In the black zone: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s quest for the Mountain of Ivory.

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In the black zone: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s quest for the Mountain of Ivory.

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N oname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. .t No. 142. { contPLETE } FRANK TousEY. P[rnr.rsnreR. 3t & 36 NoRrn MooRE S'J'REE' r. NEw YoRK. { J JtiCE } Vol VI New York, September 18, 1896. IsSUED \VEEKLY. 5 C IGN'l'!l. Ente1ed qtcordino to the .Act of Conoess, in the vear 1896, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.f}ice of the Libmian of Conoress, at Washington, D. C. In the Block Zone: or, Frank Beade, Jr.'s Quest for the Mountain of Ivory. By "NONAME." What followed was like the twinkling of an eye. Down came the giant trunk with awful force upon the lion's back. rhen followed the huge feet. Such tremendous weight could not but crush anything, and the lion was fairly battered and bruised into a limp mass.

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I 2 IN THE BLACK ZONE. The subscri p t ion price of t h e F R ANK R EADE LIBRAR Y b y t h e yea r i s $2.50; $1.25 p e r s ix mon t h s po s t paid, Addfess FRANK TOUS E Y, PUBL I S HER,34 and 36 Nor t h Moore Street New York. Box 27&!. In the Black Zone; OR, FRANK READE JR.'S QUEST FOR THE MOUNTAIN OF IVORY. The Story of a.n By "NONAME," .AutltOl' of "The Weird Island," "The Transient Lake," "'l'he Lost Caravan," "The Sunken Isthmus," etc., etc, CHAPTER I. THE EXPLORER' S STORY, "STANLEY SEARS, "CONGO FREE STATE. AFRICA.'' Taus the card read which Barney O' S hea bad plac e d in his hand by a tali, power!ul-huilt man past thirty, with a bronzed compl'.lxion, and e yes keen and penetratmg as thoso or a Hawkshaw. The Celt shrewdly at the visitor, and said: Misther Frank Reade, Jr., gave orders, sor, that he wns not to be disturbed, Is it a bit important, sorT'' It is ver y important, my man, replied S t anley S ears, "oli tha t J ask of you is to hand him the cant. He will be satisfied the moment he sees it." "I'll do t hat, sor." Barney closed the wicket gate anC vanished. Sears awaited his re turn. He bad come to Rendestown upon a very important mis sion, as we shall see. He bad r e turned from t e n years of thrilling e xperi e nces in the Block Zone or Africa. One day sitting in the reading-ro o m of the Waldorf, in N e w York, he had chanced to find a startling series of parag raphs in the newspaper. Thus they read: "The latest from Reudestown hos it that Frank Reade, Jr., the youna inventor, who s e fame is world wide h a s compl P ted his new in the Desert S choon e r, and Is soon to und e rtake a trip to some far part of the world. P e ople will aw a it with intere s t the of t.his report, and also what Will be t h e r esul t It is s aid thut th e S chooner ex cels ali of his past inventions. II so, it must indeed be a triumph." S ears re a d a n d r e read this iteru, which was of more than ord inary i nt e rest to him. Then hA muttere d : "That must be the Frank R e a r le Jr., I hear d or once on the upper Nile. If so and his invention is what I bea r it i s he is just the man 1 wanf. Readestown is his home, eb! I wonder where that con b e?" He mnd e inquiry, and very quickly learned where Readestown wns. That settled it. '\'be next truln took him to the inventor's home. Deep down among the bills was the s111art little town. He presented himself at the gate o! the Reade Machine Works, and gave Barney his card as we have seen, Frank Rende, Jr., was busy In the great draughting room, where be made the plana or all his machines. As Barney entered, he looked up in annoyance. I thought I told you that I was busy, Barney!" he begoa. "Shore, sor, an' ye did, replied the C elt, "hut here's a gentleman says that as soon as y e see his card, y e'll drop ive rytbing to see him." H e must be a mig!Jty dignitary theo snit\ Frank, sharply; "the curd!" H e glanced at it and gave a start. Then be knitted his brows re fle ctively a moment. S tanley Sears! That must be the fPllow I heard so much about in Central Africa. It may be-that is-" he dropped his pencil, "show him in, Barney!'' he said, "I will see him!" The C e lt ducked his head and vanished. In a few moments he was at the wicket gate "Misther Frank will see yez sor," he cried "plaze to walk in!'' The visitor's face lit up with pleasure and satisf a ction. I knew that. be would not refnse," he declared. I hope to en lis t h1s inter est and sympathies further." He follovted Barne y 's lead, and in a (PW moments was in the dru.ughting room and tnce to fnce with Frank Rend A Jr 1 'he y o ung inventor arose and lac e d his visitor. They gazed into each others e yPs, and from that moment were warm friends. "Mr. Ren der "Yes, sir." I am glnd to the honor. Yon saw m y cnrdf' I did, Mr. Sear s Pray have a seat." "You are not altoe; e ther a s t rang e r to me, Mr. Rende. Some years a go on the upper1 Nile I he1 trd of yon!" E xactly, and I heard or you in the sam., way." The n we ought t<:> feel well acquainted.'' "You are right." I will mak e my business bri ef. I c a n e to s ee you upon quite an important matter. I und erstand tha t you h n ve bmlt a m o chiull called the Desert Schooner, ahoa r d which a mao c a n travel in the most dan g e rous r! r e gions with c o mparative safety.' "1'hat is true!" replied Frank. The Schooner was designed lor that v ery purpose.'' And also that you medita t e a trip to some far part of the worldf' That is also true!" The object of such a trip is mainly to seek wild adventure and explor a tion. Am I rigbtf' "You are!" "Very good," said Sears, drawing a deep breath. "Now you know that exploration is the one aim of my life, I live for it and nothing elso." "I have understood that.'' This brings I
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( I IN 'l'HE BLACK ZONE. 8 along the equator. It is a region hemmed in by high mountains and known as the valley of the Giant Elephant Hunters. "No white man bas ever been able to peuetrute this region. Liv ingston, Speke and other great explorers have attempted it many times and failed. No man can get beyond that black barrier. Tbe giants are fie rce and warlike and not to be PllCilieLI. "'l'be only way to iuvade that region is to go invested with a coat of mail or such meuus of oH" ense and defense us will make life safe. Now it is the crowninl!: desire of my life to explore that regiOn. Jts most notabl e feature report bas it, is r he wonderful mountain of ivory. "For centuries these giant blacl
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IN THE BLACK ZONE. Jly Jove," ex::laimed Stanley Sears, for be it was, this is a ball scrape. If I get out of it with a whole skin I shall be lucky." He crouched still lower behind the canes and watcbell his foe with a deadly fascination. For a few moments the lion remained In his position furiously roar ing until the ground fairly trembled. Then he suddenly ceased and swung about, drawn up to his fullest height. Such a sudden cllange of demeanor was a keeu surprise to Sears But the next moment he was able to gain an adequate explanation or the aflair. An mtervention was at hand to save him from what might have been a fearful fate. Anotller combatant appeared on the scene. A huge black body came craslling through tile brakes. It emerged into view, and stood revealed as a baby elephai:t Sears was astonished. Tile lltlle elephant paused at sight or t.he lion, and began to trum pet fiercely. Then the king ol beasts let forth au awful roar, and sprung for the little fellow. ''That is too bad," muttered Sears up his rille. "It is not fair play. I'll give the lion another bullet.'' a But he did not fire. There was little need, for the baby elephant had a champion at hand. There was a furious roar, nod out of the jungle there luoged the mother elephao t, a monster or her species. Tne lion bud sprung for the baby elephant's head. Had be alighted there, it would have been serious for the baby. But the little fellow reeled back, and, wildly trumpeting, swung out or the lion's reac11, and the savage beast alighted direcL!y in the path of the mother elephant What followed was like the twinkling or au eve. Down came the giant trunk with awful force upon the lion's back. 'l'hen followed the huge feet. Such tremendous weigllt could not but crush anything, and the lion was fairl y battered and bruised into a limp mass. Though he fought madly and brought great rivers ol blood from the elephant's sides. 