In the wild man's land: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the heart of Australia.

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r ---.,--40" N oname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Enttred as Second Class Jllatter at the Ne1 o York, N Y., Post O.Dce, October 5, 1892. -..T0 134 { coliiPLE T E } FRANK TousEY. P(lnr.IsRER, a' & 36 NoR'l'H MooRE S'l'REI!:T, NEw Y oRK. { J ncE } Vol VI .1.111 New York, May 29, 1896. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 C JCNT8. Enteed accmdin g t o t h e Act of Congress, in the yeur by FRANK 7'0 USEY. in the o.OZce of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D C: In the Wild Moo's Lund: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Heart of Australia. By "NONAME.' Our friends ma. n a ged to retreat until w a i s t deep in the lake water. Here they could not be attacked from the rear. One volley drove the foe back many yards. Another and another forced them back s till more. So rapidly did the repeaters work that the cannibals were met with one overwhelming shower of bullets which laid them low by the dozen.


2 IN THE WILD MAN S L.A.ND. Th e s ubs c rip ti on p rice of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by t h e year is $2.50; $1.25 per six m onth s, p ost p ai d. A ddre ss FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 N orth M oore Street, New Y or k B o x Zi30. In the Wild :Man's Land; OR, ID the Heart of Australia A STOBY OF WILD ADVElfTUBB. By "NONAME," Author of "Across the Earth," "Along the Orinoco," "The Coral Labyrinth," "Over Two Continents," the Desert of Fire," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I WHICH O P ENS THE STORY. WE are bound to associate the name or Aust r alia with romance and adventure, the land or wild men .and strange, fierce anim a ls. He took a look over the new invention to see that all was right. And this us a good opportunity to describe her to tbe reader. The Swallow was built somewhat upon tbe lines or an ocean grey bound or transatlantic steamer, with commodious hull, narrow beam and great depth or hold. Her hull was or thinly rolled and tough alloy or aluminum and steel, and bullet proor. The Antipodes hold a magic charm for the adv e nturer or explorer, and thither many have turned tbelr steps, some never to return. Wonderful quarter of the earth's surrace. Frank Reade, Jr., .known the world over as a famous explorer and inventor, bad JUSt completed his new air-ship, the S wallow." The problem of aerial navigation which Cor so many centuries has engross ed the or great men was solved, and by this talented young man whose fame was at once assured As lightness must be combined with strength In an air-ship, Frank had eelected this as the best material. Certainly the Swallow bad a buoyant appearance. The ''Swallow," as Frank had named the air-ship, was a marvelous product of inventive genius. A mighty crowd or people bad vis i ted Readestown to witness tbe trial trip. Tbe airship ascended t o t he limit of the atmosphere or as far all human life could be supported. 1t sniled over an area of many square miles and finally descended into Readestown and was voted a success. A number of distinguished men accompanied Frank. Now that he bad completed his airsbip, it was in order for Frank to plan an expedition t o some far corner of the earth. Barney and Pomp, the C e lt and the African, his two faithful follow ers, were deliu:hted with tbe prospect of a trip In the air. Bejabersl" cried Barney, as he threw a handspring, I'd lolke to take a thrip to tha\ part av tbe worruld which is jest undher us! Shur e an' wouldn't that be Cbiny, Mistber Frank!" "Tbe Antipodes," exclaimed Frank. "Ba rney, your suggestion gives me an idea. Cbi na would be an inter e sting part of the world, but there is Australia, the land or tbe and the wild mao. Wby not try a trip among the wild mea!" Golly, Marse Frank,'' cried Pomp, rolling h i s eyes, "yo' don' mean dem kin' ob cannybals wha' eat people!'' I guess not sai d Frank, with a lau g h ; the wild men of A u s tralia or the bushmen are not said to be cannibals The y are very 1 llerce and canning, though. Tb11 North American Indian i s nothin g to them!" Begorra, I don't see how they cud do us arly harm, bein' as we're aboard the airship,'' said Barney. Ob, we need not fear them to an y great extent," declo red Frank, but we wlll think i t over. In tbe meanwhile it will be well to tit th e air-ship out with provisions and g e t b e t ready for an immedia t e start. Will you look out for that, B:.rney I wlil, aor!" "Very well. We may d a cide to start at any time." Frank hastened away across the yards of the g reat machine works. In a few momenta be wae in a high roofed buil d ing where the air-slllp sat upon rollers, all completed and ready to be rolled oat into the air. Her side was pierced with dead eye windows, admitting light to the bold. Her cabins, two in number, were above tbe main deck. They were provided witll plate glass windows and skylights, and were rich ly furnished. A high railing of steel network protected the deck fore and aft. In this were small loopholes tbroogh which tbe voyagers could fire in case or an attack. Tbere was al s o a gate leading to a rope gangway by means of which one could descend from tbe deek. Forward was a pilot-house which contained tbe steering gear and tM electric keyboard by means of wblcb 1 he engines were controlled. For the motive power was electricity supplied from a storage bat tery, the construction of which was. a secret of Frank Reade, Jr's. AL the s t ern or the air-ship was a fnur-bluded propeller with an enor mous scope and power. Tbe ascending power of the airsblp was due lo three huge rota scopes. Tbese were constructed of steel, aluminum and wood, and their fanning power was such that an object six times the weight o! the air-shill cool

IN THE WILD MAN'S LAND. 3 Large sums of money were offered, many promises and even threats made, but Frank said: I am going to weather this experience alone. Barney and Pomp shall be my only companions.'' And he stuck to his resolution. One day, before anybody in Readestown was up, the air ship sprung into the air, and started on her famous voyage to the land of wild men. had laid his course out del:lnitt>ly. From Read!!Stown be would pro peed to San Francisco. Thence in a direct line to Honolulu. Thence to New Hel>rides, and due west to Australia, reaching that continent in the vicinity or Brisbane. Tllis wonlli Involve a long flight over the greM Pacific, bot it was the shortest aocl most direct route. Barney and Pomp were bilarion'l with the prospect before them. I'm ilchin' to have a look at the wild men in Borneo," be cried. "Shore, they must be quare-lnkin' vagallones!" "Hole on, chile!" corrected Pomp; "we aiu' gwine to Borneo. Dey am de wild men ob Austrulln.'' "Divil the odds so long as they air the ginoywine wild men," eried Barney. PtJwat do I care whether they cum from Borneo or from Africky!" With wbictJ ttJe Celt grinned sardonically at the darky. Pomp's eyes rolled. Wba' dat, sab? Hab yo' to undahstan' dere am no mo' wild men in Africa den dere is in Ireland, sah." Whurrool" cried Barney; "is It an insult yez will he afther cloin' me natlve soil, sor!'' "Yo' was de !us' one fo' to gib me de Insult, sah." Will yez take it back!" cried the Celt, threateningly. Now If tliere was one thing the two delighted In it was '& rough and tomhle wrestle. While they were the best or friends, each de lighted in nagging and joking ttJe other. Neither wus serious, though their mtmoer might have led one to think so. Trda was an opportunity neither lost. "I ain' gwine fo' to take noffin back, sab," grunted Pomp, de fiantly. They glared at each other. Then Barney made a bifi at Pomp. The darky dodged it and shook his bead like a mad boll. Look out dar, chile. Don' yo' trubble me or yo' be sorry. HI hi-look out dar!" Pomp doflged another blow and then tte fun began. He lowered his head quick as a fiasb and made a dive for the Celt. Barney dollged, bot was not quite quick euough. The darky's head took him in the Bide and made him grunt. But be grabbed the coon by the shoulders and a tough wrestle ensued. Down they went upon the airship's deck, rolling over and over, panting and atroggling. The Swallow at the moment was two thousand feet in air and sail ing westward with her wheel lashed. 'fhere was no perceptible breeze, consequently no danger. Frank Reude, Jr., was in the after cabin studying some charts so that he knew nothing of the fracas. For full ten minutes the two jokers rol.led about the deck, togging and gasping furiously, It was an even thing, advantage lying with neit.ber for a long while. Then both grew so weak and exhausted that all they could do was to lie upon the deck and glare at each other. "Yo' gwine tt-r 'pollygize to me, sahf' whispered Pomp. Divil a bit!" huskily Barney. I niver apologized to a naygor yit-bad cess to yezl" With this Pomp made another dash at Barney. But nt that moment a thrilling cry rang through the brain of each. Hello, the air-ahip!" In an instant they scrambled to their feet. The cry bad 11eemed to come from the great void about them. It was not Frank Reade, Jr.'s voice. And the airsbip was full two thousand feet from the earth. The cry could not have come from that source. The two jokers looked at each other with something like supersti tious fear. What diu it mean! CHAPTER II. THE YOUNG AERONAUT. FRANK READE, JR., in the cabin bad also beard the strange bail, and came running out in surprise. He saw Barney and Pomp standing dumfounded on the deck, and cried: c Did you hear anybody bail the air-ship!" Shure, sor, an' we did," replied Barney. Was it :yesilf spakln', sor!" "Certainly not," replied Frank. Ahl" At that moment the strange hail came again. Ahoy, the air-ship!" Fr"nk looked up and around, and for a moment could see nothing to explain t!Je phenomenon. Then be gave a start. Far up in the verge of a white cloud which bung overhand he a dark olject. It looked like a huge basket hanging out of the white j bank. Over the edge of tt.e basket a face was seen. "Hello, the airship!" l "Hello!" returned Frank in utter amazement. Who the deuce are you, and how did roo come up there!" "I am Con Hardy, of Briartown, New York," was the reply. "I am hong up here and can go neither up nor down, for my valve cord is broken." "What I" exclaimed Frank. "Yon are in a balloon!" Certainly." In a moment all was clear to the youpg inventor. He recognized in the incident the predicament of a luckless aeronaut. "Wait a moment, Mr. Hardy," he cried. "I think we can help yon.'' "Thank heaven!" cried the young aeronaut. "I had begun fear that my fate was settled forerer." Frank went Into tile pilot bouse and touched the rotascope lever. The air-ship sprung up like u bird. In an Instant abe was In the cloud, and through its haze the pro portions of the balloQn could be seen. It was made after the approved fashion, but the basket was com modious and equipped with all the conveniences necessary for au extended trip in the air. The inventor had certainly displayed much genius iu this line. Mr. Coo Hardy was the only occupant of the basket. Consequently Frank took it for granted that be was the owner and manufacturer as well of the balloon. airahip ascended above the balloon, taking care to avoid fouling the riggmg of each. Then Frank cried: Do you wish to come aboard, Mr. Hardy!'' I would be delighted.'' Stand by there and we will send down two ropes. Fasten one to your balloonwe will draw yon up on the other." "Bother the balloon!'' replied Hardy; "let her go! She will never be of any use to me agail:. I don't care if I never see her again, for she bas nearly coat me my life!'' 'l'hen we will let her go adrift!" Yes; I will take what elfecta I desire and need.'' "We will do as you say." Let it be so then." "All right.'' Down came the rope. It was swung over into the basket so that Mr. Hardy could get it. Then the young aeronaut, for he was a mere boy, swung himself clear of the basket. The balloon shot upward, narrowly avoiding a collision w(tb the Swallow. Barney and Pomp pulled the rescued youth aboard. Con Hardy camll over the rail of the Sllallow ar;d stood before his rescuers. He was seen to be a tall handsome youth of twenty years or so. He bowed with a grateful manner to Frank and said: I owe you my life. I know that tbe old balloon waa getting rotten and would have burst sooner or later. Ab, there she goes!" There was a dull report overhead. The next moment the collapsed balloon shot down toward the earth. All shivered at the sight. Truly it had been a close call for Hardy. I am very glad we came upon you as we did,'' said Frank. Cer tainly the hanli of Providence was in it." Indeed, you are right," agreed Hardy. "You cun Imagine my surprise when I looked down and saw beneath me what I had never dreamed of as lreing possible, an air-ship. Are you the owner and inventor of this wonderful creation, sir? Do I really stand upon the deck or an air-ship, or am I dreaming!'' FranK smiled at this. "Yon are facing a reality, air," be said, this is a real air-ship. I am Frank Reade, Jr., her owner and inventor." "Frank Reade, Jr.," cried Hardy, with a ring of jov in his voice. "Why, you are my patron saint. I have reacl much "or you, and it was reading of you that gave me Inspiration for attempting a journey across the continent in my balloon. This is the greatest joy of my life to meet you." "The pleasure is mutual," said Frank. "You are very welcome aboard the Swallow, and we will be pleased to land you safely at any point you may desire.'' "Thank you," replied Hardy; "that is indeed kind. May I ask what is your destination!" "Many thousands of miles from here," replied Frank. "We are going t9 pay 11 visit to the heart of Australia." Hardy's eyes glistened. "Grand!" be exclaimed. "011, I wish I was going with you. What rare sights you will see!" Frank now took Hardy about the air.sbip, showing him its mechan ism and its wonderful appointments. The young balloonist was dumb with wonderment and admiration. When the tour of inspection was completed he managed to say: "Yon are a wonderful man, air. This air.sbip is n marvelous triumph. 'i'bere Ia no other man on earth who could hope to equal it.'' "Easy," said Frank, with a laugh, "don't pot It on too thick. However, I thank you for the compliment." And you are going to visit Australia!" "Yes!" "That will mean the crossing of the Pacillc Ocean. Wonder ful trip! Why, it is worth a life tim" to take such a JOUrney. One should be content to die after accomplishing it." That is a strong statement," protested Frank, "however, it will no dou\.Jt be an interesting experience."


