Adrift in Africa; or, Frank Reade, Jr. among the ivory hunters, with his new electric wagon

Adrift in Africa; or, Frank Reade, Jr. among the ivory hunters, with his new electric wagon

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Adrift in Africa; or, Frank Reade, Jr. among the ivory hunters, with his new electric wagon
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Celt seized his rifie and sprung to a forward loophole. It was certain that the superstitious fiends meant to kill Hal. The executioner, with his knife, stood over the youth. Already the knife was i n the air. Barney muttered a prayerand pulle d the trigger.


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RANK READE; "WV:E:E:EE:.:L. :a2:.A.G-STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA .AND IN THE AIR. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Appt icn .tion m .ade for Second Class entry at the New Ymk, N Y., Post Office. Entered acc01 ding to Act of Congnss in the year 1903, in the office of the Lib,-a,ian of CongresB, Washington, D. C., by F1ank 'l'ausey, 24 Union Squae, New Y01k. No.3. NEW YORK, MAY 22, 1903. Price 5 Cents. Adttift 10 OR, FRANK READE, JR., AMONG THE IVORY HUNTERS WITH HIS NEW ELECTRIC WAGON. By "NONAME." -------CHAPTER I. AN AFRICAN LEGACY. "A hill of ivory, did you say?" "Even so." "Mercy! that is fortunate to the one who can r ecover it." "Certainly; but there is the hitch. It i s not e asy to pentrate the deepest and darkest wilds of Africa and bring out even such a treasure as that." lucrative, but like a ll small professions, yie lded no near ap proach to the possibility of a fortune. For three years they had delved and dug in their small mine of industry. But every day they grew more and more dissatisfied wit h their l ot, and as is customary with youthful minds, meditat ed a change for the better. Thus matters were when one day, in exp loring his effects, Hal found a rather verbose a nd l engthy l ette r from bi s "I believe you are right. If there was only a way there uncle, who had been traveling for years in Centra l would be no further need of our slaving away at this dog's Africa. 'fe." Col. James Martin had l eft America fifteen yea r s pre The speakers were two young men, cousins as it were, vious, and had written to Hal at various intervals until 'oamed Hal Martin and Jack Fuller. within a period of five yea rs, since which time Hal had The scene was a dingy little office in Newspaper Row in heard nothing from him. the city of New York. Upon the door was a sign: MARTIN & FULLER, STENOGRAPHERS AND TYPEWRITERS. The young stenogr aph er had given his wandering r e lativ e up for dead long ago. The letter in q u estion very vividly describ<::d an exploring trip into the interior, and the discovery of a gigantic Hard-working, industrious young men they were, of pile of e l ephants' tusks, heaped up for years by an exti n ct te rling prin ciples a nd honesty. Their patronage was fairl y race of natives.


2 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. The ivory was stated to be of first quality, and owing to "Hurrah!" cried Jack Fuller, eagerly; "that is certain the equable climate, perfectly preserved. our chance. You are sure we can induce him to help us It represented an immense fortune, lacking only trans "I think so." portation to the coast to find a speedy sale. "That will assure our success." But also, Col. Martin had told of a very savage tribe of "You see he is going to Central Africa, and if we c natives nearby, who disposed to r egard the ivory heap only induce him to allo w u s to go with him, we will be as sacred, and were very hostile to visitors. right. We have no money with which to employ arm E "This in itself," wrote the colonel, "would pre clud e any men, and >W.ih Mr. Read e's machine to aid us we can eas i possibili ty of carrying the ivory away easily. Yet a small carry off the ivory." army of det e rmined white men could no doubt secure it." "Just so They say he ha s perfected a new dynami At the time of receiving the l etter, Hal had regarded the gun, which will blow anything to pieces." ivory treasure as something wholly impracticable in view of "Then it i s settled !" cried Hal, with inspiration. many easier ways of making hi s fortune. will take the next train to Reade atown and see Frank. But his plans did not pan out as expected. It was not there is anybody in the world who can gain his co-operatio so easy to carve his way to affluence as he believed. I think I am the one." And now, upon coming across this l etter of his uncle's, "Good for you, Hal!" cried Jack, with feverish intere it was not at all strange tliat h e should be sudde nly fir ed "and may you hav e success. Hurrah! Only think, we m with the de ire to attempt the recovery of the ivory. soon be off for Central Africa." So he had shown the l ette r to his partner, handsome Jack "Wait until I return from Reade stown." Fuller. And this ended the colloquy. Events now succeeded ea The latter was instantly enthu sed other rapidly. "Wonderful!" he cried. "If that ivory hill could be Readestown, the home of Frank Reade, Jr., the invento found, we would be dead sure of a fortune. Indeed, I was a beautiful little city, founded by Frank's ancesto r should rather enjoy a season of wild adventure and rough and wher e many generations of Reades had dwelt. ing it in Central Africa The large machine s hop s were the property of the you "It would be better than working a typewriter forever," inventor, and devoted wholly to the manufacture of his i -ve ntured Hal. "I guess it would. I say, Hal!" "Well?" "Let us try it. "Throw up our business here?" "Yes." ventions. It was true that Frank had just completed his new Ele tric Wagon. This was a triumph of inventive art, and that the readJ may more readily comprehend it, let u s describe it in d tail. The two young men looked at each other. Frank had long had a desire to explore certain parts "How would we, ever get there?" Central Africa. } "Any way at all. Work our passage on a sailing vessel. This had led to the construction of the Electric Wago Any way will do." He knew that a wagon, saf e for travel in such a wild pa "Wait a moment," said Hal, with a sudden thrill of inof the world, mu s t be strong both for offense and defen spiration. "I have an idea." He picked up the morning paper and indicated a para graph. Thus it read : "It is rumored that the famous inventor of many won derful machines, :Mr. Frank R eade, Jr., of Readestewn, has Battles with wild, bloodthirsty natives, and savage W1 beasts, would b e a moral certainty. The Electric Wagon, therefore, was constructed as s mall arsenal of deadly w eapons. In s hap e it resembled a lon g wagon, with deep body completed his new machine, the Electric W agon, and will plated steel, impervious to a rifle ball. shortly start on an exploring tour through Central Africa. Four wheels with grooved rubber tires supported t The confirmation of r eport is awaited with deep inter-running work of the strongest and yel the lightest kind. est." Heavy fend e rs hung ove r the wheels, and a dasher ro. "Now, I w ent to college with Frank R eade, Jr., declared in front. Back of this was a pilot-house or cover for t Hal, "and we were warm friends. I feel sure that I can ensteers man, of thick and stou t steel netting, with a h ea list his sympathy in our cause plate glass window in front.


ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 3 11 ? The main body of the wagon rising above the deck was f steel netting, supported at the corners by strong posts. !lidway there was an arched opening or passage, extending rom one side to the other. a In the netting were rounu loopholes for the use of riflea len e il .Along each side was a hand rail, protecting a shelf or mall balcony. In the rear was a similar one. 'They were both delighted with the new invention. "Begorra, naygur," cried Barney, addressing Pomp, "yez will be travelin' troo the land av yer nativity in foine style, won't yez? Shure, yez own countrymen won't know yez. Barney was always nagging Pomp, and the darky was quite capable of r eta liating in good style. "Huh!" said Pomp, quickly, "yo' don' need to say nuffin' 'bout ancestors, I'ish If yo' was to trabbel froo yo' t Upon the dome or roof of the machine was a mammoth native country dey would take yo' fo' an English dude." 1 earchlight of most intense power, and capable of penetrat"1g a great wall of darkness. 1 But the most important fixtures of all were the two elecric guns, one on each side of the machine and pointing portholes in the steel body o.f the wagon. These deadly engines of warfare were the particular in s ention of Frank Reade, Jr., and were very light, being 1acle of tough, thinly rolled steel, and fired by means of lectric pressure. The projectile thrown was a dynamite cartridge, which xploded with the impact, with fearful execution So much for the exterior of the Electric Wagon. The interior, though different, was none the less won-erful in the matter of marvelous symmetry and appoint-In the main body or hold of the wagon was the e l ectric Thi s was to Bauey like :flaunting a red flag in the face of a mad bull. If there was anything in the world the Celt disliked, it was an allusion lik ening him to that race whom he fancied the oppressors of hi s people. "Whurroo he cried, "don't yez be afther loik e nin m e to anything English. Shure it's moighty little loikeness there is a twixt the Oirish an' the English, bad cess to 'em!" "Den I gib yo' to und erstan' dat a 'Merican darky ai:lr't no mo' related to de brack man ob Afriky," r eturned Pomp Barney saw that Pomp had the b est of the argument, and with fairness replied : "Yez are roight, naygur," he agreed. "Shure, yez are a black man wid a white man's heart, an' it's friends we have allus been and allus will be." Then they shook hands with the b est of grace It was ynamo room, where power was manufactured to propel likely that Barney would have proposed as a sealing of good Je machine. will a drop of the "crather," but at that moment Frank This was a revelation of delieate and intricate :r:nachinery. Reade, Jr., him self appeared upon the scene Here, also, were the gun-rooms, the storage compartt, and the cooking galley. Above this was the main deck of the wagon, and the upper cabin, with its delicately furnished salon and st;aterooms, six in number, .for passengers. Provisions and 11upplies of all kinds were stored aboard Electric Wagon, and she was ready for a grand tour. Truly of all the wonderful mechanical conceptions of CHAPTER II. THE INTERVIEW. The foregoing colloquy had taken place in the big high Joofcd storage -room of the macP.ine works. Upon iron horses near sat the body of the Electric Wagon. It needed only the adjustment of the wheels to be r e ady times, the Electric Wagon secrn.ed the peer. for a start. A few hours' work would do this. And of all the people interested in the new invention, The moment Frank Reade, Jr., appeared Barney and were two people, perhaps, more enth u siast ic than any Pomp doffed their caps in a h ea rty manner. of these was a negro named Pomp a jolly, wholedarky, whose only blemish was a black slrin. "Top av the mornin' to yez !" cried Barney. "Good-mornin', Marse Frank," sai d Pomp. "Good morning," replied Frank, pleasantly. "I have other was a lively, rollicking and fun-loving Irish-good n e ws." and Pomp bad been with Frank Reade, Jr., upon his many wonderful voyages around the world. the young inv e ntor could ill hav e spared his two "Yez don't say !" cried Barney. "Wha' am it, Marse Frank?" "I have closed negotiations with the captain of the Sierra Leone. He will take us with the wagon aboard hi s steamer companions. Both were prompt and true, and l and u s a t any part of the African coast we may desire." deeply devoted to him. "Hooray!" cr ied Barney and Pomp in chorus.


4 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. "We shall start within two days. Be sure to have everyHe was at once very favorably impressed with the fra t hing r eady." manners of his young visitor, and his honest, handsome fa "We'll jes' do dat, sah." "The matter concerns the location of a vast fortune "Bu t tlris is not all the news I have for you. I have rewhich I have the description and the clew," continued H ceived a telegram from New York to the effect that a young "Well?" exclaimed Frank, much interested. "A fortu man by the name of Hal Martin is coming to see me about you say?" a very important mission in Africa." "Am dat so?" exclaimed Pomp B e j abers, phwat can it be, Misther Frank?" asked Barney. "Jndeea," I }_lave not the slightest idea,'t replied Frank. "Yes." "And it is in Central Africa ?" "It is." "And you want me to look it up for you?" "Well,'-' stammered Hal. "I thought perhaps I could i However, if it is a matter of cl1arity or philanthropy, duce yon to help us recover it." w h ich we can perform for the benefit of suffering humanity, "Us? Who is the other party? I shall be very glad to do so." Barney and Pomp had orders to get the machine ready for placing on board the steamer Sierra Leone. They went about it at once, while Frank returned to his office. r He had barely seated hlmsel l:tt hls desk for the purpose of attending to some correspondence, when Pomp thrust his head in at the door. Marse Frank!" Well?" said Frank, turning a bout. Dar am a young man yer as says he wants to speak wif y o '. Here am his card." Fra n k gla nced at the name on the card. HAL MARTIN, New York. "Show the young inan in, Pomp," he said. "I will see him." With this the darky vanished. "My partner-Jack Fuller." "Well, I am, indeed, interested," said Frank. does this lost treasure consist?" "Of many thousands of pounds of the finest ivory whi awaits only effective transportation to the coast." "Ivory?" "Yes." Frank Reade, Jr., was astonished. "I know that ivory is a very valuable article," he sai "but I could not agree to usc my maclrine for that purpose "Ah, that I do not ask," replied Hal, hastily. "Indeed!" "Oh, no. Simply your assi tance in holding at bay a ra or tribe of African natives who regard the ivory as sacre and will not consent to its being carried away." Franlc Reade, Jr.'s face changed. "That is different," he declared. "But from what sourc do you get information of the existence of so much ivory? "From my uncle, Col. James Martin, who is a no A few moments later the door opened and a young man, African explorer." tall and handsome, stood on the threshold. He bowed politely and said: "Is this 1\fr. Frank Reade, Jr.?" "It is," replied Frank. "What can I do for you?" "Doubtless you -remember a telegram received from me this morning?" "Indeed! His name is familiar to me," said Frank. have heard much of him. Then Col. Martin is your uncle? "If he is alive, yes." "Do you believe hinl dead?" "That I do not 1mow. Indeed, it will be one of the o "I do," replied Frank. "Please walk in and have a jects of my visit to Africa to find my uncle." seat." "In which I hope you will be successful," replied Fran Hal Martin seated himself opposite the famous inventor. warmly. "You have claimed my deepest interest, Mr. Ma "I will not consume any of your valuable time than tin." possible, Reade," he said. "I hea:rd that you were "And you will help us?" cried Hal, excitedly. about to depart for Central Africa with your Electric "I will." Wagon, and I thought I would try and see you before you "Oh, thank you a thousand times!" went upon a very important subject." Hal was completely overjoyed. He wanted to telegrap "Indeed!" said Frank, studying the face of the youth be-Jack at once, but Frank Reade, Jr., said: fore him closely. "What may it be?" "How do you expect to get to Africa?"


