coach. The journey intended wall really first plunned to be across the plains, but some events changed the programme. A host of newspaper men besieged the residence and machine works of Frank Reade, Jr., iu Readestown, trying to get the fullest particulars. But these Frank would not at once disclosa. He evaded all inqui ries for a time. But yet much leaked out, nod it chanced that a man in a distant cit.y saw an account of the maclline anc.l was deeply impresst>d. He was u world wide by name Wullaca Dane. Tall, erect, and I.JronzPd, b e ing of middle nl!e, ht wos just the man lor an arduous underta king, for a life of adventure anc.l risk. He had just returned fro m a six years wandering in the bnsh or Australia. The d e ath or his ruther necessitating the eettling or a l arge astute, had c alle d him home. But before leaving Australi a W a llace Dane had made a vow to re turn. He had left a grPat obj ect It was an end which it dill not s e em within burnan p o w e r to g ain. F rom s o me I.Jlacks, whom he had made fri e nds with in the bu s h be bad gained the information that the inte rior of Tasman Land held a lake. This covered hundreds of square miles in area, and was surrounded b y an arid san dy d esert, which it was as much as one's lire was worth to venture mto. Indeed, a dozPn exploring parties bad lost their way and perished o n that plain of dt'atb. The pecullnrtty of the 't'asman Lake, and the reason why it was so u rduously s ought for, was that for a month in the year It run abso lutely dry, o.n l from its sandy bed gold could be literally scraped up i n he a ps of dust and nuggets. This report had inflamed the mind o! many a luckless miner who had with his life paid the penalty. It was Walla ce D a ne's one crowmng desire to find the Jake and opeu the new gold field. He bad been det e rred by many almost inanrmountable obstacles. It was d!J:Dcult to find daring spirits whom he could trust to ac company h1m. All shrank with dread and almost superstitious horror from the unde r taking. Bis boon companion, Jerry Preston, bud shook his head ominous-ly and saia came to him. "On my word!" ht1 muttered, "that is a sure and certain way of exploring the Dry Lake Country. H J only bad a machine like tllat __ .. He ceased muttering. .-\ startling rdea came to him. He arose and paced the tloor for a few moments. Then he down and wrote out a telegraph blank. Thus it was worded: "MR. FRANK READE, JR., Readestown, U. 8. A. "My dear sir: "If I can show you a mighty object to be attain ed, wonltl you care to change your plans and make A?stralia the scene or your e x plorations with your EI

,r ACROSS AUSTRALIA WITH FRA:NK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR Wallace Dane drew a gulping breath, crushed tile message ho.nd and muttered: "Eureka! the gods are with me. Luck is mine 'lnce more.'' 'l'lten he saw the cowering boy before him. in his I "There is the ide:1 exactly," cried Dune, eagerly, "the invention which you have perfected makes it possible to completely and safely explore any part of that perilous region!" "Ye might sign fer tbat message," whimpered the hoy. "I bet if my brotller was here you W )uldn't llnve got it so easy." Mechanically Dane signed the book. Then he pulled a gold half engle from his pocket and flipped it between tile pages. Tllen he strode away leavin){ lad dumfounded, "Crackyl'' he muttered. .. Wo11der if be's one of titer Vanderbilt family? He kin sqnePZe my shoulder agio fur anu was ahout to leap over tile cable when the Celt gave it a sud den upward pull. Of course it tripped the negro, and tile next moment he stood on his bead in a little puctdle of dirty water. Had it I.Jeen un or.1ir.ary mortal the skull would have been crush ed. But everybody kuows bow proverbially hurd a negro's head is any way. Pomp turned a somersault, and scrambled spluttering ami angry to Ills feel, 'l'hen lle saw the Irishman screaming with langhter and holding his sides frantically some distance away. To say that the coon was mad would be it mild. "Hi, hi, yo', no 'count I'ishmnn!'' he yelle ll. Wba' fo' yo' do dat! I'se a gret mind to k11l yo', Rnrnry 0'3heal" Begorrn, that's to aveo rnatther11 np wid yez!" cried the Celt, heartily, it's fpr yez!" "Yo' fink so!" roared Pomp. "I change yo' mind!" Down went the darky's be11d and he shot forward like a catapult. Barney was not qutck enough to get out or the way. He went over like a ten pin and darky scrambled to his feet and ran away from his half senseless tormentor, yelling: ''Hi-hi! I dd!" How soon can you be really!" "In twlllve hours." Frank touched u bell. In answer the negro Pomp made his appearance. "Pomp," said the young inventor, "go down at once to Lise fore man of the shop, Mr. Cui' Pt!llter, and tell him to secure four cars for Sar, Francisco at once, in wllich to pack tlle secttons and efl'ects or tile Electric Cur." Pomp ducked his head. "Go:ty, Marse Frank," !1e cried, "am we off so "Just as quicldy as we can get ready," replie11 Frank. T!e negro executed n shuffie. Oat jes' sutt chile," he cried. "Yo' kin bet w e'se gwine to be ull ready, sub. Whar am it we go, sah?" To Australia." Again the dnrky ducked his bend. Berry glad ob oat, sub. I specs dnt Barney O'SbAa he be glad, ton, salt I I'm otl. sah !" The door closed behind tbe coon, nnd tber. Dane turned to Frank. Is that negro goi ng with ue!'' he asl;ed. "Yes," replied Frank. "There will be only four in our party. You and I ami my two faithful men, Burney and Pomp." Dane now produced some maps or Australia, and these Wllre dis cussed at length. Then the Australbn arose. "I am going rigllt buck to New York!" be said. "I bave a few little atfuhs to settle up there. I will be back here in forty-eight hours!" "Very well." agreed Frank, ''that will be in gooa season." After the Australian had gone, Frank walked out into the yard of machine wo ks. A man atlpronciled. He wore the garb of an artisan and bowed ceremoniouRly to Frank. I received your orders, Mr. Reade," he said. "I have already secured the cars for the transportation or the machine." Frank not\ded in a pleased way. Good for you, Carpenter,'' he said. It will not take long to pock the Elecuic Car." "Twe11ty houre sir." "Very good. One car will be reserved Cor the supplies and furn Ishings. Have four men re:1dy to go along to Melbourne with the ma cllme to put her to:;rethe.-there." "Then you will ship to Melbourne!" "It is possible. Yet I rnny change my mind. However, the tirat shipment will be to San Fran'!iscol" "All right, "How does she look now that s)le is completed?" "Come in and look hur over, sir!" Frank followed the master mechanic a high roofed building. Here upon a sort of platform was the Electric Car. This wns the mnchine which had created snell a stir, and was re puted to be Frnr k I!eade, Jr's., master piece. Looking at it as it stood upon the platform, it was certaisly a moat imposing vehicle. A glance was enough to satisfy one that it 'VO.S a triumph of inven tive skill r.nd genius. The Electric Car was about forty feet in length and in shape WE.S most symmetrical anti trim. The platform or deck of the vehicle woe of steel and rested upon an intr:cate but light running gear. The whPels l'ere strong bt:t light, and bad rubber tires which en abled it to trnvrl almost noiselesaly. Above the dPCk, Which was protected all around by a steel palisade in wbich were smull loop holes, there rose the cabin, Tins was oval in 11bape, or plates of steel, bullet proof and bad a dome like roof. There were heavy plate glass windows and a door, all protected with steel netting. Forward was the pill't house, where was the etec tric key hoard which governed the electric engines, and also a steer ing wheel by wllich either the forward or rear wheels could be mani pulated. There was a amnii platform and a firing shield or dasher in front of the ptlot 110use. Upon this was mounted the deadly electric gun.


