Lost in a comet's tail; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange adventure with his new air-ship.

Lost in a comet's tail; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange adventure with his new air-ship.

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Lost in a comet's tail; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange adventure with his new air-ship.
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N oname's Lates t and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Entered as Second Class Matter at the 1 \ 'eto York, N. Y., Post O.Dice, October 5, 1892. No. 122. { COMPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. P(TJlT,tSRER, 3t &; 36 NORTH MoORE STREE !', NEW YORK. { l 'ltiCE } New York, December 13, 1895. ISSUED WEEKLY, 5 C JCNTS. Vol. v. Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the yeur 1895, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.t!ice of the Librarian of Cong r ess at Washington, D. C. LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL; Or. Frank Reade, Jr.' s Strange Adventure With His New Air-Ship. They had now emerged from the shadowY pass into a. valley beyond. Suddenly some dark forms were seen scurrying across the snow. "Foxes!" cried Connell. With which he raised his ri1ie and fired. One of the animals fell i n a. heap.


LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY b y 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. Lost 1n a Comet's Tail; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Adventure With His New Air-Ship. ( By NONAME," Author of "Astray in the Salvas; or, The Wild Experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, in South America with the Electric Cab," ''Under the Indian Ocean with Frank Reade, Jr.,'' etc., etc CHAPTER I. THE GREAT COMET-THE AIRSH!P, IT was well known in astronomical circles that the comet of Verdi was due to appear at a certain date below the Southern Cross. It would come Into view gradually until in the course of a month its fullest size would be reached. Then It would decline tci the extreme south and vanish into space. These were carefully made deductions. How near the earth Verdi's comet would come had been a matter of some dispute. Certain astronomers affirmed that it would not come nearer than two millions of miles, while others averred posit.ively that Its nebalous tail would actually brush its way into the verge of the earth's atmos HowAver this would be, there was but one spot on earth where this wonderful manifestation could be seen by man, and that was at an ln "lccesaible point. At least it had always been believed to be inaccessible-namely, a certain cape on the verge of the Antarctic continent. To reach this point at that time or year was deemed lmpossi ble. All the scientific journals were teeming with the Rubject. Among those interested waa one man who made a very bold state ment. 1 can reach tbe Antarctic continent In time to witness the nearest approach of t he comet's tall and Its possible encroachment upon the -earth's atmosphere." The man who made this daring announcement was no other than Frank Reade, Jr., America's well known and moat famous young In ventor. Frank Reade, Jr. was the inventor of the Steam Man, the Electric the Submarine Boat, and now had completed a new and powerful airsblp. For he was the fortunate man to have solved the problem of aerial navigation. The whole world was acquainted with his famous works. Upon the publl!mtion of tbls declaration the yonug inventor was immediately overwhelmed with letters and prayers testamentarv from thousands of people of all classes. There were propositions from scleutiHc societies, proposals and from scientists and learned men. There were also all klnols or raquests from travelers and explorers. The most of these wished the privilege or accompanying the young inventor upon the famous tour or trip of observation. Frank was obliged to employ an extra clerk to make answer to the chief of these requests. Others found their way into the waste bas ket, particularly those written by cranks and maniacs, many of which contnined threats. So immense became the volnme of letters, that Frank declared: Dear mel I wish I had said nothing at all about it, bnt just gone on my way quietly.'' Finally, he was forced t.o Issue a circular letter, and mall it every where, to the effect tbat if he entertained all requests to accompany him, favorably, he would be obliged to build a air ships. .Beoce tlie utter impossibility of granting the same must be seen. Furthermore, he had decided to go alone upon the trip, with only his two colleagues, Barney and Pomp, as companions, for if he par Licularize d i01 favor, he would surely IJe accused or parti ality, an :I loae ; the good will of many whose friendship he did not care to relinqulsl), And so forth. '! his had a somewhat quenching effect, but even up to the very day of th(l departure, he was overrun with the most audacious of proposals. "Golly, Marse Frank," aaid Pomp, the negro who had been his ser vant for many years, "de people hahn't jes' got de leastest bit oD sense. I don' see why dey can't tumble to de fac' dat yo' kain't take dem all wit yo'f' "Well," laughed Frank, "persistence is a human attribute and each Is probably that he will be the lucky one." As a result, sah, dere won't be no lucky one." "Just sol" "Be ja:>ers, naygur!" cried Barney O'Shea, the Irishman as he tucked Pomp playfully in the ribs, "it's sthayin' to home o'urselves we'll maybe be, il Mistber Frank tnkes that notion.'' "Huh!'' retorted Pomp, intentionally potting his number ten down onto Barney's toe. "Ain't a bit surprised to heah yo' say dat I'lsb Dere ain' any too much room abo'd de Cloud Cutter an' de co'ok aoi de las' one to be ter behin' yo' bet." Don't yez be gay wid me yez black misfit. Shure Misther Frank wud never lave me at home." And so the two jokers went on. They were at heart the warmest or friends, but given greatly to and practical jokes. Reudestown was all astir one fine morning. It had been announced that the departure in the new air ship was to be taken that day. A large crowd were tbrongl!d In front or the machine shop gatea, and all anxiously awaited a view of the ramona aerial craft. The Cloud Cutter had heen constructed under the roof of the great l bigh trusaed construction shed. She was mounted upon rollers, ready to emerge into the air. During her construction none but the workmen and artisans bad been allowed to enter or to view her. Now, however, F:rank had issued cards of Invitation to the leading men of Readestown, and the Cloud Cutter was to be open for Inspec tion a couple of hours before the salling time. n need hardly be said that this offer bad been accepted, and the fortunate ones were on hand at t .he appointed time. It Wall a wonderful sight which the visitors beheld as they were nd mltted to the machine shop yard through a gate in the high brick wall. There before them was the famous air-ship, a wonderful specimen or ami beauty or outline as well as of detail and finish. The Cloud Cutter was built somewhat upon tbe lines of a trim schooner, and was extremely buoyant. Her hull was of thin aluminum, the lightest of metal, and yet waa bullet proof. A long cabin extended from stem to stern. This was provided with plate glass windows. The deck all around the vessel was guarded with a hand rail or brass. Four masts or revolving shafts rose from her deck, up

LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. 3 euch tl!ere being a powerful rotascope which lornished the power or susvension in air. Aft was a large propeller, similar to those In use upon sea going vessels, only of course, much lighter and longer. The rotascopes and the propeller were run at powerful speed by electric imgine the construction and operation or wbicll wete a se cret or Frank's. 'l.'he cabin was lliegantly furnished and equipped with all manner of wonderful devices. Perhaps the most important of these WHre the chemical generators ()( fresh oxygen and their distributing tubes. For Frank bad announced his purpose or ascendtng in the atmos pqere as far as it was practically safe to get as good a view as posst ble of the comet. There has always been a division of opinion as to the material or which a comet's tail is composed. Some learned men bad claimed that it Is constructed of a train of 1iery sparks or burning gases thrown otr by the comet in its furious ft'lction through space. Others have maintained that the tail can be nothing but a brilliant nebulous volume witllout any heat whatever, as there could be no friction In utter space to develop a fierce light. .Ju fact theortes as to the composition of the comet and Its tail have been always as plentilul as Illes in August. It Is liafe to lay the troth was unknown. Bot Frank Reade. Jr., declared: "If the thing is possible, I am going t? get near enough to the -comet's tail to decide of what material It is really made." Worthy object! Bat whut a daring scllemef To say that it was without risk would be folly. But Reade, Jr., was not one to take back tracks. When he made up his mind to go ahea

LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. Divil a bit, sor!" So o1'er the rail went the rope. A moment later Barney followed. The Celt was a splendid sailor and perfectly at home on a rope. He was swung wildly in the tempestuous air like a pen d ulum. The cold was most bi)tter, and seemed to turn his hands and limbs to ice. But he did not Hinch, and kept on down to the end of the rope. Frank was in the house and watcbmg him closely. At the right moment the young inventor moved the air ship to the ri.,.ht position, and tLe Celt swung aboard the wreck. '"'Plenty of slack was given to the line so that there was no danger ?f Barney's being overb?ard. Th e n those on board the 1urSh1p watched intently the scene wh1ch ensued. It was certainly a daring feat for the Celt to perform. Bot success seemed to wait upon him. AB be struck the deck of the derelict ship he saw only three people aboard her. One of these was a very beautiful young girl who was lashed to the foremast to prevent her being washed overboard. The other was a tall and handsorr.e youth who was by the signal gun, and the third was a man of middle age, with a sharp, cadaver ous cast of features and a goatee beard. As Barney struck the deck or the sinking ship the two men rushed to his side. "Gol durn my cried the middle aged man. Did yew cum frum Parydise or air yew an Art> we dreaming!" cried the tall youth. "Yon certainly came down from the clouds!" "Yez air roightl" cried Barney, "I cum down from Misther Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship." "An air-ship! cr1ed the youth; "is it possible! Hurrah, Jeptha, we are saved!" "Air-ship!" ejaculated the Yankee, for such he was; "chew me fer sassyfras, but I'm busted! Whar in tarnation should an air-ship cum Irum! I tell yew we are dreamin'l'' Yez will be dhramin' wid the mermaids pooty quick av yez don't git a move on!" cried Barney. "Shure yer ould craft is sinkin' fast.'' "We know that, sir, well!" cried the youth, excitedly; "but have you really come to rescue us?" I have that, sort'' And we arA to aboard your air-ship!" Yis, sort'' Will' wonders never cease! So aerial navigation Is an established fact. But-how in time are we to get up there, my good Irishman?" "Shure that's aisy enough, Just eaten onto this rope an' they'll pull yez up aisy." The youth with a sharp cry turned to the side or the young girl who was lashed to the mnst. "ERtelle, my darling," he cried, "we are saved! Our prayers are answered and Providence has come to our rescuet "ThanK God for that!'' cried the young girl, fervently. I felt sure that it was not lor us to die in this dreadful way! Alas for our poor lost companions!" "God rest their souls! But come, you shall be the first to go aboard the air-ship." The Cloud Cutter's outllnes even could not be seen for the glare of tha eearch-light. Bot the imperiled survivors of the drifting wreck could not aiJornt, ther bottle neck wuz so small. That wuz Ingenuity, but it ain't a candle tew this air fiyin' ship. I wisht my wife Sally cud see it. She'd hev a fit on ther spot!" ''Wall, Mr. Jones," said Frank in surprise. "You wouldn't want your wife to han a lit would von!'' Jeptha cleared his throat. "Hum! reckon yew ain't never teen daown tew Pinhook, Maine!' Wall, anybody daown there kin tell yew abaout my wife Sally, Yew see we didn't marry fer love, we didn't. an' these ere marriages uv con venience ain't ther stayin' quality. Naow she's jest waitin' tew tear thet I've turned up toes in some fnrrin' land so's she kin ketch outer Jim Spruce as keeps ther corner grocery. Ob, I'm right onto It, yelP kin bet yore copper toea.'' Everybody smiled audibly.


I LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. And what would you c.lo, Jeptha, If your wile bad a l!t ana didn't come out or it!" asked Connell, JOcularly. The Yankee's shrewd eyes twinkled. "Oh, th&u's Sam Barkin's wlctder, as owns tber Ten Mile .Meadows. She's awaitin' fer me an' I'm jest tbar huckleberry kin make her hap. py. Oh, thar's nutlliu' like love. Young mao, when yew marry, marry fer tiler divine inaplrashun or love.'' Anc.l Jeptha cast a sidelong glance at Estelle, which brought the color into her pale but lovely race. The truth was, that during the stormy voyage of tile Primrose, Con nell bad fallen in love witll the captain's daughter. Their hearts fiowed easily together and they were happily engaged. Barney and Pomp took Jeptba In tow. The three were inveterate wags and the air at once became redolent with spicy JOkes and side-splitting comments. The airsllip was now making fairly rapid way to the westward in the direction of Kerguelen. Here the shipwrecked people were to remain until after the airship had made Its Inspection of the grvat comet. If we come buck alive!" satu Frank. Of course there is always that chance. Something may happen to us on this llazardous trip.' "In that case our position will be an unenviable one,'' soil! Clar ence, there ts liLLie on Kerguelen to support human life.'' ''Yet you could exist until some passing vessel--" I Ah, Kerguelen ts seldom visited by ships,'' said Clarence. How ever, we will believe in your safe return. All, what was thatf' Both men sprung up. A little scream came from the lips of Estelle who came out of her stateroom in something of alarm. CHAPTER IV. A CHANGE OF PLANS. "WHAT ho& happened?" was Clarence Connell's exclamation. He and Frank Instantly sprang out upon deck. A terrific booming sound filled the air. It was the roar of many far distaD,t thundere. Yet the only cloud in sight was an Inky, lowlying bank upon the horizon. Was It thunderf' exclaimed Clarence, ''It cannot be. Those clouds are too far away!" "Ah, you forget," said Frank. "We are in a part of the world re plete with strange pbenomenu. That was thunder and Its reverbera tion in tills rarefied air will travel a ways, I tell youl" Can it be possible! Then it must be Indication of another storm." And close at band, too. What! Will we not be able to reach Kerguelen first!" .. No. I am afraid that you will never see Astounded, Connell turned and regarded Frank, to see if he really spoke with serioosneHs. But there was no doubt of this. We will never see Kerguelen? Oh, you think the ship will never be able to weather the stormt" Qulte the contrary," said Frank. You see we most reach the Antarctic Continent within o very few days now, or we shall be too late to connect with the comet." "Obi" If we are delayed by this storm, we shall not have time to give you a landing.'' Connell looked at Frank. "Why, is it necessary, anyway?" he said. "Would we hamper you by our presen!l*'!" By no means," said Frank, "but the risk we will take--" Hong your risk! I am more than willing to go with you, and I am sure that Estelle is the same. As for Jeptha, he would never kick." Frank drew a breath of relief. '.Chen It is settled," be said. "I will lose no further time. We will run before the storm as rapidly as possible. About ship, Bar ney!" Ay, ay, sor!" The Cloud Cutter's course was instantly cbanp:ed. The three newcomers were to be among those involved In the stronj!;e and awful experience of the near future. Fronk sent the Cloud Cutter on at 11 Curious speed in t!le hopes of outrunning the storm. One hundred miles was covered in quick time. This cleared the full force of the hurricane, but drove the air-ship into o terrific snow storm. It really seemed as if the snow was banked solidly In the atmos phere, and the alrsbtp was literollJ imbedded in it. The danger become apparent and Imminent. The snow banked upon the deck or the Cloud Cutter with tremen dous weight. It s;fted into the rotascope fianges and threatened to completely check the progress of the ship. Here was a predicament nod an emergency little counted upon. But Frank was uot slow in devising a plan to meet the new vrder of things. There Is but one thing that we can do," be said, decidedly. And that-" asked Connell. We must either descend and rest upon the water, or ascend above this storm." Can we ascend above It?'' Certainly; but the cold up there would be frightful and the air so extremely rare as to forbid the supporting of human life. On the other hnnd it is doubtful if the air-ship could stand the buffeting or the waves below. "Whew!" exclaimed Connell; "I don't s&e how we can adopt either of tllose alternoti ves.'' Oh, yes we can.'' Which one!" '' We con ascend above the storm," replied Frank. "But yon say that human life could not be supported up there." "Not if one exposed himself.'' Bot how can we do otherwise!" With this Frank explained the mechanism of the chemical ora aboard the air-ship. Young Connell was immensely interested and expressed himself In unmeasured terms of wonderment. "You are the most wonderful man of this age, Mr. Reade!" he Sald. -"That Is a strong statement," protested Frank. The young inventor had decided upon what he believed to be the proper move and hastened to execute it. The air-ship was sent npworll through the snow storm. Up and up it slowly rose, it being a difficult matter to be sure under such a weight of snow. But soon th'e falling snow began to grow and eventually ceas ed altogether. The mighty blue vault of Heaven burst Into view, frightfully clear and cold, They were above the storm. Every window and door was hermetically sealed, so that no cold could get in, and the chemical generator furnished sufficient oxygen for the voyagers. The blue dome above twinkled with a myriad of stars. Below the blackness of Styx reigned. Not one of the voyagers but felt a thrill of relief. Yet none dared to go out on the deck for the purpose or getting rid of the fearful mass of snow there collected. It would have been Instant suffocation Frank declared, to have ven. tared out there. The oirship hovered for boon over the black storm which raged below. Then as a bank of clouds In the extrAme south cleared away, Frank: gave a great shout. The comet!" Instantly all sprang Into the pilot bouse. A wonderful spectacle rewarded the gaze of all. The comet It is!" cried Connell. "Heavens! What a monster!" There hung on the soathern horizon what might have been taken for a second moon but for the confused radiance about It, and stream Ing from it Car into space in the shape of the tall They were at that moment accorded a view of the comet which no other inbanitants of the earth could rejoice in. This mighty heavenly bodv, which t.o friends at home in America might at the moment seem a trilla larger than one of the planets, was to our voyagers fully the size of the moon. It was evident that the comet was approaching the earth at a furt ous speed. It was yet many millions of miles away, bnt despite this would make its infiuence felt on the earth. It looked at the moment as if its declension involved a certain col lision with the earth. Bot Frank knew better than this, and said: It will speed by the earth at an abrupt angle, but its tail will come very near to as." The most powerful glasses Frank bad were brought to bear upon the comet. -However-, nothing could be determined as to its actual composition, save that it seemed to be a ball of Hre and shooting out great volumes of vapor In Its wake, which, uniting with other elements In space, formed the nebnlous toil. The voyagers watched the comet until it paled in the radiance of the rising sun. Then Frank checked the speed of the rotascopes, and the air-ship began to fall. Down it went with great rapidity until for a time it was immersed in a bank or clouds. Emerging from this, the earth was seen Car below. They bad as cended to 11 frightful altitude, "Wall, I swan!" remarked Jeptha, when Mother Earth came into view again. Tllar's nobody In Plnhook will believe what I tell 'em when I glt tew hum. It beats all my relashuns!" "Begorra that must be sayin' a good deal, sor," said Barney, with a twinkle or his eyes. 'Tnln't everybody thet hes relasbons of enny kind," declared Jeptba, imp e rturbably, Some people kain't tell what they sprung up from. My ankle's nephew'a people cum over in ther Malfiower.'' "Begorra, that's aisy!'' said Barney, unctious!y, the O'Sheas are related by marriage wid the Boros an' they wor the fust kings of Oire land.'' Kings ain't trumps in this kentry," snuffed Jeptho. "Nor Jacks ayther,'' retorted Barney, whereat the Yankee walked disdainfully away. Pomp was in the galley singing somethln: about the eternal and never dying Yaller Gal.''


