The lost caravan, or, Frank Reade, Jr. on the staked plains

The lost caravan, or, Frank Reade, Jr. on the staked plains

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The lost caravan, or, Frank Reade, Jr. on the staked plains
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FRANK READE 'WV'EE::EE:.X.. "Y' 1.1:.A.G-.A.:il!::J:N'"E. C ONTAINING STORIES OF ADVEN T U RES O N LAN D SEA A N D I N THE AIR. Irsued IVeekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at th Yo1k, N. Y., Po&t Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1904, in the office of the Lib1arian of Congrest, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tomey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 75. NEW YORK, APRIL 1, 1904. Price S ftrank Jtr., on the Staked Plains. By 0NONAME." CHAPTER I. IN THE AP.ACHE COUNTRY. / "You arc right, Barney," said the young man, anxiously. "I can't say that I exactly like the situation. We are in rather a bad box here, If darkness overta.kes us we might as THE blazing sun of New Mexico one day looked down well count our scalp s as lost." upon a scene in the verge of wild and track"H we cud only make the naygur us now!" cried less region, known as the Llano Estacada. Harney, "shure, it's bad ears he has anyway!" Towering above the green plain waH a high butte, crowned "You must remember that Pomp and the Racer are quite with a few scraggy trees. At the base of this, with a few a distance away on the other side of the butte." bowlders to screen them, crouched two men. "Shure, he oughter cum around to see phwat's the matOne was an Irishman with a shock of red hair, a pair of ther wid us. We've bin gone long enuff, sor." twinkling blue eyes, and plenty of wit and shrewdness to "He probably does not know just where to look for U 5," match. 'I'he other was a tall, handsome and distinguished looking young man. They were intently watching a small clump of mesquite below. It contained what to them was a mighty peril. replied the young man. "We cannot blame him. Our hope lies in eluding these dusky and getting around to t.he other side of the butte Frank Reade, Jr., was the young speaker's name, and he For, lurking in that dense, leafy screen were a half score was known the world over as a wonderful inventor. He it of savage Indians, the deadly Apaches, who are the dread was who had mastered the'problem of aerial navigation, and and scourge of the Southwest. Misther Frank," cried the Celt, as he fingered the l1i k of his rifle, "it's mighty glad I'd be to get a fafr cralli/i'1 wan av the omadhouns. But niver a wan dares show hits lil\ 1,, solved the theory of s ubmarine travel. His presence in this out of the way part af the world was due to a desire for wild adventure and the opportunity to try his new ElEehlic Racer-a wonderful machine and vehicle, which take a close look at a little later on.


. 2 THE LOST CARAVAN. His companions were two faithful colleagues, Barney and But there was the risk of expm;ing themselves at any mo Pomp, one an Irishman, and the other a jolly African. They ment by e ssaying to pass from one to the other of these bad left El Pas o a month prev iou s, and had experien ced many thrilling adventures ini h e Apache country. But upo n this day the y place d them in the embarrassing predi c am ent 'in which we find them. Frank and Barne y fe e1ing sure tha t there w ere no -\paehes in the vicinity, had se t forth to explore the butte whi c h s tood like a wat c h tow e r in the g reat g re e n plains. The r esult was that they stumble d lu c kl ess l y upon a gang of Apa c he s, and w e r e forced to see k th e firs t availabl e s h e l-Yet it se emed their only salvation. Suddenly Barney whispered: B ejabers, Mi sther F1.'ank, there' s s om e av the varmints climbin the butte s or. It's all up with us if the y do .' Frank gJanced along the northerly side o f the rock y w a ll. Far up, and beyond their range, h e could see a numbe r O'( forms clamb ering up a s t ee p a scent. Barney wa s right. The purpose of the r e d fiend s was plain. B y gaining t h e top o f th e butte they could firP, down upon the two whitE: tcr, which was behind these bowld o rs. m e n who would thus b e e xpo se d to their aim. rrhis was a So long as they held the me ss en gers of grim death in tho calamity f'}'Jinder s of th eit r e p eate r s, the Indians seemed satisfied to A s F r a nk saw this mov e h e kn e w that the time for a c keep a !ltlfe distance. But it wa s this v ery s t a te of s i ege tion had arrived. 'l' h ere wa s no longe r an y question abou t whi c h worri e d i t A s w e ll die in the attempt to escape along the ro c k y wall Xight wa s not far away and h e kn e w tha t wh e n darkness a::; to submit to b e shot from ab o v e. should c ome, it would be ver y diffi cult to hold the wil y fo e S o h e dre w a d ee p breath and said to Barney: at arm's Jength. It would be much b ette r to make whatever aggressive morn was in their power now To fall into the hands of the Apa c he s wa s certain d eath. They were se ldom !mown to r ende r mercy. Frank studied the situation v e r y clo s ely, and h e w as bound to admit that it was a d e sperate on e The savage s seemed to unde r stand the position of their iutcnded victim s an.u w e r e playing their cards a wngly Tl . ( 10us a wa1tmg game. 1 / Doubtless there were enough o f the m to have e a s il y over"There s only on e chance for us. Follow me!" "All roight, s or The young inventor flun g himself down upon hls s tomach. He b ega n to wriggl e lik e a snake a c ro ss the op e n space to the n ext of bowld ers. B arney wa s c los e bebinrl him. Instantly from the m esquite clump there came the crack of rifle s The bulle t s glanced from th e face of the c liff or p l o w e d up the s hal y ground. One jus t g raz e d Barney's s hou1d et. 'But e v e r y one whelmed the two whit e men had the y made an op e n attac k how hard it is to bit an object prone U]JOn the ground. But this w,a::; not in a c cordance with Ii)dian tacti cs. Frank and Barne y were not hit. Barney lrnd b ee n close l y watchin g the clump of mesqu i t e They w e r e now safe b ehind the next pile o f b owlckrs. from his position uddenly h e drew swift aim and fir e d. But the y w e r e sWJ ex po sed to a s h o t .fro m above. The s hot was a dead one The r e smote upon the air a .ficrc:e, t e rrifi e d yell and a dark bod y w ent reeling ba c k throug h lhe chavarral. On e o! L h e d e adl y foe had pa sse d in his c hip s At any rno m e11t the roe might r e a c h th e summit o f t h e LmtLe; t hen-the e nd would qui c kl y c ome. '11h o two hunte d m e n pante d wit,b their e x e r t ion s O rec ing ove r that expanse of sbaly g r o un d in, th e glare o f t h e Good e y e, Burney," sa id lrank appro v ingl y "Ere r y oue pitil ess New M ex i c o s un \ra s n o coRy m atte r. of lhol'le follow s w e cu11 ge t rid of i:< inuc b aid Cor u s iu 'f'li ey rest e d for a n in stant in t h e pro t ection o f the bo.wlfl-getting OttL or LhiH ;:crap e U c t thim. e n ; li'or flft y y ard s they c r ept al o n g behind these wiLh immun i t y The n the l i n e o f b reas two r k came Lo an end. J'o g o farthe r mus t b e to e x p o se th c m sc hes certainly to th e fir e of th e fo e in t h e To remain wher e they To fire at random into the me squite would b e folly a s w e ll w e re wa s equall y fatal. as a waRte of ammunition. So thci.two bel e agu e r e d men c a H l ln thi: desp erate predi cament Frank's k e en ey e hit up o n about for a change o{ po..;;ition. a projecting s h elf of roc k whi c h had jus t passed. lfo Back of Lhem Wllfi Hie sl1cor wall of th.c butte. rro their returne d to it, and to his joy s aw that it afforded pro right extended the s:tm e all(! an unprotec ted s lope. 'l'o the from ai1y.shot s from above. He muttered an inward J aye1. left or i;ouLh there extending for "He ro wo are," he said, "and here we mus t stay u 1mc i;omc distance. tor c omes, or the savages give up and leave us alone.'


'fHE LOST CARA VAN 3 "Bejaber s they'll never give up,'' averred Barney. A cheery voice came from the Racer s side. "You may be right,'. declared Frank "bnt it i s our only "Goll y fo' glory! I done fo't yo' fo)kse g was los t fo' hope. s uah !" So the two men crouched thero while the sun s ank mo It was th e negro Pomp_, and a moment later Barney nnd mentarily lo,ver FinaUy it the horizon line, and Frank were safely aboard with him. t wilight began to come on. It could easily be see n that the red foe waiting for the cover o:f darkness. Then the y would com:ide r the whi te men easy prey. But Barney had not been idle. Som ething prompted him to f all to e x ami.ning the wall of the butte b e n eath the s helf of ro ck. CHAP'l'ER II. T l-IE EL. E CTRIC RA CER. He sudd e nl y g a v e a little exc lamation. OF c ourse Pomp was give n :in acc ount of the adventures Be m e sowl, Misthe r Frank phwat do yez think av and narrow e s cape of his companions. His eyes stuck out this?" lik e moon s Frank turned and saw that the C elt had dug awa y sand Sakes a]ib e he ejaculated, "if I had jes' known any-a t th e bas e of the cliff and e xposed quite an orifice und e r it. fing bout dat I c ud jes' run aroun dar an' train de lectri e rr h e y oung inv entor's hear t ga rn a l ea p A cave he e x c l a imed. l hen togeth e r the e x c ite d m e n enlar g ed the openin g Tt \yas s o dark now that the r e d s kin s c ould not see what the y wer e doing I'h e p1aintiye gurgle of wat e r was heard. Thon Fran_K c rept into the orific e and saw high wall s on either side, and the light of the stars above. A little trickling stream was b e neath h is feet. Ins tnntly he saw the truth. gun on dem c u sses be:r y quick!" "Be gorra w e was wisbin' yez wud make a guess at jt c um along! declared Barney. "Shure, it was a clos e call all the s am e f e r u s How e v e r they were s afe now and Frank intended pro ceeding at once to leav e the vicinity. But ri ght here let u s t ake a look at the wonderful invention c allecl't h e Electric Rac e r In con s tructing the machin e Frank had held in c on stant vie w the fa c t that tliey w er e lik e l y to b e placed in their trav 'I'ime and a living spring 0 wat e r had clef t a s pac e be-els in pos ition s of danger and ris k of lif e Henc e the nec e s tween the wall s o f the butte and thi s e xtended for what sity of providing means for offe n sive and d e fensive work. distanc e to the southward he could onl y guess. The Hacer was somc>what in the shape of a long and com-It was enough to reflect that thi s was a pos sii-le avenue of modious van w ith side s of thin, but tough steel capable of escape so the two m e n pro c eeded to follow it. resisting a bullet at the shortest range. In the sid e s wer e Has tily they s tun1bled and spla s hed on down the little two c ircular window s of pla te gla ss with guards of ste e l w a ter cour se. The wall s w e r e in places s o close a s to give a t ight s queeze. But the y k ept on until s udd e nl y tho ope n plain starlit netting. On e a c h side, midway was a window or rathe r s e c tion of s te e l network through whi c h the trav elers could see all about the m. In t11is n e tliin g w e r e s m a ll loopholes for the

THE LOST CARAVAN. The running gear of the Ra cer was .wonderfully light and For six hundred yards in the rear of the machin e the intricate inits mechanism. The wheels w ere of s teel with pathwa y of light was unbroken. The n it fell upon a band of pneumatic rubber tires. Soft s pring s s upported the body of mountcu savages. t h e vehicle. : .. : ---.They had been s purrin g their ponie s forward at a rapid Entrance was made by wher e there was a s mall rate o.f s peed. But the s udden dazzling radiance which fell plat-form, and a portable gangway. about th e m brought them to a s udden and s tartled halt . : The main platform on dee!? wits upon the roof of the vehiBarney brought the Rac er to a stop at a motion from c le and was protect ed all arounu by g uard rails of bra ss Frank. Here was placed the powerful electric searchlight and also Then the savages quickly re cove r ed from their s urpri se; the electric gun, light and thin of s h ell, but c apable by elee with distant yell s they dodged to th e right into the g loom of tro-pneumati c force of throwing a dynamit e projectile a the plain. dis tance of a mile with destru ctive effect. They were thu s for a moment i nvi sib le. The interior of the vehicle was divided in Revera! s mall But only for a mome nt. compartments. Frank switched th e.sea r c hli ght about and kept them c onOne of these was devoted to the cooking ga lley, over sta ntly in its glare. Finally the bewildered Apaches drew which Pomp : presided. Another w;is with rows of rein. R leeping b e rth s, and beyond was the main cabin, soc alled, whe r e were the general e quipment s and a rm R necessary for the journey. Forward of this was th e pilot h ouse. Th e stores carried by th e w e r e kept in compart m ents b e neath the main platform or floor of th e cabin They were in compa ct form, "No w is the chance!" c ried the y oung inventor, "keep the focu s on them, Pomp t'' "A'right sor !" replied the coon. Frank sprung to th e e l ectr i c gun. It was o n a swivel and r.asil y trained. He d1ew a quick and careful s ight. Th e n h e pressed an e lec_ tric button. There was a click, a for economy of s pace was s tri ctly n ecessary aboard a vehicle s harp.swish and a slight recoil. The projectile was off. of thi s kind It s truck the prairie directly in front of the mount ed sav Tak e n altogether, the Rac e r was an inv e ntion de;;igned ages. Had it struck in th eir midst they must all have been for safe travel in an e n e my's country, where expos ure meant killed. death, and the protection afforded by the vehicle's stee l But Frank had no desire to tak e human life so ruthless1y. walls was ne cessary He always avoided bloodshed if he cou ld. In invading the Apache country, Frank could not have He had aimed to strike the plain in front of them, and s<;>ught a better opportunity or field for the testing of the give them a right. The e ffort was a s uccess. powers and merits of his machin e The re was a terrific roii-r, and up into the air rose a The Racer was quickly under way, and the butte and the mighty cobrnn of eart h and1 debris. It was s wept in a c loud \paches hovering about it were quickly l ef t b e hind. among the r e dskins, and dispersed them like chaff. By means of the sea rchlight travel across the darkened Panic-st ri ck e n they rushed frantically away again in the p lain was easy But Barney who was att h e wheel, was s uddirection of the butte. The y wer e at a loss to account for the dcnly interrupted by Pomp, who cam e from the rear of the terrifi c burst of thunder and lig htnin g or the terrible eye of vehicle. deadly light which followed th e m everywhe re. "I done tol e yo' dey am follerin' u s c ried the darky. "Eh?" exclaimed Frank; what do you mean, Pomp? "If yo' go back dere an' li s ten, yo' kin hear dere ponies' hoofs d e ad easy, sa h Begorra, we kin outrun thim, I'm thinkin'," d ecla rcu Barney, about to put on more speed. But Frank said: Hold on H e sp rang up through the trap to the upper deck "Beja.hers that 'settled the question fer thim !" c ried Bar ney. "You are right, agreed Frank. I doubt if they will care to risk approaching so near to u s again. "I done reckon dey won' want to foller u s any mo' now," averred Pomp. You are wrong there, Pomp,'' declared Frank don t know the 'Aparhe. H e is rel e ntl ess and persistent in the carrying out of a purpose. The y will keep at a safe disl t was but a moment 's work to turn the glare ?f the tance, but they will never give up following u s." searchlight back upon the stretch of plain. A startling "Does yo' fink dat, sah ?" scene was revealed. "You may be sure of it. Apache curiosity will lead


