From coast to coast; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip across Africa

Material Information

From coast to coast; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip across Africa
Series Title:
Frank Reade weekly magazine
Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
Place of Publication:
New York
Frank Tousey
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
29 p. ; 28 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Dime novels ( lcsh )
Science fiction ( lcsh )
Inventors -- Fiction ( lcsh )
serial ( sobekcm )

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
024719755 ( ALEPH )
63191604 ( OCLC )
R18-00037 ( USFLDC DOI )
r18.37 ( USFLDC Handle )

Postcard Information



This item has the following downloads:

Full Text


I '' .. I I No. 68 NEW YORK 12, 1904. P1ice 5 Cents Steadily the natives drew on the ropes. The Boomerang rolled out of the water. 'What did I tell you:" cried Gerard. ''Now we are ready Frank." "Yes,'' agreed the young in-ventor. "We will defeat those rascally slave-traders."


' These Books Tell Everythi'rig! ,, A COMPLETE S E T IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each boo k consists o f sixty-fou r pages printe d on good pape r, in clea r type and bound in an attractive, illustrated Most of the books are a l s o profusely illustrated, and all of t h e subjects tieated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any chil d _.can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified an"d see if you want to know anything about the subjects PJentmned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY. ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKIDN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y MESMERISM No. 81. HOW TO l\1ESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap&>r oved methods of m esme ri s m ; als o how to cure a ll kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo !Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize etc. PAL M ISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap!l)roved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. A l so explaining phrenology, o.nd the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. By !Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE .,-Containing valuable and in\lrtructive info rmati on regarding the science of hypnotism. Also 11xplaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists o f the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A .C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete li1unting and fish ing guide evet published. It contains full in about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with description s of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with inIJtructions on swi mming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses fo r business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for rliseases pectiiiar to the hot se. No. 48. HOW 'l.'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy o ook for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manne r of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE., TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUi\1 AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ce remonies, tt.nd cu rious games of curds. .A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l.'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, !from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lu cky tt.nd unlucky Jays, and "Napol eon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone i s desirous of what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es of the hand, the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of te lling future events fuy aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOl\IE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in for the use of dumb b e lls, Indian c lub s, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other m ethods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained ln this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing a ll of the latest and most deceptive card tricks with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW '1'0 DO FOR'rY TRICKS WITH CARDS.d eceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurorS! and magiCians Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic an card tricks containing full in struction on all the leading card trick! of the d!!;Y. also most popular magical illusions as p erformed by our: magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as It Will both amuse and instruct. No .. 22. HO!Y TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed by his former assistant, Fred Runt, Jr. Explaining bow the secret dialogues w ere carried on between the magi cian and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. 'l.'h e only authentic explanation of secon d sight. No. 43. HOW 'l'O BECOl\IE A MAGICIAN.-Containing thf) grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHK\HCAL TlHCKS.-Oontaining over one hundred hi gh ly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals.. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGH'l.' OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magi cians. Also contain mg the secret of second sight. Ful(y illustrated. By A. Anderson, No. 70. HOW '1'0 l\IAKE l\lAGIC TOYS.-Oontaining full directions for making l\Iagic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustn1ted. No. 73. HOW 'l'O DO TRICKS WITH NUl\IBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully _No. 7_5. I-10\Y TO BECOME A CONJUROR. -Containing tr1cks w1th Dommos; Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78' 'l'O DO THE _BLACK ART.-Containiog a com plete descnpt10n of the mystenes of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderf11l experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book exp lains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatiCS, me c hanics. etc. The most instructive book published No. 5G. HOW 'l.'O AN ENGINEER-Containing full mstructwns how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gi?-eer; also directi_ons for buildi_ng a model locomotive; together w1th a full descnpbon of everytbmg an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Fu!J directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, JEolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Ptofusely Hlustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald. for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO l\rAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illlJStrated. By John Allen. No. 7l. IIOW TO DO MECIIANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions fot performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dirfer-ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of LETTER WRITING. these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you hew to box No. 11. HOW TO. WRITE LOVE-LE'rTERS.-A most com -without an instructor. plcte little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters No. 25. HOW TO BECO:\TE A GYl\1NAST.-Containiog full and when to use them giving specimen letters for young and old lnstruct!ons all of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. No. 12 .. HOW _TO LETTERS TO_ Embracmg thnty-five Illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. complete lllStructiOns for wntmg letters to lad1es on all subJects; A handy and useful book. also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No. 34. HOW ro FENCE.-C0ntaining full instruction for No .. 2_4. HOW _TO _WRITE TO fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. 1 Conta!nmg full daectwns for. wntmg_ to gentlemen on all subJeCts ; Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best also g1vmg .sample! letters for mstructron. positions in fencing. A complete book. No. 53 HOW TO LETTERS.-A wonderful took, tellmg you how to wnte to you r sweetheart, your father. TRICKS WI"!'H CARDS. mother, brother! emp)oyet; and, in fact, everybody and anyNo. 51. HOW TO DO TRICI\.S WITH CARDS.-Contammg body you wish to write to. l ilvery young mao and every younas xplanations of t'he general _principles of sleight-of-hand applicable lady in the land s110uld buve this book. to tricks; of card_ witl? ordinl!-ry cards, and not requiring No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con -1!1el g_ht-of-hand; of tricks mvolvmg sleight-of-hand, or the. use of taining full instructions for writing letters on:almost any subject; 11pec1ally p repar e d car ds By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. also rul es for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters. (Continue d o n page 3 of cover )


FRANK READE "Y' 1.1:.A.G-.A.:ii!:X:N'E. CONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA .AND IN THE .AIR. Issu ed Week!u-By Subscription $2.50 per year. AppUcation made for Second Class entry at the New York, N. Y., Post Offict Entered according to Act of Con gr ess i n the year 1904 in the office of the Librarian of Congres. Wash ington, D. C by Fank Tousey, 24 Union S qua e, New York. Ne. 68 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 12, 1904. Price 5 Cents. fttotn Coast to Coast; Prank R.eade, Jr.'s Trip Across Africa. By NONAME." CHAPTER I. THE PROPO SED TRIP. "I could not wait for the cars to get here!" declared the young traveler. "So your Boomerang is comple ted, Frank?" "Yes." Frank R e ade, Jr., the famou s young inv e ntor had just "I am consumed with c urio s ity to see it!" finished hi s new Electric Boom e ran g the mos t wonderful "And you shall!" of all his recent trials in the inventive line and h ad sent Flank touched an elect ric button which rang a bell m down to New Y ork City for hi s friend Gerard Benton to the inner yard come up and see it. Very quickly a door opened a nd a comical negro blaik B en ton the well known yo'lmg newspaper man and Af-as a c oal bounced into the room. rican explorer received this invitation with delight. He ducked his h ead and cried: "Heigho !" he c ri ed in hi s exuber ance of feeling, "if Frank has really succeede d in p erfect in g th e Boomerang "A'rig ht, M arse F ra nk. Wha' am it I kin do fo' yo?" "Where is Barn ey?" asked the young inventor I have all hopes of traversing the African contin ent y e t "Begorra h e's h e re, sor," came a ri c h brogue from b e So h e hastily pick e d up hi s effects and bought a ticket yond the door and into the room tumbl e d :t block of an for Rea d est own Arrived in the smart little town he proceeded at once to the machine shops of Frank Reade, Jr. r ris hman, with fiery red hair and a mug fit for a chromo. Fra nk an d Gerard laughed. "So these are Barney and Pomp?" cried the explorer As it chanced the young inventor was at hom e and g ladly "I hav e heard of them." welcomed hi s visi t or. Frank introduced Barney and Pomp to Gerard saying: "Delighted to see you, Gerard!" said Frank warmly. one is found, be sure th e other i s not far away. You came promptly." I could hardly spare either."


FROM COAST '1,0 COAST. "I have heard their praises sung before," sai d Gerard. "I am a ssured they are faithful fellow s." "We'so gwine to stick by Marse Frank forebber sah," declared Pomp. "He am a bery fiue gemmen "Begona, the same here," averred Barney. "Well!" said Frank, bluntly, "here is a command I want you to obey at once!" "A'right, sah !" "Name it, sor!" "I want to bow the Boomerang to my friend, l\1r. Ben ton. Haul it out into the yard, and have it all ready for in spection !" The two servitors vanished. laughed heartily. As they disappeared Benton "Truly, Frank!" he said, 'you could ill dispense with those chaps!" "Set all your fears aside!" be said "What do you think I sent for you to come to Readestown for?" "Oh, then you really mean it!" cried the explorer, wildly. "You will go ?" "Yes!" Gerard danced with joy He fairly embraced Frank. (What a great thing it will be for science!" he cried, wildly. "Really Frank, you J1ave no idea what a great benefit } OU are doing the world!" "I am glad if that i ::;o !" sai d Frank, 'but are you ready to go?" (More than ready and you--" "I shall be in three days time. ln fact, if you had given up the idea of this trip I s hould have gone just the ame.' ((You would?" "Yes, I have alread y negotiat e d with the cap lain of the Southern Star, a trading steamer bound for the Gold Coast. "That is true!" agreed Frank, "and yet they arc at timed He is to take the Boomerang aboard his steamer and land a great trial to m e !" "A trial ?" "Yes, they arc as full of f un a::; a nut is of moat, and constantly playing pranks upon one another. \;vhy, not two days ago, Bamey gave Pomp a drink of drugged whis ky, and when he was asleep, painted his face with cosmetic::; so cleverly that the next time Pomp looked in the glass he nearly fainted, and really believed that his face had turned white, until he came to wash it. Benton laughed heartily at this. "So they arc practical joker s "0 the most imeteratc kind." "Ha, hal Yet they are jolly!" u s afcly in St. Paul d e Loanua. ''Good!" cried Benton, joyfully. "Oh, 1 long to get there!" "WhaL route were you most dc:irous of taking t "Straight-from coast to coast, coming out at Zanzibar. 'rhis will be through bhc Congo Free Stale. across Lakr Tanganyika and fficonongo to ihc sea. Oh we shall sec many wild sigllts I" "How soon can you be ready to go?'' asked B,rank. brusquely. "I am ready now." "Good! the outhern Star will leave her dock in the North River next Thurs day, from New York :J'or St. Paul "Indeed, yes; at times too much so. By the way, are de Loanda. You will be on board?" )'ou as enthu siastic as ever over Africa?" I will!" "I am!" replied Gerard eagerly. "And-how dare I ( 'l'hen the matter it> settled." ask it?" "What?" The you n g explorer looked at .Brank appealingly. tf I could only incl uce you t,o make that trip." "Which trip?" Their eyes moL "Across Africa!" sa id Gerard, spasmodically "I will broach it anyway. You ca n do no more than r efuse mo." "I have got to take a trip somewhe r e with the Boom e r ang," said Frank. "I want to seek an 1mcxplored land where I can fincl wild adventure." Benton g-ave a cry of joy 'What better can you do then?'' he asked. T will prom'(But--" " ?" "Is the South ern 'tar a large enough steamer to Lake thr: machine boctiiy into the hold?;, Oh, no! J have provided for that. '11hc Boomerang i easily laken apart in sections and stowed away in small compass. It can be put together at St. Paul, and the South ern Star will take my workmen around the Cape to Zan zibar and wait for our coming there!' Gerard was sa tisfied. "That js capital," he said, "and now I itch for the final day to come." At this moment a bell jingled in the offi e. li'rank made ise you all the wild adventure any reasonable man can ask a ge, ture and opened the cloor. for." Frank laughed "Come," he said, "the Boomerang is for in paction."


FROM 00:\ 'l' 'PO COA""l'. 3 "And I am ready to inspect it!" cried Geraru. ''Hello The main cabin was elegantly furni hec1' and upholstered. What a beauty!" In short, the Boomerang was a little palace on wheels, anu Then he stood speechless in the machine shop yard. Thr in ever}' way iitted up for such an expeuition as the travelBoomerang was bPfore his eyes. ers now proposed to take. There sllC' s tood in the middle of the yard. Barnry wa;; in the pilot-house and 'Pomp waf.: by lh e Quite a number of the workmen were gnthered at the gate to se the machine for the first I ime out of doorH. H is a huru tusk to adequately describe the Boomerang. The artist can do murh better than the author whose pen description cannot hope to equal that or the rngraver. CHAPTER AFRICA. f n a meagre way we will say that L hr Boomerang conSo it was settled that the Boomrmng was to start upon sisted of a large, boat-;;;haped Htrnctme of finely roll e d steel; its African trip from t. Palll d l.JOanda. her hull 1vas Hhap ly and well hung upon substantial running gear. The wheels were folu in number upon patent axles, which were so con tructecl as to obey the steering wheel in the pilotJhouse. These wheels were provided with rubber tires and were Thi;; was the important s aport town of T ... ower Guinea and once famous for its great slave trade. One needed to go not many miles back into the interior to meet with al1 the perils of. the African wilderne The Boomerang was taken carefully apart and stowed driven by a propelling rod operated by an electrical engine away aboard a special train bound for l ew York. in the body of the vehicle. The Southern Star, Captain Porter, was all in rcadincs. in the orth River. In due course the .famous invention was stowed s afely in the big steamer's hold. Thrre were two decks or floors. 'I'he lower one was made light by three plate-glasR windows npon each side. 'I'hc upper clrck was protected by a hand rail which ran Then tbe travelers left for 1 ew York upon the fast excompletely around the vehicle. i\ bovr this deck rose au pres s Quite a large crowd waiiecl upon Frunk Reade, .Tr., at th0 oblong structure of finest and bullet-proof wire netting with a dome-shaped roof. Behind this netting one could remain and sec plainly in all directions and at the s ame time be Hafc from the bullets of a foe or the claw. of wild animals. Clock to bid him Godspeed in his journey. Tl1en the Southern Star was allowed to slip out into the stream and the great journey was begtm. The spirits of none were higher than Gerard Bentoll" The young explorer was just in his element. "Why, l am going back to my beloved Africa!" he said. 'l'J1ere were loopholes in this Rtntctme for the purpose of firing through. "And this time I shall go equipped for a successful inva .Tust forward of this was an elevat d platform upon which sion of those regions to which I dared not penetrate b'-was mounted an electric gun. 'fhis gun waH Frank Reade, ,Tr.'s mvn invention and a very peculiar weapon. It was light and made of thin steel. 'rhe propulsive force was pneumatic, the projectile being a hell of dyna mite very explosive upon impact. Forward of the pilot-house, with its plate-glass windows, fore." "Then you enjoy exploration?" asked Frank. "Enjoy it? Why, it is the sum total of my existence. It is as much my natme as to breathe. And I cannot give it up!" Barney and Pomp were also in a happy frame of mind. Nothing suited them better than to be off on a voyage of was a mall deck protected by a hand-rail. discovery. 'l'he more exciting the adventures they could Thi i a brief and incomplete description of the exterior encounter the better they liked it. of the machine. The voyage proved a pretty stiff one. The interior was a marvel beyond description. Gales and hurricanes galore were encountered. It eeemecl 'rhe lower rleck was occupied by a main cabin luxuriously if every foot of progress battled against head winds furnished, a number of small yet cozy staterooms, the gal-At one time the travelers began to fear that they really ley for Pomp's cooking, and a magazine for ammunition, as would not reach 41:he African coast. well as a store-room for supplies. The Southern Star was one of the stanchest of vessclR, Of eour'!e, all of these compartments were small, but, and Captain Porter a good skipper, or they assuredly would nevertheless, they were adequate. have succumbed to the awfttl sea


