The transient lake: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s adventures in a mysterious country with his new air-ship the "Spectre."

The transient lake: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s adventures in a mysterious country with his new air-ship the "Spectre."

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The transient lake: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s adventures in a mysterious country with his new air-ship the "Spectre."
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N oname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No. 137. { } FRAN I ( P''"'' s Hren, 34 & 36 Nonl'H MoonE Sl'RE E'f NEw YonK. { J JncE } Vol VI Xew York, July 10, 1896. IssUED WEEK LY. 5 CJG NT!!. Ente>ed acco>dino t o the Act of Cmto>es.<. in the yeu>' 1896. hy FRANK TOUSEY, in the o./!ice of the Libra1ian o f Congress at JVas hinoton D C The T ronsient Luke: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Adventures in a Mysterious Country With His New Air-Ship, the "Spectre." I B y A man bung over the fearful verge by the roots of a clinging vine. It was knotted about his body, and he swung to and fro over the verge, liable at any moment to he precipitated to an awful death It required but a moment for Frank to recognize the unfortunate man. It was Barney O 'Shea.


... 2 THE TRANSIENT LAKE. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. I T he Transient OR, ( Frank Reade, Jr.'s Adventures in. a Mysterious Country With His New Air-Ship, the" / ..A. JY-r::..A.R'TELOUS N"" ..A.RR..A..TI'TE_ By "NONAME," Author of The Lost Caravan," "The Sunken Isthmus," Across the Earth," "Along the Orinoco,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE CAPTAIN'S STORY. "STRANGER than the of tht> Arabian Nights-indeed, almost Muncbausenlike in its seemingly improbable character is the tale I am about to give you In truth,'' said Captain Nicodemus Beere as be bitched up his and shilted his quid. Frank Reade, Jr., drew a deep, quick. breath and looked keenly at his visitor. "That is a sweeping statement," bll declared; "but you are a truthful man, C a ptain Beere, and of course you mean what you say." I certainly dol" said the doughty captain in his most positive manner. What is more, I staud ready to furnislt undisputed proof or it.'' The captain cleared his throat and began his story. Bot before we follow him tbronglt its thread l e t us tak e a closer look at him. It could be seen at a glance tltnt he was a man much out or the ord lnary. In figure be was stout and well built, with fair features anecies. There were birds of a talking speci es, yet unlike parrots. I cunnot half describe to you the wonders of this mysterious country. "For months we wandered through it. Then we came npon the ruins or a. city and au the sil(ns of a former civilization. We also dis cover e d the monntnins were haunted by a race of giants, Wild barbarians, out of wtwse way we took care to keep. After a time we came to a mighty inland sea or lake, the farther shore of which was so far distant that we could not see it. By the shores of this we sojourned many days. But one morning we arose to view n strange state or affairs. Where a few hours before there had ex iste1l a mighty lake, we saw now naught but a. deep rocky and sandy basin. The water had disappeared and. hills and valleys loy in its place. It was a mighty surprise to us. All sorts of theories were advanced. Thnt some subterranean channel bad opened and carried the water away looked logical. Or perhaps a chasm or barrier at some f a r end bad given way, and 'the mighty volume had been diverted into another and lower basin. Any or all of these theories looked plausible enough, and were ac cepted witbout further question. We spent a number or days explu ing the basin. By some strange instinct we returned eacb night fro111 the basin to our camp. To this we owed our lives. One day while wandering about the basin, one or our party came upon a curious object. It was a comical structure or rocks closely fitted together with ce ment. It was half imbedded in a plain or saud. That it was the work of human hands there could be no doub:. "Of course we were all interested, for it showed thnt at some time other human beings than ourselves had visited the spot. We at on c e began to curiously examine the structure.


'fHE TRANSIENT LAKE. 3 "This in a thrilling discovery. It was undoubtedly hollow I "Yes." and our first mate Bill Langley discovered a movable stone at its And that the lake Is transient, or has apella of changing its. summit. He displaced this, and a great cavity was revealed. basin!" "Our first thought, of course, was that it was a tomb or burial Just so, mate!" place of some extinct race. In looking into the place we would not Frank was thoughtful for a moment. Finally he said: have been surprised to have come across a heap ol old or other Do yon think it would be easy to find that locality again?" such evidence. Oh, there's the rub," said Beere, bts hands, in my life "But what we did see was far different. Bill leaned over the time I have made six attempts and failed. But, of course, we travel aperture a while and rubbed his eyes repeatedly. Then he alid down, ed overland." and said: The same thought came to each. By jingo, mates! I'm a gallivantin' old shark, if there ain't a heap Then you think the air-ship-on account of a bett&r view of the of gold in that ere place!' earth, could locate it!" Gold!' I exclaimed. "I do," replied Nicodemus. "Now you have the whole thing in a With submission, sir!' nut shell, Frauk. The moment I looked at your air-ship, I saw a You are dreaming, man!' I exclaimed somewhat excited. Do possible way to visit the mysterious country and locate the you mean it!' ient Lake." Every word, skipper,' replied Bill, solemnly. And I saw that be Frank Reade, Jr., seen:ed for a moment in a glow. His eyes shone meant just what he said. like blazing stars, and his manner was all eagerness. "This was enough for me. So I climbed upon the mound and "By Jove, you have done it Captain Nicodemus!" be declared. looked in also. Something bright and yellow struck my gaze. I gave "I hav e been trying to decide upon a new trip with the Spectre, and a gasp and then I cried: to visit the Transient Lake is just the thing. It promises eaget an Give me a rop e mates. S t eady me while I go down there!' ticipation, excitement and thrilling adventure." And with a rope around my waist I slid down into the mound. The captian leaned over the table. It dia not require but a lew moments to me that we bad dis"You will goT'' be asked, tensely. covered buried treasure. "Yes," replied Frank. "Yes, sir, gold! Yellow glittering stuff, 11nough to make us all "And-will you allow me to go with yon?" millionaires. I own th a t I was near cr azy at the time. Tllere it l a y "I would not think or going without you!" declared Frank. in bars and ingots. All that was left was to take it away to civiliza"Thank you! I had quit the sea, and never thought to take notion. other voyage. But a criuse In the air-that's different, mate. When "I crawled out or the mound and then we all eat do w u and discus shall I repon!" sed the matter. Ther., were fifteen of us. We wilt start within a week," declared Frank, "It will not take Bill Lan gley prop o sed a lair division. Of course this was eatis long to get things in readiness. I will havfl Barney and Pomp put factory. Then it was decided to take the gold out of the mound. stores on board at once." "Tire gold fever was upon us; we worke d like badgers at it. In We will not thvell upon the further conversation which followed. a few hours we ball a heap of the stuff piled up beside the mound Suffice it to say that before old captain left Readestown all ar Then nightfall began to threaten. We work, and it was rangements were made. dt'cided not to r eturn to camp, but remain on the spot until mornBarnt>y O'S hea was a joll y Irish boy, who bad been long in the em ing. There was not the remotest cbance of anybody's purloining ploy of Frank Reale, Jr. Pomp was a negro valet who was as de the gold, yet all wanted to stay th&e. voted to Frank as man could be. However, much of our necessary utensils were at the old camp. Wherever Frank traveled these two faithful chaps accompaQied It was about thre e miles distant. At length Bill Langley and I de him. cided to return for tl: e m and come back in the morning. Frank's first move after the Jeparture of Captain Nicodemus was to "So we set out for the old camp, and reached there an hour ring a bell. Instantly 1t was answered by Barney. later, much fatigued. We lit a fire and sat down by it; but we The Celt stood in the doorway and cocked his red bead in response could not sle e p. to Frank's call. All we could do was to talk about the trellsnre and what golden Shure, here I am, sor!" be declared. plans we could lay for the future. Midnight came and passed. Where Is P o mp!" a sked Frank. Then I llegan to feel a hi t drowsy, and suggested turning in; The Celt gave a queer little whistle. Almost instantly a comical but the words hadn't left my lips when Bill gnve a quick start. little darky appeareu be&lde him. "'Great gunnels, mate!' he exclaimed; what in the Old Harry "Here I is, sail!" he said, with a scrape and a grin. was that!' "Well, y o u j o lly rascals,'' said Frank, with a laugh. "I have some "The same sound came to my ears. It was a distant, monotonous good news for you." boom like rolling thunder. The ground actually shook uouer our Golly Marse Jfrank, wha' am It?" feet. Bej a bers it's g lad we are to hear that, sor!'' "Only once had I heard a similar frightful sonnd, and that was "Well," said Frank, quirkly, "I want you to have the Spectre ()nee during an earthquake In Panama, But was this an earlbqnake! ready for a quick departure. We are bound for a cruise to South "We sprung to our feet. Bill picked up a fire brand and held it America." high. But we could see nothing bot a few faint stars overhead. It Barney throw a handspring, and Pomp cut a pigeon-wing. was the blackest kind or a night. "Hi, hi!" cried the darky; dat am jes' tt>o good news fo' any" For a space or thirty minutes the same dull roaring and trem':l ling!" ling continued. Then came a dead silel,lce. Be me sow!, I'm deloighted!" "We bad ahout given up interest in the matter, thinking It some "Put provisions aboard the Spectre at once," ordered Frank. inexplicable phenomena of a tropical clime, wile a sudden, startling See that she is cotDpletely equipped for a long cruis.,, You know thing happened. what to do." "A terrific boom, and a swirling, rushing mass came whooping Away scampered the two jolly fellows. So high were their epirits down through t he lake ba s in. The n ext moment we were picked up that they bubbled o:ver, and before the yard or tile machine works as if in giant nrms and carried clean to the summit of the eminence was crossed they fell to wrestling with each other. beyond us, and tllere we clung to palm trees wet as drowned rats.'' "Hi, bi, chile!" sputtered Pomp, getting a grapE'vibe on th e Celt; CHAPTER II. "I kin trow yo' jes' as easy as yo' like. Look out dar fo' squalls!" Not much, me friend," retorted Barney, securing an elbow lock. "One-two-three-all' over yez go!" FRANK MAKES A DECISION. They rolled around the yard for somewhile like a couple or mooTHE captain shifted his quid again and then smiled at the earnest keys. Neither desisted uutil th e y were completely exhausted; then look in Frank's eyes. The youn g inventor was ir;tensely interested. each spe d away to do Frank's I.Jidding. "How did we get wet!" interrogate:! the captain. "Water or "I git square wif yo' yet, yo' no count l'isbman," cried Pomp. -course. It was all before us. It had come down upon us with the "Yez arren't the 9oize," retorted Barney. force of a hurricane. In th9 great, high roofed storehouse the Spectre rested upon her "We waited where wo were un t il the light of d'ly came. Then we stocks. 'beheld an appalling scene. A mighty ex pans" of water lay b efore us. She was a marvel of beauty and symetry. Her lines were some,, The lakE' had back. The basin was full of water. Evidently what like those of a government cruiser, yet more narrow of beam it had a trick of doing this. That it was ol the transient kind there and slender. wa11 no doubt. The hull was of thinly rolled composition of aluminum and steel to "I won't attempt any theorizing or explanation of the phenomenon. insure lightness and mal'e it impervious to a bullet. The hull was I d e scribe It to you just as it occurred. That is all. You'll have to pierc e d just below the rail with a number of dead eye windows, which guess the rest. admitted light to the lwld. "What of our shipmates and the gold! I don't know. We never I Above the deck there arose two cabins. The forward cabin was :Sa w them again. We could do nothing but push on to the northward. richly furnished, and contained the dining saloon and the living quar For months we wondered until we came to a grEJat river leading d own ters of the ship's company. to the Paraguay. Thence we made our way to Parana and shipped The after cabin container! the state rooms and berths, It was prohome. This is my Btol'y.'' j vided wit h dead eye windows, and could be made air tight in the event Frank drew a de e p breath. or the air-ship asc e nding into tb., raritled atmosphere above the clouas, For a had !i.nished he could not speak. j where human life could not bo supported .At lengtl. tnanage

