Adrift in Asia with Frank Reade, Jr.

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Adrift in Asia with Frank Reade, Jr.
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"WEEKLY. MAeiAZlN Containing Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea & 'in the TssUd Weekly-By Subscri11tion $2.50 per yea;r. Application made for Second -Class Entry a t N. Y. Post Office. No. 76. NEW YORK. APRIL 8, 1904. Price 5 The Sky Pilot had risen a few hundred feet when a s tartling and unlooked-for thing occurred. Suddenly the blended reports of rifies was heard. Bullets came rattling against the 111 airshi 's hull. It was a c lose call for


FRANK READE "WV'EE:EE::C.. C O NTAINING S'rORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA AND IN THE AIR. Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New Yo1k, N. Y., Post O ffice Ente"red according to Act of Con g ress in the year 190i, in the office of the Lib1wrian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by F1ank Tou:ley, 2i'Union Square, New Yo1k. No. 76. NEW YORK, APRIL 8, 1904. Price 5 Cents. ADRIFT IN ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JRn By NONAME:' CHAPTER I. THE LOST BICYOLIS1'S. An American newspaper had just printed a thrilling reverge of the region of steppes. Here all trace is lost. Nat u rally, the friends of the two boys are frantic, and they have offered a reward of fifty thousand dollars for positive proof of their fate, or their recovery, dead o:r alive. "'rhe clews so far obtained are due to the wonderfol work port concerning the s upposed fate of hrn boy bicycli:;ts who of the shrewdest detective in America-Jackson Beals, of had started to travel around the world on wheels. As literN ew York-who is still at work on the case. Furth er pa rally rendered the paragraph was as f ollows: "News has at last reached the American Consul at Con titantinoplc of the pos:;ible fate of the two boy bicyclists, ticulars are awaited with interest This startling report was read by many thousands of peo-who left New York last November to tour the world, and ple, and among theni was one who was k n own well as one of were last heard of at Zeitoun, in Armenia. the most disting u ished of the world'>; cel ebrities. "Harold Wyman and Sam Bent are the sons of wealthy He was a very y oun g man too, aud lived in a sma ll city, families in this city, and started upon the great trip well which owed its founding to his ancestors. His name was provided with money and credit. They left Zeitoun on the Frank Reade, Jr. of Re{l.destown. rnth o.f June after having mapped out a route which was to He is too well k no wn to merit more t h an a slight intro take them through Kurdestan and across the Great Steppes. duction. As the inventor of many wonderful vehicles am l They secured a guide named Beni Berber, who, however, is submarine boa t s and the airs h ip, he h as gained world w ide now ln1own to have been a rascal, and who is probably refame sponsible for the fate of the boys The momen t Frank R eade, J r., saw t he n ewspaper a c "Scouts sent into Kurdestan rnport having traced t he count of the l ost b icyclists h e was ipterested. H e o nce course of the bicyclists to the Hills of Allah, just i n t h e pull ed dow n a c h art of Asia and began s tud ying it. At that


z ADRI.FT IN ASIA WITH FRA'X K RBADE, JR moment he was in his office at the macl1ine works i1j "'l'hen tl1e fate of our two unfothmate countrymcuwc)uld [own. \VJ1ilc thus engaged the door openecl and a comical darky, Hi\ black as a coal, ,;tool on the threshold. I "Beg yo pahdon, Marse !frank." em scaled?'. said Frank. '' Y cs, unless--" I "What?" "Some unus ual way can be devised for invading that re"\fe ll Pomp,'' sai d the young inventor, "what is it?" o-ion and effcciing the rescue." \ gernmcn sent up his kyar All idea that I can help mu lo re,,,vue th ,;c i mpcrilcd lads!'' 1 Exadlv !" y '' ln what m:mner i''' "You h ave an air ship!" Frank lit his c igar. ''Ye,;!" h e r e plied. 'That rxplains a!J. \ritb the of yourself and your \ e r y well, ir air-,;hip I believe the boys can bo You a r c aware that Frank indicated a chair, into the detective sank. a large r c 1l'ard $50,000, i:; oftercrl. That I will ,;hare with For a. mom ent there was sile n ce. 'l'he two men regarded you fairly." l':1ch other studiously. 'T'he cl trdiYc fixed his kcl'n and burning gaze upon ".J[y name and calling is on that card," declar ed Beak "The matter which J have to broach to you, yo u am 110 doubt already familiar with." "l-es." "'l t concerns the hro boy bicycli s t s who left New York Frank. It 1l'as a moment of su;;pcns ''J do 11ot care for the r e ward," replied Frank. "l hare lllODC.)' enough fo.: all m y n eeds." 'I'hc detccLivl,.,, face fell. ''But in Lhc intcresls of hum

/ ADRH''l1 IN ASIA Wf'l1H FRA1_rK JR. ''It is more than fair!" cried Beals fulsomely; "it is I Four s teel revolving masts rose from the de ck, and upon nobly ge nerous and jus tifie s all that I have heard of you a s each was a huge and powerful rotascope which furnished the a philanthropi s t Mr. Reade When shall we start?" power of ascension. 'fhese were clri\'en by marvelous elcc"The Sky Pilot i s now in readines s for a cruise. \Ye need hie engine s placed in the hold of t.he sh ip. not waste more than two day s in preparation." I will be ready in half that time," cried B e als. ''Very goad," s aid Frank, who had now e ntered wholl y into the spirit of the thing; "the c ompact i s made. We will undertake the rescue of' Harold Wyman and Sam Bent. Be on hand Thursday morning befor e ten." ''I will. l "rank touched a bell, ancl in response the door flew open and a jolly little Iris hman with flaming reel hair s tood in the doorway. "Barn ey," s aid Frank, "the Sky Pilot is to sai l upon a voyage over the s t eppes W e must Jrnw all in r ea din ess io leave here 'I'hurs da y mornin g You and Pomp must see that all i s ready.'' "Begorra we'll do that, sor," cried Barney ducking hi,; head. "An' it's glad I am to be otf once mor e )fay w e hnYc luck, Misther Frank." The icJt disappear d to do Frank's bidding. 'I'he detec 1 tivc hesitated a moment Frank looked up inquiringly. "I beg your pardon, Mr. R eade," s aid the d etective, "but I have a certai n curio s ity to take a look at the aeria l vessel in which we sh all sail so soon May I he permitted ?" ''Certainly," replied Frank, readily. "I will be pleas ed to ,,how you the air-ship; come this way." 'I'he detective follo w ed, and they passed through n c orri dor, which presently l ed out into a great high-r oofed build ing, with wide doors opening i nto n great yard beyond. Here, upon its stocks, rested the n e w air-ship Forwald was a pilot-house with an e lectri c keyboard. Here the pilot could operate and g uid e the air-ship with the greatest of ease by pres s ing any of a number of buttons ns required. 'fhe s hip could be mad e io s hoot upward, or si nk, go forward or back by the simp l e manipulation of the M tl e levers and push-buttons on this table. C HA PTJrn II. BOUXD FOU TUR S'l'RPPES. Electricity was the motive power of air-ship. This was gained by placing sto rage batteries aboard th e con s truction o;. whi c h wa .. Frank R e ade ,lr.'s, sec ret. A powerful se archlight on the main de c k made travel by night one of the possibilities. A huge propeller at the s tern gav e motive power. The interior of the airs hip wa a wond e rful s pectacl e So richl y was the c ahin fmnis h e d, o 1rell provided witl1 n ecessaries and luxuries that nothing seemed wanting. The hold contained the electric engi ne s and batteril',;. 'fhen there was the after-cabin with th e storerooms, the gn]ley and the di nin g saloon. All were finely appointed. Mu c h time might be consumed in minor description. let u s weare in in the comse of the s tory. The detective was more than d elighted, as well as w onderstrnck, at this evident triumph of the inventor 's brain. A s the detective'R gaze re sted for the fir s t time upon the H e c ould hardly find word s with which to expre ss his ::id' ky Pilot, h e was much impressed. It far excee d ed hi s exmiration. peetations "By jingo!" he exclaimed, "sh0 i s a beauty!'' Frank lau g h ed at his earncshH.'Ss. "That is what they all say,' h e declared "As for m yse lf, to be modest, I am very w e ll s ati sfied with the Pilot." a And you are sure," he a s k e d "that thi s air-ship will stan d the strain of 130 long a voyage ?" "Certainly," replied Frank. "Do you see any stru ct ural weakness?" Frank took hi vis itor aboard the air-ship and s how ed "Not a bit. Bu t it i a tremendous clif:tanee to the him all its workings. The detective wns delighted 'I'he Sky Pilot was in shape of hull not unlike a typ e of monito r 'l'he hull was of aluminum and stee l and bullet proof of A s ia. "That is true. Bu t the Pilot was eonstructrC:l with jusi s u c h a voy age in view." "Good l I am glad that you hav e conse nted to co-operate he was built and ra];:i,,h, and he deck was nearly with me Mr. Reucle. I feel sure now of s ucc ess, and shall all occupied with a Jong cabin Thi s cabin was provided hope to return Wyri1ai1 a11d Bent to their friends in d11e with broad, plate-glass window s, and was fu.rnfabed luxucourse of time." We will do ail we can," agreed Frank. I


I 4 ADRIFT IN ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR. "No one can ask more," replied Beals earnestly. "And Beals, the detective, was impressed deeply with the I will rejoin you on Thursday eq11ipped for the start." sensation of s ailing in the air. "Very well." He stood at the rail and looked down upon the ; mighty A short while later Beals was on the night train whirlpanorama below him. It was a marvelou s sight. iEg back to New York. Of comse the first person he met upon reaching that city was the irrepressible reporter. The re s ult was that all the morning papers came out with a thrilling account of the proje c ted relief trip for the lost bicycle boys. The excitement all over the country was intense. Before Thur sday came Frank was flooded with letters Cities, towns, haml ets, .forests, hill s and valleys, g rBen and great marshes, sound and shore all flitted'. People looked lik e tiny insect s s o far away and the a huge disc rolling away beneath the airhip's keel .. "By jingo!" muttered Beals, "this i s an can boas t of I Sailing through the sky I Only think of it! What will come to pass next? Surely no greater triumph and telegrams without numb er Some were from sympa can be conceived than this!" thetic friends of the boys, or philanthropist s expressing ap"No," replied Frank, candidly, "aerial navigation ha s probation, but many were from all classes of cranks with been the greatest s tumbling block of the inventor and the Rtrange reque sts and even dire threats. cientist. That i s true." To all of these, of cour se, Frank paid no attention. It was dark when the air-ship hung over the Sound, and He consigned them to the was te basket, and went on with the s hore s o! Long I s land were not far away, but Frank his arrangements for his wonder'ful trip ste pped up to the searchlight and turned the valve. These were soon made. Barney and Pomp worked like Instantl y a great blaze of light shot down through the heroes. inky blackness. It was a pathway of radiance, and everyWhile Frank st udied the sit uation and undertaking thorA hing in its line was made as plain as in daylight. oughly, he knew that it was no light affair. Down into a little cove in the s hor flashed tlle light Daily thrilling reports of the murder of defenseless peo-There, rocking at their anchors, were iwo bcautifUI yachts. ple came from far-off barbarous part of the world. To A wharf was near, and upon the c liff s beyond there were invade it was certainly to court danger. hand some residences. Ju. t beyond a summer hotel was seen. So, a s a safeguard, Frank had ammunition and several "What would .i: ew York do 'yithout Long I sland?" cried Rtands of rifles placed aboard. These were to be used strictly Beals; "there are so many charming te

