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Jack Wright and his ironclad air motor, or, Searching for a lost explorer
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Pluck and luck
Cap't. Tho's. H. Wilson
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Frank Tousey
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lssucd ll'ee/.;ly-By S11bscript io1> $ 2 .50 p e r y ear: 1''11te r c d as Second Class Mati e r at the .Ye w York Post OfFce, Nouember 7, 1 898, by. Fran!:. Tousey 'J'ack procured a ftle. With this he rapidly cut Fritz' s fetters and the Dutchman soon libera.tecl. the other three. The Japanese keepers recovere, d from their fright by this time and began to suspect that the flying-machine was not supernatural.


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PLUCJ< LUCJ<. Complete Stories of Adventure. ra11ued Weekl11-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Flntered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Pod Ofl'oe, November 7, 1898. Entered ac cording to A.ct of Oon greSl!J. in the year 1903 in the office of the Librarian. of Oongress Washint)ton, D. 0., by Frank 24 Union Square, New York. No. 266. NEW YORK, JUI.y Y 8, 1903. Price 5 Cents. OR, Searching for a Lost Explorer. Ily "NONAME," CHAPTER I. end of the affair such as had occurred, he hastened over to a A TRAGEDY ON THE SHOBE. n earby boathouse and picked up a piece of rope from an oak box. It was a dark, gloomy n ight. Th'e wind was moaning drearily over Wrightstown bay. A fieet of fishing-smacks anchored off shore rolled and tugged at their cables, a thick haze swept in from the Atlantic, and there arose a roaring of th' e surf on the coast below a light houS'e on the rocks at the headland. In the bay a large ship rode at anchor, and the dull clang of her bell ringing out the half hours tolled lonesomely in the gloom. Few peopl'e ventured from the fishermen's cottages lining th e shore at the head of the bay with their ruddy, comfortable lights, for the screech of the sea gulls and the blackening of the sky foretold an impending storm. A neatly clad boy of sixteen named Royal Maxwell had come down to the shore from a handsome house in the fisher village, and reaching the water he stood earnestly staring out at the ship. There was a man dogging his footsteps. He wore the uniform of a ship's captain, and was a heavily built individual, with a bushy, black beard, shaggy 'eyebrows and a hooked nose, over which a pair of small, treacherous eyes almost met. This person's name was.Captain Adam Sloat. He was the commander of the ship Fog Bell, at which th'e boy was looking. Creeping up b'ehind th'e boy as stealthily as a sat, the burly ruffian raised a huge revolver, which he held clutched in his hand, and dealt Royal Maxwell a crushing blow. A stifted groan pealed from the poor boy's lips, and he fell stunned. "I've got him!" mutrered the captain, in satisfied tones, as he bent over his victim and peered down at his face. "My only regret is that I did not kill the whelp." He glanced sharply around. No one had witnessed the cowardly deed. Apparently satisfied of this, and,.evidently anticipating an On top of the box lay a wet fiour sack. He eagerly seiZ'ed it and returned to his victim. "Just the thing,'' he muttered. "He could never get out of this." With considerable difficulty he crowded the senseless boy into th'e bag, and put several h eavy stones in with him. Tying the mouth of the sack with a rope, he lifted it upon his shoulder and strode away. The captain directed his steps toward a long 'pier that ran out into deep water from the shore. "I'll throw th'.e bag from the end of the dock," he mutoored. "The stones will sink it. Royal Maxwell will then be safely out of my way." Along the margin of th'e bay lle crept, the waves washing in at his feet with a low, splashing noise until he reached the pier. It had a dark, d'eserted appearance. Some rain drops pattered down upon him. He felt by the movement in the bag that the boy was reviv ing. Anxious to plunge his victim in the bay ere he recovered, in order to insure his death, the man hastened his movements. Reaching th'e stringpiece at the end of the dock he raised the sack up in both hands and gave it a fiing. A deep groan came from within the bag as h'e did so. "Gone!" he exclaimed. Splash! went the sack into the water. Adam Sloat turn; d to run away. for the commi'ssion of the deed had suddenly flll'ed his mind with horror. "Halt!" said a voice. Before il.im stood a young man. He had been passing, and saw the captain's suspicious actions. Following him out on the pier, the young man had heard the groan 'emanate from the bag, but fail'ed to reach the captain in time to stop him from flinging it into the bay. A cry of fear burst from Sloat's Ups.


2 JACK WRIGH'r AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. He turned as pale as death, dodged by the young man, and sped away terrified at oeing discovered committing the crime. "I'll meet you again, sir!" cried the newcomer. He realized that th'ere had been a human being in that bag and knew that every moment wasted in chasing or talking to the captain might seal the doom of his yictim. The stranger plunged into the water and dove down. So accurately had he gauged th e spot where the bag sunk that when he reached bottom, at a depth of ten feet, he reached the sack and seized it. The boy insid' e was fierC'ely struggUng to get out. In the stranger's hand was clasped an opened pocket.knife, and with one gash he l!leV'ered the binding the mouth of the bag. The water fioate\Royal Maxwell from his confinement for the stones held the bag down, and he received material assist ance from the stranger. Both rose to the surface. Here tll'e boy struggled frantically again He would have gone down again, but for the stranger, who was a magnificent swimmer, and easily held him up. Royal was gasping stentoriously, and choking from tmi brine that kept pouring down his throat. His gallant rescuer, with a few powerful strokes, reached shallow water, and waded ashore, dragging the boy with him. By the time they reached the strand, Captain Sloat's victim had so far recovered that h e was able to stand up. But h'e was violently nauseated. Then he glanced at his rescuer "Jack Wright!" he cried, in choking tones. The brave f'ellow who pulled him out bent a close look at him. "Why, it's Royal Maxwell!" he exclaimed in surprise, for he was well acquainted with the boy, as they both lived in the same village and had frequently met. Ja.ck Wright was a wealthy young inV'entor of submarine boats, flying machines and overland engines, besides other pe c u liar electrical and mechanical contrivances. He had a powerful figure, and angular features, dark eyes and black hai r, a plucky disposition; a kind heart and a fine education He helped the half drowned boy to an OV'erturned rowboat, upon which h'e seated himS'elf, and Royal Maxwell slowly re covered from his exhaustion, ana exclaimed gratefully: "Mr. Wright, you have saved me from d eath." "No doubt of it, assented the young inventor. "Why did this happen?" "Why? I do not know All I can tell you ls that I stood on the ehore here to-night, wh en something hit me on the head that made me s ee stars. I fell. That's the last I remember until I found myself strangling in the water, and you swim ming ashore with me." "You are a victim of foul play." "But I had nothing about me worth stealing." 'Perhaps there was some other motive in back of it." "Impossible. I haven't got an enemy who would murder me." "You mlght have been -mistaken for somebody else." "True enough. I wonder who could have done it?" .. A sailor," replied Jack. "I saw the man." "You did?" asked Royal, in deep surprise. "Certainly. I have been worki 'ng hard on a new flying ma chine and just finished building it to-night. Heated from my work, I strolled down to the bayslde for a breath of fresh air, when I suddenly caught sight of the sailor I haveniention ed. He was carrying a bag on his back and was heading for the dock." "A bag?" "Yes. You wa s in it. "I was in a bag?" cried the bqy in astonishment. "Exactly. The man s actions were so suspicious that I foI 1 lowed him out on the pier to see what he was going to do. Just then I heard a groan come from within the bag. Before I could prevent it he pitched the bag into the water and ran away. I dove in, cut the bag open, pulled you out of it, and carried you ashore." "By jingo, that's strange!" crl'ed the amazed boy. "Don't you know who the fellow was?" 'No. He came up behind me, in the gloom, and must have hit me on the head with something, right here, knocking me senseless. This spot on my head hurts like .anything." "What brought you down here, anyway?" asked Jack. "I wanted to meet a man." "For what?" "To get a bird from him." "I don't understand you--" "Oli, I forgot. I'll explain. You see I've only got two rela tions in the world-my father and my father's half-brother-a sea captain named Adam Sloat, who commands that big ship lying at anchor out there in the bay--" "But your father is away, I belieye." "Yes. One year ago he went to Japan to 'explore the plac e in quest of a gold mine, which somebody told him about. I have never heard from him since. Well, before h e went away he made out his will. The \vill stated that if he did not return from his journey in eighteen months it might be taken for granted that he was dead. In that case father's money was to go to me. If I were dead it was to go to Adam Sloat." "Ah! J;.see," said "To-ni!Jtt Adam Sloat called on me. He knew all about th e arrangement father made about his money, and reminded me df it. He was a rough looking man, but he was very pleasant to me Before he left he said he had brought me a present from Japan, to where his ship sails. It was a beautiful bird. But he had left it in the boat that carri'ed him ashore. The boat he said was beached near the pi'er. If I would go down there and ask the sailor for it I could have it. He wasn't going rlght back to the ship, as he had some busines s to attend to in the village first, or he would go with me. I told him I'd go after th e bird. Then he left. After he was gone I put on my hat and came down here." "Will you describe Adam Stoat's appearance to me?" asked Jack. "Certainly. He is a heavily built man, wearing a sea cap tain's uniform. He has a bushy, black b'eard, shaggy eye brows, a hooked nose, and rather small, sharp blu'e "tlyes." "Ah! I recognize him." "You do?" "He is the man who trled to kill you." "What!" cried Royal, in startled tones ' He wanted to put you out of his way." "Great heavens! What for?" "So as to inherit your father's fortune." "Are you sure it was him?" "I would be willing to swear to it." The boy was fairly dumfounded. He pondered with a frown on his brow, and then said: "As there was no rowboat here with a man with a bird waiting for me I begin to think he only made up that storr so as to get me where nobody would see him, and kill me." "That's exactly the opinion I have formed." "Mr. Wright, he must be a terrible villain." "Money makes rascals out of a good many peopl'e." "Oh, how I wish my poor father were hare!" "Why don't you go in l!lllarch of him?" "I can't, as I.haven't got the means." "Why, yes you can. You can go with me it you like." "With you?" 'In my new flying maclllne. I intended to make a trip to


.JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. 3 .Japan in h'er for pleasure. But if you wish to accompany me an armed man, Jack pushed his way through the crowd and I will make an titrort to find the lost explorer for you." rush' ed into the saloon. "I'll go!" cried the delighted boy. "And here's mY hand He saw his two friends recoiling before an armed man. on it. One glanC'e at this individual plainly showed Jack that he CHAPTER II. UP IN THE AIR-MOTOR. It was \'ery evident to Jack that the captain of the Fog Bell had made an attempt to murder Ure lost explorer's son in or der tc gjlin posseaslon of the fortune Charles Maxwell had left. The dastardly attempt filled the young inventor with indig nation, for Jack was too honest and up ight to tolerate foul play. l!e resolved to see justl.ce done. "Let us go to the Sea Spid er house," said he after the boy had entirely recovered. "We will there find plenty of the fish er men who will aid us to get aboard the ship and put Adam Sloat under arrest." "Shall I prosecute him, Mr. Wright?" queried the boy. "By all means. He ls a dangerous man to leave at large. He may come back and try again to kill you if he discovers that hil!I first attempt failed "Then come on," hastily said the boy with a shudder. "I'm aftaid of that man now. My father has left fifty thousand dollaTs, and such a large sum might tempt him to re'peat hi's attack." It wa s over an hour since Jack saved the boy. Th'ey left th' e beach and proceeded toward the old hostelry in question, which stood Rear the bay side. It was a weather-fieaten old tavern frequented by the fish ermen of the village, had been named aft'er the first sub marine boat Jack had built. As they drew close to it the sound of jovial voices, clinking glasses, laughter and boisterous songs were heard within. Brilliant lights shone out of th'e doors and windows upon the gloom of the rainy night. Just as they reached the entrance there suddenly sounded the roar of a hoarse, angry voice in the crowded 1 1 bar-room, swearing and raving furiously. was the same wretch who had made an effort to kill Royal Maxwell that night, down on thti pier. Adam Sloat looked like a wild b east. He had run directly to this saloon after making the attempt to murdl'lr the explorer's son, and began to drink heavily in an effort to forget what he had done. His small wicked e)'" es were flaming and bloodshot his face was convulaed into a demoniacal expression beneath his bushy black beard, and h e was brandishing a big revolver. It was evident that drink had rendered him half mad. For an instant Jack stood gazin'g at the man. Sloat was then aiming his weapon at Tim. With a rush Jack reached the man. One sledge-hammer blow knocked the pistol from his hand, and another caught Sloat on th' e neck and felled him like a. log "You cur!" cried the indignant young inventor. "I've ooen looking for you, and now I'll put you behind the bars." Sloat scrambled to his feet. At one glance he recognized Jack. "That face! he gasp ed., recoiling. '\I told you we'd meet again," said Jack. Just then Royal Maxwell ran in. "That's the man who tried to murder roe!" he cried, excit edly "My God!" yelled Sloat, starting a:nd paling when his glance tell upon the boy. "The grave gives up its deac?! '' "Tim! Fritz!" cried Jack. "Ay, ay!0 "Vos iss?" "Arrest that man!" The sailor and Dutchman rushed for the captain Fully alive to his danger, Sloat ran to a w i ndo w With one bound he passed through, a nd van i sh ed "AfteP him?" cried Jack. He sped out the door, and all the men w ho had be en driven from the saloon started to find the fugitive. They searched all over. Sloat was not to be found. The next mom ent the doors and windows banged open and He had not lost a moment escaping a motleY. crowd came pouring out with a rush. They scoured the neighborhood but fail e d to find him. Some jumped through the windows and some crowded out "He has probably return' ed aboard h is s h i p ," c ri e d Jack to the doors, raising a confused babel of voices. the men, when they returned to the S e a Spid e r house. FolTlien there sounded a pistol shot. low me. We will board the Fog Bell and put him uni:Ier ar-lt was evld ent to Jack that the merriment had suddenly rest!" been transformed into a panic by some belligerent individual Everyone assented. who had fired that shot. A rush for the bay was made A moment afterward a voice shouted: But when they r!;ach : ed the water front an angry roar es"Missed me, gol durn yer ugly figtirehead! Take that fer caped th e crowd. firin' a shot at me! An' blast yer, may it teach ye ter fight like For the ship was gone! a man, with yer fists an' not like an assassin, with a revo1ver!" n was evident that Adam Sloat had returned aboard and set Crash-bang! came the sound of a fall. sail at once, impre ssed with the idea that his life was in dan-It was instantly followed by a volley of frantic yells, oaths ger. and threats in th'e first voice Jack heard. "He has escaped!" cried Jack, in chagrin e d tones. Jack recognized the voice of the man who had been shot at. "Ay blast ther lubber," assented Tim, "an' thar's no fetching "It's my old friend, Tim Topstay!" he muttered, in surprise. him back. A moment later anoth'er voice roared: "Shiminey Christnlas! Look out dere, Dim. Fte vas goin' ter shood ad yer again alretty. Lieber Gott! Look oud!" Bang! went a second pistol shot. The Dutchman's voice amazed Jack Still more for h'e cried: "I'm blesS'ed if it isn't Fritz Schneider, too!" \ The Dutchman was Jack's oth'er chum. Realizing that 'his two f;iends were engaged in a fight 'with There was an angry look upon the old sallor's bearded face, and his eye-for one was glass-gleame d furiously. He had a wooden leg, and ground it into th e sa nd, a s if he wished it were the body of the fugitive Sloat "What caused the row, Tim?" questioned Jack. "Oh, he came in an' got drunk," replied the old marine. "He started in to insult everybody, an' ther fust thing yer Itnow, I ups wi' tny flipper an' caught him a smack in ther kill-


. JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. ser when he caUed me names. Wi' that h'e pulls a gun an' be gun ter shoot. ''.Bullets wuz flyin' aroun' ther room like hail-stones. I couldn't stan' that. So wot should I do, but sock him in ther lug. Ther fust punch knocked him cock-eyed. Ther second one sent three o' his teeth flyin' out so swift that they went through th'e eight-inch walls like bull'ets. Ther third biff caught him in ther bugle an' knocked it up'ards so high that if he gits ketch ed in a rain storm with his mouth shut, ther water'll run in his nose an' drown him. Ther fourth twister I whanged him knocked his starboard eye out of j'int, an' ther fifth sockdolager broke his back--" "Hold an, Tim,'' laugh'ed Jack, who knew what a consum mate liar the old sailor was. "If you damaged him so much why didn't he show it in his looks?" "Why,'' Teplted Tim, taking a big chew of navy plug, "you wuz so excited yer didn't notice it, I reckon." And so saying, the old marimi stumped away. At this juncture Fritz approached. He was a short, fat Dutchman, with yellow hair, blue eyes, a large stock of pugnacity, no end of grit, and a deep-rooted affection for Jack. By profession he was an electrician, and for amusement h'e usually spent his time at grinding an accordeon. Like th'e sailor, Fritz had once been befriended by Jack, when he was quite poor; and like Tim, he had amassed a for tune by going with the inventor on his voyages, and sharing his gains1 "Shack,'' said he, "vot der doost dot drunken veller meant when he say deT det coom back by life again?" Jack told hfm what happened to Royal Maxw

. JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. It made him dizzy, faint and sick in that strange situation. He grasped the railing and glared down at the ground with an irresistible d esire to spring off. His brain swam, his body shook like an aspen, and he finally made up his mind to get inside. As he started to cross the deck it began to sway. The boy tottered and fell, uttering a scre!J.m of alarm. His body rolled through one of the openings in the railing, and in a momep.t more he felt himself falling downward. He flung out his hands convulsively. His fingers clutched one of the wing stays It checked his fall, and left him hanging_lly the slender line. Jack had been the first to see what had befallen him. "Take th'e wheel!" he cried. Then he dashed out of the pilot-house. Fritz rushed in and assumed control of the motor. Over to the side sped Jack until he arrived opposite th'e bQy, who now hung like a ,Pendulum, swaying from the stay. "Hag on! erred Jack. "Save me!" groaned the boy. "Yes-yes. I'll have you in a moment." It was a perilous undertaking to get the boy. The stay sagged f!fl" down and bent down the tip of th'e wing when his weight came upon it. It tilted the mowr over at an angle. In order to reach him Jack was forced to grasp the stay and let himself hang down as the boy was, then go out hand over hand toward the center. His additional weight tilted the Dragon over further. In a minute more he reached Royal and grasped him. It was lucky he did. The boy was going to let go. He was so overcome with panic that his strength departed. Help me! He has fainted." "Aye, ay, lad. I'll heave you a rope." Thcre were several manilla lines hanging to the rail, and seizing one, Tim made a slip noose in th e end and flung it over to the young inventor. Jack could not catch it then, for Royal's senses had fled, and while th e young inventor held on to his limp body with one hand, he sustained himS'elf by the stay with the oth er. "Lower the Dragon to the ground! Quick!" he cried. It was impossible to get any help from the deck now. Fritz heard the cry. He at once the h'elix lever and stopped the screws. While the onward progress of the flyi'ng machine was stopped the slackened speed of the helix caused h 'er to descend swiftly. Jack was hanging on by on e hand. It strained his muscl'es frightfully. He glanced down, and saw a dense woods below. Before the air motor could get across h'e feared h'e would have to let go, and he shouted up to Fritz: ''Drop her into th e first op ening you see!" "Sure!" replied the fat youth. Down she went until she was within a few feet of the tree tops. Here Fritz endeavored to stop her ttescent. But he did not gauge the distance right. Jack struck the topmost branches. As the air motor crept ahead th' ey caught his body. He was pulled from his hold and fell. Had he remained the branches would have gashed him like knives. Down fell Jack with his burden with a cr!lshing and crack ling noise, until he struck in the crotch of a bough. So was his companion, to whom h e yet clung. Fortunately for them they were not kille.d by going all the way to the ground, or by being impaled on the broken point of one of the limbs. In a few Jack recovered his faculti'es. He ached all over, and soon ascertained the extent of the damage. With his strength recuperated he worked his way down to the ground with the senseless boy after considerable difilculty. "By jingo!" he gasped, "it was awful-awful!" Royal was beginning to show signs of returning animation. In a few minutes he rec'7ered and sat up. Staring blankly at Jack, he began to think. Then it recurred to his mind what peril he had been in. A surprised look crossed hi's face when he saw where he was. "Why-how is this?" he stammEjted. "We fell in a tree," replied Jack. "Oh, my don't I hurt!'" "No it's queer you ain't dead." ''How did I get all scratched and torn this way?" Jack told him as briefly as possible. By the time he finished he caught sight of the Dragon. She was hovering over their heads. "Ahoy there!" he cried. His voice reached Fritz's ears and the Dragon paused. "Hello thar, Jack!" roared Tim from the motor's deck. "We are down here!" "Hurt?" "Not much." "Good. heave down a lada er." "Let it come, and we'll get up there again." Down through the nearest opening among the trees d&-scend'ed a long silk ladder with two heavy weights on the end. They held it rigid while Jack and the boy ascended. Reaching the deck of the air motor, Tim help ed them aboard. "Ge e whiz!" exclaimed the old sailor. "I thought yer wuz killed." "But we wasn't!" laughed Jack. "Haul up the ladder and start her off." "It all came o' Fritz miscalkerlatin' how near yer wuz ter ther trees." "No, it was my fault," interposed Royal. "I became awful dizzy. Then I fell. Rolling off the deck, I grabbed that line." "It's because you are not used to flying in th'e air," explained Jack. "Do you think I'll get accustomed to it?" anxiously asked the boy. "Of you will, once we get above the clouds. But cpme inside and, we ll repair the damage our bodi'es have undergone." He led the way to the central turret. As he opened the door, they were startled by hearing a pro longed howl, followed instantly by a hoarse, rasping voice, yelling: "Blast you! Confound you! Oh, holy smoke! Hurrah! Hurrah!" "Good heaven! Who's that?" gasped Royal, in astonishment. Jack burst out laughing, and pointed at a monkey and par rot, who were engaged in a terrific scuffle in the middle of the room. It wa'S the monkey that yell'ed, and the parrot who spoke. "Bismarck and Whiskers!" said Jack. "Who in the world are they?" "'rhat bird and beast." "Where did they come from?" "My house. Tim owns the monkey, Relieved of their weight, the Dragon bounded upward and marck." sped away from the spot. > Jack was severely cut and scratch' ed. ., I "Where did' they get them?" I "CBJ)tured them in Africa. Tb.e alwa s o with


6 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. The boy laughed at the antics of the two creatures, and went in with Jack to dress his wounds. Fritz had startl!ll the screws revolving, and as the Dragon ran ahead, she kept mounting in the air. Finally she reached th e cloud's, and passed into a bank. They were thin and so vapory that the air motor looked as if sh e had been in a shower of rain. The clouds 'were hundred feet in thickness, and the motor steadily mounted through them till they were left below. A broad glare of sunshine fell upon her. A moat singular scene was seen b'eneath. Falling upon the top of the bank, the sunlight lent it th e appearance of a billowy ocean. Great pinnacles hills and ragged projections rose above the general l'evel flashing back the sun' s rays In beautiful pris matic hues as the golden shafts pierced the misty vapor. The air current was driving the cloud along in the same di rection in which the moto was going But as the cloud traveled as fast as the wind, it j wiftly left th'e Dragon behind. Along it swiftly fled, the air motor chasing it with flying propellers, but it soon vanished in the distance. 'l'h'ere were numerous gauges, registers and other instru mentS hanging upon the wall of the pilot-house by m eans of :which the height, velocity, etc w e re take n. Fritz thus ascertained that the Dragon reached a height of 2,000 f'eet above th' e sea level wh e n he stopp e d her. The log showed a s peed of forty g e ographical miles an hour, and a register showed the distance already traversed. Jack and Royal now came in a'nd the course was laid out. Th'e Dragon was to pass over the Canadian border to Que bec, thence along the north of the great lakes to dntario, and crossing Manitoba Assinibclia Alberta and British Columbia at Van Couver's Island, she was to cro s s the Pacific to Japan. Jack's main obj ec t had been a mere pleasure trip over grounds with whic h h e was n9t very familiar, and the original project was to be c a rrie d out. The only de v i a tio n w a s to b e the mere fact that they were to look for Charles Maxwe ll w h e n the y r e ach e d Japan Royal h a d some account o f hi s fath e r s movements, and when c ourS'e of the air motor w a s s hap e d for the frontier, Jack took control of the wheel and said: "Fritz, it' s pretty n ear midday As you have always done the cooking on our former exp e ditions, will you assume the same duty now and prepare our luncheon?" "Fer sure, ass e nted the young Dutchman, hastening away. "Tim ke e p a lookout now will you? I want to hold a few moments conversation with Royal." "Ay ay!" r e plied the sea-dog saluting. Now my boy I want you to tell me all he particulars of your father's e xploring e xpedition and give me what informa tion you can in ord e r to guide u s to his present whereabouts Royal nodded a sse nt. "I'll. give you whole story, Mr. Wright," said he. cltAPTER lV. SWALLO)VED BY A THUNDER GUST. stood with his hands on the wheel and Royal seated himself on a camp stool and sai d: "My father wa s a prominent member of the American Geo graphical Society. In the interest of that association h e made up his mind to explore the islands of Japan from end to end. a He was further prompted by a most peculiar fact. That was :Ws desire to definitely locate a gold min e by he hoped -tncrease his wealth." "How did he chance to know of the existence of that mine?" asked Jack. "Through the result of an accident. He onC'e saved the life of a man who had been th e secretary of the American minister to Japan. The man's horse ran away and my father stopped it. The secretary was very grat'eful. He n ever recovered from the shock of the accident. Finding himS'tllf dying, and having no relatives to benefit, he sent for my father and imparted the se cret to him of where he had once, when in Japan, discovered a valuable lead." "Ah I see. Go on." "My father resolved to find it," said Royal. "He therefore started for Japan just about a year ago. From Yokohama he sent me this l'etteT, mapping out the course he intended to fol low. You know how the Japanese hate all foreigners; how jealously they guard their own possessions, and how antago nistic some of the governors are to the white Well, as I n ever heard from my father again, I came _,to the conclusion that he had fallen victim of the Japs, and would never come back alive." "Let me see the letter." Royal handed it over. Jack carefully read it. The letter contained a description of the route Charles Max well intended to follow, and was a splendid clew for Jack. He saw that by going over 9actly the saIJ?.e course he might gain some tiding of the lost explorer that would lead to his ul timate recovery if he was yet living. Witllout this information Jack would have hll.d a very diftlcult task to locate the explorer. ... "Let-me-iiee," he muttered. "He intended to labd at Yo kohama, and thence go afoot through Ml1sash, Koii:uke and Iwashiro to Inawa Sharo lake. It must be there that themlne ls located." "And the course, you can see h! marked with blue peJicil." "Yes-all th e adjacent to\ns and cities are written It would be almost impossible to miss the route once we reach Yolrnhama." "But you are not going directly there?" "No; our destination is Cape Satano, on Vah Dieman's Strait." At this juncture Fritz rang an electric dill! bell to ahnounce dinn er, and the conversation was brought to a:n ehd. An excellent meal was served up. Jack was finally relieved of the wheel and opening a trap in the deck, when he had finished his luncheo n, he went down Into the hold of the motor to examine the machin'ery The space was not deep enough to permit him to stand up right. By pressing a button on th e wall he caused a number of in-"" c andescent electric lights to glow Th'ey were operated by the batteries. He found himself in a large, shallow compartment, over the floor of which lay the mechaniSill for operatillg the tnachine. I It consisted of a num!Yer of cranks, shatts, cogged-wheels and electric motors from which wires ran to the batteries. This machinery the side screws and driving wh eel. Th' e helix and wings contro1Ied by the mMhanism in the C'entral turret, while the electric lighting ptlw er for the search-light at the bciw and the incandescent iamps came direct from the jars. Jack soon saw that everything was working with the nicety of a clock, and having lubricated the bearings, up forward. Here the battery jars were arranged in compattmettts, and joined in series so that different of current could be gained, or different sets be worked Independently.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. Th'e chemical compounds with which they were charged did not require changing for several days. Having seen that th e batteries were in perfect order, Jack started to go back to the trap, when a loud, cracking noise rattled out. '!'urning around he was startled to see a number of fiery streaks go shooting along the metal frame points. At the same moment h e received an electric shock through his hands where they were in contact with the wall. It knocked him down as if he were sttuck by a club. A cry of alarm escaped him. In a moment more his body felt the current. He bounded to his feet. "We've frightened the out of them!" laughed Royal, as he pointed at the flying rustics. ''Ay! they imagin' es as we is some evil sperrits a-swoo.pin' down from ther sky," chuckled Tim. "!Jet's see if we can t find out what ails the Dragon!" Jack exclaimed. "All the current is being drawn off now." "Id vos lucky dot ve half wings, like a chicken," said Fritz, in grim ton es. "If ve ditn'd somepody vould gollect our lifes insurance." Jack passed into the hold .with the Dutchman. All the fier y globules had disappeared excepting a lurid, bluish red gleam amid the jars of the battery.-It was there the el'ectric fluid was escaping. Then he saw the machinery stop. Upon a closer approach Jack saw that he had created The stoppage of the h elix caused Ure air motor to fall. mischief himself by stepping on one of the feed wires and A sickening feeling passed through the young inventor as he breaking it in two. felt the air-ship desc ending. All the current had thus b'een thrown into the boat's hull. The snapping and cracking continued and grew fu violenC'e. Procuring a pair of rubber gloves, the breach mended. In a !ew mom ents the hold resounded with a noise much Returning to the pilot-house, Jack saw the farmer and his a-.3 if packs of firecrackers were bursting. hands in the windows of the old house. Thousands of electric sparks and blazing streaks shot from They were' armed with a shotgun and several antiquated the metal rivets, plates and nuts through the air, in all direc horse pistols, with which they were firing vigorously at the tlons, filling the place with a lurid, ghastly glow. air motor at such long range that none of the bullets reach ed Every time one of those glaring fireballs touched Jack they her. burnt his clothing and skin. A general laugh went up from our friends over their animos-He marle a rush for the trap. ity, and Jack put the machin'ery in motion again. Death stared him in th e face. The h elix spun around, and the Dragon aros. e swiftly in the If any of those sparks were to touch a vital spot the effect air to a height of 1 500 feet. would have been much the sameas if he were struck by light-Here a strong current of air was encountered blowing to the ning. northwest, and Jack stopped her ascent and started the screws. Before Jack reached th e trap there came a shock. The motor sped away with the wind. It flung him down. By nightfall she was going over Lake Champlain, and head-The swift desC'ent of the Dragon was stopped. ing rapidly for Quebec. Tingling all over from a second shock, the young inventor The sky had a threatening look. quickly arose and sp' ed up to the deck. "I have a notion that we are going toward a storm c enter," Here he saw that all th e wheels had stopped. said Jack to Tim that. night, as they stood in the wheel house The motor was falling f!arthward with her spread wings together. "Don't you notic'e the barom eter?" buoying her like a parachute. "Ay, ay-ther mercury's been a-fallin', m y lad." Fritz and Tim were yelling for him. "I've seen it go down three-fourths of an in c h i n an hour." "What's the matter?" he shouted. "Bless me--as much as that?" "Dot's vot I vant to replied Fritz. "It's the surest indication of a big storm, Tim." "Look at your registers." "True for you, my h earty. Looker ther sky yonder." "Dey don't register noddings." He pointed to the northward. "Then the current is escaping from the jars." It looked as if the current of cloud-laden air they were in, "Vot in dunder make dot?" as well as one from the east and another from th e west, were "I can't find out. Switch off into the grounding wheel." converging toward a fixed point on the Canadian shore of Lake Fritz compli'ed. Ontario. 1'here was a wheel on top of the central turret. The air motor was th' en driving along at the rate of a mile It lay in a horizontal position, and was arranged to take a minute. every bit of current there was and discharge it in the air. Jack examin ed the spot toward which his attention was diThe electricity caused it to r evolve and a shower rected. of sparks and streaks of lightning five yards in length flew off It had a gloomy, threatening aspect. into the air. "Tim, it won't do to remain here!" exclaimed Jack. By this means the current was drawn from th' e hull. "Wot will yer do-rise or fall?" Down sank the air motor toward the ground, her weight "I'm going up over it." bearing h 'er downward, and her spread wings beingpressed up"Ay, now, that's ther safest." ward by the atmosphere through which they were d'ei;ifending. "If we were to get caught in the midst of that atmospheric Fritz pulled the centerboard lever, causing it to fold up, and disturba nce, it might rend the Dragon to pieces." a few moments afterward th e Dragon alighted. "Thar's a power in ther an' clouds wot's ter be feared," The shock was nothing near as heavy as Jack anticipated, the old man assented soberly. and this was due, strangely a s it may appear, to her great Jack increi:sed the speed of the helix. weight. He it to carry them up five hundred feet higher. For this reason: At this altitude they l'eft the air current which they had been The greater the weight, the stronger the resistance of the traversing, but unfortunately kept on in th!) same direction. wings. Below the Dragon the black cloud banks were rushing along She laid in the midst of a farm. swiftly, and within a few moments struck the two opposing The owner of the plat;:e and all his help had seen the motor coming down with feelings of intense apprehension.' 'raking to their heels, th'ey ran for the farm-house. 1 } ;:, 9\ currents. The effect was frightful. A dearening thunder clap pealed out


