North Pole Nat; or, The secret of the frozen deep

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North Pole Nat; or, The secret of the frozen deep
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Pluck and luck
Wilson, Captain Thos. H.
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Frank Tousey
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I11tud Wtskly B y 8ubacripti011 t2.5 0 J16f' year .f!nterstl a& 8scond -Olll81 Matlr at the New York Post OJ!ict, Novm11be,. 7, 1898, by Frank Tousey Ob.uc ks, seizing hun arpund the waist, as though he were an .infant, carried him up on deck, treated him as \lis comrade had been served a moment before. ''There, now,' grunted the rotund oarsman. "You're not goln'g to fool Mr. Chucks


PLUCJ< }\]'10 LUCJ< Stories of Adventure. l11sued .Wui;ZyBy S ubsC?iption 12.60 per year. accordino to act of Conoress, in the yerx, 1907, in the ojfice of the Lilnarian of Cong1e ss, Washington, D. C., by Ji'rank TO'U8ey, Publishe1 24 Union Squme, New York. No. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 11, 1907. PRICE 5 CEN 'l'S. NORTH POLE NAT OR, The Secret of the Frozen Deep BY CAPTAIN 'rHOS. H. WILSON. CHAPTER I. THE WHALEB. "There she blows!" The cry came from the masthead of an whaling bark, cruising in the Arctic Ocean, late in September of the year 1869, ln latitude 79 degrees and 26 mlnuteiJ N., longitude 71 degrees and 22 minutes W., or about the middle of Smith' s Sound. The bark was the Arctic Fox, James Hathaway, master, of New York, and had remained rather late in the season, owing to Captain Hathaway's desire to make a good catch. Many of the crew had demurred to this, being afraid of having to remain in the ice during the long Arctic winter, which is invariably severe. The captain was determined, however, and there was no disputing him when he made up his mind to anything. Had he listened to reason he 'Yould still be alive and well, in all probability, and his crew would have been spared a vast deal of privation and death. In that event, however, this story might never have been written, or the strange events which it depicts, never have happened. To return to the bark, however, and the seamen aboard o! her. At the well-known hail, one which the men had been anx iously waiting to hear for many days, every sailor, awake or asleep sprang to his feet. Every whaleman knows the magic is in that sound, changing idle, listless beings into nervous, excited creatures, every fiber of their systems throbbing with enthusiasm, every sense alert, every muscle strained to its utmost. "Where away?" sang out the captain, in a ringing voice which could be heard in every part of the ship. "Almost straight ahead, sir." Who's that up aloft?" asked the mate, Mr. Cartwright. "Job Hawkins, sir," answered a lad of about twenty, tall well-built and muscular. This was Nathan Hawkins, commonly called Nat, the hero of our story. "If Job Hawkins says he sees anything, you can rely upon it," said. the mate. He has the sharpest eyes in the whole fleet, and a better harpooner never lived.' "How far off are they, Job?" called out the captain. "About six miles, sir." /'Regula r Greenlanders, are they?" "Ay, ay, sir! I see but one of 'em, but he's big. Got two spouts to him as thick as my arm, travelin' putty fast, too. There he blows ag in, sir." "We'll have him if there is only one," murmured the captain. "He'll make over a hundre d barre ls, more n likely, to say nothing of the bone." Nat scrambled in the forerigging in orde r to get a good sight of the monster, just as the captai n called out again: "Sure there's only one, Job?" "That's all, sir." "There she blows!" yelled Nat, on the instant; "there's two of them." "Halla, North Pole Nat has got som ething to say erbont it," muttered Mr. Cartwright. "He' s foreved sticking in his oar." Nat was fornver talking abou t the North Pole his father having be e n lost on an exploring exp e dition the re, and Cart wright had nicknamed h i m North Pole Nat, the title sti cking to bim, as E>uch things will. As Nat sang out, the sailors looked aloft, and or two of them laughed, though these were not the friends of the young fdlow. A handsome cabin-boy, probably about sixteen years of age, and looking remarkably effeminate for a youth, though he was as pright and smart as any boy gazed with admil'ing looks at Nat, perched up aloft, and said in a low tone: "He may have as good eyes as you Mr. Mate, and know as much, for all your puking fun at him." "Can you make out two of them, Job?" asked the captain. "Yes, sir, I can now. Nat was right about that. T'other one has just come up "Do you see more than two, Nat?" "No, sir, and mine is not as big as Job's "They're heading for the drift in, sir, shouted Job, from his exalted perch in the crow's nest, as the lookout is called upon a whaler. /


2 NORTH POLE NAT. "Come down from aloft; shipkeeper, get your signals ready, I clear away the boats there, get in your line tubs." Job and Nat ran down the rigging like monkeys, the sailors hurried to and fro, and a scene of great excitement and bustle ensued. The boat-steerers, or harpooners, looked after their "craft," as the harpoons, lances, and other implements used against whales a:re called, the tub-oarsmen put the tubs containing the lines in to the boats amidships, while others c l ea r ed the falls from the davits, so as to be ready to hoist the boats from the cranes when the proper order should be given. In southern latitudes it is customary for whalemen to divest themselves of all superfluous clothing when getting ready to chase whales, but here the case was quite different. The weather was cold aud piercing, the men at the wheel and a loft having to protect their hands with fur mittens, and everybody aboard was dressed in furs, fitting quite tight, so as to allow free play of the muscles. The time whe n whalers usually returned had long passed, and the quantity of drift i ce to be met with was something alarming, an occasional iceberg being also seen in the distance. Even now, the spray dashed up by the cutwater of the Arc tic Fox was frozen as it fell on the bowsprit, stays, and low e r guys, and the martingale was one mass of ice. The wind whistled through the rigging and cut like a knife if one exposed his face to it for any length of time, and the only way to keep '*arm was by constant exertion. The days were already beginning to grow very short, and be fore another month would cease altogether. No wonder then that the men grumbled; and they were ripe for mutiny, which was only quelled by the firmness of the captain. Mr. Cartwright and Mr. Jones, the first and second mates, were among the malcontents, and nearly half the seamen were under their control, Job Hawkins and Nat remaining true to the captain. "When we get this fellow boiled down," muttered the mate to his fellow conspirator, we start for home, or I must know the reason why; you don't catch me staying here any longer." "Why not refuse to go after him at all?" "No, no, that won't do; we must seem to obe y, but--" The sentence was completed in the man's ear, and no one else heard it. "All right, then, that, will do first-rate." "All ready there?" sang out the captain. "Ay, ay, sir." "I'm going to take my bomb-gun, Joe, said the master. "Don't lower away till I come ba ck," diving into his cabin as he sopke. A bomb-gun is a very large bore weapon, used for shooting the bomb lances into a whale's side, the barrel being more than an inch in diameter, inside measurement. The bombs are sharp and winged an arrow, and when they pierce any substance a hammer is tripped which ex plodes a cartridge, and gives the huge cetaceans a bad and gen erally fatal wound. Captain Hathaway soon returned with his gun and a box of bombs nearly a foot in length, which he deposited in the stern sheets. "Hoist and swing," was the order; the boats were lifted from the cranes, the latte r swung inboard, and the men at the falls stood ready for the next order. ''Lanier!" The ropes flew through the blocks, the men scramblt>d into the boats, each in his place, the oars were run out and away pulled the sailors, many looking upon the Arctic Fox for the last time. CHAPTER II. AN EXCITING CHASE. The whaling bark carried four boats, manned respectively by the captain and three mates, each officer having a harpoon er and four seamen, making six men to a boat. Aboard the vessel were the shipkeeper and his crew, consist ing of the cook, steward, carpenter, cooper, blacksmith, and one or two extra hands. The shipkeeper signaled to the boats the movements of the whales, whether they were up or down, which way they went, whether they had disappeared for good, when to return to the ship, and everything else that was necessary to know. He commanded the vessel in the captain's absence, and the men under him were obliged to obey him in all particulars, as though he had been the captain himself. The boats went dancing over the waves, their sails set and the men pulling besides, while the signal flag, flying aloft, indicated that the whales were still in sight, and unmindful of the presence of enemies. The coolr was at the wheel, and kept the vessel's head as 'it had been, for that told which direction the cetaceans were tak ing, andsaved the boat hel}ders much trouble, as often the sea ran so high that things near at hand are hidden, and therefore a g!ance backward at the vessel is the e11siest. way to tell what is going on. The two whales were seemingly unconscious of the approach of their enemies, and were blowing and playing in the wa ter, lashing the icy waves into foam, and leaving a greasy wake, or "sleek," as sailors call it, behind them. The' wind blew fresh and strong, and after a while the men unshipped their oars, so as to make as little noise as possible. The shi'Pkeeper, Ed Lewis, by name, a raw-boned, big-chest ed Nantucket man, had1 in his hurry, left his glass below, and looking down he called out: "Below there! Tell Frank to bring up my glass." "He isn't here, sir," answered the carpenter. "Where is he?" "Gone in the old man's bOat, I reckon:" "Are you sure?" "Yes, sir. If he was here we'd seen him before this, for he' s a lively lad." "Confound the young scamp!" muttered the man to himself. "Why the blazes couldn't he stay aboard, I'd like to know?" -:Frank Trafton, the cabin-boy already alluded to, had indeed gone after the whales, taking a seat by the side of the cap tain, and occasionally assisting him in steering, for the har pooner never goes aft until after the whale has been struck, his superior doing the killing, and he the steering after that. Frank was a general favorite on board, and upon that ac count the captain had made no objection when he found the lad at his side, but merely smiled, and patted his curly head. In the captain's boat, besides himself and Frank, were Job Hawkins, who pulled the harpooner's oar; Ned Evans, stroke; Jim Brown, tub; a rotund specimen of humanity called Chucks, 'midship; and a brawny Yankee by the name of Sol Sampson, bow. I The boat was ahead of the three others, the mate's boat coming next in order, and every mnn was in a fever of excite ment, which increased as the distance between them and the whales momentarily lessened. The latter were keeping a pretty steady course, but not be ing aware of the approach of the boats, did not. go as fast as the latter, so that the captain gained upon them e.very minute. It was a pretty even thing, however, for the boats were still three or four miles behind, and no one could tell at what


NORTH POLE NAT. 3 moment the whales might become frightened, "galled," the sailors called it, and either go down, or start off at such a rate that it would be hard to follow them. The men sat idly upon the thwarts, talking in low tones the captain steering, and Frank tending the sheet of the sail, easing off occasio!lally and then drawing it a little flatter as the breeze freshened. Two hours passed, and the boats were still a mile or so be hind, at least the captain's boat was, the others having fallen considerably to the rear. The distance lessened, and presently the captain ordered the It'fen to take in sail, unstep the mast, and get out their paddles, which made less noise than oars. r The orders were obeyed, and soon .the _paddles were dipped deep and with an even stroke in the water, the boat gliding over the sea at a fair rate of speed. By some mischance, Chucks struck tha shaft of his paddle against the gunwale and made considerable noise, which t he whales heard, as they are with an acute sense of hearing. They took the alarm immediately and were off like a shot, going right away from their pursuers. '" "Get out oars, bullies," said the captain; "pull away, my tars. Now, then! Give 'em a good, lo h g, steady stroke, N a t, and we'll overhaul these greasers yet." The men pulled. with a will, and at the end of another hour the whales seemed to have recovered from their fright, and were not going as fast as before. "I'm glad they didn't sound, anyhow," said the captain for there's no .knowing where they might not have come u p, or whe.her they would do so at all." "The bark don't seem to keep up with us, as well' as she did," said Frank. "She's fallen behind considerable. "So she has," replied the capta. in, glancing back over his shoulder. "Never mind, she'll have a chance when we get fast to this fellow." Half an hour later, the boat had drawn so near that Job took in his oar, stood up, and got his harpoon ready. "Pull easy, my boys," whispered the captain; "steady and easy, and don't make any more noise than you can help." "Put me off a bit, sir," said Job, putting his knee in the chock and poising his weapon. "I want to hit him abaft the hump, and I'm a little afraid of his The whale was an immense fellow, being over one hundred feet in length, and of a dark gray, mottled with brown, promising from h"ts looks to yie ld a good supply of oil and bone. He had every appearance, too, of being a troublesome fel low, and without doubt would give the wqalemen a hard job to subdue him. His monstrous flukes beat the water and cnurned it up every now and then, the twin columns of vapor and water shooting up every now and then from the spout holes, as he would sink a few feet and then arise, a decidedly "fishy" odor bei'pg per ceptible, although, properly speaking, a whale is not a iish, but a marine animal. The captain put the boat off a little so as to allow it to pass the flukes or tail of the monster, and then when about midway of the creature's length, headed directly toward him Job now poised his harpoon, braced himself firmly took a good aim, and distance carefully, made a good thr!!e-fathom dart, driving the harpoon deep into the monster's side, just b\ck of the hump, the best place in the world for it. "Stern, stern!" yelled the captain, thinking that the would turn upon him. The men backed water, and the line ran out as the whale dashed ahead, lashing his flukes, and uttering a kind of snort 1 as he felt the sharp barbs of the harpoon piercing his sides. L The thrust had been a J;OOd one, and a stream of blood dyed ....... the water crimson, but in spite of this, the animal kept on in creasing his speed as he went along. The smaller whale had sounded when the bigger one was struck, and at that time was nowhere to be seen. "Pull ahead bullies! said the captain, a turn around the logge rhead with the line so as not to let it run out too fast. "Shouldn't wonder if I could give him another dart, sir, spoke up Job "He's a big fellow and the fust iron might pull out. " All right, Jpb; get your other harpoon ready, and I'll put you on him in a minute. Pull ahead bullies! How do you like this kind ofsyort, Frank?" turning to the lad at his side. First-ra t e sir; it's very exciting and I shouldn't wonder if it was dangerous as well." "You're right there, my lad; it is dangerous sometimes, and no mistake. Ke e p a good stroke, Nat, and never mind the whal e He can' t hurt us, for we're out o' the way of his flukes. "Put me a li t tle ne arer now, sir, and I'll sock it to him again, remarked Job, poising his second harpoon, there being thre e in the boat All right, answers Captain Hathaway; and as Job comes within good distance once more, the slack of the line having b een taken around the loggerhead he makes a second dart, s end_ing the harpoon further forward than the first, but in a good plac e nevertheless. The whale makes a bound a s the second iron enters, and the line plaYs out rapidly, the captain not caring to get a slap of those flukes, which would stave his boat to bits in a mo ment. As 'the whale did not sound, the captain took a turn around the bit again, and let the greasy fellow tow him, the man having already shipped their oars, the speed being too fast to make them of any use. "Light your pipes, boys, said the captain, jocosely. We'll let this fellow tire himself out, and then we'll run up and lance him. I'll signal the other boat to come down." Little did he expect that he would never see them again, or tpat his life-current had nearly run out. CHAPTER III. AN UNEXPEC TED CATASTROPHE. Affairs now became more exciting that ever, for the lJoat was being towed through the seething waters at a rate of not less than seven knots, the sea bubbling all around them and a gleaming wake trailing out behind. Then, too, the drift ice became thicker, and it was a matter of considerable skill to steer clear of some of the larger mas:; es, a contact with which would have been the destruction of the boat. The captain had brought his glass with him, and after being towed for fully half an hour, he got it out from beneath the stern sheets, and gazed long and earnestly ahead of h!m. "I don't like the looks of that ice," he muttered; "it seems to be packing in towards shore, and right across the channel, too. It' s likely that it'll do the same behind us as well." Frank Trafton, who had turned around and was looking astern of him, suddenly cried out at this juncture in start ling tones: "I can't see the boats anywhere, sir, for tne life of me. Nor the ship, either," he added in the next breath. The captain turned about and swept the horizon with his glass,


NORTH POLE NAT. "My God! She is nowhere to be seen! he gasped. "Do you see this fog is settling down all around us? It hides her from sight." "'Taint' a fog at all," mutters Job, still seated forward, "but a regular cloud-bank; and if it don't mean snow, and lots of it, then I'm mistaken." "Is he going fast, Job?" asked the captain. "Ay, ay, sir, every bit; no, he's slackin' up some; guess we can haul in upon him." "Take in slack, boys; lively now," orders the captain, and the tub-oarsman coils it down in the tub as it come in, length by length. The boat drew up considerably upon the monster, and Cap tain Hathaway determined to try and kill him at once They had now been out for at least six hours, and night was not more than an hour distant. With the increased darkness around them, it might be less time than that before they would be unable to see anything. "Come aft, Job, and I'll see if I can stop his nonsense." Job went aft and took the steering oar, while the captain, armed wit)l a long and exceedingly sharp lance made of the finest steel, took his place in the bow. The men dipped their oars and pu,lled lustily, the captain being alongside in a few minutes, his arm raised for the I.Jlow. Deep into the animal's side he plunged the lance, pulling it out and thrusting it in again and again, finally churning the whale with it, and causing the blood to gush out in a crtmson stream. The animal, although morta:Wy wounded, made a dive for the boat, and the men were obliged to back water immediately The line slacked, and the captain got his foot in a bight of it uninvitingly. The whale suddenly changed his tactics, the line tightened, and ran out rapidly, the loop about the captain's leg drawing up in an Instant, and before he could cry out or release him self, he was dragged overboard into the boiling sea. Job uttered a cry of horror, and seizing the hatchet, which is always ready for such emergen c ies, cut the line. He was too late, however for the llnfortunate skipper had been drawn down beneath the surface, and was nowhere to be seen. He did not come up again, and in all probability he had been rendered unconscious by the fierce rush of waters, and no doubt dead long }Jefore that time "There goes the whale, said Nat, blowing like fury. I guess he don't feel sorry, for a cent. "We must pick up the captain, said Job, "and then go back to the ship. Blamed lucky if we don't get caught in a plaguey snow squall afore we git back," he muttered in a half audible aside. \ 1 They waited around the spot for nearly an hour, and saw no trace of the captain, finally coming to the conclusion ;that he had not been disentangled from the rope, and that in all like lihood the whale was still towing him through the water, as probable a conclusion as any they could arive at. Then we'd better go back," remarked Job, when con clusion was reached. "Easier said than done, my brave man! There is no going back now, no matter how hard you try!" As he spoke there came a sharp blast which cut to the bone, and in an instant the huge snowflakes were whirling around them in a blinding mass. Job, turning to $ield himself, slipped, and fell into the' bottom of the boat, losing his hold upon the steering oar, which floated away out of sight in. an instant. The storm was so fierce that the men could not see where they were going, or even to pull their oars, the only thing to be done being to sit still until it subsided. The great coat was under the stern thwart, and Nat got it out and made Frank wrap himself in it, for the boy, more delicate than the rest, was beginning to feel the cold and shivered like a leaf. "I'll be blamed if this ain't too pesky for anythin'," growled Job. "Bet a coat the current's taking us north as fast as it can go. It's all on account of you, Nat, an' we're bound to reach the North Pole sure now." The snow fell as thickly as ever, and continued to do so for an hour, by which time it was quite dark, the snow still faH ing, though not so fast as before. "We might as well have a light, anyhow," was the sudden remark of Job, having a word to say for ten minutes. "Get out the lantern, Nat." EverY whale-boat carries, when in pursuit of whales, a boat which is put in a keg made expressly for it, and Nat got this out, and, shielding it from the wind, struck a light and ignited the wick. The lantern was then put in the line-tub, the attempts to step the mast and hoist it to the top thereof having been abandoned after two or three trials. "There's no use trying to get home to-night," muttered Job (every sailor speaks of his ship as "home") "and I don't see why we can't be comfortable. We've got some grub, so let's eat it, and then talk about something else." Before starting out the men had put in a keg of fresh wa ter, another of hardtack, and a considerable quantity of pem mican, or pressed meat, the latter being used a g;;eat deal by the Arctic sailors, from its combining the greatest quantity of nutriment in the smallest bulk. The crew at once followed Job's suggestion, and made a hearty meal, after which the harpooner and Chucks lit their pipes (no whaleman is ever without his pipe and tobacco) and enjoyed the luxury of) a smoke. "Won't you have a whiff, Frank?" asked Job, with a laugh. "No, I thank you." "Perhaps you'd like a chaw? I can accommodate you with either. " Not to-night, Job," answered Frank, from the shaggy depths of the captain's greatcoat. "You'll never make a man If you don't use tobacco," laughed Job. "I'll never be any more a man than I am now, I guess, tobacco or no tobacco. Wonder If I'd better go to sleep." "Do you feel cold?" asked Nat. "Not a bit." "Nor drowsy, either?" "No; but I suppose we shall be here all night, and that's why I spoke of going to sleep." "You're all right," answered Job, with a snort. "You don't know why North Pole Nat asked you those two questions, do you?" "For information, I presume." "Exactly, and if your infdrmation had been different he wouldn't let you go to sleep for a fortune." "Why not?" "'Cause if you had, you'd be frozen to death afore mornin', just as sure as my name is Job Hawkins." "Frozen to death!" excntimed Frank, in surprise. "Yes," answered Nat. "There's no danger no"'however, and if you like, you can roll yourself up in your big coat, cover your face, and drop off to sleep, and the thicker the snow falls on you the warmer you'll be. Keep .the snow off your face, that's all, and you're safe enough "I shouldn't wonder if. Jim Brown and Sol had already gone to sleep," said Frank, ten minutes or so later, the snow still


