Across the continent on wings; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest flight

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Across the continent on wings; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest flight
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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" and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No. 34. or, Frank Reao.e, Jr.'s Gr'eatest "NONAME.'' Just then a shriek burst from Harry, who some dista.ace away with Barney. Frank turned and looked in that direction, and was horrified at seeing him tumbling toward the earth in a confused mass of wings. A wild cry of alarm burst from Frank, Sr., and Pomp and Barney.


2 ACR O S S T Hli: CONTINENT ON WINGS. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Greatest Flight. B y N ONAME," Autho r o f "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Sea Serpent;' or, The Search for Sunken Gold, etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. I He made his way back to the bouse and met I am trying to find out the theory of wing-1!viu his wife and mother seated on the piazza "I thought you had setln enough of flyiug maFBA.NK READE, JR., AND HIS FATHER. "Mother," he said, I am uneasy about chines and air ships to understand all that by "I SAY, father?" father." this time, father," said the young inventor. "Well, what is it?" 'Why, what's the matter, Frank?" exclaimed "Well, I don't, nor do you," rep!led his fath e r. "That's what I want to know myself," replied his mother, in evident alarm. flown all round the world, anyhow," said Frank Reade, Jr., to his father one bright, sunny "I think he is ott his base-something wrong Frank, Jr. with a knowing wag of his head. afternoon, in the" field near the old homestead at up here," and he t.\pped his forehead significant-"But not as the birds fly." Readestown, "for I have been watching you for a ly as he spoke. "He is very strangely out Young Frank was inte rested. week." in the field there." Flying is flying, is it not?" he asked. "You have, eh ?" Mrs. Reade sprung up and threw on a shawl "Yes, but really I don't think you ever flew "Yes, sir; and I give It up." and bonnet. Frank's wife diLnd destroy all th"'se drawings as soon said. "You are in search of an idea for a pur-turbed. as s he could get her hands o n them." pose. I am sure you have not turned naturalist "I guess be isn't much crazy, mother,'' r e "How much progress have you made?" Frank JUSt for love ef tbe occupation. What are you m arked Mrs. Frank, Jr., as the y entered tho asked, taking up ad ving of a bird's wing, and bothering the crows for?" bouse. scrutinizing it closely. "Well, I didn't know I was 'bothering the "No, not much,'' was the reply. "He knows I think I have caught t e secret, but have crows,'" said the elder Re a de, laughing. "In what ile is doing, which we do not,'' and the good not b ee n able to conceive any mechanical method fact, I didn't know the crows were aware I was mother laughed quietly to herse lr. She had lived of applying it. By watching birus on the wing taking any notice of them." long enough with the great inventor to know that I h aYe di scove reu that their wings artl 5bapt>d in "Come, fathflr, let up. What are you up to?" his head was all right. accordance with h ab its o 1 lite. Those ac" W e ll, it I must teli-I was watching the That evening young Fmnk was in a restless customed to long ni ghts have much large r wings, humor. He \vent up t o llis room and tri ed to in proportion to th e ir size and w e ight, than tb ose Frank, Jr.'s, knees gave way und e r him, and read, but had to give it up. He came down again that live nearer the earth and in the trees. The h9 sank down on the grass in an apparently and went in search of his father. He found him crow, for instance, have wings adapted for long helpless condition. in his little \TOrk room, poring over a lot of flights, while the quail have small ones, with "What's the matter with you?" his father drawings spread out on a table. bodies much heavi e r in proportion." asked. His father looked up at him in a quiz?.ical sort "Yes, 1 can understand all that, father, but "That tre!llendous revelation was too much of way as he entered the room. it's their thorough knowledg e of the science tha for me, father; I couldn't stand up to it." "Go on with your work, father,'' said Frank, enables them to fly." His fath"r laughed, and said: Jr. "Don't mind mo-l won't bother you." "Of cou!'9e. I have found out that the same "Why, my dear b<>y, it such an inkling a.s that The elder Reade laughe d a low, chuckling science is used in sailing a ship, in some in-downs you, bow do you expect to stand UIJ to all laugh, and said: To raise himself the bird makes a that Is back of it?" "I see I can't keflp my attairs a secret from spring and spreads and flops his wings. Then, "Oh, I'll brace up," r eplied Frank, "if you'll you. so I may as well let you know I am when e wishes to go forward, 1le makes quick touch it off easy and let me know what's comtrying to get the correct theory of wing-flying.'' downward motions, followed by backward ing,'' and he rose to his feet and brushed the "Wing-flying?" pushes. The two motions form graceful curv es, dust off Ills c l othes. "You said you were watch" Yes-to undfu-stand it as the birds do. They and serve a double purpose-to keep up in thfl ing the crows." seem to understand it to the utmost. air and to dart forward. Then, if be wishos to "Yes, I believe I did." Young Frank was amazed. go higher, he propels himself forward with his "For what purpose?" 'What was his father up to, anyway? wings turned so that wind forces him upward. "To see how they fly." "I don't know that I quite unders tand you, Soma u se the tail as a rudder; but I have seen "Oh l" and the look of disgust on the young father,'' he said, after an interval of silence. birds with no tails going with as much ease and t.nVentor's face set his father in a roar. "Well, I thought I spoke plainly enough. I precision as those with tl1em. They slacken the


ACROSS THE C ONTINENT ON WINGS. 8 motions of the left wing if they wish lo turn to l eft, and vice versa, elevating the other." "It is a beautiful and interesting study, isn't it?" "Yes, indeed. I don't know when I. have been more intereste d in anything. Do you think you can get up an apparatus that will enable you to accompany the birds in thElir flight?" ''I think I can, with your assistance," replied Frank. "Work 'em by electricity?" "Yes. I can get more power with less weight from an electric battery than by any other ma chine. Here are the handles which connect with the battery and the wings, enabling one to fly in any direction Of course one understand how to work it, just ns one must know how to skate ere he can do it." "Do you thiuk you can do it?" his lather asked. CHAPTER II. "I think I understand the theory, but will have to practice with it ere I can fly, I suppose." "Yes, of course. Suppose you wrap it np in a cloth, and have Pomp take it out to tile field be yond tile grove to-morrow, where you can try it THE NEW INVENTION A COMPLETE SUCCESS. without being soon by any one.'' LEFT in charge of the drawings, the young in-. "Just what I was thinking about," remarked ventor pored over them day and nigbt, growing Frank, and 1:1.5 be had the machine in complete Tilen I'll turn the job over to you," said his father, and they shook hands over the mattez. more enthusiastic as he progressed. His fath e r order, he proceeded to wrap a large tarpaulin came to his assistance every day, and both workaround it. ed together lik e heroes. Mrs. Reade, Sr., won-The next day, in the afternoon, he called Pomp dered what they were up to, but she had seen in and told him to take up the bundle and follow them so muoh absorbed over other inventions in him. the past that she did uot regard it as anything Pomp looked suspiciously at the bundle, and unusual. asked: But young ll1rs. Reade was more concern&d. "What am yer got dar, Marse Frank?" She had now been married to Frank five years, "Never mind what it is, Pomp," answered and had two beautiful little children. During Frank. "Take it up and come along with father that time Frank had sailed around the world and me," and to the Arctic regions in his air-ship; visited Pomp knew that the young inventor had been Africa to rescue the young English lord and his for weeks and months busily engaged on some sister, leaving her at home to sutler the tortures thing new. He suspected that It was some new of suspense during his absence. kind of an electric machine, and if there was any-Thinking that he might again be inventing thing in the world he was really afraid of, it was something that would take him away from home elec tricity. for a time, she went into the workshop and ask"Lookee heah, Marse Frank I" ho exclaimed, ed him what he was making. shaking his woolly hea d. "What am dis heah?" ".My dear," he replied, "I am simply experl"Oh, take it up and bring it along, Pomp. I've mer.ting, just as I've been doing for years. Why no time to lose now." do you ask?" "Am dere any ob dat bottled llgbtnin' in it, "Because I don't want you to invent anything Marse Frank?" he stooping to touch it that's going to take you away from home again." gingerly. "Kase ef dere is, l'se gwine lor to lef' "ObI" and Fcank looked at her in some sur-iter lone, I is." prise lor a few moments. "Is that thfl way the "There is no bottled lightning about it now, wind blows?" Pomp," said tile young inventor. "Take it up "Yes, going to blow hard, too, if you and come on." don't heed it." Pomp took up the bundle and followed them "That's queer," remarked Frank. out of the house. "Nothing queer about it. You have a wile and Frank and his father led the way through the two children, and--" barn-yard, and passed out into a 1\eld beyond. "Oh-yes-that's so. Well, don't let tbe wind Passing through the woods on the farther side bl01v till you see me going away again," and he) of the field, they entered a clearing of some two kissed her in his old affectionate way. acres or more. "You won't go away again, will you, Frank'/" Arriving in the center of this clearing, Frank she asked. ordered Pomp to put down the bundle, and pro" I can't say. I have no idea at present of ever ceeded to open it. going further from home than Chicago. Don't Pomp stood by and watched the young inventmake m e promise anything more than to love or with a degree of interest that was amusing to you always, and take care of you and the chi!-Frank and his father. dren. I promise that with all my heart." When the cloth was zemoved, Frank got inside She could not resist such talk as that, and so the frame-work, and proceeded to make it fast to she returned to the bouse satisfied with her his body by means of several broad bells of visit. strong leather, which he buckled securely. In the meantime, Frank was busier than ever "This holds the whole business firmly to the before in his life. He drew diagram after dia-body," he said to his father, as he buckled the gram, and then made models in pursuance of belts around him. electric battery is bethe plans on paper. 'fhen he would concoct a hind me, out of the way, in the lower part of the series of fine steel works which controll ed the inclosed cae, and tho machinery above it. j oints of two immense made of triple layThese handles-about a dot:en or them-in lront ers of the strongest silk that could be found. of me h ere, so that I can touch them at any moThs joints worked well, and seemed to be in-ment. Each handle is marked to designate its spired with life in doing what was required of use and purpose, so no mistake can be made if I tnem. But the machine that was t o control and keep cool and know what I am doing. Each move them in every direction, as the birds move handle connects with the joints of the wings, til eir wings in flight, was yet to be made. aud--" He knew what he wanted, but how to get it "De l or' gorramighty !" gasped Pomp, speak-was the thing that puzzled hi:n more than an.Y ing for the llrst time. problem h e ever struck. ''What' s the matter, ?omp?" Frank asked. Bnt he was not the man to be balked in his pur"Did yer 6ay wings, .Marse Frank?" suit of an object. "Yes, I believe I did." He kept on, day and night, consulting his fa-"An' is yer gwine ter flyer gin, .Marse Frank?" ther several times a day. But both of them kept "I am going to try to, if you'll bold your jaw." the matter a profound secret from their wives. "Yes, sah-Isl' gwine to hoi' to de airth, too, The women knew thn.t something was going on, I is." but never dreamed as to what it was. Frank went on to explain to his father the By and-by' Frank whispered to his father that make of the machine. he thought he had the thing right. "You see two large covered saddle stirrups Frank, Sr., went out to the w'lrkshop to inbelow the re, he said, pointing dowu to his f eet svect the invention, and Frank, ifr., locked the to a pair of stirrups similar to tnose used by cav door after him as they came in. He didn't want alrymen. "When the lift me I put my feet to know anything about it till he was in them and stand if I like, or I can rest on the of success. belts, as either way will do as well. This leaves Frank's father saw a slender framework, about my hends free to manage the wings by means of three and a half feet high, on the t!o9r. It had the handles." t so many intricate pieces of belting, wires, and "I thillk I understand the theory very well," sl en der steel rods connected with it that the elder said ]'rank's father. "Now let's see how it will inventor was puzzled. work." "Hangl'd If I can make head or tail of it, "Well, stand out of the way, and give the Frank," he said, after gazing at the machine for wings free play." several minutes. His father and Pomp moved back out of the "Well, there's the wings," said the young inway, and then the voung inventor touched the veutor, pointing to several layers of silk fold e d handle that-set the electric battery going. a sort of knapsack on the top of the In another moment he touched the handle that mework. "And in this inclosed place down controlled the wings, and the folds of silk seemed hare in rear of the frame is a very powerful eleato be endowed with life. They sprung up and trio battery to work the wings." spread out like the wings of a great dragon. Then they began to beat the air, raising a breeze that forced the elder Reade and Pomp to place their hands on their hats to keep them on their heads. The motions increased to such a force as to send the gravel stones flying with the breeze. Suddenly Frank gave a bound upward, and the wings carried him up with the greatest ease. The higher he ascended the easier they seemea to carry him. "Oh, de Lor' oobe 'im I" groaned Pomp. Dat boy gwine ter broke his neck, suah I De Lor' gwine terpuziish 'im some day. He am too sassy. Marse Frank, youse orter make 'im stay whar de Lor' put 'im. Man ain't got no business flyin' like dat." The eldez: Reade was too busy watching Frank to pay any attention to what Pomp was saying. He saw Frank go up some two hundred feet or more and move about with perfect ease. The great silk wings, shaped precisely like those of an eagle's, seemed to r espo nd to every touch of the handles with the greatest ease. "It is a saocess I" cried young Frank, up in the air, "Yes," said his father, 'a complete success. Comedown." Frank let himself down as gently as he could, and his father rushed forward and shook hands with him. CHAPTER III. ON THE WING-WESTWARD HOI FRANK and his father shook hands for nearly three minutes, congratulating each other on the success of the experiment with wings. "lt is much b11tter than I expected," said his father. "Yes, better than I expected, too," replied Frank. I had no idea it would work with so much easa at first. It seemed to be just right in every joint." "It's the luokiest invention you ever got up." "Mel Why, father, it is your invention I" ex claimed Frank, shaking his father's hand again and again . "No, it's yours, Frank," said the elder Reade, returning the hand-shaking. "No, sir; I would never have thought of It but for you. I shall insist on y'>u bearing the honor, father." Oh, we all happen to know that you did get it up," persisted his father; "so we won't say any more about it." This generous self-denial on the part of both of them fully attests the love and respect that exists between the father and son, I:Joth of whose names are known throughout the world as the greatest inventors of the age. Pomp stood by gazing at the winged machine in open-eyed wonder. The great wings were now folded again, and the machine seemed as in nocent of flying as Pomp did himself. "Well, Pomp, old man I" exclaimed Frank, extending his hand to the faithful old darky. "Give us a shake, and tell us what you think of this new idea," and he grasped Pomp's hand and shook it till his teeth rattled. "I tink you'se better stop all dis foolishness ; lllarse Frank," repli e d old Pomp. "You'se ain't got no bizness tlyin' up dare like de birds, nohow." "Why, old man, you've been up above the clouds many a time. What's the matter with you?" "I ain't gwine up dere any more till I dies," said Pomp, shaking hill head. "Are you sure of going up there;then?" Frank asked I ain't suah ob nufftn' in dis worl'," rep !ted Pomp, "an' dat's er fac', but I rloan want ter go up d ere afore my time." "Oh, I understand. You had better a pair of wings now while you can get 'em, for fear you may not get any when you die." "Lor' sabe da.t boy I" groaned Pomp. "He am too sassy ter lib. Whar you gwine ter go wid qat new mersheen, Marse Frank?" I don't know yet, Pomp. Don't think I'll go anywhere. But look here. Don't you say a word about this till I give you permission to ilo so." "No, sah. I won't say nuflln." "I want to try it, Frank," said the elder Reade, as young Frank unfastened the belts and stepped out of the little frame work. "Yes, father, try it. You'll be astonished to see how easily It works." In a few minutes the original inventor of the steam man of the plains was secure in the frame work of the machine. But he spent ten minutes or more studying the handles, each of which was marked so as to be easily understood. He did not care to run any risks by not understanding the workings of the m"'chine.


4 ACROSS THE CONTINBNT ON WINGS. "I guess I understand them now," he said, after a careful study of the works. Then he set the 'eattery in motion. The wings spread out agahl and began moving like the of a great dragon. Frank Reade, Sr., was at least thirtf pounds heavier than Frank, Jr., and h ence reqmred more power to raise him. But he waited for the wings to lift him, and then made a spring upward. The ascent was quite sudden, and for a moment or two he was quite disconcerted. Yet he succeeded in con trolling it quite as well as Frank had done, !(ud mlfde a complete circuit of the clearing. He then descended, alighting a little more clumsily than Frank did, but was not hurt in any way. ''Now you try it, Pomp," sggested Frank, turning to the old darky. "No, sah," exclaimed 'Pomp. "Dis hyer nig_ ger wasn't born ter fly. My hoofs am my wings, and he turned and trotted away with considera ble speed. "Well, come back and take the thing home again," sung out Frank,and the old darky obeyed. But he had firmly resolved not to attempt any flying business. He considered tbat as man was not born with wings his business was to keep near the ground. On the way back home Frank and his father conversed together in low tones. Said his father: "I am going to duplicate it. I want one for mys e lf for my own use." "Good I" exclaimed Frank. "We'll take a trip together." "yes. I think I could enjoy a trip on wings. I begin to feel young again." Of course you do. You are just in prime now. I'll build two more myselt." "What do you want so many for?" "Why, for Barney and Pomp." Why, bless your soul, you can't persuade either of them to fly." Oh, I can talk them Into anything. 1 wouldu't think of leaving home without one or botll of them. They are indispensable to me." "So I found them when I was traveling But I guess you'll have a time of it trying to get Pomp to fly. He doesn't believe In that kind of business anyway." "Oh, ne'l'er mind what he believes ln. I know that he believes in me, and that's all I want to know about him. He' ll fly as high as the high est. Just let me manage him." Pomp never hoord heartily. "Suah ob dat, Barney?" Pomp asked, as he sailed around the clearing just above the tree tops. "Crows am migbty smart birds." "Try your hand now, Barney," said Frank, and the Irishman at once himself. He did about as well as Pomp, much to his de light, and came down somewhat clumsily. Then Harry tried it. He was very nervous at first, but finally &ucceed ed in mastering the secret. They practiced all day, and then went home. A week of daily practice made them all pro ficient on the wing. We will start on Monday," said Frank Reade, Sr., "a.nd wing our way across the to Snn Francisco and back . I think we will aston ish the'world. Some people will think the world is coming to an end when they see men flying through the air." The father and son bad talked their wives into acquiescing to their plans, promising to be back in a month or Jess time. Accordingly, on Monday each one, armed with a revolver and a light rifle started up on the wing from the front yard of the Reade residence. sailed round and round over the town for some ten minutes or more, enjoying the consternation of the people below, who ran ol!t of their houses and turned their blanched faces skyward. After hovering over the town long enough to satisfy the curiosity of the people, they started westward In a straight line. CHAPTER !V. OUB HEROES ARE SHOT AT FOB GAME. Oun heroes were indeed on the wing. They were actually flying through the air like so many birds. It was a novel sensation. Every one of them, however, had a certain fear tugging at his heart. They realized that the accident to the machinery, or a mlstake in the working of the would precipitate them to earth a thousand feet below. No wonder, then, that not a word was spoken for the first half hour alter the flight began. Each w!Ul busy with his own thoughts and fears. He studied the handles that controlled the wings, and kept his hands on them ready for instant action Frank was the first to break silence. "This is glorious I" he exclaimed. "Glorious I" echoed Burleigh," but I can hardly shake off the feeling of terror that hints at the consequence of accident." "Shake it off, Harry," said Frank, Sr. "Even if anything broke, there is spread of canvas in tho wings to let you down easy. How is it with you, Pomp?" "lse er flyin', Marse Frank," answered Pomp; "but ef I meets er whirlwind, or er slycoue, I dun no what I'll do." "What's a slycone, Pomp?" doan't you know, Marse Frank? It's er storm what smashes up ebery ting it catches." "Oh I you mean a cyclone I" "Yes, sah, er slycone, dat's hit. Ef er slycone hits us we am done f o', suah." "But we can almost tell when a storm is coming by the cloRds," said Frank, Jr., ''and can have time to fly over it." "De Lor' sabe us I Fly ober et slycoue! Youse done gone an' l ost yer head, Marse Frankl" :tvhy, vou old coward I" exclaimed the young Inventor. "You,e sailed above storm-clouds several times, and I was with you, t oo ." "Dat's er fac', Marse Frank, but it was in de air-ship." So it was; but you are an air-ship yourself now. How does it Barney?" "Bedad, It's a b1rrud I am I" said the jolly Irishman. "Shure, an' phat's the use av walk in' whin yez have wings?" "That's what I Bat why don't you put your feet in the st!rru ps and stand u p as I do? You'd find it much more comfortable Barney had been so excite:! over the novelt 1 of flying like a bird that he had forgotten ail about the stirrups. He looked down at Frank's feet, and saw that he was standing erect, and as comfortable 118 though on term firrna. "Bed ad, it's a loiv e foor I am," he remarked, ao he put his feet in the stirrups. "Sure an' it isn't flying whia I shtaud up." Frank laughed and turned to his old college mate, Burl11igh, and asked: How do you make out, Harry?" Splendid I" was the enthusiastic reply. "It b eat.! I eve r dreamed of. D o you have any idea how fast we are going?" "No. I might make a mental calculation from sighting objects below." "How high are we?" Harry looh:ed him full in the face as he asked the question. He r eally wanted to go lower, but did not like to suggest it to any one. He was brave, but had a cautious hPad as well as stubborn pride. I should say we are all of a thousand feet above the earth," rAplied Frank, looking at the surface below. "But I have beon up fully three miles in the air-ship." "Just look at those people on that farm down there," said Frank, Sr., as they passed over a well-cultivated farm. They are scared out of their wlts." All five looked down, and saw a aozeu laborers throw down their hoes and plows and break for the "Hi, hi, hi I" yelled Pomp, not able to resist the Inclination to add to the farmers' fears. "Hold your tongue I" cried Frank. "They would know that was a nigger's voice even among the angels." "Dat's er fac'," said . "Dey'll all know it when I get's up dar." "Howly Moses, phat an angel!" exclaimed Bar ney. "What's de matter wid youse, Barney? Doan't I fly as good as yerseU?" "Bedad, an' so does a crow, but I'm thinkiu' they don't let 'em come Into the bird heaven," replied Barney. "Hello I" exclaimed Burleigh, in great alarm. "They have got guns and are going to shoot at us!" "HI, dar I" yelled Pomp, at the top of his voice. "Hole on dar, I tole yer I" Crack, crack, bang I'' went three guns In rapid succession. Each of the five men held his breath In mo-mentary expectation of receiving a charge ot shot. Ten, twenty, thirty seconds passed and no one had been touched. Then a half minute more passed, an

