Six weeks in the clouds; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship the "Thunderbolt."

Six weeks in the clouds; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship the "Thunderbolt."

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Six weeks in the clouds; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship the "Thunderbolt."
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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FRANK READE C ONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, AND IN THE AIR. Isrued Weekly-By Subscription $2 5 0 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post O.(!!ce. Entered according to Act of Congress in the yea 1903. in the o.(!!ce of the Librarian of Congres, lVashington, D. C by Fank Tomey, 24 Unio n Square, New York. No. 19. NEW YORK, MARCH 6, 1903 Price 5 Cents. SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air Ship, the Thunderbolt. I By "NONAlUE." CHAPTER I. A ROMANTIC WEDDING. One morning in August, 18-, a man of distinguished appearance alighted from a carriage before the entrance to the machine works of 'Frank Reade, Jr., in the thriv ing little city of Readestown These works which covered acres were devoted wholly to the manufacture of Frank Reade, Jr.'s wonderful in ventions. Frank Reade, Jr., the inventor stands to-day as one of the widest known and most famous men on the face of the earth In every clime his name is known coup l e d with his works. He came honestly by his talents, his fath e r having been an inventor b efore h im. The little city of R ea destown had been founded by the elde r R eade Frank, though quite young, had excelled by far the exploits of his Of course. this inventive genius had brought the Reades plenty of money as well as fame They were rich e n o ugh for all needs. A morning train had brought the visitor into the town. He had at once enter ed the carriage and directed the driver to take him to the works of Frank Reade, Jr. This request had been complied with. He now left the carriage and entered the vestibu l e or the office. A boy met him here. "I wish to see Frank Reade, Jr.," he said. "N arne, sir !" said the boy. The stranger tendered a card. The boy took it and van ished. Upon t:M.e card was the name "SYLVESTER WARDEN, "Boston, Ma ss." The gentleman paced the vestibule in a manner which showed excitement and unre s t. There were deep lines upon his face which would seem to indicate that he was in great ( trouble. It seemed a n age before the hall boy came back. Wh e n he did he sai d : "Mr. R eade w ill see you, s ir. Please come this way. Ward e n followed the boy through a broad hall a nd into a spacious and richl y furni s hed room. At a desk sat a handsome and athletid built you ng man


/ I 2 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. He arose with a pleasant smile, and said: "But his plans evidently miscarried. The balloon did "Mr, Warden, I am glad to see you. Please be seated." not descend. Instead it kept growing smaller and smaller The visitor's face lit up. until after a while it went out of sight altogether. "Do I read the truth?" he exclaimed. "Indeed, it is al most too good to believe. Do you really mean to my request?" ""?'" ou ask for too much at present," s aid Frank Reade, Jr., pleasantly. "Let u s talk over matters first." Warden seated himself, and at once e agerly began: "From that day to this, the baUoon nor its passengers have not been heard from." Mr warden paused, and Frank saw that he was deeply affected. "Indeed, that was very unfortunate," said the young in ventor. "Of course, you are familiar with the rna tter? You read "Yes," replied the millionaire. "I set my heart by those my letter?" young peqple. Some people have tried to encourage me "I read it," replied Frank; "yet, p er haps, I had better by asserting that the party are safe, and have descended hear the matter from your own lips. I confess that I was in some remote spot and will yet turn up all right. much interested." "Is it not all lik e a story from a novel?" said Warden. I "But l et me proceed. "'You see, my daughter, Hattie, was engaged to be mar ried to an estimab l e young man of Boston, named Charles "Which is quite possible," agreed Frank. "Yd;; but I don t believe it. Wl1a.t is your opinion? Are they beyond human aid?" Frank was thoughtful a moment. "That is hard to say," he replied "Yet I do not see All en." how you can do else but to wait for their return." "Yes." "I they have reall y made a landing somewhere safely?" "In a very unwise moment they con ceived the striking "Yes." idea of being married in a balloon." "But I do not believe that." "l\1ercy1 that was an idea!" "Ah!" I "A fri e nd of Charlie 's Professor Digby Denham, an "It is my :firm b e lief that they are yet up there ib.. some aeronaut, was responsible for that. He influenced Charlie upp e r stratum of the atmosphere, and that they cannot get to attempt the thing. do}Vn." "You see, D e nham had just completed what he believed "Why, how could that b e ?" exclaimed Frank, in amazeto be the largest and safest balloon in the world Of such rne nt. "It should be enough to get down!" size was it that the basket was commodious enough to set up housekeeping in, as the professor put it. "Like all young peopl e Hattie and Charlie are romantic and believed that it would assure them greater happiness if they could be married in midair." "The theory is good," laughed Frank. "But the result was terrible to relate," continued Mr. Warden. "The aeronaut agreed to transport them safely up into the clouds and back again. My arguments were of no avail. The day was set and a large crowd assembled to see the feat performed. "The balloon was truly the largest I ever saw. Indeed, \ my fears were somewhat ass uaged a s I sa\t how gracefu lly it rocked at its anchorage. "Why should it?" 'rThe law of gravitation!" "Ah, but the elevating power of the ballo<>n overcomeB"that!" "Where is the valve?" r "That is just it!" declared Mr. Warden. "It may have failed to work. Indeed, I am quite sure that it did. In that case--" "Why? simply cut the gas bag!" "At that height? Why, it would b e madness. Mor e over, there are six balloons inside the outer case of this one." "Certainly he intended to make his balloon saf e ." "There is just the idea. Professor Denham's balloon would float for months in the upper atmosphere. There "'f'o cut a long story short the party all got into the would be no possible way for the voyagers to get down!" basket. There was Professor Denham, Hattie and Charlie and the minister, Rev. Schuyler Wall, of the Boston Tab ernacle. Then the balloon l eaped up into the air. "It was Denham's promise to remain aloft only long enough to tie the marriage knot. ThEm he had agreed to descend. "That is so," agreed Frank. "You can see what their fate would be "Starvation!" "Certainly !" "That is horrible. Did they not take provisions with them?" I


SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. 8 "For s ix weeks. Professo r D e nham inte nded takinga "And it would have been ma stere d long ago, if invent door s and roll th e Thund e rb olt ou t und e r thr d e rbolt. glass roof. I t o s h o w h e r l o thi R gentleman'' A'ri g ht: sah re pli e d t h e darky, bobbing hi s h e ad in a comic al fas hi o n "T'sc jc>;' gwinr t o d o as yo sah." And P o m p vanis hed. Mr W a rd e n could n o t re stra in a s )nile. \ CHAPTER II. THE AIRSHIP-THE START In s h a p e the Thund e rbolt resemble d a l o n g canoe at the "What a comical dark ) !" h e said "One of v our sen>b d 1 d h J ow an ll cy m er at t e s t e l n. ants, I s u p post>?" "Po mp and Barnl.'y ar e m y two mos t d e v o t e d fri e nd s r e pli e d Fn\nk warmly. B a rney i s e qually a s faithful and valu able 3 man a s Pomp H e i s a n Iris hman of the purest kind These two m e n are in e vit ably m y traveling com pan ions wh e r e v e r I go." A nd y ou a r e fortunate ind re d in having them," said Ilfr. \\' arden "I pres um e y ou will take them upon this trip ? The hull was mad e of thin, but hi ghly-te mp e red sheet s of lightest platinum and s teel. Ther e w e re secur e d by cle v e rl y made joint s At int e rval s window s with grating were plac e d in the hull Above the hull rose five li ght mast s to which were atta c h e d s wiftly revolv i ng rotascopes. The s e were the mean s of cau s ing th e airs hip to ascend. In the r ear was a hug e s ix-blad e d pro p e ll e r mad e of thinnest s teel. C e r ta inl y At the r ear end of the cylindrical hull was a platf o rm But they now l eft th e office and c rossed the broad yard whic h e xtended twothirds of the way a lon g the hull o n The door s of the s tor e house had been ope n e d as directed, eith e r s id e and was provided with a guard rail. and the r e in full vie w was the n e w air s hip. thi s platform a s winging ladd e r himg for desc ent Ward e n g azed at it in supre m e a s toni s hm ent. to the ground. The entranc e was in th e rear b y m e an s of W e ll I n e v er!" lte e xclaim e d "Truly thi s I S worth a broad door. coming f a r to see.' Forward was a pilot-hou s e in whi c h w e r e the s te e ring l One glance at the air s hip was suffic i ent to establi s h its g ear and the ele ctrical k eyboard for th e rmming of th e fea s ibilit y And a t the same ti m e o n e wonde r e d why these e ngines. Plate glass window s were in front. simpl e plan s had not been a t t e mpted by some previous This is rather a meagre description o f the outsid e of the inv e ntor. air ship. "The n the airship i s at la s t a s e ttled fact!" e xclaimed With this brief inspection Frank l e d hi s visitor into Wa::.-de n "for all tim e this has been regarded as the suinterior. prem e of problems." Here the most wonderful sights were revealed


4 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. --=========================== First of all was the long cabin, richly furnished, wirh like of before. The intricate and delicate machinery was neat fittings of stuffed leather, satin and raw silk. Booka revelation. case s were set in the wall, containing valua ble works of science and books of refer e nce. He inspected it cu riously Every little detail was explained by Frank. When all Next to the main cabin was the dining-room, then the was over, he drew a deep breath, and said: staterooms, half a dozen in number. "This is, indeed, a rare treat. I shall not soon forget it." Beyond these was the armory and magazine. "Now,'' said Frank, leading the way to the main cabin, Here were stored in racks rifles of the latest approv ,cJ "I will this stateroom to you Within twenty-four pattern, small arms, and two light dynamite guns, one on hours I shall make the start. I hope you will be rea'dy." each side of the airship. "I shall," declared Warden, emphatically, "and I can I Their muzzles were thrust through ports in the side never fully express my gratitude to you1for your great Warden look ed at them in amazement. kindness." "How is that?" he exclaim ed. "How can you carry guns aboard an airship?" Frank laughed. Do not speak of t hat," said Frank. With this, Warden took his leave. Of dourse the newspapers got hold of the affair. "Look!" he said. It was altogether a very romantic affair, the wedding He put a hand upon the barrel of one o the guns and in the balloon, the mysterious fate of the aeronauts, and lifted it easily. Warden was astonished. the proposal of Frank Reade, Jr., to go in quest of them "How in the mischief do you do that?" he asked. "Are with his famous airship. they dummies?" Thousands of people became so deeply interested in the "Not a bit of it," r e plied Frank; "but the barrel is of affair, that all manner of communications began to pour thinnest steel. You can see that the bore is quite small." in upon Frank Reade, Jr. "True, but I should think that a common rifle cartridge would blow them up. How do they resist the charge?" Some letters of inquiry, others had various requests and not a few begg ed the privilege of accompanying t11e "Easily enough. The charge does not exp lode in the young inventor upon his aerial voyage. gun. Not until the projectile strikes the target does it Frank treated them with silence. explode." The waste basket caught most of them. Warden was mystified. Indeed to have answered all would have required the aid How do you get the propulsory power, then?" he asked. of an army of clerks for many weeks So this was out of "Pneumatic pressure." the question, as well as bad taste. "Wonderful Preparations were quickly made for the aerial voyage. ":hJiy projectiles are of dynamite. Compressed air throws Barney and Pomp were obliged to hustle for all they were I them easily a mile. This make s the most deadly gun on worth. record." They were, however, overjoyed at the prospect of a voy" I should say so. But where will you ever need s uch age in the air. a gun?" .Frank laughed at this. While the warmest of friends, they were both as lively as crickets, and fond of playing pranks each upon the ot h er. "There are parts of the wOTld where I can assure you it It was even up between them as to which got the best will b e needed to maintain one's right s." of this. Sometimes Barney came out ahead and some"I dare say. Well, there is a fortune in that patent. times Pomp. The government, no doubt would pay you well for it." I "Perhaps so; but I am not after s uch pay I prefer to retain the secret of the invention. \ "Well you are wise." "Now, let me s how you the e l ectric engines." Frank led the way forward and they entered the eng ine-room of the ,.... Here Warden beheld work which he had never see n thP "I jes' tell yo' o n e fing, l'ish,'' said Pomp, in a banter ing tone. "If yo' ever shows yo' ?ead above de rail de peo ple on de earth will done fink dere am a new sun come out ob de sky, or mebbe dar am a ball ob red fire hanging ober 'em!" Barney dropp e d the article h e was luggi n g, and turned upon his defamer. "Arrah, an' don't yez be afther reflectin' on the col or


I SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS 5 av me hair Shure, it's a black cloud as will darken the earth, when yez get up aloft." This was hitting Pomp back with his own w \ apon. The darky was silent a moment, then he resumed: "Huh! clouds kain't do no harm. But if de world got on fiah, what den? But I say, honey, wha' am yo' gwine to do for the 'crather' when yo' gits up dar?" There were loud cheers. The bells of the town were ring ing in honor of the event. Frank was in the pilot-house. Barney and Pomp were at the rail, and Sylvester Warden the same, a few feet nearer the door. Frank pressed the electric key. There was a whirring as of a mighty flock of birds rising, "Never yez moind !" retorted Barney, with a twinkle in as the rotascopes began to revolve. his keen eyes. "I niver was left yet for a bit av whiskey Then like a monster eagle the Thunderbolt rose into the wheriiver me stomach the need av it." air. Up she soared .as light as a feather. "Yah, but dere ain' none up in de clouds. water." Nuffin' but The din below was deafening. Frank lashed the wheel and set the propeller key at a "Whist now, an' do yez think I'll be aft her lavin' certain speed. Read estown an' not carry a bit av colsolation wid me?" 'l'hen he sprang into the gun-room. "But :Marse Frank done say dat we kin hab no whiskey on bo'd !" He put a projectile with a time fuse into one of the "Begorra, that's fer the loikes av such as ye. the gintleman as knows how to use it. See?" pneumatic guns. But I'm 1 The fuse was calculated that the projectile would burst in midair. And Barney sn apping his fingers in the darky 's face, puffed away a moment at his dudeen, and then picking up his load went on hi s way. Pomp looked after him a mom e nt, and then scratching head, muttered: "I done fink dat chap hab some place on bo'd dat he hide dat stuff away. Hum well if dis chile doan't find it den he am one po' fool, fo' a fac' !" And with this esolution Pomp went about his work. But Barney on his way into the cabin c huckled and blink ed, and muttered und e r his br eath: Then Frank pressed the button, and the pneumatic gu n was discharged. The projectile rushed a mile up into the clouds and burst. It was like the roar of a thunderbolt, and deeply impressed the spectators: Up three thousand feet the airship. Then Frank slackened the speed of the rotascopes and set the ship's course. This was directly to the north. Mr. Warden believed that the balloon ha'd been carried "I reckon that n aygur will thry hi s b est ter foind where I hide the crather. Shure, I'll have some fu:q. wid him in that direction. 1 b k f ld That I Wl.ll !" Frank expressed his opinion: now, an pay urn ac er an ou score. And chuckling and laughin g to himself Barney formu lated mentally the plan by which he would victimize-Pomp. "I think we shall find yotir p eop le," he said, "far up in British Oolurhbia. I hav e no doubt they are safe ther .e, Exciting events were in store. but have found no rapid means of transit home." Promptly Sylvester Warden appeared ready for the as"Heave n pray that you are right," Warden. cension. "If the balloon is as st rong! y built as you describe, cer-He was overjoyed at .the prospect of a quest being made tainly it will keep afloat for a good while." for the lost aeronauts, and had perfect confidence that it would be successful. "It cannot be otherwise!" he muttered "I will pray for it!" "Yes." "Then the air currents will carry them a great distance." "That is logical." "Moreover, if they had descended in a region near to At the appointed hour the Thunderbolt was ready for its civilization, you would have heard from them long ere aerial flight. this." Frank caused it to be rolled out into the ya rd. Every "You are right." stay was knocked away, the anchors stowed aboard, and i So Mr. Warden took h eart with this reassuring state-Frank sprang into the pilot-house ment of the young inventor. The Thunderbolt bore away Outside the gates a monster crowd waited to the to the northward. ascension. The great quest for the lost aeronauts had begun


SIX WEEKS I N THE CLOUDS. The party. were in the clouds. Exciting and wonderful adventures w e r e near at hand. All were prepared for them, howev e r, and as the Thunderbolt sped on 'through the s ky, the spirits of all were light, and their hearts cheerful. CHAPTER III. A FEAHFUL STORM. The sky had been dark with clouds at the tim e of the ascent of the Thunderbolt. It was evident that a storm was n ear at hand. 'fhe airs hip, therefore, was in s ight but a very brief while. 'fhe clouds opened and receiYed h e r almost at once. And the earth at the same time was lost to the Yiew of those on board th e airship. Truly i.t was a wonderful sight now spr e ad before their gaze. T bey were in a dense mist at first. Then all made a rush for the cabin. The pas sage of the airs hip into the cloud had induced precipitation, mld the rain deluged the deck. Frank increased the s peed of the rotascopes. Frank appeared on deck with a barometer. ''Four thousand feet higher," he s aid, "and we wou ld likely b e in s unlight. But 1 fear to make it." "And why?" ae.ked Mr. Warden. "The best of rea8on s Do you not notice a change i n t h e atmosphere?'' "It i s cold.'' All \rc rc looking blue aro-qnd the nose and. lips and biting their finger tips It was frigid "Exactly! The air grows rare r every foot we go upward now. Above that black : cloud it may be so extremely rare that human life cannot be s upported.'' Nobody disputed this. But :Mr. Ward e n said: "Well, in that case, what ought we to do?" "We can only try to beat the sto rm," d e clared Frank. "Outrun it?'' "Well, run tln'ough it. It comes evidently from the northeast. Now w e will take a north er n course, and I have no doubt we can soon leave it b ehind." With tbis decision Frank went into the pilot-house a n d started the Thunderbolt rapidly to the north. Thus far the storm had been accompani e d by littie of His plan was to rise above sible. the rain a s quickly as pos agitation in th e atmosphere. Up, u p shot the airship. Now, how e v e r an exciting and fearful phenomrna wa,; 1ritnesscd. The rain la s ted but a few moments. Then a vivid glare As the Thunderbolt s ped on Frank saw that the upper penet r ated the mist, there was a rumbling, jolting s hock stratum of cloud s was beginning to s hut down. as the thunder passed on. T hey were in close proximity to the works of Jove, and the sensation was a novel one. M r. Warden was for a moment in fear that the light ning would strike the airship At the sa me time he heard what seemed like the roar of a flume in his rear. Turning hi s head h e beheld an alarming s pectacle. There were might y mountain s of clouds coming pili n g after the airship with frightful rapidity. But Frank quieted his fears. It .seemed as if the ship must be crushed if t hey s h ould "There is not the slightest danger," h e said. "We are of>trike it. Frank saw the danger above it now The tempest l1ad come, and the airs hip was to be in the They now floated in a vast body of fleecy clouds. It was \ 'c ry mid st of it. a literally grand sight to see them piled about on every hand l ike h uge white glaciers. And still upward shot the air ship. Then suddenly the Thunderbolt shot olit into clear at mosphere. T hey were above the storm But yet they missed the friendly gla r e of the sunlight. L ooking up, the rea s on for this was plainly seen Fully l1al a mi l e above was a d e nse black wall of clouds. It was an u pper cloud st r atum, a n d the ai rship was right betwee n the two st o rms. I The one beneath was rag) n g, evi d ently having bu rst upon the earth. But t h e storm above w as i n r ese rve. It was too late to ascend high e r. All that coul d be done was to put on speed and run before the tornado. Frank feared that every r otasco pe would be dismantled if the tornado caught the airship, so he relaxed no effort to outstrip it. He shouted to those on deck: "Come in, every one of yon. If you don't, it w ill be the end of you!" The warning was at once heeded. A ll rushing in from the p l atfo r m, and Barney hasti l y closed and secured the. rear doors. H e was not a moment too soon.


SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOU D S 'I In an instant darkness of the densest sort shut down, I The ascent had been made at three o'clock in the a f te r and what followed seemed ever after like a horrible night-noon, and now it was fast growing dark. m a re. Night was at hand. It seemed as if the airship was picke d up and hurled like Soon darkness settled down everywhere. 'The blue \ a football through space. firmament overhead with its myriad stars seemed fu ll y G iant hands apparently had it in U1eir grasp, and at times 1 as far off as if viewed from the earth. seemed revolving over and over like a top All was blackness b elow. But Frank trained the search'l'here came a falling sensation, and aU believed themI light to bear upon the earth, and the result was wonselves about to be precipitat e d to the earth. j derful. Those in the cabin were not able to control their motion. The ray of light sent down through all that space was T hey were hurled about like puppets in a corn hopper, and reflected back as if from a mirror. many were the bruises ancl hard knocks they sustained. Frank Reade, Jr., understood this. As for Frank in the pilot-house, he hung to the wheel "It is water!" he exclaimed ''We are above one of the like grim death. big lakes; probably Lake Michigan." He knew that the only hope for salvation lay in keeping i "Indeed!" exclaimed Mr. Warden. this rate we the rotascopes buzzing, so he kept his hand on the switch shall soon reach Bri_ tish North America." whenever he could. "Oh, yes," replied Frank. And on through space the airship was whirled Then he touch e d the rotascopc lever and the airship How it ever survived the fearful shock was a mystery. began to bettie down. the began to wax less strong, and soon j "I am going to make sure if it is a large lake or not," aush1p nghted Itself ancl went steady once more. I he said. "Mercy only knows where U1at storm might have T he darkness was dispelled as if by magic, and sunlight blown us." streamed into the cabin. I Down the airship rapidly settled. _The_ voyagers picked themselves up and took a view of I And as it did the surface of the water became enl arged the situation The Thunderbolt was riding clear and and plainer under the searchlight's glare. steady in the upper atmosphere. From a height of two miles the airship descended to B e low, the stbrm was still thundering allC1 bellowing. within a thousand feet of the lake's surface. Frank lashed the wheel and sprang down into the cabin. Then twinkling lights were seen near by. The search"Hello !"he shouted. "Arc you all alive clown there?" I light being turned in that direction showed a l arge steamer "Begorra, much as ever!" cried Barney. "Shurely me plowing its way along. back i s broke in two!" [ The people even could be upon her decks. They "Golly, I clone fink mah shins am busted!" declared were evidenfly astonished at sight of the a i rship. Pomp, with a wail. II The steamer's siren sounded a repeated sal ute lVIr Warden was badly used up himself, but he said, Frank answered by firmg an electnc pro J ech l e a head cheerily: I some distance into the I am thankful that it was no worse. I thought it was The effect was grand to witness. t h e end of us, Frank! The full glare of the searchlight was t u rned upo n t h e "Well, I was in great fear myself for a while," said miniature cataract which arose from the lake. Frank. The steamer had slackened her engines and l ai d to. "Then the airship is all right?" Frank saw her officers on the bridge, and t hat the cap taj n "I believe so. She may be somewhat wrenched, but n ot had a speaking tru mpet. seriou sly injured, I hope An examination will show "Ahoy, up there!" came the stentorian hai l from t h e And th i s Frank 11astily proceeded to make. To his steame r g reat joy he found the vessel intact. The r e was really reason for mutual congratulation, for the escape had been a narrow one: I "One thi n g is sure," declared Frank. "We shall take great car e to k eep out of the way of storm!l hereafter." I All w e re surprised a t the l ong duration of t h e s t orm. "Ahoy the ste am e r I" r e pli ed Frank. "Wbat k ind of a balloon do you call t hat?" T h i s i s not a balloon!" "What t h e d e vil i s it, then?" "Fr a n k R ea de, Jr.'s ai r ship, the T h und e rbolt.'' "Th e deuce you s a y W e have h eard of t h a t inv e ntion / I


... 8 S I X WEEKS I N THE CLOUDS. but supposed it only a newspaper story. So you are Frank Reade, Jr. ?" "Yes." "Well, come down on deck and see us!" "Why?" ''Storms do not travel far without spending their force. Moreover, there are certain air currents about the northwest which I believe would keep the balloon for an "I can't do that," replied Frank, "but now please to indefinite period sailing about within a certain radius." answer my questions." "All right "What steamer is that?" "Your theory is logical declared Frank. "I wish I knew some way to study out those air currents!" "Our meteorological maps might enable us to do it in "The Lake City, excursion stt:>amer bound for Chicago, a measure!" Captain Ernest Brand." "That is true. "Well, Captain Brand, I wish you good night and a fair I another problem." We will consult them Buthere IS voyage shouted Frank. Then he touched the r otascope lever, and up shot the air ship. Up a mile into the sky it rose. Then Frank set the lever and the whe.el. He came down into the cabin, and said: "I know you must all be very tired. I am myself, and propose tha.t we have some sleep." "Good!" cried Warden, "I am more than willing." 0 "What?" "The danger of the balloon ascending into atmosphere. Perhaps this has happened." "Which would be fatal to all in the car?" "Yes!" the rarcfi:>Cf "I do not believe it!" said Warden, knitting his brows. "Why not?" T he balloon would not carry sufficient gas to carry it "Now, Barney!" said the young inventor. "You are to to such an elevation. I believe it would maintain a stawatch until two o'clock. Pomp will relieve you then. Call tionary position, so far elevation goes." me at five!" Then Frank retired to rest. earnest on board the airship. Routine had begun "Well, you may be right," agreed Frank. in we will do all we can to find the party." "At any rate, CHAPTER IV BARN'EY VICTIMIZES POMP. For days the airship kept on. The days passed into a week. The plans of the aeronauts had resolved themselves into merely following the various air currents and keeping watch of the sky All that night the airship sailed on throtlgh space This was all done by Warden's direction, who would not The pace was a moderate one, and yet in the morning it listen to a theory that the party had made a descent. was seen by the register that she had sailed ninety miles. "If we can only sight them before their supplies give out, Lake Michigan has been crossed and left to the eastward. we will save them!" he said, with a deep sigh Frank now set the cou rse toward Manitoba. One week had passed. Little cou l d be seen of the cquntry below from their Tired of unsatisfactory cruising about in a certain radius, dizzy height. But Mr. Warden did not seem specially interested in what was below. He watched the sky incessantly with a powerful pair of glasses. For his belief was firm that his friends would yet be drifting around in space in their unmanageable balloon. All that day the airship kept on at full speed But not a speck appeared in the sky. Frank had taken a new course to the northward This brought them almost to the land of snow and ice. And here, the first thrilling incident to support War den's theories occurred Dark clouds hungin the zenith. It was near the close of day, and darkness was at hand Warden had been out .on deck. He was watching intently distant ragged cloud. So far no trace of the lost balloon had been seen. It was Suddenly from it a huge object seemed to glide For a like looking for a needle in a haystack. moment he stood like one in a daze. But Mr. Warden would not relinquish his sanguine hopes Then a great, wild c r y escaped his l ips. "We shall find her yet," he said. "It is! It is he yelled. "Hooray! come all! It 1s "Yet think of the slender chances," said Frank. "Some the balloon!" storm may have taken the b a lloon across the Pacific But when the othe rs, exci ted beyond measure, r eached t h e "I do not think that is possible!" spot, t h ere was n o balloon i n sight.


