Frank Reade, Jr's electric van; or, Hunting wild animals in the jungles of India.

Frank Reade, Jr's electric van; or, Hunting wild animals in the jungles of India.

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Frank Reade, Jr's electric van; or, Hunting wild animals in the jungles of India.
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\ WEEKLY M AGAZ IN E. Containing Stories of Adventures on Land ,Sea & in the Air. Isued WeeH y-By S u b scription $2.50 per year. Ente red a. Second Class Matter -at th New Yo r k Post Office, 1 902 b y F r a n k T o usey Frank Reade, Jr., was one a friendly wrestle in the sand, when suddenly there was a commotion in the waters of the i a ke. A strange looking object arose from the water.


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RANK READE r y :sOONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAN D SEA AND IN THE Affi. s P. [ No.3. lsaued Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered lUl Second Matter at New York, N. Y., Post O!Jk e Entere d according to Act of Con(ITeu the yea1 1902, in the offi ce of the Lib1arian of Congre88, lVa$hington D. C., '>y lt'rank T ousey, 24 Union Square, New York. NEW YORK, NOVEM BER 14, 1902. .. Price 5 Cents. k b. Jk Reade, Jr.'s Electric Van; lw OB, HUNTING WILD ANIMALS IN THE 'JUNGLES OF INDIA. By "NONAME." CHAPTER I. 'l'HE CIRCUS MA.N. "Hold on, you ace of spades!" cried the visitor, good bumoredly. "Don't be off so quick. I want to speak with you." "Well, sah, what you hab wif me?" "Is Mr. ]'rank Reade, Jr., in?" 'Deed, sah, I done fink he am!" "I would like to see him." "You're a dandy, ain't you! I've heard lots about you! "If yo' gib me yo' card, sah I take it to him." "Here it i s." 'rhis conversation took plac e at the gate e ntrance to the rge yard s urrounding the exten sive machine shops in Ain't your name ? The darky grinned "Dat what it am, sah !" "I thought so. Hain t you got a working companion called Barney O'Shea?" U. S. A "Be jabers, an' pwhat will yez have with me?" came a These shops were the property of Frank Reade, Jr., a VOiCe in a rich brO

J 2 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRiC V .AN. / "Ha, ha, ha !' roared the visitor. "I reckori you don't. They soon tired of this, however, and Pomp turne Well, here's my card. I'm well known myself." Gladwell: Barney took the card, which bore the following: "Beg yo' pardon, sah, but I would jes' bah taken "Walsingham Gladwell, of Gladwell's Famous Four Concard in long afo' dis if it hadn't been fo' dat sassy I'ishn tinent and Intellectual Exposition of Zoological Research, I break his jaw when he comes down." New York City." "Look here," saitl Gladwell, sobering down, "I wan Barney and Pomp tried to read the card. make a proposition to you chaps.'' ''Begorra, av yez w'ud talk l"rish, shu]:e I'd engage to understand yez !'' he cried. "But divil a bit can I mispro"Well, sah ?" said Pomp. aPhwat do you say?" asked Barney, all interest. uounce sich worruds as thitn." "You know I'm a circus man. Now, such noted pe At this Walsingham Gladwell nearly collapsed with as you and your famous employer, Mr. Reade, would laughter. worth a pile of money to me in my circus. If I can "Well, I don't know a;; I blame you!" he ciied. "It does you all, with Mr. Reade s famous air-ship, to give exh hold some big words. 1Iowevei, you'll {tnclerstand when I tions and travel with my circus, my fortune ttill be ina say that I run a large circus." Wa.lsingham Gladwell thhs lj1ainly set forth the objec Barney's eyes snapped "Shure, it' s a circus, is it!" he cried, "then be jabers, I'm onto yez. But ye'll niver foind a betther curiosity thin i.he naygur here. Shure they'd cum .frmh iverywhere to htk at the loikes av him." ''Golly, sah, je;;' yo' listen to dis chile!" protested Pomp. '' Dat am de only giniwine Irish ape dat am lef' on dis yer earth. It wud be de bes' card yo' cud get.'' \ \' alsingham Glad well roared. He knew from report that Barney and Pomp were in their element when engaged in roasting each other. 'rhey were the warmest of friends, and yet unsparing in the perpetration of practical jokes one upon the other. "Irish ape!" roared Gladwell. "That is a good one. Ha, ha, ha !" "Shure, yez have insulted me, naygur !" sputtered Barney. ''It's yesilf as was a monkey afore yez war a man. \Vhurroo! 'rake that fer yer impudence--an' that!" A pail of dirty water sat upon a platform by the gate. his visit. Pomp and Barne,y exchanged glances. For the time being they intuitively agreed to a truce, Barney came down from the wall. 'Huh!" sdict PtJmp, doubtfully. '1 don' belie be yo' Marse Frank to do dat." "Begorra, yez kin bet on it!" asseverated Barney But Gladwell smiled "bon't be too sure, friends. I aw here after you, an want and must have you.'' "Well, sah," said Pomp, plainly, "yo' will bab to t wif Marse Frank ober dat fing. Dat am all, sah !" "And that is what I want to do. Take in my card.'' "All right, sah." Pomp vanished. In a few moments he returned. ''All right, sah; Marse Frank will see yo' in his office." Good enough Gladwell followed the darky across the yard. In a corner of the main building Frank Reade, Jr., h Barney had picked it up and dashed it full at Pomp. an office or private room, where he draughted all the pl Its contents took the darky full in the face, and with de-of his inventions. moralizing effect. / Into this Gladwell was led. The dirty water went down the darky's throat, into his I eyes, ears, and nearly strangled him. "Jes' yo' stop o' dat, I'ish !"he yelled, when he recovered his breath. "I jes' hab yo' life fo' dat !" Gladwell was convulsed. He thought it was awful funny. But Barney was out of Pomp's reach. He had sprung up a short ladder to the high brick wall above, and had pulled the ladder up after him. Pomp could not reach him, though the darky was furious to think that he could not do so. So Lbc two jokers contented themselves with hurling harmless epithets. He stood face to face with the most famous young o the day. Frank Reade, Jr., was of medium height, rather slend but with a well-knit frame and handsome features, fra grave and honest. He held out his hand with a pleasant smile. "Well, Gladwell," he cried, "1 am glad to see you." "The same, Mr. Reade," said the circus owner, affably. "We have not met before for three years?" "About that time." "I have not forgotten how you saved my life in that ra Ioad accident at Chicago!" f


FRANK RRADE, ELECTRIC VAN. 3' "That was nothing. I wa very glad to have the honor." ''But I do not seek it in any other way," said Gladwell. ''I owe you a great debt. I::; thrre an.v way in which 1 "Come now, Gladwell, old friend, don't be unreasonable." n repay it?" "Well, in what manner can you help me as well as to A light broke across Gladwell's face. travel with me?" "Yes," he cried, "if you choose to do so!" 11Sit down here and I will tell you. Then we will go in I "What can I do?" and take a look at my latest invention." "It will be something which I can make of mutual advanGladwell could not refuse this generous offer. age!" "Indeed!" ''You know that I run a circus?" "Yes!" "Well, and your two men, Barney and Pomp, with ne or two of your wonderful machines would be the great ;:t attraction on earth!" Frank looked at Gladwell to see if he really was in earnst, and then laughed musically. ''You don't really mean that, Gladwell?" "Yes; I do!" "But how could I consent to travel with your show? I CHAPTER II. THE ELECTRIC VAN-EXPERIENCE WITH A CRANK. Seated at a table, Frank unfolded a map of India. "Here is a map of one of the wildest parts of the earth," he declared. "In Central and Upper India there are large tracts of country which man never dares to cross. Even the scientist and explorer dare not invade the region." "Indeed ? ave too many projects on hand." "It is a fact." "But the money that would be in it both for you and me!" "Why is it so perilous?" Frank looked serious. "On account of the ferocity and number of wild beasts. 'The money consideration, my dear Gladwell, is no object There are several species believed to be in existence there me," he said. "I have all that I want. Let me suggest which many people had the existence of, and which you a better plan for rendering you a service. You will zoologists have not classified." ake almost as we1l out of it." Gladwell was mightily Gladwell looked eager. "You don't mean it?" "What do )ou mean?" "Yefi, I do. There, for instancE', is the white panther. ''I have just invented a new machine for a purpose which I am well assured that numbers of this b east exist in the ill hlt your case. You have come along just in the nick jungles of Bang Chu.'' time." "Indeed?" "My Electric Van is specially constructed for the purse of traveling in parts of the world thickly infested with venous wild beasts." "Electric Van ?" "Yes." "What kind of a machine is that?" "Yon see it. and then I 9an the more fully explain it you!" t'But I cannot see in what way it will benefit me if you not consent to travel one season with my show. Mind "White panther! Why, such a beast in this country .. would draw a million dollars in less than no time." "That is what I am telling you. There is the emu. Such a bird would be a wonder in civilized parts." "I should say so!" "Then there is the black lion the double-headed bear and many other animals which I will not mention. All these are known to in the jungles of Bang Chu." "Do you believe that?" "Certainly I do." "But-they never could be captured." "They could; at least, they could be shot and mounted as I am not asking this favor on the score of any obligarare specimens." you may feel under to me. It is purely a business "Ah, but you say that white men dare not that ve." appreciate the fact," said Frank, quietly, "but no pe I1ary consideration woi1ld induce me to travel." 'Then I need not waste. further time here?" shall be very glad t6 render you assistance in another y! jungle!" "I dare invade any part of India, or any other country with my Electric Tan," said Frank. The circus owner looked at Frank inscrutably. "You are too deep for me," he said, slowly. "I under stand you, now."


I'' READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. "In my e lectric invention I intend to make a trip to Centrallndia ancl explore the jungles of Bang Chu. I offer you the privil ege of going with me, if you choose. It looks like an exce llent opportunity to make up a good menagerie." Walsingham Gladwe'I,l passed a hand across his brow. aDo you mean that, Frank?" he saic1, in a bewildered manner. "Yes; I do." This, in the main, constitutes the description of the El tric Van. 'l'he interior wa e legantly fiHed np wiih rich cushion bunks of leather, lo ckers for stores and wea ODS. All 1 the necessary instruments for s uch a trip were hand. Walsingham Gladw ell was carried away witn the Van. "That settles it! lvly fortune is made. shall travel alone with the s how this sea s on. My partner "Wonderful beyond de scription," he c ried. T will ad-R p eed do you r ecko n ,you can get up, Frank?" vertise the v.orld over that I hav e gone to India with Frnnk Reade, Jr., lo procure animals for my ::;how, and the whole of America will be on the qui vive until our return. Frank, your hand. '{ ou a r c righi. It i s the greatest fay o r you can bestow upon me. Wh e n will we s iart ? '' ".?ne w eek from to-day.'' "Goou! I see you adhere to you r olCI plan of immediate action." .. It is the best." "Eve ry time!" "But come!" said Frank Reade, Jr., with a light laugh. '' f_,ct me show you the Electric Van, with which we will in vade the dange rou s jungles of Bang Cln1." I s hall be delighted!" They pa ssed from the office inLo a l arge, high-r oofed chamber, one hundred feet lon g by fifty broad. 1 ca n b eat a railroad train." "Sho'! You don' t mean it?" "Yes ; I do "But--" "What?" "How will you ever get the Vnn ou t i.h e r e to India?'' "E-asy eno ugh. It can be packed in and e asi put together when we get the r e.'' "Good! W e will go by the P acific )[ail Line?" "By thC' most direct route." 'And start n ex t week ?" "Yes. I will b e on hanCI. Wal singham Gladw ell i s a hap man. Now. I must awa y to make pre paration s." 'rJ1e n ext clay the n ews traveled a 11 ove r the country. The n etvspapers took up the report that Frank Read .h., had come out with a nrw inv ention. and w o nld rna Here the ci rcu s proprietor beheld a wonderful sight. ']' h 1"l t "'T F k R 1 T late'' t' sure of e lecA tl d d f th t t f t l ed't' s 1e ay rew n ea r e r or e s a.r o 1e exp 1 Ion tric force India. Frank R eade, Jr., waH besieged with all man In tlie center of t h e wagon ancl partly nndc rn eat h were the dynamos, motot and e l ectr i ca l machinery Wir e of fi.nfst woven meshE'R of s teel cove r e d lhc and top of t h e van. This was imp erv iou s i o rifl e halls, and ai interva l s loopof s I nmge requests. Omnks sent him threatening l etters, ot h ers sou ght to b. or buy t h e pri. \ 'ilege of b e in g a fe llo w passenger One incid ent of a thrilling h efe ll Frank. H e IYas le11vin g the yard one evening after dark, and j1 holes w e r e made for the !.o fire through. ns h e was about to step inl o cn!Tiage, a man of wild t 'rhr r ear of ihc wagon consi8tec 1 o f two broad pearanrc ste pp ed up. stee l d oors ;md a platform. "Frank R ea de," h e said, in bitter tones, "yon occupyl In front wns a wiih ihr key-board nnd steering fiel d whi c h is mine hy rights, T a m !'enll,v n g reater i wheel. On the dasher a long, s pik e h a p e d ram, as ventor than yo11, but b cca u,;c you occupy my field I ca no keen pointed a a needle. get 1 ecognition. Therefore, it is written that yon mu s tdi \l&o h e hubs of the were armed with sharp, that I may succ-eed you kniv es, so that a path could b e literally mow e d At the instant the fellow put. t h r muzzle of a 1 i s t through any cleUi;e graQ;;es in t h e jungle. to Fn{nk' s head.


