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I '-'name's" Latest and Bes t S tories are Published in This Librar y No. 29. {COMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 & 36 NORTH MOORE 8'1'REET, NEW YORK. New York, April 8, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. { l 'JtiCI!: } 5 CI>N'l'S. Vol. II Entered according to t h e Act of Congress, in the yeur 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.{!ice of the Librarian of Congress, at Wash ington, D a FRANK READE, JR.'S l GREA T ELECTRIC TRICYCLE, AND WHAT HE DID FOR CHARITY. By "NON AlVIE."


'2 FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. . GREAT TRICYCLE, And What He Did For Charity. \. ) By "NONAME," Author of'' Frank Reade, Jr.'s Latest Air Wonder the 'Kite'; or, A Six Weeks' Flight Over the Andes," etc. CHAPTER I. "Try to think up something in the bicycl6 line, YOUNG FRANX READE BUILDS HIMSELF .AN ELECTRIC TRI course. Don't go there like a common booby." CYCLE. Frank went to sleep that night after lying awake several THE bicycle craze catne several years ago, and has not hours, thinking over what his father had suggested. Whell gone away yet. It is still with us, and all sorts of bicycles he came down to breakfast the next he had a have popped up into popular favor. Bicycle clubs were head on him as if he had been up all night. organized all over the country, and many extraordinary "Why, you look like an old bum this morning, Frank,' feats were performed on some of them. So many miles in said his father, as he took his accustomed seat at the table a given time were heralded from city to city, and every;, Were you out late last nigh t?" body tried to beat the time as recorded. Never went out cf the house," was the reply. At last the various clubs in the country got up a national "Guess you sat up late," remarked his father, convention, to be held in the city of Chicago. Every club helped him to a slice of ham. was to send one or more delegates, according to the num"Want to bed at ten o'clock," said Frank, rubbing ber of members they had. eyes. Frank Reade, Jr., of Readestown, son of the famous His father looked hard at him. inventor, was then about nineteen years old. He had "I on my thinking eap last night, fathe already devl:lloped a wonderfully inventive genius. As the Fra1.k, Jr. "That's what's the matter with me. I've got reader well knows, he has since become so famous that all bicycle and tricycle on the brain." the world has heard of him. '' Oh!" and his father indulged in a hearty laugh. When he heard that the bicyclists were going to hold a "Well, what is the result of your thinking? I like to convention in Chicago he resolved to attend it. He had a see a man think to some purpose." splendid bicycle, which his father had made him a present '' I am going to try my hand on an electric tricycle," of on his last birthday, and had mastered the art of manag said the young hopeful. ing it. But there was no club in Readestown. Only a Frank Reade, Sr., opened his eyes in astonishment. half-dozen young fellows in the town had bicycles, and "You are getting quite elevated in your ideas," here-such a thing as a club had never been thought of. marked. "I can't go as a delegate," said Frank to himself one '' Yes-I am going to ride over that convf.lntion, right day, as he was thinking over the matter, "that's certain. up to the top of the heap." But I can go on my own hook, and I'll do it. I guess I ''All right. I like that ki"nd of ambition. Resolve to know as much about bicycles as any other boy." excel in everything you and if you don't succeed you ''Why don't you get up something new for the conven-will come pretty close to it. Have you got your plans all \ion?" his father asked him one day. "I wouldn't go arranged yet?" there on a regulation bicycle, just as all the others will. "No, sir. I've only got the idea. I shall go to work Get up something new-something that will make their on it after breakfast." heads swim and give you a name." "Well, when you want any assistance from me, either Frank, Jr., scratched his head, as if puzzled, and said: in the matter of money or advice, let me know." "'l'hat would be a good idea, father; but what shall it '!'hanks, father. I want to do it all by myself if I be?'' can."


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. "Tllat's right. Accustom yourself to rely on your own resources. 'l'hat is one of tile first lessons a young man should learn-and be should learn it well while about it." After breakfast Frank, Jr., went up-stairs to his room and went to work on llis drawing materials. He had a 1 table covered with drawings in a little while, and the drawings were those of a first-class hand, too. He inher ited the inventive genius of llis father, and he went to work systematically, as he bad seen his father do. In a couple of days he had the drawings completed, and submitted them to his father. Frank Reade, Sr., looked admiringly at them. '"rhey look beautiful, Frank," he said. So you are going to have a tricycle instead of bicycie?" "Yes, sir." "Well, the bicyclists won't let you in on that, you know." "Not as a member of the convention. But I don't care fot that. I'll have something that will leave them behind when they go parading round town." "Yes, that's the idea-son.ething that will beat 'em for speed, good looks, and splendid mechanism." "'rhat's it. I'll just take the shine right off of them, and show them that they can't leave me he hind." Father and son laughed over the affair for some time, and then settled down to the minutice of the drawing. "Two nickel:plated wheels 4 1-2 feet in diameter," saitl Frank, Jr., describing the drawing to his father, who hold the board in his bands, "four feet apart. Front wheels 2 1-2 feet high, six feet forward: electric battery half-way between rear and forward wheels, nndet driver's feet. l'wo piston-rods connect with elbowed axle and propel tho thing. Very simple, after all," and the young inventor laughed confidently over his plan. "Very good-very good indeed," said Frank Reade, Sr. ''Splendid idea. How many revolutipns to the min ute do you expect the driving wheels to make?" I don't know. Have not made any calculations as to the speed. But I am sure beating anything that will ) 3ppear at that convention." Of course, but you won't have any friends among them." Oh, I'll have friends enough when I show them what I caa do,'' and the young hero went to work on his machine. He had tile wheels made in Chicago-in fact, everything was made there under his supervision except the electric arrangement. That he and his father made in the home workshop at Readestown. When the parts were finished and ready to put together, they were shipped to Readestown, to Frank Reade, Jr., who received them and had them carefully unpacked at home. Barney and Pomp, the two faithful servants and followers of the elder Reade in many of his wonderful advent ures, were still with the Reade family. They were both ready at all times to aid the young inventor in any of his undertakings. By tlleir help young Frank soon had the electric tricycle up, and the electric battery in its place. The battery occupied a small space under the two arms that supported the forward wheel, about half-way between that and the rear wheels. Above it was a small platform for the rider's feet. Between the two big wheels was a seat somewhat like that of a gig or sulky, so common many years ago in the country. On either side of the seat, like tile armP "lf an arm-chair, were inclosed boxes in which the elbowb of the axle revolved when the tricycle was in motion. Each of the wheels had solid rubber bands an inch thick, which tilted into the gro.:>ve snugly, and causett tllem to give forth but little sound when running. Under the seat was an extra pair of bands and tools to be us.3d in case of accident, or anything getting out of order. There was also room fot provisions and any other thiugs one might wish so take along on a journey. Besides that a place where a large valise could be strapped provided. "'Oat's a mighty nice gig, Marse Frank," said Pomp, shaking his woolly head. "But I doan' know 'bout dat hoss." Ah, the horse is all right, t'omp," said the elder Reade, laughing. "Electricity can be controlled betteJ than some horses I've seen." "Mebbe so," said Pomp. "Dis heah chile doan' wanter go foolin' round no lightnin'. Dat liar electricity aiu't nuffin' but lightnin'. No ole hoss cain't kick like dat uglll'' and he gave a stmdder, as if the bare thought made him feel chi.lly. When everytlling was in its place, Frank, Jr., examined the cmnks that 1egulatcd the electricity, as well as the guide-wheel and brakes. He saw that they were in per fect order. Then he ordered the door of the workshop to be openid, so the tricycle could run out if be wished it to do so. 'l'hea he seated himself on the comfortable seat and turned on the electricity. The great driving wheels at once revolved, and the tri cycle moved gracefully out of the shop into the yerd. ''De Lor' GotTarnightyl" exclaimed Pomp, "dat beats all de buggies in de worl' for a fac' I" "Bed ad!" ejaculated Barney O'Shea, "it's the horseflesh as won't sell for a song when they see that thing, sure." "Dat's er fac'," assented Pomp. Young Frank rode round and round in the yard, making short curves in every direction, ar.d found that every joint in the machine worked smoothly. "Why, father!'' he in a gay humor, "it's as gentle as old Bob!" Old Bob was the family carriage-horse, as old as young Frank llimself. "Yes," said his father; "but it can kick a thousand times worse than old Bob; so you can't be too careful. Remember that electricity is nothing else but lightning, and that one shock will cause instant death." "Oh, I've arranged it so that none of it can get into the steel of the seat. It rests on non-conductors all round." Well, that was sensible." "But I can throw the current into every other part of_ it b.v tuming this little crank here," and he showed him the little silver-plated handle of the/ crank which controlled the terrible power in the little battery underneath. "All! That is a splendid guard. How did you come to think of that?" "Ob, I have an idea that some smart Aleck would like to run away with it at the convention. I'll just keep a


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. moderate current running round it-just strong enough to I Suddenly a rabbit sprung up and darted away. knock out a rascal or two. I guess nobody will get away I "Hip-hip-hurral" yelled Frank, ''I'll give you a race, with it while 1 am asleep." old cotton tail!" and he turned in pursuit of the fleeing Frank Reade, S1., laughed heartily at the idea, and timid creature. then suddenly looked serious. On finding himself pursued, the rabbit laid his ears back See here, my boy," he said. "You can't be too care-on his shoulders and got down to business. He stretched .ful with that thing. If any one should lose his life by it himself at full length at every leap, and went over the you would be lynched. Just look out what you are doing." green grass faster than he ever did before in his life. "Oh, I'll be careful, father. Don't worry about me," "Hi, hi, hi-go it, cotton tail I" yelled Frank at the top aud the young inventor went spinning around the yard of his voice, as he saw the rabbit doing its level best. again. But, go as fast as he could, the little animal saw that he His father watched him for I?O'mo time in silent interest, was being gained upon. His terror was unbounded. 'l'he and then said: rabbit is naturally a very timid c1eature. His only way '' I think you have hit it right, Frank, and that you will of saving himself from any danger is by flight. It's a fast create a sensation at the convention. You must not blow dog that can catch one of them in a fair race. any, however, but be as modest as you can." By and by Frank saw that the poor creature was weak" Why, father!" exclaimed Frank, Jr., "I haven't any ening-that his 1:1trength and wind were going. cheek, you know." Good-bye, cotton tail I" he exclaimed. "Take a drop Frank, Sr., looked at him ami smiled, saying: on yourself,,. and he turned off to the left, and let the rab" J guess you have enough to pull through on, my son, hit get away. only I don't want you to travel on it, that's all." ''Bully!" he exclaimed, in the highest glee. "I'd like "Oh, no danger of that. I'm going to travel on this to start up a deer and give him a race. Hanged if I don't tricycle awhile." believe that I can outrun anything on four feet. Why, His father smiled, and muttered something about his hello! I'm at least five miles from town! Whew! but that'a being a chip of the old block, and then turned and slowly fast traveling!" and he came to a full stop, and looked strolled back to the house. back toward Readestown, which could plainly be seen in "Pomp!" called Frank, Jr. the djstance. "Sail!" "That was a good run," be said. "1\luch better than "Open that gate." I ever dreamed of making. I'll take another run back, '' Gwine ter let her go, M!rse Frank?" and see how long it will take me to make it. I guess it's "Yes; I'm going to see what she can do." all of five miles back there," and he looked at his watch Pomp opened the gate that led out into the street. before making the start. Frank turned the forward wheel in that direction, and Then be turned on the electric current. The tricycle the tricycle passed out gently as an old family horse. moved off, gaining speed with revolution of the wheels, Readestown stood on the edge of a broad, level prairie, till he seemed to be fairly flying over the dead level of the which Rtretched southward some two hundred miles or green prairie. more. On, on he went, till he seemed scarcely to touch the Once in the streets, one could go many a mile without ground. reaching an elevation of ten feet. It was almost a dead '' Well, well I" he exclaimed. "This will make those level as far as the eye could reach. bicycle fellows green envy. They'll wish me in BaliOut on this dead level of prairie-land our young hero fax forty times a minute after I lay 'em all out on the grand Parade." resolved to try the speed of his invention. He turned in that direction and started for the edge of the town. The As he neared the village, be saw half a hundred boys small urchins in the streets caught sight of the strange and men there to welcome him. They made the welkin machine, and made a rush for it. ring with their shouts, for he had kept the matter a pro-"Hi, hi, bit'' yelled a dozen of them. ''Look at that! found secret from all his neighbors and friends. Give us a ride!" "Over twenty miles an houri'' he exclaimed, looking at Frank let on more electricity, and away the tricycle his watc!I when be came to a halt. "That'll do. I'm went at an increased speed. He held the steering crank satisfied. Come on with your bicycles!" firmly, and managed to dodge the small boys. In another minutfl he was out of the town, and bounding over the smooth level prairie. Then it was that he turned on a stili stronger current, and the effect was truly wonderful. The tricvcle darted forward with the speed of a deer. The wind made his hair stand out straight from his head. ' By George I" he exclaimed. "This beats the Reades town & Chicago Railroad I This must be at the !'ate of twenty miles an hour, and it isn't bet best, either." Away she went: the wheels making no more noise on the soft grass than the tread of a specter. CHAPTER II. THE ELE CTRIC TRICYCLE IN CHICAGO-THE PARADE 6F THB WHEELMEN. OF course the electric tricycle was the talk of the town. Every man1 woman, and child in Readestown had to see it, and they never seemed to get tired looking at it. Then all the youths and maidens wanted to ride on it. But that was impossible, for it was made to carry but one at a time, and Frank would not permit any one else to manage it. "It's a dangerous thing to meddle -.vith," he said. I 1


.. FRANK READ.lil1 JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. can t allow anybody else to touch it. Electricity is nothing naygur, till I bate th<:l hed off av yel" and he danced less than chained lightning, and if it sllould get loose, wih.lly around Pomp. good-bye to you." Oh, come off, Barney I" cried Frank, laughing till tears "But what are you going to do witli it?'' a dozen asked coursed down his cheeks. "What.'s Pomp got to do with at once. it? Tackle this tricycle if you want to get even." ; Ride on it," was the reply. "Bed ad, tl}in, it's me shillelah I'll take to that same," '' Oh!" and they all laughed. and he started to his quarters to get his Irish black I made it to beat those bicycle fellows," he added, after thorn. joining in the laugh with the crowd. Pomp and Frank fairly roared. ' And you can do it, too I'' cried one of the party. Barney turned and looked at them. He saw that the "Of course I can. I've done it already. No bicycle joke was on him in some shape, and thought it best to can keep up with me on this thing," and he patted the triaccept the situation. cycle as a trooper would pat his petted charger. But he was totally unable to appreciate the joke, and so 'fhe news was telegraphed all over the country that I he did not smile. He went to his quarters to make a Frank Reade, Jr., son of tlle famous inventor of the more thorough examination of himself, and find out where "Steam Tally-ho," and other wonderful pieces of mecllanhe was llurt. ism, had just invented an electric tricycle, propelled by The t ime came at last when Ft'ank had to set out for electricity, which, as the test proved, could make a speed Chicago in order to be on band when the convention con-of from twenty to thirty miles per hom. vened. He packed a valise full of clothes, and strapped That set all the bicyclists in the United States wild. it on behind the seat, ready to start at sunrise the next Telegrams came pouring in from a dozen States, admoming. dressed to Frank Reade, Jr., asking if he really had inThe distance from Readestown to Chicago was about vented an electric tricycle. He telegraphed to a Chicago three hundred miles. The country was lev el, and the roads paper, in answet to all, that he had sucll an invention on gocd at that season. Tllere were several rivers to hand, and had made twenty miles an hour with it on the but good bridges spanned all of them. prairie. "I guess I can make nearly as good time as the railThen letters came pouring in asking a thousand and one roads," said Frank, "if I don't make any mistakes and questions about it-whether he would sell it or make antake the wrong road, which any one is liable to do." other like it for pay. He kissed his mother and sisters good-bye, shook hands Of course he could not answer all the letters, and did with his father, Barney and Pomp, and then mounted the ,. not try to. Life was too short. tricycle. He busied himself practicing with it for two or three Juet as the sun was peeping above the horizon he Lurned weeks, so as to become expert in handling it. He war.tetl on the current of electricity and started off. The entire to be a perfect maste1 of it wten he went to Chicago population of Readestown had turned out to see him off. with it. They made the welkin ring wita shouts as he moved Oue day Pomp stood by the side of the tricycle, with away, and when they saw him make a spurt forge both hands on the wheel. ahead like a startled deer, they gave three times three and Frank elowly turned on a current of electricity, and the nex t moment a wild yell burst from the faithful old darkey, and he was knocked n e arly ten feet away. "Oh, Lor' sabe us l"' he groaned, as he pulled himself together again. "I'se done broke all ter pieces." ''Why, what's the mattet with you, Pomp?" Frank .asked, looking as innocent as a lamb. ' Dat lectric boss donekicked meter def, Marse Frank," he replied, rubbing himself all over to find out where he was hurt. "Nonsense I the thing hasn't moYed an inch in an hour. Has it, Barney?" "No, bedad. The naygur is afther being off his nut," and Barney, really not knowing what had hurt Pomp, c ame up and caught hold of the wheel just as Pomp haJ d one. A wild Irish yell resounded through the village, and Barney lay on his back near Pomp's feet, the worst scared man that ever lived. Pomp tumbled at once. A broad grin illumined his ebon face, anda. series of chuckles rolled from his thick lips that set Barney wild. The Irishman pulled himself together, and yelled: Whoop! 0'.lld Ireland foriverl Come on, ye black a tiger. The morning was balmy, the road level and free from stone. He went ahead at the rate of twenty miles an hour. The telegraph had flashed the news that he was coming. As he reached the first village, about an hour after his start, he found that they were expecting him. The ef(cited people comp,elled him to stop and let them see the won derful machine that made the best horse ashamed of himself. But he remained there but te6. ininutes. 'rhen he was off again, going faster than ever, trying to make up for the lost time. He made ten miles on a dead run without a check or turn over a smooth, level road. He met a num ber of teams, the drivers of wt.ich stood aghast at the strangest machine they had ever seen on the road. They stopped their teams, and gaze.d after the tricycle as long as it could be seen. When night overtook him he had made about one hundred and fifty miles, an average of about fifteen miles per hour, including s toppages. "It would have taken a horse four days to do that at ordinary rate of travel," he said to the landlord of the hotel where be put up. ''A bicyclist could do it in two days, perhaps. I am as fresh as when I started. '