THE LOST CARAVAN. I to do that. They will want to find out what manner of a noise, the distant yelling of coyotes or the shrill notes of vehicle this is, and what sort of people we are." "Begorra, they'll moighty quick foind that out if they make a thry fer it," averred Barney. The Racer now contin ued on its way. The episode had furnished diversion of an exciting kind, and the relaxation was now felt. Pomp almost went to sleep while standing on the forwaru platform, and Barney said: night birds; but no appearance of a foe could be seen. As he sat there Barney had begun to wax extremely sleepy. He finally consulted the chronometer. It was after two o'clock. "That naygitr has shlept long enough," p.e muttered. "Be gorra, I think I'll call him." He arose with tliis resolve uppermost in his mind. But before he had reached the trap leading down into the "Be off wid yez an' git in some sleep. Shure, I may be pilot house he paused. Then he rubbed his eyes. afther neeclin' some av that mesilf, an' I'll call yez about three fer to take me place." "I go yo' on dat, I'ish," agreed the darky, as he rolled down to his berth an

I L08'P (J.\H.A\'AN. "It is a mile away," he declared. "We could hit it \vith searchlight.'' "Ahoy the raft!'' The murmur of roices was heard, then a heii, rty voice "Shure, yez are roight,'' agreed Barney. "Shall I turn it came back: on, sor ?" "'Not yet, Barney; let them get and then we can better identify them." "Great buffiers Air yew white or redskins'!" "White!" lieplied Frank, "but who are you?" "We are a search party from Tascos up in ther PanHanCrouching by the searchlight, the men watched the dle. I'm ther l eader, an' my name is Bill Bent, cowboy distant light, and counted the moments as it drew nearer. scout!" Steadily down the river it came As it drew nearer it en "Glad to know you, Mr. Bent, replied Frank; "what larged, and then Frank whispered: are you in quest of?" "It is a torch of wood!" "The lost caravan,'' was the reply. "Yew ain't cwn acrost "Begorra, that's risky, av it's wboite men they are," it, hev ye?" averred Barney. "The Jost caravan!" exclaimed Frank. "What do you "You are right," agreed Frank. "The re could be nothing mean?" more sure to invite an atta,ck from the Apaches. It would "Jest thet, an' no more. But before we go any further; attract them for miles." Wjtb intense curiosity Frank and Barney watched the ap proach of the unknown -ttnd rash voyagers. It seemed as if they must be literal greenhorns in prairie craft, 'or they would never have thus so clearly exposed themselves. Prank waited until they were within a few hundred yards. Then he reached forward ancl pullecl the hoo(l from who air yew?" "I am Frank Reade, Jr.," replied the young inventor "Never heerd tell on ye! What kind uv a light iR air?" "It is an e l ecttfc light." "Sho. Yew don't say? Wall, it's a powerful one J kin own up. Haow do you carry it?'' the searchlight 1 "It i s carried on board this vehicle, the Racer,'' replied A great pathway of intense light shot over the river's sur-Frank. "If y ou will come ashore I'll show you!" J'ace. It showed a raft made of logs and propelled by long There was a moment's silence. sweep oars. Then came the bail again. Then H was easily seen whj the river voyagers had dared "I say, strawnger !" to travel with a torch in such a conspicuous manner. They were protected upon the raft on four sides, a wall of logs was built, behind which the voyagers could safe ly hide. They need fear no shot from the shore . It was r eal l y a floating fort, flnd that it was well HlllnneCl. our advont\lrers speedily fotmd o u t. With tho sudden flashing of tho searchlight the ]ono '" Rweep oars c011sed to work, th re wcirc >1ounds of confusion, and faint voi0e>1 aboard the raft. / It came to an instirnt stop and there was the Cl'euking of ropes which wonld 8C'Orri. fo indicalo that anchors were cast. And there it sW1mg in tho middle of the stream. Between tho our ndvonturcn; fanoied they oou Id >lee the g leam of rifle bnnels, 11nd Fr.auk muttered: "They may givo ua a shot. Wo had bettor got down be-hind the gun shield, Barney!" "All roight, Ror." This was done. Those on board th<' raft were of course unable to see the Racer on account of the blinding glare of the light. For some moment s the sitiw.tion remained thus. Then Frank broke the ice. Rai sing his voice, he shouted: I "Well ?" "Whar be yew goin' ter !" "Nowhere in particular. I am traveling through the West for pleasure." "Thar must be a lrnap in it. Haow many in yer party?" "Only three. How many in yours?" "Ten," replied Bent readily; "thar Wal' t wenty-two when we left but wo'vo rubb ed agin t he Apaches too man y times." HWell, Mr. Bent," cried Frank, "I think we understana each other. I would like to have a talk with you. Will you come ashore to.night, or shall we wait until daylight?" "If it's all ther same to yow we'll wait until daylight." "All right." This terminated the confab. But wm; not far away. Frank was deeply interested in the raft aPd occupants. He was determined to how what had brought them il1to this dang e r-ridden r eg ion .. He felt sure that it was some heroic or philanthl'Qpic object. These men never have sacrificetl twelvo Jives and such risks for nothing.


T'HE LOST CARAVAN. Barney was completely tired out and retired to res t But "Wall, I 'll be doggoned!" exclaimcc1 Bent, "this air beats there was no more sleep for Frank. anythin I ever seen afore. Yew needn't be much afraid of There, anchored in mid stream, the raft waited for the the Apaches with this, I reckon!" comi'j_g of day As the gray light increased the raft became ''No," replied Frank; "we could whip the whole nation visible to Frank as did the Racer to the raftsmen. of them in open battle!'' At length the sun appeared above the horizon. Then the They were now seated in the cabin; and Frank passed raftsmen1crowded the log breastworks of the raft, and gazed around cigars. Then Bent told hi s story. w_ith. curiosity and wonder at the Racer. It was a thrilling narrative. I'll be durned shouted Bent. "What kind of a lokermotive hev yew got thar, my friend? Dew yew around in that ?" "Sure!" repli e d "Com e ashore and I'll talk with y ou." "Yew air travelin' in this ken try for pleasure an excite ment," he said, "but w e air tryin' to resky a lot of who, if they ain't ahcady m11Rt b e in terrible hard fix. "Eleven mouths ago a carava u l eft Dallas fo1 li'ort Sum-"l don't see why we hadn't ought e r trust eac h other," J1er on the Pec o s There war ten families, men, women and sai d Bent "but this air i s a tough kentry !" c hildren in that caravan, and about fifty peopl e all told. r "Have no fears," ::;aid Frank, with a laugh. "lam not a "But out of thet fifty there warn't more nor fifteen fight foe. If I am willing to trust you, why you ought to b e will-in' men J eff was ther pilot, an' lot s 0 people tol d ing to .trust me." him better nor to tq to cross ther Llano without military "Right, strawnger," c ried th e rough lead e r of the raftsescort, fer ther Apache s were on ther rampage. "But old Jeff 'lowed that h e warn't afraid of ther re d men. "I'm c omin' off tew see ye!" The next moment a light cano e put off from the raft. devils; so the r caravan set out, hor ses and waggings an Bent and a companion wefo the occupants. mules an' all. They h e v bin P.leven months missin' They Bent was revealed as a powerful, broad-shouldered fellow hain t r eac h e d Fort Sumner y it, an in course suthin' i s of good height, and a type of plainsman. He was armed to the teeth The canoe touched the bank and the tw? ni.e n l eape d out. They came quickly toward the Racer wrong. I "They may b e dead and sca lp ed, but a gooc;I many fancied they war shut in some way and were h e ld bes i ege d by tlier Apaches. We hev found traces of 'e m in 1different The t 's what w e're in this ere reirion fer. W e ain't heel much Frank sprang down to meet them. They g ripp e d h ands, a nd Bent said : "I'm Bill Bent, fin' this ar'. i s m y pard, Jack Dale or Pecos Jac k as the boys cal l s him:" "I'm glad to m eet you, gentlemen/' said Frank warmly. l had hardl y ex p ected to find a white man in this region." "Ugh!'; ejaculateci Bent; "yew won't find many of 'em. Buf w e' r e h e r e for a purpo se." "Ah F' said Frank: "The lost carava n, is it?" lu c k so far." OHAPTEH. IV. DOWN THE RIVER. "JesL so. "BUT," continued Bent, "we hope tew hev b e ttei f?rtin' Butwhat caravan, and how did i t get lost? At l east yet. We beJoug in Tascos, but olganized thar an' c um down explain it to m e." yerc tew try. an' find them helpless wimmt=:n an' children. ''That I will, friend," sa id B ent, but it's quite a story, W e've lost more'n half our men, buL we ain't goin' back till a.n' I'll hav e to begin at ther beginning." w e :find 'em Thet's ther whol e of ther s tor y "First come on board th e Racer," said Frank, "th en I Frank Reade, Jr., was inte nsel y excited H e arose and can explain my bus ine ss in this region) and we will mutually paced the floor. confer." "Good,", agreed "that's what I lik e to hear!" 'I'he two plainsmen went aboard the machine. Frank "I am glad I hav e run acr6ss you," he sa id, "aud I am intereste d in y our heroi c proj ect I s hall give you all the aid in my power. I agroo with you that the caravan is probably showed them ove.r it, and explained its mechanism as well as besieged somewhere by the Apaches. We must track them he could. down. The rest will be easy." They were astonished as well as delighted. Yew air a man arter my own heart !'1 roared Bent. I \ .


8 THE LOST CARAVAN. "Durn me, but thet s ther kind o' talk I like! With yer help "That is true," agreed Frank, "but why not have sent a we'll do it!" courier to Stockton or Sumner for military aid?" "We will try," agreed "but have you any clew. ?" Bent opened his eyes wide . "I hev hed a hundred!" replied Bent, "but none of 'em "E pluribus unum !" he quoted. "One man or two could has worked. Thar's jest one way; an that is to foller ther hardly have made the journey trail as nearly as posi:dble." --"True,'' agreed :Frank; "'if is not now obliterat ed. Where did you 1as t find it ?" "Twenty miles above her e on th e bank s of thi s v e ry river We reckoned a s haow Jeff h ad been driv e n outer an i s land in the middle of th e r stream. W e friun d all &igns of a hot . fight. We also found stump s and s having s and c ut bran ches which appeared a s if h e d made a raft our s an "Is that so?" "Yew bet! "Well-then your plan is to continue down the river?" "Sartin! that's what Haines did. We kin find out whar he went a s hore if he did sich a thing; or we' ll find some proof thet ther reds scalped ther hull party "Very good!" said Frank, inclining hi s head; "your plan looks like a logical one. We will follow it. Let us hope that hed floated down th e r stream je s t a s w e are doin'." we will find them besieged somewhere beyond here." -doubt of l.t,'' agreed. :Frank. And you did the "Wall, if that' s the case, I reckon it' ll be somewhar in th e s ame?" Table Hill s fer this river run s right through them. Thet 's "Jes' so We made thet r a ft yonder in two days, and a bout fifty mile s below here! "Good then you will rai s e anchor and continue down th e ever it had s topped." re c koned to drift arter th e r c aravan and s top whar s tream on board your raft?" Thet looks like th e r bes t plan." "But did they not ha v e hor s e s and wagons ?" a s k e d I "No doubt it i s 'fhe Racer will follow you along the Prank. "We found some on ther waggin s in kindlin' wood. I bank. How many mile s a day can your raft/ travel?" Th e r hosse s cud easy go along on ther raft yer know." "What do you think th eir purpo s e was in taking to th e river?" W a ll, I make out that J eff thought it t e w hot work travelin' acros t the r plain with w a gging s a n horses. On ther raft the y c ud keep th er r e d s a t a dis t a nce. Th e n lie probably ele ct e d tew drift down into th e r Pecos, '1-n' probably fall in with h e lp or mak e th e wes t bank a nd s trik e out agin fer Sumner." Frank saw th a t the the o r ies of B ent were all logical and About twenty, I will be nearly three days getting there, then?" "So it looks friend!" Thi s ended the interview. Bent was delighted with having s e c ured Frank 's co-operation, and looked forward with mu c h e n c ourag e ment t o th e futur e B e nt f\nd Jack Dal e r e turn e d to th e raft whe r e they tolrl th eir eight c ompanic.n s of the new s trok e of luck. So dc-lighted w e r e the y that they mounted the parapet of the raft a nd c heer e d F rank a n d Barne y and Pomp an s w ere d thi s with a will no doubt correct. Th e los t caravan mus t then ha v e been 'l' h e n the r aft cas t off its mooring s and t h e start was mad e 1 wiped o ut o f exis t e nce b e tween this s pot and the west b a n k The Ra c er followe d the bank s o f t h e river as closely a s of the Pecos, or be som e w he r e between these point s b e possible It was nec essar y to go slowly a s the raf t move d s ieged. 1 In eith e r case th e affair present e d a wide scope for excitThu s the y proceed e d for mile s Thu s far the river had ing adyenture, and thi s was what th e y oun g inv e ntor was mad e its way through a green plain. looking for. But now a b elt of timber and a d e n s e came into So he was at once intere s ted a nd det e rmin e d to join in view. Frank reg a rd e d thi s with some c oncern. the ques t for th e cara v an But h e s aid: It was a possibl e obs truction. If its undergrowth .was too "I c annot und e ri;:ta nd why you i;:hould be s o ra s h a s to d e nse the Rac e r might have to go out around it. How much venture into thi s d a ng e rou s region with so few m e n, my friend Bent. The cowboy showed bi s e v e n white teeth in a smile "We didn t s top tew c ount noses,'' he d e clared. "We took all the volunteer s w e c ud find an set out. We hev hed great losses, but eYc n t e n of us would be a good r e inforcement." o f a detour thi s would make was a que s tion Thi s would m e an a separation of the ma.chine and th e raft. But just as Frank was puzzled the most tO know what to do, Barney. cried : "Shure Misther Frank, wud yez take a luk at the raft. There' s s omethin' the matther wid 'em!"


