The lost navigators; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s mid-air search with his new air-ship, the "Sky Flyer."

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The lost navigators; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s mid-air search with his new air-ship, the "Sky Flyer."
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N Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. as Second Class 11fatter at the New York, N Y., Post OUtce, October 5, 1892. No 143 { conll'LII:TI!I } FRANK TousEv. P(rnr sRR:R 34 & 36 NoRTH MooRE STREET NEw YoRK. { } Vol VI New York, October 2, 1896. I SSUED WEH:K LY. 5 c;NTS. Ente1 ed acc ordino to the Act of Conoress, i n the ver 1896, by FRANK '1'0 USEY i n the o.(Jice o f the Libr a rian of C onore ss, a t Washinoton, IJ. C The Lost Navigators; Or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Mid-Air Search With His New Air-Ship. the Sky Flyer." By "NONAME.'' Barney tumbled the foremost from his horse. Pomp took the next. The remnant of the giants on foot had retreated before the deadly fire of the Winchesters. Barney and Pomp realized that it was only a question of ammunition. \ I

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THE LOST NAVIGATORS. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year i s $2.50; $1.25 per six months post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. The Lost Navigators; I OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S MID-AIR SEARCH WITH HIS NEW AIR-SHIP, THE "SKY FLYER." A STORY OF WONDERFUL ADVENTURE. By "NONAME," Author of "In the Black Zone," "The Unknown Sea,'' "Over the Steppes,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. FRANK READE, JR., the famous inventor and explorer, with whose fame every one is lamillar, had just completed his new air-ship. The Sky Flyer he called It, and it eclipsed all his previous effor t s in that direction. It was a marvel of beauty and mectanism. Tbe young inventor stood nlone as the dtscoverer of a system of aerial navigation. Scores of other inventors had partly solved tile problem, but it had been left for Frank Reade, Jr., to perfect it abso lutely. In the first place, he bad laid the lines or a very lll!ht and narrow eraft, so111etbiug after the architecture of a yacht. Tile stern was round, and hi!!:b and the bow long and sharp pointed. This hull Frank had or the lightest and strongest met als known, aluminum or course being the principal material used. When the hull was completed it could easily be lilted by two men, 80 extremely light was it. Then he began to calculate upon the vari ous forces of resistance in thll atmosphere which be must and also tile most powerful method or aeroplanes to make the craft rise. He discarded the aeroplane theory for the revolving rotascopes, the blades having n reversible action which was sufficient to bold many times the weight of the air-ship in suspension. Three of these rotascopes were placed upon revolving masts. Then the propeller was made of fo from the foremast a huge sail was rigged to steady and add speed to the air-ship in a high wind. These problems solved, Frank n ext turned his thoughts to a propel ling or motive power. Of course electricity was at once suggested to him. He was familiar with this mighty From the fertility of his brain he evolved a storage system wbicb enutlled him to use powerful dynamos to drive the rotnscopes and propeller. This last problem settled, the rest was easy. T h e appointments and fitting up of the air ship was par exMllence. There was a main cabin, an after cabm, several state-rooms cook ing galley nod other eompnrtm e nts includiug the pilot house. In this latter was the electric klly-board, where the operator could sit and by a eystem of levers and push buttons direct the entire mechan ism or tile boat. This was wonderful enough. To attempt to describe the eqaipments of the Sky Flyer in detail mi)!;ht be tedious. All will be evolved in t!Je course or our story and witb this introductory description of the new air ship let us hasten on to exciting incidents of our story. For Frank Read.e, Jr had planned a hazardous aerial trip. One llay, just after completing the Sky Flyer, be saw the following thrilling paragraph in the daily newspaper: tiding3 have as yet been received from the balloon navigators, who with Dr. Jansen have undertaken to crou tbe reg10u of the Ant-I arctic nnci reach the South Pole in the car or a specially constructe:! hplloon. The last seen or the distinguished savant and his balloon, the R e public,' was when he the northern point or Enderby Land, and was borne by air-curreo ts to the south ward. Sufficient time bas elapsed for the balloon to have covered the Antarctic region severn! times, nod ic the natural course or event s, the Republic should be putting in i t s appearance about this time in the vicinity of Porpoise Bay, which is just south or Australia. It was at this point the learned doctor expected to emerge from tile unexplored Polar Region. "But a great length of time has elapsed and co tidings have been received. In the car of the balloon were carrier pigeons, but none of these have returned. There were also a number of high pressure miniature balloons which were to be liberated should tbe R e public meet with a disaster. All these means of communication have failed to develop. The fact remains that Jansen .and his party sailed pluckily into the unknown, and tho chance or their fate ever beco ning knpwn is exceedin.,.ly sli.,.ht. "There is some talk or a relief expedition, but just bow this c;uld be directed is not clear. The party in the car of tile lost balloon con s!sts or. Dr. Julius Jansen, F. R. A.-S. I.-R. A. S., and o t her tles ; Pierre Vadeau, the famous Fr"ncb botanist Justus Von Meyer the distinguished German mineralogist, and ')'beodore Bunce, famous English j:(eographer. It is not impossible that time may yet prove r .hat the distinguished party of scientists will emerge triumph antly from their venturesome expedition. This Is tbe hope of their friends.'' It was but natural tbat Frank Rende, Jr., should become at once intensely interested in thts wonderful Ptory. H e pictured the lost navi gators iu sore distress in the land of ice, lfnd his whole soul went out to them. They should be rescued," he declared; they have risked their lives for the benefit or mankind and it is too bad to let tbem perish so miserably." Frank was not alone in this philanthropic assllJilption. His two faithful co-workers and assistants, Barney nod Pomp, were with him. ''Be me BO'VI," the good na1nr e d Irishman, av there won't nobody else go to help tbim, yez ought to go yesilf, Mis ther Frank." "Golly! dat would jes' be a nice trip fo' de new air ship!" averred Pomp. Frank was thoughtful a moment. Then he said: "You may be right, friends. I will give the matter serious thought." AnJ he did. That night be hardly closed Ilia eyes in sleep. Wl1en morning came ue was decided.

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\ I THE LOST NAVIGATORS. 3 H11 w ent down to the grelft machine works and visited the yard where the Sky Flyer rested upon its stocks. He went over the air-ship carefully, and whPn be had inspected e v erything about It he made his way t:J his private draughting room near the gate. Here he m e t Barney. The C elt ducked his red-head anrl grinned all over his jolly face. Mornm' to yez, Misther Frank," be cried. I hope yez slept well lush t noig tt." "On the contrary, I did not sleep at all," replied Frank. "Faith sot, an' phwy was thatf'' "I have bP.en trying to mak e up my mmd about that Antarctic trip i n quest or those l ost navigators." "And c an't yez make it up, sor?" Yes.'' The Celt turned a band spring. "I knew yez would, sor!" be cried. "I have to g o !'' "Whurroo!'' The Celt bounded away toward the machine shops to tell the workmen and his coll e ague Pomp. But Frank cr1ed: "Hold on, you rascal!" B a rney stopped short. Well, eor!'' .. 1 have some orders for yon." right, sor." "I want you and Pomp to have the air ship all ready for the start with two days. Do you understand?" Shure, sor." nave all supplies and effects on board. In two days we shall start from thievery yard. Now don't fail." "D1vil a bit, sort" And away went the Celt. Frank smi!ed grimly and went into his office. There he worked for some hours. When he came out he b a d the satisfaction of kuowino that all his affairs were in ship shape order, and he was free to "go where he pleased. In two days the air ship 'was to start. Of cour.se the report went abroad, and consider a ble Inter est was created. From all the great scientillc societies Frank received letters of gratitude and approbation. The most effective epistle he received was !rom the wile of Doctor Jansen, supplemented by a prayer from little Hilda, the lost explorer's child. Frank replied, assuring the cistraught wife and little girl that he would do ali in his power to find Doctor Jansen, and expressed a w e ll' warranted beli ef that he would succeed. This was indeed a balm for the sorrowing hearts. At la s t t h e day of departure came. A large crowd congregated in Readestown to see the air ship mount into the clouds Barney and Pomp were r1gbt in their element. IndP.ed, so exuberant wer e their feelings, that they could not resist t he impulse for a rough and tumble! of which they were fond. made some sharp and caustic remark to which Pomp took exce ptions. In a mom ent th ey were at It hammer and tongs. "Look out dar, honey," screamed Pomp, lowering his head and makinl! a rus