Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe; or, The search for the Valley of Diamonds.

Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe; or, The search for the Valley of Diamonds.

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe; or, The search for the Valley of Diamonds.
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Frank Reade weekly magazine
Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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For once in its life the gorilla encountered a force greater than its own. As though it were but a puppet, the huge brute was hurled back with such force that it turned a couple of somersaults.


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, .. -.. ...... FRANK READE, JR.'S .. ELECTRIC AIR CANOE Frank saw a fat, comical-looking darl<.v, as black QB the So that each rotaacope was operated by a differefl.t ace of spade ongqged .in scouring aome Lrasswork on the dynamo. Air Canoe. .. All right, Barney," said the young inventor, 11 I want you to stay right here and watch the d_oor until we come back." 'All roight, sor." Then Frank quickly crossed a platform to the spot -;vhere the darky was. Pomp instantly dropped his scouring utensils and made a low bow. "I' e berry glad to ee yo :VIarse Frank," he cried. "Am yo cum fo' to ,oee de Air Canoe?" "I have, replied Frank-:-' And I want you to accompany us over the vessel. Do yQu understand?" "The reason of that," said Frank, explanatively, "is for sdety and alJ>o to economize powl!r. Any one of these sus pensory rota.copes woul d support the airship, but each is called upon to do its proportionate amount. In case one dynamo failed the ship would not fall!" "A wise precaution!" ac1.'].owlcdged the scribe / Al o a separate dynamo was employed to work the pro peller. 'fhis mac\e four dynamos aboard the. Air Canoe. The main body of the canoe was made of hollow cylinders. This gave buoyancy as well as dimension to the craft. The deck wa spacious and inclosed with a guard-rail which ran all the way around the vessel. '' sah In the canoe_ haped bow W

.... FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELEfiTRIC AIR CAN O E 3 "I sec," replied the reporter. "TR that your objectiv6 which for brilliancy are truly wonderful. They made him point?" "But, h1dy the chart a bit," said Frank. here is the headwaters o! the Amazon?" "Yes. "Do you "Well, here is a tributary, it rises in a peculiar coun try." "Well?" "Explorers have returned from this conntry with wonderful storie s It is aid that savage and warlike tribes ubotmd th e r e and that it is more than a white man's life is worth to venture down there." Indeed!" "Worse than all else are the huge pythons which infest the forests, the gorillas and pumas, which are of the wilde t and fierce st." "I declare! A good place to keep away from." "Do you think so?" "Yes." "Well, that is where I am going with the Air Canoe I" The reporter looked tartled. "You don't mean it?" rich!" "Heavens What a chance. Of course, he will go back w ith a larger party?" "No thing would hire him to go back. Neither has any one the hardihood to attempt the feat a f t er listeni n g to hi.s tale." "But you think of going?" "True; but I shall not have to thread on foot two thou and miles of dense forest peopled with a million perils. With the Air Canoe I shall be able to defy the pe!'ils of wonderful Valley of Diamond CHA PTER II. THE STRANGE BALLOON. The scribe sat like one in a daze for some moments. 'rhen he heaved a deep sigh. "Ugh!" he exclaimed, "I wish I had the courage t o ven "Yes, I do." -h ture to go with you. As it is I can only embrace t is ex ")3ut--" cellent material for a story. Of course, yon will nd no '1 know what you would say. You want to know why trouble 'in reaching the Valley of Diamonds?" I go there?" "On the contrary, I expect considerable difficu lty," said You have gue sed right." W e ll, I will t e ll you," said Frank slowly. Frank, rising. "But I mean to surmount it." "It is quite "I have no doubt you will. All the civilized world will a story." The reporter brightened up. "rhat i s just what I want," he said. "Something excit ing "I have no doubt will consider it an exciting topic I will put my finger upon a certain spot on the map. Do be agape learn how you succeed in y o ur p urpose.?' They left the yard, and a few moJnents : Frank too k leave of his visitor. Then he returned to the building, and s a id to Barney : "Now, Barney, I want you to have all stores aboar d to morrow morning and ready for the star t you see it?" "All roight, sor." "Yes. "You'll attend to it?" "Well, there is a mo t wonderful valley in the center of "If h e don, I will, Marse Frank I cried Pomp, p u tting this perilous region. Out of a party of one hundred and his head out o a window twenty-five armed explorers only one lived to escape from "Shut up, ye African misfit shouted B arney, angrily. that valley and to reach Rio J anciro, and tell his wonderful "Whoever asked yez advice, anyway?" story Frank had passed out of the yard "Ah !" Pomp had merely poken to irritate Barney T h e t w o 'He gave a wonderful account of their adventures. He were ever playing "roots upon each other with varying s u e said that that valley was literally s trewn with diamonds in cc s. 1 the rough. They abounded as common pebbles in the bed B arney now saw lJ. chance to get even. wit h Pomp for a of the river, were studded in the mountain wall and could joke of which he ha d been the victim the day bef o re be found in the auriferous soil by digging at\ywhere Pomp's hea d was still thrust through the window. 'A valley of diamonds!" gasped the reporte r He was gaping after F r a nk and d i d not h eed BarJWI. '"l'hat is it prcci ely. He brought back three huge stones, It was the CE!lt's opportun i ty. I


I .. FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. -====Quick as a flash he reached down and caught up a pail of whitewash, which sat upon the steps. lie was a trifle hjgher up than Pomp, and this aided him. With s killed hand Barney swung the bucket up and let its contents drive right at Pomp's woolly head. The r e sult was laughable The darky looked like a whitened post, and drew his head in with sputtering yell Undoubtedly for a moment Pomp thought an avalanche 11ad struck him. The band played, salutes were fired and cheers given Barney and Pomp w e r e alr e ady aboard the Air Canoe. Barney was in the pilot-house with his hand upon the lever which was to s et the rota scopes in Il)otion. He waited only for the signal. Frank Reade, Jr., now lifted his hat to the crowd and stepped over the rail. He motioned to Barney. Down went the lever, there was a whirring of machinery, the hi s sing of the rotascopes, the air-ship trembled for an He was in that swift moment of time from in s tant, and then l e ap e d into space. an ebony African into a queer looking white man. A mad yell went up from the crowd, cannons boomed, and "Golly-golly! I's e killed! I 'se jes' done fo'-clar Frank R e ade, Jr., fired a dynamite projectile from his gun, done fo', an I'se a dead niggah dis berry minnit !" howled which. exploded in mid-air. the dark y wildly, as he danc e d like a dervi s h and clawed his Then the Electric Air Canoe set a course to the southfac e and h e ad lik e a maniac. ward, and half an hour later Readestown had entirely gon e It did not r e quire much time for him thus to scrape off from view. enough of th e whit e wash, so that his identity was made plain e r. Then a madd e r darky never lived wh e n he realized the truth. The s hriek s of laughter in which Barney was indulging assured him of this. "Fo' d e good Lor'!;, he sputtered. "I done beliebe it am de wo' k ob dat I'is h loafah. I jes' break his jaw fo' him or I nebber lib to see anoder day!" With this he rus hed after the Celt. But Barne y was too wary to be caught napping thus. He quickly got out of the way, and Pomp wall unable to find him. That s able gentleman fina1ly gave up the gnest, and went away to clean himself up, but muttering vengeance upon the author of his misery. "Fo' de Lor', I git squar wif dat I'ishman if I hab to live a hunderd year I" he declared, resolutely. "I jes' fix one fo' him." The great journey was b e gun. The Air Canoe was s ailing like a bird through the air. Frank Reade, Jr., w ith a thrill of pardonabl e pride, saw that his invention was a wonde rful success. "The re i s now no rea son why w e should not find that Val ley of Diamonds," h e d e clared, confid e ntly. "Be jaber s we' ll thry declared Barney. "On me worrud, Mis ther Frank, phwat wud y e z call that?" The Celt h a d s udd e nly caught sight of an object in the air just ahead not more than two miles. { It had shot into view from the depths of a fleecy cloud. "A balloon!" ga s ped the young inventor, with amazement. "Shure an' it i s that, sor !" cried Barney, "It is coming this way!" Frank sprang into the cabin and procured his glass. Emerging, he brought it to bear upon the di stant balloon. And Pomp was just the sort to keep his word. There was no doubt but that an air current was bringil!g The n h t morning great preparations were going on in the the balloon toward them. yard or the Reade works. "Shure, can yez see anybody in the basket?" asked BarAll was hustle and excitement. ney. This was the day the Electric Air Canoe was to sail. "Yes," replied Frank. "And-my God! See-they are The canoe had been bought out of the shop and rested fighting!" c.pon stagings in the yard. Indeed, even at that distance two men could be seen enHundreds of people had already begun to gather about gaged in a deadly struggle the works to see t.he ascension. One had forced the other to the edge of th e basket. The excitement and interest was of the most intense sort. He seemed trying hard to throw him out. But the strugAn hour later a cheering crowd saw Fr?nk Reade, Jr., gle was maintained with deadly force. with a number of the prominent citizens, enter the yard. The balloon rocked and swayed in a frightful manner. A sort of ovation was given the young inventor in honor of his departure. "Fools," gasped Frank, in horror. that they are in awful peril?" "Don't they know


' FRANK READE, JR/S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. G Whether they knew it or not, the two men continued to truggle .fiercely. _Frank remained inactive no longer "Head the Canoe for the balloon," he said to Barney. r.vJ1e U elt quickly changed the course of the Air Canoe. The balloon speedily drew nearer. The two miles were covered very quickly. Jt could then be easily seen that the struggle in the bas-ket 'vas one of deadly sort. / '"rhe inventor of fiyin,g machines?" "Yes." "I have heard of you. Heaven be praised; you have come in time to save me." "What is the matter with you?" "I have been in the clutches of a maniac for the last twelve hours. Oh, God! I could not have stood it much longer." "A maniac?" 'l'he balloon was exactly on a line with the air-ship. "Yes; but if you will rescue me from this perilous posiFrank R e ade, Jr., knew tliat it would never do for the tion, I will tell you all about it." balloon and th e air-ship to meet. There wa no doubt but that the rigging of the balloon would catch in the rotas copes or rigging of the air-ship, and the res ult would be serious. So Frank directed Barney to elevate the s o that "I will try." Frank Reade, Jr., turned to Pomp. "Bring me out that long rope ladder," be ordered. Pomp ha s tened to obey. In a few moments he came out of the cabin with the artii t would float a hundred fee t or more ove r the balloon. cle in question. The st r uggle between the two o c cupants of the basket I It was a very light, but strong, rope ladder, fully two was going on fiercely. hundred feet in length. Fra nk R e ad e Jr. was in a quandary. What was to be done ? Sure l y if the s truggle was permitted to go on murder would b e the result. Yet the occupant s of the Air Canoe seemed powerless PQmp hastened to the rail and threw it over. Down it fell bes ide the balloon. The occupant o the car was eagerly watching for it. "Hold .firm!" shouted Frank. "We shall have to ask you to climb up this ladder, as we fear collision with the bal"Shur, sor, phwativer wud yez do about it?" cried Barloon." ney. "All right," replied the balloonist; "but you will have to M e rc y on u s I do not know," replied Frank. Goll y I done fink d e y kill each odder fo' suah !" cried Pomp. hurry as I can see a seam opening in the balloon n?w." "All right!" Frank made an effort to sway the ladder over within reach Frank was like one insane. o the balloonist, but at that moment there a tremendous He walked up and down the deck, shouting frantically to report, the vast globe collapsed, and shot downward like a the two men to desi s t. "Cea s e your fooli s h quarrel!" h e s houted. "Don't you know that i t will b e th e d e ath of y ou?" But he might a s well have talked to empty air. One of the m e n, howe v e r looked up and saw the air-ship There was an expres s ion of mingled astonishment and re-meteor. CHAPTER III. RESCUED. lief upon his face. A more a'_Vful development could hardly have been Tben sudd e nly, with what seemed a renewal of superined. human strength, he forced his antagonist back and dealt him a blow whi c h laid him insensible in the bottom of the basket. The d e adly struggle was over. Panting and exhaus t ed the victor for a moment leaned ove r the edg e of the basket. "Hello down there!" shouted Frank Reade, Jr. "What on earth ails you?" The urvivor of the combat looked up and made a gesture. "Hello !" he replied faintly. "Who are you?" "I am Frank Reade, Jr." A great cry of horror went up from Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp. ":M:y God I They have gone down to death !" cried Frank, in agony. "Fo' suah, it am las' ob dem !"wailed Pomp. "Begorra, it's the ind av thim !" averred Barney. All crowded to the rail of the Air Canoe to watch the downward course of the fated balloon. It was a dizzy height. The earth seemed miles away, and objects there were dim and vague.


