Frank Merriwell's magic; or, The pearl of Tangier

Frank Merriwell's magic; or, The pearl of Tangier

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Frank Merriwell's magic; or, The pearl of Tangier
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TIP ToP L IBRARY. .... Jm<'iptio" $2.511 P"'' yea Enlel'enTH, 29 Rose 81., N. Y .Entered Acemding to .Act of C'cm{J1't&s, in. the Yea1 18 96, in the Office of the Li.b1'a1'ian of 0ono 1'e&s, ll'ashi ngton, .D. 0. October. 3 I, I 8. Vol. I. No. 29. Price Five Cents. FRANK M E RRIWELL's MAGIC OR, THE PEARL O F TANGIER. By the Author of "FRANK MERRIWELL." CHAPTER I. THE ARRIVAL IN TANGIER. "Hurrah!" It was a hearty boyish shout, and it came from the lips of Prank Merriwell, who stood on the deck of a steamer that I "By gum I don't blame fer that. But I'd ruther git ashore where folks are civilized. I've seen enough uv black men an' heathen. Frank laughed. "Surely we have had our fill of them; but I would .not like to return home with-was approaching the coast of Morocco. out visiting Morocco." Ephraim Gallup, the boy from VerBefore long the speed of steamer mont, who was at Frank's side, drawled: began to lessen, and it finally came to a "Anybody'd think yeou was gittin' stop, the anchor chains rattling, as the Jmm by the way yeou holler. I don't auchors were dropped. know wl1at yeou see to. make suc h a "Gol dern it all!" exclaimed -Ephraim, 'tarnal racket abaout." clutching Frank's ann. "Will yeou jest ''Look, Ephraim! yonder 1s _Tangier, look there! Is tbat a gang u v crazy crit lying like a snow-white pearl 011 the, ters comin' tq attack the ur shore of the Mediterranean. It is a I what do they want?" s ight to quicken the blood. \ Some boats were pulling off from the. He pointed to the white walls of a city shore, and behind tl1enf was a swarm of that could be plainly seen. tattered Arabs, half naked, wading in the "It. looks purty fair from here," adwater, advancing toward the vessel, wavmitted the Vermonter; "but 'cordin' to ing their arms wildly, and uttering yeour own statement abaou't it, it won't strange cries. look so well when we git there." ''Evidently that is one of the queer "That is very true; but it is the things we are to see in this country, u way to a strange land for us-a land of said Frank, quietly. s t r a nge people, strange customs, of wond-The boats reached the steamer, and the e rs and marvels innumerable. Besides passengers were hurried into them by the that, I am tired of the sea, and I long to boatmen. Frank and Ephraim succeeded get ashore once in getting into one boat, and were calle d


2 FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGlC. on to pay for their passage immediately ered Arab. "Yeou wait till we git no after they had left the steamer. dry land, critter! I'll fix ye !'' The boats moved toward the throng of Then he began to wade ashore. tattered terra-cotta-colored human be"I am surprised, Ephraim," said ings, some of whom had waded in the Frank,'Soberly, "that you should make water to the middle of their thighs. such a racket over a matter like this. As soon as this disreputable-looking The tan-colored gentleman simply wished horde was reached, it precipitated itself to carry you ashore, as the water is too upon the boats. The passengers were shoal to permit the boats to approach seized by the jabbering gang, as if they nearer. Yo-u will observe that all the were to be put to death without delay. passengers are going ashore in that manOne old fellow grabbed Ephraim and ner. '' tried to drag him from the boat. The lad from Vermont looked around, "Git aout !" squawked the boy from seeing that Frank spoke the truth. The Vermont. ladies were being carried ashore in chairs, He hit the old Arab a back-handed while the male passengers bestrode the blow with the flat of his hand, knocking necks of the Arabs and negroes. the man over in a twinkling. "Wa1, why in thutteration didn't But the old Arab was not to be baffled tell a feller what they was arter!" in such a manner. Dripping with water, growled Ephraim, looking a shamed and he scrambled up and grappled with the disgusted. "They acted jest ez if they excited youth. wanted to murder the hull on us." Seeing a catastrophe was coming, When the shore was reached, Frank Frank lost no time in climbing out of paid for the transportation of both himthe boat to the shoulders of a burly mu-self and Ephraim, as the old fellow latta, where he sat in a comfortable posi"whom the Vermonter had upset demanded tion, waving his hat and shouting: payment. "Go it, boys! I'll bet two to one on "Here we are!" Merriwell cried. Vermont! Yankee Doodle forever!" "And now we will find a hotel." "Stand off, yeou gol pi rut!" Inquiry revealed that there was one howled Ephraim, who had been some-European hotel in the city, and Frank .what blinded by the splashed water. secured a guide to pilot them thither. "Keep yeour dirty hands off me, or I'll Ephraim grumbled as they made their "-Wa-ow!" way along. He was dripping with water, Over went the boat, precipitating the and presented a ludicrous aspect, but the boatman and the Yankee lad into the populace in the streets did n 'ot smile upon water, where there was a general flounder-him. He was regarded in a stoical, ining about, much to the amusement of the different manner, as if he were a worm of other passengers. very small importance. Men drew aside Frank Merriwell 's hearty laugh rang from the boys, and women avoided them, out. while children fled in terror. "If this is a sample of what we'll strike in Morocco, we'll have more fun than a funeral,'' he cried. Ephraim came to the surface, spouting like a whale. "Ding blast ye !" he squealed, standing up and shaking his fist at the bewild"Real sociable people," chuckled Frank. "Judging by the way they act, any one would think we must be blbod thirsty savages.'' Nearly all the people in the streets were enveloped in a sort of long, white woolen cloak, with a large cow 1, geuer


FRANK 1\'IERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 3 ally worn straight up on the heads, so which were near at hand, interpreters, that the whole city presented the aspect and beggars galore. of a convent of Dominician monks. For the time, Ephraim forgot that be Some of these hooded people passed had received a ducking. He looked gravely, slowly, and silently, a dreamy around, his jaw drooping. look in their eyes, as if their thoughts ''I be gol derned ef this don't beat the were far away; some remained seated or deck!" he muttered. "Never saw nothcrouching along the walls, or at the cor-ing like this before." ners of l10uses, immovable and with fixed "It is rather interesting," nodded eyes, like the enchanted ones of the Frank. "I fancied you would find it so." Arabian Nights. At this moment, availed girl suddenly On their way to the hotel they passed broke away from two men, who seemed through several narrow, winding streets, to be acting as lrer escorts, gave a low flanked by small white houses, without cry of joy, rushed toward the boys, and windows, and with small, mean doorflung her arms about Merriwell's neck, ways, through which it could not be easy sobbing: to enter. ''Frank! Frank! they said you were In many of the streets nothing was to dead!" be seen but the whiteness of the walls and the blue sky overhead. Nearly all the streets were littered with rotten vegetables, feathers, rags, bones, and sometimes with deceased cats and dogs. As may be imagined, the odors were often anything but agreeable. At long intervals were seen groups of Arab children, playing or reciting verses from the Koran in a nasal drone. Beggars were plentiful, squatting along the streets. Here and there the nostrils of the boys were assailed by the odor of garlic, burnt aloes, benzoine, fish, and things unnamable. The square was reached, and was found to be a little rectangular place, sur-rounded by wretched shops. At one side was a fountain, around which was a crowd of Arabs and negroes, engaged in drawing water i n various vessels. At the other side of the square vailed women were seated on the ground, offering bread for sale. The little square was thronged with almost naked vagabonds, rich Moors, Jews, mployees of the the houses of CHAPTER II. A MISSION IN MOROCCO. Never in his life was Frank Merriwell more astonished. He could scarcely be lieve he bad heard aright. Ephraim Gallup caught his breath and gurgled: "Wal, by gum!" Shouts of surprise and rage broke from the men who had accompanied the girl. Quickly drawing short, curved swords from beneath their cloaks, they sprang toward the lads. "Unhand her, Christian dogs!" roared one, flouric;hing his sword, as if he would cut Frank down in a moment. "Take me away!" implored the girl. "I am willing to go with you now! Do not let them touch me That appeal was enough to arouse the chivalry in Frank's nature. Swinging her to one side, he drew a revolver. "Stand off!" he ordered, sternly. "And keep off!" squealed Ephraim, as he let his clinched fist shoot out and catch one of the men under the ear. It was a heavy blow, and the old Moor was knocked down in a twinkling.


FUANK MERRIWELL'S MAGI C A roar went up from all sides, an' d a T he man turned on the boys, gazi n g a t rush was made for the two lad s who them gloweringly as if h e lo n ged t o found themselves surrounded b y a furious a nnihilate them, yet hardly dar e d After some moments, be spoke. and raging mob. It had come about with marvelous "Knaves," he growled, "you should die! D o you know what yon h a\e d one, misera b le Christians?'' swiftness, so that even Frank was a trifle bewil'dered. Some of the mob brandished daggers and scimiters, and all seemed thirsting for the blood of the two youths. "Attempted to defend a gul who ap pea led t o us, but made a ad failure o f it," r ep li ed Frank, looking around for the myst e ri ous girl, but seeing nothing of her. The old fellow who had been knock e d down got upon his feet, waved his arms, and shouted forth an order. In the twinkling of an eye, the lads found themselves overwhelmed. The revolver was dashed from Frank' s hand, the girl was torn from his grasp, and b e received a blow that staggered and d a zed him. Ephraim was used no less sever e l y "Dogs," howled the mob, in Arabic. "Kill them! They have defiled the Pearl of Tangier with, their_ touch Kill them Frank realized that they w ere in d eadly danger. He saw a man about to strik e at Ephra im's back with a d ag ger, and with a terriffic kick he sent the fello w spinning into the mids t of the c ro wd. A blow was aimed at Frank's hea d with a scimiter, and the boy barel y had time to dodge it. "It is a fight for life!" he cried. "vV e must defend ourselves as best we c a n Use your weapons, Ephraim!" He struggl e d to get out his s e cond revolver, but, just then, it was found u n necessary for them to defend themselves with firearms. "You have defiled he r wit h your touch, and she is the Pearl of T a n gier! But t hat i s not all. You struck Ben A h m e t who i s her uncle a u d protec tor, and w ho i s also a descenda nt of med t he sac r ed one." I s that so!" drawled Ephraim, d r y ly. "Wal I wouldn't 'a' struck Ben ef I hedn't thought it neces ary. he's a trifle older then I be, I'm sorry I h i t hi m at a ll. J est tell him I apologize." ''Bah! That will not wash away the s tain. Your blood would have flowed i f h e had ordered it so. From this h our you are mark ed. If you remain in :\Iorocco you shall no t escape ju t puni hmen t for you r offen se It is be t that you delay not in l eay ing the country." F rank whistled. '""This is interesting," he said, coolly. "We h ave just arrived." "It matters n ot. If you would li,e, d e part at on c e .'' "Well we will think it oYer. W e can' t g o till the steamer leaves unless w e swim acro ss the straitsr and tha t would be too much trouble. ''I have spoken. 1 The second \'{oor, the one who had shouted at Frank in English, now ordered the mob back. He addressed them in Arabic, and they seemed to give over the assault on the boys with great reluct"And who be yeou ? d e manded Ephraim. ance, drawing back slowly. Not knowing what might follow this move, Frank held himself in readiness for a.nything: regarding the old Moor with no llttle cunosity. "I am Ali Mu staf, the Caid of Thwat, favored by the Prince of Believers and Vicegerent of God upon Earth." "Wal, gol dern my c a t s!" g a s ped the boy from Vermont. ''VJ'e didn t know


