Frank Reade, Jr.'s prairie whirlwind; or, The mystery of the hidden canyon

Frank Reade, Jr.'s prairie whirlwind; or, The mystery of the hidden canyon

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s prairie whirlwind; or, The mystery of the hidden canyon
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Suddenly Sharp was seen to rein the ponies up. A revolver fiashed behind him, and he was about to aim at Corinne. His fell purpose was seen. This was to kill his fair'captive.


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FRANK READE vet ali ect ,\;;ONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA .AN D J N THE AIR. I ssue d Wee k l y-By Subsc1iption $2:50pm 1Jea1 .Application made fm Second Class enl! y cd the N ew York, N Y., Post Office -E Entend accmd mg to Act of Congress m the yem 1903, tn th e oj]ice of the Ltbrmian of Gong1ess, .h n c ._ F r a _n'_ T -ot,__ev_._z4_u_n_io_n_s_qu_ a _,_ e, N e w Y o' k_. ----------No. 33. NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 1903 Price 5 Cents. at a READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRL WIND; 0!_ t t The ffiysterry of the tlidden Canyona ini1 tciD By "NONAME." cor :Jar. 1'50' ------he th pti is he' lg ft e e C HAPTER I FRANK READE, JR., THE WHIRLWIND. Deep down among picturesque hill s wa s R ituated the lit::_F e city of R ea de stown. A beautiful river wended its way ?fYJo the sea through the fertile valley. Here were locat e d machine s hop s wh e re w e re p erfecte d the wonderfu l in lini entions of the famous and distingui s hed young inventor, ntic omEPrank Reade, Jr. 1in' Probably no man the world over is more widely known 'rirll r jus tly celebrated than the famous projector o : E electric ovention co Pomp was an A1 cook, and generally handy in other re spec ts Barney was a skilled engineer and a clever elec trician. Rumor had gone abroad that Frank R eade, Jr., had been long at work upon a new inventi .on. Just what this was remained, for some while, a i.nyste ry. B u t one day the new spapers of the country came out with t hriliing r ep ort s of a projected trip through the Far Wes t by the }'Olmg inventor. 1i This trip, it was reported, was to be made with a new in v e ntion, called the "Prairie \ Vhirlwind." This was a ma chine, or v ehicle, of wonderful construction. ette Ev erything which Frank Reade Jr., essayecl was bound td 0 f ".Phe Southwe st, which was reall} the rebaion Frank in}ivi be a s uccess. He seldom met with aj}ure. ,jectl He had enriched him elf with the p r oduct of his inven tended to vis it, was, at the time, affiicted with all the l f A I )ject(ons, and s o wanted for notlung. His whole soul was lorrors 0 an pac 1e war. lit, rapped up in his invention s fatb' d an Closely attached ro Frank were you C )arney O'Shea, a good-natured The savages had made many and horrible depredations, two faithfu l servants, and troops had b een called to the reli ef of the settlers. and witty Irisbman, Knowing all this, Fra.nk Read e Jr. had p e rfected his ma Oj tbjec-ith a b r oad mug and a s hock of red hair, and a negro, lettf'l' chine for tbc purpose of offensive, well as defensive warfare. lack as coal named Pomp. These two were wa r m f riends, nd m u ch devot ed to their young master. H e had left noth ing u ndone to make it proof agaj n st t h e


p:;us---......... --2 FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. attacks of a foe. It was impervious to anything but a cannon ball. A brief description of the new machine might not be amiss here. In shape it was long, and not unlik e a howitzer, with the tapering off toward the front. The body was a shell of :finest and toughest steel. In this there were windows of plate glass, protected by bullet-pro of netting and loopholes, through which to fire at an enemy. The entrance to the Whirlwind was by means of a door in the rear, and a small platform, with steps, jutted out from this. Upon the top of this cylindrical body was a deck, with long guard rails, extending to a high dasher in front, and Here were the wonderful electric dynamos and engi ; the invention of which was all a secret of Frank Reade,[<' re Of course, non e of these compartm nts aboard the Wb wind were ca. pacious, yet the passengers moved about \\0 comparative case, and were not much cramped. 1e There were plenty of riilcs, lots of ammu tion, and two electric guns aboard the Whirlwind. e l This made of her almost a traveling arsenal, and she P impervious to anything like an ordinary attack. te The wheel s were provided with cushion rubber tires,A that little jolt or jar would be given the occupants. P course, the machine was--not consiru.clecl for use in a mm" tainous or rocky land. The great plain s o the Southw est afforded a desira" behind which, upon a pivot, rested a pneumatic gun, the surface for her to travel over. These were generally quu invention o Frank Reade, Jr., and which was capable o even and smooth in surface. throwing a projectile fully a mile, with deaclly effect. Quite a large quantity oC stores and provisions could B Amidships there rose a lower or tun ct, which had circucarried aboard the Whirlwind, lhat she could travel lar windows, and upon the front of which wa located a a desolate country for a long while wiLhout topping. s. powerful searchlight, capable o throwing a ray of light for The Prairie Whirlwind was truly a wonder, and one ?Z two 'niles. the inventive triu:rpphs o Frank's car eer. id Forward of this was a pagoda-shaped tower, which served While the young inventor had decided on a trip throu:u as the pilot-house. Doors opened from both these towers the war-convulsed 'onthwe$t, he had not, as yet, conceiv ,, out upon the deck. any definite object or mission. el: The running gea r of the \Vhirlwind consiste

FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. 3 lgi Fran k r e ad t h is thrilling account, and his veins tingled. .lC, Wh're was what seelllcd to him l ike an opportunity to act wnp lish a heroic and philanthropic act, and at the same pe afford him an object for visiting the Southwest. ms'I will endeavor to rescue that gir l," he declared, reso ely. "That will be sufficient mission for me, and no e ubt I shall succeed in finding other cases of the kind. ere will be work enough for us, I will venture." e At this moment the door

v 4 FRANK READE, HR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. T h e messenger boy made a hasty exit, and Frank now other, as he toyed with the ha ndle o.f a six-s hooter. Kai set rapidly at work to accomplish all preparations for his say I jist approve of it." ne1 "We're durned fools tew stan' hyar an' see it goin' ,, departure. In some way an account nf the propo sed trip to New an' make 'em pay no tribute to thi s 'e re municipalit) ,, Mexico l eaked out. g rowl e d Dan Burley "Ain' t we cit s of this festive bures] Ever willing r e porters at once flooo ed the newspapers with e h, Bill Sharp?" ma the r eport. Frank Reade, ,Tr. and hi s new Prairie Whirl-"Reckin we air." wind became at once famous. "Aint nuthin' hes st uck enny harder in my crop fer so1 So when the day of departure came, and the spec ial train, time!" o:f aboard which the machine was packed, was at the depot, a great crowd gathered to see the party off. "Me nuther." in "rrhet sett le s it. I'll go down an' r ep resent this leelthc It required three cars to carry the framework and parts municipality, j c t as a patriotic cit ought ter dew." sh of the Whirlwind. The fourth was a private car, in which "Ker ect I'm back of ye !" i.he explorers traveled. Frank was busy instructing his workmen how to adju Frank bad e good-by to hi s friends and the cheering crowd, some parts of the W:liirlwind when h e heard a s ound in li and with Barney and Pomp went aboard the train. rear, and a heavy hand tapped hi s shou lder. F It rolled out of the depot. Readestown was quickly left Frank turned and .faced the desperado, Burley. H e i behind, and the great journey was begun s tantly sized him up, and knew that trouble must come. d There was no railroad to Satan's Hole. Its terminus was at Big Gap; accordingly, that was the objective point. Night and day the spec i a l train sped on. At the large cities brief stops were made. Here the depots were always crowded with curious people, who were eage r to see what th e Whirlwind look e d like. Their desire, however, was not very well gratified, as the Burley's face was as red as a lobster, and his voice w: i.hick and maudlin, and his manner swaggeri ng, as he sai( 0 "Hello, pilgrim Frank coolly replied : "Well, what is it?" v The Wes tern tough's hand fle w mstantly to the butt his revolver. But he did not draw it. H e glared at Frar t machine was carefully packed away in sections in the cars. for a moment, and then gritted: \ 1 But the y did get a chance to look at the .famous travelers, "Pooty fresh fer a tenderfoot Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp. "Well, what do you want?" said the young invento Big Gap was far out at the end of a branch line of the coolly. "My time is valuable. State your business!" Southern Pacific, and in a wild region. He knew well the cha ract er of the man before him. B i Howev e r, it was reached in safety, and then the work of was awar e of the fact that b luff was t h e b est game playe disembarkation began. in an emergency like the present. So he proceeded to me( Skilled workmen, who w ere to return, had come as far as this point to aid in putting the machine together. This was being done under Frank's supervision, when a little incident for a time, interrupted proceedings. Burley upon his own grotmd. "State my busine ss, eh roared i.he d espe rado. "W aa yew kin bet the la s t man who bridled up tew me thet wa is planted unde r six feet of earth, an' left a weeping widd Big Gap was a typical New Mexico town, with its coterie ter mourrichim. D 'ye know who I am?" of miners, herders and gambling sharps The arrival of the specih l train had excited no littl e in ter est and aa a re s ult, nearly the entire population came down to the depot to see what was going on. No lit tle comment was made as the Whirlwind began to take shape b eneath the efforts of the workmen. "By jimcracks, Bill!" cried one tough-loohng sport, to "I know you're a and a coward!" Frank looked s t e rnly, unflinchingly, into the villain eyes "What!" roared Burley, again fingering the butt of hi revolve r "Shall I say it again?" asked Frank. The desperado brushed back the brim of his s lou ch hai a companion; "I shed say here 1vuz a pooty how-de-do. and look e d at Frank hard for a moment. The n he sai d These h yar tenderfeet seem t e r be takin' a heap o' liberties "It's a wonder I didn't s hoot ye fer thet." in our ken try, eh ?" "You didn't dare to," said Frank, in the same stee l "By Jeremiah !Jyew air right, Dan Burley," retorted the 1 manner. "Am I not right?"


FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIIUE WHIRLWIND. lii "I know yew arr a condemned greenhorn, an' I take mercy on ye But it'll pay ye to b e civil." 1 "Well, allow that. What do you want?" "I want tew know what right ye've got t er cum into thcr 1I[.espectable burg of Big Gap, an' disturb tber peace in this The revolver was knocked yards away. The Celt planted blow aft e r blow in s wift s u ccession up on the scoundrel's skull and face with hi s fists, and Sharp fell lik e a log to the ground. Frank h e ld the drop on Burley, who had thrown up his manner? What sort of a derrick air y e w "rigging up thar ?" arms. "Are yon the mayor or the sheriff?" "I cave!" h e cried. "Yew hev got ther drop, friend. m "I'm a peace 1naker in this 'ere town, and a regulator I'm your s." of ther peace. I don't 'low no t enderfoot lik e yew ter step "You miserab l e dog," cried "-Frank, with virtuous wrath in hyar an' boss me, neither. Afore yew kin go a ste p fu r"Wluit do you mean by attacking us in ihis murd e rous with thi s highfalutin' arrangement, yew hev got tew fashion?" show ycr license!" The crowd, attracted by the pistol s hot, were now upon "Have I?" the scene. The excitement was mos t intense u "Yes; an' lively, tew !" The sympathies of all, to Frank's joy, were with him. h Burley s w e11eu up and assumed a blustering attitude "Give it to th e r black-hearted coyote," was the genera l For a moment li'rank was undecided b:ow to act. c-ry. "Ye've a right tcr kill him, an' he'll never be missed ." iJ He was not at all anxious to hav e a fight with any of the "No doubt h e deserve s it," cried .Frank; "but I don't desperadoes of ihe place immediat e ly upon entering it. want hi s miserable life. You m iserab le scoundrel, I will r For all he knew ihese people standing about were a ll .friends give you one minute to get out of sig ht. If you do not take or colleagues o.J' the ruffian's, and tood ready to help hi!:1. this offer instant ly, you s hall die l ike a dog." But a sudden impulse seized him to meet the rascal \vith his own ammunition. He acted in s tantly. He saw that Burley's hand was upon the butt o.J' his reWithout a word the vJlain sl unk away, wit h his van quished pal, Bill Sharp, and Barney shak in g his fists after them. Two o the most bated and feared despe r adoes and volver He knew the ins tinctive quickness with which "men killers" of the Southwe8t were thu s ignominously put ( these desperadoes made a "draw" or obtained a drop. to flight. He knew that if the advantage was to be hi s h e must act "Begorra, I'd loike wan more crack at hi s ugl y mug," with rapidit y He did so. cr ied Barney. "Shure, I wish I'd only pounded him the It seeme d swifte r -than a flas h of light that hi s hand flew more." out of his pock et, and the muzzl e of hi s revolv e r was full "We have done enough, Barn ey," c ried Frank. "We in Burl ey's face. have driven t hem away, and that is the main object." "This i s my li cense !1 The crowd main l y cm:ne forward, a nd congratulated 'rhe v illa in's weapon had leaped forth, bu t h e was too .Frank. late. He dared not bring it up to use it. He was caught He appeared to have their good will, at lea st, and was at his own game. Frank Reade Jr., held the drop on him in a much more reassureu frame of mind, when s udd enl y for a dead certainty. a cloud of du st appeared in the street of the town, and out "Thunder an' blazes," he gasped; "yew hev done it. I of it emerged two rough rid ers. cave, stranger. Yew hev th cr drop!" They drew r ein not twenty feet di sta nt, and dismounted. Bill Sharp, the second des perado, seeing that his pal was One was a man of possibly fifty years of age, prepossess trapped, with fie ndi h purpose pulled his revolver and fired ing in app ea ranc e and dressed as a ranchero. almo s t point blank at Frank. He rushed forward and gripped Frank's hand hear t ily, But the bullet w ent wide B arney, who had come or-as he cried : ward with a swif t leap, s truck up hi s arm, and the bullet "I hav e been anx i ously looking or you Mr. Reade. whistled into space. You have come through safe l y? Ah, you do not know me. "Whurroo !" yelled the excited Celt, "be me sowl, yez I am Wesley Wall, who te l egraphed you a few days ago. will niver sboot 111:isther Frank while I'm aloive. Have at "Wall!" excl aimed Frank; "indeed, I am g l ad to see yez, fer a black-h earted omadhoun' Take that, yez dhirty you. You see I hav e k ept my word and come on." baste." "For which God will bless you!" c ried the ranc h owner, J And Barney sailed into the desperado lik e an infuriated 1 fervently. "You are my only hope I believe that you are tiger. I the onl y person in the world who can save my daughte r."


FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRTR WHIRLWIND. "I will do the best I can," replied Frank. "lf I could meet them in the open field, I daresayJUt i "I am assured of that. Out Nose is a cunning fellow, could," r epl ied Frank. ew f and will give u s a hard fight. But I feel sure that we "l fear you will not the chance." .:o n shall succeed." "Indeed!" trtly "I c e rtainly hope so," declared Frank, with tones of "'l'he Indian, you know, shun,; an encounter with I '""AI s inc er ity. foe( in the open." t('J f CHAPTER III. ACROSS THE PLAINS. At thi s moment the ranch companion appeared on the scene H e was a man M s triking appearance. "That is very true "Y In that case we must invade l stronghold, and run him to earth." '' T "J n st so. I shall pray for your success. But what A this I hear? You ha rc had a little run in with two de1C \' peradocs since coming here?" "Indeed I hare," r ep li ed Frank. "Their names?" "Bill Sharp and Dan Burley." \Vall gave ::t sharp cry nd; Do you know them! It tl :ot 'rom Tal c ot, he was introduced to Frank, or Thorough bred 'rom, as hi s friend,; all knew him. He was a brilliant fellow, with sterling pluck, as Wall declar e d "Do I know them?" he exclaimed "Well, I s hould Sf H In all the mines th e r e was not a great e r sport than Tom s o It i s more than half sus p ecte d that Sharp is the cau:0 1 Talcot. H e was the best rid e r of bronchos, the most daring of my dau ghte r 's abduction." lu e trail r of the Apa che, a ma ster of the art of card playing, and in the general term, a s port. Tall and handsome, h e was dressed in a suit of velvet, with fan c iful braid trimming. He wore hand s ome top boots, and was in s triking contrast generally with the rough deniz e w of Big Gap. Tom Talcot and \Vall, the ranch owner, were bosom friend s Indeed, the r e had been a liking of no ordinary sort, fie tween Tom and the fair daughter of the rich h erder, Cor inne Wall. Tom had made a vow not to re s t until he had rescued her or brought her abductor s to jus tice. Frank was astonished. "How so?" he cxclai'med. a It i s b e li eved that h e is in league with Geronimo, i.1:at h e i.s a dirty r e n egade. His ior abductinpvi Corinne i B clear eno ugh. He, at o n e time, did all he coultill to induc e m e' to l e t Corinne marry him." "And your daughter--" ch "She abhors him !" Frank sa w a glittering, dan gerous light in T alco t's eyeseh He gue se d the truth at once. 'rhe men were rivals. pr "I am glad to know all these points," said Frank; "fm l o I s hall know how to act But now, what do you suggest? The ranch owner looked at 'l'al cot. tl That h e was much in earnest, none who knew him "We had better go at once to Satan's Hole," he s aid; rt do ubted. "that may b e our h eadquarte r s From there we may gc Frank at once impressed with handsome Thorough-forth on the trail." bred Tom. 'rhe latter g ripped hands with him, and said, "Very good," agreed Frank; "that, I beli eve, to be a earnestly: good move Where, in your opinion, have they taken the ")lr. Heaue, if you can rescue that young girl, you will girl?" win th e e rerla s ting good will of every right-minded man Wall turned and pointed to the western horizon. in the Southwest." "I will try," replied Frank, resolutely. I can do no better than that." "Do you ee a long, dark line, yond e r ?" he asked. "Yes," replied Frank. "Well, ihat i s the Apache range of hills. In tha.t range "Ver)' tru e sir." tl 1 t f h. h t t h 1s a canyon, 1e oca 1on o w 1c 1 s a sec r c o eve r y w ite Frank wok Wall and Talcot aboard the Whirlwind as man in the W est. Yet it is known to the Indians, and the soon a s the workmen had ucceed e d in putting the machine together. The surprise and intere s t of the two men as they insp ected th e machine was extremely great. "Tlus i s a most wonderful vehicle," cried Wall. "In d eed, Mr. Reade, you could d efeat the whole Apache na tion." 'Hidden Canyon' is their safe retreat. I believe Corinne i::; k ept a prisoner in that canyon." Frank was inte re ste d "Why can it not b e found?" h e asked. Wall hook his head. "I hardly know how to answer that question," he said;


\ READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWI ND say ut it 1s nevertheless true. It is entirely hidden from And thus they t r aveled on a ll that day. W h e n night 1 ew from the summits of any other hills about. The Pass came it was necee. a ry to camp, as the horses could not pro 80 narrow, and well defended by Apaches, that it may be ceed farther. The Whir l wind came to a stop by a l ittle rtly explained in that manner." timber oasis, and the two horsemen came up w i t h t h eir '"Ah, then it is your belief tha t our first and Best move jaded steeds. t(ll find the Hidden Canyon?" "Yes." t "Th11t we will proceed to do," declared Frank. "Hello!" shouted \Vall. "Our horses can never keep up with you-we've got to stop here." "Is that so?" cried Frank. "That is a great pity." A short time later the workmen finished their work on "Can you travel after dark with that machine?" c Whirlwind. The machinery was put in working order, "Why, certainly. How muc h farth e r is it to Satan s 1uc1 all lhe stores were put aboard. Hole?" m It was now ready for the p e rilous excursion into the land "About fifty miles." 1f the red man. Prank }Jis men, sa w that they "We can be there by ten o'clock if t h e trail is level all ;ot safely aboard the s pecial on its return, and then cried: the way." we arc ready!" "Well, it is." sa He npon the deck of the Whirlwind, and cried out An idea occurred to Frank. u o Bamey: He was much averse to camping, especially wh(m so nea r his destin ation as :fifty miles. [ ''Start the dynamos! You, Pomp, take the wheel. Steer lue westward." As the Whirlwind started away, the denizens of Big Gap n hcercd lustily. They mounted their ponies and galloped n alongside, waving their sombreros and cheering lus11 ily. Frank stood on the. Whirlwind's deck, and answered the The Whirlwind could easily make it in three hou rs. S o he acted upon impulse, and said: ''What can you do with your horses if we take you o n board as passengers?" "Do you mean that?" cried Wall, excitedly "It looks to be the best move." c heer by waving his hat. "Hooray! that' s just what suits us. We don't wan t to Tlfen he stepped forward and elevated the muzzle of the intrude-" gun perpendicularly. He placed a dynamite "Pshaw!" exclaimed Frank; "you are more than w eiprojectile in the breech, and. then pressed the electric but-come. It is queer that I did not think of it before." "We're your huckleberries." The projectile was a dynamite time bomb, and. rising to It was evident that both were delighted at the idea of a the J1e ight o ( a thousand feet, in mid-air with the ride aboard the Whirlwind. l; roar of a hall (lozen cannon. It was a grand parting salute, and impressed the miners greatly. Soon the Whirlwind was far out on the prairie, booming 1e away to the The voyagers were in a happy frame of mind. The ex"What about your horses?" asked Frank. "'l'hcy will go back to the ranch a ll right eno u g h by them selves." "They will ?" "Oh, yes. They know thei r way as well as we do." The saddles and bridles were removed from the two musped.ition had bcgnn auspiciously; the Whirlwind. moved like tangs, and they were allowed their freedom clockwork, and justified all xpectations of her inventor. A moment later ':he two herdsmen with their equipments "Begorra, it's a foinc machine s he is!" cried Barney. were on the Whirlwind's deck. e "I've niver seen a betther." "I am satisfied with her," said Frank. is to find the Hidden Canyon." \ Frank at once sta rted the Whirlwind away !!gain upon "All I want now h er westerly course oituation immensely. The two new passengers enjoyed the Wesley Wall and Thoroughbred Tom galloped on behind now had begun to settle down thick and fast. But Frank pressed a littl e button, and instant l y the i nthe Whirlwind. They would neve; have been able to keep up with it had terior of the cabin, as well as the deck, was a ll ab laze wit h the machine been run at full speed. light But Frank kept it at a uniform rate, which did not allow The search l ig h t serit a brill iant pathway across t h e plai n them to get out of sight. for miles.


FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. I'he1 "Stc Of course it "as easy for the Whirlwind to proceed under 1 Not that .there was much about her that was combustibThe these conditions. I for she of Folid steel, but tbe eficct of the heat upon t h They had come to an inunense tract of country which electric machinery would ruin it. T_ e I ffilll' was overgrown a _matting of deep, dry grass A dry Besides, all ,on board would, no doubt, br roasted like pilal season had made th1s hke tmder, and when suddenly a lme in an oven. lt was not pleasant Lo contemplate. Wa appeared upon the southern horizon it smprised no one "No!" concluded the young inventor. "We must g 1 lZZ E when Wall cried: out of h ere instanter." t Th "Mercy on us! The prairie is on fire." He shouted to Barney to put on fresh speed; the rat e n It was true, that from some cause or other, the plain had now became thrilling. ith The flames had gained frightful volume, and were risin become ignited, and an immense conflagration was sweeping over the country. Frank viewed the sce ne for some moments with a feeling of uncertainty. What should he do? He had no desire to run headlong into what seemed cer tain death. On lhe other hand it seemed scarce ly safer to turn back. A prairie fire generally runs with great speed, and it takes but little ,time to head off the traveler, unless he takes mstant mea:oures for his afety. nt thoucands of feet in the air. On they came with imposin leg grandne s. In But death ran on before them, which fact altogethe. a m spoilc d the b auty of the scene for Lhe travelers. Theiehi were only too eager to get out of reach. On and on sped the Whirlwind. It did not seem as if greater speed could be added. F A Am ts 1 yet the flames gained Already th ir horrible heat could be felt. It now becamhe evident ihat the only salvation of the party lay in runnin! 'l There \ras the alternative of running northward from it. to the northward. '] But Frank was loth to go so far from their course He This was dead before the fire. If the Whirlwind wa!n af was extremely anxious to reach Satan's H o l e that night. put to full speed, there was a chance yet to outrun the fire So his mind was made up. In tautly the machine was brought about. But at thisva "Put on all speed, Barnry !" he cried. "We must beat moment Frank's inventive genius came to the rescue. the fire to the westward. This dry plain must end some Wall and Talcot were quite pale, and much worried. where, and if we can reach the edge o it we will be safe." "Do you think there is any chance for us, Frank?" asked:hi "Go ahead is it, sor ?" asked Barney. the ranch owner. .\' "Yes." "Chance?" exclaimed the young inventor, curtly; "I'llth "All roight, sor." k ] I ht t h d ., bef rna e a1c1ance. oug o ave one lL ore. The travelers stood on the deck of the Whirlwind and Pomp cut a pigeon wing. su watched the thrilling scene With the rapidity o.f the wind "I done .fink yo' nredn't worry, gemmens," h e said, with the flames had burst into life all along the hori:wn. a comical grin. "Kain't nuffin beat Marse Frank. He Up in to the heavens they mounted, croing higher and all us hab a cure fo' eberyfing. I done fink he fix dat ar 0 ft per airy fire pooty quick." higher, and seeming to gain volume and speed every instant. It truly a wonderful sight. And on the Whirlwind, like its veritable namesake. It wa s a race against the flames-a race for life. Every moment this became more and more palpable, for the fire ran with increaood fury, and seeme d to gain most rapidly. CHAP'rER IV. A RACE FOR LIFE. Wall and Tal cot were not a little puzzled, as well as in terested, to see how thi' wonderful feat would be accom-t plished. Frank vani heel in the cabin. When he came out he had a heavy l ead weight, and a long coil of wire. At thi Wall l aughed. "Is that what you are going to beat t h e fire with, Frank?" he asked "You sha ll see," replied the young inventor, coolly. He threw the weight far out upon the prairie, and began The deadly peril in which they now were, was well unto pay out the wire. derstood by Frank Reade, Jr. Barney slacked the speed of ihe Whirlwind, and by He knew that to be overtaken by the flames meant the Frank's direction made a zig-zag route to the westward, and t otal destruction of the Whirlwind. then again to the eastward.


FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. 9 Then Frank sa id : ____,"Stop her Barney!" tib "Those two horsemen arc the originaton of this prairie fire, which was intended to engulf. u s The machine came to a stop nt The fire wa now not more than three miles distant, and "What!" cried Frank, in amazement; "do you believe that?" ming on with the speed of a racehorse. It seemed sui "I feel sure of it. They are Bill Sharp and Dan Burley. ) PI Clal .for the Whirlwind to stop. They followed us out of Big Gap, and getting to the south Wall and Ta l cot each held hi breath They were more ll'ard of us, no doubt thought they would sett l e our fate than ever. But a revelation was at hand. forever The wire which Frank had thrown out was of a combusti. "The scound rels!" cried Frank. "I've a mind to give ra e mat erial, an invention of own. It was connected chase." be of little use. We shall run across them \SJD ,e grass. "You are right we will," cried the young inventor; "and the I n a moment thi was moving away ahead of the Whirlthen they will not escape so easily." 'he ind, and l eaving a broad and blackened plain in its wake. "We will all look to that." ehind Lhis fire the whirlwinu slowly moved on. Th e dastardly scheme of the tlvo ruffians to destroy the .Frank's purpose was instantly seen Whirlwind hau failed. 'rhat they would try again there ln As oon as the old fire reached Lhis burnt. trip, of course was no doubt. ts career was ended. The Whirlwind was in the r ear of The Whirlwind now kept rapidly on her way toward m he new fire, and had nothing to fear from it. Satan's Hole. in The day was saveu by a very neat and clever trick. .t o further incid ent was met with, until suddenly t h e There was sutlicient time for the new fire to get far searchlight shone full against a mountain wall a bout two m nough ahead of the old one, so that the Whirlwind was miles distant 1.e_safe from th injurious effects of the heat, though the air "That is the Sentinel range!" cried Wall "We pass through that and into a valley, anu Satan's Hole lies be-1i8was a bit for a time. The Whirlwinu was now out of danger. iow us. We shall be there very soon now." A short while after t>he was again running full speed to "Hello!" cried Talcot, with s uduen exciteme nt; "what ed he westward. It. is needless to say that Wall and Tal cot is that?" were much impr essed with Frank's cleverness at evading 'll the deadly peril. Along the pathway of light myriads of forms uddenly swarme d just ahead l3ut as they were running on over the blackened plain, suddenly 'ralcot pointed to the eastwa ru, and cried: "Look! Who is there?" "Indians!" shouted Wall. "Apaches, as I live!" Instantly the yelling of the savage horde could be heard rising hig h on the night air. e Two horsemen were seen galloping along in the verge lr of the burnt tract, and just visible in the glare of the flames. 'l'hey w e re really l ying in wait for the mai l stage from .Big Gap, and had mistaken t.he Whirlwind for it. On they came in a body to the charge, mounted upon their lithe ponies; their lances gleamed in the glare of the e lectric light. y They were seen to suddenly draw rein, as if the sight of the Whirlwind had surp ri sed them. Then, without further ado, they wheeled their horses and fied like mad over the rolling plain. It was a thrilling moment. The Whirlwind kept on at her rapid rate. The sa. vages Such a cur ious movement as this surprised all on board directly in her path were legion. the Whirlwind. For some moments those on th e deck of the 'Vhirlwind "Begorra, it's afraid of us they are!" cried Barney. were at a loss how to act. "I don fink dey hab berry good manners to be so berry But they were called to their senses in a sudden and un sociable as dat !" cried Pomp. startling manner. Bullets began to whi s tle about them But Wall and Tal cot had both been t.udying the disThey instantly sough t s h elter in the cabin. tant hor seme n and now Wall, with white, set face, turned. Frank pressed a spring which closed all the windows an d "I think I can explain it," he said. doors. "Indeed!" said Frank. "What is it?" Barney brought the Whir lwind to a sto p


10 FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. He could have plowed into the horde of savages. But The brief engagement wa::; over, and was a signal vichrill the impact might derange the delicate machinery of the for the Wiirlwind. 0 WbirhYincl, so be refrained. The red foe was not a little aback by the recep All the defenders of the Whirlwind were at the loopholes ihey had received. The white man's ''bull gun," as lA called cannon was too much .for their nerves. with and picking off s avages as rapidly as they could fire. mer Perhap s the most delighted one::; o.f the Whirlwind's The 1 f e nder s were Wall and ralcot. The Apaches were advancing to the attack in their u s ua "Upon my word," cried the ranch owner, "I think :n mn clean out the whole Apache country with this machiThe This consisted in riding their ponies madly in a circle mann e r d Mr. Reade." about the Whirlwind gradually closing in nearer an 'ley nearer. rode on .th e opposite side of their ponies, so as to be out of range. But every time they crossed the pathway of the search light the aim was dead sure, and they got it full and fair. 'l'hey tumbled in heaps. The defenders of the Whirlwind thus held them at bay Bullets and arrows rattled against the stee l armor of the machine, but they did no material damage. "They'll soon get sick of that," laughed Wall; "unless change their tactics we'll whip 'em, sure." "We'll whip them, anyway," declared Frank Reade, Jr. ''Just see how we do it." ''Look out!" shouted Talcott; "they are massing for an attack." This was true. The Apache s had suddenly changed their tactics. Closing up in a solid body they now made a direct charge upon the Whirlwind Frank Reade, Jr., knew well what this risk was. It was r. supreme moment of peril; but he was ready for it. Quick as thought he ran out to the forward pneumatic gun. It was but an instant's work to train it and thrust a pro jectile into the breech; a quick aim, and h e pu shed the electric button. There was a tremendous earthquake-like explosion, and "I darcsay," said Frank, with a s mile. "HoweYer, I not like useless s laught e r I will never take life netorn. lessly." Thi "I approve of that. Bui. just now it seems necessary'eat kill a few of these thieving Apaches." Lble "I under s tand." Tl No time was wasted in ascertaining the number of satad ages killed. Frank was anxious to reach Satan's Hole. A the Whirlwind sped on. Entering a pass in the tinel Hills, they quickly emerged upon a spur of ttloo mountain wall, and saw the light s of their destination f1 ) below. nd CHAPTER V. AT SATA)i''S HOLE ew Jr l the air was lurid for an instant, and filled with flying ragconglomeration of to the spot ments of shattered Indians and ponies. Yet the place was not without its natural beauties. Straight into the midst of the OJ:\Coming mass of red men The rugged hill s of granite and sandstone were picthe dynamite bomb had been thrown; it scattered the crew turesque in their angles, and the sma ll valley was possessed right and left. of a rich and fertile soil, with the g r eenest of verdure. Their advance was instantly checked. The ground was The trail leading down the s lope into the place was a covered with heaps of dead and dying. Once again Frank trained the terrible gun ; but there was no need of it. The Apaches w e re put to rout. However, Frank sent a shell after them to serve as a ter rifier. In less time than it takes to tell it every survivor of the red gang out of sight. trifle rough and rocky. But the wheels on the Whirlwind were mbber-tired and the shock was not greatly felt. The searchlight's rays were thrown clown into the valley, and the town was revealed as plain as day. No clonL1. the intensely brilliant ball of light seen by the


