Along the Orinoco; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in Venezuela.

Along the Orinoco; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in Venezuela.

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Along the Orinoco; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in Venezuela.
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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Stories are Publish e d in No . l30. { COniPLI!:'l'E } FRANK TOUSEY. PPBLISrtER, 3! &. 36 NOR'l'H MOORE S'l'REE'l', NEW YORK. New York, April3, 18U6. ISSUED WEEKLY. { J J t i CI!: } 5 0 Vol. V Ente1ed accmdino to the Act of Oong1ess, in the yeu1 1896, by FRAN]( TOUSEY, in the o.Uice of the L-ib!mian of Congl'ess, at TVashinoton, V. C ALONG THE ORINOCO' ; or, WIT H B y "" NON. AME.'' JR., "Unless you deliver at once I shall order my men t o fire upon you!" said the bandit. "We shall not deliver," sai d Frank, r esol u tely. W e d o not fea r your bullets; they c annot hurt us!" 'l.'he chie f said a few hot words in Spanish to his men. Then bullets came rattling against the p1lot house. IN


) 2 ALONG THE ORINOOO.i The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBDISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. ALONG THE ORINOCO; OR, With Reade, Jr., in Venezuela. .-I A. STOBY OP THE ELECTRIC DEBFUL MOTO VAll' ABD ITS WOll TRIP. By ll NONAME," Author of "The Coral Labyrinth," "Over Two Continents," "Across the Desert of Fire," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE PROJECT FORMED. The professor continued to read of the wonderland Venezuela. or the mighty elevated plateaus with sides so precipitous that man could not scale them, "THE horseless age has come," said Prof, Peregrine emphatically, It was believed that upon these elevated plateaus, from which no as be brandished a newspaper In his hands. Poor Dobbin will now safe descent could be made, there might exist forms of animal lire bave to take a back seat or public 11entlment wlll have to be unaniwhich may have been extinct In other parts of the world. Trees and mons In suppressing the new in vention.'' vegetation unknown elst>where. Especially were naturalists and "I hardly credit thl\t," said Frank Reade, Jr., the famous young botanists eager to scale the great island in tht! air. inventor as be lit a cigar. "To be sure the horseless carriage will be But all attempts had failed. a handy innovation, bot rest assured the horse will still have his' Even though many nad braved the climate and the deadly perils of uses." the forests, they bad been brought to a t.alt by the insurmountable "Oh, by no means will I deny that," said the learned scientist; palisade& or walls of rock JD many places, fully two thousand feet "but largely, you know, especially in our large cities and on the high. There seemed but one way of reaching the island in the air, pavements transportation will be made with the new 1 and t.h11t was by means of a balloon. What proof have yon of that!" As the professor finished reading this narrative, Frank looked up Hlolre it is. Uncle Sam proposes to use the horseless carriar;e for and their eyes met. the carrying his mails across New York. A newspaper item-no Frank," saia the scientist with sudden inspiration, there 1 s a doubt a fact. . good field for exploration. You have been in doubt as to where to Frank Reade, Jr., puffed h1s c1gar for some moments thoughtfully. travel with your MotoVan why not ao to Raraima'" At the two men ')Vere in the private draugbting room Frank drew a deep breath. of the macbme worKs at Readestown. Would you like to go Raraima'" be asket\ with an odd light in Prof Peregrine beau Greek and his eyes. the two were the warmeet of friends. Cbancmg to VISit the neighbor The scientist gave a great start. hood or Readestown, the savant bad accepted an invitation to sojourn Are yon serion!l!" with Frank a few days. "Yest'' The professor had always liked Frank immensely, and was intensely . prond of the honor or having bad him for a pupil. PeregrmP dropped hts and the newspaper. Far one moRe bad inspected the works and Frank's inventions with the greatstared at Frank abd satd ,, est of be had been taken with the Iastest prod,. If II!e as a passenger. net of Franks gemus. .. D ,., This was the Electric Moto-Van. one. It was itself nothing more nor loss than a borsel .. ss vehicle, although They gripped bands and thus was the compact made. There was upon a large scale, The reader shall have a description of it later on. no more talk, no further arrangement just then. But both knew that Fmnk waq much impressed with the words of Professor Peragine. they were about ,to embark upon a perilous undertaking. He knew that the horseless carriage was by no means impracticable. The more Peregrine thought of the matter the more overjoyed be In fact he was the inventor of one him sPit, and be was able to make became. He arose and said: it travel at great speed by means of etectric motors. "Let us go and look the Moto-Van over. Reallv, Frank, 1 feel This storage system he believed was his own secret. He bad imquite glib over this new enterprise.'' parted it to no one. It was certainly an advantage over any other "I am glad of that," said Frank, heartily, and be toqched a bell. motive power. Instantly the door opened and a comical little negro appeared on He realized that this new system of locomotion was likely to revothe threshold. He bowed and showed hie teeth in a broad grin. lutionize the country, It causP.d him many curious reflections. Whn.' am it want, Marse Frank!" And he might have ruminated upon the subject for a good while, "Pomp," said the young inventor, "have you and Barney ordered had not Peregrine interrupted him by reading another paragraph. the stores for the lloto.Van yet as I told you?" "The natural wealth or Venezuela. Mighty treasures lie dormant in "Begorra, that we have, Mistber Frank," cried a voice in a rich the m">nntains of Raraima, the wonderland of South America. Also brogue, and over Pomp's aboulder there appeared a shock of red hair, Yaluable gold claims exist along the upper Orinoco, only awaiting a freckled face and comical mug of n genuine type of Irishman. the magic touch of civilization to spring into mighty being.'' Barney O'Shea, the Celt, and P.omp, tbe negro, were old and tried


< ( A.LONG THE ORINOCO. 3 St>rvante of the R e ade family, they having been in the employ of F rauk's father, an inventor before him. Wher e ver Frank travel e d Barn e y and Pomp w e re sure to be his c omp a nions. 'fhey had never f aile d him. ' 'fhat is good!" cried Frank, with much sat isf a ction Then it will not take us long to ge t r e ady for the start." "The start, sor!" cri e d-Barney. "Shure, are we goin on a thrip wid the new Moto Van, sor!" Yes,'' replied Frank, and it must be in readine s s for the start Vllry soon." Golly, l'se drefl'ul glad ob dat cried Pomp, cutting a shuffie. Jes' got tired ob s ta yin' r v un' home all de t i m e." Bejabers, an' wud it be impoodent to ax Yt!Z where we are afther goin', sor!" asked Barney. "To the wonderland of V e nezuela," s aid Frank. "That of course you know is in South Americ a." "Dat am berry fine," cried Pomp. "I allue bad a great d e siah fo' t o g o to Sour America." Begorra, that suits me!'' cried Barney. "Very w e ll," s a id Fmnk. "Now be oil', both or you, and have all i n readiness us quickly as possible." "A'right, sah!" We'll do that, sor!'' Barney m a de a dive through the door out mto the machine shop. Pomp was after him. Jolly fellows they were, and ns full of jokes as a nut is of meat. 'l'heir worst fault was a pench a nt for skylarking. So exuberant were they just now, that they could not let.the oppor t unity by. As Barney went to turn the corn e r or the building, Pomp pretended t o slip and thr e w olit Ius fool. It som eh.Jw got iu the way o! Barnet 's, and the Celt went down on his noddle. The worst of it was, a vat, in which the iron workers cooled their wns within reach, and before Barney could recover h ; mself, he went bead first into it. It was deep enough to immerse him entirely, and the water was re dolent with iron ru s t nod clay. The Irishman was a bight to behold when he crawled out o! the bath. His lace was plastered with iron rust, and his plentiful hair was matted with clay. As for the rest of his person, it bad nearly doubled in weight, so tenaciously did the Jilth stick to him. A madder Hibernian was perhaps never seen than Barney O'Shea at. that mome nt. He could only gasp and fume and try to get out of his of ruat and clay. As for Pomp, he lay groveling in the cinders which strewed the yard otable to rise with paroxisms or laughter. "Be-be-he! Hi-hi-hi! Ho-ho-ho! Haw-haw-whishisb-ow-nm-oh, dat am de berry funniest fing I eber seed!" And he went off into another fit. As for Barney, he was vainly endeavoring to speak. "Funny i3 It, y e z omadhoun!" he finally shrieked, as here gained his voice. "Mebbe yez think so, but I'll show yez somethin' funnier as soon as iver I get this dhirty sthufJ' atf me." / He off his jacket and this eo lightened him that he wa! able to act. He ma de a rush at the darky. Pomp saw him coming and started to beat a retreat. But be w a s just too late. The Celt was upon him like a fury. Then the tricky coon got partly a dose o! his own medicine. The two clutched and fell, rolling over and The struggle wbictJ followed was a long and s11nguinary one. But finallr Pomp apologizP.d for his trick and agreed to help the Celt re store his garments to their original color. This ended the scrape Both hurried away to clean up and then to exec.Ite Frank's orders. This took some time, but when awhile later Frank found them they were busilv engaged in Lt.e machine for the great trip. Barney a skilled electrician and m e chanic, and Pomp was the prince vi cooks. While the Irishman looked aft e r the machinery and the engines he attended to the g a lley. And leaving them thus occupied let os r e turn to Frank and the pro fessor who had set out to pny a visit to the Moto-Van. They l eft the ana crossed the yard to a building with a 111gb-trussed roof. CHAPT E R II. O N TH E ORI N O CO. OPENIN G the big door, Frank led the way int o this building. It was design e d for the stor a g e place of the V an. And immediatel y upon entering the new invention was in full view. For a mome'nt the Professor gaze