ADRIFT IN AFRICA. "Ah, that is something we have not provided for yet!" The voyage was a singularly propitious one. 'aid Hal, dubiously. "It will take all our savings." In due time, after some weeks in buffeting with the seas "Then I think I can help you out," said Frank. "::\Iy and head winds, the islands of St. Thomas were sighted. [negotiations with Captain Baxter of the Sierra .Leone are to Cape Lopez was south of these the Sierra Leone kept effect that the Electric Wagon with crew, shall be trans-that course until finally the main land burst into view. ported to any point upon the coast of Africa for a certain The voyagers gazed upon the coast of Africa with ernesum. You may go aboard and pass as the members of the tions of a varied sor t. crew, if you choose. 'l'his will give you absolutely free pasThey were about to enter upon a wonderful and thrilling sage." trip through a veritable wonderland such as had a counter-Hal impulsively grasped Frank's hand. part in no other part of the world. 1 "Heaven bless you!" he cried. "You are indeed a friend A sma ll harbor was found, and in this the steamer to us. That kindness will certainly assure us success in our dropped anchor. undertaking." The shores near at hand presented a picturesque ap"I believe you will s ucceed," s aid Frank. "I will help pearance. vou all I can." There were waving palm s and flowering plants of the t "Thank you. I will go now and wire Jack the good richest and most exotic kind. High cliffs of basaltic rock !}news. But when shall we start for the African coast?" "In two days," replied Frank. "Be s ure to be all ready by day after to-morrow. Uake all personal preparations by that time." "I will do it," replied Hal. "Until then au revoir." With this he hastily left the works. He went at d once and wired Jack. !. "\Ve are to go with Frank Reade, Jr. Shut up shop and come along at once." The moment Jack Fuller received that message he was cdelirious with delight. He hastily mad e preparations. It did not take the two youths long to get ready. At the appointed time they were in Readestown, and p:eady for the start. c 1 The Electric Wagon was in sections, neatly boxed, and ? placed aboard the Sierra Leone in New York harbor. e< Meanwhile the news of Frank Reade, Jr.'s proposed trip to Africa had spread all over the country. From far and near people flocked to offer the young inrose at intervals as a barrier against the sea. This was the point chosen by Frank Reade, Jr., for the disembarkation. 'rhe floats upon which the wagon was be taken ashore were low ered. While this was being done, Frank decided to take a trip ashore. He was anxious to climb the high cliffs and see some thing of the country bE!yond. Reaching the shore, Frank l e d the way up the cliffs. On attaining the summit a wonderful sight was spread to view inland. As far as the eye could reach, all was a vast traf of country consisting of rolling, grass-covered plains, dense jungles, deep and slowly flowing rivers. A wilder or more picturesque tract could hardly be im agined. Far beyond the horizon was visible mighty mountain chains. Over all hung that inde scriba ble gloom or haze, which has given to Africa the fitting name of the Dark ? ventor congratulations and wishe s for success. Continent. Frank thanked them all. The n one day all of the African The transportation ashore of the Electric vVagon was a exploring party stood on the deck of the Sierra Leone as it task of no slight sort But it was accomplished, and finally 1blay at anchor in the North River. all the various parts of the machine were piled upon the The Electric Wagon was packed safe ly away down in the beach. tY:lold. The next thing was to get it to the summit of the cliff 11 The Sierra Leone was a fruiting steamer and a stanch, above. rapid-sailing little craft. Her captain was a genia l honest Luckily a wide path was found, up which Frank believeu man. Th e start was made. America's shores were left behind and the little steamer was soon battling with the sea. pl Frank had planned for a landin g in the vicinity of Cape Lopez in Lower Guinea. From thence he meant to pene t rate into the unexplored regions of the Dark Continent. he could cause the wagon to climb. The next thing was to put the machine together. This required the work of a day, and when completed, the Electric Wagon was ready for work and travel. Then, by dint of much effort, Frank managed to get it to the summit of the cliff above.


6 ADRIFT IN A.B,RIOA. All the effects of the travelers and the supplies and equip menta of the wagon were n ext brought ashore. Then all was ready for the start. "Captain Baxter," said Frank, as he shook hands in fare well with the steamer's captain, "we will expect to meet you here upon this spot six months later." CHAI''l'ER III THE LION HUNT. The ca.r,toin nodded and replied: "That will be the 25th of November, I believe." "Yet ivory exists all through this Congo country," sai d Hal. "Very true It is obtained mostly by barter with the chiefs of the natives tribes." "No doubt we may meet with some of the ivory traders.' "No doubt whatever. The worst thing we shall with, however, is the shtve traders. We mu st regard as natural enemies." "That will be an opportunity for a petty warfare!" crie d Jack. "Yes," replied Frank, "for in every instance I meet I shall do my utmost to release a ny slaves we may come across." "Exactly." "Who or what class are generally engaged in that nefa "1 I am not here just on that date wait awhile, for I rious calling ?" asked Hal. may not be able to weather the Cape." "The Portuguese, I believe. They are a treacherous an d "I will do so," Frank. Then the sai lors r etu rned to the s hip, and a salute was fired from tho Sierra Leone's two guns. The steamer weighed anchor and stood out of the little harbor. The explorers from the cliff watched her out of sight. Then Frank Reade, Jr. cried: "Come, boys, all aboard! We must improve time." All clambered the wagon and Frajlk: started the machinery. Barney took up his post in the pilot-house, and held a cours e due eastward over the sprea din g plain. Hal Martin and Jack Fuller, now fully imbued with the spirit of the occasion, stood on the deck and watched the country fly past as the Electric Wagon sped on. "This is a rare experience!" cried Hal. "We are in the wonderful land of the negro!" "And the cannibal!" r e joined Jack, with a laugh. "Yes; a few of the African tribes are cannibalistic," said Frank Reade, Jr. "but I think we need fear littl e from them if we only keep out of their clutch es." "I am sure I shall be very careful to do that," said Jack, emphatically "How long will it take us to get into the heart of Equatorial Africa?" asked Hal. "Perhaps a week," replied Frank. "It will depend much upon the obstacles we meet." "Ah, let us hope they will be few!" "We are now in what is known as the French Congo State. Due west from here is the Congo Riv er, and that is soulless class of villains., For some hour s the Electric W rigon kept on into the in terior. Of course it was necessary to select the smoothest traveling, and fortunately the character of the country ad mitted of this. It was low and l evel, and the wagon was possessed o i scythe-lik e knives, which could be put upon the axles, and which easily cut a way through the deep grass Thus the travelers got along famously. But at every step evidence was furnished that they wen in a wild and uninhabited part of the world. Wild beasts and reptiles were plenty Upon the plain the antelope roamed in great numbers In the bottom l ands the buffalo and occasionally a band oJ hyenas were frightened from their hideou s orgies. Then serpents crawled into the deep grass, lizards an( alligators swam in the shallow rivers. Nightfall came at la st. They had covered fully a hundred miles that day. Frank decided to make a stop, for he did not believe i possible to travel after dark, though with the aid of tht searchlight this might have been attempted. So a spot was selected right in the verge of a dense jun gle. Here it was believed that the night could be passe< quietly. The day had been excessively warm. The crew of the Electric Wagon had lounged about iJ the boundary line between th e Fren ch possessions and the white duck suits and light cork hats. Congo Free State. Southea st from here in the land of the But with the shutti11g down of night a cool air sprang UJ Kassongos :i.s the locality where your uncle discovered the seemingly from the earth, and so delightful was it than no n hill of ivory." of the party could at once think of ret.iring


A D R IFT IN AFRICA. The party sat out upon the outer deck or balcony of the the scene Doubtless they had been attr acted by, the scen t !machine. Pomp descended into the cabin and brought up his banjo. The darky was an adept with this, and was rich in knowl ,eclge of old plantation songs. He entertained the company for some time, and then and the electric lights Barney hesitated no longer .He threw his rifle to his s houlder Crack! The bullet must have gone true to the mark, judging Barney appeared upon the scene. l Under his arm he carried an antediluvian fiddle. from the after effects. There was a t errific crash i n the At jungle, the sound of a thrashing body a n d a n awfu l roa r lance he began to make it groan. "Mebbe yez think the naygur is the only musician on [board!" he cried "Wait until I play yez Garry Owen!" And his listeners were <:harmed, for Barney rendered orne sweet old Irish airs in his rollicking way. 'rhus the hours passed until finally all concluded to turn !D Then something like a thunderbolt struck the wagon There was a terrific shaking o f the stee l n etting, a nd Barney was astounded to see against the sky on e of the lion E clinging to the roof of the wagon. This was enough for the Celt. He yelled with all his might: ":Th1:isther Frank! All av yez. Come up as q ui c k a s ivcr 1 It was arranged that Barney should watch the first half ye kin!" tn!:' night, and Pohp the latter half. But there was little heed for the call. The darkness was of a Stygian quality Nothing could be seen ten feet away from the machine without the aid.-of electric lights. These were turned on, however, and Barney took up h i s 13tation forward of the pilot-house. The voyagers had heard the fearful racket a nd w e re al ready climbing out of their quarters Frank was the first to appear. "What on earth is the matter, Barney?" he cried. "Shure, can yez see for yersilf ?" replied the Celt. f "Bejabers, I don't wondher they call it the Dark Conti-"A lion!" cried Frank, as he glanced up at the huge beast a!nent," he muttered. "Shure, it's blacker than Danny Me-vainly trying to claw its way through the netti n g Guire's hat." However, the Celt lit his pipe and puffed away at it echeerily while he scanned tlw dark shadows about T ime passed slowly. It was near the hour of midnight when Barney was near l y s., recipitated from his seat by a fearful noise. It seemed to come really from beneath the wagon. At first it seemed to Barney as if the universe was dtumbling to pieces, so fearful was the noi e in its intona tions. But almost immediately he recognized it, and his sensa-Hal and Jack were now upon the sc.ene. Pomp also appeared. Barney had turned a focus of the e l ectric light upon the lio n It for a moment blinded the beast, but ittlid not cause him to re lax his efforts to claw a way throug h the netti n g "Jewhittakerl" gasped Jack Fuller; "he is a roya l one, isn't he? How can you ever reach him?" This was a question. O f course a bu ll et coul d not reach him, f or h e was o n t h e other side of the netting ions can be imagined as he saw glaring at him from the Neither could a line be drawn upon him through any o f i dungle depths a pair of eyeballs that seemed like veritable the portholes 18 alls of .fire. While he might not succeed in doing any damage to the "Begorra, it's a lion!" gasped the Celt in terror. "Shure, netting, yet Fran k realized that it woul d be bette r to rid t he! tl t t's not any close acquaintance I'm afther wantin' wid structure of its gigantic incubus him !" So he adopte d what was an ingen ious and the best He stood a moment in indecision whether to fire a shot method. at the monster or not, when another roar, this time in his F rom the cabin he brought a wire, and donnecl some i ns u. r ear, caused him to give a fearful start. latecl gloves. These enab l ed him to handle a l ive" wir?. In "Howly smoke!" he gasped. "Phwat the divi l is that? with impunity. 1\.nother av the omadhauns, as I'm a livin' sinner!" The other end of the w i re was with t h e dyna 11p This was true. mos. Two of the monarchs of the jungle had appeared up on 'l1hen the curre n t was turned o n