S I X WEEKS I N THE C LO U D S It had bee n visibl e b u t a 1noment drifting from on e cloud He thra s h e d hi s arm s about his body for a whi l e to w arm into another his fing e r s It might hav e been an illu s ion for all the proof t h ere Then an ide a str uck h i m was, but Ward e n wou ld not r e lin q ui s h h i s claim "Bejab e rs, if I had a drap av the c rather now I'd be "It i s t h e balloon!" he s aid I t e ll y ou I saw it. Mak e warm enough for tha t cloud! Barney kn e w whe r e to g e t this Of c ourse t h e air s hip was sent for w ard a t a r a pid rat e of s peed. The clou d was r e a c h e d a nd p e n etrated. E lectri c s ignal s w e r e mad e, g un s w e r e :fire d th e sear c hl igh t e mplo yed t o pierce th e cloud, but all in v a i n The aeronaut s if in the vicinit y did n ot m a k e reply. Warden was bes ide hi m .sel f "It i s too bad," he cri e d g ri e f and dis ma y "they wer e ri ght in our r e a c h I t e ll you I s a w th e m A nd now Th e impulse was upon him to go after it when h e be cam e awa r e o f a mos t s tartlin g fact A dark f orm was b e hind th e pilot-house door. "It's the naygur whis p e red th e C e lt, a s h e recogniz e d th e s hap e of the s ku l ker Phwat the divil i s h e up to ? The n l ik e a flas h a comp l ete u nderstandi n g dawn e d upon Barn ey. H e c huckled with infini t e glee B e j a b e rs, I hav e it!" h e muttered. "Shu re the s pa lt o t h i nk t h at w e s h o uld lose the m." peen i t wat c h i n av m e thinkin I'U soon go after t h e Bu t for th e c loud s w e could ver y soon te ll whet h e r your eyesigh good or not," s aid Frank. m o rnin g They m ay dis p e rse th en." ''W e will wait until c rath e r an thin h e'll f oind out wh e r e h e i s A s thi s became a moral c e rtainty to Barney, he was too e lat e d to express hi s feeling s Indeed h e had been an ti cipating just s uch a move a s I d o n't know a bout that s aid Warden w ith a s hak e thi s upon Pomp 's part. o f hi s h ead. W e are in a c loud y p art o f the world The H e had pr e pared a neat l ittle reception for the darky sun somet imes does not show itself h e r e for week s." "Keep up y our heart Fra nk. reali y h e r e w e s h a ll b e sure t o find i t. "If t h e ball o on i s Ah but th e clouds?" "Neve r mind t hey s hall no t preven t it." "We shall see." Darkness riow shut d own rapidly. It was not d a rkness of t h e ordinar y kind e ith e r Th e whi c h h e b e l i e v e d would effectuall y s q u are old accoun ts Shure, I'lllarn him a lesson in m e ddlin thi s toim e !" he mu t t e r e d Barney whistle d a m erry tune the n exclaimed, as if to himself but yet l oud e nou gh for Pomp to h ear it: Shur e it's murth e rin cold It's a drap av the crathe r w u d do m e good, an begorra I'll hav e that s am e !" H e note:d with a twinkl e in hi s eye that Pomp ha d searc hli ght woul d not p e n etrate i t, a s it w a s partl y com-stra ight e n e d up. posed of t h e ma te rial of the cloud s l Fra n k's pi a n would have been t o descend to t h e e arth and trust to getti n g a bette r v iew f r o m t h ere i n t h e m o rning. Bu t W a rd e n expressed agon y at the p ropo s iti o n so s peed was shut off and the Thund e rbolt h e ld s uspend e d in s pace. Barn ey was first on w at c h that n i g ht. Pomp was to re li e v e h im at two o 'clock. The C elt sa.t out on d e ck for a f ull hour a fter th e oth e r s had r etire d Th e ai r was c h illy a nd h e exp e r i e n ced man y Barney now proceed e d to wal k aft a l ong the d e ck He, h o w e v e r m a naged to s l y l y glanc e b e hind him and saw that Pump was f o llowin g him "Be th e sowl a v Padd y the pip er!" he chuckled, I ll fix th e oma dh o un thi s toi m e B a rney l e d th e way d own th e ladd e r t o th e out e r p l at form a n d the n through a s m a ll door i nto the afte r hold, \ whic h was und e r th e cabin H e r e a ll was darkness. N o b o d y th o ught o f p e n et ratin g to thi s part. of the a ira shiv e r. ship s ave p e rh a p s to examin e some part of the mac hinery H e h a d been direct e d to li s t e n f o r some sound fro m th e Barney s lid along th e steel rod s whi c h brac e d the body. s ky, whi c h m ight indicat e t ha t t h e lost ae r o naut s w e r e i n of the a ir s hip then placed hi s ha n d u nq e r an over-the v:icini ty. han g ing j o int of the stee l plat e s Bu t time pas s ed, and h e heard nothing above the of the rotascop e s as the y kept up th e i r s tead y m o v e m e nt. B e jabers, i t's l oike wai t in' fer the end av the wolTu1d," he mu tte r e d D i vil a bit do I loik e i t. He wait e d unti l he was sure that Pomp was behind him, th e n h e l it a wax -tap e r T h e darky was hi d i n g j u st beh ind the door o! stee l, and coul d see ever y movement of the C e lt.


" 1 0 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. Satisfi e d of this Barney hummed an Iris h air, then placing his h and und e r th e shelf h e drew out a black bottle. "Here's to ould Ire land! he muttered, tilting the bot tle to hi s lips. H e took a good st rong drau ght. It was the real s tuff, and he s mack e d his lip s with great r e li s h. "Shure that naygur wud give all hi s owld sock s to foind this," he e jaculat ed in a ton e loud t nough for Pomp to h e ar. The darky grinned. CHAPTER V. FUTILE Q UBST-THB FUR HUNTERS. 'rh{ bottl e which Barney had prepa r e d contained a mix ture suffic i ent to p a ralyz e a wooden image. '!'h ere was whi skey in it to b e sure a moderate amoim1, but there was also red peppers, castor oil, mu stard-raw, jalap and several other ingredients of a n esth et i c and emetic character. "But he niv e r will," rejoined Barney. pour e d that close of phy s i ca l agony. 'rhen he performed a sleight-of-hand which apparently The result was indescribabl e Down into his capacious gullet the uns u s pecting Pomp restor e d the bottl e to it s hiding place. For a moment the darky 's amazement was only exceeded But really it went into an inn e r poc k et, and another was by a fearful, agonizing doubt a s to whe th e r he was y e t on s ub stituted. r earth or in hades. The s ub st itut e bottl e contained a vast l y different prepar a tion Th e n Barney l e t th e tap e r go out, and proc ee d e d to craw l toward th e door He passed s o near Pomp that h e could have touched the darky. ''Ubble-gubble-gurgle-whisht-ss-mm-oh-h-h !" The n a yell lik e that of a n expiring Sandwi ch I s land e r escaped t h e dup ed dark y's l ips. Clutching hi s throat w ith both h ands h e starte d for the deck. ".Massa Lorcly-um g ur g lc-sabe dis chilcl-ugg le-oo But h e did not offer to do so. H e passed out on the plat--oo-bah !" form, and w ent whi s tling apparently back to hi s post. And upon th e platform h e burst. H e re he f e ll flat l!POTI But in a few seconds h e was bac k to th e s teel door liH his s t o ma c h wrigg.ling lik e a s n a ke. t e ning. "Fo'-de-lan's sake !" h e gaspe u Wha am st ruck Ther e was a ru s tling movement in the hold. Barney m e? Ah-h-h-ugh !" grinned. B arney was rollin g upon another part of tho deck in a "Shure, ; th e naygur i s onto it," he mutte red. "It's fun p a ro xysm of laught e r there ll be moighty quick." "I'se done burnin up!" yelle d Pomp. "Sab e di s chile!" Barney was right. Barney in sta ntl y sprang up. A pail of cold wate r Pomp in hi s concealment had watched the C e lt with near th e g angw ay Th e 'Celt seize d it. e lated feeling s H e was s ur e of a d ead sna p "Ph what 's the matter wid yez ?" h e cried. "It i s burn" Golly, I 'se je s' gwine to wet mah whi s tl e wif dat I' i s h-in' up yez are?" man.'s whis key," he muttte r ed. I done fink h e be s ur"Yah, yah!" yelled Pomp. prised fo' to see how fas''it will go." Swi sh-swash! The darky crept forward until h e arrived at the s pot Down w e n t the conte n ts of the p a il over the dark y's head whe re Barney had been. Then he reached under the s teel plat e and took out the bottle. It was but a moment's work to uncork it. He h e ld it aloft triumphantly "Yo' am a pooty s maht I'ishman Barney O'Sh ea, but dar am s mahter men dan yo' right ab'od dis s hip. Hyar goes to yo' h e alth, sah !" Barn e y li s tening at the door h ea rd every word of this soli loquy. He nearly exploded with suppressed laughter. And Pomp put the bottle to his lips. He tipped his head back and took a long, deep draught. And then ah, what then? a nd s hould e r s It nearly drowned him But it had a good effect. 1 H e swallowed nearl y a quart of th e cooling fluid ._. Th e n up game hi s s toma ch. At once h e g r e w b ette r. He manag e d to get up on hi s feet. H e asked no questions, volunteered no eiplanations, but starte d at once for hi s bunk pell mell. A deep, dark s u s pi c ion had dawned upon his mind. "Fo' de Ian 's sake!" h e muttered. "I done believe dat I ; i s hman knowed I was down d e re, an' jes' played 1 d at trick on me. Well, I nebber." Luckily none of the sleepers were aroused. Barney w ent back to his watch.


SIX WE E K S I N THE C LOUDS. 11 The r e h e s p e n t hi s t im e c huckli ng and g ri nn in g ove r the n eat g a m e h e had played u p o n the d a rky. And at two o clock Pomp p u lled h imself out on deck a compl e t e wreck. The dose h e h ad receive d had made him very s ick. Without a word h e c a m e a l o n g t h e p l atf orm. The C elt kno c k e d t h e ashes o u t of his d udeen and arose. H e gave t h e d a rky a s idel o n g g l ance, and sa i d : -"Shure yez luk all broke up. P h wat's the matt e r wid yez? Did yez get t h e wrong end a v the bottl e? Thi s t h ought seemed t o impress Mr. W a rd e n at onc e H e in cline d h is head s1ayin g : I you ar e ri ght, Mr Reade. L e t us try it." Accor ding l y Fi ank c ried t o B a rn ey, who was in the pilothouse: "Lowe r t h e air s hip. We are g oing down to the earth "All roigh t s or." A nd w i t h thi s Barn e y r e v e rsed the rota scope lever The sh ip began very r a pidly to sink. D own, dow n, s h e w ent through the clirrging ma s s of Pomp lower e d h i s h ead lik e a n enraged b ull. Barney clo ud s h a d no desire t o c ome t o c lose q u arte r s and lit out has til y 'l' h e n sudde nl y the e arth bur s t into view a mighty di s H e w ent b e lo w a nd turne d in. ta nce b elow It seem e d t o b e dr a wing ne a r e r to the air-As for Pomp th e poor c h a p was s o sic k f or t h e rest of s hip with grea t strides. 1 the night that h e was hardl y fit to remain.-on dut y Wh e n w i t hin a thous and feet B a rne y ch ecke d the desc e nt. Morning c ame, thoug h, a nd Pomp over came A stra nge scen e was s pread to vie w b elow.. of hi s bitter dose. Mighty forest s ex t e nd e d over mount a in s far to the northBut h e mutte r ed: ward. F or a time F r a nk looked in vain for a s ign of hu "I'se j es' g win e fo' to g et squa r e wif d a t I'is hman afore m a n h a bitation. di s vyage a m ober an' yo' k in j es' bet I w ill, too !" The n h e s pi e d a numb e r of log s hantie s upon the shore Still heav y cl o ud s hung in t h e s ky wit h t h e comin g o f of a lake. It was a bord e r settle m ent in the far north" daylight. ( west. There was no pro s p e c t wha tever o f a clea r s ky. N othing Fra nk determin e d to descend and mak e t h e acquaintance had been seen or h e ard during the night of the los t halof the inh a bitant s loon. I All that d ay, and the n e xt, t h e air s hip cruised a imlessl y around. Indeed d ay afte r day passed a nd an othe r week s p e d by. Thu s far they h a d been t w o weeks in the cl o ud s At thi s stage Fra n k bega n to get i m p at ient H e h a d no doubt but tha t h e could l e arn from them news o f t h e l ost b a lloon i f i t h a d com e that Down settl e d th e airs hip. Fra nk decided to mak e a landin g righ t in the clearing b y t h e l a ke. Su d d e nl y Ward e n c ri ed: "Look! A canoe!" A li ght canoe con ta inin g three m e n w as s e e n making its "Re ally Mr WarQ.en, h e said I cann o t see tha t w e are gainin g a n y thin g by t h is sor t of b u s i ness. Ar e you way r a pidl y across the lake. quit e sure tha t you saw the b alloon tha t tim e?" W a rd e n l ooke d offe nd ed. i The occup ants were dressed in the s tyle of the bord e r Of .f d t trappe r and t hey seem e d much excited at si ght 6 f the I ask for n o mor e," he said. c ourse 1 you o no 1 mr sh1p w i s h to purs u e the quest f urth er--" """ I "Ah b t t h t t th t" a F k "I hav e "They see u s !" cri e d Ward e n. "No doubt the y are sur' u a I S no e pom sa1 ran no desir e to give up t h e quest. But it i s our m e t h o d of purs uin g it." t e r o f mu c h wonde rm ent." "Ha v e y ou any better one to ?" asked Warden. prised !" "Ve r y lik e ly!" ag reed Frank. "And that is not a mat"Yes." "Ce r ta inl y not." "What i s it?" Now it could b e seen that m e n to the number of a score "I propose that we descend and mak e a few inquirie s." h a d come out of the l o g c a bin s "Will tha t not be a was t e of ti me ?" You forg e t we can w a tch the s ky from the earth as w e ll a s the air s hip." They wer e t h e airs hip in appar ent amazem e nt. "Is i t prude n t to l an d without a parl ey?" asked Warden, "they mi g h t not b e fri e ndly." "I s uppose so!" "We w ill trus t to lu ck!" declared Frank, "they are white "Pe rhap s w e will b e more apt to see the balloon. Sh e l men lik e ourselves." may hang b elow the c louds, whil e we, are right in th e m." So the. a ir s hip rested upon the ground not a hundred