h at Barney. "I'se acomin'!" "I see y e z are," roared the Celt; "well, go an wid yez!" And Pomp did go on. Tbe Celt had dodged and the coon went head first Into a tank of verv dirty water which was used by the iro n workers in cooling their mol d A. Whe n he scrambled out he was in appearance and temper very much like a Wilt hen. "Hi-h\, fush-splasb-whishl b-r-r-r-rugh! I fix ye' fo' dnt, !'ish! Hi. dar! look out fo' de bntte rin' rnm!'' ITa-ha-hn!'' roared Barney. in a literal paroxysm. Did yez iver get l eft? Obo, that's the funniest yit. Whurroo!" Tile next moment he gra ppl e d with the coon who wr.s close upon him. Th e n ensued the rough and tumble. Not until both were exhausted did they desist. Even then it was Frank R e nde Jr.'s voice cnlhng them which terminated the affair. Away they scrnmhl etl and s o on were a t th eir posts aboard the air ship. Frank was bidding farewell to his friends at the gangway. the young inventor sprang briskly aboard, and made a sirrnnl to Barney in the pilot house. The C e lt pressed the rotascope )eve";., Up shot the air-ship. Three thousand feet it went into the verge or the clo uds. Rendestown looked like an abode of pigmies. Then the propeller began to turn. The great trip was begun. CHAPTER II. SOUTHWARD B OU NO. A c T UAL experience alone can givA one a proper realization of the s e nsa ti ons expe rienced in a e rial navigati on. S o f a r above the earth in the rarefi e d atmosphere, naught but buoyant spirits could result. The voyagers on board the Sky Flyer wer e tb us i rn pressed. or cours e the sensation was by no means new to Barney and Pomp; yet they were fond of looking over the rail and watching the panorama of landscape below. It was an ever changing one and of the greatest. interest. Towns, haml e ts and cities, plains rivers, Jal\es and mountains were speeding by the line of vision. But at the mighty expanse of the sea burst into view. The Jlrst water encountered was the Gulf of Mexico. We shall pass directly over the West India islands," declared Frank, and follow the coast of th e South American Continent all the way to Capll Horn. Thence we will strike for the Atlantic Circle and the region beyond.'' B e jabers, that must be quoite awnys, sor!'' declared Barney. Well, it is!" agreed Frank. We shall not make it under a month.' Tt e trip ncross the Gulf was of much interest. Frank altered the course a trifl e so that tb e y could get a glimpse of the Citv of Hava.na. Cuba was rent with war, and as the voyagers gaz e d down upon the towers -of ancient Morro Castle they indulged in various smiles: Be me eowl, this Cuban war make s me think nv the position av ould OireinndT" declared Barney, only shore the poor Oirishmen had not the chance to llgbt these Cubans had. Av we had, Oireland wud have been free long since!" "Cuba is sure to g ain her fre edom in the end," averred Frank. "Golly! I reckon Uncle Sam ought to set Cuba free jes' de same as be se t de slaves fr ee in de Civil war!'' declared Pomp sensibly. Begorrn, he' s afther thryin' to do as well as he kin ;wid out tbrub ble," laughed Barney; "shore wud yez luk at the moighty lot av flli busterin' there is goin' on nil toime." "So you think Uncle Sam winks at a good deal, do you, Barney?" asked Frank, with a smile. "Shure, an' I do, sor!'' Well, you are partly right!" Frank allowed the air ship to descend somewhat as they WP.re pass ing over the interior of the island. On every hand evidences of the fearful effects or cruel war could be seen. There were the ashes or haciendas and sugar mills, the ruined fields of sugar cane and \obncco, the dismantled towns and devas tated farms. In many plac _es the people lived in burrows in the ground, in caves and rude buts in the jungle. And nml d all were the camps of the deadly trochn line, which extended across the island. Poor suffering Cuba! Tb& flashy uniforms or the Spanish were everywhere to be seen, but presently the scene chan g ed. 1.'he gave way to jungles and swamps. Here and there were heights or islands in the low lymg country. Upon these eminences there were grouped the camps of the patri ots. These were huts and cabins or cane and brush. The grazing lands were covered wnh horses. The tlashy uniforms were not to be seen, but the dull colored suits of the rebels were fully in keeping with the grim determination of their souls. They were better organized, better grouped and were easily seen to be individually the sup e riors of the Spanish troops. "Those men you can easily see are fighters," declared Frank; "they are inured to hardship; experience in wild life !;as made them nccur ate marksmen and they cannot be defeated." "Golly! l'sP. bound to believe dot Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. "Shure, it's luck I wish tbim, an' may they lick the hull lot nv the black Spaniards," cried Barney. It required fully a half day to cross t.be isle of Cuba. As its shores llnall}' faded away to the northward, the sky became dark and night rapidly settled down over the sen. 'Fhe airship, however, conld keep on her way. Barney and Pomp alternately slept and navigated the a1r-ship, and In this way her progress was not deterred. South of Cuba was the Island or Jamaica, but Frauk bore a trifle to the east of this. Many sailing vessels \Vere seen of all nationalities. In all cases a sigcal was made the air ship. Frank answered with a Hag lowered over the stern of tbe Sky Flyer. In some cases a salute was eviln tired by some vessel of war. Across the Caribbean S e a the voyagers journeyed, and m dne conrPe sighted the northern coast of South America. The land was Venezue ln. They were now well upon their way to the Equator. The tropical ntm J Sphere demanded a ditlerent manner of living. The sun beat down tlercely hot, and the voyagers were glad enough to spread an awning over the deck. Under this they sat in the day. time. At night the air was balmy and fragrant. To sit out on the d e ck and enjoy it was a keen pleasure. It was then that Barney would bring out his Iiddle and play n medl&y of Irish jigs and ballads. While Pomp not to be outdone, would produce his banjo and render ilome genuine plantation songs and .clo!l's. which were par excellenc e The trip through tht1 tropics was one to be enjoyed and long re memllerM. W h en just over the Equator Pomp prepared an elnh orate spread, and voyagers celebra t ed the occasion in n rational manner. South of the Equator the wildest country imnginable was encoun tered. The Selvus of the Amazon were first encountered. These im pressed the voyagers greatly. ::>oloman's River, or the Amnzon, wended its sluggish way among the great forest marshes, overhung with vines, and tlllied with chattering monkeys and birds of rare plumage. Then, beyond the Maderin, the highlands of Brazil came into view Here were recesses never visited by white man, where the aborigine Indian lived in his favorite seclusion. There were high mountains and deep gulches, canyons and valleys.

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THE LOST NAVIGATORS. Then along tbe boundary line of Bolivia they trQ.ced their way until the plains of the Grand Chaco lay beneath them. Stretchmg to the south ward as far as the l'ision could reach these Pampas were a wonderful spectacle. '' The North American prairie is not in the same clads with the Chaco!" declared Frank. What can e(lual it?" The great Pampas grasses half bid the forms of herds or wild cattle and With their immense white plumes gave the appearance of great stretches of snow. But in places where the tire had its deadly courHe, (for the Pampas is constantly ravaged by fire,) there were smooth, green spots upon which the cattle grazed, or antelopes herded. The guanaco, a species of wild goat peculiar to Patagonia, was rare upon the open plains, its stamping ground bemg largely iu tbe rocky bills to the far west. Fur oil on the horizon the great fiery wall of a Pampas fire could be seen. It was a remarkable spectacle. "Be me sowll" exclaimed Barney, "I helave I cud shoo:; wan av thim wild antelopes av we cud git a bit noarer." "Golly! dat would jea' be fine. We aln' bad no fresh meat fo' a long time,'' declared Pomp. It a bull be done!" declared Frank; "get your rilles ready!" Barney and Pomp delighted at the prospect scampered away to get their rilles. In a few moments they returned. Frank had allowed the airship to slowly sink, trying to bring the antelopes within easy range. But this proved a difficult thing. They showed plainly that they were fearfully afraid of the strange apparition in the sky. It was likely that they took it for some big bird of prey, and it was certain that they were not going to lle trapped by it. They made oil at a lively pace, and all attempts to approach them were failures. Barney and Pomp were disappointed. Well," suid Frank, finally, in disgust, "it is pluin that we are not going to get them this way, There is no other way but to bu:Jt them in the old-fashioned way!'' As they had been a long while in midair, and had not as yet set foot upon the ground since leaving home, noae in the party were averse to trying the change. So Frank selected a suitable spot and lowered the Sky Flyer. I will stay here and looit after the air-ship," he said; "and you fellows may llo the bunting. Only be sure and return ns soon as you can!" To be shure we will!" cried Barney. Tha two jokers were delighted with the prospect. They quickly prepared for the expedition and set forth. The nirShip rested u;>on a green spot just in the verge of the Pampas grnss district. So high waB