ADRIFT IN ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR. I Frank and Beals sat out on the deck enjoying the salt curious people and their habitations were alf a matter of in breeze and discussing the outlook for the future. After awhile Barney and 1 Pomp appeared. One had a gen uine Irish fiddle and the other a banjo. terest to the voyagers. "Bejabers, it's all roight," averred Barney. "But all the same I'd Diver care to be a Rooshian. Shure, there's only Barney played all manner of Irish airs and Pomp sang wan dacint counthry in the world, barrin' the ould sod, an' plan / tation songs. So the :first night on board the air-ship that's Ameriky !" passed pleasantly enough. When, later on all grew s leepy, Barney kept watch while the others retired, being relieved later on by Pomp. The next day, however, brought a c hange. The sky be came overcast with clouds and a storm threatened. The air-ship rocked violently in the northeast gale, and the air became so chill that all were glad to seek refuge in the cabin and keep the doors closed. The Sky Pilot gave evidence of being a stanch craft in a high wind. She made a good, steady heaclway against the wind. Two or three thousand feet below the ocean was turbulent and tempestuous. The waves ran high and ships scudded under nearly bare poles. It was a different scene from that of the previous day, "Yo' jist wants to include de State ob Georgy in dat," declared Pomp; "dat':; whar I cum from!" "Phwat do I know about that, yez black misfit," snee red Barney. "Shure, I'm talkin' av those places phwere white folks live!" This angered Pomp, and his eyes rolled and his white teeth chattered like castanets. CHAPTER III. IN ASIA. but Detective Beals enjoyed it all the same He was con"Wha' am dat yo' say, I'ish? Does yo' mean to insult me, stantly at the pilot-house window watching the play of the sah? I reckon de brack people amn't so bad as dey look, elements. sah !" For two days the air-ship battled the gale. "Begorrn, I shou ld hope not," retorted Barney. "Shure Then the ckrnds broke and once more the sun smiled upon there'd be no livin' wid 'em fer noightmares !" the sea. Frank declared that in spite of the head winds they "Huh! Dey are a heap sight s'perior to de low down were three hundred miles from land. fish, sah I tol' yo' dat fo' a fac', sah ." This was good progress, but before night the distance was ''.Phat's that?" roared Barney. "Insultin' the Oirish, are dou.bled, for the Sky Pilot was a fast sailer. Day after day yez? Shure it's not fer the loike s av yez Take it back, ye it kept on. The sea, monotonous and pitching, lay beneath them. But all things must have an end. So one morning Beals came out on deck to behold a wonderful spectacle poltroon, or I'll brea k the face av yez !" "I neber take anything back I say," retorted the coon. "Y ez don't) eh?" "No, sah !" "Thin be me sowl it's high toime yez broke that rule. Just below was a wild and rocky coast. There weie deep Here's at yez." fiords and immense forests of fir. With which Barney made a biff at Pomp. The coon It was Norway, the land of the Northmen, wild and dodged and began to sputter. gloomy. The Laffaden Islands lay just to the north. Then Barney hit him a solid crack on the cranium. It The air-ship glided on and soon was traveling over the would be folly to assume that it hurt the coon, but it made land of the Norwegians. Many strange and unusual things liim mad just the same. were seen. "Huh! Yo' hit me, does yo'?" he cried. "Look out dar, But it did not take long to cross the narrow strip of Norchile I I'se comin' !" wegian territory, and Frank :finally announced that they had crossed the boundary into Sweden. Across the Gulf of Bothnia, and at last they were over the Down went his woolly head, and he made an avalanche lik e rush at Barney. The Celt dodged, but did not. avoid it. Russian Empire. Pomp's head took the Celt full and fair in the stomach. The scenl:!s witnl:!ssecl from t.lie deck of the air-ship were _Barney wept down like a thousand <>.bricks._ quaint and curious enough. The stra nge forms of life, the "Ouch! Murther It's kilt I am!" he sputtered, and


(j .\fll:H' T .\.STA WI'J'JJ FIL\XK Rl<;,\lrn, JH Pomp forebore another attack. But BDrney wa. not so badly they were to encounter cxpe1icnecs of the mol'lt thrilling and injured as he affected. fnntastie kind. Like a fin sh he was upon hif; fret nnr1 gripped thr dnrky All felt a premonition of thi;; a,; they set their gaze upon urmmd the middle. Pomp cam e clown 11 ith n crush. tlic re gion. for no R ign of human life had been ser.u. Then followed the livclie R t kind of a wrestle. But two hunchrd mileR farther into th e interior the scene The y tugged and panted, st ruinrd and s trug g led, until c hanged. !10th w ere so thoroughly donr out that they could do noth rng but lie on their backs ancl g asp. "h yo s a sif.icd, lli s h ? finally a "kc d Pomp. I _\ir y z, too?" retorted th e 'e lt. "lis,sah!" "J\11 roight. 'r'hin we' ll call it a draw,'' grow led thr Celt, irnd each limped off to hi s respective post of duty. Warmer l'ricnds never exi s ted, but they wer e inv ete rate jokers and con s tantly delight e d in na gg ing each other. Frank now s et a dir ect lin e for 't. P etersb urg In c rea eel became the order. But why need w e wear y the reader 1rith a. minute descrip.: lion of that journey aero the gr ni Rlrnsinn Empire. It was devoid of speci al incident, for the airs hip was selTherr w ere n o c ities or towm, for the Kfr g heez are no madic. and live in t ent.. 'I'he.v feast r1pon the fle,;h of their herd and f'Uch of t heir n eig hbor;; hrrcls as they can rnp turc, from 1,Jace to plaee. 'l' o loc ate the Hill s or Allah and Lh retreat of the m1t-' lawH, of whom Il cni B rbcr was one, now the ord r. lt pure gues work, howcv r fo1 the voyag ers had 111) clew. ornewhcrc in Kurdestan 01 ']'urtar the hill s w ere r e ported to be located. l'h crc B eals expected to learn beyond all rloubt the exact fate or the two boy bicyclistR \Vhat thi s was they could only hazarcl a g1w:s. The\ rnight be dead or perhap s held a priRoners. l f the latter, then it woulcl b e a happy thing indeed tu dom within nearer distance than half a mil e of the earth. effect their rescue 'l 'his was, h owcv<:'r aJmq:;t incredible, The great Rus s inn c ities and qnuini town s were passed when the length of time they had been missing was coqsid ovcr in due course, and one c1uy Frank on dec k and e rcd, a. well af; the character of th e wretches who were their I captors-. said: Yonder river i the Ural." "lt iR almost 1oo much lo 10pe to find them alive," deJn s tantly all was excitement, for th e voyager knew that c lared the detective, and yr.t there L a cha nc<:'. Howe, er. beyond that s ilver ribbon in the \ land scape wa" A s ia. This to clear up th e rny. tery of their fate will be something." river was th e dividing line and Europe w ould lay behind them. To the sonihwDrd now bur s t into view a g r eat expanse of water. That this was the Caspian Seu the r e was no doubt ''Asia! exclaimed Beal s "At la s t we behold the land of the Orient!" "And soon," rejoined Frank, w e s hall be upon th<:' Great Steppes and in quest of the objects of onr search. "If they arr nlire,' said Frank lhcy arc probably s lave-; of these Kir ghccz. I haYc heard of their ens laving their p\isoners, and that for t.ask-mns ter s they are not excellrd by even th e J\foors." "Do yon fanc.r it the truth?'' cried BC'als, eagerly. "Then perhaps w e ean mak e th e hearts of all their friends in Amer i c a glad by bringing them back alive. At thi s moment Barney. who was in the pilot-house. lllOt ionr d to Frank. The young inv entor joined him. "Shure, sor,'' said lhe Celt, "there's a loud away out yonder fcrninst the honyzon. Phwat do'"';, was no rea son cogent for vis itin g the Caspian, so that g r eat make of it, sor ?" "That will be a welcome moment," tleclared Beal s The nir s hip dr e w nearer the bnnks of the Ural. 'Pherc inland sea wa. left to the south. Frank aw a peculiar funn el-s haped cloud far off in the The country wns wild and unsettled. The Yoyagers gave rlil"tance and oontiguou to the earth. It was growing iu it little heed, but looked beyond into Tartary. .'izc with g reat rapidit y A half hour lat er the air-Rhip had c-rosr:cd the l'"ral, and One g lance wa;; e nou gh was at la st really in Asia. l<'rank saw ils charact er at once. Ile had seen the same The land of the Khirgee z and th e Kirnl was before them. thin g in other pnrts of t h e world. He knew what it wa s at It waR a region of limitles s plain, infe s ted with wolves once aud dark hill where the robber 'l' urtar s usually had their "Jupiter," h e g a s ped, "that i s trouble for us!" R tronghold s What it1 it?" a s ked Beals, s harpl, Here was to be the theater of their aclrnntures. Here "A tornado!"


.\DRlFT lK ASIA WI'I'H FUAi'\ K READE, JR .. Do you moan it?" The sun s hone once more. But th.c i;ec11e prc::>entcd W.ltieh 're ha 1e upon our own one which almost baffles dcscri ption. plains. H means liisust1::r for us, unles w e ca n The country looked as if it had been swept with a broom. l\:oidit.'' Trees w ere uprooted and great rrulleys were 'rnshccl in tho l I 1 rt ioo' e soil. lnstantly all was exciteme nt aboan tie all'-s11p. was plain thaL the Yoyager:; 11ere in great clanger. It was certainh fortunate for the aerial voyagers that To asecnd orc the ton11 ll"as out of the question. Up-they 1rcrc able to .ecrcte themschcs behind the precipice. Elt'e the air-ship rnut5t llil ve been destmycd. per air currents 1rouM t;atch the ajr-i;hip before it eould get io the net;c;;sary altitude. To flee before it would be ccl'tain dcstrnction, .for the tornado ('a;;i ly over ta kc Lile air-ship. To dodge right or left meant a 11uick cl dour of miles, and th re was not time. 'l'o rem.tin Ul)Oll the '"l'Otrntl \rould be u :;afcr eourse, but 0 it would almoKt certainly mean the loss of lhc rotascopes. 'I'l1e:;c Frank knew rery 1rcll that he could not afford to Everything wa:; soaked with the avalnnchc o[ water whic h !Jacl s'rept down from the douds. But now thaL all 1rns over the fears of the voyagers departcJ. They came out on deck and took .t look at the sit uatioll. 'l'ruly it was a startling one. "By Jove!'' exc laimed Heals, 'that wind was a sav ag e one, was it not? Just look that groYe of trees. Every tree is sna pped off or bent to the ground!" "Right!" agrccrl Frank, "there is tremendous power in Jose. He had but a vcrv fow moments in 1rhith to decide. the tornado. W c have good u ws' for 1nntual congratula .X ot a mile was a, very high prcC"ipice. 1t was tion 11pon the southern t anrl fastened them lo trees. Then the air. rrrcw dark. was one hope, :ind this wa:; that the foarfuJ de s troycr .. be split by. the llill, an? its brunt be avoided hy the air-ship. It would !-!trike Lhc other side of the em i nonce. Frank't< pLrn 11atl the sbl'e1rdc:;t and most practical that c ould be dc1 ised under the cirt;umstanec:-: rrhc next moment the ,:tor1n broke. "I should ca.)' :;o. If that wind lwrl :;truck us-hcigho '. What is that!'" A sharp cry came from Barney and Pomp. They were upon the opposite side of the air-ship, and thl' tause of their excitement was instantly visible to .Frank anil the detecti vc as they faced about. CHAPTER IV. Till;; CLLFF CAVERN". The face of the cliff had been coYcred 11 ith nnrl :1 grc<1t profusion oJ clinging vines. 'I'bc win cl had twisted these litcralJ; from their hold and There 11a,; a cli,,funt. dllll, roaring ,:ound like the falling carried tliern airny at a tangent. rl'Jii;; lcfl the 11-;1]] of the n f many water:;. Tl1en with .il fca.rf.ul bellow Lhe storm came. dirt rmcalcd. Darknci::" t dOll'll a ncl the ai 1i p rocked and swayed. The air 'rns full ol. flying material. But nothin g struck the :1 i r-shi p. It ilR uot from j ts position. It frll the bla,,.t .'l'he smooth side of the hill And an astoni:;hing tsight it \l

