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The savages had just caught sight of the Warrior. It had a curious effect upon them. Instead of retreating, th:ey cast in a body upon the ground. Frank could not help a smile


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RANK RE ADE :D.S:..A.G-..A.:i!!::J::N'E. NTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES O N LAND S E A AND I N THE AlB. lBBUecl Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post Office. Ente red according to Act of Congress in the year 1902, in the office of the Lib,arian of Congress, TVashington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No.9. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 26, 1902 Pri ce 5 Cents. ,rank Reade, Jr.'s Electric lnvention,"The W arrior" OR, FIGHTING THE APACHES I.N ARIZONA. By ''N. O N AME." CHAPTER I. But still the same vast unbroken plain lay upon every side. PURSUED BY APACHES But after a tim e a faint dark lin e b ega n to appear upon Far out upon a Western prairie a man was galloping the horizon. ong at a rapid rate, mounted upon the back of a fine musThe scout uttered a sharp cry of joy ng. He was a man of commanding figure, dark, clear-cut fea. res, and a drooping mustache. He was dressed in the buckskin suit of a s cout and wore "T!mber !" he cried. "We shall make it, boy. Keep up!" Tlie faithful horse seemed to understand his mas ter's words completely, for with a neigh of apparent comprehen wide sombrero. In general his appearance did not greatsian it quickened its stride. differ from that of the ordinary Western plainsman. But Nearer the timber drew every moment. is manner was that of a l arm and keen. anxiety. And now a new complication arose. As he rode he rose at times in his stirrups scanning the Suddenly from below a roll in the plain not more than a orizon closely. The n he put spurs to his h orse and rode half mile distant appeared a number of riders n faster tha n ever The long lances, the waving plumes, even at that dis It 'pears to me," h e muttered after a time, "that it's tance told I,ariat Luke the truth. oughty queer that I don't see any sign of that fort. .It They were the Apaches, those dread savages of the plaius, ain't be thet I'm off the track, fer as sure as my name are who are s uch a terror to the traveling white man, the cow.;ariat Luke I'm on the right course boy, the hunter or the scout. Lariat Luke, for this was the sobriquet t h e r ide r had given To fall into their hands was certainly equivalent to death. imself, sat down deepe r in the saddle. Lariat Luke's face paled He plied the spur and dashed on. "Great guns!" he gasped. "Apaches, an' a hull army Mile after mi l e the tireless mustang ga ll oped on over o 'em. This is a pesky close shave fer me I had better prairi e roll and le el expanse. cut."


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENT! N THE "WARRIOR." There was no doubt about it. his rifle and s k 'down upon one kn ee, peering into the But the scout was for a moment puzzled to know just gloom, and reso l e d to sell his life as dearly as pos sible. what point to for. "If I qnly knew the exact spot on yonder horizon where the fort is," he muttered, "I'd strike fer it." But the darkness was fast coming on and objects in the distance were dim. What was to be done? I There seemed but one way and that was to proceed at ran-dom. .So he struck out at full speed. Even at that distance their derisive, fierce yell was heard. The scout's blood turned chill, even in spite of himself. But he kept his mustang on the jump. Darkness was settling down rapidly. On went the race. Lariat Luke's Mrse seemed to hold his own quite well. "I only hope that darkness will come before they can gain He could hea r t h e thunder of hoofs coming toward him. The forms of the Apaches became visible, and acting upon inspiration, he began rapidly firing. Of course, this attracted the attention of the Apaches toward him. They came down upon him now full tilt, firing their rifles and yelling like demons. In the gloom their shadowy forms went circling about him in a death circle. Closer it drew. The scout had r e ceived three slight wounds. The bullets were flying about him like hail. It was plain that he could not hope to long escape being # struck in a vital spot. Doggedly h e worked his repeating Winchester. But at the,last moment, and when death seemed certain, a strange thing happened. on me," muttered Luke. "I may be able to give them the There was a thunderous trembling of the ground, and down through the d::trkness there rushed a black He knew well what his sliP yet." 'ibis was the scout's only hope. monster . iate would be if overtaken by the dreaded Apaches. It was in shape something like a car, with windows blaz There was nothing too cruel for them to inflict upon a ing with light, and as it thundered down upon the Apa ches captive. Torture most awful was their delight. So Lariat Luke made the strongest efforts poss ible to e1ude his dread pursuers. He kept his horse on the jump, nursing him carefully, however, and gradually the pall of night thickened. The horse-noble animal-responded gallantly to the call upon him. The Apaches did not seem to be gaining. Finally the darkness became thicker. Hope now seemed firm-seated in the breast of the fleeing white man. But suddenly an unfortunate accident happened. The horse stepped in a gopher hole and stumbled. The rider shot over his head. Sprawling upon the prairie lay the unfortunate scout. He was for a moment stunned and oblivious of what was going on about him. Then he roused himself. there was a puff of smoke, a roar and terrific explosion, and the air became filled with flying debris and the bodies of luckless Apaches. The strang e apparition did not come in the sbout's direc N or was be near enough to be injured by the explotion. sion. In less time than it takes to tell it all was over. The Apaches were scattered in terror, and the disappeared in the qarkness. Just at that moment the scout saw a riderl ess horse coming toward him and he caught its bridle. In a moment he was upon its back "Great beavers!" he cried. "What under the sun was that? It beats anything I ever heard of. For a moment I didn't know but that it was a locomotive astray from the Scrambling to his feet 1n a dazed manner, he saw the track, but thar ain't no railroad track within five hundred miles of here." faithful horse limping about the plain. It needed but a glance for Lariat Luke to see that the animal was past use. His leg was broken, and he could hardly limp around on three legs. In spite of his peril the scout's heart went out to the horse. But there was nothing that could be done the poor animal. Death was close upon him, and realizing this, he seized But there was no use in wasting further time cogitating over the mystery. The car was gone from sight, and at any moment the scattered Apaches might return. .So Lariat Luke again set his course and rode away into the night. Two hours later he topped a rise in the prairie and saw lights in the distance. A cheer broke from his lips.


ll'RANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARUIOR." 3 H e kne w t h a t t h e y w e r e the light s of the fort of whic h .e was in q uest "For t Rock!" h e c ri e d joyfully. At last!" A s h e drew nea r e r h e was soon abl e t o di s tingui s h th e utlines of the fort. 'l' h e re was th e s tock a d e and th e ba-rra c k s a nd s udd e nly h e The scout hurried away towa rd the f o rt. At th e pali s ad e g at e h e was met by another sentry who quickly admitted him. A messeng e r was at once s ent to Lieut Clarke's sleeping r oom to ar o use him. The scout w a ited in th e littl e cabin which was used as w a light in th e g rass jus t .ahead of him, and a voice cri ed: headquart e r s on tha parad e ground : Halt l Who comes the r e ?" In less than twe nty minutes a tall, straight form came It was a picket g uard and the scout pull e d in hi s hors e . across th e p a rade g round. A fri e nd," h e r e pli e d A handsom e young man in the Unit e d States uniform Can you give the c ounter s ign?" ste pped into the cabin. N o " Luk e !" h e e xclaim ed, gripping th e s cout's hand. "Glad "The n you can g o n o furth e r in thi s direction," s aid the to see you!" u a rd. ' W a ll p'ra p s not," s aid the scout bluntly; "but I t e ll e I mus t see L e ft e n ant Clarke at o nce! "The li e u te n ant i s a s leep. Come ar o und in dayli ght. " No, b y thund er!" c ried th e scout, f o r cibly A g o o d a n y hum a n lives d e p e nd up o n seein g him n ow. Call the orporal 's g uard an send for him!" The guard l a u g h e d "You r e mi g hty fine t o give off ord e r s h e c ri ed. "Any d y would t hink you was th e li eute n ant himself." Look yere, m an!" c ri e d th e scout, f o rcefully "the r e i s o use in p a laverin a b out i t Th e r e's a dozen human lives s t a ke, a n d I mu st see the l ete nant at once." The g uard h esita ted. Lives a t s take, you say?" Yes! "Wha t 's the matt er?" Apa c hes!" W e ll who's in troubl e? " Ye' ll find out whe n I see the l e ftenant." "Who ar e you?" W all, I'm Lari a t Luk e I've been h ere afor e I reckon." A s h a r p cry broke f r o m the sentry s lips. Lariat Luke, the scout ? "Yas " Th e sam e l efte nant !" What c an I do for you?" I want three hundr e d m e n at once l e ftenant. Thar' s liv ely times up in the Los Peso s Hills !" "What? N o t at th e Ran c h Above th e Clouds ?" J es' so, l e ft e nant." A s h a rp a g onized cry e scape d the h a ndsom e young cer s l i p s H e sprang forward and gra s ped ti1e scout's CHAPTER II. THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR Lieut. Clark e's m anne r was one of great e xcitement. T e ll m e the w o r s t, Luk e !" h e s aid, hu s kily; "has harm com e t o h er?" "Yo u mean t o Miss Alma Dane?" !" "Wa ll sir, I l eft e m w e ll, s h e an' h e r father, but the ran c h i s s urround e d by full thre e thousand Apaches, under Bla c k Clo ud and Long Lance." "Black Cloud and Long L a nce!" ga s ped the lieutenant. L o n g L a nce, a s I have learn e d i s not an Indian, but a r e n e gad e white man nrurned B e nton Van ce. He has fallen in love with Alma and has s worn to hav e h e r for hi s bride!" An' I mought say further that h e seem s likely to do it, "Dis mount and come up her e until I c an see your face. l e ft enant." recognize t h e voice. D o you kno w m e?" "Never! Call out a thou s and m e n, S e rg e ant Pray; order The scout di s mount e d and approach e d within the radiu s th e },'e v e ill e s ounded. Call the m e n to arms. W e must start li ght from th e fir e at once for th e Ranch Above the Clo ud s ." "Jim K e ll e y " Luk e !" The y gripped h a nds. Each was w ell known to the oth er. h e scout was a f r equent v i s itor to the f o rt. "I didn't know you in th e darkness, Luk e." "All ri ght, Jim. I mus t see the left e nant at once." "Go right up to the fort Mik e will see to y our hoss. l a d to see y ou, Luk e." "I'd advi s e ye not to start until daylight, leftenant." "Why?" "Fo r many rea sons. Y e won't gain anything blundering ar o und in the r dark. Ther plain out thar is alive with Apach e s "Ho w did you get through th em?" Sharp work, leftenant, nuthin' else. But I want ter tell yo o f the queerest I ever saw in my life."


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FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 5 The s oldi e rs gathered in vas t numb e r s to gaz e upon this tin e teenth wonder. Jus t vis ible in th e forward part of th e machin e was a j heel for purpo s e s and with his hand s upon the was the mos t comical-looking darky one could ima g -[e. 'rhis was Pomp. At his s hould e rs was a genuine t y p e of the jolly Hib e r an, a whole -soul ed, m e rry, jok e -loving Iris hman. This was Barney O Sh ea. Both were faithful s ervant s of the famou s young inventor. And now, down from the d eck of the W arri 0 r the r e tepped the young man whose nam e was s uch a s ynon y m of iame in e v e ry part of the world He s e e m e d a m e r e boy y e t a close l ook s howed a w e ll-knit rame, and a clear, h a nd some count e nance, with a head in icating great d epth of brain and wonde rful thinkin g owers "No. I'll n e v e r judg e you that way," s aid Clark e w armly. "I des ign to s tart at once, Frank." All ri g ht. I am read y at an y tim e But come aboa rd a nd l e t me show you the int e rior of the W arrio.r ood :in.iloro d uce y o u to B a rney an d Pomp "I s h a ll b e d e li g hted." Frank led t h e way abo a rd th e Warrior. Pomp o p e n e d t h e door a nd Fra nk s aid: "Clarke, a llow m e to in t r o duce you to Pomp. He has a black s kin but a whit e heart." The darky bowe d to the floor. "I'se d o n e g lad fo' to see you, s ah," b e s aid, with a broad grin. "You's e b erry w e lcome ab'od d e Warrior, sah!" The li eute nant exch a nged a f e w li ght r e mark s with the darky and the n was intr o duced to Barn ey. The C elt was warm in his greeting Shure, s or it's a moi ghty foin e g intl e man y e z are, a n' I'm flatt e r e d to meet yez. Shure, I hope yez d i dn t soil yer Fra nk R e ade, Jr. advanced and gripped band s with the gloves s haking hand s wid dat naygur the r e at d e d o or." eute nant. "Hi dar, l'is h s p o u te d Pomp indi g n a n t l y "Olar to e Well, Clarke," be s aid, warmly, "I'm glad to ee you." goodness if y o ain t s assy. I done reckon m y h a nd s may "The s ame, Frank!" r e pli e d the li e utenant. "You have be c l e an if dey am brack. l's e seen lot s of dirty I'is hm e ns, wonderful inv e ntion th ere!" "Yes, it an swers th e purpo s e w e ll." "What has brought you into thi s r e gion?" "The Apaches! I wanted to test m y new inv e ntion, and ear'ing of the late outbreak, I thou ght I would come down ere for div e r s ion and help que ll th e savages." "Good! You are a philanthropi s t a s w e ll a s inv e ntor." "Perhaps so. But what is new, Clarke?" The young lieutenant gave a s tart. Acro s s hi s mind there came a thought of the bes ieg ed I ha s !" Ever ybody lau g h e d at thi s P omp and B arney w ere alway s :p.agging eac h other in a mock s e riou s mann e r. But in r e ality they w e re the warmest o.f fri e nd s and to have parte d the m w o uld have been lik e separating brothers. Lieut. Clarke was amaz e d at th e b e auty of the fini s hing s o f the Warrio r It was literally a palac e on wheels Forw a rd the r e was a partition, whi c h divid e d the key nch of Henry Dan e f a r up on the plat e a u of Los Pesos. b o ard and wheel, a s w e ll as the e lectric fro m the rest "Frank!" he cried eag e rly. "Do you want to give me of the inte rior. I?e help?" "Wha.t do you mean?" "I will e xplain. Not one hundred miles from here there the Los Peso s Plateau !" "I hav e heard of it." "A friend of min e ha s a ranch there. call e d the Ranch h ove the Cloud s H e ha s been attacked b y th e Apa c hes dis bitterly hemm e d in. Unless succ or rea c hes him soon, e will suffer de,ath. The r e ar e a dozen s oul s in that ran c h ghting for their livf"s and among the m i s Alma Dane th e -rl to whom I am some day to be marri ed. N o w you unerstand my more than ordinary solicitude." Frank Reade, Jr., seized his hand. "Clarke," he said warmly, "I will be only too d e li g hted b e of s ervice to you. Shall I refu s e to aid a fri end?" A s quar e compartm ent h ere was f urni s h e d with bunk s and a s mall tabl e and seat s with plu s h cove rings The r e w e r e c ases o f arm s and othe r articles hung up by hooks In the rear of the v e hicl e was the cook room or galley. An elect ri c stove was h e re placed and thi s was prop e rl y P o mp' s domain. "It i s wonde rful! c ri e d Clarke; "truly it i s a palace on wheel s .'' "You will think it a fortress on wheels later," s aid Frank, wit h a l a u g h. "I d a r e s a y ." "I have a gun the Apaches will learn to dread!" "I am glad to hear that. Shall we not start a t once Frank?"