\ IN THE WILD :MAN'S LAND. Hardy drew a deep sigh and then torned to the deck. An impolse waa upon him to make a proposition to Frank, and be woold no doubt have done so, hut at that moment a startling thil:g happened. A loud sharp cry came from the pilot-boose. It was Barney's voice. Shore, Frank, wud yez be afther coming quick! There's the dh il to pay, av It iver strikes us!" What now!'' exclaimed Hardy "Are we likely to run into something!'' Frank sprang into tbe pilot-boose. Barney pointed through tbe plate e:lass window, and cried: Wud yez Ink, sor! Shure, it's a fearful sthorm a-con in If it iver stbrikes us we're up a sthump, sor!'' "You ure right, Barney," exclaimed Frank, as he glanced anxious ly at tlle b>'rometer, und it looks as it we would have hard work to avoid ge t ting struck." to the earth," cried Hardy. Can you not do that?" "No,'' replied Frank; "the storm is already under us!" This wee true. The cyclone, for sucb it was, was swe11ping the face of the earth below. Generally these storms were of no very great beight. But. Frank saw that. in tbis case \here was a disturbance of the upper as well as the lower atmosphere. The storm seemed gen eral. For a moment he hesitated. By ascending several miles he knew that it would be possible to escape the tempest. But this he disliked to do, us 1t brought thA air ship into an atmosphere so rare that JifA could with difficulty be supported. But tb .. re was scant time for decision. storm was howling down upon them. Frank cried: "All In the cubinl I am going to close the doors." He pres!ed a valve. This instantly closPd every door and window. Then he pressed the rotascope lever. Up shot the air ship. But Frank bud waited just too long. He was a trifte late. The storm swooped down like a destroying fiend before the Swallow had ascended ona hundred yards. What followed was like a fearful dream. The first shock was the worst. Had tbe air-ship bee on the earth, or in a position to ofl'er better resistance, every rotascope would sure ly haYe been clellred from the deck. But as it was Hile was picked up like a toy and whirled away through the clouds like a revolving ton. ThrOD#;(h the Hood or r;ain and hail abe was bustled and 6nrled. No one of the voyagers could keep vn his feet. They w&re thrown about in the cabin like pqppets on an electric disc, while the air-ship was wholly at \he mercy of the furious storm. It was a terrible ordeal. What saved the air-ship from certain destruction was the fact that it otrHr9ll very lilLie resi&tance to the awful gale. Whirled ami driven, It finally rested in the verge of the storm drift, and suddenly emerged from the cyclone cloud, while the latter went bowling and roaring c.n into the distance. Frank had checked the rotaacope so that the SwallO'If now bung motionliiSB in the upper atmosphere. The earth was visible many miles below, for the storm had swept awa v every cloud. The sun was shining brightly in a clear sky. as bad been the coming of the cyclone, it was as swiftly over. And the air-ship was practically unharmed. This was good cause for congratulation all around. Frank let the Swallow descend Into a warmer strata of the atmos phere. Then with a glass a view was taken of the country below. It was seen that the storm had done frightful damage there. Trees were uprooted, houses blown to fragments, and a general scene of de struction was visible. "I call it a lucky escape,'' said Con Hardy; do yon say, Mr. Reade!'' Indeed it 1was," replied Frank, "but now, Mr. Hardy, I must apologize for keeping you so aboard. Where shall we land yon?" The young balloonist's face fell. CHAPTER III. ACROSS THE PACIFIC. IT was plain that young Hardy was loth to think of leaving the air ship. For the first time Frank read this in his face, and was sur prisud. Be was up to this moment of the belief that Hardy was anxious to leave for his home and friends. he plainly read the truth in the young man's fuce now. Hardy shifted his position, appeared uneasy and tinnily stammered: J.-1 hardly know, Mr. Reade. I hBYe not thought of it yet." "Well," said Frank, "I will land yon at the most convenienl point yon may name. I think at preslmt that we are over the plains of Nebraska." Hardy was silent a moment. Then he said: "Yon are going tv Australia, Mr. Reade. Don't yon want another man in your crew!" Frank could not help a smile. He saw that Hardy's desire was a powerful one. He really liked t he young balloonist much, and a res olution partly came ov.Jr him. But he said: "Barney and Pomp are all the crew I need I'' I "But could you not make room for anothl'r man! I will glad!y pay a good sum for the privilege. I very much desire to visit Austt:alia "But I don't need another man," sai

\ IN THE WILD MANS LAND. av that crl ed "but fer that matth':r yez Ink at I Now Hardy was a daring young spirit, and morepver his curiosity how the Bntlsh L10n rs oppr1ssin' the poor blacks rn Shure, was thoroughly aroused. the lasbt thing we 'ave bearJ or was the hloody "By Jove!" he exclaimed, "I'd like to have a look at those a tbousantl or more av tbe poor Ashantees, an' makm' the kmg av chaps!" tbim bug the knees av a Britisb officer. An' tb11t all bekase the poor I Begorra, but they may eat ug up!" protested Barney up the laud which was the property av their I "Golly! we ,llettab fin' out wha' Marse Frank fink obit:" au craters afore Nonsense!' exclaimed Hardy, tensely. "I hope you are not Pomp rolled hrs eyes. cowards Come along and don't give way to childish fear!" Suure, av coorse they cud shoot the poor drvlls down, contmued The young balloonist hit the rigllt chord then At once Barney and Bnruey, au' divil a bit or til rouble wid tlleir masbeen guns. Divil a Pomp braced up. t hing _but murdher. !very bit av it. God rest the sowls av the ,poor I uiu' 'fraid," sniffed Pomp, looking at the chamber or nuythms. rt s yore own Mistber Pomp, an bad his nHe. Ain' no passel ob nasty cannibals gwine to skeer dis cess to yez rf ye don t stband by tlnml" chile!" Huh! i'se an American citizen, I is,'' said Pomp. P'raps "Begorra the n k tb 1 h d mall ancestors dill cum from Africky but I'se clean gone an' turned Y crac e r_Jaws on a ar Dllt whm they ate me, A I has,. erred Burney; "bud cees to thrml Here's afthet thim!'' merrcan, "Good''' cried Hardy witt I 't "til t' tl t lk' N "Och bone an' pbwere is yer loyalty to yer native landf' 1 y; 11 8 le way o ta ow 8 .. 1 1 ..,. we II grve the cunrubals a hot li!!ht rf they dare to tackle us!" eeo1letl urney. t s a turncoat yez are, ke rv':ry ua)_.,url But .. Whurroo!" cried Barney, "I'm wid yezl" see an Orrrsbrnao 7,0 back on bra natrve sorl, uor yez "Golly! l'se yo' sahl" DIVer wrlll Tbrue to the last! "I don't believe till' w 'll f d) 'd H i i Hardy winked at Frank and Pomp anxrous to drop the subiect Y 1 prove on rren y, snr ardy; t s my opmron they wrll make frrends with us humed o1l to the galley to prepare dinner. Then all stood still The a1r shrp WIIS uow in the VtJry heart of tbe Pacrlic. Tbrou b the 1 f bl k f Every dll\ they were nearing the Equator Once that was crossed g pa m grove a score o ac orms were 1lrtting. The the gre11ter part of the journpy was over. cannibnls view. . The air shrp bad mace wonderful and steady progress. Y d, powerful they armed wrth JIIVehns She had been continuously in the air Cor weeks From Honolulu to slnelds. They seemed petrr1led wrth astonrst:ment at sight of the wbrte men. the Equator the PaciHc was almost an unbroken expanse. It was a l.l!obleau. But one day a small ISle was sighted, and the air ship held down for it. It appeared to be uolnbabited, and Frank therefore said: We will stop here ror a rest and to examine the machinery.'' "Good!'' cr!Md Hardy, "it will be quite a relief to get out and stretch one's I ega." So it will.'' Begorru, av there's any bunting on that Isle yez will foind me alther it," cried Barney. l'se wi! yo', l'ish !'' Frank looked for a good landing place, and finally selected a 1pot upon a hrgh cliff overlooking a little cove. Down upon thiR the air ship settled and rested upon the ground. Anchors were thrown out. The machinery came to a stop and then all sprung oter the rail and stood upon the earth. They felt m:Jch as one feels after having been long at sea. But this was soon overcome. Part of the ule was densely wooded. There was every indication that plenty of game might be found. Frank nt once said: I shall busy with the The rest of you must amuse yourselves as you Hardy, you are fond of exploring. Why not take a tour of the islef' ,; I bad thought of that." replied the young balloonist "That will be diversion for you then.'' "But I would hke your company." "That Will be impossible." enid Frank. "So go along, all of you. But look out Cor cannibals!" and he laughed. So Hardy, with Barney and Pomp, started to explore the island. I They went well armed with rilles and pistols. Into the palm forest they made their way. At every step some new object of Interest claimed their attention. But contrary to their expectations, the island seemed devoid of animal life. Only a few wild goats and rabbits were seen. But there was a lake or basin of water In the center of the isle which seemed alive with wild fowl. These furnished rare sport. Thus far no sign of human life had been seen. If there were canni bals on the isle they had not showed themselves. But a surprise was ill store. CHAPTER IV. A RUB WITH CANNIBALS. BARNEY was making his way along the sandy shore of the lake when he gave a start of surprise. "Mither presarve us!" be gasped. Pbwat's that!" There in the soft sand were footprints. They were of prodigious size, and were the bare feet of human beings. There was no doubt of this. Barney's eyes stuck out in sheer amazement and terror. Then he called to his companions. Come here, will yez!" be calle. "Shure rve med a diskiveryl" Pomp and Hardy came up qnickly. They were also astonished. Well, I should sav so!" exclaimed Hardy. "Frank thought the island was uninbnllited.'' Whist!" exclaimed Barney seriously. "Pbwat if they are canni bals!" Pomp rolled his eyes in virtuous horror and dismay. He looked about as if expecting to see a cannibal behind every palm tree. Golly!" be exclaimed. "I done link we bettah go back to de air ship drf'lcklJ I" But Hardy only smiled grimly and proceeded to follow the trail. It was soon mixed up with several others. As near as the young bal loonist could make out a dozen or more or the natives had passed that way. For a minute they stood silently regnriling the Lhree voyagers. Then srmultuneonsly a yell went up from their lips. They llrundished their wenpone as If to make an attack. Barney and Pomp would have raised their weapons, but Hardy said: "Easy! Not yeti IThey Invite us to make the attack. That we most not do. We will defend ourselves.'' When the cannibals saw that the Ylsitors were peaceably disposed they changed their tnctice at once. They ceased shouting, and laying down their advanced with open palms upheld. Hardy at once saw that this was a sign &f peace, so he made reply in the same manner. Keep your eyes open for treachery," be said. "Let them be the first to make the attack, however.'' The islanders were now at close quarters, 11nd met the voyagers with a curious mixture of gabble which was quite unintelligible. Hardy tried to establish a sy1.1tem or sign talk with them, but was unable to do so. They were an intensely low and treacherous gang. BAfore many moments it also became patent that they meant mischief. It was p!ainly quite useless to attempt to make friends with them. This caused Hardy no little trepidation. He began to apprehend trouble and this came sooner than be expected. The eannil..als pressed nearer, repeating their villainous gabble and glaring saucily at the voyagers. One of them tried to take Burney's bat from his head. The Oelt objected and there was a slight scuftle. Thia created some excitement. H11rdy spoke loud and sharp words of reproof, but of course, they were not understood. His manner seemed to give the cannibals the co e. Be me sow I!" gritted Barney. I'd like to have wan crack at that omadhoun. I'd sphile his chances fer a good photograf!" Golly! I reckon we'ee gwine ter hab trubble yere potty quick," said Pomp. Steady!'' admonished Hardy, keep your eyes open. When I give the word to lire, shoot down every black rascal neur you!" The three voyagers had all this while been slowly retreatrng along the sandy beach. But the cannibals pressed upon them persistently. They swarmed all about the three men, and th'lre was no longer any doubt as to theit intentions. The srtuation was quite a serious one. "A ease of hog," Hardy. "Well, they shall have a hard light, confound them!" Nearer preued tte cannibals. Suddenly Hard] saw tbe signal given. It was but natural that the cannibals should ml\)te the attack. They could connt upon easily overcoming the three men with their superior numbers. Bot they made a bit or a mistake. Numbers do not equal quality, and the latter force was with our friends. "Look out!" shouted Hardy; they mean to attack us. Keep your eyes open! Give it to them!" One of the cannibals made a thrust at Hardy with his assegai, In stantly the young aeronaut shot him de9d. Barney and Pomp opened a hot lire. Then the nattle opened. Our friends manau:ed to retreat until waist deep in the lake water. Here they could not be attacked from the rl!ar. I One volley drove the foe back many yards. Another and another forced them back still more. So rapidly did the repeaters work that the cannibals were met with one overwhelming shower of bnliets which laid them low by the dozen. The slaughter was terrific. So demoralized did the wretches In-