8 ADRIFT IN ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR. For that it was carved and that it was the work of humau hands there was little doubt. Nomads of perhap s ccnturie.; previous were responsible for this work. A ll sorts of conclusions were in order. Perhaps this had been a temple of worship for the bar"Bcgorra, an' we saved risking our necks on thim steps,'' averred Barney;'' that\; wan point!" Uii the passage they proceeded now rapidly, until sud denly Frank gave a start and came to u halt. He bent down and flashed his lantern over the stone floor. baric tribes, the huge face representing that of their idol Something gl i ttcrcd on it s s urface. or god. That the cliff was cut up into caverns seemed cer tain. It was a strikingly perfect likeness of a barbaric face, and the voyagers regarded it spellbound. "By jingo exclaimed the d etecti vc, "here's a discovery What do you make of it, Frank?" I "It is probably an ancient idol or temple oI wors hip,'' declared Frank. "Built by the Tartars?" "Their antecedents. Perhaps a thousand years ago. The Tartars of today are not idolaters, you know." "Well," said Beals,_ drawing a deep breath, "I am inter ested. What do you think is in that pla,ce, Frank?" "I hardly know." "Will it not be worth while to exp lore it?" "Pick it up, Barney," he commanded; "it look li,ke a l \ piece of stee l." "Bejabers, that's phwat it i:;," cried the Celt, a.she pickcJ the object up. H e held it up to view. It was a s l ende r pice;e of steel wire;' with a slight i n it. For a moment the explor ers regardccl it intently. "No ancient inhabitant ever own eel that,'' declarccl Beals; "it wouJU never hav e remained so bright all thc::;c years." "It is steel,'' said Frank. "Begorra, that's roight," declared Barney. "But what is it?" asked Beals. 'rhen he lookeCi into Frank's face with a sudden quick gai:;p. Th e little steel rod never had but one u::;e. That wa::; ap parent to them both. "Perhaps so!" "A bicycle spoke!" declared Frank ten cly; "that is ju-.t "It may not have any connection with our missipn m what it is." these parts. But my curiosity is powerful!" "I think we may ilafely undertake the exploration,'' de clared Frank. ''We cannot lose muc h time, at any rate, ancl for aught we know it may lead u s to some valuable clew!" "And nothing e lse," averred Beal s "It proves--" ".Much." "They have been here. Perhaps, pi::rsucd by thei r foe. "Golly!" criecl Pomp, as he stood on his heacl, "dat am thE'y sought refuge her e." de way fo' to do it, Marse Frank. Maybe yo' find some gold A thoui;ancl star tling thoughb, thcorici; ancl surmi in h ere yet!" stone face. "I hardly think it, replied Frank, "they 1wotild But they did not ascend. appeared to u s before this." A discoveTy was made which precluded the necessity for "Ah, but I m ean not ali vc," said the detective, this. Just on a level with the ground, a passage was found 11ificantly, "if they crawle{l in lrnrc pursued by their foes in which led into the cliff. a sta te of exhaustion they ma y never have gone forth." Into this the explOTers proceeded. '"rlrnt is true,'' agreed Frank. "We s hall only learn that It was a trifle dark, but Frank carried ani electric lantern, by a close search." which made all as plain as day The passage extended about "Exactly!" a dozen feet inward, and then began to ascend. "Let us go on then." .. "We've hit it!" cried Beals; "this will take us foto the This move was executed, The explorers went 01rdeepcr chambers above.'' into the cavern.


ADRIFT IX ASIA WITH FR,\NK READE, JR. g But though they searc hed it assiduously no trace of the bodies of the two bicyclists was found. If they had sought refuge in the place, they had doubt less gone forth alive and r esumed their ;journey It would "Of e:ourse." Sam probably did not know there was any thing in the knapsack when h e threw it away." Further search revealed no other important find. Tlw three explorers hastened back to the Sky Pilot. be i1ccessary to look further. Once upon the air-ship's de ck, Frank was enabled in the But the cliff cavern was indeed an admirable hiding place. light of day to read the diary. This h e rend e red aloud, to How they had discovered it was not eaqy to guess. the deep interest of the others. There were six large chambers, one over eac h eye cut into It detailed :first the adventures of the two bicyclists in the c liff one representing the mouth vnd three others con-their trip from Constantinople along the s hores of the Black nected by stone corridorR. Sea, over the Caucasus Mountains to Astrakhan, on the There was no relic or c lew to be found as to the identity northern shore of the Caspian. or character of the builder of temple in the cliff. Tbat the structure was of very anci0nt date there was no All these incidents, while interesting, were not thrilling, and we will pass over them. Beni Berber, their guide, was here described a s a jolly fel -manner of doubt. low, and rcsponRible for much pleasant entertainment. Ber-But after a time Beals propo:-;ncl thnt t.hey return to the her was to guide them to lrkontsk, in Central Asia. air-ship and resume their journey. Thcnc0 they were to strike south through :Manch uria to "There is no doubt," he said, 'hut 1.h11t Wyman alHl Bent the coa>1t and take a vessel ac oss to Japan. were here, though how long ngo and for how long we cnn hardly guess. We must look further." "Right!" agreed Frank. But even he ,;pok0 lw canght sight of a hea.p of dark objects in one cornPr of tlw caYcrn near the mouth. R11t n ft!'!" Astrakhan and crossing the Volga, the trouble>,; or 1.lw llro bicyclists b0gan. Fi r,.;1. 1.hey d0tectcd Berber in confere nc e secretly with a numbrr of rough-looking Kirghccz one dark night just out Ri!lc the eami:i. suspicions were for the first time aroused. / He flashed the rays of his lantern upon lhcm. Then he gave a great cry. "Heigl10 !" he cried, "here is their camping place. here are the dead embers of their fire. And-hello Crossing the Ural they were now in Asia. And here their Look troubles began. We will begin the diary from here: What "Thursday this is a clear, bright day and we are taking is all this?" an. early tart. Harold's sadd le went back on hi'm when an 'Frank picked up an object. In the light of the lantern it was revealed as a. sma ll lniapsack, much worn and full of holes. It was past service and had apparently been discarded for that reason. But :,;ome motive impelled Frank to look within it. hour out .from camp, but we managed to repair it. My punc tured tire l have mended with rubber taP,e and it serves me well. ,..._ "Berber,, conclnct is very distressing to u s yet, and if w<> only darell, w0 would turn back even now. But to turn would be tq invite a certain ambush and the descent upon us As he did so he gave a little start There was a small of the robber notebook and pencil in the knapsack. The young inventor eagerly drew these out, and read: "I do not think our s u picions can be unfounded, for Ber ber's very manner implies g11ilt. He essays to be as pleasant as ever but he knows that we mistrust him, and his manner "Diary of Sam Bent leavin g Astrakhan, June -, is forced. God knows what it will end in. 18-." Beakat the same moment read this same thing over his shou lder. Words can hardly express the excitement of both. Frank turned the pages 11astily over. They were close written in a legible hand. "We shall defend ourselves to tlie CHAPT;ER V. THE STORY OF TH:E BICYCLISTS. "This will thrm1 light upon the mystery," he cried, "here "Friday! still on the move." Berber said to-day that we is the most important clew yet." ought to sight the hills of Allah. Told us of a wonderful "Right!" criM Beal s, how fortunate to find it. It must spring with sands of gold in its recesses and wanted us to have been left behind inadvertently.'' visit it.


"" 10 ADI:lYI lr AS l A WI'l'H FH,\ TK Rl:1-ADE, JR "1 do not thil}k we will, for we su pect h a trick of the Rtupor being so great that nothing ordinary could aroww r;tscnl to A.1ccoy us into the stronghold of his robber friends. him. 1 .. \Ye do noL trust him at all now, he has betrayed himself iu many lies. "If worsL comes we shall flght. We have our rifles aml ammunition, and can kill a few of our foe Harold is al most certain that the crisi will come to-night. ''His reason for )his is that he detected Berber, as he be- J t our chant:e. \Vt' left the cn111p fire an_1l got upon our machines. Silently we glided away through the night. We rode several miles over the pebble: ot t L dry 'rater course wher the trail could not be seen. 'By daylight we were forty miles away and much hanstccl. \\"c came to a high clifr, beneath which we decided lieres, signalling to some of hi gang beyond a di tant to camp until night, for it seemed .;ti.fer to travel Ktcppe. 'fhc villain was just in our rear mounted on his But just a s we were making camp Harold mad e a great cli:::L'os,;ack pony, and Harold, riding low over his handle bars, <:oiery. him make motion with his. <(lrms as if to a distant '"L'he face of the c1iff was \c overed with vine .. Lifting [riencl. Glancing in that direction Harold sa\v a distant these, Ilarold found the mouth of a cavern. It man) flash of red doth beyond an eminence. 'l'hen he rode up and c hamber. and passages, and seemed to have been on_ce the told me of it. abode of men. Ilere we feel quite secure. "So we know that the foes are all about us. They are sim''\Ye have made a camp fire a11Ll cooked n rabbit. .wl1ich 1 ply waiting to get us into a trap Our pm;ition is not a s hot. We are overjoyed at having eluded Berber pleasant ont.>. "I hardly know what we ought to do. Harold has come forward with a plan. It is a clesperat.:i gnme to get 1id of Berber. "Wf! aro dead ure that he will deliver us yet into the hands of the murderous Kirghcez. It is a q1\estion of giving him the slip or dying. But how to do thiR is the question. He clogs us about like a wolf and we can never get out of his sight. Saturdity l last night \YO ramped in a small valley. \ bout mirlnight Borber left camp and did not return until near When we asked him where he had been he laughed insolently and said he had gqne off by himself to rn(lke his prayers to Allah. We o.rc sure that he met and Loufllrred with tho Kirghecz. H we are to mnkc a move for 'l'he future holds tiomc unc er taintirs, but w e rej<;iice in th!:' present. "Harold believe s ho can find lhr way to Trkonlsk lr; means of his chart and compass, rvcn without B c :rbc1", guidance. Or, at least, we can croRs the steppes and find thr abodes of hone st people. But, meanwhile, we mu. t be ou guard again s t the Kirghccz for they will urely track ns "Sunday night ''' e were to ha \ e &ct forth again thi;; evening, but a fearful thing hangs over us, Harold cam e rushing into the ca\ e to say that Berber and a gang of Kirgheez were in pli,lin s ight, riding toward u .. How they ever tracked n>i waR a We c limbed to an upper where, through a hole in the cliff and by parting the vines, we could ee the villains. "Our hearts s ank when they rode rj ght up to the face of the c liff and dis mounted to make camp. 'I'hey were not our safety there is no time to lose. twenty yards from nR. \Yhnt if they ::;honlL1 disco\'er om "At last Harold has hit upon a plan. We tnlkcd it over hiding place? this afternoon. 'l'he HiliR of Allah are in sight. It is our "We werr glad to see that it wn:> only coincidence whic-b 1.ielic1 tltat when we arc quite near them probably to-mor had led them to this pot. The y did not flURpect oi1r nf'ar row ni ght, the Kirghecz will descend npon ui;; and captmo uR. We will_ be held for nmsom or murdered. God help uR I "Ilarold's plan is a daring one. Among our effectf1 wo ltaYc Rome morphine. propose to plnce thi s in somo wine which he lrns, and give the flask to Berber to drink.' When the yiJlain i asleep we will then cut out on our ma c hines and leave him, taking care to change our course a.nd oblit erate onr trail. In this scheme alone our salvation dependB. We 8hall mnko the to-night. "Ravage bruteR they werr i11drccl. Bcrhcr .was_ mnch in contraf;t with them, lrnt itwnf; thitt they_ feared hirn. lf e was mold and n. powerfnl influe,nce orrr,. them. "Pref;cntlf one or their number came in with nn .rntclop e They built a fire and roasted the nnimal. After partakin g or the meat they hobbled their nml turned in for ;l. night'R s leep. And all this while we were but a few yard" ", uncfay. Last night while we were about the camp fire from them. wine bottle was passecl around. We pretended to drink, "Of course it was ui;eless to set out 1.hnt night. So w1: 13 rber drained the fl.ask. He was soon like a. log, bis crouched in the cavern, praying and hoping that they would /