FRANK IIIEHRIWELL'S IIIAGIO. 5 we'd run up against anything like that. ter M ustaf informed us that we was Will yeou excuse us for livin' "You have heard, Take heed. n Ali l\1ustaf turned and waved his hands to the throng, whereupon the mob slow1y and reluctantly giving the boys many black looks, and muttering sullenly. Ali Mustaf and Ben Alunet moved away. "What m the world became of that girl?" muttered Frank, looking about. "She disappeared in a twinkling," "She was carried away by some uv the dad-blamed craowd," said Ephraim. "One uv them old varmints must hev told them to take her away." "And she knew me." "She did?" "Surely. Didn't you hear her call me by name?'' "I guess I did. Btit haow in thunder marked.'' "That was a bluff to scare us out of the country. These swarthy fellows do, not like Christians. They dare not harm us, however. If they did, they would not have stopped when they. were crowding around us a short time ago." "Mebbe yeour right, Frank. Yeou 'most alwus be, but somethin' kainder tells me we'll have more trouble with Mister Mustaf and Mister Ahmet." "I could not go away without making another attem p t to see that mysterious girl. Something tells me she is in seri ons trouble. Besides that, my curiosity is aroused, and :i must know how she learned my name. It is possible I have met her before. MQ_re than that, I have thought of another possibility." "What is it?" ''She spoke perfect English. '' did she happen to know yeou ?" "Yes "That is a mystery-one I would gtve "Which is remarkable, as everything something to solve." "Frank. "Yes." "Yeou're havin' yeoursameold luck.LJ "What do you mean ?n "Why, gittin' mixed up in some kind uv a racket with a gal. Gals alwus seem to be callin' on yeott to help urn, an' they keep yeou in hot water a good part uv the time.'' Frank smiled, picked up the revolver that had been torn from his hand, and placed the weapon in his pocket. "It is the way of the world, n he said. The fair sex make most of the trouble for us.'' Then his face became clouded again, and he bit his lip, looking about in an unsatisfied way. "How shall I find her again'?" he tl}J.lrmurecl. "I did not see her face. I should not know her if I saw her." "I kainder guess we'll have aour hands full, without botherin' a baout her. Mis-indicated she could not: be more than sixteen or seven teen. "Wal?" "'Moorish girls of that age are not likely to have opportunities to learn the English language." "I s'pose not.'' "Can't you see what I am driving at?" "Dunno's I kin. I'm kainder thick headed." "Why, she may not be a native of this country at all-she may be an English or American '' "Great gosh "And she may be a captive. It is possible she has been kidnaped for the harem of some miserable old Moor. The tliought ma,kes my blood boil. Ephraim, we have a mission in Morocco. It is to find that girl and rescue her, if be. We will do it!" "We will do it!" Before the eyes of the wondering rabble the dauntle s s boys clasped hands.


6 FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. CHAPTER III. FRANK SEEKS INFORMATION. When they looked around for the guide whom they had employed to lead them to the only European hotel in the city it was found that the fellow 'had fled, affrighted by the encounter which had taken place in the square. The boys were about to look for 1mother guide when, with cries of surprise and joy, a small, red-whiske:ed man dressed in a tourist's travehng . suit, such as is worn in hot countnes, came hurrying toward them. "Gol derned ef I don't b'lieve I've seen him afore!" exclaimed the boy from Vermont. "Them whiskers look nattral. It is--" "Professor Scotch, as I live!" joyfully shouted Frank Merriwell. "Will woners never cease! This is miraculous.'' The little man ran forward and caught Frank's hands, looked into his face, as if making sure he was not mistaken, and then clasped the boy in his arms. For some time the little man was nearly overcome with joyful emotions, and Frank was scarcely less delighted. It was in truth Professor Horace Scotch, Frank's guardian, who had thus marvelously appeared in Tangier. Mutual explanations followed quickly. Frank told how he happened to be there, and then the :professor related how on arriving in London he had received a letter from the. boy, but had' been disappointed beyond measure when Frank did not appear in due time. He had written scores of letters and sent hundreds of telegrams, but had been unable to learn anything more than that Frank had left Buenos Ayres in a vessel that had been lost at sea. The professor had nearly given up all hope of ever seeing his protege again thinking Frank must be dead. He solved, however, to make every effort to ascertain the facts as to Frank's fate, and had left London for that purpose. The United States Consul at Tangier was an old friend of the professor, and thus it came about that Scotch had visited him. Then the boys came. The professor was so agitated that his explanation was somewhat incoherent, but Frank was able to get the drift of it. When his excitement had subsided a bit, the little man began to scold. He soundly berated the boy for running off to South America without permission and continuing over the world on his own hook. Frank listened quietly, a smile on his face. "There, there, professor," he finally said. "What's the use of making a fuss a -bout it. Wait till we get to the hotel, and I will explain more fully why I went to South America.', So the professor led the way to the hotel. The professor bad obtained a native servant)Jy the name of Azza, and the fel low was immediately dispatched for the luggage of the two boys, being given a written order by them. While waiting for the lnggage, the trio talked matters over. Azza returned with the lnggage in due time. Both lads lost no time in exchanging their clothing for suits of white duck1 suitable for the climate. "There!" exclaimed Ephraim. "I feel better, by gum I Them wet duds warn't comfmtable." A square meal followed, and then Frank told the professor of their advent ure since in Tangier. "Merciful goodness!" gasped the little man, with uplifted .,.A:Jands.1 ''It's a wonder y on were not both killed. These Moors are dreadful creatures, and they do not consider the life of a Christian of any


FRANK M.ERRIWELL'S :IIIAGlC. 7 consequence. I have heard of Ben Abmet. quired strange notions of marriage, and He is very rich. '' had refused to accept the man whom her "I don't care about him," said Frank. uncle chose, saying she would suit herself "What I want to know is if that girl was 1n that matter. truly his niece.'' That was all Azza knew about her. The professor called Azza, and Frank "Very interesting," commented Frank; questioned the fellow. "and still unsatisfactory. It seems that Azza declared that Ben Ahmet bad a Igela knew me to-day, and that she can niece who was known far and wide as speak almost perfect English. Who is "the Pearl of Tangier," a title which Ali Mustaf?" had been given her when she was yet' a "He is a powerful ca'id, or tax-gathchild. It was rumored she was erer," answered Azza. "It is said that very beautiful. Her name was Igela. he seeks the Pearl for a wife." Igela's father, unlike most Moors, had "Ha! Then that explains his remark;traveled much outside his own country. able intlrest in her, and it likewise exOriginally he was a very poor merchant, plains why she fled from him. This is but it was said he had traveled as far as becoming as interesting as a romance. I London and had learned tricks of tr?.de feel in duty bound to offer her my assistfrom Christian dogs, so that he came back ance. But how am I to do so?'' to his own country and soon made a That was a question not easily fortune. answered, and Frank puzzled over it for He was an exporter of goods, largely a long time. handling the caps made at Fez. One of Professor Scotch was alarmed by what his customers, a great English merchant, .had happened, by Frank's nianner, and on.ce visited him, and was received by the threat which the Moor had uttered graciously in the Moor's house. This against the boys. He was in favor of was but shortly before the death of Igela's getting.out of Morocco without delay; but father. Frank had no thought of being frightened Igela was the old merchant's only away thus quickly. child. He regretted m _uch that she was "Look here, Azza, ol<-'1 boy," he said, nota boy, for she displayed much business "I'll make it worth yo r while if you ;,ill take a note to Igela. Can you do The old merchant left his property to, it?n his child, intrusting her the care of "I can try." his brother, Ben Ahmet. "Well, that is something." Ben Ahmet had also made much money, In vain the professor urged him not to but he was quite unlike his brother. He seng a note, nor to attempt to communihated Christians so that he would not do cate in such a manner with the mysteri-/ business with them, and he would not ous girl. speak a word of their language, although "Don't get fluttery, ad he understood much of it. vised Frank, coolly. "If you try to be Seeing that Igela was budding .into too strict with me, I may take a fancy to womanhood was very beautiful, Ben run away again.'' Ahmet made her conceal her face with _a The professor groaned. vail. Still she was known far and wide as "You are incorrigible," he declared. the Pearl of Tangier. "It is impossible to do anything with There were many who sought Igela for you." a wife, but it was said that she had ac-So Frank wrote the note and sent --


FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 8 had read it, had written the and Azza out with it, offering llim .a then had instructed Azza to gmde. Frank reward if he would deliver tt mto. th.e to a certain spot evening, saymg she hand of Igela, and warning him to gtve h He worded 1t would be there. up to no ot er person. Frank was not quite satisfied with this briefly as follows: story. "To lGELA) 'The Pearl of Tangier': "It is rather remarkable that she could -"Are you in trouble? Do you d my note written in English, and assistance? If so, tell me how I may' not a reply in English," he FRANK MERRIWELL. f h A b you. said, watching the face 0 t e ra Azza was away from tht! hotel for closelv. nearly two hours. At length he returned "Slle was much excited," Azza calmly and placed a folded paper in Frank's explained. ''She feared ruuch that she hand, saying simply: might be seen." "" "This is her answer." "' "But that doesn't explain why she did --not write in English." CHAPTER IV. PROFESSOR SCOTCH SEES THINGS, Eagerly Frank opened the paper, but in a moment a look of disappointment came over his face. ''It is written in Arabic,'' l1e said. "I cannot read it." Azza bowed low. "It will give me great pleas_ure to read it for you,,. he said. Frank scanned tlie fellow closely. "Can you read writing?" he asked, as if somewhat doubtful. Azza assured him that he could -both read and write. Frank hesitated a moment, and then passed'thenoteto the ser-vant. Azza translated it as follows: "She must have forgotten in her haste and excitement.'' Frank was forced to confess to himself that such a thing would be very natural, but sti11 he questioned Azza. It became evident, after a little, that the Arab was very shrewd or perfectly truthful, and the boy was inclined to think him the latter. Frank went to his room and pondered over the matter for some time. He realized that by many he would be considered foolish' in his attempt to aid this unknown girl. But his curiosity was thoroughly aroused. He ;ould conceive of no possible way that she could have known him in the past, and yet she had fled to him for assistance, calling him by name. "I am in great trouble, and yQu can ...... aid me. Come this evening at nine. A mystery of that sort was quite enough to make Frank determined to seek the solution. Azza will guide you. Trust all to him. "lGELA." Frank frowned, and then be questioned the Arab. Azza told how he had found the house of Ben Ahmet and bad lingered till he saw one of the sheriff's servants whom he knew. By the servant he had sent word to Igela, and she had finally appeared at the parapet of the terrace. Then Azza had attached Frank's note to a small stone, which he had tossed to her. She never had he turned away when appealed to by beauty in distress. That this girl was in trouble and hoped for assistance from him was certain. "I will go to her to-night," he resolved. "I will aip her, if it lays in my power to do so. That is settld." Ephraim came into the room and found Frank putting on a lead-colored garment, which be wore beneath his outer shirt. Frank showed his comrade the note