6 IN 'l'HE WILD MAN'S LAND. stantly become, that they did not attempt to use their own weapons, The land or the bush and the boomerang, replete with perils on-bot broke and ran. named, and promising adventure galore. It was a signal victory. \ The mountains or Australia might be denoted tile wildest Volley after volley sped after the cannibals. The Winchesters with in the world. All was a taogle of vegetation, aud wlld beasts of prey tbeir rapid fire bad won the day. lurked in the fastnesses. Our friends could not help a cheer. Then they fired another volThe search-light came into good play now. Bv its rays the ley. peaks rising about could be descried and collision with them avert-By this time not one of the cannibals was in sight. The repulse was ed. most efiectiv'l. Barney and Pomp took turns in the pilot house at night. It was a Bot though trlumpbunt, our friends did not become over sanguine. post requiring extreme care and watchfulness. Hardy knew tbat it would be politic to let the fight rest here. But daylight came at lust alter the first night spent in Australia. 8o he cried: Then tbe waters or the Warrego came into view. "Back to the air ship! We must get out of this place before they All Australian rivers are shallow and have little water in them make it too hot for us!" save In the wet season. Then they become roaring fioods. At once they started upon the retreat. It seemed an age before The Warrego therefore was nearly dry, and as the voyagers were they again came in sight of the air-ship. gazing down into its bed, Hardy suddenly clutched Frank's arm and .Meanwhile Frank Reade, Jr., had heard the firing and was in much gasped: of a quandary to know what to do. Do you see that?'' He was intensely relieved when he saw his companlocs coming What?'' asked the young inventor. safely into view. He beckoned to them to hasten. "Down there-on that saud-bar. It looks like the body of a man. In a few moments they were at the rail. Can he bil dead!" "Well," cried Frank, "what did you run up against!" Frank's eye now caught the object, and he was instantly excited. "Cannibals!" replied Hardy; "but they will not feed off our carCertainly there in the mud was plainly visible a prostrate man. casBfls to-day. We repulsed them." The little bar upon wbicll be lay was surrounded with shallow "Then the isle is inhabited?" asked Frank In dismay. water. He was lying partly face downward. "" "I should say that It was. We came near being gobbled up." He wore the rougll garb of an Australian herder. That he was a "That settles It," cried Frank. "I am done inspecting the rnawhite man seemed certain. chlnery. It is in fine order and needs no repairs. We will get out of "By Jove!" exclaimed Hardy, "it seems as If be needed he!p!" here at once." "Stop the ship, Barney," cried Frank. "We must find out wllat is The adventurers clambered aboard and Frank touched the lever and the matter with him." sent the air-ship skyward just as the cannibals again appeared on the So the Swallow descended until within twenty feet of the sand-bar. scene. Then Frank stepped out upon the rope-ladder and descended. Then a laughable incident occurred. He approached the prostrate man, and gave a start as be did so. Barney and Pomp leaned over the rail and thumbed noses at the Between the shoulders was a dart, such as is thrown by the bush natives until the vessel was lar above the earth. This bad a curious men ol Central Australia. etlect upon the natives. It told the tragic lltory. They indulged in wild gestares, burled their weapons into the air That dart was poisoned. The poor unfortunate was dead. There and yelled like veritable fiends. But of courae, this bad no effect was no doabt o! this. upon the aerial voyagers. Yet Frank turned him upon his back and felt his pulse. It was The coral1sle grew less distinct and soon was but a speck upon the still. The man was a corpse. horizon. There were other footprints on the bar. Wading to the shore, Now for a quick run to New Hebrides!'' cried Frank. In anFrank found a trail which showed that quite a party ol white men other week we should be in Australia." had here crossed. This raised the spirita of all, and as the air-ship sped onward they The truth was plain. were imbued with eager anticipation. They bad been pursued by the wily bushmen. In crossing th e The dnys were fiercely hot acd breathless. The nights balmy anrl a river the black foe bad tired upon them from behind. source or relief. The whites bad lost at least one man. How many blacks bad It was real tropical weather, and the voyages-a were glad enough been killed in the encounter there was no telling. when the Equator was crossed. Two days Inter islands were sighted. Frank saw that netbing could be done for the dead man save to And now they began to encounter little archipelagoes without nombury him. However, be did not stop to do this, for it occurred to ber, most of them being inhabited. Then they drUted along in the him that the fieeing whites might stand in need or succor. Why verge of the Coral Sea. not go ahead and yield it to the u ? At last the New Hebrides were sighted. Alter them came New Oale He was resolved to do so. In fact it was only in line with common donia. I humanitv. "Now," cried Frank, "for the shores of Queensland. We shall He knew that the position of the white explorers, pursued as they soon have reached our destination." were by the wily bushrangers, must be or a most periios sort. How Due west the air ship held its course. The next day a long dull line could they hope to escape ultimate destruction! burst into hazy v1ew. The bushmen would certainly hang like wolves upon their heels un-It was the coast of Australia. til the last man was killed. Our voyagers had reached the Antipodes at last. Every moment Frank knew the characteristics of these deadly natives well. the coast hoe became plainer. Like the baraseing Cossacks, who were mainly responsible for NaTbey saw before them that land or mystery and wonder, or gold and poieon's defeat at .Moscow, these rascals were always ready to strike precious gems or wild and savage beasts. a blow, were never in a position to be struck themselves, being It was a thrilling retl.ectlou that they were to visit those parts or the as elusive as willo'thewisps. wonderful continent, which had thus far never been e:xplored. What Wlio the white explorers were could hardly be guessed. discoveries were before them, what new wonders were to be revealed, They might be !rOvernment surveyors, or a hardy b a nd of pioneer!! they could only conjecture, but the thought caused them an eager or hunters, or perchance gold seekers. In any event they stood sorethrill. ly in need of help. CHAPTER V. THE HEART OF AUSTRALIA. So Frank clambered back aboard the air ship, and said: Forward, Barney. Keep a close watch of the country, for we must overtake and succor them if we cnn." Pomp and Hardy brought out their rilles. The air ship sailed rap-idly on over a rolling country. THE air-ship rapidly drew nearer the coast. Frank took an observation and made out that or more north of Brisbane. There were thick jungles, alternating with groves or trees, and they were fifty miles sometimes a level expanse o! plain high-grown with bosh. Here the marsupial kangaroo with her young lurked. Here also the bush native was most at home. This was in the vicinity of Laguna Bay. All along the coast there were em all towns. Frank bad no intention of stopping at any of these. His impulse wns to penetrate at once into the wilderness. S.J the uir-ship kept on toward gigantic mountain ranges. Once over these farewell was taken of the sea. It eeemed a relief to the voyagers to at least have land beneath them once more. Hardy bung over the roil studying the country be-I There were towns alid haml e ts, plantations and cabins in the forests. People were seen at various occupations peculiar to the country, and all dropped their wcrk to gaze astounded at the airship. Frank maue no signal to tbem, nor liid be venture to descend. His purpose was to keep on into the interior. When night cnme the air-ship was threading its way among the peaks of the Denham Range. Beyond these was the long plain extending to the Warrego River. Thence on the wilderness lay before them. On the air ship swept. The voyagers were all upon the alert, until suddenly they approached a low lying range of rocky hills. Here, below what seemed to be a natural rampart or ledge of rock, were crouched a dozen rough clad meo. Their rilles were speaking sharply, and they were firing into a jungle near, but not a bush native was in sight. There was something terror-inspiring in the position of these men, battling against a mysterious foe, wbo was always so mysteriously invisible, who could never be brought from cover or met upon any vantage ground. .Many a band of hardy explorers like this very band had been over taken by the same fate. Pursued by the dread foe, one by one they had been nn til not one remained to tell the tale. Picked off surely by the poisonous darts. The down toward them. At sight of it a great com motion was created.