FRANK REA.DE, JR.'S, ELECTIUC VAN. J in time the young inventor struck the barrel up. I Pomp bad a beautiful tenor voice, and his rendering of _\.moment more and the bullet would have gone crashing of the old plantation songs was inde scribable. 1ne luongh his bmin. I ea Ar> it wa8 it. broke the glass in the coach door, and <>ct : "Och, Ro1:y, be aisy, don't kiss me no more, he horse s beyond the driver's control. Shure, it' s ,oix toimes to-day ye've kissed me before. Frank instantly hurled his assailant to the ground. Och, there goes another, an' there to make sure, Sure the r e' luck in odd numbers, says Rofy O':M:ore." r Fortunately an office1 was near at hand. l. He quickly had the fello\v manacled and took him away to uc ri son Everybody applauded, and then Pomp got in his work in The next day Frank appeared against the crank, who gave fine shape. name as Stillman True. -!:t was certainly quite a treat I 'rhe judge sentenced him to three months in jail. But as he was led from the court-room he turned, and, with a face blue with passion, he hissed: Frank Reade, Jr., pres ently st rolled away from the others, going aft. 1 'Frank Reade, .Tr., you shall not escape me. I will pur f sue you yet." nl, 'Frank speedi l y forgot the incident in the excitement of He was busily thinking of the future, and was in a rrtirt>d part of the ship. He never suspected the fact that a dark form was creep ing up behind hjm stealthily. r the departure. I The Electric Van was packed in sections and shipped I to San Francisco. Leaning over the rail, Frank was watching the sea, when he heard a rustling sound behind him. He turned just in time to recognize a man springing upon him. It was the man with the whiskers, and he hissed fiercely: I But just as they ';ere about to take the from Reades town', Frank r('ad in a newspaper: 'P ''Thrilling escape of a crank from the jail. Stillmap "Ah, I tell you that Stillman True is not to be baffled. This time you die!" True, the man who assaulted Frank Reade, .Jr., nearly brains A sharp cry escaped Frank's lips. i Turnkey Wallis and makes his !" But before he could get into position to defend himself, 'Mercy on us!" thought the young inventor, "can it be r ) l1is assailant had hurled him over the rail bodily. possible that that villain really intends to follow me?" But Frank would not entertain the thought. The party reached San Francisco in safety and went aboard the steamer. Soon they sailing out through the Golden Gate en route to the west':' All were in high spirits. CHAPTER III. IN CALCUTTA. I Down went Frank Reade, Jr into .tbe sea. W alsingham Gladwell was particularly hilarious, and danced a jig in his delight. A great cry went up from his lips. But it did not seem But among the passengers was one individual who reto haye been heard. garded the party covertly and with a11 evil sneer. He was dressed s louchily and wore a long, black beard. To a close observer it would seemed as if this was artificial. 'I'he steamer, however, was two days out from San l!'nmci;;:co before any incident occurred to mar the voyage. Then one moonlight evening all were congregated upon the deck. Barney had his fiddle and Pomp his banjo. The two joker s were entertaining the crowd with alter nate songs: Barney had a fine, rich voice, and sang sentim0nta l as well as comical f1ittiE'S. The singing forward drowned it, and he realized in an instant how utterly desperate his position was. The steamer, of course,_ was leaving him every instant. In a comparative l y short time it would be out o sig ht. He was a good swimmer, but he could not hope to keep afloat long. "My God! T am lost.!" he cried. "Help-give me !" But there seemed no answer lo prayer. Those on board the ship either did not hear him, or would not answer. But no! Suddenly thrre waR a great shout went np. 'T'hNc had been n on o11e of the _varlls, and he henrcl


6 HEADE, JR.'S, ELBCTRIC VAN. the sp la s h, and turned just in time to see Frank in the water astern. overboard!" he shouted. 'l'h e err went from one end of the sh ip to the other overboard It is ever a thrilling cry at sea, and impres es one with honor. In a n i n.lant everybody rushed to the rail. The bell rang in the engine-room to lacken Down from the davits went a boat, quickly manned. Sturdy tars pulled away astern looking for the victim. F'rank was still afloat, for he was a good wimmer. .. He houted to the boat's crew, and they were !:'OOn by his side. In a jiffy be was lifted into the boat. His life was spared "Why, it'. Mr. Reade!" cried the boatswain. did ye come to fall over, Mr. Reade?" "However "I didn't fall over. I wa thrown oYer!" cried Frank. "Thrown over?" "Yes!" ''}fay the. aint save us! How dirl that happen sir?" Frank de scr ibed the incid ent. The boat's crew li stened with horror. "I know the sculpin ye refer to, Mr. Reade!" cried the boatswain, and I've never lik ed hi looks since he's been aboard. \r c will J?.Ut him in irons!" The ship had come about and was lying to. The boat now ran alongside, and Frank ran up the gang way. Indeed, the ves,:el wa' nearly into Honolulu before thing happened to warrant a different belief. Then an idea occuned to Frank. He ha tencd to the hold. There wa tored in section the wond erful Blectric A horrifying fear taught the young inventor the beme danger of leaving the boxes unguarded, with a man omewher at large upon the boat. It would be an easy matter for him to damage the chine out of pure spi te and meanness. Frank went.(lown into the hold and made an ex:nnma:tl of the boxes. To hi s great r e lief, he found, however, that no harm been don e the machine. Indeed, it did not apJ)car that the cnink had to nched at all, which wa only another .fact to b ear out the sition that h e was not on board the 'hip at all. but had mitted uicidc by leaping overboard. Nothing more occurred duriug the voyage to dishub i tranquillity. In due course of time the ship reached port at Calcu Therr th e Van wa. packed in ,;c'Ctions 11horml a rail c::n. The railroad ran a long the valley of thr Ganges nirrr ev ral miles. At Calcutta many English anll .\mcrican xe"idenl. ca to pay their r espec t to the explorers Their fame had pr ceded th rm. and onr grrat Hin prince, whose domain extended to th e vr1gp of the Ba Chu jungle, came to visit Frank. He was instantly greeted by his friends. He came in state, with a body-auard of armed men, He explained matters, and much excitrmcnt was created. met the young explorer with grcal ro rdiality A search was made for Stillman True, the would-be as sas in. But now a singular thing occtured. He could not be found. Ah, sahib he through hi' int erprete r "if can s ucc ee d in hunting down the firrcc white tiger. you have won the gratitude of all m y people. I shall try," repli e d Frank. "I hall pray to my for ,rour u ccess. What did it mean? Where had he gone? another and mor dangerous foe T must warn )'O}l aga Had heal o thrown himself O\'e rboard and drowned himwhile in epal." 1>elf? This was h query not easily answered. The ship was searc hed a sidtlo u sly from deck to hold. Rut not a trace of True cou ld be found. He had my teriously disappeared. It was believed by the majority that he had committed suicide. And there the matter rested. The voyage was continued. But Frank never went ncar the rail withou1 a premonition ef something-terriblr, and krpt his eye out. 'But to an appearances the crank had left the s hip. Indeed "'rhat i R the Thug. I will remember you r warning, grent princeJ" Frank, gratefully. "Perhap 1 shall meet you again!'' "I return to Nepal next month. Yon will be w e at my palace!" All over th e Indian part of Calcutta traveled the newt: the arrival of distingui 'hecl Ameriran who had come India to clean out the dread junglr of Bang C'hu. 1'hc natiw' Hindoo!'> flocked lo thr raill-oai! tation great to get a glimpse of the famon newconwr.


FRANK READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC VAN. r Nativ e princes and digni taries c all e d upo n P r ank and x tendc d to him g r eeti ngs and b est wis hes. He was s o much plea s ed with his exp erie nce that h e danced and c ap e red, and s ang liv e ly s ong s It was with difficulty t hat t h e party :finally g o t a way from \1lc utta. The railr oad trai n fi u a ll y Look t h e m up the v alle y of the 'ange s a s far t h e l ine o! t rave l exte n de d l'h e n the p a rty dise mbark e d at a s m a ll station on the c rg e of a v ast It w as five hu nd r ed fro m t h e r e to t h e jun g l e o! 'aug O hu. The country lll p lace::; was r o u gh an d une v e n Hurrah'! I wouldn t have missed this trip for the pric e of my s how!'' h e c ri ed. "It .is s impl y grand." Barney manipulat e d the s te e ring wheel and Pomp att ended to t h e d ynamos and to the c ulin a r y d e partment. It w as easy s ailin g a s ar as the hig hw ay w e nt. But when thi s t e rminat e d it was not s o e asy. A r e gi o n ll" < t s now e ncounte r ed of t hi c k f orcst8 and d e nse can e br a kes. 'l'o pe n et ra te t hese it wa,; ncces,;ar y l.o take narrow pa lh::; Severa l mou ntain ran ges would have t o be c r ossed u,;cd b y t h e nati ves, and o fte n i t was i1npe rativ e to s lop and But beyond t hese the r e w<;r c f ull y t w o hundr e d miles oi .fd l t rees to m a k e t h e way b road e n o u g h :for the V a n t o pass. vel p l ain, 1 rhicll .il wou l d b e easy to c ross. ln lh c o r d inar y c an e brak e t h e knives u p on t h e hub s qf t h e L 'he tiiDall :;laLi on at w h i c h they was c alled would c u t t h eir passage t hrou gh. :l u di J an. Bu t, oJ: c our:;e, in the forest this c oul d noL b e d o n e rnlC Van was tak en f r o m t h e C 3 l't:l, and B a rney a nd Po mp, But t h e s pir its of a ll w e r e hi g h u )der Frank's direction, p r oceeded Lo p u t it toget h e r T h e r e w e r e o[ pro v i s i o n s o u b o ard t h e V i tn 'l'hi:; wa,s not altogether a difticu l t job. Bu t at availabl e b ppor tunit.ies Frank sen t B arney and Finally, the bolt h ad been driven and t h e l ast nut P o m p in t o t h e woods for ga m e i g!Jtenell, and the E lecr ic Van as ready R ice and com and o th d o f roo d w e r e a lso bought Th' battcrie:; 1rerc filled and t h e moto r c har ged. o r t h e n atives 'l'he n a ll the sto res w e r e p lac-ed aboard, a nd a ll was rea d y G am e w a s plenty. t he start. Dee r a n d b ear w e r e in t h e fotest s a nd duck s and wild Of cou rse, all thi s work hacl taken some time geese in t h e c an ebra kes. B u t t h e job was fina ll y iind1CCl alte r n day and a h alf O f c our se, P o mp m 1 d B arney e bjoyed thi s 1ad p a ssed The oe t hey h a d drea d e d most 11as the deadl y cobra di The Yoyager s wen t aboard t h e Van, and the start .was c a pe llo, oi" hoode d s n a k e uade These w e r e ver y p,l cnty, and their pois on was There 1 y a s a turnpike road leadi n g o u t of H u d i J a n :for IYe u ty miles. This ext e nd e d through a picturesqu e tract of country. ln a m e a s ure, it wa s an ag r icultura l1r eg i o n S m a ll p l antati on s w e re seen a n d som e fin e bun g alows, or But the adv entuters had mad e pro v i s ion for this before leav i ng hom e They h a d pro vide d the mselves wit h lon g l e ggings o:t' raw hid e The fangs o f the c obra unlik e those of the rattlesnake, Hindoo h o uses, w ere p assed. a ri:l w e ak and brittle. The natives ever ywhere chopped t heir impl e m ents and Again s t the rawhid e the y w e r e o f no avail whatever. toad agape a t s i g h t of t h e Electr i c Van. Jt was altoget h e r a curiou s sight to t h em. befor e h a d so str a nge a mac hin e invad e d the r e "io n It was, t h e r efo re, n o w o nder tllat t hey w e r e astoni s h ed. Bu t n one offer ed a nyth ing lik e h osti l e o p position to the V a n. CHAPTER IV. THE GIANT PYTHON. l n son1e p l aces s u perstitious o nes flung the mselves on their S o that the y w e r e c ompl e t e l y safe with r egard to the faces overcom e wit h fear an d h o n o r hood e d snake. Our adventure r s in t h e V an enjoyed t h e s ituation. Tl1e reptiles in some places w e r e ver y ple ntiful. U p o n e v e r y h an d t h e r e w as som e n e w wond e r to b e se en. In fact Barne y w as st ru c k in the lowe r part his leg s 'J'h e c oun t r y w as \rilcl p icturesque, and unlike any el e v e n times one day, whil e huntin g .in the c an e brakes. t]Jillg t he.r had e v e r v i s ited b e f orr. IIad it not been for th e imp e rviou s c hara c t e r of the raw1 \Vabin g ham G ladw ell wa: in his c l e m e n t hide h e would hav e been a c orpse.