1t was truly a battle royal. And Sears watched it with grim interest. He took care that the elephant did not spy him, for she was In just the mood to attack anything or anybody. Though sbe had been his champion and bad 11aved his lile. So the exp lorer crept silently away Into the jungle, congratulating himself upon his narrow escape. The rencontre w1th the lion was partly his own fault. He hall left his friends aboard tlJe Schooner lor an hour's diversion in the jungle in quest or pheasants. By chance he came upon the lion, and being an available angle, conceived the hazardous plan o f giving the monster a fatal shot. If I ca carry back his s !!:in to the Schooner," he rellected, they will think that I am quite a sportsman alter all.'' So he aimed for tiJe lion's heart; but just as he pulled the trig ger the animal moved, Tile bullet struck the lion, but not In a vital part. In a moment it came down into the jungle. And as we have seen, tile venturesome explorer had a tight squeak for his life. Tllrough devious jl:lngle paths Sears hastily made his way, until he came out upon a httle stretch or Intervale leading to a river. Here, upon a little rise of ground, was the Schooner. A tire burned in the grass near by, and Pomp was just some pheasants and fish. Barney was cleaning his rille, and Frank was In the pilot-house. AB Sears came op, Pomp cried: "Jes' wants onemo' pheasant, sa b. You'se jes' come in time." Here they are!" cried Sears, drawing half a dozen from bis hu:;t lDg pouch. "They are all cocks, tool" "Youse.am a berry line bun t er, sahl" declared Pomp. one ob dese birds am shoL froo de head.'' That is proper," declared Sears Don' t spoil the meat you know. But I came near being game myse lf." "How was that, sor?" asked Barney, with interest. And Sears told or his experience with the lion. Al once Barney and Pomp were agog. Golly!" cried the coon. "Yo' an' I most go aftah !lome big game l'isb. It am a heap ob fun." "I'll promise you plenty of excitement if you tree a lion," laughed Sears. Then the trio re<:eifed an shock. Something came whiz zmg throogll the a1r and whisked Barney's bat off, slick and clean. CHAPTER III. THE FEVER STORM, AN inch lower and the Celt's skull would have been cracked. The hat lay on tbe green sward, transfixed there by a javelin. What followed took far less time than to describe it. In that swift instant all three understood the situation, and they acted with thrilling rapidity. Had they not, their lives would have paid the forfeit. For it needed no further hint to apprise them of the fact that there were doubtless other javelins poised in dexterous hands in the Jungle where that came from. Over the rail aboard the Schooner they went. But even t.hen their escape was miraculous, for the javelins struck all about them. Into tbe vehicle they rushed to meet Frank Reade, Jr at the door of the pilot-house. He pressed a spring which instantly closed every door and window. "We are attacked," cried Sears. "I think they are the giant blacks!" You do?" exclaimed Frank in alarm; that means a light.'' "Yes!" Well, we ought to be goond the shell struck the hummock full and fair. The eflect was wonderful to see. There wnli a terrific roar, and up iuto the air rose a literal cloud of earth, stones, debris and grass. The cane growth for many yards about, was mowed away as il with a keen scythe. Black forms were momentarily seen tlylog into the darker depths of the jungle. It was plain that the shot had told, and they were greatly terrified. Sears was delighted. "Look at them run!" he cried. "Give 'em another; Frank, while you've got the chanc el" Frank acted upon impulse and complied. He thrust another shell inlo the breacb, and threw it into the jungle. For a wide distance the cave was leveled. Whether any of the blacks fell a victim t o this shot coul d not '.Je told. There was no doubt now but that the vicinity was clear. Sears was hilarious. "By Jove!" be cried. "You can't beat that. I tell you that gun iR big medicine, Frank. It can conquer Africa!" Frank smiled a01l closed the chamber ol the gun. He descended into the cabin and said: "I think it will be as well for us to change our quarters. Yo11 think, do you, Sears, tha those were the giant blacks of the Ivory valley!'' "I know it!" replied the explorer. "I bad a good chance to see them." "Then we must be somewhere near the region tbey inhabit." "A few days journey ought to take us there!" declared Sears. us forward then. Pomp, you may serve tue dinner en route. It will do just as well.'' "A'right, sah!'' The darky hastened away to obey this order. Ia a short while the meal was served steaming hot in the main compartm ent of the vehicle. Barney had been in the pilot-house directing the tonrse of the ma chine. Tiley were now traveling through an open part of the jungle. Knives had been placed on the hubs and axles which cot the cane as the machine went on, clearing a wide and adequate path. After the meal was over Pomp reneved Barney lor n time. A lew

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IN THE BLACK. ZONE. 5 hours later the jungle gave way to a broad level velt or pluin close J Then they emerged on deck with a sensation of relief. The blue cropped by the buffalo. sky was clear overhead and air was clear and bright. Over this the Schooner could bowl merrily. Far away in the di s Far to the southward, the receding fever storm was seeo. Our voytnnce th e re was seen a rqighty mountain chain. aga rs d rew a breath o[ r ehe[. Th e ir peaks seemed to reach up into the clouds. Sears studied "I'm glad we did not eocounter that under other circumstances," them a m o ment and said: sai d S ears, "there is only o n e oth e r storm that can at all compare Beyond tbost! mountains we shall find the land of the giant blacks. wilh it, and that is the pitil e ss saud-storm of the Saha ra." We ought to reach that region IJy to-morrow." "I have beard of that, agreed Frank, "it is the real sirocco.'' Frank studied the land s cape. "Yes!" "Ye s!" be a g reed, "they are about sevent y miles from here." 'rhe S chooner was now driven forward at full speed. But now night Barne y who was in the pilot-hous e s uddenly gave a sha rp cry. came on once more nod It was deemed Slifer to abandon traveling Wud y e z cast yure e y e to the nortb, Mistber Frank? Phwativ e r after d a rk. do yez call th u t!" S o the S chooner i ran into a li t tle covert among a coll e ction of bowlInstantly Frank and Sears turned their g aze in that dir e ction. A ders and tile search-fight was on. B a rne y wus l eft on guard, great cl oud seem e d to be rolling up from the horizon and momentarily and the others turned ln. increasmg in volume. They were right glad to get the sleep also, and none of them awoke Its color was a dingy yellow or brown, and for a moment it puz uiJtil an early morning hour. zled tbe voyagers. Tben nearer view ol the mountains could be had and tLey knew 'l llen Sears gave an excl a mation or dlsmuy. that they were now nearin g the valley or ivory. Of course ibis in" Mercy on us," he crie d "that is the African fever storm or sircreased the intere s t or all. occo. Put on speed, Barney; l e t us get to the hills before it will overAud as they drew near e r, they could see that this was in appeartake us!" ance what popular repute bad made it, a land or myste ry. "Tllat i s Impossible," declared Frank; did you call it, Mr. Great dark peaks overhung mighty chasms and d eep abys s es. The Sears!" rocks assumed grotesque shapes and forms and add e d to the general "A f e ver storm! uncanny aspecL. What i s tiJat!'' lL was not to be wondered at that the various native tribes and H is a great hot wave or wind and dust and blinding spray, the wbite explorers as well should yield to a sup e rsti t ious eense, which is br e athed a cross the country, l e avin g pestilence in i l s wake. It knowing that these wilds were the home of fierce giant blacks, per is followe d lly an inten s e humidity, which is suppo.ed to be the cnuae o[ haps the only rac e of gi a nts in existence. various terrillle m a lignant fevers which are constJquent. The natives It wus sare to say t hat l e w ventured to invade those hills with their dread it as the ir worst a ffliction, and will, if possible, retire to caverns l.Jlack fastn e s s es. Fear most wholesome kept them from it. or woode d depths, until the entire effects of the fever breeder are But our voyag e rs [elt secure aboard the They knew that. gone. V e ry likely the wind picks up tbese germs from malarial spots, th e y posses se d tremendous advantage over any foe which might see and them in the atmosph e re.'' fit to attack them. "Indeed !'' e xclaimed Frank, with a shiver, "it must be a deadly So tbey approached the forbidding mountains without the least thrill foe. Tbe b9s t thing we can do is to dodge it.'' of fear or cautio_n. "II we can!" Frank and S ears were in the pilot bouse all the while. We must keep the doors and windows tightly shut until arter it Graduolly they drew nearer the heights. The land began to rise bas pass e d." now in Sbccessive table-lands or sheiC form, Soou the plain they bad But-what shall we do for air!" asked Sears. crossed lay below them. "I hav e provided for that. In the pilot-h o use there is a chemical A great distance to the southward there was an immense body of generator such as I use in my submarine bout. That will furnisb water, doubtless one of thP great chain of lakes in Centro! A[rica. plent y of nir [ o r the cabin." An unbounded view was now to be had. "Goo. d!" cfled Sears, "that may be the saving of our lives. We How to pass beyond the great mountain chain became now the should be bey ond the v e rge of the f e ver district b y to-morrow.'' problem. j "That is t rue!" a g r e ed Fra nk. I c a n see that tra veling in this "It is imposaible to go over those heights," declared Frank. "We 1 AfrlcnA countr y is by no means unattended with gre a t peril." must lind a pass somewh e re.'' "Humph! we have not to s e e them y et," declar e d Sea rs. "I am afraid tbat will be difficult, judging from the outlo:>k," de"You can hardly wonder tllat the ivoty tlistrict bas n e ver been inclared Sears. ''It don't seem to me as if there was a break anywhere varied before." in tho s e solid mountain walls.'' "Very true .'' "Well, I must agree with you,'' said Frank; "yet it iH our oaly "You s e e it is almost impossible for a man on root to escape the 1 cours e A pnss we must find." consequences or exposure to such a storm as that just c o ming down So the machine continued to move slowly along the base of the upon us. H e would sicken and die. Whereas, aboard this veh icle w e m o untain range. can mee t it with impunit y.'' The voyagers scanned the rocky steeps closely. "l see th e a dvantaae," decl a red Frank, "but we must make us!