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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric ice ship; or, Driven adrift in the frozen sky.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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FR.KNK READE t JONT.AINING STORIES O F ADVENTURES ON LAND, S E A .AN D I N THE AIR._ Iasued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post O lft c e. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1003, in the olftce of the Libarian of Congress. Washington, D. C., by F?'ank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. 1 No. 25. NEW YORK, APRIL 17, 1903. Price 5 Cents. rank Reade, Jr., and H i s Electric Ice Ship ; OR, DRIVEN ADRIFT IN THE FROZEN SKY. B y NO NA M E CHAPTER I. / STEALING A BOY. It was l ate on a cold November night in the city of Boson, the sky was obscured by dark, stormy clouds, a bleak ind was histling through the almost deserted streets, nd the lights in the lamps flickered dimly. A plainly attired man with white hair and a black mus ache was walking away from the ranroad depot with a andsome boy of seventeen, clad in the natty blue uniform f a military academy. "Alfred :Milburn," the boy was saying "do ot keep me in suspense any longer. Tell me why you wrote e to come to Boston tonight from my school. What seri us news have you to tell me ?" ''You must prepare yourself for a great affliction, Walter rey," the man replied. "I hate to break bad news, t--" "Great heavens!" exclaimed young Grey, suddenly-" my other--" "She suddenly became insane, and I have had to place r in a private asylum," said Alfred Milburn, in low, gen e tones A stifled cry of woe escaped the boy, and he burst into ars, for his mother was the only relative he had in the rld. He paused and glanced piteously at the lawyer who had been acting as administrator of the fortune his father had left, and saw that Milburn was very pale and greatly agi tated. As soon as Walter could master his grief, he asked, trem ulously: "When did this horrible misfortune occur, sir?" "Just a week ago, my boy. I am very sorry for you. Brace up She may recover her reason. I will take you to see her to night." There was a spark of hope in what the l awyer said, and Walter eagerly grasped at it, and answered: "I can never get over this shock; but I shall try to be courageous, Mr. Milburn. Take me to her. Let me see my dear mother. Perhaps I can do something for her.'' "Very well," replied the lawyer. "Come this way. He turned into a street bordering the water front, and casting a rapid glance around, failed to see any one except three men, attired in the garb of sailors, crouching in a n adjoining doorway. The lawyer drew his handkerchief from his pocket, wiped his face with it, and while apparently returning it to his pocket, dropped it. Instantly the three sai l ors darted from the doorway. One of them, in a captain's uniform, darted up behind the boy, flung an arm around his neck, pulled his head back,


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE and clapped a spong e s aturated with c hloroform to Walt e r Grey s nos trils A c ry of a l arm p e al e d from the s tartl e d boy"s lips, bu t it ,was qui ckly c h ecke d b y a press ure of hi s assailant's arm and th e mom e n t he bega n to inhal e t he fume s o f th e drug h e becam e s tupefied. )Iilburn recoil e d a few s t e p s His dark eye 're r e fla s hing with excit e m e n t. He c autiou s l y g lanced around and the n saw a young man c oming "Captain B e n Bolt! h e hissed. W e ll ?" g ruffly a s k e d th e man who h eld youn g G rey. "'Th e r e's some on e c omin g Bl ast i t Bu t the b oy's sen seles s .. The f e llow i s running t oward u s." H e's s een th e r st ruggle, th en." .. Y cs. Wh a t s hall w e do?" Carry t h e r lad abo ard the R eel Eric And you ? We'll lay that lubb e r out! The lawyer picked th e drugg e d boy up a nd ha s t e n e d over t h e mudd y s tre e t w ith him towa rd a bi g wha ling s hip l y ing at one of the doc ks. In t h e m e an t im e t h e three sai lor s surro und e d the newcom e r H e prov e d t o b e a d a s hin g-lookin g y oun g man with a d a r k mu s ta che, a symm e trical a nd a t h l etic figure, a nd an in telle ctual face. H e had been b e hind t h e lawy e r and the boy when t hey ] eft t h e d e p o t a nd seein g t h e assa ul t and Milburn s fcr e ncc, h e c orr ect ly concluclc d that th e boy had been l e d into t rap -"You scoun d r e l s h e pant ed: wha t a r e you d oing t o tha t boy ?" Keep a way t har !" r o a r e d the c a pt a i n ; t h re atenin g l y "Min d ye r own bu. iness a nd cl ear o u t of t hi s N e v e r, until that boy i s r e l e ased!" "Go fer t h e r m e ddl e r, m y lads A s the three seam e n closed in on bm, the st ranger dou bl e d up his :fist a nd s tru c k ou t stra i ght f rom the s h o uld e r. Bi:ff! B a n g 'l'hump w e n t hi s :fis t s lik e s pil e drivers, and ever y t ime t hey struc k a m a n w e n t clown. "Whe n peopl e of y our st amp f o o l a round Frank R eade, Jr., y ou g e n e rall y get l eft !" mutte r e d the g allant stranger. The s ailor s swor e as t hey g ot up and the cap t ain dr e w a pi s tol. "Cuss yer !" h e growl e d a s he l e v e l e d t h e w e apon a t Frank' s h e ad. "I'll blo w yer brain s out f e r th e m w elts !" Bang! went the pi s tol and a c ry escap e d Frank. H e cla pp e d his hand to the s id e of hi s head wher e the b a lll1 a d g r a z e d hi s scalp, and reeling f e ll senseless t o the gr ound. Run boys! h o arsel y crie d the d es12e r ate capta in. "I had t er do' it or h e'd g ot the r best of u s That s h o t ll fet c h the r p'lic e !" They r u s h e d over to t h e wha lin g s hip un seen, leavin g their vict im l y in g bleeding and ;;cmeless on t h e sid e w a lk Boarding the vessel and going into t he c abin th e y foun d the lawyer the re i n the g loom with the drug ge d boy. ''We ll ? eagerly asked Mil burn. Did you do1m the strange r ? Shot him! an s w e r e d B e n Bolt with an Q(lth. I see yer g ot t h e r lad aboa r d all rig ht. Y es; y o u had b e t te r put hiin o u t of s i g ht. Stow him b elow in a loc k er, boyB," s aid the captain to lti s two m e n 'rhey carri e d t h e limp f orm of W a lt e r Grey ou t of t h e caL i n \Vhe n t hey 're r e g one, M i l bum ha nd e d Lhe ca p t ain a big r o ll of bill s H e r e are th e $ 2, 500 I promised y ou t o s h a n ghai t h e boy," s aid th e law y er. "You mu s t mar oon him in th e are t i c regi o ns, s o h e can never r e turn. If y ou s hould bring m e e1'ide nce of hi s d e ath I will d o ubl e t h e a m o un t I ju s t gax c you. Will you do i t, c apt a in ? H e ben t n e ar er t o Boll. a nd hissed thi s in s uch s ini ste r to nes that t h e captain starte d a nd muttererl hoa rsel y : D o ye r m e an f e r m e tf'r pllt h i m out of t h e r w ay?" Y es," was th e e mph a ti c r eply. "\Vh,y crye r w a n t thi s clone?" l 'll m a k e a clean breast o f t h e m atter. I hol d some m oney in t ru s t b e lon ging t o t h e boy and hi s mother. If bot h di e 1 can do a s I lik e w i t h t h eir f ol't une. A 1! honglt the woman i s s ane, I have p a i d dearly to have he r connn c d in an asylum. She is dis posed o f No w i t o n ly renwins to g e t riel of th e boy This I leav e to au ; "I'll d o i t mn tte r ccl the ea' ptain R cmen1ber the m o ney I paid you i s som e of thr boy' s for t une. The r e mainder you ar e t o get will com e f rom t h e sam e source. If you fail y ou wiJl ge t no mor e of t h e b ank notes, and ma y n ot only hav e t o di sg o rge what you now have, but a l s o a n s w e r in cour t a s m y accompli ce!" "Trus t mel Alfr e d l\filburn I ll go now. An a s I v e cle ar e d m y m anifest in th e r Cus tom House, an i h ar's a tug waitin te r h a ul l is out, I'll put t o sea righ t away, s o 's n o one will h ave a show t e r git aboard a n' find the r lad." "You arc bound f o r th e P o lar r e gion s now?" "Ay, a y-the r Kara S ea. off Nova Zembla in s' ar c h o wha les." After some furthe r conv er s ation the ra sc all y law}'e r parted with the vill a inou R capt ain and w ent a s hore The Reel Eri c pu t t o s e a imm e diat e l y afte rward c arryin g the unfortunat e W a lt e r Grey away to the frozen polar r e gion s Tn t h e meantim e a c rowd had b e en a ttra c ted b y the pis tol s h ot:, and s urroundin g Frank R eade, Jr., they carrie d him into a drug store, whe r e his wound "a s dressed. H e did not recover hi s until after the s hip c1e part ccl, ancl th e n fmmCI a p oliceman s tandin g bes id e him to who m h e e xplain e d wha t had happ e n ed.


FRANK REA D E .TR., H1R BLECTRJr T rr<: SHIP M y name i s Frank Reade, Jr.,' said the w ounde d young I I admit t h a i I am so m e wha t curio u s about it." m a n I a m a n inrenlor o f s u b marin<' boab, flyin g lll; l' WC>ll, br i r f l L I a m a ri c h wit l o \r with o n e child-a boy clci-nt's and o vtrland :mel r e s iC!l i n of srwnt ce n w h o i s now at a mili tary boarding sc h o ol up have just ime nfed a flyi n g i cc bo

, FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEC'l'RIO ICE SHIP. arou s ed in th e h e art o f the h a lf-di stra ct e d m ot h e r, and s h e dri e d h e r tear s and a s ked : ,. \Vh e n do you inte nd to und e r ta k e this journey, sir?" Within a f e w days F ran k re plied. "My H y ing ice s hip is n e arly fini s h ed. I came to B osto n t o get t h e few things I need to c ompl e t e h e r. T o -m orro w I am going home; but ere T l e a v e thi s ci ty I s h a H m a k e it m y bu siness to help you to hav e Alfre d M i lburn arrest e d s o you can r e cover pos s e ssion of the fortun e of whic h h e desi g n s to rob you." "God ble s s you, Frank R e ad e the lad y e xclaimed feelingly. Aft e r some furthe r talk they p arte d f or the ni ght. The inventor was a c ompani e d b y a littl e old n eg ro nam e d Pomp, and a rollicking r e d-h e ad ed, pu g-nosed Iris hm a n named Barney O 'Shea, who always w e n t with him on his travels, and liv e d in R e adest own. Both w e r e invet erate pra c ti c al jok e rs; th e c oon was a good cook and played the banjo, and the Celt was a n ex p e r t v iolinis t, and e v e r ready for a fight or f un of a n y kind, while both wer e gr e atl y d e vot e d to th e inv e ntor. They w e re d o mi c iled in the hot e l with F ra nk. On the followin g morning th e coon w o k e up e arly, dressed himself, and going out into the hall h e ard B arney s noring in hi s room "Golly! wha' laz y f e ller dat I'is hm a n am, mutte r e d the darky, with a grin a s h e paused out s id e of B arney' s worn. "Specs he s leep d e whole lib long da y e f I don e l e t him. Wondah if I kin git in dar?" H e tried the door f ound it unlock e d and ente r e d the b e d room. The qelt la y on hi s bac k, with h is m out h wide ope n, and Pomp s t o l e over to the was h-basin, turned o n t h e f reez ing cold wat e r full force, p u t hi s finger over the f aucet, and squirte d it at t h e s leeper. Swi sh-plunk! w ent the j e t aga i ns t the Iris hman 's eye. Then a s tead y stre am fle w a ll over his face. He gave a s udd e n s t art, the s n oring cea sed and h e sat up very much c onfused from b ei ng a wak e n e d s o viol e ntly. The cold water continu e d to squirt on bjm, and he gave a wild yell. "Murclh er! I'm dhrowndin !" h e howl ed. Then he bounced out of b e d Fizz-swish-flipp contin ue d th e stream Barney onl y wor e a r e d fla nn e l und e r s h i r t, a nd as the cold liquid fle w about hi s limb s h e jumped up in the air, his teeth chattering, his hair on e nd, and roar afte r roar paling from his lip s "Begorra! I'm a d e ad manl" h e roar e d a s h e ru s h e d danced, hopp e d and gallop e d around th e room foll o w e d by the cold stre am and the lau ghte r of the mischi e vou s coon. "Howly b e ans! the r roof's l e akin The r poipes bu s hted! Th e r hou s e i s afoir e H elp! H elp!" "Yah! y ah yah!" howl e d the d e li ghted d a rky. <(Ha w haw, haw! Lord ama ssy, loo k e r d e jumpin '-jack And s-s -s-ssphf! Piff-piff-piff! \vent the w a t e r again. By this t im e Barney g ot ove r hi s c onfu s ion and saw coon. H e a lso observed the cause of hi s mise ry F ai th i t s the r u ayg ur h e g r o an e d as he d o dge the stream. "'Whoop h e r up! Dat's d e ste p honey! Oh, La d e m legs fly !" "Sh top jt s hout e d t h e C elt, a s h e raced around a v oid freezin g ir a t e r B e d a d I m frozen! Pomp, s palpe e n w an s t I ge t the r g rip a y me fing e r s in ther av yer h ead, I'll scal p yez will w a n pull. H o p d a r y o c him pa nzee ; h op, I say I's e gwine gib a wash i f yo n e b e r hab on e b efo' chile." B arney fle w into a clou et. H e r e the door prot e ct e d him. The r e were several p airs o f shoes, a boot ja c k and s undry otl 1 e r objects l y in g upon th e floor whi c h l1e e agerly gras p ed. 'rhc n ext m o m e n t h e b ombarde d the c o o n with th e m f r o m b e hind the d o o r, a nd a s the f u s illad e whizz e d through t h e air, Pomp m a d e a n effor t to dodg e them. 1 H e was n ot qui c k c 11on g h and the n ext mom ent a shoe cau ght him a t hum p on th e nose, a v alise bang e d him on the ear, a nd a whi s K broom pound e d him in the eye With a h owl of pain a s a second volle y struck him, h e c harged on the Iris hman who had come from behind the door The c o on 's h e ad was down to butt the Iris hman in th e s toma c h but jus t at the right moment Barney nimbly spra n g a s ide, and with a terribl e c ra s h Pomp's h e ad struck a pan e l o f the door It w e n t t hrou g h splinte ring the wood, and b efo r e h e c ould withdraw hi s s kull Barney sei zed on e of the b ecls lat s a nd b e labor e d him s o that ever y thump s ound e d lik e a pi s tol s hot, and th e h owls o f th e captured coon awak e n e d e v e r y one in th e h o use. In the mid s t of the furor e Frank ru s h e d in a nd although h e c ould hardl y refrain from lau g hin g a t the dr e nched Iris hman and the s tuck dark y he assmn e d an look, a nd c r ie d, s ternly : "Stop that row, will y ou? Ev e r y one in the hotel i s alarmed." "Mas th e r Fra nk mutte r e d B arnev, dropping the s lat. "Pu 11 m e out! s h oute d Pomp. "I'se s tu ck!" "Faix, I'll l a v e yer till ye r coco anut dhrop s off!" "Oh, L awd a mi g h ty, i 'se g o t--" H e gave hi s h e ad a j erk and extricat e d himse1f. The moment h e g ot free and saw Frank h e wilted, and m a kin g a clive for the door v ani s h e d in the hall. Fra nk and the oth e r g uest s burs t into a roar of lau ghter a nd follow e d him. Wh e n th e coon and th e Irishman m et at the br e akfa s t table, they h a d s o far for g ott e n their ang e r that the s ubject w as not r e ferr e d to. Frank aft e rward took the m a s ide, told th e m all about "Thi[rs Grey anc1 h e r s on and after introdu c ing th e m to the


the to 0 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. lad y they w ent t o police headquarters and laid the mat t e r The r e w e r e th2ee big s te e l ice runne rs on each side, and befor e th e authorities. b etween them two s pik e d wheel s for prop e lling the boat A detectiv e took a warran t for the arrest o f Alfred Milove r t h e ice without s ails. burn and accompan y in g Mrs. Grey to h e r r e s idence with At the s t e m was a n ice rudder, apove it a wat e r rudd e r, Frank and his fri ends, they w ent in and arrest e d the lawyer. a wat e r s c r e w a n d on t h e e nd o f a shaft a n imm e n s e air His int e nse whe n b e saw M:r,;. Grey free and wheel for propul s ion. Frank in h e r compan y, for h e reco g ni zed t h e y oun g inventor Bull 's-eyes br o k e t h e sides o f t h e hull to admit light into at onc e the inte rior The ra s c al w a s loc ked up A s they s tooa lookin g at the boat, which was operat e d by W e may as w e ll add lJCr c lh a t h e had to dis gorg e the electricity, the door-b e ll rang, and Frank saw the prof e ssor money h e h e ld in trus t for t h e widow and J1e r s on, and start n e rv o u s ly, turn v e r y pale, and g lar e a t th e e ntrance without mu c h de l ay w a s s ent e nced to a l o n g t e rm in pri son "\Y hat 's tJ1c matte r ? You l ook nr.nou s !" s aid Frank. for hi s r asc ali ty. I am n e rvous," admitte d Van cykc "So would any one The ITidow r ece iv e d h e r rights b e who i s innocen t of murd e r and i s accused of killing a H a vin g pro cure d th e parts o f th e flying ma c hin e they man." w e r e after Frank and hi s two friend s assure d th e laclv ag ain Why, I don t unde r s tand y ou." th a t they woulc1 strain e v e ry e ffort to rescu e her son and "The n I'll exp lain," s aid t h e d oct or. "But until I do, I board e d a train for hom e don t want you t o ope n that door, for I h ave a feeling that Readcstown to whe r e th e y went was a b e autiful littl e the police are t h e re, t r y in g to get in to arrest m e !" west ern city n ear a river that flowe d to the Atlantic. I Frank was a m a z e d H e r e dwelt Frank in a magnifi c ent man s ion, near which He kn e w ihat Dr. Vaneyk e was a good m an. s tood the great machine s hop s in which hi s wonderful inMurd e r was the la s t c rim e h e w as c apabl e of c ommitting. v e ntion s w e r e c on struc ted. H e the r e for e s aid qui e tl y : The young inv entor upon h is arrival found an old fri e nd "'Ie ll m e wha t y&ur troubl e is, professor." the re nam e d Dr. Van e yke, who had ofte n gon e with him on "Night b e for e la s t, whil e walking h e r e from tbe railroad his trips. d e pot I h eard a pist ol s hot in a lon e l y p a r t of the road, The whit e-beard e d old sci e nti s t had h e ard that Frank harl follow e d by the c r y of murd er," th e doc tor an s wered. : bnilt a n e w flying ma c hine, and b e in g desirou s o f accompa"Running forward I saw a m a n f all to th e g round, and an n y in g him in it on his proposed journey, had come from th e other man plung e d into the bu s hes. Beside the fallen man I Smith s onian Institute with which h e was c onn e ct e d to laid a r e yolv e r which I pi c k e d up. It was the weapon with j o in the inv e ntor. ll"hic h th e man was shot; I n e xt e x a min e d the body The Fr,mk w as d e li ghte d at the pro s pect of havin g hi s old man was d e ad The ball had pen etrate d h js heart. Scarce-friend go, and r e adily assente d to the plan ly had I mad e thi s di scover y whe n some cons table s came On the followin g day, as the air ship was nearl y fini s h e d running up the road and some m e n clown th e road. the inv entor bro u ght the professor out to the s hop to see it. "Among the l ptte r was the murde r e r. I recognized him Here a singular and unexpected inc ident occurred. at a g l a nce. H e point e d at m e and s aid: 'Arre st him; he kill e d th e man ; I him do it. See, he y e t holds the pisCHAPTER III. BAFFLED. The room in whi c h Frank's inv e ntion s tood was a v as t ap a rtm ent, with s lidin g door s in the roof whi c h could be operated to p ermit the e xit of hi s flying machines from the interior. In the miacll e of thi s room s tood th e flyin g ice s hip. The vessel was made of an extre m e l y li ght, bull e t-proof material c all e d alumim1m and look e d like a two-ina s t e d schooner with a round e d, wedges hap e d bow and s t er11. At the truck of e ach ma s t was a large g yroscope, whil e upon the uppe r part of e ach of the y ard s man y more oi' these wheel s w e r e arrange d in a horizontal pos ition to lift the e n g in e in the air. tal in hi s hand with whi c h the crim e was committed!' Although I protest e d m y innocenc e no one believed me. The nwn s urround e d m e ; the y w e re g oing to forcibl y arrest me. Seeing how s trong the circum s tantial evid e n c e was against m e, I fled 'and escap e d in s afet y to y our house unseen. Since the n I am sure the a uthorities hav e been searching for me." "It looks black a g ain s t y ou, Dr. Vaneyk e." "Shall I surre nd e r m yself and s tand trial?" "You mny 11ot e s t a bli s h your innocence if you do." "The n whnt s hall I do?" "Keep sh a dy; if arrested you can't go with me." "Ve ry true." "I want to l e ave a s s oon a s poss ible in pursuit of the Red Eric to resc ue Walt e r Grey. I can't do it if you are arrested with s u c h a seriou s charg e han ging over your head. No! You mu s t not s ubmit to arrest." ,, Upon the y ard s and s tays were furl e d s ail s to be used whil e trave ling b e fore the wind. Bang, bang! came the s ound of a volley of raps at the door. At the bow was a long bowsprit, a s e archli ght at its foot, and upon its clcck, in the forward section ; a pilot-house. "They're bound to get in nervou s l y s aid Dr. "After all, it may not be any one after you."


FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELEO'J'RIO ICE ) and c lapp e d a sponge s aturated wit h c hloroform to Walter Grey's nostrils. A cry of alarm pealed from the startled boy' s lip6, but it was quickly c hecked by a pressure of hi s a ssailant's arm, the moment he began to inhal e the fume s of t h e drug he became stupefie d .;\lilburn recoil e d a few s tep s His dark eye were flashing with excite m ent. He cautiously glanced around an d then saw a young man com mg. "Captain B e n Bolt!" h e hissed. .. W ell?" g ruffly asked the man who hcjcl y oung Grey. There's some one c oming. .. Blast it! But the boy's sen se less!" 'The f e llow is running toward us." "He's seen thcr st ruggle then." "Yes. What s hall we do?" "Carry ther lad aboard the Red Eric. And you?" "We'll l ay that lubber out!" The law yer picked the drugged boy up and hastened over the muddy street with him toward a big whaling ship lying at one of the docks. In the meantime the three sa ilor s s urrounded the new come r. H c proved to be a dashing-looking young man with a dark musta c he, a symmetrical and athletic figure, and an in tellectual face He had been behind the law ye r :mel the boy 'rhcn they left the depot and seeing the aesault and Milburn 's fcrenc:e, he correc tly concluded that the boy had been l e d into a trap. -"You scoundre l s he panted: what are you doing to that boy?" "Keep away thar !" roared the captain; threateningly ''Mind yer own business and clear out of this." "Never, until that boy is rel eased!" "Go fer ther m e ddler, my lads!" As the three seamen c l osed in on him, the st ranger dou bled up his fist and stru c k out straight from the shoulder. Biff! Bang! Thump! w ent hi s fis t s like spile drivers, and every time they struck a man w ent clown. When people of your stamp fool around Frank Reade, Jr. you generally get left!" muttered the gallant stra n ger The sai lor s swore as they got up, and the captain drew a pi stol. "Cuss ye r !" h e growled, as he lev e led the weapon ai Frank's head "I'll blow yee brains out fer them welts!" Bang! went the pistol. and a cry escaped Frank. H e clapped his hand to the side of his head wher e the ball had g razed his sca lp, and reeling back fell senseless to the ground. "Run, boys hoarsely cried t he clesl?erate ca ptain. "l had ter do'it or h e' d got ther best of u s That shot' ll fetch ther p'lic e They rushed over to the ,r]w li11g s hip un seen l e aving their victim l ying bleeding and on the sidewalk. Boarding the vessel and going into the. cabi n they found the l awyer there in the gloom with the dru gged boy. W ell?'' eage rly asked Milburn. '1 Did yon dmm the st ranger ? "Shot him!" an s wered Bc11 Bolt, with an G(lth. "I see yer got ther lad aboard all right. a Yes; you had better put hiin out of s ight. "Stow him below in a l ocker, s aid the captain to his two men. They carried the limp form of W alte r Grey out of the caLin Wh e n they were gone, Milbum handed the captain a big roll of bill s 11Here are the $2,500 I promised you to s hanghai tl1e boy,'' s aid the law yer ayol1 must maroon him in the arc t i c r eg ions so he can never return. If you s hould bring m e c,idrnc-c of hi s death I will doubl e the amount I just gaxe yon Will you do it, captain?" He bent neare r to Bolt an d hissed this in s u ch sinister tones that the captain started and mutte rerl J1oarse ly: ((Do yrr mean fer m e ter pllt him out or ther way?" 11 Yes," wao: the emphatic r eply 11 \Vby cl"yer want this clone ?n 1 I'll m ake a clean br east of t he matter. I hold som e moneY in trust b e longing to the boy ancl hi s mothPr. If both di e 1 c an do as I like with their fortune Allilowd t the woman i s s ane, I have paid dearly to hav e h er confin e d in an asy lum. She i s di sposed of. Now it on l y retHams to get riel of fhe boy. 'I'hi s I l eave to yon.; "I'Il do i t muttered the ca'ptai n. 11 R eme mb er, the mon ey I paid you i s som e of tlw boy's fortune. The remaind er you arc to get will come from the s ame source If you fail, y ou will get no mor e of the bank notes, aJJd may not only have to di sgorge what you now have, but a l s o answer in court as my accomplice!" 11Trust me) Alfred Milburn." 11 I ll go now l \n' as I've cleared my manifest in t h er Custom House, an thar s a tug waitin t e r !tau] u s out, I'll put to sea right away, so's no one will hav e a show ter git aboard an' find ther lad. "You arc bound for the Polar region s now ?" 11 Ay, ay-ther Kara Sea, off Nova Zernbl a, in s'arch o whales." After som e further conversation the r ascally lawyer parted with the vill ainons captain and went a s hore. 'l'l1e Red Eric put to sea immediate l y afterward, carrying the unfortunate Walter Gre:y away to the frozen polar regions. Tn the meantime a c rowd h ad been attracted by the pistol shot, and surrounding Frank Reade, Jr., they carried him into a clrug sto r e, wl1ere l1is wound as dressed. He did not rec over his senses until after the s hip de parted and t h en fmmcl a policeman standing beside him to whom he exp lained what had happened.


HEADE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. Fast and furious fell the blows against the door outside. The machine was then steere d for th e northeastward, and .Frank began to get restless and passing into the glided through the air lik e an arrow room, he peered out the window with an anxious look upon his face. The machinery \rorked as Frank had design e d, and the s hip of the air operated beautifully. It was evident that the officers had brought a batt e rin g Barney and Pomp w ere so delighted over the profe s soTs ram to bear upon the door for blow they dealt it mad e escape that the former g ot out his fiddl e and the latter his it shake, and caus e d every window pane to rattle banjo, whe r e upon a liv e ly tun c wati st ru c k up and i bcy "Lively, th e re boys! tiently. Lively! s hout ed Frank, impaplayed and san g until a late hour. "Yes, sir, but they s tick," replied the foreman. On the .following moming the air s hip was horering over the Atlantic. An a\\'Iul s h o ,r er oi blow s now st ru ck the door and it Pomp had ta k e n charge oi the cool

.,........ FRANK READE, J R., AN D HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. Having r eached the British isles the ice ship crossed the immense ice sheet descending north and south to the sea North Sea and sailed along the western coast of Norway. coast. From there she passed over the Barentz S e a at the north All this region was covered with fields of snow descending of Russia. in broad strips along the slopes of the isolated peaks, and Nothing was seen of the whaling s hip, and the island of feeding mighty glaciers in the deeper valleys. Nova Zemhla finally appeared in the di s tance. Every day that passed by found the temperature clecreasin g. Our friencls were obliged to put on fur clothing, and the electric heating apparatus was put in operation It made the interior of th e Ranger warm and comfortaWhile Frank was sizing up the desolate place a dense fall of snow began that hid the island from his view. It was impossible to see where they going, and as the wi n d had shifted around, it became necessary to furl the sails. Leaving the old professor at the wheel, Frank called the ble, and rendered its inmates quite coon and the Irishman to help him, and they went out on The m e rcur y in the th e rmomet e r had gone down to withdeck. in two degr ees of z e ro, and t h e upper r e gion s of the air be came filled with fine needles of ic e that stung the s kin of our friends when exposed to it. But little sunlight was s e en eac h day owing to the winter s e a s on Mingled with the great clouds of down falling snowflakes were the dreadful needles of ice that stung their eyes, were inhaled in their l ungs, and fairly penetrated their skin Th e halliards were slackened off, and as the canvas fell in lazy jacks the work of furling was reduced to a m i nimum. Mor e over, the sky in this region was so filled with heavy Down fluttered the square sails from the yards, whi l e leaden hued clouds that th e me a g e r light was still further the staysail s were haul e d to the bowsprit by the down-h auls. reduced. Upon first observing the icy particles that constantly filled the air, Frank was ,very much amazed, and involunb ri l y cried: "We have been driven adrif t in a frozen s ky." ''There is the island of Nova Zembla now," s aid the pro fesor, p0inting a way to the northea s t ward "It is a land the int e rior of which ha s n e v e r been e xplor e d yet." Barney was at the mainmast, Pomp at the foremast, and Frank had gone up forward. The wind was driving the ice and snow irl their faces. As soon as the canvas was down on the yards, the darky and the Celt ran up the shrouds to tie it down with gaskets. All hands worked l ike beavers. The sails had nearly all been fastened when th e coon and th e inventor were suddenly startled by hearing a wild yell Frank did not lik e t he appearance of the i s land. It looked like an e longated crescent, 600 miles long by from Barney. 60 wide, and lay b etween 70 degrees 30 minut e s and 77 It was followed by a snap like a pistol shot. degrees N latitude and 5 2 degrees and 60 minute s E. longi tude. Its north e a s t ern extre mity was wes t of the m e ridian of Yalmal p e ninsula, and it s s outhern was separated from The foot rope had parted under the Irishman. He fell toward the deck. As he felt himself going he flung out his hands They encountered a back sta y and he grasped it tightly. Vaygach i s land by Kara Strait 8 0 mile s wide. There came a violent s hock on the and it parted Nova Z e mbla was cut through th e middle by a narrow unde r the weight of the Celt's body, but he r e tained his l1old winding chann e l call e d the Matotchkin Shar connecting the on the lower portion of it, and took a rapid turn of it around Arctic Ocean with the Kara Sea his arm. Upon a near e r approach to it Frank closely examined Down he shot like a the place with a glass, and gained a fair id e a of the interior. A sh01it of alarm escaped 'Frank when h e saw his friend 'l1he western coast was greatly indented by fjord-like flying through the air, and go over the railing. bays and studded with many islands and was less ice -bound than might be suppo s ed, as a cont inuation of ) the warm current of the Gulf Stre am flowe d alon g the coast. "Lost!" gasped the inventor, in tones of dread. He rushed to the side, and Pomp hastened down from the yards In the interior was an alpin e region with isolated mounBa r ney gave himself up for l o s t, for the Ranger was then tain peaks, a complicat e d s y stem of spurs and deep valleys at a height of 2,000 feet from the sea, and h e knew he was extending even under th e sea. At the north was a vas t s1vc lling of land covered with an bound to perish before la.nding in the water. When he had rlached the end of the broken stay, how-


FRANK HEADE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. ever, he paus ed with a shock that nearly pulled his arm out of joint, and wrung a groan of agony from his lips. Hi8 body bounc e d in tlie air, and came down again with another jerk that fairly made him howl with pain. But the turn of the rope around his arm !aved his life_. and he swung there like 11 clock pendulum For a moment poor Barney was dazed. As soon as h e had s uffici e ntly recovered his wits, t hough, he seized the rope with the other hand. That eased the strain on his arm and r e lieved his pain. "Be h eave n s I'm aloive !" h e gasped. He was panting hard, but in a few moments he yelled: "Help! Help!" Just then Frank reached the railing. Peering over he sa w the Iris hman "Thunder!" he cried, with a thrill of hop e darting through him. "Am h e gone?" c ri e d Pomp, rea clung U1c deck. "No; help m e h aul up the broken stay." \Vha fo' ?'' H e's on the end of it." "Glory l1alleluyah !" 'J'hey botl1 g rasped the line

FRANK HEADE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. ================================7================================ ever, he paused with a shock tl1at nearly pulled his arm out of joint, and wrung a groan of agony from his lips. His body bounced in tlie air, and came down again with another jerk that fairly mau e him howl with pain. But the turn of the rop e around his arm 11aved his life and he swung the re like 11 cloc k pendulum. For a moment poor Barney was dazed. As soon as he had sufficiently recovered his wits, though, he seized the rope with the other hand. That eased the strain on his arm and :relieved his pain. "Be heavens! -I' m aloive !" he gasped. He was panting hard, but in a few moments he yelled: "Help! Help!" Just then Frank reached the railing. P eeri ng over he saw the Iris hman. "Thunder!" h e cried, with a thrill through him. of hop e darting "Am h e gone?" cried Pomp, reaching the deck. "No; help m e haul up the broken stay." "Wha fo' ?" "He's on the end of it." "Glory halleluyah !" 'J'hey both grasped the line and began to haul the Iris h man up. Barney was pulled half-way up to the deck in thi s man ner when suddenly there came a shout from the professor. "The ice ship is falling!" Such was the cry that startled Frank. Shaking off the broken backstay that saved him, he ex claimed: "Faith, I'd ruther froze ter death up here than doy bE. fallin' into ther say!" "There really isn't much choice in the matter," sa:id Frank; "for we are going down anyway. Hey, Dr. Van eyke !" "Well ?" asked the old scientist. "Put every volt of force into the stern screw." "What for?" '"fo try and reach land, sir." The professor pulled the screw lever ovoc, and with in creased speed the flying ice ship darted through the snow flakes to the eastward. Vandyke had got his b e arings before the blinding s torm began, an d although the Ranger was swift ly descending, she kept going to the landward at terrific velocity. Frank eaw that the sails no long e r interfered with the move m ents of the ice s hip a nd as h e and hi s companions were very cold, they passed into the pilot house. A shout s uddenly pealed from Barney. "Land ahead! Port yer hullum !" "A mountain!" gasped the docto r, obeying. "We won't land in the sea, at any rate," said Frank. "Yo' know whar yo' am, sa h ?" asked the coon. "No," answered the prOfessor, shaking his head. "But once we alight we will soon :lind Matotchkin Shar, and as He glanced up at the gyroscopes. most of the whaler s winter there at the Norwegian fishing They were moving very slowly compared to the s peed at s tations, we will be very apt to find the Red Eric there later, which they had been spinning The cause was appar ent to Frank at a glance. Holding the fulling ice and snow, the metal s par s were so cold that the flake s congealed around the pivots, choking them so that the ice thus formed interfered with their revo lutions. CHAP'fER V. BARNEY AND '!'HE BEAR. "Pomp, we are going down into the sea!" "Golly Marse Frank, am de machinery bruck ?" "No ; but ice is forming around the gyroscopes so they can't revolve." "Fo'. de Lawd 's sake, hist up Barney, den, or he' drop in if not now. "We mu s t have passed her," said Frank. "Howly floy !"gas ped Barney, looking ont. of the window, "there' s ther say beneath us again!" It was a broad sheet of water, sure enough, but .. frivrn: to): turned the electric current into the searchlight. As the bright glare pierced the falling flakes he saw that it was a stream of water over which they were flying. In a moment the truth of the matter dawned upon his mind. "It is the Matotchkin Shar, the strait that cuts this island in two!" he exclaimed. "See, we approach a shore. He pointed ahead. The Ranger was then dangerously close to the water. But she was going ahead like a thunderbolt. de sea!" It was fair to presume that she would soon reach land, They pulled the imperiled Irishman up to the deck, and and as this place was covered with ice, they rightly conclud he heaved a great sigh of relief when he had a firm footing ed that it was the northern side of the s tream. once more. In a few. moments more Prank s topped the driving wheel