FROM COAST TO COA8T. But at last they struck the Equator and entered the Gulf phants, tigers, deadly reptiles md battles with savag(J of Guinea. people. Here the smoothest of seas were encountered, and the !

FROM COAST TO COAST. 5 Gerard, who was familiar with tho country, said: These rattled upon the deck and it was then that the "This region is inhabited by a tribe of watermen or travelers decided to also take a hand in the spo t, which swimming natives called Mbesis, who live in the little hut::; they did. built upon posts in the saw-grass regions. They swim from isle to isle or paddle their canoes as they choose. They are a large and powerful tribe." "Indeed I" exclaimed Frank, with interel;lt, "are they friendly?" "By no means. They are the most treacherous and ras cally cut-throats in Africa. They outwit the slavetraders, and set at defiance all efforts to trade or make friendly acquaintance." "It is hardly likely that they will venture to attack u s "Be not so sure. 'rhey are the most daring of natives. Do you see that tract of saw-grass? Well, we shall directly by that and my advice is that we had keep in the cover of the wire screen." "Indeed!" "They use javelins and bows and arrows, and their aim is deadly in the extreme!" "Golly!" cried Pomp, ''I done fink I bettah git mah rifle out!" "Every man on board should l1ave his weapon ready!" said Gerard. A good spot was selected and then the vehicle s lid down into the water. The paddles were insta ntly called into CHAPTER III. THE MBESIS. Frank and Pomp raised their rifles and fired into the reeds. They were compelled to fire at random, for nothing could be seen of the hidden foe. Whether their shots took effect or not they had no means of knowing. No outcry came back. Not even the reeds moved, or was ther.e any Rplashing of water. Only silence and an absence of any indication of human life. "They're gone!'' shouted Gerard. "Look out for the next bank of reeds!" "Gone!" ejaculated Frank. "Yes!" "Is it possible they could get out of t he way so quickly and noiselessly and not one show himsel ?" "It is true!" declared Gerard. requisition. "I don't understand it!" The Boomerang glided out into the current and starte(l "Well," explained the young explorer, "these rascals are on its course across the river. adepts in this sort of warfare. You will find that there are For a height of many feet the tall reeds arose from the little avenues and passages among the reeds which run in shore of the islands and concealed the s hore from view. every direction, and which are made by twisting the reeds It was necessary for the Boomerang to pass quite close together so as to make a screen." to these, and as it did so Gerard, who was forward, suddenly Tills battllng with an unseen foe was certainly a novelty. cried : "Don't they ever show themselves?" asked Frank. "Look out all! There is danger nigh!" "Oh, yes; when the critical moment demands it. But Barney being in the pilot-house, was not exposed. they are strategists. You might battle with them here all But Pomp and Frank were upon the rear deck. They day and never see one of them I" were engaged in watching with interest the line of reeds. Suddenly, and just as Gerard shouted, they both saw a curious movement in the reeds. They seemed to quiver a moment, and then, like a bolt from an arbalist, a keen pointed javelin sped forth. It just grazed Frank's skull. An inch nearer and it would have cleft it. Gerard had sprung into the pilot-house beside Barney and was all safe. "That is peculiar!" "It is that." "Do you suppose any of our bullets took effect?" "If so, we shall never know it. An Mbesi would never utter a cry of pain if you were to cut his heart out!" "Begorra, it's quare sort of critters they are!" averred Barney "That is true, Barney," declared the young explorer, "but you will meet with queerer people before we reach tho The hint received by Frank and Pomp was sufficient. west coast." They lost no time in retreating behind the wire screen. "But we ought not to fear these arrows," said Frank. They had barely executed this move when a shower of "Ah, there is good reason for fearing them!" said Ger-arrows came flying against the netting. ard. "You will find that nearly all of them are poisoned."


COAS'l' TO t '0. \, I '. "Poisoned?" .. Ay, and to receive a wound from one is eertain death. The poison iR procured from the fangs of the deadly puff adder and is fatal." But brief as that time had been Fnmk had sized up ih(' personal of the hidden f"oC' The 1besis were seen to be little muscular negwe;;, with enormous headg ar or the feathers of fowl. "M:a;.;sy sakes!" gasped Pom]J. chile jes keep his They were armed to tlw teeth and were warlike to thr ut-rye:> open yo' k-in bet. Hain't no kin' oh lnb fo' poisoned mo s t degree. On even trrms thry wcJe certainly a for nol :nTows.'' to be despi se d. 'That':;; mr too, bejabrrs !" put in Ban10y. "I'd ruthrr For n time a rter the c plo sion of the d ynamite shell tlw Mbesi were undemonstrative. ruee a batthery av guns, be m e sowl !" "That is trne," agreed Gerard "The deabh from anow Frank fancied thnt lw had J:rightcnecl them a.way bnt 'f l Uera nl only s mil d, and Haicl: poiHon is an agonizing one. To be shot is more merm u But let u g-nnnl ngaim;t the poison if we can." "Yolt are right,' said Frank, earnestly. 'We must none of us take re c kless chance." The .Boomerang was now gliding close alongside another wall of the rushes. Not a sign human }jfe was visible. But a huge hippo potamus slid into the deep water. rrhe enemy was not iu sight but he was there just the samr. 'I'his was clearly proved when suddenly a flight of arrows came rattling against the wire .screen. Frank laid down his rifle. "Enough of he cried. "My cmiosity is arou ed. I want to take a look at Lhesc curious warriors!" "What arc you going to do i'" asked Oerard. ''I'm going to drive s ome of them out of their llidingplaces. I wfmt to take a look at them!" "How can you do it?" "Yon shall sec went forward to the electric gtms. dynamite she ll in the breech. He plaeed a Then he pointed the muzzle or the gun into the reeds. He pressed the e l ectric button. The pneumatic chamber was closed with a sharp "ping," ihcre was a little rec oil, and the shell sped on its way. Striking in the mid t of the reeds the effect can hardly be described in words. Wh en the l\1 brsi nrc si l e nt is th e time to drearl them And this was proved lrue. r1 he Boomerang had Jloated a long to a narrow spuce IH' twecn two islands, which wcr hemmed about with reeds. And here the Mbcsi showed their hand. The air suddenly became blu k with anows. Also, javelins thrown at short range. fell upon the deck But this was not all. From the water iu .front of the Boomerang there ro e rope whioh crossed its bow and stopped it. Also another rope rose np in its rear. The purpoRe of the black warriors was plain. They sought to entrap the Boomerang in this narrow strait bctwern the two islands and eaptme l10r by coup-demain. Frank saw and understood this plainly enough. ITe smiled grimly. He knew that lw could cut thi R rope and go ahead easily enough. But he did not do it. He was curious to know what move the Mbesi would now make. H e was not long left in doubt. Almost instnntly the water fairly swllrmPd with the black warriors. They c11me straight for the Boomerang's rail. Fmnk stepped into th pilot-house to bl.' ready for thP horde. He understood the peril. Bnt he was also prepared for it. He did not intend that several hundred of the blackdenizens should come onto thP deck. 'rhere was a terrific roar, like the explosion of cannon, So he pressed a small electric lever. The result wa' nnd for a height of fully fifty feet a column of water and quickly maclr manifest. crushed r eeds rose into the air. This was not all. A space of several square yards in extent was laid level and dark forms in light coracles were seen scurrying into little passages along the reeds as fast as paddle could carry them. Only for atew brief moments were the Mbesi vi s ible: Then they vamshed as completely a g if swallowed up the river current itself. The entire rail of the Boomeran g, by an ingenious device. was thus charged with deadly force of electricity. Barney and Pomp had opened upon the black rascals with their Winchester!:. Gerard bounilecl into the pilot-house and cried: "They are coming aboarcl of us, Frank. Wllat shall we do?" "Keep cool," repliPd thC' young inventor. vided for that." "I have pro-


'You have:'" HYes." "May I a:;k how?" "Keep yom eyes open and you will see." The young explorer accepted this logical piece oi' advice, and he did sec very quickly. Straight for the Boomerang's rail the blacks sprang. One of them placed a hand upon it. There was a vivid flash, and he uttel'ed a yell like that of a lost spirit and fell back into the water. As fa$t as the blacks came in contact with the electrified rail they were all Rerved the same. The water was fillc l with struggling forms. 1\ot one of them was able to get aboard the Boomerang. One contact with the electrified rail wa quite sufficient. So terrific a shock did some oi them get that they sa nl c in the water to rise no mor Gerard, who gazed upon the scene, wat-i f'pellbound. 0 course l1e comprehended the situation, and said; "Upon my \\"Orcl, that iH more ffcdi,c, Frank, than bl1e electric gun !" "It is fully as adequate," dcelarcd Frank "

s FRO;\I COj_ 1' TO CO.\ 1'. sation Then the dynamos buzzed, but the Boomerang ob-The deck of the Boomerang wa of steel. Frank could stinately refused to move. easily charge it with the electric fluid. It had come to a complete stop. But in doing this he would injure himself a mu..:h a-; The Mbes is with yells of triumph saw this advantage that the enemy unless the non-conducting platforms were used. they had gained. This time in attacking the Boomerang Barney and Pomp quickly returned with these. they pursued different tactics. The savages were howling like fiend and just now an A score of canoes swarmed alongside, and aYoiding the incident occurred which nearly terminated !Jhe life of Frank deadly rail, a numb er of the warriors prang on deck. Heade, Jr. Gerard Benton was as pale as a ghost. One of the f e found a loop hole, and taking through "lily God!" he cried, ''they have come aboard of us, it, fired an arrow at Frank. Frank!" It passed through the y oung inventor's coat, but barely The young inventor's face wore an an xious expression, mi sed cutting the skin but he was as cool as could be. Had the arrow drawn blood, it would have been the end "Don't get excited," he said. them !" "We will look out lOl' of Frank Reade, Jr., for the arrow was a poisoned one. Barney :mel Pomp shot down several of the savage upon the deck, but they could not get all in range. The Mbesis were demon s in the way of pluck, and they seemed to set death at naught. W:ltcnever one came in contact with the rail he was hurled overboard like a s hot from a catapult. But the wily natives had learned to look out for this. They sprang clear of it from their canoes to the deck. The water was black with them. The ituation was cdtical. It was evident that something radical mu s t be done, and at once But Frank Reade, Jr., had not been idle. To fire the electric gun was out of th e question, as' thc savages were too n ea r to get a line upon them. However, Frank was determined to drive them from the deck of the Boomerang if desperate means had to be rcsorted to to do so. For a moment everybody trembled with dread apprchenanrl horror ""My God! Are you wounded, Frank?" cried Gerard. "Begorra, it's bad cess to the divil !"howled Barney, and he let fly with hi s repeat er The ball struck the black full in the eye and h e dropped instantly But others .were coming. Pomp, however, had pressed a spri ng that closed all the loopho l es, o that danger was disposed of for the time. Frank pulled off his coat and drew the arrow from the lining of his inner vest. But fortunately this was all the damage clone. It had not made a fieRh wound. It wa. a narrow escape, and for a moment nobody felt at a ll lik e joking. Frank was the most unconcerned. "Not the closest ecapc lever had!" he said coolly, "but yet close c110ugh for all n ecessa r y e nd s !" With thi R plucky remark, the esprit Ju corps of the little party seemed to at once revive. Gerard picked up his rifle The :Mbes i s were pounding upon the s teel network with auJ cried : their axes, and trying to drive their javelins through it. Of course, it resisted all their efforts, but yet the situa tion was, to say the lea t, unpleasant. Frank rushed into the engine room and procmed a couple of electric wires. These he connected with the dynamos. T h en he carried them into the cage where his compan i ons were. "\Yell, let us get back at the black ra cals for that. W e must drive them from the or they will hack their way in here and get at u s !" "Hol d on!" cried Frank. "I have a better plan." ". h, what i s it?" "Let all get on the glass s tools." Th e order was obeyed. "What shall we do, Frank?" cried Gerard, excitedly. "We "Now," said Frank, "J need hardly say to look out antl can't shoot the rasca ls, for they are not in range of the not come in contact with the deck!" loopholes "I'll fix them!" declared the young inventor. B arney a n d Pomp, bring those glass legged platforms from th e pilo t house!" The two servitors hast e ned away to do his bidding T hese wooden platforms with knobs of glass for s u pport were p r ovided for just such an exigency as the present. 'rhe young inventor wore rubber gloves, o that he was in s ulated, aml could handle the wir e with impunity. H e carried a little key in his right hand, which held the current in due check. It was but a moment's work to fasten the heavily charged wirrs to the deck. Then Frank p r essed the key.


