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Frank Reade, Jr.'s desert explorer; or, The underground city of the Sahara.
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'"'Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. 'To 80 { } FRANK TOUSEY. PUIIT.IBRB:R, 3l & 36 NORTH MOOR& STRB:R!:.NBW YORK { JJtiCB )'. ..... o COMPLICTII:, New York, May 18, 189

FRANK READE, JR.'S D ESERT EXPLORER .... ================;=== ======== ===:::::::===== The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LiBRARY by the year is $2.00: $1.25 _per s i x months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. . , -FRANK READE, JR' & DESERT E!PLORER. ; OR, City of the Sahara "NONAME," of "Frank Reade, J:r.'s Search tor tlie Sea Serpent,'' "Frank Rel!ode, Jr.'s Electric Buckboard," etc. CHAPTER I. It Willi arranged that the machine works were to be shut down no bas not heard of Frank Jr., the famous young Amariduring his ahsence, for they were ron nuder his personal snpervls n inventor and explorer! 'l'be world over his name is In every ion, and there would be no one to direct them In his absence. household. Pomp burst in ;npoo Frank and cried: His wonderful exploits In e v ery land upon the bad woo for ... Marse Frank, eberytiog am all ready, Yo' am jes' to say de wo'd him a repntatloo and a fame su ch as 'few men of b -IB geceratioo could an' de Explorer will start." boast of. Good!" cried Frank, "I am 'tlad to beQr that. Well, my faith Frank c.nme honestly by his talent as an inventor, for his f11ther Willi fnl fellow, stand ready to make the start to-morrow \f nothing hap a geolua before biiJl, and really founded the lovely little city gf Reades. pens. Ab; what was that!'' town, U. S. A., where were the workshops and factories in which the A sharp rapping was beard npc.n the door below. inventions were perfected. Visitors were never admitted to the drafting rooms, so Pomp Frank Reade, Jr., was a handsome, atbletlc young mao, and bore shouted: the unmistak a ble stamp of a g\)oius. Who am it?" He was universally be loved in all circles and particularly by two "Prof. Al.wlae of was the reply. very devoted and honest servants, Barney and Pomp, who a(ljlompao" Wait a moment, sab!" led him in all his travels; It is the professor," said Frank, on his coat and bat. Barney was a genuine type of Irishman, with a shock of red hair, "Very likely be wishes to see me. I Will go-down." a comical mug and a native wit which was as brilliant in its aciJitil Down the stairs Frank went. Ia lions as a meteoric shower. As he opened the door below be was brought face to face with a paPomp waa a thickset negro, coal black, and possessed of all the trlciao and lotellectuallookin!t old mao, who was well dressed and quaint humor of his race. carried what looked like a medical Clllle, was really a case of sciThe two were warm friends, th1o11gb constantly bickering in a jovial entitle iostromi!Dts way and fond of playing practical jol!:ea on each other. Prof. AI wise wore a wbittt beafd, which hong low upon his breast, One day Pomp met Barney coming out of the drafting room or the and was altogether a tloe looking mao. Reade machine works. He was one of the most DOLed of the age, and lie and "Hi, dar, I'isb," sz:og out the Ethiopian, cheerily. "Jes' de chile Frank were warm friends. I wanted fo' to see." "Well, professor," cried the young \oven tor, warmly, I aQl glad "Begorra, the desire Is mutual," retorted Barney. "Pbwat wlll to see yon." yez ha v e!" The same to yon, my-boy.". "I jes' got a lily bit ob news:" "Yon are all ready!" Phwat's that yez say!" "Yes, and more than noxious to see that famous machine, the Ex"l.t am a sofemocholy rae'." plorer." "Be jabers, phwat lslt!" "Yon shall see it!" "Marse Frank jes' tell me fo' to glt ready eberyting fo' we'se gwine Is it all equlpp&d't" to de Sahara to-morrow!'' 