The electric traveler; or, Underground to the Pole
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The next instant the Traveler" made a leap as though imbue d with life, and went shooting, bow foremost to the lake below
) 0 BRAVEBOLD A Differ e n t Complete Story Every Week Iuued Waellly By S"'1scrij>tlon la.so j>er year. Entered accordi111r to Act of Congre ss in the year 1903, in tlu Office of tlu Librarian of Congress. Waskington, D. C.: STREET & :SMITH, 238 William St., N. Y. No f 7 NEW YORK, April 18, 1qo3. Price Five C e nts. THI: Elt:CTRIC TR! VELl:R: OR, Underground to the Pole. -By the author of "THE SEA WANDERER." CHAPTER. L A CURJOUS INVENTION. \Vill Carding wa s hurrying home from the s hop in which he was employed. one evening in the early spring, when he was accosted by a gray-bearded stranger. At first Will took the str anger for a "bunco-steerer," he acted so queer, but before a dozen words had passed b etwee n them he found out his mistake. 'Nell sir, what bus i n ess have you with me?" he asked, as h e halted in front of t he man. "Excuse me, young man, but you work for an electrical con cern, do you not?" "I do," and the boy scratched his head, wondering what was coming next. You are pretty well versed in electricity, if I underst and rightly." I "\IVell, yes, sir; I have made a pretty good study of it during the two years I have been in the bu s ine ss My desire to learn all about it, and the fact of my having boss who is willing to show me all he can, makes me kn o w what I do ." "You don't get very large wages, I have reason to believe;" and the stranger looked at him. expectantly. "No, sir, I do not, replied Will, after a slight pause; "and that is not the worst of it, either. There is talk of the shop shutting down irt"a few days, work is so slack." "Well, then, young fellow, I am going to offer you a job that will pay you much better than the one you are on at present." "What is it, sir?" As Will Carding asked the question his ey es sparkled He was an o rph an, and, consequently. had to earn hi s own living. If the job offered him was in his favorite line-electrical-and was honest and legitimate, he was ready to take it. Instead of enlightening him any further on the subject t h e gray bearded stranger. iook a card from his pocket and handed it to the boy. "Call to see me at eight o'clock sharp, and we will talk the matter o\er." said he, and then he left as abruptly as he had approached the boy The scene just described took place on Exchange Street, in city of Buffalo. Will Carding, who was a bright, athletic young fellow o f eighteen, was on his way to his boarding house, after putting in a good day's work at the electrical of Sha rp, Wells & Co. The boy remain ed standing on the sidewalk for fully a minute, gazing at the card, which bore the inscription: "PROFESSOR DOLLIVER Beneath the name wu the name and number of a street on the lake front. "That is a queer place for a profe sso r to live, or even have h is offic e ," mused Will, as he started off on a bri s k walk. "Well, anyhow, I'll drop around and see him ; p erhaps there is something in it for me." When the boy had arrived at his boarding hou se and ea ten his supper, it was past seven o'clock.
BRA VE AND BOLD As it was a good twenty minutes' walk to the address the man had given him, he left the hol1se soon after artd wended his way in that direction. Punctually at eight o'clock he halted in front of a tul11blc-down shanty and knocked at the door. It was opened immediately by the gray-bearded professor, who greeted Will with a nod of "Ah! you are on time I sec," he exclaimed, rubbing his hands. "Step right in!" Our hero obeyed. and found himself in a seYen-by-nine room, fitted up exa<'.tly like an old bachelor's quarters. At the invitation, \Viii toCJk a scat on a rickety chair. The professor closed and locked the door, and then deposited himself in a chair i11 front of his visitor. ''Now, then, young man, to busine s s," said he, rubbing his hands in his peculiar manner. 'In the first place, your name?" "William Carding.'' "Your age?" "Eighteen." "Do you like adventure?" "Yes, sir." "If my proposition docs not suit you. will you promise to keep it a secret?" "I will." "Well, then, step this way.'' The professor arose, and lighting a lamp, opened a door in the rear of the room. Will followed him through, and down a flight of dirty step .s, much mystified as to what secret the man was about to divulge. At the foot of the steps the professor opened another door, and then by the""tlim light of the lamp Will beheld a long, narrow workshop. Full of curiosity, he stepped inside. The professor quickly lighted three more lamps. and then pointed to a long object in the center of the room, which looked like some new-fashioned boat. "What do you think of that?"' said he, proudly. "It surely is a wonderfully contrived vessel," replied Will, after a pause. And so it was. In length it measured thirty-eight feet, and was about twelve in width at the widest part. The bow, or forward part, was long and tapering, while the after part narrowed gracefully to about four feet. The depth was about eight feet from the top of the cabin house to the bottom, and the inside was fitted up in a really ex pensive manner. There were no vis ible signs of anything that would propel the strange craft, and Will asked how she was to be forced throug-h the water. Professor Langshan stepped on the deck from a small laddet. "'When she is in the water this will cause her to move," said he. As he spoke he pressed a knob, and a propelling screw and a rudder noiselessly assnmed their proper positions at the stern. "Wonderful!" exclaimed Will. The professor smiled. "She is now in shape to tra\"el by water," said he. "Now wait till I show you how she will travel by land." A sharp click and the screw and rudder disappeared. The next moment he pulled a lever. and eight wide-tired wheels arose from the deck and dropped over either side. Although the vessel was on stocks at least three feet high, the \Yheeb touched the floor of the workshop. Will could scarcely believe his eyes when saw this. The mechanical work ofl the vessel, or whatever it be called, was the greatest thing he had ever seen. "There she is," spoke up the professor, as he stepped to the side of the boy with a serious look in his eyes. "I built every inch of her myself. The whole thing weighs but a ton, and she is strong enough to stand almost a11y kind of a shock. The hull is made of white wood, rubber !Ind thin copper plates." "What is to be your motive power?" asked Will. "Now we have at la3t come to the poh1l I" exclaillit!d Professor eagerly. "My boy, I want you to fix that; I have tried repeatedly and failed each time."' "Of course. you propose lo run her by elcclrici!y?"' "Cetlai11ly." "I might be able to help you out." "I thought you could, or I should never have sought you out." "Show me your engine." "Come aboard; I will place the whole thing in your hands. I am a rich man and will pay you well for your work. I have co11sttuctcd this remarkable vessel for a great purpose, and if you will e11list your services with me and go with me on my journey I will pay yon a salary of two hundred dollars a month." "Where do you propose to go?" asked \Nill, his eyes sparklit\g at the offer. "To the North Pole." was the calm reply. Our hero gazed at the man in mute astonishment. \Vas Professor Langshan 01" was the whole t11ing b11t a delusion? CHAPTER II. OUR HERO PREVENTS A MURDER. On the Saturday night following Will Carding was laid off from the electrical works along with a dozen or more, many Qf whom were skilled mechanics. \Viii was perfectly satisfied, for he was going to leave, an.vhow, having accepted the professor's offer. Our hero had soon learned that Professor Langshan meant what he said, and becoming more interested every moment, he soon was completely wrapped up in the idea of making. a to the Polar Sea. For three nights Will worked on the engine and batteries, and then, at last, he solved the problem. To describe the joy of Professor Dolliver Langshan when he saw \Vill press a button and cause the screw to revolve with the YClocity of the wind, would be a decidedly hard thing to do. It was on Friday night that success crowned our hero's efforts, and as he prepared to leave near midnight, the professor in formed him that he would begin laying stores for their trip the very next day. At the suggestion of Will the wonderful invention was chris tened the Elcctr.ic Traveler, which was a very suitable title. 'If you can hire a good, faithful man, do so, and bring him here to-ntorrow night," were the professor's words as he took his departure. All day Saturday the boy had these words in his mind, but not until he had left the shop did he decide upon who to hire. One of the mea who had been laid off from the shop was a good-natured, whole-souled Irishman named Danny Dagan, who had been a sort of helper, at very small wages. He had often done favors for Will, andconsequently the boy liked him pretty well. As our hero started for his boarding house the Irishman overtook him.
BRA VE AND BOLD. 3 "Say, Will, said he, ''I wonder what I will be goin' at now? Sure when I pay me board I will n o t have over three dollars to me name, an no work, begob !" ' You are looking for a job, the n, Danny?" "Sure I am, sir; an' I must have it, or, begob I'll starve." "'vVhat kind of a job do you want, Danny?" "Any kind at all sir." "Would you like to l eave Buff alo and go traveling?" "I would s ir, if I could get p ai d for it." "I think I can get you a j o b, Danny." "Have ye got o ne yezself, m e boy?" "I have; and it is a good one, t oo," r eplie d Will. "'..Ve il. if you get me a job now, I'll b less ye as long as you l ive bego b said the Irishman. 'Tll call for you as soon as I h ave eaten my supper, and take you wh e r e you can get the j ob." With th ese w ords the two parted-;-the Iri.shman full of joy at t h e prospect of a job so soo n and our hero well satisfied that Danny Dagan would suit the professor to a T. \\'ill found D an ny r ea d y when h e called for him after s upper, and together the two wended their way to the bidden workshop of Professor Langs han. A s Will expected. t he professor took a notion to Danny, and it did not take a great while b efo re a b a rgain was struck. Though th e Irishman did not like the idea of making a journey to the ice regions, he was sa ti sfied to go so long as \ Vil! was to a.:company him. The poor fel l ow's hair almost stood up whl'n he b eheld t he ueantifn!ly m odeled vessel. a n d whl'n the professor s h owed him where hi s quarters were to be, h e thanked hi s stars at having secured such a job. The Electric Trn11ele1-'s owner had been busy all day in putting in supplies-ouch as would be needed to nm t h e batteries. About one-third of the vessel's room was utilized for t hi s pur pose. and t}\e professo r r ecko n ed t hat t h ey bad e nough electricity o n board to las t them a yc:ir. That night the wonderful ve sse l was launched, and after a good t rial trip o n the lake 'he pron ou nced ready for business. Will even dropped the wh eels near a bit of shelving sho r e on the Cana
4 BRA VE AND BOLD. To his great joy he caught something. Danny had now reached the spot, and together the two haule
BRAVE AND BOLD. 5 It did not matter if their pathway was ;t little rough. The wheels contained rubber tires six inches in thickness, and an occasional bump did not materially affect them. The rain was still falling as tlie day broke, and this made it rather difficult for them to see very far ahead. Five minutes later they reached the very edge of the lake, and then, for the first time, they saw that they had run into a ter rible danger. They had swerved a trifle from the course laid out by the professor, and were now upon a bluff fully thirty feet above the water. Owing to the falling rain and mist, they were within a length of the bluffs edge before they discovered the fact. \,Yill stopped the engine, and put on the brakes. But too late! The next instant the Traulcr made a leap as though imbued with life, and went shooting, bow foremost, to the lake below CHAPTER IV. IN THE ICE REGIONS. A cry of horror escaped the lips of Will Carding when he saw that the Traveler was bound to leap from the bluff into the lake. But not so with Professor Langshan. As quick as a flash, he seized a:. lever, and pulled it back with all his strength. The effect of his action was truly startling. Tn the twinkling of an eye every aperture 111 the deck and cabin house was closed by water-proof covers. The next moment the prow of the Traveler struck the water with a loud splash. Luckily, the water was very deep at that point, and clown she went, until all sa \'e the stern was completely submerged Then a sensation was felt, and up she came to the surface like a cork. A look of extreme satisfaction shone on the face of the pro fessor, while the pallid countenances of hi s companions gradually assumed their natural color. T h e Traveler was now gliding slow l y forward from the im petus of her sudden leap. Calmly the professor threw back the lever, and the cool, damp air of the lake was wafted in upon those inside. It was several seconds before a word was spoken, and then the professor broke the silence. ''You see, I have provided for all emergencies of that kind," said he ''Y cs," returned Will, with a sigh of relief; "if you had not--" ''We would all ha,e been to the bottom of Lake Ontario!" put in Tom Hartley. "We would have been drowned, begob !" added Danny. It took some time for the excitement caused by their recent thrilling situatio11 to wear off from our friends, but l ong before it did all hands were satisfied that the Electric Traveler and the manner in which she worked was nothing short of perfec tion itself. If we were to dwell on all the incidents that took place on the journey to the ice regions, we would use up all the space allotted to us. and then our story would be but fairly begun. But, as we are to deal with what happened after the Electric Traveler reached th e northern regions, we will skip all minor \etails, and will take up the thread of our narrati,e from the morning of July 2d, 18-, just three months after our friends left Buffalo to go on their wonderful journey. On this particular morning we find the wonderful invention of Professor Langshan re s ting cozily on a level tract of barren land at the southern extremity of Cape Lincoln. The weather here was comparatively warm, though snow ice could be seen on every hand, except in occasional spots where the Arctic sun shone with full force. In these places the clayey soil was covered with a sparse vege tation, consisting of mossy grasses and lichens. The coast was enlivened by great numbers of walruses and wild geese. Occa sionally a white bear could be seen on the top of some bleak, miss hapen rock; but, beyond these things, there was no sign of life whatever. To the northea st of them was a ,ast field of ice, which, the profes so r said, would not be likely to break up before the first of August. In sp ite of their long, tedious journey, the Traveler's crew were all well and hearty. They had steadily journeyed over land, water and fee since their departure. It was the intention of the professor to proceed northward, through Smith's Sound, over the ice. They had been re sti ng where they now since the day be fore. Some of the delicate machinery of the Traveler needed overhauling, and will and the professor were busy attending to it. Just before noon they pronounced everything in perfect order, and after some wild geese and a bear had been sla in they took what they wanted of the meat and again set out on their course northward. Since they left the limits of civilization the Electric Traveler presented somewhat of a different appearance. A double netting of tempered steel surrounded her deck to the height of s ix feet; and through this, at regular intenals, \\'ere loopholes for riAes. l n the bow was a small brass pi,ot gun, \\'hich could be aimed and fired from the pilot house. The walls of the cabin were nearly covered by racks. which were filled \\'ith weapons, s howing that, in case the Traveler got into a scrimmage, she would prove anything but a mean foe to encounter. The cabin was heated by electricity, and no matter how cold the weather was, our friends were always comfortable. When they wis hed to go outside, they donned their Arctic clothing of wool and fur. It was shortly after the dinner hour when they set out, taking a diagonal course across the cape. A few hours later they took to the ice, and then the way they went skimming along, dodging about hete and there to keep c l ea r of the hummocks, was something marvelous. Both Will and Tom, and the Iris hman as well. ha d l o ng sinc e become accu s tomed to the life they had been leading for the past three months, and they now thoroughly enjoyed it. \Vhen night came, there was no darkness, for the simple na son that it was the season of the year when the su1 never se t in that region. Of course. the iight at times was very dim, for the Arctic su n has but little power \\'hen at it s be st. something wor se than darkness overtook them about an hour later. A keen wind from the east began blowing, and pres ently a blinding snowstorm se t in. Though they had encountered frequent snowstorms during their journey, this was the worst by far they had yet experienced.