FROM COAS T TO COAST. In an in taut every iron or metal thing about the BoomI The Celt gave one yell, and made a flymg leap for the erang was heavily charged. deck of the Boomerang What followed was comical as well as startling "Howly murthe r !"he gasped. "Divil a bit do I want to There were possibly a hundred of the black natives on the do wid spalpeens, bad cess to thim !" deck. As if hurled by giant hands these were unceremoniously thrown into the air. Some of them fell on the deck insensib le, some leaped overboard in tenor, and others were hurled over the rail. In less time than it takes to tell it the deck was literally cleared of the whole motley crew. It was a complete Waterloo for the travelers Tl1e Mbesis were panic stricken. They could not cope successfully with such a mysterious power, and which they could not comprehend. No doubt they were thoroughly convinced that the fenders of the Boomerang were possessed of witchcraft or other supernatural power, and from that moment the Boom erang was safe from further attack. The Mbesis, or the survivors rather, scattered like chaff into their fastness in the reeds and were not seen again. The nets were cut by Barney, who ventured into the water under the Boomerang' s bow. Then the Boomerang went on without further molesta tion to the o-pposite bank of the Kuango. Well," said Geraril, with a breath of relief, T am satis fied. W e hav e certain lv done a biO' thingin subduinO' the b 0 }fbesis; they arc the worst lot of natives in Africa." B eyond the Kuango river was a long, level stretch of prairie and over this the Boomerang bowled merrily. It had just been swept by a :fire and therefore the surface was qufte smooth. For miles the Boomerang krpt pn at tremenilous speed. Then night shut down. In tl1e tropics there is very little twiliO'ht vith the O'Oin"' .. t" 0 t"1 down of the sun all becomes dark almost instantly. As it was unpleasant as well as difficult to travel by night, the Boomerang was usually laid up in some good spot, all(1 thr travelers spent the night there. Upon the present occaRion a sma ll oasis was Riglitrcl in t11e broad ancl level plain. This was a clump of trees anil junglr. .A.R thr Boomer ang drew up in its verge, ehattering troops of monkeys wm1t racing among the tree brancJ1es. CHAPTER V. MONARCHS OF TIIE JUNGLE. Barney's yell of alarm, of course, brought everybody out on deck. The Celt was dancing about like a maniac. Pomp laughed hilariously, but Gerard said ser iously: "It is lucky that you did get out of the way, Barney. Those are very deaclly reptiles. They are puff adders, ancl their fangs are deadly." "Bejabers, I don't want any part av thim !" declared the Celt, "divil a foire will I make out there!" "There i s no need of making a fire out there!" said Frank. "Pomp can do all his cooking aboard the rnachine." "Dat am so, sah !" affirmed Pomp; "jes yo' bring me a brace ob clem fine fat pheasants ober dere in de woods an' I show you berry quick P' The pheasants alluded to by the darky were beauties of their species, and were visible in the jungle near. Barney shot two of them, even at that distance, but posi tively declined to go for them. ''.A. v anybody wants thim, be me sowl he kin go an' get thim !" he declared; "bad cess to the snakes, but I'll niver do it!" Pomp, who had seen too many boyhood experiences with the moccasins and rattlers of the sunny South to be afraid of snakes, volunteered to go. He went returned safely, to the amazement of Bar ney. "Mcbbe it's a sna1ce charmer yez are he cried. "Shure, I've heard that snakes will n.iver bite a, anyway!" "Golly!" ejaculated Pomp, "dat may be de berry rca. on why yo' am so afraid of being bited !" The pheasants were roasted for supper and made a toot h .A.R there was a wat er -h ole ncar, it was decided to stop some meal. herr for the night. The little jungle and patch of woods seemed filled with Barney got out, and collecting !"ome fagots, started a tire. H e had just ignited it when a l iteral swarm of poisononR snakes emerged from holef' in the p orous soil. Now if there is one thing that an Iris hman i s afraid of it i s a snake. animal ancl bircl life. All manner of gorgeously plumed songsters flew among the branches. The monkey s came clown in troops to inspect the new arriva l the curious inv ention of man. They evidently viewed it with favor, for after a consider-


10 FROM COAST TO COAST. able spell of gibberish they came s lowl y down a branch 'rhen Barney acting upon the impul e, uicl a very foolish near. thlng. Then about a dozen of them laid hold of tails awl swu11g He rushed to a loophole and fired at the lion. down, making a living pendulum m!l.lly yards in length. His aim was true enough, but, of course, the bullet did Swingin g with momentum increased, the lowcsl monkey not give a fatal wound. was swept over the rail of the Boomerang and clutched it. In an instant the big beast was coming full bent for the Instantly down this living ladder came a half hundred of machine. It was a thri11ing moment. tbe romping denizen s He cleared the rail and struck agail1st the stee l cage with 'rhey ran chattering over the deck until Frank came sudfearful impact. denly out of the cabin. 'rhe Boomerang shook from stem to ste rn. For a moThen up the ladder they wCJlt like a streak, the lower ment it seemed as if the king of beasL would come righ t monkey let go his hold, and the living rope went up like a through the light cage. flash. But he did not. It was amusement to the travelers, and so abs orbed were they in the antics of the monkeys that they were indeed startled when the earth trembled with a sudden awful roar. Frank Reade, Jr., knew of what sort of material this was made, and was not fearful oi its giving wa.y. Gerard fled into the cabin, and Barney and Pomp to Though none of the party but Gerard had ever seen a liv e pilot-hou e. African lion in his native jungle, they all knew that the king of beasts was the author of that terrifying call. And as they turned, there he stood in the very verge of the jungle, a monster of his species. He was lashing his yellow tail and glaring at the Boom era ng fiendishly. Despite the fact that the travelers felt safe in their steel cage, they regarded the monster not without tenor. "Golly!" gasped Pomp with chattering teeth, "kain't say c1at I want to make de close acquaintance ob dat chap." The lion got in some savage work with hi s claws upon the netting, but could not tear his way through. Frank very coolly regarded the beast, as he clung to the netting, trying vainly to claw his way through. "For mercy's sake, Frank, don't any chances!'' crief1 Gera rd. "Don't worry," said the young inventor, coolly. "I don't mean to." He watched the lion for some moments. He was deliber ating upon the best method of killing him, when Pomp "Bejabers, he's enu:ff to give wan a nightmare!" chatcame out of the engine-room. tercel Barney. "Here, Marse Frank !'r he cried. "I clone fink we fix him "Are--are you quite sure thls cage is safe, Frank?" asked dis way I" Gerard. "Those fellows are powerful beyond all powers of The darky had rubber gloves on, and held a wire gingerly realization." at arm's length. Frank saw the point. Frank laughed. at this. "Good for you, Pomp!" he cried. "That is just what "Have no fears!" he cried; "that chap will never dare tv will clo it." tackle us. If he does he will get the worst of it." The darl\.')' ventured close to the netting where the lion "I think he will attack us ," said Gerard. now hlmg with his body press ed firm against it. "You do?" It was an easy matter to thrust the wire through and "Yes, and I know these African lions quite well. 'rhey against the lion's body, taking care not to charge the cage are a very i'erocious animal." "Well," said the young inventor, stout ly "I cannot see the policy of running from him." "By no means! but-Ah, look there!" The lion at this moment shook his shaggy mane and roareu until the echoes came back like the r:everberation of thunder. he advanced slowly toward the Boomerang. Once he pau sed, s niffmg the air. < He has our scent," said Gerard; be as,;urcc1, he means business!" at the same time. Then Pomp turned on the current The lion was a powerful monster, but the electric current more powerfu 1. With a terrible roar the beast was fairly hurled from tlw cage and over the rail. There it floundered about on the gro1md. Barney nnd Gerard poured shots into him with their rifles. In a few moments the struggle was over. The king of bea ts was Sllbdued. Death had overcon11' him.


FROlll 10AST TO COAST. 1L Whooray !" yelled Barney. '' Y cz are a brick, naygur! hure it's his skin we'll have fer a foine xug !" I "Y cs, he hat; magnificent Cur, said Gerard; ''he is as Rplendid a specimen as 1 ever saw." Frank op

12 FROM C OAST TO COAST. She soon lay dead beside her liege lord. The cubs were and it was necessary to make many miles detour to the easily shot and now the coast seemed clear. The monkeys can1e chattering back in the trees, which was evidence that there were no mor e of the savage beast s in the vicinity. So Barney and Pomp this time descended in safe ty, and removed the skins of the two lions and the cubs. Then the position of the Boomerang was c hanged some few hundred yards to the west. Then darkness shut down. Pomp had prepared a steami,rlg meal, and all proceeded to do justic e to it. While they were all in the cabin thu s eat in g there cam e a series of strange sounds as if somet hing was beating furi ously against the cage. Out pn deck all ru s hed. It was a curious s i ght which they beheld. Numberless small black obje cts were beatin g against the cage. They were seen to be vampire bats, legions of whih were attracted by the g lare of the e l ectric lights. Some of them, dashing too hard, fell upon the deck, flut tering and limp. For fu ll y an hour these curious night visitants continued to assail the Boomerang. northward. Great herds of buffalo were s tarted from the deep gle ns, and the re 'were plenty of deer. The heat was somethin g i ntol erable, a nd the traveler s were fain to li e about the deck half naked. Great care was now necessary not to get mired. Thi s was much to be dreaded, for jt would not be easy to lift the Boomeran g out of the qui cksa nd Sinee leaving the Mbesis nothing had been seen of a n y natives. But Gerard said : "1 a m famiHar with tlus region I once pen etr ated far beyond her e We s hall s oon be in the Kassongo Co_untry. The Mairis Country i s jus t to the s outh, and the two na tions are ever at war." "Indeed exclaimed Frank, "are they peaceably inclined toward the white man?" '' T he Kassongos are. But the Mairis are the most treach erous and deadl y of all the black tribe s." "Indeed!" "But the Kassongos, natur a ll y a people have a worse foe to dread than their black neighbors." "Indeed! What may it be?" "All throu g h this region the s lave hunter has left his foul Gerard explained this by pointing up to a number of tracks. They are the curse of Central Africa." huge birds, which circled hi g h up in th e darkened sky. Then they vanished a s quickly as they had come. "Those are the African ni gh t hawks," he declared. "They are the terror of the vampire!" Now, from the dis tance, came prolonged howls and crie s These were the hyena s coming t o their feast. They had scented the carcasses of the lions, and were eager to be the first to tear and rend them. Soon a legion of them were wrangling and quarreling over the refuse. Gerard made remark : Frank's eyes flas h ed. "We may come across some of the gentry," he s aid "Oh, w e are s ure to "Then we may be able to give them an opinion of their nefarious occupation." "Good for you cried Gerard. "You have a soul I hope you will give them a severe lesson." "I will endeavor to.'' 'll h dl fi d b h a "Th For two days th e Boomerang made an effort to circuit th e "To-morrow you w1 ar y n a one, e ;;al e th t th 1 quags. It finally resulted in reaching a broad and swift h yenas are e grea est scav e nger s on ear "I believe you," agreed Frank. "The prairie coy ote is not in their class." With this episode the exciting events of the night ended. Barney was elected to watch the first half of the night and Pomp the latter. river. Frank selec ted a good place to ford and pushed the Boomerang into the water. The machin e started for the opposite s hore All speed was put on the paddles, but the y seemed wholly Daybreak found all once more on deck and ready for the inadequate. The c urr ent swept the machine momenta r ily resum p tion of the journey. down s tream. Leaving the oasis the Boomerang once m o re bowled away A cry of alarm escaped Gerard. over the broad prairie. "Oh, Frank!" h e s houted; "we are g o i ng full o n th e Good time was made for a while, but after the noon hour rocks!" the grouna became more uneven and great savannas cam e to view. H e r e ther e wer e treach ero u s q u agmires a n d m ud h o les, Glancing down stream the young inven to r saw the deadly rapids just below. It was a mom ent of inten s e p e ril. In v ain h e crowded