ADRIFT I:i: ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR 11 not discover us. It was a long while till daylight came Bullets came rattling again.-t the air-i::hip's hull. It was it again. close caU for Beals, who was at the rail. t might not have been a difficult rnatter to have C'rcpt For a bullet barely missed his head. He drew back iu doi; n .and' assassinated the whole gang in their sleep, but we amazement. could not bring ourselves to do this. At last morning came Then Berber held a Jong di cussion with them. We felt sure that they did not suspect our presence, and 1nre at a "loss to know where to look for us. Fi nall;v they and rode away to the eastward. We arc hopeful that we have scr'.1 the last of them. At first Harold was in "Eh-by jingo! W"e"re fired on!" he cried. "Who is it?" :Frank sprung to the bow of the ship. Here by caution he could see the top of the hill below. And there in a clump of timber he saw a score of barbaric They ,1erc dressed fantastically, with fu r Lrimmed boots and funnel shaped hats. They were bearded. fayor of taking the back trail for Astrakha n but 011 second iicrcc iooking fellows. thought we have decided to go on to Irkontsk. "Kirghccz !' he exclaimed, "what a barbarous crew!" "The risk in 0croing back would seem fully as o"TCat, for we Barney held the air-ship sui>pcnded where it was, and would b'e in danger of falling in with bands of Kirghecz from the MW of the air-ship the ae r ial voyagers studied the any day. The further east we went however, the danger motley crew. would lessen. So 11 c decided to go on our way and by traYeling nights for a time, avoid the foe. \\" e shall 1>tart to-night (Monday), and hope to find a safe hiding place by daylight again. :JJay God favor us!" \ This was the last entry in the journal. \ s Frank finished reading J;herc w::i,: an interrnl of silence. "By jingo, I should say t hey were b;irba r ians !" cried Beals. "I wouldn't want to be down there now." "Golly! dey am a' crew!" cr i ed Pomp. "Bej abcrs, they' re wuss than ther Amerikan Inj u n s I" dedared Barney. The Kirghecz were making savage gestures, and their horses were wildly cavorting-. Frank could not hel1J a smile. "Be me owl!" exclaunccl .Barney, finally, it's plucky "I suppose they think they can frighten us i n to comi n g lads they were luck 1'111 afthcr wishin' them." "Amen to that," said Beals; "and for aught we know they may be now safe and sound lll Irkontsk."

ADRIFT IN ASIA WITH FRA. K READE, JR. CHAPTER VI. A STRANGE STORY. "Yes!" Won't you come clown r'' "Will it be safe?" By all means I am c hief, and these fellows are bound to obey me. When I saw your air-ship firnt I thought it some invention oI the heathen Chinese or the accursed Tmk. Fc,r a moment our voyagers were .;;o astounded that they Fear nothing!" 1rcre unable to peak. They gazed at each other in amazement. "Great Scott!" finally Beal s exclaimed. "Diel the rest of you hear that?" "Begorra, I did!" c ried Barney. "And I sa h !" clcclarcd Ponip. "It is a fact," mid Frank; "one o'f those barbarians is a countryman of ours.'' "An American?" Fnmk Lu rnccl to Beals. What do you think ?" he asked. "Risk it! W c can be on our guard!" "Very \1ell Bamey and Pomp, stand by the cabin door with rifles. At the least s ign of treachery you will know what to do." "A'right, sa h !" "Ycz bet we will!" Then Frank lowered the air-ship. Down it settled and "So he has declared." rested on the ground. "And in such tough company! I've no respect for him!" The Kirgheez sat motionless on their horses twenty yards Wait! There may be some reason for it. Let us hear away. Their leader, Percival Annis, the escaped 'iberian, what he has to say." walked boldly up to the air-hip. Frank advanced to the rail ancl scc:nnecl the upturncLl "I am glad to sec .rou, gentlemen," he aid, heartily, and faces below. One 0 them he saw, in spite o.t its tan, was hi,; nianner certainly implied sincerity. that of a civilized man. "For the love of heaven," he declared, "who are you and how came you in this part of the world?" The fellow was much excited. "God be praised!" he cried. "I see one of my own people again You ask me how 1 came among these barbarians?" "Yes." He sprung over the rail ancl -tood on th air-,;hip's deck. Hi. figure was tall and strong, and hi,; feature,; would have been handi:;ome but for the hunted cxpre:::ision and haggard lines. He had all the appearance of a .fugitive, of a man hunted for hi s life. There wcrc> tears in hi,; eyes as he gripped the hands of "I do not wonder at your que,;tion. It is a long story, but 11is count r ymen. Then he told the story of his life again I will be brief. lily name i" P ercival Annis. I am a New "Do you ercr lhink o1 e;;cape from this region?" asked Yorker, and went to to study a Icw months in a Beal::;. medical schoo i. While there unfortunately I got involved Annis i:;l1ook J1is head. with a society of Socialists. Our quarters were raided, and I as captured with the rest and tran ported to Siberia. "For a year l suffered all the tortures oI Inferno in the I "No,' he said. "Have you no longing America?" "I have buried that.'' mine;;. Then I made my escape into Kirghcez Tartary. 1 A sad light ,;hone in i,; eye:;. fell into the hands of these nomads, and for a time was a ")fo matter how keen the desire," he continued, "my slave, but finally married one of their women and became a honor .forbid it.'' c hic in the tribe I have been with them since. This i s my story. "Come clown and let me see your faces and talk with my "lndccc1 !" exclaimed Frank, 'in what docs your honor bind you r" "I have a Kirghcez wiie. While l did not wed her for own people once more. What wonder.fol im ention ham you love, yet i:;he has borne me beautiful children; she i true a;; there, that you are able to travel in. the air?" steel and I 1rnuld be a craven lo dc:;crt my off pring." "This is an air-ship, operated by means of electricity/' replied Frank. "What is your name?" "Frank Reade Jr." "And you are from Amerio .a?" .. 'poken like a man!" cried Beals. "You have our re spect and our admiration, Mr. nnif;." "That is true," replied Frank "Thank you," Annis fulsomely. 'I often.pave yearn ing;; for my native land. Ii my wife would i4turn there


ADRIFT l N ASI A W l TH FRANK READE; JR. 13 --with me I wculd go back. But this is her lanu and these her lhc north of us. If the two boys are hi;; priso n ers, you w ill people. Here we must stay." find t hem there. He has also another strong h o l d "You, a,.re right," agreed Frank. "We wish you lifelong sir." "Thank you. BuL now yol\ have aroused my curiosity "Ah?" "What has brought you to this out or the wu,y part of the world?" Beals gavp a sharp cry. "Ah!" "That i to the south near the Sea of Aral in a deep valley which is undermined with caves. Look for him there." "Do you think we would be more l ikely to find him there?'' "Yes, unless he has .followed the two boys to the east ward. It is po:;sible that he has captured t h em, and if so he Ah bas taken them to Aral." perhaps you can help u s h 9 cried. "'vV c have come hero upon an errand o.r mercy, or philanthropy-call it Annis spoke with conviction, and his words had weight what you will." \vith his hearers. Beals turned to Frank. "I don't see, what more can ask of Mr. Annis," he Indeed! If it is in my poweT I will help you. "Two of our countrymen-young Ne, w Yorker s on bicy:;aid. e::es-are lost t-iomewhere in this part o.f the country. They "He has rendered us valuable information," agreed were betrayed by a rascally guic1c-Beni Berbe r." Frank, all of which we are indeed grateful." Annis gave a great fart. "I would gladly help you more," said Annis, "but I could uBeni Berber!" h e exclaimed. "Ile is a robber and a cutnot do it safely. It is not for myself I care, but for my flesh throat! God pity them if they have fallen into his hands." and blood. However, I wish you success, and nobody would "They were in his power, [mt escaped from him." be more pleased than myself to see Beni Berber brought up And with this, Beals 1 -ffDCeeded to give Annis the whole with a short turn." :;tory. 'rhe Kirgheez convert wat-i keenly interested. With this he turned to the rail. He made a respectful sa-But he shook his hi;iad sadly. lute, which was returned by the voyagers. "The Kirgheez are mor;tly barbarian:," he said. "Beni Then he returned to his followers. He spoke a few short Berber's band are robbers, anc1 worse than the average. Yet words with them. The Kirgheez mounted and rode away I am one of these people now, and to take sides with you with the convert at their head. would make me a traitor." "\.Yhat?" cried Beals, in horror. "You cannot lend your self to such a nefarious game!" "You do not understand. Our hand would do nothing of the kind. But, on the other hancl, we would not dare lake side:; against another band. I r;ympathize with you, The voyagers watched them out of sight. 'l'hen Barney blurted out: "Begorra, I av a bit of pity for that poor chap. Shure he's put himself in a scrape an' is that honorable he can't get out av it." "That is true, Barney," declared Beals. "But it is to his and would help you if I could but I cannot do it openly. credit." That is all." "Shure it is, sor !" "I can see your position," said Frank, at this juncture, The of the voyagers were now somm\lhat changed. "an cl you are right." The previous plan had been to proceed \n a straight line to "Yet you will admit that it is not right to see these boys Irkontsk. wantonly murdered?" cried Beah;. The quest for the boy bicyclists had now began to assume "I will admit that," declared Annis, "and I s tand ready almost the character of the search for a needle in the pro to prevent it if I can." "Can you pTCvent it?" "I do not know. Cfurtainl y not openly. "Mr. Annis has spoken fairly," interposed Frank. "We -can ask no more. Now i be can ad vise what t