this grass that only the rotascopes could be seen above it from a distance. Eqmpped for the antelope bunt, Barney and Pomp set out across the llum '' or smooth plain. As yet not an antelope was in sight. They tramped on sturdily for some miles. The undulations of the plain hid the aJr-sblp from sight. But the two hunters had made special mark of the points of the compass and did not reckon upon getting lost. They were constantly upon the lookout ror game. But as yet none bad appeared. However, just liB Barney's patience was getting sorely triell, Pomp clutched his arm. "Pbwat's the matlher, nnygur?" "::ib! Does yo' see dat fing oi.Jer dere nigh to de line ob high grass? I done believe dat am an antelope's bend." Barney sc1uinted at the object und then dropped upon all fours. "Shure yez are roight," he agreed. "Yes kin I.Jear otl' to the roight, naygur. l Crawl up aisy now." "Yo' kin bet I will." They had not ed the direction of the wind, which was in their fuvor. They now felt sure of success. Nearer to the grazing antelope they crept. There were fully a dozen in the herd, and they were beauties. It was slow work, but after much labor they to get within passable distance. They dared go no nearer, and Barney motioned to Pomp to shoot. Ee.ch raised his rifle and took deliberate aim. But before they could fire a curious thing happened. CHAPTER III. THE PATAGONIANS. THE antelopes were distant about three hundred yards. This ought not ordinarily to be a ditllcul shot with a rifle. Both Barney and Pomp were good marksmen. The deer were quite near the verge of the Pampas grass. Suddenly they took fright and sped away. This was before either of the two hunters could pull trigger. But not before a powerful hall naked form had sprung out of the Pampas grass like a hound and thrown a curious sling, much like that used to hunt ostriches with. It described a lightning-like parabola and swung with crushing force across the neck or a fine antelope. The creature went down instantly. The sling consisted upparently of two heavy stones, one at each end or a rope, about five feet in length. So expert was the thrower that the rope \7oulcl wind about the neck of the antelope and the W(>igbt of I the stones would shut otf the creature's wind. This species or sling Is aa old u creation having been used by primitlve man. And indeed Barney and Pomp were I.Jy no means sure tbut it was not a specimen of the latter which was now before them. A p .. rrect giant in stature be was, being full seven feet in height, with large head and features and tangled hair of black. His limbs, half naked were powerful. For a moment he paused after throwing the sling. Then he made a caper aud gave 11 deep, hoarse cry. Instantly from the Pampas grass a half dozen others or Ilia type appeared. A more formidable array of barbarians could hardly be imagined. Barney and Pomp were thunderstruck. They simply lay where they were and watched these strange natives. "Btojabers, that's quare!'' muttered Barney, "did yez iver see the lolke, uaygur!'' "Golly! dey am de bigges' men I e!ler see!" agreed the coon. "Phwat are we goin' to uof" "Kain't say, honey. If we moves too much dey done fo' sbuab see us." That's so, naygur. Ocb, hone, I wudn't h11ve tbim iver get a bowld on me fer 11ll the antelope in South Amerikyt"' "Nor me either, chile," agreed Pomp. "I done fink we oul!ht to tell Marse Frank about dis.'' How the ut. Over a ridge or lund there came ou the fall run a half score of the giants. A glance told the truth. Their heads were low bent. They had found the trail of the two hunters and were following it like s)(>uth bounds. And asJbey topped tbe rise they lifted their hen.ds and saw the o!J. jects or their pursmt. Instantly a wild, hoarse yell weut up from their throats. It wus ter rifying in their intonation. Down toward the two hunters they swooped. For a moment Bar ney and Pomp hesitated. Were they friends or foes! If the former, they certainly did not look it. Their whole appearance was savage. Barney on the impulse or the moment made gestures warning them !Jack. Bat one of them hurled a sling at him, which be barel r dodged. This was enough. "Golly!" exclaimed Pomp, "dere ain' no odder way, chile, bot to ctefend ourselves.'' "Yez are r01ght, naygur. Give it to 'em an' thin full back!'' Crnck-acbl 'l'be two rilles spoke and with most deadly effect. Two of the giants threw up their arms and fell. This puzzled tbe others apparently, for they balled und bent down over the bodies of their dead comrades. They bad seen the !lash of the guns and the smoke, but the missile was an invisible one. What hocus pocus was this! They were astounded. But the savage mind, sluggish upon a point beyond their powers of comprehension, is ever vengeful. The death of their comrades soon uvermast(>red their sense of fear or superstition. They came on again furiously, and with alit be more confidence, as Barney and Pomp bad been beating a lively retreat. The situation was one not to the liking or either. They would much rather have been back aboard the air ship, though it was plain that tlley held the advantage of their assailants. Tbe repeaters now rlid deadly work among the giants. They tum bled rapidly, and their ranks thinned most alarmingly. Thus the llgb& and pursuit went on lor fully a mlle.

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THE LOST NAVIGATORS. 5 All this while Barney and Pomp hnd been working to the eastward. Their one prayer was that Frank Reade, Jr., would hear their rifle sbots and come to their relief. And at this critical juncture a freab calamity appeared. From the westward a large parLy of horsmen were seen to be approaching They, were fully a hundred strong, and were of the same sp e cies of barbarian to all appearance. Tbe outlook was a moat desp e rate one. Barn e y turned pale, and Pomp woulll have done so bad ue beeu abl e "Golly! I done reckon we'se cooked fo' dis trip," cried Pomp, dis mally. "We u e b e r kin stand dem otT." Be Jabera, we've got to do it!" averred Baruey, desperately. WhaL am yo' plan, l'ish?" Do yez s e e that lilLie hill yonder?" "I doe s!" Well, N a ygur, we've got to git to the top av that and shoot the omadhouus as f ast as iver we kin. Do yez see!" l'se wif yo', chile.'' 'l'hey fell back to the little emin e nce. This was, as Barney's keen eye bad seen, the only strategic position. As the mounted giants drew nearer, tbeir appearance was seen to be most peculiar. The horses upon whicb they were mounted were sbort or legs and more shaggy than a Shetland. .But tbey were strong and harlly, else they could never have borne their giant riders. Nearer they cr. me. Ba1rney tumbled the foremost from his horse. Pomp took the next. Tbe remnant of tbe giants on foot had retreated before the deadly tire of tbe Wincbesters. Barney and Pomp realized that it was only a question of ammunition With plenty of cartridges they could almost annihilate the giants. .Bot the moment the ammunition failed their fate was sealed. So they planned to make every sbot count. And in this they could not help but succeed. 'l'he moun ted ginn ts circled about not daring to ride to close quarters. b e en overruled in courpe of time, bad tion. the eminence on their ponies, This fear, though, might have it uot been for a new iuterven Suddenly Barney chanced to look up and gave a grat shout. Whurroo!" he cried. We're all ro1ght now! Here comes Misther F rank to help us out av this!" Sure enough, fur above them was the airahip. This was in every sense u welcome sight. Frank bad waited what he deemed a reasonable length of time for the return or the bunters. Then he grew alarmed. Their continued could be explained in only one way. Something bad happened to them. Alter becoming wholly convinced of this, he lost no time in making action. The air-ship was sent up into the air to a height from which Frank could get a good view o! the c ountry about. And as the Sky Flyer sprung aloft tbere came to his beuring a dis taut thrilling sound 1t was tbe crack of firearms It settled all doubts in his noind. Such a con tinu i ty of shots c ould mean but one thing, and that was that tbe two jokers were defending themselves against some g r eat peril. Frank swept the Pampas closel y for a view of his two companions. Alter a while Ius gaze fell upon a startling spectacle. He saw a cavalcade of giant r iders sweeping over the plt!in uron their tougb-bail ed ponies. Tben he looked further and saw Barney and Pomp, At once he eent the air-ship forward at lull speed. He knew tho.t it was nec essa ry to net with all poss ible dispatch. And as the Sky Flyer bore down upon the scene the giants were just closing in upon Barney and Pomp. Frank had come none too soon. CHAPTER IV. THE MAGELLAN S ETTLEMENT AT first the giants bad not seen the air-ship and recognized in the two men carrolled opon the little emin en ce as legitimate prey. They urged their horses forward to ride them down. But at that moment au astounding thing transpired. Down from the clouds there dropped a long rope ladder at the very feet or .Bar ney and Pomp. And then the air-ship was seen. The efl'ect of the apparition opon tb!l giants was almost ludicrous. They instantly h11lted and one and all stared agape at tbe curious ob ject above them. What it might have suggested to th e m it is not easy to guess. Per haps they thought it a hawk, or a mighty eagle, but in any event it beCI\me an installt object or terror. Upon the level ground and with anything like even terms these Patagoman giants were far from being cowards. .But the airship