ACRQi;S THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. 5 ward In wondering surprise. Then they ran together and gestioulated wildly, showlbg both fear and inteillle excitement. "They have no guns," said Frank, Sr., after .looking carefully around the who>e field, "and the house is a half mile away." "I'll make a dive toward them," said young Frank, "and have some fun with them." He touched the haadles which controlled the wings, and bore on them steadily till the wings turn ed him in the right direction. The next momAnt he was diving earthward with the swift velocity of a hawk going for the young barn-. vard chicken. The terrified farmers yelled like so many maniaea, and broke for cover. But cover was halt a milE' away-at the house. "Hold on there," cried Frank. "What's the maiter with you, anyhow?" Hearing a man's voice coming from the strange thing overhead added speed to their h e els. They fairly shrieked as they bounded o rer the field towara the house. Nothing that Frank could say would stop them, and so, after going low enough to enable him to kick the hat off the head of one of them, he rose again and started to rejoin his comrades. When young Frank made the dive his father suggested that hey circle around in the air to wait for him. They did so, and found that it was not a difficult thing to do after they got the bang of it. "'.rhey were the worst ecared set of men I ever saw in all my lite," said Frank, Jr., as he came up. "I never saw men run so fast." Did you touch one of them?" his father asked. "I kicked the hat off one of them," he said, but didn't hurt him. The poor fellow yelled, Save me 1' at the top of his voice, and rmi like a wild turkev." "Bedad,it's foine fun," said Barney. But if a man with a gun had been about you'd have been killed," said his father. "Of course I would. We can't be too careful how we get down in range of shot-guns or rifles." When the men dashed into the house, they weont for the guns instanter. In another moment they wer!j out in the yard, blazing away up at the tl ve huge winged creatures in the air. "They can't reach us," said Frank, Jr., chuckling. "I came back just in time." "By George! I'm hit 1" gasped Harry, turning pale, and squirming like an eel in his frame work. The dell.ce 1" exclaimed Frank, Sr. Where are you hit?" "On the thigh. Oh, Lord 1 how it hurts 1" Ah 1 that fellow has a long-range ritle. A Winchester could reach us at this--By Heav ens 1 there's another bullet 1 It just grazed my head 1 UP-UP hip:her, for your lives 1" and all five seized the handles and sPt the wings flop ping at a terrible rate. Several bullets whistled by them; three struck Barney's wings, but did not go through. In a minute more they were out of range, and the farmer had emptied the chamber of his Win chPster. "We are all right now." said Frank, Jr., "but it was a narro'V escape." I should say it was," remarked his father. "Let's see where you are hit, Harry," and he flew round so as to get a view of Harry's leg. It's on my left leg above the knee," said Harry, looking down at his leg, "but I don't see any b1ood or even a hole in the trousers. The pain is there all the same, though." "Ah, my dear boy," said Frank, Sr. "You made a narrow escape. It was a epent ball that struck you "But it hurts awful." '"Yes, they hurt like bla?.es but don't do much harm. You will find a very tender, bruised spot where it struck, when you look at it to-night. You are lucky, tho11gh." I don't think so," sa1d Harry. "I am the Ufllucky one of the party, as all of you got away unburt." "But you are lucky in not getting the bullet through your leg." "Yes, and so are you in not getting it through your head." "I think Harry is right, father," said Frank, il'r., laughing. "Bedad," said Barney," it's shot in the wing (am." "The deuce I Were you hit?" "Yis, sorr.u "Where?" "On me ro!ght wing." Frank )Ooked up at the wing and saw where the bullets had struck the silk. The marks were very plain. The silk had given way sufficient to resist the balls when they rebounded and fell to the earth. Every hunter or marksman knows that silk is one of the hardest s11bstances to penetmte with a bullet, and that it is almost impossible to do so, unless it is pressed against a solid wall. "Does it pain you much?" Frank asked, as he looked the Irishman in the face. Sure an' it gives me the heartache whin I can't shoot back at the baythins," replied Bar ney "That is something you must not do," said Frank, Jr., "without orders." They were soon miles away from the scene the last shooting, making their way westward at a fine rate. CHAPTER V. THE FIRST NIGHT OUT-THE BA'ITLE OF THE HAMS-POMP AND BARNEY. THE air was in a fine condition for our heroes. They made good time westward for a couple of hours, and then came in sight of a good-sized village. "Now we'll see some excited women and children," said Frank, Jr. .But we want to be sure we are out of reacl;t of long-range rifles," remarked Harry. I don't care to taste any more lead. My leg pains me awfully." Oh, I guess we a1e out of range," sala Frank, Sr., "for we are nearly a halflroile high." But I have heard of long-range guns reach ing all ot a mile." "So have I, but not perpendicular." "Well, that may make a difference. I want to be sure about it, though." "Look dar 1" cried Pomp, a.11 a school of children ran out of .the village school-house. "Dem chlllun am skeered e'enmos' ter def." The children had seen them the moment they ran outdoors. Instantly a hullabaloo resulted. They whoooed and yelled like so inany little maniacs. Tlie teacher out and looked up. She, too, was terror-stricken, and went scurrying off as fast as her feet could carry her. "Let's circle round over the village and draw out the whole population," suggested the elder Read e They soared over the town, and then made a series of grand circles in the air. The entire population turned out to gaze up at them. It was plainly .seen that they were greatly excited. "If we had a big trumpet now," said Frank, we could make 'em think that Gabriel was com ing." but it would be cruel to give 'em such a scare," said his father. I don't know that they would be any worse scared than they are now." "Look dar 1" cried Pomp, pointing toward a little garden directly under them ; dar's a man what am er saying his prayers as fas' as he kin. Golly, but he am skeered 1" "Look over there 1" exclaimed Harry; "there's another man on his knees. I guess they are pretty badly scared." "Ot course they are," said Frank, Sr. l' They don't know who or what' we are, hence it is natural they should be frightened. Xet if we were not so completely out of range we'd soon tlnd somebody shooting at us." After amusing themselves some ten minutes or more watching the exCited people the villal!:e, they turned westward and sail"ld away. The villagers gazed after them as long as they could be s e en, and then turned to talk about the strange visitors for weeks to come. Rich fields of grain were seen everywhere near the village, showing that they were passing over a very fertile region. But alorfg toward sunset they found the settlements sparse, and then came a wilder and more silent region. No signs of busy life were to be seen anywhere. "I guesf! we are getting beyond the borders ot civilization," remarked Harry Burleigh, boking at the grand panorama below. "Oh, no-several hundred miles to the lJorder yet," Eaid Frank, Jr. "I've crossed the C'Outinent in my air-sBip two or three times, and know something about the great West. It is almost illimitable." When will we s e e Indians?" That's hard to say. They may be off in an other direction when we strike their reservation. You never saw one?" "Only tame ones-in the museums in New York," rllplied Harry, laughingly. "Oh, I doubt if they ever had a genuine red skin in a. New York museum. You'll have a chance to see some of them in their natural ele ment before we reach the Pacific." "Will we have any trouble with them?" Harry asked. "That depends upon whether they want trouble with us," replied Frank. Generally speaking, if they think they can get away with you with safety to themselves, they'll make trouble." "There's 11 river ahead," said Frank, Sr., who was looking in that direction through a large lleld gla:;s. "Can we make it before );Unset?" young Frank asked. I think we can." Let's try it and see." They flopped their wings and made better for the next half hour, and soon saw that thev could make the river with ease. "There goes a buck and two does," said Frank, Jr., pointing to three moving objects oft on the Eight some distancG away. "Where?" Harry asked, looking eagerly in that direction. Frank pointed them out. Ah I I see them. The&' haven't seen us yet." "No., They won't see us, either, unless we gat pretty close to them. We may as well have some fresh venison for supper. Let's swoop down on them and take in one of the dees." "Good 1" exclaimed Frank, Sr. "I haven't had any fresh venison for some time." They drew their large reYolvers and made a downward1swoop in the direction of the deer. The timid animals did not see them until the noise of such large wings rushing through the air alarmed them. Then they took tp their heels and ran like the wind. But wings can always beat feet, and so it proved in this instance. "After them 1" cried Frank, Jr., darting after them. Ohe of the does bounded to one side on being hit by a ball from Frank's revolver, and tried to make for the timber on the river bank. But Barney and Pomp, who were both old hunters, pushed forward and opened fire on her. She gave one bound in the air and droppe:l dead in her tracks. "That's meat enoush tor supper," remE.rked Frank, Sr. "But It's several miles yet to the river," re marked Frank, Jr.. "We must cut off what we need, and take it along with us." "The two saddles will do." "Yes, more than do. Barney, you and Pomp go down and take a saddle eacb, and tie it to your pack. She is not Yery large." "Yis, sorr," replied Barney. "Come on, yer black crow," and he began to settle down on the ground near the prize. But, somehow, Barney did not work the handles right, and the result was that he landed witll such force as to roll over on the grass, and neat ly knock the wind out of him. "De lor' gorramighty, Barney I" exclaimed Pomp. "What de matter wid youse? Dat ain't no way ter do. See hyer, yflr fool Irisher I" aud he undertook to show Barney how to alight gracefully and easily. But by soma mistake, probably because he had had more experience in filing than in alighting, he landed right on top o Barney . "Howly Moses 1" groaned Barney, ''won't somebody shoot ther crow? Is it a foot-block I am? Take your hoof off me, yer naygur, ot, be the powers, it's a murderer I'll be!" Their wings bflcame tangled somewhat, and Barney, in trying to get upon his feet, made mat-ters worse. "Hole on dar, Barney 1" "Hold o.ff there, yer naygur 1" returned Bar ney, "or 6e the powers I'll be the death av yezl" 'Keep !!till, both of you 1" cried Frank, Jr., alighting near them. "I'll get you all right in a minute or two." Frank quickly unloosed himself from his ma chine, and went to Pomp's assistance. Barney was mad as a hornet, and as soon as he was released from his machine he made a rush at Pomp to annihilate him. Pomp was sus picious that Barney would do so, and was on his guard. He turned and planted his head in the pit of Barney's stomach, and sent him roHing over on the grass. Barney was all broke up. For several minutes he was too sick to know what was the matter with him. All too breath, and nearly all the life, was knocked out of him. "You have commenced the old racket again," said Frank, turning to Pomp. "Some day I'll shoot both of you dead in your tracks, and leave your carcasses to the coyotes Cut the hams of!: that doe as quick as you ea.n." "Yes'-sah," said Pomp, turning promptly to obey. vut he kept an eye on Barney. He knew the impulsive temperament of the Irishman, and was afraid he would ruM! at him, pistol in hand. Barney pulled himself together by and rose to his feel. "You look stck, Barney," said Frank. Bedad, an' I'm as sick as I !ook," was the .. r&-


ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. ply. "But I'm well enough ter kill a. naygur," and he began drawing his revolver. "And I'm in just humor to kill an Irish man," said Frank, also drawing his revolver. "You shoot Pomp, and I'll look afteryoll." "He, he, he I" chuckled Pomp. "Dat Irisher can't shoot wuf a cent I" "Shut up, Pomp, and prepare to die 1" said Frank. "He, he, .he 1" chuckled Pomp again. :Barney had the good sense to understand the aituation. He put up his weapon, and turned a. way to cut up the doe without uttering another word. "l:)ee here, Barney," said Frank, following him up. "You stumbled and fell when you landed, didn't you?'' "Yes, sorr." "So did Pomp, and he stumbled over on you. He did not do it purposely, which you knew as well as I did. Yet you rushed at him when you got on your feet and butted your stomach against his head. Suppose you had killed him 1 Why in thunder don't you keep your temp e r?" "Bed ad, tile naygur was afther killt ng me dead I" said Barney. "He, he, he !" chuckled Pomp again. That chuckle was too much for the irrepressi ble Barney. He had just cut oft' one of the hams of the doe. The long hind log had a good handle to it. He swung it around with all his mi3ht, and struck Pomp on the side of the head. Pomp rolled over R.S if he had been shot. But the blow did him no harm, R.S the plump !at ham was as harmless as a. pillow. He was on his feet in another moment, with the other bam in his bands. Then came the battle of the hams, with the son f Ham on one side and a son of the ancient kings oi Ireland on the other. Whack! Whack! "Whoop!" Whack! Hi, dar, you Irisher !" Ireland foriver !" Whack! Whi\Ck! Whack 1 Whack! "Oh, let up on that!" cried Frank, convulsed with laughter. I want some of that venison for supper." "Let 'em alone," said his father. "They'll make it. tender." They belabored each other till they were be smoored with the blood of the tloe from head to foot, yet neither wAre hurt. Finally Frank com pelled them to stop, and then gave them a lecture that made both feel very much ashamed, CHAPTER VI. A TlrnRIBLE FALL FROM MID-AIR. THE trouble between Barney and Pomp having ended, Frank ordered them to take the sacldles of venison and fasten them t() their packs. Then they all rose on the wing again and made for the river, which was some four or five miles away. They reached the river about sunset, and sought out a convenient spot for a camp. A short search revealed a bold spring under a dozen large cotton wood trees. "Just the place we want," said Frank's father. "Plenty of spring water, and a go()d place to stretch our tent." "Yes-and I am quite dry, too," remarked Frank, Jr. "Now, let's see if we can't alight without any accidents." By exercising due caution they succeeded in landing without any mishaps, and then went briskly to work establishing_ a camp. "Hurry up with the fire, Pomp," said Frank, Jr, while .Barney and I stretch the tent." By carrying it in three parts they managed to have a large, roomy tent, which was soon put together and stretched under one of the cotton wood trees. The fiying machines were then stored carefully away inside. Barney and Pomp IBCh had a small tent which they could p11t up at leisure. "This Is the cream of all excursions," remarked Harry, as be busied himself with whatever Frank told him to do. "Ah I You haven't seen the cream yet, my ooy," said the young inventor. "Just wait till we reach the wild peaks of the Rockies. The n you will enjoy going where the foot of man never trod before." "By George I I never thought of that. That would be a novel sensation indeed." "I found it so when I visited places where I knew no man could climb." The tent was soon ready, and then preparations for the evening !Deal began. As they did not bring any provisions with them, they were compelled to eat simply venison, with the addi tion of salt and pepper. "Ob, r can eat game without bread," saiq Har-ry. . "So can 1," replied Frank, Jr.," and, to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I don't care much for bread, anyway." They made a hearty meal, and then proceeded to make themselves comfortable for the night. They all smokt:ld, and had plenty of and to bacco with them. D() you think there nre any Indians about this locality?" Harry asked, just before rolling in his blanket for the night. "No. We haven't reached the Indian region yet. We will in a eouple o! days, however," said Frank, Jr., "so yvu may sleep and dream in peace, with no fear of losing your scalp beforl) morning." Harry felt much relieved, and was soon In 11. sound sleep. When be awoke, the sun was just rising, and Pomp was broiling some venison at the fire. All the others were up. They were early risers. "You are just in time for breakfnst," remarked Frank, Sr., as he oome out or the tent. "Itis a good thing to be on time," he returaed. "So it is if you have an appetite, aad there is anything to eat around." They soon finished breakfast, and tbon strMk tents. In ten minutes e\erytbing was packed up, and they were ready for the start. As the fmme-work of the machines only t'ame down to their knees, they could easily walk about with them when fastened on. When they rose on the wing, they placed their feet in the stirrups, and relieved the weight on the belts. "Barney," said Frank. "make the start. I want to see how well you can do it." "Bedad, it's a birrud I am," said Barney, at once setting his wings in motion. In another minute be shot upward with great rapidity. "Good-bye, Barney I" cried Pomp. "You go next, Pomp," said Frank. Pomp followed, and went up In style. Then Harry essayed to rise, and did quite well. "Now, father, we'll follow them,'' and father and son rose up together. The enormous wings made them look like im mense dragons sailing through the air. "I am sorry," said Frank t.o his father, "that we did not cover the frames in such a way as to make them resemble Immense birds." "Why so?" his father asked. "Just for the eft'ect it would have." "Y lis, it would puzzle more peopl e I guASs." "Of course it would, and it would have been more picturt>sque, too." ''So it would. Wel.l, you can make the altera tions when we return." "Yes, so I could, but then the novelty would all have worn oft'. I guess we can have fun enough as they are." They pushed forward in a straight westerly course till noon, and then veered in a southerly direction. "We can see the railroad it we that way," suggested Frank's fath e r. Nearly all the towns are on the llne of the railroad." In the middle of the afternoon they struck the railroad. Save where it \'fRS obscured by patches of timb er, the road appeared like a couple of long threads running east and west as far as the eye could reach. But they did not have much time to enjoy the scenery. A strong breeze had begun to blow, which gave them no little trouble. The immense wings would at times jerk them r.bout very unce re moniously. Had the wind been a steady blow they could have managed better, but it was not. It came in fitful gusts. Suddenly Pomp found himself almost on his 1>1\ck, and for the moment lost his presenc.J of mind. He let wt a yell of terror thnt actually made the !!air stank if you were to fall break your neck. So don't do it, old man." Just then a shriek burst from Hr.rry, who was some distance away with Barney. Frank turned and looked in that direction, and was horrified at seeing him tumbling to;vard the earth In a confused mass of wings. A wild cry of al11rm burst from Frank,Sr., and Pomp and Barney. Both the Reades darted toward him with all the speed they could command. Down, down, down they dived after the falling man, and wild shrieks came up from Harry of: "Save me I oh, save me!" Swift as eagles Frank and his father shot downward in the hope of saving him; but ere they reached him he crashed into the topmost branch es of an immense cottonwood tree. CHAPTER VII. YOUNG HARRY REFUSES TO FLY. IT was a terrible scene t() look upon. Certain death seemed to stare Harry Burleigh In the face. He gave up hope just before he crasi>.OO Into the tree-top, and an involuntary prayer escaped him. The crash eeemed to be as loud as the ocean'& roar in a storm for a moment-to him at least. As he struck the tree, Frank, Sr., e::claimed : "My God 1 I fear ee is kited !" "It's terrible 1" said Frank, Jr. They both passed over the tree-top to avoid coming in contact with it. .But ere \hey bad gone fifty yards beyond it they turned, expecting to find Harry either dead, or dying on the ground under the tree .But they were not to find him there. On the contrary, they found him lodged up in the topmost branches of tho tree. The wings had caught on both sides of him, and held him securaly. "Are you hurt much, Harry?" Frank asked, as he circled around the tree. "No. I don't think I am," he replied, "only I was nearly scared to death." "Thank God I" fervently ejaculated both fath e r and son. "I'm afraid the flying machine is ruined, though," said Harry. Ob, I don't mind that as long as you escaped alive," remarked Frank. I was afraid you would be killed. I think I was as badly frighten ed as you were. How did it happen?" I don't know. A sudden gust of wind struck me and I grabbed the handles to move the wiitgs so as to meet it properly, I must have caught hold of the wrong handles, as the moment I touched them I found that something was wrong and that I was falling. I lost my preseuoo of mind and cried out for help." "And you are sure you are not hurt?" "Quite sure. I don't think the limbs of be tree even scratched me anywhere. The wipgs lodged on the tree and held me up." "Well, you are lucky." "I don't think so. I am unlucky. How shall I get out of this?" "I don't see any other way than to climb down the same as if you bad no wings. Are you a good hand at climbing?" "I used to be when a scbool-bGy. I guess I can get dpwn." "Well, you bad better unbuckle yonrsel! and climb down. We'll try to get the machine out and repair damages." Harry began to disengage himself from tb.e machino, while Frank looked around for Barney and Pomp. To his surprise, be found that both of them were down on the ground walking