8 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. "Everybody keep away from the netting!" cri e d Frank, warningly. All stood upon the wooden pari of the deck, which -.vas a non-conductor. Then Frank touched the netting just und e r the lion's body. The result was thrilling: T he monst e r uttered a terrific roar and tumbled off the netting to the ground. A lightning-lik e streak had seemed t o trave rse his whple body. He lay upon the ground quite still. The current was shut off, and then the electric light focussed upon the prostrate beast "He is dead!" cried Hal. "Yes," said Frank. "He will never trouble bs more." T h e r e was no more sleep for the voyagers that night. Just at that moment a distant, peculiar sound carnE from the jungle. ''Do you hear that'?" cried Frank. "What is it?" "Elephants trumpeting." I= Of course all in the party were eager to engage in the rare sport of an elephant hunt. Particularly so were Hal and Jack. "It will be 11 good chance to secure some ivory," they de clared. "Certainly," replied Frank. "And I will promise you fine tusks." "But will we be all at close quarters with such ?" asked Hal. ''No," replied Frank; "they would tear the wagon all to The excitement of killing the lion was sufficient to banpieces. We must use the utmost of care." ish the drowsy god. All remained 0n deck until morning. A broad path into the jungle was found, and into this the No morewild beasts, however, showed up and no incident wagon ran. worthy of note occurred. They had not far to go. But examination in daylight showed that Barney's shot A sma.U lake occupied part of the jungle, and here the in the dark had b een a good one. It had pen etrated the lion 's eye and his brain, a_nd he lay dead in the deep grasses. elephants, Rix in number, were <'ngaged in play. Nothing pleases an e lephant more than to shower himsel with water taken 11p. by his trunk. This pastime all th Two lion s in one night was royal game, and the voyagers elephants were engaged in. all felt well satisfied. But the appearance of the Electric Wagon upon thQ But the wagon had not proceeded twenty miles further on scene created a commotion. its journey that morning when Frank Reade, Jr., who was Instantly the lmge leader of the coterie, a veritable Jurn forward on the turned and shouted to Barney in the be, began to trumpet pilot-house: "Hold up, '43arney !" The Celt instantly swung the electric lever over and b r ought-the wagon to a stop just in the verge of a jungle. Frank pointed to some peculiar and huge footprints in t h e soft soil of the All were i n stantly interested in the statement he made. CHAPTER IV. HUNTING ELEPHANTS. The other elephants, following leadership., start out of the water. ran the machine within fif yards of the spot. Frank Reade, Jr., Pomp, and Hal and Jack were all o h,md with elephant rifles. These threw an explosive she ll, the peculiar invention o .Frank Reade, .Jr "Pick your elephant !" shouted Frank. "Let them hav it now!" And fire was at once opened. The huge l eader seemed the center of fire, and was hi "We have had a lion hunt," he c ried. "Now, for diverthree times. sion, let us try an elephant chase." Each time the explosive shell tore gaping wounds, but y "An elephant chase!" cried Hal Martin, excitedly. "You not sufficient to bring the monster down. don't mean that, Mr. Reade?" An elephant is well known to be the hardest of all a n "Certainly I do." "But wh e re are the elephants?" "Do you see those tracks?" "Yes." mals to rea ch in a vital part. This is owing to the leathery toughness of its kin, a n the depth of its flesh tissues. The effect of the shots upon the leader was terrific. "They are e lephant tracks Simply follow them and you pau sed and emitted maddened shrieks for several mornen 11 ill find your game." Then he turned and charged for the Electric Wagon.


ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 9 E "Look out, Barn ey!" cried Frank. "Do not let him g et undergrowth, waiting only the departure of the human to close quarters!" foes to indulge in a royal feast. "All right, sor," replied the C elt. "Hurrah!" cried Hal Martin, as the ivory tusks were And he swung the wagon off on a new course. The elelugged aboard. "I can hardly see how one can expect more phant made a blow at it with his trunk. royal sport than this. For my part, I am more than sl.j.ti.f>But the blow just grazed the netting, and the wagon, fied." skilli ull y manipulated by Barney, was almost instantly "So am I!" cried Jack. "There is one thing more I'd upon the opposite side of the monster. Whil e at almost point-blank range, Hal and Pomp poured their fire into the monster's body. It was left for Jack, however, to fire the shot which bagged the game. The young New Yorker took careful aim and fired at the like." "What?" "A rhinoceros hunt. "Perhaps we may be able to have one," said Frank. "Time will t e ll." Thua far nothing had been seen of the hos til e blacks sup monster. The shell struck just behind the ear, and explodi ng posed to inhabit the. region. Dwith fearful force, tore its way into the brain. Not a village or settlement had been encountered. With an almost human-like groan the ,monster reeled and AU the civilized settlements, as Frank knew were far toppling, fell with a tremendous cras h. to the south. But the voyagers were not long to remain in Bu t now a new danger menaced. wild cheers went up at the success of Jack' s shot. Frank uddenly cried : Look ollt Wheel to the right, Barney .. There was good cause for this warning. But doubt as to the characte r of the n atives of this section. All that day the wagon crossed broad pampa s The next day they came to the s hores of a mighty lake, llcross which the opposite s hor e could not b e Eeen. "The Mut s u Ki Lake," said Frank, consulting his chart. "We are truly getting nearer C e ntral Africa." The other elephant s five in number, with almost hu"Hurrah!" cried Hal Martin "How soon shall we man -lik e in s tinct, had turned in their course to avenge the death of their leader. In a single column they charged straight for their white foes. There was need of quick work1 upon Barney's part. The Celt turned the wheel hard about and ran before the advancing column of giant foes. Of course the wagon could go faster than the.e lephan ts, and so it kept ahead of them. str ike for the s outh?" "As soon as we get beyond the valley of the Congo," re plied Frank, "and that w e ought to :Feach by another day This announcement had hardly been made the attention of a ll was claimed by a singular incident. From a clump of bu shes near suddenly a giant black apH e was : nmed with a shield, battle club and assegai, and was a formidable-looking fellow. And now Frank Reade, Jr., made a lucky shot. He regarded the Electric Wagon with apparent amaze Selecting one of the largest of the line, he fired for a ment. For a moment seemed unable to move. point under the shou ld e r The n with a terrifi e d yell he mad e a backward leap and The shell struck exactly in the right spot A hol e was vanished in the jungle. torn into the heart, and the e lephant tumbled in a heap The travel ers had all seen him and were deeply im Four more were left. pressed. Within a hundred yards anothe r was killed. "Bejab e rs, I'd not loike to meet him afther dark!" c r ied The remaining three made off into t he jungle. B arney "Bad cess to the omadhoun !" Chase was not given. "Go ll y gasped Pomp. "I done fink he am a wild Three e l ephants in one day was enough, and now our man." hunters, returning to secure their game so royally bagged. The largest of the e l ephants had t usks of s impl y treme n dous dimensions. They were secured, as were the others. The smell of the blood had drawn a hos t of savage ani mal s to the scene H_yenas and wolves were growling and s qualling in tl;lC "Wait awhile a nd you will see others," said Frank. "If I mistake not, we are very near a sett lement of them." The young inventor pointed to a dull line of haze in the atmosp h e re just beyond the jungle "Smoke!" cried Hal Martin. "That i s what it i s."


10 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. ""What will you do, 111r. Reade?" asked the young New What would have been the result had they reached it i Y o rke r. "Had we not better avoid a close acquaintance is hard to say. with them?" Frank Reade, Jr., saw the necessity of prompt "That would no uoubt be the most cautious move to make and cried: and perhaps the wisest," replied Frank, "but I have some little curiosity to their acquaintance." "So have I cried Jack F\1ller, eagerly. how they can do us much harm." "We shall not have long to wait." Frank was right in this. "I don't see "Give them a volley, friends! Beat them back!" Orack-ack-ack Rifles cracked in chorus, and natives were shot down ir numbers, but there was a tremendou s body of them. The volley did not seem to deter them in the l east ( On they came like a mighty wave of the sea, threatening Soon a distant medley of sounds came from beyond the to overrun the wagon and its occupants. jungle. Prominent among them was the muffled beating of Frank Reade, Jr., eaw the desperateness of the exigency. tom toms. Only one thing could stop i.he foe. It was dernier ressort, "The whole tribe is aroused," decHtred Frank. "They but he did not hesitate to employ it. will be here soon." He sprang down into the gunroom, where were the two Frank changed the position of the wagon to open ground electric guns. near the lake. Here the comiJ.1g of the black was awaited. Suddenly the distant tumult ceased. All became as quiet as the grave. What did it mean? Not a sign of a black could be seen anywhere. Were they adopting Indian tactics? The travelers kept a keen watch of the jungle. Suddenly Jack Fuller cried: OHAPTERV. AMONG THE MOKOMBOS. In all cases Frank Reade, Jr., was a humane man, and. much averse to the taking of human life. But in this case self-preservation was a necessity He had no other recourse. "Look! What do you call that?" It was but a moment's work to train each of the gun. There was a good reason for this exclamation. All saw upon the advancing line of blacks. it at the same moment. Then Frank pressed the electric lever. There was a whir -Just above the jungle grass the tufted heads of several ring sound, a recoil, as the pneumatic tubes work ed, and assegais were seen. the projectile s were expelled. Then fl\Om the jungle, with a whirr like a covey of quail, The aim was accurate, and the projectiles struck the came a shower of arrows. They rained against the wire netting of the wagon harm lessly. mark. Straight through the advancing line they ploweu with fearful effect. Nearly a score of the foe were hurled into the air anu Another and another flight came. torn into fragments. The fearful havoc was demoralizing "Bejabers, let's give 'em a bit av a volley!" cried Barney to the foe. But Frank forbade this. They halted, and then retreated in wild confu"Wait a bit," he said. "I want to parley with the rassion into the jungle. cals." Those on board the Electric Wagon cheered lustily and Seeing that their anows had no effect upon the invaders opened fire again with their rifles. of their country, the natives began to throw javelins. But the blacl,s had been thoroughly repulsed and did not These were heavier, and given with greater force But they were as easily turned aside by the steel netting. For some while this species of attack was kept up. Frank had hoped to gain a. parley with the blacks without the necessity of taking human life. But this speedily was proven an impossibility. Seeing that this method of attack did not work, the blacks now, with loud war cries, burst from the jungle. They made a tremendou charge for the Electric Wagon. at once venture another attack. They retreat e d into the jungle out of range. For a time they were silent. "Victory is ours!" cried Hal Martin, joyfully. "I don't believe there is anything living can stand up before those electric guns of yours, Mr. Reade." "Indeed, I am of that opinion myself," replied Frank. "Dynamite is a deadly article." "I should say so!"


" holl we go on now ?" oskcd Jock. ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 11 "Come to the village and see King Mokombo," he said. "Not yet," replied Frank. "We must do a little "He sell many s lav es; much ivory." ing with these .fellows. I want to find out the shortest route Frank at once started for the pilot-house. But Hal Mar Dto get around ihis lake and reach the Congo." tin intervened. "What l do you think they will dare attack us again?" ":Mercy on us!" he exclaimed. "Shall we dare to invade "No; but they will now make friendly over tures. Yon their village?" will see. J:I Frank was right. "Oh, yes," replied Frank "But shall we not fear treachery?" Scarce half an hour had elapsed when a black stepped out of the jungle with both hands uplifted. Thi s was in token of amity, and just what Frank Reade, Jr. had been looking for. "I think not," replied the young inv e ntor. "At least we will be on our guard." f The young inventor at once answered it by appearing on the balcony and making a friendly gesture. Of course no one could oppose Frank in his purpose. He was the leader, and the others could but agree. The Mokombo warrior l e d the way almost down to the lake shore Thi s encouraged the black to advance. 0 When within speaking distance he addressed Frank in some unintelligible lingo. The young inventor shook his head "I don't understand." This wa what the fellow caught from Frank's gesture. He miled, and then, to Frank's inten c surpri c, addressed him in Portugue e. This the young inventor had a smatter ing of, and con ver ation now became easy. Here a broad path led through the jungle. In a broad clearing, leading down to the water's edge, was the native village. There were visible several hundred negro huts, and as the machine appeared, a great number of the natives rushed out of these But in the center of the collection of huts a huge thatched pavilion was seen The roof was immensely broad, and beneath it was a bam -boo throne hung with lion skins. The Portugue e lm1guage had probab ly been learned by Upon the throne sat a venerab l e -looking negro, with more the black from the traders of that nationality who traveled thnn th usual number of ivory and brass rings upon his among the tribes buying slave and ivory. "I am envoy of Mokombo the king!" the black said, arms, and wearing a headdress of aigrette feathers. About the pavilion was a solid mass of black warriors, impressively; "he sends greeting to the white king of tbJ3 fire wagon." "I return the greeting," replied Frank. "We should be t'riends." "Yes," r eplied the black envoy, eagerly. forming a art of protecting square. Otherwise the village was not different from the ordinary negro settlement in African wilds. As the Electric Wagon rolled into the village, its impos "How many are your people?" ing appearance made apparently a powerful impression The black made a sign as if to count the stars in the upon the un ophisticated blacks. sky. The young inventor smiled at this falsification. "Where is your village?" The black pointed over the jungle. Then he said : Some of them stood gaping at it in heer amazement Others fell upon their faces with superstitio u s terror. But the guard about the pavilion lowered their javelins threateningly, and toad r e ady to defend their king's life "We have ma:by slaves. Come to the village and we will with their own. t>ell cheap." But Frank Reade, Jr., at a respectable distance, brought "I am not a buyer of slaves," replied Frank. The black looked astonished. the machine to a halt. Then he e l evated one of the electric guns and threw a "No?" he replied, incredulously. Then he drew a par-bomb out into the lake. tion of an ivory tu s k from beneath his waist cloth. This wa for effect. "You buy this?" he a ked. The projectile struck the water half a mile from shore "Yes," replied Frank. There was a roar, and then the rush of waters in cataract The fellow nodrled his head eagerly in reply, and after a l Full :fifty feet into the air the water was lifted by tbe time beckoned to the voyagers. f0rcc of the dynamite. It was a wongerfu l disp lay.


