Jack Wright and his electric balloon ship, or, 30,000 leagues above the Earth

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Jack Wright and his electric balloon ship, or, 30,000 leagues above the Earth
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PLUCJ< LUCJ< Complete Stories of lBsuea Weekly-By $2.5 0 per year. Enterea as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, November 7, 1898. Entered according to A.ct of Oongrcss, in the year 190J in the office of Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squa1e, New York. N o 250 NEW YORK, MARCH 18, 1903. Price 5 Cents. OR, 30,000 Leagues Above the Earth. Uy "NONAlIE." # CHAPTER I. A TRAGEDY ON THE RAIL. "Great heavens, Percy Clifton, do not kill me!" This frantic appeal burst from the lips of a well dressed man with a brown b eard and the general appearance of a respectable merchant. He was desperately struggling for his lite on the rear plat form of the last car of a train that left New York that after noon at four o 'cloc k. The individual he fought with was a madman. His tall, gaunt figure was clad in black, he had a gray mustache and white hair, his thin face wore an anxious ex p r ession, and there burned in his d eeply sunken eyes a wild fire that betrayed the derangement of his tnind. Percy Clifton and Roger Harcourt were partners in the banking business. The only relative in th' e world that either of them possessed was a son of Clifton who, a year before had be3n driven from home by his father. This act so preyed upon the old gentleman's mind, and his remorse for the deed was so intense that he became in-sane. His partner was a crafty man. Calcu lating that as Charley Clifton had been driven away, and Percy was crazy, the business would all fall into his hands, he at once took steps to have his partner incarcerated in a private lunatic asylum. For thi!I purpose he was then escorting the unfortunate man away. During the trip, Clifton had left his seat abruptly, and an hour, and th' e scheming man realized that if he once was thrown from the car h e would very likelf oe killed Hence his frenzied shout for mercy. Percy Clifton glared stralgbt into the bulging eyes of his gagging victim with a deadly look, and then cried in hoarse, trembling ton es: { H I shall have no pity on you. Roger Harcourt." "Have you forgotten that I am your best friend?" gasped Harcourt, in strangling tones, for he found that it was im possible for him to shout for h e lp. "You my friend?" bitterly cried the other. Bah! Do you think I do not know you are taking me to an insane asylum?" The remark plainly showed Harcourt that his partner had iucid intervals. Hence he was yet a lunatic. "No, no! It was only a pleasure trip!" he gasped, chok ingly. "Liar! yelled Clifton "I have :ver some reason left! I can thank you for my condition 'Jid you not poison my mind against my son? Did you not swear to me that he forged my nam'e to a check which you intercepted? In my blind passion I drove him out. But now-now I believe you did it to get rid of him, as you are getting rid of me--" "You wrong me foully--.. "Silence! You loved Fanny Fairfax, your ward. Her affec tion was given to my boy. Poor Charley was a dangerous rival for you. But you disgraced him to the girl. :Was it her love you wanted, or the money you held in trust for the orphaned girl? Speak, Roger Harcourt, speak!" He shook his victim violently-furiously. Harcourt's struggles grew very feeble, and he grew black in the face. went out on the rear platform of the car, in which there were It was impossible to give utteranC'e to more than a few inno other passengers. articulate sounds, for the sinuous fingers on his throat pressed Harcourt ruJ:ibed after him to fetch him back. like a vise. But no sooner was he out of the door, when Clifton suddenly Clifton had worked himself up to a terrible pitch of exsprang at him. grasped him by the throat with both hands, citement. a n d began to push Harcourt back over the guard rail. Overwhelmed by a sudden savage fit he gave his. victim a The train was then flying along at the rate of forty miles violent push.


2 I JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. Down to the track shot.Harcourt' s body. Tim's yarn; But they all get along very well togeth' er. T 1 It struck with a sickening soufld upon the sleepers, bounced old sailor came from Sailor's Snug Harbor to live with t to the embankment, and rolled down into the gully where it young inventor, for he was once a great of Jae vanished. father, while Fritz was taken in by Jack while the fat fell Clutching the guard rail, Percy Clifton stood glaring after was hunting for a job. Th'ey both help Jack to build h his victim until the train carried him far away. inventions and always go with him on the trips he mak He gabbled and mumbled to himself incoherently. in them. By this means they have both become as ri Then the anxious, troubled look crept over his gaunt face as Jack is, and have a parrot and--" again and he turned and returned to his seat in the "Say," exclaimed Clifton, interrupting the garrulous fello car. 'do you think this inventor would take me up in his ball Th' ere h e remained with his fa c e buried in his hands for with him?" half an hour, much as if he were lost in profound thought. Nor did he budge until the conductor flung open the for-ward door and yelled in: "Wrightstown! J,ast stop! Percy Clifton suddenly aroused himself. He started to his feet and glared around like a dreaming person. No recollection of the crime he committed remained in his mind. \ He drew his derby down over his eyes and left the car with a sober steady appearance. that would nev er have be trayed to a soul that his mind was so sadly deranged. Alighting, he found hims elf in a beautiful little town sur rounding the head of an indentation of the Atlantie sea c oast. The depot agent stood near' th' e station door and Clifton approached him .. I understand this place is called Wrightstown?, he r& marked. "Ye s sir, said the station agent, respectfully, for he saw that he was talking to an eminently resp ectable-looklng gentleman. A fisher village, sir, named after Mad Bill I don't know; you might. ask him. sir. He' s a genero fellow. And as for courage-why, there isn't a pluckier l in the world. They have a parrot and a monkey, as I w saying, that always go with them. Tim owns the and calls it Whiskers, while the parrot belongs to the Dut man, and is called Bismarck. You see, they caught th:e bl and beasf in Africa the first trip they made, and--" But, unable to keep track of all the depot siping about, Clifton, with a confused look suddenly darted away. }le left the d 'epot agtJnt staring after him in amazemen "He's"an eccentric old man," he muttered. as he entered th station. The ground b'elow seemed to assume a concave appearance Percy, Clifton rapidly made his way toward the inventor' mansion, for he had made up his mind to ask Jack to l him mak' e the ascension with him in his electric balloon ship. Ringing the bell, the lunatic was ushered in. Is this Pr f. Bagley, who Mr. Wright expects from H College to go up with him this afternoon?" the girl aske him. Wright." Clifton suddenly saw how he might profit by this erro Mad Bill?'' exclaimed the lunatic, struck by the first word of the .girl's. very unpleasantly. "Does Mr. Wright know my appearance?" he ask'ed, cun Yes, sir. He wa s call e d crazy because ll'e spent all his time ningly. trying to construc t a submarine boat. He died before he in "Why, no sir, said the girl. "He never met you in hi vented the thing entirely, though, and having 'an orphan son life. But when he read the letter you wrote him, askin11; named Jack, he left the boy to carry out his d esign. Strangely permission to go up, I heard Master Jack telling his wif'e h enough, Jack did p erfect the boat . He invented many since, had no objections. and gained a fortune with them under the sea. "Good! Then I can go eh? asked Clifton, with "Remarkable,., commente d the lunatic. / liberate intention of impersonating the professor the gtr I should say so, sit. Besides the se boats, Jack Wright mentioned. has invented the most wonderful overland engines end elec Yes, sir. They are waiting for you to make the ascemiio trical airships you ever saw. Why, he's the wond 'er of the and I was told to usher you right out to the shop as soon world. It's queer to me you don't seem to know him, for you came." his name i s in everybody's mouth. "Really. I am sorry I have delayed them," said Clifton, "No, I nev e r heard of him, said Clifton, blankly, shaking feigning a look of deep contrition. "But it could not be his head. Please lead the way." "Well, you will soon then," laughed the station agent, The girl conducted him through the house. for he s just finished building a most extraordinary new Passing out into the handsome garden by a back door electric balloon ship, and is going to make the ascension this she led him to a big brick workshop standing on the shore evening from his shop in th e yard of yonder handsome dwell of a creek. ing, wh 'ere he live s In an arm of this building that had no roof there was a I suppose that is why there are so many people here door, at which she knocked, and it was flung open by Jack now?" Wright. "Yes, sir. The news has attracted them to Wrightstown from He was a bright, dashing fellow, clad in semi-naval cos all over the country; and I warrant you that it will be a tume, his head covered with black hair, his dark eyes kee sight worth as Jack Wright's inventions are the most and flashing, his thin, bony face indicative of the most fea!'I singular you ever beheld. less nature, and his muscles exhibiting the development of "Is he going up alone? asked Clifton who seemed to be extraordinary strength. fascinated by the subject. "Do you wish to see me?" he ask'ed, pleasantly. "Oh, no Tim Topstay, an old sailor, and Fritz Schneider, "Here is Prof. Bagley sir--" a fat young Dutchman, are going with him. They both live Ah, glad you've come!" said Jack, quickly, as he graspe at the mansion with Jack and,-his wife and child. You Clifton s hand. "We had given you up. But come in! see sir, Tim was in the navy once and i s a good navigator and airship is ready, anu it is just striking five--th e houre w an awful liar. The Dutchman is an electrician a cook anu were to start ., ca;u play th e accordeon. Tim hates the music and Fritz hates l He led the banker into the room.


'JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. 3 In the center of the place stood the young man's strange J He was very much excited when the asc ension was made, fl vention. for the Eagle was built upon a principle of ballooning enlt consisted of an aluminum one hundred fe'et I tirely unlike that of any rerial vessel eve r before constructed, ith the rudder at the bow a row of deadlights along each and he was anxious to see how it would work. de, four spring flanges for the boat to rest upon, when on Th'e first principle of the machine was the aluminum cylinnd, and a huge, wide-bladed propeller, aft. der containing a vacuum. The shell was 1-44 of an inch 'l'here was a semi-circular pilothouse on the forward deck. thick, with an inside frame1 powerful eno ugh to tesist a col Above the ship there stood a cylinder of aluminum two lapse of the cylinder from outward pressure. undred feet long, twenty in diameter, having both ends pointWhen 3-4 of the air was sucked out of it by a powerful d, and a prop ener at the stern. air pump the pressure of the outer air on \lie sheeting was A wire network h'eld it to a hollow tube ring which was 11 plus pounds to the square inch. onn0f!ted with the ship by means of cables and shrouds. The pressure on .a total vacuum is 15 pounds to tbe inch at Two hollow tubes, with valves in them, rose from the mid-the earth's surface. hip section of the deck, for operating the balloon and over If a body lighter than the amount of water it displaces is he side hung a rope ladd'er . put in the sea, it will float there. If a body weighing les s Percy Clifton did not say a word to the young inventor than the area of air it displaces is launched in the atmos,as he was led to the ladder, and went up to the d eck with phere, it will float in ihim. These facts are prove11 by science. His reason for reticence was owing to a fearful struggle he lwas having to master th e feeling of insanity that was fast They were th e basis of Jack's plan. The weight of the entire machine was 150 tons. l overwl1elming him again. It displaced a volume of air weighing 276 tons, and therc-Jack did not pay much heed to him, however as his mind fore had a lifting capacity of 126 tons. lw.as too full of the work be had on hand to notice the man's The interior of the cy linder was divided into four com pecu .liar manner. partments, each connected with the outer air by exhaust The news of his having made the airship had reached a pumps and valves. noted college professor named Bagley wli' bad him a 'l'o rise, the air was pumped out; to descend, a_ quantity of letter, requesting the privilege of ascending to make some air was let in-sufficient to lower the ship to any altitud e scientific experiments. from the earth. Jack courteously replied to him by letter, conS'enting to his All the pumping and locomotive machinery was propelled plan by electricity furnislred by two generators of thirty horse-But the professor had been unexpectedly delayed. power each. As Clifton had then made his app earance, and the servant But in case of accident to the dynamos, a current could be bad made the error of thinking he was Mr. Bagley, young I obtained from 500 auto-accumulators of one-sixth horse-power inventor had consequehtly been deceived, owing to the banker each. having represented himself as the professor I Jack Jet the air pump work until he by the gauge Jack led bis dangerous guest to a door In the pilothouse, that there was a three-quarter vacuum in the cyli nder. and passing it, they found in a large, finely apThe Eagle had risen perp endicularly at the rate of twenty pointed room with a small companionway ii! one corner, feet a second, and the earth rapidly receded from Jack' s leading below by a spiral staircase. view. The cabin is below, professor," said Jack. You can go be-Although they soon reach' ed a. height of 11,700 feet, the low, or stay here, as you like." young inventor plainly beard the music of a band that struck "I'll go down to--" replied Clifton, gruffly. up a tune when the airship ascended. 'l'he last word sounded very much like the hame of the inAt 4,000 feet high be plainly heard the shouting of the fernal regions, but Jack failed to hear it, and the banker spectators. hastened below. Jack began to experience an illness throughout his entire In the room was a steering wheel, and a number system. of meteorological and philosophical instruments, air gauges, electro meters, a switchboard and various other instruments. Jack approached the front window and grasped the wheel. He then pulled a valve !'ever, and moved another that put a powerful air-pump in action down below. All ready, boys, we are going up!" he sh9uted in a speaking tube. And the next moment the Eagle, as the aerostat was named, soared up through the open roof and shot into the sky Uke a bird. A tremendous cheer burst from the throats of thousands of people who had come for miles to see the ascension, when the airship appeared, and the roar of voices rose to the ears of the young inventor. CHAPTER II. A buzzing and pain in his ears commenced and kept in creasing, the pain res embling that felt when the head is sud denly immersed in cold ;water. liis chest seemed dilated and failed in elasticity, his pulse became quickened, and his lips swelled, his eyes bled, his veins stood out like whipcords, and the blood ran to his head making his hat feel too tight. The barometer was at nin eteen inches, and the thermometer at zero. The air had become very rare. Although the sun had gone down below the horizon when Jack was on earth, as the airship ascended swiftly, it ap peared, looking much like a bowl a hundred miles in diameter. While the earth was ca st in twilight, the region was in a broad glare of sunlight that made the airship shine and sparkle like silver before th d gaze of the spectators be low. Glancing down, Jack was surprised to fina that he did not ADUIFT IN THE SKY. I get dizzy as h e expected he would, nor did the airship take on I t he rotary motion on its vertical axis that balloons always Wright had built his balloon ship for the purpose assume. of making a trip round the world through the air, with his l Above the airship floated a mass of clouds toward which sh.: two friends, 'f'im and Fritz. was swiftly ascending.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS RLEOTRIO BALLOON SHIP. In a few minutes, as he became more accustomed to the "Yah," came the reply from the engine room. position in which he found himself, Jack recovered from the "Is the machinery in proper working order?" sick feeling. "Fer sure," replied the Dutchman. 'You vos use "Tim!" he shouted in the speaking tube. brobellers now?" "Ay, ay, came a reply from down below in gruff tones "In a few moments. We are up 20,000 feet," r eplied Jacj Come up here, please." glancing at the aerostat, by which the electric currents The old sailor ascended the spiral staircase and joined regulated. Jack. "Coom down here vunct, and examine dose machinerl He had a short, broad figure, clad in a seaman's garb, one yourselluf of his legs W'ete gone, from the knee down a wooden peg "Very well W e can't be too particular," answered being substituted, his bronze face was encircled by a sandy He glanced out the window beard, he had a glass eye, and in one cheek held a quid of The landscape below had melted by the distance into di plug tobacco, of which he was very fond minutive size "Lord bless yer, lad, said he, in bluff honest ton es, as he To the east rolled the broad Atlantic, looking like a glanced out of the window with his solitary eye me an' black she'et the village of Wrightstown looked like a smal Fritz must a lost our sea legs som ehow Mebbe ye may patch no bigger than the palm of his band, rivers and laugh at me fer a lubber but dash me toplights if we wuzn't a silvery, thread-like appearance, and great forest tooken with an awful fit of S'easickness down in ther cabin. ha11 taken on a black color But we're ove r it now, thank ther Lord. Just then the airship plunged into the clouds. "I felt sick myself for awhile," admitted Jack, Will you She thus faded from the vi'ew of the people below, wbo take the wheel?" been intently watching her with spy-glasses. "Ay, now, that I will wi' pleasure How fer up are yer A white hoar frost began to cover her. goin'?"' 'l'his cloud was several hundred feet in thickness. Until we reach that current of air which has b een found Jack told the old sailor not to start the wheels until the to blow constantly around the world from west to east, reEagle reached the solar current, and then went below. plied Jack. 'l'he room into which the staircase led him was a beautl D'ye calkerl a t e as It will take u s long ter make ther fully furnished cabin with some bunks in It. voyage?" Percy Clifton stood looking at some books In a caS'e on the "The earth is about 25, 000 miles in circumferenae I exwall, and paid no attention to Jack when be came down. pect to make 1 000 miles per day. -In 25 days we ought to 'Queer old fellow," muttered the young inventor, as ht complete the circuit. passed through a door leading into a combined mess-roo111 "Ge whiz! That's about forty-two and a half miles per and kitchen. hour." "Yes; pretty r.apid traveling, but then we can do b 'etter at times, and may eclipse the time I have mentioned, for it is known that there are currents up here, blowing from sixty to ninety miles p er hour. Add the speed our propellers will give once we get into such a current, and you'll find that we can go with terrific velocity." There was a room in back of it containing the electrie plant, an electric machine for tl}e searchlight and incande11t cent la'.mps, and air 'pump, and other necessary apparatus !01 working the screws. The sternmost compartment was a storeroom for wate provisions, tools, chemicals, arms, ammunition, and othe equipm ents, while the hold of the boat com:iisted of a va "Wonderful! said Tim. "Do yer know It reminds me o' air reservoir. ther speed I once traveled at, when I wuz aboard o' ther' ol'e It was filled with atmosphere from the earth region by frigate Wabash, in ther navy." hydraulic pressure. "Bosh!" said Jack, who did not believe him. Fritz was in the engine room. "It's a fack," declared Tim, solemnly. "Yer see it hapHe was a corpulent young man with hair, blue eyellj pened this way, my lad: w e wuz bombardin' a seaport town, a smooth face and a red hot temper, while bis obese body was while tber frigate stood ten miles out ter sea. Waal, sir, 1 attired in a native Dutch costume that gave him a one o my messmates was a practical joker, an' while I wuz unique a-ppearance. looking at tber enemy with a binocular, wot.;should he do but j "Shiminey Christmas, vot a funny drip," he chuckled. "If fasten a line ter a cannon ball, an' ti e ther other end ter my ve keeb on much furder ve go rigbd straighd ub by heaven, leg. Then be fired the gun an' ther fust thing I knew I riz Schack!" in ther air, an' was towed through the sky by that 'er I He had been watching th' e monkey and the parrot. cannon ball at the rate o' five miles a second. It made me They were combative creatures and bad been engaged in curious to see how fast I wuz afiYi, n', so I pulled out my a rough and tumble fight, but separated and fled at the young watch, an' observed that I landed just eight minutes arter I inventor's approach. wuz blown through ther air, plum in ther town we wuz bom-1 "The airship works beautifully," said Jack, with enthu bar

JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLO.ON SHIP. loons never find their equilibrium inside the atmospheric "Silence!" roared the bank er, as they fell to the deck, locked enTelope of the earth. in a tight embrace. ..No power on earth shall prevent me "Vot! You tink d'ey vould go up till dey got oud off der wiping Harcourt' s gang out of existence. I'll kill you! I'll air vot surround de vorld ?" asked Fritz, in surprise. kill you! "Exactly. This has almost been proven with gas balloons. All power of reason had left his mind. As long as there is room enough for the gas to expand in the He had only one permanent idea now. bag and no ballast to hold it down it keep n mounting. The It was to murder every man whom he imagined ha\l designs reason the extreme height is Il'ever attained is because there on him. never yet was enough room allowed for expansion, and the From /this state of madness the unfortunate man was deballoons burst and come down." stined never to recover, for his unbalanced mind had been "You say dot Brofessor Bagley VOS on poard ? gradually bending toward the crisis of the malady. "He came just b e fore we asc ended, 1and is--" He yelled, raved and swore terribly. Crash! In his struggles, he kicked, scratched, punch'ed aIId bit Tim A violent blow on the head interrupted Jack. like a wild beast all the time making a wild effort to drag It knocked him senseless. him to the edge of the deck and hurl him from the boat. Fritz uttered an ejaculation of alarm and glanced around. "Lord save me! the old sailor groaned, as he gallantly Behind him stood Percy Clifton armed with a heavy m e tal struggled to resist him. "Thar ain' t much hope for me: rod. Help! Help! Oh, why don't somebody come to my aid?" The young Dutchman saw by the terrible expression de-The furious struggle continued. tineated upon the man' s face that he was a maniac. I All this time the airship had been ascending. Fritz was fill e d with horror. She soon passed through the cloud and, although she kept He attempted to g e t out of Clifton's w a y I going up a current of air now caught her and drove her to Befo1 e he could do s o the deadly rod swung around and the east. caught him a blow upon the forehead that wrung a groan of Along she gilded all the time i:iounting upward, and she pain from his lips and s ent him staggering to the :floor un-1 was carried over the ocean by the wind. conscious. The cold kept intensifying, but Tim and his enemy did not Had h e caught the full for c e of that awful blow it would fe 'el it much as they were so actively engaged struggling. have crushed his skull. j At the height of 22 930 feet the temperature was 26 deA low, hoarse chuckle of satisfaction e scaped the madman' s grees below zero lips, and he flung the bar down, g\anced at his victims, and When the Eagle had commenced her ascent, the air was muttered so f tly : 5 g degrees and the dew point 48; the difference can thus be "I' ve kill e d them. They are all enemies in Harcourt's emunderstood. ploy to drag me to an asylum! They are in the conspiracy Tim's blood fairly ran cold now, for he observed tliat Clifton that d e famed my poor boy and caused me to drive him out. had succ eeded in dragging him close to the edge of the They are mad-ravinJ mad, every one of them!" deck. Like most lunatics, he thought he was sane and every on(} The old sailor fought with all his strength to tear himself around him crazy. free of the tenacious clutch Clifton had on him. He stood glaring at th e two, his eyes glowing like live In this he succeeded. of fire, and his whole form quivering with suppressed exciteHe arose and recoiling drew a pistol. ment. The madman uttered a savage cry and bound ed to his Then h e softly stole back to the cabin, crept up the stairs, feet; stripped off his coat and dropped it to the floor as if to make "Han's up, yer old lubber! yelled the old sailor, grimlyc ready for action. "Han' s up, or by thunder I'll let daylight through yer!" Tim stood with his back turned to the madman. Clifton's eyes bulged. So silent were Clifton's movements, the old sailor did not hear a sound as he stood peering out of the window. Clifton quietly crept up behind him. In a moment more he caught the old sailor by the neck and giving vent to a horrible yell, he pulled him across the room. A suppressed cry burst from the startled old fellow. The door :flew open with a bang, and Clifton pulled him out on deck "I'm going to hurl you overboard!" he said, frantically. CHAPTER III. ELEVEN MILES FROJI{ THE EARTH. A cry of horror pealed from Tim's lips and he grappled his antagonist. He saw at once that Clifton was as mad as a March hare, and soon found that the banker was endowed with enormous strength. "Help-help!" he shouted, well knowing that he could not cope with the maniac, and ignorant of the fate that had overtaken his friends. He had a vague notion that he w _as in danger. A wild howl ripp'ed from his lips and he rushed across the deck. ",Destruction!" he yelled. "You shall not catch me!" "Haul to thar!" roared Tim. "D'yer want to commit suicide?" The poor wretch did1not heed him. He rushed to the railing and sprang over. Down shot his body through the air like a cannon ball. Down, down, down, through thousands of feet-through mil'es of space, a fearful shriek rising mournfully from below. A groan pealed from Tim. He stumped to the rail and glared over. Far below, swiftly diminishing in size until it disappeared sunk the body of the doomed man. Tim shuddered with horror. "Great God!" he gasped. The moment Clifton left the airship, the loss of his weight caused it to make an upward bound higher in the air. Relieved of his violent exertion, the old sailor now began to feel the intense cold, and experience a,.Atrange sensation, for the Eagle had rapidly ascend'ed to a helgqt of thirty-seven thousand feet The old fellow's sight became dlmll;le,d. Then suddenly he became absolutely blind.


( -6 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRI BALLOON SHIP. A dull lethargy stole ov e r him, and he staggered back I The shock on his nerves sent his blood tingling through .from the railing in an irresistible desire to sleep. his veins like molten lead, and instantly revived his power. "Holy smoke! I'm blind! h e c ried, in horr' or. "Wot's The m eteor was a rock of iron and other metals, fully fifty th& matter wi' me? I can hardly k ee p my senS'es-my feet in diameter, and was falling into the atmosphere Only a head' s a-roarin' a w ful-my strength all see m s ter be leavin' few miles away. rue. Down it shot with awful velocity. He tottered and n early fell. / But summoning all hi s r e solution, he staggered toward the pilothouse groped till h e found the door and pushed it open. He gasped and pitched h e adlong into the room. 1'he door clos ed with a spring behind hitn and, falling to the floor a deadly c oma crept over th e old sailot'. At this juncture Jack recovered from the stunning effect of the blow he received recalled to mind what had happened, and se eing Fritz reviving, he observ e d the of the air. "Great heav e n s What h eight are we going to?" he gasped H e kne w 'that they w ould p e ri s h at a certain distance f r o m the earth unl ess m easures W'e r e taken to prevent the di saste r Rushing up t h e spiral stairc a s e and seeing Tim lying in a stupor upon the floor. the y oung inv entor qui c kly grasped a lev e r and gav e i t a pull. It op e n e d a valve l eading into th'e air res ervoir, and admit t e d the heavy atmos ph e re h e was a cc ustom e d to breathing. Instant relief was the r es ult. All the doors and windows were then closed. Under the influ e n c e of the ,air, Tim began to revive. Noti cing this, Jack gl a n c e out the window. To his horror h e ob se rv e d that the balloon ship had gone s o high that the r efraction of the sun' s rays was being lost, It produced a low humming sound at first, which gradu ally swelled Into a mighty roar. Suddenly, the speed of its descent caused such a friction that th' e big body became red hot, and then turned to a white heat. At this point it burst with a roar far louder than. the h e avie s t thunder ever heard on earth. Thommnds of incandescent fragments flew in all direc tions with a howl like a tornado. most of them striking downward in fiery red streaks not unlike comets. Fortunately the Eagle was too far away from it. to be in jured, but the shock on the thin, rare air was awfu All the ice covering the airship was cracked and sent earthward 1n a shower like hailston es. Jack grasped the valve lever and pulled it . The upward flight of the balloon ship was checked, for s ome of the atmosp\J.ere rushed into the vacuum. Jack glanced at the gauge again. It marked 58,080 feet, or e leven miles. The Eagle was more !_ban twice as high as Mount Deodhunga, 29, 002 feet high, in t.he Himalaya range-th e highes t mountain in the world. A strange phenomenon now happened to the Eagle. She paused in her ascent, but did not immediately desc e nd. She reached an altitude at which the gravitation of th'e earth was somewhat destroyed. The reason of did not occur to him at the moment, a nd with the diminution of light, the stars w e re appearing. but he afterwards solved the strange problem. A dull bluish-black gloom flll'ed the air, which was fast merging into an intens e darlm' ess the higher they went. This was the principle: In this gloomy dom e the stars stood out like balls of The axes of the magnetic pole and the gravitation of the vivid fir e Mars Jupite r and Saturn looking twice their orearth cross each oth'er at right angles. dinacy I The force of gravitation is from west to east; that of the magnetic pole from south to north. Not a c loud was to be se e n. . 1'he cold outside was so intense that the frost had I The electric ship was magn etized !Ike a compass needle the north pole resisting the earth's gravitation upon her. gealed into solid iae all over the airship, and a frightful chill She was therefore held where she was by the two contendpenetrated: the interior of the vessel. ing forces as rigidly as if she had nothing to do with the The danger of freezing to death stared them in the face. earth. Their ouly hope for salvation laid in getting down out of At the equator the earth !"evolves 1,400 feet per second thi s that appalling height as quickly as possible for one of the speed diminishing toward the poles of the globe. registers showed a height of 52 800 feet above the earth. Its rate was about 1 002 feet per second where the balloon The ground was ten miles below the balloon ship. ship stood. Jack reach ed out his arm for the valve lever I Consequently while th'e Eagle hung there, the earth' flew He could not use it-the muscles seemed paralyzed '. around her with a speed that made a blur of everything. Then he tried to u s e his other arm. It was powerless, 1 around the boat. too. I Jack pulled the valve open even wider, for a terrible heat H e next shook himself, but he could only shake his body, was instantly imparted to th'e airship by the speed of the wina for h e felt as if his legs were numb-as if he had no legs. she was resisting. It was owing to the non-circulation of the blood in his ex-1 It was fortunate that he did so, else the boat would have been tremities. thrown up miles in the air, far beyond the center of gravita He glanced up at the barometer, and his head fell over: tion, and lost. upon his right shoulder, his neck almost powerless. More air flew into the cylinder. Struggling fiercely to overcome the awful feeling, he sueTh'ere came a sudden sinking, and then, a::, the atmospheric ceeded in getting his head upright for an instant. gravitation tore her from the grip of the magnetic pole a He dimly saw the scene outside, for an overpowering in terrib'le shock ensued. clination to sleep had taken possession of him. The entire machine was whirled around and around, gyrat-His glance fell tlpon a distant black object ing and tumbling in every known direction for the spacP of a It was flying into the air from a great void beyond. minute. Jack's brain retained its activity, and he watched it keenly. I Sudd'enly she gained her equilibrium. The object was drawing near the airship with terrible Jack and his companions had gripped the first stationary velocity and Jack gaV'e a violent start when he realized object with which their hands came in contact. what it was Had they not done so their doom would have been sealed. A meteor! he gasped. When the Eagle floated again she was intact, in that


JACK WBIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. brief interval the 'earth had gone under her a tremendoulil distance and she was hovering above the land again. But she was descending fast. Her speed of descent was a thousand feet p er minute. It S'ent a sickening sensation through her occupants. "Is she broke?" gasped Tim, in terror. "No. She will pause when she finds her equilibrium in the air, .. responded Jack, in strangling tones. They felt as if they had jumped from a high house Every moment it s eemed as if the deck was dropping from beneath their feet, so rapid was the descent As the boat was heaviest, it retained its position, and kept dragging the cylinder after it. "If she goes all th'e way to the earth this way, the friction of her descent through the air will heat her so that we will roast in here, thought Jack. Fritz had recovered and come up from below. He laid fiat on the floor near Tim. They were all deathly sick, and their nerves were drawn to a high tension of suspense over their probable fate. CHAPTER IV. THE IN THE AIR. "The speed or our descent is dhninishing." Jack uttered this shout a few minutes afterward. Below them h'e could see the clouds, through the rifts in which the earth presentiy appeared, bathed in the light of the moon. The balloon Ship acted in the air much like u submarine ship acts in the water, for as soon as her equilibrium was reach'ed her descent was stopped, and she floated. She was th'en 10 019 feet in altitude. By this time the three navigators had recovered from the terrible effect their experience in the heavens, and al though Jack and Fritz suffered somewhat from the effect of the blows Percy Clifton had dealt them, they were so glad They all laughed and were restored to good humor again, whereupon Tim and Fritz went off to see what condition the Eagle was in. While they were so engaged Jack noticed that there was a long envelop e in the breast pocket of the coat he had picked up. Thinking he might find some information about Prof. Bag ley in the paper, the young inventor drew it out. Upon the envelope was written the name "Percy Clifton," and upon withdrawi11g the papers it contain'ed Jack saw that one of the documents was a will of this Percy Clifton, in which he bequeathed all his business interest in the banking firm, considerable property, money stocks and bonds to his only son and heir, Charles Clifton. Besides tJ:s paper were two letters. One of them was from Charles Clifton, addressed to his father. I am innocent of issuing the forged check which Roger Harcourt declared I had madE: in your name, said the letter. "That man was my deadly enemy because hi s ward, Fanny Fairfax, and, I were in Jove with each other. Harcourt, I am convinced, c harged me with the crime to get me out of his way. He wanted to marry the h e ires s htmself for her money. Sh e loathes him. howev er, and will never link her life with his You was unjust to believe that viper and refuse to listen to me when I told you I was innocent. You was preju diced against me because I was led off into bad company I and led a dissolute life contrary to your command. But you will reg1et your \ Cruel injustice I will never trouble you again. I have got to earn my living Having no other resource, I have ]oined a circus, and daily perform a hazardOU'iD feat that has won me great distinction, and jeopardizes my life. But I do not care how soon I die. Disgraced unjustly to the father I loved and the girl I w orshipped life has no fmther charms for me." It was a pitiful letter, and it set Jack to thinking. ''How in the world did Prof. Bagley ever get possession of this will and letter?" to escape death that they did not think of it. safe!" gasped the sailor, d e lightedly. "Bul, oh experience!" The other letter contained a portrait of Percy Clifton, wot an much to Jack's astonishment, and after glancing at it, he read the letter. .. Dot sonohf-a-sea-gooks vas as c razy as a looneydicks ,. said Fritz. "What ha s becomtf"of him? .. asked Jack. ''T her lubber tried to murder me, an then jump'ed over board!" explained Tim. "Here's his coat; he must atooken it off afore he came up arter me. He pointed to the garment which Percy Clifton had stripped off and flung to the floor, and Jack picked it up. 'Unfortunate wretch. Probably his brain was turned by finding himself elevated to the awful height to which we ascended." "Then he oughtent'er c ome up wi' us," said Tim. reflect ively, taking a bite of plug tobacco and giving a hitch at his baggy pants. "Id vos a goot ting dot he yoomp alretty," growled Fritz, "'cause if he didn't vas done so. I vould a done id for him. "What?" laughed Jack. "You would have jumped overboard for him?" "Nein! I don't vos mean dot. I mean dot I vould yuck him oferboard mitoud some bitys. "Lordy, yer wouldn't a-had ter heave anything with him," grinned Tim. "Who say dot I vould doon dot?" ''Yo u said you'd a-heaved him overboard without pity." "Ach! Don't make yourselluf some foolishness alretty, Dim." Its contents astonished him immensely. The following is what it said: My dear son:-Your letter ieached me and has found me a heart-broken, repentant man. I believe you. Return, and forgive me I shall call Roger Harcourt to account for this when you come back. Enclosed is my picture. You can see how my rash act has aged my features. Do not refuse to return. Since driving you out, my mind has become affected. I fear that I shall become crazy. I had my ill made out, leaving everything to you, five years ago. It remains intact. I shall put it in the safe deposit vaults for safekeeping. Rem ember my mental condition, I warn you. Before I see you again, I fear I may be a raving maniac. "Your father, "Percy Clifton." "By thunder! we have been deceived!" cried Jack. "Wot's that?" queried Tim, as h'e entered with Fritz just th'en. "That man wasn't Prof. Bagley." "Who he vos, den?" asked Fritz, in amazement "Why, a man named Percy Clifton." How d"yer know? '' asked Tim. curiously. "By these papers I found in the pq!ket of his coat." And Jack thereupon explained eve11ything to his frie11ds


J s JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. They were just as much astonished as he was. It was clear enough to them that the lunatic had cun ningly palmed himself off to them as Prof. Bagley to carry out the mad whim that had entered his head to go up into th'e balloon ship ,with them. Then they responded, and the signal gun of th' e ship was discharged in salute, and as a gun shot can be easily heard at a height of 10,070 feet in the air, our friends had no trouble to distinguish the sound. In a few minutes the oc ean traveler as left far astern. ''Have you found out how high we went last night, Jack?' asked the old sailor, when the ship faded from view. "How did you find the Eagle?" asked Jack. "Thar ain't a thing broken on her," replied Tim. "Good! Then let us start the machinery." "Yes. Eleven miles. You know that we gauge th' e heigh1 Jack saw that she was maintaining the position she had by the fall of the barometer. No living man has ever been paused at, and he pulled one of the levers. It coupled a small, light, oil engine to the generators, and as soon as they begun to operate, the current worked a huge motor connected to the wheel shaft. There was a small motor up in the cylinder to work the sctew at the end of the cone, and as soon as the current was passing these propellers began to whirl. so far up as we were before." "Couldn't live thar long, could we." "No. And yet the people of Quito live comfortabl'y at a height of 9;560 feet above the level of the sea, and the shepherds of the hamlet of Antisana, th'e highest inhabitated spot in the world, breathe at an elevation of 13,500 feet, air that Airships can only be steered against the wind by the bow, is only 3-5 the usual density and live." and for this reason the rudder of the Eagle was so placed. "Queer," commented Tim. The vacuum cylinder raised or lowered the airship to any "The temperature where we were was 148 degrees below d'esired height, and the aerial currents manifestly wafted her zero. There's a curious fact in connection with our situation along in their course the same as balloons are operated. at that great elevation. On the surface of the earth an or-But the great point Jack obtained by his inventions wa1:1 dinary sized man sustains an atmospheric pressure of about thP combination of lightness and extraordinary strength 25,000 pounds, while up where we were we would only have of the machine in conjunction with an immense driving to sustain about 2,786 pounds . The higher \IP you go the power. I more diminished the weight is. There is a point midway So great was the strength of the huge, wide-bladed fan-between the earth and the no from wheels that the ship could head against a strong gale or I the sun, earth or stars exists, all weight 1s lost, and the tack across it with as much faculty as any vessel plowing heaviest metals will fioat, as if lighter than the lightest the sea. air. She had been carri'ed far inland, as we have stated, and the As Jack made this established scientific assertion, he sudgloom of night settled over the scene. denly caught sight of a distant. object in the sky. Jack therefore turned on the searchlight and the incandes-Tim gave a whistle of astonishment, and was just going cent lamps in the rooms, when a m eJJow halo of rich light to ask him how he kn'ew what he said was true, when he shot out. saw Jack staring off to the northward With a look of intense A mass of clouds was overtaken as the Eagle gracefully surprise. glided through the air, and as Jack glanced out at them, he "Wot are ye watclim', my lad?" he asked. observed that the uppe1= surface under the airship presented "See there-what is that tiny black speck?'.' a striking appearance. Great billows and pyramids, cones and ragged projections bro ke its smoky looking surface in a thousand fantastic forms "Hang me, if I kin make it out, unless it's a \bird." Jack raised the glass he h'eld, and intently studied it. In a moment more an ejaculation of astonishment pealed from his lips, and he shouted: The young inventor laid his course for the. ocean. "By jingo, it's a balloon." He designed to cross the Atlantic to Europe first, but was I "A balloon?" echoed Tim. in no hurry, and therefore drove the boat slowly. "Yes, sir, and it has a man clinging to it for his life." Frit:i.: prepared an excellent supper, which was duly eaten. "Lemme see!" gasped Tim, taking th' e glass. The watch had been divided in' three, and each one cook He leveled it at the black, speck and saw that it was a bal; his trick at the wheel for t!le space of four hours. loon with a small board hanging down from the netting by Tim and Fritz turned in. one end. The night passed away, and after an early breakfast in the This board had evidently been a swing seat for th'e rero morning Jack found that they had l 'eft land out of sight'. naut to sit on, but the line at one end had broken. astern. I The ballonist, clad in a suit of pink tights, was banging by Only the heaving Atlantic rolled under them. 1 his hands to the broken board, unable to help himself, and During the night our friends had ample time and oppor-the silken bag was rapidly going up in the air. tunity of testing all t!}t capabilities of t1.1e balloon ship, for they had met various stratas of air. Some -carried gales of wind, oth'ers generated fiashes of lightning and heavy thunder, one carried rain, and another so enveloped them in its dense folds that they could not see where they were going. After mess Fritz assumed control of the wheel, and Jack and Tim went out on deck with a glass to view the sea. The Eagle had been dropped to within 5,000 fe'et of the ocean, and as they glanced down they observed a large transatlantic steamship heading westward, all her passengers and crew on th'e upper deck. They were looking up at the wonderful airship in blank astonishment as it passed over them, and wondered what it was, until the old sailor brought a starry fiag out and waved it ,to them. A strong current had evidently caught it, and was blowing the pea-shaped globe out across the ocean. The peril of the unfortunate reronaut was manifest. When he became exhausted from clinging to the board, he was bound to relax his hold and plunge down to his doom! Into the pilothouse rushed Jack. "Stay where you are to lend him a hand, Tim!" he shouted. "Ay, my lad!" responded the old sailor. Relieving Fritz of the wheel, Jack pulled the lever all tbe way over on the ocrostat. Every volt of electro motive force was put into the motors and with buzzing wheels the Eagle shot ahead through the sky at a tremendous velocity, and plunged toward the im periled reronaut.