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEC'l'RIC ICE SHIP. The Ranger was then but Ll'll yards above the water, and still len two mountains. Having brought the ship to a pause, Frank went up the masts and examined the gyroscope pivots. It was utterly impossible to keep them clear of the ice without resorting to some artificial means of keeping the spars warm. This he explained to his friends on his return. Various plans were suggested until at length Frank thought of running platinum wires into all the hollow tubes and <1onnecting them with the e l ectric heating apparatus in tho engine-room. To carry out this would require time, and as they had plenty of it to spare, they began to try the experiment. They wert clad with snow. Scarcely any vegeta{ion was seen, but as they giided along, view was caught of a few vagrant birds, some lem mings, ice-fox, and several immigrant reindeer. Off along the coast, though, countless numbers of ducks, geese and swan were flying about the rocks, making the air resonant with their cries ancl the ceaseless flapping of their wings. 1 Several miles from the glacier Frank observed a mass of beetling ice blocks strewn across their path. There were severa l openings among them, though, through which he saw he could steer the ship to clearer ice beyond. "How in the world could these immense blocks of ice have got there?" asked Dr. Vaneyke in surprise, when be saw them. Frank pointed to a mountain cliff half a mile away. The following day had dawned before the wires were ar"If they fell from there," said be, "wouldn't they have ranged according to Frank's plans, and the had been propelled along over this1 glassy surface to the very stopped. strait?" When the current was turned into them, the ice soon began to melt on the spars and the gyroscopes spun freely. The experiment was a perfect success. "We can go up in the sky without fear now," said Frank, smiling ly, as they sat down to breakfast. "Suppose we run for the Norwegian fishing station and comult its inhabitants about the Red Eric?" asked Van eyke. "Is it on this soide av ther strame ?" asked Barney. "Yes-on the eastern side of the island n ear the strait." "Sure enough, if they came from eno ugh height to pro ject them a great distance, for they would certainly slide freely." "Do you notice how much warmer it is here than it was in the sky, doctor?" asked young inventor. "Quite a difference in the temperature." "Pshaw! there goes one of those staysails shaking loose!" "I'll go out an' boind it down, me lacldy !"said Barney He hastened from the turret, and going out on deck, made his way out to the end of the long bowsprit.


The boat had paused, haLf buried in the snow, and the coon was covered. He was very much excited, and cried, warningly: "Dey's a gang ob niggahs out dar gwine ter shoot!" "Close the metal shutters over the windows, doctor." "He's cornered in earnest," the professor remarked, dryly. "Take the wheel," said Frank. "I want some bear meat for dinner." The professor complied, and the young inventor took a "Better start the gyroscopes," said the professor, com-pneumatic rifle that threw dynamite bombshells and went plying. outside. Just then the yelling natives fired at the boat, a shower of arrows, spears and musket bullets striking the Ranger. All the wooden weapons broke against the hull of the ice ship, and the leaden bullets flattened against the plates. "Where's Barney?" asked Frank, anxiously. "Done leabe him astern, sah," Pomp answered. "We must pick him up ere the angry natives see him." "Gwine ter shoot 'em?" "No. They can't harm us here." "Look out! They're jumping on the deck!" said the doctor. "I'll soon get rid of them," Frank answered. He put the gyroscopes in operation, and the air ship pulled herself up out of the snowbank into the air. Aiming at the bear, he fired one shot. Spnt! went the piece, and zing g g went the ball. A loud report was heard when it hit the bear's head When 'the flash of fire and glare of smoke vanished the bear was lying on its side violently kicking, and the upper part of it'! head was scattered to the four winds of heaven. "Bull's eye!" yelled Barney. "Lower the Hanger!" said Frank. When she alighted the inventor descended the ladder. Walking over t6 Barney, he asked: "How did he send you to roost?" "Faith, he didn't," grinned Barney. "I wint av me own accord." "I don't see how you got way up there." "More power to me toes, I clumb ther wall loike a floy." A dismal howl of dismay pealed from the throats of the natives on her deck when they found themselves being car The Irishman was a dozen feet from the ground, upon a little shelf that was projecting over an almost smooth wall. ried up. 'I'hey lost no time jumping down into the snowdrift, and ran up this wall by means of the tiny protuber ances and when the last man had left her the ones on the ice disWhen the bear chased him, and he found it gaining, he charged a second volley up at her from their weapons. indentations until he reached the edge of the shelf, when he pulled himself np the rest of the way. 'rhc Ranger mounted to the height of the hill she de-If he hadn't been frightened he couldn't have done it. sccndcd before Frank stopped her. ; Dropping down, he told Frank what had happened t o He then glanced down and saw that were nearly one him, after which they began to skin the bear, and cut away hundred men, women and children standing on the ice glaring up at the boat. the choicest parts These were stowed aboard the ice ship. It was hardly done when Pomp shouted: "Heah come de niggahs !" "They are a peculiar race," be muttered. "Never heard of before," said the doctor. "Whar am Barney?" asked Pomp. The natives had been swarming up the hill, and: seeing Frank glanced around, but saw no sign of the Irishman the boat on the ground, made a grand rush for her He then steered the boat back to the pass. Pomp did not wait for orders. She was within a dozen feet of the ground, ran back the He pulled the gyroscope lever, and the Ranger bounded way she came from, and had turned the bend when up into the air, thwarting them a second time. trank heard a tremendous yell from Barney. At a height of 290 feet she paused "This way wid yez, for ther love av Heaven!" Such was his shout. I Frank saw him. Perched on an icy ledge. The bear squatted at the bottom. Both glaring. at each other "Jerusalem !" cried the inventor. "Why doan' yer git down?" laughed Pomp. Just then Frank entered the turret. He saw at a glance what had happened. "We'll have to keep up in the sky to avoid those beggars," he remarked. boun' ter git aboa'd." "Apparently. But they won't succeed." "Gwine ahead, sah ?" "Yes. Right on along the strait."


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. The coon started the boat along through the frozen sky, and the fine, needle-like particles that filled the air blew into their faces so strongly that they were forced to close the window. The natives were left out of sight astern. Finally the sun came up. As its burning rays fell upon the desolate landscape, the ice gleamed and spark l e d like myriads of diamond s A cold, bleak air was blowing against the boat ; but she ran through it with the greatest of ease, and reached the water front. ''Even had we remained down below; we could not have CHAPTER VII. INTO DANGEROUS GROUND. There were three whaling ships in winter quarters off the Norwegian fishing station, and all were from the United States. The American sailors were among the Norwegians, and when they sa.w the stars and stripes fluttering from one of the Ranger's masts, they set up a loud cheer. Both captains then hailed Frank, asking what sort of craft the flying ice ship was, and he told them and asked: "Has the Red Eric, of Boston, arrived here yet?" traveled over the ice," remark e d Frank. ''See there, Pomp, "No, sir," replied one of the captains; "but as we know great chasms in the ground in some pla.ces, and insurmountshe is coming h e re, we are on the lookout for her daily." able hills in other places." "Is the captain a friend of yours?" "Wha' yo' call dat ahead dar neah de iibber ?" "Oh, no; nor any one else's, for that matter," replied the ''A settlement. That's the place we are searching for." whaler. "He's a very ugly man, who is not liked very much "An' dar am some ships along de sho'." "Sure enough. vVhalers, every one of them "Wondah if de Red Eric am among dem ?" "That we will s oon find out." "Am it time fo' her to be heah ?" "She could, if s he was not prevented by floating ice." "I'se jes' itchin' ter git dat Walter Grey way from de capting." "By this time the poor boy may be dead." "Dead!" muttered Pomp, aghast. "Yes; B e n Bolt may have killed him," said Frank. Just then the doctor and Barney came up from below. As soon as Vaneyke saw the settlement, he said : "Yes; that's the Norwegian fishing sett l ement. See the flag?" "Do most of the Kara Sea whaler s meet here, sir?" "They have to until the cold weath er is over." "But the water is pretty well open professor." "Yes, I know it's a mild winter, b"ut if the Red Eric comes to this sea at all, she will stop at that fishing statio n, by any one." "I'm glad to hear that, for he certainly is a bad man, and I can prove it. He was paid to shanghai a boy whom he has got aboard his vessel, and we are going to h e lp the lad to escape "It's just like him. But how did it come about?" Frank detailed Walter Grey's history. At its conclusion, he addeu: "Ben Bolt shot me. I am going to arrest him for it." "If we meet the rascal and you don't happen to be around, you can rest assured that we will make him produce the boy." "Good enough!" After some more talk they parted. Frank sent the ship up into the frozen air. Turning to Dr. Vaneyke, he said to him, cheerily: "Now, then, to find the mastodon, professor." Going now ? "Yes; produce your directions." The professor drew a paper from his pocket. I'm sure. I'm glad w e've found the place, for it's near herr He carefully read it over and then said: the body of the mastodon I'm after is to be found buried in "The man who discovered the remains said they were to the ground." be found in the ground at the head of Tchekin Bay, fifty The air ship continued on toward the wretched little miles north of here, on the eastern coast. The place 11:1 cluster of wooden huts and soon reached them. News of her approach had been communicated to the in habitants and crews of the ships. They were all grouped on the shore watching the ice ship. marked by a solitary cedar tree." "We shall be thPre in little more than an hour." Frank turned the flying ice ship up the coast. _t\s she pa. ssed the place haunted by the birds they flew Frank sent the Ranger down on the ice near them, and away in fear, with a tremendous chorus of screams and viothey all made a rus h for her to find out what s h e was. l ent whirring of wings. In a few moments the ship was surrounded by the curious The waves of the Kara Sea were b_reaking in a long line throng. of foamy surf along the icy coast, and far out upon th&