12 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. The black ki ng even seemed for a moment to partake of The explosion shook the earth. When the dust wa1 the awe and fear of hi s subjects. cleared away nothing was seen of the tree. At once four nearly naked savages stepped down from The astounded blacks stood for a moment in consterna the dais and bearing an ivory tusk between them, aption Then the populace fell upon their faces. preach e d the wagon. The king's guard shrank closer to the throne The mon Their attitude was s upplicatin g, and accepting the tok en arch himself hastily spoke to some attendants. I Then down from the dais they came again bearing an"'! of amity, Frank stepped out upon the balcony of the wagon. H e was thu s exposed to the javelin s of the foe, and they could have killed him at the moment: It a great risk, but the young inventor knew that it was the onl y way to make treaty with the barbarians. So lle stood before the savage throng coolly and fear lessly. In his hand he held a dagger with a fancifully chased handle of brass. As the emissaries of the black king laid the ivory tu k at his feet be tendered the m the dagger. The four blacks accepted it, and conve-yed it to the king. Then a startling thing happened. other ivory tu k. This was tendered Frank, and one of fue blacks said in Portuguese: "King Mokombo welcomes the white men and their firs wagon. A lane was made between the lines of black warriors u to the throne. By gestures they showed that fue black kin desired an audience with his visitors. Frank at once boldly l eft the wagon. But his companions kept their rifles ready for an emer gency. However, there was no need of this precaution. a The blacks were completely awed and r eady for peaceful Sudd e nl y the black mona rch rose upon l1is throne and overtures. uttered a strange, harsh call. Frank walked boldly up to the black king's throne. Instantly every bowman in the crowd of several thousand To his surprise Mokombo stepped down and with a pleas gua rd s drew the bow str i ng and sent a cloud of arrows flying ant smile tendered his hand, saying fluently in Portuguese: into the air. "The white man is welcome. Mokombo will not seek bat Then a s hower of javelin s followed, all of which flew into tle with him, but rather to be his friend." th e jungle Frank bowed and replied : Next the entire body of savage warriors began a war dance about the pavilion. Frank's companions were for a moment alarmed for his safety, and cried: "Come in, Frank! D on't expose yourself so need l essly." But the young inventor knew better than this. It would only betray a knowledge and fear of the s'trength of the black foe, a nd give them eRcouragement. This would never do. Frank understood exactly what all this display was for. It was to make an impression on the white invaders. "The black king speaks well. I feel that we shall be fri e nd '." "The white man has come for slaves. I have a thou sand at his command." "No!" replied Frank, emphatically. "You misjudge me, king, I am an enemy of the s lave hunter." The king looked aston i s h ed. "You are Portuguese?" he asked. "No. T am an American." "What is that?" "The most progressive; enlight e ned, and powerful nation ? The politic move, therefore, was to if possible offset .this. on the earth," replied Frank. "Jt is far over the sea." So the you n g inventor affected to view the exhibition "Ah !" replied the king, s lowly. "You are the s am e as with unconc e rn. Then he turned and said: "Barney!" "Yis, sor," replied the Cel t "Train one of the electric guns up on that huge banyan. Don't miss it." the Ingli e who seeks to explor e but not to slave hunt." "Y cs," replied Frank Instant l y the ldng's manner c han ged toward Frank. He fell upon his neck in a rapturous fashion, crying : "You are our great and good friend of whom the prophets have told us. You have come to Rave l\Iokombo from the "All roight, s or." The Celt prang into the gunroom. s lav e hunters. Prai e be to thee!" In a moment he had the gun bearing upon the huge banyan. Then at a gesture from the king, every neQ'To musician The n he pressed the lever. began a weird but not unmu sica l selection upon their reed Whirr-plug-boom! in struments.


ADRIF T I N AFRICA. 13 CHAPTER VI THE SLAVE TRA D ERS. Frank saw at once that the ignorant mind o f the bl ack g had at once accepted him as a savior, and that ho.mage s due him. W hile Frank did not exactly like the idea of perpetuating i s deception, yet he saw that for the time being it could tter serve his ends to l et the impression remain. So he acknowledged the king's deference with a smile and It was the blare of a bugle, and in an instant the .entir e village was thrown into a state of the wildest exciteme nt. The negro guard gathered closer about the throne. Mokombo, once more a warrior, sprang 11p, with flashing eyes and defiant mien. "The Portuguese!" he cried; "they come!" Frank was instantly upon his feet He saw at once a spectacle which thrilled him. Across the low green plain by the lake a l ong caravan was marching. There were fully two hundred human beings in that p ro-w. cession, as well as a large number of buffalo oxen, the After the musicians had finished, the king made another African beasts of burden, and one elephant. sture, and instantly slaves appeared, bringing a bountiful Fifty of the party were white men of the most villai npast of roasted pheasant and broiled rabbit, rich fruits o u s type, and armed to the teeth. om the bread and banana trees. The remainder were blacks; a long, dism al line. of ema This was instantly spread upon the dais. The guards fell ciated, toiling wretches, half dead from starvation, and ck, and the king seated himself upon the ground, taking ironed in pairs by means of steel manacles. the two reeds used as knife and fork by the negroes It was a wretched-looking sight, such as would make the Frank saw that he was expected to at least make a pretender heart of a philanthropist quiver. But Frank Reade, nse of indulging in the bountiful fare. Jr., felt more than pity for the poor slaves. He was boiling o he seated himself opposite the black king and proceedover with indignation against the slave traders. to dis ect one of the pheasants. And as they ate they talked upon various subjects. Frank peedily discovered that King Mokombo was really jolly old fellow. From him Frank learned that within a week a party o f ortugue e had visited the village. "They come!" cried Mokombo, with scowling brow. we must give up some of our young men!" "Never!" cried Frank. "Send your warriors o u t t h ere and liberate your fellow beings!" But the king shook his head sadly. "They \vill kill us all,'! he replied. IVe can only obey They had taken away with them over one hundred slaves them." n d much ivory. The king explained that they were oftentimes obliged to ell the very best young men of the tribe, for the fai lme to mply with the threats of the Portuguese meant a bloody ar. Frank was very indignant when he heard this, and crie d : "That is an outrage! The whole set of them should be When do you expect another set? The king began to count his fingers. Then he gave a great start "To-day," he replied. "Then order your warriors to fall back," said the youn g inventor. "Let me talk with them." King :1}-fokombo complied with this. The young inventor then rapidly forward to m eet the caravan. At the head of it, upon a buffalo ox, rode a tall, swarthy complexioned Portuguese. He showed his white teeth and waved his hand in salute at sight of Frank. Then he descended from the ox and advanced, sayi ng: Frank was startled. "Buenoo senor! You are here before me. You h av e "So soon?" he exclaimed. "But I am glad of that. I picked the b e8t of this et of black dogs." 11ill promise you that they hall take no slaves from this "You mistake," said Frank, coldly. "I am not a s lave nage." buyer." The king uttered a cry of joy "So s enor!" exclaimed the lave trader in surprise "You are great and kind," he cried. "The god of the "You are Inglis?" moon will bless you!" Harilly had the words escaped the lips of the king when ll tartling sound came from the dista nce. "I am American "Wonderful country! Your peopl e used o nee to t r ade i n s laves


1 4 ADRLB'T IN AFRICA. ":But, tha jks to Providence! they do not now!" replied Frank. "Ah! Senor Americana is after ivory, then?" "Well, yes," replied Frank. "I am 1\Ianuel Gaston, of St. Paul de Loanda. And you--" "Send back your men." The slave trader gave the order. fell back. Then Frank began to walk toward the village. He blew a shrill note with a whistle. It was a signal to Barney and Pomp. They "I am Frank Reade, of Readestown, U. S. A.," replied well, and were not slow to answer. Frank. "So? And you seek only ivory?" seek more than that," replied Frank, sternly. "And that is, so far as I am able, the liberation of my fellow men. I demand that you libe1:ate every one of those poor wretches whom you have manacled there!" The slave trader was astounded. From among the huts the Elf:ctric Wagon view. Manuel Gaston nnd his villainous crew regarded it amazement. The next moment Frank was aboard. In a few words he explained the situation to his travelers "Good for you, Frank cried Hal Martin. For a moment he could not speak or act, so taken aback in your spunk. It would be a mercy to wipe the whole was he. out of existence." "Per Dios !" he exclaimed. "You are joking, senor?" "I am in dead ef!rnest." "You demand that I liberate those slaves, Wagon with surprise, they did not show fear. which are Indeed, Gaston had given some sharp orders to his mine?" "I do." "Per Dios, man, they nre my property!" "Never! They owe allegiance only to their Maker. you do not at once strike off their chains, I will do it!" The face of the Portuguese flamed with anger. "You ?" he gritted. "Yes, I!" If "But, caramba! Who are you that dare threaten me in this way? You are a fly-a toad Beware, or it will be the worse for you !" Frank was too angry to weigh his words. He replied: "You will find out that I have the power to blow you and your villainous clan into eternity!" and they were quickly forming into line, with the slaves hind them. It was evident that they expected an attack, and bound to be well prepared for it. Frank brought the Electric Wagon up yards of the caravan Then he hailed them "Hello he shouted Gaston stepped "What do you want?" he cried. "I demand the release of every slave in your possession replied Frank. A volley of curses came back. "Per Dios! That is braggadocio! Ho, there, Alvorado, "Maybe you think I am a fool, Senor Americana. I Herman, seize this obstreperous fellow and put him in know what sort of a chariot you have there, but I warn irons! Ha, ha, ha! He shall march with the slaves! We that we'll pull it to pieces, and hang every dog of you, will take the impudence out of him!" you attempt to inter.fere with us!" But before the minions of the slave trader could obey his Frank smiled grimly. order, Frank pulled a brace of revolvers and covered Gaston. ... 'rhen he made reply: "Countermand that order!" he commanded, sternly. "If you do not you are a dead man!" The Portuguese was taken wholly by surprise. He made an effort to draw his own pistol, but the ham mer of Frank's weapon clicked ominously. "Hands off!'' threatened the young inventor. "Time is up "Per Christo!" gasped the Portuguese captain. "You are the devil! Put down your weapons. We will be friends." "Senor Gaston, I give you five minutes in which to ply with n;ty demand. If it is not executed by that I shall proceed to open fire upon you!" "Do you mean that, senor?" "Every word of it!" "You are reckless!" ''We shall see!" "Very well, since you declare war, let it be so. as well begin.'' Sharp, ringing orders Gaston gave his men.