FHANK MERRIWELL'S 1\LWIC. 9 from Igela, and explained what the girl "Snakes? What are you talking about? had written. Where?'' ,... -:?" Ephraim looked doubtful, and shook "There !-Why, where is it? It has his head in a sober way. gone!" "I'm afeared yeour goin' to git in to a The professor sat up and stared in heap uv trouble, Frank," he said. ''I'll amazement at the cabinet, which was bet a big squash Mister Ahmet is kainder wide open, but no snake was in sight. keepin' watch uv yeou, an' he'll know ef ''Too bad!" said Frank, turning to ye try to see the gal." Ephraim. "I did have a faint hope that "Oh, you are getting to be a veritable I the professor would leave it off, but it is croaker, Ephraim. I am not afraid of Ben still plain that he sometimes looks on the Ahmet, and I au1 determined to have a wine when it is red.'' 1 talk with Igela." "What's that?" roared the little man, "Wal, I ruther guess yeou'll do jest who had a big, hoarse voice. "What do as yeou durn please, fer I've al wus you mean? Do you insinuate that I have noticed yeou do. Yeou'd better take me been drinking?" along with ye." "Of course I do not wish to hurt your "Not on this trip, Ephraim. I am going to go it alone." Still Fra_nk was doubtful, although would not confess it, even to himself. He car'efully examined his revolvers, taking both of them: Professor Scotch came in and expressed his curiosity over a queer little cabinet which Frank bad taken from his trunk. "Oh, that's a curiosity I picked up," explained the boy. "I fancied it might come in handy some time, and I mean .to carry it home with me." "But what in the world is it?" asked the professor, endeavoring to open it, but being unable to do-so. "How do you get into the thing?'' feelings, but--" "I tell you I saw a snake!" "Too bad!" sobbed Frank, getting out his handkerchief, and pretending to wipe a tear from the corner of his eye. "But I am positive of it." "They always are." "It must be right here somewhere. Look around for it.'' "I wouldn't, professor-you may see something worse.,, The professor was aroused. had permitted the United States Consul to treat him rather generous!)' with strong drink since coming to Tangier, but he was positive that had nothing to do with the appearance of the snake, and he was angry with Frank for insinuating anything of "Th' '' 1s way. the sort. Frank the cabinet, and the top "Look out!" he rumbled, grasping his flew open, vv1llle up shot the head of a I cane and thrustinO' it into the cabinet: serpent with 'forked. tongue and fiery eyes, "I'll poke the reptile out or--Whoop! seeming to hiss and strike at the professor. Murder! Take it off!" Scotch gave a 'shriek of terror and fell over backward. "Save me!'' he roared. man! Kill the thing!" "I'm a dead "What's all this about?" asked Frank, in apparent "What_ is the matter with you, professor?" ''Snakes! snakes!'' With a shrilling squeal, a large rat had jumped out of the cabinet and seemf!d to run along the cane toward the professor's hand. The l ittle man dropped the stick in an instant, and once more fell flat upon the floor, where he made a wild scramble to get away, and stopping only when he bad


10 FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. reached a distant corner, where he sat up on the floor, his back against the wall, his eyes popping from his head. him taken in charge and cared for constantly?" Professor Scotch gave an exhibition of a wild and somewhat original war dance. When he was out of brea1rh, he paused in front of Frank, shaking his fist in the a boy's face as he gasped: "Where it the beast?" he gurgled, hoarsely. Frank turned to Ephraim, wringing his hands in apparent distress. "The professor has gone mad!" he moaned. ''Mad!" roar{!d the little man, gathering courage, as h\l! saw nothing of the rat. "Who wouldn't be mad to have a slimy se1pent strike at him, and then be attacked by a red-eyed rat." "Too bad! too bad sighed Frank. ''I fear he will become violent. We must send for a doctor immediately." "Doctor!" howled Scotch. "I don't want a doctor. I tell you I'm all right! But I know when I see a snake and a rat. The snake hissed at me, and the rat tried to get on my hanrl. '' "It b d IS a very a case," came soberly from Frank, while Ephraim turned his head to bide a broad grin. Scotch got on his feet, and danced ronnd like a maniac. "Confound it all!" he shouted. "There's nothing the matter with me! I am all right! I know what I see!" Frank followed him up, patted him on the back, caressed his hand and sa1'd h ' soot mgly: "Of course you know-to be sure you do. There was a whole drove of snakes and more than a hundred rats.'' "No, there wasn't!" snarled the little man, grinding his teeth. "Don't tell me that! Think I'm a fool?" bad!" sighed Frank, giving Ephraim a lugubrious look that nearly the lad from Vermont. "This IS way with them every time. Now he IS sure he didn't see any snakes and rats. _That is proof positive that he is in a dangerous condition. Wouldn't 't b t 'bl 'f 1 e ern e I we found it necessary to have "I see through your little game! You want to get rid of me! You want to go as you please! You want to do as you choose! That's why you ran away to South Amer ica. But it won't work, you young rascal! I'll stick by you now, -though you may bring my gray hairs in sorrow to the grave." Then he tramped up and d

FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 11 CHi\PTER V. TREACHERY. Far along the street there was a glare of many torches, swaying, moving, advancing. Under cover of guided by the Frank wondered what it could mean, dark-skinned Azza, Frank Merriwell left' and questioned his guide. the hotel shortly before nine. "Look, and you shall see," said Azza, Azza avoided the square and stole along drawing the boy still farther back, so that the dark and narrow streets with a swift, they might readily step into the shadow cat-like tread. of a wall and let the torches pass. Frank followed closely, making sure Frank did look, and he saw a surging his revolvers were ready for instant use. crowd of human beings, revealed by the Both man and boy were enveloped in flaring torchlight, which flickered over the hooded cloak so common in Tangier. their dusky faces. They were dressed gro The shoes which Frank wore had cork tesquely in cloaks and robes and soles, so his footsteps made very little garments, and all seemed greatly excited. nOise. Now and then they fired into the air with At jntervals they brushed against per-muskets and pistols. sons who .were moving in the Dogs were barking, there were sounds streets, and Frank seemed to see sharp of plaintive music, and the great throng eyes peering at him from beneath beetling kept up a droning and nasal chant, now brows. ..... and then broken by strident cries. Tangier was not a pleasant city to roam Near the van of the proces ion was a about in after nightfall. coal-black horse, fiery and Headstrong, It seemed to Frank that it city held in check by the powerful Arabs, who well adapted to dark deeds-a place where walked on either side. On the back of the crime might thrive with little fear of horse was something in the shape of an punishment. upright coffin. As far as possible, Azza avoided the ;/ Frank at this strange pedestrians who were movmg on the with interest and wonder, streets. In every nook and angle dark shadows lurked, like crouchin g assassins, and more than once the boy clutched his revolver, ready to draw and defend himself from attack. They passed through a maze of winding streets, so that the boy became quite bewildered. He had thought to remember every turn, so he could retUrn to the hotel without a guide, if necessary, but he was soon forced to confess to himself "What does it mean?" heasked. "Is it a funeral." ''No," replied .A.zza; "it is the wedding march of a young girl. She is in that casket. These people are her parents and friends, who are accompanying her to the home of her husband.'' "Well, that is certainly very strange and remarkable. '' "To a Christian it may seem strange," admitted Azza; "but it is the custom here." . that such a thing would be beyond his When the procession had passed they ability to accomplish. crossed the street and went onward along All at once, the silence of the night the dark and winding ways. was broken by. a distant fusillade of shots, At last, with a warning hiss, the Arab and Azza halted suddenly. halted had reached one of the wide r Instinctively, Frank feH for his weapons streets, which leads to the gate of Sokko. once more, for, although he could not see


12 FRANK }lAGlC. his surroundings, he felt that he was in a lighted by a swinging lamp of fantastic father unsavory quarter of tlre city. The pattern. On the floor was a thick carpet smells which assailed his nostrils seemed of Rabat, while the walls were hung with to assure llim of that. yellow and red tapestries. Matresses and Azza uttered a soft signal, and then cushions were piled everywhere, and the they waited. Twice he repeated sig-colors of the rainbow met the eye on nal. At the third call a muffied figure every hand. glided out of the shadows and approached Frank looked around with interest. The them. room seemed to be unoccupied when "It is Igela," whispered the Arab. ei1tered. Frank's ])'eart leaped. There no Having made a hasty survey of the longer seemed a doubt they would meet apartment, Frank turned toward the girl; the mysterious girl who was known as the but at that moment there was a noise bePearl of Tangier. hind him, and he wheeled to see two Sh.e came toward them in a hesitating, fierce-looking, bewhiskered, turbaned doubtful way, till Azza assured her that Moors rush into the room. all was well. Even then she seemed op-They were Ben Ahmet and Ali Mbstaf! pressed by terror and dread. When Frank "Dog of a Christian!" snarled Ali Mus-stepped toward her she shrank away. taf. "You haYe walked into the trap and "You need have no fear of me," heb b d u sllall dJ"e'" now, y m) ear yo said softly. "I am your friend." B Ah d th. h en met cne out some mg m JS She did not reply, but she still seemed 1 fl h. t f . own anguage, ouns 1ng a scJml er as 1 much alarmed. Frank d1d 1115 best tp 1 1 d t t k th b 1 d f I 1e. onge o s n e e oy s 1ea rom reassure her. "Y d" h a ."T 11 bqdy. ou are In 1stress, '' -t: sm e me how I may serve you.', I Instead of being overcome with terror, "Not here," she whispered. "vVe shall Fqmk was astonishingly co?l. He sur-be seen. Come.'' veyed the two Moors complaisantly. Her hand touched his and she led him "So it was a he quietly said. '-toward the wall a small door "Well, I should have known it, but I did opened. I trust this old wretch. '' "Now I will see the adventure throuoh And then, wlth remarkable swiftness, ,_., to the end," he thought, and he followed he made a and let one hard fist her recklbisly. shoot out from the shoulder. Azza followed, closing the door noise-Frank's knuckles caught Azza on the lessly. Frank could feel the fellow close chin, and the scoundrel was lifted off his behind him. feet and hurled with a dull thud against Th boy seemed to know it was a rash the wall, from which he dropped in a adventure, but, with a reckless abandon limp heap to' the floor. that sometimes assailed him, he went on, "That was easy," laughed the reckless eager to know what would follow. youth, as if he really enjoyed the situa-The girl led him through a narrow pas-tion. "Now, Ben, it is your turn." sag e and into a room where a lamp dimly. Ben Alunet flourished his scimiter, burned. From this room they passed and Ali Mustaf lifted a long-bladed kuife, across an open court, entering by another crying: small door, and traversing another long ''Back, dog of a Christian, or by Allah! passage. this shall pierce your heart!" From this they entered a room that was ''Oh-ho! So that's the trick! Well i1