, 8 JACK W.RlGHT AN)! HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. Numerous sha f t s o f lightning flas h ed f r om th'e meeting c lou ds in a ll di r ectio n s with dazzling b r illiancy. The a wful glare and concussion made Jack's brain reel. In another mom en1 the conflicting clouds bounded upward and 'en v eloP'ed t h e air motor. was zig -zagging all around her, and growling thunder cla p s following each other in rapid succession made h e r s h ake, t o ss, and ro11 frightfully. 'l' h e c lo uds t o ok on a fearful rotary motion. Ca rrying t he Dragon with them, they began to whirl as they swept alo n g a n d t h e air moto r was spun arotm'\i like a t op. CHAPTER V. A NIMROD OF THE WOODS "Take th'e wh'eel, or we are lost!" shrieked Jack. "Jerusalem ther golden! We re a-goin' ter capsize." "Don't you lose your wits, Tim. "Re\y on ::ne, Jack." "We must sink her. The cloud is descending." "You manage ther l evers then!" The wings were causing all the mischief. It was possible to fold them in by going out on deck in the fierC'e storm and hauling them in by their backstays. But it was a most hazardous und ertaking, for the wind was then shrieking around th' e air motor like a legion of fiends, the rotar:y'ftnotion made her crew giddy and the awful ebulli-tion g oing on threatened to sweep th'em into eternity. J Jack saw that their only salvation was to get the wings in. T h'ey worked on ball and sock e t joints. Consequently under ordinary circumstances it would have been a very easy matte r to furl then,i. Jack slackened the sp eed of the helix and said: "I'm going out on d ec k to haul the planes in." "Don't yer do i t alone!" warningly cried Tim. "I'll call up Fritz t o h e lp me." "Ay, an' reeve life lines. There was a telephone in the room. It communicated with the central turret. "Fritz!" screamed Jack. "Yah! Yah! came the reply "Stand by to help me." "I VOS ret.ty." "G'et a rop e--quick!" I n vun minutes." Pushing open the door Jack made a rush for the railing. Every time a gust of wind fiew under the wings, the motor a lmost turned over She was going around with appalling speed now. Jack reached the rail in safety By clinging to it he finally worked his way along to a point where the turnbuckles held th e forward braces. Unhooking the one in front of him, he motioned to Fritz, who sto o d in a doorway to do the same on the othe r side. As soon as this was done both Ja,ck and the Dutchman got back into the C'entral turret. The wings began to pound frightfully, every thump shaking the boat al:) if it would go to pieces. F r itz h ad a rope. Fastening one 'end around his body Jack walked out, leaving the other end of the lin' e in the fat fellow s hand. It was as m uc h as he could do to keep his footing on the d eck, but he struggled aft and hauled in the back a stay. s t a rboard wing came with it. \ As the wind was puffing against the other on' e, it heeled the motor far over, threatening momentari1y to capsize her. No t me was to be lost now. The furious gusts w ere coming rapidly. Jack hooked the wing in at the s4Je. He then rushed across the deck for the other stay. A violent plunge of the Dragon flung him over, and as his body shot down the incline of the deck, he would have gon e all the way to the ground but for the rope. '.l:'here he hung over the side swaying like a pendulum. Jack did not remain ther'e long for the Dutchman called on Royal to assist him and the y hauled the inventor up again. Once he reached the deck .he made a second attempt to reach the stay, and lnally succeed ed Dragging it in, he hooked it on the side. The fierce plunging of the Dragon ceas ed and her descent be came more rapid. She shot through th' e cloud like a stone. A fierc e streak of lightning whizzed out of the mist, and glancing along the side tore away the -railing. It was much as if the storm was firing a parting shot at the air motor, for in another moment she dropped from the clou4t into a deluge of rain. Jack looked up, and S'eeing that they were out of it, and the movements of the airmotor more regular, he yelled: ''Stop her descent, Tim!" "Stop it is," replied the old sailor, obeying. "Drive her to the westward!" "W'estward she goes!" answered Tim, spinning the wheel. Although the motor's wings were folded in now she went ahead as buoyantly as ever she did. in fifteen minute s she left the storm behind, and the moon and stars appeared in th'e blue sky. The dark waters of Lake Ontario appeared below. Jack w ent out, and assisted by Fritz and Royal spread th' e wings again, as they were a great safeguard against a sudden fall from the sky in case th' e machinery gave out. The explorer s son had taken a great fanc y to Tim. He went into the pilot-house and stood watching the old sailor managing the wh'eel and the n said to him: 'This is an awful dangerous way to travel, ain't it, Tim?" "Dangerous?" scornfully a s k e d th'e old sailor. "Why this ain't nuthin' t e r travelin' in a s hip on the r ocean. " I suppose you have been on a good many ships, haven't y ou?" Lor' bl ess yer innercent h eart, I w uz borrnid an' .brung up in 'em. Speakin' o' dange r r eminds me o a l eetle i'ncideLt wot onc e happened t e r me when I wuz aboard o' t h e r ole fri gate Wabas h in ther navy. Would y er like t e r hear abo1,1t it?" "Yes yes," delight: e dly replied the boy "Waal, drawled fim, a s h e took a bite of plug, "yer see it happe n'ed this way: W e w uz anchore d of ther coast o' Sweden one night, when all at onct a gale struck us an' s ent m'e overboard. Ther frigate went over on h e r b eam ends, an' as she had all sail sot, she scud pe d away b e for e the r gal' e 'like a race horse. As all my messmate s wttz as l ee p in thar hammocks on ther gun-deck, an' I wuz the only man on duty, I naturally wuz anxious ter git bac k on the r frigate t e r prewent h e r goin' ter pieces on ther rock coast. Sh e wuz h eadin' right straight fer it to'o! In less'n five minutes sh' e wuz bound ter strike. It made me nervous, 'cause I knowed werry well as none o ther crew would wake up an' man thet wheel in time t'er save h'er ." Gee!" exclaimed Royal, who was d e eply interested. "What happened?" "Waal, strange as it may seem, I saved her, .although she wuz rushin' away from me at the r rate o twenty knots an hour afore ther gale," said Tim: "It happene d this way: Yer know w o t a sea gull is, don't yer? It's a powerful big bird wot


. ( JACK WRIGHT Aifl JHIS fRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. 19 lives on fishes Waal sir, along come one o' tll'em ere birds when ther Wabash wuz about forty miles away ter l ee ward. Ther bird thought I wuz a fish, an' swooped down ter swaller me. I grabbe d it by ther l e g an' it took fright an' fiew e d up in the air wi m e Seein' as it wuz gain' away from ther ftigoat, a good plan come inte r my mind. I hung onter ther leg wi' one hand an' twiste d its taiJ aroun' wi' the oth' er. That made it steer in th e r direction wot I wan,ted ter faller. Away ::ihe went, an' by steerin' that bird by its tail I mad e it fly toward the "Good enough ," br_ eat,hlessly cried the boy. "Ay, now, an' in a few $econds we reached ther frig!l.te pro ceeded Tim delight e d to se'e how the boy swallowed his Ues. "Waal, sir, ther Wabash wuz jist rushin' towards tlier rocks, an in on e minute more wou'd astruc k But jist then I hoist e d up ther bird 's tail, an' down she went towards ther frigate's deck. As soon as I touch ed ther planks I let ther bird go an'. she fiewed away. I jist had time to grab her wheel an' steer ther frigate off t e r ther west'ard ter perwent her runnin' aground, an' tb:er vess'el was saved." "Didn't any of the crew wake up? asked Royal, in astonish-ment. "Not a lubber until ther danger w uz all over," declared Tim. "Now yer talk about this ere air fi-yf'n' bein' dangerous, wot d'yer think o ther peril s a f e ller meets on ther sea-'eh ?" "It must have been awful ," said Royal. He pondered a mom ent,' and the n h e s uddenly asked: "Say, Tim if the frigate was anchored before th' e storm she wGuld not have had her sails up would she? Besides how could she sail away if her anchor was out? Then yot said you were the only one on d'eck. I thought there was alway s a watc h of a number of men. And it seems strange that all hands would sleep while a heavy storm was--" "Avast thar!" interposed Tim. "If yer asks a lot o' silly questions, I ain't a-goin' ter spin y e r no more yarns, my lad!" 'l'he boy said no more. He greatly enjoyed the ol\} sailor' s stories, and fearing tliat Tim would tell him no more, he wisely refrained from pressing his qu estions. Th& air motor sped along all night along the great lakes. She passed over the Canadian country, and two days afterwards settled down in a great forest to lay in some fresh water from a stre am Jack had s ee n flowing below. Alighting beside th e stream, the wate r tanks were quickly filled. This had scarcely been accomplished when the report of a rifle was heard in the woods and a bullet flew past Jack's head It was followed by a crackling and crashing among the un derbrush and the voice of a man grumbling. "Get aboard! exclaim e d Jack to hi s c ompanions. "We are attacked. Hurry or som e on e w ill g et shot." A rush was made for the Dragon. Every on e but Jack got upon the deck, when the bushes parted and a grizzled old hunte r a nd trapper, in a coonskin cap and buckskin clothing appeared with a Winchester in his hand. He had long unkempt hair, a gray beard and a sunburned face which now assumed a look>f intense astonishment when his sharp; gray eyes rested upon the air motor. Great snakes!" lie roared, coming to a sudden pause. "What on arth be that ere pesky objict?" Jack saw that he had his alarm in vain. "Did you just shoot at us?" he demanded. "Me? Well, great frogs no! What shed I do thet fur?" "A ball just cam e from your gun within an inch of my head." "Do tell? Now may I be cussed fer a ef I ain't losin' my holt on this yere ole shootin'-iron. Wby, I fired at the biggest buck moose whut ever you seen in tll'er back woods, an' missed hili.. I'm ashamed of myself; couldn't hit ther side of a barn :Q.Ohow ten paces off." "The ball you fired at the moose was tile on'e that neatly hit me eh?" "That's about the size of it. Only had one in my gun. Now the critter's headin for the plains, and I'm fooled. Gosh hang my ole puddin' head, how on arth could I have missed thet shot?" The old fellow looked chagrined enough to weep. Jack turned the matter over in his ip,ind a moment, and then said: See here-do you want that moose bfdly?" "Do I? Great ham, man alive, I wuz jest dyin' to drop him." "Get aboard and I'll catch the beast for you." "But what in the name of blue Peter be thet consarn?" A flying machine." "What! A sort of balloon?" "Exactly." "Hang IIl:Y buttons if I don't try it." Which way did the moose go?" "To'ards ther settin' sun." ''Come on, then, and se e if we overtak(f it." The old fellow got aboard rather gingerly, for he rather mis trusted the curiou s machine, and Jack went with him. "Tim! called the young inventor. "Raise her and head for th e plains." Th'e old sailor complied As the Dragon shot upward over the tree' tops, the old nimrod suddenly became frightened. He made a rush for the sid e to jump off. "Great snakes!" h e howled. "Mild up thar. Le'm e git off. Consarn ye I d'wanter go Stop her, d'yer hear me!" He grasped the railing and began to climb over when Jack made a rush for him and seized him by the arm. CHAPTER VI THE YELLOW MUTINEERS. "Madman! Do you want to commit suicide?" "Dang rr.y pictur', if I want ter stay yere." "You'll your neck if you leap off. "Then k' ther consarned machine down again "Wait t ill we reach the plain You are safe enough." "Great b e eswax! So I be! But she may bust an' tumble." "No dan g e r laughed Jack. "Keep quiet a few moments." The old hunter was somewhat reassured by Jack's words, and climbed back to the d eck keeping a wary eye on the buz zing wh eels and the ground below. Over the tree tops flew the Dragon. She soon reached the plain and Tim yelled from the wheel house: "Thar go ther moos e!" Everyone glanC'ed ahead of the air motor and beheld a plain over which two magnificent bucks were rushing. They were the largest existing spec1ies of the deer family, b 'eing six feet in h 'eight at the shoulders with large horns, and were covered with brownish-black brittle hair. Their cloven hoofs made a 'clattering sound as they swiftly gallOP'ed away, their heads were protruded, the horns laying upon th'eir necks, and they went with great rapidity. A yell of delight burst from the old hunter's lips. "Whar's my gun?" he roared, forgetting all fear in the mo mentary iexcitem ent of seeing his prey. "Them's the ones. May I be roasted if they ain't. Oh, great grasshoppers, who expected this?"