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. '' It's as good as a railroad any fair day," said the land lord. "But how about traveling when the mud is heavy?'' "I don't know," was the frank reply. ''But I think it would beat the bicycles, anyhow." He left the tricycle standing in front of the hotel, where aome two hundred people were gazing at it. To protect it from meddlesome characters, he turned on a pretty good current of electricity, which charged everything except the seat. A very officious village oracle took hold of it with both hands. The next moment he was knocked all in a heap, as if a thunderbolt had struck him. A groan escaped him as he pulled himself together. "The electricity is loose," he said; "stand out of the way, boys." 'l'be crowd scattered, and the victim of officiousness stag gered into the hotel, madder than a wet hen. Why didn't you say the blamed thing was charged?" he fiercely demanded of the young inventor. Oh, you've been meddling, have you?" Frank asked. "Didn't you see a notice-' Hands Off'-on the tricycle?'' Yes, but--" H Well, you took your hands off, did you not?" "No. They were knocked off, and so was I. For two centR I'd knock your nose off your face." "I don't think you would find that a good investment," remarked the young inventor, who knew that he had the law on his side. The crowd laughed at the fellow, but kept away from the tricycle. They did not care to get knocked out as he had been, The next morning, bright and early, Frank was off. He intended to reach Chicago that night. The roads were gooJ, weather fine, and everything propitious. Every village he passed through hunaed and cheered h1m on his way. They had all beard of his famous father, and of this famous invention by the son. They saw him and his machine, and were satisfied. Out on the road about a couple of miles from a beautiful little village, he met a hunter with a pack of dogs. The hunter stood by the roadside to look at him as he passed. Not so the dogs. The full pack yelped and made a dash for the tricycle. The result was that one of them was run over and badly hurt. The hunter was furious. He yelled to Frank: "Stop, you young imp, and pay for that dog I" ''I don't want the dog." replied the young inventor. The enraged hunter leveled his gun at him, and cried out: Stop, or I'll fire "Blaze away!" said Frank, who knew that be was out of reach of the charge. Bang!" went the gun. Frank stood up in his seat and waved his hat at the irate hunter. The hunter swore like a pirate, but the young inventor went on his way rejoicing. People who saw bim go by rubbed their eyes and looked again, thinking they might have been mistaken. They saw him sitting quietly on the scat holding to the helm. The old farmers were the worst puzzled of all the men he met on the way. They could not understand how the thing worked. At last the city of Chicago came into view. Frank could see it many miles away. He knew where to go, for he was very familiar with Chicago. One cf the leading hotels was his stopping place, and thither he went. As be went along one of tbe great streets he had to slow up, as tast driving was not permitted. Hundreds of bicyclists had already arrived, as the convention was to meet on the morrow. Everybody was on the lookout for the electric tricycle. They had read of it in the city papers. None were more anxious or eager than the bicy clists themselves. Thus it happenerl. that a great crowd ran along both sides of the street, cheering wildly as the young inventor rode down toward his hotel. ''Hi, hi, hi!" yelled the small boy, running here and there and everywhere. Hyer she comes-the boss rig, cullies!" On reaching the hotel, the proprietm, who knew Frank and his father well, meL and took charge of him. "You have made a quick trip, Mr. Reade," he said to the young hero. "I hope you are n()t much fatigued?" "Oh, I'm all right. Never felt better in my life. Give us a good supper, for I'm as hungry as a wolf." Having charged the tricycle so as to keep meddling hands off, he left it in the charge of the hotel stableman, and went in to supper. A crowd rushed round to the stables to see the tricycle. In less than five minutes half a dozen smart Alecks had been shaken out of their boots by the electncity. Of course no one dared touch it after that. "But how does he stand the shocks?'' a curly-haired dude of the bicyclists asked. Oh, be knows his business," said another. "He isn't afraid to leave it out all night. Nobody would steal the thing." ' Well, I guess not,., said another. '' It caR knock out any thief in the United States." Many of the to the convention saw the tricycle, and then naturally desired to Ree the young inventor of it. When they tried to get at him, they found that he was the sensation of the hour. Bicyclists who had made a great deal of noise at home naturally expected to be the heroes of fine records at the convention. But they were doomed to bitter disappoint ment. 'l'his young inventor, who was no bicyclist at all, was all the rage. He laid them all in the shade with his beautiful tricycle. Two young men from Cleveland, 0., named Conrad Spreckels and John Harrison, both amhit.ious sons of rich fathers, and expert bicyclists, were ve1y pronounced in their opinions. "This is not a tricycle crowd," said Spreckels to a party of bicyclists. "We have nothing to do with tricycles. Our convention is to be held in the interest of wheelmen. Let young Reade and his nondescript machine alone." "That's what I think," said Harrison. What's the tricycle good for? It doesn't develop any muscle, nor re quire any skill to work it. There's no balancing to be


l FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. 7 done, nor propulsion. It gives no exercise, either. It makes me tired to hear some men talk.'' Bah I ] ''What do you mean by interfering with our parade 1 sir? Your conduct is not that of a gentleman." "But have you seen it work?" a timid bicyclist asked. '' No. I've seen tte thing, though, and know just bow it goes. That' s enough for me. As for traveling, I use the railroads when I wish to go anywhere." "Yes, but if the x:ailroad doesn t run where you want to go, this tricycle is j uet the thing." "Bah! That's all you know about it. I can go any where I wish on my wheel." Yes, that's so," chorused a dozen bicyclists at once. "He isn't a delegate nuhow. We 've got nothing to do with him," said one. ' He is going to try to get into the convention, at any rate," said another. '' Well, he won't get in," Spreckels declared, with a good deal of emphasis. ''That he won't," remarked Harrison. "We don't want anybody but bycyclists, and won't have em." Such was the subtle influence of jealous envy, that when the convention opened the next day, in one of the largest "Who the blazes are you?" demanded Frank, lookin g the irate wheelman full in the face. "I am Landy Larrigan, President of the Wheelm en's Convention, aLd I think--" ''You can t think with such a head as yours," retorte d Frank, interrupting him. "There's nothing in it to think with. If you don't clear out, Mr. Landy Larrigan will be landed on his head, for I will run over him with my little tricycle." Landy Larrigan dared not provoke a difficulty with him on the street, as he well knew the mob would be against him; so he hissed: "I'll see you after the paraue, and have satisfaction." ''Yes, do," said Frank, moving on in the even tenor of his way. At last the procession ended, and Frank returned to his hotel, to receive the plaudits of all who admired inventive genius, comag e and pluck. halls in the city, not one of the seven hundred wheel men had CHAPTER III. the courage to propose that he be admitted to a seat. THE CHALLENGE TO A RACE-THE START. But the young hero was laughing in his sleeve all the THAT evening the hotel was crowded with excited wheeltime. He did not ask to be admitted. He attended as a men. The citizens were laughing at them, and ridicule is spectator, and when he entered the hall every man woman something difficult to bear. and child gazed upon him as if he had been the conqueror of Landy Larrigan was furious. nations. They stood up on their seats to get a good look He wanted to see Frank Reade and pull his nose. at him. "Yes, sir--pull his nose, sir," be said, very pompously The bycyclists were gteen with envy and jealous rage. "He insulted me on the street. I'll pull his nose fot him 'l'heir glory had departed. the upstart!" It had been published in the papers that the wheelmen ''You had better make your will disposing of your wheel would parade through the streets in the afternoon. All before you do," remarked a gentleman standing by, "for the ladies were going to turn out to see them. the young genius is a good shot, and not afraid of anything Frank resolved to ride over the ground about one block in the garb of a wheelman." ahead of the procession, and take all their thunder from "What have you got to do with it?'' Larrigan asked, them. snceringly. At the appointed hour the procession moved. It was "Notl1ing whatever, except a natural disposition to a beautiful sight. Every bicycle was nickel-plated, tl.ash warn a man of his danger '' replied the stranger. ing in the sunlight like burnished silver. 11 When I want your assistance I'll call for it, sir," reWhen it bad moved a couple of blocks the electric tricyturned Larrigan. cle started at the rear end and rushed past every wbeelman 11 Then you may not get it," was the quiet reply. till it reached the head of the Just then young Reade came down-staits into the grand At the first glimpse of it the multitude became perfectly rotunda of the hotel. Larrigan made a rush for him. uproarious in applause. "Here, you young whelp!" he cried, "YQU in--" Hat and handkerchiefs were swung in the air, and the Whack 1 went Frank's fist on his nose, and the irate welkin rang with cheers. And when the young inventor wheel man staggered back into the arms ')f one of his friends. waved the American flag and bowed to the people be car "Was it me you called a whelp?" Frank asked, very ried their hearts by storm. coolly. There was a rush to keep up with him, as everybody Of course a tremendous excitement resulted. wished to watch the graceful movements of the silent rna-Wheelmen and citizens rushed to tbe foot of the stairs chinery of the tricycle. No one s;;.emed to take aay notice where the meeting took place. of the bicyclists, and that fact made some of them turn The wheelmen were savage. green with envy. They wanted to mob the young inventor on the spot. Btit the young inventor seemed to take it all as a matte1:But Frank drew his revolver, and dared one of them to of course. He led the procession over the published advance upon him. route, keeping just one block ahead of them, carrying an "You are all a set of cowards!" he exclaimed. "I enormous crowd with him, which gathered numbers as he have as much right to come here with my tricycle as you progreEised. had to bring your little bicycles. You are mad because At last the leader of the wbeelmen forged ahead, and you are left. If you had any sense you would f\CCept th e riding up alongside of the tricyclA, demanded; l!!ituation and make the most of it."


''That's sol" yelled a citizen. "Hurra for the plucky I Even the good people in the churches became in, .. .... ,.,,, .. / little inventol'l" as t .he stakes, no matter wli" ell won, were to be given to a The vast crowd nearly raised the roof with cheers. charity institution designated by the winner. Scores of men rushed up to Frank, and offered to stand by Of course, all the betting men became interested, as it him in a fight. would be the biggest race ever known . "Oil, there won't be any fight," he replied, as he saw Rpreckels and Harrisofl had splendid records with the Larri;5an led away by a party of friends. bicycle. 'l'he excitement subsided for awhile, till Spreckels and But the records were made in rinks. How they couhl Harrison, the two leading wheelmen of Cleveland, ran do on ordinary country roads a distance of over 1,200 across Frank in the reading-room. miles, was another question. Frank had trll.,veled 300 miles "I say, Reade," called out Spreckels, in a boisterous in two days, and said he could have done bette1 if the tone. "That tricycle of yours is a fraud.'' emergency had called fo1 it, which it did not. "Is it, indeed?" replied Frank. The next day after the challenge, the t!1ree young men "Yes. It can't stand the test with a good bicycle." put up tile money and signed the articles of agreement. "Oil, it can't, ell?'' They were to follow the main public mads running south "No. That kind of machinery will do for a spurt of a toward the City, and pass through the towns and day or two, and then it gets out of order, or goes to villages in a public manner, so that tile people could see pieces. A fine race-horse can make pretty good time in a them. spurt, but a man can start out on a six days match and kill Fmnk was to forfeit the $2,000 to a charity institution him deader than a smoked herring." to be designated by the winners, if be failed to reach New "That's true as to the hmse," said Frank, very quietly, Orleans forty-eight hours in advance of Spreckels and "but not true as regards the t1icycle." Harrison. The one rode on any vehicle other than "Well, as to that, there is a difference of opinion." bicycle or tricycle during the trip was to be declared out "I don't know where the difference is," said Frank, "as and forfeit his stake. The crossing of a river on a fel'l'y the people of Chicago seem to be unanimous in their opinboat was to be allowed. ion." After the agreement had been signed, the sporting men "Oh, the mbble I" and the yomg aristocratic wheel man everywhere began to put up thei1 money. The odds were sneered. We don't want their opinion." largely in favor of the tricycle in Chicago and Northwest '' 01' course not-unless it is in yom favor. Now, see ern towns. In Cleveland, tho home of the two bicyclists, here, sir. I've heard 11. good deal of talk from you wheelthe betting was even in favor of the two champions. meu iince yesterday. I am a wheelman myself-as much 'fbe sta1 t was to be made in one week from the date of so as any of you; have a splendid bicycle at home. I got the agreement. 'l'he map of the route was agreed upon up this thing as a diversion. A man with a tricycle is as and puhlished, uaming every town and village through much a wheelman as the bicyclist. I am going to make which they were to pass. von shut np or put up on a race to New Orleans. I will Frank had written to his father, giving him all the put up $1,000, to be given to a charity institution, against points. 'l'he elder Reade regretted that Frank had given a like amount, if I can't beat you two day.s in reaching the the challenge, cut as be bad done so he wanted him to Crescent City." win. So much was he interested that he maLic a run down '' Oh-oh-oh !" laughed the wheel man. '1 Can you put to th e city to see anLI counsel with his plucky boy. up the money, young man?" The Bicyclists' Oonvention adjourned the next day after "Oh, yes. 'l'be proprietors of t2is house will cash my the challenge was made, so that but few remained in the check on my father." city to see them off. ''Well, I'll take that bet. How much forfeit can you "My son," said Frank Reade, S1-., to his young name put up now?" sake, "you have gone into this thing without any idea of ''As much as you can. Come to the desk and put up." the danger of it.,_ 41 I'll put up $100 forfeit, and put in $900 more to-mor"Danger! Why, father, where is the danger?" row," said the Cleveland wheelman. "Ah! you may well ask that question, my boy. Don't "All right; come to the desk," and Frank led the way you know that betting men in almost every city in the t o the cashier s desk, followed by an eager, excited crowd. United States are risking all theit money on one side or the I say, Reade!" called out Hanison, "won't you cover other of this race?" another thousand of mine?'' "Yes, I had heard as much. But what of that? I ' Yes; come on." t don't see any danger in that." 1 A t the desk Frank wrote out a checkon his father for ''Of COUI'Sfl ycu don't. You haven't had experience $ 2 000, and handed it to the cashier, saying: enough in the world yet to look at things ftom every "Post $200 for me now, and forward that check tostand-point. Suppose the gamblers who have staked their morrow." money that you will lose should see that you were about to The cashier knew Frank' s father well, and promptly in\ win? What would they do? Why, they would do everydors ad the check, putting up the $200 against a like amount ( thing in their power to keep you from winning. They by Spreckels and Harris on. 1 would hire men to detain you, club you, maybe kill you, It was soon over, anrl the news flew all over the city in I or break the tricycle--anything to keep you from winning. a few hours. The excitement increased to a while heat.. There's where your danger liP.s." { \ I I