4 A LONG 11HE 8RINOCO. Preparations were quickly made for the start, and soon the four voyagt>rs were on boara t:Je Moto Van waving an aui e u to the crowd. Then the start was made. Tbe little streets of Angostura were quickly passed through, and then a southward course wad taken This was to avojd the gre'lt swamp which lor a great ways met the r i ver s eage, and which w e re impassable The voyagers knew w ell enough what was before them. Th e y hnd r e ad t:ncfugh about the region throu g h which the Orinoco ran to ize that it was but little inferior to thll Ama zon for wildn e ss and penl. They kuew that they were en taring upon a r eg i o n infested w ith wild beasts and r e ptiles and sav a ge men. They knew that the climate was fearfully torrid, and that fevers aboum i ed in all the lowla nds. But tl!e Van was so arr anged that at the s hutters could be clo s ed and the cl!e micalo of a disinf ecta nt or g erm d e stroying char a c ter wertJ placed the sleeping berths. In fact, every conting ency wae w ell provid e d for. As f a r a s Altagra c ia, the voyagers were told that they would en count e r no p e rils of a stJrio us nalure unless it mig ht be some lawle s s raving t.and of brigands or which there w e re man y Thid was a d istauce of about two hundred miles. M ost of the way would oe through extensive plantations But lle yond I bat point they might expect to enter up o n the wilde&t re g ions or the Orinoco. Rontls or varying were found and the machine pushed f o rward o ver thest> at a rapi d rate. Many o r the natives were me t S ome w erA on horseback or rode upon the stages whicb have lines in all parts of V e nezuela. But the most o f them w e re on foot. All the Gringos were amaz e d at the appearance of th e Van, nod were disposed to wonder much what sort of magic power imp elle d th e v e hicle. \ But in nearly all cases they were excee d ingly resp e ctful and polite hailing the travel e r s with: Bu e nos S e nor s!" The salntntion w a s always retuPned. In so m e of the little villag e s th e Alcaldll might attempt to show his authori t y by stopping the Van. But a glan c e a t th e passports, signed by the President himself, nl ways insur e d free passage 'l'hus the machine bowled merrily on, aod the voy a gers enj o yed the experience. They were never fred or studyin g the country about them, and fresh wonders wer e constantly app e aring LO view. 'l'here were m a ny m a gnificent plantations along the banks of the g reat nver. Many he a rty invitations w e r e ex t'lnded the trav e lers to sojourn by the way, but they always declined with thanks Mil e attAr mile sped by. at nigh t the Rearchli gbt was used and progress was slow. But the di s tance w a s rapidly covered. No incident of an exciting sort o ccurred until just befor e Altagrama was r e ached It was nea r the hour of midnight and Barney was in tbe pilot boose. His hand was on the steering wheel, and i n the glare o r the se a r ch light be conhl se e the road for perb a p s a hundr e d ya r d s ahead 'l he reat or c ontinuation of it was lost b e yon:l a bend in the wall of a deep deti l e. The Celt was entirely off his guard and not looking for any t r ouble, so he did cot scrntinize tbe r oad v e r y closely. What was bis amnzern.,nt therefore and that of all on board to s u d den l y re c eive a territic shoe!\, and the Van came to a s u dden de a d stop. The dynamos buzzed, the whe9ls flew around in the dirt, and fear ful of the tires Barney shut off the current Why, what ls the matter, Barney?" cried Frank ru s hing in t o the pilot bouse. CHAPTER III. THE VENEZUEL.&.N BANDITS. "SHURE, sor, I don't kn o w," stuttered the Celt. "The masheen won't go nt, all, sor." Tben bo\h gla n ced through the wind o w and saw the trouble at o nce. It gave them a thrill. Acros s the defile was stretc hed a powerful cable This bore against the prow of the Moto-Van and held it firm ly in c heck. The power o f the electric engine s was n o t s u fficient to break t!Je rope. "What the de u ce is all t h at!" exclaimed Fra nk i n as t o nish men t "Eh, wha t s t he matter, F r ank!'' cri e d Peregrin e a s h e a ppea r e d on t he scene at tins moment. L o o k for y onr sel!. sai d Fran k. "Do you s ee th a t b i g rope!" To be I do!" cried tq e a s tonished sc ie nt i s t. Wha t d oes it m e an T Is so mebody bound t o stop u s T In that instant F rank rem embe re d the repeat ed warn ings t hey had received regarding br i gands. Bnt just tbe n th e e x pla nation c a m e. Into the defile from nround the bend there suddenly appeared a score of masked horsemen. They were dressed in tlle usual Gringo garb and tbP. lender point i n g his carbine at the Vo.n shouted in S panish: "Deliver, senor s It is your money or your lif e!" Do you dare s top us?" Frank shouted in reply. We ha v e government pa ss ports." 'fhen you have g overnment money?'' r e plied the G r ingo chief with a jeuing laugh; be so kind as to h a nd the trea s u r e over and save your necks.'' We hav e no government treasure nor any other kmd," replied Frank. We a re American travtJlers and you stop us at you r p e ril!" The Gringo llri g and la;Jg hed 1 "Very good, S enor Americnnol'' he repli e d suavely; "the Ameri t can g o ld is better tban ours. Consider yonrselves fortunate to get otr with your lives Many a fooli s h fellow has lost hi s life on this very spot for less he s itation than this.'' Look her e Gringo replit!d Fra k, sharply. Let me tell you somet bing. You c a nnot do ua h a rm. Th1s vehicle is su pplied with weapons and men. I h a ve a dynamite gun whieh can b low you nil into p e rdition in less time than it takes t o t hink of it. I warn yon to let us pass.'' For a moment the Grmgo bandit seemed impres s ed by Frank' words. 'l'b e n he s aid harshly: Unless you deliver at once I shall order m y m en t o fir e upon you!" We sliall not deliver," said Frank, r e solutely. "We do not fear your bull ets; they hu r t us!" The brigand chief, sn1d a f ew hot word s m S pamsh to his men. Then carne rattling against the pil o t house. Of course the y did no harm. But it angered Frank. "Ge t your rill e s, Barney and Pomp," he said. "Answer them They'll soon g e t sick of that!" The Gringos w e r e full of plnck and of fight; but a few lively vol Jeys'from t he d e f e nders of the Van soon put a new race

1 ALONG 'l'HE ORINOCO. I! we shoot him it would !>e murder, if we set him free will be not return to his former liJe! Do you not think that he would treat a prisoner with the same cruelty that lle would be with by his foes!'' Peregrine was staggered. "Well," he spluttered finally. "What will you do with him, Frank!" Why not deliver him up to tbe officer8 of the law-with a fair chance that he will be justly tried in a court ol ju s tice?" "If you can be assured of that." "If I am not, I shall r:ot give him up.'' "Good for you, Frankl" cr1ed t.he heartily. "You are right after all. I know that you will bring matters out right." "I will try to,'' said Fr'ank resolutely. The machine bowled on down the dellle in the glare of the search l ight. Nothing more was seen of the outlaws. It was in the gray light of On every band. . It was pat ;ent that they were in the very heart of the trop1cs. In the swamps the dictaut bellow of tbe alligator could be heard, and the harsh cries of the herons. Huge boa-constrictore bong in wait from the branches or trees or glided away like an avalanchll through the undergrowth. None or these denizens of the forest, however, ventured to attack the vehicle until it bQ.d come to the very deepest and darkest part of the Orinoco forest. Then a sudden wild and hideous commotion was heard just ahead. A herd of woo;l d e er eame fleetly bounding IJy. Birds anll monkefB chattered and shrieked in the treetops. "What the deuce is to pay!" cried Peregrine. "Can you tell, Frank!'' Listen!" said the young inventor. A sound like the heavy pattering of rain was heard. Tben the ground trembled slightly. . Next into view there came a myr1aa of little brown forms, darting down among the tree trunks with fearful speed. A peculiar gruntin"' noise was beard. Peccaries," ejaculated Peregrine. "Just so," exclaimed Frank.


6 ALONG 'l'HE Both what a formidable foe the peccary or wild bog of South America is. Smail and insignificant singly, yet when met in droves of hun dreds, nnd even thousands, they were to be fearfully llreaded. No living creature could hope to stand in their path. They would sweep all before them. Descending through the forests, they would leave a path or de struction behind them for miles. Woe to the man or beast overtaken, With their sbarp tusks one keen blow was sufficient to fell the vic tim, whea he was instantly torn to pieces. The voyagers had good reason to con,vratulate themselves at tbe moment that they were safe aboard the MotoVan. Will they not do damage to the vehicle?" asked Peregrine. "I think we can avoid said Frank, as he halted the Van just behind a mighty mahogany trae; this will break the force of the at tack." Of course, the peccaries were obliged to divide at the tree, So fast were they going that they could not stop long enough to do the ma chine much damage. Frank only reared for the rubber tires on tbe wheels. These received a few gashes, but in a few moments the danger was over. "Thank goodness!'' cried Peregrine, "may we meet no more of those chaps." "Begorra, I'd loike to 'ave got wan av thim fer a r<>ast," cried Barney, "shore, they'd ought to make foine bacon!" "Well, their fiesh Is very good," said Frank, "but it is as much a!! your lire is worth to kill one of them." "Is that true!" Interrogated Peregrine. "They say that 1 he peccary always avenges the death of one of their number. They are a queer little animal." The Van went on once more, and every hour now took them deeper into the Orinoco forest. There was plenty on all sides to divert their attention and keep the voyagers constantly interested. At times they were obliged to ford little streams, but Frank had equipped the Van for just such a contingency. '.there were SQJall paddles which could be affixed to the wheels. The Van was positively water tight, and could lloat like a cork. It was easy for her to cross anywhere that the current was moder ate. Indeed, at times >it was necessary to continue the journey some distance by water. At night camp was always made, as it was not deemed feasible to travel then. The brilliant electric lights of the vehicle probably contributed to keep wild animals at arm's length, though they could at all times be seen hovering about in the shallows. One day the Van came out into an open and mounted a little plat eau. From this an extensive view of the great river which here fiowed northward could be had. It was a magnificent spectacle. Upon either side the monster selvas or forests, dense in their trop ical verdure extended as far as the eye could reach. It was one mighty ocean of green. Southward upon; the dim horizon mighty mountain peaks and ranges were seen. "That is in the Parima range," said Frank; "the Orinoco finds Its source there. Eventually we shall reacb the base of those mount ains.'' And then--'' interrogated Peregrine. Then we will leave the Or i noco and skirt those mountains across the great table-lands t:> Raraima." Wbat a mighty project!" "Yes, and I doubt ir few white explorers have ever compassed It." I agree with you. We could hardly hope to do it without the Van." That is true." At this moment Barney, who bad been looking back to the verge of the foreat below from whence they bad just come, gave a great cry. "Begorra, Mistber Frank," be shouted, wud yez come here quick! Shore, it's followln' us they are!" "Eh1" exclaimed the young inventor, in surprise. What do you mean by that, Barney?'' "Wad yez be aft her lookin' down there, sor!" Barney pointed down to the edge of the forest. It was full half a mile distant. But, there, plainly visible and just emerged from the dark depths were a full half hundred human forms. Even at that distance it could he seen that they were natives of the wilds, and armed with javelins and shields. That they were really in of the MotoVan was beyond dispute. CHAPTER V. THE ELEQTRIC WIRE, FoR a moment all the voyagers gazed upon the scene in surprise. How long the natives had followed them it was not easy to guess. It might hav .. been for many miles. As the progress of the machine through the forest had been neces sarily slow, it could not have bothered them at all to keep up. I ORINOCO. Frank realized this. ...... ) ( Golly,'' said Pomp, cutting a shutHe, "does yo' 'spec dey mean to gib us a fight?" Frank shook his head. "I can hardly believe that," be said; "it is probably curiosity which bas led tbem on." Yet," Per e grine, "I have beard ugly reports of the na tives of the Ormoco selvas." "Allow that they are hostile,'' said Frank, "I hardly think we need fear them greatly. One shell from the dynamite gun would blow them off the earth." However, the voyagers watched the pursuing blacks With interest The.y did not remain exposed,for long, however, but slunk out of sight bebmd clumps or bushes. Frank remained on the plateau a short while longer. Then once more the course was laid for the Moto-Van. Frank pointed to a distant bend of the mighty river and said: We will set a course by compass directly for that bend. There we will rest for a day or two and devot.> some time to sport, such as hunt Ang and fishing. 1 think we will llnd a clearing there by the river bank" Pe;egrine bad been studying the distant point with a glass, and now said: 1 agree with you, Frank. It looks as if there was a high bluff there clear of the trees." J ost the spot," cried Frank. Begorra, it's itching I am to have a thry at some of tbim ducks," cried Barney. "Yo' jes' see de fish dis chile will catch," declared Pomp. Frank set the course accurately with the compass. 'l'hen, with all in high the start was made. Down from the plateau and into tbe forest again the Van ran. But progress was found to be not quite so easy as in the past. The underbrush and fern growtu became quite thick. But Frank bad even provided for this. He bad provided steel knives which were fitted to the axles of the vehicle, and wllich could mow down even a small sapling. Progress WhS necessarily slow, but it was nevertheless steady. Darkness found them full thirty miles rrom the plateau they had lert that morning. It was not until then that any remembered their pursuers. "By Plato!" exclaimed Peregrine. "I forgot all about the Indians. Do you think they have followed us!" There is no doubt of it," said Frank confidently. They could not lose our trail." "No, it is broad aod plain." ".But thirty miles in one day in this hot climate--" "Pshaw! It is nothing for these Orinoco Indians. They are tireless and inured to the heat." "Well," said Peregrine, so:oewhat anxiously, "had we not bet ter keep double guard to-night! I am willing to serve." "One guard will he enough," said Frank. "Leave it to me.'' The place selected for the Cll!JIP was right under a heavy mahog any, and In the thickeet part of the selvas. Overhead there were matted vines and parasitic air plants of all kiruls, even to the almost utter exclusion or a view of the sky. Chattering troope of monkeys hovered in the branches near; but Barney singed the paws or a few of them with an wire, and thereafter they did not venture too near the Van. As soon as the machine had made a clearing by making several circuits with the axle-knives Frank went into the engine room an