r14 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. l ========================================================= heaving waters great b ergs and ice floes were seen drifting his leg from under him and he went to the floor with a along. bang It was bitterly cold in the frozen sky, and the moisture "Sen' fo, de undahtakah! I'se a dead niggah !" he from the low-hanging gloomy cloud s covered the Hanger yelled, frantically. with their vapor, which was quickly converted into s lippery He reached out hi s hand to assist himself to rise, but the ice. contact with the floor completed the circuit again. She was completely glazed with it in a s hort time, but A wild escaped him the hot wire s in the hollow masts kept the pivots free at the He humpe(1 up his back and bounced to his feet. gyroscopes. "I'se f ull obit!" he howled. "Somebuddy insulate me!'' Pomp went down i nto the engine room to lubricate the then be caught s ight o.f the wire that tripped him. machinery, and as Barney was already there, he dodged out He thought it was a loose piece into which hi s foot got of sight behind a dynamo, from whence h e narrowly tangled. watched the darky's movements. Intending to disengage it, he hoisted up the bound foot The fun-loving Iris hman had not forgotten the trick across his knee, and to balance himself reached out one Pomp played on him in the Boston hotel. hand and grasped one of the metal posts. He now a chance of evening matters up with the Another shock followed. coon. Pomp l e t out a roar that would have done credit to a Unconsciou s of his danger, the diminutive darky went Comanche. from one oil-cup to another, with the oil-can in his hand, He relaxed his hold on the post as if it were reel hot, and filling them up. made a wild rush for the oth e r e nd of the room, bawling: As he was passing the dynamo b e hind which Barney "De hull s hip's lectrified! Tu'n on de hose! Lor c rouched, the Celt passed a copper wire around hi s ankl e a mighty, put me out! l'se lectrocuted! Help, help, a nd rapidl y bound it there. help!" On went Pomp a f!:!w paces and paused at a point to be Snap went the wire from hi s ankle just then. oiled. It had necessarily been put on insecurely, and he gained rrhe moment he touched the metal lid of the cup to his freedom. it, an electric s hock flew through him that mad e him Bpring in the air. "Ouch! Fo' de Ian' s sake !" he yell ed. "Wha' dat ?" H e shook hi s fing e rs, glared at the oil-cup, and then pono cred. The wire Barney fastened to his leg was ,secured to one pole of the dynamo, and the had another wire !rom the other pole to the m eta l floor. Barney could not hold in his mirth any longer for the comical antic!' of the coon tickled him immensely "Roan. ye spa lpeen, roan!" be yelled, popping np from behind th<' d.mamo. "If yez luck s back, yez will busht loike a bomb!" Pomp paused. It instantly flashed ncross his mind that Barney was re sponsible for the shocks he received, for the Celt 1ra laughAs the machinery was bolted to the floor, the moment ing immoderately. Pomp touched any of the metal work, a complete circuit was made with his body, and a terrific shock was the result. The Irishman chuckled over the success of hi s plan. "Specs dey mus hab been some current in dat cup," mut tered rhe coon. "But dey ain't no lectrical connection dat I kin sec." Feeling safe to go on with his work, he grasped the oil cup cover aga in and made a second attempt to open it. This time the shock was heavier. "Lord amassa !"he gasped'. "Yo' done dat, I'ish ?" "Is it ter m e yez are al1udin' wid disrespect?" "Jes' ten me clat-yo' done gib me dat Icctricity ?" ":]''aix, it 's an insoolt yez trow m e b e yez suspis bey !" ''Once roo', Barney O'Shea," roared Pomp. "Yo' done dat?" "D. o yez take me for an electric eel?" "Dat wuz a great joke," sadly said Pomp, returning. "I doYJ.e gih yo' credit fo' rlat, yo' ole fiannel-mouf terrier! "Wow!" shrieked the coon, and dropping the oil-can, he Shake han's on it. Dat's one on me, honey, sho s yo' born!'' gav-e another jump and started off on a run. He extended his big paw, and Barney roared laughing. He didn't go far before he reached the end of the wire. ''Be heavens!" said he, "it's the divil \\'<:' O 'Shea;;: bes a t As he was going full speed, the jerk on his ankle pull e d [ pla_vin' goocl-. waris on ther naygurs. I'm glad ycz take it


15 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. iloike a man. Here's me and may th e r next wan b::tte "Good Heaven Wh at's this?" he gasped. this joke." "There musi be so.ft ground under us," replied Vaneykc. He slapped his h body. Exposed to Frank's view : as an elephant,inc head covered with dry, dark-gra y s kin, furnished with tufts .of hairs, the neck was covered with a long flowin g mane, and a red dish wool grew all over the exposed parts The long, curved tusks were ten feet in l ength. "What a stencl1! It i s awful!" he muttered holding his nose. "The mud ha s hold of the wheels and runners." Having seen how the Rang e r was held, Frank clashe d in"Begorry, the naygur's off hi s nut, an' there'll be a bloody side, and telling the professor what he had seen, he pulled ruction here wid me for ther coorpse av I sthay." the levers controliing the side wheel s and driving screw. Pomp was satisfied. As they began slowly to revolve, the mud flew u p from A large ripe grin overspread his mug. "Beat him dat time," he chuckled. I I e laid aside the ax, and picking tip the oil-can, resumed his work with no further molestation from the Irishman. All this time the ice boat had been going on up the coast. In due course of time s h e reached the bay they were looking for, and the professor located the lone cedar tree. "Very well," said Frank, as he did so. them in showers, and the runners haying been thus cleared, the ascensional force of th e gyroscopes lifted the ship np. She freed herself this way nnd ros e a few feet, then darted away. The n Frank stopped h e r machinery. The profes s or had gone outside. He viewed what little there was of the carcase on the surface, and going back again, he said to Frank.: A queer sensation at once assailed the Ranger. Surpri,;ed at this Frank glanc-ed out of the window "We can't do anything with that object in the state it 1 is in now." Here a startling sight met his view. The ground seemed to be sink-ing under the weight of the Ranger. "What do you propose to do?" "Only carry away the ske leton." ''Strip it of that rotten flesh?"


r 16 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. "?:\ o; we can let the scavengers of this neighborhood do that f or u s "How do you mean, doctor?" Blow the mud away from around that body so as to leave it exp o sed The odor will attract the foxes and the wolves A mass of black, muddy water ran back into the holes from the ground and settled around the body of the mam moth. "Well," asked the professor, "what luck?" "The body is exposed. Come out here," said Frank, as here They will devour the flesh, _Picking the dry." he wound in the wire with which the shells were' burst "If they eat all the rotten meat," said Frank, "as there aTe tons upon tons of it, there will be enough for an army Dr. Vaneyke complied, and was well'satisfied. After a s hort survey, he said: "As the food here is very scarce," replied the old scient "We'll soon have that skeleton. Wait here awhile, and ist, "the wild beasts are ravenous, and as there are vast .you will Sf.'e for yourself." numbers of them, they will soon get away with it Over an hour passed by. "We might try the experiment, anyway." The n a dismal howling began. lt was repeated from different quarters. "How shall I go about it, lhank?" "I'll attend to it. You keep the ship over the marsh." 'l'hey soon saw wolves and foxes S\Yarming from every di I<'rank went to the stor eroom as he spoke, and procured recLion toward the bod:v of the mam moth. two fifty-pound bombshells, to each of which h e faste n e d a w i re Taking the111 out on deck, he let them drop one after the other down ir, 1 the mud, on each s id e of the marnmoth. They sunk i.tceply by their own weight, coming from a height, and the other ends of the elect ric wire s remained in l?r;tnk's hand. ; "Raise the ice ship a hundred feet!" he s ang out. Dr. Vaneyk e compli ed, there being plenty s lack wire at tached to the bomb s Then Frank handed him the ends of the wire, and said : "In a minute you can touch them to the battery bi,ndingpost "All right," said the professor, with a nod, and Frank 1rent out again. Peering down, he sa w that they were at n safe from the plac e where the shells would explode. distance "When the ordinar y gun-powder s hell i s fired on the battlefield," he muttered "if it explocles in front of a man, he will get kill e d, while if it bursts behind him, the man A horrible scene 'followed. The wolves fought the foxes to keep them away from the carcase, and began to tear the mammoth to pieces. Dozens, hundre ds, thousands ca111e from all points of the compass, and a frightful struggle went on amid snarls and yells, and the fles h was torn from the mammoth's body rapidly "There's no use remaining h e r e any longer," s aid Frank, "for it will tak e several day s to finish devouring all that putrid m ea t. Let u s leave. W e can return and gather up the bones." "Where do you intend to go?" "In search of the Red Eric." "Very well." Barney and Pomp had come out on deck, and it was decided t? send the ice s hip down over the Archangel Sea, there to wait 9nd watch for the whaler, no objection being raised. It was getting so uncomfortably cold out on deck t hat our will not be injured, for th e force is all thrown forward. friends were glad to go inside again. Row, in this case, as the shells will be burst from the upp er The boat was steere d away to the southward. side, the force will be downward, and that will throw the The y spent a week in the frozen sky, searching for some mud up, I think." trace of the whal e r, but failed to sec her. B u t jllSt her e the professor touched the wires to the bat-Far in the north the ocean was frozen up and .covered tery, a current passed down to the s hells, and they exploded. with drift ice which the currents carried to the southward A smothered roar was heard, and a trem e ndous mass of But t h e warm current of the Gulf Stream kept the Rusmud was blown so high in the air that some of it spattered s ian sho r e -water clear e nough for any ships to pass on to the upper part of the flying ice ship. Nova Zembla, so they expected to see the Red Eri c come When it s ub s ided Frank looke d down and saw that a huge along any moment. pit had been r ent in the mar s h, and in the middle of it laid the body of an enormous mammoth. Every day that went by the weather grew colder. 'I'errible hail storms, blinding snow falls and fierce tem The carcase was some what mutilated by the s h e lls, but pest s were now of daily occurrence non e of the limb s had been torn off. The thermometer mercury sank bdow zero, and lhe icy


JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. particles in the frozen t.Ky became so dense that at times i} formed a mist whic h t hey could not see through. i t wn.s rou:s to go out in it. These fine needles c;,ttacked their skins so fiercely that it "Good!" cried the scientist. ''We may save the boy yet." The air ship :flew back to Nova Z embla, and headed for the marsh where the mammoth's body had been. vVhen they reached the place they found nothing but the made their faces bleed and threatened to destroy their sight. animal's skeleton, and took it aboard. The moon looked like a big, crooked ball of fire, the Then they started off to find Ben Bolt's ship. aurora borealis played in beautiful colors in the northern sky, and the short days grew shorter sti ll. A suspicion that the whaler was not going to the Kara Sea now began to dawn upon Frank's mind. One morning he said to Dr. Vaneyke: "I fear we have had our joumey here for nothing." "Nonsense replied the professor. "Isn' t it something to get the bones of that mammoth, Frank?" "Of little consequence to m e in view of the more important work I have on hand," the inventor replied. "By this time the bones must be picked clean." "Then suppose we go back and gather them up." "I hav.; no obje c tion s." Just then Barney called down from the turret: ,.--"Sail ho I Sail ho away?" cried Frank, running up-stairs. "Beyant ter ther northaist. But it isn't t h er Red Eric." "How do you know?" "Onless rite eyes decaive m e it's th e r s hip Sally Ann." Frank no\v saw the ship She was a whaler cruising along below them Barney was right. It was not the R e d Eric. "But perhaps the crew might h.'llow about th e latter ves ; sel," thought Fran]<, and he said a1oud: "Descend, until I speak to her captain." While Barney lowe red the ice s hip, Frank went out on deck. They were soon hovering ove r the vessel, and he addressed he1' crew, telling them what the Ranger was, and asking about the Red Eric. "See her?" repeated the captain. "Of course I did. I 1 was iri her company several day s She is up in the r orth now." "Where am I to find her?" eagerly asked Frank. "She came up from Bo s ton nearly a week ago, and has gone in to win,ter quarters in N ordenskj old bay." "Does she intend to remain there?" "Yes-unti1 spring.'' I Frank spoke at some length further. Then he bade the captain adieu, and said to the professor: CHAPTER IX. C.AUHT IN .A TRAP. An imm ense plain of ice stretc hed away ahead of the Ranger, and an hour after she starte d, with Barney at the wheel, Frank came rushing in from the deck, and cried, s udd enly: "Let her go for all she's worth!" "What's the matter?"asked the startled Celt. "Look back there and you' ll see!" I The Irishman did so, and a pallor over.spread his freckled face as he saw that the Ranger was bemg pursued by an immense cyclonic cloud which was sweep ing over the island. It extended from the sky to the ground, black as ink, vivid tongues of lightning :flying out of it, and it swept everything before it with irresistible fury. Block s of ice were :flying through the air with the force of cannon balls, great clouds of it, ground to powder, rolled up like a fog before the rush of wind, and a roaring of the gale arose that sounded dreadful. Barney put full speed in the driving wheels. Click, click, click! they dug into the ice, the Ranger rushed on at a tremendous rate, and a wild buzz arose from the :flying spokes and from under the steel runners. "Be heavens! if that thing stro ik es u s it's all OYer wid ther Ranger but ther shoutin' !" cried the Celt, nervously. "We may be able to outstrip it in a race," said Frank. "It's a-gainin' on us now." 11 We'll hoist the sails 11 Can t we in ther air an escape it?'' f' No; don't you see that it would reach us before we got above it?" wrhrue for you, l\1isther Frank." The inventor dashed out on deck again, where Pomp and the doctor then were swift l y unfurling the sails. Lending them his assistance, Frank quickly succeeded in getting the canvas up, and as there was a beam wind they hauled around the braces ang_ stays, and the speed of the "Stm>i back for Tchekin bay, and we'll get the mamRanger was materially increased. 's bones. After that, in order to approach the Red She was now flying over the ice with all the speed at her unse en, we will go toward her quarters overland." command, and made a mile a minute.