THE LOST CARAVAN. Frank instantly glanced in that direction. He was sur prised to see that the raft had .come to a stop, and one of the party was waving a white flag tied to a stick. "That's queer," muttered the young inventor. "What can be the matter?" The machine came to a stop and Frank ran down the bank to the wat er's edge. Then he shouted : "What's the matter, Bent?" "I jest thought I'd ax ye how ye could git through that ere timber belt? It looks pooty thick." "I hardly know;" replied Frank "I thought of going around it." "Won't it be a pooty long trip?" "Well, rather.'! "Mebbe suthin' might happen we cudn't git together agin." "I thought of that." "Wall, I've got an ijee." "Well?" a"Sked Frank. Barney and Pomp were right in their element now. They quickly fraternized with the frontiersmen, and all "were soon the best of friends ,.. The comicalities of the .negr_o and the Irishman kept the plainsmen in a constant state oigood humor; Down the river the raft now drifted . :.)_. ., Soon naught bl!t the was upon either hand. It could be seen that the Racer never have penetrated its tangled depths. 1 For hours the raft drifted on thus. Then suddenly Bent approached Frank and said : "Do you hear a peculiar sound just ahead of us, Misther ReadeJ'.' Frank listened, then gave a "On my word!" he exclaimed; "that like rushing waters." "Rapids?" "Yes." The two men fooked at -each other questioningly. For a "S'posin' yew jest run yure waggin aboard this raft. It'll moment neither spoke. float it easy. Then when we cum to open kentry you kin go Thu s far the river had presented only a sluggish current ashore agin.' and easily navigable. Now, however, a real danger began to "That is an excellent plan," agreed Frank. "if the raft loom up before them. will surely float us." Frank glanced at the shore. It was by no means an en"I'll take my oath on that." c ouraging landing place for the Racer. Yet what was to be "Then it is agreed. wear the raft around to this done? _..-shore?" It would, c e rtainly never do to ri s k a breaking up of the raft in the rapids unless they were of the kind down which so. we kin slide the waggin right down from the bank." Frank was at once favorably impressed with this plan. He saw that the raft was so large and so staple an affair "Jest as easy. W() hevgot some spare logs fer skids tew, the raft could safely pass. The only way to make sure of this was to anchor the raft here and then go on ahead and ascertain the facts in the case. Frank broached thfs to Bent. The latter agreed that it that it could easily bear up the weight of the Racer. More-th ld t th t was right, so at once ordE:lrs were given for the mooring of over, is wou um e e par y. So the Racer was quickly run down to the bank. The ,the raft. The roar of the rapids could now be quite plainly heard. raft touched the sands, and the stout plainsmen very quickly had run out some huge logs :from the raft to the bank, makThe canoes were brought out and a party of six made up to go ahead and reconnoiter. BiH Bent shook his head. ing in reality serviceable skids, down which the machine could be slid safely. Then all the plainsmen came ashore. The cable which Frank produced, was tied about the rear part of the Racer, and then the line of men bore upon it and gradually lowered the machine to the raft. Great cheers went up as this was safely accomplished. Then all went aboard and the raft cast away from the shore. Down into the current it floated. It was now more than ever a floating fortress. And our adventurers had a most excellent ehance to get well acquainted with their new-made acquaintances. They found them to be rough, but honest and fearless men. "I'm afraid w1e are going ter meet with diffikilty now," he cried, "if we hev tew leave ther raft an' take to thet chaparral there'll be hard work afore us afore we reach ther Table Hills!" Frank heartily agreed with the cowboy. B.Jlt yet he hoped for the best. CHAPTER V. SURROUNDED BY SAVAGES. THOSE selected for the expedition were Frank and Barney, Bill Bent and Jack Dale, and two of the plainsmen. l


lO 'PH E l..JOS'l' UABA. VAN_ These were in two canoes, Frank._ Barn()y and Bent in one of them Leaving Lhe raft they paddl e d away down the s tream. They w e re soon beyond a bend in the tivcr Herc 1he current gro w momontarilj' iswifl e r. crhen there snddenly bur s t into view a ai s tal1t clo111l or mist. Bent gave u prolonged whi s tle. That these were the Table 1\fonntains fot which they were bound, the Celt felt sme_ All this he noted and more. 'l'he i sland thus made Wfls in the mosL part densel y wooded and rocky in the remaining part. Studying this panorama for s ome while the Celt next turned his gaze to the east. He saw the winding course or the river and the raft moored a few mile s above "Whew!" he exclaimed ; "ii.'8 fot us that we didn't Then he caught sight of Romething else whfoh made his make out t e w try an' run th e m rap i d R Wr d been in a high hair creep. Between them and the raft and gently gliding old scrape right a way." along in the cover of the <>hore were half n. dozen large "'!'hat i s true, agreed "Need wll go further? canoes_ Judging from the roar of tho s e fall s \Ve cannot hope to pass T:hey contained each half a doz e n du s ky Apache s a warthem." party. That they were creeping down the river to surprise "Wall, ye kin tell." ventured Bent. "We mought and attack the two canoes of white men there was no doubt. inve s tigate_" So th e c anoes went on. This was a peril real and enormou s TBirty-six armed Apach e s betwe e n them and the raft. Soon they \vereright in full sight of the rapids_ a singular s cenll was pres ented. And now What could the six plainsmen hope to do in tlrn faee of su c h odds? 'I'he riv e r h e re se e med to divid e into two bran ches One "Be me sowl !" gasped Barney. "j\fisthet Frank mu R t ' t l 'h' a d k bed know av that right away!" w e n c a s m g an roarmg own over a ro e y . The oth e r on the contrary flowe d away at another angla He lost no time, but s lid qi1ickly down the cottonwood with swift current, but no rapids. Tnlo lhi R branch of the He scrambled Clown the bank with whitr fa c e and agitated r iver th e c anoe s pa ss ed. "Wall, thct b eats me! c ri ecl B ent, in smprise; "de w yrw l'Cckon riv er mee t s fothc r a g in ? ' "Yes," de c lared Frank, with e onvi c tion. "I think you will find it s o But to mak e sure, s uppose s ome of us go a s hor e and elimb the talleRt tre 0 herra bout s Barney, you a re a good monkey!" "Bejabers, T'm 1hc man f 0 r ye7., Mi sther Frank," cri ed the C e lt ; b e s hure. ROl', I'll t'mc:1h<:>rtake it'' 'T'hen yew air the ht1ckl e berry fer u s !'' c ried Bent. \\ e n try the t hi g h c ottonwood yencler. Kin ye go th et?" "Shure, an' I kin!" The eanoe ran up to the !"horr, and 1hrncy sprang out. manner. "What is the matter, Barney?'' a s ked Prank in surpri se. "What has gone wrong now?'' "Shure, sor, they're afthcr u s !" gasped the Irishman. We must beai'ther gettin' awa.v from here." With which he told the R tory l t i!-; needl e s s to s ay that quick action was made. The two canoes were quickly run a s hore They were dragged into the bush e s and th e white men crouched do\Yn to \Vtlit. Their game was, of course to allow the pursuing arages to pass, then launeh their canoe s again and make for thr raft_ This would be giving the foe the s lip in good fashion. But, alas, for the be s t-laid plan s Dale and hi s men now came up. \ h h d h ls t ey crone e t ere in tlw s uddenly a pe e ulin.r Barney quickly ascended into. the cottonwood_ In a v ery note of a bird wa s heard far np th e riYc r : few moments, with agility he had reached the highest cl'hey re comin','' whis per e d Bent ; "1 know that t 'lJ. branch. From thi s cle vution he had a view of the It' s an Apache call!" river in either direction. The Celt u s ed his eyes for all they were worth : Several times the cry of the river hen wns heard. Then it was repeated from another quarte r, and so astounded our He i>aw the two bran ches of th<' river in their :l'ull course. adventurersthat for a moment they were in dire confusion. That to the north ran rapidly for s ome miles over rough 'l'he answer to the water hen';; c all came from the forr"t stony bottom_ Then it came out into an open plain and bore in their rear. It instantly establishcrl one terrible fact. in n. crescent cour s e around to the south. Here it joined the southern branch, which in all its course was unbroken by rapids. The main river thus flowed away to the base of a distant range of flat-topped hills They were pursued on land as well as on the river. over, the red foe were all about them. ''Surrounded!" gasped Bent. "I'll be lassooed if thel ain't hard lines!"


'l' H E LOST CA R AVAN. 11 B egorra, w e've got lo foight fer our loive s If we only had the electhri c gun h e re now--" W e might try the oth e r l'id e of the river / t;ugge s ted l 1'rank. But B e n t sh ook his h ead. '"No u s e,'' he said ; "they' re ove r thar too. Don t y e hear 'em?" Surrounded by the Apaches. 'rruly it was a hard outlook. What was to be done? ''Bu t J h eard on e oi them right bes ide me," whis pere d Wrank in r e p l y "rhe t was m e "You i"' "Yas !' "But won't that brin g th e m down on to u s ?" Dal e chuc kl e d in reply. "If they h ear an Inj un ove r h e r e g iving a s ignal t h ey'll n e v e r .think o i looking fer u s her e h e d e cla red; "they' ll For s ome moment s our adventur e rs were in a dire predi c jest go out around u s ament. But Jack Dale now c am e to the res c u e Frank c ould say no mor e He saw that Dale was a pa st"We mought try an beat c m in ther bus h," h e s aid. ma s t e r in th e art of woodc raft. 'We'll hev to l eave our canoeA to do it." Soon the chatte r of the squirre l o r th e shriek of the wood' A n ythi ng!" e xclaimed Frank; "this ii:; n o time for a1awk and oth e r s ignal s w e r e all ab o u t th e hiding wJ1ite 1.:hoice Name y our plan, llfr. Dal e Wall, c om e with m e,'' s aid the T e xan who wai:i an exp ert Indian strate gi s t. men. Jac k Dal e k ept up his o n e n o t e of ih e 'rate r h e n and s o s killfull y did h e practice the d ecep tion that t h e ad v ancin g He started at once alon g tb e rivm bank But B ent exl i ne of s kulkin g sav a ges actuall y passeu b y wi lhout disco v ering their quarry clai med: "That's wal.kin right inter 'em, Jack." 'All right," s aid the Texan, laconi c ally; "in course that'o ti O. But w e mus t s lip 'e m ye 'l'hey ll be looking fer u s o n th e riv e r o.f the r s hor e The t will help u s an if we work through their lin e w e kin git beyond 'em an' hav e a clear c o u r s e fer the raft. See? "I se e," agreed Bent; "but won t they s tumble right on All in the party felt like g iving the shrewd woodsman an l \ mbraee. But he made qui c k s ignal s to foll o w him, and awa y they glid e d thTOugh th e for est. 'l'his was b y no m eans an e asy fea t for it w a: ; necessary to proceed with t h e utmo s t s il c ne;e. The c r e aking o f a twig an u n wary cras h in the unde r bru sh might brin g the r c d fo e all a b out t h e m ag a in. But fortunate l y the whit e m e n m a d e no mi s take. Soon to us, pard ?" Dal e bur s t out from a t a n g led mass o f vines and point e d to "We mus t keep our eyes open don t ye see?" averred the rive r befo r e them. Jack; "git unde r t h e r gras s J ike 11 sn ake o r u p a tree l i ke a c oon. K e ep oute n their sight, thet's a ll." Both F r ank ancl B ent felt v e ry dou btfu l of t h eir ability t o do t h i s "lf all of ui:; had a s rrood a knowledcre oi wood -craft a s 0 '"J'h e re 's t h e raf t, pard s h e c ri ed. I reckon i e fool e d ihe r red s thi s ti m e." "Thanks t o y our excelle n t strategy; cle clar e d Frank; "it i s lik e l y tha t w e owe our livei:i t o y ou. D a l e modestly di scl aim e d thfs a ss ump t i o n howev e r and y o u "Mr. Dal e," said Frank, w e could b e pretty s ur e to d o they w ent o n down t o the w a t er's e dge. it!" The fir s t obj ect d s ibl e a s P o mp 's wooll y h e ad abov e the "Jest do a s y e see me do! parap et. H e gave a loud whoop of jo y at sight of his c om We ll," agreed F r a n k "it i s o u r only c h a nce. If we are panion s s afe and s ound dise;overed we m ust fight, that is all." The n a c ano e put out from th e r aft and took the m off th e So it was decided. sho r e Gen e ra l e xp l anatio n s followed once the y wer e aboard But iir s t Jack D ale or Pecos Jack g ave them a ll i n s t ruc -the raft. ti o n;; how to h id e from t h e gaz e of t h e p ro w ling s avages H e "Golly fo glory! I'se ):lone g l ad yo' has come back agin e;aui:ied the party to s eparate a litt l e fo' s u ah cried P om p "Wha' di s nigger ebe r do if y o Then sec r e t e d under th,e th i cket, all waited for the eriti-had been all sca l pe d b y dem Injuns ?'' e;al p a ssi n g of th e line of foes. "Bej a b ers yez won!d have had everything to yeself thin SuJde n l y the Apache's signal sou nded clos e b y F r ank. :.e hayg u r !' c r ied Barne y thr owing a flip -fl op. "Small DH. de g a c an i nvoluntary start an d grippe d h is rifle. t her e' d be f e r t h e loik es av yez to k ick. Shure, w u d n t 'Sh! don t y e kno w b e t te-r n o r that?" ca m e the w a rn i n g h ave t h e Race r?" w hi s p e r fro m Jac k D a le; k eep d ead qui e t pard ' Huh! don c-ar' n uffin 'bout clat. S'pose l wan t d i s


13 'l'HE LOST CARAVAN. Racer wifout Marse Frank to bo8s it. Dis chile ain't no Suddenly it turned the bend and came in easy view of the J'ool. Yo' cudn 't git along wifout Marse Frank no moah dan rapids. Then an unexpected thing happened. I cud." The cracking of rifles came from the forest on both sides gyerybodyla_ughed at cried: of the river, and bullets went over the parapet, or "By buffiers, Mister Heade, them two chaps are poety sunk into the logs with a thud. One of the sweepsmen was _l ... :. much attached to you, ain't they?" slightly wounded. :frank and lookedjJlrased. Instantly a commotion was created. 'rhis kind of an at" We are old friends," he said. "It is a tie not easily brotack was totally unlike the Apache style of warfare. ken. Where I go Barney and Pomp go too." But it was likely that they had discovered the "An' ye're a combination hard tew beat," declared Bent, practiced upon them by the whites, and were too enraged to whereat the others gave a shout of assent. control themselves. Nothing could have suited the raftsmen better than this betrayal of their presence. CHAPTER VI. AT THE. 1tIVER FORKS. IT was easy to see that our adventurers were popular with the plainsmen. The best of feeling prevailed, which was a very good thing. Then a consultation was held. "Oho!" .cried Bent, jeeringly, "they are awful mad, ain't they? So they're goin' to show an open hand right awa'y? Durn their measly hides, thet's jest what we want! Heigho !" This latter exclamation was caused by an unexpected sight. Dale was the first man to see it. "Look!" he cried, "they mean to get us into trouble ir they kin." All beheld the cause of this remark. Across the southern branch of the river there was a couple of strong lariats strongly . It would seem as if the weight of the raft should snap Of course but one conclusion was reached. This was that h 1.k t t B t t f .1 'th th t t the party should keep on down the river on the raft. t em i e a ow s rmg. u o one am1 iar wi e enac1 y "I do not fear any attack they can make," declared Frank, "not so long as we have the electric gun." "Then ye think it'll be safe to run right on down thei' south branch of ther river?" asked Bent. "Why not?" "Wall, I reckon 'tis. Haul up anchor, boys, an' give way at ther sweeps." and strength of the rawhide lariat, it was at once easy to see that the barrier was no despicable one. It would have seemed easy to cut it, but a man must expose himself on the end of the raft to do this. That deadly riflemen lurked in the forest recesses on either side was cer tain. This would mean certain death. Moreover, it now looked likely that the lariats were not needed to consummate the ruin of the raft, for it was slowly Once more the big raft was under way. Down the river swinging of its own volition toward the rapids. it drifted and every moment nearer the booming rapids. The sweepsmen were working like heroes. But the raft now a possible peril suggested itself to Bent. was barely holding its own. "Do yew s'pose ther current kin be powerful enuff tew Bent was pale and nervous. draw us off inter them rapids?" he asked Frank. "If it is "By wildcats! I'm afraid we're done for, Mr. Reade!" he o.ur goose is cooked." said; "what dew yew think of it?" "We must guard against that," said Frank. "If neces-Frank's keen gaze had been taking in the situation. He sary we can send ropes ashore, and wear our way down on saw that the time had come for decisive action. this side until below the angle." So he sprung aboard the Racer. He mounted to the upper "Hight, friend," agreed Bent, "but them ar Injuns--" deck and put a dynamite shell into the pneumatic gun. "Don't .worry about them," said F;.ank, confidently. "l It was but a moment's work to train it. He aimed for the think I can make matters pretty for them hcrcaclump of trees at one end of the lariat. Then he pulled the bouts; just leave that to me." "All right, cap'n," agreed Bent, but it was plain that the cowboys were none of them so confident as Frank .was. On drifted the raft. lever. There was a slight recoil, and the hiss of air. The shell struck where it was aimed. The next moment the vicinity looked as if a cyclone had struck it. I