' AJLONG 'l'HE ORINOCO. 7 .Into the air, full ten feet, went the body of the animal. A fearful agonized yelp and then all was still. Barney s aw the jaguar'S form lying quivering in the grass, and was tempted to fire a shot into it b e fore it could recover and mak e away. he did not, for he knew that it would arouse his companions and create ne edless alarm. He resumed his pace fror:1 one end of the vehicle the other. Not much time elapsed, how e ver, oefore the Celt rec e ived a thrilling shock. Suddenly, from the dark depths o f the fores,, he saw a dark shadow glide. Another followed, and s till another. In a very few moments full a dozen of these intangible forms were grouped there. Barney drew back tbe hamm e r of his rifle. "Bejabers, it's thim black injuos," he mutter e d. I'v e a moiod to risk a shot at thim !'' But this wns proven needless. The dark forms glided forward. It was evident that they meant to board the JlotoVan. But theJ never did. J uRt at that moment there arose a !!bower of sparks from the grass. A fearful yell went up, then anotller and anot!Jer. The dark forms went tumbling about like tenpins. In biB excite ment Barney fired into the throng, and then pressed the alarm goug. But there was lit tle need of this. Everybody on board was now thoroughly aroused aud came tumbling oqt on deck. Tile scene was taken in at a glance; Frank turned the search-light upon the spot. But the savages fled into the depths of the forest taking the unc : m scious ones with them. Frank laughed uproariously; it was to him a funny denouement. "Well, now, I'd like to know what the t hougllt.s of those savages are just now!'' be cried. "I'll wager they a re a n a s tonislled lot." "I believe you!" cr1ed Peregrine; won't venture to follow us any further, I reckon." That is where you are wrong sai t l F rank. The curiosi t y of these natives is re a lly wonderful. I wouldn't be surpri sed i! they dog ged us for hundrllds of miles." "Will they venture to attack us again, do you think?" P e rhaps not!'' But their near presence is a constant menace!" "Just so!" Can we not shake them off In any way? Break the trail!" "I know of no possible way," said Frank, unless we could take a water course for some mites. Even then I believe they would keep us in sight." Tiley are a shrewd lot!" Inde e d they are, else they could not hope to exist in this part o f the world The r e was no sleep for the party nig h t. Nobody thought of going llaek to bed, and all sat up until daylight came d1scussin g t h e afl'air. Then Frank took iu the wire and camp wns broken up. The Van was soon on its way a g am. For two da y s longer the dense forest was traversed. Then on the morning of the third the objective point as seen from the plateau was' reach ed. The voyagers came out :1pon a sort of bluff which overlooked the stagnant surface of the mighty river. There it lay before them in all its mighty volume. In the lagoco just b e low scores of allig a tors were baskin g Hooray!" shouted Pomp. "We's e done got here at last, Marse Fra nkl Git yo' gun, l'isb, we'se gwine tu bah lily bit ob a hunt now." "Aisy, naygu r," said Barne y "Shure i t's somethin' ftlr the inner man we must be a fther havin' first." Pornp took the hint and proceeded to serve up a smoking hot meal. After tbis was disposed of the bunting party was organized. As there was no sign of a foe in the vicinity, it was deemed safe to leave the Moto-Van alone for a short while. Frank and Peregrine were anxious t.o explore the river bank for a ways, while Barney and Pomp had the hunting and fishing fever. The whe els of the Van wert> set, the rail was charged with the electric current, and it would be a hardy savage who would essay more than one trial at getting on board. CHAPTER VI. A DEAD L Y S TRUG GLE. ON the whole it was against Frank's bett e r sense to go off and leave the machine unguarded. But as nothing bad been seen of the natives for a good while back, be was constrnined to believe that they bad given over the chaile. He hud no f e ar of any wild beasts or aught else doing the vehicle any harm. So he banished all scruples. With tba professor close at his heels be soon reached the river bank. It was easy to lind their way along the water's edge. The professor j was an ardent botanist and Frank was a naturalist .. So while Peregrine was collecting orchids from the tree branches, Frank employed himself in netting rare butterl:!ies. And thus engaged, they wandered on for some miles, Indeed, they hardly realized bow far they bad gone until suddenly Frank noted that the sun was low in the western sky. Then right in a huge growth of rushes be came upon a somewhat startling discovery. There was a small but made of r e eds and the bark of trees. It was skillfully constructed and c e rtainly the abode of human beings But It was now empty aud bad no appearance of having been oc cupied for a long while. "By JJVel" exclaimed the young inventor. "What do you think of it, Peregrine! Are we n6ar a native settlement?" "I hardly know what.,to think," sa1d the surprised scientist. "We might continue our explorations further "No.'' said Frank sinking wearily down upon a rude bench in the hut; "let us stay here a few moments to rest. It is nice and cool!" We have not any too much time left in which to get hack to the Moto-Van!" "That is true, but I am much fatigued. We will start very soon.' All rigbl, I am agreeable!'' They chatted for some moments, when suddenly Peregrine caugllt sight of an object in a dark corner of the but. "Great Pluto!" he 11:asped, "what does that mean!" He wt>nt over and picked it up. It was a bleached human sKUll. The two explorers exchanged glances. That means," aa1d Frank, confidently, that the former o.:cupant or this hut died here." "And wild beasts came in and sca\tered the remains!" It Is possible." Further search resulted in the finding or other bones, in fact nearly enough to make up the skeleton. They were placed together, and the two explorers were commenting upon their peculiarities when a strange noise caused both to turn. An astounding sight met their petrified gaze. "Mercy!" uttered Frank. Great Cresar!'' ejacu\atP.d Peregrine. There was au excellent reason for these e xclamations. The sigh t which they beheld was a terrifying one. For there in the doorway of the but was a huge head with gleaming jaws and fierce eyes. A long, massive brown body extended back or it for fully a length of fifty feet. It was a specimen of the horrible water python peculiar to the Ori noco and the Amazon, and larger than any other species in the world. It was a savage creature, not hesitating to attack a man and with awful jaws and powerful body, was a dreadful foe to face. The reader can imagine the sensations of our adventurers. For a moment they were enchained. There was no way of retreat. Tbe snake b&ld the door, and the only course left the explorers wa& to fight or succumb. The reptile itself bad 110 idea of abandoning the field. It evidently was delighted with the prospective meal before it. it was responsiule for the fate of the original occupant o f the but. It began to glide forward, Its pond e rous body making the hut shak e Then Frank recov e red. I "Look out, Peregrine," he excla'im ed. "Give him a shot. Take the right eye." Tile professor with a spasmodic eflort recovered. All right, Frank," be said hoarsely, "here goes!" He drew a bur.ried aim an

r r 8 ALO:\G THE "Whew," crted the professor, tbey do go in pairs. Let us get out here as quickly as possible." They went down to tile water's edge, and washed some of the blood from their persons. Tllen they started for the Van. But darkness bad come on with lJOrrible swiftness, and almost in a t winkling, as it seemed, shut d own about them. Their plsition was one beyond rlescription. It was utterly impos aible to go ahead. To be sure the river was there to guide them, but the hanks wPre now lined with crocodiles and otller reptiles The great forest was a Bedl&m of savage cries, Wild beasts were r oaming everywhere. A thousand pe r ils were upon every band. At any moment they migllt be I.Jes et. Bor. h were brave men, but it was a position to make the stoutest heart tremble, I.Jut Fra nk Reade, Jr., was never without expedient. What on earth are we going to do?'' askecl Peregrine, "we sure J y can't stay beret" "Nor ca,n we go ahead." "Certa;nly not thr o ugb the forest. We would be sure to Jose our way; but if we bad a boat--" We have not. Were it not for the alligators we might try making a raft." Frank finally decided upon whnt he considered his best move. He collected a quantity of and started a fire. Lik6 teavers t he two men wor Celt actually m n de the distance out to the ducks and back in s afety. Throwing t he birds down on the sand, be tlew the water out of his mouth and cried: "Shure if I had no more sand than yez hav11, naygur, I'd niver thravel in this part av the worruld.'' Pomp could say nothing. He was stupefied. Barn e y dres s ed llimself leisurely and nonchalantly placed the ducks in his game bag. "I hope y e z will have luck, naygur," he said, coolly. "It's a good hag I have alr e ady." "Huh! paht ob dem duel's b'long to me, chile!" "Do the y?" "Did'n' I shoot dem?" "1 r e ckon yez mougbt. But I'm the man thet got thlm, an' poss es s ion's nine p o ints av tile l a w." Pomp was completely outdone. He relapsed into moody silence. But pr e tty soon tl:ey came to anotter cover. This time they shot six or ducks. But Barney did not venture to swim for these. A raft was rigged with some stripe from a cork tree, and on this Pomp floated out and recovered the birds. Thus the two hunters went on down tile lagoon for miles. They gave little heed to tirne, so interested were they in their t:ursuit. ...