THE 'fRANSIEN1' LAKE. board, with all nauti::al and scientific instruments suitable for naviga tion in the air. Tlle propelling power of the air-ship waa furnished by electric mo tors placed in the bold. These drove a huge !an propeller at the stern. Also they drove the lour powerful helices placed upon revolving masts above the deok. Tbes6 furnished the lifting power of the atr sbip wllicb was most tremendous. Everything about the Spectre was shipshape and elep;ant, from the poli.bed brass work to the silver bladed helices and shiny steel maills. It was a marvel of beauty anct grace and appointment. Having said tl:us much we wtll close this brief and incomplete (!a scription of the great air-ship, leaving the reader to gather a more correct impression !rom tbe accurate representation of the A few evenings thereafter Frank received the following t e legram from Captain Nicodemus: DEAR FRANK:-! am all ready for the star&. Shall I come to Readestown or will you stop for me at New Orleans, where I am at present! Wire me, "Yours, NICODEMUS BE ERE." Frank at once answered that he would pick the captam up at New Orleans on the way to the Gull. Then he !lnstened preparations for the Ptnrt. It was not long before the nir-ship wns rolled out Into the great ynrd and wns rtll ready lor the start. Then the people of Rendestown rose en masse to p;ive their distin guished fellow citizen an ovation and a grand farewell to speed him on his journey. The fume of the undertaking bad traveled far and wide and from every purt of the country people flocked to R e udestown. Their curiosity moat powerful to see the man who bad master ed so easily the great problem of aerial navigat1on. Frnnk wns to decline all inTitations to events given in his honor. His full time was occupied in preparations for the start. And at last all was ready. Frank wked Beere at New Orleans and then went aboard the airship. Barney and Pomp accompanied him. It was a beautiful August morning. A mighty crowd thronged tb11 streets of Readestown to get a look at the airship as it mounted in the air. None of them were disappointed. Exactly at the honr named the Spectre leaped upward into the clouds. The people cheered and the IJauds played and cannon roared. And away sailed the Spectre, Into space she sped, every moment growing smaller, until soon she was lost to sight altogether. The great journey was begun. The voyagers were destined to meet with many thrilling adventures ere they should see home again. What these were it will be our duty to chronicle. she sails foine!" said Barney wtth delight, us he trimmed the course of the airship a bit, "she'll niver be beat, Misther Frank! "I tbh1k myself that she sails well," said the cntical young invent or. "I shall not try to beat her this year: "Golly, Marse Frank, yo' don't bab no need ter," declared Pomp, "she nm good fo' a long voyage, sah!'' "Begorra, ph were is it we will be afther meetin' the other man?'' asked Barney. "At New Orleans," replied Frank. "Au' how far is that, sor!" "About a thousand miles. We will make it in two days easy enough.'' It is on our course, sor!" "Yes." The airship sailed on over a mighty pnnorama of mountain and valley, h!ll and plain, lake and forest and river. Great cities alter nated with little towns. It was a mighty spectacle from the air-ship's deck. CHAPTER III. IN THE ANDES, "BE me sow!, it's a big counthry Ameriky is!" declared Barney, as be glanced over the rail. Shure, it'll take a heP.p av foightin' to iver conquer her!" 'l'he days of national conquest ore over, I guess,'' said Frank. At leust 1 hope so. That is a custom relegated to the dark ages!" Bard luck fer ould Oireland," declared the Celt; "shore, av it was to-t.lay abe was free, England wud niver conquer her thin.'' "Golly! yo might borrow dis air ship from Marse Frank an' set yo' Island Cree if yo' wanted to," declared Pomp; "sbuab, yo' end blow up de bull lot ob dem Britsbers.'' Barney's eyes blazed. Be jabers, it's no more thin they desarve, bad cess to thim.'' he declared. "Shure, they've bad their feet on suflerin' Olrelnnd's neck long enuff." And so Barney continued to dilate upon tbe wrongs, real and fancied, of his native isle. He kept on until Pomp began to guy him. Then be got angry. "Huh!" crted the darky, "If yo' people was set free dey nebber cud govern demselvee! Shuab dey wud be eatin' each other up fo' a fac'!" "Phwat'e that yez May!" blustered Barney, angrily; "don't yez cast no aspersions on the ould sod, yez black pickanniny! Shure yez own people wud niver bave got free av it hadn't been fer Ginerai Lin coln!" "Dat shows all yo' know 'bout flogs," snifl'ed Pomp; 11 dar warn't no sich man as Ginernl Linkum." "Bey! phwat'i! that, nnygur! Don't yez give me de lie!" 11 Huh! Linkum warn't no gineral, sab! He was de president, I'd hab yo' know, salll" Barney elevated bis nose contemptuously. "Be me sow! it's mighty little yez know onyway. An' ain't the commander-lo-chte! av the army an' navy! An' that make him the bigges' gineral in the IandT" Pomp saw the point and wilt ed. He slunk into the galley, mutter ing: "I Jes' fix dat I'isbman fo' pretendin' to know so much. I jes' hab a dose ready fo' him yet!" Wba.t tbis was we must wait for a later hour to decide. For the present we will consider nearer incidents. In due course New Orleans was sigllted. Tbe air-ship bung over the southern city. Frank looked for a certain signal, which he saw finally upon the roof of one of tbe houses. It was a yellow tlug. At once the airship bore down upon it and soon descended within fifty feet of the roof. Up through a skylight popped Captain Nicode mos. "Ahoy the ship!" he cried. "Ahoy!" replied Frauk. "I'm ready to come aboard. Throw ont yonr gangway!'' Is that roo! enough to bear the weight of the airshipr asked Frank. Surely, mate! Come down!" "Ail right!'' Frank let the air-ship aescend and rest upon the roof of the building. Then he S!Jrung dowu and shook hands with the captain. Nicodemus was delighted. He was ail equipped for the trip. But his personal appearance was startling as ,well as amusing in the extr&me. The old captain bad got himself up in the style of the privateer captain of forty or li!ty years prev!ous. He wore fancy high boots, clinging cutlass, piawls in belt, a velvet blouse and pea-jac:tet, He looked as if equipped lor a privateering or piratical cruise, and Frank coaid not help a smile. You look as if you expected trouble," he exclaimed. have you armed yourself?" "Why "Bang me high!" cried the captain, fiercely; "are we not go ing into a land fuii of sharks and cuttlelisb? Keep your eye on your outfit, Ind. We wiil need a little powder und ball and cold steel before we get home." "Well," said Frank, "you may be right; but I never employ arms until the necessary time comes, You are taking Time by tbe forelock.'' Which is correct, skipper. I once knew a fair ship to become overrun with pirates out in the Maldives, just because the skipper would not curry pow

