From zone to zone; or, The wonderful trip of Frank Reade, Jr., with his latest air-ship.

From zone to zone; or, The wonderful trip of Frank Reade, Jr., with his latest air-ship.

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From zone to zone; or, The wonderful trip of Frank Reade, Jr., with his latest air-ship.
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Frank Reade weekly magazine
Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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"Iss,.ed lVee!:ly...,-By Subscriptwr. $2.50 p&r year. ,4.pplication mad for Second-Class Entry at N. Y. Post-Otfice. As Frank and his companions came in sight of the Dart, th&y paused. Clambering over the deck were a number of fur-clad forms. At first the explorers thought them human beings; but a .. closer glance showed that they were huge wbitP. bears. h


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HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and guid e eYer pnbli s h cd I t contains full in card t ricks, containmg full instruction on a ll the leading card trickt dogs, traps, trappi n g and fishiug, of the d a y, also the most popular magical illusions as performed bJ ons .of me a1!d fish. I our magicians; ever.v boy .should obtain a c opy of this book RO" SAIL Ai\J.l BUILD A BOAl'.-Full y as 1t wll l both amnse and mstruct. boy shouiJ know how to row and sail a boat. 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HOW TO DO FORTY THICKS WITH CARDS.tai ni u g f ull instructions for writing letters on a lmost any subject de ceptive Card Tricks as performed b y leading co njurors 1 also l'tlles for punctuation and compos ition; together with speciroe.'t! magicians. Arranged fo r home amusement. Fully illustrated. letters. (Continued on page 3 of cover )


i g 'Y' 1'Y.I:.A.G-.A.:iii!::I::N'E. C O NTAINING STOR IES OF A DVENTURES O N LAND SEA A N D IN THE AIR. Tssued We eklyB y Subsc iption $2.5 0 p e r y ear. Application made f or Se cond Class ent>' J I at t he New York, N Y., Pos t O ffic e h Ent e r e d a c cmd ing to A c t of Congr e ss in the y e a r 1903, in the offi ce of the Lib aria n of Gongess, Washington, D. C by Fank Tous e1J, 24 Union Squa e, New Ymk No. 13. NEW Y ORK, JANUAR Y 23, 1903. Price 5 C e nts. 'FROM ZONE TO ZONE; OR, The Wonderful Trip of Frank Reade, Jr., With His Latest Air -Ship. By ''NONAME." I CHAPTER 1. p o J lett But n on e of t hese p rojecto rs could s u bstantiate their plan s wit h a n y log i ca l m e t hod of procedure F u). A S CIEN' I'JE'IC NEW AIRSHIP. "Admit that the Greenland rout e i s f e a sibl e," sai d the c hairman, "how w ill you provid e m e an s of t ravel?" "With dog s a n d s l e dg e s," s aid one man. ". \ nd th e s u pp l ies?" A ver y import ant meeting of th e Am e rican Sci e ntifi c Soc i e t y had b e e n h e l d in their Hall in the c ity of N e w Yo r k i ': All t h e learned sa1a nt s and geo g r a ph e r s of th e day w e r e Ah, here was the s tumb l in g block. X o s l e dge team coul d presen t, for t h e s ubject to be d i s c u sse d was one o f great hop e to car r y the s upp lies for s o l arg e a pa r ty int e r est. So that plan found c h ary s uppo r t. For centuries c o u ntle s s effor ts had b e e n mad e to r e ach Thus t h e m e eting was in a state of p e rplexity a nd m uch eithe r t h e N orth o r So ut h Po les. The country c onti g uous unc ertainty whe n a n i n c i dent happ e n e d which p u t a new ( '" to these poin ts had eve r remain e d an une xp l or e d trac t fa c e upon matte r s I For m a n y s c i e n t ific rea sons it had been deem e d n e cesSudde n l y a shor t, b r oadshou lder e d man, with g l a sses, ary to r e ach these poin ts. Mor eove r m a n 's c uriosity seeme d pu s h ed forward un! ittlt tber any ounf o it But all att e mpt s by l and or sea had p rove d futile. This was accepted as a fact. But th e l earne d s ava n t s ere di sposed to bel ieve the f eat not impos s ible And thi s was wh y the meeting h ad been call e d The mos t :feasib l e way to r e a c h th e Poles and the o rg a niza"Mr C hairm a n !" h e said. "Professor Gas ton !" replied the cha i r "I would l ik e to s ubmit a plan for r e achi n g the P o les, whi c h I confid e ntly c l a i m will b e s u c cessfu l." Instantly a g r eat stir was c r eate d The s avant s a ll pu s hed forward A ll kn e w Gasto n well Coc ion of a p arty to attempt it was th e topic of discussion. a n d f a vorab ly. jec-t One man proposed the rout e thro u gh Greenland An"Hear, hear! was t he c ry. ther favor e d t h e Behri ng S e a r oute. A thir.d was in favor At o nce th e c h airma n rapp e d to ord e r and t h e n adapproaching i t fro m Sib e r ia dre sse d Gas to n :


I F RO M ZONE \:ty;-.u0NE.,... "How do you propose to reach' the Po l es?" he asked. "Now, brother scie!ltists, what sort of a reoeption oug The professor looked around as if o h allenging denia l WI!' to give to a man who agrees to do such a wonder an d said : thing as this? I appeal to your fairness!" "By airship." There was a moment of silence. Then one man said: For a moment a pin could have been heard to drop in "Let him E!-'ove his ability to do what he proposes, a the hall. Then there was a murmur, and the mernbers not only the r;ociety but the world will bow down befo to laugh. him." "Did you hear that?" "Proposes to go to the Poles by ai r ship "The man is CJiazy !" "Where is his airship?" The chairman rap-ped for order. "I trust ypu will be courteous eno ugh to g ive the gentle man a hearing," he said. "Oh, certainly!" said a mocking voice. Professor Gaston l ooked angry and made a hot repiy : think I can prove that to you very quickly!" sa Frank Reade, Jr. "I have solved the problem of aeri navigation long since, and you have only to come to Reade town to see my airship to believe it. "Then your airship is a reality?" asked one of t professors "It is." ''And you have taken an aerial ride in it? "l have." "I was not aware that there was anything so extremely "We would like to see it.", farcical in my remarks," he said "If I can substantiate "If: you will come to Readestown in two days from no them w ith the truth and actual demonstration, you can you will see it fly, and also see me off on my trip fro ask no more zone to zone I "We will ask for no more," said one of the crowd. "But "That there may be no misunderstanding, let me say th can you do it?" I am here to-night sole l y to please my friend, Profess "I can." Gaston, and only at his very urgent request. "Where is your airship?" "I have no axe to grind in coming here. I am seek "It is in existenc 7 though not my property. When I no emolument or pecuniary reward. I have simply offer have rendered this mighty aid to science, perhaps some of to this society the privilege of allowing one of their me you revilers will be iJlclined to apologize." bers to accompany me and make valuable scientific data. With this Professor Gaston led the way to the speakers' remains for the society now to act." platform, and was followed by a man of remarka-ble With firmness and with dignity Jtrank R e ade, Jr., spok appearance. He was tall, slender an d handsome. clear cut, refined and remarkable for tclligence. Every eye was upon him. His speech and manner t 1e learned body of m His features were deeply. their stamp of inThey saw at once that it was no ordinary man that a dressed them in this manner. The tide of popular opini "Mr. Chairman," said Professor Gaston, courteously, in Frank's favor became almost overwhelming. "allow me to introduce to you Frank Reade, Jr. the most One man l eaped upon a chair and Ciied: famous inventor on earth to-day." "I move that the society send a representative and th The young inventor blushed with this g l owing eulogy. Gaston be the man!" But he bowed to the chairman and exchanged a few Cheers filled the hall. pleasant words with him; then Professor q-aston addressed The learned professor looked gratified and pleased. :!: the society: at once replied: "Mr. Reade is the foremost inventor of the day. He is "I fear there are many much better qualified. Yet, the creator of t.he Submarine Boat and many other woncourse, I would not refuse so important a trust if I a derful thin gs. He bas now come to the front with a new deemed capable airship with which he offers to travel from zone to zone The result was that a ballot was taken The result w in the efforts to locate the Poles. overw h elm i ng. Gaston was unanimously cbose11. "From one I:.igid zone to the other he wil} proceed with The great undertaking was begun. his airship and accomplish with the greatest ease that which That night the press of the country resounded with e has been since the creation of the world an utter imposc i ting reports of the meeting, and the proposed attempt sibility for man to do. Frank Reade, Jr., to travel from zone to zone in his airshi


FROM ZONE 'rO ZONE. 3 A committee e S c ientifi c Soc i e t y w e n t up to R e ade s -1 The other masts carri e d four powe rful wing s of oil e d t 1 town to tak e a look at the n e w air s hip s ilk and hug e proportions. The s h a p e and mec hani s m of I Frank R e ade, Jr., was alway s plea sed to show his inthe s e wing s Frank had d e riv e d fro m the mod e l of the bt1tt e r He led th e company inttJ a vas t high-truss e d fly, an i n s ect not ed for il s a ir y a nd s wift fligllt. There, up o n the stoc k s was the wond e rful air s hip. She was jus t und e r g oing pro p e r fitting out for the long Two m e n o f rath e r peculi a r app e aran c e w e re working I By means of variou s pulleys and s o c ket s these wing s were made to act a s lightly a nd gracefully a s the model. This is a meager and incompl e te description of the Dart. The Scientific Soci ety's c ommittee w e r e overwhelmed with .1pon h e r. the wonderful mechani s m anq th e simpl e practicability One was an Iris hm a n with a shoc k of red hair and a of the Dart. broad mu g The olh e r was a darky, black a s ebony and :ijr R e ad e w e are d e light e d s aid the spoke s man, "and 'olly a s a ge nial Dutc hman. we fee l sure of your s uccess. If you d o not fail you will One was known a s B arney O 'She a and the oth e r a s Pomp. sure l y put y our n a m e upon the topmo s t s c roll of fame." They h a d been in th e e mploy of Frank R e ade, Jr. for I s hall h o p e lo s ucceed, r e pli e d F:rank mod e stly. d I d t d t 1 ' Tl1at rs I "' a1.111. '' wny years an w e r e mu c 1 evo e o 11111. 'vJ The air s hip as r e v e al e d to the vis itor s was indeed a won'I'h e commi ttee its In s hap e it was long and narrow an d built a ft e r th e lines of a mac k e r el. 'I hc hull was of t hinly r o ll e d platinum coat e d with bull e t proof s teel. Onl y two days mor e r e m a in e d of pre par a tion for the w o nd e r f ul r oyage flom zon e to zone The who l e sci e n t ifi c world was agog. After the s ailing of t h e Dart with th eir r epresentative, Profe s sor Gaston, The sh e ll thu s for m e d c ould e a s ily b e lifte d b y four m e n, a board, the y waited with deep est intere st for new s from pite its hug e proportions. th e p a rty. They were des tin e d to wait many weeks. Along th e s ide s of t h e s h e ll wer e s lides and a coar s e whic h c ould b e le t up o r down s o a s to inclose t h e or m a k e it ope n at will. r I n t hese s l i des w e r e r o u n d portholes f or observ a tion or to a t an e n e my thro n g h The bow o f th e airs hip was Th e s t ern c arri e d a pair of strong CHAPTER II. THE ICE-BOUND SHIP. Far down in the Antarctic Ocean a good s hip was battling with heavy seas and a head wi:M. For weeks the whaler Albatross had b e rn trying to mak e h e adway ag a inst the vigorous norther whi c h constantly of the c r e w B arne y a nd Pomp head e d them off. Midwa y in t h e hull was the cabin and en gin e -room. The But a f e w weeks mor e r e m a ined for them to g e t into bin was s mall but fitt e d up e x qui s itel y in l eathe r and north ern s e a s before the winter would set in. Captain Hardy had spent one winter among the ice The e ngine-room h e ld the powerful el ec tric engines whi c h and s now of the Antarctic and had no desire to spend th e m otive powe r of the airship. These w e r e Frank R e ade Jr.'s s p e cial invention, and the o f th eir construc tion h e w ould to anybod y Upon the prow of the airship was the wheel-house, and a mi g hty powerful sea r c hli ght, capable of d a rk est ni ght for a di s tance of two mil es. another. The ship was loaded down with whale oil, and pecuniarily the cruise bid fair to be a tremendous success. But provision s were getting low, and to be nipped the ice again meant a horrible fate, northing short of I s tarvation. Now l e t u s turn to the e l e v ating powe r of the famous Realizing this, was little wonder that Captain Hardy paced the deck of his ship anxiously and studied the northGas was not employed in an y shap e A much stronger ern sky. safe r m e dium was used a s the read e r will agree. Ther e wer e three tall ma s t s ri s ing from the upper deck the air s hip The mainma s t c arri e d a powerful rotascope, which was b e capabl e of s upporting the airship. "Well, Jack Walli s !" he cried, in his bluff Way, "it still blow s and by N e ptune, it looks lik ely to keep on. We can't make seaway in s uch a wind. What ar e we going to do?" Wallis, the mate, was a tall handsome fellow, with resolute blue eyes and Saxon complexion.