ADRIF'r IN AFRICA. 15 They in sta ntly drew a line upon the Electric Wagon, and and hammers, and cut the manacles off these poor rru en Gaston 's voice was heard: wretches!" "Fire!" This order was quickly obeyed. 'rhe bullets came rattling like hail against the steel netThe wretched blacks, too astonished to move, submitted od ng. The wagon trembled with the combined impact "That looks like a fight," cried Hal. "What do you say, rank?" ln1 to the operation without a murmur. In a short while all were free. The result was wonderful. \ King Mokombo's people rushed about them. There was "You are right, my boy," replied the young inventor. embracing and even tears. lt was an affecting sight Just thP same, those slaves must be liberated!" "Who can gaze upon that scene and countenance Wl "Goll y Marse Frank!" cri e d Pomp. "Jes' let dis chilu slavery?" cried Frank, in a ringing voice. "I tell you aw a line on dem rapscallions!" 11 ';Bejabers, that's the talk!" Both Barney and Pomp were all eagerness to try their lo. Jill. a But Frank said: J o, no; not yet! I don't want to kill any of them untr css I am obliged to." "I am afra id you will find that a necessity," declared tetr ack, with conviction. b "We shall see," Frank, coolly. The young iuventor went below and trained one of tht: e lynamitc guns. It could be seen now that the Portuguese were preparing ftfor offensi vc tactics. They were massing for a charge, and Frank saw that tlwy mnsl be check e d at once. So he trained the guns upon a huge bowlder just to the right of their lin e H e pressed the lever. p The projectile struck the bowlder full force. There was a terrific roar and the huge rock was split into a thousand fragments. 1 It was lik e the blowing up of a mine, and many of the J Portuguese were hurled to the ground. sbvery is the curse of the universe!" The voyagers all cheered, and an answering yell of anger came back from the jungle. Then Hal Martin said : "Treachery! Look out!" From the jungle there came a fearful volley of rifle balls Fifty odd bullets swept through the crowd. S e veral of the blacks fell dead or mortally wounded. At once a fearful uproar arose. King Mokombo sounded the war cry. A thousand blacks rushed to arms. Frank now had his anger up. "Annihilate the whole villainous gang he shouted. "They deserve it." At the same he rushed to the electric gu.n and sent a dynamite ball into the jungle. The effect was terrific. The tall canes of the jungle were mowed down in an area of half an acre. Many of the Portuguese were blown into ete rnity. The remainder of the murderous gang, followed by the avenging blacks, fled. King Mokombo, overwhelmed with joy, came rushing up to the wagon. He fairly embraced Frank. A panic seized them, and all, Gaston with them, fled to "You are the black man's friend!" he cried in PortuY' the cover of the jungle near guese. "The god of the moon will bless you!" It was F ran k's chance now. Gaston and his band diu not return to the attack. CHAPTER VII. THE HIPPOPOTAMUS HUNT. Later in the day the pursuing party of blacks returned, reporting that scarcely a dozen of the slave traders survived. These had a place of saf e ty in the hills. Truly vengeance most dire had overtaken them. The poor slaves were crouching in abject terror. "Were it not for other interests which claim my time," Being chained, they were unable to make a retreat. Frank said Frank, "I would like to devote years of my life to the saw the opportunity, and drove the wagon forward. stamping out of this curse of Africa, one of the fairest por-It was now between the slaves anc1 the Portuguese. of the earth.'' With the electric guns pointed to the jungle, Frank threw "Truly, a nobler or more philanthropic mission could open the doors of the cage. not be conceived," agreed Hal Martin. "Come Barney and Pomp he cried, "bring cold chisels But the Mokombos were the happiest of all.


16 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. They were inc lin ed to worship their white champion as A gang of native s carried long l ances and pow erful tl1e g reat est of benefactors. of plaited rope made from ante l ope hide. This was to That night a grand fete was held in the village. the monster out of the water wit.h after he had b een Torches were posted everywhere, a carpet of matting was 'l'he party set out on foot and in high sp irits. l aid through the streets, cocoanut vvine was freely given by The walk was full six miles, and involved some orde r o the king, dances and a general carnival was in climbing, which did much to increase the diffi culty order. hence the pleasure of the undertaking. Thi s was much enjoyed by the white travelers. But after a time the party came to the scene of Much valuable information in regard to the habits of the 'rhe advance guard had cut a path through the African natives was thus gained. undergrowth, and after climbing through the bog quarter of a mil e or mor lhe scene of action was That night Mokombo came lo Frank and said : "Tomorrow we will hun t the hippopotamus. We will Despite their ear l y start, the advance guard reached have sport!" T hi s idea caught on with Hal and .Jack huge ly. "Whew!" c ri e d Jack. ."Just think how envio us our friends at hom e will be when we tell them of our hippopotamus hunt." So the coming of the morrow wa" eager l y awaited. It was a lat e hour when they reti red, and all slept sound ly 11ntil dawn. Then the tom tom awakened all, and soon every one was s pot but little in advance o the party. Just heie an arm of the lak e made a deep and muddy goon, thickly fringed with saw gn1ss. Here was tl1e paradi e o.f the "hippo." Almost as as the party reached the spot the s nout of one was see n rise out of a muddy pool not fifty yards away. Hal could not resist the impulse, and raising his fired. rrhe bullet evidently stru ck the mon ter, for it uttere d :1:-'tir. Preparations for the hunt were carr i ed rapidly on. hoarse s nort and vanished in the depths. The American gentleman invites his guest to dinner or to "Confound H !" cried Hnl. "He has gone to the b the theater, but the African prototype considers a hunt tom How can we get him up?'' the n e plu s ultra of fashionable amusement. "You'll h ave to wait till he comes up," declared Frank. A hundred of the best warriors of the tribe were se lected "Why, I hit him." by Mok ombo. "That m ay be, b u t it takE's more than one bullet to These were brave and fearless in the water and out. They cne of those fellow.. They have a hide as tough as w e re delegated to go ahead and clear the way. Moreover, if your shot had been fatal h e would have Their mission was not a little p erilous. 10 the s urface anyway." They mu s t needs boldly invad e the deadly saw grass. "\Yell," muttered Hal, "I'll take better aim next time. where lurke d the crocodile and severa l specie:; of .erpents At any mom ent they were apt to st umbl e upon a lion or "Aim for the eye," Frank. "It's like shooting But King M:okombo now proceeded to show the a and {Ieath from poisonous sp ider s and insects m e n how to hunt the hippopotamus. was also to 1Je feare d Four of Lhc sLrongesL and best swimm n; ventured How ever, the advance guard was soon under way.. into the water, eac h carryi n g the corner oC a huge net. They started fully an hour ahead of the hunters, who This 11et wa made of the very tou ghest fibers of a were reall y King Mokombo and severa l of his officers and tain species of a clinging vine found in the fore t. the voyager s of the Electric Wagon. Heavy stones were attached to the lower part of the The hippopotamu s found a home in al11case in remote which was allowed to drag on the bottom. and almost inaccessible spots Out into the water s wam the blacks. The deepest, da.rkest part of the swamp, where the un d e r g r owth was s uch a tangle that it was almost impossible for human being s to penetrate, was the lik eliest spot The soft and dirty quicksand i s the delight of the beast. It is a lw ays considered safer to hunt i.h e animal from the land. An attempt to capture him from a boat wou l d he < !lmost certain to T esult di sastro u s ly. 'l'here was no little risk in this. At any mom ent a "hippo" might rise and gobble one them up. As a genera l thing, however, the huge l evi seldom troubled a human being. The net was carried to the oppo ite bank. Then two large parties laid hold of the rope s and cceded to drag it clown the st r eam.


ADRIFT I N AFRICA. 1 7 l!< The result was quickly apparent. b Of course the hippopotamus was assailed in the v.ery gt)pth of his lair. Within a distance of not more than ten ml. one wa struck. OHAP'fER VIII. AT THE RILL OF IVORY. L Th e net, striking the monster under the' water, at once '"fhat is a certain fact," agreed Frank R eade, Jr. "It is U!aye it a start, and naturally the beast rose to the surface true that no other continent furnishes the magnificent r e b ascertain the cause of his distmbancc. sources of this." At this juncture they had r eached the bank s of a s mall 'l'bi s was the opportunity of the hunters. t The net instantly closed about the brute, eached the urfacc he was alrcauy entangled. and when he creek. Then the move was to drag the monster asho re, if po si before he could sink again. ln the me hes of the net i.he "hippo" could be dispatchc 1 kith assegais before he could break away. The "hippo'' started this time was a mon ter o its kind. As it was brought to the surfac there was a tremen aou whirlpool in the water, and the blacks, a score in num er, began to pull on the ropes. 'I'his drew the "hippo" Tapidl_v to the shore Of course This t'hey were to follow to a ford just a mile below. 'flb e nce it wn;; across a peninsula the :J'[okombo village Just across the creek was a grove of banyan trees. Suddenly there was a loud crash. The report of rifle s was h eard upon the opposite bank. Frank R eade, Jr., threw up hi s arms and f e ll to the ground with a groan. Barney had a bullet pass through hi s s leeve. Pomp 's cheek was grazed. Others of the party had narrow escapes. A lou d cry of agony went up from the party, and all he brute was mad, and tlua. heel the water and mud unmerrushed about the fallen young inventor. ifully. "Ochonc! It's dead he is!" cried Barney, in angui sh. whiLe men," crird King Mokombo, "fire at him!" "Shure, that was a divil's thrick!" They n eeded no second bidding. "Fo' de Lor sake, don' yo' say dat Marse Frank am done Hal and Jack opened fire with their rifle Bullets rapkilled!" waj]ed Pomp. dly tore their way into the flesh of the "hippo." "Stand back! Give him air!" cried Hal, authoritatively as be bent down over tbe fallen man But the fears of all were at once dispelled. I n this manner the brute was very quickly dispatched. wo more were captu red in the same way, and then the rh ite hunter avowed they had had enough. Blood was streaming do"n Frank's face, but h e spra ng into st rips, it quickly to his feet, say ing: The blacks cut the flesh of the beasts up eing esteemed a great delicacy. They were expert;; in the cutting up of the beasts. "Don't fear, friends. I am not hurt. Look out for your selves!'' The hides were for the n1<1king of impenetrable The bullet had just g razed sku ll makin g a s light hields. scalp wound. 'It \vas a narrow escape. Then, as the day wns clrawir.g to a close, it was <;lecided The p.:trty cheered in the excess of their joy o return home. Then the question arose as to who had fired the dastardly The party easily fom1d its way out of the swamp, am1 volley. A glance across the stream was suffici ent. he march home was begun .All were in high spiri ts. The lnmt had been a s uccess. A dozen forms were seen runnin g wildly across an ope11 beyond the banyan grove. It was the Portuguese, they w e re ende avor ing to ''lf we are to have s u ch sport right along," declar e d Hal, mak e an escape in that direction. nthuciasiicnlly, I believe I'll remain in Africa indefi-No attempt as made to pursue thE-m, a s this was n ot itely.'' deemed wise or not worth while. "I'm with you, pard," cried Jack. But Frank laugl1ed and said: "I fear that in a few years hmnesickness would take yon ack to America." "Oh, I'll acknowledge that America i s the greatest of all ountries," averred Hal; "but ju st the sam e I believe that righ:: days are near at band for Darkest Africa." L et them go,'' said Frank, as he bandaged hi s l1ead "We may meet :Manuel Gaston again." The party reached the Mokombo village about clark. Everythin g was safe and souncl. But it was too lat e to pursue the journey further that ni g ht. Frank informed Mokombo of his inte ntion ,to pursue journey in tl1e morning


18 ADIUF'r IN AFRICA. The Mokombo king was deeply grieved and wildly imthere in immense quantity. The travelers gazed up at plored the travelers to make their home with him. spectacle spellbound. But all expres ed their appreciation of hi" kindness and '"rhat beats me!" exclaimed Hal, drawing a deep declined. "how on earth did all that ivory ever get there?" "1 Gaston or his gang bother you again s how them no mercy," said Frank, forcibly, to the Mokombo king The next day l eave was taken of the Mokombos. "I think! can exp l ain that," said Frank Reade, Jr. "How?" "Th e tribe of blacks near here are probably idolaters "Now for the hill of ivory!" c1>icd :Frank. "That is have p e rhaps for fifty years or more been in the habit mission, and we shou ld fulfill it." piling up these tusks as an ofl'ering to th e ir god s." Hal and Jack of course, acquiesced warmly in this. In lieu of a better explanation thio 1ras accepted. The Electric Wagon now entered upon a low, rolling "However it may be," cri e d Hal, ''he re is the grand country until the banks of the Congo were reached. tune we are seeking, Jack, and now to reap it!"' H ere they w ere for a time held in abeyance. But finally The ent ir e party left the Electric Wagon and advanced a raft was made, and upon this the wagon was ferried across the heap of ivory. the great river. "Indeed, boys," said Frank, "you have a mighty "We are now in the Congo Free State," cr i ed Frank, as here. But your uncle mentions a ho s tile tribe near the machin e was o nce more booming along. "Now for the will not allow you to take the ivory away." kingdom of Kossongo .. "What of that?" said IIal, impatiently. And the I Yory Hill cried Hal. is a hundred determined men." For weeks the Electric Vol agon kept on its swift run over a "Ah! but the trouble is to get them." widely diversified re gio n Plains as level as a floor were crossed, rivers and creeks forded, swamps and lakes circumvented, and many thrilling experiences had. But one day the wagon ente r e d a long, deep valley be tween rock y hills. "Then we must try and make terms with the natives." "It i s possible you can do that." But the words had barely leit Frank's lips when a thrilling thing occurred. Suddenly a fearful uproar arose. From a clump of palms just beyond the pile of ivory "The kingdom of Kossongo !" cried Frank. "Bring u p leg!on of black form s s warmed. your chart, Hal!" "Quick! For your lives!" shouted Frank. "Back to the The young New Yorker was n ot slow in complying. F r ank studied it carefully, a nd sai.d: wagon!" The travelers needed no urging. The peril was too "We are fi:fty miles of it. Before nightfall, barring plain to be disregarded. obstacles, we will be there Back to the wagon they went with all haste. The spirits of aJl were on the qui vive now. The Electric Wagon bowled on over level ground for most of the distance A mighty shower of arro;rs and jav e lins came after them but fortunately nobody was hurt. Aboard the Electric Wagon they scrambled, and Hal Then a particularly wild and wooded tract of country Martin cried : was reached. A small st r eam was followed for some ways, because the bank s were c lear an d allowed a roa dway for the wagon. Sudd enly Frank cried: "There is your ivory!" Instantly all gazed in the direction indicated. A whit e "Thank goodn ess! we got out of that scrape in good shape. T was in g r eat fear for the moment that they would overtake u s "Mercy!" cried Jack Fuller; "what savage fellows they are I And look I 'rhey mean to attack the wagon!" This was quite plain. The blach had not ceased their glaring s ub stance was seen through th e trees. onward course, and the vicinity fairly swarmed with then{ It was a literal hill of white s ub tance fully a hundred Frank realized full well what it meant to have them reach feet high A moment lat e r the Electric Wagon burst the wagon. Such a vast number would certainly involve through the trees, and the hill of ivory was not fifty yards disastrous results. distant. lie could even then hav e trained the electric guns upon And truly it was a wond erful and impressive sight. them and made havoc in their ranks. Elephant tusks of the very large s t size w e re piled up But agai n he was averse to such whole a l e taking of life.