6 FRANK READE JR.' S ELEC'l'RIO "You say that the inmates of the Ranch Above the Cloud s are hard pressed?" "Yes INVENTION THE "WARRIOR.': l "I see no other way, left enant; the t machine kain t up onto the plat e au by the way we intend t e r go. So it was decided that whil e the s oldi e r s took a s hort cut "Then let us start at once. The Warrior is ready when through a narrow pass in the hill s the W arrio r s hould pro-you are." ceed by a mor e round-about rout e Lieut. Glarke sprang to the ground and ordered his A s they w e r e now in the v e r y heart of the Apa c h e counCHAPTER III. ON THE TRAIL. Platoons of s oldier s were drawn up in the fort yard Th e n the horses w e r e brought from their quart ern and th e mounts made The bugle sounded, and the command, with Lieut. Clark e at its h e ad, r o d e out of the fort. The Warrior, with Frank R e ade, Jr., and Barney and P omp aboard, followed. The s cout, L a riat Luke, was the guide and l e d the troops. Lie ut. Clark e rod e jus t b e hind him. r In thi s mann e r the part y s w e pt acro s s the plain. Soon the fort f a d e d from v i e w the horizon. try, a ll precaution s w e r e tak e n to avoid a s urprise. A doubl e lin e of gu a rd s w e r e pos t e d, and the soldiers roll e d themselves up in the ir bl a nk e t s with their mu skets b y the ir sides, r eady for use. Barn e y an d Pomp, with their comical ways a nd g e nia expressions, became great fa v orite s wit h the s oldi e rs. Barney was a fine play e r on th e violin and Pomp coul vamp the banjo. Both c ould s ing in their inimitabl e way, and sea ted abou the camp-fir e th a t e v e ning the y mad e thing s m e rry indeed until the hour for r e tiring. Th e n, as the weary s oldi e r s roll e d the mselves up in the i blank e t s a nd r e lapsed into deep s lumb e r s il e nce r e ign e over the pra irie, brok e n only at times b y the di s t ant bark o the coyote. N othing was seen of the Apa c hes. Frank R e ad e Jr. r etire d to rest, but B a rney a nd Porn If they were n e ar, they took good care to keep out of the could not s leep. way. Th e y did not troubl e th e r e li e f party. "Well, Luk e," said. Clarke, a s h e rod e by the trapp er's s ide, "how soon ought w e t o come in s ight of the Los Peso s Hill s ?" 11By nightfall, I r e ckon," r e plied the scout, confide ntly. "You will see the m due west from h e re." "Can w e reach th e plateau to-nir.:ht ?" "I reckon not "Why?" Th e comica l geniu s e s sat out on the forward platform o the Warri o r and whiled away the tim e i n a fri e ndl y gam e o poker und e r the g lar e of a n e lectri c g l o be. Both w e r e exp erts at the national game. Whil e the pla y ed they c hatted a nd argu e d in a friendl y way "I j es' g o yo' two b etta h o n d at, I'is h," said Pomp throw ing down a c oupl e of coins. "Be gorra I'll call y ez, n aygur. What hav e yez got, any way?" "Wall, we won' t makethe hill s afore dark. Then there' s "A p&ir ob queens." danger of gittin' ambu s h e d by the !" "Then we will hav e t o c amp to-ni ght?" "Yas; I r e ckon!" Lariat Luke)s prediction proved true. 'rhe party came in s ight of the Los Pesos Ilills by night fall. Darkness shut in thick and fa s t and it was thought bes t to camp by the s ide of a small creek near. 'rhis was done and everything made s hip-shape for the night. '.rhus far nothing had bee n seen of the Apaches. Several trails had been crossed, but the Indians themselves had kept very di s creetly out of s ight. Plans w e re now mad e for the morrow. It was decided to take different plateau. At first, Lieut. Clarke was adverse to dividing the party. But the scout Lariat Luke said: "Aces!" Pomp flung down the card s in disgu s t. "Yo' a m d e ad s uah gwin e t e r br e ak m e if I keep on!" h cried. Barney 's e yes twinkl e d and h e s l y ly abstracted a c a r from hi s s leev e "Ye z may have the winnin' a v thi s hand!" he cri e d tr Shure, thry it a gain Pomp pick e d up the cards and saw that h e had three jacks This was to him apparently a cinch, and h e in s tantly d cided to plunge. Barn e y the cute ra s cal had been watching him, and in s tantly divin e d from the expression upon hi s fac e tha t had a good hand The sly ra s cal quickly drew an ace from his sleeve added it to two others which he had in his hand. But sly as he was he .was not shre .wd enough to see th


\ FRANK REApE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION 'THE "WARRIOR." 7 he two aces were hearts, which was almost inconsistent for ne pack of cards. But Pomp upset the table and made a dive for the tricky Celt. "Well, sor !"he said, brusquely; "how will yez play, nay. "Huh! I jes' fix yo' fo' dat, I'ish !"he roared. "I done 11r ?" fink yo' don' play no moh such tricks on me as dat !" 'rhe darky eagErly picked up his coins and laid them all His head caught Barney in the stomach, and the Celt own upon the table. Barney affected a surprised stare and closed his cards. "Bejabers, an' phwaiiver are yez doin', naygur?" he cried. "I'se jes' gwine to bluff yo' dis time I'ish !" cried Pomp. I'll bet mah pile agin yours on mah hand." 'rhe Celt pretended to be dumbfounded. "Yez don t mean that?" "Yes, I does." "Y e'll bet yer pile a gin mine?" "Dat am a fac'." "Yez are bluffing." "Dat's wha' I'm doing." The wily Irishman fingered his usly. cards a moment dubi"Bejabers, av I thought ye wasn't bluffin' I'd bet ye." "You had bettah not, chile." Barney, with pretended reluctance, shoved his pile into lhe heap. "Be Mither Murphy's pigs, I'll foihd out whether yez luffin' or not. What have yez got, anyway?" Pomp threw down his hand and made a grab for the pot. "Huh! e cried. I'se jes' gwine an' done yo' up dis time, chile!" "Howld on!" cried Barney. "Show your cards first. What have yez got?" "I'se jes' got enuff fo' to do yo' up. Yo' kain't allus tell hich way dis chile am bluffin', sah. I'se got three jacks, ah, an' king high." "Tare an' 'ounds I s that all ye've got?" "I done reckon-but-wha' am yo' got, chile?" Pomp' s eyes literally bulged as Barney coolly laid down hree aces. "That's no ]wind av a hand to bet on, naygur," he said, :emplacently. "Begorra, I kin bluff as well as yez kin at ny toime." went over the rail with a wild howl. He rolled over on the green sward like a football. The darky was after him, but he r egained his feet and. started to run. Down through the sleeping rows of soldiers went the two sky larkers. Out of the camp they ran, and straight for the picket line. It was di stant no more than fifty yards, but before Bar ney had covered half that distance, he was given a tremen dous s urprise. Suddenly from the grass there sprang up half a dozen dusky, lithe forms. They were savages, and the Celt saw it just too late to avoid a conflict with them. In a moment he was the centre of a str uggling mass. Pomp, who was behind, with amazement saw the situa tion, and a yell of alarm and terror broke from his lips. He als o in the same moment saw by the light of the picket camp-fire beyond the dead form of the picket guard lying upon th e ground. In the darkness h e had been surprised, tomahawked and scalped by th e prowling Apaches. The plain was alive with them I Up from the deep grass they sprang in hundreds. Barney and Pomp made a brave fight, but they were as children in the grasp of the red men. They were quickly overpowered and carried captives beyond the picket line, and to a spot in a clump of trees where were the mustang horses of the Apaches. Black Cloud had witnessed the invasion of his country by the whit e soldiers without having shown himself or made any resistance until this moment. Now, however, .he had made a strategic stroke character istic of the red man. Under cover of darkness he had invaded the lines of "Golly!" gasped Pomp. Three aces an'--" "Whoebber would hab fought Lieut. Clarke's command, and seemed in a position to deal the invaders a terrible blow. Then the darky's face changed. The yell of Pomp, however, had reached camp. He picked up the two aces of hearts and said: One of the camp guards had heard it and at once given "How am dat? Am we playin' wif two packs ob cards, the alarm. nyway ?" Barney's jaw fell. He saw that he was caught. Instantly he made a grab for th!3 copper pennies In a moment the soldiers were roused from their slumber, and seizing their rifles sprang up. Lieut. Clarke was the first on the scene, and his ringing commanc1s went up on the night air.


" 8 FRAN K READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." "To arm s !" "We ll I wis h the y would show up; I want the m Ah,; The scurry in g s oldi e r s hastil y form e d a lin e about the li eute n ant? de b o camp. They w ere n o n e to o s o on. The d a n c in g, lith e f o rm s o f th e d u s k y foes w e r e t o b e seen flittin g t h r o u g h t h e gloom. The n the r e cam e t h e c r ash of fir e arms. Th e b attle h a d r. begun A n Apac h e i s per h aps the o n l y t ype o f A m e rican savage that w i ll seek combat i n a n open fie l d B liwk Clo u d's war rio r s cam e on in a liter a l swa r m 'rhr,y cam e from a ll qu a r te rs, and so r a pi d l y t hat they s'eem e d lib ;ly to complete l y overwhel m t h e sol die r s Li e ut: C l a rk e wasa n inspi r at ion t o hi s m en. ever_ywh e r e giv in g resolu te comm a nd s an d c heer in g t h e m on r a pidl y . y olley a fter volley the gave .the a t tac kin g >. .. diair's: Bu t yet th e y seem e d t o h o ld t h eir g r o und, a nd th e batt l e wax ed hotter. F r a nk R e ade, Jr. a roused f rom hi s s lumb e r s ru s h e d o .ut u p on the f orwar d platform of th e W a rrior. H e too k i n the s ituation at a g l a ace. The c amp h a d been s urprised b y the Ap a c hes, and it was b y n o mean s certa in wha t the result w o uld b e The young inv e nto r's fir s t tho u ght was o f Barney and P o mp Whe r e w e re th e y ? He was not a litt l e a s t o nish e d t o b e un able to find t h e m o n board the Warri o r W h at di d i t mean ? C H APTER IV. IN THE MOUNT A I N P A S S What did it mean? What h a d becom e of t h e t w o f ait h fnl serv itor s ? H e h a d never b efo r e f a il e d to find them at th e i r post "Well?" "Ar e t hey likel y to best u s ? The A pach es, I m ea n?" "They are indeed We cannot br i ng too great a fo b ear!" "The n !Si ve m e a c oupl e of m e n a b o ard th e machin e a n d I w ill m i ghty qui c k h e lp out the "You SlU!ll hav e th e m \\ C l a rke sent a c oupl e o f hi s s oldi e r s to Fra nk. They wen t lie aboa rd t h e w a rri o r a nd Frank gave the m some duties. T Jlen the youn g i nven t or w ent into th e pilot house for ward, an d p ressin g a key sent th e Warrior forw a rd slowly. UI 'l'he A paches wer e pressi n g the c onfli c t r a pidly They w e r e s o st rong numb e r that the s o l di e r s did not pr seem to have the powe r t o hold the m b ack. Fra nk sent the W a nior forward unti l he had r e a c hed 1 La commandin g pos ition. T11en h e traine d th e e lectric gun to throw a b olt o v e r into fu t h e r a nk s of the Apa c hes ah e ad. "They will think the worl d i s c omin g to a ,:p.1e nd whe n thia in strikes them!" h e mutte r e d . 'l'h e n h e t rain e d the e lectric gun a nd itessed a key. In a n inst ant th e r e was a a bur s t o f flame, and into t h e India n l i nes w ent th e t e rribl e b olt of d eat h. s o Its execution was som e thin g fri g htful. sa The r e was a n awfu l thund e rou s ex plosi o n which shook ab the earth. 'l'h e ni ght air was fille d with flyi ng d e bri s and the b o dies o f Indian s Full y a h a lf score w e r e wiped out in that mo ment. WE The s oldi e r s c heer e d a nd rus h e d a g ain to th e c onfli c t le J T h e n anothe r e lectric b o l t was thrown into the India n line. Su c h havo c di d it m a ke that in cons t e rnat i on the s avageE R L r o k e a nd fled. These two s hot s fr o m th e e lectri c gun had won the b a ttle. Bl acl{ Cloud 's m e n did n o t s tay to disput e the pass fur rei t h e r But th e r e was littl e t ime to mak e sear c h f or them. The c o nun d rum mu st f o r the t ime b e una nswer ed. knew th at qui c k actio n mu s t b e m a de. A s i f pur s u e d b y a thou s and d emons, th e y fle d into thll f 0" Fra n k d a rkness. A t this m oment Li e ut. C l a rke cam e up Ah, Mr. Read e," h e c r ied, "we a r e h a vin g a live l y tim e of it." I see," r eplied Fra nk. Bu t can you t e ll m e what has becom e of rny m e n, Barn e y and P o mp A n d t h e ave n gi n g s oldi e r s w ent a ft e r th e m But the wil y Apaches h a d lh ei"r h orses in w a itin g and mounting m adE .1 V l t heir escape. th Fra n k the n sent the Warrio r in a. cir c l e a bout the camp rffectually acc ompli shing the rout of the s ava ges In less than tw enty minutes not a s avag e was to b e oun a l a n ywhe re, and the b attl e was won I cannot "Tha t i s odd. some wh el'e." I though, the y a bout th e camp Cla rk e cam e rus11ing up to the Warrio r and cli mbing or .J r j deck g r i pp e d h a nd.