... 10 JACK \YRIGHT AND H!S IR0..:'JCLAD A.IR MOTOR. "Hold on, arrd I'll show you some fun! They can't get a.way," said Jack, restraining him, as he seized his weapon to fire. "But the varmin,ts may git away again." "It"s impossible," said Jack . "Shall I veer arter 'em?" shouted th'e sailor. "Yes, drop the machine to within six feet of the ground!" The Dragon shot ahead like a rocket, and leaving the trees behind, sh'e sank close to the level ground. Here she skimmed along in hot pursuit of the deers. With the earth so close at hand, the old hunter felt more comfortable, and rushed up in the bow. The flying machine was like a gunshot now. In a few moments reached the moose. The timid animals heard and saw her. Filled with fright, they rushed along at a tremendous pace to escape th'e motor, but failed. Steadily she glided up until her bowsprit ran between them. The old hunter gave a yell of delight. Before anybody could stop him he vaulted over th'e rail and landed astride of the nearest buck. A hoarse cry of alarm escaped it. Swinging around, the beast darted off at an angle with the course it had pursuing, carrying the hunter with it. Tim kept th' e Dragon on after the other animal, and in a few moments the mounted nimrod faded from view In the dis tance. On swept the buck, and the a'erial veSS'el rushed along be side it, when Jack saw that its strength was giving out. "It w1JJ soon drop from terror and exhaustion. I'll end its misery!" he muttered compassionately. His heart was touched by its heroic efforts to escape. Drawing a pistol from his belt, he fired at the !Jeast. It bounded in the air and fell d ead. stop the Dragon, Tim!" "Ay, ay, lad. That wuz a good shot!" "Donnerwetter! I couldn'd done petter m'einselluf!" cried Frltz. The wh els pa_ used, and the motor landed. Jack ran back to the moose and bled it. 'l'he was taken off, the choicest of its was secured, and rrying the delicious meat aboard, Jack stored it away in the reirigerato.r for future consumption. After r s the air motor was raised a few f'eet from th'e ground, and resum e d he;r journey, everyone wondering what became of the old hunter. On the followi n g day the Dragon reach'ed the Pacific and glidec away from land a few yards above the heaving OC'ean. It was a clear, beautiful day, and the sea was dotted in several with the sails of ships. J1tk obFerved the crews of the different vessels they passed, lt:'\e1ing spy-glasse s at th'em as they went by. The appearance of the air motor created the most Intense astonishment wherev e r sh'e was seen. Far in the distl!nce ah e ad, a large Pacific Mail steamer was seen bearing away for China, and as she laid directly in the Dragon's course Jack did not deviate an inch. He steered the motor straight ahead, and although the steamship was making about eighteen knots an honr, the fly ing machine began to rapidly overhal l l her. "We'll give that crew a surprise," said _Jack to the Dutch man. "Das vos goot," chuckled Fritz. "I loaf me to seen by d'eir faces dem looks like if dey vos a fits going to haf alretty." "Don't it look to you as if there were a lot of the men swarming up in the rigging and clustered aft threre?" "Yah! dot looks so." "What are they doing it for?" "Mebbe to seen u s p'etter." a "I don't agree with your idea." "Vhy not?" "It's something more serious." "Ach, vat you tink?" "A fight." "How you know dot?" "Don't you se e the smoke cloud s puff up?" "It comes from pistols or riftes." "l<"'er sure; so dey yas." "Shiminey Christmas! You vas right." As Fritz said this he applied a binocular to his eye. He now plainly saw that there was trouble on the ship. The men in the rigging of the mainmast and the ones who were clustered aft seemed to be firing at the windows of the deck Very much surprised at this warlike demonstration, Jack the Dragon along. She was soon seen by the people on the steamer. Th'ey pointed toward the air motor and evinced In various ways that they had seen her and were surprised at h 'er ap pearance. o n went the Dragon until reached the vessel. Here Jack raised h'er up over the steamer, and grading her speed to agree with that of the steamer, he said: "Manage her, Fritz, U!].t!l I find out what's going on down there." The young Dutchman grasped the wheel. Jack th' en went on deck. "Steamer ahoy!" he shouted down over the rail. "Ahoy!" responded one of the men, who seemed to be the captain. "What's th'e trouble?" demand ed Jack. "A gang of coolies is trying to seize the steamer." "How is that?" "We shipped them in San Francisco for Hong Kong. It was probably a piratical gang. They must have had all their plans laid to seize the vessel. Upon th'0 first attack we repulS'ed them. They have possession of the interior of the steamer now, and have been firing at us." "Then they have the advantage?" "Yes, for they control the food, water and machinery." "Can't you get them out?" "'No. We are in despair." "I can assist you then." -"For heaven's sake, do so. But what Is that machine?" "An iron-clad air motor of my own invention." "It's a wonderful contrivance. But what can you do for us?" "I shall have to demolish the roof of your deck-houge." "That makes no dlffer-ence. Go ah ead." "Is the forecastle open?" "It l's." "Get all hands Into it." "What;. for?" "To escape from bombs." "Ah, I see! We'll b e ready in a minute." T1\e captain had no need of telling the men what to do. All hands had heard what was said, and went below. Jack then called Tim and Royal and told them to aid him. Procuring a number of bani grenades, loaded with a t'errific explosive Jack invented, they went to the railing and b'egan to hurl them down at the deck house roof. first volley created an awful intonation. As the grenades burst they tore the roof off th'e deck house, and sent the splintered wood flying in all directions. In a few moments it was demolished. From within there came a chorus of wlld yells in the excited voices of the Chinese. As soon as the saloon was unroofed, Jack and his com panions saw three score of the coolies thronging the interior of the cabin.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AlR MOTOR. 11 Down went a shower of the bombs in their midst, the deafening reports roaring out like artillery, The yellow mutineers were mowed down right and left. Some were killed and others wounded by the flying particles of th'e burst shells. Th ey rushed away in all directions to escape the dreadful downpour of missil'es as soon as saw the air motor hovering in the sky over the steamer. A terrible upro a r ensued "That will do. Let us d escend into the ship now, and com plete the work in our armor, said Jac k. Tim and, the boy followed him into the store room atid they each put on a suit of aluminum, and arming themselves, they took a silk ladder, went out, dropped it to the steamer' s deck, and d'escended. CHAPTER VII LAND OF THE RISING SUN. The armor worn by Jack and his companions was very light, but perfectly bull'et proof. Helmets protected their heads and gauntlets their hands and they carried magazine air rifies that threw bomb-like projectHes almost as d estructive as the grenades which the y burled down at the coolies. Upon reaching the deck Jack hurled a grenade at the saloon door and the, explosion smashed it to fragments. The way was qpen for them to enter now. All the Chinam' e n had taken refuge down in the cabin. Rushing down the stairs, Jack soon saw them. They wer e crouching behi'nd the furniture, crowded into the pass ages and staterooms, and filled the pantry and lockers. "Give them a round!" exclaimed Jack. T)lre'6'shots were fired noiselessly. When the bullets struck they exploded. A wild howl pealed from the desperate mutineers. They were all armed with revolve;s, and fired a fusillade back at the three most viciuusly. None of the bullets penetrated their suits of armor, much to the terror and astonishment of tbe Chinamen, and a second volley was dis charged into their midst. Rep.dered furiou::; with de!l11eration, tlJ,ey all left their cov erts, and made a rush for tpe three from all d irections. "Fire agii,in cried ,Jac k in rhHfing tones. )his time they did not pause until ell-ch had disc)larged five shots an. d a man fell for every one fired. It checked tpe majorUy ot them and spoiled the sortie. Some of th em kept on, however. When t)ley reached the armor'f)d trio, they fiercely e1:a;aged them in a hand to hand conflict. Not a blow was felt by our frienq;:;, whll'e every one they dealt the coolies haq a powerful effect. T'akillg courage the rest of tqem rushed toward the gallant trio to lend assistance to their friends. It might have gone hard with Jac k anq )lis two CQJllpap.ions in coriseqqene'e of the ove(wnelming numb!lrs th13-t a;>salled tnem had not th e steaIJ'ler s o r!lw arrjved just then. T.Jlkjp.g good care }lot to jpjure the trio, .they discb.arg!ld a YP]ley of pistol shots at the QOQ!ies ftnq drove them back s everal shots were returnf)q qy thoJSe who were not jnjred. Th'e Chinamen knew that the y could no mercy qow, and fought like tigers at bay. A .terrible conflict ensueq. It was short, sharp and decisive At its conclufljQll fiye Qf the spip' s company Jajq wounqed on th'e deck, but not one of the coolies was wounded. '!'hey never dream'ed of surrendering even then. Bbt the y were s oon disarmed, and bound hand and foot. Many of th e crew we re injure d but their victory made th' em forget their wounds and giv e utterance to a wild ch eer. The captain heartily shook h ands with Jack, Tim and Royal. "God bless you!" he cried. "Not only have you saved th'e ship b y your gallant conduc t but our liv e s as well." "Those c oolies w e r e stubborn brutes, said Jack, evasively. "Once a Chinaman is aroused he ha s little regard for life. " May I ask your name, sir?" "Jack Wright." What! Can it be possibte? " You have heard of me? "Often Everybody know s your name and reputation as an iuventor." "I wouldn't advise you to take thes e m en China, sir." "Why not?" "Instead of getting justice the r e th e c oolie s would be set free. Youd go to jail and your ship would be libeled Return to San Francisco if you want justic e." I b'eliev e you a n d shall do it. " As I can be of no further s ervice, I'll take my d eparture." "Let me thank-" "Say no more about it, captain, interposed Jack, quickly. Every man in the crew insiste d upon shaking hands with the young inventor to show their appreciation. Then Jack and his friends d eparted. R'emounting the ladder, they r e a c h'ed the deck of the Dragon. "Three c h eers for Jack Wright! r crie d the cap .tain. "Hurrah! Hurrah! Hu:rr a h! c heer e d the c rew, vociferously. As the Dragon sped away, Jack.and his c ompanion s waved their handkerchie fs to the ship's c ompany. In half an hour the ste am' e r h eading homeward, was lost to view in the distance. Jack, the sailor and the boy took off their armor. They h a d not r e c e i ve d s o mu c h a s a scratc h in the encoun ter. Royal you're full of gri t! I n eve r ex p ected y ou to show 1 mch pluck in t{l' e fa ce of d ange r," s ai d the i n v entor. "Oh, I asca red o f them," r e pli e d t h e boy, who was well pl e a s ed at the c omlim e n t. His work had shown Jac k that h e h a d a r e m arkably brave boy with him, although the little fe llow did not show it under ordin ary circumstances. It led the young inventor to b'e li e v e in eve r judging by appearanc e "If you show as much ne r v e in the future, when it be comes n ecessary, said he, "I'll b e proud to have you with me." Mr. Wright, if I could gi v e up my li fe to save that of my fath'er l would b e willing to do it, earnestly said the little fellqw And Jack believ e d him. He s'aw that a great affe ction existe d between this boy and his father. "Do you know where Adam Sloat is going with his ship?" h e asked afte r a pause "Yes H e told m e h e was bound for Tokio .'' ''Back tp Japan, eh?" mutte red Jac k. "That's wh e r e the Fog B e ll always goe s " Do you know that I'm stuck by an idea?" "What about?" Your f ather's dis a ppearance ." And what do you think about it?" "I have a n ide a that Sloat caused it." The boy star. ted and frown ed. H e pond'ered a moment, and then he said:


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. "He was there with his ship when father reached Yoko"I couldn't done it, Shack. She don'd vould lighted up alhama." retty." "There! Just as I feared. While Sloat was there, isn't it ''What's the matter with the light?". possible that he may have. had your father assassinated, and "Eader the patteries needs gemicals or der garbons vos then returned to make away with you?" blayed out." "Such a thing cou.1.d have happ ened if he was so crazy to get ''I'll examine it and see. How high are we?" hold of father's money," replied Royal in gloomy tones. "No more as dirty feets." "Did he know anything about the will?" Send her up higher, or we may--" "Yes-father told him when it was drawn Crash-bang!" "Depend upon it, then, that Sloat had a hand in your father's A fearful shock interrupted him. mysterious disappearance, Rqy:it." It knock ed Jack down upon the deck. "It seems to me that if he was depraved enough to try to Fritz was slammed against the wall. murder me, he would be bad enough to kill my father," said The Dragon came to a sudden pause, although her whe e1s the boy in tones of conviction. were swiftly revolving, and a fearful splitti'ng and crunching "That's just the I figure it out." sound was heard in the air ahead of her. "I know a lot about Japan, too," said the boy, "for it was my It was evident that she had collided with som ething. father's pet th' eme of conversation and he imparted about all The fog was so dense th ey could not see what it was. h e knew to me, besides teaching me considerable of the funny The bowsprit projected fully fifty feet ahead of the motor, language the Japs speak. Now, accordi .ng to some of his ac-and it was manifest that its sharp point had struck the pro counts, there were several good chances for assassins to ma e jection in its way, th' e damage. away him." For awhile the grinding sound continued, and then th e en-"For example!" gine pushed ahead, there sounded a fearful crash, and as Jack "Well, in the first place, the country swarms with lonins or ran to the rail and peered over h e saw what i t was. bravos, who are merely hired assassins who would .do the job "We 've struck the bamboo tower of a temple and knocked it for a consideration of a few gold cobangs. Then there is another down!" he shouted to his friends. way. When Europeans or foreigners in Japan wish to make a The next moment he was obliged to seiZ'e the railing to prejourney the officials make them take a retinue of yaconins or vent himself falling to the groU'nd. guards, grooms, interpreters and servants, for which they The ramlike iron bowsprit had pi erced the structure like a charge exorbitant prices. They also put ,restriction ;; on the voy-mighty and when it went down it pulled the air motor agers. If for instance, the traveler penetrates any of their with it. sacred temple s, climbs their sacred mountains, or oth erwise Down she went bow first. infringes on their rules, he is liable to b e killed by the very stop the helix!" roared Jack. men b e hires to guide him and protect him on his journey." The Dutchman complied. A serious look cross ed Jack's face Had he been a moment later the bowsprit would have He realiZ'ed that if Sloat had undertaken to put Charles plung e d into th e ground like a crowbar and remained there Maxwell out of th e way in Japan, he had the very best faciliholding the Dragon up in the air immovably ties at hand for doing so Down went the boat with a terrific crash upon the body of It was a question in his mind now whether the explorer the bamboo templ'e, smashing it to fragments with a grinding wa:s yet in the land of the living to be searched for. and splitting noise that could be heard for a great distance. As long as th ere were certain chances that he might b e In a moment more the air motor wa:s upon the ground, hopeand that he had the means of ascertaining, Jack resolved not lessly tangled in the ruins of the temple. to dampen the boy's spirits by a gloomy view f the case. Everyo'Il'e was fearfully shake n up. "Well," he said lightly you may have all your fears for A chorus of yells was heard all around them in the voices nothing. We will do the best we can." of the natives, and Jack saw tha,t th'ey were in a settlement. "That's the talk!" enthusiastically replied Royal. "Of course It was the village of Uchi-no-ura. we will, and if father yet lives we ll find him, too won't we?" Scores of excited Japan ese men, women, boys and priests "To be sure we will," answered Jack, cheerfully. were swarming around, shouting themselves hoarse when But in the secret recess of his heart he realized that it was they saw the tower come toppling down so unexpectedly with a desperate case, with but little chance for success. the air motor on top of it. In dU'e course th e air motor crossed the Pacific "All hands inside!" shouted Jack. So accurately was .her course shaped, that she finally sighted He realized that the accident would cost their lives at the land at the very cape on Van Dieman s Strait for which Jack hands of the mob if the natives got hold of them, a s the de was heading. struction of one of their temples is considered one of the most The weather had grown insufferably hot in this latitude, and heinous crimes that could be perpetrated. as the Dragon passed Cape Satano, in Osumiken on the island Everyone got under cover. of Kyusbu, their destination was reached. They took the precaution to close the windows and fasten the But they f'ound themselves in a: deplorable position. doors, as th' e Japanese would very likely recover from any A dense, foggy mist which som etime s overhangs the land timidity they might have had and board the Dragon. for a week at' a tim'e, now enveloped th e Dragon. Half an hour passed by There was Iio h elp for it but to plunge ahead through the In that time the natives k'ept circllng around the Dragon, fog toward the mountains so on they went. eyeing it curiously and jabbering excitedly all the time. They little dreamed,. however into what fearful peril they I As Jack feared they soon recovered from their alarm and were running, as the air motor shot ahead through the dense kept drawing closer and closer to the air motor, until some mist, l'eaving the Pa:cific behind her. of them ventured to touch and board it. "Fritz! fog." a I'll take the bull by the horns by giving them a dread of it CHAPTER VIII. in the beginning said Jack. THE MAN IN A CAGE. He manipulated the levers awhile, and threw all th e elec-Turn on the search-light so we can see through this tric c1;1rrent into the iron hull. It shocked some of the natives through thllir bare feet.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. Those who wore straw sandals escaped the current, but see ng tli'eir companions spring in the air, yell and run away, hey became terrified, and followed them as fast as they could o. In a few minutes not a man remained on the Dragon. "That settles them!" laughed Jack. "'Mein Gott! How dot frighden d em!" "We must find a means of disentangling the bowsprit." "Dey vas armed mit muskets, und ohf ve go oud, dey shood s." "True. We must not remain here, howeV'er I must think out plan." There wa s a trap-door in the floor leading into the hold, and went down into the opening to examine the battery. When he came back, he exclaimed : I dit fixed me der elecdrics light badd' ery." "'What was the trouble with it?" asked Jack. "Just vot I tort. From constant use ohf der light der ghemi-cals vos used ub." "Did you replenish the jars?" "Yah. I tink day vork now. Let me dry dot." He pull'ed the light lever. The glare of the search-light shot out. "It's 0. K.," said Jack. "Vell, you seen a vay oud by der deeficuldies?" "Yes. We can raise the motor and back her from the wreck." "Bully for you, Shack. Dry id." The young inventor starte d the helix. All the strength of the battery was put on and the machine as raised a few feet from tqe ground. Everything was clear m b\ck of her, and when the screw evers were reversed she backed away from the fallen tower. It required considerable straining to free her entirely from the wreckage, but they finally managed it. Then she stopped. More power was added to the helix when the screws paused. To the astonishment of the Japs she began to rise. O!lJr of their bonzes, or priests, caught hold of her. He clung to one of the side screw arms, and to the horror f himself as well as his companions was carri'ed up in the air. Rendered desperate, he worked his way in to the deck. Here he stood howling like a madman. His yells attracted Jack.'s attention and h e ran out. As soon as the priest saw him, he drew a sword from his irdle, and uttering a frantic shout, he rushed for the inventor. Jack was unarmed. He had no time to retreat. Before he could get into the wheel-house, the priest would ireach him and hew him with the sword'. "Send her ahead, Fritz," cried Jack. "Vet becoom ohf der Shapanese?" "Jumped overboard after trying to cleave me with this sworrl. I ll keev the weapon as a souvenir." The Dragon C \ Ossed Osumi bay, and shot toward Komatsu in Hyuga, passed over it, and, leaving the fog banks behind, Jack soon saw th' e lights in the big city of Miyako-no-jo. It laid in a plain south of the Akaye river. After descending for a closer view the Dragon left the last tea houses on the suburbs of the city behind. Across the coun ry she swept till daylight. Fields of grain and ric'e bordered the road, while men and women up to their knees in liquid mud were busy pl!!:.llting the latter. Sweet potatoes grew on terraces, su,pported by walls built along the faces of hills, th'e hedges were overrun with honey suckles and azaleas, while pines, palms, bamboos and cryp. tomeria grew side by side. Wild-looking passes WEJre i;e en, where hill and rock were tumbled in chaotic confusion from their volcanic beds. Frequent glimpses of th' e seacoaat and bays were caught. Late in the afternoon, while crossing the Oita of Bungs, and proceeding toward the city, Jack observed a long cortege of men going along the road. Two of them held a pole on their shoulders, from the middle of which hung a bamboo cage in which a man was confined. lleveling a spyglass at this curious arrangement, he was startled to observe that the inmate of the cage was a young man clad in European clothing. He was being carried after the manner of prisoners being taken to th e place of execution. It start,led Jack to see a white man thus placed at the of the olive-hued natives, and he at once made up his mind to rescue th'e prisoner. Calling the attention of Tim to the fact, he shouted: "Send the Dragon down, old fellow, and we will se e what the meaning of his captivity is." "Ay, ay!" cried Tim. He slackemid the sp eed of helix, and the air motor began to swiftly descend toward the road. '. CHAPTER IX. \ WITHIN THE PALACE WALLS. None of the Japan ese observed the descending air motqr as she came down behind them, and th ey did not look back. Their costume was the kirimon, a sort of open dressing Realizing his danger, Jack fastened a keen glance upon the. gown. Id wretch; as he raised the sword to deliver a cut, the young It was crossed in front, and held in place by a girdle made nV'entor sprang back. of a silk scarf, fastened upon the back. Down came the blade within an inch of his head with a sibiSome of them wore silk jackets and trousers, richly em ant swish, and ere the bonire could recover the use of it. Jack' broidered cotton socks, straw sandals fastened by a straP, arted at him and dealt him a terrific blow. passing inside the great toe, and upon their h eads were His fist caught the infidel on the laqu-ered bamboo conical hats. It knocked ,him fiat on his back, and he dropped the sword. This showed them to be high-class peopl'e for the peasants, Jack eagerly grasped the weapon. fishers bettos (grooms), porters and laborers go naked exc'ept Th e priest scrambled to his feet. for a narrow girdle around the loins. Se eing his sword in Jack's hands, a feeling of despair took Tpere was a slant to their eyes, and the hair wa s all shaved ossession of him, and he uttered an invocation to Buddha. off exc ept a tuft on top, which was glued together like a shoeTh'en he rushed to the side of the motor and leaped off. brush. Down to the ground fifty feet below h went lik'e a meteor. The of the party was the daimio, or native prince of "Fool!" muttered Jack. Oita. He knew that the man's death was certain. The motor continued to ascend. Up, up, sh'e rose to the height of a mile. The fog was left below, hiding the earth from view. Each province in Japan has a daimi.o to rule it, thes e princes forming the Mikado".;; council. They live like feudal baro _ns of old ana sway a tyrannical reign over the people inhabiting the Kens they govern. ,,,