FROU COAST TO COAS T. 13 the dynamos. The unwieldy machine could not stem the on the Boomerang. But to his dismay he saw that the stern current. had drifted in between two huge r ocks, and this was what H it sho uld strike those jagged rocks there was a strong was holding the machine so fast. likelihood that the running gear, if not the body of the For a moment the travelers were overcome with despair. Boomerang, would be wrecked. A. well might the Boomerang have gone over the rapids. It looked as i.f the great journey, not half completed, was It apparently could not be e2rtricated. to m eet with an ignominious e nd. All was the most intense excitement. "My God, we are lost!" cried Gerard in an agony "Mercy!" exclaimed Gerard. 1\Te are done for now. I s it not a pity that this catastrophe shou ld terminate our trip?" But Frank's quick eye saw a way out of the dilemma. "Don't be so Rure of it!" said Frank, ever hopeful. He rushed out upon deck with a huge coil of rope. One "Do you believe the Boomerang can ever be got off tha t end of this he looped about the mast in the bow of the rock?" Boom erang "Come here, Pomp!" he shouted "A'right, sah !" cried the darky with alacrity "We will never cease trying B u t at this mnment Barney and Pomp ca m e r u nni n g do>m the bank in terror "You are a good swimmer?" "Yes, sah !" "Then take the end of this rope. There was apparently good cause for this, for g l a ncin g llp to the bank above Frank nnd Gerard saw a numbe r of Over with you and naked forms slip out of the dee p forest. make the shore. Throw it around the nearest tree." Pomp needed no second bidding. Over the rail he went. He was a literal water dog. He breasted the current with ease, and catching an eddy, was swept toward the shore. A moment later he crawled out of the water. Up the bank he sprang. There was a huge oak just over They were savages armed with bows and javelins CHA PTER VII. THE SLAVE HUNTERS. the bank. About this he threw the coil of rope. At that moment Frank Reade, Jr., fully expected t o feel A hali hitch and then the slack came up to a taut line. the point of a poisoned arrow and to realize that h is l ife's The Boomerang was anchored. There the machine hung in the poweriul c urrent There was danger, of cour e, of the rope breaking. The tension was tremendous. Gerard threw off his coat. "Give me another rope, Frankl" he cried. "I'm a good swimmer. I can make it." Over the rail went the daring young explorer. work was clone. But tlus did not come. On the contrary Ger ard gave a cry of joy. "Hurrah!" he cried. The friendly Kassongos! Jo11 we shall have help, Frank!" "Friendly!" gasped the young inve n tor. "What do you m ean?" "Didn't I tell you that the Kassongos were frie n dl y to He breasted the current nobly. Soon two ropes held the the white man?" Boomerang from the deadly rapids. For the nonce the machine was safe. But how was it to be pulled ashore? Gerard and Pomp tried their s trength on the ropes, but it was of no avail. The weight was too great. Seeing this Frank cried: "Hold on! I'll come out to help you!" "Then these are the friendly natives .we are in luck!" "That we are cried Gerard, gaily. The clue of the deputation of Kasso ngos was coming down the bank and making friendly demonstrations of wel come. Gerara met him half way. In his former explorations in the dark continent he had He and Barney leaped overboard and also swam ashore. made himself fairly familiar with the language of the Ka s -But the combined of all four was not sufficient. songos. Here was a predicament. This stood him in good stead now, for he was able to What was to be clone? make the chief umlerstam1 him. Frank conceived the iclea of attaching another rope to Gerard and the chief were almost immediately the stern and going clown tream to get a different bearing pleasant terms


'11 FROU OOAS1' TO COAST'. Great Htrong .fellows were the Kassougot>, jutlL Lhe type for the slave hunters to se l ect. "Frank!" c ried Gerard, turning aboul. this is King Kalolo, and one of the big chie1s of the trib He swears to ::!kirting Litis

FROM 00-\ST TO CO.\S T. 1 5 haw the chance to escape condign pullishment. I advise you to go on your way and let these people alone!" We rlefy you!' yelled the .lave hunter. '!'hen he dodged bacl< into the jungle. The next moment a storm of bullets came rattling against the cage. Of course they did no harm. But the onslaut:rht angered Prank. He went forward to the electric gun. 'l'vc a mind to give it to those fellows savage," he aid. "'lhey deserve it," saicl Gerard. .. No doubt; ancl yet 1 shrink from human s l aughter.' "Ah, but they arc many times murderers! There is no rt'ason. why they should not be punished." The simple hearted KaFsongos were delighted and did all in their power to entertain their visitors. After the feast, which consisted of a roasted buffalo, a moon dance was giYen b.r the soung men and women. rrhcn the native musicians played a wild and weird melody 11pon reed instrum ents and rude drums. This completed the nigllt's entertainment, and a little past miclnight everybody retired to rest. 'I'hc searchlight turnrd fullnpon the jungle guarded wrll agail1St any attack from that tlirection So the night passed without incident Shortly after d1mn negro runner!'! came in with the ant nouncement that the slaYe huntl'rs hail abandoned their "You arc right!" agreed Frank. >-hot anyway." "I will give them one pol'ition and gone clown the river in crtnoes on their way to the sea With which he trained the gun. This was joyful news to the Yillagcrs and they hailed the lt was luclry that he dicl so, for at that moment from the and the Boomerang as their deliverers. jungle bur t forth the entire attacking party. Kalolo the king made Frank a present of several beauti -lt was plain that they intended to attack the Boomerang. ful and very valuable ivory tusks as evidence of his grati They were speedily to repent their folly. tucle. Quick as a flash, Frank depressed the muzzle of the gun The young inventor was much pleased. Overtures were nnd pres ed the elect ri c lever. maclc to confer an unlimited number of wives upon him, There was a slight shock as the pneumatic chamb r workbut he hastily declined this honot. Pd, and the g

16 FROl\1 COAST TO COAS'r was done. The Boomerang pushed on for a whil e in a sort o human-like did th e apparition look that all in the o.f wide path, which Gerard averred was an elephant trail. party gazed at it spell -bound. They go down this way to water," he declared. "It is None but Gerard h ad ever seen the gorilla in his native very easy to see that." haunts. But this was an unu s ually large specimen of the "In that rase," sa id Frank, "we ought to come upon some beast. o f the mon s ters before long." "Great heavens!" gasped Gerard, "that is the biggest ape "We are apt to at any moment." But though the Boom erang penetrated rapidly deepe r into the forest yet nothing was seen of the e l ephants :But it nnw became necessary to use the searchlight, so in tense was the gloom, though it was mid day I ever saw. Look out for him!" The gorilla was regarding the machine with apparently the deepest of amazement. His prodigious arms reached fully to his feet. In one hand he carried a cudgel as large in diameter as a small The trees wer e so tall and the bran c he s so intertwined t ree. that the sun coul d not .find its way through "We are now in the Dark Forest of Centra l A,frica," cle-clared Gerard. "This is the abode of the mysterious dwarf.; and alao of the giant ape or gor illa." ".Begnrra, I'd loike to see wan av thim," averred Pomp lau ghed. "Phwat are yez lar.fin at, yez b l ack divil ?" spl u ttered the Celt. -Ttl tmly j es' need luk in de g lass fo' to see one!' cric1l Pomp and then laughed uproariou l y "Be me sowl, I'll have the heart av yez fer that insult!" The str e ngth and tenacity of the gorilla is well known. X othing in the animal kingdom compares with it. This monster ape could, with case, rend the most ferocious lion or fell an elephant with a blow of his club. What would be the result of an attack upon the Boomer ang. This same thought had occurred to every one m the party It gave each a terrible chill. With his tremendous power and s up e rior pow ers of prehension to the lion s whi c h had attacked the machine, why might he not succeed in breaking through the cage? cried the Celt, mah.'ing a dive for Pomp. "M:itber prcsarve us!" gaspccl Barney, with chattering He caught him, and the two went reclin0rr about th e clcc k teeth; "it's the divil himsilf in a friendly wrestle. "Golly!" exclaimed Pomp in sheer terror, "dis chiie clon' Thi s was suddenly terminat ed by the Boomeran g coming want nuffin to do wif dat critter!" unceremoniously to a halt. Gerard and Frank were for th e moment speechless Bar "Bejabers, phwat's happened?" cried Barney, breakin g ney, recovering himself, picked up his rifle. away from his antagonist. But Gerard cried out in terror : Frank had brought the machine to a stop for a good rea"No, no Don't fire It will do no good son "Be me sowl au' why not?" cried the perplexed Irishman Th e und e r growt h had s udd e nly closed in s o thickly that "Shure wud yez l et him ate us all up?" it was difficult to proceed. "No; but you cannot kill him at this distance!" cried Wh ile th e young inv ento r was deliberatin g upon the Gerard; "they are a very hard animal to kill and y ou shoulJ way to this difficulty a startling thing occurred. s hoot only at close range!" Suddenly a snar lin g cry came from a copse nearby. All on the deck tumed a gaze in that direction. "Put up your gun, Barney," saicl Frank, authoritatively. The Celt obeyed with reluctance. But the gorilla had by What they sa w non e of them ever forgot. It was a mos t this time finished hi s cursory smvey of the machine. terrifyin g s ight. And he quickly ended the suspense of the traveler bY Th e r e in th e verge of tlie copse was a giant form. It was making action. at .firs t impression a strange species of mau with a hair y First he opened his mouth displaying hideou s fangs, and 0 skin. let out a terrific bellow.


FROM COAS'r TO COAST 17 It was answered from the d epths of the fores t. "Y e gods gasped Gerard; "there are others near The gorilla now advanced s lowly toward the Boom e r a ng, brandishing his prodigious club. His eyes :flashed vicious ly, and it was plain that h e meditated a savage attack upon the machine Frank went to the pilot-house and charged the rail of the Boomerang with electricity. Then the travel ers waited. Straight on came the gorilla Then whir lin g his club aloft he :flung it with li g htning speed straight at the cage It struck the netting with s uch force that the structure "Neve r mind hi s h ead The bullet s will glance off his skull! Fire for his abdomen!" B efo r e this advice could be heeded, however, the beast was back on top of the netting. Then h e rushed forward, and h ere once m ore our travel ers got a shot at him. This time it told. The bullet from Barn ey's rifle open.ed the brute's abdo m e n, and struck a vital part. He reeled, furiously tried again to get at those in the cage, then sank pa ntin g down. In a very few moments his career was ended. And the shook. Then with a snar ling c ry the gor ill a put a hand on A frican traveler s were not sorry the rail. It was no w looked for his mate to appear, but for some He gave it one savage pull ancl away came a section of i t. reason or oth er she clicl not. But in that instant he received the full shock of the elect ri c Frank found by making a detour that he could get inLo c urrent. The result was peculiar. The brute's strength "as prodigious, but the electric :fluid was superior. It felled him like an ox. But it was not a sufficient s hock to kill him. He was only clear space in the forest again and the B<)Snnerang went on. Full two clays more were spent in the dark woods. The n s uddenl y th e machine came out into clear country agai n Far to the eastward were rolling plains. Once m oTe the Boomerang sped on over clear ground. momentarily confused. O f course there w e re s light to avoid, such afl Then maddened bellows broke from him and he sprang lar ge sto nes, c.lumps of trees, and occasionall y a stream to upon the deck like a panther, clearing rail and a ll. ford. Straight for the stee l cage he came, and for a moment it seemed as if he would actually tear his way through it. But it resisted his best efforts, and Gerard cried : "The steel io; too much for him Frank. Where i s your electric wire." The insulated wire was brought from the eng in e -room. But it now became difficult to get it in contact with him. For the brute did not stay any length of time in one p lace. He went to the top of the cage, and then aft to the rear mast, where he tore down the ropes and flag and r ent it into shreds. "Begorra, I've a moind to give hi.m wan fer that," cried Barney. "Go ahead," cried Frank. "Shoot at him! Anything to kill the brute!" But the Boome ran g k ept on without accident all of that day. At thi s junch\r e Frank took his bearings, just as if he was at sea He made an important announcement. "We are nea rly two-third s of the _way across the Continent," he declared. "In a da;y or two we should sight Lake Tan ga nyika." Cheers greeted this announcement It was gratifying to know that they had sur mounted so many difficulties with success. But all realized that the future held perhaps a harder course than any yet encountered. "It will be no jok e to cross Lake Tanganyika," declared Gerard "It i s a mighty sheet of water, and the Boomerh anO' i s not seaworthy So Barne y and Pomp bot drew a hn e up o n the brute. o They :fired at him at that easy range. "I have thought of a detour around the sout hern end," The bull e ts, however, seemed to J1ave littl e effect upon said Frank. him. further than to increase his f ury. Wher e upon Gerard cried: "Yon will strike a very marshy re gion betwe e n that and Lake 1\focro."


1 8 FROM C OAST TO COAST '' H it is pos ib l e for the mach i ne to floa t it w ill be the best c ourse for us to pursue." '\Yait u n til we get to Lake Tanganyika and we can dec id e Bu t stay! T have a plan.' HAP TER TX. BAHNBY Ar D POl\1P HAVE O:I!E FUN. "\\'h a t is it?" a ked Frank. "If I remember right an old exp l orer told me that the Gera r d was in his element a n d speedily prepared for a trip along the lake shore. r will bc> ba. ck before nightfall," he cried. "Have no fears of my safety I am perfectly familiar with the coun try." "Yet, if you have not returned before a late hour, shall we not search for you?" asked } ;'rank. 1 r 1 do not turn up ;;afely before to-morrow morning you may know omething has befallen me!" said Gerard. '' \11 r i gh t l'' With thi. the young explorer ldt the machine. He at once started away up tho beach and was soon lost to sight. Barney and Pomp assiHt d Frank on tho machinery for lo" er part of Tanganyika \Yas cut up with peninsulas and some whilr then an idea occurred to the Celt. itll ands, m aki n g narrow st r ait j ust as in the Kuango river." I ndeed '' lf w e :fin d that true 11e shall have but I ittle trouble .in p i cki n g our way a eros by ea y stages L et u s hope that we will," said Frank. "T have no de s ir e to encounter shipwreck." r o r I in waters infested with hi]Jpopotami, and an y a mount of dead l y reptiles Wf' will not anticipate it. thou g h.'' B y no mean "' As F r ank had predicted, a

FROU C'OAST TO OOAS'l'. 19 fo r a time. Then he out reluctantly to yield his Then he awoke \Yith a tart. H e sprang up with a guilty place to Pomp. sense. But he reached the top of h btlnk h saw the darky "Bcjabers, what will the rlaygur think?'' he c ried ast asleep. lie chuckled with glee. 'hurc, it's noL hatcUy a quar thing fer me to I'll "Bcgona, I'll not spile hi s foine nap!" he said. '', hure, go back an' see!" it' a fool I'd be to do that." He c l amb red over the bank and oon reached the s pot o back he w nt into U10 water where he had left Pomp and his clothe. After di porting himself to his heart':-. content, he craw l ed They were gone out on the whit e Rand,; a short di;ltance below. For a moment Barney was mad. H ere he ... trctdJCcl 011t in the rays of the The thrick av him:' he cried 'to run oft wid m e to dry himself. \.nd as h bask d there he also grew clothe::; an lave me in sich a--" ;:,traugcl,v drowsy. 'l' hcn he came to a B udden ::;top. At that moment h e "Begorra, J 'll hare a bit av a 1111p nwsilf !''he muttered ; canght sight of the crocodile. "it's sauce for the goo:,e al:l \Yell as Lhc gander! "Mither av Io e ," he gasped, what an ugly crathet !" ln a few moments he waB therefor :,ound asleep. rrhen a feariul thought lruck him Ile drew conclusion:-Pomp 11 oke up. from the fat side a. l1ad Pomp. He sat up and rubbed hi:; eyes antl tlwn looked at the sun "Begona, he'tS ate the naygur up, an' me clothe a with amazement. well!" he muttered. Bad (;CHS lo him!'' rt. was low down iu the Wl':-;t an incontrovertib l e fact, iver will J gel back to :Jlisthcr li'rank?" Pomp gathered up Barney\; cloiheB and fled back to the Pomp on reaching the B oomerang had. given Frank a Boomerang with the dire report. while, Barn.ey s lept the o lcep of lhe j uBt until s un down. thrilHng account o f Bamey's fate. 'l'hat h e had been eate n by a t.:rocodil e lhc darky wa:,; eer tain. Of course .Frank was horrified.