-ALpNG THE ORINOCO. So that it was late in the afternoon when began to think of a I They wanted to do to save the Van. But there seemed return. nothing they could do. "Begorra, naygur," cried Barney, "I'm aft.her think in' it'll he dark Begorra!" gasped Barney, "phwativer will Misther Frank say!' afore we git back." He'll call us a lot av blockheads-no good!" "I fink we hettah start rigllt now," said Pomp. j Bnt the darkness became so intense that the two jokers were "I'm wid yezl'' j forced to abandon all plans for the time, They could only wait for They were loaded down with birds. The expedition had been a daylight. great success. They started back at once. 1'he savages held n. jubilee dance on the mound or blutr and then For 'an hour they tramped on rapidly. then a startling thing hapcontinued on up the river in their canoe. pened. As soon as they had gone tbe two frighteneti hunters crept down Just nt a bend in the lagoon shore Pomp shrank back, clutching near the water and proceeded to bold a COllncil. Barney's arm. He trembled like an aspen. "Pbwativer has come to Misther Frank an' ther purfessor!" asked Pllwat's the matther wid yez?" be asked. Barney. Golly, look out yenderl" Pomp said quickly: A small section of t.he river's surface was visible here. Barney I reckon J kin tell." looked and his face paled. "Eh?" exclaimed the Celt. On the river's surface was what looked like a huge war canoe of the Dey jes' get belated in de woods same as we bah, an' dey got to Orinoco lndi11nS. stay away all night." It held nearly a score of armed natives. They were paddling up tbe This was the logical conclusion arrived at, Then they began to current. consider seriously their position. Barney and Pomp recognized a great danger at that moment. It was certainly a serions one. Should these savages l'eep on as far as the bluff, they could not help Tile cries or wild animals and the bellowing or the alligators fright-but catcu sight of tbe Moto-Van. That they would attacK it there ened both nearly out of their wits. was no doubt. It was a happy t!Jougbt wbicll led Barney to make a fire, and thus For a moment neither could act. They were at a loss what they camped down for the night, just as Frank and the professor to do. h!ltl. 1 To continue along the shore would be to e xpose themselves to the It seemed an age before morning came. Then the two tired view or the natives. ht:nters began to consider what it best to do. "Golly!" exclaime:l Pomp, "I jes' hopes .Marse Frank hnb got Pomp in favor of building a raft and going down stream in back!" quest of the Moto-Van. "Oh, yez kin be shore av that," declared Barney, confidently. lt kain't drift berry fast,'' be said, "an' dere ain' much cor" Misther Frank is niver wan tin'." rent fo' to carry it along. I jes' link we could cotch it," "Then I ain' gwine to be so '!raid," said Pomp, "but I done fink "Begorra, It wouldn't be roigut to go away until Misther Frank de bee' ling we kin do is to git bacK dar jes' as quick as we eber returns," said Barnev. kin!'' So it was decided to wait for the others. They had oot long to I "Yez are naygur. Jest yez folly me fer awhile." wait. Barney clambered up tbe bank and rushed on through the fringe of Pomp ('hanced to glance up and saw two men on the bluff. He trees. In this way they wer!l ahle to proceed unseen. sprang up with a loud shout. But the canoe got fur ahead of them aud was soon out of sight. It Hi-Ui! dere am Marse Frank now! Bress de Lor' I" must reacb the bluff before them. The astonishment or Frank and the professor at sight of Barney and Baruey ami Pomp bad b:Jt one hope. This was that Frank and tbe Pomp could hardly be described. professor had returned. They bad guessPd quite well how the Moto-Van had heen precipi If they had not then they would feel disposed to give up hope. tated into the river aud by whom. But they had given Barney and On they ruslled at full speed. It seemed an age ere they came to Pomp for lost. the bluff. Quick explanat.ions followed. lt was nearly dark but t.hey saw the Moto-Van yet standing on the "You are right, Pomp," declared Frank, "there is no reason wby bluff. we should not recover the Van, I see bow harm can come to Tnere was a throng of natives about it, and some of them seemed to her, lor there are no rapids between here and the sea." be engaged in digging away the face of the bluff. But the natives," said Peregrine. "Tare an' 'ounds!" cried Barney. "Shure they're tbrying to tum"You forget. Tbe rail of the Van is heavily charged by the dynable it dowc into the river!" mos. They could never board her!" -"Wha' am Marse Frank!'' "Go9d! let us go after it at once then!" ,..,------" Divil a 'Jit do I know. But shore he's not there at all at all.'' There was b etter material for a raft on the shore of the lagoon. So Yo' am right, But Lor' byess yo', honey, we ain' gwine to stan' all started thither. y ere an' see dem topple dat ar masheen into dat ribt>er, is we!" And this led to a welcome discovery. Just as they came in dight ol "Divil a bit," nied Barney. the lagoon, Frank cried: But before eit.her could take act.ion or say more, a loud fiendish yell "On my word, there is the Van now!'' went np from tbe natives. This was seen to be the truth. The face of the bluff had yielded. Undermined the Moto-Vnn pit<:hed The e(\dying sluggish current had carried the MotoVan into the forward, and the next moment as if out or a catapult, shot down into mouth of the lagoon. There it rested, ut.terly becalmed in those the river. siuggish waters. Down it went with a tremendous smash. But it struck right side up Some herons bad taken possession or the pilot house deck. :andlloated intact. But how waa tl!e Van to be brought hack to the shore! How were None of tbe Indians, however, ventured near it, but allowed it to the voyagers to get out to her? float away, There were two ways. To swim or build a raft. Experience had taught them that to Jay hands upon the qneer vehi Barney volunteered to swim, hut Frank would not let him. So all 4lle was to pay for it dearly. A few had rece!ved LtJe bhock from the fell to work building a raft. dynamos. It did not take very long. Many hands made light work, and 'l'he others, fearing to touch the mysterious vehicle, had devised the within an hour the raft was launched. plan or sinldng the Van in the rier. It was puddled safel.v to the side or the Van. CHAPTER VIII. THE GOLDEN SPRIN G Taking care not to come in contact with the heavily charged rail, Frank clambered aboarJ. His first move was to discharge the cur rent from the rail. Then tbe others came aboard. Tbe paddleR were run out and the Van was turned about. Up the stream sl.ta paddled valiantly to a good landing place. Once more ashore, our voyagers were again in high feather. BuT the Moto-Van did not sink or even caosize. righted it.self and went on down the big river. They had come out or their thrilling experiences qaite intact. After all. it was that sort of thing which gave zest to the undertaking. It struck fairly, Once more the MotoVau plunged into the great forest. For days But though it bad escaped destruction Barney and Pomp were dis tracted to see the Van tloatmg away beyond their reach. They seemed powerless to check its course or to recover it. It would be folly to attempt to swim out to it. The chances against reaching it were enormons. It looked dubious indeed. What was to be done! There was no sense in picking up 'l conflict with the natives. Barney wisely coucluded that It was better for them not to betray themselves. So they hovered in the verge of the sel vas keeping dark, and this proved an easy thing to do. For surlden darkness down over everything. It brought despair to thA two jokers, for it was easy enough to see that the Moto-Van might drift an irreclaimable distance in that brief night. this was threaded, always following the conrse of the Orinoco. Many incidents of a light character befell the party. But a week passed before any s e rious mishap occurred. They were now working well down toward the high cataract of the Orinoco. A mountainous region woald then be encountered, and the scenery would undergo a great cbauge. Already Mount Dinda or the Parima Range, could be dimly 1le scried far to the south. The Orinoco ran around the very base or this mountain, which was eighty-five hundred feet high. Here the river turned, and to !ollow its course one would have to go to the eastward, for the river ran due west. An(lt.her week or hard traveling brought the voyagers to tbe base of this mountain.