1 "Every bit. Come thil way!" : Barney executed a clog dance. Frank led the way acroJ!B the yard. Passing tbroagh a door they "Yez don't mean It, oaygort'' entered a large building with a high trussed roof. "Yo' bet I do, I'ls h.'' Beneath this was the new Invention. the Iamons Desert Explorer, "Termorrer, ebf' whlchbad .been designed and bn1lt expresaly for the purpose or dis-"Yah!'' covering and exploring the mysterious underground city of the Great The two jovlalsools embraced each other and waltzed arouorl the Sahara. yard. They were in high spfrlts. This underground city had always been regarded by travelers as a Well; be jabQrs, the machine is all ready fer the cried myth and a fable. . . Barney. "Shore, I pot the !asbt av the stores aboard to-day!" But Prof. AI wise bad become con v inced after research that 1t was a "Yo' don' mean dat, chile!" reality and did lbdeed exist, aod he bad resolved to proye this. "Yes, I doi''_ So this was why Frank Reade, Jr. had built the Desert Explorer, "I jes go an' tell Marse Frank right away. But I say; hooey, yo' a vehicle designed for long trips across the burning sands and also member oat corus ole mao what come here a week ago an' axed fo'_ to for battle witb any savage tribes of Bedo11los or desert oatlves they look at de Explorerr might come across. "Phwat or itf" The Desert Explorer stood before the two explorers. "Golly, dat am Prof. AI wise, of de Smithsonian Institute, an' be am Prof. A! wise wrapped in amazement stood silently for some mojes gwioe fo' to go wif us." menta gazing at this triumph or inventive geoi11B. "Yez don't mean It!" He waei held literally spellbollod. -"Don' yo' fo'get honey!" Upon my word!" he gasped llnally, I have never seen anything But, bejabere, phwat are we!s going to de Sahara for anyway!" so wonderful. This Is a great triumph.'' Don' yo' know dat! Sbnab, -it am fo' to llnd a sunken city wha' The Explorer was a four wheeled vehicle of large dimensions and used to once be top ob de gronn

FRANK READE, JR.'S DESERT EXPLORER. 3 A railing extended (be edge the balcony.! give aid t(! s_orrowing "an:.t I know you will never to Forward was a section of platl.' glass wmdows, and here was the perform a Cbr1st1an act. . . stearin!{ gear of the vehicle which enabll.'d the forward wheels to be I bear that you arP. going tQ. the Sahara in .quest or a buried city. turned many direction. It may be fitly the pilotboose. Now the favor I would ask is Soml! years ago I was traveling Along tlie main or lower cabin, there extended an outer platform In the East with my son. Harold and daughter Edith. At that time and guard rail. A door opened into tbe interior or the vehicle !'-t this Edith was about twelve and Harold eighteen years old. Wben a few point.. 0 mili!B from Cairo we were set upon by Bedouins, and though our Tberll, were round boll's-eye l\indows in the cabin w.all, which could guard fought well, a dozen were killed and as many more captured. aJs() be utilized for loop boles in case of an attack. Among the unfortunate o!les to fall fnto $e power of. the Forward on the high dasher was a Ugqt electric dynamite an was Harold and lily daughter Edith. invention or Frank's, and for the secret or which the various govern "They were carried away captives into the dqert, and though menta of the world ba'cl offered fabulous sums. effort was made by the Sultan an

'\ 4 READE, JR.'S DESER'r EXPLOR,ER. Would the same fate reward them that had thousands of caravans lo the past? Frank Rende, Jr., was the most confident of any. He knew his machloe well, ana that it could not be easily overcome by the desert storma. It WaR well equipped for att.ack froni any of the wandering Arab tribes.. AB for the danger of starvation that was out of the question. There were supplies aboard for a period of three months. It was not likely that they would be length of time in the desert. The day was a stilling one. donned suits; built for the climate, of white duck and cork are used by explorers In India. they were able to keep qnita comfortable. the machine created some current of air; aml.this the comfort of ail. proved !Jerself far beyond Frn!lk's most sanguine exon over the desert W!lB a delight to all on tired wheels rolled over the sands w1ti1 the greatest of e tremendous weight. now. began to assume an uneven and rolling ospect. dark shndows began to creep up from the horizon. With the ing of the suo, as is the case in all level countries, darkness came almost Immediately. Frank turped on the search-light and for two miles ahea1lit showed up a pathway of brilliant light. It would !tave been 110ssible to travel by night, but Frank decided not to do so. So he said: "We'll camp here." The machine was