12 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. yards from the cabins. Frank walked boldly out on deck. "I suppose you secure a good m a n y fine furs?" "Hello!" he s hout e d "In the winter time, yas !" "Hello, thar !" came back. With which Wimans l ed th e m into the main building. "What settlement is that?" H ere there were hundred s of bemitiful pe{ts "This is Fort Moose, a branch of the Hudson 's Bay Fur "We've hed uncommon good luck th i s year!" declared Company. But who in tarnation ar' yew?" I big Bill. "Game hes run well. 1 reckon we' v e a fortune "I am R eade, Jr., and this is my airship!" rehere in furs." plied Frank. I should say you had." "Thunder an' guns! did yew mak e that ma s h ee n yerself ?" "I designed it." "Waal, that beats all.' Whar ar' ye from?'' "From Readestown, U. S. A." "In course we mought hev knowed that it was all a "Now, thar's a big grizzly skin. Thet feller killed one of our men while we wm: gittin him. :' "Whew !"-decl ared Warden. I sho uld want to l et those chaps alone!" "Ah, but yew see, some big lord in London will pay op.e hundred pound s for that pelt, for a door mat. I reckon Yankee trick. Waal yer w e lcom e tew Fort Moose. Cum ther man's1 neck warn't wurth half thet." in an' li.ev a pint ,or two of rum an' molasses! Warden looked at Frank, and they laughed heartlly. "I'd advise you not to go, Frank," said Ward e n, jestingly. "So mu c h of a good t!Jing would never do." I never drink '' said Frank, "so I am safe.'' "Yez moigM send me!" said Barney, innocently. But Pomp gave a loud cough. At which witty remark big Bill haw-hawed, and Frank and Warden, for the s ake of courtesy, were foreed to jqin in. But Frank now approached the s ubje c t of hi s visit. CHAPTER VI. EXPERIENCES Wl'l'li 'l'liB FUR HUNTERS. "Yo' don' want fo' to do nuftin' ob de kin', Marse :Frank" "I can't say that I would want to join your gang," he "Phwat's that ye say ? exolaimed Barney, turning an"By the way, friend Wiman s ?" grily upon hi s compatriot. "I'm a blu e ribbon timpe1'ance "Waal ?" man mesilf." "Well, I don't tl1ink I'll trust either oric of you!" said Frank, with a laugh. "I'll go myself!" "And ma y I not go with you?" asked Warden "Certainly. Barney and Pomp; keep good watch of the "Is this airship of ours th e fir s t one you've ever seen?" Wimans sta r e d at Frank. Then a light brok e a cross his rough face "I've seen a balloon," h e replied. Warden gave a gasping cry. sbp !" But there was no need for this admonition. "For God's sake, when and where d id you see it?" he The two asked. jokers were alway s on hand in case of r espons ibility. Wiman s at Warden in a s tonishment. Then he So Frank and Warden left the airship and Y{alked over coolly ejected a quid of and replied: to the cabin. 1 The Hudson' s Bay men were all strapping fellows in ured to the hardship s of wilderness. They lived here in this wild place all alone, there being not a woman in the camp. The tallest and stoutest of them, apparently the leader, advanced and offered Frank his harrd. I "I'm Bill Wimans !" he said. "I reckon I'm boss of ther fort; yer durned welcome, strangers." I am glad to_ mak e your acquaintance," said Frank. .. Then conversation upon light topics followed for some while. "Not more'n tew days ago!" Warden a lmo st screamed. "Where? Tell me!" "Where?"" exclaimed Wimans. -n I say, st ranger, air yew lookin fer that balloon?" "Yes," replied Frank. Wimai1s took Frank by the arm. "Come hyar." He led him to the door of the cabin. 1 Then he pointed to the northwest. "Up over thet peak;'' he said, "I seen a balloon, ani it hung thar for six hours. Some of onr boys set out tew climb the peak, but ther fust thing we knew the cussed 'Oh; yes, we enjoy this kind of livirr !"declared big Bill thing sailed away." Wimans. "It wud go hard with yew city chaps." "I told you so!" cried Warden, triumphantly, to Frank:


SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOuDS. "And in what direction did it go?" Wimans pointed to the west. Frank gra s ped hi s hand. M y friend!" he cried. "You have done us a great favor W e s hall not forget it." The n he turn e d t o Ward e n Tha t set tles it. The balloon s hall b e found Frank Reade, Jr., turned in amazement. '"What's that?" he exclaimed. "Surrender "What for?" "Fer instance Ain't thet enough?" "You' re joking." "I'm in dead earne st." 13 Both set out for the air s hip. But big Wiman s s hout ed: "But what right have you to treat us in this manner?" H e llo, t h a r fri e nd s I don t c all thi s air a fair s hak e." exclaimed Frank, angrily. Frank saw th e point "The right of Engli s h law!" shouted the ruffian, "which Jlc turne d and marc h e d back. say s that any Yankee encroachin' on his majesty's huntin' \\" c ha ve no intention o f f o rg e ttin g our ind e b t ednes s to grounds, which is patented to ther Hudson's Bay Fur Com-you!" h e s aid "Come with u s !" l pany, is guilty, an' s hould b e arrested." And h e l e d the big trapp e r s traigh t to t.he airs hip. On <:Nonsens e replied Frank, "that applies to hunter s board t hey 11cn t and Fra nk gaYe Pomp a key. W e are not s u c h !" G o t o th e locker and l;lring out the c hoi c e s t old Bur"How in tarnation do we know that? Howsundever, gundy," h e s aid Be s eated, :Mr. Wimans. w o n't your fri e nd s partake, too?" By the way, ye' re our pri s oners, an this airship will make us a nice little go-cart. Eh, pard s ? An' when I'm done with it, Waal I lik e this," s aid the big trapper, looking provingl y about th e airs hip. ap-I'm gain' tew s end it to King Edward tew ride in from Windsor down to London The n h e arose and s h o uted: And the ruffian laughed fiendishly, in which he was Come, pard s Thi s i s ther tenderfoot s treat!" joined by his companion s As th e rou g h c r e w pil e d aboard the air s hip Frank saw. rrhey had all risen, and were holding cocked revolv3l"S hi s mi s t ake, and in s tantl y repent e d hi s hos pitality. in their hand s Qf c our s e he had accepted them as honest men, and y et, Frank saw that for the moment the airship was at t 3e for aught h e kn e w the y might b e cut-throat s mercy of the wretche s It was e vid ent that t h e s ame thou ght was in Ward e n's But he did not los e courage mind for h e exc han ged g lance s with Frank. This would have b e en fatal. Barne y and Pomp also looked askance at the rough hun-It was his province to now find a way out of the scrape. t e r s He was quite equal to the emergency. At an opportun e mom e n t Warden said to Frank: I d on't know but that w e are taking a great risk. But he realized that it was best for a time to humor the What whim s of his foe. So he said quietly: do you think?" I am af1: aid s o agreed Frank. "It is well to be on our guard." Can we handle such a crew?" I think s o." The Burgundy was brought and tendered to the hunters. It was choic e but in their ro. ugh throats ac' customed t o old rum, it was little better than cold water "That's g o o d s tuff fer women," grumbled Wimans, "but I kain t s ay as it fits a man's gullet." Let' s have some rum," cried one of the gang. Wimans arose and s auntered toward the pilot-house. Hi$ keen gaze took in everything about the airship. Suc \d enly h e paused and whipped out a of revolvers irom his belt. With a voice of thunder he roared: "Hands up, every condemned Yanke e of ye! Surrender "Then we are your prisoners?" "Y a s replied the villain, emphatically "But I had Iilo idea of reeeiving such treatment aE wh e n I landed here!" "Then ye're disappointed, ain't ye ?" "Yes; but I can't see what you are going to gain. "Why not?" I "You cannot make the airship fly!" The villain looked nonplussed. "I can make you show me!" he said, finally. "If I ..yill." t his "You will," said the villain, fiendishly, "or I'll blow yer brains out. Yew won't dare to refuse!" "If you insist upon it," said Frank, warily, "but the ship cannot fly with so many on board!" Wimans was thoughtful a moment. Then a gleam oi comprehension flashed :from his eyes.


WEEKS IN 'l'HE CLOUDS "How many will she carry up? '' he asked. "Perhaps a dozen!" Unsuopectingly the twelve villain s obeyed. It wao; success for Frank Reade, Jr. I Wiman s turned to hit:i companions. Without a moment's--delay he on the current. "All get off but a dozen of ye he ordered, "I'm gain' tew take a leetle ride on this masheen. It'll be a dandy The effect was wonderful. Tw elve men wer e hurled from the settee as from a catapult. thing tew hunt eagles with." Not one bat wa? shocked into inl:iensibility. 'l'hey Jay in The majority of the trappers left the airship. Then a heap on the deck. Wimans held his revolver upon Frank, and said: At th e same moment Frank the rotascop e lever. "Show me how tew make her fly, or I'll mak e a. copper Up shot the al.rship six hundred feet. sieve of ye !" Then Barney and Pomp and Warden, wild with joy, came Frank led the way to the pilot-house He managed to rushing into the pilot-house. wink at his companions as he passed. 'rhey surrounded Frank. In the pilot-house he proceeded to li!how Wimans the "Whui-roo, but didn't yez give it to 'em, Misther Frank!" mechanism. But he took pains to show him the wrong yelled Barney, exuberant ly. thing "I done fought we was gone chickens dat time, :;ure !" "Now put both hands on this bar," he said "Press "You circumvented them in a wonderful mann e r, hard on it and see the airship rise." Frank!" cried Warden, joyfully. "But what witll you <.lo Wimans immediately obeyed. with them? Throw them overboard?" As he stepped forward he plac<;!d his feet upon an iron "N of yet," replied Frank. "I don't exactly want to kill plate in i.he floor of the pilot-house. them." \ Connected with this was a wire, which Frank had skillThe young inventor sent the airship across the lake. fully arranged, and the lat ter was held in connection with Then in a clearing he allowed it to descend. the dynamos by a push button The villains had begun to show signs of returning con-As the villain put his fee t upon t!1e stee l plate, Frank sciousness. instantly pushed the button in. Frank with the help of the oth e rs rolled the bodies of The result was thrilling. the rascals out upon the ground. Wimans was the last, Like a flash Wimans threw up his arms and fell with and he staggered to his feet just as the airship rose. out a groan. He had been shocked into insensibility. But he was too dazed to do any harm. The airship rose This had not been seen by his companions on deck. Had a hundred feet, and then Frank w ent to the rail. it, the result would have been different. "Farewe ll, friend Wimans !" he cried; "the next time Frank now knew that he had the dozen villains on deck to you want to arrest me and confi. scate my airship come down settle accounts with. But how was he to do it? Suddenly he ran out to the guard rail and twisted a small wire around it. It was of steel. Jus t forward where the villains were1 a long seat ex tended, the rail forming its back. In sitting upon it one was obliged to come in contact with the rail. Frank returned to the pilot-house. It. was an instant's work o connect the wire to a. lever, which on being turned would throw the current into the into the United States and do it!" A volley of curses escaped the wretch 's lips. This ter-' ruinated the episode. Up into the air rose the Thunderbolt. .. It had been a narrow escape for the voyagers. But th ey had the purpose for which they descended. It was now known for a fact that the lost balloon \ras still floating around in the air currents above Briti sh Columbia. It was now in order to find it. This Frank was resolv ed to do. railing. This done, Frank now cousidered how he was to get his birds into the trap. And when the famous young inventor set out to accom-In order to make a success of it he must induce his foes plish an end, he genetally succeeded. to sit down upon the long seat Fortunately a happy idea came to him. He was a clever mimic in the matter of voice. Simulat ing Wimans' voice to perf ection, h e shouted: "Hey there, pards! All sit down by ther rail. Ther ship is gain' te. w start, an' yew must balance her." CHAPTER VII. THE BALLOON AT NIGHT. The sky was still overhung with dark clouds There seemed no indication of the sun's breaking through


., SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. Hi Soon the was deep among these cloud s and the ir fate, for I fear that in hung e r 's madness some of pursuing a wes t e rly course. i.he m may be t e mpted to jump ove rboard. Frank had hopes tha t they mi ght hit upon the same air But r eflection s o f thi s k ind w e r e b y no m e an s pl e asant current as that whic h c arrie d the balloon along with it. and Frank R e ad e Jr., di s p elle d them. In that case they w o ul d b e sure to ver y s oon overtake the mor e s lowly movin g body. Y e t i t wa; n e cessary to proceed with g r eat But littl e distance c ould b e seen a h ead, and if the b all o on l1ap p e n e d t o b e in the path of th e air s hip a fatal c ol lfs ion would b e th e result. For two days the air s hip k e pt on its course The n Pra nk s aid: W e h a v e come s i x hun d r ecl rrtil es. The balloon could hav e dri fte d or been driv e n so far in two days." ''P e rh a p s w e h a v e passed it,' s u gges t e d Ward en. "It i s possible. Y e t I ll(lve a belie f that it i s s till in th e localit y nf F ort Moose, th e place w e hav e jus t l eft." L et u s go back th en." I lhink it b e st." "So d q L" "Let u s look upon the bri ght s id e," h e s aid. "At any moment w e ar e apt ,to run across th e m "Pray h eave n w e may Bu t d e v e lopm e n ts wer e close a t hand. 'l'h e third night o f th e four t h week was a memorable one. N on e in the party ever forgot it. Wl1e n it came tim e to turn in Frank R e ad e Jr. mad e ) the r emark: "I t hink the r e i s a s torm about to. bur s t ove r us. The bar o m e t e r indi ca tes it, and the wind ha s fresh e n ed. This was true Quit e a g al e was blowin g from the m rth west It was B amey's fir s t wat c h a s u s ual. 'l' h e night s w e r e bit t e1 cold in th is p art of the world anrl the Celt was w arml y wrapp e d up i n fur s H e w a lk e d t h e pl a t f orm un t il midnight. A t Tl w air,;hip accordin g l y was turn e d a b o ut. One thi11g h e h ad. been dir ecte d t o li R t e n a nd iil an y thing was h eard was t o b e regr ette d to a t o nce investi gate Thi s was that th e c loud s hun g so low in the s k y H a d "Bcgorra, it'R mesel.f as t hink s w e ar e on a fool'a e ri h e s k y ber n c lear wit b m 1 t doub t tl1e balloon would have ra nd!'' h e m u tkred. "Shure, w e' ll niv e r foind tha t halbeen R i ghte d lon g b e for e this. loon!" Two clays had e l apsed _of the third w eek. The r eturn to th e vicinity of For t Moose w as mad e mor e s lowl y Fiv e d ays e lapsed. Tw o m o r e w e r e s p ent in th e v i c inity o f th e startin g poin t c rui s in g a imlessl y a q out. Three week s h a d been s p ent in the seemin g l y f util e at t e mpt t o rescu e th e los t a e r o n auts. 'l' h e w o rd s had b a r e l y l ef t his lip s w h e n a s tartling thing o c curr e d Sudd enly from the gloom far distant t h e r e appear e d a s t a r of li g ht. The cloud s had partl y roll e d away t o show it. And born e upon the wind Barney heard voices. The r e was no mi s take. Human. voices c am e frd m the C e rtainly th e s i t ua t i on was g r owing v e r y t e diou s clouds. Unl ess th e r e s hould com8 a soon th e pati e nce of "Mithe r av m e r cy!" he gasp ed, "phwativ e r will I do? all would b e s or e l y trie d Shure I know!" Thi s was the gen e ral sentim e nt. But Warden was the 'l'h e C e lt s prang to the el e ctri c sear c hli ght and t urn e d only one who had e v e n cau ght a g limpse of the balloon the l e v e r. Ins tantl y a pathway of light s hot up i n to the A n e w course was now made to th e north. Still the s k y cloud s hun g cloudy. And there, dancing along the ver g e of a mi ghty whMe For two days the Thunde rbolt crui s ed about in the s ame cloud the Iris hman saw a mon s t e r balloon. aiml ess way, but without an y tangibl e result. H e rubbed his eye s a moment to mak e surP that h e could "There i s one thin g a bout it!" declare d Frank, c onfi-see aright. dently. "Unle s s they l1ave g o t down to terra firma their Then, with thrilling impulse he cried: provision s mus t b e n e arl y e xhau s t ed!" "Och, hone, an' who the clivi! are y e z ?" "They will probabl y e c onomiz e on tho se,' s aid Mr. For a moment Barne y saw the figur e of a man a t the netWard en. ting, and a voice came faintly to him : "I c e rtainly hop e they will. if they do not !" It will be s eriou s for th e m "For th e love of God s ave u s W e ar e adrift in a balJoon !" "What a horrible fate!" s aid Warden, with a shiver. "Shure, howld o'll as tight as ive r y e can!" cried Barney. "Sta rvation in the car of a balloon. Ah, that will not bei "It's to yez we're afther being here!" /


16 S1X WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. And Barney nl.shed to the pilot-house. As the day wane d r ain began to fall. For some time the He pressed the alarm gong and then set the propeller at deck s of the airship were l1earily deluged. work. The airship s hot forward. Frank finally concluded to get out of this, if s u c h a The alarm gong roused everybody oo board the airship.. was possible. So he opened the electric key :mel l et the Up onto the deck came Frank Head e, Jr., and Warden s hip s hoot upward. half dressed and half awake. Up went the Thund erbolt unti1 the cloud s seemed to "What's the matter, Barney ? What ha s happ e n ed?" envelope h e r in on e mighty s he et of water ''Shure, sor, see fer yesilf !" r e plied Barn ey, as he s hot Up, and then a ll of a s udd e n, was all a round the rays of the searchlight up the cloud; It was the first time in many day s tl1at they h a d seen aught And there, plainly, Frank and Warden saw the balloon but black clouds. A voice came down : "Who are you?" It was really a relief to get into t h e g l are of the sunlight, though the air was very ra\\ a nd cold. "It i s me!'' yelled Warden, hysterically. "Your father B elow the storm could b e heard raging. The voyager s come to save you. Have courage! do not give up. W e all congregated in the cabin about the e l ect ri c heaters These enabled them to kee]J warm will save you!" 'rhen the shrill note of a woman 's Yoice was heard and the words: "It is my dear father! Heaven be praised!" And gathered h e r e a gene ral discu ssion b ecame in ordeT. Begorra w e're s ur e of wan thing!'' cried Barney. "It';; no wild goose chase we' re on." The air shi p was rapidl y n eari n g the balloon. It seemed I' "That is :Varden. "\Ve h a Ye see n th e a certainty that the rescue would be made. balloon and kno\\ that lt t s s ttll afloat. But jus t at that n10ment a fearful, dis maying thing hap "Pity t h e poor s oul s m th e basket ,' r e joined Frank. pened. "vVhy, will they not freeze to death ?'' "Ah, the fire s of the gas gene rator s will pr even t that,'' 4s if b y magic, a might y bla st of wind s wept throu g h the said W arden. sky. A fearful, ink y cloud s hut clown almost in s tantly between the airship and the balloon. 'rhe balloon in sta ntly went out of sig ht. The airship plowed through the cloud but the balloon had vanished No r e ply came back to r e peated hails. This was mos t di s heartening. Doubtless the balloon had been whirled away like a puff ball by the blast of wind. To find it now was a gigantic task. .. "If they a llow them to burn of course the balloon will float indefinitely," said Frank. "Yet I s uppose they could div ert gas and utiliz e the h eat." ''Exactly," ag reed W arden. They would be exceedingly if they did not.'' "You a r e right." "I hop e we s hall ove rtake them before another It is pos sib l e that we may run a c ross t hem at any moment." 'l'he disappointment of Warden can \lardly be imagined. I clone fink w e can't do mu q h so long as di s s torm Until daybreak th e qu est was kept up. But in vain! declared Pomp. The balloon was not seen again. Words cannot express the dismay of all in th e party. But Frank R.e ade, was resolute. W e will find that "It i s not safe to trave l fast in theclouds during the s torm," affirmed Frank, "for if we struck the balloon it would be all up with those o n board.'' But WaTclen looked wis tful. ''My blood is up now!'' h e declared. balloon or die!" The young inventor meant what he said. intend to be balked in hi s purpose. "I b eg rudg e the loss of time," he said. "I cmmot help He did not but realize that it is all exceeding l y precious." "So it is!" agreed Fnmk, "yet I can see nothing to 'be Quite a sharp breez e had sprung up from the southwest, gained by floundering around in these rain clouds.'' I and it was believed that the clouds would be driven away. "If we could only get in s peaking distance we would di"Give us a clear sky!" declared Frank, "and I believe rect them to generate more gas and send the balloon above it will be an easy matter to find the balloon.'' the clouds." But it seemed as if disappointment and deferred hopes were yet to be the fate of the party. The wind, instead of dispersing the clouds, seemed only tc multiply them and make them more dense. "That would s ettle the whole difficnlty d ecla red Frank. ''However, the balloon ought not to ke ep afloat much longer of cught not the gas to be exhausted soon?" Warden shook his head.


\ SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. 17 "Humph!" he ::aid, "the gas bags are RO econ omically j "Lower the ship, !" cried Fra. nk. L et u s talk arranged that the balloon might float for month s yet. Of with them!" course it will com e down in time." "All roight, sor." ".And just when those in the basket might not want it. The Thunderbolt settled down until its d eck was. n ea rly Into the ocean for in sta nce.' on a l evel with the basket. Warden drew a deep sigh and knitted his bro1rs. The Not a hundred yards separated the aerial crafts, but now delay was to him a galling feature of the quest. an obstacle of serious sort arose. But a change of programme was a t hand. Warden had seen no r eason why the airs hip s hould not Barney had gone into the pilot-house. He had' been e nhitch to the car and th e aeronautil be transfer red. gaged in studying the tumbling cloud s b e neath. But Frank Reade, Jr., cr ied: CHAPTER VIII. FROJ\f THE BALLOON TO THE AIRSHIP. And as Barney watched the warring of the e lements s o far below, he was s uddenly given a powerf11l start. "Wlmrroo!" h e yelled. "Shure, an' there it is!" He had seen a dark object emerge for a moment from om cloud 0nh to pas,; into another. It was the top of th e balloon. At that moment it wa s less than a quarter of :1 mile distant from the airs hip. Barney acted quickly HC' knew that to hunt. up his them with th e fact would be a loss of time. and acquaint "No, no-that can never be done!'' "And why not?" c ried Warden. Don't you s ee? The bag and the ropes of the balloon will foul the rotascopes. W e cannot ri s k that.'' This was true Indeed s uch a conting e ncy would b e likel y to precipitate the airship to the earth and kili all on board Here was a problem How were the aeronaut s to be got aboar d the airship? Even they themselves saw thi::; point. The aeronaut, Profe;;sor Denham, s hout ed: "It won't do for you to come too near u s '' "I see that!" replied F1ank "We will find some other way.'' HC' did not wait for that. But h e s prang to th e rotascope l e ver and se t it back. Being s o near for a few mqments a running conver s ation At was kept up the sa me moment he ;;tarted the prop e ll e r How are you all ?" s houted Warden. Down :;hot th e air::;hip The next moment it d eep in tlw rain clouds. feet deluge t1esce nd e d 11pon ihe deck::>. "We are a ll as well a s could be expected und e r the cirA p ercumstances," replied Charle s Allen, ''but .we are anxiou s to get down upon terra firma.'' A s tounded beyond measure Frank and Warden s prang into the pilot-house. "WJ1at on earth are yon doing Barney?" c ried tlw young inventor "Sure, sor, it's the balloon!" cried the exc ited Celt. "The balloon?" "Yi,s, sor.'' "Where?" But both Frank and Ward e n at that moment beheld a thrilling sight! Below them a thousand feet and half s ubm erged in the clouds was the balloon. There was no doubting their eye sight. "Upon my word, there it is!" cried Frank. "You are right," agreed Warden. The voyagers in the balloon had seen the airship and were making signals. It was an exciting moment. The balloon was drifting and gyrating forcibly, but the airship easily kept pace with it. ''You don't like living in s pa ce, then?" Well, not exa'ct l y .'' I "Don't you wish you had taken my advice and maniccl in the old fashioned way?" I "I'll t e ll you better after we get out of this scrape," rc plied young Allen, laughingly. "Thi s is cert ainl y the most romantic wedding I ever officiated at!" cried the Rev Sch u y l e r Wa ll. "You will not try another?" "I think not. "I don't think they ought to complain," protested Pro fessor D en ham. "They have not been killed yet.'' "No, thanks to your faultily constructed balloon!" c ried Hattie. This caused a laugh "Well hav e you s uffered from cold?" asked Frank R eade, Jr. "Not much!" replied the Rev. Mr, Wall, "but I wotfld lik e a little m6re room for m y cra mped Jimbs." 1


__....,.--- 18 SIX WEEKS IN THE. CLOUDS. "How a r e you fixed for p r ovisions? Hattie was the fir s t o n e t o essa y this 'trip. "Enoug h for a no t her week." The rop e was fa s t e n e d unde r her arms, and she was There !" d ecla r e d F r a nk to W a rd e n "your fears of s w ung out into space. S h e wa s extre m e l y plu c ky, and did sta r vation have P ,rove d groundless! not e v e n scr e am out Ah bu t in tim e it m i ght ha v e t o pass." P omp rmd Wa rden pull e d o n the r o pe, whil e Frank k e pt "Fort un a t e l y w e ar e i n ti m e t o r e li e v e the m of the risk," I the airshi p s t e ad y r e join e d Fra nk. "Now fri e nd s," h e s houted I am g o ing U p and aboard th e Thunde rbolt th e y oung bride was to send a man aboard of you. ) I sa f e l y h oist ed. The n s h e w a s clasp ed in h e r fathe r 's arms. A ll righ t r e pli e d Pro f esso r D e nham How will you Sy l vest e r W a rden was the h a pp iest ll)an m the world at d o it?" that mom e nt. "I s h a ll moun t t o a posi t ion above the b alloon. I will Indeed, so over come was h e tha t h e for g o t a pp a r e ntl y t h e s end a man d mm on a r o p e a n d s wing him into the bask e t exi s t e nce o f t h e othe rs, a nd it w a s onl y whe n Pomp call e d "All right. him that h e r eturne d to a prop e r r e aliz a ti o n of t h e situa-This was certa inl y th e onl y f e asi bl e way of makin g contion. I n e ction s with t h e balloon. "I don e fink w e b ettah pull up d e ode r s c ried lh e All this whi l e t h e r a i n h a d been drip pi n g o n t h e air s hip 's d a rky. "If y o j es gib m e a h an

_.,..l ..... --:="1 I SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. II ----------=-===-========== Into th e cloud s in pur& uit of th e ball o on it went. f But! it w a s a noth e r cas e o f lookin g f o r a needl e in a h a y s ta c k I "With explosive s ?" "Yes." The balloon was doub t l e s s mi l e s a way, and in what di' 'What i s your th eory o f th e effect?" r ect ion it h a d been c arri ed i t was imp o s s ibl e to say. '!T h e con c u s s i o n w i ll i nduce p reci p i t ati o n 'l'h e clouds Bu t sti ll Fra nk k ept on in purs ui t U ntil d a rkness s hut will fall to th e earth in t h e s h ape of r ain an

WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. I anything the cloud s iook e d thic k e r and bla cker than 1 h e mus t fir s t learn the sec ret to buil d one after the t y p e before "We ll I n eve r," mutte r e d Warde n "Whe r e do they all c ome from?" "lli:Y friend!" said F r ank, impress iv e l y, "tha t i s o n e of the my s t eries of n ature The supply will n e v e r cease A ll the e xplo s ives we could find would n o t c h a n ge the present situation in t h e l eas t t'ylvest e r Warde n n o dd e d hi s heac1. of this on e." I b e li eve y ou," ag r ee d W arde n Y o u see, the t rouble wi t h the professo r i s a ver y l a r ge ca s e of s w e ll e d h e ad. S ti ll the di scou r agin g qnesL f o r t h e l o s t balloon w as k ept up. Days rias s e d into a nother week Fi\'C weeks had pas::;e d s in ce l e a v in g R ea destown ; b u t t h e ne s t and s i xth wee k w as t o bring fo r t h s o m e thrilli n g "You are right," h e s aid, ''the n t h e o ld wa y of a r andom On e morning a ll i n t h e p a r t y tumbled o u t o f their bunks searc h in the cloud s i s our onl y m etho d fo r findin g t h e lost to disc over a n e w 11ncl plea s a n t state o{ a f fa ir s balloon?" "It seems to b e now r e plied Frank. "Yet nature m ay work some great change and all in a fe w hour;;. So the matte r w as droppe d I The other vo y a ge r s, esp ec i a ll y Prof essor D enha m h a d b een deepl y interested in th e attempt. 'l'he latte r now c a m e t o F r ank, s a ying : "Up o n m y word, Mr. Reade, yo u have s olved t h e sec ret of a erial n a vigati o n "Ah crie d Frank, cas u a ll y, i s t h a t your opini on?" "It i s, emphatic all y s h a ll build n o m o r e b a lloons." No?" "Whe n I ge t h o m e I s h a ll a t once procee d t o bu ild me an airs hip. Frank smile d at this. Ah, do y ou r ec kon tha t e a sy?" h e as k e d Y o u see m t o h a v e found it s o Why s h o uld n ot i ? V e r y true," r eplie d Frank, iro n ica ll y "It i s e a sy enough to build airs h4Js." Y es." not s o eas y t o wak e the111 fly. rrhe Re v Mr. Schuy l e r W a ll s t ood nea r a n d now ventured to remark: "You will find llfr. Read e i s ri ght, De nham The sec r et of flig h t i s v e r y important. Tha t mus t b e learned." I s it a secret?" a s ked D enham, c on te mptu o u s l y, g a zing at t h e rotascope s "Why y ou simply h ave to ma ke tn.ose The clouds in p

. ..,__ SIX WEEKS IN THE 21 The huge sphere was drifting rapidly through the fleecy though, until within a few hundred feet of the surface of a mass. The airship was instantly in pursuit. lake. 'rhen it was within hailing distance. To the amaze ment of all, it was seen that there was but one man in the basket. Tllis was Charlie Allen. Barney was gone. What did it mean? "It was right in the heart of the woods. We thought the balloon might fall into the water, and counted the chances of getting ashore. "Binney did not think that it would be much of a swim and said that he had a mind to leap overboard Then an idea occurred to us. A swift, sudden chi ll struck Frank Reade, Jr. 1t was a "And it was our attempt to carry out that idea which deadly fear that his trusted servant's fate was sealed forseparated u s." ever. At on c e he hailed the balloon. "Hello!" he shouted. "Hello!" came back. "Arc you well ?" "Yes." ''Where is Barney?" "He is not with me. I \rill tell you when I get up there where you are." A line was now thrown over the airship's rail. It was gently swun g back and forth until it was within the reach of young Allen. H e grasped it, and then swung clear of the balloon. The huge sphere shot upward and vanished again 'rhis time the skies might claim it forever. No further pursuit wo. uld be made. Charlie was drawn swiftly up and aboard the Thun derbolt. CHAPTER X. TO BARNEY'S RESCUE. Young Allen paused a moment for breath, and presently continued : "Our scheme was to simply lower a line to the water and slide down it, then swim ashore. It looked dead easy. "We were bound to try it. Bar?ey was the fir$t to go. The lin e was not strong eno u gh to hold two, so he was to go clown first, then steady the line for me. "So Barney went over the edge of the basket and s lid down the rope, which was fully four hundred feet l ong. But just as he got near the end of the rope a queer thing happened. "From the shore a canoe, with s ix savage Klamath In clians in it, shot out into the lake "I shouted to Barney, but it was too late. The Indians As he struck the deck Hattie was the first to be clasped reached him before he could even try to climb up again. : in his arms. Then Warden and the others gathered joy. "They yanked him off that rope in a hurry. 'l'h e l essen fully about him. 1mg of ballast caused the balloon to shoot upward lik e a Bllt C1lal.11e th l 1 F 1 R d I rocket. In a few seconds I was again in the clouds. That saw e anxious oo ( upon

22 SIX WEEKS IN 'rHE CLOUDS. With Barney the power of the savage Klamath In-ment it was a matter of much wonderment where they had dians, there was little chance for his life. Frank knew that this particular branch of the tribe were savage assassins. Small show would the Celt stand against them. However, h e was determined to do a-ll he could ,to save Barney. Pomp, in particular, was much excited. gone. Then Warden cried: "Heigho a cavern." This was Right in the side of the mountain was a mighty cavern. Into this the Klamaths had d,isappeared. Doubtless thi s "Yo' don' want to lose dat I'ishman, Marse Frank!" he was the home of the tribe of them. declared. He am je s' too valuable a man fo' yo!" Thi s was the conclusion reached by the aerial voyagers. "How is this ? exclaimed Frank, mi schievous] y. thought you a nd Barney were not on very good terms." "I The airship was allowed to descend until one could look right into the cave. But nothing was to be seen at a greater depth than "Who done say dat fing ?" "Why, I heard you say the other day th;tt if you lived tw e nty feet. Here the cavern took a sharp angle to the l eft. What was to be done? long enough, you'd pay him off for an old score." Pomp laugh e d m e rrily. It was reasonable to suppose that if Barne y was a captive Dat am j es' foolin', Marse Frank," he cried "Ob he was in the depths of the cavern. co'se I tries to fool him all I kin, an' he does jes' de same." be rescued from it? If so, how was he to "Oh that i s it?" This was a troublesome problem. "Yes, sah !" It was certainly out of the question for th e airship to The explanation was perfectly satisfactory to Frank. attempt to invade the place. Again, should any of the He did not make further inquiry. voyagers atterrwt it on foot, might not they b e overpowe r e d The airship for several days cruised about the wild region. Then one morning Charlie Allen shouted: "There is the spot, Mr. Reade. There is the lake we hope d to drop into!" 1 Frank saw at once that the corresponded with Al len 's description. The airship hovered over the vicinity for some while. Not a sign of the Indians was to be seen until Frank happen to send the airship close to the wall of a mountain near by.' Then Profes s or Denham cried : "There they are All rushe d to the rail. The object of the professor's remarks were instantly seen. by s uperior numb ers? All these thing s were carefully considered. Matters seemed in statu quo for a brief time. But Frank was not to be defeat e d so easily. termined to rescue B a rney at all haz a rd s He was de"I have in my possession that which will make it safe for three of us to enter the cavern!" he said. "Pomp will watch the airship Will you go with me?" addl'essing Al l e n and Ward en. They s ignifi e d assent The n Frank said : "Pomp, bring up the cases of armor!" The darky vani s hed. In a few moments he had brought up three long boxes with lids of metal. Frank quickly ope ned these. In each lay a suit of beau-Half a dozen savages were in full retreat along the base tifuHy constructed chain armor. of the mountain. The others gazed upon the sight with amazement. They had evidently seen the airship and wanted to es"Upon my word!" exclaimed Professor Denham. "Real cape from it. chain armor." Several of the voyagers sp rang :for their rifles, but Frank "Yes," replied Frank. cried: "Don't fire at them!" The young inventor had a good purpose in sent the airship in hot pursuit. "But is it impervious to rifle balls?" "Certainly; it is steel manufactured l'>y a secret procHe ess, and which will resist any rifle ball. The armor is light and pliable, and encased in it one may feel safe against an He was in the hopes of overtaking them and capturing enemy's bullets." at least one of them. From this one he hoped to learn "Is it an invention of yours, Mr. ?" asked the Rev. Barn ey's fate. j Schuyler Wall. But of a sudden the entire disappeared. For a mo-: "It is,'' replied Frank. 1


Sl:\ WEEKS IN THE CLO U DS. 23 "The c a tal o gu e of y our achi e v e m ents in the inv e ntion line mu s t b e ver y great. Frank too k f rom the case one of th e suit s of armor and proceed e d to put it on. In a f e w mom ents h e was e n c ased f rom head to foot. The n th e w o nd e r ful adva ntag e of the a rmor was e a s ily seen. Fra nk s tood th e admir e d of hi s b e hold e r s Charli e and W a rd e n donn e d their s uit s The three ar mor-clad m e n n o w proceed e d to arm th e mselves. To c ap a ll, Frank now produced s om e rifles, of whi c h h e said: "It i s," r e pli e d Frank. "Can you n o t s mell t h e o dor o f pitc h pin e? Thi s was t rue. Thin films o f s m o k e from t he burnin g wood floate d throu g h the corri dor. Thi s to Frank was e vid e nce of th e 'exi ste nce o f a l a r ge r c avern p e rhap s a mi g hty s ubt errmean c hamb e r beyond Thi s might b e the d e n of the Klamath s 'rhe three m e n halt e d at thi s s pot. They h a d no desir e to ru s h recklessl y int o a tra p. Thu s fa r nothin g h a d been seen o f the lndia n s They had k e p t out o f s i ght eithe r purp osel y or acc i denta lly. "These thro w a n ex plo s ive s h e ll. With the m a h a nd f ul It was h a rd to s a y w hich o f m e n can mak e havo c in the rank s of a s mall army. What s hall w e do?" a s k e d Charlie, som ewhat i n doubt. 1 h e n you r ea lly inte nd to invad e the d e n of th e red "Ought w e to g o ah e ad, Frank?" foe?" asked Professor D e nham. "Certa inly," r e plied ]hank. "I see no oth e r way," r e pli e d the y oun g i nventor. "It will b e w e ll t o keep a s harp lookou t, h o w ever "What s h a ll w e d o to assi s t you?" Simpl y r e m a in h e r e until I r e turn If you ar e tac k e d P o mp will s how y ou how to d e f e nd th e air s hip. And thi s was d o n e The three r esc u e r s pu s h e d slowly at' and c au t iou s l y f orw a rd Ever y mom ent now t hey drew n e ar e r to t h e o p e n c h ambe r A ll r ig ht." be_yond. Sudd e nl y a st a r tling sound was h e ard in .their A U waR n o w in r e adin ess for t h e atta c k upon the Klar e ar. m at hs. The n t h e t e legr a ph cli cke r in Frank's h a nds began to O f course, Fra n k h a d no knowl e dge o f the nume ri c al ta p in a muffle d w ay It was a m essage f r o m th e a i rs hip. Rtn i n gth o f the Indians, or of t h e ext ent of th eir hidin g p l ace in t h e cave rn. Bu t w it h the pro tec tion of th e armor h e f elt saf e in the case o f a r easo nabl e attaok There for e h e d id not s hrink fr o m the pass. 'rhe a i r s hip descend e d until upon a l e v e 1 witlf th e mouth of t h e cave rn. The n t h e t!lrree a dventurou s rescu e r s l eft its deck b y mean s o f l\ rope ladd er. A rm e d with t h e exp losive s h e ll rifles, th ey b o ldly e nter cel the m o n t h o f th e cav e F rank c arri e d with h i m a coil o f wir e c onnect e d with the d y n a mos on board the Thunderbolt I This w as f o r the purpose of u s in g an e lectri c li ght in "Look ou t Som e s a vages have entere d t h e cav e in y our rear F r ank q ui c kl y wir e d back: A ll "Quic k fri e nd s !" whi spe r e d Frank. Crawl in h e re." The r e was a c revic-e in the w a ll o f th e passage Into t hi s they c r e p t. They were not a mom ent t o o soon. Down t h e p assage cam e five savages They passed near e n o u g h to the hi dden whi te m e n t o b e alm ost abl e to tou c h t h e m But t hey p asse d on and w e r e s o o n out o f s i g ht. Th e n F rank c r ept o n case th e r e was nee d o f it, or t o s i g n a l th e p arty o n the air. "Quick, f ri e nd s h e said. "Le t u s follow th e m at o nce." s hip and keep in f orm e d of wha t was going on t h e r e D own t h e p assage they w ent at full s peed. It was h o p ed Thu s equipp ed, they b o ldl y ente r e d the Kla m aths' cave rn. to g e t in s i g h t of the Kla ma t h s a g ain. T o their surrrise all was as light as clay in th e inn e r But t h is they w e r e una bl e to do. passage However they c am e to th e v e ry e ntrance. t o th 0 mig h ty The r e w e r e c r evices in the hill ove rhead b y w hi c h light cavern c h a mb e r It seemed to c o ye r f ull y a n acre, a nd ap was a dmitt ed. A beat e n trail e x te nd e d throu g h the pas-p a r ent l y was t h e in te ri o r cave .of a n extin ct volC'Ul(l sage whic h it was e a s y to f ollo w A wonde{ful s pect acle i t was whi c h now r e warded th eir F or a long way the passa ge l e d the m on a winding c ourse. g a z e All r eg ard e d it with amaz e m e nt. 'rhe n s udd e nl y a bri ght light was seen far a h e ad Hig h arc h e d, the cav ern s hadow s w ere relieved ]fy f our What is that ?" a s k e d Charli e Allen, coming to a h alt. fires in diff e r ent corn e rs, w hi c h sent flic k -"It looks lik e a fir e." ering about the mighty roof. 4'