> And as th e y wer e thus engaged Pomp suddenly cried: of it." ., "Golly, Marse Frank, does yo' see anyfing up dere!" Frank set the ox y gen g e ner a tor at work. He also took the prtl What is it, Pomp!" osked Frank, in surprise. caution t o place certain disinfectan t s at the doors and windows. "Fo' de Jan' ob goodness, I doni' fink It am a house, sah. roe f e v er-s torm wa s coming r a pidly n e arer Its approach could be "A honsel" exclaimed S e ars. By Jove, Frank, t h ere is some easily marked on tli e barom e ter, nod the sky assum e d a c o pp e ry hue. sort of a curious habitation far up there among the rocks." Th e n a hot, dry curr ent of air swept down over the Schoon e r. It Frank at this instant also cau ght sight of tbe h o use, as Pomp had came in gusts, e a ch fie rcer and hotter than t he other. called it. It was of the char a c t er of a lean-to, nod was evidently conThen a g r eat cloud of choking, blinding dust began to sift across struct e d of b tLm boo pole s and grasses. the plain, m n king the ground look white and dreary. Many s uch buts were to be seen on the low land and in the jungles; Sears shiv e red and said: but it was very stran g e to find such a habitation in the mountain That is wha t we are to rear. That awful dust. It pen e trates h eights. everything, and carries d ea th in its midst. To breathe tbnt it! a k i n to The materials or which it was constrncted, must necessarily have signing o n e' s d e ath w a rrant.'' bee n c a rried tbere at great expense or effort. Here was a mystery on Merc y!" e xcl aime d F r a nk. What can the poor bla cks d(l when the start. they a r e ov e rtak e n by it!" The voyagers studied the hut curiously. As yet there was no visi The y do t he best they can. I have seen them ruAb into the water ble sign ol human life about it. nod actually bold their beads under the surface as long as they H it was occupied, no sign o! its tenant was visible. Was he one could.'' of the giant blacks, or some ventures o me bunter from the lc.w lands! The dust now came on i b great blinding clouds, The humidi t y 'l'his was a question which the voyagers were not at the moment which accompanied the storm was frig htrul. able to a nswer. They studied the bamboo hut a long while. Every one o! the V<'y ag e rs had strippe d t o the waist, and the p e r-Tten' S e ars asked: spiration rolled from them. The deadly fever storm could not reach What do you think of it, Frank?" them, bu t it could make itseJ[ felt. It bt>nts me!" The air i n the Schooner grew appallingly warm and close. Ordln" S h all we go on!" nrily the first reli e f would be to throw op e n a window. "Not until we have solved that mystery. I want to know who oc-But this could not be done now. The voyagers sweltered and percupies that dwelling, and I mean to do so." 1 spired in a most uncomfortabl e position. Good; how shall we do it!'' CHAPTER IV. THE MOU NTAI N HUT. The y oung inventor was thoughtful 11 moment. He linally replied: There is but one way, and that is to pay the place a visit." "I'm wi: b you!" declared Sears, picking up his rille. "Shall we start now!" Barney's eyes stuck out like moons. Shure, Misther Frank!" he cried. "Yez'll niver do that. They'll Then the sirocco be a[ther seeing yez afore yez kin get hal[ way up there!" FoR two hours the white dust went sifting by. "There is no other way!" declared Frank, "the Schooner cannot very well, considering e veryget up there." began to abate its force. The voyagers bad stood the ordeal thing. They did not venture to open assured that the storm bad passed. a door or window until-well "That is true," agreed Sears. "We must take some risk. I believe we shall be safe by keeping in the cover or rocks and trees."

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I I 6 IN l'HE BLACK ZONE. So it was decided to risk paying a visit to the but. The Schooner J drew close to tbe mountain wall, and the electric gun was trained upon hut. Frank's orders wAre: "Barney, keep your eye on that hut. If you hear us fire or know that we ars in trouble, send a she ll into it." All roight, sorl" agreed th e Celt, us he took his position. Equipped with their riHes nnd plenty of ammunition, Fran!\ and Sears left the Schooner. 'lhey disappeared among some cedars and began scaling tho m ountain side. Neither spoke as they climbed on, for they r e alized the value or si lence. But Frank was doing a heap of lllinking. Both were on the a!P.rt. Up and still up they climbed. Thus far there had occurred nothing to show that the but was occupied or that there were any blacks in the vicinity. Up they climbed and soon clambered o1er the ledge which brought them in full view of the but. It was not fifty yards distant. And not t e n ynrlls from them both saw a l.Jeaten path leading up to it. This was evilleuce that the hut was visi ted if not occupied. "Well, I'm beat!" excluimed Sears, "the people must be away, Frnuk.'' They don't seem to be about!" Then the two voyagers lool1ed at each other. It was to each a ques tion or possihlti safety whether it would b e beat to enter the hut. Finally Fre.uk raised the hammer of his riHe. "We nave come too far to lurn back, Sears," he said. "RighL!" So together they slowly approached the hut. Straight up to the entrance they Wtmt. It was indeed a venturesome thing, for, for ought they knew, a deadly foe mrght lurk within and strike them a blow when they lehat expected it. Fra)k led the way into the hut. As their gaze became used to the gloom they noted one fact. It was empty. The occupants, whoever they were, had absented themselves very recently, for in a ht>np of ashes in the center of the earthen lloor a f e w embers yet smouldered. The interiur of the h;Jt was squalid and dirty. A patched tiger skin suggested a couch in one coroer. There were soma eartile n veasels of rude manu!acure and some dried rlunoceros meat ltunging from a pol e ln fact, the place was a typical black's habitation. But whertl were the hlacks! A surprise was in store for the explorers. They looked about the place critically and then at each other. "It's queer enough!" exclaimed Sears. "Where do you suppose these chaps are?" "They may rPturn at any moment. Do you laney this is a habitation Of the Plephant bunters!" "No, sir!'' Sears, emphatically. What thenf' "This is the nbode of the common negro of the jungle class; but bow he carne to build it away up here in this place, and so near an enemy's country, is a mystery." Perhaps it cun be easily explained," said Frank. "Ho'i\'!' "These hills may not lJe the ivory hills after all. We may be upon the wrong trnck ... For a moment Sours was staggered. But b3 shook his head dog. godly. "No," he enid; "these are the hills WP are in quest of, l am sure. We sball Hnd the giant valltly over there, tnve oo fear." Before eilher could apeak again a startling thing happe ned. A sound came from outside which fo, an instant chilled their blood. It was n chorus of hoarse, cackling laug11a. In au instant they leaped out or the hut. A moat asLOunding spectacle was presented to them. About the clearing there were thronged a le?ion of the strangest men they had ever seen. They were black nod half naked, with rude javelins ar:d shields. But they were in size. Pigmies, they wera literally. and for a m Jment the two explnrArg gazed at them dnrnfoundetl Esc&pe was out of the question, fnr fully a hundred of the fierce little blacks surrounded thorn with jave lina poised. "The dwarfd!" finally gasped Rears Well, here is a go, Frank. We are in a bad scrnpe now." Dwarfs!" exclaimed Frank. "11 thought tbe natives of tJese regions were !!ian ts." "And so did 1," declared Sears, "but it seems there was a mistake." What are we to dof' "Heaven knows! lu all Africa no race is more savaae and merci less than the tl warfs.'' "' The dwarf hlacks had begun to close in ahout the two men in a llerce and U1reatening manner. The situation was a terrible one. CHAPTER V. :MAKING TERMS, WORDS fail to express the sensations of Sears and Fr&nk Reade, Jr., at that moment. 'l'be situation was a desperate one. What was to be done? was the question. They might shoot down a few of the diminutive blacks, hut that would only sen! their own fate. Frank am. Barney and Pomp on board the Schooner were intensely alarmed. But tbE>y kept cool and steady, Barney sbouted !rom the pilot house to Frank: "Phwat shnll we do, Miether Frankr' "Kl'ep perfectly cool," replied the young inventor; "doa't open the doors or windows!" "All roight, sor!'' The le11:ion or dwarfs surrounding the machine were not satisfisd, but actually clim oell over l he rail of the Schooner and onto the deck, but the windows and doors resisted their best efforts. And Barney devised a simple scheme to get ri