6 BRAVE AND BOLD. But the professor had set his course by compass, and, with the electric light shining in full glare, they kept on. Every opening was clo se d tightly, save a ventilation in the roof of the pilot house, and, should they suddenly plunge into open water, there would b e no dan ge r. But no such thing occurred, and, picking their way between the drifts and ice hummocks, they kept on till midnight. Then, selecting a sheltered spot behind a huge block of ice, they came to a halt. Then all hands turned in to get a few hours' sleep. It was probably eight in the m orning when Will Carding arose. His compani ons were still sleeping soundly, and he did not choose to awaken them. "I guess I'll go outside and see how it looks," h e muttered, donning his fur clothing. "From the pilot house here, il: looks as if the Traveler is about burie d in the snow." Taking a rifle from one of the racks-for all hands made a rule never to go outside without a weapon-he opened the door and stepped upon the deck. I The air was so cold that at first it nearly took his breath away, but, becoming used to it, he stepped boldly forward. 'Nie storm had cleared, but, as he expected, the Trav;;/er was nearly buried in the snow. The huge block of ice that had partially shielded the vessel from the storm was before him, and Will determined to mount this and see how things looked. He experienced little or no difficulty in reaching its top, and found that he had an excellent view of the surrounding ice field. As his eyes turned to the north, he uttered a startled cry of surprise. Before him, about a quar):er of a mile distant, he beheld a ship wedged in the i ce But that was not all that he saw, for almost direc;tly beneath him a still more startling scene met his eyes. Running toward the ship, with all her might, was a young and pretty girl, attired in the regulation Arctic costume, while close at her heels was a monster polar bear, with wide open jaws! CHAPTER V. THE INVINCIBLE. When Will Carding beheld the startling scene before him, he was too astonished to move. But he recover ed himself almost instantly. He had no time to speculate as to what the girl was doing in that frozen, out-ofthe-way place; she was in danger of her life, and he must save her! The next moment his rifl e flew to his shoulder. A quick, sure aim, and then the report rang out on the clear, frosty air. The bear reeled and then, staggering a few paces, fell dead. As soon as the girl heard the report of our hero's rifle, and saw the bear fall, she. woman-like, fainted. Will descended the pile of ice with all possible speed. As he reached the level, he beheld several men hastily ap proaching from the ship Our hero started on a sharp run over the frozen snow, and reached the spot where the girl had fallen in advance of the men. The girl opened her eyes just as he reached her. The boy promptly assisted her to her feet, and asked her if she was injured in any way. She replied in the negative, and then hastened to thank him for saving her life. At that moment the men came up. They seemed t o be much astoni s h e d at meet ing Will, but ap peared re spec tful enough. "Young man, where is your ship?" asked one, who was evi dently the captain. "She lies over there beyond that ice mountain," our hero re plied p oint ing to the mound of ice blocks, which really was tall enough to conceal the ma sts of a full-rigged ship. "\i\!hat is the name of your vessel?" "The Tra veler." "Well, I am Captain Sylvest e r of the exploring ship Invincible, which lies over there wedged in t he ice At the mention of the vesse l's name, Will gave a start. Surely, that was the name of the ship Professo r Langshan was looking for But he concluded to say nothing about it till he got back to his own ves sel. "Where are you bound for?" asked Captain Sy(vester, after a pause. "For the North Pol e!" replied our hero. "I have a ri val, th e n," was the smiling reply. "That is my des tination, young man. The Invincible has been lying wedged in the ice for ne a rly a week now; but to-day she will go out. During the past three days we have been sinking dynamite cartridges in the ice at int e rv a ls of five hundred feet apart. In less than an hom from now I shall expJe>de them by electricity, and then the floe will be broken up." "Tha t i s a very good idea," returne d Will. "Do you int e nd to use any explo s ive matter to force your way through the ice?" "No, sir; we do not let the ice stop us in the least." Captain Sylvest e r looked at th e b oy in surprise. Then it sud denly o ccurred to him that he was being made a fool of. "I gue ss you are as far North as you will ever get, young man," said he, rather coldly; "and, as we are not likely to meet again, I will bid you good-morning, at the same time thanking you for saving this young lady's life, who ; by the way, is my sister-in-law." With these words, he turned on his heel and offered his arm to the girl, who strange to say, promptly refused it. With a look that was half thankful, half wistful, she slowly turned and foll owe d in the tracks of the captain and the men, who were returning to the ship. Once she seemed on the verge of pausing to say something to our hero, \Jut a sharp gesture from the captain Ca.used her to change her mind. Will stood leaning on his rifle, with one foot on the body of the bear, watching the party as they returned to the ship. Suddenly he saw the girl drop some white object-on purpose, it seemed. "I must have that," he muttered; "she means that I shal l." Waiting until the party had boarded the ship, he hurried for ward to the spot where he had seen the object fall. In less than a minute he had it in his hand, and found it was a delicately-engraved card, bearing the name: "ENID STRATHMORE." "Whew!" whistled the boy. "If that is really the Invincible, the professo r is sear.ching for this must be the young lady who was kidnap ed. She is a very pretty girl, and if she wants to get away from that ship she will only have to say the word and we will take her aboard the Tra7Jeler." Full of curious meditations, Will started back to the electric vessel, that lay half buried in the snow.
BRAVE AND BOLD. 7 The crisp air was very keen, and he was forced to move lively in order to keep warm. 'When he arrived aboard the Traveler, he found his companions just getting up. They had not heard the report of his rifle, and were wondering what had become of him. "'You must have got up early," remarked Tom Hartley. "How are things outside, nnyhow ?" "'It is as clear as a bell, and as cold as can be I've met with quite an adventure since I went out. I sa,cd a young lady from being de.voured by a bear, and discovered a ship wedged in tlJ.C ice." "What!" gasped his companions. "It is true," remarked Will. "The ship lies within a quarter of a mile of us. I saw and talked wiih the captain." ''What ship is it?" demanded the professor. "The Invincible." The face of the man turned as white as a marble slab. "Great God!" he ejaculated. "You don't mean what you say?" "Oh, yes, I do. Do you know any one by that name?" lie handed the card he had picked up to the professor. For a moment the inventor of the Electric Traveler gazed at it with a look in his eyes that was almost expressionless. "Do I know any one by that name?" he finally blurted out. "Why, that is the name of the sister of my misguided wife!" ''I thought as much," said our hero, quietly. "Well, the object of your seatch is almost within a stone's throw of us. If I were you, I should endeavor to settle matters with Captain without attempting to shed blood." "It is for no one to say how this thing is to be settled!" w;i,s the rather hot retort. "We must be off at once!" "You may rest assured that I will not raise my hand against any of those on board that ship unless they attack us first!" exclaimed Will, who was somewhat nettled at the professor's retort. "'You hired with me to do my work, so long as it was honest and manly; I shall ask no more. Let us be off at once!" Will and Tom took their stations, neither speaking a word. The snow had drifted in such deep piles about the Tra7:e lcr that at first she would not budge. But presently she moved grac1-ually forward and reached the le,el ice. As they got from behind the pile of ice, the Invincible could be plainly seen. To the surprise of our hero, a heavy column 1of black smoke 1Yas rising from her stacks. "She is firing up to leave!"' he exclaimed. "Look out for a shock presently. He is going to break up the ice by exploding dynamite ."' The words had scarcely left his lips. when there came a heavy shock, which caused the Traveler to tremLle from stem to stern. CHAPTER VI. NlD STRATHMORE. The proper thing for us to do now will be to turn our atten tion to the fopi11ciblc, and those upon her-particnlarly to Enid Strathmore. How it came to pass that the girl was being chased by the polar bear when Will Carding saw her, is easily explained As Captain Sylvester had said, the exploring ship had heen wedged in the ice for about a week, and every morning during that time the girl had made a practice of taking a run on the ice when the weather permitted. On this particular morning, she had strayed a little too far from the ship, and just as she was about to return the bear came upon her. Though she was armed with a light rifle, and knew how to use it, loo, Enid was too much frightened at the great, lumbering creature to do so. She started to rtm and was just about to utter a scream for help, when the sharp report of a rifle rang out, and, seeing the bear fall she fell to the ice in a semi-fainting condition. When the deck of 1the hivincible was reached, Enid Strathmorc promptly de s cended into the handsomely-furnished cabin. A horrible surprise awaited the girl as she opened the door. Suspended from the ceiling by a rope was the body of a woman som e years her senior. It looked as though it was a genuine case of suicide. The rope was in the form of a slip-knot about the woman's neck, and at tached to a 'lamp-hook in the ceiling, while on the floor near her feet was an overturned stool. Enid Strathmore gazed at the body but for an instant, and then, with an agonized shriek, fell to the floor. The girl's cry brought Captain Sylvester to the cabin with all possible speed. vVhcn he saw the body of the suicide in its horrible position, he turned as white as a sheet. "Great God!" he exclaimed, wildly, "she has committed the deed at last! Poor Agnes! I loved you madly once, and I am really sorry for this!" Recovering himself. he quietly pulled a bell cord. The next rninute a French girl, who had been the dead woman's maid. entered. "Go for the doctor!" he exclaimed. "Your mistress is dead!" With a frightened shriek, the girl turned and ran to obey. Captain Sylvester stood perfectly still, gazing about the room until the doctor came. It would be hard to depict the thoughts that were rushing through his mind, but something must have struck him that was satisfactory, for his eyes shone with a look of pleasure as the doctor entered the cabin. "A suicide, doctor," said he calmly. "I can do her no good," returned the doctor, recoiling slightly at the s ight. "\\'ell, see to her, then." Captain Sylve ster pointed to the form of Enid, who still lay where she had fallen. "She has only fainted," was the reply, after a slight examina tion. "That mu s t be removed before s he returns to conscious ne ss.'" and he nodded at the dangling figure of the suicide. The c aptain touched the bell cord, and, when the servant ap proached. ordered her to send two men there. They came soon enough, and several minutes before the faint ing girl opened her eyes the doctor's orders had been obeyed. Captain Sylvest e r stood in the center of the cabin, and said nothing as the girl turned a look of reproach at him. .. Ts she all right, doctor?" asked he, after a pause. "Y cs," \\as the response. "Good! 1 will now go and attend to my duties on deck." Meanwhile, Enid Strathmore reclined upon the divan, where she had been placed. like one in a dream. The girl possessed strong neryes, or s he \\ould ne1er have been able to lie tlwre and meditate OYer what she had seen. ":\Jy sister i s dead-slain by her own hand," she thought. "Though she erred, blood is thicker than water, and it shall be my duty to henceforth hate the man who ruined her." .\s soon as the ship's doctor saw that Enid was all right, he rang for her maid, and then left her. /
BRAVE AND BOLD. He had scarcely done so, when Captain Sylvester touched the button that fired the d ynamite that had been placed at various points over the ice field When the deafening commotion had subsided, Enid realized that the ship was under way. She could hear the steady thump of the engines, and the gentle, swaying motion told her that they were once more afloat The Invincible had not sailed to the Arctic regions at the time Professor Langshan supposed she did. The captain changed his mind after starting. and took a six months' cruise about the southern seas, after which he set out for the north, with a ship load of supplies for such an expedition. A group of three now stood on the stem of the n oble ship, intently watching some object that was skimming along in their wake, a little over a mile astern. The three men who constituted lhe group consisted of Captain Sylvester and his two trusted mates. The captain was a little worried over the object whic h appeared to be chasing them, and gaining, at that. "It can't be possible that it is some new-fangled craft?" ob served the first mate, as he tendered the glass he had been looking through to the captain. "That is just what it is," returned his superior officer, when he had taken a long and earnest lo ok. "I wouldn't be surprised if that is the vessel that young fellow we met belongs to. But l oo k there! If she is chasing us up, they will get badly left. The ice is closing in between us." Captain Sylvester was right. The ice was fast coming together in the wake of the brig, and it really look ed as th ough the queer J ooking craft that was following them would be shut off. Closer and closer came the strange vessel, until finally Captain Syl vester could discern the pilot house through the hazy gloom. Only a quarter of a mile lay between th.em now, while the pas sage that inte1vened between the two ice floes was no wide r than half that dis ta nce, and closing very rapidly. Presentlythe floes came together with a cra sh, and the passage was closed. A smile lit up the features of Captain Sylvester, and he watched to see what the strange craft would do. To his surprise, her wonderful spe'ed did not slacken a bit, and she was now d angerou s ly near the ice. Two minutes l ate r the captain gave a star!lcd cry, and turned as white as a sheet. The mysterious craft 1Jlat appeared to he pursuing them had l eft the water entirely, and \Yas now speeding o\er the ice iike the wind! CHAPTER VII. A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY. Capt ain Sylvester evidently suspected the true state of affairs, for when th e Traveler was within a furlong of his shi p he ordered a shot to be fired at her. Boom! As the report rang out, a ball came skipping along over the ice in dangerous proximity to the Traveler. At the profes sor's command, Tom Hartley promptly changed their course to a huge hummock a few rods distant. "Now, then," observed the professor, rubbi n g his hands, "my enemy has fired the first shot. Are you gentlemen willing to fight under me?" "We will stick to you, professor," said Will, g r imly. The words were scarcely out of his mouth, ere the r eport of a gun was again heard, followed in stantly by a rattling shower of sp lintered ice. Will Carding's blood was now up Running the Traveler' s bow around the edge of the hummock, h e se ized the l ever that controlled the brass piece in the bow and directed it s muzzle at the saucy Invincible. Boom! The wonderful invention trembled at the recoil of the piece, and the next instant our friends saw the Invincible's b _ow sp r it carried away .., "Good!" exclaimed Danny Dagan. "I don't think they will be so fresh now b e gob !" ] ust at this moment' a rather peculiar thing happ e ned. It began snowing fiercely, and the temperature rapidly low e red. In less than one minute our friends could not see a length ahead of them. Of course, all hostilities pr9mptly ceased. "\tVhat is t h e next move?" asked our hero, after probably a m inutt>'s silence "We will take a northwesterly course, and proceed to the coast of Grinnell Land," returned the professor. This being decided upon, Tom took the wheel, with a chart and compass before him. Will turned on the current, and the Traveler started ahead at the speed of about ten miles an hour. In about three hours they struck the coast, a nd, finding a good place to l and, they ran up a slight hill and proceeded on their way, due north. About this time the storm cleared up, though it continued very c old. Meantime, the Traveler kept stea dily on her way, and about noon reached the foot of a perpendicular wall of rock. A halt was made here, for the simple rea son that it was im po ssible to p rocee d any farther in that direction. A glance to their right disclosed the mouth of a tunnel-like opening of over twenty feet in diameter. I am going out to investigate that place," observed Will. "Something strikes me that we are at the mouth of a pas sage that proceeds on underground." \tVill's words had the effect of making his companions more or J ess curious, and one and all proceeded to don their garments of fur. A few minutes later they l eft the deck and started toward the opening. Our h ero was the first to reach it, and when h e did so, he took an involuntary step backward and uttered a cry of surp ri se. L eaning against the rocky wall, a few feet from the mouth of the opening, was a man, apparently guarding the place. \tVill Carding's companions hastened to his side, but pau se d abruptly when the y beheld the lone sentinel. Tbe man's face was turned directly toward them, though he did not appear to notice them in the l east. His body was warmly attired in garments of fur, and a silken kerchief of a bright yellow color was bound tightly about hi s cars. His beard was long and bushy, while his raven-black hair hung below hi s shoulders. At his side was an old-fashioned musket, which leant?d against the wall of the passage. For fully a minute our friends gazed at him, without uttering a word. There' was something awesome i n the appearance of the stran-ger, he remained so silent and motionless. At length Will spoke. "Hello!" said he, in a rather loud voice. There was no answer; the m a n did not even lift his head. I I
BRA VE AND BOLD. 9 Again our hero called out. But he might as well have spoken t o a rock. A cold shiver ran down the spine of Danny Dagan. "Begob I believe it is a ghost!" said he. "We will see about that," exclaimed Will, stepping boldly forward. He touche d the man gently on the arm, and was about to speak to him, when a truly startling occurrence took place. The lone sentinel pitched over and fell to the ground with a dull thud. His form remained in the same b ent shape, and, as he l ay there on his back, with his head and fe et sticking in the air, he looked ghastly and horrible enough. Then, for the first time, it occurred to Will that the man was de ad, and, not only dead, but frozen as solid as a block of marble. "The man is d ea d sure enough," said the professor, after a pause. "There. is no telling how Jong the poor fellow ha s been in that position. See! the gun seems to be one of rathe r ancient manufacture." "Look!" exclaimed Tom, suddenly, "there are some letters cut on that rock over there!" His companions looked in the direction indicated, and saw that what he sai d was true. Stepping forward, they read the following, rudely engraved o n a fiat surface of sandstone: "To .THE NoRTH PoLE. :prsc.ovERED BY 1IrLES SAYBROOK. 1834-" The crew of the Electric Traveler gazed at this inscription in breathless astonishment. Then they decided to sea rch the dead man's pockets. But a well-worn jackknife and a silver tobacco-box were all that amounted to anything. Leaving the body in the position it had fallen, they w ent aboard their vessel. When they became thoroughly warm, the 1'rofe sso r pic k e d up the tobacco-box and opened it. A folded piece of parchment was all that it contained. This was spread up o n the table, and the r e all h an ds leaned oyer and perused the following, written in a neat h and with a sort of greenish ink : "This is to certify that Enoch Matthias, the beare r of this, has set out, by his own free will and accord, from the North Pole, where I am now livin g -and intend to stay as long as I do liveto try and reach the limits of civilization. If h e succeeds, he will lead an exploring party to the most wonderful country ever dreamed of. MILES SAYBROOK." That was all the parchment contained, and, much mystified, our friends laid it d own. "Too bad!" exclaimed the professor, shaking his h ead in a disappoint ed manner. "\Nhat is too bad?" asked Tom. "\il/hy couldn't Miles Saybrook, while he was at it, d escri be the way to get to the Pole?" said the old man. "The in sc ription on the sandstone shows us the way, I think," spoke up Will. "And the p assage looks plenty large enough to admit the Trav eler," said Tom. "It does at the mouth, anyway," replied the professor. "What do you say if we attempt to go through it?" They were over a n hour discussing the questio n b efore them, and, when they arose from the table, it was mutually agreed that they should enter the passfge with the Traveler and proceed as far as they could. Before they could enter the p assage, the body of the froz e n man had -to be removed, and this they proc_eeded to do, giving it decent burial in an i cy tomb on a neighboring hillside. "Now, then," observed the professor, "we are about to start on the queerest journey that mortal man ever undertook. I firmly believe that we have struck the direct route to the North Pole, and that \Ye will eyentually reach it in ad\"a n ce of our enemy Full of enthusiasm, the crew took the ir places, and the prow of the Traveler was turned to the mouth of the passage. It behooved them t o travel very slowly, and as soon as they entered the place the powerful electric light was turned on. This served to show them 11hat was ahead of them, and when they had traversed about a mile they found that instead of growing smaller, the passage enlarged. The way was smooth, and clear of all ocstructions, down a gentle grade. On the morning of the sixth day after entering the passage they beheld a faint white light ahead of them. \Vith a strange feeling in his breast, 'v\"ill Carding pressed a button and incre ase d the s peed of the Traveler. Fi1e minutes later they emerged from the passage, and found themselves in broad daylight. As they gazed from the window of the pilot h o u se, our friends saw that they were upon the shore of a vast lak e of surpri singl y smooth water. Out upon the deck they rns hed, in breat hless haste. The ai r was balmy and d e licious, and exclamations of joy went up from all hands. ln the dim di sta nce they b e h e ld wh;i.t appeared to be a tall mountain peak. situated o n a large island in the cente r of the lake, and they gaztcl at it long and earnestly, every one imbued with a st range feeling of awe and pleas ure combineJ. It s uddenly occurred to the professo r to get out his sextant and take an observation. The sun, which shone with a strange, whitish glare, told him that he would have no trouble in doing so After five or te!) minutes of calculation, the professor's coun te n ance turned as pale as a sheet. "Gentlemen," said h e solemnly, pointing to the mountain in the distance, "beho ld the North Pole l" CHAPTER VIII. AT THE NORT I [ POLE! "Gentlemen, behold the North Pole'" The words of Professo r Langshan rang out with startling dis tinctness on the cle a r air. For the space of se veral minutes none of his companions spoke. That the professo r understood what he was talking about they well knew, and it was,. with a feeling of triumph, intermingled with a strange awe, that they gazed at the distant mountain peak. "\ii/ ell, if that i s the central point of the Pole. I propose that we go on until we reach it!" exclaimed Will Carding, after a rather lengthy pause. The Traveler's crew soon took their positions again, then they started down the gently-sloping beach to the waters of the vast lake, o r whatever it could be called. Professor Langshan's observations told him that the body of water must certainly be the open Polar Sea, but, as it looked more like a lake, he concluded to call it so until he found what it rea lly was The Traveler glided gracefully into the smooth water; the