SIX WE.I!}KS IN THE CLOUDS. Sitting upon the cav ern :floor w e re fully a hundre d of the Klamaths all in a s tate of g r eat exciteme nt. When the cau se of their excitemen t \ra s seen, Frank and his companions could hardly contain themselve s The re in the center of the attentive circ l e of smo king Klamaths was Barne y e n gaged in a genuine Irish s ong and dance. And the savages were bes towing upon the perform ance a ll the attentiv e nes s of fir s t night e rs at a city theater. CHAPTER XI. Tl'I:E FIGHT IN THE CAVERN. The s ituation was not one devoid of humorou s featur es, although seriou s in the main. With the greatest of zest Barney was rendering a genuine "Pick your m e n cried Frank. "Take thos e nearest B arney!" The rifles spoke, and the explos ive s h e ll s s triking in the midst of the Klamath c rew c r eate d havoc. Four of the savages w e r e instantly kill ed. The effect upon the others was exciting Insta ntly they were upon their feet, th e personification of surprise and fury. They huddl ed together, seeming l y for a moment undecid e d as to which way to turn. This was just the opportunity Frank wanted. "Now, boys," h e cried, "gi\e it to th e m a gain!" Again the ex plo sive s h e ll s plowed their way thr-ough the Klamath ranks. This was quit e e nough for t h e savages. They b roke for cover at once. Into the depths of the cavern chambe r they :fled. This put them for the mom ent out of r ange. brea kdown and the Klamaths, who had never seen any thing of the kind b efo re, w e r e mor e than inte r ested. Bu f the point was ga in e d and Frank Reade, Jr., did not care tq carry the war further. Barney had astutely divined In t heir stoical way, they s moked their pipes and ap the s ituation, and in the confu s ion had made his esca p e plaudcd i u guttural tones. The greatest difficult y for Barney seemed to b e, however, th at t h e Indian. s could not seem to get e nough of the thing. He was kept at it hamm er and tong s, and when he and was now warmly w e lc omed "Begorra, l\'l:istbe r Frank," h e cried, excitedly, "shure, yez c um ji st in toim e! They wud h ave burned me at the stake a bit lat er." Sl>emed di s posed t o pause, one of the party would prod him Did you think we'd go hom e and l eave you in this fix?" a s k e d Frank. 11ith the point of a spea r B ejabers, phwat do yez take me f er-an Eyetalian hand a bit, s or. Shure, I was on the lookout for yez." "Well how are our cha nces Ba1ney ? A1e t l 1 ere ma11v of organ?" c n e d Barney, finally breakmg do,rn from s h eer J exhau st i o n "Shure, I'm not a perpetual motion ma-1 the red men in the cave?" c h ine Ow-ouch!" B ejabers, there's a raft av thim !" cried Barney, ex-One of the Kla m at h s had pri cked him with a s pear. The citcd ly "Shure, sor, I m afth e r thinkin' the best thing Celt was doubled up. we can do i s to get out of h e re at wanst, sor The others roared with lau ghte r. All now set out rapidl y down the pa ssage. But sudden ly The Irishman saw the point, and his com bative spirit Frank was called to a halt. w as aroused. This was caused by the sudde n sound of the telegr aph in Quick as a :flas h he hit out from the sho uld e r, and the hi s pocket. H e drew the in str ment out and read this f e llow with the s pear w ent down like a log. comm uni cation : 'I'o the s urprise of the three s pect a tors in t h e o u ter pas-"Look out! half a hundre d of the savages are in t h e Rage the othe r Klamath s seemed to tre at thi s as a jok e, anrl/ pa ssage We tried to s top th em nnd ki ll e d a score of only l a u g h e d and applauded the more. the m but they got by u s." Ev e n the th ree white fri e nd s of the Celt w e r e constrain ed to s mile, thou g h they trembled for his safety To face the c rew of fifty a rm e d Klama t h s seemed mad n ess, in spite of the exp losive rifles and the bull etproof "Stand r e ady !'' said Frank, cocking hi s rifle, "we may armor. hav e to s hoot quick!" The Klamaths carried h e avy axes, whi c h in a clo,se st rug-The savage kno c k ed down by B a rn e y now ga ined his feet, and mad e a savage r ush at the Celt. Barney promptl y knocked him down again. At this scv c raJ or the Klamaths rus h e d npon the Iris hman with uplifted tomahawks. The crisis had come gl e would, no doubt, batter the armo r w earers into insen sibbity. What was to b e done? To g o back j nto the cavern cha mber seem e d fully as bad. They w e r e h e mm e d in upon all sides. The s ituation certainly looked very dubious. But there was littl e time for r eflection.


SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. 25 ===============-==.::======= ----Something must be done and at once. Frank turned in H ad Bamey possessed weapons it would have made things despair to Barney. more even. But h e had not even a cudgel. How is it, Barney?" he cried. "You ought to know l Indeed, h e .to keep the three mail somet hing about affairs here. Are th ere any other modes clad m e n to avmd b e mg mstantly killed. of exit?" Frank, Warden and Charlie keptup a hot fire. B efore "01 1 d tl c lt "Slrure, the hi'lli s ftill it the Klamath s fell like sheep. But the places of these 1, yes, sor, rep 1e 1e e of holes and corners and corridors like. not bxought h e r e this way at all." Sl1urc, sor, I was that fell seemed instantly to be fill e d by others. Thus the fight waged for some while with no appreciable advantage upon either side. But now a chill came over Frank. "Indeed!" cried Frank. "In what w ay, then?" "I think I can foind it if yez will follow me." He knew that ammunition was getting low, and Back he went to the that in such an event the end would come quickl y "Go ahead!" Barney needed no second bidding The young inventor was not long in adopting a plan. cav e rn chambe r. He pointed across this. He communicated his idea to the others, and it was car Shure, it's over there," he cried. "Will we thry it?" ried out. Frank was about to answer in the af-firmative when Barned dodged back. He was just in time to escape a shower "Keep close to the wall!" he directed, "we mu st work our way along step. by step and force the enemy back until of a rrow s which came rattling into the passage. h th we reac e passage. It was now a question to whether it would be safe to I The scheme proved a good one. Bu t even the n the fate try the other passage of exrt. of th e party would have been undoubtedl y sealed had it not Those wearing armor h a d nothing to fear. But Barney would ba almost sure to b e hit by the bullets or arrows of the foe. Frank, howeve r, hit upon a plan: ... "Here, B a rney," h e cried, "you get us. We will interpose our bodies b etwee n you and the savages." But the Klamaths had evidently foreseen this purpose and had provided for it. been for aid from another quarter Back on the airship the knowledge of the dang ero u s positio.n of those in the cavern had excited them greatly. Pomp was almost 1beside "I done fink I mus' go to help dem, fo' suah h e cried, excitedly. "Dey mus' hab help from some one!" "By all mean s go!" plead e d Hattie. "Go, all of yoLt !" Pomp at once decided. They massed themselves ther e in great numbers, and "Jes' yo' get yo' guns!" he cried, to D e nham Frank saw before half the distance had been covered that and the Rev. Schuyler Wall. "We's j es' gwine to go to it was going to be troublesome to force a way through. the rescue ob Marse Frank, an' don 1 yo' fo'git it!" Indee d, he was obliged to halt and open fire upon the foe. What made matters a ll the more complicated now was _the appearance of the Klamaths in the pas sage they had just l e ft. The situation was thrilling. They were h emmed in on all sides. There seemed no r avenue of escape. Charlie Allen was deadly pale, and gasped: "My God! are we destin e d to die thus like rats in a trap?" CHAPTER XII. HATTIE BECOJVi ES A HEROINE. Rifles were brought, and the throo m e n were ready to go to the rescue. Hattie was pale but very resolute. Pomp showed her how to work the electric leve r s for the "No!" cried Frank, forcibly. "We must fight our way ascension or descent of the airship out!" Then the three men wei).t down the ladder and were lost With which he sent a shell into the mjdst of the red foe. to view in the cavern. Had the battle been carried on thus at a distance it was It was a novel situation for Hattie, who had e ndured easy to see that the white men would have had the best perils enough l however, in the la st month to harden her of it so long as their ammunition lasted. \ But the Klamaths seemed to realize that their great hop e was to bring the battle to close quarters. fears reasonably well. She thought more of the peril of her father and husband in the cavern than of her self So they made a charge upon their white foe! critical moment for our friends It was a Yet in spite of 1 this she did not lose sight of the fact I that it was necess ary to 'be constantly on her guard \


26 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOODS. And as chance had it, her friends had not been .He laughed in a fiendish manner, and essayed to cross the upon their mission many minutes when thrilling danger, rml. presented itself. Fatal move Up went the rifle to Hattie's shoulder. It seemed as if Klamaths were constantly arriving at the cavern. Suddenly from a point on the mountain wall Hattie saw She was a sure shot. 1 Crack! With a mortal cry the savage lost his hold and fell. The a dozen of the red foe come into view. thud of his body upon the "'t ocks below nearly caused Hat' The y paused, apparently astonished at sight of the airtie to faint. ship. A loud, angry yell went up from the other Klamaths. Their predecessors had been glad enough to seek the cover of the cavern at once, out these fellows paused and studied the a ir s hip. Hattie knelt by the rail and watched them furtivel y with wildly-beating h e art. "W ill they dare to attack the airship?" she thought. .If Two of them were upon the other anchor rope. The next moment they at the rail. Bnt they did not cross it. One shared the fate of the first. The other slid down the rope in a hurry. This had a salutary effect upon the others. They did they do what will become of me?" not venture again to ascend the rope. H er question seemed to b e almost imm e diately an s wered But with loud, defiant yells, they r e tired to a higher when o n e of the party suddenly discharged an arrew at point on the mountain side. From there they essaye d shots th e ship. at the airship. lt st ruck the metal hull, and bounced cianking upon the deck. Another and another came. As th ere seemed no show of resistance from the ilirs hip the savages were embolden e d to approach near e r. They came down slowly. T'he airship seemed to possess a peculiar fascination for them. \ Then on e of them began to pull on the anchor rope. He was not strong enough, however, to overcome the sistance the rotascopes. savages held an dcited consultation under the air ship. Hattie narrowly mi ssed b e ing struck by one of the ar rows. She crouched down behind the steel nett i ng of the bul warks and watched the red foe anxiously. As matters stood she had decidedly tlie best of the I s ituation. Sh e had learned the use of the rifle w e ll, being a good huntsman. But humart game was a kind whi c h had tax e d the nervous syste m of even the strongest man. She could easily have shot others of the savages in the interim. But this she did not care to do She had no desire to unnecessarily take human life. It was well for the Klamaths that this was 80. The result was that one of them suddenly b ega n to climb Time pa ssed slowly. Again and again she fancied she the [f]]chor rope. ... beard the return of her friends, only to be disappointed. Deadly alarm seized Hattie. Would they come? Had they fallen into a death Two more of the savJges were climbing the other anchor trap? ropes. But she clung to hope. Certainly fate would not be so What was she to do? Her h eart b eat so fast that she cruel. well nigh suffc:::ated. Only once more did the Klamaths venture to attack the At that distance she coi.lld easily have shot the savage. air s hip. Several of the m went down and tried th eir Y e t some strange fascination, which she could not overstrength upon the anchor rope. come, held her in restraint. But they could no't pull the airship down. Hattie tlred Up came the red foe until his hand was actually at the a shot at random to frighten them awa-y. airship's rail. It had the desired effect. The n Hattie acted. She sprang up and cried, forcibly: "Go back! back, I tell you, or I s}lall fire at you!" The savage's head was above the rail. He paused with a guttural cry. But he did not fall back. They retreated in hot haste to the cover of the cavern. { From this on the young defender of the airship was not molested. But still she kept a vigilant watch. Of course at any moment a larger crew o savages might II