20 FRO.:\I COAST '1'0 COAST. tay here by the Boomerang!" he c ried, picking up hio rifle. "I don't believe that Barney i. dead an' I'll find him." There were tear in Pomp's eyes. "Golly, dis chile know dat well enuff, l\Iarse Frank! I'se cl'ar gone nigh crazy wid de fing! J es' to fink ob dat I' ish "Golly, Marse Frankl" gasped the excited darky, "don' man dying lik e dat!" ;;o' go an git eated up, too. Let dis chile go!" Another appalling thought dawned upon Frank. But Frank was prevented from going by a thrilling cirAnd Gerard! What of him? cumstance 'l'he young explorer had not returned as he haz murtherin' thrickstcr !" screamed Barney, "it's a


FROM COAST TO COAST. 21 dirty job yez put up an me to take me clothes an' run "Begorra, I'm afther thinkin' Gerard is in thrubhome !" ble, sor !" ventured Barney. "Golly, I didn't do dat, chile!" expostulated Pomp. "Yes!" agreed Frank. "I'm afraid he is, Barney. We Frank had embraced the situation now and he laugherl must try and learn his fate to-morrow." until the tears ran down his cheeks. "Well, you are a nice pair," he cried; "go off swimming and each think the other eaten up by a crocodile! That i s very brilliant!" Barney slunk off in the cabin and put on his clothes. Pomp vanished in the direction o f the galley. Both felt cheap e nough over the situation, and it was a sore s ubject with them for many a day. The blacks did not venture an attack upon the Boomer ang that night. "Will we go in Sf1arch av him thin, sor ?" "Yes, be in readiness!" In the night whil e Pomp was on watch he suddenly came running into the cabin. "Marse Frank he cried. Frank was out of his berth instantly at the summons. "Well?" he cried. "Suah, l\:I:arse Frank, dar am a light way out on de lake. I done fo't l tole yo' ob it." Frank hastened on deck. He saw a s Pomp had, far out on the lake, a glimmering But this was not what worried Frank so exceedingly as another subject. What was the fate of Gerard? Frank now regretted that had let the young explorer go off by himself. light It looked like a torch. 'How far away it was Frank could only guess. "We'll soon see he exclaimed. He pressed the key which lit the searchlight. He sent the brilliant pathway of light far out over the surface of He felt certain that some of the terrible perils of the the lake. wilderness had overtaken him and he was dead. "I shall never forgive myself!" he muttered. "Poor Gerard! He was a noble young fellow!" All that night Frank kept a lookout for the young ex plorer. But he did not return. Then he saw an object dancing upon the waves of the great body of water. It was a little coracle. It held a single occupant who suddenly stood up and waved his arms wildly. AU this was made plainly visible in the pathway of the Morning came, smiling and bright. Nothing was seen searchlight. Frank held the rays upon this spot. of the natives. And he saw the occupant of the coracle paddle hastily They had apparently abandoned the attack and departed. toward the shore. But of course th,ere was no s urety but that they might return at any moment. So it was necessary to be constantl y on guard. Nearer he drew slowly. It was fully an hour before the light e.raft ran up on the beach. Frank hastened the repair s on the machinery. He was "Golly, Marse Frank!" exclaimed Pomp; "who yo' s'pose determined to wait a reasonable length of time for Gerard's it am?" return. "It is Gerard!" Then if he did not come he should endeavor to find him. Frank felt confident of this. It proved really to be tht;> He realized well enough the difficulty of such a move as lost explorer. this. But he still clung to hope. In a few moments he had climbed the bluffs and came The day wore away. Still no sign of Gerard. aboard the Boomerang. He was weak, and his shirt was drenched with blood. Night came on again. "Mercy on us, Gerard!" cried Frank. "I had given you The natives had not renewed their attack. Franli. conup." eluded that they were only a stray party of hunters and "I don't replied the young explorer. "I have that they had permanently abandoned the attack. been through some terrible adventures."


22 F ROM COAST TO OOAST. 'You are wounded?" Down the shore of the lake for a dozen miles or more "Only a trifle. This blood is my enemy's. G1ve me a the travelers proceeded. little wine and I'll be all right." Then at a point opposite tho island the Boomerang wa:; Pomp brought some wine, and it quickly restored the launohed into the water. exha usted man. Then he told his story. The passage of the lake required all that day, but eventu-"I went far down the shore of the lake,' he said, "and ally the east shore was reached. foWid, as we s uppo ed, that it is thick with islands. It :\s Ilere camp was made in a jungle, where all night long the our best place to cross." distant roar of the lions, and ihe snapping cries of the "But while making my wa.y through some jungle I was hyenas made music. :mddenly set upon and made prisoner by some Ukonongos, "We arc going into an elephant country now I" declared nativ es who inhabit the islands and the east shore of the Gerard, athe Ukonongos are great dealers in ivory." lake "We shall also find the country more thickly settled." "'l'hey carried me away in a canoe to one of the island s "Yes, and doubtless we will encounter Arab traders. There I have been a.prisoner ever since. But I succeedtld in will be almost entiroly a different country for u s to oxescaping though 1 had a battle to the death with one of them I found a small coracle upon the island shore and put out in it. "And every day draws us nearer to our journey's end." said Frank. "Truly there ar.o few who can say that they "They pursued me and many times passed me in their have traversed the Continent of Africa from coast to coast." canoes ju the darkness, but I managed to them "That is very true, and on wheels as well "But after I was sure they were out of the way, and I But though tJ1 P\pJo 1ers wore nearing their was many mile from the islands, I lighted a torch which I end, their list of adventUl'es was not yet completed. found in the coracle "Then suddenly the searchlight ::,treamed upon me, and I knew where the Boomerang was, and where to find my friends." Frank fairly embraced him. "I can't tell you how glad I am y ou're safely back!" he c ri ed. 'I had begun to think that our little party was all broken up." CHAPTER XI. "I hope we shall not get separated again!" said Gerard, The next morning, at an early hour, the Boomerang was ''but in spite of my close call I learned many things of im-on its course through the Ukonongo country. portance." ''That is good!" '' 1 know that it is comparatively easy to cross the lake b y followin g tl1e straits among the islands." "We shal l get across safely!" "I am sure of it!" Gerard," Pomp, "am yo' a lily bit hungry?" It was necessary to proceed slowly, as the countr:v was cut up with roaring rivers, swampy tracts, and dense jungles. These latter were the literal paradise o savage beasts. Their roar and pother made the nights hideous. Many times they even ventured to attack the But always to their sorrow. I could eat au elephant," declared the young explorer. Indeed the travelers had acquired quite a collection of Pomp hastened away to procure food for his friend, and lion skin s They had learned to relish the sport. Gerard did juE"tice to the repast. Tall giraffes and striped zebras lived in these wilds, and There was no more sleep tl1at night :for any of the party, also the e l ephant. and at an early hour the next morning the Boomeran g was Once the Boomeran g eame upon a sm.a.U mou n tain oF under way. ivory tusk s, worth many thousand s of dollar s, on the coast


F ROM COAST TO C OAST. 23 But they had no way to transport the white treasure, so they were compelled to pass it by. 'l'he Ukonongos dwelt in little thatched huts. and in the main were llisposed to be friendly. But there were some of them who were ready to annil1ilDarkness shut down, and none of the Mu.kalalas showed themselves. Frank regarded Gerard's alarm a<; groundl ess, and moru ing came without any deve l opment. But the breaking of day showed a startling state of afate the invaders upon their lands if t h e chance were given fairs. them. The l\Iukalalas had not been idle during the night. Day after day the Boomerang toiled on in the heat of Both ends of the defile "ere literally walled up. the tropics. The natives had taken this method to entrap the trav'rherc were intervals when fifty or more miles of level elers, a they believed. plain enabled the traveler s to travel at a rapid gait. For a moment all on board the Boomerang were too as-But as a general thing the machine picked its way with tonished to speak. the greatest of difficulty over the roughest of ground. IIuge bowlders were piled up to a height of twenty feet. And thus they passed into the Mukalala country, and How this had been done so noiselessly was a mystery. were now nearing Zanzibar very rapidly But it had been done, and the machine was hemmed So successf ul had they been thus far, that for a time in, being literally in a trap. vigi lanc e became a trifle lax, and this nearly brought dis aster upon them. One day they came upon a walled town quite an tmusual thing in Africa. It was the most striking incident of the whole journey, and for a few moments disconcerted the party. Then Frank lau ghed. "Begorra," cried Barney "the divil s think they have got But this was in a parti ctt larl y rocky country, and the us for sure." natives were quite far advanced in th notions of civiliza"Golly, I don' see but dey have!" asseverated Pomp. tion. "Pshaw!" aid Frank, contemptuously. "Do you really 1\Iany of them were even armed with muskets, which they think they can hold the Boomerang in s uch a way? Why. had procured from trader Yet they were exceetlingly in1 can blow my way through that barrier with ease!'' .hospitable and inclined to be enemies to the white traveler s Frank found this out at once and kept clear of tne place until it came time to camp. The spot selected for the camp was at the entrance to a deep defile and distant s ome ten mile s from the "Jft1kalnla town. everal times durincr the dav Gerard had said with con. viction: "Do you know I believe tho,:;c (levi];; arc following n s !'" "Nonsense!" enlaimed Frank. Why sho uld they do that?" "Why should they not? In mv opinion t.hry're a bad lot. I'll wager we'll have trouble wiLh them T hen a war ning cry came from Gerard, whose att.ention .had been attracted by a so1md far up on the wall of the defile. At the same moment a distant yell waR heard and a Fhower of arrows ca me rattling down upon the deck. Frank sa w the peril at once. The black foe had elected a position from which the Y could annihilate the Boomerang, if they wished, hy rolling clown stones upon it. Even now a number of the m werr seen rolling a hug e bowlder to the edge of the c1iff .. It was a moment of peril. "Grrat heavens," cried Gerard. 'they will cnu;h u .;. "I hope not," said Frank. "However, as a precaution Frank!" we will run further into the clcfilc, where we could The young inventor acted without flPluy or hesitation. prevent their surrounrling ns and hold them all at bay." H e saw that their salvation depended wholh npon this So the machine wns run far up into t h e defile, a n d then he turned t h e electric !TUn full u pon the ousti u cti o n in th'" cnmp was made. d e file


FROM: COAST TO COAST. "Shoot those fellows on the cliff!" he cried. "Pick them were made welcome, and treated to beer and saurlrraut as off as fast as you can!" The order was obeyed. Barney and Pomp with their rifles opened fire upon the foe above. For a time they drove them back from the brow of the wall. And during this time Frank was pouring dynamite into the rocky walls and reducing them to powder well. "How far are we from Zanzibar?" asked Frank. "About one hundred miles," was the reply. "Hurrah!" cried Gerard. "We are near the end of our journey, Frank. And what a success it has been!" That night was passed very pleasantly at Ehrenberg. The next morning the Boomerang was early on the road. In a very short while he had literally blown his way For roacls of a primitive sort were now met with. th rough the obstruction and the machine was able to go The land was fertile, and large plantations were to be forward. seen upon every hand. Up the defile it ran Mile after mile the Boomerang progressed on its way The thunder of the dynamite and its terrible execution toward the sea. had terrified the na t ives beyond all description; they had Little towns were numerous and habitations were seldom fled i n continently out of sight. Frank laughed. "The progress in settling Africa is something wonder"I don't believe they will want to attaek the Boo merang ful," declared Gerard. "It is already a rival of America. again right away," he declared. It is my opinion that it will one day become a great reThe machine soon had tlueaded its way through the hills public just the same." and a long, level plain burst to view just beyond. "Only after bloody wars," said Frank. "'rhC' effete mon-Acros. this the Boomerang made rapid time. archies of Europe will hold onto their possessions here as When nightfall came they reached a cultivated tract. A long as they can." l ittle settlement had sprung into existence upon a tributary of the Rucha river. "Witllout doubt. But you will R('l" thC' whole face or Europe tran,sfigured in fifty years, or at least our de-As the machine dashed into the main street of the little sccndants will." frontier town a great thro ng of men pressed out of the thatched dwellings. They were Germans as our travelers saw at once. Gerard was a good German scholar and he at once hailed one of the men "What town is this?" he asked in that language. "Th is is Ehrenbe rg!" was t he rep ly. "Are you from tl1e Fader l and ?" "No; we are Americans!" "Americans? Welcome! stop and have some beer!" Gerard turned to Frank. "Well," he said, "what do you think of that invitation?" "Let us accept it!" replied the young inventor, readily. "Good German beer is not to be d e spised in this out of the way part of t he world." B a rney anrl P o m p were d e li ghted. S o FranK s toppccl tl1e Boomerang. "You are quite a propl1et." "T don't think it requires a prophet to see that." The land now began to grow low ancl marshy as they ap proached tl1e sea. But the roads were lwoacl and smooth. and the Boomerang had no trouble in booming along all right. I Everyl)ody now was on tl1e qui vivr to see Inc1ian Ocean first. The Boomerang marle good time, but it was ote that clay when Barney in the pilot-house first caught RigM of the sea line. He gave a loud cry. "Bcgorra, there it is, Misther Frank! We've come to it at last!" W orcls cannot express tl1e sensation experienced by the African travelers. It w as with qui te a thr ill t h a t they realized that they hafl accompli s h e d tne gr e a t feflt of cro s sing Cont i nental Af r ica The German settler s were inde e d friendly. The travel e r s from coas t to coas t.