NORTH POLE NAT. falling steadily, the cold increasing considerably, nolwith-having insisted that he should do no more rowing, warned standing, "for I haven't heard anything of them fqr half an them against blocks of falling ice, to strike. upon which would hour." "Pass IJrtJ the lantern, said Job, without further comment. and Frank did as requested. The harpooner held the light close to the faces of the two men, and gave a grunt of su,rprise. "H'm, they're asleep, sure enough, but it's a sleep they won't wake from in this world." "What do you mean?" said Frank, springing up. Nat understood Job's meaning only too well. "He means," said he, "that the men have been frozen to death." CHAPTER IV. AFLOAT ON !'HE ICE. "Frozen to death!" repeated Frank. "Right before our very eyes!" "Yes, my lad, right here in the midst of us. I IHver ex pected such a thing would happen to Jim Brown or Sol either, 'cause both of 'em's been here befme and knows the ropes." "But I don't feel very cold." "That's 'cause you've got on the old man's coat, and 'cause you're young and full of vitality. These fellows were old'er and half pickled with rum." 41 ain't any chicken, Mister Job," said Chucks, "an' I ben't cold." "You ? Why, bless your old rosy chops, you're too fat to freeze. If we run1out of grub, we can boil you aown and live on the oil for a month." There was a laugh at this remark, but Nat said, gravely: "Don't, Job; the matter is too s erious to jest about. Men have compelled before now to live upon their fellow beings, but I trust that we shall never be reduced to such straits." "I was only jbldng, Master Nat, and 'didn't mean anything. I'd be the last one to resort to such a means of keeping alive." "I believe you would, but doesn't it strike you that the snow is letting up somewhat?" "It Is indeed," interrupted "but the cold isn't. Golly, what's that cracking sound?" Tbe ice is forming around us, that's what it means." This from Job, who instantly seized upon an oar and worked it vig orously, about in the icy water. "Suppose we all take our oars and pull," said Nat, suiting the action to the word, the rest, Frank included, following his example. Nothing could be seen, so dark was the night, but theY all pulled with a will, and kept the ice from gathering too thickly around them, the exertion arousing their pulses and making them glow with the heat still within their bodies. The snow presently ceased to fall, except very gently, but have caused them serious injury. Keeping a good lookout, he gave orders to pull, now this way, now that, and many times averted a catastrophe by his watchfulness, the others, sitting with their backs turned to the bow, being unable to see their danger. The boat was provided with a rudder, which could be unshipped when not wanted, and this was now hung Frank holding the tiller ropes and guiding the boat aright. Another hour passed, and now the ice began to form so thickly that the men's exertions were tiresome in the ex treme, and the perspiration stood out upon their foreheads in great beads. The oar blades were double their normal size with ice, and the shafts bent ;mder its weight, making it necessary for Frank to take the hatchet and knock it off evety few minutes. The rudder, too, being slight, became clogged before long, and upon Frank's giving it a quicker motion than ordinary, on account of a large mass of Ice against which they were drifting, it broke in two and was rendered utterly useless. "Wonder how long the night lasts up here?" said Chucks. "Seems to me it never ends." "In less than three weeks it will set in to last three months," remarked Nat, "but at this time we have several hours of daylight, though the farther North we go the less 1there is, until we get away up to the Pole, and there, I suppose, it's all night one half the year and all day the other, though I don't know exactly." "Who do you suppose is going up there the rotund Chucks, with a grin. "I am, if I can ever get there. to find out?" asked "Look out! shouted \Frank. suddenly, in great alarm "We are drifting into something." Nat turned his head and saw a great white mass towering above his head, and extending directly across their path for many yards. He was about to sheer off when the boat suddenly glided up several feet upon this object, and then struck with a sharp, grating sound. "We've struck on an iceberg!" The boat is stove to bits! "The water is rushing in like a mill-stream!'' These cries were uttered almost simultaneously, and all four of the occupants made a hasty scramble upon the Iceberg, the boat, though badly shattered, remaining fast. When safely landed they hauled the boat up still further and began to look around. About the outer edges of the berg was a sort of level path many feet in width, while in the center it arose to a consid erable height 'and was of. most fantastic shape, looking like a huge' nightcap, with a peaked and tasseled top. the wind incrfi)ased in sharpness and made their faces tingle, "'Tain't a nightcap," remarked Chucks; "it's an extinso that they were obliged to rub them occasionally to prevent guisher, and it's put us out already." their noses and cheeks from freezing. "Yes, out on the ice," responded Job, quickly. "This is a Their fur suits were provided -with hoods, which they coulu pretty how-do-you-do." draw up over the tops of their beads down to their eyebrows "Jim Brown and Sol have been washed overboard," said Nat, and button up around their chins, a small portion only of their suddenly. "The is all right, though, and the other faces being left uncovered. harpoon." They had all protected themselves in this way, their hands "Then I'm going for that," said Job, "for there's no knowing being encased in heavy fur mittens which, while they allowed when we may need it." only a certain degree of freedom, protected them from cold He secured his harpoon, together with the warp attached to most effectually. it, and a couple of fathoms of line, and thus provided he was The lantern gave them some light, to be sure, but not enough ready for anything. to enable them to distinguish objects at a: distance, and this Chucks got the bomb-gun and box of bombs, depositing was quite necessary, considering the fact that they were speed-them upon the ice, while Nat and Frank were provided reing along very rapidly. t spectively with the spyglass and hatchet, all having sheathSeveral times Frank, who now sat in the stern sheets, Nat knives, of course.


6 NORTH POLE NAT. As t h e boat was so badly smashed that it would be of no and it is more than likely that if the two men had shown the f urther use for navigation, everything in it was removed and least sign of fear the two bears would have pursued and torn la nded on the ice floe, which Wll.s broken up, and the frag-them to pieces. ments piled together, to be used as :firewood whenever they Their determined advance puzzled the huge creatures exs ho u l d need it. ceedingly, and they remained motionless until the rotund The mast, sail, and oars-there being only three good ones, Chucks was within a few feet of them, when, with f1. growl, ho wever, the others having been broken-were put aside carethe foremost animal made a rush. fully, as there was no telling when they might be needed. The heavy brass gun was at the shoulder of Chucks in an "We are q.rifting rapidly,,. said Nat, after all these .prepara-instant, there waS a loud report, a vivid flash, and the wingerl tions had been made, and he had a chance to look about him. bomb with its sharp point sped swiftly upon its fatal errand. ''Well, being oR an iceberg isn't as good as sailing in a It pierced the huge animal's side and then exploded, caus boat," rejoined Job; "but it's a blamed sight better than get-ing a terrible wound, actuallr tearing open the creature's side ting chucked into the icy wate'r around us." and letting out his life in a few moments. "I'm getting cold," said Frank; "this wind cuts like a The recoil of the gun had been greater than Chucks had ex. knife; can't we rig up some shelter or other? There's the pected, and' he fell upon his back in a bank of snOW'{ sail-that'll keep it off." The other bear made a savage rush upon him, and, but for Nat and Job acted upon this suggestion and cutting Job, it would have fared badly with the jolly fellow. holes in the ice, they planted a couple of oars firmly, wedging Job was right there, however, and bracing himself firmly, them in with loose blocks, and spreading the sail between jabbed his formidable weapon up to the very pole in the creathem. ture's side, piercing the heart, and coming out on the other This kept the wind off most effectually, and Frank had no side. more cause for complaint, but sitting on the line-tub, chatted The bear rolled over, carrying the harpoon with him; but merrily with the others. -death had been instantaneous, and there was no struggle None of them dared to go to sleep, and as it was necessary whatever. to keep up a certain amount of exertion, they amused themNat and Frank now ran up, and gazed with wonder upon selves by walking up and down and lashing their sides with the two huge beasts sl'-in by their comrades, each weighing their arms; not because they were cold, but to keep up a good at least five hundred pounds. circulation. "Golly! That was a close shave!" said Chuqks, scrambling At length, as all things have an end, the morning dawned, out of the snow and shaking the icy parti les from him. "I s u ddenly, as it always does in high latitudes, and the party didn't suppose the thing was going to cut up like that and go was able to get a better look of their surroundings than they back on a feller. It's a double-barreled shame! had previously done. "You're wrong, it has only one," retorted Nat. "Don't abuse berg seemed to be several hundred feet in extent, and it for doing its duty. That was a fine shot." about five hundred feet above the water at its extreme height. I "I should remark that it. was! It one of them bombs can All hands set out to walk around it, and they had gone play the deuce with a whale it isn't to be expected that a Polar about a hundred yards, when, as they turned a sharp corner, bear is going to be of much use after it's gone into him-no, Job uttered an exclamation of surprise, and pointed ahead of sir!" them. They all looked, and saw two immense Polar bears glaring savagely at them! CHAPTER V. A CURIOUS DISCOVERY. "Hello We've got company with us!" said Job, upon seeing the bears; "and they're the first comers, I suppose, and think they've got the best right to the plnce .. "We'll see about that," answered Chucks, who had brought h i s big-bore fowling piece with him. "I shouldn't mind a fat Poiar-bear steak for breakfast a cent's worth. "We want this oil," said Nat; "and after making our breakfast, we had better try out ;hese fellows, and save it." The animals were cut up, the hides being first removed, and then a fire was mad,e and the pieces put on sharp stakes set into the ice. Under the p\eces the spare kegs and boat-buckets were placed, the oil running into them as fast as it oozed out-a primitive way of trying it, to be sure, but the best at hand. As not a quarter of the immense carcasses could be thus utilized, there being an insufficient supply of utensils to contain the oil, much had to be thrown aside, but as it was frozen solid in a few moments, it could be easilY thawed out and "What are you going todo?" asked Job, quic\ly. used when occasion required. "Plug that barefooted cuss that's grinning at me, rlgnt The party next climbed halfway to the top of the berg, tak-through the palpitator!" ing a considerable length of rope with them to assist them in "The what?" asked Nat, with a laugh. climbing, passing it around their bodies and leaving a slack "The heart, to be sure." between each one of them. "Why do you call him barefooted?" asked Frank. From the summit they beheld a perfect picture of desola"Because being a bear, and having feet, he must naturally tion, not a sign of life being visible in any direction. be bearfooted. On all sides stretched a frozen sea, a narrow channel in the "And that's the most barefaced attempt at a joke center being the only thing to break the monotony of the that I ever heard in my life," rejoined Nat, laughing heartily, white as the r ound, rosy Chucks waddled toward the two animals, Away to the northeast were some snow-covered peaks which still standing there and glaring defiantly upon the little party. might be land or icebergs, while to the north there appeared B e careful, old fat sides," said Job, coming to his aid with nothing but' leaden skies, floating ice, and inky waters. t h e harpoon, "them fellers can fight like the very mischief The air was cold. and searching, and they could see that new when t h ey get riled, so look out for yourself." ice was constantly forming, the floes packing and wedging in "You take one and I'll take t'other. I'll go for the right towards what seemed to be the land, and before long, they ana you for the left. Come ahead." doubted not, the whole surface of the water w ould be covered It was by no means an easy task to attack two monstrous with an icy ba;rrier and their further progress stopped white bears, but tP.e very daring of the thing proved its safety, After viewing this scene of desolation, the awful silence o p


NOR'l'H POLK NAT. pressing thair senses with unutterable gloom, they descended to the level once more, particularly as the lnow began to fall again very heavily. With great difficulty they made their way back to the camp, and 1getting under the lee of an icy bluff, as it might be call ed, rolled themselves up in the sail and went to sleep, covring their hands and faces carefully. The snow drifted over their bodies, but this was an added protection from the cold, and so long as they were not buried too deeply, they were safe enough. When Nat awoke, after what seemed a long sleep, and indeed it was, it was dark overhead an(\ the snow had ceased falling, though the sky was still thickly overcast. Crawling out from under his shelter, he shook 1 the sno,w away from him, having poked his head up through it, and looked about him. Presently Frank awoke and then the others, and as they were all rather hungry, they attacked the pemmican ]lard tack, washing them down with water from the kegs, or rather with lumps of ice put in their mouths, for the. water, having been exposed the day before, was frozen solid. Then they lit a fire, more for company than anything else, and sat around it, telling yarns and cracking jokes, everyone being in the best of spirits, for they still hoped to rpeet some vessel, either their own or another, which would take them home. I Not one suspected that they were destined to spend the long winter amid the ice and the dreary solitudes of the polar regions, but such was the lot ordained to them. Neither they know that those aboard the Arctic .Fox had not only no intention of seeking them, but, on the contrary, had, in fact, abandoned them to their fate, only to meet a worse one themselves. Consequently, they were high-spirited and cheery, not the slightest misgiving entered their minds, and it w a s well that it was so, and that knowledge of their probable fate was not suddenly forced upon them. All that night they drifted along and all the next day, and it was not until night fell once more that they began to fear that there was no help for them. In the of the third day since landing upon the berg, Nat aroused his companions, and started out to make a further exploration. Frank suddenly uttered a n of intense surprise. "We are no longer moving," he said. This was apparent in a moment, and a short walk opened their eyes still further. The conical peak of their icy craft had been broken off at least a hundred feet and the huge blocks l a y all around them, covered with snow, while on all sides lay a limitless expanse of solid ice. They were upon the frozen deep with no hope of res c ue! "Let us push on," said Nat; "we cannot stay here, and we may find a shelter." Making a sort of sledge of the ribs of their boat which still remained, covering it with the sail, and depositing their sup plies thereon, they hitched ropes to it and dragged it behind them ov!'lr the snow. All daY long they proceeded going due north, all whale boats being provided with compasses and theirs having been carefully saved so that they could now consult it, encamping by night under a bluff and setting out once more at daybreak. On the sixth after their departure from the ship, as they were proceeding as usual they climbed a steep ascent, and suddenly came upon a most remarkable sight. This was no less than the dismasted hull of a ship, standing bolt upright, and covered thickly with ice and snow, which revealed only its form, the planks being sheathed with ice. The jib-boom was broken off short, but standing upon the bowsprit between the knight-heads was some object which at first was not recognizable. Hurrying forward with feverish excitement, theY soon came near enough to make out the real character of this singular looking object. It was the body of a man, frozen solid, and covered with snow and ice standing as firmly as though carved from stone. His feet were set closely together, but the hands were raised and held a spyglass to his sightless eyes. The whole was one mass of ice, but the outlines were per fect, and even the fur mittens, hood, and high boots could be distinguished. The man had evidently been caught in the ice, and while trying to see his way out had been frozen to death as he stood, and remaining there, no one could tell how long. The four casta,ways gazed long and in deep silence upon this sad memento of man's weakness, when Nat broke the spell by exclaiming: "Let us go aboard and unravel this secret of the frozen deep!" CHAPTER VI. THE SECRET ASSUMES COMPLICATIONS hasty steps the four companions approached the solitary ship, and looked about them for a means of ascending. Upon one side, near the quarter, there was a mound of ice, from which to the deck a natural bridge had been formed, and across this they soon made their way, standing at last no human foot h a d trod for many years. The snow lay thick upon the deck, and the stumps of masts were masses of snow-covered ice, looking like sheeted specters keeping guard over the secrets of the lonely ship. The hatches were closed and sealed hermetically by that icy hand whose presence could be felt everywhere about; but the cabin door was partly open, the snow having drifte d in a great white heap down the com panionway. How long the ship had remained no o ne could tell, nor how many y ears that ghastly sentinel upon the prow, whose sightless orbs were gazing into the mist and snow of this desolate region. Nat and his comrades walked forward, their footsteps creaking upon the c risp snow the freezing wind howling about them and the pitile s s sky frowning down upon them, with its ever le a den hue h anging like a gray pall over their Not a sound broke the awful stillness, and the very silence seemed to be an argument against its being broken, but Nat, nevertheless, dispell e d the gloom by saying cheerily: "Don't be downhearted, boys. There's no reason why we should b e frozen up if this poor fellow has been. I propose to make the hull our home, and who knows but what we may find provisions and the means of making ourselves comfort able aboard. L et us search the old hulk by all means. Come on! Follow me!" I believe you're right," spoke up Chucks. "I am sorry for that poor fellqw there, but we needn't get down in the mouth on that account." Nat had reac hed the cabin door by this time, the ship being provided with a sort of quarterdeck, and he at once laid hold of the door to force it open The snow and ice held it firmly, however, and it had to be demolished with the hatchet before they could make a place wide enough to pass thi'ough. There was a flight of half a dozen steps before them, and down they walked Nat and clearing the ice upon them away so that there would be no danger of slipping. In spite of this, Chucks slipped, and landing upon his rear with a thud, down the steps.and half way across the outer cab-. .'/


