Fighting the slave hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in central Africa.

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Fighting the slave hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in central Africa.

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Down through the line of M'bokis went the Vendetta. Frank tried hard to reach the white traders. If he could have done so. he would gladly have crushed them also But Hardinger and his gang foresaw their peril.

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rhese -BoOks -Tell You Everythin A COMPLETE SET __ A ENCYCLOPEDIA I of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, ill u$trated .1ost of the book s a r e a ls-o profusely illustriated a n d all of the subjects treated tipon are explained in such a simple manner can tho r o ugh l y understand them L ook over the 'list as classified. and see if you want to k now anything a bo u t the ' THESFJ.BOOKS AREJ FOR SALE BY 'Af.,L NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SI!JNT BY MAIL TO rROl\1 THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS CENT, POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, S PORTING. M AGIC. 21 HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete 1Unting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in ltructions about guns1 hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, No. 2. HOW .ro DO 'l'RICKS.-The great book of magic card tricks, containing full instruction on all the l eading card of the day, also the most popular magi cal illusions as "l"'ith descriptiOns of game and fish. our leading magiciims; every boy should obtain a copy as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILL' A BOAT.-Fully !lustrated. Every boy should know how to !."', N and sail a. boat. l'ul! instructions are given in this little boo:;:._. together wi lh iu Jtructions on swimming and ri ding, companion sports to boating. No 47 HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-& complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for :iseases peculiar to the horse. No. :.!2. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's secon,l explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Ex. plaini the dialogues were carried on between the magic ian a boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The authentic explanati on of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO I3ECOl\fE A 1\IAGICIAN.-Containing :\o. 48. HOW '1.'0 BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy >OOj!; for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes .nd the most popular manner of sailing them. F ull y illustrated. !lr C Stansfield Hicks. grandest assottment of I illusions ever placed before public. Also tricks with No. 68. HOW TO DO CH:K\HCA one hundred high l y amusing and instructive tricks with HYPNOTISM. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW '1'0 DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also 81 HOW TO HYPNO'.riZE.-Containing valuable and in information regarding the science of hypnotism Also a:plaihing the most approved methods which are employed by the .u.din r hypnotists of the world By Leo Hugo Koch, A.e.s. ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A An No. 70. 'HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing directions for making l\1agic 'l'oys and devices of many k i nds A. Andetson. Fully illustmted. No. 73. HOW TO DO '.rRICKS WITH N FORTUNE TELLING. many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. '1o. 1. SAPOLEON'S ORACULUJ\1 AKD DREAM BOOK.Anderson. Fully il lustrated. ::oilfaining the great oracle of human destiny; a l so t;he true meanNo. 75. HOW TO Bj]JCOME A CONJUROR. Con ng of almost any kind of dreams together with charms, ceremonies, tricks with Dominos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. nd curious games of cards. A complete book thirty-six illustrl\tions. BY A. Anderson. ,.No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a :rom the little child to the aged man and woman This little book plete des c ription of the mysteries of 1\Iagic and Sleight of fives the exJ)lanation to alJ kinds of dreams together with lucky together with ma'ny wonderful experiments. By A. 'nd unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum,1 the book of fate. Illustrated. No. 28 HOW TO TELL is desirous of MECHANICAL: tnowi ng what his future life will b r ing forth, whether happiness or No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.Every w;elth or poverty. carr' tel by a, g'Iunce at, this should !mow how inventions originated. This book explains Buy one and convmced Te.J! your own fortune. _[ell all giving examples in electri city hydraulics magnetism. tb.e fortune of your frrends. ,.. n h 'T 'o .. 7.6. uqw TO FORTUNE's THE IIAND.-. t ics, me alll c s, etc., etc. he most instructive pu .:ontammg ru:es. for tellmg_fortunes by the aid of the hnes of thE) No. 56. HOW TO BEC0:\,1E AN J < and, or the. secret of palm istry. Als o the secret of tellmg futur:e instructiOQ.i\1 how to proceed in order to bec ome a locomori-ve by a.1d of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. A. gineer; al';;b directions for locomotive; with a full descript ion, .of should . ATHLETIC. . ,. \i .. il No. 57 . IIOW o e iJOW !1'0 BECOME AN ATI-ILETE...!,Giv.mg full in dire c tions how,to (ruction for the use of dumb bells; Indian clubs, parJ).)l el bars, phone and other -m1tls.ll:'aJ ins:fntment s ea lthy muscle; contailiing over sixty i llustrations. Every boy can modern times > ecome strong anJ healthy by f(}llowing the instructions contained for twenty years u
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RANK READE I "Y" NTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA. AND IN THE AIR. l88ued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application ntade fo1 Second Class entry at the New Y01k, N. Y., Post Office. Enteed acco1ding to Ac( of Con!J1'e88 in the year 1903, in the ojftce of the Lib1arian of Congre88, D. C.\ by Fank Tousey, 24 Union Squme, New York. NEW YORK, JANUARY 16, 1903. Price 5 Cents. l g tl e tl ighting theSlave Hunters : OR, r OV> htai er s o r ft 1 Frank Reade; Jr., in Central Afric;;t. E l win1 ly By ''NONA.ME." CHAPTER I. A STORY OF OPPRESSION. "Land ho !" fu The cry reached the ears of those upon the deck of a snug; rim, little steamer which carried the American flag at her Fu 1asthead. EYJ; She was cleaving the waters of the South Atlantic, and a onth previous had left the port of New York, U. S. A., nin' ound for the Congo Free States, on the west coast of Africa. tio m el From keelson to masthead she was a model of perfect nin. cauty. There was no disputing this fact. ick Captain Haynes, of the Yankee Girl, which was the name f the steamer, was not slow in answering the lookout's hail. t e r s "Where away?" he s houted. lUD uDead to windward!" replied the lookout. vin cts ourse sou'-sou'west !" "Kee p a The man at the wheel laid the ship's bow over a trifle. i t tl hen with his glass Haynes plainly descried the distant het oast line. IDY unt "Right!" he cried "It is the African coast at last!" A tall, handsome and young man 0111a t his side said : "Ah, Captain Haynes, you really think it is the African oast ?" "I do, Mr. Re ade !"replied the bluff captain. "Just take this gl ass and you can get a good look at it!" "Thank you!" The young man took the proffered glass and st udied the distant line of land. As he stood there upon the bridge he I made a handsome picture. Indeed, he was one to attract attention anywhPre, nbt more from physical than mental gifts. The world he was known. His name and his famous 0xploits were the talk of all tongues. For, let the reader know, he was no other than Frank Reade, Jr., the fa mons inventor of airships and s ubmarine boats. No prettier town was there in all Am e rica than Readestown, the home of the young inventor, and where were the machine shops in which he manufactured his inventions. His father had been an inventor before him and had traveled the world over. It was natural that young Frank should follow in his footprints. But no doubt the reader is curious to know just why Frank Reade, Jr., is in this part of the world aboard the steamer Yankee Girl.

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F IGHTING THE SLAVE HuNT ERS. H is mission was one of a very important and philan thropic kind. "I do not wonder What did you do about it?" "Do? Ah that i s what I mu s t t e ll you . I was In order to explain it fully w e will b e compe lled to take excited and addressed the whit e m e n a n g ril y To my the reader for a brief while back to Ame rica. prise and horror I found that th e y w e r e all Engli s hmen. One day a man alight e d from the cars in Readestown and "Englis hmen e ngaged in s lav e trading?" entering a carriage was driven to the r e sidence of the young inventor. H e was u s h e red into Frank' s pre s e nce, extending a card which read: "NICHOLAS VAN DYKE, Cape 'Town, Africa Frank Reade, Jr., r e ad th e card a nd the n-gav e tlie gentl e man a c ritical gaze 'l'he result was evidently favorabl e for he said, politel y : "Pray hav e a chair, Mr Van Dyke What can I do for you?" The visitor s at down. Aft e r I have explained to yo'\1 the motive of my vi sit, "That is true "It i s s trange!" "Neve rthel e s s it i s true. I addressed the l e ad e r of party s harply. H e was a tall, d a rk-brow e d f e llow, and answe red m e in a s url y fa s hi o n "I a s k e d him wha t h e m e ant b y s u c h n ef ariou s and he coolly inform e d m e that h e did not cons id e r any of-my affairs. "I took a look at the slav es. To my s urpris e t hey far from b e ing black. white a s m y own, and their f eatures of a r a r e typ e of and int e llig ence "Among the m w e r e seve ral d e licat e looking Ivir. Read e," h e said, frankl y "you can then und e r s tand The y .looke d at m e mut e ly, appealingly. bett er." "Ve ry well." Nichola s Van Dyke was a man not more than forty year s of age, with a noble cas t of features and finely knit form "For thi s Harding e r, whi c h was th e nam e the u f th e s l ave trad e r s had given me, s tepped up and sb,a rp w o rds, and the n brutally struc k one of them to the g round "Firs t I will say," he exclaimed "that I am a trav e l e r "This w a s mor e than I c ould s tand I faced the brute. in a ll .senses of the word. I trav e l for s tudy and for pl e as" 'Ho u nd! I c ri e d madl y 'what impelled you to do ure For a year pa s t I hav e sojourn e d in Cape To wn." a t hin g as that?' "Indeed! said Frank, plea s antly. "The n you ar e far 'Wha t is t h a t to you ?' h e r e torted f rom home?" "Rather; but let me go on. In my trav e l s in A f ri ca, I have come acro s s an adventure whic h c annot help bu,t thrill you when you hear it. 'It is a bru tar act .' will you do about it?' 'This i s what I will do!' "The n I struc k the villian to m y feet with a blow of I had been on an extended tour up into the Congo ivor y fist. It was th e s i g nal for s trife. c ountry, whe n one day in trav e ling through the jungle s I f elt a twing e in t h e arm. \ A bull e t had pass e(). thro ug l m e t with a que er procession. "Firs t, th e re came a doze n or mor e whit e m e n, and I saw at once b y their color that they w e re Europeans. t h e mu scles. Oth e r s rang pa s t m y ear s "The n I saw th e gang c oming for me. I was desp e ra t e "My black body guard o f / fifty men from the bank s of th1 Aft e r them followed s e veral hundred arm e d natives of Zambesi stood b y m e valiantl y the M'boki tribe, a fierce and warlik e set, and ar e hand in -glove with the villainou s Portuguese who handle the slave trade. "I had heard much of the s lave hunte r but this was the fir s t tim e I had come across any of their ilk "That they w e re s lave hunters I quickly ,saw, for in their midst ther e w e r e half a hundr e d wretched souls with man acle s upon their wrists, and their backs with the blows of the lash." "They hurl e d the mselves fie rcely upon the foe. Som e th e m lib e rated the whit e s laves and our forces were a lll.ented. "The result was tha t we s cattered the villainous trad e r s and lib e rated the poor Mamboulis, for that was name "Hardinger and hi s gang retreated to a safe point "The Mambouli s are a peaceful and indu s triou s H e aven s e xclaimed Frank Reade, Jr., :' that is awful!" near the h ead wat e r s of the Congo. You ma y well say that. Indeed, my heart was filled "The y ar e s kill e d farm e r s and have attain e d a w i t h pity." n eare r to civilization than an y oth e r African tribe.

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, F ) FIGH'l'ING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 3 I "But of lat e th e gang of slave hunters under Solomon arding e r had c arri e d away hundreds of their best peopl e u:v ''Aid e d b y th e fie rce M boki s the. Engli s hm e n w e re abl e all cases t o d efe at t h e M a mbouli s and e n te ring th e village ey mad e captives by the hundr e d." Van Dyke h e re paused for a mome nt. Frank R e ade, Jr., "Come thi s way and I will show you in what manner I a m able to carr y out th e pro ject you sugg est." Without a word Va:ri. Dyke obeyed. Down through the garden, whe n once outside the house, I they went. The r e was a path leading in thi s way dir e ctly down to the been an att e ntiv e li s t e n er. machin e s hop s t h "It i s outrageou s !" h e declar e d pos i tive ly. "Those v i l -H e r e i n a broad y ard the two m e n came upon a machine b in s s hould b e s ummarily dealt with." th(llike o f ;vhich Van Dyk e had nev e r befor e seen. r1 Van D y k e l e an e d forward. "This i s my late s t invention s aid Fran k Read e Jr. p r Your hand, Mr R e ade," h e s aid, warml y I k new explanatively. And in c e rtain respect s it eclipses all ose would b e y our sentim ents. This i s w ha t I have com e oth e r s ." 1 see you about!" "Indeed!" crie d Van D y k e "From its appearance it er "Indeed! In what mann e r c a n I aid you? u : "You can aiel m e mor e than any which England o r m e rica migh t send out." Fra nk l ooke d s urprised. What do you m ean?-" i s a marvel." ' L e t me e xplain it s mechani s m t o you." The m a chine was in th e s hap e of a dome-like roof upon a flat and broad platform of s teel which was s et'upon four wheel s d e what I say The s lav e trade mu s t in mann e r w e r e two deck s to t h e structure,. on e rail e d in and e s topped I am mor e int e rest e d in thi s intellig ent race runmng c o mplet e ly a r o und th e base of t h e dome or s h e ll, than c an s a y in and I cannot b e ar ... ; hi c h was of some light metal alli e d to s teel and bull e t think of t h eir b e ing so brutall y c ru s hed out o f e x i s tence p roof. a nati on. I have ple dg e d myself to sa v e the m Th e second deck was upon the top of th e s h e ll, and was "e l Fra nk gazed s t e adil y a t V a n D yke. als o prot e ct e d by high rail s ':J'his d eck could be more propto'' 1 ei'ly c alled a bridge. From it a ladder led down to the "And you want m e to h e lp you?" ( "Yes!" "In wha t mann e r do you think I c an cru s h the s lav e rader s b ette r than y ou?" "Why-you hav e inv e ntions which will enable you to pl.'enetra te with s af e t y int o th e v e ry h e art of that p e ril-in est e d regi o n One of y our air s hip s for in s tanc e ." g Frank s hook his head. "I hav e no airship at present." te Van Dyke s fac e f e ll h1 H e arose a nd advan c ing to Frank' s s id e took hi s hand, ying, earnestly: o "Do not r ef use to h e lp me, Mr. Read e Muc h d e pend s deck b elow over the s urfac e of th e s hell. In th e she ll th e r e wer e circular windows like dead eyes :five upon e a c h side. B e neath th e m at intervals were doors made of plates of s t eel. In th e forward I>art of th e s h e ll was a porthole, through whic h protrud e d th e muzzle of a gun. The rear porthole al s o showe d the muzzle of another gun. 'rhese gun s w e r e o f a n e w patt e rn, firing dynamit e bombs,. a nd an inv e ntion of Frank R eade, Jr.'s Above all was a dome-shaped pilot-house, with windows of thicke s t plate glass. At the end of fhe bridge was a powe rful elPCtric searchlight. Forward was a pilot like tho s e used on a steam locomotive I g Frank R e ade, Jr., drew a deep bre ath and aro s e to his and a long, s harp stee l ram. eet. tv His eyes s hone with a peculiar as he said: e i "Mr. Van D y ke, I a m mor e inte rest e d in your project ban words c an tell. You hav e e x cit e d my deepes t sympathy e I will promise to help you. m A cry of. intense joy escap e d Van Dyke' s lip s "Hurrah!" h e s houted. "I have now no doubt but that we shall defeat Harding er's gang. God bless you, Mr. nlfreade!" 1 But Frank took his arm and said : The whee l s w e r e broad, tired with corrugated tires and upon the liub s were keen, scyth e -lik e knives. The Vendetta, for thi s was th e name of the machin e was a d e structive cr e ation, judging from its looks, This was the e xterior appearanc e of the V e ndetta. Frank R e ade Jr., now proceeded to show hi s visitor th e interior. Entering the shell a richl y furni sl1c d compartm ent or cabin was seen. This was fitted up luxuriously and contained a library of