ACROSS AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE, JR..; IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. This was ll'ruuk Renlle, Jr.'s won1erfnl inven t ion, and was capable of firing a dynnmite projectile over a mile with frightful effect. The interior of tile Electric Car was wouuerful in detail and equipment. The little ca'>iu WllS provided with all the comforts arid conven iences which mouey could procure. There were soft divan felegant couches, beautiful hangings and bric a-brae. There were six tine staterooms comfortably equipped; also a din ing hnll and cooking galley. Forward there wus placed the electric engine room. H e re were the powerful dynamos nnd the wonderful electric macl11oery-all worked upon a etorage system which hall invented anll held as a secret. Representatives of mnny governments had offered him large sums for the secret, but in all cases he bat! rPfused to selltt. Tllis completes a meager description of the Electric Car, and now, with the reader's kind permission,. we will hasten on to ex c iting incidents of our story. Promptly Wallace Dane returned from New York all equipped for his journey to Australia. The speeinl train waited on the track in Readestown really for the word to devart. A great throng of peorle gnthered about the railroad station. Fran I\ wns very popular in his own town as well as elsewh e re, and was called upon to make a speech. He dill this in a graceful maner. And so, loaded down with honors and the best wishes of everybody, the young Inventor atnrted upon his famous trip to Australia. Tbe special train rolled out of Rendestown on its way to San Fran cisco. Barney and Pomp were supremely happy. Nothmg suited them so well as to be off on a trip of adventure. -tl'he trip to San Fr11ncisco wus made safely and quickly. The people of the Golden Gate had already rec e ived news of the exploring party, ami a large number of them turned out to welcome hem. 'l'he &teamer Oceania was to convey the ElecHic Car and its travel ers across the vast Pacific. Barney looked out upon the mighty rolling expanse of tbe Pacific, nod after some thought said: BeJabers, it'a a moightj' lot av wather an' divil a bit av It good to dlirinkl Shure, it's u lung ways across it in any direction, an' if I was at the bottom av it l'd nlver ixpect to see the top. It's on the top I'll stay, bad cess to it, an' a molghty foine day it'll be whin we land in Australia. Shure, g1ve me the land, fer thin yez know where yt!Z are. but whin yez are on the say yez are nlver knowln' where yez are. Whurroo!" Pomp was less philosophical and more anxious. He rubbe,t his sto!llach dtsmallv and muttered: Golly, I don' know whether I'll collapse on dis yer v'ynge or not. Don' like de roll ob dem waves fo' a cent! Dretfnl good Lings to eat abo'd llem ocean steamers, but ltaiu't say dat does me much good. I reckon I be glad when 1 see de blessPd Inn' ngin!" From these remarks it can be inferred that Barney's bugaboo fear of being tlrowned was bardly stronger than Pomp's dread or the un pleasaut mal-de-mer. CHAPTER III. THE OCEAN StORM. A glance at the map will show that this is the proper course. If we go to Melbourne it will lJe a much voyage aug a longer road to travel. By all menus let us disembark at Brisbane:' So it was settled. The encounteaed no very eeriou9 storms or set-backs on her way to the Antip o d e s. One day a coast showed upon the western horizon. Studying it with hia glass, the captain decla 1 ed: That New Guinea. We are well on our way noross the Coral Seu." The voyage now became one of some risk. There were many gro ups of atolls and sunken reefs to be avoided, unr, to the genuine globe trotter, there exAnd yet tbe steamer sped on. lsts in this name a veritable charm. Her boilers wore heated to their utmost, and her !unllels sent out It suggests scenes of tropical climate, land or adventur11, of fortunes huge columns of smoke. made In a day, or gold and ry staunch vesP.i, It would not be On board this famous machine with plenty of for an in great ollds tllat she would light the hattie out IJravelyl" definite !Gngth or time, and assured of protection from the elements "Is it too lute to turn back now!" and the weapons of an enemy, truly they had much to look. forward I fear eo. You see the storm would blow her bnck in i!pite of to. everyt bi:Jg for forty or llfty miles, tf i t did not lust over six hours. At Perhaps the most d"lighted one in the part.y was name. pr11sent that would take us onto the Barrier Rt>efil In lesil titan an He was nervously anxious to reach the end o! the voyage and could hour.'' ilardly contain himself. "Mercy on us!" cried Frank. "I hope the captain is taking no "I tell you we &hall be repaid!'' be declared vehemently. "Ye undue risks!" gods! what a lucky man lam! I shall be the envied of the whole or "1 hope not. We wi' l trust to good fortune." Australia's miners and adventurers!'' "You seem to understand nautical all'uirs well!" "I hope our trip will be a success," said Frank. "I ought Lo. I was once master of a brig sailing from Mel-" A success:" exclaimed Dane, AXCitPdiy. "or course it will! H bourne cannot possilJiy fail! That 1s out of the question, be sure!" "Then why not go to the captain and urge your theories upon "Then you thank we bad better not got to Melbourne!" asked him!" Frank. Dane lau2he

AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC OAR. 6 But the apect was fast growutg tlorell.tening. The reefs had not yet b e en sighted, and it hardly likely they would be in such a a ea.. The waves werl!f now running heavier, and bent upon the sides of tile ship like huge batLeriug mms trying to batter her stanch tim bers in. Still on the Oceania kept her mad pace. But long IJefore the looKout came down from the croS,stree for safe ty it was evide11t that the captain's plan was to fail. The storm must brenk before thh reefs were reached. In this event tbt1 most serious of results thrHatllned. At tllis critical stage the captain !oat his uerve. He broke down nud snievel ell like a child. In this contingency tbe mate was ollligtld to talral ledge. It was taking a mighty chance. But nothing tJise could IJe done as there was not time to IJring tile ship about, The mate went to the wheEJl and the ship bore down for the reefs like a race horse. Then the storm uroke. The ship was lifted as if by a giant and burled over the great barrier. H was a moment or great intensity. Then all on board felt a sud den shock, n rending and grating and the next moment the Oceania \fnB in the calmer sea. She had crossed the reef, but one terrible recollection was In the minds or all. CHAPTER IV. THE TKIP W ELL BEGUN, THE Oceania bad crossed the reef. But she bad also struck it in going over. Had it made a bole in her bottom or opened a If so then her fate was sealed. With much suspense word was awaited from the mate, who went down into the bold. When be cumt up Ius face was very pallid. "She is makmg water fast," he said, hoarsely; "Man the pumps!" For hours tilt! pumps were worketl steatlily while the ship worled io through the channels until she made a small buy in the coast line. Here she hove to and anchor was dropped. Jt was a londy part of the Australian coast. Ttere was no sign of Iauman hatoltation. Indeed Wallace declared that civilization was many miles distant. "We are a good ways from BrisiJanel" ho said. "The steamer will never reach t here." Fronk Rende, Jr., looked dismayed. Then our trip is to be a failure," be said. We shall never see the interior of Australia." Why not!'' naked Dan9, Why, if the ship goes down the Electric Car will go with her. Without the car we are una!Jle to carry out our purpose." "Why let the ship sink?'' Can she be savPd!" "From being lost-no! But we can drive her onto the bench and tben take the machine off on a raft.'' Frank gnve a quick stnrt. Will the consP.nt!" he asked. I will talk with them." So another consultation was held. The resulr. was that the crew of the steamer agreed to the beaching of the Oceania. Frank nod Dane otrere1 to pay them well to assist in uuloading the Electric Car. 'l'hen in the ship's bot1ts they could easily make their way dowo the Cnpricorn Channlli to Brisbane A good was aelecteu anelore the new visitors. e Ami in a hollow or the plain the curious marsupial population of Australia found rPpreseutatives which ulso Jlcll with great bountls. These kangaroos Dane dtJclared to lie the largest be bad ever seen. "You may make snre," be said, "that this part of the country bas never been visited before by while men.'' Til is excited the imeres t or all. Tunt they were traveling a new and unexplored region was certaia ly a matter worthy of uote. At even turn some new feature or intertJst manifested itself. The machiue, l.Jowtng along aL a rapid rate, soon lelt Llle COIIBl far l.>ebind. Fifty miles were run into the inte rior before the country began to undergo n Tlien lolgh and rugged rose in their course. "We must look for a pass," said Dane. "Will that ue not t.hfficult to find wide enough to admit of the passage of the mr.chioe!" a8ked Frnuk. "I think nut!" "That looks like one yonder!" ., So it doeS!" The car w11s run up to the mouth or a mountaio dPllle. It ascer;ded quite steeply for mites and the course was not altogether smooth. But from tlois height a mighty view of the country could be had. The cur pushed ou until the greatest l.leight in the defile was reach ed. The scenPry was something wonderful beyond description. On either sitle perpendicular walls rose to the he1ght of thousands of feet. BnL at this juncture the pasB converged, making a width barely enough to allow the passage of the Electric Car. And what was more, ac ot>stacle of some account was here encoun tered. It was a huge bowlder and it completely occupied the space between the walls. 'l'o move It w11s not very easy. The Cur came to a halt. Dane looked blank. .. By the horn spoon!" be muttered, "bow are we going to get around that!'' It is not easy!'' said Frank. Must we t:Irn llnck!" "By no means." Dane looked incredulously at Frank. Can you suggest a way to remove that obstacle!'' be asked. "I can!" replied Frank. u nowt'' I'll show you!'' The Car was backed away from the bowlder for nboot a tbouaaad feet Then FranK went onto the forward platform. He trained the electl'ic guo to bear upon the bowlder. Dane saw his purpose nt once. Aha!" be exclaimed. "You are going to try the dynamite?" "Yes:' "Do you think it will do it!" "You shall so>e." The young inventor placed a projectile in the breech. Then he ad justed the sight. His nim was to strike the bowlder at its base. One moment he b e sttated nod then pressed the electric lever. Tl.lere wue 11shock :wd a rPcoil. The dJnamite shell struck the bowlder l.>eyond nil doubt. What fol lowed was worderfui to be!told. There was n tPrriilc roar and a commotion. It was t1B if an e\lrthqunke had convulsed the vicinity. Tile air wall fillt>.d with flying dust and particles of stone. Then all snhsided. The dust cleared away and-presto! the sceue was a peculiar one. .' .