IO BRA VE AND BOLD. wheels were sprung out of sight, and away they went skimming toward the distant island. In thirty minutes they were much nearer, and could see the land more distinctly. As they neared the island, they saw that it was much larger than they had at first expected. It covered an area of perhaps sixty or seventy square miles, and was surrounded by an almost even belt of high ground. In the center of the island arose the tall mountain they had seen in the distance. As far as the eye could reach, they beheld a graceful, sloping shore of white sand, and back of this arose the natural rim of rocky matter. They had not proceeded far before they began to notice various openings in the wall. which seemed to run through. At length they came upon one that was large enough to admit the Traveler. "Go on through," said the professor. "We will see what lies inside this natural inclosure." The prow of the Traveler was turned into the passage, and they started slowly through. As the distance through the wall was not over a hundred feet, they were soon on the inside. Ejaculations of surprise came from the lips of our friends as they saw the sight before them. They had entered the abode of human beings! On every hand houses of very unique patlern could be seen, while crowds of queerly-attired people strolled through the single wide street. For a moment the crew of the Traveler were too astonished to speak. "So the North Pole is inhabited," said the professor, half musingly. "It is, sure enough," returned our hero "The best thing we can do now is to look up Miles Saybrook, who is, no doubt, still here," observed Tom Hartley. "If he is alive, you mean," added Will. "It is years ago since he wrote the message we found on the frozen sailor at the mouth of the tunnel in Grinnel Land." "That is true," nodded the professor; "but still, for all that, he may be alive and well. At any rate, I think we had better go and look for him. We have not been noticed as yet, and, when we are, I don't think these people will offer us harm. Sup pose we start ahead and enter that street; then go on a short distan ce and come to a halt? If the people want a parley with us, then we will gratify them." His three friends nodded assent, and then the Traveler, which had not yet emerged entirely from the passage, was started slowly ahead. A distance of about one-fourth of a mile lay between the high, rocky wall that surrounded the island and the base of the moun tain that arose to such a towering height in' its center. '.!'he quaint-look ing houses, before mentioned, were all built in two rows on this level tract, a broad, level street running be tween them. Professor Langshans wonderful invention was not noticed by the dwellers of the Pole until it had almost reached the nearest row of houses. Then a shout went up from the throng of people in the vicin ity, a scene of wild commotion ensued. As they neared the buildings they saw that they were appar ently constructed of glass, or some like substance of a transparent n ature. Selecting a spot between two of the most pretentious of t h ese, Tom turned her in that direction, and Will, at the same time, pressed a button and caused the Traveler to forge ahead like u flash. Whizz-whirr Away they sped between the two houses and out into the street of the undiscovered town at the very Pole, which our friends had always supposed to be but a barren waste of icy desolation. The crowd of people were attired after the fashion of Chinese, though they did not resemble them in features, by any means. On the contrary, all seemed to be of a blonde type. None of them carried anything that looked like weapons, and this gave our friends courage to proceed and carry out thei r programme. As the Tra1clcr sped down the center of the street, Professor Langshan stood in the pilot house, bowing right and left to the astonished crowds, his shining, bald head and flowing beard giving him a very unique and imposing Suddenly the professor stopped bowing, and, calling the atten tion of his companions, pointed ahead of him, excitedly They beheld a massive building situated in a large square, witl 1 a flag-staff reaching high into the air. But that was not all. From the staff, floating proudly to the breeze, was the Stars and Stripes-! CHAPTER IX. CAPTAIN SVLVESTER AND HIS AIR SHIP. Captain Sylvester. of the Invincible, was a shrewd, far-sering man, even if he was a thorough villain. when he saw the mysterious vessel that was pursuing his ship take to the ice, he conjectured at once that his mortal enemythe husband of the woman who had committed suicide through remorse but a short
BRA VE AND BOLD. II He must not think that I depend upon the Invincible alon1e ;o reach the North Pole." For the first time since the exciting chase began, the man laughed. For three days the Invincible kept picking her way through the ice, going farther north all the while. She was now in the locality where Dr. Kane had passed his winter quarters, and, as it was utterly impossible to proceed far .. ther, on account of the vast quantity of pack ice, Captain SylYes ter gave orders to haul the vessel into a safe place and prepare to harbor her there for an indefinite period. As soon as the ship was snugly housed behind an adjacent cliff on the shores of Northern Greenland, Captain Sylvester went right at work to proceed on his journey to the North Pok. Under his supervision, a long, dark-looking object, resembling a monster canoe, was brought out of the Invincible's hold. This was housed over from stem to stern, and appeared to bi: very light in weight. As soon as this was on deck, a supply of provisions, weapons, instruments, etc., was placed inside, after which two empty silken bags were attached to the peculiar vessel. These had various ropes and slender cords running to the in side of the little cabin, showing that they must have something to do with the motive power or guiding of the craft. Half an hour after the curious craft was brought out upon thP. deck six people entered it. They were Captain Sylvester, Enid Strathmore, Verna, the French maid who attended her, the ship's doctor, the second matie and a seaman. ,.. Then, as regularly as any clockwork, the mysterious craft was lowered over the Invincible' s s1de,-by means of a tackle rigged for the purpose. It had scarcely alighted upon the ice, when the two silken bags began swelling in an alarming manner. In less than ten minutes they had assumed the shape and pro portions of monster balloons, and had already lifted the craft to which they were attached several feet from the ice. Then a huge wheel, in the shape of a windmill, unfolded at thP. stern, and began to re volve with lightning-like rapidity. A strong wind was blowing almost directly from the south, and away flew the wonderful air ship, with the speed of a railway train. As luck would have it, the wind continued favorable, and on the very day, though twelve hours later, the Electric Traveler entered the mysterious city of the North Pole, the air ship came in sight of the tall mountain peak, which Captain Sylvester set down for the central point of the Pole, after taking an ob servation. As they passed over the strange city, which, as they could plainly see from their entirely surrounded the moun tain, they saw that their advent was creating quite a stir. The air ship was flying along about half a mile from the earth's surface, and Captain Sylvester was just congratulating himself that the inmates of the city would be unable to harm them, when he saw a sudden puff of white smoke below him, and the next instant a cannon ball whizzed through the air in close proximity to the air ship. CHAPTER X. A QUEER CITY. "Hurrah!" exclaimed Will Carding. "Miles Saybrook must have been here. There is the glorious flag of our nation!" "Right yez are!" chimed in Danny Dagan. "That is ther flag of me adoption, begob l" The professor, being an Englishman, did not become so enthu siastic over the flag as did the rest of the crew. Tom joined Will and the Irishman in cheering, and they made so much noise that the professor clapped his hands to his ears to shut it off. Will promptly slowed down. "I suppose we will stop here?" said he, looking at the professor. "Yes; I guess there is no better place," was the reply. Half a minute later they drew up in front of the building from which the flag floated and came to a halt. The excited crowd kept at a respectable distance, so Will stepped out on deck. The moment he did so, a shout came from the doorway of the building, and a man rushed out. "Welcome!" he cried, in excellent English. "Welcome, who ever you are, to the land of the midnight sun!" Thus encouraged, our hero leaped nimbly to the ground and grasped the man warmly by the hand. "I am an American," said he, "and, when I saw the Stars 1and Stripes floating to the breeze, I could not go past it." "I am glad you are an American," was the stranger's rejoinder. "I am half Yankee myself. But tell your friends to step upon the ground; they need fear nothing." Already our hero's compartions stood upon the deck of the Traveler, and, being reassured at the man's words, they promptly stepped down upon the ground. "\Vho are you, anyhow?" asked the professor, as he shook hands. "I am Miles Saybrook," was the reply. "'Whal!" gasped our friends. "Surely, you are not the man who discovered the Pole?" "No, I am not. That was my father. But how came you aware of Miles Saybrook discovering the Pole? Did the man who carried his message reach civilization, then?" "No, he did not," replied Will; "we found his body in the mouth of a tunnel many miles from here." "Frozen, I presume?" "Yes; and in a standing posture, too." The man shook his head. "That is the reason I never tried to reach the land of my father's birth," said he. "The climate is healthful and balmy here, but he always told me the regions of perpetual ice could never b'e crossed, on account of the piercing cold, unless it be by the aid of some power unknown to our people." The crowd, which had been very timid before, now gathered around closer during the conversation "Step inside; this is the house of our king." said the man who called himself Miles Saybrook. All started to obey, save Danny, who promptly clambered upon the deck of the Traveler. "You need not fear to leave your wonderful conveyance un guarded," he hastened to assure them. "None of these people .will lay so much as their fingers upon it." "We have made a rule never to leave our vessel without one of our party in charge," rejoined the professor. "Oh, very well; come in, then-the three of you." Will led the way, and Tom and the professor followed. As they brushed against the doorway, they saw that the build ings were not made of glass, as they had at first judged, but of some much softer material. It was quite transparent, though; that is to say, where the material was thin it could be seen through readily enough. It ranged from a light yellow to a deep saffron hue. and seemed to be yery strong and durable.
12 BR A VE AND B OLD. When our three friends got inside the building, they were charmed at the beauty of its make-up. There was but one apartment on the first floor, and this was in the form of a large hall filled with curiously-wrought chairs of the same material as the building was constructed. In the farthermost end of the hall was a sort of throne, inlaid with a species of mother-of-pearl of various colors. Upon this sat a man, 'Yho, judging by his ancient appearance, must have been fully threescore years and ten. Saybrook bowed low as he entered, and our friends promptly followed his example. The king-for such was the elderly personage-s eemed to be pleased at the salutation made by the strangers, for he arose and answered it in the same manner. "So you are from the country whose flag we have adopted?" said he, in fair English. "Well, I am glad to meet you, friendsfor friends I take you to be." "Yes, we are friends," returned the professor. "\"Ve cannot express our surprise at finding such a wonderfully fine-looking city away up in this part of the world, but trust that we will be allowed to remain here Jong enough to learn all about it. I am aged, like yourself, but I expect to live to see the day when your land will be in open communication with the rest of the civilized globe." The king was so well pleased with the remarks of the fessor that he invited them to dine with him Of course, they accepted the invitation; but, as dinner would not be served for a couple of hours, they went about with Miles Saybrook, and learned many things cGncerning the city and its inhabitants. The name of the people who inhabited it was the Meighlorfs; the city itself was called Slangon, and what it was built of, and the sole sustenance of its inhabitants came from the sea. When the time came for our friends to dine with the king, they were led into a handsomely-furnished dining hall in the palace, which adjoined the huge building with the flag flying at its top. The repast was an excellent one, though, to save their lives, they could not have told what they were eating. They sat for nearly an hour at the table, and then Tom went a boa rd the Traveler 'and sent Danny in to get his dinner. The Irishman went in ecstasies over the meal, and filled him self with the good things in much Jess time than did his com panions. From Miles Saybrook, Will learned that a broad roadway wound itself abou0t the mountain until it finally reached the top of the peak, which, he said, ''l'as nothing but a crater with a slop ing road leading down into the bo>vels of the earth. When asked if any of the Meighlorfs had ever explored it, he shook his head. "No," he said. "A L'.>rrible set of blood-thirsty savages live down there. Sometimes they come up out of the crater, and when they do, if any of onr pewle are about, they are sure to be captured, and that is the last we ever see of them." The next twehe hours were spent in resting and sleeping, and then our friends prepared to make a journey up the winding road to the mountain peak. Just as they were about to start, they were startled by a wild shout from the Meighlorfs. On looking up, they beheld the flying machine of Captain Sylvester soaring over the city. Profe. ssor Langshan comprehended what it was almost in J tantlx Before his companions knew what to make of it, he directed the muzzle of the swivel gun at it and fired. CHAPTER XI. THE AlR SHIP IS WRECKED. Boom! As the report of the swivel gun rang out, the Meighlorfs fell flat on their faces from pure fright. Our hero had his eyes fixed on the air ship the moment he saw what the profcrssor was about to do. A sigh of relief escaped his lips when he saw that the shot took no effect. He was thinking that perhaps the girl he had saved from the white bear was in the flying craft, and that was one reason why he did not want to see it hit and destroyed, as would most certainly be the case if the ball from the swivel gun had struck it. Professor Langshan hastened to fire another shot, but before he could do so the air ship was out of range The professor had been very much excited when he saw the air ship, but he now grew more calm. "It is my enemy," he said, "and he has reached the central point of the Pole before us." "That peak is, indeed, the veritable North Pole," spoke up l\Iiles Saybrook. "My father discovered that years ago. He also said that he believed hq could make a journey to the cente r of the earth by way of the crater." "Tell your people to rise; I shan't fire the cannon agai n very soon," remarked the professor, after a pause. By this time the air ship had a l ighted on the opposite side o f the peak, and was beyond the range of their vision "Boys, I think we had better go up the mountain by way of the winding roadway," It was the inventor of the Electric Traveler who spoke Out of courtesy, Miles Saybrook was invited to accompany them on their trip up the mountain. After a slight hesitation, he accepted the invitation, and the n all hands boarded the Traveler. Tom took the w heel, and, with Say b rook at his sid e to p o int out the route, they started. When probably half the distance to the peak ha d been made, Will discovered the air ship. It was ly ing on a sort of natural platform of rock, just b elow the edge of the crater. The balloons, which were not half inflated, lay over n ea r ground, lazily striving to free themselves, it seemed. Almost the very instant they came in sight of it, three rifle shots rang out in rapid successi oo and the bullets flattened against the steel netting that surrounded the Traveler's deck At a command from the professor, Will stopped the vessel still in her tracks. The curling smoke from the rifles that had fired the shots tol d our friends that those who were shooting at them were co n cealed behind a pile of rocks, a few feet to the l eft of the air ship. '"They haye abandoned the flying machine, and mean to fight it out with us on the solid ground, I guess," remarked Tom. A smile that was almost satanic illumined the face of the professor for a single instant. Then, with a coolness that was really startling, he seized tbe levers that controlled the pivot gun and directed its muzzle at the air ship. '<. :Boom 1 As the report rang ou t. the r ea r portion of the car