FRmi COAST TO COAST. 25 The little town of Zanzibar, half native, half Arab and "Sail northward to the Gulf of Aden, and by means of half German was near at hand. the Straits or Babel Mandeb into the Red Sea. We would The Boomerang had reached the end of its journey after disembark at Suakin, and proceed directly into the wildermany thrilling episodes. ness, eventually coming out at Cape J uby, a point opposite In one sense all were glad, yet it was with keen regret Teneri:ffe." that they accepted the fact that the journey and its incidents "But Captain Porter--" were over. "I have fixed it with him. He will proceed by the Suez 'l1here had been many times during the trip when danger Canal to the Mediterranean and then down the coast to had frowned so harshly upon them as to bring them nigh to J uby and wait for us there!" repentance. Gerard felt like stan ding on his head. But the spice of advenLure and the call for risk anu dar"How grarid !"he cried again, "this is really twice across ing had given a rich color to the whole enterprise which Africa." had made it enjoyable to the utmost degree. "Yes." CHAPTER Xll. A GREAT CATASTROPHE-THE END. "1 am crazy with joy!" 'l1he Boomerang had been taken apart by Frank's work men and placed aboard the ship. Then anchor was raised and the Port of Zanzibar was bidden farewell to. A few days later the equator was crossed going north ward. The appearance of the machine in Zanzibar created a Thus far the sea had been like glass. great sensa tion. One of those dead calms peculiar to the Indian Ocean The story of the travelers that they had crossed the con-reigned. Captain Porter was not altogether easy about it. tinent from St. Paul de Loanda was hardly credited by "I have never seen a dead sea in these latitudes without some. But the ship of Captain Porter lay in the harbor waiting to take them aboard, and this evidence was all s ufficient. Frank decided to rest a few days in Zanzibar before going on aboard the ship. a blow afterward," he said. "And a blow in the Indian Ocean means something,'' aid Frank. "You are right, it does "The Southern Star i a sta nch vessel though, and ought He was feted and dined by the Americans in the town, to be able to it." of whom there were not a few. Gerard found several friends "I have always thought so," said the captain, slowly. among a party of explorers. Frank gave a start. So that altogether tl1e stay at Zanzibar was most pleasant. He regarded the captain critically. When the day for departure came, Frank for the first "vVhat's wrong?" he asked. time broached a new series of plans. Captain Porter sh rugged his s houlders. "We have had such success in this trip," he sa id, "that "Nothing, I hope," he replied. "Coming around Good I am constrained to extend it." Hope, though, I imagined we strained her timbers a little. "Indeed!" exclaimed Gerard, eagerly, "to what extent It ma:v be all imagination." may I ask?" "Had not an examination ought to have been made at "I have a great desire to travel through Egypt and cross Zanzibar ?" the Sahara!" "I did examine her as well as I eould. If there is For a moment Gerard was too delighted to speak. Th e n thing wrong it is far below the water line. But I may be recovering himself, he cried: in error. I only had a feeling that she had started some "That would be grand. How will you go from here?" timbers."


F.E mr COAST TO The subject dropped here, and in the next :forty-eight hours .Frank had nearly f orgotten it. The vessel had made go od time, and ape Guardufin was sighted. They would s oon be in the Gulf o.f Aden, wher e all :fear of a tempest would be at an end. But at the very last moment came the catastrophe. uddenly the pilot of the steamer called a deck hand, and e12-i him ha t ily down :for Captain Porter. "\. distant line of yellow was pringing up from the hori z on. 'l'be calm ea had a long and peculiar roll, and a dull moaning souncl \Vas i.n the air. Captain Porter came on deck in a hurry. He gaYe a look at the distant horizon and tmned deadly pale. Frank tood near and asked him : 'Well, captain, is anything wrong?" ''The typhoon!" he gasped, pointing to ih e horizon. 'l'hen he gazed at the distant coast. If'' c-ould only make the strait s we would be all righi,"' he f'aicl. Crowd on all steam!" '1'hi s order ll'as obeyed. 'l'he engine:; oi the Bouthcrn \\'Cre forced to their utmost capacity. Bul lhere "ccmod a power in the rolling sea which held them back. The straits w ere an eternal distance away. uddenly a ll'hitc line, mountain high, came rnshing across the sea. ''Turn her head on to meet it!" cried Captain Porter as he sp rang to the h e lm What fo llowed seemed e Yer after hke a weird, unnatural dream. Great seas \Yasbed over the slup, there was o n e supreme awful moment, then a terrific crash. TlH' r11ddN chams brokt>, and she \I'M thrown for a mo ment in lhl' trough of the sea. Why !'he did not go down th n was l.L wonder .But she did not and in Rom way or other ran before the gale with terribl e peed. But water came s ul'ging up from her hold. Captain Por'l'hc youn g inv entor gripped the captain's arm and queried: "Can nothlng be done?" "Nothing!" declared Captain l'orl r, Jcspairingly. W ca n only die l" "Where arc we headed now?" 'traight Ior the and certain to strike if we don't sink first." Frank was about to cr ep up the companionway, when a great wave swept over the Ye sel and dashed him back. The water wa knee deep in the cabin of the Southern ta:r. But ihat wave was the lat>i stroke of tho storm. It vanished as quickly as it had come, and left the sanw sea behind it. The Routhern tar drifted. a wreck upon the wahr: Qf little bay. r.rhe shore was not a nule distant At once, overjoyed wiU1 the pror-;pect of at least escapi11;2 with their lives, the vo_vagw::; rushed on deck f "Get oul the hoab !'' cril'f! Capfnin Porler, "I here 1:Larely time. 'he ii'i down!" ":Mercy ou us!" (ried GerarJ, how will we get Boomeran g ofT?" ''We will nm r be able lo do ihaL, Frauk. "Never? then she i::; lost!" "Yes." Gerard gave a dismal g r oan. "A.nd our irip c rew and passengers oi llw f-lo11ih r11 Nlar proceeded I" crowd 'into lh c boab> They had goL barely one hundreJ yards from the wreck when it went down. nd with jt went the famous Boomerang to a perpetual camt> crawling down into the cabin with w hite, drawn ocean grave. For it was never to b<' rrsurrccted. face 'l'he crew of the ill-fated Rteamt>r reached a little port We a r e lo t!" he c r ied. "The shi p is leaking, and is which wa::; called Abaramba, and which was a Bri.Litih po:-;-sm-e to go clown. Say rour prayerR. ali!'' s &'\ion. Heavenf; !''gasped Gerard; a is to be the end of our H ere the English commandant reeciYed !.hem kindly, and journey ] rank?' said:


FROM COAST 'rO COAST. 21 There is u small steamer run s :from here to Babel Man deb once a week. There you rna strike a Mediterranen.n "I would sue him for the nlluc of the Boomerang." Frank laughed heartily. and so get back to Europe!" 'You feel worse about the loss of the machine than I do," "Well," soli loqillzed Captain Porter, dismally, "this is he cried. a seriou s trip for me. I ha v lost mv steamer!" "I believe I do!" "Ancl J have lo st the Boomerang, said Frank. "Never mind. I have something new on my mind which "Don't say that!" cried Gerard hopefully. "At least you will agree is far better than the Boomerang. noi until we have tried to raise it." '' 'rhat i s impossible," !'laid Frank. Why?" ''What is it?" Frank put a finger in his eye. HThat is telling!" he laughed. Only keep your eye "They have no appliances in this port." open and your ears ready and you w:illlearn in due "Don't ncerl any. I:f it i not too deeply sunk I will of time." e ngag e to recover the machine!'' sai d G13rard. Gerard sighed, and went out to purchase tickets for the o earnest was the young explorer about thi8 that he at Theater Francais. once hired a fishing smack and went out to make sound-But all the way he kept muttering: ings. .r "Maybe he will, but just the same there's no time like the But be returned with a mol'lt lugubril'll S report. present, and I would give all my old shoes to be on board "She is at a frightful depth," he declared. "Confound the Boomerang now, and traveling over the Sahara." the luck. The scheme is lost!" There are many disappointments in this changeful life, "Never mind!" sai d Frank, encouragingly. I can conand Gerard was only suffering in common \vith mankind at l'ltruct a better machine sometime anr1 we can try a trip 1.arge. through Egypt at another time"' The explorers s ailPd a month later from Liverpool, and reached New York safe and sound, in due time. "Will you do it?" rried Gerard, cugcr ly. Frank laughed. Frank, with Barney and Pomp, went direct to R.eades"I will see how I feel when we get l.Jne;k home!" he said. town. ''We are a good ways from there, you know !" "You are right I" said Captain Porter, "make no plans until you get home I" As the British commandant had sa id a little steamer sai.led that wt>ek for Babe] Mandeb and took the castaways thither. There tl1ey s oon procured a stea mer for Palermo and thence they proceeded to Pari1 Gerard decided to abide in r ew York awhile to confer witl1 his publishers about a new book upon the trip "From Coast to Ooast." Barney and Pomp soon fell back into the routine o f their duties at Readestown Frank was for many" day s closeted with his secret and the rumor went abroad that he waR busily at work upon a new invention. Here Frank and Gerard, with Barney and Pomp, reOne day a letter came to the works. Frank rea:a it with mained a few weeks to sec the sights. a hearty laugh. Captain Porter and his crew went on home by the first Thus it read: steamer from Havre "At least, I shall get my insurance," said the captain. "DEAR FRANK-I have it from an authentic source that "The Star was an old vessel, and had seen her best days. you have completed a machin e and are about to start I can build another with the insurance money.'' for Egypt. Now I shall be bittcrl v disappointed if you for "Hear that," said Gerard afterward, in indignation. "He get to invite me to accompany you. Assure me that you will admitted that the Star was not a safe vessel to go upon such let me know if you decide to go. n long cruise with." "Ymus "1 heard it," said Frank. G ERARD BENTON.


28 FROM COAST TO COAS T Frank sen t back a telegram. And Gerard still wait&. Whether his dreams will gain fulfillment or not only the future can tell. t'DE A R GERARDI will let you know when I THE END. start for Egypt. Until such time let our African adven-tures with the Boomerang rcmainyour consolation. Read "BEYOND THE GOLD COAS'l'; OR, FRANK "I am, your faithfu l friend, READE, JR.'S OVERLAND 'I'RIP," which will be the "FRANK READE, JR." next number (69) of "Frank Reade Weekly. Magazine." SPECIAL NO TICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. I you cannot obtain them from any new s deal e r send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBJ..JISHER, 24 UNION SQ UA R E, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. '' flHPPY OHYS," The Best Illu s t ra t ed Week l y S tory P a per PubLishen l' ::1: S S "V" E :I: E "V E P :R, ::1: :1: ..A. "Y". "HAPPY DAYS" is a l arge 16page paper containing Interesting Stories, Poems, Sketches, Comi{ Stor ies, J o k es, A n swe r s to C o J r espondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have a nati o nal reputati o n. No amount of money is spared to make this weekly the best published. A New Story Begins Every Week in ''Happy Days." OUT TO-D.& 'Y: OUT FOR A FORTUNE; O R, Two New York Boys in the Wild West. By C. LITTLE Begins in No. 489 o.f "HAPPY DAYS," Issued February l2, 1904. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or Will Be Sent to Any Address on Rec e ipt of Price by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square. New York ............