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' 4 FIGH'l'ING THE SLAVE HUNTERS . d10ice books, a cabinet of scientific instruments and many vther t!:Jings. A table in the centre was decorated with rich silverware. Upon the walls were racks in which were hung rifles and other weapons. Beyond the cabin was the engine room. "Herc,1Van Dyke!" cried Frank, eage rly, "we :::ighted the coast!" At onc e Van Dyke was interested. "You don't mean it?" "Yes, I do!" Van Dyke accepted the proffered glass and T.his was compact and unique in its arrangement. The distant coast. machinery was all light and elegant but powerful. No little excitement was now created on board. Electricity was the motive power, and there were powerful The crew all climbed into the rigging, and out driving rods to revolve the axle s of the machine. In the tower, which was reached by means of winding stairs, there was a wheel 'rhich controlled the forward axle of the carriage. Also there were little push buttons, knobs and keys,_ all cabi n bounced two comicallooking cha ract ers. One was a brof!d-s hould cre d Irishman and was a diminutive and comical-looking darky. "Begorra, av it's thru that we've med the land, it's glad I am av that!." c ried the Celt, with a rich with some. purpose in v _ie_w. "Sl mre I niver was so sick av the say afore si nce th e Everything was in unison, and skillfully put together to make a complete and wonderful mechanical whole. CHAPTER II. ON THE A.FRICAN COAST. The electric Vendetta was truly a most marvelous inven tion. Van Dyke examined it \vith and deep interest. "How is it, Mr. Read e," he finally, "that you can expect to travel over rough ground with the Vendetta?" "I do not expect that," replied Frank, promptly, "but the Vendetta. can climb hills easily and travel over quite : an uneven surface. Of course, huge bowld_ers or sheer desct:nts would ])affie it." me mudd er brought me in at Castle Garde_n "Golly fo' glory!" cried the darky, executing a rlrn111171 shuffle. ".Je yo' gib dis chile one lily bit ob a chance to get ashore. He don' stay dar fo' one while." The Celt gave the darky a poke in the ribs. "Whurroo !" he yelled, "have yez iver considhered fact that ycz are comin' back to yu're nativ e naygur?'' 'rhe darky lowe red hi s h ead lik e a flash and gave Celt a poke in the stomach with hi s head which caused hi to sit down solid upon the deck. "Don' yo' fool wif di s chile!" he roared "I jes' gib y, one yo' won't like. Take dat, yo' I'is h loafah !" "Murther! It's kilt I am intoirely !" roared the I "Well!" exclaimed Van Dyke rubbing his hands, "I man. don't think we need to fear much on that score. That part But Frank R ead e Jr., turned around and said, sternly: l'f Africa which we shall visit is mostly all a level tract of "Barney and Pomp, you rascals! country." You mak e more clatter than your necks are worth!" "That will be all the better," declared Frank. travel with greater ease." "We can This sobered the two faithful servitors of the famous ir With this the interview closed. Arrangements were quickly made to start at the earliest possible
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FIGHTING THE SLAYE HUNTERS. 5 hm Bearings were taken and it was found that they were a short distance from the mouth of the Congo. It had been decided for politic reasons not to make :1 landing in the mouth ol the river or any place where the act could be observed. It struck the face of the cliff: full and fair, and there was a mighty roar which was deafening. The of the cliff crumbled away in fine powder. It was a sublime spectacle and a royal salute. The small guns of the Yankee Girl could hardly hope to t There was a small harbor not far distant of which Capegual it. uin Haynes knew. But the little steamer now dropped out of the bay. It was a spot remote from habitation and here it was Those on shore stood and watched her until she was a t E:cided to land the Vendetta. mere speck upon the broad surface of the sea .Accordingly the ship proceeded thither. At length swingth ng around a headland she cast anchor. Extensive preparations were at once begun for the land igtng of the Vendetta. gu As there were no boats aboard large epough to hold her, dit had been arranged to have her floated ashore. There were skilled mechanics aboard the Vel).detta, whom utFrank Reade, Jr., had brought from America. f As soon as the sections were landed the air was broken with the ring of hammers as they went at work to put the machine together. f This requ,ired a day of patient work. Then ]'rank Reade, Jr., cried: "Come! ViTe must be off!" All aboard the Vendetta. Frank went into the pilot-house and started the engines. They like a clock. . The Vendetta glided along"tne shore with the ease of a bird. i There was presently found a break in the wall of the cli.ff. The Vendetta made its >W:ty thus to the higher ground above. Arrived upon the summit of the l:!liff, a marvelous scene Then supplies were put aboard the Vendetta and it was ,w..as spread to view. n full readiness for its journey. Seawar(i lay the waste of tossing waters. tl Into the heart of Central Africa it was to penetrate. I ' Inland, there stretched away for a broad and level i l Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, and Nicholas Van Dyke shook hands with their companions of the Yankee Girl. covered with short-cropped verdure. It was a vast buffalo range, and not :1 mile distant a herd d the type could be seen Y "Name the date when I shall come after you," said Captain Hayhes. "Of course you will not stay here forBeyond _the plain there were visible jungles and forest, and far in the distance lay a broad valley between mighty sl1 ever." "By no means," replied Frank. "It will take me just mountain chains. six weeks to thrash the slave traders and rid the country Van Dyke pointed in t'hat direction. .. "I will be here with the Yankee Girl in six weeks." "Through that valley," he "is the wonderful land of the Mamboulis. It is not more than two hundred n "Of course I may not be right on time." miles rom here e 1 is all right. I will wait here until you come." "That settles it The crew of the Yankee Girl cheered, and then rowed "If that is all," cried Frank, "and we have anything like clear sailing as it seems here, we will soon make it." Good Let us be off back to tl1e steamer. "We are apt to encounter the enemy, by the way, are we?" a j fired the bow gun o the steamer. "Yes." 1 It made quite a loud r eport, but Frank Reade, Jr., "Then let us be repared for them: Barney, see that ''I will give them a salute," he said. both pneumatic guns are ready, and" Pomp, look to the rifles He went to the forward pneumatic gun of the Vendetta. and ammunition!" Distant three hundred yards along the coast was a corner "A'right, sah !" replied Pomp. of the cliff which jutted out over the sea : "Yis, sor !" returned Barney. Frank car eful aim for this and pulled the electric The n the Vendetta started < ; m her way. h key open. Away over the plain she bowled at full speed. There was a hissing o air, a dull shock as the dynamite The wonderful expedition had begun, and thrilling epiprojectile left the gun. sodes were in store for the quartette of hardy adventurers

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I 6 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. CHAPTER III. THE BATTLE ON THE PLAIN. The Vendetta made good time over the plain. But almost at the start the party were destined to ex perience thrilling adventures. "Begorra, av it's any av the slave hunters we'll quick spile 'em!" he cried. "Shure, a .n' 'an crack av electhric gun wud do that!" "Yo' am jes' right, I'ish !" agreed Pomp. The V raced across the level plain like a bird. In a short space of time it had topped the rise of and a thrilling scene was spread t.o view. . Frank Reade, Jr., was in pilot-house, keeping the In a sort of depression which extended even to the machine steady on _its course. c, the jungle there were a group of men and oxen. Barney was doing a double shuffle oil the forward deck, It was plainly a traveling party, and at least a and Pomp was twanging a banjo in a merry fashion. (.f them were white men. Van Dyke was upon the bridge, and lost in contemplaThe other half hundred were natives. They were tion of the country. up 'in a semi-eircle and were shielded by an earth Miles had passed by, arid the undulating country had work hastily thrown up. hid the broad expanseof the sea from view. In the distance there was visible a long line of jungle. Toward this the Vendetta seemed to be making its way. Suddenly a sharp cry escaped the lips of Van Dyke. "Look yonder, Mr. Reade!" he cried, wildly. "Do you . see that smoke?" Frank saw a cloud of white smoke hanging in the air beyond a distant knoll. Then the crack of firearms could be heard. Van Dyke came rushing into the pilot-house of the Vendetta. He was much excited. "What is it, Mr. Reade?" he cried: "What do you call it?" "It is some kind of a fight," declared Frank, with forced calmness. I "You think so?" "Yes, the smo.ke and the of rifles is evidence that." of "So .it would seem," said Van Dyke, doubtfully. "Yet it may be wild animals they are shooting." "No," said Frank, positively. "See how that line of smoke extends to right angles? It is a line of battle." Van Dyke looked in a keen, questioning way at Frank. "You believe that?" he said, brusquely. I do." "Who are the co' mbatants ?" "Some rascally gang of natives and a party of white men, pe-rhaps explorers, and perhaps slave hunters. That remain s to be seen." "Shall we investigate?" "By all means." All on board the Vendetta were much excited. Barne y and Pomp were spoiling for a fight. They could not wait for the Vendetta to reach the spot. They were loading and firing as rapidly as they could 'rheir foes seemed to be in a line of palms just and they were hurling arrows and javelins in a cloud at breastworks. The natives were, some of i:hem, visible, and Van E:xclaimed, in an excited manner: "I verily believe those fellows are M'bokis. If so, are fierce and desperate fighters." "I don't care how fierce and desperate they are," Frank. "I can blow them all to pieces if I choose." "Certainly," agreed Van Dyke; "but it is a hard IS look for that party of travelers, whoever they may be." 'We will soon make it easier for them." "Good enough!" n Frank, however, had barely utt,ered these words when : warning cry came from Barney. jn "Luk out, Misther Reade! Shure, there's danger aheaa av us!" ln "Danger!" exclaimed Frank, switching off the current. ''What is it?" But the Celt's warning had come too late. w Just at that moment there was a slight wavering, a dull shock, and then every man on board was thrown from hi<;li feet. The Vendetta had come to a dead stop. Her cabin the deck were pitched at a high angle. What did it mean? It required only a moment for Frank Reade, Jr., to getFJ eut of the pilot-house at once. Then he saw at a glance just what the difficulty was;:. The machine had run into a small quag which could hardl3: Le seen until close upon it. This had lowered the Vendetta's bow until she was nosE and all deep in the mire.

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.--.------< I FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 7 ty Even the muzzle of the electric gun was deeply buried in J:he mud It was with difficulty that the crew of the Vendetta coulCl. He was a truce bearer from the camp of the besieged travelers. It was easily seen that he was a European and apparmaintain an upright positiol on her slanting deck. cntly an En'glishman. Frank Reade, Jr., stepped forward Of course the electric machinery had ceased to work the and made amicable signs as he came up. :noment she plunged into the mire "Stranger, hullo !"he shouted. "Do you speak English?" What was to be done? "Of course we do '' returned Frank: Here was a nice dilemma. "Good! We glad to meet you. Are you English?" Frank went into the pilot-house and reversed the elec"No, we are Americans," replied the young American. rieal engines. But it was of no use. "lt is all the same in this country. We are friends." There was not sufficient power to start the Vendetta out "Heaven be praised!" replied the truce bearer, coming the mire. The only way possible seemed to be to either drain the i uag, and wait for it to dry up, or dig the machine out by 1ard work. The adventurers looked at each other aghast. Barney as the first to speak. "Be me sowl, it's a corker!" he exclaimed, scratching his ead in utter bewilderment. "Phwat the divil will we do?" "Get her out!" said Van Dyke, in his laconic way. "That will take time," said Frank. , "Golly, I done fink if dem natives should happen fo' to ttack us, it would bes' be a hard 'nu:ff fing !" sa.id Pomp, apprehensively "By Jupiter,-that is so!" said Van Dyke, anxiously. "It all up with us, I fear, if they do. The situation did indeed look critical enough. nearer. "It seems good even to meet people who speak our own language in this clime." I "I can understand your feelings, sir," replied Frank; "but you seem in a hard place." "We are attacked by the fiercest tribe of natives in Africa We are fighting for our lives." "So I perceive. You need help?" "Yes." "We will help you, and but for our accident here we could have terminated the contest in very quick time You see, our machine has her forward wheels in the mud and we cannot use our electric gnn." The truce bearer rubbed his eyes. "It's powerful queer," he declared; "but what sort o f a machine do you call that, I'd like to ask?" "It is an electric road carriage," replied Frank. ''It is The M'bokis and the white travelers were having it hot f f I d constructed for the purpose o sa e m a anger-m-nd heavy. : The natives had not the advantage of the deadly repeatlug r,ifles, they were legion in numbers. Q 'l'he contestants had seen the arrival of the Vendetta, nd for a moment there was a lull in the fighting. It was evident that both sides were surprised and inter PSted in the sudden and unlocked-for appearance of this onderfnl machine. A cheer went up from the whites, and a signal flag 1ras isplayed Then the fight went on more bitter than ever. While the Vendetta's party viewed it with varied emoions. But what else could they do? They seemed powerless to help the beleagured party below. rank Reade, Jr., was fertile in expedients. "Come he cried. "Our first m ove is to get the Ven d etta < cut of the mud!" "Right I" cried Van Dyke. "Take hold, everybody!" None were loth to do this. But before anything could be done in this direction a an was seen approaching with a white flag upheld. fcsted country." "What! Then you travel aboard of it?" "Yes." "What is it made of?" "Principally steel." "Bullet proof ?" "Oh, yes!" "And you can travel around the country in it? By Jove! but it is a rich idea. But what is the motive power?" "Electricity.""You don't say "Yes, I do. "Well, I don't see what hinders you from going any where safely." "We can." "That gun goes by electricity too, does it?" "Yes." "Well, I'll be hanged! What's your name, may I ask? '; ''Frank Reade, Jr." The truce bearer gave a prolonged whistle, and gasped:

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\ 8 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 'lYou don't mean it? Why, I have heard your name "My name is Denni s McFadden. M y father's I much in scientific journals." in Cork, and--" 1'I daresay," replied Frank, with a laugh. "Those chaps are always wrihng .me up." "What have you come to Africa for, I'd like to ask?" "To fight the slave and the M'bokis who are making life for the Mambouli s "Tare an' !"gaspe d Barney, "then yez arc l\T cFaddens of Cork?" "Yes." !'They be gintlemin ivery bit. Shure,, an' O'Shea, an' the O 'S heas are lineal descindants from The truce bear,er dropped his flag and came ru s hing for Brian Bor.u, as iverybody in Oir e land know s." ward with hands outstretched. "The O'Sheas are of the best blood in Ireland, "God bless you he cried. "You will be earning a heavenly reward if you do that. I know all about the I persecuted Mamboulis. They need a champion!" "Well, I'll be their champion," said Frank, grimly; "but l am glad to m eet you, sir. Come up and I will show you the McFaddens !'} replied the truce bearer. "Not a bit av difference atwixt us!" cried Barney ; ; we needn't care for the best av 'em. But, Mister I'm glad to see ye an' proud to know :ye!" "And I am glad to meet the descendant of .so no the Vendetta." family," said l\fcFadden, with a profound bow. This Frank proceeded to do. The fellow was deeply "And are they good Oirishmen that are foightin' wid inte rested. He drew a deep breath at the end and said : "You can fight safely all the tribes in Africa. I wish you success He started to return, but Frank restrained him. down yonder?" ask e d Barney. "Every man of them "An' who be the leaders?" "Well, there is Michael Devine, with as good a "We have told you the truth about ourselves," h e said. as yours." ''Now, perhaps, you will favor us with an expla1;1ation of "May the Lord love him!" your mission in this country "Certainly I will!" replied the truce bearer, readily. CHAPTER IV. THE COLONISTS. Everybody was intere ste d to hear the story from th e truce bearer s lips. "Our. expedition is in the interests of a colony!" h e declared. "Certain wealthy L ondoners ha, e interested themselves in this region. "As you J,'"Ilow th e r e are many poverty-afflicted people in the slums of London and other l arge The most of "And Jerry O'Bri e n and Felix Rourke." "Shure, they're good Oirish names "Every man of them i s a true-born Iris hman. all members of the Land League." "Whurroo !" screamed Barney, flourishing a Liberty for ould Oireland! Down wid ther Briti s h yoke. But McFadd e n shook his head, sad l J. "Ah, no!" he said. "The wisest of our people have up all hope of ever securing freedom for Ire land. there is one thing which the Irish people can do." "An' phwat 's that?" asked Barney. "Start a New Ire land in anoth e r part of the world. these are Irish, who are held down mainly by the fact wouldn't b e long before she could be powerful enough that they are unablfl to m
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. FIGHTING THE HUNTERS. 9 face of the earth. We are backed by some of the Irishmen in London and Dublin." M:cFadden spoke with ea,nestness and conviction Then he gave a leap in the air and his voluble tongue became unloo'sed. A perfect torrent of adjectives roll e d off his lips. '.'Indeed, it looks like a right good sch e me," declared "Tare an' ound s Murther! I'm kilt! I'm kilt! Owfrank Reade, Jr. "It may be the best solution of Ireland's ow-ouch! Whurroo! Mither Mary presarve us! It's kilt ll'rongs." e ul ) "That is so!" agreed Van Dyke. "It is our bel'ief that we can bring every true Irishman . the world to our colony," declared McFadden. "It I am intoirely !" I Of course the acute pain of the sting was over in n moment, but Barney's hand swelled up greatly. He rushed aboard the Vendetta, and Van Dyke followed In hall be one place on earth where an true Irishmen can t o assist hlm in binding the wound, for serious results 've and e njoy their rights according to their own ideas." had often been known to result from the sting of this I' . "Bejab ers, that s ounds well!" cried Barney. "An' that's species o bee. e what yez are in this counthry for, are yez ?" le "Tlus is our mission." "Well," declared Frank Reade, Jr., "we certainly wish cu the best of success." Pomp had recovered and was convulsed with to thlnk that he had got the best of Barney. McFadden, the truce bearer, had laughed his sides ached y "'l'hank you replied McFadden. Even Frank himself saw the affair in a humorous light, but very speedily other more serious things claimed the But Barney scratched his head and loaked roguishly at )omp. attention of all. "Bejabers, an' phwat will become av the nayguts thin, wid 'rhe M 'bokis had suddenly resumed the attack upon the he hull av Oireland moved to Africky? On me sowl, colonists. here'll niver be room fer the botl;l av us!" McFadden's compatriots had again opened fire. "Huh!" sniffed Pomp; "don'' yo' fret 'bout dat. All de Once more the air was filled with flying ar ows and jave' ucated colored people am gwine fo' to stay in de United lins. W e j es' leaves our cast-off things fo' de !'ish And now Frank Reade, Jr., saw the mistake that had This was too mu c h for Barney. been made in wasting so much time in the parley with McFadden. 1 The two servitors were always engaged in joking each 'rhis time should have been oc. cupied in the effort to ex1 ther. tricate the Vendetta from the quagmire. But this jest was a little too pungent to. suit the hot-For along the ridge of l and a large body of the M'bokis ve \ empered Celt. He grabbed a tuft of bunch grass, and pullcould be seen advancing to the attack. : u ng it up, roots and all, flung it at Pomp. They evidently meant to make an attack on the Vendetta. The darky's mouth had been wide open in loud "They are going to make an attack upon us!" cried at the Celt. Van Dyke, with I t The result was that the tuft of grass caught him ... :tg.ll "Let them come," said Frank Reade, grimly; "they may } n that cavernous organ. For a moment he was rolling he sorry for it!" the ground, choking and gasping bewildered But Van Dyke looked dubious. "I am afraid, Mr. Reade," he said, "that you do not But if Pomp had got a bad dose he was'" quickly accorded look at this matter serious enough!" sweet reye:pge. "Why should I?" asked Frank. When Barney grabbed the tuft of grass he had not noted "There are a good many reasons. The M'bokis are hard the fact that deeply concealed in the grass there was a fighters. I see nothing to hinder them from overpowering It huge bee of a peculiar African species and with a stinger us, now that you have not the use of the !" e n 0 like a knife. "Wait and see!" said Frank, coolly He had pressed the bee in his hand with the result that the insect, resenting the treatment, had given him the full benefit of the sting. For a moment the Celt thought he was dying. The agony was intense. "I think I will return to my party," said McFadden. "All right, sir," agreed Frank; "after the battle we will talk with you about your colonization scheme." ."Thank you!" Then McFadden started to return to his party

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10 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. The M;bokis were drawing n earer very rapidly There was no time to lose. Several of the arrows flew over the \ Vendetta, and there was danger now in remaining outside. Frank Reade, Jr., knew this well, and cried, authorita tively: "Come, let us all get under cover!" CHAPTER V. \ THE REPULSE. Van Dyke made no comment whatever upon startling declaration . The 'bokis were coq1ing with all speed, but the This command was heeded. inventor did not attempt to use his rifle. Barney had now recovered from his bee s ting, and with What could it avail? a repeating rifle was with the others at the ioopholes. Perhaps half a dozen of the foe might be picked off As the M'bokis advanced they received a hot fire from but that would not check the others. the Winchesters. So he watched with breathless fascination the 'rhis had the effect of holding them for a brief time in of the foe. check. But only for a brief while. They soon gained courage, and came on with more dar-Frank held the lever under his finger . Van Dyke was fearfully excited. His face was as white as chalk. ing and r ecklessness than "Haven' t you waited long enough, Frank?" he It did not take long for the defenders of the Vendetta anxiously. "I don t believe it is safe to l e t them conie to sec that the battl e was certain to come to close quarclose." ters The result of this ?nly time could tell. Van Dyke was in a state of great worriment. But Frank' Reade, Jr., thus tar had di s played no anxiety I whatever. "Do you not fear a close encounter?" a s ked Van Dyke, anxiously, as be turned from the loophol e at which he stood. "Hold your horses," said the young invento r, coolly. "I hope you knovywhat you are doing?" "I do." Just.sa.t that-moment the natives reached the V rail. Hideou s -looking wretches they were in thei r war an d they look e d like veritable fiends swarming over the Van Dy.ke walked up_ and down in an agony of "Well, of course, there is more or less ris k in it!" said hension. Frank, coolly, "but I believe that we can take care of the "My God!" he exc laim ed, jn horror. "Are you wretche s, all right enough." waiting too long, Frank? See, they are aboard of us!" "But how will you do it? If they reach the rail of th:; "Don't get excited f" said Frank, in his coolest fashion. Vendetta, I don t see wltat is to hinder them from coming Then he turned on the current. aboard The result was thrilling "Don't you ?" "No." "Well, come with me and I will very qmckly show you." Frank led the way into the pilot-house. He put his hand upon one of the levers of the keyboard and said: "When I built the V e ndetta I had this very exigency in Through every part of the steel railing, the shell itself, went the powerful current. "Keep on the floor!" cried Frank, warningly, to others . "Keep on the wood, or you may get a shock, too It is needless to say that the injunction was obeyed. As for th e M'bokis it was the greatest surprise view. Now, this leve,r i connected with a wire, which in they bad &ver experienced. turn is connected with the dynamo and the metal railing Confident of the y had boarded the machine. of the V e ndetta. It is possible for me, by pressing But those swarming lik e bees at the rail s udd enly lev e r, to throw s uch a powerful current into the railing that thrown in the wildest confusion. no number of men could climb over it. You sha ll see." To say that Van Dyke was amazed, would be a simp l e of the truth. The M'bokis were coming full tilt, and it looked plainly as if Frank Reade, Jr., would have an opportunity to test the force of his theory. It was as if a giant hand had picked them up and them back. In some cases either insensibility or a daze was and the interlopers w e re hurled back like puppets. As well might they have attempted a wrestling match wi a Jove.

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F IGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 11 In every s e n s e of the word they were not in it. Back ard rolled the lin e of natives a s if at the mouth of a estructive bat tery. Lightning-like flashes play ed along the rail. Mor e than thi s it effectually put an end to the battle :for that day The M bokis retir e d beyond the rise of land and did not lllak e an y furthe r hos til e demon st ration Right and left w ent the powerful elec t ri c fluid The coloni s t s w ere jubil ant, an d now c am e rus hing up l k The t e rror and superstition of the s avage natu re was ihe slop e to mee t the V ende tta 's party and exc hang e com'orou ghly aroused. pliments. 1 It was impossible for them to stand befor e s uch a fear-Fourte en s tout h earte d Hib e rnian s t hey were, with p e r-I, u n s e en and myst e riou s power. h a p s half a hundr e d of the Mambouli t rib e a s bod y guard. All the whi le tho s e on board the Vend etta wer e pouring G e neral introduction s f ollowed. Barne y wa s right in destructiv e fire into their midst. his el e m e nt. The M boki s were driven back and retreat e d to a safe The C elt now b e cam e enthu sias ti c o v e r the c oloni z ation "stance. sch e m e a nd d e clar e d himself in fa v or o f it h eart a nd hand. Th eir def eat was to them a mos t in e xpli ca bl e thing. "Beja b ers, av it was n t f e r lavin Mist h e r Frank h e r e As for Van Dyke, be was besid e him self with amazeI'd c um out an jine yez-on m e worru d I would!" h e cri e d nt a nd joy. "Jis t b e afth e r s p a kin a good worrud to allay yure rinds "Well, I'll b e hanged!" he cri e d, exube rantly. "I never w anything to bea t that in my l ife. "They will do well if they take the Ve nd etta with the i n Ameriky, s aid J e rry O Bri en. Mr. O'Sh e a will do that," said McFadd e n c onfid e ntl y "Be gorra yez kin b e t yure loife I will! dec la re d Barney. a pons they have!" declared Frank, with a s mil e Night was f a s t settlin g down, a nd i t was d e t e rmin e d to "We ll, I s hould s a y so. Wh y m e rcy on u s nob ody could camp on the s pot. and s u c h a r e pulse a s that. But yet I would not b e s ur'se d to s e e the m c ome to a second attack." ''Do y ou b e lie v e it?" ''I' do." 1 "The y are fool s then ".Perhap s s o ; but the y c annot be acc used of cowardice." It was p r opos e d th e n ext clay t o r es um e th e journey to g e ther, a s the promised land of th e c oloni s t s was n ear the h e ad villa ge of the :Marnbo uli nation. The c oloni s ts "er e all hi g hl y in f avor of Fra nk 's c ham pioning of the M a mboulis. ' B e gorra non e av th e r s lave thrader s will foind wilcom} "You are right." in N e w Oir e l a nd," a verr e d F e li x Rourk e "Shure, it's The M bok'ts c e rtainly see med about to essay anoth e r ats l ave ry e nuff iv c r y s on of Oir e land ha s seen." ck. But one grand thing was accompli s hed b e fore camp was A clou d of arrows cam e rattling down upon the st ee l mad e for th e night. ell of the Vendetta. A s tout c able was brought from the c olonists' c amp and Then onc e more the long line black form s came to the attach e d to th e a x le of the V e nd et ta. ttack 'fhe n all the g an g laid hold of the c able. Su c h a ire T his t i me .they came fro m aU s ides, and wit h the re s istless m e ndous force proved mos t effic i ent and the V e nd e tta was roe of the whirlwind. dragg e d unh a rm e d but some what s oil ed, out of th e mire It was evident that they meant to carry the assault this ,. 'liD C. B ut Frank Reade, Jr., only smiled. He had no fear o f t h e result O n came the foe Once mor e they stru ck the rail of the Vend etta. The chin e trembled with the shock. But the powerful electric fluid was too much for the ack:ing party Backward they were hurl e d again a s l the grip of a giant. This was a matt e r of ge n e ral congratulation. Barney ancl Pomp soon h a d all traces of the mud r e moved and the Vend etta was qui c kly a s bright and shin ing as evel\ Camp was mad e upon the s pot. But Van Dyke was f e arful of a night attack from the foe. "I'll soon guard against that! s aid Frank. "But none of y ou mu s t ventur e away from th e camp." The y oun g inventor produc e d a powerful c oil of wire. Thi s h e proceed e d to s tretch around the entire camp at a This t i me they wer e compe lled to retreat in wil d di s ord e r radiu s of two hundre d feet or mor e did n o t ret urn to the attack t was a c o mp l ete v i ct o ry for the Vend etta. Stakes driv e n in the ground s upport e d it about knee high "They cann o t cross t h e wire in the darkness!" d eclat:ed