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IN THE BLACK ZONE. '1 more savage thaa the beasts, more vindictive than the deadly bush 1nake. Nothing would evidently please the dwarfs more than inflict a crushing defeat upon th>J elephant bunters. They conlirmed the story of the mountain, of ivory, and a lso told of a rich golu mine in those parts where the black giants beat out arrna ments and weapons o( the pure metal. 'l'his was enough to at once whet the interest and curiosity ol the voyagers. r They could hardly wait to make a start lor the giants' home. Buludayo, the dwarf chief, entered into the spirit of the enterprise with avidity. It was planned that the dwarfs were to proceed by the most direct route to the northern entrance to the Black Valley. Tl!e Schooner was to approach from the south. Here there was a pass which must be forc e d, and which doubtless could easily be carried with tlle aid of I he electric gun. Wllile the machine was entering t.Je valley from the south, the dwarfs could be llgllting their way in at the north, Forced to uef mll l both entrances to their stronghold, the gir.nts would be compelled to divide Lheir forces, 'l'his would be u great dvantagP. gained by tl!e attacking party. It ought to result in the defeat of the giants and the conquest of the Black Valley. The dwarfs were quickly armed and equipped for the expedi tion. But nightfall being at baud, it was decided to wuit fo1 another day. The distance over the mountams to the stronghold of the ele phant bunters -.vas full forty mill's. It would take fully two days' bard traveling to that distance, for the region was wild. That night the dwarfs bud decided to bold a wur feast, and that the white m"n might enjoy it, they bad selected the talJl e land be low as the place to bolil it. Begorra, naygur," cri e d Barney, thumping Pomp on the shoulder, "here' s yer cbauce to have a go wid sd'me av tblm foine black ladies. Shure, it ain't ivery day a mau kin be daucm' wit! his own people iu his native lantl." "Huh!'' sniffed Pomp, "dey ain' no relashuos or mine. I'se a Norf Caliny darky, I is!" Barney roared at this. Oil, go on wltl y ez!" be cried, it's a poor man as will go back on his native soil. Shore, yer ancisters cum from this very counthry!" Dat uin' nuffio' to me!" replied Pomp, obdurately. Ain' 'bliged to 'sociate wif dat trash llarl'' It there was one thing Bl\rney delighted in it was bectaring Pomp. And we might B6Y vice-versa. But the c.lnrky was not in the pleasantest sort of a mood, so be snapped the Celt up. "Look yere, yo' big stuff ob an l'ishman!" he cried, angrily. "Yo' ain' got one lily bit ob sense, JO' ain't." "Ho-ho! Y e z are afther l!ittin' excitPd," roared Barney, "don't keer abont mixin' wid yer relaslluos, ebT Got pooty higll toned, yez, naygnr!" This was too much for Pomp. "Lor's a masayl" he yelled, lowering his head like a mod bull, "l'ee jes' gw\ne to gib yo' pay fo' dut, yo' susAy l'ishmnnl Huh dar!" And straight nt Barney he rushed. The Celt dodged, 1 It was lucky for him. If the d arky bad come into contact with him then, it would have given his nPrvons aystP.m a strain. But he dicln't. InsLead, Pom11's bead struck full force against the door-post of the pilot-house. The cracll would have killed a white man. But it did not even stun the coon. He drew back, shive red once, and then made another rush. This time Barney was not quick enough, but he grappled with the coon and both went down. Then followed the liveliest kind of a scrap. Neither seemed to have the advnntage for a long t i me. They rolled over and over, and panted and struggled and tugged for the mastery. No)t until IJoth were so extremel y exhausted that they could exert themselves no more did they desist. The n Sears chanced to come in upon them. He burst. into a roar of laughter. "At it again, are you!" be cried. "WPII, who is high man this timer "I lnmbastP.d dat I'iRhman fo' his impu st. Greut heaps of brush and fugots were placed at intervals along the mountain wall. The women, dressed in thPir gayest, were grouped at one E nd of the great level epace, and the men nt the other. Twenty little boys marched out beating a discordant urum akin to the tom-tom of the New Z ealanders. Also a dozen u:ore followed blowil:.g harsh notes upon a sort or reed instrument. The bonfires ou the mountain bad been lit, ami the weird glow il lumined the whole space. It was as strange a scene as any wi.Jite ex plorer ever gazed upon. "It makes me think ol Gull iver 's description of the Lilliputs,'' de clared Sears. TI.Jese African d wads are unlike any oti.Jer race on tlle earth." They are Africans," said Frank. "Undoubtedly, but of a new null strange species. Certainly, we have not met anything akin to them." That is true!" The boy musicians, meanwhile, bad marched to the center of the open space. Here tlley formed a sort of square und then a loud sig nal wus given by one terrilic blast upon the iustrumPnts. In an instant it wus rePponded to the men who came trippint; out in sirt!( l e tlle ,and n :a
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8 IN Tl:lE BLACK ZONE. "Get your repeaters, boys! Pick out the best you can!" The cmck of the rifles blended with the shrieks of the struggling people. The sight was one to make one's blood boil. So well did our voyagers use their ritles that a space was cleared between the giants and tbe dwarfs. Tllis gave Buludayo's men a chance. Tlley covered the retreat of the women and cllildren to the pass, throwing away their li7es freely to do so. Then !lrms began to arrive. A stand was made on the upper shelf of rock. The ritles were iants were aware of tbe!r purpose and were hovering about in the jungle. "!3ot our friends were to guard agamst any possible sur pnee. So every precautiOn was taken. CHAPTER VIr. THE &DTENTURE ON THE RIVER. ALONG the verge of the river there was a great depth of saw grass. This is the case with most tropical rivers. Nothing c(mld afford a better hi, naygur!" asked Barney, Pomp was amazed. 1 "Wha' yo' fink, ob! Take a dip in dis yere ribberr Why cert, yez ould stuff." I don' reckon I will.'' "Why not?'' Ain' got no inclinashon to be eated up by any ob dese yere 'gators which yo' may be sore am in dis ribber!" "Alligators!'' exclaimed Barney, with a ehiver. "Be me sow!, I niver thought av thim. But phwy \he divil don't they take a hould av tbim pickaninies over there, will yez tell me!" "Huh! Yo' kin bet dey don' go berry far out into de ribber." "Yez are roight, naygur. Well, I'll sthay in the boat. Bot I don't intind yez shall have all the soft snap yesil!. Give us a little more on that oar!" "Air:' got no oar! Dis am a paddle!" Call it phwat yez will. Luk out there! Phwat did yez hit me fer!" Barney whisked about and glared at Pomp, But the latter aat io the stern quiet and wondering. Wha' dat yo' say! I dido' hit yo', honey.'' "Yez didn't!'' "No, sn.h." "Begorra, something did.'' And Barney was right. An object had come hurtling out of the saw grass an11 struck him fairly on the hack of the nack. It was a javelin, but it glanced off into the water before he could see it. The point of the weapon had grazed his neck, but the shaft bad struck him In passing. The next moment something came down with a thud Into the bot tom nf the canoe. Th? astomshed Celt grabbed pulled 1t np, making a great rent Ill the bottom of the canoe, 1t bemg of dressed hide and nothing thicker. "Bejabers, it's thim divils afther us!" screamed Barney holding the javelin up. "They're over there in the saw grass to sure. Lnk out fer yersilf, naygur!" Another javelin whi s tled over Barney's head. The uncertain light destroyed the aim; but a greater peril asserted itself now. The rent in the bottom of the canoe of course let the water In in a great column. It shot up through the aperture and quickly filled the canoe. "Golly!" screamed Pomp: we'se got to swim for it, chile! De 'gators get us now fo' shuah !'' "Shwim!" gasped Barney, "an' a!Lona the alligators! Mither av Muses! it's the ind av us!" "' But there was no choice nor time for temporizing. The canoe took a plunge, and the next moment both men were in tbe water. They instantly struck out with frantic efforts to to the shore. The deadly of the crocodiles lent them wings. Splashlug and floundering in the wntet, they attracted the atten tion of the swimming dwarfs, and they shouted and swam toward them. It was then that the black giants decided to make their attack. The air was full of tlying javelins. At once the alarm wns given. The dwarfs who were armed came trooping down to the edge of the Jungle and fearlessly met the giants. Frank and Sears aboard the Schooner were looking for Barney and Pomp. It was lucky for the two jokers that this part of the river was uot infestec! with Lhe crocodiles. Else they mast have been eaten up.