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR.' { 9 The fight is won!" he cried, "and it i s du e to your won-As it was necessary for him to have assistance in operaterful machine, Mr. Reade Egad! but those w ere fearful ing th e Warrior he was granted two of the privates from olts." "I did not believe that the s avage s would stand long b e o re them," said Frank. "Nor did they J1ie ut. Clarke's company. The n tho original plan s of the party were for a time s us pended. Frank pos itiv e l y r e fused to go to th e assistance of the be"But I am worried about my men, Barney and Pomp. s i eged ranch while hi s own m e n were in trouble. Nhat can have happened to them?" "It i s my duty to look after B a rney and Pomp fir st," h e "It is very strange. The y have not been seen since earsai9-, "then I wiH l e nd my best e fforts to th e si{ccor of the ier in the evening, while singing their jolly s ong s." others." Frank was completely mystified. "Well," said Li e ut. Clarke, "I can well understand your It was not like Barney and Pomp to leave the Warriqr motives, Mr. Reade, and I do not blame you. On th e other nguarded. hand, I am going to giv e you all the assistanc e in my Yet it was possible that they had wandered out upon the power!" rairie for some rea son or othe:r. "Thank you!" repli e d Frank. "I fee l it my duty to fir s t Certainly it was the only logical excuse, and in lieu of a. rescue Barney and Pomp." ette r one Frank was obliged to accept it. "In that you are right." They may turn up all right yet," s aid Clarke, hop e "If I have to scour this country and ext e rminate every ully. Indian in it I s hall rescue m y m en." "I trust they may," said Frank. "However, I see not)1"Good! It Would be a blessing to ext erm inat e every 1g we can do but to wait until morning." "That is Clarke. "However, I will send outs out to look for them!" And thi s was done. The Warrior took a spin outover the prairie, but the wily vages had mad e good their retreat in some manner proL bly to the hills. A pache in Arizona. I am with you heart, b o d y and soul." A s hort while lat e r th e part y was on the move. The trail of the Apaches was follow e d with little diffic ulty. But after a time it ent e r ed the hills and h e r e it was los t. The ground was loose and shaky, so that the foot-prints could not b e descri ed. -Not the lea s t trace of the missing men was found. The trailers finally carp.e to a halt, and announced that It was not known what their fate was, nor wh e ther they they were defeated. e re allve or not. If in the power of the Apaches this was certainly equivant to death. It was then decided to separate and scour the hills, mak ing a half circle and meeting at a point further in the in t e rior. Frank was beside himself. Frank Reade, Jr., with th e Warrior, was obliged to stic k H e was exceedingly attached to his two faithful servitors. to the pass, for the wheels of the vehicle could not trav e l e would leave no stone unturned to find and rescue them. over the rough ledge s But all quest that night was in vain. The mounted s oldi e r s could pick way along through Morning Caple finally, and once more the search was the rocky region without difl1culty. sumed. So the Wan; ior w ent on a lone through the pass, and the An expert half-breed trailer was in the party, and he soon cavalry w ent over th e hills. und a clew. It was a trail leading out of the camp. There was no doubt but that it was that of the two sertors Their footprints were followed to the spot where ey had the st:ruggle with their captors. And here they were los t sight of. But the fact was apparently established that they had I ll e n into the clutches of the Apaches. We will follow tl1e Warrior for a bri ef while. The :floor of th e pas s was h a rd and solid, and the Warrior found no trouble in making its way throu gh. The scen e ry at thi s point was som e thing terrific and grand. Upon either s ide the w a ll s of the pass rose h e ight of fully a thou s and fee t. Dark and frowning they were, resembling the entrance to This was a most depres s ing realization for Frank Reade, a t errest ri a l Hades. The Warrior rolled along upon the stone floor of the pass He was about inclined to give them up for lost. for several miles.


\ .! ( 10 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." I Then gradually the country beyond began to unfold itself. But before the end of the canyon was reached, however, a thrilling thing hapened. Suddenly one of the two cavalrymen who were aboard the Warrior with Frank, ancl whose nam e was Myers, a cry of alarm. "Loo k out!" he yelled; "there's trouble al1ead." The other soldier, whose name was B ent, was instantly by his s id e "Where?" he cried. ; But Frank, who was at the wheel, had already seen the danger. Up on a sect ion of the canyon wall h e a number of 'l'he mighty bowld e r was shattere d into a thousand pieces. They were sca ttered everywhere and the fleeing Apache! could be seen far up on the canyon wall. Frank once more trained the gun on the canyon wall and fired' a second s hot. The result of this was startling. a Down over the wall carne a tre m e ndous volume of water. ]1 h CHAPTER V. i c BLACK CT.OUD'S l'ROPOSAL. c b painted Apaches. "' The sensations of Barney and Pomp, captives in the poweJ They were rolling a big bowld er to the edge of the cliff of the Apaches, were not of the pleasantest. ". _, r"t for the purpose of dropping it upon the Warrior. "Och hone, but it's an unlucky day fer us!" wailed ".Bar Should that sto n e chance to drop full weight upon the ney. "Shure, I'm thinkin' it will be the ind ai us fe i machine, it might safely be said that little would b e left of sure." it or its occupants. Frank saw this in a flas h of time and was quick to act. He pressed the lever and brought the .J;Va.rrior to an in stunt sto p "By Jove!" cried Myers, "that was a close pull, eh?" "You're. right," agreed B e nt. "What will we do, Mr. Reade?" This was ind eed a qu estion not easily answered. There lay the d eadly peril right before them. lt was not for the Warrior to safe ly pass this spot The Apaches plainly held the pass with the poised in air. Should the Warrior attempt to pass, the result would be t e rrible. What was to be done? It was a question which for a moment both e red Frank not a little. It was n ecessa ry to proc eed on up the pass. But to attempt to run that gantlet of d eat h would be fatal. Frank, however, was not long in a state of doubt. "Golly I done fink de same fing mahself, I' ish." "Begorra, it's too bad." .. "An' all j es' on account ob yo' foolin' wif dis chile." "Beja bers, d on' t yez me that. It wor yesilf chasin llle in s i c h a way through the camp." c "Yo' had no bizness. fo' to pla.y yo' foolish tricks on me. "On me wurrud, I'll do worse to yez the next toime." ''No, yo' won t, chile, fo' yo' an' dis chi l e will n ebbe r lit a fo' to try dat fing any more." Pomp 's face was long drawn and hi s depressed f Indeed, Barney was in the same sta te. Now could be heard the di::ltant sounds of the battle. 'r fl "Hear dat !" cried Pomp; "p'raps de soge r s whip de In juns an' sabc u s yit." "Niver yez b e lave that!" cried Barney. "It's not ou luck." It seemed certainly as if a hot fight was in progress. Suddenly there was a diRtant thunderous roar. "It's the e l ectric gun!" cried Barney. "Shure, they'! n il (' "I will fix the rascals!" he exclaimed. niver want to foight agin that lon g!" u He went forward and traine d the electric gun to bear 'l'h eir Indian captors now seemed to be much excited. ] ( upon that angle of the canyon wall. Suddenly a brave came bounding into a clump of trees. The Apaches had secreted themselves behind the rock s A few mutte r ed com mands} and then th e two prisoner 0 and were firing at the Warrior. were pl aced upon the backs of a coup l e of mustangs. The bull ets rattled harmlessly upon the m e tal s hell of the In the midst of a score of t he Apaches they wer e gallop:1 Warrior. Bent and Myer s \'!ere r eturning the fire in a away over the plain. n desultory way. On and on they s ped, until the Lo s Pesos Hills loomed Frank drew back the lever of the electric gun and conup near at hand. l y nected it with the battery. Then h e pressed the key. Soon they were in a deep pass, and finally after hours '!'here was a quick recoil, a flash of light and the projectortuous windings they came out upon a broad plateau fa t a tile struck the bowlders above. up among the mountain s ... ___ T h e -efl'_ e c t w a s t e r _ri_fi_ c ----------------_____ D a y wa s breaking in th e oost. The s unli.gM was glintin t}:


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 11 thw art the morning sky whe n the party s uddenly ente red The Apache women swarmed about the two unlucky pris r-. he Apache village oners. 'l'his consisted o a large collection of skin tepees and The Indian woman seems to be devoid of that sympathy dobe huts. posse3sed by her white sister. They are in all respect s In the mountain wall back of the plateau th e re were a more merciless than the braves arge numb e r o cliff houses. They jeered and s pat upon the two captives, and infli cted In these former abodes of the cliff dwe ll ers the Apaches a ll mann e r of indignities upon them. ad also made residences. There w ere lon g rope ladd e r s which cou ld be pulled up in ase of an attack. It was apparent ly for this purpose of a itadel of la st that the Apaches had utilized the cliff ouses. Barney and Pomp gazed up on the scen e with deepe s t in crest The Apache and children, with a colony of yelpng dogs, came rus hin g out to meet them. The excitement in the Apache village was inte nse when was known that two prisoners had arriv ed The two ca ptive s were l e d to the cent r e of the village, h ere a counci l was held. "Begorra, it's the ind av u s Pomp!" cried Barney, uc jectedly. "Yo' is jes' ri g ht, I'ish," agreed the darky, dis mall y "Whatebber s hall we do?" "Bejabers, we'll say our prayers, fer we' v e got to di e !" "Golly! Wha t will Marse Frank say when b e hears ob dis?" "Be me sowl, I hop e he will come up here wid hi s d y namite g un an' blow the s palpeen s all to pieces!" "Hub! dat won' do us no good." "Bejabers, it'll b e reving e !" "But it won' sabe us, chile." "Don't say that it does, n aygur. It i s some sath i s faction to know, howiver, that the divil s got a dose themselves for And while the savages w e r e engage d in the il' exci ted di s it-." 1 ssio n, Barney and Pomp w e r e considering their s ituation !nd the poss ibilities of an lescape. 'rhese did not look large by any mann e r of means. They could sec that the spot was one designed by nature pr an impregnable r et reat. It was shut in on three sides by p e rpendi cular cliff walls. The plat e au was several miles in area and a s s mooth as a oor. The entrance was by m eans of the pass and was a arrow one. In such a place as this a hand f ul of m e n could long hold foe at bay. In fact, thero seemed no easy or possible way for the o emy to drive them out except at g r eat loss. R etreat in g to their cliff house s whi ch seeme d perfectly n asaailable, the Apache s could r e main safely an indefinit e ngth of time. ':; The council held by the Apa c hes was a lon g and stormy 1Je. Suddenly a deci s ion seemed to have been reached. S e veral powerful braves rus h ed forward and threw B ar and Pomp upon their backs. "Hum! don' beliebe yo' nor I will know much bout dat !" Barney did not have tim e to pur s u e the arg ument fur t h er. The ponies w ere l ed forward and two hideous savages slo od with whip s r eady to start the death sce ne. But before the word to s h irt could b e given there was a sudde n commotion in the throng. A loud and gntturnl but commanding voice was heard. The thron g parted and throu g h it strode a. tall, powerfulframed savage with the hea d-dress of a chief. H e s tood for a moment hau ghti l y gazing at the pri s oners. Not one was there in the n a tion to dispute his word. H e wag Black Cloud, the famou s Apache, for whose bead Owni was a price, and whose record for cme l outrages and dar in g deeds was without parallel Bl ack Cloud did not s peak for severa l moments. Then h e mad e a motion to a couple of hi s braves, who ad vanced and almost in sta ntly cut the lariats. The ponies cantered away and th e crowd fell back. The deRth scene was not e nact ed. For the nonce the Then lari ats were secured about their limb s and two live-prisoners' lives were s pared. ponies were brought out. Then Bla c k Cloud ext e nded hi s hand, to the astonishn:ent To the saddle_ the end of the laria t \Vas attached. Barn ej' o Barney and Pomp, ancl said : w the intent at once, and a chill s truck him. "White men, take the h a nd of Black C loud. H e will It was beyoncl doubt the purpose of the wretches to drag t r eat with you, but J.OU are the :first, white or M ack, that he eir victims to d eath at the heel s of the wild ponies. The excitement was intense. has ever said so much to." Barney took the not ed c hi ef's band,


I I u ) 12 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." "Shure, sor, it's mighty glad I am to make yer acquaint"The white man speaks wisely," said the chief. "Toance. Faith, an' ye're the foinest Indi an gintleman I've morrow he s hall speak to me." seen fer miny a day. May .Ye have luck." Then he turned and gave a guttural o r der to two of the But the famous chief did not affect to notice Barn ey's warriors. adroit blarney. Bl ack Cloud s trod e h a ughtily away Not a muscle of hi s stern and rigid face relaxed. He The two braves advanced and l e d Barney and Pomp said, haughtily: "There is no love in the heart of the Apache for the white man. He hates him as he does the venomou s rattler. But away across the plateau. At the foot of the cliffs they paused. A lon g rope ladder was the means of ascent fifty feet to the white man has a wagon with a deadly gun which sends one of the c liff dwellings above. out thunder and lightning. Black Cloud will treat with Up this the two captives were compelled to climb white brethren." Arrived at the excavation in the cliff above, one of their Every word uttered by the chi ef was lofty, hi gh-flown and captors ascended to an aperture above and drew the ladder direct. Barney was astute enough to see the point. up after him. "Arrah, an' it's right glad we'll b e to treat wid yez !'' he Barney and Pomp were left to themselves in the cliff declared. "Shure, an' av I had me canteen wid me now I'd dwelling fifty feet above the ground and with no mean s of trate yez in genuine style." d escent. "The white man shall be s pared," said Black Cloud, Their bonds had b een c ut, however and they had the l loftil y free use of their limbs. "An' phwat about me black brudder ?" a s ked Barney, "Begorra, h ere we are!" cried the Celt, excitedly. "Shure1 coolly. &n' it's a foinc prospect up here; but, naygur, how would we "He sha ll live iver git down, I'd loike to know." L "Shure, an' we're much obliged to ye, chief," said Barney "Massy sakes!" sai d Pomp in disgu s t. "An' it's je s a with extravagant politeness. "We'll give ycz a good n a m e mighty po' c hance fer we un s I done fink our goose am to th e big men at Washington, an'--" cooked!" But the chief waved his h and impatiently. "Howld on a bit," said Barney, with a shrug of "In r eturn for your lives my brethren must give me the st urdy should ers "I'll fool that bla ckgua rd yit, or me thund e r wagon and the gun that speaks with lightning in name ain't Barney O Shea. H e wants the thunder wagon>( its mouth." eh? W e ll, now, if I only kn e w where to foind Mist her Thi s dumfounded both Barney and Pomp. Frank w e' d moighty quick fix up a trap for him, do you Their momen tary hopes w e re di s pelled lik e mis t befor e see?" the sun "Kain't say that I kin, I'ish," sai d Pomp, doubtfully. The chief's manner was very decided, and seeing the "P'raps yo' kin jes' explain de matt e r to me a lily bit. ho:pe less expression upon the faces of the two, h e continued with emphasis: "If my brethren refuse to grant these terms, then they s hall die Black Cloud ha s spoken." Barney's quick wit saved the day. "Shure, yez don't mean that, chief?" he said, deprecat ingly. "Black Cloud ha s spoken," said the c hi ef, haughtily. "Shure, an' that' s not a fair trade!" declared Barney, impetuously. "Won't a rid e in the wagon do yez ?" 'fhe chief waved hi s arm impati e ntly. Barn ey's wit did not desert him. "Faith, an' are those the best terms ye'll be afther givin' me?" he asked. The chief nodded his head. Then I'll give yez an answer to-morrow Will that do yez ?" CHAPTER VI. A TIGHT RACE. The astonishment of Frank Reade, Jr., at sight of the im) mense volume of water coming down over the canyon was quickly changed to alarm. 1 The electric bomb had s truck and s hattered the wall which h e ld back the mountain l a k e and this was now itself bodily into th e canyon. 1 Frank took in the sit ua t ion at a glance. 1 Even B ent and Myers saw this, and cried in alarm: "Great heavens! We are lost!" "Never cried Frank, a s he s prang to the wheel. Quick as a flash he turned the Warrior about and thel put on the full orce of the dynamos -