6 .ACROSS AUSTRALIA WITH FlUNK RE.ADE, JR., HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. The bowlder was gone. It had reduced to small partic:es and these were scattered everywhere. Some were lodged as high as one hundred feet in crevices or the cliO' above. The pas wu11 cleared as if by for the passage of the car. It was a wonderful transformation. Dane stood for a moment spellbound. "Well, 1 never!'' he "tllat beats me out and out. I never saw the equal or that." Frank laughed quietly. "The power or uyuamite is great," he said. "So is the power of Invention," rejoined Dane. The Electric Cur now went on. Tile puss Widened beyond this point \o a great degree. And now a nHw incident occurred to relieve the monotony. Thus far not!Jing had been seen of any signs of human life. Frank noted this. Have all the bushmen absented themselves!" be asked. "I would not he &urprised if you should find out that we are surrounded by them," said Dane. Surrounlied!" "Yea!'' "Impossible!" Don't be so sure!" Why, we have not seen a sign of them.'' Which is.only the more conciuAive proof that they are all nboht ns. Just the time w ben you don't see a blnck is the very time to look for him " They are cunning fellows!'' Well, you may lle sure." "Huve we anything to fear from them!'' asked Frank. "We have much to rear from them. They are constantly on the alert. They are armed with poisoned dnrts which they throw with unerring uim. Once one Ia struck by one of these his career is at an end." Indeed! then it will hardly be sale on any exposed part of the deck!'' "Never safe. We must be constantly on guard. Ah!" 1 A most astounding thing occurred at that moment. It cut short the conversation of the two men, and served ns a wnrnillg they could r:ot disregard. CHAPTER V. AN AUSTRALIAN STORM. THE pilot house window nnd steel shutter were open to admit air. Through this open space there sudlienly sped an object, wbich kurt!ed against the opposite wall und fell clnnging to the tloor. It was a javelm a\10ut two long with a weighted hnnd. Only nn expert hand threw it. It had just grazed Frank's temple. A cull could hardly be imagined. On my worli,'' cried Dane, with fright, that is a warning! Down, Frank-down quick!" Both sank to the floor or the pilot house. Frank touched a spring which closed the shutter. Not a moment too soon. Another ja\"elin rar;g nguinEt the steel 1 But looking from the wiudow not a sign of the foe could be seen, which was mysterious. "They had me marked that time," cried Frank. "They surely meunt to kill you!" "Luck is mine!" Ah, indeeli !" Frank examined the jnvelin with some curiosity; then be said: But I doubt 1f this woultat one. 'l'be ulack was dead. The Cur run alongside the dead native and the travelers a. look at him. Ho was a magniticent specimen of the bushman. His form was sinewy null powerful. His tJlack matted hair hung down over his shoulders. His skin was a chocolute brown. He was only slightly dresseli with 11 breech clout ami skin mantle. But he carried a slleaf of the poison darts. "Ugh!" exclaimed Frank, "he would be a bad c!Jup to meat at close quurte1a!" Indeed, yes!" agreed Dane. The Cur w ent on down the defile. Not a sign was seen of another bushman una Frank ventured to say: "Perhu ps this is snell a lesson to them ttat they hnd better let the Electric Cur alone." "Humph!" exclnimerl Dane, "don't deceive yollrselr. They will never allundon their purpose or revenge. Kill a busbmun and his colleugues will hunt you us long as you remain on Australian soil.'' Frank ahru!o(geu his shouluers. "Let us get out of this locality," he cried. He sent the Car forward at iucrensed speed. Tbere were now lndi cations that they were nearing the end of the Dune called this ran!!;e of mountains the Groavenor Range and said: "Beyond these rnountams is the valley of the Suttar River. It is qu !te apo to !le .1ry at tim time or year." "Like the Great Dry Lake," said Frank. "Exactly! after crosslug the Suttar River, we shall come to the Cape River diggings. It is one of the richest gold tields in this part of the worlli.'' "We will stop there for a while," said Frank. "1 am agreeable." On through the mountain pass the car rolled. After a time the hi!!:h walls of grunite begun to open and it was certain tbut they were rapidly approaching an open country. '1'116 pass now trended downward. For several miles the cnr ran down over the hard rocky tloor. Then of a suuden the open country burst into view. The sight wus so i>leasing that our adventurers could not help a. cheer. As fur ns the eye could rench there extended fertile green plains. These were dotten Pomp called up from the galley: Supper am really. H yo' want anyliog to eat, nOIV is yo' time." All were hungry and eagerly accepte!l the invitation. Down the stairs they scrambled, and soon the tootilsome repast waa before them. Pomp was a fine cook, and it is needless to sny thot all did justice to bis skill. After the evening meal all gathered in the main collin. The elActric lights made n goof! radius nbc.ut the car, and no foe could have ventured within it without lleing seen. So they felt eecur!l enough. Tile heurty menl had added to the spirits or niland thi'Y proceeded to make the evening merry. Burney and Pomp could always be depended upon to furnish their quota or the entertainment. And they acquitted themselves right nobly. Pomp 1>roduced from some mysterious source a bnojo and a pair of bones. At either of these he was an adept. So b'ii proceeded to furnish plantation melodies galore. He was also a gooli singer. Barney not to be outdone on the scene with a genuine Irish tilldie. He could ring moat extraordinary music from this. All manner of Irish airs were played ami he like &n ancient minstrel. Dane was delighted, and also furnished hid quota. He had ooce trod the boards -nn1l was 11 gooli elocutionist. So the Hrst evening nf th<'ir stay in Austmlia wns p.assed. Then at a late hour toe1l wu.s thought cf. Pomp was to keep wntch the lirst half of the night and Brmny the latLer.