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12 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. Frank, confidently. "If they think they can, let them try it." "Begorra, it will be a costly job for the spalpeens, I'm after thinkin'," declared Barney, confidently. All in the camp were warned not to touch the wire. Then the party proceeded to make themselves comfortable. The Celt a h appy humor, and at once struck up Irish christening song. This was enough for the colonists. Up jumped every Irishman, and into a mad Irish ihey plunged. Barney played the fiddle with all his strength and The Irish colonists seemed delighted at having fallen in and the colonists danced until they seemed likezy to with the Vendetta and its crew. The negro natives applauded, and watched the Frank delighted them still further by promising to rewith keen enjoyment. main with them until their colony was fairly started. As for Frank Reade, Jr., and Van Dyke words "Before I leave this region," he declared, "I mean that not express their amusement. the slave traders and their allies, the 1\{'bokis, shall be They were applauding spectators just as long as the wiped out of existence!" went on. "God bless ye fer a gintleman !" cried Jerry O'Brien. It was likely that more than half the night would ''Shure, it's long life I wish fer ye !'' been spent this way had it not been for a sudden Barney was unusually hilarious. which put a. sudden stop to the proceedings 'rhe Celt was right in his element with so many of his brought every man to his feet in alarm and apprehens countrymep with him. He could not control his exuberant feelings nor his voluble tongue at the same time. Pomp also seemed to enjoy the best of spirits upon this the soil of his forefathers. It was but natural that they should celebrate the victory oi the day. So the whole party congregated around the camp fires. The Mambouli natives were grouped in a semi -circle upon one side, with their long lances athwart their knees and their skin mantles fantastically draped about their shoulders. The colonists and the Vendetta's party sat opposite CHAPTER VI. ONOE MORE EN ROUTE. It was a su'dden, thrilling shriek which went through the darkP.ess of the night, which caused every tc. spring to his feet in alarm. It was a fearful wail of agony, and caused all a shiver. It came from the darkness beyond the camp. For full half a minute it seemed to linger in the air. Then V arl Dyke gasped : "Heavens What' was that?" Smoking and story telling was indulged in for some while. "Bejabers, it's the banshee!" cried O'Brien, who 'rhen a space was cleared and the Mamboulis introduced taken a stiff dram of whiskey and was a bit unsteady. a nvniber of weird and most grotesque dances. Then Van Dyke said: "Barn:ey and Pomp, can't you contribute a little to the sport?" The i!lvitation was accepted. Barney brought out his fiddle and Pomp his banjo. "Divil a bit!" cried Barney. "It's the inimy !" "That is right!" declare( Frank. "To arms, body! "The enemy!" exclaimed Van Dyke. the. M'bokis ?" "Yes, I do!" "But-the electric wire!" As Pomp struck up a rollicking tune all the negroes lis tened in wonder and admiration "That is one of them who ran into it in the darkness !'1 0 They grouped about their countryman and manifested their appreciation in a most demonstrative way. In fact, Pomp suddenly found himself a very popular man. The Mamboulis l'!eemed disposed to lay claim to him as the most talented of their color But Pomp was not disposed to relish such treatment, however kin dly meant, and objected forcibly. He ceased playing and singing, and Barney's turn began. "By Jove, that is so "Listen There was a medley of startling and curious sounds thai came from a point just above the camp. There no doubt but that the' rascally M'bokis had planned a night attack upon the camp. ere But the electric wire had frustrated this. But at this moment a flight of arrows cam e down intc the camp.

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FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 13 !Several of th e Mambouli s w e r e badly injure d FortunFully on e hundred of the sava.ge natives must hav e met 1ly none of the w hite m e n w e r e injured. death in that awful c y clone of ruin and death. Frank Reade Jr., in s tan t l y s pran g aboa rd the V e nd e t ta. The rest fled for -their live s b e fore that mys teriou s de-e ran to th e searchligh t and turned th e current on. s trayer the like of whi c h they had n e v e r b e fore h e ard of The powerful li ght was flashed up t h e slope, and the re, nor c ould not und e r s tand. if in brqad da y li g ht, a s tartlin g sce n e was r e v e aled. Itwas a wonderful and impressive scene and those who here group e d in the vi c init y of t h e e lectric wir e w e r e witnessed it never forgot it. half a th o u sa nd o f the bloodthir sty M boki s The Iris h colonist s were deepl y impressed, and the Mamot one in the coloni sts' c amp but could pl a inl y see the bouli native s as well. le gang here was no doubt _!lut that it would have been quit e rious matt e r for tli e colo ni s t s if th e wr e t c hes could hav e t in beyond the elect ri c wir!). rank was d e t e rmin e d to gi v e the M boki s a lesson whi c h would not spon forg e t e sa w tha t they w e r e t r y ing to break down the d e adl y b y hurlin g bowld e r s upon it. at they would s u c ceed in this was c ertain. nee the lin e was crossed and they e ould descend up o n camp in the darkness, mu c h h arm mi ght b e done. ra.nk s witch e d the V e nd e tta about until it head e d up slop e h e n with the g un p o int e d up the hill s id e h e dr e w a k lin e upon the hord e o f M 'bokis hey wer e hurlin g javelin s a n d arrows down into th e p and making fie rce manifestat ion s t was but a m o m ent's w o rk for F r a nk to train th e gun thro w into th e breech a pro j ect il e h e n h e pressed the s prin g whic h fille d th e pn e umat i c b er. an D y k e s tood a t his s hould er. You a r e goin g to giv e the m one, Frank? h e a sked. Y es.' h e n Fra nk pressed th e e l ect ri c key. The battle was now ended in good earnest. It was not lik e ly that the M 'bokis would venture to again attack the V e ndetta in a hurry. Nothing mor e of the m was seen that night. Evid e ntly they had regard e d it as utterl y useless to at t e mpt to vanqui s h the machine. Wh e n came th e coas t was clear. Th e y had mad e good their r etre at, and nothing was to be seen of th e m anywhere The s pirit s of all w e r e high whe n da y light came. Ev e ry body was astir at an e arly hour, and preparations w e r e mad e for the s tart. The coloni s t s f elt mu c h encouraged, now that the V endttta was enli s t e d in the ir b e half. The y b e li eved they h a d little more to f ear from the M boki s So the start was at once made for the Mambouli country. The r e was a wond e rfull y rich and f e rtile valley in the heart o f the African mountain s whi c h the c olonists had settl e d upon a s their futur e home. Through it flowe d a b e autiful and wide river, and which was tributary to the Congo. Thi s was to the s e a for lar g e v e ssels, and the back countr y w a s ric h in min e r a l s and ivory. h e r e was a hissin g of air a s li ght r e coil a c oncussion, "The re i s th e t e rritory," s aid M c Fadd'en, "three times a s the n in the same ins tan t the h eave n s almost to the large as y our St a t e of N e w York. It. is well fitted to niake a th a g low wit h a li g htnin g flash. her e was a thund e rou s r o ar, and the s pot whe re the okis w e r e g r o up e d seem e d o n e mi ghty wall of flame. nly for an in s tan t n e w Ire land." "Indeed Sf!id Frank. "The Mam b ouli river is dee p and wid e, and in the valley merges into a large basin which the navie s of the world hen cloud s o f smoke rolled up. B e n eath the s ear c hcould float." t's glar e a thrilling scen e w a s reveal e d he spot wh e r e th e s avage natives had been was a huge d of e arth and d e bri s yond it the s urvi v or s o f the t e rrible li g htning s trok e seen running f or the ir liv es. ank hastil y thre w anoth e r projectil e into the breech. "That i s fine "Upon thi s basin we s hall make our ciizy of New Dublin. -'< For a tim e w e s hall depend upon the trade in ivory and o t h e r pro d u c ts of the wild s tate. We shall deve lop agri c ultural pur s uits lat er." "You ar e outlining a grand scP,eme. I can only hope that s one was t hrown beyond the other and caught a you will make it a success her of the M'boki s in its death grip "I am sure that we will. As soon as we send e nvoys

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14 FIGHTING THE SL_\. VE HUN'l'ERS. abroad I think w e can dr a w hal f of Ire land h e r e i n s id e a year." "Tha t will b e quick developm ent." You ar e ri g ht. Oh, t h e Iris h peopl e ar e wide awake and progressive, a nd w ill be sure to build up a n a tion of whi c h En g land s hall som e d a y s tand in f e ar." "I hope you will s ucceed " You will h e lp u s to fight our foes at the start?"l C erta inl y I w ill! " I am g l ad to h e ar ybu s a y t hat D e p e nd upon it, we s hall never cease t o bless you. Y our nam e s hall b e placed hig h in t h e histor y of .!' e w Ireland!" M cFad d e n was a hop e less enthus iast o v er the coloniza t ion seheme. N othin g w o uld blast hi s f aith in it. H e was confident t hat all Iris hm e n on the globe would floc k t o the n e w Uto pia. H alf o f th e day t h e party went forward at a mode rate rat e of s peed. Th e oxen used by th e c olonist to tran s port their goods w e r e a trifl e slow. But a t noon the y c amp e d upon th e banks of a s mall stream and Frank computed that the y were fifty mil e s from th e coas t. 'l'hey had yet one hundred miles to go. 'fhe v all e y was about fif ty mile s frorp. th e heart of the Mambouli country. In' two days mor e of trav e l th e y s hould mak e it eas ily. Camp was mad e at high noon, and a coupl e of hour s rwere s pent in and eating, T!Je n the party once more went on. The y now came to a wide plateau full fifteen miles wide and twe nt y-five lon g and as l evel a s a floor. The mon s ter 's f a ng s crus h e d in t o the fles h of one arms. Shri e k s of terror e s cap e d the natives. "My God! Do y ou see that?" cri e d Van D y k e to The y w e r e in t h e pilot-house of the V e nd e tta. I s hould say so!" the young inv e ntor horror "What on e arth s hall w e do?" "Be jaber s giv e th e bas t e a shot! cri e d Barn ey. "No, no!" cried V a n Dyk e "that won't do. You t h e boy!" This was true. But one of the Mambouli s had flung hi s javelin. It s tru c k th e l i on in t h e s hould e r and gave it a wound. Th e effe ct was not a ltog e th e r e ncouraging. Th e big yellow brut e l e t out a d e af e ning : toar. With itt' fang s y e t fa s t e n e d in hi s arm it flung the ever its t a w ny s hould e r an d starte d away across the on the run. Van D y k e w a s beside himself. "My s oul, Frank!" he cri ed. "We ought to save boy!" And we will!" gritte d Frank. Th e othe r lion was racing beside his c ompanion. two brutes seem e d to b e making for the jungl e b e yond plat e au It was some miles distant. Should they r e a c h it with their prey they would mak e a meal of him withput d e lay. CHAPTER VII. THE LION CHASE. Reade, Jr., r e aliz e d thi s full w ell. The y oun g v e ntor viewed the awful possibilit y with horror. The Vend e tta c o uld h a v e bowle d a cross it very quickly, He c ould not b e ar to think of a human being but the oxen would no doubt cons um e hour s in passage. su c h a fate. But at this s tage of th e journey a thrilling incident o c curr e d Sudd e nly, as the y w e re passing a clump of palm s which, gath e r e d among some roc k s made a grotto, two hug e lion s sprang out into iull view. They gave roar s and f a irly mad e th e ground tremble. Ther e was a scatt e ring of th e terrified Momboulis. Th e y kne w the lion a s a mu c h-dr eade d and g r e atly-to-be avoid e d foe. "That boy i s los t said Van D y k e "No," s aid Frank s t e rnl y "I will save him!" The young inventor pressed the e lectric k e y and the d e tta l e ap e d forward lik e a thin g o f life. On w ent the machin e with li g htnin g s peed. Th e n e n s u e d a wond e rful and a brilliant race. The lion s of c ourse kn e w that th e Vendetta was a them. The one with the boy upon hi s da s h e d on. His mat e turne d w ith angry la s hin g of tail to_ face But a Mamboul i boy seem e d to becom e separated from d efy the purs uer. the other s The brute evidently had no idea that the Vend etta In a moment one of th e lion s pounc e d upon him. a superior antagonist.