NORTH POLE NAT. in, bringing up against the bulkhead with a force that nearly stood him up straight again. "Golly!" he ejaculated, when he recovered his breath, that expletive being a favorite with him; "that was a bouncer, and no mistake. If it had been you that slipped down, Job, you'd 'a' broken in two." "I can understand why the captain should have been overtaken suddenly by .,orne fierce blast as he stood there trying to discover something, we know not what," observed Nat, "and that being instantly paralyzed, he had frozen to death as be stood, without the power to move band or foot. All this I can explain, but why these men should have perished with so "You're right, old porpoise, but I'm not so clumsy as you, much at their command is a secret." and don't go sliding around wherever I am." "And there's only six of them," muttered Job: "which with The cabin appeared to be a commodious one, containing the captain makes seven, hardly enough to make a ship com several sitting and state-rooms, and was fitted up with every plement, by any means." convenience, several nautical instruments being observe

, .. NORTH POLE NAT. 9 did not know of the plot against him, and seeing that the captain made no signs of returning, continued upon his course. "The whales have disappeared, Mr. Cartwright," said Lewis, coming down from aloft, "and I have signaled for the captain to return. Has he done so?" l'No, sir." "Stand on a bit, Ed, and we will await him till nightfall; after that we must take care of ourselves, as the new ice is making fast, and we are in great danger of being caught.,. This was said in order that there might seem to be a suf ficient excuse for the abandonment of the captain if ever the case came up afterwards. The Arctic Fox was presumably standing on to be ready to take up the other boats, but in reality she was making little headway, the helmsman having been given a course to l!teer which amounted to little else than laying to. "You'd better go up again, Ed," said Mr. Cartwright half an hour after his arrival on board, "and see if they are yet. returning." "Ay, ay, sir!" and the man, giving a wink to his superior which the latter fully understood, mounted to the crosstrees, glass in hand. After a long look he suddenly shouted: "Mr. Wright' s boat has swamped, sir, struck by a squall." The third mate's boat had swamped, but not for the reason given by the treacherous shipkeeper, the real state of the case being that the smaller whale, in sounding, had changed his course, coming directly for the other boat, and rising under it. It was thrown into the air to a considerable height, and stove all to pieces, the men flying over one another's heads in great confusion. The officer was struck by the heavy line tub and forced under water, being insensible from the blow. The harpooner got entangled in the line and was drawn un der, and utterly unable to extricate himself, was drowned, the same fate meeting two of the seamen who had never learned to swim-not a rare thing in many old sailors. The other two men seized a pair of oars apiece and kept themselves afloat upon the ice, but as for any hope of being picked up, they might just as well have given up the idea and suffered themselves to be drowned. Ed Lewis came down and reported the true state of the case to the mate, saying that the two seamen appeared to be still floating upon the waves. "Let 'em float and be cussed to 'em!" growled the mate. "We're rid of 'em! Ahoy, there! Make ready to go in stays!" he shouted to the sailors gathered forward. The men looked at one another, and one old tar advanced and touched his hat, saying: "Are you going to put iibout, sir, when the skipper is still out?" "Mind 'your own business. and do as I say!" roared the officer, with an oath. "About ship, there! Hard up your wheel!" "No, no! It's a shame to abandon him!, said three or four of them. "Do as I tell you!" thundered the mate. "You old fool, I command this vessel, and I mean to be obeyed! Fly around there lively! Don't you see we're all aback?" The men flew to their tasks and put the vessel about, all except the old man and his adherents, who did nothing. "Come aft here, Tom Bunt!" said the mate, when the maneuver had been successfully accomplished, and the man obeyed. r "What d'ye mean by this mutiny against my authority?" demanded Cartwright. "It isn't mutiny, sir! but I didn't like to see the captain left alone, when there's every chance of his being picked up." ' There is, is there? Didn't you hear the shipkeeper say his boat had foundered?" "No, sir, I didn't, and she ain't! I saw her myself, this very minute towed by -the big whale, and Job Hawkins makin' a second dart.,; Tom turnt:d and looked in the direction of the boats, but a heav y mist had settled down between him and them, and nothing could be seen. ''No, sir, I don't, but I believe he's there, all the same." "Look here, you old reprobate, you're an old sailor and a good one which makes what you say reasonable, but you don't know everything. If any other man had acted so he'd have gone in irons right away." "I only did what I thought right, sir." "Who told you to think? Mutiny ain't right, whatever you can say. Mr. Jones, put these men in irons," pointing to Tom's followers. "You shall escape this time, Tom, but let me tell you to be careful. I am captain here now." "But the skipper, sir?" "The sldpper is Do you see that ice making all about us? The skipper can t reach us, and if we wait we'll be lost. He chose to disobey the signal to return, and must take the consequences. Now go below." Tom obeyed reluctantly, not at all satisfied *ith the turn affairs had taken, feeling confident that the captain might have been picked up. The two sailors floating alone on the sea saw the white wings of the bark turn about, and the vessel speed away from them, and knew that they were without all hope. The clouds shut in between them, and nothing was to be seen of vessel or boat, and they groaned In their agony of spirit, knowing that their case was a hopeless one. The icy waters chilled them to the bone, and already that fatal drowsiness, which is the forerunner of death, was upon them. "Cheer up,' Jack," said one. "The skipper will be coming along pretty soon." Poor Jack tried to smile, but his numbed hands were already' slipping from his frail support, and before his comrade could aid him, he had dropped off into the sea and sank out of sight. \ The lone sailor made a grab for him, but he merely suc ceedeg in catching the oars, which formed a better support for himself. Alone in the darkness, the snow falling thickly around him, he drifted along with the tide, scarcely knowing he lived, while the ice began to surge about him, and threatened to crush him with its jagged sides. He was conscious of being struck by something, and reach ing out, seize(i it with one hand. It was the steering oar lost from the captain's boat, and made a valuable addition to his raft. His clothes were waterproof, and as very little moisture had penetrated, he was not in as much danger as he might have been had he been wet through, the water being warmer than the outer air. Some time in the night he was conscious of crawling upon a cake of ice and drawing the oars up after him, so as not to come in direct contact with the ice. Then, utterly exhausted, he fell asleep an. d knew no more, drifting along in the ice-choked current, helpless and alone. On boa rd the Arctic Fox the mate had assumed command, and was holding a consultation in his s'tateroom with Mr. Jones and the shipkeeper in regard to their future movements. "There is no doubt that we can make Baffin's Bay, and thence take the current down and make land," he was saying.


10 NORTH POLE NAT. "Does the current run south at this time?" asked Jones. "The Esquimaux and Indians of these parts are not over "Certainly, and won't be choked with ice. We can get out friendly to the whites, and I don't propose to trust them, but easy enough, and if we don't, we can malre some point either up north I know of a ship where we can remain in safety." in Greenland or British America." "A ship?" "The cu:rent sets against us now," remarked Lewis, "and I believe we re making stern way all the time." "Nonsense! We're making six knots, and by frequent tacking can make more. The wind's against us, that's bad, but with our sharp cutwater and strong bows, the ice won't bother us much." They were not as safe as they supposed, for during the night the man on the lo6kout fell asleep, and ten minutes later the vessel crashed into an iceberg, carrying away her bowsprit and three feet of her bows. A mass of ice, weighing several tons, becoming detached from from the berg, fell upon her and completed the work of destruction, the bark foundering in ten minutes, being buoyed up for a while by the berg, upon one part of which she had slid for several feet. Thus did a horrible fate stare in the faces of the men who had so heartlessly abandoned their kind captain. CHAPTER VIII. CHUCKS MAKES A DISCOVERY. At the first crash Cartwright rushed upon deck, and seeing what had happened, ordered the two boats, with spare ones on the house, to be lowered at once, and as much water and provisions put in them as was possiple under the circumstances. "Yes-abandOiled in the ice in the region of perpetual snow. She is well supplied, and will afford us a shelter from the winds." "And after that?" "After that we can make our way over the waters of Kane or some other channel, to land and get a ship." "It's a hard outlook!" "But the only one. Let's drag our boats thither and secure a shelter at once." "It is two or three hundred miles at least." "And can be accomplished in ten days at the outside." Some of the men demurred, and four or five set out alone on foot toward the south, determined to risk finding a shelter in that direction rather than go further north. The next morning their bodies were found, frozen stiff, by a party of Esquimaux. Cartwright prevailed on this same party to provide them with sledges, and he and his comrades, with six men besides, started out on their perilous journey. "What is the name of the ship you expect to find?" asked Jones, on the morning of the third day after their departure. "I had forgotten all about that until now." "It is the Adventurer." "What! The exploring vessel commanded by that mad--" "Sh! Yes, it is the same. I know where 'she lies, and though it is a rough journey, it is our only chance." The larboard and waist boats were lowered, and into them For the present we will leave the treacherous party, for scrambled Cartwright, Jones, Ed Lewis, the carpenter, cook, whom a worse fate was prepared than that which befell the and a dozen seamen, when they were pulled away with all captain, and return to our hero up among the desolate re possible speed. I gions, where the silent figure of the frozen captain stood Cartwright secured the nautical instruments, two kegs of guard over the abandoned ship. water, some cooked meat, and a keg of hardtack, Jones seeing After Nat had been unanimously chosen the leader of the that his boat was equally well supplied with prQvisions. little band, he determined that they should return to the cabin No one thought of the men below in irons, and they were and try and determine their position by the sextant. left to their fate, many sharing the same fortune, as in the "I am afraid we can't do that, my young friend," remarked hurry and confusion one of the spare boats was capsized while Job, "for the sun don't shine for a cent." being lowered. "It will come out some day, anyhow, and if only for a Two or three of the saf'lors go$ off the wooden cover of the minute, that will be long enough. You understand nav1-tryworks and made an extemporized raft of It, putting on a gation?" barrel of water and provisions, which they lashed as firmly "Like a book." as they could, taking a pair of oars to guide their queer craft. "Then you shall teach me." Old T B / b "With all my heart. om unt scram led out upon the ice none too soon, for the bark settled immediately afterward, and more than a dozen souls were lost. The two boats-the officers unheeding the cries of the men to be saved-put off into the current, the poor wretches to be drowned or float upon the ice. Little did Cartwright care whether they were saved or not, as long he was secure, and he actually struck one poor fel low over the head as he clung to the gunwale of the boat, anci pushed him into the sea. When morning came, the three traitors. found themselves on the shores of an almost desolate coast, the ice fast closing in, and a howling tempest of mingled snow and sleet pre vailing. They hauled boats upon the shore, and turning them up, got under their lee and remained there until the storm abated, which was not until late in the afternoon. "The winter has set in," said Cartwright, the next morning, when he arose and looked about him; "and in spite of all our efforts, we must remain here for nine long, dreary months." "I don't see as it can be helped now," muttered Jones. "I have a J:Han." "What is it?" "And I will join the class also," spoke up Frank, his girlish face lighting up with a smile. "I'm bound to do everything that Nat does." "Good enough!" yelled Chucks, slapping his fat sides. "I honestly believe you're in love with Nat." Frank blushed deeply but made up reply, and by this time they were once more in the cabin. "I'll tell you what you can do, Chucks," said Nat; "take one of the axes and clear away the ice from the stove-pipe hole up there aft." "Well?" "Then we'fl rig up the pipe that's in the closet there, and we'll have a roaring fire in this stove in less than no time." "Good enough! Golly! you're an artist, Nat! Who'd evet have thought of doing that?" "You would if you weren't so fat," answered Job. "Nobody would ever feel cold that had such a furnace inside 'em as you've got. It's a wonder you don't melt the ice when you sit on it." Chucks laughed with the rest, being remarkably gaodnatur ed, and then went on deck to perform his allotted task. While he cleared away the hole, Nat put the stove in order,


.,. .NORTH POLE NAT. Frank brought in coal, and Job got the pipe, and with a sound J "It must be so," said Frank; "for I have heard that he never ax cut enough wood from the lower hold forward to start a would desert his ship." fire with. "It is he beyond a doubt," said Nat; "but I cannot under' At last the hole was cleared; the pipe fitted, a roaring fire stand why only six men should have remained to him out of started in the stove by means of a flint and steel, and before a large crew. There were about fifty, I believe, including long a slight warmth began to be perceptible in the place. officers and men. " The deadeyes and portholes, being covered thickly with ice The w ater' s boiling, said Chucks. "Slap in your coffee, and snow, admitted no light, and they were dependent upon Job, and I'll pour in the water. The best thing to do now is their lamps for illumination. to get supper, for remember, we haven't had anything to eat The cabin was still quite cold, the thermometer standing since breakfast. at the freezing point, and quite a roaring fire had to be built Right! We must not neglect our regular habits," said Nat. before they could with safety take off their outer coverings. For supper they had some good strong coffee, taken as hot "What was your father's name, Nat?" asked Chucks, pres-as they could drink it, a kett1e of beef soup, with fresh vege ently, while Job was getting the coffee and Frank heating tables, hardtack, and preserved peaches, a meal which, for the water. a set of castaways, might have been considered remarkably "Alonzo," answered Nat. "Are you sure? Wasn't it N. Evans, New York," as if read ing from something. Nat observed the tone, and turned quickly to Chucks. "Where do you see that?" he asked quickly. "On this thermometer. CHAPTER IX. THE SECRET IS PARTLY REVEALED. Nat was at Chucks' side in an instant. "Where do you see it?" he asked, excitedly. "Here, on the bottom, engraved on a plate. Don't you see it? It says 'N. Evans, New York, as plain as daylight. It was not because Nat did not see the inscription that he kept silence, but because his heart was to full too permit him to speak. "What's the matter?" asked Frank, suddenly turning to Nat and seeing his pale face, his own instantly :flushing scarlet. "Are you ill?" "No. Bring me the quadrant in the locker yonder." Frank brought it and put in into Nat's hands. There was a silver plate upon the lower portion of one of the bars, and this was engraved with several lines of letters. "You will find a piece of chamois skin there, most likely, Frank. Will you bring it?" Frank found it sure and Nat quickly applied it to the engraved plate, making the following inscription visible: "Nathan Alonzo Evans, New York City, U. S. A. Master Ship Adventurer." "Golly! who'd supposed it!" said Chucks, as Nat read off the inscription. "This instrument belonged to my father," said Nat. "He was named Nathan Alonzo, and was generally called by the latter name to avoid confusion, as I was called Nat. He often used to put 'N. Evans' on his books, however." "The Adventurer was his last ship, wasn't it?" asked Job; "and she never came back?" "No. He set out to discover the North Pole, and since that time we have nevt>r seen or heard from him." "We are aboard the Adventurer now." "Why do you think so?" "Because I saw the name on the men's chests, and on the things in the cupboards. I didn t think anything about it before." "Here it is on the chronometer," said Frank, suddenly. "It says in plain writing: 'Made for ship Adventurer, Arctic explorer A. N. Evans, master, by Hart Bros., nautical instruments, N. Y.' "One of the. secrets has been revealed to us, then, said Nat. "Yes, and another, for if this vessel is the Adventurer, then that icebound watcher above our heads is--" "Who?" said all three, in a breath. "My father!" luxurious. Nat fixed the fire so that it could not go out, putting on sufficient coal to make it last all night, and then they turned in, the. berths of the cabin being in good shape, and slept un til morning. The change from a bed in a snowbank under the lee of a broken boat or jagged rock, to a comfortable berth in a well warmed cabin was a delightful one indeed to our wanderers, and they appr eciated it to the utmost. In the morning Nat awoke and aroused them all, made them take' a run across the ice half a mile and back before they had anYthing to eat or drink. When they returned, all in a glow, as might have been ex pected Chucks puffing like a porpoise, they all had a mug of hot coffee, and then, after taking another run, sat down to breakfast, which was substantial, but not so varied as the meal of the night before. "One thing must be done first of all said Nat, "before we do anything else. The men in the forecastle and the silent guardian of the deck must be buried, as that is a duty we owe to humanity." The bodies were brought out one by one and laid upon the ice, all hands then preparing to cut boles into which to place them. A crosscut saw was provided, and the work of cutting be gun; but though the party went some distance from the ship, where the ice seemed to be newer, they found that they would have to cut at least six feet before reaching water. The task was therefore too arduous for them to undertake, and, instead the y cut a long trench about three feet wide and deep with picks and axes, and then laid the boides in, covering them with sailcloth, after which they threw in the loose ice. Having done this duty the next thing was the removal of the frozen figure from the bowsprit This was ) quite a task, as the figure was one mass of solid ice, weigbilg many hundred pounds, and riveted, as it were, to the bowsprit in a position most difficult of access. Nat, believing the body to be that of his father, hesitated about doing it any injury, and yet it seemed almost impossi ble to get it down without cutting it to pieces. At last, seeing that the task was more difficult than be had thought, and unwilling to disfigure the body in any way, Nat concluded that he bad better let it remain where it was. "Let him continue in the future, as be bas in the past, to watch over the ship," said Nat. "Now that it is our home, It will seem all the more appropriate that I should have such a guardian." The silent figure with the glass ever raised to its eyes, which saw nothing r e mained, therefore, at its post, and kept Its unremitting watch day and night, while the wind whistled and the snow whirled around him, and the long Polar night gradually drew near.