--.,. FlUNK :\IEHRIWELL'S UAGlC. 13 I stand back, what do you propose to do? wrought up over the appearance of her Tell me that." uncle and Ali Mustaf, but she betrayed no "You are knave." emotion. "Are you sure? I will acknowledge that Sudden suspicion assailed the boy. I allowed yonder base slave to deceive me; Could it be possible that she had conspired but it is a strong trap that can hold me.'' to lead him into this trap? "By the beard of the Prophet, you speak "Igela," he cried, "did yon know these boldly, boy." men were lying in wait for me? It is not "I speak the truth. What do you intend possible that you betrayed me?" to do with me?'' did,'' declared Ali Mustaf, with "You shall never pass from beneath fierce satisfaction. "She brought you here this roof alive.'' that we might finish you this time.'' Frank whistled softly. "I will not believe it! It is not possible ''That is agreeable information. So you she could be capable of such treachery! mean to murder me?" Tell me it is not true, Igela! Speak! Say "You would have lured away the Pearl this old wretch lies!" "It is true!" said the girl. "I aided "And you would force her to marry you them in trapping you." against your wishes, you old reprobate! __ And you are old enough to be her iather CHAPTER VI. -yes, her grandfather! You ought to be tarred and feathered A BOY OF NERVE. Ali-Mustaf looked asH he longed to sink Never in his life was Frank Merriwell his glittering dagger in the heart of the more taken aback and chagrined than at dauntless youth. that He could believe "Your tongue shall be torn out by the he had heard aright. roots!" he grated, fnriously. "Your body Ali Mustaf laughed harshly. shall be cast to the swine, Christian dog!" "See what a fool you have been, Chris"You continue to make pleasant promtian dog !" be sneered. ises; but you may discover it is not possi-Azza, the treacherous servant, joined in / ble to make them all good. I expect to be the laughter. around on terra ftrma long years "I aided her in trapping you," he after yon are sleeping sweetly under the declared. daisies." "Which is certainly to be Having walked into the trap, Frank very of," came contemptuously was determined not to sl10w a tremor, from the boy. "But you shall receive knowing it would be the worse for him ..if your just deserts,_ you dirty wretch!" these men saw that he entertained the Now Frauk was thoroughly aroused, least fear. and he showed his anger in his flashing Azza had crawled to his. feet, artd he eyes. H had walked into the snare was keeping his beady eyes on the l;>oy, a against the warnings of his better judgsavage expression on his crafty face. ment, but he had not dreamed of treach Plainly he longed to have revenge for the .ery on the part of the girl. Even now blow that had driven him like bag of he could not understand why she should sawdust against the wall. betra:y him. The girl had remained speechless since "How have I wronged you that you entering the room, much to Frank's sur-should do such a thing?" be askes:l, earprise. He had thought she would be much nestly. "Tell me that, Igela !"


.. FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 14 Sb t d somethin./like a snarled Ali Mustaf. "Do you fancy you e urne away, 'l5 11 ?" smothered laugh coming from beyond the can fight us a k . bt f 1 d h f ''Well I can ma e 1t mtg y warm or vail that concea e er ace. Such treachery appalled Frank Merri-you.'' well and filled him with wonder unutter-''And do you fancy there is a chance able. He could not understand it. Had he for you to escape from this place alive?'' 1 ured to that place to be plundered ? ''You can never an American Was it possible that this fair girl who was give up till be is dead. As long as there known as the Pearl of Tangier was the is a spark of life remaining in his body decoy that secured victims for a set of be will fight., robbers and assassins? HBut the odds, miserable boy-think Even if this were _true, it did not ex-of that.'' plain bow she happened to know his name, "Three men and a treacherous black when sbe saw him in the SquaJe of wench against one Yan_kee boy-why, Tangier for the first time. that is nothing at all. Don't think you All at once Frank started. His eyes had can frighten me in that way, Ali, old fallen on -the girl's hand and he was filled boy." with astonishment. '' Ha! Think you that is all? Fool! One swift step the' boy took, and then There is but one way that you can leave he made a spring, crying: this r

FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 15 Christian dog. If I g:)ve the signal, they 11 By my beard i'' gasped the caid. would rush i n h e r e and cut you down." "Who ever heard of such impudence 1 "Very good But you wilrnot give the Boy, you must be insane!" signal." "Think you so? Well, madmen are "I will not?" dangerot1s, and I advise you to look out "No." for me. If youdo not obey my orders there "Why not, dog ? is no telling. what I may see fit to do to "Because it would b e the signal for you." y ourdeath. 'Your orders!" frothedAli Mustaf. "What mea n you?" "Dog! I am not your slave P' I mean tha t I should take particular I "But you a1e my captive, and I shall pains to send a bullet through your shoot you full of holes if you try to skip wretched ca r cass the instant the signal me. That is plain United States, and I was given." trust you understand it thoroughly. Ali Mus t a f's swarthy skin grew sallow, j Once the caid turned to Ben and be r e c o ile d a bit. Ahmet, speaking a few low, swift words. Alla h save me!" he muttered, in Immediately the old sh e riff would have Arabic. "The young dog means it1 It is left the room, but Frank's voice rang out a marvel that he has no fear.'' sharply: T hen t h e two Moors 1 exchanged some I "Tell him to stop, Ali Mustaf-te11 him words, keeping their eyes upon Frank all_ to stop or I him!" the while. I It was not necessary for Ali Mustaf to Frank well understood the repeat the boy's Ben Ahmet peril of his situation, and he felt that all' seemed to understand, and be stopped, the chances were against him. At the grinding out an Arabic o a th. s a m e time he had no thought of giving I ''Good enough '' nodded Frank. ''Now I u p as l ong as he could struggle fol"lii s ; v: e will get down to busines s. Ali Mustaf, life I you must do "as I direct, if you have any W h i l e t he men were-consulting together! desire to prolong. your existence in this Fra n k s brain was busy trying to devise 1 vale of tears I am the ri ngmaster in this some pla n o f escape. He felt that much little circus, and I am liable to use the depended on his wits. whip.' In a few moments Ali Mustaf turned to "What would you have me do?" the boy o n ce more. sullenly growled the caid. Put down your weapons," com"First, I would have you cast down th e old tax-gatherer, with a se-that knife. Drop it, you old pirate, or I'll vere frown "Put them down at once. drop you!" You c a n never escape alive if you threaten, I F rank's eyes and Ali but I may decide to spare you if you made haste to cast aside the dagger, as If surrender q uietly." I it had suddenly grown red-bot. l a u g h ed scornfuHy. I "So far it is all right," nodded the de" Beca u s e I walked into this trap so termined youth. "Now you are to order quietly i s p lain that you believe me a I your sid_e-partner, Uncle. the promuch greater fool than I am, n he said . fuse whiskers, to drop his sc1m1ter. That "I do not propose to surrender myself a is a real ugly looking weapon, and I helpless captive into your hands; but I do wouldn't care to have it frisking around propos e to hold you a prisoner till I am my neck.'' once more safe in the streets of Tangier.'' The caid spoke to Ben Ahmet; and the -


16 FRANK :MER.RIWELL'S MAGIC. sheriff reluctantly dropped the curved CHAPTER VII. weapon. THE DUNGEON OF DEATH. "\Vhat next, dog?" sullenly demanded Ali Mustaf. "Do you think you have one Those iron fingers crushed into flesh chance in a thousand of escaping? Then and sinew till the bones of Frank l\Ierriyou deceive yourself greatly." -well'.s neck cracked with the terrible pres" That's all right; don't you worry sure. He could not_cry out, he could not abont me. Just do -as I tell you, if you breathe, he could not turn about and are anxious about your own health, Someface his unseen assailant. thing further, Ali, old boy, and that is In a moment Frank dropped his revolyou 've altogether too familiar manner of vers and clutched at those hands, seized addressing me as 'dog.' I don't like it. It the wrists, and tried to tear them away. is not my name, and I object to it. Here-All in vain! after, you will not use :it when you speak The black man beyond the panel seemed to me. Do you catch on?'' to have the strength of a Samson and be The caid snarled again, showing his possessed with a -fiendish desire to crush yellow teeth through grizzly beard. the life out of the boy. "Now," coolly continued Fnmk, "the There was a buzzing sound in Frank's next thing on the programme will be head, and it swiftly swelled to a roar. A something else. You are to step to the blood-red mist swam and swayed before door and the gang f dusky-skinned his eyes, and through this he saw the exfollowers of the True Prophet outside to ultant faces of Ali Mustaf and Ben retire. You are to inform them that every-Ahmet grinning. thing is settled in here, and you will not Frank felt that he must tear tl10se iron need their assistance." hands from his throat or he was lost, and Ali Mustaf seemed quite ready to do he made frantic efforts to do so; but the this, but Frank checked him immediately, frightful pressure had robbed him of his calling out sharply: strength, and his efforts were like the ''Hold on a bit! I want to say this struggles of an infant. much: Although I do not speak Arabic, Then it seemed that many lights flared I can understand it pretty well, and it before his vision, rockets burst into scinwillnot be pleasant for you if you tell the tillating stars of ten thousand colors, and slaves outside anything but what I have all t!le universe was whirling through a directed. If you do tell them anything tiery sea of space. different so help me Jack Robinson, I'll The roaring in his head had swelled to put two or three bullets between your the thunder of a Niagara, and then died shoulder blades! Go ahead, old boy." to the soft murmur of a lapping brook. Ali Mustaf hesitated, his face black as He seemed to hear tinkling fountains, a storm cloud. And as he hesitated he saw del:iohtful mus1c, and sweet voices callinrr <=>.. o> something that caused a wild, exultant calling, calling--light of triumph to leap :into his eyes. Frank sat up. All was dark and dank Behind Frank Merri well a panel in the ab t h "th ou nn, WI a musty underrrrounci wall opened noiselessly. At opening smell. He drew his breath 'witb ditEculty, appeared a black face, and then a pair of and there was a terrible pain :in his throat powerful black hands closed around the d k h. h an nee w 1c now and then sent a throat of the unfortunate boy!. dagger dart to the very top of his head. He knew something -had happened, and he felt that he had been injured, but his


FRANK MEURIWELL'S MAGIC. 17 senses were confused, and he could not I fancy of a few seconds before that a remember. dying was near. He put out one hand. It touched a A sudden desire to cry out, to shout, slimy wall of stone. He felt beneath him. to scream, came upon him. He opened Wet g-round there. He put out the other his lips to do so, but no more than a hand. Nothingness. hoarse gasp, that was half a groan, came Then he heard some one breathing from tbem. heavily close at hand, and the sound-He was seized by a feeling of despairharsh, rasping, blood-chilling, like the a mad longing to spring up and rush gasping ofa person-seemed to away somewhere, anywhere. turn him to stone for some minutes. He Staggeringly, feebly he got upon his sat there, listening to that horrible breath-feet; but then he was seized by another ing, fully convinced that a mortally fear, and he stood still. wounded human being was dying near at Dense and fearful darkness lay all hand. around him, and he could not see what As he sat thus, with a rush, memory re-pitfalls might be on every hand. turned. He knew he had been led into a situation was one to chill the trap by the treacherous Azza. He rem em-strongest heart, to turn the blood of the bered holding off the two old Moors until bravest man to water. he had been seized by an unseen assailant, "This is somesecret dungeon beneath and then--the city1 ai1d I shall never escape from it That frightful sound continued near at of my own efforts," thought the boy. hand, turning the boy's blood icy cold. ''Who is there to save me? The professor Had he been thrown into a dungeon does not know I left the hotel. I could where lay some other victim of the blood-not tell him, for he would ha_ve forbidden thirsty Moors-some other 'unfortunate it. I was forced to leave Ephraim behind Christian, it might be? He held his breath to take up the attention of the professor to listen, and the sound stopped. while I got Ephraim knows I "He 1s dead!" thought the horrified -geing somewhere to meet this mysterious lad, Igela, as I supposed; but he does not know But, a moment later, the rasping where I was going. How will they trace breathing begafi again, and then Frank me?'' made a singular discovery. That was a question to which he could The sounds came from his own throat, I not find a ready answer. which had been fearfully crushed by the "Even if Ephraim and the professor iron fingers which had fa stened on it. were to confront Ali Mustaf and Ben He lifted his hand to his neck and Ahmet and accuse them, the two rascally found it terribly sore to his touch. old wretches would plead utter ignorance, "It is a wonder that I am yet alive,'' and there is little chance for a Christian he told himself. to obtain his rights in this country. The And then came the thought that it professor might get the United States might be much better for him if he were Consul to do something, but I have my dead and out of his misery. doubts." Beyond a doubt he was a prisoner, con-Frank fully understood how desperate fine.d in some place, doomed to and almost hopeless his situation must pensh there a-lone. be. At first he wondered that he had not Alone! That was a ternfying thought. been killed outright, and then he came to It seemed even more horrible than believe that Ali M ustaf and Ben Ahmet


I FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. had hated him so that they l1ad thrown he crouched there in the darkness of that him into this dank underground place to terrible place, feeling cold chills run down perish by inches in order that he might his back. suffer wretchedly. And then it was pos"I must have those matches," he sible that they had believed him dead finally muttered, although the words were when they cast him in there. broken and unsteady. "It is a case of For all of the boy's gloomy thoughts, must, and I'll find them, even if I have he found / his strength returning, and to feel the thing al1 over." strength brought hope. He would not He seemed to feel himself in the midst give up as long as life artd energy were of unse5.n horrors, and he longed to rush left in his body. from the spot, but he knew that there But what could he do? would not be one chance in a hundred of I had a light!" his finding the matches if he moved away _He uttered the words aloud, finding Setting his teeth and nerving himself that his voice bad regained its power in a for the task, he felt about for the match measure, but it sounded hoarse, unnatural, found it! and mu:ffied. With a feeling of unutterable joy and As the words left his lips, there was a relief be clutched the metallic case. His sudden squeaking and a hurried scamper-fingers found the spring, and it opened to ing sound that seemed to make his hair his touch. stand. Snap-splutter-flare! Rats! A match was lighted. It flared up, and They were there in large numbers. then burned steadily. "Great Scott!" gasped the boy. "I bad Frank immediately looked for the ob-rather face a tiger than a swarm of rats in ject which he had touched, and there it a dark cellar!" was before him-a human skeleton! Nervously he felt through his pockets. The bones were stripped clean of flesh His purse was gone, but it had not con-and tl1e skull grinned up at him in a tained much money. Not a weapon was ghastly manner. The light of the burning left him, his clasp-knife having been match glistened on the white spots and taken, with other things. showed a dank, green mold that was "-Fhen he uttered a cry of joy. forming in places on .the skeleton. His fingers had found his waterproof It was a most ghastly and nerve-shak match-safe, which he constantly carried. ing spectacle. That had not been taken from him. All at once, as Frank stood there, "A match!" "That will I to stone, staring at the uncan_ny show me somethmg. obJec-t, the skull began to rock from side In another _moment he had taken the to side! It was no_ hallucination-it match safe from his pocket, but, in his actually moved! nervousness, he dropped it. To the staring, astounded, and horrified With a muttered exclamation of dismay lad it seemed that the thing was about to he stooped to find it. speak. Indeed, Frank found himself lisA moment later a gasping cry of horror tening, with hushed breath and stilled came from his lips. heart, for the hollow-sounding words that His hands touched something cold and should issue from that fleshless head. sljppery, and that touch was enough to The boy was spellbound-hypnotized make him shudder and quake. ,with horror. Frank fell back, and for some minutes And then, just as tl1e flame of the match


FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 19 blinsed his fiugers, a l1alf-grown rat darted Some one was coming r of the skull and scampered away. At the farther end of the passage there Tbematcb fetl and lay, a dying spark, was seen a gleam of light. 00 the damp ground. "They are coming to finish me!" Ia a moment the boy bad lighted an-thought Frank. "It must be that. Well, other match. He looked at the skeleton. they may have a heavy job.,, It uow lay silent and motionless, but He had no weapon save his bare hands scarcely less terrible to the eye. but he was desperate, and he felt "A victim of those miserable old of coping with several men. He would be Moors," thought Frank. ''And this fore-fighting for his life, and he would possess tells my own fate! I am to here, and all the fury of a cornered tiger. my bones are to bleach and rot beside The light moved, and he could see that the bones of this unfortunate Wretch, who Its bearer Was coming down the steps of was, perhaps, a Christia11 like myself." stone, moving rapidly. Then he was seized by a tempest of Swiftly the boy moved to-;ard the pas-rage, an ungovernable fury against the sage, making no noise. He would be ready men who bad cast him into that dungeon to meet the bearer of the light the of death. He longed for the power to moment the vault was entered. slay them, to blot them from the face of Peering along the passage, be saw a theearth. strange approaching-a girl, "God help me!" be madly cried. "I ffi d d '1 d mu e an va1 e holding a lighted lamp must not die here-I will not die here! I of quaint and curious make above her will live to get square with them!" head. ---Her face below the eyes was hidden by CHAPTER VIII. a vail. IGELA. Hours passed, and every hour seemed a day. Prank Merriwell explored the place where he was confined, and found it a large underground vault or cellar. There was passage leading from it to some slippery stairs of stone. At the head of the stairs was a stone door. Hercules could not have moved that door from its position. Frank all of his prison, and what he dtscovered was of a most discouraging nature. There seemed no possible way of escaping. boys would have given up in but Frank sti11 clung to hope, he would 1i ve to "get square' With. his captors. h HIS matches were runninO' low and the tf ought of being left with redemption rom 1 continued darkness was far from Peasant h returned to the spot where he 1 ound the skeleton, when he was :a/\ed to hear a jarring, scraping sound 1 a ong the passage. h' nba moment the boy was on the alert, violently, his whole quJVertng with "Can it be?" thought Frank, in amazement. "Is this Igela? or is it the black wench that entrapped me?'' The flaring light was of a baffling nature, and he could not make out much save that it 'Yas a 'girl beyond the shadow of a doubt. The thumping of his heart became so loud that he feared she must hear it. He pressed one hand over it, trying to smother the"'sound of its heavy and rapid pulsations. Through his head the blood was rushing like a riotous, roaring river. His mind was filled with a thousand wild co jectures and speculations. His thoughts were in a mad tumult. It seemed to the eager boy that the girl advanced with the slowness of a snail, and still he dreaded to have her come nearer. Never before in his life had he been so wrought up, and he began realize that his confinement in that hornble place had worked havoc with his nerves. Man,y of the sensations Fra!1k experienced as he waited for the gtrl to approach were new to him, and he wondered at himself. A thought that he must go mad if forced to remain long in that vault flashed lik e a blood-red rocket through his brain. Then he n oticed that the hand of the


2) FRANK MERRLWELL'S MAGIC. girl which held the lamp was as r the girl. ,, If they should come_.:if th e y if she had the palsy. It was a fair,. plump I sh?.Uld find us .here! vVe must go!" hand, but it seemed about to loose tts hold j But how dtd you know to find and let the lamp fall. me?'' asked Fra?k, whose cunos1ty was The girl halted and it was plain that great. "How dtd you know where they sht was nearly ov1ercome with fear. She had placed me?" s-eemed on the verge of flight. . "I heard them talking. They did n ot ''.She not run away now!'' know I was listening. They spoke of you, thought the excited youth. "If she tries saying they h ad disposed of you at la st, it I shall overtake her before she can and that yoy would never escape to troubl e the steps." them more. I stilled my heart-I listened, He bent forward, ready to make a dash and I heard them say where they had if she turned to retreat. placed you. Then, when m y time came, "Frank!" I hastened here. The door was barred, She spoke his name, and it was the put with all my strength I dragged the voice he had heard once before in the b _ar away. Then it was that my courage Square of Tangier. For all that it echoed nearly failed me. I prayed to Allah 1 strangely in that underground place; he took up the lamp and here I am." was sure that be recognized it. "Brave little .girl They bad left me "Igela !" here to die-to starve and be devoured by He spoke the name softly, so that she rats!'' might not be frightened. "And I will save you! But, oh Frank! He saw her start, saw her lean forward how are we to get out of T a ngier? I can doubtfully, her attitude being that of a not! You must go alone-y ou must leave person whq fancies he has heard some-me to my fate!" thing, but is not sure Her voice broke in a sob, and he drew -'Igela!" her closer to him, mystified, bewildered He repeated the name. but dauntless. "Allah be praised!" sobbed the girl, "Th t I 'll d '' h b ldl d t t' f d "H 1 a wt never o, e o y e-agam s ar mg orwar e answers me .1 1 d "Y h 11 "th w He lives! He is here!'' c ou s a wt me .. Th p k d d t d h wtll seek the protection of the Umted en ran a vance owar er States Consul. He will aid. us." saying: "I am here, and I am alive." "No, Frank, it is not possible. He will She swayed, and he caught the lllmp have no power to hold me from Ben from her hand with a deftness that saed Ahmet. It is not possible that we may it from falling. His free arm encircled escape together. That we must give up. her. He longed to see the face hidden by You will.J:>e fortun_ate if you are able to that vail. -. escape ':'nth your hfe. Come, let us burr y from thts place.'' In a moment the g?rl had. reccv.ered, He longed to question her more, an?, she from htm, saymg swJftly: I longed to solve the mystery that infolded Am I a chtld that I lose my strength the strange girl, but, well understanding thus! I am strong now. How Y0lJ. escaped the danaer of discovery by the Moors he from Bab-el-Mar?c I know not._ Great permitt:d her to lead the wa alona'the my wonder and JOY to see you m Tangter. passage y o Ben Ahmet told me you were dead, and Th 1 AI M t f t t e stans were reached, and Ige a 1 us a swore 1 was rue. 'h . sprang up t em as hghtly as a fawn. Frank was not a little by her At the top of the stairs the heavy door words. He would have her, was standing partly open. Bey ond that but she suddenly catcbmg hu!l by door they might come face to face with the arm, and pantmg: Ben Ahmet and Ali Mustaf. "Listen! Is it some one I hear coming Frank was not armed. He would have this way!" given almost anything for a revolver at Both but heard nothmg save that moment. With such a weapon in his the rustling movement of a rat. possession be would have felt able to cope '' 'Ne must get away soon," whispered with dozetl' Moors.