) BRA VE AND BOLD. 13 was shivered into fragments, and one of the balloons, becoming l'iberated, sailed slowly away from the spot. Boom! This shot finished it, for up went the other half-in flated balloon, leaving naught but a complete wreck beneath it. Miles Saybrook said nothjng, but looked on in a half-frightened manner. The man l ived in a country where strife was entirely unknown, save when the savage beings <;ame from the crater of the mountain and attacked his people occasionally. Our friends could see nothing of those who had been in the air ship until the Traveler had made a complete circuit of the peak. This brought them about two hundred yards higher up, and they were now within fifty feet of the edge of the crater. As they came to a halt for a moment, a scream for help rang out, and our hero perceived the form of Enid Strathmore spring from behind a rock and rush toward them. f He sprang to the door of the cabin and ran out on deck to meet her. But, just as he did so, Captain Sylvester bounded forward and seized her about the waist and bore her out of sight again. "Help-help!" came from the girl's lips, and then a muffled shriek was heard, and all was still. "We must rescue that girl!" exclaimed Will, with flashing eyes. "Professor, I believe that Captain Sylvester is all that you say he is." CHAPTER XII. AN UNDERGROUND CHASE. In the twinkling of an eye, our hero had taken his position at the keyboard which governed the battery, and the Traveler forged swiftly up the winding roadway. In less than five minutes they were at the edge of the crater. But not a sign of Captain Sylvester or any of his party could be seen. Suddenly our friends were startied by hearing a volley of shots, coming, it seemed, from a point beneath their very feet. Looking down into the crater, they beheld a natural circular roadway. leading downward in the direction of the earth's bow els, in the form of a huge winding stairs. "Rather than face me, Captain Sylvester has retreated under ground!" exclaimed Professor Langshan. "Yes; and his party must have been attacked by the savage people who Jive down there," added Miles Saybrook. "You are right," put in WiJI, "or else why would the shoot ing be?" "I think the Traveler ca n go down there very easily," said Tom Hartley, in a suggestive manner. "Of course she can!" echoed the professor. "We will start at once." The crater of the open peak was fully three hundred yards in diameter, and the winding roadway that apparently led to the very center of the earth was not so steep but that the Travele1' could descend, and come back again, easy enough. The prow of the wonderful craft that could travel by land or water was directed to the place where the roadway began, and the next minute they were making a gradual descent. They had proceeded downward for perhaJ?S four or five hundred feet when they again heard the cracking of firearms. It was no use looking down the crater to see anything. All was Stygian darkness there. In fact, they were but going around and around what might be called a monster well, every revolution bringing them about fifty yards lower toward the earth's center. As it was now quite dark where they were, Will turned on the electric light. This lighted up the scene as by the noonday sun. It was at that moment that a startling s cene came before the eyes of our friend s They beheld the party of Captain Sylvester struggling in a hand-to-hand conflict with a horde of fiendish Jooking savages. The underground dwellers were rather curious in appearance. Their skin was of a sickly yellow hue, and the long hair they wore resembled dry grass more than anything else. The only garments they wore were short skirts tied about their wai s ts with a vine-like cord, and their weapons consisted solely of clubs, and axes made of stone. As the eyes of our hero lit upon the scene, he contemplated that Enid Strathmore was in great peril, and that she must be saved. Running the Traveler into the very midst of the excited mob, he stopped her, and then led the way on deck. Crack! crack! crack! Our friends opened fire upon the underground dwellers, and began mowing them down like ripe grain before the scythe. Will kept his eyes fixed upon the kidnaped girl, watching for an opportunity to spring from the deck and rescue her Suddenly he saw one of the savages knock Captain Sylvester down with a club, and then seize the girl and lift her in his arms. The next moment he started swiftly from the spot, carrying his prize with him. \Vil! waited no longer. "Come!" he shouted, leaping to the ground. "We must save the girl!" Professor Langshan and Tom followed his example; but the professor did not start after the fiend who was fleeing with Enid Strathmore, as did the two boys, but hastened to the spot where his old enemy lay, stunned by the blow he had received. Meanwhile, the savages nuist have had enough of it for the present, for they promptly left the scene of the scrimmage and hastened down the descent after their companion who carried the gid. With a burning desire to rescue the fair prisoner, Will has tened after them with all his might, Tom following closely at his heels. Some of the fleeing undt>rground dwellers carried flaming torches, and this lighted the way. That Enid Strathmore still retained her senses was plainly evident, for her cries for help could be heard every moment. Crack! crack! crack! Will and Tom kept blazing aw,ay with their rifles at every opportunity, and at almost every shot one of the horrible demons fell to rise no more. For five minutes the exciting chase was kept up, and then, for the first time, our hero began to realize that they had been very foolish in pursuing the savages on foot. If they had kept on board the Traveler, they would have had more of a chance in running them down and gaining possession of the girl. This fact no sooner dawned upon the mitl
BRA VE AND BOLD. "And leave that poor girl to her fate?" "\Ve will go after her later on." Will hesitat e d no longer. "Yes," said he, "we will board the Traveler and chase them till we rescue her, even if we have to follow them to the very center of the earth!" The n ext m o ment the two boys were running up the ascent with all their mig ht. When about half the distance back to the spot where they had left the Traveler th6 detected a low, rumbling sound. They knew what it was in an instant. The noise wa s made by the wheels of their wonderful invention. "The professor is hastening after us!" cried Tom. "Ah I here comes the Traveler; see the electric light shining?" Whizz whirr! bump! bump! Surely, she was approaching! The next moment the wonderful vessel burst into view, and they could see that she was running at full speed. Will and Tom rushed forward into the glare of the rapidly approaching electric light, and waved their arms wildly. To their astonishment, the only reply they received was a couple of rifle shots. As one of the bullets clipped a lock of hair from our hero's head, they drew back from the track of the Traveler. The next moment she dashed by them, and a cry of dismay left their lips. Captain Sylvester was seated at the keyboard that governed the vessel s motor I CHAPTER XIII. HOW ENID STRATHMORE FARED. As soon as Captain Sylvester saw the Traveler coming up the m o unt a in s ide he made up his mind that he had to fight for it. His enemy's invention was so near him when he first saw it that he felt that it would be foolhardiness to rise in the air and leave the spot. There fore he seized Enid Strathmore and sprang from the air ship, followed by his companions. Whe n he saw his air ship destroyed before his very eyes the rage of Captain Sylvester knew no But when he saw how w ell the professor was protected from the leaden missiles fired at a dreadful fear took possession of him. Then, seeing but one alternative before him, Sylvester gave the command to retreat down the crater. The three men he had with him did not seem to relish the business very well, but they now felt that their lives were at s take, and obeyed willin g ly enough. At first they thought it would be impossible for the Traveler t o follow them into the crater, but when they saw the broad road w ay they were doomed to disappointment. "Our only chance is to reach a place where that devilish craft ca nnot follow us I'" exclaimed Captain Sylvester. "Then, if those \ n o ide her attempt to attack us hand to hand, we will be on an 1.:qual footing wi t h them, and will stand a good show." D own the winding way th e y went, as fast as they could, ham as they were with Enid and her maid. W h e n five minutes had slipped by, and hearing no signs of p urs uit as yet, they began to feel a little easier. But this feeling was one that was decidedly short-lived. There was a wild, savage yell, and the next moment they were surrounded by about fifty of the underground dwellers. Before they could recover from their fright and consternation, Verna, the French maid, was seized and borne away from their midst. Then the savages attacked the party with their clubs and axes, and began driving them dowri the roadway. Their foes were in such overwhelming numbers that, though they fired volley after volley into their ranks, they were forced steadily to retreat. \ Thus.it kept on till the Electric Traveler appeared on the scene, and it was just then when Enid was seized and borne away after her maid, and Captain Sylvester was stricken down by a club in the harids of one of the savages. Enid was almost frightened out of her wits, but she managed to retain her senses, even when she was seized by the powerful underground dweller. Sliriek after shriek came from the girl's lips as she was borne along, .and the on! reason that she did not faint outright was that she kept hearing the sound of rifle shots close in her rear. But these at length died out altogether, and then, feeling that she was certainly lost, the poor girl swooned. How long she remained unconscious she never knew, but when she opened her eyes the first thing she noticed was that she was surrounded by a sort of dim, purplish light, and the next thing she became aware of was that she was lying upon a drag that was being rapidly drawn forward. It took Enid at least half a minute to recollect what had transpired, and, as soon as she did so, she stfuggled to a sitting posture with a shudder. Then it was that she saw that she was not the only person who was on the drag. By her side lay Verna, the French girl, and directly in front of her sat an ugly-looking savage, with a bloody ax lying across his knees. He made a motion for the girl to lie down again, which she promptly did getting close to her maid. On, on, went the drag, no longer down a winding road, but down a steep descent, which appeared like the side of a vast hill. The purplish light that pervaded the air-it seemed to be extraordinarily pure air, at that-was something remarkable, as there was nothing to show where it came from. It kept growing brighter as the drag continued on its journey down the hill, and when an hour had passed the captive girls could have read a book with ease, had they possessed one and felt so disposed. But it still retained its purple hue, and, not being accustomed to it, the girls were forced to keep their eyes shut the greater part of the time. For five more hours the drag kept on its way, without once coming to a stop, and Enid was forced to wonder at the tireless energy of the savages who drew it along. But at length it came to a stop and Erud found that the foot of the vast hill had at last been reached. They had now arrived at a spot that was almost perfectly level, and, to the utter astonishment of the two captives, they beheld a broad sheet of water lying before them. Soon after this the captives were conducted to the edge of the water, where were a number of light canoes. Into one of these they were placed, and then, leaving the drag on the shore, all the underground people embarked and began paddling over the smooth surface. The girls fell into a sound slumber shortly after they went placed in the canoe. When they awoke they found themselvea bcin&' lifted from tho
BRA VE AND BOLD s canoe., and Enid promptly made signs that she would like to be set upon her feet, and not carrie'd. $lie-. was understood_ at and_ both were deposited gently upon the ground. When the two captives became accustomed to the strange light which, by the way, still the place, they forgot all about their peril, and gave exclamations of wonder and delight. 1And no wonder! Before them was the most beautiful sight ever. witnes.sed by any civilized being CHAPTER XIV. THE TRAVELER IS CAPTURED. When Professor Langs han followed Will and Tom from the -Traveler, and rushed toward the prostrate form of Captain Syl vester, there was an exultant expression in the old man's eyes. Captain Sylvester opened his eyes just as the profess o r bent over him, with a cocked revolver in his hand. The face of the prostrate man turned the color of a shes; but, in a voice that showed no signs of fear, he said: "\;If ell, you have found me at last! If you are going to kill me, do it at once,and that will be an ending of it!" "Where is my wife?" demanded the professor, thrusting the muzzle of his revolver dangerously near his enemy's face. "Where is your wife?" echoed Captain Sylvester, in a low, measured tone. ''I'll tell you, professor. She is dead!" Something like a wail came from the lips of Professor Lang sh1p1, and, taking an involuntary step backward, he pressed his hands to his brow in an agonized manner. It was Captain Sylvester's turn now. As quick as a flash, he sprang to his fe et, and seized his enemy by the throat. Then, in a loud voice, he called his men, who Ind secreted themselves in an adjacent niche at the approach of the Traveler. None of his three followers were badly wounded from their encounter with the savages, and they promptly hastened to the side of their captain. In an exceedingly short space of time, Professor Langshan was disarmed and secli'rely bound, and Danny Dagan sat in the pilot house window, afraid to fire upon the men for fear of hit ting the professor. "Now, then," observed Sylvester, ina sardonic tone, "you de stroyed my air ship, so I will take possession of your h1vention." Holding his captive in front of him, to shield his body, he started for the Traveler, his three accomplices folrowing him closely in single file. It was -at this moment that the Irishman discharged the swivel gun to alarm Will and Tom of what was taking place. The echoes made by the report of the cannon had scarcely died -out when Captain Sylvester reached the side of the Traveler Miles Saybrook was so badly frightened at what was taking place that he was of no more assistance to Danny Dagan than a two-year-old child would have been; and the Irishman himself to be rendered powerless to act for the time being, Taking advantage of the attitude of the Sylvesters mate, who was a rough, powerful-looking man, leveled his rifle at him, and commanded him to throw up his hands. .-One of the other men treated Saybrook in a like manner, and then, throwing the bound form of the professor upon the deck, Captain Sylvester clambered on board, an a relieved Danny of, his weapons, and then forced him to enter the pilot house. The villain's men followed him aboard the Traveler, highly elated at what had happened Captain Sylvester then took a seat at the keyboard of the electric battery, and, as luck would have it, discovered the modus operandi of the Traveler almost immediately. The mate, whose name, by the way, was Jackson, took his station at the wheel, and they started her slowly ahead. Sylvester kept the Traveler going at a much swifter pace than our friends would have done, but he desired to overtake the savages and wrest the two girls from tJ:\eir clutches, and did not hesitate to let her go, so long as he could see that the way was clear. Sylvester kept a good lookout ahead. When the Tra ve ler had covered perhaps five miles, the winding roadway was left behind, and a graceful descent of unlimited width came before them. It was here that the purplish tint of light fir s t became ap parent. "The road is easy enough now ," said Captain Sylvester. "We will go clown this hill with just the brakes on a trifle. We must be very close to the savages now, and in less than an hour I'll guarantee that we have the two girls in our The next moment they were moving swiftly down the descent. The farther they got down, the lighter it became, and pres ently Sylvester turned off the electric light. In doing this, his arm pre sse d a lever accidentally, and the next moment the Traveler came to a sudden standstill with such a shock that it threw the villains off their feet. A strange, whirring noi se came to their ears, and she rolled over on her side, with a thud. CHAPTER XV. FOLLOWING THE TRAIL. \Viii Carding and Tom Hartley were completely dumfounded as they saw the Traveler go flitting by, with Captain Sylvester and his rascally companions inside the cabin house. During the short glimpse they got of her, they saw all four of the villains, but could see nothing of th eir three companions, whom they had left behind when they started on their mad chase after the dwellers_ "They must have got the best of the professor and Danny, and have m"st likely slain them," said Tom, with a dismal shake of his head. "Let us hope they are not dead," returned Will. "Come! let us go back to the scene of the conflict." With heavy hearts, the boys trudged up the winding ascent. As it was uphill, it took them some time to reach the spot where they had left the Traveler. J?ut when they at length arrived there, they found no signs of their companions, as the reader may well understand. "There is only one thing left for us to do now," said our hero. "They have, no doubt, taken the professor and Danny prisoners. We must start at once and try and overtake the Traveler." Without another word, the two boys started, determined not to give up the task they had assigned themselves. Going continually down hill may be much easier work than clambering upward, but it i s tiresome work, just the same, and at the end of an hour the boy s were perspiring from every pore. The only thing they had to light them on their way was a torch Tom picked up near the scene of the fight between Captain Sylvester's men and the savages, and this now threatened to go out at any moment.
BRA V E AND BOLD. 'We must keep on!" exclaimed Will, resolutely. "In fifteen minutes more, at the most, the torch will go out, and then we will be in total darkness." Again they started forward. True to our hero's expectations, the torch went out m fifteen minutes. As it did so, both were astonished to see a faint light fa!' ahead of them Full of wonder, they pressed on. In fiye minutes more they stood at the top of the vast hill in the dim, purple light. The air the y now breathed seemed purer than any they had encountered since d escending into the crater, and this astonished them n ot a little. They were unable to see over twenty 'yards ahead of them, but' concluded that if they proceeded further downward it would grow lighter. "Co me!" said Will. "We must find the Traveler." Down the hill they started, and, as they expected, the light g r adually became stronger. In half an hour's t ime they struck a trail, and though they hardly recogniz ed it as having been fuad e by the wheels of the Traveler, they concluded to follow it, nevertheless. On they k ept for hours, until at l edgth, tired and weary, they r r ached the body of water upon which the savages had embarked \\'ith the two girls. As they neared the water's edge they discovered innumerable fnotprints in the sand, and with a hopeful feeling they began to a r ch about. Suddenly Will uttered a j oyo u s cry. "Here is a canoe!" h e s h outed. Tom h aste n ed to his side and, sure e nough, there was a canoe J, ing on the beach. ''\\'ell, what s hall we do now ?" questioned our hero, wearily, ,,hen they had examined the littl e boat and found it seaworthy. ''Do? vVhy, put out on the water at once and try and find the Traveler and the girl we are hunting for." 'But this is a big body of water-how big we do not know. See you can see no sign of any land over there ; and, besides, we do not know whether the Traveler took to the water or not. I \\'ould suggest that we search the shore and see if we can see the trac ks made by her wheels." ''You are right," returned Tom. "We'll start at once.' "1 tell you what we h ad better d o,:' said Will, thoughtfully. ''What?" "Each take a different direction and walk along the shore of a s pace of t en minutes. If either of us come across the Traveler's \\hee l trarks we will shoot off our rifle." ''Agreed!" the two plucky boys began skirting the water's r: :i;e in opposite directions. The allotted time of ten minutes agreed upon by the two "'nys had just about elapsed when Will was startled by hearing a ri fl<-shot. .. Ah!" he exclaimed; "Tom has d iscove red something." The next instan t he had turned and was hurrying back to the ..;,tar t ing point. \Vhen he arrived there he saw n o signs of Tom, and so he tirrd two shots to let him know that h e was coming, and then proceC'dcd to follow the foot-marks made by his companion. Tom's trail was plain enough, and full of expectancy he hurri ed forward. When about five minutes passed he was surprised to bear a number of rifle shots ring out in quick succession. Will's face turned pale. "Torn must certainly have come upon the he thought. "He has got into trouble, too, it seems. Well, here goes to hejp him." The boy broke into a sharp run, and two minutes later h e came upon a rather startling scene. Just at the water's edge, a few yards distant, he beheld the Traveler, and upon her deck, engaged in a hand-to-hand conflict with three men, was Torn Hartley. CHAPTER XVI. THE HOME OF THE UNDERGROUND DWELLERS. The sight that n1et the eyes of Enid Strathmore and her maid was truly a grand, not to say startling, one. They were gazing upon a vast area of the most beautiful vege tation mortal eyes had ever looked upon. Towering trees and luxuriant shrubbery could be seen on every h and, and such flowers! The sight and perfume of them nearly took the girls' breath away. All the leaves upon the trees and shrubs were of a bright stra1v color, and the flowers bloomed in almost any hue imaginable. To add to the beauty of the scene, birds of the most brilliant plumage sang and sported in the trees. When Enid had sufficiently studied the wonderful landscape before her, she looked above the treetops to see what lay beyond. But n othing but a misty haze could s he see, through which came occasional streaks of pink and violet rays of light. The whole scene was so llnique and beautiful that it was sev eral minutes before the captives could comprehend that they were not dreaming. But they were suddenly called to their senses hy being grasped by the shoulders by thei1 captors and marched forward. The undergroimd dwellers were now leading the way over a broad path through the forest. As they walked along numerous queer-looking animals of all sizes darted across their path, making tht" welki n ring with their squeals and curious noises. The girls noticed that many of the trees contained luscious-look mg fruit, some of which made them hungry to look at. After a while one of'the savages plucke d some of the fruit and tendered it to them. They tasted it at first, and then ate it in a hearty manner, for it was most delicious they had ever eaten. They could not understand the jabbering of their captors, nor could they make themselves understood, save, perhaps once in a great while by a pantomime. In a little over 11alf an hour they suddenly emerged from the forest and saw a good-sized village of small, hut-like houses. There were perhaps a hundred of them in a bunch, and they were surrounded by a leve l tract of land rich in agricultural products. As soon as the savages came in sight of the village t h ey set up a weird sort of chant, and kept it up till they halted in a wide, op e n square in the center of the collection of huts. Then, at least three hundred people of all ages and both sexes gathe red around them and sang a chant of welcome. When this was over the captives were turned over to the care of two women, who promptly conducted them to one of the largest of the huts. The room they entered was very clean, but was badly lacking in furniture, as beyond half a dozen soft rugs lyin g o n the floo r it contained nothing.