NORTH POLE NAT. When this task had been abandoned it was time for dinner, and Nat and all hands went below artd indulged in a hearty meal, Job and Chucks enjoying a smoke after it. "Now, the next thing to do is to find out what time it is, and wind up our chronometers," said Nat, "and after that not let them run down." "How are you going to find out?'' asked Chucks. what day was it that we sighted those whales." "Septembet 24," said Frank, "and I remember it, because the next day was my birthday." "This is the eighth day since, and consequently the 2d of Oc tober. Put it down on the calendar. October 2, 1869, is the present day. We arrived here on the first. In another month we shall have the .night upon us." Job wound the chronometer and set it at a guess for noon, meaning to correct it afterwards, as soon as he could take an observation. ''We'll call it twelve o'clock," said Job; "because it can't be far away from that. When I get a chance to look at the sun I'll fix him all right." Gradually the sun broke through the clouds and darted his warm rays for an instant upon the little group standing on the deck of the lone ship. 'Job his eye to the instrument in an lj.Dd began adjusting it to the proper angles. At last he had it suited to his purpose, and he squinted through the telescope, muttering something to himself. "Twelve o'clock!" he shouted in a few moments. "Set your old clock! Now let me get another squint, and I will tell to carry out my project of wintering on the shores 'of the open sea. August 23.-What do these strange forebodings mean? The men are becoming discontented, rebellious, almost mutinom;. Someone Is at work poisoning their minds against me. Of this I feel assured, but who is the man? The ice is growing alarmingly thick in the water, and some times we have .great difficulty in getting through. We are now as far north as anyone has ever penetrated, but I am not satisfied with that, and am determined to go further. I have no such a good idea of Cartwright as I had, and I fear that he is the man who is setting the men against me. To-day I reasoned. with him, but it did not seem to have any effect upon his hardened nature. Henceforth I e:hall beware of Cartwright. When our hero had reached this point he paused from excitement?, as1 well as from want of breath, for he had read in a rapid, nervous manner, which, although perfectly intelligible, excited the others more than it did "Golly, I wonder if that is the same Cartwright who was mate on the whaler?" said Chucks. "Without doubt," said Nat; "the name is not a common one by any means." "Besides that," said Frank, "he was with your father in his last voyage. They all looked wonderingly at Frank as he uttered these words, and he blushed like a girl, saying quickly: "So I have beeen told by those who knew Captain Evans." "Why, Frank, my lad," said Nat, laughing, "you're a regu-you where we are! lar wonder book to me. I never knew you were acquainted Nat spread out the chart, and Job pointed to a place upon with any of my father's friends, or that you knew anything it" "We are beyond Griswold Land," he said; "beyond Kane Basin." "Are we on water or land?" "We are stuck on the rocks, my lad-forced up by the ice! May the Lord help us when it breaks up!" CHAPTER X. A GREAT DISCOVERY. "qome here, boys," said Nat, suddenly, "I have found the log of the Adventurer." "Read it, Nat," said Job; "you may find a clew to the secrets of the place." Having secured the closest attention, Nat cleared his throat and began the following romantic history, which we call: The Cruise of the Adventurer. August 7, 1866.-We weighed anchor this afternoon and set sail from Cumberland Island, British North America, where we have been recruiting for the last two weeks. All promises well for our search, and I have no doubt that we shall reach a point far enough north to enable us to get to the open sea before the worst of the winter sets in. From there I shall not venture to take the vessel, but in the sectional boats shall launch out upon that still untraveled highway, the Polar Sea, and di}ect my course along the parallel of To degrees west longitude straight to the North Pole. My crew is harmonious, and, to a man, all with me in my project. Cartwright, in particular, seems to. be thoroughly imbued with the idea of finding the Pole. I have never started out under such bright auspices, and 1 seem to feel already that I have succeeded. May the future be as full or' promise as the present. 1 August 18.-We have passed through Smith's Sound, and have seen icebergs. The ice is forming earlier than usual, but still I have hopes of being able to keep far enough north concerning his voyages." "Well, I don't know very much, but I know this that Mr. Cartwright bore your father no good-will, and there are those who told me he deserted the captain." "The wretch! I'd like to get hold of him once," remarked Chucks. "Golly! '-I'd roast him over a slow fire insteaa of a hot one, like them Esquimaux what Frank tell's about." "Go ahead, Nat," said Frank, when the laughter had sub sided, and Nat continued his reading: August 31, 1866.-A cruel blow has fallen upon me. A day or so after the conversation with Cartwright, the ice became more diffioult to pass, and I began to feel alarmed. I would have started earlier than I did, bu. t Cartwright de layed me at Cumberland Island over a week, and I should not have been there two days, at most. I can see his motive plainly, and I am confident that he never intended I should reach the Pole. He didn't dare kill me, for that was a step which his wicked companions would not take. They would have had no hesitation in al)andoning me, but to kill me outright was more than they cared to do, though I believe Car.twright would have attempted it, had he not been afraid they would avenge my murder. It was noon, and I had just taken an observation, finding to my intense surprise and gratification that we were in north latitude 84, two degrees higher than any recorded journey ever made. I had gone below to enter this in my regular log, when I heard a confused murmur upon deck, the sound of voices now and again rising above the tumult. Filled with a grave apprehension which I dared not express in words, I hastily armed myself with a cutlass, and rushed upon deck. A strange sight met my gaze, which for a moment nearly paralyzed me.


NORTH POLE NAT 13 Arranged on one side of the deck were all but, seven or eight of my crew, led by the arch traitor Cartwright, well arm ed and evidently desperate. On the other side were the few who remained faithful, and, though they were but a handful, they appeared fully as deter mined as their opponents, in spite of the disparity in their numbers. "What means this disturbance?" I asked. Cartwright stepped forward and thus addressed me, his proud lip curling with scorn: It mean s that fifty odd and more lives are not to be sacri ficed to the whims of a mad visionary. It means that we are determined to go no further north. It means that unless our demands are complied with quietly we shall enforce our de mands by force of arms. "This is mutiny!" I cried, enraged, never fearing them, though they far outnumbered me and my still faithful follow ers. Had they been a hundred, and not a man remain ed true to me, I would not have feared them. "Call it what you please," sneered the traitor. "We are the stronger and you must submit." They threw themselves headlong upon us, and a tremendous struggle ensued, during which two of my party were slain, and I received a wound, so that I am still weak from loss of blood. and impervious to draughts, a heavy, sickening odor greeted my nostrils. The air was charged with carbonic acid, and I felt so faint that I rliturned to the cabin, leaving the doors open so that a strong draught swept through the ship. I hastened upon deck, and found that there was still time to take an observation. Trembling with excitement, I worked the reckoning, and found that I .had reached 86 degrees north. The remainder of the journey could be easily made in a week; or even if it took a month, what was that? We .had our boats and also balloons. Hurrying to the storeroom where they were lrept, what was my horror to find that it had been broken open. .,.. Every balloon, every section boat, every spare oar and mast, and a large supply of provisions had been taken, and I felt myselt overcome. After a while I grew and then returned to the fore castle, the noxious odor having somewhat abated. To my surprise I found my six faithful comrades lying in bed, and I called to them to arouse themselves. Suddenly an awful suspicion crossed my mind. I threw open the door of the little stove which gave heat to the piace; the fire was out, but the truth dawned upon me at once. So gallantly did my men behave that though our loss was The poor fellows had been killed by the fumes of charcoal but two, that of the enemy was seven killed and more than with which Cartwright had filled the stove. that badly wounded, showing that the fight if not the might September 10, 186'6.-+-I am utterly alone! I have no doubt was upon our side. that Cartwright has made his way to the south, but it may be Presently Cartwright called a truce, and said he would give that he has gone on, and having made that discovery which me one more day to decide. 'mankind has been striving to make since the earliest times, To.J this we all agreed, but in the night, midway in the has returned, flushed with triumph. morning watch, there came a great shock, and running up to September 20.-There is no hope. I have been every day to see what had happened, I found that the ship had run into my station on the bowsprit to see if I can discover any open a solid mass of ice which Immediately closed all around us! I ing in the ice, but without success. We were lost! There in abundance, and had I a companion, I should CHAPTER XI. be entirely but this terrible loneliness is wearing upon me, and I fear will bring on a fit of sickness, which I MURDERED AND ABANDONED. I could not teil whether the helmsman had steered the vessel purposely upon the ice or not, but there we were, com pletely blocked in, the broken off short, the mast badly sprung. There was nothing to be done but to wait till the morning, so I gave a few general orders and to my cabin. When the sun appeared above the horizon I went on deck, feeling as if I had slept a longer th;ne than usual. On all hands extended the ice, a white, glittering mass, with fantastic peaks here and there, and away in the distance a huge iceberg. I called aloud for someone to come on deck, but there was no answer, and in a moment the truth began to dawn upon me. I had been abandoned! Rushing down to the cabin, I now, for the :first time, per ceived a strong odor of chloroform, and a hasty search reveal ed a bottle of the stuff lying in my berth close to my pillow. I gazed at the chronometer and saw that there was but an hour or so of daylight remaining, and that I had slept several hours beyond my time. The chloroform explained this, and I did D;Ot doubt that Cartwright had administered the drug as I Jay asleep. Throwing open the cabin door so that the fresh air might enter, I passed through into the forecastle for the purpose of ascertaining if the men had been drugged in the same man ner as myself, never doubting that Cartwright had served us all the same way. When I opened the forecastle door, which was quite tight dread more than anything. October 1,11866.-It is cold, and although I keep the fires, going, they do not seem to make me any more comfort able I shall have to put up another stove in the cabin. I know I am getting sick, and perhaps I ought not to go out so much, but what can I do? Before I close this book for the day, I will write down the hope that I have of somebody's coming here, and shall then go on deck to see what I can discover through the glass. May the good God above watch over my son Nat, and if I perish, as I may, in spite of my ardent hopes or' see ing once more my own home, I trust that He who made me will guard the boy aright, and bring him to manhood. It is my wish that he follow up the researches I have made, and, if it is possible, reach the Pole. There is a considerable treasure in this ship, and if any man should find it, I charge him to give it to my son, if living, and if not, to use it only for the purpose of making further researches. The villains would have taken that, had they known where it was, but it is stiU safe, and shall remain so until I am or mY son hears of my fate. Frank took Nat's hand and said: "Never mention Cartwright's name in my presence." "What do you mean?" "That the scoundrel is my father!" "Impossible!" "Not so!" 1 "But your name is Frank Trafton!"


NORTH POLE NAT. ''It is Francis Trafton Cartwright, and I am the son of a murderer!" He seemed about to faint, and Nat sprang forward to as-sist him. '" With a strange cry he repelled the young man, and sum moning all his strength, rushed out of the cabin and upon the deck. 1 CHAPTER XII. FRANK 111AKES A REVELATION. Nat ran upon deck, and found Frank standing by the rail of the stranded ship, gazing out upon the dreary landscape "What is the matter, old re\low?" he asked, soothingly, for he had taken a great fancy to the lad, and did not like to_ see him in distress. "Nothing, now," answered Frank. "I felt faint, but that has passed away since I came out here." "You say you are the son of that vi--of Mr. Cartwright?" "Yes. You hate me for it; I !l,m sure you despise, and--" l'No, no, Frank, I don't; I like you better than any boy I ever knew. It is not your fault that you are the son of this man. Believe me, I have no wish to visit the sins of the father upon his child." "Did you know all you might." "Know all? What do you mean?" "I was charged by my father to compass your death and I promised to do it. Nat retr eated a pace or two, not In fear, but from sul{pr!se. "You promised that," he said. "Yes, but then I did not know you, did not love you as I do now. Believe me, I would protect you now with my last drop of blood." The boy's voice was as tender and soft as a woman's, and his large, expressive eyes were ready to overflow with tears. "And you promised 'your father that you would take my life?" "Yes, but I will not keep it, for now I know what a monster he is. Let him beware, if ever we meet again!" "Why should he wish to have me killed?" "It is a long story." "Will you tell it?" "Yes, but no one else must hear the recital. You've a right to know what to be prepared for, but I dare not confide the story to anyone else. : "It is not nearly as cold as it was, suppose we take a walk across the ice, we can easily find our way back, for we will 'not go far." Nat and Frank made their way down and started off together across the ice. The solitary guardian of their icebound vessel could be seen at a great distance, and there was no danger of their get ting lost as long as they kept him in sight. "My father stfll watches over me," observed Nat, turning around to look at the figure, "and I cannnot but feel that this block of ice, which is all that remains of him, will be of more protection than I imagine." "How cheerful that smoke looks, pouring out from the pipe," said Frank, pausing to look at their lonely dwelling. "It gives an air of home to the place, which it did not have when we first found it." "What say you to a smart run, to warm our blood and put new life into us?" "All right! I'll beat you to yonder round-topped clump; the path here is quite smooth." Away scudded the two boys over the crisp snow, their merry laughter ringing upon the air and awakening the echoes which doubtless never before had heard the welcome sound. Frank reached the goal first, and standing upon the highest point, threw snowballs at Nat as he came up. Our hero scrambled up to the top of the knoll, and then when both were seated, Nat with his arm around Frank to keep him from falling, he said: "No.;.,, then, my boy, let me hear your story, and be assured that, no matter what others may feel against you, I have no hard feeling toward you." "The first time I heard anything about Captain Evans," Frank, "was about four years ago, when my father used fre quently to talk about his Arctic explorations. He ridiculed the man, and said that the North Pole would never be found; that it was impossible, and that the people might as well give up the idea at once. "When I discovered afterwards that he had sailed with this same Captain Evans, I thought it very strange, and could not account for the change. However, I presumed that he had been made a good offer, and that on that account he had con sented to lay aside his prejudices. 1 "The preceding voyage had not been a good one, and he had lost considerable money, as had many other whalemen. As he now had a certainty, I did not doubt that he was perfectly willing to change his views, and do for money what he had be fore ridiculed, set out to find the North Pole. "When I next saw him, he said that Evans was probably dead, that their vessel had been caught In the ice, and that he, and the head of a party sent to find relief, had been cap tured by Indians. "He had spent the winter with them, he said, and had then been rescued by a party of his own countrymen, after which he had sailed for home. "Only three or four of his comrades had escaped, and he told a pitiful story of the cruel hardships they had suffered in the frozen regionf:i of the north. "He did not seem altogether satisfied in his mind that his old captain was dead; and I often fancied that he meant to go and ascertain. He said that they had been separated, apd that maybe Evans was still safe, as such things had been known as men passing the severe northern winter in safety and resuming their voyages in the spring. "Time passed, and people generally seemed to forget the Arctic explorer, though Cartwright diU not, and talked of him constantly. When he agreed on the voyage with Captain Hathaway, he told me that I was to go as cabin-boy, he having made all arrangements. 'That Young Nat Evans will be aboard, Frank,' he said, 'and I want you to look out for him. His father ruined me, and this young cub will try and do the same.' "I was astonished, and asked what he mllant, being informed in reply that Evans had plotted against him, had maligned his character, and caused not only his financial ruin, but had made it impossible for him to hold up his head in good so ciety. "He has dishonored me, his BOJl stands where you ought to be,' he continued. 'Only blood can wipe out the offense, and if you are 1'1 true child of mine you will kill this brat of his at the first opportunity." "I was known as Frank Trafton, and no one supposed me to be his son, the captain even having been told that I was merely a boy that the mate knew and wanted, to befriend. From hating you, as I had done after hearing his story, I began to hate him instead, and swore that nothing should harm you. "He probably fears you because he imagines that you may somehow learn of his treachery to your father, and that is whY. he wishes you out of the way. He is a villain, and I hope we may never meet again, for I disown him, and will de-


XOR'l'll POL E n o n(c h im for h i s v ill ai ny. You a r e my b es t frie nd Nat, and s w e rin g t h e m Hold on What do you m a ke out of that other I wil l stan d b y you t ill the last." s ound ? 1 '11 tell you it's pa c k of snarling Spitz dogs .. I k no w i t my lad ; a nd now suppose w e go back to the ship. CHAPTER XIII. '\ A C RY I N THE NIGHT. For the next four or five days the icebound comrades were busily occupied In making their winter hom e mo re thoroughly comfortable even than it was alre ady although there had as yet been no for complaint. Regularity wa;;; the controlling for c e in the life of the casta ways, and everything was done as if by c lockwork, Nat main taining that this was the only way by which they could hOP\! to retain their health and happiness. Two weeks more passed away, and the ship was as com fortable as heart could wish, the inmates were healthy, happy, and perfectly contented, being well able to endure the cold weather, and having so much to do that they never thought of being blue, or of bei n g anything but the most harmo nious of mortals. They had seen neither men nor animals since their arrival, and the solemn silence wa1 never broken, save by their own cheerful voices. All this, however, was to be changed, and their quiet, happy life was to be brolren in upon by a harsh, discordant e lement which they would have done muc h to keep out. November came in, and now the night was perpetu a l, the aurora being the only thing which served to brea k the. mon otony of the long darkness. The snow continued to fall at intervals, and occasionally it was found necessary to dig a passage through it from the s:abin doors to the ship's rail. '<. The doors had been made to op e n inward, and as there were two sets, whatever snow might have drifted pa s t the first was prevented from going any further by the s econd, the oute r ones serving the same purpose as stormdoors in our city houses. The deck of the vessel was cover e d t o a considerable depth with the snow, and fearing lest it mi'ght be crus h e d by the weight, Nat and his companions shovel e d aw a y the extra quan tities which had fallen since their arriva l, throwing it over the side of the vessel anci building a regular inclined railwa y down to the ice. The supply chests were overhauled, and the warmest cloth ing brought out and thoroughly aired, so that no dampne s s should cling to it, after which our p arty proceeded to make use of whatever they required Frank occasionally wore the poor cap tain's,great fur-lined coat and an ext:ra hood with a high coni ca l peak to it, ifi which attire he looked like a merr y specim e n of som e curiou s tribe of animals, half bear and half human. "You loolr like a ghost in bearskins, l a ughed Chucks the coat and hood being of white fur, "and if I didn't know you, I think I should be almost scared." "Hark!" said Frank," suddenly, in an impressive tone. "What's the matter?" asked Nat. "I hear someone calling." "The n there is a party of Esquima ux in sledges, said Frank, hastily. "The ice below here is now smooth enough on account of the snow for them to travel over. They will be here shortly. "Go below, then, every man," said Nat. "Let us ho p e they may not see us. These wretches are capable of any where they outnumber the whites. If they do find us out we can defend ourselves." The y all hurr ied below, the outer and inner doors being both se cur e ly fastened with heavy bars that had been made for that purpose. '"Now let us c onsider, said the young leader, when they had all gathered b e low. "If they attack us, what means of defense h a ve we." I h av e got tha t big brass bomb-gun," said Chucks. I reckon I can give 'em a surprise with that." "I've got an axe," a dded Frank. So have I a nd Job has his harpoon. They can t break in, and if they do we will give them a warm reception." "Suppose w e sit down quietly, as we would under any other circumstances," said Nat, "and not worry. until we actually hear them. This was don e, a nd an hour passed away very pleasantly, Frank r eading aloud and the others making an occasional re m a r k c on cerning t h e book he r e ad. They h a d w e ll-nigh forgotten their cause of alarm, wh e n the r e s u dde nly ca m e a pounding at the outer doors, and a vo ice w a s h eard saying: "If y ou are hon est men within this ship, open your doors to a poo r travel e r! Nat spran g u p c r oss ed the cabin, ascended the steps, and b ef ore lettin g d ow n the b a r asked: How ma n y are you? " Two both whit e s Let us in, for the lo v e of heaven; we are w e ll-ni g h e x h aust ed." Nat's f r i e nd s had gath e r e d below him upon the ste ps anu he now op e n ed t h e d oor, the light from the cabin showing him the form s of two m e n s t anding outside. "Good heavens! he ex c l a im ed. "North Pole Nat, as I'm a sinner!" said the foremost of the m e n "Mr. Cartwright! gasped Nat. "I thought you had per ish ed. This i s a n unexpected meeting, sir; but you can never tell what may happ e n in these regions." CHAPT E R XIV CA R TW1liGHT TELL S IDS S TOR Y It wa s ind eed a fac t that Cartwright, t he mate of the Ar ctic Fox, stood b e for e Nat and h i s c ompanions W e ll y o u did g et a sho re, didn't you? he asked Where is the old m a n? " Drown e d." W e ll, I've h a d a h a rd blow mys elf." muttered the man. You look so c om for tabl e down here; w o n t you let me in?" "I c ould not r e fu s e a d o g shelte r on such a night as thi s C o m e in, Mr. C artwright; I won't say 'and wel c ome,' for that "Blowed if I don't hear something myself," said Job; "but would not be the truth. it might be the wind." "What d'ye mean, lad?" growled the man, turning red in There was a silence for several minutes, not a word being the face. spoken, but every ear strained to hear the repetition of the sound, which, as yet, Frank alone had heard. Halloo! Hal-loo! Hal-loo!" Now they all hear it, and gaze in each other's faces with the greatest excitement. "Halloo, halloo, halloo!" "There it is again!" said Chucks "and there is someone an" I do not need to explain when you shall know the name of this ship, and whos e body is outside, all snow and ice Cartwright Jones entered the cabin. "If you are very cold, you had better not go too near the fires at first sir," said Nat, warningly; "the change will ::; too sudden Cartwright sat upon a locker against the further side of