ADRIFT. IN ASIA wrrrH FR.A K RE.ADE, JR. "'lt may be ioo," he said finally. "Y ct we know that they out for Irkontsk." "We do not know that they reached that point." "True enough. Well, so be it. 1 believe if we find Berber \\"C llhdll find the boys. What say you?" "That is my belief." "Then to the Sea of Aral Find Berber first of all." .. Exactly." "I am satisfied." "rhen it is settled." Frank went into the pilot-house. He turned the rotascopc lever and the Sky Pifot leaped into the air. A long loud howl was heard. This was the fir s t warning. The Celt sat by the searchlight swinging the cylinder about occasionally. "Bejabcn; !"he 111uttere d "that's w?.n u,r thim wolve ITT' I'm a fool. I'll jist say phat effect this wull av upon li!m."'. H e turned the cylinder in the direction of the howl. But at that moment another came from an opposite direction. Then another came from a different quarter. They multiplied until finally there was a terrific choru and all com ing from rlirectiorr. Then Barne y saw the great i:;haggy bodies fill.shin_!! Up she went to a dizzy height. Th Jl Frank set hi s course through the gra:;:;. 'l'hey seemed to have made a cordon (o the southeast. 'oon the air-::;hip was speeding along at about the air-ship. rapid speed. They wc!e far from being afraid of the electric lights \. But night had begun to fall rapidly. As it \Vas deemed r.rhi s wa quickly apparent. best to take a dose look at the country as they went along, there wa s a tremendons army urging about not Frank c hecked the air-ship when the darkness became infifty ya rd::; from the air-ship. Their din aroused the other tense. As it was naught but a lerel plain in all directions, and there was little chance for a foe to creep up unseen, .Frank decided to spend th e night on the plain So the a.irship descended and re ste d upon the smooth floor of the plain. ORA PT ER VII. .. THE R'U:,;STANS. As all were fatigued with the i1icidents it was deemed best to turn in at once. Barney was left 011 guard for the fir,;t half of the night. H e was to be reli eved later b.1 Pomp. The searchlight was to be con s tantl y u cd in sweep ing the plain i;o that approach of a foe could be see n Ths rquippcd Barney took his post. \ But were other than human fo2s abroad thi1t night. On the faec of th e globe there is no more fierce a .nd deadly animal after dark than the Tartar wol r. Roaming the steppes in va -t heicls th e y arc. ccrtainJy to be voyagers, but none came on deck for it was not believBd that the wolves would venture an altack. But Barney began to think different. His temper got the oI him. ''Bad c ss to lhe how ling pack a v yez, .. he cried; "yez are enough to make a sow] crazy! Take that an' sec how yez loikc it!" With which he lifted hi s gun anrJ fired into the pack. One of the wolves fell, but in less than half a minute not a tuft of his hair was left. He was devoured instantly by his c ompanions. Again Barney fired, but this had no effect upon the fears of tho creatures. Indeed one or them spraug clear over the rail of the airshrp and npon the deck. Barney put a bullet through it. But it compa nion s ca m e over after it, and a score of them were instantly struggling over the carcass. They got their eyes upon Barn:y. and the Celt"s career would h ave found a udd en terrni111ttion had he not acted promptly. H e spra n g in lo the pilot-house. "Bad cesti to the divils !" he ye lled a-; he bolted the door 'Shure they'll ate up the air-ship!" The row on the cleck and the horrid din brought all the dreaded by the traveler, as the flrete. t horse could not outothcrs out of their berths. By this lime the fleck was packe1l nm them. with wolv es. But Frank believed that the glare of the searchlight Tl1ey wer t yelling, snarling and snapping at the door. would be 1>ufficie11t to hold them at bay, -so he gave no special and. window s and trying, to tear their way in. orders to Barney upon retiring. "Jupiter!" exclaimed Beals, "they aic worse -than a 'I'11e Celt had .n?t be.en two at hi s post, and was plague! What can w e do to dr. ivc lhem away, Fra11k?" not yet midnight when trouble <:ame. find a wuy," I)rntt e red the .voung inventor


, \ U l -}H" l l N MHA \\' l'fH f,'nAJK Jlf':Al>B, JH. Hr went into the and pressed the tihed and a sizable lake wa presented to view, its shores delever. Instantly the air-ship sprnng into the air. void of timber. 'l'he result was cmious. A glance sa!isfied Frank that it was a saline Jake. Lm;tanll y the majotily of the w1Jlve;; scrambled over the But what daimed hL attentior1 was :o carnp on the shore. rnil. 'l'hey foll hundreds of feet and were d evoured b y the 'l'here were a score of gaudy-colorod touts. .ang below. The gleam of weapon and tho glitter of equipmenb Bul holf a dozen of the shaggy monsters were left. These showed that the hundred or more men there encamped wen' unrrd not l eap, and ran lik r the cowards they 1l'('re from our encl of the ship to the other trying to get off. But they might as well have tried to fly to the rnoon, for not nomads, but s oldiers. ", oldiero and in this part of the world?'' cried Beal,.:, "that is querr But, ye s, I can see the Rus. ian flag. It is a they had not the courage to take th awful leap, for the air-company of hussian guards!' :-:hip was now a thousand feet in the air. "You are right!'' agroerl Frnnk. Frnnk threw ope n the door. Benl s graRpcd him by Then they exchanged gh111ce .. the arm. "Rns::iian guanls in this lonrly part of 'l'artary The) ''What are you (laing, Frank;" he c ried. l'. 'l'h y are too gr at cowanls to v enture to athtck us now!'' mi sion." What W::\R it? 'I'o say that thr aerial voyager s were curious would be u mild statement. Moreover, Frank uncl Beals wer e Jeter-And in verification of thii>, Prank tlclibemtely kicked one mined to know. ol' the 1 :issing monstcr::i. As the air-ship drew nearer, the alnrm call of the buglt> H ,.11 nk away \\'ilh a eowarc1ly \W1inc. The spirit of the was heard. Jn nn instnnt the men, armed, :pn1ng from uwfnl, -1vcnger:-; wa s gone. tents. 'ix r: the were on the L1ee1': of the air-, 'hip. Whnt They formed a square. 1'hr appe11runce ol the air-1:;hip to Lt done with them!' have been a startling thing to them. C rtn.inly they were undeRirablt fe llow-pa senger But Our voyagers could even hear the orders of the officer s, Prank nad a plnn. and though poken in Ru,si\m they not unintelligible Hr rent into the pilot-house and put on some rubber in ,.;nlatrd glorn,;. 'l'hrn he connec-tec1 a. wire with the dynamos. It hrflvily clungetl. Emerging on deck he approached one of the wolve R anmell of si n ged hair. The wolf la y in a Rtupid h eap on the d ec k to one member of the party. This was Frank Jr. 'I'he young inventor had spent n seasqn in i\fo>:eow, und hnd a cquired ::t smattering of the RnsBinn tongue. H e li;;; t ene d attentively. The Russian soldiers rrgarded tbe air-ship plainl y wit h surpris e and not u little 11pprehensi0n. They held their gun-. "Throw 11im over, Barney :ind Pomp," crie d the young r e ad y for u se. inventor. The airship settled down until right over the camp. O\'er tlre rail went the mon ster. When he struck the earth 'I'hen it was held in suspension. he W1outhward it bore. "We arc in quest of a couple of our countrym e n whon1 But before the hour of noon it swung over r.t high \vater we fear have follen into the hands of the Kirg-be.'7 ''


. 16 ADRIFT JN ASIA WITH FRA K READE, JR. "So?'' replied the Russian, with interest. ''Then maybe you no trouble. But I must beg of you to answer my we can help you." tion. Have you seen Percival Annis in this vicinity?" '"l'h:rnk you!" "Why do you wiRh to know?" asked Beals, shrewd ly. "Will you not descend and talk with us?" "I will tell you. H e is a dangerous foe of the Czar's and Frank turned to Barney and said: was concerned in an attempt on hiR life. Hi s blood must "Lower the air-ship." answer fo r it!" The Celt obeyed. "But you cannot hold us re s ponsible for hi s deeus,'' s a tu It desceaded and rested upon the ground not fifty yards Frank. from the camp of the Russians. The officer, who wore the uni form of a lieutenant, advanced quickly. Frank sprang over the rail, as did Beals, and met him. They gripped hands, and Frank introtluced himself and Beals. Then the Russian officer said: "I am Sergius Ivan Petrolsky, lieutenant of the Emper or's Guards. 1 am in Asia upon a very important mission." "Indeed said Frank. "I am in quest of a notorious anar hist and nihilist, who, by the way, is also an American though one time a student at Moscow!" Frank gave a "His name?" he asked. The lieutenant bowed. "I am g lad to know that you are not Faid, "but you seek to shield. him !'' "How so?" "You will not give me the information I desire." "Even if I were able, why s hould I b rtray him?" "Your refusal to do so brands you ns in his sy mpathy. and makes of you also an enemy of the Czar!" "Non sense!" cried B ea l s, contemptuous ly; "it does noth ing of the kind! Annis has cut loos from your part of th world and. ours. He will never trouble your Czar again Why see k his life?" "The Czar demands revenge!" "His name is Percival Annis." gave a sharp cry and exchanged Beals. The lieutenant was quick to note this. f His face changed. "Indeed," said Frank, sharply; "then he mu s t demand glances with aid of others than ourselves. We utterly refuse to give him ".\h !" he aid, in a tense voice;" you know this man?" "X o-wcll-ihat is to say-yes!'' stammered Frank. "We lrnve met him!" "In this region?" asked Petrolsky, eagerly. Frank hesitated, then Beals gave him a quick, resolute look, and the young inventor replied: "I prefer not to say!" The lieutenant's face changed again. A quick, hard light flashed from his eyes. CHAPTER VIII. ARBITRARY ACTION. Petrolsky turned and made a quick motion to his men! So quickly was it heeded that the two Americans hardly saw his purpose until it was executed. A dozen soldiers filed to the rear of the Americans. Frank gave one swift glance behind h1m and his lips curled. any assistance." The lieutenant's eyes flashed. "Take care,'' he said. ''Incautious words may turn the evidence again t you How sha11 we know that you do not meditate harm to his majesty with your infernal air-ship?'' "Well, you are a precious lot of fools!" cried. Beals, an grily. "We are not in Moscow nor in Russia! We care nothing about you nor your Czar! If n despicable spirit of revenge lead you to track down this unfortunate man An nis and. murder him, you need not expect us to help you. We are not in any way bound to do so!" "I ask you for information." "We hav e none to give." "You refuse?" We do." f There was a ring of defiance in Beals' voic.e. Franl nodded in acqui escence. The lieutenant's face wa black. "Then yon are implicated with him in shielding him! he cried. "It is an offense punishable py death to shield an 2narchist. You are prisoners of the Czar "What exclaimed Frank, astounded by these words; "do you mean that?" "I do, sir." Frank turned to retreat to the air-ship. But a file of sol"Pardon me!" said Petrolsky, politely. "I hope tc;> give diers were closing in about him.


ADRIFT TN ASIA WITH FRA T RE.\ DB, .JR. He> saw at once the folly of the move. Tb say that he was ang1y woulcl be a mild statement. He turi1c>cl hotly to the> Russian. "Shure, an' lease yez behind, sor ?'' objected the Celt. "Never mind u s Look out for the air-ship first. You ean devise a plan to rescue us' later.1 "Sir!" he cried, "you interfere with u s at your peril!" 'I'he Russian soldiers {vere rushing dowu to seize the air" In what respect, asked the l ic>u Lrnant, mocking l y. s hip. But before they cou l d reach the rail it sprang into 'We arc American c itiz ens and bc.vond the border of i,he air. your country. You have no jurisdiction." They were baffled. "We haw' :-ll what his purpose was, and that the 1oJent. They were tlnrn given an instance of Hussian idea s of wind-up woultl be consignment to Siberia for bimself and justice. "It cannot be possible that you are in earnrst !" cried Frank. "Yon J1avc 110 right to trouble us. We are impli cated fa no plot against your Czar nor any of your people." "You are prisoners, i-;irs," replied Petrolsky s uavely. Resistance will mean death." He mac1 a motion to the sol .crape." The detee;tive was furious, but he saw that Frank was 'ght. Rash action would not pay. The soldiers closed about the two men, and they were roughly handled, as they were bound and made prisoners. "I warn you, lieutenant," said Frank quietly, "that you will pay for this outrage." Petrolsky showed his teeth in a leeri11g smi le, but said no more. He turned to J1is men. }feanwhile Ramey and. Pomp from the's deck 1ad witnessed the whole affair. To say that they were indignant would be a mild state ment. "Be me sowl !" cried the Celt, "it's an outrage, an' we mu. t make thim give thim up, naygur." "Golly! I'se wif you', chi le. Wha' shall we do?" "Bejabers, we'll open foire on thim wid our rifles." And this they would certainly have done and have pre cipitated a tragedy had it not been for Frank. The young inventor shouted to them. "Send the air-ship up, Barney," he cried in English; don't let them come aboard of you." "Unless we can outwit them," said Frank. "Can you s uggest a plan?" "I am waiting for one to uggest itself." "Is there any possibility of thl\t?" "I think so "I pray Heaven there may be! Of course Barney and Pomp will come to our relief?" "I am placing much dependence on them." At thi. moment Petrolsky came up stiffly, and said curtly: "Will y0u be so kind as to command your men to bring down the air-ship? It is the property of the Czar, for I seize it in his name." Frank smilC'd sardonically. "Oh, you do, ch?" he .aid coolly. "Well, before you can seize a bird you must first bring it down out of the air." "I depend upon youto do that, sir," commanded Petrol sky "You will be very aged and gray-haired when I do that," retorted Frank; "do you think I am a fool?" "1'hen you will not order it down?" o, sir!" Petrolsky glared at the obdurate prisoner. He placed a hand on the hilt of his sword, and said : "You will do as I tell you or you will die!"