FRANK MERRIWE.LL'S MAGIC. The door was reached, a n d they p assed beyond it, leaving the h orro r s of the underground dungeon behind .Every nerve in Frank Merriwell 's b ody w a s at a high tension, and he was ready for anvthing they might enc o unter. came into a l o n g, l ow toom, the walls of which were bare and white washed. The r oom was unfurnished and gloomy, with no opening windows to admit light and air. Igela led the way throu gh this room and into a passage, where s h e paused to listen, herhan.d trembling on Frank's arm. He grasped her finge r s and gave them a reassuring pressure. Then they stole a long the passage, making as little noise as possible . Past a door that looked into a n empty r o om they made their w ay, and, as they c a m e to a strongdoor, gela made him put ou t the light. In the darkness arm s t o l e ro und her, and she let him hold h er t hus w hil e she listened. Being satisfied tha t all was well, she opened tl.e door, and a r ush of air smote Frank in the face, t elling him that the door opened to the o u t s id e world. How grateful that fresh air was to the boy who had been imprisoned in a place that wa<; close and dank! H e drew it into his lungs with a keen s e ns.e o f de light, and he seemed to become h imself once more-cool, nervy, self-re li a nt. But they were not yet o n t h e s treet, as he quickly discovered. They were i n the court which he had once before crossed that night. There was no m o o n bu t t he s t ars told the night was well s pent and mornmgapproaching. Igela s e e med to read the stars, for she whispered : "We must hasten. Yo u m u s t be far from here ':Yhen day comes Across the court they hu rr i ed, passed through another door and a n o ther passage, and came at l ast to a doo r that l e t them out upon the street. They had seen no o n e-not even a sleeping servant. F o r tunate, ind e ed, had t1hey been, and Frank felt that Providence lad smiled on them. "You are free," whispered Io-ela, with something like a sob. "Go! "'we shall never meet again. Leave T angier without delay. Ben Ahmet has the sultan's favor and t he sultan is all po:werfi.ll here. Go: Frank! May Allah protect you! Farewell." He did not release her. "I will not go like this!" came swiftly from his lips. "I must know thetruth-I must understand this mystery. Io-el a lift tha t vaiL The stars are brioht ""and 0 n2_y eyes have become accustomed to dark-ness. I must see your face. Lift your vail!'' She raised her to obey, and, at that moment, it seemed as if the very heavens c ame crashing and. thundering upon Frank Merriwell 's head. He fell prostrate upon the ground, where he-lay like a creature deathstricken by a thunderbolt! CHAPTER IX. FRANK GROWS DESPERATE. How long he lay insensible in the street Frank never knew. When his senses returned and he sat up, he saw an old water carrier staring wild-eyed at him. Frank spoke to the man, but the w ater carrier seemed frightened, artd hastened away, muttering prayers in the Berbe r tongue. And now the terrible pain that had been in his throat was in his head. He put up his hand, and it was red with blood when he took it awa y "I was struck down," he muttered. lJ:. was morning. In the east was a gray Iio-ht that was spreading and growing It was the blush of the newly risen day.. In a short time the boy gathered h1s scattered wits. He remembere.!i all that had happened -remembered that Igela had aided him to escape-remembered that the heavens had seemed to crash upon his head just as she was about to lift her vail. And he had not seen her face l To him she remained a baffling mys tery. Who struck him down? What had--become of her? Then came another question that puzzled him more than all. Why had he not been slain? He looked around. Near at haud was a small cioor set in the bare white wall. It was firmly closed.


FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. ''We came out of there," he told himself. "Some one must ):lave been in that nook nearby. Wewereseen, and! was knocked over. Then she was dragged back.'' The thought made him feel desperate. He longed to arise and batter down the door, walk into the house, and save her from bet persecutors. "I am faint and weak and I can do nothing. I will mark this spot, so I may find my way back to it." Then he arose andtJlloved away with. an uncertain step, having taken noteof the appearance of the door, so he felt sure he would recognize it if he saw it again. Tangier is not an easy city for a foreigner to find his way as Frank discovered. He moved slowly, noting. every peculiarity of the narrow, crooked street. M uffied figures passed him, gazing aslant at him from beneath beetling brows. All seemed to wonder that a foreigner and a Christiap. should be astir, wandering through the streets at that hour in the morning. That was what Frank fancied at first, but he finally lifted his hand to his throbbing head again, and he understood why they stared at him so strangely. He was hatless, and the blood from his wound had dripped down the side of his face. He knew he must be an object to attract the curiosity of any beholder. He found the square,. and then it was not difficult to make his way to the hotel. As Frank had expected, he found Professor Scotch and Ephr:.aim nearly distracted with fear and suspense. When they saw him their joy was boundless. It did not take the lad long to relate his adventures, having first bathed the wound on his head, and bound it up with a cloth. 1 "Well, for genuine downright fool hardines5 ,YOU take the biscuit!" declared the professor, falling into tlle slang that he had sometimes heard from the lips of his youthful compan1ons. "But you should remember that I was in the company of Azza, your trusted said Frank, smiling grimly. ''Hang that rascal If I ever get hold of him-Well, he will wish I hadn't! He ought to be horsewhipped!" ''Gol dern him '' cri-ed Ephraim. "He'd oughter be shot!" "Well I scarcely fancy we shall 'See him while we remain in Tangier,'' sai<:i Frank, quietly. "That does not worry me nearly so much as the mystery that surrounds the Pearl of Tangier. If I do not find a way to solve that mystery I shall regret it all my life. She must be saved from those miserable old Moors." ''It is easy to say that, my boy; but how are we to save her?" 'i You must lay t4e case, before the United States Consul, professor." ''What good would that do? He would have no right to interfere between a girl and her uncle, who is her lawful guardian. It is not possible for us to help her now." "That's, pleasant! But you do nof know, professo "I know that we are going to get out of this city as soon as possible. You will be killed if we remain here much longer." "Professor, in the United States you are JllY guardian, but we are in a heathen country now, and I refuse to be dragged away till I am sure I have done everything in my -power to aid that unfortunate girl." "Are you in love with her?" "No; but my manhood has been appealed to, and I feel that it is my duty to save her, if I can.'' "Yeou may not be in love with her," drawled Ephraim; "but, by thutter! she's smashed on yeou." ''There is something remarkable about that," said Frank. "The girl seems to know me, and she speaks as if there had been something between us in the past. That seems impossible, for I have no recollection of her, and she appears to be a devout little Mohammedan. Is this not ntystery enough to pique the curiosity of anybody." "Your curiosity may cost you your life." "Oh, you are a croaker, professor. Besides my curi

FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 23 States!" he crieH. "I'll throw up my job sible that there was no law to prevent lt. as your guardian quicker than a wink." It was almost impossible for Frank to The professor found it useless to argue realize that he was in a land where with the boy, and he gave it up. might ruled with a heavy, blood-stained Frank remembered what Igela had said hand, and where the innocent and help about Bab-el-Maroc, and be sought to less cried out in vain for mercy and know what she meant. He found out that justice. there was a gate of the city of Fez by "I do not propose to give up,'' declared that name, and also a castle so called. Frank, resolutely. "Fortune has smiled castle to Ben Ahmet, and on me many times, and it may smile was s1tuated outs1de of Fez. again. It is not very far across the Straits Igela bad spoken of Frank's escape to Spain In Spain we could defy Ben from Bab-el-Maroc, but the boy had never Abmet and Ali Mustaf to drag Igela back been there, which made the mystery all to Morocco." the deeper. "But what could you do with her if Having eaten breakfast, and rested you succeeded in getting her out of the through much of the forenoon, Frank ac-country? She is a Moorish maiden, and it companied the professor on a visit to Mr. is scarcely probable that you want to Adams, the United States Consul. marry her." The houses occupied by the mem hers of "I would not permit it if he did the foreign legations were situated near roared Scotch. the square. They were all very modest "I am not contemplating matrimony little buildings, but they bad the appear-just at present," smiled Frank. "But I ance of palaces in midst of the paltry am determined to solve this mystery, and dwellings by which they were I will succeed.'' surrounded. Mr. Adams shook his bead gravely. Mr. Adams received the professor pleas-( 'You are rash and headstrong,'' he antly, and shook hands with Frank, said. "Take my advice and let the Pearl saying: of Tangier alone.'' "It really does one good to look into He refused to aid Frank in any way, the face of a lively, wide-awake American but was courteous and polita. When youth." Frank and theprofessorleft the house and Seated in the cozy little parlor, Frank started to return to the hotel the boy'.s related the story of his adventures since heart felt like lead in his bosom. entering Tangier. Shortly after the hotel was reached Mr. Adams listened with interest which Ephraim Gallup came rushing into their grew. to wonder and astonishment. By the room, caught hold of Frank excitedly, time Frank had finished the man was and spluttered : breathless. "My bov my bov he "Gol derned ef yeou hain 't lost her ) 1" exclaimed, "you are indeed fortunate to naow be ali vel Ben Ahmet is rich and powerful, "What do you mean?" demanded the and has the favor of the sultan. If he bad other boy. murdered you, you never would have been "She's gone." heard of again, and all efforts to trace you "Who?'' would have been baffled. You are only a "Igela." 'Christian dog,' and your life is oflittle "Gone where?" consequence in this miserable land., "Flew the coop-left the city." "But the oirl crTed Frank "can "Left Tangier?'' h ' nothing be done to save her from old Ali "Yep." Mustaf, whom she loathes?" "When?" "I fear not. It is in the power of Ben naow. '' Ahmet to make her marry whoever be "How do you know?" may choose, and Ali Mustafwill get her, H "Saw urn go." Ben Ahmet wills it so." "Saw them? Whom?" Such a thing was terrible for the "Igela, Ali Mustaf, Ben Ahlllet. nnr : a to contemplate, and it dio not seem pos-gang of black-skinned fellers, a ll r<"ed


]'RANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. to the teeth. They rode away after a cara-lately started for Fez, either of wl1ich van. I was jest rambliu' araound, an' I might be overtaken .by nightfall by hard got outside the city, so that's haow I riding. happened to see urn go.'' That was what he wished to know. "Are you su;e it was Igela ?" Ali M ustaf and Ben A hmet would travel "Yep. She saw me." with one of those caravans. Frank, Eph-"She did?" raim and the professor would traYe l with "Yep. So did Ben Abmet. By thuttera the other. Frank would bide his tim e tion! it's a mighty good thing I've got and he felt sure he would be able to long laigs. Ef I hedn 't I wouldn't be meet Igela and speak with her.. here naow. 01d Ben sot three uv them It was a wild and desperate project at black fellers arter me, an' yeou'd oughtPr which a man would have hesitated; but seen me tear up the dust an' git aout uv Frank was a youj:h to whom nothing that. They chased me a piece, yellin' like seemed impossible. thunder, but I got erway, an' here I be." Back to the hotel they went. While Frank took a quick turn up and down they ate, the horses were ordered saddled the room. and brought round. Frank had looked "So they have dragged Igela away!" them over, and found them tough little he muttered. ""Without doubt, they are Arab horses, looking as if they could bound for Fez and the castle of Bab-el-travel and stand hc.rdship. That satisfied Maroc. I sliall him. CHAPTER X. A MAD VENTURE. Frank was determined. Professor Scotch objected In vain. He appealed to Ephraim, and the Yankee lad said: ''I'll stick ter Frank. I don't keer a dern where he goes!" Frank set about pleadiNg the professor to succumb, and he was persuasive to a degree that astounded ..Ephraim. Indeed, it seemed that the boy almost hypnotized. Scotch _and led him to consent to follow the old Moors who were carrying Igela away. The professor himself was amazed when he gave in, and he remained in a dazed condition while Frank called the proprietor of the hotel and bargained for three horses, which he instructed the professor to pay for. The horses were quickly furnished, and Scotch paid for them, muttering a feeble remonstrance, but feeling unable to resist the power of the boy's steady eyes, which never lEft his face for an instant. Frank had triumphed, but he showed no exultation. His face was grim and set, and it seemed that he had formed a resolu tion from which nothing could turn him. In company with the professor and Ephraim, he went out to seek information. He learned that two caravans had Afkr eating, Frank went to his trunk, from which he took a brace of revolvers, having lost hi s others the night b e fore. In his trunk he also carried a light, short barreled Winchester repeater, and this he took out. His eyes fell on the magician's cabinet, and a thought struck him. He hesitated, and then mutterecL: "Who knows? These Moors are superstitious, and they might prove valuable. I will take such as I can carry." From the cabinet he extracted numerous things whicl1 he concealed about his person. Among other things was a small electric battery. Ephraim armed himself in a mann e r similar to Frank. The professor had a strong aversion for firearms, and so he went about entirely unarmed. Frank did not forget to take some strong field-glasses. \Vhen everything was ready they descended and left the h6tel. T1nee black men were holding the horses at the door, and the proprietor of the hotel was there to see them off . "How far are you going?" he asked, regarding them curiously. "Not far," answered Frank. "It is probable you will see us back to-morrow." The proprietor shook his head gravely. "I fear for that," he said. "You had !>etter keep within a few miles of the


-FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. 25 city, for the plains at a distance are in-At a signal from Frank the two lads fested with robber bands, any of which rode onward. would not hesitate to do murder. I do not The professor watched them a few rnaunderstand why you are going outside the ments, and then rode after them, calling: city, anyway, for there is nothing to be "Hold on ; I will go." seen." Of this Frank-had felt confident--all the Frank was not h_tclined to satisfy his time. curiosity, and they rode away, waving Away to the south they rode, having him a farewell, which he returned. been told to bear a little to the east. Not till they were beyond the city's Frank had a compass, and he did not belimits did the professor think that he lieve they would get lost in the desert so had not told his friend, tl1e United States they could not find their way out: Consul, of this foolhardy expedition. He Long, level plains lay before them. would have turned back at once, but Here and there they cotild see small huts Frank said: made of sun-baked clay. --"Very well, professor, you may go i but Occasionally they passed by fie}ds where we shall not wait for yon, as we have no some crude efforts .at tilling the soil had time to Jose, if we hope to overtake one been made, but the greater part of the of those caravans before nightfall.'' C!2untry wa_;s bleak and bare .. The professor had turned his horse The beat down mercJle.ssly on the about. A groan Iet his lips, and it 1 bare plam. The grass and changed to a cry of horror as he lifted his brown, and patches of sandy s01l reflected eyes to the high posts which stood on the heat. either side of the .gate in the white wall There :vere no r<;>ads, but for some of the city. after leavmg Tangter they could follow tn "L k ,, h d "I h 'bl 1 the track made by many caravans that had oo e gaspe t ls orn e passed that way. Gradually this. track be-The boys looked, and on each of those came fainter and fainter till at last it was posts they saw a human head that had lost entire] been severed from the body. These heads Tl r d of 1 had been suspended by the hair to some le so ltu e. the P am::; was curved points which projected from the depressmg, the s1lence :vas awesome .. posts, and they hung there in all their began. to realize the ghastly horror, dripping blood and gazing of h1s undertakmg_, and, for the first hme, With s 1'ghtl s t d tl d t f he doubted the w1sdom of the attempt; es eyes owar 1e eser 01 b h 'd h' d d which the boys and the professor were .ut e n?t mg, n mg onwar m bound s1lence, h1s face firm and resolute. Professor Scotch was silent and gloomy '(Wal, I be gol derned !" gurgled Eph-while Ephraim's jests seemed to fall flat raim, his voice soundinghusky and catch-and be lost on the others. ing in his throat. "Thep:t 's purty things The sun swung lower and lower, but to look at "They are the heads of criminals," explained Frank. "I have read that it is the custom of this country to suspend the headsof criminals at the gatesof the cities in this manner. They are placed there as a warning to others." "A to us," said the professor, his voice shaking. "It tells us we had better get out of this wretched country without delay. It is a warning to be heeded.'' .-. "Nonsense! Come on, professor; are losing time.'' "Go, on! I am going back." "Godd-by, professor." we its rays seemed to Jose none of their scorching heat. "What ef we should not find one of them air carryvans ter-night, Frank?'' asked Ephraim, rather anxiously. "We will find it in the morning," was the calm reply. "' Scotch groaned . q "And have to stay all alone on the desert to-night!" he exclaimed. "We should be devoured a hundred times by wild beasts. '' "It's not wild beasts we have to fear so much as wild men," said Frank. "We must keep our eyes about us." "What'd we eat for supper?" asked the


26 FRANK MERRIWELL'S MAGIC. boy from Vermont, who possessed a very healthy appetite. "That's what I'd like to know." "Horsemen said Frank Merriwell, grimly. "Look to your weapons, Ephraim. We may have trouble." "We would not eat till we found the caravan in the morning. '' ''If we did not find the caravan,'' put CHAPTER XI. in the professor, "we might There AMATEUR MAGIC. is a fine chance to starve out here." Professor Scotch's teeth chattered. ''I scarcely think we will starve. I have ''We are all done for!'-' he groaned. provided for that.'' "This is the end of this foolish "You have? Why you have brought expedition. I knew how it would come." no provisions." "Wal we'll raise a little rumpus before "No but I have brought something they chdw us up," said Ephraim, in hi s f fi that will keep us from starvmg. quaint way. "I'd feel a little sa ere "What is it?" was to hum on the farm, butef I'vegotter "Somt: nuts." fight I'll fight fer all I am worth, yeou "What kind of nuts?" bet!" 'Koola nuts, which I found Bakalai-Frank was examining his rifle, making land, far to the south. The natives down sure it was in perfect working order. there eat this nut when they cannot ob-The body of horsemen approached with tain food, and it keeps up their strength great swiftness, so that in a short time and preserves them from h"t.mger for man.y they could be seen quite distinctly. Frank days. It is a wonderful httle nut, but 1t surveyed them through his field-glasses. is danger9us.'' I They numbered more than half a hun"Haow's that?" asked Ephraim. dred, and w e re dressed in long, flowing "It is a very easy thing to fall into the robes of many colors. About their head s habit of eating it to obtain relief from they wore turbans. They were armed over-exertion, and this habit fastens itself with muskets. on a person like drinking or smoking. It Beyond the horsemen Frank saw a cara, shows no ill result at first, but it is ruin-van of camels that was and ous to one who persists in its use. It will he immediately dt:cided that the people of make such a person a tottering wreck, the caravan had seen himself and his comlike a yictim of the morphine habit. Like panions and bad sent out the band of all good things, the koola nut may be used horsemen to intercept them. to excess. In the United States several "Ten to one they are Bet:t Ahmet's vas concerns advertise decoctions made from sels," was his thought. "It is possible the koola nut, recommending them to he has received word from Tangier tbat athletes, bicyclists and all who exert we are on the de sert, and he has sent his themselvesinsportsandpastimes. College slaves to murder us. Well, we will die lads are taking to its use, in case they play hard." football, baseball, or anything of the sort. As they approached, the horsemen be Some of them will become addicted to the gan shouting and waving their long-barhabit, and it may ruin them. Bicyclists reled rifles over their heads. They rode have found it refreshing and invigorating recklessly, madly, and the sound of the after a long run, and they are becoming horses' hoofs was like sullen thunder. victims of the habit. Hundreds, yes The leader was an old man with a long thousands will be weakened and broken 'white beard, wearing about his head a down by it. It is--'' bright-colored turban. He rode his coal" Hold on, Frank," cried Ephraim. black horse like a youth of twenty years. _"Jest let the kooly nut rest a while, an' "Jingoes! they can ride!!" muttered see what you make uv this." Frank,. admiringly. "They remind me of He pointed across the plain to where a American cowboys." tiny cloud of dust could be seen. In the "They kinder make me think it's gol midst of the dust was a moving mass that I dern unhealthy araound here," gurgled became more and more distinct with each Ephraim. "I'm beginnin' to wish I passing moment. hedn 't come."


PRANK MEimiWELL'S MAGIC. 27 "Brace came sharply from Frank. "Everything depends on our nerve now. If we show signs of ,weakness, there is not one chance in a hundred for us. Keep a stiff backbone, Ephraim.". "It's a fine thing to say 'brace up,' fluttered the agitated professor, "but what show have we got against that gang of cut-throats!" "We are not going to lie down and die, professor." Of a sudden, with a wild yell, the horse men divided and swept round the party in opposite directions, passed and swept round again. "Like Indians in the Western States,'' breathed Frank, seeing them string out till there were two .parties of horsemen riding in opposite directions, and both surrounding the professor and the two boys. These evolutions were continued for some time, with the caravan of camels steadily approaching while it was going on. When the Arabs had shown their skill as riders, the old leader, or sheik, gave a signal that caused them to wheel into one compact mass. Then the chief rode boldly toward the professor and the boys. "I sp'ose he thinks aour hair is stand-in' by this time," drawled Ephraim. .. "Be cool," directed Frank. "I will meet him." The boy dismounted and calmly ad vanced to meet the old Arab, having given his rifle to Ephraim. "What do you desire of us, sir?" asked Frank, as they carne near together. The old man glowered at the boy, and then asked, in rather poor English : "Is there no man with you? Ain-e1-Khair has no time to waste with boys." Frank flushed a bit, drawing himself up proudly, as he returned: '!Though l: am a boy, I am the leader of this party. If you have any business with us, you will do it with me." "By the beard of the Prophet, you speak boldly for a youth! But you do not know me, else you would grovel in the dust at my feet. '' "I am not in the habit of groveling in the dust for any one," said' the boy, proudly. ''I scarcely think I would begin with you." ...-The scowl on Ain-el-Khair's face deepened. "I say you do not know me7 he repeated. "Ah, but I know you welJ," declared Frank. ''You are a robber and a great rascal. You hate your enemies, and you slay them with delight. Your hanqs are stained with blood, but your conscience does not trouble you." ./ "Dog of a Christian!" roared the old 1 sheik, quivering with passion. ''Do you dare speak thus to me?" "Why should I fear.? Y'l:)u cannot harm me." This statement was sufficient to cause Ain-el-Khair's face to change from an expression of f ry to one of derision and amusement. "Fool!" he sneered. "It must be that you have lost your senses. I have more than half a hundred men behind me, and they would wipe three Christians off the face of the earth in a moment.'' "If you had a thousand men, you could not harm me. I am protected by a power you know nothing of.'' The old sheik knew not what to make of the boy, and so he said: / "I will not pass words with you. My followers have arrived, and we must move on. When you have paid tribute we will leave you.'' ''We sh ,all not pay tribute to you. ', "What? ,. Knave, do you dare Then I will slay you with my own hand!" Ain-el-Khair drew a long-barreled pis tol, which he pointed at the boy; but Frank did not seem at all frightened. The caravan of camels had halted, and the Arabs were gathered in a grou:r: .at a little distance, watching was pass ing between the old sheik and the boy. Much nearer were the professor and Ephraim, who had also dismounted, their horses standing close at hand. "I tell .yo u it is not possible for you to harm me, Frank again declared. "If you think you can, take aim and shoot. I dare you to do so.'' The old robber was not one to be dared in such a manner. He lifted the long-bar rele d pistol, and, without hesitation, fired at the boy.. . When the pistol spoke Frank pretended to take the bu_llet from his teeth. He stood