\ lG POLE XA'l'. the c abin, and ki cldng off h is h ea v y boots r e m o v e d his hood I mittens and thic k oute r g arme n ts, Jon es d oing the s a me "Hallo, Frank, y ou 're ali ve, are you ? 1 wa s sorry the y let you go in the boa t, and if I' d 've k nown it, y ou wouldn't ve. It's all right now though," giving the l a d a p eculiar side glan c e, whi c h the boy und e r stoo d only too w e ll. I have been with fri e nds sir, and h a ve s uffered for nothing, returned the lad, qui e tly. 'That' s more than I can s a y for the m for o f all that were in the vessel only me and J o ne s a r e left. W e got caught in the ice, were sm ashe d by an i ce b erg, and starting on foot across country, half of o-qr party w ere froz e n to death, som e died, and the r est-well, I don t know what became of them." How did you h a ppen to mis s u s ? asked Na t. "The shipke eper signaled us to c om e ba ck, as the whale had gone down and night was coming on. " We 1were fast, and the whale never sank until after we were obliged to cut the c aptain haying been entangled in the line and drawn ov e rbo a rd. "We didn't see you, and as the shipkeeper had signaled we went back. After that we kept on for awhile and then the clouds .set in all around us and it b e g a n to s now. We hung about all night, and b e fore m orning the ice c lo se d in on us so thick that we couldn t g e t out. Th-en an i c eb erg fell on us and s tove the ship to pieces." Did you look for us in the morning? a s ked Job, who did not altogethe r b e li ev e the plau s ibl e tal e t old by the mate Yes, but we had a good deal to look out for ourselves. Wright was dead, and half the men were so b a dly hurt tha t they could not work. SolJ1e had be e n killed when the iceberg fell, and some were sick. We got together all our party and encamped on the ice for a day and then set out to reach shore. The sun was hidden and we couldn't t e ll which way to go, having lost our ship's and boat compasses We made a start at last, and traveled for s everal days, the men dropping off one by one from exhaustion and the bitter cold "Tom Bunt, stroke oar of Mr. Jones' boat and one or two others of the older seamen were the first to go, and we buried them in the ice so the wolves wouldn't get at them, for they began to annoy us greatly, and hung on our tracks daY: and night. We had managed to save some provisions and three or four casks of water, and we shot a polar bear, so that we were well off for food. We rigg e d a shelte r at night and slept tolerably comfortable, but the t e rrible we a th e r was picking us off one by one, and we prayed constantiy for shelter "We were in the worst way for the want of a shelter, and I believe more men died just on that account than would otherwise. At last, after a week or more of traveling we came upon an Esquimaux vniage and there we were made comfortable. "We had plenty to eat and a warm pla c e to sleep at night. I was satisfied to stay there all winter, but the men wanted to push ahead ; and so, after staying in the Igloos for several daYs, the Esquimaux us with sledges and dogs, and off we started for the north." "For the north?" cried Nat. "You surely could not hope to find shelter and friends in the north while the winter last ed?" "The Esquimau told us of a ship away up .in towards the Pole in a region where the Ice never melts whi c h had been abandoned and which would afford us a home for the winter. They had seen it, they said, for it had beeh there many years, and they were sure we would find it a good home Hence we went north, and after a long search, found the ship, though we did not suppose there would be anybody aboard of her, and above all, so cozily settled. " Ypu did no t k n ow what th e v esae l was ? 'No." All four of the comrades exc h a nged silent glanc es, and the villain b egan to f e el v ery uneasy And your jom;ney h e r e was it a hard one? a s ked Nat. "Yes What didn't die w e r e either take n prisone rs by the treacherous Esquim:;tux or wande r e d off, h alf c razy and w ere lost or di e d from exposure, I don't know which. Ed Lewis the shipkeep e r w a s with us but he strayed away, I ne.ver knew what became of him. "Finally our dogs ran aw a y with the sledges aJild provisions and everything, and left us to make the of the journe y on foot. That was four days ago, and since then we have s carcely tasted food or drink, and when we came acL'oss the ship were almost too worn out to climb up the side and knock for admission. The ,sight of the smoke coming out of them pipes jus t did our he arts good ... Chu cks, bring out some cold meat and bread, and put on a pot of coffee, said Nat; and as the jolly cook bestirred himself, he continued, addressing Cartwright: To su c h care and attention as you need in your present plight, and which we can give, you have a right, but do not e xp ect more than that. You must be perfectly aware what this ship is; but to be more explicit, I will tell you. She is called the Adventurer. " Indeed! I suppose you found her logs, or something whi c h g a ve you that information?" Did you ever hear of her before? asked Job. "Not that I know of. Was she a whaler?" "She was an arctic exploring vessel, commanded by one Nathan Evans, of New York-my father. Did you ever know him?" I l::tave heard of him, replied Cartwright, carelessly, "but I can't say as I ever had the pleasure of his acquaintance. "There is no need of you telling any more falsehoods Mr. Cartwright, for I am aware of the whole truth of this mat ter," 1:1aid Nat, firmly. "I know that you were the mate of this vessel, that you abandoned my father and his comrades to a dreadful fate; that you smothered those six sailors in their beds, and--" "It's a lie! yelled Cartwright, with a remarkable of energy for a starving man, springing from the table. "They smothered themselves. Nat Evans was a. fool to go so far north, anyhow, and I warned him more than once." "I am acquainted with the whole history of the case, s ir, and YOU can tell me nothing. Why you have returned to this ship, I cannot say, unless for shelter, as you affirm. That you can have but understand plainly, you are here only from suf ferance, and because I would not treat you as you treated your old captain. have some kindness in me, and I wish to see no one suffer. You may stay here until spring, but no later. Whatever you need you shall have, but understand me-l know all your plans! Beware, then, how you seek to carry them out!" OHAPTER XV. NAT ON HIS GUARD -A MIDNIGHT VISITOR. Nat spoke these words quietly but firmly, and the man to whom they were address ed could not but understand their full meaning, He saw that it woul'd be useless to get mad or bluster, so he said nothing, merely sitting in sllence with his head between his hani:Al. 1 After the two unwelcome guests had retired, the others enjoyed a hour or so of pleasant conversation and instructive reading, sociability being about as good a tonic as you can have.


X ORTH P OLE XAT. 17 The chronom e ter a t last m a rked ten o'cl oc k and Nat, aris-1 H a llo hf're, Jones!_'" h e y e ll e d ; come out here and help ing from hi s s eat, sa id : m e tam e this young cub; he's getting too frisky to live, and "Bedtime, boys. B e off with you and if any of you hear n eeds las hing. any suspi c ious nois e s in the night, report to headquarters." Quickly unfastening the bar in i t s place over the door, Nat Two hours or s o had passe d, h e did not know exa ctly how l e f t his s t a tion, and forcing the .scoundrel l!.way from the door long it was, wh e n h e s udd e nly awoke with a strange f eeling leading to the steerage, he c lo se d it, and then s tood against it. upon him. N o w my fri e nd, as you won t go for the asking, w e shall He had thought h e h eard a rattling sound, as of som eone have to for c e you, said Nat, d e t e rminedly. Hallo, Job, trying to enter the cabin, and then a noise like the pounding l!'rank, Chvcks! Come out h e re upon the door Job had already heard the disturbance, and fancying that all It was not the wind, be was sure of that, for the doors were was not right, had arisen, and began to dress so too firmly fix e d to be affe cted by any but a regular gale, nor when he be ard Nat' s summons, be h as tily completed his arwas it the howling of the storm outside. rangements, a nd came ou t, followed in half a minute by He was now fully awak e and the sound being repeated, he Frank. knew that he bad not be e n dreaming. "What's the matter?" he asked. With a v a gue foreboding a t his he art, h e arose hastily, drew on a portion of his c lothing, and unlocking the do o r care fully, crept noiselessly along the main cabin toward the c ompanion way, taking an ax from his fastenings as he w e nt. Suddenly, as he crou c hed in the dim light of t he place, for one lamp was always kept burning, he heard a voi c e just outside the door stationed at the foot of the stairs leading to the deck. The door was slightly ajar, and peering through be saw the figure of a man at the top of the steps, evid ently talking with someone on the outside. The man was Cartwright, the treach': erous mate "Hist, Ned! The plague y boy has put a padlock on the door, and I can' t let 'yOU in." "You must! I will freeze to .death out here!" The voice was that of Ed Lewis the shipkeeper of the Arc tic Fox, whom Cartwright had reported as dead or miss ing. Truly, there was some mystery here, the keY to which might unfathom some deep and dangerous plot. "You're the lee of the ship, ain't y )ou?" "Yes. "And got the sledges and lots of bearskins and a dozen greasy Esquimaux to lie between, haven't you?" "Yes." "Then what are you growling about?" A perfect flood o:C revelations had been made during th...: few minutes occupied by that conversa1lion. The shipkeeper and a dozen Esquimaux outside, with dogs and sledges; Cartwrfght swearing to kill his own son; some plan on foot to put Ned out of tile way. These, and a dozen other things suggested, if not plainly told, the position might well be called a critical one. Nat determined to put an end to the parley at once. Throwing open the door, he cried: Mr. Cartwright, I think it is about time y ou went back to bed." The man was perfectly thunderstruck, for he had no idea but what Ned was fast asleep, dreaming the dreams of the just. He turned around suddenly and glared at the lad as if he would kill him with a look. "Hold on, Ned," said, the scoundrel "I've got a young fighting-cock here what I'm going to lick, and then I'll let you in." He came down the stairs, and Nat retreated, not from fear, but in order to get an advantage over the -wretch. Cartwright came rushing down the stairs and into the cabin, and then Nat, slamming the doors and standing wltl.t his back braced against them, rai sed his ax in a threatening at titUde. Cartwright made a d ash at Nat, but the boy brandished h i s a x in altogether too carele s s a fashion to sul t him, and he soon got out of the way of its sharp edge. Na t told him, giving him a full but concise a c count of the conve r s l\tion with the man outsid e and of Cartwright' s r e fus al to go back to nis room. At this moment Chucks appeared, and took in the scene at a g lance. "Just le a ve him to me, lie said, with a broad grin. "Ope n the door, Nat, and if tha t othe r f e llow c omes out, brain him." Nat opened the door and stood r ea dy to floor Jones if he should come out; but the l atte'!', c on s id eting_ dis c retion the bet t e r part of valor, r emaine d in the pri vac y of hi s room. Then Chucks made one sudd e n di ve at _th e mate, and strik-' ing him in the stom a ch with hi s bull et h e ad doubl e d him up complet e ly, l a nding him in a helpl e s s mas s at the further end of the room Aft e r accomplishing this much he picked the man up as though h e had b ee n a child and carrying him to his room, dumped him head fir s t in the b arre l of w ater standing in one corne r Leaving the wretch to extricate hims elf as best h e might, the valiant Chu cks then locked the door on the outSide, and fastening Jones in as well, gave the k e ys to Nat. "Let us hold a council of war, said Nat, sitting down a t the table. "Here is Erl Lewis and a lot of Esquimaux outside, 'and these two fellow s inside What are we going to do with them? We can't stay cooped up in here all the time, and we have to be assured of our safety if we go abroad. We don't want t o feed and lodge a lot of ungrateful dogs who will t urn against us at the first opportunity. Cartwright evidently came here expecting to winter aboard this vessel, knowing her position, and knowing also that she had never moved from it since the day he abandoned his kind captain. "Of course he did not expect to find us here, and naturally feels disappointed. Being the first tenants, we have the first right to the place. There is room enough for all, and if be wants to stay here and behave himself, he can do so, otherwise he must leave immediately after breakfast. "Now I want to ask you all, for your own safety, what we had better do-let him stay here on his good behavior, or oblige him to leave at once and never come back? I want to know what you all think, so as to be guided by the best judgment of the whole party, and not merely by my own feelings. "If he promis e s to behave himself, and does so, let him stay; if not, he must go He came here with the Esquimaux, let him go aw a y with them." This was Job s opi n ion, and that of the others also. The party th e n went t o bed and slept the r emainder of the night, arising a s usual, but omitting their customary scamper acro s s the i ce. At breakfast both Jane' s and Cartwright were sullen nnd silent, saying nothing to anybody, but attending strictly to the business of satisfying theh-= appetites.


18 X O H'l 'll P OLE .NAT. Now, said Nat, brea kf a s t ov e r, l et us com e to a n u nde r standing. Do you intend to liv e har moni o usly with us o r are we to be constantl y on our gua rd agains t some n e w d eviltry on your part? A r e y ou going to behave yourselves like men, or like wolve s ? "I shall do just as I pl e ase, growl e d Cartwright. "So will I, add e d Jones ''That is suffic i e n t. T he r e is no room for you on board this ship You mu s t g o at o nce." ''What! Turn us ou t t o p eris h ?" gasped Ca r twright. "You have forced t h e alternative up o n your se lves and there can be no app e al. CHAPTER XVI. T H E SERPENTS DRIVEN O U T I "You wouldn t drive us out to perish in this horribl e pl ac e would you, rep e ated C artwright. 'I have answered y ou. You found your w a y here, you ca n easily find the w a y bac k." Nat went to the top of the steps, and r emoving the fastenings of the doors, look e d c arefully out. There was no one to b e seen any where nor any signs of the presence of m a n s av e in the footprints upon the newly fallen snow. He stepped out \WOn the d eck a nd gazeQ. all about him, but the same solemn stillnes s which eve r reign e d there still pre vailed. Then he stepped back into the ca bin and said to the two ungrateful guests: "Now you must leave us; your fri e nd s h ave d eparted but I have no doubt you will b e abl e to find them again." You're bound we shall go?ft, "Yes "And I am bound to stay!" Indeed? Then we must us e f o rce. Job!" He gave a meaning glan c e t o t h e harpooner as he spok e and the suddenly rushe d upon Cartwright, and despit e his struggles, hurried him up t he s t e ps, a c ross the deck, and to the rail, whence they dropped him upon a snowbank a few feet below. Jones, thinking that he could easily overpower the two remaining companions began to make hostile d emonstrations, but Chucks, seizing him around the waist as though he were but an infant carried him upon de c k and treated him as his comrade had been served but a moment before. There, now, grunte d the rotund. oarsman, "you're not going to fool with Mr. Chu cks." Then, puffing and blowing he r etrea t e d to the cabin fol lowed by Job, while Nat r emai ned o n de c k and the two men pick themselves up and wa l k across the ice toward a towering mass of frozen sp.ow or ic e c over e d rocks at some little distance off, behind which a number of men might have easily concealed themselv e s There was still suffici ent light in the sky, from the aurora, to enable him to distingui s h the d ark outlines o f their figures as the men moved away, and once he saw Cartwright turn and shake his fist at the ship. \ He stood and watched them until they disappeared behind the mountain of ice, and then returned to the cabin to inform his friends A week passed, and they had begun to forget all about the treacherous mate and his disturbing influence when one Saturday evening, as they were all seated around the table as they had been upon that other occasion, they heard a pounding upon the outer doors. They all sprang to their feet, but one thought animating their breasts, and that was that tHe villains had returned. Na t w ent above, a nd t h e n called out to kno w who was t h e re. Tom Bunt and Bob Carter, seame n o f the bar k Ar cti c F ox, whaler. Is that you, Na t Evans, for h e a ve n s sake? "Great goodness! ej a culated Nat, it's two more of our old comrades; but they 're all right, I know. Are you alon e, my men? " Yes Nat opened the door and admitte d his old messmates, who w ere vastly astonished a t everything they saw, being de6idedly more so when they learned the whole history of the vessel, and how she happene d to be there. "Then that only goes to show further what a villain this Cartwright is, said the old sailor; and he thereupon related the story of the mate' s having abandoned Captain Hathaway, a f ac t of whi c h the others had been ignorant until this time. "It' d be a long tale to tell about our wanderin's an,d livin' with a lot of Esquimaux, but we finally made our way up here, h o pin t o find some hut left by former explorers or castaways." We found one or two o those," said Tom, "and managed to live on the food left in them, but the thing that surprised u s most was the finding of a regular bed or fossil coal, right in t h e rocks, and cle a n down under the ice!" A bed of coa l? s aid Nat, in great surprise. 1 "To be sure. I'd often heard it said there must be huge b e d s of fossil C0!!-1 up this a-way, an', in fact, some folks has found 'eni., though n o t so far up." "It ain' t so strange, anyway," interrupte d Bob, "when you find volcano e s right in the very middle of snow and ice, spitting fire and lava, an' all that sort o' stuff, and why shouldn't you find a bed o' coal?" 'A t rate we did find it, protested Tom, "and it ain' t more n a day s journey from here. It was kind o' funny, our findin it, and if you don't mind, I'll tell ye about it." I should ind e ed be glad to hear about this disco ve r y," spoke up Nat, "and so would all of us; but are you not hungry? Your diet must have been frugal, to say the least, du ring your travels in these frozen regions. " Now about the coal b e d," said N a t, after the two men had eate n "I'm e ager to h ea r about it, for that is a matter whi c h interests us all. We don t know how soon we may have to draw upon it." "All right, Nat, I'll -proceed The other day, as me and Bob was walkin' along, thumpin' the i c e with our sticks, which were nothing but the shafts of two oars which Bob had floated on the night his boat was stove I struck through into som ething hard, jus t like a rock it might be, an' I says: Bob, this here's a rock, an' we 're onto solid land.' "He stuck his stick down, an' sure enough he broke through the ice and there was the rocks. " W e !mow ed w e' d m a de a big discovery, and we pounded away on tha t i c e till we d cleared away a space big enough for both on u s to stand on. "We felt kind o' like a s if we d found the North Pole findin' the m rocks right the re in the middle of all that ice, an' I says to Bob: We ought to have North Pole Nat here,' said I; 'for if we ain't found the Pole we ve got the rocks to plant it ln.' "With that we both laughed, and then we went on for quite a piece, Bob considerable ahead of me, 'cause he war the spryer man o' the two. "Suddenly I see him slip up and go slid in' down a sort o' slide like at the rate o' forty miles a minute, his feet and hands a-stickin' up, and him on the flat of his back like a turtle. "I rushed ahead, and arter a while came to a place where t}lere was a decided slope, and at the other end a hole like the mouth of a cave.


