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Frank Reade, Jr's "White Cruiser" of the clouds; or, The search for the dog-faced men
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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Th-e dog-faced men were coming down the sl'ope like a whirlwind. Jedediah sprang up on the lad der. Pomp followed him. Then Barney sent the airship skyward. Up from the ground to the rope ladder went the three men.


These B ooks Tell You Everything A COMPLETE. SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Eac h book con ists of s ix t y-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear t yp e and nea tly bound in a n attr a c tiv e. illustrate d of rhe books are also p1o fus ely illus trate d, and all of the s ubjects treate d upon are explained in s u c h a s imple manne r t ch1ld. c an thoroughly undecsiand them. Look the list as c l assified and see if you to kno\v anything about the s u : mentiOned .. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALEHS OR WILL BY 'fO A Y A.DD FRO;\! THLS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR 'l''..VEN 'l'YCENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS .\IONEY. Addri!ss FHANK TO SEY, Publi h e r 24 Union S q u a re, SPORTING. MAGIC. 21. HOW. TO HUNT AND JfiSH.-The N o ? HOW TO DO 'l'HICKS.-TI,a great b o ok o f ma g i c buntmg and fishmg gu1de ever pnbhshed. It con tams mcard t n c k containing f ull intitruc tion on all t he l eading card struct10ns _about gt:ns1 huntmg clog s traps, trappmg and fishmg, o f t he day, also most p o pul a r magic al illu s ion s a s p e r f o With of game and fish. om: l e ad1ng mag1c1ans: e v ety bo y s hould obt ai n a c opy u C this No. 26 HOW IO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAr.-Fully j a s 1 t wlll both amu e and boy shoul_d kn'?w !1ow to row and sail a bo::tt. :1\o ::!2. l:-!0\\'1'0 DO ::;ECOND 'IGil'l'.-l:lellel''s s ond Full g tven n th1s httle t oge th e r mexplamed bJ: h1s former F'r e d Hunt .. Tr. Expla ining structwns on wnnmwg and ndmg, c omp a mon sports to boatm"'. the s e cret dtalogues were ('UITie d on bet w ee n t h e m ag i c i a n ami No. 17. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE A D DRIVE A HORSE.boy on the stage ; also giving all th<> c od es aud s i.,.mtls. The only A complete treatise on the h o r se. D esc ribing th e most u e ful hor se s aulhentic explanatiou Of second s ight. "' busin e ss, t_he best horses f ot the road; also valuable recipes for o. 43. IIO\\' TO A J\IA(;{()IAN.-Containing dtseases to th e h o r se grandest as ortment o[ magi c a I illu s ions e ve1 pla ce d b e f o r e No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy public. A l so tric ks with canl s itwantation s, e t('. book for boy con taining full direc tions for c on tructing canoes No. 68. HOW TO DO CHK,IICAL 'l'HlCKS. Containing and the mo s t popular m anner of sailing them. li' u ll y illustrated. one hunclted hi gh l y amusing and instructive tricks with chemi By C. Stansfield Hicks. By A. And e r s on. llands oroely illu straterson. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Co No. 77. HO\V TO DO FORTY TRICKK \\'ITH CARDS.taining fu ll in tructions for wl'iting on almost Contai ning de ceptiv e Card 'l'ri c k s as p e rformed ]('adinl!' a l so rules for punctuatiOn and compos t ttOn ; together w1th spec1me and magicians Arrange d fot' hom e amuse m ent. Fully illu sti-ated letters. (Continued on page 3 of cover.) ........


t 'R'Ai\fK, READE "Y' 1W:.A.G-.A.:ii!!:X:N'E. ., ..... .,.,, .. 'AININ G STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA AND IN THE AIR. ; s 8 Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at New York, N. Y., Post Office. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1902, in the office of the L ib>arian of Congress, lVa.,hington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squme, New York. ___ Y_O_R_K_, __ O_C_T_O __ BE_R __ 3_1_, __ 19_0_2_-------------P--ri_ce ____ Ce __ n t s -rank Reade, Jr.'s, "White Cruiser" of the Clouds OR, n THE SEARCH FOR THE DOC-FACED MEN. n Ill : y g 1.. g By "NONAME." T n d n CHAPTER I. I Y m s, ) A QUEfoJR VI S ITOR. One of the mos t beautiful cities in Am e rica i s 11 1-eadestown. There are located the famous work s of Frank l eadc, Jr., the most noted inventor in the world II Frank Reade, Jr., is a young ,iell built and hand some ... Cilow, gif-ted beyond the ordinary else he would never have t ccome so famou s as the inventor of the wonderful airs hips, 11lectric machines and submarine qoats credited to him. For several generations the Reade s had dwelt in Read,es own, an ancestor having founded the town. Upon the banks of the beautiful river whic h flowed bv 1e town were the electric works of our hero. rrhey covered large area, and many hundred skilled artisans and ma hinists were employed. With thi s brief introduction of our hero and his home, t us pass quickly on to the incidents of this thrilling nar tive, which i s very likely what the read e r desires most. : Upon a pleasant June morning Frank Reade Jr., sat in is private room at tha works looking over some plans. S u ddenly there came a sl1arp rap at the door. : Frank j u mped up in surprise. "I wonder who that is?" he exclaimed, s otto voce. "It on't sound like Bamey or and there are strict or ers to allow no one else to come here." Again came the rap. "Gosh all hemlock! heow many more times hev I got tew rap? Are yew tew hum, tew-day, l\fister Reade?" The expression of astonishment upon Frank's handsome face was comical. "Who on earth is that?" he muttered. "I'll soon find out." With a quick impulse he stepped forward and threw open the door. He started back with an exclamation It would have, required but a very little stretch of the imagination for Prank to have recognized the caricatured Uncle Sam, employed by cartoonists as a type of the United States Government The man who stood before him was a curious looking iu dividual. In form he was tall and exceedingly angular, with cadav erous features In dress he had the appea!ance of having just stepped out of a curio shop with the garments of an an cestor upon his back. He wore a tall hat after the "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" pattern prevalent about 1840. His coat was a long swallow tail of snuff colored cloth with broad lapels, his waistcoat curiously figured and yielding to a shirt with broad ruffled bosom. His breeches were strapped under the i n steps of heavy top boots. He was a correct version of the typical Verm ont Yankee of a decade since, with keen twinkling eyes, long chin w his kers and yellow hair. /


FLL\XK HE.\DI.<:, JR.'S, 1'E CRUISEh vl<' '.1. Frank wu;; a s toni s hed ut thi H apparition thaL he could not for a moment s peak. This seemed to tax th e visitor's pati e nce. Wall, b y jing o h e exclaim ed, testily. Didn't yew ever see a man before? Why don't yew axe me in a leetlc perlite lik e? H yc" was tcw come t e w Ska ttles, Varmoun t, whar I live, yew'd find the latch s tring cout all the time. Th at's the way w e un s does. Bu t yew new fangled critte r s hev queer anyway." "A m I dreaming?" muttered Frank. "Or whe r e did this antediluvian :;pccimcn come fiom, anyway?" But aloud he said curtly: How did you get in h e re? "How did I git in yer ? exclaimed the pilgrim Skattles. "Waal, I walk e d in." "That i s queer!'' exclaimed Frank "I gave Barney and Pomp orders to allo w no one to come h ei'e." "Oh, ye did, eh exclaimed the s trang e vis itor. Didn't you meet a negro or an Iris hman at th e gate?" "\Yaal, now I think of ir, I j est 'low I did me et a nigger a n an Iris hman out thar, an' they tried a le etle bit of a raat lin trick with me that didn't work. Oh, I used ter be ther king pin ra s tl e r up in I'm great on catc h holts, I am. Wall I jest picked them infant s up an dumped 'em over ther wall an' shut ther gale on 'em. Oh, t hey couldn't rastle s o w e ll as my ten-year-old boy up in Skattles !" Frank could not h elp to smil e at the thought of Barney and Pomp, two faithful servitor s of his, receiving s uch treatment as thi s at th e hand s of the tall Yankee. There was something in th e Yankee' s mann e r that pleased Frank. He thre w the door wide open, and sai d : "Well, my fri e nd, I don't allow visitors to thi s room, but I'll mak e an exception in your case. To whom am I ind e bted for this ?" "Wall, now, I like that!" cried the vis itor ext ending a hand which look e d as if a blow from it would brain an ox. -"Dang me if I ain t a leetle bit teched on ye, friend. Put it. thar! I'm J edediah Onslow, from Skattles, Varmount. "I'm glad to meet you, Mr. Ons low!" s aid Frank. "Take a chair. What i s your bus iness with me?" "Wall, it's s omethin' mighty important, or yer kin bet I wudn t be here, fer it's tfier fu s t time in my life that I h e v bin more'n ten miles away from Skattles. I 'low the world's a good sight bigger nor I thought it was." "Well, it must seem quite a wonderful thing to you," sai d Frank, with a laugh. "Skattles is not a metropolis, is it I'' "A what? Oh, no yew see we hevn t got tew that sort of thing yit. But ye mustn't think we un s in Skattles are fools. I've took ther Tribune fer nigh on forty years, an' 1 voted fer Horace Greeley because h e was a hards h e ll D em ocrat. I've reacl about yew an' yer wonderful fl.yin' ma chines, and by gosh t'almighty, I thought I'd come down an' make a proposal to ye." "Indeed!" said Frank with a broad smile. "What i s it?" Wall, thi s i s how it come about. Yc sec, me'n P e leg Shinders heel a big argyment in & Stick em's store l'oth e r day, up in Skattles. I hed jis t been readin' about Lhcm peopl e out in Central Nl'riky as they calls men. \Vaal, Pcleg h e 'lowed 'twas ull a lie, an' I stuck it that it was true So fr'm that 1re made a bet of dollars that one or L'olhcr wus wrong, an' I greed tew her e an' la y the matter afore yew J'cr settlem ent. Now, yc' ll tak e one of your an' go ont tha r lew A an' sett le the quc:>tion, clang my bus kin s if I won' t agree go with yew." Frank had a coughing fit b e hind his handker c h ief. recover e d himself quickly, however, a nd said: ''ViTell Mr. On slow, don't you think you \\'Cl' C a bit ral:lh making that bet with your neighbor?" "Eh ?" sputtered J edecliah, I reckoned yc'd g o quick jist f e r patrioti sm, which they s a y ye've got a heap "\Ve ll, patriotism i s a good argument," said Frank, a powerful effort to restrain his mirth. "Tell ye what I ll do, boss," sa id the Yankee, his voice. I don't keer so much about th e r money a s I about beatin' that c antankerous P e leg. Now, I ll just vicle with ye on ther b et." Frank feigned g r eat dignity. "Mr. Onslow," he s aid ste rnly, "what do you tak e me Have you an y idea what it would cost to take a trip to in m y air-ship?'' I 'low it would c ost pooty well," admitted slowly "It will cost thou::;ands of dollar s "Sho! yew don't mean it?" Jede diah sat like one crushed for a mome nt. s miled in a sick l y way and got upon his feet. "Waal, I 'low I better go back to Skattl es," he lugubriou sly. "Yew young fry air tew fast for s tagers." H e starte d for the door, but Frank was su ddenl y with pity for th e old fellow in. spite of his comical siste nc y "Wait a moment, Mr Onslow," he said. l1e l p you !" The l'ankee turne d eager ly. "Yew don t m e an it," h e ga sped. 1ars, I reckon?" "We won't think about that," s aid Frank, but by a queer coincidence you have come h e re just at t ] right tim e I fini s h e d my new air-ship, the 'Whit e Cruis of the Clouda,' yesterday, and hav e decid ed to take an e ploring trip to C e ntral Afri ca at once. Now, I'll tell what I'll do. I will )llake a s .ear c h for the dog-faced me. while I'm there, and no doubt I shall find them In meantime hold your wage r in abeyance, and I will cable y(} from Cape Town or some other part at th e first of my success or failur e That i s the b est I can do for J ededia h J gave Frank's hand a squeeze that made tb young inventor jump "Yew are a brick!" he c ri ed, "but if yew wiQ take nj along with ye---" "Impos ibl e !" said Frank, decidedly. I can only Barney and Pomp, my two truste d m e n with m e." "Hump," grn:J?.ted J edediah. "Thar can'tnary one


ra s tl e f e r a cent. Yt:\r might need a good ra s tl er, ist e r R e ad e !" J e d e di a h 'c m a nn e r was s o e arnest a nd pl ea ding that Frank t like y i e ldin g But it did n o t seem pra ct i c abl e to t a k e alon g a passenge r o migh t b e onl y a n in c umbrance, s o h e was about to r e rate hi s r e fu sa l whe n a s t a rtlin g t hin g happ e n e d The re was a wild y ell lik e an Indian whoop, a nd the hur ing of feet and th e n e x t mom ent into th e roo m bur s t a ut, short built d a rk y with a comic al looking littl e Iris h n a t hi s elbow. The y m a d e a da s h for J e d e di a h "Whurro l et m e at t h e o m a dh oun phwat flun g m e over e fince roa re d B a m cy "A v I d o n t p o und th e l o if c out him thin m e n ame is Dinnis, whic h i t a in't! "Go ll y j es' yo' l e mm e la y out dat c h a p wha' 'a i s t e d mah thority !"roar e d P o mp b e lliger e n t ly. I jes' b et h e don' f o' t o get b y dis c hil e a gin .J e d e d i ah humped u p hi s b ack a nd cried: L ook o u t t h a r yew fellers! D o n't ye tac kl e old Var unt a gin o r yew" ) l g i t br o k e i n tcw. J e mim a's g h ost sh a ll h em lock! Whoopla! Du rn m y socks '1 The n ext m oment the t h ree com bata n ts w ere l ocked i n tre m e nd o u s w restl e It w as a ll so comical t h a t F rank ade, Jr., coul d not contro l himself s uffici e n t l y to att e mp t separate t h e m Round and r oun d t h e room they w e n t in a m a d career Bu t B arney a nd P omp h a d t ackl e d the wron g indi v idual. T he Ve1'm o n t Yankee wrcsll e r i s noted t h e w o rld over a