ADRIFT I N AFRICA. 19 So he to the wheel-holLe and quickly swung the t ead of the wagon about. "Begorra, phwat will yez do, Misthcr Frank?" cried Bart ey. "Shure, will yez be afther givin them our heels?" "This once, Barney," replied Frank. '' hurc, sor, phwat's that .for?" "Don't ask questions. You will learn in time." "Stop him!" he cried. "Don't fire, Barney; we must capture him alive." Straight down for the clump of grass the wagon ran. The black, seeing that he was discovered, threw his jav elin at the wagon and then started to run. But bc.fore he had gone far he fell, and then in abject terror buried his face like an ostrich in the sand. The Ele ctric Wagon soon rea c h e d plain. Then the Frank brought the wagon to a halt not ten feet from the lacks w e r e distanced. Frank now brought the machine to terrified savage halt. Barney and Pomp sprang out and hauled the fellow Darknc was at hand, and the young inventor select ed ) a retired spot just by a running st r eam of water. t "We will return in the morning," be said; "perhaps w e an treat with them then. If they continue hoslile we will !lind a way to bring them to term-." n h So the night passed quietly in this spot. The next day the wagon was once more on its way. Frank's purpose now was to find the Kossongo village, .o he approached the hill of ivory from a different quarter. And as he did o there came into view a most peculiar formation of the earth's surface. aboard. For a time he was so stricken with fright that he coulJ do nothing but lie still and shiver. But a slight dose of whiskey soon made him at ease and very voluble. He could speak Portuguese fluently. Frank at once began at once to catechise him, and the re sult was a literal revelation which was of great interest to the travelers. 'l'he native stated one very important fact. This was that his people lived on the elevated plateau, and that access could only be had to the elevated kingdom Ly means of a tortuous cavern which was at times occupied traight up .from the plain rose the s heer walls o a by a swollen stream of water from the plateau above. 1 mighty plateau, extending miles to the southward. A$ far as could be seen this unbroken wall of sheer as cent continued. To the h eigh t of two hundred feet and more it arose. a Ther e seemed not a break in it, or any way of reaching e the level above. What manner of country it was up above there could not very well be guessed Waving palms and heavy, luxuriant vines hung over the CHAPTER IX. THE CLIFF PRISONER. That the savage Kossongos occupied the plateau and which was almost inaccessible was a revelation. 'Ihc captive savage explained that the spot occupied by the ivory tusks was the tomb o a former king who was to edge of the plateau. This was all that could be seen. come back to the earth after a certain number of tusks had "Well!" excla im ed Hal Martin in amazement, "is not been lain upon the pile. that peculiar? A country in the air!" "Is it peopled with human beings?" remarked Jack. "That is hard to say," declared Frank Reade, Jr. we will try and learn more about it very soon." The ceremony of laying tusks upon the pile was there fore performed at stated intervals, and it required the exer "But tion of many hunters to find the requisite number. Th e wagon now skirted the wall of the plateau to the southward, :finding a good, smooth plain to run over. They were now upon the opposite side of the palm growth in which was the hill of ivory. And as they drew nearer to it, suddenly Barney gave a loud cry. "Shure, Uisther Frank, wud yez luk at that?') he cried. Frank, and the others as well, saw at that moment the cause of Barney's exc lamation. A black for m not fifty yards di stant, had run skulking into a clump of tall grass. Instantly Frank brought the head of the machine about. The black also affirmed that his people were very bitter against the whites, and that it would be useless to attempt to treat with them. All these very important things Frank learned from the black. Then he asked: ''What is the name o your king?" "Corocc,mo, the lion killer replied the black. "Look here you lying ra scal, will you do my bidding if I 8pare your life?" The black answered haughtily: "A Kossongo does not fear death. I am your captive and slave!


20 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. "Then you will do my b i dding?" The black inclined his head. His manner was haughty as h e came up to Frank arre said: vy "Well and good!" declared Frank. "I want you to take "I come from King Oorocomo. I delivered your men a me ssage to your king and bring me an answer. Tell sage to him." re him that we will pay him for the ivory, and that if he will "Well," sai d Frank, "what did he say?" 'h come down and talk with us we will give him presents." "His answer is that the white man shall die if he trm a The Kossongo's face did not change ble s the sacrifice of ivory. That it is sacred to the moorh "If he does not answer my call," cont inu ed Frank, "I will find a way to r each him on his elevated home, and I have the power to destroy him and all his tribe." Th e black took the message and departed. He was soon out of sight. "Do you expect h,l see him again?" asked Hal, incredulously. P e rhap s not," replied Frank. "But I c ould do nothing else with h1m. I did not want to kill him." "It i s my opinion," ventured Jack, "that we shall n ever be able to take this ivory away without a battle." "Very well," said the young inventor. "Let it be so. ''How do you expect to ever reach the s u rface of the platea u to attack the foe?" w e can decide later," said Frank. "We will now await an answer from Oorocomo, the king." "It is my opinion," said Jack Fuller, "that the darky will never come back again ." "Maybe not," said Frank. "However, we will give him a chance." The Electric Wagon ran near the blank wall of t h e pla teau. and must not be disturbed." "Ah, a nd is that all?" "The white man must this country at once, Oorocomo will send his warriors against him Frank sna pped his fingers and said : "Go back and tell your king that I will blow him infn. e ternity if he attempts to interfere with me in any wa I will buy his ivory and pay him a good price. But he mu.,n not attack us." The Kossongo warrior turned and trotted away int.o th.d bush He was soon out of sight. Then Frank s prang aboard the wagon. "We have got to have trouble with these fellows i:f w'a. trouble the ivory," he declared. "What shall we do?" Hal and Jack look ed at each other. A "We came here for the ivory," said Hal "I cannot se!,, that it is sensible in i hcse blacks to r efuse to sell it to us Why are we not justified in taking it?" '' "No doubt you are," replied Frank; "but now the que""' tion is, how can you do it?" "We cannot, unless you help u s," replied Hal. "That I will certainly replied Frank. "I will take., It was seen that the stone of which it wa:5 c omposed was you to Paul de Loanda on the coast. There you can or 0 a curious kind of sandstone. As Frank noticed this, he ganize a band of hunters and a caravan." s aid: Hal and Jack exchanged glances Pshaw! That ston e i s easi l y worked. Steps could be c u t in it to the very verge of the cliff above." "Shall we do that?" cried Hal, eagerly. "I am just dy"You are more than kind to us," said Jack, warmly : "Wev accept your kind offer." "We hope to pay you back for all yom kindness some1 ing to get a look the country above." day," said Hal. "We will see later on," replied the youn g inventor. "I ask no pay," replied Frank. "I am glad to be able Perhap s an hour elapsed since the departure of the libto help you." erated black. Frank fancied that the fellow would return, Frank was now determined to decide one problem which, a nd was anxious to hear the black king's reply. he had been consideri n g Had it not been for this he would not hav e lost further He ran the Electric Wagon to the verge of the cliff; then time, but would at once have e ndeavored to gain the summit he leaped out and examined the sand s tone. of the plateau. "Why," he cried, "it i s an ea y matter to cut steps in But just a s hi s patience was beginning to give out Frank this! A common knife could easily do it." saw a di stant form running rapidl y across the plain. But just at that moment a harp and warning cry e It was the black. caped the lips of those aboard the A h a drew nearer the wagon Frank descended and ad vanced to meet him. The Kossongo now was armed with javelin and shield. "Look out, Frank!" A shower of sand and pebbles came tumbling down upon the y oun g invent or 's head


ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 11 He l eaped back, half expecting to be crushed under a oeavy bowlder; but a voice came down reassuringly: "Don't fear I am a friend For God's sak?, do not eave m e !' Then all looked up and wer e astounded at the sigh t which rewarded their gaze. There, l eaning over the cliff, was a half-naked white man. At that height he look ed almost like a child, but hi s ;oice could be plainly heard. "How far are you from the main village of the Kassongas?" "About a mile." "Ah How powerful a tribe are they?" "Full six thousand strong." "As many as that?" "Yes." "Is the re :my possibility of treating with their king?" "Not the s lightest He is one of the most blood-thirsty "Hello shouted Frank,. in astonishment. "Who t mons ers you ever saw ;ou and what are you doing up there?" "I am a poor, unfortunate wretch," replied the white nan. aFar six years I have been a prisoner on this ac ursed plateau. I am allowed to roam at will here, but I "Ah then the harshest course is the best with him ?" "I s hould say so." "All right. Now, my friend," called Frank. I propose to cut s tep in this sandsto n e a nd join you up there. Bu t annat get down." if you wish to come down, say the word, and I'll fir e a line The astonishment of the travelers can well be Imagup to you." ned. Here was a most 1.inlooked-for in cident. "H wonld seem so 'gDod to get down once more upon "How did you ever get up there?" asked Frank. terra firma that I will beg you to do the l atter," r e pli ed "I was captured by the K.ossongos while trying to carry 1way some of that pile of ivory yonder. 1\![y companions all killed." At this moment Hal gave a great cry. "Do you s uppose that. he can be my uncle?" he gasped. "Ask him," said Jack. Whereupon Hal shouted : ''What is your name?" "James Martin." Hal gave a leap in the air and alma t screamed: "Mer cy on us! H i s uncle, whom I belicvetl dead years tgo! How strange Hello, Uncle Jim! Don't you know :ne?" It i s Hal!" exc laim ed the white cap Col. Martin. "All right." Frank knew that it would be an easy matter to throw a line 1.ip there with the pneumatic gun. He sel ected a l ong javelin shalt whi ch lay upon the w agon's dasher. 'rhis he attached to the end of a r ope, and was about to place 1.he javelin in the barr e l of one of the guns when a thrilling thing occmTed. Sudd e nl y a warning c ry came from Col. M a rtin. "l\{y God! T jook out! 1'hey are in the bu s h all abont you!" At th e same moment a showe r of javelins cam e fallin g about the "Bless my soul! :ive, joyfully. "That's just who it is," cried Hal. The voyager::; had jus t time to scramb l e aboard when the "Thank Heaven Kossongo s w e r e all about the wagon. mcle, you are alive "You believed me dead?" aYes." "And you might as well have, for I have been practically ;o. But what brought you to Africa?" "Your letter telling me of the ivory." They were legion, and how they had managed to get flO close upon the wagon un seen was a mys tery. But there they w e re, and the voyage r s had barely barr e d the door s to the cage whe n they came swa rmin g over the rail. Barney had sprung to the wheel-house and switched on "Heaven be praised for all this jo y !" cried Col. Martin. the; c urrent. 'Ah, if I could only get down to you !" The wagon starte d a h ead, but instantly a hundred stout "We will find a way to get you down," sa id Frank. "But s avages l aid ho ld of the wheels and held it firm. [say!" "What?" "How large a is the area of t h at pla teau?" "Many thousand acres." "And it i s as inaccessible on all sides?" "yes." The n, yelling like black fiends, they s warmed over the nettin g, hamm er in g it madly with their battle axes. In this position they could not be rea c h e d b y rifle balls. This ons l aught was so furiou s that it seeme d as i f they must s urely tear the machine to pieces. It was the most critica l situatio n that our African voy-