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IN THE BLACK ZONE. 9 As it was, however, they reacted shore in saf e ty just as Frank si g hted the 11lectric gun and sent a shell down into the jungle. The dwarfs and the elephant bunters were havin g a lively battle. Of course the latter would have soon gained the upper band had it not been for the ass i stanc e of the Schooner. But the black giants could not stand b efore that deadly tire. 1t was a mysterious !leadly force which the y did not understand. So as a result the y brok e a n d ll.ed in terror. A few shells mowed down th a t part of the jun g le and pu t them to lli gbt. 0 The battle w a s bri ef, and once m ore a victory for the Schooner s party, but B a rn e y and P o mp resolved t o v e nture out upon African rivers n o more. Golly, I j e s' fo't I felt dem 'gators' jaws coming down onto me ebery minute," declared Pomp. l'se j es' callin' mahse'f a luck y c o on!" B e j n bers, I'll niver go out on any more rivers in this part nv the worru ld," said Barn e y, poaitiv e ly. It was j e s' enuff fo' me, yo' kin b et!" The giants did not v e nture to return to the nttn ck again that nigh t b ut they h overed about in the jungle, and occasionally threw j a velins into the camp. The n e x t morning the march w a s r e sumed. Frank reckoned that they ou ght to r ea ch the Black V a lley by nightfall. S o as t h e caravan moved on through forest and jungle, the travel-ers all looked for;vard to the events of the next day, whi ch were in pros pect. "We sh111l see the 1\fountnin of Ivory before two dayil,'' declared Sears, with much sat isf a cti on. Well, I agree with you ," said Frank; "we ought to do that." When high noon c a me they camped under the black arches of a mighty forest. Here were great troops of apes, and marks of the gorilla were found. Thas far th e b lacks had been little in evid.,nce. Bot as the party camped for the n o on meal a fresh incident occurred. Frank and S e ars were discu s sing the situation and laying plans for the invasion of the Black Valley, whee a st1utling sound reached their e a rs It came from the distance through the great forest and was most unusu a l for th o se parts. Crnck--uck! Crack! "Jupiter!" exclaimed Sears, in sheer amazement; "did yon hear t hat, F rank!" "Indeed I did!" Y on kno w what it wast" .. It sounded like the rE!port of rill.es." "And so it w as But-it can't b e B a rney and Pomp. They were b are a m o ment ago." At this moment Barney and Pomp sprung aboard the Schooner. They were much excited. "Golly, Marse F rank!" cried Pomp, "dere am som e tin' goin' on ober dere.'' it's somewnn as h as guns to foig h t wiLh," cried Barn ey, "it mnst b e w h olte men, sur.' Frank and Sears rushed out of the veh icle. Even the dwnrfs hnd been attracted by the distant sound. Buluduyo c a me up with much sign talk, to the effect that his m e n craved p e rmission to visit the d istant s ceue. Finally Frank said: "Come l e t us take a party o f these dwarfs and go. It means s o m e thin g I hardly know what. Perhaps the y are a party of cur own c o untrym e n in trouble.'' "Ay e-a y e! cri e d the young explor er, that is doubtless the truth. I am with you, Frank!" Barney and Pomp were left In charge or the S chooner. Bulu dnyo sel e cted a scor e of his bPSt warriors. The se he pla c e d at Frank's disposal, and the start was made. Away through th e forest they sp ed. And u s th e y w e nt on it seem e d as if th e sound s of conll.ict were drawing n e arer, until they WP.re really quite clo se at hand. And after fort y mint.tes of hard climbing and running, the relief p a r t y burst through a network of vines and b e held an astounding spectacle. A number of blacks wer e tirst seen drivin g a d oz e n strong ox e n hurrie d l y through the brush. Then white helme t e d men, arm e d with Winchesters and firing rapidly as they bea t a slow retreat, came into v iew. Our a dventurers shouted in recognition, and a more surpris e d set t han t his n e w baud of Africnn explor e rs wer e c a n h a rdly be imn2:ined. The y c a me rushing up bas 1ily, a half doz e n whit e men in all, and greete d Frank nnd Sears profnsel y My nume is Anthony Gardner said the lender of the party a tall fin ely forme d man with iron gray hair and whisk e rs, glad to you. Whe re are you from Frank a 1 \ d Sears introduced them s elves and then Seers asked: But whe re are you fellows from f" CHAPTER VIII. THE IVORY HUNTERS. "WE a re from Chicago, Illinois replied Gardner. We are Americ a n s as w ell as you. We are in p a rtly for adv e nture and spor t an d partly to look up a certain l a rge quantity cf Jvory, which it was said the natives had in these parts." \ "Not the Mountain of Ivoryr cried Sears, in amazement. "Well, perhaps so. They say It is a mountainous pile." "Well, I'll be blowed!'' exclaimed Sears, In sheer amazement. That is just what we lite here for.'' You don't mean it!" "Yes, sir.'' Well, I am surprised!" declared Gardner. "Your erraatl, then, is the same as mine!" "Exactly!" If I mistake not, we are not far from the valley held by these ter rible black giants, who bold g u a rd over the Mountain of Ivoryr ''We are half a day's journey from it. Bu:. how did you count upon acquiring possession or the ivory?" We Intended to trent. with the blacks if we could. If not, we should use our Winchesters to briug them to terms." "That was a large contract." So we have found; for we have done nothing but fight ever sinee ente!ing these parts.'' "Well, well!" repeated Sears, hardly able to realize the situation. "This beats all I e ver heard of! However, Mr. Gardner, we shan't <:nnrre l OVE\1' the ivory." "By no means We it only as an incentive to exploration. You shall have every bit of it.'' "Oh, no; it shall be a fair division," declared Sears. "But-your men ure having a lively tirue there!" "Yes, the giants are too m any for us. They have killed fifty of our Mntnbeles since we left the coast." "Mercy! Y o u had better fall back on our camp We have au electric gun there which will very soon put a check upon thelr advance." -< ''I am very glad to nccept your suggestion," deolared Gardner; "but tirst let me introduce my companions.'' 'Ibis was done, and among them was a tall, sad-faced man, whose was Gerald Hardy. As he grtpped bauds with Frank Reade, Jr., Gardner said: Mr. Hardy has had a terrible blow since coming into Africa. When he left America his dau g hter, Grace, a very beautiful girl of sevent een, insisted upon accompanying him. Argument and dissuasion were or no avail. She was bound to come and did so. Mr. Hardy bas bad cause to regret this. Grace traveled m a sedan chair and was the life of our party. She is an ex cellent rlll.e-woman cour a geous to a fault, and had a knack of cheer. ing up our spirits when depressed. "But a l a s! One night, it was not two days since, the giant blacks attacked our camp. The assault was unexpect ed, and we were for a Lime in much confusion. In that mixed state of affairs Grace van ihed, and we have been able to find no trace of her since. What her fate is we cannot learn. Either she was carried away to captivity, or was murdered by those wretch e s. We did all we could to get some clew as to h e r fate, but as yet it remains a mystery.'' Sears had listened to all this with. tile most intense of interest. His figure tram bled like an aspen and bls e yes were fierce in their glow, as be cried: That is a fearful thing. There is no doubt but that she was car ried into captivity and we mus t rescue h&r!" "Bravo!' cried Frank, "We shall ll.nd her in the Black Valley. Her e ts a nother rea8on for an mvasiou.'' Right I" crilld Sears; cheer up, Mr. Hardy. Your daughter shall be saved if such a thin g Is vossibl P.'' "God bless you for those words of comfort," replied the bereaved vnrent with moist eyes. "We are iu luck in falling in with you," cri e d Gardner; ''do you tell me that you have a large number of na t ives in your train!" "Nearly fifte e n hundred," replied Frank; "they are dwarfs." "And t e rrible fig hters, as I have beard. It looks to me as if we had beLter join fort une s.'' "I think it would be best," said Frank; "there is strength in 1 union!" Slowly the party fell back upon lhe camp of the dwarfs. The giant blacks were savage and persistent. But they had run up against a sturdy foe. And as soon as Frank could get the electric gun to work, the sequel was shor t and swif t The g i a nts were forced to retreat. The M a tab e les in Gardn e r s command quickly fraternized with the dwarfs. The force now organized to invade the Black Valley was a formidable one. I Gar d n e r and his companions regarded the Schooner with admiration and wond e rment. Frank took them on board and showed them all over it. "By Jove!'' exclaimed Gardner, "I don't wonder that you felt se cure in inv a ding this region. You have precious small risk.'' Well, that is true," agre e d Sears. "I have m ade a number of attempts to Invade the Black Valley with even larger forces than you had, and each time was nearly annihilated.'' Then our prospects were not or the best, you think?" 1 "I know It! You would have met with utter defeat.'' Gardner w !nce d at this. "Well," h e admitted, "events thus far seem to indicate that you "' right. We were getting the worst or it when we met you." I knew the folly of such an attempt from experience," declared Sears, but whPn I leqrned that Mr. Rende had invented the Desert Schooner, I m11de ap my mind that if I could enlist him in the scheme I should be all right.'' I