rrHE LOST CARAVAN. 13 There was an awful roar. An earthquake s hock and a During the night the raft Md drifted clear of the forest, terrific upheaval of tree s stones and earth. The lariat anu the open plain was again upon either hand. snapped like thread. While in the distance the Table Hills were to be descried. Quick as a flash Frank sent another shell to the opposite Suddenly as they were making a bend in the river B ent shore. He followeu this with others into the nearby woods. caught sight of something on shore. As he did so he gave a Fearful whoops and yells came from the fore s t depths little gasp. Then they ceased. Nothing human c ould stand in the face of such a fire. Frank now rushed to the rail of the Racer. "Loo k !" he exclaimed; l'durned if they didn't b r eak up their raft here!" And so indeed it looked. "Lively now, all of you!" he cried; "take a rope ashore For, piled up on the shore was a heap of logs and debris. and turn it around that big cottonwood on the point. Don't There were also remains of an old wagon. be afraid of Apaches. You won'.t find one in a radi1rn of That the caravan might have met its final fate here miles!" The astounded plainsmen for a moment were unable to act. It was Bent who gave them their first inspiration "Come on!" he cried, springing into the canoe, "the quicker we go the better." F'our men were quicklY. on their way to the shore with the rope. They were none too soon. As it was carried around the big cottonwood the bow of the raft came s lowly around. Another rope was carried to the ang l e of the two rivers, and s lowly the big r aft swung into the smooth river. The danger was over. The raft was saved. And all was owing to Frank Reade, Jr., and the electric looked, indeed, logical. Bent gave orders to moor the raft. Then the canoe was put out, and Frank, Bent and Dale, paddled ashore One fact at least' was established. They were upon the track of the lost caravan if it yet existed. A pp roaching the heap of debris the three men first beheld a ghastly sight. There in the sands of the bluff lay a numoer of bleaching skeletons. For aught they knew these might be the remains of the sole survivors of the ill-fated expedition. Bent made a close examination of them, and said: "They air whipe men's bones, I reckon. No Injun has a skull shaped like th et The others agreed with Bent. Then the debris was given gun. On down the river went the rescuing party once more an overhauling This resulted in one conclusion. rn quest of the lost caravan. It was logical that the raft had at this point moored for But all these incidents which we have described had conthe night, and a section of it was cut off and left there. Also the dilapidated wagon, from which the Indians had taken sumed much time, and darkness was rapid l y coming on. What had become of the Apaches it was not easy to guess. But after such a repulse it seemed as if they would be wise in keeping a safe distance. Rapidly night came on. Guards were stationed at all ends of the raft. The searchlight made a pathway of light down the river. And now that the perils of the day were over, the spirits of all were gay and a jolly time ensued . Barney and Pomp added their quota to the little fund of entertainment. Aboard the Racer they sprung and each ap peared, one with a banjo and the other with a fiddle. Pomp twanged away at a plantation breakdown, and then every vestige of iron.; But the large part of the raft and the survivors of the party had continued on down the river. They had arrived at this conclusion when Jack Dale made a discovery. He picked up the tail board of the wagon. Upon this was an entry in blue chalk. Thus it read: "We are in camp once more after twe n ty m iles driftin g to-Lfay. Jeff thinks we ought to reach the hi ll s to morrow One of our men reports Indian We are to post extra guards to-night. God help us if we are attacked, for ours ii; a feeble band, and these accursed Apaches follow us like a sang a uarky ong. Barney gave Garryowen on the fiddle plague. It will be a happy day for us when we make the ana sang an Irish ballad. west bank of the Pe,pos. There we hope to find relief fro m none turned in until quite a late hour. Altogether it was a joyous evening aboard the raft, and the fort. I am to relieve the guard at two o'cl?ck. Memo. of Dick Clare." good .fortune had it, no incident marred the repose of t hose on the raft that night Morning came full and fair, Bent was much excited when he read this. :md all were ast i r at a n early h o u r. ''I know the ad well/' h e declared; "he was a b rave


'rHE LOST CARAVAN. youth and one of a bright family. Jasper Clare, his father, Then a confab was held. is one of the best ranchmen in ther hull west." 'fhe result was that Bent decided to land his men here "It was evidently the guard that were killed," said Frank and follow the lead of Frank R eade, Jr., into the hills. slowly; "do you think the writer of t11ii; was one of them?" Bill Bent shook his head. What was more the discover y of marks of a former landing was made. Dale declared : "Those aie bones of men well matured," he said. "I I honestly reckon thet ther e:ararnn people came ashore reckon the lad escaped. Then ther Injuns probably struck at this p 'int. We kain' t do better than tew foller 'em." their blow afore midnight." These discoveries were of rour:;e of no slight importance to the rescue party. It off ered a ray of hope. "It'll depend on what we find pards," de c lared Jack Dale. "Mebbe the rest of 'e m are tied u.p in ther hill s." "Then we' re galoots tew be loafin here cried ?ent; they may be. d ea dly in need of u s thi s e re minnit!" Y e're right, Jack," agreed Bent. So the raft was abandoned. Armed to the teeth the ten plainsmen were read y for the invasion of the Table Hills. As tl1e Racer c ould not have carrie d them ii wa s for them Lo do aught but follow tl1c mlchinc on foot. So they set forth. In all the south west the Table Hills had not a parallcJ. "You are i'.ight, agreed Frank, "let u s pre ss on as quiek ly a:> possible. Ba ck to the raft they went. Too high to be distinguis hed as table-lands or plateau s, / they were yet of the s ame character. Alter having ascended their pre cipito u s sides ib c summit was found io be a:; fia t Once mon: Lhe moorings were c a s t off and the raft wa:i as any prairie or uottom land and eovering many s quaT e propelled down the s tream. The men worked vigorou s ly at miles in extent. the long sweep Each of these singular hills was thus flat at the summit. Mile afte r mile was c overed. At last they were c lo s e to Between the hills were terribl e canyons and gorges the Table Hills. The river ran into a canyon here and the BuL yet from. e a c h to the other there was always to be found raft came again to a stop to decid e what was the best move a nflrrow ca u::;eway, as if designed b.Y nature for c ommuni cat o make. Exciting events w ere in s tore. tion. CHAPTER VII. So that on the summit of the Table Hills fully a hundre

J,OST CARA VAN. ( I 15 a man. In one hand he held a long, keen-bladed ktrifo. It ill these hill s, J w ent out upon 11 i1unt for veni s on. When I was dripping with blood. 1 ehttne d they W clc gorte I hav e M t see11 thetn since." At the s ame moment three other fonnR w e r e s e e n skirting !'hi s decl aratio n r r eate d a se n sa tion. th e c op se to head him off The y wcTe arme d with rHles mid Jfow lon g ng'o w111. thet?" a s k e d Bill : w ere Ap aches. Anoth e r mom ent th e fu g i ti v c youth would hav e comet in a line with their vis ion, and migh t hav e been shot dead But in that instant B@t threw up his rifl e a s dic l two othern. FuJl y a month." "Afi' ,\'cw'v c bin hnntitt! rcr eve r sinc e then ?1' I h av r." Wall was the r e an y r e a s on for their taking sich French l eave ? War they attac k e d b y th e r r e ds?" Cra k-a c k "'I'hc r c w e r e marks o f a llc s p erate fight. Yet I found no rrwo of the s avag es thre w up the ir arms with wild yell s d ead boJies Doubtl ess m y fri e nd s are some wher e it! thes e and fell. The othe r vani s h e d hill s bt1t I cannot see m to gt!t trac k of the m : '11he fugitiv e y ou t h turne d in amazem ent. At sight of the This wa s a r e markable story Bent and D a le ex c hanged Ra ce r and the pla in s m e n h e g av e a c r y of joy and c ame glances. The n t h e lattel' a s k e d : boundin g toward the m. "Could th ey h e v t a k e n y u l'c p e opl e off ?.J' H i!' appearance was pitiable., "The Apael1es don t do th a t/' r e pli e d the y outh. Som e t errible hard ship had redu ce d hi s clothing to a few "Right," agreed th e Ind i a n tighte r ; it' s curu;.; ragg ed segments His hair fell low ove r his s hould e r s, and whar t hey w e nt. flo w man y wm.'c i n th e r party when y e w 11is fa c e was brui se d and s woll e n. l eft?" 'Thank God!" h e c ri e d in H qu a verin g voice a s h e c am e Pt)rhapFi e i ghteen No t mor e than eight of thein wer e . bounding up. 1 once more meet tho se of m y own race. m e n a ble to fight.'' ,_ I For months pa s t I hav e done nin1ght but l e ad a hunted e x "Whew! i s t h r t nil t h e t's l e ft of thei caravan?" iste n ce, purs ued, traile d ancl almo s t run down b y thos e fie nd s of Apa c h es.'' "It i s, sor.'' mom ent, s a i d Fra nk Read e, pre ss iti g forward; "You are w e l c ome f c ri e d Frank. "Your look s bear out . what i s your name, youn g man ? }'Olir words: Was it your v o ice w e h eard in Dick Clare I ".:\! o r e plied the r esc u e d youth, "that w as the death c r y Ah im e d the y oun g inv entor, "I g u esse d a s of an Apache W e had a terrible battl e but I triumphed, muc h. \Ye r ead a bit of m e m orandum writte n b y y ou on the and plunge d this knife into his he art. But for y ou tho1tgh, I mu s t have s oon paid !or it." "Yas!" cried Bent, "they war close on to ye. Bu t lmow in. time did yew git intel' s i c h a flx, an \Vhar al' ye from?" This wa s upon lip s of u.ll. The youth saw it and has tened to relieve their clll'iosity. I 'It is :t lollg story,'' he began 0l1r party, in which w e n a number of fatnilie s of settlers, bouncl ior Fort Sutnner on P ecos fell in with Apaches before they had got well into the wilderne ss, and w e wer e badly riddle(l Teff Raines, our trus ty lead er--" tailboard o f a wagon--" Y es," c ri e d Dic k Clare, e ag e l'I)'; "that w as whe r e we lost thre e of our best men. It wa!' a midnight. attac k.' The n young Clare proceed e d to g iv e in detail 'th e course and the fearful e xp e rien ces of th e ca ravan in ifs lon g c areer a cross the Llano. H e was lis t e n e d to with inte rest. W h e n he had fini s h e d Frank c all e d to Pomp : "Hey, you bla c k ras cnl. ge t gentl eman something good to eat." '' A righ t, sa4!" r e pli e d Pomp a s h e vani s h e d I will find you a n e w suit o f c loih es, Mr. Clare," .F'rank 'Hooray!" shoute d Bill Bent . Ah ; y e w one of ther los t continue d. You s e e m sore l y in need o f it.'' caravan thet Jeff Haine,; left Dallas with?'' 1'ears s tood in young Clare s eye s ''I am," r e pli e d the yot1th in s ut'ptise. '' Y Ou hav e hemd I of us, then? "In cours e w e hev. Why lad here t e w res ky ye an' carry ye on tew Fort Snmne r W 'har's the rest of yer party?'' The JOllth's face leugtb.>.rwfl ' Yoll are tnore than kind," he s aid, hus kil y .''I trus t you will get your r e ward. But, oh I wis h I kn e w where tny c ompanions are today." ''We will find them, if po s sible," said Frank earnestly. Young Olare wa s astonished when he went on board the Racer and noted its character anu its fittings. "Oh, I cannot tell you," he said, ''l have searched for "By Jove!" he exclaimed, "ifs a palace on wheels ; Arni them in vain. They were secttrely fortified in a \>oeket run by electrif'ib. too. We11. I !"


16 THE LOST CARAVAN C lar e felt much better when he 11ad finished his meal, and would endeavor to make an aggressive move. It was well to he soon appeared in some new clothes, thanks to Frank's be prepared. ph ilanthropy. So he called an early halt. Then preparations were made Then with high spirits 110 was all in for the finding of for making the camp secure t h e other members of the caravan. Th e party rested upon a little rise of ground. T11e ma "With your help I shall find them!" he cried. "I was be-c hine was upon one side as a means of screen, and a l edge of fore in constant fear of the Apaches!" rock upon the other. In a hollow of this .camp a fire was "Th en these hills are filled with the dusky barbaria ns, are built. they ?" asked Frank. "'I;hey are everywhere!" declared Clare. "You can hard l y step in the grass without putting your foot on one!" "We s hall be glad to step on a few," said Frank, ironically. I think we can give them a scare!" As it now was a certainty that they were in the very nest of the Apaches, a ll hands were on the alert. Every move was made with caution and judgment Slowly the party moved forward_. The Racer went ahead, and into every suspicious thicket or covert a few rifle s hot s were thrown. The plainsmencame on behind and prepared for a hot fight at any moment. But the Apache i s the shrewdest strategist in the world. It was hardly likely that they would show themselves. And it is when the Apache makes himself invisible that he is most to be dreaded. It may be well reckoned upon that he is close at hand and meditating some treacherous game. None knew this better than Jack Dale. He deployed his men right and l eft, and compelled them to keep consta n tly in cover. And in this manner the invasion of the Tabl e Hill s was made. But where was the remnant of the los t caravan? What was their fate? CHAPTER VIII. THE MIDNIGHT ATTACK. FRANK READE Jn., would have given much to have been able to answ e r this question. But he believed that the solu tion was not far distant. For an hour the invading party crept forward. Not an Apache sign was seen. Then night began to settle down again. It became neces sary to camp. Jack Dale's face was grim Under cover of darkness he knew well that the savages Then the searchlight was kept constantly at work scan ning the intervening plain to a clump of trees distant not a half mile, and which would afford presumably the best cover for the redmen. Guards were a lso posted, anJ thus fortified, the invading party felt a trifle safer. "X et there was danger. A deer lmd been shot during the march, and the venison was roasted over the camp fire. But Pomp managed to also furnish a few additions to the general bill of fare. Perhaps the happiest member of the party was Dick Clare. He told his story to Frank, who had at once made friends with the youth. There was quite a little romance connected thereby. In the caravan party there was a family named Lewis. They were from the far east, and the family consisted of Horace Lewis and his wife, and a daughter of seventeen, Eva Lewis. As eulogistically described by Dick, Eva Lewis was one of the most beautiful and charming of young girls. It was plain that the young man was heels over ears in love with her and that his love was reciprocated. "If a n y harm comes to her!" said Dick, with set teeth a nd flashing eyes, "woe to the Apache nation! I will conse c rate my life to exte rmin ating the deadly vipers." "We will hope that all of your party are safe somewher e in this region," said Frank. "And we will rescue them." "Heaven aid us to do that!" The night was a black .one. Dark c loud s banked in heav e n s and obliterated the light of moon and stars. A soughi ng south wind went wailing across the plain ancl rustled the tall grasses and the leaves of the trees and sung in the tangled spires of the spiny cactus. It was an ideal night for an Indian attack. The wind favored the r e d foe, and the darkness was their boon. Th e whit e guards were constantly upon the alert. The search lamp sent its white light in every dire c tion across the plain. But it could not penetrate to the roots of the waving gra .sses. The re, for aught they knew, hundred s of skulking sav-