IN THE WILD MAN'S LAND. '1 In a moment all were upon their feet. They gazed upon the ap parition apparently dumfoundea. Down sank the uir-sbip and came to a atop but a few hundred feet above their beade. Hello!" shouted Hardy, are you in trouble!" Great kangaroos!'' cried one or the Australians. Who in the mischief are you and what do yoQ call that 'ere craft you're on!" This is the air-ship Swallow!" replied Hardy. An air-shlpf Hang me fer a crocodile. But I never heerd tell of such a thing afore. Where are ye from!" "From America!'' Wall, I'm beat! I might have kuowp yo were a passel of Ynn kees. Nobody o!se could hav11 made up secb a rig to he aure. How do ye make that craft sail In the air?" Can't you see?'' replied Hardy; "electricity is the motive power, but the three rotascopes cause the air ship to keep alloal.." The Australian nodded his head. "Now I kin see," be cried;" thor must be a heap or power i them engines. But come clown an' let us grip yer paw. How many of ye are theref' "There nre four of us.'' "Only four? That's only a handful for this region. I tell ye, these ere bushn1en ore hard to llght." I agree with you there," replied Hardy; but who are you, aml what are you doing up In this regionr It was some moments before the spokesman made reply. Wall, I'm Bill Rudolph or Brisbane, an' these are my friends. We're up in this ore kentry on very serious hizness." "Looking for gold, ell?" "No." Frank Reade, Jr., now came out anit stood beside Hardy. He s!Jouted: "Hold on! We're coming down to have a talk with yon:" "All right!'' replied Rcdolph. We are glad to have yo. I allus had a likin' fer Yankees, being as I'm partly one myself, belonging In Canada when I'm at home." Down ilettled the air-ship. In a few moments It rested upon the ground within a few yards or the party. They came forward heartily, being types of the Australian adven turer and stock grower. All were armed to the teeth, and wore a grim, determined expresSIOn. Frank and Hardy introduced themselves and in turn were Intro duced to the Australians of whom Bill Rudolph seemed to be the leader. So ye've cum to Australia to look fer wild men!" cried Rudolph. "Wall, they're here / It's an easy job to look fer 'em but a mighty hard one to lind 'em." So we expect!" repliAd Frank, but we are curious to know what bas brought you so far into the wilderness." "Only a desperate need could have brought us here, friend," re plied Rudolph. We're on a very important errand, which is the rescue or a beautiful young girl." A "Yes.'' "But-she Is not in the hands of the bushmen!'' "No, if she was we would not taka the trouble to come here, for she would not now likely be alive. Her name is Dorothy Fair anrl she is the daughter of the richest man in Brisbane, Roger Fair. A rascally wretch named Alden Thorpe proposed to her, was refused, then decoved her from home and abducted her into this wilderness. They say be is in league with the bushmen and is called King of ther Bosh. U we git our paws onto him he will bang!'' "Good!" cried Frauk and Hardy in chorus. "He will deserve it." Before Rudolph could sav another word a strange and awful tragedy occurred. It dumfounded all for a moment. CHAPTER VI. AMONG DEADLY FOES. THERE was a sharp momentary swish in the atmosphere and then one or the men threw up his arms with a wild cry of anguish and fell. A poisonous dart was imbedded in his bosom. A few thrills and death had clutched Lim. Whether it was prescience 1or divination none could say. But Barney raised his rifle. Bad luck to the murtherin' divih!!'' he cried, and fired into a clump of tall gross not far away. There came from the covert a smothered cry or anger and pain and out staggered a hush ranger. His half naked bla<.'k form was contort ed and twisted with agony. He fell in a heap. Instantly a dozen shots were pourerl Into the covert by the white men. But evlrlently this fellow bad been the sole occupant. Barney was about to run forward and take a look at his victim, but Rudolph grip ped his arm. For God's sake. don't do that." Phwy not, sor!" "You would be a dead man in two seconds. Be sure the mates of that black rascal are within easy range. We have traveled one hun dred pursued hy these fellows, and thi11 is the first one or them we have clapped eyP-s on.'' "By the hornspoon, it speaks WP.ll for the aim of that gentleman," cried one of the Australians. That's right!'' cried Rudolph. How did yer git yer eyes on him so quick, Irisht" Humph! I guessed at it, sor!'' replied Barney, candidly. "It was only a Ch;lnce shot!" "Well, but we have been making chance shots for the last week, yet we ain't hit outllin'.'' "The bushmen have evidently located you," said Frank. "We came across one of your men iu the bed of the river back here." "Poor Snutb," replied Rudolph. We couldn't risk goic' back ter pick him up.'' In our country," B!!-id Hardy, "we would fight these bushmen as we do our Indians, lake them at their own game." "Humph!" exclaimed Rudolph. "You would lind out Jpooty quick tbet thar's a heap of dill'runce 'twixt bushmen and Injuns. 'l'bese 'ere blacks can out-general anythm' top of ther earth. They kin live whar nnth!n' else can. They'll eat lizards, snakes, toads, or anything creeps or crawls. They're as silent as death, as quick as a shadder, an' ye can't run 'em down.'' How would do for you to make a charge into the bush!" asked Frank. "It would be suicide. The pizen varmints wouldn't be there when we got there, but they'd git a good chance at us. Oh ; we know 'em well!" "In that case," said Hardy, "how do any of you expect to returq from here alilet" Ther ::hances are agio Ull, But here we air, an' we've all sworn to rescue Dorothy Fair or die in the attempt. Eb, boys!" 'fhe Australians gave a plucky cheer. This touched the aerial voyagers at once. Frank exchanged glances with Hardy. Barney spat on his hands, and made up a hideous race. "Gen!)emen, '' said Frank, "we are interested in your project which is certainly a noble and manly one. But we can see that you are in a very precarious position. Now we are traveling in this region purely for love of wild adventures. If It is agreeable to you, ourselves and the air-ship stand ready to co-operate with you in efi ecting the rescue of Dorothy Fair.'' Words can hardly express the effect of thia upon the Australians. They burst into loud and hearty cheers. Rudolph fairly embraced them. "God l.llees ye!" he cried, "it's like Americans that is! This us a llig lift an' I feel sure thet we'll give AI Thorpe a barf! chase!" You eay be is in league with the blacksf' asked Frank. Liveursue. Tbe air-ship could not accommodate the whole party. Therefore it was decided that none of the Australians should go aboard. But the Swallow should hover over them and camp with them at nip;ht. Watch should be vigilantly kept of the bushmen. In this way it was believed that the party could rea.:b the oven plains in safety. There, there would be less to fear from the blacks. Rudolph's belief was that Thorpe bad taken his fair captive to the Pinnacle Mountains, deep in the heart of Australia. Here there utmost impenetrable fastnesses, where it would be easy for t.he wily villain to remain in biding with little fear of dtscov ery by any ordinary means. The inaccessibility of the Pinnacle Mountains seemed to be his safe auard. But the air ship could overcome tllis, and the hopes of the were based upon this fact. No time was lost in at once making the start. First the air ship ascended and traversed a wide circle about, dropping dynamite bombs into the bush. The natives were not proof aaainst this and four or them were rooted out and shot. "This was proyrPss. The Australians wer.e It seemed as 1f Providence had placed wtthm the1r hands the means for euccessfully combatting the deadly and hitherto invmcillle foil. Satislled that be had cleared tho vicinit .v, Frank returned to the little eminence where the party was. Then the start was made. The air ship, upon approaching any jungle or bush, would drop bombs aud dislodge the black foe; so that the Australians traveled in safety. After 'a few day11 of this sort of traveling. not a buRhman seemed to be within miles of them. It seemed as if they had given over Lhe pur& nit. But Rudolph was skeptical. "Yon kin bet It means suthin'," be said, "they never give up. They're likPly hatchln' up some new scheme." His words proved prophetic. Gradually the party had worked their way into the Interior. In fact they had c.ome in view of the Pinnacle Mountains. These from the distauL view were seen to hale been rightly named. A stranger aggregation of mountain peaks could hardly be imagined.


8 IN THE WILD MAN'S LAND. They formed a semi-circul&r chain, with a level plain leading up to their base. In this horseshoe like enclosure the air-ship deaceuued, just as tb& of fell. It was purposed to encamp here and the next day to enter the hills. Rudolph and his men soon had found a spring nod made a tire. A young kangaroo was shot and meat furnished for the party. There was plenty of game in the bosh about. For several days now nothing bad been seen of the bush natives, nod the party felt quite secure. Fatal security! This led unfortunately to a laxtty or precaution. Usually the air ship had extended a live wire about n radius or a quarter o! a mile from camp, contact with which would sound an alarm aboard the Swallow. But, encamped here, right under the Pinnacle Peaks, somewhat singularly this precaution was not taken. 'l'he coast seemed clear. In the camp, two men served alternately as sentries. On boar4 the air ship Barney watched the first half of the night and Pomp the latter. The search-light sent a pathway of llgbt agamst the mountain wall. The camp firelight was paled by it. For some hours the Australians lay about the camp tire, smoking and conversing. Then one by one they turned in and went to sleep The sentry paced up and down before the camp. One hundred feet distant Barney aat upon the fore rail of the air ship watching the gloom. 'l'he lookout aeemed adequate nod all seemed securtt. No sign of the foe was seen. But shortly after midnight, Barney fancied he beard the call of a lyre bird in a diatnnt It was answered from another point. Had the Celt been upon the American plains, he would have inter preted it 1111 the signal of Indian foes. As it was, he was a htlle more on his guard, ... Aftet awhile the note of the lyre bird sounded again, and was an. swered from another quarter. The intonation did not sound natural. It is a signal, bejubera," m ottered B"rney, "on me worrod It is I The spalpeens are out there!" Satisfied of this, the Celt was undecided what to do. His first im poise was spread an alarm. But upon second thpught he refrained from this. It did not seem altogether nece11sary. Alter all, the foe could not inYade the camp without being seen. So Barney decided upon a different move. He whistled to the camp sentry. The Australian was sitting upon a !allen log, with his guo upon his knee, and apparently gazing in ten tty Into the darkness of the bush. To the Celt's surprise Lhe sentry did not answer him nor did he move. Whlsht now, an' pliwat's the mr.tther wid his ears!" muttered the Celt. Sbure it must be deaf he is." Again he whistled. But though the note was louder it had no better effect than before. The feiiJW did not heed it. The Celt was astounded. "Shure it's asblape he Is!" he muttered, with slow conviction. Och, hone, an' that wit! niver dol" That the camp sentry should allow himself to fall asleep at his post was to Burney almost a crime. He was tilled with indignation. "On me worrud!'' be retlected, he ought to he hung up hy the heels fer that. Shure has he no regard fer the loives av all the rest in the camp!" Then m the distant depths of the bush the Celt once more heard a shrill note, the same peculiar note of the lyre bird. It was the aarue deadly signal, the same warning of the proximity of great peril. One moment the CAit retlected upon the proper move for him to make. With the camp sentry asleep, there seemed nothing to pre vent the deadly bushmen from entering the camp ant: slatighterlng all or its inmates. Barney hesitated no longer. With au angry Impulse be leaped over the rail. He woull\ arouse, the stupid guard and teach him a severe lesson for his negligence. Filled wllh these angry thoughts, Barney crossed the intervening space to the spot where the guard sat. "Shore, it's a foioe m(Jo yt>z are!'' he shouted angrily, "an' I a-wbiatllo' fer yez fer the lasht tin minutes, an' divil an answer. Ashlape at yer post, eh1 Shure it's a batin' yez desarvel" BaroAy placed a rough hand on the man's shoulder and shook him vigorously. As be did so he was confronted with an appalling dis covery which fairly froze the blood in his 'teins. CHAPTER VII. A TERRIBLE FIGHT. BENEATH Barney's grip the sentry tilted limply forward, and as the Celt relaxed his hold, he slipped oft the log and lay with breast and face exposed to the For u moment the Celt's brain fatrly reeled, Mither alive r.resurve us!" he gasped. Those distorted features, cold staring eyes and the fallen jaw, were proofs or au awful fact. The sentry was a corpse. Dead!'' the Celt. Then he leaned forward an instant. 'l'berA was a dash ol blood upon the man's gray shirt. There imbedded in the hreust was one or the terrible p01soned darts. It had penetrated the heart and death had been of course instant aneous. The dart had been tired from the darkness of the bush. Tbe fell stroke had come so sudden that the poor wretch had not even bud time for an outcry. Barney did not waste but a few moments of precious time In that spot. He knew full well the awful importance of prompt action. At the same moment there had come to him the !rewsome thought that he was also exposed to the deallly darts. A:t any moment be might experience the sensation or one or them in his own body. But the Celt never lost his presenct> of mind. Very coolly he ped back aud then with a lightning spring was in the center of the camp aud among the slumbering forms. With u quick movement he kicked away the burning embers of the fire, and then shouted: .. Up, up, ullav yez! Shure we're no' the foe is upon us!" At that instant something struck the crowu of his hat. He heard the hii!ing of objects in the air Barney kuew tllat these were poisoned darts. Self preservation is the first law or nature. He thre'IY himself fiat upon the ground aud be11;11D to wriggle toward Ute air-ship. Dark forms had come hurtling out of the bush. The terrible dnrta were flying everywhere. "Kape down all av yez!" cried Barney, "don't get up on yer feet or yez will be hit." But the Australians, wakened from a sound sleep in such a thrilling manner, naturally were confused to understand anytbiug, nod their tlrst impulse was to get upon tlleir fset. Fatal move! The deadly darts struck them down like sheep. Fire was opened with their defective mczzle loaders, but in the