' \ I JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. 9 CHAPTER V. A STARTLING DISCOVERY. The current of air that had hold of th' e balloon was travel ing at the rate of a mile a minute. At the same time the ascentive power of the gas was rap idly carrying th' e silken bag aloft at a speed of 800 feet a minute. The reeronaut was then about five miles north of the airship, and about 2 500 feet higher. Jack had the screws working as fast as the dynamos could drive their motors, and at the same time he started th' e pump, emptying the air out of the cylinder. Therefore while plunging ahead at a rapid rate of speed, the Eagl' e was at the same time, mounting high in the sky. Jack kept his glance fastened upon the registers. He saw that he was rapidly gaining upon the balloon. When the airship arrived within a mile of it, he saw a white, smoky cloud pouring up from the silken globe. It was th e ga s e scaping. The bag was distended to its utmost capacity then, as it had attained its utmost height, and now threatened to burst in consequence of the expansive gas having no more room to distend. The Eagle went like a rocket. "Hello, 1 there!" screamed Jack, presently. The reronaut turned his head and saw the airship. "Save me!" he s houted. "I can't hang on much longer." In that sil'ent region sound travels a great distance. 'l 'heir voices were plainly audible to each other, although nearly half a mile separa t e d them. The last words had s carc ely e s c aped the ballonist, when there sound ed a loud snapping and crackling around the globe as some of the net cords broke. In another moment a report was h e ard. The s ide of the balloon was rent near the con centrating hoop a n d the atmosphere became filled with a whitish fllmly vapor. This was the consequence of a mixture of the warm hy drogen with the cold atmosphere. There came .a violent rustling of the silk. A second and third explosion followed in quick succes sion, and th'en all at once the balloon burst into a mass of flame from the effect of the spontaneous combustion! A cry of alarm escaped the desperate reeronaut when he saw the globe that held him aloft on fire. It was a terrible spectacle to witness that flaming globe rushing through the sky, collapsed at the side the wind came from, and the man being dragged along with It. Straight toward it soared the airship. "Quick, for God's sake!" screamed the balloonist. "We'll have you in a moment," replied Jack. Th e Eagle rapidly overhauled the burning balloon. In a moment more it was ten feet below. "Drop down!" roared Tim. The reronaut obeyed. He landed on the deck. R'elieved of its weight, the balloon shot up. It disappeared in a cloud a moment later. Tim reached the reronaut and helped him to rise. He was a manly looking fellow with superb figure, curly hair, blue eyes, round features, and a light mustache. For a mom ent he was unable to speak, so overwhelmed with emotion was he over his strange escape from death. He stood trembling and gasping for breath a few moments and as Fritz took the wheel Jack came out on deck. "We caught you after all!" che'erily cried the young in ventor. "By heavens, I never expected such good luck! '' the bal-loonist replied. "How do you feel now?" "Pretty shaky. I am grateful for this." "Take a pull at this whiskey flask." Jack hand' ed it to him, and he eagerly took a draught. It stimulated him wonderfully, for there had been an awful strain brought to bear upon his nerves and the reaction unstrung him. As soon as the young man had somewhat recovered, he glanced around at the airship curiously, and asked: "May I ask who you are, sir?" "My name is Jack Wright." "What? The great inventor? I have heard of you." "My devices have given me considerable publicity." "So you have put the atmosphere in harness, eh?" "This balloon ship shows it." Decid edly. It is a wonderful invention. Do you use gas?" "No. It works on the vacuum principle." "Oh, I see. The metal is aluminum, isn't it?" "Yes, and the motive force electricity." "You have combined the two lightest principles-the only two by which such a contrivance as this could b'e made possible." "I had one fact before me which most people forget when they attempt the invention of rerostats," replied Jack. "No body can float iu air unless it is 800 times lighter than water. Such a body must carry 800 tim' es less power than a steam boat uses. By the use of a vacuum in the lightest and strongest known metal, the machine has been made as pro portionately light in the atmosphere as a ship is at sea. 0The proper adjustment of 'electrical machinery of the lightest kind has given me the power to make headway against a wind blowing fifty miles an hour. No water ship could tack against such a gale." ) "Astonishing!" ejaculated the other. "I am curious to see the interior of this marvelous invention. "Follow me inside, then, and I will show her to you. At the same time, as it is very chilly here, I ll give you a suit 1 of clothes, for you must feel cold in that costume," said Jack, leading the stranger into the pilothouse. Tim and Fritz were introduced to him, but odd as it appeared, the man did not venture to mention his name. Having attired him properly, Jack ask'ed him: "How came you to be clinging to that flyaway balloon?" "It was the result df a combination of circumstances, sir." "You s eem to be very reticent about It." "Pardon me," said the balloonist, flushing guiltily. "I'll explain. I am a professional reronaut and travel with a show. My business is to go up to a height of about 3,000 feet with a captive balloon every day, spring off, and descend with a parachute. To-day we were in Boston. I made the ase'ension watched by a multitude. The rope holding the balloon to the earth was attached to a narrow board, on which I sat. At the height of 2 000 feet one end of the board broke from the guy cords. I fell. The rope and para chute dropped to the ground. Flinging out my hands, I caught hold of the board. There I hung for my life. There came a roar of alarm from the crowd below. Up In the air shot the balloon with me clinging to the board. A way I was carried over the sea. I had just about given up all hope of life when you appeared." "You had a thrilling exp erience." "Very. I do not care to undergo it again." "How are you feeling now?" "My arms are strained, but otherwise I feel all right." "We are making a trip around the world. It is poss'bl2 for me to put you aboard of a homeward bound steamer, tf


ND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. you wish to return to Ame ri c a or we c an carry you the other s id e of the o cean." I wi s h I c ould accompany y ou on your a erial voyage." So you ca n i f y ou like." "Thank you I w ould b e d e lighted to do s o ." I would ho w ev er, like to kno w something more about you 'l'he reron aut l o o ke d a ba s h e d His fac e c olored again, a nd h e said In agitated tones: "Is it necessary for m e to giv e you my history?" Why, is there any re a son why you shouldn't?" Yes. I have a d ee p r e a s on for wi shing to keep it a secret." .Jac k looked aJillaze d. T h e n a f eeling o f resentment took possession of him. I don t like that!" h e e x c laimed. "But I a m an hon est man! pl eade d the reronaut "It i s only for a priva t e r e a s o n that I am prompted to keep s il ent. I "That explanation does not suit me, said Jack, decisively. I do not like this sec re cy It looks s uspi c ious When we first began this tri p y es t erday from Wrightstown we took an individual aboard in mistake for anothe r man. He turned out to b e a lunatic Afte r trying t o murder us aU, he finaUy sent u s up e l eve n miles in the air and then sprang overboard." Good h e av e ns is that s o? " You may have m y word for it. " T h e n I c a n't blam e you for b eing particular." R ec oll e c t the p eculiar circ um s t a n ces und e r whi c h we found y ou." "True. But who was thislunatic? D i d you dis c over? Did you see what they s aid ? ' h e asked in conclusion. I read them," repli e d Jack. With this wjjl I oo.n claim my poor fath'er's fortune. His letter will show the youn,lady I love that I was mad e a victim of Roge r Harcourt, when I return from this trip. Now that you would find it to your interest to hasten ba c k to New York don t you want to l e av e us? " Not until this journey is finished replied Clifton. "ThiE is, of course, if you are eatisfl'ed to take me with you." "Certainly, you can c om e if you like I am s atisfied now that you are really Charles Cli f tbn Ballooning has a iascina tion for you. The most intense," replied the roung man. "It is not nearly as dangerous as most people imagine. I have had so mu c h e xperience with it since I left home that I have a pass ion for the art, and such a trip as this will gratify m e tre m e ndously. That settled the matter. Charley Clifton was installed at once as one of th e Eagle's crew Tim and Fritz were told about the strange combination ot e v ents that dove-tailed the occurrences of the past thirty s ix hours and talked about the event aU day. The Eagle kept on her course to the eastward, and the fol l owing night fell upon the sea. The watch was divided and Tim and Fritz were l 'eft ou duty, the airship going along at an altitude of 1,000 feet above the sea. A few hours before daylight the Dutchman went out on d ec k. S c arcely had he done so when h e gave utterance to a wild ye ll of alarm that startled the old sailor and caused him to "Yes. H e l e ft h is coat b ehind him. In the pocket was p ee r out. a n e nvelope that containe d his w ill. It s how e d him to be a very ric h m a n T h e r e were a l s o t w o letters with the will. On e wa s a l ette r f rom h is s on and the other a letter to his son " And his name?" "Percy Clifton." "My God! It i s m y father!" A d eathly p a llor o versp r e ad the balloonist s face. His e yes bulge d out, he c lapp'ed his hand to his forehead r e eled back and glaring a t Jac k wildly h e panted hard and be rame intense l y agi t a t e d "Your father?" crie d Jac k in amazem ent. Y es, my i s Charl' es Clifton," was the hoarse repl y "That wa s th e name mentione d in the letters." For a moment an intense sil e nce ensued The b alloonist had a look o f great mystery upon h i s pallid face. He finally mastered his emotion gulped down a lump that seemed to rise in his thr oa t and aske d in low. straine d CHAPTER VI. HELP FRO M HEAVE N. Tim did not see anything ahead of the boat to exc i t e h i s apprehens ion nor could he look back without going through the door as there were no portholes in th e after part o f the turret. He was convinced that whatever it wa s that startled Fritz must have b een astern of the airship. "Wot's ther matte r out thar? he yelled. Send he'r ub-send her ub!" roared Fritz, wildl y Tim did not hesitate a moment. He pulled the airpump lever and started the machine emptying the cylinder, where upon the Eagle b 'egan to rapidly shoot upward. Then h e glanced out the door. tones : A cry of dismay escaped him at the scene that met his "Is it true, Mr. Wright, that my father b ecame crazy and view. killed himself?" Astern of the ship a pe culiar looking cloud was coming L e t me give you an account of what has transpired," said Jack, "and then you wHl comprehend everything." The balloon is t nodd e d and Jac k began In a f e w mom ents the young man knew the whole story, and at its conclusion h e said to Jack: "In order to prove my let me tell you what tlle letter said which I wrote to my father." ''Go ahead!" r e pli'ed Jac k nodding. H e gave the young inventor an accurate account of the contents of the letter. That satisfi e d Jac k of his id entity. He therefore unhesitatingly hand'ed him the will and the two l etters, and Charley Clifton perused them. along. It was of 'enormous as black as ink, floated on a line flu s h with th\i,t pursued by the Eagle, and vivid streaks of the most blinding lightning were darting out of it on all sides. The cloud was rotating like a gigantic top as it rushed along. It was broad and flattened at the apex and ran down to ward the sea in the shape of a funnel its !!pirating point' agitating th'e water beneath into a state of ebullition, Presently the sea shot up and joined the point of the ominous c loud in a rotating column which rushed along. It was the formation of a waterspout.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. 11 Bounding upward, the threatening cloud pulled the water plunging down in the grasp o f the cloud, he grasped the up with it, in a great, gyrating column. wheel. In back of it there came another mass of gloomy clouds I'll manage her!" he exclaimed. from down th' e horizon, obscuring the moon and stars. Torrents of rain were falling into the sea from them, and the air vibrated with the reports of thunder. The dreadful cloud was the harbinger of a terrific storm at sea, and was moving in the same direction as the Eagl'e. Ahead of the airship Tim beheld the tiny, twinkling lights on a ship that rode directly in the path of the storm. He heard nothing when the Eagle stood at an angle with the ship, but the moment she hovered squa1'ely over the vessel, he could distinctly hear every man' s voic aboArd of I 'Run before the wind!" he heard the captain yell. "Ay, ay, sir! cam e the reply. "I'll cun the ship with the first oflicer. Two men at the wheel there, let the 'tnaster keep time, steer courses, and have the ship's place work ed up!" "Ay, ay, sir! "Reeve lines fore and aft. Furl all sails, and secure them with studding sail tacks as well as gaskets! Batten down the hatches and put relleving tackles on that tiller! Hurry up, will you! Look alive, boys! Down {op gallant yards!" j'Wot kin be did? groaned Tim. "Drop by our weight! As Jack said this, he pulled the valve lever. It let some of the atmosphe r e c ome into the cylinde r She began to gravitate toward the s ea very rapidly. Just a s she plunged from the center of the whirling vor tex a large filmy cloud came rushing toward the one the y were in. It was charged with electri city of a n egative charac ter. Great tongues o f positive' electricity shot from the cloud the Eagle was in and, me eting that whic h flew from the othe r cloud an awful streak of forked lightning fla shed ov e r the airship, which wa s instantly followed by a deafening thunder clap. The shock on th e atmosphere was horrible. A rolling and rumbling echo ran ov e r the clouds. Had the Eagle remained where she had been before Jack took the whe el, that flash would have struck h e r. There was every probability tha t she would have been shat tered into a thousand fragments and hurled down into the sea with the remains of h e r crew Down she sunk and finally dash ed from the cloud under "Ay, ay, sir! / neath, where Jack c hecked her desc e nt. Hey! S'end top gallant masts on deck, and take in the The thundergust swept on and l e ft the Eagl e behind it, flying jib boom. Clear the tops, my lads, with gaffs down. and Jack observed the column of the wat erspout going to Get those rudder-chocks and a spare tiller ready. Clear pi eces scuppers and pumps. Now, then, square the yards, throw It had been broken by the mov e m ents of th e airship in headyards forward, and set that forestay sail with doubl e the cloud that su c ked it up and now went thundering down sheets into the sea. "The waterspout is almost upon us sir. At a distance of 50 feet from the ocean the Eagle paused "Blast it! we have no means of breaking it, either!" Coming on in back of h'er was a fierce rainstorm. The Eagle passed on and Tim heard no more. The darkness intensifietl. He had seen enough however. "By heavens, I'm glad to get out o f that c loud! Jac k The airship was steadily mounting upward, when th'ere exclaimed . suddenly sounded a loud roar, and Tim and Fritz rushed ' I tort id v ould a tored d e r Eagle s to bieces! said inside. It was lucky they did. For in an instant the fearful cloud reached them. It was over 12,000 feet thick, and heavily charged with electricity, for a thousand glistening, snapping and crackling sparks of fire shot from it into the hull of the balloon ship. She was covered all over with these fiery bubbles and as soon as the cloud fairly had her in its clutch, she was hurled high up / in the air. and then beaten down again. The cloud covered an area of' four miles in diam'eter, was of a circular form, its center preseting a great concavity toward the sea, and its edges very ragged and falling down ward with an agitated motion. A suffocating sensation assailed Tim and Fritz upon first entering it, but this reeling passed away when they got insid e the ship. Despite the electric globules that covered the Eagle an in tense cold filled her, she began to gyrate rapidly and a dis mal moaning sound of the wind roS'e into a bellowing roar. The old sailor wa s in hopes that they would be hurled up out of the cloud, but was disappointed by the violent down ward plunge. It only subsided when the Eagle was hurled up again to its maximum, only to sink down with a swinging and fearful.speed. A nauseating overwhelmed them. Jack and Clifton awoke and rushed upstairs, for the yells of the parrot and monkey were added to the din of the storm-cloud. As soon as Jack saw th' e balloon ship bolmding up and Fritz. "Kin she navigate here in safety?" Tim asked, in anxious tones / "We won t get anything but a dre n c hing, r e plied the young inventor, 'and as the water we will ship won t balla.$t h e r down any to speak of we need hav e no apprehensions on that' score." He turned on the eearchlight as h e gave them this assur ance and slante d it down upon the se a A strange scene met his view. The large and handsome ship whi c h Tim had seen, no.w floated upon the ocean completely di s mantled. She was at the merc y of the wind and waves, some of her crew were lost, and those who remained expected nothing but death from the troubled sea. Tbe waterspout had struc k her q d 'evastating blow and the coming storm now threatened to finish the work of wrecking her. A wild s ho'ut of terror p e al e d from the superstitious sailors when they saw the blindinl;l' glar of light shoot down from the dark sky UPjjll them. They thought that it was something supernatural-a fore warning of their approa ching death-an opening of the heavens to announce the crac k of doom -the descent of the sun, and a dozen other notions. "Poor fellows! c ried Jac k in pity. ..Unl e ss we do some thing they are lo s t. " How kin we help 'e m? e ag erly asked Tim 'Their ship may b e save d if we can take it in tow 111ntil we encounter som e vessel that will rescue them. .. Shall I drop th' em a grapnel at the end of a rope?"