NORTH POLE N AT. "I was bound to know what had gecome of my mate so I just squatted down on my hunkies like a jackrabbit, an' sli d down that slope and into the cave like grease d !ightnin' "I slid a long ways, but finally I brung up in the dark ag 'in a solid mass of something arter I'd gone a good quarte r niil e it s e emed to me. Are ye here anywheres, Bob? I hollered, and he a n swered me right away, and axed me if I had a match. "I didn't have that, but I h a d wh a t was jus t as good a flint and steel ; and so taking a bit of old n eckac h e r I s oused i t with oil and we soon h a d a brigh t ligh t "Then we seed as we w .as in a cave of ro cks !l)ld ice, a nd at the bottom of it was a lot of bla ck stuff, whic h i t didn't take us very long to find out was soft coal. "There was piles an' piles o' it, an' the pl a ce w a s quite warm like, no ice or snow at the bottom, but on' y the coa l, so w e was able to knock off se veral chunks, an' pilin' 'em o n the rocks to one side, we soon had as prettY a fire as ev e r y o u seed "You can bet that coal fire done us !'1. heap o' good, f o r we knowed that if we coul

NORTH POLE N A'l'. he could calculate, that they had been wound the evening before. "Come here!" cried old Tom, in excitement, from without. "See what I've found in a corner!" 1 Nat went into the cabin and found the old tar holding up a mitten, a white bearskin mitten of considerable size. "That e re mitten belongs to one o' them bloody raw meat eaters, said Bob C a rter. None on us has 'em, an' I lmow nuther Cartwright nor Jon e s nor Ned Lewis nor any o' them had sich. Th e y was all seal or brown bear, or beaver or sich like." "Then the E s quimaux carried him off. confound their greasy hides! eja c ulated Nat, emphatically. Just then Job's voice was heard calling to them from out side, ahd they a ll went out. I've found lhe trail of the miserable vagabonds right in the fresh snow he said. "I know they is Esquimanx by their feet, an' you c an tell Frank's little feet from the others.'' .. What's this?" c ried Nat, sudd e nly as he leaped down upon the ice. The object that had caught his attention was a bit of w hite fur that had caugpt upon a long icicle which depended from the ship's rail. ''Th"t came off of Frank's greatcoat, the one the old man used to wear remarked Chucks. "I remember now that I did not see i t hanging upon the nail in the cabin where he'1 usually keeps it," observed our hero.' The poor little fellow will be comfortable at all events said Job, "for that white coat was as warm as an oven I've got an idea. "What is it? asked the rest. inchorus. ' There's a bright aurora up there, and that's all the light we want. Anyhow, we can take Suppose we wind up the clocks, fix the rest so they'll last a day at least, shut up the house, and go off to look for Frank?" "But the scoundrels have sledges, said Frank. 'That's all right. They may have halted somewhere to take a snooze. Perhaps they ain't more than three or four hours ahead of us; we can't tell." "You're right, and you give me fresh courage. Back to the ship, every man, and haste our preparations! Everything was done that could be, and Nat locked .the cabin doors and closed the outside one as well as he 'could, so that lhe snow would not be driven in by the wind, after which the party set out. Chucks had his bomb-gun and box of bombs. Job was pro vided with his trusty harpoon, and the rest had axes and sheath knives. The sledges of coal were left whe re they had been drawn, under the lee of the vessel, and then by the light of their torches they off upon the trail of their beloved friend and messmate. The trail was still fresh, and they followed .it with rapid ity, the excitement adding speed to their feet and strength to their limbs. The y had not ;neglected to provide themselves severally with a quantity of such food as could be put in the smallest compass and would afford the most nourishment, pemmican supplying both of these requisites. This, with a dozen cakes of hardtack each, would enable them to subsist for two days at least, and in case they met with any game, which they did not think likely, howev&r, they could easily supply themselves with still more provisions. They traveled until midnight, the track being still quite plain, but in case of its being obliterated before they would want to return, Nat taken the precaution to bring a compass with him, which he consulted every hour or so, in order to keep his bearings The cold was not nearly as intense as it had been, and the temperature was really quite endurable, there being very wind and no snow, nor any signs of there being a fall for the present. The air was just bracing enough to be pleasant, and to make exercise invigorating, and not one of the party com plained of the cold, all being in the best of spirits, although of course anxious to find the object of their search. "The ice is getting rough, remarked Job, "and the sledges can't go over it so easy. The skunks have had to get out and walk, so as to ease up on the dogs." God grant it may never get any smoother, then, till we come up with the wretches! Such was Nat's fervent ejaculation, and everyone yiished the same, as they pressed forward, the ice as yet being none too rough to walk over. An hour, two, three, four, passed, and the path had not mended, being if anything, more uneven. than before, and Nat was set to thinking by the circumstance. "Hark a bit!" cried Chucks, "there's something going on ahead of us, and if it ain't behind yon mountain of ice, then I'm mistaken.'' There was certainly the sound of human voices to be heard, and voices, too, that spoke English, for several words could be heard very plainly "Who ean it be?" said Job. They re fighting, whoever they are, and most likely with the pesky Esquimaux." "They're white men, said Nat, quickly, "and we 'are bound to go to their assistance whoever they may be. Shout, boys, shout, that they may know tha t friends are at hand." All hands set up a tremendous shouting and Chucks fired off one of his bombs in the air, to let the Esquimaux know that the dreaded "fire-sticks" of the white men were coming. There was an answering shout !rom the beleaguered party, whom our friends could not see as yet, and then a tremendous howl of dismay, which could have come from none but the throats of the Inuits. With nerves excited to the highest pitch, the little party pushed forward, and soon the path became smooth and hard again, so that the most rapid progress possible be made. The mountains of ice of which Chucks had seen were presently reached and rounded and then the part;y: came upon an exciting scene. Some three or four white men were engaged in defending against a score of dirty, degraded-looking Esquimaux, while not far away, close to a collection of snow huts or igloos, were two or three packs of snarling dpgs, fighting and howling and mixing themselves up most inextricably. "Courage, my friends," yelled Nat, and then he and his whole party hurled themselves the enemy, right and left, and dealing anything but love pats upon the thick skulls of the wretched Mongolians, for to that race these creatures belong, and not to the Indian, as is supposed by manr. 1 The enemy, seeing such a sudden acquisition to the ranks of their would-be-victims, and not knowing how many more there might be, fled in dismay, not to their huts, but across the ice, taking thir dogs and sledges with them. In a few moments the spot was deserted, except by the par(y of whites and their rescuers, and then Nat advanced toward him who seemed to P!e the leader, being the tallest and stoutest. As he stepped forward the man turned his face toward him, causing our hero to start back in the greatest astonishment.


NORTH POLE NAT. I "Mr. CartWright!,. he gasped. "It seems we are fated to meet at the most unexpected places and times.'" "NoJ;th Pole Nat again, as I live and breathe!" exclaimed "Which plan was that he should kill me," said Nat, ex citedly. ''You might as well complete your confession." Cartwright, for it was indeed he. "Here we are again, CHAPTER Jones and Ned Lewis and Dick Rudd, one of our o_ld seamen." 1110RE ABOUT FRANK. "My arrival was most \OPPOrtune, it seems." Cartwright did not appear at all abashed by Nat's abrupt "Yes, and I am obliged to ye, though you did treat me speech, but went on in t)le same careless manner: like a dog and turn me away from the ship.'' "I don't see as there is any reason to deny it, for that's just "Let us not speak of that, sir; there are matters of more exactly what I did put him up to, for reasons of my own.:: importance just now. You brought your harsh treatment. "You might have made clean breast the whole matter, upon yourself by your declining to submit to our rules and sir," interrupted Nat. "I know you and your whole by your treachery." Frank has told I)le, and the log-book of my father, Nathan "Perhaps I was too eager to get things under my own coi'tAlonzo :evans, has revealed to me the whole narrative of trol, but I'm sorry for it, and I don't bear you or your chums your baseness." any ill-will for what you did. Me and my friends have been "Well, suppose it has?'" living in those huts since I saw ye last, and generally we "You ought to know that I am perfectly aware of your got along." treachery to my father, and your fears that I might some day "Those Esquimaux, then, were not the same ones who were learn of this are the motive for your wanting to get rid of with you when you came to the ship?" me. By falsehoods and misrepresentations you inflamed the "No, they have gone away, but are coming back. They are boy against me, though, fortunately, his own true nature all right, but these fellows are a new lot and are bad." was proof against your wiles." "Let me ask you, sir, and you cannot blame me for still "I don't understand." suspecting your sincerity, what you have done with Frank?" do, and so does Frank. His own good heart told him The man's surprise was not assumed, but perfectly genu-that I was not the monster you would have had him believe ine, as he repeated: me; that my father was innocent of the charges you brought "What have I done with FrankZ," against him, or, at least, if he was not, that it was not right "Yes; he is missing from the ship, and we have come to to punish me for what he may have done. The log-book set hunt for him. Where is he?" him right at last, and he denounced with all the impetu"My GOd, Nat, I swear to you that I haven't seen him since osity of his nature." the day we left the Adventurer. I'll take my oath on that," "H'm! You think a good deal of the young one." and he spoke so earnestly that there could be no doubting "I do." the truth of his words, even when one knew. what a villain "Let me tell you, then, that he has kept the great secret he was. of his life from you, and that you don't know him half so "You are his father," said Nat. "He told us so himself." well as you think. He has been deceiving you all the time, "He wasn't, for all that," returned the man;. "though he and some day you'll find it out." thought he was. I tell you he no son of mine.'' "Let us be off at once, my friends," said Nat . "These "But he lived with you, and considered you his father?" villains cannot be far ahead of us now," "True enough, and I'll explain. My mates here knowed "Won't you wait and stay with us?" asked Jones. "Our nothing of all this, for to them the boy was only Frank huts lead away down under the ice where it's warm, and Trafton, a lad I'd brought aboard." we've lots of furs to sleep on and plenty to eat." "That's all he was," remarked Jones. "No; we must push on." "The boy was brought up as my own child," continued the Away over the snow and ice went the little party 6! res mate, "and I never said anything to him which would make cuers, their hearts animated with the highest hopes, and him think he wasn't. The truth of the matter was, that I their pulses beating with excitement. lost my own children, a boy and a girl, twins, when they were On and on they went through the night, the task seeming little, and I took two more, twins just like mine, to bring almost hopeless; but, in spite of all that, keeping up their up. courage and never once on the way. "Their own mother died after they did, and I felt so lone-' At last, worn out by almost. ceaseless travel, they were some that I wanted somebody to look after, and so took the obliged to take a halt at the end of the second day after leav young ones, as I say, moving to anoth6f part of the country, ing Cartwright, and under the lee of an icy bluff they sank ex-So as nobody would know the difference. hausted. "The youngsters grew up, and I named them Frank and Their food was nearly gone, and they had not found any Charlotte, just as my own had been named. When I came game. The journey back would have to be made without food to go with Captain Hathaway, I told Frank he'd better go and in an exhausted COI).dition, the end of which would be as cabin-boy. easily foreseen-death! "I called him Frank Trafton, and that's his name, his own The snow was now beginning to fall heavily, the wind whirlname. The girl died during my voyage to the North Pole, ing it about in great drifts, and utterly obliterating the track for, as you seem to know all about it, I don't see no use made by the Esquimaux. in denyin' it. Their case seemed utterly without hope, but Nat would not "I did abandon Evans, but it was only for my own safety. despair, and crawling closer to the sheltering base, be divided As far as killing those six m en goes, I didn't do it, though his last remnant of food among his companions, and then put1 know who did put the charcoal in the stove, but he's dead, ting the hood of his jacket over his face, he 'lay down and now, and they ain't no gettin' at him. let the snow drift over him like a blanket. "As I said, Frank's real name was ;rrafton, though he Chucks was the first to awake, and after thrusting his thought it was his middle name. His folks had died before I head through the snow, he gazed with surprise at the tent took him and his sister from the foundling hospital. He was o>ler his head, and then aroused his companions. not to be known as my son, because I had a plan in view They made such a stir and bustle in getting out that they when I shipped him on the Arctic Fox." shook the drift down upon themselves and then had to be dug


I I NORTH POLE NAT. I out once more, and there was a great deal of sport and laughter over it, until at last they all scrambled out and took a run over the snow, which had already frozen hard, the crust being firm enough to w alk on. "What shall we do now? asked Job i"ush on! The Esquimaux have been delayed by the s torm and may yet overtake them." For several hours they continued their way over the hardened snow Nat chatting merrily to keep up their spirits, though, Heaven knows, his own w ere at a low enough ebb when ..Chucks, who usually prov e d to be the discoverer of the party, yelled out: Look! Look! There is a whole gang of Esquimp.ux and they are coming toward us! It needed but a glance to convince them all the rosy fellow was right. The devoted companions in joy and sor 1 ow in sadness and happiness stood close t o one another, t heir weapons grasped firmly while with a rush and a whirl the savage horde swept down upon them like the wind, as sudden and as swift. Nearer still they come and now Na t sees that the sledges are full and the men are all a rmed with s pears and look very ferocious Still nearer came the s l e dg e s and now on e darts off upon one side, while a white-robed figure rises to its full height and cries out: 'Hurrah, my lads! T am glad to s e e you! Stop your horses, my friend, or rather your dogs." Can it be possible that figure in white is he whom they have sov.ght so earnestly? l!'rank? Yes it is no one else It is the cabin-boy-the genial : merry Frank himself The sledge comes to a h alt at last, and Frank, leaping out, runs swiftly to Nat and hugs him-envelops him COIJlPletely in the flaps of the great white coat, and l a ugh s and cries alternately. "God bl e ss you, Nat! Here I am once mor e cries Frank, joyously, "and here a1e all of you! Did you miss m e ? Have 'you been looking for me long? Ar e y ou frighte ned? " Stop, stop, my boy! cried Nat, with a l a ugh You ask me too many questions at once. I can t ans wer as fast a s that. "But you missed me?" Indeed we did and would have dare d anything for your sake." Well, here I am, a nd these fat fellows are going to1take you i}nd me and all of us bac k to the ship I can' t understand ( heir lingo very well, but they're going to do it." .. This isn't a lark, is it, Frank?" aske d Nat, gra vely. "What isn t a lark?" '"Your being t aken a w a y and frightening u s all so? No, indeed. I was carried away in good earnest." Did they not mean to bring you back? " Not until I--" Well?" Oh, I can' t tell you now but it was really no joke, and the dirty wretches did me a n to keep m e forev e r The y have change d their minds, though, and now we r e going homeback to the ship. Jump in." It was very evident from .the a ctions of the Esquimaux that they intended to take Nat and his companions back t o the ship and so, without further ado they all got into the sl e dges, the long whips of deerskin wer e snapp e d the snarling. little white dogs, looking like foxes and ea c h guided by a separate rein, leaped forward and away w e n t t he whole party, getting over the smooth, white path with the lite ral speed of the wind. Frank and Nat wer e cuddled together in the bottom of the same sledge, and presently Nat said: "You are not the child of cartwright." "Thank God! Nothing c ould exceed the fervency with which these words w e re spoken and even then they but faintly mirrored the depths of thankfulness which the felt on hearing the won derful piece of news. You are Frank Trafton and no one else, '' said Nat, and the n he gave Frank a n ac count of all that had happened since the y h a d se e n him last, from the time when they started for the c oal bed s unt il they had met him among the Esquimaux. It is. not n e c essary to describe the journey back to the ship, it being enough to say that it was accomplished in a very much shorter time than could have been done without the sl,dges: The fires were out and the chronometer run down, but for all that they were home again, and never had the sight of the well-known figure of the frozen sentinel upon the bowsprit a wakened such f e elings of gratitude as it did now. Frank parted kindly with the Esquimaux, making them un de rstand that he was very grateful to them, and that when the ice broke up in the spring, if it ever did break up, that they were all going to the Pole Nat made the greasy fellows a few trifling presents, and then they made off, dogs sledges and all, leaving our friends to their icebound home and the enjoyment of each other' s !SOCiety. CHAPTER XIX. 'fHE illOORS OF WINTER. There were one or two more expeditions to the coal beds after that, Nat thinking it best to be well supplied before the extreme c old of December and January should set in. December now set in, the day' of Nat's return being the sixth of the month, and the weather already had undergone a material change The thermometer outs ide the c abin door frequently went as low as si xty degre e s below zero, and Chucks insisted the smoke from the chimneys froze so solid some mornings that i t took him longer than usual to get the breakfast. It was too cold to work outsid,e as yet, but Nat made a work shop in the waist of the ship, and he and his compan ion s c o nstruct e d t w o canvas boats light and strong, the keels, ribs, gunwal es, and thwarts being of wood and the rest of canvas. This was mad e thoroughly w atHproof by various applica tions of oil, there b eing a goodly quantity in the stores. Christmas was a ppro aching, and indeed by the time the boats w ere finish e d and supplied with masts, sails, and oars, it was t h e 24t h of D e c embe r, and all hands set about celebrating t h e day in good old fashioned style, no matter if they were separate d from all the world Christmas1 1869, came on a Saturday, as you will see by referring to your almanacs, and it was decided to give up both Saturda y and Sunda y t o the celebration. Su c h another Christmas celebration was c ertainly n e v e r had, w e hon estly b e lieve, and the good old Saint Nicholas w a s doubtl ess as muc h pleased as he had ever be e n in his life when h e looked in upon the merrymakers that Christmas Eve and saw how finely things were progressing The dinner designed executed and superintended by Chucks with con s id e rable asslstance from Frank, who worked with all a woman' s deftness was l'ln entire and unequivocal suc cess and from the chicken soup to the plum pudding and black coffee was done full justice to. As an a ddition to the feast being an extra occasion Chucks proposed to bring out a bottle of some particularly fine wine,