6 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 'l'he balloon was downward like a meteor. Those on board !he Air Canoe h;d expected to see it strike the earth with a mighty rebound. Such tt thing would, of course, have settled the fate of those in the basket. But now a great cry went up from l3arney. Be jabers, wud Y.ez see the wather 1:' he cried; "they'll J1it it for shure !" Direqtly beneath the descending balloon was a large lake. That the balloorl would trike in about its center Frank .was as ured. In an instant hope dawned in the young inventor's breast He knew that it was a good chance for the aeronauts to escape death ii they should strike the bosom o the lake. If they were good swimmers and the maniac recovered his senses there was a chance for them. Frank turned to Barney "Down--down!" he cried. switchboard l 1" "All roight, sor." "Reverse the lever on the .. "But what is all this?" he exclaimed, vaguely. "Am I dreaming, or is it reality?" "It is reality, Henry Haines," aid hi A compani

FRASK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CAN.OE. "Indeed we rna y; and we owe the pre!ervation o{ our Then th e next morning Barney :first sig h ted the mouth lives to you." of th e mighty river so near the equator "I am glad to have bee:n. able to serve you," said Frank, A wonderful sight was spread before the gaze of our modestly. voyagers. what a wonderful inv e ntion this is! 'Truly you are The delta of the Orinooo presented a scene of impres a genius, Mr. Reade. In fac t, I may safely say, the genius sive grandeur. of the age." Divided into a thousand s tream s the great river here Frank blushed confusedly at such a direct compliment as waters a vast territory, back of which th e s cenery is as wild this. He proceeded at once to show his visitors over the air5hip. The two scientists were delighted They declared th e .Air Canoe the most wonderfu l of mod e rn inventions. g e ntlemen," said Frank, plea s antly, "where shall 1 drop you ?" "If I wer e allowed to follow my own inclination," said Gray, 'l should)J e g of you to allow u s to travel with you on thi s wonde rful voyag e in quest of the Valley o Dia monds." "I fear that would b e imposs ible," s aid Frank, politel y 1 Oh, o f course! But we wis h you s u c cess, Reade." Thank you." and grand as any human mind could conceive. The air ship was now headed in l and. Several large towns were passed over, and in o ne of the,;e I there was a l arge fort. From this cannon shots were fired upward at the .Air Canoe. But at that height our voyagers could laugh at this. From what could be seen of the people below, they seemed to have been thrown into a state of the greatest excitement There was no doubt but that the appeara nce o f t h e a ir' ship had a superst i tious effect upon them. Frank did J?.Ot retaliate for he had no desi r e t o shed hu man blood. With his dynamite projectile s he could have blown the town to atoms, but he did not think o f suc h a thing "As for that-you may drop us at Stirling, a village at The air-ship passed on over mighty plantations where the other end of this lake. \V e can mak e our way home negro slaves were at work in gang s e a s ily from there O n for a whole day the Ai r Canoe swiftly sail1-"Very well." Then civilization wa left b ehind," and a country wilder A s hort while later the Air C anoe descended in the vicinthan the human imagination could pictur<> wa' encountered. ity of small town nam e d and l eave was taken of the The country now became more hi lly and waterfalls be-scientists. Once more the Air Canoe s hot upward and took its south ward course. .r o other aeronaut were -encountered, and in two days' time Pomp s ighted the Gulf of Mexico came frequent. At times small native settlements were seen in the woods below. The air-ship was sailing over the surface of the river w h e n a thrill i ng incident occurred. Som e hours late r th e y were above this vast body of water. the river, at an angle where it was not very w ide, :::)traight to th e s outhward the air-ship kept, passing over a rope bridge was stretched c e rtain i s lands of the West Indie s 'The ropes were manufactured of a kind of :fiber or vine The n one day land was sighted, whi ch Frank declared which grows in the forest, ancl are very s trong and durab le. tv be the coas t of Venezuela. Often the South American natives bri dge the deepest The airhip was h e1e allow e d to descend nearer the earth chasms of most dangerous streams with these ropes. The rocky coas t was revealed with its shore s rich with At ight of the rope bridge B arney gave a sha r p cry tropical v e rdure. The h eat was inte n s e and the voyagers h ad all donned white linen s uit,; and cork hat Frank took hi s and calculat e d that they were "Shure, wud yez l uk at the bridge av rope !" he cried; "that's foine worruk, to be sh ur e "You are rig ht!" c r ied Frank. B u t a h look at t hat." A native, half naked, had s tarted to eros t h e rope. not far from th e mouth oi the Orinoco River. It was a female, and she was half way across when she A s they were o n ear the e s tuary of the great river it chanced-to look up and see the air-ship. H was decided to visit it. A yell o f terror escaped her lip and she went ofl' t h e Accordingly the air-ship was headed a little to the east, bridge li k e a flash and the coast was followed for one hundred mile' or more. Down into the w ater she went with a great sp l ash.


8 F RANK R E ADE JR.' S E LECTRIC AIR CANOE. But this was not all. But Barney lifted her in his powerful arms and yelled The moment she struck the water, from the shores about to Pomp. there started a myriad savage alligators, all eager for a The darky started the Air Canoe forward, and in this m eal CHAPTEE IV. THE WHITE EXILE. The fall of the native woman into the water was a mat ter of little consequence. She could have swam double that distance to shore. manner Barney and his charge were swung across the bosom of the river to the land Here the Celt dropped his load and himself the ground. But the native woman at once fell upon her face before her rescuer in the most abject manner "Be jabers, yez needn't do that," cried the Celt, humor ously. "Shure it's not perlite in ye to throw yesilf at a gin tlenian's feet. The !eddies in our counthry don t do that. But in the treacherous waters of the river, with the aliiIt's tho other way, begorra I gators all about her, her fate seemed sealed. "Begorra, it's eaten up she'll be!" cried Barney. "Golly, you'se right!" cried Pomp. "She must be saved," declared Frank, with rigid face. "Barney, down with the rope ladder. Lively! Pomp, you steady the ship." But the native woman evidently believed her captor a deity, and was bound to pay him homage. Frank from the deck saw the situation. He laughed in amusement. "Now is your chanC, Barney!" he cried. you catch on ?" "Why don't Barney needed no further bidding. "Shure an' I might av if I wasn't a married man," cried The way he put the rope ladder over the' rail was won-the Celt. "Shure, it's not ivery man can have the ladies derful. worship him." Frank Reade, Jr., sprang to the dynamite gun in the Frank came down the ladder with this, Pomp meanwhile bow. lowering the Air Canoe. ,_ The native woman had crawled upon a rock, but she was But no sooner bad the young inventor's feet touched the by no means out of the way of the alligators, who were com-ground when a startling thing happened. ing for h r tilt. From the undergrowth about a full score of uncouth na-Frank pulled back the air-valve of the pneumatic gun tivcs leaped out. and set a projectile in the breech. They were armed to the teeth. He took careful aim at a mass of the alligators, and pulled But at sight of the air-ship they all fell upon their f-aces. the lever. "Begorra, it's a very polite lot av haythins they be, to The ne2.."t moment the projectile struck the water and be sure," cried Barney. "Mebbe it's their way av gettin' raised a column fifty feet in height acquainted." Half a dozen dead alligators lay belly upward in the "No doubt," said Frank, with a laugh. water. Finally, one of the natives, evidently the chief of the Quick as a flash Frank turned the gun in another di rec-tribe, arose, and ventured to approach Frank. tion and fired. He was a white-haired, patriarchal-looking old fellow, The effect was the same and wore a huge embroidered belt of python's skin. It was a slaughter of saurians. He jabbered away for a few moments, and then began The water was red with blood and the bodies of the aliisign talk. gators floated everywhere. Meanwhile, Barney had gone down the ro pe ladder like a monkey. He reached down and threw one arm about the terrified native woman. "Shure, av yez will help yersilf a bit we'll soon git yez out av this scrape," cried the Celt But the native woman was too terrified to heed what was said to her, nor could she have understood Barney if she bad. As near as possible Frank learned from him that they were at the moment in the heart of a dangerous country, and that there were hostile tribes near. "Well," said Frank to Barney, after a while, "we can gain nothing by staying here. Let us get out!" "All roight, sor." Barney had turned to go aboard the air-ship. But at that moment a startling thing happened There came from the woods a wild cry, and into the op en a man


ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 9 At:first the voyagers took him for one of the "But it seems a blessing divine to look upon my kind. He was dressed just the same, and his skin exposed for again." so long to the tropical sun was of nearly the same color. "I presume you are anxious to get back to America?" But that he was a white man, and an American, was quickly known Long matted hair fell down upon his shou lders, and a beard upon his breast. He rushed up to Frank, crying wildly: "No." The stranger's face wore a sad and sorrowful expression. His breast heaved with emotion. "I will agree to put you in the way to get back," declared Frank. "One of my own countrymen. God be praised! How "No," said the stranger, firmly. "I have no desire to g lad I am to ee you!" go back." "Heavens!" gasped Frank. "Who are you?" "No desire?" ''Well may you ask that question!" cried the nomad. "I "No." have nigh lost my identity in all these years!" "Pray, why not?'' "You are a white man?" "It is easy to see. If I gp back to America I will have "Yes; and a native of New York. Are you an Ameri-no money, no friends. M:Y former friends are dead or lost can?" to me. My wife is gone, my home, my all." I am." He paused, and then continued with great bitterness: "I knew it. My name i Jasper White. I was once a man of wealth in ew York City." "But-what are you doing here?:' a ked Frank, in amaze ment. "Ahl that i a sad story. I did not tay here and adopt this life own free will." "You can see that I would be a more miserable wretch there than here." Frank nodded his head. "Perhaps you are :ight." "I know 1hat I am. What i s more, my native wife has been true and loving to me. In a measure I have educated her and brought her much to my level. We have pretty "Eighteen years ago I invested my fortune ir;t a mine in children and our primitive home is happy." British Guiana. I came down here to look it up, found that The recluse stepped forward and gripped Frank's hand. I had been victimized, and was a ruined man." The stranger covered his face with his bands and wept. Finally he continued : "I also learned that my wife had proven false to me, and had eloped with the man who had effected my ruin. For a "I thank you kindly," he said, "but you can see why I do not care to go back!" "I do," replied Frank, heartily. "And I think you may b& right. any rate, I wish you all success." 11I thank you." time I was almost a maniac." After that the conversation turned upon other topics. "'l'hat was hard," agreed Frank. Jasper White, the recluse, was wholly astounded when the "I cursed them both, and if I could have got back to Air Canoe was shown him. America then, I think I would have killed them. But I 1'I can remember the wonders of the steamship and the could not. I had no money, nor could I borrow, beg or steal railroad," he declared, "but I never expected to see this in this accursed land. r problem of sailing in the air solved." "Well, after a time I tried to forget it, af!d I drifted into "Well, you see it now," said Frank, pleasantly. "If you the woods. One day our party was set upon by natives, and see fit to leave your home here I will take you to the nearest all were killed but "My life was interceded for by the chief's daughter. I was taken into the tribe, she became my wife according to their forms, and here I am. "Eighteen years I have lived in the same manner as primitive man. You are the first of my people whom I have seen in that time." "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank, who had been deeply inter ested in the tale. "Yours was a sad experience." "You will agree to that?" "Yes." seaport." "No; I will stay here." The natives, under the influence of their white chief, now ventured to come n'earer the air-ship. They, indeed, became quite social, and even went so far 83 to bring presents of nuts and a tiger skin to Frank. In return they received some articles of stee l and some old garments, which delighted them greatly. When it was generally kno'm thatthe voyagers had saved one of their women from the alligators, the natives were more than ever friendly ,.