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10 IN THE BLACK ZONE. i, And you were right,'' agreed Gardner. "I am anxious i.o go Cor-ward." Is your party all right to proceed!" "Quite rea dyl" 'l'hen let us go rorward Camp was broken at ouc e Th e y were now not ten miles rrom the Black Vall e y Th e y ou ght to r e ach it by ni g htfall. But an entrance, of course, was not t o be thou g ht or uutil th e n ex t day. Somewhat to the surpris e of all not a gtant was encountered on the way. They seeme d to hav e drawn off ror some unknown reas on, an d for th e first ti ne the r ear of th e train was not harassed by them. Garduer was nuzzled. "I dou't undere tan d it," he declar e d. "They are up to some m is chier, be s ur e W e s hall hear from them yeti" "I b e lieve you," agreed Frank; they are working somfl new scheme!'' "1 hope we'll be able to get onto it," declared S ears. "'l'o-nigtt I shall try a little scoutin g.'' Better not risk it," adju re d Frank. But Sears w a s not to he diss u a ded. From the first moment of l earn ing the story of Grace Hanly, he h a d b e en a tlitl'erent man. S ome f a te seemed to be ltmtllug him ou, a nd he muttered: "I am to rescue that girl; 1 l rude huts of palms au d cane. Pomp on b o ard the Schooner preparee held an astounding spectacl e The enti r e mouth of r.ass was blockell 1\ l e gions or giant forms hurling others over the v e rge. The young explorer was more than aston i sh e d at this sigh t "By Jupiter!" he excla!:ned; "tha t i s a crafty trick 'l'l:ey are bar ricading to prevent tLe Schooner from entering. That is indeed a clever trick." Sears did not venture n earer. He watched the proceedm g s ror awhile. Then he prudently retired. He made his way aarely down the moilntain elde ami into camp, All were asleep when be entered, so be also turned in. Not until the morning was this last move of the giants generally know!!. CHAPTER IX. THE J'lGH f AT THE PASS. THERE was great excitement in camp the next morning. Active preparations were mPde ror the attack. The dwarfs and the Matahel e s wer11 armed. and drnwn up in battle array. The white men onder Gardner were to officer them. Then the Schooner began to slowly climb the mountain side. Those on foot deployed to right una left. Through a Cringe or trees the attacking party went. Then the mouth of the pass carne into view. It was as S ears declared, blocked with bowlders. H e re was an ob s t acle. But Frank only smil e d grimly. Go ou," he said to Barn e y. Up tile slope crept the machine. But now a new and deadly peril presented its elf. A great cry w ent up rrom all. For upon the mountain w,1ll a huge fra gment of rock was se e n t o sway and totter. Strong arms were be hind it. The ne x t moment down the mountain side it came with the velocitv of a caouon llall. Stra i g ht f o r the Scho o ner it was be ht There was no time to ge t out of the way. Th o s e on board gave o
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f I I IN THE BLACK ZONE. grading the height. In a comparatively short space or time the task was done. The machine was not only able to pass over it, but the entire army or natives follow e d. This was a step toward victory. They were sure to get into the Black Valley now. \ Wllat other o l>stucle the giant blacks could devise it was bard to see The spirals or tlle invad e rs were up to a higll notch. Upon the oth e r S ide or the obstiuction th e pass was clear but devious in its course. Once over, the Schoouer picked its wuy slowly along to the eud of the puss. Not a giant was seen. What were up to it was hard to guess. But that they were up to some mischief there was little doubt. Well,'' s aid Frank, laconically, if we fail to whip them, now that we have got into their vulley we are certainly no good.'' "You ure right!" erie Sears; but I don't leur that." The great army of natives followed the Schooner to the end or the defile. Emerging from this, the first view or the Black Valley was haJ. And that it was rightly named everybody was agreed. It was fully six miles lou:: by three in breadth. Its floor was smooth ant! green carpeted. Upon ull sid e s rose sheer walls or rock to the height or a thou sand feet or more. It was vlainly seen that the only access to the valley was the pass at ench e nd. Natur" could not have contrived a more wonderful retreat or more ideal fort ress. And there, in the center or the valley, the adveturers beheld a thrilling sight. A mighty white mound rose in the air almost even with the height of the cliffs on either side. Its base must cover fully an acre. And this great pyrum:d or bill was composed or ivory tusl;s laid one upon the the fruits of hundr e ds of years of toil in se.Juring tlwm. For bundrells of generations the elephant bunters had contributed to this gigantic uchlevement. Of course the ivory was all good, for there was uothmg in the climate to etlect its d.>struction. There was n fuhul<>us fortune in that irnme1: se heap of bone, as all realized. And they gazed upon it with many anJ varied sensations. At exclaimed Sears: by Jove, 1 had almost given up all hopes of ever seeing it." What an enterprise to market that ivory," suggested Gardner. There neetl be uo fear but that it Will yield us each a good !or-tune,'' said Sears. Indeed that is true!" But what clni:ned the attention or the dwarfs was the city of buts and hovels wh-ich formed the habitation of the elephant hunters. An immense nrmy or hem were advancing across the plain to meet the invaders. Women and children could be seen among the hut9. Frank regarded the scene wilh clouded brow. "I can't say llikethis!" be said. iVhyr asked Gardner. "Well, these veople are coming out to defend their homes. They believe their cause to be just. We are an invading foe!" "But they would not hesitate to assail us under the same circum stances.'' "That may be true. Yet the taking or human lite, even t3ough it be that or a savag-e, Is repugnant to mel" Why need we take their livesr If we advance upon them there must be slaughter, and 1t very likely will be a buttle of exterminatil>n." Is there no way to treat with them?" Do you know or any metiloctr "Wait!" Gardner spoke to one or the Matabeles. He came forward anJ an swered the ivory hunter in broken Eni!hsh. "Maiolo," sn:d Gardner, "do you think you could take with those blocks over there!'' Mulolo nodded eagerly. "Yes,'' he replied, me do so." "Here, take this white handkerchief on a stick and go out and talk with th orn. Will you do II!'' Maiolo consented to carry the llag of truce. Then Gardner gave him instructions. "Tell them," he said, "that we have a terrible lire-stick which can eat them all up. Tell them that il thAy will restore tt.e white l!lrl to her father snfely and sell the Ivory mountain, their lives shall be spared and we will be frhlllds." Maiolo noted the message carefully and sped away. The lnvndArs now poused to ewalt the result or this. The truce was seen and hPedell hy the giants. Maiolo was seen holding a lengthy conferP.nce with them. Presently, bowevPr, he came skipping buck. All were eager to .know the result or hie ell'orts make terms. CHAPTER X. CAPTURE OF 1'HE VALLEY, MALOLO came hastily back from the parllly with the black giants. His stoical !ace betrayed nothing, but he marched up to Gardner, and said: "Big chief or elephant hunters say he no give up Ivory llountain, nor white girl either. He heap light, die, be burned and everyllng afore be do dat.'' The white men were deeply disappointed and chagrined with this reply. For a moment Gardner's face llusbed with wrath unspeakable. Then he turn e d lO Frank. Do you see wbut an obdurate, merciless set or pirates they are?'' he cried. "There is no other way but to whip them blind." Indeed Frauk had begun to si.Jare this same Impression. So he lin ally said: "Forward all! Perhaps when they see that we mean business they will como to terms.'' An,l it was witll this hope and almost firm belief that Frank ordered the nd' vance. 'l'he Schooner went in front. Everything was ready for the strife. The doors and windows wertl closed. Knives hod been put on the wheel hubs, and every mnn was at a loovhole with his rille. Frank, however, was at the electric gun. He was studying up a plan to make the fray a bloodless one. But this was by n,> means easy. The dwarfs and Matabeles kept cautiously in the rear. Th e y would mucb rather have met their giant foe in the bush thr.n in the open. Close quarters with them was bound to be disas trous. But they all had faith in Frank Reade, Jr., and the electric gun. Else they would not have advanced with their present conlidence. The Linck giant s cume forward in double lines. There s e emed full three thousand or them. This was an enormous body of m'en, and especially men or their size. So far as numerical strength wetit, our adventurers werll far outclassed. But sctence is bound to go ahead of brute strength. The deadly electric gun, the creation or a human brain, offset easily the odds against them. The l!iunts seemed to have either confidence or reckless &etermina tion. They were not wavering In the least. By Jove, they mean to sweep us oot of the valley if they can I'' crietl Sears. Is there no way to check them, Frankr' The young inventor smiled grimly. I think there is," be said. He pluced a shell in the gun. He trained it, but not upon the arl vancing host. He could have easily thrown a shell into their midst which