ACROSS THE CONTINENT WING.i. "Ten miles or more." Which way is he going?" "With the wind, of course. But I can't tell at lbat distance." "Let's go over and see who be is," suggested Frank. "Good. We'll race for it." All four started at full speed. The great wings flopped with such foree as to send them 1orward at great speed. Rise higher and try a dead sail!" ocied Frank to Barney and Pomp. They obeyed, and began to ascend with him and Mr. Reade. When they were at an elevation of some two mnes or so, they spread out their great wings and sailed toward the balloon with the speed of arrows. The man in the balloon saw them coming. He did not know what they were, and, whon wnvinced that they were making for him direct, he began to let out the gas in the great balloon. in order that he might quickly settle down to earth again. On rushed the winged men, almost whistling through the air. They heard the aeronaut's yell of terror. He drew a revolver and began firing at Frank, who was foremost. w Thunder!" ejaculated Frank, he heard the ehot. "That won't dol Hold up, stranger, we are friends I" Crack, crack, crack l went the aeronaut's revolver, and the bullets began to be heard by our heroes. Frank and his father quickly flapped upward again to get out of the way of the flying bullets, and Pomp quickly followed them. Not 110 did Barney. In the confusion at being shot at he reached for his revolver instead of changing the course of liis flight. The weapon became fastened in its place some way, and he continued at a headlong speed. Suddenly a wild, despairing yell burst from the aeronaut, two sharp reports of his reYolver, and the next moment Barney crashed headforemost against the immense balloon, more than a mile above the surface of the earth. CHAPTER X. lU.RNEY AND THE BALLOON, WoRDS utterly fall to describe the terribly dra matic scene of the collision in mid-air. The immense balloon seemed even more for midable than the great wings of the flying ma ebtnee. Both were so much larger than anything ever \lefore seen in the air that the accident appeared appalling. Then, too, the wild yells of alarm that burst simultaneously from Barney and the aeronaut, and echoed by made It appear more like a !tattle between giarh." 'f the air. The great balloon l';_-a'-1d and swayed under the collision. The aeronaut yelled and danced around fran tically in his car, flourishing hi8 revolver over his head-having emptied every chamber at Barney. "GOOar to ear. "Sure, an' would yez have me kick It wid me feet?" "Why didn't you seize and fly away with it?" Frank B.!'ked. "Bedad, an' didn't yez hear 'im squale?" "Oh, yes!" and Frank and his father laughed till their sides ached. It was now near sundown, and our hero began casting about for a suitable place to land and camp for the night. "We could keep up on the wing all night," said Frank, "if it was necessary to do so. But as we are in no hurry; we may as well seek a good camping-place." "Yes, or else follow the railroad and put up at some village." Oh l in that case the villagers would bother us to death with their insatiable curiosity," said Frank. "I'd much rather camp out in the woods and cook my own meals." "I b'Uess you are right. We'll look for a good place. We haven't crossed a stream for many miles. We ought to strike one soon." "There are not very many streams in this section," remarked Frank. "We may not be able to flnd one in time to secure any game and make a camp too." Oh, we must take game wherever we find it, and-Ah 'l'bere's a stream off yonder, and Mr. ReadP P>iated tG a heavy fringe of tim southward away oft' on the left. "Yes, I think so," said "We can sex. flnd out," and they flew in that dll:ection. In a. half hcur they came in sight of water. It was a river. I guess we can have watea' enough here, Mr. Reade remarked. "YeS-plenty-and fish. too.'' They settled down near the banks of the stream, and lost no time in establishing a eamp. While Barney and Pomp were stretching the tent and making the fire, Frank and his fathet' got out their fishing tackle and went about hunting for bait. They soon unearthed some grubS, and a few minutes later cast their hooks into the water. Both stood still awhile, anxiously waiting for a bite. "Not much of a stream for fish, I guess," re marked Frank, Mr. Reade made a jerk with his line, which was attached to a wooden pole he had cut in the bushes, and hooked a fish that seemed disposed to pull him into the water, What is it, father?" Frank asked. "Hanged if I know. He is as strong as a mule. I am afraid the hook is not strong enough to hold him." The flsh ran up stream and down, and then darted out into the middle as far as the lin$ would let him go. "Play him till he tirel! out," suggested Frank, looking eagerly on at the exciting contest. After playing the fish for some ten minutes or more Mr. Reade said : "I don't think we can get him," he said, the perspiration pr.uring down his fac11. He is too heavy and strong. He'll break th11 hook or line. There !just look at him. He is a cat-flsh." The fish came to the surface In his struggle to shake himself loose from the hook. He was easily recognized. By George!" exclaimed Frank, greatly excit ed. "That's the biggest cat-flsh I ever saw. Get him up to the surface again and let me give him a bullet. That'll make him weaken." The flsh made a dive and carried the end ot the pole

10 THE CONTINENT. ON WINGS. "I say, Fmnk, as tllll!, roollned on the grass and smok.ed their pipes, 'I'd be will ing to lie around here a week: to catch such a fish as that." ''It would be worth the trouble. I feel the exci.temetimes, and preparing to try their luck at fishing in the river. Pomp prepared a delicious breakfast while Barney was hunting for bait. Just as the sun began to pMp over the horizon, all four men were on the banks of the river, cast ing their lines Into its limpid waters. was the first to catch a fish-a large p

ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. 11 than ten thousand, perhaps-and the noise was like the roar of the ocean in a storm. They stampeded in a. panic of terror, rushing toward the riYer like an avalanche. On that side, between them and the river, were a dozen Indians, disguised in the skins of buf falo, who had been following them silently and stealthily, killing many without alarming the t>thers. The rushing herd swept over them like a flood, and their cries f agony were lost in the din and roar of th &tam pede. CHAPTER XIIL POMP' S ADVENTURE. FRANK READE, JR., was the only one of the party who saw the redskins. But he did not get sight of them uutil the pa.I!ic began, when they, seeing their peril, threw off the skins and made frantic efforts to save themselves. One of them sprang upon the back of a terrorstricken bison and clung for dear life to his shaggy mane. Then it was that Mr. Reade, Barney and Pomp caught sight of him. They all yelled at the top of their lungs, calling each other's attention to the savage, but none 80Uldhear The herd swept toward the river, and plunged in like a. flood Instantly the river began to swell and overflow ite banks. The mighty host of shaggy, dark-brown brutes rushed madly over each other, only to become entangled in a. hopeless mass in the rising waters. My God I" exclaimed Frank, this is awful. I dill not anticipate any such thing as this It is a wanton destruction of a noble beast, for which there is no excuse. But it can't be stopped Good heavens I more than half will be drowned I Their bodies are choking up the river now." Many of the bisons separated from the herd, and swam off, so as to be out of the way of the rush, and thus escaped destruction. In their frantic terror they trampled over each other, and thus caused many hundreds to drown that oth erwise would have gotten over. "Frank," said Mr. Reade, "this is simply awful. I never saw anything like it in all my trave!s." "Neither did I. Did you see those Indians who were stalking the herd?" "I saw one Indian on the back of a buffalo after the stampede commenced. Were there any more?" Yes.-a dozen at leMt." Indeed I Then \Ve haven't done so bad after all." "No," and Frank looked at the hundreds of carcasses that were floating away on the current of the river. "Though I suppose the Indian has ae much right to live as we have." "No doubt of that. But they don't seem to think that anybody else but themselves have any such right, though "That is true, and it's why I have but little 11ympathy for the race The only really good Indian I ever saw was dead." "Yes, and that is the only way to make 'em good. They have imbibed a bitter hatred of the white race with their mother's milk, and that can never be erad1cated." "They have bad good reason for hating the whites," remarked Frank, "but that is no reason why they should attack innocent parties as they do. They wlll neYer be any better than they are." "By by thfly will become extinct, and so known mhistory as such. There must have been at least 10,000 bufl'aloes in that herd, and fully half were drowned. The river is full of them Frank again swept his eyes over the river. and for miles below its bosom was dotted with the black carcasses. If they lodge anywhere," he said, "the stenc will be simply awful." Yes. It's lucky that no cities are on that river." The fish will have a feast, though." "Yes, indeed. What a. surprised set of Indians those stalkers were I" "l 11hould say so. Did you see what became of thl.\t fellow we saw on the back of the buf falo?" "Yes. I kept my eye on him till I saw him go down in the water with his beast. He was overwhelmed in the rniddle of the lliver." "He ought to have changed to the back of another. I should liked to have seen him escape." "Yes, with such an experience as that, he would havtl something to talk about the rest of his life." By this time they had flown far over the river, a .nd were even beyond those of the l\erd thntbad cross"d 88.fely in the stampede. Away out on the right several Slllall 11pecks were seen moving across the plains Mr. Roode used his field glass and found that they were a party o! men on horsebttCk. "But whether they are whites or redskms I am unable to make out," he eaid. "Let's go over that way and find out," sug gested Frank. "That is the best way," and so they changed their course in that direction. In a half hour or so they were enabled to make them out. They are Indians," said Mr. Reade; "about two dozen of them." War party?" "Ob, no -hunters." The Indians soon caught sight of the winged monsters in the air, and naturally came to a halt. Nearer and the men on wings approach ed, and the InJians began to worry. By and by they turned their horses' heads and made off at full speed, scattering in every direc tion, a<; if fearing to remain togetJ:;.er and thus tempt the unknown moustE'\rs of the air. "There's no use wasting time on them," said Mr. Roode. "We had better keep on West. I think we are going to have trouble before night." "What kind of trouble?" Frank asked. "A storm. Do you see that little cloud out there in the southwest?" "Yes, but it doesn't look any-way dangerous." "Not now, but wait a. couple of hours and see what it looks like then." Two hours later Frank remarked to his father: "I guess you are right; we are going to have a storm. We had better seek sbeltE'r somewhere." "We shall have over an hour in which to find shelter. There's a piece of timber ahood of us." "We'll stop there, then." They made for the timber with good speed. Pomp declared that a slycone" was coming, and wanted to get down and walk the last three miles to the timber. "Ktlep up your flight," said Frank. You can reach it in a few minutes more. "But dis heab wind is ergin us, Marse Frank," Pomp replied. It' s er gwine ter broke some body's neck ef dey don't stop dis heah foolish ness." "Birds never break their necks on the wing," said Frank. "I ain't no bird," said Pomp, shaking his head dubiously. "You are as good 11.5 one. All yeu want is a. bill and tail. You Mve the wings." Just then a gust of wind gave him a twist that made his wool stand up. "Jes lookee heah !"he cried, desperately struggling to adjuat himself to the situation Oh, you are doing fine. Come on l" They were within a mile of the timber, and Frank shoved ahel\d to select a place for a camp. Mr. Reade and Barney followed him closely, leaving Pomp behind. Another gust of wind nearly him, and that decided him to make a descent then and there. He accordingly dived toward the earth like a hawk, and in a couple of minutes was on the ground." "Golly!" he exclaimed, as he closed his wings. "Ise gwine fo' ter walk dere. I ain't done much walkin' since I lef' home," and he started out toward the timber R.S fast as be could walk through the tall grass, which at that season of the year was nearly three feet high. Of course he could make but slow progress in such g-rass as that. But be preferred that to the danger of met>ting a slycone" up ip the air. He kept his eye on the others as they de scended at the edge of the Umber, and t hought he had the direction all right. Five minutes after he saw the others descend the storm burst upon him with terrific fury. If the wind was fierce the rain was simply ter rific. It pelted him with merciless fury, drenching him to the skin atd blinding him completely in its copiousness. "De lor' gorramighty !" be exclaimed, as he pulled his hat down over his eyes ac.d pressed forward. Dis am dE'\ wust yit !" A of wind came which keeled him over on h1s back on the grass. The flying machine being fastened to him prevented the free use of his limbs, and so the wind got the gauge on him, rollinghim over and over like a log. ln vain did he grasp handfuls of grass in the hope of being able to hold on and regain his feet The grips tore loose, and then the fierce wind would ssnd him rolling again " Oh, de lor' sa. be us!" he groaned. "Wbar am I gwine I Marse Frank! Marse Frank I Barney I" Of course nobody could hear him The fie r c e wind r oa r e d and sbriekfld over h im like a demo n, d row n ing his voice ani! ducki n g him n ow a nd the n in little pools of wate r that were. r apid l y forming I n every di r e c tion. How it blew! How the pitile s s rain pelted him I Suddenly be caught a handful of grass and succeeded in keeping it. He pulled himself to his feet and looked around. He could not see fifty yards away. Another gust sent him rolling again, and be went rolling away with a despairing cry on his lips. CHAPTER XIV POMP IS FOUND AFTER THE STORM. HURRYING forward to reach the timber ere the storm t!hould burst upon them, Frank and his father did not notice that Porn p was not with Bar ney behind them. They were both under the impression that be was :making all possible haste with themselvtJs Even Barney thought be was bringing up the rear. Judge of their amazement when they alighted i n the edge of the timber and found that Pomp was t even in sight. "Why, where is Pomp?" Frank exclaimed, on looking around. "Yes-where is he?" echoed Mr. Reade. "Faith, an' It's mesilf as doesn t know at all, a t all," replied Barney "That's strange," muttered Frank. "He surely didn't fall, or we should have beard his yell." "Yes. I don't understand it," Mr. Reade re marked Something has happened. He is not in sight." Something wrong," said Frank, shaking his head. "But we can't do anything. Here comes the storm. Get under the trees." They made a r ush for the shelter of the trees which gave a promise of some protection from the fury of the storm. The wind how l ed and shrieked through the timber, and the rain came down in torrents. But the heavy foliage warded off much of it Yet they soon became drenched to the skin, for the water came down in floods The storm lasted but a short half hour, during which time an immense quantity of water fell. The level prairie land was several inches under water in the deep grass, with no drainage for its E'Scape. The wind died away, the clouds dispersed, and the sun came out warm and glowing. Birds twit tered in the branches overhead, and all nature seemed to rejoice over the Immense fall of rain. But where was poor Pomp? Frank was more uneasy than ever before in his regard Father," he said, as soon as\thesuncame out, "I can't wait any longer 1 am going to look for Pomp. Something has happened to him." Shall I go with you?'' "I don't think it necessary. He was with us a. mile back." "Well, l'll wait for you here." Frank immediately spread his wings and rose in the air several hundred feet. He carried the field glass with him. Ere he was up two minutes, he espied Pomp trudging along in the matted, tang l ed grass. "There he is," he exclaimed, loud enough for his father to hear him. "Nearly a mile away, walking in the grass." He is all right, then?" "He seems to be." Frank then flew over to where Pomp was struggling through the grass. The rain and wind had beaten it down and twisted it about in hil locks in every direction, rendering it extremely difficult for any one to walk through it. "What's the matter with you?" Frank asked Pomp when he reached a point directly over him. "De wind blowed me away, Marse Frank," he reP.Iied 'The wind blowed fiddlesticks I" exclaimed Frank. "Why didn't it blow us away?" "'Cause it didc.'t catch yer." "That won't do, Pomp. Are you hurt?" "No, sah." "Is the machine broken?" "Doan know, sah." "Why in thunder don't you fly, then?" "Ise too wet, sah." "Too wet I What dll!erence does thAt make?" He didn't know. He had had such a. drenching that it bad taken pretty much the same effect on him that it did on a setting hen. All the am bition was gone out of him Spread your wings and get to the timber 118 fast ru; you can." Frank was mad, and Pomp knew It from the tone of his voice. He spread his wings and rose u p like an im -