I FBANK READE, The sight of the score or more of dead alligators in the river was a thrilling one to the natives. It seemed to give Jasper White an idea. He advanced to Frank's sid e "I wish we HJ.ight seclii'e your co<'peration in a little matter," h e s aid. "What i s it?" asked Frank. "The r e i s a tiger of the man-eating s pecies which ha s troubled u s for a year past. He has cau sed the death of full y a uozen: of our people.:' "Indeed "If you c ould h e lp us to hunt him down, we will pa y you in any way within our power "I will uo that with pleasure," replied Ftank, readily. "Thank you a thousand times Barney and Pomp w e re d e li ghte d th e id e a of a tiger hunt. It promised excitement of th e mos t int e n s e kind at1d tlu s ThE!te. was no doubt but that the tiger would come forth. The air-ship would hover over th e jungl e and at sight of the tiger Frank wotlld annihilat e i t with on e of hi s dyna mite ptojectiles. The pneumatic gun was train e d and r e ady Frank and Barne y and Pomp, with Jasper White, were on board. The airs hip went up one hundr e d feet, a nd s tarted for the jungle. Th e s e n s ation of s ailing in the air was an exciting one to Jasp e r : H e was for a time wholl y c arried away with th e novelty But exciting incident s w e r e close at hand. 'l'h e airs hip now ove r the jungl e and Jas p e r point e d out the spot whe r e th e beast had its l air. B eate n p ath s seen i n th e jun g le, leadin g in di r e ctions. These, it was d e clar e d had been made b y th e brute. wa vastly to th eir liking. The jungl e had always been a resort of t e rror t o t h e na Jasper Whit e led the way thro ugh a leafy scr een of f o rtives. e,st to the nativ e village. Here u1 curiou s scene was spr ead out to th e gaze of the voy agers. It was m11ch to the edification of Barney and Pomp. CHAPTER V. TAMING THE TIGER. Thl native village embrac e d half a hundred cohical s haped huts They were made of palm e tto leaves intertwined and framed, and wer e abs olutely imp e rvious to water. The native wome n were colle cted for a danc e in honor of lf'. could b e seen that th e natives w e r e alrea d y th e jungle and beginning t o beat th e grass. But Fra nk Read e Jr., did n o t feel di sposed to wait for all thi s bu s iness. The y oung inv e ntor conceive d a b e tter and more e xpedi tious idea W e ll m y friend," h e s aid to White you believe that the b e ast i s in that jungle, do y ou?" "Yes, s ir, repli e d Wh.jte. "All right." "What are you goincr to do?" o "Scare him out "How?" "I will sh0w you. "But I would pra y you wait. My men will s oon succeed the vis itors in that." The s e were in the main come ly and the curion s d a nce was "I hav e n t th e s lightest doubt of that," replied Frank, not ungraceful and quite a mu s ing. Then the chief s gue s t s :we re tnvited to participate in a feast This cons i s ted much of game, wild fruits and yams An app e tizing drink made from a p e culiar pl!tnt found in the was indulged in All thi s ceremony over the tiger hunt was broa"ched. The air-ship was brought down into the village. Arran gements were'Auickly made. It was ]mown to a certainty whete the tiger' s lair was This was in a d eep jungle, not far from the village It was plann e d a score of the natives would beat the jun g le, arm e d with torch e s to d e fend themselves. "but I know a way." "You do?" "Yes." "Ah, w e ll, I hav e nothing to say. Fra nk advanced to th e bow o f t h e Canoe and trained th e g un upon th e th ick clump b e liev e d to b e the lair of the man-eater Then h e sent a pro jectil e down into th e place .' was a t e rrific explo s ion. The re sult was wonder ul. Earth, stones gtass and debri s 1fle w up into the air to a great height. 1 The noise of th e e xplo s ion had hardl y di e d out when


\ FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 1J there was a terrible roar, and out in the open part of the jungle there leaped a magnificent specimen of the South American tiger. He was a monster of hi s species. 'l'here hea stood, lashing his tail and glaring up at the air-ship with a wicked light in his eyes. "Whew!" cried Frank. "He is a big fellow, in' t he?" "Didn't .I tell you so." "You're right! "Begorra, l ll take me 'davy that Barnum niver had the loikes av him in hi s big menagery cried Barney. The darky obeyea. By Frank' s orders he caused the Air Canoe to go fo:ward until the wire had trailed along and come in contact with the tiger. Such a light object as the wire did not disturb the beast niore than a fly would. He remained where he was lashing his tail. "Hold the ship steady, Pomp!" cried Frank Reade, Jr. Then into the battery room he sprang. Quick as a flash he jammed the wire between two dynamos and set on the whole current. "Huil !" sniffed Pomp. "Didn't. yo' eber see a tiger out-It was vivid lightning which leaped over that Wire. side ob Barnum 's, afo', yo' big fool I'ishman The shock was sufficient to have pro s trated a troop of "Be jabers, it's a fool yez call me, eh ?" s plutter e d Barhorses. iley, making a pass at the darb..")'. r:ttte tiger with a stunning roar plunged forward and fell "Dat am what yo' am." "I'll .have yer hide fer that, naygur !" Barney and Pomp would have had a scrap then and there, but Frank stopped it. Ther e was too much other fun ahead now, and the practica} joking was sto pped. co1ll8. have sent a projectile down and blown the tiger into mincemeat with ease. But another idea had come into his mind. "Look here, White/' he said, with a laugh. "You say that tiger has eaten up twelve of your people?" "Yes." "Well, how would you lik e him for a pet?" 'l'he recluse was astounded. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Ju st what I say." "For a pet?" "Yes.'' "I am sure-I-that is, I can't under sta nd your meap.-ing." "Well, supposing I catch that chap alive?" "Alive?" "Yes." White indulged in a shiver. "I fear you are joking!" he said. in a he&p. Frank, with insulatil).g gloves, was handling the wire. The tiger lay like one dead, but Frank, to make sure, gave hiin another shock. Th e n he said to Pomp: "Down with the air-ship!" \ Down settled the Air Canoe until it rested on the ground. Then Frank s prang ovet the rail and approached the tiger. All this while Jasper White had been. regarding the scene with amazement and mystery. "I don't understand it," he muttered. "What mystery is it-what terrible power?" "lt i s the power of the lightning stroke," said Frank, explal).atively. "It is. electricity, which man hall learned to handl e.' "Wonderful Frank put his hand upon the tiger's form. B_:e felt the heart beat, and knew that the animal was alive. .But he held the charged wire in readiness to give another shock jf necessary. Before leaving the air -ship he had provided himself with some peculiar tools. One of them was a powerfu l pair of shears, and another "Am I!" exclaimed Frank, with a laugh. "I'll show a huge pair of pincers or forceps. y ou." The young inventor went the cabiP. and quickly with a long steel wire. This was wound upon a spool very closely. Quickly he proceeded with the shears to cut off the sharp came out points of the tiger's claws. The animal could make no resistance, being still unable t0 move Frank began to unwind it and paid it out over the rail In a s4ort time Frank had robbed the monster of these weapons of aqd next tackled the hqge beast's teeth. of the air-shiP : Down it went until it t?uched the ground. Then Frank said: "Go to the wheel, Pomp!" ... This was not such an easy JDatter, but with the aid o I the heavy forceps, Frank extracted at leas t half of the tiger's powerful teeth when the animal began to come to


12 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. Another shock with the wire, however, caused him to rts ign himself again to his fate. Hurriedly resolutely Frank worked. In a short while he finished hi s taf:>'k. The dancing; maide ns again, and then came the warriors in grotesque dances. It was all very interesting to the voyagers. But Pomp said: The huge man-eating beast was without claws or teeth. "Huh! I don e fink we kin beat da.t music all out. Eh, ( It seemed as if he was rendered wholly def e nseless, but I'ish ?" yet it was not forgotten that a tiger can deal a terrific blow with his heavy paws. "Hors du combat!" cried Frank. "There, White, you may make a pet of your man-eater, if you wish!" The recluse was quite overcome. "Begorra, it's roight ye are, naygur !" Barney. In to the cabin they ran. When they cai11e out they had a banjo and fiddle. 'Pomp was a skilled player on the former, and Barney on the latter. "Really, Mr Reade," he said, in a confused way, "I never Pomp waltzed into the center of the camp and began a heard of a case like this in my life." lively clog upon his banjo. "All' the better," cried Frank, gaily. "It's plea,.:.ant to Instantly the natives ceased their own discordant music. know that one i s ti1e originator of a process." They crowded about the two servitors, agog with inter "I never before heard of a tiger's teeth being pulled. We est. will take the beast and keep him in your remembrance.': "I'll give yez fust show, naygur !" cried Barney. "Do The natives who had witnessed the operation were awe-yer best!" struck. The y regard e d Frank as something of a deity. Surely, a man who cou ld pull a man-eating tiger's teeth with no other mean s of keeping the animal passive than a seemingly innoc ent wire, was no ordinary b e ing. Frank laughed well, as did Barney and Pomp. But a muzzl e was made of heavy straps and plaited ropes for the tiger, and his forward legs w13_re hobbled. In this manner the monarch of the jungle found himself when he recovered from the electrica l shocks. Slowly the tiger came to. When the beast saw the crowd about it sprang up with a hideous roar. ,.;), Then followed a terrific struggle withthe niuzzle and hobble. The result was that the natives, with triumph snared the beast with ropes and dragged it back to the vil, lag e The air-ship returned to the native yillage. : Frank had decided to remain there until the next da:v,. Accordingly preparations were made by the delighted "A'right, sah !" Pomp whirled the banjo into position, and began work. He was an uncommon good player. The way he rattled off the mu s ic ther e was thrilling He sang plantation medleys, song and dance, and many others. The natives ecstatically applauded to the echo. Then came Barney with his famous Irish fiddle. The Celt play e d jigs and arias, and wound up by singing l some very beautiful Iris h airs. The native s were scarcely less pleased by his performance. They cheered him wildly, and wanted more. But it was a late hour, and all felt called upon to retire. The fete was ended for the night. Guards were posted, and all were soon fast asleep The next day Frank deeitled to leave the Tanagua village at an early hour. It sunrise. Yet every native was on hand. "Remember that you will always be welcome in Tanagna Land!"' cried Jasper White, warmly. "You will never be Tanaguas for a grand fete in honor of their distinguished forgotten." guests. "It is pleasant to know that," said Frank. CHAPTER ,VI. POMP SQUAltES UP WITH BArtNEY .. The native encampment was gay that nigh( Watch fires were built, and the tom-tom was beaten loud and well. ( "By the way, Mr. Reade, are you traveling or pleasure?" Frank gave a start. "Ah, that makes me think!" he exclaimed. "I want t? ask you, Mr. White, if you have ever heard of the Valley of Diamonds ?" "Why, certainly." ;"Wh ere is it lpcated ?" "Far down in Brazil. it is in Mazoota Land." \' Near the Rio Negro. I believe j I


-FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 13 "Have you ever been there?" "No." "Is it difficult of access?" "It always has been. The Mazootas a,re hard fighters, and always hostile. Then there is the Serpent Valley to pass through." "Indeed!" "Yeu will be almost sure to be attacked by pythons in that valley." "You don't mean it?" "Yes; I do." However, he ventured to make no further demur, and Barney drew a bead upon one of the deer and fired. The shot was true. The animal leaped into the air and fell dead. "Whurroo !" cried Barney, triumphantly. "Shure, it's a foine shot I med. Wud yez luk at that, naygur. Shure, now, I'll have me antlers to pay fer it." Pomp's eyes twinkled. He had long been waiting for a chance to get square with Barney for the whitewash trick played upon him. 1 He believed that the was now offered. "Then you think we will have trouble?" "Ah, I forgot," said White, with a low bow. the Air Canoe can go anywhere." He kept his own counsel, while Barney proceeded to lower "Of course, the ship so that he might secure the antlers. "Is there any truth about the discovery of diamonds there?" "It is all truth. The sands of the river are full of dia monds." "Thank you for the 1nformation." A short while later the air-ship took leave of Jasper White's settlement. As it happened, Frank was asleep in the cabin. This, Pomp believed, was an opportunity not to be despised of having a little fun. Down settled the Air Qanoe and rested upon the ground near the spot where lay the deer. Barney, with hunting knife in hand, sprang to t_he rail. In another moment he went over and started for the deer. Straight to the southward now our voyagers bore. It required but a moment or two for him to rip off the To attempt an adequate description of that trip would be deer's ant l ers. out of the question. The country which they passed was wonderful to VIeW. Vast forests of the most beautiful mahogany and other woods alternated with deep sw. amps and long reaches of level plain and lowland. Rivers which were almost lakes in width were crossed 0 The woods were filled with wild animals of all description Pomp in the meanwhile had not been idle. He had sneaked into the cabin and brought a wire out. This he hitched to the rail conneeted with the dyna-mos. 'The current thus was sent into the rail. Pomp was not foolish enough to give the full current. It was a nice dose prepared for Barney. The Celt had procured his antlers, and now started to return to the air-shi.p. Chattering monkeys peopled the tree tops, and of most brilliant plumage flew hither and thitbfr. ,.A' ; Barney and Pomp never tired of watching the They were fond of trying shots at the game, also, which was plentiful. Begorra, wud yez luk at the loikes av thim !" he cried waving the antlers aloft. Some wood deer were seen browsing in a clearing in the woods. Barney conceived the idea of bagging one ol them. ;,..r "Shure, it's guite fashionable now to have the antlers in <' yer ancistral hall, an' be I'm not goin' to be behind the toimes," tlfe Celt. "Huh!" grunted Pomp. "I jes' fink yo' wud hab hard wo'k fo' to find de hall." "Dey am jes' fine, ain't dey, I'ish ?" said Pomp. "Yez kin bet on that, naygur." "Wha' yo' do wid em?" "Didn't I tell yez? I'll put them up over the door av me castle in ould Ireland." "Yo' mean yo' shanty, I'ish." "Whisht no\;, I'd have yez undherstand that Barney O'Shea was niver born in a shanty." Pomp looked incredulous. But :8arney now reached the rail and started to spring "Be ja.bers, don't yez' ridicule a gintleman !"cried Barney, over it. with ire. "Shure, I'm a lineal descendant av the ould Irish The next moment he was sorry for the attempt. kings, an' shure they had many an ancistral hall' an' many He placed his hand upon the iron and received the full '' pair av deers' antlers to adorn it wid." force of the current. But Pomp was skepticaL It was simply tremendous. /


-FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. H e was hurl e d back lik e a puppet and lay upon the ground "Why, of cour se!" cri e d the young inv e ntor. "It must counting t:ltarti. b e don e at once!" Ow-ou ch! Divil ta ke it W h e y e lled, in agony. ''Shure An alarming cry came from P o mp at this moment. it's killed I am!" But h e wa; a good way s from being kill ed. H e recove r e d qui c kl y and was upon hi s feet ins tantly. He sa w Po mp con v ulsed with mirth rolling about the deck. Ho ho, h o !" l a u g h e d the darky "Dat am je s' paying yo' b ack fo' yo' tre a t m ent ob m e yo' big stuff Dat am s quar wid de whit e w ash!" A ma dder Iris hm a n than Barney was never see n \ B e m e sowl, did yez play that thrick oil me?" he yelled. ''I'll a v the scalp av yez for that!" ''Huh! Don y o fink y o 'sclf s o s maht, I'ish !" "Be g ona ye' ll see B arney mad e a ru s h for the r a il. H e clear e d it a t a b o und and r e a c h e d the deck. The r e was n o doubt but tha t h e would hav e tackl e d Pomp roughly, but for an incid e nt. Frank Reade, Jr., app eare d in th e ca bin door. "What is all thi s ? crie d the y oung inventor, sternly; what do you m ean b y thi s kind of work?" Barney and Pom' p m elte d Pomp disconnected th e wir e, and Barne y laid the antle rs CHAPTER VII. IN THE PYTHONS' VALLEY. The cry given by Pomp was on e of great alarm. But it was not n e cessary for him to explain his alarm for the caus e was at onc e a ppar ent to the oth e r s The Air Canoe seem e d to los e its headway and had b e gun to s ink down to the e arth W e are falling! c ri e d Frank. What i s the matter?" H e rus h e d into the dynamo room. It was eas y to see. The dynamo s did not work. What was th e troubl e ? Frank guessed at once that it was on account of the eflpty s torage jars. However, no harm could b e don e if the Can0e did not s trike the earth too hard. ft But it see m e d to settle graduall y on the deck in mute explan atio n. 'l' h e rotascopes k ept up suffic i ent motion to s teady Frank was h aH t empte d to s mil e, but in ste ad, said firmly: s hip e v e r dare to descend without my ord e rs again. The r e i s g reat ris k in doing s o A' right, sa h !"said Pomp, s neaking into the pilot-house. 'rhe Air Cano e mor e sprang aloft and continued on h e r jom ; n ey. Down w e n t the a e rial vessel and rested up o n an ope n s pace of gr o und in the verg e of a d e n s e growth of tree s \ H e re the Air Canoe rest ed flafe and secure With joy Frank saw a deep brook n e ar, from whi c h to g e t wat e r to r e plenish the jars A s the day s passed now they b ega n to dra w rapidl y n ea r G oll y Marse Frank I" c ri e d Pomp, with wide, open eyes that r e gion wh e r e Frank b elieved tha t h e would find the j e s' in geod luck this time famou s Vall e y of Diamonds. "You are right!" agre ed Frank. But, come ther e i s One d a y wit h a glass h e s ight e d a di stant range of hill s work for u s all to do, and w e mu s t get about it. and made a start ling state ment. The two faithful s ervitor s n e ed e d no urging. "If I am right, yonder i s the "Yalley of Pythons!" he d eA lin e of hose, conn e ct e d with a force pump was led to clared "and that beyond it is the Vall e y of Diamonds." the waters of the brook. Barney and Pomp were at on c e all excitement. Of cour se, they were eager to reach destination, and the Air Canoe was put to full speed. Soon they passed over a mighty deep gorge between rocky mountain heights, and entered a broad valley. The Air thus far h a d p e rformed the journey in rare good fa s hion. Barney now, however, came up from the cabin, and said: B e jaber s, Mi sthe r Frank, the wath e r i s nigh out of the s torag e jars Shure wouldn't it be b etter to fill thim _at vtan s t ?" But b efore w&ter could be pumped, a serie s of most thrill ing incidents occurred. Barney was at the edge of the brook with the end of the hose. Pomp was half way to the Air Ca-noe. Bamey thrus t the and of the hos e into the brook. H e was about to ri s e wh e n h e s t e pped upon what h e thought was a long palmetto log. The C elt's s urpris e was b e yond e x pre s sion when the s up posed log yielded and suddenly became a squirming, live body.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 15 A great brown body rose in th e air and threw itself into mighty coils. But hi s aim had not been a s good a s Frank's. The bullet struck the python, but not its h e ad. "Tare an ound s !" s hrieked the astounded and terrified The ball plowed into the r e ptil e's body and made an ugly Celt "It's a s hn a k e Shure it' s kilt I am. Help-wound. help!" The huge serpent, full y forty feet in length, reared in the Barney mad e a div e for th e Air Cano e air, hissed s avag e ly, and starte d for th e Air Cano e But th e hu ge python, for s uch it was; thre w out a c o i l and The attack of th e python was no light matter t o our caught him. voy ag e r s In a trice Barney was lift e d from hi s fee t, f elt hi s rib s That hug e gli s t e ning body weigh e d enormou s ly, and was crac kin g and saw the s nak e's hug e j a w s ove r him. The poor fe llow s hri e ked wit h te rror and despair. Pomp was s o daz e d and horrified that he could not act. But at that opportun e mom ent Frank came on deck. H e saw the s itua t ion. At once h e cri e d : Keep qui e t Barney. Don t try to make a move !" The Celt h ea rd Frank's "Voice. t "Save me, l\i ist h e r Frank!" he c ri e d Shure, it's th e ind av m e Hav e c ourag e !" s houted Frank, and quick as a flas h h e thre w his Winchester to hi s s hould er. H e kn e w that it was a fin e s hot and that only a chanc e of v e ry narrow kind would s av e th e C e lt. BU:t h e did not hesitat e to mak e it. He aimed s traight a t the huge serpent 's h e ad. C rack! .. The bull e t s p e d on it s way. Instantl J the tables turned. possessed of tre m e ndou s stre ngth. If it s hould s trike the air-ship full tilt the effe ct might be serious. All thre e of the explorers sprang for the cabin. Ru s hing in they shut the door. Frank barred it. He well knew the danger .I If an y of the python s c a m e aboard o f the Air Canoe, there was n? doubt but that a blood y bat t l e mu s t e n sue. Frank ru s hed to a port-hol e and fir e d another s hot at the on c oming s n ake. But it did not c heck it. On came the python like a v erita bl e thunderbolt. It the airs hip 's rail with a s hock whi c h s hook it from s t e m to s t e rn.' All three of th e inmates of th e c abin w e r e thrown from th eir feet Frank was at the porthole quickly, though, and fired point blank a t the The ball struc k the s erpent 's h e ad and it to a vul-The s hot told. gar f rac t ion. Pl ung e and The mons ter 's backbone was di sinte grated, and it lay The r e was a convul s iv e l e ap of c oil s upon the d eck unable to move. Barney felt him s elf freer and s prang away "WI '" d B But th e h e adle s s coil s of the s nak e w ent twisting away mrroo cne arn ey. "Shure it's oursilves as kin :into a pile of bulrushes. N o soone r liad it s truck th.e bulru s he s howe ver, wh(;ln the clump seemed a liv e with tWis ting bodies. Out into th e ope n s hot a hug e python A second c ame close behind, and th e n a third. Thre e of the mon s ters w e re in the open. ,,-. r lick the ba s tes But Frank R e ade, Jr., gave a ga s ping cry. "My God!" h e cried. "Will you see them come? How many of the reptile s are ther e anyway?" Ther e was good cause for the young inventor's exclamation. ''Heavens!" ga s ped Frank, "I never saw such a den of From the bulrushes, from a clump of trees near the s nakes!" mountain side and from a jungle near by, fully hal a s core Barney had just clambered the Air Canoe. of the pythons appeared. Some of the m w e re of enormous Pomp had his rifle r e ady and dre w aim upon one of the size pythons. They seemed to liave been attracted b y the rifle shots. "We are indeed fn the Python Valley," cried Frank. "Did you eve r see s o many s nake s before ?" Look out, dar!" cried Pomp. dat c hap wi de yaller body." Crack! Th e darky's rifle spoke "I'se jes' gwin e to smash ... The situation was a thrilling one. "My soul!" ga s ped Frank, "there i s no doubt but that we are in the Valley of the Python s .!" He realized that Jasper White had not enlarged upon the truth. The position of our voyagers was now a ser!ous one. I


FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. In order to leave the spot storage jars must be replenished. To do this it was necessary to procure water. To get water one of them must venture from the cabin. This it seemed most dangerous to do. What was to be done? Frank realized that they were likely to be kept indefinite period. A half-score of the monster pythons was no light for them to face. "Shure, av we cud only git up eni.l:ff av a current, aither, we moight give thim a bit av a shock." "Y ou'retight cried Frank. "I think we can generate enough by hand to do that." "Begorra, let's thry it!" "All right, Barney." before they could make a move to do this a loud cry came from Pomp. "Oh, Marse Frank!" cried the darky. "Fo' de Lor' sakes wud yo' jes' come yar. Here am de funniest ting. yo' ebber To venture from the cabin seemed almost certain death. see!" 1 But something bad got to be done, and at once. Frank Reade, Jr., lost no time in obeying. Time was rapidly slipping away, and darkness would soon be at hand. He sprang to the loophole at which Pomp stood. The darky gave way to him. In vain the young inventor tried to conjure up a plan. Frank gazed through the loop-hole and beheld one of the The pythons came about the Air Canoe, hissing savagely, strangest sights he had ever seen in his life. and seemingly longing to get at the inmates. "I don't think we will venture out," said Frank, as if talking to the snakes. the way, Barney, did you place the end of the hose in the brook?" "I did, yer kin bet," replied Barney. "Then we ought to be able to get water," said Frank, CHAPTER VIII. THE GORILLA. brusquely. It was truly a strange sight which the young inventor The young inventor boldly risked turn at t.he pump on beheld. deck. The air was filled with a strange squealing noise. Water came, and Frank caused several bucketsful to be The pythons seemed all in a state -of unrest and excitecarried into the cabin. ment. Some of the jars were filled. Those on the air-ship's deck glided off, and Frank was, But yet there was not enough of the subtle force to operastounded to see some of them making for the cover of the 1-ate the Air Canoe's machinery. jungle post-haste. Also by this time the pythons had seen Frank, and seemed The explanation of this, however, was close at hand. cl!-sposed to attack him. Into the clearing had swung a vast herd of curious Frank was obliged to retire to the cabin again. What was to be done? little animals. They looked very much like pigs, but ran like squirrels It was useless to think of a wholesale slaughter of the over the ground. I snakes. Frank knew at once what they were. This would have been an undertaking of a gigantic sort Had it a pack of wolves, or tigers even, it would not been to terr.ify them and drive them away. But the snakes knew of the word fear. He understood all. They were peccaries. The8e curious little animals are a terror in their 'fay. Woe to the luckless tniveler or animal who gets in their They came swarming about the Air Canoe in vast, squirmpath when once they start to run. mg masges Seve:gu1 of them crawled across the deck. Their tremendous weight made the joints of the aerial The peccary is of the swine family, and these are all known as the implacable enemy of the snake. The huge pythons were no objects of terror to the peevesse. l creak and strain sorely. caries. "Be jabers, av yez cud get a chance, 1l1isther Frank, it No python was ever yet known to crush a peccary in its wud be a foine : thing to give 'em the contints av the dynafolds. mite "You're right, Barney," agreed Frank, "but I don't see the chance !" The little animals are too spry and agile, and have such fearful, raz6r-like tusks, that they would make mincenwat of a snake instanter. I