12 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELEC TRIC BALLOON SHIP. "By all means. We can t de sert them here. If it comes to 'be worst, we could descend to the sea. and take them aboard ourselves. Out on deck went Tim and Fritz, anxious to help tb' e poor sailors, and at the stern they uncoiled a long rope. One end of it was fastened to tne airship, and at the other end of it there was a steel grapneling iron. This tb ey lowered dbwn toward the sea. "Ship ahoy!" yelled Tim, leaning over the taffrail. No answer was returned to him, but be beard by the ex cited cries of the men that they bad caught what he said, and were more t e rrified than. ever. "We ain't lost ther ship y e t muttered the old sailor. "She' s bangin' on like thunder. Tber sto rm's gone but blast my squintin'-tackle if I kin see any sign o her." Assured that the ship bad safely weathe r e d the gale Tim went back to tb e pilothouse and Sa:id to the reronaut: "She' s a tow yet, as snug as if berthed at a dock." "What a benefactor this airship is, said Charley. "Not only bas it been the m eans of saving my life but that of the ship's crew as well. " Lordy, sir," said 'rim, in modest tone s "this ain't nutbin'. Why, yer oughter se'en wot I on c e did wi' tbe r ole frigate Wabash when I wuz in ther navy. That wuz somethin' ter "Ahoy, tbar! roared the old ,sailor again. "Make fast talk about." tbar this ere line, an' we'll save you an ther ship. Don't ' To what do you refer?" be skeered, lads! Don't be skeered! This is only a balloon "Why, yer see it was, at tber time ther 96tb regiment ship." wuz hemmed in on tber seashore by ther rebels. Thar they There was another interval of silence. wuz, forty thousand soldiers surrounded by ten times as Then trembling voice of the captain shouted: many o th er enemy, an' no \Vay ter escape 'cept by jumpin' "In God's name,. are you mortaJ men?" inter ther sea astern o them. Wot they wu::; ter do wi' not "Ay, ay, an' ready to lend er belpin' hand ter a feller enough weapings to defend tbarse!ves knew. critter in distress." then I was a-steerin' ther frigate down tber coast, an' see:ti "But that blinding glare--" wot a d 'esprit state they wuz in. I headed fer tber shore. "It's a searchlight, you big fool!" Afore I could reach 1t, four o' ther enemy's gunboats came "Ob, thank h eaven! Now I understand!" down a river an' opened fir e on us." Down dropped the grapnel to the deck. "Heavens, what a situation!" Here It was eagerly seized by the amazed sailors and made "I reckon it wu,z. Waal, sir, we didn' t weaken. We fast to the bow of the dismantled vessel. rammed big charges o' dynamite in our guns, an' let 'em "All ready?" yeHed Tim. 1 have it. In less'n no time tbar wuzn' t a plank o' them ships Ay, all ready!" was the reply lef'. Then we run ashore. Tber enemy wuz closin' in tbar "Then we'll tow you along till we meet a craft as will I lines on them ere Yankee troops in ther darkness, for night help yer." had fell. Ashore we went in our boats, and in two winks o' "God bless you, sir!" came the reply. a de!1d lamb' s tail we carried every one o them soldiers Just then the coming storm burst upon the ship and struck aboard o' our ship. Then--" the Eagle with awful force, propelling her forward. j "Say, Tim--" interposed Charl'ey. A terrible strain was brought to bear upon the drag rope. J "Then, as I wuz a-sayin"' continued Tim, "we scattered and as the airship was driven along she pulled the wreck a lot o' dynamite all over the r ground, an' whe n thar enemy after her. made a rush fer ther men we saved they trod on the ex plosive there come a report, a great big glare o' fir e, an' when ther smoke cleared away, not one o' th'em lads remained .... Instid, a hole was kno c ked through the r sky, an' ther place CHAPTER VII. whar it happened wuz scooped out, an' n ow forms what is known as Mattamuskee lake. BROUGHT DOWN BY A sHoT. "Great Cresar! don't you l,l:now' that dynamite was not in use as ammunition until long after the war was over?" All night long the balloon ship towed the half wrecked 11 "It wasn't?" growled Tim, in surprise. vessel through the sea, th' e waves dashing the dismantled 'No, sir! Then how could you have used ft?" craft about like a cork, breaching over her in mighty breakers, "I dunno, but we did. and striving to tear her away. "Then how in the world could you have taken forty thou-It rained in torrents for hours, and the wind blew from the i sand soldiers aboard of one Why, their weight would southwest in a regular gale that kept th' e ship plunging have sunk her, for allowing 125 pounds to a man, that number madly. I would weigh five million pounds to say nothing of the room As the Eagle's course was with the storm, she rode ahead 1 they would occupy." with scarcely any oscillation. particularly on account of be "Fee-fool" whistled Tim, more and more amazed. Ing anchored to the wreck. He had not thought of these little points. The densest gloom filled th' e air, and the thrashing A smile stole over Charley's face, and he exclaimed : tumbling of the sea rose to the ears of Jack and bis com"I am afraid your imagination has got the best of your pan ions with a continued rumble like a roar that rises from COD:lmon s'ense, old fellow! The yarn don t go down." the falls of Niagara. "Jerusalem! I ain't axin' yer ter believe me,'' replied A patent log of Jack's i vention hung on the wall. Tim. It was a pecul iar instrument to &rrectly register "It's lucky you don't expect me to or you d get left. every mile the balloon ship made from the moment she left Just then Jack and Fritz came up. the shop in the air. "Go down and got your breakfasts, said the Dutchman. b When morning finally dawned, a heavy fog overhung the Tim and Charley were hungry, and complied. ocean beneath the Eagle, so that nothing was seen of the "I see the fog is breaking, Fritz, cried the young in-ship' she had in tow, although the air was as clear as crystal ventor after awhile. as he went out on deck and looked where she floated. down. Charley Clifton was at the wheel and Tim went out on deok Did yer vos seen dot shib?" made his way aft, and saw that the towing hawser was as ''Yes; she iSe' ems to be all right. Ah-there's another taut as an iron bar. craft! ii


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELE C TRIC SHIP. 13 A large ship, under full sail, was heading for the one Confound t h e fool who fired that shot!" cried Jack, an-he Eagle towed and Jack presently heard her commander grily, "he has punched a hole in the cylind e r n ow and we are ell": falling. "Ship ahoy! "Ahoy!" r e plied the captain of the wreck. "Do you want any assistance?" J "Yes. Will you tow us to port?" "We will if we can claim salvage. "Then throw us a hawser." While this was being done the captain shouted to Jack: "We've got help now "Cast off the grapnel! answered the yo\i.ng inventor. "Ay, ay, and we will never forget your kindness." The grapnel was loosened and Jack hauled the drag-rope p. The balloon ship darted up in the sky, as soon as she was cast se from the wreck, and shot through th'e clouds When she reached her equilibrium, she opened up in the idst of the vaporous mass a brilliant space from whic h Jack ould see the blue of heaven. Th' e polariscope, directed toward this region, showed an ternal polarization but when it was pointe d toward Uie de where the mist still prevailed, there was none. The bltieness of the sky was taken with the cyanometer. As Jack glanc' ed off toward the upper mists, h e saw the Donn e r und Blitze n!" ro a r ed Fritz. "For vot h e done dot?" Heaven only knows! Pure malici ou s ne ss I think." Down sunk th' e airship gradually a s the atmosp h ere poured into her through the opening, an d in a fe w mom ents, with all her sustaining power gone s h e n eared the ground. l!'r i tz s topp ed the s c r ew. l'hen a he struck upon h e r flange s i n a c l ear, gras sy s ward. All h e r electri c lights w e r e blazing a n d the c rowd rushed up to her, yelling and talking, and Jac k alighte d "Fritz!" he shouted. "Find the ape r ture, and patc h it. By the time Jack reac hed the ground, t h e cro w d came up to him, h eaded by the man who carr i e d the gun. This individual h ap pen e d to b e a c o ast-guard. "Why did you fire at that balloon s hip y ou b i g lunkhead?" Jack demanded in angry tones You might h a ve killed us "Arrah, be aisy," replied the coast-guard, h arshly. lu c k yez are tha t I m no t a fte r br'eakin' yer h ead a s "What do you mean, sir?" \ "It's w e ll! " Shure, it' s be balloons that shmugglin' h a s been thried afore on thia coasht. But b e dad its m esilf has had the ex n looking quite white, as if shorn of its strength. perience w i d em. An now m e laddy-bu c k I'll be throublin' Below the horizontal plane, or horizon of the balloon ship, I y ez ter hold Yer to ngue, g i t out a v m e w ay, a n give me a saw a second sun reflected upon the horizontal faces of chanc e t e r board that quare b a lloon to examin e h e r!" e ice crystals floating in the high You shall not pu t o n e f o o t o n h e r!" de c l a r ed J ac k. The Eagle paused at a height of 3 ,000 feet and r eaching the "Out av me w ay, or I'll b reak ye r head!" Jar current, continued her flight to the eastward. H e rudely pu s hed Jac k as id e, s til! furt h e r arousing th e All traces of the ship she saved were lost. ange r of the young inve n tor, w h e n J ac k d ealt him a punc h The rethrlscope measured a decided change in the temper-that knocked him down. ure of the sky, and the anemometer gave the v e lo city of A fero c ious ye ll esc ap ed the c oast-gu ard. e wind as sixty miles p e r hour. H e scramb l ed to his f ee t a n d se izin g h is r ifle by t he' bar As the shadows of twilight fell Jac k dls cern' ed land ahead. r e l h e swung i t around his h ead and ma de a rush for Within an hour, the y reached it, and dropping down to Jac k. !thin five hundred feet of the earth, the young inventor saw Be h e av ens, I'll bate the r head a v ye!" h e sc ream e d furi-at they had reached the Kerry coa s t of Ireland. ously and h e a i m e d a blo w at J ac k with the we apon tha t w oul d Dingle Bay Jay to the north and directly below was the h a ve felled an ox Id, striking shores of Valencia Island, the town of Knights-n, on which is the t erminus of the Anglo-Am erican sub-arine cable. The airship flew diagonally across the land in the direc n of the Giants Causeway-a platform of rocks extending twe en the rugged mountains and groups of pillars from a ff down into the sea. CHAPTER VIII. THE G IANT O F THE CLOU DS. Below, the scene was made up of rolling green swards, and Jac k saw that t e rrifi c blow coming and mad e an effort to elling lowlands dotted with fields of flax and grain, cities, e s cape it. wns, villages and hamlets. He saw that it w ould be impossible to get out of the "We ve crossed the oe'ean Fritz! shouted the young inwa y b e for e the gun would r e a c h his h e ad. ntor. "Yah!" came the reply from the pilothouse I aee me t." ack peered over the railing. A babel of voices had reach'ed his ears, coming up from be-' and he saw that the y were passing ov e r Portmagee. There were only 189 peopl e in the place but at a glance wnward Jack saw that n early one half of th'e population d seen the airship and went rushing after it. moment afterward he saw a man with a gun take aim at queer looking machine and fire. he sharp crack of the rifle pealed out loudly. n a moment more there sounded an echoing, metallic g overhead as the bullet hit the cylinder. o thin were the plates that the b a ll easily penetrated. loud, whistling shriek aros e as the air was sucked into cylinder through th' e hole and the Eagle began to k. But at that mom ent F r i tz having s e en what had transp i red from the deck of the Eagle, had drawn a pi s tol and fired a shot. 1 It took effect in the coa s t guard's-arm. He yell e d and dropped the rifle. Howl y h eave n s, I'm kilt!". h e sc r eame d Jack now saw that the peopl e who w ere with the man were incline

14 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. He was followed by a shower of missiles that pelted him I board side, and the turnbuckle of the afterbrace parted w all over. a snap like a pistol shot. But he ieached the ladder. It caused the stern of th' e boat to drag down. and the Stood back dere! yelled F'ritz at the crowd "Kill ther Dutchman!" screamed the coast-guard, savagely. Another shower of stones rattled all over the Eagle. .. Give them anothef shot, or th'ey'll mob us. Fritz! panted Jack, as he swiftly climbed up the deck. Fritz obeyed. At the first shot one of the leaders fell. of the cylinder to go up several degrees: The next moment the wire cable flew through the air went over the stern, where it caught on the wheel shaft As the propeller flew around the .line was wound up the shaft until it was all coiled up. That caused a binding that the screw could not voh;e, and there came a terrific jolting of the machin He yelled and squirmed on the ground, and the i'est reinside. treated. "Good gracious! gasped Charley, looking to see what "Can you__hold them in check?" panted Jack. "Fer sure. Vot you vos goin' ter done? "Try to repair that bullet hole so we can escape from happened. '"Ahoy, tbar!" roared Tim, in surprise. '"Wot's happened "The back stay has broken. h'ere." "Lordy, Lordy! I thought we wuz afallin'." As Jack said this he dashed inside "Stop the machin'ery-quick'" He procured some necessary articles in the storeroom and, "Ay, ay! ,. said Tim. doing sd. returning to the deck, h e found Fritz yelling at the mob The flight of the Eagle was stopped. and threatening to shoot th e first one who cam e within fifty Charley ran aft, and saw that the stay was pulled as ri feet of the machine. as a poker. Jack ran up the shrouds to the concentrating hoop with a It was impossible to make the screw revolve until it lantern, on the i>ide where he had heard the shot strike. relieved of the binding wire, and he thought that h e co A careful S'earch revealed a small dent with a round hole I unwind it by going down over the stern. in the middle where the bullet had penetrated. There was an upright post there, and the athletic you By standing on the hoop he was enabled to reach it, and reronaut unhesitatingly slid down the stern until he reac apply a patch of metallic cement that hardened in the air to the the screw shaft, upon which be sat, holding to the upright. cons istency of a piece of steel. He then saw how it became coiled around the shaft, As soon as the hole was plugged up. Jack shouted: tried to unfasten the end. "Hey, Tim?" "Ay, ay!" repli ed the old sailor, from the pilothouse. "Start th e pump, and raise her in the air." Ti\ m carried out this order, the machine soaring shyward as s oon as the pump had emptied three-quarters of the air from the cylinder. Up she rose with a swift motion . Tim, in the meantime, hacl looked out the door. He saw at a glance what had happened, and without kno ing that Charley was clown on the shaft, h'e reversed machinery so that the shaft wo .uld unwind the cable. Around spun the wheel suddenly, and one of the bla r hitting the reronaut, knocked him backward from his perch a A smothered cry escaped him. He grasp' ed the slack of the wire cable. As soon as she a c ted, Jac k realized that the bullet had noi pass'ed out the other side of the cylinder. I Then he pitched over and the shaft, unwinding the wi It had merely penetrated one side, and r emained lodged his weight pulled it free. when down it fell. inside. One end was secur'ed to a metal thimble at the stern, the end to which Charley clung hung straight down . A ho:Vl escaped from the cro_wd whe.n they saw the -The balloon ship kept backing. hescapmg from them by mountmg straight up mto the I Fifty feet below her keel hung the reronaut. clinging to a mosp er'e. wire rop e with all his strength. Before any of them could discharge a weapon at her, she I Then Tim started the screws the other way and the b was out of sight and gunshot, as the lights wre put out. dashed ahead once more carrying the dangling reronaut r Jack descend e d to the deck. it. "We are all right now!" he r emarked. '"How dot cement will holt?" asked Fritz, anxiously. "Just as strongly as if I had welded a piece of steel over the hole. ''Den ve don t vos needed ter put some more rebairs by bei:?" No. We can go right ahead now. "Two thousand feet, Jack!" cried Tim at this juncture. "That' s high enough. Stop her ascent and drive her ahead. Tim obeyed anct the Eagle flew through the air by means of her big propellers again. "Help! Help!" he shouted. Tim did not hear him at once, for Jack and Fritz had s ,out from below, asking what had h!lppen ed to stbp I Eagle. Charley had slid to the extreme end of the line as soon as was freed from the binding screw shaft. Here he clung to the broken turnbuckle with all his mig Tire balloon ship plunged into a dense cloud. Scarcely had it done so when there suddenly sounded tremendous whirring of wings close to the imperiled man. He glanced around and observed several hu{1;e birds flyij toward him from out of the mist. A They were enormous creatures of the condor species mJ 1 shring fourteen feet across the wings, hideous, repulsJon When daylight finally appeared she was hovering over and loathsome to the eye, with bare, ttat, elongated he31n Holland. and bare breasts, indicative of their love for carrion. I She crossed Ireland, went over St. G'eorge's Channel to England, and riding high above the clouds, headed for the Hague. Tim was at the wheel and Charley stood out on deck A loud hissing nois'e escaped from their open mout H watching the gradually appearing landscape below from the j and there was an ugly look dormant in their eyes as t bow. sailed toward Charley Clifton. "What's the h eight, Tim?" asked the reronaut presently. "By heavens! they intend to attack me!" he groaned, "a In "Height? A little more'n 1 ,500 feet." repli'ed the old sailor. I cannot use my hands to defend myself, as I have go icio Just then a gust of wind struck the Eagle on the star-hang on to this line with th'em!"


. JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELEOTRIO BAI. LOON SHIP. lb He shuddered with horror, for the peril he was in was extreme, and he realized it to the fullest extent. These giants of the air, for they are the biggest of bird!:' circled around the young man, emitting that strange, hiss Ing sound every moment, and he counted four of them. Suddenly one of them darted toward him. Its massive beak and talons struck him a blow that made him sway at th' e end of the line like a clock pendulum, and while the claw!' tore his coat and gashed bis skin. the awful beak sunk into the quivering ftesh of his sboulde11 like a dagger. A scream of pain escaped him. "Help-help!" he shouted again, in frantic tones. The birds soared away, startled by his cries, but they soon realized that no harm befell them, and the four came back again. All their efforts now seemed to be directed toward pluckng out his eyes and tongue-the favorite morS'els of these lbirds. At brief intervals first one and then would fty at llim, and striking agatnst his body, send it rocking with a liizzy, swaying motion in all directions. None of Charley's friends on the airship could see him, on llccount of the density of the cloud that 'enveloped them. Again and again did the condors dart at the luckless fel ow, each attack adding to tbe wounds be had already re elved, and every shock threatening to knock him from his llold on the line. As a last resort the mighty birds all surrounded him and nade a simultaneous attack on every s ide. A groan escaped Clifton, and he fainted. Jark bad the drag-rope twined about bis leg and, holding the reronaut with one arm, clutched the rope with his disengaged hand. "Fritz! Tim!" h e shouted. Re. had to cry out several tim'es to make himself beard. In the meantime the condors ftew bac k and attacked bhn. All the shouting Jack did failed to frighten them away, and they Happed up against him, hissing like snakeS', tearing at him with their beaks, and '.$Cratching with their powerful claws. In the position .Tack was then, he could not defend him self. Fritz came rushing aft just then, however, and seeing how matters stood, he drew a pistol from his belt and opened fire upon the condors: a was a pneumatic magazine t1stol, the bullets being filled with Jack's high explosive compound, called Horrorite, which burst like torpedoes upon contact with tb e condors. With each terrific report a bird was literally blown to pieces, for the explosive force of the shots was terrific. Down they dropped, one after another, until th' e four were' killed. By this time Fritz had attracted Tim's attention. The old sailor stopped the screws, l ef t the pilothouse, and came stumping aft to ascertain the cause of th' e firing. 'Helb :;:ie to hoist dem ub!" cried the Dutchman, when he explained all. Ay, ay! Gimme a grip! Now then-heave ho! A boyee! H eav e-o!" Shout after shout esaJJf>d Clifton. He let go with one hand and tried to fight annlbals of the air away. Together they managed to hoist Jack and his burden up the desperate to t h e deck, and in a few moments they were safe. There he hung by onf> hand. rereiving blow after blow rom the powerful wings, and wound after wound from the alons and beaks until it Reemed as H he must let;_.go or erish wher e h e was. CHAPTER TX. EJ.El'TRIFTED. Poor Charley was in a dreadful plight. They carried him downstairs. dressed his wounds and re vived him. He then told them how it all happened, and they discovered that his wounds, though painful, were not serious. The backstay turnbuckle that broke was taken out, and the line was rigged up with a new one. Fritz then served up a splendid breakfast, and the Eagle was started off again on her Hight across Ho!land. 'l'he sun rose presently, and the balloon ship was sent dQwn to within a thousand feet of the ground. The balloon ship was da shing ahead rapidly, and cleared No matter how high or bow low an airship may be, whether tie cloudbank, when Jack h eard the appealing cries of the by night or day, there is always a breeze blowing, of which ronant. advantage can be taken. .... / He rushed out on r le c k and glanced around. An idea exists in many minds that reronauts lose sight of Nothing of poor Clifton was seen, but as the shouts for help the earth when at a great height from it. Jack located the sound. This is a mistake. Rushing aft, he peered over. They never do except when night falls or clouds interInstantly he saw the roronaut's peril. vene. The young inventor had no W'eapons with him. Before be coul<\i get one, be feared Clifton would suc "Hello, down there!" he shouted. "Save me, Wright! Save me!" pleaded th'e Imperiled man. "Can't you climb No! My strength is all gone." "Hang Q.11, I'll get yon! !\nd so saying, .Jack dropp&d the drag-rope down. It shot through the air, and the grapnel hit one of the lndors, causing it to fty swiftly away, and, reaching the exbt of tb'e rope, it gave a jerk, and then swung rigidly. J11 a moment moreJack slid down. l-le went as swift as an arrow imtil he reached Clifton. lfhe poor fellow was covered with blood and on the verge falling when Jack grasped him. n a moment more Jack had him in bis arms, and the fe lous condors flew away a few yards. The earth is always like a great, c oncave map, painted dif ferent colors, which designate the various products of the soil lying below. By nightfall the Eagle WjS passing over Germily at a speed of sixty miles per hour, and yet, as she was going with the wind, h 'er crew did not feel the terrible pace which she kept up. "How much at the mercy of balloonists are the lives of the people o.n the earth below said Charley, as be went out on deck with Jack after supper. "Whlle the aerial ship can easily keep out of range of a rifle its occupants could destroy a city lying below it." "Yes," answered Frank. "They were succesi;;fully used by the French during th'e war with Austria for observations. Jndeed, John Wise, the American reronaut, made our government propositions to destroy the castle of San Juan de Ulloa during the Mexican war with a balloon but bis offer wall rejected."


16 JACK WRIGHT AND HfS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. But just at this point there came an interruption in the form of a wild yell from Tim, inside the boat. It was instantly followed by a fearful crackling nois e all over the boat and a sudd e n burst of electri c fire balls at every point wh e r e there was a conductor of electricity The next moment Jack and his c ompanion felt a violent electric s ho ck fly up through their bodies from th' e deck. Bismarck and Whiskers howled like maniacs and even Fritz in the pilothouse set up an ear-splitting yell Jack and the reronaut were almost knocked down by the cur rent. Eagle is electrified!" gasped the young inventor. "Good h eavens-what has happened?" "Follow me-lively!" Jack da s h e d across the deck. There wer e a number of rubber mats scattered about and lost no time in gettin\,upon on e Charley doing like wise. Here they were insulated from the current. Peerin g i nto the pilothous e window, they saw Fritz climbing on top o f the wooden whe' e l stand to protect bimself from the urrent. Whiie so e ngaged the flying machine stopped. "Tim! What's the matter in there ? s houted Jack, nerv ously "Mein H e ber Gott! howl e d th' e Dutchman. Someding vos pusted." Can t you find out what it i s ? "Nein! Nein! Couldn t you? " Call to Tim. It was useless for the old sailor just then came hopping up the stairs on his wooden leg and, reaching the room he shouted: nearest to it, and on the roof there crouche d a man, woman and two children. Their escape was cut .off by the raging flames all aroun them, and it looked as if they would roast to death. "Fritz, could you lower the Eagle to that roof and sav them?" asked Jack. dry me dot, put py Shiminey, id vos taincherous. Do fir e s vill be all aroundt us, Shack. "We must risk it, or those p eople will perish." All right! assented Fritz, lowering th' e machine rapidly. They could hear the frantic, agonized shrieks of the poo people as the Eagle drew closer to them, and th'en an appallin heat engulfed the airship. CHAPTER X. DOWN TO THE BLACK SEA . Down in the streets surrounding the burning buildin there was a crowd of thousands of people who had be e watching the unfortunates ou the roof. They had been utterly unable to reach the endangere people, as the 'entire lower part of the house was in flame As soon as they saw the airship's lights descending fro the sky, the mo s t superstitious fears assailed tbem, as the did not know what the singular object was. A tremendous shout of alarm arose. Many of them ran away in terror. Fritz kept lowering the Eagle rapidly. In a few moments she was hovering roof. I d ,irectly over th 'l'he man, woman, and children saw her c oming down an "Somebody stop the dynamos-quick, or we re a goner!" b e coming as terrified a s the rest, tried to get out. of t As soon a s Frltz heard this he r e a c hed over and turned a way. i:.witch. In their panic there was every chance of their falling fro That settled the electric discharge. the edge of the roof down to the street. Its power wa s end ed like magic, the fire balls stopped Jack observed the fright they were in. playing over the airship, and the current left her. He could speak a number of foreign languages Jack and his companion could then tread the deck in per"Hello, there!" he shouted in German. "Do not alar. feet safety and at once hurried inside asking: yourselv1::s. This is a balloon. We are coming to save you. "What caused the electric discharge? "Oh, replied the man, who understood what he sai One o' ther generator wires was struck by a steel rocl "that is it, eh?" wot fell from a rack," explained Tim "Ther gutta-percha H e told his family what Jack had said insulation was peeled off an' ther current flew -inter .ther I .It reassured them. lower d eck That electrified ther whole machine In a moment more the bottom of the ship touched Jack went down below and saw the rod. roof. The monkey and parrot stood upon it and had be'en receiv-Fritz stopp ed her descent, and Jack dropped a rope ladd ing the current through their claws and paws as it flew from over the side. the dynamo wire. I Down climbed the you .ng inventor to the roof, which, It paralyzed them for awhile, and had so scor c hed their skin 'this time, was buried in a cloud of choking smoke a that wh e n they revived and attempted to walk th' e soreness scorching flame. caused them to howl and hop at every step they ventured to I The lurid tongues leaped up all arouna. the cylinder, a take. every one becam'e parched, heated and stifled. Jack took the bar away and put in a new wire I Mount this ladder!" cried Jack, chokingly. Then lte returned to the deck and found that the airship "My wife first!" groaned the man. was approaching the city of Stuttgart at an elevation of five Up went the poor woman hundred feet. Jack and the man each carried a child. "House on fire in the middle of the city, said CharleY, as In a moment more they were all on the Eagle's d'eC Jack appeared. "Go, Fritz." "I see it," repli'ed the young inventor, leveling a glass at "All apoard?" the big conflagration And all the fire seems to be in the "Yes." lower floors of the building. Fritz did not com):llY any too soon. A few minutes afterward Fritz, at the wheel, uttered a cry A terrible crash sounded down below. of horror. 'fhe burning building was falling. "Himm' el! Dere vos some peoples on der roof ohf dot Up shot the balloon ship just as the house fell. bick house vat's on fire und dey don't could got down!" There sounded an awful grinding and splitting. With his glass Jack saw that the Dutchman told the truth. A vast cloud of smoke and sparks arose, enveloping It was a high building, towering thirty feet above the ones airship.


17 rHT AND IDS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. WRit========-=::::;::=================================== She shot intO the air, A wild cry escaped the This wa.ttors in the street. Up-up, mounted the Eagle a d feet, then she glided away . Presently she got beyond the heat and smoke, and Fritz stopped her. "Vot vay now, Shack? demanded tl:le young Dutchman. "Drop her down into the public square in the city," an swered Jack. While Fritz was doing this, the young inventor spoke to the people he saved, who were crouched in a group on tho deck, awed at their situation. "How came you caught by the fire?" asked Jack, in kind tones. makes no difference wh'ether I am going one mile an hour, or one hundred miles an hour, there seems to be the. same immobility of the balloon." "It has always been contended that no airship could be devised that would sail against the wind," laughed Jack, "and yet this feat was always made apparent by a little trick ooronauts sometimes employ." "What do you allude to?" "When a balloon is descending, if it is falling on a house or tree, the balloonist can easily steer it away from the object I by fanning the air with an ordinary palm leaf fan." "That's so," assented Clifton. "'I've found that to be true myself." The Eagle sped through the clouds all night long, and "We lived on the top floor of the house, replied th'e man crossing Austria-Hungary, she appeared over Roumania the keenly looking at the young inventor. "The fire broke out next morning. downstairs. Our retreat to the street was cut off. So high In the distance there was a vast patch of black, which they up were we that the firemen and the people could not reach made out to be the Black ,S'ea, and the Eagle was lowered. ns. We were doomed." When she arrived within a thom;and feet of the sea, Jack "It was the will of God that you were not to perish." pulled the lever to close the valves. Tears filled the man's eyes. Instead of operating, the valves remained open. 0He was greatly agitated for a moment. "Why don't you s top her?" asked Charley, who was with Then he 'Said, in broken tones: Jack. "'I have never believed in God until this terrible ordeal "I can't. Something is the matter, for the valves won't came. No;y my trust is implicit. I have been shown that a close," the young inventor replied, in anxious tones. higher power than that of mortal men exists." "Then we will fall into the s-ea." "Your trouble has been a severe. but a good lesson," Tim and Fritz came up from below just then, and were told Jack. what had occurred. The man bowed his hen.d in assent. Down-down shot the airship toward the water. He wanted to thank Jack for what he had done. '"No," said the young inventor, interrupting him, "do not give thanks to me. Address yourself to the Almighty, in whose hands I am but an humble agent, sent here to save you CHAPTER XI. so that you might the error of your disbelief." The balloon ship had been desC'ending while he was talk-A CASE OF IDENTITY. ing, and in a few minutes more it settled down in the public The sea, down toward which the balloon ship was plunging square. bears a certain to a human foot, and throughA rush was made by throngs of people coming from all i out its entire extent has but one island, called the Isle of directions, who now saw what the airship was, and in a few Serpents. moments she was surrounded by a large mob. I Upon this small patch of ground stands a Russian lightTh e man, woman and children whom Jack had saved then house. descended in safety to the ground, and a tremendous cheer It stands opposite the mouth of the Danube river, and is 'burst from 'the throats of every one who saw them. occupied by the Russians in open defence of the stipulations Jack waved his cap to the multitude. of a treaty signed at Paris, at the end of the Crim ea.n All ready, Fritz!" he shouted. war. "Den I S'ent her oop alretty," replied the Dutchman. The isle, being held by the Russians, occasioned a great He started the air pump. deal of uneasiness in Turkey, and several attempts were made As soon as the vacuum was completed, up bounced the Eagle by the sultan of the latter country to gain possession of it. into the air, followed by the shouts of the spectators. The Eagle landed in the water not far from this island, Higher and higher s he s oared, watched intently by th' e h 'er movements having been detected by the on the astonished and grateful people until at last she vanished from Island before she touc h ed the water. their view in the clouds, at an altitude of 2,000 feet. With a tremendous splash she alighted, and sunk to her Tim and Charley came out on deck gunwhales. "W'e have done some good so far with the Eagle, said But her buoyancy as a ship easily sustained her, and she Jack, in tones of great satisfaction. "I. would scarcely have came to the top and floated like a c ork. considered my journey complete if I had not been able to "Hurrah! roared Tim. "Sh e float s arter all! mf\ke the ship be of service to some one besides ours'elves." "It's a wonder her cylinder don't make her top-heavy "An' them 'e re lubbers in ther city must be a-wonderin' said Charley. who we is," laughed Tim, as he took a chew of tobacco "'Im possible ," replied Jack. "It's too lighf." "High enough?" shouted Fritz. "Yes. Stop her ascent and head her for the Black Sea," replied Jack. The young Dutchman carried out this order promptly, and th'e balloon ship sped away rapidly in the teeth of a strong air current. "Queer how we can feel it when we are running against tlie wind," said Clifton. "Now, in ballooning,' an ooronaut seldom feels the wind, as th'e gas bag Is carrieli along with the current. Indeed, in all my experience, I have found that it Why don't it. come down on deck? "Because the two upright pipes hold it aloft." "If a gale of wind struck h er, she'd capsize." "But she couldn't sink. Fritz had stopp ed the machinery, and now came out on deck. An examination of the valves was made to see why the1 did not operate, when it was ascertained that the springs that kept them closed in the same manner that balloon valves op erate, had snapped ii;i two


1 8 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC B A ALLOON smP. The result o f this a ccident was manifest. Having nothing to hold the m shut, the inward suction of the vacuum had pulled them open, and held them so until t he cylinder filled with air. Jack took out the broken springs He then went down to t b e s tor' e r o om to get anoU1er Plilir. Whil e he was absent Tim observ e d a stea,m tug come out fl'o m the i sland and run toward the a erial s hip. She was .loaded with Russian soldiers. Qee whiz h e e x claime d ' Look e r themJ sojers a-coIQ. i n "Russl1ans! exclaim e d Charle y Vot dey v an t mit us?" demande d Fritz. "Werry likely they wishes t e r help u s See! They are signalling to us!" "Vil! v e let e m c oom apoart?" 'Ay ay! I can' t understand their lingo, but Jack kin." The tug no w ran up to them, and the officer in command of the troops s houted s om ething to our friends in his native tongue A s no on e could understand him, no reply was vou c h-sated, a nd the tug ran alongs ide of the balloon ship. In a mom ent more th' e officer and his men boarded her. To the astonishment of the three the troops aimed their r ifle s at the m and the officer s a i d something. 'They means fight gasped T!m, in amazement. L ie ber Gott! Und ve don t vo s got some veapon' s! Hands up, or they ll shoot! exclaimed Charley. H e had, lu ckily solved the means. of saving their lives, for, h8;d they n o t a!l raise d their hands in toke n of submission, Grasping a pneu on the roof t manned a loop bole, and opened fire on the t1 An uproar ensued ai. cut of!' m. 'l'hey retreated to the c ug l eaving on e of their numlY e r wounded upon tbe Eagle's d ec k Jack continued to fire. Then there sounded the v iol e n t rlang o f a b e ll and tlre tug rushed away toward the i sland, carrying off the three prison ers. Jack stopped firing. Rushing out on the d ec k h e fell upon tbe wounded soldier and brought him into the wheel-house. Here he deprived the man of his w eapons and bound him. As soon as this was don e h e s t a rted the big screw, and drove the balloon ship far out to s e a. No sooner was he out of range of the Russian rifl es than he went out and repaired the broke n valves. 'fhe Eagle was thus rendered as good as ev e r and the young inventor lost no time in putting the air pump in op e r ation. All tbe atmosphere was suc k e d out of the cylinde r and the Eagle !Yegan to ris e from the s e a. Streams o f water ran off her hull a s s h e soare d upward, and Jack s topped h e r ascent at a height of t w o hundreu feet. He then drove her toward the tug. Before b e could overtake it, however. the boat landed the soldiers and pris on e r s and they got und e r s h e lter o f a fort. Baffled! cried the angry young inventor. it w a s more than l i k e l y that the y would have been shot. How h e wa s to get p o :.sessl on of his friends h e did no t As s oon a s th e office r ob se r ve d their a ctions, a cynical know. s mil e c ro ssed his bearded fa c e and he addressed his men. Three of the m r a p i dl y separated themse lves from the rest, and s t r id i n g to ward the three, they grasped eac h one by an arm and marc h e d the m tow ard the de c k of the tug. "Blas t 'e m t h e y r e a-goin' t e r take us aboard o thar craft!" g i owl e d Tim, w h e n ll'e saw the intention of tbe Russians. Don t r es i s t. It's a s muc h as our lives are worth, per baps t o fight agai n s t the m said Charley, wisely. 'Shimine y Christmas! Vot ve done dot dey arrest us? savagely growled Fritz. Mu s t v e been taken like sh' eepse s -mitoud a fights ?"' "If you value your life y ou will said one of the soldiers, j u s t the n He could speak English, and had heard a ll they had said. His object in maintaining sUence before wa s to hear what they said. "Ah you s p eak our language, said Charle y 'Silence! w a s the gruff reply. 'Board that tug!" "But wh y are-we arrested?" "Hus h I s ay! You will find out later." 'l'im was not going to let the m g e t Jac k if he could prevent it. \ Fore s eeing that they would be silenced s oon he yelled : Hey, Jack! Look ou t Enemies bas boarded us, and--" Bang! went a heavy hand over his mouth, stifling all further utterance, and tbe three were pushed aboard of the tug. Several of the soldiers rushed for the wbe'el-room door, but ere they could reach it, Jack closed and bolted it. He had heard Tim's warning and had .:en what had o c curred. The next moment h e c losed the m etal window shutters and was secure against invasion. Tbe Russians fired a volley of rifle shots at the door, but they faileEP"to pierc e tbe aluminum plates. .Jack's ire was aroused by this warlike demonstration. The b eggars are up to mischief!" he muttered. Turning t o the groaning pris on e r as h e s topped t h e balloon ship, he aske d him in the Hussian language : 'What impelle d your m e n t o attack us?"' "Why,,. r e pli e d the s oldi e r "to fores t a ll y ou." 00Are you m a d ? We d id no t intend to injure you?"' Ah but w e are n o t to b e d eceived For detaining t b e English frigate in this sea Great Brita in has d eclare d that It would combine with the Turks t o drive u s ou t. T h e sight of your airship has s ho w n u s plai nl y e n!Jugh that s h e m e ans to keep her word. "But we are no t Englis h said Jac k You are! 'We ar e Am ericans! Americans? "Yes. "Do you m ean to deny that you are either English spies or a band sent to drive u s from the Isle of Serpents?"" Of course I do W e are m e r e ly a band of Am erican tour ists taking a pl ea sure trip in m y n e w airship around the world. "Why did you land here the n?" distrustfully asked the man. An accident compelled us to." An incredulous look crossed the man' s face. It was very evident that he and his companions were very thoroughly convinc ed that Jack and his friends were enemies, and it was equally as evident that no amount of persuasion could convince him or his friends to the contrary." "What are tbe intentions of your companions upon tnY friends?" asked the young 'inventor, presently. "They will b e killed as soon as possibl'e!" was the startling reply. Jack saw that the man meant every word be said. He gave a start, and flinging open the window, be p eered out. Tbe balloon ship had drifted away from the plac e wber