-..... / 8 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. There other foes to be dreaded. By this time Gladwell had reached the Yan, and all we One of these was the python, a monster which fresafely aboard. quently attained the stupendous length of forty feet. "Begona, it's a foight they'll have!" screamed Barney The party were enjoying a nooning in a s hady dell in "Shuxe, it's the snake an' the tiger!" the forest one day, when suddenly one of these monsters Pomp had picked up his rifle and seem e d inclined t appeared. fire Barney was the first to espy his snakeship. Frank Reade, Jr., was aboard the Electric Van. Gladwell was procuring water at a s pring near, while Barney and Pomp engaged in skinning the carcassof a fine wood deer. It was, no doubt, the smell of the blood that had drawn the python to the spot. But Frank Reade, Jr., cried: "Hold on, Pomp A'right, Marse Frank." "Let us see what they will do. It is likely they will eat each other up." Indeed, this was likely. Neither seemed disposed to give in, and this was evidenc B!!rney heard a rustling in the undergrowth and turned of their ravenous hunger suddeniy to behold a horrifying spectacle. The reptile's head protruded through the green foliage not ten feet distant. Its eyes were fixed with a basilisk-like gleam upon The Celt for a moment felt sick and faint. An awful horror 'was upon him, and it seemed as i he was likely to come under the influence of that awful fa s c!.nation which the serpent i s s aid to exert. But the Celt knew well what this would mean. With a tremendou s exertion of will power h e broke away from the s pell, ami cried: "Och hone! Wud yez luk at the loikes av it! Shure it's a fearful craythur. Run, naygur,;_run fer yer loife 'Go ll y !" exclaimed Pomp, making a bolt for the Van. Both terrifi e d fe llow s ran for the Electric Van. Whew!" exclaimed Gladwell, rubbing his hands, I wish I could get hold of that python! He'd b e worth ten thousand dollars to my show !" 1 "It is hardly likely that you will succeed, unless the tiger is his prey," saiil Frank. "Of course, the tiger will whip him ; Frank s hook his h ead. "Not much, h e replied "That is by no means certain. :r'he python i s a bad one to handl e." A ll nqw watched with interest the movements of the two foes. Neither seem ed di sposed to y ield ground to the other The appetizing meal between them was s ufficient incen tive for a battl e to the death. The tiger c rou c h e d low and lashed its tail furiously. They w e re s houting at the top of their lungs. The python 's huge coils were dr awn up and its h e ad wa:; Walsingham Gladwell dropped his water buck e t and also rE:ared high. for the Van. Suddenly it shot forward, the immen s e coib unrolled lik e Meanwhil e the p y thon very coolly gli ded out of the un-a whip lash. clcrgrowtb. l L was a lite ral ruonste1 : and its s hining brown folds beemcd fearful in their length and circumference. But the python was not inclined to heed the Van. It was the carcass of the deer it was after. B'!t the scent of blood had brought to the s pot another aspirant for a hearty meal. 'Thi s was a huge, yellow tiger, which now carne leapipg gracefully out of the fore st. That moment wquld hav e been fatal for the tiger but for prompt movem ent upon the part of the bea st: The tiger did not attempt to dodge the attack. Nor did he retreat. On the contrary, he crouched flat upon the ground, bury ing his nose b etwee n his paws. The python 's coils rolled harmlessl y over him I It impossible for them to olose around him. Had the The tiger ca:ne down in a crouching attitude upon the tiger b een in an po sture they would hav e done S O c opposite s id e of the dee r from-the python. But the instinct of the savage beast had saved it lt a tableau. Between the two gourmand s was the dainty prize. 'l'hc tiger la s hed its tail and growled, with its eyes fixed upon the s nake. 1 The ]utter dre w its s inuou s coil s up and gave a tremen dous The instant the python's folds passed, however, the tiger acted. Quick as a fla s h up went one paw a nd the sharp tore a long rent in the python's body. The snak e gave a fearful hiss and whirled about. Down went the tiger agaiH.


-----FRANk READE, .JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. Once more the huge folds passed harmlessly over the er's striped body. J.gain the tiger's claws tore a rent in the python's folds. "Golly!" cried Pomp, "dat am je s a drefftll sharp old cat, Suddenly the python ceaseclits revolutions 'fhere was a crushed yellow body in its giant folds. \ was one tiger less in the wilds of Nepal. The python dropped its victim and now stinted with 11 t tigah am." gliding motion for its prize. Begorra, av he keeps on he'll tear the reptile into ribOur adventurers each drew a deep breath. ns !" cried Barney. It had certainly been a wonderful spectacle ''Wait awhile," s aid Frank. 'Confound it, it i s too bad!" cried loil th e r:eptile for a s pecimen." Gladwell It was safe to say that few human beings had ever wit ,, It will nessed its like. 'rhe s eemed in gr eflt pain over the wonnds it had tceived. It did not venture another such attack upon the tig er. To the contrary it adopted new and curiou s tactics. Coiling itself upon the oppos ite s ide of the dead deer, the 1ake thre w a s ingl e fold about a banyan tre e Then it lay low upon the just as the tiger had. But the huge head began to glide slowly, but steadily, to-arcl the c arcas s of the antelop e 'rhe tig e r growled savag e ly and its eyes flamed luridly. Now we shall see fnn cried Frank Reade, Jr. And h e was right 'rhe tiger saw that th e s nak e's game was to assume the : f e nsive and try to the prey right before his eyes. It was now the tiger' s tm:n to assume the offensive. This c hang e d the of affair s quit e materially. 'I'll b et on the nak e now!" cried Gladwell, excitedly. 'flw s nake' s h ea(l slowly worked it s way toward the anlope. Yet its eyes seemed fixe d upon the tiger. That beast growled s avagel y and began also to creep toard th e ear c aRs. The snakC:s jaw s s eemed about to close upon it. Now or never Thu s the tiger must have thought, for he flung himself >rward and made a blow at the s nake's head with his paw. But he might a s well hav e made .a pass at a shadow. Th e s nake dodged quick as a Then out shot those terrible coils. "Begorra, I niver seen the loike;; av l.hat !'-'cried Barney. ''Shure a v t.him \\'as dead game to the last." "Golly, but I done fink I to hab been in dat tigab's place!" cried Pomp, with a deep breath "No/' said Frank; "the python is a hard reptile t o handle a beauty he is cried Gladwell. had biro for a specimen in niy 'Barney had raised his rifle. "Oh, if I only "Shure, I'll quick spile the ugly mug av him I" he cried. But Fr::mk interfere d "Hold on he cried "Did yon say, Gladwell, that you wanted that python?" "Yes ." "You shall have him." "Hut-bow can we trap him?" "Keep quiet and I will tell you." "I'll do that." "After he has himself tipon the antelope he will go inti\ a kind of stupor. You can then hire a dozen natives for a song to net him. In the net he can be dragged into a cage and taken to Calcutta and shipped h001e for you by the natives." "Good!" cried Gladwell, excitedly. "It will be worth a fortune to me." The python did just what Frank said it would. The reptile began the process of swallowing the antelope. To see that mass of flesh disappearing slowly down the snake's throat was a sight of no ordinary sort. It required fully twelve hours for the python to swallow the antelope sufficiently to go into a torpor. 'l'his time the tiger could not dodge. The coils closed Then Barney was sent to the nearest bungalow. bout him with a crunching A half score of natives we_re easily hired for the purpose Up into the air and .over and over went tiger and reptile. of netting the huge monster. The tiger's claws were flying everywhere, and his hoarse rowls filled the air. l But the python's fold s were about him, and crushing vills, bone and sinew nd flesh all to a pulp. Around the glade h a a huge ball furiously went the comntants. Then the din Cl ased. They returned to the spot with Barney, and after an in terview with Frank Reade, Jr., proceeded to bag the python. CHAPTER V. IN THE POWER OF A THlJG. This was also a wonderful spectacle. A huge and power ful net. with many folds, was procured.


FRANK READE, .JR.'S, EI,E('TR1C/ 'Phi'> thrown over the snakl''s head, and then pear werl' jabbed into the reptile' body. Jn a few moment reptile, writbing in pain. wound it ;:-.< r completely in the net that it wa. powerle 'flwn n native ox cari Wllow in yom how, you WOUld have the greatest euriOBity 0 f a 11.'' The circn magnate onl;v laughed and pooh-poohccl t subject deri ively. Ro it happened that when Frnn.k ancl Harnf'y Porn wcrr not looking, he lipped out of the Van ana paid a vi "Catch him and muzzle him!" cried the circus man. to the town. But ado-Dak, which wa the ruler' name, gave Frank He wa received with the greatest of comtesy. some valuable information. 'l'he Hamado merchant threw open the His description of the jungle anc'r it terrors wa of the tents, and invited him in to partake of ha!

FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. 11 He had spent some hours in the town, and was having high old time, when a native approached him. He had a smattering of English, and, bowing low said: "Sahib, I greet you. Great prince of a mighty nation, I pay you homage." 'Go easy, friend!" c ried Gladwell, with a laugh. "I ain't used to taffy. What do you want ? A_ ticket to my Ehow ?" i:; looking .for wonderful animals to cage and curi ou,; things?" "I am," cried Gladwell. "Have you got a six -legged rhinocero s to se ll ?" "Ab, come with me, sa hib. I will s how you the mos t wonderful yet." Gladwell wa:; u s uall y a sharp man. In his own country the bunco sharp would lta ve had no "Allah be praised I Now, away And they vanished like shadows, taking with them the deadly cord which had done such fatal work. Frank Reade, Jr., was much distressed when he learned that Gladwell had left the Van. "It i s a piece of folly," he declared. "I gave him credit .for mor e sense." Bamey and Pomp shared the fear s of their employer. "I don e fink some ob dem villains will pick him up!" declared Pomp. "What am it best fo' to do, :Marse Frank?" "I declare l don't know !" groaned the young inventor. Frank waited in Yain or Gladwell to return to the Van. passed and h e dic.(n' t come. 'l'h e young i11vento r decided to Lake heroic mea s ures. He sent a ualire runne r into the lawn to look for Gladwell. ,;how whatever with him. 'rhc fellow returned with r eport that he was not But here in the heart oi ignorant India he allowed him-there. oe!f to be victimized. The native, a villainous-looking fellow, who gave the name of l\Iahdan, l ed the way to a grove of tree s near the town. H e p retended that in this belt o.f trees there was kept a wond erful animal, the like of whi c h existed nowhere ::;oon they had reached the forest and ente red a narrow l)ath. Thjs was thickly beset with overhanging vin es, which in places nearly sh ut out the light of day. :Mahdan led the way into this path. Gladwell had not proceeded ten yards when a fearful oense of appalling danger came ove r him. H e remembered with a chill Prank Reade, Jr.'s, warning. The instinct was upon him to turn ba ck. They w ere just passing under an overhanging limb of a tree, wh en t ahclan s udden paused. "Ab, sah ib, look!" he cried. Behold the wonder of Bang Chu In that instant Gladwell heard a noise behind him. B e for e h e turn s omething flas h ed hiss ing past hi s head, and a sinewy coil wa s about hi s n eck. '"rhc 'rhug !" fiacih ed across hi s horrified vision, then there was a wrenching, awful pain; unconsciousness fol Hnred. O!Hchrell' form lay in the path, and two villainous Hin w ere over him 'L'hey quickly rifled his ".\h, Mahdan. you found an easy victim." "Ay, but feel of his h eart!" "Iti he dead?" "Ye s ." Gladwell had been seen to leave the town, going toward the jungle with two of the natives. H e had not been seen since. "It is as I thought!'' groaned Frank, with horror. is doubtless a dead man long ere this But Frauk decided to make a desperate move. He did not venture to leave the Van. "He Closing the door s, he started the Van through the town. Barney and Pomp stoo d r eady at the loopholes with rifles. There was much excitement in the town. 1 The report had preau that the white sahib had been en ticed into the jungle and had not returned. Prince Sado-Dak was a villain of the deepest dye. From the first he had kept vengeful and covetous eyes upon the Electric Van. It had occurred to the native prince that the Van would make him an excellent coach of s tate. As for scruples in the matter of gaining possession of the Van Sado -Dak had none. He wotllcl without compunction butcher the wl1ol e gang tl ga i n his desired ends. With this thought he h ad secretly called together a few hundred of his warriors and instructed them. The report of Gladwell's fate was the spaTk which kindled the flame. As the Van went thundering clown through the street of the town suddenly a perfect legion of Hindoos sprang into view and opened fire. Frank saw the situation ancl its perils at a glance. Quick action was necessary, or the .fiends would surely 1 succeed in getting away with their prey. \ Frank was at the wheel, and he said to Barney and Pomp:


f FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. S tea d y, now r Give t h em the Wi n c hes t e r s as fast as you c an loa d and fire!" The two se r \'itor n e eded no econd bidding. They sprang to the loop holes. In tha t moment a thrillillg battl e WUti begun, whic h was to prove a memo ra b le o ccasion for all. CHAPTER V I. UEPULl E OF THE HAMADOS. SadoDak was a wily and treacherous pri nce, b u t he w n o t re c kle s or utterly devoid of en c H e that this dreadful imention of the white ma coul d cut him all to pie c es. I n fact it was in li'rank R e ade, J r s, powe r to dest r o the t o w n So ado-Dak threw out a whit e .flag and called me back. .Frank Reade, Jr., accept e d the truce. I ought to d e stroy thi s n est of iniquity,' he declar "It would be a m e rc y to d o ,o. 1 thought Lhe v woul come to t e rms O n e of the DO\\ ca m e u p the treet with t h e tru The llindoo -tir ed a volley at the Van. It had been t h eir flag. belief that t h e bullet s would peneh'ate the s teel n etwork. 'They t-xp e eted at o nce to &C(' the inmate s o{ th e wag on ridd l ed with bullets But the lead e n miE:.iles on l y fell harmles ly a gains t the e teel netting Barney and Pomp n o w open e d fire Both w e re exce ll e n t ho ts. I n a few mom e n ts ado-Dak c am e up with his retinue Frank R ea de, Jr., did not come out of the cag e to tal with the m. H e kne1r e nough of the Hindo o n ature t o know bett than trust t h e m too far. Tre a c h e r y w as an inhe r ent tt ait of their n ature><. The prince made a f a w ni n g bo1 1, and s aid : The Hindoo s f e ll b e neath their aim and a tbe Winche Gr e a t prince of an unk n?w n n a t ion I com e ler s could be fire d with amazing rapidity the volley s had a p e ac e Will you not com to m y palace and p artake o mos t telling efiecl. ha s h ees h ? Frank th e Van cra h i ng into t heir rank::,. lt was utterly for the wretche s to stand b e for e u c h an attack Thi s oJ course, was c:om eyed to Frank thro u g h an in terpre t e r. Frank laughed contemptu o us l y T h e heaV} wh. e el s o f the Van e m hed th e m and the 1 I d ecl in e your offer he replied "I do not trust yo kniYe' upon t h e 'hubs mad e f e arfill work. tre a c h e r o u s prince, a,nd ther e hall b e w a r betw e en U u unti Down through the gang like a i h nnderboll w ent the \:'an. you re.,tor e to m e my f r iend whom your T hugs d ecoyed It wa utterl y impo sible for th e H i ndoo to tan d bef o re a w ay, and whom I fear the y have s lain!" it. Sado -D ak made rep ly: Clearin g the villainou s cr ell' Frank turned t he Van a bout and made anothe r charge tot t h e foe 11hiF time the Hindoos see m e d determine d to s top him "I know not the fate of your friend sahib. I am not a Thug, a n d cannot be respon s ible for their deeds Frank replied in a voice of thunder: The y oung inventor s miled "Unle s y ou re tore my friend t

FRANK READE, JR. s, ELECTRIC VAN. "he is dead. They have murThe body of Gladw e ll was brought up to the Van Frank ade, Jr., sprang ou t and ben t down over his fri e nd. saw the t e ll-tale mark upon the circ u s owne r 's neck. ,' The work of Thugs !". h e groan ed. 1'hefe \l"ae no t the s lighte s t hop e in Frank 's bosom tha t ladwell was aliv e "You are wi t h friends!" c ried Frank. "Brace ri ght up., old man. For onc e y ou are in luck. Your life sa ved.: "A.h, I remember," mut-t e red the c ircu s propri e tor. ''The Thugs I was g arroted. But how did y ou s ave me?" "Simply because the r asc al s fa il e d in their work," r e pli eo Frank. Gl a dw e ll was s oon s uf c i ently recovered to get upon hi s feet. H e was weak as mig h t naturall y b e s upposed but a mor e Yet h e kne w that it s om e tim es hapv e n e d t ha t t h e g arthankful p e r s on was never seen ter fail e d to d isc onne c t the s pinal c olumn The experi e nce had effe ctuall y c ured him o f a n y thing like In s uch a case t h e v i c tim w as known t o h ave come t o lif:e ter hours of u t ter unconsciou s ness. The .nec k seemed to a d f reel y and n aLurally The r e w a s o indication but that the s pinal c ord w as c ompl ete A thrill p e r v ad e d Frank's l1e art. 'He may not b e d ead!" H e listened to hi s h eart and f e l t t h e pulse. H e fanci e d he c ould d etec t a .faint b eat ing. ong h to reviv e his most sa n g uin e h o pes. This was Barn ey," h e s aid brin g m e an e lectrod e an d a coil o ire wit h a disc. Conn ect the wir e with the d y na m o !" 'All ro i ght, s or The o rd er was qui c kl.)' obeyed. F-nmk arra n ge d t h e e l e ctri cal appliance b y a metho d of lil O II'D The di sc heavil y charged, w as plac e d a t the spine o f the ln an. The n :;l owly, but J:i.rml_y, the currenL was Lurned on. A t firsL no effe c t was noticed. rec kl essness. H e w as p r e p a r e d t o use good sense in the future I h a vc b een a ioo l !' h e declar e d "In th e future, Frank, 1 will do just a s you s a y." I am glad t o h ear you s a y that," s aid Frank. I will n ot adv i se y ou for your i n jury, depend upon i t I kno w t ha L well .' This e nd e d the e pisod e Gladwe ll was saYed and all o n board t h e Van wer e or er joyed. Sado -Dak had been g iYen a rich les:;on ond ::;tood i n fear of t h e Electric Van. But this ver y fea r m a d e h im c r afty and t r eac h e r o us. H e was detennined io g e t w i t h Frank R ea de, J]., .in some way. On t h e oth e r hand the y oun g inventor was d ete rmin e d t o get out of S a d o -Dak's way as qui c kl y a s p ossibl e .-\ccor d ingl y, s o mu c h as \\' ishin g t h e treac herou s princ-e g ood<-d a y h e s l arte d t h e Va n to t h e nort hward Along the verge of the g r ea t jung l e for tw enty mil e s th e rrhen the r e was a c ontracting of the muscles and a quiver-Van traveled. g o the eye lid s The n Frank s el e cted a goo d s pot a nd drove t h e Van iulo Frank R e ade, Jr., watch e d the se s ign s o f returning life the jung l e a t f ull s peed. r e full y The mon s t e r c arriage went c rashing throu g h t h e 1dense until h e s a w certain mus cles in t h e fac-e r e la x and grasses, and s udd e nl y c am e to an ope n s pac e in t h e v e r y e hue o f li f e c reepin g into the whit e c heek s did h e giv e h eart of the wild s t to hi s feelings. rrhe n h e cried : 'H e live s l Thank H e aven h e i s not pa s t help! The Hindoo s pectators had watched t h e opemtion with tp e r s titi o u s wond e r. It was a picturesqu e spot and J!'rank imp e ll e d b y some motive, pressed the l e v e r and brought the Van :to a s top. He had n o s ooner don e _this a great cry went up from Barney. "Be gorra, l\fi sthe r Frank, wud yez luk at t he loike s av To them a m a n once st r a ngl e d wit h the cord .is c on s idered that!" ast redemption At t4at instant a wild s cr e am cam e from the d e p t h s oi To see Fl'ank Read e Jr., now brin g this man t o life was the jung le, and out into the op e n da s h e d a Hindoo h unte r. o t h e m a n a s toundin g surprise. They r egarde d tho y oun g ime ntor a s a man of mor e than rd inary gifts and of a wonderful feti sh. Gl a dw e ll opcu e d .hi::. eyes now and murmured: "Where 11m 1 ? Ood help m e What an awinl dream!" H e was out of breath and pantin g with t erro r. B ehind him with lon g strides, a pow e r fu l t iger o : E the mane ating specie s "Help, s ahib, help!" s hrieked the unfortu nate Hindoo. "Give him a shot!" cried Frank R ea de, J r


FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. B b f Give them the Winchesters as fast as you ut e r fire the tigt. '1.b 1 servitor s n e eded no second bidding. s prang to thl' loopholes. / that .moment a thrilling battl e was which was rove a memorable occa s ion for all. C HAPTER VI. R EPULS E OF THE Sado-Dak was a wil y and tre ach e rou s prince but he '' not reckless or utterly devoid of sense. He s aw that thi s dreadful inv e ntion of the white m could .cut him all to pieces. In fac t it w as in .Frank R e ade, Jr.'s, power to de str the town So Sado-Dak thre w out a whit e flag and called his m back. .Frank Read e Jr., a c c epte d t h e truce. "I ought to destro y thi s n est o f iniquity," he d e cl are 1 "It would a m e rcy to d o so. I thought they WOll come to t erms!" One o f the nm r c am e up t h e with the tru I'he Hindoos tired a volley at the Van. It had been their flag. belief that the bullet s would penetrate the s teel network. 'l1he y at o nce to sec the inmate s of th e wagon riddled with bullets. But the lead e n onl y fell harmless ly again s t the steel n e tting B arney and Pomp now open e d f ir e In a few mom e n ts Sado-:Pak c ame up with his r etini Frank Reade, Jr., did not come out of the cage/to t with them. He kn e w e nough of th e Hindoo nature t o know b e than trus t t h e m too far. T r e a c h e r y w as an inh e r ent t r a i t of their natures. Both 're r e exc elle n t shots. The prince m a d e a fawning b o w and s aid : The Hindoos f e ll b e neath their aim and a s tbe Winche s Gre a t prince o f an unknown nation I c om e t o o ter s could be fir e d with amazing rapidity the voll e y s had a peac e Will y ou not c o m e to m y palace and partake mos t tellin g e tr e ct. ha s heesh ? Frank sent the Van c ra s hing int o their It was utterly impos s ible for the wr e tche s to stand b e fore an attack. This, of course, was conveyed to .Frank thro u g h an. terprete r. Frank lau g hed contemptuously. The h e a v y wheel s of the Van Cius hed them and the j I d ecl in e y our offer," he replied "I do not trus t y o knives upon t h e1hub s mad e fearful work. I tre a c h e r o u s prince, apd the r e shall b e war between u s un Down through the gang lik e a thunde rbolt, w ent the Van. you r est or e to m e my friend, whom your Thugs d ecoy It was utterly impos s ibl e for t h e Hindoo s to stand before a way, and whom I fear they have slain!" it. Sado-Dak made reply: Clearin g the villainou s cr e w J:i1rank turned the Van about and mad e another charg e at the foe. tim e the Hindoos seem e d d e termined to stop him. "I know not the fate of your friend sahib. I am no r:I:hug, and cannot be re s pon s ible for their deed s!" Frank replied in a voice of thunder: 'l1h e y oung inv entor smiled "Unless y ou restore my friend to me I will proceed He op e n e d the key w ide and sent the Van ahead at railburn y our town and will hunt every one of you to road speed. Like a meteor it went down into the midst of the du s k y horde again. Barney and Pomp kept the Winche s ter s popping d eath." S a do-Dak s face showed terror. He turned and gave hurrie d orders to his servants. rrhen h e made reply: In vain the Hindoos tried to s tay the progre ss of the "Be of g o o d c heer, white prince. 1 our friend shall Electric Van. fouud wheth e r dead or alive." They might as well have tried to s top lightning in its course. Scores o them went down under the Cles tructive wheels. "Give it to them!" cried Frank to Barne y and Pomp. "He must b e produ c ed aliYe," s aid Frank,, with empha This had the desire d effect. Bodie s of s oldi e r y w e re sent into the jungle. Indeed it was not mor e tha n an hour later that the s Once again the Van reach e d the end of the street, and di e r s w e r e seen returnin g turne u to once more charge t h roug h the v illage I B etween th e m tlie y b o r e l h c bocly o J a man. But the Hindoo s had enough. ...\. c old s w eat brok e ou t up o n .Fr a nk R ea ue, Jr.