THE TRANSIEN'l' LAKE. The air-ship swept on southward. In due time the coast of Caba hove wto view. Upon its western end was Cope San Antonio. Frank passed direct ly over this and entered upon tbe Caribbean Sea. It was eviaent now that they were well into the tropics. The air was balmy and the sea limpid and still. \ tv hen the coast of Colombia came into view the exciting period seemed to have been reacht:d. Beyond all knew that the land of wild adventure lay. On sailed the Spec\re. Over the coast it passed and into the interior or Colombia. The .scenery was and or the typical sort peculiar to SJuth Amari ca. And still tile Spectre kept on unUl great dreamy looking peaks rose from the western horizon. Tbe Andes!" All crow Jed to the rail, and with thrilling veins regarded the range of wonderful mountains, in fact, the most wonderful in the world, The Andes or Peru upon the eastern slope, are peculiarly rough and picturesque. It was in these mighty fastnesses that the ancient Incas had built their temples and lleld their own in battle with the lawless Spaniard, until their wealth, their glory and their prestige was forever lost to them. Mighty Sarata with its altitude of 21,286 feet, gigantic Illimani with its 21.000 feet, the great volcano of Guallatieri with 22,000 feet, Titicaca, Vilcanata, Misti and. all the monarchs of tbat awful aggregation of peaks than which the world has no superior were all about the air-ship. Gliding from one fleecy clouq to another, the jagged heights in their solemn grandeur were visible only at intervals. Captain Beare could hardly contain himself. By the born spoon I'' he cried. When you can find anything to equal this, I'll like to know where it can be. Is it not powerful mates!" "Indeed it is!" replied Frank, All or the voyagers wore a lace mask, an invention of Fmnk Reade, .Jr.'s, lor use In high altitudes to prevent bleeding of the respiratory organs or faintness. It was impregnated with a chemical, which placed in a light porous sponge at the nostrils was a sure remedy. So that thev were enabled to travel with impunity in that high at mosphere. I have heard great reports of the malady encountered in the high A.ndes, known as the moun tam sickness,'' said N1codemus, "It don't seem to trouble us as yet, Frank." "That easily undtrstood," s:.ud the young inventor, "we are In the air, and consequently do not feel the pressure as we would If we stood on the mountain summit or terra firma. The buoyancy of the overcomes that peculiar pressure which causes the so-called mountain sickness.'' The air ship sailed on slowly among the great peaks. It was a wonderlnl spectacle. But the aerial voyngers soon tired of it, and Frank llnally asked: What do you think, Nicodemus! Is the mysterious country south of nsf" "I think so, skipper," replied the captain. "We kept a pretty straight line eastward to the head wat e rs of the Paraguay River; we ought to find the 'l'ransient Lake somewhere south of us." We will keep on then in that said Frank. Heighol What is that!'' The air Ship gave a sudden mad plunge forward. Tbero was a terrific explosion In the distance like the IJOom of a hundred great guns. It was the wave of nir coming from that direction whic h had given the motion to the Spectre. But tbis was not all. From a cloud juRt above the air.ahip blazing balls "t fire sud -denly shot downward. A tremendous crash ensued on the air-ship's deck, and ebe reel -ed and shot downward. CHAPTER IV. THE FIGHT WITH THE PUMA, THE air-ship was falling. For a moment horror was upon all in the little party. It was a ter Tible realization, lor below, thousands of feet, tht>y might be dashed to atoms uuon jagged ledges. A powerful miijsile bad fallen from the cloud and struck full and fair in the air-ship's bow. The shock had thrown open the pilot house door. The helices had ceased to revolve but slowly and the air ship was .fioating downward with speed. For one awful second the aerial voy agers knew not what move to make. Then Frank Reade, Jr., acted. Quick as a flash be sprang into the pilot-house. Barney, who was at the wheel, had been knocked ball senseless to the deck. One glance told Frank thb truth. '\'he sbock of the falling :nisaile had the helix lever to lly shut and had shut off the electric current. This had checked the speed of the helices and allowed t .he air-ship to fall. With one leap Frank reached the keyboard. He turned the lever awirtly and to his horror found that it was hent. However the downward speed or the ship was materially checked. The next moment there was a shock and she rested upon the ground. Then Frank abut off the current entirely. He sprang out of the JJilot house and gl..nced ahou to see that they were resting safely upon a broad expanse of ledge on the mountain side, Below them sloped the mountain lor miles into green valleys. The danger was over. "Be me sow II" gasped Barney, as he crawled to his feet; "phwat the divil was it that was afther me? Shure it med me dizzy the while.'' "Hang me highl" roared Nicodemus, "I thought our bones were spoiled for that! How did we escapef'' "It was u close call," said Frank. "Golly! Wha' was dat struck us!" interrogated Pomp. "We'llllnd out!" said Frank, as he advanced to the bow. And there the cause or the mischief was found. Th1s was In the shape of a buge fragment or volcnuic rock which bad cut rts way half through the deck plates, and was so firmly imbedded that it required great strength to dislodge it. This was only one or the score or more aerolites which had fallen from the sky. That they might have been hurled aloft from the distant volcano there was a strong likelihood. That no worse damage was done was fortuate. The air-ship rested safely enough upon the ledge of rock. Frank proceeded at once to repair tbe iujury. While he was working at the keyboard, Nicodemus and Barney be thought themselves that it was a good opportunity for an exploring tour over the ledges. So they took their rifles and climbed over the rail. They had de scended to an altitude now whare the air was not so rare, or there was little oanger of the deadly mountain sickness. They bad spied some mountain goats and the captain was anxious to get a shot at them. So they proceeded some distance down the mountain side until the air-ship was lost to sight. The view at this point was very grand. Far below there were great slopes of green, with ahelv ing rock. In the vista beyond a mighty green V61ley extended to the base of other mountains seventy or eighty miles away. Such scenery could hardly be eclipsed anywhere else in the world. The two men could llOt help but gaze upon It with wonderment. "Be me sow!," averred Barney, "it's a long way down there." That true,'' agreed Nicodemus. I woulun't care to walk it. But-hello! what is that!" The captain came to a sudden halt, and raiae:l his gun with one finger ready on the trigger. There was good cause lor this. Along the mountain wall there was creeping toward them a huge black form llatt;,ned against the ledges. It required bot a glance lor the captain to recoguize the deadly foe of tbe South American traveler, the puma, or mountain lion. Tbe was bent upon attacking them, as could IJe readily seen. It was a moment of peril. "Separate!" said the captain sharply, moving to the right. "Keep your eyes open, Barney!" All roight, sorl" This movement seemed lor a moment to disconcert the puma. It seemed in a ouandarv as to what direction to take. Finally it moved toward Barney. The Celt got behind a bowl dar. He held his rifle ready lor uso, and his shock of red hair stood liter ally on end. "Be me aowll" he muttered, "av the vilyun gets his clutches on me, sbure it's lost I am! I'm afther tbinkiu' I'll niver give bim that chance.'' Captain Nicodemus, meanwhile, had beau getting a line on the beast. "Steady, Barney!" Le cried. "1'11 give him a shot. If he turns for me you give bim another!'' "All roiabt sort" 'drew straight and careful aim. Then he pulled the tril!ger. 1 Crack! Where the bullnt struck the puma it was not easy to say. But the animal gave a quick snarling cry and wheeled about. He raised himself a trifle from the ground. It waa Barney's chance. "Had cess to ye!" he muttered, and drew quick aim. Crack! Another bullet struck the puma. Bot the animal had already made its spring. Straight lor the covert or its human foe it shot. Captain Nicodem11s saw that his life hung in the balance. He ilid not shirk the responaiiJility, He raised himself and took cool and steady aim. If his bullet hit the mark he would stop the beast. If not-then the worst might hap pen. It was a moment of brief suspense. All hi@ nerves were on the qui vive. Then be fired. Crack-ackl Two reports blended in one, for fired at the same moment. One moment the puma was in mid-air, then fell, turning a dozen aom ersault,s. When it caused its terrific deaih the two hooters ventured to approach it. A more ferocious beast could not be imagined "Egad!'' exclaimed Nicodemus, as he placed fresh cartridges in his rill.e, "the beast gave ua quite a tussle. We're in high luck!"


r 6 THE 'l'RANSIENT LAKE. "Begorra, I believe yez, aor!'' agreed Barney. I niver was more akeered in me loife. One moment I thought it was me the omndhoun was after, then I thought it was yesilf." The captain laug3ed and kicked the body of thA dead lion. "I've halt a mind to Luke his skin!'' he said, "but I don't believe it would pay. On my word, I think I see a mountain antelope yonder. Let us try for him!'' Both bunters started to creep up the mountain aide. Upon a dis tant spar of rock sure enough there stood a goat. NeartJr they crept. It was necessary to proceed with the greatest caution. These moontatu goats were shrewd and exceedingly wary. But it did not spy lt.s human foes, however, until they were within gunshot. Then both tired. One or both of the bullets hit the mark, for the goat gave a spring in the air and fall. It came sliding and down the mountain side, and fell almost at the feet or the bunters. In a moment its carcass was secured. Nicodemus was well satisfied. 'l'he object of the expedition had been and be did not care to go further. Tile goat was slung over his shoulders, and he proposed to return to the air-ship. This, however, was speedily discovered to be not such an easy ter. They bad wandered far and somehow lost tbeil bearings. The region bad all a peculiar sameness. It was some while before Barney was able to decide the direction from which they had come. But the points or tbe compass were finally settled, and they set out upon the return. Bot though they journeyed on for an hour, no sign or the air-ship was seen. Finally they were broagbt to a halt by a deep chasm, with aides too precipitous to descend. Here they were forced to come to a dismayed halt. By whales!" exclaimed Nicodemus Beere, "here's a pretty how d'ye dol Where are we, Barney! Do ye know!" "Be me sow!, it's sthuck I am intoirely," replied the Celt. Shure, I thought we was going roigbt all the while." Well, it's plain that we were not,'' replied the captain. "We most make a back course or we'll he lost." "On me wurrud I belave it's lost we are already," declared Bar ney. "Shore, I don't know pbwere I am." Captain Nicodemus was In a most uncomfortable frame or mind. He stormed up 11nd down the excitedly. This is a line mess!'' he scolded. What is going to be the result? Darkness is coming on, and we will have to spend the night here. We will stand a chance or being eaten up by wild beasts." "Och hone!" gasped Barney, "do yez mean that, sor? lt's bad luck fer us, to be shore." Once again they set out along the mountain side. But agnio their quest was in vain. Each forgot that they bad as cended the mountain some distance in quest or goats and that the air ship consequently must be just below them. Nightfall was coming on rapidly. Finally they abandoned all idea of finding the air-ship. It was decided that they must spend the night there. So they fell hastily to collecting fagots to make a tire. Soon they bad a large pile of them ready to light. They knew that fire would keep wild bllasts at hay. and this was their safPguard. Under the shadow or a huge ledge they made their camp and wait ed for daylight to come There was no sleep for either that night. They could only await the dawn. CHAPTER V. THE CAPTAIN'S DISAPPEARANCE. MEANWHTLE Frank had finished his repairing in the pilot house and began to arrange for resuming the journey once more. He a lookout for Barney and the captain. But for some inexplicable reason they diaste was aftber me in stid av bimsilf." "lt was not like the captain," declared Frank, "be would rather have paused to you aid."