IN THE WILD MAN'S LAND. It was a deadly fire, and the blacks fell like nine-plus, until with a ahadowlike celerity they dispersed into the bush. apara oue or shouted Frank; "keep up the tire!" At the same moment the young inventor sprung into tlie pilot bouse, and raised the air ship a few feet from the ground. 'l'hen, with the search light sweeping in every direction, a veritable fiery the bushmen were pprsued. But they bad vanished like mist before the sun. Witli the remarkable faculty poasessed by them or making them selves invisihle, they had disappeared. Not one could be ferreted out. But a hot tire was kept up iu the thickest of the bush. Every part or it was riddled with shot. For un area of a mile this was kept up remorsiJiessly, untildaylight eame. It wa' reasonably certain now that the bushmen bad been driven from the Immediate vicinity. That will be a good lesson for them,'' cried Con Hardy; we must have killed a score or them. 1 have some curiosity to look at one or the wretctws." "Humph!" exclaimed Rudolph; "do yo eckon you'll have tiler cbanc .. r Why not!" asked Hardy; "there must be a :lozen or more lying dead in the camp." "1 doubt it." "How so!" und see," said "Rudolph, positively. "The bushmen seldom leave their dead upon th6 lleld." "But they have bad no cllance to take these away.'' Hartly was positive that the bushmen could not have removed their llead from theeamp. The early morning light was breaking when the air-ship descended upon the camp. It rested upon the ground, and then Lhe voyagers aprang over the rail. Tne sight spread before their gaze 1'&8 a fearful one. There lny the dead forms of the Australians nearly stripped of their and elfects. They were shockingly muLilated. It was a sorrowful sight. Tenderly they were sLralgbt.lned and prepared for bnriaL Graves were ling ln the wilderne88 sand, and they were buried. A slab of atone was procured, and with a !rammer and chisel Frank ent in the names of the victims ar.d the date or t he massacre. That stone won't atay here," declared Rudolph. "Those black scoundrels will carry it oft1" Do you believe ltf' asked Frank, with horror. "JL's likely, an' the_y will probably drag every man from his grave like tber ghouls they are. CHAPTER VIII. He will do her no injury be sure. Hid game will he ter Coree her to come to his terms an' marry him or her own free consAot.'' IL was decided to begin the search at once. The airsbip sailed ov11r Lhe range of bills and now it was easily seen how enormous the task before them was. The bills were of great extent and In places almost inacce!sible. It would be hard to lind a wilder, more outlandish spot on Lhe race ol this terrestrial foot-stOol. So fur as could be seen no human being found abode in the hills. For three days air ship reconnoitered the territory. Really uotlling el9e could be done. Or at least this was neceasary as a first or preliminary move. In tllis time Frank hud drawn extensive and accurate maps or tbe m runge. And now he applied the principle of logic to his scheme. He marked all of the available passes in and out of the hills. These passe& be reckoned as the only likely ground to he passed over by the villain in entering or leaving !Jis den. He must employ some one of these passes. Wllich one, was yet be dete:mined! How to do this would have puzzled an ordinary man. Hardy suggested watching each in torn. But this was not feasible, as while the air ablp wa cbed one pass, the vlllaius cocld simply use another. Frank's pl6n was original and most elfeetlve. He brought from hts cabin down a heavy chest. This he opened and took out a great mass of steel netting. As this wus disentangled it assumed the shape of coats and trousers and head coYeriugs, all of lluely woYen steel. "Jemimul" ej'lculated Hardy, "coats of mail! Yes, whole suits of it!" "Just sot" replied Frank, nod impervious to any riDe bull or the darts of the foe. There are six suits here. every man put one on for to-night. They are light and will not distress one." The e!lect of this upon the party was thr' lling. Rndolpb danced Cor very joy. Kangaroos and hares!" he cried. We' I whip the foe easy in these rigs. Ah, if my brave boys only bad had such a thing." Frank put the sixth sutt back in the chest. The voyagers each donned a suit of the mail. Then i'rank explnined his purpose. "I om going to put out every light aboard the air-ship," he said; tonight is moonless and will be dark as Erelms. First we will de scend into the puss under us. Here 1 will stretch a wire across it two feet from the ground. It will he only a hair wire wl.ich will break at the slightest pressure. But it will spring an ulurm bell on board the air ship when it breaks. Whoever passes through the de tile will break it without knowing it." "Now, In every pass on this side of the range, I am going to put one of these wires. They will be numuerell and will cunnllct 'IUth IN THE PINNACLE HILLS. alarm bells on board the Swnllow, which will be a few hnndred feet THIS announcement caused a thrill of horror to ran through the up in the air. In that way we shall locate the pass used by the vii party. luins In entering and leaving their retreat. It will be the first step "They ought to be exterminated !I' cried Hardy. toward learning the location or their den." Tha,s trne enough," ap;reed Rudolph. "They an' the rabbits .. Clever," cried Hardy. Oh, Frank, yon are a wonderl" are the curse or Australia. Bat ye might as well try to stop a pesti" I never cud hev thought up sccb a scheme in a hundred years," ience with cold water." declared Rudolph. "It'll work!" Rudolph"s prediction in regard to the bodies of the bushmen had "Then," said F rank, "us there migbt be danger or our being exproved true enough. posed to the poisonous darts wlule laying the wire, oar mail snits will Not one was to be found. come into good play. We can the m." Hurdv was not only disappointed bur mystified. The voyagers couhl hardly wait for nightfall to come. "I don't understand that," he said; however conld they get them But finally the day waned, and the darkness of Egypt settled dowo out or the way so quickly!" over the land. Frank turr.ed olf all the lights. "That's the conundrum," declared Rudolph. "Nobody was ever The party was all equipped, and silently the air ship sank down yet smart enough to tell. I tell yew they are qneer cattle these wild into the llrst pass. The wire was placed and thll connection with a men of the bush!'' small battery made. Then wire was paid out from the spool as the Ugh!' said Hardy. "I begin to fear them., air ship rose. "Yon would fear them indeed if you knew 'em as well as I do.'' In this way four of the pusses were fixed. The air ship rose to a However, the affair was ended. The sad funeral was ovtlr, and height or several hundred feet, and the lights were turned on. the voyagers were now confronted with the exigencies of an uncerFor two hours the voyagers aut watching the Signal bells. ,llidtain future. night passed, and it began to look as it no one would pass in or out "To rescue ths' Dorothy Fair!" cried Rudolph; "thet's oil I keer or the pass that night. about now. If we kin only ran down Thorpe an' rid the ken try o! a There was or course a possibility or the signals being sounded by renegade an' ther worst scoundrel in Australia, that's what will sat some other cause. A wild animal might come in contact with the lafy me!" wire, or it might relax of its own voJitiou. But nothing venture noth "Well," Bllid Frank, "we'll try it, friend Rudolph; bnl it begins to ing gain. look !Ike a bir; und"rtaklng." Suddenly one or the bells tinkled. Every man was upon his feet. Wall, you bet!" Pass number three!" cried Hardy. That is the way to the den, "I suppose we are to look for him in these bills!" Frank." Yas." 1 The young Inventor's eyes glistened. "It's the most likely place.'' We'll see," he said, stoically. Sartin!" The hours passed until daylight came again. None of the otber "Humph! There are more caverns and secret nooks bere than one signals were spruqg. eould ferret out In a lifetime. It begins to look to me like looking Pass Nomber Three was undoubtedly the entrance to the hidden for a needle In a haystack.'' den or the King or the Bush. So much was gained. But there was Frank Reade, Jr., however, was a man of resource and expedient. more to do. He was not to be defeated. Frank's active brain soon devised another expedient. In fact he reveled lq the solullon or just such problems as the pres"We must track the rascals to their biding-place," he said. "Barent. Flnt of all be decided upon a ney and Mr. Rudolph, I will ask your coop e ration. Pomp and Mr. Somewhere in these Pinnacle Hills in the heart of Australia Alden Hardy can guard the air-ship while we are away!" Thorpe, the renegade bushman, had a retreat. And In that retreat be What!" cried Rndolph. Air we going to try it on our own hook, beld as captive the fair daughter or Roger Fair. I cap'en!" The young girl in such villainous bands might ere this be beyond I will explain my plan later," said Frank. "We will have to their aid. But Ruh said with conviction: walt for darkness.''


10 IN THE WILD MAN'S LAND. Begorra I'm ready fer anything,'' cried Barney, divil the odds I teet. On the other side was a shelving descent into glades and bolao long as yez lead the way, Mistber Frankl" lows far below. "I will agree to do that," said Frank. The needle pointlld directly to the mountain wall, and here, almost The airship hovered qver the hills all r.hat day. invisible in the face of the cliff, a path was round. Two could not walk Constant watch was kept for some sign of the wily bushmen. Bat abreast upon it. or coarse nothing was seen. below fully a thousand feet was a terrible rocky bole. Along this There could be no but that Thorpe and his shadow gang path they must proceed. were aware of the air ship's presence and its purpose. What their There was no hesitation. sensations were could only be imagined. Frank led the way watching the :needle. It was a difficult and risky They kei>t assidiously out of sight., however. But Rudolph said: feat. "Humph! they're acomin' and going all ther time, but they know At any moment a shgbt misstep might send one of them hurtling how ter do it without bein' seen. They're watcbiu' us night aa' day." into the depths. Slowly the day wore on. Slowly along the path they made their way. They bad proceeded The aerial voyagers were glad, indeed, when night settled down thus what seemed an interminable distance, when a cold chill fell again. Thr11llng adventures were before tbem. upon all. Aa soon as darkbess had fairly settled down, Frank made his prepAn unmistakable sound came to their hearing some one was comarati?ns. He mixed. a cnn or a curious chemical Which be txplained log along the path. as bemg somewhat One of the bushmen undoubtedly on his way to the den. What was "By means of th1s, he sa1d, "I hope to track the bushmen to to be done! For a moment all were nigh frozen with horror. den. We may succeed and we may fall. We must wear our To be exposed at this moment, just when victory seemed right so1ts of mall and go well armed. We may get mto a desperate llgh.t. within their grasp, would be bard indeed. Yet what co"ld be done! Ir we do, then Pomp and H&rdy must come to our assistance. I WJll The bosh native was in their rear. Rudolph the big Australian give a whistle like this." Frank gave the signal. "Upon hearing it wae the last of the trio. you must tllrow the search light into tl;le defile and come down to help Not a word was spoken. The three men crouched against the us.'' mountain wall. "A'ri.ght, Marse cried Pomp., I jes' do dat, sah." It was impoaslble for the bushranger to pass them without discov" I I gomg Withyou fellows, said Hardy log He must surely come in touch with them. "We.!,' sa1d Frank, "bhere two men the a1r &hlp. A single cry, a warning note, and the game would be up. I want Barney, and as Mr. Rndolph IS an Australian and knows the Frank and Barney drew their knives. But Rudolph, the giant Auscountry, I thought he would be the uext best man.'' tralian had set Ilia powerful frame against the mountain wall and Oh, that Is all right," Hardy. I am willing to stay waited: where I can do the most good." So the matter was settled. The party landed at a little past the midnight hour. Thll air ship, with allllghts douced, sank lightly down, and the three adventurers left her deck. : Then the Swallow sprung into the air again and left them upon terra firma, and in the dark dApths of the Pwnacle Hills and amid un known dangers. What would the next few hours bring CorthT CHAPTER IX. SOME CLEVER TRAILING. AFTER silently to make sure there was no foe near, the trio set out silently up the pass. Frank led the way with his pail or chemical When they had arriv ed at the narrowest part of the pass, ana where the wire had previous ly been placed, he paused. Here the tloor of the pass was or smooth rock from wall to wall. The passage of water over it at some time had rendered It smooth. Here Frank proceeded to apply the chemieal to the rock with a brush. He covered the entire width with a coating several feet wide, the advent11rers taking care to be upon the upper side so as not to have to cross it. Then Frank stowed the pall in a crevice in the clill and the three men crouched down against tbe wall to wait and watch. An hour passed. Then a slight rustling sound was heard. It was only momentary, and there was a sensation or somebody passing. That was all. Nothing was seen. Silently the trio waited. All was stlllnesa in the pass. Barney and Rudolph were wondering what Frank was going to do. But tbe young inventor knew his busioe8s well. He wa1ted what he deemed was the requisite length of time. Then he drew a small electric globe from his pocket Jt was con nected with a small battery. It gave a tiny light, which thrown downward could not be seen in any other direction. With this he advanced to the center of the pass. Then he scrutinized the stone tloor a few moments. Up the pass for a hundred feet they went. Then he produced from his pocket what looked like a small com pass with a needle which was unprotected by any cover of glass. Frank adjusted this needle, and then taking a small viul from his pocket he applied n Cew dr_QJJs of liquid to the point or the needle. .,.It quivered a :ew moments, swung about and pointed up the pass. "I thought so,'' whispered Frank. This material which is on the needle has an affinity of a powerful magnetic character for the chemical. Now th"t bush native has walked through the chemical and will leave a trail of it for a mile at lea9t. By following this nee dle's course we will track him." This was very wonderful. Surely Frank Reade, Jr., was a wonderful inventor. Nothing was said, however, nod up the detlle the three trailers crept. It was Blow work. Frank was obli2ed to keep bis eye constantly on the needle, by means of the little inverted electric light which could be seen no where else. Barney and Rudolph were obliged to keep their eyes and ears open, being constantly on the alert. And thus the trio went on. It seemed ages to them ere they reached the end of the pass. Upon one aide rose the sheer wall of the mountain for a thousand He knew the average height or the l>ash native was but little over five feet. He ju