l!'RANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. Young Prank was astonished. "I must confess that I never thought of that, father," he said, alter a minute or two of silence. But won't the other lellowii have to run the same risks?" 1 Hardly." "Why not? More men have bet on my success than theirs." Because there will be a pair of them and only one of you. They will be a mutual protection concern; besides, in various towns bicyclists will mount their wheels, and accompany them many miles on their way. There are no tricycles to keep you company. You will have to go it alone." "Yes, I see how it is now. But I won't back an inch, fatJ1er." '' I don't want you to, my son," the elder Reade. "I want you to go in and win. Stand by your own in vention always, and back it up. But you must go well armed, and be always suspicious. Keep your eyes and ears open. I shall send Barney and Pomp all the way down ahead of you by rail, with inAtructions to sec you pass through a town all right, and then take a train for the next town." ".A.h! tlia\'s a good idea, father. I am glad you thought ef that." I thought it a good thing to do, but the matter must be kept a profound secret. They will keep up a bright lookout for you, and give you a helping hand, if needed." "rrhat was a lucky thought ol yours: father. When will they start?" '' .A. bout the same time that you do. There will be no danger till you get way down about Memphis. By that time it will begin to appear which will win. Then the danger will begin. Barney and Pomp will meet you at St. Louis, and next at Memphis. After that they had better meet you at nearly every little town you pass through." Father and son then held a private about finances. The elder Reade told him to be cautious about displaying any money at the hotel:; on the route. "You can have no idea how much excitement is going to g1ow out of this thing, my boy." "I shall not forget a word of what you have said to me, father." "That's right. Now let's go to bed, for I am going back home to-morrow on an early train." They retired at a late hour, but were up in time for Reade, Sr., to catch his train. When the day for the start came, there was much more interest manifested than when the Bicyclist!3' Convention met. Thousands of men women and children lined the to see them off. Frank had taken time to make a little addition to his tricycle. He arraged a large umbrella to be used in case of a violent rain-storm, or to shield him from the rays of the hot Southern sun. It was evident to the spectators that the bicyclists would have to take every storm that came along, as they could not hold umbrellas and guide their wheels at the same time. They might do 1:10 in a rink, but not in hard travel inp:. J'rank had a well-packed valise strapped behind hii seat, and in the chest underneath was a complete set of tools, rubbers, etc., in case he should have need for any of them. At high noon they were to start at a signal given by th mayor of the city. "Gentlemen," said the mnyor, just five minutes befor starting time, "you are about to stnrt on a long journey,;_ You have my best wishes for a pleasant one. Millions oi' our people will watch your progress, for they are fond of such sports. You are wo1king for sweet charity. Let that fact promote good fellowship and kindly feeling among you. Time is up, gentlemen. Good-bye, and good luck to you." '!'he mayor gave the signal, and they were off with a bound for the greatest bicycle race the world had ever seen. .A. score of wheelmen escorted them some ten miles on their way. .After that they were left to pursue their wa; alone at their leisure. "Well, we are in for a long journey," remarked Frank as he kept even pace with them for several miles. Yes," said Harrison, and we are going in to win." "I guess not." "I guefiS yes. You made a mistake when you made that challenge. We expect you to forge ahead of us way be as much as one day. But you can't gain two days on us. Oh, no. We are moving along all the time in the same di1ection. Just chalk it down that we are going to win, and make up your mind to bear it meekly," and the two bicyclists heartily as they moved swiftly along over the level country road. ''I am glad you fellows feel good," said Frar.k. '' You have the advantage of me in having company all the way. I shall have a very lonesome trip of it." Wei!, it is your challenge." "Yes, and I am going to win the race. I am off," and with that he turned on a strong current of electricity that sent the tricycle flying along t he road at railroad speed. In a few minutes he was a couple of miles ahead, and still gaining-going at the rate of over twenty miies an hour. Looking back, he waved his hat at them, and then set tled down to steady work. ''I'm bound to win, he saiu to himself, ''if I don't meet with any accident. To prevent that, I shall be extremely careful. I don t believe they can average over ten miles an hour. I know I can't average twenty, but I am going to get as near to it as possible. Ah 1 if I have such a road and snch weather as this I shall have no difficulty about it whatever. Fortunately, there are no mountains in tha Mis sissippi Valley. There may be some overflowed lands in the way, but whatever stops me will stop them." In an hour or so l1e struck the first village after leaving C'hicago. The people were all out on the streets for him. 'l'hey received him with round after round of cheers. He bowed to them, and sloppeo just long enough to get a drink of water from a lovely "Rebecca at the well." Then he pushed on, and in a few more minutes was ou of sight of the villagers, who turned to watch and wait fo: the coming bicyclists.


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. They came along in due time, looking red in the face from hea.t and exercise, but hearty, strong and hopeful as ever. They, too, stl)pped for water. They needed it more than Frank did. But they stopped for only a couple of minutes nod then pushed on. 'fhey were determined to lose no more time than was absolutely necessary. Village after village was passed, and great crowds greeted the plucky young inventor at every place. They bad read all about the challel\ge in the papers and the causes that led to it. Their sympathies were with him be cause of his youth and indomitable pluck. When night came :Frank had made about one hundred and thirty miles. As it was a bright, starlight evening, he resolved to push on to the next village, about twenty miles further south. The road was goou. He could not lose his way, so he lit his head-light lantern, which threw a btilliant electric light nearly one hundred yards in advance, show ing the road as clearly as at noonday. B:>ys," said an old railroad engineer, when he saw the little electric headlight, "you may bet on that lad's winning. He's too smart to get left. He can travel all night if he wants to," He did not make as good time in the evening, for fear of accidents. But he made the twenty miles in about one and one-half hours. ( The peopl e at that village did not expect him to arrive till the next morning, hence, his sudden appearance at the little tavern created great excitement. The news of tis arrival fle w like wildfire, and in a half-hour's time the tavern was crowcled with people anxious to see the young hero and his won'derful invention. As he was a youth of but nineteen, all the young girls were anxious to see him ancl make his acquaintance. He was good-looking, with bright, sparkling black eyes, and roguish expression when he laughed. The girls all de him "too cute for anything." As he enteied the tavern, be left the tricycle standjng outdoors, in front ot' the house. 'l'he landlord received him with great cordiality when he introduced himself. "Why, we didn t expect to see you before some time to morrow forenoon!" he exclaimed. '' Oh, I mean business," said Frank, laughing. "No snail-paces for me. The other fellows will be along to morrow." "I want to see that machine. Where is it?" it is out there. But don't touch it." course not," and the landlord took a lantern and went out to inspect it. Tho few loungers present went out to help him clo it. Others came flocking around, and as the crowd increased, ]'rank went inside and asked for sup per. The landlady and her two pretty daughters soon had a wt supper on the table before him. One by one the village laidens carne in to get a look at him, till pretty soon the oom was half filled with them. Frank laughed. He began to realize that he was quite a lion among them. "Why, one ought to feel flattered in such sweet com pany," he said, as he looked around at the rosy-cheeked maidens, "and I assure you I do. I am sorry you cannot see the tricycle in the day-time, as I am going to start daylight to-morrow moming, when every pair of pretty eyes will be closed in sleep.'' "My eyes will be wide open to see you go by," said a pretty little curly-headed miss of sixteen on his right. He turned and looked at her, and exclaimed: "All! I shall feel proud to know that. Will you shnke hands with me?'' "Yes, sir;" and a pretty little brown, dimpled hand was laid in his. Of course Lhat led to a general hand-shaking all around But he had not shaken hands with half the young ladies in the room, when he heard a yell outside among the ml'!o. followed by a general laugh by the crowd. "Oh, mercy!" exclaimed one of the ladies, ''what can the matter be?" "I guess some one has received a shock from the tri cycle," said Frank, in a smiling humor. You see, if I didn't turn on the current of electricity to keep them off they would ruin it. J!verybody wants to climb up on it, or handle it in some way. But when they get a shock that nearly knocks them silly they Jet it alone." ''Dear mel how I would like to see it!" said one of the ladies. "So you may. Come out in flont of the house." And he led the way out to where nearly one hundred men and boys were gathered around the tricycle. Just as they assembied on the piazza a drunken man stag gered up and caught hold of the wheel with both hands. He received a shock that rattled every bone in his body and caused him to let out a yell that almost created a punic among the ladies. He staggered backward and t'ell into the arms of one of the by-standers, all of whom roared with laughter. When tie recovered his wits he to swear like a pirate. He was t.he maddest man ever seen in that village. While he was pouring a stteam of sulphurous language on the heads of the crowd, a dog came up and passeJ between the spokes of one of the wheels. He, too. caught the current, or, rather, the current caught him. He gave a yelp, and sprung into the crowd, a!'l it shot out of a cannon. With a series of ki-yi's, he rushed for horne like stt-eak ol lightning. Then the swearing turned into raughing. The dl'Unken man was sobered completely t-y the shock. He hadn't been as sober for months. He laughed at the dog till he cried. "Ha, ha, hal" he chuckled. "Me and the dog! Both caught it! Good thing ter knock 'em out with." As he had to make an early start in the morning, our young hero retired to bed at an early hour, after having phlced the tricycle inside the house. He was up before daylight the next morning, and was surprised at seeing so many up to see him off. After eating a hearty breakfast, and shaking hands with all present, he mounted his seat and was off like a flash. He had consulted a country map as to the various roads that diverged from the main route, to make sure that he did not take the wrong Thus armed, he lost no time on the way. Such was the good condition of the roads in


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. that section, that ere the sun rose that morning he had made about twenty miles. He passed through two villages without stopping, the people who saw him cheering him as he went by. He waved a flag over his head in response to their cheers, and went on. By noon he had made over one hundred miles, and stop : ped at a small town to take a dinner which had been prepared in anticipation of his coming some time that day. CHAPTER IV. FRANK MEETS WITH MANY ADVENTURES ON THE ROAD. As at other places, the people had a great curiosity to see him and his wonderful tricycle. Nearly every man and boy had a desire to take hold of it. None of them got a good grip on it, though. The eleqtric current knocked some of them silly, and then the crowd would yell with de light. ''Say, Reade," cried a lawyer, who had just received a shock that made his bait stand up straight, bow do you manage to keep from getting a whack now and then?" ''By being on my guard all the time," was the reply. "But I don't always escape. I got a complete knock. down a day or two before I started." "I am glad to hear it," said the lawyer. "I like to see the biter bit now and then." '' Oh, you want satisfaction, do you?" F1ank asked. "No, I've got it already," and then both laughed and shook hands. "You see," said Frank, "I have to charge it with a current of electricity whenever I dismount in ordet to make sure that no one steals it, or that meddling foola don't in j ure it." After eating a beat-ty dinner, the young hero mounted the tricycle again and moved on southward. A halfdozen \ young men had meuntea fleet horses for the purpose of giving him a hard race over three miles of a wide level road. '' Oh, there's !0 use running against horse-flesh," said Frank. ''A horse can't keep up his best speed very long, yon know. My horse can run all day without once getting winded." "We'll give you a trial for three miles, anyhow," said one of them. "All right. But don't get in my way. If one of your horses should run against the tricycle while it was going at full speed, he wonld be instantly killed." The deuce I" Yes, for the electricity is then simply unchained lightning." Well, I'm glad you told us that," said one, for we might have run against you. But you can bet I'll give you as much of the road as you want." l "So will I,'' put in another. "No lightning for me, if yon please." In a little while they were ready to start. ''I'll go ahead," said Frank. '' Your horses raise too much dust." Go ahead, then. We'll soon show you our heels." Oh, you will, eh I Well, come on," and the tricycle started otf. The half-dozen horsemen dashed after him with a tre mendous clatter. The road was a fair one, and our young hero had a fair swing. He let out plenty of electricity, and tl.:e tricycle went spinning over the gl'Ound at a fearful rate of speed. Everybody cheered, but in just two minutes the tricycle was out of town going like lightning. The horses did their best, and they were all good horses, too. But as Frank had sairl, they had not the staying powers of electricity. 'l'hey were soon left behind. At the end of three miles they were fully a quarter of a mile behind the tricycle. Frank did not stop to say anything to them. He had no time to lose, so he kept at the same rate of speed. "I may as well keep this up as long as the road is so good,'' he said to himself. ".After awhile, I may strike some bad roads where I shall have to go Rlow. Hello! Here comes ar, old-fashioned family concern." He saw ahead of him, an old spring wagon with a farmer, his wife, and half-dozen childten in it. It was drawn hy a horse that had evidently spent his life in very hard work, with but scant rations i.n the feed-trough. But old and poor as he was, the old horse had a good deal of life in him. Re pricked up his ears as he saw the tricycle coming, and began to dance about the road as if he had very decided objections to meeting it. "Whoa, go! darn yer I" cried the old farmer, sa wing a way with the reins as if be would split his mouth to his ears. ''What's the matter with yer, eh ?" "Oh, papa1 look!" cried one of the children in the wagon, as the tricycle passed them like a flash. The old man didn't have a chance to look. The old horse gave a snort of terror and turned square off to the right, making such a short turn that the entire family was upset into the middle of tl:!e road. Frank heard screams of women and children, mingled with some pretty hard words from the old man, and then he was too far away to hear more. "Sorry it happened," he said. "Hope none of them were hurt. I'll bet that old horse hasn't cut up like that before in ten years. Hello! There goes a dog! I'll give him a scare." He put for the dog with a yell. The dog looked back and something coming, and at once took to his heels. Frank yelled again. The dog lowered his tail and got down to business. He actually cut a hole in the air, so fast did he run. But the tricycle gained on him in epite of his speed. Then he shied off and got into the grass of the prairie, hoping his pursuer would keep on in the road. But Frank knew all about the prairie, and went after the dog, yelling at the top of his voice. By this time the dog began to think some Nemesis was after him, and uttering a terrorstricken yelp he got down clos-erto work. Ki-yi-yi I" "Whoop-tigerr-r-r I" screeched Frank, running the tricycle up close to the dog's tail. Then he watched a chance to bring the current forward when in contact with the canine's caudal appendage. The electric current was strong, and the moment the connection


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRI::::YCLE. was made the dog sprung several feet in the air with a '' Look hyer, mister I" exclaimed one of the min, ''how horrible screech of pain and terror. many hogs will yer take for her?" A pond of water, covering several acres of ground, was 1 '' Ob, I wouldn't sell her for all the hogs in that drove," a few hundred rods away, and the dog, with splendid I said Frank. reasoning instinct, made for it. On reaching it he plunged Then they stared again, for there were about $18,00G in, and boldly struck out for the other side. worth of pork in the drove. "Ha, ha, ha I" laughed Frank, as he on the 'l'hey looked at the young inventor, and asked: edge of the pond. '' 'fbat was a cute dodge for a dog. He Wbar did yet get her?'' knew I could not take water like that. He won't forget Made it mysP.lf:" the close call he bad, though. Hanged if I wouldn't give The deuce I" ten dollars to hear him tell the other dogH about it. If he "Yes." tells the truth about it he will do better than a good many "How does she run7" ld d H d f h d "By electricity." men wou o. ange 1 e 1sn t a goo s w1mmer. He watched the dog till he reached the other side ef the "Elec-what?" pond, and saw him shake the water from his dripping "Electricity-lightning, you know." sides as he looked back to see what h'l.d become of his "But I don't know," and the big drover scratched bii! strange pursuer. head and appeared considerably nonplused. "The rascal isn't such a dog-gone fool after all," said He knew nothing about electricity. He had spent all as he turned round and made his way back toward his lif-e raising hogs, and cared for nothing else. road. "Wal, now," he said, coming up to the tricycle, "!bat Once he looked back and saw the dog lying down and beats me all hollow, au '-oughl'' nting, as if he really enjoyed the rest. He caught bold of the big wheel, and Frank turued on a Out in the road again, the young hero put on n full curpretty good current of the subtle fluid, which gave him of electricity, and let her go at her best. such a shaking np as he had never received before in all "By George!" he exclaimed, "if anything should get his life. He sprung several feet away and pulled himself out of order at this rate of speed it would be worse than a together, eying our hero suspiciously the while. ad smash-up. It must be at least a twenty-five mile "Wha-what was it?" he gasped. I couldn't do tllis on a rough road." "That was the electricity. You got a shock, did you The road was splendid for many miles, running through level prairie country. Houses were passed every few and men, women and children stared in operi. wonder as the strange vehicle whizzed by. At last he overtook a drove of hogs, which a half men were driving down to St. Louis to be slaughter for market. There were about 1,000 hogs in the drove, and they blockEld up the way very effectually, on account of fences on both sides of the road for a number ot miles in section. "By George!" muttered Frank, as he took in the situa-1 "this looks bad for me. These hogs have got pos of the road, and that's nine points of the law on I'll ask one of the drovers about it, and see ifl can't allowed to drive through them." Ile called out to ono of the men. They all turned and looked back at him and his wonder vehicle. "Why, what in tarnation blazes is that, stranger? one them asked. Oh, it's a new kind of buggy I made for tra vellng," as the reply. "Wal, now, where's your horse?" "I don't use a horse-wouldn't have one with this thing. an I get through your hogs, do you think?" "Wal, now, I don't know what you cari do with that ng. What iR it, anyhow, and how does it go?" "It goes right along. Just watch her now," and he short around and ran back about a half-mile at full Then he turned aad came back like a whirlwind. The drovers were dumfounded. not? "Yas-l'd say I did. Look hyer, youngster, do you! see this hyer weepin ?" and a big sixshooter came from a pocket back on :liis hip. ''Yes," said Frank, 1 I've got one just like it. I'll bet I'm a better shot than you are." The drover looked at him as if surprised to see such cool courage in one so young. "I ain't a-bettin', stranger, tiut I'm a-shootin', efyer play me any more of yer tricks." "Oh I I haven't played you any tricks. You put your bands on my horse and he kicked you. I am not to blame for that, am I?" All the drovers looked hard at the youth and his strange machine. "I say," said a rough-looking drover, "let her kick me," and he started to lay hold of the tricycle. "You won't get mad, eh?" ''No. Let her kick," and he took hold with both hands. Frank gave him a dose that knocked him double in the mi

FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. '' Riding one wheel I" Yes, just one wheel each. Just look out and have some fun with 'em. They think they have forgotten more than anybody else ever knew." "Oh, they do, eh?" "Yes, and very saucy, too." '' W al, now, if they sling any of ther sass round hyer they'll git an all-fi.ted wallopin', stranger." "Of course they will. But don't give 'em any hurts. They are a harmless set of fellows who are going down South on one wheel apiece." '' 'fher stir:gy cusses," ejaculated one of the drovers. Well, good-bye. I'll see you in St. Louis. I'm going to stop there." The next moment he was making his way through the drove of hogs, taking good care not to get up a panic among them by giving them shocks. Every hog touched by the wheels promptly moved out of the way to let him pass. In a little whlle he succeeded in getting through the drove. "They have delayed me at least a half-hour," said he, taking out his watch and noting the time. "I'll make good time as long as this good road holds out," and he put forward with all the speed be could get up. Mile after a mile was reeled off. Many beautiful farm houses were passed, whose occupants seemed amazed at the speed of the strange vehicle. . "Spreckels and Harrison will have a goorl time," he said to himself, "for a man riding on top of a single wheel looks even more curious than this thing does. They'll have no end of fun. But I'll have mine in New Orleans. The man laughs best who laughs last." At every village on the route the news of his arrival and departure was telegraphed all over the coun try. The people at the other places thus knew when to expect him. At one little hamlet a party of young roughs, half in toxicated, resolved to have some fun with him. They got a rope, and stretched it across the road about a mile out side the >illage. It was tied to trees on both sides. Then they spent the time, while waiting for the tricycle, einging-, dancing, and paying devotions to a hig black bot tie which one of them carried. About an hour after they had stretcherl the rope across the road, tho tricycle came bounding along. The young roughs began whooping and yelling like so many lunatics. Frank saw the rope just in time to avoid running full tilt against it. He stopped and looked around. There was no way to get by, and so he prepared to dis mount and cut the rope. The moment he leaped to the ground the five halfdrunken roughs made a dash for the tricycle. They all seized hold of it at onee, each trying to re2ch the seat. But just before he leaped from the seat Frank turned on .a strong current of electricity. It was strong enough to down a horse. It did not play loose, but went straig-ht from the shoulder, and the five young roughs were knocked into a heap in the twinkling of an eye. Lo"rd I how they groaned in their agony I regained their speech, they yelled. As if he had uot noticed them, Frank coolly cut the rope, and then, turning off the current, climbed up to his seat, and was away, without having uttered a single word to one of them. "I wonder if any one put them up to that job?" he asked, as he rode away. "I guess they will have some thing to think about the rest of the week." The people in the village knew what the roughs were np tg. They dared not interfere, because they dreaded the anger of the gang. They were therefore greatly surprised when tbey saw the tricycle coming in on time. The landlord of the village tavern asked: "Did you see any men out there a mile or so?" "Yes, five men tied a rope across the road," he re plied. How did you g('t by them?" '' Oh, I got down, cut the rope, and came along without any trouble." The people who heard him were astonished, and many whispered comments were made. Frank took a drink water, and then moved on. An hour later the five men were telling-or trying towhat had happened to them, and the villagers scratched their beads in sheer desperation because they could not understand just how it was. The truth is, the five roughs themselves didn't exactly know just what had happened to them. CHAPTER v_. FRANK REACHES ST. LOUIS AND CREATES A SENSATIONGAMBLERS AT WORK TO ENCOMPASS HIS DEFEAT. SucH were the uniform good roads down through Illinois that young Reade soon reached the little village from which he could see the smoky atmosphere that hung o>er the great city of St. Louis on the right bank of the "Father of Wate rs." "Ah !'' he thought, as he looked in the direction of the great river. "I shall soon be there. Barney and Pomp are there waiting for me. I've made splendid time. If I don't beat those fellows I'll throw the tricycle intP the Mississippi." He suspected that quite a demonstration would him at St. Louis, and so he stopped the village hotel long enough to put on a clean shirt and change his clothes. Thus prepared, he set out on a brisk run for the city. He couldn't make more than ten mile!! an hour on account of the great number of vehicles on the road at the time. But he soon came to the great bridge that spans the river, and just as he started to go across he beard two familiar voices among a number of others. "Bed ad, it's the gossoon !" cried one "Dat' s er fac', shuah!" said another, and the next mo ment Barney and Pomp each had him by the hand. "Hello, Barney! Pomp, old man, how are you?'' and he shook their bands cordially, knowing that he hadn't two more faithful friends in the world "Hab a good time, Marse Frank?" Pomp asked. "Toe best in the world, Pomp. No end of fun, and I've seen the finest part of the State."


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELEC TRICYCLE. Sure, an' will yez be afther batin' 'em, Misther Frank?" ey asked, anxious to be sure that the son of his gen erous benefactor would win the race. "Yes, Barney, I'll beat 'em off their bicycles. Why, I'm more than a day ahead now, and not more than one third the way down." "Whoop I" yelled the wild rollicking son of Erin, throw ing up his hat and cutting a pigeon's-wing. Where a1e you stoppiNg here?" Frank asked of Pomp. "We aint stop pin' nowhar," was the reply; "we jist got heah dis mornin', an' come fo' ter look for yer." ''Well, you have done well. Have you heard the peo ple talking much about the race?" "Yes, sah. Dey's bet heaps o' money on it." "Well, those that bet on me will be happy in a few days. I'll not stop but an hour or two in the city, for it won't do to waste any time on the way. You and Barney had better take the train at once, and wait for me at some point about one hundred miles below here. Keep your eyes and ears open. Have you got money enough to see you through?" "Yes, sah." "All right, then. If I miss you, meet me at Memphis," and he shook hands with them and drove across the tridge. Over in the city the news of his arrival created great excitement in sporting circles. Hundreds rushed forward to greet and congratulate him. The betting men asked him any number of questions, an& many changed their bets. Why, he's a day ahead now," said one, and yet only one-third the distance gone. I'll bet two to one that he wins." Such was the depression among the bicyclists that none of them took the odds. The tricyclists then became bolder, and in a little while offered four to one. Then the cold-blooded villains began their work. Tiley clubbed together to put up $25,000 against $100,000, and the tricyclists agreed to cover the amount. "I shall win," said the daring young inventor. "Give "m all the odds they want. I only wish I had $100,000 to put up on it." But you may meet with bad weather, bad roads, and )ther obstacles," suggested one of the more timid ones. Of course. I expect all that. But how will the other fellows escape the some difficulties?" "Ah I I never thought of that," and the timid man re gained his oozlt.J courage. .At the end of tvo hours Frank resumed his j:lurney. l3ut he was not allO'I..'ed to get away without some kind of a demonstration on th.e part of his friends who had staked fueir money on his success. They got up a splendid brass land and escorted him back over the bridge, a vast crowd following and wildly cheering the young hero. .About a mile over the other side be parted from the crowd, and set out with such a spurt of speed as to cause hi3 backers to offer to double their stakes on the 1.1pot. But the moment he was gone, the men who bad taken the heavy odds offered set about encompassing his defeat. Four of them met in a back room to discuss the matter. ''If he wins, we are ruined," said one. '' If he fails, our fortunes are made." '''!'hat's so," assented the other foUl'. '' 'l'lJerefore, must not win," remarked the firit speaker. ''No," returned the others. "Let's chip in and send a man down below to see that he is delayed, or otherwise blocked." . ''.Agreed I" and they each chipped five hundred dollars to pay the expenses of a man to do the work of stopping the young hero. "Who will do the work?" or:e asked. I can find the right man," said the first speaker, pock eting the m oney that had been put up by all four of them. '' 'l'wo or three ought to do the job," suggestetl one or the party. Yes, three can do it, I guess." The man with the money in his pocket went out in search of a certain desperate character by the name of Bob Decker was once a noted sportsman about St. Louis. He kept several fast horses and lived at the best hotels in the city. But in an evil hour he got involved in a black mailing case, which ended in his serving a term in prison. When he came out his prestige was gone. His fast horses bad changed bands, and not even a friend among the high toned rascals was left to do him reverence. He tried to recuperate at the gaming-table. But luck seemed to have turned against him. Down, down be went, till at last he found a place in the lowest rum-holes in the city. He be came a bouncer in one, a steerer in another, and was ever ready to do any dirty job for pay. 1) Such was the character of the man the gambler selected to bring about the tlefeat of young Reade in his great race. The gambler S')On found his man,. and told him what he wanted him to do. "I'm your oyster," said Bob. "Can you get two more good men to go with you?" "Yes-a dozen, if necessary." "Tom Wilder and Jim Nolan would go, wouldn't they?" Yes i and good men they are, too." "Well, here's one hundred each for them if they go, and five hundred for you to pay expenses. If you succeed, it's a thousand dollars in your hands." "Then I'll succeed if I have to kill him," said the vil lain, as he took the money and thrust it in his pocket. "You bad better get away, then, as quickly as possible, for be makes pretty good time. You had better get down into Tennessee or Mississippi to get in your work." "Just leave that to me," said Boh, with a knowing wink. I'll be off in a couple of hours ifl can find Tom and Jim in time." Deck3r then hastened in search of his two pals, and suc ceeded in finding them in their usual haunts. In a few minutes be explained to them what was wanted,: and showed them the money for expenses. ".And here's $100 apiece for you," be added, handing them the money. That was a persuader they were not able to resist. They did not try to resist.. They took the money, bought new suits of clothes, and then set out with Decker for Paducah. in Kentucky.


so happened thar. Barney and Pomp went along on same train. Barney was in a jovial humor, and was soon engaged in conversation with one of the St. Louis toughs. 'l'hey soon began to talk of the great race. Barney said he had bet all his money on the two bicyclists. "So have I," said the tough, "and they are going to win. Don't you forget that I told you so .. "If I thought so, bedad, I'd be afther borrowin' me' mither's ould stocking." ' It's all fixed,'' said the tough. ''He can't win. They won't let him." "Bed ad, an' is that the throoth ?" and wished him all manner of success. Frank thanked them for their kind wishes, and then had the tricycle luck ed up in the carriage-house for the niglit. Some after midnight the caniage-house was broken into, and two men crept inside. One of them laid his hand on the tricycle, and was knocked senseless to the I flcor. In the dark, the other man heard a. groan and a fall, and being suspicious that he had been killed, took to his heels and made off as fast as he could go. They were the two roughs Decker had brought down from St. Louis with him. The man who escaped ran back and told Bob Decket' "Every word of it," and the tough ohook hands with the that Jim had been killed. Irishman, witll a very wise air. Th d !" 1 t d B b "H d k . e euce eJacu a e o ow o you nO\T he Barney then sa1d he would double hu: bets when he got wa ? back home, and asked the tough to go into the I H c 1 h :1 1 tl d k "d . e was rcepmg a ong a eac o me m 1e ar sa1 car to have a drmk w1li. l h1m, Of course the rascal T W"ld h I h d bl t k d J" . . om 1 er, w en eat a ow s rue an 1m went accepted the mv1tatwn, and they had several drmks to-d "tl Th 11 t"ll tb t I h 1 t h own w1 1 a groan. eu a was so s 1 a t oug 1t 1 get er. best to skip, and I did." But Burney could not get anything more definite out of him. He rejoined Pomp and tcld him what he had heard. Better watch dat man, Barney," said Pomp, shaking his head. '' Bedad, an' we will do that same," said the Irishman. Barney then suggested that they follow them to see what they were up to. Pomp agreed, and thus it happened that all five got off at Paducah. Decker and his two companions went to a .first-Class hotel. Barney went also to the flame place, and Pomp went round to the kitcllen and engaged board and quarters with the servants as long as he remained. By giving the big fat greasy cook a dollar he had the freedom of the kitchen. Judging from the tone of the conversation on the piazza of the hotel, It was not believed that the young inventor would be in town that night. ''He can't reach here unless he travels in the dark," said a man who was well posted on the roads between St. Louis and Paducah. "Then he'll be along early in the morning," remarked another. "Yes-he may not have to travel more than twenty to reach here, lienee, we may expect him by sun rise." '' Then he won't stop?" "Yes, for a few minutes-maybe a half-hour." "Gentlemen," said another, who jut came up, "young Reade is now at the River House, where he stopped about ten minutes ago. He will slay all night there." "The deuce!" gasped the landlord, who fully expected the young hero would make his house his stopping-place. Every man in the party started off at once for the River Houee to see the young inventor. Barney and Pomp went along also. Sure enough, Frank was there. Barney saw him, but did not let any one see that he was known to the young hero. Both he and Pomp kept up a. good watch on the three men. Decker and his two companions shook hands with Frank "Well, that knocks us out for the night," said Bob Decker. "I hope Jim is not done for altogether. We must go to sleep and prefend not to even have any ac quaintance with him, if his body is found there in the morning." Jim had received such a terrible shock that be remained insensible for nearly an hour. 'l'hen he came to, and for got where he was. He did not stop to ask where he was. He was in such pain that he groaned-groaned piteouslJ -and wondered what in the world had happened to him. 1 "Oh, Lord!" he moaned. What was it me? I was struck all over at once. Tom! Tom! where are you?" But Tom was back in bed at the hotel, trying to reason out what fate had befallen his companion. Then Jim recollected where he was, and kept silent. He crawled toward the door, for he could see the starlight where he and Tom had left the door open. Outside the door he tried to get upon his feet. He suf fered jntolerable pain in every joint, and groans of agony burst from his lips in spite of him. But he gradually pulled himself together, and made his way back to the hotel where he was stopping. The night clerk sent a servant to show him up to his room. He sup pressed his groans by a desperate etfort, and sent the serv ant down-stairs to bring him up a drink of brandy. The branC!y was brought, and be gulped it down witl the eagerness of one half famished. It made him fee easier, and gradually his groans ceased. By degrees he calmed down, and an hour or so after reaching his room he dropped off into a .fitful slumber. Hundrdds were up at daylight to see the daring invent or off. Bob an1l Tom were among the early risers. They wanted to hear what was said and done if Jim's body was found in the carriage-house. Somebody has ooen in here," said Frank, to the land lord, as soon as he reached the carriage-house door. '' How do you know that?" the landlord asked. "By this," and he pointed to a broken seal on the door. I put a seal on this door last night, not so much to keep


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. Jeople out as to find out if anybody were really trying to at my tricycle." The landlord looked at the broken seal, and saw that what Frank !:>aid was true. "I can't imagine who it was," he said. "Of course not. But some rascals are looking for a place to be killed, and they will be accommodatecl sooner than they think," and he reached over and turned off the current so as to avoid accidentil among the crowd that had assembled to see him off. "By jingo!" exclaimed Tom Wilder, in a half whisper, to Bob Decker, "Jim isn't in there! He must have got away somehow." "That's so. I hope he is not in any trouble on account of it." Just then they caught the story that the carriage-house nad been broken into during the night. They listened, but made no remarks. They soon learned that the tricycle bad not been tampered with, so far as could be ascer tained. In a little while Frank was off. Barney and Pomp were 10 the crowd, keeping their eyes on Tom and Bob, the two St. Louis men. As Bob and Tom wended their way back to the hotel, the latter said: ''I understand it. I am greatly puzzled. Jim must have been made way with somehow." 11 Just what I am thinking," said the other. "I say, Tom!" '' Well, say on.'' ' Let's go to his room, and see if he is in." All right." They went up to his room and listened at the door. I hear some one snoring in there," said Tom, in a alf-w hisper. '' Knock on the door.'' Tom did so, giving a certain number of raps, which ,10uld signal who he was if Jim was within. Like all criminals, Jim was a light sleeper. :ae heard the raps, and rolled out of bed to answer ''Is it you, Tom?" he asked. "Yes, and Bob," was the reply. Jim openea the door and lit the gas. "What's the matter, Jim?" Bob asked, as soon as Tom closed the door behind him. "You left me in the lurch on the approach of Bah! Go a way. You make me tired." "But I thought you were done for, Jim," protested Tom. "You didn't expect me to stay by a stiff and get jugged, did you?" "Of course not," put in Bob. "Jim would have done the same thing." "I'll be hanged if I would," said Jim. "I'd stop long enoagh to see whether my pal was done for or not.'' "That's just what I did, Jim, and I thought 'you had been done for sute enough," put in 1'om. "So he did, Jim," said Bob, "for be came to my room and to:d me all about it. We both thought you had been wiped out." By degrees Jim was mollified, and he agreed to cn tinue with them. "I don't go into any more carriage-houses in the he added, however. "Have you no bruise, or wound, anywhere to show where you were hit?" Bob asked, after awhile. "If I have I don't know it. I seemed to be hit all over at once, and every joint in me seemed to come apart." "Well, it beats all," said Bob. ''I can't understand it.., "Nor can I. I guess that young Reade has got up some new-fangled thing to knock a man out when he goes about the machine." "I didn't see anything of the kind when he went away this morning," remarked Bob. "No," added Bob, ''though there's no telling what he had in that valise he carries strapped behind his seat oa the tricycle. Well, he's off and we are losing time here," remarked Bob. "We must take the train and run down to a point ahead of him somewhere. I think we'd !letter go down far enough to give ll'S time to walk a mile or two up the I road, meet him in some secluded place, stop him and break up his machine, or else hold him a prisoner in the woods a couple of days, and thus give the bicycles a chance to catch up." That's the idea. Come on. The train leaves in a half hour, and Reade has been gone nearly an hour." They took two or three more drinks, and then went down to the depot to take the first train bound south ward. "Why, I've been murdered," was the reply, with a Barney and Pomp were on the same train with them. groan. But they kept so shady that they were not seen by the Bob and Tom looked at him in great curiosity. three villains. the. made bad job of it, if you are I On the train the great race was the only toplc of conspemmen ,of his work m thP:t hne. Where are you hurt? versation. Everybody seemed to be interested in it, and "I doni t know. I was. hlt all over once, and when I the sentiment appeared to be in the young inventor's came to was all alone 10 that carnage-house. I won't favor. travel with you any further, Tom," and he gave Tom a When 'look ttlat was intended to betray the depth of his contempt for his partner in guilt. about thirty miles out, they struck a station through which the tricycle bad passed about a haJf.hour before. .A. crowd awaited the arrival of the train, hopmg to get some news of the bicyclists. CHAPTER VI. FRANK 18 HALTED BY MEN IN MASKS, AND KNOCKS THEM OUT. "WHAT's the matter now?" Tom asked. \done?" "What have That was all they asked about when the train arrived. "Ob, they are way behind," said a train-band to the crowd. 1 Those duffers are left." The crowd cheered, and the train passed on. In anotller hour the train caught up with the tricycle. J


