Jack Wright's air and water cutter; or, Wonderful adventures on the wing and afloat

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Jack Wright's air and water cutter; or, Wonderful adventures on the wing and afloat
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Pluck and luck
Cap't. Tho's. H. Wilson
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Frank Tousey
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The eagle was soaring above the airship. Jack suddenly raised the ship yards. The eagle released the child, which fell, Fritz standing on the roof of eek-house ready to catch it.


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PLUCJ< 1.:._UCJ<. Complete Stories of r11ued Weekly..:._By Subscription $2.50 per year. JIJnterea as Second Class Matter at the New York, "Y. Y., Post OfTW., November 7, 1898. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the otrice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., b11 Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 210. NEW YORK, JUNE 11, 1902. Priee 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE EAGLE'S FLIGHT. A most picturesque scene begins our story, situated in a woods bordering one side of Wrightstown Bay, on the Atlantic sea coast. On the other side of the water were great masses of rocks and cliffs, where a lighthouse was built at the entrance to the harbor. The head of the bay was occupied by the township, consisting of fishermen's huts, several thriving streets lined with stores, and a great number of elegant private residences, surrounded by handsome gardens. Several years before the place was made famous by an in Yentor of submarine boats, named Bill Wright, after whom the place was named. His son, Jack, inheriting his talent, had, upon l::\is father's death, invented several marvels for traveling beneath the sea, and at the time we allude to was recognized as the leading citizen of the town. Perhaps it was because he was the richest person in the place and owned half the town, as he had gained several huge fortunes by dragging immense treasures from the dark recesses of the deep with his submarine boats, aided by two friends of his, named Tim Topstay and Fritz Schneider. The woods to which we have alluded were a part of Jack Wright's estate, and as our story opens in the month of August, the trees, bushes and shrubs were in full bloom, dis semi nating a most fragrant odor upon the balmy afternoon air. Thousands of birds twittered in the foliage, little red squirrels darted up the tree trunks, and numberless gray rabbits shot over the velvety greensward at the slightest alarm. Within a glen in the woods there stood a wagon, painted red. blue and white, with a roof that gave it \he appearance of a house on wheels, steps at the back giving ingress to the interior by a rear door, while on the side were painted rows of artificial wind ws. The team of bony buckskins that dragged it were unhitched and browsing the luxuriant vegetation in among the trees, the old patched harness hung on a branch, at one side stood a dirty tent, and in front of it was a camp-fire, with a tripod and kettle over it, around which lounged several swarthy men, women and children. In the ruddy glow of the fire their tattered, but many colored clothing assumed a strange aspect, and their long, black hair and jet eyes were clearly defined as those of the wandering nomads called gypsies. There were a woman anrl a man seated upon the gnarled trunk of a fallen tree, the former thrumming a strange air upon a guitar, and the woman playing a tambourine, while in front of them a boy and girl were gracefully posturing and dancing to the peculiar rhythm. The rest of the gypsies were looking on in amazement and applauding, and in the tent doorway sat the dark-faced queen of the tribe with her tiny infant resting on her lap, with which she was playing. In the sky above the glen several huge birds were circling I around and around at a great height in quest of prey, and in the midst of the revelry a stranger came down a forest path,. and paused to witness the gypsy dance. The keen eyes of the queen quickly detected the gentleman, who was a tall, thin person of forty-five, with a long red nose, long hair, and wearing a high silk hat, and a clerical suit of black. She said something in the Romany dialect, and the music stopped, whereupon she la id her child upon a cushi on at the tent door, and arose to her feet, the big hoops in her ears and trimming on her dress jingling with the silvery tinkle of bells. "Will the gentleman have his fortune told?" she asked in wheedling tones, as she a pproached him with hands extended and a smile upon h e r dusky face. "There is truth in the gypsy's horoscope, and the stars never fail to reveal the past, vresent and future." "Hum!" coughed the stranger. "My good woman, I have but little faith in such nonsense. Clairvoyants, mind-readers, mesmerists and second sight are a humbug in my opinion. But I will give you half a dollar if you will show me the nearest way out of these confounded woods so I can get into Wrightstown." The eyes of the gypsy woman snapped, for she d id not like the skeptical manner assumed by the dignified stranger, and she answered curtly: "The gypsy queen will gladly show you the way, but for the satisfaction of proving to you that phrenology, palmistry, and similar arts that I pretend to have mastered are no myths, if you will cross my palm with your silver, I shall not only show you the way, but shall tell your fortune as well, and defy you to find any errors in what I say." "Well," laughed the stranger, producing a fifty-cent silver piece and placing it in the nettled womans palm, "it will take a pretty strong argument on your part to c onvi nc e me that the lying, thievish, murderous disposition of the g)'.psies ain't all it is cracked up to be. But," he added nervously, as he saw every one scowl at him, "if you keep your word and tell me anything wonderful, I will reward you with ten times as much money." "Good! Let Zobeide study your palm;" said the woman vehemently. The stranger extended his hand, and the gypsy qu ee n intently scanned it for several moments, and then closed her ravishing eyes as if thinking. "Your name," said she, with a is Peleg Hopkins." "Why-bless me!" said the gentleman, with a start. "How did you know?" "Never mind. Your profe ssion is that of a naturalist." "By Jove! You're right--" "Silence! You are an antiquarian, a gatherer of shells and curiosities." "True! True! This is ble--" "To proceed, you have just come from a big city, where you have been living--" "New York, as true a:s you are born--" /


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. "And are about to call upon a youth called Jack Wright, around in affright, and terror struck their souls when they a great inventor. saw what made the noise. "So I am. Go on-go on!" Down the eagle swooped with a terrible cry, its sharp Your obj ect is to make a trip in the sky with him in his eyes fixed intently upon the queen' s infant lying upon the latest invention." cushion at the tent door, where she had left it. "I don't see how under the sun you can guess so well!" In an instant. the powerful talons were fastene d upon the "He was not at home, and you wande red into these woods child, and the terrified mother uttered a wild shrie k, and while awaiting his return, and thus got los t ," continued the rushed forward to save her wailing offspring, h e r dark face gypsy queen. contorted by a look of intense fear. "If anyone had told me of your singular power to know But ere she had taken two steps, up soared the mighty bird things whi c h are entirely foreign to you, I should have said into the sky, with a clutch upon the swaddling c lothes of he was a-a-a-liar! the babe carrying the little gypsy with. it, far out of every Does that satisfy you?" demanded Zobeide dropping his body's reac h. hands. "My child! My child!" shrieked the gypsy woman franti"Amply," r e plied the amazed professor, as he pulled a crisp, five-dollar bill out of his po cket, and handed it to her. "You are certainly a most marvelous creature, and a s I never saw you before and you cannot possibly know anything about me, I give you credit for doing one of the most astonishing things I ever heard of." cally. She held up her arms and spread her fingers to the sky, but the eagle swept up, up, up into the bright sky with the child gradually growing smaller and1 smalle r as it ascended, until at last it looked like a mere speck outlined against the fleecy clouds sweeping across the blue domes of heaven. Another "Then I shall see that you are shown properly into Wrightseagle, striving to rob it of the child, pursued it. town, sir, said the gypsy woman. Queppo," she added, Every one of the gypsies had their merriment turned into turning to a boy of about fift e en lead the gentleman along the most intense anguish, and a wail of woe pealed from every the shore path into the town." throat when the y beheld the strange fate which had overtaken The boy nodded went trotting along, and Mr Peleg Hop-their future king. kins followed him. The distracted mother fEfll upon her knees, tears streaming He had no sooner disappeared from sight, however, when from her eyes, and the loudest lamentations arose from the a merry p eal of laughter rippled from beneath the white, tribe all around her, for it seemed that the child was doomed gleaming teeth of Zobeide and her whole figure was convulsed to a most t errible death. with mirth. The rest of the band had b een looking on silently and curiously, and as soon as h e r hilarity subsided one of the men said, in curious tones: "You seem to have told him point blank truths that time, Zob e ide." "And no wonder, she r e plied, sobering down partially. "In what manne r did you 'SO a ccurate ly reach the facts about him?" "Half an hour ago you know I was gathering herbs in the -woods "Yes, y es," assented the rest interestedly. W e ll, ha, ha, ha! I s aw that man intent uvon what I obEerve d to be his pet hobby and I was about to go on, when I saw him drop a lette r. Whe n he had gone I picked it up and stole away. Upon reading it in the tent, I found that it CHAPTER II. THE STRANGE FLYING FISH. A far .different scene was taking place an hour before this incident occurred at the residence of Jack Wright, the boy inventor, on the outskirts of Wrightstown. The youth dwelt in a magnificent house standing in the midst of an elegantly laidcout garde n, at the foot of which ran a creek, which epiptied into the bay. -upon the bank of the stream, at the foot of the garden, stood a very large and hands ome bric k workshop, in whi c h the boy had been in the habit of constructing his submarine was a letter which he had written in New York to a youth boats. I named J ack Wright, of whom we already know, expressing about all I just told him, but which he had forgotten to mail, and that's how I told his fortune." "Ha, ha, ha! chorus\d the whole tribe. Their m erriment knew no bounds, and the dark queen flour ished. the bill which the professor had given her, and cried, laughingly: "What fools 'SOme men are They scoff at what seems super natural, and yet they are more easily gull e d than anyone." "Hurrah for Zobeid e c h e ered on e of the men. A wild ch eer and a ripple of laughter burst from every dusky throat.. But just then a most startling event occurred that cast the whole rollicking, jolly band into the profoundest depths of blank de s p a ir. There sound e d a fearful whirr of wings, and down from the sky swept one of the birds whi c h had been circling around overhead. It was an enormous gray e agle. Up in the lofty, inacc e ss ible crags acro ss the ilay these kings of the air had built their eyrie, where no man could climb to the m. Sta'I'tled by .the screams of its pinions, the gypsies glanced The building now had a sid e wing added to it, whe r e t h e young inventor purposed to cons truc t a style; of shi p w h ic h differed somewhat from those to which he had be e n a l ways addicted. Since returning from last trip, Jack Wright had made a new and wonderful discovery in regard to aerial nav igatio n, and had been hard at worJi: contriving a m a rvelou s invention, built after a model which he found to work prop e rly. At the time alluded to the boy was in his new workshop putting the finishing touches upon his strange-looking ai r ship. Those who are familiar with the boy will recoll ec t that he was an athletic fellow of less than twenty, with dark eyes and hair, a resolute, nervy disposition, and a quick and ready brain. 1He was now attired in a neat blue suit and c ap, as h e stood off at one side of the shop viewing his singular-looking ves'Sel, and observed that she seemed to be perfect in ev ery de tail. "Navigating the air is a peculiar venture, the boy mut tered, "and although I have studie d ev erything con cerning aeronautics, I expect that I'll find it a far different matter than submarine traveling, to which I have always devoted my


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 3 attention. At any rate, she is bound to work right, for her "I van't ter kill him!" roared the Dutch boy wildly. model did, and as for traveling, on the water, there can be no "Well, you can't do it here! Drop that club!" question of her ability to go at the rate of fifty knots an "Och, Gott, vy don't yer led me only proke his gollar pone? hour." pleaded Fritz. He turned a lever on the wall of the building and the en"Instead of skylarking this way, I thought you was getting tire roof opened, folding back like the window shutters on a ready to go up in the ship with me said Jack angrily. "1t 'Store, leaving the bright blue sky expo sed, up into which he is almost six o'clock, and we are, as you well know, to give my intended to ascend. boat a trial trip at that hour, so that all the people in Wrights At that moment there came a ring at the door-bell, and town can see the ascent. Now look at the state you are in. the boy answered it, for the place was kept locked to keep Go and clean yourself or you can't go, that's all there is about people out of the shop it." Upon the threshold stood a man with a wooden leg, a The angry young Dutchman went away grumbling because sandy beard and a glass eye, attired in the uniform of a he was denied the pleasure of massacring his tormentpr, and marine, with a long envelope in his hand. Jack turned around and saw Tim peeping out at him from belie was a retired man-o'-war's man, chiefly noted for the hind the boat. enormous <)uantity of plug tobacco he consumed, the out"You had better get aboard and keep out of his way," said rageous lies he manufactured, and his devotion to Jack, with Jack, in warning tones. "He will paralyze you if he gets the whom he resided. Timothy Topstay was this individual's name; he had always accompanied the boy on his submarine voyages, shared Jack's treasures, and had once been messmate on the U. S. frigate Wabash with the young inventor's father. "Hello, old fellow, what brings you here?''. queried Jack, upon seeing who he was. "Lord save yer, I've jest be'n down fer ther mail, my hearty replied the old sailor. "Is this letter for me?" 1 "Aye, lad, an a government envelope, too." Jack opened it, and glanced over the paper it contained. "It's my patent on this boat granted," he commented. "Where is Fritz?" "Ther Dutch lubber wuz in a bar'! ther las' time I sot my pyes on him." "In a barrel?" queried the boy, with a puzzled look. "Aye-a bar'! o' tar," replied the old sailor, with a broad grin. "Yer see, as I hove inter ther garding under full sail wot should ther pot-bellied pirate do but bring me up in ther wind wi' a bombardment o' chicking fruit wot must a-been laid by a polecat. One o' 'em plunked me in ther neck, an' I tried ter run away from myself, when Fritz an' me come tergether two p'ints ter ther wind'ard o' whar ther roofers wuz workin' on ther barn. I gave him a sockdolager in ther mizzen riggin', an' he veered off ter ther le'ward, an landed in ther barrel o'--" "Holy shiminey Christmas!" roared an irate voice just then, Tim's explanation, and into the shop darted the ancient mariner with a hop, skip and a jump. "Where vhas dot oldt glub -foot ed, bandy-legged, glass-eyed son-of-a sea-gooks? Gisf him to me for a minute. Led me shust hit him mit dis bale stick vunct. Yer can haf a free oxcursion to his funeral, und yer don't vhas got ter veep a tear for him alretty!" The speaker rushed around an angle of the building brand ishing a club. He was a dumpy, round, fat Dutch boy, with a broad face, \ yellow hair, anti a costume on that he must have worn over the sea in the steerage, but he was covered -with oozing tar from head to foot, and being of a pugnacious, excitable tem perament, his temper was up to the boiling point. The young Dutchman was Jack's other stanch friend, who had always gone with him as companion, cook and electrician upon his adventurous trips, and he also lived at the boy's house. Jack could not repress a smile at the forlorn, yet comical appearance of Mynheer Schneider, but he assumed a grave look, and shouted: chance." '!'here was an accommodation ladder at the side of the boat, and Tim ascended to the deck without saying a word, and went inside. The airship stood propped up on braces in the middle of the shop, all sorts of tools and the remains of metal and woodwork littering the floor. It was a cylinder, with a slightly flattened top, about one hundred feet long, fifteen foot beam, and twenty feet in depth, the bow running up gracefully, cutter shaped, with a tubular searchlight on the apex, and the stern ended in a point, with a huge propeller on the end and a huge rudder underneath, working on a horizontal rod extending aft of the wheel. Along the sides were rows of deadlights, wheels and wire belts; a metal railing encircled the deck, and -from the circu lar pilot-house forward there ran a deck cabin aft, in which there were doors and windows. Five helices arose on each side. Two braced hollow posts arose on the forward and after deck, with rimmed propellers of twenty feet in diameter, with a smaller screw above to increase speed. Below the catheads on either side of the hull two long, strong rods ran obliquely aft, to which were securely bolted sheets of aluminum, tougher and far 1fghter than steel ; form ing a pair of bat_ -like wings which folded up like a fan when not in use, at the sides of the boat. Aft were two more. By means of the most powerful electrical machinery, within the boat, these wings could be operated exactly after the manner of a bird's flight, while the helices maintained the midship section, keeping the craft upon an even keel. If the boat were upon the water, the same electric batteries revolved the under screw to propel the boat, while in the air it added to her speed in driving her ahead or at backing her, in conjunction with another larger wheel. Upon the bow of .the boat was printed the name Flying Fish, a most appropriate cognomen, as the invention was designed to travel over water or through the atmosphere. But why had this queer device been constructed at the cost of a small fortune, and the expense of much toil, care and thought? We will tell you, briefly, that it was done by Jack Wright merely to gratify a whim, a talent he had for inventing machines that hitherto had seemed to be impossible for mankind to evolve and protect. He had no present particular use for the invention, but having fllenty of money to spend in carrying out his ideas, possessing the inventive ability to create this marvel, and wishing to usefully employ his spare time, he had carried out his plan in hopes that some time in the modern future he might be the means of revolutionizing the tactics of civilized "Here, now Fritz, I want this confounded practical joking stopped. You and Tim wm kill each other yet if you don't It was an amusing pleasure to him to invent these contri'end it. Do you hear me?" vances, and he did it with no actual purpose in view for the


JAC K WRIGHT'S AI R AND WATER CUTTER. present; yet, strangel y enough, he had never yet brought o u t a p a t e n t t hat did not r epa,y his outlay upon it, a,nd give him a b i g p rofit, besides all the good he was fortunate enough to do with the m for suff ering humanity. As far as the boy could see the boat was perfect, yet there were of course, defects in its arrangement whi c h could only b e asc;er t ained and remedied by a trial trip, and this was prec i se l y w hat h e intended to give the boat within an hour. H e went aboard of the craft, en'tered the pilot-house, in which stoo d the rudder-wheel, and glanced up at the wall, w h ere a glass case contained. a number of gauge s, indicators, the rmo me ters, ba.rometers and other instruments of a like n a t ure f o r working the boat. In f r o n t of the wheel stood a binnacle and compass, and o n the box was scre w e d a switch-board, with several levers u pon .it, by which the pilot could control all the working p a rts of the boat by electric wires tha t were in communication between the battery, machinery and levers The c h ronome ter indicated five minutes to six, and the boy g l anced out of the g lass window of the pilot-house to see i f Fritz was coming for he wanted to be punctual, as h e knew that there were thousands of people, who came t h r onging to Wrightstown from far and near, anxiously waiting t o see the ascent of the aerial vessel. Jus t t h e n t he shop door went open with a bang and in rushed Fritz, pursu e d by several po li cemen a n d a mob of citizens all of w h o m w ere drenched and seem e d greatly excited. With a m az ing agility for suc h a stout person, the Dutch boy rus h e d up the ladder. S t a r d 4e r p oat! he yelled, frantically. .. Let her go, or by shingo I v has get arrested! Jack gl).ve a vio lent start, for he saw that something serious had h a p pened to his friend, and h e felt anxious to save Fritz I feel me so kveer as nefer vhas alretty, and if dot poat don't plo' up by idself, or ve don' t fell down, I tink ve vhas go u p by kingdom come, don't id?" "You needn't be alarmed," reassuringly said J ack. "She is going all right. It's just like b allooning. Just hear Timhe's vomiting in the cabin, and yet he never got seasick o n the water in his life." He glanced at the registers and saw that they were at a height of 500 f eet from the earth, ascending at the rate of sixty feet a minute, and were slipping off at an angle with the w ind t o t h e north-eastward. I vis h I vhas back by der landt," groaned Fritz, in scared t o nes. "You'd get arrested if you was. What w a s the reason they were chasing you and trying to arrest you, Fritz?" said Jack. "A crowd vhas bushin' in by d e r yardt, und I tolt 'em ter got o u dt, but dey vhasn't do id, so I crabbed d e r hose oudt er der gar d ner' s handts, und I vhas squated it at 'em, und de r vater smeshed der bolicemans in de eye. Dot seddled id. He vanted to haf me hung righd avay gwi c k, und all der beebles vot I soused voul d a-bulle d by d e r rope if dey vhas caught me vonct, so I skoodeded und dots d e r reason dey vhas s{tased me alretty." Just then the o l d sailo r came limping i n, and rememberiii wh a t he had done to anger him, Fritz s c owled and wobbled toward him. The ancient marine r was deathly p a le from a sort of sickness produced by his strange position, and looked very forlorn. "Wot are yer a-going ter do Dutchy, kill me?" he moaned. "Donner vetter! How yer c a n ask dot questions? Of gourse I vhas!" r e plied Fri t, belligerently, as he doubled up his fist. fro m trouble. A sic ,kly smil e c ro s sed Tim's face. Observing that the whole crowd w e r e about to rush upon He w a s so a wful s i c k he didn' t care much for existing. the boat the boy instantly turned s e v eral of the levers and Taking an axe from a rack he handed it to Schneide r the helices and wings began to mov e, wh e n with a sudden I "Heave ahead, my lad!" said he. "Yer couldn't do me a rus h the I<'lyjng Fish shot up in the air through the opened greater favor." roof of the s h op. "Och, shust-wow-wow-york-york-york!" r e plied Fritz. CHAPTER III. SAVED. The fir s t mo ve ment about the boat had been a sudden spreading out o n either side of the arched, bat-like wings; with a m e t a lli c cl ick they became rigid at a width of twenty feet on eithe r qu a rter and twice that length, and with the first beat they lif ted the boat. The h e li ces revolved so rapidly that they fairly whistled, yet the lifting power was so evenly grate d betwee n the wheels He, too, was turning pale, and suddenly pre ssed one hand over his gagging mouth and the pit of his h eaving stomach. "Wot?" growled Tim, as the Dutc h boy droppe d the a,xe . "I vhas-ugh--york-york-gah-um-wow!" r e plied Fritz. The angry l ook left his bulging blue eye s and a most u n happy pitiful to b e hol9, crept over fat face. It was a bilious startled, what-ailsme sort of an expressio n He then cast an eye on the door and sidl e d toward it, wit h his cheeks puffed up, his stomach heaving up and down and his legs wobbling. The next moment out he rushed, pursued by Tim, and t heYi both leaned over the railing and bega n a duet of gags. Jack laughed, for he was not affected like tha t althoug h e felt rather queer, a tingling s ensation was running through and w ings t h a t not the s l ig htest oscillation, tremor or gyrathim, a roaring sound came into his ears and his sight b e ing mo ve m ent cou l d be felt. came blurred a little. He soon got over thi s feeling, howeve r The bo a t lay as stiff and even as if she w e r e upon the land. So did Tim and Fritz," but animosity was forgotten. Fritz gl a n ced over the raili ng, down upon the policem a n The Flying Fish by that time was a thousand f ee t in the a ir and citi z e n s who had been pursuing him, and saw them gapa nd the people below were apparentl y so small that t hey ing up a t t h e r eceding boat in open-mouthed astonishment. looked like flies, the landscape of coast, land and ocea n lost All the s t reets, windows and housetops in Wrightstown were its natural aspect, and t hey f ound themsel ves among some line d with p eop l e, and cheer after cheer arose from the multi-clouds. tude w h e n the boat was seen; handkerchiefs and flags were It was at this juncture that Jack suddenl y observed seve ral waved. and a scene of the most intense excitement ensued huge birds rising from the earth below them, and taking his Com e i n h ere, Fritz!" shouted the boy inventor, as he glass from the rack he directed it at them. clutc h e d the whee l a n d keenly watched every movement of the Two eagles, and one pursuing the other!" he airship. A moment afterward he observed that the biggest bird in Schn e id e r ob eyed, a n d Jack saw that h e had cleaned himadvance had a tiny infant c lutched in its talons. self of the tar. "Great h eave n, b o ys, loo k there! h e crie d pointing down Och himme l!" h e g as p e d a s ,he g l a n ced around. "Vot iss ? at i t.