18 \UHJL." L \,'L\ \\ L'l'Jl F J L \:\K IU.!J,\l)J:!], J IL l<'rn11k lookrd Lhe other Rl1uarv in Uw eyl' and for a mo llWllt lost his ll'n\per "You lontempliblr a:." he gritted. Then hr gare onlrrs lo hi" men to fire upou the air-'hip. The bullets rattled against llw air ship's hnll like hail. They did more. they exe:ited lhe n1ge of Banwy and Pomp. "Be me sow]! I cmi't sthand it, naygur !" <:ried the 'ell. "give it to 'em back agin !" "Golly! l",;e wif you', chile!" \ t thi:-; rnir the soldir 1s bade J'air lo be exlermintitt ( 'eriainly lhey had till' of i he t'lll'11L1J1tp1. 'L'hey were nol 11bl1 to bri11g dnwn lliir any t hing like le1pl g r ound. 'l'he oi' (he ('{Jllflid \ l't'l"!' llNided l y 011e-ciidecl, and lhe liP11temrnt. speedily Rt11r. Ile 1raR fo1iou". \:; 'rank had prcdided. ihe Hpirit of revenge seiz tl u him. ll<' 1rns tlctcrminrd to l'l'lll his spitL upo11 helpft l prisoner,;. So he iunwd nod nrncl <1 bL'l' li1w for lhc111. H e L:anied bis un:;hcalhed ,:word, t1nd 111tnder 1rns in l1i l_l'e. l t ll'tl:' plain lhal lie Jlllllll tu llSl' the WC. us nnd then die yourselves. Our Jjy,.,, ror your:::.'' Frank 1>poke >:tronglr. defrr111i1wdly. Tlw Uu:>i;inn uttiec:r !'or <1 moment ln::;t hi,.: blindnes:;. ('all down yom air-Rhip ... lH' saitl; "l will tr.v nncl _!!'tt Frank 11as i or i.hc L'Zill' .. ;;omewhat rnHh ar-tion of Barney and Pomp. !' ooh returned Fnlll k .: ''we :-;<:om smh nn off(r. (\ii I [Jc fearrd the outcome w011lcl I.Ji 'L'hc bruhil off rnur nH'll or mu ll'ill all die! 1-111:'\siaus in renJJge might turn trnl nrnnlrr their \"on :-;Jrnll llie first!" He. commnnic nted th is though l to 1 lw drtecti 1 e. wl10 '' 'l'nke L'n l'l' 1 You atbHk 11" ill yot1 r peri I '' i:znid Fr;tnk. agreecl with him. '!'hey were ns;;nrell ilrnt their posiliou \l"b l\u1 the l hl$Sian licuknnnt 0111,r langlird "<;ornful,ly. one of greatly enhanced danger P:-;haw !'' lu' L'l'irrl. \\ .hat c1o l rare for .mm th1n1t" But Barney o;houted down .from thr l 'wo of the l'za1,, fot<:-< ,.;h,i\I dil". :1l .Y rat(." a Don't yez be ,1feared, Misthc1 Fnu1k We'll lrnpc 011r I IL' lln,;Jwd lii,.; :munl ' of the air-ship \l'L'l'l' irwnl nerrrblL'. They cou lcl fl re as they choRe from I he r: i r-Bhip \; deck 11itl1 out danger of being hii by the return volleys of the solcli(rs. CHAPTER IX. m :mmrn AP'P'EAl,lS 0)1' '!'HR SC'E)l'R This 1n1;; enough I i >'Paled l1i:; fate l1nnwy flrrd quick as a flash. ffil'l airn wn,.; r1e:Hlly. '!'ht! bullet trmk the Hussian fnll in the head. He clroppccl in a lifeless heap: his career wni-; emlc1l. Other Rn:o'sians came rmmi11g i.c hi,: aid, hut they wet't'

ADRIFT IX A, IA \"\ITH FTL\.'\ K HE.\DE, .JH. 19 \Thile Pomp" a::. loading hro, Barney wa,.; Jlring lhc other two, and alwayH with deadly cited. 'uc;h terrific; fire tould not fail lo have ils eITect upon tlw Russians. lt tried their nerves sorely. The result wa,.; that 1vith the fall of their leader they br-Fn111k had no clrt'irc to lune forlhcr iul<'l'conr;;e willi t lil'lll. 'o he headed lhc air-ship acros the i,;alt lake. l pm; thr olhrr it 1lrriclctl to y w:mllrrrd a"a.' along the lakr horc. But none of them 1 entured lo apprnar h Frnnk anrl Beab. The deadly fire from the air-ship preclnded this. ffr had nol gonr fnr 1d1rn hr 110tiC'rrl n cnriom: mark in !he wrl 1 1 lookerl likr the trnek 0I an cncllei'f; srrpent. The result wa::; that presently Barnry ::>U\r his chance aml extended as far he could sec. ,;prang into the pilot-house. "Re the SO\\'l or ottlcl Jlaguire," l'Ticd Barney ''that's no( Uc lowered the airbip ancl threw oYcr thr rail a long 1l1ctraekol'ana11imiil', 1:-nrrar. 'hurc-a;,llivciLi:=;llw rove l:ulclcr. To the lower :stnmd lw ath1d1cd a kn ifc. l l Hl'k a, ;] bi('yrl('." 'l'hit> c.wuug do\\n in front of Frank Lll; 11 ill1 a Jw "PrY,;ng upon the rope ladder. I llulleb whiA tled about them a,; they 111ou11tcd ln tbr rail. uut fortunately they were not hit. disrn1rrr Jrn1l a rt Jin;: cll'cl'I npon Lhe ( 'clt. ()f hP kne11 wbat it meant. Either \Y)man or Bent llacl paf;"C1l lha! wnr ,.;l10rlly bcforl'. JlCl'P 11:,. ;;\artling declaration Frank :-;prang clown G-randly they had outwitted thf' cm ming Rus;.iarn ... The air-ship s hot up to greater heights, and be)ond the range of the Rus ians. Then the aerial rnyagers fairly em braced each other in their joy. Golly, J WU" done 'fraid yo was cd our liye,; !" from the Bir-shipi:-drTk. flp joined Lhc Celt. .-\ glanr-r wa;, enough. "A bicycle track," lie muttered. "It ii:: either \Yyman or l3rnt. Whi ch wa.) ''rn' Lhr.1 1 He irn:prdcrl !hr 11 hrrl mark car,ful\.' :rnrl 1ra;; conrincrrl that rour;.1' 'ras ea;;hrnrrl awl tn11arcl lrkonhk. ''They dirl JLot l'irn ngr their < r,.;l'," hr tn ullNC'rl. l t i" <'' idenl th:il lhry i'ot111d lbe loaKt dc:tr when L11ry pa,::,;pd thi,; wny." Another 1rhcrl mark 1rn,:: Jou11d fudhrr up tbe brach. ThiR 1rnK l)J'nof pn;:;itiYr. I dont 11ant anything mor<' to do with Rw1:-;iaM." rle-c-lared Beab. .. r d eclare thr: arr rhr 1rnr. t .proplr to d al Thr boy bic.rdi;;t;; hnrl tlud;;rn,1-. >lorroycr, tlwy with in the world! dout rnlur liuni<1n life!" probably hacl c-on!al'i 1:ilh the "\rell. tlw ignornne<' and bigotrr 0r that Ru:-;,;ian lieu-For 1hi:-; thry might lw !ha111'1'11l t>11011gh. for llwr<' 110 tenant wa;.; without parallel,'' d e clared f<'n1nk; "unL 11e arc lellin,'.! whn( nP11 quibhll' the Ji ule na..t. l'drolt-ky, fni;.:-ht well rid o[ them!" ham laken. "Tnclced wp an!" lL wa:-: plain Ll1aL till'_\ bad pus .;ccl that \\'a\ nn( lnng lw-"lt is lu cky for poor Ann.i" thaL tlwy ha\e nercr recapfore. tu red him .. '' Tbr.' got no elcw from us." "Xot mueh, and 110\Y that Pctrolsk.r is dead, probably thcsr fellows will hP glad to abandon t.lw fJllf'Rt." 'I hope thc.v will." over the rail thr Ru8:sianf; wrrr :-;ecn collecti ng their dra\1 allouhtll',.;<' lbcy had hrcn pursuer] by thr Ki rghrez. irnd lrnd been kept busy l'or I month;; dodging them. or ont-ricling tl1C'll1. The> rffrrt or all thiR upon i.he 10.rngcr,.; was jo yful Brah wa<; elatPrl. Hr had foillt 11011 that thf',1 11hulrl vo111r wry qnitkly


20 ADRI;F'T IN ASIA WITH PRANK READE, JR. upon the lost boys, and their rescue would be quickly accom -Frank was determined to speak with the outlaw, and held plishecl. But Frank said: the air-ship clown to within hailing distance. Then he haifod "It may be harder now than ever to find them. They are the on the move rapidly, and may elude us a thousand times. Frank used Russian, French and German. But the vilThey are probably changing their course every hour." lain understood of these. "A sort of dodging game, eh?" However, he, had a smattering of English, and using this, ''Just so! It is eas ier for them to dodge than for us to made reply. choose their devious course." "Why don't they strike out straight for Irkontsk ?" askecl Beals. "That is easy enough to see," declared Frank; "they are consta ntly meeting the Kirgheez. It is their safest and best way to dodge the,m." "Just so," agreed Beals; "but where do you think they are now?" 1,rlV! "We can only guess; we will follow the trail as far as we CHAPTERX. IN CLOSE PURSUIT. Berber spoke English roughly. Every word he uttered \\'US hai;-dly plain. Frank answered him. '11 "Where are the boys whom you undertook to guide to IJ0;,.. l I can lJrv 1"' '.h 1:.. lrkontsk?" asked Frank. "We have come in search o.f .. In view of the fact that an important trail had _bee them!" stnick, camp wao; quickly struck and the air-o;hip sta rted to overtake the bicyclists. "They may be in Irkontsk," replied Berber, in substance. "How expect me know, eh?" Just beyond the lake was a high plateau. Up to this track led and disappeared. "You know better than that, you villain. You know very well that you decoyed them into the Kirg11eez' plains to rob Beyond the plateau there was a high range of hills. 'rhe and imprison them for ransom." I trail had led directly toward them. '"rhat is a lie, sfr !"replied Berber;" believe me, Effendi, "There is where we sha ll find them, declared Frank; "let boys reached Irkontsk all right." us go there at once." \Ve will not attempt to give Berber's conversation in his So the air-ship was held down for the hills. It did not broken English. Frank could hardly under s tand it. take long to cover the intervening distance. "You know that is false, Beni Berber!" replied Frank. Bnt suddenly, as the air-ship sailed over a little pocket in "You are even now on their trail." the hills, an astounding sight was rrvealccl. 'l'lw Kirghcez chief gave a start. "How you know zat ?" he asked. There, with their Tartar ponies tethered, was a group 0 men. They were Kirgheez, and savage -looking fello'"'s. "'\Ve have tracked them and you also. \Ve know of your They were dressed in the wild fn hion of the Kirghcei. treacherous game!" Berber showed anger. But among them was one who would command attention anywhere. "You are poor fools he declared, "go way an' leave uo;. He was well dressed and wore a garb half E11ropean .. \ Fly away in your boat with wings." glance satisfied Frank at once. "Not until you desist in their pursuit," Frank. It Beni Berber. the Tartar robber. They were iu "Now I warn you to abandon it." ., quest of the two boy bicyclists. But Berber laughed scornfully. i The appearance of the air-ship created a sensation. Some "You can do me no harm;'' he declared. "We are fifty o.f the Kirgbecz t:ipecl to thrir hor::;es and rode away. and you have but four, we can sec. H you come down we But Beni Berber stared at it with o;tartled gaze. Fire wa8 sho w _you how to fight.'' opened upon it; but the bullets flew by. ''Ah, but I have weapons such as you have' not got," ...