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 13 'rhe water had already overtaken the wagon and was up But there was plainly no alternative. The Warrior bore the hubs. down upon the fleeing horses like a thunderbolt. But the Warrior shot forward with such speed that the Down they went under the iron wheels of the Warrior. ood was outstripped, and presently the clear, hard floor of Savages and horses were piled up in a -'crushed heap. e canyon was struck. 'l'he Warrior went through them like a knife through cheese Down the canyon at awful speed fled the Warrior. It was a question of life or death, and Frank felt war But the flood was every moment gaining in volume and ranted in the slaughter: eed al so. .i\lany of the savages, forced to the wall, were found unin'rhe first roar of the falling water had now grown to a jured. om of sullen thunder. But. the flood overtook these a moment later, and swept The prairie was a mile away. If the Warrior could reach it there was a chance, for the od would quickly itself upon the vast expanse. On thundered the Warrior like a veritable avalanche. them into eternity. The Warrior, however, still kept in ad vance of the raging waters. It reached the prairie first, and ran several mi les at top speed over the broad surface of the plain. Frank Reade, Jr., was at the wheel. The waters spread themselves everywhere, and made of Myers and Bent clung to the rail and held their breath s the plain a vast shallow lake. r fear that the machine would strike some one of the vari-But the ground quickly took the water in and the danger s obstructions in the canyon. was past. But Frank Reade, Jr.'s steady hand held the Warrior lucky!" ue to its course. "By Jupiter!" cried Bent; "we got out of that scrape "You're right, comrade!" agreed Myers; "but it was a Immense bowlders were dodged and sharp corners were hard fate for tho s e poor devi l s of Indians, eh ?" rned, it is true, upon two wheels, but safely. And still on behind came the hungry,' devouring waters But still the Warrior held its own. "You're right." "Will we return to the pass, Mr. Reade?" Myers asked. "Yes," repli e d Frank. "I think now that we sha ll ha17e Half the distance had been covered: All was awful sus -no furthe r trouble in entering the 1-lills." nse. W au l d the prairie never come in sight ? W au l d the Warr be able to outrun the flood? If not, all was lost. Should the water overtake the .Warrior, all on board would drowned like rats iri a trap. It was by no means a cheerful reflection. The two sol ers, Bent and Myers, were plucky fellows, but they ad tted a feeling of absolute terror. Half the distance had been covered. The flood was thundering on behind, but yet did not seem be gai ning Frank fel t sure of making the prairie safely. But j ust at t hat moment, above the thunder of the flood, e r e rose a wild c r y from the two soldiers. The Warrior was j ust making a turn in the canyon, when re burst in t o view a squad of mounted Apaches. T here wer e f ul ly a score in the party. They were evi ntly s u rprised, but had presence of mind enough to wheel "I dunno," said Bent. "Maybe the canyon walls will collapse next "We will trust not," said the young inventor, with a laugh. So the Warrior was sent back to the hills. Entering the pass once more it made its way rapidly to the scene of the catastrophe just recorded . None of the Apaches were in sight. If they were near they did not show themselves. For this Frank was not sorry Yet the young inventor knew bett e r than to for a moment relax vigilance. He kept a sharp lookout as the Warrior crept up the sin uous pass. After leav i ng the outlet of the flood behind, the i?arty came to a branch in the canyon; It was hard to decide which one to take, but Frank finally decide to go to the right. For a mile further they kept on. Nothing was seen of the Apaches But now the scene began to change. 3ut the Warrior, thundering on in their rear, overtook The Warrior came out in fu ll view of vast u plands of green This was excellent grazing for sheep, and instinct : rank would o r dinarily have been loath to run into them ively Frank thought of the Ranch Above the Clou d s


---------...... .::. 14 FRANK READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." ''I'll wager that I am coming to it!" he mutt e red; "that would indeed be a joke." A few moments later Frank became satisfied that it was a "Oh, but it will be too late if you do not go to the now!" "But ar e they not holding th eir own?" positive fact. Suddenly a man stepped out fwm behind a s h In full view he stood, a fine s pecimen of m with dis hevel e d hair and bloody p e rson. "They hav e been. But another attack by Black of rock. will, I fear e nd the conte st." .ood, but Frank hesitat ed. "What shall I do?" he s aid, perplexedly. He held up his arms and made excit e d gestures. your p eople but ; on the oth e r hand, the r e Of cour s e Frank stopp e d the Warrior. The f ellow ad-look out for.'' vanced, and Frank, s t e pping out upon the pl a tform, cri ed: "We ll, my man, what i s th e m atte r with you?" "Help!" cried th e fell o w e arnestl y "We want h e lp. W e have bee n attack e d by Apa c hes, and our ran c h i s b e sieged!" "Who are you?" "I am Roge r Walden, in the e mploy of H e nry Dane, of the Ran c h Above the Clouds. Will you g ive u s h elp?" "Of course I will," c ri e d Frank R e ade, Jr., pos itively ; "that's what I'm in thi s region f or." "Heaven be prai s ed! What s ort of a wagon hav e you got "Yet, i f you w i ll r a ise t.he s iege a t t h e r a n c h a ll the m a tes will turn out a nd h e lp you. Besides, th e ranch i s two miles dis tant." "Indeed!" s aid Fra nk, with a s "Is that all? "Yes." The youn g inventor looke d at the ma.tte r in a lig ht. For th e nonce h e had no track of B arney and nor no cle w to guide him. The ran c h was not two miles di s tant It w ould n o t lon g for the e l e c t ri c gun to dis p e rse th e Ind i a ns. On the oth e r h a nd if h e r e fused a nc} cont in u e d his th e re, and how do you make it go?" for Barn e y and Pomp, the ranch migh t f a ll an d a ll in "This is the Warrior, and electricity i s the motive powe r." murd e r e d in cold blood. "Thunder! it i s a great thin g it? I never see th e likes. I should think you would n e ver need to fear the Apache s." "Nor do we," replied Frank. "But come aboard and t e ll u s your story." Th e f ellow was only too gl a d to obey. Onc e aboard Frank had a r e pa s t s pread for him. he told his s tory. The n "Our ranch is hard pr e s s ed," he said. "Only twelve brave It inv o lved a good d e al of clos e car e ful thought F i n a lly Fra nk m a d e up his mind. "Ge t a board, he sa id to W a ld e n "I'll g o to t h e r a The fr o nti ers m a n obeyed. It was t h e fir st time h a d seen t h e int e ri o r o f t h e vVa rrior a n d h e was

i f t s g FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 15 l1ills. And here the Ranch Above the Clouds came into A s night once more began to settle down, water and some view. pieces of venison were lowered to them from above. 1t was a large structure, surr01;mded by a high stocka de. Food was most wholesome, and they partook of it eagerly. It was an awful sight which r e warded the gaze of all "Begorra, me appetite niv er fails me I" declared Barney. aboard the Warrior. The st ockade was seen to be battered 'Even at me mother -in-l aw's wake, s hure, I ate the bigge s t down ; there w ere hundreds of Indians swarming about, and dinner av any wan in the party." the ranch itself was in flame s Darkness was now shutting down very rapidly. "My Gocl!" c ri e d R oge r walde n'; in awful horror, "we Objects b e low were but dimly visib l e The lights of the are too late The ranch has fallen into the hands of the Indian towrr only could be seen. Apache s!" Barney era wled to th e door of the cliff dwelling and It was a l1orrible truth. look e d out. CHAPTJ1}R VII. A DAJUNG ESCAPE W e left Barney an d Pomp in the cliff dwelling, prisoners of Bla c k Cloud, the Apa c he chief. They w er e discussing the probability of working a s hrewd scheme to outwit the Apache chief and at the same time Then he turned back to Pomp and wh:ispered: "Whist! Be aisy! I've a foine idea!" "Yo' hab, c hile?" exclaimed Pomp. "Fo' goodness what am it r" "Begorra, there's onlv a thin wall atwixt u s an' the nixt house. Shure, the overlooked me knife whin they disarmed me. I have it, and bejabe r s, I'm goin' to cut me way through that wall." "Huh!'' ejaculated Pomp, "but it am all solid stone." "Don't yez believ e that. It's as soft as cheese, an' if I to secure their own liberty. don't cut me way into the nixt house in twenty minutes, "P'raps yo' kin j es' explain d e matter to me a lily bit," thil;l I'll trate." said Pomp, who had b ee n li stening to Barney's declaration. Pomp was astonished. "Be jab ers, an' I kin that," d e clar e d the Celt. "All we "Hol' on, chile he cried ; "how yo' know but de n ex' wud have ter do would be ter git the omadhoun on board th e house am ockerpied ?" Warrior for a roid c, an' thin e lectrify him, b e jabers. Put "Divil a bit. I had me eye on it a ll the afthernoon. him onto o n e av ther dynamos." I'll ris k it." Pomp nodded hi s h ea d "But how am yo' gwine to be aJ1Y b ettah off? It am j cs' "Dat d one look b c ry well on pap er, chile," he d e cl:ued, a s high up as di s house." "but it ain't s o easy fo' to execute, I reckon." "Be me sowl! I know that as well as ye! But come "On me sowl I b e lave ll tlU'y it, jist the samP!" d e -here!'; clared Barn ey Barney drew Pomp to the door. And h ere the s ubject dropped. ''Do yez not see that foine rope ladder hanging from the Th e two cnptives pro ceede d to look through their prison dure ?" h e asked. "Shure, phwat m ore do y e z want?" cell. "Golly sakes It am a fac' !"gas ped Pomp. "We am de They found that this consisted of a large square but bw-people !" roofed chamber, h ewn out of the rock. Th e narrow doe r and one window a l one admitted light and air. Barney pro ceede d to ex amine the wall s closel y Th ere w ere long row s of these cliff h o uses along the face of the cliff. They w e re divid e d on l y by t hese walls of s tone. The brain of the Celt studied the situation in ever y phase. But if h e arrived at any conclu sio n h e aid nothing. The two captives sat in the doorway of their novel pr.ilen cell and watch ed the proceedings in the town below. Thus the day faded. "Yez kin b e t on dat. Now for to git to worruk." Without further preliminaries Barney b ega n work with his knife upon the soft lim estone. He worked away vigorously. It y i e l ded readil y to hi s efforts, and very soon he had cut a s mall hol e through the limes tone. This it was necesE

16 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE' "WARRIOR" All was darkness just below. In order to get out of the Apache camp it was pos itively But at a point beyond the lights of the Indian town necessary for them to pass directly through Jthe village. showed and the barking of dogs could be heard. Of course this was a dapgerous proceeding. Apparently It was a thrilling moment. the village was in slumber, but yet some of the Apach "Bejabers !" exclaimed Barney, in a sibilant voice, "I'm might be abroad. afther thinkin' that we kin make good our escape yit." What could be done, however, but to make the best of it. "I jes' reckon you'se right, I'is h !" agreed Pomp; "but we ain't out ob de woods yit, yo' know." "Yez may be roight, naygur. But will yez slip down the rop e for s t, or s hall I?" "I jes' 'specs I might as well go mah self," said Pomp. So over the edge he s lid. So they crept a lon g cautious l y until the lodges of the vil lage were close at hand. Then they paused for consultation. "Golly, I done fink we's gwine to git ourselves in a ba scrape now," said Pomp. "Howebber is we gwine to git froo dis place?" Down to the ground he went rapidly. followed. Barney quickly "Aisy, me lad," said Barney, cooHy. "Jist howld you Both stood at the foot of the cliff 'rhey remain e d silent and motionless for some moment s to make sure that the coast was clear. It was well that they did this for suddenly Barney clutched Pomp 's arm and whispered: horses and I'll purty quick show ye a thrick or two. Do ye see that tint yender ?" Barney referred to a lodg e near, the flap of which wa pulled back. A small fire burned at the entrance and illumined th interior. '"Sh! B e jaber s I see wan av the omadhouns !" From their position the two prisoners could see four s leep "Does yo'?" queried Pomp breathles sly. "Whar'bouts ing Indians rolled up in their blankets. am he?" 'rheir weapons lay by the side of each. It was these tha "Jist yender by thet fir tree. Ais y now, an we'll give Barney had cast a l onging look at. him the slip." It was true that one of the Apaches, with a blanket wrapped about him, sat motionless and sti ll upon a log just under the tree. He was not twe nty yards distant. It was curious that he had not seen the two escaping pris"I see, I' ish," replied Pomp. "But what ob dat ?" "Wait a bit, an I'll show y e z." "Wha' yo' gwine, I'ish ?" "Jist watch a bit an' ye'll see." Pomp did watch and saw the daring Celt creep cautiou s to the door of the lodge. oners, for they had made some noise in the descent. The Indian s leeps like a cat, and Barney knew the risk h Had Barney and Pomp known the truth they would have was incurring, but he did not hesitate. ceased to feel alarmed. Into the lodg e he crept and cautiously picked up a coup l The savage was really fast asleep. of the rifles and cartridge pouches. ''Whist, now!" whispered Barney; ''This way, naygur! He reached the door of the lodge, when a thrilling thin Creep along aisy !" happened. But their trouble was for naught. One of the savages bounded to hi s feet with an ear-split The savage did not awaken, and they made their way ting shriek. along the base of the cliff in the deep shadows. He made a dash at Barney, but the Celt met him wit Of course there was no littl e risk in this, for there was a stinging blow on the cranium which stretc::ted him ou the chance that some of the savages might st umble upon senseless them at any moment. But the two prisoners were willing to take any chances for escape. So they kept on cautiously, Barney l eading the way. Neither had a weapon of any kind. In case of an attack they would have been compelled to depend upon their legs. But very fortunately none of the savages came into their path. Quick as a flas h Barney sprang into the gloom. He thrust one of the rifles and cartridge pouches in Pomp' s hands, saying : "Begorra, we kin make a foight, anwway." "Yes; but jes' yo' see wha' yo' hab done, I'is h !" Pomp, angrily. \ "Well, what av it, naygur ?" "Golly! yo' hab jes' roused de hull camp ob Injuns a However, now then a thrilling peril confronted them. we's done spi led our chances for escape."