I BRAVEAND BOLD. The pointed to the rugs and motioned the girls to take a seat. "vVe may as well sit down," said Enid, addressing her companion. "I am very tired and know you must be." As she spoke one of the women gave a violent start and looked at her in surpr;,.<;e. "What is the matter?" asked Enid. "Can you speak my language ?" "I can-a little," was the reply. "Oh, I am so glad of that," and Enid rushed to her side \\'ith tears of joy in her eyes. "Will you tell us why we have been brought h ere, and what is to be done with us?" "Sit down and be calm, and I will talk to you the best I know how," returned the woman in a peculiar broken dialect that was half English and half-Enid knew not what. The girls promptly obeyed, and then taking a seat before them t h e w oman relate d the following: "2\1y name i s J\Tervura; I am not a native of this place, but was born in the city o f Slangon, on the outside of the earth where the :Vleig hlorfs regide. I learned what l know of your language there. as some of your, people came to live in that place long ago, and introrlucC'd it. "[ was captured by these people about t\\'o years ago and brought down the hollow mountain. and thence here. I ha,e been since I have been here, although I am not allowed to leave thi s plac:e. "The people of this place are called the Pei ls, and they arc fearful that the tii11e is approaching when their race will be.:ome extinct. That i s the reason they capture all they can from other land:; and bring them here. 'Every one who is brought here is allotted two yt:irs to willingly marry one of the Pei.ls, and if they are not willing at the end of that time they are forced to do it. As I said before, I have been here two years. ;nd to-morrow I marry one cf the Peil chiefs of my own free will, for I know J will never get aw?.y from here and go back to my land, where the yellow sun shines in the sky almost perpetually, and where the salt waves beat upon the beach of the rock-bound island, which your people claim to be ont of the two extremities of the earth. "I have learned to be happy here, as most all of those who have been brought here have done, and I hope that you, though b elonging to a much superior race than I do: will soon become contented with you1 lot." "Never!" returned Enid, spiritedly. "\Ve will not stay here, you may depend upon that." "How will you get away?" asked the woman, in surprise. "Some of our own people are even now coming after Th('y a re powerfol. and will s lay every man in this village but what they will rescue us." The woman, who called h erself Mervura, shook h e r head "lt may be as you say." said she. "l:htt you do n o t think it will," added Enid. "No, l do not." "We "ill "I am .ure I shouldn't try and keep you here." said Mervura. "You ny depend l'pon it that if your friends come after you I shall "'' to hold you, even if I could; but, on the contrar, night assist you to get away. As for myself I shall re main here as long as I live." Thogi1'foe woman's story had enlightened the captives a g reat deal, :icci "lot encouraged them much, beyond the fact that they wodd be bothered much for a perio9 of two years; and when t:1e7 thought over this part of it they did feel a trifle easier. I will go now," said :\Jervura, rising to her feet. "You must be tired; lie down and s leep." She had sca rcely disappeared when the distant boom of a cannon was heard. With a shout of joy Enid sprang to h e r f eet. "My friends a.re close at hand now!" she cried. "We will leave this place sooner than you expect, my good Mervura !" CHAPTER XVII. THE PROFESSOR GOES CRAZY. \\'ill Carding could scarcely believe his senses when h e saw the stanlin[; situ:ition T o m was in, but he was not surprise d to such an extent that he failed to recognize the fact that his friend needed assistance. One of the men gripped Tom by the throat and was endeavor-ing to get an opportunity to thrust a knife in his breast. The instant our hero saw this his rifle flew to his shoulder. Taking a <]uick, decisive aim, he pulle d the trigger. As the report r anr; 1;u1 1 1pponent released his h old upon him and frll to the deck in a he;i p. \\'ith the m1e thought of r<.:gaining possess ion of the Traveler in his rnilld, \\"i'l sprang forward \Vith the of the wind. Reaching the tkck, he clambered upon it in the twinkling of an eye. Captain Sylvester met him as he arose to his feet, with a leveled revolve r. "Stop where you are. young man!" s poke in an excited mann er, and thrust forth his weapon 111ea11ing ly. I Rut naught sa ,.e death itself could stop our hero in his deter min::ition. \Vithmtt b antf'ring any words with Syhester. o r noticing the lf'Yekd rC'vOIH'r in the least, he made a sudden dl1ck and dove through hi s l egs, throwing the man headlong to the deck. \\'ill did not >top to see what the rest of those on the deck were doing; he was bent o n placi11g the captain in a position where he would be JJerfectly ha rm less. Sy!Yester was do1\'11 upon the deck, but having no other course to pursue. the boy struck him a smart crack on the head with the butt of his revolver. This sernd to render him unconscious, and becoming <]uickly aware of this \Vill turned to further assist Tom in regaining p ossLss ion of the T1mell'r. But what ,,as h is surprise when he saw Professor Langshan and Tom standing before him. Bl'fore he could give utterance to his thoughts, Danny Dagan and ).files Saybrook emerged from the cabin. "\\'hy what--" stammer e d our hero. ":.Jever mind what," interposed Tom. "You shot the f e)low who was al1uut to kill me, and th e n l rushed into the cabin and freed the prisoners before a hand could stop me. The result i s that the two men that rnmprise Captain Syhester's crew, who are still Ii,ing. are bound hand and foot. and at our mercy." "And l g-11ess I settled the captain fo r a short time, anyhow," adde d \Viii. "\\.e'll tic him up to make sure of it, begob !" exclaimed suiting the act ion to the words. \\'hen C2ptain Sylvester openccl his eyes a couple of minutes later he found that the tables h a d been very neatly turned upon him. He had very cleverly captured the Tra
'- 18 BRA VE AND BOLD the Traveler upset it was because Sylvester had unthinkingly moved the lever that caused her wheels to rise up and take their places in the hidden receptacles made for them. This, of course, caused no little consternation, but the cap tain soon comprehended what had taken place, and in a very short. space of time swung back the lever again. Of course, the Tra1:eler immediately righted herself, and with a sigh of relief Captain Sylvester soon had her moving down h ill the same as before the accident. When they at length came to the lake the bold villain, though well versed in machinery of all sorts, concluded to make a thorough examination of the Traveler's motor before taking to the water. It was over an hour before he found out the my teries of the delicate machinery, and just as he had solved the problem, he heard a rifle shot close at hand, and the next instant Tom Hartley sprang upon the deck. What followed has been told, and now that they had succeeded in their undertaking beyond their most sanguine expectations, Will and Tom shook hands. Of course there was a. hearty handshake all around after this, and then it was deemed advisable to hold a consultation to see what should be their next move. "The first thing to do is to dispose of our pris o ners," sai.cl the professor. "What do you mean to do with th em?'' a s ked our hero. "I care not what is done with two of them," was the reply; "the other I want to see executed." "Captain Sylvester, you mean?" "ExactlJ'." "Well, shall not be executed-at least, not right away. The prisoners are under the charge of Tom and myself; we took them, you must admit, and I think we should have first say in regard to their disposal." The professor's face darkened "What do you mean?" he asked. "I believe that I am the head man of this expedition." "Yes," returned our hero, "but when we enlisted our services with you was it not with the understanding that we were not to en gage or assist in anything unlawful? Now you want us to assist you in killing a man. just because he is your sworn enemy. have already the blood of one of his followers on my hand, and I am sorry for it; but I had to :;hoot him to save Tom's life. \Ne will hold the three prisoners for a few days, and in that tim( we will determine what is to be done with them." "Brave, Will!" exclaimed Tom; "you have expressed my senti mcms exactly." "An' mine, too, begob !" put in the Irishman. "I think there is wisdom in the words of the young man," added Miles Saybrook, mildly. "All right," returned the professor, with an air that was slightly crestfallen, "it shall be as you say; but I trust you will be willing for me to ask a few questions of the vile hound who broke up my happy home?" "Certainly, professor," said Will. "You must remember that you are the commander and paymaster of this expedition. Vie shall not question any of your actions as long as you keep in the bounds of law and order. That was our agreement, you know." Without making a reply the professor walked over to the spot where Captain Sylvester was lying. "Wretch!" he demanded. "Did you kill my wife?" "I did not," was the calm reply. "She committed suicide." "Did she ever speak of me while she was with you?" There was a softness in the professor's voice as he asked the question. "She did not, unless it was to express her fear that you would some day overtake her and punish her for leaving you in tre lurch." A startling change came over the face of the professor. Suddenly he uttered a loud guffaw, and began dancing about the deck in a manner that was truly after the style of an imbecile. Suddenly he ceased his queer antics, and drawing a knife quickly, severed the bonds that held his enemy powerless to move. ''Come, Sylvester," said he with a broad grin on his face, "well go in and get a drink." Full of wonder, our friends watched the extraordinary proceedings. "The professor has gone crazy," said Will. "Just look at him! he resembles an idiot more than anything else." And Captain Sylvester, as much mystified as any of the rest, allowed himself to be conducted into the cabin by the man who but a few minutes before was ready to kill him. As soon as the pair reached the inside of the cabin the professor invited Sylvester to a seat and then produced a bottle of brandy and a couple of glasses. ''\\'ell, that beats anything I ever sa'v !" observed Tom. "There is no use in trying to believe anything different. Professor Lang >han is as crazy as a bedbug!" .\nd the boy was right. From a stern, determined old man with a burning desire for revenge upon the one who had wronged him, the professor had, in the twinkling of an eye, been trans formed int6 a harmless, driveling idiot. CHAPTER XVIII. TOO LAT! \ A look of joy came over the face of Enid Strathmore when she heard the boom of a cannon in the distance. That neither the woman, who called herself Mervura, nor her companion had ever heard such a heavy, concentrated noise be fore was plainly evident by the looks of fear and astonishment that sh2.dowed their faces. "\Ve are saved!" exclaimed Enid, almost wildly. "The won derful vessel that travels by Lind and sea is close at hand, and the brave young man who saved me from the white bear is surely on board of her!" This the girl said to her maid, and Verna's face assumed an expression of the deepest satisfaction. "Come!" exclaimed Enid. go out and meet our friends. Mervura, outside." "I can wait no longer. vVe must Probably we will see the woman, What the girl said was law, so far as the maid was concerned, and, opening the door, they sallied forth. The first thing the girls saw when they got outside was an immense crowd of the underground dwellers .swarming tq, a point in the direction of the wooded country they had been brought through after leaving the lake. Enid and Verna were about to follow in the wake of the excited populace, when the brazen notes of a number of horns were heard in the distance. The girls came to an abrupt halt. And no wonder! The noise made by the. horns car11e from a direction exact)y_ opposite to that where the cannon had boomed. What could it mean? This was the question Enid asked herself. She noticed that
BRAVE AND BOLD . I the bla sts from the horns seemed to terrify the strange pe o ple fully as much as the cannon reports had. Even now they had come to a halt and were gesticulating and chattering wildly among themselves. Full of wonder at the extraordinary state of affairs, the girls again started ahead. Before they had traverse d fifty yards Mervura rushed up to them, her face white as a sheet. "We are attacked from both entrances to our country I" she ex. clai rned. "We will all be lost now!" "What do you mean?" asked Enid. "Have some of my friends succeeded in getting around to the rear of this place, and are they marching upoti us from both points ?" "Alas I no," was the reply. "It may be that it is your fri ends who made the thunder-like n oise, but those who blow upon the horns are the mortal enemies of the Peils-they are demons, who live down in the very heart of the earth." "If that is the case we had better hurry to meet our friends," returned Enid. "Come, Mervura, will you go with us?" "I will," was the reply, "for nothing but death will overtake us if we fall in the clutches of the demons!" Enid glanced about h e r and saw that the excited Peils were rushing about, arming themselves and preparing to meet the attack as best they knew how. Suddenly the cannon boomed forth again, this time the sound being much ne a r er, and a chee r went up from the lips of Enid. She had scarcely uttered it when the sound of approaching wheels could be heard. "They come !-my friends come!" cried the girl. "No--no !" almost shrieked Mervura. "It is not your friends who come; it is the dem ons in their chariots. See!" The two girls turned, and the sight they saw rendered them spellbound with terror and amazement. Approaching at a breakneck speed were ove r a sco r e of hea\-y vehicles gre<.t ly resembling chariots of ancient days, each one drawn by fou r h orses of the most mammoth proportions. Each cha ri ot, as we shall call them, contained at least forty men of medium stature, attired in rnrions short robes that glistened like gold and sil ve r in the purplish light that prevailed. In spite of the fact that i\1ervura h ad said the approaching men were demons, they looked far more civilized than did the Peils. They were armed with spears and bows and arrows, and look ed formidable e n ough. The sight was such a grand and picturesque one that Enid and her maid, instead of fleeing, stood and gazed at it as still as statues, Mervura clinging to them in abject terror. Straight to the center of the Peil village came the whirling chariots, the noise made by the horses being now quite deafening. The Peils began hurling their axes and clubs at the men in the vehicles, and were answered by a volley of arrows, which did a great deal of execution. It was at this st;;ige of affairs that Enid came to her proper senses. Common sense told her that if they hoped to escap e they must flee at once. Mervura heartily seconded the girl's action, though she was still too much terrified to speak. They broke into a run, but no sooner had they done so when one of the chariots came swooping after them. Paster ran the three, and faster came the h eavy vehicle thundering after them. But suddenly Enid gave a cry of joy. A quarter of a mile ahead of them she beheld the Traveler speeding forward to meet them. Standing on the de ck she saw human forms attired in civilized dress and she knew that once the wonderful invention reached them they would be saved. But, alas! her ,fond hopes we re rudely da she d aside. The pursuing chariot was now within a few yards, and the next minute it drew up afongside of them. Half a dozen of the shining-robed men sprang to the ground and seized the three frightened females. Back into the chariot they clambered, and the powerful ani mals that drew the vehicle were turned hastily around. And those upon the approaching Travclei), which was now but a short distance away, dare not fire the swivel-gun at the chariot for fear of killing the captives I CHAPTER XIX. A PAIR OF LUNATICS. Will told Tom to sit in the cabin door and watch the crazed professor and Captain Sylvester, while he made an examination of the Traveler and her delicate machinery to see if she was # ready to proceed. Of course, Tom was perfectly willing to do this. He feh ex tremely sorry over the fact. of his employer having lost his mind, and then. again, he did "uot much like the idea of Sylvester being at liberty. With Miles Saybrook at his side, he kept his eyes on the pair, who were seated al the table drinking large horns of brandy and chatting together in a nonsensical manner. "Well, what do you think of the professor?" asked Torn, turning to hi s companion. "He is what you people would call an incurable idiot,'' was the r('ply. "How about the captain? It seems to me he acts different from what he did when h e was cut free fr om hi s bonds." "I am studying him from my position here. I forgot to tell you that I was a doctor in my land. I have made a special study of crazy people, and you mustn't be surprised if I tell you in a few minutes that the professor's companion is as crazy as he is." ; 'vVhat do you mean?" asked Tom. 'Did11"t you say just now that he acted rather strange?" "I did; but it can't be possible that Sylvester, too, has lost his mind." "You think not, eh? Well, just lo o k at them." As Tom glanced at the two men he could but think that Say brook was right. Sylvester and the professor were now grimacing and jabber ing away like a pair of monkeys. A few minutes later Will put in an appearance, after finding everylh;ng aboard the Trave l er all right. When he saw the pair seated al the table he w::.a forced to believe that what Saybrook said was correcL "\Veil," observed \Viii, after a pause, "one of these other prisoners might he a doctor. I don't doubt yotir word, Say brook, but we will see what further evidence we can get that what you say is correct.., walking over to the two prisoners, who had been listening to the entire conversation, "Will said: Js eithe r one of you fellows a doctor?" "Yes, sir, I am the doctor belonging to the exploring ship l mi11ci/Jle," replied one of them. "\Veil, suppose we let you go free-what then?"