.I F.H.:ANK READE,, JI:>'S., "'I "'O l 'T'RIC 1 5 s t....__ \ -J:u "Begorra, it's the worst I iver saw!" BnrTiey; "thi s ts our thrip to Centra l Africa." "Golly! Dis l e am not parshal to lions an' g{ch like!" id Pomp. "De< Bibl e sez dat de l amq shaH lay il.own wif lion, but 1 done fu1k de po' lamb wrmlclt\'t 8ta n : rrnJCh ow yer alongside o' dese yer lion s \ I re ckon they w ouldn't, Pomp!" Glndwell. ut I've got an idea!" "What am it, sah ?" The glare of tbe el '1!\. did not seem to disco n cert him :iJr''th e least. 1 ".lliagnific-ent GladwelL "I. must ba-. v h im for my show!" "WhHt shall we r .Frank, picking up his rifle. "We can get him but 1 fear not alive \Yai1! Don't shoot him. 'l'hcre may he fL way to get him!" "I guess not." ..,.__ "Suppo se you get your f!Ud a tpne. Let us At this moment the white tiger gave utterance to a trewhat effect i t will hqve upon the beasts.'' Barney and Pomp went after their i 'truments with acrit y Barney carne out with his fiddle and P01 p 1vith his banjo. The y struck up liv e l y tunes and played for some mom'fts. The effect was magical. '--mendon!! roar. It .waH so powerful and sonoro u s as to seem to make the ground tremble. Then down across the intervening s pace came the beauti ful monster. Straight for the Van he came Singularl y enough, the h yenas ceased howli n g, and the As his white body was hurled against the R teel nettin g g ers ceased their l oud r oaring. Frank tried a shot at him t hrough one of th e loop-holes. The bea ts seemed to be spe ll-bound by the music. But the tiger was c linging to th e netting, and this 11rns imThey appeared to listen intently. But the moment the possib le. usic stopped the y began to howl again. "Who can say that music hath not charm s to soothe the Frank tho ught of the e lectri c wires, and called to Barney. 'I'he Celt came, but ju st too late. east of savage beast!" qtwth Gladwell. "J think you two The tiger went up over the top of the Van, and then away aps could charm some of those animals so that I could nto th.e jun gl e at full s peeq. t them into my menagerie." Everybody laughed at this. But suddnly a pecu liar thing l1appenecl. The hyenas seemed to divide and slink away. He was gone from sig h t almost imtantly. was tlw last seen of the white tiger that night. The howling s of the qeas_ts were not conducive to good sleep, and yet our exp lor e r s wer e so extremely tired that they Some powerful influence seemed to have assailed the were g l ad to succumb to s lum ber. a sts. When morning came the hyenas disappeared. Frank was the first to :perceive the meaning of this H e saw a white form suddenly eme r ge from the depths f the jungle. There wa something so majestic and so dignified about e appearance of this white figure, t hat h e cou ld not help Bu t tJuee huge tigers were crm1ched upon the top of the Van. Pomp and Barney want e d to give them an e lectric s hock. But Frank said: "We will give them a. rid e." t note it Away went the Vm1, crashing through the jungle. "Look!" he cried. "As I live, it is the white tiger!" It was a novel experience to the tigers, and eviden tly not Instantly the occupants of the cage seemed to partake of a pleasant one, .for they l eaped down from their perch and e same species of awe as had pervaded t h e beasts. All gazed in sile nce for a moment at that grand white gure. Then Gladwell broke the s il ence "Ey the great hornspoon!" he cried. "I must have at for my menagerie!" Re ade, Jr. sprang to the searc hlight and turned full upon the object of their interest. The effect was s ublime. There, fu ll y revealed, was the white tige r, and a beautiful vanished into the jungle. At every turn wild be1ds were encountered. There was no doubt but that our adventurers w e re now right in the heart of the jun g l e had begun tp look for the large lak e which had been described to him by the natives. H e had seen nothing as yet of the fearful h ydra -h ea ded .dra gon said to exi st in these parts. Bu t h e had no doubt as to the exi s t e nc e of huge snakes. Indeed, as the Van was going through a d e nse part of the cimen he was. jungle, one of the mighty monsters threw its huge folds He s tood gazing at the Van, la shing hi s long tail s lowly. completely about th e Van.


, ---,-' .f:\K READE, S, ELECTRIC VAN. -__ FRJ!::::--"':-=:::::.::::::: -==----,...-j, --=============I The python tried to ermh But its utmost pressure did not rualw the franie-w01k ('reep. meared to take no notice whatever of the' ad\entu tndeed. ihe Van glided quite near to the mon ter. h11r 'rhis python i'CC'med eve n largPr t the one which b.a.d attradin_tr iL nough to 'l'herc, not five hundred yards distant. stood
    molishecl the Electric Van. ll'bich .for and peculinr our advenhuf'T lwfore een the like o.f. Tt was a near approach to the elephant. thou.,.h much l;lrger and weightier. [ts body was covered with a long growth of thick brown hair. Its head was of enormous proportion", and huge 1 usks were curling outward from its for the length d full futecn feet. "Wha1 ou earth i that?'' g
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    ..I!!RANK READE, JR.'S, ELEO'I'RIO Y AN. l't The water looked tempting, and Barney ami Pomp pro posed a swim in it. It was quite a relaxation, aftt>r having been confined in thf' Van for so long. l 'here wa. no fear of the dreaded serpent described by the r[indoo s, [or our adventurer ii a myth. Barney and PomlJ threw off their elofh<'H and leaped into the warm water>:. Both were <'Xpcrt swimmers. and thit> wa:-a rare treat for them. Barney and Pomp were exceedingly happy, and hM a jolly time in the water. Occasionally thr erie' of wild bea$l.s could be heard in the distant jungle. Once a tiger seen to descencln pon a helpleB.o antelope and hear it away in triumph. But none of fhc\brastH ventun'Cl into the open in broad daylight. But the day did not pas,; without a tluill:ing incident. ':-:;o did our adventurer;:: feel in this spot that the.\ Tht>y dived. to the sanely bottom tlf lhP lake ;tJHl brought did not take tlw U"nal precaution,., against attack. up hC'autiJ'ul and pebbles. Gladwrll somP rli:=:tance away i11 a looking-Barney, in diving, saw a brilliant, fl;dliug I ight in the. for diamond;-;. -and, and picked up the pebble which cau-ed it. Frank Heade, Jr., IYas the only one Claimed, excitedly, ''you hnve found a treasure! This is a genuine diamond!" ''Whurroo !"cried the astonished Celt. "Yez don"t mean 1-\, ;oor?" Yes; l do." '".-\ ditLmond .::or!''' '8ure!'' .. Brgorra, wud ycz lnk at the "luck av me. Shure, an' is it worth much?" A looking object arose from tlw 1rater. H looked at firtt like f he hearl oJ a lmgP monoter of thl' tlll'tlc Frank was lhe first to see it, e gwinr fo' to He c ould hardly be swallowed up alibe jes as suah as you'se bo'n !" L'
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    ( ""..1 18 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. -.,--Jnlleet!, it would haw passed for the fabled sea "' serpent, .famous in the lore of sea captains CHAPTER IX. .( Its length Frank could not accurately estimate, but he guessed it to be fully _seventy feet. The reptile appeared to be a monster specimen of a species of water snake not uncommon in some parts of India, and which are said to reach the length easily of thirty and forty feet. Water pythons they were called by the natives, and, in deed, it would seem that they well merited the name. The explorers watched the movements of the reptile with a peculiar dull horror and fascin ation. THE MONSTER TURTLE. The reptile might not return, and even if it did, there was no actual harm that it was likely to do so long as pur adventurers took care not to trouble hi s snakeshi.p It was a more desirable place to camp than in the forest. So Frank decided to spend the night upon the spot. Camp fires were made in the sand, and things made shipshape The water python did not seem to see them. But Barney and Pomp were possesse d of a powerful de At least it made no movement toward them, but consire t o take one more dip in the limpid waters of the lake. tinned to di s port itself in the Jake. Finally it took a long dive and came up fully a mile Of course, there was the risk of the return of the serpent But they finally overma stered their rears and repaired to away .anc1 was seei 1 to pull its monster body out of the water the lake shore. round, crowned rock above the water' s surface. and into the jungle. All drew a breath of relief. Out in the lake they now spie d what looked lik e a black, "Well,". averred Frank Reade, Jr., "that beats all' the It seemed a bit curious to them they had not espied snakes I ever saw." "The natives were right," declared Gladwell; "the mon ster serpent is no myth. Oh, if I only hild him for my show!" 4 this before. But they attached no significance to the fact. "Well," cried Pomp, with a comical grimace, "1 done like to make one lily bit ob a wager wif yo', sah." "It is lucky that the monster did not attack us.'' "Yez wud, eh?" "You are right!" "Fo' suah." "It would have crushed the Van with its ponderous "well, phwat is it, naygur ?" weight." "I like to bet wif yo' dat I swim out t'? dat rock fust." "Begorra, I'd a good moi:bd to take a shot at it," cried "Yez mane to say that yez kin beat me to that rock?" Barney. "Yo' am got it." "Huh! I done fink no bullet would kill dat snake!'' de "Well, be jabers, I'll take yez up on that!" cried Barney. clared Pomp. Into t.he water they leaped. "Phwat do yez know about it., naygur ?" demanqed BarAway they swam like veritable ducks. ney. Nearer the supposed rock they drew every moment. 1'Pomp is right!" averred Reade, Jr. "No or-But Pomp was the better swimmer. dinary bullet would have killed that snake. It is lucky t4at He was far ahead of Barney. you did not fire, Barney, or the reptile might have turned He bade fair to reach the rock long before the Celt. on us, and much to our sorrow." The latter splashed and splurged in the water in a vain "That's right!" cried Gladwell. "I don't believe we will attempt to catch up with the darky. be able to that monster for my show, Mr. No use. "No; I think not," said Frank, dryly. "We will draw Pomp reached !he rock and crawled upon it. the line at snakes seventy feet long!" He about to turn and wave his arms derisively to What new wonders the Bang Chu jungle held our exBarney, when an astonishing thing occuned. plorers could only imagine. The supposed rock suddenly moved beneath him. But now that the monster s nake had disappeareq the courUp it went out of the water higher and fresenting a age of all returned. broader surface. As it was getting near dusk it was decided to remain upon 'rhen, to rhe dark y's amazement, he sa w tha t he was upon the spot for the night. the back of a giant turtle, the like of which he had never There was no longer any fear of the m6nster serpent. seen before.