'I'HE LOST CARAVAN. 1'l ages might be sna:kelike making their way to the camp r eady Frank set his lips. at a sig nal to leap to the attack. "Then we must be prepared," he muttered "If I was All in tlie party were extremely tired, and most of them sure they were out there I'd make it hot for them With the retired ear l y to rest. But Frank Reade, Jr., and young Clare were not inclined to sleep. They wandered outside the circle of the camp, and ju the shadow of the ledge they sat down upon a bowlder, straining their gaze into the darkness. For Frank felt intuitively that they would be attacked that ni.ght. e l ectric gun The young inventor was about to turn and re-enter the camp when an unlooked-for thing happened. Again Diel Clare gave a smothered cry. Then Frank saw in that instant the cause ofit. Afar off in the direction of the north part of the Table Hill s there suddenly sprung into view a fierce red glow. It Young Clare seemed to have taken a great fancy to mountedup into the air and shone brightly against the s ky. Frank. He hung about him persistently. 'l'h e two men gazed intently at it a moment. They in a lo w tone. Then Frank exc laimed: "A fire !" "Yes!" agreed Clare; "'is it h signal?" "What dreadful foes these Apaches are," declared the young settler. "This region will never be open for sett lement so long as they infest it." Both knew that this was a favorite Apache trick, and I quite agree with you," said Frank. "Yet the evil is that oftentimes hundreds of signal fires would be burning one not easily cured." in different parts of the hills. "I should think Uncle Sam, with all his mighty reBut a closer scrutiny convinced Frank that this hypothesources, might it." "How?" B y sending troops out here and giving the red wretches a whipping." sis was wrong. "Hold qn !" he exclaimed; "that is not a signa l fire!" "So!" exclaim ed Clare, in surprise; "what then is it?" "Look.! u is too fierce and bright. See how it burns with a volume equal to a volcano. Ah, did I not tell you? Lis''Ah," said Frank, shaking his head, "that is considered an extreme measure. It would be condem ned in the East, ten!" where popular sentiment favors the poor Indian. It would Plainly to the hearing of both came faint yells ailld the be deemed a massacre-or at least oppression in favor of the grasping Western land grabber." "Pshaw I" exdaimed Clare, impatiently. "Some of them ought to come out here and take a look at the matter just, as it is. Then they rnigbt'not have quite s,o much to say." barf'ly audible crack of ,5ifles. For a moment both Frank and Clare were spellbound. They hardly knew how to act, or what to do The n Frank recov e red himself. "I quite agree with you." "Do you know what that means?" he exclaimecl; "as I The words had barely left Frank's lip s when y oung mare live I believe that is an attack upon the lost caravan!" put a hand on bis arm. He was t rembling like an aspen. Clare's face was ashen pale. Look, he whispered; did y ou see that?" ''What?" asked Frank. "That Indian I'll take my oath he stood at full height "It is," he gasped. "l know it. They will mmder them, every one. Oh, for tl1c love of heaven, let us to the rescue!" In that moment Frank saw but one path of duty. This out yonder in the grass a moment ago. He has vanished was to fly to the r escue of the besieged people. now l" Frank was muc h exci ted. "Are you sUl'e of that?" he asked. "As sure as that I am alive at this moment." "He must have been venturesome." "Ah, he sto od up to get a look in at the camp, but he did not ex pose him self for long.'1 "That is very true. Then there mus t be others out there No doubt the gras s is alive with them." "I believe it, and they are only waiting a weak moment to dash in upon us.'' H e clasped Clare's hand and turned back into the camp. Th e distant conflict could :r;iot be more than two miles away. It would take but a scant while for the machine to run that distance. With the electric gun h e could scatte r the sava ges like chaff, and B ent and his men could hold the fort where they w e r e or follow s lowl y on as they might' c hoose. Thi s was the instant plan which fla s hed through Frank's brain. He had time to say to "Don't fear! We will sa\.e them I" Then a thrilling incident occurred.


118 'l'HE 1LOST CARAVAN. From Lhe gl'ound almost at their feet a lithe form sprung np. No panther was quicker in an attack Straight at Frank R.eacle, .Jr. jt sprung. A deadly toma-hawk flashed in the night air. 'rhat moment would have heen .li'rank hut lor the quick actfon of Dick Clare. Heade, .Jr.'s, last He forward like a cat arid caught the uplifted arm of the savage. Then his strong arms encircled the savage's eek, and both went down. The tomahawk clanged on the ledge The s avage, know ing that his game was foiled, emitted a fearful war whoop. It was a terrible signal. Every man in the camp was upon his feet. were grasped and the semblance of a defense instantly organized. But in that moment the great plain became alive with dusky forms. If see med as if thousands were rushing for ward to the attack. Meanwhile Frank had sprung to the aid of his brave young defender 'I'h e savage might have got the best of Clare. I But Frank dealt a terrific blow upon the savage's head w:hich knocked him sens ele ss Clure s crambled to his feet. Over the ledge both s crnmbled barely in time to avoid a shower of buJJet Bent and Dale had rallied their men and were holding the ledge again s t the attacking redskin s Barney and Pomp were on the deck of the Racer debftting whether to u s e the electri c gun or not. They hailed Frank's coming with joy. "Fo' de Lor', Marse Frank,'' c ried .Pomp; "I done fot yo'was killed by dem Injins !" I CHAPTER THE APACHES REPUVUm. 1T was lucky Io/Bent and his men that the Racer had not already left them for the scene oJ a distanit fray. If it had, not a man oi' them woulcl have survived to tell the tale of a terrible massacre. But the moment the deadly electric gun began tt> get in its work there was a change. The terrible dynamite shells bursting in tiheir midst were inexplicable and appalling to the Apaches. One repulse is a11 that 1s ever necessaiy a bod_y of In dians. Open and persistent .fighting is rn,:>t their style warfare. As the t e rrific dynamite burr:t through t;rrcir midst they wavered. "B"'rank repeated the dose a s rapid1y a s be c ould. '!'here / was one moment of uncertainty. 'I'hc plainsmen were being for ced back, aml two of them were dead and scalped. But the next appalling thunderbolt gave; 1.he, Apad1e s a panic. They rolled back, made a faint atttmtpt at and then. fled. In less time than it takes to fa>ll it they liiltll vanjshed out \ over the great plain. The battle was over. But Frank sent charge after charge or dynamite a c ross the surface of the prairie to break up the of vipers and sicken them oJ further attack. Scarcely one of the plaihsmen had cscapecl ome sort of a wound. Two of them were dead. :fh1t the remaining eight were dead gamr and actuallv wanted to go in pursuit of the savage s "Bejabers, we.cum moighty near using the electric gun Frank, powever, called up Bent nnd Dftle and explained on the omadhouns !" declared Barney. the situation to them and the meaning of the distant fire. "I h h d 'd F k "b t 1 1 th The two plainsmen were instantly excite1l WIS you a Sal jran ; U lVe y nO'f', or ey and reatly to be th ,., B t t'l 1,, go to the rescue. w1 m e carol' rmg ou some proJec i es. Scarcely lmowing what he was doing, Clare climbed aboard the R.acer. With and Pomp he opened fire with repeating rifles. While Frank worked the electric gun. It seemed as if the savages were legion in number. Right up to the camp entrance they surged. It was evi "But we'll have to break camp here,'' said Frank, "and that will take time; we may be too late." "Yet what else can we do?" asked Bent. "I had thought of rushiDg on ahead to the rescue with this machine," said Frank, "but I fear now .that yon will be left in deadly peTil." "Never mind us," said Bent; "go ' are wimclent that they meant to concentrate all their overwhelming men an' children tew )>ave, yew know." numbers and sweep the camp out of existence. "Exactly," agreed Frank; "bnt I cannot consent to ila.c-AU had been well planned, though it was not as much of rifice you. We must arrange some other pliw. Gite orders a aurprise as they had probably intended. to stri7e camp as quiekl.v as possi.hle !''


THE LOST CARAVAN. 19 Bent hurriel1ly gave this ord er When the undersl.ood the b rme state o f aff airs t h e y were muc h e x cite d. ln less time -than on e would expect the camp was struck, and the hardy' band of Indian fight er. were reaay to l e ave the spot. 'fhere migblt have been little ris k in leaving their 'J'he aim wos go od and th e r e was a n a w f ul ex plo s ion The slaughter Wcatter e d i t and kill e d the l:ll1Vagc. tendi n g it. 'The n ext mom ent the Raeor r o und e d Urn e m i n en ce. The ::icar c hli g h t thre \ v its rayc into a n a rrow pa8::iage lead in g b e tween hi g h ro c ky walls. I'hi s w as o bslructe d wit h bowld e r s, and b e h ind t h ese sounds of the battle w e r e certa inl y ;:,rrowin g mor e d es ultory. c r o u che d t h e ga m e u efe nder s of the l ost caravan. It m eant one o r two things. :::\ix h a gga r d a n d b l o o d stained men, nearly every o n e w i t h Either the S\wage s wer e c ompleting their victor y, o r e l s e a wound cam e forth io greet the resc u ers Brave J eff they had been repulsed and were falling lia ck. Haines was t heir l e ad er Clare s tood o'n the deck bes ide Frank, and his fa ce was Bac k of the m was the r etreat wh ic h t hey had h eld or so. v ery pal e, and his n e rv es very t e n se many months a gains t almo s t d a il y attacks of t h e Apac hes. "God help tbs to get there in lime," he murmured; 'but It was a sort of po c k e t in tb e cid e of, t h e b u tte. :for that other :<1Lttac k we would have don e so." Nothing could excee d the h eroism uf thi s little.par ty of "Yes," agreed Frank, "we would. But I feel c onfident that Haines ia.fte r fighting the s ava g e s s o long, has once more beaten them back. But at that ;moment Clare gave a mighty start. "Look lm spouted. "There the red fiends go ov e r the summit of butte! No doubt it i s a dodg e t o take the whites in the i1ear. For God 's sak e press on! W e mu s t s ave them I" lt wa s th e Sl!:a r chlight' s glare that had r e v eale d this The ides of the blutt c w e r e indeed cover e d with s avag es The next moment :fier ce sounds of a c onflict w e re ren ew e d Up flashed t he light again. The n it was seen from whe nce _ this came. i s olated settlers b attling for t h eir li ves and t h e i r fami l ies in this awful wild erness and a g ainst a fierce h orde of savageR. Many of the women and childre n had succ u mbe d to hard s hip There wer e sorro win g h ea r ts a n d cad h opes for a ll. It had s eem e d a hop e l ess fight. Wit h o u t r e li ef t h e r e ha d s e e med no chance for th e m. They h a d not l1opc d for r esc u e H0\1 could a rel i ef par ty e xpect to find the m in t hi s fearful r e m ote par t of the earth ? But ye t tb e s i x surviving m c n h ad fought on dogged ly. A few hours mor e, how e v e r w o uld h ave sca led thei r f ate. for th eir ammunition wa s givin g u u t. 'I'o expre ss th e wild joy of the peop le w o uld be an utter imposs ibility. Upon a spur of the hilJ a number of red demons were 'fhey were frantic in the ir demonstrati o n of happine::i;;. heaping brush and firin g it. V ery lik e l y this sent a light It see med io the m a n e w l ease of life. down into th13. besieged camp, and enabled the s avages to And a s ljJe d ynamite s hell s o f the Racer q ui c kl y drove the better dirEi J t their attack. the Apache s ba c k daylight appearer l i n t h e e ast <>:3 if to It was evidlP..nt that succor was comin g none too s oon to crown the occa s ion. the battle-woJ!n members of the c aravan. On rushed the Then Dick Clare found himself. faee to face wit h i\lr. party. I.;ewis. The pioneer s face w as a s h y Now only a fifth of a mile interven e d Frank was deter"Dick!" h e c ried tl1ank G o d yo u escap ed with your mined to accep t a rick. life He went up and trained the ele ctric gun upon the And y ou replied Clare; "but Mr s L ewis, 11ntlon the top o:C rthe butte. A moment lat.el" a shell went hissing Eva--" up into their .-nicL.:;t. Lewis gave \l. gulping cry.


20 THE LOST CARAVAN. ''My wife i s nigh crazy," he said, hus kily; "Eva is as Flat Nose. H e was a m e r c iless mon s t e r and the Tabl e gon e!" Hilli;: w as hi s s tronghold. "Gone? This was the narrative to whic h seve ral l istene d. Clare Clare fairly s briek e d the word. was nearly prostrated with the awful n e w s 'It s eemed to Ye s," s aid L ewis, with a s pa s m of awful p a in. I fear him a s if the light of hi s life had gone out in! darlmess. we s hall never see h e r again." ,, . -. Clare forced the l}eart-brcik e n m a n to expl ain matte r s in t h e quicke s t way He gav e a thrilling tal e For weeks the y had been unmolest e d in thi s mountain retre at. Whil e they lm e w that th e Apa c h es w e re all about the m, y et no attack was mad e . So tha t they h a d g r a du a ll y r e l a psed into a f e eling of sec urity, believin g that the r e d foe would not dare attack them. This was ata1: CHAPTER x. FRA N K'S Cl.EVE R PI.AN -BUT amon g those who s tood by and li sten was Frank One da y whe n the India n s h a d not been h e ard from for Reade, Jr. The y oun g inventor 's face wa s gr'im. many da ys, Mr. Lewi s and two .. oth e r m e n ventured outsid e Clar e had pi c k e d up hi s rifl e and starte d for the canyon. < the pock e t to hunt ante lop e They w e r e mounted upon the Frank managed to step in front of him. wagon traip h o rsea whi c h they h a d brought with them on t he raf t. Eva w as a d ari n g h orsew oman, and pleaded hard for the privil ege o f g o ing with them. At fir s t h e r fath e r ha d dimi e d h e r O h, if I h ad o nl y stuc k b y that denial!" he cried in a g o n y M y da rlin g c hild would b e with us now!" But a s the little hunting party emerged upon the table lan d no s ign o f India n s wa v i s ibl e The coas t s eemed clear A h erd of anteiope w as s ight e d, and the hunt began. "Where are y ou going Di c k ? he a s ked. The y outh turned his a g on i z e d gaze upon him. "Need you a sk?" he s aid I am going to rescue her or die in the attempt. "Wait," s aid Frank, calmly; "don' t do anything rash." "I am not "You are." "What?" "I m e an jus t what I s ay," declared the ytmng inventor. You are a cting mos t ras hly. In the fir s t plac e it i s mad-In the e xc-itement Eva bec am e s lightl y sep a rated from the nes s for y ou to set forth alon e to rescu e tha t girl. You can t oth e r s Sudd e nl y a s t a rtlin g thin g happ e n ed. do it." Up from b e hin d a ridg e i n th e pl a t e au the r e s prung a s cor e of India n s and t h ei r pon ies, whi c h w e r e tra!n e d to li e down in the grass. "Then I c an di e !" s aid the y outh de s peraful y "That will do y ou libtl c goo d," sa id Frank reprovingly. Listen to r e a son. The r e i s a b ette r w ay.'' Clar e's face lit up I With a wild war whoop the y s w ept down toward the hunte r s Rifles crac k e d and for a fe w mom e nts a en s u e d. God bless you!" h e e xcla im ed. "You will lielp me?" I will." But E v a h a d been some little d is tance from her compan"I will th e n l eave all t o y ou. H eave n will reward you ions, and b e for e s h e c ould r e join them the red fiend'! had s aid the y outh, f e rv ently. "But-will we not act s oon?" s w ept down lik e a cloud about h e r. "Immediate l y," r e pli e d .Frank. In a tw i nkling s h e was a c aptive and b eing c'ried away The sun was now h i gh in a clear s k y -The report s pread wit h the yellin g ho rd e The fr autic whit e hunter s pursued throu g h t h e c amp tha t a n e ffort w as to b e e to r escue even a t t h e r i s k of t h eir l ives Eva Lewi s But they m ig h t as well have follow e d an igni s fatuu s The besi e g e d m e n w e r e to turn about and hJmt their foes. The wil y Apac hes s l ip p ed t heir p ur s u ers and s o s killfull y Flat No se was to b e t r ac k e d t o hi s d e n. covere d their trai l t h a t they c ould b e traced no fur!h e r. Of c ourse there c ould b e nothin g but g um;s\J'ork r e garding Word s can h ard l y e xpress the horror and angui s h of all. the fate 0 Eva Le w is 8adly and s l owly they r o d e back to c a mp with the dread In the power 0 such a wr e tch as Flat N-0s e the wors t news. 1 was to be feared. But now a new face wa s put illpon matters The name of the c hi e f of this band of Apaches was known by a declarati