I I JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. 19 she had first come to a pause. This was caused by n strong_ breeze that was blowing He then drove he r ove r toward the fortress. A few minutes afterward th' e airship hovered over it. Going out on deck Jack p ee r e d down The fort laid in the form of a hollow beneath him. At that moment J1e caught sight of Charley, Tim and Fritz being led out into the courtyard:'The y had their hands bound behind their backs, bandages were .tied over their eyes and they s tood in a row agains t a wall. A file of Russia11 soldiers, armed with rifles followed them from within the fortres s led by the officer who had boarded !he Eagle. Jack gave a start of alarm when h e saw these preparations. They verified his captive's assert. ion that the prisoners would be exe c uted as soon as possible "So autocratic and tyrannical are these wretcP,es. mut. tered Jac k, "they have condemned my friends without trial. As they have shown no mercy, neither shall I." He rushed ins!d'e a s he spoke The three prisoners stood like statues, with their backs to the wall their heads bowed and the soldiers drew up before them At a distance of fifty paces th'ey stood in file and their officer gav e them some d i rections. He then stepped aside. Up to the shoulders of the troops the rifles were raised and each man aim'ed at the three prisoners, with the evident intention of shooting them down where they stcod CHAPTER XII. They all got aboarJ before the Russians fairly recovered from their tremendous of surprise. Fritz procured some more of the bombs. Just a s the soldiers came swarming out of the doors with their weapons to fire at the intrepid f e llows, the combativ e Dutchman let the bombs fly at them. Loud explosions, the humming of the flying particl'es and yells of pain, rage, and panic followed the bursting of the bombs Jack had run into th e wheel-hous e "If they put a ball through the cylind e r we can t mount!" he cried D 'yer want this lubb er?' asked Tim, pointing at th' e prisoner. "No; h e is of no further use to me now said Jack, pull ing a lever. "Then I'll heave him overboard my lad!" And so saying, Tim grasped the man, raised him from the floor and pushed to the side with him i Just Uren several of the soldiers were upon the point o r firing a volley at the aerial ship. but seeing their comrad e and fearing to hit him, they paused That gave Fritz an opportunity to hurl anothe r grenade at them. The exploding missive caused them to yeli and run just a s the old sailor hurJ ed the prisoner from the boat. At the same juncture, the pump having drawn out the air, the cylinder mounted to the heavens. Up up she shot like a bird on the wing. As she flew up a number of the soldiers appeared on"'top of the fort, and fired a volley at the airship. The bullets rattled about her hull like hail, but failed to pierce it. Jack starte d the screws. Th' e boat rushe d toward the lighthouse A man stood on the tower platform watching her. Give my regards to your commander_!" cri"e d Jac k m t h<, Russian tongue, t o the man, .. and t e ll him we may ascend to 1 the clouds and drop dynamite bombs on the i sland, and destroy "By thunde r the y won't k ill them if 1 c an stop the masit, and its.inhabitants .. sacre I A howl of the lighthouse I N T H E MOUNTAIXS. And as Jack gave utterance to this assertion, came dashHe rushed rns1d e and disappeared from view ing out of the wheel-hous e with s everal bombs in his hand. I A merry peal of laughlcr escaped Jac k and when he told The grenades were loaded with a powerful explosive. his companions how he had frightened' the man, th' ey smile d Jack reached the rail just in time to see the Russian soldiers grimly. aim th'eir weapon s to fire at friends. j You don't mean to do it, do you?" asked Clifton soberly He raised one of the bombs and hurled i t with deadly aim "Why, no. Just look down if you want to see s ome fun straight down at the file of troops. now! It struck the stone pavement In ba c k of them and burst. The reronaulo complied A terrible report followed By this time they were out of gunshot range. lt was echoed by a wild yell. A few moments afterward our friends saw boatload afte r The soldi 'ers lowered their weapons and s catte red I boatload of people leaving the island and rowing to the main-Two of them fe,11 to the ground mortally wounded. land in hot haste. Again and again Jac k dropped,. the destructive missiles The lighthouse keeper had evidently made known to them down at them e v ery viol ent report making the ground tremble Jack's threat, and th' ey had taken alarm, and fled to escap e ano1 the air vibrate with the ec ho the consequence Losing not an instant in order to take advantage of their Passing up through a mass of clouds the air ship shot into panic, the young inventor rushed inside and opened the air' a region that shut out all further view of the land below valves. Charley th en went inside. Down sunk the Eagle i nto the courtyard. "You've scared them away! he laughed She 1iinded upon her flanges and the daring How did they happ'13n to attac k you? .. the young alighted with a knife' in his hand, and rushed up to his a s ked. friends. Charley explained. "Run for the Eagle h e shoute d as he cut their bonds. In conclusion he added : They tore off their blindfolds "rhey carried us ashore with the tug, and c ondu c ted us into A cheer for gallant Jac k burst from their lips wh e n they th6 fortress wh ere we were c ha,rged b y a s oldier who spoke saw who it was that cam e to their res cue. English, with being spies in th e mploy of the Britis h govThey ran for the balloon ship. ernment. Although w e plead e d the trut h of tb e matter, the y Everything was done with extreme rapidity. would not listen to us. We w ere ord e red to be shot at


20 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. onc e. Then they blindfolded us and led us out into the yard I "Below-among the trees and rocks. See the clearing?" from whenc e you saved us." "Ay, ay! I reckon I can strike it, too." "This proceeding is in keeping with the general mode of Tim managed the flying machine with consummate skill, the Russian petty officers, said Jack. "But we have taught and she descended Into a huge, bowl-like ind'entation under them a lesson they won't forget in a hurry." the fall. He stopped the further ascent of the balloon ship, and Here she alighted with a gentle shock close to the boiling steered her over the 7-00 miles expanse of the sea toward the rapids formed by the fall that ran through a narrow de sh9res of th'e Trans Caucassia, in a southeasterly direction. file. 'fhe Eagl'e had come to a pause in a powerful current of Every one alighted for a run on land fdr a change. air which carried her along so swiftly in conjunction with The solitude of the lonely place was broken by the rulll ll'er propellers that she logged one hundred an hour. bling af the falling watei:s, the cries of the night birds anaf;b.e It was late in the afternoon before she had crossed the sea, howls of jackals. and when th' e shadows of twilight fell they caught sight of Jack made a detour among the trees, and to his surprise, the town of Poti, on the Rion river. found a path that l'ed to the water's edge. Afar in the distance arose the great range of the Caucasus 'It must have been made by the wild beasts that come mountains, up from which towered the enormous peak of here to drink,., he cogitated, as he strode among the rockl! Mount Elbruz. j toward the stream to taste the water, and see if it were fit Jack now lowered the Eagle until the gauge indicated a to drink. height of 1,700 feet from the sea-not the Black Sea, as that j He had not gone a dozen paces, however, when he heard a is higher than the ocean. I crashing among the bushes in the gloom at one side, the low Just then the supper bell rang, and Jack put the whe 'el in 1 hum of human voices, and then a fierce growl. Tim's hands and went downstairs with Charley. In a moment more an mountain bear shot into Fritz had excellent repast ready for them, and :while view, its body covered with wounds that goaded it to mad they were eating told Jack that their supply of water was ness. running very low. I It balefully at Jack one brl'ef Instant, and then er_e "I don t vould vant ter gone down mit der deserts ohf he realized what its intention was it rushed for him. Arabia mitoud dot ve our gasks vos filled," said the Dutch I Down he fell in a heap as its huge head struck him, and man. "If you done dot mebbe ve don't got some yust vhen the brute flew at him with fiery eyes and distended jaws. ve most vanted id alretty." j A cry of intense pealed from Jack's lips, al\d he "Then we'd better drop h 'er down on the mountains," said made an effort to arise and escape. Jack, ''for there are no of springs and streams there. Before he could get on \ his feet the bear rushed I'll tell Tim." again. When he went up he explained to the old sailor what was wanted. 'Thats easy enough done, said Tim, "''cause I've been a-steerin her to scrape ther summits o' that range." I "You wouldn't scrape Mount Elbruz at this height," said : "But we've passed it an' left it astarn," said Tim. CHAPTER XIII. IN A CIRCLE OF FIRE. Jack, "for that peak stands about 18,526 feet high.,: I "What is that big peak ahead there?" I Jack had an ordinary sheath knife in his belt, and pulling "Must be Mount Kazl.J' eck." 1 it out, he held the point toward the b'ear with both hands. ",Ah, yes. She stands 16,540 feet high, and we are only up The beast was coming for the young inventor's head. 2,000 feet. You can let her settle on that hill, old fellow. It could not avoid the knife. I'll go out with a ight glass and keep watch for a stream." It plunged straight upon it. The old sailor nodded, and Jack left him. There came a sibilant hiss as the point ran into the In a short time they reached the mighty' peak and ran ster's head, and a wild, fierce growl escaped it as the side '>f toward Eng pass, leading over to Astrakhan on the Caspian its face was cut open. Sea." By the time the airship reached the side of the mountain, she did not descend any, but the wooded slopes brought their tree tops close below the keel of the boat. The scene down from there into the Anormous Caucasian valley was one of supreme grandeur. Jack posted himself in the bow with a glass and kept a careful watch of the land below. Tll'e airship glided over a wild forest, and coming to a wide split in the middle of it, Jack shouted: "Stop her, Tim!" "Foun wot ye want, my lad? '' asked the old sai'.or obey ing. "Look down there. Don't you hear the roar?" Below them the division of the woods was formed by a great rocky canyon that came down th'e mountain side. A sparkling stream poured through this wild ravine, and at lts entrance terminated in a high, wide fall, the watns of which sent a dull smothered rumble up to the boat. It could not be anything but fresh water. "Shall I drop h .W' in the canyon or below it?" asked Tim. A torrent of blood gushed from the wound all over Jack. The beast then recoiled. Having an opiportunity now, Jack bounded to his feet. He had no chance to get away, however. Filled with pain, rage and spite, the bear rushed for again. Now it went up on its haunches, and flinging out its claws, they caught in the young inventor's coat. He was pulled over to the monster in a tight embrace. Jack fought and struggl'ed with all his strength and energy to get away, and the roaring bear dealt the knife a blow and l knocked it from his hand. Disarmed, he w as now placed entirely at the creature's o mercy. I It seemed to realize it, It opened its red mouth to bury the formidable teeth in the young inventor's neck, and Jack saw that it was useless to try to prevent it. 1 At t ,hls critical juncture a voll'ey of spears and arrows flew ' out of the !lhrubbery i11 back of the monster, and pi"erced its body. t< A tremor passed over the gigantic figure.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. 21 If W'iry arms relaxed their grip on the young man. wav moment 'more it was rolling on the ground in a fear of pain, tearing up the dirt, stone and grass itb its claws, and uttering the fiercest cries. Seeing his knife lying close by upon the ground, Jack ran r it and picked it up In a moment more he stood over the bear and plunged the ade into its heart. It was killed instantly. "Don't ve besser got out ohf here?" asked Fritz, uneasily. A circle of fire had been started 9y their enemies all around the boat, and as th' e dry leaves, twigs and bushes flared up, the wind began to carry the flames toward the airship". ,. Our friends went inside the pilothouse. Here Jack pulled the pump lever. But the machinery did n6t operate th'e right way. "Hello! We have been too confident!,. exclaimed Jack, in startled tones. A sigh of intense relief escaped Jack. He rushed downstairs to examine the air pump,. and enter-Hearing the sound of flying footsteps approaching, he glancea ing th'e engine room, saw that it was working. ound and saw a dozen natives of the mountains. There was no air being forced out of the cylinder, how'l'hey were a tribe of Lesghians-fanatical Mohammedans-ever. ho ranged the mountains hunting, fought against subjugaA quick examination showed that there was nothing broken n by Russia, and were characterized by cruelty, treachery, about the machinery. d a love for robb'ery. A dull noise came from the piston, however. These people had seen Jack fighting the bear. It was clear that the trouble laid in the air chest, and he Now they rushed up to him and began to talk in Turkish-could not find out what it was until he opened it. rtar. This would require time, during which the fire was bound Jack did not understand tJ>em, and signified the fact. to reach th' e airship. They surrounded him, stil1 talking. Losing no time in useless speculation, Jack procured a Before he fairly realized their intention, two on each side wrench, and unscrewin' g the nuts, took them off and opened !zed him, the knife was wrenched from his hand, and he the box. s flung down. Here he observed that the l'eather sucker was broken, and They held him on his back, and their prophet chief, Schamyl, for that reason failed to draw the air from the cylinder.name, deliberately began to rifle his pockets. Nothing could be done, save to set in a new one, and this "Thieves!" ejaculated the young inventor. "This is a funny he proceeded to do as rapidly as possibl'e. y to do-save my life so they could rob me.'' In the meantime the fire reached the Eagle. Everything of value was taken away from him. It roared up around her and imparted a frightful heat. "Unhand me, you treacherous hounds!" cried Jack, in angry She was soon buried in the .midst of the conflagration. nes, as he struggled to break loose. "I did not have the Every one in the boat began to suffer when the air became ength of the bear, but, by thunder, I'll match any two of hot and stifling, and Fritz rushed down to Jack and yelled: u!" "Shiminey Christmas! The fire vos all aroundt us alretty!. e tore himsell free. "I can't work any faster," replied Jack. hen be got upon his feet. "pon't I could helb yer?" ut shot his fist, catching the prophet in the eye. replied Jack, tersely. 'chamyl whooped. "Vot's der madder mit der bump?" hen he landed on his back. "Sucker is broken!" ight and left Jack punched at the Lesghians. Jack replaced a new one. hey went down like ten-pins. Then he began to put the plate back. ome of the l'ess valorous tied. Waves of heat were now shimmering through the room iff, bang, thump! went Jack's fists against the d'evoted and the parrot and monkey howled and yelled uneasily. ses, jaws, chins and necks of the howling Mohammedans. Tim and Charley then came down. scene of excitement ensued. he natives were not accustom'ed to this mode of warfare, d they retreated into the woofili to get their weapons in er. ortunately for Jack, the Dutchman and the sailor ap red at this juncture, armed with revolvers. Ahoy thar, my hearty! roared the old sailor. Help, boys, help!" cried Jack. Dot seddles id! Shoot depi!" roared Fritz. hey fired several shots, wounded three of the mountaineers, sent them flying in all directions, very much alarmed. Here's some fresh meat for your larder, Fritz." spit the garcass, and garry it apoard." suitable pole was procured, and this plan was carried be natives did not trouble them, but they lurked in the ds reconnoitering to get an effective shot at our friends. ack tried the water, and found that it was pure and whole 'e, whereupon the casks were filled by means of a hose force pump. is had hardly been done when Charlie suddenly called Those are setting the woods on fire!" Fools! They imagine they can burn us out!" laughed ot cruel natured lubbers they is!" growl'ed Tim. "Great Lord!" shouted the old sailor, "thar hull is gettin' red hot." Jack kept on working. He got the plate in position. Then he began to screw on the nuts. "Tim, run up and start the pump! he cried. "Ay ay! It's about time. We'll soon roast in here." The roaring of the flames outsid'e wa s like the beating of surf. Tim hastened up into the wheel-room and pulled the lever. By that time the plate been secured by most of the bolts, the sucker operated, and the vacuum was made. To every one's delight, the Eagle ascended and left th. ; midst of the fiery furnace like a veritable salamander. Up, up she soared, rapidly cooling as she l 'eft th'il fire be-hind, and entered the cold, rare regions of the atmosphere. Jack completed his task and went upstairs to the deck. It was so hot that lie dared not remain. Nor could they remain suspended in the air, as the contraction of -the metal by the cold was likely to crack it. At some distance away Jack observed a rocky plateau, and he directed Tim to bring the Eagle to a pause there. When this was done, air was let into th' e cylinde;r and she. most all night cooling off. Fritz secured the choicest porUCllls. of the bear, and flung the rest away.