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. He was being carried in a norimon, or palanquin, guarded 1by four jaconins on sturdy little ponies, at the heads of which Tan the grooms. Th'e air motor descended like a bird. .As it hovered over the cortege, Jack lowered a grapnel. It swung along until it caught the bamboo cage. "Up!" shouted the inventor. Whirr! went the helix. Up shot the motor swiftly. She lifted th'e cage and pole up in the air. The astonished natives paused, stared up at it in utter 13tupe faction, and the machine mounted higher. Up, up she went like a rocket. A roar of laughter pealed from Jack's mouth when he saw how much he h ad astonished them. Tim and Royal were laughing till the tears ran down their cheeks, and now assisted Jack to haul the cage up. "Fritz, stop her! We are otit of range of th'eir rifles." Th e Dutchman slackened the speed of the h elix. By this time the cage reached the p.eck, and they had a b'et ter view of the prisoner in side than they hatl before. He was, if possible, more surpris ed than the Japs. Gti.ring wildly at the aeronauts, he suddenly gasped in En-glish: By heaven s, must be a dream." "No, it isn't," said Jack. "We've saved you." "But I can't understand it." "I'll explain. We're a party of American aeronauts." "But this isn't a ballbon--" "It's a substitute for one." "I see.0 "Who are you?" "Roger Hawley." "American?" "No, English." "How did you get in that scrape?" "I am employed at the British legation at Tokio. Our minis ter had a difficulty with the daimio of Oita. We came down in a junk together to adjust the matter. Instead of arbitrating, the daimio seized us and condemned us to death. We were to have our heads cut off. The minister is now in Oita on th e sea coast. I escaped. That party tracked me and caught ID'e. They were taking me back for execution." "Let me get you out of this cage." I Jack broke it open and pull'ed the man out. He was bound hand and foot, but Jack liberated him. Standing up he stretched himself, as he had been cramped in an awkward position for some time. Peering down at the people fro:m whom h'e had been so unexpectedly rescued, he burst into a gleeful laugh. "Treacherous scoundrels!" he exclaimed. "You r everence dogs, but have no regard for human life!" "Is the Brftish Consul at Oita now?" asked Jack. "Yes; but they will murder him when they get back." '' Sup pose we try to rescu-e him." "What! Could you do .it?" "Probably, with your assistance." "What would you want me to do?" "Gt1ide us to his place of confinement." \ "That is very easily done. He's in the daimia's palace yonder." He pointed off at the city. Jack took a keen survey of the place. The air motor rush ed toward it, and soon hovered near the city. .A previous day of rain converted the streets into pools of mud. There were numerous tea houses, noisy groups of people, 's .'. .. .._. who besieged the stores for articles made of straw rushe s bamboo. A confused' symphony of flageol'ets, trumpets, Pan's pipes samsins, a rude stringed instrument, resembling a guitar. An infinite variety of toys, hats and animals were display at thr store fronts in the form of the bear of Yess, the monk of Niphon, the domesticated buffalo, and centenary turtles. To the right extended a grove of cypress above which floe of ravens were whe eiing. A clearing in its midst the place of execution. Nothing could equal the gloomy aspect of the place. There were scores of heads and decapitated bodies on the ground abandoned to the skulking dogs and croaki birds. A pillar of granite bearing an unknown dismal im;cripti rose at one side near several mounds of earth marking graves of some of the victims. There was a plank shed which served as a shelter for t officers who were present at the execution, and a giganf statue of Buddha-the heathen god of the Japanese. No unwalled city presented a more inhospitable appearan than that upon which Jack looked down. It resembied a huge' park,. th e entrance to which is pr hibited. The richly wooded hills were dotted with bamboo huts an old temples with great columns and enormous roofs. Everywhere were walls, boarded structures, palisades a long streets. The entrance to th e city was concealed behi large pil'es and thousands of people thrpnged about. But few junks were in the seal "There stands th e palace," said Roger Hawley. He at the building in the middle of the city. It was surrounded by guard houses, and th'ey in turn we encircled by a moat. It was a wretch ed bamboo building scarcely deserving t name of palace, but it was the way the Japan ese nobles live "Do you know in what part of the the minister is co fined?" asked Jack, presently. "Y es. It is one of the guard houses." "How can we best reach it?" "By crossing the moat and descending into the courtyard "See-back th'er Tlle daimio and his guards 11-re hastenin toward the city!" said Jack. Hawley saw them coming. It seemed to make him very nervous. "Unl'e ss we hasten our movements," said he, "they will reac Oita in time to frustrate our attempt." "He'Y, Fritz!" "Hallo! Who's der meclder?" "Send the Dragon th'e palace courtyard." While the Dutchman was carrying out this order Jack ha tily made his preparations. Every one was arpied and armored. Many of the in')J.abitants of the city now caught sight of t flying machine, and being in utter ignorallce of what it wa they were overwhelmed with violent superstitious dread. ?40 of them fled into their houses. As the Dragon descended low el:lough, Jack soon ci.mght view of the interior of these dwellings all were wide op'e "Shitanlrio!" (kneel dow) was the nivenial cry, whe lilrn magic everyone fell upoll tlleir kn'e'ei:;, bQwing their hea tp the ground as the Dragon passed. The machine crossed the toat. It was surrounded 'h'Y a wall built of mud, wm layers of tnes and plastered over Oll tile outside. There were parapets, and loop-holes for muaketry, a largf gateway with overhanging roof, anr.l a straggli114 group of hoses only pne l!tory hist! A three-stori'ed pagoda rose about the level of the other roofi


JACK WR,IGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. 15 in the inclosure, standing in the mi st of a picturesque clump of timber. The pagoda was the daimio's residence, and was made of bamboo. Over the mud wall flew the Dragon. In a moment more sh'e landed in the court. Jack cast a quick glance around. 'l'he place was swar:a{ing with toddling women carrying fans and dressed like the men, save that their hair was dressed high, and stuck full of fancy pins. Among them were numerous. nude children and the house hild guards, all of whom fled in superstitious horror from the Dragon. "Where is the consul confined?" asked Jack. "In that guard-house," replied Hawley. He pointed to a dingy building, with doors and winnows closed. \ Th e young inventor rushed toward it. He could not open the door, but heard voices inside. Firing a grenade against it, the door "{as splintered to p\'eCS. In rushed Jack. The next moment he was surrounded by a score of the guards, who grappled him and flung him down on the floor. Hawley, Tim and Royal rushed in. They, too, were attacked. A fearful struggle ensued. In a moment a scen e of dire confusion was raging._ Pistol shots and screams were h eard upon all sides, and in the gloom they fought like demons. CHAPTER X. UNEXPECTED INFORMATION. Every blow the guards dealt th e four rescuers and every shot that struck their metal suits fell harmless. On th e other hand, the explosive bullets fired from the pneu matic pistols created the direst destruction. Unable to withstand the destructive fire any longer, he guards fled into the _vast courtyard. Here Fritz opened fire upon them v.ith a rifl'e from within the pilot-house, sending them flying in all directions. Seeing they were routed, Jack dashed aside a number of I paper screens, and observed a figure in the back of the room. It was a man fastened in a barrel. Only head protruded from the. top. He was undergoing the most ;excrutiating torture by the steady dripping of water from a tube of bamboo, down upon his head. Thi'S was only one of the many forms of torture and secret murder practiced by the daimios upon their en;mies. "Help! For God's sake, help!" hoarsely moaned the man in English. "Here he ls now!" cried Jack. He attacked the barrel, broke the hoops and liberated the consul. The poor fellow was very weak. f "Help him to the motor!" cried Jack. "Thank heaven!" gasped the minister, "there's Hawley." "Come this way, sir," eagerly' cried the cl erk. He grasped the consul and dragged him out. A warning cry from Tim reached the inventor's ears. "Here come s a crowd." t "Fly for your lives!" screamed Ja. ck. Away went the boy and the sailor, and the inveptor at tempted to follow them when he tripped over a straw mat. Down he fell with a thud. The shock knocked the breath out of him. He laid gasping upon the floor for some time, and the others, thinking he was with tlrem, boarded the Dragon and yelling to Fritz, the Dutchman started the air motor. Up flew the her drag rope with the grapnel hanging down. Jack recovered himself and arose. By the ti!Ile he got out of the guard hou'se th e machine was twenty feet in the air. I From every direction scores of the natives who had been let In from th e stre ets, were rushing toward the inventor. He saw that they would annihilate him if he fell in their clutches. The moment they saw him they began to discharge their firearms at him, and a hail of bullets struck the suit h e wore. For an instanti.Jack waa."staggered by the shock. Quickly recovering himself, he rushed across the yard to ward them. A howl escaped the mob, as they thought he was charging on them, but such was not Jack's intention. He had seen the drag rope grapnel rising from the ground. It was eight feet from the earth when he sprang for it. His flngors closed on the grapnel. He clung to it like grim death. Up in the air he was carried, dangling from the end of it, and every weapon was aimed at him and fired by the Japanese. Jack's body swayed like a pendulum when the whistling pel lets struck his Jlody, and Ile swung himself up until he got his legs astride of th e flukes of the grapnel. Up, and still further up mounted the Dragon. Shot after shot was fired at her, but her iron-clad hull turned the bullets harmlessly aside. Just then Royal missed Jack. Glancing over the sid, he caught sight of th e inventor on the grapnel and shouted to the others. The a scent of the Dragon was stopped. She was th' en half a mile in the air. Fritz and Tim hoisted up drag rope, and Jack r eached the air motor's deck,., none the worse for his adventure. "Good Lordy Lord!" gasped Tim. "I reckoned as yer wuz aboard." ; "No, I stumbled and fell, and you went up without me. But I got a grip on the grapnel, and thu' s managed to save my skin." They glanced down at the city. Th' e whole place was in an uproar. As the daimio and his cortege had reached the city and heard the news of the rescue, they were furious, for they re alized that the English minister would lay th e matter before the mikado, and thus make trou' ble for them. "Send her on, boys!" cried Jack. "Th ere's no good of staying here." Tim assumed charge of the wheel, and the Dragon resumed her flight, while all hands took off their armor. When Jack return ed to the cabin, h'e found the English minister so much recovered that he was holding an animated conversation with his clerk, who was telling him about Jack. A smile lit up his pallid face when the young inventor en tered, and he heartily shook hands with him, and said: "I shall never forget this, Mr. Wright. I certainly would have perished h!ld you not come at such an opportune m()ment." "How do you feel now?" "On the high road to recovery.'' 1 "Y.eu. wish to go back to Tokio?" "I would not ask you to take me there." "How -;lse 'Co-;.;''ia you reach th' e capital?"


16 JACK WRIGHT AND ms IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. "By train from any city on the other side of the Suo sea." "I will land you near Fu Rugawa." "That will do capitally. This is a wonderful invention." "I like her performance very well." "May I ask if you have any special purpose in vi ew for com-ing here?" ... "Yes. I am in search of a lost explorer." "Indeed. What was his name?" "Charles Maxwell." "Good heavens! I could give you some information about that man." It was Jack's turn to look surprised now. He was very much startl'ed by the minister's declaration, and as soo'n as he recovered his equanimity, he said: "Then you are just the man for me I have his son aboard." "The boy I saw?" "Yes; and here he i s now.'.' "Do you want me, Mr. Wright?" asked th e boy, as h'e en tered. "Yes. This gentleman can give us some information about your father." "Oh, gee! Is tllat so?" delightedly asked the little fellow. "Well," said tll'e consul, "I may not give you as much information as you desire, but I think I can put you on the, track of the gentleman you mention." "Do so by all means," said Jack, earnestly. "About a year or more ago I met him in Tokio. He had just come from Yokohama, eighteen miles distant, aboard of his half broth'er's ship, the Fog Hell. "Ah! then he was in company with Adam Sloat." "Yes-that was the captain's name. Th ey were together a good deal when ashore, and b egan to organize an expedition to explore the interior up into Iwashiro, by going through the Middle States. I was very much Interested in the work, as I am a member of the Royal Geographical Society of London, and begged Mr. Maxwell to send me word as to what success he met with. The Fog Bell sailed for the United States the day after he departed Several months passed by, and one day I was surprised by the receipt of a letter by a coolie who had been in Mr. Maxwell's employ. In it he wrote me that when the expedition reached Gumma Ken in Kozuke his retaimm1, the slightest provocation, fell upon him on e night while encamped in the mountains and endeavored to murder him." "Sloat's work, a s I feared," muttered Jack. "The explorer fought desperately, and, covered with wounds, h e managed to reach the best pony, mounted it, and rode for his life pursued by the whole band of assassins. He outstripped them finally, ahd made his escape. Remaining at the village of Kaneko until he had entirely recovered, he mad e hi"ii way northward with his men, and finally reach ed Lake Inawa Shiro, where he discovered a gold mine, of which he wa:s in quest. Here he engaged a large number of coolies, and mining the lead, he amassed a large amount of the gold. This he re moved to a place along the seashore by pack horS"es, and con cealed. He th'en returned to the lake, paid off his men, dis charged them, and retaining his two coolies to start further northward to continue his explorations, he sent me that let ter. Although he promised to write me again I have never since heard from him." Here was a revelation. It caused our friends no end of surprise. There yet was a chance that Charles Maxwell might be alive Speculating over the matter for some time, th ey finally par-took of a repast which Fritz sat before them, and ultimately turned in. .The Dragon crossed the sea of Suo that night, and in. the Jporning alighted a short distance from Fu Rugawa, where th' e alighted and took their departure. iii 'l'ne hills and mulb'erry trees surrounding the place where the Dragon lay were alive with monkeys, which the Japanese eat, goi-sagi birds, and oshi-dori, or mandarin ducks. Before returning to his flight through the air, Jack resolved to bring down some of the latter to replenish the larder. Telling his companions his intentions and providing himself with some weapons, he plunged into the shrubbery near the rocky sea shore and strode away. At that time there was a very stringent law prohibiting the i:ihooting of crane, goose, or swan, of which Jack knew noth i'ng. ,, Wh 'l:ln he had reached a point half a mile from the Dragon he observed a crane standing in a marsh along the bank' of stream spanned by a rustic bamboo bridge. This bridge connected the high road. Jack fired at the bird and brought it down. Just as h e did so a carriage, looking like a gig, called a jin-riki-sha, drawn by two coolies, and occupied by a hattamott noble), came along. This dignitary observed Jack's unlawful act with a dar scowl, and yelling at his carriage pullers to stop at the bridge he alighted. CHAPTER XI. ATTACKED BY WOLVES. "Say! Yo' sell dem gun?" The speaker was on'e of the coolies, acting under th'e nobl man's orders. He had learned to speak English in the United States. Jack looked at him in surprise. "Hello! Here's a heathen who speaks English!" mutter Jack. "Well, what yo' say?" interrogated the cooli'e. "No, I don't want to sell my weapons," laughed Jack. The coolies translated what the inventor said to th e hatta motto. He looked very much displ'eased for a moment, and then ad dressed a few words to his human horse. Upo n which the coolies remarked, pointing at his master: "Him heap big man, an' not like dat. "Evidently, if his seven-foot scowl is a to go by-'. 'Yo' not know de custom of dis country when yo' meet hattamotto?" "Can't say I do, unless it is to bow to the ground and han me if my rich Yankee blood will permit m'e to do that," re piled Jack. "But yo' be fr'ends?" "Of course. I don't want any en emie s." "Drink saki with him den." Now Jack liad heard that saki was a liquor distilled fro rice, which often gave the Japaneae the jim-jams. In fact it is the national beverage. He was not averse to tasting it as a proof of his good-wil toward th' e bald-headed dignitary in the two-wheeled carriage so he said: "Well, I can't promise to get load'ed to Ult his royal nibs, bu if he insists upon it, I'll take a snifter with him." "Dat good!" said the coolies, showing hi"S yellow teeth in grin, as he took the small china bottle from the dignitary' hand. "We always be frends after dat." Jack th e bottle and took a pull. He felt as if he were struck by lightning at the first swallow and letting the bottle fall, he drew a disgusted face, staggere back, glared at the natives and fell over on the ground. He it impossible to get up again.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. "Say!" -he ga sped. "What was in that liquor, that--" But h e could say no more. A sudden dizziness seized him. His head to go around and around. 'I'hen suddenly he Jost his senses entirely. The saki was drugged. As soon as the ra scals saw that he was completely at their ercy, they rushed up to him with some pieces of cord. Driving four short stakes in the ground in the form of a g,uare, they laid him on his back between them, and bound is ankles to two and his wrists to the other two. Rushing back to the carriage, at a word of command from heir noble, they ran away with the vehicle toward the to ake a complaint against Jack for shooting the crane. He would thus b'e helpless when th e police came to beat him Ith their bamboo rods for breaking the law. Jack had not lain there long before there sounded a wild owling of wolves in the woods. The gaunt, hungry beasts had sC'ented him from the distanc e, d came swarming from all directions toward the spot where e was fastened. In a short time the effects of the drug wore away. Jack returned to consciousness. He soon recalled to mind what had hap_Pened, and then bem'e aware of th e fact that he was in danger of his life from e wolves. The beasts were gatheTing in large numbers and squatting in huge circle around him. They kept up th'eir howling and clping and attracted oth ers to the spot. None of them had the courage to attack Jack at once when ey saw he was alive. A thrill of horror passed over th e young inventor, for he und that he could not move hand or foot in cons equence of is bonds. "Great heaven! I wiJJ have to remain a passive victim hile those beasts devour me alive," he grcfaned. It was a terrible situation in which to find himself. for e could expect no assistanoo from his friends, as they were alf a mile away, and were not apt to know what was trans rlng. Indeed, it was doubtful if th ey could hear the cTies of the olve.s, and If they did never would suspect the situation he as in, and therefore would not investigate the howls A cold sweat burst out all over him. He glanced at the sky. It was thus manifested to him that he had lain there long, se the position of the sun would have be'en more changed l an it then was. Had he been unconscious for any considerable period his otracted absence might have excited th e alarm of his com nlons and brought them on hi's trail. Jack glanced at the wolves. 1 They were lean, ugly-looking brutes. It was clear enough that onc e they gained courage to attack m they would kill him at once. l I A feeling of anxious alarm overwhelmed Jack. He began to yell for help. Someone might hear him, he argu'ed. t lBut though his voice startled th e wolves and rang out sharp d clear through the woodland, it ]Jrought no response save The monkeys took up his cTies and created a tearful din in the trees and tl!.e wolves began to return. Their numbers were increased ten-fold Now they drew nearer to their intended victii;n. Long and red their tongues lolled from their gaping months, and they Tushed in closer to him and sped away again. Each time they approach ed nearer. In a few minutes they reached him. No longer his cries availed to drive them away. All seemed to realize that he could not hurt them. He could h'ear the snapping of their teeth, and fe e1 their gaunt bodies and legs brushing against his prostrate. form, and with a despairing feeling he closed his eyes. "That settles it. I'm a gone case!" he muttered. One of the ravenous beasts leaped ,over him. They were crowding so close now that he f'elt 'Sure there was no earthly escape from tliem. A sharp pair of teeth snapped at him. He could fe'el a twinge o): pain as the gleaming teeth sunk in his thigh, and a groan of despair escaped him. Death in all its grim possibiliti'es seemed certain. Th e movement among the wolves grew fast and furioas. The one that had hold of him re!eased its desperate grip. Jack op ened his eyes. Amazed, h e saw the monsters retreating, They were running at full speed. A gun shot crashed among them increasing their velocity. .Tack could not see who discharged it. But he b:eard the hurried patter of footsteps approaching. In a mollfent more a human form bent over him. "Royal!'' "Oh, Mr. Wright." "You arrived just in time. "I will release you." His shi;trp knife gashed over the bonds and in a moment more Jack was upon his feet and seized his weapons. Th ey fired shot after shot among the wolves. A score of them fell. "Who tied you?" the boy asked. "Two coolie,s did it." "What for?" "Rank cussedn'ess, I presume.' "Didn t you do anything to them?" "No. I had just shot a crane, and--" "Why, that's against the law here." "Is that so?" "Those birds are considered sacred." "Jingo. Now I see through it." "Very likely they'll have you arrested. I'm glad I followed you." "And here they come now with some Jap policemen." Jack pointed up the road. Both coolies were running toward them with some offic ers. They had seen that' Jack recovered from the drug and was free. "Come for the Dragon!" crted Royal. "Go ahead If they beat us running W'e are lost." A way they Tushed through the wood s at breakneck hotly pursued by the furious natives. The ; rapanese were swift runners. speed, Inde'ed, most of th em are trained from boyhood to be all around athletes, as a part of their education. e noticed that at the first sound of his voice th'e howls of But Jack and the boy were desp erate. wolves cea'Sed, and they beat a rapid retreat. They had at stake, and Tan like deers his 'State of timidity would not last long, however, for as Through the woods and glen s th' ey rushed at the top of their n as they became accustomed to it and found that no harm speed, anxious to avoid the use of their firearms if possible, e to them, they would return more emboldened than th'ey 1 but the Japanese began to shoot after them as soon as they before. found themselves being distanc'ed.