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    FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN. 19 rrhe turtle evidently felt his weight upon its back, for it He turned the electric s earchlight about in such a position starte d at full s peed across the lake. that its rays fell upon t he water. P omp was so bewildered that for a moment he could not The wriggling forms were squirming thickest in the g l a r e act. of the light Barney saw the s ituation and" started for the shore full Then a comprehension of the truth burst upon Barney tilt. I "Be jabers, 1 have it," he cried; "the place is a loive wit h The Celt had no desire to r e main longer in waters which eels!" held such monst e r s The Celt had hit upon the truth. Pomp recover e d him self and made action. Attracted by the electnc lights of th e Van, an immense With a yell of terror h e mad e a l eap from the turtle's n u mber of eels had risen from the bed of the lake. ack. Hundreds of the m could have been n etted with case upon Down into the water he went, and coming up also struck the shores of the lake. out for t he s hor e The terror of the darky and the Celt was comical to witness. But the turtl e was fully as terrified a s either. The reptile st ruck out at r ai lroad speed for the middle of the lake, where it went below the surface. Barney scratched hi s head "Shure there's no harrum in ee l s," he muttered, "but phwativer else is the r e lives in that Jake ( Shut', I won dher how we iver come out av it aliYe !" Of one thing the lak e seemed free and that was crocodi l e s. But while Bamey's attention had been c laimed by the Barney and Pomp emerged from the \\'ate r and made for lake he had to keep an eye upon the plain. their clothing. From that dire c tion there now came a hoarse, thundero u s They donned i b and r etu rned in poste-hasie to the Eleckic an. roar. Barney tmned and sa w what appeared like a mighty black It was their la st swimm i ng excursion in the jungle B ang Chu. of hill moving down upon th e Van. Neither could be induced to enter t he: lake again. Darkness was now settling clown thick and fast. In an instant the Celt sprang up Ma y the Yargin save u s !" he cried; "phwativer i s com-i n g now? It was the huge mammoth the expl or<'I" had in the Barney and Pomp were e l ecte d to take turns keeping aJ'te rnoon. atch. 'fhe monster wa;:; c omin g st raight f.or thr Van with a tread The y sat up until a late hour, however, playing the banjo which s hook the earth. and violin, and s inging jolly songs At length, howe v e r, all retire d to rest but Barney. It was swinging its huge trunk and bellowing loudly. Barney was imbued with an awful terror. The night was clea r and moonlit and the C elt could see But yet the Celt had sufficient presence of mind to p ress bjects very distinctly a cross the plain. the dynamo key. H e remain e d by the keyboard and steering whee l ready to The Van glided forward and out of the path of the mam-tart the dynamo s at a moment 's notice. 9 moth. The night hour s wore away slowly. Barney let the Van run ahead for one hund red yar d s a n d Barney was drowsy, but he was too faithful a senti nel to the n stopped it. ive way to sleep. The. danger was passed. He kept a good watch of the lake and plain, and after The megatherium h ad not attempted to p urs u e the V an. time became impressed with a queer fact. In fact, the huge animal's purpose had been apparently The surface of the lake seen1ed suddenly to become a live not to attack the Van, but to reach the water. ith wriggling c reatures It now waded the l ake and proceeded to cut up c u ri To all appearance they were sna kes of various l engths not ous antics. xce edin g six o r seven f eet With it s hug e trunk it took up vast water and They appeared to perambulate abo11t upon the lake's sursp outed it into the air and over itself. ace. It seemed to b e a part of a r egular course of a1lntions "Begorra, that's queer enough," muttered Barney. "Am I pur sued by the giant animal, and was a sight to beho ld. dramin' or is it an optical illu s hion !" The starting up of the Van and the din mad e b y t h e manBut Barney soon became convinced that it was ste r h ad a r oused the ot h ers

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    2 0 FRANK READE, ELECTRIC VAN. All watched the pei'formance s of the megatherium with "It looks as if would just allow him to escape." keenest intere st. you think you can capture the tiger alive, you hatl l!"or some while the huge (;Ontinued it s play m better try it.'' the water. Thi s ilenced Gladwell. Then it marched out a nd away across the plain. No other incident worthy of note occurred thJlt night. But the next day Gladwell came to Ji'rauk Hende .Jr. ''Don't you think it about time to try and bag white tiger?" he asked "We will try it to-da y," replied Frank. "Alive?" ''Oh, of !" This pleased the circuo manager, who ente r ed into the plans with great intereEJt. But in order to bag the tiger it was ne cessary fir,;t to find one. A path1ray through the jungle 11'<15 found and tluough this the Electric made its way. The deeper they penetrated into the jungle the mor e evi dence our ad, enturcrs found o the existence of wild beaet s He saw the absurdity of his ideas, and r ep lied: ''All right, Frank. Pardon ha ste 1 am escited.1 'But thi s i,; not a tinw to get excited,' said Frank. "X ow is when you want a cool and nerve." "You are right." Frank watched the tiger closely H e became satisfied presently that they were not far from the tiger's lair. Indeed at that moment the beas t pcmsed beiore a rocky opening in the side of the hill. The beast glared at the Yan a mom cul, and then, la sh ing its tail, ente red the place. Frank R e ad e, Jr., started the Van forward quickly. ''Get ready, all!" he cried. "Now 1rc ha, e som e livelj work to do. 1 mean to bag that tiger alive!" The others need ed no second bidding, but at once r e At every tum Lhe lair of a tiger, a wolf or a panther was s ponded to the call. invaded. The savage animals i1: the majority of ca:;eil mad e oil' in .rear. But there were som e diciposed. to di sp ut e Lhe t;ueli usually fell victim s to the bullets of ib c exp lorera. 1'o eapture a white tiger alive, Frank knew was no light CHAP'rER X. OA.P1'UlUNG A TIGER. undertaking "But how arc you to capture that beast aliYc Y et th e young inventor had fully mad e up hi::; lllind to Frank?" asked Gladwell. that end. "Ask no que.stions but follow my direction,;," aid the And with Frank Heade 'Jr., to undertake au e nt e rprise young inventor, tersely. was seldom to fail. Barney and Pomp were directed to alight from the Yan The circu,; manag e r Gladwell, wa in. lhc highe st of and take their statio n s near the mouth of the tiger's den. The cloce!"L watch was kept for the coveted prizr. But they had penetrated mile s of the jungle before they Of course, there was some little risk iLl this. The tiger might come out to the attack. In that case it would be safer to be in the Van than out"e re rewarded with success s ide. 'rhen, coming out at the ba:>e of a s light eminence, Frank But Frank was inclined to take a few c hance s, Ior he Reade, Jr., saw a fine cipecimen of the wonderful white tiger knew that neces s ary b efore uccess could be aflei s urely walking
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    F RANK READE, J R.'S, E LECTRIC VAN. "Now, wh e n the tiger come s out b e s ure and pull hard on Like a fly in t h e web of a spider the powerf u l bea s t was e n e t. When on c e h e i s in the meshes don t b e afraid of helpless. m, but rus h up and wind him up in it. Do you s ee ?" All r o i ght, s or We'll j cs do dat All tearing about and roaring was of no ava il. "Hurrah!' c ried Frank, "we have his t1gership." The n h e turned to Gladw ell: "Pshaw!" ex claimed Gladw e ll in dis gust. Do you ex"Now, what do you think of m y p l a n s for t r ap ping cct to n et t h e tiger?" "Tha t's jus t it," r e pli e d Frank. ''You. can t do that!" "Why?" H e will t ear those n e t s into strings:" Do you b e li e v e t h a t ?" O f course! W e ll s aid Frank, s ar c a stic ally, "pe rhaps yon can ad vocat e a b e t te r way?" ''J can!" What?'-' W e can make a trap of the Van, bait it and w ait until h e tige r i s ins ide, and the n c lose the doo rs. 1 F ra n k R e ad e, Jr., was di sg u ste d j I gav e y ou credit for mor e sense t h a n t h a t Gladwell!" : h e s aid.' -"You should known b ette r." Then he p r oceeded to b r i n g out a qu antity of oiled was t e :mel rags I This h e pla c ed in the mouth of the cavern. I It was but a mom e nt's wor k t o i g nite them. In a jiff y they w e r e abl aze, and the n Frank thre w a blan; k e t over the mo u t h o f t h e c a vern 'l'hi s bCnt t h e s m oke and fu mes d o wn into-the cav ern. S om e littl e tim e passed The pile of oil wa s t e burne d and s mok e d inte nsely. t i gers? I haven t a 1rord to s ay, declared the circ u s proprietor. "You are too muc h f or me as well as for the tige r." "Then you a c knowledge that?". "I do. "Tha t settles i t s aid Frank, wit h a l a u g h "Bu t there';; your ti ge r H e ma y struggle s ome, but he ca n t get away. "Egad!" excl aim e d th e d e lighted Gladwell, I can h a r d l y b e lieve my good luck. That I s hould have gai n ed pos s e s s ion of the greatest drawing at t ra c tion in t h e w orl d make s me very happy You are the onl y s howman i n the world who can ex hibit a whit e t iger. "It i s a g reat card.'' "It o u g h t to b e." "But-wha t I Y ill w e do with the b e a st?" aske d Gl a dwell Wh a t w e did with the snake. Cage him a n d ship him to Am e ri c a "Ah, but how will w e get him to Cal cutta ? "Easy e nough, s aid Frank. "Put him aboa ro the Van and carry him to Hudi Jan. There charter a freight car and s h i p him t o C al c u t t a a s h e i s Your ag ents the r e ca n cut a w ay tb e n e t s mak e a s ui t abl e c ag e and send him home tL your p artne r b y th e fir s t s teamer." Gladw e ll rubb e d hi s hands in glee Certainly t h e t iger w as getting a fin e ta s t e o f it. "The onl y whit e tig e r l he muttered. "Ah! tha t will Frank b e lieved that the s moke woul r l b e mor e than the draw the world! I b eas t c ould stand, and t hat h e w o uld soon see k more con g enial quarters. I In this he was right. Af te r a tim e the r e came a loud r oar from the cav ern. ''Look ou t, boys l crie d F r ank, h e i s c oming." Thi s proved true. Out into the oute r air sprang t h o whi te form of the tiger. But right into the n e t h e \ ren t, a n d was in s tantl y en ang l e d in its me s he s With a cheer Barne y and P01h p ruB h e d up. The y ran around the e n t rapp e d and strugglin g tiger, winding the me s h e s closer and closer 'l'h e huge b eas t snarle d a n d howl e d and strugg l e d In v a i n its p owerful cla w s s trov e t o te:u away the net It wa,; futile. The po1wrful strand.'l h e ld a n d the t iger wa::; effect u a ll y n trapp e d. All now l a id hand s on the tiger He wa s a mon s t e r, but fina ll y dragge d him a boa r d the Van. The n Frank R ea d e Jr., d ec lared his intention of r e turning to Hudi Jan. "We can do nothing more until this fellow is shipped h e declared. "We may return to the jungl e later!" Nobody was ave r se to this. Indeed Barney and Pomp were more tha n willi ng t o g e t out of the jungle for a t ime. So with the w-hite tiger securely bou n d by the mes hes of the net the Electric V an.started o n t h e back trail. It did not r e qu i re a great le ngth of tim e to return to the open c ountry. The Van carne out not far from th e vill age of Sado-Dak. It was good dear goi 1 1 g now, a nd Frank sent the Van tl:!arin g along Hucli Jan. ...