FRANK MERIUWELL'S MAGIC. erect and unharmed, holding a round ball of lead between his thumb and finger, smilinoat the astounded Arab. staggered, his eyes bulging from his head. "Allah save me!" he gasped. "He is not harmed!" "Not in the least, 11 said the lad, easily. "You mioht fire a hundred bulfets at me, 0 h II and not one of them would do any arm. You 111 ust be a sorcerer. ''I am the greatest sorcerer alive. I cannot be slain, but I have power to slay by my tou-ch. That was too much for the sheik to believe, and he plainly expressed his unbelief. Immediately Frank stepped forward and gra::,ped both of Ain-el-Khair's hands. A yell of fear and pain came from the lips of the old Arab, who began to squirm and dance in a most amazing manner, trying to tear his hands away. After a moment of this, Frank released him, stepping back. The robber chief stared at the boy, with fear showing plainly in his bulging eyes. This Christian wab truly a great sorcerer. ''Are you satisfied?'' demanded Frank; "or would you see tnore ?" Ain-el-Khair did not speak. "Look!" cried ,the boy. "Behold my protectors. Had I willed it thus a hundred of them would have planted their poison fangs in your flesh when I touched your hands." Out of the boy's sleeves, his pockets, and various part5 of his clothing,-squirming, hissing serpents writhed and twisted. They twined along his arms, twisted _about his legs and his neck, popped into view, and w.nished. All the while he was moving his hands up and down and around, seeming to pick them off his body and cast them into the air, where they instantly vanished. Of a sudden he slapped his hands, and every serpent disappeared. "Are you satisfied?" Frank again demanded. "I am satisfied, 11 confessed the sheik. ''You are a great sorcerer. What wouldst thou have me do?'' A sudden thought flashed through the boy's brain. ''Take me to Ben A hmet,'' he answered. "It is he whom I seek." "Ben Ahmet !" cried Ain-el-Khair. "A thousand curses on him He has led the sultan to place a price on my head. I have heard that he is in Tangier, and that is why I am here. I J.10pe to meet him face to face when he attempts tu return to Fez." "He is alr"eady on his way. He left Tangier this morning, and)... with his fight ing men he is somewhere on the desert. Vve followed to overtake him. We have little money with us, but, if you can aid us ao-ainst Ben Ahmet, I will promise o Wh ?" you a goodly sum. at 1s your answer .. "We will sit down together and talk tt over. Perhaps it can be done.'' So they sat upon the ground, Ain-el Khair taking care to at a distance from the boy whom he now feared and respected. CHAPTER XII. A COMPACT WITH ROBBERS. Frank Merriwell had played a desperate game, and it looked as if he had won. If Ain el-Khair had fired at the boy's head the game would have ended suddenly in a tragedy; but the old sheik discharged the pistol at Frank's breast, and, although the bullet pierced the outer clothing, no harm was done. From the traveling magician of whom he had purchased the cabinet the boy had obtained a bullet-proof shirt. This he had donned before accomp-anying Azza in re sponse to the appeal supposed to come from Igela, which may account, in a measure, for his unusual recklessness. The small electric battery which came with the magician's cabinet was very powerful, and was supplied with some fine wires that ran down Frank's sleeves to his hands. Before going out to meet the robber sheik Frank had taken care to see that the battery was in working order, and he had given the old rascal a severe shock when he grasped his hand. The serpent trick was one ot the illu sions he bad learned from the magician, and it had proved very valuable in work ing on the superstitious fears of Ain-el Khair. Even after they had seated them-


-FRANK MAG lC. selves face to face upon the ground, the "It means that I have made a compact sheik was constantly watching for the with Ain-el-Khair," declared Frank, smilswaying }lead o f a snake to appear some-ing triumphantly: "He hates Ben f..hmet where about the boy's person The old and Ali Mustaf most heartily, and he is, robber was sure a hundred serpents must looking for them now." be concealed i n Frank 1 s clothes. "What kind of a compact have you The astonishment of Professsor Scotch made?" can be much better imagined than ''I have agreed to give him a garment described. To him it had seemed that will make him bullet-proof if he will Frank was crazy when he advanced to aid us in rescuing Igela from Ben Ahmet. meet the old chief, and what followed He says he will do so, and will guard us t h a t meeting filled him with unspeakable to within a short distance of the wall of amazement. H e could not understand Tangier.'' w h y Frank did not fall when the sheik "But how can you give him a garment fired point-blank at him, nor could he that will make him bullet-proof?" imagine why Ain-el-Khair danced and "By giving. him the shirt I have ofl. yelled when Frank grasped his You must stand between me and the B y t h e t ime the serpents began to ap-Arabs while I remove it. Bring two of the pear and disappear about the boy's per-horses on the same side." son the professor realized that Frank was This was done, and Frank hastily and a ttemptin g to overawe the Arab by a deftly remove<;} the shirt, while Ain-el of legerdemain. Khair supposed the young sorcerer was "It i s folly,,.,. muttered the professor. manufacturing the garment by son1e "We shall he murdered just the same. 11 mysterious process. "Wal, I dunno abaout that," drawled "I hope he will be able to get it on," Ephraim Gallup. "By gum! I kainder said the boy, anxiously. cal'l a t e Frank knows what he's o!. '' A great went up from the The boy from Vermont was begtmnng as Frank advanced toward them, wtth to bel!eve Frank could accomplish almost the garment in his hand. sheik Il!et he_ undertook, no mattet how the boy and received the shut, examm diffic ult tt nught be. ing it curiously. He asked many For nearly half an hour the boy and tions about it, and Frank assuredhtm the old sheik sat face to face on the that no bullet could pierce it. ground, talking earnestly. The robber Then Ain-el Khair made one of his folchief was seen to make excited gestures, lowers don the shirt after which the as if much aroused by something Frank fellow was forced to stand up while the had told him. old sheik fired a shot at him at a distance The sheik's followers witnesseo this of not more than ten feet. interview with un The wearer of the shirt staggered a They could not what tt meant. bit, but remained by the bullet. Fmally the old shetk and the boy arose, When Ain-el-Khair saw this he turneQ and Ain -el:Khair made a gesture that to Frank and made a most profound caused his fighting men to leap upon their salaam sayino-: horses and come' tearing down at _the two have o kept your word, Christian _about_ whom they. gathered, paymg not sotcerer, and now you shall see that Ainthe attentwn to tl1e professor and el-Khair can keep his." Ephratm Then he lost no time in donning the The chief made a brief speech in shirt which fortunately was large Arabic and his ":ords were greeted with enough, it was a "'tight fit." loud yells from hts followers. The caravan of camels had been cap-Then the band parted, and Frank ttued by the sheik, and he was holdi11g walked back to his anxious friends. them for tribute ; but he quickly decided "For Heaven's sake! what does all this not to bother with them longer, but to mean?" fluttered the agitated professor. ride at once with horses in search of Ben "Explain it at once. Ahmet.


- 3) FRANK MERRI,WELL'S MAGIC. In a short tim.e the desert robbers were on the move, and Frank rode at the side of Ain-el-Khair, with Ephraim and the professor close behind. It was a queer adventure, and Frank was inclined to wonder if he would not awaken and discover that it was a dream. Night came on the desert, and the cara-. van had not been _sighted. Still Aiu-el Khair pressed on, and he was finally rewarded by seeing the gleam of a camp fire. Toward the light they rode. When they had come near enough for him to tell, the old sheik declared a caravan had halted there for the night. "We will attack it," he said; "and I pray Allah we may find my enemy there. '' Straight toward the caravan theY rode and like a wh-irlwind the desert dashed down upon it. The fighting men of the caravan fired a few shots but dis-. ' co':'enng they were greatly outnumbered, qmckly ceased, throwing down their muskets and crying to be &pared. Ain-el-Khair looked for Ben Ahmet and found him The old sheik had joined that caravan, and Ali M ustaf was at his side. They stood before one of the small tents. "Praise Allah," cried the robber sheik exultantly, speaking in Arabic. "I found you, Ben Ahmet! You are the one wl10 caused the sultan to put a price on my head, but you shall not live to see me destroyed. I have come to kill you.'' "But I will kill you first!" shouted the as he lifted a pistol and fired stratght at the breast of the robber chief Ain-el-Khair felt the bullet against his wonderful shirt but be was not harmed by it, and, a later he shot Ben Ahmet through the head. Seeing this Ali M ustaf uttered a yell of terror and fled into the darkness. In a. moment Frank Merriwellleaped from h1s horse and tore open the front of the tent. he calletl; "are you here?" Wtth a cry of joy she sprang into his arms! CHAPTER XIII. CONCLUSION. It was morning when four exhausted, dust-covered persons rode 1nto Tangier and hastened to the house of the United States Consul: They were professor / Scotch, Ephrmm Gallup, Frank Merri well and Igela. Aiti-el-Khair had kept his word in every particular. He had escorted them almost to the very gate of the city. "We must get out of Morocco before the truth is known concerning the attack on that caravan," said Frank. "We shall be branded as robbers, and a price will be placed on our head.'' "Which is a very pleasant thing to contemplate!" said the professor. At the house of the United States Con= sul a surprise awaited-them. Mr. Adams listened to their story and then said : "There seems to be a case of mistaken identity mixed up in this affair. Last night a youug man who has just crossed the desert from Fez, after escaping from the castle of Bab-el-Maroc, came to me for protection and aid. He has told me his story, which, together with what I have heard from Mr. Merriwell has thrown some light on a very matter.'' He opened a door and called to a person in an adjoining room. A moment later a rather thin and pale youth entered the parlor. "Permit me to introduce you to Mr. Frank Parker, gentlemen said the con-1 su Mr. Parker is from London. Mr. Parker-Mr. Merriwell, Professor Scotch, Mr. Gallup, all from the United States And this is--'' He was interrupted by a cry from Igela, who had been standing and staring at Frank Parker as if turned to stone. Her eyes passed from Parker's face to that of Frank Merriwell; from one to the other she looked a score of times and then she ran into Parker's arms. ''Remarkable!'' exclaimed Scotch" very remarkable! Why, Frank, this Parker looks 1\ke you to be your brother-your twtn brother. It is an astonishing resemblance. '' "That is true;" smiled Frank "and I fancy I have been taken for M;. P a rker by more than one person. Igela, Ben


FRANK M.EIUUWELL'S MAGIU. 31 Ahmet and Ali Mustaf ail believed that I Igela had been rescued, and that it was was Parker. Ben Ahmet believed it, even likely the entire party would be branded though he had left Parker confined in the as robbers with very little delay. castle of Bab-el-Maroc, hundreds of miles "You must all get out of the country away. Igela believed I had escaped from I immediately,'' said Mr. Adams. ''I know that castle and come here to Tang-ier, a very wealthy gentleman who is laying which explains some she said to off Tangier in his steam yacht, in which me. The whole matter is clearing up.'' he contemplates a cruise up the Mediter-It was clearing up, but, somehow, ranean. You must get aboard that yacht Frank felt as if he had lost something of without delay, and he must take you all wonderful value. He saw Igela in the away. If the girl goes she musrbe taken arms of his counterpart and then he through T-angier as a boy-she must be turned away. disguised., Mr. Adams hastily and briefly explained :'--rrangements for the attempt were how l

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