' FRANK READE, JR.'S, CRUISE.t. ...-OF .L v DvlfDS. ---===============================================excitedly. "An' naow tew bir.ness. When shall we start?" Frank took the pains to s how the Yankee everything "Within ten days," replied Frank; "but if you wis h 1 iaining to the inv e ntion. will show you tho craft w e s hall go in. M y n e w White Dolvn in the dynamo-room Uncle ,Ted was dumbfou Cruiser of the Cloud s !" at the intricacy of the wonderiul e l ectr ical machinery. Jcdc diah was crar-y with delight, and Frank led him ''I' ll b0 dog-gastcd if I kin sec haow yc ever invented ncros,; a s mall courtyard to a door in a large i1igh-roofed a thing!" he rejoined. "I reckon yc'Ye got a bigger b lmilcling. nor Dani e l Webster fer tcr do "L" Enlrring this they came into a long and high-ar c hed Frank laughed heartily '!'he n l1e c"cortcd hi s visito room, in the center of which, upon roller s or truck, sat the the yard gate. wonderful air-ship. H e re h e con sulted a calendar. Jcdc diah s tood mouth agape for a moment :mel gazed at ''Let me sec, Uncle J ed !" he sa id. "Suppo s ing ymi c !he wonderful sight. h e r e next Thursday morning at nine. Be 011 time. for "\Vaal, I'll be durncd !" he gasped. "Yew hcv got a want to start promptly.'' beauty thar an' no mistake. Gosh hanged if I ever seen so "Du yew mean thet?" asked f h c Yankee, s harply. \ pooty a skiff as thet afore in my life!" I do." TheWh.ite Cruiser of the Clouds was certainly a beauti"Wa:1l, by jingo, I 'll b e hyar! Shell I bring alon ful creation. change of c lothing?" ITer s hap e was somet hing like that of the new government ''Yes, several," replied Frank, with a laugh. "It 1rars hip, with a graceful s loping contour of hull and a prodib e som e time bei'ore you get bac k hom e again." gious length of bow cut s h ee r The Yankee sq ueezed Frank's hand almost to a jelly. The material of which the White Cruiser was made was "By gosh't almighty, I'll b e hyar on time 1" h e cri purest aluminum, yet s ufficiently anneal ed to present a s ur-Then as h e walked away h e muttered r e peatedly: face s o that !he ordinary rifl e ball could not penetrate "Great ham bones! \\'hat'll Jemima say? I'm off it. Afriky fer sure. Heigho! What will Jemima s ay sme The deck was narrow and railed in the whol e length of The new s was too good :for Uncle Jed to keep. the ship. There was a turret forward, in which was a pneu-He had to tell e v e ry,body he saw and the re s ult t matic electric gun of light mat e rial, but capable of throwreport e r s got hold of the yarn. ing a deadly bolt of dynamite. The enterprising c hap s got up a big cartoon aml a grap Amid ships was a cabin and sta irway leading into the s aaccount of Unc l e J ed's visit to Frank Reade, Jr. The ma leon. Aft was a smaller cabin in whi c h B a rne y and Pomp t e r of Jedecliah 's b0t with P e leg wa s e nlarged upon and t had quarters, and it was connected with the galley and the whole country was soon agog with interest. dynamo rooms. Sporting men made wag ers on the question of J e d e dia The turret forward contained also the s te ering apparatu s success; p e opl e in general lau g h e d h eartily, and all wai t and electric keyboard, and also a powerful sea rchlight. with great expectancy for the result. Three ma sts arose from the ship's deck, s upporting three That Frank Reade, Jr., would find the dog-faced m e n powerful rotascope s an'y one of which alon e was capable of s uch existed, no one had the least doubt. the ship in the air. The ymmg inv entor's p e r s i s t e nce and l1is fertile lesour _,___,..._,,_!At the stern was the prop e ller, a huge combination of were w e ll known, and failme to him was an unknown quat\ s poons haped fam, and also the rudder. tity. The appointments of the White Cruiser were magnificent. Floods of letters from c rank s all over the country pour Frank Reade, Jr., had s pared no expense in the furnis h-in upon Frank, but he paid no heed to t h em. ing s and outfitting Fresh sto res w e re placed aboard th e Whit e Cruiser, a tria The cabin was richly drap e d and furnished, with a din-trip made to te s t the ma c hin e r y, and Thurs day morning s ing-tabl e s upplied with th e c hoicest of s ilver and china. was announced as all read y for the s tart. The saloon was magnific ent in its s plendor. The drap-It was decided to tak e a course due eas tward until t eries were of the costliest material, the s ilks and plu s hes Gold Coast 1ras reached, and the n pu s h into the central pa were fine and bric-a-bra c was pl e ntiful: of Africa. In the hold of the air-ship were rich s tor es, fit only for A mighty crowd gathered the clay of the start. the table of the richest of men. Truly, the White Cruiser Barney and Pomp in natty uniforms were on deck, an was a typical floating palace of the air. Frank Reade Jr., was the center of a knot of interested mej Frank Reade, Jr., had not s pared expense nor pains in discussing matters when the starting hour arrived. the fitting up of his air-ship. A gong rang in the yard. J edediah gar.ed s pellbound about him. Frank s tepped upon the gang plank. To him it was like being transported to fairy land. "All roight, Mist her Frank!" cried Barney "Waal, I swow !"he muttered, in a dazed way. "I my "Good for you, Barney." cried the young inventor. "Bll wife, J cmima, was here naow s he'd beg for a dress like that where i s Uncle Jed? Has he ba c ked out, I wonder?" I are curtain thar! I reckon s h e' d go C J:a?.y over these 'ere fine J. The words were scarcely out of hi s mouth, when the ya1 things 1" gate swung open and in da s hed a carriage.


\ l?.;UW RE.&AD.!.!.,J}?11.'R, "WHI'l". amUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. In the carriage sat Uncle Jed, a living prototype of Uncle It \\ras a man devoid oJ: cl olhing. ancl who clung Sam. Upon the ra c k of the vehicle were pil e d hi s trunks. with waning st r ength to the drifting spar ... "Gosh hang it, .Mister Reade!" cr i e d the Yankee, l eap ing H c1 tried to wave hi s arm and s hout as the e air-ship hogan upon th e air-ship' s deck, 1 was delayed on account oJ: 111y lo descend. i t nearly resul ted in hi s s lipping from the best pair of stee r s gittin' l ost in the pastur, an hed tcw hunt spar. em up, or J e mim a wouldn t hcv l et m e c um away-'thout "Gol durn m e if. it ain t s ome c hap what ha s g ot tossed J did. But I reckon yc woulcln'l ; start U wut me nohaow overboard Jrom some s hip mos t likely!" cried Jeclcdiah .. "You're jus t in time," s aid Pil r lrap s "Gos h t' air y n goin tn ake him on board, Uistcr ; tboard Barn e y and .Pomp!" R.cade ?" The two servitor;; quickly obeyed. The n t hey fle w to Of comse I am," replied Frank. "Do you I could their pos ts, o n e in the pilot-honse and t he ot hm in the rnl et the poor c hap drown?" gine room. I ']owed )'011 w o nldn't do that!" There was a whirri1ig of the rolascopc_ : mrl thr g-r eat air" B arney!'' rrieil Fnmk. "Drop a rop e over the rail to the s hip arose lik e a m onster bird of prey. poor c h ap Up s hot the air-ship. ".All ri ght, sor !'' cr ird the Celt. A sa lut e of gum was fir e d b e low, r ockets rose in the air, Down went the ropr and in a few mom e nts it was within p e ople c h eered madly. the castaway's reach He s0ir.ed it :mel with difficulty Fmnk a nd T ucle .1 cd lcan rr l oYer Lhc rail waving Ameriwound it' around body. c;ms Hags. This done he s i gna l :cl to those above to pull awny. L'p went lhc a irs hip and t h e n set o u t clue east. Barney and Pomp on the rop e did so with a will. Soon the mighty panorama of the cartl l's s urface below Up came the c a s taway and in a f e w moment s wns lifted began to mpidly mol' c Readesto wn q ui ck l y from ove r the rail. s ight nncllhc g r eat journey was begun. He was drippin g with RCa water and a lmo s t rlcvoicl of Our f ri ends w e r e ofr for Central Afric11. Thrilling ad c l ot hing. Wl:iat was l eft npon him was tattered and shreclven turcs were in sto r e for them. cled. States were c ro ssed, citJes and town s pa ssed over, and then th e broad Atla])tic c am e in s i ght The air-ship could ail. night s as w ell a s days, and the nights 'ju st now w e r e pe r fect, t h e moon l e ndin g mellow r adi ance l Fo r day:; the Whi te Cruiser hung over the tossin g water s o f the Atlantic. One moonligllt night Frank Reade, Jr., sat by t h e rail looking d o wnward whe n h e an object upon the s urface of t h e sea. [t r e quir e d but a momentary g l ance Lo decid e him to go to t h e searchlight, ancl turn its ray s down upon t hat obj ect. E\en at lhat di stance, a tho11sancl f eet, Frank saw that it was a human b e ing clingin g l o a drifting s par. CHAPTER III. A TIMELY RESCUE. Frank (;OUlcl not determin e more than thi s at the mom e nt. Nor whet h er it was a !Dan or woman clinging to the spar. But he s hout ed to Barney: "Stop the prop elle r Barney L et t h e s hip down a little!" The Celt quickly obeyed. The ship begun to s ink rapidl y, and now Frank once more operated the searchlight. As the airs hip dre" nearer the water the young inventor was able to see the castaway more plainly. H e was deadly white and holloweyed, but in spite of this it could be seen that h e was a fine featured, sp l en didl y formed man of possibly thirtJ and to the manor born. He staggerecl a moment a s J1e st ood upon the deck and gazed about him in a daz e d way. M y God!" he excla im ed, l1us kily. "\Yhat st r ange thing i s this? I s it but anot h e r of m y fever fa n cies, or am I in another world?" "It is neither, my good sir!" saicl Frank R eade, Jr .. cheerily. You arc on th e deck of the White Cruiser and a mong f ri e nd s." The castaway drew a deep br e ath. "God be pra.isecl if it be true," he e arnestly, "but what does it mean ? Tllis i s a s hip which float.<> in the a ir." "Yo u are right, replied Frank. "It i s an air s hip and I am Frank Reade, .Jr., the captain and own e r." A g lad cry brok e from the castaway's lips, and a light of c omprehenRion flas h ecl'acr oss hi s face. "Ah, now I und e r stand!" he cri ed. "You are Frank Reade, Jr., the inventor of air-ships, whose name I hav e heard in every part of the world. "I am," r e plied Frank. "Sir, I am g l ad to m eet you. It is a kind Providence which brought you this way, just at a time when I believ e d that my l ast l1ope was g on e." W e happ e ned along just in.t ime. "You eli d. I am James Trent of Trent Hall, Shrop shire, England, and my fami ly are of the olde the King's domain;:;. My s tory is a dark and t e rribl e one, but I must tell it to you. I feel sure that I s hall e nli s t you r sympathy and your aiel." "You may be sure t-hat we will give you all the help w e can," replied Frank.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WR .... .. "A thousand thank s You see m e now a tattered wretch.,ler for justice and right, and I mean i.o see you thro u gh.'' Two week s ago I left New York upon the atcame r Trojan Uncle J c d edia h was, p er haps, th e most in te r este d of anyfor England. I was to g o a t once to 'l'r cnt Hall, and ther e body in the distinguiBhccl in a fC\v week s to be marri e d to the girl I love wlio is on e of As soon as h e leam ccl t hat h e was a rca l live n oble m e n, he the w ea lthiest heiresses in Gr eat Britain, Lady Eve lyn sought every opportunit y for conver sat i o n wit h 'l' r ent. T remain of Ridg e l\Ianor, near Trent Hall. To the Engl islnnan the Y a nkee was the source of mu c h "With me upon lea v ing New York was m y cou s in Roy al int erest and amusement. Trask. He was to be my Bes t man at t h e wedding. I had H e i s the mos t uniqu e s pecime n I ever saw, h e d ec l a r e d a l ways placed great trus t in Royal. to Frank. "On m y word h e i s the real Englishman's idea "Bt1t l;Jefore we bad been at sea tt day I dis c overed that h e of a Y ankee." was profoundly jealo u s of me. He. had n e v e r seen the girl Uncle J ed was con s um ed with in te r est in King Edward to whom I was engaged, but he knew that s he was ah heiress. and hi s court. H e is penniless him s elf, and t h e thought that I was going to I reckon yc know ther Prince of Wales, don t yu ?" h e better m y posit ion hurt him. a s k ed. "One c urious fact perhap s influenced him in hi s villainous "Oh, yes," r eplie d T rent, h e is one of dearest course. friends." 1 "He was the exact lik e ness of m e in the face, form and "Sho! You don't s ay. I s'pose he's a l eet l e bette r than mann e r s If w e had been twin broth e r s the likehess could the ordinary, e h ?" not have been more s triking. "Well, I don't think that h e feels that way. Of course, "These thought s no doub t set Royal to brooding H e was h e is a prince of the blood a fellow of viol ent temp e r, c apriciou s ta stes and hard in con "Yas. Waa l w o uld he speak to a commo n cha p lik e me, sci e nce. if I was tew address him?" "One night we sat upon th e rear deck. 'l'he hour wa s I hav e no d o ub t of it, if you u sed politeness and resp ect.' midnight and a s torm was jus t c oming on. "Gol durne d if I wouldn't like tu shake hi s paw. But I "The r e in the blackne3s h e l eaped upon me, hissin g : allus had a n ijee t h a t he didn ; t tak e mu c h stock in u s Yan" Ah! cousin of mine, you s hall not live to s uper s ede me. kees on acco unt o t h e r l ickin we gave you Britis h e r s in the Yonr biicle and your fortune shall be thin e From this hour tim e of the r R e volution l am James 'rren t, and yoll are Royal Trask, and Roya l Trent s miled at this. rra s k i:; th e bottom of the sea.' "That affair is a buri ed memory," h e said. "Britis h ers "\lit h which h e' lift e d me up bodily ancl thre w m e over do not espouse the lost cau,;cs of t h eir ancestors th e rail. Down into the wat e r I went. "Wall, they hadn't forgotte n it as l ate as six t y o ne, fer i f ":My w e r e unheard. 'rhc steame r went o n and I yu will r e memb er, ther Alab ama affair--" was left to the mercy of th e 1rind an d wavos. "I p l ead guilty!" l aughed 'rrent. "You a r c too sharp "Fortun ate l y I was a Htrong an d t kept up for for me, Uncle Jed. But I can see no r eason why we s hould som e hour s when [ c ame il(' l'OSS a urifti ng s par to which I quarr el!" have clung for seYeral clay:>. But Ood ha s s pared my life "Kain't see a s we are I sai d the old man, whittling awa:v nnd I may yet foil Ro\al 'l'ra sk !'' steadily a t a stick, "but I'll b et my jack-k ni fe agin yure gold JamcR rrent sa'nk in

FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. 7 bang, plantashun mellojies !" cried Barney, contemptuously. f suffice to tak e th e air-ship in its flight across the tight littk "Av yez wud only listen to auld Erin's h a rp that onct--" "Jes' hol' on, I'is h !' ex po s b;rlat e d Pomp. "Give d e genie man time to say which wan h e lak fu s t, cain't you?" "A'right, na}'gur !"cri ed Barney. "Begorra, I ll begin to scrape me bow thin!" "\Vell, I'll tell you how to settle it," c ried Trent, fearing a quarrel. "How am dat, sa h ? "I'll toss up a si l ver qua rter. The man who gets the toss get s the play and the s hilling, too. See "A' right, sa h !" Up flipped i.he silve r coin. It came h eads up and this was Barney 's choice. The Celt at once began to fiddle. The r e was no kind of a tune that B arney could not e licit from that wonderful violin. Indeed his reputation was great in R eadestown, and there were many good jud ges of mu sic who acknow l edge d him a master. Garry Gwen, Sweet Kathleen, and many old Iris h ballado followed. B arney had a fine, ric h voice, and he san g in a ra v i s hing way. Trent listened like one enraptured "Oh, tall and s t ately was form, An' r ed brown was her hair, An' ri ch an' costly were the robes This Iris h girl did wear." ,.. P omp was not to be outdone. His banjo was quickly tuned, and he began to render some plantation m e lodies and songs which were indescribable. Uncle Ned, Black Joe, the Old Cabin Home, and man y another followed, and many a comical ditty. "Oh, I went to bccll as' ni g ht; I was l yin' half awake, When Satan came to my bedside, Good L or' how I did s h ake." island. This thought excited the Englishman greatly, anJ he now paced the air-ship's deck with no other thought. A few hour s lat er the air-ship passed over a part of Scot land anu was now 1directly ove r Engl a nd. Frank had located Shropshire on the map, and Trent had indicated the location of Ridge Manor. It was near dark, however, before the air-sh ip hovered over Shropshire. ,. The face of the country b elow was eagerly scan n e d by those on board of the air-ship. Trent himself pointed out the diff e r ent loca lilics, and finally cried: "There is Ridge Manor. Jus t beyond you will see T rent Hall!" Ridge Manor was seen to be a v ery l a rge and beautiful estate Its land s were broad and fertile and divided with beauti ful h e dges of green. The Hall itself was an old mansion of the Elizabethan pattern. As it was evening lights b.egan to gleam from the windows and through the grounds. "Somrth ing i s going on down the r e cried Frank, with conviction "It is the wedding exclaimed Trent, feverishly. Can you l et me down there at once, Mr. R eade?" "Certainly r ep li e d Frank. The young inventor seJ:ected a good place in the grounds to alight. Then the airsh ip descended and re ste d upon the ground s in the )Uidst of a clump of fancifully trimmed eedars. Nobody saw its descent for it was too dark. Frank quickly mad e arrangements. The wedd ing had not yet taken place, for the rumble of carriages could b e heard bringing guests. The plan was for Lord Trent to br eak in the cere mony, conf ront the false bridegroom, and denounce him. It would not do to leave the air-ship alone, sci Frank com missioned Pomp and J e d e diah to r e main aboard. 1 Then with Barney and Lord Trent the young inventor set Pomp twanged his last solo, and vamped his last out for the manor. accompaniment, when Frank R eade, Jr., at the rail gave a In a f e w moments they had traversed the intervening disl oud cry: tance and reached the fiont s teps. L a nd ho The wide door w e re thrown open and beyond the gay cos -CHAPTER IV. THE USURPER FOILED, In an instant all sprung to thei r feet. "Land ho !" Th e cry meant much to the Englis hman James Trent. It meant that the broad Atlantic was crossed and that England was reached at l ast. tumes of guests were seen, and music floated out upon the air Lord Trent a s cended the steps and entered the hall. Two liv e ried servants confronted him, but he hurled them aside. :B'1;ank Reade, Jr., and Barney were at his elbow. The bridal party s tood b e for e an altar of flowers The minister was jus t ready to read the service. Strai ght into the room sta lked Lord Trent. "Hold!" h e cried, in a voice of thunder. "I forbid -this wedding!" A sensat ion was c reated. He was now very near home. But a few hours would, Sevcral l adies fainted, gentlemen gazed m amazement


8 lmANK READE, "Will'l'E .1!' THE CLOUDS. at the s peaker the bride tottered, and the bridegroom turned B egorra, I wudn't moind bein a lord mesilf said and faced the newcomer. ney, macking his lips. "It's the .foinest taste av the One glance lhe false bridegroom ga

FRANK READE, JR. S "WHITFJ CRU(SER" 01!' THE CLOUDS. t hing s w er e m a de ship shape aboard the White I ]:our of the monkeys s ud dc nly.let t h e mselves in Cnuser. eham, and one of t h e m grabb e d h1s b e aver from h1s head. The cabin s w er e lock e d, and Barney, who wa s to remain aboard a s g u a rd took 11p h is :>ta t im \in the turre t forward. ''Now, if I giv e < 1 i gnal C o r assi s tance aid Frank, "raise tl1e ship and come after u s." All right, s or, said Barney. The s i gnal was t o b e a sharp whi stle and a ll unders tood The n Frank and Pomp arld J c d cdiah let the airs hip. 'rhcy w e r e dresse d in 1 i g h t suits of white du ck-that i s Frank and Pomp w e r e 'rhc Yankee w ould not c h a n ge They w e r e a rm e d t o t h e teeth with Winc hest er s D c n-in gcr s and kni ves, f o r t h ry knew not wha t s or t of an e n e m y th e y mi ght en counte r 'fhc A f ri can R un wa:-: p o w er f ull y h o t and seemed lik e l y to m elt our e xpl o r e r s as t hey c r osse d t h e o p e n l a nd. But t h ey soon r eac h e d the s h a d e o f the mi g h ty f orest c the s unli ght could n o t ver y w e ll p en rtrn t r. H e r e all was a peculiar g loom It was a wond e r f ul a nd m ost im p ressive s i ght. The trees w e r e mon s t e r s in girth and h e i ght, and their f o li age w::is so t hi ckly intcnro v r n th a t (lay li ght c ould h a rdly p e n etrate th em. "Gos h all h e mlo ck!'' m11 tt c r c d J cdc di ah in amaz e m ent; t haL's s tout e r t imb e r n o r [ e v e r Rcc o n t h er G reen M o uu t ingcl in old Varm o nnl'. 1 never seen i t,; eka l afo r e." I ihink n o t [ T n c l c : J ed," saicl F r a n k, w i t h <1 laug h ; L hat i s pretty hc the monk eys shrie ked and d a nced with wildest glee. It certainly a very funny s pecta c le. J<'rank an d Pomp w er e con v ulsed with fran t i c l a u ghte r A s for .Tcclccli a h h e wao:; a wild m a u 1 Gol durn t.h c r s assy pi cturs h e roar ed. "If I git m y pi!w:; o n to 'e m T'll ra t t l e t h eir Hi, thar, yer leetle s::npins, thro w clo 'l'll tha t hat! Hut lh c m onkeys cli.d n ot see m di s posed t o obey Great !" b lm ski.ns h e roare d "I'll s ma s h thr hull gan g on em." With thi s h e bega n to c lirnh th e tree. He w as no s louch at c limbin g C'ith er


FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE C LOUD S Up h e w ent wit h wonde rful agility, and s oon had reached B e au t i f ul, i ndeed w e r e t h e aighLs now r evea led. t h e upper br a n c hes. 'fhere were w ell beaten paths whic h our adventure r s f o l But th e m o nkeys onl y passed on to the n ext t ree b y mak-lowed. i ng a swing ing bri dge, a nd w e r e out o f Jededi a h 's way Lovel y g r ottoes a mQllg t h e g reen foli age wer e d iscover e d A ll th e baffle d Ya nkee could d o w as t o s hake his fis t a t mossy d e lls, coolin g spr ings of water and seq ues t e r e d s pots, the m imp atie ntly. B y thund er!" -he s hri e k e d "If I c ud o nl y git a h i p hold on yew c hap s I'd to s t yew might y qui c k Frank now recover e d from hi s fit of mi r th H e b e gan to fear that harm would com e t o the Ya nkee Ly falling from hi s perch in hi s great e x cite m e nt. So he cried : e n t i c in g e n o u g h f o r t h e gods. The r e was som et hin g so g r a n d a n d cathe dr a l lik e b e n eath th e mighty trees t hat our adve n ture r s w e r e l o ath t o d epa r t from the m Birds of the ra r est p lu mage wer e a b u ndan t. Monk eys c h atte r e d a nd a ll was life a n d a n imation But sud_ d e nl y a s h a rp c r y escape d Po m p's lips. H o l d on, Uncle J e d Come down and I'll get y o u r ha t Fo d e good L or', Marse F r a nk, w hat am d a t fing ?" for you." "Yew will ? "Yes." "Go s h durn e d i f I see haow yew kin a n y b ette r than m e "\Ye ll, c o m e down a nd I'll show you." right." Down s lid J e d c di a h f r o m t h e t ree. F r a nk pic k e d up hi s All eyes wer e turne d in th e di r ect i on indi cated and a ll felt a c h i ll. Cer ta inl y t h e s p ectac l e was a m ost g ruesom e o n e A mon ste r f ull y s i x f eet in h e i g h t h a d stepped f r o m the u nd erg r o w t h an d stoo d r egarding the t ravel e r s w i t h a positive l y devili s h expr ession in i ts eyes. In for m it was closel y alli e d t o the hu ma n b e ing. gun and fir e d it in the air Its sho uld e r s were pow e r ful, its a rms r eac hing b elow i h The s tunnin g r e p o r t h a d ju st th e effect t h a t F r a nk had knees with bony finger s Its legs wer e sho r t a nd muscul ar, c a lcu l a t e d it would. and its who l e b o d y was c over e d w ith h a i r The monkeys w e r e terrifie d and dro pped t h e h a t, s cram-The c r eatu r e's p hysiogn o my, h o wever was enou g h to gi\'e bling for a hi g h e r p e r ch. on e the n ightma re. Frank pi c k e d it up a nd han de d i t t o J e dedi a h Descriptio n palls i n an attempt to portray t h e exp r ession The Y a nk e e was dumbf o unded. of that bru te face. 'l'he eyes were. set deep and leering, the "\Vaal I swow h e gas p ed. "I'd never hev thou ght o f for ehra d con tracted, the c h eek bones hig h a n d a n g ular and t h&t." Your hat i sn' t mu c h hurt," s aid Fra nk "and you' r e lu c k y It's a wonde r they hadn t pull e d it a ll t o pi e c es." "'l'he sassy leetle br a t s !" expl oded J e d e diah "I've a good mind to give th e m a ta s t e of c old lead." -"Ugh! don t do that said Frank. "I would a lm ost as s h oot a def e nceless hum a n b e in g Ah-what i s t ha t ?" Fro m the depth s of the forest t h e r e cam e a tre m endous roar lon g white tusks hu n g f r o m t h e u ppe r jaw. "A goril l a gasped F r a nk. Jedcdi a h gazed at the beast i n b l an k am'azem ent. "Waal b y J i ngo he crie d "th a t i s t h e w u st lao n specime n o f a man 1 ever seen T swar te r gosh i f it a in8 clat a in't a man, sah c ri ed P omp, "dat a m a g' rilla "Stead y c r ied F r ank. "We h ad bette r sepa r ate. That q h ap mean s to g ive u s t rouble." The r e was a cra s hin g of f o lia ge, a s h ak i ng of th e g round The gorill a i s never mo w n to t u rn f rom a n attac k upon a nd the n throu g h the und e r g rmrth the g i a n t f o rm of a wild m an. was seen approa c hing H e a lways r ega rd s hi m as an enemy, and will attac k h i m The mon s t e r did not seem to b e c omin g f o r our adv e n -on s i g ht. tnre rs, howe v e r s o they s tood firm In t he present case the gor ill a eemed to b e con s id e r i n g But h e k e p t on c rashing throug h th e forest at right an g les which o n e of h i s foes h e w o ul d attack fir st to t h eir pos ition. H e passed on qui c k l y out of s i ght. His expressi o n of cou nte n ance was somet h i n g fiend i sh and Holl y I dun fink I wud n t want to g it in dat animal' s w e ll cal c ulat e d t o st rike terr or into t h e sto u tes t hear t. way crie d P omp. "He am jes' a bad one, h e am.'' Frank r etrea t ed to the cover of a t ree, a nd P o m p a n d "B y g o s h I ag ree with yew!" c ried J e d e diah "We will J e d ecliah to an ot h e r jes' give h i m a c lean pass, I reckon." \ F rank, however was not inti mid a t e d with the appearance cf th e mon s t e r a nd pressed forward deep e r i nto the fore s t. The g orilla carri ed in its h and a t remend o u s c lub. It now gave a roar and g na s h e d i t s f ri g htful teeth. "Look out!" c ri e d Fra nk.


FRANK REA])E, JR.'S, "WHITE '!.'he young inventor knew that it was a critica l moment, and great car e would n eed to b e exe r c ised. Th e beast seemed to have si ngl e d out Frank as the object of i ts attack. With long strides it starte d for t he young inv entor Frank waited but a moment. I He kne w well what would be the re sult if the b east reached him. It would ruean death, for the gorilla's trength i s greater than that of twenty white m en. Frank raised his Win c hest er and taking careful aim fired. CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. It would certainly have killed them if the y had not. But new adventures now ca used them to quickly forget the incident Thus far they had seen nothing of hum a n being s Frank did not doubt but t hat t h e locali ty was inhabited b y native s H e had k ept a lookou t for s ign s of them. In many case s the natives w e r e friendly. Bqt they were eAten tre acherous and e nemies. H e knell' that it was in thi s vicinity that the dog-faced tribe w e r e reputed to live. The r efore he was anticipating meeting somet hirlg of the The gorilla stagge r ed and gave a yell of pain, while a j et sort at any moment of blood s pout ed Crom its breast. Pomp and J edcdia h were not. Yet the bull et had not reac hed a vita l part, for the mon s t e r still cam e on Lo the attack. At that mom ent Pomp fired The ball struck the an imal' s s kull and bound e d off harm lessly The gorilla merely s hook its h e ad with a sna rl. Then J edcdia h fired. Consequently they were the most surprised when s ud den l y from the d ept h s of the for est th e r e came a se rie s of wild s hout s and half nak ed bla cks were seen bounding to ward them. J ede diah turned to flee. "Gol durn it, boys t har they com e h e yelled. "I His bullet entered the animal's side and for a moment reckon we'd better git t e w cor er as quick as ever w e can." s taggeJ;cd it. But Frank R eade, Jr., gave Pomp stern orders to st and. The gorilla hc1cl now nearly r eached Frank R ea de, Jr. The young imentor drew back and fired almost point blank. This time t h e d ead l y Win ches t e r proved too much for the most po"crful of b e a sts. The gorilla staggered and fell in a h eap. It was d e ad instantly. "Gosh all h e mlock!" crie,d J c d e diah, rushi ng o ut I r eckon we'Ye cooked his breakfast fer him. Ain't h e a bu s t e r ?" "You arc right, Uncle J ed," c ri ed Frank. "I s hould ha to meet one of his ilk un a rm e d in this forest." "Golly! I j es' reckon dat he wud cat a man right quick! Eh, Marse Frank ?" "I g uess so," r e pli e d Frank. '1We won't make close ac quaint ance wit h his kind jus t the same !" The gorilla was closely exa mined He was a perf ect monst e r, with muscles of prodigious size and as hard as iron. Certain l y he would be a bad c u sto mer t o meet after d ark. A Samson could not have match e d him. Frank h eaved a s i gh

:;r FRANK HBAD B, "WRI'l' E CRUISER" 0.1!' 'l'H E C LO U D S But in a fe w m om ents one was seen advanci n g with his h ands raised palm T hi s was a token oJ: truce and l'rank acc e pted it. 'l'he fellow, a st r apping African warrior, beringed and b edecked, made curious signs a11d the n kne l t b e fore Frank. T he you n g i n ventor gathered from this that the tribe regar d ed him a s their s uper i or and came to beg f r iendsh i p O f course thi s was what Frank r e ally wanted G oll y, Marse F r a nk," said P om p with a duck of his head, "I'se quite agreeable." "Yew kin bel it will be heap:; of fun," averred J e d e di a h with a wink at Pomp. "I s 'pose yew kin see y u re an ccstors here_, el1 ?" Pomp woul d have blu s h e d had s u ch a th i ng been pos::;ib b As it w a s Jle shru gged his s hould e rs with d isg ust. u D o n yo' go .fo' to tell di s chile dat his ancestors was So he made a few com pre ben in; to the native and ebber like dem nigger<:i. No, ,;ah, don belie be it." sent him back. Frank laughed heartily at this This i't seemed had a good effect, for in a few mo m ent s "You don t c l aim kins hip with them, e h, P o mp ?" "No, sa h I don't." the entire band of negroe:;, som e fifty in numbe r came bol d l y out of cove r. "Go easy now. P e rhaps you may find some c o me l y d a mT he i r chief a pow erf ull y built f ellow, came up to Fran k se l s up in King Loa':; town to flirt with." cor d i a lly. "No, sah !" protested Pomp, with dign iLy; I don flirt H e j abb ered in an unint e lli g ible way, and th e n in broken sah-not a bit ob it, sa h said : On l y on the sly, ; said the young inventor, with a lau gh. "Mamb y L oa, h e great chief. 11lamby Land! So good!" \ \Telcome l"l to "Yolt'te a s ly rogue, Pomp." ,y i5 Frank knew the Portuguese langua ge w e ll and replied : I am glad lo mccl you, King Loa. l ill take your hand. rrhc Mamby c hi ef leap e d in th e air 1rith keen delight, and a l most e m"'brac c d .Frank in hi::; excitement. The natives had .from the first regarded Pomp with great curiosity. They saw that h e was of the sa me color a s themselves, and took him for on e of their race in white 1nen's clothes, which was literally a fa c t There fore, they felt s omething of an affil i ation, as it W hite man h e Lalk lik e Loa All same. w e re, and d uring the march to the village o n e o them Y e nEery good, me ue whit e king 's fri e nd tured to address Pomp. u I l1opc so '' l'rank, e agerly. "lf you will s tick l>y me, Loa, l will make you som e good presents !" The : Mamby c hief lifte d hi right hand, pointed to the earth, to the sky, and to the four point s or the c ompa ss. The n he lay flat upon hi belly at Frank's feet, and groYeted like a worm. After thi s puzzl i ng series of antics lte leap e d up and pla ced hi s jav e lin at hi s throat, and said: Loa will b e true to the whit e king. This is the o ath!" "Good replied :Frank, ''"ith a smile; ''but real ly, s i r, you r word would hnv e been quit e s ufficient." "It is death for a M:amby to break his oatl1, .. s aid Loa, solemnly. "All ri ght," s aid Frank, impati e nll y, "the bar gain is made. What i s to rome next?" Of course, the darky d idn' t unde r stand their lingo Therefore he sa id caustically: 1 don talk i n y o talk, ge n lemen s Don know nuffin bout what you 'sc s a yin'.'' "Be c ivil to your relations, Pomp," s aid Frank, with a laug h Pomp how c \ -er, would n ot do thi s "I don ass o ciate wi.f no s i c h po trash!" h e declared, with u mbrage. "I goe s wif high-toned niggah s, I does." The march to King Lo a s town was two mil es througl1 the woods. Sudd e nl y the forest b ega n t o giYc way to a 10\ely little valley right down in the heart of the wild r eg ion. It was a p erfect Ede n and they ente r e d it, Fra1,1k claimed : "White king come to :rvramby village. Eat meat with "I n c 1er sa1r th e e qual o f this bciorc. 'l'hi must have Loa. Have dance." been the hom e o f Adam and EYe." l!'rank look e d up to sec whal lim e it by the un. uit's a pooty l ay of land!" a gree d Jede diah, "bu t law Bu t that orb of day was concealed from VlC\1" by the dense m e Yo oughter sec Seth Hinb' farm up in Skattlc.:. foliage. It'll keep 11incLy head of s tock and cu t ten ton o f h ay tcw However it seemed f!{titc early yet, so the young invent or t he acre, by gogh!" lurned to Pomp and Jedediah Frank s ubsided with t h is. "Tho old fel low wan Is u s to go to h i s vill age with him. The villa_ge of lhe M:ambv tribe came i n to


FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHI'l'E CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. was a large collection of severa l hundred straw thatched intense l y intere sted at least one member of the party. the kings party approached with theil' distinguished the inhaliitants of the to wn rushed out in a body. and children and men,many of them wholly rushed out to mee t the party. s houting and beating of drums followe d. King Loa i ss ued trumpet o r ders and in a jiff y the concou r se formed a s qu a r e in the c ente r of ,the town vi sitors ariel the king in tl1c cente r. a number of s _tout men lifte d bodil y the roof of a upon four upright po sts and plac e d it over them to shut the hot rays of the sun. Uat s mad e of ru s hes wer e laid upon the grouud. l Upon the s e the vi sito r s s at. king'ti ord e r:> w e r e qui c k and sharp and intly obey e d .i buffalo calf was led forth and killed and in a jiff y its wa d exte rou s l y dresse d and c ooking oYe r a b e d of ,J Drink a s t o t h e visitor,; in g ourds, and pres ently m e n up tug g in g h e av y tus k s of ivory, one of which was laid t h e feet of e a c h g uestas a gift. This wa s J edediah. 'l'wo stalwart perfect criant s in stature appcarctl 0 0 and engaged in wre s tling. The exh ibition they gave was really fine. The strength displayed was tre m endous and the skill b e yond dispute Jedediah watched them intently. 'l'hc one who cam e off victoriou s was s o e lated, that with the ldng's permi ss ion be chall e nged an y other member of the tribe. Of course, this did not apply to J e dediah. But when the Yankee :>aw that the challenge wa s li kely to be unac-. cepted, he could stand it no longer. He thre w off his coat and cried: "Gos h 1 blazes 1?d ruthe r ras tle t han eat a y time. I s ay yew feller, if y e r want to hev a go with me, s ay so!" J ed ediah leap e d into the ring. 1 A sen s ation W!J S cr eated. 'rhc bla c k wrestler pro strate d hims elf before the king. It wa s likel y that matters 1rould ha, e become complicated had not Frank said in Portuguese to King Loa: H e mean s a fri endly bou t with your s ubject King Loa J u s t a frie ndly WTcstle The Iring's face change d and lw s eem e d mightily pleased. 'rhc drink 1ra s a p eculiar kind of win e m anufactured H e bowe d and s miled graciou s l y, at the s ame time saying: from the c ocoanut and was very refre shing. "It shall be a s y ou s ay, white' king. But your friend i s Pomp t ook to it kindly, with the result tha t i t made hi s no t s o s tron g mor e g lib than e 1er F r ank s mil ed. His opinion of the "po' '' trm:>h nigge rti beg a n t o und e rgo J e d e diah indeed was vas tly inferior in s ize to the b l ack iecidec1 change. 'T'hcy 11er c ; ww t o hi s thinking v ery Sams on gen l e m e n. H e bad al s o been g uilt y of smirking and smiling a t s om e thc more come l y oi the :Ma mb y Jed ediah was uonc ormnittal but h e s ma c k e d his lip s in manne r afte r the potation of t h e cocoa wine. lt was eYidc n t tha t King L o a m eant to do his utmos t to hi s g u ests. the eaU' wa,; cook.iug o 1 e r L he {] r c t h e uati v e kin g foi bi,; best dancer,;. The c 'Te r c wome n oi t>h apely f onu amlnimblc feet A half dozen m e n wi t h drum,;, k ettle s h a p ed, b egan to out a wild m e lo dy i t h a chanting s ong. The wome n danced in a g rotesqu e mann e r, to the edificaof the performed s om e r c all_y fine ground and l ofty tumquite equal to the work of s om e of our best circ u s But the young inventor knew w e ll enougl1 that the Yanke e fully mad e up in skill and trickery 1rhat he lacked in weight. "lie i s stronger than he looks, King Loa," he replied. The bla c k monarch nodded and s miled. J edediah shipped to the wai s t The black wre stler look e d 1ritb di s daiu at hi s proportion s 'rhe Yanke e see m e d far outmatched. \Yhat'Jl y e w b e t 1 don t thro11 him in five mi1mi ts, :Mister R e ad e ?" cri e d J cde diah. ''We ll, J will wager a s up]JCr,'' t e phcd Frank. "By go s h take ym1 ,'' r e the Yankee. "Keep yu r e eye peeled an' j es' see m e do it. CHAPTER VII. JEDEDI.A.H DH lTIKGUISliES HIMSELF. It is to s a y that the whole villag e of blacks wer;; of strcngtl1 fn!low cc1, u nd now came an exl1ibition interes ted i 1 : the conte st. I