.. l 10 ALONG THE ORINOCO. They now left the dark selvas eternally behind them, and it might I It was evident that these Venzuelans bad mistaken them for En be truly said that they were not wholly s orry. The country !fow pre glishmen. S(!nted an open and more encouraging aspect. Now the state of feeling in regard to the bouoilary line between There were fertile plains and rich uplands. Babbling brooks and British Guiana and Venezuela was well known. 'l'he Gringos and the cooling springs. British settlers were in a constant state of warfare. Here is tlle reg1on for golcl!" cried Frank, enthusiastically. "I Frank saw at once that it was easy to appease the Gringos by the will wager my life on it. The soil is very auriferous : ... ";,,_,.. announcement tiJat they were Americans. "That is true!" agreed the professor. "1 have almost got the S o he cried: fever!" "You don't like your English neighbors!" One day they camped in a little pass at the bead of which, full Why should we?" retorted the leader of the band, they have sixty miles away, they saw the summit of Mount Maravoca. usurped our most valuable rights, have laid claim to our best gold It was a deligiJtful green spot on the mountain side. A cooling mines and are trying to f orce us beyond the Orinoco." spring gushed from beneath a rock near by. "Well," said Frank, quietly, "that bas notiJing to do with us." "Tha.t water looks too tempting," said the professor; "I am going "It bas everything to do with you, for you are digging gold on our to try a drink of it." land, whJcb you have no rigiJt to do." "Good!" cried Frank, "bring men cup of it." "You are mistaken,'' said Frank in the some quiet manner; "I will do so." we are not the cbnracters you take us for. Venezuela bas no The professor reached the spring and dipped up some of the water. warmer friends than the Americans.'' As he did so be saw something glittering in the tmbhling sands. The Gringo's manner changed. Be stopped in the act ol drinking and forgot hie thirst. Be reached "Live the Americans!" shouted the troop. Live Washington! down and took up a bandfal of the sand. Live Bolivar!'' / It was but a moment's work to turn it over in his band. You are not Americans!" asked the leader in surprise. Tllen he cried excitedly: "We are,'' replied Frank, "and warm friends of your people." "Gold! oceans of it!" The Gringo leader doffed his sombrero and bowed low. For a moment the scientist was very mach excited. Then be turned "If that is true," be cried, "you shall keep the gold! America and beckoned to Frank. and Venezuela are one. We are brothers. Venezuela owes a great The discovery of gold always creates a fever in the breast of man, debt to Uncle Sam.'' cYen though be be blessed with a superabundance of this world's Then with a tinge of distrust in his voice: goods. You have passports!" In a moment Frank was by the side of tile scientist, and the two Here tlley are!'' men were actively engaged in digging out the spring. Frank produced the passports and showed them to the Gringo. All along the rivulet which led from It signs of gold were found. His manner instantly changed. In fact the soil all about the place held the precious ore. I am glad to meet you and your friends, Senor Reade," be deFrank bad heard much of the gold fields of Venezuela and Guiana. clared. "I am Lieutenant Gabriel San Bonita of the government But he bad never believed that it Jay !IO openly on the surface as tllis. service. We are mounted guards lor tile boundary, and it is our "Why," be declared, "there must be millions of dollars in this duty to prevent British pilrerers from commg over here to dig our hill9lde. We might stake out a claim here and start a city if it was gold." only in the United States.'' "I am glad to meet you,'' declared Frank. "You are right, ' agreed the professor. "And it would not be so Then he tte.ailed the story of their great trip along the Orinoco very dltncnlt to wash out quite a little fortune !Jere lor ourselves.'' San bonita was delighted. "Have you the fever!'' laughed Frank. In a very short while all were upon the best of terms. The mounted "I own that I have!" guard came down from tl!eir horses, and Frank treated them to wine "Well, we will stay here a few days if you desire. I believe I have and fold. some chemicals and a racker on board the Van. We will become From San Bonita, Frank learned that they were not far from the miners for a time.'' Brazilian boundary, as well as that or British Guiana. "Good!" cried Peregrine "it will also enable me to add to my "But our coumry hopes to get their rights some time declared geological collection!" S an Bonita, "through the good otnces of tile United States.'' The professor entered into the project witiJ vim. Even Barney and "If your claims are jast Uncle Sam will stand by yon, be sore!" Pomp did a little placer mining on their own account. said Frank. It w a s fascinating diversion as the reader may well imagine, and A map was produced, and San Bonita gave Frank mach valuable made occupation for the travelers for a number of days information about the course which be intended to take. In that space or time they bad succeeded in extracting a number of "But Raraima, the w<>nderland," he said, "is only partly in Venetbonsacd dollars wortiJ of the precious metal from the soil. zuela, S enor Reade. A large portion of it lies In British Guiana. But This was stowed away in bags aboard the Moto-Van. Four days for that matter there wiii b e no molestation, for I doubt if you will had thus ueen spent when an exciting Incident occurred. lind a single white man in that whole region at tbie moment.'' Frank was i ndulging in a siesta on the pilot-house deck under an "Indeed!" said Frank, in surprise, "it must be inaccessible.'' awning. Barney was polishing brass and Pomp was in the cooking "It is quite so unless one bas a base of supplies. Without galley. doubt upon those mighty plateaus one might the means of The professor was washing gold. sustenance, but to get up there is a fo;,at never yet accomplished.' Suddenly tbe thud of horses' hoof9 was beard. Frank started up "Then the region about is rather barren and desolate?" and gave a little cry of astonishm e :;t. "Extremely so. Even wild animals seem to have forsaken it A srore of mounted men were about the vehicle. They had just There are wbicl! it would be ditncnlt for man or beast to ridden out of tbe mountain pass. traverse Without starvatiOn.'' They rode the tough wiry littl e horses peculiar to Venezuela. They tll" Indeed!" wer!' swarthy, r?ugb looking m e n and genuine types of the Gringo. '.'But in l 'Our case it is very different. You probably have proTheir manner did not appear altogether friendly. VISIOns In plenty aboard your wagon.'' Yes/, CHAPTER IX. THE BOU NDAR Y POLICE. 'lK-" professor dropped his mining tools and came toward the Moto Van. To his amazement and that or Frank as well, the leader or the hcnsemeo reined his horse in front of him. Io a surly tone he cried m tbe Spanish ton g ue: "Dog of an Englishman! what do you here?" "Eh!" exclaimed somewhat tartly. Who are you?" A. Spanish oath was the reply. We are loyal citizens or Bolivar," returned the horseman. "We demand the gold you have taken from our soil." Perel!:rine'e temper arose at once. .. Well, you won't get it!" he replied defiantly. "I can tell you that, sir! Gold, when found in such a wilderness as this, is the law ful property of the finder." "That may be English lnw," replied the Gringo, but it won't work in Venezuela. We know you Johnny Bolls right well. You'll steal anything top of the earth. Everybody knows that our boundary line should be the Essequinbo River, wbile you claim the Th.en you will no trontJle. I wish you a pleasan t trip, senors. Adios.'' The !Jeutenant mounted as did the rest of his company. They rode away slowly under the; boiling sun. Well," said the professor, after they had gone What d o yon think of visiting Raraima, Frank!'' We will go there!" said the young inventor "but whether we can succeed In reaching the tops of the plateaus or not, I cannot. say.'' "Perhaps we can devise a plan!" "We will try!" Shall we start to-day?" If yon are done washing gold." I am quite done!" "Very well. We will start this hour." All effects were packed aboard the Moto-Van, and the spring of gold and its no limited treasures were left be bind. They were now journeying along the northern base or the Parima Mountains. t These formed the bonn

\ .ALONG 'l'HE ORINOCO. 11 "Yon are right," agreed Frank; but the great wars of the future will be conducted on the seas." Do you believe that!' "I dol" The professor was not in a mood to dispute Frank. He reflected llpoo the mighty navies or tbe world and realized the logic of this statement. Burney and Pomp had amassed quite a fortune from the gollt diggings. They were enth11slastic over Venezuela. It's a nugbty hot plac11,'' said Baruey; but barrio the beat it's a8 foiue a place as I iver visited!" "Golly I I don' aeer bow bot it am," cried Pomp; it kain't beat old Kyarline in de hot season, I jes' reckon. I likes it, I does." Tbe Van now rolled on through a picturesque region. The Parima range upon the south presented a tremendously grand aspect. Upon the other band extended a plain, green, fertile, and ad level as a lloor. Over this the Van bowled merrily; !t waB a delightful experience. Thus far the weather had been of a torrid description, fully charac teristic of the troptcs But now tbe sky began to assume a. brassy appearance, and the sun looked like a misty circle of smoked glass. It needed no other phen omena to assure Frank and Peregrine tllat a storm was i n near pros pect. And 11 storm in the tropics is generally a ma.tter of some concern. It very often asijumes the form of a destructive llurricane. "Looks a little like trouble overhead," remarl>ed Peregrine. "Yes," agreed Frank, I think we are likely to have a storm." "H11d we not better seek cover somewhere?" "I have had au eye out for a place," said Frank. "Perhaps we cal! find a bole in some of these cliffs." Tllere," cried Peregrine; "ti.Jero is a likely place yonder. It is a cleft in the mountain wall. Will we not be secluded there!" "It looks 11ke just tho place for us," replied Frank; "let us go thither." And the Van wae turnerl in that direction. In a few moments it>.. was upon the point or entering tbe cleft. It was a sheltered spot and the voyagers could certainly have avoid ed the force of tlle gale here. But at tbat moment a t h ought came to Frllnk. He saw that a little stream trickled down through the place. The wails looked worn and Hmuoth as if from the actwn of water. He stopped the machine. What i tl!e matter, Frank!'' asked Peregrine in surprise. I don't behave we bad better risk staying here," said Frank. "Why not!" "It looks to me as if the storm was in the habit of making a water ccurBe of this defile. Very likely a raging torrent will fill it." By Plato, you are ril(ht, Frank!" exclaimed the "I never of ti.Jat at all. It won't do to stay here a moment '' Back down the green slope the machine ran. And at that moment a :distant aull a n booming was beard. "The storm is cried "We must mak<' baste.'' Hastily the adventurers now looked for a place of refuge. But none seemed to offer. Frank drew back the lever and let the machine run at full speed along the base of the mountain. To the north was the mighty : eve! plain. It would never do to go there. The place to seek refuge was in the bills. On ran the Van at a terrific rate of speed. Down the valle y swifter yet rolled a wall of mist. H wns hot nod suffocating like steam. In a mom ent it spread down around the Van in a mighty imp e netrable veil of gloom. It was to attempt to run ahead at such speed now for not an object could be s een on either eide Frailk was compelled to come to a dead stop. CHAPTER X. THE BRITISH FLAG, IT would have been madness to attempt to go ahea.d in such a dense fog. 1 d 11 b b d t Obstncles were egwn, an a co lSlon m1g t mean t e es rilctwu f the Moto-Van. So Frank brought it tor. complete stop. Then the voyagers all looketl blankly at each other. What was to be done! Begorra, I niver eee sich a fog, even in ould Oireland!" declared &rnev. "Golly! I dono link it am laike a reg'lllr Georgy swamp suid Pomp. "It carne down so sudden," commented Frank. "Bot it will go more sudden," declared the professor. The mo ment the storm strikes us it will vanisll in a wllitf. Then-we shall be in a hnd straight in this open plnce.'' Frank knew this was so. The powerful hurricane would lilt the Van like a feather and per haps 11ttterly destroy it. But what could be done to avoid this! I I To attempt to anchor it would be apparent folly. To seek a place of shelter now i n the fog seemed impossible. Truly the situation was a desperate one, and every moment was valuable. the hot mist was beg, inning to surge. A distant awful boommg was beard. "The storm is coming," cried Peregrine. Frank was in one frenzied moment the victim of despair. Then he acted upon a sodden and daring move. He knew that to climb up the mountain-side in the mist would be madness. He bad seen a ship at sea run before a gale until the gale bad outstripped it. It seemed to him that this was now tke only course left to !Jim. So, with sodden impulse, be beaded the machine out across the plain, and polled the lever wide open. Tlle electric engines responded nobly, the machine leaped forward. In the whirling wall of mist he could not see where be was going. But he knew that the plain was level and smooth. There were few obstacles upon it. Peregrine, pallid as death, clutched his arm. My soul! Where are you going, Frank?" be whispered. To outrun the gale, if I can,'' replied the young inventor. "Across the plain!" "Yes!'' But-if we strike anything--'' "We must chance it!" Not another word was spoken. It seemed to the voyagers as if they were !lying on the wings of the wind. Peregrine saw a minute tick around on the chronometer. It seemed to him an age. Then the furies of a literal hades raved about the machine. The storm bad burst. The bot mist Vllnisbed as if by magic, and the air instantly became chill. Rain and wind bowled about the machine like a mighty whir l wind. It seemed at times as if it must be overturned. But Frank's iron hand at the wheel steadied it. On and on with maddening speed the machine ran. Still the hurri cane pursued. One-two-four-eigbt-lifteen were recorded by the chronometer. It could not last much longer. Twenty minutes was the average life of these storms. The professor clung to Frank' s arm. Soddenly there came a lull. The mist was swept up & little ahead and a thrilling sight was reveal ed. There dead ahead was a broad river, its banks swollen by the flood. Straight toward it they were llying. We are lost!'' shrieked Peregrine; we shall go into that river.'' It won't hurt us," gritted Frank; "not unless we capsize." Frank, however, jammed the lever back and checked speed. The next moment the machine shot into the river. Of course it went below the surface, but came up like r. cork. It floated on the swift rushing current and was swept down stream with speed. Of course there was nothing for the voyagers to do bot to bang on. W!Jat the outcome would be they could only guess. If the machine struck a series of rapids, or was sent over a cata ract, then all would be ended. But it did not come to that. It was the last mighty effort of tbe storm. 'l'lle next roornent the wind ceased its force, the rain gusts stopped, and the great wall of m1st rolled away to the northward. The storm was over. In a few moments tbe sun burst forth again and our voyagers looked out upon a curious scene. The river uvon the surface of which they were at that moment waa swollen above its banks. It ran through the !(reat plniu which was now glistening with the rainfall. Upon eitller hand ti.Je same level country extended. The Parima range of mountains was scarcely visible to the south ward. The Van must have run a long distance before the storm. Frank thiew out the paddles and steered the Van to the shore. Out of the water the machine emerged like a dock all dripping and wet. The voyagers could truly themselves upon a very nar row escape from a serious calamity, if not death. The machine was badly si.Jaken up and it became necessary for Frank to examine it and make a few repairs. Darkness now shut down once more and there was nothing for it bot to camp on ti.JP spot. This was done and all retired much fatigued. A refreshing nigh.t's rest however, proved a restorative. The next morning Frank started the Van ahead going directly eastward. The Parima mountains here described a semiclrcle and he knew that he would strike the range again at a point on. On bowled the machine at a lively rate. Finally they again found themselves at the base of the Pnrimas. But here Frank caught sight of an object wllicb caused him to check the speed of the machine. Far upon the mountain slope there was a ;all pole and on it bung a flag. Frank and the professor studied it a moment, and then robbed their eyes aa if they bad not seen straight. Great Cicero!" ejaculated Peregrine. What do yon make it out to be, Frank? It is not a Spanish flag." /