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    .. .. FRANK R EADE," J R.'S, ELECTRIC VAN In du e cou rse the Van r eached the small railway tation. ''Great prince, we salute you," said the fellow, obseq uio The natives there were astounded at Right of ly. "'We mean you no harm, but we come in the name oaptive. It was the first time that had. ever known of the cap t ure o a white tiger. Their religion taught them that the white tigers were under the protection o: Brabma, and they never affected to hunt them. Brahmn, to warn you that one of our chosen gods has 1 placed by you in durance vile." ''Indeed!'' exclaimed Frank, in sui prise, "will you plain what?" ''The white tiger, most noble prince." Frank saw the point at once. But Frank Reade, Jr., did not care or this. The white tiger was regarded by the natives as a sac His faith was never the superstitions order. Therebeast. fore the white tiger was not sacred in his eyes. But men were found to prepare a box car with iron bars. lnto this the supposed violent and dangerous wild beast It was akin to the sacred ox and was worshipped as deity. Indeed, superstitiouti natives were known to have thrm wati placed. themselves in the way o: the white tiger, and considered Then the white tiger was billed to Gladwell's agent in a rare bit of good :fortune to be devoured by the white dei Calc utta, with directions to ship to America. There:fore, the act of the white men in capturing the tig All this had. been done 'and our explorers were about to was desecration, and they could not permit it. re-enter tho Van and return to the jungle for fresh adven-Frank was disgusted with their ignorance, but he saw when a new iJJciclent occurred. once that nothing he could say would disabuse their mip Suddenly a loud shonting was heard at the lower end of of the idea. the village. "Upon my soul!" he muttered, "what are we going to Frank Reade, Jr., ::;aw a large gang of the natives com-with these fellows?" ing, armed with spears and guns. "Eh ?" exclaimed Gladwell, "what is it?" They were evidently in a very excited frfrrne of mind, and "It begins to look as if you would not succeed in getti.J the Van seemed t o be the object of their spite. your white tiger out of the country." "What's up?" exclaimed Gladwell, in "Somethingi::; wrong with the natives." "So .it seems," replied Frank, in surprioe. '' 1 don't un derstand it." '''.I.' hey are coming toward us." ''Yes. "What have we done to disgruntle them?" '' T d01it know." Begorra, .iVIisther Frank," cried Barney, "I'm thinkipg we mLt::;t be on the W
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    FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELEC'l'RIC V. \ N. 23 e blind ignorance and stupidi ty of natives who would conler the white tige r a d e ity "I'll fix them!" h e muttered. As the Yan bor e down toward the car Frank went out on e platform, and fhouted: "Get away from there! Let that car alone!'; But h e might a s w e ll hav e talke d to empty air. I The Van had n o m o r e trouble with the natives in ;Hudi Jan. Indee d, the y rathe r affected g r eat friendship for the Americans. A f e w hours later one of the pea ant class came to the Van in an agon y of grief and tears Oh, sahibs he cried, 1 hum)Jl y pray thee to help me. The native k ept on ha c king atthe car. 'l'h c man-eate r has carried awa y m y y oun g e s t child to the In a f e w mom ents the y would hav e s u cceeded in cutting jungle I know not but that the bea s t ha s d e vour e d it, y e t ut the voll e,y .fire d from the Van ov e r their h e ad s was t withou t effec t art of the m recoil e d. Again Frank R e ad e Jr., shouted: "Get awa y from t h e re or it will b e the worse for you!'' In r e pl y the natives c am e ye llin g toward the Van. Shot s w e r e fir e d, and Frank narrowl y escape d them. he young inventor dod ge d into t h e c a?c. he Hindoos like a pac k or tiavag e wolves, wer e coming wn upon the Van with g r ea t fury. \Yas no u se in (urili c r delay It was a question oJ and Frank 'Give it to them!" The rifl.e s fla shed and bull e t s s p e d through the air. The voll ey w as g iv e n wit h d eadly effect; too. the Hindoos f e11. A numbet Frank set the Van going forwan! at full spe ed The Hindoos in vain trie d to ch e ck it::; cour e It mow e d a path through them and d estruc tive volLeys rc giv e n ln l ess than three minutes the Val). rpa s t e r of the uation .. The nat iv es w e r e flee in g for their liv e and did not rern. Xow t h e e mplo yees of the railroad c ame out and-in t erms mu c h s incerity they express ed the ir r eg r e t to Frank that h a thing had o ccurre d. Frank was shre wd enough to hold the m respon s ible. I would Jain go to its help!" "And i t a worthy man who ;;u es thee!' crie d the rail-road offic ial. } rank H e ad e, sympathy was a t once 'l'h c s tor y was quickly told. 'l'h e child h'cld b ee n pla ying in t h e oJ p the man-eater's ''\Ve are not respons ibl e sahib, f or' the a c t s of a l awless tracks were een b !" d eclare d the head chief of r h r rail road We can They extend e d into a part of t h e jungle too dense for the e no control over such a crew!" 'Do y ou mean to s ay that y ou are not in sympathy with t gang ?1 a s k e d Frank. 'I a ssure you of that, sahib. 'The n y ou will oblig e m e b y protecting that car." 'Sahib, an e n gine s hall b e brought up and it hall b e carat onc e to C alcutta," declare d the railroad official. 'Very well.'' nd this wa s carried out to the letter. Van to go. Frank, how e v e r, was not to be baffled. He turned to Gladw ell, and said: "You will oblig e m e b y r e m!)ining on guard aboard the Van. Barney and Pomp and I will go in qu e t of thetiger." "All right, sir!" agre ed Gladwell. "I will clo my duty. Barney and Pomp were delightecl with the idea of a hunt in the jungle.

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    FRANK READE JR. S ELECTRIC VAN. Frank reckon ed. that they had com e seve r a l mil es, whe n a startling thing occurred. The y had enter e d a clear s p ace in th e h eart o J the jung le. :::ludde nl y a c uriou s s ound fill e d t h e air. lt was a powertul hi sing, lik e th e esca p e of s t e am from a pip e "\rbat o n earth i:; it?" cr i e d Ula d 1rell, spring ing up. But Barney cried: "l<'er g o o dn ess' s akes, wud yez luk at the ground!" An a sto ni shing spect a c l e was p re;:;ente d. 'l'he g rmmd was ,;een to be lite rally covered with a wri g gling, hi;,sin g rna,;,; of c obra s 'l'h c y w er e s o thic k that t hey ac tuall y carpe t e d t h e ground d flying b ef ore dr e ad foe "Begorra, phwat t h e divil. ails t him an y how?' crie d Barney Indeed this was a m:v6t ery. Bbt i t w as suddenl y explainEK1. Bu t n w fir e g ain etl. Neare r it dre w God! c ri e d Gladw e ll in "we s hail burn e d up aliv e But jus t at that m o m ent a c r y of h o p e w ent up The Van clea red the und er g r o,rth and ca m e o u t into op en s p ace. It was a lon g plain h eavy with thi c k dry grass. To th e o f all c am e a od o r takabl y th e s m ell of s moke. It was unmi s 'l'h e mome n t the fir e s tru c k il tl1e g rass roll e d up in mighty cloud of fla me. "Fire !' Close after the Van it came The exchanged startle d gl i mee s Frank put the lever full down and let ihe full cu J t rcquirefl 110 explanation to convinc-c the m of the magon. l llii i t littii d it'l < il l fili1lii'(l Forhlllatcly j ;-n J:1o there were few obstructions of at

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    READE, JR.'S, ELECrl'lUC VAN. 2 7 l' went the Van. at speed nd now a gp{went up frpm the ahead or them they saw the waters of I once they realized where they were. All looked fa about them. could cyen see the w)lere Barney and Pomp bathed This wa upon the opposite shore of the lake make the circuit of the lak e wa impos ible. flames had already shut in on either side Reade, Jr., ,;aw that they were in a Fearful posigrasses here ran down into the waters of the lake. was not n spot of clear land anywhere in sight. Van could not cross the lake, certainly. The flames howling in the rear and upon both ides. was to be done r was a stupendoYs problem, and Fran);: Reade, .) r., felt his inability to wrestle with it. 1Iy God!" he muttered, "we are lost! Death upon They soon had the pontoon boat in readineas. The explorers entered it when ihe air \\'H:l so hoi that their .faces were blistered. ,Th e flames were not one hundred yards away. The Electric Van partly in the water. 'But Frank well enough that it c
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    28. FRANK READE, JR.' S, E LECTRIC VAN. "Now for America and a fortune/' s a i d the circus manaAnd now, dear r ea d er, with the hopes of in the fu I gcr l eaming the chantder of thi s new project, l e t us ta 'l'ruc to his word, Frank took passage on the next Ameri l 0ave of our c haract e rs, and writ e can steamer. Back to San Francisco the party went. The trip to Oen-. 'fHE END. tral I ndia was at a'n end. It could be said in most res pects to have been a s uccess. Of course, the loss of the Van was a seriou s catastrophe Th1l next numb e r ( 4) of the "Frank Reade Weekly :\f But G;a dwell had accomp l ished his pet object and Frank z i ne" will contain another thrilling e ntitl e d "FRA had carried out his plan of visiting Central India. READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC AIR CAN OE ; OR, T Everybody in Rea.Jestown was glad to w e l come the young SEARCH FOR THE VALLEY OF DIAMONDS." inventor back. Gladw e ll went at once upon the road with hi s show. His mos t s anguin e expectations were realized. He reap e d n rich harv est. SPEOIAJ_, NOTICE: All back numb e r s of this wee are always in print. I:f you cannot obtain the m from Barne} and Pomp were giad to get once mor e newsdeal e r, s end the price in mon e y or postage stamps But Frank Reade Jr., said: mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI I am not done. I s hall supplant the Electri c V:m with SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receiv e the co even a gr e ater wonder. Look out for my next." you order by return mail. "f{HPPY OHYS.' The Best Illustrated Weekly Story .Paper Published. ISSUED "HAPPY D AYS" is a la rge, 16-page paper containing Interest i n g Stories, Sket c h es, j o Answers to Corre s pondents, a n d many othe r bri g h t featu res. Its auth ors have a tiona} reputatio n a nd no amount of m oney i s spared to make HAPP Y DAYS" the best paper publi s h e d OUT OUT TO-DA JACK WRIGHT AND HIS TANDEM BALLOON .. Hunting Wild Beasts India. lfl I EY 1'NONAME.11 Begins in .No. 424 of "HAPPY. DAYS, Issued November 14th. PRICE 5 CENTS. Send y ou r name and a d d r e s s f o r a f r ee Address

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    ORK AND WIN. Best Published. The .AI.:t. 'l'HE READ "W"eekiy N't1MBEB.6 AB.E AI. WAYS ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM PRINT. ALL. LATJ!;ST ISSUES: 147 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Star Whipped. Fred Fearnot's Disguise; or, l?ollowlng a Strange Clew. 148 Fred l<'earnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon Fred Fearnot's Moose Hunt; or, Adventures in the Maine Woods. shiners. !!'red Fearnot's Oratory; or, l'un at the Girl's H)ll:h School. 149 Freed a Friend. 191 Fred F earnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. li'red Fearnot In Debate ;,or, The Warmest Member of the House. 192 Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or. Held at Bay by Bandits. Fred F"earnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence ot the "Money lese 193 Fred Fenrnot's Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott' s Reckless Venture. Man." 194 }l'red Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game That Saved His Lite. Fred Fearnot at Prlhceton; or, The Battle of the Champions. 195 Fred Fearnot and the Professor; or, The Man Who Knew It AIL Fred Fearnot's Circus; or, Old Time at New Era. 196 Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop; or, a 'l'houeanrl Rivals. Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Dear ot the Ad1N1!1 197 Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting tor His Belt. darks. 198 Fred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Chance in a Thousand. Fred Fearnot and His Grtide; or, The Mystery ot the Mountllln. Fred Featnot as a Sleuth; or, Running Down a Slick Villain. Fred Fearnot's County Fair; The Battle of the Fakirs. 200 Fred :ll'earnot's N e w Deal; or, Working for a Ba11ker. Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, t.:aptnred at A'on. 201 Fred Fearnot in; or, The Lil .tle Combination Ranche. Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking bp a Scheme. 202 Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents; or, Terry Olcott's Cool Nerve. Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 203 Fred Fearqot and the Amazon; or, 'l'he Wild Woman of the Plains. Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. 204 Fred Fearnot's Training School; or, How to Make a Living. sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. WANT'ANY BACK NUMBERS and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from office direct. Out ot:t and fill Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and will send them to you by raPOSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. .................................. TOUSEY Publisher, 24 Union Square New York. .......................... 190 DEAR SIREnclosed find ..... cents for which please send me : copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ................................................ .. : PLUCK AND LUCK ................................................ SECRET SERVICE ................................................ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ...................................... .. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos. . . . . . . . . . ........ .... Street and No ......... Town .......... State ... T eJ