IN 'IRE WILD MAN 'S, LAND. 11 Therefore there was need extreme care. They were upon the alert. "I want ter git my eyes onto the king of this tribe," whispered Rudolph; "he's tiler man I want to see." Perhap9 there are other parts of the cavern, said Frank; "ho may be there. I don't see any white man among them." "Bless ye he's nigh as black! But he's a way or dressin' different of course.'' "Begorra tliere's a loight throurh an open in' beyant," said Barney, "mebbe It's another cavern, sor.' "You are right," said Frank, with some excitement, "let us get a look at it.'' This was a problem however. How were they to cross tl!e b!g cavern? However, Frank led the way along the wall in the shadows. Being dark forms and unsuspecting the presence of a foe, if they were seen by any of the blacks no attention was paid to them. They passed safely around and into the shadows beyond. It was a most dari11g move. Elated with their success they were a trifle emboldened. They saw a cavern chamber beyond. And what they beheld astonished them. This chamber was with silk curtains and carpeted with rugs, and contained comfortable furniture as well as being lit with oil lamps. There waa a well stocked book-case, a table strewn with papers, and at this table saL a powerful framed mao. He was dressed much like au Australian of the better class with white trousers and broad bat, and velvet coat. His face was dark and evil. That he was the notorious King or the Bush," Alden Thorpe'; the renegade half breed ruler or the wild men, there was no doubt. Our adventurers gazed upon him with deep interest. CHAPTER X. IN THE LION'S DEN. PARTICULARLY was Rudolph impressed He clenched his hands fiercely and said: "That IS tile man whom I wish to settle accounts with. He is the worst Yilyun on this earth.'' But from his personnel the ptuty glanced to thnt of two other OCCU pants or the chamber. They were botb females. One was a black woman, dressed In half-civilized fashion. The other was a vision of rare lovelil!ess. Dorothy Fair was a beauty or the type. But her lovely fea. tures were drawn with suflering, and her face pale, though proud and resolute In its expression. The black woman's hand was upon her shoulder, and It was plain that she was her keeper. The young captive's lips movlld, and she spoke: No, Alden Thorpe, my spirit is not broken. Nor can you ever break it. I defy you, and adjure you in the name of Heaven to take me back to my friends. I do not love yon, and I will never marry you!" A malignant frown rested upon the brow of the King of the Bueh. is proudly spoken," he said; "bot it Is naught. If I have to keep you here forever I will win you. You shnll be mine and ac knowledge love for me-l have sworn it." Rudolph uttered a half audible ejaculation, and would have taken a step forward. But Frank clutched his arm. "Is this all you have to say to me?" asked t}le defiant young girl. "Quite all, unless you have concluded to be reasonable," replied the bosh chief suavely. "Then take me back to my prison chamber," said Dorothy reso lately; "but before I go, let me tell you that strong and just mAn are on your track, and they will hunt you down and you will pay for this with your life!" The bush chief laughed derisively. "You are mad!" he cried, "they might search a thousand years and they would never find yon. Agaiu, no living man could ever reach this pluce, f01; my men, the most silent, invisible and deadliest foAs in the world, would annihilate Lhem bef ore ever they got near 'hese hills. Our adventurers could not help a smile at this. "So you see," continued the villain mockin gly, "bow utterly hope leas your case is. You are mine virtually; you might as well yield and be min8-"lllingly. I beg or you, Dorothy; I swear to make you happy!" He arose aud advanced toward her. But she repelled him like a tigress; her eyes flashed tire. Do not come near me,'' slle gritted. The villain paused with a deprecatory wave of his hand. Not yet!" he said, you will come to It by and by, Take her back, Reta, and bring her here again in the morning. Adieu, my charmer!" The black woman led the fair captive away. Then Thorpe turned to his taule and his papers. It was a strange scene. And as our adventurers gazed upon this strange man, with his etamp of civilization, the ruler of the wildest class of beings on earth, they could not help bot reflect upon the fact that h!l was no ordinary being. To look upon such a scene, deep in the heart of w1ld Austral", was a strange, anomalous thing. But something must be done. Thev were there tor the purpose or rescuiQg Dorothy Fair. They had accomplished much. They had ferreted out her hldmg place, and had penetrated into tl!e very den of her captor. But here they were confronted with the greatest obstacles of all. How were they to effect her liberation and transport her from the place without discovery? It was a problem. They drew deeper into the shadows, and held a faintly whispered conversation. Rudolph proposed a daring move. I reckon If we could get the pincers ooto the old wolf we coulll brmg him to terms," he declared. "S'posiu' I creep up thar behmd him and get a gr1p on his windpipe? One of ye can stick a gag In his month, an' then we'll tie blm up an' drag him into one of these dark passages. I'll dress up In his clothes, imitate his voice, walk In an' let the girl out. Then we can work the rast the best way we can." Frank and Barney gazed with astonishment at the wan, who could make so daring a proposition. Yet they could see that if it was successful the game would be won. It was a daring coup, but in lieu or a better scheme why not try it? That will be a risky game," whispered Frank. Wall, not if I kin giL my hande on his windpipe afore he kin hoi ler," declared Rodolph. Enough," said Frank; we must risk someth ing to win, hut if you are seen--" Only another risk,'' declared the Australian, coolly. "Now, I'll tell ye what to do. Stay right here, and I'll go around back of the varmint. If I get into trouble you must help me.'' "or course I" "But I t hink I can play a lone hand. Watch fer signs." 'l'he daring Australian glided away in the shadows. Around the cavern wall be went until he was in the rear of the villain, who was engrossed in his papers. Silently and swiftly the gaunt figure glided down upon the King of the Bush. In a moment he wasbut a yard behind him. Then something crunched under his foot. Thorpe wheeled like a llash, bn t too late. Tbe strangler's powerful fingers were at his windpipe. His gleam ing eyes, his wild face, were pressed close into the busbranger's. "Not a word, ye dog, or ye die!" he hissed. "Ye'rfl mine; mine, Alden Thorpe, curse yel'' or course the bushranger could not answer. The deadly lingers were crushing ligilt and reason out of his carcass. His tongue protruded, his ey8J bulged hideously, and he relaxed limply into the Australian's powerruJ arms. Fortunately noue of t he bushmen in the other cavern saw this. l'icklng the villain up like a puppet Rudolph dragged him into \he shadows where were Barney and Frank. By Jove!" exclaimed th& young inventor, "you did that well, The Australinn reluctantly relall.ed his grip on the villain's windpipe. I ought to kill the vermin,'' he gritted, but I've another use for him. He's coming to. Pot a gag in bis mouth." Barney hastily him, aud then his clothing was removed, after wh1ch he was bound nand and foot. Lying helpless thus on his back In the side cavern, the villain was lelt for a moment. Quickly Rudolph donl!ed the velvet coat, the trousers and the broad hat of the captive. He did not look ttnlikt> the King of the Bush. He pulled the hat rim down to conceal his features. Then he said: Now I'm goio' into the other cavern arter the gal. Don't leave here unless I call. Leave it all to me!" "Good lock to yezl" cried Barney. "I admire yer pluck!" Rudolph glided away; and a moment later with perfect sang froid he crossl'd tbe cavern and vanished into the inner cavern. As he entered this Inner cavern, the Australian encou::tered his first risk. He met the black woman who wa& Dorothy's keeper face to face. The rim or his hat was well polled down and Rudolph trusted to the shadows to conceal his features. He imitated Thorpe's voice to perfection, as he said: "I'm going in to see the gal, Reta. If you've got any place you'd like to go, now is yer chance.'' The black w9man only gave the speaker a superticial glance. She might have thought her master a trilla odd in his manner, but never once dreamed that it was not him. "All right, master," she said in good English; "when shall I return!" "Say an hour, replied Rudolph, carelessly, "in the meanwbile I am not tP.r be disturbed." Tbe black woman bowed nod w ent out from the inner cavern. She was evidently glad of th e respite. Rudolph was elated, but cool as an icicle. He went on slowly and passed into a small cavern chamber which contained llhairs and a couch. Up from this sprung the fair captive, Dorothy Fair. Her manner wus llerce and tigress like. She recognized in her visitor only her captor. \


12 IN 'l'HE WILD MAN'S LAND. What does this intrusion meant" she cried angrily. Villain! I what do you want here!" Fo1 a moment Rudolph chuckled. Then he looked sharply about him. "Is there anybody around here!" he asked apprehensively, What do you meanr The Australian laughed lightly, then removed his broad bat. In an instant the young girl uttered a sharp, joyous cry: "Bill Rudolph! You here?" Then you know met'' asked the Australian with a chuckle. "Easy, Dorothy, for we are surrounded with great dangers." "Oh, you have corne to rescue me,'' breathed the overjoyed girl. "Heaven be praised! you brave good man!" Rudolph choked a little but said: Yes, we're goin' to try an' git ye out of tbiil scrape. I have two companions In that outer cavern." Then Rudolph told his story Dorothy lietened eagerly. Nowt'' ask&J the Australian, "do you know of any oLher means of exit from this cavern!" How did you come in!" she asked Rudolph described tbe entrance. "I did not enter that way,'' she said. I was brought here !n a boat which came right Into the CILVern. It was a small river, I think.'' "The steamer below the cataract,'' exclaimed Rudolph, "it must be a subterranean river. By the' born spoon, we'll get out of this ere serape yet. Jest leave it to me." The Australian was delighted. CHAPTER XI. DEEDS. RuDOLPH decided upon a bold move. He turned to the young girl, and said: "You will follow me and not be afraid, Sis!" I will!'' she replied, bravely. "There may be some fightin'. If there is don't be skeered. You'll git out of it all right. : I will promise you!" she said, bravely. Rudolph took her by the band and boldly led the way into the outer cavern. He skirted its wall until be reached the side cavern where be had left Barney and Frank wub their captive. Here explanations were made. Rndo\ph announced his daring plan. Thar's a boat under thet cataract," he said, but in order to git it you've got ter cross ther hull cavern whar ther blacks are. I think I could do it an' they'd take toe fer Thorpe. 1 could take the girl with me an' get clean away before they'd suspect anything." A good move," said Frank. Bilt wbat will become of you fllllers?" We will find our way out the way we came in," said Frank. Do yll think ye canr 11 We will try. If not, we will fight our way out." Be jabers, that we will!" Rudolph shook hie head. "Too great odds," he said; "I would not try that. Anyhow I'll put the gal into the boat. Can you manage a boat, sis!" "Yes," replieJ Dorothy bravely. I'll lind my way down the underground river alone." But after she gets out--" began Frank "We must be thar to moet ber," said Rudolph grimly. So the plan was decided upon. The villain Thorpe was left belplesll upon the cavern tloor. RudolJ;II. thought he ought to be killed, but did not care to redd11n his hands. "Ther devil will get him some time," be muttered. ".-\n' then he'll find his reckoning!" So Frank and Barney proceeded to make their way back in the shadows to the passage by which they bad entered. As !or Rudolph, he took Dorothy's arm and marched boldly out into the main cavern. He attracted the attention of the blacks. They glanced at bim, but he saw that their mien was respectful. It was plain that they regarded him as their king. What his purpose was with the g;rl Cllptive was nollnng to them. Straight to tbe foot or the cataract Rudolph went. True enough, here on the sands was a long dugout boat. Rudolph paused a moment. "Ir I thought those chaps would not need help," he said, "I'd go with you, sis." "Do not!" protested the young girl. "I can manage the boat alone. When 1 come out into the open country I will hide in the bush un,il you come to find me!" Brave gal," muttered Rudolph. Git into the boat. Now, have ye got tbe paddle!" '' Yes. "God bless ye an' good-bye!" Good-bye!'' Out into the current shot the boat. Tbe next moment it vanished with Its fair occupant Into the cavernous mouth beyond. Rudolph breathed a mental prayer for a successful trip. Then he turned with the thought of aiding Frank and Barney. He walked coolly along to the mouth of the cavern, where the en I trance was made from the clilf. He could easily have walked out to freedom and safety. But at that moment a thing occurred. A snarling animal-like cry went through the cavern. '!'ben two human ligures were seen grappling in the A quick rifle shot followed. Discovered!" gasped Rudolph. "Heaven help 'em now!" Every bushman was rushing to the spot. Burney and Frank malie a desperate efl'ort to reach cavern exit. Darts tlew all about them. Only the steel mall saved their liVf'S, They kept their Winchesters at work with deadly efl'ect. The bush men fell rigb t and left. 'But two against three hundred was terrible odds. Their rate would have been quickly sealed bad it not been for Ru dolph. The plucky Austr11.1ian bad resolved upon a daring move. He rushed into the circle or firelight and shouted fiercely; Bnck, every mother's son of ye! Let them go!" Astounded the blacks paused. They saw an angry towering figure which they believed to be that or their chief. It was Frank'd and Burney's chance. They saw at once the shrewd game of Rudolph. A moment more and they were in the outer cavern passage fleeing for thetr lives. The stnrt thus obtained was their salvation. But Rudolph saw that he must follow up his advantage quickly or he would be betrayed. A close acquaintance witll the blacks would certaitJiy result in this. So lle carried out llis desperate coup with admirable nerve and sang froid. He made a sweeping motion to tbe and tlley fell back. '!'hen be turced and strode into the gloom of the cavern passage af ter Frank and Barney The blacks were puzzled beyond measure, and for a time madl! no action. But suddenly a cry carne from the inner cavern. Thorpe bad succeeded in ejecting his gag, and now shouted lustily for help. It quickly came. Then the daring game was quickly explained. The pursuit waa CJ.Uick and angry. But the three rescuers bad already reached the path along the mountain wall. Here Frank saw a uark ollject hovering in the sky above. Instantly he put his whistle to his lips and blew a note. It was immediately answered from above. The airshlp!" cried Ru1iolph. "We are saved!'' 'fhat is true," cried Frnnk, llut it Is all owing to your daring work!" Not all," said Rudolph, modestly. Down came the a1r-ship close to the mountain wall. The search light showed the three adventurers clinging to the narr')W path. But at thaL very moment the blacks came out upon the rocky shelr in pursuit. Tbey were beaded by Thorp!!, insane with fury. Darts were hurtling about our adventurers. But again the impervious suits of mail saved them. Hardy threw down the l'ldder and they scrambled alloard. Now," cried Frank, "let's give them a dose.'' He rushed into the cabin and came out with some dynamtte bombs. The air sblp saile:l over the 11helf of rock swarming with the blacks, and the bombs were thrown down into their midst. The eft'ect was thrilling. Dozens of the wretches were slain. The others were glad enough to tetreat in to the cavern. For the nonce our adventures bad the best or the situation. But now the common tbougllt was of Dorothy Fair. What waa her fate! Had the brave young girl really succeeded in making the passage of ttie subterranean liver in her dugout! This must he ascertamed. Let me said Rudolph. As near as I can make out tbat river emerges upon the bush plain four miles eastward. We must go thither at once." Will she have emerged as yet!" asked Frank. "Oh, no!" replied Raaolph, "it would take her a long while to drift four miles on that sluggish current. She may not get out be fore daylight. Besides it Is certain that tl:Je bushmen will pursue her." "Then there is urgent need of our being at the river's exit." "Certainly." Frunk lifted the air-ship over the mountain wall, and it sailed down the other slope of the Pinnacle Range and finally bung over the plain beyond. It did not take long to locate the river. The search-light did this. The air-ship descended upon the spot where it emerged from a dark cav11rn. Close watch was kept of the current. The search-light Illuminated the cavern roof. A.n hour passed. The gray light of dawn bad begun to appear in the east. Then Rudolph began to wax nervous. He consulted his watch. She ought to drift raster than a mile an hour," he said, and she woald paddle some, too. It is time for her to appear." Frank looked up. Unless--'' "What?" Thorpe has overtaken her." Rudolph muttered an imprecation. "In that case!" be said, "all our work would be for naught We