SIX WEEKS I N THE CLOU D S 27 com e u pon the scene I n that ev ent the outlook would be I a serio u s one 1 And thu s situate d, l et us l eave h e r for a bri ef time to A ll three ope n e d fir e Their voll e ys, s weeping down the l ong passage, w e r e very destructive. The sav ages w e r e compl e t e l y t a k e n b y s urfollow th e thrill ing adven tures o f the oth e r character s of prise. thi s s tory In ente rin g th e Klamaths cave with D e nham and Wall, Pomp r ea liz e d w e ll e nough the ri s k h e was in c urring. lie was r e all y t11 e on l y fighting man in the party, though doubtless D e nham and Wall would do their duty The darky h a d but one motiv e upp e rmo s t in hi s mind, a n d this was to Frank Read e, Jr. 'l' h e besi e g e d whit e m e n in th e cavern w e r e n ot s u rprised at the sound of firin g in that directi on. B arney g ave a jo yf ul s h o u t o f comprehen s i on. "Be jab e rs, it's the naygur an' th e o t h ers!"' h e c ri e d "Shure t h e y r e c omin jus t in th e ni c k of t im e This ga v e all r e n e w e d hope, and the battl e w e n t on mor e resolut e l y The Kla math s had been pressin g th e m hard. But now they seem e d b e wild e r e d and di s mayed by t h e Into the c ave the three m e n bold l y pu s hed. Soon they ine xp l i cabl e attack in th eir r ea r w e r e deep in its t or tuo u s windings. They wen t on r ap idl y for som e dis t a nce befor e they saw o r heard a n y ih i n g o f the foe. Then.. s udd e nl y f r o m b e hind an a n g l e 1in the passag e they face to f ace wit h a coupl e o f t h e Klamaths. The r e w as 110 tim e for sentiment. N or f or par l ey It w as a c ase of the q uic k est f o r the best Klamat h s h a d insta ntly uns wun g th eir bows Arrow s w e r e a l r e ady hal f h e ad e d to the bows tring, whc n--C r ac k ack! ;po mp 's rifl e s poke, two savageR. f e ll d e ad p e arance of o t her s and bl e nd e d with D e nham 's The The n the white m e n w aite d th e ap -But s in g ul arly e n o u g h they did not a p pea r The two I ndian s h a d a ppar e ntly, been una c comp a ni e d b y oth e r s A s ort of panic s e e m e d to s e ize th e m and t hey br o k e and r etreate d to th e furt h e r e nd o f t h e cavern c h ambe r. This l e ft t h e path ope n t o the oute r p assage It i q needless. to say that Frank a nd hi s comp anio n R qui c kly g ain e d it. They w e r e m e t Wer e b y P o mp a n d th e otJwrR. The meeting was a jo yf ul one Pomp and his t w o r had clear e d th e p ass age b efo r e them. ... The battl e w as over Th e Klamath s s till k e p t up t h eir fir e f r o m t h e l ower e nd of t h e c hamb e r but i t was not r eturne d Frank h acl n o desire o f c ondu c ting t h e c onfli ct His e nd t h at of B arney's r e s c ue, had been accompli s h e d Mor e h e could not ask f or Th e exchan ge of g r eetings was joyou s e nou g h !:i'ut Frank c ri ed: "Com e L et u s g o bac k to th e airs hip. The r e is n othin g to keep u s h e re. In anoth e r h our we must l w o n our I don e fink w e b ct t a h go rig h t on," c ri ed Pomp. "Ncb her gai n anyfin g b y waitin yer." way to R eadestown." So they pre ssed on. Throu g h th e passage t h e y w ent The n ihe o n e q u e r y cam e to a ll. W o uld t hey find the r apid ly. So o n t 1 d t t t t l' d air s hip safe i n th e c h a rge of i t s fair d efe nd e r ? urnmg a n a n g e, a I S a n s a r m g sonn c am e to th eir hear i n g It was t h e crack of rifles, b l e nd e d with l oud yell s No furthe r e xplanati o n was n ecessa r y ./ A battle was in progress j u s t ah ea d "Forward, g e mm c n s cri e d Pomp. I d o ne reckon we want s fo' to t a k e a hand in d a t scrap!" CHAPTE R XIII. THE END All wer e pron e t o a dmit that the Klamath s h a d s hown I t h e mselves to b e plu c k y fighte r s "The firing would seem to indi cate th a t our frie nd s are Had it not been for th e suits of armor provid e d by Frank n ot de a d y et," s aid Rev Schuyler Wall. Reade Jr. the y wou l d certain l y hav e ove r come the thre e "Yo u a r e right, a g reed the professor. I think we w h ite m e n, for p erfe ct showe r s of arro w s w e r e turn e d aside s hall get the;re in tim e." by t h e stee l mesh e s "Yo' ki n jes' b e t w e will! cried Pomp, confid ently. It was a glorious victor y a bou t the ai r ship. l But now all f e l t anxiotl.S "Look out dar!" A ll ducked their hea d s just in t ime. 0 went wh i zzing over. "Gib it to 'em!" cr i ed P o mp. A flight of arro w s "It was a r i sky thing to leave it s o s aid -"But if y ou h ad not chanced i t, P o m p, I am sure we s houl d I all have been kill e d." I I ..


2 8 SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS. "I'll wag e r we'll find it safe," said Warden, confidently. "That is all right," said Ward e n, with a d eep breath, "I t e ll you Hattie is plucky, and know s how to handl e a "but if you were married to-morrow and propo sed to go up rifle." in a balloon to do it, I d have you both clapped into an "Let u s hop e for the best," said the Rev. Schuyler vYall. insane asylum the quickest way. You s queezed out of a J It seemed an interminable way to the mouth of the cavern. What was. more, the tro u ble with the Klamaths din not s11em to b e over. Befor e the entrance was reached a number of shots w e r e exchanged with them. This k ept them at a respectfu l distance, for the elephant rifles created havoc in their ranks. "Where i s the end of this eternal pas sage? cried War d e n, fretfully, pressing on. "Will we never reach it?" Just at this moment a numb e r of K l amaths were seen jus t ahead. They fled b efo re the white men. But thi s was a dismaying sight to all. "My sou l groaned Frank Reade, Jr. I fear they have gained the airship!" very bad scrape, and caus e d your old fathe r more worrying than your precious scalps are worth." Eve r ybody la u ghed at this rather caustic admonition. No event of importance occurred during the journey l1,.ome. In due time Readestown was s afel y r eac hed. The dif ferent members of the party went the ir respec tiv e ways But the romantic incidents and thrilling e pi sodes of that I search of "Six Weeks in the Clouds" was not, nor ever will be forgotten by tho se who participated in it. An d with this rejoinder we beg l eave to bring thi s story to THE END Forward a ll pressed now eagerly. Read "AROUND THE WORLD UNDER WATER; The la st angle was just ah e ad Frank was the first to OR, THE WONDERFUL CRUISE OF A A turn it. Tl1en h e glanced up and saw th e air s hip. "Hurrah!" h e c ried. "All is safe His words w e re heard by Hattie who was quickly at the rail. She waved her arms jo yf ully The delight of all was of the frenzied kind. It seemed certain that after all their man y p e rils and hards hip s that they \Ve r e a t last to b e r cwar d P d with success and d e liv era nce. BOAT," which will be the next numb e r (20) the "Frank Heade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of thi s 'veekly are a l ways i n print. 1f you cannot the m f ro m any newsdea l er, send the price in money or pos tage stamps by m ai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YO RK, and you will rece ive the copies The n the dead bodies of the Klam at h s were seen, and a y ou order by rPhun mail. compTehension of the trn th bur s t upon all. "Hurrah for the brave defend e r of the airship!" cried '' HAPPY DAYS.'' Frank. The cheers were give n heartily. The n Barney \vent up the anchor rop e like a monkey. It was but a mom ent's work faT him to lowe r the airship. All piled over the rail. At this mom ent the Klamath s burst out of the cavem. But they had come just too late Frank Reade, Jr., was in the pilot house, and the airship shot upward into the zenith A course was instantl y set for home. Now that all was ove r and all w e re safe 'on board the Thunder bolt a keen e njoyment of the voya ge home becam e in orde r The Best Illustrated Weekl y Story Paper Published. ISSUED FRIDAYS 16 PAGES :Ft:rice 5 Ce:n."ts. Out To =day! Out To=da y Nick and Ned, the Boy Firemen of Athol on, ALV'VAYS ON DUTY. By ROBERT LENNOX. rt was a time of general jollification, ana perhaps t h e Begins in No. 440 of "HAPPY DAYS", Issued March 6. happiest of a ll were the wedded c oup le, M r. a n d Mrs. For sale by all newsdea l ers, or will be sent to any address Charles Allen o n r eceip t of pTice, 5 cen t s a copy, by "I don't see why our escapad e did not turn out splen d id have missed a ll this d e lightful sai l i n m i d ai r." FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New York


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ll magazine Containing Stotties Skete bes, ete., o f testettn u i fe. EI""Y" .A.:N" OI...:I:> SCC>TJT. DO NOT FAIL TO READ IT. 31 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBE R I N A HAN:DSOME COLORED C O V E R All of these exciting stories are foun ded on facts. Young Wild West is a, hero with whom the author wa.s acquainted. His deeds and thrilling adventures have never been s urpassed. They form the base of the most dashi n g stories e ver publish ed. Bead the following num b e r s of t his most interesting magazine and be convinced: 1 Y OUNG WILD WEST, THE PRINCE OF THE SADDLE. 2 Y O UNG WILD WEST' S LUCK; o r, Striking it Ric h at the Hills. 3 Y O UN G WILD WEST'S VICTOR Y ; or, The Road Ag ents' L ast H old-up. 4 YOUNG WILD WEST'S PLUCK; or, Bound to Beat the B a d Me n 5 YOUNG WIL D WEST'S BEST SHOT; or, The Resc ue of Arietta. 6 YOUNG W I L D WEST AT DEVIL CREEK; or, H elping t o Boo m a N e w Town. 7 YOU NG WILD WEST' S SURPRISE; or, The Indian Chief' s Legacy. 8 YOU NG WILD WEST M ISSING; or, Save d by a n Indian Prin cess. 9 YOUN G WILD WEST AN D THE DETECTIVE; or, The Red Riders of the Range. 18 YOUNG WILD WEST AT THE STAKE; or, The Jealousy ot Arietta. 11 tyOUNG 'WILD WEST'S NERVE; or, The Nine G olden Bullets. 12 iYOUNG WILD WEST AND THE TENDERFOOT; o r, A New Yo r k e r i n t h e West. 13 Y O UNG WILD WEST' S TRIUMPH; or, Winning Again s t Great Odds. 14 YOUN G WILD W EST'S STRATEGY; or, The Comanche C h ie f's Las t R a id 1 5 YOUN G WIJ.:,D WEST'S GRIT; o r The Gho s t of G auntlet Gul c h. 16 YOU NG WILD WEST' S BIG DAY ; or, The D o uble Wed ding at Weston. 17 YOUNG WILD WEST'S GREAT SCHEME; or, The B u il d ing of a Railroad. 18 Y O UNG WILD WEST AN D THE TRAIN ROBBERS; or, The Hunt for t h e S t ol e n Treasu re. 19 YOUNG WILD WEST ON HIS METTLE; o r Four Again s t Twenty. 2 0 YOUNG WILD WEST' S R ANCH; or, The R enegades o f Rile y s Run. 21 YOUNG WILD WES T ON THE TRAIL; or, Outwittin g the R e d skins. 2 2 YOUNG WILD WEST' S BARGAIN; or, A Red M a n W ith a White Heart. FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS, OR WILL BE SENT TO ANY ADDRESS ON RECEIP T OF PRICE, 5 CENTS PER COPY. B Y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher. 24 Union Squa re. New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBER S of our 'Libraries and cann o t p r ocure them from newsdeale rs, they can b e obtained from t h is office dire ct. C u t out and ftll in the follow ing Order Blank and send it to us with the price o f t h e books y ou want and we will send them to y o u by r eturn mail POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE S AME AS MONEY .. 0 0 0 0 0 F R ANK TOUS E Y P ubli sher 24 Union Square, New York. ............. ............. 190 DEAR SI R-Enclose d find ... cents for which p leas e s end me: . cop ie s of WORK AN D WIN Nos ......... . .............................................. WILD WEST WEEKLY Nos ........ ........ ............................... .... .... FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos .... .............. ............... ... ............... P LUCK A ND LUCK Nos ........... ......... ............ ...... ............... ...... S ECRE T SERVICE, 'NOS . .... .... .... ............................................. THE LIBER T Y BOYS OF 7 6 Nos ........ ; ....... ......................... ...... Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .... ........ : .... .......... ...... ............ ........ N arne ....... .................. Street a n d No ................. Town ........ .. St a te . ......


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE .BOYS (H<' NEW YORK END MEN'S .TOKE BOOK.-Contammg a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No .. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. a varied of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens JOkes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKIJJ B

FRANK READE Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea and in the Air. ''l'TON'" .A.1v.I:E.'' Each Number in a Handsomely Illuminated Cover 32-PAGE BOOK FOR 5 CENTS. All our reader s know Frank Reade, Jr., the greatest inventor of the age, and his two fun-loving chums, Barney and Pomp. The stories to be published in this magazine will contain a true account of the wonderful and exciting adventures of the famou inventor, with his marvellous flying machines, e l ectrical overiand engines, and his ext raordinary s ubmarine boats. Each number will be a rare treat. Tell your newsdeal e r to get you a copy. 1 Frank Reade, Jr.'s White Cruiser of the Clouds; or, The Search for the Dog-Face d Men. 2. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Boat, "The Explore r"; or, To the North Pole Under the Ice. 3. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Van; or, Hunting Wild Animals in the Jungles of India. 4. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe; or, the Search for the Valley of Diamonds. 5 Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent"; or, the Search for Sunken Gold. 11. Frank Read'e, Jr., and His Torpedo Boat; or, at War With the Brazilian Rebels. 12. Fighting the Slave Hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in Central Africa. 13. From Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful l'rip of Frank Reade, Jr., with His Latest Air-Ship. l.. 1.4. Frank. Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes; or. A Journey Through Africa by Water. g 15. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Turret; or, Lost in the: Land of Fire. n-6 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Terror, "The Thunderer; or, 16. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the Clouds; or, the S ea r c h for the Tartar's Captive Chased Around the World in the Sky. 7. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air Wonder, the 'Kite"; or, a Six Weeks 17 In the Great Whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange Flight Over the Andes. Adventures in a Submarine Boat. 8. Frank Reade, J r.'s Deep Sea Dive r, the "Tortoise"; or. 18. Chased Across the Sahara; or, Frank Reade, Jr., After a the Search for a Sunken Island. Bedouin' s Captive. 9. Fr!!nk Reade, Jr.'s Electric Invention, the "Warrior"; or, 19. Six Weeks in the Clouds; or, Frank R eade, Jr.'s Air-Ship, Fighting Ure Apaches in Arizona. the "Thunderbolt." 10. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Air Boat; or, Hunting 20. Around the World Under Water; or, the Wonderful Cruise Wild Beasts for a Circus. 1 of a Submarine Boat. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be S ent to Any Adcl.ress on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents p er Copy, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U n i o n Square, :New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from n ewsdeale rs, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it .to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS 'l'HE SAME AS MO.NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ....................... 190 DE.A.H Sm-Enclosed :find ...... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AN D WIN, Nos ........................................................... : ... ... WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ............................................. ........ .... 6C FRANK READE 'WEEKLY, NOS ..................................... ................ .. PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .............................................................. SECRET SERVICE, No s ........ ....................................... ........... .... 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .............. ............. ......................... ;. Ten-C en t Hand Books, Nos. ..................................... ............. N arne .......................... Street and N G Town .......... State ............ tJ r f 1


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