Then ensued a scene of wild, frantic cheering. 'Ihe train men ami passengers yelled themselves lwarse. The engineer blew his whistle for all it was wottb. Frank re turned the salute and cheers by waving the United States flag above his head. Just aL that point the road was a little rough, so he had ;o go slow. The train swept on and left him. On a smooth road I could keep up with it," said Frank, a.s he saw the train leaving him behind. ''The roads down South are not kept in good order, by any means, and the further South I get the worse I will find them, I guess." But he toiled on his way, making a number of stops to make sure of the crossings of creeks and other streams. At one place he found a large sheet of water, which seemed to have backed up into the road from a dalll below. Yet the tracks of wagons showed that they crossed there and went out on the other side. Just a few rods below the roadside, he saw a boy about bis own age fishing. '' Hell:> I" he called to him. ''Hello!" answered the boy, dropping his tackle and running forward. "How can I get over this water?" "Drive right through, as they all do," was the reply. "I say!" "Well?" ''What kind of a -thingumbob is that, anyhow?" "It's a tricycle." Tri-whaL ?" Tricycle." Th.e youth walked armmd it and looked oyer and under it, his eyes almost bulging out of their sockets. "Durned if t'ain't a new-fangled injine made to run on dirt roads!" he exclaimed. ''That's just what it is, my friend,'' l!!aid Frank. "This water isn't too deep for me, is it?" "No, just up to a tuggy. hub. I say!" "Well?" "Where did you get it?" I made it." "You made it!" "Yes. I am the inventor of it." ''Well, I'll be durnedl I say!" ''Well?" What's it for, anyhow?" "To travel in. Do I go right straight across to the other side?" 1 Yes. I say!" "Well?" "Gimme a ride?" "l can't do that. There's only room for one, you see," and Frank started into the watet. The youth, nothing daunted, danted forward and caught :m behind, intending to mount up on the valise. When Frank looked back and saw him there he concluded to give him a little surprise which be wouU recollect the rest of his life. Accordingly, when the tricycle was about half-way across the pond, be turned on a pretty strong .current of through the steel. The youth gave a yell, and bounced off into the water, which was about two feet deep. LE. ';Hello!" cried Frank. "What's the matter? don't you keep your seat? Climb up out of the water." "I say!" 11 Well?" ''Drive on with your du:ned thingumbobl" ''All right. Good-bye," and Frank drove across, while the youth waded back to his own s1de, a wiser, if not a better, lad. Bob Decker and his two comrades got off at a small town that lay in the route the race was to go, and prepared to go out on the road to meet our hero. Barney and Pomp kept them in sight, and guided their movements by those of the three villains. As soon as they learned by which road young hero was expected to come, Decker and his pals set out on foot -sihgly, so as not to excite suspicion-to meet him a mile or two out of town. Barney and Pomp took to the woods by thG roadside, so aR to avoid being seen, and kept up with them. A couple of miles out they halted and sat dewn under the shade of a spreading oak. The two crept up as near as they dared, and listened to their talk. They were too far off, however, for them to hear anything of moment. By and by one of the men sprung up and exchimed: There he comes I'' They immediately adjusted black dominoes to tkeir faces and waited in the bushes till the tricycle came along. The road was too rough at that point to permit very fast driving, so when young Reade carne nearly opposite them they rushed out and grabbed hold of the big wheels and held it, while Decker said: "We want you to stop awhile, young man, and if you want to keep a whole skin you had better keep quiet and do as you are told." Frank was thunders truck. He was taken completely by surprise, and stared at the speaker. "Why, what does this mean?" he demanded. "It means that you are to stop awhile, "was the reply, 1 and give the other fellows a chance. Will you get out, or must: I give you a bullet?" "Oh, I'll get down. Thre-e to one iR rather too much for me. Just hold the wheels steady till I get out, will you?" "Yes. Be quick about it," and all three took firm hold on the wheels, to l.Jo!d them steady, as they thought. But instead of getting down, Frank turned on a current of electricity that laid all three in a heap in the road, too badly stunned to know what had happened to them. Whoop I" yelled a voice in the bushes, and the nexL moment Barney and Pomp rushed out and surrounded Frank as he leaped to the ground. "Hello I You here?" "Yis, begorra I It's watchin' 'em we wor." ;, Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "We wan't er-gwine toc let 'em hurt yet, Marse Frank." Nor was I going to let 'em, either," was the reply of the young hero. I gave 'em a shock that knocked 'em stiff. Take their weapons away from them, B arney." "Yis, sorr," and in another minute Barney was in pos session of three revolvers, and as ugly-!ooking knives. I


FRA READE, "Now take off those masks and let's see who they are.'' Pomp snatched away the black dominoes, and the faces of the three men were exposed to view. Frank stepped forward and stood over Bob Decker, looking down at him as if something in the upturned face seemed familiar to him. "I've seen him before somewhere,'' he said, gazing first at one and then the other. "But just where, I can't re member." "Bed ad," exclaimed Barney, "it's mesilf as saw yer shake hands wid him at Paducah." ".Ahl I remember now. He was in the crow d at the hotel." Yis, sorr." "The dirty rascals! They ought to be tarred and feathered and ridden ten miles on a rail." Dat's er fac'," assented Pomp. "They have been hired by gamblers to stop me till the other fellows catch up. I'm glad I gave 'em such a good dose." The three men were almost killed by the shock they had received. They; were unconscious for upward of a half hour. Then Tom Wilder was the first one to recover. He opened his eyes, and groaned as if in the greatest agony. Frank motioned to Barney and Pomp to get back into the bushes o.ut of sight, and wait for a signal from him to orne forward. They quickly obeyed. Then Frank turned to the groaning rascal, and asked: "What"s the matter with you?" 11 Oh, Lord I" groaned the wretch. I'm broken all to pieces! Oh-oh! Ugh I" "Why, what ails you? You seem to be in great r:ain. Shall I run into town for a doctor?'' By this time Bob and Jim l,Jegan to recover, and their groans were mingled with Tom's. Well, you all seem to be down with something," said Frank. "Is the cholera raging down here in this part of the "Oh, lord I oh, lord! I'm nearly dead!" moaned Jim and Bob together. "Why, what in thunder is the m,atter with you fellows!'' cried Frank. Where are you wounded? I don't see any blood or bruises on any of you." I've been struck by lightning," said Bob. "Every joint in my body aches." Oh, that's all said our hero. "'There isn't a cloud overhead, and so there can't be any lightning about. Get up and see if you are all together." They tried to get on their feet. They staggered like drunken men, groaning as if in agony. Bob Decker was the first to gather his wits. He looked at the young very suspiciously. "You downed us nicely, didn't you?" he Eaid. "I should smile," replied Frank. "Neat trick, wasn't it?" "Yes; you came near killing me." '' Oh, t.!id I? I'll make a better job of it next time. The truth is, I am a new hand at this thing." ELECTRIC "What was it?'' Tom Wilder asked, feeling himself to make sure that all of him was there. '' It's the same thing tl!at struck me at Paducah," re. marked Jim. "It was lightning," said Frank. It can knock out the best man that ever lived." Bob began to feel for his revolver. "What i' it?" Frank asket.!. ".Are you looking for your mask? Here it is. I notice you didn't wear it at Paducah the other night." Hardened wretch that he was, the villain could not the young hero in the face, when the latter threw the black domino at his feet. Tom and Jim also felt for their weapons. as they saw things getting serious. Of course they missed t.hem. I have your we a pons," said Frank, very coolly, '' and am going to turn them over to the sheriff of this county, if I can find him without los!ng too much time." "You have no right to rob us," said Bob Decker, recov ering his effrontery. Of course not. I had the right to knock down and disarm a trio of shameless rascals though, and did it." "Give me my weapons!" hissed Decker, advancing men acingly upon him, "or I'll choke the life out of you!" "Yes-don't choke me, and I'll give 'em back to you in small parcels-one bullet at a time. Just come another step nearer and I'll give you one," and he held the re volver cocked and pointed at the breast of the wretch. Decker recoiled, his face turning livid with fear. "Don't shoot!" he gasped. Tom a.nd Bob stood close together; Jim was nearer the edge of the woods. "Say!"' cried Frank, "all three. of you march on ahead now, and walk straight, or I'll give you a shower of "What are you up to?" "March, I tell you, or I'll give you lead to eat!" "I won't go," said Bob. ".And yo11 dare not !.lhoot a man down in cold blood." "Oh, you think so, do you!" and Frank coolly raised the revolver and aimed at him. The rascal dropped on his knees. "Don't shoot! I'll go!" he cried. "Well, you'd better. You don't suppose I'd stand on ceremony with such rascals as you do you?" Bob marched forward to the middle of the road in front of the tricycle. Tom and Jim stood where they were. ''Come-march, I tell you!" Jim slowly turned and walked forward to join Bob. Tom seizet.! the opportunity to dart back into the woods. Frank fired at him, and lle yelled as if hit. "Hi, dar-stop!" yelled Pomp in the bushes, giving chase to the rascal. Barney yelled also and joined in the chase. Frank ra.n forward a few paces and then stopped. He did not care to go any further. But when he turned toward the tricycle, a cry of astonishment. escaped him. Bob and Jim had disapp!'lared. They had availed themselves ofthe little diversion to dart into the woods and g11t away.


' / by jiminy exclaimed Frank. "I intended to jail the gang, but they have given me the slip. Barney and Pomp did their best to catch Tom Wilder, but failed. He was fleet of foot, and badly scared withal, and did his best under the circumstances "I am sorry they got away," he said, as he stood there in the middle of the road near his tricycle. It would have added to my triumph to have put them in jail at the sext village. I can't help it, I suppo s e." Barney and Pomp soon came back, and reported that the spalpeen had made good his escape. "Oh, it' s all right, Bamey. I gue s s they won't trouble me any more." "Dat' s er fac saiq Pomp, chuckling over tile affair as if ile were greatly amused. "Well, you have dor.e well," said Frank. me at Memphis and anywhere else you please. When we get to New Orleans we'll have a big jubilee over our victory." "Wiloop yelled Barney. ' Its red the ould town will be whin we git loose wid it. CHAPTER VII. BARNEY AND POMP HAVE A BATTLE WITH DECKER AND HIS I HAVE no time to lose, you know," Frank said, as he shook h ds with the two faithful f e llow s "I must be off. If ycu see those fellows again, jm;t give 'em away in any crowd they may be in. It may have the effect to send them ba:ck home. They were hired by some gamblers to make me lose this race, and may try some other dodge." He then mounted the tricycle and dashed away at full speed. Barney and Pomp walked back into the village, chuc)i: ling over the ignominious .defeat of the St. Louis rascals. At the village Frank stopped only long enough to get full information in regard to his route. Then he pushed on, aud made the best time possi c le to the next town, wberc he stopped for the night. Bob Decker and his thievish comrades met in the woods after Barney and Pomp gave up the pUI'suit. They panting for breath, and their clothes were badly torn by the bushes and briars. They looked at each other in a profound silence for several minutes. Then Bob burst into a furious storw of profanity .. He swore worse than a dozen pirates cot4ld have done. Beaten and disarmed!" he his s ed, ''and by a boy not yet om of' his teen;;! Three of us-all old hands at such busines8 too. I say, boys, we must keep shady on this, m never show our faces in St. Louis again." ''Yes-we must keep dark," said Tom. 11 Wo coulrln't hold up our heads at home if the boys found it out. I was never so broke up in all my life ." "Nor I," put in Jim. "That's the way I was knocked out up at Paducah. What in creation was it?" 'r Why it was an electric shock, of course," said Bob. '' He pla yed us for flats when he asked us to hold the wheels t ill be got out. Then he turned on the electricity and we got it. Lord, I thought I was done for that time." "So di d I. My joints ache yet." io d o mine." I "Well, I'll never rest till! get square with him. I'll follow him down to New Orleans but what I'll fetch 'im. "We haven't got any weapons, and our clothes are badly torn," suggested Jim. '' Oh, we can get clothes and weapons without an y trouble," said Bob. "I have my pocket-book all right. ''So's mine," said the other two. They produced their watches and purses and then started off to the village, whieh they reached in about a n hour. To t.heir very gteat relief, they discovered that Frank had said notbing about them as he passed tllrough the vi l lage. Barney and Pomp saw them and laughed heartily whe n they heard them tell a cock-and-bull story to account for the condition of their clothes, but they did not say any thing till Barney heard 'l'om Wilder make a disparagin g remark about the young tricyclist. Then the indignant Irishman asked him: "Where the dominoes you and your friends had om this morning?" "We never bad any ou," replied Tom. "Bed ad, thin, it's bloind I am," said Barney, "for it's mesilf as saw yez wid one on." "You are mistaken, my friend," said Bob Decker, taki n g the defense up himself. "Yez didn't, eh? Bedad, ye did, an' ye lost yer pistol s an' knives. Och, but the bye claned yez out loike a jiff y.t' ''What are you giving me?" "The p!ain throoth, bed ad, an there s the naygur:as sa w tile racket wid me," and then be and Pomp gave away the whole racket to a gaping crowd of villagers. Decker denied the whole story, and wanted to fight Ba r ney. So did 'l'om and Jim. "BedaJ, av yez come one at a toime I'll whip the three a v yer," and he began sbedding his coat. But all three wanted to fight ldm at once. "Look heah, Barney!" cried Pomp, '' lef me bab two o b dem chaps. Den 'you kin lick one." ''Yes!" cried the villagers, who were eager for the .tight, seeing that all the party were strange.s. "I don't want to fight a nigger," said 'l'om. "Nor 1,'' put in Jim. "But you'll have to do it for all that, said a village bully, who constituted himself master of ceremonies. "I believe the Irishman's yarn." "Whoop!" yE:lled Barney, rolling up his sleeves and dis playing a pair of brawny arms that made Decker turn pale at sight of them. "Lave me get at the blaggard !" Decker was narmed. He was forced to defend himself with such weapons as nature had given him, and in a contest of that kind he was no match for Barney O Silea. Barney had not been in a ruction for a. long time, and so he went in for real enjoyment. He knocked the St. Louis tough right and left at his pleasure. In the meantime, Tom undertook to go to Decker's a. sistance. Hoi' on, dar!" cried Pomp, planting himself before him. Don't go dar, I tole yer tJ' Tom made a vicious blow at Pomp's nose, intending to knock him out in one round. But Pomp ducked his head


.,.... 20 FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. ,... and planted it in Tom's stomach, with such force as to lay They looked crestfallen, indeed, when they surveyed the him all in a heap on the the sickest man in all handiwork of Barney and Pomp. T ennessee. "We w:mt a revolver each," said Decker. "If I ever 4 The crowd roared with delight. meet that Irishman again, I'll make him the head man in 'They had not witnessed such a circus in a long time. a funeral procession." "'Go it, Pomp I'' they yelled. 'I just want to get a fair chance at that nigger," hissed .Jim sprung at Pomp with the intention of downing him. Tom Wilder. "I'll make short work of his battering-ram. He really understood the art of spatTing. But the two I was never butted so before in all my life." !lllevere shocks he had received from the tricycle had relieved "Nm I either," put in Jim. "Who ever heard of any him of much of his prowess and vital force. one butting like a goat before? I could stand heing but He got in two blows on Pomp's head, and then felt the ted by a white man, but a nigger-ugh I Just let me get woolly battering-ram against his stomach. He went to I a chance to draw a bead on him, and you'll see a doo.d nig grass, knocked completely out of time. ger with his toes turned up." "Git up dar, boss,:' said Pomp. "You'se good They went around the city and bought weapons and for nuflin'." clothes. But on inquiry they could not find an artist Tom arose with a stone in his band. who could conceal the marks of battle on their fl\ces. Barney and Decker were having a lively set-tb. "Now, what shall we do?" rom Wilder asked. "It .Pomp rushed at Tom, head down, and Tom fired the won't do to go about w1th our eyei in mourning this stone. way." It grazed Pomp's shoulder and struck Decker's knee. Decker was a man of many resources. He thought Down went Bob. over the matter a little while, and then said: The next moment Tom was struck in the stomach by "I have it. We may have some work that will require ) Pomp's bead, and went down utterly insensible. secrecy. We had better black up, and pass as negroes:" .Jim made one more sally, and one more collision with "By George!" eulaimed Tom, ''the very thing for Pomp's head settled him. us I" He lay down and groaned. "Yes," &aid Jim, "and we won't ever be suspected. u Enuff, ehl" cried Pomp, shaking his head ali he looked The niggers will get the credit for it if any mischief ia -eontemptuously down at his foes. done." The crowd yelled like so many lunatics. .All the village why I think we had better select such a disi tad crowded around the spot. The negroes grl'llned from guise." eat to ear, and wanted to shake hands with Pomp. So it was agreed that they assume the character of The white men shook hands with both Barney and Pomp, negroes, and take the train out of the city the next morn a nd invited them to drink with them. Barney could not ing, and wait for the young inventor on the road some refuse their kind invitations, and in a very little while felt "'h.ere below.

FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. 21 clists had also turned out to welcome him and escort him into the city. They made the welkin ring with cheers when they saw him wave the stars and stripes above his bead, and the bicyclists dashed forward to meet him. 'l'he president of the club ran up alongside of him, and said: "Mr. Reade, the Bicycle Club of Memphis welcome you to the city, and tender you their hospitality while you re main in the city." ''Thank you, a thousand times, sir," replied Frank. ''I die\ not expect such courtl:lsy from bicyclists." "We regard a tricycle as a practical improvement pn the bicycle," said the president of thl.l club, "and there fore claim you as one of us." "Well, that's the way I look at it, too. You are the only bicyclists I have met who agree with me on tlrat point. Your club could not have been represented at the Chicago Convention." "Yes, 've were, but our delegate was too modest to make any opposition to anything that was done or said there. Allow us to escort you into the city." The president of the club then gave his orders, and the bicyclists formed themselves into a double line, and rolled on into the city, the way as a guard of honor. Frank enjoyed the situation very much. On the way he asked: Do you know where Spreckels and Harrison were last night?" "Yes," was the reply, "they stopped at Paducah, Ken tucky, last night. The dispatches in this morning's papers state that they aro fresh buoyant, and hopeful of winning the r\).ce." Frank laughed. "Well, I am glad they feel hopeful. I am very hope ful myself, and know how good it is to feel so. But they will lose, for all their hopefulness." "That's what we think here inMemphis, ''said the bicy clist, ''but we shall shO\V them every courtesy hl our power when they reach our city." "That's right. I appreciate your motive all the more since hearing you say that." They escorted him down through Main street, where nds of people lined the sidewalks to see him and his wonderfal invention. One of the best hotels in the city had prepared a ban quet for the Bicycle Club and guests. A dozen prominent citizens had been invited to be present. ''Gentlemen," !aid Frank, when he saw what prepara tions bad been made to receiv-e him, "I feel grateful for your kindness to me. But I have set out to win this race; hence, have little time to lose. If you detain me beyond hours, I shall be under the impression that you are wor king against me in the interests of my competitors." 'fhey laughed and applauded him. "You shall go at the end of two hours," said the chair an of the club, "though a whole day would not endanger chances in my opinion." ''Thanks but I cannot be tempted to try it." The dinner was a grand affair, and the young inventor enjoyed it hugely. Sh_ ort speeches were made in response to toasts, and then the young hero related some of his ex periences on the road. His story of the chase of the dog was greeted with roars of laughter. At the end of the two hours he was ready te leave and go still further South. But he wondered what had become of Barney and Pomp. He bad seen nothing of them since-, entering the dty. "Can anything have happened to them?'' he asked him self a dozen times. Just as he was about to mount the tricycle, pushed his way through the crowd to get to him. Stand back!" ordered a policeman, seizing him by the collar and pushing him roughly back into the crowd. Sure, an' he's my own masther's son I" protested the faithful feilow. "Stand back, I say, or I'll club the head off of you!'' and the officer brandished his club in very close proximity t() Barney's head. ''Bad cess till ye!" exclaimed Barney. "May yer hid ache for a wake!" Frank heard his voice, and recognized it. "Hello, Barney!" he cried, standing up in the tricycle... "Come here. I've been looking for you ever since reach ing the city. Where have you been?" "Faith, an I've bem thrying to foind a gintleman wid police clothes. They don't kape 'em hyer. They're al l blaggards." The policeman wanted to club him, but dared not strike him after the young lion of the hour had so publicly recog nized him. He allowed him to get to Frank's side, wher e the two shook hands very cordially. "Where is Pomp?" Frank asked. Back in the crowd there. Faith, an' they'd break biso hid av he thried to get at yez." "Well, I'll be hanged!" and the young hero's face wore a flush of indignation. '' Becauie he is a black man they would not let him get to me. I'll see about it," and he again stood up in the seat of the tricycle and looked over the crowd. I have a colored servant in this crowd somewhere," h e said, in a loud voice, so that all could hear. "He has not been allowed to see me. I want to see him. Pomp Pomp! where are you?" '' Hyer I is, Marse Frank!" answered Pomp, over in c dense mass of people in the street. 1 Come here." He began elbowing his way through the crowd. Th e good-nat.ured populace gave way for him, and in a few min utes Pomp reached up and shook hands with him. "My greatest danger is between here and New he said to both 'Of them, in very low tones. '1 Keep up a sharp lookout. Meet me anywhere you please. Yon have the route." They both said they would meet him wherever they could shook bands with him, and then stepped back into the crowd. CHAPTER VIII THE DESTROYED BRIDGE--ADVENTURES ON ROAD. ON leaving Memphis Frank found the country quite leveL


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYGLE. But the roads were not kept up in good condition as t hey were further up North. I A fence ran along both sides of the road, as there were n o stock laws in the Southern States at that time. Hogs a nd cattle roamed at will. Every farmer hau to keep up fe n c es to protect his crops from depredatiOns by cattle. T hose fences bothered our hero not a little, fot ti.Jey pre v ented him from leaving the road when he would otherwise !have done so very often. Sometimes be found big ''mud-holes," as they were called down there, right in the center of the road. He to go through them, and to do so he had to go slow. Yery often a dozen hogs would be reposing in the soft ooze ()f the puddle. Once they came very near upsetting him in a puddle by scrambling up only when the wheels touched them. This is where Spreckels and Harrison will gain on me," he said, as he struck several mud ht>les. There's room enough for one wheel to get round these pesky places without !slackening speed. But two wheels have to go thro ugh 'em. It won t do to run them. I'd get thtown i nto tile very first one. If I was only acquainted with t he road I'd travel all night, for I don't think Spreckels and Harrison are above playing a trick on me to win this r ace About forty miles below the city he found a corduroy b ridge that had spanned a creek torn away, rendering it impossible for any kind of vehicle to cross it. he exclaimed, stopping suddenly and gazing at t he wreck of the bridge. '' This looks suspicious. This has n() t been done an hour, I am sure," and he got down and w alked forward to inspect the ,mischief that had been

FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. "I am on my way to NewOrleans. About three miles below he1e I found the over a creek torn up. Three black men, whom I took to be white men in disguise, at tacked me. I opened fire on them, and sent them into the woodP. Then I came away. .A. bullet lodged in this here. See there!" aud he showed tile bullet-hole l o hirn. The man seemed to be d!'leply interested. He asked: "How long since were you at the bridge?" "Not more tlJau a half-hour. I came back here on good time, to ask if you could direct me, so I could find anotlJer place to cross without losing much time." No, there s no other place. My wife is on a visit to t he other side of that creek. We must fix that bridge again." There was an nir of quiet determination about the man that impressed Frank very favorably. The Southerner turned and gave an order to a little tlarkey, who hastened away at full speed. In ten r.1inutes about twenty able-bodied negro men ap peared in the yard with axes on their shouldere. We 'll have it fixed in an hour or so," said the planter. The negroes started out on foot. The master mounted a horse a few minutes later, and Now we'll go down and see about it." Frank started the tricycle, and the planter exclaimed: "That is the first vehicle of that kind I've seen." '' It's the only one of the kind in existence," replied F rank. What do you call it?" 11 .A.n electric tricycle." "How is it run?" By electricity. The battery is under the seat." "How fast can it go?" "About twenty to twenty-five miles im cour on a good road." The pla11.ter opened his eyes in astonishment. He gazed the young man in the face, as if to make sure he was not talking to a lunatic, and asked: "Where did you get it?" "Invented it myself, and had it buil t irtDhicago." ''What i9 your name, young man?" 'Frank Reade, J1., son of Frank Reade, the inventor of Readestown, up in Wisconsin." ''A h! I have heard of your father. He invented a steamhor se, didn't he?" Yes, sh." ''How did it work?" "What did he do with it?" "He uses it yet in plowing his prairie-land ," said Frank. "Indeed! Is it cheaper than a horse?" "No, ir, on,Iy it can do more hard, work than a l wrse can. Then you can't ride him, you know. He is too hot." ' Yes. I suppose so. Well, the Reade family seems to ha >e a good deal of inventive genius." Frank blushed and said: "Well, I don't know whether it is genius or not. Wheri I want anything I haven't got, I set about it. That's the way I got up this thing. I am running a !'"('" now against two gentlemen from Chicago to New Orleans." "Is that so? Then you want to get over tliat creek as fast as you can?" "Yes: sir." "I understand things now," said the planter. "I see why you were shot at and the bridge torn ltp. They want to stop you. I didn't believe yoU!' story at first. Come, we must hurry up. Those negroes will have you across in a half hour," and the kind-hearted planter hurried forward, Frank followmg as fast as the nature of the road would permit. When they reached the creek, they found that the negroe9 had just arrived. They went to work, however, and threw the timber around lively. 'l.'wenty able-bodied men can do a great deal of work in an hour. By that time they had the bridge up. "Now you can go over, sir,'' said the planter to our hero. ''Will you not allow me to give your men something?" Frank asked, "to show !9Y appreciation of your kind ness." '' Yes, if you wish to do so." Here is a ten-dollar bill. Will you have it cb.anged and divided equally among them?" "Yes," and the planter took the bill and transferrfld it. t') his pocket. The negroes grinned from ear to ear, and said: Tbankee, mass a." Frank then shook hands with the planter and thanked him fo.r his and then started over the bridge. He moved slowly but once on the other side he set out with all the speed be could safely use on such a road. That planter is a squa1e man all over," said Frank. I'll never forget him as long as I live." He pushed on. and in an hour or so a thunder-storm came up. The lightning flashed terribly. "By Ge01g-e!" he exclaimed, "if the steel in this tri cycle should catch hold of a streak of that lightning I'd never see New Orleans. I've a mind to stop and leave it till the lightning is tlone flashing. But he did not leave it! The rain soon came down in torrents. He hoisted his big umbrella, which be had expressly prepared for such an emergenty' and kept on h1s way. The rain poured for three hours, and the water ran along the road in a stream almost as big as the creek J:.e had just crossed. "I can't go very fast through all this water and mud," he said, but I will keep on, anyhow. The sun is Dot more than an hour high. I wonder if I can reach the next town before darkness sets in?" Just then be overtook a wagon which was moving lazily along the road. The driver was a plain old countryman, who was evidently going to the nearest town to trade. "Hc:>w far is it to town?" he asked of the countryman. Six miles," was the reply. Then the old man turned around to look at the questioner. He expected to eee a man either on horseback, or in a buggy. But when he saw the tricycle, and that it was


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. without the aid of horse-flesh, he reined up his two mules with a Whoa, there!" Then he stared at the tricycle. 11 What in creation have yer got thar, mister?" he asked. "Oh, it's a new style of buggy," was the reply. The old man got down off his wagon and came back to at it. "I beg your pardon, sir," said Fra::J.k. "But I am in a great hurry to reach town. Will you be so kind as to lead your team to one side a bit so I can pass." ''Yes," and the old man hurriedly led his team to the side the road and gave Frank room enough to pass. "Thank you," said Frank. ''Just see how my buggy can tra\"el now." There was a smooth, level road for nearly a mile ahead of him, and he sent the tricycle flying over it at. full speed, to the intense amazement of the old countryman. "'rhe old chap will have something to think about," laughed our hero, looking back at the surprised old man. When he reached the viUage he found that not a soul in the place had ever heard a word about the r3ce, and there fore did not expect him. He drove up to the little village tavern and leaped to the ground. A half a dozen loungers were banging around the bar room of the tavern. The moment they caught sight of the strange vehicle, they rushed out and crowded around it, wondering what it was. '' How far is it to the next town?'' Frank asked of the landlord. 11 Eighteen miles, and a bad road," was the reply. 11 Then Pll stop with you if you can give me accommoda tions for man and east." "Of course I can. But where's the beast?" There he is," said Frank, pointing to the tricycle, "and as unruly a beast as ever traveled." The landlord and the loungers looked at the '' beast, ' and thought him the most wonderful thing they had ever aeen in their lives. 11 Don't touch him or he'll kick," said Frank, laughing. Then turning to the landlord, he asked for a hot supper. "I came from Memphis to-day," he added, "and have bad but one meal on the way." Memphis to-day I" exclaimed the landlord. "Why it'a hundred and forty miles to Memphis!" "Yes, so it is. If you people kept decent roads in this part of the country 1 could have made fifty miles more very easily." Great Scott I'' gasped the landlord. "Jerusalem!" exclaimed another. "Old Nick and Tom Walker!'' ejaculated a third. By this time the crowd had increased to about two ecore, half of whom were negroes. They huag around the tricycle, looking here and there anu cverywhet"e. By and by one of them caught hold of it with one hand, and lifted the wheel off the ground. "It isn't very heavy," he said. Then he went round to the other side to lift thllt. This time he took bolJ with both hands, and got a shock that raised his hair. It ma. de him raise his voice, too, for he yelled like a Co manche Indian, and reeled backward with such force as to knock down a negro who was standing near. "What's the matter? what's the matter?" a score or more aRked, rushing to the spot. "My God I" groaned the man, feeling himself all onr, I've bee a struck by lightning." "The deuce I There hasn't been any lightning around here since the storm passed." What was it, then? I feel as if l:lvery joint in my body had been pulled apart." In crowding around man another one leaned against the whelll. He got a doee, and it knocked him all in a heap. He yelled worse that} the first one did, and rolled over on the ground. That created a panic. They didn't know anything about electricity. Hall never heard of receiving shocks of that kind from electric batteries, hence they became suspicious that something was wrong. They made a rush, and cleared out from the vicinity of the tricycle as if they regarded it as an infernal machine. The landlord rushed into the supper-room, where Frank was eating a broiled chicken, and said: "What's the matter with that machine? Two men have been hurt by it." "Why, I guess they have been taking hold of it," sai-cl Frank. My horse won't let strangers touch him." The landlord was greatly exercised, and went out anll repeated what Frank had said. A big bully, such as may be found in almost every littk town in the Southwest, said: "That youngster is too smart by just one-half. If he comes out here I'll give him a dose that'll beat his machine horse all hollow I" and he went into the bar-room to hoist in several drinks of fire-water. By and by Frank came into the office of the littli tav ern, when the bully spoke to him: "I say, youngster!" Frank turned round and looked at him. "Did you speak to me, sir?" he asked. "Yes, I did." 11 My name is Re\).de, not youngster, if you please.'' "Why,. blast your liver!" gasped the bully, "I kin swa}. low you whole and still be hungry I" "Maybe you can," was the quiet reply; "but if you do you'll tcave more brains in your stomach than in your bead." The crowd laughed. The bully could not stand that. He, gave a yell, and made a grab llt the young inventor. Frank sprung }i)ack beyond his reach, drew his revolver, and aimed it at his head. Stop this nonsense and behave yourself," he said, or I'll fill you full of lead. I've met such men as you before, and know just how to manage them." 1 The bully recoiled from before the weapon, his eyesi glaring and his face ashen-hued. ''Don't shoot!" he gasped. "Well, behave yourself, then. You can't play bully round me." The bully was defeated in the presence of the men he