IN THE WILD MAN' S LAND. 13 would have it all to do over again, and we might not have as good SUCCOIIB next time.'' That is true," agreed Frank; "but we will hope for t.he best." The son presently r01e, and the electric lights were doused. The air ship's occupants were getting nervous. 1 wish I had some sort of a craft," said Rudolph. I'd venture a trip np there.'' We have a small robber canoe aboard," said Frank. "Huve you!" cried tbe Australian eagerly ; "that will all right." it out, Burney," said Frank. The Celt haatened to obey. "You see'' said Rudolph, "it is not impossible that she may have ran aground or lodged upon a rock somewhere. There is need of quick The portable canoe was brought. The air compartments were fillod, and it fioated buoyantly upon the river. Rudolph got Into it and paddled rapidly away. Up the river cnrrent be went, and vanished in the cavern. The voynow set themselves to patiently await his return. Time pa88ed. An hour dragged by. Then another. Hardy began to advance doubts. .. Something is wrong!" be declared; "it is time that be bad re turned. He must have gone clear hack into the cavern.'' "Venturesome fellow!" said Frank, anxiously. "I fear that was au unwise move!" Had we not ought to do something about it!" asked the young aeronaut. We will wait a while longer!'' said Frank. The words bad barely left his lips when a warning cry came from Barney. Shure, Miather Frank, there's a Jot av the spaipeens comin'!" The next moment an astounding thing bappenell. Out or the caveru glided, not the craft containing 'Rudolph and Dor othy, bnL tliree huge dugout canoes each coutalniug a half dozen blacks. Tiley were not aware or the presence of the airship until close upon it. CHAPTER XII. WHICH IS T H E END. WoRDS can hardly depict the situation. It was an astounding ODP, It was hard to say which were the most surpriaed, the aerial voyogers or the blacks. For a moment it was a tableau. Then Barney cried: "Shure, Misther Frank, phwat do yez say!" "Annihilate them!" roared the young inYentor. Give them a good volley-don't spare one!'' The order watt instantly obeyed. Hardy and Pomp and Bar01y and Frank all opened fire on the black horde. 'l'helr yells 111\ed the air But over went their canues, and they dived into the current like ducks to avoid the bullets. Some of them got safely ashore and escaped. But many sank to r1se no more. In a very short while not a bushman was in the vicinity. Bot the question now arose where was Bill Rudolph Bad be fallen Into the hands of the bush natives! was his fate! 'fhere seemed no way to Jearn this. Frank was i n a quandary. What did it mean! "Let us take a trip over the mountain," suggested Hardy, "perhaps we will Jearn something over there.'' That won' t do," saill Frank. .. Whyr "We were to remain here for the return of Rodolph. Suppose be returns after we are gone.'' This was logic. Hardy admitted it, and said: "How lOng ought we to wait here for him!" Ob, a reasonable length or time. One day at least!" So the air-ship kept its position. Several hours passed. Suddenly a shower of something came down th e mountain side and rattled upon the air-ship's deck, A g lance showed them to be darts. '1'hree or them struck Barney and all the other voyagers were bit. But thanks to the suits of mail which they yet wore-tbey were un. "By Jove!" exclaimed Hardy ; "they mean to harass us ali they can. Where are those rascals hidden!" Bejabers, yez will foind tblm up there among tbim rocks, bad cess to I him!" cried Barn ey. "Give them a volley!" cried Frank. "They must be dislodged from t here.'' A sharp exchange now ensued. The bushmen sent down clouds of their darts. Bot no harm was done. Whether the bullets of the aerial voyagers had any effect or not, it was not easy to conclude. But the bushmen were not dislodged. Frank saw the enormity of this peril. Should Rudolph suddenly come oat or the cavern I.e would be shot down like a dog. So the young Inventor suddenly raised the air ship and sailed over the spot. A few dynamite bombs dropped among the rocks had the desired effect. The bushmen were put to rout. As soon as be was satisfied that they were effectually out Frank returned to his former position. What could be keeping Rudnlpb! "I have itl" cried Hardy ; "let me go on a little reconnoitering tour over the mountain. Perhaps 1 can accomplish something.'' Frank looked at Hardy as if be fancied that be had taken leave of his senses. "Yo u don't mean t n at.'' "Yes, I do," p e rsist e d th e y oung aeronaut. "But-thin k of the risk! Yoa would certainly fall into the bands of the bushmen.'' "I t hink not declared Hardy. I am willing to risk it." "Of course you are your own master said Frank "but I can see little to he gained and much to be lost." "You will not object to my trying the plan! nake d Hardy. Certainly not! But I warn you!'' "I will be extremely careful.'' "Begorrn, .Misther Frank,'' said Barney, yez b a d bettber let me go with him.'' But Frank would not consent to this. 1 I If you need help, give us n signal,'' be enid to Hard y "I beg or you to be very careful." The young a e ronaut hastily made ready. He wore his suit of mail, and armed himself to the teeth. Then he Jef\ the air ship's deck, and started up the mountain side. He proceeded with due caution. He went on until be reached an eminence from whence be bad a good view of the country about. His purpose was to gain n peak near, from which be beli eved be could gain a .view of the mountain path leading to the stronl!:hold of Thorpe. Bur. the peak was yet fur abovll him when a strange thing happened. He was held for a moment spellbound, as a wild and terrified scream reached his ears. It was a woman's voice. With a mad leap be burst through some bush and came upon a thrill ing scene. There, In the side of the mountain, was the open mouth or a cav ern. In the cavern be saw a beautiful young girl struggling with two black men. It was Dorotty Fair. How she bad come there, or where she bad come from Hardy bad no lime to ask. He fiul)g himself forward upon the bushmen. They were compelled to relax their bold the girl to meet him. A terrible struggle followed. Hardy r e ceived a hundred blows from the poisoned darts, but his l suit of mail protected him. In return be shot one of the blacks aad knifed the other. Then be stood before the girl be had rescued. Their eyes mel Never before in life bad eit h er seen or beard of the other. But in that moment Hardy saw before him the most beaulilul crea ture be bad ever rsted eyes upon. His heart warmed. And abe saw before her a very type of manly hero, handsome and noble and a true :woman's ideal. She blusher! her eyes fell, and be bowed to the earth in the very profusion of his gallantry. "At your service, Miss Fair! be said. "I arrived just in the nick of time." "Yon have the advantage of me,'' she said, sweetly "We have never met before!" "No, but your fame b n s come to me. I am one of tbe party who ; have been searching for you! A glad cry of joy escaped her lips. "And Mr. Rudolph!" she cried. "He went Into the cavern to meet you. He bas not returned.'' Her face p a l e d. "Ab, tbat is unfortunate," she cried. ".My dugou t upse t but fort unately I could swim and gained a crevice in the cavern wall. IL Jed me into a lab y rinth, wher e I have wandered s i nce until a few moments ago I found my way here. Poor man! be bas missed me then. Ab, I hope no harm will come to him.'' "I think not," said Hr.rdy to whom tbis explllnation made all clear, "but I think our position here a trille risky. Let us go down to tbe air-ship.'' "The nir-sbip!" she asked. Then as they were clambering down the mountain side, Hardy told her the whole story even to his own personal e x peri e nces since leav ing America. She was surprised. An air ship!" she exclaim e d Why, bow wonderful that must be. I am curious to s e e i t !" "Well, there i t is,'' saul Hardy. They came out now in plain view of the Swallow. Frank and Bar ney and Pomp on the deck saw them coming. Their aston i shment was great. A few moments Inter Dorothy Fair was aboard t he air ship. She q"Qickly told her story. We will not dwqJI upon the conversation which ensued, for it was mainly reminiscent and explanatory. But Jet us follow Bill Rudolph for a moment. 'l'be plucky Ausuali&n bad paddled boldly up the subterranean river for full two miles. 'l'hen upon a rock: in mid-stream, be found the overturned canoe. An awful pang came to him.