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. FIGHTL -G THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 15 e of 11 n.e stood in the path of the mac hin e, the p icture of The jungle was barely a quarter of a mile away. ral fury. 'Why,'' c ri e d V a n D y k e, with amazem e n t, "he means to r fight! ' 'H w ill b e fl s orry da y for him if h e do es!" d e clared tor ank. \The lion how e v e r s tood boldl y in the path of the Venu'll f.He made a s avage picture indeed a s h e s tood there furi, sly lashing his taiL H e g av e a roar which made the I. No time was to b e lo s t. The C elt brac e d himself and whirl e d the laria t aloft. Away it w ent, c ircling through the air like a whiplaili Its s inuou s c oil s snake -lik e fla s h e d under the lion. The n Barney gave a yell of di sgus t. H e had fail ed. But the lariat was in his hands again in a twinklin_g-. Once more h e balanc e d himse lf. Swi sh! Away went the line. tremble sting own s woop e d the V endetta This time it caught the lion' s .. l eg Qui c k as a fla s h the Then the r e wa s a colli s ion. l o op was taut, and B arney braced t h e Tine around a standard The lion attempte d to grapple with the mac hine, but f h 1 o t e ra1 ing. t he P. Vend etta literall y doubl e d and c h e w e d the lion into nee-m eat. e P 11mh: 1 h k 1.1.J c deadly knive s on the ax e s got m t e1r wor ve t The result wa s that the erring king of b e a s t s wa s di s buted in quarte r s and sec tion s broad c a s t ove r the plain. Wh ethe r the othe r lion had see n the fate of its mate or was not known. '1 Howev e r this was, it suddenly manifes ted f ear. !Whil e it did not relinquis h its hold upon the Mambouli nd The b e a s t was thrown in a he a p rollin g end over end. For a mom ent tho se on board the V endetta f elt a thrill of dismay, for the l ariat had snapped. the lion h a d r e la xe d its hold u pon the boy, and h e wa s l ying in the dust F r ank s w e rv e d the V endetta j ust in time to allow the w heel s to escape the boy's b o dy. And t h e n b e for e the lion c ould ge t upon its feet the V endetta wa s upon it. ty it inc r ease d its s peed. It d d t fl' t t h th 1 Wh e n t h e w heel s o f the ma chine ha d d o n e wi t h that l io n rna e a eEp era e e or o reac e JUnge. . h e was go.od for v e r y little : I i' 1t should s ucceed m th1 s thos e on board the Vendetta. nbtl th t .11 ld b 'th th b Cut all into pieces hi s as a m a neate r w as at an e w a a wou e up w1 e o y . n g But Frank hoped to intercept the b e a s t. The Vend etta gained rapidly It was now almo s t upon the lion.' But a problem now arose. How could the lion be killed without the boy ? If the lion was run ovc,..and cut t o p i eces s o would the Y be, too !fer But Frank Read e Jr., was not long baffle((. He was f ertile in exp edients and presently hit upon one Barn e y was an with the lariat The Celt had serv e d a t erm a s c owboy and was w ell up v / the art. af Among hi s effe ct s the r e wa s alw ays includ e d a stout lariat. Frank called to him : "Barney!" "Ay, sor !" "Just get y our lariat. Go out on the pilot and see if u can't catch that lion s hind leg." e a e nd. A cheer w ent up from the c r e w of the V ende tta. All w e r e highly elated Frank turned the ma chine a b o ut. The boy was jus t scrambling to his f ee t. The V endetta was s topp e d, and in a mom ent the boy was brought aboard H e pale and faint, and had los t much bloo d But examinatio n it was found that his arm was lac erate d, but no bones w e r e brok e n. This was joyful n e w s He wa s indeed a thankful lad for his wond erful res cu e The r emain?e r of the party now c ame up. The Mambouli s w e r e v e ry grateful to Frank R e ade Jr., for the ac t. They w e r e his friends from that mo m ent'. All that day and the n ext the party k ept on. Plains were travers ed, jungles were threaded, s tream s ford e d, and finally upon the morning of the third day the "Whurroo !" cri e d B arney, r e adily .... ,, "Yez kin jes' b e t I Promised Lancl bu_rs t into view. a '!'-' And, if e ver any in the party gaz e d upon a land of prom The Celt, with alacrity, hastened to obey the ord e r. iee they did at that moment. The Vendetta was now close upon the lion. It far exceeded. their mo s t sanguine ex;pectations.

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1 16 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. Wide and dee p between mighty mountain ranges wa-s the valley. It seemed at certain points fully one hundred miles broad. A s soon a s the foundations were well laid the qu of suitable defense was considered. It was almost a certainty that they would for some How far its length extended it was not eas y to say. be in dange r of an attack. There lay the smoothly :flowing tributary to the Congo. The M'bokis would never allow them to remain in Certainly the fertile green slopes, the intervales and ful possess ion of the valley. meadows gave promi s e of ri ? h fruition. There was no doubt of this. The colonists were spellbound. So it was decided to prepare for defense. "Bejabers, an' I'd think I was in the Loughrea !" de. The neck of land was marked off ahd the line of a dared O Brien "Only fer it's grander. Shure, an' wall was laid. it's the same green to a cint as ye'll foind in ould Oireland !" "But niver a shamrock!" said Rourke. "Begorra, we' ll transplant some!" Everybody laughed at this. The spirits of the Hib e rnians were high. It seemed as if the Mecca of their hopes had been reached. Down into the valley the party made its way. They had the day before them, and it was intended to waste no time. This was to be partly of earth, partly of stone and top of palisades. I The Maboulis h e lp e d valiantly in the construction of As yet no sign of the M 'bokis had been seen. Nor had the slav e trad e rs obtruded their presence. However, there was no doubt but that the s e would c in due time. Perils would not fail to show up. "Well, Mr. Reade," said one day, as he Frank down to the river bank, "what do you think no In due course the bank s of the river were reached. e:ur colonization sche me?" 'l'he country certainly presented a rich and wonderfully "I think it is grand," sai.d Frank. "The Dutch and inviting aspect. Portuguese, as well as the English and Frencl:)., have f The river was wide and smooth :flowiiilg. holds in Africa. There is no reason why Ireland sho The ground was carp e ted with the richest of green vernot." dure. The soil was dark and arable, the climate warm and balmy, the scenery beyond all description. Upon the high slopes there grazed the mountain deer and goats. "I should live to regret this work if it should beco the property of England." "I think that cannot be." "It is very strange that the United States does not tempt to gain a foothold in the Dark Continent." Lower down were. the antelopes and buffalo. "Ah, you forget. The American people have yet Birds of beautiful plumage sang in the forests, and all lions of acres of unexplored and u'nsettled lands in t was joy and life and an imation and balmy atmosphere. own mighty country, which is quite enough for their nee Surely the human mind could long for nothi ng more "If I were sure that I am 1 ing the foundation of divine. other republic like America in this country, I think I sho The Irishmen were in the height of blisfl. be the happiest man on earth!" declared .McFadden. A spot was for the foundations of their city. "That you will never live long enough to know." This was upon a neck of land which jutted out into the "J suppose not." basin here formed by the river. "I doubt if Washington in achieving independence The avenues were staked out, and work was at once the United States really dreamed of the mighty results begun upon a number of stone houses. be achieved." As soon as these were finished and they were made habitable, the intended to send to the coast for their families. The Mamboulis were much interested in all that was .. going on and worked bard f0r the colonists. They bui1t themselves huts o:f palm leaves upon the shore near and -made themselves useful in various ways. Before ten days }_lad passed quite a little town had sprung up. CHAPTER VIII. THE ST. AVE HUNTER. "Then the builder of a nation can only live in a va hope that the fruits o:f his labors will live!" said the I colonist.

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FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTE RS. 17 es 'T.ha.t seems true!" replied Frank Reade, Jr. Then in the Mambouli languag e he quite a long 'Even if I partly realize my dream before death I think speech. w1 ay be happy." Van Dyke listened intently. "I hope so." When the fellow had finished Van Dyk e turned to Frank pe 'But thes e hunters. You think they will give us and said: "My word on it, Mr. Reade, we shall have hot work before "Why should they ?" "Why?" Easy e nough. The founding of such a colony in thi;; "Sol Hardinger and his gang have driven the Mambouli s 'on will injure the slave trade, and eventually stop it." from their village with great s laughter. They are now 'Well, that is right." on their way_ here!" 'Of course it i s." t 'But what s hall we do about it?" "Mak e the best of it." "Do you reall y think they will make war upon us?" o "I am s ure of it." cFadden anxious. 'I hope you will not leave u s yet," h e declared. "SomeIW, with your electric g un s I have no fear." "Rest assured!" sai d Frank Reade, Jr., forcibly, I shall t leave thi s r egion until the la s t spark of s lav e ry has n stamped out." "Good!" cried McFadd e n jo yfu lly. "You will get your o 'rhe words had barely left his lip s when there came an ,tcry from the village. I A runn e r was seen coming down the slope into the settleFrank's eyes flashed. He was angered. 'So the slave hunters are ge!ting in their work?" he asked. "They are "Then it is criminal for u s to stay here longer "But where will we go?" "To t h eir s uccor, of course! "Good! Let us be off "at once! Thi s fellow will -show us the way. Come!" No time was lost in making ready. Everybody was excited when it was known what the object of the expedition would be. I Th e Mambouli s were particularly excited and anxious to go in the chase. But Frank concluded that all were needed to defend New a Mambouli, and he did not cease his rapid Dublin, as the colonial town was called. ce until he had thrown him self at McFadden's feet. So he took only his own party, save the negro runner, H aboard the Vendetta. e was panting and was e vidently greatly ex[l!lusted. For some mome nts he could not speak. Up the valley the Vendetta ran at clipping "Mercy on us!" cried Irishman. "What is wrong lbW ?" When the Mambouli did r egain his tongue not a word said cculd be und e r stood But M-cFadde n quickly sent for an i nterpreter. f When he came the message was quickly r e nd e red. "He is from the main village of the Mamboulis, fifty miles the valley!-'' s aid the interpreter "He ha s come to ok for the white king who went to get help from hi:> ople to fight the slave hunters." "That is me!" cried Van Dyke, excitedly. "You are m King M e tlatmo ?" This to the runner in the Mambouli tongue. The fellow replied in the affirmative. "What does your king want? Has anything gone wrong there?" The runner nodded his head. The valley opened wider as they went on. It was full fift y miles to the Mambouli settlement. But Frank expected to come across them befor e half that distance had been covered. The Mamboulis were pursued hotly by the slave hunt ers and must every moment be drawing near er Frank did not believe that the slave hunters knew of the presence of the Vendetta in the region. It would be no doubt quite a surprise to them when they should see her and know the power of her guns. \ "They don't care to make our acquaintance!" declared Van Dyke. be an easy matter to terrorize them." "We ll, I hope so said Frank. P s h aw! they won't be in it!" "We must, if not exte rminate, at l east give them a heart breaking lesson." "You are right!" I

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FIGH'l'ING 'rHE SLAVE HUNTERS. On went the Vendetta at a rapid rate. It did not take long for so s wift a machine to run tw enty miles. About that distance had been covered when they came .11pon a vast jungle which seemed here to intersect the valley. It was so dense that it did not seem possible for the Yendetta to p e netrate it. But now a sta rtling sound burst upon the hearing of the Vendetta's party. This was the di stant sound of firearm s The distant sound of yells and cries c ould also be heard. The savage could not und erstand the artR by which white man accomplished s uch wonders. To hi s c rud e mind it was the aid of the ""T>P.,.,,, that accompli s h e d all these miracles for such they to him. The Mambouli s all began to come in rapidly now. A position was chosen upon the brow of a little hill. Here the Mamboulis were h eld in mass. Frank Reade, Jr., allowed the Vend e tta to s tand out bold view. Through the jungle came the victorious M'bokis, It was evident that a battl e of some kind wa.s going on by a score of villainous-looking white men. far beyond the jungle line. "What shall we do?" a.sked Van Dyke, in dismay "We can't pen et rate the jungle here!" declared Frank. "That is true!" "I see no way but to wait here until the party comes along." "Can we do that?" "I see no reason why we can't. The Mamboulis are probably being driven by the s lav e hunter s "The dasta rdly wretches!" gritted Van Dyke. "If we gave them their just deserts we should blow them from the face of the earth!" "I believe you." The M'bokis, with sav ag e cries, bad started up the to attack the Mamboulis. But a volley from the rifles of the Vendetta's party a mom ent held them in check. Then the astonished white s lav e hunte r s came out of jungle and beheld the Vendetta. They gazed upon it for s ome time in wonderment. What their comments wer e it was impossible to but finall y one of them advancd fo-r a parley. Frank \vas r eady and willing to grant it. The fellow who essayed this was a tall, si11ister fellow. When a dozen yards di stant he halted, folded his The re was no other or better way s imply wait for the foe to appear. apparently than to and insolently leer e d at Frank. "Well," said t.he young inventor, brusquely, "what As fortune had it this was not a long spell.. you want?" The Mambouli runn er was sent into the woods to see and The fellow's face turned black. warn King Metlatmo of the nearness of friends. "Eh ?" he snarled, in an uncivil fashion. The result was that the native king called his men to a pooty que s tion to ax me. Who th e deuce are you?" r et reat and s uddenly burst from the jungle and ru s hed up to the Vendetta. "Answer my question first," sai d Frank, coolly. "Waa.l, I will. I want to see some one of ye an' ax His eyes were streaming with tears of joy, and his u'na few que stions." mi s takable pleasure was great as he embraced his friend, Van Dyke. The latter could speak the Mambouli tongue mell. He talked with the king. In this way he learned much about the s tate of affairs. It seemed tnat Hardinger' and his gang had made raid afte r raid upon the tribe until finally they had been en tirely driven out of their village. This was one of the greatest of hardships and but for the coming of Van Dyke King Metlatmo have been in despair indeed But now that the V end etta on the scene the Mam toulis felt confident of victory. Metlatmo was taken aboard the Vendetta. and ex pressed himself as wonderstruck at its fine appointments. "Go ahead "Who deuce are ye ?" "I am Frank Reade, Jr." "Don't know ye nor never h e ard tell on ye. a carriage is that?" Can't you see?" "Yas; but what's .it for?" "To travel safely through this mis e rable r egion." "Oh, I see !" \ The villain expectorated some tobacco juice and went on: "Waal, it's a likely looking team. "We don't use them." "You don't?" "No."