',[ FROM ZONE TO ZONE. He was a fa v orit e with the cre w and brave as a lion. But his fa c e now was a trifl e pale H e r e alized th e The r e was littl e us e to atte mpt to face the wind All they could do was t o keep th e v esse l s t e ad y and lao danger o:f their pos ition quit e a s w e ll a s did C aptain Hard y out for a colli s ion with drift ice. He was not thinking of hi s own s a fe ty, but o f those The ni ghts w e r e long s i e ges, with trying to k eep the shi a board th e s hip and their pro s pective fate as w e ll a s the f rom b e in g s tov e The clays wer e rigid battles a gain s t th peril of a certain ver y c harmin g y oun g l a d y o n board N o oth e r than Luc ill e Hardy, t h e c apt a in 's d a u g h te r. The c aptain had y i e ld e d a gain st his will to Lu c ill e's pleadings to b e allowe d to come on th e v o y ag e careering bla s t s 'l'hen th e sun dis app eared below t h e h o rizon The Ant a r ctic night had b e gun The r e was no long e r an y hop e o f r e a c hin g north er He knew b ette r than s h e did the mighty ri s k involv ed. w a t e r s that year But h e had finally yie lded. t was true that Lu c ill e was Wint e r quart e r s was the o rder In a r e markabl y bric the light of the s hip. The c r e w to a man wor s hipp e d and s p ace of tim e the tossing turb ul ent se a had become a s oli r e v e red her. Two y ears und e r the South e rn Cross was a long whil e to remain away fro m home. But Luc ill e h a d been h a ppy even in th e m o n otonous r o u tin e of s hip life. Now, howe v e r, whe n the prospect of b eing c omp e ll e d t o s pend anoth e r w i n te r in frozen latitudes confront e d him C ap tain Hardy wis h e d devoutl y that h e had l eft h e r a t home. All this prosp e ct, s o dr e adful, might hav e been avert e d had they starte d a month e arli e r for hom e mass of pack ice. And in the mid s t of thi s h e r t imb e r s grinding an wre n c hing with the strain lay t h e Alba tross. But s oon the ice pa c k b e c a m e m o ti onless as the f earf n o ld contributed to mak e it so lid. Thus fixe d in h e r icy b e d the Albatross was to remai1 a fixtur e for seven l o n g drear y month s It was b y no m e an s a pl e a sant outlook Y e t the ere' proceed e d to m a k e the bes t of it. The ration s wer e c ar e full y r ec koned up It was found that o nl y with th e mos t frugal of indul g But s trikin g a school of whal es, the t e mpt a tion to fill e ncc would they l ast until s pring. e r e r y barr e l aboa rd had c aused t h e c aptain t o lin ge r. In an ordinary sea s on, howe v e r h e would y e t hav e s ucceed e d in gettin g beyond the circ l e But it seem e d a s if the fates the mselves h e ld the north wind in th eir hand s It h a d g rown in fury for week s And now th e c old had b egun t o se t in. But yet th e r e w a s a c h a nce t h a t gam e might b e procur e < to s om e e xt e nt. Even the n however it was r e member e < that afte r the ice pack s hould bre ak up it would be thre month s b ef or e t hey could hop e to reach a port. The r e for e the outlook was seri o u s indeed Add e d to thi s was the almo s t ab s olut e certainty of s i c k Pack ice e v e n s how e d itself, and th e rigg ing was froz e n ness a t times s o that a bloc k o r s ta y c ould h a rdl y be mov ed. S c urv y alr e ad y thre at e n e d Yario u s m e mb ers of the" No wond e r the c a ptain w a s a nxiou s Y e t they did no yie ld t o desp air. W e mu s t b e nd e very s ail! h e d e clar e d. "Unless we g e t out of h e re this week it i s wint e r quarter s and--" He did not fini s h th e sente nce. Something lik e a g roan esc a p e d his lip s But ever y d ay the wind grew s tiff e r and the Albatross labored hard e r It was certain th a t s h e would nev e r mak e the north ern seas. A g loom settle d down over ship and erew. The s ailors, brave f ellow s all c ould nqt h e lp a murmur. Many of the m thought of their home s in the far North where d ear ones w e r e a waiting them. Alas! it looked as if they would n e v e r see them again Day b y day the vess el lost headway. It was a c ommon conv i ct ion that t h e only hope of ee c ap e c onsist e d in c lingin g tog e ther and t hi s they did The r e was no mutiny no r e criminations, no quarrels. 1 was a c ommon c au s e and life was its st ak e Soon the Antarctic wint e r with all its fearful rigo rs ha s et in. But the y w e re quit e c omfort a bl e aboa rd t h e s hip grour ing about the furnaGe b y t h e light of the oil lamps Out si d e the cold w a s at t i mes s o sev e r e a s to haye alma : preclud e d a human b e in g li v in g in t h e ope n air a mom e n But there were man y of these s pells, and fortunately the were not of long duration. At times the the rmom eter would go up with a rush a n Then one day the black clouds shut in from the north the air becam e quite mild. and there came an ice storm, the like of which they At s u c h time s they dar e d to ventur e away from the shir neveP s een before. Hunts w e r e organized and a s gam e cam e out from tp


FROM ZONE TO ZONE. 5 mainland to roam the ic e pack t h e r e was a lways a chance been well even then had it not bee n for a phenomenon of s hooting som e thing Foxe s and rabbits, or Arctic hare s were common Oc- casionally ai! elk was seen or a species of reindeer Seals were plenty, though rather difficult to hunt, and great floc k s of duck s and geese at times fle w ove r. Th e party wer e getting a lon g amazing l y l>ell when on e day a fearf ul thrilling catastrophe occurred. Of course, non e of the s hip' s crew had ever penetrated further south, and knew not h ing of the Antarctic continent. That it might be inhabited was possible, but there was no record. In the Arctic, Esquimaux contiguou s to th e Pole. But in the Antarctic hum an lif e had never b een found almost alway s certain to occur. There were huge, top-heavy peaks on the ic e floe, which caus e d it to become unbalanced Suddenly it rocked violently, and then with a might y vortex of wate r s keel ed o ver and turned bottom side up, the heavy part of the berg sinking. An awful cry of horror escape d Captain Hardy and Jack Wallis. ) "My God, they are lost forever!" cried the young mat e This was certainl y t11.1e. The two unfortunate men n ever rose. The bed of the deep Antarctic was their final resting place. There was no mor e sea l hunting that day. The grief an,cl existen t Y e t thi s was no evid e nce th a t it did not exist. horror of the two surviYors can well be imagined. On e day Captajn H a rd y and Jac k proposed to go on a Ther e was nothi ng to do but to r e turn to the Albatros s seal hunt four miles away t01rarcl the ope n sea. They took two of the seamen-Je rry Mains and Adolph Sturgeson-with them. This l eft Secon d Mate Albert Stearns and s ix seamen aboard the craft. Of course, Lu c ill e remain e d aboard. a nd report the mishap. So back toward the s hip the y started. But as they cam e in sight of it, Captain Hardy r e marked a peculiar qir c um- s tance. "That i s q ueer!" he exclaimed. "There is no s moke from the galley pipes. What does it m ean?" It was. a fatal day. Arriv e d at the sealing g round s the first catastrophe oc"They cannot hav e l e t the fire go out!" cried Jack. curred. It was one never to b e for g otten. The two men startled glances. Without a A sea l was l a nced b y Sturgeson, very near the edge of the word they pressed forward. pack. The creature was killed, a s the sai lor b e lieved. And as they drew nearer the ice-bound s hip no one cam e But a s he ventured near it suddenly it turne d and atout to greet them. No one answered J ack's hail. tack e d him. All was as si l e n t as death. B efo r e Sturgeson could get out of th e way it had fastened one of its tu sks through the calf of his leg. He was h e l d a prison e r, and the agony was so inte nse that he shrie ked for aid. He was see n by all three of his companions. "My God!" c ri ed Jack Wallis, with the utmo st horror. "What is the matter with them?" c ried Captain Hardy. "Why on earth don't they answer?" Forward they pu s hed rapidl y When twenty yards from the s hip Jack Wallis paus e d with a n awf ul cry of t er ror "Look! he shrieked. "Poor Sturgeson is done for!" There about the s hip 's ga n gway the snow had been fear" D on't say that!" c ri e d Captain Hardy, with anguish. fully trampl e d and it was a crimson color. Blood was "Save him!" the cause of this. J erry Mains was the n e arest. Seeing his companion in s u c h deep trouble, he once started for him. Out over th e pack h e ran. And upon th e si des of the s hip upon the ladder and at 1 the rail a ll was blood. Over the rail Jac k Wallis went. Th e seal st ill hanging to h is victim, was backing to the edge of th e pack. A moment more a nd h e would slide int o the water. Mains rea c h e d th e s pot the n ext moment. With a blow he kille d the seal and then grasped Sturgeson's hands. But at that mom ent a fearful t hin g happened. The section of ice upon which they were suddenly snapped and broke away from the main pack. It drifted out into the black water All might have And there upon the s hip 's deck h e saw the rigid figur e of a man frightfully mu t ilat e d and frozen stiff in the bitter air. CHAPTER III THE AIRSHIP TO THE RESCUE. "Dead!" he exclaim e d in hollow tones. "It is Martin Jones, foretopman. H e has been murdered!"


\ 6 FROM ZONE TO ZONE. Captain Hardy reeled toward the cabin door. I His fac e "We have our bearing s But I hope that we may overwas chalky white. t ake the wretche s before th e y have gone very far." "Lucille!" he gas ped. "Then l e t us be off T he thought was in Jack Wallis' mina. He fol-.. "At once!" lowed at once. "We will return and bury these poor fellows later." The comp!uionway was s tained with bloodJ the cabin "Yes; all depends upon prompt pursuit." floor the same. On went the two hunters. Leaving the ship, the two des perate men set out upon There by the galley fire, whic h was out, lay the stark and the trail. It was a broad and easy one to follow. stiff forms of three mor e of the crew. The air had moderated very much. Indeed, there was_ They we{e in pos ition s to show that they had fought for a faint mi s t creeping up from the sea. their liv es. The barbarians left huge footprints in the snow, and it But where w e r e the oth e r two and Lucille? was from these that Captain Hardy drew his deductions. "Mark Vane and Alvan Bates, with Lucille, are missing!" "I tell you they are literal giants!" he declared. "No declared the excited captain. "What can have become of doubt they are fearful fighters." them?" "There is but one theory." "What?" "They have been taken away as prisoner s." "As prisoners ?" "Yes." "But by whom?" ''Yet they cannot, orte of them, stop a rifle ball without getting sick," s aid Jack. "You are right, there!" On through the snow for hours the two men followed the tracks. All that day and the next they followed it. Happily they had taken the precaution to bring eatables. "As yet I cannot answer. Human fiends no doubt. See, A few hours' sleep in the s now was all the rest they got, the s hip has been ransacked and many things carried away." hut they were consoled with the (;heerful fact that every "You ar e right " I hav e an idea." What is it?" Below us lies the great con tincnt ?" moment the trail grew fresher. And now, from the horizon line, thel'e had arisen vast heights of snowy white Towering yet above them all was a might y peak, which sent forth flame and smoke. I "Yes." "A volcano!" declared Captain Hardy. "I'll wager we 1 "I fancy it is inhabited by variou s tribe s of s avages who will find the settlement of th e barbarian s not far from that." arc hos tile. They have come out on to tho pack, hunting, and have found the ship." "My God! and they hav e taken Lu c ill e away, capt ive?" "Yes." For a moment of agony streamed down Captain Hardy's face. "I think you may be v e ry sure of it," declared Jack Wallis But as they drew nearer the coast line suddenly some s tartling incidents occurred. Jack, who was in advance, suddenly halted. A cry of alarm pealed from hi s lips. Then he grasped Jack's hand. At that moment they had been approaching a vast pile "My boy," he said, in agony, "it is a fearful blow! Life of conglomerated ice. Suddenly, from b ehind it, a number is sped for me now. The Albatross w i ll neve r see hom e of s trange looking beings sprang forth. again!" "Don't give up." Thej were gigantic in stature and dressed in skins, with the tusks of the seal for horn s upon their h e ad dresses, "But how can it? How can we ever go back and l eave which consisted of u ntanned seal hide, with hole s for th e Lucille here?" eyes and mouth. "We will not!" They were armed with huge battl e clubs, with the bones Jack Wallis' voice rang out with clarion pitch. of huge fish and hug e rock s for heads, and javnlins tipped "I tell you we will rescue Lucille if we have to follow with stone or fish bones. those wretches to the very heart of the Antarctic continent At sight of the two m e n they carilc forward with a rush. itself!" Brandishing their weapon s and yelling, they r u shed for"Brave boy!" c r ied Captain Hardy. "But will the ship ward. be here? Can we find our way back?" It was a critical moment.