) 12 ALONG 'l'HE ORINOCO. No," replied the young inventor, drawing a deep breath, it is an English Jack!" Tbey exchanged glances. Wby, we're not off our reckoning so mooh as that?" asked Peregrine. Are we in Guiana!" We are in Venezuela!" How then can the British flag wave here!" Frank ahook his head gravely. If Bonita and his men were here now," be said, I fear there would be trouble. They are probably a band or British prospectors and fancy that they are on British soil." In tbat case,'' snid Peregrine, "ought we not to warn them!" Humph! it is bardly likely they would ns. HoweTer, I am inclined to pay the spot a visit." Do by all means!" Frank at once headed tbe machine up the green slope. In a short while they came upon a little leve l shelf of land which was backed by the mountain wall. Here were the hastily erected cabins of the prospectors. A score of rough men were seen at work in a ditch. A: number of donkeys near by. It was truly a prospectors' camp. The miners probably bad crossed the mountains from Guiana and had made a r:ch discovery. They werll delving for the yellow metal with much energy. As the Van appeared, however, a s ensation was created. Instantly all the miners dropped their shovels and pans and rush ed out with ries in their hands. It was evident that they were upon the defensive. That looks suspicions,'' said Peregrine. They sP.em to know that they are doing what they ought uot to.'' "That is so," agreed Erank. "Let ns open a parley." Frank opened the pilot house window ane liable to arrest." Throckmorton bit his lip. "You are riding a high horse, Gringo," he said. "Now Jet me tell yon a story. Suppose you insuh tllat flag? Itie backed by the strong est government in world, which could crush Venezuf:lla without a tremor. Your president would be notified or the iusult and indem uity demanded. In the eveut of defiance warships would batter down tlle very mountains about Caraccas. Where would your government be then!" Bonita's face was crimson "Dog!" be llissed. Do you think tllat a Venzuelan knows rear Do you think that your cowardly, bullyinb government could carry out such a programmt>? Is Ver.ezuela without friends? The very moment that your destroying warship appeared in front of Caraccas she would find an American man-of-war tuere to meet here. In nuion tllere is strength, and every government in this western hemisphere will join hands agai nat the despots of the East." Tllrockmorton's face was livid. It was a tellin!!: shot. "Humtlh !" he sneered. Where are Uncle Sam's ships? A mush room navy! Why, one of the Queen's Tllunderers would put his whole navy to sleep.'' This was crowding upon Frank's toes. The young inventor had in tended to remain neutral. But color leaped into his fnce, and be said: This is an example of the traditional hatred of England for Amer ica. If you have such confidence in your s uperio r power, Mr. TiJroclc morton, why does not your government take up the gauntlet which Uncle Sam has thrown down for you many a time?" "You can thank your stars that we have not," said Throckmorton, stiffly, "but the time is coming when England will give you Yankees a licking you won't forget.'' "It is quite good of 3'0ur people to forbear," said Frank, with a caustic smile. "Meanwhile we shall shiver in anticipation of that oull get it nllver fear," growled Throckmorton; but I can see that you are inclined to side with tllese low-lived Gringos. Anything to work against England Perhaps you would like to pall down that HOW FRANK SETTLED AN INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE. flag yourself!'' he sneered. \ It is my opinion that until the boundary dispute is settled it FoR a moment Frank felt every vein in his body tingle. It was a bas no right to wave here," said Frar.k resolutely. thrilling situation, in truth. Throckmorton's face turned black. What had brought San Bonita and his men back to the spot was a "Do you mean that!'' be llisse

I \ ALONG THE ORINOCO. 13 "Pardon, Senor Englishman. What am I to do about the flag? w111 allow you to pull it down yourself if you choose." "Never!' yelled 'l'hrockmonon; "and the man who attempts to so insult the Queen shall pay for it with his life!" Bomta unsheathed his sword and spoke to his men who clost!d behind him. Then he started for the flag-stalf. Be caught Frank's eye and the young inventor said: "Do not get in too deep." "I would be untrue to my trust and my country if I did not sacrifice my life if need be in her honor.'' "He is rlgbt," said Peregrine, to Frank. "Actually I'm afraid there will be trouble Frank." It certainly looked like it. Throckmorton held his rifle ready for use. For a moment Frank was in a dilemma. What could he do? He hated to see Bonita lose his life. On the otber band, he knew that his interference miebt mean an !nternationul affair. While in tllis momentary quandary a sudden daring plan suggested itself. Fear of consequences was overruled. He knew that if Bonita placed a band upon tbe flag pole that mo ment Throckmorton would shoot him. Then would surely follow 9loodshed. "Get aboard, Peregrine, quick!'' he said. "I've got a plan.'' The Professor lost no time. Both sprung Into the Van. Then Frank went forward to the elec tric gun. Quick as n flash he placed a shell in tbe breech. He aimed dead for the !lag pole. I The work of the electric gun was silent. But the shell struck the flag pole and there was a terrific roar. It fell, and with !t the En glish colora. It is fair to say that Bonita and his men were fully as astonished as the Englishmen. 'fbey paused in utter stupefaction. Neither the Venezuelan nor the Englishman believed that there was a gun capable of tbrowiog such a shell aboard tbe MotoVan. They did not once think cr tbe shot as coming from there. Where bad it come from? There was no sign of artillery In the vicinity, nor 11oytbing to explain its possible presence there. The execution done by the dynamite shell something terrific. The flag-pole was not only uprooted, but a bole large enough to bury a dozen men was blown out of the earth under it However one of Throckmorton's men bad seen the actions or Frank Reade, Jr., in discharging the gun. He at once told the English prospector, Throckmorton's face was livid. He instantly shouted to his men. "To arms every one of ye! I'll hang those Yankees for this if 1 die for it next moment. With a cheer the score of prospectors sprung from their ditch. But Frank was ready for vHe was determined to make It a bloodless battle if he could. His eoe desperate plan was t..> overawe the combatants. So he fire.i a shell at tile base of a huge atone, bebmd which the En r;lishmen were advancing. There was a shock like an eartl1qnake, and it wus instantly reduced to powder. Even Throckmorton paused in fear and wonderment. Then "Consider well what you do! I have n deadly electric gun here, with which I could destroy your whole navy, S1r Throckmorton. I might wipe you all out of tile world W011ld never be the wiser for it!" Throckmorton's spirit was cowed. He trembled like a leaf. It was easy for him to see that Frank spoke the truth. Yet be burned for veneeance. However, he could never hope to gain it if he sacriliced his life needlessly now. So he stilled hie hatred ami rage and cried: Whut right have you to slloot down her Majesty's flag in tbat1 way? Yon will pay for it!" "Tut, tut!" said Frank. "I did it to avoid a collision between you and Bonita. There would have bee n bloodshed if I had not done so.'' There will be in any event," cried the enragec Britisher. Fire on the occm sed Gringos, boys!'' '' Ready arms!" cried San Bonita. But Frank shouted: "Hold! Fire one shot, and I'll sweep you all from the face of the earth. There shall be no fighting bert>. Let this affair end!" Then you dare our govemmentt" hissed Throckmorton. "You will take the consequences of making this alfl\ir iotemational!" "I will!" declared Frank. "And fair-minced men will back me up. Now as for you, Mr. Throckmorton, you are on Venezuelan soil without passports. The best thing you can do is to retire to the other side of tlte hne Tbere will be surely trouble if you stay here." The Englishman was white with fury. I w11l not go!'' be said. Very well," sahl Frank, placing a shell in the electric gun, there is but one course left for me to prevent a fight. I must wipe you all out of existence.'' "Yon don't dare do that." "You shad! see, I bid you pick up your traps and leave within thirty minutes!" Throckmorton raved and cursed. Then he acc11pted discretion as the better part of valor. The Englishmen packed their camp and retired beyond the mount ain range. When the last one was out of sight Frank turned and said: My ease was strong and I knew it. In' the first place the Eng lish government would never sanction these rascals trespassing here. Throckmorton knows it and would never care make a complaint." "Senor Reade," said Bonita with shining eyee. "You are our friend! We will not forget yon!" "It was simply to settle the dispute," laughed Frank; that is the best victory I ever won, and the best of it is it was a bloodless one?" Once more the voyaeers bade farewell to the Venezuelans und re sumed tbe journey to Raraima. This was not so very far oti now. CHAPTER XII .A CALAldl'fY-THE END. THE Moto-Van bowled on up tbe Parima Valley. They were now drawing hourly nearer tbe wonderland. But .Frank had been doing some serious thinking. The Van bad traveled a good ways, and suffered great wear and tear. In fact, it was not difficult to see that it was literally wearing out. Not only were the wheels growing '\'leak, but the shell and the ruu ning gear were getting shaky. l The same rate of speed could not be maintained as at first. 1 When it was recalled that the machine had undergone some ter ribly rough experieoce8, tl.tis was not greatly to be wondered at. Frank consulted with tbe professor upon this point. We have been fully six weeks in this region," he said, "and dur ing this time W!'l have done little but bump over rough ground or scrape our way through roug\1 forests, and navigate rivers and lagoons. The machine bas lteen subjected to a twisting and wrenclling, such as no ordinary vehicle could stand." Ah!" said Peregrine, "it would be well to mnke some repairs be fore going further.'' Tbere iii tbe trouble,'' said Frank, "I fear that is going to be im possible. You see worn out material has to be replaced. We have not the stock to do that with.'' The iJrofessor's race fell. "That is IJad," he said, "is there any immediate danger of the machil:e giving out!" Perhaps not an imme c liat e danger," replied Frank. What then ought we do!" I l.iave a proposition to make. It seems to me that we are going to do well if we make Ciudad Bolivar with the Moto-Vao. That is almost due north from here." Peregrine looked uisappointed. What?" he exclaimed, "give up our exploration of the wonder land!" Frank inclined his head. "That would be too bad,'' said Peregrine, bitterly, "that was tbe prime object or our coming to Venezuela." "Very true," agreed Frank. "Ami I would not binder it were 'it not for imperative necessi y." "Then you cons1der it au necessity, do you.!" "I do." Peregrme could not master his keen disappointment. Seein.,. this, Frank said: "' But for all that, the project need not be wholly abandoned.'' Peregrine raised his head eagerly. "Ab!'' be cried. "How can it be consummated safely!" "We can come to Venezuela at some future ume, if nothing occurs to We may then make the explor:1tion of the wonderland a special matter." "But we are here now," said Peregrine, "and that is half the battle. I am an old man, and the future is an uncertainty for me.'' "Yet can you consider it practicable to explore Raraima now?" asked Frank. "You lmow tbat if the machine should give we would be obliged to leave it, and that would give us many hundreds of miles through a terrible wilderness to travel on foot. We could hardly hope to make it without loss of life." Peregrine was not an obstinate man. He could not help but see that Frank was in the maio right. Of course it was a bitter disappointment to him. But after all life is largely made up of such things. So be finally said: "Frank, I believe you are We will do well to reach Angos-tura.'' ,... The course of the Mota-Van was at once changed. Barney and Pomp were not sorry. They had l!aked for many week!! in the tropical sun, and the pros pect of getting home was by no means an unwelcome one. The region between them and Ciudad Bolivar was a wiltl and unset tled one. But most or the way it consisted of level plains, where the macbine could run at a good speed. They passed Within fair of the great elevated plateau of Rarai ma, v1sjble nearly sixty miles to the southward. It was a great temptation to Frank to proceed thither at once, but his better sense prevailed and he did not do so. The HotoVan on her northern course. "We will make a Tisit to Raraima at some future day," he de clared.