P I Tim and Fritz were startled at the sight. I feet a second, and Fritz laid the child d o w n u p o n a c u s h ion in "Lord save us, is it a little kid's corpse?" queried Tim. back of Jack, and tried to stop its yells. e "No! Dqn 'd yer see dot it vhas mofin its arms und legs?" The young inventor kept h is glance fixed upon the gauge s cried Fritz. and indicators,' intently, and said: The birds were sweeping up toward the Flying Fish, but "The boat seems to work like a charm. I'll b ring her to a swerved off as soon as their keen eyes detected what it was. stop in the water of the bay which is just be l ow us n ow and "Stand by to save the child!" shouted Jack, electrifying his we'll go over to the gypsy camp and see if that young one friends. wasn't stolen from ther!l by the eagle. It's a wonder to m e i t He slackened the speeu of the whirling helices, and brought wasn't 'killed! the boat to a pause, the forward wings were stopped, the "Thar wuz another eagle a-chasin' ther one as had t her action of the after. ones was increased, and the cutter made kid," said Tim, "an' that's why ther critter flew so h i g h ter a dive down at a slight angle, when the stern propeller escape its pursuers, I s'pose." began to spin, shooting her ahead at a rate of speed. Down, down, down, lower and l ower went t he boat until at Away she went, skimming, till she was beneath the eagle last it came within fifty feet of the sparkling waters of t h e that held the child, when the bird took fright and sped away bay, when the ieronauts saw the people of the village co m e toward the sea, with a fearful screech. flocking down to the water's edge and heard them loudly Jack sent the boat flying after it like a rocket. shouting anu cheering. An exciting chase followed, the eagle straining every effort At that moment the wheels suddenly stopped. to get away from the boat, and Jack determined to overtake it. A shower of glaring electric sparks shot out from every The other eagle flew away in terror. On swept the bird at the extent of its speed, when Jack turned several levers, and with a whistling of the wings, heli ces and propelle rs, the Flying Fish's speed was increased. "We are gaining!" shouted Jack, excitedly. "Hurroar!" bellowed Tim, delightedly. "In vun minute more ve vhas got him!" yelled Fritz. "Look out the bird don't drop the child!" "Ay, ay, lad!" "Shiminey! put on more speed!" The eagle was now soaring above the airship, and Jack suddenly raised her set;eral yards, when the boat darted ahead, and the child suddenly was released and fell. With one spring Fritz landed beneath it, his quick glance having instantly detected the little one falling. Down it came, the delicate fabric of its clothes having caught for an instant upon the bird's sharp talons, and up went the Dutch boy's arms. With a slight shock the child fell into the arms of Fritz, and, uttering a cry of affright, the eagle circl ed off to the right. "Saved!" gasped Jack, in joyful tones. "Und id vhas alife! chuckled Fritz, for the child screamed. "Bless its heart fer that roared Tim, relieved of his anxiety. The babe was not injured, exdepting for a few scratches inflicted upon its tender skin by the bird's talons' and it now began to bawl and kick lustily as the Dutch boy gently carried it up to the pilot-house, followed by Tim. terminal of the mechanism, and the airship f e ll. Cries of alarm burst from the vast multitude. A sudden shock passed through Jack and h i s frie nd s when they felt the boat falling from beneath them. "Hang on for your lives!" shri eked the startled b o y Their faces b l anched, their hearts throbbed, and their n erve s tingled but they scarcely had time to move, when with a terrible shock the boat struck the water and splash e d it up all around. The next instant the Flying F ish disap peared unde r the bay! CHAPTER IV. A MYSTERY EXPLAINED. Two seconds had scarce l y e l apsed before the airship again arose to the surface and floated as g r acef ull y and buoy antly as any craft. Fritz and Tim had been knocked flying acros s the pilot-house and lay in the corner, hal f stunned; b u t Jack h a d gras p e d the babe ap.d flung himself upon the cushi o n s He was badly shaken up, but suffere d no injury, nor was the child hurt in consequence of his protecting arms. He bounded to his feet, drenched by the water tha t poured in through the open windows, and seeing t h e e l ectricity still escaping he instantly shut off powe r stoppin g i t. Out from the s h ore put every avail ab l e boat, i tl to which "By shiminey exclaimed Fritz, as he went in, "it vhas a many of the spectators of the ca tastrophe c r owd e a and a 'nigger baby'" cheer pealed from every mouth when they saw the Flying Fish "No, it isn't," replied Jack, regarding it intently; "it's a ascend to the surface and float safe l y gypsy." "Get up, boys, get up! exc l aimed the b oy upon seeing the "Wot! One o' ther gang wot's camped in ther woods by boat floating again. ther bay?" Tim. Neither of his friends answered h im "It must be. Look at its clothing," said Jack. For they senseless. The child was only a few weeks and very small. Its Jack hastened out on deck with the child in hi s arms. skin was almost as dark as a mulatto's; its hair was coarse He cast a glance around and gave a start of d ismay, for he and black, and it did not have very much clothing in. saw that the shock had broken several of the h e li ces, s n a pp e d The little f e llow marvelously enough, did not seem to be the belt and wheels and created other seriou s dam a g e to the much the worse for its perilous adventure, but he cried and boat. screamed, despite Jack saying, "Coochy-coochy -coo;" and A cheer went up from the spectators u po n seeing that he chuckling it under the chin. was safe, and scores of boats came surging a cross to the The eagles disappeared by this time, and having adjusted airship, every one asking if they were hurt and b egging to be the levers Jack sent his boat downward in vast circles toward the sea, which was rolling below where they were now suspended. The driving screws were stopped, the wings stood stiffly out, acting like parachutes, and the helices revolved slower. With a graceful m otion the bo a t went do w n a t about two of service. It was very evident that the mac h i nery was injure d and the boat could not go, so the boy shouted: "Tow us up the creek t o the w orkshop. I'll fling you a hawser.' He sent a line flying o verboard, after l aying the gypsr


6 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR baby down on the sofa in the pilot-house, and made the other end fast to a ringbolt. While his friends were dragging the Flying Fish across the bay he glanced at Tim and Fritz and saw that they were recovering. He then passed back into the cabin. It was a beautifully appointed room, but the pictures were i(nocked from the walls, the table and chairs were upset, the floor was littered with broken articles, and everything was in confusion. Back of this room was a stateroom, equally as much upset, and in the galley, behind it, scarcely a piece of crockery, glassware or tinware remained unbroken in its place. There was a storeroom back of the galley, filled with extra things, such as most vessels carry, a fine assortment 'Of firearms and ammunition of a kind such as the boy had invented, peculiar-looking diving cotumes, canned food and numerous other things. But everything was scattered about in the wildest disorder. The aftmost compartment was an electric machinery room, furnished with a light, powerful engine, run by hydraulic pressure, which operated a beautiful dynamo, from which electricity was generated to work the delicate but complicated machinery which was put into communication with the working parts of the boat by a series of insulated wires, metallic belts and light pistons. As everything here was stationary, nothing was broken by the shock, although when t1:J.e boy looked for the cause of the stopping of the helices he soon found the main shaft had broken. A trap door in the floor led down into the hold by means of a ladder, and as everything was lighted by incandescent electric lights, the boy procured an illumination of the dark hold by pressing a button on the wall. He then descended a light ladder of steel. The entire interior of the hull was empty, excepting for a s mall, light but powerful air pump standing in...the stern. All around were great braces and girders of a shape denoting extrao1'dinary lightness and strength, as if to resist a collapse of the hull from outside pressure, although the pressure employed really was inside, as will be shown presently, when we explain the use of the pumps. There was no damage done to the hull, Jack saw at a glance. He then returned to the pilot-house and found that Tim and Fritz had recovered consciousness and were looking for him. They both had been roughly shaken up and badly bruised, but otherwise had suffered no serious injury by their fall. Jack questioned them and then explained the boat's condi tion. By the time he got through the Flying Fish r eached the foot of his grounds; Jack thanked the boatmen and, explaining that no one was hurt, he had his workmen pull the boat into the shop. "It will take us a week to repair the damage," he told his friends, "but I don't mind that as Jong as we have all come out of the scrape with whole skins. Had we fallen from a greater height or not dropp e d into the water, I cliln't know what would have become of us!" "Keelhaul me if I want ter try it!" said Tim, with a wry look. "This youngster must have been born to get hung," laughed Jack as he picked the dark-faced little fellow up and carried him asliore. They left the workshop and entered Jack's elegant house, when a serv1tnt announced a gentleman named Peleg Hopkins. "What!" exclaimed Jack, in delight. "My old friend, the professor, here? Send him in at once. I'll be delighted to see him! It was the same man the gypsy queen had fooled. AND WATER CUTTER. He had gone on a voyage with Jack and his friends, and wal therefore a very welcome guest among them now. The boy laid the gypsy child on the sofa in his library, int which they'had repaired, and when the professor came in the gave him a most cordial reception. So sorry I missed the trial trip, dear boy," said Hopkin wiping his glasses; "but when I saw the accident which befell you I really cannot say I regretted it much, after all." "Lor', professor," said Tim, with a grin, "don't mention regrets, 'cause yer know very well as we all wishes yer wu2 along with us!" "Oxbecially vhen ve fell into der vater," modestly admitte Fritz. "Ay, now; it made me think o' ther time I was aboard o' the1 cannon-ball express, a-goln' at the rate o' sixty knots an hou a tween Sailors' Snug Harbor an' Tompkinsville," said Tim 'That wuz a ride fer yer. We was a-goin' down grade, an ther engine runned away. We went so fast that ther draught o' ther flyin' train tore up trees an' rocks knocked down houses 'and telegraph poles, an' finally, after traveling two hours, an' leavin' a path mowed down like a cyclone track--' "Two hours, sixty miles an hour between Sailors' Snu Harbor and Tompkinsville?" asked the professor with suspicious look at Tim, and then he made a move to sit dow on the sofa, when a yell from the gypsy child l ying beneath caused him to jump up as if he was shot. ''Great heaven!" he gasped, looking over his shoulder in astonishment at the child. "What's that-where did yo11 get it?" The diversion came just in time to stop Fritz flinging an ottoman at Tim for getting off such an infamous lie, and the all laughed. Jack thereupon explained the matter to1 the professor. Hopkins was very much amazed over the marvelous rescue, and warmly congratulated the boy. "Do you know," sai'd he, carefully examining the waif of the air, "that I have seen that child somewhere b efore?" "Wasn't it among the gypsies in the woods?" "Sure enough!" said the professor, with a start. "Now recollect! It was the queen's child, my Christian i'riend. The last time I beheld the unfortunate little rascal he was lying upon a cushion at the tent entrance, while tne mother told my fortune." "Told your fortune? How superstitiou s of you profes sor! Ha! ha! ha!" "Oh, you may laugh, Wright, but that woman is a wonder!" said the professor; emphatically. "She told me the most wonderful things, which I knew to be true, but of which she could most certainly have had no cognizance previously. Let me explain. Jack listened to his narrative,.attentively. "But I got no letter saying you was coming," said he, when Hopkins finished. "You didn't?" queried the professor in surprise. Then he pondered a moment and burst.out with: ''By Jove! now I recollect, I didn't send it; forgot to mail it, de11,r boy. I remember finding the letter in my pocket and taking it out near the gypsy camp, and-but let me see-where did I put it?" He felt in all his pockets, a blank look upon his face. "It's lost!" he exclaimed, presently. "That explains the mystery, then," laughed Jack. "What mystery?" "The gypsy's knowled&'e of you and your atfairs which she told in your fortune." "How do you mean?" "She must have found the letter, read it, and thus acquainted herself with your name, intentions and so forth, and simply repeated it to you." ._ "By thunder!" gasped the discomfltted professor emphatic-


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 7 ...... ms lly. "As she told me no more than she could have gleaned "Well," coolly asked Jack of the man, "what do you want?" om the letter, I believe your theory is right, Jack!" "That bundle in your arms and your valuables!" replied ito A general laugh followed this simple explanation of what the stranger. tey f ad seemed a wonderful mystery to the learned professor. "You are one of the gypsies, I see by your clothes, who "We can ascertain the truth when we return her child," said are camped in these woods." 11s, opkins, in deep mortification when he realized how clearly he "That's neither here nor there!" snarled the man. "Shell el ad been duped. out!" "And that will be to-night," said Jack. "I suppose you will tay with us a while, professor?" uz "I came expressly to make an rerial voyage with you in our new invention," replied Hopkins. "Have you planned a ed rip yet?" "And if I refuse you mean to shoot me?" demanded Jack. "That's the alternative." "Blaze away, then!" "What! Do you dare refuse?" "Of course I do." "Then you must remain here," said Jack. "We have no "You seal your own death warrant." efinite views settled for the present, but I have no doubt that "Bosh! you can't hurt me." s soon as the boat is repaired I shall have an object arranged "You'll see! Choar a chauvie!" (Rob t1,1at person!) he or a trip on the wing and in the air. In the meantime make yelled. "Sellah jaw drom!" (Curse you, take the road!) ourself at home, sir." The man uttered a peculiar whistle as he spoke, and out A short time afterward a tasteful supper was served up, from the shrubbery started half a dozen more gypsies, surnd as Jack had changed his clothes he wrapped the gypsy rounding Jack. o hild up in a shawl, and, accompanied by Hopkins, they set Every one of them held a pistol aimed at the boy. out for the gypsy encampment in the woods. "Stop! yelled Hopkins, in agonized tones, as he raised g his clasped hands beseechingly. "Don't fire, gentlemen! I'll give you all I've got!" CHAPTER V. A GYPSY llTHER's GRATITUDE. The moon and stars had arisen in the clear sky by the time [ Jf(Ck and Hopkins reached the woods bordering one side of the bay, with the gypsy child. They pursued a dark, gloomy path bordered with a dense j hedge, as Jack was perfectly familiar with every inch of the ground, and had just arrived at the most lonesome spot when i 1 they became aware that there were stealthy footsteps following them. Glancing back over his shoulder the boy's quick, keen eyes saw the shadowy figure of a mao slinking along in among the bushes, like a phantom, and he nudged Hopkins and whispered: "We are being followed, professor." "Oh, Lord 1 gasped Hopkins, who was a very timid man. "Where is he?" "In back of us, lurking amonglfthose bushes." "Do you suppose it is a robber?" "Very likely a footpad." "What shall we do?" "Pay no attention to him." "But he may kill us. Let us run." "Not on your life! Keep right along with me." The professor's teeth began to chatter, and he turned very pale, while he grasped Jack's coat with one trembling hand, and every few moments he cast a frightened glance backward over his shoulder. 1 "What did I venture to come for?" he groaned. "Silence! Do you hear him coming now?" "Yes-yes. The scoundrel is drawing nearer every moment." "Don't you be afraid. He won't hurt us." "Who's afraid?" said Hopkins, indignantly. "I'm sure I ain't, for-oh, help! Murder! Police! Fire! Thieves! Save me! Spare me!" Just then their pursuer came gliding up behind them and the sharp click of a pistol spring caused Hopkins to yell and fall on his knees. Jack wheeled around and saw their pursuer close behind him with a pistol in his hand aimed at them. "Silence, you old fool!" he hissed. "Do you want me to kill you?" "Not if I know it!" said Jack, grimly. He unfastened the shawl frotii around the child and it began to cry. Holding it up in plain view, at a spot where the moonlight streamed down through the trees, he held a pistol to its head and cried: "If you don't clear out I'll blow this child's head off!" "The queen's infant!" ran from mouth to mouth, as the dark-visaged men recognized it, in deep wonder. Every one of them had seen the eagle carry the infant away, and they were now intensely astonished to see it safe back on land in Jack's hand, apparently uninjured. It was to them a marvelous mystery. At this juncture Zobeide appeared, attracted by the noise, and with one glance ..saw what was transpiring. A wild, piercing shriek burst frantically from her lips when she beheld her child so miraculously saved, in Jack's hands. She and the whole tribe had long before given it up as dead, and she rushed forward into the circle of thieves, screaming: "My child! My child!" With outstretched arms she rushed toward Jack, but the boy recoiled, and aiming his pistol at her, he said, sternly: "Unless you drive those scoundrels away I shall kill it!" "Give to me! It is mine!" she shrieked, fiercely. Her savage ferocity was aroused to the pitch of madness at the fear of harm befalling her offspring, saved, as it was, in a strange manner, from an almost certain death. "Hold!" ringingly answered Jack. "Obey me, and you shall have it." She paused, her bosom heaving tumultuously, her large, dark eyes glaring like live coals and a terrible look on her face. -"Harm it at your peril!" f:'he yelled, in a mad paroxysm. "Listen! replied Jack. "I just saved it from death, and I was bringing it back in safety to you when your men tried to rob us!" That brought her to her senses. She was stung by her followers' base Ingratitude. Knowing, there. fore, that the babe was safe, she turned In a fury upon the men and raved like an insane person "Away with you! Away, I say, or my curse shall fall on every one! By the '.lawn of day ye shall all lie with throats cut from ear to ear! The awful tones she assumed sent a chill through Jack, and the men seemed to f eel sure her dire threat would be "Mercy on my soul!" gasped the professor. murder, dear boy!" "He means, kept, for like whipped dogs the slunk away, and one by one they disappeared into the bushes as mysteriously as they came.


t 8 JACK WRlGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. ==-=======================\=--=:::...::._.:.=.._==---------' I In a moment -Jack and Hopkins were alone with Zobeide, there are millions of dollars worth of gems yet lying at tll . ii.n the woman bounded forward with a glad cry; the boy bottom of that extinct crater." h e r wailing child in her arms and she smothered it '1And you' have the secret of its location?" queried Jae w i t h k i sses, and the most extravagant terms of eneagerly. de'!!,rm13nt, i n the delirio u s joy pervading her over recovering "I have; and if it will show you my gratitude in a sma lo ved offspring. way for what you have done, you may have it, and here L t was s ome time before her impetuou!j overflow of exhila r a t e d f eelings abated, and the profes$or gingerly arose to his f eet a n d kept warily and uneasily. glancing furtively a r bund at t h e rustling bushes, as if he half expected to see the robb e r s return. ' f As s o o n as the wild gypsy queen's joy had abated somet urned to J ack, and kissing his hand impulsively, again and a g a i n, while tears of gratitude streamed from her eyes, she said : I recogn i ze y o u as the Wizard of Wrightstown, and while I a m g lad t o t h e heart's core for the great good you have don e m e, I can o n l y reward you with a mother's wondrous Jov e and thanks." Don't me n t i o n it," bluntly said Jack . ,. "But, I pray you tep me," sJ:ie pleaded, greatly mystified, "ho w was it possible that my child, carried into the heavens by a thievish eagle, and disappearing from our view in the is." As Zobeide said this she unfastened a large locket of gol from around, her neck, handed it to Jack and glided away. "But, I say, my good woman," said the professor, "how abou the fortune Y.ov. told me this even--Ha 1 She's gone! ."And left a secret with rile worth millions!" said Jack. CHAPTER VI. THE MOUNTAIN MINE OF INDIA. It was too dark to examine the locket which the gyps queen had placed in Jack's hand, until they got out of th woods, and as they had no desire to m eet the thieves agai they hurried away. air, was saved?" The professor was an old traveler, and as they went alon You p e rhaps a r e aware that I invented a flying machine?" he said: A y, t o-day we saw you ascend. "Durin g our flight we the eagle, and wrested your child from its grasp in mid-air, after a battle. -.'Wonderfu l Strange! A miracle!" murmured Zobeide "It was unbecom ing of your men to trespass upon my own ground, a n d here try to rob us," said Jack, "more especially as we were bent u pon an errand of good to them. By to-mor row yo u must leave these grounds. If you are not gone by m idday I s h all have tb.e men put under arrest." "Pardo n implored the queen, deeply mortified. "They a r e the worst of my tribe, and I b lush with shame for them. B e assu red that by to-mo r row we will leave in shame and sorr ow. I allow no r obbery among my people if I can help it. But t h e m en, unwatched, are bound to transgress. I deeply regret that we brought them from Indi a with us." "Then you come from India?" "We are Egyptians, but we have been all over the world.' a m e ducated. I had to be to tell fortunes; but it reminds me"If such a diamond mine exists outside of that nomad' imagination, my boy, you can depE;!nd that it will yield the big gest, purest and finest gems in the world, if it is located India." "Why," said Jack, "do you know anything about them?" "I ought to, as I've been all through the diamond fields o the eastern side of the Deccan, from the Pennar River in 1 degrees north latitude to near the Sone, in Bundelkund, a 25 degrees north latitude. When I was there the souther mines were at Cuddapah, Karnul and Ellore, near the Kishna in Madras presidency. In this district some of the larges diamonds ever obtained were procured." "How about the famous Golconda, sir?" queried Jack. "It is only a fortress and ruined city, dear boy, situated in the Nizam's dominions, seven miles west of Heyderabad city. It was once a powerful kingdom, which arose on the downfall of the Bahamani dynasty. The diamonds of Golconda obtain ed great celebrity; they were, however, merely cut an(;j polish-ed there. The fortress is situated on a rocky ridge of granite, i f yo u are going to India with your strange balloon ship I might show you how you could there gain a most wonderful fort u ne.,, is very extensive, and contains many inclosures. It is strong and in good repair, but is commanded by the summits of the "A f ortune?" questioned Jack interestedly. enormous and massive mausoleum of the ancient kings about "Buried far down out of reach of mankind within the crater GOO yards distant. These buildings are grouped in an arid, of an extinct volcano, at the top of an almost inaccessible rocky desert. The fort is now the Nizam's prison and treasmoun tain. " With m y new boat access to such a place wo;uld be easy. But this fo rtune?" I t i s a great diamond mine, exposed by the action of the vol cano in a ncient times. " Ho w do yo u k n ow, if it isn't accessible to mankind?" sharp l y asked Jack. M y fat her, now dead, once ascended the crater top, and drq p ped by accident a piece of raw meat down into the vol cano. A b ird carried it up from the bottom, but, frightened b y m y father, dropped the meat. Adhering to it were a numb e r o f precio u s d i amonds, uncut, but valuable. By repeating the expe riment he gathered many more. Glancing down on a brig h t sunny day, he saw that the volcano bed was strewn with many more gems. He then left there." "By why didn't he return for the rest?" "Because a convulsion of nature by an earthquake made it impossib l e for mankind to reach summit of the mountain again without some s u c h contrivance as your airship, though ury." "How do they get these Indian diamonds?" "Chiefly in the recent deposits, beds of sand and clay, and in some places a ferruginous sandstone-very few in the original matrix. The upper strata of the beds is 18 inches of sand, gravel and loam; next there is a stiff deposit of black clay or mud, about four feet thick; and next the diamond bed, which is distinguished by a mixture of large, round stones, two or three feet thick, closely cemented together with clay. Hollow pits are there excavated a few feet in diameter, in such spots as the practice of the miner dictates. He sinks a few feet, searches the bed, and if not encouraged by a find, shifts his position to dig again." Talking thus, they soon reached the town, and restraining their curiosity they proceeded at once to Jack's house. Finding Tim and Fritz in the parlor, they told them what occurred, and Jack withdrew the big golden locket. It looked very much like a plain, polished watch case, on which was engraved in old Egyptian characters:


.-, JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 9 Eura Rajah a Raunie. It meant in the Hitloostanee gypsy tongue, The King to he Queen, and upon. opening the locket, Jack saw that it con ained a small circular piece of parchment just fitting the Dcket, upon which was inscribed in half-faded characters an scription like thi_s: HIMMALEHS, THIBET. Deodhunga Mountain Crater, Khatmandu, Sikim, Tassisudon, Diamonds. 29,002 feet. Highest Known Mountain of the Globe. There was n6thing else written upon the parchment, and 11 of our friends were very much disappointed at the meager cciount. Fritz and Tim, indeed, could not understand what the words eant until Jack said: "There isn't muc h satisfaction to be gained from all we an learn here. The words at the top must mean that it is ocated in the Himalaya Mountains, separating Northern Inia from Thibet, and the crater of the mentioned Deodhunga es above the city of Sikim, between Khatmandu and Tassi udon. The numerals define the height of the mountain, and, s the next lin e says, it is the biggest mountain in the world." "Oh!" ejaculated the Dutch boy and the old salt in one reath. "Truly, it's a disappointingly meager account," said the rofessor, with a very glum look crossing his narrow face. "You recollect what Zobeide told us about her father find-ng the treasure?" "Very well, indeed, my worthy youth, but we only have her ord for it." "Gypsies are such liars and general rogues," admitterl Jack, it is hard to trust them. Yet see how she guarded this aper. Would she do it if there wasn' t any importance atched to it? Recollect how grateful she was to me. ,At such moment she would not deceive or cheat her deadliest foe, or she was gushing with gratitude, and certainly wanted 1lo epay me for saving her child's life. Hence I believe her." "Wait," said the professor quietly. "Don' t forget that this s the very highest mountain in the world, my boy. It rises igh above the snow line, and its apex is in a region colder an that in which man can live. Mosse s, berries, birch and arley are all that can grow there; bears, yak and Pamir sheep nd it hard to live in such a frigid zone, and very few birds enture as high as the snow belt, fifteen thousand feet up." "Isn't the snow line of Mt. Everest, as Deodhunga is called, "Much different than that of any other mountain," replied he professor, glancing at a globe. "The snow line on its orth face begins at 20,000 feet height, while on the south it ommences at less than 15,000." How do you account for the difference?" "The action of the cold, strong north winds--" "But there is another theory which I have, Mr. Hopkins." "What do you allude to?" "Volcanic action heating the mountain on the Thibet side." I "Perhaps you are right. Internal heat could keep the north side of the mountain free fron;. all the way to the top, g1 d give free passage to an explorer, if he desired to venture e climb up into the rare upper atmosphere which man finds hard to breathe." "You admit, then, that there may be some truth in the verbal description and the evidence of this piece of aper?" Of course. We had better question her further to-morrow, however, for I sec:, Wright, that if this paper i's genuine you contemplate makin g a trip across the sea to India, in seaN:h of this diamond mine." "Such is the thought 1n my mind, sir." "It is a long way to go, and .:1\;dangerous i;aid the professor cautious ly, "and yol;i, may go chasing a pha.ntom, for this mine with its is very likely a myth. To attempt such a joullt!.ey 6,n lire strength of such clews as these seems al:)isurd." ;>. ' j I "On the other hand," SE\ id iTack\: '[, I am. going to take a va-. cation and go on a lo.rig trip in my airsliip, both to thoroughly try it and enjoy with the hazardous adventuref;l whicll generaily arise from subli a journey. Now, it don't make any difference to ine if to India or 'the South Pole, except that the former probably easiest to reach. In <>rder to h ave in view to liven up my trip, I'm going to let Zobeide's and go in search of the fabulous treasure she has described:" "If you put it in light, that's ''.different," the f \'i pro ess or. "' \ "We will simply call it a trip in searth of adventure, that's all, said Jack; "and if we can manage to squeeze a round sum of money out of it, why, so much the better for our pock etbooks. Eh, boys?" "I tink so,; neider," grunted Fritz. "Then yer'a-goin' ter tack fer Indy?"_ queried Tim. Yes. Are you going with us, professor? "With all my heart, dear friend," replied Hopkins heartily. The four friends soon afterward separated and retired for night. On the following morning after breakfast, Jack and Hopkins walked over to the woods to get details of the matter from the gypsy queen, but was disappointed to find that she and her tribe were gone. Acting upon Jack's threat to have her she had broken up the camp the night previously, and they silently stole away in the darkness, and never were seen or heard of again anywhere near Wrightstown. Jack sent messengers in every direction to find .them, but to his disgust' they returned without having found any trace of the nomads, so he .had to abandon all hope of learning anything more about the diamond mine of the Himalayas. The boy th1; m directed his attention to repairing his boat. The Flying Fish had been badly shattered by her fall into the water, and it was necessary to make duplicate parts of the broken machinery. It occupied considerable time to do this, but he was ably assisted by his friends, and they managed at the end of two weeks to not only repair the airship, but to improve upon her. Every defect which Jack had noticed about 1her lluring the trial trip was now remedied, and the cutter was a much better boat than she had been before the accident. As soon as she was finished, they stocked her with provi sio11rs, equipments suited to the kind of a journey they purposed to go on, and with their business affairs in perfect or der, they embarked.The boat ran down the creek into the bay at nightfall, when the residents of the town were wrapped in slumber, and passing out on the rolling Atlantic she was headed for Europe. With wings folded at her sides, helices unmovable, and her screw rapidly revolving, the air cutter shot through the watery element with the speed of a swo rdfish and the grace of a swan. Jack and Tim were at the wheel, and Fritz and Hopkins lay in their bunks dreadfully seasick. And as the gallant Flying Fish dashed through the moonlit wavesthe young inventor ti_;rned to the old sailor and said: "I have a feeling that we are. on our most dangerous cruise,


10 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. Tim, but if we live to come back, we will all have a barrel of long and frowsy appendage, and executed a species of skil mllney, I am sure." CHAPTER VII. HARPOONING A WHALE. On the following morning, about seven o'clock, Tim stood in the pilot-house on one leg his solitary eye fastened upon the compass, and his hands upon the wheel, when a shrill voice behind him ye ll ed: "Hard-a-port! Man overboard!" "Jerusalem!" gasped Tim, rousing from a reverie with a start. Around spins the wheel like lightning, the electric cutter diverged from its course, and with an anxious look upon his rugged face the old sailor peered out of the window to see who fell overb oard. dance. Up in the air he popped, down again he hopped, aro1:1j and around he whizzed, kicking out right and left, and t he ma. de a break to run. Startled from his culinary in the kitchen by t turmoil, Fritz opened the door and peered in, when U:p on l head leaped Whiskers, and grasping his hair he began tug at it. "Donder und blitzen, dook him off!" roared Fritz, tryt to beat the parrot and monkey avay. "Somebody get me gun! Sufferin' Isaacs, vhy don't yer stick a pitchvorks dot mongey alretty?" "Ha! ha! ha!" roared Tim, delightedly. "Looker tb Dutch monkey earner! "Dim, yer oldt gorilla, vhy don'd yer helb a feller?" "How kin I leave ther wheel?" "Den, by dunder, I vhas bunch dot mongey in der sno mit a carfin' knife. Loog oudt, vunct, or yer vhas seen l "Ha, ha, ha! What a fool! What a fool!" chuckled the liver cut in two!" shrill voice again. He flourished the knife he held and Whiskers jerked his t "Thunder!" growled Tim, glancing around in disgust. "It's out of Bismark's mouth, leaped into the cabin and fled f, that cussed Bismarck! lowed by the screeching parrot and the irate young Dute On the fioor behind him stood a green parrot, man. / who was chuckling and muttering to itself in evident delight. Jack and the professor came in presently from breakfa The creature was Fritz's pet, he having caught it in Africa and Fritz reliev e d Tim of the wheel while the monkey a some time previous. parrot had their fight out to a finish in the storeroom. Tim got very ;mgry at 1Jhe clever manner in which he had The sun was shining down brightly, the sea was sparkli been duped. in its light, and there was just eno ugh roll on to give t "Blast yer timbers!" he roared, scowling at the bird. "Uncutter an undulating motion as it forged ahead. toggle yer fore to'gallant-bowlines, an' go about thar afore "Hello! What's that huge, dark object athwart our bowe I run afoul o' yer lower studdin' sails! Veer off--d'yer hear asked the young inventor, pointing ahead at the glisten! me?" water. "Ah, go chase yourself!" retorted the parrot, gravely, as it It looked like a log floating upon the surface. cocked its head on one side, and peered at Tim with one red Every one glanced at the strange object. eye. They could not make out what it was at such a distan "Holy bob'stays! shouted Tim, getting deeply aggravated, but as the boat rapjdly drew nearer to it the thing beca1 "I'll carry away yer fore riggin' wi' one punch o my game plainer. leg, yer sassy ole half-breed cockato o." "Driftwood," suggested the professor. He made a terrible kick at Bismarck, but the parrot nimbly "Seaweed, sir," added Tim. hopped out of his way, and Tim turned a somersault in the "Dot looks like a boiler," said Fritz. air and landed upon the seat of his trousers with a bang. "It's a whale!" exclaimed Jack .. He saw stars. His' rage was increased. "Whiskers!" he roared. A chattering howl responded. "Come here, goldurn ye, an' chaw ther tail o' this bloody son-of-a-gun inter gun waddin'!" howled Tim, struggling to his foot again. "But it's inanimate." "Lor', sir, 'tain't a-spoutin'!" "I tink I oughter know a vhale." "Bear down on it, Fritz." "Yah! Shust see dot. Now id looks like a keg of beer." "It is a whale. See it spouting! said Jack. "Der bung flew oudt. Dot's der froth a-squaitin'," Fr Through the door leading from the cabin rushed a little averred. red monkey belonging to Tim, which he, too, had captured It was a whale, however, and a big one, for they now s1 in Africa. Tim had taught his pet a great many tricks, and among them a hatred for Fritz and his intelligent, educated parrot. With a spring Whiskers landed upon the parrot, and doubling up his fists in the most approved style of boxing, he squared off and began to punch the parrot, right -and left. Bismark got mad, ruffled up his feathers and began to yell. "Murder! Murder!" shrieked he as he caught a whack in the that its length was over seventy feet. "Lor', sir," said Tim, "kin I hev a shot at it?" "What for?" "Fun, o' course. Thar's a harpoon aboard." "Can you handle it?" "Me? Why, bless 'ee, wuzn't I onct on a three-year whal v'yage aboard o' ther ship Blubber Pot afore yer wuz borne I reckerlect well one time we wuz among ther ice floes neck and rolled over and over across the roori:J.. Baffin's Bay, an' I struck a cow-whale plum amidships 1 "Go fer the lubbef!" cheered Tim, a grin overspreading his she sounded. Over went tber boat an' out we tumbled, but, s face as he grasped the wheel again. "Knock blazes out I grabbed the line an' hung on. When tber whale arll2 o' his ornary hulk, yer leetle red-headed swab. If' yer don't, hauled in an' boarded its back. Away she went, an' then dash me if I don't lick you!" wuz, a-straddlin' her like a race horse, till she struck a i1 A shriek like a rusty steam whistle pealed from Whiskers' berg, when-kerchunk! lips. "What do you mean by that?" queried the professor, cu The parrot flew up in the air out of his reach and grasping ously. the monkey's tail between his sharp bill he began to chew. "She druv her head ten feet inter ther ice and stuck th: Whiskers felt as if a red-hot gimlet was boring into his onable ter pull it out agi11. Then wot should I do but be


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 11 ole down in her head, fill it wi' powder, light it, an' blow r stuffin' outer her. Where did you get the auger, powder and matches if you nt overboard?" Oh, I don't remember all ther perticklers, but--" Rats!" said Fritz, in disgust. "He vhas stuffin' you, berser. ,. 'Wot! Don't yer believe me?" growled Tim, indignantly. 'Of course not," said Jack. "But see, boys, we are almost on the whale now, and if you Vl"ll.nt to harpoon it you haven't y time to waste gassing, Tim." he old sailor hastened into the storeroom for the harpoon, ile Jack and the professor went out on deck. y this time the leviathan was but a quarter of a mile away, gigantic body glistening darkly in the sun's rays as it y floated on top of the water, occasionally sending up a jet vapor, as it paddled itself along at about four miles an hour. Jack and Hopkins went up in the bow, behind the searchht, and watched the monster, while Tim came out with his e. The old sailor was delighted. He weighed the long harpoon in his hand, and stumping er to Jack's side he made the harpoon line fast to a stanchion back of the anchor hawse-holes. Then he took up a favorable position in the bow, poised the rpoon and muttered: "If I don't hit it in ther blubber I'll forfeit my lowance o og, sir!" "Very well-aim carefully, Tim," replied the boy. "Look out-it sees our approach-is going down! cried opkins. "Gee--whiz!" gasped Tim. Zipp! went the iron like lightning the next moment, and way it shot from his hand through the air in a bee-line. True to its mark it struck the whale in the blubber and sank ep into the quivering flesh and fat. "Hurroar!" yelled Tim, delightedly. "Bull's-eye!" "A true blow! smiled Jack, in satisfied tones. "Careful, there! Stand back, away from the line!" cauoned Hopkins. rope attached to the harpoon was coiled on the deck the bow, and as the whale gave a convulsive tremor and tarted away rapidly, the line began to uncoil and pay out. aster and still faster went the whale until it gained a distance. f fifty yards from the cutter. Then it sank below the surface.1 Down it shot, with terrible rapidity, into the depths of the ea, the line buzzing over the rail with a loud hum as coil after oil was undone and carried down into the depths. Just then Jack leaned over the rail to watch its descent, hen a flying bight caught around one of his l egs as he had is foot raised, and suddenly became taut. The next instant the boy was jerked overboard and carried long by the line, and was pulled under the sea. A startled cry pealed from the lips of his friends when they He rapidly recovered his presence of mind, however, and found himself strangling, as he scarcely had time to catch his breath. The boy realized his position in a fl.ash. Twisting himself around he seized the rope and pulled himself up to it, hoping it would give away if it was slackened, but the snare did not uncoil, but rigidly held on, as the line was wet. He had a knife in his pocket and felt for it. All the while he was continuing his descent. His lungs seemed to be oppressed by a fearful weight, and before his starting eyes there flashed myriads of bright sp!j-rks. Managing to find the knife and open it he cut the line, although he afterwards could not tell how he did it, so con fused was he. The whale continued to sound and Jack began to arise. A fearful smothering sensation attacked him-he could no longer hold his breath-his mouth op e ned and he i.nhaled the salt water inste::d of air-and then he began to struggle. A terrible panic seized him. Then came a spasmodic movement of his arms and legs and a frightful distortion of his face. For he was drowning! Up, up, up shot his body toward the surface very rapidly, but it seemed an interminable age to the boy. Every incident of his lirn flashed before his mental vision like the fleeting figures of a kaleidoscope vividly, rapidly, yet distinctly. There came a fearful roaring in his ears, the bright sparks dartihg. through his eyes became more brilliant, a delicious languor seemed to deaden all pain and disagreeable feeling; and he felt as if he were drifting in the air. Then his body came to the surface. It seemed as if a fiery bomb had burst in front of him, dispelling the entrancingo enchantment he was in as his faculties returned. Expelling the water from his lungs as his l;leating limbs kept him upon the surface, he breathed again, stentoriously, and it began to dawn upon his pained mind where he was. He fancied'he heard a voice shout: "There he is!" Then he felt something seize and lift him. He oated beside the Flying Fish, and it was a boat-hook in Tim's hands that caught his jacket in the small of the back. Not more than one minute had elapsed since he was dragged under the sea, yet it seemed an age to the half-senseless boy. He found his friends pulling him upon the deck and there he lay, panting and gasping, gagging and throwing up water. In a short time he began to recover. "He was nearly drowned," he heard the professor say. "Ay," replied Tom's voibe, "but, thank heaven, he's all right now." "Fr. itz, bring out a bottle of whisky." "Yah!" "Tim, rub him again." aw what a dangerous accident had occurred to the boy. "Ay, ay, sir!" "Cut the line!" gasped Hopkins. "He's caught!" A friction began, and presently Jack opened his eyes, the Whiz! went 'rim's sheath-knife across the rope. healthy glow returned to his pallid cheeks and he gasped, It parted with a report like a pistol shot and the next in-faintly: tant was whisked down into the water and disappeared. "I'm all right, friends." "Stop ther boat!" roared Tim to the Dutch boy. "My Lord, "Hoop-la! Trink dese schnapps!" said Fritz. e's a goner!" A bottle was pressed to Jack's lips and he took a deep Terrified at Jack's fate Fritz brought the cutter to a pause. draught. CHAPTER VIII. NOTHING, YET LIGHTER THAN AIR. Down Jack was dragged beneath the water,'like a shot, his brain in a whirl from tlie suddenness of the accident. The fiery liquid stimulated him rapidly and enabled him to arise. "Don't bother with me, friends; I'm over it," said he, smil ing faintly. ."We thought you were lost, dear boy." "It seems I am reserved for a worse fate, professor."