. .FROM ZONE TO ZONE. It was a question of life or d eath, and there seemed of different shape. It was a ship, but not one intended but one move for the two men to make. for sai ling the seas. "Aim low!" cautioned Captain Hardy. "Take the first That it was not a supernatural apparition was evident, man!" for at the rail were four men, all of them sho uting encourThcn their rifles spoke. aging words. Two of the barbarians fell. ''Keep up, friends!" came down from above. "We will Fortunately our adventurers had good repeating Winh e lp you!" chesters, and they were enabled to keep up a good steady 'Ahoy!" gasped Captain Hardy, in amazement. "Who fire. are you?" But the barbarians now began hurling their javelins. "Tlus Frank Reade, Jr.'s airship, the Dart. We arc One nearly imp a led Jack T'hi s caused him to sho u t : "This way, Captain i-Iardy! We mltst get she lt er !" "And so are we," r e plied Hardy. "I've commanded many Both retreated to the cover of some blocks of ice and u good s hip in my life, but I nev e r yet saw one that sailed t the battle w ent on. in the air." T'hey pluckily held the foe a t bay. But the barbarians seemed to in numb e r It seemed as if a hundred of them at lea st had ap peared upon the scene from som e m yste riou s source. And now our adventurers made an appalling discovery. This was that they had neglected to take sufficient am munition from the ship with them. But a few more round s of cartridges w ere left. With blanched faces they look ed at each other. I "My boy," said Captain Hardy, steadily, "I fear it is all up with us!" "It looks so, captain." "What an awful fate!" "At least we will die gaJll e !" Wallis shut hi s lip s tightly and re s umed the firing. H e made every s hot t e ll. But presently he found that he had but three cartridges left. And the barbarians were every mom ent growing bold e r. A hand-to-hand combat would be s ure to be fatal. At this the aerial voyagers laughed. ''Wait and we will descend! they c ried. 'rhen the Dar t sett led rapidly until it alighted upon the icc. At the rail four men were sta nding. One was a tall, handsom e young man, ano ther was s hort and wore glasses, one was an Irishman, and the fourth was a negro, as black as cpal. The reader, of course, recognizes them as Frank R ea de, J'r., Barney and Pomp, and the scie nti st, Professor Gaston. They had left home some s ix weeks previous arid had enjoyed a fir st -class trip of eight thousand miles or more. One was certain. They had arrived in the nick of time to save lives of Captain Hardy. and Jack. Stories were soon exchanged. Frank Reade, Jr., li stened with deep interest to the story of the whalers. When he was told about Lucill e's capture by the Antarc tic natives he was at onc e aroused, and cried: "She shall be rescued, and have no fear, Captain Hardy!" "God bless y ou, sir!" cried the over joyed cap tain. "Of .course, you have it in your power to do so with your airA few mom ents more and they would certainly have overship?" whelmed the two brave mim, had it not been for an intervention. And this came from a :most unexpected quarter. "I believe so. At least w e will try." \ "Antarctic natives!" cried Professor Gaston, at once interested. "Well, that settles one important point, don't it, Suddenly, what seemed like a veritable bolt of lightning that the South Pole regions arc inhabited?" dropped frorp. the sky, and right among the barbarians. "It does!" agreed Frank. "And yonder are mountains There was a fearful explosion. and a volcano!" Tons of ice and snow rose to the height of fifty feet The scientist was, however, just now inten" :d in the barin the air. Dozen s of the barbarians were torn in s hreds. barians. Jac k and Captain Hardy looked up and b e A visit was made to the spot where the electric bomb had held a sight the like of whi ch they had never seen before. exploded. "Great Neptune!" gasped the captain. "A ship sailing in the air This was what it seemed. But in place of sails were flapping wings. T'he hull was Some of the primitive weapon s of the barbarians were secured. Several of them had escaped mutilation and a look was taken at their features. "Of the Aryan type!" declared Professor Gaston. "Bar,


8 .. FROM ZONE TO ZONE. barians in every sense of the word. The shape of the skull This being the ca se, the r e w as suffic i ent exc u se precludes anything but low inte ll ect." invasion for it was n ecessary to r esc u e the m. w The r e maining or s urviving barbarian s h a d vani s h e d. The airship descen de d until on a l eve l with the cave rnou s Where the y had gone was something of a myst e ry. Ceropening. It could e a s il y h a v e sai l e d into the place, but a tain it was they wer e not in sight anywhere. Frank was afraid tha t c olli s i o n with the roof might dam-It was d e cid e d to follow their trail as w e ll as possible a g e the wings or rotascope through the s now. So h e did not v enture t o ente r. This was not difficult. But getting down on a level h e turne d the r ays of the It was w e ll-defin e d and broad. sea rchlight into the pla c e. This r e v e a l e d a curio u s s ight. For s ome ways the airship kept on A mighty open space, or p erhaps it mi g h t b e c all e d c av -Then th e volcano and its attendant peak s drew nearer. ern, occupi e d sev eral acres in extent, and all roof e d b y To the surprise of all it was seen that the slope of the the s h e ll of the vol ca no. volcanic mountain wer e d e void of s now What was mor e the re actually seemed to be vegetation upon it. But this was probably in the form o f Arc tic messes and But in the centr e o.f this va s t underground are a w as what look e d like a lak e of m'olte n gold a s it lay unde r the gleam of the searchlight. Howev e r, Frank s aw that it was nothing of the kind ferns, which grow in very barren places and even unde r but a vast basin of boiling1lava. the s now. A stream of the boiling liquid ran down into t he ba sin But as the air s hip now tapidly drew nearer to the volfrom an orifice in the mountain wall. c ano a startling discover y was made The wall s of the imme nse c avern w e r e of h arde ned l ava I "Look!" c ri e d Jac k Walli s in ama.ze m ent. "The mouna pparently. It was c ertainl y a qu ee r freak o f nature. tain is hollow!" But this was not all. Indeed the app earanc e of a mighty yawning cavity in its s id e s e em e d to warrant this a sse rtion. The volcano look e d like a walnut shell cut in halves, with i t s side cut open. The Antarctic na t iv e s h a d e ntered the pla ce but none of th e m w e r e in si g ht. Frank was in a pos ition wh e nc e h e could ea s ily vi e w t h e whole interior of the place. CHAPTER IV. But an explanation of their di s appearance wa s easily ob-tained. I THE HOLLOW MOUNTAIN. Certainly the appearance of the volcanic mountain was Just b e yond the lava basin the r e wa s a dark, cav ernous opening which app e ared to trend downward. Frank unders tood it all at once. unu s ual in the e xtre me. What did it mean? "I have it!" he c ried. "This i s only on e of many c a v -Had internal fires burned it out and made of it a hollow e rns in this volcanic range. The whole r eg ion h e r e doubtc one? It certainly looked very much so. l ess is honeycombed b y the a c tion of currents of lava But now anoth e r startling thing was seen. Into the vast Doubtless their retreat is d ee p down in the bowe ls of the c avity a large body of men were s een to be rushing. earth." "It i s the home of the barbarian s!" erie d Profess or Gas-Captain H:.trd y h eard this with di s may. ton, in amazem ent. "More and more wonderful!" "Then w e can n e v e r hop e to rout the m out!" he s aid. The aerial voyager s gazed upon the spectacle in sheer e st "That will not be possibl e." wond e r. Into the mighty ap erture rus h e d the Antarctic natives. In a few mo .1ent s not one was in sight. "On the c ontrary, I beli eve it is po s sible," said Frank. "You do?" "Yes." a The airshi1J now rapidly s ettled down at the foot of the volcano. Tbere was o n e r e s olute pm]JOSe in the minds of all. They w e r e det ermine d to invade the c uriou s dwelling plac e o f natives. It was a moral certainty that the whit e pri s on e r s, Luc ill e and Mark Vane and Alvan Bates w e re ther ein c onfin e d "How will you do it? Ea s i est thing in the world. into their d en." Simply track them t Captain Hardy shrugge d his s houlders I "You c annot go there with your airship," he said, "Very true "How then do y ou propose to go ?" c u


FROM ZONE TO ZONE. On foot." I "Mercy a handful of men like us wm stand no show All were, of course, enthusiastic over the prospect. It is needless to say that they were soon ready. Over the with such a myriad of foes, however insufficiently armed." rail they went and stood upon the volcanic ground. 11How many of the natives do you reckon there are?" Pomp elevated the airship a few hundred feet for safety's asked Frank. sake, after they had gone. Then 'the four rescuers entered "At least seve ral thousand." the hollow mountain. The young inventor was silent. He realized that there was logic in Captain Hardy's words. But he was no t to be defeated. "Barney," he said, "go down and fetch up those long, black boxes in the forward cabin. "All roight, s or !" The Celt disappeared at once. When he returned he had two of the boxes on his shoul der. They were marked in plain black letters: "PLAIN ARM:OR. "Armor!" exclaimed Captain Hardy. "Is that what you have there, Mr. Reade_?" "That is it," replied Frank, "Mercy on us! I supposed the days of armor av.d knight hood had gone by." "Neither hav e as yet," replied Frank, quietly. "I have four s uits of this armor, and it i s m y own r_nanufacture. Did you ever see anything better?" As Frank said this h e took from one of the boxes a shirt of mail. The finest of steel meshes, intrica tely woven, and all as pliab l e as cloth. Such was the wonderful armor. '\ There was a suit from head to foot, including a helmet, Truly it was wond e rful work-As they did so they noted a peculiar vibration and at times a distant jarring, jolting sound as if machinery were at work b e neath them. And doubtles s it was, but not machinery made by human hands. The internal fire s raging there, no doubt, caused the tremulous motion. Indeed the atmosphere was charged with waves of heat, which was evidence enough in itself of that. Entering the hollow mountain, the four mail-clad men skirted the lake of molten lava. The heat from this was something not exactly pleasant to bear. 'rhey did not venture too near the edge. Upon every hand was visible evidences of the great strug gle of the volcanic e lements in ages past. It was a wonderful sight, and Professor Gaston made the best of it. H e declared: "I am the most fortunate man in America to-day to be enabled to be here. This is a wonderful e.xperience !" As the professor had not a suit of armor on it was de cided that he should remain in the outer cavern where he would be very much safer. He was anxious to search for .specimens, and at the same time was not des irous of an encounter with the natives. with visor and skul,l cap. manship. Leaving Professor Gas ton in the outer cavern, Frank Jr., and \ his three companions boldly entered the "It is bullet proof," declared Frank. "Nothing ordinary s ubterranean passage which led presumably to the strong-can penetrate it. "Wonderful!" cried Jack Wallis. "Why, with this armor hold of the Antarctic natives. one man could hold an army at bay." e To their surprise the passage was hardly a hundred feet in l ength. .t ''That he could," agreed Frank. "They might fire volleys at him. They could not kill him. Then they e merged upon a scene the like of which none The suits of mail were carefully exami ned and admired. of the m had ever before beheld. It was wonderful. Then Frank said: They emerged upon a long gallery, from which they "You get into one Wallis; and you Captain Hardy, into looked down into an internal crater full two hundred feet the other. Pomp will r e main with the machine. Barney deep. don this suit of mail and at once." A mighty ba in it was, covering acres with small islands "All right, sor !" r ep li e d the Celt, who proceeded to obey. of rock in a vast lake of fire and lava. "Then you propose to wear these s uits of mail in at tacking the natives?" asked Hardy. Great sheets of burning gas at times leaped a hundred feet into the air. Yet certain draughts of air made the "Certainly," repli e d Frank. "Thus equipped we can gallery secure against the frightful heat. clean out the country. Ah, there is great work ahead for For some while our explor-ers gazed upon the scene with us!" wonder.


10 FROM ZONE rro ZONE. "Upon my word!" exclaimed Captain Hardy. "Inferno rrhc words had barely left his lips when there was a could not be worse than that!" startling ound in his rear. "You are right," agreed Frank. "Orrtaintlv it i s akin Instantl,y from b e hind rocks and s hrub s a score of armed to it." barbarians sprang forth and rushed upon om adventurers "Begona, I'd niver want to fall down there!" cried Barlike an avalanche. ney, with a shiver. "Shure, it's moighty quick ycz would Swinging th eir battle axes they looked formidable in/ come to nothing." deed. The white men had barely time to prepare for de-Nobody was dispo w d to contradict thi s logical s tatement. fense, so sudden and swift was the murderou s attack. But Jack Wallis was impatient. "If we are to save the captives I think we had better move," he said. Everybody agreed to this, and they now pressed forward along the gallery. For a hundred yards this follow e d a winding way, and sudden ly a startling vi e w bur st uppn the re s cuers. Daylight was visible just ahead, and now they emerged into a narrow and deep valley right among the peaks. What was the most striking was that this valley was as green as an e m e rald, which, indeed, it seemed like in a rough setting of mighty jagg e d height s Vegetation flouri s hed in this peculiar valley There were CHAPTER V. THE ALBATROSS RELEASED. Frank Reade, Jr., saw at once how useless it was to at tempt to treat with the ignorant horde. It was folly to think of such a thing. Murder was in t:heir h e arts and the only way to wipe it out was to give th e m battle. So the young inventor cried: "Look out, friends! Stand by and don't let them get to c lose quarters The barbarians hurled their javelins with vengeful aim. Some of them went true to the mark. But the points larches, cedar s and spruces, and a peculiar sort of gra s s b e ing only of flint or fish bone were easily turned against with moss turfed the valley. the armor of the white men. Thi s was the home of the Antarctic people. Truly it So that the white men in this respect held a great ad,was a r e markable s pectacle. For many weeks non e in the party had gazed upon aught but the white waste of snow and ice. The green valley now seemed to partly blind them, and, indeed, it was som e while before any could take in its a ppointments in full. Then they saw that a small settlement of st on e houses vantage. They fir e d almost point blank with their Winchest e rs. Several of the natives dropped dead. But this did not deter them. Charging with such blind :fury the battle could not help but be brought to clos uarters. \ 1 And here it seemed for a momen as if the barbarians was at hand. would win. Beyond was another, larger, and the mid s t of it was With their heavy battle elubs, whi c h swung above one large building covering fully an acre. their heads with fearful force, they dealt terrible blows. It look e d as if the Antarctic native s had expected the The armor resisted the point of th e axe, but the concus. attack, for they were gathered about their huts with arms sian .was something likely to prove almost as fatal. ready for battle. guns of the whitemen were but frail guards. At sight of the white men they set up a fearful yelling, The only way to do was to keep up a running fire and and danced about, brandishing their weapons. retreat befor e the terrible blows. This scattered the fight 1 "They mean to give us a warm reception, don't they?" e rs, and at the same time made the outlook bad for the cried Frank. "Now where do you s uppose the prisoner s white m e n. are?" Indeed, for a time it began to look serious enough fcn "Probably in that large building," sa id Hardy, with con viction; "that seems to be the stronghold of the tribe." "What s hall we do? Make an open attack?" asked Jack Wallis. t But at this moment Frank Reade, Jr., chanced to glanc{ upward. He saw that the airship had drifted over the pe.flks an "First let u s see if we cannot treat with them," Frank. said 1was now above the valley. Even a s he looked he saw Porn t at the rail. But this was quickly proved out of the questivn Instantly Frank signaled to him. ']