was something beyond tbeir ken. To them it sav orecl of the supernatural. Panic seized upon them. It was needless for Frank to employ any other means or repulse. They fell back In great confusion and in a few moments were in wild retreat. Truly it was a hollow victory. Barney and Pomp had sprung upon the ladder. In an instant they were whisked a hundred feet into the air. This would have snatched them from the deadly peril in which they were placed without any farther effort. The giants tied into the tall pampas grass. And Barney and Pomp went swiftly up and over tbe rail onto the deck of the air-ship. Tbey were once more safe What was more, tbe giant foes were far beyond the possibility of doing them any harm Barney proposed td retum for the antelope Frank acquiesced, and eo it happened that they had venison steak for dinner alter all. But both Barney and Pomp had no desire to court anotller combat with tbe Patagonian giants. So further time was not wasted in the vicinity Tlle air-sbip once more headed to the soutbward lt was a long reach, down through Patagonia to bleak Tierra del Fuego, or the Lando! Fire. Strange scenes were witnessed anct a few minor incidents might ue recorded. But notbing really wortb cbronicling happened until they were crossing the Strait of Mugellan. Thi s is a short cut for slow going VAssels in roandmg the Horn, and it is seldom that there is not n vessel of some description in these narrow passug e s of water 'l'be nirsbip buRg over the Strait, while Frank studying the bleak inhospitable shorea with his glass. "On my word,'' be declared. "I would not care to be exiled to this part of the world. It is a dE>solate place!" "Be jabers, thnt's roigbt,'' agreed Barney, "bot phwat if yez cud look upon some foine sayside cottages on those rocks, sor, would it not look a bit betLber?" -"You are right, Baroey!" agreed Frank. "I see your po i nt Our own New Englund shores must have looked like these to the first comers across the sea. It must have r equi red spartan courage to have settled there!" "Shure, sor, it's the people that make a counthry,'' averred Barney. "Wbat a mighty lonesome place New York C it y wnd be widout any people.'' Frank agreed to this bit of philosophy, and then gave a start. "Upon my word!" he exclaimed; "what do you call that down there, Barney! It looks like a camp or summer resort.'' The Celt also !!ave a start, and studied closely the little collection or ruc.le shanties JUSt fringing a curious little secluded bit of harbor. These were the habitatious of me::J, there was no doubt. On tile sands were rude boats, one of them having a sail. That this little settlement was a permanent colony there was no doubt. But Fran k was puzzled. What hoe brought people to tbisJ out -ofthe -wa y part of the world! Who were they, and upon what did they subsist! 'fhese questions were forced upon him, and be became anxious and interested. He determined to lind out. So be lowered the air ship until it was just above the cabins; they presented a mysterious aspect About their d oor s collected various paraphernalia of a race of fishermen. They were drying nets, wet sails and O!irs, and a nurnher or freshly dressed fish. Not many minutes previous human beings bad been on the spot. But they were n;Jt there now. The camp was apparently as as if its owners had departed for another sp here Not a living being was in view. "Golly!" exclaimed Pomp, "dat am bery queer. Wllo.' yo' make ob it, Marse Frank?" I'm beat," replied the young inventor, frankly. Begorra, they've gone off on a picnic or ,perha ps to tber clrkus,'' declareo Barney, wisely. Can't yez see bow ivE>r that cua be?" "Tllat may be," agreed Frank, "bot I think it is queer. flow ever, let u s wait for th em to come back." Come back, aah?" asked Pomp. ''Yes.'' "Yo' reckon dey cum buck while youse am here?'' "Why no t!" "Ko.in't say; but I should fink de y mougbt be afraid ob us an' stay away." "Perhaps that is what is keeping them away," said Frank with sadden inspiration. "Tbey may indeed be afraid of as. Well, let us try nod gain their conlidenc e if we can.'' With this the young inventor hegan shouting reassuring words. Bat if the strange settlers of the Magellan Strait were indeed within bearing they did not manifest such a !ac t. They did not come forth and show themselves. An hour i)assed. 'l'ben Frank could curb his curiosity no longer. He was res.olved to inspect the interior or the cabins. So !Je said: Pomp, yon can remain on board while Barney and I inspect these carious abodes. Lower the air-ship upon that shelf or ledge dowu there, and we will try to solve this m yste ry." "A' right, sab!" agreed Pomp as be took his place at the keyboard. Down sank the Sky Flyer. The air -st.i p rested safely npon the ledge of rock, and Barney and Frank, well armed stepped down from the deck. They be11itated but a moment then boldly approached tbe cabins Frank bad no thought of treachery, or or finding these strange set tlers in this oat-of-the-way part of the world as aught hut friends. Their disappearance be attributed either to chance or possibly a super stitious fear. He bad never bePrd before of tbe presence of any flshermen or bu mun inhabitants in this part of the world. However, thi3 proved noth ing, nod only increased bis curiosity to see them. So he boldly approached the largest of the cabins, which was also the nearest nt hand. Tbe door stood wide open, and the young Inventor peered in.

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8 THE LOS'l' NA VIGA'l'ORS. Tbe interior of the hut presented a strange spectncle. In tbe wall as the further side was a buge tireviace. In this burned a few huge pieces of bituminous coal which was doubtless mined 10 the vicimty. Over the fire hung a steaming iron pot on a swinging crane. Upon a small bench nearby, was a partly dressed guanoco. Some one Lad been preparing the meat for tile kettle very recently. But that individual had, for some reason or other, suddenly desi&tlld In his work, and chose to absent himsell. For what reason it was not altogether easy to guess. This much Frank saw at first glance; then be took in other and more curious things. Against the end wall of tbe hut there hung a ship's chronometer. Also an array or pea jackets and duck with other appurten ances of a sailor's garb. At the other end of tbe but was au array of objects which caused Frank a curious chill. Upon the wall there was spikeu the head and shcuiders of a siren woman, probably the figure head of a vessel. Some cutlasses and car hines were stacked under it. But on a sbelf nearby, there was a collection of grewsome objects. Six grinning skulls were there placed in line. While over them was rudely chalked the inscription: By blood we live, by blood we spare none!" "Ugh!'' muttered the young inventor, "that may be a jest, but it is a dismal one." And for tbe first time a possible in kling of the truth crossed his mmd. But be was not tht. one to give way to fear, tbough be experi enced a chill. He turned to the door. "Be me sowll" exclaimell Burney, "pbwat do yez make av it, Mistber Frank!" It Is a mystery," declared the young inventor, but I'm going to find some one of these people if such a thing is possible.'' He pas sed out of the cabin and approached the next one. It was also empty. Its uppomtments WAre a::ot of tbe same character of the other cabin. BuL there were mauy articles whicb ball once belongud aboard s!Jip. And this fact impressed Frank curiously. Certainly some vessel must have been dismantled to procure all of tbese articles. The doors of the buts even were one time cabin doors ubourd some sbip. Perbn.ps some vessel came usbore here anll her crew formed a colony,'' reflected Frank. From one hut to another he went. At lust he gave a little start at a sight wbich now met hill gaze. Just whete the clifl' made 1ts most abrupt angle, be saw an object fur out on a point of rock. He rubbed his eyes and gazed at it. It was a huge iron brazier, wbicb woultl boll! a great quantity of wood. He saw the narrow passage between great reefs beyond ami the truth burst upon him. He 11Vensl" be ejaculated. Is this a nest of wreckers and pirates! Is tllat beacon placed there to mislead mariners and decoy passing vessels ashore iu time of storm!" As the possibility of this terrible fact swept across Frank's mind, he was given a thrilling start, at at1 incident wbich transpired at that moment. From a point over their heaold rush. They were not aware tllat Pomp was the onlv man on board. For aught they knew the cabin might hold a score of men. In sucb an event a hard battle must ensue, !lnd they were desirous of mukmg the attack as complete a surprise us possible. For aught they knew other eyes tban Pomp's were on the watcb. But unmolested they crept up to the air-ship's very rail. The next moment silently four of them leaped on tleck. The door of the main cabm was open. Tbere was a long open space of deck extendmg to the pilot bouse where Pomp was stationed. Had the