'I ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON W INGS. m e nsa fowl, a n d foll o wed Frank over to the tim ber. There Frank go t tho story of his adventure out of him "Why, yo u dunce," said Mr. Reade, "you were in more danger o u t ther e Uum we were You have been well punished for not keeping u p with us." "Some day you'll get killed !or just such fool ishness," put in .!!'rank. "As long as you see us on the wing you ought to be able to keep up too." ) Faith, an' a black birrud--" "That'll do, Barney," said Frank, interruptin15 the !rishman; "you've nothing to say about it." Barney turned away, itching to get in a sarcas tic comment on the "black birrud. "You got the full benefit of the storm out there, didn't you?" Mr. Reade asked. "Yes, sah, dat's er fao'. I nebber seedsich rain in my life." Did the wind toss you about?" Yes, Hah. It rvlled me ober an' ober like a log. A nigger doan know nuftln', l\{arse Frank." "Sure, an' it's a woise naygur as knows it," commented Barney. Barney was sarcastic; but Pomp didn' t know whether he was complimented or not, and so made no reply. "Get out the tent and stretch it," said Frank, "we may as well stay here now till to-morrow morning. It's a good place to camp. Build a big tire so we can dry our clothes as soon as possible." Barney and Pomp went to work stretching the teat and making a tire. 'l'hey had a good deal of trouble in getting dry wood enough to start the fire. Frank found a dead tree that was hollow. The dry wood inside was like tinder. He touched alighted match to it, imu the blaze started up the hollow with a roar. There was a large orifice some thirty or forty feet above the ground, which gave a draft like a tall chimney. "Ah 1" exclaimed Mr. Reade, "that makes a fire, but doesn't do us any good "But it will when it falls," replied Frank, looking on at the roaring blaze. "Which way will it fall? We may have to move lively to g"t out of the way of it. There's nothing more uncertain than a burning tree. Frank and the others kept up a watch on tha burning tree to ascertain which way it would fall. It burned nearly two hours ere it fell, and the n it went in the direction o! the river. "There I There's fire enough to last all I" exclaimed Frank. I am going to dry my clothes the tlrst thing." Barney and Pomp busied themselves In making the camp comfortable, and night found them with a big burning leg to dispel the gloom. They ate a hearty supper, smoked their pipes, and went to bed, prepared to sleep the sleep of good men. But they were not to spend the night without something te disturb their slumbers. About midnight coyotes began to bark and howl around the camp. They had been attracted by somet.hlng, as their numbers kept inareasing until there must have been at least half a huncjred yelping and howling around the camp. This won't do," said Frank, annoyed beyond endurance by the noise. "What in thunder ails the brutes, anyhow?'' "I guaes they have been drawn hither by sometlling of an appetizing odor, remarked his father, getting up from his blanket. "Well, I'd like to give 'em a dose of lead to appease their appetites," said Frank. "Call up Barney and Pomp," suggested Mr. Reade. "lllaybe a volley will drive them away. When Frank went to Barney and Pomp's tent he found them sleeping soundly as though no howling coyotes were in a thousand miles of them. "I won't disturb 'em," he said, turning away, revolver in hand. By the aid of the light of the burning log he was able to see the reflection of their eyes in the darkness beyond. Selecting a pair nearest to him, he took deliberate aim and tired A howl of pain went up from the brute, and instantly the whole pack set outon the dead run. In another minute not 11 single coyote was to be heard. Frank went back to his blanket, and was soon soQ.ndly sleeping again. When he awoke the next morning Pomp was cooking breakfast at the still burning log. CHAPTER XV. THE DUBDZROUS APACHES-TWO WOMAN RESCUED PROM THEIR CLUTCHES, "HELID, Pomp," greeted Frank. "Did you hear any coyotes last night?" ''No, sa.h. D i d you, Barney?" No, sorr." "Well you two would sleep through an E"arth q uake. "They howled around the camp so much that I had to get up and shoot at 'em to drive 'em away.u Pomp grinned. "Dat wind an' rain kinder made me sleep, Marse Frank," he said. "Something must have made you sleep," remarked Frank, "or you never could have stootl such a racket as that. Hello I There comes some men on horseback I" They all looked up the edge of the timber and saw a party of five men riding toward them. They were white men, and were armed with rifles. "Hello, strangers I" greeted the forE>most of the l.Lc.rsemen, as he rode up near the camp. "You want to put out that fire purty quick." "What for?" Frank asked. "Redskins on the rampage above here. The smoke will bring 'em down on you. We've had to get out and run for it." Why doa't you fight 'em?" "They are ten to one, stranger, and we want a c h ance .'' "Big war party?" "Yes, two of 'em." "How far from here?" Bout ten miles, I reckon." "Coming this w>Ly?" "Don't know. That smoke 'll fetch 'em, though, if you don't put it out." "Well, I won't put it out. On the contrary, I 'll mak!l as much smoke as I can. Barney, put a lot of green grass on the tire up there near the stump." "Yis, sor," and Barney went to work to do as he was told. The five men on horseback seemed to be amaz ed. They could not understand the situation at all. Here were four men on fool, apparently hun dreus of miles beyond the border, with no rifles, so far as they could see, and yet recklessly drawIng a war-party of Apaches down on them. Have you had any breakfast, gentleman?" Mr. Reade asked. "No," replied the leader. "We have not had time to eat." "Better get take a bite with us, then." "Ha\'en't time. The reQ.s 'll be down on you in less'n two hours, stranger." "We are not afraid of them," said Mr. Reade. They are too many for you." "I guess not." The men rode away under the impression that four fools were doomed to lose their hair ere the sun went down that day. But our heroes ate their breakfast leisurely, smoked their pipes, and then prepared to strike camp and go in quest of the redskins. I think we can have some fun with 'em, fa .. ther," said Fmnk. "Yes, we may be able to scatter them to the four winds and be the means of making them go home again." Everything being In readiness, theY,_ rose on the wing. The morning was a lovely one, clear, beautiful and still. When at an elevation of about a quarter of a mile Mr. Reade discovered the band of Apaches up the river. They are heading for our column of smoke, too," he said. "Are you sure of that?" "Yes-quite sure." Then we may as well give 'em a good scare." "Yes, and kill a few of them, if they are really wall on the white settlers. Ah I They have discovered us I" "Push forward, then, and let's give up a day to t each 'em a lesson." They soon came up near enough to see with the naked eye that the redskins were greatly excited "They are getting detnomlized," said Frank, 45 he noticed the unetl.Biness of the warriors. "Ah! The y have two or three white women captive!" exclaimed Mr. Reade. "Is that so? Let's dive toward the rascals and give 'em a volley." "Yes-and give a yAllalsotoset 'em 9n a run." Here we go 1" and Pomp nearly split their throats wheu they yelled. The savages, hearing such yells from winged creatures larger than anything that they had ever seen fly before, scattered in every direction, utterly terror-strick e n The captives were carried off by a party of tlve Indians. "I'll look after them," said Mr. Reade. "Knock over as many as you can I" With whoops and yells Barney and. Pomp swooped down on another small party, and open ed fire on them with their revolvers Never were redskins so utterly demoralized before. They yelled their terror, thinking the winged messengers of the Great Spirit were come to destroy them. Barn.ey chased three, shot two, and concluded to have some fun with a third. one. He flew low enough to gra&p his hair and Jt. a wrench that made him think his was gone. "Whoop I" yelled Barney, seizing his knife and cttiug out a piece of the redskin's scalp. Take that, ye blaggard, an' be off wid yez." The scalped savage urged his horse to his f11ll spaed. Barney then chased two more, and knocked them to the earLh with well -directed shots from his revolver Pomp succeeded In downing two of the villainous wretches Frank did fearful execution, emptying both his revolvers into the fleeing savages. Mr. Reade pushed on after the party who bad charge of the captive women. They urge d their hors e s forward with all the speed they could command, but could not escape the winged Nemesis. "Be of good cheer, ladies," cried Mr. Reade; "you shall soon be free." Then he began shooting. The savages were shot iu the baak, one by one, till the last of the five fell to the ground, as dead as a smoked herring. "Can't you stop your horses?" he called to the women, who had been tied to pack-horses to prevent their escape. "No-no I" they cried. "Save us I oh, Heav en, save us I" "You are saved-try to stop the horses." The horses were now. terrified at the floppln"' Of the great Wings SO nAar above them, ana plunged madly forward w1lh the women.At last one of them was stopped, and then the other one was secured. The two women-apparently mother and daughter-gazed at him in awe and trembling. "Oh, sir," exclaimed the elder, "you are sent from God to save 1li! I" and !lhe burst Into tearE o! joy. CHAPTER XVI THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RESCUED. IT was soon apparent to Mr. Frank Reade, Sr., that the two women regarded him as something more than mortal. He col'lld see that the elder of the two was Inspired with a. feeling of awe. "Madame," he said to her, as he alighted near by, I am n man in the flesh My son and I have invented flying machines, with which we are going across the coutinent. The Indians think we come from the Great Spirit, and get out of our way as fast as they can. My name is Frank Reade, Sr., and that young man out there is my son Frank." "Oh, I have beard of him," said the daughter, a young girl of sixteen or seventeen summers. "He once made a ship which sailed up in the air didn't he?" ,; Yes," said Mr. Reade. "He made two airships, in which he went wherever he wished." "And he had a colored man and an Irishman with him?" "Yes; Pomp and Barney. They are with him yet." Oh, I am so glad I" the young girl exclaimed. "Well," said her mother, a matronly lookmg woman of some forty years of age, I really did think you were a messenger from God, sent to our resoue.u "Maybe God did send us. We don't kn0w how Providence works in this world. Men are sometimes Instruments in the hA.nds of God t o do wonderful things. It may be that he inspired this inve ntion for the sole purpose of saving you and your daughter from the terrible fate that threatened you." "I cannot but believe it," said the mother, "and I know I feel grateful dt>ep down in my heart." "Tell me how you came to be in their hands. "They came to our place yesterday and t oo k us away, after burning the house and killing all the cattle they could not bring away." "But your husband-what became of him?" "Thank God he was away from home or they would have killed him " He is safe then?" "Yes. I tb'!nk so." He will try to find you?" "Yes, and will run into very great danger to tlnd us. "Your name?" "My husband's name is Joe Bradfield


ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. !3 How far is it to your old home, do you tbink?" I think it must be some fifty o r sixty miles." Which way?" "Nearly north." "Do y o u wish to go back there?" "Yes, sir-though every house in the settle ment was destroye d I think." "Were any men killed?" "Yes--four or five men were killed, who were at heme." "What became of the women?" "Most of the m wer e carried otT by another party, but in what direction I don't know." "Are they Apaches?" "Yes, sir. "Then they have been carried to some of their villages. Please ride over to the timber there and we'll make a fire, have a dinner, and then decide what to do." "There may be Indians in there," suggested the daaghter. "No. They have a horror of men who fiy like birds. They are making for their homes as fast as their horses can carry them, to tell tlieir how the Great Spirit sent warriors on the wiugte drive them from the warpath. You need not be in the least afraid. We will be with you till we can deliver you safely to your friends." Just then Frank, Jr., came to join them. "This is my son, Mrs. Bradfield," said Mr. Reade, introducing the famous your.g inventor. Frank bowed to the ladies in his free, otT-hand way, and said : I am very glad to greet ladies, since your escape from the redskins." "And we are r e joiced to greet those we are In debted to for our fortunate escape," said Mrs. Bradfield. .But for you and your father our fate would have been worse than death itself." "Providence must have sent us in this direc tion, ma'am," said Frank "Yes. I am sure of it." "We had better go to the timber, Frank," sugRf3Sted Mr. "and then have a dinner for (be ladi-es and decide on what course to pursue." "Certainly. I'll hurry on, and select a good place to stop at." H e spread his great brown wings and rose ma.iestically in the air. 1'he two women looked on in profound admira tion. "It looks so like a dream," the Ill other said, as the young hero sailed away toward the timber but a mHe away. "Yes," assented the daughter. "I sometimes fear it really is." "But it is not, I can assure you,'' remarked Mr. Reade, who had overheard their remarks. I a m glad to be thus reassured," said Mrs. Bradfield, "for to awake and find it so would be anguish unspeakable. Come, daughter, we muat hastsn to the timber and not detain Mr. Reade. They urged the two j!tded ponies forward, and Mr. Reade rose on the wing, flying over tkem to assure them of protection. Barney and Pomp soon joine d him, ane now, ladies," he said, as he stood them on their feet. Both mother and daught," said Mr. Reade. "I congratulate you on your happiness." Mother and daughter embraced each other a dozen times in their great joy. By and by, when the horsemen were but a half mile away, the young girl burst away from her mother and went fiying acros!' the level prairie as fast as her nimble feet qould carry her, cry Ing out at the top of her voice: ":tapa I Papa I Papa!" She was soon seen, and the entire band, nearly a score in number, rushe d forward to meet her. When within fifty yards of her one of the men sprang otT his horse and ran forward. He caught her up in his arms and pressed her to his heart. She threw her arms around his neck and kissed him repeatedly. "Thank God I Thank God !" cried the mother at the little camp, who had been a witness of the meeting betwe e n father and daughter. Frank arid his father wiped tears of svmpathy from their eyes. They too had wives and children, and could Imagine the joy of such a meeting. My child, my child l" sobbed the overjoyed father, as he pressed the girl to his heart. "Where is your mother? Tel\ me-quick l" "She is back therli m the camp of friends, waiting for you," replied the girl. H e did not wait to remount his horse, but seiz ed her hand and ran toward th& little camp with all the speed he could command. They appr0acbed, and the mother utterld a glad ery and sprang toward them. In another moment they were clasped in each other's arms. Frank and his father silently shook hands over the meeting. Their hearts were too full for words. A minute or two lat e r the entire party rode up and bE'gan to dismount. They surrounded the little camp and eyed Frank and his father. "Stranger, whar did yu find 'em?" one of the party asked of Mr. Reade. W e found the m out there this said l\1r. R eade, pointing out toward the open prairie, the scene of the rescue, "in the hands of a party ot Apaches." "How many were there of them?" "About two dozen or more." The settler looked hard at him for a moment. So did the others. "How did yer get 'em away from the reds?" the old settler asked. "We pitched Into 'em, killed nearly hall ot' 'em, and took the ladles away Tile old settler fairly gasped: Is that all?" "Yes," said Mr::keade; "waslftthat enough?" "Yes," and the old borderman grasped hill band; but I can't understand it. What is your name mister?" My name is Frank Reade, and this young man is my son." "Great Scott!" exclaimed one of the men who had been silent up to that moment. "Whar's yer machine l Whar's yer steam stage! I saw more'n twenty years ago!" and he rushed forward and caught Mr. Reade by the hand and wrung it heartily. "Oh, that steam Tally-ho is out of fashion now," said Mr. Reade laughing good-nuturedly "We have a much better thing now." "What IS It? Let's see it?" "It is over there-four of them," and he pointed to the four fiying machines standing under a big tree near the tent. The whole partv rushed toward them. They had all be'ara of the famous inventions of the Reades, and were eager to see the latest. But Mrs. Bradfield led her husband up to Frank, saw them clasp hands. "Don't say a word, Mr. Bradfield," said Frank. "I am a husband and f&ther myself, and know just how you feel. I am glad we found them. We did just what you would have done under the circumstances." "Yes, yes," and the happy man pressed his band whilst his eyes filled with tears. "I say Joel" called the old settler, clapping him on the back. "Come an' see the machine," and they all made a rush for the machine. But Mrs. Bradfield insisted on making Joe thank Frank Reade, Sr., and did not stop till she bad brought them together. By the great b'ars !" exclaimed the old set tlers, in the wildest amazement. Yer don't say yer .fly?" "Yes," said Frank. Like er bird?" "Yes." "High up in the air?" "Yes-a mile or two miles." The old settler was nearly paralyzed. He couldn't understand it. He looked dazed-like one in a dream, staring straight at the young inventor the while. .Barney?" said Frank, turning round in search of the jolly Irishman. "Yls, sorr,"-responded Barney, very promptly, coming forward. "Put on your wings and run up a mile or two." "Yis, sorr. Would yez have a bit av the sky scraped, sorr?" "No, not this evening," said Frank, laughing. "Some other evening." Barney was soon in the machine, and then walked out into the open _prairie to have a full He touched the handles that set. the wings in motion, and the great brown wmgs spread out nearly thirty feet from tip to tip. Exclamations of wonder burst f. )ill every one present. But when he rose swiftly up into the air a wild cheer went up with him. Up, up he went, till he was ovor a mile high. They gazed up after kim like men who had waked up to find themselves in a new world. He made the grand circles which the eagle de lights to make when he soars t0 a mere speck in the sky. "Mr. Reade 1" exclaimed the old settler, grasp Frank's hand and wringing it with ten horse power you are the greate8t man that ever lived, :..n' i can lick tho man who says I'm a liar." Frank laughed and said: "I have simply found out the secret of the birds. It was not a difficult thing to do." "Pshaw! Old Solomon tried it, an' failed," said the old settler. "An' he knowed more'n anybody else iu his time. Why, hang it, man, old George Washington himself didn't know enough to fty." "l\1aybe he didn't try," suggested Frank. "He had sense enough no to," said Joe Brad fie ld. "I don't think anybody in those days gave the subject any thought," remarked Frank. ".Be cause a man who would have dared to undertake it would have been locked up as a lunatic. In these days a man is allowed to follow bent of his inclinations, so long as he does not mterfere with or annoy his neighbors." "Yes, that's so," added his father. "You see now that it is possible for a man to fiy.;' "Yes, but I never would have believed it had I net s ee n it,'' said Mr. Bradfield. "Have you all had supper?"' Frank asked, sud denly changing the subject