FROM ZONE T O ZONE. The ast'ute..darky was not long in grasping the situation. The gratitude of the Albatross' people to Frank Rea de, Professor Gaston was now on board with him, having been Jr., was of the most intense description. picked up by Pomp. "We can never forget your kindness!" they declared. "Golly!" gasped the darky, "I done fink dat Marse for your aid we would never have the resc ue, Frank am in a bad scrape. J es' yo' hol' on dar, Marse and we should all have met death." Gaston. I'se gwine to fix dem chaps pretty quick!" "But what are your plans now?" asked F r ank, with ''Mercy on us cried the professor, "our men are in interest. great danger." "We must return to the Albatross." "Dat dey are, sir!" "And then--" Pomp rushed the cabin and brought out a dynamite "Winter here and with the first thaw in the spri n g sail bomb, an invention of Frank Reade, Jr.'s. This he drop for home." peel right in the midst of the barbarians. "But you have no crew!" Instantly there was a terrific explosion. Fully a dozen of "That is true," replied Captain Hardy "We shall be the wretches were blown into eternity. 'l'hen the airship began to descend. The oarbarians seemed to have acquired a fearful terror short banded. Yet if none of us die in the meanwhile the four of us could sail the ship home." "Yet it will be a terrible experience for you to pass the of the airship. At sight of it now they beat an inglorious winter upon the scene of that fearful massacre," said Frank. retreat "Don't you think the ice pack could be broken up?" Up the valley they rushed, in headlong haste. The Dart "Ah !"cried Captain Hardy, eagerly. ''If we could have descended until within one hundred feet of the ground. "All right, Pomp!" cried Frank,' "hold right where you,. are. We are going to !nvade that big, stone building. Be ready to give us help!" "A'right, Marse Frank!" replied Pomp, readily. ll'he victorious explorers now charged the barbarians' settlement They deserted their houses and fled inconti nently Reaching the massive stone structure they dashed through a high arched doorway and found themselves in a long passage. made headway against the wind for only two miles more we should have been in the open sea!" "So I thought," said Frank. "You are right in the edge of the pack. It should not be difficult to get a channel through." But Captain Hardy shook his head. "Too much ice "If you could reach the open sea you col'lld get north, cpuldn't you?" "Ob, yes! the current has already set northward," replied the captain. This proved to be a perfect labyrinth, but finally the "Then have courage," cried Frank, "for I will pull you rescuers came out in a high walled room in the centre of out of the hole!" the structure. And here, sitting upon the stone floor and bound hand and foot, were the three prisoners The captain was amazed. e Lucille was pale but brave, and at sight of the rescuers "You?" "Yes." "But-how?" gave a great cry of joy. The next moment her bonds were cut and she was in her fu.ther's arms, unharmed e It \ vas a joyful reunion, and among the happy ones was Jack Wallis. br The looks given each other by the young lovers were of the warmest description "Wait and you shall see." The airship took its flight from the volcanic valley, leav ing the terrified barbarians to themselves. As straight as the birds could fly the'Dart returned to t h e spot where the Albatross was nipped in the ice. Then a descent was made. The first move was to revcrenlly bury the victims of the The airship had descended now, and Professor Gaston massacre and restore things to order aboard Lhe. ship was exploring the huts of the barbarians. Then Frank took a quick and comprehensive 'survey of hell U h "A strange race!" he declared. nlike other on t e JCe pack. pp, t h e face of the earth." He saw that the Albatross lay betweep two ridges of He collected much valuable data and many specimens. bloclrice. It would take a century to dig a channel through, Then all returned to the deck of the airship. with pick and shovel. l


FROM ZONE TO ZONE . But this was not what Frank propos e d to do. He carefully obtained the lay of the ice pack. Then Barney and Pomp began drilling holes four feet deep in the ice. A line of these holes were drilled at interval s of t e n feet, the whole distance of two miles to the open sea. Then dynamite bombs w e r e plac e d in lh c m and c onnected with a wire aboard the airship Frank pressed the electric key, and a lerri.fic explosion followed. Tons of ice ros e in the air and was hurled aside. A literal channel was made the entire dis tance of two miles to the open sea. It now only remain e d to clear this of ice. The crew of the Albatross cheered with delight at the prospect. The ship lay in the channel freed of ice. But now to the gratification of every one the ice began to move out of the channel of its own accord. The reason for this was that the Antarctic current had "Begorra, an' phwy don't yez mak e u s some bread w e kin ate?" retorted Barney, fa cet iously. "Shure, the la st I got hold of was that hard that I cudn't break it wid a s ledg(!-. hamm er." "Huh! I done fink yo' am poot y sassy, I'is h. J es' s'posc yo' makes yo' own bread fo' awhile." "Bejabers, I'll do it!" Yo' will?" Yis, to be shure !" "How am yo' gwine to do it?" "I'll show yez But Pomp block ed the galley door. I "No, yo' don' do anyfing ob de kin' I d one r eckon I know wha' yo' want in here. Yo' j est mix m:y fings all up an' den Marse 'Frank gib me a jawing." "But yez want e d me to make me own bread. Now, gimme a chance." "I'll gib yo' a chaince to see stars, honey, if yo' don't set to rh e northward and was carrying it along. go on about yo' own biz!" In a v e ry f e w hours the channel was wholly clear. This excited Barn ey's ire It now only remained to get th e ship out of it and into The mer e allusion to a fight was eno ugh for him. the open sea. was mor e than ready and willing. As there was not seaway in the channel, sail could not In an instant h e bristl e d up. be made. But Frank solved th e probl em. "Oh, it's fight yez want! he cried, spittin g on his hand s.' A lin e was carried from the ship's bow a mil e ahead and "Shure, I'm jist the l ad that kin accomodate yez. Whur the airship ,was lowered and anchored firmly. Then the roo!" e lectri c engines were set to work and one of the propeller s \\'as util ized as a drum to wind the lin e up on. The e ngines of the airship, though delicate, wer e power f ul, and in a very short time the s hip had been towed to the end of the channel. H e r e sail was made and the Albatross stood away to the northward. Captain Hardy, Jack Wallis and Lucille s tood upon the quarter deck a nd waved a farewell to the aerial voyagers. "I am s o glad that we were enabled to render them such a service," said Frank. "It well r e pay s m e for my Antarctic trip." "Certainly. You have done a good deed," declared Professor Gaston, warmly. "Now for the South Pole!" "Hurrah!" Barney and Pomp set about their duties with a vim. They were bosom friends and yet each was engaged in con stant nagging at the oth e r. Many were the practical jo kes they played upon each "Hi, dar, yo' big I'is hman i' cried Pomp, in an imperious 'ray, "why don' yo' shine up dat brasswo k iJ?de engine room?" "Look yer I'ish," s aid Pomp sol e mnly, '1does yo' de color ob my eye?" "Begona, it' ll be blacker tllan it is now afore I through wid it!" s plutt ere d "Does yo' mean to hit me, chile?" "If yez don't apologize!" "Wha' fo' ?" g l "Fer ins ultin me, bej abers "Gwan away. I n e ber 'sulted yo'. W1 "Bejabers, that's a loie! H e r e's wan fer lu ck !" With this Barney made a swoop at the dark). Pomp3a eas ily' dodg e d it however and r etreated a step Barney came at him again, hamm e r and tongs. At onceB Africa's blood arose. Pt "G'way now, yo' sassy I'ishman if yo' knows what' s good o' yo'se'f. Whoop dar! Look out fo' yo'se'f !" s With this down w ent Pomp' s woolly h ead. Forward he''c shot like a battering ram. The result was comical enough.1c I CHAPTER VI. IN THE MIDST OF A STORM. j a 1 Pomp's head took Barne y full in the s toma c h. 'Phe Celt was propelled across the cabin floor like a


1 \r FROM ZONE TO ZONE. 13 D a otone out of a catapult, and landed with a terrific crash for it was the latter part of the Anta.rctic night of six c lear under his own bunk. For a moment he was stunned long months, Barney spied a strange scene ahead.

I II' l -. 14 FROl\I ZONE TO ZONE. "I am more than agreeable," declar ed Professor Gaston. "In fact, it is your pleasure, Mr. Reade." Straight to the northward the course was now held. No incident worthy of record occurred The same un varying monotony of ice and snow continued for many days. The fearful s hock of the wind had caused the rotasfl] lever to fly open. In a moment the full current was on. The rota scope revolved for all it was worth This ste a ied the airship and caused it to shoot upward with fearf1 rapidity. Then there came a noticeable change the atmosphere This saved the day. Up, w11irling higher and high e r weE The sun becam e visible above the horizon. the Dart. Suddenly the wind ceased, sunlight was all abou And as the airship sped on the ice and snow began to and the airship rode in quiet air. disappear and the open sea came into view But she was shooting upward with frightful velocity .. .. Still northward the airship s ped, until Kerguelen Land was sighted. Due north was Australia. Not paving any des ire to go thither, Frank changed the course of the aiTship to the northwest. Thi s brought them over tempestuous seas, and in these la titudes the airship encountered a tenific storm. It was the means of nigh causing the wreck of the Da r t. The voyagers were all in the cabin at dinner. The wheel had bee n l ashed and the Dart was trav e ling at fair rate of speed. Suddenly something like an explosion brought every man to his feet. The n ext moment they were hurled about the cabin like pupp ets. "My God!" cried Professor Gaston, ih mortal terror. "The airship i s falling!" "Steady!" shouted Frank. "We must reach' the wheel!" But all was utter darkne ss It seemed as if ten thousand fiends had the Dart in hand and was tossing it about like a puppet. Caught in the arms of the storm, the airship was whirled Frank s prang out on the deck. H e saw how things we at once. Far b elow thundered and bellowed the black clouds of t1J storm. The air s hip had ris e n above it. The joy of the aerial voyagers knew no bounds. First, though, Frank made a car efu l examination of ever part of the ship. To hi s amazement not a thing was broke1 "All safe and s ound he cried, joyfully. "I tell y o it was a narrow escape!" ''Luck is with u s !" declared Professor Gaston. i j As soon as possibl e Frank checked th e flying rotascop If he had not done so the air s hip would s oon have reache an altitude where it would be painful to breathe. As soon as the st orm had passed the Dart was once mor allowed to descend. No oth e r incid ent worthy of note occurred until .Pill morning Barney from the pilot-house shouted: "Land ho !" At once Frank and the professor were on deck wit powerful glasses. A few moments of study reveal e d th c haracter of the distant land. It was the southern coast of Africa, and soon the settle aloft to dizzy heights, and no doubt would have been torn ment of Cape Town could bP een. to pieces had it not been for a favorable accident. White-sail ed ships wer in the bay, and as they passei Frank Reade, Jr., had been hurled to the floor of the a few thousand feet above the town it could be seen tha c abin and was unable for a moment to s tand on hi s fe et. there was much excitement below. None of the others could reach the pilot-house. 'l' he people w ere out in force, and were shouting and wav Indeed, it was lucky that none of them reached the deck. ing banne rs. But Frank R eade, Jr., had no inte ntion o They could not have remained there a moment. making a stop. The horror of the s ituation can easily be imagined wh e n "Not thi s time!" h e declared. I have other matte11 it is refnembered that all was utte r darkness and the voy-on hand. Besides, it would be hardl y safe to l and th e re." ag e rs were groping about the cabin in the most fearful of "Safe!" ejac ulated Gaston, in amazement. "Why not?r uncertamty. "Easy enough. A vast concourse of people like that an ".M:y God!" gasped Frank, in utter horror, "we are lost!" apt to lose their head s and do the airship muc h damage.' There was no expectation but that the rigging would be "That could not b e among civi lized people!" wreeked and they would be dashed into the sea. They are the most to be feared as they cannot keep thei A fearful death by would be certain in that hands off knowing well the nature of the machine. Superst i event. tious fear keeps the savage at a safe distancP." But a lucky accident saved the airship and the live s of "Upon my word I believe you arc right!" c ri e d pr(} a ll on board. fessor "'rhough it never occurred to me that way b e fore.


FROM ZONE TO ZONE. 15 So the airship did not stop at Cape Town. Keeping on For some di s tance it cou l d be p l ain l y followed. T hen rapidly it passed over a populous and fertile tract of country. Frank s hrewdly guessed the truth. l l For severa-l day s the Dart kept on it s rapid northward ul flight. T11C country had changed. Vast wild s extended as far as the eye could r e ach, popu"The animal was going for water," he declared. "If we hide sometvhere hereabout s he will pass this way again." They had come out upon the verge of a wide, g r assy plain lated with savages and wild tribes. But a pile of bowlders near affordetl a good hiding p l ace Wild beasts could be seen in great numbers from the as well as a rampart. Here they waited. airship's deck. Frank knew enough about lions to khow that thi s was Barney and Pomp were spo iling for an African hunt, so the safest way to hunt them F'rank d eci d e d to gratify fheir desire and make a brief stop. The hunters had npt to wait long. Suddenly a sound came from the forest which almost CHAPTER VII. made the ground tremble. It gave our hunters a mighty l THE LION HUNT. s tart. _J ;)' Frank selected a charming little glade in a wild tract of 11. forest n ea r the banks of a river Here he mad e descent. The airship re s t ed upon the ground, and the travel e r s were all glad e nough to get out and str e tch their legs after the long in air. But fir s t the Dart was securely anchored to make sun; that she did not go off of a s udden and leave them. It was the roor of a lion. The k i ng of beasts was ncar. "Sh exclaimed Frank, in a whisper "Don't let him see you!" The next moment the monster came in sight. And he was a monster. A larger specimen our friends had never seen. He stood just in the verge of the woods. For a moment he sniffed the air as if he scent e d hi s foes. 'I'hen he came s lowly along the path. The n Barney and Pomp brought out their e lephant r ifles. It was evident that he was going down to the river for "Now for sport cried Frank. "I presume though, prowater. fessor, you would prefer to do som et hing e lse." He would sure ly pass within twenty yards of the hunt"I will r ema in near the airship and amuse myself," rc ers They w e r e all in readiness. It wa.s a critical moment. plied the sciehtist "Yonder is a rare spec ies of butterfly Now thr. lion W