.FRANK READE, JR. s PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. of the place far upon the mountain side, created Reade, Jr., to whip the Apaches, and I r eckon you'll all put ng sensation. Down into Satan's Hole the Whirlwind s lowly dropped. cep length she was upon the l evel. t A quick run across a level expanse of green, and the ma-l's ine rolled into lhe main street of the town. The appearance of the Whirlwind created a great sensa n in Satan's Hole that down as right." Cheers greeted this announcement. "Herrah for the tenderfoot! L et's hear wha t he has to say!" Frank Reade, Jr., now appeared and s aluted the crowd. He said: "Gentlemen and friends, I am the owner and inventor .k chi The denizens of the town had by no means as yet retired. of this machine, and I am here to help Mr. Wall, hey were congregated about the tavern of the place, a rescue little Corinne from the Apaches. You all know little Corinne?" I ugh, but sizable, board shanty, called the "Hoof and n orn'' This was where liquor was diRpensed in abundance, and ry reat crowds oi men met to try their luck at Lhe gaming The town was dimly lighted with oil, but the searchlight sa ade all as plain as day about the place. I A great commotion was created in the place as the oddSe ooking stage, without horses, drew up in the yard of the oaf and Horn. l.Iincr., ra nchmen and gambler. all left the bar nd the Laule..;, and out They gazed in ishment upon the strange apparition. "\Yaal, I swan!'' s houted OIJC denizen. What has cum tew town, anyway? Air it a lokkermoii ve on ther ground, r hev it cum down outen ther clouds?" Cheers again went up. Frank .had caught the humor of the crowd. A grea t point had been gained. "Good fer yew, tenderfoot!" "Y'ure welcome!" "Git offen yer hoss !" "Cum in an' bev some pi zen 'rhe crowd now flocked about the Whirlwind, and were in the most goo 1-natured of moods. Frank politely de clined all invitations to drink, but did Yenture to accompany \Vall and Talcot in to the barroom of the hotel. Barney ancl Pomp kept a close guard on the whirlwind in tlle meanwhile. Bill Haines, the landlord of the Hoof and Horn, tried to make himself agreeable to his visitors. "I hop e ye'll find the gal all safe," he declared. "It's "Hyar':; newcomer8, Bill Haines!" cried another, as the about time thct the reds got a good dose to teach 'em a : h burly landlord of the Hoof and Ilorn appeared on the lectle manners." le Fc:ene. "Yrr want i.ew put Jhcr hosse:; up, an' gin' 'em a goorl :fePd o' railroaJ spi kC's, fer they don't eat oats, I "Our main object i s to re scue Corinne, tho u gh." rcckin !" "We shall t ry and give them a smart lesson," sa id Frank. Thus the four men were e ngaged in conversation, when Bill Haines, the uluff landlord, stared at lhc new arrival. an odd-looking character slipped out of the crowd an d 'Tain'i cum from [ lades, has it?" he ga ped. touched Frank on the arm. "Then it's cum tcw ther ricrht place an' tew git 1 o I He made a mystenous. gesture, and t 1 e young mvento r Satan out of ther Hol e !" cried another, and everybody said: laughed at the coa1 >d them. him to a corner of the room. "Gent:;," he cried, "this invention is from the effete HC're the stranger paused, and giving Frank a s id e -long It has been brought out here by its owner, M:r. Frank glance, b egan to rub hi s hands, and said:


K READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. "Yew don't know who I am, do ye ?" I am sure I do not," said Frank. "Waal, I'm Nicholas Grip, the gold seeker. Everybody knows me. I've found more pockets of gold in these 'ere hills than any other man. But thel's all the good it ever "Yes, [ do ahe Frank became omewhat excited. :k." "Whn l ofl'rr do you think h e made me?" he asked. [t is 'Can't imagine." ,ted "lie claims that h e knows jnst where the Hidden CanJ did me!" i&, and that he can take u s righl to it." "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank. "What has that to do Startled exc l amations escaped the lips of Wall and Talc with me?" "Did he say that?" cried Wall. \ Vith you?" "Yes. I dicl not fancy that hi s talc was a genuine on1 "Yes." B a "Oh, Grip is reliable!" cried Talcot. "What he sad a "It has a heap to do. Yew would like to know where the he means, bul he is very ecceni.ri.c. There are only certa ere Hidden Canyon is, wouldn't ye ?" people to whom he will tell his secrets. You are fortuna Po The fellow leered at Frank. in a emi-idiotic and cunning to b::: a fayored one Go and close with him at once ":K way The young inventor gave a great start. "What!'' exclaimed Frank, in surpri c; "do you realme 'Yes," he replied. "I would lik e to know quite well." bt!lieve that he knows of the locality of the Hidden Cat"] "\Vaal," said Nicholas Grip, gleefu ll y rubbing his hands, ''I'm the only man in of the \Vest who ever set eyes on the Hidden Canyon!". "What?" exclaimed Frank, eagerly; "then you have seen t.he Canyon ?" "Yes." "And know where it is?" "I do." "Will you take us to it?" The gold-seeker rubbed his hands and laughed gleefully. Frank began to fancy that he was insane "I can do it he said. "Will you do it?" Grip nodded his head in assent "Take me with yon on board your elect ric machine," he Eaicl. I will take you directly to the Hidden Canyon!" "You shall be repaid." Grip scowled at this. Yo.n ?" tel: "Why, certainly, if he so. He knows more ab01 hills than any living man. He seems to bear gs. charmed life, for no Apache bullet ha ever deterred him i his trips of exploration." Frank needed no further bidding. proachcd Grip H He at once a]?al or "My good friend!" he cried, warmly, "I am constrain! to accepL your offer. H you can really aid us to rescu 1 Corinne Wall you will be able to place a great Christiaro o act to your credit." T o Grip laughed again in his gleeful way, and said: "You shall ec. It shall be so. Nicholas Grip neveJ fails. \Vill you go m the morning?" hE "With the break of day," said Frank. : "I will be on hand. Remember, Nicholas Grip never fails." >11 V( With his peculiar, chuckling laugh, the fellow ambled "l don't want any pay!" he declared; "talk with friC'nds. \rhen yew arc reacly tcw go 1 am." away. Frank wu.tchecl him curiously out of sight. l Frank turned and went back to the others. They had Then he turned to the others. been IYatching his confab with Grip. "His queer!" he declared: "but I feel sure that old fel "Well," laughed Haines, the tavern-keeper, "that chap low will bring ll.' good results." has got a-foul of you, has he? Did he tell you of a rich I Wesley Wall' s face IYas radiant. l : gold pocket?" "I feel more hopeful than ever," h e said. "Grip is very 3 "Is that his weakness?" asked Frank. reliable "Indeed it is," replied Tom Talcot. "And he never As there was no fmther reason for remaining in the bar, wants remuneration. A strange sort of philanthropist is room, the t.hrec men wrnt back aboard the Whirl wind. BarNicholas Grip. Many a fortune has he discovered for other ney ancl Pomp had meanwhile been vigilant. people." But nobody had altempted to do t.hc macl1ine any damage. "Then his claims are genuine?" Frank and his companion. went into the cabin to hold a "Certa inly," replied Wesley Wall. "Some of the richest conference upon action for the morrow. pockets of rrold in these hills were brought i.o light by him." A Fmnk passed Barney and Pomp, he said: "You don't mean it?" I know you two rascals want to go off on a l ark. Well,


PRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLvVIND. ahead. I will look out for the Whirlwind until you get and thrusting a thumb in the armhole o.f his vest. } n rt is needless to say that this permission was eagerly ac ted by the two jokers. OHAP'rER VI. THE SIGNAL FIRES. Barney and Pomp had no dearer desire than to get out s td do the town. The permission given by Frank was t erefore just what they wanted. na Pomp stood on hi head, and Barney danced a jig. "Ki-yi, chile!" cried the darky, "l jes' lay fo' to hab al,me fun wid de natives ob dis place afo' mornin' come." a "Bejabers, yez are roight, naygur !"cried Barney. "I'm 'd yez!" 0 Pomp went down to his stateroom and put on his best ogs. The color were of the usual killing kind. i \Yhen he came up he was a sight .for a comic almanac He carried his banjo under his arm When Bamcy ap t eared he looked like an edition of a Galway sport .fresh rom Donnybrook Fair. e H e ca rried his fiddle under his arm. u Tog ether thcl:le two climbed out of the Whirlwind umd marched into ihe saloon, or rather barroom, of the oof and Horn. thought I was in London. De cocktail will do di s chile!" I ax yure pardon!" said Barney, deferentially. "As long as it's not in Oireland I am, I'll take the Tom a .nd Jerry, an' be loiv ely, too!" The barkeeper pulled his long mustache, fiercely, and as he mixed the "cliained lightning," he vouchsafed: "Look hyar, sports. Ain't got nothin' ag'in ye, but ye' re not in Dublin nor ye ain't in Lunnon. Sec! Ye're in the r wild an' woolly Southwest, and there's lots o' sharks lookin' fer jest sich pigeons as yew! Keep yer heads level." Barney and Pomp swallowed the drinks, made up wry faces at their vilene s, and then Barney struck up a jig o n his fiddle. In a moment a great crowd was gathered about the two funl oving chap Barney fiddled away, and Pomp dance d a lively clog. Then the darky played a rattling, banging selectio n on Lhe banjo, and sang somr plantation 8ong .. A lively time followed. At once the f.,ro attaches o f Frank Reade, Jr., became extremely popular. There i' nothing the miner likes better than music an d entertainment. StoJms of applause rewar led the musical efforts, and the two jokers played and sang unLil nearry exhausted. They were trcatrd again and again, until finding that rrh(:'ir appearance created a sensation. they were getting a trifl.r mellow, they wisely abandoned The denizens o.f Satan's Hole "ere quaint characters the lmk and went back to the \Yhirlll'ind. hcmsebcs, but they had never seen make-ups like efore. 'f Loungcrs straightened up and squinted at the two; gam lers dropped cards and chips, and stared H was truly a d vonder.ful ight to th m. "Bust my galluses!" muttered one rough sport. "What d' ye call them picters? I never seed anythin' like that afor outen a dream!" But Barney and Pomp were apparently oblivious of all about them. There "ere a few hours yet before dawn, and they were glad enough to avail themsches of the se for slumber. However, when daybreak came all were astir. Frank was anxious to get a way as soon as possible. Nichola; Grip was on hand promptly. The eccentric old gold-seeker came aboarc1 the Whirlwind, and his first move wa:; to go about curiously examining it. "\Yell, Nicholas," said Frank, after awhile, "what do you think of her?" The gold-seeker shook his head. They marched up to the bar, and each s l apped down a "Beyond me!" he declared. "J don t understand it. silver dollar. Wonderful!" "Gib dis hile a little 'gator juice wid a pine tree in it," 'rhat was all that he would vouchsafe. But when the wid Pomp pompously. Whirlwind rolled away and out of town, he sat by the rail "I'll hav e a Dublin smash wid a squeeze i.n it, see!" and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the sensation. said Barney, l oftily. "He is a queer old fellow!" laughed Frank. "No doubt The bartender stared at his new customers, and elevated thi is an experience which he will never forget!" his chin. "Be sure o it," said Wall. "The old golcl-sceker knows "Talk United taLes," he said, gruffly "If yc want a buL little o.f the world outside of New Mexico. He has e:ocktail or a Tom and J erry, I kin give it to ye." spent all his life here." "Oh, 'sc use me!" said Pomp, twisting around on one he e l The Whirlwind rapidly left Satan's Hole behind.


READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. Up out of the valley she sped, and soon was in a pass So Frank followed the advice of the gold-seeker. which led out of the Sentinel range to the westward. machine kept on until the hills loomed up near at hanl An hour later they were upon broad plain sweeping The signal fires had now died out. It was a north and south to the horizon lin e But to the westward that lhe Whirlwind was the cynosure of many pairs of was a dim range of hills. eyes on lhe heights about. "The Apache Mountains!" said Wall. "The Hi6Jen "Is it easy to enter the hills?" asked Frank Canyon and the stronghold of Cut Nose is in those hills. goldseeker. They are .forty miles distant." "Quite so, I reckin," r eplied Nicholas. "Then we will be there in two hours," said Frank. 11If in than iew "it out." :Mr. Grip keep' hi::: word and takes to the Hidden Can-"Whal Jo you mean?" yon, we shall very soon know the ate of your daughter. "Why, 1 rcckin they'll try tew git the best of ye a!,, Wall turned deadly pale, and paced lhe deck with an yc git intew the hills. Thet's their game, not tew let yer agitated manner. "God grant lhat she lives!" he said, fervently. On sped the Whirlwind o.ver the plain. lj}very moment the Apache hills grew nearer. Old Nicholas Grip walched them intently. Suddenly he started up wilh a sharp cry "\Yhat's the matter?' asked Frank, who was near. "Look cried the gold-seeker; "kain't yew see that column of on thet high peak thar ?" "Yes," replied Frank. out i.E they kin." : Frank smiled at this llc began to see fun ahead. "You lon't m an to say that they'll pitch onto 'obn as we get into the hills?" he asked. "Yes, I do." "What would yon advise?" "Don'l go in." "But--" "Stay outside. After midnight yew a11' I will ris k 6Coui over the divide. P'raps we kin git into the 1-Iiddc "Don't ye know what thet means?" "No." Canyon." 1e "\Vaal, jest watch thet other peak thar I do ye see now?" "Another column of smoke." "Exactly." "What docs it mean?" ''It means thet them are signa l fires. Ther savages know we are coming, an they"ll have a hot reception fer us." Frank knew that this was right. Thi was the Apache method of and he knew that it was very e:ffectiYe. But he wa puzzled. "How should they be warned of our coming?" he asked. ''I have not seen a sign of an Indian yet?" Old .1' icholas smiled. "If we were sure of not Leinlf overpowered, would it n be better to go into the hills?" a ked Frank. "I reckin i.t would." "Then we will do so," declared resolutely. will their' apturing the Whirlwind. They'll have { do :;ome tall fighting if lhey clo." "Cut Nose is a fighter," said Nicholas, significantly. y "I don't care if he is cried Prank, with impulse. '' am going in lhcre. Show us lhe pass, Nicholas." 1'1le go ldseeker did so. The machine entered the paE and almost immediately the Cun began A choru of yells went up, and were echoed from variffi points up through the pas "Son(e of them young bucks hev got rcg'lar telescope The Eavages were gathered in .force upon the eyes," he declared. "Didnt run intew a wave o 'em walls and lhe mountain sidr. afore yew got into Satan's I ole?" "You a r e right," cried Frank, with s udd en compre h en siOn. "We did. Then it was them who carried the news to the hills?" "In course ndoubtcdly they are prepared for our coming?" "Yew kin bet they air." "What do you advise?" 'rhat they meant to give the invaders a hoL reception wa certai n F1om the canyon wall::; a fusillade of bullets and came raining down upon the Whirlwind. Of course, these clid no harm. 1'he machin e kept on u the gorge But the c rioiH was al hand. F Suddenly, Barney, in the pilot-hou e, let out a terrifie yell. Tie gripp ed brake-valve and brought the Whirl "Keep straight on. Thar aint no other move. can't work any s urprise on 'ern, yew bet." Yew wind to a stop. Not a moment too soon.


FRANK READE, .JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWI"YD. 15 mighty bould er came crushing down into the canyon For the first time, since setting out upon the expedition, completely blocked the course of ihc machine. It was Frank Reade, Jr., was stumped. )f call for the machine. k!Had th e bonlder struck it, it would hav r been demolished. Here was and boulders cam e rattling down o the canyon. ew "Begorra, :M.istbcr Frank!" cried Barney, wildly, ''it's a if wan av thim !Jig hLone:> hits us, rc done fer!" a 'That is right!" cried \Yesley W all, in alarm. ye raid we' re in a bad crape, Frank." "I'm "Hold your horses!" said the young inventor, coolly. We'll soon fix that." Without a moment's he s itation Frank sprang to the u s eel. 'l'hey wrrc protected by the overhanging wall, and were, for the noncr, Rafe, bnL this was all that could be said. They could go neither forward nor back. The canyon was blocked with the huge ro cks What was to be done? savages seemed for the moment to have gained the upper hand, but Frank Reade, Jr., was not the one to casil y to defeat. H e quickly hit upon a plan of action. "It looks as if \re were stuck, Frank!" cried Wall. "I gurss not yet," replied the young inventor, in a mat ter-of-fact way. "We will speedi l y a certain." "\\'hat arc you go in g to do?" "\\'hat I ought to hav e done in the first p.lace, and that is, He gave it a quick turn, the WltirhYind back a few clear yonder cliiTs of the red imps." ards, and then ran around the boulder in its palh. He "Can yon do it?" ade a straight course up Lbe canyon. But, intrepid and daring as he was, Frank that he ras incurring a most terrible risk. sk The were rolling enormous boulders to the verge I f ihe canyon. 'ooner or later one of these must fall upon w machine. n This, o.f course, would mean ruin to the Wh i rlwind Such l S horrible contingency must be avoided. But how? This wa" the que stion. Frank disliked to turn about and go back in his course. tYct to go ahead seemed to invite CCl'lain ter. Whpt was to be done? Certainly something very quick1 y, or a terrible cata trophc would result. CHAPTER VII. THE PIGllT IN 'l'IIE C.l)fYON. JUI "\\' e n :;ec." Frank went forward and soon rea che d the turret. He out upon deck, and put his hand upon the breech of the d.vnamile gun. It rcquireu but a mom r nt of time to insert a projectile. The pneumatic chmnbc>r wn;; drawn back anu he the spring. Out of the muzzle of the gun leaped the deadly dynamite projectile. It struck the brow of the cliff with a thunderous roar. The damage executed was most frightful to contemp late. As chance had it fully a score of the Apaches were here sec reted behind heaps o.f rock. They fancied thcmsehes secure. They were undeceived in a most startling manner. Death met them almost instantly. The rocks about were :.,hivererl and powdered, and the bodies of the savages hurled ln this fearful prcdicamml Frank Rcadr, .Tr., was, per-in t.he air. 0 wp., the cookst man on board. The young inventor seldom lost e:oJnmund of his nerve. lt was thi,; remarkable fnculLy that. now :;an>d t.hc day. He chanced to Rec, just in the uick 0 f ti mr, a IVIpot, where the canyon wall jutted out ancl formed a ::;ort of part.ial roo.f. Under thi s he ran the Whirlwim1. H '''a::; noL n moment Some of them came tm11bling down into the canyon They were frightfully mutilated. For a moment the eYent silencec1 i.he yells of the Apaches all up and down the gorge, but then they broke forth more fierce ancl savage than ever. Frank smiled sardonically This just what he wanted, as it enabled him to locate too soon A lmge boulder crashed clown upon the spot the the largest bodies of the foe. machin e had just left. He sighted a spur o.f the canyon wall some two hundred All up and down lhe canyon rocks and d ebris were being yards further up the gorge Here, he was sure, a large showered down over the cliffs. number of the foe were concealed. It was certain that the red sk in s had adopted the be s t without a moment's h esitation h e sig hted the eJ.ectria and only lllOde of safe attack upon the Whirlwind. g un. 'rh rc was a hissing sound, a recoil.


FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. Then another projectile struck the wall at that angle. instant the huge trees were shattered, and the landscaptnd The air was fiiled with flying bodies and rocks. that spot was startlingly transformed. T Again and again Frank sent the deadly bombs along the What b ecame o.f the unwary Apaches there concealed '\11 1 mountain wall. From every hiding place the savages were never known. Th y were not seen nor heard .from againt w driven in wild confusion. On down the canyon the Whirlwind now ran. In l ess time than it takes to tell it he had literally swept the canyon wall of t1le red .foe. For the nonce the coast was clear; but how IYere they to proceed? 'l'ons of boulders lay in the Whirlwind's path. "You've cleaned 'em out, Frank!" cried Wall; "but how are we going to go ahead?" Soon they were once more out upon the plain. Nicholas Grip, the go ldseeker, poinled to the southwa1 !" "Go on for a mile in that 'ere direction," he said. "!I tE:ll ye when we cum tew iL" 1 P "Is this secret path known to the Indians?" asked Frat B e The gold-seeker shook his head. let "Nobod. y know::; about ihe cave but me," he declared. "'H "It looks dubious," agreed Frank. Nicholas Grip, the had witnessed all with is a hard place to find. Go 011 as I lell ye." s I nlllch lntcrest. 'rl f w 11 tt ted h. tt t Accordingly the Whirlwind kcpl on to southward )u n 1e query o a a rae 1s a en wn. "There is a way!" he declared. "Eh? exclaimed : E'rank; "what is it, my good friend?" "There is another pass, and it leads to a cavern which will take us into the center of the hills; but we must first go back." This was certain ly interesting information, and aroused the hopes of all. To go l'orwan1 was certainly out of the question, for to remove or displace the boulders would require tlmc, and the Whirlwind certainly could not go around or over them. It seemed the only course to go back, and so it was de cided. Only one boulder completely blocked the course in thi direction. .c\nd Frank quickly disposed of that. H e placed a dynamite cartridge of enormous the r ear gun; he drew a lin e upon the boulder. 1'hen h e pre sed the spring. Bang-crash power in The huge boulder was reduced to fragments which were lodged against the canyon wall. The path was literally cleared of the obstruction. Barney reversed the engine, and the machine began to run backward down the canyon. Suddenly Wall cried: "Look out, Barney! Danger ahead!" The warning came just in the nick of time. A wild, At the ba c ol' the hill t h e machine ran on for a mile, rid ordered by Grip. _Then the gold-seeker put up his bauko Barney brought the machine to a stop. 'Gc Grip waited until it had s topped entirely, then leap>ecl uown upon the ground. Al He walked .forward for orne clistancc orer a ridge tl'h E land. He gone or some minute wa At this point there were clumps oi -outhern pines anutl mesquites. The e dotted the slope here and there. '\. "Ugh!" exclaimed Wall, "lhi i s a lonesome spot. t 1 don't see why Satan should not pre-empt this spot and ink. stitute a new Hades." "Indeed you arc right," laughed ] rank. "\\nat fanrh tastic forms the rocks have There i s a crude representa' iion of his Satanic majesty done in sandstone, over yonder.Vw The curious shapes ol' the ro ck .formation were iJ;Jdee(' remarkable. o, The imagination needed not a great amount of stretchin@rl to make the rocks into all sorts of ghoulish and fantastic: l H While stuuying these features Talcot chanced to gaze backv ove r the mountain range. He gave a start. "Look!" he cried, with thrilling force. "What are the np to now?" New signa l fires were see n blazing from almost everfC pE:ak. It was very evident thal the Apaches were concoct B jeering warwhoop emanated from a clump of cedars far up ing some new method of attack upon their foe. on the mountain wall. s There seemed not a trace ol' the red foe in this Down into lhe gorge came a huge boulder. But its di s -But it is a very trite saying in the Southwest that "When s lodgment wa premature. The Whirlwind stopped just in no Apache is in ight, be sme there are plenty near." J time. So the traveler did not accept any undue risk, but kept l Frank instantly sighted the rear gun. a sharp lookout J He pre s ed the spring. "What has become of Grip?" sud d en ly asked Wall, anxi-] The bomb stru ck in the midst of the cedar elump. In an ously. '"Can anything have happen d to him?"


FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIIID.nND. 17 l ndeed, the gold-seeker's absence had been quite extend rwenty, and then thirty, minutes came and passed. lnow began to feel worried. n l t was by no means imp ossible that he had been ambushell killed by skulking Apache::;. 'Upon my word!" rried 'ralcot, "l am anxious about Nicholas Grip excitedly cried: "Go ahead!" "Go ahead, is it?" gasped. the Celt. "Shure, howiver kin I do that?" "Can't you see? Go right into the cavern Don't de lay Barney was dumbfounded. He hesitated to obey this 'I don e fink som body ought Lo go an' look o' him," command. d Pomp. 1 'Bejabers, T 'll be wan!" cried Barney, a ge rly. 1 let the l wo av u go, 1Iisther Frank?" For aught he knew this would be certain ruin and de Will struction. He had not sufficient confidence in the eccentric gold seeker; so he continued to hesitate. Hold on-there\; no need of iL !" cri d \\'all, suddenly. s I live there he i !" 'ure enough, Nicholas Grip now appeared to view over 1 ridge of land. He stood up quite erect, and made some ll!koning signs. 'Go al1ead with Lhe machine, Barney!'' cried Frank; "he ) eckoning for to come on." 'All roight, sor. '' he Whirlwind rolleu fonvaru, and Grip ran on ahead. was rather rough ground OYer the but then the n uth of the gorge was seen. "A foaming tonent of w::tter surged down through it. tt upon one side there was a high and dry platform of .n:k. Grip led the way out upon Uus. n hen a the Whirlwind came up he climbed on deck. ;a.' All right!" he cried, gleefully; "there'8 not an Injun 'ywhere around here. The coast is clear." CHAPTER VIII THE SECRET VALLEY-THE FOOTPRIXTS. 'l' made Grip furious. "Why 'don t you go ahead, you clown?" he yelled; "do as I tell ye." "Begorra, I'm no sich fool as to risk go in' inter all that wather," pcr8i ted the Celt, stubbornly. "But it's not deep!" "I'm not so shure av that!" Nicholas Grip wore roundly for a moment. Then he ran ont upon the deck and leaped over the rail. Along the of rock he rai). and straight into the cav ern. Barney saw that at the point where he entered the water was certainly not unkle deep. "Begorra, that'' quare enough,'' muttered the Celt; "if it's no deeper than that hure the machine will go all eQ'Good :for you!" cried .Frank, joyfully. "You are a roighL" ro, Richolas Grip." 1gThe gold-seeker shrugged his shoulders, as i.f he did id: like this but he said nothing. At this moment Frank came forward. "We will tnl't him, .Barney," he saicl. "I see it all, I think. This is the way the entrance to the cavern is made. He went into the pilot-house now, and showed to proceed into the canyon. Barney The channel of the stream ia on the other side, and the ledge !For fully a mile into the hills the canyon extended. It was a wonderful and picturesque scene. extend into the place, but is overflowed wilh the high cur rent." 'l' was a correct solution. The machine ente red the !JUpon one side ro e the mighty canyon wall. cavern. Upon the other the mountain torrent :foamed and thun-As it was intensely dark in the place, Frank turned on j y red down over the rocks. the sear chlight. 'rhe Whirlwind crept cautious l y along tBut after a time a level was reached, and here ihc water over the submerged shelf. s slow and sluggish. For a hundred yards this was necessary. Then the ca 1 -f. And now the canyon ended in a blank wall; further prog-ern broadened several hundred feet, and a distant gleam of n ;s seemed barred. daylight was een. The stream apparently ran out of a high arched cavern Frank understood now exactly the character of the place. 1t e i:ream occupied the entire width of this; the ledge This cavern was nothing more nor less than the outlet of e to an end. Barney brought the machine to a sto p. "Begorra, ph what now?" h e cried. the river from an inner valley. It was certain ly a secret and safe way of getting into the hills.