.ALONG Then if I am alive I beg you will include me in the party," saiu Peregrine. "I wlll most certainly do so," agreed Frank. .. Days passetl without any thrilling incident. The great wilderness began to vanish in their rear. Then the voyagers came to evidences of settlement. One day they ran upon a party or Gringo drovers. Constant surveillance was required to graze in these wilds for fear or wild beasts. Whenever the native Venezuelans were mel they treated American travelers with marked "The Americans are our friends," they declared. "We will never be untrue to them." Still northward tho machine ran. Now threading a jungle or forest, winding through a mountain pass or ferrying a river or lake. Small frontier towns became common, and at length they came to a wide stream which was a conflu ent of t he Orinoco. We are only fifty miles from Ciudad Bohvar,r. declared Frank, joyfully. We shall soon be there.'' Progress for the first few da y s had been painfully slow. The Moto-Van was fast giving out. She could scarcely maintain a speed of four or fivl! mil e s an hour. Like the deacon's "one boss shay," she seemed likely to go to pieces all at once.'' Great care was necessary. Let us get her to Ciudad, said Frank, t hen we will place her aboard tbe steamer {lnd ask no more of her.'' She ongbt to go fifty miles further," said Peregrine. "Ob, Y'\1! I tlnuk ::he will do that easily. Now to cross the river." 'l'he current was moderately swift, there being some rapids half a mile below. The distance across was two bunl!red yards. Frank ran the machine into the water and threw out the paddles. All or her passengers noticell a peculiar motion. But sh e paddled half way across the river when a sudden jarring sound was beard from catlin. What is that!" exclaimed Peregrine in alarm. Frank started np, but at that moment Barney came rushing out or llhe pilot house. "Misther Frank," be cried; "shore, the driving bar av the bind axle has broke an' punched a hole in the shell av the Van, sor, an' the wather is coming in loike a flood.'' Mercy on us!" cried the young inventor; "she will sink! Put on all speed, Barney.'' Shure, sor, the machinery won't work now at all, at all!" This was true enough, as might have been expected. The Van floated helplessly in the current. Aud while the water was pouring into her sqe was drifting down toward the rapids. There was no saving her, as FrBnk at once saw. She was doomed never to return to America. Realizing this, the young inventor saw that self preservation was the next thing to consider. "There is only one chance for us," be cried. "We must swim for it. Barney and Pomp, you can easily make it. Come, professor, I'll assist you." "Not a bit of it,'' criell Peregrine, throwing off his coat. "I a m a regular water duck. I can take care of myself. Lead the way!" And ovet the rail all 'sprang. They were none too soon. 'l'he next moment the Moto-Van sunk. There had beeu no time to save any etfacts. Ali had come like a flash. There could be only one thought, and that was the presern tion of life. It was lucky for the voyagers that they encountared no alligators. They mude the shore safely, and crawling out, sank down in the hot sand. Then they had leisure to ruminate upon the catastrophe and at same time wring water out of their clothes. For some while all were much ..iepressed. Many valuable effects had gone down with the Van. 01 course there m ig ht have been a possibility of resurrecting the11e. But it would be a difficult task, and all concluMd not to attempt it. Their situation, however, was not of the worst. To be sore tbey were tilLy miles from Ciudad Bolivar, but there were l>laotations not far distant where they might hope to obtain horses. Well," said Frank with a. deep breath. What I had feared baa happened. It is very lucky for us that we are not away down there in the Raraima region." "You are right, Frank," said Peregrine. "Your judgment was sound. It is well that we acted upon it. But I deeply regret the lose of the Van!" "Well, so do I." ",It was a marvelous invention.'' "Yes!'' agreed Frank, "the Moto-Van was very well constructed, but the next vehicle I build wlll be a batter one.'' "Will you construct another soon?" asked Peregrine, eligerly "It is quite likely. I shall make my plans 'jVIJeo I reach Reades -town," declared Frank. After the voyagers had dried their clothes tbe start for Ciodad waa mnde. Frank found fortunately that he bad an ample supply of money on his person. Tramping through the tropical forest for five miles brought them to the plantation of a wealthy Gringo. Here they were hospitably re ceived. Don Estavan the host ball not horses enough, but he dispatchetl a peon to an adjoining plantation where three of the hardy litUe ponies w e re secured. That night the adventurers spent on a Venezuelan plantation. The next morning they wished their host adieu and roue away. Forty-five miles in QJle day is a long journey in the tropics, b u t they finally made it, and at reached Angostura. Their appearance created some little excitement, and the newspa pers or the town came out with glowing o.cconnts of the wonderfu l ex peditiOO, A party of Gringos set out to recover the Moto-Vao. Wheth e r they succeeded or not our adventurers never knew. But if they did it is hardly likely that the vehicle proved or any material service to them. The Americans spent several days of rest In Ciudad Bolivl'r. Then they embarked on board a steamer for Caraccas, thence sailing f or New York. Their safe arrival was noted m due time. And hero the great expedition came to an end. When you get ready to return to Raraima be sure and let me know," said Peregrine in parting. "I will do so," agreed Frank. Prof. Peregrine is yet in Washington. 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New York C OtnbinH.tion by Peter .Pad : O lul>, .. 84 Muldoon's Base Ball Club in Boston, by rom Teaser = 'l'orn l' r by P eoe r Pad 81 Muldoon's Base Ball Club in Philadelphia, by l'o1u 'l'enser 88 Jimmy Grimes; or, Sharp. Smart and by 'l'om 'l'easer 89 Little Tommy Bounce; or, Something Lt&.:e His Dad, b y Peto r Pad 90 :Mttldo on's Picnic, by 'l'om l'easor 91 Litt.le Tommy tlounce on His Travels; or, D('linK America f o r H'un, by P e t e r Pad t2 or, Stun Bowser at Work a n d Play. by Peter Pad 93 ..Ned Door: or, l.'he I r i s h Twins, by Tom 'J'easer 94, The Alderme n Sweeneys of New York, by Tom 'rea.s e r 95 A Bad Boy's Note Book, by Ed" 96 A Bad Boy nt School. by. Ed 9 1 Jimmy Grimes, Jr.; or, the Torment of t .he Vil-lage Uy r o m 98 Jaok and Jim; or, Rackets and Scraa)es nt t)ohool, by .ro111 'l'ea.s e r by 101 Mttldoon's Brother b an. by 1.'om 'l'easer 102 'l'he 'l'raveling Dude: or, The Comi c al Advent-ures of C l a r e nce Fitz Roy Jones. by .rnm l'eMer 103 Senator t\1 uldoon, hy 'l'om 1'e"ser 104 or, Worl,iog 115 The Oomiou.l Adventures of I wo by l'om 'feaser 1 06 Muldoon, the Oo p Part 1, by l 'o m Teu.aer 107 "Muldoon t b e Cop. Part II. by 'l'om l' e aser 188 Billy Moss; or, li'rom One Thing to Another, by 'om Teaser 109 Truthful Jack; or, On :Boa r d the Nancy Jane, by Tom l'fla.s e r 110 F red Fresh; or, As Green as Grass, by 'l'o1u 'l'easer 111 Tbe Deacon's Boy ; Ot', '!'he 'Vorst in 'l'own, by Peter Pad 112 Johnny Brown & Co. Rt S chool; or, l 'Ue Deacon's .Boy at. Hi s Old. 