16 FROM ZONE TO ZO N"E. Don't be reckless. There may be a mate to that fellow It was decided to strip the noble beasts of their skins, near." then retum to the airshlp. The warning was well timed. Indeed, a frightful roar The hunt had proved a glowing success, and all w was heard, and from another thicket a second lion bounded well satisfied. forth. It did not take Barney and Pomp long to flay the lio This was too much for Barney. He subsided at once and They were magnificent skins, and \Yould make beautif was submissive a s a lamb. robes when properly dr essed: The second lion seemed fiercer and larger than the first. Upon returning to the Dart, Professor Gaston was fou The beast remained for some moments stationary, but roarbusily arranging some botanical s pecimens. ing and las hing its tail. He listened to the account pf the lion hunt with int ere Then s udd enly it began to advance until quite near its mate's side. scent of the blood .was enough. With long strides the monster came straight for the covert where the hunters were confined. Frank had just time to shout: "Look out! He is coming!" "'I'here are plenty of sportsmen in America," he d clared, "who would give a larg e s um for the sport you ha just enjoyed, could they purchase it. You are fortunate. As nothing was to be gained by lingering longer in t vicinity, Frank caused the Dart to rise and the journey w resumed. ur Then the beast upon them. The three rifles cracked almost at point-blank range But what was most singular was the fact that not one bullet took effect. Once more the airship was s peeding over the Africa h e wilds. The next day they came in sight of a lake. m "Albert N yanza Lake declared Frank. "One of th in rrhe lion came on and straight over the pile of bowlder s sources of the Nile." a It had already became evident that the hunters might Professor Gaston was much interested, and took notes o expect a close encounter This was a thrilling e xigency to the event Other lakes were crossed, and the Mountains of at face. the Moon were sighted. "Whurroo !" shouted Barney, wildly. "Luk out fer yer silves ivery wan! Shure, the baste is roigbt here!" This was the truth. The next moment the lion was over the bowld ers. Again the hunters fired. But either the bullets went wide or did not strike a vital part. Then the airship bore away to the northeastward. It wa1 Frank's purpose now to reach the North Pole in the quick m est possib le time. Days passed into weeks. ev Still the Dart kept on across the Indian over India lo and the s ummit s of the Himal ayas. The lion came on, just the same. Then came Indo-China and the Siberian country. Thera He struck Barney full force. The Celt went down as if Steppes were passed over and finally the s hores of the Arctic struck by a thunderbolt. The lion, however, was unab1e to were reached in the vicinity of the delta of the L e na river, te check his momentum Here it was deemed best to make a descent, as the en d He slipped and slid on the rocks for some yards. The gins of the Dart had been running so long at s uch pressure quick presence of mind of Frank Reade, Jr., saved the day. that they really needed attention. a The young inventor raised his rifle quick as a flash and SJ a descent was made at the verge of a s mall plateau, fired again. which was covered with Arctic firs. th Tills time the bullet went to the mark. It took effect "From here," s aid Frank, "we s hall proceed directly over in the l ion's vitals, and the battle was quickly over. the Arctic Ocean and locat e the North Pole inside of a The huge beast tumbled in a heap. Barney was instantly month. The n we can go home." upon his feet. "After a most successful trip!" declared Professor Gas "Begol'la, I niver got such a basting as that afore!" he ton, enthusiastically. al grumbled, rubbing his arm. "Shure, the crather nigh kilt "Do not say that as yet," said Frank. "We have not me." reached the e nd of our journey as yet." "We can congratulate ourselves upon a very lucky escape," "Still you do not apprehend any seri ous times in locatdeclared Frank. "There was little chance for us. If the ing the North Pole, do you? Are not all of the natives ai lion had closed his jaws upon any one of us it would have friendly?" been a serious matter." "Possibly," replied Frank, "but there are very man ti


..,. "'7 Ro :M L. .:_ 1 7 perils t o con side1. At any moment some accident might happen to the airship and w e wou lcl then be in n bad :fix." "Ugh! don t speak of it!" sa id the professor, shrugging his s h o ul ders. "I don t like to think of iU' B arney and P?mp w e r e for a tim e very busy in overhau l ing t h e machinery of the Dart. Some of the b e aring s had to b e replaced and ther e wer e many little r e pair s that occupied a c oupl e oof clays. Th en all rested from their labor s on the third clay, w h ich was the Sabbath A quiet day was mad e of it and the arBut wpe n h e r eac hed the Dart his fir st move was to sou nd the a l arm. Very qui ckly all band s were on deck. "What's the matter?" asked Frank, who came up with his rifle in his h a nd. "Shure, s or, the r e's a poor divil out there o n a r aft as wants help!" cried Barney. "On a raft?" "Yis, sor." "Dear me! e xclaimed Profes s or Gas ton to his relief!'' "Let us hasten ran gement was that the start \ra s to lw madr thr next morn-Frank Read e, Jr. 1ras only half d r essed, but he did no t ing. wait to complete hi s toilet. H e went over the rai l like a Barney was the fir s t abroad and was qui c kly made arflas h and wit h Barney rus h ed down to the river. quaint ed wit h a n inc i dent which thrilled him greatly. The Celt h a d brought a long rope with h im. T he raft Th e river wa s b u t a few yards distant He walked leis had drifted n e arer the shore. urely down t o the shore to get a b u cket of water when h e h e ard a cry for help It was rende r ed in a foreign to n gue whic h he did not Frank had a smatter ing of Russia n among his var i e d ac complishments, and h e shouted to thr fellow: "Who a r e yo u and how came you here?" I am Nicola s Xafetodi, good ir," was the reply. "Oh, i n g down on the current o the river a raft upon which was give m e food, but for the loYc o God do no t take me ba c k unde r stand. B arney looked up i n amazement and saw drifta h alf-naked man. A fearful s pec i men of huma ni ty he was, and Barney gazed a t h im in s tupefaction. "Mither av mercy!" he gasped "Phwativer can it b e ?" Inde e d there was good cau se for Barney' s horrifi e d r c -ma.rk. The occupant of the raft w as a pow e rful-framed man evidently a R ussian, w ith full beard and long stragglin g locks. Hi s fac e was g ha s t l y white and h e clung feeb l y t o the r a ft and wav e d hi s arms wil dly. to that fearful prison!" "Ah !" cried F rank . "Then you are a convict?" "Sente nc e d to exil e for a c rim e o whi c h I a m not gu i lty!" replied i.he poor fe llow. "Have mercy upon me! " You arc right 1re will!" cried Frank, who was well familiar with the pec uli a rities of Ru ssia n jus tice. Hav e coura ge, my friend!" B ejabers, hang o n to the rope!" Barney s wun g it a loft and sent it circ l ing out into the riv e r. It fe ll with accuracy acros s the r aft. Above h i s wais t h e was naked, and to one wri st ;ra s as The exil e g r as p e d it and in a few moments the raft was tened a mana c l e He was evidently nigh starved and half pulled to the s hor e H e s taggere d up t h e ril'er bank. dead from exposure. "Whis t there!" sho u ted Barney. "Who t h e mischi e f a r e yez ?" T he man r e pl i e d, but it was in the Russian tongue which t h e Cel t did not understand. CHAPTER VIII. THE E SC APED EXIL8. But t}:lc Celt saw from the f ellows action what he want e d and that this 1ras a rope to assi st him to get ashore. Now Barney had not on e at h a nd, bu t h e s houted: H owld an an' I'll get a rope. Shure, I'll help ye !" A nd away wen t the who l e-souled Irishman back to tJ1e airship. Th e raft was drifting very s low l y s o h e had plenty of time C erta inl y he was an object of pity at that moment. Wretch e d, di s h e veled pallid he look e d a fit s ubj ect for a ho s pit al. Tho voyagers would have bee n heartless indeed to hav e r e fused him aid. For aught they knew he might be a. harde ned criminal. But Frank R e ad e Jr. took a good look at his fac e and decid e d vastly in his favor. There w o r e honest lines in it which he knew bt>lic the owner s nature So Nicolas N afetodi \Yas l e d to the airs hip and Pomp procured food for him H e ate ravenously, a nd then being much refres h ed told hi s st ory It was ind eed a pitiful on e "lVIy fa ther,'' h e said "was a well-to-do merchant in St. P ete r sburg. I 1ras aYorec1 with ple n ty of money from an


' , 1s ...... J FRQ:M zo:m':1 / inh e ritance ana formed the acquaintance of many wealthy youths of my own age. "I will not make the sto ry long but suffice i! to that I had trouble with one who belong to the 110bility. "Do you believe thai?" "I know it." ; "'l'hen, upon my word," cried Frank, "I back to St. Petersburg in my airship!'' "vVe loved Olga Nanarovitc h the daughter of Prince The Russian exi l e looked surprised. Nanarovitch. She favored my s uit and from that hour "How?" h e asked. Count Pie tro Valdstedt was my sworn foe. Frank r epeated the assertion. looked mystified "In an unwar y moment I was decoyed into the house of unt il Frank explained to him the orking s of the famous a Nihilist. B efo re I could take m y departure the polic e airship. descended upon the place and I was taken with the re s t. The Russian li stened with wonderment. Indeed he was I was thrown into prison. Valdstedt hired villains almost incredulous. to swear to forged evid ence against me. My trial was in secr e t, and I was not allowed the assi sta nce of friends. I was banished for consp iracy against the Czar. It was the vilest wrong ever done any living man. But I had no redress. For eight long years I have been a slfve at con vict labor, wi'!:h chains to bind me, and al most s tarvation as my reward. ''I have endured tortures until a month s ince I managed to escape. "And you have come across Siberia in that?" he asked. "More than that. Comple4!ly around the world," replied Frank. Nicolas drew a deep breath. "You Americans are wonderful people," he declared. "Anything i s possible to you !" "I s uppose your love, Olga, i s lost to you by this time," declared Frank. "The other fellow ha s probably won her." Nicolas drew himself up "I made a raft ancl drifteu down the Lena. I !mew not"Ah, you do not know the depth of Russian love!" he 1 cared not-where it took me so lon g as it was away from dared. "Olga is still true to me. Only th ree month s ago t hat hat e d prison. I heard from h e r and that s h e was spending her fortune "But even now I know that the hound s of the prison to get evidence to clear me." are after me. They have crosse d the country to interce;t "Noble woman!" r eplied Frank. "I trust s he will s ue1 me, and may be upon me at any moment. Before Gael I ceed." pray you, if you have not hearts of s tone, do not give me up to th em!, "But if I could only be there m:vself}" cried the exile, with i-nspiration, "I would surely succeed." "I am innocent of the crimes charged against me a s God in heav e n knows! I beg of you to hav e mercy upon me!" "You s hall go th ere!" d eclared Frank. "I give you my The fervid app e al r eache d the heart of every one of word for it." the voyagers. But at that moment the exile gave a s harp, gasping cry Frank interpreted the sto r y to them, and then taking and r etreated to the side of the airship. the poor wr etc h 's h a nd, said: "My God !"he gasp ed. "St. Nicholas defend me! ThP re "They s hall never tak e you whil e w e live. W e b e liev e your s tory and will aid you." The poor fellow burst into tears. He fairly embraced are the human hound s that seek my life!" H e pointed to the west, where the plateau merged the plain. The voyagers beheld a thrilling sight Frank in hi s joy. A body of mounted men were approaching at full gallop. "Surely there will be a reward for you up there," h e They rode fleet Kighis ponies and were dr essed in the s aid, devoutly, pointing upward. "You will not be pununiform of the Siberian police. ished for helping the poor c onvict." Barney procured some decent clothes for the escaped exile. The n Frank said : "Now in what way can we best give you aid? What are your plan s or desires?" "I wis h to get back to St. Peter s burg replied Nicola s "But will you not fall ag ain into the hands of the la.w ?" For a moment the voyagers stood watching the hors emen The n the words of the exil e arouse d Frank Reade, Jr., to action. "For the lov e of God, do not deliver me up to my ene mies!" the Ru ssian c ried. "I will be your s lave i you will save me!" "I don't know whether they can make an international "Ah, but I will not b e there an hour before I will have affair out of this or not!" crie d Frank. "I don't want to the neces s ary evidence to clear the stain from my name." create war between this barbarou s country and America,


FROM ZONE TO ZONE. 19 but b y my soul I shall not allow them to take this man Russian officer saw this. For a moment he was at a loss away! B arney, go into the pilot-house!" what to say or do. The Celt in stantly obeyed. It was likely, however, that h!;l would have given The others armed themselves with Winchesters. Thus o rder to attack and blood would have been shed had it noi. they stood by the airship's rail as the Sib e rian police been for an incident. up. Suddenly a loud cry came from the direction of the pla' "What ho !" cried the l eade r a tall, bewhiskered fellow teau. Two horsem e n were seen riding at full speed. r ei n ing in his horse at sight of Nicolas, "there is your man,. guards! Seize the dog and iron him!" They wore the blood-red uniform of the Czar's service Inst antly a cry escaped the Rus s ian offcer's lips. The fellow spok e in the Russian language. Every word. "Couriers of the Czar!" he cried. "What can they was plain to Frank Reade, Jr. The unf ortunate exile cowered by the airship's rail. 'l'h e guards would have seized him, but Frank said, quietly: ''Stand firm! Aim!" Barney was in the door of the pilot house with his rifl e at his shou ld er Frank, Pomp and Professor Gaston each held a rifle aimed at the foe. At this the guards halted. "Back!" thundered Frank in Russian, "or every dog of you dies!" For a moment the Russian captain sat his horse like a s tatue The n he cried, in amazement: "What You da rc to defy the Czar?" "I owe no allegiance to the afar, nor do I stand in fea1 his minions!" replied Frank, resolutely. "Who are you?" "We are Americans." "Then know you that -you are upon the Czar's territory. You1shall surrende r the prison e r or we s hall fight!" "We will fight, then!" declared Frank, sternly. "So long: want?" Hostilities were suspended for the time. Everybody watched the approach of the couri ers, and the exile leaned forward with open mouth and half eager gaze. "God be with u s !" he murmur ed. "It may be Olga' s reprieve!" The next moment the couriers of the Czar reined in their smoking steeds. They saluted, and the foremost asked: "Are you I van Petrowsky, of the Irkutsh Prison?" CHAPTER IX. OUT OF EXILE-BARNEY'S JOKE. The Russian officer of the guard saluted and made reply: "I am he. What have you?" "We are from Moscow. We have traveled day and night to reach you with a message from the Czar." At once the pri son captain drew himself up with dignity and ilfiportance. "I will read it," he said, pompously . as we have blood in our veins we will d efe nd this poor One of the couriers tendered him a document He read wretch. This may be the Czar 's territory, but when the it to himself and his brow cleared. Then he said: prisoner is on the deck of the airship he is und e r the pro "Nicolas Maf e todi, I have to say that hi s mos t gracious tection of the American flag, a nd that flag the United majesty, -the Czar, has sent you full and absolute pardon. States will never permit Ru ssia nor any other foreign counIt has been discovered that you ar e innocent of the charge try to outrage." brought against you: Count Vald stedt ha s c?nfessed." The Ru ssia n officer could not reply to this decla"Olga!" murmured the exile, with a light of delirious ration for some moments. H e knew enough of happiness in hi s eyes. Then it faded and he reeled back. law to know that Frank Reade, Jr., was technically right He fell to tlJe ground like a log. Instantly all ru s hed "Nevertheless," he sai d g rittin g hi s teeth, savagely, "you forward. Frank Reade, Jr., bent over him, feeljng his are a good ways from Ameri:a, a nd your fate would never pulse, and said: ...._ b e known. Unless you sur r ende r the prisoner we will shoot "Give him air! He has only fainted." every one of you." But the awful strain and suffering experiencea by Nicolas "Is that your craven threat?" asked Frank. had told seriously upon his strength. 1 "You have heard it." However, he soon recovered with the aid of stimulants. "Then I will answer it with anoth er. I will give you He managed to mount a horse. three minutes t c Yacate your present position. If n0t, we But before 'doing this he half pro s trated himself at will shoot every one of you !" Fra nk' s feet. Frank's tone was firm and hi s manner resolute. rrhe "Oh! good, kind American!" he cried. "'l'here will