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. bullying for years, and by a mere boy at that. He went out of the tavern crestfalletl and ashamed. Henceforth his prestige was gone. He would no longer tide roughshod over the citizens of the town. Tl:ey had seen him recoil from a pistol in the hand of the young stranger. "By gum!" exclaimed th e landlord, "I never saw Jed back down before. He crawfished-by gum!" CHAPTER IX. STOPPED BY .AN ALLIGATOR. THE bully was not seen about the tavern again that night, and a dozen citizens congratulated the young hero in llaving squelclled him. "It's the on(y way to deal with such men," said Frank. ''He is l.Jig enough to whip two of my size. I'd have shot him had he laid a hand on me. I had no other way to protect myself. Such men ought to be shot. He wanted to pick a quarrel with me, slap my face, and then strut around like a turkey-cock. He made a mistake in his man." He then told the crowd all about the great race he was running, and everybody in the village at once became his friend. As the news spread, more kPpt coming in to see him and tho tl'icyclP,. 'l'he mystery of the shocks received from the battery was explained. But the negroes said that a man who could bottle up lightning and use it to run a wagon must be the Evil One, and so they kept at a respectful distance from both him and his wagon. He spent a pleasant evening at the little tavern, and went to bed at teu o'clock, telling the landlord that he wanted to leave befote sunrise the next morning. 'rhe landlotd had him up betimes, and a hot breakfast awaited him when he came down-stairs. The tricycle had remained all night standing before the door of the tavern. Nobody had the conmge to touch it -after hearing how two men were nearly shaken out of theit boots. 'fhe morning was clear and beautiful when our hero started, and he was in hopes of being able to make a good run during the day. He wanted to reach Jackson, the of the State, before the day closed. But the roads were not in a condition to allow it. ''I wondet where Barney and Pomp are?" he asked him self as be bowled along the road. ''They mu3t be along this way somewhere. I hope I won't !.lave any more trou ble o n the way." He rode a number of miles without meeting any one. But about noon he met two men on horseback. Both seemed well dressed and gentlemanly in deport ..nent He bowed to them, and was about to pass them1 when one of them hailed him. "Mr. Reade!" Hello 1" said Frank. That's my name." The man smiled and said: ''Well, my name is Collins. I have come up from New Orleans to meet you." ''Indeed!" "Yes. I have bet money on your race, and am quite confident that you will win." "Of course I will. I started out with that intention." '' You will win a good deal of money if you beat the race, will you not?" "No; not a cent for myself. I shall win $2,000 for a. cl:latity institution in Chicago. The truth is, I don't be Iieve in betting at all I challenged Spreckels as I did merely to prove the superiority of my invention." "Why don't you go in and make a big pile out of this thing for yourself?" "Because I am not a gambler, and don't believe in bet ting." "Nonsense. If you'll agree not to win this race I'll agree to give you $10,000 in cash, and have the cash right to give you." "I won't agree to do anything of the kind, sir. 1 wouldn't lose this race for ten times ten thousand dollars." "'J'en thousand dollars are not to be had every day, my young friend," said Collins. "I know that well enough, sir. But $10,000 can't bribe me to lose this race, and thus cause my friends to lose several hundred thousand dollars." "Your friends will look out fot themselves. You must look to your own interest. I'll give you--" Nothing, for I will take nothing from you, sir," said Frank, interrupting him. The next moment he turned on a full head of power, and the tricycle dashed away like a deer. He_.beard an exclamation, coupled with an oath, escape one of the two men on horseback. Then the clatter of their horses hoofs told him that he was being pursued. Looking ahead, he saw a long stretch of level road befm:e him. The country in that section was one continuous level. ''I'll soon leu. ve 'em far behind," he said, if I don't meet with any accident or obstructions of any kind." Stop I" cried one of the furjous riders behind him, "or I'll fire on you I" Frank looked back. The man was at least one hundred yards behind He flourished a revolver in his hand. "I may as well shoot, too," said the young hero, draw ing his revolver. Then holding the helm with a steady hand, he turned and fired at his pursuer. The man seemed astounded at the action of the young inventor. He was about to halt and give up the chase. But his comrade, more daring than he, dashed past him at full speed: and opened fire on the tricycle. Frank heard one of the bullets whistle pretty close to his head. "Tllat fellow means to hurt me if he can," muttered Frank, a!:' be watched the ful'ious rider. "His horse is a splendid animal. I wonder how long he can hold out at this speed." ' Crack I crack I" went the revol vet. The bullets went wide of the mark. Once only did Frank think the tricycle had been hit. He was not sure, bow ever, and kept on his way at full speed. Both men were now rushing forward with the uespera-


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. ation of madmen. Frank saw that to he overtaken would I ran against a huge alligator. The reptile turned sa be the end of his race if not of himself: He therefore and seized the fore wheel in his huge jaws. turned his to increasing his speed1 as the safest With a cry of horror Frank turned on a full rush ef the and surest way of making his escap e electric current. It went coursing t3rough the stlolel of No longer able to watch his pursuers and guide the tri. the frame-work of the tricycle like forked lightning, an d eycle too, he settled down to bu s iness. killed the repWe perhaps quicker than one was ever killed Grasping the helm with a firm hand he turned on still before. more electric force. The machine fairly bounded over the Of all things in the reptile or animal kingdom the aliilevel, sandy road, gator is the most "tenacious of life. He is worse than the Suddenly he heard a snap, and saw something like a far-famed Salamander in that respect. But he can't stan d .snake or piece of rope flying through the air. lightning. It was the rubber tire from the left driving-wheel. The alligator gave a convulsive wag of his tail, and the11 "By George!" he exclaimed. "That's bad for me if I lay limp and lifeless across the road. strike a road with stones in it before I can shake off these Frank let the current flow for a couple of fninutes longer, fp,llows." to make sure of its work, and then turned it off. But he did not stop to repair any damages. He had a Then he leaned over and looked at the monster. half-dozen rubber tires in the chest under the seat, and "Ugh!" he shuddered. "It was a. narrow escape. I knew that he could put one on when he got a chance. never saw such an ugly customer in all my life." Away he went, reeling off mile after mile. He got down and went round to the fote wheel, which After awhile he looked back, and found that his pursuers was fastened in the jaws of the monster. were nearlr a quarter of a mile behind. He punched him with a stick to make sure he was dead "Ah 1 horse-flesh can't stand the strain," he said. Then he tried to pry his mouth open. H Their horses are giving out. I shall soon shake 'em off." It was no use. The pursuers kept up the chase a half-hour longer, howThe jaws were set like ribs of steel, defying all his strength ever, no doubt in the futile hope that something would to open them. happen to throw the fugitive into hands. "Well, I'm stuck fast," be said, releasing his hold and But as the tricycle kept up the same rate of speed as surveying the situation. "Stuck in the jaws of a d e a d when the race first began, the pursuers soon found themalligator. I wonder how I shall get loose from him." selves left far behind so they gave it up. After deliberating over the situation for several minut es u Shook: 'em oft at last,' said Frank, as he saw they had he went to the chest under the seat and took out a hatchet. given up the race. "I'll go on a little further, and then "I'll have to chop his head off," he said. 11 I don't see stop and put on another rubber. If that wheel should any other way of getting X>ose." strike a stone without a rubber on a break would be the He went to work chopping away at the neck of the result." scaly reptile. It was hard work getting under the scales About five miles further Oii he came to a big spring by Then, as he cut down into the flesh around the neck the the roadside odor of musk was almost too much for him. He stag" I'll stop and have a drink of water, and then put on gered back two or three times for breath, and then went the tire," he said, coming to a halt and springing to the at it again. ground. After a hard half-hour's work he succeeded in severing The drink of cold water greatly refreshed him. Then the head from the body. he opened the seat, took out a rubber tire, and stretched But the jaws were still set as firmly as ever, and he had it on in the concaved groove of the wheel. a deal more chopping to do ere he was f.ree. "I am all right now." he said, as he climbed up into It took nearly a half-hour longer to get loose from the the seat again. "They will have a sweet time catching head. But he finally cut it and found the wheel but up with me from behind. They may head me off, but on little damaged. a smooth road I can beat any horse that ever lived." "By George!" he exclaimed, wiping the perspiration A few miles further on he came to the village be had from hi

FRANK READ.lil, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. to have some trouble yet," he said. ''If the road is good I won't mind it. The electric light will give me all the light I want. But I am not sure of the road." But he lit the electric head-light, and pushed on as fast as he could. Owls hooted in the great forests as he passed, making weird sounds that made his hair rise on end at times. "This is pleasant-over the left," he muttered. I'd rathet be in bed in some nigger cabin than here in a strange country in a strange road, with such strange noises going on all around me." After going about three miles that way, he saw lights rigbt on through the woods, and heard a dog barking. "That must be a farm-house," he said, and then he stopped and sung out: "Halloo!" ''Hello!" came back in a strong, manly voice. "Come out here, please," said the young inventor. ''All right." A couple of minutes later two men came out to the road. far is it to town?" Frank asked, as they came up. "About twelve miles," was the reply. "Whew! I can't make it to-night." I wouldn't try it," said the man. It's very dark, and the road lies under moss nearly all Ole way." '' Can I stop here till morning?" '' Yes, if you can etand our fare." Oh, I can stand any kind of fare. Don't let that trouble you." "What kind of a machine is that you are riding, mister?" the second man asked, unable to longer control his curiosity .. "It's a new kind of a buggy," said Frank, "wbich runs by electl'icity." "Well, it beats anything I ever saw. Drive round this way, and follow me." The man tlen led the way up a wagon-road, through a large gate opened into the yard of an old-fashioned Soutbern farm-house. "Here you are," said the man; "you can get out and put up your horse." "My horse doesn't need to be put up, nor fed," remarked Frank, as he leaped to the ground. "Ain't you afraid of thieves ?" "Not in the least. They can't steal my horse. He won't go with any one but me." The man said no more, and Frank assisted him in getting the valise off, and then followed him into the house. CHAPTER X. CONCLUSION. FRANK found the planter a very hospitable and intelli gent man. His wife and daughters soon had a hot supper of ham, eggs, butter and coffee, with hot biscuits, ready for him. While at supper he told the family the story of his long ride from Chicago to New Orleans, and how he had been pursued and shot at on the way by parties who were inter ested in the race. "How far is it from here to New Orleans?" lle asked. One hundred and nine miles," said the planter. "How are the roads?" ' Very good, I believe." '' Tben I shall reach there tomortow evening." 11 That's a fast run to make in one day." "Yes, but I have made one hundreJ and seventy miles in one day. The roads tip in Illinois are hard and level. There's too much sand down tbis way." He s pent a pleasant time till ten o'clock, when he re tired, 'l'he next morning he was up with the chickens. The family breakfasted with him, while a few stars were yet to be seen. They treated him well, and would accept no compensation. "I shall let you hear from me when I get to New Orleans and back home," said Frank, as he shook hands with them. "I have not met with so much kindness on my trip." "We shall be very glad to hear from said the farmer's wife, "and hope that you will call on us if you ever pas1> this way again." "Thanks. J hope I shall have that pleasure." He mounted the seat, and was off in a moment. 'l'he farmer and his family gazed after him as long as he was in sight. ''They are the cleverest people I have met," thought Frank. "I shall write to them, and send the daughter a handsome present when I get home." As the farmer had said, the road was under moss pretty nearly all the way. The road was quite passable, but in some places under water a few inches. The tricycle worked as well as ever, and made up for lost time whenever a good, smooth piece of road was struck. Up to noon be macle splendid time. In the afternoon he found some pretty bad roads. ' It's time I was meeting some more bicyclist betters,' he remarked, as he bowled along. ' Tiley surely have not given up all hope of stqpping me. I hope they have, though. I wonder where Spreckels and Harrison are now? Decker and his St. Louis roughs must have given up the job of stopping me. Hanged if I don't believe they were the niggers who tore up that bridge. If so, I can un derstand why they retired from business. Two of them were bit. Of that I am sure. That's why they gave up. Those two men on horseback up about Jackson may have been hit. I don't know. Don't care if they were." He made good time all the afternoon, and soon knew he was approaching the Crescent City by the number and style of houses he saw on the way. The farm-houses were larger and in different condition from those further back in the country. At last he reached Lake Pontchartrain, seven miles from the city. It was the summer resort of the Crescent Oity, with fine Ia rge hotels, pavilions and bathing-houses. The moment the tricycle was seen by the people, a shout of welcome went up from all sides. Ctowds gathered atound to shake hands with him. "Where are the bicycles?" one asked. "Somewhere up the country," said Frank, laughing.


FRANK READE, JR.'S GREAT ELECTRIC TRICYCLE. Don't stop me, Let me reach the city and report to the mayor; then I shall be at leisure to talk with you. Which is the.: direct road to the city?" The main big road-all shelled, and as smooth as glass." Then I shall reach there in a few minutes,'' and he jar ted off at full speed. The telegraph spread the news through the city that the tricycle had passed Lake Pontctartrain. The mayor and a party of friends enteted a carriage to meet him at the city limits. They met witbin a of a mile of the line. Frank had crossed the line without knowing it. But he knew he was in the city. The mayor and his friends stopped him and congratulated him. "I1 is now 4:47P.M.," said the may01, looking at his watch. "I shall make a record of the time. You have performed a wonderful feat, Mr. Reade. Allow me to es cort you to the City Hall, where some friends will w!lcome rou." I am in your hands, Mr. Mayor. Here is a note to Jou from the Mayor of Chwago," and he handed the mayor the note that had been intrusted to him to deliver. 'l'he mayor hastily read the note-a simple little letter -of introduction-and put it in his pocket. .A.s they moved back into the city, a crowd began to gather and cheer. Bamey and Pomp ran up to him and shook hands with him. ' Bed ad!" exclaimed Bamcy, "you've bate the blaggards!" '' you sure of that, Barney?" ''Yes, sorr. They're clane dead bate, the blaggards." 'T'he people rushed out to see the young hero. His face was bronzed as brown as any Southerner's, but he was as chipper as a sparrow. By the time he the City Hall several thousand people and a brass band were on hand to greet him. He drove up slowly thtough the crowd behind the mayor's carriage. The band played and the people cheered themselve:; hoarse. The mayor made him get off the tricycle and mount the steps of tile City Hall. Waving his hands for silence, the mayor said: "Fellow-citizens: I have the hon01 of presenting to you the plucky son of the greatest inventor of the age, Frank Reade, Jt., who has just reached our city after the long race you have heard so much about. It is not yet known whether he has won the race. If he has not it is no fault of his. He has nobly vindicated the utility of his inven tion, for he has made the trip from the Queen City of the Lakes to the City in eight days, resting of nights on the common dirt-roads of the country. It was a won derful feat, and we greet him as a hero!'' The crowd cheered and roared like a sea in a storm, waving hats and canes in the air. When quiet was restored, Frank stepped forward, and said: "Fellow-citizens: I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this reception. I did not expect it. I can't make a speech, or I would do so. I will say, however, that I have won the race. I know what the difficulties are the bicyclists willlla veto eacounter. under three days yet." .A.s he bowed, a perfect storm of applause gteeted him. It was a neat little speech, the first one he evet made in his life. .But be was plucky, and made it a rule nerer to shirk any duty that devolved upon him. 'l'he mayor then took him by tile hand and congralula ted him again, after which he was escorted to the hotel where he was to stop. That nighL it was ascertained that Spreckels and Hani son were in Mempllis the night before. "They can't reach here in two days, then," said Frank. ''How much do you want to bet on that?" a man asked. "Nothing, sir. I have bet all I care to bet on the race," was the reply. "You don't think you have won the race, then?" "Yes, I do-l know I have, if it is true that they left Memphis this morning." "It is true," said the man. "Thrn don't bet on theit winning, no mattet' what cddt! you get." 'rhe maa went out, and nothing mote was heard of him until Frank happened to recollect having heard his voice before. Then he suspected the man of being the partner of the roan Collins, who chased him some ten miles on the Jackson road. 'rhe next morning, Frank had the tricycle washed off, and then gave exhibitions cf its speed and workings on the streets of the city. Everywhere, the people rcceired him with cheers. The day without any news from the bicyclists. But the next day brought a dispatch from Spreckels to Fmnk, sent from Jackson, Miss., giving up the race. Fmnk was not in the least elated. He was sure he had won it, and received the congratulations of the people very quietly. Then he wrote to the stakeholder in Chicago to give the $2.000 to the Orphans' Home of that city. Telegrams ciime to him ftom many cities, from people who had won money on the race. Over one hundred thousand dollars changed hands all over the co111ntry on the result. But of all the dispatches he received, one from his father pleased him most. Hear it is: READESTOWN, May 30. To Frink Reade, Jr., care Mayor, New Orleans: "We are all rejoicing over your victory with illumina tions and bonfires to-nignt. You have done nobly. ''YOUR FATHER." "That does me more good than all the others com bined," he said, as he handed it to the mayot to read. He spent a week in New Orleans, and then retumcd home, going by steamer up the river as far as St. Louis, accompanied by Barney and Pomp. At St. Louis he again took the road, and reached Readestown after a pleasant trip through the He had established the superiority of his invention, and contributed two thousand dollars to a worthy charity, and yet he was but nineteen years old. The world has since learned more about Frank Reade, Jr., and hifl wonderful inventions. [THE END.]