'{ s ? i r z s e y 18 t t u FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 1 7 "Divil a bit!" cried Barney, Luk for yersilf, naygur. Come wid me." Barn ey's move h ad been r a ther a ra s h one. But the h ot-headed l.ris hm a n had no inte ntion of admit ting this. Pomp was. much vexed at th e result. The whole Apache camp was now aroused. They came The ran c h bad certainly fallen into the hand s of the Apa c hes, and was in a fair way to d estr uction. The yelling hord e of fie nd s w e r e holding high carnival about the su rroundin g ruins. Not a sig n of whit e inmates w as to b e seen and it was only fair to presume that they had been s l aughtered. rushing from their lodges in great numb ers The plucky ran c hmen had h e ld out probably ju s t a s long The position of the two prisoners wa s now a v e ry shaky as they wer(l able to, and had been finally obliged to sue-one. Somet hing had to be done, and that at once. Barney, however, was equal to the occasion. naygur," h e cried. "Jist yez foller m e "But whar am yo' gwin e ?" Pomp, dubiou s ly. His faith in B arney's sagacity was somewhat s haken. "Jist yez come along and ask no que s tions c um b. The sensations of Walden were not to b e easily described. Pallid a s a ghost and trembling, h e cried: "My God' Too late-too lat e !" "The Apaches hav e got in th eir work," sa id Myers, with a shiver. "Huh! I done fink yo' d o n e know wha' yo' a m about "The r e i s only one way to fix 'em, and that i s to blow 'em "Begorra, if I don't, thin yez may mak e shure that ye up!" cried B e nt. don't." With which logica l B ar ney das h e d away through the und e rbru s h. Po mp, of cou rse, followed The Celt led the way through the darkest part of the out skirts of the village. Several times they narrowly avoided collision with some of the aroused and excite d Apaches. Had tMy reall y collided with th e r eel foe, the re su1t would h a v e been seriou s indeed But each time Barney s uccee(ied in dodg in g them "Whurroo !"he cried. "Shure, we'll make it yit. They'll niver catc h us." "Right," said Frank Reade, Jr., rigidly, "and here goes for revenge." The young inventor qui c kly trained the e lectric gun. The savages had jus t caught sig ht of th e Warrior. It had a curious effect upon them. Ins tead of r et reating, they cast themselves in a body upon the ground. Frank could n o t h e lp a smi le. Evidently the wretches fancied they evad e the e l ectr ic bolt in this way. They were 'e ll aware that the li ghtni ng s trok e could overta .ke them s hould they attempt flight. "Done yo' be too sure ob dat !" said Pomp. The next moment the re came a flas h and a mighty But Barney only laugh e d and kept on with accelerated s ion. speed. A pile of earth several f eet in height was raised, a n d They had now nearly reach e d th e lowe r e nd of the village debri s was scattered in all direction s and the mouth of the pass. f'he fly ing brand s fill e d the air, and through the mighty cloud of smoke and dust the terrifi e d Apache s could b e seen in flight. B a rney was confid ent of escape. H e ran at full speed. Now th e mouth of the pass was at hand. But ju s t as escape seemed a veritable fa c t the Iris hman saw light s flas hing in the darkness ahead. And their flash for an instant blind e d him so that he tripped and fell in a h eap. The object h e tripp e d over was an animate one, too, for just as he scram?led up he became in the arms of an Apache brave. CHAPTER VIII. THE APACHE VIJ.LAGE. The scene which Frank R eade, Jr., and hi s party beheld was a terrible one as they cam e in view of the Ranch Above th e Clo uds. Frank motion e d Myer s to s tay b y the gun, and he w ent to the wheel. The Warrior was sent ahead at a liv ely pace.' Not unti l they w e r e a f e w feet the s mould e ring ruins of the ranch did Frank stop the Warrior. Then the machin e was brought to a stop and Frank a l ig h t e d The scene as now presented, was a terrible one. There was every indication that th e defenders of the ranch had mad e a bold and desp e r a t e s tand Dead bodies, of s avage s were everywhere, the ashes 1 cou ld be seen th e half -con s um ed remain s of the d e f e nd e rs. F o r a moment the Warrior' s party s tood gazing at the \ scene in s il e nce Roge r Wal den was perhaps th e mos t affected.


. 18 . FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVEN'riON THE "WARRIOR." "My God;" he groaned. -"This i s an awful thing. Eve r y one of them wiped out i.n this brief period of time!" do no harm,to purs ue these savages. If she is indeed in tbeir power it may be tha, t we can rescu e her." P er h a p s a ll have not suffered death," said Frank, hope"Yours are words of hope," said Walden, eamestly "I fully. "There i s a chance that some of them may have been trust they may be verified." away "There i s no doubt of it," sa id Frank. "I tell you they "No," sai d Walden, po s itively, I do not believe that." would not kill her, but take her away as a captive "Why?" "But suppose she did not fall into their hands, but was a "Henry Dan e was not oi' the kind to surrender He woul d Yictim to the flames?" die fir st." "Goodness!" exclaimed Myers. I can see the head of one of them peeping over that bush yonder I'll give him a shot." And Myers would have don e so, but at that moment what came near provin g a tragic incid ent happ ened. The r e wa s a crnsh of guns, and bullet s came flying about. It was little short of a miracl e that some one was not hurt. As it was, howev er, lu ckily the bull ets flew wide Myers gave a ye ll. "Look out l The devils are behind those bushes!" he cried. "Look out for yourself!" "Ge t aboard the Warrior!" cried Frank, in a commanding voice "We will soon fix the rasca ls." The command was quick l y obeyed. All scra mbl ed aboard the Warrior. They were none too soon, for another volley followed the first. But Frank quickly threw back the lever of the e l ectric gun. A ball was thrown into the bushes with terrible effect. 'I hen the warrior pro ceeded to take a run about the clear ing. This was most effect u a l. Nothing more was seen or heard of the savages from that time The lesson had been to the m a most terrib l e one. Beat e n off, the Apaches preserv e d a respectful distance "That is possib le; but we will n ot b e li eve it until we are obliged to." "Your idea is a good OI{e," said Wald en, hopefully. "I will not yet despair." So the Warrior was sent upon the trail of the savages. This l ed into a d eep gu l ch, where it was s low work for t he machine to pick i ts way along But after a tim e the party came out of this and e ntered a sma ll valley, which seemed to lie deep down in the heart of the hill:;. "Olear I.Y a ter Valley said Walden ; 'i< there is a village ( ) > of Black Cloud's people h e re. They are called the north branch of the main tribe "Ah," said Frank, curiously; "fs it' a l arge encamp ment?" "We shall presently see." "Then we are not far from it at this present moment." "Do you sec yonder sma U butte?" "Yes." "Their village is behind that. }\[an y a time I have c h ased the wretches a lm ost to their doors after having lost a few cattle by their thieving." Walden lwd hardl y ceased S.Pcaking \rhcn Myers s hout e d : "Hurrah! down yonder, Mr. R eade. What would you call that, I'd like to know, but an Indian?" Myers pointed to a distant object in the ver ge of a clump of trees. At once a ll eyes w e re tumcd in that clirection, and it was seen that tho object in question was really a savage: Roger Wald e n could not r ecover from tho shock of seeing and silence. the ranch in ashe s "Poor D ane!" he exclaimed. "He and his beautiful daughter are no doubt ashes in that s mould ering h eap." "Do not say that," sai d Frank Reade, Jr.; "their live s may h ave been spared." "I wish that I knew that for a fact." "The sa va ges would not be l ikely to take the life of the young girl." "Ah but if s h e ha s fall e n into their hands her fate i s worse than death." Fran k kn e w that this was true. But h said: A stalwart Apa c h e he was, mounteu upon a m u sta n g H e sa t upon his horse r egarding the electric invention with amazement "It i s an Apache," declared Frank. "A big f e llow, too." "Yes ; and presently you will see more of them," de c l ared Walden. The W arrior bore down for the solitary savage, but as if not anxious for a close acquaintance he vanished in the tim b e r. But now the butte which s tood in the center of the valley was rounded, and a view of the Indian vill age was bad. There were se veral hundred lod ges of bark and s kin in the place


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVEN'TION Tho "WARRIOR." 19 But to the surprise of all on board the Warrior there was Frank went into the body of the Warrior and brou ght o u t o sign of Indian braves about the vicinity. a wire. I The Apache village had a lonely and deserted air. 'l'his was connected with the battery and It required but a moment for Walden to grasp the situaFrank applied the wire to the Indian lad's hands. I' lOTI. "Hurrah!" he eried, "there is nobody at home. pache braves are probably out upon the war trail." That was evidently the truth. 'l'he boy's fingers closed over it. Quick as a flash The let the current on. The effect was comical. The Warrior bore down boldly upon the village. There were visible Indian women, lads and dogs, but carcely a brave was to be seen. Frank was for a moment undecided what to do. It would be of no possible advantage to destroy the viiage. This thought was quickly dispelled. But Walden said ; "I have an idea that we might get an inkling as to the vhereabouts of Lieutenant Clarke and his men by stopping ere. Shall we dp it?": "Certainly," Fr?nk; do you believe the savages ill give you any information?" "I am not sure. But we Dfigqt be able to Why not try?" "It will do no harm." At once the Warrior was headed for the village. At first the current did not materially affect the boy, b u t us it gained strength his nerves began to tingle and his h air to rise upon end. 'Then his muscles began to contract. He tried to re lax his grip on the wire, but was unable to do so. 'l'hen the agony began. The torturing current threw i ts victim into all manner of agonizing contort ions. The Ihdian lad writhed and groaned wit h awfu l pain. J ow was the time to break his proud spirit, if ever CHAPTER IX. A BOLD RESCUE. Barney was a most astonished man to find h imse lf in the Frank did not hesitate, but boldly ran the machine into embrace of the prowling savage he very center of the Apache town. For a moment he was so dumfounded as to be a lm ost The squaws and children were evidently much terrified unable to act, and his foe came near finishing him t and fled into their 'tepees. He raised a huge lmife, and was about to plunge it into What few braves remained took themselves out of the way Harney's breast quickly. But the Celt caught the blade just in time The Warrior had complete possession of the village. It could have been fired and destroyed easily. But Frank was not disposed to do of this kind. In the center of the collection of nomad dwellings Frank halted the Warrior. Then Walden and Myers leaped down to the gr9und and entered one of the lodges . Presently they emerged, dragging forth a. bright-looking Indian lad. Walden endeavored to catecruse him. But the Indian na t ure asserted itself, and he would not answer. This angered the plainsman, and he shook and threatened the lad But it was of no avail. The Apache nature was not of the yielding kind. Not a word could the lad be induced to speak. "Well, I'll be blowed !" exclaimed Walden, angrily. "I never did see such an obstinate fellow!" "He is nervy, for a fact," said Frank. "What shall we do, Mr. Reade?" "I'll fix him With a powerful effort he wrenched it from his foe's g rasp and threw it away. Then followed a deadly wrestle there in the lon g g rass. Pomp had known nothing of the circumsta nce, bein g some distance away. He was running rapidly, when suddenly he. became con Rr.ious of the fact that Barney had stopped somewher e "Golly!" he muttered, "whar am dat I'ishman? Has anyfing to him?" He came to a complete stop. and listened. "Hi, dar Whar is yo' I' ish?" he cried. No answer came back. But Pomp could 11Car the distant sound of a st ru ggle. Instantly the truth flashed upon him. ''Golly he muttered; "hab dat I'ishma n g o t into a s c rape?" At once the darky started back to B arney's assi stance As it happened, he was not a moment too soon. Barney had tripped and fallen, and the Indian was upon hi.m. An exultant yell was upon the Indian's l ips.


20 IR FRANK ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." ) H e h a d freed his a nd w as a b out to da s h it into Barn e y 's br a in. But a t th at m o m ent Pomp arriv ed. "Huh 'dar!" h e yell ed. "Wha' yo' d o in d ar? G long !" With whic h h e d ealt th e savage a s kullc rackin g blow, and follow e d it up until h e bad knock e d th e wr e t c h sen seless. Barn e y was upon hi s feet. B e jaber s, yez have sa v e d m e loif e h e c ried, wildly. "Shure I'll never for g it y e o r that, n ayg ur. I though t' m e las t day h a d c o m e !" Massy sakes! I'se jes' glad yo' didn't git kill e d s ah !" c ri e d Pomp. "But I don e fink w e b e ttah gi t out ob di s." "Ye z are roi ght, naygur." And without furth e r heed to the sen se less s avage, they cut f o r the canyon. 'l'hi s tim e they r eac h e d it in s af e t y but non e too soon. The soun d o f r eel trai l e r s in the ir rear was plain and ther e was no tim e to lose. Into t h e s hadow s of the canyon they das h ed. For som e whil e they k ept o n a t a r a pid g ait. The n a s t h e s ound s of pur suit di ed o ut, the y s la c ke ned th eir pace. They could hardly b e li e v e the ir good fortune It had been a darin g att e mpt to ga in lib e r 'ty fr o m the s tart. Th e whit e man who fall s into th e h a11ds o f the Apa c hes and escapes may c on s id e r himself mos t lu cky. Goll y !" c ri e d P omp, jubilantl y "we'se j es' d e lu c kiest c hillum I kn o w s ob." "Ye z a r e roi g h t said' Barney, feelin g of hi s scal p "Shure I'm makin s hur e that me hair i s s till on, an it's no opti c al d elus i o n I'm a ft h e r havin '.'' "I don e fink w e b ctta h find d e Warrior now, "Ye z arc a l e vel-head e d naygur !"de clar e d Barn ey. lll V e r kne w afor e th at yez h a d s o mu c h sense.'' "I Both shrank into th e deep s h a d o w s N e arer c ame the cavalcad e Outlin e d again s t th e s k y t h e two w a t c h e r s sa.w th e plum and topknot s of a ba. nd of India n s It was a di s appoin t m e nt. Deep in the gloom the two wat c h e r s crouched as the cav al c ad e passed. But s udd e nl y B a rney clut c h e d P o mp 's a rm. "Wud yez whi st!" h e whi s p e r ed. "Wha' am d e mattah ?" "Don' t yez see?" Pomp did see, an d c am e n ear b etrayin g himBelf with a n audible e xclamation. The India n s w e r e h alf a hundr e d in numb e r. At their h e ad rod e a tall chi ef. Jus t b e hind him, b etween 1 two rows o f t h e r e r o d e the f o rm o f a woma n. In th e dim lig ht, h e r agonized face upturned to H eave n was plainl y t o b e repogjniz ed , r Ther!i was no d o ubt a t jt1 wap\I Alma Dan e the r a nch e ro 's dau ghter. 1 1 f '11 'fhe t a ll c hi ef was Lon g L ance. But of c ourse n eithe r Barney n o r Pomp kn e w this The y simply kn e w th a t a white g irl was ca ptiv e in th e center o f tha t du s k y gang. It fir ed their souls. "Wha' yo' fink ob clat? asked P o mp. "Be j a b e rs, i t's a m o i g hty decl a r e d Barney. "Wha' am w e gwin e to d o? "Begorry, w e mu s t re!'k y h er. Avcn i f i t takes our l o ives ter do it w e mus t sav e th a t white g irJ.I' B a rne y's who l e c hivalri c soul was ar o used. H e was will ing to ri s k his, lif e aud all f o r the unf o r t unat e g irl. At once t h e two faithful servitor s of Frank Reade, Jr., b e gan to count Lhe c h a nces o f accompli shing th e rescu e of Alm a Dan e "Huh! yo'se j es' sa y in d at f o' t o fl.attah m e c hil e D : m yo' troubl e y o 'se lf t o do d at a ny mo'." Meanwhile, L o n g L a nce arid hi s party w e r e filin g slowly Niv e r a bit av it l Shure, I'm in roi ght good e arnest.'' by. D own th e canyon t hu s badge ring e ach other and in high Lik e an in s pir ation au idea came t o B a rney. s pirit s th e y stro d e Sudd e nl y Barn e y halted. Whi st!" Wha am d e mattah ?" W ud yez list e n to that?" Both stra in e d th eir h e aring. It was certain that from th e di s tance down the canyon th e r e came the s ound of horses' hoof s A part y of horsem e n was c oming up the d efile. Was it Cla rke' s m en? The same thought flas h e d thro u g h th e mind s of Barney and Pomp. But a f e w m o m ents later the. r e v e lation came Qui c k as a flash h e raised hi s rifl e a nd fir ed. The horse upon which Alm a was mounted f e ll and the girl rolled from its back. Ins tantly every Indian gave a y e ll, and their mu s tangs bolt e d to th e oth e r s id e of th e canyon. All was d o n e in a flas h of tim e Alma D a n e h a d regain e d h e r feet insta n t ly. Barn ey and Pomp fir e d a ga in into the mass of savages a nd the n dodg e d b e hind bowlde r s A s luc k h a d it, th e youn g g irl r e tained h e r presenc e of mind. She ins tin ctively r e aliz e d tha t t h e unkn own s hoot e r s