.. 14 IN THE WILD MAN'S LAND. "She is drowned!" was bis first conclusion. Then be discarded this. It looked to him possible that s!.Je had been overtaken and recap tured by the bushmen. That is the long and short of it," he muttered. So friend Ru-dolph, we must keep on!" And i;e did so. He even penetrated the cavern of the bushmen again He round a crevice In the cliff, and hovered there watching and wa1tlng. He saw the three canoes leave which were intercepted by the air ship's party. Then he managed to leave his dugout and take a scout through the cavern. This convinced him or one fact, Dorothy was not there. She bad not been recaptured by the bushmen either. What then was her fate! There was but one conclusion. He groaned aloud. My soul!" he muttered, "that is awful. Sue is drowned, and all my fault." Finally he got back to his dugout and managed to get away down the river again. He paddled rapidly on until finally he came out again into daylight. 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Frank Reade Library No. Left. 82 Joseph Jump and His Old Blind Nag, by Peter l'ad 13 'l'wo in a Box; or, The Long and Sbort ot It, By" Noname. : Price 5 Cents. by Tom Teasdr U The Shorty Kids; or, 'l'hree Chips of l'bree Old Blocks, by Peter Pad N 0 65 Mike McGuinness: or, Travelina for Pleasure. 66 Tbe Shortys' Christmas Soaps 67 'J'he Hounoe 'l'wins, or, 'l'he i wo Worst Boys to the World, by Sum :Smiley 68 Nimble Nip, the l1.11p of the School, by Tom Te&aer 69 Sam Spry. the New York Drummer; or, Business b 71 '1'hose Quiet Twiss, bl f eter Pad 72 lluldooo, t.he l!""treman by l'ow reaser 73 A Rolling or, Jack Ready's Life of Fun. 74 A'n Old B o y; or, Maloney After Pad by 'fom 'l'easer 75 Tumbling Tim; or, Traveling With a Oircus, 76 Judge b leary' s Country Court. 77 J &ck Ready's :Sc h ool Scrape s, by Peter Pud 78 Muldoon t be S olid Mao, by 'I'om Teoser 79 Joe Junk:, the Whaler; or, Anywhere for Ll'un, by Peter Pad EO The DeAcon s Son; or, 'fhe Imp of the 81 Behind tbe Scenes; or, Out With a Combination. by Peter .Pad 82 The F11UDJ l four, by Peter Pad 83 Muldoon s Bue Ball Olub, by 'l'om 'l'easer 84 Muldoon's Ha se Ball Olub in Boston, by 'foro 'l'easer 85 A 14.;gF.:h orl Hard to Orac k, by 'l'om Teaser 86 Sam; or, 1' e froublesoooe li'oundlingby Peter Pad 8"1 MuldooD s Base Ball Olub in Teaser 88 Jimmy Grimes; or, Sharp, Smart and Saasy, by 'l'om reaser 89 Litt)e Tommy Bouncej or, Ltke His DAd, by Peter Pad 90 M:ttldoon's Picnic, bJ rom 'l'easer 91 Lit.tle Tomroy Bounce on His Travels; or, D t,ing 92 Sam Bowser at Play. by Peter Pad 93 Next Door; or, 'rbe Irish 'fwins, by 'l'om l'easw 94 The Aldermen Sweeneys of New York, by Tom Teaser 95 A Blld Boy'r Note Book, by Ed" 96 A Bad Boy at !lcbool, by "Ed !f7 Jhcmy Grimes, Jr.; or, the Torment of t .he Vil98 Jim; or, Rackets and T::ser School. by 'l'om reaser .... 99 1'be Book Alfent s Luck, bt .. .lt,d .. l&Y : : 102 'J1be 'l'r&veling Dude: or. The Oomical Advent-ures of Olarence Fitz .Roy Jones, by 'fum 'l'easer 103 Senator \I uldooo, by 'l'otn Teaser 104 or, Working 105 The Oomioal Adventures of 'Iwo by Tom Teaser lt. 108 Billy Moss; or, From One Thiug to Another. by Tom.Teaser lOSl Truthful Jack; or, On B oard the Nancy Jane, by l om TAas e r 110 }'"red Fresh; or, As Green as Gr&SS, by 'l'otn 'l'eo.ser 111 l'b.e Deacon s Boy; or, 'l'be Worst in Town. by Peter Pad 112 Johnny Brown & O o at S c hool; or, Tbe Deac-113 Urack by Tom l 'ease r m tad Uircus by 'l'om Teaser 116 BonDy Bounce; or, A Block of tile Old Ubip. by Peter Pad 117 Young D ick Pluoke t ; or. The Trials a.nd Tribu-lR.tions of Jbe nez e r Orow, bv ::)am Smiley 118 Muldoo n in lrelandi or, 'l'be Solid Ml\n on the Old Sod, by l'om Teaser 119 Muldoon's Grocery Store. Pa.rt I by Tom 1'euer 1?D M nldoon'e Grocery Sto re. Part II, by rom Teu.ser 12l Bob Bright; or, A Boy of BusineSR and Fun. 122 B::rfi!lght; or, A Boy of 123 Trip Around the World. Teaser by Tom Teaser 124 MuldooD s Trip Around the World. Part II, by Tom Tease r 125 .Mnldoon's Hotel. Part L by Torn Teaser 126 Muldoon s H o tel. Part II, by Tom 127 Muldoon' s Uhrr stroas by 'fom 128 'l'be Shortys Ubristmas Rackets, by tleter Pad 129 iD the 130 Sarn Smart, Jr.: or. in the l!"'ootsteps of Rio Dad. Part II, by f'eter Pad 131 Three or Us; or, Hustling for Boodle and Fun Part I. by Tom Teaser 132 Three of Us; or, Hustling for Boodle and .Fun 133 or Six Mootbs With 'l'easer uy Peter Pad 1!14 DioiL Duck, Lbe Boss of the TowD, by "l'om Teaser 135 'I'be Sbortys Doing Europe; or, On & Grand Tour for lrun. Part I, by Sam Smiley 136 'l'be Sbortys Doing Jurope; or, On a Grand 'J'our for Fun. Part II. by Sam Smiley 13"1 Aunt Maria; or, She Thought Sbe KDew It All, by Sam Smiley 138 Muldoon In Chicago; or, l'ke Solid Jll&n at the World'a Fair, by Tom Tenser 81 art I. 82 Frauk, Jr. s New E lectric Air-Ship, the "ZeFrom North to South Around the Globe. 83 AcroSt:J the Frozen Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric :SnO\t (Jutter. 84 Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, Jr. and His Submarine \VI)nder, tbe .. Dart.' 85 frank Reade, Jr., and Hi s N e w Electric Air-Ship, the Eclipse;" or, the Chinese Pirates. Part I. 86 87 or, Fighting 88 Under tlte Amaz on for a 'l'bousand Miles; or. Frank lteade, Jr.'s Wonderful Trip. 89 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search f o r the Silver Whale; or. Under the Ocean in the Electric'' D olphin. 90 and 91 Frank .H.eade. Jr.'s Search lfor a Los t .1\lan in His Lat est Air Wonder. 92 Frank Reade, Jr. In Central India; or, The Search For the Lost tia.vants. 00 Reade Jr.'s Wonderfnl 94 Over the Andes Witb. E 'rank Reade, Jr. in His New or, Wild Adventures in Pera. 95 l!'rank Reade, Jr. a Prairie \Vhirlwind i or. 1'he MJStt.ry of the Hidden Canyon 96 Under the Yellow Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Oave of Pearls With His New :Sobmarine Cruiser. 97 Around the Horizon for 'J'en Thousand Milea; or. Frank Reade. Jr.'s Wonderful '!'rip With ll.ts Air Sbip. 98 Frank .H.eade, Jr.'e: "Sky Scraper;" or, North and South Around tbe World. 99 or, Frank 100 ) from Oo&&t to Uoast ; or, Frank Jr.'s '1'rip Acroes Africa in His Electric" Boomerang.'' 101 FraukReade, Jr. and His Electric Car; or, Ont\\-it-102 the Moon; or, Frank Reade. Jr.' Great Trip With His .New Air-Ship, the "Soud." 103 100.Miles Below the Surface of the Sen: or, Tbe Mar velou s 'l'rip of Reade. Jr. a Hard-t:ibell" Submarine .Boat 104 New .Hilectric Wngon 105 Around tbe Arctic Circle: or, Frnnk Reade, Jr.'s .Moat Famous Trip Wit.h His Air-.Ship, the "Orbit. 106 Reade, Jr.'s Submar-107 108 Mt:! .. 109 Lost in the Great Undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s :Submurine Uroise m the Gulf Stream. 110 From 'l'ropic to 'fropic; or. Frank. Reade. Jr.'s Latest 111 an Air .. Ship; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Great Flight. 112 The Underground Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Subter ranean Cruise in Hi s :Submarine Boat. ll3 The Mysterious Mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Desert Search for a Secret City \lith His New Overland 114 The .Elect rio Island: or, Jrrank Reade, Jr.'s Searoh for tbe Greates t Wonder on Earth With His Air-Ship, tbe 115 For Six \Veeks Huried in A Deep Sa& Cave; or, .. rank Reade, Jr.'s Great tinbmarme Search 116 'J'he Galleon's Gold; o r Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep :Sea Search. 117 Ntt': Antipodes. 118 FrAnk Reade, Jr.'s Greatest Flying Machine; or, the T error of the Coast. 119 On the Great Meridian With Fr:mk Reade, Jr., In His A '1'\fenty-l.tive 'l'housand Mile 120 Under the Indian Ocean Wit.b Frank Reade, Jr.; or, A Cruise in a Submarine Boat. 121 Astray in the SelvasiJ. o r, The Wild Experiences of Pomp, in South 122 Lost in a Comet's Tail; or. Frank Reade, Jr:s Strange adventure With His Air-Ship. 123 Six Sunken Pirate!; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Marvelous Adventures in the Deep Sea. 124 Beyond the Gold Coast; or, Frank Rel\de, Jr.'s OverJand Trip With His Electric Phaeton. 125 Latitude 000: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Most Wonderful 126 Afloat in a Sunken Forest: or, With Frank Reade, Jr, on a Submarine Cruise. 127 Acroe s the Deeert of Fire: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s 128 Jr.'s Long Distance With His New Air-Ship. 129 1'he Coral Labyrint.h; or, Lost. Witb Frank Reade, Jr in a Deep S e a Oave. 130 Along tUe Orinoco; or. With Frank Reade, Jr., in Venezuela. 131 Reade, Jr.'s Latest Trip 132 1,000 Fathoms Deep; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Gold. Price 5 Cents. No. 75 YoDDI!< Sleuth at Monte O&rlo; or, Tbe Orime of tbe Oa.s"ino. 76 YouDg ISieutb and tbe MaD with tbe Tatt<>aed Arm; or, FrackinK Missing Millions 77 Young !Sleuth 10 Demiiohn City; or, Waltzing Wil-78 Or, Saving a Young American from tbe l 'rison Mines. 79 Young Sleuth Almost Knocked Out; or, Nell BloDdin'o Desperate Game. Two; or, The 81 Young Sleut h s Master Stroke; or. The Lady Detec tive'& Ma.ny Masks. 82 :Murdered in a Mask; or, Young SJeuth at the Frencb Ball 83 Young Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keen Detective an4 tbe Bomb-1'hrowers. 84 Young Sleuth and tbe Italian Brigands: or, The Kee Detective a Grentest Resc ue. 85 Young Sleuth and a Dead Man s Secreti or, The 1\tea-saa-e in the l:IKndle ot a Dagger. 86 Young Sleutb Decoyed ; or. l'he Woman of Fire. 87 Young Sleut.h and the ltuna"ay Uircns Boys; or, Following & Pair of Wild N e w York lAds. 88 Young :Sleuth at Atlantic Oity; or, 1'he Great Seaside Myetery. 89 Young Sleuth, the Detective in Chicago; or. Unravel-n My stery. 90 'fhe in the Safe; or, Young Sleuth as a Hank Det.ective. 91 Yonn1< !lleutb and the PbaDtom Detectie: '!'be 'l'rail of tbe pead. 92 Young !sleuth and tbe Girl in tile Mask; or, Tbe Lady Monte Oristo of .Haltimore 93 Youn& Sleuth and \.he UorsiCI\n or, '!'be Mystery of tbe lllurdered Actre ... 94 Yoang Sleuth and the Cns hittr"a Crime; or, The EvidePce of a Deatl Witnes s. 95 Voung Sleuth in the 'l'oi1a; or, The Death Traps of New York. 96 tbe Miser's Ghost; or, A Hunt For 97 \.'oung Sleuth as a Dead Game Sport; or, 1'be Keeo Detectives Rnse f o r 110,(0). 9M Young :Sleuth and the Gypeies' Gold; or, The Package Marked .. Z." 99 Youne ::ileutb and Polir.y Pete, the Sharper King; or, 'rbe Keen Det Pctive'e Lottery Garue 100 Young S leuth in the Sewers ot New York; or, Keen 101 Y:'u0t!': HH:iTkingerj or, :)ecret of tbe Old ()burch 'J'ower 102: Young Unknown; or, J'be Man who Cam& BebiDd. 103 YonnJC &1eu"b'a Great Swamp Search; or, The Mi88Girl of Eerglade. 104: Young Sleo1b and the Mad Doctor; or, The Seven Paisuned Powders. tecuve'a Uouble Game. 107 Slent.h 'eljight \Vatcb; Or, 1'be Keen Detective Gnardintt Millions. 108 Youn" Sleuth and tbe Mystery of tbe Dark Room; or, The Crime of tbe Pbotneraph Gallery 109 or. Heat.--110 and tbe Grvat Mine Mystery; or, Murdered Unoer Gronnd. 111 Young Sleuth and the Runaway Heiress; or, A Girl Worth Millions Auaong Desverate ()rooks 112 Young Sleuth and the l:launted Mill; or, The Phan tom Mya1ery of Dark Dell. 113 Young :Sleuth and the Millionaire 'rramp; or, Dia114 Masked tla-tber of Atlantic <.:ity i or. Tbe MyHtery of a Orime of t.he Surf. 115 and the Mad Artist; or, 'l'be Crime of 116 Young Sleuth's .Hest Find; or, The Secret of the lroJl Obest. 117 Young Rlenth's TJady or, The Keen DetectUS Wolf in Sheep's 101othing; or,. the Prince of Impostors. 119 Young Sleuth's Boy Pupili or, 'l'he Keen Detective's Stree t Boy Yard. 120 Prince; or, Neck to 121 Young Sleuth and the Mysterious Model; or, 'l'ho Secret of aM ordered Artist. 12l Your.g and the Lady Physician; or, The lf.n tery of the Poisone d Cup. 123 Young Sleuth and the A ctor's Strange Crime; or, Tb& Murder B e for e the 124 Y oune Sleuth &nd the Madhouse !tlsste17; or. The. M1stlc Sign of 7 125 fJ::/:7. on tbe. 126 Young Sleuth and tbe Femo.Je :Snake Ubarmer; or, '.fhe Handcuffed 1\Jan of the Iron Room. 127 or, The Quaeu 138 YouDg 1:\leuth and Lost Mr. Medway; or, tbe H&Dct Upo n the Quicksand. 129 Youag and the Copper Mine Mystery; or, The Detective's Underground VIew. 130 Young Sleuth and tbtt Sl"ves of the Silver Dagger; or, '!'be Mystery of tbe New Aladdin. 131 t; Jeuth and the Ladr DiiUD.ond Sharp; or, Dee-perate Play for Priceless J eweJe 132 Smasher; or, 133 Fence of the Bowery; or, 1:U YoDng Sleuth aDd tile Faul Postage Slamp; or, Murdered by Mail. All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to y our address, post-paid, on recei p t of price Address P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 38 North Moore Street New York.


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