So when he saw the peccaries coming he knew their siege was at an end. Down into the clearing came the peccaties. There seemed a thousand of them in the drove. Nothing could stand before them. Such of the pythons as stood their ground met a swift fate. In less than two minutes after the peccaries had struck the snake a vestige of it could be seen anywhere. With their fearful, sharp jaws they had torn the reptiles to pieces with the swiftness and ease of a mincemeat chop per. Down through the glade went the flying peccaries. In a twinkling they were out of sight. But not a python was left on the scene. The peccaries had cleaned them out completely. It had been a wonderful sight, and the spectators never forgot it. "Whurroo !" cried Barney. "Did iver yez see ilie loikes av that? Shure thim little pigs are jist loike the koind that rnn wild in auld Ireland!" "Easy, Barney!" said Frank, with a laugh; "but, come, let us get out of this infamous place." "Dat am what I say, Marse Frank," cried Pomp. The darky rushed out on deck and began work with the pump. Barney joined him, and in a short while the jars were filled. Soon the dynamos were once more working, and all was in readiness to start. Frank lost no time. He had no desire to stay longer in \ the valley of the py thons. "The diamond valley next!" he cried. The Air Canoe rose once more into the air. Down through the py1;hon valley went the air-ship. Very soon the entrance to the valley beyond was reached. It was a de-ep pass between high walls of stone. The air-ship passed over it and hovered over the Valley of Diamonds. At last the Mecca of their pilgrimage had been reached. The voyagers were eager to begin work. There certainly was a large stream which flowed through the valley. By other points Frank also recognized it as the spot for which they had been searching. The young inventor viewed the scene with varied emo17 "Begorra, luks to me very much loike a howling wilderness," asserted Barney. "Of course," agreed Frank; "but it is in just a wilder ness that precious stones and mineral are fotmd. Look at the Kimberley mines, for example Barney said no more. Frank decided upon a spot to land, and the air-ship slow-' ly settled down upon. the earth. I It was a level spot not far from the stream. This latter quite a torrent, rushing down over rocks at a rapid rate. "Now for work!" cried Frank, as he from the cabin with a pickax and light spade. "Come, Barney ana Pomp, let us see hOi true this story of. the existenqe of diamonds is." "All roight, sor," cried Barney Both !allowed Frank over the rail. The .\.ir Canoe was securely anchored. There was little chance fm it to get away, and the young inventor felt safe in leaving it The rail had been cleverly charged with electricity. Any one venturing to clamber aboard would certainly meet with a hot reception. Barney and Pomp now bad the diamond fever fully as bad as Frank himself. A few moments \ater they stood n,pon the bank of the stream. 1 Frank descended to the water's edge, an{!, taking up a handful of the soil, began to examine it. Evidently satisfied as to its he began to dig into the bank. Every little pebble was closely <; Spddenly Frank picked up what lookef). like an ordinary pebble. He struck it sharply against the corner his shovel. The result was that the outer crust was A brilliant light was disclosed, and in a Frank saw that he had discovered a beautiful specimen. \.;. Of course it was impossible as to yet. This could only be determined after by the \ lapidary. \t. "Golly, I jes' reckon I mus' be de nex' lucky mant Pomp. "Be jabers, ye'll have to worruk thin, naygur,i' \ cried Barney. With thistttll fell to work in lusty fashion. But the next half hour's digging brought no fruit. tions. It occurred to Frank as not a 15ad idea to change the "Indeed!" he exclaimed, "it is just such a spot as I locality. should have for a diamond mine." Accordingly he started up with that purpose. >


... 18 J R.'S, But a s h e gl i mced over the e dge of the toward the Air C anoe h e b e h eld a thrilling s pectac l e G r eat Hea v e n s he ga s p e d what do y ou call that?" "Phwat's that ye s a y ? c ri e d Barne y starting up Trul y it was a thrilling s i ght which met their gaze. Crossing theope n s p ace b e tween t h e m 3lnd the Air Cano e was a c reatur e o f l11os t extraordin a r y app e arance. It had th e of a hu ma n b e in g, with treme ndou s pro po r ti on s and hu ge, hair y body. B arney. "Shure, he's a s s throng a s an ox!" Strong c ri e d Frank. Wh y, I t ell you the B raz i lian gorilla can f e ll an e l e ph ant. The lion: i s no match f or his powe rful arm s 'rhe g orilla now evide ntly s ati sfie d a s to the non -offen s i v e c h a ract e r o f the air s hip advan c ed toward it. Frank now s mil e d If the brute s hould c hanc e t o come in c ontact with the Its lon g arm s reached to its knees, and it c a rried a h eavy rail it would be inte r est in g t o no te the result. sa plin g i n its right hand A g orilla! g as ped Fra nk. .. ".Be jab e rs, roight !" cried Barney. Goll y I u e b e r seed d e like s ob dat afo in all roah lif e !" crie d Pomp, in utte r a maz e m ent. But Fra nk w as con s id ering their c hance s for r e achin g th e Air Ca no e They see m e d t o him ver y s li g h t. The s tronge s t m a n c ould not resi s t the e l e ctric current. It was hardly lik e l y that t h e g orilla c ould. But Frank wat c h e d with great inte re s t. The b eas t approach e d the Air Cano e cautiously. The n s lowl y it r e ach e d up and gra s p e d the rail. The result was tlll'illin g, as w ell a s ext r e m e l y c omical. For once in i ts li fe t h e gorill a e ncounte r e d a force great e r t han its own. He kne w tha t a c olli s i o n w i t h the g orilla was ine vitabl e 1 A s thgugh it w e r e but a pu p p e t t h e huge brut e was hurle d an d mu s t b e no light affair. ba c k wit h s u c h f orce that it turne d a c oupl e o f some r s aults. B arney flun g hi s rifl e to .shoulder. A mor e astoni s hed animal tJlan t hat gorilla whe n it r e B e gorra I'll s phil e the b eauty av him!'; he c ri e d cove r e d w as seldom seen. But Frank pu t a hand on hi s rifl e b arrel. In spite of t h e p e ril so clos e u pon them, th e voyager s coul d "Hold o n h e crie d ste rnl y not r e frain f rom a l1e arty l augh. Howld o n, i s i t sor?" cried th e a s toni s h e d C e l t "An' The g orill a h e ard i t a nd turning a bout saw Barney's shure, s or phw y s hould I howld on ? "It won t do t o s hoot An p1 wy not sor ?" ('Nothin g w

The monster's jaws were reeking with blood and foam. Its were st aring wide with fury,

FRANK REA D E, JR.'S, Surely it would not do to alight in that s pot again. And at thi s mom ent Frank Reade, Jr., d e tect e d a s tartling sight a t the oth e r e n d of the v alley. Seem ing l y e levat e d f ull y two hun dred feet above the level of the valley h e sa w a v a s t bod y o f wat er. It was a broad lake, and the st r eam whic h c oursed throu g H the dia m o nd v alley seemed to b e t h e overfl ow. Thi s was a matte r o f onl y t r a nsient int e r est, however. The natives r etre at e d to th e cover of their huts, a nd f o r a tim e seem e d a fraid to come out. The n b y d egrees their c our age and confid ence r e turned. F r ank Venture d to descend f r o m the Air Cano e's deck and went boldl y a m ong the huts H e c arri e d in hi s hand s presents of various trinkets which h e thre w i n at t h e but qoor s In thio way h e s ucceed e d in ga inin g hi s e nd s Up o n t h e s hor e of t h e lak e t h e r e was a vast collection of The n atives, seein g t at h e was, af t e r a ll a human b e ing, nat ive huts fle s h and blood lik e the mselves, g radually regained thei r Indee d i t was the l a r gest n a tiv!) settlemen t yet e n c ounter ed, a n d w e ll m e ri te d t h e n ame of city. There wer e fully tw o th o u s and of the t h a t c h e d huts The n at ives the m s elves c ould be seen l o u ng in g about o r engaged in v a riou s occupa t ion s Frank was much s u rp rised at evid e nc e o f human l ife i n the midst of s u c h a fearfull y w ild r e gion confidence a nd cam e forth. Soon they seem e d t o m ake a friend l y aequaintanc e with the explor e r s Yet Frank c ould n ot say that h e was favorably impressed w ith them. The y w e re gi a n ts i n s tature, with f e ature s of a r e pu l s ive type. Their for e h e ad s showed intellect of t h e lowest ty pe, and H e however was inclin e d t o make the a c quaintance of their s n aky, bla c k eyes seem e d to ind i cate a murd e rous l;emthese na t ives. It occurred to h im t h at h e c oul d mak e the m of good s ervice to him. Bu t a serious arose. Wer e t hey fri e n d ly? This c oul d onl y b e d e t e rmin ed by m a ki ng a test. Fra nk th e r ef or e decid e d to descend a nd make a parley. "Be jabers, how do we kno w b u t t h ey' r e gori ll a s loik e the oth e rs?" c r ie d B arney. per am e n t A t l east thi s was the i mpression received b y th e y oung i n v e ntor. 1 Succeedin g events proved it to b e who ll y c orrect al so. Fra n k learn e d b y s i g n t a lk that th e savages regard e d th e V a liey of Diamondo: a s a sacred vall e y They stood in d ea dl y t e rro r of t h e p yt h o n s a nd g orilla s But it seemed that these never venture d upon t h e upper l an d w h ic h was a mos t reassurin g state m ent. Nonsense '" exclairned F r a nk '. "Go a head t h e necessar y F rank also l e arn e d by sig n t a lk t h at they w e r e not the di stance and thento w e r t h e s hip." All roi g h t, sor." Barney was never t h e one to disobey. The Ai r C anoe was prop e ll e d forward the n eces sary di s tance a nd tlle n s uff e r e d t o desc e nd Down it settle d and now the nati v e s in the village saw i t. The effect was thrilling. Th e greatest ex cit e m e n t seemed to tak e possession o fir s t white m e n who h a d visite d th e place. The c hi e f of th e trib e l e d him t o a rbw of tall st akes upon the top o f each on e whic h the r e was a skuU. M o r e over, it w a s th e s kull o f a C auca s ian, and theie were fourteen of t h em. Frank's fears were v e rifi e d a t once, and a thrill of horror seized him. These natives wer e the v e r y trib e of whom he had been them. told murdered the pr e viou s vis itor s only one escaping to They could b e seen u s hin g hit h e r and thit h e r in the tell the tal e wildest o f confus i o n. 1'h e app e aranc e of t h e airs hip to them mu s t have had a. super s titiou s m e aning. B ego na, w e've sca r ed th e loife out av thim already cri e d Barney. Frank a p pea r e d a t the r aii a nd h e ld up hi s h a nd s a s a tok e n o f ami ty to t h e a s tonished and t er rifi e d natives. The a irs h i p settle d down upon a clear s pot and within a f e w ya rd s of the village. Frank di d not f ear attack for h e right l y counted upo n the terror o the s avages for protection CHAPTER X. TREACHERY OF THE NATIVE S. r:I:he effect of thi s d iscovery upon young inventor may w e ll b e imagined H is fir s t inc l ination was to turn about and v i sit vengeance upon the a s sass i ns This he could easily have don e with hi s dynamite gun Bu t upo n secon d thought he refrained from so d o i ng. \