. I 14 ACR OSS THE CONTINENT ON W INGS. N o and we're mighty hungry," said the old Pomp bad e n o u g h game to f eed the party, and and so set to work t o coo it it. I n a. half h o u r or so he had a good su:ppe r for them, whic h they aM enjoyed like men w1th appet i tes. CHAPTER XVIll. THE HAI'PY CAMPERS-A RUNNING FIGHT-POMP'S RENEGADE. THE supper disposed of, the men lit their pipes and sat around the camp fire to smoke and talk. They told the story of the terrible atrocities of the Apaches in their last raid up the left bank of the river. The very recital of t heir horrible deeds was enough to make the blood of one run cold. I am glad I did not spare any of I got hold or to-day," said Frank. "I managed to get hold of four, and they are lying out there in the grass now, about a mile or so away "I laid out three myself," added Mr Reade "Yes, I saw you do that," said Mrs. Bradfield "Barney aml. Pomp got away with five or six more," Frank continued. "They are old hands at the business, and P,aven't much love for the rascals." "Dat's er fac," said Pomp, who, busy at the r emains of the supper, was listening to all that. that was said. "That was very bad punishment for the wretches "Yes, and they recmved a Rcare they will not soon get over They never saw a man lly through the air before, and very naturally con cluded that the Great Spiri t was angry with them. Why, they never fired a shot, nor made any re sistance whatever "Of course not. Whoever heard of a man in the flesh tlying like a bird through the air? Nine o u t of ten white men would have been scared by it." The stars came out and lit up the clear sky with millions of twinkling lights Hour after hour passed, and still they sat and talked, asking the Reades thousands of questions about their in ventions "If you woul d take that air-ship," said 11>ne of the party, and sail over this part of the world and kill every redskin in it, we settlers would build you a mon ument higher than the tower of Babel was." Mr. Reade laughed, and asked: How high was that?" "It was so high that one's voice calling from the top ce>uld not be understood by those at the bottom, which is how .the confusion of tongues began." By George I" exclaimed Frank, laughing. "That is the most logical as well as theological explanation I ever heard ef that affair "Well, ain't it right?" "I don't know. l am not prepared to say it is wrong.', "Well, that's the kind of a monument we'll build to the memory of the man who wipes out the last of the tarnal redskins." "It would certainly be a great temptation," remarked Frank. "But what would you build lt of?" "Indian bones," was the short, sharp reply. By and by the t.ime came for them to retire to their blankets. The Bradfields were given the tent, and the rest slept out under the trees, whiil>t three stood guard to prevent surprise by the redskins. They all slept well, and m0rning found them greatly refreshed. Pomp and Barney were up betimes-the forr:ner preparing breakfast and the latter securing game. In due time a splendid repast was ready, of which they all ate heartily. The breakfast finished, it was decided that the band of settler'> would return to their homes at once, and that the Reades were to accompanv them on the wing and protect them from the savages in the event tbat they should meet a large war party. Frank and his father agreed to go and render all the assistance in their power Preparations to start were at once begun, and in an hour they started. Both the Reades, with Barney and Pomp, flew high above them and headed North, in the direc tion of the settlement the Apaches had raided. The party on horseback could not make the a istance in one day, so they stopped in the mid dle of the afternoon and encamped in a heavy timbered place, near the same river on which they slept the night before The smoke of their camp-fire had not been going up an hour ere a large war-party of Apaches saw it and r ushed for the scalps of the w h ites. B u t when yet two miles away they were dis" c o v e r ed by Pomp and Barney at the same time. "Dars dem inJu ns l" cried Pump. I nstantly the camp was thrown into the great est excitement. Every man sprang for his rille and stood ready to do battle. Keep cool men l" cried Frank ; keep cool and your powder dry. When they come up near enough to show their inttJntions we will lly at 'em, give 'em a scare and send 'em halter skelter in every di r ection, too demoralized to shoot even a skunk. you can charge in on them and wipe out nearly the whole band." "We will wipe 'em all out," cried Joe eager to get at the red-skins. "They've burnt down my home au<.l I want some satisfaction for it." "You'se ain't no Injun," he cried to the man. "Ne-I am a whi te man," replied the fellow still on his knees. They made me paint up and go with them. I had to do it to save my lite." Pomp was undecided what to do for a moment or so. He knew that Frank v;as death on white renegades, and would never take one prisoner if he could avoid it. "Ef dat am so," he said. "git up an' go back to whar de white folks are." "Please let me get away from the red-skins," pleaded the man. "The white men in that party may not know me, and--" "Shet up, an' go long wid yer, I tole yer l" cried Pomp. "I'll shoot yer ef yAr don't," and he aimed his revolvtor at him as he spoke. The red-skins saw the little party of whites, UHAPTER XIX. and, thinking that they were strong enough to capture them, came on at a full gallop. THE FATE OF THE RENEGADE. When within a quarter of a mile of the whites, THE renegade had no other recourse but to the red-skins were dumfounded at seeing four of obey. them spread out immense wings and lly upward The logic of a loaded revolver in the hand of like great eagles. a determined man is generally irresistible. But They halted and gazed at the flying men or few men can resist it. monsters not knowing whether to advance or Besides, when the ho lder of the revolver has retreat. wings with which he can lly through the air Uke At the same time the whites on horseback a bird, a certain superstition is apt to come charged with a yell. through the mind of one who had never seen Barney and Pomp also yelled at the top of their such things before. l ungs, and swo oped down toward them. -The renegade did not know what to make of was too m uch for Indian superstition. the man with wings. They could face men on foot or horseback, but That he was a real live negro he etrongly sus-V!hen they came through the air like gre&t winged pected, both from his voice and color. dragons, it 'Vas more than they could stand. But who ever heard of a negro flying? They broke and fled in the greatest confusion Certainl y he had not, and so the renegade sub-Crack. crack I went Barney and Pomp's revolvmitted, not seeing any other way of saving his era, and the murderous Apaches caught the bullife. lets in their backs. "Go long wid you'se now," ordered Pomp, or Crack, crack l and Frank and his father opened I'll shoot you'se full ob holes." on them a minute or two later. He did" go long" in the direction of where Mrs. With howls of fear they divided into small par-Bradfield and her daughter, with two or three ties, and sought safety in flight alone. men, were waiting for the others to return. The settlers whose houses had been destroyed Pomp flew round and round, making great by the red-skins pursued them, and shot them cir tor the chance to escape from the Apaches tiers. There were five in the p11rty, and one after these two years past." one they went down under the merciless re"Great snakes, is thllt' so?" excl11imed one or volver of the black man, till only the chief re-the men. mained. "Yes. I have been with them over two years."' Seeing only one left, 'l>omp flew low enougli to "Where did you comtl from?" ki<:k him on the head with his foot. "Texas." "Ugh l" grunted the Indian. "Walking Bear "How did they get you?" heap afraid l" "They attacked our party and killed all but "Ugh!'' retorted Pomp, who bad overheard three of us." him "You'se er bad Injun,an'l'se gwine fo' ter "Did they adopt you into their tribe?" kill yer !" They told us we could have our choice-be, Tl!.e savage in his terror turnetl his face up come Apaches, and go on the war-path with 'em, toward Pemp. or olse be burnt at the stake. We thought it best He saw what he had never seen before in all to save our lives and escape when we got a his life-a black man. chance." A yell of terror escaped him. "Poor fellows," murmured Mrs. Bradfield, He threw on his horse's neck and sympathetically. "Have you eve r killed any made no effort to resist or to escape. whites while playing Indian?" Crack l craok I "No, I never harmed a single white person. Two bullets in his back, just under ais left On the other hand, I helped two young men to sbeulder, settled him, and he tumbled off his make their escape one night." pony into the grass in the agonies of death. Good 1 Here comes the others. They'll be "Dar now!" exclaimed Pomp. "You'se er glad to see 'you." good Injun now. You'se won't kill no more Frank and his father came back together, b.avwhite folks.'' ing emptied their revolvers into the backs of Then he turned to rejoin Frank and the fleeing Apaches. others. The renegade looked them full in the face as He found them scattered in various directions they alighted. in the pursuit. The settlers were also putting in They returned his gaze. some hard work, running down and wiping out "How did you come to take an Indian alive, every red-skin they could catch up with. Pomp?" Frank asked. Seeing three red-skins making together, though "Dat ain't no Injun, Marse Frank," replied more than a mile away, he resolved to pursue Pomp. "Dat's a painted white man, sah." them and wipe 'em <>ut. "The deuce!" and Frank laid a band on his reOff he started, loading up his revolver as he volver as he glared at the renegade. went. "Yes, I am a white man in red paint," said the It was not a long chase, but the advantage was renegade, "and I have been trying for two years on the side of the man with wings. 'l'he fleeing to get back to my friends. There were three of red -skins looked back and saw that the winged us in the same fix." man was gaining on them, and that be was Pomp was astonished black. "De lor' gorramighty !" be gasped. Dat "Hi, dar l" yelled Pomp, and they laid out al-man done his best fo' ter git away, Marse Frank, most at full length on their horses in their frantic and didl;l't gib up till he seed me hab de drop on effotts to get away. 'im Crack I went the revolver, and the savage ut"I guess that was about the truth of it," said tared a yell and tumbled into the grass. Frank. "I've seen renegades before, and under-Then the next one went down with a bullet in stand their game." the back of his head "I retreated as long as the two warriors who The third one from his horse and fell were watching me kept up. The moment they on his knees, crying p1teously: went down I sprang off my horse and gave up, "Mercy I Mercy!" making no attempt to conceal my identity." "De lor' gorramighty l" gasped Pomp, "dat "Where did you come from?" ain't no injnn !" "Texas." He made a circle above him and came back I've seen a good many renegades from Texas, where he was. but never a good one in red paint. I won't have


ACROSS. THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. 13 anything to do with you. These friends here can believe your story or not, as they please." By and by the rest of the settlers came up, and as they did so they eyed the painted renegade very suspiciously. The old settler, a gnarled old speciman of humanity, came up and began questioning him. "Do yer know me?" he asked. "No-never saw you before." "Never did, eh?" "Not till this moment." "What' s your white "Whitaker." "From Texas eh?" "Yes." "Been with them redskins two years?" uyes. "And couldn't git away?" "No; we tried several times to escape, but wer e watched too closely." Turning to his comrades, the old settler said : "He may be all right. Take 'im to the river an' wash the Injun off him. "Yes, wash the paint off," exclaimed a half dozen others, and about half th.e party went off toward the river with him. Frank remained behind with the party that had charge of the twa ladies, and suggeste d that tile arms of the dead Apaches should be gathered up. "They; have been out on a plundering expedition," be said, "and may have a good deal of plunder with them. " Yes, that's so. They may have enough' money to buy us something to live on till we can get up again," said one, whose all had been swept away :_-y the merciless wretches. They went out in the various directions, and for three hours were coming back in parties, bearing arms and valuables of almost every de seription. Several dead Indians had hundreds of doll ars conc e aled about them, besides watches and j e welry. The aggregate amounted to some thing like $3,000. "That will be of great service when divided among those who suff ered most at their hands," remarked Frank. Yes," said Joe Bradfield ; it is a Godsend to me, I know." "Divide it at the next camp, or when you reaoh your settlement." "Here come,; the men from the river," said one of the party, as those who had taken the renegade to the river to wash him hove in sight on the skirts of the timber. Fmnk looKed in that direction, and said: "Yes, but the prisoner is not with them." That's so," chorused a dozen voices, and all Wt\ited eagerly for the others to come up and re-port. Wbere's the prisoner?" Frank asked of the old settler, whose Hame was Joe Wilkes. "Hanging to a troo on the banks of river," was the reply. "What was the matter with him?" "Worst renegade that ever Jived. Uncle Joe knew him," said another in the party, "and so did two others." What did be say?" Denied his real name, and said that Dan Bar wold-his real name-was down in Arizona with another war party. But Uncle Joe knowed him, and so we swung llim up. He had about $200 worth of plundar and money on him." That was enough to settle him," said Frank. "You did right in him up." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "Ef I knowed dat I wud er shot 'im de fust time." "It's allerssafe ter shoot a white man in Injun paint," said the old settler, "an' don't b'lieve er word he says. White men that are white ;nside don't never let the paint stay on ther faces long enough to dry. They somehow work ther way out of the hole-they do." "Dat's er rae'," assented Pomp, with a philo sophical seriousness that caused the others to burst into a hearty laugh. The party then went into eamp again, thank ing our heroes like brave, true men for the as sistance they had rendered them. "Oh, that's all right," said Frank. "You fel lows would have done the same thing for us." Of course we would,'' and they all shook hands with him and his father. The evening was delightful, and every one eeemed in the best of spirits, as the treacherous Apachl38 had received two checks that would teach them a lesson they would not soon forget. The next day they resumed the journey, and before sunset bad reached the settlement, where the ashes of their homes alone remained of their possessions. CHAPTER XX. "I see the timber, that's all." A BATTLE WITH APACRES-CAP'ITVE WOJifEN BES "Well, When we get nearer you'll see some InCUED AND RETUBNED HOME. diana," answered Mr. Reade. BEING hard pressed to remain with them the sooner we get there the bettoc; l! the next morning, our heroes decided to stop "Of course." with the rescued settlers for the night. And all four turned in the direction of the tim-The tent was stretched and game killed for ber, and traveled at great speed. supper. By the time wpper was over several In a little while Frank, who had kept his ey68 more men came up who had managed to escape on the timber, sung out: from the Apaches. "Ah I tb 1 Th It 1 But several mtln had been killed, and women see em now ere s qu e a arge and children carried off who had not been heard party of them. Can you make out how many there are, and whether they hava any prisfrom. oners?" "Seven women and about a dozen girl chi!" N t t 1 d h f h 1 1 h. 1 dren," said old Joe Wilkes. "Them redskins rO ye rep Ie IS at er, eve mg IS g as11 at the party. "I can tell in a fsw minutes ought not to be allowed to live in this country." more." "That's so," said Joe Bradfield. Ten minutes later he took another peep "How many purties were out?" Frank asked. through the glass, and immediately exclaimed :1 "We met two bands, and only found Mrs. llrad-"There they are-a dozen or more-w.,men and field and her daughter." children." "Nobody knows how many were out," said "Good!" exclaimed Frank; "they are the one. "They divide up in small parties to conones we are after, but we want to get them away fuse the whites, and keep 'em from combining to from that timber." pursue. It's .a sharp dodge." " h ?" h r th k d "Well, you fellows go on building your own Y IS a eras e houses, and father and I will see ir we caa't find "Because they will take refuge there, and we shall not be able to get at them." the other missing ones." "Ah, that is sc 1 They could shoot at us from Everh man sprung up and caught our heroes behifid the trees. But how ar'e we to do it?" by the and. Ob, they'll have to leave the timber some "We'll never forget you," said old Joe Wilkes, time, so we have no other recourse but to wait tears in his eyes. ".But if you pass a redskin and watch." and don' t try to wipe 'im out, I'll never forgive "In that case, then," remarked Mr. Reade, you." "we qetter keep as far away from them as Them's my sentiments I" cried Joe Bradfield. possible, so as not to excite their fears." "The reds ain't got no friends in this settle"Yes," assented Frank. "Why not drop down ment." in that piece o! timber on the left there? There's "He doesn't put it strong enough," said an-an open space of five or six miles between them.'' other. "That's a !!OOd idea. Curiosity may lead them "Yes, I know that," said Frank, laughing. to run over there to see what kind of birds we "Still, it doesn't matter much how you wipe out are." an Indian, so long as you wipe him out." "Dat's er fac," chuckled Pomp. "That's the lo.,.ic I" "Good gospel!';' "Bedad !"exclaimed Barney, "it's a blackbird they'll foind." "Sound sense I" "Dat's er fac," retorted Pomp. "Blackbirds "Good law I" doan't (>bow no white fedders." "Shoot every redskin you meet!" "Oh, stop lour chinning and come on," cried Such was the rage againt the murderous Frank, making a turn to the left and leading tlw Apaches, that everyone had a hard word to utter way toward the piece of timber in that direction. against them. The others followed and made straight for the I agree with you, friends," said Frank, "as I timber. know my father does--" Every once in awhile Mr. Reade would turn his Me too, put in Barney. glass in the direction of the Indians, to see if they "I'm dar too I" remarked Pomp. were observed. "We are all there," said Frank. "But just Suddenly he exclaimnd: now we want to find the missing women and "Ah, they have stopped to gaze at us I" cbilrlren, and bring them back.'' "Go9d," said Frank. "They'd give half their "Yes-yes I" plunder to find out what we are. "Then we may try to oxecute full vengeance "Well, let us alight just in the edge of the tim-upon the redskin wretches." ber, and maybe they ll follow us." "That's so t all around. In due time they reached the timber, and slow They retired to their blankets at a late hour, ly descended to the earth. and slept peacefully till sunrise. After breakfast The band of Indians the edge of the Frank and his father prepared to go in search of further timber were amazed at the sight of four the party that bad carried off the other wo.nen great-wingej objects flying through the air. and children. They stopped and gazed in awe-stricken wonAfter bidding them good-bye, with many a der, until they saw the strange objects descend hearty God bless you, they spread their great to the earth. . wingsand went up to a great height. Then they held a consultation, and the reiult "They must have gone back to their own was a determination to discover what kind of home," remarked Mr. Reade, as they turned birds \hey bad just seen. southward again. With their chief at their head they started "Yes, of course they did. Whenever they go across the piece of open prairie which lay be out on a raid like that they make for their viitween the two strips of timber. !ages again just as soon as they get hold of The distance was something like five miles any Rlunder." across, yet, nothing daunted, they urged their "Then we had better make a straight flight for jaded steeds to the top of their speed. the Apache country.'' When a little more than half way across they "Yes, I think so." were surprised to see the four winged strangers All day long they flew, crossing rivers and rise in the air again strips of timber, with here and. there bald, barren They were still more surprised when the four Rpots of arid soil and stone. great birds started in their direct.fon. "We may find some of their bands on the reThey baited and held their rifles in readihess turn home," n,marked Frank. to fire. "Yes, I've been on the lookout for them every Straight at them went our heroes. hour In the day." When within a couple of hundred yards of the "Dar dey is I" cried Pomp, pointing away out savages all four yelled at the top of their lungs. on the right. The redskins had not dreamed of men flying "Where?" through the air, and when they looked up and "Out dar." saw men with great wings swooping down upon Frank looked, shook his head, and said: them, an undefinable fear fell upon them. I can't see anybody." They looked at each other in tocror-stcicken "You'se er gittin' otd, Marse Frank,'' said awe tor a few moments, and one of them started Pomp. "Yer eyes ain't good like mine-be, he, on a run. he I" Then Barney uttered a wild Irish yell that "Oh, go soak your wool," said Frank. "You awake&ed the echoes for miles around. don't see anybody." That stacted the entire band into a wild panic. Ah I He is right I" exclaimed Mr. Reade, Follow the party with the women I" cried looking through his glass. I see them, J?ut they Frank, and all four swooped down upon the few are a long way off.'' savagAs left in charge of the captive women. "Yes, sah, dey is,'' said Pomp. Crack I crack I went the revolvers, and a red-" Well, I'll be hanged if I can see them," put in ftkin yelled at each shot. Frank, after looking for them in vain for two or Then all four sent a rattling volley after them, three minutes. and several tumbled from 'their ponies into the "They dre skirling that timber out there, grass. several miles off." Every r&dskin struck out for himself, taking D4


tel ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. tho"Qght of the prisoners, who were as badly frightened as the Indians themselves. Seeing bow frightened the were, Frank turned back from the pursuit of the savages and flew close by them. "Be not afraid. We are friends," he cried, and then he settled down in the grass, folded his wings, and walked up to where the trembling women were huddled together on their ponies. "In the name ot Heaven, who are you!" ex olaimed one of the women. "I am Frank Reade, the inventor of the flying machine. We have seen your friends, anu have been looking for you." "Thank God I thank God!" exclaimed the woman, and they all burst into tears of joy. Then some of them laughed and cried alterately until they became hysterical, so great was their joy at rescued from the terrible fate that threatened them. In the meantime Mr. Reade, Barney, and Pomp were pursuing the retreating Apaches, and mercilessly pelting them with bullets from their revolvers, nor did they stop UBtil the remnant of the band found shelter in the heavy timber. CHAPTER XXI. THE RETURN OF THE RESCUED WOMEN. WHEN the savage had disappeared in the timber Mr. Reade, Barney and Pomp returned to join Frank and the rescued women. They settled down near by, and then walked up shake hands with them. A happier group of women and children was ever seen. They cried, they sang and shouted, while tears of joy streamed down their faces. "You are men sent from God!" exclaimed one of the women. "Messengers from God fly like the angels." "Don't be too extravagant, now," said Mr. Reade, laughing. The lord didn't make these wingt!, and yet I cannot but think that Provi dence sent us to your assistance." "Oh, I know it-I know it l" exclaimed several of the women. "Well, are you too tired to r!de back to your old home?" "No-no-no I" they cried. "Well," he said," rille ahead, keeping due north, and we will fir above you to keep watch and guard over you.' "I declare!" excl.>imed one of the women, U seems so like a dream, to see men flying through the air like birds." "Yes," said another, "and to have them fly through the air to our rescue." The day was so far gone, however, that it was utterly impossible for them to reach their old heme that So Frank directed them to turn aside to a strip of timber and encamp there till the following morning. They did as they were told, and in a little w hlle were as happy as a band of children in establish ing a camp. Barney and Pomp took the pieces of tent from the four knapsacks, put them together, and erected a tent large enough to shelter all the wo men and children. Then they built a huge fire, while Frank and his father went in search of game. They soon ran down a deer, and killed him, returning to camp with more venison than could be Oh, let us cook it, let us cook it," cried the happy women. "We are not In the least tired," returned Frauk and his father. "Flying Is not at all tiresome.'' They were forced, however, to give way to the women ami let them cook the supper, and they cooked It well and quickly, and when it was ready they all ate with ravenous aiJpetites. Oh I" exclaimed one, I never tasted any thing so good in my life." "Nor 1," said another. .lii," retuBed Frank, that Is because you have regained your freedom. A crust of bread is enjoyed more by the freeman than the rarest Tiands are by the suppliant slave.'' I have often heard that," said one, "but could never believe it till now." Well, you believe it now, do you not?" Indeed, I do. Oh, I cannot exp' ress how joyously hapJily I feel. My home Is destroyed, but that-.matters not, since I and daughter have escaped." The evening was spent in pleasant conversation around the camp-fire, after whi'lh the women and. children retired to sleep in the tent, whilst the men slept bv the fire and took turns at standing guard over the camp. The night wore away at last, and at tha first dawn of day Pomp and Barney were up making the fire, while Frank and his father went o:fJ to th& river to eatch fish. In an hour's time they returned with as much fish as was needed, and the women soon had them brotling on the coals. A little after sunrise the entire party set out bn their homeward journey. All day l'Ong Frank and his father hovered over the group like watchful angels, pointing the way for them. Just Wore the sun sank below the western horizon a party of horsemen were seen coming to meet them. Mr. Reade leveled his at them, and then cried out to the women below: "Your friends are coming to meet yon. I see them a long way o:fi.'' What a glad, joyful cry went up from the happy wives and mothers. An hour later a party of men

/ ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. 17 They all laughed but Pomp, and then went "Where?" Mr. Inquired. about their camp duties. "Directly under us on that plateau." While the fire was making, Mr. Reado3 caught a Mr. Reade brought his glltbS to bear, and. a mess of fish from the brook and brought them moment later exclaimed: in. "Why, it's the kind of a grizzly," Barney proved to be a first-rate cook, and was By George I" eJaculated Frank, "we must greatly encouraged by the flattering remarks of have some fun with him." ; Frank and his father "We must look out he don't have some with After supper the pipes were brought out, and us," said Mr. Reade, "as they are very hard to a. discussion of the events of the day followed. kill." "We are not making very fast time in crossing "Oh, you must keep on the wing and only the continent," remarked Mr. Reade, puffing swoop down noar enough to give him a shot. away at his pip&. They are game and have never been known to "No," replied Frank, "but we are having a run from an enemy, so I think he will stand and good dool of fun." take all that w.e can give him," and with that "I don't know where dat fun is," remarked Frank began a rapid descent toward the earth Pomp. The others followed quickly, and when within "Why, you've had more fun than anybody else," a few hundred feet of the beast yelled lustily at retorted Frank. "You butted two men nt the him. railroad station, killed several Indians, and are Bruin rose on his haunches, growled, and the only one of the party that has killed an eagle." glared defiantly around, as If iu search of the en" DaVs er fac'," said Pomp, "an' I'se de only emy who had dared to challenge him. one da.t like to got mos' eat up by der eaglll. Der Frank swooped down within twenty or thirty ain' no fun in it, an' if der is, I doan't want it." feet of him, and gave him a shot. The truth is, Pomp's head and hand were very The bullet struck him on the shoulder. sore, and he was not feeling in a good humor by A hoarse growl escaped the beast, which seem-any means. ed to be as large as a full-grown ox, and he "Old man," said Frank, "you are getting rubbed the spot where tho bullet struck as if homesick. You must have dreamed about your bn:oshlng away a. bee that had stung him. old woman last night. You had better take a Then Mr. Reade and Barney swooped down pull at this. It may do you good," and he passed and gave him each a shot. him a wicker-covered flask containing some fine He growled louder and more fiercely, and old brandy. soomed to try to reach up to strike at his enemy. '.rhe stern wrinkles on Pomp's brow began to "Take aim at !4s head," said Jl'ro.nk. "We disappear as he unscrewed the top. Then, as he can't kill him with a hundred shots In the body, obtained a whit! of the fragrant liquid, a broad but a shot in the ear or might finish him." ,;mile illumined his face, which widened into a Then all four opened on him at once, circling grin as he looked at Barney out of the corner of around him just out of his reach. his left eye His rage was something terribl!l and grand. As he turned the bottom of the flask skyward, He leaped upward and struck savagely at the his features gave forth an expression of supr11me air. happiness, which seemed to increase as the fluid Then he would tear up the earth with his great gurgled down his throat. claws in imootent rage, and almost shook the Howly Moses!" groaned Barney, with a look mountain with his roar. of on his ruddy face. "It's as dry as "Bedad !" exclaimed Barney, "it's an ugly dust I am. Would yez be afther laving uome of baste he is." that for meself ?" Be careful and keep out of his reach," cau" What's der matter wid you, Barney?" Pomp tloned Frank. "He could tear a lion to pieces. asked, as he unbuttoned the flask from his lips. Take good aim at his head." "Dat eagle didll't bite you." They kept up the fire till their weapons were "Bedad, then," returned Barney, "it's bitten empty, without having hit him in any vital spot. wid sympathy I am. At last a bullet from Mr. Reade's rifle struck "Poor fellow!" said Frank, laughing and pass-him in the right eye, and penetrated the brain. ing the flask over to Barney; it's very dry symA frightful roar followed, and the terrible beast pathy, I guess." rolled over and over in his death agony, tearing "Il's roi<>ht ye are. Shure, an' I am dry when-up the earth and stones with his immense claws ever I think of it," and then he proceeded to wit h such terrible force as to cause our heroes to make some astronomical observations with comshudder as they beheld it. plete satisfaction to himself. "Good Heavens!" cried Frank; "what powerWhen Frank received the flask again it wa,s ful beasts those grizzlies are!" much lighter in weight than when it first left his "They have no equal," said his father. I bands. think a full grown lion would be but a kitten "By George!" he said, "if we meet any more pitted against one of them." eagles I'll have to hunt up a distillery. They are A half hour passed ere any of the party dared worse than snakebites." to descend to earth, as the terrible brute con-Pomp and Barney grinned and felt good, and tinued to exhibit signs of dangerous vitality. in a little while all four retired to their blankets They circled around, watching its dying strug to dream of home, flights in the air, and battles gles until they thought it was perfectly safe to with eagles and redskins. descend. They arose early next morning, and after a "Look out dar!" exclaimed Pomp, as Frank hearty breakfast, resumed their flight toward the alighted and approached the monster. Dat mountains. bar' s playin' possum." By noon they were passing over the rugged "I guess not," returned Frank. "Bears don't peaks of the Rocky Mountains, some of \Vhich play that game." reached up into the regions of perpetual snow. And he was right. The great brut.e had about "Here is a good place for a summer resigiven up the fight and passed in his chips. dence," remarkec Frank to his father. A bullet In the brain of the most p owerful "Yes" was the reply;" but one would wantanimal in the world will end his existence sooner wings reach it." 'or later, and it proved to be the case with the "The time will come," said .I!' rank, "when grizzly. nearly every one can have a. pair of wings with With one last convulsive movement of his which to fly." powerful limbs he stretched himself out, uttered I think so, too, but it will be time hence, a despairing growl, and waa dead. aa people have to be educated up to the risk "That ends him," cried Frank, "and I'll bet They passed around a snow-capped peak, my wings that he is the only grizzly that was ever leaving it to the right, and nearly all the afternoon killed on the fly." they sailed over rugged, upon which, "I think you would win the bet," said his faperhaps, no human being had ever looked. ther, alighting beside him. "He is the largest The scenery Wl\8 wild, weird and grand, with one I ever saw. I don't think that we could here and there great chasms thousands of feet in make any one believe that we had killed Euch a depth. monster on the wing." "This is the wildest scene I ever beheld re"Perhaps u.ot, but we know that we did. I marked Mr. Reade. am liorry we can't take his skin with us to stuff "Yes," ret\lrned Frank," I ha"e crossed the and show his size." Rockies several times, but never saw anything All four went up and laid their hands on the like this before." dead monster, lifted his paws, and examined his teeth. CHAPTER XXIII. A BATTLE WITH THE GRIZZLIES. A LITTLE while after passing over the highest pointl! o1 the Rockies they began the descent of the western slope, and Frank discovered a large brownish-l ooking object, as big as a full-grown ox, crossing a plateau some two or three thouBand feet below him. "What is tha down there, father?" he asked. They were thus engaged when they werfl startled by a fierce roar a short distance further up the mountain. Looking around, they beheld another grizzly, nearly as large as the one they !,lad just killed, coming down the mountain-side. "Look out 1 look out!" cried Frank, spreading his wings out faster than he ever did before, and he was the first to mount in the air. Pomp, having a sore hand, \VI\8 the last to rise, and the angry beast was not a domn rods from him as his feet le!t the earth. "That must be his mate," e.aid Mr. Reade. "Undoubtedly," returned Frank; "and If ao, she will soon let us know it." The grizzly rushed to the side of the dead one and felt of him with her great paws, growling the while. Then, as if convinced that he was dead, she began a series of lltrce, defiant roars that awoke all the echoes of tlie mountains for miles around. "Golly, ain't she mad!" exclaimed Pomp. "Be the powers av darkness, but it'll a bad onl!l she is!" cried Barney. "Shall we attack her?" asked Frank of his fa t.her. Of course What is the use of leaving sueh a dangerous creature alive?" They then opened fire on the angry she bear, and a repetition of the first tight followed About thirty shots were fired ere she succumb ed, and our heroes had the satisfaction of hearing her last gasp. I claim that this is no small feat," said Frank. "A hundred men on foot would have taken to their heels and given the whole mountain to these bears." "No doubt of that," returned his father. "I am sure I would have dor:.e some tall myself. To meet one of these monsters, one wants a good W!L.chester repeating rifle and plenty of nerve." And even then they are dangerous," said Frank. "We killed one when we were in the air ship and had Wirtchestors, and he seemed to be as hard to kill as these were." They spent some time examining the bears and enjoying the magnificent scenery, after which they resumeJ their journey, leaving the I wo dead monsters as a gift to any other beast that felt dis polled 1.0 make a meal of them. They flew many miles that <\fternoon without passing beyond the range of mountains, and night found them in the vicinity of wild mountain scenel y still. "We must look for a good place to camp," said Frank, "where there is plenty of water and something to eat." "We might have brought some grizzly steak with us," suggested his father. "So we could, but somehow my appetita doesn't crave that kind of fare." Mr. Reade laughed and asked Pomp if he wouldn't like some broiled eagle for supper. "No, sah," was the prompt reply. "I doan't wan' no brileJ eagle." They at last found a suitable FJlace in a gorge in the mountain, thtough which passed a brook, whose source was the melting snow of the higher peaks. "I think we will find this a good place," reoarked Frank, "with plenty of cold water." "Yes," remarked his father," it may be pleas ant enough if a griZZly doesn't eome along to dispute the :right of possession with us." "I hardly think we will find any here, and I'm afraid we can't find a place to land." With wings stretching thirty feet from tip to tip, they were compelled to have a sufficient space' admit of their descent to earth, and it began'o look as though no such place could be found. They passed down the. mountain a couple of miles, following the course of the stream and looking for a.n open place. At last one was found, and all four descended and made their way down to the water on foot. "It seems to me," said Mr. Reade, looking searchingly around, "that this is just the place for grizzlies, and if we cook anything which gives out the least tempting odor, we shall have a visit from some of them." "Well, we shall have to be on the lookout for them," remarked Frank, taking out a portion of his tent from pack to have it put up for the night. CHAPTER XXIV. TREY MEET WITH MEDDLESOME STRANGERS. FoRTUNATELY, the night passed without any thing occurring worthy of note, and our heroes resumed their flight the next morning, ex. pecting to spend the next night somewhere on the great plains below. The mountain slope lowered very gradually for n::any miles, with here and there a bold spur pointing skyward, as if acting as silent sentinels for the greater pooks beyond. On the side of one of them a pair of huge grlz zlies were eeen, but our heroes concluded not to waste any more time at simply repeating an ad venture, nor did they take any notice of a pair of eagles which seemed half disposed to dispute their passage. As they passed beyond the mountains the earth soomed to recede from them, though they ,. \


IS ACROSS THE COI\TINENT ON WINGS. had not risen but a few hundred feet beyond the l ginning, though, for I'll use him for bait," and he "Don't shoot!" hoarsely gasped the rolla at starting-point of that morning. removed the minnow and refastened him to the whom Barney aimed. "Marse Frank," said Pomp," we am gett!n' too hook as tempting bait for larger game. "Up wid yer hands, yer blaggard, or be the high." The wisdom of his action was soon apparent, powers av darkness it's a dead mau ye'll be!" "No, we are not," returned Frank; "the earth for in.a few minutes he rec e ived a jerk that cam e The man dropped his gun and h eld both banda is simply getting too low. We ate about on a near pulling him in the water. above his head, and the other four were quick to level with the mountain-tops." ":Uy George!" exclaimed Frank, "that's a follow his example. "Yes, sah, but I wanlll to git down on a Iebel whopper!" "Now, what do you fellows want?" Mr. Reade with a hill-top. Dis am a liddel too high." "Yes; he pulls like au alligator." B.!' ked. "You see the result of interfering with "But we can fly better up !).ere, Pomp." "Hold on to him, and don't let him get away." strangers." "I doan't know about llat," repli e d Pomp, Th3 fish pulled like a horse, and Mr. Reade The men mad e no reply, so dumf ounded :ihaking his head. "I can fly bette r down dar ran up and down the stream to play him unt!l he we,e the y at the sudden turn of .affairs. near the groun'." could land him. about face-march!" cried Frank "You are mighty fond of the ground all of a Frank dropped his tackle and went to his as-"aud tf you show your faces about here again eudden," said Frank. sistance, and together they succeeded in landing before sunrise to-morrow morning, we'll make "Yes, sah, I was made out ob dirt." a forty-pound cat-fish. w orm' s meat of you!" "Black dirt, eh?" "Ah, that's enough for supper," said Frank, as ".But our guns, stranger?" asked one of the "I 'spec so soon as they had th e priz e safely landed. men. "Let us have--" "We ll, we will get down closer to the ground," "Well, we've worked hard enough for it," said "Never mind the guns," said Frank. "We'll and they descended within a few hundred feet of his !ather, wiping the perspiration from his take care of th em You'll find them here to-the earth. ra ce. morrow morning. It was seen that it was quite a rich valley beThey dragged the fish to tho camp, and In a Another one of the men protested, saring: low them, but the farth e r away from the mounlittle while were feasting on delicious cat-fish "We can't do without ou r guns." tains they went the poorer and more stunted the steak. "March!" sternly ordered Franlt again, and vegetation seemed to be. "This will last us across to the n ex t river," the villains dared not disobey. "We will soon strike the arid regions of south-said Mr. Reade, "and to-morrow morning we'd So they turned and marched away in the direc-ern Utah," said Frank. better cook a. two-days' supply of rations." tion whence they came. "How long will it take us to cross them?" hls "That is a good idea," replied l!'rank, "and Our heroes kept them covered with their re-fathe