"T)A.N K B FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE WHIRLWIND. The ordinary explorer woul d never have dreamed of e n tering the cavern through the apparent flood of water. But there were few parts oi these hill s that old Nicholas Grip .was evidently not familiar with. "Frank realized the keen advantag e of having secured his serv ice s They were alma t invaluable. Grip led the way through the entire cavern on foot. The passage did not occupy over half a.;t hour The n the machine emerged into a green verdure-clad pocJet in the hills Ste e p h e ight s arose upon all s ide s In most parts these were unsca lable. Grip had a s mile of g r im triumph upon his face as h e came alongside the Whirlwind H e clambered up on the deck and cried: '( until nightfall. \\' l' kui u't visit th e canyon safe l y uck then." r T What then w e cannot reach it with the Whirlwin1 \\']] a::.ked Frank. ''I'm Tiot suttiTI, y i t. We've got to do some prospeC11 < :fust. I think thar's a way the machine kin be got up tL1 But w e'll pay a to the place ter-night." r l And see t h e ahosis l aughed Frank. o tn Grip did not reply. H e had stretched himself out c hair on the dec k, and appeared to be oblivi ous of all a b W( ID Frank exchan ged glances with Wall. Both left the d 11( of the machine, and sauntered down to the bank of the ri p< near. ll'l They were intense l y inte r ested in this remote and "vYhat a feat you have accompli s hed, frie11d Grip. \Ve valley in the which was not known to be in exi s ter,, should never have dr e amed of thi s plac e a s b e ing in ex e v en ip ihc cunning red men. vc istenc e." The fnct tbat ihey were so near the Hidden Canyon, o,, "Theres not an Injun in the Apach e tribe know s of it," they were lik e l y to set eyes upon i.t very soon, gave t h1 sai d tho gold seeke r pos itivel y "\Yc are all safe a thrill Wall particularly. What i s more, we're not half a mil e from the Hidde n CanH e was much excited, and was doubtle s s counting yon and its mys t e r y." moments until h e ;;honld be abl e to effect the rescue of 1( "Its m yste ry?" asked Frank. "Why, yes!" replied Grip. "Haven't ye ever heerd of that?" "Never!" r eplie d Frank. "Why, its upper end i s harntecl, they say, by ghosts. Ther Apaches n ercr go up into thet part of ther ca nyon It's too skecry fer th em." "Oh a n Indian super s t ition." Grip opened hi s eyes am] closed them again in an ex pressive way. "ls it?" he exclai m ed. "W aal, now ye don't need to allow thet I'm s up e r st itious." "I say not "Yet I kin testify that thet part of ther Hidde n Canyon is harnted by gho ts !" Frank was astonis hed. "You are not serious?" "Yes, I am!" Ghosts ? "Yes; an' I've seen 'em, long whit e robes and all." Grip spoke pos itiv e ly. Frank saw that h e was in dead eerncst Here was a new phase in the affair upon whi c h the young inv entor had not counted. dnrling c hild Along L h c bank of the river they were strolling, aT Frank had ju st said: a "Only think; other than Grip we are the only white Illt ever visitant.s of thi s secret valley!" ''Or hulJ1an beings lik<:ly !" F "Aye!" ll The n both paused. IT At the same moment t hey h ad caught sight of an obi';, which indeed gave them a most startling thrill. t1 There, in the smooth of the river bank were fo )l pr inls. They were made by a white man, al so, with ( I doubt for tbe imprint of heel and sole was certainly t l,E of a l eat h er boot. For a moment they were to o astonished to speak. 'l'hen Frank s h oaled: I r "Grip, come here, quick!" I The gold seeker heard the cnll, and quickly respond )l As h e came up, Frank pointed to the footprint t Word s cannot express the s ensation and emotion betra;,. by th e goldseeke r':; face. J:i'or a moment he regarded cr footprints wilh dilat ed eyes The n h e gaspe d : H e was puzzled. "Some one e lse knows of the valley, and comes he, Yet he was too politic to dispute Grip. The gold-seeker That's dmned queer!" threw off hi s coat, and said : "We mought as w e ll make oursel ves comfortable hyar "And a whit e man lao!" snid Frank. Grip s l owly noclclccl his h ead


FRANK RE t. JE, .JR.'S PRAIRIE WIIIRLWIND. 19 'Can it be that some one of the gha-ts made those 1 cks ?" asked \Vall. Grip did not to heed this la-st remark. He got l wn and examined the footprints. He tried to follow !he trail. But the spongy mass, like It was arranged that Tom Talcot and Pomp s hould r e main to guard the \Vhirlwind. Frank, and Barney and Wesley Wall were to accompany Grip. Armed to the teeth and fully equipped they set out. Across the valley they walked, and then began t.o climb :; l of the bank, precl.uded this. However, he did observe: im ascent, which seemed to lead them between high hills "The trail leads toward thcr Hidden Canyon. Keep H ere was a art of narrow pass, which could not be seen head s cool, friends. We'll know more about this before from the valley. any days." 1 Trul y here was a mystery of no light sort. Its solution, b 1wever, wa determined upon by all. Frank had a cerci th ory lhat the footprints were in e way connected with the ghostly inhabitants of the 1 per canyon. He was determined to investigate the ghost ..Grip fell back to Frank's side, and said: "I reckon the machine could go through here?" "Oh, yes," replied Frank; "with the greatest of ease!" "Then it kin be taken down inter thcr Hidden Canyon," affirmed the gold-seeker; "that is a great point." "Indeed it is,'' declared Frank. "I am hopeful of suc e:ess." He men lion d this to Wall. 'I'm with you!" cried the ranch man. vc a for fcncling out ghosts. "Nicholas Grip never did fail!" declared the gold-seeker, "T always did shutting his lips tightly. We will sift it. "l( we sec them!" The party pre sed on through the gap, keeping in shadows. Suddenly Grip paused. h"" 'es. "Look ycnd(!r !" he whi s pered, hoarsely. I rath"r lloubt thal part of Grip's story." "Yet everything he bas mentioned thus far has come c!" All eyes were turned in the in\licated direction. There, against the smooth and rocky wall of a mountain was the r eflection of a brilliant light. ''That i so." It covered the entire mountain side, and was i ntensely a' The result of all this was that all in the party anxiously bright. The explorers gazeLl at it wonderingly. raited the coming of darkness, s o that the proposed visit "It i s a reflection from ther camp fires of ther r eds in m the Hidden Canyon coultl be made. ther Hidden Canyon,'' declared Grip. \.t length began to Fhul down. Pomp had prepared an meal, to which all did "Ah! then we are above them?" asked Frank "Sartin! Ye'll sec ther hull of 'em soon." hplc fL eontribulrd not a little to ihe rcjuvcna-And a few mom nts later Grip led the party out upon a m of i.hc of all in the pH riy. shelf of rock 1rhich hung over a mighty gorge :>j Nic-holas Grip aH silent and non-committal as ever. Far below wa. the Hidden Canyon, a lon g anCl narrow t there 1ra::; a troubled light in his eyes, as if something valley, deep down among the hills. fo ubk>d him. Ii was weil named the I Iidden Canyon, for it was cer -h Doublless, it was the my tery of the footprints in the tainJy hidden until one came upon it all at once. tl ver And deep do1rn there in the canyon a thrilling scene was How ever thi s was, nobody ventured to enter into an arrevealed to the sight of the entire party. They gazed upon 1ment with him upon the s ubject, and so he was left to it with thrilled interest. own meditations. It was the encampment of an immcn:;c bo

20 FRANK READE, JR.'S PRAIRIE .vHIRLWIND. CHAPTER IX. THE GHOSTS. For some while the party of white men gazed upon the Indian encampment si lently. Then Wall said: "Only to think. Perhaps my little girl i s somewhere (iown there a prisoner in their midst." "Begorra, if so, thin she's loik e l y to remain so," sai d Barney "Shure,. we niver cud git the Whirl wind down there." Indeed, this seemed true. The wall s o the gorge w ere ve_ry high and precipitous. There seemed no way for Whirlwind to get down into the place But Frank said : Even as he spoke a curi ous blue and ghostly light to run along the canyon wall. It wa s allo w ed by other tmy globules, which seeme d ac will-o -th e-wisps gamboling madl y along the dizzy he:!e Frank 1\'at ched the exhibition. ::>t "Just as I thought!" he muttered. "Some na u 1 phenomena." I 'lP But r ,he next moment a startling vision rewardedto gaz of all. ['a] Out upon the canyon wall came a line o white fuar They looked like monks in cowls and gowns of purest, d Astounded, all gazed upon the strange sight. Alonglrc mountain wall these disma l figures seemed to glide ra-m than walk. c e c Frank Reade, Jr., gazed at the sight keenly. He wpt "N d n r d 1 f skeptic .r ever mm 11 e can comman the whole va ley TOrn this point with the electr ic guns." "And bring them to terms quickly enough," said Wall. "On me worrud, that is the only way to fool the omad"Those are human beings," he muttereq; ''but whae their game?" a Thi was the mystery. :le If they were white men (for they could hardly be b houn's, bad cess to em!" declared Barney. Jian ) what was their motive in their fantastic act? 'Cl Nicholas Grip made no comment. After they had studied It might be

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