I a JR.' S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE 21 A nd then h e committe d a-breach o f good judg m e n t Thinki n g t o i mpress the wr e t c hes with the powe r of hi s inv e ntion h e took four o f the rascal s aboa rd the allship. It was a grea t mistake. Thei r keen eyes and shrewd n atures took in everything The e l ectric current, whi c h Frank exhibit e d to the m w a s in their est im a tion but a trick. They c on side r e d the v o yage r s a s n o mor e tha n they w e r e t h e mselves-huma n beings-and the cupidi ty of the sav age w as aroused a.t once. Ri ght th e n and the r e t h e d e t e rmin a tion s eize d t h e m to take po ssess ion of the Air Canoe. F rank neve r commi t t e d a g r eate r breach of discr e tion in hi s li fe. H e sa w i t whe n too late. 'l'h e firs t a nd n atu r a l tric k of t h e desi gning sav a ges was to profess frie nd s hip They came a r o un d .the airs hip in a fri e ndl y man11e r and B arney and P o m p barte r e d artic i es with the m for s m a ll The young inventor drew near. Quiak a s a flas h the chief made a s ign to his men, and the y w erG upon Frank lik e human wolves. The y oung inventor was crus h e d to the deck ins tantly In a flash of time h e was a pri s oner in the power of the natives A sen s ation o f horror s w ept over him. Too late h e saw hi s folly Pomp was overtak e n t h e next by the natives. H e was al s o o v erpowered. But Barney h a d seen the danger jus t in time and was quick to a ct. H e darte d into the cabin a nd closed the door behind him There was a bolt whi c h h e s hot into plac e The natives clas h e d their w e ight again s t it, but in vain. The window s w e r e iron barr e d, and they could not enter that way. Barne y w as safe. "Be gorra, Frank!" h e c ri e d "phwativer shall I d i a m o nd s whi c h the n atives ca m e from the s acr e d do? If I come out to h e lp ye, th e y ll g r a b m e too!" Y a llcy. "Turn the l e ver Barney!" crie d Frank, with quick O f course our adventure r s w e r e onl y too gl a d of the opthought. portunit y to procure the preciou s s ton es s o c h e aply. But. they did not dream o f the c rash so near a t hand For two days the voyage r s r e m aine d at t h e n a tiv e vilSwift as a flas h Barne y c omplied. It was certainly the best mov e under the circumstances. 1 H e turne d the l e v e r la ge, With a great whir a nd rus h the rota scopes began to re' The n Fra nk bef!;an to t hink of paying a visit again to the volve, and up s hot th e Air Cano e 1 v alley. The c hi ef assure d him tha t the diamond s w e r e to b e procu r e d nowh e r e e lse. The n h e took Frank to the outl e t of the lak e H e r e a startling s i ght was r e v e al ed. A long, n atura l flum e l e d down into the valley. A t its upp e r e nd, wha t seem e d lik e a pre carious colle c tion, served alon e to hold bac k the wat e r s of the lake. The p hi e f grinn e d wh e n Frank this The s avages seem e d eage r e nou g h to e n gage in the pur suit of diamond hunting a t t hi s upper end of the v a lley. The oth e r e n d was wh e r e t h e g o r illa s w e r e t o b e e n c ount e r e d a nd nothin g w ould induce t h e m to go the r e Frank c on s id e red this all n a tural enough, and did not d e mur. Up lik e a fla s h and in a twinklip.g the earth was a thou-sand feet below. The effe ct upon the natives was jus t what might have been e xp e cted. The sen s atiqn was a n e w and s tartling one to them. They b e cam e seized with a p a ni c and rus hed to the rail. Frank a nd Pomp w e r e both l eft fre e and uninjured. Barney flun g ope n 'the cabi n door, and both rushed in. The natives m e anwhil e were clutching the rail with chattering t e eth and wildest t error. "Begorr a we fool e d the s palpeens that toim e !" cried Barney. "You're right!" a g reed Frank, "but it was a clo s e call!" "It was that, sor! Shure phwat will be the n e xt move I'd loik e to know?" Arrang e m ents w e r e mad e to b egin work the next day. "I jes' fink I would dump de rascal s overb'd," cried Early the next morning Frank saw the chief and a ozen Pomp. of the natives appro a ching. The y c a m e boldly onto the airship's deck. Frank.was surpris ed at this action. B arney w as in the ca bin and Pomp was on the forward c1eck. The chi ef mad e s ign s a s if to s pe a k with Fra nk. But Frank was of a more human e turn o mind. Despit e the f a ct tha t the y had m eant to take his life, he could not b ear the id e a of s uch whole s ale s laughter. "No," he s aid, "I have some thing b etter!" I don t see hov there kin b e anythin' betther," said Barney.


22 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR "Well, you will s e e it!" s aid Frank, curtly "Divil a bit, sor!" Frank went into the pilot-hou se. He lowered the Air Canoe until it hung over the diamond vall e y 'l'hen he l e t the s hip down until within a donen feet of the ground where the dead gorilla s lay. The wo' ods were now seen to be full of the live gorilla s Somehow there was s omething positively sickening about killing the brutes, they so strongly re s embled a human be ing. But Frank had nigh mad e up mind to begin the bat' tl e whe n he caught sight of a thrilling From the direction of th e upper end of the valley dense clouds of smoke were arising. What did it mean? and with savag e cries th?' now ru s hed toward the air-ship. It was certainly fire. The natives had been constrained to leap overboard. "What on earth is it?" cried the young inventor. But now they paused in warrantable terror. "Begorra, it's a foire !" vouchsafed Barn ey, explicitly. There was certainly good cause. "Yes; but what i s burning?" Frank thre w ope n th e door of the cabin and motioned "Shure,.,it ll not tak e yez long f e r to foind out." t 0 them to l e ap. ou' r e right." But they s till clung to the rail in abj e ct terror. 'Frank into the c a bin and turn e d the rotascope "Be me sow 1, th e y don t loike the medicine at all, at all l ever. cried Barn ey. The Air Canoe shot up higher Then the full explanation w&s ea s y to be seen. "I don t fink dey does," s aid Pomp. "I'll fix th em!" gritte d Frank. 'l'he whole native village was in flames. It was a tremen He turne d a lever, which sent the full forc e

FRANK READE; JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. CHAPTER XI. THE FLOOD. The Mazootas certainly s e e med to be th e b est fighters. The lake was held imprisoned. n had merely exchanged one bed for uother. The two miles of wild valley was in less than fifteen min utes trans formed into a mighty body of water. Buried now forever were the treasures of the diamond vall ey. They f orced their e nemies back to th e v e ry verg e of the Nobod y would e v e r know ju s t what tre a s ures were buried diamond vall ey. there, or what was th'e real worth o f th e diggings. The descent h e r e was a s t eep one, and if the y w e r e forc e d Our adve nturers gazed s p e llbound upon the impressive ove r it th e loss o f l ife would b e large. scene. The natives fought des p e rat e ly. The Mazoota s were holdin g orgie s upon the ruins of But they had not their c hi e f with the m to dir e ct them. their foes' village. "Our quest i s end ed!" cried Frank, with a shade of disappointm ent in, 'bi s voice. Th e diamond valley and its Finall y th e natives w e r e di'iven down into the sac red v alw e alth is buri e d forever." He had fallen a victim to th e veng e ance of the g o r illa s Hotte r waxe d th e fight. l e y Goll y uat am a suttin' fac' !"crie d Pomp. "But look H e r e they mad e a bold s t a nd and aid e d b y som e uneven yond e r ground, h e ld the Mazootas at bay The darky point e d to the dr y b e d o f the lake. But the l atte r d i d not seem to press th e fight s o h a rd now. Don yo' s'pose dar a m diamonds t o b e f ound dar ? he Indeed their purpo s e was a far deep e r one a nd m e ant the a s k ed. extermination of the foe at on e f e ll blow. How they bro ught thi s about was quickly seen A number of the m ru s h e d to the h e ad o f the flume. It seem e d th a t it was a w e ll-known fact to the native s that but on e log the lake back from flooding the valley. The p a rting o f th is s in g l e log would allow th e d e bris to fall and the lak e would leap from its impri s onment. "Be jab e rs, mebbe th e naygur i s right, s aid s cratching hi s head. t But Frank looked incredulou s Howev e r lie s aid: "We ll, w e will tak e a look about and see. But the fir s t thing i s to rid our selves o f those fie nd s b e low." The young inv e ntor w ent forward an d thru s t a dynamite cartridge into th e pn e umatic gun. Even Frank Rea d e Jr., h a d not d iscove red that fact. But the Mazoota s had got hqld o f it in some way. Frank saw their purpose whe n it was too l a t e to prevent He was jus t in the mood to giv e th e barbarian Mazootas a good lesson. it. H e incliped the muzzle of the gun downward and dr e w If he could hav e prev ente d it h e wonld certainly have done back the air-valve so, for man y important rea sons The mos t important was the fac t that the valley would Down w ent the projectile with lightning speed. b e s o flooded that it would b e out of th e question to even It struc k the cent e r of a group of barbarian s work the diamond digging s In a flas h the air was filled with d e bri s and in mad terror But it wru; too late. th e band o f looter s fle d in c ontinently. "My soul!" cried Frank. "It i s good-by to our diamonds, now Barney and Pomp uttered a great cry. The n a loud and s ullen roar rose the air. The Mazootas had liberated the lake, and it was on its f e arful way down the flume. The natives in the valley realized thi s and ran s hriekin g for the height s But they never reached them. Down intq the Vall e y of Diamond s s urged the trem e ndous avalanche of wat e r. In a resi s tless volume it raced to the farthest end. The re was no outlet ther e Anoth e r projectile sent after the m effe ctually the m away. Then Frank allowed the Air Canoe to settll3 down over the s urfac e of the lak e bed. In places the water yet stood in pools. But there were wide s tretches of s and and gravel Upon one of these Frank allowed the Air Canoe to re st. Then preparation s were made for exploring the bed of the lak e Frank was descending the gang-ladd e r when suddenly a glittering object in the sand attracted hi.$ attention. It was so dazzling in its radiance that a great cry escaped his lips. ,. ..