6 LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. Now that he had disposed of Jeptha, Barney thought he would settle a score with the darky. So he sauntered into the gall11y, and said, casually: Naygur, kin yez tell me why that comet is loike a kangaroo?" Hi dar, I'isb, I done gib dat up. Kain't see de leastest bit ob a resem blyance." Well, there is, me !rind." Mayhe yo' kin tell why the cornet am loike a kangaroo.'' Be Jabers, that's aisy." l Why am it denf' "Begorra, the comet is afther havin' a big tail an' so has the kangaroo!'' Pomp wheeled about and with marvelous aim sent a fist full of soft dongll at the luckless punster. Barney's mouth had just opened for a laugh, and the sticky mass went half down his throat. "Ugh-gurgle-gulf-haw-ker-chew!" Splattering and gasping the Celt nearly turned a back somersault. It was Pomp's inning anu he uearly SI:llit himself with laughter. As it happened Jeptba had witneSBed the Celt's discomfiture and he also joined In Ute uproar. It was one against the Celt, but he took hiS medicine like a man and ing orioualy beat a retreat. CHAPTER V. IN THE ANTAR C TIC COUNTRY. I Within two days.'' That settles it,'' agreed Connell. or course the object or your 1 visit here is to with Lbe cornet. I have more to say." But I'll tell you what we will do." What?'' H we return safely to this spot after viewing the comet aL near range, we will then continue our explorations of the South Pole." "Good!" cried Connell with delight. The air-ship bad been constantly in the air for many months. As her engines bad during this time had no rest, Frank decided to avail himsetr or an opportunity for giving them a alight overhauling. So he selected a good spot upon the summit or a snow cll\d bill and allowed the ulr-sbip to descend. She rested upon the frozen snow lightly. Au anchor was thrown out and all was secure. The cold here was by no means so intense, and the voyagers clad in fu ra were comfortably able to emerge upon deck. It was even proposed to take a little exploring trip across the frozen snow. Frnnk and Barney were busy with overhauling the machinery. But there was Pomp and Jeptha to accompany Clarence, and just as Lhey were getting ready to go a alight form carne nestling llP to Clarence and a sweet voice said: "May I not go with you, Clarence? Don't leave me behind." "You!" exclaimed Connell in surprise, aSI he looked down into biB sweetheart's race. "Why, Estelle, it is not "Not safe!" abe exclaimed with spirit. Pray what is the dan ger!" As the Antarctic Continent was now near at hand the days began Well, we may fall in with wild beasts or get into a crevasae, orto shorten very perceptibly, ror it was the season or the Antarctic or many other ;hinge may befall us." winter or night of six months' duration. "Don't fear,'' said Estelle with a light laugh, "I have used a rifle "A few hundred miles further,'' said Frank, "and we shall lose the often, anti I am strong and C'ln tramp a good ways." sun altogether." She was well shielded with furs, and Connell could not help but "That will bring the comet perpotnally in view,'' said Connell. yield. "Yesl" "Of course it will delight me,'' he said. "I was only thinking Gradually the air-ship cut down the distance across the mighty of the risk to yon." Antarctic Ocean. Thts settled it. Frank made his reckoning with great care. The young girl in her delight ran for her equipm.ents. Es elle Jile calculated that they would reach the necessary point on the Layton was not like the average girl. Antarctic Continent In good seaaon to intercept the comet. She was well used to a rough life, for her father before taking to the The sea had now begun to assume a vastly different aspect. sea bad roughed it nron the plains in Indian days. There were immense ice bergs, and one day far to the southward It was there that Estelle had been taught the use of tire-arms. She there were seen the ice tields which all knew bordered upon the great was a fearlees girl. Antarctic world. The party was ready. That worl

LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. 'l There was a fierce yelp, and a yell of agony. spot. T!le animal had been shot through the heart. and astonished the others. Then all ran to the r .All laughed at this and Pomp had to poke some fun at the shivering Yank11e. It was a clever trick Ob co'se yo' couldn't bear dat," he remarked. Naow yew kin talk, sniffed Jeptha, but yew war durn ed afraid of that elk yourself.'' "Great Scott!" exclaimed Connell. "You are the best shot in the party.'' "I tOld yqu that I would bag something," said Estelle with spark ling eyes. "Anll it is no fox either." This was seen to be a fact. The animal was a rare spemes or Ice wolf, found only In the ArctiC: Its fur was-of the greatest value, his pelt being wortb in London fully fifty pounds sterling. It was certain!y a happy moment for all. CHAPTER VI. TO THE LIMIT OF THE ATMOSPHERE. EsTELLE had certainly distinguished herself. She was IJeyond doubt the crack shot of the party. Pomp quickly tlayed the two animals and bundled up the pelts. Then tlle party went on. But they bad not made a hundred yards, when tlley came to a dense growtl of Arctic lira. From tbe branches of these a peculiar heavy moss fell. It was a picturesque sight. But the sequel was at hand of a thrilling nature. Suddenly, from the tlr forest, there emergect a sbape, the like of which none in the party bad ever seen. It Wa!l of immense height, its head being fully fifteen feet from the ground Its body was elephantine in size. Great antlers, yards in width, shot out from its head, and its eyes glowed like balls of tire in the gloom. It was to all appearance an animal of the alk species, but a literal giant in size. It was full doullle the size or the ord i nary moose. Its attitude was most terrifying and the hunters stood for a moment spell-bound. A aiant elk!" gasped Connell. It is kin to an antedeluvian race since extinct in other parts of the earth," "Jerti'shal I reckon wed better be abaout mnkin' ourselves skurce," gritted Jeptha. "Golly! it am a dretrullookin' critter," chattered Pomp. Estelle had cocked her rille, and was waiting the action of the others. The giant elk stood for a. mqment Tegardlng them In a curious way. Then it emitted a bellow which was like a lion's roar. Jeptbn went scurrying across the valley with long, !lying leaps. He did not care to court a combat with Fncb an animal; "Steady,'' said Connell in n low, terse voice. "Keep behind me, Esr elle. If the beast attacks run for your life.'' "But I dido' run away jes' de same," ventured Pomp. "Mebbe yew war tew skeered an' hadn't ther rourage tew run," de clared Jepthn. At which sage conclusion all laughed uproariously. Bowever, the party started on the return to the alr!hlp. Pomp had removed the head and antlers of the elk. They were a big load for him with Jepthn's aid. Nothing more befell them and they reached tl:e alrship safely enough. Barcey and Frank were still at work on the machinery. 'file hour for the start was rapidly drawing nigh. As it did so the excitement of the voyagers waxed more intense. The comet was studied assidu o usly. It seeJlled as if the huge monster was now directly overhead and sweeping rapidly to the uortllward. But Frank said: It is leaving the earth. From this hour It will constantly de crease in siz e uud finally fade from sight altogether." At leoth Lhe moment came for the start zeuitbward. 1'he voyagers all congregated in the pilot house. The doors nod windows were hermetically sealed. The chemical generators were working. Upward sprung the air-ship. The great trip was begun. Up nod up it went-higher and higher! Frost began to form on the windows. so Intensely cold was it. But the voy11gera were not at all uncomfortable in the cabin. "l'o look back at the earth nothing could be seen but a dark blur. Soon they were in n. cloud which hid everything from view. From one fleecy bank of clouds to another I he air-ship went. Rain In great quantities was precipitat e d upon the deck. It was a moist time until su,ldenly the Cloud Cutter c1eured all and tloated in a cl e ur sky. Frank looked at the gaugP. We are forty miles from the earth," he said. "Jupiter!" eli:clnimed Connell, "I would not care to drop that dis tancel" "Great heifers!" ejnculated Jepthn. "Yew don't mean tew any thet we air forty miles from the airtbf' "Yes, I do," replied Frank. "In a straight line?" In the straightest kind of a line.'' "Durn my oats! Air yaw sure we kin glt back agin!" "Dead sure of it," l!nid Frank grimly. If any part of the rna chinery should break we would go back In about four minutes." "Whew!" gasped Jeptha, "forty milea In four minutest" About tbat." "Don't yew let this air-ship fall, or by gum! yew will kill the hull on us, an' that wud be murder, an' yew'd likely hang fer it.'' Leave me to my Everybody laughed at this. Pretty Estelle Layton asked: The young girl's lip curled. "That would be a coward's trick,'' she sold. self.'' "Look out dar!" screamed Pomp, he am comin'!" This was true. The giant elk had lowered Its horns, and had atarted In a plunging way for the bunters. "Steady!" cried Connell. "Now lire all together.'' Crack-nck! Crack! The three rilles spoke. But the elk came on. Connell thougbt only of Estelle aL that moment. He was ready to giva his life for hers. So he rushad in fr:>nt of the maddened creature, and fired again al most point blank. The next thing he rememoered was being hustled along over the snow und then tossed in tbe air. Then he had a yislon of terrible horns nr.d beating hoofs, and then a current or something warm and liquid sutiused his face and a heavy form fell over him. With diiHcuity he extricated himself only to hear a thrilled and ago nized voice in his enr: Oh, be Is killed-he Is dead! It is too late!" "No, no, Estelle!" be cried joyfully, springing up. "I am not even burt!'' Then he saw the dead elk at his feet. Its. life blood had splashed All over him. Est,.lle was happy in his arma. Pomp came rushing up. "Fo' de Lor', sah, yo' wud hab been a dead man now but fo' dat gall" Wbat! Did you tire the shot which killed the elk, Estellef' he asked in amazement. I did," she answered fnintly. And you saved my life, Truly yon are the better hunter of us all. That giant's nntlers shall be mounted and Inscribed with your name, But come. I have had enough hunting for to-day; how Is it with t he rE>st of you?" "I swan tew man!" exclaimed Jeptha who bud ventuTed to return, I um of ther candid 'pinyon we' a ltetter git back tew ther airship. We might meet a b'nr next.'' About how rnr do yon reckon It to the limit of the atmosphere or the point where it merges into space?" "The distance may vary," saJj Frank, "but t compute it at from one to three hundred miles.'' "Mercy! and are we likely to get that far from the earthf' Frank smiled complacently. But Estelle and the others their hair literally r!se on end. It was surely an appalling thought. Only the steadiest of nerve must compensate for the strain. The three castaways were white as chalk. To think that they werll 10 far from things mundane was certainly a rellection of no light sort. The sensation cannot be described. Barney and Pomp had too much faith In Frank Reade, Jr., to feel the least particle of fear. "Doa' yo' fret," declared Pomp, confidently. "Marse Frank he ueber get beat yet. If the air ship done go to pieces, he tlnd a wu)l to git us back nil safe, yo' bet!'' This was certainly a high quality of faith. T!le others, however, could not quite reconcile themselves to this view. But Barney said: Begorra, the way I do. I niver think of the earth, and be me sow I I'm not afraid nv fnllin'. Fergit nil about it, I tell yez!'' "That will soon become second nature to yon," said Frank. "You will overcome your fright m n short whilE>. There is little p01JaibilltV of returning to the earth except at our leisure.'' prediction was verified. In a short while the nerves of all became more composed. As he declared, all for.2;ot tbe fearful possibility of a drop to the earth. Still the Cloud Cutter kept speeding upwards. The observations which it was now possible to make, were certainly wonderful beyond all power of d e scription. The planets seemed nearer and clearer, and the telescope revealed many peeuliar facts about them which apparenlly had not been known before. The comet seemed to loom up ten times larger than the moon, and to the westward there was a dull nebulous haze which seemed to oba struct nil view In that quarter. That is the comet's ta!l," said Frank; "it Is my opinion that it


LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. baa already swept downw11rd into the atmosphere and that we are tq reelitll iolluence. I am curious to know what it can be." It cannot be that the comet's toil is of lire after all!'' cried Con. "I have never thought so,'' declared Frank. "Ah, wiJtt 1s that! Stand to the wheel, Barney!" An incident occurred at that moment which well warranted Frank's excited exclamation. CHAPTER VII. IN THE COMET' S TAIL. THERE was a sudden and Instant commot.ion In the air. The air ship began to sway and rock violently. Tlle nebulous cloud bad with the swiftness of the wind closed about the air ship. It was as if some strange, irresistible element heavier than water bad seized it. Then what followed was for some wblla only a vague memory. It seemed as i! giant hands seized the Cloud Cutter and it was borne on into space while utter darkaess succeeded. The vo y agers were all thrown from their feet by the violence of the shock. Great Scott!" cried Connell. Where are wet What has hap pened! Are we falliogr Frank managed to reach up and l{et his hand onto the keyboard. He pressel! the electric light lever. Instantly the whole alrsblp was ablaze with light. But through the windows the astounded voyagers saw only impenetrable gloom, broken by vivid !lashes at rare intervals. Where are wet" cried Connell. Begorra, pbwere are wet'' cried Barney iu bewilderment. It was the general query. Frank' !ace was extremely grave as be made reply: I believe we are snatched up by the comet's tail, and being carried no one knows how far into space.'' A sllecce like that or the tomb followed this statement. A cold, awful sensation stole around tht> hearts or all. It was as If all hope were dead, and naught but utter annihilation woe upon them. Connell broke the spell In a hoarse, quavering voice: My God! we shall never see home or tbe earth again." I !ear the worst." Frank stepped to the keyboard and turned on the electric search light. A great blaze or light shot out Into the gloom. N81tber did this seem to be gloom properly speaking, but a dense cloud of dust like particles. They were swirling and swaying about the air-ship furiously. At times small particles of some matter like pebbles would rain upon the deck or the cabin roof of the Cloud Cutter. It was almost impossible !or tbe voyagers to conjecture where they were or how far !rom the earth. They simply knew that the air-ship had become involved in the comet's tall and was being carried nobody knew bow far into space. It is difficult !or the author to depict their impressions or the sensa tions experienced IJY them. Let the reader imagine himself in just such a predicament. It is the only way. On and on they wore whirled through tbt> dust cloud or the comet's tall. What would 11e the end of it all! Where would they eventually terminate their experience! Would it be in some other planet? Or would they be held prisoners for thousands of years in the trail cf Verdi's comet, going around the arch of the heavens long after death bad come upon them to claim their spirits! All these thoughts and theories passed through the minds of the voyagers. It is needless to say that they were in a state of the most intense excitement, and the mental strain was almost un'Jearo.ble. Barney and Pomp stood i t best of all. They had implicit faith in the abiliby o! Frank Reade, Jr., to bring them out of the scrape safely. Had he not done so before! Could be do it again! "Hub!" said Pomp, "don' yo' fink but Marse Fmnk be fin' a way to get back home agio. Yo' kam't fool dis cbHe. Marse Frank be know wha' he am about.'' "Bejabers, it's all foolish to think we ain't niver yoin' to git back!" averred Barney. Shure I've been in many a wuss scrape nor this wid Misther Frank.'' Estelle Layton was, perhaps, ae courageous as nny, 1! this Is to be our fate," she said phllosopilically, "so it must be. We cannot hope to alter it. We are in the hands of God!" Frank said nothing, but did a heap of calculating and thinking. Arter a long while, he declared: There Is just one !lope for us." ., And tbatf' asked Connell, eagerly. There is a chance that the toil of this comet will brnsh the other pole or the eartn in Its upward sweep. You know that the earth revolves upon Its axis, nnd consequently the comet is not always visible from the same position .... "Exactly I'' cried the youth, eagerly. "I see your point. The earth in turning, may bring Its other pule, in contact with the comet's tail, or into the verge of the atmosphere!' Yes. or course there is no certainty or such a thing. It Is only a chance. We can only accept it as a drowning man's straw." At least It is something,'' cried Connell, joyfully. We may etill cling to hopei" So the spirits o! all In a measure rose. All pressed the1r !aces to the windows and out Into the !lying wall of strange dust. Lost in a comllt s tail. This was practically their position. It is hardly necessary to say that the rellection was one almost sufficient to stun human sensibility. It made a great impression upon Jeptba. Wall, I'll be sniggered!" be "I never expected tew git so high up as this tore. I! my Wile, Sally, oaow knew whar I was she'd say thet she never believed I'd git so near tew Heaven. I don't sl!e what's tew prevent my gi ttin' thor now." The Yankee, however, did not seem to have any fear of conse quences or of the result. He was as cool as ne e d be. And meanwhile the air-ship kept on tts way in the comet's tail. Frank tried many experiments. He made the effort to propel the air-ship against the powerful current of material. In this he was pnr lialiy IUCC9SSful. But not enough progress was made to be especially appreciable or of any particular advantage. Still he kept the search-light at work looking for an opening in the im meose swirling cloud. At times be saw great masses of fiery material go sweeping by through the clouds. These be at once recognized as huge aerolites or meteors and he shivered as he rellected upon what would be the result i! one of these should strike the air-ship full force. It would mean instant and utter annihilation. Death in its most sudden ar.d awful form. But as time went on and there came no change, all became mor bidly resigned to tb41 situation. Frank was curious as t o the state or things outside the pilot-house on the deck ()( the air-ship. He knew that there could of course be no atmosphere. He ven tured once to open a small slide in the window. There came into the pilot bouse a cloud or duet which was sufficient to choke an ordinary mortal. It was extremely pungent, having an odor akin to burning brimstone. Frank closed the slide and then proceeded to analyze some of the dust. The result was surprising, He found many chemical substances, the character of which indicat ed that the comet was in a state or intense lusion and threw otr this odor itself. However, the young inventor was not yet satislled. Among his many inventions was that of a diver's bel met with a res ervoir nod chemical generator to be worn upon the back. With this belment be could travel onder water or anywhere where air did not exist. He now brought out this apparatus Wha' am yo' gwine to do now, Marse Frankf' asked Pomp; "dere ain' no chalnce to go divin' hereabouts.'' "That is true, Pomp," said the young inventor, "but I have an other use for the helmet.'' Deed, sail!" "I am going out on deck for awhile." "On deck, sub! 8huah yo' will be blown off, sahl" I guess not," said Frank, confidently-" a \ least, I do not be lieve it." 1 ".A'rigbt, sahl Mayn't I go wif yo, sab! "If you wish," said Frank. "Yoa must find a helmet.'' "Dat am easy enough, sah." ...-So Pomp presently joined his master with a helmet also. This was not all. The others saw Frank and Pomp thus arrayed, and Connell cried: Are there more of those helmets, Frank! I would like to go, too." "Certainly," replied Frank; "there are a dozen or them down-stairs. You can all g o out II you wish.'' It is needhlBB to say that this idea at once became popular. It was a change, and though slight, was nevertheless eagerly em braced. Kven Estelle donned one of the helmets. And thu s eqaipped, they all went out ooto the deck. It was for a moment difficult to face the stinging shower of dust. But this was finally overc o me and they rather enjoyed the change from the cabin. It seemed like a bit or nswly acquired lreedom. They paced the deck s1lently, for it was difficult to talk Intelligibly through the thick wall of tbe helmets. The search-light's rays were thrown far out into the dazzling glint in I!. dust cloud. Frank was in t be bovt watching this. Barney and Pomp and Jeptba were by the cabin door. Connell and Este!ie were leaning over the stern rail. They could convArse by placing their helmets together. Suddenly a strange and unprecedented thing happened. There wns a blinding tlash or light, a detonation, and the airship received a territlc shock. An aerolite bad burst not many yards distant. Estelle lost hllr hold I


LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. 9 upon the rail and before Connell could catch her, went over and out of sight. CHAPTER VIII. A NARROW ESCAPE. IT seemed to Connell at that moment as If his senses would desert him. My God! My God!" he shrieked. 11 She is gone, gone! Oh, save her, eave her! My life Is naugbl.." Barney and Pomp and Jeptha had seen all and now came rushing up to the spot. Barney threw himself upon his stomach and leaned over the verge or the air-ship's deck. He or course did not expect to see the young girl. It was the belief of all that she would descend with frightful veloc ity to the earth. Wbat au awful Ialli It was dreadful to refiect upon. But in that moment they lind forgotten one important fact. They were in the comet's tail. Hence they were removecl from the earth's gravitation. Anybody in \bat swirling mass of dust and wind must or necessity be involved in the career of the comet's tail unless it had velocity nod power enough to break away into space. Cousllquently our heroine did not descend to the earth hundreds of miles below, perhaps thouaands. On the contrary, she simply was carried along in a parallel course with the air-ship, though she bad sunk some twenty or thirty feet below the airshlp's keel It was likaly that the current was mo{e dense at that point, and supported her rr.uch better. All saw the force or the situation now and understood why it had been so difficult heretofore to hold a position on the deck. That which they bad taken for wind was a certain buoyancy caused by the lack or essential gravitation. Barney shouted joyfully and put his helmet close to Frank s. "Begorra, we'll save her!" be cried. 11 Shure yez have only to throw her a rope.'' Get one quick then," cried Frank excitedly, lose no time." Barney needed no further btdding. He sprung into the cabin and quickly emerged with a rope. Carry ina this to the rail, he threw it over. To the astonishment of all, a new difficulty was encountered. The rope would nut descend. But instead, it simply trailed along behind the nir ship. "Weight!" cried Connell; "it needs weight!" "Pull It in, begorral" cried Barney. "Shore, I have a way!" The brave Celt fastened one end of the rope about his waist. Then be leaped over the rail. He fioated slowly down until almost on a paralell with the youcg girl. But a new dilliculty now arose. She was slowlv but eurelv drifting away from the course of the air ship. Barney was not within ranch or her. A thrill of agony pervaded the breasts of those on board the air ehi;>. "Qb, mv soul; she is lost!" groaned Connell. Frank thrbW out more rope. Pomp ran to the key board to bring the electric engines to whatever use he could. The darky reversed them. As good fortune bad it it was sufficient for the purpose. Barney just reached the hem of the young girl's dress. He grasped it ad drew her toward him. A great cry or joy nod relief went up ftom those above It required but little strength to bring them fioating upwards. Then Estelle came over the rail and was clasped in Connell's arms. God be praised!" cried Lhe youth. I am happy once morel" But there was no longer a desire to remain on the deck. All sought the safety of the cabin. With their helmets off they were free to discuss the affair. The amount or praise credited to Barney was He was plain ly the lion of the occasion. Now that the excitement of the affair was over reaction came on. All relapsed into a state of almost positive stupor. Frank was the only one not affected. The young Inventor had not been idle from the first. His wonder ful brain hnd been constnntly at work. The r e sult was that he hnd hit at last upon a daring plan. Connell," be said, soddenly, "I want to speak with you." The y outh followed him into the cabin. Frank picked up a chart and a bit or paper covered with mathematicnl computations. I have been doing some Hgurlng," he said, and I reckon that the comet ought to be visible in its fullest at tbe Cape In 'Europe, on the nineteenth of November." lndei:Kl!" exclaimed Connell, with interest. 1L is now the 21st of August.'' That w11l be three moo the hence." "Just so.'' 1 Then we may hope to brenk away from this thraldom!" "Not without a tremendous effort, but at that time we shall be nearer the earth than we ever will be again. Do you understand!" ''Yes." It will then be better for us to wait until that time before making our effort to break out of our present state of imprisonment." "That is all very well," snld Connell, slowly, "but I do not exactly understand how we are going to break away." But one thing wlll do it.'' And that--" Violent explosions.'' II Abl" They will scatter this ever rolling cloud of mogneUc dust and throw the air-ship into some sort or circle or grovitat1on which I shall hope will be that of the earth." / Connell was dazed. The stupendous nature of the plan appalled htm. Such deep reck oning as this was much beyond him. What explosives have we!'' he asked. "Dynamita,'' replied Frank. "I shall invent a method or launch ing tt from the air-ship aud exploding it by time fuse. Oh, it can be done." "I don't dispute your word," said Connell, "In fact, 1 believe yon are capable or accomplishing anything under the sun." Frank laughed at this. "So far lnm all theory," he said "We eball have to wait for the practical application until the N i neteenth of November." Mercy on us, that is u long while to walt,'' said Connell, ruefully. "Yet we must make the best of it.'' True-and we will." It is needless to say that rhe voyagers had no further desire to van tore out upon the deck. The risk was too great by far. Days passed, but the only way that their transition was made ap parent to the voyagers, was simply by the record of the chronometer. told them the coming ol each morn and the pu.ssing of each evemng. Regular hours were kept just the same as on the earth. And still they were hustled on through that eternal void by the. hustling whirling chaos about them. Would there never be an end to it! Why did they not fall out of it all? What centrifugal or other force, what law or gravitation kept them in the ir present position! All these things were a mystery to Frank. He studied them In vain. All that he could arrive at was that some law of attraction held them still in the booming mass of the comet's tail. As long as this continued so they must continue to be wh!rled through space. H some powerful reaction could be brought to bear-then w)lnt!" Would the air-ship be hurled beyond the lnlluence, magnetic or oth erwise, of the comet! If eo, then what must become of the air-ship in space! What would become or it in ttat drear echoeleas void which is sop posed to llXist between all the placets and their atmospheres!'' Would it mean shnple suspension forever! Could the machinery make any impression upon this space or any progress! Or was there some law of gravitation always present in space which would draw the air-ship with frightful velocity In some given tlon, perhaps to the earth, perhaps to some other planet, perhaps to the sou or moonT Who could say. Who could knowT Day and night Frank taxed his brains with this great problem. That le, such d&y and night as the chronometer indicated, for there was no interval of light, but perpetual gloom. If the air-ship could extricate itself from the comet's tail would it be any hetl er off f All these questions, doubts anrl fears were pondered upon. Frank began to wax thin, nod even sickly with such a superfiuity of thought. He had about given up in despair when there came a turn In the tide or affairs. Scarcely a month had elapsed since his talk with Connell, when he had predicted that it would be the nineteenth of November before it would I.Je safe to attempt to change their position by means of the dy namite. This month had seemed almost like nn eternity to t he voyagers. A whole liretime had been experienced In that brief while. Per haps Con nell felt it worse tban anybody else. Oh, }<'rank," he cried anything is better than this. Oh, for a change of some kind-no matter what it Is, even if for the worse!" "There will be a change very soon, I nm thinking," said Frank. Do you notice any c!:lange in our aurrouudlugsr Connell wall surprised. "What do you meanf' be asked. "Look at the comet's dust through this gla3S. Can von see any change in color and densit y!'' Connell complied with this request. He was astounded, and laid down the glass for a moment, over whelmed with the force of the thing. "Indeed yes," he said; "there is a very material change.'' The dust bad changed from its golden brown hue to a fiery red. It was also leas dense. "'