might have killed a hundred. But he !lid not do thls. He aimed for a line or grassy hummocks, just in front of &be giants. Tbeu he pressed the valve. Thecouicnl shell was imbedded a number of feet in the hammocks. Then it exploded. The result was tearful to wttness. Great clouds of earth and debris were thrown for many teet over the body or the blacKs. A hole big enough to bury a hundred o! them yawned at their feet. What could they do but halt? Another shell at that instant burst just the other side or Lbis one. It produced the same effect. Shell after shell was thus thrown at the feet or the wavering giants. Then Frank threw one into their midst to complete the demoraliza ti<.n. It mowed the warriors down in a mighty circle, and piled their bodies up in heaps. Words cannot express the situation. This laht stroke was the straw whicl: broke the camel's back. Even courage itself could not endure in the face of such supernat ural null inexplicable power. The elephant bunters were desperate men, but they could not stand thjs. They broke line and hAgan to retreat. Frank smiled and chuckled, and ord e r e d the schooner forwnra. He could now begin to see a comparatively bloodless victory, and that was what he wa9 working (o,;r. Shell after shell fell hot at the heels or the demoralized giants. They suller.ly beat a retreat. It wt.s probable that the women had received instructions before the men went out to tight. For the straw and !Jalm huts were now set afire, and the women and children began to beut a hasty retreat to the upper end of the volley. This was u piece of Spartan sacrifice worthy of an ancient race. The victory is ours cried Sears. We shall clear the valley easily Give it to 'em, Frankl'' Pursuit or the giants was kept up until they were driven far beyond thAir burning village. Then the pursuers came to a halt. Bll ter drive them out or the volley completely," snid Gardner. But Frank shook his head. No nePd of thai," he said; "they have lost all. They will go now I" And Frank's prediction proved corr.>ct. Th.., gianta lllfL the vaiiAy und the mountain of ivory behind them. But they took with them that which was the most important or all. This was the captive girl, Grace Hardy. Her father was frantic with thR hopeiPPsness or n rescue. But Sears set his lips firmly, and his eyes flashed. "Have good courage, Mr. Bnrdy," he said, "she shall be rescued. I will give my life to effect tha." "You ore a brave and noble fellow," cried the father. "God will bless you it you

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12 IN THE BLACK ZONE. But further pursuit of the giants at the moment was not considered. The ivory fever seemed t.> have seized all. They rushed to the great pile of tusks and gloated over the mighty wealth there represented. Gordner ventured to climb half way up the mound. .,Everyone of the tusks so far as could be seen was sound. Here was, inde11d, a mighty treasure. The native buts were by this time little more than smouldering ash e s. The dwarfs used them to cook their meat by. Tile long day was drawing to a close. As it would be useless to pursue the giants that night, it was decide! no:l Sea rs got out and examined the trail. Hardy watched them wttb deep interest. "This was a clever trick," declared Sears. "These blacks are !fa,rp .' This IS an Indian game," said Frank; "such as you might expect With the Apaches in Arizona.'' "Is there no hope!" asked Hardy. 11 Oceans of it," replied Sears cheeringly. "Of conrse they cannot escape .a utterly. This is only hindrance and not defeat." "We must go on at random and not heed the trail," declared Frank. "I think we shall soon stumble upon them." So the machine went booming on at hazard through the rocky defiles. It was the best move that could be made under the cir cumstances The blacks would have gained precious time if the pursuers bad paused n disentangle the multitude of trails. Frank was too shrewd lor this. So, as fortune bad it, the Schooner bit upon just the right track. Suddenly. in turning n.n angle am-ong the ledges, the rear guard of the retreating blacks cam e into view. Beighol" yelled Sears. There they are, !Joys!" No ceremony was considersd. Fire was at once opened with the Wincbesters, and it wa:; lively enough for a time. The blacks could make little return, for the white men were shielded by the armor or the Schooner, and their javelins could make no ou that. So the best thing they could do was to !lee. And they hustled into narrow defiles and niches, where the white men could not follow them. In less time than it takes to tell it they were d;spered. The defile was clear, and the Schooner pressed on; but it was to meet with an astonishing rev e lation. Directly in front or them there yawned the open of a mighty cave. Into this doubtless the giants' main hody bad passed. Here was a sticker. The Schooner could not very well force ita WilY into the narrow underground passage. What was to be done! There was no means of guessing the depth or cnpacHy of tbe cav ern. It might extend for miles underground. In that case the blacks had successfully eluded their pursuers. For to attempt to Invade the place on foot, would be far too dao- gerous. Scores of the foe could lurk in t he dark recesses and strike a death blow without danger to themselves. It would be suicidal to attempt I to enter t[\e place. Here was a back. For n time the pursuers were nonplnsed. Frank Reade, Jr.'s inveotiTe faculties seemed for a time to be liter: ally at a standstill. There was no doubt but that Grace Hardy bad been taken into the cavern with the black&. She was for the present beyond rescue. The person most deeply concerned, her doting father, was sorely dis tracted. It seemed as if be mu9t abandon hop e now. Heaven l:elp us!" be said. 1 am afraid I shall never ftee Grace again. Oh, what madness to have brought her into this wretched country!'' Don't give up, sir!" snid Sears, fn his cheery manner. Some thing mny turn up, you know. Keep a st .iff upper lip.'' Tile machine ma
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IN THE ZONE. 13 aside. He knew then that be had run into a giant and that his identi \y had not heea suspected. The black was probably Impatient at, what !:e considered his fellow warrior's stupidity. That was all. At any rate, it was as close a call as he, wished to expertence, and he guided himself accordingly. He crept along close against the cavern wall. He could hear forms moving about him and sibilant whisperR, and he knew that be was in the very midst of the foe. What more thril ling situation could be imagined! Discovery would be death. Yet Sears' nerves wer e steel. He leisI Over the rail be went and the next mome,nt he was in the pilot bouse. He was warmly welcomed by the others. "Yes,'' he snid 10 response to various queries. "I have been into the cavern and-what will be good newil to you, Mr; Harlly. I have sroken with your daughter." Hardy gave a wild scream and tottered forward. "ls that true!" he cried, "do not trille with me!" lt is true!" I CHAPTER XII. urely penetrated the cavern until he sudlenly caught sight of a dis-THE END. taut light. THE overjoyed parent was lor a moment too intoxicated with jo y lt was a tire or fagots built in one of the cavern chambers. Sears to speak. was at once interested. Tuen he showered questi01;s upon the young scout. He crept nearer to the scene. Sears answered them all to the best of hi9 abilily. And there In the cavern chamber he saw the black women and "Yes," he replied, "I found her unharmed and brave. She was children gathered. They were moving about and chattering in apestrprised to tlod hereetr in communication with a friend. It is safe like fashion. to say that she never areamed of my being a white man.'' Sears ran his gaze over them and gave a thrilled start. Among Which is a juke," laughed Frank. "You make a iae looking them was one rarely a pearl in a rude setting. African, Sears." It was Grace Hardy Her face was very pale, but very lovely. The Thank you! black women moved about her, and did not seem to treat ber un"Begorra, the naygur here is jealous av yez!" declared Barney, kindly. with a grin. Sears drew a deep breath. "Shut up yo' head!" snapped Pomp, making a biff at the Celt. "Thank God, she is safe!'' be muttered. It was a happy hour. Though as yet G-race was a prisoner, and And then: there was no logical plan as yet devised for her retcue, it was "Jove! Is she not beautiful!'' to know that she was alive and unharmed. The more be feasted his gaze upon the young girl the greater was At once all set about devising the plan of rescue. For a time this the danger or hts becoming spell-bound His first Impulse wall to was a mighty problem. rush forward and eflect her rescue. Then f:iears declared: But the imiJI'acticabilitv or this move now dawne(\ upon him, and I have a theory." be recovered himself. He bethought himself of his present ridiculous "Ahl" was the general exclamation. attire, or rather lack of attire. I believe we have these fellows trapped. They are all packed inSo he comentE"d himself with merely looking at the fair captive and to this cavern, men, women and children. There is I believe but this making a mental effort to etl'ect her rescue. one outlet. It will not require many hours to force them to terms for But no possible method suggested itself. He finally grew deeper they cannot find means or subslatence in that cavern." a te. Tbere was silence for a moment. He even ventured nearer the