20 BRAVE AND BOLD. "If you cut loose our bonds we will swear to stick by you and do just as you say." "Yes, sir," put in the other man, "ther doctor says ther cap tain has gone mad, an' ther mate was shot dead a little while ago; an', as we were workin' under their orders, we are now out of a job. If you will let us work under you, we shan't ask a cent for our service, an' will do just as you say." "I am going to run the risk, anyhow," returned our hero, without any hesitation. "Act like honest and truthful men, and you are welcome to remain aboard the prove treacherous to us, and you will either be killed or abandoned in this unknown, underground country." Drawing his knife, the boy liberated the prisoners. Both thanked him warmly as they arose to their feet, and Will could see that a look of extreme sincerity shone from their eyes. "Do you want me to examine the patients seated at the table?" asked the doctor. "I could but hear the conversation that has been passed about them, and I, myself, have been watching them keenly." "Go ahead," replied our hero. "I am satisfied that the profes sor has gone clean daft, but, as to the other fellow, I don't know." Tae doctor walked over to the two men, and in turn pro ceeded to ask them innumerable qu,estions and otherwise ex amine them. At the expiration of half an hour he turned to Will, and said: "Both are hopeless lunatics; your friend, whom you call the professor, has no doubt lost his mind through some great dis appointment, which he learned within the minute he became un balanced, and Captain Sylvester has no doubt become a lunatic out of sheer fright. He expected to be killed every second when his enemy was bending over him, and when he was released and taken kindly by the hand instead, his mind gave way I happen to know something of the differences between the two men, and that is why I give this plausible explanation of the affair." "Is there any hope of either of them becoming sane again ?" asked Tom. "For Captain Sylvester, yes; for the professor, none." "How can Captain Sylvester be cured?" "By being sent to an insane asylum, where he can receive the' best of care." "His chances are pretty slim, then?" "Yes; as it is not possible that he will be able to receive proper treatment for the malady in a long time; it is quite probable that his brain will become befuddled to such an extent that he will Dever regain his reason." "Well, it shall have to be so, th e n, for if turning back now would restore the captain's reason, I would not do it. We have more important bu s iness on hand. A youn g lady has been cap tured by these underground inhabitants, and it is our duty to rescue her." "Certainly," returned the doctor, hastily. "Rescue her by all means. But there are two girls, Strathmore and her maid, Verna." "I was not aware of that," said Will. "But, anyhow, we must set out and not give up till we find them." As everything was in readiness, our hero concluded to enter the lake and strike a beeline across it. Tom took his station at the wheel and away they started. The brandy the two imbeciles had imbibed proved too much for their weak nerves, and before the Trnveler had fairly got started they were sound asleep. Will kept the vessel going at a rapid pace, and in about one-third of the tin1e it had taken the savages to cross in their canoes, they reached the other side. As luck would have it, they at once struck the path over which the captives had been conveyed. When about halfway through the forest 'Will fired the swivel gun to let the captives know, if they were within hearing, that help was at hand. On they kept, following the plain trail all the time until they came in sight of the strange scene described in the last chapter. As soon as our friends saw the girls they gave a hurrah, and Will pushed the Traveler forward at a fastet rate of speed. But in a very few seconds a cry of dismay left their lips. They beheld the monsrer chariot bearing down upon the girls Our hero saw that they were .too late, and yet he dared not turn the cannon upon the chariot, for fear of hitting the girls and the strange woman who clung to them. "We will pursue them until we catch them," said he, when they saw the captives lifted into the vehicle. Whizz whirr! Away sped the four horses with the chariot behind them, and after them came the Traveler at an increased speed. By this time a terrible conflict was raging in the village, and before our friends were aware of it th e Traveler was surrounded by a circle of the chariots. It was then that Will deemed it advisable to bring the swivel gun into play. CHAPTER XX. THE ENEMY GETS THE BEST OF IT. Our hero saw that they had no mean foe to contend with. The men who occupied the chariots seemed to be a brave, determined lot of fellows. Though they were in the midst of a formidable-looking circle, not a move to attack them openly had been made. "The moment they attempt to stay our progress through their lines I will fire the gun," said Will. "Enid Strathmore and her maid must be saved." "Right you are!' echoed Tom. "Begob these people are after lookin' like them that play in the circus," observed Danny; while Captain Sylvester and the professor, who had awakened from their slumber, nodded and grinned, as though they were of the same opinion as the Irishman. That the Peils were very much afraid of their foes was more than evident. After their first onslaught upon the chariots the majority of them retired to the seclusion of their huts. And, strange to say, the invaders did not step down from their vehicles and follow them. They seemed to be content with the fact of having put the Peils to rout, and they blew loud blasts upon the horns in a triumphant manner. They knew not what sort of a contrivance the Traveler was, but instead of being frightened at her appearance, they seemed rather to enjoy her approach, for they were full:)'. confident of besting her in a single round. When they drew their chariots in a circle around the strange visitor the underground warriors expected those aboard would at oti.ce throw up the sponge. But never was a Jut of men more mistaken I With the steel netting in position to shield them from the spears and arrows, the Traveler made straight for the chariot upon which the girl captives had been placed. This movement was no sooner observed than those on the
BRA VE AND BOLD. 21 right and left started to close in upon our 'friends, sending a shower of spears and arrows at the Traveler as they did so. "It is about time we let them hear from us," said Tom. "Yes," returned our hero. "I think we had better give them a volley from our rifle, and then, if they are determined to capture us, we will turn the gun upon them." This being a good suggestion, our friends promptly sent half a dozen shots into the nearest of the chariots. Of course, two or 'three men were killed, and this served to check the strange warriors and frighten them not a little. But it was only temporary. That the gorgeous ly attired inhabitants of the center of the earth were an exceedingly warlike race was more than evident. After a momentary halt they crouched below the si'des of their vehicles, and once more began closing in upon the Traveler. "There is no help for it!" exclaimed Will; "I hate to shed blood, but the swivel-gun must be turned upon them. Perhaps if we wreck one of those cha riots and kill half of those in it we may be able to rescue the girls during the consternati on that is bound to follow." His companions nodded assent, and the next instant the gun was fired upon one of the chariots. Boom! The thing was split almost completely in two, and its occupants were flung out and scattered upon the ground. The gigantic horses were frightened beyond measure, and finding that no one held the reins that connected with their bits, they started with the speed of a hurricane, dragging the wrecked chariot behind them. But the worst of it was that they were making directly for the Traveler! Will started the vessel ahead to get out of their way, but he was too late. Making a sudden swerve, the maddened animals collided with the rear portion of the wonderful invention with such force as to nearly upset it. At the san;e instant the Tra'Velcr came to a standstill. Will pressed the button to proceed. But the vessel remained motionless! The boy's fac'e turned pale. "We are in for it now," he exclaimed. "The shock has broken something, and we will not be able to stir from this spot until I have overhauled the machinery and made the nec essary repairs." All save the professor and Captain Sylvester showed signs of great uneasiness at this. The two in qu estion nodded and grinned as though the whole -proceeding was a great hoax for their special amusement. Bidding Tom to keep a strict watch upon the chariot that contained the girls, Will set about to find out what was the matter. The enemy must have surmised that there was something the matter, for while om hero was engaged in his work they swooped down upon the Traveler from all sides. Tom tried to fire the swivel again, but found .that it would not work. There was nothing left to do but use the rifles, and they ac cordingly rushed out on deck. Placing them through the loop-hol es in the stee l netting, they fired shot after shot into the advancing warriors. But this did not check them to any great extent, and in spite of the gallant resistance made by our friends the Trnveler was reached by the foe. All expected that the curious race would clamber on deck and endeavor to kill them or make them prisoners. But no such thing happened. Instead of doing that, the charioteers produced some rope and tackle and made it fast to the prow of the Traveler. Then half a dozen of the gigantic horses were hitched to it, and the next minute the disabled vessel began to move. "Great Scott I" gasped our hero, "They are towing us away." "Yes, and where to?" answe r ed Tom. "To their home doll'n in the center of the earth, most likely," put in Miles Saybrook. "I wish l had never come on this wild trip, begob !" cried Danny Dagan, in a voice that showed unmi s takable signs of fear. "It will take at least half an hour before I can repair the dam age we have rcceiYed," said '\Vil!, after a pause. "Sc\eral wires have become dis connected, and the main battery is knocked all out of shape. I do get things in working order, I'll gua r antee that these fellows ll'ill drop us like a hot potato. In the meantime, while l am al worJ.,:, keep an eye on the chariot the girls are in, Tom." "I sec it now," was the reply. "lt i s the third one ahead of us." The strange people had given up the idea of raiding the village of the Peils, and were now heading for their own country. The captme of the girls and the wonderful \Yheeled thing, which ran without the aid of horses, evidently satisfied them. Shortly after the) l eft the confines of the Peils' country the way became decidedly doll'n hill. The heavy horses pulled the Traveler along easily enough, over th e level ground, even. and \\hen the way became down hill it was nec essary for them to he rigged so they could hold it back. Jn fact, if Tom had not guided the vessel by her wheel it is doubtful but that there would h ave been some mishap to our friends, as it is more than likely she would have taken a side wise course and cap s ized. When the time Will had allotted to him self to repair the dam age was up they were traveling down a steep grade. It was at this stage of affairs that the horses who were hold in g back their load became unmanageable. Suddenly they made a vicious bolt and freed themselves from the Traveler. The next instant the vesse l started in an oblique direction down the hill. V\fhizz-whirr Away she went, and our friends in her cabin utterly powerless to stop her, as Will h a d not yet got. her in working order. CHAPTER XXL THE DESCENT THROUC.H DARKNESS. When Tom Hartley saw that the Electric Traveler was running away with them he had the presence of mind to throw the wheel around and strike a course that was out of the way of the chariots. Away they sped, soon leaying the warriors who had captured them far in th e re:ir. When about two miles had covered, Tom n otice d that there was a sharp turn in the hill;. but, as there were no obstacles in s ight, h e thought he could turn it with safety. Just as the Tra
22 BRA VE AND BOLD. Will and Tom now had p erfe ct control of the Traveler, and they proceeded along at a sp e ed that suited them. "I think we had better halt in the fir s t favorable spot, and wait for the chariots to overtake us," said Will. "That's it, exactly," replied 'rom. But, foc my part, I am afraid it will be hard to find a favorable s pot. See how narrow this roadway is getting, and how s t e ep it is "We will stop on th e r next corner and lay for the blackguards," spoke up the Irishman. The professor and Captain Sylvester, .who had, for the space of half an hour, been playing ch e ck e rs, paid not the least atten tion to what was being said, but went on with their game in a childish, indifferent way. Half an hour pas s ed Will was just making up his mind to turn the Traveler and go back to meet their enemies, when the mouth of a dark passage loomed up ahead of them. "Just the thing I" he cried. "We will go in there for a little way and then wait for the chariots to come along." The next minute the prow of the Traveler entered the mouth of the passage. When about half her length had entered the dark place, Will stopped hex: by putting on the brake. Then a really startling thing occurred. The bow shot downward until the vessel lay at an angle of forty-five degrees. Our friends were thrown from their feet by the suddenness of the thing; and before they could rise they felt themselves de acending rapidly "My God!" g a sped our h e ro "what has happened now? We are going downw a rd like a meteor !" He seized the lev e r that govern e d the brakes and put them on to the fullest extent. But though this stopped the wheels from revolving, it did not chck their speed in the least. Whizz I whirr-whirr! Down-down, they went, the Traveler being in such a position that th e y had to brace th e mselves to keep from falling aga in s t the forward part of the cabin house. The craz e d couple, becoming frightened for the first time, be gan to cry like babies. Will had turned on the electric light just as they entered the passage, and thus it was that the c a bin was illumined. It was no u s e to attempt to guide the Travel e r, so they sat, or clung to their seats, waiting for the end to come On, on I mile after tile, their cours e still remaining at about the same angle, and their speed not increa s ing nor decreasing. The fear which had fast e n e d upon our hero and Tom, at the start of their most wonderful adventure, had gradually worn off, and they now clambered over the slanting floor of the cabin and righted things up as best they could Their action caused Danny Dagan to regain his composure, and he was soon assisting them. Saybrook had crawled in ohe of the bunl!:s and refused to come out, even when the boys almost commanded him to do so. As for the two strangely-wrought idiots, they had cried them selves asleep, and, all unconscious of the
BRAVE AND BOLD. 23 When they were within a hundred yards of 1t there was a faint splash in the water near them, and the next instant they ob served a huge amphibious creature resembling a crocodile swim ming toward them with wide open jaws. * * * It i s now necessary for us to turnr our attention to Enid Strathmore and her maid. Both girls were so badly frightened when they were seized and placed in the chariot that they fainted. :\fervura, who was also taken prisoner, wa s more used to that kind of work, and though s he strngglcd lo escape from her captors, she did not swoon. She had often heard of the strange warriors who inhabited the central portion of the earth. but this was the first time they had entered the land of the Peils since she had been an inmate of it. But when she heard the horns and s aw the c hariots, with their loads of men in the glistening gowns, she knew it was the Centros who were coming to destroy the village. We say Ccntros, for such was the name the Peils called :he race of men who rode in the chariots, although when speakmg among themselves they dubbed them as demons. l\Iervura knew that the country of the Centros was many days journey from the Yillage of the Peils, and that was the reason they so se ldom v isited them. She had never heard of taking prisoners before, as they had been content heretofore with destroying all the huts the village contained and the n lea,ing with a loud as on en tering the place. But this time they had hardly d estroyed a single hut, and then made off with three prisoners, two of whom \\ere strangers. \Vhen the two girls came to from their faint, Mern1ra quietly told them of their situatio n. Jn spite of her gloomy words, Enid had hopes yet. "\Ne will be rescued yet," said she, stoutly. "The hoat on wheels will get the best of these people before a great while, see if it don't!" "I hope so," returned Nlervura, sadly. But that was all they did for many days-h o pe. Their journey was a Jong and tedious one. and though the cap ti\es were fed and treated well, they grew thin and haggard from their worry and confinement. Enid knew not how long they had been upon their downward journey, but one day, a Jong while after they were taken from the Peil village, they arrived at a country that was even more beautiful than the one they had already passe d through. They had no sooner reached there tha1i the captiyes received a surprise that nearly took their breath away, a11d caused their eyes to sparkle in a hopeful manner. And no wonder, for in the midst of a large cluster of goodsized houses they beheld the Electric Traveler! CHAPTER xxm. THE JOURNEY CONTINUED. The enormous creature that was making for the Trmrlcr was uch a horrible-looking thing that our friends turned pale when hey saw it . Its jaws were like thos e of a crocodile, only about fom times s large, a1"1d its glistening teeth showed in a dangerous manner. ":\Iercy !" gasped our hero. "If that fellow once grips our vesel in his monstrous jaws he will crush it like an egg-s hell." He turned on more power, hoping to reach the shore before he creature O\"ertook them. But it was now very close to them-coming in an oblique direction, as though it comprehended their intention of reaching the shore, and meant to cut them off. Noticing this, Tom sent the wheel spinning around, and the Tra<.eler turned qt1ickly atbd made for the center of the underground sea. The move was such a sudden one that the huge saurian was completely clecei1ed, and before it could gel it s immense body around, the quick -moving vessel was a hundred yards away from it. "\Vhy not shoot ther bea s t with ther cannon?" a s ked the Irishman. "Begob' I be line he will be after kill in' us all if we don't." Strange to s ay. neither of the boys had thought of this before, and their faces lighted up in stantly at Danny's suggestion. Almost h1 the twinkling of an eye \Viii had the muzzle of the swi,el-gun directed at the huge. ugly lo oking head of the mon strosity. He touched a button. and the cannon was clis chargecl with a loud report. Then, for the space of a few seconds, the creature was en veloped in a mass of flying spray, while the beating of its massive tail up o n the surface of the water made a noise that was truly deafening. But this aid Will. ""] ne,er saw a compass act like that before. lf the profcsso. r was only in his right mind now, he could explain it, no doubt." ''Yes," was Tom"s reply. ''But I think the thing is out of order. I saw Captain Syhcstcr ha Ye a s mall compass; let us examine his." Sylv('Stcr gave th e article in question up in about the same manner as a child would have parted with a toy; and the mo ment the boys glanced at its face they saw that it was acting the same as the one belonging to the Travfil'I". "There is only one \vay to explain it," said our hero, after a rather lengthy pause. "How is that?" asked Tom. "Vie must be very near the center of attraction.''