THE LIBERTY '78. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought for Independence. 87 The Liberty Hoys "Going it Blind" ; or, Taking Big Chances. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 8{1 The Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call"; or, A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of the Mountain. 91 The Uberty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. 92 The Liberty Boys '"reed'' ; or. Warm Work in the Tall Timber. 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 94 The Liberty Bl?s' B1at BJo s ; or, Beating the British at Benning-ton. ..,. 95 The Liberty B M n ersey ; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit-ish Lion. 96 The Liberty Bo:ia' Daring; or. !'lot Afraid of Anything. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, 'l'be Move that Puzzled the British. DB The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. 99 The Liberty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the Great City. ,, 100 'be Liberty Boys' Big Risk ; or, Ready to Take Chances. 101 'l'be Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the Redcoats In. 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. 103 'he Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder ; or, The Mistake that Helped Them. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 107 'be Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman"; or, A Lively Lad from Dublin. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look-ing For. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. 110 The Liberty Boys In Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Day for the Great Cause 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-ships. 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or. Lost In the Swamps. 115 The Libe tty Boys' Wager, And U ow The y Won It. 116 The Liberty Boys Deceived; or, T ri cke d but Not Beaten. 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 118 'l.'he Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, The Deadly Twelve. 119 The Liberty Boys' League; or, 'l.'he Country Boys Who Helped. 120 The I,iberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the Redcoats were Fooled. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot in the Enemy's Country. 122 The Liberty Boys in the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Cause. 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza ; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 124 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or, The Surrender of Burll;oyne. 12 5 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put,"; or The Escape at Horseneck. 126 'l.'lle Liberty Boys Bugle Cali ; or, The Plot to Poison Washington. 127 Boys and "Queen Esther"; or, 'l.'be Wyoming Valley 128 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard; or, On the High Hills of Santee. 129 The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr ; or, Battling for Independ-ence. 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" ; or, Helping Marion. 131 Tbe Liberty Boys and Ethan Alien; or, Old and Young Veterans. 132 The Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia-mond. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 134 'be Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the Prison Ships. 1.35 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the King'll Statue. 136 The Liberty Boys and Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. 137 The Liberty Boys' "Minute Men"; or, The Battle of the Cow Pens. 138 The Liperty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Bandied Him. 139 '.rbe Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek ; or, Routing the Redcoats. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 141 The Liberty Boys in Richmond; or, Fighting Traitor Arnold. 142 The Liberty Boys and the Terrible Toty; or, Beating a Bad Man. 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight; or, Winning with the Enemy's Weapons. 144 The Liberty Boys In Georgia; or, Lively Times Down South. 145 Tbe L.iberty Boys' Greatest Triumph; or, The Marc h to Victory. 146 Tbe Ltberty Boys and the Quake r Spy ; or, Two or a Kind. 147 The Liberty Boys in Florida ; or, l<'lghting Prevost's Army. 148 The Liberty Boys' r .ast Chance : or, Making the Best of It. 149 Tbe Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters; or, 'be Battle of the Kegs. 150 The Liberty Boys on Guard; or, Watching the Enemy. 151 The Liberty Boys' Strange Guide; or, the Mysterious Maiden. 152 'l.'he Liberty Boys in the Mountains ; or, Among Rough People. Hl3 The Liberty Boys' Retreat; or, in the Shades of Death. 154 'l.'be Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; or, A New Kind or Battle. 155 'l'be Liberty Boys in Quakertown ; or, Making Things Lively in Philadelphia. J 56 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsles; or, A Wonderful Surprise. 15 7 The Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery; or, "Liberty or Death." 15 8 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, Fighting the Indian Raiders. 15 9 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or, The Bomb,rdment of Monmouth. 16 0 The Liberty Boys and LafayeLte; or, Helping the Young French Gel,leral. 161 The Liberty Boys' Grit; or, TheBravestof the Brave. 16 2 :!'_he_!.iberty J:Yint_; or, Helping to Wat. tb,e Redcoats. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS 'J'AKEN 'l'UE SAME AS MONEY c FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 24 Union Square, New York. .................. 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .. copies of WORK AND \VIN Nos ....................... .......................... '' '' WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ........................................................ FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ..................................................... "PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .................................... ......................... SECRET SERVICE NOS ...... .. .......................... . . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .......................................... .. Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos. . . . . Name .......................... Street and No .................... Town .......... Sl ate ......... .,,


J IW1el Wiillv-Bv Subtc>ripfi"" $2.50 Jl" year. 8utmcl a Second C103s Matler a t flu New YD1"1< Po>l 0/fico, V, 1898, &y F1'4111o 7'Guug. .NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 10, 1904.. Price 6 Cents. THE PRINCE Of.' TH h C4"PT


CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLETE. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. 262 Jack Wright and His Electric Torpedo Ram: or. The Sunken 2e2 Jack Wright and His Electric Deers; or. Fighting the Bandits of City of the Atlantic. By "Noname." LATEST ISSUES: the Black Hills. By "Noname." 263 The Rival School&: or, Fighting for the Championship. B7 223 At 12 o'clock; or, '!'be Mystery of the Lighthouse. A Story of the Allyn Draper. Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. 264 J k R f tb B C t Ad t b 224 The Rival Boat Clubs; or, The Boss School at BeeAhwood. ac ee e oy ap am: or, ven ures on t e Ocean. By All D B y Capt. 'l'hos .H. Wilson. yn rape1 265 A Boy In wan Street; or, Dick Hatc h, the Young Broker. By 225 The Haunted House on th_e Hudson ; or, the SmuggiPrs or the H. K. Shackleford. Sound. By Jas. C. Merntt. 226 J ack Wright and His Prairie Engine, or Among the Bushmen of 266 Jack Wright and his Iron-Clad Air Motor; or, Searching tor .Australia. By "Noname." Lost Explorer. By "Noname.". 227 A Million at 20; or, Fighting His Way In Wall Street. By H. K. 267 The Rival Base Ball Clubs; or, The Champions of Columbia. Shackleford. Academy. By Allyn Draper. 228 Hook and Ladder No. 2. By EJxJ Pire Chief warden. 268 The Boy Cattle King; or, Frank Fort'ham's Wild West Ranc h 229 On Deck; or, The Boy Pilot of Lake Erie. By Allyn DrapH. By an Old S cout. Fred; or, Life on the Railroad. By Jas. c. ;\lerritt. 260 Wide Awake Will, The Plucky Boy reman of No. 3; or, Flght231 Jack '"right and His Electric Air Schooner: or, The Mystery ot a ing the Flames for Fame and Fortune. By ex-Fire C hi e f \Varll1aglc 1\Ilne. By "Noname." den. 232 Philadelphia Phil; or, From a Bootblack to a Merchant. By How-270 Jack Wright and His lillectrlc Tricycle; or, Fighting the Straoard Austin. glers of the Crimson Desert. By "Noname." 233 Custer's Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn. By 271 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic Story o! a Great City. An Old Scout. By N. S. Wood (the Young American Actor). 234 The Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jas. A 272 Sitting Bull's Last Shot; or, The Vengeance of an lndlan PoliceGordon. man. By Pawnee Bill. 235

w K AND WIN. The Best "v.Teekly Published. ALl:. THE NUMBERS AB.E ALVVAYS IN PRINT. READ ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LA'.rEST ISSUES: 223 rrred Fearnot and the "Greaser"; or, Fight to Death with h "G G d ,. Lariats. 173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching t e r ee n 0 s 224 Fred Fearnot in Mexico; or, Fighting the Revolutionists. Men. 225 Fred Fearnot's Daring Blufl'; or, The Nerve that Saved Uis Li fe. 174 Fred Fearnot' s Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 226 Fred Fearnot and the Grave Digger; or, The Mystery of a Ce me-175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor'' ; or, Indian Medicine Fakir. tery. 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of lllack Beauty. 227 Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Deal; or, Between the Bulls and the 178 Fred Fearnot's Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. Bears. 179 Fled F'earnot' s Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 228 Fred Fearnot and "Mr. Jones"; or, The Insurance Man I n 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson ; or, "Who Huns This Town?" Trouble. 181 Fred B'earnot and the Rioters; or, Backing Up the Sheri!!. 229 Fred Fearnot's Big Gift; or, A Week at Old Avon. 182 Fred B'earnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Chase for a Stolen 230 Fred Fearnot and the "Witch" ; or, Exposing an Old Fraud Diamond. 231 Fred l ?earnot's Birthday; or, A 'Jig Time at New Era. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek ; or, The Masked F i ends of the 232 Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chief ; or, Searching for a Lost Mines. Girl. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes; or, Up Against the Wrong 233 Fred l'earnot's Mortal Enemy; or, The Man on t h e Black Horse. Man. 234 Fred l !'earuot at Canyon Castle; or, Elntertainin g His Friends. 185 Fred Fearnot In New Mexico; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. 235 Fred l cearnot and the Commanche; or, Teaching a Redskin a 186 Fred Fearnot In Arkansas; or, The Queerest of All Adventures. Lesson. 187 Fred Fearnot In Montana; or, The Dispute at Rocky Hill. 236 l?red l'earnot Suspected; or, Trailed by a Treasury Sleuth. 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor ; or, 'he at Snapping 237 Fred Fearnot and the Promoter ; or, Breaking Up a Big Scheme. Shoals. 238 Fred Fearnot and "Old Grizzly" ; or, The Man Who Didn't Know. 230 l?red l!'earnot's Rough Riders; or, Driving Out the Squatters. 189 Fred Fearnot's Big Hunt: or, Camping on the Col um bia River. 240 Fred Fearnot and the Black J!'iend; or, Putting Down a Riot. 190 Fred Fearnot' s Hard Experience; or, Roughing It at Red Gulch. 241 l?red Fearnot in Tennessee; or, The Demon of the Mountains. 191 Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. 242 Fred l!'earnot and the "Terror"; or, Calling Down a Bad Man. 192 Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or, H e ld at Bay by Bandits. 243 Fred Fearnot in West Virginia; or, Helping the R evenue Agents. 193 Fred Fearnot's Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless Ven 244 Fred Fearnot and His Athletes; or, A Great Charity '!'our. 194 ture. 245 Fred Fearnot's Strange Adventure; or, The Queer Old Man of the Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved His Life. Mountain. 195 Fred Fearnot and the Professor ; or, The Man Who Knew it All 246 Fred l<'earnot and the r.eague ; or, Up Against a Bad Lot. 196 Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop; or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. 247 Fred Fearnot' s Wonderful Race ; or, Beating a Horse on Foot. 197 Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fightin g f o r His Belt. 2 48 Fred Fearnot and the Wrestler; or, Throwing a Great Champion. 198 Fred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Chance In a Thousand. F t 0 t F d 199 Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth; or, Running Down a Sli c k Villain. 2 49 Fred Fearnot and the Bankrupt o\ erre ud Ga. I rau 200 Fred Fearnot's New Deal ; or, Working for a Banker. 250 Fred l!'earpot as a Redskin; or, ra> IDg a ap ure >r 201 Fred Fearnot in Dakota., or, The Little Com bination Ranch. 251 Fred Fearnot and the "Greenhorn"; or, Fooled for Once in His Life. 202 Fred F'earnot and the Road Agents; or, Terry Olcott's Cool 252 Fred Fearnot and the Bloodhounds; or, Tracked by Mistake. Nerve. 253 Fred Fearnot's Boy S couts; or, Hot Times In the Ro ckies. 20B Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman of the 254 Fred Fearnot and the Waif of Wall Street; or, A Smart Boy Plains. Broker. 204 Fred Fearnot's Training School ; or, How to Make a Living. 2 55 Fred l?earoot's Buffalo Hunt; or, The Gamest Boy In t h e West. 205 Fred F'earnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who was 256 Fre d Fearnot and the Mill Boy; or, A Desperate Dash for Life. Short. 257 Fred Fearnot's Great Trotting lllatch; or, Beating the R eco rd. 206 Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper; or, Searching for a Lost 258 Fred Fearoot and the Hidden Marksman; or, The Mystery of Cavern. Thunder Mountain. 207 Fred Fearnot in Colorado; or, Running a Sheep Ranch. 259 Fred Fearnot's Boy Champion: or, Fighting for His Rights. 208 Fred Fearnot at the Ball ; or, The Girl in the Green Mask. 260 Fre d I'earnot and the Money King; or, A Big Deal I n Wall 209 Fred l ?earnot and the Duellist; or, The Man Who Wanted to Street Fight. 261 !!'red I<'earnot's Gold Hunt; or, The Boy Trappers of Goose Lake. 210 Fred l!'earnot o n the Stump; or, Bae'king an Old Veteran. 262 Fred Fearnot and the Ranch Boy; or, Lively Times with the 211 Fred l<'earnot's :\ew Trouble; or, Up Against a Monopoly. Broncbo Busters. 212 Fred Fearnot as Marshal; or, Commanding the Peace. 263 Fre d J'i'earnot after the Sharpers; or, Exposing a Desperate 213 Fre d Fearnot and "Wally"; or, The Good Natured Bully of GHrne. Badger. Fred l 'earnot and the Firebugs; or, Saving a City. 214 Fred I<'earnot and the Miners; or, The Trouble At Coppertown. 265 Fred Fcamot in the Lumber Camps; or, Hustling in the Back-215 Fred F'earnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, : ore Ways One. woods. 216 Fred l<'eamot and the Hlndoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at 266 Fred Fcaruot and the Orphan; or, The Luclt of a Plucky Boy. Coppertown. 267 Fred Fearnot at Forty lllile Creek; or, Knocking About in the 217 Fred Fearnot Snow Bound; or, Fun with Pericles Smith. West. 218 Fred Fearnot' s Great Fire Fight; or, Rescuing a Prairie School. 25S Fred Fearnot and the Boy Speculator; or, From a Dollar to a 219 Fred Fearnot in New Orleans; or, Up Against the Mafia. lllilllon. 220 Fred Fearnot and the Ha.unted House; or, Unraveling a Great 26() Fred Fearnot's Canoe Club; or, A Trip on the Mississippi. Mystery. 270 F r e d Fearnot and the Elrrand Boy; or, Bound to Make Money. 221 Fred Fearnot on the Mississippi; or, 'llbe Blackleg's Murderous '271 Fred Fearnot's Cowboy Guide; or. The Perils of Death Valley. Plot. 272 Fred Fearnot and the Sheep Herders ; or, Trapping the Ranch 222 Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battle fo r Life i n the Dark. Robbers. For Sale by All Newsdea lers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, liy !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS or our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsd e alers they carl be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and till in the following Ord e r Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re turn mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. e FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New York. ... 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN Nos .................................... .... .. WILD WEST vVEEKLY, Nos ...................................................... FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ..................................... ................. PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ............................................................. SECRET SERVICE, NOS ...................................... ................ ......... 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ........................... ............ .............. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .............................................................. Name .... ............... Street and No.. . ......... Town .......... State ....