18 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR :MOTOR. rn a few moments the bullets were flying around the two fugitives furiously. ,_ CHAPTER XII. THE l\IYSTERIOUS BOATMAN. "yet behind this fapen tree trunk, Royal!" panted Jack. "Are you going to fire back at those fellows?" asked the boy, complying. "Yes, we can't expose ourselves as targets for th em." "Here they come!" Bang! bang! bang! bang! went four shots. Several of the policeman were wounded, and the rest halted. Once more Jack and the boy fled. They met Tim and Fritz, alarmed by th e shots, running toward them, and a few hurried words explain-ed the situation. Losing no time, th ey all ran on to the Dragon and got aboard. Jack sprang into the wheel-house, and starting th e helix, the mptor shot up into the air before their pursuers reach:ed her. A shout of mingled alarm, rage and astonishment escap ed their pursuers when th ey caught sight of the ascending Dra gon. So amazed were the Japanese that they never dream'ed of shooting at her, and the machine quickly gained a great height. Here she was safe. "Th'ey couldn't hit us now if they tried!" exclaim ed Jack, as he stopped the ascent of the motor, and drove her along. "Oh, vhy vosn't I in der fighd from der start'!" regretfully sighed Fritz. "Say, Jack, will I heave 'em a shot from aloft?" asked Tim. "It is useless. Spare them Th'ey are too much at our mercy ii.ow." "A lways generous!" muttered Royal. "They would not have had any mercy on you for killing the sacred crane." "I hate sich ungrateful lubbers!" growled Tim. "They're th'e worst I ever saw," the boy commented. "That shows as yer ain't had as much experience as me." "Why, Tim?" 'Cause I've met wuss nor them." "You have? When?" "Wh'en I wuz in ther navy--" "Shestnuts!" interposed Fritz, in disgust. "You dry up!" roared the sailor. "Tell me what you refer to, Tim," said Royal. "Sartinly, my lad. Yer see, it wuz this way. We wuz carry in' 5 ,000 land troops from New York ter Charleston durin' ther war, an' a big gale came up wot blowed us miles out of our course, an' heaved us on one o' the Fiji islan's--" "Did the storm carry you around Cape Horn, Tim?" "O' course it did. Waal sir, thar we wuz-wrecked on a cannibal islan', an' all ther blasted natives begun ter build roarin' big fires ter make a sailor-fricasse of us when up came a tidal wave, wash'ed over ther island an' swept 'em all ther ocean. They wuz all powerful swimmers an' it struck me as we could make good use o' them ter pull the frigate A million." "I mean a thousan'--" "Isn't that a 15ood many?" "A hundred, I should a-said." "Well-what next, Tim?" "Don't yer interrup' me again, my lad, or I won't tell yer." "No,_ no, no. Go on, Tim-you have got me awful curious." "Whar wuz I? Oh, yes-I had them ere tied t ther rope-that is, I had ther rope tied to th e r cannibals. Th I ups wi' my whip, an' I lambasted "em. Th'ey swam out t sea, ther rope wuz pulled taut, an' they begun ter pull. A blast me if they didn't haul ther ship afloat. Of course th wuz ail black an' blue whar I pounded 'em, an' dretful mad me f'er lickln' "em, but then I had ter do it, fer ter save t ship--" "But you said she was wrecked, Tim," ventured th e boy. "Didn't I tell yer ter stow yer jawin'-tackle?" fiercely roa the old sailor. "How am I goin' ter spin this ere yarn if you' f'erever askln' silly questions? 'Tain't none o' your business ther ship wuz wrecked, stra:n ded, or set afire! No it ai D'yer h 'ear that?" "Well, what was the end of th' e affair Tim?" "Why, as soon as I unrigged them lubbers from ther ro instid o' feelin grateful ter me fer lettin' 'em save us, should they do but they all tackled me. One o' them bit on ther foot, another one chawed my starboard ear off, anot tore a hole through my timber leg an' ther rest fastened on me like a lot of l'eeches." "Your ear is on yet, Tim." "I'll wenture ter say you don't know as It's a dead m ear. Yer see I had a operation wh en I got back aboard. O o' my messmates died, and the ship's sa W'ed his off an' stuck it on my head with glue. It growed whar ther ear wuz rigged." "Oh, I see." "Ter continue: s eein' as I wuz ter be made inter che gum, 1 just hauled off an' swatted them nlggers right an 1 Still some o' them had thar teeth stuck in my skin, .an' w I seed they couldn't git 'em out, I mad'e up my mind drownd 'em. So I sunk down, draggin' 'em with me, an' mainted under wate1: till they kicked ther bucket. "And you didn't drown yourself?" "How could I be here to spin this yarn, if I did?" indignan asked Tim. "That's so dubiously repli'ed the boy. "I swum under water an' shakin' off ther corps es o' them meneaters, I reached ther frigate an' got aboard. My m mates wuz so grateful fer wot I done ter save 'em that t chipped in wl' plugs o' terbaccy, an' subscribed enough ter me ter forty years." "That was an advt!nture, Tim!" exclaimed Royal, emph cally. \ "But wait till I tell yer ther rest. At this point, however, chimed in. Not with his mouth, but with his old accord-eon. A heart harrowing funeral dirge began to wheeze and from the instrum-ent in the cabin, and Tim came to a pau With a baleful look glaring from his uf!eful eye, he crep ward the door of the central turret and hissed malevole afloat--" "Thar's ther fat lubber an' his instrument. I never h "Didn't the tidal wave wa sh th e frigate adrift again?" plzen like I do that ere machine. If yer any kind of a d "Lor' bless yer, no. Yer see, her keel wuz stuck so tight In git yer machin'e ready. Ther's a goin' ter be a sick Dutch the sand, it couldn't. Waal, as I wuz a-sayin\ I didn't mention aboard o' this craft, an' I'm ther roarln' old tornado wot'!! my id ee to nobody. But I got a long rope, and fastenln' one ter give him ther spasm." end ter ther ship, I took ther other end an' sprung overboard .He disappeared inside the turret. with it. Then I swum fer tl em niggers, and' tied ther rope A moment later the music stopped. ter each one of them. In a few minutes I had a million of 'em There sound ed a scuffie a tertlbl'e bang, and -the door harnessed--" I open.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. 19 ead of the Dutchman's gory corpse, Tim came flying out I ) first, landed on his head and rolled over on the deck. ibash my toplights!" he groaned. A roar of laughter e scaped Royal, and the sailor picked mself up. "Hurrah for Shermany!" roared Fritz in the turret. The ancient mariner rubbed himirelf "You wait'll I git a-hold o' you!" he bellowed. 'Did you klll him, Tim?" asked Royal with a grin. "Pretty near," replied the old sailor, with dignity. "If I dn't relented at ther last minute he'd a-been h dead man. r see, I hated ter hit a feller wot's shorter than myself, so I n't touch him." 'It looked as if he didn't givie you the chance." 'Wot!" shrieked Tim, indignantly. "D'yer mean ter say as cmldn't lick thar fat Dutch--" 'Vhere iss he?" roared Fritz, coming out just then. im made a dive for the pilot-house, and casting a scared k over his shoulder plunged in and locked the door. serel).e smile crossed the Dutchman's face. 'I soaked him der minutes h e coom in," announced he. 'Rats!" yelled a voice b 'ehind him, ritz jumped a foot in the air. utting up his fists and recoiling, he yelled: 'Coom on! I vos retty for yed" 'It's only the parrot, laugh' ed Royal. look of relief cros5ed the fat fellow' s face. Ach, I knowed id all d e dime," said he, assuming a very e look. "Don d yer s'bose I know Bismarck's voice from oyal didn't believe him, but he said nothing to th e contrary, the Dutchman chased his pet into the turret. he air motor had descended near th'e ground again, and s then gliding across the country toward Kuga. rom there she sped out upon the Seto Uchi, or Inland Sea, of th e most famous bodies of water about Japan. t laid between the island of Shikoku and Niphon proper, was filled with hundreds of little islands. rossing Bingo sea, the total distance of about two hundred es. including th e seas of Harima and Izumi were passed r, and th'e following morning found the Dragon speeding l oss the mainland from Osaka towaTd Biwa lake. he scen ery around this lake was particularly beautiful. ccording to a popular tradition, in the year 286 B. C. a ter e earthquake open ed the earth, forming the lake; at th'e e time the sacred mountain of Fujisan was upheaved in a IE night from the bottom of the sea. hen th'e air motor reached the Jake it was late in th e night. ack sent the Dragon down to within a few yards of the ace of the dark water, and directing her across it he pre s Y saw in the distance a numb'er of boats heading for the hern shore. ey were filled with men. ese boats se emed to com'e from all quarters of 'the lake, were apparently heading for a certain objective p'oint. aroused the young inventor's curiosity. saw that 'something unusual was going on. e l"e'SOIV'ed to follow the boats and ascertain what it was. a o lights were shown o n the Dragon. keeping heT close to th e water he easUy concealed her emetlts from the vi ew of the boatmen, as it was rather and none of them had seen her yet. m and Fritz were apprised of Jack's intention. ckening the speed of the machine ill order to h'er n of the boats, Jack let her slowly drift until the shore Teached by the boatmen, and all had debarked. CHAPTER 9XIII. THE MIKADO OF JAPAN. "Vh ere paldhetet, yaller nickers vos gone, Shack?" "They are all stringing through the woods toward yonder ruin.' "Don't you could get dot Tragons near dem mitoud being se en?" "I ,might by going around those rocks." "Whar's ther boy? asked Tim. "He kin undeTStan' thar lingo some, an' might tell us wot 'they're a-sayin'." _ / "Call him from the middle turret." Tim used the telephone. In a few moments Royal came in" They told him what they wished. Jack then made a detour of tli'e trees with the Dragon. She wa s sent among the rocks, and finally came.out b ehind the ruin in back of a dilapidated temple. It was a strange, weird scen

20 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. Creeping through the shrubbery, he approached the temple as stealthily as a cat, and reached a fallen column From here he could easi r y have overh'eard every word the JapanEse conspirators uttered. But no sooner had he ensconc ed himself in a favorable posi tion when there sounded a TUstling in th' e bush and a man sprang upon him and caught him by the neck Be was pinioned down to the ground by the guard, who thereupon raised a wild cry of alarm. Jack saw the mi sfortune that b e fell the boy. The whol e assemblage quickly arose and rusbed toward the guard and the boy uttering savage threats against him. A trem endous whirring of the wheels on the airship sudden ly,startl'ed them, and they came to a pause, )their swords and daggers clutch' ed in their hands. I Along came the Dragon toward them. No sooner was she started when Jack turned on the search light and it flashed blindingly into their faces. The Japanese conspirators were terrified. 'l'hey galfe utterance to a chorus of discordant yells, and scattered. Up to the boy flew the machine. 'l'he guard was a savage wretch. He raised aloft a gl eaming dagger to stab his victim. Before this furious intention conld be carried out Jack fired a vistol shot at him, and he fell "Over mortally wounded. Up jumped Royal, and as the Dragon glided up to him, he swiftly clambered aboard of her. "Go for th e daimios! he cri'ed He pointed at the three and Jack steered the motor afteT them as the y fled in a bunch down the terrace. Bang! went th e prow of the Dragon among th em, and they were all knocked flying down the slope. "Capture them!" shoute d Jac k Fritz and Tim w ere r eady with s teel handcuffs As the Dragon paused they alighte d and rushing up to two of th' e daimio a handc uff e d them together. Both were in an ugly mood over their capture. They showed an in clination to fight, and the sailor and Dutchman were for c ed to drag the m aboard the air motor. The other chief s cramble d to his f ee t, took to his he' els and vanishe d behind the ston e wall with the rest. "Ve vos got two ohf dem! shoute d Fritz, excitedly. "Lock them up in the store room!" cried Jack. This was don e. It was easy to see that it was the party of the Mikado of Japan. The sla:nt-eyed dignitary was being carried on a magnificent dais, borne by a large retinue of human bearers, attendants were holding umbrellas of silk over his royal cocoanut, and others were waving gaudy fans to keep him cool. "Just the fellow I want to see said Jack. Who is it, lad?" questioned Tim. "The rule r of th e land." "Lardy, wot a high-toned circus he's got with him!" 'I'h ere were l).undreds of gaudy-figured banners on poles waving to the breeze scores of wooden-saddled ponies, numer ous sam!'ins dulcimers, violincellos and gottos flared a pecu liar melody palanquins and copper-clad guards, or yakounins. It looked like the gala party in a Festival of th e Banners, or the Feast of the Lanterns. "I'm going to put the traitorous daimlos in his hands," said Jack. The whole party had seen thi; airship and paused. Down she swooped till she paused opposite th' e Mikado's dais. Th e two daimios w e re brought out, sullen and silent. "Royal, t e ll the old rat-eater what his nobles have done "Ye s sir, the boy repli' e d Everyone of the royal party w ere greatly t e rrifi ed over the sp ectac le of so strange an obj 'ect coming down from the sky witll human beings aboard. The explorer's son reassured them, howeve r, by shouting in very poor Japanese. "Hold good people we are human like yourselves!" He then forced tlfe lwo prisoners to alight. Then addressing the astonished Mikado h e explained as best he could what they had caught the daimios doing. His story was believed. Tbe Southern princes, when leaving their wives and families as hostages at th:e capital, as is cu stomary, at the expiration of the last congress had committed a great crime, of which the Mikado knew. It was to have also left bands of paid louins or bravos secretly o 'rganized to defy, harass and weaken the central power. Political assassinations, arson, conspiracies against th' e Mi kado, were the means by which the daimios endeavored to bring about a revolution of the feudal provinces It so incensed tb.e Mikado at what the boy told him, that he drew one of his two swords, and with two blows cut off "Wot are yer goin ter do wi' them?" asked Tim, when he th' e .heads of the traitors. returned. He then caused his to attach them to the top "Hand them over to th:e Mikado r e plied Jack, a s he sent the Dragon flying up into th:e air. "They des e rve punishment for high treason." "The crowd is heading for the lak'e!" shouted Royal just then. "Let them go." The air motor ran along all night and all the following day. Next morning they arrived in sight of Fujisan. It was th' e sacred mountain of Japan. The isolated cone towering high above all the mountains of coast, is the prominent scen e of the vicinity of Yeddo. Its snowy summit first catches the dawn, and it flames in the sky long afte r the beautiful gre'en shores of the bay are in dusky twilight. A journey to th e '1mmit is the religious pilgrimage of the men, while the women according to a curious custom are only allowed to ascend it every sixti'eth year. of long bamboo poles and carry them to the city as a warning to all other treasonabl' e subjects. He then turned to the boy to question him about the extra ordinary air motor, but Royal was gon'e. He had boarded the Dragon, and Jack had s ent the air motoT flying in the sky toward the summit of Mount Fujisan. CHAPTER XIV. IN THE SACRED MOUNTAIN. The Emperor's party was soon left: b'ehind the Dragon and she sped swiftly toward the sacred snow-clad volcano. In a short time they reached th'e mountain. It was traversed by difficult roads. From Yeddo to Yosiwara extend s a great road Tokaido. When the air motor reached it, a tremendous was seen going toward the capital. the 1 There was a Buddhist monastery at Omio high up the side of the c elebratetl mountain, and the upper half was covered procession with nothing but the rubbl'e and s c orire of past eruption s. ;Tack examin ed the crowd keenly with a glass. I Numerous little huts lined the road used as pilgrims' rest ; ing places. I