22 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. At break of day the balloon ship was started off leisurely to the southward, and passing th e great mud springs at tll'e end of the great mduntain range, she hovered over the foot hills. Jack arose and went out on the forward deck. Below them there was a great slop e running down to the Kur river. As the young inventor glanc e d down toward the valley, he was startled to see a band of what looked like Turks, mounted upon fiery little Arabian horses, flying down th' e hill. They were evidently in hotpursuit of a man in the garb of a French soldier who was riding a bay horse, and carried a girl, dreiised as a Georgian on the saddle in front of him. Along down the hill they went like an avalanche, the soldier firing back shot after shot from his revolvers at th'3 Turks. I 'g?" h6'wled to Mohamet to protect them, they f\ung dov.. arms, th'ey jumped to the ground, and in short acte dll, maniacs. The balloon .ship landed. Fritz, Clifton and Tim were out on deck. They had armed themselves with a number of hand gre ades, and they proceeded to let them drive at the Turks sp eedily as possible, the reports pealing out like thunder. Masses of dirt were flung high in the air by the explodi shells and through the c louds of dust flew those of the Tur who escaped, while many of them dropped with horsti badly wounded. An appalling scen e ensueO. The cries that arose were pitiful. ''Look out they don't fire back and open the cylinder! cried Jack. Gee whiz! Here comes ther soldier an' his lass!" shou The lances of the natives danced land gleamed in the sunTim. shine, their mantles flowed back with the wind and yell after "I'll help th em aboard!., iiaid Clifton. "They know wh yell escaped them as they urged on their ste eds to the top this machine is." of their speed Donnervetter Don d stob! roared the pugnacious Fri It was a wild exciting chase. as he hurled bomb after "Do yer vant any ohf de Jack iiaw that d 'eath was in store for that soldier and ter live? girl. "Tim?" he cried, excitedly see! Down the hill there!" "Ay, ay I sees em, Jack. .. To the rescue. A way shot the airship toward the flying horde. CHAPTER XIV. \ STORY THAT :NE V E R WAS TOLD. As the soldier s horse reached the foot of the slope, it stumbled Do'lvn it went, throwing the rider and the i:;irl to the ground. 'A wild yell of exultation pealed from the lips of .the Turks. for they now felt confident of him. Along they dashed screaming and brandishing th'eir wea pons, and the soldier scrambled to his feet and assisted the girl to rise In a moment more the brave i ellow had entrenched the girl and himself b 'ehind the body of the fallen steed. The animal's leg was broken. It would never again be available, and the Frenchman mercifully shot it to end its suffering. From behind the animal' s body he now opened fire upon his enemi'es, every rnport from his weapon sending one of the Turks reeling from the saddle. The rest of the wild horde were maddened by the deaths of their companions, and pressed on vengefully eager anil to make the gallant fellow pay dearly for his work. It wa s evident that the soldier meant to sell hislife hard. He saw that he could exp ect no mercy from those barba, rians, and with a courage that was sublime, never faltered. Shot after shot was fired back at him from the long muskets wielded by the Turks, but the carcass of the horse protected th' e man and the girl. The mad rush of the Turks did not abate. In two minutes more they would reach the brave French man, ride over him, and trample and stab him to death. But just then the Eagle shot down from the sky between th' e natives and their intended victims. A tremendous yell of affright escaped the Turks. They swerved their flying steeds to the right and left, they Boom! Boom! Boom! thundered the bombs. Clifton lowered the ladder. Th'en the Frenchman carried ,the girl up to the deck No sooner did Jack see them safe when he feared a rev sion might take place, and he pulled the pump lever. Up glided the airship into the sky like a rock'et, and befo the Mohammedans recovered from their fright the Eagle h soared far beyond the reach of their bl\llets. "Hurrah!" roared Tim. gal.,. ''We've saved the lad an' I The rest cheered luiitily for it had looked very muc h .as they would not arrive in time to do it. Having broiight the balloon ship to a Jack came o on deck and p eered over th' e railing. Upon the ground lay a number of the men and horses, a the rest. scattered in all directions, were speeding away, ev and anon glancing up in fright at th'e Eagle. "Gentlemen," said the soldier, in French, !/this seems be a miracle. I profoundly thank you. But tell me, h eaven's name, what sort of a balloon is this?" "A new invention," replied Jack, as he was the only o who understood the man. "How came you in sue,b a peril "The Turks had raided a Georgian village' and carried aw this poor girl to sell her as a slave. I stole her from the encampment to set her free, and they pursued me.?' "'\Ve just arrived in time, then." "Had you not done so. we would have been killed." "To where were :rou gorng?" "Back to Elizabethpool. " I shall transport you there." And so saying, Jack rP,turned to the whe el-house. Steering the Eagle toward the town in question, it so hove in sight. She then descended n'ear the garrison. All the soldiers saw her coming down, and as th e Fren are well versed in ballooning, it did not take them long to what it was. Their astonishment was intense when they saw their fri;e and the girl alight from the airship. rh e soldier waii very grateful for the service rendered, a he wa s delighted with the wonderful actions of the ball ship. He rushed among his friends, and in his quick w'ay of Ul ing, rapidly explained what had transpired. Overwhelmed with enthusiasm, every soldier -in the pl cbeered and cheered our friends.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BAI;LOON SHIP. 23 t========-=======-"If we stay here th ey'll overcome us," laugheq Jack, as Fritz stopped and dodged behind tl1e wheel-house. e waved his cap to them. "All ready to ascend, boys:" "Whar is he? roared the old sailor, glaring around. Show The Frenchmen were greatly disappointed to see th'e won-me that blasted land pirate till I wipe up the deck with erful air racer fly up before they could see more of her, or him." et better acquainted with her daring crew. "Didn't you see him down below?" Our friends heard the_ m cheering when th7y were high in e air, and then a salute was fired from their guns tha[ woke the echoes far and n ear. In a few minutes the Eagle flew through the clouds and anished from the sight of the earth. 'That was one of the finest rescues I ever witn essed, id Charley to thl') D ,utchman and the sailor. .. I'm proud of ur work." Yah, dot vos goot! assented Fritz, complacently. 'l'im only sniffed. .. Lor'! ,. said he, .. I saw a better one than that." "You did?" '.i\.y, ay!'' "Where?" ;Jn ther navy." "Bosh!" "Don't y 'er believe me?" "No." .. Why, no,,. said 'fim, With a mystified look. Well that' s where he went, wasn't it?" Y, now I reckon it wuz!" "Then how could he be up .here?" I reckoned I heerd him on deck." An oral delusion. Tb' e music was ringing in your ears and deceived you," assured Charley, as be saw Fritz dodge in and downstairs behind the puzzled old sailor's back. .. Sure enough, that mni::t a been it, assented Tim. "Waal, I'll spare his life now, an' spin ther yarn 'cau se th'er fact is I've got over hein' mad now an'--" "Hey, Tim," interposed Jack, just then. Ay, ay, lad!" Come in here and take your trick at the wheel." "Dumped agin! growled Tim, in disgust. "Thar must be som'ethin' agin' my spinnin' that yarn. But I'll tell it to yer if yer'll come inside." 'Can't," asserted Charley. "I've got t o do duty as lookout .. Then I 'II prove it.,. here." .. Do so." So Tim had to give it up. Yer see, it happened when I wuz aboard o' ther ole frigate abash--' .. Donner und blitzen roared Fritz. "Dot seddles id!" He rushed into the pilothouse. Tim glared bal 'efully at him with his solitary good eye. "Lubber!,. he growled. "Go ahead! .. said Charley. "Don't mind him." .. All right, my lad. ?'bu at least, js a gentleman. uz a-sayin'--" As I But then Fritz began to pl-a a terrible grind on his cord eon. Tim stopped short. A scowl as blac:k as a thunder cloud mantled his rugged cw. "Blast that bloody pirate!" he yell'ed. "Don' t pay any to him, Tim," grinned Charley. "Gosh blame it, lad, it ain't him, it's that cussed accorn.' "I want to hear that yarn, Tim." All right. I'll tell it ter yer, but--" "Toodle-dun! Toodle-dun! 'l'idly-o-tidly-o!" bowled the ordeon Tim tried to stand it. ut the effort was a dismal failure. CHAPTER XV. BURIED ALIVli: "Hang on for your lives!" "Mein Gott! Der grapnel will not hold!" ''The propellers have stopped, Wright!" "An' I can't make th'er Eagle go up or down." It was late in the afternoon a week later when arose from the four o ccupants of the airship. these cries She had c ome down over Persia from a high altitude, covered with snow 1lnd i ce, and pausing within one hundred feet of the plain of Lus har, the machine suddenly stopped. A terrible sandstorm had come up and struck the airship. Her valves had been c losed and froze fast. Until the cold left "1h' e metal pipes they could not open them, and as there wai:: something the matter with the ma chinery it was impossible to work the sc rews or pumps. This storm was what the 'l 'urks call the samiel. It was first indicated by a thin haze along the horizon which quickly grew dens er and overspread the whole sky. Stow that playin', will yer?" he shouted, Pierce gusts of wind followed accompanied with clouds of red and burning sand, presenting the appearance of huge ignoring his comcolumns of dust whirling forth with great rapidity. ut Fritz whanged and wheezed away, nd, much as if be bad not heard it. im's patience gave out. Vast mounds of sand were transported from place to place by the terribl' e energy of the tempest, and a red glow hovered over the land. e spit on his hands, rubbed them together, and swore. hen h'e made a bee-line for the pilothouse. I'll tell _yer that story I murder tber Dutchman, he-Y,elled to Charley, and then be scudded away. roar of laughter pealed from the reronaut's lips. J The balloon ship was helpless in its grasp. my l It floated like an ordinary balloon now, at the mercy of the blast, and at thefirst blow was driven along furiously. There was a forest athwart their course. e saw Tim plunge madly inside and dash downstairs. arcely bad th' e old fellow disappeared when Fritz came behind the door where be had been hidden. e bad a broad grin on his face, winked at Charley and ckled: I vos fooled him dot time, don't it?" Keep it going!" laughed the reronaut. en Fritz started again. soon had the desired effect. came Tilll, at every step. She struck the topmost J:iranch es of the trees with a fierce crackling and snapping ot the limbs tearing through them like a reaping machine. Then she bounded up in the air, reeling and swaying as ff she might topple over at any moment. Every one followed th e advice of Jack, and hung on for their lives. The young inventor had but one hope of saving the Eagle from destruction, and that was to sink to th e ground. As the valves were frozen out, the atmosphere was bound


2 JACK WRIGH'l' AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. to thaw them looS'e in a short time, for they were then sufl'er ing frightfully from the jntense h eat. 'l'he storm arose from a cause that was bound to aid them. Owing to the great power of the sun' s rays, the extreme dryness of the air, and the s mall conducting power of the sand causing the accumulation of heat upon the surface, the superficial layers were heated to 200 degre es. Six hours had passed since they were first caught in storm, and as they' usually last about that length of time Jack conclud 'e;l that it had expended its fury. H e therefore went up into th'e pilothouse to look out. The room was shrouded in dense gloom. Approaching on' e of the windows, he peered through a hole. The air re sting on this hot sand be came greatly heated The aperture was choked up with sand. thus giving rise to ascending currents. so was every one of the others. I Consequently, the air flowed from all sides toward these The n he opened the door. heated places, and the differ ent currents me 'eting, cyclones Hardly had he done so when a volum'e of the sand poure or whirling masses of air, w e re form e d and swept onward by in. the wind. A hot, choking dust s o fill e d the atmosphe r e that it would havsc killed our fri end s had th' ey not closed the doors and windows. The Eagle bound e d UP. for a distanc e of several hundred f ee t after strik in g t h e branch es of the trees, and our friends e xp' ec ted to fall he a vil y to the ground wh e n she cleared the woods In this e xpect ation they w e r e h a ppily di s appointed The surface area of the airship, c ombi n ed w ith the buoy ancy s h e already caus e d h e r to a c t like a para, .. chute. H e r d esc ent w a s swif t but not a s fa s t as it might have be e n h a d s h e b ee n in a state of utte r c oll a p s e 'l'hen he realized a most startling effect The storm had been heaping the sand upon the air,shi until she was literally buried beneath tons of it. A startled cry burst from Jack. It brought his friends up from b e low at a run. "What's the matter? Anything happened?" crie d Tim. We are buried alive!" cried Jack, pointing at the door. "Shiminey Christmas, muttered Fritz. "Ve smudder here soon!" 1 I don t see how we are going to get out either," groane Charley Their situation was desperate. Unless something was don e at on c e to r e lieve them, the would p eris h as soon as all the air in the boat was co1 Do w n s h e came at an a ngle. B efo r e she r e a c hed h e r equilibrium s h e w a s caught in on!l s umed. of the whirling v o rtice s allud e d t o Jack turne d the situation over i n his mind. H ere a-. terri ble ex p e r ienc e awaited our friends. going to try to get her out of this!" he exclaime1 Sh e was whirled a r ound a n d around with dizzy velocity ; presently. flin g ing t h e four o cc up ants to a ll s i des o f the whee l-house and c au sing the monk' ey and p arrot t o ye ll with f ear. Then s h e was kno cked o v e r until h e r cylinde r and the sid e oi tp.e b oat rod e flush on an e qual pl a n e a f t e r whi c h s h e was proj ecte d forward lik!' a c a n no n b a ll. Along she was shot with ama zing rapidity, at one moment hoV'ering withi n p. f ew yards of the ground, and at the next hurled high up into the air. At the last des cent s he mad e s h e h a d r e a c hed the side of one of the great sand dune s of that country, and s truck. Fortunate ly the s id e of the. bo a t hit th' e sand. There came a t errible s ho c k. a jingle of the glass panes, broken in the w i n dow s, and then a b elll'.>wing ro.ar of the wind followed by the clic k ing of the sand blowing o ve r h e r. Jack was like h is c ompanions almost blinded, for with the breaking of the glai;

,YACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON HHIP. 25 y th'e judicious distribution of the bombs, they finally red the boat of all the sand there was upon her. he then was unwedged from it. n examination of the machinery had shown them that of the g ear wheels of the shaft had broken, and they put a new one. inding her free, Jack started the generators to operate pump, the air was drawn from the cylinder, and to th' e of all hands the balloon ship rose in the air. p, up she ascended, the wind blowing all the loose sand her, until she bad attained an altitude of a mil'e. ack stopped her and started the screws. s she shot ahead through the air he heard a faint cry down ow, and depressea the searchlight. strange scene met his view. 'he drag rope grapnel had caught a man and was carrying yelling individual in the air with them. L CHAPTER XVI. THE SAILOR'S PERIL. There clung th' e yelling individual several hundred feet low the balloon ship on the end of the rope. He was clad in the garb of a Persian, and had seated himself the grapnel and clutched the rope with both hands. It was very evident that the poor wretch was very much lghtened, and' Jack was debating in his mind whether to i:;:t him up, or lower the airship, when Tim came in. "We've picked up a stowaway," said Jack, pointing at the an. "Good Lord!" langhed Tim. "Where did he hail from?" l. I can't imagine how we fish'ed him." "Wot yer goin' ter do about it?" ;,Get rid of him by going down. We have gone over the rder, and are crossing the swamps of Baluchistan, near ah Jodaf." ''Goin' ter land ther lubber in ther village?" "Yes, we may as well Jack shot the searchlight down, and it struck the earth low. He let a small quantity of air into the cylinder gradually, d the airship was steered toward the village in her de ent. As she n'eared the earth, he saw a number of the natives the village coming rushing into the streets. 'l'hey were shouting excitedly and pointing up at the bat on ship, the glowing lights of which were plainly seen. "We've created a s ensation among them," laughed Jack. 'Let ther stowaway down 1in thar midst." Jack nodded and let the balloon ship keep descending. Down went the drag rope with its human freight, and the oment it got close to the ground, th' e man jumped. He landed ill the midst of the excited throng. Jack had stopped the wheels, but the air current they were was drifting the drag rope over th' e ground. 'Ihe natives made a rush for it. In a twinkling the course of the Eagle was checked ore of thent seized the rope. hen they began to pnll th e balloon ship down. "Hello! See what they are doing, T.im?" said Jack. "They wants a closer acquaintance, my lad." ''But I don't. They may destroy the Eagle." "Wot shall we do?" "Cut the rope." Tim stumped out on deck and drew his knif'e. as a By this time the Eagle had been hauled down to within y feet of the ground by the excited throng below. 'I"lm gashed the rope. It caused the Jl}.'en who were hanging on to it to fall on their baeks, and relieved of the strain, the balloon -ship shot up into the air. Her ascent was so sudden that Tim was flung down. Over 'the edge of the deck he rolled. and in an instant more be would have been precipitated to the ground, had he not flung out his hands and grasp'ed the edge of the deck. 'l'here he hung by his fingers, and the Eagle continued up ward. 'Help! Help!" he roared. No one heard him in their excitement. The peril of the old sailor was extreme, for the least jar was liable to shake his grip loose. His scant bail' fairly rose on end with horror, for it was al most impossible to pull himself up to the deck. ''Save me"! h e yelled. Still, his hoarse cry was not heard. Up higher and higher mounted the Eagle. Jack dared not counteract her ascent by letting in air, for fear of injuring the machinery. On the contrary, he started the air pump. giving h 'er more buoyancy, so she would not suddenly drop after she gaimid her equilibrium in the atmosphere. Again Tim shouted. This time Jack heard him. "What's the matter?" he cried, looking out door Save me, Jack, or I'll perish! 'Where the deuce are you?" ''Hangin' over the port scuppers! Jack rushed out on deck and peered over the rail. He caught sight of the old sailor in the gloom and ran for him. He was just in time. In a few moments more the Eagle reached her equilibrium, and a shock went over h er that might have shaken Tim from his precarious hold on the planks. Jack seized him by the wrists just as the' shock came. He was very strong, and easily pulled the old sailor up. Tim lay panting and puffing on the deck for a few mo-ments bathed in cold perspiration. "How in thunder did you get down there?" demanded Jack. "Wuz knocked down by the rebound!" replied Tim. "Ob, I see! Ah, we will go no higher now." He returned to the wheel-house and Charley came out. Glancing at the old sailor, he ask'ed curiously: "Didn't I hear you calling for help just now?" "Ay, ay," replied Tim. "I jist fell overboard." "How did you get back so quick? "By Jack's aid. "But we are hundreds of feet from the ground." "I know it. Yer see when I wuz over ther sid' e and fell, my body struck a strong current o air an' bounded up like a rubber ball. Jack see me a-flyin through the air, an' steered ther Eagle so's I landed on her deck, an' ther plan succeeded." "Hold on Tim! Don't expect me to believe that." And Charley was gone. Taking advantage of a moment when Tim wasn't he glided inside and left the old sailor talking to himself. It made Tim as mad as a hornet. He bit off a piece of navy plug and followed the reronaut. On the following morning the Eagle crossed over the moun tainous interior of Afghanistan. and reached the borders of Turkestan. Below h'er was the great Tarim deseit, to the north lay the great chain of the Muzart mountains in Tian-Shan. ....