NORTH POLE NAT. 23 which he got a glimpse of a few days previous, and as no one objected, off be went, little exwcting what be was destined to find. I Nat and the others sat sipping their coffee while he was gone, and in the excitement of agreeable conversation, they forgot all about Chucks and the wine, seeming to be unaware that he had gone fully half an hour, when five minutes ouglit to have sufficed for the commission of his errand. At last Job seemed to become conscious of his mate's ab sence, and looking at the clock, remarked: "Well, I'm blowed. Chucks ain't got back yet. Wonder il he bas drunk the whole bottle himself, and ain't able to get here?" "Oh, no, Chucks isn't that sort of a boy," said Nat; "but I say, bow long bas be been gone? "Two or three hours, I reckon," answered Job, with a laugh. "Half an hour exactly," said Frank. "Perhaps he has fallen and burt himself. Let's go and look for him. They all arose .to carry out the boy's suggestion, when at the very moment who should appear but Chucks himself a bottle of wine in one band and in the other a canvas bag. This latter be now threw upon the table with a thud and a chink that set the glasses and dishes rattling. "What have you got there, Chucks?" asked Nat, strangely interested. yond the pa-le of civilization, and utterly separated from the world, from congenial companions, lMld more than that, a place where animal and vegetable life were wanting, a land of never ending snow. His intention was to follow Nat to the Pole, if be went as far as that, an

21: NOHTH POLE NAT. explaining to the Esquimaux that they were to wait for him and see what might have caused it, Frank :;uddenly seized him and his comrades if expedient. by the hand and said, in a tE-rribly excited whisper: Eight hours after the launching of the boats Nat sat in "Look there! There are other discoverers upon this land the stem sheets of the forward craft, steering, while Frank, besides ourselves! wrapped in his greatcoat, was fast asleep, Job seeming ready Nat's s udden halt caused Chucks to start, and this made to follow his example. him slip, when, in attempting to r esain hi::; balance, he lust The other boat was not far b e hind, Tom steering and the comp a ss, and it went rolling down the rocks, shattered Chucks pulling occasionally, more for the sake of keeping to pieces awake than of doing any patticula r good by rowing Nat look e d and saw that Frank was right, that there were When Frank and Job awoke, the y were surprised to find other explorers upon these ro cky shores b esides themselves. the boats in an open sea. Three boats were seen floating in a li t tle cov e about half a The boats made a good five knots, the breeze being just mile off, and a party of men were l a nding,. or had already :::ight for craft of their size to send along in, al}d Nat's heart done so. fairly danced as he thought of the glorious victory almost "We're first here anyhow," sai d Bob B y jinks, gimme achie'{ed, the prize almost won, the battle nearly finished that gl a ss ;" a nd he took the t e le sc op e from Job' s hand, s aying, J after a long look : Job took an observation upon the second d a y of their em-barking fairly on the Polar Sea, and both he and Nat made their position out as in north l a titude 88 d e grees and 30 min utes, or within one-and-one-half degrees of the Pole itself. Soon after the record had be e n made, Chucks, who had all along until recently been noted a s a discoverer, suddenly startled everybody by jumping up, putting his telescope to his eye, and after a pause, shouting out: "Land, ho!" The others gazed intently toward the point indicated, and Job, takingl the glass said with an air of conviction: He's right; there is land, and plenty of it. CHAPTER XXI. ON LAN D O NC E l\IOR E Nat ran the Stars and Stripes up to the top of the mast, and all hands gave a rousing che e r a s the be a utiful emblem fluttered for the first time o ver thi.s unknown s ea. As the land came nearer i t w as seen to consist of black rocks, with here and there a p a tch of snow ice and an occa sional peak or mound high e r than t h e surrounding coa st. At last they sighted a little c ove whi c h the y made for The boats shot into the litile h arbor, the sail wer e furled the oars drawn in, and the little an chor or gra pnel thrown out, and then our hero sprang from t he bow of his boat into the shallow water, and rushing upon the rocks, waved the starry banner proudly and shouted in a loud. voi c e : "In the name of the United States' of Ameri c a I take pos session of the Polar Continen t, a nd de clare it to b e government territory, now and for eve r!" When all had landed, the w e r e drawn up close to the rocks and a portion of the provisions one keg of water, an extra coat or so, and the quadrant, were taken out. Then the little crafts which had brought the daring ex plorers to this solitary place were allowed to drift to the end of their warps, so that there should be no danger of their canvas sides scraping upon the sharp rocks. The return voyage must be made, and, therefore, it was ab solutely essential that no harm should come to the bOats, for they could not be replaced. The party next advanced into the interior, if it could be so called, coming before long to the mouth of a lal"ge cave whence flowed a wide and noisy stream of ice-cold water. They next mounted up to the top of what looked like a large mound surrounded by rocks. "I say," said Chucks, taking out a pocket compass, "what direction would you say this land was in?" "South." "If we're on the Pole it's all south," he answered, with a laugh; "how can it be 1anything else? Look at this needle, will you, it wants to stand on its head." As Nat stepped toward Chucks to observe the phenomenon "It's Cartwright and his gang as sure as I'm a sinner.'' "I knew it! said Nat. I felt that we should meet again." "Let us leave thi'S pla c e b e fore they obs e r v e u s said Frank, and at his sugg e stion they c limb e d dow n the ro cks, and thus pursue d t h eir e xplor a tion s unsee n b y the e n emy. An hour or so afterwards they s udd en l y e m e i g e d from a kind of rocky pass upon an l e dg e or pl a teau whence a good y i e w of the sea c ould be qbt aine d and h e r e they came face to fac e with C artwright, L e wis J o n es, Rudd, and half a doz e n E s quimaux. "So-ho you h av e go t here, h ave y ou ?" s aid t h e m a te, with a snee1. 1 thought to g e t here-first but your boats s ail b e ter than mine though they are not so s trong. He said those last words. with su c h an empha sis that Nat was convinced that he meant to do s om e d amage to their boats and he d etermin e d to go to them a t once. Saying to the othe rs, h e took F rank's hand, and turning around retraced his steps, follow e d by Job and his friends Half an hour later they reached the cove where the boats had been left. To their horror the y discover e d that a long gash had been mad e in the canvas bottom of one of them with a knife, and tha t the wate r had already half filled it. "Whoever done this cowardly act," said N a t passionately, "had better look to heaven for protection for as I live I will kill him at the first chance As h e spoke the boat found e red t aking with it provisions, water, t h e onl y othe r qu adra n t t h ey posses sed and other things of inestimable value in su c h a pl ace. "May the will of God be done," murmured Nat, as he burled his face in his hands, Frank trying vainly to comfort him. CHAPTER XXII. THE P UNIS H llf E N T OF T R E ACHERY. Nat succeeded in c omposing himself afte r a while, and then said calmly: "What has happened cannot be helped now, so let us not complain. It is nearly noon, and I think we had better go to yonder light and take an observation. The ascertaining of our true position is now the one thing of importance Leaving Tom to guard the other boat and give an alarm in case any attempt was made to destroy it, Nat proceeded in the direction of the light he had pointed out, followed by his comrades The distance was greater than h e supposed, and when they halted upon the crest of a pil e of black rocks, from which an almost uninterupted view of the sea and this newly found continent could be obtained they were pretty well tired out. They sat down and rested for some time, chatting gayly the while, and never alluding to the dark side of the picture.


NORTH POLE NAT. At last Nat arose and called to Job to bring him the quadrant traitor Lewis, his slight frame being no match for the stal as he w a s ready to take an observation and determine their wart shipkeeper. true position. Nat saw the lad fall upon the sharp rocks, and then beheld After adjusting the instrument and fixing the different Lewis detach a heavy mass from the rough boulders near sights in their prop e r position, Nat held it firmly to his eye him, and raise it over Frank' s head and beg a n his work. Though the distance was considerable, Nat cleared it in an When he had marke d upon the dial at his side the correct incredibly short space of time and dealt the monster a ring figures h e b e gan to work out the problem, saying excitedly: ing blow upon the head jus t as he was about to throw the "By jov e if this isn' t the North Pole itself, then I'm out. heavy mass upon the unconscious boy at his feet. Let me s ee, and he rapidly worked the sum out in his head, Coward!" cried Nat, enraged, leave this place at once, or crying at last: I will not answer for 'your safety!" "Yes, sir, it' s just nine--" Th e stone fell from the man's hands, but not upon Frank, A strange sound broke the stillness of that desolate place. and Lewis stunned and dazed by the blow, staggered from the The sound w a s the report of a pistol. spot as if drunk. The bullet struc k the instrument and knocked it, shattered, Get out of here, you miserable cur!" cried Naat, and with from Nat's hands, whence, falling down the jagged rocks, it another kick he sent the scoundrel reeling down the steep was literally broken to pieces. path. "There is but one man who would do such a fiendish act! Then he turned to Frank, the boy's pale face and bated Ah, there he is at this very moment, endeavoring to escape! breath giving him the greatest alarm. Upon him, my men and punish him as he deserves!" ex-With frenzied excitement he loosened the lad' s coat in order claimed Nat to expose his throat and allow a chance for the blood to Cartwright was s een dashing down the slope, followed by circulate. Jones, L e wis, and the rest, and Nat at once gave chase. As he pulled open the boy's inner jacket and unloosed the Chucks threw up his big gun to his shoulder, having precollar of his shirt he suddenly uttered a cry of surprise. viously put in a bomb, and a thundering report followed The boy Frank was no boy at all, but a woman! The swift m essenge r of d eath flew straight to its mark, and At that instant Frank opened his eyes, and, seeing Nat, bad not the tre a c h erous mate slipped as he ran, and fallen to blushed like a rose. the ground, the missile would have caused his death. It passed over his head, however and strikinya rock, ex ploded, injuring Lewis seriously And hurting the others some what, the flying particles striking them in tb.eir faces. Bob Carter was just ahead of Chucks when he discharged the gun, and seeing that the slrot had failed seized the weapon I and loaded it with the last bomb that the jolly oarsman pos sessed. Then be strode rapidly forward, moving in an oblique angle to the direction taken by Nat and his companions. Cartwright had himself left his party, and they were about to scatte r when Job came up with Jones and struck him to the earth with his fis t "Who cut our boat?" demanded Job of Jones. "I don't know." '"You lie! said the harpooner, seizing him by the throat and lshaking him. "You did it yourself. Take that!" A stunning kick sent the man flying down the rocks in a most undignified h e ap while a yell as he reached the bottom, gave evidence of his bodily pain. Suddenly a tremendous report was heard, and then a cry of agony so terrible that everyone was forced from very fear to hold his breath. Nat and Job sprang forward and as they reached the rocks around which Bob had disappeared they saw a terrible sight. The bod y of Cartwright, literally torn to pieces lay upon the rocks whil e close a t band Bob Carter was engaged in a desperate struggle with Dick Rudd and two or three Esqui maux. Dick Rudd bad a t that moment succeed e d in breaking down Bob's gu a rd and rushing in, h a d c lin c hed with him, the gleam of a sava ge-l o oking knife being momentarily seen. They w e r e near t h e e dge of a precipice, and before Nat could com e to the a ssi s tance of the sailor, both he and his enemy h a d plunged h e adlong down the awful abyss still clinging to eac h othe r with a deathly grasp. A wild shrie k a ros e upon the startled air as they left the edge of the prec ipice, and Nat's heart stood stin at the sound He h a d heard more than that fearful cry, for blended with it had come an appeal for help in the well-known tones of Frank Trafton. Nat turned a nd saw the lad struggling fiercely with the "Fear not, Frank," said Nat, hastily, "your secret is safe.'" "You have saved my life, said the other, turning to Nat a,nd taking his "You will still call me Frank?" "Yes." "And not ask for story yet?" "Not until you wish it." "When he I called father is no more, I will tell you all, and reveal another secret which I have tried, and almost in vain, to conceal." "The man is already beyond our reach." "Dead?" "Yes. .Then turni}\g to the others: "Let us haste away from this place," said Nat, "tolj my mind is not at ease, and I know not what may happen. We can have no nautical instruments but one compass, and only on8 frail craft to bear us four away." "But the Pole? said Job gravely So they once more went aboard the boats and sailed away. "The Pole is there, said the young hero, "and I am confident tha t I h a ve found it, but, alas! I have no proof to offer In support of my beli e f and should I d e clare to the world that I have accomplished .this hitherto impossible feat, I should only receiv e th e world s d e rision for my trouble. Farewell, bright dream; in the future you may return, but now, fare well. Through storm and tempest, sunshine and calm, the wanderers were wafted ov e r the o cea n till one day, when their provi sions and water h a d giv e n out for many hours, their sails torn and soil ed, t h eir boat badly leaking and threat ening to sink, they knew n o t how soon, the ever jovial Chucks espied a sail. A Norwegian wh a lem a n wa s out in his boats chasing whales, and the returne d explorer s were soon taken aboard the Bjorn and caled for with all the t e ndern ess that sailors know how t 'o show to distres se d mariners. * * * Nat and Frank stood upon the deck of an American vessel, returning liome to the beloved land they bad not seen in one whole year and more, and which at one time they thought they would never behold again Job and Chucks are upon the same vessel, but they are


NORTH POLE NAT. .. forward among the sailors at the present moment, Chucks telling yarns and Job gravely listening. Thanks to Frank's foresight in having them all provide themselves with money before leaving the Adventurer for the last time, they were by no means penniless when they at last set foot once more upon shore, the Bjorn returning at the end of September. Nat found an American vessel about to sail for Boston, and finding the c;aptain, he told his story, and offered to pay for his passage home. This the honest-hearted tar would not consent to, and Nat and Frank were once more installed in the cabin, the captain taking to them at once, and being intensely interested in the recital of thei'r adventures. "Nat," says Frank, this beautiful evening, "I promised once to tell you several things which seemed inexplicable to you." "Yes, my dear, you did; but you need be in no hurry about it." "First about the Esquimaux bringi? me back after they had carried me away." "That did puzzle me, I must own, for these fellows are not in the habit of doing things in that way." "The secret is just this: When they discovered that I was a woman, for I soon made them understand It, they Celj.sed their cruel treatment of me, and behaved as if I were a goddess." "They could not do enough to please me, for they said that there had been a white woman once who had been good to them, and they could never forget her. "For her sake they swore to do evetything in their power to make me h appy, and they. treated me with unusual kind ness; though they do have queer ways of showing it." Here Frank laughed such a soft and silvery laugh that Nat was forced to join in; it was infectious. He remembered the awkward ways of certain goodnatured Inuits he had seen, and he was obliged to laugh at the remembrance. "I had a fancy that this white woman was Lady Franklin," resumed Frank; "though, of course, I had no means of as certaining. When I told them that I to be taken back to the ship they consented, and that's how I came back. I could tell you then, for I had my secret to keep." "Cartwright must have been as careful as you, for he never gave me the slightest inkling of the case." "Do you know why? For years I have been a boy to all the world. There were two of us children, I and my brother Frank, but Frank died some five or six years ago." "Cartwright gave out that it was Charlotte that died, and as we were exactly alike, no one knew me from Frank, particularly when I assumed the habit of a youth. "We moved to a distance, and I was called Frank, and was supposed to be a boy by everyone. This is the reason: Frank was to receive a legacy of an enormous amount upon the death of some relative of Cartwright's. I was Fralilt, conse quently I would have the money. "I was forced to keep up the delusion, though it was hateful to me, and, as I tell you, for years I have been unsexerl. This wicked man so filled my mind with hatred of you and yours tl>at I was forced to consent to his plan of being avenged UJJOn\you. last I came to regard him with horror. He would not hesitate to take life if he could advance his interestfl thereby, and I knew that he and Jones bad a plan to either kill or abandon the captain, and seize the vessel. "You were to be sacrificed at the same time, and tJ;len we were to return and live in ease. I so bated the wretch that I avoided him as much as possible, and when. I got into your boat upon that last day of our stay on the Arctic Fox, it was so I might not be with him. "I knew when Tom told us of the' abandonment that be and Jones had had it planned beforehand, for I saw them whispering together just before we lowered, but did not think much of it at the time. "You could not know then bow thankful I was that I bad been with YOJ.l in the boat, although our lives were in such peril, for I loved you with all my heart, and yet could not tell it. "I feared that you would think me bold and reproach me for being tlae child of that man, but little by little I knew that you were too noble for that. And yet I was obliged to keep my secret. 1 "While you believed that I was a lad, I could be near you at all tUnes, assist you with what strength 1 had, and be a be loved companion to you. Once you knew me to be what I was, I feared that you would be embarrassed-would think me a burden; perhaps not love me as you'loved the 'dear little Franlt,' and I still kept my secret." "You know now you were mistaken, don't you?" For answer she turns her face to his and gives him a look full of tenderness and devotion, such as any man might feel proud to have bestowed upon him. * * The story of North Pole Nat is finished, and but a few lines remain to be written. Whether the silent sentinel o f the Adventurer still keeps his ceaseless vigil no one knows, and very likely no one will ever know, for Nat has given up his ambition of finding the northern limit of this, our globe. Established in a good business, with a loving wife and a group of merry children to make home pleasant, he cares no more to roam over the world, but remains just where he settled after his return, in busy New York. Job_ is a harpooner still, and will be until he dies, but he has had all of the Arctic Ocean he \rants, and always ships upon vessels bound for the Pacific or Indian Oceans. Mr. and Mrs. Chucks are as happy as two such jolly souls can be expected, the partner of the rosy felloW's joys being as merry as himself. Chucks is getting too rotund to go as a sailor now, and he has settled down as a ship chandler, at which business he makes a tidy little income, which he says is for his only son, a fine, manly fellow withal, thour.h somewhat inclined to obesity, whom he has named Nathan Frank Chucks-Nat's wife is still called Frank, and nothing else-after his oldtime messmate and constant friend, North Pole Nat. THE END. Read "THIRTEEN WHITE RAVENS; or, THE GHOSTLY RIDERS OF THE FOREST," l>Y Allyn Draper, which will be the next number ( 485) of "Pluck and Luck." "I was brought upon the Arctic Fox as cabin-boy, which you know, and was bade to watch my opportunity to slay you in some way, and thus clear off an old score. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly "I did not then know of the extent of .the man's wickedness, are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any nor the depth of his deceit, and in my anguish !tnd fear of newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by him I promised to do whatever he wished, believing you w be mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION a monster and undeserving of pity. I SQUARE, NEW YORK, you will receive the copies "Love for you conquered the fear I had for him, and at 1 you order by return mail.