, ACROSS AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC C.AR. 7 Soon the darkv was left alone. But nothing occurred ucring the night to distnrb the sleepers. :Morning came and round a storm brewing Thunder rolled among the mountain crags an peaks and ning played in "i[id llas!.es. Rain soon bejCan to fall in torrents. I Frank was !or starting right out, but Dane ohjected. "It will be lolly," he cried. Intleed, I cannot say that it wouhl not be fatal. There are many soft morasses on that plain, and if we sbonld run Into one it woulu be the end of us and the machine." "Indee d," exclaimetl Frank apprelumsively, "that_..woultl be serl oust I shulltuke your advice, Mr. Dane." So 1 prt>puretl tbem 8Ellves for a longer sojourn in the shadow or the Grosvenor Mountains.'' It was the first Australian storm that our voyages, save Da!le of course, bad seen. It was of a character which they were quite likely not soon to for get. Trees were uprooted, the plain became a lake, and had the machine not been in u shelter e d apot much damage might have been tlone to it. For six hours the storm lasted. When it did break away the sun came out with tropical fierceness. The voyagers were glad enough to keep in tile shade and avoitl the heated mists which ros11 from the plain. In th ose mists, Dantl declared, many deadly revers ltuked. These it was or course heat (o avoid. Another uigln was pass e u on Grosvenor Mountains, and it was the noon of the second day hefore tLe Electric Car could go on its way. Then Frank starttlll tile machinery only to meet wiLh an astounding surprise. The dynamos buzzed, the car shook and throbbed, but the wheels did r;ot move. W!Jat hat! happened! What was tile trouble! CHAPTER VI. 1 'HE FIGHT WITH TH E BU S HMEN. To say tbnt Frank was elll'prised bE' a mild statement: What Lhe ueuce is he cried. The machir.ery acts all right, but we don't move." Dane stood silently by the pilot bouse door. His race was the color or marble. P'raps dar am sometln undah de wheels, Marse Fraok7'' ventured Pomp. "Like enough,'' exclaimed the young inventor; let us see." He waa ahout to open the C:oor and step out upon ueck, b11t Dane put a bantl on his arm. Bold!'' he said rigidly. What!" exclaimed Frank. Where are you going!'' \ / "Oollilhle to look at the wheels.'' "No, you are not.'' What do you mean!" I me"n that you are not going ont there to die.'' "To Llief' "Yes; the man who st .eps out or that door will expose himself to instant death; I know what 1 am talking about!" Frank gave a start. "The bushmen!" Yes!" But-you don't think they are the canse or tile muchine's tron hie!" "l do!" "But how could they trig the wheels! We have kept the closest or gnard nll the while.'' "Humph!'' said the Australian; "you don't know the lmshman! He Is almost omnipresent. Be is so silent and so cunning as to be al most Invisible. Be is a deadly foel" Well, I never.'' exclaimeLI Frank. "What buve they done to the wheels, think you!'' 1 cannot imagine. Is there no way or getting a safe look at them!" Yes!" cried Frank, "from the dynamo pit! That is next the ground and there is a little trap door. BuL what can be their purpose!" That is not exaclly phun yet. It does not seem possible thut they meau to us openly. Bush rangers do not light that way." "Well,'' said Frank, "leL us llrat take a look at their work. l'hey were shrewd, indeed, to crawl under this machine witllout our seeing them.'' Down into the wagon pit went the two men. A glance through the trap doot showed them a startling state of allairs. The wheels and nil the running gear or the mnchine were liternlly tiel) up in a net-work of ropes. It was a most extraordinary specta cle. In some way these cunning rascals had thus literally acbored the Car. There was not power Pnough in the electr i c machinery to brllak these ties. The Car was held llrrn. Well, I never!" exclaimed Frank, "that beats anything I ever saw!" "They have done their work well," said Dane, and as only bushmen can'" I believe you!" replied Frank, hut we must break 1 hose ropes!" "By all me a ns!" But how can w<> do itf Willtt be safe lor one of us to get down there a !Ill cut them!' "Not !or a moment!" replied Dan10, with a shrug or tile shoulders, "it woulLI be certain death.'' Then you think I would be within range under there!" "You IDD.Y he sure of it. Youder copse heyontl doubt holds anumber or ltl1e foe already Lo lire the deadly poisoned dart.'' Frank shut his teeth rigidly. If that is the case," he said, we will see if we cannot clear them out of there. I will blow up the whole country about here, but I will drive them out." With the electric gunf'' "Yes." Dane loo ked doubtful. "I don't h e lieve you will drive them out even in thnt way," he said, "they are alm ost spiritual in their biding powers!" Wa'll see!" muttered the young inventor, as he started up the stnlrs. H e was certainly in earnest in whnt be said. He would hlow up every hiding place ahout with the dynamite shells. In this way be felt sure that he cou l d make the coast clear. So he started (or the pilothOuMe and the gun1 shield. But at that moment a wild cry rang through the cabin. "Och, Misther Frankl fer the love av H e aven come quick and see what the orr ndhouns are up to. Shure it's to crush us tlley mean!" Frank sprung tnlo the pilot-house, where Barney with chattering teeth poinLed to n point on the mountain s ide ahov e All in the party gazed in that direction and the sight which they beh eld, m a ue their hearts stand s1 ill. H e aven help us!" gas ped Dave. "Massy sakes! ' groaned Pomp. We'se done fo' dis time!" Ou me worrutl!" av e rred Burney, with face, they will smash us intoirely, Misther Frank!'' 'l'he sight whicll caused these exclamations was inrleed a thrilling one. High up the precipitous steep, lodged in the mountain wall, wns a bowlder Back of this were a number of dark forms digging rapitlly. 'l'he bowlder was trembling and seelpingly ;m tile point of commg down the mountain side. The purpose of the bushrangers was plain. They certainly meant to precipitate the bowlder down upon the Electric Car and Cf_ ush it. For a moment Frank stood like one petrified. He saw tue deadly peril and the almost allsolute certai&ty o! nnnihi latlon. If the bowlder should descend upon the car it would completely demolish it. ..llready the huge stone was wavering. It was certain to descend. Sudd e nly a great cry went up. Here she comes!" The tlllwlder had started on Jts downward cours e. With a great leap it cleared a mighty precipice ant! raced down the green slope. The voyagers croucheu in the cabin aghast aud walling their appar ent fate without the power to resist il. That its aim was true tllere was no manner of doubt. It was cer tnin to strike the machine. But Frank Reade, Jr., had conceived a plan of action and he was not an instant in executing it. He knew that there was only one agercy in his power which would arrest the descent of the rock. Htl hasLenetl to employ it. His eye crossed the sig1 1 t of the gun. lL followed the course of the bowl t ler. The1e was a question or ac curate judgment anct precision of calculation. But Frank was equul to the3t'. Be drew a deep, quick breath and the uutton. There was a sulid(>n recoil, a shock as the pneumatic tube worked. The nrojectile or shell was hurled from the gun's muzzle. What follooved was mnrvelons. 'l'he shell struck the bowlder squarely at its base. There was o terrific rollr, a lightning like blaze an

8 ACROSS AUSTRALIA WI'l'H FRANK READE JR., IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. Frank toOk a last look at the mountains and crle l i: I Good-bye to tb11t retreat or assassius! Good-bye to the bushmen!" Don't say that yet!" cried Dane. "Why?'' "I'm afraid we've got to camp amon!{ the Jacks, Frank." "We ll," said the young inventor, "if it must l>e so, all right." "Humph! I don't know about that.'' "Why uott" You are premature. We shall not sucoeed in getting away from those fellows until wa lean Australiuu soil was fustonished. ''Bow can they keep up with tile car?'' he asked. That is impossible, sir." Not a bit of it." But thPy c a nnot travel 90 fast." .. They will be traveling while we are lying still. You may be sure that they are hot upon our trail now. They know short cuts and Bearer cour s es by which they will manage to keep up witll us.'' Frank his shouhlers. I can't say tiJat I like the idea,'' he declared, they are the curse or this region.'' So they are!" agreed Dane, but for them Australia would have settled up much raster." Warfare should be made npon them!'' declared Frank, "and if will not come to terms exterminate them!'' "That would be impo s sible. They a mode of living which ames all atte mpts at extinction. They cannot lie trail ed, they can not be huntell fur they are too shrewd and hunt for those who hunt them. They are in their way luvincihle.'' The Car kept on for many milea ove r a level plain. It wus Ausy running until one day Dane came up on deck and sllouted in his cheery way. Well, :ny frients, we are getting well along on our journey. Yon der is the Suttar River." CHAPTER VII. ?HE RABBIT PLAINS. DANE ted to tl:e westward; all looked in that direction. They were puzzled. There was a tleprt!SSion and a sandy stre'lk, but no sign or water in view anywhere. Whem is the river?" asked Frank, iu surprise. "Down yonder!" "I see no river." "Oh! I see what you m11anl" cried Dane, with a laugh. "You were looking lor water.'' "Certainly!'' Well, let