'l'ricks, by Peter Pad 113 Jim, Jac k and Jtm; or, Thre e Har d Nnts to O, by 't'om l 'ea.ser 114. Sinart & Oo. the B o y Peddlers, by P ebe r Pad 115 'Ebe 'fwo Boy Ulowns; Ol, A Sommer With & Uircus. by 'l' o m 'Jleaaer 116 Benny llounca; or, A Block of the Old Uhip. by Peoe r Pad 117 YounJC Diok Plunket.: or. The Trials n.nd 1 'rib-ulations of lbenezer OrO\V, bv Su.m f:imiley 11 8 .Muldo o n in Ireland; or, 'l'he Solid M 1 m on the Old Sod, by 'l'orn L'easer 119 Mulrloon'e Grocery Store. Part I by .l'om l e88e r 120 .1\t nldoon's Grocery Store. P art H, by r o m 1'enser l2L Bob Bright; or, A .Boy of Bus i udsFJ and li'un. Part I, by 'l'easer 122 "Bob Bright; or, A Boy of Business and L?nn. P urt ll, by Tom 1'easer 123 Muldoon's Trip A round obo World. Part I. by Tom Teaser 124 :Muldoon' s Trip Around the World. Part ([. by 'forn r 125 .Muldoon's Hote l. Part I. by Tom Tenser 126 Muldoon's Hotel. Part II. }:)y 'l'om 'J'e&sfir 127 Muldoon's Ohristrna s by 'I' om Teaser U8 1'be .Shorty s Ohristmas Rackets, hy .Peter Pad 129 :Sam Jr.; or. l following in the F'ootsteos of His Ond. Part I. by P etf" r Pad 130 Sam Smart, Jr.: or, in the of His Dad. Part II. b y Peo e r Pad lJl Three of Us; or, Hustlin g for Boodle and Fnn. Part I by Torn T e r 132 Three of Us; or, Hustlin g for Boodle and Fun. Part H. by rom 'l'easer 133 Out For Fun; or Six Months With a :Show, oy Peter Pad 13f D i ck Duck, the Boss o f the Town, by 'l'om Teaser 135 The Shortys Doing Europe; o r On a. Grand 'l'onr for li'un. Part I by Sam Smiley 136 or, Oby Latest Issues of By "Noname." P r ice 5 Cents. No. 7 8 li'rank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Buckboard: or, Thrilling Adventures in Nort.b Australia. 79 Serpent; or, tsix 80 D'rank Reade. Jr.'s D etiert Exvlorer; or, The Underground ()ity _of 8 1 .Part I. 82 Frank Reade, Jr. s New E lectric Air-Ship, the "ZeF'rom North to .South Around the Globe. 83 Across the Frozen Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr. s Electric 8 4 Atlantic Valley: or. Fra.nk Reade, Jr., and His Subu1ariue Wl)nd er, the D art." 85 !frank R"ade, Jr. and His New E l Air-Ship, the Eclipse;" or, FigbtinR the Pirates. Part I 86 87 Frank Reade, Jr.'s flli!?per of the Prairie; or, Fighting the Apaches in the Jar 88 Unde r tne Amazon tor a l 'housa.nd l\liles; or, F rank Reade, Jr.'e wonderfull'riv. 89 Frank Reade, Jr.'s fSearch for the Silver \Vb:tle; or, Under the Ocean in the Electric" Dolphin." 90 and 91 } ,rank .H.eade. Jr.'s :Search l!'or a Los t .l\lau in His Latest Air \Vonder. 92 frank Reade, Jr. I n Central India; or, 'fhe Search For the Lost Savants. 93 The l\lissing lslaud; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Wonderfu1 Trip Under the Deep Sea. 9! Over the Andes Witb. Frank R eade, Jr . in His New or, Wild Atlv entnres iu Pero. 95 }"rank R ende Jr.'s Prairi*' WbirliVind; or, 'l'he .M:ystbry of the Hidde n Uanyou. 96 Unde1 the YE"IIow Sen; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search f o r the Uave of Peurls With His New :Submarine Oruiser. 97 Around the Horizon for l'en Thousand Miles; or, li,rank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful 'l'ri l l \Vith H1s .Air Ship. 9 8 Frank .H.ende, Jr.'s .. S craper;" or, North nod :Sou t h Around the World. 99 Under the Equator f rom Ecuador to Horn eo; or, li'runk Rende, Jr. s t.;;rea.test Submurine 100 ] from Ooast to <...:out; or, Frank Reade Jr:s rrip Across Africa iu His .l!!leotric Boomerang. 101 Frnuk Rende Jr., and His Car; or, Out\\-itting u Desperat.e 102 in tbe Mountains of the lioon: or, Frank Read e, Jr.'s Great Trip \Vith His New Air-Ship, the "Sc ud ' 103 100 .1\:lile s Below the Surface of the Sea.; or, The Marvelou s Trip of .fi'rank Reade, Jr. '1:1 "Hard-Shell" Submarine Boat \ 104 Abandoned in Alaska; or, Frn.nk Reade, Jr.'s 'l'brill ing for a L os t Gold OJaim \Yith Hi3 .New New .l!;lectric Wago n 105 106 Under l four Oceans; or, .ll'rank H.eude, J.-.'s Submarine Ohase of a. Sen. .L>evil." 107 From th-:t r-tile to tbe Niaer: or, F rtmk Reade, Jr., Lost in the Soudan Witb His Over laud Omr..ibus ' 108 'l'be Chase of a Uomet; or, Frank Reude, Jr.'s Trip Wit h His New Air-Ship the 109 Lost in the Great Undertow: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s :Sub:lHlrine Owise m the Gulf :Stl'eam. 110 From 'i'ropic to 'J'ropio: o r Frunk Reade. Jr.'s Latest 111 an A ir-Sbip; or, Frank .Rende, Jr:s Gre a t Mid-Air Jt'light .. 112 'file Underground Hea; o r Frunk Reade, Jr.'s Subter ranean Uruise in His 113 The My sterious o r, l 1 rank Reade, Jr.'s Deser t J "or a. Secret Oity '"itb. His New Overland Chaise. 114 The .1!:1eotric Island: or, lfrttnk Reade, Jr.'s Search f o r tbe Greatest Wonde r on E{Lrth With Hi:s Air-:Ship, ohe .. Fli.,ht." 115 fl'or Six Weeks Buried in a Deep Sea Cave; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s Great Search. 116 'l'he G-alleon'ij Gold; or, Frank .Reade, Jr.'s Deep tiea Search. 117 Acrows Australia With Frank, Jr In His New Electric (Jar; or, 'Vonderful Adventures in the .Antipodes. 118 Frank R eade, Jr.'s Greatest Flying Machine; or, the Terr o r of the ()on.s t 119 On the G1'eat Meridian 'Vith Roarle. Jr .. In His New Air-Ship: or, A l'w enty-l five Thousand Mile l'rip in M i d-Air. 120 Unde r the Indian Ocen n 'VHh Frank Reade, Jr.; or, A Cruise tn n Submarine Roat. 121 Astray in tbe Sehas: o r 'l'be Wild Experiences of Frank Rearle, ,Jr., Barney 11nd Pomp, in South America. With the E lectric C11h 122 I.ost. in a. Comet' s Tnil ; or. :Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange 1\.dventure \V1th His New .Air-Ship. 123 Six Sunken Pirn.te!!; o r Frank Read e. l\farve1ous Adventures i n the Deep Sett.. 124 Beyond the Gold Coast: or, trrnnk R eAde ,Jr.'s Qt"er Jand Trip With His Wectric Phaeton. 125 Latitude 90: or, Frank Reade, Jr. s Most 'Vonderful Mid-Air 126 Afloat in a. :::innke n Forest; or, \Vith Frank Reade, Jt., on a Submarine Uruise. 127 Across the Desert of Fire: or, Frank Reade, .Jr."s Marvel o u s 'l'rip to n. Strange Country. 128 Over Two Continent.s; or, Frank Rende J r ."s 129 Reade, Jr., i n a Deep Sea Cave. L a test Issues of Price 5 Cents. No. 7 3 Yonng S leuth's tieven Signs: or, 1'he Keen Detective's 1\lllrl,ed 'J'rnil 7 4 Y olliifs .:Sleutb on the or, An Act Not on tho 75 Sleuth 11t Monte Carlo; or. The Crime of tb& CJasino. '16 Young tileuth and the Man with tlle 'l'attooed .Arm: or, '!'racking Missing Milli o n s. 1'1 Young til euth m Demi1obn City; or, Waltzing Wil-78 a Y Qtmg American from tho f'rison Mines. 79 Young Sleuth Almost Knocked Out; or, N ell Blondin's Desperate Gnme. 80 Young tileutb and .Billy the Kid Number '.fwo; or, The Hidden Ranch of the Panhandie. 81 Young :::ileutb' s 1\tastor titrol,e; or, 'l'he Lady Detec tiva's Mnny Musks. 82 in a Mask; or, Yourtg Sleuth :\t tbe Freuob 83 Young Sleut, b in Paris; or, Tbe Keen Detective and t.he Bomb-Throwers. 84 Young S l euth and tlle Italian Brigands: or, l'he Keeo 85 :::iecret; o r l lle Mes-saae in the Bundle ot a 86 Young S l euth Decoyed; or. 'J'b e \Voman of ]i'ire. 8 7 Younl: :Sleuth u.nd the Uircns llo):t; or. F o ) ... lowing a Pnir of Wild New York J uds. 88 Yonog ti l euth at A tlantic ()ity; or. 'J'ho Great Seaside Mystery. 89 Young :Sleuth, the Detective in C lllcag o ; o r Unravol-00 Safe; or, Young t:\leuth ae a llank Detective. 91 Young Sleuth and Phanto m Detective; :>r, 'l'he. 'l'r&ll of t .be Dead. 92 Y oung :Sleuth nnd the Girl in the : Mask: or. 'J'he Lad,J" Monte ()risto of Ba ltimor e 93 Young Sl euth and Un rsican Kni f e-'l'brower: or. 1'1..1e Mystery of tbe Murdered Actl"e!$8. 94 Young Sleutll and the Ult tihitsl'"s Crime; o r 'l'he Evi del"lc e of a D enli 95 Young :Sieut, b in tlle 'J'oiis; or, 'l'he Death Traps of New York. 96 Young S lenth nnd tbe l\liser's Ghost; or,. A Hunt ll'or Hidde n Money. 97 \' oung S l e ut.b u s 11. D enrt Unme Sport; or, 'J'be Keen Detectives H .u s e fur $10,000 9H Yonn.: :Slent h the llyl)sies' Gold; or, 'I' be Pa.cJ(nge Ma.rk etl" Z." 99 Youn&' ::ileuth and r olic-y Pete, the Sharpe r King; or, l 'Lte K een DetPClive's Lottery Gnn1e JOO Young f:il enth in tile :Sewers or !\e w Yo1k; or, Keen Work from Broadway to the Bowery. 101 Young S l-,uth and t .he .Mna Bell or; or, Tb& tiecret o f tile Old (.;hore b Towe r 102 t : n K n ow u ; o r. 'J'lle 1\hn who Came Bellind. 103 51eutb' s Great Suamp Searcll; or. The Miss-Girl of J !:verglade. 104 1\1ad Doctor; or, 1'he 100 Young Sleut.hs Uig Rlnff; or. Simple Sn11ie's l\1issio n 106 Young :Sleuth's G r ent U

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