20' F R O l\I ZONE 'rO ill always b e a p lace in th e hearl of Ni colas for you. Nev e r It i s tr, u e t hat t h e Arctic col d i s more pe n et r ating. Y e t s hall I f or get you! t h e t h ermomete r aver a g e s t h e same Then all mounted the ir hor srs Th e roune r s rod e in Barney did not atte mp t to a r g u e t h e s ub j ect furthe r a dvance A ll s alu ted th e voya ge r s and t h e n t h e c avalcade He was s atisfi ed, and now turned his atten ti o n to Pomp. das hed away. F o r sev e ra l day s h e had been itching for an Our v o yager s watch e d t hem un ti l l o n g out of s i gh t t o g e t s q uare with the d arky for th e res ult of t h e l ast prac T h e n Frank R e ade, Jr., dr e w a deep br e ath. ti c a l jo k e "One man'f; wrongs ri ghte d h e s aid I am v e r y The Celt did some deep s tudying, and finally c onjured u p g l a d! a rack e t which he believ e d woul d settle account s with t he "Amen!" s aid Professor Gas ton and B a rney and Pomp d ark y in good s hape. looked th eir feeling s Th e Iris hman s ucce e ded i n ab s t r acting what was called It was but a n hour befor e noon The littl e in c id ent had an invi s ibl e wir e from Frank's privat e loc k e r. tak e n up sev e r a l h ours of tim e T hi s was a v e ry thin but imm e nsel y s tro n g stee l wire, Bu t it was decid e d to resu m e the journey a t once. 'l'h e re o f about th e size of c otton t h read. But it was ca p able of were ma n y mil e s to cove r befor e r e aching th e pole. condu cting jus t a s p owerf ul an electri c c u r r ent as on e five T h e a i r s hip s ince its overhaulin g was in fir s t clas s times t h e s i ze. sha pe. It r ose into the air a s buoy an t a s a bird and s a i l e d It a n s w e r e d th e Celt' s p u rpose to a dot At o nce h e away to the northward proceed e d t o w ork hi s p l a ns. A ll w er e extre m e l y g lad that th e r e h a d been no c olli s ion Pomp was v e ry m ethod ical in the mos t of his h a bit s w ith th e pri son g uard In r e tiring h e h ad a certain way of h a n ging up hi s c lo t h e s L ives would have bee n los t, p e rhap s som e o f th eir own and of tumblin g into bed even It was u nvar y in g in all n u mber would h a v e been k ill e d and th e affair been mos t cases. s e ri o u s for a ll parties. The reprieve had come jus t in the ni c k of time. The c ouriers \ rer e e ntitl e d to great c r e dit for huntin g the prison c aptain up s o promptly. Ever y day now th e di s tance a cross t h e Ar cti c was less e ned. Fur s uit s w e r e in order-for t h e cold was m ost bitter "Begon a i t's t s tick e r to m e shurc c ri e d Barn ey, in perpl exity. "Howiver can it b e s o muc h c o l der at the No r th Pol e than at th e South Pol e? "It is no colder," replied Professor Gas ton. His shoes wer e pl aced s id e by s id e just und er t h e head o f his bunk and a lway s in t h e s ame position. i Barn e y had r\oted t h is many times a n d h ad freq u entl y' joked the darky about it. Don yo' fool yo 'se' f !" Pomp r e tort e d "Dis chile hab been in a house what h a b c ot c h e d afiah an I done bel iebc in havin' e b ert' i n g ready to tumb l e into q u ick in cas e da r i s any fiah B arney l aug h e d h earti l y But t h is ver y peculiari ty of t h e d a r ky now gave him an excell e n t chance. That ni g h t t h e darky ret i red at hi s u s u a l hour It had P hwat' s that, sor ?" b e e n his first wat c h and i t was past midni g h t when h e I say it's n o colder turne d in. W e ll I'm shure it js !" Barney was on du ty f or the rest o f t h e ni g h t The C elt "Nonsen s e !" d e clar e d Gas ton "The t h e rmom e ter will wai t ed un ti l a ll was q ui et a nd h e was assure d that Pomp not agree with y our state ment. B u t I think mys elf that was sou n d asleep. one feel s the col d of tLe nor t h ern frig i d zone more t h a n The n he c r ept down i n to the c a bin. that of t h e south. H e b r oug h t f rom the d ynam o-room t h e t w o long coil s o f 'We!l s or," c ried Barn ey, not to b e outdon e in an a r g uinvis i ble wire T he s e wer e fa s t e n e d t o s c rews c onn ect e d m ent, "what's that but b e ing a bit c old er!" with the dynamo s "You may b e c o l d e r laugh e d th e prof essor, but the R eaching down, B a r ney s lipp e d a s mall end of the wir e w e ath e r i s not." into e a c h shoe of the da r ky' s T hi s he f a s tened i n suc h "Shure, thin phwy i s it that I am so muc h c old er?" p r o a way that it c ould not b e e a s i l y removed, and yet would test e d Barney. "A peculiar s tate of a ffair s whic h g1ves two diff e re n t cold s T h e atmo s ph e r e at th e South Pol e i s a trifl e mor e m il d It i s a volcanic r e gion and perhap s t h at ma y a c count for i t n ot interfe r e with p uttin g the s hoes on He made a comp l e te circ u it, and t h en turned on th e c u r rent Now was t h e time for t h e f un t o b egin.,


FROM ZONE TO ZONE. 21 It was a peculiarity of Pomp's that when suddenly awak-now he heard the haw-haw of the Irishman in the enginee ned his first move was to don his shoes. room. H e would not mor e hav e thought o f leaving his bunk "Great 'po s sums!" he reflected, sagely, "dat I'ishman wi t hout hi s shoes o n than o f flying to th e moon. hab done got d e bes' ob me di s time. But I ll bet life So Barn e y had th e wires well laid H e mad e s ure that he don do it ag e n !" e v e rything was all r e ady Then he cr ept slowly and sorrowfull y back l into his bunk. Th e n h e lean e d ove r and s houted i n t h e dark y s ear: Barney met Pomp the n ext morning ,on the e ngin e -room Foire-foi r e !'' 'l'h e result was imm e dia t e Pomp s prang up with a wild yell. s t airs but nothing was s aid There waR a twinkl e in Pomp s e yes, howe v e r which boded no good. "Mas s y s ak e s alib e Don burn di s po' chile up Sabe m e Fo d e Lor air s hip now had r e ached the frozen seas. Vast field s of ice, dens e ly packed, .extended as far as the eye reach. I "Hurry up!" s hout e d Barne y from th e engine-room. The c old was some thing frightful. To add to the dis"There's no toime to Jose! Jump into yer boots an' come comforts a blindin g snows torm began its sway. on!" For hour s the Dart battled with th e blinding snow. The n "Je s' yo' .wait fo' m e, l'ish gurgl e d Pomp, who had Frank decid e d to :find a good place and wait until the not yet got th e stick s of s lumb e r out of hi s head. "I's e s torm was ove r. Much damage was being done to the wings gwine to be wif yo' right away! and rota scope by the h eavy snow. The n the exct t e d darky mad e a gra b for hi s sho e s Down So th e young inv e ntor sele ct e d a spot under the cover into one of them w ent his foot. of a mighty berg or p e ak of ice which rose into the air for The next mom ent h e w ent sailing up in a c onvul sive leap, a h e ight of full a hundred feet. and struck the partition overh e ad. This k ept off the brunt of the storm, arid here the airship "Goll y-massy-whoop la-whoo-I'se done kill e d! r e st e d safely. Sa be di s chil e !" h e y e ll ed, wildly. "Wha am d e mattah ?" The el e ctric heating apparatus was taxed to its fullest The shoe fle w off and Pomp was in s tantly r e liev ed. jEie capacit y for th e cold was some thing frightful. wid e awak e now. H e kn e w that h e h a d receive d a All r e main e d closely domi c il e d in the cabin. Frank had tre m e ndou s shock but h e c ould not t e ll whethe r it had the rota scope a nd wings fold e d up so that the wind could s truck him in th e feet or hi s head. not d a mage th em. H e imagin e d that th e fir e had c aused some part of the And h e re in the g loom of th e Arctic nigh t the voyagers fram e work of hi s bunk to b ecome charged. wait e d for th e storm to cea se. Could he have seen B a rney at that moment in the en. Barney and Pomp w e re in th eir u s ual h e erful mood, and he would have been enli g ht e n ed. did much to keep Rp the spi rit s of th e p a rty with :fiddle The Celt was doubl e d up into a round ball laugh i ng for a nd banjo. all he was worth, silently. Iris h melodies and negro songs were ble nd ed, and even "Fo' massy sakes, rvha' am mah shoe ?" sputt e red Pomp. Frank sang a sentim e ntal song, for h e was possessed of a But he saw it at that moment and r e ach e d for it. Hapb e autiful tenor voice. pily his hand did not s trike the invi s ibl e wir e The s torm raged for a long time. Indeed, it seemed as Again Pomp's foot went down into the shoe with great if the airs hip mu s t be finally buried in the fearful white Once again he was literally lifted in the air. drift. This time the shoe stuck lon g er, and he went floppi:q.g But at len gth the temperature began to rise, and Barney over the floor in literal agony. Out of compassion Barney suggested a little trip outside. shut off the current. "Shure I haven't used me snowshoes yet," he declared. "Be gorra it' s square (am wid him now!" h e mutter e d.' "And here is a most illegant opportunity." "Shure h e' ll niv e r thry to play a thrick on me again!" All agreed with the lively Celt Pomp had now recover e d from his s econd shock. H e The snowshoes were brought out and all donned them. put his hand down to th e shoe and felt the invi s ible wire. Then the thicke s t of furs w e r e worn. In a mom ent he had it in his hands, a nd as he follow e d it a comprehension of all burst upon him. There was no :fire; it was only a neat joke of Barney's, and For the cold was mos t bitter and unless warmly clad human life could be supported but a very short Opening the cabin door the voyagers walked out upon I


. 22 F RO M ZONE TO ZONE. the snow clad deck. lt was a wild and wonderful scene whif!h was presented to them CHAPTER X BARNEY'S DISAPPEARANCE-FIGHT WITH BEARS ' As far as the eye could reach all was one vast snow bank T h e wind rioting had twisted the loose material into all sor ts of fantastic shapes The snow had now ceased falling and the air was crisp a nd clear. With their pikes thrust deep into the ice behind, and acting both as rudder and s upp or t, they began the s lide. The surface seemed as s mooth as polished glass. Down they s hot at l ightning speed. It requir e d but a few bri ef second s to cover the distance. But b ef ore it .was cov e red a thrillin g incident _occurred. Suddenly, and when half way down, there was a crackling sound, and Barney threw up his arms and di s appeared. Pomp w ent on down to the end of the s lid e A c r y of horror burst sim ultaneou s l y from the lip s of Frank R eade, Jr., and Professor Gaston. Leaving the airship 's deck the voyagers walked boldly "My soul!" cried the young inventor. ."My fear s arc out upon the huge drifts. realized! Barney is lost!" The snowshoes prevented their s inking into the white They los t no time, but s tarted at once for the s pot. depths, perhaps over their heads Reaching the foot of the s lide, Frank saw the explanation Frank Reade, Jr., led the way to th e high est point acof Barn ey's disappearance. cessible and from thi s a good view of the s urroundings There in the s urface of the s lide, was a yawning hole. could be had. The ic e in this spot was thin and had covered a pit, into It was a bleak, des olate and forbidding r egio n s pr ead to whi c h the unlu ck y Celt had fallen. view. . Yet the white country had its peculiar beauty ancl charms. <'-Like crystal pa laces the berg s of cleare s t ice glistened i n the rarefied air. With the aid of hi s pike, Frank c rawl ed to the edge of the hole and looke d in. What he b e h e ld gave him an awful, horrified chill. "My God!" h e c ri ed, wildly "Barney has gone to hit "Grand!" cried Professor Gaston. "Where will you death!" .. ever see the likes again ?" ''Begorra., I wish I had a toboggan!" c ri e d Barney, point i ng to an icy slope near "Yo' don' need nuffi.n' ob dat kind, sa h c ri e d Pomp. "J es' slide down on yo' feet an' stiddy yo'se'f wif a pike." A ll the party h:V long pik e poles with iron tips to pre ve n t sliding into any hol e or dangerou s pit. B arney was jus t in a mood to r efu,te any dare that P omp might offer, so he cried: "Bejabe rs, I'll go ye !'' "A'right, I ish Away went the two jok e r s at full s peed across the snow. 'rhey reached the slope a few moment s lat e r. "Don't say that!" cried Gaston. "Can w e not pull him out of that awful l1ole ?" "No," r e pli e d Frank, sa d ly. "Barney i s beyond earthly aid!" By this tim e Pomp and Gas ton w e re by Frank's s ide. A glance into the hole was enough. It was a .deep, circular ope ning, exte nding downward or twenty feet. At its bottom was a surging, boiling mass of icy waters. It was into th e ocean that Barney had dropped. Doubtl ess before this he had been carried und e r the vast field of ice and was beyond earthly aid For a moment the three explorer s look e d at each other The slide was fully a hundred yard s in length, and was in utter horror qui te steep and slippery. Frank look e d anxious. Then Pomp bega n to wail in sorrow. I fear they a-rc rash," he said "If one o them s hould fall h e might break some bones. But Professor Gas ton laughed "Have no fear," he s aid. "They will mak e it all s afely. It is fun for them." The two jokers were now on the brow of the descen t. They were chaffing each other in a friendly manner "Am yo' r e ady, I i s h ?" cried Pomp B egon a, I am "Then jes' follow m e "Fo' de good Lor', am de I'is hman don e gone an' dronw e d ?"he cr i ed. "Den dis chile am lef' all alone. Boo, hoo hoo H e was jes' de bes' frien' I eber had. Wha' am I. gv.. ine to do now?" Indeed, all were deeply affected. able. Pomp was inconsolWatch was kept at the hol e for a rea s onabl e time in the faint hop e that would reapp e ar But h e did not. the three explorers now return e d to th e air-