tne explain that all Australian rivers do not have water 111 them." Frank laughed. "I also snvposed that water wns essential to make a river.'' Nut in the Antipodes," replied Dane, soberly. "All Australian rivers are dry most of the year." What do travelers do for water?" Oh, it may be obtai nell by down a few feet in the bed of the stream. The explanation commonly accepted is that the porous nature or the soil carries the river underground, except 10 t1me of the spring freshets. "At such u time it is difficult to travel, for bridges are unknown ood almost unnecessary, so Hula occasion is there to use them.'' "But the fish!" asked Frank "What of them?" "They simply slile down into the sea wi'th the falling waters. Fish ing is tlne spurt in Au s tralia when the rivers are lull!" "Humph!'' suid Frank. "Give me America.'' .,; Well, iu some respects Australia excels America," contended Dane. Frank was not disposed to argue, and now they came tothe chan nel of the Suttar River. It was no easy matter to cross it dry shod. The Suttar was left behind them, and uow the region began to una change. They came to the most deeolate plain they had ever seen. It was infested wit h millions or cotton tail rabbits, and their bur rows were like stars in he sky. These animals are the curse of Au& trail a. Evarything has been done to exterminate them, bnt their progeny multiply so rapillly thiR boa been found a hopeles task. The rabbit devastates the country of everythin!! in tho line or veg tation and giVPS no t hing back. Wherever Jack R bbit has suc ceeded in estahlishing his borrows there is no chance for human sustenance. For manr miles the rabbit plains extended upon all hands. Our adventurers followed their course, the machine running over tbe harrows in a merciless manner. For a Lim" Burney anll Pomp amused themselves :rying fancy shots "These rnbbtts are apt to eat us up, machine and all before morn ing," the Australian. "I'm uot a bit afraill to they'll eat the tires oii the wheels." Well," SI.Lid Frank, fac e tiously, "if that is the cas(', we had better make a provision lor saf e ty. S uppo8e we encircle the machine with electric wires. Tbey Will hanlly care to go againPt them.'' Which is a g o ed plain," ueclared Dune, "that will also keep other prowling beasts away. I approve of i t.'' The Electric Car came to a SLIJIJ 10 the rail it plain, aod preparations were a t once malle for spending the night there. At tlrst the rabbits scurri e d away in utlri g ht. But alter awhilt! they r e covered themselves and came back, timidly at tirst, but bolder aftelw,.rll. '!'here were thousands of them soon hopping about the plain. Whtle it did not seem pos sible that they could 110 tho machine any harm, Fran!' was nevertheless determined to put out the electric wires. And he did RO. The result cnrioua. The rnhblts, naturally curious as to what the new visitor was, came troopiug up agaiust the heavily charged wires. As a matter of consequence deal! rubiJits began to pile ur with wonuer!ul rapidity. In a few moments the w1res had ldlled hundreds, and yet they still came on. Frank was dismayed. I uon't know about this," he cried. I am afraid it isn't going to work." Why?" asked Dane, with a laugh. We shall soon be aurrouny sach a wall of these creatures that we will be bqritJd by them. It will be difficult for the Car to cut its way through them now!'' Indeed! I believe you'ra right!'' agreed the Aus t ralian. ".After all the best thing to do with the rabbit is to Jet them alona!" " I agree w1th you.'' H they overrun the Car they can do no special harm.'' That is true. I be.Jieve I will shut off the cunent.'' "I would:' Aull this Frank did. Then Uarnlly wns left on guard in the pilot house, while the others Ev.ery window and ttour \VIIS clos e d, air hting admitted by the ven tilator scre e ns. The rabbits at least coulll not penetrate the cabin. They did come aboard the Car and piled upon the deck in But finally, lindiug nothing to eat they retired and tigbting to their When morning came the journey was resumed across the rabbit plain. Half a day brought the party to the end of it and to the verl!:e of a high plateau. Here the country underwent a ct.nnge. Th e y came to a w ell watered v a lley and a lively river, whose course as an was not dry. '!'he Cape River!" declared Dane, "this is the gold country oC Queensland!" As the maclnne ran on, they come soddenly to signal poles and a trail. "'l'he Cape River trail!'' declared Dane. We are not fifty miles from the diggin5s.'' 'l'hen you really mean that gold is dug in this region?'' asked Frank, in surprise. 1 do!" reph e d Dane, and the gold is round generally in nug gets of various sizes. Everybody knows what Australian golti is." "Indeed, yes, but the soil lliu not seem to me to be auriferous enough," Ah, but that is dec e ptive. Remove sod and six inches of loam ami you will tlnd the auriferous deposit. There is a vast drift io this 'r gionl" All were deeply interet sed. The VISit to tlJe mining camp was looked forward to with much pleasure. "I'll bet the boys wiil he astonished at of this machine," cried Dane. "None of 'em ever sn w unything like it." At this moment Barney, V{.hO was on lookout in the pilot-house, cned: Begorra, Misther Frank, yonder is a man on horseback!" "Indeed!" cried Frank, in surprise, "the first civilized man we have met." All rushed out on deck. at the from the tlt>ck. There was no danger or bushmen and their poison darts oo this open plain. The horseman was distant about a mile. But this soon proved :o be a waste of nmmunltion, and the futility ef thetpest in this manner was easily seen. Begorra wun cull !!et rnhb:t skin s hPre fer to put a lanllet or tllun over the wlwle av Amel'iky," declare! Barney, rnsbly. "Golly! I done tlnk yo' am about right, l'lsh," asReverated Pomp. "Av coarse I'm roight. Don't yez know that?" blusterPd the Celt. But Frank's ppeumnce ut this moment put an end to whatever U,!!Dmem have ensued. Until came the machine ran on over the rabbit plain. Then Dane said dubiously: With a glass uis personnlll coulu bA plainly seen. Be was of the type of Australian with rough garh, broad hat, long wlup, and bestrode one of the hardy little horae9 indigen ous to the country. He bad reined in his horse and was evidently regarding the ma chine with amazement. BY. Frank's direction Barney turned the car in his direction. l It did not but a brief while to run that noile, nod the herder sat upon his horse stal.Uelike until the car came up. Frank was oil deck, and as the car stopped be shouted:


.ACROSS .AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. 9 "Hello, stranger!'' Hello! replied the herder, making his horse cavort. "Who in t he name of sandwiches air you!" "I am Fran!; Reade, Jr., nn American, and this is my Electric Car,'' replied Frau!;. 'l'lle fellow gave vent to arlong drawn whistle, "Wall, I nover!" be exc aimed, rubbing his eyes. "You are an American; eli!" 'Yes.'' "Wu.ll, 1'<1 awear yew wuz nothin' else. Nobody else could travel around iu a bouile on aml mak" it go without horses. How do yen make it tnnel alone anywa.y?" "By means of electl'ic dynamos," replied Frnnk. "Electricity, ell! Thet's thut queer new iuvention that will knock a man still' ilhe puts his hand onto it, ell?" '"Whew! I reckin I'll keep my hands offen it. How did ye git hyer, friend! Didn't cum across ther Pacitle in that, did y'"?" "No!'' r cplieLI Frauk. We came over on the stesmer Oceania, which was driven ushore by a storm on the Barrier RePfS." Cum over in a steamer, eh? How far are ye goin' this way?" "We are goiag to the Great Dry Lake region," replied Frank. CHAPTER VIII. AT CAPE DICGIN G S. THE fellow gave a violent start. What's ttmt?'' be exclaimed, tiler Dry Lake ken try?" YeR." W &,II, do you expect to git thar!'' We hope to." fl .. Tbar's a heup of good men hev tried it au' go)ne \lusted." They did not have the facilities which we possess. I can tell you we shall get there." '' Do ye know whar ye are now?'' asked the fellow, We are on the Cpe River.'' Kerect. Ther big diggings an' ther camp are only ten miles above here. I'm jest down from there.'' "Gooll!'' cried Frank. Perhaps you can direct us how to get t here!" "I'm goin' thar mysel!, an' if you're oot particular I'll go along with you." "Good!" cried Frank again; "that will be a kind favor." Then he turned to Dane, and whis)lered: Cau we trust this fellow!" I don't see why," replied the Australian gold hunter, slowly; "he l ooks like an honest man. I say, friend!" "Well!" returned the herder. What's your name!" Sike Jackson.'' "Wllat's your layout!" "I'm just !rom Col. Archibald's range, whar I've been boss herder fer six years. G o t tiler gold fe,'er, quit work an' cum down here; wish I was back agsin." Which allows your good sense; get down from your horse and have a glass of tlip." "Thunks; don't keer if I do!" Jackson descended with alacrity. In another moment he ha(l sprung onto the deck of the car. Pomp brought up the tl1p. Jackson grew loquacious now and proceeded to make free with hia new acquaintances. Dane took bim over the machine to his intense interest. All the while he plied him with questious, whicll Jackson readily answered. They're a queer lot up tin Cape Diggin's," he said. "It's keep your eye on your purse up there. There's been a baap of thievin' done tltere lately. One man found a twenty thousand dollar nugget. 