' .\IJlUFT lN ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR. 21 wa'rncd Frank, "again I tell you, Beni Berber, to turn enadc above the valley, and looked as if designed by human back." hands. But the Kirgheez only laughed jeeringly. Coming from the pass one might choose eitlJcr course to "You are nothing," he said, snapping his fingers, "this is descend into the valley or keep on along this promenade. the land of Berber and his people. You have no law here!" Which hacl the bicyclists chosen? "As good as any law," replied Frank, coolly; "do you see This was a question, and one which it seemed not easy to that pass? The first man to enter it without my permission find an answer to. dier; !" "I should think they would de:;cend into the valley," said Fo11 a moment Berber hardly knew.what tq reply, but alBeals. ready fear began to appear in his face. He folded his arms, and finally maclc a su llen reply. "Very well," agreed Frank, "we will take that course." So down through the valley sai led the air-ship. The de"You no catch us yet doing harm to Yankee boys. When pression was folly fifty miles long between mighty walls of you do, then you can talk." "Ah, but you decoyed them into this country to rob and murder them!" "That is not so," prate ted Berber, stoutiy. iThcy try I '/ kill me. My men they tell you-boys give me liquor with I,,.. I drug to poi8on me, then leave me on plain for wolves to cat. They go away an' take my rnoney-all l have. That why I chase them!" rough mountains. In the center of the valley was a huge lake with mirror likc surface. There was little s how of vegetation. What lay beyond these mountain ranges could only be I !, gues::;ed. It was enough to know that this was the course taken by the cyclists j" As they progres ed, however, Frank kept a close watch of the mountain wall. He more than hall' suspected that the "That is a black lie!" criec1 Beals, hotly. "You know cyclist. had taken this course and not the valley. that they would do nothing of lhc kind You are a villain, And a the Sky Pilot was gliding along over the valley Beni Berber." lake a sight attracted the attention of all. The wretch shrugged his shoulder From a small pocket in the side oI the mountain just off "No more say," he aid; "no more talk with you!" the promenade, so called, there arose a faint column of Beal turned to Frank. smoke. "I don't know but that he is right," he :;aid. "What is It curled aloft in thin wreaths, and might haYe been the use of more talk with him? What can we do with him?" overlooked by a casual eye. "Nothing as I see," replied Frank. "We can only go on At once he cried: and find the boys." "Change the cour"c, Barney! Do you see that smokn. "And leave Berber to find other victims!" Beal:s ?'' "It is not incumbent on U to hang him for his sins." ".\h !"cried the detective, excitedly, "that is their <.:arnp "No, nor do we want to. Very well; let the wretch go. fire Shall we go ahead?" "Let us h.ppe so!" "Yes." The air-ship swerved a bout and bore down for the smoke. Frank gave the word to Barney, and the air-ship sailed .\:; it drew nearer it \ras plainly a camp fire. on It was 1oJoon over the deep pass. Soon the Pilot wa, over the flat shelf, and, deAs this was the only route lhe bicyclists could have taken, rested upon it. Then Frank and Beals,leapcd over it was easy to follow them. On sailed the_ airship, and m due course the pass terminated in a deep valley in the heart of the hills. the rail. They approached the narrow entrance to the pocket. So ,;urc were both that they would find the bicycli::;ts there that But around thi:; there extended a sort of broad shelf of tlicy never thought of pos: ible danger. stone next to the mountain wall. It was like a vast prom-Turning the angle they enlercd lhe crevice


22 ADRIFT I.i: ASIA WITH K1READE, JR. In that moment they were bitterly disappointed. It was e mpty. "By Jupiter!'' exclaimed Beals, ''we are just too late.'' "Too late!" ejaculated Frank. "'fhat is true. But they have been here." "Yes, a d not long since "We are close upon their heels. "Let us then waste uo time here, but on to overtak e them." I doubt if th Y had time to i:;izc 'It> np," replied Frank; 11 they would hardly look for friends in lhi wild part of th e world!" B al s aw that this very logi cally exp lain ed the situation. H was natural that the boys llceincr for their liYes shoulrl fail to see anybody on the air-ship's deck Llllll: h le s s to rec ognize lhem or the character of th air-ship But ,\here had they vanished to Ro svddenly? Before an answer cbuld be found to thi question their But Frank stepped forward aud kicked aside the embers pur uer tame suddenly into vie1r. of the fire. He knew that it would afford a clew to Berber They were horsemen and drew rr>in in 1.mdden amazement ai> it"had to them. at sight of the air-ship. It was a caNe of mutual surprii0e '!'here were plenty of tracks and other evidence of tlw For at the head of the Kirgheez pun;uer,: rode Bcni Ber of the bicyclists in t he place but a short while be-her. fore. and Beal s turned to returi1 to the air-ship. T)1ey tcrcept the; boys when th 'Y should emerge u another pas:-, 'r I had no doubt now of ornriaking the bors in a rer;y short which they had intended to do. It was a clernr trick, and .., '\_ i. T,,... time. they had only eRt:aped by the mereRt chance. They. had just clamuercd over the rail when a sound reached the hearing of both which gave them a start. They listened intently. "What is it?" asked Beals. "The hoof beat of horses l" ''And rnmebody yelling fiercely!" "Yes. "Heigho there goes a rifle shot! ''omething is up!" Startled beyond measure, Frank Will'; about t.o enter the pilot-house and rai se the s hip to ascertain tf1c cause of the trouble. when a startling thing occurred. "uddenly around a bend in the promenade there flashed two figures. They w e r e torn and tattered in garments and pale of feature. Eac h wa" mounted upon a dilapidated ;\heel, and they were flying at a terrific ratr of speed. So swi (t did they into vie w that qi cl not give niorc than a l"Wift glance at the air-ship. Then the,v 11rre by, and tnrning lo the right, into the \ery 1rall of the mountain disappeared very mys teriously l'rom Yie1r. j All waE< OYer in the twinkling of ;in eye. Beal s let out a ye ll. l3ut at :,,ight of the air-i,;hip which wa a unexpected thing for the villain, h e drew rein For a moment he glared at Frank and Beal s, who were al the rail. Then he gritted: Allah defend What do ou "You may well a sk that question," replied Frank, keenl y. 1 will an wer it by asking you the sa me. "We arc passing through uy an0ther pasi;," replied Kirgheez ; "you forbade tt s the other," with a sneer. "And accidentall. v run across the two bicyclists." replierl Frank, with sarcasm. "You gave them a fright "That is their folly,'' rep I iefl Rrrbc r, \\"' wanted to catc h them to tell them of your prese nc e in this country." ''Very likely," said Frank. Yo,u are rt very clever fel low, Berber. r t i s a pity you did not overtake them." "We trie:d lo." r e plied the vill3iJJ. He had dismounted from hi s a s had others of hi,' crew. 1'heJ-were not a dozen ya rd-; distant. from the air' ship's rail. B rber, swift as lightning, Npoke one word to his mrn. "It's them! Stop them!" he :>creamed. "We've found \\rith incredibie a very of.time. ; ., -. them at last! Confound it, where they gone 1 Don t they leaped for the air-ship's !'ail. Over it they .weJ}L and tllf'y hio11 we are friepds ?" overtook Frank and Beal" at th<> ca bin door. ..


AJJntF'l' Wl'l'lI l i'ltANK Hl<.iADb},.,JH. 23 CHAPTE R Xl. A 'l'llH 'lNO or '.l.'ABl .ES. '\' onl s hardl y suffice t o describ e I he -;itua.t i on. :\. b l o w upon th e h e ad lnid B eals sen se les on th e deck F rank was in s tantl y in th e g rip o f a hnlf dozen of the l'ilJain:>. Rut qui c k n s had been the on s lnu g h t, h e hae any authority h e So he bi:gan to monkey with th key board. 1 '1'h e y nothin g But it was n genuine thirteen puzzl e to h im. H e c ould get E\' ory a rticl e of valu e o r u c wa<> e ized. 'To the vic tor 11eiiher helld nor tail of it. belon gs th e s poil. ., wns well applied 'l'h c re$ ult wn. th;1t h e did some poJ1r)ering. Thep. h e Th e exultation of the fiend wns s ickenin g to witness. [fo w e nt out and tackled Fr.auk Rende .Tr. thucklecl and nnd gloatell. It was hi s hour of triH e s tated hi s de. ir e in a few word .. I want you t o show m e how to y our airsbip ," h e R\lt e v en i n thnt m o m ent Frank reco\ erod hi o lf-po s s aid. 'If you r e fu,::e I will kill s(s;::ion and began nt once to plan n way out of the difficulty. lt rcquiied but n few words for Frauli to inform him th nt B\lt hi s wonderful invout i Y e geniu s s eemed to have r e thi s was s omething whieh he woulcl not do. l'hi s tlw teivcd a te rri b l e set bnck iu fa of this cata s trophe. H e villain fur iou -;Lem e d p o werlo ss. F o r h ours the Kirg heez held their or gie. on board the a ir-Rhip E v e rythin g was turned up s ide down. F r ank aw th a t th e r e was nothing l eft of valu e s ave th e h a re hull a nd the ma c hinery. This they had not us yet d e fil e d with their touch. But the time was comini". He arg ued, h e cn.joled, he all to no anil. Then h e 1rent bac k to the keyboard. Li10kilr he newr found th e :-pring to th e rota cope el e h e would hav e sen t the. a irshi pJ1e a instanter. I rt might th e n hllYC become ne e for Frank to hnl ) interfered. But for thf the young inventor not to do so.


2--1 ADRIFT 1 X ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR. Meanwhile, the Kirghecz had broken into the stores and Steadily and s urel y he drew his right hand from tlie rope. found a case of whisky. In a very short while they hacl It waR almost free when a Rtartling thing happened. transferred thi s to their s tomachs. 'l'hcrc was a sudden click and whir from the pilot-house. Now, everybody kno\\'S the effect of whisky upon a Ravage 'I'hrn the air-. hip gave a lurch. man. In a short while one of their number crazed by the 'I'l1crc was a revolving sernmtion, thrn a feeling of lightliquor, s tarted to nm amuek. nei-;R. Every one of the pri oners knew what it meant. With a long knife in hand h e dashed into a crowd of ".Jupiter!" cxelaimrd Frank; ''that n1scal has found th!: his companions, laying about him right and left. A fearrotai::cope lcYrr and the ship iR flying up into space!" fol riot followed "Mercy!" exclaimed Beals. "\\'hat if he callDot i>hut it The deck of the air-ship was bathed in blood. Two of the off?" Kirgheez were mortally wounded before Berber could put an "We s hall go r lear beyond the upprr stratum of atmos1 end to the affair. ph re and perish," declared Frank. Then he drove them all from the air-Rhip to s l rep off thP '"l'he fool!'' gasped Boals. "Will hr allow UR to do that? effects of their orgies on the cliff. Darkness had begun to Speak to him, Frank! Ask him to :