\ 18 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS EIJEC'l'RIO ICE SHIP. The terrible cyclone was roaring on in her wake, its cloud spnc>ading O\"Cr a large tract of territory! "We hold our 01rn far,'' muttered the doctor. "Golly, eli am wuss dan a lightuiu" express train," said Pomp. ''But we'se gwine ground \ if we does ''Never mind, Pomp; wc"rc lo,;ing, \ anyway." "Begorra! we're in a bad :fix entoirc '!y f'' "By heading for those cliffs we'll have a free wind," said Vaneyke. "It's lucky we've got a clear .field of ice ahead," Frank "Good! You are right," cried Frank. "That will inremarked, as he clutched the railing. "If we hadn't, that crease our speed mQnster woulu s oon reach us and hurl the Ranger up in the Around spun the wheel which had been geared to the ice air.,, '['hey had to watch the sails closely The camas wa,' bulging as if it would burst from the bolt and the wheel motors inside were fairly howling as the armatures flew around at the top of the speed imparted by the battery. A long Lhey shot, the terrific pace uuuiminishecl, the runners bumping orer the lumpy spots, crashing across the cracks, and plo,ring up the snow they encountered. il1ile after mile was covered The exciting race was kept up for the northeast, for the cyclone followed the trend of the land. Suc1denly tJ1e strain on one of the square sails became so g Tca t that it burst in two with a report like a guns hot. In a moment the tattered canvas was wildly flying ahead from the yard, and as considerable power was lost, the speed of the Ranger was slightly diminished. It made a vast difference, for the storm now began to gradually gain upon the ice ship. The cloud was only a mile behind them. u What a misfortune muttered Frank, in disgu8t. "Kain't we rig a new sail, honey?" asked tl1e coon. lY e couldn't," replied the doctor. "'vVe haven't got strength enough. The wind would tctlr the canvas from our hands." Just then a showe r of small icy lumps carried on in ad vance of the sto ,rm struck the boat. It rattled against her like a volley of bullets. Pelted all over, Frank and his companions were obliged to run into the turret for protection. The missiles flying through the frozen sky in back of the first ones were very large. As the Ranger continued to lo se ground s he now began to get pelted with these lumps. EYery blow that struck her gave back a metallic ring and the clattering clash of the ice breaking. Barney now observed some vast ice hills off to the north-rudder, and as the boat swung off ou new tack, Frank and the coon hastened out, and slackened off the braces. Around went the yards. The wind. now caught them free. Insta ntl y the sbi p 's s_reed was incre<1sed. They did not feel the wihd, now Lhu L they were going with it, but they continued to lose ground by tacking atlmarL the course of the cyclone, :mel the pelting ice block:: continued. All hand8 11cre kept busy dodging them. One of thc<>e blocks struck Pomp in the bae:k and knockcLl him across the slippery deck. He would have gone overboard, had Frank not reaclwd out hi s hand and seize d him. Such a fall would have m eant certain death for the darky. as the ic e Bhip would have left h im astern, and the ragin g storm would soon have mached and destroyed him. The_ y c onld do nothing :furth er out there, so in they dorc again. 'rhe Ranger now resounded from the repeated blows she received; but she was rapidly n earing the icy cliffs. Barney worked the wheel like a veteran ice boatman, and kept his eyes open for pitfalls filled snow and crevices that could trip the boat or wedge the runners. There were many openings among the ice c liffs and as the dashed up to one of them the cyclo ne was only a short distance astern of her. "'l'ake that narrow gorge," cried Frank. "Shure, it ma y no t go in all ther Barney. "True; but it will afford us protection." "Jist as you say, me bye." And into it dashed the ice boat lik e lightning The pass was winding, and the bottom lumpy, and Bar ney grasped the l evers with one hand. AJl the rest w ent out to haul clown the sa ils. west about n l eag u e, and po.inl;-ing at them, he said: Around a curve. wept the Ranger, as the ca nva s fluttered "Faith, it's pertection we'd be afther havin' if we wor ter down, and Barney gave utterance to a startled exclamation get undher shelter av thim cliffs, sor." and hastily cut out the current, for the pass terminated ir "Steer for them," said Frank. a cul-de-sac.


ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. rrhe ice ship was plunging with fearful velocity straight the ship over it, for the top of the gorge was too contracted at the wall that rose to an immense height in front of her. to allow her to fly up and thus pass the It seemed for a moment to Barney that she must run ../ her long bowsprit against the hard wall. Such a collision would probably smash her to pieces. He rapidly lowered the side wheels. CHAPTER X. PLUNGED IN A LAKE. A conf erence was h eld by the four adven turers to devise Putting on the current, he reversed lhc wheels, and they a mean;,; o.f overcoming the icy barrier choking up the exit tore through the ice with a terrific ripping sound. of the ravine, and finally Frank said: The boat did not pause at once. "The only way I can see out of the difficulty is to melt I She slid along a con iclerable distance, her wheels ripping it." 11p the ice and sending it flying in two strean1s on each side of her. "How yo' gwine ter do dat ?" aF

20 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS snow up in g r eat drifts and sweepi n g the ic e perfectly c lean "Had the Ranger been caught in its g rip," said Frank, "there woula by this time have bee n nothing left of 4Ier." "Then it's lucky we r an into that cul-desac," answered Faneyke. Jow to locat e Norden s kjold Bay." "Out across toward him, doctor." Vaneyke was about to carry out this order when the ice suddenly began to crack and s nap und e r the boat lik e a volley of artillery. Then it broke in. Down sank the Rang er in the mid s t of the smashing Irs o n the northwest coast, ain t it?" ice, and a tremendous upheaval of the water. "Yes," a n s w ere d Frank. 'l'h 1 k b th tl thi h' h t' d t I was a a e e nea 1e n we w 1c emp 1e m o ''Why Ben Bolt go there?" 1 tlie sea. 'Very lik e l y to avoid the w h a l ers in the strait." :.::lhe had gone into this. thin.k m.ust have an in so ?" \ It was low tide, and much of the water had run out from 1t lS my lmpreSSlOn that he )et has tl.e "hruJgha ied boy' under th e sheet of ice, SO that when the boat broke through on his c r aft, and did not want th e other whalers to know it. she w ent down :five feet befor e she touch e d the water. In a lon e ly, desolat e place like the bay i s where the Red The ice over a large area had split and caved in all Eric lies, h e can put the unlucky boy out of the way, and no a round the Ranger. It was to go around the lake that the deer had been going one will b e the wiser. Don t you see the point?" "That's just what I thought, Frank." in a circle was now very evident At this moment a :fine big reindeer bounded into view A cake o the ice struck Frank a violent blow and knocked from b ehin d a mass of icy blocks. The beast cast a frightened glance of its big soft eyes a t the boat and whee ling around, it sped away. ''There's :fine game !" ejaculated Frank. "For those who can catch it. "I think we could drop him.'' ''With a rifle?" him overboard into the freezing water. Scarc ely had h e la..11cled in the brine when down came the ice u pon hi s h ead, and he was buried out of sig ht Pushed under t h e water, he sank to a consid erab le depth. when he arose his head was und er the ice. It held h im under the water so he could not breathe. "Yes; if I can get in range." ''Try it." For an instant Frank '"as f:O bewild ered that h e felt sure It h e was gojng to drown; then he pulled hi s faculties together, "You take the wheel." 'l'l1e professor grasped the spokef', put on more speed, and Frank took a rifle and went out on deck. The deer was speeding over the ice like the wind, and the ice boat ru s hed after it furiously. and realizing his position, h e dove under and swam und e r water. It was lucky for him that be went in the right direction, for he came up in clear water beside the boat. Had he not done so he certain ly would hav e drowned. A loud buzz arose from the wheels and a crackling from Grasping one of the runners, he held himself up until he und e r the big steel runners. Fast as the deer was goin g, the animal was no match or the ice s hip and it gradually bore clown upon the creat ure "The deer is goin g in a lon g curve," sai d the doctor. "Can't you cut across ilie curve and head it off?" asked Frank. "Yes. That will bring us nearer the sea coast." "Go ahead, then. I want to get in range." The deer was heading for the coast; but, for some reason, was describing a sort of semi -circle. Dr. Vaneyke, instead of steering along in the animal's hacks, now took a short cut w ith the boat. Only half distance to the s hore was covered when raised hi s rifle and fired. The deer bounded up in the air and fell dead. "T{mrilh! You've dropped him!" cried the proessor. got his breath, and then climbed to the deck. No one knew what had befallen him until h e w ent inside the huret, where he folmd Barney and Pomp with the doc-tor. "Good Heaven! what does this mean?" asked the latter. "Knocked overboard by a cake of ice." Lord amassy, chi le, why didn' yo' yell?" asked Pomp. "I scarcely had time to even br eat h e.'' "Yer'd better change yer clothes a n' take a s up o' whiskey," advised Barney; "or, be heavens! it's a cowld in yer head yez will catch." Frank laughed and dove down-stairs. When he returned in a change of clothi ng he s howed ill effects from his involuntary cold bath. He found hi s compan i o n s devising a means of getting of the trap into which the cleer had lured them.


.... FRAN"K READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. 21 "The only way to do i s to start the gyroscopes revolv ing," said Frank. "Let her land near the dead deer." This plan was carriecl out. The boat landed on solid ice again. As soon as the ice ship landed beside the carcase of the "How will you go about it?" ''I'm going down alone to investigate. "That's a dangerous piece of business." "Very true, sir; but I am not afraid to venture." "We ll we will keep a sharp watch upon your moveme nte deer Frank went around and secured the best portions of it. from up here, and if we see that you need our assista nce, 'l'hen they resumed their joi.uney to the northward. all hands will be ready to go down to your aid." Numerous indentations were met with along the coast, "That suits me." and a keen lookout was kept for the whaler. And so saying, F r ank armed himself with a b race of As they the ice grew rougher. pneumatic pisto l s and a knife, and leaving the Range r he Mighty cliffs rose here and there, vast g l aciers were strode away. crossed, valleys were traversed, and they had to skirt the At some distance from the boat, he observed a cleft in the bases of huge rocky ridges and towering mountains. Everything presented a wild and picturesque appearance, perfectly desolate as far as humanity was concerned, and teeming with birds and beasts. How these creatures subsisted in that barren region was mystery; but it was clear that they gained a very meager ving, as was evidenced by their gaunt, bony forms. League after league was passed over. Finally Frank made a calculation, and referring to a chart, he to his friends in the cabin : "We must be very close to Nordenskjold bay now." "Faix, it's no soign av a bay have I seen in some toime." "Neither have I;'' said the doctor "But the distance traveled warrants the belief that we are near it," persisted Frank. Barney was just 3 bout to reply when the r e came a yell from Pomp, up in the turret. "Dar's a anchored ship now! Every one was startled. They rushed up-stairs Off to the right they saw the vessel. As soon as Frank saw her he cried: "It is the Red Eric!" The whaler, stripped of her canvas, was moored to the ice, down which he could go to the s hore of the bay. 'l'he water in which the whal e r floated was open in the middle, but the shores were frozen up, excepting for a stretch that extended outward from where the boat lai d Frank made his way down to the shore It was then quite dark. 'l'he young inventor started toward the ship He diclnot see a ny one upon her. But there was a man's face pressed against a partecl curtain at one of the bull's-eyes in the stern He was intently watching the inventor. 'l'his individual was Ben Bolt. He was astonished to see Frank, but did not recognize him in the fur costume he wore, for the hood covered most of the young man's face to ward off the cold. Frank walked from one end of the boat to the other. I Finding a ladder at the side, he made his way up to the deserted ice-covered deck and saw a light in the cabin win dows. From down in the forecastle came the sound of sailors' voices, and a stream of smoke was pouring up from a funne l in the der:k, s howing that the whalers had fires going below decks. He hau scarcely observed this when the cabin door of a large bay in a great basin below an emincnr;e opened. which the ice ship had just come to a pause. The captain strode out, mut1ied u p i n heavy clothing. \ CHAPTER XI. .BEARDING THE LION IN HIS DEN. The appearance of Captain Ben Bolt's ship so close by a thrill through the cr e w of the Hanger. Not a soul was to be S<'en itpon the whaler, and Frank once caused the ice ship to r ecoil out of sight. "We ll." s aid Dr. V a n<'yke, "there i s th<' we ar c aft er. ow what clo you intend to clo about it, Frank?" Firs t a s certain iE Walt e r Gre y i s aboard of her." "Hello, thar !" he exclaimed. "Hello yourself replied Frank. "Whar d'you hail from?" "My ship, in another sect i o n "What craft is that?" "'l'he Hanger." ''Whaler?" "No; :m exploring boat." "Ob, 1 sec. won "t von come inside?" "I don't mind. Tfs bitt e rly cold out here 'l'he captain l e d 1.1w way into his cabin, pnd Frank fol