12 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. "How in blazes did yer unmoor from ther whale?" queried around and just see what tremendously strong braces Tim. skeleton is." "Cut loose with a knife, I think, and then arose." "Och, dot vhas a gloser shafe as a barber could gief you," said Fritz. Has the whale come up yet?" queried Jack. "No. Ther lubber has hooked our harpoon an' line," regretfully said Tim. '\Let him keep it. Start the boat, Fritz." They questioned each other at some length more, and the Dutch boy put the wheel in motion, starting the cutter ahead. By noontime Jack was none thE;J worse for his adventure, and in the twelve hours they had been afloat he saw tl:iat they bad made a total of 485 miles, at forty knots an hour. The Flying Fish was an extraordinary fast boat, and this no doubt was due in a great measure to her cutter build, as that style of boats is best adapted to rough water. In the afternoon the boy took an inventory of his equipments, accompanied by the professor, who bad not yet seen everything. There were provisions enough on board to last two months, plenty water, and a machine for distilling fresh from sea water. As they came to a pause in the storeroom, Hopkins glanced at a small mortar with explosive shells, several small balloons, with the same kind of explosives attached to them, and a gas-making machine. "What are you carrying those things for, my boy?" be asked. "Those are rain makers," smiled. Jacll:. "I don' t understand you." "Well, you see we can't carry any more weight aboard this boat than is absolutely necessary in order to fly it. Now, during the course of our trip we may stand in need of water. Suppose we are in an arid district where it can't be obtained from the earth. All I have to do is to send my explosives up in the heavens and burst them, wbed down comes the rain in torrents to supply our wants." "Good! Splendid! And what are these things?" He pointed at several large, strong-looking pipes that came up through the floor and were attached to a small but powerful a,ir pump. "A safety valve, to prevent us falling from midair," said Jack, quietly. "That's queer," said the professor, with a puzzled look "Not at all. There's another similar pump down in the bold Come and see." He Jed the surprised professor down into the vast, empty bold, turned on an electric light and showed him the pump. "I don't understand your theory," said Hopkins. "In the case of an elevator with flanges that fly out and catch in teeth to stop it falling, there is nothing complicated. But I don't understand what you can clutch in the air to stop your descent." "Why, I clutch the air itself," laughed Jack. "Then, why didn't you do it during the trial trip when you fell?" "Simply becau se this part of the machine wasn't finished." Ob; but explain it, will you?" "Certainly. This pump is to draw air into the bold, and the othe r one is to suck it out. The principle is easy to under stand. Anything lighter than the air will fl.oat in the air, won't it?" "Yes." "Well, suppose I pump all the air out of the hold, won't that create a vacuum, and isn't a vacuum lighter than the air." "Yes; but such a terrible suction will k eep drawing inward at the inside of the shell of the hull, and it might collapse." "Such would be the case ordinarily, but cast your eye "True enough. They can resist a fearful pressure. "I have gauged every inch of it, and know just what it stand," said Jack confidently. "In fact, professor, the vacu would keep us afloat in the air without the spiral helices the wing planes at the sides." "Then you have overcome the earth's gravitation?" "I have. I have tried and proved it," said Jack. "In that case it is the most wonderful discovery of the ag enthusiastically said Hopkins. "Were the helices and wings to Jose their functions in upper atmosphere," said Jack, "if I have a constant void the hull, we will be safer than in a balloon. If the boat lo power, and attempts to fall, if I am quick enough to st the vacuum, I can use it as a flange or clutch on the air, same as the safety clutch of an elevator, to stop our descen "And can you travel )Vitb this vacuum, too?" "Easily, sir. You shall see a trial in due time. By putt' the pump in motion I could lift the Flying Fish right up fr the sea now." "And to descend again?" "I have only to put the other pumps in motion and injec little air into the bull to low e r it to any desired depth tow the earth again. In ballooning you l e t out gas to desce while by my arrangemen t to go down I take in air." "An ingenious contrivance, surely, but--. "Hello, Shack! H e llo, Shack!" interposed Fritz'!:; voice. It came through a speaking tube into the room above fr the pilot-house, and Jack and the professor ascended the CJ panionway and closed the trap. "Shack! Shack! "What's the matter?"' ca ll e d the boy through the tube. "Come ub here right avay gwick, vonct!" came the exci r ep ly. "Anything gone wrong?" "Yab! Yab!" Jack and Hopkins glanced askance at each other for a ment, for they realized by the excited tones of the Dutch b that something serious had happened. "Hurry!" said Hopkins, in an awed whisper. "Follow me, professor," muttered the boy. .Flinging open the door he made a rush for the pilot-hou wondering what could have happened, and Hopkins we rushing after him. CHAPTER IX. THE PIRATE AND THE MACHINE GUN. \ The moment Jack the pilot-house and ca st glance ahead of the Flying Fish, he saw that a large shi under full sail, was bearing down upon him, firing a gun as came. Amazed at this order to haul to, Jack seized a glass, a leveling it at the stranger for a moment, he saw that it w a heavily-arme d ship, with a large crew, but had no flag fl. ing. "Dot vha s fire a shot dot ve hauls to," said Fri in troubled tones. "What is sbe--a man-of-war?" questioned the professor am "Looks more like a privateer," replied Jack. "Vot shall I do?" queried Fritz. "Stop the boat until we find out what they want." The Dutch boy turned a lever, bringing the cutter to pause. .,


--------JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND. WATER CUTTER. 13 As soon as the stranger drew near enough, she hove up nto the wind, a boat was lowered from the davits, manned y four sailors and a large man with bushy red whiskers, nd came towards the Flying Fish. "Fling us a rope!" shouted the man in the stern sheets. Tim was standing out on the forward deck and glancing t Jack for approval, the boy nodded, and he flung the strangrs a line. Making their quarter-boat fast at the side of the cutter, the ig man came up on her deck, and was met by Jack with a a lute. "Well, sir," said Jack, "what do you want?" The stranger cast a curious glance around, and then asked: "Can I see the captain of this queer craft?" "I command this boat," replied Jack quietly. "What-you-a mere stripling of a boy?" the man exclaimi:d skeptically. "Never mind my age; you ordered us to haul to with a war-like signal, and we have complied; now state your busi ness." A dark scowl settled in an ugly manner over the man's face. ''Don't be so testy, boy ," said he. "You will learn my busi ness soon enough. Tell me, what sort of a craft do you call this?" "A cutter," replied Jack, in curt tones. "Aye, now, that I can see plainly enough," growled the stranger, as his four men came up on deck and grouped them selves in back of him; "but what I want to know is, what is iour business-are you a freighter, passenger, warship, or what?" ''I decline to tell you." "Oh, you do, hey? Well, my saucy bantam, I shall force you to give me an account of yourself if you aren't more careful." "Proceed," coolly answered the boy, drawing himself up ha11ghtily. "Until I know who you are, what your object is and who gave you authority to molest us, I won't inconven ience myself enough to tell you anything." "In that case," said the stranger, "I will speak out. My name is Steve Bonnet, a-nd I have no doubt you have heard of electric battery concealed in his pocket, and had c harged him i:elf with a strong current. "Oh!" screamed Bonnet wildly "Let me go!" "Calm your agitation, my friend. Why do you excite your self?" queried Jack. "Oh! Oh! Curse you! What are you doing to me?" "There, there! Now don't get so rough. I'm only shaking hands." "He's killing me! Fire upon the whelp, boys!" roared Steve Bonnet. The four pirates drew revolvers from the bosoms of their blouses and took deadly aim at Jack, when the boy shouted: "Fritz, turn lever No. 3 Obeying him, the Dutch boy put a current of e lectricity into the metallic deck and as the sailors were barefooted they go t the full benefit of it and fell sprawling ere they could fire. A chorus of yells pealed from their lips, and they began to squirm. Jack and his friends wore rubber-soled shoes, and as rubber is a non-conductor of electricity, they did not feel the o utside current. As soon .as the deck was alive the boy stopped the flow i n his own body, pushed his victim down and left him and his men hopping and dancing up and down, shouting, swearing, pleading and threatening in the most extravagant terms. He then walked into the pilot-house with Tim. "Shake yerself thar, lads!" roared the old sailor out o f t h e window, as a ripple of merriment went among his fri ends "That's ther ticket! Don't stop! Reg'Iar hornpipe they'r e a-doin' Sashay ter corners! Cross over! All han's aroun' Balance partners!" "Och, du Heber!" roared Fritz, laughing till the tear s ran from his eyes. "Dey vhas lookin' like hop-frogs und bull toads! Shust 1ooker dot/ bick man! He vhas keebin' dime mit rollin' his eyes und crindin' his teet' alretty! I n vun minnit, it' l keep me on laughin', I vhas goin' ter bust, sure!" "Why _don't you capture my boat now Steve Bonnet?" the young inventor laughed. "Have you changed your mind?" "Stop it!" screamed the pirate. You are killing us "Can't. The machine is wound up to run twenty-four hours,'' said Jack. me." "I can't stand this much longer! yelled the wretch. Onl y "Ha! You are, then, the infamous pirate chief himself!" let us go anq we won't bother you again." said Jack, very much astonished to discover whom he was "Then hop over yonder rail into the sea." addressing. The pirate complied, and his men followed him. "My object," continued the notorious rascal, "is to cap-There came five splashes, then all was still. tu re this queer craft, as I see she is built of metal and is ad"Shut the electricity off from the deck and start the b oat," mirably suited to my needs as a sea rover, to consort my other said Jack. bonnie craft." "Oh, you wish to wrest her from us, eh?" said Jack. "Exactly. By the aid of my glass I see you are short-handed -have, in fact, but four men aboard, and I therefore count upon a very easy victory over you. Behold yonder ship?" "Well, what about it?" "You see she is heavily armed?" "That's very apparent." "Refuse to obey me, and with our guns we will blow you to pieces. "And what if I agree to submit?" "Your lives shall be spared and you may JO!Il our crew." "If that's the alternative, I agree," said Jack. "Good! You are a lad of sense "Shake hands on it, Mr. Bonnet." "With all my heart! They c lasp ed hands. But no sooner hall they done so than the pirate uttered a wild yell. He sprang up into _the air and gave a jerk, but was unable to release Jack's hand, for the boy had a small, powerful Fritz reversed lever No. 3, and turned lever No. 1, where upon the Flying Fish darted ahead, and, glancing back, ou r friends saw the five men in their rowboat, which they had cut loose from the cutter, pulling for their own ship. The air cutter was a lialf mile from the pirate's _craft by the time the rascals got aboard, but they began to fire shot after shot after the Flying Fish. The first one passed clear over cutter, and striking the sea ahead of it burst with a loud intonation, and a vast upheaval of the water. "If that shot burst on deck here." said Jack, calculatingly, "it would have blown all these deck houses to pieces, destroyed the machinery and lef( us a helpless wreck." "Haven't you got any kind of a gun on board, dear boy?" queried the professor, with a scared look. "I've got a new invention aboard not much bigger than an ordinary rifle, on wheels, thatcan fire one hundred shots a minute, each one of which is capable of blowing yonde r craft to pieces at a range of fifteen miles!" was Jack's startling reply. "Then in heaven's name produce it!" said Hopkins, w ho /


14 WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. was getting badly frightened, as several more cannon-balls were highly phosphorescent, the least agitation making ther came tlying about the cutter. "If you don't retaliate we are throw out a greenish light, while the water they came frot lost! lost its vivid phosphorescence entirely. Jack went out on deck, opened a small door in the front "The sea holds in suspension a great variety of solid matter, of the pilot-house, disclosing a small recess in which stood said Hopkins. "In the first rank are fish which float in th the gun. liquid element as birds in the air, while other living creatura Hauling it out, his friends saw a long, polished tube, the have to find a point of support on the submarine soi: butt of which was surrounded by a bunch of shorter tubes, The number of floating creatures is enormous, some specie a lot of complicated yet strong machinery, consisting of cogged congregating in shoals that cover hundreds of square league wheels, pistons, levers, bolts and magnetic instruments fastened of surface and extend several hundreds of f ee t thickness if to the breech. depth." From an ammunition box underneath the boy took a num"Has the volcanic nature of this district anything to ber of copper cylinder-like cartridges, the leaden bullets of which were loaded with a high explosive called horrorite, which he compounded. I "It works automatically by turning this crank, like a Gatling or explained the boy as he rapidly loaded it, "and as soon as these bullets strike an object they burst inside of it. The effect is a hundred times greater than that of a born bshell." The pirates' gun kept thundering astern ,all this while, and a howling shot grazed the side of the cutter, making her quiver. ) It sent a cold chill through our friends when l'ar below the water's surface they felt the vibration of the shell bursting. "Make gwick!" implored Fritz. "Bust der tuyfels ter with it?" asked Jack, as the experiment was cpncluded. "Considerable, as there is always a disturbing influen going on that drives these masses together .about here. Th\ depth between the main and the Cape de Verde Islands aver ages 10,800 feet; but up from this enormous depth volcani islands have burst forth in the course of one night." "I'd like to see such a phenomena," said Jack. There came a violent concussion below them just then. "By Jove! you may have your wish gratified!" said Hopkin The boy glanced out and saw that the sea was violent!! agitated about a mile away on their starboard quarter. The rumbling sounds under the water continued like thi approac h of distant thunder, vast numbers of bubbles began t arise to the surface, and the water changed color. shiminey!" A shock rattled the Flying Fish as if she had struck 1 Jack sighted the gun by turning a screw very carefully. rock from an earthquake which had occurred at the bottom. Within dial, like a spiri: was. a delicate oscillating j a IDOment a column of dense black smoke begar nee?Ie which the and t?e gun. to such to arise, and an immense tidal wave suddenly swelled up an1 a mcety rt could be armed to wrthrn. rnch. I went rushing away to the northward, the suction it le A telescopic apparatus brought the distant ship mto plarn behind perceptibly dragging the cutter after it. view. "Watch her with the glass," said Jack. I am going to hit her above the water-line, amidships, on the line with the mainmast." As he spoke he turned a crank. There came a terrific howl, but no explosion. The noise was produced by the flight of a cylinder he discharged from the gun, and the sound kept receding and died away. They watched the pirate ship intently. Sud .denly there appeared a fearful blowing up of the ship, a thunderous explosion was heard, and a moment later not a vestige of the vessel remained on the sea. CHAPTER X. THE SUBMARINE VOLCANO. Three days after tlle Flying Fish was off the coast of Portugal without having met with any incident worthy of descrip"Veer away to the southward!., shouted Jack. "Ay, ay, sir!" replied Tim, who held the wheel. The boy saw that if they did not drag the boat. away the influence of the wave its undertow would pull them direct11 upon the centre of the volcanic action! Once over the eruption the boat would be torn to pieces. As the cutter swung around tlley saw that the sea bega11 to boil, disseminating a fearful h eat, which was transmitted to the metal hull of the boat and held by it. This heat quickly became intensified. "If the boat gets much hotter." said J ack, in alarm, "w won't be able to stand it upon h er. Put on full speed. Tim! "Lord save ye I've got po'wer on but she don't makE any headway agin this awful current a-pullin' us in the1 opposite direction!" the old sailor cried, greatly alarmed. The Flying Fish still kept going backward, drawing dangeropsly near to the fearful column of smoke. It had now increased in volume. white smoke mingling wit'Q the black; the subterranean rumblings continuing like the dis charges of artillery, while thousands of P,ead fish were see n floating about. tion. Flames of vivid fire now made openings in the sea, whencl! The professor was constantly taking notes of his obs .ervaissued showers of ignited cinders and stones that shot thou tions, and when night's sable mantle fell upon the water he sands of f eet into the air and f e ll leagues away. went out on deck with Jack and observed that the sea was Streaks of dazzling fire now mingled with the thick clou d vividly phosphorescent, of smoke vomite d from the sea, with cinders and pumice of Wherever _it was greatest the brine was colored as red as such intensity that at a distance of ten miles objects were blood on the surface, and it contained such an immense quan-perfectly plain and a sulphurous, gassy odor filled the air. tity of little globules that it was as thick as syrup. Terrestrial volcanoes and earthquakes are nearly always Hopkins took up a b cket of the water, and filtering it re-echoed from the bottom of the sea, by which our through a piece of linen he found that it left a mass of globules inferred that a similar disturbance must then be taking place I greater in volume than the water that passed through. I somewhere on the land. t He then viewed them through a magnifying glass, and showI The noise around the boat was now deafening, and 1 ed Jack that they presented the appearance of little, transpar, friends were becoming so uncomfortably hot that their alarm t ant, inflated bladders, having on their surface black points. increased. They were the spawn of fish, and isolated from the water "It is impossible to m ,ove the boat against that current!" i:


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 15 said the professor, who was fearfully frightened, and out on deck. stood 1 Just distinguish the outlines of steamers and ships, while along the coast line clusters of bright lights could be seen showing the situation of cities on the Spanish and Morocco "Then we have but one course to pursue," said Jack. "And, that?" "Flight!" "Sure enough! "Let me take the wheel, Tim!" The boy took command of the boat, and turning several of the levers he put the helices and the forward wings in motion. As soon as they began to whirl a whistling and oscillatlng took place, the bow of the boat began to arise from the sea,. and pointing skyward at an angle, the cutter ,shot up from the hot sea into the air, dripping with water. They were only just in time, for the Flying Fish was rapidly being drawn toward the fiery volcano. shores. Nothing could work better than the of the boat and she proceeded with a stiffness unequaled when on the sea. The professor relieved the boy at the wheel presently and he had his supper, after which cigars were produced and Jack played euchre in the cabin with Tim and Fritz until it was time to turn in for their trick in berths. When the next day dawned the boat had made five hundred miles, and was sweeping over the Gulf of Lyons on the French coast. Jack had just finished his breakfast and was sauntering "Hurry!" yelled the terrified professor, dropping on his toward the pilot-house when 'rim's voice pealed out in sharp trembling knees, his face as pale as death. "In one minute accents: we will perish! Tim and Fritz came on deck and rushed aft, watching the flames. Jack retained his coolness and forced the boat to mount "Ahoy, Jack, lad, come this way-quick!" "What do you see? demanded the boy, in. "Look yonder-thar goes a balloon!" "By Jove! And see, Tim, the two men struggling in the faster. car! Up into the sky mounted the boat, like a bird, and plunging "It's a case o' murder! See ther big lubber wi' a dagger! into the dense smoke sTie suddenly vanished from the startled He's a-tryin' ter stab ther leetle chap! Oh, Lor', he mus' be gaze of the crew on a distant ship, who were watching the phenomena. Up, up up ascended the Flying Fish, still at an angle, until she passed out of the sulphuric smoke of the submarine volcano and entered into the cool upper atmosphere. Then again our friends breathed freely. Reaching an altitude of a thousand feet from the sea, Jack slackened the speed of the helices until they revolved just fast enough to hold them at their present height. He then started the after-screw and sternmost wings. The Flying Fish assumed a level keel and darted ahead. In a few minutes the terrifying volcano was b e low them and far astern, the cutter was in a pure current of air and they made rapid progress to the eastward. crazy!" A short distance away there was a large balloon with a wicker-work car in which two men were fighting for their lives. "Head the boat for the can't overtake them and \ balloon!" said Jack. save that man's life! CHAPTER XI. A TRAGEDY IN MID-AIR. "See if we Caught in a strong current of wind a few yards below the "Bravo!" exclaimed Hopkins, arising, his fears Flying Fish, the balloon was careering as it was swept along, ''.We are safe. Dear boy, you a re to be complimented for several of the ropes of the net broken and flying, and the two your prompt action." I inmates of the car struggling to overcome each other. "I knew very well we wasn't going to go upon the volcano," laughed Jack. "The tidal wave's undertow had greater strength than the boat, though. Fritz, tho danger is over, so give us our supper." "Donner vetter! I vhas yust sayin' me mine brayers." said Fritz. Both of them were Frenchmen. The biggest man was armed with a long-bladed dagger, and while he held his opponent back by the throat with his disengaged hand, h'e raised his weapon to strike his victim. In one moment the cruel point would pierce the bosom of the unfortunate fellow and cause his immediate death. "Yer'd oughter!" Tim exclaimed. "Thar never wuz a Dutch-But quicker to act than the murderous wretch, Jack drew man yet as didn't have a lotter answer fer, an' more 'specially a pistol, which ye always carried, from his pocket, aimed at you! the man and fired. Fritz picked up a belaying-pin and chased Tim inside Like the Il!agazine gun, this weapon was noiseless. While his three friends were eating, Jack remained at the But when the bullet burst it gave out a very loud report, wheel, and glancing up at the patent log he saw that the and striking the man's knife hand, shattered it to fragments. cutter was speeding smootnly along at the rate of fifty geoA yell of despair pealed from the franti fellow. graphical miles an hour, in a current of wind blowing stiffly He held aloft his handless wrist, glared at it with bulging from west to east. eyes and released the other man, recoiling to the other side In a short time the boy discerned a cluster of lights below. of the swaying basket. They shone upon the Portuguese coast in the city of Lagos This was no sooner done when his victim regained his feet, on the cape St. Vincent, and from there he headed the cutter and picking up a revolver from the floor, aimed it at him. for Tangiers in Africa to follow the 35th parallel. "It is my turn now, monsieur! he shouted in French. The boat was over 5,000 miles from ita destination, and it "Back! Back with you!" screamed the wounded man, in would occupy a]Jout four or five clayi; more to complete the maniacal tones. "If you dare to fire I shall spring from distarice without stops, at their present rate of speed. the car! It had been Jack's intention to follow the Mediterranean With his uninjured hand he caught hold of one of the ropes to the Suez Canal and go down through the Red Sea into the and swung himself up on the edge of the basket with cat-like Indian Ocean; but he now changed his mind, as there were agility. too many delays to be met with on the surface of the water. "Jump, then!" cried the o'ther, in deadly tones. "You The moon soen burst out and lig .. llted up the sparkling thought that by luring me up with you on this aerial flight blue Mediterranean, upon the surface of which the boy could you might take my life for winning for my wife the girl you