, BRA VE AND BOLD "You think so?" "The action of the two compasses makes me think so." "Then we are right down into the center of the earth." "We are." A sort of shelving beach extended up from the water for per haps two o r three hundred yards, and beyond this was a vast tract of desolate-appearing country. Overhead naught but a misty haze could be discerned, while the same mystic, purplish light prevailed. It was with the greatest difficulty that Tom steered the Trai1eler over the rough, uneven ground. When they had made perhaps five miles, the aspect of the country became suddenly changed. Instead of a weird, bleak desolation, signs of vegetation began to appear. The way, too, became more even, so they could travel much faster. Mile after mile was covered, until they at length found them selves at the edge of a forest similar to the one they had entered before they arrived at the village of the Peils. To their great joy they found a level, beaten path after a few minutes' search. They had not proceeded more than a mile over this when our hero perceived a herd of animals resembling antelopes ahead of them. It was then that it occurred to him that he was very hungry, and longed for a taste of fresh meat. Before the herd had discovered their approach he brought the Traveler to a halt. "I'm going to get a shot at one of those fellows," said he, as he picked up his rifle. "They look like antelopes; but whatever they are, I'll bet they are fine eating." "Go ahead," returned Tom; "but don't stray too far away. We'll follow you up as soon as we hear the report of your rifle." Will walked out upon the deck and sprang lightly to the ground. Bent upon dropping one of the animals, he started cautiously forward. The boy had undertaken a much more difficult task than he had anticipated. Just as he was thinking about drawing a bead upon one of the sleekest of the animals the whole herd became frightened at something and started away like the wind. \Vill watched the direction they took and started forward on a run, bent upon having one of them, anyhow. In about ten minutes he came upon them again, and succeeded in getting near enough for a shot. Raising his rifle to his shoulder, he took careful aim, and pulled the tf"igger. Crack! As the report rang out he saw the animal spring into the air and fall dead upon the ground. an exclamatiol) of pleasure on his lips, Will started forward to skin his game, and be ready when the Traveler came up. But as he neared the fallen animal he gave a start and recoiled a pace. Bending over the carcass was an animal resembling a gorilla, which was at least ten feet high. CHAP1\ER XXIV. AT THE CITY OF THE CENTROS. Will Carding came to a halt the moment he beheld the huge animal. The creature saw him at about the same time, and with a growl it left the carcass of the antelope and strode fiercely toward him. The boy knew full well that if thi gorilla, or whatever it might be called, once got its clutches upon him, he might as well bid adieu to the world forever. Consequently, he had to kill or disable the beast, for if he started to run away he would be no match for it. The gorilla was within fifteen yards of him when he drew his rifle to his shoulder and fired. But he fired too quick, and as a natural consequence, his aim was bad. The bullet did not hit the animal at all, but merely whistled by the side of its ugJy-looking head. As soon as our hero saw that his shot had not injured it he started to flee. But he might just as well have stood stock still, for with a few enormous strides the gorilla was upon him. Will could feel the creature's hot breath on the back of his neck, and then he was seized in a vise-like grip and lifted clear of the ground. The boy closed his eyes and breathed a silent prayer, expecting every moment to be his last. But, contrary to his expectations, he was not killed instantly, or even seriously harmed. The huge beast uttered a sort of cooing noise, and then clasp ing Will tightly to its breast, started back to the spot where the carcass of the antelope lay. Throwing Will over its right shoulder, it then stooped and lifted the antelope with its left hand and thrust it under its Jong, sinewy arm. With a grunt of satisfaction the gorilla started off into the mazes of the underground forest. Our hero was clutched tightly about the loins by the powerful hairy arm that held him, and struggle as he might he could not free himself. His huge captor stalked along as easy as though it was but play to carry the burden it held in its arms. It did not notice Will's frantic efforts to free himself, and be coming desperate, the boy endeavored to draw his knife from his belt. He was going to kill the beast, if possible. He managed to draw the knife from his belt, and then, raising it in the air, he aimed a blow at the creature's back just behind the left shou1der blade. Thud! Down came the knife with all the power Will couM command, the blade burying itself clean to the hilt. The next thing our hero knew he was flying headlong through the air. He landed in a clump of bushes without being hurt much, and hastily scrambled out. The gorilla was .lying upon the ground, writhing in the agonies of death. Without stopping to pick up the game he had shot, Will started through the bushes in the direction he had left the Traveler. He reached her soon enough, as Tom had followed after him as soon as he heard the report of his rifle. Our hero lost no time in clambering aboard, and then he n: lated what had taken place. Miles Saybrook shivered during the recital of the boy's ad venture. "I shouldn't like to have such a thing happen to me," he sairl., with a look of horror on his face. "Nor I, begob l" put in Danny.
BRAVE AND BOLD. ''We will go on board and follow this road, and not stop to shoot any more game for a while," spoke up Will. It was with a sigh of relief that he took his station at the ke) board and started the Traveler ahead again. The farther they went over the broad path the more it appeared as though it was used frequently. when about fifteen hours had passed since they left the sea they came to a halt and all turned in to get the sleep they so much needed. It must have been eight hours later when all hands were suddenly awakened. The Traveler was moving! Will sprang to the nearest window and looked out. The sight he saw was a surprising one. Fully a hundred men, attired the same as those who had captured them in the village of the Peils, surrounded the Traveler, and were pushing her along at a smart gait. Reaching over to the key-board, our hero pressed a knob and the wonderful invention starte d forward like the wind. The savages were so much surprised at this movement that they released their hold upon it. Tom took his place at the wheel and away they sped over the path, which had now widened into a broad roadway. The hundred men, who had made the capture while our slept, started on a run after them, but were soon left far behmd. After ten minutes' run they suddenly emerged from the forest and beheld a veritable city of stone buildings before them. Our hero slackened speed a little and then directed Tom to proceed to the center of the place and come to a halt. His order was carried out, and presently they came to a stop and went out on deck, the professor and Captain Sylvester fol lowing. A crowd of people of both sexes surged around and gazed at the Traveler in mute astonishment. Determined to be as courteous as possible, Will took off his hat and made a bow to them. This seemed to please the strange underground people, for they promptly returned the salute, and then made motions sig nifying that our friends were welcome. Will deemed it advisable not to leave the decl< until those whom they left behind arrived. In a few minutes the party came up, and very much surprised they seemed when they beheld the Traveler in the center of their city, with its occupants standing calmly on her deck. After a great deal of sign-making by both sides, Tom thought it safe to venture upon the ground. Accordingly, rifl e in hand, he sprang lightly from the deck and again bowed to the crowd. Professor Langshan and Sylvester quickly followed, and began bowing right and left to the assemblage in a truly idiotic manner. This seemed a source of amusement for the Centres, as we will now call the inhabitants, for they laughed and talked among themselves at a great rate, while they watched the antics of the pair of lunatics. That the Centres were not altogether a bad lot of people soon became apparent, for in a few minutes a number of them came hurrying to the spot loaded down with a variety of luscious looking fruit. "Begob this is what I call fine!" exclaimed D1nny Dagan. "We are after strikin' a fine lot of people." "Yes," returned Will, "we will stay here and rest for a while." And so they did stay there, and for a much longer time than they expected, too. I CHAPTER XXV. THE CENTER OF ATTltACTION. It would be hard to express the joy manifested by Enid Strathmore and her maid when they saw the Traveler calmly resting in the cenjer of the city of stone houses. They naturally thought that d e liv e rance was at hand. Mervura, too, see med to share their joy, for she was anxious to get back to Peil and marry her lover. The warriors who occupied the chariots seemed to be more than surprised when they saw the boat on wheels. It had got to their home ahead of them, and how they knew not. But when they learned that the Traveler had arrived several days in advance of them, they could hardly believe that it was the same mysterious concern they had captured in Peil. But they were forced to acknowledge that it was when they recognized those whom they had seen upon it. The C entres were not aware of there being any other route from the land of the Peils to their country save the one they always traversed. Consequently it dawned upon the charioteers that our friends were something more than human. The Traveler had remained in the city because our friends were satisfied that the warriors who had the girls prisoners belonged to that place. Will determined to wait until they came in, and in the meantime make friends with the inhabitants of the place. This was easily accomplished, for before they had been there two hours the Centres made signs to them that the entire city was at their disposal. After they had been there a couple of days the professor and Captain Sylvester refused to remain aboard the Traveler any longer, and took up their abode with some of the Centros, who took them in willingly enough. Will concluded to allow the demented pair to have their own way until the time arrived for their departure . The two boys, Danny and Saybrook, spent their time in hunting and fishing and striving to learn the language of the Centros, though they did not su cceed much in the latter. Thus matters stood when the party of CeAtros arrived with Enid, her maid and Mervu ra. The Centros now held the Tra<}eler and her crew in awe, and they made no objections when th eir captives took up their quarters aboard the wonderful bo a t on wheels, which had arrived at their city so far in advance of the chariots. The language of the Centros was similar to that of the Peils, and Mervura soon gleaned from them that the men who rode in the chariots h ad gone toward the s urface of the earth for the purpose of gathering a certain kind of moss that grew only in that regi o n As soon as our hero found that Mervura could talk with the Cenlros, he requested her t o ask them to show their visitors some of the wonders of their country. At first she could not make them understand, but when she told them that our friends had never been aware that pe'bple lived underground before, they understoo d what was desired of them, and at once signified their willingness to conduct the party around. .. "Tell the people of the outside world," they said to Mervura, "that this city is built upon the crust that covers the center of the earth, and that the center of attraction is directly beneath us, and can be shown to them in one hour's journey!" When Will and Tom learned this they nearly went wild. "We are ready .to go at once," they declared.
BRA VE AND BOLD. Enid insisted npon seeing the wonderful sight, too, and, o f course, Will allowed her lo have her wish. Half an hour after the proposition was made the party "as ready to start. It consisted of t11ell-c of the Centros, v\iill, Tom, Danny, Say brook, the two girls and Mervura. Six Centros led the way, and \Viii and Enid. who got alo.ng swimmingly for young people of such a sho1t acquaintance, came next. Then came Danny, closely followed by Tom Hartley and Verna, and Saybrook and Mervura, while the remaining six Cent ros brought up the rear. Q11t of the city they proceeded. down a steep hill, which kept continually getting steept;r. Will thought, since he could not sec anything of the city at all, after they had been out fifteen minutes. Presently the party came to a halt at the mouth of a shaft "hich wa s about twenty feet in cliamC'ter. Fixtd in "as a stl"ong elevator, which wa s rnn by hand. All hands upon this, save the s ix Centros who brought up the rear, and the:>e, i\!ernl!'a sa id, remained behind to work the cle1ator. vVhen eyerything was ready the elevator began to in a very rapid mant1er. Down, down it went. the speed increasing, it seemed, until our friends almost held their breath. For ten minutes they descended. and then the elevator came to a halt. Then a small door was opened in the bottom, and all hands took a look beneath them. \Vhat they saw wa truly a grand sight. A vast chamber that was so perfectly. round that it could not ha\'e varied the sixteenth of an inch in any part of it. It was ahout two hundred and fifty feet in diameter, and from its wall-11e say wall, because there were no sides, bottom or top to it. nn\v nnl' cirrnla r inclo>ure-brilliant zig-zag flashes of light came continually. A loll', whirring noise could he heard, and this was all. To illustrate and pro1e that this chamber was really the center of attraction. one of the Ce ntros tossed his cap through tht.: opening in the floor of the ele1ator. Down it ll'tlnt. until it reached the center of the chamber, and then it slopped in midair! For an instant it remained perfectly still, and then the flashes of light darted forth and s eized it from all points. E1 en as our fri ends l ooked the cap vanished before their very eyes! This so startled that s he ga1'e a cry, and thrust her h ead nearer the opening in th e Aoor to get a better Yiew. As she did s o s he mi,;sccl her caknlation, and before any one co11ld pre1cnt her, she pitched headforemos t through the opening do11n into the circular chamber. A cry of horror left the lips of her companions; but nothing could saYe her! \Vhen \ Viii s aw the unlucky woman come to a stop in midair he turned his head.' \Vhrn he looked again a few seconds later, 1lcrvura had vanished. CHAPTER XXVI. DOCTOR TALKS. No pen can describe the feelings of \Vill Carding and his com panio1i> as they gazed down into the my ste rious circular chamber, where the unfortunate had been so suddenly transform-:d into nothingness. ( "My Goel! this is awful!" gasped Tom Hartley. "Let us go back; I have see n enough of the center of attraction." His companions agreed with him, and as they now had no one to interpret their wishes to the Centros, Will motioned to them that they wished t o go up. They were romptly understood, and the next moment they were s l owly ascend ing. It took over half an hour to go up, but when they at length arrived at the top it was with a feeling of great relief that they s t e pp e d from the elevator. The twehe Centros ll'ho h:.id shown them the wonderful sight seemed 1 ery much distressed oYer the awful fate of Mervura; but they were not more so than our friends, since they had recognized the woman as one of their party, and also because she was the only one who could the language of the Centros. The walk back to the city was made in silence \\'hen they reached there our friends promptly went aboard the Trmelcr and began discussing the question of starting on thf' journey for the earth's surface. .\Liles Saybrook was more than anxious t o get back to his home at the North Pole, and he said, with great emphasis. that if he ever did reach the city of the Meighlorfs he would never leave it again, under a n y consideration. But littl e had been seen of the professor or Captain Sylvester s11ce Enid and th e French girl had arrived in the city. The two imbeciles seemed to like the new quarters they occupied very well, and were becoming so badly demented that tit his la st meet ing with them they had utterly failed to recognize \Vil!. Our hero was considerably worried over this. 1 l e knew that the professor was the sole owner of the Traveler. and, conse quently, he wanted to take the poor old man back with them when they started. But neither of the crazed pair could be induced to come aboard the wonderful boat on wheels, nor did they seem to recogni ze it. After a rather l engthy talk upon the s ubj ect uppermost in their mine\,;. our hero remarked: "Tt st rik es me that we had better remain h ere a few days. As yet we h a 1e seen very little of this place. When we d'o s1rike out for the return trip we must co ntri1 e to take the professor w ith us. As for Captain Sylvester a nd the men who came with him, it matters not whether they get back or n ot, unless, of course. ti ey want to go.'' l t looks to me as (hough the doctor is trying to put up a job on us." obsened Tom. "He does not remain aboard the Tra<:c/cr at all, but associates with the natives continua lly." '.'He says he is after learnin' their language," spoke up Danny. "vVell," r etu rn ed \Viii, "perh aps h e is." Jn Yiew of 1 he fact that there might be treachery in the air, \Viii concluded it advisable to have a continual watch kept from that time out. After a rest of perhaps eight or ten hours Will went out on deck and took a look about the city. He had not been there 01,er two or three minutes before he beheld the doctor a nd the sai lor. who had been the compani o ns of Syl vester, approaching, followed by half a dozen of the Centros. vVill exchanged friendly greetings with them, after which the doctor asked to spea k to him in private a few minutes. Of course our hero granted this reque t. Before the doctor had s poken fifty words Will found that he had misj uclged the man. He had seemi ngl y avoided their company because, being a man of a literary turn of mind, he determined to learn all h e could about the place and write a book when he got h ome. He stated that h e had visited the center of attraction several
BRAVE AND BOLD. days before at the request of the hagono, or chief of the city, with whom he had become quite friendly. "The language of the Centros," said he, "is quite similar to the Danish tongue, and as I am quite fluent in the latter I soon learned to make myself understood here. I have learned many things, among which is that there is a road leading to the South Pole, similar to the one we came over; and also that the biggest part of the earth's interior, outside of what we have seen, is a mass of fire." I "Well, since you have learned these important things, what do you propose to do?" asked our hero. "Go back with you to your own country, if you will. take me. My sailor companion will go, too, providing you will promise him that he shall not be turned over to the authorities for bein.g in the employ of a kidnaper and outlaw in general." Then Will fully saw the point of what the doctor was driving at. Not only the sailor, but he, himself, was afraid of being placed in the hands of the United States authorities if they went back to civilization in the Traveler. Our hero hastened to assure him that nothing of the kind would take place, and that if the pair wished to be taken to the United States when the Traveler returned they would be wel come to go, and leave her at the first place they chose after ar-riving there. "I believe that you will keep your word," said the doctor. "Now, for the first time, I will make known my name to you." He handed the boy a card as he spoke. On it was engraved: "PARSON ANGELO, M. D., "No. --Fleet Street, "London. 'Tll admit, he hastened to say, "that my reputation is not of the very best in the place where I am known, andI promise you that I will lead a more honest life if I ever get back to civiliz::i tion again. As a physician, I consider myself as good as the average." Will eyed the man curiously for a short time, and then replied: "Very well, doctor; use my friends and myself in a decent manner, and you will be treated as a friend and a companion." "Thank you I" was the doctor's answer. "And now, may I as.k when you are going to start for the sur.iace of the earth?" "As soon as we see a little more of this wonderful place." "I have promised to go with the chief of the city to see the temple of fire; will you go along and see it? It is a wonderful sight, he tells me." "When are you going?" "He is ready to take us at any moment." "Suppose we go now, then?" "Very well; go and inform your friends. I will hunt up the chief." The doctor started for the house of the chief, and Will entered the cabin to tell his companions of the rather curious conversa tion that had passed between the doctor and himself. "He is a funny sort of a man, begob !" exclaimed Danny, when our hero had concluded his story. "But I agree with Mr. Carding, that we should not be hard upon him, even if he has been a bad man, as he has acknowl edged," spoke up the pretty Enid Strathmore, who was very happy since she was under the protection of friends The rest of the party nodded assent, they thought she was right or not. Neither Saybrook nor the Irishman cared to go and see the temple of fire, so they agreed to guard the Traveler until the rn turn of their friends. A few minutes later, Will, Tom and the two girls went out on deck and found the doctor and a number of the Centros await ing them. CHAPTER XXVII. THE TEMPLJ;; OF FIRE. The chiei\:if the Centros was among those who were waiting, and he promptly signified that he was ready to lead the way t.o the temple of fire. Then he motioned our friends to follow, at the same time starting toward a large, flat-looking building that was used M a stable foy the huge horses of that country. When Will saw them bring out a number of horses hitched to a chariot, he seemed surprised. "Is the temple of fire far from here?" he asked, turning to the doctor. "About a day's journey, I am told," was the reply. "Then we had better take some provisions with us," said Tom. "That has been provided for," the doctor returned. "See those packages in the chariot; they contain a good supply of first-class food." The chief now motioned all who were going to get into the vehicle, and the two boys at once assisted the girls to a seat near the front of the chariot. The others then clambered in, and the driver seized the reins. A moment later they started amid the cheering of a number of the Centros, and the two dem ented men, who had gathere-.d about to see them off. They took a course somewhat similar to the one they had pur-. sued when they went to see the center of attraction, only thny appeared to be following a level road this time. As they rolled along our friends noticed that in many places the ground was well tilled. Numerous vegetable plants could he seen in even rows on almost every hand. At the expiration of six hours the chief ordered a halt. Dinner was then eaten, and our friends could but acknowledge that the food, consisting of both meat and vegetables, was excellent. 'The repast being finished, the journey was again resumed. There was but little change in the general aspect of the ground country, and after a while it grew rather wearisome to our friends. But when another six hours had passed, they suddenly came upon the ruins of a city. Our friends now noticed, for the first time, that the temperature was growing decidedly warm. The nearer they approached to the ruins the hotter it became, and this was soon explained by the doctor, who had been en gaged in conversation with the chief for a long time. "The temple of fire is situated in this ruined city," said he. "A certain portion of the earth consists of a molten mass of fire, and this spot is one of fhe outlets of it." "It was the fire that ruined this city, then, I suppose?" sa.id Will. "Yes, or, more properly speaking, it was an earthquake shock that did the business. It happened in the neighborhood of two hundred years ago, the chief tells me. Further conversation was now checked, as the chariot came to a halt. The Centros promptly sprang out, and our friends followed. The chief pointed out a building that was the least harmed Gf the lot, and all hands started toward it. It was of the style and construction of the most temples, and was really a remarkable piece of architecture.