---FROM ZON E 'l'O ZON E. . 23 ship. But befor e they r e a c h e d it they w e r e conf r onte d wit h of reach o f their p a ws. Once overtak e n, hi s fat e would ne\V a nd s tartlin g in c id ents. b e seal ed. I rh c D a r t w a s h a lf bur i ed in t h e snow a t tli e foot of the big b e rg. As F r a nk a n d his c omp anio n s came i n sight o f t h e D a r t t hey paused. Knowin g thi s h e s p e d on with all s peed. The r e was no c h a nce to t urn and fir e until h e had gai n e d at lea s t rea s orf able dista nce. C lamber ing over th e d eck w ere a numb e r of f ur-clad 'rhe d a rk y was all plu c k howe v e r, and k ept on at a rapid forms. p ace. F inall y h e m a nag e d to gain a pinnacl e of ice whi c h A t firs t th e explor e r s though t the m human begins, but a proj e cted tlpward from th e plain. c loser g lanc e s h o w e d that they w e r e hug e white bear s S i x o f t h e m o n s t e r s w e r e boa rding the air s hip in the coolest possibl e m a nn e r "Gre a t h e aven s exclai m e d Professor does that m e an ; F r ank?" Gaston. "What It looks as i f the b e ar s had taken possess ion of our p r o p erty,': d ecla r e d the y oun g inventor. "Can the y do an y harm?" Cert a inly. W e mu s t tackl e them at once." The pro s pect of ta c kling th e s ix mon s ter s was by no m e an s a pl e a s ant one. The whi te b ear i s known a s a powe rful and s avag e beast and not eas il y handled. But the r e was no a lt e rnative for the a dventure rs. Th is h e b e li e v e d was hi s Quic k as a flas h h e dodg e d b e hind it. The n h e dre w aim a t almos t point-blank rang e fir e d at th e fir s t b e ar. Th e bull e t too k effect in the brut e s br a in through th e eyl It s tagger e d bac k' and dropp e d in a heap. A yell o f pl e a sure escap e d the darky 's lip s H e was about t o dr a w bac k the hamm e r a nd t hrow a second c artridge into th e rifl e whe n h e saw, with horror ; tha t the r e was not anot h e r c artridg e in the c hamb e r of the r e peat e r H e had jus t time t o d o dge t h e surv iving b e ar around the ice pinnacl e . Round a nd round h e w e nt, th e b ear a t his heels: The pre di cament was a comical a s w e ll a s a seriou s one. "Go ll y w h a' am I gwi n e to do? r efle cted the darky. I kain t keep di s s ort of fing up fo' e bber. They mu s t certainl y regain the air s hip. It was not eas y The bear was e nraged at hi s f u t il e e ffort to capture his to s a y how long the b ea r s would r e main on boa rd or what damag e they might do. Forw ard!" c r ied F r a nk. "Reserve your fire until at close qu a r te r s." "'' Thi s comm a nd was obeyed Whe n n ear the rail fir e was ope ned with the Winch e ster s One o f the b e ar s tumbl e d in a h ea p with three bull e ts in his c a rcass. Fra nk 's plan was to ta c kle one bear at a time and fir e at him until h e s uccumb e d This would have been all ver y w e ll h a d th e b ears rE:lmain e d nactive. But thi s t hey did not s e e m di sposed to do. At s ight of th e whit e m e n they came to t h e attack at once. The whit e b ear i s a huge, unwi e ldy mons t e r but n e v e r theless s uppl e and quick in a c tion 'l'h e fiv r e mainin g s tarted for th e explor e rs pell mell. They w e r e e vid e n t ly hungry and r e garded the m a s lawful prey. prey. Pomp elud e d him e ver y time. Th e n a darin g idea occurred to the darky He brok e away a nd m ade a da s h for the air s hip. If h e c ould r e ach it a nd gain an entr a nce to the cabin h e would b e sa v e d Unarm e d a s he ,was it was c ertain death to fac e th e b e ar Swift a s h e c ould, Pomp ran toward the Dart The bear was howling close a t hi s heel s : Indeed, whe n th e Dart 's rail was r e ached the mons t e r was hardly thre e yard s b e hind. A dozen yard s more and Pomp would certainly h ave been captured. Ove r the rail at a l ea p w ent the darky. The next m o ment h e r e a c h e d th e c abin do6r. H e thr e w hi s w e i ght against it and it gave way. Into t h e cabin h e s prang 'l'h e b e ar paused at the door Whil e the brut e seemed to b e m e ditating upon the feasi bilit y of e nt er in g, Po mp procur e d an e l e phant rifl e Thi s thr e w a d e adl y explo sive s hell of Frank R e ad e Jr.'s Look out!" s hout e d Frank. "Separate and fire as own inv e ntion. Pomp took s teady aim at the brute. rapidly a s you can Th e n h e fired. 1 These in s tru c tion s w e r e followed. The sh e ll s truck the b e ar i n the chest It was instantl y Pomp r etre at e d a s fast as his l e g s could carry him with f a tal p e n e trat i n g the h e art. P o mp had won. two o f t h e bea rs afte r him. On e v e n ground the darky might The n th e victor iou s dark y thou ght of hi s companions. have di sta nced them. G o ll y I d o n e fink l\farse Frank am habin a hard But o n the snowshoes he found it hot work to keep out time!" h e cried. /


24 FROM ZONE TO ZONE. Tlilis was indeed true The tim e th e y h a d been ab13ent a nd th e t hrillin g ex p e riProfessor G ast on was dod gi n g hi s bear b e hind a n ice e nces whic h had been t h eirs w e r e cer tai nl y suffic i ent t o column as Pomp had been Bu t F ra nk was in h andt o s at i sfy the m ost fastidi o u s seeke r of wild adve n ture. \ hand conflict with the r e m a inin g t w o bear s The youn g inv e ntor h a d fir e d three b ull ets i nto the b ody of on e of the bi:m s But though som ewhat c rippl e d t h e bea s t was yet in fighting trim. And bot h h a d come to close quart e r s with Frank He had drawn his long hunting-knife and was s la s hing at the brutes, but it was a moral certainty that h e would have been soon ove rpowered had it not b e en for the oppo. rtune coming of Pomp. The dark:y rushed up at this mom ent and cri ed: "J es' yo' hol on, Mar s e Frank. I'se h e re, an I'se gwin e to sabe yo'." Placing hi s e l ephant rifl e close again s t the body of one of the bears Pomp pull e d the trigger. Th e effe ct was fatal. "Sure l y it will see m good t o see home once more," d e c lar e d Gato n warml y "And t hin k of th e h o n o r which await<; u s Pomp n o w lacke d the co-ope r ati o n o f B a rn ey in cle arin g the snow f rom the deck of t he air s hip and its rigging. But Frank a nd Ga s ton l ent their ser v ices in this Soon the deck was qui te clear a nd s hips h a p e The n t h e rotascope was r aised a nd th e wings expand e d The ma c hin e ry was trie d t o see that no harm had come to it. The n all was in r e adiness for t h e s tart. Bu t jus t as Frank was about t o ente r th e pilot-h o use a wild c r y esc a p e d Pomp 's lip s . Fo d e Lor s akes, : Marse Frank!" h e screamed jes' cas t yo eye ober yend e r !" The brute s vital s w ere lit e rall y destroyed, a nd it s ank Fra nk did s o The s i ght whi c h r e warded hi s gaze wa s a dying upon th e snow. The o t h e r b ear Frank quickl y finthrilling on e ished with his knif e P a in f ull y c l ambe rin g over a n icy ridg e n ear w e r e t w o Then the two victoriou s hunt e rs w ent to the rescu e of m en. As they r e a c h e d its s ummi t and w e r e in full v i e w Professor Gaston of the air s h i p one of t h e m s hout ed: rr:his sole rem a ining bear was eas il y dis pat c h e d and the '"Help! H e lp! battle was over Gr e a t h eave n s was Frank's wild cry, "that i s B ar Beyond a f e w s cratches and c ut s the party was umnney !" jured. But all r e aliz e d what good r e a s on the r e was for Barn e y! g a s p e d t h e professor. self-congratulation "By Jove cri e d Frank. Six b e ar s to, three m e n Tha t is the biggest lu c k for on e d ay's huntin g that I have ever seen." "If we had been hunting for s uch game we c ould never have found it in s u c h numb e r s decl a r e d Professor Gas ton "I don t know about dat s aid Pomp dubiou s l y "Dar am a heap ob d e m critte r s in dese r e gi o n s "Well," cried Frank, c heerily, l e t u s r emove their p e lts and keep them a s trophies of our prowess. anyhow." CHAPTER XI. THE NORTH POLE. This was quickly don e Pomp was an ad ept at the bu s iness, and soon the six p e lts w e r e s tored away on board th e airs hip Then it was decided to ascend and continue the journey t o the Pole Yes, bac k f r o m t h e d e ad " M assy sakes, it a m hi s gho $tis !" c ri e d Pomp in t e rror Don g o obe r d e r e Marse Frank!" "Don't b e a fool c ri ed F r ank, an g rily. "Com e along both of you!" Gas t o n followe d F r a nk insta n t ly. Barney i t was, and but jus t a live. Th e C elt was c over e d with a c oatin g of ice. The m a n w ith him w a s s hunk e n to a s hadow, with pale, cadav e rou s features. H e c ould hardl y c reep a nd blood mark e d his course over th e snow. < "Barney!" c ri e d Frank, ru s hin g up to t h e s p o t '.rhank God you are a liv e How did y ou c ome h e re, and w ho i s thi s ?" "Be gorra Mis th e r Frank, it's a l o n g s wim I h ad!" r e pli e d Barney. "An' it' s ni g h d e ad I a m w i d m e w e t clothes. Shure, we'll tell yez all about it whin w e get w arm!" "He lp u s for the love of God!" s aid the pallid wr e t c h "We ought to locate that v e r y -mu c hs ought s pot in two in a whi s p e r. day s more," d e clar e d Frank; then w e are hom e ward bound." Somehow th e s ound of the words hom e ward bound" had begun to have a powerful c harm for th e e xplor e rs. Nothing mor e was s aid until th e two e xhau s t e d m e n w ere help e d a board the airs hip. The n B aruey w a s undresse d a nd tha w e d out a nd bot h were giv e n hot drink and food.


FROM: ZONE TO ZONE. 25 The Celt's story was brief and succinct. his brow in a troubled manner. "No, no; it is really a Shure, whin I fell into that hole,". he declared, "fer dream! I shall soon awake, as I have many times before." toime me head was under wather. Then .I cum up into the air an' all was dark. "I felt mesilf being carried along by the curr ent, an' thin all became loight agin an' I kern out into daylight wanst more. I was carried about a moile below here, to a big, Then he lapsed into a revery. "Let him be!" said Frank, compassionately. "Poor fel low, his brain is weak. He will be stronger soon." Barney was soon himself again and as chipper as ever. There was no now why the journey should not be. open basin av wather. I cloimbed out, an' shure there in continued. the ice I saw the hull av a big ship. Spencer, the castaway, was asleep. The airship was soon "Masts nor riggin' there was none, only the hull. An' aloft in the air and speeding on its way. whin I wint up to it this gintleman crawled out an' spoke Frank, as well as possible, took his bearings. to me. Shure, he kin tell his story betther than me." "Barely two days more!" he declared. "Then we shall "Golly but I am done glad fo' to see yo' safe agin, I'ish 1" reach the North Pole!" cried Pomp, with glistening eyes. "We have heard much of the open Polar sea," declared "Shure, an' it's glad I am to be wid yez wanst again!'' Professor Gaston. "Now we shftll have a chance to prove replied Barney. it." The Aretic refugee now began, in a weak, quavering voice to tell his story. "Three years I have passed in thus cursed clime!" he declared. "All has been solitude like unto death. Oh, God l the horror of that time "Three years ago our brig, the Valiant, in command of Captain Alexander Bent, was nipped by the ice and grifted hither, after many months of futile attempt to liberate her. "":< "I was the first mate, James Spencer, and I am to-day "Right!" cried Frank. "And it is really in existence!" "You know that?" "Yes, I do." The airship sped on for hours. As Frank had predicted, just two days were occupied in reaching the Pole. In the meantime Spencer had come to himself and was overwhelmed with amazement at his position. "An airship!" he exclaimed. "The impossible has come to pass! I really cannot realize that I am going home!" Then great joy became his. Truly it was not to be won-the only survivor. Within six months from the nipping of dered at, for he might regard it as being almost equivalent the ship every member of the crew of twelve save to being brought back from death to life. myself, were dead. When the exact locality of ; the Pole was reached all "A fearful disease struck us and all had it but me. I were disappointed. prayed to have it, but fate ordered otherwise. It was a cold, blustering spot; a sort of elevation among "I buried them all, one by one, in the ice. Then I was hills of rugged rock, now, however, heavily coated with ice left in For three years I lived on the stores of and snow. the ship. "Now for home!" cried Frank. "Our journey is near "But last week the last biscuit gave out. I had no longer its end!" strength to hunt. I had given myself up to die when this The mention of home had a magic sound. But thrilling man appeared before me. Even now it seems as if I must events were yet in store. be dreaming." The course taken by Frank was a line for the "No," replied Frank, cheerily, "you are not dreaming. Arctic Islands and Hudson's Bay. Cheer up, my good man, for you are sure of getting back For days the airship kept steadily on this course. home." Baffin's Land and many of the small islands in the "vVhat !" cried the castaway. "Do not mock me. You of Bothnia were passed over in the flight. are cast away here like me?" Then the waters of Hudson's Bay burst upon the view "No; this is our ship." of the voyagers. "Ah, but you will never sail it home. This ice will never It was truly a wonderful sight. break up." "You are wrong!" cried Frank. We sail in the air." The com'se was along the east shore of Hudson's Bay. "This is an airship. When near James Bay and at the mouth of the Great Whale River an astounding thing happened. "An airship!" the poor fellow passed his hand across Suddenly without warning the airship began to fall


