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

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) 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.

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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.

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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
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4 BRA VE AND BOLD. To his great joy he caught something. Danny had now reached the spot, and together the two haule
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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.

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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.

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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. /

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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

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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

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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
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