BRA VE AND BOLD. The heat that filled the air \\'as now almost unbearable, but, determined to stick it out and see all that was to be seen, our friends followed on. At length they stood within fifty feet of the imposing edifice. \Viii noticed that the ground was hard and dry, and that the heat from it could be felt through the so les of his shoes. Suddenly the chief darted forward and seized the end of a long rod that connected with the massive door of the temple. The next moment he ga\'e a jerk upon it, and the door flew open. Our friends will nenr forget the sight that followed. A double column of flame shot out and completely e 1welop ed the entire front of the building. But this \\'as for only an instant, then it slowly gathered itself in again, and the interior of the temple could be seen. From a circular opening in the floor pillar after pillar of flame shot, each burst of a different colo1, it seemed; and long before our friends got tired of looking at it e\ery hue of the rainbow had been represented. The scene was one of terrific grandeur, and. though it \\'as too hot, by far, for any degree of comfort, Qur friends were loath to leave it. But the chief suddenly released his hold upon the rod, ?nd the door of the temple shut to with a slam. "Come!" said he, in his own language; "we will go now." The words had scarcely left his lips when there was a deafening explosion. and all hands were thrown to the ground. \Vill and Tom were the first to spring to their feet, and th(y lost no time in lifting the girls from the hot ground. Then they turned their eyes upon the temple. and saw the roof had disappeared from it, and that the flame s had risen to a height of thirty feet abo,e the building. The faces of !he Centros s howed that they \\'l're almost ove:; come by fear, and \\'ith one accord they rushed from the spot. Our friends quickly followed them, knowing that the explo s ion that had just taken place \\'as something out of the usual line. No one was hurt, and it did not lake long to read1 the chariot. Instead of turning the horses and striking out o,er the back track, the driver made a turn, skirting the ruined city, and kept on in the same direction they had been going since they set out to visit the temple of fire. \\'here are we being taken now?" a keel our hero, addressing the doctor. "Home, the chief says,'' \\as the reply. "But we should have turned around.'' "J don't know. He says we arc going direct for the city; that is all I know." \Viii said no more. The hours flitted by, and the powerful horses trotted along untiringly. At length Enid suddenly arose from her seat, and g
I BRA VE AND BOLD. 29 I When they reached this point, Will sugJested to the chief of the Centros that the Traveler should lead the way, saying that in case they came upon the fleeing ones they would have a better show of overhauling them, as the Traveler could go a great deal faster than the horses. -This idea seemed to please the chief, for he fell in with it at once. The best part of three weeks had passed, when one day Will, who was standing on the forward deck of the Traveler, sud denly sighted the chariot they were pursuing. He was observed by the occupants of the vehicle almost as quickly as he caught sight of them. The sight of her father's party of men and the wonderful boat on wheels completely unnerved the driver, for he at once dropped the reins and plunged to the bottom of the chariot, to get out of sight. But the bride evidently possessed as much "grit" as her angered parent, for, mstead of turning to meet him, and ask his for she seized the reins and started the horses off in an oblique direction from the regular roadway. The chief did not observe them until this move was made, and then he motioned wildly for our hero to shoot them down with the cannon on the bow of the Traveler. This, of course, our hero would not do, but, to please the irate father, who was so anxious to take his own daughter's life, he discharged the cannon, sending the ball about twenty feet over the fleeing chariot. The next moment it was lost to view around a huge wall of earth and rock. Will now rushed into the pilot house'. "Follow them up!" he exclaimed. "I am satisfied that the chief of the Centros will slay his own daughter, and we must pre vent the murder, if possible. We will try and get those in the chariot aboard the Trnvele1', and then leave the pursuing party in the lurch. "That's it," returned Tom. "Put on a little extra speed." The next moment they were gliding swiftly along. Presently they again came in sight of the fleeing bride and groom. this time much nearer to them. At the same moment they heard a dull, roaring noise. which sounded like a vast body of water in a violent commotion. Before .our friends were aware of it, the chariot ahead of them came to a halt. The sailor and his bride sprang from the chariot, followed quickly by the professor and Captain Sylvester As quick as a flash, all four darted into a black-looking hole and disappeared. Will brought the Traveler to a halt just as the three pursuing chariots dashed by. Straight for the black hole they went, and presently came in front of it. As they did so, a startling thing took place. There was a roar like the sound of distant thunder, followed by a hissing noise like the escaping of steam, and then a column of water burst from the hole the four had taken refuge in, sweeping all before it. CHAPTER XXIX. ABOVE GROUND ONCE MORE. When Will saw the column of water come rushing from the hole, he started the Traveler ahead so suddenly that her occupants were nearly thrown from their feet. Realizing their danger, Tom turned her prow up the hill. They were not an instant too soon, for the angry tide went sweeping by them within a dozen feet of the vessel's stem, carrying horses, chariots and struggling men with it. "Mercy!" ejaculated \Viii. "Not only the four who took refuge in the hole have perished, but their pursuers, as well!" The Tra'L'eler was now ascending the hill as fast as the elec tric engine could drive her, and no one made a reply to Will's words, but watch ed the angry current, which had now turned into a veritable river, and which they were rapidly leaving be hind them. It was lucky for them that nothing barred their progress above the level of the torrent, or they would certainly have been swept with it. Once upon the road, they continued on their way toward the surface. All felt considerably downhearted over the fate of the pro fessor, and speculated for a time as to what could have been the cause of the sudden outbreak of water. They at last settled upon the theory that the rapidly rising water must have been caused by an eruption somewhere in the earth's bowels. It was rather slow work ascending a continual hill, but one day they came to the place where the winding road began, and then Will knew that they were very near the surface. He was glad of it. too, for their provisions were getting decidedly low. About fifty hours later, all hands izave a loud hurrah. And no wonder! They saw daylight above them. upward and around sped the Traveler, and presently they discern the blue vault of 1he heavens above them. A long-drawn sigh of relief went up from every soul aboard the wonderful invention. Nearer and nearer they approached to the mouth of the crater. Suddenly Tom Hartley gave a startled cry, and pointed ahead of them_ "Look!" he said. "Professor Langshan !" Seated upon a rock was an old man, who was the exact coun terpart of the professor. "It cannot be him!" exclaimed Will. "'He surely must have perished in the hole \\"hen the flood burst forth 1 "Begob it.is his ghost!" replied the Irishman, nervously. "lt is no ghost," spoke up the doctor; "it is Professor Langshan himself See! he has lifted his head." Our hero could scarcely believe his eyes. He saw that what the doctor said was true. At that moment whatever doubts any of the party might have had were dispelled, for, with a cry of joy, the object of their gaze sprang from the rock and rushed toward them. "Will sprang out to meet him. "Why. professor! How is it that :vou are alive and hP.re ?" he managed to gasp. As our hero spoke the words. he noticed that the ish expression had left the man's face, and that he looked and acted as he had beforn his mind became unbalanced. "I am so glad, Will, that I h:we found you," said the professor, for it surely was he. "What has happened? Can you tell me?" "Come aboard. and we will talk over matters," was the reply of our hero, and then he assisted the old man to clamber upon the deck. t As he conducted 111111 to the cabin, Will observed that his head was blerding from an ugly-looking gash, and that his clothes were torn and with moisture. The professor just to reach the door of the cabinJ and then he staggered into a chair and fainted.
BRAVE AND BOLD. \ \.Vh ile the doctor attended to him, the boys ran the Traveler to the rock they liad seen him sitting upon, and came to a halt. T h e doctor quickly bandaged the old m an s wounded head, and then r ev i ved him from hi s faint. But, instead of letti n g him talk. he adminis tered a drug that promptly sent him to s l e ep. "You will have to wait a coupl e of h ours t o learn how the man escaped in such a wonderful m amin," s aid th e d oc tor. "Hut I h ave my doubts th at he will ever be able to d es cribe what has happe ned to him." "Why so?" ask e d Sayb roo k. "Because the man is n o l o n ge r a n imb ec ile. That wound h e has upon his h ead has adjuste d his balance of mind. vait nntil he awakes, and see if I am not rig ht." "I trust that what you say m a y he trne ." o h se n(d Enid Strath m o re, speaking for th e fir s t t ime sin c e the professo r had come aboard. "So do all of us, beyond a d o ubt. .. put in \\'ill. I won't guarantee that what T have s aid is true," returned the doctor: "But i t is my humble o pini o n that it i s ." "I wonder what bec a m e o f his comp a nion s ?" s a id T o m "Maybe tht>y are somewhere around this rock. e ith e r d e ad or m a helpless position." "That's so," replied Will. "Le t' s go out anrce the ...... gloom i n side. One at a time the bodies were carried outsi d e through the passage. Sure e n ough, they were the runaway bridal cou ple a nd Ca p tain Sylves!er 1:3ut t\\ o of th e m we r e ston e d ea d, and these were Sylvester a nd the unl11c k y hride. The s ailor s till lived, but h a d a br o k e n l eg and appeared to be injured int e rnally. The man w as carri ed t ende rly aboard the Travel er. \\' Jim th e doctur s aw him h e shook hi s h ead. .. JJe c an t li1e ove r an h our,"' s aid h e The n he gaye the w o und e d sa ilor a st imulant, which rallied him ivr a w hil e ..Tell u s h o w yo u cam e l o b e whe r e we fo und yon?" said \Viii. Thi,; I h e 111an p1 acce d e d l o do, in t h e be't way h e knew how. The uh t a n c e of what he sa id w a s that wht>n the four flt>d from th e ch ariot and e ntert>d the h ole. t h ey carrie d a couple of p ackages o f prO\i s i o ns, and h o p e d t o make th eir w a y into some hiddtn 1 etrcat whe r e t h ey c o ntd throw t h eir purs uers off the ir track. But th e y h aen th a t t l w re was a cue11t of fres h a ir from s o mewhere, th e y w ould ce rt ainly h ave p erished. How l o n g th e y r emai n e d th e r e t h e sailo r c o uld not s ay. He o n l y k ne\Y t h at thry h ad eal'n a l l the prnvi'sor," .said Will. "The groans we heard prove that one of them, at least, is alive. Catch hold! We will carry them outside in the light of day. H prcY i ou' to th e arr i1a l o f our fri, nd<. The -.10rn1de d 1113 '1 liwd !)tlt a few min t1te s aft<"r the reC'ita l of hi;; st range Under the dire ction of W i ll. a soft sp o t was found and ;i grave dug. In to this were placed the bodies of the runaway bridal couplr and Captain Sylvester. Then the T r aeler mo v ed on her upward course, and in a short t ime emerged from t h e crate:-. Miles Saybroo k gave such a lond s hout of joy whe n h e beheld his h ome below him t hat t h e professor was awakened from sleep. CHAPTER XXX. H.OME AT LAST. \Vhen the proft> sso r awoke, he expressed a strong desire to eat. While a s ui table meal was being prepared for him, he hap p ened to glance out of the cabin window.
BRAVE AND BOLD. ''Ah!" he exclaimed, "so we are above ground once more! But how is it? We were awa)\ down on the shores of the lake; my enemy was in possession of the Traveler, and--" "It is all right now, professor," interrupted Will; "you have been very sick for a few days. Your enemy is dead and buried, and we have rescued the girls from the underground savages, and all is now likely to turn out 0. K." "As I told you," said the doctor, 111 a whisper, to our hero, ''he is as sane as he ever was." "And all that he has lately passed through is a blank?" "Exactly." "It is a remarkable occurrence." "Our entire jouniey has been a remarkable one," spoke up Tom. ''That is true," and \Viii llOdded in a manner to indicate that henceforth he should not regard anything that might happen as extraordinary. 1'he Tra'i-'Cler was over halfway down the m
RRA V E AND B OLD. Of c ourse, he was much surprised when he learned of this, and it naturally set him to thinking. He knew that he had an uncle somewhere in the land of the living, but he had always been told by his parents that he was a scapegoat. It had been years since Will had seen him, but he was satis fied that he would still recognize him. On further inquiry, he found that his uncle lived in Toledo. Will determined to call upon him as soon as Enid Strathmore had taken he r departure for England. He could not help thinking of the attempt upon his life, when Tom Hartley came so near being m ,urdered in place of him. He desired to see what effect his appearance would have upon his uncle. As Professor Langshan was the brother-in-law of Enid, he con cluded that it would be the proper thing for him to escort h e r back to England. Of course, this was agreeable to all hand s and in due time they set out. / Will promised Enid that he would visit h e r in the near future, and t hey parted with the und erstanding that they were some thing more than mere friends. The next day our he ro and Torn set qut for t\rn different places-Will to Toledo, a nd Tom to his home in Detr)it. bn his arrival in Toledo, \Viii promptly set ai>out t u find tile address of his uncle. This was n ot a VC1'Y diffirnlt joh. and it \\'a not long b<>fnrc he stood on the front stoop of the residenre Cflntaini11g the proper number, ringing the His summons wa, a n swl' rcd into the parlor. and was met by a sinister-looking man, whose face plainly shvwed signs of debauche1y and dis s i pation. "How do rou do. uncle?" said the hoy, calmly. at the same time ext;nding his hand. As the word s left his lips, the man took a strp or t\\ o backward, and turned deathly pale. "\Vho are you?" he manage d to )W!or Langsha n died soon after he arrived in England with Enid Strathmon an d t he French girl. Dann) Dagan was in the employ of Will, who was sole owner of the Elr1fric having purchased it from the professor at a 'ery lo1Y p r ire. ( Th(' dortor. whn ha d re soh-e d lo reform. kept his wora, and today he ha,; 4uite an extensive practice i n the c ity of Buffalo. Soon ;dtcr Will came in possession of his property he had SOJTH visitorfrorrl the oth e r s ide of the Atlantic. They 11rr(' Enid Strathmore and Verna, the French girl, who " nn lnnger her maid. but an adopted sister. The girls w<'re accompanied by the former's guardian, who was a wealthy. whole souled Englishman. They stayed in this rn11niry over a year. and during that time then' was a double wedding. \\'ill. ,,f married Enid: and Tom-well. T o m was very well satisfier! 1vit h the pretty French girl. and he l)ok her for better or 11 orse. l'p to Ja,;t account s Danny Dagan had not married; but, if such a thin,: happens. you may assured that you will h ea r of it, as Danny i s n o w one of the be:,t-know n politicians in the State of Ohio. And so ends our sto r y of the most 11 011derful Journey on record. THE ENP. Kcxt weeks issue, No. 18, will contain "The Moonshiners of the Ozarks; or, The Boy \Yho vVorked for Uncle Sam," h y Thomas P. This is a r attling story, depicting the life of mountaineers and moonshiners in o ne of the wildest districts of the United States "The Boy Who \Vorke d for Uncle S am" is a character you will all like. He did hi s work well-wor k of an important character it w as, for it was for the United States Government. It was dangerous work, also-work of an exciting and peculiar nature. You will hear all about it next week.
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