7 26 FROM ZONE TO ZONE. "Great heavens!" cried Profe ssor Gaston. "What has watched alternately. But it was not until the next d ay llappened ?" "Something is wrong cried Frank Reade, Jr., "the machinery has failed us!" However this was it was certain that the airship was bound to reach the earth. The rota scope and wings seemed to have lost their power. Barney, who was in the pilot-ho..use, steered the Dart to a good landing place just in the verge of a forest of firs. The waters of the bay were not one hundred yards distant. that the real trouble came. CHAPTER XII. THE PROFESSOR'S .ADVENTURE. Then Frank Reade, Jr.'s premise proved correct. How ever, no open attack was made up on the Dart. / -But it happened in as bad a way, in fact, much worse. Pr?fessor Gaston was out u.pon an exploring tour. 'l'he professor was enrichi ng his collection of rare fossils, Had the airship fallen into them the result would have and was about a quarter of a mile froru the airship when atbeen serious enough. It would have meant death. tacked. But fortunately they were to alight on shore. Down Suddenly and without warning h e found himself sursettled the airship until it struck the earth. rounded by the Esquimaux. He blew hi s whistle. Then Frank went over the ruachinery critica lly He professor's Winche ster 1vas under his arm. He could found the defect as he had believed he should in the mahave shot a couple them, but he knew that it would mean chinery. his instant death. He locat ed the break and then said to his anxious com"White man gib gun to Eskimo!" said the leader. "Come panion s : along! Be prisoner. Mebbc so he live, mebbe not so, "It can be repaired, but it will require a couple of days die!" to do it in." "Hold on!;' said the s hrewd scientist. "Just wait unhl \ This meant a delay, and just at a time w(ten all w ere I return and 1 will bring you some more guns." anxious to reach home. Yet no demur was 111ade. The anchors were put out and then work was begun. As Frank had predi cted there was a coup le of work on the machinery. The job was pushed forward as rapidly as possible and had been nearly comp leted when a:p. incident occurr ed. Suddenly in the water of the bay there appeared a num ber of the peculiar Esquimau canoes, known as kayaks. In each was an Esquimau equipped for sea l They land e d and approached the airship. Short and squatty in :figure they were, with1 greasy counte nances. A more villainous-looking set had never been seen by the voy-agers. They conversed with Frank for a while in broken English, and then went away. A s they disappeared Frapk said, with conviction: "Do you know I do not believe we have seen the last of them. I feel sure that we shall have trouble." "You may be sure of that!" declared Spencer. "I know something about their race, and I tell you they are a bad lot." "Begorra, ther's enough av us to whip them!" averred Barney. "That may be true," agre e d Frank, "but it will put u s "No White man stay. Mebbe no come ba ck. Stay here!" Gaston saw that he was in for it. Yet he did not pe1ieve for a moment that his life was as yet in special danger. He ransacked his brain in vain for a subterf uge by which to foil the Esquimaux. But eac h time he was disappoill;ted. Finally h e was led away into the :fir A few moments more of delay and h e would have been rescu ed by his friends. Frank was in the engine-room when he heard the whistle of alarm. "Quick, then !" cried Frank. the airship." Barney and Spencer grabbed "Pomp, you stay with their rifles and followed Frank. Soon they had reach e d the spot where the professor bad been seized by the Esquimaux. Their tracks were seen and understood at once by Frank. All search was of no avail. It was known that the pro fessor was in the hands of the Esquimaux and that was all. Back to the airship the three men w en t and to work. Meanwhile the professor was having some thrilling ex periences. As the party tramped on the professor could not help wondering what his fate was to be. He was not left long in doubt. to the unpleasant necessity of killing a few of them." Suddenly the party came out of the fir forest and were That night a careful guard was kept. Barney and Pomp in sight of a long, level plain down to the sea.


FUOM ZONE TO ZONE. 21 And near the water's edge were a number of huts made of The Esquimaux now all seemed to be waiting for the rebrush and bark. This was the manner of habitation used turn of their courier. by the Esquimaux of this region in lieu of ice. Frank had just finished his job of repairing the machinery Perhaps there were a hundred or more of these huts. when the Esquimaux' messenger arrived. A vast throng of EsquiJaux came out to meet them. "Well, you greasy rascal, what do you want?" he asked. The prisoner was surrounded by a howling mob. Some of them seemed disposed to d him harm. But the leader of the band kept them back in his per suasive way, by swinging his battle-club about him. The prisoner was led down into the Esquimau settle ment. His arms and legs were bound with thongs, and he was unceremoniously tumbled upon the ground. As he lay in the midst of his foes thus, the professor "Heap gun!" was the reply. "Mebbe you give me, mebbc no kill you man. See?" "Ah !" said Frank, with comprehension. "You have got one of our men in your clutches, .eh?" "Yep!" replied the Esquimau. "Come aboard this airship and I'll go with you." But this did not strike the wretch's fancy. "No, mebbe not," he said, shaking his head violently. fell to wondering if his whistle of alarm had Been heard at "Mebbe gib me guns!" the airship. "Mebbe I won't," said Frank, sternly. "Come over, or If it had there was good reason to believe that he might die!" expect help and perhaps rescue. He aimed a revolver at the villain. The Esquimau knew But as time passed and his friends did not appear he what that meant and began to beg. began to give up hope. "Mebbe no kill me. Sabe white man. He live, no His position was becoming unendurable, when suddenly kill me!" the Esquimau chief appeared and gave some orders to his "You diabolical shark, you I" cried Frank, grabbing the men. miscreant's collar. "Come aboard here, and no fooling!" The prisoner was lifted and the thongs which bound his And Frank pulled him ovel' the rail where he lay cower-feet being s evered he was commanded to stand up. ing upon the deck. Then the Esquimau chief said, in broken English: "Now, Barney," he cried, "send her up!" "White man mebbe live. He gib Eskimo man more gun Barney needed no second command. and more fire dust. See?" The airship sprang into the air. She was as steady once The professor grasped the situation. more as a humming top. "All right," he said; "let me go and I'lltget the guns Over the fir forest she sped. It was hardly ten minutes for you." before the Esquimau village was in sight. But the chief smiled in a leering way. The natives at sight of the airship seemed imbued with "Eskimo no fool White man go, mebbe stay. Wo come terror. back, Eskimo be big fool." They retreated with dismay into their bough huts. "Well, then, how am I to get the guns for you?" argued the professor. ":M:ebbe see." The chief beckoned to one of 'the tribe, a muscular fellow, who came forward. Frank allowed the airship to descend right on the verge of settlement. Then he picked up the shivering wretch on the deck and hurled him over the rail. "Go tell your chief I want to see him," he said. In a few moments the esquimau chief sullenly ap"He go tell you people he want gun, see I You tell him." peared. Gaston was not disposed to be reckless. As he stood with folded arms by his bough hut Frank ad-He saw at once that if he could not gain all the pie at dressed him: least a piece would be better than nothing at all. "You greasy scoundrel! You thought to make a treaty I He realized that if his were thus notified of his with me and force me to give you firearms, did you? Why, predicament they would adopt some speedy plan for his I've a mind to an:uihilate the whole tribe of you!" rescue. The Esquimau flashed a leering, contemptuous glance at So he said : Frank and replied : "Very well, chief. Send your man to my friends. They "White man mebbe fly in air; but Eskimo man no 'fraid will give you guns, and then you shall set me free." ob him."


28 FROM ZONE TO ZONE CHAPTER XIII. THE END. Frank was amazed at the cool nerve and effrontery of the wretch. For a moment the young inventor was silent. Then he said: "You have one of our men in captivity here. I want him." The chief shook his head sullenly. "What?" "M:ebbe no "l\febbe, yes!" cried Frank, angrily. "Come, I'll blow you to perdition if you don't give him up!" "No can do dat." Why?" "White man killed!" For a moment Frank reeled as if given a terrific blow. He turned gha s tly pale. Then Gaston was dead. "That is awful!" he thought. But something in the Esquimau chief's face caused him to start. He grasped the situation at once. "You are lying he hissed, leaning over the rail. "Give him up, or I'll kill you and all your cowardly crew!" The Esquimau chief laughed scornfully, and gave a pecu liar cry. In a moment the vicinity was thronged with armed natives. Frank saw that the crisis had come. There was no use in dallying further. He picked up a bomb brought him b y Barney and \ hurled it fairly the midst of the murderou s horde. In a flash th e re was a frightful explosion. H eaps of dead and dying Esquimaux lay upon the ground. The s urvivor s fled wildly. Frank leaped from the air ship's deck. He rushed into the n earest bough hut. There was Gas ton bound hand and foof. "Thank God! you have come to save me!" cried the scientist. "You are none too soon!" "But there is yet danger!" cried Frank. "Follo w me quickly!" To the airship they rushed. The Esquimaux were recoving and seemed ready to fight. But though he could have annihilated the whole gang, Frank did not wait for their attack. Up into th e air sprang the airship. The course was at once set to the southward and for a week was firmly h e ld. Then evide nces of civilization ap peared. 0anada \"\ras passed over, Lake Erie and then the United States was once more beneath the aerial voyagers. Home again There was an indescribable charm in the words. The airship descended into one evening. The next morning e very daily paper in the world was recording the retu rn of the travelers fr<;>m zone to zone. James Sp e ncei returned to hi s where he was hap pily welcomed. Professor Gaston took the first trai-n to New York and reported to the committee of the scientific society. The much-mooted question of the two Poles was settled forever Professor Gaston was in sta ntly made honorary memb e r in every scientific society in the world. Indeed, the honors thrust upon him were most burdensome. Barney and Pomp were pleased to once more return to their duties in qui e t old Readestown. "I don' fink I want berr,y much to do wif dem Arctic countries!" Pomp declared. "Dey am a. pooty po' place a live man." "Bejabers, I'm wid yez, naygur !" cried Barney. "Hur roo fer auld Oireland an' Afriky !" "And hurrah for America, the q u een of a ll nations!'' cried Frank Reade, Jr., with a laugh, for he had overhear ?": them. The Dart was at once taken to pieces. The strain of h e r long voyage would preclude any possibility of ever u si ng her again. But the young inventor had plenty of other plans to de velop . For many a day th e famous trip of Frank Reade, Jr., and his airship, the Dart from zone to zone, rang through the country. But though this was certain l y a most extraordinary feat, the young inventor had even mightier projects on hand, some of which the reader may hear of at a later day. THE END. Read "FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES; OR, A JOURNEY THROUGH AFRICA BY WATER," which will be the next number (14) of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly i & lway s in print. If you cannot obtain them from any j newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies. you order by return mail.


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Blizzard Islanct ; or, Tracldng the Gold Thieves of Cape Nome. 18fi The Bradys lq the Black Hilla ; !H' Tileir in North Dakota. 186 The Bradys and "Faro FraP.k ; or, A Jlot Case in the Gol d Mines 187 The Bradys lllld the "Rul!e" ; or. Trliclt!ng the C o ntl<]ence Men. 188 The Bradys as Firemen ; or, Tracklpg a Gling of Incepdlarles. 189 The flradys In t)le Oil Country; Qr; Th(l Mystery of the Giant Gusher. 100 The l!radys and the Blind Be-gar; or, The '\\'"orst Crook of all. 191 The nral}ys an4 the Bank)lreakers; or, Working the Thugs of Chicago 1Q2 The Bradys lllld the Seven Skulls; or, The Clew That Was Found jn tl>e Barn. 103 The BrallYI! ill Mexico; qr, The Search for the Aztec Treasure J!Qil!le. 19'* The Bradys at Black Run ; pr, Tral)lng the Coiners of Candle 195 The Ilradys .A,mong the Bulls and Bears; or, Working the Wires in Wall ,Street. Smuggl e r s. 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The Liberty Roys' Beacon Light ; or, The Signal on thetMountain. 70 The Liberty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise 'rhat Was Kept. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Top Strike" ; or. Bowling the British Over. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross It If You Dare!" 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 8:) T il e Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Them. 8G The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought lor Independence. 87 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind" ; or, Taking Big Chances. ':: 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band : or, Bumping the British Hard ...._ 89 The Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call ; or, A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of the Mountain. q1 The T"!berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed"; or, Warm Work in the Tall Timber. !l3 The Liberty Boys' Dare: or, Backing the British Down. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mile. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Bennine53 The Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. ton. ri4 The Liberty Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. 95 The f,lberty Boys In New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brlt56 The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How Ish I.lon. to Fight. 96 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. 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