, I ,-. FRANK REAvE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. "My soul! Here is a diamond the fir s t thing What a beauty." Out of the sand Frank picked a diamond fully the size of his thumbnail. Frank pick e d up th e long-handled rake with which he had been raking the sand. "Ho! d on, Barn ey!" he c ri ed. "I am coming!" In s pite of hi s peril the Iris hman 's wit did not forsake It was a magnific ent stone and worth many tltous and him. dollars Shur e phwativ e r will I howld on to, s or?" he cried The young inv e ntor was d e light ed. But F r a n k thre w the r a k e h a ndl e a cross the muck hole, "Hurrah!'' h e cri ed. "Pe rhap s we have e xchanged old and c ri ed: digging s for new and better ones." Throw y our arm s a cross that!" Barney and Pomp viewed the s tone with admiration and B a rney qui ckly 'obeyed wonderment The n tle Celt exclaimed : Thi s did s upport him a nd right w e ll, too, Pomp went back to th e Air Canoe for a r o p e "On me worrud Barn e y O Sh e a, y e 're not smart, or ye' ll Thi s wns brou g ht and f aste n e d und e r Barn e y 's arm s and foind the m a te to that." h e was pull e d out of the hole. I hope you may la\igh e d Frank. The n the search began But, s trang e to say it proved a futil e one. For two days the diamond hunt e r s r e main e d in the bed of the lake. But h e was a comic al-lookin g s i ght From head to foot h e was noth i n g but o n e mass of s lime and mud. It r equi r e d some tim e and for th e C elt to cle an himself up Whe n h e had at l e n gth s ucceede d Pomp and Frank reBut not even the smalle s t kind of a preciou s stone was found. turned fr o m a fruitless quest, and the l atte r s aid: Finally, they abandoned the quest in despair. "Is it poss ible!" cri e d Frank R e ad e Jr., in dismay. this the onl y w e are to find?" "It luk s that way, s or !" s aid Barney "Is "I done fink dat de wat e r hab cover e d up demos' valuable ob de diamond s !" cried Pomp. "We s e not in it!" "It i s of no use. W e will l e ave thi s s p o t at once!" But it was d e cid e d fir s t to mak e a journey around the V a ll e y o f Diamonds, now occ upi e d b y th e lak e Barney a nd Fra nk p e rform e d thi s feat Pomp r e maining b e hind t o gu a rd the Air C anoe. The two explorer s m e t with a number of thrilling ex-periences. "Phwat's that-the wather? int e rrogated roguish BarOnc e the y resist e d an attack by a numb e r of prowling ney. Mazoota s At anoth e r time the y narrowl y escape d an encounter with a gorilla, prob ably one o f the s urvivor s of the Ther e might hav e followed a ruction for this, but a s t e rn flood. "Shut up, yo' good fo' nuffin I'ishman Don' yo' gib me no sass look from Frank s topped it. Frank l ooke d in vain f or some trace of diamonds. "We have no time for fooling," h e d e clar e d "Le t u s make one more search, and the n if not successful w e w'ill leave here "A' right, sah," agreed Pomp. Indeed, Frank was in earnest and very s hortly they would have been s ailing away on a new course had not a peculiar accident happened to Barney. Suddenly a loud s hriek of alarm was h e ard But h e was not successf ul. Th e auriferou s s oil i n which they a r e u s u a ll y fou nd seem e d to have b een wholly c o nfin e d to th e floode d vall e y It's of no use," Frank fina lly concluded "Fate has s nat c h e d th e trea s ur e fr o m our g ra s p." Y e t he could not feel that the ques t had been a bootless one. The big diamond he had found in the lake was a s mall Frank and Pomp both turning b e held a startling Kohinoor for brilliancy and value. sight Theree up to his neck in a muck hole was1 Barney Indeed, it looked a s if h e would sure l y di s appear from sight altogether. They had quite a number of other s of medium quality, o btained from the natives. Frank d e cid e d at once to leav e the region of the diamond valley. Of course, it was a dangerous pos ition. "It is a fated locality h e d e clared "See what a hor Ther e great danger tha t the muck might suffocate rible scene th e lak e has co1 er e d up. A whole tribe him, and Frank knew this well. away in a moment of tim e."


FRANK READE, JR.' S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 25 When Frank made up hi s mind to do a thin g, h e rare ly lo s t tim e in execution. "Shure, s or, i s it home w e' ll go rom h e r e ? a s ked Bar ney. "No," repli e d Frank. But our adventurers w e r e always secure in the cabin. Occ asionally Barn e y or Pomp would be tempted to give the m a shot which would m ake the m s catter. Thus Hie trav e ler s k e pt on until th e conjun ; tion o the Rio Negro with the Amazon wasr e a c hed. "Where thin, sor ?" And now the y b e h e ld be ore the m a region which was "'fhe Rio Negro i s not far rom here. I think we will not by, any mean s in compari s on with th a t left behind. strike that a nd follow it down to the Amazon. From the re The swamps w e r e ten times thi c ke r, the jungle s larg e r, to Ria Jane iro a t rip up the and the n h o m e." th e forest s darker. Barn e y and Pomp w e re d e li ghte d with t hi s deci s i on. For two d a y s they followed the course o the mighty The y had not as y et" seen e nou g h o Bra z il, a nd w e re river. anxious for new adventures. Their desire s w e r e destin e d to be gratified b e fore many days Thrilling adv entures w e re at hand. It gradually grew broader and in places was only to be compared with a vas t inland sea. But the third da y after reaching the Amazon the water tank s gave s i g n s of g i v in g out. 'l'he airs h i p l eft the di a mond vall e y th e ne x t day, and P r a nk decid e d to desc-en d upon a s ort o wQoded perrinthus end e d th e quest o r the great w e alth the r e buri e d whi c h jutte d out into t h e river. But we will not t ake l ea v e o our a d v e n ture r s for ano t h e r The place seemed fre e from wil d beas ts, and well situated chapter, i n which will b e d e tail e d t h e dir e cal a mi ties an d t h e for a s t o pping place. great perils which overtook the m b efor e they reached th e mouth o the Amazon. CHAPTER XII. DOWN THE .A.M .A.ZON-.A. C AT ASTROPHE. The Air Cano e set out upon i ts cou rse dow n t h e R i o Negro. :Ma n y wonde r f ul s ighfjt 'Yer e seen as the Air C a noe con tinu e d on its way. Vast forest s o dyewoods wer e passed over, o maho g any and rosewood, o oak and c y press. Jung les and s wamp s inte rval e d a n d upland s cam e in turn ; and might y chain s o f l a kes a n d wide, s luggi s h river s added i.o the v ari e t y o the scen e The voya ge r s n e ver tire d o w at c hin g it all. Wh a t m atte r e d it to them i the jung l e ben eat h w a s the The a i r s hip descend e d and rest e d upon a clear spot. N ear b y w e r e several l?assiv e mahogany trees. It was in the e r part o the afternoon, and as it seemed s u c h an admirable pl a c e to s top, Frank decided to camp. At onc e Barn e y mad e a fir e and Pomp going a little way into the woods s hot an ant e lope B\lt th e darky upon the r eturn to camp cro s s e d a well b e at e n path. It might hav e been mad e b y wild beasts on their way to a wat e ring place. But a deadly ear s truck the d a rky. H e reckone d and not without rea s on, that the path had been mad e b y human b e ing s Goll y h e mutte r ed, "I jes' fink I tell 1Iar s e Frank bout dat o' m ebbe h e would like to know. So Pomp did so. haun t o th e savage tig e r, the poison o u s serp ent or o t h e r Fra nk li s t e ned with surprise. d e adl y b e a s t s and r e ptiles? "Why, that i s queer!" he exclaim e d "I would take my T hey w e r e secur e on the d e c k o th e air-ship a n d c ould oath that w e ar e mile s rom any native settlement." lau g h to scorn a n y of these m ig h ty F rank was in deep thought 1'or a e w minutes. F o r some day s t h e course o the Rio Negro was followed. How e ver, taking hi s rifle, Frank w ent back to examine Frank was much av e rse to trav e lin g a t night, so_. when the path darkness approach e d h e gen e rall y m a naged to find a good H e gave a start at fir s t sight o it. spot to descend and c amp. :Many :rare a nd c uriou s things w e r e secured a t s uch times. Barney h a d secure d a h a n-dsome whit e monkey, and Pomp had a c ollection o beautifully plumaged birds. Sometimes at night the wolve s would come howling about I the air-ship. I H e followed it carefully into the woods or some ways. Sudd e nly he came to a littl e woodland stre am. In the s oft s oil upon it s bank h e saw the imprint o a foot. It was the bar e footprint o a human being. All doubt was settled.


16 FRANK READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. Frank started to go back to the camp. f But he had not proceeded far when a thrilling incident occurred. Pomp was cutting and s lashing away with his knife with all his strength. He was passing a copse, when he heard a strange rustling The blood was spurting in actual torrents from the pysound which set his nerves tingling. than's body. It was not the first time he had heard that sound. I But the snake's folds were drawing tighter, and it \vas Well he knew what 'yas the cause of it. striking Pomp with its head with such force as to nigh He "aw the flash of two diamond-like eyes in the brnsh, knock the breath out of him. and made quick action. He slung his :cifle over his shoulder, and grasping th o branches of a tree dre1v himself up among them. The occupant of the copse was a huge python. Frank knew the futility of trying to beat a retreat. Or even to upon the ground. Should the terrible coils of the python once envelop him he knew well his fate would be sealed. 'l'here wa:t but one hope, and this was to escape them. I He knew that by climbing the tree the python would be taken at a disadvantage, for the huge snakes are not good tree climbers. Frank saw that a moment's delay would be fatal to Pomp. Quick as a flash he raised his rifle. 'l'he snake's head was reared high in the air ready to deal Pomp another blow. Frank took aim. 'l'he rifle spolq; sharply. A great cry of joy welled from Frank's throat as he the effect. The bul1et went true to the mark. It-struck the snake's head and spattered brain:>. lt seemed as if Pomp was saved. But the mighty reptile's in the death agony did not At about twenty feet from the ground Frank halted. seem to relax about Pomp's form. He unslung his ri11e and his foe warily. More than that, the snake went plunging and toBut to his astonishment the monster did not attack him. ward the river. The next moment into the water it went, To the contrary, it ga1e a prodigious hiss, and lunging and Pomp also. out of the copse started away like the wind. Frank gave a cry of horror as he saw Pomp disappear beTHe speed of the monster was sOJ;nething frightful. neath the waves. Frank felt the wind of its huge, brown body as it swept "My God, he is lost!" he cried. under the tree beneath him. Straight toward the location of the Air Canoe went the monster. Frank shivered for Barney and Pomp. W auld they escape the inonster? He fired a shot after the py'thon. But this was intende d more as a warning for Bamey and Pomp. Then the young inventor leaped clown out of the tree. He knew that there was need for immediate action. He did not hesitate a moment. Away in pmsuit after the python he r n. A few moments later he heard the report of rifles and a terrible commotion. "My soul he gasped, "the monster has reached the Air Canoe!" And he rim faster. But this was not so. The darky came to the surface like a cork, and striki ng out, none the worse, swam ashore. Barney by this time bad recovered himself. "Be jabers, phwat happened to me?" he gasped, in as tonishment. "Phwat put yez into the wather, naygur ?" Then Barney saw the body of the snake still squirming in the current, and he understood all. "On me sowl !"he cried, "I niver had sich a froight in me loife. Divil takE" the riptile !" "Golly," I done fought mah las' day had come!" Pomp. "Marse Frank, dat was a great shot ob yours!" "It was a miracle!" exclaimed Frank, fervently. "I think the best thing we can do is to l ea\'e this place at once." But the words had not left his lips when an astonishing thing happened. A distant wild yell was hearcl and a flight of arrows came Now lle came in sight of the camp The scene there tumbling about them. was a thrilling one, and nearly paralyzed lhank with hor"Ji:niny !" gasped Pomp. "Whatebber was dat ?" ror. But the question was answered as they gazed out upon "My God!" he groaned, "I. fear that is the end of the river's s urface. Pomp!" The monster python had the darky in its terrible coils. Barney lay half insensible up6n the ground near. f From a clump of reeds a war canoe shot out. It held fully a score of armed natives. They began discharging arrows and yelling.