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FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 19 queer!" he muttered. "How do ye make the go, anyway?" machi nery, which is operated by electricity." Electricity? Never heerJ much about thet. Js it It is much more powerful." But what are ye up to this region? Traveling for pleasure?" "What hev we ever done to you?" "To me personally, nothing. But, the whole Mambouli nation has suffered at your lecherous hands!" "Humph! What's that to you?" "It's a good deal "Yer foolish! Then: Mamboulis ar1! only a pack of .ignorant nigg e rs, and only fit to be anyway." .. "That i s your look at it!" "It's every sensible man 's look!" no means," replied Frank, sternly. "We are here "Never!" c ried Frank, forcibly. "The principle of exterminate Sol Hardinger and his gang of s lave s lavery, at best, is based upon sin !" The truce bearer stood for a moment wholly unable to "Waal," he gasped, finally, "do ye really mean thet?" Yes, I do." "An' what wud ye do to Sol if ye caught him?" I'd hang him to the nearest tree," declared Frank. "Ye don't mean that !" Yes, I do!" rrhe fellow stood looking sullenly at the machine for a "Ain't afraid to speak yer mind, are ye? W aal, I might well tell yo' fust as la st that I'm Sol Hardinger. What" ye going to do about it?" CHAPTER lX. RESCUE OF THE SLAVES. Never in his life was Frank R eade, Jr., so taken aback at that moment. The declaration of Hardinger was a startling one. "Waal, it's none of your business, anyway!" said the villain, testily : "Ye'll only meddle at your peril!" "You will need to tremble, Sol Hardinger. Bitter pun iEhment is at hand for you!" The villain laughed scornfully. "Spare yer fooli s h talk!" he declared. "Ye'll never meddle with ther slavers agin, not if I knows it." this the parley ended, and he strode away, Hardinger went back into the jungle. Time passed by. A very curious state of affairs was now disclosed. No sound came from th e jungle, nor did any of the 1\I'bokis put in an appearance. All was quiet a s the grave. What did it mean? Frank Reade, Jr., was puzzled. Were the wretches lying low, or had they abandoned the attack and beat a retreat? The young inventor was in a quandary as to how to act or what to do. Van Dyke was equally a s deeply puzzled. In this extremity the Mambouli king was called. For a moment silence reigned between the men. "Metlatmo," said Van D yke, brusqu e ly, "can: you tell Frank's inhorn desire at that moment was to make a where the slave hunters are and what they are doing?" of the wretch. The king of Mamboulis bowed in a confident manner. "I will send out runners/: he_ said, in his native tongue. The young inventor, how"I will find out." finally managed to say : Frank could hardly believe that the slave hunters had "I'll tell you what I'm going to do about it, s ir. If you really absconded. Sol Hardinger I am going to advise you this very Harding er's threat e ning words would hav e led him to to get into some other a nd more respectable busibelieve that they were going to make an attack on the V en detta. But this the y certainly did not a s yet seem to nothing to you what business I follow!" he de-do. However the best that could be done was to wait. "You say you're goin' ter ext ermi nate me, eh ?" can do it!"' ther hull s lav e gang?" An hour passed. The Mambouli runners were all through the jungle. They came back with a starRing reRort. This was that the slave hunters and the M'bokis hacl

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20 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. withdrawn and were doubtless at that moment on their way to the coast. '"I can see it all!" declared Van Dyke, confidently "You see, Frank, they have secured a good numper of s lave s and they intend to run them down to the coast,' ship them, and then come back for more." Frank drew a deep breath "Do you believe that?" he asked. "I do." "Well, there is just one thing to do." "And that--" "!s to intercept them and lib e rate the poor wretches whom they have in limbo." Good You have the idea Hastily arrangements were made to this end. The int e lligenc e brought in by the scouts was that the slave hun_ters had mad e iJ detour and were skirting the farther side of the valley on their way to the coast. I There seemed, ther efo re, no better way than to run down the valley as far as a certain point where it narrowed and there try to intercept them. The only other way for the villains to escape was to scale the mountains, and Frank did not believe that they would do thi s Accordingl y arrangements were mad e with this e nd in view. The Vendetta could easily reach the lower valley fir s t. Frank was not in any sense particular about th e aid of the Mamboulis. He was confident that he could whiP, the slave hunters single-handed. So hw directed Metlatmo to follow on behind as. rapidly &s possible, while the V' endetta went ah ead at a rapid speed. the valley went the Vendetta a t a tearing pace. The point where the valley narrowed was six miles dis tant. The slave hunters had quite a st art, and Frank had good rea s on to fear that he might not s ucceed in cutting' them off. Along a path which led over a precipice there was the train of the slave hunters. Several hundred M'bokis were marching in single In advance were the white traders, and followed armed guard were th e unfortuLate slaves themselves. They were togeth e r with thongs and u.:.lulJL!t:u with an armed guard so that escape was impossible. There were men.and women, and the unfortunate tures suffered much from the cruel whips which their tors can-ied, and which were used upon them to them to keep up. Frank scanned the party closely with a glass. He saw that the path trended downward and that must soon reach the lower ground where it would be to overtake them. That the slave traders had seen the Vendetta and stood it s purpose to cut them off Frank felt sure. But the young inventor noted that the slave traders not seem disposed to turn back or to avoid the meeting. "I will give them a lesson this time!" he chuckled. He caused the Vendetta to go ahead more slowly and he watched the slave traders closely. Just at the point where they must descend to the :Frank saw a good patch jungle. Into this he ran the Vendetta and there awaited in bush the coming of his intended prey. "I will give them a lesson not soon forget the Vendetta Time passed slQwly . he muttered ; "they To make sure that the foe would not outwit him, had Pomp climb a tall palm near by. The darky thus kept watch of the slave traders. reported that they were momentarily drawing nearer. c Soon the sounds of their approach became quite plain. !T The cracking of the slave whips, the curses of the driti e rs, and the groans of the victims could be heard. IT Van Dyke groaned with horror. 1oL "Of all the nefarious trades on the face of the earth thl.A is the most inhuman!" he declared. sch "Indeed you are right!" declared Frank Reade, Jr.; "b1tB11 Mile after mile sped by. Now they momentarily drew nearer to the point where we Wlll put a stop to it." DgJ So he sent the Vendetta ahead at top speed. the mountain walls began to converge. As yet nothing had been seen of the slave hunters. But now Van Dyke s udd e nly pointed up the mountain slope and cried : "Look, Frank; there they are!" "Begorra, that's thrue !" cried Barney. All on thE) Vendetta's deck looked up the mountain side. "I hope so. The young inventor was in earnest. All the motives of a good sort in his generous were aroused. He knew that the slave traffic was a blight upon 'Afri and the worid itself even, and he was determined to check Every moment now the party drew nearer. l

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FThsTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 21 was not likely that they suspected the presence of the in the palm clump. Nothing hum an could have stayed its course. Down like a thunderbolt it went. It was a miser. The M'bokis stood up it, but in doing so they made a fatal mistake. along in the path down the mountain. M'boki. s gl;lards walked upon either side, grim and attempt at escape would have been most disastrous poor wretches. hopeless captives, and the fate seemingly in for them was a most terrible one. Reade, Jr., and Van Dyke gazed upon the scene young inventor quickly decided on what he conthe best and safest move to make. will we do about it, Frank?" asked Van Dyke, something of impatience as the slaves filed by. ait a moment," said the young inventor, coolly; "there The machine plowed its way through them like a knife through cheese. They were not in any way able to stand the fearful weight of iron descending upon them so heavily. Dozens of the natives were crushed beneath those wheels and literally cut to pieces by the awful knives. Frank Reade, Jr., could have used the electric gun and have exterminated the whole gang of them. But he was fearful of doing injury to the Mambouli slaves. His simple was to rescue them by cuttin&" them off from their captors. Down through the line of M'bo,kis went the Vendetta: Frank tried hard to reach the white traders. If he could have done so he would gladly have crushed them also. first file had passed. But Hardinger and his gang foresaw their peril and made ow came the main body of the M'bokis and the whitt'l good their escape again up the mountain slope. The Vendetta turned its course of death and went back yet Frank did not act. Van Dyke was impatient. to strike the line of M'bokis again. said the young inve ntor, coolly; "there is plenty But the natives evidently saw their uselessness in re sisting such a powerful antagonist and scattered. party thus filed by and down upon the plain. Over the plain they fled in wild scattering The Venthe young inventor, who up to this time had been detta could easily have run down hundreds of them. sprang into the pilot-house. But Frank saw across the plains the Mamboulis coming. slave gang were now upon the open plain. He therefore decided to leave the routed foe to the s plan w:as now quickly seen and understood by tender mercies of King and his men. Dyke. The group of several hundred slaves were crouching in a flash the young inventor pressed the lever their chains, fearful that death was upon them. set the electrical machinery in motion. But when they found that the Vendetta carried ;,arm Vendetta burst from the palm clump and went thunfriends, their joy was far beyond description. down upon the plain. Frank Reade, Jr., and Van Dyke alighted and began to slave gang saw it coming, and instantly formed in body. volley was fired by the white traders, and the M'bokis their arrows at the Vendetta. of course that did no harm, nor did not retard its CHAPTER X. STARTLING NEWS. liberate the poor wretches. They understood that the white men had come to their rescue, and they flung themselves gratefully at their feet. But Frank made them rise up, say.ing, through Van Dyke : "You are free men. You shall be defended against the .;;lave traders, and shall go back safely to your Words cannot express the joy of the poor slaves. King Metlatmo and his companions came up, having driven the M'bol,\:is before them. The Mambouli monarch embraced Frank in his great joy. "He says that his people will not forget you," said Van slope went the Vendetta at a terrific rate of Dyke, as interpreter. "The trouble is :qot over yet," said Frank, apprehensively.

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22 FIGHTING THE SLAVE "Hardinger and his gang will not give up so eas ily. They wilthatch up some new sch e me', d e pend upon it." "What do you think their game is ? aske\1 Van Dyke, anxiously. "I have no idea." When told that the colonists had made settlement for good all seemed very much pleased. They were extremely friendly toward the white s eemed altogether a most intelligent class of people. Frank Reade, Jr., as well as Van Dyke was "What shall we do?" t c re s t e d in them. "1 tliink the best and safest thing to do is to band to"Upon my word," declared the young inventor ge ther down there by the basin with the colonists no rea son why they s hould not b e educated and "The n you would not advise the Mamboulis to return the highest state of civilization." to their village?" "Not at present." Van Dyke told the king of this. He at once replied : "The good white man i s our friend. We shall stay with h im. We cannot go back t? our villag e for the huts are all "They vill equaJI ourpeople, to give them advnrltaJ....,""'I declared Van Dyk e "They certainly are the best class of native s in "That is true." "If the coloni s t s are wis e the y will take them up burned. We will stay with the white men and build hut s civilize them." with them!'! "That is the best way!" declared Frank, after Vail Dyke had interpreted this. So it was settled. Metlatmo now called hi s people together in a body. There were nearly two thousand of them, men, wome n and children. He informed them of the new plans. They could not demur at the comi nancls of their chief. M<:Fadde n, whe n cons ul ted upon this s ubject, u
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= t FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 23 Jr a week thi s s ort of thing went on. Acres of land realiz e d full w ell that this meant a death blow to their ; measured out, clai m s mad e foundation s for n e w n cs lahl, and a s if b y m a gi c the new c olony grew. ck to Ireland the s hip was to go for n e w e migrant s m the start the n e w c olonization s cheme s eemed an ed success. g ne of the mo s t d elighte d persons in the colony was ney O'Shea. a/ad it not been for his extr e m e devotion to Frank Reade, the impul sive Celt would have cas t hi s fortunes with r1happy coloni s ts. ut he could not think of leaving .his famous young Read e J r ., and Van Dyke al s o inte rested them the b ehalf of the Mambouli s fesirabl e s pot was selected for the m upon the oppo site of the ba s in. l ands w ere m a rked out for the m n e farious trade The result was that a c onc erte d movement was organized to attack and destro y the n e w colony The s lav e trade r s w e r e t o come up the riv e r with a fleet . of dhow s arm e d with cannon and hundr e d s of piratical Alg e rians. This Frank l e arned in its from the Mam bouli c ouri e r The young i nv entor saw at once that destruction threat e ned the n e w colony / CHAPTER XI. PREPARING FOR BATTLE None realiz e d s o w e ll as Frank R e ad e Jr:, how very w e ak and d e f e nsel ess the n e w c olony 'wa s S c arc e l y s uppli ed with w e apons, and wit h not an e arthy w e r e quit e abl e ag ri culturis t s in their way, and work or a rifl e pit f or d efe nse, their abilit y to resi s t the glad to l earn more from their whit e i n s t r u ctors. ey l e arn e d rapidl y and man y wer e the plan s outlin e d eir w elfare s uch a s t h e e s tabli shing of school s and t "..ld the lfarning of all the arts of p e ac e ait Cllili;not f or many y e ars had Frank R e ad e Jr., been dee ply inte rested in a proj e ct r e re was no doubt but that the Iris h coloni s t s and the bouli s w e r e bound to affiliate in the best of fa s hion. riou s indeed look e d the future of New Erin. was decid e d that the sa iling vessel s hould at once to Ireland for n e w coloni s t s rves w e r e project e d and it was pre di c ted that in a c the ba sin would b e fill e d with s hips f:rom all parts be world. over all this bright bustle and animation and glorious there hung a dark cloud. appr e ciated by the t, in fact, was of a nature to seriou s ly threate n the life e colony. nk R e ade Jr., was th e fir st to l e arn of it. hundre d s of piratical s laver s was s light. It a s if N e.w Erin was to b e nippe d c ruelly in the bud. And this by the accursed s lav e traffic which was blighting the c ountry. Frank Read e Jr., realized the mighty dang e r fully. Wh a t was to b e don e ? The young inv entor indulged in some d ee.p thought. H e kne w that it would n e v e r do t o alarm the colon:lsts To ma ke a widesprea d s!ir o r t o circulate any terrible r e port s w ould prove mo s t d epressing and di s a s trou s Something must be done, how e ver and at onc e But how w e r e the pirate s to b e m e t and d ealt with? The r e w e r e no war s hip s or troop s of an y Europ e an powe r at hand call upon for protec j ion . It look e d a s if the c olony mus t eith e r be abandone!d or a fight mad e. for it. If t h e latter, the chance s w e r e decid e dly s light for sue:cess. ( "We ll, Nic k s aid Frank to Van Dyke, "what shall w e do?" "Hea v e n know s," g roan e d the y oun g philanthropi s t "It day who is a pity to hav e this colony brok e n up in this way." gathered thrilling informat i on from the coa s t. ong the coa s t at thi s junctur e there w e re mooy Algerian "I agr e e to that." "I hope that s ome time America if not Europe will see the evil of accursed s lave traffic and wipe Algiers and crews manning these w e re no bett e r than pirates. its cut-throat s from the fac e of the earth!" report of.the founding of a civilized colony had been "But that does not help our case as it now is," said ted widely by Hardinger s gang. Frank. thousands of slave traders up and down the coastJ "No." j