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. Th'e Dragon had to asceitd through the clouds, and the air I and so burned the men on the deck that they cried ,out with ,came so rarifled that it perceptibly aff'ected the breathing pain, and mad'e a wild rush for the central turret. f the aeronauts. "Tl\e volcano! The volcano!" yelled Tim. When th'ey reached the crater they found it to be a great "I feared it," muttered Royal. val op ening, with jagged lips about three thousand feet As quick as a flash Jack turn ed the entire current Into the vid

22 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. "Wot a question! 1 How could we? It wuz so blamed dark we couldn't see whar ther sinkin' ship laid--" "But you said it was in the broad light of th' e after--" "Shut up!" interpos ed Tim, snappishly. I d 'want no in terruptions, mind yer! Ter contine r : Whar wuz I? Oh, yes! Thar we wuz helpless ter save them poor lubbers. Waal, sir, wuz I agoin ter stan' thar? No, sir. Wot did I do? Why, I took a long line tie d one end to my leg an' th' e other end ter their frigate. Then I sprung overboard, an' swam fer that siukin' ship. In five minute s I reached her, an' made th'er .line fa st--" "But how could you S'ee h er if the darkness was so great that--" Stow yer gab will yer!" snapped Tim, giving a hitch at his pants, and glaring ferociouslj at the boy "D'yer want me ter pound yer? Then avas t Le '-me-see-wot wuz I a-sayin'? Now I 'member. I got ther rop e aboard. Waal, when it wuz ti'ed fast, we returne d ter ther Wabash, hand over ha!fd over the rope. As soon s we got aboard we cut ther rope, an' sailed away--" "But your broken rudder was--" 1 "Gosh blame it, who told yer ter ax questions? Wot d'you know about rudders? If yer sticks in yer oar agatn, I'll--" But just then a shout from Jack in the pilot-house inter-rupted him, and h e paused peered around, and growled: "All hands to your posts!" "Has anything gone wrong?" "There' s a typhoon coming!" Jack pointed away to the eastward. The old sailor gav e a start of a}arm He saw the storm and kn' ew how dangerous it was. "Good Lord! he roared. Then h e dashe d ins ide followed by Royal. He had s carc' ely c losed the door when the typ;ttoon struck tlie Dragon with frightful violence. The air motor stag g e r e d before the blow. She was dash ed a w ay as if she were the lightest tissue pa per, and In a moment more her ii;imates were battling hard to save her from d estruc tion. CHAPTER XV. CAUGHT IN THE TYPHOON. A typhoon storm rages with such intensity and fury that it seem s as if heav e n and earth strove to return to their original chaos. This one came from east north-east, and went toward west south-west, in a circle opposite that performed by th' e hands of a clock. Jt originated in the great opposing \!Urrents of air called the soutllowest monsoon and the north-east trade winds blow ing In opposit e directions. A terrible gust of wind sW'epl the air motor up in the air to a great height, and plunged her into a bla:C'k cloud, from which vivid flashes of lightning were rapidly darting. There sh e was Whirled around furiously. SP.e tP.e11 began to plunge earthward again, beaten down by an awful d e luge of rain, and surrounded by flying lightning, the fnrious and incessant claps of thunder rolling tn the clouds made h e r s h a k e like a l

JACK WRIGH'l' AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. 13 "Wot's our cours'e now?" 'Head northeast." "Fer ther lake?" "Y es. We may as well." Tim started the screws. !though the Dragon had been handled roughly by the rm, h .::r machinery remain ed uninjured. he sped away rapidly. n the following morning the lake was reached. ere she descended. n for the gold mine followed. oward mid-day Jack caught sight of s everal huts. hey were embowered among some trees at the foot of some gged hills that sloped to the sid e of th e water. teering the Dragon near them, he soon caught sight of a mber of men around the dwelling's. ''They may give us some information of Charles Max11," he he men In question were evidently a mixture of c.oolies and osins, and Jack saw that they were working with picks d shovels. n fa ct, h e soon discovered that they were mining. his fact led him t> suppose that he had reached th'e place ere Charles Maxwell had been operating. or. was his surmise wrong. 'Fritz!" said h'e to th e Dutchman, who was with him, "if were to openly go to those fellows for the Information we d we would never get it. We therefore must capture on'e th'e coolies and make him tell us what he knows about the lorer." 'I don't se e me how you vos do dot." Very easily. I'll steer the motor after any one of them. u and Tim must drop a noosed rope down on his and las so That will save all trouble and argument." "Dot vos so Ve be'Bn retty in vun minutes. And laughing over th' e novel plan, Fritz went out. J'ack thereupon brought the Dragon to a point within ten t of the ground and sent h .er flying toward th e JapaneS'e. hey gave a y ell and rushed away when they saw the Dra Jack S'elected a man and pursued him. "To question you. If you lie or fail to reply, we will kill ;you." "What do you want of me?" I "First tell me what you and your friends are doing here." "Digging for gold." "Wasn't this mine opened by a white man? "Y'es. He was called Charles Maxwell "Then you knew him? eagerly asked Royal. "We once formed his retinue from Tokio." "Ha! you are the men who tried to murder Ji.Im?" The man was silent and looked scared He had, in his eagerness to please, cond emn ed himself. Royal told Jack what h'e said "Ask him what became of your father," said the inventor. The boy comp]J!d. But the coolies professed ignorance. "I do not know where he went from here, be said. "Rememb er, we will kill you if you lie!" said Royal. "My life is in your hands." It was evident that the man told the truth. "Don't any of your companions know?" demanded Royal. "No, I am sure they do not." It was a useless task to question him any further. \ CHAPTER XVI. A STARTLING DISCOVERY. Jack sent th e motor to the ground 'l'he man was thereupon set at liberty. I He ran away glad to with his life. The motor was started again for the northward, and passe over a rugged, hilly country. Stops were made at various s ettlements and inquiries were made for information about the lost e1plorer Nothing definite was learned about him much to Jack's dis gust, and the motor kept pressing northward The further th ey went the colder it be c ame, un_til at last th ey reached a district where absolute winte r was found. he Dutchman and the sailor hastened up in th e bow, carrya rope, in the end of which there was a slip noose. Here the hot rays of the sun no longer beat down on a fine tropical country, but th'ere laid a dreary landscap e below covthe ered with a mantle of snow. The motor was flying close enough to th e ground for to have touched her. Rapidly overtaking frightened cooli'e, they dropped the se down over his shoulders, and hen gave it a j'erk. It caught around his waist. 'Aloft!" roared Tim. 'Got him?" asked Jack, raisi'ng the motor. "Ay, ay. Up wi' yerf-;, The Dragon ascended. angling to the end of th'e line was th e cooli e. '.He was screaming with dread and his companions joined cries with his when they saw him hanging from the end the line and being carried up into the sky. a height of three hundred fe'et Jack stopped the motor. out on deck he saw the fat fellow and the sailor haul, up the Japll.Ile se until they got him on deck. nee he was lying on the motor, his f'ears were allayed. 'e glared from on'e to th'e other of the aeronauts in th kest astonishment, and then gasped in his own IanB l What means this?" ack called Royal over. e directed the boy to question the man, and this dialogue ued : You a're sate!" said the boy. Why have you done this?" asked the coolie. Th'e natives wore skin clothing, with the hair side out, the legs were mulled up, and wooden pattens were on their feet. It did not seem likely to Jack that he would find th' e man he was looking for in this frigid quarter. But he resolved to keep all'ead until. h e reached the northern extremity of the island before he turned back A severe snow storm came up and env e loped th e air motor. Sh'e was then nearly a mile in the air, and her occupants could not see ten yards in advance of the machine. Night had fallen. Jack resolved to descend till the storm pp;ssed. H'e therefore slackened the sp'eed of the helix. As th' e motor went down he heard a strange noise below. He glanced out the window anxiously and peered down. In a f'ew minutes more there sounded a splash. The Dragon had fall'en into th' e sea. Instead of over the land, as Jack supposed, she had left it behind, and then was over the Pacific. She was not designed to float in water, and began to sink. A shout came from Jack's friends in th e C'entral turret when they found the water pouring into the Dragon. Out on deck they rushed, and at one glance saw what had happened. '(Donner und blitzen! Ve vos sinkin'!" roared Fritz.


24 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. "Ahoy thar, Jack, raise her up again! Tim shouted. "Good h eavens, th'e whe e1 has stopped!" cried Royal. Then they made a dash for t h e pilot-house. Jack had pulled the lever to make the helix revolve but the current did .not seem to act upon it. "M'ein cTacious, Shack," yell'ed the Dutchman, as he ran in, "vhy don't y-er get up oud ohf di s alretty?" /"I can't make the helix work, was th'e reply. ' Don d yer see dot she vos sinkin'?" Yes; that is just what caused the mischief." How you mean by dot?" salt water ,.is pouring in on the batteries, weakening them.' Dry d er screws." Jack did so. 1 hey began to revolve But they too, were losing strength fast. i The y pushe d the machine along a short distance. A roaring of surf ahead met the ears of the crew. It gav e them to und e r stand that the flying machine was go-ing in shoreward. But th e y could not float ashore. Already the water was flooding the pilot-house. Still she got very near to the b y mean s of her screws. Observing that it wa s impossibl e to save her, Jack 'cri' ed: Look out for yourselves boys! Tim and R a yol s e ized the parrot and monk-ey. In a mom ent more the Dragon sunk from under them, g the four struggling for life in the boisterous S'ea. The suction of her descent nearly pulled the m under, but they were all good swimmers and h eld thems elves up. Easily locating th'e coast by the roaring of the surf, they t ll headed for it, and finally reached the snow-covered s hore 1 Here the bitter cold of th'e wind made them shiver. Gathering in a group upon the d'esolate coast in' the blinding snow-storm the four c a s taways looked blue -enough. "That' s the e nd of the Dra gon ," mournfully said Jack. "Vot landt dis vos? qu e ried Fritz. "It must be one of the Chi s ima, or Koorile islands," replied Tim. "Then we are off the sea of Okhotsk remarked the boy. "We must be, assented Jack, for the last land I saw before the storm came up w,as Cape Sirtoko northeast of Ezo. "Don d dere vos some blaces vhere ve oud ohf der colt could got?" anxiously questioned Fritz. "Ther only w a y ter find out is ter look," dryl y said Tim They were all shivering and pained with the cold. It was i n tensified by the drenching they got. Hold on! said Jack. I want to mark the location of the air motor. If the waves don't smash h er to piec es or wash her away, I am going to try to recover her when th e storm stops." There's mark enough for you said Royal. He pointed through the falling flakes. In back they caught sight of' two palms growing together in the form of the l'etter V. It was a good di'stinguishing mark. Satisfied, Jack l'ed them inland. The snow was a foot deep, and very dry. In a short time they came to a mass of tI"ees and rocks. Getting around to the leeward of them they found a cl"ear spot where they were protected from the wind and !now. There they crouched until morning. It had been a fearful night for them, for they suffered in-t-ensely from the piercing cold in their wet clothing. Wh' en the sun aros e, the storm ceased. The forlorn then c lambered up on the rocks. Inland there was a high mountain "We are upon island remarked Jack. "Ay, ay, an' wot s more, it's inhabited,.'' said Tim. He pointed off to th e westward where some smoke was cur ing up to the sky near the shore, and they caught sight of small village of native huts. "Strange that human beings should take up their residen upon such an inhospitable inland a s this, said Royal. Vot d 'er doost dey doon here?" asked Fritz in surprise. "He aven only knows," Jack replied "We must get ove there and get food and warmth, or we will perish." "But s 'po sen they refuses?" asked Tim. Everyone was dismayed at the idea. ., None of the Japanese were disposed to be charitable to th white race. Th' ey looked upon them as unwelcome interlopers. Still the four were in a desperat-e plight Non e of them were armed as their hurrie d flight from th sinking airs hip pre c luded the possibility of taking anythln "We must risk it, said Jack. "Come on. He led the way through the snow and the rest followed. The settlement was about a mile away. Skirting the coast they hasten' ed along to get their bloo circulating, and finall y r e ach e d the huts. The y wer e Japanese dwellings. There were large numbers o f the nativ9 about th' e place, b most Of them were 'prisoners fastened together with chains. From the tops of their heads the tufts of hair had bee shaven, and they wore ragged clothing. Eac h gang was guarded by a Japanese k e eper. All were engaged in mirling c oal. This must be the island of Ski Rotan! said Jack. Th' e place h e named was the place of banishment for pen servitude of Japanoese malefactors from the big c itires. Here the unfortunate wr etches were doomed to hard lab until they perished of hardships and privation. "Sha ll I sp eak to th' eS'e fellows?" qu e r i ed Royal. "Ask them for food and shelter, r e plied the inventor. The boy strode forward toward the natives who were loo ,ing 'at them in utter amazement, and addresS'ed th' e keepe with: "We were wrecked uppn this island and are in need of help "This place is forbidden to all trespassers, said the h e man. "But we could not help landing here." "That does not you. The laws of Japan demand th 1 shall make prisonoers of you ." 'l'he boy was startled by this r e ply .. He turn' ed to his compan i on s and told them what was said. While he was speaking he keepers approached. "Even as prisoners you may get food and shelter," hurried said Jac k. "But for my part, I shall remain at liberty till s-ee if yo are well treated. Should you suffer abuse I may enabled to render you som-e assistance." "Go then, and we will guard your retreat, cried Royal. Jack dashed away, taking Whiskers and Bismarck wi him. Some of the guards chas ed him. His friends threw themselves in their way. 1 Jack was thus enabled to es c ape but th ey were captured. Dragged into one of the huts, the clothing was stripped fro the three prisoners, and Japanese suits were put on them. They had the advantage of being dry, and the exchange therefore more a boon than a discomfort. Then to their disgust, they were all led out, and each was secured to a gang of the prisoners and forced to work. Royal glanced at the man to whom he was secured. A cry of astonishment escap-ed him. "Merciful God! my.father!" he shouted. Th'e man turned as pale as death and seized the boy. "Royal!" )le fairly shrieked. It was the lost explorer.