14 FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. They crowded forward eageri.y, all on the vive. His opponent was so s lippery that he was utterly The two wrestlers took opposite corners of the ring. to do anything with him. Of course, rules did not apply. It was simply a question As for Jedediah, he worked with the ardor of one who of the best man wins and "catch holds." I the \crtainty of winning. The black regarded hi;; opponent warily a moment. J edediah made a feint, and the black deceived by it, made a rush. Jedediah dodged under his powerful arm, threw an ami across his back and in a twinkling had a back lock. The black broke it the next moment, however, being fresh and strong, and caught J edediah by the hips. He partly raised the Yankee from the ground, but Jecle s aved himself by a shoulder hold. The bones cracked and the sinews st raightened in the bodies of both. .., It was truly a of giants. Suddc1Jly his opp.ortunity came. The big black's back weakeneion lhat he was d ealing with no ordinary man. He evidently realized that he had quite a battle before him. His appearance s howed this. He was perspiring like a beaver and br eat hin g quite heavily. "Uncle Jed, I am proud of you!" cried .b'rank, as J diah joined him. "Waal I reckon old Varmount is ahead in the line," said J edediah, modestly. "You are right," agreed Frank; "if there are any there lik e yoll." 'l'hc broiled calf wa::; now brought forward, flnd the began. Aftel' tbis there was more dancing, and then Frank that the sun was getting low. "We must return to our ship, King Loa," he said "What is that?" asked the King, somewhat puzzled. "We have a ship which flies in the air like the eagle Jedediah, on the oth e r hand, was as calm and cool as could the hawk." be in,1agined. 'I'he Yankee drew a plug of tobacco from his hip pocket and bit off a prodigious hunk. The king looked increduloLJS. I have never s e e n pnything of tho kind," "Your people ha vc come to tho coast in greH t winged Working his jaw s upon this, h e winked at Frank, and lmt t1'!ey don't sa il in the air'' said: "But mine does," declared Frank. "If you will "Yure bet is lost, l\Ii s ter H eade. I'm going to tl ;row him with me, I will show YPll." this time." "On my word, I believe he will," muttered Frank. Tius time the black stood upon the defen s ive. In vain J edediah tried to coax him out of his corne1 Then, realizing thathe was giving his man too much of a rest, J edediah made a rus h for him. The darky cleverly pick ed the Yankee up by the hips, and only a clever s houlder hold saved him. But Jedediah's tactics now w e r e of the kind. He gave his man no rest. Feint after feint, trick after trick was employed, until' !be big black was puffing lik e a steam engine. The king seemed pleased. "WiH not the wlj.:ite king bring }1is wing13d ppat here "I will," replieq Fnmk, "in t}1e mor!ling." "It is well," repli e d King Loa. Frank had turned to go, when a thought came to him Instantly he turned to tho native king and asked: "King Loa, in all this region, have you ever heard a race of men who have faces sha ped like a dog's?" The king's face lit up. "Nalltchi Mba," h e said "Wl1at ?" asked Frank, in surp rise.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE OR ISER" OF TilE CLOUDS. Mba, the men with the dog faces. Yes, they King Loa then proceeded to give Frank valuable informa-as regarded the dog-faced men. His description was most graphic and interesting. According to it the Nautehi Mba or dog-faced men were frightful race of eannibals and wild men. They were the deadly enemies of all other tribes, and in raids carried all before them. In battle they were fierce and invincible. Of all the in Central Africa they were by far the. most blood-Frank listened to this d e s cription with deepest interest. According to King Loa's d e claration the Mamby village even now threatened by an attack from the Nautchi The king much worried about it, and fear e d that wretches would swee p his littl e b a nd out of existence. Frank's sympath y was aroused. "They s hall not do it," he declared. "How can it be h e lped?" a sked Loa. "l will help it." The king s hook his h e ad s adly. Ev e rything falls befor e th e N autchi Mba !" he declared; are not afraid of the white man's fire-sticks. They for nothing and fight lik e wolves with their teeth a s a s w e apon s !" Frank could not help a s hiver at thi s terse description. The N aut c hi Mba would sure l y b e a terrible foe to meet. But h e kn e w well tha t ;vith the help of hi s e lectric and th e dynamite gun that he could worst them. Without delay, the three explorers started for the White Cruiser. Its rotascop ,es were just visible over a rise of land, so they knew that it was still where they had left it. But at this moment a thrilling incident happened. Distant rifle shots were heard, and then the air-ship was seen to leap into the air. "Barney has been attacked!" cried Frank, in alarm. "Fo' de Lor's sakes, Marse Frank! Am it de dog-faced men?" "By gosh, yew have hit it!" roared Jedediah. "Look yonder!" Sure enough, the dog-faced men bad attacked the air s hip. And now from the cover of a clump of palms a gang of them were seen rushing toward our adventurers. For a moment our friends were utterly paralyzed. The appearance of the strange barbarians was something frightful. They were literal giants in frame and statue with lon

FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. But they were far beyond range. serve that they did not r e gard it with the usual fear We have nothing to f ear," cried Frank. "We are aver s ion. s aved!" Up the rop e ladd e r they climbed the n, a n d a few mo ment s late r w e re a board the White Cruiser. Barney w e l come d the m with jo y Shure s or, h e criecl, in explaining it to Frank, "I saw the barbarian s coming and I .up an' g ive thim a s hot, bad cess to thim. Then I wq,s afraid they wud come aboard, s o I sint the airs hip up. "You did just right, Barney," s aid Frank, approvin g l y "To-monow w e will giv e them a lesson. All looked forward to the morrow with thrilled anticipa tions. CHAPTER VIII. BATTLISG THE NAUT OIII MBA. Ins tead the y brandis h e Q their weapon s at it in a ening manner. The n the young inventor recall e d the declaration of Loa, that the N autchi Mba w e re afraid of nothing, in the flesh or the spirit. The y oung inv entor compressed his lip s in a deltermli manner. "We will see," h e mutte r e d The t emptatio n was too g r ea t and b e notifi e d s low the s hip a mom e n t 'fhe n Frank took on e of t h e ex plo s ive projectiles dropp e d it ove r the rail. It struc k f airl y in t h e mid st of th e c learing. The effect was Earth and debri s and man g l e d b o di es men fill e d th e air. A moun d rai sed i n t lJe c learing c omposed of Frank was d e t ermine d that no harm s hould c ome t o the s ub stances. tribe ii h e c ould h e lp it:. His liking for King L o a was mos t pro found and h r W i1f' determined to d e f e nd ltim ag ain s.t hi s b arbaro u:; foe. He knew that i t was not at all improbable bu t that t l1e clog-faced men might wi_ric out the p e aceabl e l\f a mbies e n tirely. "I will teach the b e a s t s a lesson they will never :forget!" mnt.tcred th e y oun g invenior wit.h set lips. Darlm css was llOW c oming on. rrnnk kn e w that nothing more c ould b e don e t hat night, h e sci an anchor out ancl. allow e d th e airship t o r e main wh e re it was 'rhe Whi te Cruiser ro c k e d at h e r an c h o r all t h a t ni g ht. Th e next morning all wer e up at s unrise. Pomp pre pared an app e tizing m e al anc1 the n 1 < r a n k But even thi s d i d not f'C'Cm to teni!y the barbarian s '!'hey yelle d a ll t h 0 l o u de r ancl b randi sh('() t h eir w"''n",. with m o r e t h a n ever W ell, I n ever!" e x chti m e d F rank, in amaz e m ent; "Lb a r c tl1c n e r v i est be ings I ever saw." The l: ante h i Mba w e r e ccrt a inl y wl1olly without fe a r There was no den yi n g t h is. 'l'h c Whit0 Crniscr now kept o n .for a coupl e o f milcB. It now h un g di rec tl y over the v ill age of t h e .1\fambie.:;. The c onduct of t hese nalivcR was in strong contrast wi t11af o f t.h c d o g face d m e n 'l' hey pro stra t e d thc msch es 11po n th e g round in s u st itiou s f e ar. The y evid ently r egarde d F r a n k R ea d e, Jr., as a go d hoi s ted anc hor Nothin g was to b e seen of ihe hi s airship a s a c loud upon wh ic h h e came down to :rautc hi }Jb a in t h e v i e arth. 'l' h e y oun g i nven to r a li g hted th e airs hip fiR s oon cinit y But a s th e Wbit e c;niseJ; sai]e d OYCl' t h e dark forest ;J i t ton c hed t h e g r ound. It r e qu i r e d som e effor t to t h e n atives and :;tartling scene was s udd e nl y r c Y ealecl. A c ross an op e n space b elow a p erfect h o r ( l<:> of th e Nautchi )fba w e r e s een to b e marching. They \Ye r e proceeding in the dir ec tion o f th e l\Iamb y l'illage, doubtl ess with the purpose .of it. Frank r e aliz e d that ther e was no time to los r lf he was to giv e his fri e nd s, the l\Iam .bics, aid, it must be done a t once. So he set the Whi t e Cruiser forward at full s peed Over the dark forest the airship passed. c om e their s up e r st iti o u s f ear. But this w as fin a ll y clone, a n d t h e n Frank induced Kin L o a t o go a boar d t h e Whi te C ruiser The airs hip \r as indeed a n object of nii ghty wonder th e nativ e kin g. Frank showe d h im t h e e J ect rical machiner y and tried c xpiain it all to him. Bu t King s hook hi s h e ad and tapp e d hi s forehead. ")fe no see it, h e said. Head to o thick; not like whi Honring over the barbarian s Frank was surprised to obman.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" O F THE CLOUDS. King Loa was wonderfully taken the rich appoi n t ments of the saloon. Frank gave him a couch and one of the satin chairs for a throne. From that moment Frank owned the of the Mamby T his was true. l'he woods seemed suddenly ull of N antchi M b a. They came in a perfect swarm, yelling and howli n g sav agely. 'rhey tried to rus h upon the "Mamby village. But the fir s t obstacle they C'neotmterecl was the deadly monarch. electric wire, and it was quickly broken. Yet contact witl 1 The young inventor also distributed simple gifts amo n g it was costly to them until they learned to avoid it. the natives in common. But it was not forgotten that great d;1nger threatened. }i'rank told King Loa. of the approach of the dog faced men. 'rhe native king now s howed that h e was a man of sp irit and pluck. He called his fighting men together and put them in s hape in a masterly fashion. As nearly as pos s ible, the town was put in a condition ::.uitable ior defense. But Frank Reade, Jr., took a wire, and with Barney and Pomp's aid stretched it from tree to tree around the entire vill: brin g raised aronnd thC' :\f amby village by the explosion. 'rhc 1\Iamby natives themselve s were so terrified that they were com'pcllecl to retreat to their huts This left the White Cruiser to fight he enemy alone. But it was equal to the occasion. 'l'he Nautchi could not pos s ibly sta nd befor e s uch terrifi c Xplosions. ln spite of their bull -clog grit and famous reckless n ess, Bnt the deadly Nautchi Mba had a foe to e ncounter whose they were really obliged to fall back. human could hope to stand before those awful Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp and Jedediah were in the turret forward, keeping a s harp lookout. A line of heaped up earth fully four feet high extended T hey were all armed with Win c hest c r s and hacl plenty along one side of the village. a mmu nition. Slowly but persistently the Nautchi were clriYcn back. Su ddenl} the were see n to retreat to the covrr When they rlid brC'ak up and retreat, thot1gh, it was an t h eir stockade. 1 inglorious one I "They are coming!" cried Frank. could stay their course. ,.