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/ 'fHE LOS'l' NAVIGATORS. '1 rotascopes and then down at the earth which seemed to them a fright ful distlwce awny. Ine xperienced aeronauts are sure to be at first tortured with the hor rible fear of b eing dashed to pieces upon the earth below. The shore pirates caught tllis malady. Their faces paled, and 1bey strode uneasily about the deck. Finally one of them approache d the pilothouse door again. Hello!" he called, Yes, eab," responded Pomp. 1 How fur are we fron: tiler earth?" 'About a fifth of a mile, sab.'' If we abed fall--" "Yo' wud be killed, sah." ''Look here, nigger. We ain't nowaJB bad. Let us down an' we'll give yew a big share ;n our bizness an' take yew inter our gang. We make heaps of money in our lin e y e w b e t. Live on tiler cre am or ther land, an' don't pay nuthin' fer it nutber." Pomp was disgusted. Wba' yo' take me lo'!" he snorted; "does yo' fink I'm a fool! De moment I open llis do' yo' cut mah front." "Never," returned the shore pirate, solemnly. We give ye our word of honor." 1 Wlla' dat amount tor Ain't y e w goin' to let us down out (J( the sky! We want tew git back to e a rtll, We'll let ye go scot-free if ye'lllet us down." Pomp was reflective. He saw that in a measure he bad the pig by the ea r. His native wit leu blm to make use or his advantage. So b e called out: I s ay youse!" Wall!" Wllo am yo', anyway, an' wha' yo' lib in sech a place Co'!'' Wall, I'll tell ye!" replied the lender or the quarte tte. We're what you migh t call gentlemen of fortune Fust ofi we w e re mutineers on board the English bri g Sontbdown. We tossed the cap'eu over board in these very straits. Tbeu we knew that we'd hang If we went back to England or any civilized part or the world. We made up a b a rgain to stay rigllt yere and make settlement of our own, an' a livin' in our own way We benched tile ship took e verything a sh o re and began lookin' fer snaps Lon g came a fine Chili a n barq ue o ne day. We got tile cre w ashore, knifed em an' give 'em to th e sharks. Then we stripped tb e r ship 11nd scutlled her in deep water. We put up a big beacon light and skippers Bla ndin' in to see wiJat it is go outer tber r e ef out thnr. Tllen we make i t a point to confi scate her cargo by right of em inent domain or sicb like. O ur policy i s dead men tell no tales, but we'r e ready to take a likely cllnp lik e yo u into our band any time. Surre nder, an' sllow us bow t ew run t hi s ere air-ship au' we' re yours truly.'' Pomp listen e d to tbia horrible recital wit h cold blood and awful aver s ion. H e did not disb P iiev e n wor d of it. S o tills th e n was the nefa rious otcupation of the Magellan settlers! Cut-throats and pirate s were th ey, afraid to return to civilization out enjoying immunity from tiJe law in t!Jis out-of-the-way corner of the world. Pomp sturdil y refused all such ov ertures. TIJis enraged the pirates and tl!e y w ent b elow an d rummaged t he cabin. In n f e w moments th e y came on d e ck aga ic, and Pomp saw with horror that one of th e m carried a heavy sl edge hammer. With tllis he could sure ly tatter down the pilot bouse door. CHAPTER VI. POM' P'S STRATEGY. O N C E this was don e P o mp kr:ew that he would be at the mercy of the wr e tches. He c ould ex p ect only short s hrif t It w a s to the da rk y s credit at th a t moment th a t be kept his h e ad. G e ner : dly s p eaking P o mp was bra v e as well aa acute. A hap p y idea came t o him in tbnt mom e nt. H e picke d np n wir e and nttaclled to it a metal disc. A liv e wir e conn e cted wit h t h e d y namo s w a s u n de r the k ey b o ard. Tile co o n switched off th e curre n t l o n g e nou g h to make th e c o nn e c tio n, and then carr i e d t he di s c to t h e s t ee l do o r. H e plac ed tb e di s c again s t the et ee l i n such a way that a return current was f o rm ed. Th e n b e w ent b a ck to the key board an t i turn e d on the full force o f th e d y n a m os. The stee l do o r wa s ch a rged so to ap ea k to the ban d ie.'' Wit h e vil exult a tion in hi s race t he burly pir a t e advance d a nd swung the s l edg e hammer a lof t W it h all his f o rc e h e s wung it aga in s t th e d o o r. The r es ult was t hr illin g The n ex t mo m e n t he was turning t e rrific so m e rsaults bac kward, en tangl e d with t he s l edge H e l a nd ed against t he c abi n d oo r a lif e l ess heap. Astoun ne d t h e o ther s hor e pirates s aw thi s inexplic ab l e m o ve. T hey w e r e w h olly a t a los s t o understan d wha t b a d stru c k t h e ir c o m panio n. Unfa mili a r w i th tllfl u ses of e l e ctrici ty, it n eve r o c c urre d to t h e m that it w a s t h e blow o f t he s l ed g e against til e do o r th a t ba d gi v e n th e ir co mpnu i o n h i s quie tu s Be bad cert ainl y s h o t o r g iv e n a blow in some manner. Tile y rnsbe d f o rward and b e nt d o w n ov e r IJim. P o mp cllnckl e d with k ee n d elig h t "I je s h o p es n nod de r on e ob d e m trie s dat," he mutt ered. "I reckon b e don e fink h e a m p inyin' wif d e d e b b il.'' The t hre e s h o r e pirate s wer e astounded to find that their c o mpanion was dead. His n e cl' w a s broken. Words can hardly express the sensations experi e ncec by them. For a moment the y were stupetied. Then quite naturally came intense anger and a tiJirst for vengeance. They growled a few moments over the corpse of their companion; then one of them sprang up furiously. He seized the sledge hammer. The tllree pirates now advanced. Tbetr furious Intention was to brenk into the pilot house and kill Pomp. No more amicable over tures were to be made. Pomp only grinned. He watched them coming with a thrill or actual delight. "All de fools ain' dead," be mntttlred. I jes' reckon dere won't be but two ob dem tellers in about a minnit an' a harf.'' With a savage curse, the burly pirate raised the sledge. He took plenty of time. and brought it down with fUI'iOU8 force. J t struck the steel door, but reco1Ied like a cannon ball, and sweep. iog the villain backw a rd, came within an ace or braining him. But Lbe electric current had passed tllrough b1s body witllsickening force, and be shot w llh frightful rapidity against the deck rail. There was a bending and swaying or th1s, and, though it did not. brenk, the villain tilted clean over it and the next moment allot down ward to tile earth. What was left of him after that frigttrul fall was never known. But It was certain that< be was dead long before be reached the earth. Aghast and puzzled, the two remaining pirates stood for a mo ment by tlle1 cabin door. Then they went to the rail and looked over. Nothing was to be seen of their comrade. Certainly be had gone down to an awful fate. And they were utterly unable to comprehend it nil. What had-. struck him? What strange power bad hurled him over tiJe rail to his death! They might have y1elded to a superstitions fear, but at this moment, looking up, they saw tile pilot house door wide open and Pomp grin ning at tbem witll a revolver in eacll band. "Hands up, gem men!" be said blandly; "if yo' don't I shall kill yo to' dead, snah !" Like cowed reptiles they obe yed. They held their hands up and Pomp marched them aft to a small cabin into which be securely locked them. Tllen be went back to the pilot-bouse. Thus far he had tile best of the He was master of tl:e a ir ship and bad outwitted the foe But llis one thuught no w w a s of Barney and Frank. liow could he render them succor if, as be hoped, they wer e not d ead! He allowed the air ship to descend until within four hundred feet or the eartll. Then be tumbled tiJe body of th e dead pirate over th e rail. He onw tllat a great crowd were gatllered on the cliff, and as th e bo d y w ent hurtling dnwn a mad yell went up, and bull e ts went rat tlir.g against tile bull of the air ship. TIJis angered Pomp. "Golly! I jes' p a y dem back Co' dat," he muttered, as he pickej up his Winchester. H e went to the pilot-house, and getting the range opene d fire on the freebooters. He had a d e ad cinch upon tiJem n nd drove them from the cliff like she e p. The shore h a wks disappeared into a cavern in the face or the cliff, and here they w e re safe. And ic was at tllis moment that Pomp be held a w e lcome sight. "Glory fo' goodn ess,'' be cried, "dat am de bes' ob luck." He saw a, couple or famili11r forms running alon g in the cover or a jungl e just ov e r the cliff. They were making frant i c signs to him. Barney and Frank had been bound :md gagg ed and thrown into one of t h e buts as we have seen. The door was clos e d and they were l e ft alone. There was no doubt but that Brant, the lender or the shore pirate s, believed them saf e enough anti in the excitement or capturing the air ship no furth e r thou ght was give n them. But lym g t her e in t he dark but n either of the pri s oners was i d le. B o th writh e d in th e ir bon d s. F inall y Ba rne y wriggl e d near enough to Fra nk to get h is fin gers up. to his moutll and r e mov e the gag. Tben F r a n k did the same for IJim. "They have pl ace d no g u a rd at the d oo r s o f a r n s I cnu see de clared Frank. "Oh, if I could only g a i n t h e use o f m y bands.'' "Begorrn, we m o i ght g ive tbim the s lip if w e cud on l y git t hese rop e s ofl', sor!'' s a id Barne y eagerly. "I b e lieve you.'' Frank p a rtl y loos e n ed t he cords a t h i s wri s t. But still the y see1lt!ld to h o ld firm. But now a n ide a came all at o nc e to B a rn ey "Wllisht now, an' I'll do it for yez Mist he r F ra uk !'' c r i e d tba Qelt; "jist roll over her e a n' I'll be af tbe r cu tting yore r op es with m e teeth." "With your teeth S hure s or, they ll be no tough e r than some av th e meat I've ea t en i n m e d ay." "If y ou o nly c ould--'' "I kin tll nt, sor, a v they'll only give us the toime Tb& next moment B a rn e y with his p o w e rful t e e t h w as at work on Frank's b o nd s As h e work e d Frank could not help but wonder what P o mp was doin g "Be shure, sor, tke n aygnr will n i ver be caught napping," declared Barney. "I'll bet me loire on him!''