10 LOST IN A COMET' S TAIL. CHAPTER IX. Instinctively all looked do'wn lor the earth. A general exclamation of surprise escaped the lips or all. There it was, but how strange it looked. An immense surface or hazy blue, with great straggling patches of clouds showing "I THOUGHT I could see sparks of fire,'' declared Connell. "Can it it. tte possible?" "Great Scotti" exclaimed Connell. "Are we not a frightful disA STARTLING EXPERIENCE. j Come with me," said Frank. tance from it!" 'fhe youth followed Frank into the pilot bouse. The young Ioven"It Is impossible to calculate bow far," declared Frank. tor then pointe

LOS'l' IN A COMET'S TAIL. 11 CHAPTER X. SUSPENDED IN SPACE. CoNNELL was astonished. "Then how do you account for it," be ;mid, that we are travel ing so rapidly toward the earth!'' Mere chance, or rather force of fortunate circumstances, that is all. Being beyond the limit of terrestrial atmosphere, we are of course beyond the lnlluence of the eartu's gravitation. That is easy e!Jough to see." "Oh, yes, or course," persisted Connell, "but what propelled us so fr1rtonately in this direction in tue lirst placer Frank looked astonisted. Don't you re111ember!" he said, the comet in its explosion, of course, hurled us in this direction.'' Connell looked crest-fallen. "Oh, yes, or course," he exclaimed. "It W'!>S stupid in me not to see iL. You are quite right." This ended the discussion. Gradually the blue surface of the earth seemed to draw l!earer. But yet progress seemed slow. It was evident that the air-ship was not falling very rapidly. Frank and Connell were continually engaged In studying the earth with a glass. Coneiderably more than an hour passed. It was evident that Frank was not quite correct in his reckoning. "That is queer," be muttered. Either we are not traveling very r u st, or else ttle distance is greater than I bad reckoned upon." That is no doubt ttle &xplanation," said Connell. "It is logical. However, we may hope to get there some time.'' But a dubious expression bad come into Frank's eyes. He was doa heap or thinking. However, th11 air-ship continued to draw palpably nearer to the earth. This was proved In the fact that the lines scirros or clouds so far below were becoming plainer to the view. After a time Frank <;hanged his glass for another and said: I am quite sure I can see the landscape on the earth now. Do you agr.!le with me!" Clarence tbougbt!nl. Indeed it would seem so,'" he said. Yes, there is surely a mountain peak. An

12 LOST IN A. COME'l"S '!'.AIL. CHAPTER XI. A STRANGE COAST. FRANK bad spent many days now pondering \ upon the best and proper move to make. He though\ of the dynamite, hut there was even a doubt about the efficacy or this. It would be easy enough to explode the dynamite; but how to do it at a sufficient distance from the air ship to make it safe was a problem. Again, would the explosion be of sufficient power to effect the posi tion of the air ship at all! Could it be driven in the right direction! All these matters Frank pondered well upon ere deciding what move It was best to make. Finally he decided upon a trial of the dynamite. He perfected a trap with a powerful spring. This trap was placed upon the forward deck of the air ship. Then the young Inventor donned his helmet and went out upon deck, accompamed by Barney and Pomp. The dynamite bombs with a time fuse were placed upon the trap. The trap was sprung and the bombs thrown high up into &pace. Up they went full half a mile. There they hung suspended. The time fuse burned out and they exploded. It was a terrific detonation and travelled through the echoless space, oo one could tell how far. But the explosiOn did not effect the airBhlp in the least. The experiment was a failure. To say that Frank was discouraged would be a mild statement. "I am afraid ours is a hopeless case!" he said. "We must look for the worst." Below them, yet denied to them, was the earth and home and dear ones. To be sore there were provisions aboard for folly two years. But what availed that! If they were held in this position for two ye!lra, why might they not be held for a hundred, or during their lim! t 6r life. Death must come as soon as the supplies were exhausted. There was certainly no other means of subsistence. Game there was none. Birds could not venture into space. There was no atmosphere for any living thing. No wonder that the spi'rits of all fell extremely low. Hope was abandoned. The hours became dreary yoids, empty wastes, useless and tiresome. Great Powers! Would nothmg come to relieve them! Frank Reade, Jr., grown thin and pale with excessive mental strain still confined himself to his cabin. He paced np anddown recklessly. He could think of nothing ab solutely no plan. Thus matters continued for a month. '.' Oh, the comet why could it not have given us just athttle more Impetus," cried Connell. "We might have reached the earth.'' It was our fate," said Fran:r, moodily, "it is decreed against us.'' "And yet-there must be a way." Doubtless there is, if we could only hit upon it.'' For the lirst time Barney and Pomp had become impressed with a fear that they were not to get back to the earth again Yet it did not &ffect their courage at all. They were brave men and had faced death too many times to be afraid to die now. The days came and went, and still the air ship bung in space. One night Frank was aroused by Barney calling him from the pilot bouse. In a few moments the youn"' inventor was by the Celt's side. Begorra, Mistber Frank, diu yez iver see the loikes av that! Shore It's very quare!" Above the stars and moon bung high in the blue ether. Below there Wa9 a remarkable display at Nature's fireworks. Myriads of twinkling, liashlng lights were seen. They sellmed to be shooting in all directions and toward the earth. "Pbwat do yez call it, sort" asked Barney in amazement. It is u shower of meteors," said Frank. Meteors, sorT'' "Yes. Shure, an' phwere do they come from sor!" "No doubt .they are falling. all about us' now. They are small partl of volcn01c materml hurling from some !lXploding al'rolite or star With such the? shoot thr o ugh space into the atmosphere. They are l!ot VISible until they get Into the air, where the friction de velops their Inflammable character." Barney nodded his head. That is very .quare, sor," he said, but-howly smoke. There's a comet, sor, commg sthraight for us!" Barney pointed upward with a yell of terror. Glancing : up the glass roof of the pilot-house, Frank beheld an astoundmg Bight. Coming straight toward the air-ship there was a great blazing ball of fire. It was of mo. untainoos size, and though it must have been many hund!Ods of m1ies away, It could be seen by its fiowin"' tail that it was mdeed a comet. But It was not a thonsanth part the size of the comet of Verdi. Frank knew that there was no of becoming involved in ita tall, for it was not of sufficient volume. But this small comet was coming apparently In a straight line for the airship. It was looming np momentarily to frightful proportions; certainly, if 1t should strike the alrship, there would be an end of it and all on board. That the com6t was bound for the earth there was no doubt. It swellt>d in size like an immense balloon. "Mercy on us!" cried Frank, aghast with horror. We are lostt' But even as he spoke the comet swirled down and passed over the air-ship. It must have been fully one hundred miles away, but its In liuence was distinctly felt. The air-ship bounded and leaped and a mist enveloped it. It whirl ed nhout like a top and seemed to be swept away into darkness. Frank Reade, Jr., had presence of mind enough to reach the key board and set the machinery going. Then he clung to the rail acd stared out of the pilot house window. It was a time of awful suspense to him. He was thinking of bnf one thing and praying that it might per chance come true. This was that the force of the comet's passage might drive the airshill down into the atmosphere. If this should happen-joy! all on board would be saved. For a time the air-ship seemed in the clutch of a fearful power. Then gradunlly all cleared away. Once more the sky was visible, and the stars and the moon. A long trailing nebulous line extended far downward towards the earth. But this was visible only a few moments. The comet was gone. It bad fallen npou the earth. Its passage was ended. The rota. scopes were buzzing, and the air ship bad a peculiar motion. The earth lay dark and unseen far below. Frank stepped to the pilot house and opened It a crack. One mo. ment be put his hand there to learn the truth. Air no longer rushed out of the air ship. There was an apparent draught inward, and it was icy cold. Not quite he lit a candle and held it ont beyond the will dow. It sputtered and .fiickered in the draught, but It burned. Frank gave a gTeat shout. It brought all the sleepers from their berths In a burry, W-what's the matter?" cried Connell in a confused way as he rushed into the pilot bouse. Matter enough!" shouted Frank. We are saved!" "What?"' "We are out of space at last, and In the atmosohere.'' For a moment this announcement fell upon the air or the which was followed t1y a deep silence. Then a great about of joy went up. The voyagers, in their delight, fairly embraced each other and danced like maniacs. Saved, saved!" It drove them almost delirious with joy. To think that after all their marvelous experiences they were actually to reach tbe earLh again. Actually t? get back to home and friends. Life had never seemed 10 dear, the future never so bright. It was !Ike coming out of a dungeon, or like finding one's way out of a llv mg grave. Let us go down at once, Frs nk,'' cried Connell. It seems as If I at least set foot on earth again to consummate my joy.'' 'We wlll descend," replied Frank, we not better wait for day!" No, no! Go down at once!" So the air-ship was allowed to descend rapidly. Or course the nearer It drew to the earth the stron"'er the currents of air, though hardly les11 cold. "" IL became necessary to put on warm garments for the cold was bitter. But down sank \he air-ship. 'l'hrough many miles of atmosphere the Cloud Cutter descended. Frank liashed the searchlight downward. A rocky coast, beset With beating waves, was seen. There was no s1go of human haliitalion anywhere. ,It was as bleak and forlorn a place as one could hope to find anywnere, but It looked wonderfully attractive to the vovaaers It was a patch of Mother Earth, and that was enough.. Down sank the air-ship. A was selected upon the shore and at a safe distance from the mcommg waves. Here the air-ship rested. Anchors were thrown out. Then the voyagers leaped over the ra!l.