'fhe next day he was found dead in his camp with his throat cut, and tlJ.e nugget wns goDe." Tben thev are a lot or thugs!" Not all on 'em. There are good men there. Now there's Jack Danby as ke<>ps the hotel. He's right up and up square. He's of (ered a big reward for the capture J! old Preston's murderer." Good lor him!" 1 "Yes; but the tough gang are after him now. Jack has to sleep with a revolver in his teeth. He's apt to be called away any time." "He is certainly plucky." "Wall, yew bet, an' he'll die gume too! Thar ain't no doubt but his time is near.'' What-to die!" "Yes.'' "What makes you think that!" "Oil, the gang nuder Burke Bent hnve sworn to kill him, an' they'll surely n a thiP-f or criminal of any kind. Many a villain had 11wung from the branch of sorfie nearby tree at his instigation. But he hud made no real enemies until he had crossed the path or Burke Benton. The latter was the ruler of the lawless element, and was even said to be one of the few in league with the bush-rangers. This was the state of atrairs in Cape Diggings whea the Electric Car appeared on the ecene. It need burdly be said that a sensation waa created when the machine rolled into the town. Men from near and far Oocked exci'tedly about the queer vehicle. It was like nothing they had ever seen before, and it was small wonder that they were interested. Frank leaped down and shook bands with Jack Danby, the propri etor of the hotel. Be hull hurely tlnished a pleasant conversation with him when Dane plucked him by the sleeve. "There's the Burke Benton of whom Jackson has told you!" he said. Is he not a cutthroat!'' Frank looked in the direction indicated, and saw a tall, broad shouldereil man. He wore a wide-brimmed hat, intensely black whiskers and bia dark eyes gleaming like halls or fire were Oxed upon Frank. In spite of himself the young inventor experienced a chill. On my Wf\fd !" hb muttered. "I can't say that I like his looks. He is a natural murderer.'' "Jest sol'' rejoioeu Sike Jackson, "he's a ball man to meet on a dark ni<>ht.'' Frank shrugged his shoulders. "We will not trouble him," he said, "unless he troubles us!" "He mny try tew make it unpleasant fer ye," said Bike, "he don't like strangers for a copper." He will bark up tbe wrong tree," said Frank, quietly. It was decided to sp end the night in the town; as soon as it became known that the newcomers were Dry Lake prospectorb, some excite ment was created. There were enough anxious to go to that locality; but Frank de clined all offers. As darknesA came on, a red light was hung out before the door or the little hotel, and then the denizens of the place began to tlock thither. Tbe gamblers held forth in the bnr-room and foolish victims con stantly dropped Into their webs. Some stood at the bar and drank aud chatted. Others discussed tbe events of the day in little knots. It was nearly ten o'clock when Frank and Dane @trolled into the place to takfl a look o.t Australlun life In a miniJ1g camp. To Frank it was by no means an inviting scene. .,


10 ACROSS AUSTRALIA Wl'l'H FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW ELEC'l'RIC CAR. He abilorred !!;ambling aud gagged at the foulness of the air in tile place. Jack Danby came out to talk with them. "'!'here's no doubt, gentlemen," he said, "but that ye'll make a big haul in Q.ry Lake." "I I! ope so," 8nhl Frank. H ye kiu open up tllet country ye'll do this country a great servIce." "We mean to do that." Succesa to ye.'' "But the re's one thing sore," said Frank deliberately, "if I stnrt a camp at Dry Lake there'll be no state or terrorism tl!ere such as reigns here, and as far as I can learn, is instigated by one man, probably a bully and a coward Dun IJy's face puleJ a triHe. "Sill" he said. "We'll talk that over in private." But the words were not out of his lips when Frank was rudely jos tled, anu he looked up into the sinister race and cruel black eyes of a powerful framed mau. CHAPTER IX. IN TAS:U:AN LAND. IT was Burke Bent. The giant towered above Frank, and met his gaze wttb an insolence and raillery which caused the young inventor to flush cnmso n. Hello, bantam!'' gritted the fellow, wit h a coarse laugh. What are ye dolo' so fur !rom yer coop. Ain't ye a!ruill of IJawks!" For a moment Frank's blood fairly IJoiled. IJ;is impulse was to striktl the wretch fu:lm tbe month. But wisely he restrained himself. Are you addressing yourself to me, sir!'' he said, sharply. Am I!" exclnimeu the vtllaio, "kain't yew see my condescen sion!" "Tlten you may spare yourself further trouble," retorted Frank. "I do not hold intercourse willl impertinent curs like you!'' With wbictJ Frank coolly resumed Ilia conversation with Danby, who had drawn a revolver nod held it beilind llim. The scene was one worthy of au artist. Bent stood black as, night glaring down at his defi e r. Had it been any other man in the camp he would have plunged his kotfe into lias back. But something about tueyouug American commanded Ilia re .spect. He hesitated, and then turned and strode away a few step&. Every. eye in tile bar room WIIB upon llim. Danby W L ispered again: .. "Yon are reckless, Mister R e nde. I advise you to get out of this side door; It'll save ye trouble. The cuss oughter die, but tbar ain't anybody got couragA enough to ktll him.'' "Excuse me, Mr. Danby," said Frank, coolly; "I have met men of liis ilk. before. He will not trouhle me. I am not at all afraid of him." Yew ain't!" 'No.'' "Yew ore the coolest man I ever saw. We'll all stand by ye to a maul" Duo by atepped beiliotl the oar to serve a drink. Frank turned and was about to adllress Wallace Dane when there was a quick sharp report. Jack Dani.Jy, the hotel keeper, with a groan threw up his arms and fell. A hnllet had penetrated Ilia temple. The smoking pistol was in the band of Bent. 'fhe crasis had come. The rnurderl'r had selected his first victim. Like a maddened bull he stood in the cemer or the floor. Some of the habitues or the place ran out the door. Others sat awestruck and unable to act. But Sike Jackson emitted one long wolflik,e cry. "Revenge!" he shouted. "Up honest men, and clean out Burke Bent and his gang. Staull firm!" In au instant au indescribable scene followed. Volleys of pastol shots rang tllrougll the room. Knives clashed and men closestubhsned in Cape Diggings. Our ndvemurers remained in the pbce ior two days. lu tttat ume a new regim' wns put in force, and better things wer& promised lor the little mimug town. The Electric Cur took its oepurture amid the hearty cheers of the miners. Slle left Cape Drggings hehiud allll once more resumed the long journey across Australia to Tasman Land. For weeks she kept on IJer course over plains and mountains, til rough jungl" s and forests. To attempt to give in detail all th& miuor iucad.,nts would he au But one day she crossed boullllary line of Queensland and was. in tile wilds or N orth Austruha. Herll were grwat alkali plains where for hundreds of miles no living bit or vegetation or creature waa seen. OtIY the gruyist. dust-chol\ed plain of interminable leogtu. On unll ou the Cur ran at ils best speed. In this level open couLtry remarkably good time could be made; 8() Frank kept spe ed up. Across the province of North Australia tile Electric Car linally made its way. Aud oce day Frank made a reckoning and said: We have crossed the boumlnry. We are at last in Tasman Laud." This region now became familiar to Dane, who said: We ought 111 four days to reach the Dry Lake." Tl!is roused the spirits of all. They looked forward witb. eager interest to what was coming. 'l'he cuuutry now to undergo a grent change. It rapidly llecume mouutaroous and rocky, and there were arid sandy plains Frank uoted this. "I don't wonder," he said, "that rivers and lakes in this region. dry up. There is ootbing here to sustain vegetation." Whicll is very trua,'' agreed Dune, und yet at a certain season' or the year you would not know this region." "How HO!'' It is clothed in green aow experienced some trouble in picking Its way through the rougb section. It was necessary to tllread one's way amJng the rocks and ledge& an