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8 'l HE L OS'l NA V IGATORS W ell, I'm inclined to believe you're right, Barn ey,'' agreed Frank. Ah, that is easier-God be prai sed, I am f r ee!'' 'l' he last strand had parted, and, true enough Frank was able to u se llis bauds. What followed can be brietly told. It was easy for him to undo the o t her knots. In less than live min utes at this work of untying, lloth men stood on their feet free. T here wns a crevice in t h e door, allll Frank applied his eye to it. He saw a knot or the pirates standing near They were much excited about something, and he s u rmised that sometliing -.vas the air ship. It was certain that it was impossible to escape by the front of the hut. Tbe back of It stood against the cliff Baroey, however, took a strong oak slab, and began to pry at one of the rear boards. It yielded and presently gave way entirely. An aperture was maae large enough for them to cmwl through. They did so, and stood in a nar row space between the b u t and the cliff. "Whurroo!" whispered Barney; we'll give thim the slip yet, MisthBr Frank. Av yez kin boost me up I think I kin git over the edge of the cliff, and thin I'll help yez u p too. "But tlley will see us!" exclaimer! the young in v entor. If they do, thin we must run for it.' "You are ricrbt!" Frnnk placed his shoulder under the Celt, and Ba r ney went e asily over the face of the clitl'. He was now in p l ain o f the pirates, who were not twenty yards away. But every one of them was gazing i n -an opposite d i rection at th e airship Not f'De thought of looking bebiud him. Barney knotted one leg about a t r e e trun k, an l reac hing down, helped Frank up also Both fugitive s paus ed a m o ment on the brow of the cliff to recover their w ind. Then they slid noiselessly away over the emi n e n c e and were out o f s ight and sound of their foes. So delighted were they that they fairly embraced each other. "Begorra, we desaved tbim f o i ne that toim e !'' c ried Barney. That we did,'' agreed Frank; "and Pomp did the same." He pointed up to the ai r -sh ip, which w as high in the sky. As be did so both saw a human body swing over the rail and fall to the earth. Then the air ship a few mo ments later began to sink 'l'bey watched it with anxio u s gaze and s a w J .hat it was nearing them A joyful cry escaped Frank. "I see Pomp! lie cried; "it was not his body then which went over the rail! Come, Barney we must let him see us." And with this both ran along ill the verge of th e jungle, trying their best to attrac t Pomp's attention And that they were bo u nd t o m eat w ith succes s was ev i den c ed a few mo ments late r when th e air s hip wa s seen to suddenly change its course and bea r down toward them. 1t was certain th a t Pomp bad seen them. CHAPTER VII. A CLEW WHEN P o mp s a w Barney and Frank h e h asten ed to throw ove r t h e rail a ro p e-ladder o f strongest s ilk. It went d o w n t o th e l en g t h or a h u ndred f eet. T h e coon saw a n u mber o f th e pira t es c ome 9to rmin g out of th e pris on hut and kn ew that the e s c ape h a d b ee n d i s cover ed But no t h i n g w as t o b e feared n ow D o w n sw e p t th. e r o pe-la dder. Bar ney grabbe d it a e it pas s ed near hi m and then F rank followed sui t Up t h e l a dd e r the y w en t. So m e of th e p i rates came ov e r the cliff a nd opened fire. But Pomp sent t he air ship u p out of rang e A f e w m o m e nts lat e r t h e r e scue d men came ov e r t h e r a il. G oll y!" cried P o mp, wild l y "I n e her w as mob glad i n mah life. I don e feare d it w a s all up wif yon ones.' "It was a close call!'' cried Frank. "I would not t a ke such chanc es aga in.'' B ejabers they war' a bad lot av min,'' declar e d Barney ; bad ce ss to thim I But t h ey 'll niver thrubble us more fer sh ure we've giv e n tb i m n bad l e ave intoire l y." "Tr u e but they are not done w i th us ye t," d e clar e d Fra nk, rigidly. Suc b u pacl t of murderi::Jg scoundrels must never be l e ft to menace t he s a fety of hone s t men." Shure thi n, we'll be aft her givin' t bim a b a tin' ? a s k ed Barner. "I mean to break up the nest of vipers, aye, e x t erminate them if need be," declar e d F rank. Golly! I hab got two ob dem fo' yo' right a bo'd dis sh ip, Marse Frank.'' d eclared Pomp. What d o yoa mean, Pomp!" askf:'d F rank, sharply I sho w yo' sab, if yo' cum wif m e The coon led the way aft and opened the door or the small cabin w here the two pirates w e re cowerin g They ins t antly b egan to b e g p it e ousl y for t heir lives. Frank regarded them contemp t uousl y "You pair of vipers!" he excl a imed, wil, h ri g hteous wrath. "I would subserve justice by banging you! Now I want a confession rrom you of your crimes!" ,or course, they acceded to this demand, and gave a dtJtailed and aathentic accoant or the history or their g an g They declared that Brant h e ld the mon ey, a n d that he made perio d i cal trips to Rlo de Janiero, to place i t s nf ely in the bank. S ome rich hauls ba
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THE LOS'l' NAV1GA'l'ORS. 9 ball gree n with Ar c tic masses was se en and i n th is grazed a number of r eindeer. They tled at sight o f tlH! air ship. Thus far n o clew or the ae r ona u ts bad b een found; but no w as the air-ship was gliding alo n g over a group of tall firs, Bar n ey gave an exc lamation Shure, Misther Frank, an' phwat is that!" be crie. It was o gian t mount a in. Frank followe d t he excite d coon. B a rney had prec e ded them. But far t o the south ea s t t h e re exte nde d a range fully a s rock y and Tlien Pomp poin te d to n h ig h spur of the mount ain w all. Dl'arly as high. Beyond this noth i n g of s now or ice could be seen. Wba yo' call dlit sah Amo' t it on e ob dem lost men, anh!" Th e r e w e re rollin g l a nds, roug h foo thills at:d ragg ed, desolate Frank gave a gaspin g cr y slop e s. "By Jove!'' he ejtlCU!ated "it is a whi t e m an." "Jupite r!'' exclaimed Frank in surpri se "I don't s ee how bnThe distant man was making fran t ic gestures and e vid e ntly seemed man '>eiogs could live in this r e gi o n It seems hardly a ble t o supto have recogniz ed t hem as c o un t rym e n of his. port lif e." Then down fro m the peak he clim be d and came running tow a rd the "Ye t t here is game, sor. Wud y ez Ink at that?" cr ied Barney, as air-ship. It t ook him a long w h ile to cov e r the dis t anc e b e in dicat ed a black fox cantering over a f oo t hill. But llnally be came up to the air-s hip's r ail. He was a t all, spareAlso IIncks of l1ucks hung thickl y o v e r a s e dgy pon d in the mountain built but wiry m a n with ha w k like nos e and a goatee. sid e As Barney ha d d e cl a red, th e re w as pl e nt y of game. Ev e n b e fore h e spoke, F r a n k kne w that he waa a Frenr.bm.1n. But another discove r y was clos e at han d "Moo Olen monsi e urs zis Is z e happiest momen t of my life. Yon A s t h e y were sailin g over oue o f the p e a k s Fra nk spied an object l cuom just in ze nick of lime to s ave n s all. Are you no American s !'' iu a sm all crevice or the l e d g es which him a sta rt. "We are," repli e d Frank. A re y on one or the l ost nav ig ators ? "Hold on, Barney! he cried. "Lower the air-ship !'' "Pierre Vartea n, at yoor service, m'si e ur. Whom have I ze bonaire "Lower it, sor?" of addressing?" "Yes!" Fra nk Introduced himself and very quickly explanations followed. Barney instantly obe y ed, and down settl e d t he S ky Fiye\:. As i t The Frenchman's story clea red up the mystery. toue.hed th e led g e Frank leaped ov e r the rail. J It seemed that he had be e n in the car of the balloon when his com-He was not a moment in reaching the ,crevice. The object he bepanlons were seized. Be f ore he could leap out to their aid, one ot the belli there convinced him that his eyesight had not deceived him. natives bad cut the drag rope aud the balloon shot skyward. /

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10 THE LOST NAVIGATORS. But just as it left the earth, one of the Antarct c natives sent a javelin through and through the silken bug. Of course the balloon began to collapse. But a powerful breeze carried it about twenty miles and allowed it Co fdl into this lonely place, where the natives bad fuiled to lind it. And Vade11u, armed with bia pistols, had been to find his way back to the relief of his friende when be suddenly chanced to spy the air-ship. "Zen my heart it leaped into my mouth," be declared zealously. "J know zat some one come for to save us. We have been long time in zis country. Get lost an' no lind way to get home. Ab, moo Dieu! zis is ver' mooch happy moment!" "Well," said Frank brusquely, "if you think you can direct us aright we will go at once and try to rescue your companions." "Oh, I can do, m'sieur. Jes' give me on e chance-one ver' leetle chance. So, zat way first, den I tell you mooch more." Vadean pointed to the southward. Frank nodded, and, turning, spoke a few words of command to Burney. In a few moments the air-ship was aloft and gliding swiftly away to cover the alleged twenty miles. CHAPTER IX. TilE POLAR PEOPLE. Now tbe real .Antarctic land began to reveal itself. G1een slopes were succeeded by little meadows and pulling streams, rich intervals und placid rivers. Everywhere the larch and the fir gave way to the ash anrl the oak, with a sprinkling or pine. It looked easy enough to derive a living from the richly fertile region. As Vadeau declared, the Antarctic natives were agricultural in their pursuits. "Then they should be friendly!" declared Frank. "No agricultural people are aggressive or war like. I think we can treat with