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. loved. But, Jules Gaspard, I knew what your intentions from the hand of that fiendish madman," replied the stranger, were ere I came, and was not only prepared for you but eager deeply agitated. for this duel. Your turn has passed; it is now mine. Prepare "You and he were foes?" to die sir!" "The bitterest." "Spare me!" implored the other. "How came he to inveigle you up in the balloon?" "Never! You sought this battle and have failed." "Oh, he is a professional mronaut, and made the ascent from "Mercy! Give me an even chance for my life!" Marseilles, where we both cpme from. We had a standing "You have had it. Prepa1:e for death!" challenge to fight a duel, and, to avoid the authorities' inA groan pealed from the IJig man's lips, for he saw the terference, I agreed to go up in the balloon to settle our deadly weapon pointed straight at his heart. difficulty when he made his public ascension this morning." Just then the whistling sound of the helices caught their "Ah! it was a prearranged matter?" ears, and the big man glanced up with a violent start, beheld "It was; but, unfortunately, before we were fifty feet from the airship and uttered a wild exclamation. the earth my enemy became a raving maniac, and, suddenly His eyes bulged, his lips parted and he shuddered. attacking me before I could defend myself, we became en" A visitation from the demon!" he shrieked. gaged in a fierce fight. In my desperation I jerked the valve Alarmed, the other man glanced around at the whirring rope to let out gas so we could descend, when it snapped in boat and was as much startled to see it as his enemy was. two within the globe and left me a helpless victim in his But he was thrown ofl' his guard for an instant and the hands. Had you not arrived at the moment you interfered, tigerish glance of the big. man observed it at once. I would most certainly have been a mangled corpse." With a spring he pounced upon his victim again and knocked "You wish to descend again, I presume?" the pistol from his hand . But the younger man swung him around and fixing a des-perate clutch upon him he gave him a fling. With a crash he struck the ropes and burst through. Out of the basket he fell, uttering a shriek. He fiung out his hand and caught hold of the edge of the basket. There he hung for a few moments, moaning in heartrending tones, but he was weak from his wound and all the vitality fled from the remaining hand. He let go. \ Down through the air he shot, like a thunderbolt. "Such is my most anxious wish, monsieur." "You shall do so, but it will be far from your home." "That not signify to me, as I have plenty money to travel back." "Very well. Tim, lower the cutter to the earth." "Ay, ay, sir!,. answered Topstay, slackening the revolutions of the helices. The stranger cast a look of curiosity around and then asked: "Isn't this an aerostac of 'Some kind, monsieur?" "It is a flying ship of my own invention." "Marvelous! It does not seem possible it could be invented." Jack shrugged his shoulders and smiled. A shiver of horror swept over the spectators, for by this "Greater wonders than this boat exist." he replied. time the cutter was close to the balloon. The young Frenchman was exhausted and unstrung by the Down he fell, and his body struck the w aters of the gulf fearful ordeal he passed through, and looked as if he would and disappeared forever beneath the waves. faint. He was dead ere he reached the water. Jack brought him inside and braced him up with a glass As soon as the balloon was relieved of his weight it mounted of liquor. higher in the atmosphere, with a bound, and sailed along on a level with the Flying Fish. Every word of the dialogue had been heard and understood by Jack, who had learned several foreign languages. "Help! help!" shouted the balloonist, upon seeing human beings on the ship. !'Are you in trouble yet?'" cried Jack, in French, as he graduated the cutter's speed to keep even with the silken bag. "The valve rope is broken wit!Iin the balloon!" was the reply. "He can't let out the gas and descend," said Jack. "Wot's ter be did ter help him?" queried Tim. "That's the question. I say," added the boy, in French, "cut His amazement increased when he beheld the interior arrangement of the airship, and h e expressed his open admiration of its mechanism in glowing terms, and thanked Jack, again and again. He then tendered the boy his card and begged him to call upon him at any time, when everything would be done to make it as pleasant as possible for him and hi s fri ends The card bore the name of Pierre Fontaine, Marquis of Hera ult. \ By this time the cutter reached the earth, and Tim turned a lever which shot out four flanges, concealed in the hull of the boat, upon which the Flying Fish landed with a gentle shock. the bag!" They were in an open field near a big lake and not many "It won't do any good-the balloon's afire!" was the demiles from the sea coast, in a district unknown to any of tliem. spa!ring reply. And so it was, as Jack observed a moment afterward. There was no time to lose if he wished to save the un fortunate fellow, so he lowered the boat a few feet below the car and cried, in French: "Drop down upon our deck!" The stranger did so, and the balloon darted up high in the sky when lightened, enveloped in a mass of flame s Jack saw that the Frenchman was a stylishly dressed young fellow of twe,nty, with a blond mustache and reddish colored hair. He was very pale, .and bled from innumerable wounds in-fiicted by his late adversary during their thrilling struggle. The young inventor went out to meet him. "You are to be congratulated on your escape," said the boy. Mom1ieur, I lltope God will bless you for thus rescuing me It was, in fact, in the department of Nice, near Theiners. and here Pierre Fontaine took leave of Jack and his friends, and a passing countryman directed him on his way. The cutter mounted into the air as soon as he was gone, and at a height of fifteen hundred feet shot out over the sea again and headed for the island of Corsica, over which she fled toward Sicily, and thence she made a bee-line for Arabia. Twelve hundred miles were made in one day from the time they passed the Italian island, and Mount Sinai arose before their view on the borders of the headwaters of the Red Sea. Jack's course was now along the 30th parallel. With the Dead Sea and the ruins of Babylon on the left, the cutter shot ofl' for the Persian Gulf, the declining sun beautifying the scene with its gqlden rays. Fritz was at the wheel, and Jack stpod out on deck viewing


JACK WRIGHT'S .AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 17' e rolling landscape of hill and dale below, with a powerful SS. He saw a horseman flying across the plain toward a ruin, a ale in the saddle before him and a troop of wild, mounted abs in pursuit. way the man dashed at breakneck speed, but the gayly ecked and howling horde in pursuit rapidly gained on him, ng shot after shot from their long guns at the desperate itive. I It's a white man!" exclaimed the boy after a keen scrutiny. fnd it's a white girl he is trying to save. Heaven help him! 'tz! Fritz!" Vot iss?" demanded the Dutc h boy, who witnessed the illing scene. Drive the boat to the ground, and, by heavens, we will e those people!" cried the boy, in ringing tones of de mination. CHAPTER XII. OUTWITTING THE BEDOffiNS. twas over the plateau of Nedjid the band of nomads were eeping like an avalanc.he after the horseman and the woman, m which location Jack at once concluded they were Beins. he deserts of Arabia, and especially this plateau, is their tral place of abode of these independent, l awless thieves. oreover, he saw that they were all armed with lances guns, wore haikhs-long, wide garments fastened on ir heads and descending to their feet, and burnooses, or ge m antles ell-made men, l ean, sinewy and active, with brown skin, violent passions, they were shouting and yelling as they t thundering over the plain in pursuit of their prey, so ent upon their work that they did not notice the airship ring down on them from above. very shot they fired was plainly heard by Jack and his nds, -as sounds rise to a great distance. ritz managed the boat most admirably, for she descended out causing her inmates any uneasy feeling, and went eping along behind the Bedouins like a great bird. own, down, down she shot, when Jack grasped a long e and made a slipnoose in the end of it. ang! went a shot. t was fatal. he fugitive's horse fell. e looked like an English cavalry soldier. ut from the saddle he fell, with the girl clutched in his s, but alighting upon his feet he started to run. ang! came another shot. cry pealed from the brave fellow's lips. truck in the back the shot had pierced his heart. e dropped the girl flung up his arms and fen de ad. ith wildest yells, and the thunder of hoofs, the wild horde e dashing on at breakneck speed, bearing straight upon terrifi ed girl. he was less than twenty, and wore a blue dress, a sailor and had a remarkably pretty face. er starting eyes were fastened in horror upon the wild rs of the desert, her clasped hands pressed to her bosom her lips parted to give utterance to a shriek. hey were almost trampling her down now. ck's heart sank. The noose fell over the girl's shoulders and he it tight. "Up!" he shrieked. "Quick!" Obediently Frit1 sent the cutter flying skyward. Jack hauled in the rope. The girl was jerked up in the air over the astonished Be douins' heads toward the boat, and they swept by under her. There she swung like a clock pendulum, and a shriek of terror pealed from her lips at findiiig herself in such a strange position. Then the Arabs reined in their fiery steeds, glanced up saw the cutter, and recoiled with yells of the most intense dismay. Mohammedans, these descendants of Ishmael were superstitious. In the boat they saw a strange spirit d escending from the heavens to punish them; but the Marabout in their company, fearing he might lose prestige, yelled that it was nothing but a bird come to rescue the girl, and implored them to fire at her. Having true belief in their priest's words they leveled a score of gleaming spears at the girl's p endant body !!ond let drive. The boat was ascending, and sweeping away faster than the flying weapons came, however, and they fell short of their mark. Besides, Jack was hauling the line in rapidly, hand over hand, and bringing the girl up to the out of danger. Within a momen_ t he had her up to the rail. "Courage!" he cried, cheeringly. "Human beings!" she gasped, in amaz e ment. Bang! bang! came a volley of gunshots, but by this. time Jack had helped the girl safely to the d eck, and the bullets rattled harmlessly against the metal shell of the boat and rebounded again. "Are you hurt?" queried Jack. "I haven't even the likes of a scratch!" she replied. "You are lucky," said Jack, inferring that she was Irish. "I am that. But where am I entirely?" "Safe on a flying ship." "Sure, that's a mighty queer kind of a ship, isn't it?" "Rather. Who was killed?" "As brave a lad as ever left England. H e was escorting me from Koucet to El Katif, where I'm after living with my father, who is in the coffee business there, when along came those Bedouins, shoots me horse from under me and gives us pursuit. I'm sorry he's dead." Just then Tim came out with several hand grenades. "Beg parding, sir, but kin I sock 'em with these?" he asked, saluting. "Drop a dozen among the beggars!" said Jack. He saw that the girl was very nervous over her adventure, and asking her inside he set about to revive her courage. Tim stumped over to the railing, spit on his hand and let a bomb fly in the midst of the nomads below. It burst with a loud report, and knocked several over. "Trim in yer main sheets thar, goldurn yer buttons!" the old sailor roared. "Look out fer yer Upper riggin'-thar's a howlin' cyclone up here, an' I'm a-goin' ter carry away yer sails fore an' aft, I am! Thar' s another fur ye!" Down went a second grenade. A fearfuL report followed, scattering death and destruction in its path, and the now terrified Arabs scattered like chaff before the wind. Bang! bang! bang! thundered three more of the bombs. With every explosion one or more of the Bedouins fell. Tim was delighted at the havoc he created. e saw they would reach her before he could. He had well avenged the ruthless murder of the poor soldier, ith a despairing effort he swung the lasso around his and he did not pause in his fusillade until all the bombs were and let the unfolding coils fly with a scream. used u


18 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. By that time the cutter had ascended high in the air again, and Jack ordered Fritz to steer for the distant town of El Katif, where the Irish girl lived, just faintly to be seen in the distance. Within a short time the boat arrived above it and was lowered in /he principal square to the ground. Its arrival was witnessed by all the inhabitants, and the natives became filled with superstitious fear. Some fell flat on their faces bowing their heads to the ground, others raised a great outcry, and fled in all directlom;, a portion hastily hid themselves and began to pray, while the more venturesome came rushing toward the boat on all sides to find out what it was A scene of the most intense excitement ran through the strange old town, and a fearful uproar resounded. Jack led the girl to an accommodation ladder, and helping her to alight to the ground she thanked him in the warmest terms. "I shall be after never forgetting your kindness," she said gratefully, as she shook hands with him. "You have saved my life sir." "My reward lies in having been successful in doing so," gallantly replied the boy doffing his hat to her politely. "Poor Ned Howard! I'll tell his commanding officer at the garrison how he died to save me, God rest his soul! It's sorry I am that I had to go to Ko _ucet for me father on busi ness. Yet I've often done it before without trouble. I knew Ned, and met him there just ready to return here, and gladly availed meself of his offer of escort. But see how fatally it ented for him. Then you won't call on my father?" "I have no time. I must wish you good-by now. See what a crowd is rushing this way. I must escape them." He returned to the boat and ordered Fritz to start the boat, when up she soared into the air before the gaze of the amazed Arabians, who pa\lsed, wonder-struck, to view her. Higher and higher the boat arose to the sky, and soon it looked like a mere speck to the amazed peo))le thronging the street. Jack watched the town until it faded from view, and seeing that the boat kept steadily ascending, he walked over into the pilot-house and saw that Fritz wore a scared look. "What are you raising her so high for?" he asked. Glancing at the barometer he saw that the humidity was increasing rapidly, while the height gauge registered a thousand feet. It was rapidly getting very cold, too. "I couldn'd vhas helb id!" stammered Fritz, turning red in the face. "You ca11: t help it? That's queer," said Jack, in surprise. "Oehl don'd yer see vot vhas habbened?" "No." "I turned dot lever dere-" "Well?" "Und dot handle vhas proke off short!" "Great hep.venal" The lever handle in question was the one regulating the speed of the helicei;, and it was snapped in two so close to the switch-board that it was impossible to stop the continued ascent of the boat without mali:ing a 11ew lever and removing the broken part. This would occupy considerable time. Meanwhile tbe boat would oontinue to rapidly ascend into the heavenly realms and probably keep on until they got up illto a region so rare that they could not live to breathe it. Jack realized their danger -at once. "Unless I can repair this damage we are doomed!" he ex claimed, his face turning as pale as death. CHAPTER XIII. THE HIGHEST ASCENT EVER MADE. Jack pressed a button and a large gong began to rap and loudly reverberate throughout the cutter. Tim and the professor hurried into the pilot-house. "What's the matter?" hastily asked Hopkins, in alar tones. "We are shooting up into the air a hundred feet a minu "What!" gasped Hopkins. Look at that gauge and see for yourself," replied J "True! true!" The boy then explained what the acciden t was th!Lt occur "I have got to make a new lever!" he exclaimed, in en his story. "Stay here to help ne." "Very well. The boy opened a tool-box, and withdrawing some im ments he rapidly set to work upon the switch-board. "What are the registers?" queried Jack, as he worked. "The temperature of the air i s 59 degrees, and the d point 48," the professor replied, glancing up at the glass "What time is it?" "Six o'clo ck." "Our height?" "Seven thousand feet." "Tim!" "Ay, aY, sir." "Close all the doors and windows." "Ay, ay, sir." "Fritz!" "Yah." "Start the electric heaters." "Yah," said Fritz, obeying by turning a l eve r. Jack got the broken piece of lever O\lt, and the chill w was i:;tealing over the interior of the boat began to dimi as a congenial heat stole through the boat from the radia The boy then began to make a new lever, and after interval asked: "What is our height now, Hopkin's?" "Sixteen thousand feet, replied the the gauges. "The temperature?" professor, "It has fallen to 32 and the dew-point to 26." "How long is the interval?" "Ten minutes." The boy worked away like a steam engine, and the shot up into a bank of clouds measuring 1 ,200 feet in t ness, and moved and spirated so fast that they could sca{n see the kind they were. e ;r. The upper surface of the clouds was not' uniformly like the under sides seen from below, but were of a coi\-h! or pyramidal shape, and the imposing masses seemed to lcI cipitate themselves upon the earth as if to engulf it. 5 A buzzing began in the 1Bronauts' ears, and kept inc de ing, and they experienced a pain suoh as is felt by sudd h plunging the head into ice cold water. lie Their chests seemed dilated, and failed in elasticity; pulses quickened, the veins stood out, strongly marke4h their hands, and the blood ran to thei r heads, making t\._ 1 feel as i f theij hats were too tight. The thermometer continued to descend, and as they mo k higher their illness increased, and a drowsy feeling beg assail them. : "There is no electricity coming from the cond\lctors al e lectl'ometer ," said the professor. "The galvanic flame s w morl'l active, and the voltaic pile of sixty couples of s l'l and zinc gives only five-sixths of a degree on the idica r


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 1 9 ack glanced out the window upon which hoar frost began gather in fanciful :figures, and saw that the air below was pure that everything could readily be seen, although much inished by the distance they were from the earth. he towns faded from sight, and the Persian Gulf looked e a ribbon. he boy resumed his work harder than ever, then asked: What is our height now?" Five miles. Air temperature is 8 and dew-point minus degrees." Twenty-six thousand f eet!" muttered the boy. Outside could hardly see the fine column of mercury in the tube the fine divisions of the scale." I notice ," remarked the professor, "that the temperature the air does not decrease uniformly with the increase of height. In fact, the. decrease in the first mile is double t of the second and four times as great as that of the h mil'e. Above the lower clouds an extraordinary dryness vails up here. He opened the door and passed out into the raw cold, through which the sun was shining down like an electric light. The entire boat was covered with ice and frost. Despite the heavy clothing he wore, Jack felt a terrible chilr pass over him, and he hurriedly procured a ladder, dragged it over the slanting deck to the helix post, and ascen d ed. To repair the wire required time. A fearful sleepy feeling attacked the boy at once, but he bravely fought it off and went on with his work. The broken wire was joined again, and Jack descended to the deck, the helix revolving and the boat straightening. She was going down two thousand feet a minute now. Jack then attempted to walk to the pilot-house, but his legs refused to move-they were stricken powerless. He then tried to move his arms, but they, too, "(ere helpless. Then he shook his body, but seemed to have no legs or arms, and his head fell over upon his right shoulder and he sank to the deck. Have you noticed any sounds?" He seemed to have-power in the back of his neck and the We passed a rstorm cloud, and at 22,000 feet above it I heard muscles in his back, but none in his limbs whatever. thunderclap. Then an intense black mist arose before him. ack lapsed into silence again, his tile rasping away, and The optic nerve had suddenly lost its strength, blinding rapidly completed the lever and began to adjust it. him, yet all this' time, despite the loss of power, his brain Twenty-nine thousand feet! The height of Mount Everest, was clear and active. ere the diamond mine lies," said the professor, suddenly Jack had a feefing as if death were stealing upon him, but ding the indicator. he could not speak any more than he could move, and he espite the electric heat an uncomfortable chill filled the had a fearful longing to go to sleep. at, for they were at a region of intense rarity-nearly six A serene, placid look spread 011er his face, without the J es high--a region of inte'nse stillness to which no sound least earnestness or anxiety, and he began to doze into un-etrated. consciousness. Tim!" exclaimed the boy, "bring out our furs." It all happened so quickly his friends did not suspect ,what 'Ay, ay, sir! I've got 'em. Here yer are." a fearful lethargy was stealing over him, nor did they see that ack put on a heavy sealskin, thickly lined ulster. he had involuntarily fallen down. That's better," said he as his friends followed his example, the w ere getting stiff and numb with the cold. 'Makes me think o' when I wuz searchin' fer thei" North le on ther Berry expedition," said Tim, with chattering th. We got pinched by ther ice, an' sot out wi' dog dges. All o' my messmates dropped, frozen by ther way. When they did observe him he was choking. His breath was coming and going in long, painful gasps and groans, and he Jay stretched out on his back with closed eyes, spread fingers, and one of his legs drawn up. It was a fatal stupor that overcame him. If it lasted it was sure to end In death. pushed on however, an' reached it." His friends saw him, and Tim gave a cry of alarm, and 'The North Pole?" queried the professor. came hobbling out into the bleak air to his side "Ay, sir; an' wot's more, I climbed up it an' nailed ther He knelt there and peered Into Jack's face, which was rs an' Str!pes at ther top, started back, thawed out my turning black. ssmates on a bonfire, an', would yer b'lieve it--" A terrible cry pealed from the old sallor" s pale lips as h e "No, sir, I wouldn't!" emphatically said the professor, recoiled from Jack's side, and he yelled frantically: o divined at last that Tim was lying like fury. "Oh, my God! He is dead!" "Then I won't tell you the rest!" growled the old sailor. And lifting the boy up in his arms he carried him In out t this moment Jack, having completed the new lever, put of the cold. on and found that It fitted perfectly. e reversed it and glancing at the gauge saw that It now rked a height of 50,000 feet from the earth. t was the highest ascent ever made by human beings. he helices kept warm by their own friction, else the bitter d might have cracked them like pipe-stems. s soon as the boy slackened speed the Flying Fish began descend when Jack saw one end of the boat suddenly sag the bow. e gave a start of alarm, glanced around and observed t one of the big helices up forward had stopped revolving. he boat began to drop heavily off at an angle, then. second glance explained the tr9uble. CHAPTER XIV. THE DEVIL WORSHIPPERS. It. was only the deadly exposure and fatal coma of the rare air and intense cold that overpowered Jack, and he came to his senses when the cutter got down in the lower atmosphere again. His friends were bathing his body in brandy, and he was none the worse for his ad'Venture when they neared the he electric wire had got caught in one of the levers and ground. ke. The first question he asked when he revived was: nless it was repaired the boat was apt to shoot off rd at an acute angle, to their danger, and get them in trouble ow. I'll go out and fix it," said the boy, putting on a fur cap rubber gloves. "Here, Fritz, mini;l the wheel." "How high up did we go?" "Fifty thousand one hundred and sixty feet-about nine and a half miles," answered Hopkins. "Wonderful!" muttered the boy. "It's the greatest altitu de ever made."


20 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. I "One-sixth of the thickness of the atmospheric envelope pore, became Jost on the desert, and bad only just foun which surrounds the earth," said the professor. "The centre oasis, when the discovery was made that it was dried' u of gravitation is sixty miles deep. Beyond that there is no Fritz returned with a can of water presently, and g air-only empty space-a blank, dark, cold void, in which the some to them, he instilled new life in their veins. heavenly bodies float in infinite space. It was the last drop of water they had, but Jack felt The darkness of night was settling down. dent that he could produce all they 'wanted. They were soaring eight hundred feet from the ground as "We. will bombard the -Sky and make it rain," said the airometer indicated, and below them were the lights of Fritz. "We have got to have water ourselves. Go ba Kedje in Beloochistan, lying between Persia and Hindosfan, the boat and get th!l others to bring out the balloons, roe off to the right darkly gleamed the broad expanse of Afghan-mortars and kites. I'll startle and relieve these men, istan. Fritz had no sooner gone when one of the Hindoos ut They were yet fifteen hundred miles from Mount Everest, a cry. but had crossed over the Bushkerd range, now far astern of "Fly! Fly for your Uves!" he shrieked, wildly. them. "What is the matter?" asked Jack, in surprise. By midnight three hundred more miles were covered and they went over the highest peaks of the mountains of the Indus, the great river of the same name on the border line, winding like a great serpent below them, showing that they were at last soaring above India in the vicinity of Shikarpoor. "Look yonder to the eastward." I only see a cloud of dust. What is it-a sandstorm "No; worse! "The deuce! It is a band of devil worshippers!" What are they?" "Can't you see the horgemen r.ow?" "Yes." "They are Khonds!" Jack gave a nervous start upon hearing this dread n for he knew that this tribe had preserved completely primitive religion of Hindostan. When daylight came they were passing over the great sandy desert of Ajmeer, 500 miles in extent, a dry, alluvial spot upon which the sun darted its burning rays scorchingly. A small oasis appeared, rich in vegetation compared to the dried-up look of the surrounding country, and Jack lowered the boat toward it. Forced into the jungles, mountains and deserts by the torious advance of the Aryan race from the northwest, "Our water supply is running short," he remarked, "and have preserved, in their almost inaccessible retreats the I have hear.

' JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 21 came rushing helter-skelter and fired a volley with their l ong Arabian muskets and long-barreled pistols. The shots struck our friends and hit the boat, but did not do the least damage to anyone or anything. Then Jack and his friends opened fire upon tl:.em with their repeaters, and each one fired twenty rounds before he stopped. With the explosions of th.e shells in their midst, and seeing the havoc it created, the robbers fled lik1 e the wind, leaving half thdr horses and men lying dead on the desert. They raced away against the strong wind that was blowing, and soon were hardly to be seen in the far distance. "Now get to work," said Jack. "Let us get the rain falling and fill our water casks ere they return, boys." They laid aside their weapons and got the implements out. The mortar was planted, and Fritz began firing explosive bombs up in the sky, the professor sent up the huge rockets, Jack inflated several hot-air 1 11lloons, to which bombs were attached that burst at a certain llltitude, and Tim helped where he was needed An hour of continued firing followed, but no rain came. It looked as if the experiment was a failure, and they stop ped. The Parsees looked on in wondering amazement from the deck, and the apparently useless implements were returned to t he boat. A black cloud suddenly arose from earth to sky away to the windward. "Fer ther Lord's sake, h ow i s we t e r do it?" groaned Tim, as he felt a ho t wave of air f rom the fir e c om e rushing upon them. "You f orget the vacuum!" crie d t h e boy A t hrill of joy passed ove r the m There was no time to replen i s h t h e batte ries. So Jack set the for ce p ump wor king, and the air was sucked out of the hold of the F l y in g Fish in great blasts. Faster and faster wor k e d t h e pump. Then the airship began t o draw upward and bump on the ground; then she suddenl y a r ose. Up, up it went, as lightly as a feath e r whe n a dark shadow fell acr6ss the deck, and Jack gla n ce d upward. Something spattered do wn u pon his face through the open window. The boat was then fif t y feet from tlie earth approaching a dark cloud. "Rain!" he shouted. Everyon, e was elect r ified, and gl a n ce d down The poor Hindoos, m ou nted on their e l ephants, w ere hastening away from the roaring fla m es as fas t as they c ould go, yelling with fear, and praying for s alvation. Momentarily the rain i ncreased, and in a few mom ents it was pouring down i n torrents. "Thank God!" gasped H opkins. "Our apparatus worked, after all." "Und see! citedly. It vhas puttin' oudt dot fire! cried Fritz ex-"The desP.rt grass is afire!" exclaimed "It must have been the work of those p rofessor. Jack, aghast. He pointed off to the w i ndward, w h e r e onl y half a mile Khonds!" cried the away the great fire was being beaten dow n and tre m e ndous clouds of dense black smo ke arose as it was s ubdu e d "Send ther boat aloft! Send her aloft, lad!" yelled Tim. Jack darted into the pilot-house to do so, for the wind was blowing the great fire directly toward them at fearful velocity. He turned the lever to raise the boat, but the Flying Fish d id not move. The batteries had been exhausted from constant use and needed recharging. On rushed the fire toward them with a .fearfu l r o a r that mo mentarily grew louder. CHAPTER XV. FLOATING UNDER STRANGE POWER. A cry of despair pealed from Jack's lips, for by glancing u p at the gauge he saw that the battery supply was at zero. "Och, Gott!" groaned Fritz. "Vhe vhas been roasted ter d'e't'!" "Look at those Hindoos! Stop them! They're jumping verboard cried Jack. Frightened as they were, the poor wretches were all spring g to the ground upon seeing the fire, for they feared it a s going to envelope them, and cause them to die. One after the other they sprang to the fround, despite the y's cries to arrest them, until they were all gone Nearer and still nearer ca10 the fire. Great clouds of smoke and inimense tongues of flame were king up to the sky from the ignited desert grass, while the d <:_aught thousands of sparks and wafted them along above fierce conflagration in showers. 'What shall we do, Jack?" wailed the terrified Hopkins. ll:ust we rem'ain here to passively be devoured by that raging "No!" promptly replied the boy "We can save ourse l ve s, t if we to do so we must let those poor wretches, the a rsees, sacrifice themselves in the fiery element which their r efather.s, the fugitives of Persia, once worshiped." "Hurroar!" chuckl ed Tim. "It take s us ter control ther elements." He gave a hitch at h is pants, took a c h e w of plug, and squirted som!l of the juice in Bismarck's eye, w h e r e upon Fritz danced up to him wrathil y, pull ed his no se, and a s crap be gan, which might have ended seriously h ad no t J ac k s houted: ."Fritz, go back fn the battery roo n and r echarge the jars." Ther e was nothing for it but to obey, as t h e r e was no time for play, and the young Dutchman went r eluctantly, hurling a challenge back at T i m to m ee t him i n a d u e l with clubs in an h our. Jack stoppe d the pump. The boat remained stationary at sixty f eet height, but the w ind kept drifting it, a most enormous s u ction contracting t h e outer she ll again s t t h e massive s k e leton. Harder beat the rain dow n lowrr we n t t h e fir e, and t he grass ahead of the flames being d a mpe\ned fa il e d to ignite, and the onward progress of i t was suddenl y c h ec k ed. "rn five minutes mo r e t h e fir e was entire l y extinguished. Everyone was delig h ted. They saw the Parsees come t o a p a u se and spread their blankets1 to catch the rai n w h e n t h ey the fir e put out, and the water that beat down o n t h e roo fs of the d ec k hous e s tri ckled with a merry tink l e do w n the l ea d e rs, filling the wate r casks. A scene of. general rejoic in g follo we d among the a i r navigators and the poor wretches dow n o n the d esert. You have saved their lives, dea r boy," said t h e r e li eve d pro fessor, "and you have save d u s a great i nco n venie n ce Jac k Wright, you are, I may say, a wonde r of the Nin eteenth C en tury, by Jove!" "Now you can see the efficacy of m y vacuum the ory. "Aye; and, if need have bee n it c o u ld have sav e d our Jives They heard the pounding o f t h e e n gi n e and d y n a mo generating e l ectricity, and p retty s oon F ritz s h ou t e d through the tube: "Dot v has a ll r i g hd. Ma ke d e r vhee l s g oin' alretty. She


-JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. vhas go oop by der sky so soon as you bleases vunct, und I I Down to the ground hurried Tim after him, and off hop) soon haf enough electricity made to last fife days more, py the little rascal into the woods, with the old sailor in hot pi Shiminey!" suit. Jack turned the lever, and the helice3 revolved. Fritz softly chuckled arid winked to himself, and fol101 He then let a tiny stream of air penetrate the hold by meam; Jack and the professor down to the ground. of the second pump, gradually let it fill up again, so that By that time T'il;n and his monkey had disapp' eared. the boat would not suddenly drop from a sudden expansion of It was decided that they separate, and accordingly the th great volume. started off in opposite directions to beat about in quest Presently the vacuum was filled. The aeroplane now depended upon her helices. Tl;i.eir whizz and buzz was musis! to the ears of the navi gators, and the boat mounted up into the higher stratas of air again. Jack then started the stern screw, and like an arrow from a bow the cutter went speeding along on her course again through the rainstorm Jack had made as correctly as if nothing had happened to mar their trip. They had plenty water on board by the time they passed from and glancing down saw a large tract of land wet by the rain; further on were several miles of blackened sand, over which the devastating fire had gg,ne sweeping. 1 The cutter finally passed over Rajpootana, and following the course of the headwat<:irs of the Ganges River, she left Delhi and Oude astern, going up into the presidency of Nepaul along the Himalaya Valley. On the following day she was hovering over the Gunduck River at a height of only one hundred feet, the sky clear above and a dense forest below her, when Jack went out on the after deck and peered down at the wild landscape below. The woods were made up of betel palms, banyan fig trees, teaks, sandal-wood, edible pines, {lak, maples and hazels. game .. Jack took the course away from the sluggish river, and w1 on among the tangled vines, fallen tree trunks and de1 shrubbery, with his rifle over his shoulder and his eyes al1 He saw plenty small game, and heard his distant frie1 firing, but kept on looking for something worth shooting. It soon came in the form of a fine deer which bounded ac r his path,, and like a flash his rifle was to his shoulder, and fired. With a bound high into the air, the deer fell with a cr1 into some bushes, and the boy rushed forward to gain his pr'. He had no sooner reached the carca ss, however, when th came a blood-curdling yell from the bushes, and the n moment a huge body sprang through the air, landed on of the deer and confronted him. It was an immense tiger! CHAPTER XVI. A TIGER HUN'f. Guvas, pineapples, mangoe s, pomegranates, plantains and A chill of horror swept over Jack upon beholding the m1 loqnots were growing wild everywhere, while ttnonkeys, pea-ster that contested his claim to the deer. cocks, jungle-fowl, parrots, ibis, flamingoes, tailor-birds, bu!-Its baleful eyes snapped \vitP, fire, its fur bristled with ra buls, pelicans and pagoda thrush abounded in the trees. and its tail lashed its flanks, while from the gaping red m01 Formidable tigers antl leopards were seen prowling among there emanated from between the formidable row of gle a the underbrush; deer and antelopes bounded over the clear-ing white teeth the most horrible snarls. ings; wolves, panthers, jackals, bears, hyenas, lynxs and bison were seen by the score, and sand snakes, cobra manillas and black-hooded snakes skulked among the branches. Down in the river there floated like logs monstrous croco diles, while swarms of mosquitoes, locuats, wasps and flying bugs made up a concert of sounds onlY" outrivalled in more tropical climates. The boy saw that the place offered the most magnificent chances for a hunt, and he resolved to take advantage of it, as their supply of fresh meat had given out. The professor was steering the boat, and walking forward to the pilot-house the boy asked him: "Would you like to descend to the ground for a hunt?" "My dear boy, nothing would afford me greater pleasure." "Then lower the Flying Fish beside the river into. the very first clearing you see, and we will enjoy a few sport before dinner," said Jack, going inside to get their weapons ready from the storeroom. Tim and Fritz were busy cleaning the rooms when Jack bail ed them and told them what they were going to do. They were delighted at the prospect, and when the boat landed in a big clearing near the river they were all ready. Tim opened the door to lead the way out, when up came Whiskers to view the proceedings, and Fritz twisted his The tiger was a m9nster in size. Only a few yards separated it from the boy. It evidently had been in. pursuit of the deer when J1 shoj the creature, and upon beholding Jack been put a most ferocious rage. The boy shuddered and drew back a step. He was not looking for such game as this. In fact, he would have retreated could he have done without danger, for he knew from the accounts of travef that it was hard to kill these beasts. 1 In no wise intimidated, however. he raised his rifle to i shoulder, took aim and fired. 1 This movement of his weapon caused the tiger to spriJ It came just as Jack fired, and its lithe body mounting ii the air caused the ball to pass under it and expend itJ harmlessly in a tree. I Before Jack could fire again the tiger struck him. The shock was as great as if he was hit by a thunderll for he was knocked flying upon his back, the rifle fell his hand, and he was partially stunned. As soon as 'he his position he found the beast i its massive front paws planted upon his chest and its ble face just above his own. The position filled Jack with alarm. tail. Upon the slightest provocation he saw that the huge li' With a di smal howl the monkey flew out the open door, would come down the gaping mouth would close upon leaped across the deck and sprang to the ground. and he would be torn to pieces. Hey! Haul to,!" yelled Tim, startled at the fear of 1 Heaven help me!" he muttered. losing his pet in the woods. "Dash yer blinky eyes, whar are A growl like thunder escaped the tiger. yer a-goin'?" He hopped over to the ladder in pursuit o the monkey, and Whiskers, delighted over making his escape, scampered away. There was a pistol in Jack's belt, and he knew that if: could but reach it he might save himself. He had scarcely moved his arm, though, when with a si'


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 23 tiger lowered its head further, stamped its paw on his "You must have heard me firing," said Jack. ulder and glared lilrn a demon at his hand. "Ay, lad, an' I seen ye from ther tree. I couldn't a-done he boy's alarm increased. it wi' this 'ere wooden leg if I hadn't a-had that tager arter e saw that he co uld hardly make the most imperceptible me. But as soon's I get up thar what should r see but a ement which the creature would fail to detect. boy-kinstruckter." ow the boy wished that one of his friends was there to him How hi;.; heart palpitated, and how hard it seemed him to catch his breath.' "Boaconstrictor?" "Aye_, aye! That's it. Ther critter had Whiskers harf way down its forrard hatch, wi' only his tail stickin' out an' a-eath seemed absolutely certain. wigglin'. Then I ups an' fixes my eye on it an' grabs Whiskers' e was strung up to desperation. tail an' I heaves away right smart, an' out the little bummer gain he essayed to reach the pistol with his other hand. pops--" his movement distracted the tiger's attention from the "Oh, say, Tim!" t one, and as it turned tis head, by a quick, soft move"Then," went on the old liar, I poked my finger down t, he got his pistol out in his right hand. ther boy-constrickster's throat an' yer mayn't b-live wot I ses, nother angry ye ll pealed from the monster, and it buried but ther devil gagged so hard he turned hisself inside out fang s fn his sleeve, lacerating his flesh and tore out a like a glove finger an' then I had e of th e cloth. "Draw it mild, Tim. Grab one end of this 1deer and w.e ad it gone half an inch further he would have been will carry it back to the boat. Come, time presses." imed. I Tim complied with' a frown, for he saw that Jack did not ho boy saw that i t was going to attack him now, and I believe him, and they carried the game away. ing the pistol at its body he fired. By the time the y got b ac k to the Flying Fi!lh they found terrible explosion followed as the ball burst inside of Fritz and the doctor there, the former loaded down with tiger, and with a huge hole torn in its stomach it leaped birds, and the latter smilingly exhibiting a small bear so full feet in the air. of shots that it looked like a sieve. own it ca me with a bang a few yards diatant, and rolling, irming and kicking it uttered cry after cry. p to his feet bounded the boy. A lucky shot!" he gasped. Jack! yelled Tim's voice just then. Yes. This way Tim!" he responded. While Tim was locking Whiskers up they swapped stories, prepared their game for use and stowed it away on board of the boat, when preparations were made for an ascent. "By five o'clock to-night," said ..Jack, "I expect we will arrive in sight of our destil\ation, boys, and then to see if Zobelde's story of the fabulous diamond mine Is true or not. Whar are ye lad?" "More'n likely it's a lie," said Tim, skeptically. In the clearing." "If it is dear boy," said the professor, I won't mind. We Look out, for ther Lord's sake!" are having such a good time we ought not grumble." he warning hardly reached the boy when the bushes "I tink so neider," added Fritz, lighting his pipe. "But shust ted and another tiger, doubtless the wounded one's mate, der same, if somepody vhas show me dot dere vhas dlamonts e flying through, followed by a shot from Tim. dere so blck like gobblestones, I don't vhas kick aboud tooken ack did not expect this. 'em." e glided behind a tree Jack turned the lever and the helices spun around. rom here he aimed his pistol at the beast's head. The boat then arose from the woods to an altitude of two t stood planted a few feet away, glaring around with its hundred feet and sailed away, while Fritz went in the galley d in the air, snuffing and growling. to prepare their mld-ll.ay meal Tim continued to clean up he creature was not as heavy as the other. the boat and the doctor went to sort out some fossil speci' A female!" muttered the boy. mens he had picked up in the woods. hen he fired. Late in the afternoon Jack descried a distant city. fearful gash was cut in the monster's neck. It lay to the south of the great mountain range, and by t spun around and around, bleeding profusely, and Tim a little computation he soon found that it was Khatmandu. t then made his appearance. D!Jodhunga or Everest Mountain, lay between this city, e had no sooner set his good eye on the tiger, though, above Sikim and west of Tassisudon, he knew, and he rang en he dodged out of sight in the bushes. the gong summoning his friends. Kill ther lubber!" he yelled. s That's easier said than done!" replied Jack. e wished he bad his rifle. s he had to depend on his pistol, however, he aimed it and d again. his time he was more successful. he ball struck the beast on the head. The other tiger now attracted Jack's attention. It was evidently in great agony from the gaping wound 1efck had giv e n it, and to put the brute out of its misery the li1IY nred anothP.r shot, which killed it immediately. 'That ii\ettles it!" he exclaimed. !rt came near a-makin' mess o me!" growled Tim as he !Umped up to Jack. "Yer see, I wuz a-ehasin' this 'ere J rmint through the woods," he added, holding Whiskers up I the nape of hi's neck, "when that 'ere pirate o' ther woods m aved down on m e, an' like d to ha' tooken me fore aft, en I clumb a tree an' it shot by." "Wot's amiss now?" queried Tim. "Look there! said Jack, pointing. "There's Khatmandu!" Eagerly they all peered ahead of the boat, and the boy took down his glass and took a long look ahead. Ha! There it is now!" he said, smilingly. "What?. asked the professor, eagerly. "The mountain of diamonds?" replied the boy. They now saw an immense shadowy peak rising to the clouds far ahead. OHAPTER XVII. TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN. It was as Jack calculated, five o'clock in the afternoon when they sighted Mount Deodhunga, and with their hopes high they steered the boat for1 it. The shadowy peak was many miles away, but as soon as


' i I '24 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. they passed Khatmandu they made rapid progress, and ris ing high in the air saw Sikim below, and 'fassisudon far beyond it to the !lastward. In a few hours they arrived at the base of the great peak, which, rising 29,002 feet, certainl y was the highest known mountain upon the globe, as Zobeide's parchment said. The Himalayas are not a s ingl e chain of mountains, but a range of rugged, snowy peaks depending from the high table land of Thibe t and separated by deep gorges, the outlets of streams originating in the melted ice and snow of the inte rior. On the southern side, where the Flying Fish was, the sur fa ce comprised three distinct regions-first, adjoining the plains of Hindostan, the Tarai, a grass-covered, marshy plain; next, the belt of Saul Wood, stretching along a great part of the range, and beyond it the Dhuns1 a belt of detritus, extending to the foot of the true mountains. "We won't see any fall of snow as low as 2,500 feet, dear boy," said the professor "but at 6,000 feet it snows here regularly every winter. The limit o f perennial snow is 1 6,200 feet in the south, and 17,400 feet on the north side, an anomaly owing to the dry atmosphere of Thibet. There are glaciers in every part of the range above the snow line." "It will be as bad as Greenland up there," said Jack, point ing up at where the peak of Everest penetrated the clouds, "I never expected to see anything like this," said Hop "there are unmistakable signs of an earthquake ha rent the mountain, which bears out the truth of her stor least in that particular," said the boy. "It begins to to me, Mr. Hopkins, as if the woman told the truth." "Of one thing I am positive, my amiable friend," said professor "It is that if the gypsy woman's father really the ascent h e could have done so without much trouble The boat followed gorge continuously now, and settld down into it and skimmed along between the h precipitous walls, a sudden change of temperature was The extreme cold modified. A glance at the thermometer showed but thirty deg l<'ahrenheit when previously they had seen the mercu zero. The further they proceeded along the ravine the wat it became, and Jack started the searchlight and shot its rays down upon the bed of the gorge. Bleak, barren rocks lined the bottom, and they saw sm or steam arising from the river that flowed through it. As they ascended they saw vegetation cropping out. It became denser as they proceeded and presently luxuri Mor,eover, the heat kept increasing. Soon an exclamation burst from Jack's lips. "The water of that stream is hot!" "and we may have a hard time of it to reach it." "That accounts for the warmth here," said Hopkins, "As earthquakes are of frequent occurrence in this central as I observed the warmth augments the highe r up we range, said Hopkins, "you may be mistaken on that score." am forced at last to the conclusion that it flows from Upon approaching the mountains close enough, Jack stopped springs and not directly from the melted snow." the boat' s prop e ll e r ,and increased the speed of the h elices, "Lord save my soul! anybody could live in this 'ere clim when the cutter began to ascend. said Tim. I thought as it'd be so freezin' co ld ther w They got out their heaviest garments, for they were going we uttered would freeze so hard we could make quoits of 'e up into the cold region of perpetu a l snow and wanted to be Vot is dot up higher vonct?" queried Fritz. "So amply prepared for it. if I don't tink me it vos a lake alretty!" The boat steadily ascended, and passing over dense woods yawning ravines, mountain torrents and glassy lakes, it plunged into a mass of clouds hovering about the peaks. Up up, up soared the Flying Fish into the vapor, and, bursting through the dense banks she plunged into a cold strata of air, when above them the reronauts beheld a sea o f snow clou .ding the top of the lofty mountain. Every one was in a fever of They would soon know whether the wonderful diamond mine existed or not, and until the question was solved they were upon the tiptoe of expectation and anxiety. Night had settled down. Everything but the dazzling whiteness of the snowy peak assumed a sombre aspect gloomy to behold. Jack stood at the wheel directing his boat. He kept a keen glance around and obse rved a broad, dark streak several miles to the southeast and sen t the boat toward it. Upon a near approach they saw that it was a n enormous fissure running from the top of the mountain to the bottom, splitting it in two. At one side the rocky edge projected out, forming a great ridge one side of which was banked up with snow, while the othe r was formed by the gul c h The depression had a broad stream running through it, and was entirely clear of the snow, for the ridge protected it, keeping the snow back to the eastern sid e, which was swept around that side of the mountain by the winds. This great gorge afforded a clear footpath from the bottom to the very apex of the mountain, and was ev idently the result of some mighty convulsion of nature in times past. "Look there," said Jack, pointing down at the gloomy pass and causing the boat to follow it. "If Zob e id e's father had traversed that gorge you can see for yourself that he c ould easily have reac hed the summit as she said he did." So it is!" exclaimed Jack. "And this stream flows from They were close to the top of the mountain now and held, on a great plateau, an immense body of water impou within a great basin, from which a vast cloud of steam arising. The water was bubbling with heat, and as the boat over it hot air gushed up, driving the mercury up to 70. Passing across the sheet of water they were sudd startled see on the other side of it a great mass of tlame rushed up through a ragged aperture among the r a terrible heat radiating from it in all directions. To avoid it they were forced to make a wide detour, ing which they saw that a large tract of land surroun it bore < no traces of ice or snow. It was evidently a small volcano in active eruption, w might have been working there for centuries. A few miles above it w a s the top of the mountain. The air was very rare Yet it did not, in con se quence of the enormous fore the earth's fires, feel as frigid as it evidently was on other side of the mountain, where the snow laid. Below them Jack could not see the earth, in conseque of the vast cloud banks that intervened. He aimed the rays of the searchlight up at the mount top, and they saw, upon a nearer approach, that it was rag, and broken. In five minutes more they reached the apex. A .shudder convulsed them at the appalling scene below It might on ce have been a great plateau several miles extent, but at some remote period the internal fires of mountain had burst forth into a volcano greater than t of Vesuvius or Hecla, and left behind a yawning gulf. It was down into this immense crater they looked. The middle depth was unfathomable. Imagine, if you can, an aperture as black as ink, that bo