\ 1JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. CHAPTER XVII. THE DRAGON TO THE RESCUE. Jack lost no time in getting as far away from th e penal setement as possible and the violent exercise warmed him up. He realiz e d that 'his three companions were in no seri. ous anger for th' e pres ent, and therefore did not have much anxty about them. ''I'll go back to where the Dragon sunk," he thought, "The ide was up high when she went under. By this tim' e it must >e low. Perhaps I can dive down into her, and get Mme reapons. If the Japanese keepers mean to ke'ep the boys pri's ners, I may be abl e to render th em more help to escape if I m armed." With this purpose in vi'(lw, he hurried along. In half an hour he reached the bent palms. Glan cing down at the shore he s aw that the tide had re'ede d a great distance, as the storm had be en rolling it far i pon the land during the prec eding night. To Jack' s utter astonishment he caught sight of the Dragon. She was almost high and dry. The wash of the tide, the strength of th;e wind and surf and he impetus of her screws befor e they lost the power of driving h e air motor had sent her into shoal water. She Jay bow on the bea ch. The surf was breaking over her stern. With a glad cry Jack ran down to h e r. 18 As as he leap e d upon the de ck he saw that she had not offered any damage from her immersion except to lose the <\wer of her batte ries. H e r bow bei n g s ev eral f ee t higher than the stern, threw all he water in the hull aft. Consequently Jack imagined that the cells of battery up in bow must be in working condition. 1 He passed into the pilot house and got rid of the parrot and nonkey. Lifting the trap in the fioor he d'escended into the hold e a Just as h'e had expected, the forward s e ries of batteries were 1Gt covered by the water, but th'eir contents were ruined. He then made his way to the store room. 1 Procuring some fresh chemicals from the air and water ight tanks, he returned to the hold and charged the c ens gain. This done h e coupled the helix machinery to these cells i dnd started the big rotoscope spinning. n It raised the motor a few fe'et. 1 She was very heavy with the water she shipped. Jack n:ext opened a trap in bottom of the hull. The water thus drained off. l In a f e w mo ments the Dragon was free of the brine. Lightene d she b e g a n to mount higher in the air, but Jack topped h e r asc ent, and r echarge d the rest of the batteries. H e the n examined everything in th e motor d. Most of the provi s ion s an d all the fresh water were spoiled. Everything was drench'ed. .Tack lighte d the e l ectric stove Vi It dis seminate d a grate ful heat. He soon felt more \:Omfortable Then he dried his wet clothing. r Having left other necessities to dry out, and securing a large umber of grenade s and r ifte s he returned to the pilot-house. Pulling the s c rew lever, he found that they spun around He never exp ected such good luck as this. I'll wrest my friends from the hands of those yellow vii Jains in les'S than time now!" he muttered, triumphantly. The Dragon soon hovered over the village. Jack th' en caus e d h e r to descend near the mine shafts from which the prison e rs were carrying the coal in baskets. A glance at the m through a glass had shown Jack that his friends w e r e among the workers. All the natives w e re terrified at the sight of th'e Dragon They fiung themselves down bowed their heads to the ground. Dow11. settled th e machine, and as soon as she touch ed the ground, Tim, Fritz, Royal and the lost explorer rushed for h e r. The y were obliged to fake the prisoners with them to whom they w e re chain ed, and th e Japan ese convicts being in fear of Jack' s singular contrivan c e fought to get away. This held th e prison ers back / Jack procured a file With this he rapidly cut Fritz's fetters, and the Dutchman soon lib' e r a ted the other three. The Japanese keepers recovered from their fright by thi time and began to suspect that-the flying machine was not su pernatural. As this conviction gr ew upon them, they seized their weapons and hegan to fire at the prisoners. Jack anticipated this move. He therefore lost no time in returning the bombardment. As the grenades explod ed among the Japs, and wound ed several of them, the firing suddenly c eased. They recoiled, yelling like demon s. All the convicts were struggling to bury th'Elmselves in the mine. Fritz had th'e greatest difficulty to liberate his c ompanions but finally managed to do so. 'fhe conv i cts to whom they had been fastened dashed away Then the four boarded th e air motor Jack S'ent her up in the sky. She was followed by a volley of musket shots But they rattl' e d harmlessly against the ironc lad hull of the Dragon, and the a scent s topped at a height of 500 feet. Jack went put on deck. "A white man!" he gasped seeing Royal's father. "It' s the r on e wot w e w uz searchin' fer," said Tim. What! Th' e lo st explorer?" "Ay, ay!" Jack w as thoroughly amazed. H e g:Janced at the man and muttered: "Can it b e possible that you are Charles MaxW'Elll?" "Yes, sir, that is my name. This boy i's my son," said the explor e r. "We' ve found him M r. Wright! joyfully cri'ed Royal. "Huw did you happen to b'e a captive asked Jack. "My story is a long one ." "We know most of it," Interpos e d Jack. "You do? was the surprise d reply "From the time you left home until you secured and hid your gold. "'fhe n you know what my step-brother did? "Adam Sloat trie d to kill you." "Yes, but I def e ated him." He also strove to murder Royal." "What! My son too! " So the boy would not sta nd in his way to get your for-ith their usual vigor, and he steered th e Dragon away tune." A long she swept ,through the air at a height of one hundred By heavens Sloat was a terrible villain .et, going in the direction of the settlement. "Very true. We will you what he did whin1 you finish .. \ Jack was the most delighted mortal in Japan. your story."


I 26 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD Arn MOTOR. "Then I'll describ' e my history. After getting a fortune in gold from tb e mine, I had it carried to the coast and hid it," said the explorer. "I then resumed m?' march northward with two men-coolies-whom I imagi1;1ed to be faithful to me. In au e time I discovered my error. They betrayed my confi denc e." "How?" "As they bad to help me hide the gold they of course knew where I plac ed it. Doubtless they. were overwhelmed with greed. It caused them to plan to get possession of the bars of metal into which the gold was melted. At.any' rate, when we reached the city of Aomori they accused me of treason. I was arrested, tried and sentenced to llfelong p enal service on this island. And here I have been for a long time While the two coolies have probably gone back to the place wh'ere tb e gold was buried, and have carried it away, leaving me no better off than I was before." "What a pity!'" sympathetically add' ed Jack. He the n d 'etailed what Royal bad und'ergone. It made Charles Maxwell furious wb6'll he to what extent the captain of the Fog Bell had .gone. '"He shall be punished for his p erfidy!" he cried. Then he asked Jack all about the Dragon. "If you like," said the young inventor, when he finished his recital, "I'll carry you to the place where you hid Your gold. If it is yet there we tnay be able to carry it home for you, if its weight don't exceed two tons." "There was not half that," repll

JACK WRIGHT AN,D HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. 27 "Wasn t that a risky place?" "Blast that lubber, he only don e that ter aggervate me!" e growled, satisfied now, as th

2S JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. Both the captain and the two Japs uttered a wild yell when they saw the man th' ey wronged appear b'efore them so sudden ly, attended by his ;riends. They recoiled in horror and turned deathly pale. "Back to your ship with you!" cried Jack to th' e sailors. They -tnade a rush, for the arms carried by our friend a ha.d a very threatening appearance. Sloat and the Japanese started to go with th'em. "Hold! shouted Maxwell. The captain kept on. Maxwell fi:11ed at him. Struck by the ball, he fell in his tracks. Two more shots peal'ed out, and both of the native s bit the dust. He rushed up to bis perfidious step-broth'er. Sloat lay groaning and nursing a wound in his Jeg. "Baffied-baffied!" he howled when he saw MaxW'ell. "Oh, you viper! cried the explorer, indignantly. "Now you'll get the gold." "Who has a b'etter right? Don't I own it?" "Curse you, but I didn't expect you back." "No, of course not. But I cam'e just the same." H my game had only succeeded--" "Ab! but it failed. You inhuman wretch, I ought to bang you for attempting to take my life." "Don't you do it, gasped Sloat in alarm. "After all, I didn't succeed You have no right to hurt me as" long as I didn t huTt you, Charles Maxwell." He wa"S a pitiful coward. A look of mingled contempt and disdain swept over the face of the exploreT, and he said: Crawl away-'crawl away! The sight of you disgusts me!" Ju-st th en Royal came up. I Sloat let out a yell when he saw the boy Re bound e d to his feet, h eld up his trembling hands, and yelled, in a paroxysm of superstitious fear: "A gho 'st-a ghost!" He imagined he h a d murdered 'the boy Seeing him thus un expectedly appear a second time horri tied him. "I'm no ghost," the boy replied. You was foiled by Jack Wright in your attempt upon my life "Jack Wright," muttered the man. Then he ran away. A sudd en fear entered his mind that they might riddl e him with bullets, and he made up his mind to stand the pain of his wounded leg to escape. No one tried to stop him. He thus managed to get back to the ship. In a short time she sped out of the to S'ea. Adam Sloat had be en thwarted at every turn. The two treacherous Japanese had been lying on the ground like dead men whil'e they spoke to Sloat. But when Jack now turn ed to address them, they were gone. Both had been playing possum. As soon as they noticed that they were not observed th'ey lost no time in making their escape. 'Both gone!" commented Jack. "Let them!" said Maxwell. got the gold." "Wait until W'e see." "I pring der Tragon over here," said Fritz. "Good!" assented Tim. "An' 'We ll finish op enin' ther cave The four then set to work upon a heap of stones that were piled up the face of th' e rocks. Sloat and h / s men bad partially succeeded in opening the entrance to the treasure cavern. /Our friends soon completed the work. A small dark aperture was revealed. Just then the Dutchman landed the aiT motor In the clear ing in front of th e cave. "Fetch a lantern, Fritz," cried Jack. Th e fat fellow did so and they all entered the cave. It was a small plae'e. A bole was tl}en dug in the floor at the spot indicated by th explorer and here a number of crude pigs of gold were seen. "The tre11sure is safe!" cri'ed the explorer, d e lightedly. "Why, you have got a large fortune here, said Jack. "Shall we tote 'em aboard o" tber Dragon?" asked Tim. "Yes-by all means." The work was done. .A! feeling of intense relief overcame everyon e when it wa: safe. Jack then started the helix. The extra {veight of the gold z:equired all the strength of th1 batteries to lift the airship. But it did th'e work. Now for home!" cried Jack. "Will you start from h'ere?" asked the exploter. "Certainly. It will shorten our sea voyage. The machine was directed out over the sea. Afar, in the distance, near a coast village a strange seem was witnessed by our friends called the Matsouri of Gots Tennoo. The people had hoisted upon their shoulders a litter, upor which rested the throne of theiT divine patron, Tengou, the winged god, and carried it through the waves. I The fishermen struggled tumultuously with th' e prieats f01 possession of 'it, and a great noise arose among them. It was like the sport of so many happy s c hool boys. The air motor the n ran out ove r the Kuro-siwo or Asiatic gulf stream, which flows northward past the eastern shores oJ Japan at the rate of forty miles a day. It is as warm as 85 d egrees, and is the same current that carries fog and rain to Alaska. Everyone aboard of the Dragon felt happy that night, despite the fact that they had met with so many hardships, for thus far everything turn' ed out well. Jack and his two friends had enjoyed more amusement fron ih e journey than they anticipated, and had had tb e pleasuri S)f resc);ling the lost explorer. On the ctber hand, Royal bad been delighted at the recoveri of his father whom he feare d was not alive, and Charles Max well was grateful for having been delivered from the bondage he suffered and for recovering his gold. 'l'he sky had taken on a very gloomy asp ect. I A heavy storm was evidently impending. Jack had no desire to get caught in it with that heayY carg(j of gold on board, and therefore added sp eed to the helix. I The Dragon rapidly mounted upward. She passed through the dark storm clouds presently and shaped her course for the eastward. As she sped along the storm broke b 'eneath her. A terrific fall of rain went down. Heavy peels of thunder shook the clouds, and vivid flashe: of lightning darted through the sky. "It's lucky we ain't down in that storm," said Maxwell grimly. "Y es I-bark! What's that-human voices?" said Jack. From b'elow came th' e sound of men shouting. Jack leveled his gla ss down at the sea. He caught sight of a large ship laboring in the storm. Just then there came an awful crash of thunder, and a blind ing streak of lightning flew down at the ship. It struck her mainmast. Down it flew to th'e deck, shattering it. One of the men fell, struck by the arful bolt. "Heaven's retribution!" cried Jack. I


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS IRONCLAD AIR MOTOR. "What's that?" asked the explorer. No accident occurred to mar the pleasure of their trip, and "'l'hat ship is the Fog Bell, and Adam Sloat was just struck in du e time she arrived on the outskirts of San Francisco un-by th e lightning and killed. Look down." der cover of the night. Maxwell compli'ed. Here she alighted. "You are right!" he" exclaimed. "The villain is dead!" Jack and Maxwell then went to the city. CHAPTER XX. ./ OONCLUSION. Both Tim and Fritz were apprised of the news, and they watched the Fog B'ell struggling with the storm every tim' e th'e dark clouds open ed so they could see down to the ocean. Presently, however, they lost all trac e of the stricken ship. The air motor remained high above the storm. 'fhe weight of the gold in her hold held her up very still wjen the great wings were spread, and 'She drove rapidly ahead to the eastward in a strong current of wind. On the following morning they were half way over the Pa cific, as the Dragon had made very rapid headway, and after breakfast Jack took an inventory of the gold. At the conclusion he remarked to Charles Maxwell: "As n ear as I can estimate there is over $300,000 worth of the m etal. You are a very rich man now." "I intend to equally divide it among all hands on board," the ,explorer remarkelt quietly. "No, we will not permit that," said Jack. "What! Surely you would not refuse so large a sum--" "My dear Maxwell, both my friends and myself are very rich." c "So I have heard." t "What then do we want with so small a sum?" The explorer looked abashed. What he deemed a munificent sum was a mere bagatelle to these peopl'e, so he said: "Well, I meant everything for the best." "And I appreciate your generosity,'' warmly said Jack. That relieved Maxwell. Jack then went up into the wheelhouse. There he found Tim and Royal. "Do tell me the story," the boy was pleading. "Orright," said the old sailor, as Jack relieved him of the wheel, and he strolled out on d eck with the boy, and add ed: a Yer see, th:er ole frigate Wabash wuz atryin' ter beat aroun' Cape Horn ag'in ther strongest kind o' head winds. Waal, sir, it wuz sich a dark stormy night, we couldn't se'e an inch ahead o' tb,er bowsprit. All at once we struck a rock. Water poured ti inter ther frigate an' she begun ter sink. Thar wuz only one way ter save her, so I yells ter ther carp'enter ter nail a board over 1.her hole inside, an' I sprung overboard." ii. At thi's juncture a melancholy wail arose from within the cabin, and Tim's extraordinary yarn came to a sudden end. Tim glared at the central turret. "The accordeon he hissed. He then made a be e-line for the door, but Fritz had been wise enough to bolt it inside, and he couldn't get in. On the following morning arrangements were completed for the dispO'sal of the gold. It was t::i.k'en from the motor. and carted away. Then it was sold A large sum of money was realized. Maxwell made a second attempt to induce Jack and his companion s to accept a proportionate share. But they irmly refused. They were entirely satisfied with the sport they had. Embarking on the Dragon again, the whole party went up in the air, and continued their homeward journey. Relieved of the weight of the gold, the air motor now worked with all her former freedom. Sh'e sped swiftly across the continent. In due course of time the machine reached Wrightstown. Jack steered the Dragon toward his shop Some of the workmen opened the roof and under the young inventor's skillful guidance, the Dragon went down through the opening and paused with a gentle shock. Her long journ ey was finished. Everyon e alighted. Jack's wife and child greeted them. The monkey and the parrot were taken to th e house. On the following morning Royal and his father ,.ere domi cUed in their own homfil, richer by thousands of dollars, and triumphant over the treacherous man who had striven so hard to put them out of the way. Jack Wright has no stancher friends than these two. Suffice it to 'Say that the information Charl'es Maxwell gave to civilization as a result of his exploring trip through Japan, proved to be a most valuable fund of knowledge. Jack, Tim and Fritz stored the Dragon away. She had faithfully p erformed her duty, and was considered one of the inventor's most valuabl'e contrivances. With such a wonderful talent for' producing these marvels as Jack poss'essed, and having pl'enty of money with which to carry out his experiment.:;, it was no wonder .that .his active mind soon occupied itself with a new invention. A most brilliant plan had suggested itself to his busy brain, and he began to the details. One of th' e most wonderful devices evolved in the end. It is almost needless to say that h e set to work to construct 'the peculiar machine Tim and Fritz proved to be most able assistants, as they: al ways had been with his former works. An extraordinary epoch in th e history of the three was marked by th' e ultimate production of the patent. Our readers will presently discover the result in a new story of the friends and the n ew invention. THE END. Read "THE RIVAL BASEBALL CLUBS; OR, THE CHAM-The Dutchman kept on playing, 'and Tim began to furiously, and struggling to get in. It was of no use, however. He had to give it up. rave PIONS OF. COLUMBIA ACADEMY," by Allyn Draper, which will be the next number (267) of "Pluck and Luck." The day passed by uneventfully. On the following morning Jack sighted the American coast. "There's British America now, Fritz," be remarked. "The worst of our journ' ey is over now, and we will soon get r-id of _the gold a nd finish th'e trip unhampered." In an hour more the Dragon left the Pacific astern. 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