then. !'' Vadean shrugged his shoulders. Mebbe so, M'sieur! You are ze right man. I hale no doubt you may be able, sir, ver' mooch so, sir!" Swiftly now the panorama unfolded. Suddenly a growth of trees divided and showed a collection of stone and wood huts by L!le shores of a small lake. These habitations were of t.be lean-to style or architecture primitive, yet firm in lines of construction. Hundreds of the natives were seen. The settlement was almost large enough to merit the title of city. As the air-ship swooped down tllere was sMn to be much excitement in the place. The Antartic natives were now to be seen at closer quarters. They were well formed and dressed in suits or skin from which the fur was removed. Th e women and children 'huddled into the buts, but the men, eYi dently d es pising fear, were all in the open and armed with spears and slings. They are real barbarians," declared Frank, they know nothing of mod e rn advantages!'' "Ver' true, m'sieur!" declared Vndeau, "but zey are very and ver' brave. I vould not care 10 put myself in zere hands!'' Frank snw that the Frenchman was right. Despite their agricultural proclivities, these people were men of strong notions and war riors to the core. It was evident thl\t they resented encroachmeut upon their domain, and their very attitude lJristled with slleer hostility. Frauk studied the situation for sot11e moments; tiJen he ran his eye critically over the huts. Where do you suppose your friends are confined, if indeed they are lield prisoners!'' asked Frank of the Frenchman, Valleau put up his bands deprecatingly. Ah, m'sieur, zat is aver' hard question," he replied. "I should say dat z e re am ver' lee t le chance zat day are held preesners." What!" exclaimed Frank. "You don't think they were slaughtered!'' "Ah, m'sieur, I not know zat. Otily my idea-zat is all." "Oh!" exclaimed Frank. Well, we'll try and find out about it." He allowed the air-ship to go down until within speakinl! distance or the native s They were drawn up in a sullen throng, perhaps a thousand in number. Frank spoke to them in several tongues, but of course they did not underst and ; then he began with sign talk. They motioned for him to come down to the earth. But Frank was too sh r ewd for this, even if he IH\duot bad t!Je balloon incidenL as a precedent to guide him. This was slow progress and Frank grew impatient. "Confound their thick heads!" be cried; "bow am I to find out anything about the prisoners! I've a mind to throw n shell down tpem and scatter them and then go through heir houses!" "Zat is right," cried Vadeau, eagerly. "Zey are but dogs. It be no harm to kill a few of tlem. Zey are h e a the ns!" "That is true!" agreed Frank; "but the.v are human beluga, and I hav e no nght to tal\e their lives needlessly!'' Th e Frenchman put up both his hunds. Ab, vat you do den!'' 1.19 cried, deprecatingly. My friends zey may be killed yet." "We will rescue them if they are yet alive!" declared Frank, grimly. He walkecl aft and b ega n to study the huts closely. If the thl'ee scientists were yet alive they were doubtless pnsoners in some one of these. But which one was it? If be only knew, for a fact, it would be n very easy matter to effect their liberation, but there seemed uo clew lo guide bim. By jcve," be muttered, "I'm badly stuck. What shall I do? If there was only some way I could make barbarians underst!lll
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THE LOST NAVIGATORS. 11 and tllen warm greetings with the remaining scientist, :tir. Theodore Bunce. It is charucterisdc of America to furnish the man to bolve the pro )!em of aerial navi t;allo n,'' said the geographer. HI had looked at the matter soberly I would have seen how uttel'ly crazy was our idea tile Antarctic in a balloon." It was an undertaking certainly attended with risk," replied Fran I<. The truth was, we were all so eager to solve tile mystery of the >;outh Pole that we really were about willing to sacrilice ourselves, if JJeed be, LO do that." I can un.derstand it," ngreed Frank. It was a powerful motive. But I trust that I shall be able :yet to return you all safely to your lrlends." "Mon Dieu! Nothing ees impossible for M'sieur Reade!" declared Vadeau, Wltb a polite scrape. All now went quickly aboard the air.ship. The scientists were wililly entl:usiastic over che great Invention, and could hardly believe their good fortuLe. But there were thrilling incidents close at band to claim the atten tion of all now. CHAPTER X. CONTINUING TilE EXPLORATION, THE mountain men had meanwhile come rapidly down to the attack. Already they bali tbe advance guard of the valley natives. Frank sent tlle air-ship aloft. He took in tbe situation at a glance. I can soon stop tbatl" he it will be easyf" He went into t!le cabin and broagbt out some electric ilombs. He held tile air-ship directly over the men. Then he dropped one o! the bombs. It struck tbe earth just in front of their leaders. There was a roar like a cannon and an earthquake shock. A hole lar11;e enough to bury a bouse was blown out or the ground. The advancing monmain men were hurled bacl' as if with a giant hand. Tile great pit had instantly yawned at their feet and a number of tl!em were cover ed witll the sand and living dellris. Tllo scientists bad viewed tllis with amazement. Ye gods!" exclaimed Bunce. "A handful of men with dynamite could conquer the world with this air ship." "Meiu Gott!" Pjaculated Von M:;yer. "Unzer Fritz vould g1! half his empire fer ttis air ship!" "lle Jabers, av it was moine,'' cried Barney, "I'd moighty soon brin g England to her smses au' set ould Oireland free!" Everlluliy laugbeU at this. Then attention was once more claimed by the sc en e below. Thi s wad now growing exciting. The valley natives, encouraged by the powe rful given them, began to pitch into the mountain men. Tha latter were utterly demoralized, and able to make little resist ance. Tl1ey llroke into a confu sed rout, and for a time it seemed as if they would be e:rterminated. Frank llad no desire to indulge in buman slaughter, so he dropped no m ore LJombs. He llad accomplisbeC. all that was and tllat WI\S tll e defeat of the mountain m en. And t heir defeat was ellectual. Tbey were driven into the wild fast ness es or the hills, where thHy made good their escape. The valley natives r et urned, jubilant with their victory, From that moment lbey we1e friends with tbe white men from tbe nortb. ThH air sllip descended into tbe viii ge, and a conference was held with the Antarctic people. Dr. Jansen quickly established a sign langu age with them. From them be learned th a t not many miles to the westward, there were the sllores of an open sea. At once the a rdor uf tbe scientist was tired. His eyes sparkled, and he made notes on tbe subject. AftP.r SOII e hours spent in the village, Frank addresse d Bunce: What are you r wishes? Shall we l eave tiJis region very soon?'' Reallv I-tllat is-I suppose you a re anxious to return at once!" .. It is quite a lOIII! voyage home," dec l ared Frank. "You are right. I will talk with tbe others." And he proc
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1:! 'l'HE LO$T VlGATORS. "Of course it is,'' aofrmed J ansen ; "does thi s not pay us well f or o ur troublt> i n coming here! T!1is is the only hot sea in world. Just go down there an::! put your fingers in the water if yon t believe "Then we have made tile most wonderful discovery or modern times,'' declared Bunce. Frank motioned to Barney in tile pilot house. The Celt allowed the air-ship to settle down nod rest upon the cliff. Then the explorers leaped over the rail and ran down to the baach. CHAPTER XI. TH E MYSTERIOU S SEA. VoN MEYER was the first to reach the water. He put his band bold ly into it. 'l'l!en he drew it out with a German oath The skin almost peeled from his fingers He was nuite severely scalded, and I! anclusion, of course, was that tbe air-ship had drifted beyond the limits of the great body of water. He went to the rail and saw a great desolate plain of drenched sand and rock. But the Rea was nowhere in sight. "We have drirted away from it,'' he cried; "it is not even in sight." When did It rain in the night?'' asked Jansen. "Ruin! '' "Yes.'' It did not rain!" The ground is very wet. And see, there are little puddles of mud and water.'' Frank rubbed his eyes. He stared at the earth and then be gripped the scientist's arm. He was excited. Look,'' he g a sped; do you see! The lake is gone!" "Gone!" exclaimed Jansen, who adjusted his glasses. ''Yes, of course; we have drifted away from it." "No, not that. We are right on the same spot as yesterday, but the laKe has gone, dried up, ran off, or something of the kind.'' Jansen gave a mighty start. "Great Cicero!" he ejaculated; "is that the truth!" "It is." Then this is only another wonderful phenomenon of thia reg,ion!" Just so.'' Jansen was so amazed that be could hardly express himselr logic ally. "Well, I never!'' he ejaculated. Whoever thought. it? Where hns tbe water gone?" "There!'' Frank pointed to the spot where th maelstrom had been. There wns a mighty circular concave basm of rock covering several acres. In its center was a round black hole extending an unknown dis tance downward. That the lake had itself by this cavity there was no doubt. The maelstrom might have been caused by a break in earth's crust, which bad carried the waters or the lake Into some subterranean chamber. Truly it was a strange and mysterious thing. The two men gazed upon the cavity for some while, then Jansen said: I would like to go down there." Frank hesitated. Can it be eaf,.!" he naked. It is, I think,'' replied tbe scientist. At least I am willing to take the risk.'' I I J