<: "WARR1 FRANK READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE W Al-uUOR.." 21 r e friend s and recoverin g h e r se lf, s h e ru s hed t o w a rd thi s time Long Lance's s tentorian voice r a n g throu g h 'Fire! The rifles of the sa vages cracked. Nothing s hort of a miracl e sav e d Alm a's lif e then. The bullets w hi stle d all about h er li ke hails tones. S u d d e nly h e heard sou nds i n advance, whic h seem e d to him that the pur s u e r s from th e camp w e re com ing. Thi s placed hi m 1 it e rall y between two fires, and in a most tle s p e rat e pos ition What was to b e done? It c e rtainl y look e d to the t e rrifi e d d a rk y as if h e was truly lost In hi s extre mit y h e c r e pt a lon g th e can yon wall until h e But a reassurin g voice reach e d h e r h e arin g found a good cavit y in whi c h to hid e "Com e a l ong, miss. Shur e a n it's f ri e nd s we ar e." H e crept into this, a nd for a t im e lay p erfec tl y s till. a l o t of bowlde r s s h e was n o w s a fe with B arne y In a few m o ment s th e c an yon was I ull o f Ind ian s d Pomp. L o n g L a n ce's part y m e t those from the villa ge and an t he d a rkness s h e c o uld not r ecogn ize h e r rescu e r s But exci te d ha r a n g u e the n followe d m atte red n ot. She kn e w that their purpose was to rescue What i t result e d in it was impossibl e for Pomp to t e ll, and tha t was the mos t s h e car e d for. for t h e d a rk y c ould not und e rstand th e Apa c h e tongu e The s avages w e r e s o t a k e n b y s urprise a t the darin g a tH e k e pt low a nd qui e t Aft e r a tim e the Apac hes di s pk, that th e y w e r e thrown into compl e t e confu s ion ap p ea r e d down the can y on, evide ntly ha ving g iven up th e They were una bl e to g uess at'fh e numb e r of their a s sail quest. t s and w e r e oth e r w ise' mu c h in doubt. It. was the moment to s trike and Barney and Pom.p ai.l e d th e m selves of it. ; Once again t hey fir e d into the pac k o f s avages, :mel then P o mp was now in >t quand a r y what to do. Of course hi s n a tural impulse was to r e join B a rney ancl A lm a but h e did not know whe r e to look for them. H e c r ept on down the can y on to the s pot ; h e r e h e had r.rney g rasp e d Alma 's w ri s t saying : la s t seen them. "Whis t, now! Come a l o n g wid m e miss; qui c k for the But no trace of th e m was to be seen. f e a v yez! The r e d divil s will b e u s full liv e l y." Fo r a u g ht h e kn e w they might fallen again into the Along the wall of the canyon Barn e y f a irly dragged th e h an d s o f t h e r e d s kin s ung girl. Th e C elt had no idea of where h e was going except that was putting di s tance between the m and the r e d s kins. This seemed to him the mos t essenti a l thing. The d a rky was at s ea "I jes' don know what to do nohow!" he mutte r ed. I reckon I b ettah get out ob di s place jes as quick as I can .' ) H e proceed e d to do this. So h e k e p t o n rapidly until he came to a cle ft in the wall. Foll o win g th e canyon down, h e finally eme rgGd from it. Into it h e c rept, and t o hi s amazem ent ancl joy f o und H e w as now d e t e rmin e d if possible, to find Frank Reade, at it led upward, and imm edia t e l y followe d it. Jr., a nd the Warrior. But Pomp in th e m e anwhile, h a d n o t s u c h g o o d fortune. The darky had b ecome separ a t e d from B arne y in the rkness and the excite m ent o f the fig ht. Ins t ead of following down th e c an yon, h e becam e consed a nd w ent in an opposite directi o n Di scove rin g hi s e rror, h e was abou t t o turn b ack, when h e und th a t thi s was impossibl e as the savages w e r e rap i dl y o s ing in on him. Pomp r ea lized th a t hi s pos ition had s u d d e nl y b ecome a one "Goll y !" h e mutt e r e d ; "I kain t say as I j es' l ikes de ob di s !" But h e s t a rt e d back up t h e can yon as fast as hi s legs carr y him CHAPTER X HORS DU C OMBAT. Certainl y the littl e Indian lad had good pluck in with sta ndin g the p ain o f t h e e lectri c curr ent s o l ong F r a nk turne d th e current on a little hard er. The li ttle f e llo w w ri th e d and twi s t e d -in agon y "You d b ette r com e to t e rm s m y lad said Wald en. "It w ill be the w orse for you if you don t s top-no hurt more--m e t ell!" cried the boy. F r a nk shut off p art of t h e c urrent. But the re was s till e nough l e ft so that the boy could not sure tlus was dircctl y _into the .enem y's camp. l Yet he had no o ther a lt erna tive. But w orst was y et r e l e ase hi s hand s from the wire : f come. .. . l. I H e was s till a pri s oner.


i I! -r JR .' "' READE. 22 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." : I He becam e s ull e n again. Th e distant firing had ceased. No amount of persuasion c ould induce him to say a word. : Frank was not s ur e that thi s pass would tak e him to thE .d'He has n t had enough," sai d Frank: "take a littl e scene, but h e was disposed to try it. I mor e." Accordingly up th e pass th e Warrior ran: And he turned on. the current. This result e d in breaking the boy's s pirit. He came down completely and promised to t e ll the truth For over a mil e th e mac hin e r an on over the hard sto m floor. Th e n s uddenly open countr y unfolded itself. T e n minutes later the occupants of the W arrio r "Big chief, he gone to find white man," he d e clared. the cliff houses, just as Barney and Pomp had don e "Gone on warpath to find soj e rs. Bi g fight! Kill quis;k !" Also the Apache encampme nt. "Yes, but in what direction has he gone?" a sked Walden, anxiously. The boy pointed to the north. "Sojers over he said, confidently; "heap big fight ove r th e r e." And thi s was all that could b e got out of him in that respect. It was l e arn ed, however, that Long Lance had no pri s oners. "I am afraid that my people at the ranch are all dead," said Wald e n, d ejectedly. That does not follow," said Frank. Why?" "Because in all probability Long Lance has not return e d yet." This had not occurred to Wald e n It gave him fresh courage. "I hope you ar e right," h e said, warmly. "You arc certainly a great comforter, :Mr. Read e." The Indi a n boy was released and given a rewaid. Then the Warrior once mor e s tart e d on the trail. 'rhe dir ction was taken as indicat e d b y th e Indian boy, and for an hou r or two the Warrior k e pt on. The n s udd e nly, a s the e nd of the valley seemed near at hand, Wald e n, who was on th e fonvard platform, cried: "Mr. Read e, I hear di stant sounds of firing." "You do?" cried Frank. "Yes." "Where?" "Listen Frank did so. From the direction of the higher hill s h e heard plainly the rat!le of fir e -arms. It seemed to indicate that a fight was going on over the r e and instantly all we;e inte rest ed. "We ought to investigat e," said Mye rs. "You are right," agreed Walden. "But tha t i s n ot so easy," said Frank. "How 'will we get over there?" This did not seem eas y But after some search, a defile was found which finally led out into a moufitain pas s "Hurrah!" cried Myers, "we have found th e nest at l a s t !' "You're right," agreed B e nt. "I'll b et we find our mel! h e re ." Th e r e was no doubt in Frank's mind now but that tbi was r e ally the s tronghold of Black Cloud. If Barney and Pomp were captives her e h e must rescu them. The young inventor was not a littl e excited. He staye d at the wheel, regulating thet speed of the War nor. r J l r I l r < "What will w e do, Mr. R ea d e ? l Walden, with :;om apprehension. "Arc you go.inlg to them?" "Certainly," repli e d Frank. "But--" "What?" "The r e are hundreds of them h e re, and a. fight at cloSl 1 quarters is to h e avoided, i s it not?" p "With my elect ric gun I can blow them into powder!" declared Frank. "Do you believe it?" "I know it." "All right. I have full faith in your discr et i o n, Mr 1,1; Read e." Frank sent the Warrior forward at a fair rate of s peed. A few Apaches concealed in the bushes about fir e d at I II machine. But t h e news had spread t o th e India n town, and had created a most tremendou s exci tement. Th e Apaches all flocke d to arm s and opened fir e .upon thE W a rrior. t o ThP battl e was b e gun Frank's tactic s w e r e s hr ewd and at the same tim e direct w H e was not di s posed to waste any time or words with tiM wretches. H e knew that a. parley could end in no possible good el A q uick, s trong blow would bring them to terms ani nothing else. So Frank quickly brought the Warrior to a point froll whence he could train the gun upon the town. "Are you going to give 'em a shot?" asked Walden. "Yes." I


) FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC ,INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 23 "But had we better not first open a little parley with The Indians were swarming everywhere. In the bu s hes, them?" behind bowlders, everywhere they were, and pouring a wlley "Never!" repli ed Fr. ank, det e rminedly. "It would only into the Warrior at every turn. '' convince the m that we feared them. Never offer comproOf course the bullet s could not harm the occupants of the mise with an Apache. Surrender or die!" Walden brought the palms of hi s hands together vigor ously. '1Jpon my worrl, I believe you arc right!" he cried, nestly. "I like ,:your pluck." Frank trained the gun upon the Indian town ancl his finger was upon the e lectric key. Warrior. ' But it was impossible for them to go outside to help ex tricate the Warrior out of the mire. Slwuld any one show themselves out s id e the stee! shell, Ieath would have been their certain portion. ,. Frank Reade, Jr., was for the time completely in a quan dary He pre ssed it, and there was an explosion most terrific. 'l'he aces of all w e re pale and rigid Certain death con But the projectile had passed over the t epees and struck the f ronted them. wall of the cliff just b eyond. The re seemed to be no possible way to prevent the red foe The aim had been accurate, but a slight movement of the from completely overrunning the electric invention, destroy Warrior had deranged it so that the projectile had gone ing it, and killing all on board. wide. / Four men, armed only with Winche s ters, could not hope There was a terrific e'Xplosiolll which shattered great fragto cope lop.g with s uch a large number of savages. ments from the cliff. I 1 J 1 d \Vith the electric gun it might have been one. But the explosion had alarmed the Apaches, and they came swarming out in g.reat' numBers. "It will give gorod! lasson," muttered Frank. He brought the Warrior about now, and ran for a higher position some distance away. But in c rossing a flat track, h e suddenly, but too late, saw j small quagmire into which the Warrior the next moment plung ed. And the forward wheels flank to the hubs in the soft mire. In vain Frank tried to back the machine out. There it stuck fast. But Frank Reade, Jr.'s inventive genius once more cam e to the front. He went into the dynamo room and came out with a big coil of wire. Very quickly he explained to the -others what he de s ired .. to have done. His directions were quickly followed The wire was thrown out and passed several times in n circle about the Warrior. Then Frank connected them with the dynamos and turned on the full force of the current. 'l'he savages w e re not slow to note the po s ition of the WarIt would go n eithe r one way nor the other. All effort was of no avail. rior and embrace the situation. 1 They believed that their dreaded foe was at their mercy The s ituation was certainly a hard one: and came on full force and with loud yells of triumph. "By cracky !"cried Myers, "we are in a bad scrape now. will we do, Mr. Reade?" "There i s but one thing," said Frank, grimly. "What?" "Stead y, boys I" cried Frank. "Give it to them I" The four brave defenders of the Warrior poured volley after volley into the ranks of the Indians. But the mass of savages, hundreds in number, "!ight it out." u c, u were not be checked. "But they will whip u s They outnumber us five hundred one." "I don't think they will want to venture many times 'thin range of the e lectric gun," h e declared. 'rhey came on in a plunging crowd, firing at the Warrior and throwing their lances and tomahawk s against the steel s hell. The n a chill struck him. But the next-moment they came in contact with the elec-In that moment h e beheld a most appalling fact. The tric wires. lectric gun was in such a po sit ion that it could not be used. The result was thrilling. The muzzle was deep in the mud. The terrible force of the electric current was s omethin g To attempt to extricate was out of the question just then. appalling. Those in front were fairly hurled back as by The red foes were too near at hand. There was but one way to act, and this was to hold the foe bay as long as possible with their rifles. the power of a Jiteral.giant. Not one .could cross the fearful line of death. Some were killed outright by the shock and others were stunned and