THE 'rRANSIENT LAKE. '1 "So I should think, sor. It's moighty quare indade." But at the eleventh hour 1 he mystery wns solved. The air-ship dropped down the side of the peak a short distance, and this brought Into view a long jagged spur o! rock which shot out from the moun tain wall and hung over an abyss thousands of feet And upon the very extremity of th1s there was seen the figure of a man. He w11ved his nrms:>as the air-ship approached. "By Jupiter!'' exclaimed Frank, "that Is Beare. How did be get our th e re!" lodeed, this qaestion might well be asked. t was not an easy one to answer. It seemed almost incredible that a man could climb so far out on tbat awful pinnacle of rock. And once tuere, return was clearly im possible. So it could be seen that the captain's plight was a fearful one. But the air shiJ> sailed down upon him. "lleighol'' shouted Frank. "What are you doing down there, captain!" That's what I've been asKing myself, mate,'' replied tho mariner, "give me a lilt before I fall." "All riahtl" Frank iowered the same rope with which he had hauled Barney up. In a few moments the captain was safe on the air ship's deck. His story was a remarkable one. How did I get there!" he exclaimed. I couldn't tell yf'. I only know that I went to sleep in t .he little camp with Barney, When I woke np I was \Janging on out there." "Somnambulism!'' sugge&ted Frank. "I reckon so; I am subject to that. Sure to walk in my sleep if I go to bed with too much on my mind." "Whew!" exclaimed Fr!lnk. You are hardly a safe man aboard an air ship then.'' I reckon not. But-how did yon make out. Br.rney!" The captain was astonibed when he heard the account or Barney's adventures. He had seen nothing of the panlhP.r, nor had he any recollection or anything until he came out of his sleep to find !nmself on the projecting spur or rock. However, the affair was ended, and all were safe ngain aboard the Spectre, which was a matter for congratulation; so Frank at once proceeded to again direct the course or the air-ship. Down among the valleys now the aitShlp saile:l. The country, however, W&ll wild and unsettled, though the scattered villages of a few Indian natives were seen. "It's about time for us to l{et a look at the region about the Tran alent Lake,'' declared Nicodemus. "Can you see anything familiar about this region!" asked Frank. "Yes," replied the old mariner. "Yonder is the range of hills where the Paraguay River rises, if my eyesight does not rail me. On the other side of them we first found heings." "Well,'' said Frank reHectively, "we don't want to go there." "No," replied toe captain; "steer west by sou 1M. I think that Is onr best course.'' The words were scarcely spoken whe!l a great cry came from Bar ney and Pomp, who :.vere aft. Frank and Nicodemus turned to behold an appalling spectacle. CHAPTER VI. THE ANDEAN STORM. ,WEST of tbe m there was a de9p and narrow gorge between high mountains. Down through this with the speed or a race horse there came a tumhling funnel shaped cloud. So swift did 1l come and so unexpected was it, that the voyagers were wholly unprepared and taken by surprise. But in that swift instant all realized what it meant. A storm in the Andes Is a terrible affair. Darling among the great peaks it sweeps with cyclonic fury through the valleys, carrying de struction in its path until its force is spent. Suc:h was now swooping down upon the air-ship like a mighty bird or prey. There was no time to get out of the way to make any change in course. Barney and Pomp sprung into the forward sabin, shutting the door behind them. Frank and the captain leaped into the pilot-house. They were not a moment too soon. The storm struck tte air-ship like a thunderbolt. What saved it from being totally destroyed was a literal wonder. It was utterly impossib!e for any of the voyagers to recall what transpired In that pllriod while the air-ship was in the clutches of the ht:rricane. Frank bad turned the lever to send the air ship above the storm. But he had not done this quickly enough. The weight of the storm bad kept it down. It was whirled about like a top, dashed hither and thi t her madly. The voyagers were hurled about the interiOr like poppets. Nothing could be seen beyond the windows, nor could they even guess where they were being whirled. How long lasted they were never able to guess. Frank gave ap all ns lost. He had not the slightest faith that the and masts would succ e ssfully resist the shock. When the wind ceaso!d lor a moment Its force, he expected to be dashed to atoms upon the earth below. But the unexpected often happens. The storm departed almost as suddenly ail it came: Tbe wind died out, the air-ship ceased whirling and the blackness disappeared. 'l'be sun burst forth once more and all was again light. Barney crawled out !rom under a heap of wreckage, and Pomp re laxed a grip on the skylight frame. Frank crel;)t out from onder the electric keyboard, and Captain Beere appeared from the wine closel wlth a fragment of the door in his hand. Great whales!" he bellowed; "I've sailed the high seas in many a hot typhoon, but I never saw the equal of this one.'' 1 We to be afloat,'' said Frank, with an attempt to straighti!n a crick in his neck. Then he glanced out of the window and saw that the helices were revolving furiously. The air-ship was speeding upwarJ and frost was forming on the windows. But Frank quickly checked the helices. The Spectre sank a mile or two very quickly and continued going down until the gouge recorded an altitude or two thousand feet. Then all went to the windowa and gazed out. The scene spread below wns a startling one. instead or tropical forests or craggy heights there was visible notb tng but a mighty expanse sr water. As far as the eye could reach in all directions this was all that could be seen. Astounded, the voyagers regarded the scene for a time in silence. Til en Frank cried: On my word I believe we have been carried clean over the continent and out to sea.'' Begorra, it's the ocean," averred Barney. "Golly! we must hab trabeled pretty fast," declared Pomp. But Captain Nicode:nus studied the scene below critically and then said decidedly: "It is thf' big lake again." What!'' exclaimed Frank. "It is the lake we're looking for,'' declared the mariner, "We have made it at last, thanks to the storm.'' Frank was astounded. I have nev .. r heard of any body of water as large a1 this in Cen tral South America," he said. "Well,, I can't help that," said the captain logically; "here it is.'' "You say tbis is Transient Lake!" "I do." Witb redouble interest the aerial voyagers now gazed upon the great body or water below. None were disposed to dispute the old captain, and Frank, scan ning the horizon more intently, saw the faiut haze of the shore. "By Jove!" be exclaimed, "It is a big body or fresh water. How ever, here we are. Now to recover the treasure. Wilat course aball we pursue, Captain Nicodemus?'' The old captain was much excited. He walked up and aown the deck, rubbing his hands and atudying the horizon. At length he said: Steer west, skipper-due west." Frank complied with this. The air-ship sailed west ward for several hours. And still the great expanse of water lay beneath. Frank reckoned it full two hundred miles from shore to shora. At length the western shore became well delln'ld. And now as they approached it, a curious thir.g was observed. The waters of the lake seemed tc have risen and fiooaed a part or the country beyond, so that the water was full of trees and tangled brush. Nicodemus was surprisAll. "This was not the case when we were here,'' he declared; "it is curious. I can see nothing of the shore where we rested." "It is under water,'' said Frank. "Yes." "Well, can you guess at tile localitJ !" "Yes. Yonder peak was north by west. Here-here was about the spot where we camped. Tl)e gold mound should be tbree miles or more in that direction oat in the lake." These facts established, the interest of all reached fever height. The was bold stationary over tiJat spot. A discussion was now held as to the best course to be pursued. Of course we can do no better than to wait for the disappearance of the lake," said Nicodemus. ''That may happen at nny time." "Is there any regularity to thf' event!" asked Frank, "That J cannot say,'' replied the cavtain. We were here hot a few weeks, and the lake disappeared and reappeared only once in that time.'' I have to suggest,'' then said Frank, that we sail over to that distant peak and wait there until some change comes." The peak in question overhung the lake, so that its disappearance could be instantly noted. The plan was adopted. Soon the Spectre was resting upon this mountain height. A good spot was found for the air-ship to rest. Night now shut down rapid ly. As all on board were intensely wea ried, they retired earlv to rest. Barney wns left on guard. The night was black as Erebos. The Celt sot in the bow of the air-ship where be could easily reach tho valve of the search-light. There was no danger of his sleeping at his post.