FRANK READE, JR. .q, CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. In a short time they had left the vicinity and the battle inventor was interested in the plans for the was over. ment of his people. It was a mighty victory and a terrible repul:;e tp the The young inventor taught the natives many useful Nautchi Mba. made them valuable gifts and encouraged traits of ind The Mambies ventured to crawl out of their huts when But one day a sensation was created. the awful cannonade ceased. They were the picture of abject fear, and at that moment Frank Reade, Jr., had perfect domain over them. A nati;e came into the village bearing what he as a curious yellow stone. Its color and beauty had attrac ted his eye, and he of it only as a the great white king. He cast it Frank's feet, at the same time making a li The scene about the Mamby village was a terrible one to tle presentation s peech, \vhich was hardly intelligible. They could not but regard the young in'Ventor as a being of a higher sph ere and allied to the gods. behold. The ground was heaped with mangled Nautchi Mbas and gave a might y start. the trunks and branche s of trees riddled by i1he dynamite. He picked it up and s cann e d it eagerly Uncle Sam's nav y if yew wuz a mind tew." "Go s h all h e mlock!" exclaimed Jedediah, when all was 0\'Cr. "I don t sec, Mister Reade, why you couldn't lick There was no deceiving him. Hi s practiced eye r e ad t h e truth. The moment Frank' s gaze re s ted upon it, however, he It was gold. "If I could keep out of the way of Uncle Sam s long range A 1 t f t tl .f 11 t tl d d 11 mge nugge o 1 wor 1 u y wo 1ous an o ars guns I think I could replied Frank. . ,. m any CJVlhzed c ountr y wort h nothmg to the untutored The Nautchi Mbas had been ingloriously driven from the t' na 1ve. field. F k t d < ran was e x c 1 e They did not r eturn to the attack, and the victory could be safely said to b e long to Frank Reade, King Loa came forward and prostrated himself at Frank's feet. '' Oh, mighty white king!" he cried, "what hav e I done that I &ho-uld have deserved such kind treatment at your hands? You have saved my people!" He called one o f the natives, who s pok e Portugue.:;e, to a c t as an interpr e ter. Man y of the natives had acquir e d a smatte ring of this tongu e from the legion s o f Spani s h traders who pa sse d among them. "Whe r e did you g e t this?" a s k e d Fra nk throu g h the int e rpr eter. "King Loa," replied Frank in Portuguese, "I never yet refused to champion the cau s e of the weak and the right. "Far n o r t h in the moun taim," was th e repl y "from the ba c k of th e e l e phant. That was your claim upon me." CHAPTER IX. AN U::'

FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" O F 'l'HE QLO U D S It was not believed that the N autchi :Mba would venture But as he oighled the rifle he waJO; surprised af the action another attack. oJ the natives. It was decided to leave Pomp with the White Cruiser. They ceased rowing and began making frantic motions This suited the darky well, for h e made many cronies for him to desi s t ainong the natires Jedediah and Barney on the other hand, were glad to be the favored comp a nion s of Frank on his hunt for gold The king, of course, could not leave the village. But h e sent hi s eldest son, Prince l\Iuda Zan, a bright anci intelligent young fellow. Thus eq uipp!ld the party, o n e hundred in nun1ber, set out. The journey was th rou gh a f or est more than an y yet seen The light of the su n was excluded, and the gloom in place s was almo s t lik e that of night. The young ime.utor could not undertsand this io tho matter with you?" he asked, testily He the aversion of the nati res to shooting the hippopotamu::; to 'Pshaw!'' he exclaimed, "wl1at arc you afraid of?" The n he raised his rifl e and fired at the beast. The bullet st ruck the monster fairly over the eye. It, of coursr, failed to penetrate the s kull. The beast gave a loud roar of pain and ,anger, and disap peared beneath the s urface. Th e natives, Lerrified, began to paddle s wiftly .for the s hor e At night they campe d in the forest or the jungle and 'l'hcy utte red alarmed cries and seemed in despe r ate fear. were besieged by pestiferous flies and ii1sects. Frank was not a little di s concert ed at hi s failure to hit Yet the won. derfu1 sights and discoveries more than r e the beast in a vital part. paid Frank for all this discomfort. Now he sa w at once the cause of the alarm o the natives. J eded iah was hear ty and happy, and, with Barney, made There was an upheaval of the wat e r ju s t behind the canor. things lively. L o ud yell s of terror escaped the natives a s the hippo p ota The Celt b ad hi s inevitable fiddle wit h him a nd at night mu s was seen to arise. whe n camp was made h e furnished rare e njo y ment for the Frank dr e w aim at the mon s ter and fired. natives, who danced nimbly to hio clere rl y played jig s But th e b e a s t 's huge jaw s struck the canoe In a moment No incident worthy or note befe ll the adventurers unti1 over it went. >... ihey came to a wide river, which was claimed to be a tribu tary to the Congo. H ere the canoes were l au n c h ed and preparations made for ferrying across t h e river. 'l'h c banks were thickly grown up with reed s and grasses. Just below there w e r e a series or s wift rapids. The occupants were s truggling in the s wift ct1rrent Down the cascade they were drawn Frank R eade, .Jr. sa w too late what would b e the result of his foll r H r was a s trong swimmer. But he c ould not breast that powerful current. Down toward the cataract he was s wept. He saw t hat But. though the current was s wift the light canoes of h e must surely go over it. the l\[amb ies could easily float upon it. Thi s seemed certain death The first canoe load all afely. In the next 1ras Frank R eade, Jr. The young inrentor sat in t h e stern o.f the c raft, and four blacks manipulated the paddles. All told, there w ere in the canoe. But they had e merged from t!1e r eeds when one of the natives raised his paddle with an exclamation. There was a tremen dous agitation of the tvater not far d istant, and the n up into view rose the s nout and hideous head of a An awful horror came over the young inventor-a sense of suffocation. Must he die in this awful manner? Must this be th ending of his bri lliant car eer? Tru ly it was an awful tho u ght. But h e not tg thin: pf when he w a s swept into the c u rrent and the next moment went from sight. B arney and J edediah upon t h e shore were crazy at the sight. "Och hone, Misther Frank i s killefl intoirc l y !"cried BarThere were others of t h e tribe i n the recclti, and they anney, frantically. ''.Shure, I'll nivcr :::ec him drown that -.onoorl the monster's call. way!" Frank. at sight of the beast, was tempted to take a shot The del'oted Iris h man would hav e plung e d into the river. at it. B n t .Jcdedi a h a ncl sqveral of the held him back. H e in the canoe with this purpo:;c in mind Frank had gone out of sight a l most


:FRANK READE, ,JR:S, WHITE URUISER" 0.1!' THE CLOUDS. The 1raters had apparently closed oYer him for good. It did not seem possible that he could be saved. The series of cataracts were fearful in height, though not ver7 s t eep. Yet it did not seem possible that a huma n be i n g c ould go over them and survive. But those on shore were not -dispotied to remain inactive. Jedcdiah was the firi!t to recover his s enses. He started along through the reeds upon the river bank. His purpose was learn, if possible, i.f Frank had really the fall over the cataract. 'Gos h all hominy e xclaimed the ex c ited Yank ee, he CHAPTER X. BRAVE LlON HUN'f.EltS. r he dog -faced men saw the Mamby waniors at oncc. They &et up a howl instantly and s tarted to attack Sel f preservation i s ever nature s firot law, and in fa(:c this dea d ly peril Bamey for a moment forgot his grief. B ejabers, wud y e z luk at the blather s kites!" he e xcite-dly. "Shure it'll niv er do to lave thim catch this w ay!'' tGre hi a wa y through the reeds. I reck o n w e'll resky him .. Gol durn me fer a cal. roare d J edediah, if it's a possible thing fer u s to do!" O ch hone, I'll niver see Frank again; riot his :;owl!" wai l ed Barney. ind av him!'' "Shure it's kilt he i s an that's the It required :;ome time for the party to make their way through the reed s to a position b e low the fall s But they arriv e d there finally. No 8ign of the young inventor howe v e r was to b e seen. On l y the mighty boiling wa;;tp of wat er s a nd not a human one of the piz en sarpints hi s do se, y e kin bet!" rrhe Yankee' s rifle s poke. One of the dog-faced men fell. But thi s s hot only had the effe c t of inc reasing the and fury o the oth er barbarian s They c ame on now lik e a p ac k o { h o wlin g Muda Zan t h e y oun g prince, wa;; lh c onl y on e o f r:a ti vcs t o his e n ses. The king 's s on w as r e all y a lad o.f g r eat p14c k. .form visible upon them. He brandi s h e d hi s j a v e lin and en c ouragingl y t o lt '<1" evident that the c ano e had gon e t o destruc tion. hi s men: Not one or them seem e d tq hav e M e n of Loa b e brav e Y o u hav e faced t he Nautchi 'l'hc hippopotamu s had certainly had ampl e r e v e n ge for :\lba before and you can meet the m nnw. The y do not out-his injury. numb e r us, and w e can meet them. R e m e mb er that your Sorrowfully th e party wand er e d up and down th e bank s king c all s f or your liYc / of the riv e r lookin g for the bodie s of the Ther::e did not at o nce a ppear After a time, how e v er thre e of the natives w e r e f ound half a mil e below. Their bodie s w e r e b atter e d f e arfully b y conta c t with the jagged rocks Thes e wem all that w e r e fouud, howev er. Ftank Head e Jr., and the other s it was assumed had bee n caught in s om e eddy or were sunk at th e bottom of pool. "Begorr. a J'Jl ni v er g o bac k without her Frank, d ead The co{tld no t res ist t hi:> a ppea 1. 'rhey r eco v e r e d rom t h ei r p anic, and i n a n o rd e rl y man n c r r etreate d t o the c ano e landing H e r e Barney and J e d e diah o pen e d fir e upon the bar barians. Volley a fter \ 'Olley w e re g iven them. The N autchi. Mba see med t o have acquired a whole s om e l 'espe ct for t h e d e adl y ancl m y t e riou fir e stic k s of thP hitc m en 'rhe.r w e r e f 1 e l d r a in check < llld sou g h t hiding in or alive !I' declared Barn e y. rigidl y attempt to find him." "Shurl' J ll die in the the "Don' t b e a fule fris h !" e xploded ,Je d e diah. found hi s body w e cudn't take it honw T 1cckon .. I f w e ''Be jabcrs, know l Yheth e r h e s d e ad or not," retorte d Barn ey. "An' shure I dont know that now at all!" The nati,es w er e lam enting the loss oi their comrade s They were, however, in avor of giYing them up and returni ng. Barney, objected vigorously : howev er and thus t h e qne"tion was in dispute when a cry o a l arm l y upon a point of land s ome distance mbrr of lhr dreaded Naut c h i M b a appeared. arose. b e low !1. 1'h.u s th e bat tl e wm; kept up for a long time. l'inall y a place w as f ound in a'roc k y grotto where our 1rer e e nabl e d to make a firm s tand. lle r e they h eld t h e N autchi at bay. But, now that the fightin g h a d bec om e e a s ier t.he l\lamby 1rarrior s began t o complain [t was not. without r e ason eithe r Prince Zan cam e to Barne.r, and s aid : "Uy m e n want t o g o b ac k to their honie. The white king i s d ea d, and w e c annot g o further "Begorra, I don t want yez to go furder !" cried Barney,