of THE FIVE CENT WIDE AWAKE LIBRARY: The Traveling Dude; or The Comical Ad1064 The of the Pueblo; or, the Phan-1ll5 Afloat in a Cannibal Ship; or, The Fated ventures of Clarence Fitz Roy Jones-tom and .................... by Paul Braddon vVar Sloop of the Ladrones ............... comic ........................... by Tom Teaser 1065 Dandy Dan of Deadwood in Danger........ by Roger Starbuck 1012 Black Brow, the Pirate; or, The Cruiser of by" Noname" 1ll6 The Boy Firemen; or, Stand by the Ma-Dark River ............ by Roger Starbuck 1066 Pawnee Bill's Gold Hunt; or, The Lost chine ...................... by Howard DeVere Yacht Club; or, Around the Treasure Train .............. by Paul Braddon 1117 'l'he Young Diamond Seekers; or, Rough-........... .. by Geo. G. Small 1067 Icebound; or, Among the Floes............ ing it in the Carolina Mountains ......... Exploring a River of by Berton Bertrew by R. '1'. Emmet Story of Africa...... 1068 Stowaway Sam; or, A Cruise to the Sea of 1118 The Rip Van Winkle by Allan Arnold by "Noname" Doom ...................... by Roger Starbuck 1119 The Lost Gold Raft; or, A Perilous Cruise 1015 Muldoon's Trip Around the World-comic. 1069 Johnny Brown & Co. at School; or, The For a Floating Treasure .. by Roger Starbuck Part I. ......................... by Tom 'l'easer Deacon's Boy at His Old '!'ricks-comic... 1120 Sharp, Swift and Spry; or, 'l'hree Jollv 1016 Muldoon's '!'rip Around the world-comic. by Peter Pad Peddlers-comic ........ ....... by Sam Sniley Part II. ........................ by 'l'om 'l'easer 1070 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Greyhound of 1121 'l'he 'Forty-Niners; or, The Pioneer's 1017 Flat Boat Fred; or, 'l'he Young Swamp the or, 'l'he Search For the Mount-Daughter . ..... ......... by '1'. W. Hanshew Hunter of Louisiana .... by H. K Shackleford ain of uold ..................... by" Noname" 1122 Dick the Young Revenue Cap1018 Among_ the Sun Worshipers; or, 'l'wo New 1071 Dandy Dan of Deadwood, and His Deal tain; or, The Yirate of the Gun-Brig ..... York Boys in Peru ........ by Berton Bertrew With DAath .................... by" Noname" by Roger Starbuck 1019 Jack Magic, the Boy Wonder; or, The 1072 Go-Ahead Harry, the Boy Who Got There; 1123 y K' c Th T Smartest on the Stage ... ......... by C Little or, Where There's a Will, There's a Way. oung rusoe; or, e reasure 1020 Frank Reade'!: Jr., and His Electrw Air by c. Little '!'rove of Fa con Key by C. Little 1124 Hook and Ladder No.2 ... by Howard DeVere Yacht; or, 'he Grea t Inventor Among 1073 Old Sixty-Nine; or, 'l'he Prince of Engi-1125 Sam Sureshot, the Skeleton Marine; or tile Aztecs ...................... by" Noname" neers ...................... by Howard DeVere The Lost Fi'igate of the Demon Isles ..... : 1021 Two Boy Wanderers; or, The Chums of 1074 The Boy Mate; or, Cast Away With Conby Roger Starbuck the Lost Island ............ by Roger Starbuck victs ....................... by Roger Starbuck 1 26 B'll B 1022 The Wonder of Wall Street; or, A Boy 1075 Jim Jack and Jim; Ot', 'l'hree Hard Nuts 1 Y utton, the Young Clown and Bare-Among the Bulls and Bears........... .... to Crack-comic ................ by Tom 'feaser back Rider. A Story of the Circus ...... by H. K. Shackleford 1076 Colorado Carl; or, 'fhe King of the Saddle by_ Lieut. E. H. Kellogg 1023 Th u kno n b p ul B add b J G B dl 1127 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic lon Th6e Conm,calwA.d. v"e'n"tu"r'e's"o' t"1r.woaD11derson oy ra ey Sto f G t C't 1077 Dandy Dan of Deadwood and His ,B, Bo,, ry o a rea I Y ..................... boy'l'om Teaser nanza bry oname by N S. Wood ('l'he Young American Actor) 1025 CastAdriit; or,' One' Y eai.' oD: ;t Raft....... 1078 The Lo;;t 'i:>i;."r;:iorid.' 'ship;' 'or,' A Search for 1128 Perry, the Hero of 1812. An by J. G. Bradley an Unknown Lake ........ by Roger Starbuck 1129 Exci ing Firrivateer Yarn. by George G. Small 1028 The Rival Boat Clubs; or, the l:loss School 1079 Benny Bounce; or, A Block of the Old Amon\the a-Worshipers; or, Two New at Beach wood ............ by Howard De Vere Ciup-comic ...................... by Peter Pad 1130 TYhork ins Me xi cos ..... by Berton Bertrew 1027 The Demon Captain; or, The DocAJed Boys 1080 Nozzle Ned, the Boy Fireman of Madison. e Ac r s on. A tory of Trials and of the Gun-Ship ........... by Roger Starbuck by Robert Lennox Triumphs On and Off the Stage .......... 1028 Held by Sitting Bull; or, the Siege of aDa1081 The Two Boy Cattle Kings; or, An Indian by Gus Williams kota School-House ........... by Paul Braddon Mail Carrier's Oath ......... by Paul Braddon 1131 The Oeean Wolf. A Story of Privateering 1029 l:!ob Bright.;._ or, A BoyofBusinessandFun 1082 Nimble Nick, the Boy of Nerve; or Fight-in ... .................. by George G. Small -comic. Yart I. .............. by Tom Teaser ing His Own Battles ............... by C. Little 1132 The Witch's Secret; or, The Hidden 1030 BobBrighti._ or, A Boy of Business and Fun 1083 FrOm Pole to Pole; O!J Frank Reade, Jr.'s Crime ..................... oy T. W. Hanshew -comic. Yart II. ............. by Tom 'l'easer Stranf!:e Submarine voyage ... by" Noname" 1133 Bound Boy Ben; or, Sold Into Slavery .... 1031 Pawnee Bill's Shadow; or, May Lillie the 1084 The 'lwo Boy Clowns; or, A Summer by C. Little Girl Dead Shot ............... by Paul Braddon With a Circus-comic .......... by Tom Teaser 1134 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Ice Boat_ or, 1032 Tom Topp; or, Fighting Against Fiends... 1085 The Mark of Mystery; or, Saved by a CarLost in the Land of Crimson Snow. Yart by Allyn Draper rier Pigeon ................... by Paul Bradd on I. ............................... by N oname 1033 The Poisoned Ship; or Adrift on a Sea of 1086 Steadfast Sid, the Boy_Who Never Surren1135 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Ice Boat.;._ or1 Death ....................... by Roger Starbuck dered; or, Standing Up for a Square Deal Lost in the Land of Crimson Snow. Yart 1034 Dick Dart; or, The Fiend of the Revenue by C. Little II ............................... by "Noname" Cutter ................... . by Berton Bertrew 1087 Dick Daring..._the Boy Unknown;, or1 The 1136 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Cyclone; or, 1035 The Boy Slave of New York; or, Sold to a Trail of the lJeath Decoy .... by J:t.'l. Emmet Thrilling Adventures in No Man's Land. 1036 AroHuntedd ,Mh awn ... 1.d .. : .... Sa ... il .. B .... t ... by C. Little 1088 ThfethMagi1c otr, ThebStrRange CSrtaruisbe k Part I. .......................... by" Noname" un e or m a oa .. o e Blac Jga e. Y oger uc 1137 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Cyclone; or, by Harry Kennedy 1080 Dan of Deadwood and great Thrilling Adventures in No Man's Land. 1037 Fred Fresh; or, As Green as Grass-comic DIVIde by Noname p t II b "N by Tom Teaser 10!!0 Dfck i>iunket;' or,' Tiie and 1138 M:iiuni;tiri' Joe; 'tlie' oid.' 1038 Old Buckskin, the Man With the Trained TribulatiOns of Ebeneze;Crowb-cSomwS .... il Malbro Pond ......... by Lieut. E. H. Kellogg Dogs; or, The Indian Scout's Man 1091 Old 0 k; B II th J Ii t b tamt. m ey 11139 Red Light Dick, the Engineer Prince .... Hunt ......................... by Pa Braddon a urre e ournabsy PaeuleBc riavdedon . by Albert J. Booth 1039 "Sport," the New York Bootblack......... 1 4 Adrift th T T b by N. S. Wood 1092 Among the Amazons. A Thrilling Story 1 0 m e reeops ....... Y Allyn Draper 1040 Philadelphia Phil; or, From a Bootblack of the Interior of Africa ...... by R. T Emmet 1141 Lost m Ll),brador; or, The Search to a Merchant ...................... by C. Little 1093 Afloat in a Den; or, The Wreck of Frozen Pir.ate C. L1ttle 1041 A Ship on Wheels; or, The Wonder of the Mena!fene Ship ........ by Roger Starbuck 1142 The Mystenous Man of. the Moun tam. A Hurricane Coast ........... by Roger Starbuck 1094 Newsboy Ned; or, From the Pavement to Story of the Hudson P. T. Raymond 1042 Truthful Jack; or, On Board the Nancy a Palace ............................ by C. Little 1143 In the Sea oflce ... ........ by Albert J'. Booth Jane. A Story Full of Lies-comic....... 1095 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Coach; 1144 The You';'g Deserters; or, The Mystery of by Tom Teaser or, The Search for the Isle of Diamonds. Rams.ey s Island ... ... .... !>Y Berton Bertrew 1043 The Gold Arrow; or, The Demon of the Part I. .... : .................... by" Noname" 1145 "SpeCial" Bob; or, The Pnde of the Road Cascade. A Thrilling Story of the Wild 1096 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Coach; . by Albert J. Booth Northwest ................... by Paul Braddon or, The Search for the Isle of Diamond's 1146 Adrift m a Haunted or, The Mys1044 The Boy Lion King; or, The Secret of the Part II ......................... br, "Noname" tery of a Lost War Sh1p .. by Roger Diamond Caves .............. by R. T. Emmet 1097 Rob Ready, the Life Saver; or, 'lhe Pirate 1141 The Arkansas Scout, .. : .... by Paul Braddon 1045 "7" of Dismal Swamp. A Story of the Wreckers of the Bahamas............... . 1148 The Wolf Boys of ............... Great South .................. by Gus Williams by Roger Starbuck Y Jas. D. Montague 1046 The Castaways of Iceland or The Fiend 1098 Captain Tom Seymour, the Game Cock of 1H9 The Boy Nihilist; or, Young America in of the Lava Caves ......... by Roger Starbuck the Coast .................... by Ralph Morton Russia .. by Captain Gco. Granville, (U. S. A.) 1047 Billy Moss; or, From One Thmg to Another 1099 Dandy Dan of Deadwood Betrayed; or,. The 1150 Daniel Boone's Best Shot; or, The Perils -comic ......................... by_ Tom Teaser Vultures of Montana .......... by" Noname" of the Kentucky Pioneers .. by John Sherman 1046 An Engineer at Seventeen; or, From the 1100 The Black Fiend of the Red Sea; or, The 1151 The Parson's Boy; or, The Innocent One of to the Toil ................. b;y: C. Little Lost Girl of the Cora.! Cave ... -............ the Family-comic ............ by Tom 'l'easer 1049 Chicago Carl; or, '!'he Factory Boys For-by Hoger Starbuck 1152 'l'he Game Cock of Deadwood. A Story of tune ........................... by R. T. Emmet 1101 Muldoon's Hotel. Part I.-comic......... the Wild Northwest .... .... by Geo. G. Small 1050 Cast A. way With Cannibals: or, the White by Tom 'l'easer 1153 Randy Rollins, the Young Fireman. A Boy King oftbe Man-Eaters. A 'l.'hrilling 1102 Muldoon's Hotel. Part H.-comic........ Story of Heroic ... by Robert Lennox Story of the South Pacific ... by J G Bradley by Tom Teaser 1154 Little Buffalo Bill; or The Boy Scout of 1051 Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Sand, and 1103 Dandy Dan of Deadwood in '; or, the Rio Del Norte .... by Lieut. E. H. Kellogg His Discovery of a Lost People. by "N:gpame" The Silver Moon Mystery ..... by" Noname" 1155 The Lost Island. A Romance of a Forgot1052 Pawnee Bill's Double; or The Great 1104 Fergus of the Flail; or, Fighting For Land ten World ......................... br, C. Little Scout's Best Trail ........... by Paul Braddon and Life ......... by Corporal Morgan Rattler 1156 The Silent Band ................. by' Noname" 1053 Pacer Dane, the Senate Detective or, Be1105 Pawnee Bill's Boys; or, 'l'he Young Boom-1157 Kit Carson's Little Scout; or, 'l'he Rene-hind the Scenes in Washington ... by C Little era of Oklahoma ............. by Paul Braddon _gade's Doom ................. by Gaston Garne 1054 The Skeleton Island; or, A Cruise in an 1106 The Boy Scout. .................. by N. S. Wood 1158 Hook and Ladder Jack, the Daring Young Underground River ....... by Roger Starbuck 1107 Muldoon in Ireland; or, The Solid Man on Fireman ................... by Robert Lennox 1055 The Pistol Prince; or, The Treasure of the the Old Sod ..................... by rom Teaser 1159 'l'he Men in Green ............... by "Noname" Cache ........................ by Paul Br:.ddon 1108 Frank Jr., With His Air-Ship in 1160 Yellowstone Kelly ........ by Robert Maynard 1056 Locomotive Fred; or, Life on a Railroad.. Asia; or, A .!'light Across the SteP.pes.... 1161 Captain Jack Tempest, the Princ. e of the byHowardDeVere by 'Noname" Sea ............................ by:J.G.Bradley 1057 Dandy Dan of Deadwood ....... br, "Noname" 1109 On Board a Slave Ship; or, Kidnapped For 1162 A Poor Boy's Fight; or, 'l'he Hero of the 1058 Twenty Years on An Island; or, fheStory a Strange Voyage ............ by J. G. Bradley School. .. . ................ by George G. Small of a Young Castaway ............ by Kit Clyde 1110 The Weird House of White Cliff........... 1163 Boarding School; or, The Rackets 1059 The Deacon's Boy; or, The Worst m Town by Lieut. E. H. Kellogg of a Young Ventnloquist. Part I.--comic .. ......................... by Peter Pad 1111 Buffalo Bill, Jr., and His Band of Dead comic .......................... by Tom 'l'easer 1060 The Phantom Light-House; or, The MysShots .. ........................ by Allyn Draper 1164 Boardi11g School Scrapes; or, The Rackets tery of the Storm-Coast ... by Roger Starbuck 1112 The Ship of Silence; or, The 'l'errible of a Young Ventriloquist. Part II. 1061 Dandy D!!-n of Deadwood, and Fresh League of the Black Sword................ comic .......................... by Tom Teaser From FriSCO .................... by Noname by Roger Starbuck 1165 Lost on a Yacht: or, The Adventures of 1062 The Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Free-1113 Fred Frost, the Young Arctic Explorer; Four American Boys ......... by R. T. Emmet dom ........................... by J. G. Bradley or, Bound to Reach the North Pole....... 1166 Rob Rudder, the Boy Pilot of the Mississ 1063 Backbone Rob.Jjhe Boy of Pluck.;..9r Mak-by Albert J. Booth ippi. ........................ by P. T Raymond ingHisOwn way Through the world.... 1114 Bootblack Bob; or, From Rags to Broad-1167 On a Sinking Island ............. by Kit Clyde by C. Little cloth ............................... by C. Little 1168 Muldoon's Flats-comic ....... by Tom Teaser For sale by all newsdealers in the United State s and Canada: or sent to your address, po:;t-paid: o n receipt of pri c e 5 cents. 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Skinny, the Tin Peddler, by Tom Teaser 11. M tllions In It; or, Something New Every Minute, by Sam Smiley 12. Tl:ie Mulcahey Twins, by Tom Teaser 13. The Village Sport; or, Two to One on Everything, by Sam Smiley 14. One of the Boys of New York; or, The Adventures of Tommy Bounce, by Peter Pad 15. Tom, Dick and Dave; or, Schooldi).Ys in New York, by Peter Pad 16. Touchemup Academy; or, Boys Who Would Be byl::iam Smiley 17. Corkey; or, The Tricks and Travels of a SuP.e, by Tom Teaser 18. Three oJacks; or, The Wanderings of a Waif, by Tom 'l'caser 19. Shorty Junior; or, The Son of His Dad, by Peter l'ad 20. Mulligan's Boy, by Tom Teaser 21. 'l'he Hazers of Hustleton; or, The Imps of the .Academy, by Sam Smiley 22. Shorty Junior on His Ear; or, Always On a Racket, bJlPeter Pad 23. Jim Jams; or, Jack of All Trades, by Tom Teaser 24. Tommy Dodd; or, Bounced Everywhere, by Peter Pad 25. Sweet Sixteen; or, The Family Pet, by Sam Smiley 26. Shorty and the Count; or, The Two Great Unmashed, by Peter Pad 27. Nip and Flip; or, Two of a Kind, by Tom Teaser Of Course You Have Heard About FRANK READE, JR., THE GREAT INVENTOR I Read About His Thrilling Adventures With His Wonderful Machines in the FRANK READE LIBRARY. Price 5 Cents. Issued Every Saturday. Each Number a Complete Story. The Following Have Been Issued: 1. I'rank Reade, Jr., and His New Steam Man; or, The Young 12. Frank Reade and His Steam Man of the Plains; or, The Inventor's Trip_to the Far West, by" Noname., Terror of the West, by" Noname" 2. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Man in No Man's 13. Frank Reade, Jr. With His New Steam Horse in the NorthLa,nd; or, On a Mysterious Trail, by" Noname" west; or, Wild Adventures .Among the Blackfeet, 3. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Man in Central by" Noname" America, by" Noname" 14. Frank Reade and His Steam Horse, by" Noname" 4. Frank Reade, Jr .. With His New Steam Man in Texas; or, 15. Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric .Air Canoe; or The Search for the Chasinp; the Train Robbers, by" Noname" Valley of Diamonds, by" Noname" 5. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Man in Mexico; or, 16. Frank Reade anti His Steam Team, by" Noname" Hot Work Among the Greasers, by" Noname" 17. Frank Reade Jr.'s New Electric Submarine Boat" The Ex-6. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New Steam Man Chasing a plorer;" or, To the North Pole Under the Ice, by" Noname" Gang of "Rustlers;" or, Wild Adventures in Montana, 18. Frank Reade and His Steam Taljy-Ho, by" Noname" by" Noname" 19. Frank Reade Jr.'s New Electric Van; or, Hunting Wild Ani 7. Frank Reade, Jr., With His New St


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