ACROSS .AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE. JR., IN IllS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. 11 Whew! Umt is a most undesirable sort or knowledge!" "True.'' Even as they were thus discussing the matter Pomp, who was at the ra11, cried: "Fo' massy sakes, Marse Frank, jes' cum yere." What is 1 he mutter, Pomp!" "Yo' jes' cum un' fo' y o 'sef, sab.'' E'rank went to the rail. What he saw amazed him. I CHAPTER X. IN A QUICKSAND. IT horrified him as well. It was a grewsome sight. There strtotched ulong a senes of foot-hills were piles or bones. Part or them were seen to be hu an. Dane was at once intereated. He began at once to count the skele tons. There were full eighty. L "I believe that is the remains or the big excursion," be cried, they certainly met an awful fate.'' "That is so, poot souls!'' Frank. The gazed upon the ghastly rerr :-.ins of their predeces sors with queer emouons. It was not impossible that their bones might also thus whiten the awful desert. Yet the chances were the other way. Frunk tur'l.P.1 away. "'l'bat is the result of starting out an expedition not pro vided for," he said, "it was plainly a undertaking." "An1 yet they no doubt felt sure of suid Dane; "they curri e d provisions and equipment!! on their mules. But is my opinion tbut they lost their way.'' "That woald uot be difficult." "NJt a llit.'' On rolled the Electrir Car. Frank reckoned tbut in twenty-four boors more they would reuch the Dry Lake. It was a suspenseful time Dane haa begun to get nervous and excited. It seemed to him as if the mactine couJ,I not go fast enOU!!h. "\Veil," said Frunk, "are we at all in danger of a conflict with the "Not very great," replied Dune; "or course they have and do pene trate as fur into the desert as tuis. But we shall not lind them in dangerous number." 1 urn glad or that. I have a horror of the fellows." "You are not alone. Others are the same.'' A long level stretch was now reuchel, The machine was making rapid time over this when a curious thing happened. Of a suddtln the machine gave a lurch und came to a sudden halt. The dynamos bazzed and the forws.. d efld ol the car went aown at an angle of fort ve degrePs. What the 1leucP has happened!" ried Dan11. Barney had presence or mind enough to shut off the dynamos. A quick exuminiLlion showed at onc e wbat was the trouble. T!le forward trucks or the cur were out or sight in a huge l.lar of aand. That it was quicksand w::.s certain. "Heigho!'' crietl Frauk in dismay. "Now we are stuck.'' "We are mired!'' exclaimed Dane. "Yes.'' Can we get ull!" I so. We narrowly escaped gol'hg headfirst into the heart I)( the quicksand. If we had all would have be e u over with us.'' "I don't see how we are to g e t out,'' said Dane, dubiously. Well, we will try it!'' said Frank. All got out and Frank examined the wagon's position and studied her chances As a r esult he sui : !: "I believe h"r eugines will pu:l her out.. We'll try it." He went into the cub;n wit h Barney and brought out some strong cable. A part or this was knit alJout a distant IJowlder. 'l'he other was attached a windlass on tbe deck or the Electric Car. The enginll& were ,p11t to work unl taxed to their utmost. But yet they failed to lilt the wheels out or the clinging sand. Again and ugai u the attempt was made. But it always failed. The Electric Car was undoubted!.!' stuck. Here was a pre dicament. 'l'hA voyagers were dismayed. "By the t.orn-spoon!'' exclaimed Dane, "wha; are we going to do. This certainly lookR duhious.'' Bej-obers we'll get oft av this that way," cried Burney, if we put on mnc:h more steam sure we'll bust the machinery, bad luck to it!" Goll y I don' see wlm' we'se gwine ter dol" said Pomp. "We'se j P s' iu a bad fix!" But Frat.k was cool and matter-of fact. He got down and walked as far forward as the treacherous sands would allow him. He studi e d the position of the Car carefully. In vam be tried to think of u plan. There was no forest near where supporting timbers could be cut. The ledges were the only thing about which ropes could be boand. The Aus t ralian sun beat down with torrid llerceness. It wu8 almost unbearall!e, and flnal!y lorctJd the to seek the cover of awnings on the deck. Work of any kind wus out of the question. There was tmt one thing that could be done, and that was to wait until the sun should go down. Dane WhS better used to the climate than the others, and said: "This is nothing to the heat of some gre.ot salt plains north of here." "Well, if it is any worAe than this, deliver me from un Australian life,'' said Frank, I am contented to remain on American soil." lt is a fact," said Dane, "that the richest gold fields in Australia are founu in the most inaccessible places. h seems as if some fate bad built a barrier about them.'' By the time we shull find the gold we shall have earned it," labghed Frank. "I agree with you." Gradually the Australian day came to a close. 'l'he sun settled below the western horizon, and the dews of night came on. In the twilight '!ork wus-;once more begun on the car; new cables were bent and vunous aneles triHd, The result was not a ltovether unsatisfactory. Tlte cur did b?dge a little and hopes were hright. ened. But just when it seemed likely that tlte car would be released, Dane gave a wild ery of alarm. Look out!" he shouted, "flee for your lives. The bushmen are upon us." The warning was like an electric shock to the voyagers. All knew what it meant. It is hardly necessary to say that no time was loilt in gettina aboard the machine. "' They w e re none too soon. As Burney dodged into the cubin a poisoned dart followed tim and struck the jamb of the door. The d o ors and shutters were instantly closed, ned rilles were broUJ(ht out. The foe as usual were not in But the gold Sllekers knew well enough that every bowlder and ledge concealtd a number of the bushmen. They were every where. How they bud succeeded in trueing the machine so far over the!' desert wastes was an unfathomable mystery. Nothing but a bushrunger could have done it and sustained himself. Frank remarked this. "It is true," said Dane; they will go days without food or wa ter, and then think they are well fed on a rock mouse or a fro!(. They know where to look for such articles of folld. Tiley have the keen scent or a doe.'' Whiie the bushriien seemed a desptcable roe, yet they were able to give our voyagers in th eir present predicament a heap of trouble. The truth was they did not dare to sltow themselves for even the slightest moment on deck. It would huve meant exposure to the poison darts, and conse quently death. 'l'be probability was that the bushmen would maintain the sieae for an indefinite length of time. " W e ll," said Frank, do)!gPdly, "we have provi8ions for a year. They cannot sustain themselves in this barren region that long.'' Alt, but Will not be compelled to," said Dane. "Lonu: befol'e then we shall be compelled to move The rainy comes on in two montlts. Then this whole plain will becon.e lake.'' Frnnk was silent. But a line of resolution curled about tbe corners of his lips. He was in a lletermined frame of mind. "We will see about it," be muttet'ed. To use the electric gun was impossillle, for it was forward and inclined s were quite parllon able. However, Barney and Pomp putroled tbe cabin and Kept wntch. Suddenly Barney espied what he believed to be a dark form bur rowing in t.he sund not ten yards from the Car. The Celt instantly raised his rifle to lire.


12 ACROSS AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE, JR.. IN HIS NEW ELECTRIC CAR. CHAPTER Xl. A WELCOME RELEASE-HEAPS OF GOLD. BE me sow!!" he cried, "i! that's wan av tiJe divila IJe'd belther say his prayers! Have at yez!" The Celt took aim at the object and fired. Thbre was a strange wild cry, a dark form rose in the air and then the crisis came. lt seemed as i! the vicinity was alive with bushmen. It was &n open attack and tiJey descended upon the machine like ravenous wolves. "Hold steady!" sbonted Frank Reade, Jr., "don't let them come alloartl! Give them a volley," Thls was done. As fast ns the Winchesters could be operated they blended in one l o ud and continnous report. The lmshmen fell in heaps, but they recklld not. They appeared to be utterly oblivious of the rille balls so deadly and came pilmg over the rail in l e gions. They SIVarmed upon the d eck and began to hammer with their axes npo!l the doors and win dows. They would certainly have effected an entrance had it not beeu for Frank Reade, Jr. The young iuventor saw that it was of no use to contest with the rilles at snell shon range. So he quickly emptoyeu another plan. He gave a quick, shaip order. All come into the pilot-house lively!" he shouted, "don't lose any tune?" Tile others obeyed. !<'rank produced some stools with glass legs. Get onto thesa!" he cried, they are non-condnctiJrs. I am going to charge the body of the cart" Great Scotti" cried Dane, "can you do that, Frank!'' or course, 1 can!" All got upon the stools. Then Frank made a quick connection be tween tlle key-board and some wires connected with the steel botly of the car. Ready I" he cried, keep close to the stools, or you will get o. shoclr. you wil) never forget." "All right!'' cried Dane. Barney and Pomp signified the same. Then quick as a tlash thll connection was made. Tile result was exciting. The deck and roof of the car was swarming with bushmen. A great surprise dawned upon them. 1'he next moment the air was tilled hustling and tumbling bushmen. 