FRANK READ.Ij;, JR.'S, ELECTRIC AIR CANOE. 2'f Frank saw that action must be made at once. "We've got to get out of here!" he cried. '"l'his 1s a little too uncomfortable." "Be jabers, that's roight," cried Barney. All started for the Air Canoe. But at that moment a. cry of terror burst from Pomp's lips. "Fo' de I.or', Marse Frank, yo' jes' listen to de likes ob dat !" But Frank had heard the sound. 0 From the distance through the trees came a queer moaning sound. Then across the water there shot feathery gusts of wind. Great, deep shadows came creeping through the forest. The sky grew yellow and dark. The savages had ceased their yelling and were paddling madly for the reeds. Frank Reade, Jr., knew well what was coming. He knew full well the awful character of the Brazilian tornado, and how it mowed everything down in its path. "Quick!" he shouted. "On deck I 'l'hrow out the an chors. Lash the air-ship securely, or we are lost!" CHAPTER XIII. THE END. \ rrhe next moment another went the same way. "My God!" gasped the young inventor. "We are lost !" Without the rotascopes of course the Air Canoe could not sail. They were cast away, as it were, in the very heart of the South American wilds, peopled with a million perils. Without a boat or any other means of travel they had not the slightest chance of ever reaching But the worst was yet to come. Suddenly above the thunder of the tornado there came a tremendous, resounding crash. The Air Canoe's deck gave in, there was a terrific grinding and crushing, shaking, jolting and jarring. The voyagers were thrown flat upon their faces. But !n that moment the tornado spent its force. It was gone as quick as it had come. The three victims the catastrophe crawled out of the wreck of the Air Canoe. It was a pitiable sight. Every rotascope was gone, as was the propeller. The whole after part of the aerial vessel had been crushed in by the weight of a falling tree. The Air Canoe could never be redeemed. Repairing or reconstruction was wholly out of the ques tion. Reade, Jr., stood for some time sorrowfully view-The tornado was close at hand, and there was no time to ing the wreck of his wonderful invention. lose. "That is hard luck!" he declared. "The fates are against Barney and Pomp rushed to the anchor ropes. us." But they were barely able to throw them out when the "Shure, it's the ind av us!" wailed Barney. "Arrah, an' storm broke. I'd niver loike to die in this out-av-the-way part av the With all haste the three adventurers rushed into the worruld, an' niver a sowl to mourn fer ye !" cabin. Pomp was equally as much affected. The din was now tremendous. But Frank Reade, Jr., was possessed of a lion's courage. Rain was swept in torrents through the air, flying debris; He set his lips firmly. stones and other material, and the boughs of trees. The hurricane churned the waters of the river into billows like those of the sea. A literal path was mqwed through the forest. Frank was in t.he pilot-house trying to see out of the windows. He feared every moment that the Air Canoe would be lifted bodily and blown into the river. The force of the wind was something frightful. Suddenly there was a wrenching and twisting and a whir ring of the rotascope shafts. Frank e'xperienced a chill of horror. "Never mind!" he gritted. "We'll pull out of this scrape I yet." Then he set to work directing the building of a raft. For four days all worked like beavers. At the end of that the raft was finished. On this Frank hoped to float down to some civilized sel tlement. It was the dernier ressort, the forlorn hope of the casta-ways. The raft was well fitted up with stuff from the wrecked air-ship. Provisions and ammunition were placed on boari. One of them had been demolished and swept away 'by Frank took all of his scientific instruments and all else of value that he could.:


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A Gord o n. 159 3,000 Years Old; or, The Lost G o ld Mine of the Hatc h e pee Hllis. 201 W e." By Ri chard R. Montgomery. By Allyn Draper. 2 0 2 J ac k Wright and His O cean Racer; or, Around the World In 160 Lost In the Ice. By Howard Austin. 20 Days. By "No nam e." 161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping in the Dark. By Jas. c Merritt. 203 The Boy Pioneers; or, Tracking an Indian Treasure. By Allyn 162 The Land of Gold; or, Yanke e Jac k s Adventures in Early Aus Dra p e r tralla. By Richard R. Montgomery 204 Still Alarm Sam, the Daring Boy Fireman; or, Sure to Be On 163 On the Plains with Buffalo Bill; or, Two Years In the Wild West. Hand. By Ex-Fire Chi e f Warde n. By an Old Scout. 205 Lost on the O cean; or, Ben Bluff's Last Voyage. By Capt. Th 164 The Cavern of Fire; or, The Thrilling Adventure s of Professor II. Wils o n Hardcastle and Jac k M e r t on By Allyn Drape r. 2 0 6 Jac k Wright and Hi s Electri c Canoe; or, Working In 165 Water-logged; or, Lost in the S e a of Grass. By Capt. Thos. H. R e v e nu e Service. By Noname." 166 the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring central Asia In 207 or, How Tom Curtis Won His Way. His Magnetic "Hurricane By N oname." 208 Jac k and I; or, The S ec r e t s o f King Pharao h s Caves By 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder. By Richard R. Mont-Richard R Montgom e ry. gom ery. 209 Burle d 5,000 Y ears; or, '.fh e of the Azte c s By Allyn 168 The Boy Canoeist; or, 1.000 Mil e s in a Canoe. By Jas. C. Merritt. Drape r 169 Captain Kldd Jr. ; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island. By 210 Jac k Wright' s Air a n d Water Cutter; or, Wonderful Adventures Allan Arnold. on the Wing and Afloat. By "Noname." 170 The Red l,eather Bag. A W eird Story or Land and Sea. By 211 Broke n Bottle ; or, A Jolly Good Fellow. A True Temper-Howard Austin. anc e Story. By Jno. B. D ow d 171 "The Lone Star"; or, The Masked Riders or Texas. By Allyn 212 Slippery Ben; or, The Boy Spy of the Revolution By Gen'l Draper. Jas. A Gordon 172 A New York Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa. 213 Y oung Davy Cro ckett; or, T h e H ero of Silver Gulch By An By Jas. C. Merritt. Old S cout. 173 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, The Mystery' or Whirlpool Island. 214 Jack Wright and His Magnetic Motor; or, The Go lden City of By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. the Si erras. By "Noname." 174 Two Boys' Trip to an Unknown Planet. By Richard R Mont 215 Little ,J\'lac, Boy Engine e r ; or, Bound To Do His Best. By gomery. Jas. C. M erritt. 175 The Two Diamonds; or, A Mystery .or the South African Mines 216 The Boy Money King; or, Working in Wall Street. A Story By Howard Austin. of a Smart New York Bo y. By H K. 178 Joe. the Gymnast; or, Three Y ears Among the Japs. By Allan 217 "I." A Story of Stra nge Ad venture. By Ri c ':oard R. MontArnold. gom e ry. 177 Jack Hawthorne, of No Man's Land; or, An UncrownP.d King. 218 Jack Wright, The Boy Inventor, a:..:l His Unde r tiater Ironclad; By "Nonsme." or, The 'l'reasure of the Sandy S e a By N oname." 178 Gun-Boat Di ck; or, D eath B e f o r e Dish onor. By Jas. C Merritt. 219 G erald O' G 1 ady's Grit; or, The Branded lris h Lact lly Allyn Draper 179 A Wizard of Wall Stree t ; o r The Caree r of H enry Carew, Boy 220 'fhrough Thi c k and 'l'hin; or, Our Boys Abrcad. By Howard Austin: Banker. By H K Sh ac kl efo rd 221 The D e mon of the Deep; or, Above and the Sea. By Capt. 180 Fifty Riders In Black; o r, The o f Raven Forest, By Thos. H Wilson. Howard Austin. 222 Jac k Wright and His Electric Veers ; or, :!i' l the Bandits of 181 The Boy Rifle Rangers; o r Kit Carson's Three Young Scouts. t he Black Hills. By "Nona m e. By An Old Scout. 223 At 12 o clock; or, The Mys tery of tbe !Jighthl.'use. A Story cf 182 Where? or, Washed Into a n Unknown W o rld. By "Noname." R e volution. By Gen. Jas. A Gor d on. 183 Fre d Fearnaught, the B oy Comm a nd e r ; or, The Wolves of the 2H The Rival Boat Clubs; or, The B oss School Beechwood. S e a By Capt. 'l'hos. H Wils o n. 225 The Haunted House on the Hudson : or, t h e of the Sound. 184 From C o wboy to or, The Rise ot a Young Ranch 226 Jack and Prairie Engina or Amo.'lg the B ushmen of n;'an By H. K Shackle ford. Auatralla. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of 5 eents copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa,x-e, r IF YOU WANT ANY.BACK NlJMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from t hi. 3 .;ffice dire ct. Cut out and fUl In the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and 'I':'C send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $ 'I 0 = FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. f ... 0 190'. 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THE STAGE. Xo. 41. THE BOYS NEW YORK END JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jok es u sed by the most famous end men No amateur minstre l s is com plete without this wonderful lirtl e book -!2 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUi\fP SPEAKER. C onta i!Jing a varied asso,rtD?ent of speeches, Negro, Dutch and Insh Also end mens JOkes. Just the thing for home amuse m ent and amatPu r s h o w s. 45 TilE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE \ XD JOKI!l new a_nd ver y instructi ve. Eve r y boy. should obtam th1s book as 1t contallls full instructions for or ganiZillg an amateur mmstrel troupe. Xo. 65. ?11 JOKE!S--;-'l'h!s i s one of_ th e most original JOke book s ever published, and 1t IS br1mful of w1t and humor. It contains a large collec tion of songs, jok es, conundrums etc. of Terr e n ce Muldoon, the great wit, humoris t, and practical jok e r of the Bvery boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obta in a copy immediatel.v. X o 7 9 HOW T'O BECO:'IIE AN ACTOR-Containing com plete instructions how to mal'e up for various characters on t h e stage: together with the duties of t h e Stage i\Ianage r Prompter .Sce!1i c Artist_and Property l\fan. By a prominent Stage M anager: 80. WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the lat est jok es. anecdotes and funny stori es of t hi s worl d-reno wned and ever popul a r t7erma n comecl i a n. Sixty-four pages: handso m e colored coYer containing a halfto n e photo of the author. H O U SEKEEPING No. 1 6. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instrncrions for constructin g a window gard en e ither in town o r country, and t h e most approved methods for rais ing beautiful flowe1 s at home. The most co mplete book of the kin d ever pub lished. No. 30. HO\V TO COOK.-One of the most instructive boo-ks on cooking ever publis h ed. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fi$h. game, and oysters; a l so pies. puddings, ca kes and all kinds of str_v, and a grand co llection of recip es by one of our most popular ks. 'o. 37. HOW '1'0 KEEP HOUSE.-It contaits information for ybody, boys. girl s, men and women; it will teach yo u how to .,. almo't anything a round the house. such as parlor oruaments, ckets. cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lim e for catching birds. E LECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A. de scription of the wonderful u ses of e lectricity and e l ect ro magnetism; toget h e r w1th full instructions for m a king Electric Toys, Batteries, et<'. B.v G<'orge Trebel, A. M M. D. Containin g over fifty il lnstrations. :\'o. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL 1\IACI-IINES.-Con taining full uirections for making e lectrical machines, induction coils. dyuamo and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bt>nnett. Fully illustrated. );o. 67. HOW '1'0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive nnd hig hl y amusing e lectri ca l tricks, together with illustration s By A Anderson. ENTER T AINMENT No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry K ennedy. The secret g iv e n away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instruction s by a practical professor (del ighting multi tudes every night with hi s wonderful imitations), can master the att. and create any amoun t of fun for him se l f and friends. It i s the greatest book published. and ther e's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A wry va l uable little book just published. A comp lete comp endium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc. suitabl e for pal'lor or drawing-room e ntertai n ment. It contains more for th e money than an:v book published. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.-A complete and useful littl e hook. the rules and r egulations of billiards, bagatelle, ckgammon. croq uet. dominoes, etc. o. 3G. HOW 'l'O SOLVE CONUNDRU:'IIS.-Containing a ll leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddl es, c m io n s catches witty 52. HOW 1'0 PLAY CARDS.-A comp lete and handy little the ru l es and full directions for p la yi ng Euchre. Crib ge. Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poke r, uction Pitch. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun interesting puzz l es and conundrums with k ey to same. A ('Omplete book Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. J". HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.It is a great life senet. and one that eve r y young man d esires to know nll ahont. happiness i n it. Xo 3:t HOW 'I'O BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette f good society anrl the and most approved methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties. balls, the theatre, church, and in t h e drawing-room DECLAMA T ION. No. 27 HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular in usE', comprising Dutc h dialect. French dial ect, Yankee and Iris h dialect pie ces, together No: 31. UOW '1'0 BECOl\IE A SrEAKER-Containing fo u r tee n tllustmltons, gtvmg the different position s r equ i s ite to b ecome a good spe uk e r reader and elocut ioni st. Also containing gems from a ll the popular !JUthors of p ro se and poetry, arranged in the most snnpl e and conc 1 se manner possible. No. -!9. '1'0 DEBATE.-Gi ving rules for cond u cting de bates; outlines for debates, questions for discussion and the best sources for procuring in fotmation on the questions g'iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR1'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation are f ull y exp lainecl by this little book. Besid es the various method s of bar.dkercbipf, fan. glo\e. parasol, window and hat flirtation it con lains n ftt!l J ist of the langu age and of flowers is in.teresting to eve r ybody both old and young. You cannot be happy Without one No. 4. llOW '1'0 DANCE i s t h e title of a n ew and handsome li_ ttle _book just lfrank 'l'ou sey. It contains fu ll instruc tions m the art ot danrmg. etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to and full d i rections fo r ca llin g off in all popular dances Ko. G HOW TO :\lAKE LOVE.-A comp lete guide to 10\e courts hip ancl g i v in g se n sib l e advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, \\' 1th many curi ous and interesting things no t gl'n

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