8 THE 'J'RANSlEN'l' LAKE. As the hours wore on, Barney relaxed his vigilance s omewhat. II was past tbe hour of midnight when an unlooked f or thing occurred. A curious sound came from the distance over the lake. It w a s a stran g e sullen roar and a curious sound like the sucti on or water through nn orific e "Begorra, that's a queer sound," he muttered. "Phwativer can it be?'' He listened again. Then he acted upon impulse and turned on the full glare of the search-light. The pathway of radiance shot out over the lake. Barney had expected to see the shimm e r of the waters. But he was sta rtled a t the fact that they were not visible. Tbe glare of light showed only sand a nd r o cks and weeds. The pathw a y of radiance extended for fully a milt-. But nowhere was water visible. "Tare an' 'ounds!" gasped the Celt, "phwat the divil is the maning av that!" For a moment he was stupefi ed. Then the realization of a startling truth dawned upon him. He sprung to his f e et. Mither presarve us!" he muttered, the lake has gone an' disap peared, as the captain said it would." He started for the cabin to call Frank and the captain. But before he reached thll cabin stairs second tbougbt impelled him to change his mind. "Dlvil a bit," he muttered,-" there's no nade av tha t Shure, they'll see the thing fer thimsilves to-morrow, an' to chate thim av their slet>p now wud be foolish enough." So he went back to his post. He tlasbed the rays of the search-light over the sandy bed of the Transient Lake. Satislied tbat there was no error, and that the lake had really departed, he tinnily abut olf the rays and abandoned himself again to Ills duty of pacing the deck. The night wore on. Usually Pomp would come on duty to relieve him before the morn ing hour. But this night Barne y had agreed to keep the full watch, if Pomp would do the same the next night, giving each a chance for a full night's sleep. Toward morning Barney relaxed bis vigilance and sat in the cabin doorway, communing with his tboughts. It was just daylight when he heard s movement below. He saw Frank Reade, Jr., cross th& eabln, Instantly he cried: Och hone, M1sther Fr&nlr, ahure l've a aurproise fer ye. The lake has gone intoirely, sor!'' This assertion created a sensation. CHAPTER VII. A STARTLING SURPRISE. FRANK gave an exclamation and started for the stairs. Whnt is that you say, Barne y?" be cried. "Shure, sor, the lake has gone!'' Frank gave a loud shout. "Heigho, Beere!" h e cried, "the time for action has come. We are just in time The lake has gone out.'' "En-w-what!" sputtert>d the captain, rolling out of his berth. "You don't m e an that!" Yis, sor, for I saw it wid me own eyes!" cried Barney, "shore, cum up an' ye kin see fer yerailf." The captain leap e d Into his trousers. Then he sprung up the cabin stairs w1th Frank. In a moment all w e re at the rail. Then there was an astounded silence. Barney's hair fairly rosa on end. He gazed down below, then up at the sky, then around him. Tben he gnspert for breath. "Mit her av Moses! Did ye iver see the loikes! Shure it has cum bnck uain!" Boi.ItFrank and the captain looked sharp at the Celt. There bel o w th orn was the sparkling surface or the lake. It pre sente o just the same appearance and was just ns high as when they had !nat seen it the night before. "Barney," said Fra nk, severely, "have yoa been drinking?" The C e lt stuttered and stammered and acted very foolish. But be managed to any: "Be me sow!, Misther Frank, it was gone and not an hour since, sor. I saw the sand an' the rocks an' all, sorl'' Frank and Nicodemus exch(lnged glances. "What time was it when you discovered the disappearance of the lake, Bnrntly!'' asked Nicodemus. "About two o'clock av the mornin', sor." "Tell us all about it. Barney did this. Frank and the captain listened with interest. When he had finished Nicodemus said: "Frank, there is no doubt of it. The lake went out and came back again while we were asleep." "It must be so," agreerl the young inventor. "Shure, sor, It's throe," averred Barney. "Why didn't you wake ua up and tell us about it!" "On me worrud, sor, I niver had a thought that it wml com bnck agin, sor, an' I med out to wait until marnin' rather than disthurb yez sleep, aor." "Well,'' said Frank, turning to Nicodemua, "It is hardly likely that we could have accompli s hed anything anyway in that brief time." "That is true," agraed the cnptnin. "We will wait for another evacuation of the lake basin." All that day the little par t y watched the lake. That night all sat up until late to see if the lnke would go oot again. But it did not. The next day b r ought no change, and thus several da.ys passed. S till the same smooth expanse of water smiled upon them every morning. There se e med no reason for believing that it ever would or could chan g e its basin. A week passed thus. Waiting and watching of course grew ex t remely monotonous. S o after awhile diversions were indulged in to paRS away the time. Bunting trips were made into tile interior of the mysterious coun try. Many s t ran g e things were selln, and once a glimpse was bnd or a mighty cavero mouth far up in the bills, in wh1cb. there were grv uped a dozen o! gio.nt men. Tiley were no doubt of the giant race which inhabited those moun tains. lt seem as if tb.ey mus t be f:Illy seven feet in height nod of enormous 'mild. Our adventurers took good cnre to keep out of their way, for a collisi o n witb. them migllt not be pleasant. Two weeks drifted by. Then the tlrst of a series of tbrilliog events occurred. Nicodemus arose early one morning o.nd walkell around the far shore or tbll lnke. He was pacing thtl sands abstractedly when his eye caught some thing in the sand. He paused with a gnsr. IL was a footprint. Moreover it was that of a man who wore a hobnailed boot. It could only prove one thing. Others were in the region and they were nlso from civilization. Words cannot express the captain's amazement. "By Neptune," be muttered, "how did they ever lind their way to this out of tile way place?" Then other queries to him. Who were they? What brought them here, nod how many were in their party! The captain's curiosity was aroused. Prudence b ade bim return to the air-ship and secure the co-operation \ af his companions. B:1t powerful curiosity overruled d i scretion. He bent down over the trail and followed it. A little further on as he had expected, t he footprints met with others. For two miles he followed them along the shore. Then he turned an angle in the shore and came upon a startling scene. This was a camp in tbe verge of a clump of palms. A dozen brawny men in white sllirts, loose trousers nod sombreros, were sitting about smoking nod tnl.'l\ng. All the paraphernalia of a camp, with n train of mules was behind them. They r had apparently been on the spot for some while. Words can harJiy express the sensations of thEI captain. He stared at the scene, nnd then IL sharp ejaculation escaped him. "By Neptune! it is Jerry D noley! His guze wa9 lixt-d upon a man who stood in the edge of the camp talking with three He wns a man of smooth face, shifting gaze and stealthy manner. His appearance w11s th11t of a sea-faring man. In him Nicodemus recognized one of the crew of the wrecked ship, who had been a companion of b.Js n t tha time that the l11ke came back, and as Nicodemus hnd always believed, bnd drowned tbe entire crew left at the mound of gold. But tbere b11d been one exception. This was Jerry Dooley, the ship's steward. As fate had it, he had s arted himself right aft e r Nic od e mus and Langley to go bnck to the cun:p on an errand. He was overtaken by the waters of the lake, but dashed high and dry upon an eminence on the lnke shore. Dooley had made inell' e ctuai s e arch for the cnmp, and not finding it, llnally started back for tile Pacific coast. After many !Jardsbips he reached it and pluckily put to sea in the ship's boat left there. Good fortune became b. is. He was picked up by a coaster bound for Vulparaiso and later got a berth aboard an American ship of the line. Later he went into the navy. But he b(ld never forgotten the Transient Lake and the motind of gold. He beliove1l nil his companions dead. He succeeded in the navy and became a lieutenant, finally being re tired on hnlf pay. Havmg the leisure time he now decided to carry out a long cherished desire. This was to pay n visit again to the Transient Lake and If possible recover the buried treasure. He succeeded in organizing a party. For a year they had tloundered about in the swamps of Paraguay, anH linally crossed the wild ranges of Chuquisoca and by a stroke of luck found the lake. And here they were encamped and waited for precisely the Aame thing that the aerial voyagers did, viz: the disappearance of the lake. This much Captain Nicodemua guessed. He was so excited at the outlook that he Inadvertently stood out in full view of the camp. And just then Dooley, chancing to look up, saw him. He n stort and for 11 moment hiR faca wns li\"id. Tben he sturted toward Nicodemus.