I I 24 FRANK READE, JR.' S ELECTRrC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." r e nd e r(;>d un consciou s In less tha n three mi nutes seve r a l was away wit h a p arty of m e n try in g t o l i\ill' dred Indian s were pil e d in a h e ap about th e W a rrior. t h e besiegin g lin e wh e n the r a nch was fir e d Oh, God trust he was n ot k ill ed!" CHAPTER XI. FIGHT WITH A P U MA A look of agony passed ove r the youn g gi rl 's fac e Shu re an' I hop e not, miss," sai d Barney, earnes h e has f a ll en in with Lieute nant Clark e, a n B a rney and A lm a D a n e c r e p t u p th e path whi c h l e d up Li e ut e n ant C lar ke !" a lmo s t scr e am e d the young gi f10m can yon wit h a ll hast e h e h e r e in the Lo s Pesos Hills ?" It ": a s th e m e an s of their sa lvation. Luck was wit h them, for the savages d id not pu rsue the m A fe w moments l a t e r th ey cam e out in a h ig h e r ravin e and whi c h seeme d to l e ad deep e r into the hills. H e re Alma 's gav e b ut and s h e ;was obliged to rest. "Tha nk God l" s he br e athed sinkin g d o wn up o n a flat s h elf of rock. Rescu e has come at last! Oh, sir,to who m am I ind e bt e d for thi s servi ce? "Shure, m iss, s aid Barn ey g allantl y "ye'r e not ind e bt e d at all. It's onl y a pl e a s ur e to b e s hure " You ar e v e r y kind " M e name i s Bar ney O Sh e a, m iss at your ser v ice." Do--do you kno w my f athe r, H e nry D a ne, o f the R a n c h Above the Cloud s 1" "Shure an' I do not that, m iss, r e pli ed Barney, "but r" thi;nk I've heard me ma s th e r t e ll av th a t s am e g intl e man. "Who i s your ma s t er?" ask e d the y oun k girl. "Misther Frank'Re ad e Jr." I do not know him " H e with a ll av his soldi e r s ; ivery wan " G o d be pra ised!" s h e cried, joy fully "The n faith L a riat Luk e reached the fort aft e r all But, alas! it i s l ate to save t h e Barn ey's eyes twinkl ed. H e und e r s tood well the s udd e n animation and fresh spi of the youn g g irl. H e was a keen f e llow, thi s brav e-heart Cel t. Af e r a bri e f rest Alma rose and they w ent on. Up the d efile they c l imbed f or hours. B a rney had n t h e s li ghtest id ea whe r e h e was, but Alm a said: "If dayli ght will .ever c o me, I think I c a n t e ll whe r e w a r e easily." But daylight was slow i n coming. F i n al ly, however the fir s t gray light began to ap p ear i the east It was a r e li e f a f t e r lon g hour s o f n e rve t e n s ion ; an s o mewh at exh a u s t ed, t h e youn g girl was o bli ge d to s in down. I E v en B a rney was som ewha t exh a u sted. Fortunate l y th Begor ra an that 's quar e !" cried B arney, wit h surpr ise. Celt r e m em b ere d a b ottle o f goo d whi s k e y which h e carrie "Shure, I thought iv e r y b ody in the worruld knew F r a n k Read e Jr. "The nam e s ound s fam iliar sa id Alm a, th o u g h t fully. "Oh, I think I hav e it. I s he not a f amous i nventor?" "Yez have hit it roight, mi s s," s aid Barn ey. "Then I ha v e heard of him. Is he n ear h e r e? i n hi s poc ke t H e p roduced it, s a y in g : "Shure, miss, i t 's a d r op av the crayth e r a s will fix ye a ll ro i ght. W i ll yez h a v e it?" A lm a th a nk e d him and dr a nk s ome of the liquor. "Shure an I'v e been thryin' to foind him an' the Warrio r It reviv e d h e r g r eatly and s h e was soon able to r eg ain h e feet . l "The Warrior?" "Yis miss.' ? "What i s that?" "Shure, an' it's wan av hi s wondh e rful invint ion s miss. It' s loik e a foin e carria ge with a cover a n foine ap ar t m ents on the ins ide. An' it goes b y e lectricity." "Why, how spl e ndid! cri e d Alma cla ppin g h e r h a nds. I s hould s o like to see it." W-e a r e not f a r f rom Pinnacl e Pass," s h e s aid l owing th at w e mi g h t reach the ranch I "By foi-l "Yis m iss," s aid B arney; "but, shure an' phwat would that do u s if it i s burn e d down entoire l y ?" l "Ver y little, I fear s h e sa id, w ith a s i gh; "but p erha p s f r o m the r e we ma y dec id e up o n a course. It i s n ot impossi, bl e t h at w e may find fri e nd s th e r e." B arney agree d th at thi s was true, and th e y pressed on. "Thllt y e ma y miss, if I kin foind 111:is th e r Frank, whic h But as they w e r e skirting a s m a ll eminence a thrillin same I am hopin' to do. A v we kin foind the Warri o r the n t hi:J?-g h a pp e n e d we kin laugh at the Injuns !" The r e w a s a s udd e n l o ud roar and a peculiar hiss, an "Then let u s find it b y all m e ans," cri e d the youn g gi rl, Barney ga v e a backward l e ap start i ng u p . wait; can you t e ll me of my fath er? He "Mithe r Mary preserv e u s he gasped.


FRANK READE, JR.' S ELJWTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." 25 wat the divil may it be? Git b e hoind m e miss, fer yer The s ound was f a r off. No doubt a fight was on. ife !" But where was it? Who w e r e th e fight e r s ? These,Jqu:sr A monster animal was crouching upon the ground dir e ctly tion s Barney a s ked himself. The n -be said: I Barney's path, and n o t fifty yard s away. "Shure, mis s it's a foight, and maybe it i s the leftenant It required but a second glance for Barn e y to see that it an' hi s min foighting wid the Ingin s .'l l a s a huge specime n of the mount ain li o n or panth e r peen-"Le t us go to the scene at once!" cri e d the young girl, ar to the Roc ky Mountain H e was a giant of hi s s p e cies, a nd was evide ntly right in ghting mood. Crouched upon the ground it growl e d at Barney d mad e a move m ent as if to s pring forward The Celt 's rifl e was ins t a ntly a t hi s s hould er. A scream broke from Alma. "Shure, mi ss, don t yez b e a bit a fraid," cri e d the brav e rishman. "I'll niver l e t the b e a s t hurt y e z." Just a s the left his lip s the beas t sprang for Barey. Straight at him he came. The brave Celt pulled the trig er. Crack! Th e bull e t struck the animal' s s kull jus t over th e eye, and or a moment stunned i It tumbled in a h e ap and s cram led up in a dazed confused way Befor e Barney could again fir e at the panth e r it was upon im. The C elt had jus t tim e to draw hi s knif e and s ia s h at the nimal. w ith color ri s ing in h e r face. "All roight, miss; but rtre yez not a bit tired? "No, I am quite s trong. Let u s go at once. F e ar not for me. "All They set out at once with all ha s t e in the direction of the fidng. A s the y went on it b e came e vid ent that it was furth e r a .way from them than the y had thought. Moreover, it seemed to b e r e ceding all the whil e The s mall foot-hills now began to give way to a mighty e xpan s e of fore s t. Thi s covered s quare miles of a nearly level tract. At thi s junctur e a s mall river flowed through the forest Th e und e rbru s h was very d ense. Indeed, it was almost impenetrable, and it quickly became evid ent that a woman could hardly hope to struggle through it. H ere was a dil e mma. What was to be done? The firing now became plainer than e ver and seemed to come from a point s trai g ht down the riv e r Barney conFortun a t e ly the k e en blade s truck a vital part and Clude d tha t a var y in g wind was the caus e of this. anth e r 's g rip r elaxed. The r e w e r e seve ral s tin g in g wound s rom its c l a w s in Barn ey's s houlders. 'l'h e C elt followe d up hi s advantage quickl_y and the nex t low nearl y disembowe l e d the animal. 'l'he battle was e nded. By Barne y 's pluck and cool work h e had g ain e d the vic( ory I The panth e r lay stre t c hed at full l e n gth upon the ground Alma had with diffic ulty k e p t from f l inting. She now cam e forward s olicitou s ly. "Oh, I hope you are not hurt!;' s h e cried, anxiously. "Divil a bit, miss," r e pli e d B a rney, bluntly "Only a "Be jaber s I don t see but p)lwat w e ar e s thuck !" he cl ime d Alma in vain tried to force a way through the under growth. .. But it was of no avail. Howeve r, Barney' s fertil e brain quickly conce ived an ex pedieljlt. "Shure, an' we'll not b e b eat!" he declared. "There is a way to git out av it, an' b e jab e r s I have -it!" "What i s it?" a s ked Alma, eagerly. "Whist, now, an' I'll tell y e ." few scratches, an' shur e I don t moind thim Barney went down to the water's edge. Some logs lay The Celt gave the d e ad p anthe r a kick with hi s foot and upon the bank of the stream. remarked: He rolled these into the water. Then he cut some withes "Shure, he ll niv e r d ? any more harrum W e ll, miss, I o n the bank, and. with them bom:id the logs together. think we'll be afther goin'." This made quite a res pectable raft. He turned to Alma But at that moment a di s tant, strange sound came to BarRnd said: ey's ears. He listened intently. "Shure, an' we'll niver be beat. Don't yez forgit that "Splendid!" cried the young girl. "Will it support u s Presently h e di s tinguislied it quite plainly. It was the both?" \ attle of fire-arms. "Of coorse it will. Jist wait wan moment, me lady A v


/ I I 26 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTION THE "WARRIOR." yez will git onto the raft an' howld it with this pole, I'll The reason for this was quickly made apparent ,y.ez phwat I mean." The distant sound of fire-arms wa s to be plainly heard. Alma at once complied. "Hurrah!" cried Frank, Jr., wildly. "It is C)ark onto the raft. Barney sprang upon the bank. and his men, and they coming just in the nick of time.' The Celt proceeded to cut down a tall sapling with his "Three cheers for the lieutenant i" cried Myers, with enknife. He evidently wished it for a pole to propel the raft thusiasm. with. "The battle is not lost yet." While at work on this, howevet, a thrilling thing happened. "Not if we can only get the Warrior out of this mud. "We can do that," replied Frank, confidently. "Jus 'fhe strong current caught the end of the raft and swung wait until the coast is clear it out into midstream. In vain Alma tried to stop it. In less than ten minutes after the arrival of the tall The force of the current nearly twisted her overboard. the Apaches were all on the move. "Help-help!" she cried. "Oh, come to me, quick!" As soon as the coast was clear Frank stepped down from "Shure, an' that I will, miss!" cried Barney, starting for theW arrior. the raft. He procured a long steel rope and passed it about a disBut before he could reach it a startling thing happened. tant tree, hitching the other end to the windlass on the There was a wild chorus of yells, and from the woods on platform of the machine. two sides there sprang a band of painted Apaches. Slowly but surely the Warrior was lifted out of the quagWith fierce yells they started for the Celt. mire. Barney saw that if he started for the shore he would ex pose himself to be shot down. There was no alternative but to step into the deep under brush in his rear. Rifle bullets whistled about him, while with horror he saw the raft drifting down the river with helpless Alma Dane upon it. He was powerless to stop it. CHAPTER XII. Out upon the level ground it wa.s pulled. Then the party gave cheers. The mud was scraped from the running gear, and then. Frank cried : "All aboard!" The Warrior once more started in pursuit of the Apaches. As the v illage came in view, Frank saw that his surmise was correct. Clarke's party had boldly invaded the stronghold of Black Cloud, and a terrible battle was in progress. THE FOREST FIRE. At that distance Frank hardly dared to use the electric The efectric wires did their work well, and were really gun for fear of killing some of the soldiers. the means of repulsing the savages. Heaps of the stunned Apaches lay about the Warrior. But he kept on until quite near to the exciting scene. Then he saw a couple of officers upon a slight eminence The others, seeing the mysterious fate of their comrades, near. were slow to come on. One of them Frank recognized at once. It wa.s no other They had made a desperate but vain effort toreach the than Clarke. Warrior and failed. It was in keeping with Indian nature to now retreat. They withdrew to a respectful distance and a desultory fire was kept up. For over an hour this lasted. Then M:Jers cried : "Look! What is up?" This was indeed a puzzler. There seemed to be some great commotion among the Indians. A tall chief had arrived, and was giving excited commands. Reining up his horse he dropped from the saddle and rushed forward, crying: "Is it you, Mr. Reade? Hurrah We shall whip the foe now!" "You are right-we will whip them," cried Frank, springing down and grasping young lieutenant's hand. "I am glad to see you." "The same,,replied Clarke, warmly. "I you have a tight battle on?" "Yes; my o men are hardly able to cope with What it meant puzzled the party on the Warrior for some many of the foe." d Then it became evident that the Apaches were about to Your electric gun ought to clear the way." giTe up their attack on theW arrior . "It shall."


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVEN'l'ION THE "WARRIOR." Then they briefly exchanged notes. Clarke was very pale and much distressed. "Ah, I fear it is all up!" he groaned. "If Alma is in the power of Long Lance, I shiver to think of her fate." "Krep up courage," said Frank. "We will save her yet.'' The cavalry were having IJ.'hard battle with the Apaches. The latter, realizing that the advantage was theirs, fought desperately, 'and tried to overwhelm their white foes. They might have succeeded in doing so had it not been for the electric Warrior. Frank trained the electric gun quickly, and sent a ,Projec tile into the midst of the Apaches. Another and another was sent, and the Apaches, inspired I' with fearful terror, made a break for the cover Qf the cliffs. The victorious whites pursued, and a running fight was indulged in. I Frank did not deeD} it necessary to pursue with. the War rior. He remained in con-sultation with Clarke. "What do you think has become of Barney and Pomp?" asked the lieutenant. "Indeed, I am at a loss to know," replied Frank. "It is beyond my best conception. I fear that they have been f killed by the savages." r The Apache village was hastily searched. But nothing was found which could give even the faintest clew. The Apaches, thoroughly beaten1 had retreated into the hills. It was now a question as to what move it was best to pursue. While in this quandary a sudden outcry was heard . FraJ?-k and the lieutenant turned quickly, and the eried: "Upon my word! 'Is not that your colored man, Frank?" The young inventor gazed in the direction indicated and a sharp cry escaped his lips. "Pomp!" he exclaimed; "this is too good for belief!" Running with all speed toward the Warrior was Pomp. "Pomp!" cried Frank, joyfully, "this is good fortune. You have come back all safe!" "Bress de Lor' fo' dat !" cried the darky. "But-where is Barney?" "I done spec he am all safe, sah, somewhar wia de lady we rescued from Long Lance an' his gang." "What is that?" cried Clarke. "It am de lady yo' am lookin' sah, fo' a suttin fa.c'." "Alma!" criecl Clarke, wildly. "Where is she, Pomp? us all about it." ,Pomp caught his breath, and then went on to tell his tJle hills everywhere. They may fall again into the hands of the Apaches if we don't work quick." Quickly the soldiers were on the move. Pomp led the ''\vay as guide. n. A cut was made through the hills, until finally the ruge of a mighty track of forest was reached. It was impossible for the Warrior to enter this. So it was decided that the horsemen should go forward through a bridle path, by which Pomp himself had come. The Warrior was to await here the return of the party. Clarke and Pomp rode in the van of the cavalcade. Then they came to the banks of a swift-flowing river. They .were about to ford this when a peculiar sound came to the ears of all. At first it seemed like the distant booming of thunder. But one of the soldiers was sniffing the air. "Leftenant," he said, touching his hat, "I think I can smell fire." "Fire?" What was to be done? If the woods were on fire it would be folly to go ahead. Indeed, it would be equivalent to certain death. \ But something had to be done at once. This was certain. 'l'h.e lieutenant quickly made up his mind. "We will go forward as far as we c n," he declared, "and then if we are compelled to do so we can turn back." "Right," said one of the men. So the party went forward. The thunder of the flames was most frightful to them. Finally the smoke became so dense that they could go no further. Then a halt was called. Lieutenant Clarke was satisfied that it would be folly to keep on. So he gave the order: "About face!" They were obliged to go at no slow pace, ana in the course o time came to the river once more, But here a thrilling sight rewarded them. I The woods upon fhe opposite side were literally in flames. 'ro get across was out of the question. The party looked at each other in an appalled. manner. 'Dhey were literally hemmed in by the devouring :flames. CHAPTER X!Il. THE END he haddi,nished Clarke cried: Barney's horror was 'intense as he saw the raft drifting saddle, all! We must find them at all costs. Scour down the river with the helpless Alma Dane upon it.