ADRLFT I r ASIA WlTH .BRANK READE, .JH. .He the lever and gave it a turn. Then he clung lo the ke_yboard. CHAPTER XII. THE END ;2.j Down sank the air-ship. It requireu but a few momenb for it to ieach temperate atmosphere. Then Frank held it suspended No attempt was made to descend that night. The air ship His head swam and he was excessively weak But he hung aloft until daybreak. kept his senses. 'l'hen it descended a couple of miles until again r ig h t over In a few moments he was abl e to return tO the c a bin. the valley they h ad left some hou r before. Beal s was in rather ball shape 'I'o the surprise of all, no sign of the Kirghecz coul d be He had bleu proftH;cly from head and lungs, but after ::;cen. They had decamped bag and baggage. some effort Frank rcsu8eitatcd l; This was cbsappointing, for ];"rank had hoped to recover Barney and Pomp had recovered all righ t Frank cut some of the effect of the air-ship \\'hich they had take n w i th t h eir bonds It wa a joyful moment them; They were free again. But now the my tery of the disappearance of the two The villain, Berber, wa::; outwitted, and they were once bicycle riders was olvecl. more in pas session of the air-ship Following the track8 of their machines, the voyagers were To be sure it had been looted, but some of the thi n gs, parled to the mouth of a cavern, which extended into the m oun ticularly arms and ammunition, had been left aboard, so tain, they knew not how far. that they were not so badly off. Into thi8 the bicyclists had vanished, but there were uo But just at this moment there appeared in the doorway a marks of an exit gaunt form. It was Berber. "Perhaps there is another exit," s u ggested Beal:;, "kuO\ru to them." The villain's eye bloodshot and his face covered "I doubt it from the eonformation of the cavern," said blood. Heglar cl at his er twhile pri oners. When he comprehended that they had their free dom he muttered an oath and whipped out a pistol. Quick as a flash the young inventor had his own revolver in readiness and fired. The bullet pa. sed through the ot her'::; wrist and he intautly dropped the revolver \1; hich he held'. Frank. "Where are they then? "Probably they are yet in there "Do you believe it?" "I think it is possib l e Bea l gave a cry of joy. ,. -+ "Stand where you aie, Berber cried Frank in a r inging "rrhen let us call them out at once," h e sai d Who has a ,oicc; "it will be death to you if you don't!" good voice for shouting? Here Barney!" The wretch cowered back in the doorway and held up his Barney complied and filled the of the cavern with hand Frank turned to B'.irncy and Pomp. his rich brogue. For a time there was no re ply. "Bind him!" he said, sternly T h en a faint answer came. The order was obeyed and with the tables thus turned "Hello!" upon him Beni Berber's game was up. "Hilloo !" shouted Bahiey. "Cum out av that! B eals was soon able to go on deck, and the joy o f a ll at frinds cum to foind yez ." thi s sudden change in their fortunes was great A distant shout wa;; heard in response, and the n som e "We wil take care not to get into such a scrape again,'' time elapsed. The next time Barney called the answer was declared Frank. "Now all we have to do. is to find Wyman within a distance of fifty yards. a n d Bent and then strike for home "Who are you ?" came from the cavern d epths I think _l. can see the prospect of success," sa id Beals "We arc frjends cried Bea ls. "Have no fear! We h ave with much satisfaction. come to save you! Come o u t


26 ADHI F T JK A S IA WITH FIL\:SK READE, JR. "We will gladly do that if y ou a ssure us that you speak the truth, wa s the reply \rhcn Berber wa confronted liy the boys the e ffect 1\"a,.. curious The fellow s how e d hi cowardice I will do that!" c ried Beal s, s tay wh ere YOU arc, and I J will c ome lo you. But wait. who are you?" Ameriean s "You are bi c ycli s t s?" "Yes. "Then you arc Harold W y man and Sam B e nt. "You know us!" "That settles it. C om e ou t :T am .J at:bon Bral s, N e w Ile brok e do1111 and b egge d like a whipped t:l)r for !)is life. I n dis gu s t Harold finally sa id: ""l111t up, y o u fool! \Yhat do w e wan t of' your life. It 1rouJd lie a m e r c y t o hang yo u t h o u gl 1 The n th e v o y a ge r s r ctirek y ai H l a euur,.;1 H e aven 1vas se t fo r the Ca spian Sea. The n ex t mom ent th e two los t b i eycl i s t s o n the ir whee ls It was d ecide d to r eturn b y the ver y route t h ey had ro d e out of the caYern Barney put o n all s p ee d. The i r appearance wa,, striking in dee d Pale and attenRapidly th e wild l a n d o f the Kirg h eez was left bchinrl liate d they w ere i n rags and s h o wc(l ro u g h treatme n t and :\lone of the voyagers l oo k e d bac k All l ooked forwanl. h a r dl'hip. A s for the two boyt-:, H a r o lrl a n d .'am, t h cy wcrr liapp, 1 The i r jov al fin di n g friends was g r c nt. When Beal s had enoug h. It war; a p l easa n t t hought to t h e m tlrnt they 11w1 t olrl the o f t h e q ues t both b0\8 turne d to F'ran k Reade, going home .Jr ., and fairly e m b r ace d him In du e course t h e walc r s o r t h e Casp ian c ame ihio vir'1" .I.\\' r o w e our I i c;. lo y ou they s aid 'Ih1 ai r -s bi) ; a bove \ h is vasl of' w afr1 Thrir 11'crc in ba d s h ape aud could no t haYe stoo d for a day and night. a muc h longrr j ourney. The n t h e Cau c asus ran ge cam r into 1 iew. O vCI' thi,.; t.h' \ \ -.. bad n o i de u o f t h e magnitude of t h e undertaking a ir-ship a n d Frank dc(idecl t o e:ut at:ross the Rl al'k id yo n g \\ rnian 'or 11c n e Y e r would ha ve tried t o ride S e n Constantinople aml i1o t i J'y Uw ,\ mrr iea 1 1 I the R lcpp('S." i-he >'Ut:CCSS o f the t rip. "[, f o r o nC'. sh;1I\ h e g1a(1 to crcL ho m e,'' Sam. This w as a wrll m eant p lan bn t w o u lrl a ".-\n d T1 : :ig r eed Haro l d m o r e f ortuna t e thing fo r the young i nvc n to r had hP k1pt "You oha 11 haw t h a t praye r _.'' declared B e als; but w e o n ac r oss Russia t o t he Nor t h ea. bwc t h e b ai t ? r and your p e r secutor abo ard." What! lln.! B r rhrr?" nicrl the l'lf)j'S. ,. .; '"I'be s am e .1 ..... _. r \ the air-s hi p wa s n o w in Europe. the royagc r s felt ;1 (1eg r c of eonficlc nce w'hich t h ey co uld no! han' _fsl t in A:-ia It w as the c au se of a in c id ent. "Whe11 '." ('f'ir d w,:1v ,fLn. I )1ave s om e turios it:y to see Tlw BJackSea Imel fad e d in _the ll:lld j(_\i,e him." t. .. li'a R dri flin g a part o f .Tmkc,r It. l1ar l hrcn a fav orite pa R tim r t o wat eh thC' tittle


;\ un I F'l' L' .\SL\ \Yl'I'H FRAKK READE, ,) H. 27 ed a fair sum for the air-ship. 'It is a pity." said Beals; "such a bea.utiful'invention a s it Confound their ignorant heads!" But Frank only smiled. "I can duplicate it," he said.


2$ ADRIFT I N ASIA WITH FRANK READE, JR. "An d will you?" Wlmt of Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp? Of course, "I shall not du p l icate it. I will excel it," rep l ied the they returned to Readestown. Further we will not say about you ng i n ventor; "keep your eyes open for its successor." them, leavi n g it for some future tale. "I s h all be happy to see it and more happy tb take an THE END. ot h e r jo u rney with you," said the detective. "It is not impossible but that you may have a chance," replied Frank. "We will l eave it to the future." Read "UNDER THE INDIAN OCEAN WITH FRANK READE, JR.," which will be the next number (77) of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." In due cou rse our adve n turers reached New York. The boy bicyclists, Harold Wyman and Sam Bent, were joyfully weleomed back by their friends It is safe to say that they will not attempt another such feat right away. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are a l ways in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. Plucky Jackson Beals got llis fifty thousand dollars re ward. He was happy in his success '' fiHPPY OHYS," The Be st Illustr a t e d Weekly Story P aper Published. :J:SS"V"EI> "HAPPY DAYS" is a large 16-page paper containing Interesting Stories, Poems, Sketches, Comic Stories, J okes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have a national reputation No amount of money is spared to make this weekly the best published. A New Story Begins Every Week i n "Happy Days." <>UT T<>-D.A. 'Y% ROUND uousE ROB; OR, Born To Be a.n Engineer. Begins in (THE STORY OF A RAILROAD WAIF. ) By ALBERT J. BOOTH. No. 497 of "HAPPY 5 DAYS, Issued April 8 1904. CE:N"TS. For S a l e by All Newsdealers, or Will Be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 't( 't( 2 4 Union Square, New York.


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CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l.'E. II PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. ISSUES: 269 W\de Awake Will, The Plucky Boy Fireman of No. 3: or, I'igllt-231 Jac k Wtight and His Electric Air Schooner; or, 'fhe Mystery of a mg the Flames for Fame and Fortune. By ex-l'ire Chief " c !\fine. By "Noname. den. 1'2 Philadelphia Phil; or, l<'rom a tJootblack to a Merchant. By Bow270 Jack Wright and His Ellectric Tricycle; or, Fighting the Strauard f'ustin. glere of the Crimson Desert. By "Noname." 233 Custer's Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of t h e Little Born. B:v 271 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic Story of a Great C'ity. An Old Scout. By N S Wood (the Young American Actor). 234 Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jas. A 272 Sitting Bull' s Last Shot; or, The Vengeance of an Indian PoliccGord,on man. By Pawnee Blll. 23.i Old Sixty-Nine; or, Prince of liloglneers. By Jas. 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Fred Fearnot Suspected; or, Trailed by a Treasury Sleuth. Fred Fearnot and the Promoter; or, Breaking Up a Big Scheme. !!'red Fearnot and "Old Grizzly" ; or, The Man Who Didn't Know. I<'red Fearnot' s Rough Riders; or, Driving Out the Squatters. Fred Fearnot and the Black Fiend; or, Putting Down a Riot. Fred Fearnot in Tennessee; or Tbe Demon of the Mo1rntalns Fred Fearnot and the "'l'error1 ; or, Caliing Down a Bad Man. Fred ll'earnot in West Virginia; or Helping the Revenue Agents. Fred Fearnot and His Athletes; or, A Great Charity Tour. Fred Fearnot's Strange Adventure ; or, 'l'he Queer Old Man of the M,untaln Fred Fearnot and the League ; or, Up Against a Bad Lot. Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Race; or, Beating a Horse on Foot. Fred Fearnot and the Wrestler; or, Throwing a Great Champion. Fred Fearnot and the Bankrupt; or. Ferreting Out a Fraud. Fred Fear.pot as a Redskin; or, .rraillng a Captured Girl. Fred Fearnot and the "Greenhorn" ; or, Fooled for Once In His Life. 252 Fred Fearnot and the Bloodhounds ; .or, Tracked by Mistake. 253 Fred Fearnot's Boy Scouts; or, Hot Times In the Rockies. 254 Fred Fearnot and the Waif of Wall Street; or, A Smart Boy Broker. 255 Fred Fearnot's Butl'alo Hunt; or, The Gamest Boy In the West. 256 Fred Fearnot and the Mill Boy; or, A D esperate Dash for Life. 257 Fred Fearnot' s Great '!'rotting Match ; or, B eating the Re<'ord 258 Fred Fearnot and the Bidden Marksman; or, The Mystery of Thunder 'Mountain. 259 Fred Fearnots Boy Champion; or, Fighting for Bis Rights. 260 Fred Fearnot and the Money King ; or, A Big Deal In Wall Street. 261 Fred Fearnot's Gold Hunt; or, The Boy Trappers of Goose Lake. 262 Fred Fearnot and the Ranch Boy; or, Lively Times with the Broncho Busters. 263 Fred Fearnot after the Sharpers; or, Exposing a Desperate Game. 264 Fred Fearnot and the Firebug.a; or, Saving a City. 265 Fred Fearnot in the Lumber Camps; or, Hustling in the Bac k woods. 266 Fred Fearnot and the Orphan; or, The Luck of a Plucky Boy. 267 Fred Fear11ot at Forty Mlle Creek; or, Knocking About In the West. 268 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Speculator; or, From a Dollar to a Mlllion. 26!) 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