THE TRANSIENT LAKE. The saw that he bad betrayed himself, so be did not attempt 1 to couceal himself. Instead be advanced to meet the other. "Dooley!" he excla J med; "on my word, Lbis beats all. I thought yc>u dead." "And I thought you skipper," declared the "What-when-how-what are you here for!" The lieutenant looked sharply at the captain. In tbat moment each understood the other. "I have come back for the gold in the bottom or that lake," said Dooley. The captain stiffePed visibly. "Y:JU have!" be exclairr.ed. "Yes.'' Do you expect to get it!" "Not unless the lake again changes lls bal!in." "Oh, umpb! Let me see. Were not your companions drowned when l be lake returned Lhat time!" They were.'' "But you-how did you escape!" Dooley told his story. Then be asked sharply: "But how did you l!'et bereT You have not been here ever since?'' "Hardly,'' replied Nicodemus, quietly. "I have come here for the same purpose as yourseH, for the buried gold.'' "All!" The two men gazed at each otber. In that moment antagonism was uppermost. I sup post> that gold to whomever can recover it." "Certainly not!" replied Nicodemus. "Indeed!" said Dooley, somewhat staggered. "How do you disprove that?" "Easy enough. My to is indisputable, and confirmed by the law of prior discovery. The gold is mine!" Dooley drew a deep, sharp breath. Matters were becoming strained. "I disagree with you," he said. "Eh!" roared Bebre. "I do not agree with you." "What do you mean!'' "Just this: We have as much title to that gold as you. It waa to have been equally divided at the time. It shall be so now." "By what authority!" asked Beere. "The authority of fair play. We have come thousands of miles, have dared death in evPry lorm, and we are not in a mood to sacrifice the prime object of our expedition.'' CHAPTER VIII. THE ATTA C K ON THE AIRSIIIP. NICODEMUS had expected something o( this kind from the moment be had first seou Dooley on the spot. He knew that trouble could not be averted. The latter rascal, for such be really was, was keen enough to read all this in Beere's !nee. He was backed })y a dozen hardy men himself, ar.d he did not be lieve that the captain was so well supported. So be was uppish. Beere gazed steadily at the other for a moment after this virtual declaration of war, and said: "The largest share or that gold belongs to me. You shall have a fair share. Is not t.hnt fair enough!" "My friend," said Dooley blutny, mighty little of that gold you'll see, I can tell yo11. It belongs to me. I claim it and shall divide it as I see tit." "You will!" "Yes." "You are a scoundrel!" Easy! I can make trouble for you. Bnck o! me are a dozen faithful fellows who will do my bidding. It will not pay you tQ dare me.'' Beere was now furious. He made a meuacing gPsture. You atrocious rascal!" he gritted. I've a mind to flog you!'' We're not ab01m! ship now!" sneered Dooley. By the way, I am inclined to believe that vou are a dangerous character and ought to be taken care of. Hey, boys!" He blew a shrill whistle. The result wns electrical. Instantly the two men were surrounded. Dooley made a quick sign, and heavy bands were lnid on Beare. The captain saw in that moment that he was in bad hands. Then he interrogated his prisoner. "TAll me the truth, Beere," he said, sternly, "how many compan ions have you, nnd wbere are they!'' "You must learn tbat for yourself," said Beare, firmly. "I can give you no information.'' A curse dropped from Dooley's lips. He took a step towards the priiloner, saying menacingly: "We'll lind a way to open your mouth. Before I've done with you, you'll be glad enough to talk." But Nicodemus was not to be intimiJated, though the aituat.ion was a serious one for him. He refused to say anything. But the VIllains organized a trailing party and followed his foot prmts backward along the beach. When they had reached a certain angle they looked up and beheld the air-sh1p. It was an astonishing spectacle to them. They managed to creep up near enough to the Spectre to see three men aboanl her, one of them colored, and t!Jen t!Jey returned to their camp. It was easy for Dooley to decide upon a move. "We must cn.pture t!Jat burdy-gurdy,'' he said, "bow in the world it got away up there on that shelf of roc!<, I do not know." The villain did not know that the Spectre was an air-ship. He bad fancied it some sort or water craft. He proceeded to arrange for a descent upon and the capture of the air-ship that night. He felt sure or success. Meanwhile Frank and Barney and Pomp had been attending to the routine or their duties aboard the Spectre. It was some while be lore the captain's prolonged absence was poled. Then Frank ventured to say: Do you think anything has happened to Beare! He ought to be here now." "Begorra, that's tbrue!" cried Barney. "Ph were did he go at all, nt aliT" l dono seed !lim goin' along dat shore early dis mornin'!" declnr ed Pomp "Then de is surely in trouble!" said Frank. "We had better set out to look for him. Come on, Barney!" The young inventor picked up hie rille and !lung himself over the rail. All roi!?ht, sor!" cried Barney, hastening to join him. Frank turned to Pomp, saying: Keep a sharp lookout, Pomp. We will be back as soon as pos sible. Remember, we're in a dangerous country!" Yo' kin l)e sure ob dnt., sah," atnrmed Pomp. "Neber fear, sab." Frank and Barney were quickly on the beach. They walked on on til they came upon Nicodemus's tracks. Then a startling surprise was accorded them. There were other tracks. By Jupiter!" exclaimed the young inventor in amazement, what dQes tllis mean! Tue captain has fallen in with others and they are ci vii ized also.'' There was uothing to do but to follow the trail. The result was that, after two miless of tramping, they came upon the camp of Dooley s men just as the captatn had. Only they were wiser and kept out of sight. This was a praiseworthy precaution. Moreover they were directly astonished to see Nicodemus tied to a palm tree. A rascally looking fellow was just organizing a party of a half dozen arm e d men. It. looked as it they were going to venture forth upou some daring errand. A startling thought came to Frank. These men were certainly foes. Their capture of Nicodemus showed that. Was it not their purpose to attack the air-ship? Frank's first impulse was to beat a busty retreat and give them a hot reception. But Pecond thought his mind. He thought or Nicodemus and saw that he needed succor. "Pomp will be on the outlook,'' he rellected; "he can easily fool them. Our duty is here." ::>o he whispered to Barney to crouch low in the bwhes and await developments. They were not long in coming. Dooley and live of his men, armed to the teeth, set forth to cap tore the air-ship. This left live men in the camp with the prisoner. Beere. Captain Nicodemus was in a very despondent state of mind. Just as despair was getting a firm grip on him he beard a sibilant whistle at his elbow. It was so low that it did not travel beyond his ears. He turned his head eagerly. Then a whisper came to him. The rascally Qooley certainly meant him harm. The old captain's blood was up. "Avast, ye dirty lubbers!" he roared. "I'll keelhaul every moth er's son of ye if ye lay bands on me: Mark my words!" Tie him up!" yelled Dooley. Seize him there!" "Don't l?et discouraged-we are here to rescue you.'' "Good!' returned the captain. "You missed meT" "Yes.'' "These fellows are our foes. They are led by Jerry Dooley, one of my ship's crew, who bas come back here for the gold. They will give us trouble." Beare let out with two sledge hammer blows, which were like the kick of a horse. A man went crashing down with each blow. Then be was overpowered. He was a strong man and fought furiously. But the odds were too grant. He wnP obliged to suc!lnmb. Dooley was exultant. "We have come too far, boys, to have any living man stand be tween us and that p-old.'' The others cheered. Then the vi\lian continued: "Tie him up to that tree yonder. First, I want to learn whether be has any companions or not." Barney had crept op behind the tree. He skillfully cut the prison er's bonds. "Now, sor," he whispered, "whin the omadbouns ain't Iukin' at all jest slip into the bushes and cum wid us. Shure we must be afther gittin' back to the air-ship;' "All right, Barney," agreed the captain. And at the right moment he obeyed the suggestion. In the undergrowth he joined Barney and Frank. The trio ran hastily along the shore in the verge of the palms. They


10 'IHE TRANSIENT LAKE. bad made severn! hundred yards before a loud roar announced that their escape bad been disco'!'ered. Then c ame pursuit. But they bad start enough to keep out or the way. And right here Frank employed a stra tagem. Showing themselves for a moment on the beach, the fugitives next dashed into a copse near. Here they hid while their pursuers ran by them. The danger was momentarily over. But the fate of the air-ship now became the engrossing subject. Would Pump be sufficiently on his guard to repel the attack! But the question was the next moment answered in a satisfactory manner. The distant rattle of fire arms was beard. "They have made the attack,'' cried Frank. "Now all depends on Pomp." "Niver yez fear fer the naygur," cried Barney. "Shure, he'll fool lbim aisy e nough.'' The rattle of the guns grew momentarily more rapid and clear. It was plain that Pomp was giving them a bot reception. But that the overpowering numbers would result in the capture of the air-ship would seem certain unl e ss the darkey should employ dif f erent tactics. And this be was shrewd enough to do. Seeing that the foe were preparing to Chllrge upon him, the darkey acted accordingly. He sent the air-ship aloft instantly. His companions In biding t.e low suddenly saw it appear just above them. Hurrah!" cried Frank. "Pomp was on his guard. The air-ship Is safe. "It must be a surprise to Jerry Dooley," e&id the captain. "Be jabbers, I hope the naygur will be afther seeing us," cried Bar ney. "It's a folne pickle we'll be in it he don't." "Oh, I think he will," said Frank. "Suppose we try a signal!" The young ioventor tlrew from his pocket a small battery and a steel tube wl: b pneumatic chamber. He held this tube up a moment and pr e ssed a button 'here was a sharp ping, a recoil, and up Into the air shot a small ball of lire. Up it went, and exploding, fell in a shower of sparks "My electric rocket," said Franjt, explanatively. "I don't see bow Pomp can lull to see that.'' Dtvil a bit I" cried Burney, with exultation. See, shure he's got his eye on us already.'' The air-ship came about and bore down rapidly to the spot where the trio stood. Pomp was seen at the pilot-bouse window. Down it sank as the darky saw them, and stopped oot fifty feet !rom the ground. Then the darky ran out and threw over the gang ladder. "Hub! l'se drefful glad to fin' yo'!" he cried with delight in his voice. CHAPTER IX. ,< A FU1'II E QUEST. IT is needless to sny that the three adventurers lost no time in climbing up the gang ladder. They were not a moment too soon. Frank hall just cleared the rail when men burst from a thicket and sent a hail storm of bullets upward. They rattled on the steel bull of the air-ship. "Give it to 'em I" shouted Nicodemus, angrily. "They deserve it richly!" Barney and Pomp grabbed rilles and rushed to the rail. But Fmnk cried: Wait! Do not take life unnecessarily! We are safe just now. Let us have a talk w i th them." Taking care not to expoPe bimsel!, Frank shouted over the rail: "Ahny down there!" The firing bad ceased, and a-voice-that of Dooley-came up in reply: "Well, what do you want?" What do you mean bv this unprovoked attack upon usT'' "You are our enemies!" "How do you prove that!'' Have you r.ot come here to cheat us out or the gold buried under ... the lake, and which justly belongs to us!" "Ne ither of us are a ble to secure it just now." Well, hut we shall be when the lake r e cedes." In that event, why have we not :.s much right to a share of It as you!" "That is neither here nor there. We loy claim to the gold, and don't propose to divide with anybody.'' "What a pig-h e aded fellow," said Frank, angrily. "I've a mind to teach him a l e sson!" "I wish you would," said Nicodemus, eagerly. "Look here, my friend," shout e d Fra nk, "let's have no nonsense about this. That gold does not belong to you more than it does to us. For that matter if I should choose, I could prevent your securing one jot of it. It h better for you to talk r e ason at once!'' "The only reason I wlll talk with you," said Dooley, obstinately, "is that you go on about your business and leave us and our atlairs alone!" Frank turned !rom the rail. "There is no use to talk with that fellow," be said. What shall we do!" asked Nicodemas. I will think up a plan," said the young Inventor, "in the menn. while our best plan is to sail over to the other side of the lake and wait for it to recede. When it does we must be first on the scene where the gold lies." "Good!" cried Nicodemus, "if they attack us there--" "Tben It will be time enough to retaliate!'' declared Frank. And so the matter was settled. The Spectre sailed away across the arm of the lake and landed upon the summit of a small hill. It would have required several days' journey for tbe Dooley gang to have made the circuit around by tbe shore. So Lhe aerial voyagers felt sale. But this new development bad put a different face upon matters. However, if the lake should again recede, the air-ship could easily cover the three mtles to the mound of gold before the men on foot could. Frank nor Ntcodemus either cared for but a fair share of the treas ure. But the unfair and unreasonable conduct of Dooley impelled them to seize o .hu whole of it if they could. Another day and night passed and yet the lake presented its same smiling and smoot b appearance. But that afternoon a curious thing happened. Burney, who was on deck, noted a curious yellow cloud rising from the west. It mounted upward rapidly and soon bad assumed angry propor tiona. The sun was hazy and lite landscape t o ok on a sickly appear ance. "On my word!" cried Frank, "it looks as if we were going to have another Andean storm.'' Jericho!" exclaimed Nicouemus, "don't say that. We had better ancbor the airs hip hereabouts if that is true." All watcbed the cloud until the whole western sky wus obscnred. Then tl:ere wao a distant rumble, ligbtlling shot across the heavens, The ground began to rock and pitch violently, trees and shrubs swayed anti were bent to the ground, the air-ship was tossed about like a pebble and no man could stay on his feet a moment. "An earthquake!'' gasped Frank. "Bejabers, wud yez luk at the luke!" cried Barney. All gazed in that direction and were dumfounded at the fearful spectacle presented. The lake was like one mighty whirlpool, and went swirling about like a vast maollstrom. Its waters seemed to be receding every second. Then the wbitll sands of the shore line began to widen. Islands ap peared in its surface. The truth was plain. The Transient Luke, impelled no doubt by the earthquake, was about to make ont! o( its periodical disappearances. Round and round swirled the waters. The ground had now ceased shaking. But the yellow cloud continued to vomit lightning until it bad passed beyond the zenltb. Tbe aerial voyagers now all pressed to the rail and watched the wonderful phenomenon of the lake's disappearance. And, mdeed, such it was. Lower and lo"