r. ACROSS THE C ONTINENT O N WINGS. 19 After passing another stream they discovered 11 few settlements scattered here and there, and still further on they found a Mormon village of some three or four hundred inhabitants. They did not know, however, that it was a Mormon village till !Lfter they descended, which they did for the purpose of ascertaining what place it was. As they began to descend the people shouted and.prostcated themselves on the ground. "Why, what's the matter with them?" Mr. ft611de asked, turning to Frank. "They evidently think we are Heavenly mes sengers," rt>plied Frank, "and they are Mor mons." "How do you know they are?" "I know it because we are in Utah, and from the style and shape of their tabernacle over there." "I guess you are right." "I know I am," asserte d Frank. "Let's have fun with them." "How can we?" "By not letting them know who or what we .are.u "Well, do as you think best." Frank lifted up his. voice >Lnd exclaimed: Let all the people rise and stand, for no harm shall befall them." Every man, woman and child sprang to their teet and gazed, awe-stricken, at the uew-corn ..llrs. "Let him that is faithful," cried Frank again, ''bring us wherewith to quench our thirst and appease our hunger. We have but a short while to tarry, but a blessing shall rest forever upon his house who giveth free l y. Hasten, therefore, to fetch U'> wine and bread, that we may no longer thirst and hunger." Every man of them departed in eager hast e to obey! fully believing that they were entertaining angelS. Soon they returned, bearing wine aud bread and cake, together with brandy and whisky, and .11.!1 kinds of strong drinks. "Der J...or' gorram!ghty I" muttered Pomp, in an undertone, as two big black bottles of rye wht;ky were handed him by a burly Mormon, I'se go in' to bless dis place !orebermore." He had scarcely stowed them away in his pocket ere two more were thrust upon him, and were followe4l by a huge pound-cake. Being hungry a'> well n.s thirsty, he broke ofr a piece of the cake, thrust it in his month, and washed it down with a copious draught of whisky. Barney fared even better. A dozen rushed forward, bearing wine and strong drink, and a well-cooked saddl!! of ven!scn. The jolly Irishman !llled his pack with the bottles, and seized upon the venison with voracious eagerness. "May St. Path rick kill all av yure snakes I" he cried, in a loud voice; "an' may ye niver be dry for want av a drink I" Frank and his fathe r also received more good things than they could tal'e care of. EtLCh of them uttered kind words as they re ceived the gi!ts, and left a blessing with the donors. Mr. Reade stepped forward, and whisperetl in Frank's ear: "If we don't get away soon Pomp and Barney will be roaring drunk. Frank looked over to his two faithrul followers, and at a glance saw that his father wns right. "We go hence," he cried out to the villagers "but in a year and a day we will return. And with that be spread his wings and rose niajestioally in tho air. Barney and Pomp took the hint and followed immediately, whilst the multitude a<>ain fell prostrate on the ground, believing that they lmd entertained messengers from tqe New Jerusalem. "Oh, golly I" exclaimed Pomp as he soared upwa::d; dis am de b;JS' I eber did eat.." "Save It tor supper, you glutton I" cried Frank, "and let your bottles alone, or you'll be drunk and a tumble and break your neck I" Why, Marse Frank; Barney is fillin' hisself full." "Shure an' the nagur is a liar!" rf'turnecl thrusting hls bottle back in his pocket. I t's my pockets is full." "Well, I'll empty your pockots if yon drink a ny more, e!fher of you," said Frank. very sternly "A man on wings must keep his head cle1\r and cool." "Dat's er fac assented Pomp. "Of it is,'" added Fran I{. "Wait till we strike camp and we'll have a feast. CHAPTER XXVI. they had ceased fishing, late in the afternon A FEAST FIT FOR A KING. they estimated that the fou r vf them bad eap: tured nearly a thousand pounds of trout, which, FRANK and Mr. Reade laughed heartily over after reserving what was needed fur the fryingthe deception practiced on the Mor-pan, they threw back into the water. mons. That night they slept well, tb._r they had toiled "That is the best joke I have seen in many a hard all day, and the next morning were off again day," said Mr. Reade. on their western journey. "Yes," replied Frank, "it was not only a "I shall always have a desire," said Mr. practical joke, but profitable anu funny as well." as they tlew over the lake, to revisit this l.Jace "I should say it was. We have wine and again." liquors enough to last us through, and provisions "I know I shall," replied Frank," for I never for two or three days." had such fishing in my life." "So we have, and if we can find a good camp"Dnt's er fac'," exclaimed Pomp. "Der fish ing place to-night we can have a grand feast." am good, an' der water am good, an' it's a good They were now near the end of the day, and place anyhow." began casting about for a suitable place to spend "Thrue for you, Pomp," &aid Barney. "Bethe night. dad, an' it's the place to Jive anvhaw." They had reached a region of well-wooded roll-Leaving the lake, they pns..."ed over a broken ing land, with a chain of mountains in full view surface of country which grew more rugged as in the distance. they advanced toward the mountains. "We surely ought to find a stream or spring :By noon they had reached a section of wild hereabouts," remarked Mr. R eade. mountain scenery that bafiled description. "I think so, too," returned Fmnk, "if we will In some places peaks of solid rock pointed sky-look out for them." ward, having for thousands of feet not a. blade of Just before sunse t they discovered a small gras;; or a shrub upon them. lake, covering some forty or fifty acres, anu sur-Sometimes they leaned over gorges thenrounded by rugged hills. sands of feet in depth, the precipitous sides of "There is a beautiful sheet ot witter," remark-which not even a sparrow could find a restingad Frank. "We couldn't wish for a better place place on. For miles not a tree or shrub could be for a camp." seen. as they advanced. "Yes, and it's full of fish, too, for I cah see "This is certainly not a very inviting place," them !:!plashing water. It must be fed by some remarked Mr. Reade. little mountain stream. " How would it do for a quarry?" Frank asked. They soon reached the lake and descended to "The quarry is here, but where is the mara clearing on the south side of it. ket?" "What a beautiful, romantic spot I" cried "It seflms to me," continued Frank, "that Frank, as he gazed on the clear cold crystal sheet these stones have been disturbed by some con of water. Yulsion o! nature in some period of the world's "Yes," said Mr. Reade, "it looks like fairyhistory." land and he walked down to the water's edge "Just what I was thinking, too. It looks like with a tin cup to get a drink. "The water is as the result of a volcanic eruption or an earth-clear as crystal and very cold," he said. quake," Barney and Pomp soon had a roaring fire going "!guess," returned Frank," that there are vol-and the tent up, which gave the place an air of canoes in this mountain range. comfort. Along in the middle of the afternoon they reach" Now for the feast," said Frank, and all four ed the top of a hlgh peak, and as they passed over of them began to disgorge the good things they it Fronk cried out: haJ received from the sup'lrstitious Mormons. "This is the mouth of a volcano." There were bottles of wine, of brandy, and of I believe you are right," said his fathoc. whisky, with cake and jelly, and venison and "Let's step and examine it." roast fowl. They flew across to the side &f what This is a feast fit for a king," said Fmnk, as seemed to have been an immense crater, and he surveyed the disphLy. there found plenty of room on the top of an im" Begorra, then," said Barney,\ it's kings we mense bowlder to settle down in perfect safety. are for once. Aven the n>Lgur is a black king There they stood for some time, gazing down wid a crown of wool on his head." into the crater of what seemed an extinct volPornp grinned, shook his head, and replied: cano. ;; a ole head, Barney." No heat came up from it, though evidence of Fa1th, an 1sn t 1t the likes of we that know vast fiery eruptions in the past were seen in every it? Shake han :Is over the dinner, ye auld king. f direction. It's many a .ruction had. Hut, be the pow-The crater Sflemed to be at lell.f)t one-eighth of ArB, we'll fa1ste to-mght t1ll the go to slape," a mile in diameter and the sides perpendicular. and the two shook hands hen.rtlly m the best of Hundreds of feet below where they stood there good feeling in anticipation of the feast in store seemed t'' be a sort of bottom of ashes, cinders, "Good," Frank. "I like to see sures here and there. that. Why can't you do that way every day, in"It must have been terrible when In a state of stead of wanting to break other's heads?" eruption" commented Frank as he gazed on the "Faith. an' it's the whiskv, said Barney," and scene beiow the good A .good dinner, a sup ov the "Yes, indeed," said his father. "A caldroa ot cnuur, w1d your p1pe full of tobacco, makes a burnil!g lava th e size of this 'lrater must indeed rnon love all the wotld." be a fearful sight to behold" "That lli true, Barney;' said Mr. "and it is the true religion, whieh none but dyspeptics CHAPTER XXVII. r eject." "Thrue for you, Mr. Reade\ an' it's rneself that THE EXTINCT likes)tman of that kind of re igion." VOLCANO-BARNEY'S TERRIBLE PERIL. They fell to and partook of the feast with the appetites of men who had long fasted. IL is needless to say they enjoyed the supper to the fnllest extent of their capacity. The meal ended, r.owever Frank was compelled to forbid any more liquors being drank, ns Barney and Pomp were becoming somewhat hilarious. Pipes followed the gupper, and during the smoking Barney favored the patty with several Irish songs. His voice was a fairly good one, but sadly lacking in cultivation. His efforts, howe\er, were applauded to the echo. They retired early to their blankets, and slept soundly till daylight. Frank was the first up, and went prowling around in search of bait, determined to try his lucK at flshlng in the lake. His father soon joined him, and long bf.'fore the RUn peeped over the hilltops they; were bot h catching trout faster than they did before in their lives. "Look here," said Frank, "we'd better tarry here a day or two. This beats all the flshlng I e\per saw." "All right," replied his father. "Nothing would please me better. So they spent the day on the lake, and when AFTER gazing on the desolate scene some time, Frank and his father coneluded to descend into the crater and make a more minute examination of it. Accordingly, they stretched their wings and flew down ward severn.!. hundred feet, alighting on a crusted surface of ashes, cinders and lava. Barney and Pomp followed, and together all four walked about, peering into the holes and crevices with a sort of shuddering curiosity. Into some of the holes they stones, to sound the depth, but nothing certain could be ascertained. Not a shrub of vegetation existed anywhere, but every stone bore traces of past fiery heat. As they were walking about they were suddenly startled by a wild shriek !rom Barney, who had wandered off some twenty or thirty rods distant from the others. They looked around qfiickly, only to find cloud of dust where the Irishman was last seeu. "Der Lor' gorramity !" gasped Pomp. "Good heavens!" cried Frank, "Barney has fallen in!" They rushed toward the to find that the crust of lava and ashes over a deep fissure had given way undAr his weight, and that he had disappeared below from sight.


.. 20 ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. "My God I" groaned Mr. Reade, "thiS ill hor rible." A cloud of dust asaended from the crevice dense enough to strangle one Frank threw himself flat on the crust, with his .bead close to the crevice, and silently listened, while his father and Pomp he1d their breath in suspense. "I hear him coughing," he cried, as though nearly suffocated with the dust." "How far down is he?" his father aske d. I can't say-it may be flfty or a hundred feet. "Barney, Barney!" and he called lustily. The coughing continued. Keep still," cried Frank, "until the dust set tles, and we will get you out." How in the world we can ever get him out, I can't tell," said Mr. Reade. "We must have a rope to let down to him," said Frank. "But we have no rope." "We must get one, if we have to cut up a pair or wings." "We can fly back to that Mormon village and get a rope." "That is a long, long way of!'." "There is no other way," said Mr. Reade. Then you and Pomp go for it. I will remain here with Earney." "Come, Pomp," said Mr. Reade, stretl.lhing his wings, "'ve must bo off." The two spread their wings and ascended quickly from the crater. They fie'V with all the speed they could com mand, while Frank remained a faithful sentinel at the place where the Irishman had gone down. Mr. Reade and Pomp had not fiow:a ten miles ere the latter discovered a huge grizzly bear ly ing on the sunny side of one of the great bowl ders. "Ah, there's all the rope we want," said Mr Reade. "We can make a rope 300 feet long out or his skin." "Dat's er fac'," said Pomp. "Less shoot him, Marse Reade." Of oourse," replied Mr. Reade. We mu.;t keep out of his reach and try to shoot him in the eyes." The bear took no particular notice of them as the y flew around him, until a pistol-shot from Mr. Reade him a severe scalp wound. Then he arose wJth a roar that awoke all the 9choes of the mountain. A dozen"shots followed in rapid succession,"and t he grizzly danced about as lively as a kitten, p:i ving vent to his rage at flnding himself unable to IIU1ke a defense against his enemies. At last a well-directed shot from Mr. Reade's revolver penetrated the brute's right ear and sent him rolling over in death agonies on the rock. That settles him," said Mr. Read e but we'll make sure he i.; dead before we go about him," and with that he gave him two or thre e more shots for good measure. When sure the beast was dead they lit on the rock close by, and with their sharp hunti!lgkni ves proceeded to divest him of his skin. He was an enormous bear, nearly as large as the flrst one they had killed, and it took them nearly a half hour to take of!' the skin. "Now we must cut it into a rope, Pomp," said Mr. Reade, and they clipped ol'l' the edges, so as to make it cirJular in shape, and then cut it in a strip half an inch wide. It was tedious work, with the thick coat of fur on the skin, but they were determined men, and kept steadily at the task until a rope of more than one hundred fee t was seo::ured. I guess this will do," said Mr. Reade. "Out of!' a ten/ound chunk of that steak, Pomp. We may nee It for supper and breakfast." Mr. Reade coiled the long bear-skin rope and hung It on the frame work of his flying machine, while Pomp busied himself in securing a choice bit of the steak. "Are you ready now?" "Yes, sah." "Then come ahead." Again thoy spread their wings and began a rapid flight toward the extinct volcano, which they reached in a little more than three hours af ter their departure. Frank was astonished aftheir early return. They found him lying on the cr ust of lava, talking to Barney. "He' we come," yelled Pomp, as they crossed ever the crest of th& crater. "Thank God l" cried Frank, as he looked up and saw them descending, and then yelled down the crevice to Barney: "Here they come, old fellow, we'll soon have you out." "We found a gri7.zly and borrowed a rope from bim," said Mr. Reade>, as he lit Close to the crev ice. "That was lucky," said Frank. "How long is _the rope?" ":SOmething over a hundred feet, I guess." Frank seized the coil and began letting it dow..n, palling to Barney to look out for it. When a little more than one-half had been low ered felt Barney pull on it. "Fasten it securely around you," cried Frank, "and let us know wnen you are ready." In a little while they felt a sharp jerk on the rope, when they seized it and began to pull. Slow and steadily they drew him torrard th!l sur!ace. Great clouds of flne gray dust fllled the crevice, and Barney s incessant coughing could be plainly heard. ";We must get him out quickly, or he will be suffocated in that dust," exclaimed Frank, so they redoubled their exertions, anu in a couple of minutes more landed him as limp as a wet rag, with eyes, ears, and nostrils filled with the flne dust. He could do nothing but cough. Frank seized a bottle of brandy and poured about a gill of it down his throat. That cleared his windpipe sufficient for him to speak. The saints presarve us!" he groaned. It's most dead I am. "Oh, you'll soon be all right," said Frank. "Come, hurry up; let's get away from here." "Shure an' I'm bloind," said Barney. "Niver a wink can I see." "Oh, your eyes:are.full of dust." "Yis, sorr/' They had no water with which to"bathe his face, Ao Frank took his handkerchief and dusted his head as well as he cou ld. Still that did not relieve his oyes. Can you wash your eyes in whisky?" Frank asked. "Plaise God!" he said "I could swim in it I" "Hold your hands, then, and catch it." He made a bowl of both hands, and rank poured a gill of whisky Into it. He promptly applied it to his face, but through some inl)Xtricable mistake about half of it ran down his throllit. "Does it hurt your eyes?" Frank asked. "Niver a bit," was the reply, as he held out his hanc.s again. "It burnt your throat, didn't it?" Mr. Reade asked. "Faith, and it burnt the dust out," he an swered. The second time he got the whisky well in his eyes, and made them smart to such a degree that he uttered a wild yell, and began executing a kind of blind-staggering dance. "Catch him there, Pomp," cried Frank, "or he'll fall into the hole again." Pomp sprang forward, :md grabbed him just as one foot had slipped back into the edge of the crevice. "My God!" yelled Frank, "they will gQ down!" CHAPTER XXVIII. THE VALLEY OF CA.LIFORNU. BuT for the timely interposition of Frank and his father Barney and J'omp would both have gone down into the crevice together. They seized and dragged them away just in time to save them from a fearful death by suffo cation. Barney groaned and struggled, and swore by all the saints in the calendar that he was as blind as a dead man. "Keep still," ordered Frank, "or you will be a dead man. Here, take this handkerchief and rub your eyes." He took the handkerchief and began wiping his eyes, the copious flow of tears greatly relieving him, and washing out much of the dust. In a little while he was able to see quite well. "Can von see how to Jiy now?" Frank asked. "Yis Sorr, "Then up, and let's get away. You want to find water and take a good bath." "Dat's er fac," said Pomp. "He looks gray all over, like a" They spread their wings and began flopping to get a start. Instantly an immense cloud of great dust arose, but, fortunately for our heroes, they soon ascended above it, and passed over the top of the crater. Frank led the way westward, and pu!3hed for ward with all tbe speell he co uld get up. "The sun will set within an hour," he said, "and the chances are against our finding any water." Steadily he pushed forward again, and just as the sun was disappearing below the horizon he discovered a stream bounding over the crags into a deep gorge. Turning, he followed it southward several miles, looking for a suitable place for a camp. At last he found a spot with a clearing just large enough for them to descend one at a time. When they had >Ill reached the enrth, Pompt buill a fire, whilst Barney made a rush for the wate r to bathe "Howly Moses!" he (IXC!aimed, as he dipped his hands in the water, it's ice wather I" " the matter, Barney?" Mr. Reade ask ed. Shure, an' the wather is as cow Ill as ice. "So much the better-pitch in." Barney declined, however, to do more than bathe his face and head, and in a little while he returned to the camp-flre greatly refreshed and his face and eyes clear of dust and ashes Pomp broiled the steak be haj brought with him, while Frank made the coffee Being tired and hungry, they ate heartily, smok8<1 their pipes, and retired to their blankets early Late in the night they were awakened by the growling of some animal a short distance up the gorge, and they rose, expecting the camp to be attacked. Pomp had built the fire, however, agailllit a couple of very large fallen trees, and it continaed to burn brightly all through the night They were, perhaps, indebted to the blaze of the flre for the protection they enjoyed, for the beast, whatever it was, did not approach near enough to be sighted. The next morning they were up bright and early, notwithstanding their s l eep had not been very refreshing, a1:1d, after a hasty breakfast, re sumed their journey. They soared upward to a high altitude, whence they obtained a magniflcent view of the grand panorama 8pread out below them. There is the rich valley of California," cried Frank. "We have nearly reached the end of our journey." "Golly l" cried Pomp, "I'se glad of dat." "Whoop I" responded Barney. "It's the land of gould, an' it' s glad I am to see it." "We'll camp to-night," said Frank, "among the rich vineyards, where pure grape wine is cheaper than water. They were In high spirits, and flew with eager haste to the promised land. Late in the afternoon they reached the city of Merced, where their appearance created the wild est excitement, and the news of their arrhal W!lil telegraphed throughout the United States. For the flrst time since leaving RAadestown our heroes slept under the roof of a houso. They took quarters in the best hotel in the city and held a reception which lasted till bed-time. The best citizens of the place with their ladies o::alled upon them, for they were familiar with the name and famecf Frank Reade, Jr. They were urged by the citizens to stop another day w1th them, to give them an opportunit.)' to extend a more formal reception to them. "That we cann,ot do," said Frank, "as we lost a great deal of time enjoying ourselves on the way, and must therefore hasten on to San Francisco, from which point we intend to fly across the continent to some point on the Atlantic coast." Resisting all entreaties to remain, our heroes l e ft Merced the next morning at sunrise, and re sumed their flight toward San Francisco. They followed the line of the railroad to Oak land, and in all the towns and villages, the tele graph having notifled the people of their coming, the entire population had turned out to see them. In a number of towns salutes were fired in honor of the great inventor and his wonderful in vention. Our heroes, however, did not stop on the way, being anxious to reaeh the end of the journey. In the afternoon they r.ame in sight of the city of Oakland, and the magniflcentlbay of San Francisco. "Shall we stop in Oakland?" Frank asked, as he saw flags flying and thousands of people in the streets. "No," r eplied his father. "Let's <'ross the bay and have a rest." All four of them, however, waved their band kerchiefs to the people below, and saw many thousands waved in return. A couple of hours later they were circling ovet the city of San Francisco, looking for their old landing place of the days of tle air-ship. They found it at last, and gracefullydescendeil. in the midst of a vast concou D:!e of people. Hundreds of citizens who had made the ac quaintance of Frank and his father in by-gone days rushed forward to welcome them to the cit y again Such was the pressure of the vast crowd of people who eager to gra.sp their hands, that a platoon of police had to be used to clear a pas sage to tbe hotel. There they were welcomed by the mayor of tb e


ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. it / city, who had once before received Frank offi cially when he came in his air-ship. The streets for blocks a.rouud the hotel were packed with a. dense multitude clamoring to get a. sight of the men who had crossed the continent on wings. The reporters of the city papers elbowed their way into the hotel tv question the flying men about the adventures of the trip. Not being to get at either Frank or his father, they tackled Barney and Pomp, and the quaint stories they told of their adventures not only startled the good citiwns when they read them in lhe papers the next morning, hut set in u roar as well. Frank was astonished when he read the morn ing papers to find that and Pomp were really the lions of the hour. lhey had told the truth as to every adventure, but Oeltic imagination and African quaintness gave to the wholo an air of Oriental romance. Ha showed the account to his father, and they both laughed till the tears rolled down their faces. Barney's ad venture in the crater of the extinct volcano was graphically described, and regarded as one of the most remarkable escapes on record. Pomp's version of Barney's attempt to wash the ashes out of his eyes witb. rye whisky and its result gave the people of !:!an Francisco a chuckle that lasted the entire day. The r eporters finally, the next morning after their arrival, managed to interview Frank and his father, and from them obtained a more scien tific report of the trip and t]te working of the flying machine. During the day many ".undreds of lan spicuous building in the city, could be plaitl y seen. The dome was covered with tin, which re flected the rays of the declining sun in fitful flashes as our heroes advanced toward it. Smaller objects came into plainer view as I hey approached. "The city Is well laid out," remarked Mr. Reade. "Yes," replied Frank. "I have seen it three times before, and I notice that. it continues to improve both in extent and architectural beo.uty. But for their detestable religion, I would say that the Mormons were a blessing to this part of the worJd. But for their settlement here prob ably no white man would ever have stopped within a hundred miles of this lake.'' "I guess you are right," said his father. "They have developed this region wonderfully. They seem to be good farmers and very indus trious." "Yes, no doubt about their industry, but they are fanatical about the dogmas of their church, and believe it is no sin to kill a Gentile in cold blood for the mere expression of an opinion.'' "All of which will be righted in time," observed Jl(r. Reade. "But look-the streets are filled with people. They must be looking for our arri val:" ."Of course they are. Men flying through th& air Is a sight that seems incredible to almost every human being. In the pagan world we would be looked upon as gods by the whole peo ple." CHAPTER XXX. CONCLUSION. WREN our heroes arrived directly over the city they were somewhat puzzled to know where to alight. There were so many large private gardens scattered about that it was difficult to decide which were the public squares. At last1hey decided to descend in the middle of one of the publio streets on which there were but few people. The desoent was made quickly, and they were received with shouts of welcome from Mormons and Gentiles alike. A vast crowd soon gathered around them, and they experienced great difficulty in rooching their hotel. When they did they put off their ma chines, locked thern in their rooms, and called for supper. Such a crowd of people gathered around the hotel cla:noring to see the young inventor that the landlord became alarmed, and, rushing into the dining-room, entreated Frank to go out and speak to them. "All right," he said. "Go back and tell them I'll be out in ten minutes. I'm going to finish my supper if they pull the houso down." After f!Bishing the meal Frank went out on the balcony of the hotel, accompanied by the landlord, who said to the vast crowd in the streets below: This Is the famous inventor.'' The people snouted themselves hoarse cheer. ing the inventor whose name and fame had gone around the world When silence was restored Frank began t() speak. He related, in an easy, off-hand way, the story of the trip across the Continent, and told them about the wonders of the mountains and plains of the vast country south of them. "'fhere are rivers, lakes and mountains," he said, in the great south of Salt Lake and north of the borders of Mexico about which the world knows but little. This invention of mine will enable explorers to penetrate regions hereto fore shut against man. With it he can scala In accessible mountains, look down the throats of yawning CI"lters, and bid defiance to every foe of man except the elements. But when the God of nature flashes the electrio lightning and blows his breath among the beetling crags, then man must yield and cease to oppose, and aga!D.