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THE LOST NAVIGATORS. 13 At this moment the other members of the party came on deck. The I sceue which followed baffl e s d escrip1 ion. There was no end of speculation of argument and conjecture. Frank's ears fairly acbeu, and finally be said to Barney: "All right. Lower the air ship; we will take a look at the basin of the maelstrom!" "All roight, sorl" Barney lowered the air ship and it rested upon the gravel below. Thee the excited scientists leaped down from the deck. They quickly gained the stone basin. It was an immense Ieuge of granit .e, and worn as smooth as a mirror. How long the waters bad been circling In it, it was not easy to guess. It was sale to say, though, that it was for a long time. But now the lake bau emptied itsell into some deep part of the bowels of the earth would it ever come backf This wa8 the question. The scientists advanced all HOrta or theories. There were as many sides to the subject as there are stars in the sky. The result was that no satisfactory conclusion was arrived at. But at that moment the party were treated to a bit of terrifying surprise. Suddenly and without warning from the depths of the orifice in tlle basin there came unearthly sounds. They were hoarse and gurgling, at times bellowing. The ent i r e basin trembled greatly. This was enough to cause all to llee with terror to the deck of the alrship. CHAPTER XII. / WHICH ENDS 'HE CHRONIC L E NoT until they were salely aboard the airship did any in the party come to a halt. Then they were disposed to be much ashamed of their conduct, They burst into laughter. "Ach, mein Gott!'' cried Von .Meyer. "I tought der teufel vas after me. Vot vas der trouble?" If anybody cau explain this new phenomena, I wish they would kindly do so," said Jaust>n, with a laugh. Before we are done with the phenomenon of this strange country, it may do for us," declared Frank. "Which is true!" Bunce. We have already seen enough to write a book ou!" The strange noise had now CE!IIsed and lor a time oil wns silent. "Pshaw!" said Janstm. We are a pack of cowards. Doubtless that was only the internal rumbling of some pentUP volcano. It will hardly do us herm!" ".Mon Dieul" exclaimed Vadeau, rubbing his bands. "I am ze first man to say enough. Snppose we give up ze search now and de fer ourselves mooch to M'sieur Rende?" Jansen hesitated, but seeing eagerness upon the races of all, be said: "Let us sail westward one hundred miles further. If we do not come to the ice barrier then, I will abr.udon the qnest. Or .if we do.'' "Hurrah!" shouted all. Frank went into the pilot bouse and turnad the rotsscope lever. The air ship shot upward. Once more in the air the spirits ol all, which were lately a trifle de pressed, began to rise. The alrsbip filled away rapidly to the westward. Soon the line of n dlstar.t coast was seen. Beyond it there was a high ridge of white. It is the Ice barrier!" declared Frank. Are you satisfied, doc tor!" Jansen turned from the rail. He nodded his head. "I am," he replied. "The sooner we get back to America now the better it will satisfy me." "Amt>nl" exclaimed Frank lost no time in changing the course of the air-ship. In a very short time the bed of the lake was left behind. And its mystery was in part unsolved. Whether it filled up again or not was never known. Twelve hours of swift sailing brought the voyagers to the high mountain line beyond which was the ice region. Crossing it became necessary to don heavy furs. Soon the cold at thnt altitude was so excessive, that It was dangerous to remain ont on deck. Over mountains and de!lles, great glaciers and mighty crevices the air-ship sailed on. The cold was frightful. Only the excessive beat of an electric disc .kept the ice from inches thick on the pilot house windows. But at length the Sky Flyer began to descend to the lower ph.ins. Here the temperature was more merciful. It dropped to twenty degrees above. This was considered warm, and the voyagers ventured out on deck. On over the ice lle lds the air ship sped. But while nil hands were watching for the open sea, Barney sighted an object among the ice lloes which gave all a start. What appeared to he the mast of n ship seemed to rise above the ice hummocks. The Celt called Frank's attention to it. "Phwat do yez call it, .Mist her Frank!" be naked. 'l'he Inventor wns interested. "On my word," he declared, "it looks like a vessel nipped in the ice." Begorra. it may be, sor. Pbwat shall we do!" It would be inhuman to go on and make no inquiry as to her wei fare,'' sai, und the skeletons of seven men. That they bad not been, removed was evi deuce that some disease, perhaps the frightful cold, had killed them all within a short space of each other. It was a horrible charnel bouse. After some further exploration, sick at heart, they returned to the llrst cabin. Here Frank found the log ol the ship. It was marked : The Log of the Sl;ip Hester Dean, of Portland, Maine. Captain Andrew Dean, master; Joel Spence, mate; Sum Bilton, steward, and sixte e n men in crew. A. D. 1834." Fraok turned to Jansen "What did I tell you?" be said. "You were agreed the scientist; "but let us read.'' Frank followed' the entries for a time sufficient to explain the fate of the ship. It seemed that she had been nine months in the South Seas for whales when a heavy storm drove them among the ice. The entriel! were pathetic In the extreme, and told of the hopeless.. ness (\f the situation and the sufferings of the crew. The captain made often and touchmg allusion to his wife and child, or whom he bad seemed very food. Then came the last sad words. "Fe ster, my darling wile, and baby Mamie are dead of the terrible hllart chills which came upon us in so strange a malady yesterday. I

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14 THE LOST NAVIGATORS. nm the only survivor or the crew. Seven lie dead forward. I dare not thither to give them burial or to pray over their remains. "Oh, God! the desolation of this awful moment! lt is as if I were tlte last man upon earth-deserted, alone, and h elp less Oh, Heaven! what awful late Is ours! But I have one happy thought. The icy gripe !sat my heart strings already, and the moments are lew when I shall be once more with Hester ned with haby in another and better world. Farewell to earth, our fate will nerer be known." For a moment a l te r Frank read these pathetic lines not a word was spoken. But t h ere was n o t a dry eye in the crowd. What shall we doT" finally whispered Jansen. "Ought they not to bave Christian burial?" There I s no better t om b than this," replied Frar.k. They will be as sacredly at rest. here as anywhere els!l upon the lace of the earth." "ThnL is right, agreed BuncP. We can do no better thnn to leave them JUSt as we find them.'' So they went. reverently out nod closed the door of this strange tomb. Back to the a ir-ship thtJy w ent. Not until they were many miles from the spot did the Gloud or depression lift. Then tile open sea burst into view and brougllt a cheer. No storm could detain the air-ship in its course, and it rapidly sped on to th e northward. In less than four days land was sighted. It wag Cape Horn. It is safe to say that the stormy old promontory never loolfed so welcome to mortals before. When the air-ehip once more crossed the Straits of Magellan all felt as it they haLU'l.da, o r s ent fre e of postage upon reaeip t o f the price Address Frank Tousey, publisher, aLms, togeth e r with luckS a,pd unlucky days, and "Napol eon s Oracuium," the book of fnte. For by every n ews dealer in the United States and Canada. Price 10 c mts, or we will send it to your address, postage tree, on rec e ipt of price. Frank T ousey, vublisher. 34 and 36North M oo r e street, N ew York. Box 2700. JlOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, con tain f,oJI airectlons ( o r constructing canoes and the most popular manne r of sailing tlwm. By C. Stanfield H1cks. Pnco 10 cents. For sale bf all newsdeal ers In the United 8tates nnd Cauadn, or eent to any address, free. on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey publisher, 34 ani 36 North Mo ore Street, New York. Box 2730. "Whew!" exclaimed Bunce who was usually plainspoken, tho Antarctic may be all right in its way, but I don't believe that I care to ever visit it again." "Veil, main goot friend," cried Von Meyer. "I am or your mind too. I would rather go back to mllin Vaterland.'' This was tile unanimous sentiment, and with its expression the snh j ect was dropped. A lew months later famous article s appeared in tile Scientific Magazines, written by these famous navigato rs. But no word of approbation for the Polar land was allow ed to creep in. Doe credit was given Frank Reade, Jr., for his phi\antrophic mission In the rescue or the lost navigators. Their fate might never have been known. Pierre Vadeau went baok to Paris, Theodore Bunce to Washington, and Dr. Jansen returned to England to lecture in the great univelsi Lies! As for Herr Von Meyer, h e was glad to return to the land or "Unser !<'ritz," where he is to-day, and would not furfeit hia pipe and his for tile whole Antarctic Land, wonderful as it was. Frank Reade, Jr., with Barney and Pomp returned to Readeslown. The Sky Flyer would never be able to g o upon another journey, for its mac!Jinery was completelj worn out. But Frank regarded tllis lightly. "I have an idea on hand at present that will beat aerial naviga tion," he declared; "when I get it sufficiently matured I will tell you what it is." And wilh this promise let us take our leave of the present. (THE END,) :.13ooks. 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