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' I . ' 24 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. "I have an idea." "What is it?" / 'We cannot prevent the dhows from coming up the river and attacking us with their "No." "But we can give them a battle royal." "How?" "You forget that I have two powerful electric guns." "Ah, that is so!" "In case they are not struck or ruined by the cannon balls of the dhows, I think I can blow the piratical out of the water. But on the other hand, one cannon bhll D from the foe might destrpy the Vend etta and render the guns useless/' . v . "In that qas\l the would be wholly at the mercy l cf the foe?" Frank was decided to ensconce the Vendetta, guns behind this breastwork. Its length was to be fully a quarter of was to be shape of a horseshoe. Behind this the whole force of coloni sts were to shelter with their ammunition and weapons of As the preparations went on Frank became greatly couraged. "I tell you," he said to Van Dyke, "we shall give big fight." "I believe we will," agreed Van Dyke. The Mamboulis provecil. themselves invaluable as They worked lik e Trojan s and were ever on the Swift runners were sent out in all direction s to and bring news of the approach of an enemy The greatest effort was made to at once compl ete the "Yes." fenses. ... ;u: "It would seem almost folly to fight." Reports now came thick and fast of the action of "Yet it is the only resource, unless you abandon the foe as the days pa'ssed. field." It was rumored that they were coming to "No, no! We must never do that. L et us !"cried Van Dyke, heroically "It will be another case of the Spartans at Thermopylre. But l e t us fight and die!" from far and near. It was a general upri sing of thousand pirates slave trader s of all nationalities up and down "I am with you!" d e clared Frank, resolutely. stick by you just as long as you will by me!" "I will Africa for severa l hundred miles "And that is until d,eath !" "Good! Let us to work!" "What is your first. plan?" "To build some some kind of breastwork s or d e f ense about the town." Then McFadden was called in and the fact stated to him. The Irish leader did not hesitate. At once a committee of safety was appointed. A line of defens.e was agreed upon. The Mamboulis were enlisted m the cause, and work uegan It was not known just how soon the attack might be expected. The Tipperary, which was the sailing vessel's name, was I waiting in the basin ready to sail. But it was not safe to allow her to proceed Jown the river. At any. moment the s lav ers' dhows might be encountered and the Tipperary would surely be sunk. Half a thousand Mamboulis were a t once put to work with rude implements to dig a ditch upon a rise of land at the end of the neck. It was believed that Harding er was the leading Then the start ling report came the s lav e were congregating at the mouth of the Mambouli The were yet but half done. The workmen were pushed to the greatest Every moment now was valuable indeed. Thus matters were when early one morning the alarm sounded. \ Those who were astir rushed to the fortification, to a white sail appear at the lower end of the basin. Then the distant dull boom of a cannon was heard. '"l'he enemy are coming!" was the cry raised. The Mamboulis in full '\\1ar dress swarmed from village. The colonists rushed to arms. The women and chi ldren were safely ensconced far up the mountain side and out of the reach of the guns, and a bodyguard to protect them. Then the coming of the foe was eagerly awaited. Up into basin came the s lave dhows. They were fiendish, piratical-looking crafts. Many a crime had been committed on board, them, a poor wretch had died in chains between their decks. The white colonists all thought of this as they From here the whole harbor could be commanded. .. upon the ramparts and watched the foe.

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FIGHTIKG THE SLAVE HUNTERS. of +' .Je, Jr.'s eyes flashed. it is in my power," he declared, "I will sink every and kill every man of that gang!" It would be a mercy to do so!" declared Van Dyke. slave dhows, full twenty in number, were now in booming of their cannon was terrific, and balls came overhead or tearing up the earth around. course the colonists could do nothing but wait. had no cannon save the electric guns of Frank Jr.'s, and he had not got yet to use them. now a new contingency arose. wild yell o,.f alarm came from the Mamboulis who were upon the plain to guard against a land attack. at once realized what this meant. The dhows had a force just below and before entering the basin. were advancing to attack the fortifications by land. upon all sides the position of the colonists was was to be done? Mamboulis were preparing to resist the land attaek. pluck was certainly good, but they were clearly could not hope to cope successfully with th slavers as they were with modern w.eapons. land force were several hu ndred strong arid were along the shore of the basin. smiled grimly and waited until they got within ;1xt. u of a mile from the settlement. us far not a shot had been fired by the c?lonists. aturally they were beginning to feel alarmed. an Dyke ventured to intimate this to Frank. What do you think?" he asked, anxiously. to wait longer?" "Ought No!" said Frank, decidedly. "The time has come for into the air from the spot where the slavers were, and a thunderous roar followed. Up into the air for a hundred feet arose a cloud of sand, dust, and the flying bodies of inen were seen everywhere. had thrust another projectile into the breech of the gun ready to use. But the smoke cleared away and a scene of the wildest confusion was revealed. The slavers, as if pursued by fiends, were flying for their lives. In a few moments not one of them was in sight. They sought shelter in the jungle near. The coast clear most certainly in that direction. ,t' A wild cheer went up from the defenders of the fort: The !.'Iamboulis took up the echo and went in pursuit t of the foe. "That settles the case for them," said Frank, coolly. The colonists could hardly their senses. "Bejabers, I niver see the loikes av such a gun as afore 1" declared Rourke. "Nor I mesilf," averred O'Brien. "We shall whip them out of their boots!" cried Van Dyke, in an elated manner. But at that moment a cannon ball came tearing across the ramparts and struck the Vendetta with fearful force. CHAPTER XII. WHIPPING THE SLA VERB. The cannon ball struck the Vendetta just in the shell and passed comp1etely through, tearing away the bridge and a part of the dome. For a moment the utmost confusion reigned. The hopes of the colonists fell. Van Dyke was ashen pale. "My God! We are lost, Frank!". he gasped. But the young was as cool as an icicle. "Go into the pilot-house, Barney!" he commanded The Celt obeyed. this he sprang aboard the Vendetta. By Frank's orders the Vendetta 'was run to the very brought the machine about so that the forward electric verge of the ramparts. Here it was halted in a position to allow the of he drew a careful line upon the foe. tbe electric gun to be above them. he glanced OV\'lr the sight, even at that Frank This exposed the upper half of the Vendetta, and it almost see the expression of their dark, vindictive instantly a target for the guns of the dhows. . knew that a battle at close quarters with these vii would be a most disastrous thing. drew careful aim, and then pushed the electric lever. ping then a line of lightning blaze l:'ose Cannon balls came thick as hail. In most cases, too, the aim was deadly. In less three minutes the entire top of the Vendetta was shot away. But as yet no harm had been done to the machinery or to t .he electric gun.

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\ 26 FIGH'riNG THE SLAVE HUNTERS. Quite fortunately the siavers did not seem to have any shells . Frank, through all, was cool and calm. Amid the storm of cannon balls he never lost his nerve. For a moment the camionade ceased. But it was quickly resumed Evidently they regar:ded it as lucky shots upon of the defenders. I "My turn will come!" he muttered, grimly. A storm of cannon balls now came tearing up the Not two hundred yards from the breastworks a dhow had works. ... up and was shooting cannon balls within a few All this while Frank had been cool as could be. inches of the electric gun. Of it was apt at any moment to strike it. In that event all would be up. Frank knew this. He coolly sighted the gun and pressed the lever The next moment there. was a volcanic display in the basin. .,, The dynamite projectile had struck the dhow just amid Up into the air a feet or more rose a column of water and debris. It was like a mighty cataract, and great clouds of spray fell over other dhows which were near. In a moment the cataract fell. There upon the surface of the water was a confused heap of timbers. ,. He knew that if no ha,rm came to his electric gun he could proceed and blow every one of the dhows eternity. Once again he drew aim. This time he waited to get a line upon two ships The chance came. Then he drew careful aim and once more pneumatic gun. The dynamite projectile this time sank both of the Five of the dhows lay at the bottom of the basin. Matters were getting thrilling and alarming to the ers. They were astounded at the ease with which ships were disposed of. But there were yet :fifteen of their vessels let. It was all that was left of the dhow. had gone up with that explosion. Such a thing as abandoning the :fight did not Every man on them. Not one had escaped. But this was just what Frank Reade, Jr., wanted. A: great tidal wave swept across the basin and rocked the He hoped to destroy every one of the fleet of slave other vessels For a moment they forgot to work their guns He meant to send every one of them to the bottom. One of the dhows had been disposed of in a few seconds. The next shot proved the bes t of all. But there were nineteen left. The projectile crushed in the stern o! one ship, Frank Reade, Jr., however, was well aware of this fact. the hull of another and raised such a mountain of that the wreck crashed into a third dhow and sunk it Before the debris of the first explosion had settled he had another projectile in the breech. One more aim he took. Two dhows, just to the right, lay side by side. Frank saw the opportunity. He pulled the electric lever. The second projectile struck just between these two vessels. They were insta ntly lifted high in air and tipped bottom s,ide up. rrheir sterns were blown in and they went down almost in s tantly. Seventeen of the dhows were yet left. The cheers which went up from the fort were furious. The slavers seemed to be dumfounded. They had seen three of their vessels disposed of in the most sudden and dartling manner. What did it mean? Only twelve out of the twenty slave ships remained. This was wholesale destruction with a vengeance. The pirates evidently began to realize that they had antagonist of no mean sort to deal with. Suddenly they ceased firing and a flag was run A cry of joy escaped Van Dyke. "Surrender he exclaimed. "No," said Frank Reade, Jr., "that is only a trick." "A trick?" "Yes." "What do you mean?" "They simply want to gain time. They want to locate if possible, and find out our strength." "Do you believe it?" "Of course I do." "But-you will grant the truce?" Oh, yes!"

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FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. 27 )ne of the dhows now drew near to the shore and a a was seen in the rigging. the surprise of the defenders it was seen to be Harder. He would never consider it murder, and' 'Iaiew that be was justified in the deed. So he loaded and fired the electric g'un just as rapidly as he could. eatThe villain!" exclaimed Van Dyke, The Irish colonists were wild with delight. 'hat does he want?" It was evident that the slave gang had given up the Fort ahoy!" came the hail. battle. tl Well ?" returned Frank from a loophol e He did not They were not firing a single gun, and every dhow was ilose himself for he knew the treacherous character of crowding on sai l to get out of the bas in. foe. ;We want to offer you terms." are they?" Will you surrender?" No." iWe will give yo11 your lives if you leave this country. Mamboulis are our property." hurrah!" yelled the victorious colonists. "They're beat en! See 'em run !'l Frank had but one all-consuming idea. This was to sink every s hip in the slavers' fleet. Shot after shot he launched after them. And every shot counted. If it struck the water within twenty feet of a dhow the You lie!" returned Frank, contemptuou!lly. "They are vessel was doomed, for the cataract would sink it. as you or anybody else. We will never lea.ve.this With mad haste and terror the defeated slavers now .tried to force their way out of the basin But so expeditiou sly did Frank work that only three of them s u cceeded in doing this. all to pieces. W e have twelve The waters of the basin were alive with wreckage and left, you see." drifting hulks. Frank had the .sat,isfaction of s inking the elbow aboard of which was Hardinger A more complete or ttwful defeat could not be imagined. The power of the s lav e traders in that region was cer Oh, how I'd like to blow that wretch into eternity!" he taiJ{ly broken forever. Thi s was certainly a matter for ou won't have any .Jeft when I get through with you." placed his hand upon the breech of the electric gun. eyes flashed. I hop e you will," said Van Dyke Hardinger called: I want to come up there and talk with ye." No, you won't!" replied Frank. What Ye won't treat?" N ever There is only one thing that will save you, and is to get out of here just as quick as you can. There be hardly time for one of your ships to get out of this before I can blow you all up with my gun!" then, that's an electric gun ye've got?" I'll be durned Ye've got the devil to aid ye on ye, Frank Reade, Jr. I'll live to skin ye alive you won't!" gritted Frank. ended the. parley. white flag went down, and instantly Frank opened was bound to assume the aggressive now, and it was purpose to, .if possible, rid the earth of the entire trading gang. ." great rejoicing The delight of the Irish colonists a nd the Mamboulis could not be expressed in words. But fortune had favored the defenders of the fort in cne respect The dynamite projectiles had la ste d just long enough to win the victory. (. Also, the concussion of the last s hot had wrecked the delicate machinery of the Vend etta. The machine itself was totally riddled by the cannon balls of the slavers. "But you can r e pair it?" ask e d Van Dyke, anxiously. Frank made a critical examination of the machine. His decision was ultimat e he said. "I have not the tools here to do it with.'' "What will you do?" "We shall have to go back to the coast on foot." CHAPTER XIII. THE END. "What?" exclaimed Van Dyke, in dismay. the Vendetta here?" "And leave