1'hey were hurled from their parch like 1lles. Yells and shrieks of agony rose above the din. In less time than it takes takes to t ell it the machiue was cleared of ita invaders. A new nttacking party came on, but they dill not succeed in cross ing the r ail. It did not require much of this sort or treatment to quell the spirits or the attacking foe. They were compelled t.o abandon the attack, nnd withdi ew much discomfited. In a few seconds not one of t'Jem was in sight. Tile repube was successful and the victory a signal one. All in the party were triumphant. "That is the way to treat them," cried Dane, exuberantly, "they will not soon forget that!" "It seems as if th e y ought to conclude to leave us alone after awhile," declared Frank. "If they do not tney are fools!" "So say It'' The bushmen in their ret.reat carried away their dend and wounded, so that it was impossible to say how many victims. They tlid not renew their attack and l\ept a safe distance. In the morning no sign of them was visible anywhere. Had our adventurers be<>n less experienced they would have thought thM the foe had finally abandoned the attack. But they knew better than this. No chances were taken. But with the commg of daylight again the question of escape was bro ught forth. The cable yet remained in itR position about the diilt!lnt ledge. It was odd that the bushmen had not cut tilia. "We will make one more effort!'' cried Frank; "perhaps we may succeed this time.'' "Good!" cried Da "We will pray for it!" The appearance the quicksand seemed to encourage hope. IL seemed to have chan., d its appearance during the night. It seemed less firm and to have shifted its VIJlume a trifle to an other quarter. That this was possible after developments proved. The engines were started. The strain on the cable was terrific. It was a moment of suspense. Then Dane cried: "Hurrah! She moves!" This was true. The machine !Jad moved for but a short ways, it was true, yet it was something. Again Frank tried. Again the machine moved. AU were now intensely excited. It seemed certain that the ma e hine was coming but sunly out of the sand. Again and again tlle engines were tried. Joyful result. Eacll time the machine came higher and higher out of the quick sand. At length the cable began to wind up quickly on the wind la s s. Frank threw the ratchet oil and let the rope run off the drum. Then he upplietl the reverse speed to the wheels of the Car. She moved quickly back onto tlie plain. Her speed began to ac celerate and Franlt shut it off. The cheers of the travelers were loud and hParty. That is squeezmg out or a hard serape!" cried Dane, but we're out of lt." 1'hey fairly em braced ench other in their joy. The cable was drawn aboard and tb a Car started forward, this time shunning the quicksand. Her wheels were a trifle clogged with the sand, hut otherwise she was atl right, and rau on as fast as ever. The locality and the busbmer. as well were left behind. They were r.ow rapidly approaching the Dry Litke. It begnn to look as if their trip would be a succeRS; but Frank was not quite easy in his mind. "I don't s ee," he. said, "what better of!' we are going to be when we reach Dry Lake.'' Why?" aslied Dane, in surprise. Wily, these confoun d ed I.Jushmen, They are bound to follow us and make trouble for us everywh e re." "'l'lte bed or the lake is v ery clear," said the Australian. "B.v keeping a gootl watch I think we can fool them.'' I hope so. Certainly we can do no miuiug H we must stand in fear of their deadly dans uJ the white.'' "That IS true," agreed Dane; but I believe we can aujuat that matter atlright.'' I llope so.'' An hour later the machine topped a rise, and the bed of the famous Dry Lake lay before them. As far as the eye could reach the gravelly basin extended to the wast ward. On tiJe North there were visillle high clilfd. To tlie South the same. The machine rolled down the slope to the edge of the basin. Here Frauk brought it to a halt. Ar11 you sure it is safe to venture oat there, Dane?" he asked; are there no quicksauds!" "None aL atl," assured the Australian, "go right along, It will be all riorht.'' W lth this assurance Frank let tile car run down to the bell of the basin. It was easy for the explorers to see that. they were in the bed of a great inlaml sea. Instinctively all eyes were fixed upon the gravel looking for signs of gold. 1'he ran a mile or more out into the basin. Then i>y Dane's request Frank stopped it. "There!" cried the Australian. No bush native can approach us now without being seen.'' Fortunately tb3 bolilng sun was under a cloudy sky. It was pos sible to seek for gold without the inrninent danger of lleing overcome. No time was lost. Frank and Dane and B r 1rney, with picks and spa.des descended from the car. Pomp romaiued aboard. Frank hat! barely stepped Into the sauds when he gave an excla m tion. A shining lump of something lay in the sand; he picked it up with a start. It was a small nugget of gold. was all else in that moment of excitement. The fever in stantly had them. They pursued the qu!'st with unabated zt>al for hours; only darkness cut it There was need of little digging. The gold was in luri ps on ,the surface; of the were nearly as large as one's fist. Again nntl tiley carried great loads of the ore to the deck of the Electric Car. Pomp hat! sacks ready in which it was safely stored. These mul tiplied rapidly. "Why, t!Jere is gold enough lure to buy a kingdom!'' cried Frank excitedly, "We must have a million dollars' worth aboard already!" "You are right!" cried Dane exci t edly. "We want at least a mi!l ion each to take back with us!" Darkness, howevPr, beJ!al:! to cut short the quest. It was <.'iecilled to postpone the bunt until another day. It was a feverish night for all in the party. They slept but little. During the nigt.t there arose signs of a terrific storm. Thunder pealea and lightning flashed. When day carne it was seen that rain was descending. The sky was overhung with awful threatelling cloiJI!s. Dane regarded these somewhat with apprehension. "Have I made a mistake 111 calculution?" he ssaitl. "I{ looks to me like the line sterm." Do you thinK so!" asked Frank, In dismay. "It look! hke it!" And wllat if it is!"


ACROSS AUSTRALIA WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN HIS NEW HLEC'rRIC CAR. 13 Why, in forty-eight hours the bell or this lake will be covered with water. That is un end to our mining operations." It cannot be possible, however, tllat this storm will be so severe ns all that." Dane consulted his almanac and tbe bnrometer. "No," he sa1d, can be nothing more tlmn a light electrical atorm. At any rate we will accept it as such. Let us push rurtller iuto the basin." Accordingly the cur was started forwnrd. For miles she ran on over the or the hasin. Then the storm llroke. The rain descendlld in torrents. It seemed ns it the gates or Heaven were loosed and all the water was fulling upon tllat particular spot. CHAPTER XII. A TRANSFORMATION-THE END. INDEED, the rain csntinueli witll snell rorca that water began to rorm in the bed or the lake. I u a very short while it was over the tires. It will llt-eak away soon,'' Dane llad said. Bu.t os it continued the became soddenly alarmP.d. .. On my word," he cried, in consternation, ... the luke IS going to Jill. If we stay here we shall be drowned like rats in a trap." .. Then 1t is demanded til at wa get out!" said Frallk. "You are right!" Accordin:,:ly the machine was started !or the opposite s1de or the lake. The water to arise witi1 snell alarming rapidity tl:at Frank put 011 all speed. The water picket! up "by the wheels Jlew in a blinding spray nil ever the machine. On it ran for tile opposite shore. Before it was reached tile water was up to the hubs. It was a close call. Not unUI the machine had run ont of the water and was safe on the banka !lid any in the party feel securto. 'l'h11n .. ach urew a breath or relief, anti Dune cried: That is a close call for us. Mtucy, bow it rains! This must be the line storm, aud it has come earlier this year." "In that case," suid Frank, the lake will flU." When will it open again!" Not for six months. It is 11 bitter disappoint to me, I can assure you, for we can mine no more." All were or course dis11ppointed aR they realized this fact. Yet Frank said: .. HuwPVtlr, we have recovered quitto a !\DUg little fortune. We are fairly well repuin the deck or the Car. The door was open and before any hnd seen them, they had sprung into the cabin. A wild cry of warning went up from Pomp. "Golly ro' glory I We am done fo' dis time!" be yelled. Marse Frank, look oul, suh!" "Surrende r, or ye'll die!" yelled Ostrich Bill, waving a revolver. Frank anu B"rney acted with great quickness. Both dropped in stnntly behind tile key board and Barney kickeu the steel door of the pilot-llouse shut. "Begorra, they'll never cum that thrick on lis!" cried the Celt, as be barred the door. Bullets ruined against it but it was bullet proof. The outlaws threw themselves againet it, bot it dia not yield. Thq ran buck through the cabin. But Pomp and Dnne had barred the uoor to the saloon. The villains had the run or the cabin hut no more In vain they tried to batter down the steel doors. They would not yieiu. Baffled IU this way, Oatrich Bill resorte < l to a parley. .. Come oul an' divvy on thet Dry Lake gold,'' lle enid, "an' we'll let ye See!" .. l uon't believe you will,'' said Frank, cuttingly; "get out or that cabin unu leave this cnr in two minutes or it will be the worse ror you!" "Do ya think I'm a Cool?" growled the villain. l don't care whnt you are. That is your chnnce." '' Buw-huw! We kin kePp you In there until ye git hunory. Listeu to co111mon sense aud come out. We only want a fair div;y." "You'll g e t uothing!" ., We ell.?'' Not 11 bit!" Iururiated the brute again fired at the door; no harm was done; Frank was now angry. He opened u little slide in the door unseen by the villain!! and put U1e muzzle of u revolver tllrough. Cmck! Bill, with an awful oath, dropped. Frank fired agnin with out uim; seeing that their leader I'I"IIS winged, the other ruffians fled. left lhe cnr precipitately; the uttemp to rob our gold seekers bau vroved u ruilure.


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Ben.utirul Spy. 118 Yonn,;: Sleuth and a. Wolr in !:)beep's Clothing; or. Unmaskin2 the of lmpostora JU Yountt Sleuth's Boy Pupil; or, 'l.'he Keen Detective's Street llo, Pard. All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your addre ss, post-paid, on receipt of price. Address P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK ifOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 38 North .Moore Street, New York. I


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