22 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. agers had yet found themselves in. and called for prompt and most energetie actio n. CHAPTER X. ON THE PLATEAU. It seeme d as if the savage Kossongos mus t reall y break It was useless to attempt to rescue the white prisoner o the plateau at present. e l An idea occurred to Frank, which h e proceeded to carry out. "I have it!" he cried "We must cut off the return of the warriors to their village on the plateau." The others saw this plan at once and embrace d it. their way through the netting. The wagon was sent forward at a rapid rate along the But it was offering a powerful r esista nce, and did not base of the plateau. yie ld. Frank Jr., acted quickly and coolly. Frank's purpo w wac to find the mouth of the cavern by n "Bcgona, let me at the spalpeens !" cried Barney, rushwhich the blacks made thei r ascent. :fr ing to a loophole and trying to get a shot at the wretches. In this he was successfu l. "Golly, I done fink dey mus' mean business, an' if we Two miles around the end of the elevation this was don' look out dey will break in us!" yelled Pomp. found. A small band of Kossongos were guarding it. "Steady all'!" cried Hal. "What's the word, Frank?" A dynamite bolt from the wagon, however, quickly dis" All on the non-conductor!" cried the young inv entor, pcrsed them. as he rus hed out of the dynamo-room with a wire. Then Frank ran the wagon plumb up to the cavern en-His purpose was see n at once, and all at once complied. Frank had rubber shoes and g loves on, so that the e lectr ic current could not harm him. The wire he carried was heavily charged. It was but a moment's work for lum to hold it up to the netting, and the result was most effective trance. 01 Here it stood with the electric guns pointed ominously out upon the plain. Truly, no light attack could hope toni di s lodge the wagon from this position. It looked as if i.he travelers had much the better o' the :JJ sit u atio n. bt The manner in which the blacks abandoned the netting "I think we sha ll s uc ceed in bringing the blacks to was comical. terms!" cried Frank. "Perhaps King Corocomo will be" Som e were hurled straight away from it; others turned glad to treat with us." back somersaults, and some fell dead. "It looks as if he would!" cried Hal; "but I wish my o But still on came. others, onlv to receive the shock, and J uncle was with us.') also to retreat in dismay. It r equired some time for the black crew to realize the exigency correctly. When they did, they ceased the attack. Ever y part of the machine where there was a particle of "We will try and r escue him," said Frank. "How?" "By visiting the plateau. That is the one grand object that I desire." w steel was h ea vily charged. "But," cried Hal, in astonishment, "how can we ever get To touch it was like receiving the kicks o ten mules, and the wagon up there?" w in many ca,ses wa instantly fatal. The Kossongos were dazed by so starlling a denouement The tide of battle had turned and was already in the favor of the white men. Barney instantly sprang to the wheel-house. Frank shut off the cunent, and th e n sprang to the e l ectric g11ns. H e placed a projectile in the bre ech, and then switched on the cu.rr e nt. The bolt struck full in the midst of the black horde. It was with effec t. Full half a hundred were instantly killed and dozens were mortally wounded. Another bolt and the Kossongos fell b ack in terror. "\Ve don't. want to." "What?" "you shall see. Will you accompany me? leave Barney and Pomp i.o de.fend the pass b l We will l "Mercy exclaimed Jack Fulle r. "Do you mean that, 1 Mr. Reade?" "Of course I do." "But what can three of u s hope to do against such odds as we shall find there?" "We will not seek open combat. If they attack us we will stand on the defensive. But I am very anxious to see what h the plateau i s lik e." Cheers burst from the lips of the victorious whites. The "Well," said If al, readily;" o.r cour se we will go, Frank. wagon was brought about. But can Barney and Pomp get along alone?" b


ADRIFT IN A FRIO A 23 "I'll risk them. They can hold an army at bay with _the clump of palms. What impressed them singular l y was the guns.': "Then it is "Come below and put on the armor sai d Frank. "Armor?" exclaimed Hal. "Yes." "What do you mean?" 3 fact that none of the Kossongos were in s i ght. Where were they ? What was their game, if t h e r e w a s any ? Frank asked himself these questions. The country on the plateau was similar to that be l ow. Indeed, it would never have been suspected that they were above the common level, unless one had visited the cliffs "Just what I say. Come and I will show you Passing through the palms, our adventurers came to a And Frank led the two bewildered New Yorkers down broad and well-trodden path, 'which seemed to l ea d into t h e Yinto the cabin. Here he pushed three long metal boxes interior. from a locker. Opening them he took out three complete suits of mail, 8steel linked and neat_ fitting They were a beautiful piece of workmanship. "What do you think of that?" he cried. "Just put one )f them on." -Frank suited the action to the word, and began to don me of them himself. Y At this Hal and Jack followed his example. In a few 0noments they were clad in armor "Now," cried Frank, "you need not fear the javelins or eirrows of the foe. The armor is proof even again s t rifle )ails." o "You don't mean it?" cried Hal, enthusiastically. 'e' Come, then. Let us be off." The two New Yorkers no longer had any fear of the trip The explorers followed it fearlessly. Suddenly Hal Martin gave a start and a sharp c r y "Look out he ejaculated. "What is that ahead?" There was a rustling in the palm growth. Sudde nl y from the shade of some plantains' a form leaped forth Instinctively all three picked up their r ifles But t h e alarm was groundless. 1 The figure was that of a white man. It was Col. Martin. With a wild cry of joy he rushed toward them. "Heaven be praised!" he cried "At last I am to m eet my own kind. My salvation is at hand." "Uncle!" cried Hal, fulsomely. "Oh, this is great joy!" The embraced warmly Then experiences were recounted. "Yes," declared the colonel, "the best fighting men are yto the plateau Indeed, they were anxious to court the risk. So the start was made down below on the plain. But there are many yet on the Barney and Pomp remained with the machine to hold the Kossongos at bay. Frank had no means of knowing how many of the foe 11ere left upon the plateau. But he believed that the majority of the fighting men were on the plain below, and that he would have little trou)le with those left above. So the three explorers proceeded to creep stealthily up n:hrough the cavern. When they had first entered it with the wagon quite a .t,mmber of the Kossongos had been driven into it. These might be lurking somewhere in the dark recesses, md Frank understood well the risk. ls The cavern led in its winding course upward. Up and ap the three explorer went. plateau." "How far distant is the village?" asked Frank. "But a very short distance. Would you l ike to look at it?" "Is the risk great?" "I think not Then the colonel looked curiously at t h e m al l. "What is that you have on?" he asked. "It look s like steel armor." "It is," replied Frank. "Of the best q u ality and imper vious to a rifle ball." "You don't mean it! Indeed, Mr. Reade, you are a won derful inventor." Frank modestly disclaimed this insinuation B u t the party all set forward now to ta .ke a look at the Kosso ngo m All was darkness. Nothing had thus far been seen of town. athe blacks. Reassured, our adventurers pressed on. "Was there nobody on guard at the cavern when you After a time a glimmer of light was seen ahead. came up on to the plateau?" It th 1 ht f d d f!J. 1 b" "Not one," replied Frank. k. was e 1g o ay, an a some more c 1m JJlg, he three white men reached the end of the passage. "That is very curious indeed. There a l ways u sed to baa They eme r ged upon the plateau, and in the heart of a n u mber of armed guards."


24 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. "Perhaps w e demoralized them when we drove them into the cavern with the electric gun." "Perhaps so." At this moment the African captive parted the screen of plantains and said: "Look!" The scene was a rare one. They were upon the brow of a slight eminence. A green and fertile valley lay below them. And there were plainly visible a vast collection of negro huts. Streets were laid out in even order. This was the plateau retreat of the Kossongos. Surely a more favorable spot could not be iniagined. A large numb e r of the natives were gathered in the cen tral square of the town. They were in a state of excitement. They seemed to be holding some sort of a council. One tall and aged chieftain was addressing them, "That is Mafta, their great prophet," declared Col. Mar-It was each man for himself. He made a straight line for a clump of plantains near, but before he reached them black forms closed in upon him. He was hurled to the earth. There he was securely held. It was impossible for him tow escape. The horrifying reflection dawned upon him that he was a prisoner. But he was not alone in this mishap. Jack had also run l plump into the of the black foe. Almost before h e knew it he was a captive. And Col. Martin was also captured But Frank Reade, Jr., made a desperate run for his life. Fortune favored him. He reached a high wall of rock and vanished behind it. 'l'here was a narrow lane with palms hedged with hazel. A black l ea p ed out in his path. The young inventor a dashed upon him with the agility of a tiger. t l He dodged the deadly j ave]jn and struck the fellow fair between the eyes with his fist. He went down like a log. b Then Frank dodged into the undergrowth. tin. "What he says is law to them." a "It looks as if he were inciting them to war," said Frank. A dodging, twisting course he ran for several hundred "Very likely that is the case," agreed the colonel. "At yards. Then, after a time, he became satisfied that he had e luded his pursuers. any rate, if we watch long enough, we can tell This the explorers intended doing, for it was important to know what their purpose was. But just at this moment a startling and unlooked-for catastrophe occurred. CHAPTER XI. IN CAPTIVITY. All wer e s'J intently watching the blacks that they did notice in the vicinity. Not until Hal, p1ompted by some impulse, looked over his did they realize the p:J;oximity of danger. D He paused in great doubt. As fortune had it, he bad made a straight course for the c cavern. He saw its mouth not a hundred yards distant. And now a great probl em confronted him. What should C1 he do? It was his impulse to remain upon the plateau and strive a to rescue his com panions. But if he did this, he would only be incurring a mighty risk. Should his retreat be cut off from the cavern, be b would be easily hunted down and caught lik e a rat in a trap. a What could he hope to do alone against aU that vast num b er of black s on the plateau? Then the New Yorker gave terrified cry. "The blacks!" he cried. "We are surrounded!" Whereas, if he returned to the wagon, there was a chance "We are discovered!" yelled Jack Fuller, dodging be, hind a plantain. He was just in time, for a javelin struck the earth wher e he had stood. A legion of black forms burst from the palm clumps and ru shed with wild yells upon the white men. There was no alternative but to flee for their lives. Frank saw this and shouted: "Quick-for your lives! Scatter and meet at the wagon!" This was done. to at least try and bring the foe to terms. An incident d e cided his course. Suddenly he s aw a number of black forms running across d the ridge toward the cavern's mouth. He saw their game at once. c : This was to reach the mouth .of the cavern and guard it so that any of the white men on the plateau might not es-t< cape. If they succeeded in this, Frank that his fate was u lit sealed. At once the young inventor acted. He broke cover and started on a run for the cavern. I


ADRIFT IN AFRICA. 25 The blacks sa w him and with mad yells redoubled their ,1fforts. On ran the young inventor. This was true. From the palm grove two of the blacks were seen advanc ing with their hands h eld up in the air in token of truce. Fortunately the blacks had mor e ground to cover. Fl"ank Frank stepped out in front of the wagon to meet them. 0was a swift runner and made quick time. e He reach e d the cavern's mouth jns l in the nick oi time. A javelin truck the rock wall by his h ead as he dove into the depths. Down he went through the winding pas age. And as he did o he heard the boom oi an explosion far below. "Barney and Pomp are attacked," he reflected; "they must have aid." ..\. few moments lat er U1e daylighl of the lower level was visible ahead. One of them advanced and addressed the young inventor in Portuguese. "King Corocomo sends his greetings to the great white chief," said the fellow. "You may return the same to your king," said Frank. "What does he wish?" "He seeks a truce with the white men. If they will go away peaceably he will spare their lives." Frank was for a moment staggered with the audacity oi this proposition. He whistled low and soft ly. Then he saw the Electric Wagon jus t ahead. Barney "Well, that is very generou s !" he replied, with sa rca sm. ran d Pomp were at the e l ect ric guns. J u et beyond, upon ,, Yon may return to your king and tell him that your peopl e the plain, were the Kossongos coming to the attack. Barney had fired the gun but onoo, and it had created rhavoc in the ranks oi the blacks. Frank sprang upon th e deck of the wagon and pressed a secret spring which opened the door. tl Barney and Pomp were overjoyed at sight oi Frank. "Golly, Mar se Frank," cried Pomp, "yo' am j cs' in de on the plateau have a number of our people in their power. I demand their release, or I will exterminate every mother's son of you. Go take this to your king." The emissaries went slowly away. Their announcement evidently did not please the savage king, for angry yells came back on the wind. By way of reminder of his threats, Frank ent a bomb nick ob time. Der rapscallion s arc comin' fo' u s !" down into their mid t. "Bejabcrs, it's glad we are to sec yez, Mistl1er Frank!" It had a salutary effect, for presently the emissaries apcried Barney. "Phwereiver arc the ris t av thim !"" peared again. They advanced to within s peaking distance "They are captives," replied Frank. "I managed to cs-and again opened parley. Then he told of the incident s on the plateau. eand Pomp li stened with horror and amazement "Shure, w e mus i re sc ue thim !" cried the Celt. Barney "Well?" s aid Frank, sharply. "What word do you bring now?" "The king will accept your ter.rns if you will give up one of the white prisoners, that he may be made a sacrifice to "That we will en deavor to do, if thoy are not J he god of the moon." eLy the Ko songos," s aid Frank. Frank s hivered at the bare idea of s uch a thing. a .But there was work enough in front now to claim the attentio n of all. "Never!" he exclaimed, vehemently. "All must be de to the attack with full livered up safe and sound, or I will kill every one of you!" t -The Kossongos were coming Back to the king went the emissaries. After this all bc accompli8h came silent. The Kossongos seemed to have suddenly left but little, however. In a few moments they were compelled the vicinity. ranks. Fire was hotly opened upon them. e B efo re the electric guns they could hope to to break and fall back, leaving the ground covered with the "That is queer!" muttere d Frank. "What are they up and dying. In great confusion they retired to the cover of the palm clumps. i i Some time passed. They did not seem inclined to return to the attack. "I rather think we have tamed them," said Frank, tri Eumphantly. "Perhaps the warlike Corocomo may yet find ?" The n he fancied that this might be a blind upon the part of the blacks to draw him out of his position. So he waited where he was, determined not to be so easily duped Time passed and Frank began to get nervou s What did it mean? Had the wretches another method it to his advantage to make terms." 1 of reaching the plateau? If so, then they certainly would "Look!" cried Barney. "Shure, he's come to that now." outwit him.