FRAN E UHUISER OP 'l'HJ.;j "CLOUDS. 21 ,tc. edly. I / % J y want me dear frien's body to to rea c h the :i\Iamby village, caught a s udden yellow gleam back me to America Bad cess to this unhowly tlnough t h e und e rbrus h, just a h ead. The n ext moment a tr e m e ndou s roar broke the s tillness he whit e king i s dead," said the young prince, firmly of the forest. body will never be found. _\. monste r African lion, wit h s haggy mane and lashing It's a loiar yez are!" cried Barney, furiously. "Shure tail, appeared to view. cud foind it av yez wud only look h e while." The n'lambie s instantly scattered in terror. he Celt's grief and despair was s omething terrible to But Barney only came to a halt. ct. The C elt w J not in a frame of mind to brook opposition. ut it seemed to be ah of no avail. h e Mambies wer e firm in their re s olution to go back, and rgum ent would induce them to depart from it. dediah finally joined forces with them and argued: Dodga st it, Irish, don't yew see that tain t no manner se tew s tay h y ar any long er? Mister Reade is gone, gol durned if I ain't go in back We' ll be jinin' him, if we don't git o ut of hyar pooty qui ck." ot until Barney was f ully convinced that Frank Reade had r ea ll y gon e to his d eath would he agree to this. ut the pres s nre was s u c h that h e finall y y i e lded. the whol e c ounthr y will mourn over Mist h e r 'l'he lion was directly in his path, and this irritated him immensely. "Bad luck to the beast!" he cried in an exasperated man ner. "Wud yez have th e civility to get out of me path?': But the lion did not seem disposed to heed the request. He held his place, growling savagely. A prudent man would have at once yielded the royal beas t the right of way. But a lion i s sa id to be to an Iris hman what a red rag is to a bull. It may b e possibl e that thi s was why Barney stood hi s ground. However it was, th e Celt would not budg e n k h e cried. "It's a foine gi ntl eman he was, to b e "Wud yez have the good s inse an resp ect to get out av e, a nd niv e r the loi kes av him will I see agin !" me path?" h e cried, s lippin g a ca. rtridge into the breech ort y eight hours afte r Frank's disappearance in the of his rifle. ract the exp loring party were once more under way. The very audacity of the intrepid Iris hman may haYe ut this time they journeyed toward home a sad party to been what re st rain e d the lion. he autchi Mba seemed to have given up the attack, nothing was een of them. arney was l east reconcil e d of any to the situat ion 'hure Mi st h e r Frank c an't b e dead!" would assert. 1 niver b e lav e it until I see hi s dead body!" A st rong had taken posse&sion of the Celt. Shure I'll moighty soon come back!" h e declared; "th e gnr an' mesilf will come back with air ship, an' l niver l eave until we find Frank!" ter t hi s Barney could not push forward fast eno ugh. rough the wild erness the litt l e party stru gg l e d on. he peril s which b eset their path were innumerable. ot only w ere they hara ssed by prowling bands of N aut but poisonou s r ep tiles and wild beasts "er e continually g off member s of the band. ey kept on h cio i cal!yj h o w ever, until the n ati v e g uide unc e d that they nopwenty miles fro m King L oa's ge i s was a joyous, anno un cemen t and the depressed "ts of all arose . ut almost instant l y after an incident occurred which c near costi n g t}lc live; of i:ieYeral oJ' the party rney, who was in advanc e and the mos t eager of any H.'owever this was, th e king of b e a s t s did not at once mak e a n aggressive move. "Gosh!" cried .Tedediah "don't yew know enuff tew come in out of th e rain, Irish? Yew' ll git hurt if yew stay tharl" Begorra, I'v e no toime to was t e wid lion s an s ich loike !" expo st ulated Barney. "Get out av me way, ye -pize n-look in g b east, orI'll blo w daylight through ye !" The lion c rou c h e d as if for a s pring and let out a tre mendous roar The Celt fearlessl y raised his rifl e and blazed away. Barney was a good s hot, and he had taken care to tak e good, caref ul aim at t h e beast's eye As lu c k had it the shot w ent true to its mark. The bullet st ruck the lion full in the eye. It plowed its way into the beast's brain and just as it took the spr ing life becam e extinct and the beast fell in 11 h eap. A great s hout went up from the Mamby warriors. They all came rus hing forward now with great enthu siasm. To them it was a tnost marvelou s s hot, and Barney was the king of hunter:>. Such prowess was to them a wonder.


Chattering like a gang of monkeys they gathered about the dead body of the lion. One or two of them pulled out knives and began to flay the animal. Jedediah slapped Barney on the back. "B'gos h yc did thDt handsome, old pard!'" he cried, jocularly. 'I'll be gol durned if I'd hev faced thet tiger fer any amount money." "Begona, I don't know what iver made me do it!" ac knowledged Barney. .tShure, it was only a foolish thrick fer any one." This was cerbiinly a truthful 5tatement. "But yew got thar said Jedediah. ''Be jabers, I always do that same," retorted Barney. J edediah took cool and carefu l just back of the shoulder. He hoped to reach the heart, and by this one shot ruinate the animal's existence at once. The Yankee's scheme a good one and The bullet went true to the mark. The lion reared upon its hind legs, tried to claw and then sank in a quivering mass upon the He was dead instantly. A great cry went up from the :Mamby warrion:l. rushed for\\'ard and tenderly picked up the re_n;1ains of dead companions. It was a victory for J edediah. I t's an old lion hunter I am, an' no mi s take about it!" He was now even with Barney. 'fhe words had hardly left his mouth when a terrible "Begorra, sor," sai d the Celt, shaking handti with sequel came. J ed, "yc'vc hunted lions yesilf, I take it. Maybe yez A number of the 1Iamby natives were busily engaged in lots av thim in you; State av Vermont!'" !lkinning the lion. "N ao\\', not quite so bad as thet," protested It had been suspected that the lion \; mate 1ras in the "We don't have lions, but I've seen thor time vicinity. could bag deer an' panther an' bear up., in' ther ctld Suddenly a loud cry of terror went up, the .Mambies scatMountings. \Vc air even up, now, Irish!" tered, a terrific roar the forest echoes, and a long, "Begona, we are!" agreed Barney "an' yellow body came flying thro11gh space. whi skey at ther fust tavern we meet!" One of the Mamby was crushed by the attacking lion 's paw Another was torn open by the terrible c laws, and a third had the .;a be a t's jaw fastened in his body. So sudden had been the attack of the second lion that a ll were quite unprepared for it. Two of the ;\lamby warriors had been instantly killed The third could not hope to be rescued. The avenging mate of the dead lion stood in the center or the glade over his dead mate's body In his powerful jaws was the body of the dying :Mamby warrior It wa" a terrible pictu r e I CHAPTER XI. FRANK'S .ADVENTURES. 'fhe disappearance of Frank Reade, Jr., over theca of the African riYer was certa inly a terrible in cident, 1rell warranted the belief of his companions that he h ad to his death. Th&t he really had not, though, we will quickly show Fate had not ordained that our young inventor Hivins an' !" scr eamed Barney, "wud yez luk at be thus so untimely cut off just at the most proper the eli vill" Then up went the Irishman's rifle. Crack! 'fhe bullet struck the liop.' beyond doubt, but it might have been a paper pellet for all the effect that it had. 'rhe lion let out another terrible roar, and his teeth went crunching throu gh the bones of his v i ctim. It was now Jedediah's 'fhe Yankee was no slouch with a rifle. his wonderful career His life was spared, and by what seemed certai nly virtual miracle. rrhere was nothing to prevent his going over the ca Over the edge he did go, and down like a srot to depths below. He struck with frightful force upon the jagged along the course of the C[J.taract, and was bruised stunned. At home he fad hunted p\lrtridge and woodcock and Yet as hi s body was caught and into a little wild dud:s-nevCT s u ch big game as lions, of course. uncler the falls, he had s ufficient presenc: of mind to But bird hunting is the best of trainin g for the eye and jan to swim. ttim. Tlus doubtless saved h1s hfe.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOlJ prevented his being further carried down the current. ...,,,," """, at this juncture his body was caught in a cur and awept under the heavy fall of and the next he was clinging to a rocky ledge directly under the and bewildered he crept upon this, and for a molay there. however hi s senses b ega n to return, and be be cognizant of all about him. position was a peculiar one. din of the wat e rs, whic h seemed falling all about was clinging to a narrow ledg e of rock. rrhe banks of this dry watercourse were lined with taU trees. Frank crept among them, and finding a soft, mossy spot sank down. He was quite fatigued and slept soundly. How long he slept he could not s ay, but when he awoke oll was darkness about him. He heard ru s tling sounds in the bus hes, and saw gleam ing eyeballs and heard the snap of teeth. He knew that he had awoke just in time. A prowling bond of wolves had scented him and now s urrounded him. Ther e was no time to lose. him was the mighty s h eet of the cataract. Ton s He TC'gained his feet with an effort, and 'grasping the pool branch of a tree drew himself up to a position of safety. dar e d not r eturn to it. death would seem to be the result. was to be don e? turned completely about f was given a .surprise. y at hi s back was what seemed lik e a veritable cave the waterfall. H e r e h e remained until the rest of the night wore away. Frank now keenly regretted that he had not been able to r e join or sig nal his companions the day before. But hi s exhausted condition had forbade this. He fell to wondB ring where they were, and if they had given him up for lost. What would b e his fate should they abandon the quest for him? was hollowed out ol the solid rock and looked as if at In that might:_y a guide his position would be a desperate one indeed. water had g u s hed through it. it led to Frank could not even guess. it seem e d to afford a poss ible avenue of escape. th!;l young inventor took it. crept into the cavern, and for some way follow ed it a tortuou s course. There would be scan t chance of his ever getting out of the region alive. All manner of depressing thought s flas hed across Frank's brain. Bnt pluck wos on q of his chief characteristics, and he would not abandon it. With the coming of daylight th e wolves disappeared. No other foe b eing in s ight, Frank ventured to descend kept on until the cavern widened and becam e "' from the tree. r dripped down from the roof above, and the walls with the thund e r of the cataract. and the roar of the water became less disti n ct great hope now seized the young inventor b e lieved that it was going to be possible for him to his escape from the place. with thi s refl ection, be kept on. long he continued hts course he could nev e r tell. seemed years, and was doubtless a numb e r of hours, suddenly the cavern began to take on an upward moments later a gleam of daylight showed ahead. he crept out actually into the open air and day-saw that cavern had certainly been the course of stream, and that at high water it was apt such at any time, for he came out into the st ony H e at once set out in the direction which he belirvccl would bring him to the river. At intervals he gave signals with a whis tle, with which Barney was well familiar. But if the signal was heard it was not answered. For hours Frank struggled on through the wilds. Once he avoided conflict with a tiger. he evaded hyenas and kept on bravely. But no river came in sight, nor no cheering sound from comrades. Then the awful realization dawned upon him. lost! Lo st in the African wilds. He was A. more horrible thing could hardly be conceived. Hun of mile;; of unexplored territory were upon every hand.


FR ANNK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" O.F THE CLOUDS. Dangers innumerable bes et 'his path: In thi s the young was placed and Certainly he could neve r hope to evad e them all. It waa own devices. o. stupendou s thing to cont e mplat e Horror and despair dwelt s upr e m e in th e young inventor' s br e a st. Everywh e r e h e turned-all was th e s ame wilde rness. But the climax ca:rpe C ru shing hi s way throu g h a copse h e h e ard a s narling s o und b e hin d rum. The n h e felt a giant clutch upon his arm and s harp teeth pie rced his. s houlder. He turn e d to be r e warded with an awful s p e cta c l e H e was in the clutc hes of half a dozen oi' the dr eade d N autchi Mba. Resistance was useless. hideou s animal-like f eatures w e re contorted with delight and s avag e ex ultation. "My God!" s cr e am e d Frank, i n the a gony o f awful despair "I am lost!" But hi s c aptor s s trangely e nough ; d i d not seek to tak e hi s lif e Ins tead they thre w him up o n t h e g r ound an d ins tantl y bound hi s limb s wit h bits of vines. A s hort while later on e o f t h e N autchi with .food, bein g the mi l k o.f g o ats, nuts and some raw ante lop e s t eak. Frank was hung r y e nough to e a t an y thing, voured thi s r epast, w hi c h at anoth e r tim e would ened him. H e felt b e tter afte r this. H e was mu c h encouraged a t t h e pro s pect of a pris on e r. It began t o look lik e a c hance for life. H e at once began t o consider a ll fe a s i b l e plan s for Bu t h e qui c kl y came to the con cl u s i o n t h at within easy r e a ch. Stalwart Na u tc hi. war r i o r s p at r o l e d a beat w hut. His a ppearance wou ld h ave d oubtiess res ult e d in brain e d at o nce. So F r ank conclu ded to remai n i n t h e hut. T w o days passed t hu s On the third d ay of h i s cap t i v i ty F r a n k was led hi s pri s on. In t h e c>Cnte r of the g r eat cleari n g h e saw t hat a course o f t h e dog-faced m e n wer.e The y chatte r e d a n d b arke d a nd h owled in t h e ir m a udlin joy. They sat dog l ike upon t h e gro n n d in a vast Frank sa w at o nce t h at t hey w ere f ar near e r t h e b east wit h a t hrone of stone in the center of the crescent. than the hum a n b e in g He was lifte d bodil y through the forest between t h e m and c arri e d away U pon thi s th r one sat t h e k ing. F r a n k was l e d a pos i t i o n i n fro n t of t h e t h ro ne. r h e yonng i nve ntor unde r stood at o nce w J 1at For some thin g lik e a mil e h e was carried i n t hi s m anne r t m ea n Then they cam e t o a might y c l ea rin g i n t h e pri meval He k new t hat i t was a t r ib un al o r court t o be h eld for e st, wit h a floor c arp e t e d with ri c h mosses. Here a wonde rful scen e was r e vealed. Houses, or r athe r huts, m a d e o s ton e w ere h e r e in a bund ance, and Frank saw th at till s was a N autchi v illage. His captor s now set him upon hi s eet. w e r e fully a hundr e d m e n and women in the N aut chi village, th e l atte r b e in g dressed in t h e robes of lion a nd .... b e ar skiDS. A great sen s ation was c r eate d b y t h r app e arance o f the pri sone r i m d hi s c aptors. The N au t c hi wom e n set up a wild w e ird kind o s ong, and danced ab out t h e pri s o ne r c id e his fate 'rhe cri t ica l t im e h ad come. He would f:oon know whet h er lie or d eat h was to p orti o n That it mi ght b e d eath he inferred wit h a slu g l a nce at c e rtain omin o u s p re p a ration s v i si b le a b o ut. In o n e par t o t h e clearing was a square p i l e of whic h was, in a ll ap pear a nces, a f u ne r a l pyre. B efo r e t h e thro n e t h e r e was a bed o1 clea n white a nd b y i t st o o d two of t h e atte n dants u pon t h e ki ng, with a p o in ted staff in h is The prison e r was l e d down befo r e the t hrone, and Th e n a g iantf rame d Nautc hi evid ently the chi e f of the t h e king a ddr essed h im. tribe, appear ed. H e was possessed o a h e ad whi c h with But what h e said was all C hoct a w t o F rank. its mass of hair seem e d lion lik e He gav e g ruff, guttura l ord e r s and Frank was lifted and carri e d to a s mall e min e nce in th e cente r of t h e cle arin g '. Here t her e was a s ton e hou s e o larger app e aranc e than the oth e rs. The youn g inv e ntor m ade n o r ep ly. I do n ot und e r sta nd you." This was equall y unin te lli g ibl e t o t h e king. prov e d th at t hey c ould no t converse in thi s way. An ing e niou s m e thod was no w resorted t o