throng or women in the hopes that he Then Frank sairer's heart beat like a trip-hammer. Do yez see that, sorT Sh1.tre it's my idea they want to speak Once Grace glanced in his d!recl ion. In the gloom she saw the out-wid us.'' liues or what seemed to her merely the form of one of the blacks, In the mouth of the cavern stood a huge form of a giant black nothing more. But suddenly she saw this fellow ma!;e a peculiar waving a torch. Frank at once picKed up a lantern and stepped gesture witb his band. out on the deck. Instantly her attention was attract!!d and she was What b tl d h 1 d He dld it mean! Surely, this black wns trying to communicate wtlh her The torch earer, n mg is stgna !lnswere came nearer. held the torch up and made some guttural remarks. in the deaf and dumb language. Frank of course could not understand these. But while he was Too astonished for action, the young girl stared at the action or the wondering what they meant on explanation came. slender, black fellow. Then she involuntarily began to read the alphaThe light of a dozen torches illuminated the cavern. In Its mouth bet with which she wns quite familiar. appeared a number of the giants. And a great cry went up from l-am-a-friend,'' she read. Hardy. Then in a moment more: G H d .. Have no fear. father and friends .. t ti t In their midst there stood race ar y, tall and beau(i(uJ. Her rescue.'' are nearuy 0 e ec your captors led her forward with many gesticulations. "Did you ever!" cried Sears; "they meun to surrender Grace have fainted, but she was a plucky girl and did not .. Thank God!'' cried the rather. to make reply: "They have come to terms." "You giva me hope. For this I thank you!'' .. Yes." "I am glad to serve you. How can I get you safely out of here!" "Accept their terms, Frank!" cried Sears, "tell them so with I know not.'' signs!'' Sears was by this time most intensely excited. He tried to think up Frank endeavored to do this. 'l'he blacks seemed satisfied and a a legion or plans for effl!cting the rescue of the young girl, but be was moment later Grace Hardy was in her lather's arms. I completely at a loss. The blacks disappeared in the cavern. To assure them of ilia good At la!t, in despair, be realized thaL his f riends aboard the Schooner faith Frank at once started the machine away up the mountain side by would be anxious to know the result or his experlition into the cavern. aid or the search-light. Also, they might be able to a method by which the rescue It was a happy moment. could be eft'ecteJ. So he signaled the captive again. In the excitement Sears bad forgotten his personal appearance. He "You are sale here for the present?'' stood eagerly close by Hardy, who, after effusively embracing his Yes; these women are not unkind to me.'' child, turned, and said: Then I will return to my companions and confer with them. Have And we owe much to Mr. Stanley Sears, this gentleman here, who goorl courage; we shall rescue you.'' spoke with you in the cavern.'' "I thank you!' Grace turned and gave Sears a sweeping look In that instant the The girl's face had undergone a marvelous change. Young Sears explorer became conscious of his make up and realized that be was h11rdly k ew what made his veins tingle, or his heart beat so fast as hardly in pr e sentable shape with his only garment, a breech clout. he glided away. "Indeed!" said Grace, sweetly. "I owe the gentleman much grotKeeping deep in the shadows, he W!IS soon in the outer cavern. The itude for his words or cheer, and--" giant blacks were yet gathered there in the gloom, but be managed l But Sears gave one t9fritled gasp, and ye:Jed: easily to step by them, and was once more quickly in the outer air. I Oh, I forg ot! Pardon me!" and be !led from ufe cabin in wild He made n circuit of the open space and then at a proper roo confusion. Everybody howled, and it Is no more than fair to say that ment glided up to the Schooner. Grace joined them. As ke reached the rail he heard a low voice: When Sears appeared ahvly on the scene a while later, be was in tbe 111 that you, Sears!" conventional white n1an's garb, and as handsome a man as any young "It is!" girl would care to meet. "Thank Heaven! I was afraid you would never come back! I trust you will pardon my forgetfulness in appearing te you as I "Yon know the story of the bad penny. Here I ami" did, Miss Hardy,'' be said bashfully.

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14 IN 'l'HE BLACK ZONE. "Don't apologize," she said merrily. "As lo1g as you indulged in t bat horrible make-up for my sake, I surely can afford to over look it." "Thnt is a graci<>us pardon, and comes from a generous heart, said the young PXplorer g allantly. Grace 3lushed and sweetly protested. Wher eat Sears of course fell into other graceful little gallantries; but of them we will not apeak more. Slowly up the mountain side the SchoonPr crept. A short while later the pass was reached. From here, by means of many torches far below, the black giants could be seen filingout of the cavern. It was certain ,that they hal abandoned the strife and were decamping for anothe r part ot the country. It was a grand victory for the White explorers. The Mountain of Ivory and the Black Valley were to be their portion of the spoils. "It hardly s e ems fair to tal>e the ivory without paying them for it," said Hardy, "it was their prope rty, and to them a sacred monu. ment!' But what good was it to the world at large?'' Sears, "it. wa! doing them no good. It will be of use to the civilized world, nnd taking It deprives them of what was practically or no value to except in a superstitious way." "The ivory is part of the spoils of war!'' said Frank. "Be jahers, they'd have ml'ighty hard worruk to get it back now!" afflrmell Barney; at which all laughed. The machine was not put through the pass that night. Bot when daybreak came the pass was made, and the Schooner was liooo in sight of the Mountain of Ivory. As the vehicle drew near, Jt was seen that Captain Gardner had nl raady begun work on the ivory. It was being sorted and sewed up In skins, and prepared for ship ment to the coast. As the Schooner appeared much exeitement was created. Gardner and the others were, of course, delighted to learn or the success or the trip, nod that Grace Hardy hall been rescued. All cnme forward to congratulate h e r, and it was altogether a hap py occasion. Then bright plans were laid for the future. Anthony Gardner and ilis cnllene:u s announced their intention of remaininl!: in Africa until the ivory mine was exhausted "I have taken a fancy to the climate," th e Yankee, and I like here first rate. I have already engaged Bnludnyo and his peo ple for carriers to the const. If you do not want to remain here, Hardy. go back to York and manage that end of the business." "Very well," agreed Gsrald Hardy, "th!lt will su,it me perfectly well." And so it was arranged that the pnrty. with the exception ol Gard ner and his men, should return to Libreville and sail for America. The main ohject of the expedition had been accomplished, and there was nothing now to remain in Africa for. Hardy and his fair daughter Grace, were to be passengers ahonrd the Schooner_ This was a source of delight for the young explorer, Stanley Sears. His ori.,.inal plan had been to remain in African, but now, some what sin;lularly, interests called him hack to America. He had grown sick of trave ling, he d e clared, and was for settling <1own in a home of his own. Frank RP.a. le, Jr., litened wit,IJ a smile. And even Barney and Pomp were daatl onto the explorer. Before the coast wus reached Sears knew his fate They had encamped one lovely evening upon a beautiful tableland. The moon hung a !liHc ol silver in the sky, and the tropical country was bathed in ils sheen. At this wilcbing hour, Sears chanced to come upon Grace Hardy, sitting upon an isolated rock, and enjoying the scene. Sears was a polished gentleman in any drawing room, but now be felt as awkward ns a boar. "Pardon me," he said, sinking down upon the sward near her, I "but ma:v I crave the pleasure or sharing with you this enjoyable prospect!" "You are very welcome," she replied, naively. "I will not refuse you a share of .anytbh1g so beautiful. Is it not charming!" The effect is heightened by-" he choked and couhl say no more. Wh11t fiend is it that tongue-ties a lover at I he most critical point! By the splendid moonlight.'' finished she. "Ali, yee, it is grand. Indeed, I am afraid there would be little visible of all this natural scene of beauty were it not for the moon!" He shot a covert glance at her. Was it sarcasm! Then his cheeks burned as be repelled the thought. It was not a thing of which her sincere nature wall capable. "I-I didn't mean that," he stammered, "that is--" "Oh, J!erhaps you mean that it is the landscape which gives the moonlight i.ts opportunity-" she began. "No!" be cried impulsive!!, "it is this whole scene which me my opportunity. Oh. Miss Hardy, I--" Then be became tonguetit:d. It was plain that Grace was now astonished. Ste leaneSta ge fr ee, on teceipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, pubilsher, 34 and 36 Nort'Jl Moore Street, New-york. Box 2730 HOW TO MAKE SET TRAPS.-Ineluding hints on bow to trap Mol e s W e asels Otter, RatE., Squirrels and Birds. Also how to core Skins Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. l'rlce 10 cents. For sale by all in the United States and 'C"
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