THE LOS'r CARAVAN. 21 "I kin tell ye why thar's good reason tew hope tew find ther gal all safe," he said. "rfhar ain't no Apache would hev scrupled much about hevin' her yaller scalp at his girdle, yew kin bet." "What do you mean?" exclaimed Clare, "she is in the hands of the Apaches." "Mebbe yew think so!" "Is she not?" Careful outlook was kept to guard against a sudden at tack. '.But no signs of the foe seen. It was hoped to reach the base of operations by high noon, the distance being about twelve miles. Steadily they moved onward. The river here wound through deep canyons among the Table Hills, and one could stand upon a fearful verge and look down a thousand feet cii more to the ribbon of water be"Wall, yes, but this ere Flat Nose no more of an low. Apache than you or I, my friend." But just before it emerged and crossed the plain to joi.n This announcement created a sensation. the Pecos there was a series of rugged heights. "Do you know that for a fact?" asked Frank Reade, Jr. It was among these, in a deep pocket, that the A pachc "In course I do," replied th!:' plainsman, positively. "I chief was reputed to have his stronghold. reckon I orter. Flat Nose is a white man, an' he wuz as As the caravan approached this critical point there wa' tough a sport as ye ever knew in early days on the Brazos." somr little excitement. Some looked fo11 an attack from the "You don't mean it?" savages. "Yes, I do. Arter he had killed his fourth man down,. But no sign of them was visible thus far. They were to thai:, the people turned pizen on him an' he had tew skip a'U appearances in closest hiding, if inqeed they were in the i11ter ther Llano. Then he fell in with Big Lip, the Apache vicinity at all. chief, an' made friends with him. He got to be a chief, and But Frank had laid his plans shrewdly. He made no feint is the called Flat Nose to-day." to approach the hills, or make an attack, but rather pressed Frank Reade, Jr., saw the point at once. He understood on by as if to make for the Pecos. now what Bent had meant by his first statement. This ruse, as intended, completely deceived the savages. Flat Nose no doubt would endeavor to compel his fair When the train had left the hiding-place of the Apaches fully a mile behind, there appeared to the southward a captive to become his squaw. In that event he would not, of course, seek her life. It was to lose no time in effecting her rescue. Plans were quickly made. The stronghold or camp of Flat Nose was believed to be in a similar pocket in the hills about twelve miles below on the river bank. It was decided to make a feint at leaving the hills for the Pecos. Then when the savages were drawn from their camp, as they undoubtedly would be, a retrograde move could be made to cut them off and attack their stronghold at a ,mo ment when it was weakly guarded. In the execution of this move great dependence was mighty body of plumed horsemen. These were riding swiftly in a direction which would surely cut off the caravan before it could leave the hills. Frank indulged in a chuckle. He stopped the Racer, and the caravan came to a halt. Their position thus in a depressed plain was seemingly most disadvantageous. The Apaches were not slow to take advantage of what. they fancied was a grand opportunity to their white foe. They deployed into irregular groups south and east and kept riding nearer, partly shielded by the rise in the plain. placed upon the Racer. All this suited Frank well. While the machine was cutting the Apaches off from He could have thrown a shell into their midst, but he di

22 r HE LOST OARA VAN. / With their own lines ranging cast and south, they beRight and left the men were deployed and crept down lieved the white men \\!ell hemmed in and over the ledges of rock. At a glv ,en signal they prung into easier in their power. the camp. Hut for once Flat Nose reckoned without reason. He was The bafttes descriptioll. Instantly all was the wildClestined to be deceived. est excitement and confusion and uproar. He saw that wa an exposed position, and The squaws and pappooses ran yelling and screaming believed that his white quarry was trapped. All that was wildly about, evidently fancying that their last hour had necessary was to close in upon them. come. Some of them even made a show at defence. So ho began to draw down upon his intended victims. He But a dozen of white settlers hastily co.rraJ.led them, little realized his mistake. He had a greater general than and then Bent and Dale and Olare proceeded to make a himself to contend with. search of the wigwam Frank made his plans quickly. The women and children From one to another they went hurriedly. But each was were just in the rear of the-Racer. Then every empty. able man in the caravan equipped himself for the attack Search as they would, no trace of the .tair captive could be upon the stronghold. fO'und. 'fhey \vere led by Jack Dale, that prince of Indian slr!lteHorace Lewis staggered, faint and sick at heart. Clare gists, and thus equipped the start was made. was giddy with horror and disappointment. Back o the ridge of land they made their way easily to 'l'hc worst was feared. the base 0 the hills. Clare rode beside Bent and Lewis. ".My God! she has been killed!" groaned the father. "We Only Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp were left to are too late! All is lost!" guard the camp. But with the electric gun Frank did not deem this a difficult JI!atter. fnto the hills rode the attacking party silently. 'l'hen they were obliged to leave their horses and go forward on foot. Scrambling over the rocky ground they had soon gained a "Hold on," said Bent, savagely, "we ll know the truth'. Bring me thet squaw over yonder with ther yaller an' crim son blanket. She s a chief's wife, an' mebbe she kin tell sutbin'." Two of the settlers dragged the squaw forward. Then broad stretch of rock leading to a precipice. Under this was Bent proceeded to catechise her. the pocket which made the den of the Apaches. l But she was sullen and would not give him an answer. Scores of rude huts and wigirams were there. About thetn were groups of women and children, engaged in vari ous occupations. Everything was characteristic of an Apache camp. Old c rones were rocking and crooning and plying their needles in the manufacture of blankets. Squaws were dressing hides or making pot-tery. Children romped with dogs and young lads were prac1 ticing with arrows and spears. The scene was ciosely .-canned by the white men. But a few Apache braves were seen. All were out with Flat Nose. .\s his gaze wandered ove r the array of wigwams, Clare wondered in which of these J1is true love, Eva Lewis, was confined. But now the signal for the advance was givc1'. CHAPTER XI. THE RESCUE. BENT did all in his power to make the squaw speak; hut shi> was obdurate. "Give her a touch av lariat over her thick hide," said Dale; "then she ll forget that trick." "I've another plan, pard," said Bent. He drew from his coat a small pocket mirror. h1>ld up ,to the squaw's 1gazc. 'I'his he Nothing could so appeal to a squaw's vanity or desire as a


. 'l'HF, LOST CAHA VAN. pocket mirror. The brilliant reflection was at ollce a charm When the c ame in si ght of the plain again a tbrill rnd a m ystery ing sight was rev e aled B ent placed th e mirror befor e h e r The n h e dre w The Apaches, h eaded by F'lat Nose, w e r e making n d es h i s knif e and laid its keen blad e again s t his throat. 'l'hen pcrate attempt to c aptu r the Racer. h e laid it down besid e th e mirror. F or a mom ent th J India n w o man hesitate d But Frank, at t h e e lectri c gun was burling death the m Thi s had th e effec t of s weeping thetn back like a liY-' rhe secr e t s of h e r t rib e w e r e sa c r e d. But th e vanity of ing wall. her crafty n ature was supre me. Woman i s woma11 in h e r I But yet they w e r e s ingul a rly per s istent in the attack; no l deceits and h e r frailties th e world ove r until afte r the g round was stre\Vn with their mangled bodie s She under s tood th e scout s a c t a s well a s word s Then s he did they de s ist. I !'Ca c h e d forw ard and pie king up the mirror thms t it into Then the y fell bac k i n great confusion. Once more Frank Reade, Jr., and his Electric Rarer had won a the Apa c h e h e r bosom. Drawin g h e rsel f up s h e spoke c urtly in tongu e : great victory. White-faced s qu a w in c av e Go by tall s ton es, lift fiat ro c k find hol e in mountain s id e Sh e there!" Dale knew the Apa c he ton g u e and translat e d this. Horace L ewis waR lik e a n e w m a n ... o g reat was his jo y and als o Ciar e's 'l h e n Eva w as a l i rc. Thi s was some thin g You mu s t s how u s th e s po t. ' s ai d B ent s t e rnly. W e do not know how to find it!'' The plain s men now hurried forward over the ridge. Eva rode a s pare hor se, and the distance was quickl y covered. It i s needl ess to s a y t.hat the varty an frotn th e others. ti was a happy incident. The e l ect ri c gun k ept t h e Apa c he s a t a re s p e ctabl e ta.nee. And how a n e w turn in afl'ait s was witnessed Be y ond the big :ridge and riding o t 1 t from the hill s was seen a party of s quaw s and braves. They w e r e making for the Apach e lille in the s outh Hei gho !" c ri e d Frank the y are carry in g the n e w s to a n an g l e in the m o untain wall. Beyo11d it was a cleit and at Flat Nose. W o nd e r how the old fellow will take it?" The s quaw seem e d to und e rstand h i m for she pointed t o t h e end o f t his two ta ll m o nolith s pl ace d the r e curit>us l y b y I v enture n ot ver y pl e a s antly," l a ugh e d Clare, "but c ould b e seen , Hurrah!" cl'ied B e nt. "Com e with m e two of ye. The what do w e c ar e now? W e can bid. t h e m defian c e and all res t s tay her e Le\vi and Clar e respond e d In a f e w minnte s they had re ached the spot indi c ated It was bl'lt a mom ent's t o lift the s ton e aside a nd t h e apertur e wll.s s e e n. The v e ry mom ent da y light was flashed into the place a low, glad cry was h e ard I We will draw a veil over what follow ed. The meeting bet hank s to y o u and y our e l ectric g un Mr. R e ade!'' Quick1y th e next move wa s decided upon 'l'hi s was to pus h on t o the Pecos. Thence it would be s afe traveling to Sumner Frank had agr eed to escort the settlers to the fort safely The r e was pl e n ty of promise of lively incidents yet. The party was s oon under way again. The keenest watch twMn th e r esce d girl and h e r father and lo\ter wa s sacred. was k ept of the savages. The rescue had been effected. But a distant, dull roflt was Tlrny w e re not allowed to approach too close. A shell h eard It was quickl y followed b y another from the dynamite gun always s ufficed to scatter them. The electric gup l"-exclaimed Clare. i s havin g a That Flat Nose was furiou s over the invasion of hi s fight with the Apoches. We must go at onc e He may need s tronghold and the rescue of Eva I1ewis there was no doubt our help." He c ontinued to persistently follow the C2aravan. Td the s urprise of the s quaws they were not all butcher e d He was looking for another chance to make an attack but su.fl'ered to crawl away into their wigwams. while the upon more favorable ground. white men disappeared over the Iedles


24 'l'HE LOST CARAVAN. Lewis. H e will n o t abandon th e project so long a s the r e i s a "Make for the cried Frank Reade, Jr., "it i s a living chance t o e xecute it." matt e r of life or death." "Well," s aid F rank e o olly "he will hardly g a in in th e Th e t s right!" cried Bill Bent. Th e n hfo face turn e d end for I ma y mak e up m y mind to e x t e rmin a te hi s whole ashen pale. g ang." H e saw th e h e lpless women and childr en. It was an aw" You can cert ai nly do it," agreed the settl e r and it ful outlook for them would be a blessi11g to S tron g c ould accepted ch a n c e s in r e aching the St e adily onward the expe dition made its way. Soon they river. But these weakling s c ould hardl y hope to g e t ther e w e r e d e scending th e slope of the Tabl e Hill s by an y ordinar y m e ans. The wide plain ext e ndin g to the Peco s l a y before th e m Cla r e in s tin c tiv e l y sprung to th e s ide of the girl h e loved. Once thi s river was rea ched and crossed it would seem that Men took pla c e s b y their familie s t h e Apache s abandon the pursuit. "Go and leave u s th!'ly s aid to the other s "We ca,n die But th e re was y et a cons iderable dis tance to cover and but once!" affairs might at any time tak e a turn in favor of th e I -But Frank Reade, Jr., had formulated a plan almost as rapidly as he had taken in the situation. His loud elear The plain la y dry and arid in th e gla re of the s un. The voice ro s e above the tumult. grasse s were white and brittle with the killing effec t o f t h e heat. "I wis h we had our raft now! d ecla r e d L ewis "It would b e muclt eas ier dri f ting down to the Pecos a n d a s impl e r matt e r to cross w h e n w e g o t t h e r e." "You will do what I t e ll you, if you wis h to b e saved! h e c ried. "Attention, all The y flocked to him a s to a sa v i or Quickly F r a nk laid out hi s plan. "Put the wome n and children on the deck o f thi s m a All agre e d to this. But s u c h a thi n g was out o f the ques c hin e h e c ri ed; they a r e li ght a nd I c an c arr y th em. lion. Th e re was no m a t e rial a t ha nd t o cons truct a raft of. So the c aravan p l odde d on down in t o th e plain. Th e Apaches had myst e riou s l y disappe ar ed. "Perhap s the y have give n up t h e c ha se," ventu r e d C l a r e But Bill Bent shook his head. "Don' t y e reckon on that," he s aid ; "they'll show up jest l when y e ain't lookin fer 'em." :And thi s pr edic tion was verified The caravan was right in the heart of the plain. Sm;!denl y Jack Dale gave a s harp cry: Th e n all you t h at can m ount th e horses. Ea c h hor s e o ught to carry two m en. Those on foot I will r et urn for. If w e c an reac h the .bot t o m land s o f the r iver w e a re s aved." Wild c h e er s bur s t from the des perate m en'. Ins t a ntl y F r a nk 's order s w e r e c arri e d out. Th e wome n descend e d from t h e horses a nd g ot a b oard the Racer T he y crowded th e machine. It could not have c arri e d th e s ame number of men. But afi Frank had declared, th e f r e ight was lighter "Look yonder pards !" .The horses were mounted, two on each This left four All eyes were turned to the s outh. A great bla c k cloud m e n on foot. They were B ent and Dale, Lew{ s and Clare. tinged with flame was s weeping up from th e pla in. The ch a nces for them to reach the river on foot were In an inc redibly s hort space o f tim e it h ad mount e d high s light . It was full thr e e mile s and the prairie fire was com-in the air and spread with race-hor s e s peed eas t and wes t ing on like lightning. A running, leaping line of fire. But the quart e t were cool and deterl}lined. They waved In s tantly all in the c aravan sa w the deadl y purpose of th e farewell to th e others, and Clare gave Eva a parting look Apache s The awful s wift running prairie fire was a peril which spok e worlds. not te be ignored. Then the Racer was off. "My s oul!" Horace Lewis; "if that overtakes The horses went gallopfog on behind. Of course the maus we are lost!" chine outstripped them.