FRANK READE, JR.' S "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. 25 two attendants with their pointed staffs, by direction king began to draw quite accurate diagrams in the Frank Reade, Jr.) experienced an awful, hopeless despair. H e r e aliz e d with horror that hi s e nd was at hand. There The y acc omp a ni e d th e m wit h s igns. seem e d no powe r on e arth to sa v e him. wat c hed t h e m a f e w mom ents with inte rest. But jus t a s it seemed a moral certainty that his fate was he caught the idea. sea l e d a s tartling inte rruption came took one of the and b ega n makin g para llel 'rhc r c was a s udd e n tre m e ndou s explo s ion, the ground Object s w e r e pointed out, a mark mad e i n t h e shook and the Naut c hi gave wild, awf ul y e lls o f madness. less tim e than on e c ould possibl y i magine a ruJc s ign had bee n form e d and c on v er s ation in this way s oon a s thi s was accompli s hed a quest ion was put to y oung inventor interpr eted i t thu s : CHAPTER XII. AT CAPE TOWN. Afte r the s crape with the lion s Barney and J edediah, ou are a grea t k in g W e s alu te y ou Will :you b e one with t h eir Mamb y c ompanions, exp e ri e nced no more perils If you will w e will s par e y our lif e If not you mu s t until the v iUag e was r e a c h ed. I c anno t do that." t h e N aut c hi mon a r c h per s i sted. ou have t h e g roat t hund e r and lightn i ng in your gra sp. s h a ll te ac h it to u s." r e plied : A great throng greet e d the m ther e But the r e was loud wailing and s orrowful lamentation s at th e unfortunat e result of th e trip. Pomp was nigh c raz e d with gri e f at th e report that his beloved mast e r had giv e n up hi s lif e H e e nter e d ha stily -into Barn ey's propo s ition to at once set out for the c a tara c t the h o pes of finding some trace of Frank Thi s purpose was announced to King Loa. ou s hall di e 'rhe native king was als o g ri e f s tri c ken at the n e w s of saw tha t the Nautchi king was obdur a t e s o h e F r a nk 's d e ath He offe r e d to sen d a larg e force ove rland, but Barn e y and you w ill s p a r e m y lif e and l et m e r eturn to m y people, Pomp declined. tell y ou how to hold the thund e r and t h e li g htning. Naut c hi s e e m e d angry rose in a great w rath and seem e d about to s trik e th e h e r ef r a in e d and once mor e s aid : white king c annot go back to hi s peopl e He i s our a nd must s tay with us. th is F r a nk m a d e no reply. 11JSe<)au1se I know not f e ar. If you me, m y p e ople and ligh t ning and will kill The y t ook l eave of the Mambies with m any expres s ions o f r egret. Pomp, p a rticularly, was loath to go. s o royal a time had he enjoy e d that be actually it hi s purpose to gf back and settl e down with Kin,g Loa in cas e Frank Reade, Jr., did not turn up alive. "Ob co'se I n e bber leave Marse Frank," d e clared Pomp, "but fo' d e Lur' I dun lik e dos e brack pe6ple berry much." Barney, however, could not think of anything but h\s mast e r Jedediah was cons idering hi s c hance s of e v e r getting home again and making Peleg Shind e r s hi s b et. By gos h, I reckon h e' ll bet on a s ure thin g n e x t time!" declar e d Jedediah, with triumph. "I reckon that folks in effe ct of thi s upon the N autchi kin g was fri g h tful. Skattles won't call Jedecliah Onslow a fule no mor e ." got up in, a towerin g r age and gav e fie rce ord e r s to The airs hip was quickly made ready for the trip A s h ort whil e l a t e r the White Cruiser was in the air Ba rney h eld a course clue for th e ri1r e r. H e inte nd e d to scour the region. Th e re was a lingering and t h e Nautchi hop e in hi s bosom that Frank ha s e s cap e d from the cataract I a n d w a s ,;om e1rhc r c i1 1 the w oods seized F rank lik e a pupp et a nd t hr e w hi m face upon the funeral pyr e flames were appli e d to t h e w ood a _ye lling dan c e around the p y re. I


16 '"1J,QTTJ" FRANK READ'E, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. "Aili't gain' to give him up, be jabers," declared Barney, "Och hone, I'd niver have given yez up, Misther "not till I sec his corpse." cried Barney, hilariously. "They said ye war Soon air-ship hovered over the exact. spot where the wudn't believe them!" expedition had attempted to cross the river. "B'go.,;h, I kin tell yew for sutin, Mister Reade, But there was no sig n visible of a human beiNg. it hedn't been fer the Iris hman yew'd never hev been Barney allowed the air-ship to float over the vicinity. cried Jedediab.. Pomp was leaning over the rail, looking down. Suddenly as the White Cruiser passed over a large clearing in the forest, a mighty cry escaped the garky. "I shall not forget the deed, Barney," said All w ent on board the air-ship. Frank was n1uch exhausted, and Barney and "'Oh, fo' de good Lor !" he s hrieked, "we're gwine found in their efforts to serve him with refreshments. him! Bress de Lor'! Oh, bress de Lor' !" The N autchi Mba did not return to the attack. "What ails yez ?" yelled Barney, as he reached his side; Doubtless it had become finall y impressed upon "have yez got the jim-jam s or a conniption fit?" stupid minds that they were no match for the white "Golly sakes, I'ish, it am Marse Frank, as sure as yo' is bo'n !" A mighty cry went up from Barney. "Ph were?" he roared. "Oh, down yender, an' Lor' sabe us, de dog-faced men hab got him, an' ders je s' gwine to burn him up alibe !" "Tare an' 'ounds !"gasped Barney. The whole scene was there. Just as the Nautchi flung Frank upon the burning pyre the White Cruiser hung not four hundred feet above the clearing Our adventurers did not linger lon g in the spot. The White Cruiser was allowed to mount skyw After Frank had recovered fully, h e stated his "We have accomplished one o_bject of our mission declared, "and that was to establis h the existence dog-faced men. We hav e clone that much. "Now, I propose to go south over the Zambesi River f ally to Cape 'l'own. There we ,:ill pack the C 'ier in sections and return to San Francisco by We have come a good way with the air-ship, and the upon the machinery has been very great. I fear Like a flash Pomp sprang to the wheel and c h ecked the would need repairs before we could reach home." Cruiser, holding her directly over the spot. Barney had leaped into the cabin, and now reappeared with a dynamite projectile. Down he hurled it into a group of the Nautchi. "Begorra, anythin' m e now!" crie d Barney. "Dat am so wif me, too!" said Pomp. "Gol durn my pictur, I'll be only too glad to git said J edediah, with a chuckle. The explosion was a terrific one. "'"" shuttin' up that sassy Peleg !" Dead barbarians were thrown into the air and a hole was "And fifteen dollars in your inside pocket," blown in the ground big enough to sink a house in. Down went another projecti:W. This time the king's throne and all in the vicinity went up in smoke. The White Cruiser was swooping down like a great bird of prey. Down went the air-ship into the clearing. Pomp worked the gun in the turret. Shell after shell Frank. Everybody roared at this. The White Cruiser kept to the southward for many The wonderful falls of the Zambesi were visited, many other point s of interest. It was expected to reach Cape Town in six days more, all were looking eagerly f.orward to the arrival there. No one could say that the trip had not was thrown into the woods, driving away the Nautchi like success frightened sheep. South of the Zambes i there was a country wondElrttU Barney went over the rail and down a rope. its fertile resources and rich in lumber and Reaching the ground he sprang to the burning pyre and "I tell you what/' said FrankJ with conviction, snatched Hrank unharmed from it. i<: the new world. America is not in it, now. She is The air-ship re s ted upon the ground, the dog-faced men lik e Europe. We s hall sec a great cdb.ntry before were routed completely, and Frank Reade, Jr., had beeu saved from the very gates of death. That was a happy meeting, indeed, and all embraced with tears of joy. years." There are many of onr readers who may follow these who will doubtles s live to see thi prediction verified. (Continu ed on page 28.)


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28 FRANK READE, JR.'S, "WHITE CRUISER" OF THE CLOUDS. (Continued frorn page 26.) "We would willingly stay," replied Frank, "but In due time Cape Town was reached. not miss that steamer to-morrow." This was qu ite a large place with a conglomeration of "Ah, so!" exclaimed the polite host, "when everything. kind of a nationality was here repres;rited. ';l'he Spaniard, Portuguese, Italifm, French, German and Englishman all lived in thi s African Rcaport like a happy family in a large menagerie. There were all kinds of dwelling s to suit th!'l national tastes of the owners. Chateaux for Frenchmen, alhal)'lbra s fpr Portuguese, bungalow s for Englishmen, and cabins for Americans. Our adventurers created a sensation by descending upon steamer sail?" "At noon, I believe." "Ah, zat is all right. Make you-rself easy, o ... have you conveyed to ze wharf to-morrow at noon." So the night was s pent at the palace of S e nor True to his word the Portuguese mayor had a on t hand, and the party tak e n to the wharf. But here a s tunniJ)g s urprise was accorded "The Monterey!" e x c laim e d th e s ailing agent. Cape Town in the fashion in which they did. men, I am s orry, but at the la s t moment, owing to The people flocked in va s t numbers to view the wonderful able. tide, we chang e d the s ailing time. 'l'h e Mon air-ship. Frank, however, with Barney' s and a ssis tance, soon had the White Cruiser pa c ked and crat e d in s ection s A San Francisco steamer, the Monterey, was in the har bor. Passage was engaged to San Francisco and the White Cruiser stored aboard. The sailing time of the Monter e y was announced r'or the following day, and in the meantime our friends thought they would take a look about the town. Some peculiar incidents were in s tore for them CHAPTER XIII. WHICH IS. THE END. Almost as soon as the White Crui s er was packed aboard out la s t night. I tried to find you, but-" "This i s a :fine s tate of affair s !" c ried Frank, "Why, I am l eft, and all on account of yom "Re ally, senor!' expos tulat e d th e s ailing ag ent to find you--" "A likely s tor y s neer etl Frank "as if e v e r y town did not know where w e were last night!" T)le young inv e ntor refused to b e pacified. But there was no s eeming way out o:f t h e dilemma wait and take the n e xt steam e r. Thi s would s ail three day s later The incident s poiled their further stay in When rthe Altruria the next s team e r, came into Frank and hi s companion s imm e aiat e ly went on "Catch me getting left again!" s aid the young The voyag e to San was without thril the Monterey, a foreign looking man came up to ,Frank, ci, d e nt. and said: 1 A s s oon a s he got a s hor e Frank went at once to ''Senor, I welcome you to Cape Town. I am Gonzale s ping office. I }{adrigueza, the Portuguese Mayor I beg leav e to ent e rH e e xpected to find the White there ready tain you." mounted, but to hi s a s toni s hment it was not. Frank was in the mood for anything, s o he acce pted the "What steamer did you send it by?" asked the advances of Mayor Gonzales, who was the ruler of the Porcommi s sioner. tuguese colony. "By the Monterey!" The result was that our voyagers were ali cordially incommissioner gav e a s harp cry. vited up to the alhambra or palace of the mayor. "Ah! I am s orry he said. "Your freight is Here Senor Gonzales proceeded to do things up in shape. bottom of the sea!" Wine flowed and a beautiful repa s t was spread. Until a late hour night the entertainment extended. All were treated like princes. But when they arose to leave Senor Gonzales remon-:rtrated. "Not so, senors!" he said. "I beg yon as guests until morning." "What do you ? ; gasp e d Frank. "The Monterey burn e d three clays out with all on 1J It is very lucky for you, sir, that you did not ship OJ Monterey, or you would not be here now, sir." Frank Reade, Jr., was dumbfounded, as were his 1 panion s The White Cruiser was lost, but what a na: for the vayogers. h:fd conspired to 4l


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