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 25 wn miles into the mountain, its interior like the inside of funnel, and you can think what this great crater looked e to Jack Wright. The boat stood hovering over the awful depth, the ht streaming down upon them and they held a consultation. I t was decided not to venture into the crater till' the next J They accordingly landed the boat beside it, and, setting tch, they passed the rest of the night in sleep. In the crude state they would, of course, require considerable cutting, by w)lich a large amount would be lost. Within half an hour they all returned to the boat and exhibited their individual finds, whereupon the professor closely examined them. He was an expert ori diamonds, and remarked: "They are, my Christian friends, specimens of the most ex quisite gems I have ever seen in my life, and I predict that if we can get enough of them back to civilization we will amass At sunrise next morning, which was very early at that a tremendous fortune, for the boat can carry millions of dol-ormous elevation, they arose and partook of breakfast. lars' worth of them. The cutter was then put to flight. Once mote they hovered over the crater, and glancing down the light of day penetrated the yawning gulf, they observed plateau down below, upon which they could alight if need around the sides. Everything was in readiness, and Jack slackened the speed the helices, when the Flying Fish began to descend. Down down, down she went into the black pit, slowly but rely, every one of her crew keenly watching for danger. Within a few minutes she had descended several hundred t, and cries of the most intense amazement burst from the s of our friends at the wonderful scene pre'sented to their CHAPTER XVIII. DOWN IN THE CRATER. thousands of birds, startled by the descent of e boat, fiElW up in great clouds, and rising above the cut-with fierce and startled cries, they fairly shut all the dayht out of the place. They went pouring out of the volcano, however, leaving n y of their eggs and their young behind them in the place. As soon as t.he fearful roar of their voices and wings died a.y, our friends glanced down at the shelving interior of crater. Everything was as as ink: But among the dark earth, stone and rough-looking trees d bushes there flashed up in the rays of the sun thousands brilliant, gleaming lights from the rough, uncut gems lying ttered about among the debris lining the inside of the ter. These scintillations only came from those of the precious "Let us begin, then," said Jack, "to gather all we can carry. There are several empty kegs in the storeroom in which we ca n put them, and we will leave here as soon as we ca.n A ccordingly this programme wa s carried out. Having procured the kegs in question, they were placed on the deck, the diamonds they then had were tossed into one of them, and they each slung'r a hunting bag over their shoulders 1 a.nd set out to gather as many more as they could. The plateau upon which the boat then rested contained a. great many of the diamonds, some of which they could only see by a near approach, and they were all gathered up by midday. Our friends then took a rest, and had their dinner. As there were no more to be procured there, Jack raised the boat and sent her off ac ros s the crater. As she hovered over the great hol e in the center, the boy directed the rays of the searchlight dow.n. A lthough it penetrated the distance of a mile, the bottom of the orifice was not to be seen. They then passed on to the other side, but there found that the sides were s lop ed down at a very acute angle. No resting place for the boat was to b e se.en, and the yoi,ng inventor then drove the Flying Fish in a circle around the rough wall of the crater in sear c h of some place upon which t o rest the cutter. Not another such plateau or ledge was to be found. The ground abruptly shelved down at such an angle that it would have been hazardous to have alighted the cutter upon it, although during the trip they saw more of the s ton es tlian they would have been abl e to take away. "We will have to let a man down at the end of a rope from the boat," said Jack, "while the cutter is held in suspension over the spot where he works." "Aye, lad, thar's no other way," assented Tim. "Who'll do it?" nes that presented the tinies't, smooth, clean surface, so "You," said Fritz. at must have been the number that did not gleam? "We will pull straws," said the boy. "Piamonds by the thousands!" exclaimed Jack. This was accordingly done, and the choice fell to Jack. "The gypsy queen did not lie after all," said Hopkins. A long, stout line was then made fast to a c radle, and the Tim and Fritz gave utterance to the most extravagant ex -boat was suspended over an area where they had observed tlie ssions. largest and finest gems, when Jack took a bag with a line atlt was plain to be seen that there had been enormous de-iached to it. and was lowered down. its of the carbonized crystals within the mountain, which He found the dirt soft and yielding, and discoverell that it eruption had exposed in this manner. was easy to keep a foothold and move about. To get them was an easy matter. He then began to fill the bag, and when this was done his twas doubtful if these precious stones had ever been mined friends hoisted it up, emptied it, and let it down again to such an easy manner before by mankind, for there was na him. rcbing digging or blasting to get them-they lay spread out Jack sent up several loads in this manner, and observing an extraordinary large stone in the midst of an area of very dark plain sight and easy reach, to be picked up as easily as the 's eggs could have been gathered. ack brought the boat to a pause upon an extensive plateau, they all went out on deck. h e ladder was dropped down over the side, and they left boat and eagerly ran about examining the gems. hey were loosely implanted in various places, from which required no exertion to get them, and they proved to be la rge and of the purest white quality, imbedded in quartz ground, he started for it. He had scarcely taken two steps, how ever, when the ground suddenly gave way from beneath bis feet. The boy had stepped upon a bed of dust. There was so much slack to the rope and such a depth to the dust that the young inventor sank until he was buried. A cry pealed from his lips that reached the ears of bis friend' s up on the boat, and moving the cutter they saw what had occurred.


26 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. Jack was entirely out of their sight. In they pulled the line, and he was hauled up to the deck, blinded and choking. Had his friends delayed a few moments he would have perished. Covered with the sooty dust, they brought him upon the boat again, and found that he was all right when he got th.a stuff out of his eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Fritz then went down, and was kept busy till nightfall. By that time two of the kegs were filled with the diamonds. They already had a large fortune. Driving the cutter across the cliasm to the plateau upon which they had once stopped, they brought it to a pause there and had supper. Then the evening was spent examining the gems, and they turned in. Fritz was left on watch. He took up a position in the cabin, and began to read a book. It was an interesting novel written in Fritz's native lan guage. CHAPTER XIX. SEVEN MILLIONS. To run out of a cloud of smoke would not seem to be a ve difficult task, but in this instance the wind was blowing ha carrying the smoke with it in a stream from the crest of t mountain, and the cutter went with it. Jack soon figured this out, and turning the Flying Fish at any angle with its course, he drove her to the westward. By this means he brought her out of it. She hovered over the great gorge for a moment, then s went driving from the peak downward at an angle. They had passed the flames and boiling lake long befo which kept that part of the mountain at a high temperatu The boat now hung over the gorge, but swept along by t wind she. was carried several miles to the west, when the became cold and raw, and snow and ice appeared. A few mile'S more and there was nothing but a white crys bed below them, down upon which the moon was shining. The heat was all gone here, for they were out of the v The hero had just finished drinking two shoppens of Rhein wine, when the villain came into the summer garden eating canic region, and glancing back they saw vast clouds pouri a frankfurter sausage, and, seizing the heroine was about out of the crater, mingled with lapping flames, myriads to steal her, when--sparks and showers of incandescent ashes. But that was as far as Fritz got. A great stream of burning lava began to gush A tremendous roar that shook the boat brought him to crater they had been in, and it went pouring down his feet at a bound, and glancing out of a window he beheld toward the base of the mighty mountain. a tremendous mass of smoke arising all around the cutter. Fritz uttered a sigh of intense relief. "Donner .vetter!" gasped the Dutch bey. He did not wait to say anything else. Rushing up to the pilot-house he started the helices. Outside everything was dense with smoke, and smothered rumblings were heard below them incessantly. "Murder!" yelled Fritz wildly as the boat soared up in the midst of the smoke, which now began to fill the He furiously rang the gong, and started the searchlight. Ag'.lin there came a tremendous explosion. This time a mass of dust, smoke and stones were blown up, and the cutter was sent reeling through the air. It struck the side of the crater with a crash, rebounded, and went spinning around and around. Jack and his friends rushed in half dressed. One glance out had shown .them the situation. "The volcano!" gasped Jack. "An eruption!". cried the startled professor. "Keel haul me, we're goners!" groaned Tim. The Dutch boy was striving with and main to keep the boat going steadily, and Jack took his place. With a turn of the wheel ne drove her through the blinding smoke, hoping thus to get out of it. The roaring and rumbling kept on unabated below them, and they realized that the volcano was getting in a state of eruption. Away shot the boat like a locomotive Still the smoke clouds enveloped her in a dense mist, through which the powerful searchlight failed to penetrate. Jack became anxioU's. Another explosion of the volcano might send up fire, rocks and molten lava to destroy them. His main plan was to get away from there as fast as possi ble; but being unable to see a foot ahead in the thick clouds of smoke, he could not tell whence he was going. His friends peered out of the windows. They were all in a fever of the most intense anxiety. On, on plunged the gallant airship under the guidance of its nervy young commander, but yet no sign of escape from those dreadful smoke clouds and .. volcanic rumblings appeared to give him hope. "Ve vhas yust got ourselfs oudt of dot soon enough," remarked. "I tort ve vhas goin' ter git gooked like sau kraut." "We owe our lives to your prompt action;" said Jack. "But whar are we now? demanded Tim. "I don't see nu in' but ice, snow an' clouds alow us, an' we might jist as w a-got roa sted as froze, ter my way o' thin kin'." "The mercury is at zero here now;'' said Hopkins; "but that volcano breaks into violent eruption the lava strea will pour down this way, too, and soon melt these great pin cles, drifts and cliffs of frozen water." ..,Below them was what looked like a river of solid ice, which was a line of dirt and stone. It was a glacier, and the debris a moraine. Strange as it may appear, these icy rivers move with water to float them, but are impelled by their own action. It.ran aown through a valley. Within the boat a most intense chilliness prevailed fr the bitterly cold wind that swept around from the northe side of the mountain, and the glass windows became cove with hoar frost, despite the intense heat coming from electric radiators. Jack sent the cutter down toward below. "We will go through the clouds as soon as possible," the boy. "Our mine is ruined by the eruption. We cannot any more of the diamonds from it. Nothing remains now for u s to return to civilization. "Aye, but we've got a big fortune in them 'ere ston chuckled Tim; "so we oughten ter kick, my lad. It m me think o' ther time I wuz aboard o' the United States fri Wabash." "Look oudt!" yelled Fritz suddenly. "Wot fer?" asked Tim, with a start "Dot gale of vind." "Wot gale?" ; "Com in' troo your vhiskers." "Wot! D'yer think I'm a-goin ter blow?" "No-lie." "Tim!" ------


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 27 ye, aye, Jack!" ere's the way your yarn sounds to u s, only what I say to is true in every particular. I once sat on a ray of light traveled at the rate o! 186,000 miles a second into space rd the sun--" Ah, git out! Who ever heard o' goin' at sich speed as t?" So you doubt it, eh? Well, sir, that is the rate light els at. I went from the earth to the sun, 'ill million miles y, in less than ten minutes. Holy jingo! Avast thar! I say--" Don't you believe it?" asked Jack, with a broad smile. No, I don't!" blrlntly answered Tim. Well, it's the truth, and that is more than you have as a is for your stories. Where are you going to now?" I'm a-goin' outside ter think about it, answered Tim, with ook of intense disgust sweeping oyer his face. verybody laughed at the way Jack dosed him with his own !cine. he boat continued its rapid descent, and in a few minutes went plunging through the cloudbank.1... own it went, and clearing the clouds it ran into a rain rm underneath, and the temperature increased. he wind was blowing a gale, and the darkness of night was reased by the gloom of the storm. resently the boat got down among the foothills, and sailed ay to the southwest at an easy rate of speed. hey were now free of the mountains. t afforded them a sense of intense re ief to be out of that rful height among the dread convulsions of nature, and y were glad enough to get down within a thousand feet of "Exactly, sir." "Very well." When day dawned the boat was a hundred miles from Mount Everest, and went sweeping along over Khatmandu again, and a bee line was made across Delhi to Punjab. Toward evening the Flying Fish reached a' point close to the capital of Delhi, on the Jumna River, the city being inclosed on three sides by a lofty wall of solid stone, the eastern side along the river having no wall, but was-faced with high ma-, sonry. It was, they saw, a large and handsome city, containing many large and beautiful buildings and imposing mosques. But at the time referred to the place wits in a state of siege. There had been an outbreak of mutineers in Meerut, when the officers there were murdered, and the rebel soldiery there set out for DE)lhi, entered the city, and there were joined by a mob. The British troops stationed there consi _sted of native in fantry and a battery of artillery, who cast.their lot with the mutineers and began by jdlling their officers. The Delhi magazine, the largest in northwest India, was in charge of Lieutenant Willoughby, with whom were two other commissioned officers and six non-commissioned officers. This magazine was attacked by the mutineers just a s the airship 11pproached, and the little band of soldiers desperately resisted. Jack knew the state of revolt the country was in, and upon seeing the gallant white men struggling hopelessly to defend the enormous accumulation of mu'nitions of war stored there, he cried: "See, boys; can we go by without aiding those brave fel-earth again. lows?" Millions of dollars' worth of diamonds were destroyed by eruption of the volcano, but the four aeronauts had ough of them to satisfy any man, and were not disappoint'What do you estimate the value of that treasure, proor?" asked the boy, a few hours later, as he sat in the cozy in with Hopkins, with the richly laden kegs between them. 'It all depends upon the cost of cutting and th'ei-r loss and ight, my dear fellow," answered the tall, thin professor, eeping hie long hair back from his hight brow. "The kegs weigh about a hundred pounds apiece." 'But half of that weight may be lost in cutting the gems. en you can't get nearly as much per carat for them in the de state-in fact, they won't bring more than forty dollars "No, no, no!" cried his companions. "Then let us descend and lend them a helping hand!" They eagerly assented to this proposition, and attiring them-selves in their suits of armor they armed themselves to the teeth. Jack then sent the boat down into the city near the magazine, and the mutineers fled in horror before its approach. CHAPTER XX. THE SIEGE OF DELHI. carat at the utmost." As the boat was de scending Tim ran the glorious stars and "At that rate we will have about one hundred pounds to stripes up at the flagpole, and as soon as the cutter came to I?" "Just about-now we can figure on four grains to a carat, d 1, 750 carats to a pound; 40 times 1, 750 amounts to $70,000 pound, and if there are 100 pounds of diamonds sold at $40 a at the amount we will get will be about $7,000,000!" Jack was amazed and delighted, One million seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars lece. .-It wa s a magnificent sum. we will get more than I bargained for," he remarked. But we may have trouble to sell them," said Hopkins. "Why?" "The brokers will fear a flooding of the market maY depreci e the value of the stones they have in stock, and refuse buy them." "True, sir; but if that should prove to be the case I have plan whereby we can force them to buy," said Jack, after a oment's thought. "Have you decided where to sell them?" "In France." "Then we will go straight there?" a pause, our friends hurried ou.t on deck. They had hardly appearej when a hail came from the maga-zine, to which they replied, stating who and what they were. A cheer pealed from the besieged men. "And you will aid us?" eagerly aske d Willoughby. "With our lives!" said Jack, watching the mutineers, who were assembled in a great body up t'he street, raising a furious uproar with their cries and invectives. "There is no hope of saving the magazine, said the lieu tenant. "All we can do is to prevent the mutineers getting it by blowing the whole thing up." "Then fire a train and board my boat," answered Jack. They got a ladder ready, and 1.he magazine was fired. Unfortunately, it exploded before five out of the nine brave soldiers got out, and only four escaped alive to the cutter. As they came rushing towards the cutter a volley came from the mutineers, and the lieutenant fell, wounded. The other three got upon the boat. Lying in the street the brave lieutenant might have fallen into the hands of the furious mob had not Jack sprang to the ground, rushed over and picked him up.


28 JACK WRIGHT'S A I R AN D WATER' CUTTER. The gall ant boy starte d on a run fo r t h e boat. None of the flying particl es f r om the exp l osion had hurt the Flying Fish or h e r c r ew, b u t W ill o u g hby and his men had b ee n b a dl y w ound ed. Many of the Hindoos were killed outright. As soon as t h ey r a ll ied and saw Jack saving the life of the lieute n a n t a hun d red r i fles we r e a i med at t h e boy. B e fore a s h o t cou l d be fired his friends upon the cutter open e d fir e upon t h e d usky n atives. The r e came a terribl e exchange of shots, in which the. suits worn by our frie nd s amply p r otected them from injur y while the bullets faile d to pen etrate t h e hull of the air ship. R eaching the ladde r with his se n se less bur den, Jack got him up on the dec k of t h e c utter a nd l aid h i m inside. D espite the heavy fus il ade poured in at them, the savage Hindoo s charge d toward the boat to ove r whe l m ou r friends. They c a m e surging thro u g h t h e street called S handni Chank, or Stree t of Silve r a fine, wide avenue lined with n i m and pipal tre es running from the fort to the Lah o r e gate. It was like t h e impetuou s onslaught of a tidal wave, and it se e m e d as if the thousands of human beings must sweep 'up and o ve r the b oa t i r resistibly, despite all obstacles, for upon seeing human beings o n t h e boat their fear s of i t ceased. At this juncture J ac k dragged the repeating gun out of its closet in t h e wall of the pilo t-ho u se, and brought it to the bulwark. It was alrea d y lo a d ed, and training it to bear upon the horde, h e fir e d it at the rate of one hundred shots a second, the t errible projectiles d r i v ing tJi e mob back in h orror over the f earful carnage it c r eate d i n thei r r a n ks. The b oy said not a w o r d Nor did he s t o p until every shot was fired. The sce n e o f t e rrol'. and that prevailed among the mutinee r s b affles all d esc ription . In the mids t of i t Jack se n t t h e c utter up in the a i r. "Are there a n y m o r e w hite peop l e in troubl e here who are in n ee d of our assistance?" queried Jack. Yes," wa s the f eeb l e rep l y, for Willoughby was so bad l y injure d tbat h e a fte rward died. "In the palace there are about fo r t h e pitiful sight spread before their view angered them the utmost, and made them feel bitterly toward the Hind A box full of grenades was brought out on deck, and the pelted the fiends below with them, arousing a fearful din, a n lef t but few alive to boast of their rascality. The boat then shot across the city. Sir H. Barnard, who had succeeded Gen. Anson as com mander-in-chief, had routed the mutineers at Badli-ka-Saral with a handful of European and Sikh soldiers, afte r a :;eve action. He then encamped upon a ridge overlooking the city. This force was too weak to capture Delhi, as he had siege train or heavy guns. All he could do was to hold his position until the arriv of reinforcements and a siege train. When the boat began to descend upon the camp the Briti soldiers became alarmed until they saw the American fl" upon the cutter, when their native intelligence told them wh the F lying Fish really was. Willoughby was anxious to get into this camp, for he reali that he was fast dying, and wanted to be among his frie n when his soul left his body. Jack brought his aerostat to a1pause on the ground, and t h English soldiers came flocking around it curiously. Among the first was the baronet. "In Heaven's name, what is this machine?" he asked. "A flying ship, as you can see," replied Jack. ''American, too?" "Of course-that's where most of the best patents original sir." "And what brings you here?" "A very sad duty," replied Jack. "I have some friends yours-and here they come. They can t e ll their own story." The men he had saved left the cutter, carrying Willoughby and the baronet's grief knew no bounds upon seeing the sa fate which had overtaken the gallant lieutenant. Explanations followed. The nobleman warmly thanked Jack and his friends for wh they had done in their behalf. fifty Eur op eans and Surasians, nearl y all females,' who were "Can I be of any further service to you? the boy asked. captured in try ing to escape from t h e town on the day of the "None," replied Barnard, '3haking his head. "I mean to ke outbreak. They h a v e b ee n c o n fin e d in a s t ifling chamber for my present positiorl, with the help of God, until I can ge t fifteen days, and it i s t h e intention of t h e mutineers to bring large enough force to attack the city and capture it." them out into the courtyar d and massacr e the whole party." "I will leave you, then," said Jack. "We have got to trav "In Heav e n s n a m e direct m e to the spot at once, and I back to America, and as the journey will occupy considerab will make a n e ffort to save t h ei r lives," sai d Jack. time we cannot waste any of it remaining here." The lieutenant did so T h e British encampment cheered our friends as Jack se As the boat s wept over to t h e palace, to the amazemen t of the cutter up into the air again, and our friends waved the the rescue d m e n o ve r the i r situ ation, they heard the sound bats and handkerchiefs in response. o f fir earms a n d t h e m os t ago nizing s hrieks. The boat mounted to an altitude of a thousand feet, w h The blood coursed like fir e in Jack's ve i ns. the helices were graded to keep her there, the screw was p H e realiz e d that the awful sce n e o f carnage had begun, and in motion, and away. as the boat came to a p a u se fif t y feet above the pal ace and Over the city she fled, her crew dropping do they glanc e d d own they b e h e ld a h arrowi n g sigh t. eve r y explosive bomb they had in passing, and in a short ti Th t 1 t Delhi was left far astern. ey w e r e oo a e ' I The unfortunate p rfsoners all lay str e t c h ed upon t h e ground, Thtel before tthheir view, and with the da man e o mg rawn upon e scene like some monstr o brutally murde r e d a n d among them were swarming a large b' d th Fl F' h d ir e ymg is spe on. number of the H i n do o s who had c on s ummated the atrocity. A shudde r of h orror passed o ve r Jack and his friends upon witnessing t h e r evolting 'Spect ac l e "You look a gitated," s aid Willo u g h by, i n suspici o u s tones. "We have cause for appre h e n s ion. We a r e t oo late!" an-swered Jac k. A groan burst from t h e lieute n a nt's lip s. "Avenge the m! he cried. "I shall. Arm yourselv es w i t h g r e n ades, b o ys, and b om bard the cowardly scoundre l s down in y onder cou rtyard! His friends availed the msel ve s of this order with a r e li s h Fritz was steering her. In the cabin Jack, Tim and the professor sat at the sup tabl e enjoying an excellent repast. "Our journey out is at an end now," said the boy, in cheer tones, "and if nothing delays us we will soon make Paris, the wonderment of her populace, and get rid of our diamo n there. Then ho! .for Wrightstown." "Have you got your course mapped out, dear boy?" as k Hopkins. O f course. We go over the Hindoo Koosh Mountains i Turkestan the n across the Caspian Sea, along the Cauc a


JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. 29 nntains to the Black Sea. Then on we go through Austria, many and into France. An' here's success ter our makin' port in Paris safe an' nd," said Tim, .:;wallowing his allowance of grog without a k. CHAPTER XXL SELLING THE DIAMONDS. lrhen the airship had arrived within s ight of the city of is, our friends kept it in suspension until after nightfall, brder to make a siescent without attracting attention. he was brought to a pause in a woods on the outskirts of ntainebleu, and, with several samples of his gems in his ket and accompanied by Fritz, the boy inventor made his IY into the city, and they quietly registered at a hotel. Dn the following morning the boys sallied out, and called the greatest dealer in diamonds in the gay city. Ile was an enormously wealthy man, who controlled most the Parisian market, and, upon Jack requesting an interw with him upon important business, he politely ushered I two aeronauts into his private office, and asked the boy in What, sir, may your business with me be?" I wish to sell you one hundred pounds of uncut diamonds," olied Jack. The diamond broker gave a violent start, put on his eye sses, viewed Jack from head to foot in utter astonishment, said: 'Eh? What did you remark?" I have one hundred pounds in uncut diamonds to sell you," peated Jack coolly, in the French language, with which he s familiar. 'Are you jesting with me, sir?" 'Not in the least." "One hundred pounds-pounds, did you say-of uncut dialond' s? '" "Exactly so, monsieur, and here are my samples." Upon saying which the boy placed a handful of the gems !Pon a table separating him from the dealer in precious stones. The look upon the Frenchman's face was that of blank H e picked up the specimen s one after the other, closely ex them, laid them down, gingerly, and then gasped: 'They are really genuine." "Will you buy them?" the boy a sked. "Do you mean to say you have as you claim?" "Monsieur, I am here strictly on business." "It does ;ot seem natural; but where, pray, did you get.'Such vast lot of these large, magnificent stones?" "From a mine in India." "And how much do you want for them uncut?" "Forty dollars a carat." "That is a fair estimate-eight hundred franc!." "Do you wish to see the entire lot?" "-No." "Then you will not buy?" "Not to the value of a sou." "Why not?" "BecaU'se the quantity would depreciate values here." Is your answer final?" "It is, monsieur." "Very well. I shall retail them myself at fifty cents on the kollar." "What!" gasped the broker. "You would ruin us." "I h ave five hundred pounds of these diamonds, and I shall retail them in Paris. If you will buy but one-fifth of them I lhall not flood the country and paralyze your trade," coolly -.Id Jack. 'But no matter where you sell the rest, diamonds will be a drug on the market for a long time, and you w ill cause the fail ure of some of our most thriving houses here--" "Wait! I will make you a proposition. If you will purchase one hundred pounds of these diamonds, I w ill fling the rest into 'the river Seine and depart content wiith $7, 000 000 On the other hand, if you fail to buy, I will have to sell theII\ myself at such a low figure that you merchants will lose heavily. The boy's cunning device worked like a charm. "Wait," said the dealer hastily. "Give me time to think." "I shall return for your answer this afternoon at three o'clock," replied Jack, arising. "By that time," said the br<>.ker, I shall have a conference with all the leading dea lers in the city and give you an answer." Jack and Fritz then left the office. The boy then provided himself with a dozen stout valises, and had all but four of them filled with glass crystals pur chased at a glass factory, while the empty bags were carried to the boat. They were there filled with the pracious stones. Jack then went to the custom house authorities with the gems, and declaring the diamonds h e gave the appraisers a check covering the amount of duty on the stones. Promptly at three o'clock he was again in the broker's office, a,nd found it thronged with ex pert dealers. The genuine diamonds were brought in and examined, and the glass crystals were shown. at long range, the boy scar" ce ly giving 'them a chance to see them ere he locked the valises again. By so doing he led the brokers to imagine he had an enormous lot of diamonds, as the glass greatly resembled the gen uine stones. The diamonds were examined and carefully weighed. Then the broker told t h e boJ that they would form a syn dicate and buy one hundred pounds of them, i f he agreed to get rid of the rest in order not to lower the value of what they had and might buy. To this Jack readily agreed, and within an hour he had their checks for the specified amounts, .and accompanied by the whole party and carrying the valises of false stones they wen. t down to the river, and boarded a boat that crossed it. It was night, and Jack and Fritz opened the valises and emptied their glass contmts into the rive r, satisfying the brokers, who did not dream of what a shrewd trick was being played upon them. Then the two boys returned to the airship. On the following day the checks were turned into drafts on New York, and they made preparations for their journey home. CHAPTER XXII. CONCLUSION. 'Th e Flying Fish darted up into the air, her helices and screws spinning with a loud buzz, and the strange ship float ed 'away in the sky over the broad Atlantic, homeward bound. Every one on board was glad, for they h a d undergone so many privations and hairbreadth escapes that they were becoming tired of it, and wished for the serene lives they lived at Wrightstown again. Their cruise had thus far been a glorious success; they had enjoyed an unlimited amount of adventure and pleasure, and were burdened with riches enough to last a lifetime. On the th"rd day out Jack went through the boat and closely examined the machinery to see if everything was in proper working order, as was his custom, when he made a startlin g discovery. The extremely cold atmospliere into which the boat had I


' I 30 JACK WRIGHT'S AIR AND WATER CUTTER. gone over Mount Everest had cracked several of the shafts, ing and snapping, as if different parts of the boat were bei and they were now working all right, but were liable to break rent to pieces in the clutches of the whirlwind. at any moment and cause the boat to fall Then down 1t was beaten to the sea, and the In order to avert a dangerous catastrophe, the biiy decided broke. to keep the Flying Fish no higher than one f eet from It fell, burying the hapless boat in its midst. the water, for if she fell from the air she was bound to float in the water. Returning to the deck, where the profes sor and Tim were skylarking with Bismarck and Whiskers, he explained their peril. "Lord!" gasped Tim. "We mighter had another fall an' got killed, if we wuz up too high, had yer not seen that, Jack. "Fritz," said the boy, "lower the cutter to one hundred feet." "I vhas lower it to a dousand feet, if you l

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(t'l*p No. 41. THE Boys OF NEW YOHK END MEN'S JOKE teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becom'1 a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from OOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mos t ost famous end m!'n. No amateur minstrels is complete without simple and conc ise manner possible. is wonderful little book. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting deN o 4::?. THE BOYS 01<' NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the bes t utaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch so urces for procuring information on the questions given d Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing fo r home amuse-ent and amateur sho w s. SOCI E T Y. 1 No. 3. TO arts. and wiles ?f flirtation art< h Id bt this book as it contains full instructions for orfully expll\med by this little book ,Besides the var1.ous ot an minst;el troupe. ha_ndkerch1 e f,. fan, glove, parasol, wmdow. and hat flutat10n, coi;i 1 &; MUI DOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original a .full list of the lan guage and sentiment of flow e rs whi c h 1si 0b k. bl' I d d it is brimful of wit and humor. It m .terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot b e bapp3 rn oo s ever pu i s ie an without one 'ntains a large collection of .songs, etc., of No. 4. HCHV TO DANCE is the title of' a n e w and handsoms, errence Muldoon tbe great humonst and pia.ctlc!il Joker of little book just issu e d by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc e <_lay. Ever,v boy who can en)oy a good substantial JOke should tions in the art of danC'ing. etiquette in t b e ballroom and at parties .tam a copv 11nmed1ately. h d. d f JI d t f 11 ff JI J q No. 79. liOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comi ess, an u irec ions or ca mg o m a popu ar s u ., ete instructions. how to ml\k e up for various characters on the No. 5 HOW TO l\IAKE LOVE.-A co mpl ete guide to love, ,:age_; with. the. of the Stage_ Manager, Prompter, courtship and marriage, g iving sensible advice, rules and etiqueth; emc Artist and Propett) Man. By a proi:im ent St!lg.e Manager . to be observed with many curious and interesting things not gen ;-.;0 80. GUS WlLLlAl\IS' the l a t-erally known. t 1okes, and funny. stori es .of this world-re?owned and No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in tha r e r popular Gerl!rn.n comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome art of dress ing and appearin g well at hom e and abroad, giving thG Jor e d cover contammg a half-tone photo of t h e author. selections of co l o r s, material. and bow to hav e them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOl\lE BEAUTIFUL.-One of th'1 bri ghtest and most valuable little book s C'ver given to the worl d .. Evervbodv wishes to know how to become beautiful. both male anci fcma i e The se c ret is simple, and almost costl ess. Read this and be convinc ed how to become beautiful. HOUSEKEEPING. N o 16. HO\Y TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing II instructi ons for constructi ng a window garden either in town r c ountry, and th!' m ost approved methods for rais ing beautiful owe r s at home The most complete book of the kind ever pubshed . 'o. 30. IIOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive book s n ('C\Ok i ng ever pu It contains r ec ip es for cooking meats, sh. g a me and oysters ; a l so pies, puddings, cak es and all kind s of astr y and a grand collecL ion of r ec ipes by one of our most popular ok s S'I. HOW TO KEEP HOl0S E. -It contains information for er.vbody boys, girls, men and womC'n ; it will tea<'h yo u how t o ake almost anything a round the hons<', such as parlor ornaments. rac k e ts, ce ments, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. 46. IIOW TO l\IAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A d e cription of the wonderful u ses of e lectri city and e l ectTo mag nC'ti sm ; ogethC'r with full instrnetion s for making E lectri c Toys, Batteries, tc. By George Trebel, A l\I., l\I. D. Containing over fifty il rations. '.'\o. 64. HOW TO i\IAKE ELECTRICAL l\fACIIINES.-Con ai11ing full directions fo r making electrical mac hin es induction and many noYel toys to be worked by electricity. ,. R. A. R. Bennett. l<'nllv illust-rat e d. 6 7. ITO\V TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a ar ge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, .ogether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOi\IE A \'ENTRILOQUIST. By Harry rnne dy. '!'he secret given away. Every inte lligent boy reading his b oo k of instructions. by a practi c a l professor (delighting multiudes e Yery night with his wonderful imitations) can maste r the rt, and c reate any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the reatest book ever publis h e d, and there's million s (of fun) in it. N o 20. HOW 'T'O AN EVENING PARTY.A l very valuabl e little boo k just published. A complete c omp end ium of game s, sports. C'a rd diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the mone y than any book published. No 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete useful little o ok, contain ing the rules and regu lations of billiards, bagate lle, bac kgammon. croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all t h e l eading conundrums of the day, amusing riddl es curious catches a nd witty sayi ngs. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CAHDS.-A c omplete and handy little book giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage Casi no, Fortv-five, Rounce, P edro Sanc ho, Draw Poke r Pitch, All Fours and many othe r popular games o( cards'. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun ired interesting puzzles and conundrums with key to same. A !ompJete book. Fully illustrate d. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK O F ETIQUETTE.-It I s a great life sec r e t. a nd one that e very young man d esires to know ll about. There's happin ess in it. No. 33. HOW 'l'O BEI-JA VE. -Containing t h e rul es and etiette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods appearin g to good advantage at parties, ball s, the theatre church Jo. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK O F RECITATIONS. -:-Containing the most popular selections in use. comprising Dutc h d1:ilec t, French dialect, Yankee and Iri s h dialect pieces, together .,.,th many standard readmgs. BIRDS AND ANIM ALS. No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIHDS.-Handsomely illustrate d and containing full instructions for the management and training of ths; canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird. paroque t. parrot, et<'. No. 30. HOW '.rO RAISE DOGS, POULTHY. PIGEONS AKD RABBITS.-A u sefu l and instructive book. Handsomely illus trated. B.v Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AXD SET TRAPS.-Inc luding hints; on bow to catc h moles, wca,el, otter, rats. squirrels and birds. A l so how to cure skins. Copiously By J. Ilarringto1:1 Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND AXIMALS.-A valu able book, g iving instructions in collect ing prrparing, mountinii and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. IIOW TO KEEP A:ND l\IANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and m ethod o( raising, ke eping, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructi ons for making cages etc. Fully explain ed b.v twent., eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the ever published MISCELLANEOUS No. 8. HOW TO BECOl\IE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and in' structirn book, giving a comp l ete tieatise on chemistry; also ex p eriments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, c h emistry. and directions for making firework s, co l o r e d fires and gas balloons This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A co mplete handbook fol' making all kind s of ice cream. srrups. essences, etc. etc No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITT

CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l'E. aa PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 C.EN'l'S. 125 126 127 128 l W 1 30 1 3 1 132 13 3 1 34 1 35 13() 1 3 7 138 13!l 140 Hl 142 143 144 1-15 HG 117 149 150 151 152 1 53 1 54 155 1 56 1 5 7 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 17 0 I "'l'he Lone Star" or Tbe Maskecl Riders of Texas. By Allyn Drape r ' or, From a Cent to a Millio n By H. K. 172 A New York Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa. By Jas. C. M erritt. Sbore Line Sam, the Young Southern Engineer; or, Railroading 173 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, Tbe Mystery of Whirlpool Island. in War Times. By Jas. C. M erritt. By Capt. 'J'bos. H. Wilson. On the Brink; or, The Perils of Social Drinking. By Jno. B. Dowd 1 i4 Two Boys' Trip to an Unknown P lanet. By Richard R. Mont 'l'be 13th of Octob e r 1863. By Allyn Drapet. goll!ery. Land; or, 'l'he Boy Canoeist of tbe Qnanza. 175 The 'l'wo Diamonds; or, A Mystery or the South African Mines The Blue Door. A Romance of Mystery. By Richard R. Mont-176 By Howard Austin. gomery. or, Three Years Among tbe Japs. By Allan Running with No. 6; or, 'l'be Boy Firemen of Frnnklin. By Ex-177 J a c k Hawtborne, of No Mans Land; or, An Uncrowned King. !'ire Chief Warde n By "Noname." Little R e d Cloud, The Boy Indian Chief. By an O l d S cout. 1711 Gun-Boat Di ck: or, Death Before Dishonor. By Jas. c. Merritt. or, The Boy Engineer of the R .H. & W By 179 A Wizard of Wall or. Tbe Career of H enry Carew Boy Banke r By H. K. Shackleford. The Drunkard's Vi ctim. By Jno. B Dowd. 1 8 0 F'ft Rd 111 k Th R f R F B Abandoned; or, 'l'he Wolf Man of the Island. By Capt. Thos. H ac ; cir e a \ e n s 0 aven orest Y WUson. The '.l'wo Schools at Oakdale; or, The Rival Students of Corrina 181 The Boy Rifl e Rangers; or, Kit Carson's Three Young S couts. Lake. By Allyn Draper. By An Old Scout. The 1me s 8 o n or A Yo na Cle k's no f 11 A st t 182 \Vb e re? or, \.\'ash e d into an Unknown World By "Noname." Cou';t;y City Lire. B; Howaid a ory 0 isa Fred Fearnaught, the Boy Commander; or, The Wolves of the The Old Stone Jug; or, Wine, Cards and Ruin. By Jno. B Dowd. Sea. By Capt. Thos. l:-1. Wilso n Jac k Writ:bt and His Deep Sea Monitor; or, Searching for a Ton 184 Cowboy to Congressman: or, The Rise of a Young Rancbof Gola. By "Noname." man. By H. K. Shac kl eford. LA TEST ISSUES: 171 Tbe Ilic best B o y in the World: o r The Wonderful Adventures or is;:; Sam Spark, tbe Brave Young Fireman; or, Always the a Young Americ atr.' By A llyn Draper. o n H and. By Chief W arde n. The Haunte d Lake. A Stranae Story. By Allyn Draper. 186 The Poorest Boy in New York, and How He Became Rieb, By In the l ?roze n North; or, T e n Years In the Ice. By Howard Austin. N. S Wood tbe Young American Actor. Arouud the World on a Bicycle. A Story of Adventures in Many 187 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; o r Hunting for a Sunken Lands. By JaH. C. Merritt. Treasure. By "Noname." Young Captain Ho ck; or, The First of the White Boys. By Ailyn 1 'l8 On Time; or, The Eugiueer Rivals. An Exciting Stoi-y Draper. of RailroRding in tbe Northwest. By Jas. C Merritt. A Sheet of Blottlug Paper; or, The Adventures of a Young 1 89 Hed Jac k et; or, Tbe Boys of the Farmhouse l!'ort. By An Old lnvPntor. By Hi chard R Moutgomery. Scout. Tbe Diamond Island; or, Astray in a B a lloon. By Allan Arnold. l!lO His l!'irst Glass of Wine; or, The 'femptatlous of City Life. A lu th!' Saddle from New York to San l!'raucisco. By Allyn Draper. True T emperance Story. By Jno B. Dowd. 'l'be Haunte d Mill on the Marsh. By Howard Austin. 1 9 1 The Cor a l City: or. Tbe W onuerful Cruise of tbe Ya cht Ves Crusader. A 'frue Temperance Story. By Joo. B. :1!l2 Boy's Career in Wall Street. Tbe I sland of Fire; or, The Fate of a Missing Ship. By Allan I -1. K. Shackleford. Arnold. 193 Jack Wright and His Electric Turt le: or, Chasing the Plrat The Witch Hunte r s Ward: or, The Hunte d Orphans of Salem. of the Spanish Main. By 'Noname." By Hichard R. Montgomery. 194 Flyer Dave, tbe Boy Jockey; or, Riding tbe Winner. By 'Allyn The Castaway's Kingdom; or, A Yankee Sailor Boy's Pluck. By Draper. Cap t. Thos. H. Wilso n 105 T h e 'J'wenty Gray Wolves; or, Fighting A Crafty King. By Worth a Million; or, A Boy's Fillht for Justice. By Allyn'Drape r. Howard Austin. Tbe Drnnkard' s Warning; .or, '.lb e Fruits of tbe Wine cilp. By 106 ThP Palace of Gold; or, The Secret of a Lost Hace. By Hicbard Jno. B. Dowd. It Montgomery. Tbe Black Dive1: or, Di c k Sbe1man in the Gulf By Allan Arnold. lOi Jack Wright's Submarine Catamaran; or, The Phantom Ship of 'l'he Haunted Belfry: or, the Mystery or the Old Churc h Tower. t h e Yellow Sea. B y "Noname." By Howard Am.tin. l!lS A Monte Cristo at 18: or. U 'rom Slave to Avenger. By Allyn The House with Three Windows. By Hichard R. Montgomery Drapet. Three Old Men of tbe Sea; or, The Boys of Gtey Rock Beach. 190 Tbe F loating Gold Mine; or, Adrift in an Unknown sea. Bi By Capt. Tbos. H. Wilso n Capt. Tbos. H. Wilson. 3.000 Years Old; or, Tbe Lost Gold 111Ine of tbe Hatcbepee Hills. 200 Moll Pitcher's Boy; or, As Brave as His l\lotber. By Gen'! "By Allyn Drapei-. Jas. A. Gordon. Lost in tbe I ce. By Howard Austin. 201 "We." By Hi c bard R. Montgomery. The Yellow Diamond; or, Gropi11g in the Dark. By Jas. C. M erritt. 20.2 Jack Wright and His Ocean Racer; o r Around the World in The Land of Gold: or, Yankee Jaek' s Adventures in Early Aus20 Days. By "Noname." tralia. Ry Richard R. Montgomery. 203 The Boy Pioneers: or, Tracking an Indian Treasure. By Allyn On tbe Plains w i t h Buffalo Bill; o r Two Years In the Wiid West. Draper. By an Old Scout. 204 Still Alarm Sam. tbe Dariug Boy Fireman: or. Sure Tbe Cavern of l!'ire: or. 'J'be Thrilling Adventure s -0f Professor Hand. By Ex-Fire Chief Warde n. Hardcastle and Jac k Merton. By Allyn Draper. 20:\ Lost o n the Ocean; or. Ben Blull''s Last Voyage. By Capt. Tbos. Water-logged; or, Lost iu the Sea of Grass. By Capt. Thos. H H. Wil$Ol1. Wiison. 21)6 Jack Wright and His F.lectri r Canoe: or. Working in tbe Jack Wright. the Boy Inventor : or. Expl oring Central Asia In Revenue Service. By "Noname." His Magnetic "Hurricane. By "Noname. 207 G ive Him a Chance; or. How Tom Curtis Won His Way. By Lot 77 ; o r Sold to tbe Highest Bidder. By Ri chard R MontHoward Austin. gomer y. 208 Jack and I ; or, The Secrets of King Pharnob's Caves. By Tbe Boy Canoeist; or, 1.000 Miles In a Canoe. Ry Jas. C. Merritt. Richard H. Mont.;omery. Captain Kidd, Jr.; or, '.l'he Treasure Hunters of Loug Island By 200 Buried 5,000 Years; or, 'J'be Treasure of tbe Aztecs. By Allyn Allan Arnold. Draper. Tbe Red r.eatbeiBag. A W eird Story or Land and Sea. 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