THE LOST CARAVAN. 25 To do so was not a difficult matter for the Racer. It reached the river bank. As quickly as possible Barney and Pomp assisted the women and children to alight. By this time the horsemen had come up. One and all gave a backward glance over the plain . CHAPTER XII. THRILLING EVENTS-THE END. The sight was appalling. LEWIS at length sank down, utterly to proceed The fire was reaching nigh to the zenith, and the flames further. In vain his companions tried to rally him. and smoke obscured the sun. It was a fearful spectacle. 'I'he desperate looked at ea ch other. Life was yet But tbe party had but one thought. What of the four dear. They might possibly save brave men on foot? But to leave a comrade in distress was something against It was seen to be clearly impossible for them to outstrip their honor. They could not do it. the fire. They would surely be overtaken. There did not seem a ghost of a chance for their salvaWhat then was to be' done? All eyes turned to Frank tion, but yet Bent said hoarsely: Reade, Jr. The young inventor gave one sweeping look at the heavens, and then cried: "Come, Barney and Pomp. There is a chance for us to save them." Instantly the two faithful companions of the young inventor sprung aboard the machine. Frank op!)ned the lever and it was off. "'l'ake his shoulders, Jack-I'll catch outer his feet." They lifted the ,helpless man between and staggered on. But the air began M grow suffocatingly close. Clare pressed alongside and did his part. -{ Suddenly Bent stumbled and sank down. "No use, pards," he whispered; "we're done fer. It's all up with us!" But Dick Clare leaped forward with sudden recuperation. Away it sped over the plain. His eyes shone like stars. The fleeing men had hardly covered a mile. They were "No!" he shouted. "We are saved. Here is help!" spent and nigh fainting with their efforts. Every moment The next moment a great body shot forward through the the great, roaring, awful mass drew closer down upon them. grass. A loud voice hailed them. It threatened to overwhelm them in its embrace. The It was the Racer with. Frank Reade, Jr., at the keyboard. heat even at that distance could plainly be felt and was One moment it stopped beside them and right under the awoverpowering. ful rolling GlouQ.s of smoke. "My soul!" gasped Horace Lewis, staggering wildly. "My 'l''hen Barney and Pomp leaped down. The next moment Lrain is bursting, I believe I shall have to give up." they had lifted Lewis over the rail. The others sprung "Keep up!" cried young Clare, cheerily. "We have yet aboard, and the Racer was off for the river. time." Out of the mass of smoke she ran, and Frank put on all Bent and Dale now came forward, and each grasping an arm dragged the fajnting man on. "Go-go and leave me," said Lewis. "I am willing to

26 'I'HE LOST CARAVAN. tom land, where the fire could not reach them. Frank saw upon the bottom land. '1 hen in. a .few moments they that he was in a desperate predicament. joined their companions. To force the machine down into the bottom land was to incur the bsk of it. 110 remain on th e bank was to ruin it in the awful heat of the flame s ) Dejection mos t profound had resulted from the effects of the prairie fire. It had at once put a I1wc upon matter,.; The party was left without their principal bulwark of He saw a small cape of land jutting out into the river a defense. Not a of the Racer was leit, for the explodiug>'hort distance below. If the could reach this there dynamite aboard her had blown inio atoms. would be a chance. With Frank to think was to act. \ Tho party wore almo s t wholl y without In this state they w ere utterly at the m ercy of the Apaches. Quick as a flash he turned the Racer in that dire c tion. It Doubtless Flat Nose would follow this fire right down to was a narrow squeeze. At the angle in the s hore which the river bank. When he should dis cove r th e helple ss contiiturned u_pon the cape the water s of th e riv er came within a tion of'hi s white foes, what a ma8sac1:c there WOldd be. few feet of the bank, the bottom land terminating h ere Moreover, th e fir e wa8 n1pidl y bnrniug out at the rive r But jm1t as this point wa& r e a c hed an awful catastrophe bank. As s oon the s mok e s hould clear their pos ition occurred The fire made one swoop and descended upon the would be machine The pilot house windows s hiver e d into a thousand piece.; The keyboard rolled up like paper, and th e electric wir<'! c on nections melted Frank was prostrated and would have died th e n and there, but for Barney and Pomp These two faithful friend s seeing Frank s plight sprung In th e fac e of this awful catastrophe what of Frank Jr. ? The young imentor did not show the disa p pointment h e felt over the loss of hi e ma c hin e Instead h e was cool alert and ready. H e was not beat e n yet. lt would h ave been easy for the m e n to hav e swam th0 river and mad e their escape. But he!'e aga in was th e awfu I, iuto the pilot house and grasped him. Bodily they c arried yet pre c ious in c ubu s of the women and c hildr en. him through the cabin and out on to th e platform next to the river. Of cour se, it was out of the que stio n to leave th1e m to the \ merciless tomahawk s of the savages. They must be defonrk d The machine had come to a halt against a stump and half at any cost. tilted over th e bank as if to fall into the rivor, .Already rent. B ent, Dale, Lewis aud C lar e had lc11pcd dow. n .into the e ur necd to discuss it. )Vhat was needed wa. action. A 11 und e r stood the s ituation thoroughly. The re was n o same. They were just in time. Rame y and Pomp draggin g b'rank with them did the t.he young inv e ntor was not found wan t ing. And in sti n ctive l y all look ed t o Frank R eade\ .Jr. A s cwr Another moment and they would have all perished lik e H e qui ckly outlin e d a plan of actiou. rats in a trap. But what o J t.hc Ra. r cr r Hf: fat e was scalod W e mus t fall back into the d eep s;:1,1\ grass by the wat.eT.'' fore v e r. h e "rt will be hard s hip for a time, until we can ma11-1'hc fearful h ea t ruined its d elicate ma c hiJJery and c onage Lo c ro ss th e riv e r. W e aL lea s t b e in a b clle r pos'i-r::umed everything on board. This was an awful ca tastrophe, and m that moment it :>cruned as if Plat Nose had reaily gained the mas tery after all. .But the end was not yet. Frank revived with his fall into the water He was quick-ti on for hiding and d efe n se." Very good!" agreed Bent ; ''but how are we to cross the river?" "Do you see that c ottonwood close down by the water',; edge?" "Yes." ly able to support himFelf in the current. "We must fell that and make a small raft of its trunk The seven men swam until they were able to crawl out and branches. There is a little rise of bank there which will


l' lHl LOS'l1 CARA V A protect th e childr e n and th e w o m e n from the Indian bullets the oppo s ite b a nk t h e whit e settle r s would br exposed to a Lively now r deadly fire. Thus Frank had a lr ea d y s h a ped a way o u t of wha t had It see med to sea l the fat e o f the littl e pa1ty. Work ceits'.ld eemed an almo s t hop e l ess diffic ulty. Ver y quickly the plan on the cottonwood raft. was carri e d out. "God help u s s aid L(Jwis. W e ar e truly lo st! I fea r The wome n and c hildr e n were ensconced under the bank t hat w e will n e v e r s urvive this'. Not on e o f u s will be s par ed 1 a nd t h e w ork o f fe llin g th e c ottonwood w as w ell under way, thi s day! when amid s t the s mok e and a s hes oQ the river bank the r e An appalling g loom settled down upon th o party Tho,: a pp e ared a l eg ion o f mounted Indians children began to cr y pla i ntiv e l y a n d t h e w o m e n to wrin g They surveyed t h e bot tom land s in a eriticn.1 wa y Tlrnn their hands with des pair. one of them descended and followed the plainl y mark e d _It stirred the s oul s o f th e m e n to desperation. The y trail into the s wamp. set their s tern faces to the north bank of the river and H e gave a yell o f c ommun ication to hi s com pa nio ns In w aite d for the attack. a mom ent th e ho rd e c am e swa rm i n g J.own into th e b ottom So9n a fi.1sillade was begun fr o m the s outh bank. This l a nds. c ould not be a 1 1 s wered a s th e foe could not b e see n It was a c ritical mome n t. Keep y our a mmunition," s a i d F rank. W e will fin d . I All the whit e m e n h a d gripped their rifles and w e r e awa itgood u s e for i t y e t i o g th e c ri s i s . 'Fr a nk R eade, .Tr., saw that the y w e r c bound to be discovered. A nd now tufted h eads w ere s e en com\ng do.wn th e oppo s ite side of the S o he g ave th e qui e t ord er: Th e wome n a nd c hildren as w e ll a s possible, w e r e c on" Pic k y our m an! Take good aim! Give i t t o therri cea led b e hind th e branche s o f the fall e n cottonwood. A t errifi c v olley came from the d eep saw-g rass. The InBu t ju s t a t thi s moment, when aJl seemed los t the re came dian a fell in heaps a s the repeater s worked rescu e The magi c of that word In a pani c they fte d back up the bank Nearl y tw enty o f From the dis tance down th e riv e r t h e r o w as heard the their number w e r e l ef t dead on th e bottom s stirring note s o f a bugl e In a mome n t e v o 1y man was upon They vani s h e d beyond the lin e o f t h e hig h bank and hi s fee t with a ringin g hurrah .;';lade the air hid eous wit h the ir yells It was a time for con g ratulation amon g the whites. But Ben t s aid : Th e worst i s to come They will whip-sa w u s yet ; yesee i f they don 't!" The scout's word s might h a v e prov e d proph e ti c but f o r a The s oldi e r s !" the y c ri e d "We are saved-s av ed!" ,...Word s ca n hardl y do jus tic e to the $Cen e whic h follow e d Men flun g the mselves into the river t o swim acrQSS a n d a id t h e cav alr y in thei r fight w i t h the savages. A liv e l v battle e n sued. But the c arbines o f the troop (n

!8 THE LOST CARAVAN. Th e c a v alr y staye d onl y l o n g e nough to beat off the R eades town They did not s oon forg e t th eir thrilli n g ad A paches. The n they proc e eded to escort the band of settler s ventures on t h e Llano E s t a cado i n que s t of the Los t Carat o For t S u mner. van Frank and B arney a nd Pomp for l ac k of a b ette r move O f c o u r s e Fran k begun work on a new invention of went with them At the fort the y w e r e ro y all y recehred. which we may tell something at a future day. For some days all remained a t Sumn e r. A d e tac hment THE END. w as sent down to exterm i n a t e F la t Nos e and his ga ng. But t he wily r e n e gade had fle d from th e T able Hill s Read "ADRIFT IN ASIA WITH FRANK READE The s e ttl e r s who had s urviv e d th e t e rribl e journ e y to the JR., which will be the next number (76) of "Frank Read e P ecos settl e d safely upon th e i r lanrl s, an d wer e not a g ain Weekly Magazine:" molested by the Apaches Bill Bent and Jac k Dale went back to Taseos, wher e they are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any SPECIAL N OTICE: A ll back nu m b ers o f t his we1::kly ll'e re rec eive d as genuin e h eroes. But Bill would decl a re: news dealer, send the p rice in money postage stamps by "I tell y e w w e wudn t hev been in it but fer t h e t y oun g mail to FRANK T OUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION feller, Frank Reade, with his electric Race r, yew b et!" SQUARE, NEW Y O RK, and you will receive the c opies In due tim e Frank with Barney and Pomp r e turn e d to you ord e r by return mail. .fiHPPY OHYS," The Best Illustr a ted W eekly S t ory X&S'U"E:O P a per Published. H A PPY DAYS" is a la rge 1 6 -page pa per c o nt a inin g Interesting S t ories P oems, Sketches, Com i c Stori es, Jokes A n swers to C o r r espondents, and many other b right feat u res. Its A u th o rs and A r tist s h a v e a national reputation. No amount of money is spared t o m ake this weekly the b est pu b lished. A New Story Begins Every Week in "Happy Days.'' 0"1:7T T<>-DA. 'Y'Z C>"1:7T T<>DA. 'Y'i Young King Klondike; OR, The Boy Who Brought Back a M .illion. ay R." T EMMET, Begins in No. 496 of "HAPPY DAYS," Issued April l, l904. Ft:R,:l:CE 5 CE1'1if'TS. F o r Sale b y A ll News dea lers, o r Will Be S ent t o Any A ddress on Rec eipt of Price by F _RANK TOUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Square. New York. _,,,_ ...