"My God 1" groaned Mr. Reade, "tMs is hor rible." A cloud of dust ascended from the crevice dense enough to strangle one. Frank threw himself flat on the crust, with his head close to the crevice, and sihmtly listened, while his father and Pomp held their breath in susp.ense. "I hear him coughing," he cried, as though nearly suffocated with the dust." "How far down is he?" his father asked. I can't say-it may be fifty or a hundred f eet. Barney, Barney 1" and he called lustily. The coughing continued "Keep still," cried Frank, "until the dust settles, and we will get you out." How in the world we can ever get him out, I can't tell," said Mr. Reade. "Wa must haYe a rope to let down to him," said Frank. "But we have no rope." "We must get one, if we have to cut up a pair of wings." "We can fly back to that M ormon village and get a rope." That Is a long, long way ofl'." "There is no other way," said Mr. R eade "Then you and Pomp go for it. I will remain hera with Barney." "Come, Pomp," said Mr. Reade, stretching his wings, we must l:>o of!'." The two spread their wings and ascended quickly from the crater. They fie"f with all the speed they could command, while Frank remained a faithful s e ntinel at the place where the Irishman had gone down. Mr. Reade and Pomp had not flowa ten miles ere the latter discovered a huge grizzly bear lying on the sunny side of one of the great bowl ders. Ah, there's all the rope we want," said Mr. Reade. "We can make a rope 300 feet long out ol his skin." "Dat's or lao'," said Pomp. "Less shoot him, M a rse Reade." Of course," replied Mr. Reade. "We mu,;t keep out ol his reach and try to shoot him In the eyes." The bear took no particular notice of them as they !lew around him, until a pistol -shot fr o m Mr. R eade g3ve him a severe scalp wound. Then he arose a r oa r that awoke all the achoes of the mountain. A dozem'shots followed in rapid succession,"and the grizzly danced about as lively as a kitten, ,;i ving v en t to his rage at finding himsel! unabl e to make a defense against his enemies. At last a well-directed shot !rom Mr. Reade's revolver penetrated the brute's right ear and sent him rolling over in death agonies on the r ock That settles him," said Mr. R eade, "but we'll make sure he is d ead before we go about him; and with that he gave him two or three more shots for good measure. When sure the beast was dead they lit on the rock close by, and with their sharp huntingknives proceeded Lo divest him of his skin. He was au enormous bear, nearly as large as the first one they had killed, and it took them nearly a half h our to take of!' the skin. "Now we must cut it Into a rope, Pomp," said Mr. Reade, and they clipped ofl' the edges, so as to make it cir;mlar in shape, and then cut it in a strip half an inch wide. It was tedious work, with tho thick coat of fur on the skin, but they were determined men, and kept steadily at the task until a rope of more than one hundred fe5t was se0ured. "I guess this will do," said Mr. Reade. "Cut ol! a ten pound chunk of that steak, Pomp. We may need it for supper and breakfast." Mr. Reade coiled the long bear-skin rope and hung It on the !ramo -work of his flying machine, while Pomp busied himself in securing a choice bit of the steak. "Are you ready now?" "Yes, sah." "Then come ahead Again they spread their wings and b egan a rapid flight toward the extinct volcano, which they reached In a little more than three hours af ter their departure. Frank was astonished afthelr early return. They found him lying on the crust of Ia va, talking to Barney. "He' we come," yelled Pomp, as they crossed ever the crest of th crater. "Thank God!" cried Frank, as he looked up and saw them descendinR, and then yelled down the creviee to Barney: Here they come, old fellow, we'll soon have you out." "We found a grizzly and borrowed a rope from him," said Mr. Heade, as h e lit close to the crev ice. "That was lucky," said Frank. "How long is the rope?" CONTINENT ON WINGS. "j:lomething over a hundred feet, I guess." Frank seized the coil and began letting it to Barney to look out for it. en a little more than one-half had been low ered ey felt Barney pull on it. "Fasten it securely around you,'' cried Frank, "and let us know wnen you are ready." In a little while th ey felt a sharp jerk on the rope, when they seized it and began t o pull. Slow and steadily the y drew him tol7ard the surface Great clouds of fine gray dust filled the crevice, and. Barney's incessant coughing could be plainly heard ";We must get him out quickly, or he will be suffocated in that dust,'' exclaimed Frank, so they redoubled their exertions, aml in a couple of minutes more landed him as limp as a wet rag, with eyes, ears, and nostrils filled wiLh the fine dust. He could do nothing but cough Frank seized a bottle of brandy and poured about a gill of it down his throat. That cleared his windpipe sufficient for him to speak. The saints presarve us !" he groane d. It's most dead I am." Oh, you'll soon be all right,'' said Frank. "Come, hurry up; let s get away from hero." "Shure an' I'm bloind,'' said Barney. "Niver a wink can I see." Oh, your eyet(a r e full of dust." "Yis, sorr." They had no water with which to'bathe his face, AO Frank took his handkerohief and dusted his head as well as he could. Still that did not relieve his oyes. "Can you wash your eyes in whisky?" Frank asked. "Plaise God I" he said, "I could swim in it 1" "Hold your hands, then, and catch it." He made a bowl of both hands, and auk poured a gill of whisky into it. He promptiy appliod it to his face, but through some inWttrlcable mistake about half of it ran down his throllit. "Does it hurt your eyes?" Frank asked. "Niver a bit," was the reply, as he h e ld out his hanc.s again "It burnt your throat, didn't it?" Mr. Reada asked. "Faith, and it burnt the dust out," he answered. The second time he got the whisky well in his oyes, and made them smart to such a degree tha t he uttered a wild y e ll, and began executing a kind of blind-staggering dance. "Catch him there, Pomp," cried Frank, "or he'll f a ll into the hole again." Pomp sprang forward, and grabbed him just as one foot had slipped back into the edge of the crevice. "My God!" yelled Frank, "they will gQ down!" CHAPTER XXVIII. THE VALLEY OF C.U.IFORNU.. BuT for the timely interposition of Frank and his father Barney and P omp would both have gone down into the crevice together. They seized and dragged them away just in tim e to save them from a fearful de>\Lh by suffo cation. Barney groaned and struggled, and swore by all the saints in the calendar that he was as blind as a dead man. "Keep still," ordered Frank, "or you will b e a dead man. H e re, take this handkerchief and rub your eyes." He took the handkerchie f and began wiping his eyes, the cooious flow of tears greatly relieYing him, and washing out much of the dust. In a littl e while he was able to see quite well. "Can you see how to fly now?" Fmnk asked. "Yis, sorr." "Then hurry up, and l et's get away. You want to find water and take a good bath ." "Dat's er fac,'' said Pomp. "He looks gray all over, like a r'.l.t." They apread their wings and began flopping to get a start. Instantly an immense cloud of great dust arose, but, fortunately for our heroes, they soon ascended above it, and passed over the top of the crater. Frank led the way westward, and pu!!hed lorward with all the speecl. he could get up. "The sun will set within an hour," he said, "and the chances are against our finding any water Steadily he pushed forward again, and just as the sun was disappearing below the h o rizon he discovered a stream bounding over the crags into a deep gorge. Turning, he followed it southward several miles, looking !or a suitable place !or a camp. At last he found a spot with a clearing just large enough for thea to desc e nd one at a time. When the y bad ail reached the earth, Pompt built a lire, whilst Barney made a rush for the water to batb.e. "Howly Moses!" he t>xclaimed, as he dipped. his hands in the water, "it's ice wather !" " the matte r, Barney?" Mr. Reade IISk ed "Shure, an' the wather is as cowld as ice, "So much the better-pitch in." Barney declined, however, to do more thaa bathe his face and head, and in a little while he returned to the camp-fire greatly refreshed and hi s face and eyes clear of dust and ashes. Pomp broiled the steak be haj brought with him, while Frank made the coffee Being tired and hungry, they ate heartily, smok ed th eir pipes, and retired to their blankets early. Late in the night they were awakened by the growling of some animal a short distance up the gorge, and the y rose, expec ting the camp to be attacked. Pomp had built the fire, however, ago.i!lilt a con pie of v ery large fallen trees, and it continaed to burn brightly all through the night. They were, perhaps, indebted to the blaze o l the fire for the protection they enjoyed, for the beast, whatever it was, did not approach near enough to be sighted The next morning they were up bright and early, notwithstanding their sleep had not been very refreshing, aod, after a hasty breakfast, re sumed their journey. They soared upward to a high altitude, whence they obtained a magnificent view of the grand panorama 8pread out below them. There is the rich valley of Oali!ornia/' cried Frank. "We have nearly reached the ena o! our journey." "Golly I cried Pomp, I'se glad o! dat." "Whoop!" responded Barney. "It's the land of gould, an' it' s glad I am to see it." "We'll camp to-night," said Frank, "among the rich vineyards, where pure grape wine is cheaper than water." They were in high soirits, and flew with eager haste to reach the promised land. Late in the afternoon they reached the city of Merced, where their appearance created the wild es t excitement, and the news of their arrival Wll.i telegraphed throughout the United States. For the first time since le aving Readestown our heroes slept under the roof of a house. They look quarters in the best hotel In the city and held a reception which lasted till bed-time The best citizens of the place with their ladies

ACROSS THE CONTINENT ON WINGS. Bt t' city who had once before received Frank offi ciaify when he came in hJs air-ship. The streets for blocks arouud the hotel were packed with a dense multitude clamoring to a sight of the men who had crossed the conti-"I do not intend to,., replied Frank, "for all were hovering over the desert. Along in tbe mid that I nave, including myself, belong unreservdie o! the a!ternoori, however, they caught sight edly to my country when she has need of me." bt the glfl8,t lake In the hazy distance. "I am glad to hear that," replied the officer. "Dar it Is I" cried Pomp, who was the fir6t to "It is the most wonderful invention of tile age, see it. and 1 doubt not that any of the Europeoo .:sov-"Yes," Frank; "that's the lake. The cit y nent on wings. The reporters of the city papers elbowed thei r way into the h ote l to question the fiying men about the adventures of the trip. Not being abl" to get at eit her Frank or his father, they tackled Barney and Pomp, and the quaint stories they told of their adventure s not only startled the good citiZ'ilns when they r ood them in the papers the next morning, but set them in u. roar as well ernments would pay millions to own it." Is on the otber side at the lower end. I think we I am sure of that, for I have been visited by can reach the city before sunset." agents from nearly every European country, In due time lhd, Reno about sunset. prove both in extent and architectural beauty. News had been to R eno the day But for their detestable religion, I would say before tkat the four fi_Ymg men would yrobably that the M ormons were a blessing to this part of there for. the o min era the world. But for their settlement here probCarson City and Vrrgm1a City had crowded ably no white man would ever have stopped withmto Reno to receive them. in a hundred miles of this lake." A13 o.ur heroes descended into s t reet near "I guess you are right," said his father. the railroad depot, they met the Wildest crowd of "They have developed this regio'\ wonderfully. western miners they had seen. They seem to be good farmers and very indus Every man wore a red shirt and a brace of retrious.'' volvers, but they were all friends of the fiying "Yes, no doubt about their industry, but they men. are fanatical about the dogmas of their church, The only danger Frank .and his and believe it Is no sin to kill a Gentile in cold party was In the uttenmpossibihty to dnnk with blood for the mere expression of an opinion.'' every man who asked them. "All of which will be righted in time," observ-But the miners were good-natured, and not ed Mr. Reade. "But look-the streets are filled disposed to resent a refusal to drink. with people. They must be looking for our arri80 many had crowded into the town that hunvat:" dreds were unable to find for the night. "Of course they are. Men fiylng through the They!araded the streets smging. sonp:s, shoutair Is a sight that seems incredible to almost lng, an firing their revolvers all mght long. every human being In the pagan world we "Another such a night as this," said Mr. would be looked as gods by the whole peo Reade the next morning, "and I shall be in favor pie." of camping out In the woods." So will I," replied Frank, for I slept very little last night.'' Taking an early breakfast, they left Reno much sooner than the people expected, hence ILany failed to see them off. I'm glad to get out of that place," saii Frank. "They are about the roughest set I ever saw." Where are we to stop to-night?" his father asked. "At Palisade, If we can reach there.'' The day paseed without any incident of note oconrring, and they pushed on, keeping the rail road In sight. The engineer of every train that pass e d saluted them with his whistle, and in a number of little towns salutes were fired. They reached Palisade a little before sunset, to find a much more orderly crowd than they ex pected. They were given a hearty rec ep tion, and the next morning rushed on toward Great Salt Lake, "We are to be at Salt Lake City to-night," said Frank, and it will push us hard to make lt." It has been many years since I have seen It," remarked his fath er, "and I would like to see It again, so we must make it if we can." "I think we can cu t off about twenty miles said Frank, "by wtting across the direct straight from Wells on the railr oad and passing over tile lower end of the lake instead of following the railroad around the upper end." "Let's do that by !til means, then, for twenty miles makes a great difference in a long fiight. When they reached Wells they turned ijl a southeasterly direction, and struck what Is call ed the Great American Desert, a vast stretch of sandy plain as barre n of vegetation as the Great Desert of Sahara. "I believe this great sandy region," said Frank. as he fiew alongside of his father, was once the bed of an immense inland salt sea." I believe that Is the theory of some distin guished geologists, and I have no reason to doubt the correction of it. It has been said that Great Salt Lake Is the remains of an Inland sea." But what do you think caused the sea to dis appear?" Frank asked. "That Is more than I can say. It may have been evaporation, and yet the presence o f the lake disp,els the idea." "Yes, said Frank, I should think so. Br, the way, we ought to strike the lake pretty soon.' But hour after after .llour passed, and still they CHAPTER XXX. CONCLUSION. WHEN our heroes arrived directly over the city they were somewhat puzzled .to know where to alight. There were so many large private gardens scattered about that it was difficult to decide which were the public squares. At last-they decided to descend in the middle of' one of the public streets on which there were but few people. The descent was made quickly, and th ey were received with shouts of welcome from Mormons and Gentiles alike. A vast crowd soon gathered around them, and they experienced great difficulty in rooching their hotel. When they did they put off their ma chines, locked them in their rooms, a nd called f o r supper. Such a crowd of people gathered around the hote l cla!lloring to see the young inventor that the landl ord became alarmed, and, rushing into diningr oom entreated Frank to go out and speak to them. "All right," h e said. "Go back and tell them I'll be out in ten minutes. I'm going to finish my supper if they pull the houso down.'' After ftll.ishing the meal Frank went out on the balcony of the hotel, accompanied by the land l ord, who said to the vast crowd in the streets below : This Is the famous inventor.'' The people shouted themselves hoarse cheer. ing the ime ntor whose nam e and fame h11d gone around the world. When silence was restored Frank began to speak He r e lat ed, in an easy, off-hand way, the story of the trip across the Continent, and told them about the wonders of the mountains and plains of the vast country south of th em. "There are rivers, lakes and mountains," he said, ,'in the great region south of Salt Lake and north of the borders of Mexico about which the world knows but little. This invention of mine will enable explorers to penetrate regions hereto fore shut against man. With it he can scale In accessible mountains, look down the throats of yawning Cl"l.ters, and bid defiance to every foe of man except the elements. But when the God of nature fiashes the electrio lightning and blows his breath among the beetling crags, then man must yield and cease to oppose, and wait aga.ID.


) 22 ACROSS THE CONTlNENT ON WlNGS. for the returq of sunshine and balmy air. The his family to Readestown, while Frank went on limits of human ingenuity have been by'il meanS' to New York to visit his old friends. reached. I behave the time is not distant -.Barney and Pomp were called in and asked H when it -will be M common for people to fly tliey were willing to continue on t o New York, .through the air as to walk on the earth. I thank and to the surprise of Frank both were eager to :you very much on behalf of my father and mygo. oaelt for this kind receJ?tion, for it shows we have Very well," he said, "we'll start to-morrow n0t lost your I!ImP,ly heca.nse we are highmorning." 1lyers." So early the next mornin g Frank took leave of As he bowed and ):'6tired, the roar of the multihis wife and his father and mother, and with tude in applause was almost like the sea in a Pomp and Barney resumed the flight. torm. Passing over the lllississippi, he found that the Hundreds crowded into the hotel. to shake people in the country and in the towns and vil 'hands with him, and despite his protests he was !ages were on the lookout for him. : forced to hold a sort of levee a couple of hours. It was one continuous ovation. After that tlrey retired and slept till morning He followed up the Ohio river, to take in the 'Without their slumbers having been disturbed. great towns ou the banks of that beautiful Shortly after sunrise they fastened on the ma-. stream. chines and ascevded to the roof of the hotel, from Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburg were which they proposed to start on their day's jour passed, aud thou they pushed on over the Alle ney. ghanies and passed the great coal and iron reA great many people were out in the streets to gions of Pennsylvania. see them oft', and as t\J.ey passed over the city In due time the great city of Philadelphia they were cheered on the way with lusty voices. loomed up in the dist1;nce. It is not necessary to relate all the incidents H d Ph'! d 1 h' t d h thH.t oecurred on their returu trip across the e stoppe Ill 1 a e P 16 0 spen t e mg-ht plains, as it would he a repetition of the old, old there, putting up at one of the fine ho!els for st which the city is justly famous, where scores of 'iryt h t th d 1 th r f tl old friends called on him and congratulated him eac own ey passe a e me o 1e on his new triumph. rallroad .they sa_w banners wavmg and salutes! They gave him a reception that was and fired untJl the thmg hearty, though informal, and it was with great In due course of t1me at Pmaha, difllculty he could get away from thew long Mrs. Reade and Franks Wife met them, enough to get a few hours of sleep. havmg come down to the City the day before . . The meeting was a joyous one, for they had .The next mornmg bl3 off agam, been gone nearly a month. h1s way toward the metrovoiJs of the "Frank, my boy," said his father, "I'm going He over Trenton, New and home on the train. You can take Barney and mt1es of New Jersey, and finally Sighted the Pomp if you wish and keep on till you have City and bay of New York. crosse'd the continer:t. I'm a little too old now There's th_e Atlantic Ocean I" he cried, and, to be much of a high ll.yer." as hll ?aught of the blue of water : suppose u:s no use my saying any-away 10 the honzon, We have crossthmg;' smd Frank, "smce mother is here to haYe ed the continent on wmgs I her way about it." Not wishing to run the risk of becoming en" Of course it's no use," said his mother, laugh-tangled among the telegraphJVires in the city, he fng, "for this is his last trip. The iuea of a settlere St., New Y ork. "Usef-u.1 a:n..d In.stru..cti ve HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER. Containing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrat.ed. By Captain W. De W. Abney. Price 10 cents. For sale by 11ll newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address, postpaid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey,Publisher, 34&36 N. Moore St., N Y Box 2730. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN. Containing a descrip tion of the lantern, together with its histor y a .nd invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated,. by John Allen. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers i n the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address, postpaid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730.


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