2.6 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. The airship was going over a section of the world in that was ultimately destined to change the co'Uree o f th Central Asia, that few civilized white men have ever seen. route. She sped along rapidly all that day and into the followi'iig All the lights suddenly were extinguished. h i night until she hovered over the great desert of Shamo. Th e machinery began to work spasmodically, going at on s l Below her laid the valley of the Eleuth tribes between moment and stopping the next in the most singular man 1 Mingan and Hami. ner. It was a bleak c old c ountry, rising high in a great table"We are, being affected by the dryness of the atmosphere, land. remarked Jack, quickly apprehending the cause of troubl'l The people were mostly herders, and were governed by a "I don't see how that could trouble us," said Charley. class of priests called lamas al! of whom are so much op"You saw the shepherd's clothing?" posed to the white race that they are prohibited from entering "Oh, you mean the electricity?" the country. 'Yes. The air is full of it." Jack steer ed the Eagle toward Hami. "Can't we get out of it?"' It was so dry and bitterly cold that the airship became "Only by ascending. heavily coat e d with hoar frost and our friends had to don "Go up by all means, then.,. extra clothing Jack lost no time in doing so. for as the generators ha A deep gloom had settled down. been scr badly affected he was obliged to switch on the extr 1:0 remain a t a high altitude from the ground was impos-current of the auto-accumulators to get power for the ai sible witho u t s uff ering the r i gors of an Arctic climate, and pump . Jack let th e flying ma c hine down to within a short distance The ship soared skyward instantly. of the earth. The air was filled with fine, icy needles that stung like fir She was going over a bleak barre n tract of pasture ground obliging the young inventor to close th' e window. when the young inventor caught sight of a number of men In a few moments a coating of ice several ahead of him in skin clothing. covered the ballocn ship, and she was swiftly borne off They were a queer dark featured r ae e, thin, bony w earing the southward in the fearful current. full beards and high peaked hats, carried stick s and were "We are in for it now," ruefully said Jack.' going along towatd the distant village "Vh' ere dot currents vos tooken us?" queried the fat fe_ As the airship dre w clo ser to the lonely trave l 'ers going on low through the du s k of the night, a most singular event occ urred over the Mediterranean." that startled Jack beyond all m e asure. "Jerusalem!" gasped Tim looking at the log. "One hun CHAPTER XVII. AHO t;.N D T H E WORLJJ IN 'l'HE SKY., Th e men Jack wa s wat ching s ee m e d to hav e b'een engaged in c onversation wh e n a ll at once long streaks of fir e shot from all ove r them in blinding flashes. Every one of the band was envelop e d in the flashing flames, but seemed to pay no h ee d to it, for they kept on talking and 1Continued on their way as if nothing extraordinary was occurring I Great heavens! What sort of b eings do you call those men? asked Charley, as he glared out at the shepherds. I'vp seen this thing befor e Jac k replied. "It isn't very wonderful. "You must b e used to mirac les. "This is a natural ph e nomenon c ommon in this region." How do you account for the fire?" "It is electricity." "Are you sure?" "Positive." "But what generates it? .. "The air loses its conducting power and when the people dresS'ed in sheepskins approach conducting substances their clothing gives out those long electric sparks. Hairy skin has a great affinity for electricity. Stroke a cat's fur the reverse way in the dark, and you will find it gives out electrie sparks. Just then the Tibetans were startled by the searchlight blazing out upon them, and glancing around saw the Eaglv, A prolon'ged howl escaped them. Jack and his companion burst out laughing at their superstitious fears. and as the airship c ontinued on, thPy soon left the natives astern of th e boat. 'l'he young inventor soon made a startling dis c ov e ry though dred and forty miles an hour' Wot sort of a current is thi:> lad?" "Heaven only knows. I have a mind to let it carry us an see where it goes. This is a phenomenon worth examln ing. Don't you notice how much like the currents of tll sea are the currents of the air? ln the ocean we have tb swift, warm Gulf Stream-in the air this cold Polar cur r'ent." The ma chinery worked properly where they then floated The the rmometer registered at five above zero at tbei former altitud e but the f::!pirits of wine now ran down thirty degrees. As long a s the y went along with the wind they feel the intense cold but the heat radiated from chinery, el e ctricity, themB'elves, and other causes, the Eagle with great icicles. 1 'l'he four decided to let th e \...ind carry them, as no incon v e nience was felt and they were swept along all night. On the followin,g> day they were across the Mediterraneaii and below saw the African continent. Three days afterward the Cape of Good Hope was Jef behind, and the -airship followed a course acros the Atlantic, and finally reached the South Orkney Islands From ,,there sh'e went on the great barrier cliffs, and reach ing Palmer Land, shot across the South Shetland Islands. A long chain of cliffs were s een. The Eagle kept following them until Emperor Alexande Land was met and the southern globe of the pole was passed The velocity temperature, and direction of the wind di not abate. So great was their e1evation, and so dense the mists t h a overhung the icy land below that nothing was seen of It. When the airship began to go northward on the sid'e of th earth opposite that by which she had gone to the south Jack and his companions reached a strange conclusion. It was to the effect that this tremendous polar current into which they were carri'ed, described a circle through th atmosphere around the earth at a height of 30,000 feet.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. 2't "What water is that below us?" asked Ch'arley. "The South Pacific Ocean." While they ran through a strata of atmosphere, above ich there was no vapor, they could frequently see the furi movement of the clouds below them and observe a heavy l of rain or snow going on. t times the sun heated the airship until it became un fortable its rays lighting up one side of it and leaving the er side in shadow. week passed by ithout our fri ends feeling the slightest movement of tne gle, she was plunging through space at the same high rate speed at which she had started. In due time the Pacific was left behind the airship, and y were carried over the land be1tween the enormous moun ns of St. Elias and Fairweather, towering, over 14,970 feet the air. The close prox imity of these enormous peaks at de ifived them into the belief that they W'ere descending. As soon as they were passed ; however, and the valley, lng between the coast range of Alaska and the Rocky untains beyond sunk away below them, they saw their ror. The winding course of the Yukon river was plainly traced low and swiftly borne along, the Eagle was s wept out er the Arctic sea above Mackenzie Day. 1 She iJaintained her lofty elevation until the Sibernian coast s reached and the wind carried her inland Here the magnetic influence was Jost and she was on the int of mounting into the coW upper regions when a terrible rang out overhead. The cylinder had burst. A terrible noise ensued. In an instant more the boat s buoyancy was lost. She gave an awful downward plunge and in a moment ore shot through the air like a meteor Efvery one aboard of her was thrilled with the horrible ought that as soon as she struck the earth she would be shed to piec es Altogether, bad as the case was they had a lucky escape. "The contraction of the metal caused by the cold must have made the cylinder burst, thought Jack. Fritz and Charley now came up from the cabin. 'I' hey w e re not very favorably impressed with their position. Jack started the s c rew lever but found that the machinery did not work as the fall had injured it. "We will have to work it by hand, boys," h e remarked. I am a good swimmer," said Charley. "If you will fasten a line to my body I'll swim ashore with it a nd pull her in." This was a practical manner of getting out o f the difficulty. They carrie d out the plan. It was a frightfully cold swim But plucky fellow finally finfshed it. He then hauled the boat ashore by m ea ns of the line So intense wa s the c old that our friend s resolved to get the airship on her ke e l a s soon as po s sible. Acc ordingly s h e was tow e d beside a c liff. Here a lin e wa s secured to the cylinder and run up to a block fastened to the top of the cliff By this means the y hauled the cylinder up until the boat r o de on her keel b e neath it, after whi c h they went in s ide. Th'ere they r e ma i n e d until the f ollo wing day Having made the m se lves perf ec tl y c omfortable, and re paire d a.JI the dama ge done to t h e interior of the Eagle, a day pas s ed by. On the following da y they took out the burstedplates in the c ylinder, and as there wa s pl enty of material a.b,oard, set in new ones. It occupied 'Several days to finish this tas k 'I'h e boat was then found to b e a s c apable as she was b efore the accident occurr e d and the y started her off in the air. She majestically arose s ever a l hundred feet and then paused Jack started the scr e ws and a s sh e flew through the freez ing air, he steered her for the southeastward. 'l'h e log r egister had kept a correct tally of all the move ments of th e airship, and as Jack glanced at the dial he observed that it now marked a total distance traversed since leaving Wrightstown of 20 000 leagues CHAPTER XVIII. ' The Eagle sp e d aw ay toward Lake Baikal and finally swept over the Chin e s e Empire in th' e Mongolian district, from whence she ran down to Korea on the Japanese sea. THF. JAPANESE J UNKS. From there she pursued a northetly course toward the Gulf of Tartary. a There came a terrible crash when the balloon ship struck, 'I'h e weather had become oppressively warm, and the cool d it for an instant to he r o ccupants a s if she were upper regions of the atmosphere were kept. ashed One afternoon th e weather changed. 'l'hey were knocked flying in all direc tions. Gr eat fog banks s wept over the sea and shore and Jack Bumped and baJtged a11 over they were partially stunned. was just upon the point of raising the balloon ship above the 1 Jack was least hurt and qui ckest to r ec over mist when a shout from Tim out on deck arrested his atHe bounded to his feet, and to his surprise found that tention f ater was pouring into th' e sHip through an op e n port. "There' s a Yank ee steamer b e ing attacked by Japanese With one spring he reached the bull s-ey e and closed it. junks .,, s The airship lay on her side and was moving up and wn. Every, one was upon the wall of the port side of the vessel, 111.d the young inventor climbed up into the pilothous'll. 1 The Eagle had reach ed the coast of Cape Tchelyusldn, d ept down it at an angle through a pass parting the Byranga ountains, and had plunged into Lake Taimur. Although the shock had demolished a great many articles the airship, the water had so cushion'ed her that the hull as intact. The result was that the ship was uninjured. t The crack in the cylinder was sever'al feet long and was top of it as it floated. Had it been on the starboard de, the water would have poured in, filled it, and sinking, e boat would have been upside down by its weight. Jack lowered the Eagle into the fog He realized at once that the v e s s el in qu estion mtght stand in need of assistance or Tim would not have called him. The airship swooped down like a bird of prey through the fog and soon opened up the sea below Here Jack caught sight of a s team s hip in a badly disabled condition running through La Perouse Strait, hotly pursued by half a dozen great, clumsy junks, swarming with Japanes e. The steamer had been crippled by a numbe r of gunshots, and opened up the sea b e yond the fog bank s ahead of the junks, which had now drawn c lose to h e r. As soon as the native ve sS'els clear e d the f og the big old


28 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. faehioned guns mounted upon their d e cks w e r e put i n operation again. rI'he steamer' s machinery w as damage d by an unlucky shot. l.J'p to h e r rus h e d the junks, and over the ste a m e r s side poured the pirates engaging t h e sailor s in a h a nd-to-hand conflict. There wer e s everal femal e p asse ng e r s on th' e v es s e l upon whom the pirate s seized and carried a poard o f one o f the junks. I Nev e r expecting such an attack th e p e aceful c r e w of the steamer wer e p o orly armed to meet t h e a ssault o f the p irates. Tim Charl e y a nd Fritz hastily arme d themse lv e s with a large numbe r of grenad es and fir e d them down at the junks. The e xplo s ion s were terrific. They began t o rend the junks to p ieces As as the rascal s caught sight of t h e a i r s h ip attacking fhe m they ceased hostilities as qui ck a s m a g ic. Back to th'eir own vessels they rus h e d. a nd casting loos e Crom the stea m e r drifte d a w ay. Fast and furiou s f e ll the liomb s u p on the m and two o f the v esse ls sunk, lea ving thei r cre ws on the surface. J ac k s aw that they wer e so demo r a l ize d b y the strange attac k that t h ey w ould l eave the ste ame r a l one now and cat c hin g s i ght o f the junk on w h ich t h e females we r e carried, h e pursu ed it. D own to wa rd, t h o fugitive junk r u shed t h e Eagl e T h e vesse l was s ome di s t ance a h ead. Upon her d e ck lay f ou r fe m a l es b ound h and and foot 'J'h ey were guarded by a l a r ge numbe r o f the J>ir a t e s As B oon a s the natives saw t h e d r eaded airsh'.p in pursuit of them they ma de eve r y e ffor t to ge t away frorr it. But it wa s a u se l e s s atte m p t Th e E a gl e s oon over h a ul ed he r. Down went a numb e r o f the b o m bs aga i n a nd t he n the terri fie d r asca l s ab andoned all hop e a nd r u she d b elo w ,'

JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP . 29 Seeing the tide or the changing, Bismarck discreetly 1 Fritz aros e and ap p r o ached his friends. flew upstairs. "Mein Gott! Vot a tom ca t! he gasped. Away rusheil the monkey after him, and Tim and Fritz were you hurt?" a s ked J a ck of Fritz brought up the rear. Hurded? Holy c h ee! Do y e r think a cat's could cut a Out on deck flew the parrot, and uttering a rasping shriek. t eller all ob e r mit its c law s und not hurt him? Vhy, Shack, he flew overboard and went fiuttel"ing down to the ground. 1 1 feel me dot like s om e vun took ohf mein glodings und "Himmel!" yelled Fritz. Man ohferboard! Man ohfer rub me all ohfer mit sandpap e r ." 1 board!" .. Let' s return to the airship then, and attend to your in" What's that?" cried Jack, in alarm. juries. "I mean parrot ohferboard cried Fritz. .. Stop der poat The y r etrac ed their ste p s to the Eagle. or ve lost him.'' Charl ey a nd the girl w e r e s t anding on deck, anxiously Jack complied, and let the Eagle descend to the ground awaiting their return, and when out friends boarded the air The parrot had landed in a clear space near a wood and ship, they gav'e the' reronaut a n account of Fritz's adventure. 1 Fritz lowered the ladder and hastily went over the side. '!' lie Dutchman jamme d the parrot in Its cage and then Bismarck was some distance away went down b e lo w to atte nd to bis injuries. i: The Dutchman ran back after him, and the bird saw him Jack then raised the airship. coming and flew for the wood . She sped along once more, and on the following morning After him rushed Fritz at the top of his speed. cleared the mountains and drifted across the plains. The bird seemed to be determined to keep out of his clutches Several more adventures occurred to our friends on their for it r ushed along, every moment uttering a squawk It finally reached the woods. 'l'here it disappeared among the trees and bushes until Into the woods ran Fritz, aggravated intensely by th'e par-rot's persistence to escape him. Jack and Tim had run out on deck. They saw the Dutchman vanish In the gloomy woods, and were just about to burst out laughing over the chase the bird was leading him, when they heard a wild, unearthly yell. It was instantly followed by the voice of Fritz, screaming: "Safe me! Safe me! Jhib! Helb! Helb!" A thrill of alarm passed over his friends. "Something has happened to him!" said Jack. CHAPTER XX. CONCLUSION. Jack and the sailor hastily armed themselves, alighted from the Eagle and rushed toward the spot where Fritz had disappeared in the woods. The Dutchman's yells for help continued. Plunging in among the trees, Jack's attention was at once attracted by a tremendous scuming sound the shrub bery. A short distance further in a sight met his glance that made his blood run cold. Fritz was struggling fiercefy with a huge puma. The beast was about five feet long, with a thick, ciose fur. of reddish-brown color, lighter at the sides, its muzzle throat and insides of the legs a grayish-white fur. Over and over rolled th'e man and the beast uvon thE> ground in their battle for life, Fritz pluckily determined to get the best of it. Great Scott! gasped the sailor. "It will tear him ter pieces!" Don't fire from here, or you may kill him. .. Lord no! But we've got ter do somethin', Jack: ''I'll fix the brute! And so saying, Jack rushed up to it, intending to get close enough to blow its brains out. Just then, however, the-beast tore itself away from Fritz. It leaped back, and crouched down, as if about to spring at him again, when Jack raised his rifle and fired. The ball crashed into the monster's brain just as it bounded up into the air. A loud explosion ensued, which was echoed by a frightful rry from the beast, and its head was fairly blown to pieces. It fell to the ground at Jack's feet. way to the eastward, but want of space precludes the pos s bility of giving an a c count of them Suffice it that in due time the balloon ship finally reached the vill a ge of Wrightstow n and d es c e nd e d It was on a beautiful afterno on w h e n she finally settled down toward the open roof o f the s hop she had come from Our then alighted The first person s to m eet a nd g r ee t them w e re Jack' s charm ing wife and son Whiskers and Bismarck w e r e t a k e n into the house. Here a splendtd r epast was prep a re d for the v o y agers and when th' ey had mad e themse lv es pre sentable, th ey ail sat down to the board. Jack's wife was given an account of their adventures. She had taken a strong fancy to Fanny Fairfax, and the young girl found her just su c h a friend as she needed at this crisis. It was then decided between Jack and Charley that they should go to New York together the next day get married, :mu call Roger Harcourt to ac count. This was subsequently done, the girl accompanying them from the minister's house to th' e banker's place of business. They found the man in his office. He was intensely startled to see Charley and Fanny. Bounding from hi s chair, he glared at them a moment in silence and then cried, in sull'en tones : "I thought you were both dead. " Wished it, you mean! r e plied the reronaut. "How do yo il' dare say that?" "Because our fortunes are both in your hands, and you probably expected to retain th' em once we were out of your way "What? You accuse me of this?" I do. I want an accounting for my wife " Your wife?" gasped Harcourt, turning pale. "Fanny Fairfax and I were married to-day. See her wedding ring?" "Great heavens!" "My father is d ead--" "Dead!" "YE!s. I inherit his privatefortune ." "But he sold his business to me ere he"You lie! "Sir!" "Here is this will to prove that he left it to me. Charlie showed th' e rascally sch emer the paper Harcourt wa s fairly dumfounded "You forget the forged check--" he began maliciously "It was you who made it.' "Recollect! Your father accused you.


30 JACK WRIGHT A-1. D HIS ELECTRIC BALLOON SHIP. "Just read this letter." He thru;t the pap er over to the man and Harcourt read it. His face changed color, and he wank back into his seat, for it was clear enough that Percy Clifton believed that he had be!ln guilty of the fraud to get rid of his rival. "Let the matter drop ," he said "You and I cannot get along in this business togeth er. You buy me out, or I'll buy you out." Name your price. Harcourt did so. Charley sold out to him The matter was finally adjusted in a satisfactory manner, a nd then Harcourt was forced to restore to Fanny the fortune he held in trust for her. This done they left him. Percy Clifton's will was filed for probate The plans of a most wonderful invention were soon drawn up and upon consultation with Tim and Fritz, he resolved to begin the construction of the ma c hine. It was accoTdingly done. Considerable time and money were spent. But in the end Jack had one of the most extraordinary in ventions he had ever devised before. It was destined to be a source of great amusement, anll the means of bringing him and his friends into a series of the most thrilling adventures they ever met witli. It is impossible to give the details of Jack's new invention here, or tell what occurred to them when they used it. The recital is reRerved for another story about the three friends which will soon foll w this one and uritil it appears we must leave them. THE END. R ead "THE GAME-CO C K OF DEADWOOD: A Story Suffice it that it was admitted in due course of time, and both Charley and his wife came into possession of their inheritances . of th e Wild Northwest," b y Jas C. l\ferritt, will be It made them both wealthy. t h e n e xt numb e r ( 2 51) of Pluck and Lu ck." Jack returned to Wrightstown when the evidenC'e of Clifton's death, which he had furnished. was given The young inventor had been not only satisfied with his great journey through the heavens, but was pleased with th e termination of affairs for Charley and his wife. Mos t of Jack's time wa s d evoted to the invention of the mechanical wonders thathad in the past afforded him great profit and a vast amount of amuseID'ent. He, therefore, did not lose any time now to devise a new c ontrivance and t he result of his labors finl\llY exceeded hi!! most sanguine expectations when h e first began. SPECIAL NOTICE: All b ack number s of thi s week) are always in print. If yon cannot obtain them from any newsdealer s end the pric e in mon e y or pos tage s tamps br mail to ;FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 SQUARE NEW YORK and you will reeeive the copies you order by return mail. .'HAPPY DAYS." IDustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. The Best :i:ssru:m:o ElV"El::El. "Y" :F:t=l.I:O.A. ii' HAPPY DAYS i s a large 16-page paper containing Interesting Stories, Poems Sketches, Comic Stories, Jokes, An s\\'e r s to Correspond enh, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have a nation a l r e putation No amount of money is s pared to mak e this weekly the best published A New Story Begins Every Week in "Happy Days.'' OUT TO-DAY! OUT TODAY Jack Wright and His Flying Ice Boat; Or, Adrift in the Polar Regions By "llONAME," in No. 441 of HAPPY DAYS, Issued March 1 PRICE 5 CENTS. For Sttle by all Newsdealers, 'or will be sent to any address on the receipt of price by E'BA1'TK TOUSEY Publisher, 24 Union Squar e New Yor


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An Exciting Story 226 Jack Wright and His Prairie Engine, or Among the Bus n of of Railroading in tbe Northwest. By Jas. C. Merritt. Australia.. Bv "Noname. 189 R e d Jacket; or, The Boys of the Farmhouse Fort. By An Old 227 A lliiilion at 20; or, Fighting His Way in Wall Stree t B H. K. Scout. Shac kl efo rd 190 His First Glass of Wine; or, '!'be Temptations of City Life. A 22'l Hook and Ladder No. 2 By Chief Warde n True Temperance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. 229 On Deck ; or, The Boy Pilot of r ,ake Erle. By Allyn Draper. 191 The Coral City; or, The Wonderful Cruise of the Yacht Vesta. 230 r,ocomotive Fred; or, Life on the Railroad. By Jas. C. llferritt. By Richard R Montgomery. 231 Jack Wright and His Electric Air Schooner; or, The Mystery of a 192 Making a Miillon; or, A Smart Boy's Career in Wall Street. By Magic Mine. By "Noname." H K. Shackleford. 232 Philadelphia Phil; or, From a Bootblack to a Merchant. By How-193 Jack Wright and His Electric Turtle; or, Chasing the Pirates ard Austin. of the Spanish Main. By "Noname." 233 Custer's Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn. By 194 Flyer Dave, the Boy Jockey; or, Riding the Winner. By Allyn An Old Scout. Draper. 234 The Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jas. A. 195 The 'l'wenty Gray Wolves; or, l!'igbting A Crafty King. By Gordon. Howard Austin. 235 Old Sixty-Nine; or, ':'be Prince of Engineers. By Jas. C. Merritt. 196 The Palace of Gold; or, The Secret of a Lost Race. By Richard 236 Among the Fire-Warsbippers; or, Two New York Boys in Mexico. R. Montgomery. By Howard Austin. 197 Jack Wright's Submarine Catamaran; or, 'l'be Phantom Ship of 237 Jack Wright and bis Electric Sea Motor; or, The Search for a the Yellow Sea. By "Noname." Drifting Wreck. By "Noname." 198 A Monte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. By Allyn 238 Twenty Years on an Island; or, The Story of a Castaway. By Draper. Capt. '!'h os. H. 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