26 ADRIFT IN AFRICA And the fate of the white prisoners would be sealed. It was too horribl e a thin g to contemplate. And as he reflected upon it, Frank waxed nervous over the situation. "Mercy on us!" he exclaimed. "What shall we do? We cannot r ema in here inactive all the while." Then darkness was seen to be fast sh utting down. Still the Kossongos did not appear Frank turned the searchlight, and threw its rays up into the d2rkness of the cavern. 'I'hey now retreated in dismay before the advance of th Electric Wagon. No ?De was now in sight Doubtless they had gone to carry the dismaying new to the Kossongo village. Indeed, this was quickly verifi e by the sound of beating tom-toms. "Forward!" cried Frank, springing into the wheel-hous "We mu,st make rapid work, or they may kill the pris oners !" Forward shot the Electric Wagon. The Kossongo village was i.n a state of fearful uproa He considered at that moment the feasibility of blowing Th e warriors could be seen deploying in lines, tmder th out the walls of the aperture, so that the machine might be direction of King Corocomo and the Prophet Ma:fta. worked up through it onto th" e plateau. In the center of the town a high dais had been rai The ascent was gradual and shelving. The more he Upon this was a tall stake, and to it was bound a whi t studied it the better satisfied he became of its feasibility. He re solved to attempt it with light charges of dynamite. Turning one of the guns upon a angle of rock he sent a light charge of dynamite against it. man. It was Hal Martin The Celt seized hi s rifle and sprang to a forward loop hole. The re sult was gratifying. It was certain that the superstitious fiends mea .nt to ki Enough of the rock was dislodged so that the wagon could H 1 Al d th t "th h" bl d k f t have gone ahead quite a distance. Barney and Pomp, with iron bars, rolled the stones aside. The passage was full broad enough to admit of this. The difficulty in the passage of the wagon was in the height of the cavern. The rock b e ing of s uch soft material as sand stone was cut by the dynamit e as if with a knife. To be s ure it involved some expenditure of dynamite, but what was this compared with the exigency and the re sult gained? a rea y e execu wner W1 IS oo y m e s oo over the youth. Already the knife was in the air. Barney muttered prayer and pulled the trigger of his rifle. Crack! It was just in the nick of time. The black fiend threw up hi s arms and fell dead. Ha Martin's lif e was saved. Another black spra-n g 1upon the dais, but Pomp brough him down. Then Frank sent an electric bolt into th Charg e after charge of dynamite was sent into the soft throng. sandstone. Most of it crumbled to powder. The large fragm e nts were easily rolled aside. And thu s slowly but steadi l y the wagon made its way up ward. All night long the explorers worked. And still the Kossongos did not make an appearance. Fra_ nk was satisfied that they were making the plateau It created fearful havoc 'Dozens of wretches were s laughtered. The wagon wen down into the throng lik e a t hund erbolt. Appalled a nd complete ly dismayed the blacks fled. I less time than it takes to tell it the whole town was evac u a ted. Barney l eaped from the wagon and rushed upon the da" by some other method. After events proved this true H e cut Hal Martin's bonds. The Young New Yorke Daylight came, and shortly after the la st fifty fee t of the cried: cavern was blown out and the Electric Wagon had reached the height s of the plateau. So elated were the three explorers that they could not re sist a cheer. CHAPTER XII. FATE OF THE ELECTRIC WAGON. "Thank God! you came just in time!" "Shure;sor, and where are the others?" asked Ba.rney. "They are l y ing; bound hand and foot in that hut yo d er," r eplied Hal. Barney rush e d into the hut. A moment later Jack an Col. Martin, liberated, came out with him. All were quickly on board the wagon. It was a sweepi n There had been a Kossongo guard at the upper entrance and glorious victory. to the cavern. But to clinch it, fire was at once set to the combustib l


ADRIF'r IN AFRICA. i7 h<..hatch of the huts. In a brief space of time the native was in a fair way to d est ruction. ;v, This broke the h eart of the Kossongo king. ed All his former defiance vanished, and he became humble md penitent enough. His warriors were scattered, and the ;e.ltruggle for the hill of ivory was over. i s Frank Reade, Jr., with his Ele c tric Wagon, had tri Imphed. It was not long before an envoy from Corocomo nade his appearance. / l r. This time he came in a supplicating mood. Frank re him kindly, and said: "Tell your king that all this might have been spared had d.1e treated me rightly in the fir st place. We are glad to te1ave peace.H Next the king himself, a tall, powerful savage, appeanid. He threw himself upon his face before Frank as an evi p-lence of his acknowledgment of his foe's superiority. Terms were quickly made. [ ll It was agreed that the whit e men should have the hill of "Who are you?" "Explorers from the United States. Who are you?" "English ivory hunters from St. Paul de Loando." "We have discovered a mighty pile of ivory below there!" sai d L eslie Carter, the leader. "And we are looking for the owners." "They are here," said Frank indicating Hal and Jack. The English captain kicked the turf a moment thought fully with his boot toe. "What are you going to do with it?" he asked, finally. "Transport it to St. Paul de Loanda." "Where is your caravan?" "I have thought of making it up from the ranks of these Kossongos." .. But the English captain shook his head. "I have a proposition to make." "What is it?" "You will be to no end of trouble to rig up a caravan in St. Paul. Stand in with us, pay us well, and we will handle Jd vory by paying for it in various gifts of cloth and uten sib your ivory for you." o be brought from the coast later. With quick impulse Hal replied: a As an evidence of l1is intention to renounce the super ;titious ceremony of placing tusks upon the tomb of the "That settles it. I will take your offer!" The matter was settle d at once. A p a per was drawn up l ead monarch, the king himself descended and removed by Frank Reade, Jr., which all signed ;orne of them. Then all went down to the plain below. Frank left Ba.ral "Now, boys," declared Frank, "you have received your ney and Pomp with the Electric Wagon. and your rights to it. All depend s upon your abil-The caravan was quickly encamped about th e hill of 1t ty to get the ivory to mark et." 1e "Leave that to u s !" cried Col. Martin. "Indeed, Mr. R eade, we cannot sufficiently acknowledge our gratitude to rou." ivory. The work of numbering and classifying the tusks began. Before nightfall every ox a:pd ever y negro was loaded with the ivor y and ready to start for the coast. Hal and Jack 1t "Do not speak of it," sa id Frank. ''Indeed, I am only and Col. Martin were in high spir its. too glad to be able to help you." All were gathered at t}Jf base of the plateau, just in the n "We will set out at once for St. Paul de Loando and get edge of the evening, when Frank said: tl caravan to help transport it." At that moment an astounding spectacle burst upon the I view of all. lS. At the lower end of the plateau s udd e nly a party of white ir men came mto VIew. They were at the moment upon the plateau. The newcomers had doubtless found their way up through :he cavern. "I don't b elieve you will need our services any longer, Hal. I believe Barney and Pomp and I will go along." But the words had scarcely been spoken when a startling sound reached the hearing of all. It came from the plateau above. rifles and yell of savage blacks. "What docs that mean?" asked Hal. It was the crack of All knew that Barney and Pomp were up there with the At sight of the Electr'ic. Wagon the newcomers halted in machine. Frank did not fear for them. 1mazement. The wagon had been kept there, with the guns covering d There were fully a hundred armed white m e n in the the village to overawe the Kossongos. group. (Y "' One who seemed to be the leader put his hands trumpetlike to hi s mouth and gave a halloo. le "Hello!" shouted Frank, in reply. A hundred armed white men were at once rallied under Captain Carter. All had started on the run for the cavern entrance when a great cry escape d the lips of Hal Marti n "My God I What is thaH'1


2 8 ADRIFT IN AFRICA. Out over the verge of the precipice shot a huge black In a jiffy both were made prisoners by a dozen howling body. Out into the air it sprang. Kossongos who had unobserved boarded the wagon. Down it came like a thunderbolt all that long ways. They were bound hand and foot and thrown out upon the It struck the ground with an awful crash. Then there ground. Then U1e Kossongos proceeded to take possession was an awful explosion, like an earthquake. of the wagon. Nearly every man was thrown from his feet. When they All had gone well until one of U1em had accidentally I1111 recovered a mighty yawning pit seen, but else, across the motor lever in the wheel house. save a few bits of debris scattered about. In a moment the current was on, and away starte d the CHAPTER XIII. THE END. The reader, no doubt, has guessed the meaning of this in cident. The huge black object which shot over the edge of the cliff was the Electric Wagon. The explosion was caused by the awful concussion given the dynamite stored aboard the wagon. The spectators had one dim and horrified recollection. To the framework of the wagon there had clung a dozen black forms. These had with the wagon, disappeared. Scarce a fragment of them could be found. But Frank had no thought of this, or of the loss of the wagon. He only gave a gasping cry. "Oh, my God! What of Barney and Pomp?" wagon. In vain the blacks clung to it. It carried them over the plateau with the result which tlle reader has seen. The Electric Wagon was past redemption. Frank Reade, Jr.'s wonderful invenhon was gone forever. ( Naturally the spirits of all were considerably depressed. But there was no way but to make the best of it. So Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp accompanied the caravan to the coast. At St. Paul they chartered a sa il. ing vessel to take them up to the spot where they were to meet the Sierra Leone. Tl1ey took a warm farewell of Hal and Jack. A few weeks later on board the Sierra Leone, they were home-ward bound. In due course of time New York was safely reached and finally Readcstown. Friends gladly welcomed them home.1 But Frank Reade, Jr., was not wholly satisfied. Those few weeks adrift in Central Africa had only whet There were fragments of the wagon scattered over a ted his desire for another trip, and new plans began at once large area of ground. Certainly not enough of it could ever to mature in his fertile brain. be found to be of value. Hal Martin and Jack Fuller r et urn ed home a few years1 It was a stunning catastrophe, and for a moment Frallk lat e r, made immensely wealthy in the ivory trade. Happi Reade, Jr., was too appalled to act. Then Captain Carter s uggested: ness and prosperity became their lot. And tl1is brings our story of wild adventures in Central "Suppose we go up on the plateau and sat isfy ourselves Africa to that they are not there?" THE END. "Right," replied Fra:nk. "That is the proper move." So all at once started for the plateau. The time eon-sumed in reaching it was short. It required but a few moments of time to afford a com-plete revelation of the whole affair. Reaching the spot where the wagon had been, to the sur Read "FRANK R.EADE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR At LOS'l' MAN IN HIS LATEST AIR WONDER," which t will be the next number ( 31) of "Frank Reade Weekly prise of all, Barney and Pomp were found, bound hand Magazine." and foot, and lying on the ground. The joy of Frank and the others was so great at finding them unharmed that for a time no questions were asked. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly 'l'he two prisoners were liberated, and then at the first op-are always in print. If you caru1ot obtain them from any portunity told their story. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by. Not apprehending any attack from the blacks, both had mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER., 24 UNION. been busily at work upon some of the machinery, when SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies ] &udd.-nly Barney felt himself ieized from behind. you order by return mail.


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