'l'HE 'l'RANSIENT LAKE. 11 He remained in this position for a long time and Frank had thought 1 Nicodemus turned with a gasp to Frank: of speaking to him, when he suddenly arose. Well, of all assurance," be exclaimed, "tho! scoundrel thinks we His face, as he turned toward Frank, was white as chalk. the gold, and, of course, is cunning enough to see that this is By whales!" he said huskily, "It's not there, Frank!" his only hope of getting any of it.'' "Not there?" "He Is a scamp," said Frank, "evidently be thinks we 11re soft.'' No!" But that is his mistake." What do you mean?" 1 Rather!" "The gold-the gold is gone!" What shall I tell him!" Frank was so overcome with surprise and dismay that for a mo-"Let me talk with him." I ment he could say nothing. Frank went to the rail. I Then Nicodemus climbed down and faced his companion. His ex "So yon have reully changed your mind, Mr. Dooley!'' with sa.rpression of face was strange to see. cnsm. "Are you sure it is not there!" asked Frank, "Yes, I was a little hasty," replied the villain;" I did not consider The captain nodded. the matter sufficiently.'' 1 could see every corner (Jf the cavity,'' he said. It Is not Well, you probubly think you are dealing with fools.'' there." Eh!" gasped t .he villain. "What! Who can have removed it!" "We have not the slightest idea of adhering to the terms BD"'geated Tbe captain gave a sudden start and smote his knee. at this lute day." "' "'Why did I not think ol it!" be exclaimed. "Of course the ship's What! You are not going to keep all that gold yoursell?" crew did it while Langley and I were on our way to the camp.'' We have not got it.'' Frank's face lit up. Words cannot depict Dooley's utter amazement. That is probably the trutt.," be agreed. Why didn't we think Not got it?" he repeated. of it before! Doubtless they removed the gold just before they were ''We have not.'' overtaken and drowned." Why-who has then!" "ln that event--" ''We do not know.'' Nicodemns paused. Frank finished the sentence. Then it Is gone!'' "What did they do with it?" "Yes." This was a. question not easily answered. A close search of the Loud and bitter curses broke from Dooley's Ups. He ran forward vicinity fatled io disclose any evidence of gold. almost to the air-ship's rail. If it been depostted just outside the mound and left there, no "Then there has been some at work," be declared-trace of It could be found. some hocus-poena game. I tell you there is the mound where the On the other hano, it did not seem possible that the men conld gold wns--" have carried snell a quantity or the precious metal any distance away He turned suddenly and sprnng upon the mound. A glance into with them. the Interior satisHed him. If had, then It must be found with their bones somewhere in With livid face he descended. He came nenrer to the air ship's rail. the VlCIDity, Where can that gold have gone?" be asked, huskily; "has some There wns a possibility that in the intervening years some other other party been here before us!'' parties had visited the spot and carried off the gold. But this was I cannot answer that question," replied Frank, but one thlnl7 only a faint chance. Is certain, the gold is gone. Our theory is that the ship's crew d; However, one fact was pntent. parted for the shore with it and were overtaken by the tidal wave on The gold was gone. tbe way." What had become of it! Certainly it could not have taken wings "In that case tbe gold is with their bones.'' and llown away of itself. The twc gold seekers were completely mys"Yes." tilled, and knew not wlmt to do. A light of hope lit up the villain's face. He averted his gaze, and CHAPTER X. A COMPROMISE. shrewdly: "We must search for ill" Yes," replied Frank, that is the only way. But if we are to be foes all the while--" HOWEVER, time WRB Vnlonble. Dooley nnu his men were momentnrily nenriog the spot. with them must be nl'oided. "No, n o!" cried Dooley, craftily; "we will not fight ench other. It A confiict shall be agreed that whoever finds the gold there shall be a. fair divis But Frank first suggedted that a tborongh search of the vicinity be made. This was done. Every suspicioas looking sand henp, far and near, wns thrown over. No gold was found. It was speedily seen that the quest was destined to be like looking for a needle in a haystack. It was a reasonable supposition that the ship's crew had removed the gold, and had stnrted for the shore with it when overtaken by the fiood. To lind it now, or their bones would reqaire a long and patient search. An hour bad already slipped by. Dooley and his men could not be far away. Within a. radius of sev&ral hundred yards a. thorough search was made, Then distant shouts announced the arrival of Dooley, The aerja.l voyagers retired aboard the air shtp. There they tried in vsin to consider the best and most logical move. Confound these chaps!" said Frank, angrily; they are delay ing us bndly and making it as ditlicult for themselves to recover the gold ll9 for us!" They ought to be given a. lesson," said Nicodem us. Ah, bot I would have to redden my hands with their blood('' enid Frank, which I do not wish to do." "That is true. But how are we going to dispose of them?" "That is a problem I" The Dooley gang had now come into view upon a. sand hill near. There they halted and regarded the air-ship in silence. 'fhe aerial voyagers every moment expected a shower of bullets. Bur. to their surprise these did not come. Dooley changed his tac tics very likely upon the cardinal principle that discrEtion is the better part of valor. Down from the height come two men carrying a. white rag on a gun barrel. One of these was Dooley himself. When within speaking distance, they halted. "Atwy the air-ship!" sh<.toted Dooley. "Ahoy!" replied Nicodemus. "We to parley!" "Spout away!" There was a moment of silence. Then Dooley resumed : I have reconsidered my determination of a few hours ago in re gard to the treasure. On the whole I believe a. just division no more than fair!" ion.'" Will von swear to that!" "Yes.;, "All right," said Frank, sternly; "but now let QJe impress up on you one fact. We have the best of the situation. If you at tempt any treachery or go bnck on your agrl'emeut, I'll extermin nte the whole of you. With my air sl1ip I can do it.'' The rascal's shifting gaze met Frank's a. He could not help but see that the young inventor was in earnest. So he said with an etlectation of servility: "You need have no lear. I always stand by my agreement." This ended the confab. Dooley went back to his men. Frank turned back from the rail and met the approving gnze of Nicodemus. "You bnnd!ecl him well, Frank," enid the captain, approvingly. "Nothing could have been better." "Now we can search for the gold with safety." "Yes." Pomp took his position at the wheel and keyboard. Barney:aod Frank the captain were to prosecute the search. Already Dooley's men were at work. '.!'hey were scattered in all directions rigging up the sand and fol!owing every sign of a trail. Alighting from the air-ship, our trio of adventurers went for ward. Captain Beare's hypothesis was that the men must have set out with the gold in the direction of tbe camp, So they proceeded that way. Long and persistent and careful waa the quest. Finally the day drew to a. close. As it was useless to attempt thtl quest in the darkness, Frank and his companions returned to the air-ship. The others bivouacked near. ; Our adventurers were extremely weary with th11ir day's work. As & soon ns they bad partaken of the hearty meal prt'pnred by Pomp it l was proposed to turn in. And this they did. Pomp was left on guard, to be relieved by Bar ney in tbe early morning hours. The darkey paced the deck until long pnst midnight. Then he beard a low, sibilant whistle come from the gloom. In a moment his rifle hammer rose. "Who am dar!" be asked, sharply. Easy, nigger! don't git excited," came back the reply. "I'm only one of Dooley's men. Wha' yo' want?''