I LOST IN A COMET'S TAIL. 13 CHAPTER XII. ON WHICH PLANET-THE END, THEY fell down and kissed the earth in their excessive JOy, It was like a glimpse of Heaven to them. Words cannot adeqoaLely describe the situation. It was a time of joy and thanksgiving. All were in high spirits. Soon the light of day began to creep over the land. Then the party looied out upon the strangest and wildest scene they had ever beheld. The coast was barren, and bleak and desolate beyond descripti n. The sea bad a peculiar crimson hue instead of the usual green. There was no sign of vegetation. No apparent limit to the scene about them. "On my word," Connell, "this does not look like the earth." In an instant the same thought ran through the hearts of all. Each turned pale. Can it be-that-" began Connell. "Where are we!" exclaimed Frank; "truly as you say this does not look like the earth. And yet-it cannot he anything else." "Yes," said Connell, with a sudden chill. "We may be upon another planet." "Impossible!" "Nothing is impossible in my vision now. We have gone through so many experiences. How far we were carried in that com et's tall, we do not know. It may have been millions of miles." Begorra, let's make the best of it," cried Barney. Shure if it's another planet we're on, it'll not be mendin' matthers to foind fault now. We'll be 1megrants fer shore.'' This was philosophy. But philosophy or practicability to a homesick soul is a nauseating dose mdeed. Our voyagers did not seem to partake readily of Barney's cheerful spirit. Barney turned a handspring and Pomp began to walk around on his han(ls. As for Jeptha, he filled his pipe for a smoke. It could be said that the others envied tbe equanimity or this trio at the moment. And a blessilng Indeed is a disposition so cheerful, that trouble and even danger can be met so easily. Connell could not understand it. the other trio composed themselves after a fashion, and resorted to the deck of the uir-ship to talk matters over. Come, come!" said Frank, with an effort at bracing up, "there is no evidence bot that we are upon the earth. We have probably land ed on the borders or what whalera call the Crimson Sea, up beyond ths North Cape, and which is only open certain years or mil1nesa of season.'' "Does such a spot exist on the earth!" asked Connell. "Oertainly." "Then let us be more cheerful,'! cried Eetelle. "I feel sure that we are upon our sphere.'' or course we are,'' cried Frank. It is folly to believ'e anything different. So let us be off." Frank called to Barney and Pomp. B:lt lirst a hearty breakfast was indulged in. Then a number of sea birds came &ntlinsr down over the cliffs to reassure the voyagers that they wem really on earth. After the breakfast was over the air ship ascended. Fur to the northward, as the compass read, there was a region or snow and Ice. The air ship set out in the opp:>site direction. It sailed across the l:>ig bay and approached a mighty headland. That looks like the North Capel" cried Connell. "No,'' said Frank; "it is a larger promontory.'' The bay bad been crossed, and they were over a wild and rocky ehore when the air ship began to sink. Barney was m the pilot bouse. Frank shouted to him: What are you doing Barney! Pot on more current! We don't want to descend here!" Shure, sor, ivery bit av the current is on," replied the Celt, but shore it don't make anv difference.'' In an instant Frank was upon his feet. A sudden fear had seized him; he rushed Into the pilot house. The switch was set as far as it could posstbly go. The air-ship was surely sinking. What can be the matter!" muttered the young !nventor. He sprang down into the engine room; he quickly inspected the delicate electrical machinery. This told the story. "My soul!" he exclaimed; we are in a bad scrape now!" "What iB tho matter?" asked Connell, who had followed him. The air-s!lip can carry us no further," said Frank, the ecgines bave gone back on us!" But-can they not be repairedf' "No; there is no way but to put almost all new machinery into the air-ship, that could not ba done at any other place but mv shops in Readestown.'' The situation was truly an appalling oce. For a moment Connell did not epeak. We are In a bad scrape," continued Frank. "You see we hn'fe tra'feled many thousands of miles, and the atrship bas been through many hard experiences.'' "Indeed, that Is true," agreed Connell, "but what are we to do?" That remains to be seen. If we are really upon the earth and not some one of the planets we are all right, because at this season or the year we can work our way along the coast down into Norway." "You are right,'' said Connell, his spirits rising, "but wLat a pity that you will lose your alrBhlp. Of course it will likely be a Joss." "Ob, certainly," agreed Frank, "it would not pay me to come back here for it. I can build another for the money it would cost. You see her engines are worth nothmg and her hull has, of course, been severely racked and strained. She will be a total loss to me." It is too bad!" But Frank laughed. "It is all right," he declared, "it won't break I shall give up air-ships for a while now anyway. I have several other schemes on hand now.'' "Indeed!'' Before we left home I drew the pluns for a submarine boat. That will be my next enterprise.'' Connell was interested. I shall hope to see that when it is linisbed," he cried. You will grant me the privilege.'' Why, of course," replied Frank, "but what if we are not really upon our sphere! Wbat:if I never see Readestown again?" "We wtll pray that such will nat be the case.'' Tbev now went hastily upon deck. The air-ship was but a short distance from the ground now. Barney selected a place for the air-ship to rest. 1 It struck the eartiJ and then the voyagers leaped over the rail. There was the end of their aerial voyage right there. Preparations were at once made for taking leave of the Cloud Cut ter. All necessary and valuable articles that could be ramoved war& taken by the voyagers. Then the doors of the beautiful air-ship were locked and it was left alone in that desolate part of the earth. There It may be at this day for aught we know. That it bas never been discovered it is sale to say, and doubtless, snows and ice storms have weather beaten it to uselessness ere this. The voyagers took a sad leave or the air-sl.tlp. They knew by the keen edge In the air that winter was near at hand, and that there was llttle time to lose in getting out o! that bleak regton. For a winter spt.nt there would not be a desirable experience. So they set their faces southward. Along the coast they trudged with steady step. It was not possi ble to make long marches or to travel exceedingly fast, on account of Estelle, who was not over strong. But steadily, day after day, they made their way along the coast. Their provisions hung out well, and they were able to bag somEt small game each day : At night they camped in niches In the cliffs, or under some over hanging rocks. After they bad traveled thus for some days, an incident occurred which pnt a new face upon affairs. They bad just turned an angle in a high cliff wall, and came In sight. of a little sandy strip of beach. There, upon the boach,lwas a boat elegantly trimmed with brass, and fiying a small 1lag. It was the Stars and Stripes. Six blneclad seamen walking along the strand. With a great shout Connell sprung toward them. Hurrah!" he shouted; "friends at last!'' He fairly embraced the lieutenant of the marines, who gave his name as Chester Fairfax, of the United States Revenue Cutter, Bear. The listened with amazement nne incredulity to the story told by the aerial voyagers. But be said: "You are countrymen of mine and in distress-J cannot refuse to. aid you. If you will come aboard my vessel I will land you safely at Christiana, where you can get a steamer for England, thence home.'" "Yon are kind indeed," said Frank warmly. "That will make us all right, and we will repay Sam some time \ Uncle Sam asks no pay for protecting l1is subjects in a foreign land,'' said Lieut. Fairfax. I am pleased to assist you.'' It Is now a short story. The voyagers were taken aboard the revenue cotter, and as Fairfax bad promised, w,e're some days Jatar at Christiana. It was not difficult at this Norwegian port to get a steamer for Eng. land. There they secured passage on board a steamer for New York. But on all hands they met with a peculiar experience. Nobody could be induced to believe their wonderful story. It was regarded as an improbable yarn. "Lost in a comet's tail! How utterly ridiculous! Why, the tail (lf a comet Is a blazing mass of lire, and would speedily have consumed them and their air ship.'' These were the comments made. Connell grew angry. That is ali the sense they have!'' he cried. It Is useless to try to convince ignorant people. But we have had the experience and know it for a fact.'' Wall, thet's enough fer me,'' declared Jeptha, "an' I don't keer a copper cent what tber rest on 'em thinks.'' Begorra, it's all loire they're afther thinkin' us," declared Bar ney.