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/ FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS. "Even so." "But that is too bad!" "Oh, I don't know," said Frank, lightly. "She has accomplished the purpose we brought her here for. I believe the backbone of the slave trade in this region is broken." "But the loss to you?" "Pshaw l I will make it up. I s hall proceed with a new invention which I already have in mind." "You will?" cried Van Dyke, eagerly. "Will you prom-ise to take me with you upon the n ext trip?" Frank laughed lightly. "I do that," he said. "The future i s indefinite." Frank's predicition that all trouble with the s lavers was over forever proved to be most true. News came some days later that awful consternation had spread up and aown the coast owing to Hardinger's defeat. No more slavers appeared in the Mambouli country. The Irish colony was now safe from all such danger. The gratitude of all was due and awarded to Frank Reade, Jr. He certainly saved the colony and the native tribe from ruin and death. But the mission of the young inv e ntor and his party in Africa was over. They thought now of home, and preparations were made for leaving New Erin. This was greatly deprecated bythe colonists. "Mr. Read e," declared McFadden, with emotion, "if we had a man like you in our midst we would soon be the greatest nation on the earth. We could conquer the whole world!" Frank modestly protested against such expressions as these. It had been arranged that upon a certain date the Yankee Girl, Captain Haynes' steamer, should return to the place upon the coast where the travelers had land ed. This time was drawing nigh. Frank was also anxious to get home. He had many duties to attend to there a-nd was also eager to begin work upon his new invention. So preparations were made accordingly. One of the Tipperary's boats were to tak e them do":n the river to the coast. There they would wait for the Yankee Girl. But at the last moment a surprise was in store. Van Dyke announced his intention of remaining in the colony. "What?" exclaimed Frank R eade, Jr., with sly am1 merit. "I thought you wanted to go with me upon next expedition "I am a'raid I shall have to decline!" said Van Dyke. He blushed to the roots of his hair. 1 Barney l eaned o .ver and whispered an explanatio n Frank's ear. It seemed that Van Dyke had become suddenly smi with Nelly McFadden, the coloni st's beautiful daugh; He had asked her hand in Il).arriage, and they were gq) to make their home forever in New Erin. "Well," sai d Frank, heartily, "I wish you luck and T T happiness. I hope that New Erin will outstrip old Irelan 1 T 'l'h e colonists cheered this sentiment to the echo. j Then the boat dropped down the stream. T The journey to the coast was without incident. Two later the Yankee Girl arrived and the party went B rring the loss of the Vendetta their trip had bee: success. Certainly much of a gratifying nature had accomplished in breaking th e power of slavery on the M: 11 bouli 'll In due course of time Frank Reade, Jr., Barney Pomp arrived home in Read estown 'll But they were not soon to forget their exciting adV''JI tures with the Vendetta in Africa. 'll Barney always spoke wistfully of New Eriri. The I''JI colonist s are prospering, and, perhaps some day their c i;;hed plan s may succeed. "I j es' likes Africky, I does!" declared Pomp . "Begorra, so do I!" averred Barney. "Kee p cool!" said Frank. "Perhaps we may go again some day! THE END. I Read "FROM ZONE TO ZONE ; OR, THE WONDJ FUL TRIP OF FRANK READE, JR., WITH ] LATEST AIRS;HIP," which will be the next number ( 1 n of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NO'riCE: All back numbers of this are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stampt" mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the co you order oy re t'urn mail.

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w oRK AND WIN The Best w o. ""\1\T eekly Published. t THE READ ARE ALWAYS IN PRINT. l) ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. [s-1 LATEST ISSUES: 1G5 Fred Fearnot in "Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. tzi 166 Fred Fearnot In 'l'urkey; or, Defying the Sultan. o 113 Fred Fearnot and the Giant ; or, A Hot Time In Cheyenne. 167 !<'red Fearnot In Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danube. 114 Fred Fearnot's Cool Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the Boys. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Beta 115 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. 169 F d F t I 1 d w t h d b th c t b 1 116 Fred Fearnot in a Fix; or, The Blackmailer' s Game. 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Men. ni 121 Fred Fearnot Captured; or, In the Hands of His Enemies. 174 Fred Fearnot's Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era1T0 122 Fred Fearnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer' s Trap to Ruin 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Medicine Him. 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse 123 Fred Fearnot's Great Feat; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of Black Bea 124 Fred Fearnot' s Iron Will ; or.._ Standing Up for the Right. 178 Fred Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. r 125 Fred Fearnot Cornered; or, l!ivelyn and the Widow 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme ; or, Ten Days in an Insane Asylum 180 Fre d Fearnot and Samson ; or, "Who Runs This Town?" 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing Up His Wora. 181 Fred Fearnot and the Rioters; or, Backing Up the Sheriff. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer ; or, Young Billy Dedham's Case. 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber ; or, His Chase tor a Sto i 129 Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazers. Diamond. -130 !<'red Fearnot's Secret Society ; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek ; or, The Masked Flenda ot -< 131 Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; or, The Trouble on the Lake Mines. TE Front. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes ; or, Up Against the Wrl e 1 132 Fred Fearnot's Challenge ; or, King of Mle Diamond Field. Man. c 133 Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work That Won. 185 Fre d Fearnot in New Mexico; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. cl 134 Fred Fearnot In Atlanta; or, The Black Fiend of Darktown. 186 Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; or, The Queerest of All Adventures 135 Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or, How He Helped a Friend. 187 Fred Fearnot In Montana; or, The Dispute at Rocky Hill. tJ 136 Fred Fearnot in Debate; or, The Warmest Member of the House. 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor; or, The Trouble at Snapp 1 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "Moneyle81 Shoals. Man 189 Fre d Fearnot's Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia 138 Fred Fearnot at Princeton; or, The Battle of the Champions. 190 Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience; or, Roughing It at Red Gulc r : l 139 Fre d Fearnot's Circus; or, High Old Time at New Era. l!l1 Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White D ee r of the Adlron-192 Fred Fearnot In the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by B .andlt c dacks. 193 Fred Fearnot's Terrible Risk ; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless 141 Fred Fearnot and His .Guide; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. ture. 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair; The Battle of the Fakirs. 1!!4 Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved His Life. 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner ; or, \,;aptured at Avon. 195 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator ; or, Breaking up a Scheme. Fre d Fearnot and the Professor ; or, The Man Who Knew It t 145 Fred Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Dowll a Nobleman. 196 Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop; or, Beating a Tho,.and Rivals. 146 Fred Fearnot and tl! Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. 197 Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting for His Belt. i47 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay 198 Fred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Chance In a Thousand. -1 Whippe d 199 Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth; or, Running Down a Slick Villain. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon-200 Fred Fearnot's New Deal; or, Working for a Banker. shiners. 201 Fred Fearnot in Dakota; or, The Uttle Combination Ranch. 1 149 Fre d Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, .rralling a Stolen Child. 202 Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents; or, 'Terry Olcott's 150 Fred Fearnot's Quick Work; or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. 203 Fr:rvJearnot and the Amazon, or, The Wild Woman of '\ 151 Fred Fearnot at Sliver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border ; or, Punishing the Mexican Hone Plains. stealers. 204 Fre d Fearnot's Training School ; or, How to Make a Living. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed. Life; or, Running the Gauntlet. 205 Fre d Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who v 154 Fre d Fearnot Lost ; or, Missing for Thirty Days. Short. 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or. The Mexican Pocahontas. 206 Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper; or, Searching tor a 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"; or, A Queer Turning of 207 Cavern the Fred Fearnot In Colorado ; or, Running a Sheep Ranch. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fun with the 208 Fred Fearnot at the Ball; or, The Girl In the Green Mask. s "Spirits." 209 Fred Fearnot and the Duellist; or, The Man Who Wanted l 158 Fred Fearnot and the "Mean Man"; or, The Worst He Ever Fight. Struck. 210 Fred Fe'arnot on the Stump; or, Backing an Old Veteran. 159 Fre d Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Up a Plucky Boy. 211 Fred Fearnot's New Trouble; or, Up Against a Monopoly. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined ; or, The Judge s Mistake. 212 Fred Fearnot as Marshal ; or, Commanding the Peace. , 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; or, The Fun that Raised the 213 Fred Fearnot and "Wally"; or, The Good Natured Bully Funds. Badger. 162 Fre d Fearnot and the Anarchists; or, The Burning of the Red 214 i<'red Fearnot and the Miners; or, The Trouble At Copperto, Flag. 215 Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, llwre Ways Than Q J 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour; or, Going It Alone. 216 Fred Fearnot and the Hlndoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler!' 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West"; or, Astonishing the Old East. Coppertown. 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THE STAGE. o. H. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE f)K:-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. o. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. tai?ing a varied of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch Irtsh. Also end mens JOkes. Just the thing for home amuse-t and amateur shows. o. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE p new a.nd very instructive. Every should obtam th1s book, as 1t contams full instructions for or zing an amateur minstrel troupe. o. 65. i\l ULDOON'S JOKES ..,-This is one of the most original books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It ains a large colleCtion of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of renee ::\luldoon, the gteat wit, humorist, and practical joker of day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should in a copy immediately. o. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com e instructions how to make up for various characters on the e; together with the duties of the Stage i\Ianager, Prompter nic Artist_andProperty l\fan. By a prominent Stage Manage/ o SO. GUS WILLIAMS JOKE BOOK-Containing the !at jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages: handsome red c oYer containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOU S EKEEP I NG. 'o. 16. HOW '1.'0 KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing instructions for constructing a window garden either in town and the most approved methods for raising beautiful ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub ed. To. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever published. It contains r ec ipes for cooking meats game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of try, and a grand collection of r ec ipes by one of our most popular m. . o. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for ybody. boys, girls, men and women; it will teacb you how to e almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. o. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de ption of the wonderful u ses of electricity and electro magnetism ; ether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, George Trebel, A. M D Containing over fifty il--ratwns. To. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Conting fn II directions for making electrical machines, induction s, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. No: 31. HOW '1'9 .BECOME A four teen Illustrations, gtvmg the different: positions requisite to beco me a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.ll the popular of prose and poetry, arranged in the most s1mple and conctse manner possible. No. 49 .. HOW 1'0 DJ.JBA'l'E.-Giving rules for conducting de bates, outhnes for debates, questions for discussion and the best sources for information on the questions given. S O CIETY. No. 3. TO arts a1,1d wiles of flirtation are fully by th1s little book. Besides the various methods of ba.Luker chlt>f,. fan. glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it contams a f1tll list of the language and sentiment of flowers which is in.teresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy Without One. No. 4. HO"V '1'0 DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just issued by l!'rank 'l'ousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to dr!'ss, and full directions for calling off in all popular dances. No HOW TQ LOV:J!l.-A guide to love, courtship and maJTtage, g1vmg senstble advtce, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen known. No. 17. HOW '1'0 DRESS.-Coutaiuing full instructi on in the art of rlressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW '1'0 BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and_ most valuable little books Pver given to the world. Everybody wtshes to know bow to become beautiful, both male and female. 'l'he secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW '1'0 KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobglink, blackuird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POUL'l.'RY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book Handsomely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint1 on bow to catch moles, weasels, otter. rats. squirrels and birds Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illusttated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinc and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the mannet and method of raising, keeping taming, breedi ng, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fuJi !nstructi_ons for cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight tllustratwns, makmg 1t the most complete book of the kind e\er published. R. A. R Bennett. Fully illustrated. ll"o. 67. HOW '1.'0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a MISCEL LANEOUS. of and highly amusing electrical tricks, No. 8. HOW TO A SCIENTIST.-A useful and in With tllustratwns. By A. Anderson. structive book, giving a comp lete treatise on chemistry; also ex. periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di lr. ENTERTAIN MENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thit 1,o. 9. HOW TO BECOl\IE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. nn edy. The se<;ret given away. Every intelligent boy reading N?. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete ha.nd-book fot of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimakmga ll kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. es every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCE and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving thf! a test bnnl< f've r publisl:)ed, and there's millions (of fun) in it. official distances on all the railroads of the United States and No. 20. hOW TO E:\'TERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A. Canada. Also table of distances by ,water to foreign ports, hack y valuable little book just published. A complete compendium fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makine games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable it one of the most compiP.te and handy books publis h e d parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOC1'0R.-A won ney than any book published. derful book containing u sefu l and practical information in No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every k, containing the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, family Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com kgammon. croquet. uomin
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.. FRANK READE Storios of Advontnros on Land; So a and in tho Air. 'J3-y" '':I\TC>N'" Each Number in a Handsomely Illuminated Cover. 32-PACE BOOK FOR 5 CENTS. All our readers know Frank Reade, Jr., the greatest inventor of the age, and his fun-loving chmns, Barney and Pomp. The stories to be published in this magazine contain a true account of the wonderful and exciting adventures of the famous invent-A with his marvellous flying machines, electrical overla.nd engines, and his extraordina submarine boats. Each JlUmber will be a rare treat. Tell your newsdealer to get you copy. 1 FRANK READE, JR.'S WHITE CRUISER OF 7 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, T1 THE CLOUDS; or, The Search for the Dog-Faced "KITE"; or, A Six Weeks' Flight over the Am i Men. 8 FRANK READE, JR.'S DEEP SEA DIVER, T1 2 FRANK READE, JR.'S SUBMARINE BOAT '.'THE "TORTOISE"; or, The Search for a Sunken J EXPLORER"; or, To the North Pole Under the and. Ice. 9 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC INVENTiq 3 READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC VAN; or, Hunt-THE "WARRIOR"; or, Fighting the Apaches f ing Wild Animals in the Jungles of India. Arizona. 4 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR CANOE; 10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC A or, The Search for the Valley of Diamonds. BOAT; or, Hunting Wild Beasts for a Circus. 5 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT"; or, The Search for Sunken .Gold. 11 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOA 6 .FRANK READE, J:ij,.'S ELECTRIC TERROR, THE or, At \Var with the Brazilian Rebels. "THUNDERER"; or, 'fhe Search for the Tartar's 12 FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS; or, Fra Captive. Reade, Jr., in C e ntral Africa. : For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy,. by PB.A.BX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, ITew Yo2'11 IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this oftl.ce direct. Cut out and : in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by l turn mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. ...................... ...... ...................................................................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ......... .190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... cop s of WORK AND 'VIN Nos .................... I. WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos .......... .................. .... ........ .... " FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ........................... ........ " PLUCK AND LUCK Nos ....................... " SECRET SERVICE, Nos .................. ...... " 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .................. ... .... . . " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ................... Name Street and No ............... Town .......... State ................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .


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