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    SECRET SERVICE OLD AND VOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. PBICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED L A'.rES'.r ISSUES: 93 '.rhe Bradys Deep Deal; or, llsod-lnGlove with Crime. 94 The Bradys in. a Snare; or, The Worst Case of All. 95 '.rhe Bradys Beyond Thei r Depth: or, The Great Swamp Mystery. 96 '.rhe Bradys' Hopeless Case; or, .Against Plain Evidence. 07 The Bradys at the H elm: or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. 98 The Bradys iu Washington ; or, Working for the President. 99 The Bradys Duped; or, 'l'be Cunning Work o( Clever C rooks. 100 '.rhe Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery 101 The Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Gang. 102 The Bradys in Montana; or, '1'he Great Copper Mine Case. 103 r!Jc Bradys Hemmed In; orJ. 'l'heir Case in Arizona. J04 The Bradys at Sea; or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 105 The Girl from London; or, The Bradys After a Confidence Queen. 106 The Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, The Yellow Fiends of the Opium Joints. 107 'l'he nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl; or, The Grand Street Mystery. 1')'< The llradys and the Gypsies : or, Chasing the Child Stealers. 11)!) .rhe Bradys and the Wrong Man; or, The Story of a Strange J 10 The Eradys or, In the Hands of a 'l'raitor. llJ The Rradys and 'l'heir Doubles; or, A Strange Tangle of Crime. 112 The Bradys in the Everglades; or, The Strange Case of a Summer Tourist. 1!3 The Bradys De!led: or, '.rb e Hardest Gang ln .1\ew York. 1_!4 The Bradys In High Life: o r 'l'he Great Society Mystery. U5 The Bradys Among Thieves: o r, Hot Work ln the Bowery. 116 '.rbe Rradys and the Sharpers; or. In Darkest New York 117 The Bradys and th' e Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy 118 '.rbe Bradys in Central Park ; or, Tbe Mystery of the Mall. 119 'rh e Bradye o n t heir Muscle ; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposing tbe Chinese Crooks. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. 122 The BradysUnder Fire; or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. 123 The Bradys at the Beach ; or, 'l'be Mystery of tbe Bath Rouse. 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold l\Iiue; or, Hot Work Among the Cowboys. 125 The Bradys and the Missing Girl : or. A Clew Found in the Dark. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 127 The Bradys and tbe Boy .Aerobat; or, Tracing up a Theatrical Case. 128 Tbe Bradys and Bad Man Smltb; or, Tbe Gang of Blac k Bar. 120 The Bradys and tbe Veiled Gll'i; or, Piping the Tombs Mytery. 130 'I'he Bradys and tbe Deadshot Gang; or. LiYely Work on the 131 'l'he Bradys with a Circus; or, O n the Road with the Wild Beast 'l'a.mers. J 32 'l'he Rradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain lllen. 133 The Bradys at Coney Island; or, Trapping the Sea-sideCrooks. 1.34 The Bradys and the Road Agents; or, '.rhe Great Deadwood Case. 135 'l'he Brady a and tbe Bank Clerk ; or, Tracing a Lost Money Package. 1.36 The Bradys on the Race Track ; or, Beating the S harpers. 137 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter ; or, The Queen of the Opiu m !<'lends. lil8 The Bradys and the Cvunterfeiters: or, Wild Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 130 Tbe Bradys iu the Dens of N e w York ; or, Working on the John Street M ystery. 140 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves ; or, The Myster y of the Mi dnight Train. 141. The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or. Keen Work in the Shop ping District. 142 Tbe Hrad:vs and the Broker; or. 'rhe Plot to Steal a Fortune. 1.43 The Bradys as R eporters: or, Working for a Newspaper. 144 Tbe Hmd.vs and tbe Lost Ranche: or, The Strange Case in Texaa 1.-15 Bradys ll.lld the Signal Boy : or, the Great Train Robbery. 146 The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Cleverest Crook in New York 147 The Bradys and the f 'emal e Detective; o r. T..eagued wi t h tbe Custom s Jus pector s J48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery; or, 'l'he Million .t49 The Bratlys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocki n g out the Bad 150 'l'he Bradys and the Harbor Gang;, or. Sharp Work after 151 'l'he Bradys in l c ive Points; or, The Ske .leton in the 152 Fan Toy, the Opium Queen; or, 'l'he Bradys and the Smugglers. 153 The Bradys' Boy Pupil : or. Sifting. Strange Evidence. 154 The Bradys In the Jaws of Deatb : or, Trapping the Wi r e 11i5 and tbe Typewriter: or, Tbe Office 156 The Bradys and the Bandit King; or, Chasing Thieves. 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves; or, Chinatown. 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen; "Reds." 1.59 The Bradys and tbe Hotel C rooke ; or. Tbe Mystery of 160 Tbe Brudys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work to bor. 161. The Bradys and the House ot Mystery; or. A Dark Work. 162 Tbe Bradys' Winning Game; or. Playing Against the 163 The Bradys and the Mail Thieves; or, The Man In the 164 'l'he Bradys and the Boatmen : or, The Clew Found River. 1115 The Bradys after tbe Grafters : or, 'rhc .Mystery ln the Cab. 166 Tbe Bradys and the Cross-Roods Gang ; or. tne Great Cue Missouri. 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown: or, '.rhe Mysterious Case clety. 168 The Bradys and the Factory Gi. rl ; or, .rh e Secret of the Jl:nvelope. 1.69 The Bradys and Blonde Bill; or, Tbc Olamond Thieves of Lane. 170 Tbe Bradys and the Opium Ring: or. The Clew in 171 The Rradys on the Orand Circuit; o r Tmcking Hamess Gang. 172 The Bradys and the Blac k Do ctor; or, The Secret Vault. 173 Tbe Rradvs and the Girl lu Gre,v: or. The Queen 174 Tbe Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a 175 The Bradys and tbe Moonshlners; or. Away Down 176 The Bradys in Badtown: or, The Fight for a Gold Mine 1.77 The Bradys in tbe Klondike: or, Ferreting Ou t the Gold 1. 78 The on the East Side: or. 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    THE STAGE. o. -!1. Tim BUYS UL' YORK END l\IEX'S .TOKE K.-( .o.nlaining-a g-nat variety of the latest jok es useil by the t famous lllen. :-\o amateur minslrels i s complele withou t wond('rfnl lirtlP book. o-. 4'' 'l'HE BOYS 01'' XE\Y YOlU\: l\IP SPEAKER. tain a varied assorlment of speeches. Negro, Dutch I ris Also encl men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse t ani amateur shows. o. 4j. TIJE BOL' OF NEW 'l:OHK i.\IINSTREL GTTIDE D BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every should obtain this book. as 1t contains full instruclions Cor or izing-a1 amniPnr minstrel troupe. 'o. U:l. MDLDOOX'R .JOKES.-'I.'hi s is one of Lhe most original ever published, and i t is brimful of wit and humor. It taiDs a eollecl ioa of so ngs jokes, conundrums, etc .. of en ce the g reat wit, humorist. and practical joker of da.L Every boy who can enjoy a good subslantial joke shou l d in a eopy immediate!.'"o. 7!1. HOW 1'0 BECOME A;'>l ACTOR-Containing come how to malr<''s happiness in it. o 33. HOW '1'0 BEHAVE.-Containing the rul es and etiquette ood and the and most appr oved methods of up ringto good advantage at parties balls. the theatre, churc h and he drawing-room. DECLAMATION. o. 27. HOW '1.'0 RECI'l'E AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. onraining the most popu lar se le-::tions in us e comprising Dutch ect, FrenC"h dial ec t Yankee and Iri s h dialect pieces together many standard readings. No, 31. ll<;JW TO BECO:\IB A SPEAKER.-Containing fonr reen tllustrauous. g1ving tlw different positions requisite to beco:'1 a good sp<'aker, reader and elocut i onist. Also containing gems fro m ail the popular !J-Uthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mos t s1mple and couc1, manner po s ible. No. 49. no": rules for conducting debates outlines for debates. questions for discussion and the best sources for procuring information nn the questions g'iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation are full.r Pxpluined !Jy Lhis littl e book Besides t ile va1ious methods of har.dkerchief, fan. glon. parasol, window and hat ftirtaliou il con tains a ftdl list of Lhe Jangnage and sentiment of flowers, 'i\hich is inle re sling to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happv w i thollt one. No. -. HOW '1' 0 DANCE is the titl e of a new and handsome little book just is sued by l <'ran k 'l'ousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing. etiquette i n the ball-room and at parties, ho\\' Lo and full clire<.:tiOilS for calling off in all popular squa:e dances l'\o 5. HOW TO : \J \.K E LO\'E.-A comp lete gu id e lo loYe. cout t;,hip aml maiTiage. giving sensible advice, J'ules and etiquette to be ob erYeil, 11 ith many curiou s and interesting things not genuallv known. Xo. J 7. IlOW '1'0 bRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction in the a r t of dressing and appearing well at hom e and abroad, giving the se leC'tions of colors, material. and how to hav<' them made up. No 18. HO"-TO BECO:\IE BEAU'l'IFUL.-One of the br i !?:htest and most valuable little books PVet given to th e 1\orld. Ever ybod_,. wishes to l>now how to b<'come beautiful, both mal; and bircls, animal s and insects. 54. IIOW TO KEEP :\IANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner a nd method of raising, keeping-. taming, breeding. and managing all kinds of pets: a l so g iving f nll inst1 uctions for cages, etc. Fully explained b.'' t"entv-Pif(ht illustrations. making it the most comp l ete book of the kind ever published. M ISCELLANEOU S No. 8. HOW TO BECOi\IE A SCI E:-i'T IST.-A useful and in structive book. giving a com plete t reati se on chem istry; also experiments in acoustics. mechanics mathemati cs chemistry, and di rect ions fot making fireworks, co l ored fires, and gas balloons. Tl1is book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW '1.'0 i\IAKE CANDY.-A comp lete hand-book for making all kinils of cand y i ce-c rearri, s.vrups, esse nc es, etc .. etc. No. 19.-FRAKK TOUSEY' S UNITED S'l'A'l'ES DISTANCE TABLES, rOCKE'l' AND GUIDE.-Givin g tht. officia l distances on all the railroads of the United States an
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    A SPLENDID NEW ONE ran CONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURE ON LAND-UNDER THE SEA--. IN THE AI '' THE PRINCE OF STOBY WBITEBS. Each Number in a Handsomely Illuminated Cover ..-A. 32-PAGE BOOK FOR fi CENTS .._. All our readers know Frank Reade, Jr., the gt eates t inventor of age, and his t'\1 fun-loving chums, Barney and Pomp. The stories t o be publis h e d in this m agazine w i contain a t rue account of the wonderful and exciting a dventures of the f amous invento with his m a r vellous fl ying m achi nes, electrica l overland engines, and his extraordina1 :-;;,umarin e boa t s Each numbe r will b e a rar e treat. Tell your newsdealer to g e t you eopy. Hete are the firs t four titles and each number will be b etter than the previous one : No.1. No.2. NO.3. No. 4. FRANK READE, JR.'S WHITE CRUISER OF THE OLOUDS; or, The Seareh for the Dog-Faeed Me Issu e d O c t o b e r :J FRANK READE, JR.'S SUBMARINE BOAT, THE "EXPLORER"; or, To the North Pole Under the Ic I ssue d .November FRANK READE, JR.' S ELEOTRIO VAN; or, Hunting Wild Animals in the Jungles of India. Issu e d :November l FRANK READE, JR.'S ELEOTRIO AIR OANOE; or, The Seareh for the Valley of Diamonds. Issued .November For Sa l e by All Newsdea l ers, o r w ill be Sen t t o A n y Address o n R eceipt o f Price, 5 Cen ts p e r C ofy, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New. or IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f our L ibraries and ca n no.t procure them f r o m newsdeal e r s, t h ey can be obtained fro m this office direct Cut ou t and in t h e following Orde r B lank and send it to u s with the price of t h e b o oks yo u wau t and we w ill se nd the m t o y ou b y tur n maiL POS'.rAGE STAMPS 'l'AU.BN 'l'HE A S l\10NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Sq u are, New York. ............. .' ............ 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for whic h pl-ease send me: .... copies of WORK AND W I N, Nos ......... ............. : .... ................................. WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ........................... ................................ '' '' FRANK READE \\TEEKLY, Nos .... ............................................. ......... '' '' PLUCI{ AND LUCK, Nos ................................. : ......................... .. SECRET SERVICE, NOS .................................... ........... ...... ......... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .............. . ........... ..... ................. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ...................................................... ....... Name ......... ................ Street and No ........... .' ........ Town ....... State ..............


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