32 'l'HE 'l'lUNSIENT LAKE. "It's durned lonesome up tbar. Hev you got a chaw of ter-1 "Indeed!" said Frank with anger. "You have reckoned without backer!" a host. I shall do nothing of the kind.'' Pomp saw nothing in this request that could imply harm. Tbe nat" An ugly light shone In Dooley's eyes. oral good-fellowship of man mau warmed within him, and he was "You won't, ebf' too g-euerous a soul not to reply. Never!'' "Reckon I bah, sa.h. Cum down yere un' I gib y:>' a bunk!'' Well, we shall see. You may be induced to change your mind. "Thank yer!" Make no r1.sll announcements!" A hulking form came down from the gloom to the air-ship's rail. A Oh, for a moment of liberty," muctered l!'rank, gnaslnng his teeth. hand clutched the tobacco. "I would pluck that rascal's wings lor him." "Ugh! that's good terbacker. Reckon you ain't found no gold "I wish you baers by a savage clutch 11t bis throat. Strong hands forced him down and hound bim. The captain made a terrific resistance but was overpowered. Barner, was also served the same. The aerial voyagers were thus all made prisoners in a twinkling. It was a sudden turning of tables. The jubilation of Dooley can hardly be described in words. That the villnln's plans should have succeeded so well was remark. able. He glowered at Frank Reade, Jr., saying: Well, now, ye can afford to be a little more with me, can't ye! Oh, I tell ye, Jerry Dooley is a hard man to beat!" You nre a treacherous dog," said Frank, angrily, after making a truce to treat us thus." "All is fair In war,'' quoted the wretch. "You are lucky to have been spnred your live!!.'' What do you expect to gain by this trick! We have none of the gold.'' "What have we not gained!" exclaimed the villain, exultantly. "Only think-the wonderful air-ship is ours, to become freebooters of the skies if we and the inventor is our hoatage.'' Frank: smiled grimly. So yon intend to make use of the air-ship!'' he asked. "Why not!" "You w!ll tlnd It not an easy mach!ne to manage, I think.'' Ah, but that Is why I spnred your llfe. Yon shall manage it for 118 ... rare that their eyeballs began to ache and cold chills seized them. G!eat Jericho!'' gasped Dooley. "I can't stand this. I've beard it said that when yon get a certain number or miles up in the air you can tind no nir to breathe and yon must stitle.'' Great lobster pots!" wailed the territled Bowler, "stop the thing aome way.'' I can't,'' said Dooley, in despair "I caul" said a calm voice, from the cabin. Dooley wheeled as It shot. In that instant he saw deliverance, and wondered why he had not or it before. Why, surely!'' he exclaimed, "here Is the man who made the con demned tlylng machine. Why didn't I think of it. Tell me, sic, how shu II I stop her ascendinj!f' "You cannot do It,'' replied Frank, calmly. I cau't!" "No, sir!" "()an yoo!" "Yes, sir." Do it then for the love of Heaven. We shall perish In a few mo. menta if yon don't." Bow do you l'Xpect me to do It, tied up as I amf' said Frank. Be so good as to set me free.'' Dooley hesitateJ. It was piuln that he feared a trick. Will you agree--" he began. "I agree to nothing," said Frank, sharply. "You are two to one. Cot my bonds quickly, or we'll all slrangle before we are aware of it.'' The villain hesitated no longer. With a quick spring forward, he cut Frank's bonds. The young In ventor leaped to his feet. In a moment he reached the keyboard. He r.uickly shot off the current, and the air-ship fell. Down abe sank until the awful pressure on the tonga was re moved. All felt easier. Then Dooley rushed into the pilot bouse with a rope in h:s hand. Make no resistnace," he said, threateningly, or yon will die! You are our prisoners!'' "I have oft'ered no resistance," said Frank, coolly, "but I ask that )'OU do not tie my hands again."


THE TRANSIENT LAKE. 13 "Wbyf'' "H you do, I cannot overate this air-ship and that will be the worse for yon." This was really an evasive answer upon the young inventor's part and be was casting about in his mind what move it was best to make to torn the tabl e s on his foe. "Ell!" exclaimed Dooley, "is it necessary for you to hold your hand on that brass sba!Lt" "It is!" said Frank coolly. "See? ir I take my hand off it will stop th" air-ship!" The airBbip did stop. But Frank adroitly slufted the lever when he took bis band from it. Tbis completely deceived the villain. He hesitated a moment. Then be drew a revolver. He seated himself in a chair in the pilot-house door. He placed the weapon on his knee. "All right!" he sni:l, coolly, "keep your hand on that thing then. If you talte it off or maln grouped below in a state of much excitement. Frank went to the rail and opened a parley with them. "We have your two lenders, Dooley and Bowler, as prisoners!'' de clared tLe young inventor. We want to know if you are going to play any more treacherous games upon us!" The gold seekers were evidently astonished at the turning of tables in so uuexpected a manner. But tinnily they came to Frank's terms and made fervid vows never to trouble the air-ship or its party again. Their spokesman said: To tell ther truth, mister, we don't believe in tber story of ther hidd11n gold an' we're sick of the whole thmg. We're goin' back to Para." "Very good!" said Frank. "I will set your leaders free upon that condition,'' Then he went Into tbe cabin and talked with Dooley and Bowler. They readily agreed to Frank's terms. I shall follow you as far as tbe shore of the laktl, '' declared the young inventor; "if you dare to return I will drop dynamite bombs upon you and Gestroy you." Dooley was Ratistied. He saw tllat it was of no use to attempt to cope with the voyagerl, }loreover, he had lost faith m the existence of the treasure. He was in fact sick of the whole jolJ and decided to return t o America at tile first chance. So be said: I'll do as you say, I'm quits on this thing. It's an accursed country nnywny." A short while later the two villains returned to their companions. They ut once started for thl' shore of the lake. Frank decided not to accompany them, for he saw that Dooley was in earnest. As the villain dropped from the air-ship, Frank said: "As an extra incentive, I will promise this, in spite of your bad treatment of us. If we finn the gold I will overtake you and give you a fair division." Dooley bung his bead and muttered abashed thanks. Then he and his party were off. Tbe aerial voyagers continued the quest for the gold. All that day they explored tile sandy basin. Toward nigh t a lind was made. A number of human bones were mixed up with several hundred in gots of the yellow stuff. It was taken aboard the air-ship. Frank estimated its value. There is about thirty thousand dollars in the pile," he said, ''there are twelve in Dooley's party and four in ours. That will make about two thousand each on a fair division." "Tbey are not entitled to any of it," snappt>d Nicodemus. "Perhaps not," said Frank, 11 but we have banished tt.em from the search and therefore onght to divide. At any rate I have promised it." "Oh, I don't kick,'' said the captain, cheerfully; 11 I am satisfied. It was uot the gold I cared for so much as to solve the mystery of this lake." And that we are now at liberty to do," said Frank; 11 we will first overtake Dooley au

14 THE 'l'RANSIENT LAKE. With Interest the aerial voyagers watched the phenomenon. I Suddenly from an orifice in tbe center of the basin there shot up to the height or fifty feet a great column of water. Then in an incredibly short spa ce of time from all the galleries there rushed forth great seething volumes, swift as tbe rush of N iagara. And once full, the great basin overflowed in a second, sending a mighty tidal wave across the country at race-horse speed. Small woned that line of swiftly rolling wa t er. On all the wide earth Frank and his companions thought there could IJe no phenom e non to e qual this. it was with<'ut p a rallel. Within the Incredibl e space o f an hour the Transient Lake, tranquil and placi d was once more r estore d to its b a s i n. The nirsblp hung sil e ntly over it. Birds shot across its surf a ce, acd small fish played in Its limpid d epths. Ab o ve, the sl!y was calm and serene. A fierce t r opical beat beat down up o n all. C apta in N 1 co d emos turned to Frank. W ell, skipper," be sairt. "What do you think or it!" Frank d rew a d e e p bre a th. "It is a wonderful fr eak or mighty nature," he said. "I am satis tied. Let u s g o ho me !" "Homel'' It was a magic word ju s t now. Tbe aeri a l voyagers bad accom plished th e ir pro j e ct. a n1 had explore d th e Tran8 i e n t Lake. Th ey had yet a migilty di stance t o trave l, and after all there is no pla ce like borne So F r a n k turned the course of the ai r.ahip eastward A far e well look w a s taken at the mysterious country and its Tran alent Lake. Th e n the air-ship sail e d away It is a lon g journey from th e And e s to the Atlantic. ,.. It seem e d an eterni t y of jung l e stream, and for est of hideous marsh and barren plain ere tile t ossing wat ers of the stormy ocean were seen. Then a course was shape. d northward along coast. Stops w e r e made briell y at Santos and Rio Janeno. Then the South American coast was left b e hind. On sail e d tile air-ship over the West India Islands toward the coa11t of F lori d a. Begorra there's no place loike the United S tates afther all," de clared B a rney, savin' mebbe ould Oir eland." Huh!'' excl a imed Pomp; "yo' allue hab to place dat lilly bit of an island befo' eb e ryfing els e." "Bejabers, an' pbwy shouldn't If' asked Barney, sharply, "ain't it the truth, to be shore!" .. "If dey grow such lings yo' dar, wild, I kain't say I fink It am anyting but a berry lily green spot on de face ob de yairtb," averred Pomp, solemnly. Barney was fired in a moment. He saw lhe run lurking ic the cor ners of Pomp's eyes. He was all ready for a ruction and this assertion touched him ott ''So yez think it is only a little grane spot, eh!'' asked the Celt, rolling up h is sleeves. W e ll, grane is not hurtful to the eyes I've heard tellloike the black y e z get in Afrlky." Wha' yo' know 'l.lout Afriky!' exclaimed Pomp. What do yez know about Oireland?'' splutte red Barney. All I k n ows 'bout it is j es t wha' yo' hab tole me, an' dat am enuff," sci tied Pomp. Wlla yo got yo' sleeves rolled up ro'!" "Begorra, I don't allow an y moo to insult me or me native land," said the Celt, up his trousers, "here's phwat backs me up." He ehool t a fis t in Pomp's face. The darkex do d ged, andtile Celt m a de a IJiti ut him. th e y clos e d in an exci ting encounter. Long and bard It was, but as it wou l d have been impossible to iujnre eit her one or t heir toug h s kins and h a rtl y fram e s by a ny dint of such pound. ing a n d wrestling, tjJey finally emerge

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