14 LOST IN A COMET'S '(AIL. "Dey jes' orter hab de same 'sperience to convince dem," said Pomp. But Frank's friends In lleadestown believed the story. Indeed, scientific men readily accepted the !acts, and in all astron omical circles the voyagers were literal lions. Tlus satisfied them. The author obtained the facts directly from the lips of Frank Reade, Jr. himself, and such testimony is unimpeachal,le. I can say this truly," the young inventor declares, "that of all in cidents of my varied and exciting career, this has been In all re spects the strangest and most thrilling." We know that this will satisfy the reader, so with his kind per:nis s10n we close tile matter. Frank Reade, Barney and Pomp returned at once to Readestown. A8 hr the two lovers, Clarence Connell and Estelle Layton, life opened new vistas of happiness to them. or course they married and settled down happily. But they are frequent visitors at Re:vlestown and Frank Reade, Jr.'s warmest friends. Of course they will never forget that thrilling experience on board the air-ship In the comet's ta11. It is a subject of constant discussion. And Jeptha, the valiant hunter of bears and cattymounts, hied him back to his beloved old Varmouot. l<'rank Reade, Jr., received this letter from him some time wards: DEF.R RRED,-I arriv in Sprattville 0. K. It seems good tew be hum. All ther gals are arter me, an' t her people are t.nrKin about run ning me fer High Sheriff. P'raps 1'11 accept, but I'm goin' ter hev wun more b'ar hunt, no' If yew'll cum up here an' jine me I'll guarantee yew more b'ar tew ther sqnar inch than )'ew'll lind anywhar else atop o ther earth. Beet respex tew yew, frum yore everlastin' friend, JEPTHA JONES.'1 With tbis, dear reader, let us take a kiorl farewell of the charac ters of our story of a filgilt in Lbe air with Frank Reade, Jr. LTHE END.] "Usef-u1 a:n.ci I:n.str-uctive :Book.s. HOW TO MAKE A MAlrlC LANTERN. 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Latest Issues of Latest Issues of Latest Issues of T H E 5 oENT frank Reade Library YDUNG SLEUTH LIBRARY,' EOMIIT LIBRARY. By"Noname. Price 5 Cents. No. 62 Frank Re&de .Jr.'s Electric Ice Boat; or, Loot in the Land of Orimooo Sno... l'art 11. 63 Frank Reade, Jr., and Hi En&ine of tbe Olouds; or. Qb...,d Around the World in tho :ikJ. 64 Frank Reade, Jr. 'o Electno Orclooo; or, Thrilling Adenturea in No MLD' a Land. art I. 65 Frank Reade. Jr.'a Electric Cyclone; or, Thrilling Ad ventures in No Man'e Land. Part 11. 66 io Searob 6'1 Frank .Re&de, Jr ad Hie Electric Air-Boat; or, HontJr, Among the Cowboys Witb bie New Eleotrio O&rnt'&D. 69 Jhom Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful Trip of Frank Roade, Jr., With Hia Latest Air-Sbi,. 70 Ji'rank Reade, Jr. and Hie .l!.lectrio Prairie Schooner; 7t of the Lakes; or, A Journey Tbrou:fi! Africa br Water. 72 the 73 Six in tbe Clouds; or, Fr&.Dk Reade, Jr.'s Air74 or, Aroaad the Globe io 'fbirt.J Daye. 76 Frank Reade, Jr .. and Hie FIJillg Ice Ship; or, Driven 76 8Mi Electric Sea Engine; or, Huotioa for a Sunken DiaJnond Mine 77 Frank Reade, Jr. Submuaine Mountain; 78 or, 'l'brilling AdYeotorea in North Aaetralia. 79 Fr;!J!<.:.::."o'!Jii;'i;,': Serpent; or, l!ht 80 Frank Re&de, Jr.' Explorer; or, The Undergroand Oity of the Sabara. 81 Part I 82 Reade, Jr. New Electric Air-Ship, $be "ZoFrom NoriJl to South Around the Gl o be. 83 Aorosolhe Frozea Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'a Electric Snow Uutter. 84 Reade, Jr 85 86 81 Frank Re!lde, Jr.'s of the Prair ie; or, Figbtiog 88 Uot!:r to:' Milee; or, Frank 89 tbe Silver Whale; or, Under tbe Ocean in the Electric'' Dolpbia ." 90 and 91 Frank Reade, Jr.'a Searcb For & Lost lllaa in Hie Lat.eat Air Wonder. 12 Frank Reade, Jr., In Oeotr&l India; or, The Search For tbe Loot Sav&nta 93 Reade Jr.'a Wonderful 94 Over the Aodoo With Frank Reade, Jr., io Hio New or, Wild A 4lventures in Peru. 95 Frank Reade. Jr.'a Prairie Whirlwind; o r 'l,be M r ltttry of the lildden Oanyoo 96 Under tbe Yellow Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.r. for the Cave of Pearle Willi His New Oroiser. 9T Around the Hor i zon for l'en Thousand Milee; or, Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful 1 'rip With H11 AirShip. 98 Fraok lteade, Jr.s "'Sky Scrapet';" o r, North and Sooth Around the World 99 or, }"'raok 100 From Ooast to Uoaat; or, Frank Rea1e Jr. e T rip Acro88 A frica in Hia Electric u Boomerang. 101 Fnuk Reade, Jr. aod llia EleQtric Oar; or Outwit-ltn tbe Moon; or, Frank Reade. Jr. 'a Great Trip With Hia Now Air-Ship, IJle uscu.d.'. 103 100 Mil eo Below tbe Surface of the Sea: or, Tbe Jlfar velona 'frip or Frank Reade, Jr.'a Hardl::i.bell" Submarine Boat 104 New lOG 106 .Keade. Jr.'.Submar-l07 lUI .. Jrlaab 109 Lost in the Gr.at Undertow: or, Fnuk Reade, Jr.'s CroUe 1n tbe Gulf 110 .l'rqm 'fropio to Tropic: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Lateat lll ':!'J' an A lr-Sbip; or, Frank Roade, Jr.'a Great Mid-Air Flight. 112 The Undoarg rouo d Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Subterr&neao Cruise in His tiubmariae HoAt. J13 The MJSt.erioua Mirap; or, Frank: Rea.de, Jr.' DeM r t Searok for a Seore$ OitJ "ltb Ria New Overland Ohaise 114 .. the '' Flhclat." 115 or Six Weeta Huried in a Deep Sea Cave; o r, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Gr.at Searob. 116 'fhe Galleon' Gold; or, li'rank .Reade, Jr."a Deep Search. B y the autho r of Young Sleuth. Pric e 5 Cents. N o 68 YooRI( Sleuth's Long Trail: or, The Keea Detectin 69 Dilemma; or, One Obance io One Hundred. 00 n'::::: B&JI; 61 Young g)'eutih'a Big Oontract; or, Oat tbe TbUt>;B ot Baltimore 6'.1 Youne Sleutb BetrAred ; or, The Falae Detective' Vill ainy. 63 Terrible Teat; or, Woa at $he Rillt of = r, Greatest Ruse. f!8 Fem& e !smucgler; or, Working 69 Youae Sleuth' Lightning Obaogea: or, Tbe G o ld llrick Gana_'l"a.ken In. 70 Yoanl( Slooth and tbo Owla or Owl Mountain; or, The n The Keea Deteothe' Beat Knook Ou._ '12 tihai'J)a; or. Sharp Work A.mczag Sbarp 7S Youoa Sleuth's t:;eten Signa; or, Tbe Keeo Detectbe' a Marked I rail. 74 Yo1Jftfa. l!leuth on the Staao; or, Aa Ac' .Not on tb& 76 Youo Sleuth at Monte Oarlo ; or, The Crime of tbe Ouino. 78 Young and the Man witb the 1.'attooed .Arm; or, 'fracking !tli88ing Milliuns. 77 Youog Sleuth 10 Demiiobo Oit7; or, Waltzing Wil78 Or. Saving a YGuug American from tbe l rieoo Mines. '19 Y oung Sleuth Knocked 011t; or, Nell Bloodin'a D esper&te Game. SO Two; or, T b 81 You a a t;lauth'a Muter t:itroke ; or, Tbe Lady Deteo. tive'a Mny Mask&. 82 io a Mult; or, Young Slauth a$ tbo F reaob ID Y ouoa: SleuUl in Pa.ri1; or, Tbe Keen Detectie and tbe Bomb-'l'br o wera 84 Young Sleutb and tb& Italian Brigands: or, 'l'he Keen Detective' s Great-eat Rescue. 86 Sleuth and a Dead Atan s Secret; or. TheM-. aaore io Hoodlo of & Dagger. 88 Young Sleutb Decoyed: o r The Woman of Fire. 87 Younc SJeuLb and t.be Kuna"a7 hip o r lleat.ing Hold Orook1 on an Ooe&n ::iteamer. 110 Slea'h and !be Great Mine Myotery; or, Mur dered UDder Grooad 111 Young Sleuth and tbe Runaw&J Heireu: or, A Gid Worth MillioD8 Aong Deaverate Orooka 112 and tho Jbuoted Mill: or, The Phan tom Myoteey of D&rk Doll. 113 Yow o w :Sieutb and the Millionaire Tra.m.p ; or, Dia-114 !"o'f\be Maoked Bather of Oity; or, The Mystery of a Orime of the Surf. 115 Sleuth and the Mad A.niat; or The Orime o f the Studio. 116 Young 81oatb'alleot Find ; or, Tho Secret of tho Iron Obeot. liT Y oung Sleuth'a r,adJ Ferre'; o r Tbe Keen D otect118 Wolf iu Sbeep'a Clothing; o r UnnJukiDil the Prince of Jmpoeton. 119 Young Sleutll' Bo7 Pupil; or, The Keen D etoct1ve r Street Bo y Pard. 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