... 28 FRANK READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC I NVENTION THE "WARRIOR." But Alma thou g h t e rribly f ri ghte n ed, was quite cal:w. She clung t o th e dri f h ng log s bravely. Barn e y had tim e to shout: "Howld on, miss! B e m e sowl, I'll thry an' h e lp yez out .. av s cr a p e !" Then the pluck y Iris hman again open e d fire o n t h e sav ages. His aim was d e adly, and h e work e d t h e Win c hest e r s o well tha t h e k ept the I p di a n s at bay. S e izing hi s firs t opportunity, h e ru s hed deep e r into t h e w oods It was hi s h o p e t o g ive t h e A paches th e s lip. I n this h e was mor e s uccessful th an h e h a d dared hope. For some r e a son o r ot h e r t h e savages s u d d e nl y abandon e d the cha se. Realizing thi s Barney mad e a q u i c k cou rse for the bank of the river. He r e a c h e d it a nd saw the l o g raft s ome d i s t a nce below slowly driftin g down t h e st ream . Alma waved h e r a rm s w il d l y and B a rn e y cried: ''Kape up y our c our a ge, miss. Shure, I'm comin to yez." And the plu cky C elt leap e d into the w at e r a nd swam to the raft. Clamb e ring aboar for h o ur s they drifte d down the river Sudd e nl y Barn e y heard a loud roa r in g s ound, a nd the s m e ll of smoke was in the a ir. With somet hing lik e t e rror, the Celt r e alized that the forest was on fire. "Howly Mith e r !"he gas ped. "If the fir e iver r e a ches u s we're don e for!" The river was not s o br o ad th a t they c ould hope to escape th e t er ribl e heat, wh1c h would b e f a t al. Th e n s udd e nly, a s the raft tur ned a b e nd in the riv e r, a crowd of men w e r e seen up o n the b a nk som e d ista n c e b elow. They wore Unit e d States -q.niforms and B a rney c ri ed: 1 On m e loife, the ; e i s Pomp the n a ygur a nd1 a hull lot A few h o ur s l a t e r, a nd JUs t b e fore sun s et, the part. reach e d the e lectric Warrior. H e r e it was discovered tha t H e nry Dan e and f our of hi s m e n h a d turne d up saf e and w e ll. Joy was upon all s ide s Pomp a nd B a rn e y r e lieved Mye r s a nd B ent on board W arrior. The next day the v ictori o u s part y set out for Fort Rig : l Th e Los Peso s Hill s w e r e l e f t behind and i n due t h e f ort was safe l v reach ed. L l Not h i n g was seen o f t h e Apa c hes. Th e e l e ctr i c gun hadL given them a lesson s o sever e tha t they would not. s oon cov e r f rom it. At the f ort a g r a nd jubilee was indulged in. Fran Reade, Jr., a nd hi s w ond e rful inventi on w e r e given a g rea ; o vati o n. "We a ll our s uccess a nd h!l-ppiness to you, R ea d e !" sai d Cla rke, warmlv. "Indeed we d o," sai d wit h a t w inkl e of h e r bro eyes. 1 "If you w ill o nl y give u s h e lp we w ill r e lieve t h i s regio 4 of i t s c ur s e," con t inu e d t h e lieute nant Th e Apache 4 s hall b e a ll wipe d o ut." 4 . "Imp o ssib l e," r e pli e d Fra n k, p o lit e ly. I h a v e a lr e ad a n e w inv e ntion in mind whi c h I mu st go hom e and per4 4 feet." "Wha t i s i t lik e ? I prefer n o t to s a y as yet You s h a ll know in du c ourse of t i m e '' t A f e w weeks l a t e r saw F r a nk Reade, Jr., Barney and ; P o mp saf e in R eaclestown. The r e t he youn g i nven t or wen to work upon a new wonde r whic h w e may t e ll t h e r eade a b out a t som e futur e day. THE END. ( ( of soge rs !" R e ad "FRANK READE JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC With thi s the C elt set up a loud cr y It was answered, AIRBOAT ; OR, HUNTIN G WILD BEASTS FOR Pi. and not man y minute s lat e r the p arty w a s uni ted. CIR CUS," whi c h w i ll b e the n ext numb e r (10' of Pomp a nd Barn e y w e re e mbra c ing e ach oth e r, and I.i e uR eade Weekly." t e nant Cla rke held Alma in hi s a rm s 1 It was a joyful m e eting. My darling!" s aid the young lieutenant. "We s h a H n e v e r be separat e d a ga in Explanations w e r e quickly mad e and the n a plan qf es cape from the flames was 'found. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numb e rs o:f thi s weeki a r e always in p rint. If y ou c a nnot obt ain th e m from a,ny n e w s deal e r, send the price in mon e y or pos tage stamps _by mail to FRAN K TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION The river was waded up its course for a dis t a nce of t w o SQUARE NEW YORK a nd you will the copies mi:les The n a n e w path was found throu g h the forest. you ord e r by r eturn mail.


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or, A Very Warm Time . 6 1 'l'he L iberty Boys' S eale d Orders ; or, Going It Blind. 62 Stro ke ; or, W ith "Light Horse Harry" 63 The Lib e rty B oy s Live ly Time s ; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 64 The 0dLJ:.e rty Boys' "Ijone Hand" ; or, F ighting Against Great 65 The Lib erty Boys Mascot; o r The I do) o f the Company. 1 66 T h e L i b e r t y Boys' W rath ; or, Going fo r the Re d coats Roughshod. 67 Th. e Lib erty B oys' Battle fo r Life ; or, T h e Hard est Stru ggle of A ll. 68 The L tbert y Lost ; o r T h e Trap T hat Did Not Work. 69 The Libe r t y Boys "Jonah"; or, 'l'h e Y outh Who "Queered" Everything 7 0 The Liber t y B oys' D e c oy; or, B a i ting t h e British. 71 T h e L i b erty Boys Lure d ; or, The S n a r e t h e Enemy S e t 72 The Ube r t y Boys' Ranso m ; or, In t h e Hand s of the Tory Outlaws. 73 The L i b erty Boys a s Sl euthH ounds; o r Trailing Ben edic t Ar I I 74 The Libert y B oy s S woo p ; or, S catte r ing t h e R e d c oats Like, C haft' 7 5 The Liberty B o ys' Hot T i me" ; or, L i vely W ork i n Old Virginia. 76 The Liberty Boys' D aring Sch e m e ; or, Thei r P l o t to Capture the' Kin g's Son 77 The L i berty Boy s B old Mo ve ; or, Into t h e E n e m y s Country. 7 8 The L iberty Boys B eacon Light; or, T h e Signv. l on t h e Mountain. 79 The L i b erty Boys' Honor ; o r The P r omise T h ltt Was K ept. 8 0 The Liberty B oys' T e n Strike" ; or, Bowling t h e British Ove r 81 The L i berty Boys' Gratitude, a n d How the y S howe d It. 8 2 The L i berty Boys and the G eorgia Giant; o r A Hard M a n to Han dl e 8 3 The L i b erty Boys' D e a d Line; o r "Cross It If You Dare !" 84 The Libe r t y Boys H oo D o o e d ; or, Troubl e a t Every Turn. 85 T h e L i b erty Boys' Leap f o r Life ; o r The Ligh t that L e d T h e m 8 6 The L i b e r t y B oys' Indian Friend ; o r The R e d s k i n who Fou ght for' Inde p endenc e. 8 7 The Libert y Boys "Going I t Blind" ; o r T a k ing B i g C h a n c e s 88 The L ib erty Boys' B lack B a n d ; or, Bum ping t h e British Hard 89 The Liberty B oy s "Hur r y Call" ; or, A Wild Dash t o Save a F r iend. 0 0 The L i b e r t y B oy s Guardian Ang e l ; o r The Beautiful Maid of the Mountain. 9 1 The Boys' Brave Stand; o r Set Bac k but Not Defeated. 9 2 The Liberty Boys "Treed ; o r Warm W o r k in the Tall T imber. !J3 The L 'iberty Boys' D a r e ; o r Bac k ing t h e British Down. 94 The L i b erty B oys' B est Blows ; or, B eating t h e B r i tish at B enning-ton. !15 The Liberty Boys In N e w J erse y ; or, Boxing the Ears o f the Brit I s h L io n !J6 The Liberty Boys' D aring: o r No t A fraid of A nyth i n g. 9 7 The Liberty B oys' L ong M a r c h ; or, T h e MoYe that P u z zl e d th British. !JR The Liberty Bo y s Bold Front ; or, Hot T i mes on Harle m H eights. 9 9 The Liberty B oys I n New Y ork; or, H elpi n g to H old the Gre11t City. 100 The r ,lberty B oys' Big Risk ; or, Ready t o Take Chance s 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Ne t ; or, Hauling the Re dcoats I n. 102 The Liberty B o y s Lightning W o r k ; or, T oo Fast for t h e British. 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THE STAGE. No; 31. HQW T9 BECOME A four-So, H. THE .BOYS OF NJ\l W YORK E N D JOKE teen tll ustratJOn s, g t ving t he d ifferent positions requisite t o becom 4 OOK.-Contau11ng a great vanety of the latest j o k es u se d by the a goo d speaker, read e r a n d elocut i onist. A l so co ntainin g g ems froll! oat famo u s end men. No amateur minstrels is co m p lete without a_ll t h e PORular !lnt hors o f p r ose and poetry, a r r ar. g e d in t h e m01:1 h1s wonderfu l little boc:. s1mple and conctse manner poss i ble . No . -if. THE 01<' NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.No. 49. _HOW 'l'O DEBA'.rE.-Giving rul es for conduciin1 dt> onta1!lmg a var1ed of speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outhnes for debates, questions for discussio n and tiM bH- nd Ir1sh Also end mens JOkes Just the thing for home amuse-sources for procuring info rmation o n t h e q uestio n s g 'iven ent and shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF :1\EW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCIETY. ND JOKI the great wit, humoris t and practi cal jok e r of 4. H.OW '1'0 DANSE is the title of a new and handsonH e Every boy who can e njoy a good substantial joke should .book JUS t 1 ss u e d by l! rank. Tousey. It contains full lnstrut bta!D a c opy Imm edtate lv twos m the art o f d auC'iug, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1 No. 79 Hf?W TO AN ACTOR.-Containing comhow to drrss,,and full directions for calling off in all popular squal"' 'lete I nstructiOns how to make up for v a riou s character s on the dances. :&.&'e with the duties of the Stage l\Ianage r Prompter, No. !? HOW TQ LOVJ!l.-A guide to Ion cenlc Art1st and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. nnrl m a :nage g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etlquettl No, 80 GUS WII.LIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the )atto b e observ ed, With many curious and interesting things not .&'fl' t jokes anecdote s and funny stories of thi s world-re nown e d and (;rally known. Ter popular G er!flt,ID com e rlian. Six t y-four pages; handsome No. 17. f!:OW .ro full instruction In t h < "')er contammg a halfton e phot o of the author. art of rlr essmg and appeanng well at hom e and abroad givlnt th. sel ec tion s o f color s material. and how to have them made up HOUSEKEEPIN G 16 H9W TO KEEP A, WIND_OW GARDEN:-Containing '11.11 lnstructwns for constructmg a wmdow gard e n e 1 t h e r in t own r country, and the most approve d me t hods for rais i n g beautiful aowel"i at howe. The most complet e book o f t h e k i nd eve r pub 4hed No 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of t h e mo s t instructive bo o k s n CQoking evet published. It. contains. r ecipes fo r cooking m eats, and oy sters; als o pi e s, pudd m gs cak e s and a ll kinds of ;,utry, and a grand collecti o n of r ecipes by on e of our m os t p opular ?Ok5, 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains informlltion for ,veryb ody boys, giFls, men and women; it will t e a c h you how to .:1ak .. almost auythmg arvund the hou se s u c h a s p arlor ornaments cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lim e for catching birds.' E LECTRICAL. '\o, t 6 HOW TO MAKE AXD USE ELECTRICITY.-A de >criptio n o f the wonderful u ses o f e lectl'icity anrl e l ectro magnetism og,.rher VIlh full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries: tc f!Y George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il 1nlions :\o I H HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Cona!n io g full Jirections for making electrical mac hines, induction' -o1ls dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by ele ctticlty. 'ly R A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrate d. X o. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a :trgo c ollection ol' instructive and highly amusing electri<:al tric k s oget b Pr with illustrations. By A. Anders on. ENTERTAINMENT. I I \ -a 9 HOW TO BECOME A: VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry The secret given away. Every boy reading his book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multiudes e very night with his wonderful imitations), can master the nt, and f'reate any amount of fun for himse lf and friends. It is the neatest publis hed. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A f:ry little book just published. A complete compendium. games. sports, card diversions, c omi c recitations, etc., suitable parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the -:Jone y than any book published. No. 3 5 HOW TO PLAY GAMES.A complete and useful little o ook containing the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, !lckgammon. croqtwt. dominoes, etc. "i'o 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing a ll h e l eading conundrums of the day, amusing ridd l es, curious catches nd witty sayings. 5 2 HOW '1'0 PLAY CARDS.-A comp lete and handy little ook giving the r ules and full direc tions for playing Euchre, Crib )lige Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, P edro Sancho, Draw Poker, \uction Pitc h. A l l Fours. and other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun!red interesting puzzl es and conundrums. with key to same. A omolete bvo k. Full y illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. 13 HOW T O DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It a great life secret, and one that every y oung man desires to know ,11 about. happiness in it. No. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rul es and etiquette goorl soC'iety a nrl the easiest and most approved method s of ap ' ":t:-inl!' to good arlvantage at parties. balls, the theatre, church, and u the drawin g -room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW T O RECITE AND BOOK O F RECITATIONS. 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