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The picture is eight feet high, and r e presents the Ma donna and Child on a throne, with the figure s of St. John the Baptist and St. Nicholas of Bari on the left and right, re spectively. It ow a s its ehormous valuation, more than $350,000, to the fact that it is one of the b est-preserved s p ecimens of Raphael's work in existence. Boomerangs designed by Sir Ralph Pay ne Gallwey are be ing purchased just now for at society house-parties L a dies are taking t p the sport, which promises to b ec ome fa s h ionable. Skill and dexterity, more than strength, are r equire d for proficiency in boomerang throwing-hence it i s a recre ation just as well suited to ladies as tennis or arche r y The boomerang springs from the thrower' s hand wit h a hiss of fury, leaps high into the air, and then describes grace full y circle after circle until it returns to the thrower's f ee t. The exercise is a splendid one, as it brings. into play nearly all the muscles of the arms, legs and body. The emerald is mentioned by St. John in his Apocalypse. An emerald of inestimable value ornamented the bezel of the ring of Polycrates, King of Samos. That monarch, having been, all his life favored by fortune, determined to put hia luck to a severe test. He threw the ring into the s e a. The next day he went fishing. The r ecord of that day's sport s till remains unbroken. His Majesty caught a fine fish, and in the inside of the fish he found his ring. That h a ppened in the year 230 of the foundation of Rome, and the ring, c onsid ered as a talisman, was placed among the royal treasures of the Temple of Concord. If the fears of librarians are realized, the Congressional Li brary bas thousands of newspapers which are destined to comparatively short lives. These are publications for which paper made of wood-pulp is used. The old paper made of linen rags is practically indestructible. But with pape r made of wood-pulp, the case is different. The files of n ewspapers at the library that are but fifteen or twenty years old show the effect of time in the condition of the paper. Read ers who consult these newspapers are :painfully aware how careful they have to in order not to tear the page s as they tur n them. Light and air are the destructive elements that are playing havoc with the wood-pulp sheets. It is believed, by men who have made this matter a specialty, that within fif t y years the newspaper files of the present daY' can not be ac cessible to the public without great restrictions, on account of their fragile condition. The continent now named America has gone, at one time or a nother, b y a great many names. The notion that Colum bus h a d o f finding a westward passage to India by way of t he Atl antic is recorded in the names New India and India Occid ental, found upon old maps, as indicating the land dis c over e d b y Columbus. America .Mexicana was an old name of North Am erica, as America Peruviana was of South Amer L c a. Then Brazil was, for a time, the name applied to the Sou t h ern Continent. Finally, the origin of the name America J.,.as b ee n di sputed though the weight of testimony leaves prac ticall y no doubt that i t c.ome s from the Christian name, Amer igo Vespucci. Some early authorities, however, gravely con tend that the name came from the Peruvian word, Amaru meaning the s acred s y mbol of the cross, made of a serpent and a stic k, and the s uffix c a m eaning country. Thus de rive d A m e rica m eans the land of the holy animal. The nightingale favors some districts and shuns others. S c otl and i t do e s not v isit; but a centuy ago a patriotic Scots man trie d to establish t h e nightingale in that country. He commi ssione d a London dealer to purchase nightingales' eggs one shilling eac h being gi ven for them. These were wei pac k e d in w ool and sent to S cotland by mail-coach. A num ber o f m e n had prev iousl y been engagea to take special care of all r obin r edbreasts' n ests in pl aces where the eggs could be hatc h e d in safe t y The robins' eggs were removed and re plac ed b y those of the nightingale which were hatched and reare d by thei r foster -mothers. When full-fledged, the young nightingales s ee med p erfectly at home near the places where tl:ley fir s t saw the light ; and in S eptember the usual period of migration, the y departed. But the nightingales never re turne d to S c otland. It has b ee n suggested that it was not the climate t h ey o bjec t e d to, so muc h as the difficulty of ac quiring the ac c ent. OUR COMIC COLUMN. "I understand that Frailman has come to the conclusion to contest his wife s will." "Well, what is there courageous about that? She's dead, i sn't she?" '"The singer has made great strides in the profession, she?!' Yes, indeed Formerly, when she received an encore, she sang; now she usually smiles." "This necktie," said the polite salesman, "speaks for itself." "Speaks for itself?" r epeated the customer, as he took in the loudness of the design. I say that it positively yells." "Mamma," the little girl said, as the steamer excursionists stepped ashore at Joppa, "this is the Holy Land, isn't it?" Yes d ear." "These sailors don t know it. Just hear them swear. "When he saw the enemy coming he turned and ran. I call that cowardi ce "Not at all. He remembered that the earth is round, and he intended to run around and attack the enemy in the rear." Mother (returning sudqenly)-;-Gracious, children, what have you been doing? Why, the room looks like a hurricane had struc k it, and Willie looks like he had been through a thresh ing machine Tommy-Please, mamma, we have been playing Russian Douma, and Willie was the Czar. I An inspector inspecting a Canadian school was much wor ried b y the noise of the scholars in the next room. At last, unable to bear it any longer, he opened the door and burst in upon the class. Seeing one boy rather taller than the others talking a great deal, he caught him by the collar, carried him to his own room, and banged him into a chair, saying: Now sit there and be quiet." A quarter of an hou:.;. later a small head appeared around the door, and a meek little voice said: "Please, sir, you've got our teacher."


28 PLUCK AND LUCK. THE SORCERER'S WARNING OR, THE DREAM OF HAROLD THE BOLD. By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG. In all the Norse country there was no fairer maiden than Brunhilda, the daughter of the famed warrior Oswald the Red, whose mighty castle frowned upon the wide sea from a high cliff overlooking the deep fiord of Nordenskald. Brunhilda !tad suitors many, who came to her father's hall to sue for her favors. '""' But she remained heart whole and fancy free until slie met Harold, surnamed the Bold. Handsome and brave and noble Harold won her fresh young heart. But Oswald the Red was a st'ern old parent, and forbade Brunhilda bestowing her favors upon Harold. It was the old, old story. Oswald had in his mind's eye a suitor for his daughter whom he fancied better than Harold. This was his trusty lieutenant Osdrick. But Brunhilda had no love for Osdrick Her heart pined for Harold, and though it would be to leave her father and her home she told the brave young warrior that she would fly with him if he desired. But this elopment, though plm;meil, was not easily carried out. Oswald had forbidden Harold the castle, and now, sus pecting the lovers' plans, placed a watch upon Brunhilda. In vain Harold sought for intercourse with true love. This was denied them. Angered, he was resolved with true Norse spirit to win his bride, if not by pac!fic means, by arms, and at once gathered together some kindred spirits and concocted a plot to raise an lnsurrectiqn an'd overthrow the authority of Oswald the Red. But Oswald had a strong force in his employ, seven hundred retainers, hard fighting men, and his position in his castle was almost invincible. All that Harold could muster whom he knew he could de: pend upon was half that number. Yet, undaunted, he was about to try the scheme when a new and better plan seemed to present itself. There was to be a festival near the castle and all the people of the region about were to participate. It was the occasion of a religious anniversary and the Qhief. sages and harpists of the country would be present. Harold knew that Brunhilda would be present, so he planned to accomplish by strategy wh .at it had been his intention to accomplish by force. His plan was to disguise himself as a goat-herd and parti. ci pate in the dance. At a favorable moment he would make himself known to Brunhilda and they would contrive to escape in some manner. Thus attired, he set out for the scene of festivity when the uay came. But before he reached the spot he met a strange old man with bald head and loose, flowing robes. To Harold's surprise he accosted him. "Where goest thou now, Harold of the bold heart Ah, brave though thou art, thy time will come as other men." "What sayest thou, sorcerer?'' cried the young chieftain in surprise. "Is my disguise so easily penetrated theri..? I had better turn back." "Nay, only to my eyes," replied the aged magician quickly. "Go thy way, thou art safe. But great is thy future." "Stay!" cried Harold, tossing some gold pieces at the old man's feet. "Thou shalt give me assurance of that before I go further. Read my palm and tell me the truth." He extended his hand. The soothsayer bent over it a brier second, scanning lines eagerly. He passed his hand across his brow. "Thou in love and in war," he replied, briefly. "Ask no more. Go to her whose heart yearns for ye.'' "Praises on the good sorcerer," cried Harold, with light heart. "I am now sure of happiness." He went on his way and soon came to the festival. None knew him, and he entered into the dance. As he had hoped, he met and made himself known to Brunhilda. But Osdrick was there, and with eyes of jealousy watched the pail. He knew not who the daring goatherd was, but angered at his presumption in dancing with the Viking's daughter, he determined to administer reproof. Accordingly, unable to restrain his jealous rage, he strode forward and confronted Harold. "Ha, thou scurvy knave!" he roared, fetching the pseudo goatherd a vigorous cuff over the ear. "Take that for thy presumption. Begone, and seek the company of thy kind. Thou art not fit for this." Had it been really an humble goatherd whom Osdrick had struck the question would have been settled at once; but it was a nobleman of the Norse race, well mated for his blood and skill. In that instant beneath the indignity Harold prom'pt!y forgot his identity. wlth the bearing of a king he bore up and returned Osdrick's blow in kind. "Thou'lt dare strike me!" he roared. "Ha! I am worthy of thy mettle, as thou shalt soon find. Retract thy outrage, or by the soul of Thor L will kill thee! A mortal combat would have then and there taken place but for the interposition of the men-at-arms of Oswald. Harold, now revealed, was compelled to abandon his scheme of elopement with Brunhilda and retired discomfited and much disappointed. But the lion within him was now aroused. He was deter' mined at any cost to bring an army that should defeat Osdrick and win his bride for him. At once he sent the note of war through the country. From far and near brave men flocked to his standard. Harold was popular, and the Norse warriors liked to fight with him. But Oswald the Red, in his impregnable castle, only laughed at these preparations. He sent insulting IIUlssages to Harold and harassed him In every way that he could. But the young chieftain was patient and. satisfied to bide his time. One thing occurred, however, to disturb the mind of Oswald. One morning an old man with head shorn of hair and dressed in long, flowing robes, applied at the castle. It chanced that Sir Oswald was just riding forth. At sight of the sorcerer he threw him a hand full of gold and cried: "Well, soothsayer, what hast to say of my future? Does it not':augur well?" The sorcerer flung the gold back again, and, raising to his fullest height, he lifted one haqd up and cried: "I see thy dark future; Oswald, of the red beard! This is JllY warning. Heed it well. Thou dost stand in the light of thy own happiness. A viper is nourished in thy b osom, but an enemy shall help thee to conquer an enemy. Be prepared! Heed the warning! Before Oswald could recover from his surprise and question the sorcerer further, he had slipped down the cliff wall and was gone. He was too stern and prou-d to betray his real but the sorcerer's warning rankled deep in his breast. "There is a viper in my bosom," he repeated. "And an enemy shall help me to -:onquer an enemy. Strange! If there be truth in the sorcerer's words I must prepare for trouble. Yet 'tis very strange." From that moment a heavy weight was upon his mind. In vain he cogitated over the sorcerer's warning. He could not fathom it, neither could he set it lightl:Y aside. In the meanwhile Harold the Bold had been forming his band preparatory to an attack upon the castle. He sent a message to Oswald in which he declared his love for Brunhilda and also made a proposition to waive the attack and settle the. question as to who should have Brunhilda by meeting Osdrick in single combat. Whichever should be victorious should claim the hand of the Norse beauty.


PLUCK AND LUCK. At first Oswald thought well of the proposition, but Osdrick feigned ridicule and Oswald sent word back that he would himself meet Harold in combat. Before an answer could come back, a strange and startling thing happened to prevent it. Ifarold had a strange dream which puzzled him sorely. In his dream he seemed to be in battle. The foe pressed him hard upon all sides. l<"'or a time it seemed as if he must die, but suddenly there appeared over his head a white dove. Tremendous strength came to him and he beat his foes back. The scene now changed. He saw a mali sleeping on a couch. He recalled not the features save that they were noble and fair. A viper, malign and poisonous, crept over the sleeper's shoulder and seemed about to thrust his fangs into the vic-tim's face. 1 Harold's impulse was to crush the viper. For a time he seemed powerless, then strength came to him and he hurled the reptile aside. This act awoke him, and he was bathed in cold and clammy perspiration. So strange and weird was the vision that Harold believed it held some import and was resolved to know what it was. So at night witli a companion, one of his men-at-arms, he descended the cliff and visited the sorcerer's cave. Calling loudly several times, the sorcerer, with an oil-lamp in his hand, appeared in the entrance of the cavern. Shading the light with one hand, he said: "What wants Harold the Bold with me?" "Good sorcerer," said the young warrior, eagerly, "I have had a strange dream and have come to thee for interpretation." "Enter, good sir," said the sorcerer, leading the way into his cavern retreat. Harotd detailed his dream vividly. The sorcerer listened, then closing his eyes, said: "I can see now the wall of the future. Thy dream is easily construed, Harold. Thou wilt be pressed by thy foes. The white dove is victory. Thou shalt win . The viper is the foe of Oswald the Red. He it is whom Oswald has chosen as hus-band for his daughter." "Osdrick!" gasped Harold. \,Yes, his fangs are even now hovering above Oswald's head. He is a traitor. But have good heart, brave Harold. Thou shalt be given the power to crush the viper." "But in what manner?" began Harold. Enough," said the sorcerer, waving him from the cavern. "Leave that to Thor, the gad of war. But prepare for battle, not against Oswald, but a greater foe." Harold left the sorcerer's cave in a bewildered state of mind. "A greater enemy!" he muttered. "What can it mean?" The break of day brought explanation. In the fiord rq de slx ships, the fleet of Eric the Dauntless, who had come to do battle with Oswald and destroy his castle. For years a bitter feud had been waged between these two Vikings, and now Eric had come with a force which was adjudged sufficient to easily take the castle by storm. Learning that harold was also arrayed against Oswald, Eric sent messengers to treat with him. But Harold evaded this and' kept spies out constantly watching the action of the newcomers. He remembered the sorcerer's warning quite well. The result was that he learned of a clandestine meeting between Eric and Osdrick on the shore below the castle. The appearance of Eric on these shores was all due to the machinations of the treacherous Osdrick. The plan was for Osdrick to admit the men of Eric's band by a side gate and path up the cliff. They would thus take the garrison by surprise. Oswald would be killed, and Osdrick would be given the castle and Brunhilda, while Eric would despoil the country about. It was a traitor's game and ex cited the anger and contempt of Harold. He forgot his anger against Oswald and determined to baffle the treacherous Osdrick at any cost. Accordingly he cleverly disguised himself, and upon the night set for the surprising of the castle he applied at the gates, and claiming to be a spy, was admittf!.d to presence. Oswald in full armor was pacing the floor of a chamber overlooking the sea. Harold in his disgqise bowe!l before him and at once in the character of a spy disclosed the treacherous intentions of Osdrick. Oswald was astonished. "Impossible!" he cried. "Osdrlck is true to me. I will not believe it." "Wait," said Harold, shrewdly. "At the turn of the moon. to-night he will open the postern gate on the cliff and let Eric and his men in. Secretly have your men ptepared, and if It comes not true, then I offer you my bead as forfeit." "I will do it!" cried Oswald. Previous to this Harold had caused his own men to seek cover beyond the cliff, armed and in readiness to close upon the rear of Erif!'s men. Oswald with Harold by i1is side kept watch, and sure enough saw Osdrick unlatch the iron gate. Gazing down from a tower Oswald saw the men of Eric creeping up to enter the castle. At this moment Osdrick came Into the court stealthily. With all the anger of his fiery nature Oswald confronted him, crying: "Traitor! I !mow your base actions! I have watched you! No one can play false to Oswald a\1d live!" The traitor's face turned livid. But his sword leaped forth, and he cried: "It is false!" "It is true!" cried Harold the Bold, throwing orr b:ls disguise. "l saw you do it! !'Who ,are you?" hissed Osdrick. "I am the Bold." "Wbat, enemy?" gasped Oswald. '"No; your fneud," cried the young Norse warrior, w:th fervor. "But for me you would have this night been murdered In bed. Leave me to deal with this hound. Sound the charge, and victory shall be ours, or Harold the Bold gives up his life this night." The swords of Harold and Osdrick crossed. It was a swift terrific combat, but the sorcerer's prediction was true. Victor; sided with noble Harold, and he soon leaped over his foe's dead body to marshal the garrison and repulse the forces of Eric the Dauntless. The battle which foliowed was terrific. But Harold's forces closed In below, and Eric was killed, the greater part of his band taken prisoners and the ships seized. It was a mighty victory for Harold and Oswald. Right after the victory, and while the minstrels were sing Ing his praises as a true hero, Harold went to the sorcerer's cave to show him gratitude for his kindly predictions. But on his couch the magician lay de'ad. But the yotmg Norse warrior grieved as for a dear friend, and saw the sorcerer placed In a fitting grave and honor done to his memory. Oswald was not ungrateful to Hafold the Bold. Brunhilda became the Norse hero's bride, ami prosperity long rewarded the kindred of Harold and Oswald. Coney Island would not be complete without a few new thrills each season. Here is a brand-new one which will un doubtedly be seen here next year if completed too late for the present season. It is called the Avernus wheel, and its inventor claims that it combines all the sensations of the switchback, the roller-coaster and the loop-the-loop, all in one, with many additional and exhilarating features. The machine carries two large, irregular wheels on the same axle, and on each Wheel runs a car capable of seating twenty persons. A long moveable arm holds the cars on the track while the ir regular wheels are revolving. The speed can be regulated, and the most surprising varietie'! of motion are obtained. It is a new sensation for Coney.


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HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principles of sleight-of -hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand ; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of W*lially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. 'No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lus trations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Oontaining d e ceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjuror-. and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illutrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tric ks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricb of the d a y, als o the most popular magical illusions as performed by our: magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t w11l ooth amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explaine d by his form e r assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on stage; .also giving all the codes and signals. The onlJ authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BJJiCOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest a ssortment of magi cal illusions ever placed before the publi c Al s o tricks with cards. incantations, etc. N o 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TlHCKS.-Containing over one hundre d highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicala. Ey A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Oontaining over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians . Also oontain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW '1'0 MAKE ?tiAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. BJ A. Ande rson. Fully illust,-ated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinc many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 7.5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. '-Containin1 trteks w1th Dommos, DICe, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. EmbraciDJ thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLAOK ART.-Containing a eom plete desct 1pt10n of the myster1es of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together w1th many wonderful experiments. By A. A.ndel'IIOD. Illustrated . MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-i!lvery bo, how inventions originated. This book explains them all, giYII!g examples. in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumat1cs, mechamcs etc. The most instructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Oontaining full how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gl!l eer ; also for a model locomotive; together w1th a full descr1pt10n of everythmg an engineer should/ know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full dire ctions how to a Bfinjo, Violin, Zither, .iEoli!ln Harp, phone and other mus1cal mstruments; together w1th a brief scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern tim e s. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for Ttwenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. l'.o. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containln1 a description of the lantern, together with its history and inventi on. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. HandsomelJ' illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-ContainiDI complete instructions for performing over sixty Tricll:a. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVELETTERS.-A most eom plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIE.S.-Givinc complete in structions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters 1>f introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letter11_ for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE wonderful Jtttle book, telling you bow to write to your sweetheart, y.>Ur mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any! body you .wish to to. Every young man and every you111 lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CuRRECTLY.-(')oa taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject a.11o rules for pua9tuation and composition, with s,pecimen lettD


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