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Every n.11mber will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover LATE S T ISSUES: 93 The Liberty B!Jys Dare ; or, B acking the British D own. 94 The Lib erty Bopys' Best.Blows; or, Beating the British at B ennington / 95 .The Liberty ffoys in New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of t h e B rit ish Lio n 96 T h e Liberty Boys' Daring; o r Afraid of Anyt hing. 97 The Liberty Iloys' Long March; or, The Move that P u zzle d t h e British. 1)8 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front ; or, Hot Times o n H arlem Heights. 99 The r.lberty Boys In New York; or, Helpi n g to Hold t h e Great \ 100 The Liberty Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready to Take C h a n ce s 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, Hauling the Re d coe.ts In. 1 0 2 The Liberty Hoya' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the Britis h. 103 The Li berty JBoys Lucky Blunder; or, The Mistake that Helped T h e m 104 T h e Liberty B o y s Shrewd Trick,;. or, Sprin ging a Big Su.rprls e. 105 T h e Liberty Iloys' Cunning ; or, vutwlttlng t h e Enemy. 106 The Liberty ;Boys "Big Hit" ; or, Kno cking the Re d c o ats Out. 107 T h e Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from Dubli n 108 T h e Liberty l tloys iurprlse; or, Not J u s t What T h ey Were Loo k ing For. 109 T h e Liberty : Boys Treasure ; o r A Luc k y Find 110 The Liberty : B oys In Trouble ; or, A Bad Run o f L u c k 111 The Liberty llloys Jubilee ; or, A Great Day f o r the Great Cau se 1 1 2 The Liberty lll oys Cornere d ; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" 11 3 T h e Liberty Uoys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard -ship s 114 T h e Liberty Boys Mi ssing; or, Lost In t h e Swa mp s. 11 5 The Liberty Hoys' W a ge r An d How They Won It. 116 The Liberty Boys Deceived : or, Tricked but Not Beaten. 117 T h e Liberty Hoye and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous E n emy. 118 The Liberty Bo.ya' Dead-Shots; or, The Deadl y Twelve. 119 T h e Liberty Boys' League ; or, T h e Country Boys W h o H el p e d 120 The Liberty Boys' Ne atest Trick ; o r, How t h e R e dcoa t s were F o o l e d. 121 T h e Liberty Boys Strand e d ; or, Afoot I n the E n e my s Countr y 122 The Liberty Bays I n the Saddle; or, Livel y W o r k fo r L i berty s Cau se 123 The Libe r t y Boys' Bo nanza ; o r Taking To ll from t h e T o r ie s 124 T h e Li berty Bi/>y s at Saratoga; or, The Surrender of Burg oyne. 12 5 'The Liberty B oy s and Old Put."; o r The Escape at Horsen eck. 126 The Li berty Bo :vs Bugle C all; or, T h e Plot to P o l s o n Washington 127 The Liberty BOl:vs and "Quee n Elsther"; or, T h e W yom ing V a lle y Ma ssacre. r I 128 The Liberty Bo; ys Hors e Guard ; o r, On t h e High Hills o f Santee 129 The Liberty B o oys and Aaron B u r r ; or, B attling fo r Inde p end ence. 130 The Liberty Bpys and the iwamp Fox" ; or, H e lp in g Marlon. 1 3 1 The Liberty and Eth a n All e n ; o r Old and Young Veterans. 132 T h e Liberty Boys a n d the King' s l!!py; or, Diamond Cut Dia mond 133 'the Liberty Boys Bayonet Charge; or, The Si e g e of Y orkto wn 134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jon es; or, The Martyrs of the Pri son Ships. 135 The Lib erty Boys at Bowling Green ; or, Smashing tlle King' s Statue. 136 The Liberty Boys and Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. 137 T h e Liberty Boys "Minute M e n'' ; or, The Battle of the Cow Pens. 138 The Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled Him. 139 The Li berty Boys at Yellow Creek ; or, Routing t h e Red coats. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 141 The Liberty Boys in Ri chmond ; or, Fighting Traitor Arnold 142 The Lib erty Boys and the T errible Tory ; or, Beating a B a d Man. 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight; or, Winning with the Enemy' I Weapo n s 144 The Liberty Boys In G eorgia; or, Live ly Time s Down iouth. 145 The Lib erty Boys' Greatest Triumph; or, T h e Marc h to Vi ctory 146 'l'he Lib erty Boys and t he Quaker Spy; or, Two of a Kind. 147 The Liberty Boys In or, Fighting Pre vost's Army HS The Lib erty Boys' f ,ast Chanc e ; or, Making the B est of It. 149 The .f iberty Boys' Sharpshooters; or, The Battle of the Kegs 150 The Lib erty Boys on Guard; or, Watching t h e Ene my. 1 5 1 The Lib erty Boys' liltrang e Gulde ; or, the Myste ri ous Malden. 1 5 2 The Liberty Boys In the Mountains; or, Am ong Rough P e ople l ()3 'l'he Liberty Boys' R etreat ; or, In the Shade s o f Death. 154 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; or, A N e w Kind of Battle. 155 T h e Liberty Boys In Quakertown ; or, Making Things Lively In P hilad e lphia. 1 5 6 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surpr ise 157 T h e Li berty Boys' F lying Artillery; or "Liberty or Death. 158 T h e Liberty Boy!I Against the Re d Demons ; or, Fighting the In d ian Raiders 159 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or, The Bombardment .of Monmouth 160 T h e Liberty Boys and Lafayette ; or, Helping the Young French General. 161 The Liberty Boys Grit ; or, The Bravest of the Brave. 162 T h e Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watc h the R e d coats. 163 T h e L iberty Boys' T erribl e Tussle; or, Fighting to a Finish 164 The Li berty Boys and "Light Horse Harry"; or, Chasing the British Dragoons. 16 5 The Liberty Boys i n Camp; o r, W orking f o r Washington. 16 6 The Liberty Bots a n d Mute Mart; 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WILD. WEST WEEKLY A Containing Stotties, Sketehes, ete., of atestettn ltif e. ..A.1'19 C>I....J:> as PAGES. PBICE s CENTS. 39 P.AGES . EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All oi thes.e e xciting stories are founded on facts. Y oun g Wild W e s t i s a h e r o wit h whom t h e author wa s acquaint e d H it; daTing deeds and thrilling adventure s hav e n e v e r been s urp asse d : T hey form t h e b a s e of t he mo s t d as h i n g stories e ver publi shed Read the fomo win g numbers of this most inte re s t i n g m aga z ine and b e c on vinced: L A rEST I S SUK S : 4!1 Young Wil d W est' s Whirl w ind Ride r s ; or, Chasing the B order 17 Young Wild West!s Great Scheme; o r The B u il ding of a Railroad. Thugs . 18 Young Wil d Wed: and the '!'rain Robbers; or. I' h e Hunt for t h e '.!O Y oung Wild West and the Damtes; or, Arieita's G reat P e r il. Stolen Treasuire. .,1 Young West In the Shadow o f Death; <;>r, Save d by a l l c d rn Young Wlld W estl on ms M ettle; or, .!<'our Against Twenty. Mans. Bull;t. 20 Young Wild W est's Ranc h ; or, Tbc Renegade s of Riie)"s Run. o 2 Young Wild \\est and the Boo mers; o r 'Ih c Bad l.VlPU 21 Young Wild WeJ>t on t h e Trail ; or, Outwitting the Redskins. of Bullet B a r . 22 Young Wild We111ts Bargain; or, A Red Man With a Wblte Heart. I Young Wild West Afte r the C laim-Jumpe rs; or, '.Ia ming a Tough 23 Young Wild Wt On Hie Muscle or Fighting With Nature' s Man's Ranc h Weapons. ' 5 5 Young Wild We11t oo a Croo ked '!'rail; o r I,9st on .t h e A lkali 25 Young Wild W e llt'le Mistake; or, Losing a Hund r e d T housand. Desert, 2 6 You n g Wild in Deadwood ; or, The Terror o f Taper Top. 5 6 You n g Wi l d West and the Bro k e n Bowie; o r 'l'b.e Outlaws o r 27 Young Wild W's C lose Call ; or, The Raiders of Raw Hide 57 y t R ,,,. h .. Ridge oung e s s unnmg ,, ,g t ; o r Trapp10g t b e R e d s sod 28 Young Wild West Trapped; or, The Net That Would Not Hol d 5 8 Y d De S Him. ouog 1 est 1n1 His ad hot Band ; o r t h e S m ug g lel' s 20 Young Wild West'111 E lection; or, A Mayor at Twenty. of the Borde r .. 30 Y oung Wild Weet and the Cattle Thieves; o r Breaking Up a "Bad 5 9 Young Wild W ests Blind R i de; o r T h e Treasure Trove of t h e Gang" Y e llow s t o n e 3 1 Young' Wild Wellt!' e Mascot; or, Tbe Dog That Wante d a Master. 60 Young Wild West and t h e V i g il a ntes; o r T hi n n i n g Out a Hard 32 Yo ung Wild West"s,Challeoge; or, A Combination Hard to Beat. Crowd. I 33 Youn g Wild West and the Ranch Quee n ; or, Rounding Up t h e C ll.t 61 Young Wild Wes t on a Crimson Trail ; o r Arletta Am ong t h e tie Ropers. Apac h es. 3 4 Y oung Wild. West' s Pony Express; or, G etting the Mall 'I'h 1 oug h 62 Y oung Wild West ao.d "Gilt Edge G il ; or, Touching u p t h e on Time Sharpers. 3 5 y9ung Wild West on the Big Divide; or, The Raid of the Rene 63 Young Wild We s t's Reckless Riders; or, After t h e Train Wrec k gades. e r s . 36 Y oung Wild Million in Gold; or, The BossBoy of B oulder. 64 Young Wild West a t K e n o Guie b ; or, T h e Gam e T hat Was Ne ver 37 Y o u n g Wild Wesb Running tbe Gantlet; or, T h e Pawnee C hief's Played. Last Shot. 6 5 Young Wild West and t h e Man fro m t h e East; o r T h e Luc k that 38 Y o u n g Wild and the Cowboys: or, A Hot Tim e on tbe Found the Lost Lode. Prairie. 66 Wild W est Jn tile Grand Cany on ; o r A Finis h Fight With 39 Young Wild Wld;' s Rough Uiders; or, The Rose Bud of the Outlaws. R oc kies. 67 Y oung Wild West and t h e "Wyoming W o lv e s ; o r Arletta s Wo n O Young Wild Dash for Life ; or, A Ride t hat Saved a d erfui Nerve. Town. 6 8 Yoong Wild West' s Dange r o u s Deal ; or, T h e Plot to F l oo d a Silver 4 1 Young Wild W est's Big PaJt Out; or, The Battl e for a Silver Mine. 'Mine 4 2 Young Wild West and the Charme d Arrow; or, 'I'he White Lil y of '69 Young Wild West and the Purp l e Plu mes; or, C h e y enne Charlie's the Kiowas. Close Call. Young Wild We.'s Great Round Up: or, Corrallng the Ran ch 70 Young Wild West at Camp" ; or, Spoiling a Lync h ing Bee Raiders. 71 Young. Wild W est the Lasso K ing: or, The C rook e d g o l 44. Yo ung Wild West"fi Rl6e Rangers; or, Trailin g a Bandit Ki n g "Straight" Ranc h 45 Young Wild West and t h e Russian, Duke; or, A Livel y Time on 72 Young Wild West's Game o f C h a nce; or, Sav e d b y Arietta Moun ta.In and J?laJn 7 3 Y oung Wild West and "Cayuse Kitty"; or, The Queen o f t h e Broncho 46 Young Wild West. o n the Rio Grande; or, Trappjng the Mexi can Buete1'8. Coiners. 74 Young Wild West's Steady Hand; o r, 'l' h e S ho t That Made a Million. 4 7 Young Wild West and Sitting Bull ; o r Saving a 'I 'rQOp oJ' Cavalry. 75 Youog Wild West and The Piute Prin0088 : o r The Trail that Led Lo t h e 48 Young Wild W est ;and the T exas Trailers; o r Roping in the Horse 1 .LOst Land. Thieves. ; 7 6 Young Wild W !llLB' Cowboy Carnival; or, The Roundup a t Roaring R a n c h FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS. OR WILL BE SENT TO A N Y ADDRESS ON RECEIPT.OF PRICE. 5 CENTS PER COPY. BY FRANK TOUSEY. 24 Union Squa r e New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUIIBERS of our Libraries aud cannot procure them from newE;dealers they aan b e obtal n e d from this office d i r ect. C u t out and fill I n t h e follo wing Qrde r Blank and aend it to u s wtth the price

ALL S ORTS OF STORIES. E V E R Y STORY COMPLETE. n PAGES. BEAUTll'ULLY C OLORED COVERS. PRICJ: 5 CEBTS. 269 Wide Awake Will, The Plucky Boy Fireman of No. 3; or, 231 Jack Wright and Bis Electric Air Schc.oner; or, The Mystery of a Ing the Flames for Fame and Fortune. By ex-Fire Chief War LATEST ISSUES: Magic Mine. By "Noname." den ... 232 Philadelphia Phil; or, From a Bootblack to a Merchant. By Bow-270 Jack Wright and His Electric Tricycle; or, Fighting the liltrall ard Austin. glers of the Crimson Desert. By "Nonamq." 233 Custer's Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn. By 271 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic Story of a Great City. An Old Scout. By N. S. Wood (the Young American Actor). 2B4 Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jae. A. 272 Sitting Bull's Last Shot; or, The Vengeance ot an Indian Police . Gordon. man. By Pawnee Bill. 235 Old Sixty-Nine ; ()r, ':"'he Prince of Engineers. By Jas. c. Merritt. 273 The Haunted House on the Harlem; or, The Mystery of a Miss 236 Among the Flre-Wors))ippers; or, Two New York Boys In Mexico. Ing Man. By Howard Austin. l3y Howard Austin. 274 Jack Wright and His Ocean Plunger; or, Th1l Harpoon Hunters 237 Jack Wright and his Electric ilea Motor; or, The Search for a of the Arctic. By "Noname." brlftlng. Wreck. By "Noname 275 Claim 33; or, The Boys of the Mountain. By Jas. C Merritt. 238 Twenty Years onan Island; or, The Story of a Castaway. By 276 The Road to Ruin; or, '.rhe Snares and Temptations of N e Capt. Thoe H. Wilson. York. By Jno. B. Dowd 239 Colorado Carl; o.r, '.l'lie Klpg of the Saddle. By An Old Scout. 277 A Spy at 16; or, Fighting for Washington and Liberty. By 240 Hook and Ladder.Jack, Daring Young Fireman. By Ex-Fire Gen'l Jae. A Gordon. Chief Warden. . 278 Jack Wright's Flying'Torpedo; or, The Blac k Demons of Dismal 241 Ice-Bound ; or, Among the Floes. By Berton Bertrew. Swamp By "Noname. 242 Jack Wright and His Ocean 6lle!.lth-Hound; or, Tracking an Un 279 High Ladder Harry, The Young Fireman of Freeport; or, Al-der-Water Treasure. By "Non ame." ways at the Top. By Ex-Fire Chief Warde n 243 The Fatal Glass; or The Traps and Snares of New York. A 280 100 Chests of Gold; or, The Azte c s Burie d Secret. By Richard True Temperance Stor,y. By -Jno. B. Dowd. R. Montgomery. 244 The Maniac Engineer; or, A Life's Mystery. By Jf!. c. Merritt. 281 Pat Malloy; or, An Irish Boys Pluc k and Luck By Allyn 245 Jack Wright. and His Electric Locomotive; or, T)le L.ost Mine of Draper. Death Vlftley. By "Noname . 282 Jack Wright and His Elertrlc Sea Ghost; or, A Strange Under 246 The Ten Boy Scouts A Story of the Wild West. By An Old Water Journey. By "Nonnm e." Rcout "83 Sixty Mlle Sam; or, Bound to b e on 'rime. By Jae. C. Merritt. 247 Young Hickory the, Spy; or, Man, Woman, or Boy. By Gen'l 284 83 Degrees North Latitude; or, the Handwriting In the Iceberg Jas. A Gordon. By Howard Austin. 248 Dick Bangle the Boy Actor. By Ji. S. Wood (The Young Alllerl285 Joe, The Actor s Boy; or, Famous at Fourteen. By N S Wood can Actor). (the Young American Actor. ) 249 A New York Boy In the liloudan; or, Tlle Milhdl'e Slave. By How-286 Dead For 5 Years; or, The Myst ery of a Madhouse. By ard Austin . ? ,;1 .:; Draper. 250 Jack Wright and His Electric ;Ship; or, 30,000 Leagues 287 Broker Bob; or, The Youngest Operator In Wall Street. Above the Earth. By "Noname."'; ;:.< H K Shackleford 251 The Game Cock of Deadwood A StOf)' Of tbe Wild Northwest. 288 Boy Pards; or, Making a Home on the Border. By An By Jas C. Merritt. Scout. Allyn By Old 252 Harry Hook, the Boy Fireman of No. 1; or, Always at His Poit. 289 The Twenty Doctors; or, the Mystery of the Coast. By Cap t. By Ex -Fire Chief Warden. Thos. H. Wilson 253 The Waifs of New York. By N. Iii. Woods (The Young American 290 The Boy Cavalry Scout; or, f ife in the Saddle. By Gen 'I. Jas. A ctor). A. Gordon. 254 Jack Wright and His Dandy of the Deep; or, Driven Aftoat In the 291 The Boy Firemen; or, "Stand by the Machine." By Ex-Fire Chief Sea of Fire. By Noname." Warden. 255 In the Sea of Ice ; or, The Perils of a Boy Wbaler. By Berton 292 Rob, the Runaway; or, From Office Boy to Partner. By Allyn Bertrew. Draper. 256 Mad Anthony Wayne, the Hero of Stony Polm. By Gen'!. Jas. 293 The Shattered Glass; or, A Country Boy in NPw York. A True A. Gordon 'l'emperance Story. By Joo. B Dowd 257 The Arkansas Scoat; or, Fighting tbe Redskins. By An Old 294 Lightning Lew, the Boy Scout ; or, Perils in t!be West. By Gen'!. Scout. Jas. A Gordon. 258 Jack Wright's Demon of the Plains; or, Wild Adventures Among 295 The Gray House on the Rock; or, The Ghosts of Ballentyne Hall. the Cowboys. By Jas. C. Merritt. 259 The. Merry Ten ; or, The Shadows of a Social Club. By Jno. B. 296 A Poor Boy's Fight; or, The Hero of the School. By Howard Dowd. Austin. 260 Dan Driver, the Boy Engineer of the Mountain Express ; or, 297 Captain Jack Tempest; or, The Prince of the Sea. By Capt. Thos Railroading on the Denver and Rio Grande. H. Wilson. 261 Sliver Sam of Santa Fe; or, The Lions' Treasure Cave. By An 298 Billy Button, the Young Clown and Barebac k Rider. By Bertoi:t Old Scout Bertrew. .Jc 262 Jack Wright and His Electric Torpedo Ram; or, The Sunken 299 An Engineer at 16; or, The Prince of the Lig:ntning Express. Bt City of the Atlantic. By "Noname." Jas. C. Merritt. 263 The Rival Schools; or, Fighting for the Championship. By 300 To the North Pole Ln a Balloon By Berton Betrew. 1 Allyn Draper. 301 Kit Carson's Little Scout; or, The Renegade s Doom. By An Ola 264 Jack Reef, the Boy Captain; or, Adventures on the Ocean. By Scout Capt. Thos. H Wilson. B" 302 From the Street; or, The Fortunes of a Bootblack. By N. :S. Woo 265 A Boy In Wall Street; or, Dick Hatch, the Young Broker J the Young American Actor). 266 J a Bek IronClad Air Motor., or, Searching for a 303 Old Putnam's Pet; or, The Young Patriot Spy. A Story of tqe ,.... Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon Lost Explorer. By Noname 304 The Boy Speculators of Brookton; or, Miiiionaires at Ninetee11. 267 The Rival Base Ball Clubs; or, The Champions of Columbia By Allyn Draper. Academy By Allyn Draper. 268 The Boy Cattle King; or, Frank Fordham' s Wild West Ranch By an Old Scout. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to by Address on Receipt of Priee, 5 Cenb per Copy, by PB.A.NB'. TOUSEY, Publis h er, 24 Union Square, Hew York IF YOU WANT ANY B ACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they .can be obtained from this office direct: Cut out and flll in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send tbeuf to you turn mail. 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