THE STAGE. I o: 31. H9W 9 .BECOME A, PEA ER.-Contal:olns foul" No. 41. T H E B O S O F EW YORK EKD MEN' JOKE tee n IllustratiOns, glVIng the diff r ent position& requi &ite to becomw :S OK.-Con taini n g a g reat variety of the latest j ok es u se d by the a good spe a ke r reader a nd el o c u ronist AI o cont [nins cem a fr M f a mo u s end men. No amateur minstr e l s i s comp l e t e w ithout a!l the popu lar authors of prose and poetry, in the m J s wond erful littl e book. 18ple and conc1se man ne r possi le. No. 4 2 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK S'l:UMP SPEAKER.No. 49 .. HOW TO DEBA'l'E .-Giving rues for conducti DI Oontaln i n g a varied asso rtment of stump speeches Negro bates, tutltnes for debates, q ues ions for discussion, and th low., Art1st and Property Man. B v a prominent Srage l\lanager. courtship and marriage, g i ving sensible a dvice, and .ati u e til N?. 80. Gl. S WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the !atto be observed, with many curio u s and interestinf thir not o;e at JOkes, anecdotes and funny stones of this world-renowned and trally known wer popular V erman comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome No. HOW TO DRillS .-Con t a i n ing fu ll lnstructbn i n tiP, .71lored co er containing a hal f-tone photo of the art dressing and weil at hom e and a'broad, givlnr t,\,;. HOUSEKEEPIN G sele:-twns of colors, material. and how to have them made up .. 18. HOW TO BECOMHJ BEAUTIFUL.,.-One o O l and. most va l uab l e littl e books eve r g iv e n t o the wor'li, l!JvCJ"ybody w 1 shes to know how to become b eautiful both *Ill'' fema le. ThP is simple, and almost c os tleu. Read and be convinced bow to become beautiful. o. 16. HOW '1'0 KEEP A W INDOW GARDE -Containing ;>ul! instructions foL' constructing a windo garden either in town 11-r countr and the most approved methods for raising beautiful aowers at owe 'l'be most c omplete book of the kind ever pub30. HOW TO COOK.One of the most Instructive books BIRDS A N D A NIMALS. n cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cook i ng meats No. 7. HOW 1"'0 ICEEP BIRDS.-HandsomelJ r. h 1 d ,. c on taining full in tructions for the management and tra in ing o tb ,.,s game, anu oysters; a. o p1es, p_u Ctmgs, cakes and all kinds of canary moc kingbird bobolink bla c kbird a r oq uet, ar ot, te and a grand collectwn of rec1pes by one of our most popular No. 3n. HOW TO' RAISE DOGS. po'rfLTR Y pfGEO 'S No: 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE -It contains information for RABBITS.-A useful and instructive boo k H1. n ds o mel :, Ulu.[;ob d b d trate d By Ira Drofraw. very o y, oys, g1! s, men an women; 1t will teach you hor to I No. 40. HOW TO i\IAKE AND SET TRAPS -I 1 dl llllnilr .-,ake almost auyth1ng around the house, such a s parlor ornaments, h .1 1 n c u n ceme ts Aeolian harps and bird lime for catching birds on ow to <'.tl<.: J m'? es, ot.ter, rats and Also how to cure skms. CopiOusly Illustra ted. By J. Har Keene. ELECTRICA L o. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de 'l::ription of the wonuerful u s es of electricity and electro magnetism ; ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, By George Trebel, A M., M D Containing over fifty il ustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con full directions for ma:cing ele ctrical machin e s induction oils, dynamos, and many novPI toy s to be worked by electricity. y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW '1'0 DO ELEC'l'RICAL TRICKS.-Containing a arge collection of instructive and highl y amusing ele trical tricks, with illustrations. By A Anderson. No. 50 HOW ro STUFF' BIRDS AND ANil\fA S .. L valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparina-, mll'untbrr and preserving birds, animals and insects Ko. 54. IIOW TO KI!JEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givln g coiiil plete information to the manner and method of raising, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of petl; also gnlllg f .. instructions for making cages etc. F'ully explained by twet.t 1!'1 illustrations, making it the most complete book thot fifrcr' < ,,., published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO A SCIENTiST.-.&. usefrn lio\\. ;l i s book of instructions. by a practical professor (dellghti r.g multi-making all kinds of candy, ice-cr e am, syrups, essen ce. etc., et every night with his wondetful imitations), can master the 'o. J9.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED :> .rt, and create auy amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the TABI,ES, POCKET CO:\IPANION AND GUIDJru.-Glvin < eatest book publiRbed. and there's m!llious (of fun) in it. official distances on all the railroads of the Unit c "'" To. 20. HOW 'fO AN EVENING PARTY.-A Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreig n port.., ery valuable little book just p!!blished A complete compendium fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc.1 etc :ll!:" io,1 t games sports, card diversions, comic recitations. etc .. suitable it one of the most complPte and bandy books publisboo or parlor or entertainmen t contains more for the I 'o. 38. HOW TO BECO;\fE YOUR OWN D OCTOR .vGr.t; than an.v book published. derful book. containing useful and practical informatior rn o. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful !ittle treatment of ordinary diseases and ai lments common t" n lt'; ook, containing th e rul e s and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family Abounding in useful and effective recipe& for &ener OOllil ackgammon. croqtwt etc. plaints. To. 36 HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUI\fS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COIN 'le conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collectine ana F.,:n c; witty sa.vings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52 HOW 1'0 PLAY CARDS.A complete and handy little Ko. 58 HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old ii:i. ook, th e rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world known detective. In which he lays down so me v lua..l! Casioo1 Fort.v Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho. Draw Poker, and sensibl<> rules for beg;nners, and also relates a..uction Pitcn. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW '1'0 DO over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOl\fF. A PHOTOGRAPH C o n ired interesting puzzl e s and conundrums, wi t h key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Cam era and how wo r!: !t 1 -r;mplete book Fully illustrate d B y A Anderson also how to make Photographic Iagic Lantern S lidef a n d otil ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUE'rTE.-It ll a great lif t s e c ret, and one t hat every young man desire to know ,.ll about. happiness i n it. No. 33. HOW '1'0 BEHA VE.-Containl ng the rules and etiquette ,f societ y and the eas i e s t and most approved methods of ap to goo d advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and ': the dr&Wlni lOOm 'l'ransparencies, Handsomely illustrated. .Hy Captain W. Ds Abney No. 62. HOW TO BECQ:\fE A WEST POINT M!LITAB CADET.-Contaming full explanations how t o g a i n admlttan cours e of Study, Examinations, Duties, t aff of Office r Guard, Police Regulations, Fire DepartmPnt, and a n a bOJ' hollll 1 know to be a Cadet. Compiled a'!ld written b y Lu S e nare:o., of "How to Becom e a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECO :IE A NAVAL CADET.-Compl ts structions of how to gain ad...Oission to the N DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the c ourse of instruction, de rlptl!l'!lli':l N o. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings historic a l sketch and everythl n ll Contsining the most popular selections in use comprising Dutch should know to bee me an officer In the United StatH Nl&'ff. H l.ct Frenc dialect, Yanke e and Irish dialect p i ecea, together p iled a n d written by Lu Senaren1 a u thor "How W r J 1 t&ndard ru.dlng11. West Point Militar y PRICE tO CENTS EACH OR 3 F O R 25 CENT S A.NK. T O U E Y P PublisheF, U Union Square, New Yor.


Fll.A:NK REA:l)E WEEKLY MA:G4ZINE. Containing Stories of Adyenture s on Land, Sea and in the Air. 'B""Y' '"N'" <> N'" EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOMELY ILLUMINATED COVER. A 32-PAGE BOOK FOR FIVE CENTS. All our readers know Frank Reade, Jr., the greatest i n ,en tor o f the age, and his two f u n -lovin g chums, B arney and Pomp. The stories publi shed in this magazine contain a true account of the wonderfu l and exciting adventures of the famou s inventor, with his marvellous :flying machines, electrical overland engines, and his extra ordinary s u bmarine boats. Each number is a rare treat. Tell your news deale r to get you a copy. LATEST ISSUES. 13 From Zone to Zone; or, 'l'he Wonderful Trip of Frank Reade, Jr., with His Latest Air Ship. 14 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes; or, A Journey Through Africa by Water. 15 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Turret; or, Lost in the Land of Fire. 16 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the Clouds; or, Chased Around the World in the Sky. 17 In the Great Whirlpool ; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange Adventures In a Submarine Boat. 40 .rhe Chase of a Comet; or, R eade. Jr.'s Aeria l Trip with the "!clash." 41 Across the Frozen Sea; or, Fran!; Reade Jr.'s Electric Snow Cut ter. 42 crank Reade Jt.'s Electric Buckboard; or, '.rhri lllng Adve ntures In North Australia. 43 Around the Arctic Circle; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Famous Flight With His Air Ship. 44 Frank Reade Jr.'s Search for the Sliver Whale; or. Under the Ocean in the Electric Dolphin." 45 Frank Reade. Jr., and His Electric Car: or, Outwitting a Desperate 18 the Sahara; or, Frank Reaae, Jr., After a Bedouin' s 46 End of the Earth ; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Great 1\lid-Air 19 Six \\Feeks in the Clouds; or, Frank Reaae, Jr.'s Air-Ship the Flight. "Thunderbolt.'' 47 The )llssing Island: or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Voyage Under the Sea. 20 Around the \\'orld Under Water; or, The Wonderful Cruise of a 48 Frank Reade, Jr., in Central India: or, the Search for the Lost Submarine Boat. Savants. 21 The )lystlc Brand: or, Frank Reade. Jr., and His Overland Stage. 49 Frank Reade. Jr. Fighting the Terror of the Coast. 22 !!'rank Heade. Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; or, Around the Globe in 50 100 Miles Relow the urfacc of the Sea; or, The Marvelous Trip Thirty Days. of Ftank Reade Jr. 23 The Sunken Pirate: or, Fmnk Reade, Jr., in Search of a Treasure 51 Abandoned in Alaska: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Thrilling Search for at the Bottom of the Sea. a Lost Gold Claim. 24 Frank Heade, Jr.'s Magnetic Gun Carriage; or, fl'orking for the 52 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Twenty-Five Thousand i\lil e Trip in the Air. U. S. Mail. 53 Under the Y e llow Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Cave 25 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift of Pearls. In the l ?rozen Sky. 26 Frank ueade, Jr.'s Electric Sea Engine; or, Hunting for a Sunken 1\4 From the Nile to the Niger; or, Frank Reade, Jr. Lost in th Diamond Mine. Soudan. 27 The Black Range: or, crank Reade, Jr., Among the Cowboys with 55 The Electric Island: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Greatest His Electric Caravan. Wonder on Earth. 2 over the Andes with Frank Reade, Jr., in His New Air-Ship; or, 56 The Underground Sea: or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s Subterranean Cruise. Wild Adventures In Peru. 57 From Tropic to Tropic: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Tour With llls 29 Jtte a Submarine Mountain; or, Lost at the 511 Tall : or, Frank Read e Jr.'s Stranll'e Adv e n-30 Ad 1ft I Af i F k R d J A th I H t ture With His Air-ship. ,. n r ca; or, 'ran ea e, r ., mong e vory un ers 50 Under Four Oceans, or, Frank Heade, Jr.'s Submarine ('hns o f with His New Electric Wagon. 31 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for a Lost Man in His Latest Air a "Sea Devil." Wonder. 60 The Mysterious :Mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Desert Searc h fur 32 Frank Head e, Jr.'s Search for the Sea Serpent; or, Six Thousand a Secret City. Miles Under the Sea. 61 Latitude 90 Degrees; or, Frank Read e, Jr.'s Most Wonderful )[id33 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Prairie Whirlwind; or, The Mystery of the Air Flight. Hidden Canyon. 62 Lost in the Great Undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine 34 Around the Horizon for 'l'en Thousand Miles; or, Frank Reade, Cruise in the Gulf Stream. Jr.'s Most Wonderful Trip. 63 Across Australia with Frank Reade, Jr.; or, in His !'lew Electrle 35 Lost In the Atlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, J r ., and his W on-Car. der, the "Datt." 64 Over Two Continents; or, Frank Heade, Jr.'s Long Distanee 36 Frank Reade Jr.'s Desert Explorer; or, The Underground City Flight. of the Sahara. 65 Under the Equator; or, Frank Heade, Jr.'s Greatest Submarine 37 Lost in the Mountains of the Moon; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Great 66 Astray in the Selvas; or The Wild Experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., in Trip with the "Scud." South America. 38 Under the Amazon for a 'l'housand Miles. 67 In tt.e Wild Man's Land; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Heart of 39 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Clipper of the Prairie: or, lcighting the Aparhes Australia. In the Southwest. 68 From Coast to Coast; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Trip Across Africa. l<'or Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price 5 Cents per Copy, by FBANK T OUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT A N Y BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from n ewsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the pri ce of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS 'l'AiiBN 'l'H E SAME AS MO:NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New fork. ......................... 190 DEAR SrR-Enclo ed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .................................................................. WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ............................... ........................... FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ........ -............................................... PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .............................................................. SECRET SERV1CE, Nos ................................................................. THE LIBERTY 'BOYS OF '76, Nos ...................................................... Ten-Cent Hand No s .................. ............ ........................... Name .......................... Street and No .................... Town ......... State .......... ,.,,