?' 22 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC 'ICE SHIP. lowed him, closing and locking the door, and taking the chased you all the way here from Boston to rescue Walter key. Grey-" Not another man was in the cozy little room. "II don't know nothin' about him," growled Bolt. "Sit down," said Bolt, pointing to a chair beside the 'That's an infamous lie, for I saw Alfred Milburn carry table. him aboard of this ship when you and your two men were "Thank you," replied Frank, complying, and Bolt seated at me. Before I left Boston Mrs. Grey was out of the lunahimself opposite. tic asylum and Milburn was forced to disgorge her fortune. "Now give us an account of yourself." "Well," replied Frank, "I'm searching for a c-Brtain party." crew?" queried the captain, curiously. He is n'ow in prison for what he did." The feelings of Ben Bolt upon hearing this were indescribable. He realized that' the plot had been exposed which made I "No," replied Frank, fixing a keen glance on the man, him liable for complicity, and reasoned at once that he had "A stolen boy." lost chance of getting the extra $2,500 Milburn offered "What!" roared Bolt, a sudden start. to pay him for putting the boy out of the way. "A boy who was shanghaied Indeed, he now stood a good chance to go to prison fo; l "The deuce!" gasped the captaiu, excitedly. what he had done in the matter. "His name is Walter Grey." "Ther game's up !n he groaned. "By thunder!" roared Bolt, turning pale. "Yes," assented Frank. "All the lies you utter "And he was carried off on this ship from Boston." will not avail you in the least. If I like I can taoile you a With a wild glare in his eyes, the captain regarded Frank and put you in jail. But I will be easy with you." as. if he were son;e horrible apparition. "That voice!" he muttered, rising. "Do you recognize me?" asked the inventor, uncoYcr ing his face. A yell of alarm escaped the captain when he saw w11o his caller was, and he recoiled a step, exclaiming : "Yes, !"eagerly said the captain. "Bnt only under one condition." "What is it?" "You must give up the boy." A look of despair crossed the captain's face. Frank saw the expression, and began to feel uneasy. "Ther feller wot I shot He waited a few moments, ancl as the captain said noth"Yes," assented Frank, as he whipped out a pistol and ing, he cried: covered the wretch with it; "and if you utter a word to be-"Well, well! Why don't you answer?" tray me to your crew, I'll put a ball in your brain." "For God's sRke, don't shoot!" "Fall on your knees!" "Yes, yes!" said Bolt, and down he went. "Now lie on your face "I won't!" "Quick!" "Yes, yes!" And down he went. Frank smiled and glanced around. There were plenty things to tie him with. The inventor secured a long, stout lanhrd. "Place your hands behind your back!" he ordered. "Don't kill me!" whined the captain, as he obeyed. "I won't, if you behave. I'll simply render you helpless you can't show any treachery." And Frank bound the captain's arms behind his back. Bolt was then allowed to sit up. He was pale and agitated all measure. "Now, see here, my man!" said Frank, sternly, "I've 'I can't do wot yer want." "'Yhy not?" '"Cause I ain't got ther lad." "You haven't?" "No." "Where is he?" "Sent adrift." "Explain yourself." "Yesterday this craft was on ther sea A quarter wuz towin' astarn, ther boy in it1 a-paintin' ther ship. Ther rope must ha' broke, leavin' him adrift on ther 'cause we found ther end of rtler broken painter, an' ther quarter boat." Frank eyed him searchingly. / He was a good reader of character, and realized that Bolt was telling the truth about the matter. "What time yesterday did this occur?" he asked. "In ther afternoon, about three o'clock." "Where was this ship?" "Two leagues from land, off the mouth of this bay."


FRANK READE, JR., AND HTS ELECTRIC ICE SmP. What doing?" up into Lhe air over their heads, and before they could re" Huntin' for a whale one of ther men seen." cover from their surprise he was far beyond their reach. ''That settles it. I'm going to look for that boy. If I Pomp now rushed out upon deck. find that you have committed any crime in this case, I shall Assi st ing Barney, they pulled Frank up. run you down and put you in jail." As soon as h e reached the deck h o t hankc u his friends The captain was silent. foT their timely assistance and going into the turret with He had secretly cut the painter, leaving the boy adrift. them he explained what Ben Bolt confessed to him. But thia he of course kept to himself. "The case looks hopeless now," said the professor. Frank unlocked the door and flung it open, when the cnptain caught sight of some of his men on deck. ''Help! Help!" he yelled. "Shut np !" exclaimed Frank. [ don't agree with you," said Frank. 'How can you expect to find th e boy?"' "By searching. of course Yon remember that the Gulf Stream s1reeps along this sha re. It wonld carry the Shoot that :fellow! He tried 'olt. to kill me!" proceeded quarteT boat along with it. ',,rr ;,m::;t l'ollow its rourse." ''Villain!" cried the inventor, angrily. "Are yez slnue ther captain c1 icln't lie?" [u;ked Barney. "I notiC;ed that one of the quarter boats waR missing. He saw the men rushing aft, and not to get caught ;J a That fact 8eems to bear out 11h,1t he a sse rted." P he hastrned out upon deck. "Bnt mebbe the boy got asho','' suggC"s ted Pomp. On( of the men ha(l a pistol, and Frank, fired at "liP might," Frank admithd; "lJUt if the boat was towing, s he 1rould not b e apt to 1,ay(> ours in her by means of 'I he ball c hipp e d a piece out of the side of hi s jacket, and which Grey could row her." te :tt once hot the man down. A yell arose :f'rom the others, and they ran up forward Frank rush e d to the s ide and hastened down the ladd er. "Why don't you think so?" the professor. "Because," replied Frank, "if it was to the financial interest of Ben Bolt to have the boat break loose No sooner had he reached the ground than the rest or the he would have taken :nighty great pains to see that no oars crew came tumbling up from below. were in the boat." The inventor saw that an encounter with the whole crew "Den yo' fink d e boat wuz bmk loose apuppose, honey?" d be a very serious matter. "M:ost decidedly I do. I can see the hand of Capt!lin He the refore started to run away, when they all came Ben Bolt in thht rascally deed most plainly." arming over the ice after him. With loud cries of hostility they started nff in pursuit of CHAPTER XII. THE BOY AND THE WOLVES. "Frank! Frank!'' This cry startled the inventor. He glanced up and saw the ice ship launch itself into the and come sailing toward him. Vaneyke was in the turret, and it was he who shouted. The professor darted the searchlight d()Wll into the of the whalers, bringing them to a pause. Barney had gone out on deck with a rope. end was tied to the rail, ancl the other was dangling "How shall I steer the Ranger ?" "Up the coast, doctor." They left the Red Eric out of sight astern in the gloom, and were soon flying over the sea close to the shore. The rays of the searchlight were bent down. Sweeping the coast and sea continually as the boat was lowered, there was not much chance of an object so large as a quarter boat being miss e d by its broad glare of light. The Ranger hovered but one hundred feet above the sea. She went along very slowly To the 1 6ft lay a great patch of clear, open water, in which no ice cou ld stay without melting. This was the northern arm of the Gulf Streani. Supper was served. Our friends now kept watch two by two Outside it was frightfully cold, !or the thermometer s the boat swept over him, Frank grasped the noose in mercury had fallen to degrees below zero. end o:f' the line, and shouted cheerily: The air fogged around the boat by clouds of fine I've gcit it!" p went the Ranger the next moment. o the asto nishment of the pursuers Frank was whirled needles of ice, through which the moonlight shone, making the sky gleam and glisten like polished silver. To go out in thi s frozen moisture of air, leaving an / /


24 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. part of the body exposed, meant frost bites of the severest It looked as if it were the bed of a great mountain torkinds, as our friends knew by experience. rent. 'l'he night passed wearily away. The well-defined trail passed into this place, and the When day came, no sunlight appeared until eleven Ranger followed it up into the gloomy defile. o'clock. Even then it only lasted three hours. "It hardly seems probable that the boat could have landed here," said Frank. "That s hore ice would keep it away.'' "There's more likelihood of it having been crushed by the floating ice cakes," r ep li e d the professor. Just then Barne y came in from the deck. "Shtop her!" he exclaimed. "What for?" Frank. "Shure, I see t hcr quarter boat." "You do? Where?" "We've pa ssed it." Frank lowered the Ranger, turned her arou nd and flung the light ahead at a spot indicated by the Irishman. It was a heap of pack ice on the frozen coast. Jammed in among the ice was a boat. The position of lhe boat, half buried under the s h elvi n g ice, was suc h that it was almost hidden from view. "No wonder we missed it," said Frank. "Faix, I'd a misht it meself," replied Barney, "only I had a telescope in me fisht, so I did.'' The Ranger was brought to a pause above the boat a few yards, they saw that it was empty. It contained no oars. At the bow was a painter with a frayed end. Frank eyed the ice with a glass, and aw a mantle of snow on it. Presently he gave utterance to a n exclamatiop. "By jingo! A trail!" "What?" eagerly asked Dr. Vaneykc. Frank had to raise the boat every few moments, as the path s loped at an acute angle. After awhile they reached a level plateau at the top of the cliffs and observed that the trail ran to the left. The Ranger etill pursued it. "How fortunate that no wind or snow storm occurred here since these tracks were made," commented Frank. "Had it occurred the trail would have been eliminated." "Wha' de deuce dat chile gwine up heah fo' ?" asked Pomp. "He must have bad some purpose in view for doing i "Begorra, there's no ind to ther spalpeen's walkin'," sa the Irishman. "It's off we'll.foind his leg s when we across him." Hark! Wha t's that?" interposed Frank. They a ll listened. For awhile deep s ilenc e ens ued. Then they heard a faint, distant cry. It came from the direction they followed. And it was in a human voice, too. "Some one in distress," said the professor. "Wha dem yudder voices?" asked the coon. "Wohes !" cried Frank after a pause. "Faith, it's afther ther lad they must be!" cried Barney "I'll hurry the boat along," said Frank. But just as he was about to do she san k to the ground h e r gyros:opes having almost stopped whirling. "Heaven s What's this?" gasped Vaneyke. "Something must have happened to the dynamo." "I'se gwine down fo' to see." "We can use the batt eries on the runner wheels "There 's n. track of human footprints in the snow on cried Frank. the ice that run in toward the coast yonder." He started them going and followed the trail easie r "Made by Walter Grey?" At the arne moment he heard a terrible noise up "The marks are small, evidently those of a boy's feet." mountain and saw an enormous snow slide coming d "Frank, I think we will find him now." the side toward them. "I hope so, professor. Anyway, we'll follow the tracks." 011ce this mass of tons upon tons of snow fell on t He kept the flying macHine within a few yards of the ice, the ice ship would be buried. and sent her s lowly along inland toward some steep cliffs. The e normous precipices tower z d up a thousand feet in the air, and formed the base of a tremendous mountain, whi c h stoo d on the verge of the sea. Along went the Ranger, and she presently drew close to the base of the cliffs. Here n big beach was seen. The Ranger was now rushing ahead again down a declivity that terminated at the edge of the lofty cliffs. Ahead Frank now saw a boyish figure in the midst pack of ravenous wolves. He was armed with a revolver, with which he was into them, while he shrieked to frighten them away. Up to him rushed the ice ship.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. 25 =============================================--==== Barney ran out on deck, and stoo d at the side of the boat to render the boy aid. "Pomp I" scr eamed Frank, "is the dynamo fixed?" "Yassah !" came the reply "Only a wire got unfa stment Frank first turned on the lever; but as it required a few second s for the current to get them spinning fast e nou gh to buoy the s hip up, they had not sustained the Ranger immediately. e ned. As oon as the ice boat gained its equilibrium in the air, "Ther e's a wall ahead. We can't go much furt h er this however, s h e came to a pause and hung there. way, Frank." The avalanc h e of sno\Y poured over the cliff and fell with "I'll ha .ye ao go over the edge of the cliff, then, doctor.'' a dull roar down upon the ice below. "Good heav e n s !" Into the pack of wolves rushed the boat, scatte ring the howling b easts right ancl l eft, and a scream of joy burst from the boy's lips when he saw h e r coming. CHAPTER XIII. OFF THE CLIFF. 'Shtop ther Ranger-quick!" "1.\.ll right Barney." "Give us yer hand, me bye ''Here you are, sir." "All roight, Frank, go ahead. I've got him." And up on the deck Barney hoisted the boy in a twink -Frank looked u p and eaw the ava lan che of snow a lmost them and then glanced ahead. Many mighty ice blocks obstructed the Ranger's path, and as she could not turn around and retrace her cours e, resolved to try a desperate plan. He determined to rush off the top of the cliff. Accordingly he splm the wheel around and the boat shed like lightning to the edge of the precipice. As quick as a he pulled the gyroscope lever. T o honor lhe wheels did not lift the boat at once. Wer e ibey madly da hing to their doom? Death seemed certain if they went off lhc cliff, but it was late to do anythi n g else now, as he could not stop her, o r had he room to swerve her aside. A cold weat burst out all over him. "God bless me sow 1 said Barney. "We're fl.oyin' "Is this the end of u s ?" asked a trembling voice beside him. It was the boy who s poke, and he gazed around shudder ingly, for he thought they were goin g to drop to the earth. He was the same boy whom Frank had made an effort to defend in Bo sto n, and he wore the same na.tty cap and mili tary schoo l uniform beneath a rough coat much too b i g for him. His wan, pale face bore tl1e stamp of great s uffering, too. B arney s hook his head and replied : "We're safe Shure, this i a fl.yin' machine." "Oh-I sec! "Com e inside>, me bye. H e led W alter Grey into the turret. The poor .fellow was half frozen. Our friends warmed him up, fed him, put fur clothing on him, and finally told / him a ll about what had happened in Boston, and their subsequent search for him He was amazed at. the story. When it was finished, he said : "I had a hard time o it aboard the Red Eric "hen I re vived from the drug. Bolt made me work with the crew. 'l'J.1ere I got nothing but kick s and cuffs, poor fare and hard work. At the time they were looking for the whale I was towing astern mixing paint in a quarter boat. Ben Bolt appeared at the taffrail and cut the painter. I \\'as left adrift. No attention was paid lo my cries The current carried me to where you the boat. Thinking I "Heavens!" h e gasped. "Pomp told me the c1ynamo was might find some one on shore, I went up on the cliffs A pack of wolves attacked me. I bad a pisto l which I found A s hout of intense horror escaped Frank's companions aboard the Red Eric, but it did little good. If you hadn't as the boat leaped like a cannon-ball from that appall arrived just in time, the beasts would haYe killed me." height, every one instinctively grasped something to "Then Captain Ben B?l1 deliberately cut you adrift?" himsdf. asked Frank. Far out from the cliff s hot the Rang er. was closely pursued by the avalanche. one gave a gasp as the boat began to fall. "Yes. More--he aid, as he did it, 'I've been waiting or this chance to put you out of the way, T won't let it s lip !' That 8 how e d me that he thirsted for m:v lif e." when they observed that sl1e went clown very slowly, I'Jl make him answer for his evil work!" declared re

Jill""" FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP. "Why, I'll make a prisoner of him, carry him back to "Wha' de matter?" chuckled Pomp, grinning harder Boston, and put him in prison for his wickedness." than ever his face protector "Do you know where to find him?" "Why, yes; in N ordenskjold bay'' "Don't you think he will leave there after what happcJled ?" 'Probably; but he can't cscHpe me, though." The flying i ce ship was teered down the coast again. When she reached the ba), F'rank found the ship gone. .. She certainly clid not go nortlmard," said the inventor "D'yez yer moind ther legs av me?" "Dey's long enough." "It's paralyzed they are. I'm dyin' from me toes up ards." "Why doan yer git up?" "I can't. All power have left me intoirely.". ''I'se gwine ter see 'bout dat," said Pomp. "Howlcl ye r gob!" roared Barney, angrily. "Is it laugh-to bi::: friends. "'Ye 1rould hare secn her if 8he had. There-in' ycz a1c at a dead man? Be heavens, I 'll bate ycz black fore we must go to the southward to find her." an' blue!" "Perhaps she has gone to the strait." And he gave Pomp a thump in the neck that made him 'rhat's tl1c on lv open place in which she could find a see stars. sail' refngc,'' S

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28 FRA rK HEADE, JR., AND HIS ELEC'l'RlC ICE SHIP. ======= he wa finally sentenced to a long term or imprisonment, and went to join the rascally lawyer, Allred Milburn. Having disposed of the captain, Frank next took Walter Grey home to his mother. The meeting of the mother and son was very touching. When they got over their first transport::; of joy they turned to speak to Frank, and tl1ank the generous young inventor for what he had done for them. But Frank was gone. He had quietly gone away. Returning to the Ranger, the inventor boarded her with his friends, and headed her for the west. Her destination was Readcstown. She made rapid headway toward the pretty little city, Barney playing his fiddle and Pomp thumping his banjo. The next moment the flying air ;;hip shot up in the and disappeared in the dark storm cloud. A week afterward, when her batteries gave out, she into the ocean thousands of miles away and was swano, up. Our friends were scrry enough to lose her, but gla save their lives, and finally descended the interior of the spire and reached the ground in safety. They returned to Frank's house, where they were greeted by the inventor's family. On tho following d:ty Frank \rcnl police Rlatio 1, the doctor could surrender himself. Here, to tl1eir joy, they found that the real murderer been exposed, and was then in prison awaiting trial. He was the man who had accused the doctor of the The weather was very stormy. two men going to the scene of the crime had witnessed W11en they reached Readestown the wind was blowing a villainy. gale, and as they attempted to land in Frank's grounds, the That cleared Dr. Vaneyke, and the detective who storm caught the flying ice ship and drove it toward a church steeple. Frank made a desperate effort to steer it away, but failed to s u cceed, for it struck the steep l e with a terrific shock. "Throw over the grapnel!" scr eamed Frank. made such a desperate effort to capture him was very fuse in his apologies for what he had done to annoy him. The professor then left Readestown and went to W ington to attend to the articulation of the m skeleton. "What's the matter?" gasped Barney. As for Frank and Barney and Pomp, they were "The gyroscope lever is broken!" much chagrined over the loss of the Ranger, but finally The flying ice boat would have gone up, up, up, high in got all about her when the inventor announced his the sky until it had been repaired had not the inventor tion to build a new contrivance with which they caused the grapnel to be thrown over. It caught in one of the windows in the steeple. Every moment the gale was slamming the boat against the spire, threatening to demolish the Ranger. If that happened she was apt to fall to the gJ.'Ound and kill her crew, and Frank realized it. It made him desperate. "We will have to abandon her!" he cried at last. "Can' yo' sen' her down?" asked Pomp. "Not till the gyroscope l ever is repaired. It would oe. \ cupy an hour or two to do that. In the meantime we may make a journey. Let us not anticipate, however. We have :mothe r tale ready for our readers about new marvel, which will appear next week in the Reade series, and as we will meet with the three again, let us pause here. THE END. Read "FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA GTNE; OR, HUNTING FOR A SUNKEN DIAMO MINE," which will be the next number (26) of the" "What shall we be afther doin, sor?'' questioned Barney. Reade Weekly Magazine." get killed." "Slide down the anchor rope to the steep le." There was no alternative. They thought they could get the air ship when the storm blew over, so Barney and Pomp tied their fiddle and banjo to their back and all hands hastened out on deck. Grasping the grapnel rope they s lid down one after an other to the steeple and safely reached a platform there. Scarcely was this done when the wind caused the RanSPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from newsdealer, send the price in money or postage mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you ger to give a sudden plunge, and the graprlel tore itself free. you order by return mail.


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It contains recipes for cooking meats, 6sl!. game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry. and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular o::ooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. it nOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de-,. ou the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric 'l'oys, Batteries, Ptr. By George Trebel, A. l\I., M D. Containing over fifty il l uot rations No. 64. HOW TO ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining. full ,sill'J. and there's millions (of fun) in it. Jio Ia( 1 I K TERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A -_ valuablE' little book just published. A complete compendium P sports, card diversions comic recitations, etc., suitable or l "'' or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any hook pubfished. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\'IES.-A complete and useful little book. containillg the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon. croQnE't. dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUl\IS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches !lind witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred inte r esting puzz l es and conundrums. with key to same. A omplete book. F u lly illustrated. By A Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW 'I' O DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It Is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know 811 about There's happiness in it. No. HOW '1'0 HEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methodseof ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in t "'<1raw1ng-DECLAMATION. o. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular sele,..tions in use, comprising Dutch dialed. French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together No: 3 1. HQW TQ. BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing f our teen IllustratJous, g1vmg the different positions requisite to beco m e a good reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a.ll the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most Simple and conc1se manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving ru1es for conducting dt> bates, outlmes for questions for discussion and the best sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation arf< fully Pxpluined by this little book. Besides the various methods ot bar.dkerchiE'f, fan. glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it con tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers {vhich I$! i.n.teresting to everybody, both old and young You cannot' be happ Without one. No. 4. HOW '1'0 DANCE is the title of a new and haml.'lom{ little book just issued by Tousey. It contains full instruG tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie1, how to and full directions for calling off in all popular square dancs. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to lovt, and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquettf) to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gem (,;rally known No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad. giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up. No. 18. IIOW 'TO BECOiYI:E BEAUTIFUL.-One' of thll brightest and most valuable little books Pver given to the world Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male an4J female. 'l'he sPrret is simple, and almost costless. Read this and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated anl containing full instructions for the management and training of tb canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POCLTRY PIGEONS ANi RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hln on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird Als o bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtc Keene. No. 50. HOW 'I'O STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-.;, valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eigh. illustrations, making it the most comJ:!Iete book of the kind evil published. MISCELLANEOUS. No.' 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and II! structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also es periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and d rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thi book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book fo. making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DIS'l'ANC.El TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving tht" official distances on all the railroads of the United States Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, bac fares in the principal cities reports of the census, etc., etc., it one of thP most comp!Pte and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won derful book. containing useful and practical information in thf. treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ever family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLT.,ECT AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangint< of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. IIOW '.rO BE A DE'I'ECTIVE.-By Old King Brady the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable and sensible rules for beginners. and also relates some and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-ContaiD ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other. Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. 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