brought to a halt upon the top of a roll in the plain. Brank shut off the eoj!lues, nml Barney and Pomp p1ceeded to make ail ready for remaining in the vicinity ove:night. Pomp was a dandy cook and soon had a steaming repast in the lit. tie cabin. With the coming of night In the desert, the air nll'l'ays becomes cool and it was even chilly. Yet for all tWs, tbe travelers remained long on the upper deck! Barney out his fiddle and played some Irish jigs. Pomp produced his banjo and sang plantation melodies until near mldnil{ht. Then Frank and Prof. AI wise turned in: It was arranged to divide the watch between Barney and Pomp. Pomp went below for a brief snooze and Burney took up the task . The Celt had not been long at his post when a strange sound came to his ears. It was a QJstnnt prolonged howl. Be jabers that's quare,'' he muttered. "If I didn't know betther l'd. swenr I was out on the American plains an' that was a.kyotel" He went to the rail and listened long to the distant puzzling sounds. CHAPTER III. BARNEY BAGS SOlllE GAME. THE yelps and howls now seemed to come from all points of the compass and Barney with sudden inspiration exclaimed: Begorra, I'll molghty soon out pbwat It is!" He went at once to the searchlight. It was bot a momeut'i work to torn on. Out onto tlie desert flashed the pathway .of light. Wherever it struck uncouth ligures galloped out of Into tl.Ie gloom. Once Barney caught a good fair gllmpee of one of them and an In stant comprebeneion bur11t upon him. Bedad, n's hyenas they are I'' he cried, shore there's millions av thlml" The hyena Is Lhe scavenger of the desert, Woe to the luckless traveler who falls exhausted after dark. If be ie p.t all helpless before morn the low1 and he had came scrambling up. It waa near time for the darky's watch anyway. Ki dar, l'isb, wha' am yo' up to nny-wayf' cried the astonished darky. "Shure, wud yez Ink fer yersllff' cried the amused Celt. If yez can bag more game than that in wan night, let me see yez do it.'' The tlarky, in amazement, gazed at the spectacle. Fo' de ian's sake!" be gasped, bowebber, chile, did yo' kill so many ob dem critters a's all dat!'' '' Can't yez see fer yesilff' Wid de wire, cbilef" "Ivery bit." "Golly fo' glory! Dot am de t.igges' sight I eber seed in mob life. Dat makes me ilnk ob de time I used to go possum liulttin' down in GeQrgy--" "Arrnh, bowld on now, noygur. Don't yez go girln' me any Muochaussy stories. If yez do, begorra, I'll hit yez wid a oloob." "Yo' don' want to try fo' to dQ dnt tlng, chile." . ."Well, go an yer stboryl" "Well, me an' ole Marse Godfrey went out possumiog one night. Ole rnarse he carry de bag an' I jes' go long an' bit dem off de IJranches wif a stick. Well. we jes got In a patch ob ole scrub oak when ole he say: 'Cinr fo' goodness, Pomp, I nebber seed sicb a lot ob possums in place afore in mall life.' Hoi' yo' place, honey. .1 says jez keep de end ob dat bag open. An'' den I begin knockin' dem possums down an' puttin' ob dem iu de bag. Well, fo' de Lor's sakes, chile, we Ull dnt bag and JSS' went around knocking ob 'em down fo' run. "Ole marse says I declnr, Pomp, it am jea a pity fo' to see all ob dese possums go to waste dis-a.way, s'pose yo' go up to de bouse an' yoke up de steers an' come along down wid de big waggin. But jes' at dat moment I wuz tuk wid a weakness in de knells an' jell' knowed I Mbber cod walk up to de bouse, so a happy thought jils' struck me. "Hoi' on, Marse Godfrey, J sez. I bnb a pine wolf two ob dat. Jes' yo' wait one lilf moment. Den I ober to a wire fence neah by, an' peeled off a long coil ob dat wire. It mus' hnb been a barf '!'lie long. ".Den, as fast as ole marse knocked de possums off de trees, wbar dliy wuz banging by dere tails, I jes' strung 'em on de wire like dey wuz bends. Well, clar fo' goodness, honey, we jes' cleaned dnt oak out, an' filled dat half niile ob wire chuck up wid possums. When morning cum we jes' counted dem, an' how many possums doea yo' spose was on .dat wire!" Will yez sayf' Jcs' lour tbon11and an' one. I !rowed dnt one away fo' to make de number eben fo'r luck.'' Barney glared at Pomp for a moment, then With a wild whoop be dasted forward, a crack at "Yez lnfernul loinrl" he yelled. "I'll give yez four tousarrd an' one tumps fer telling me sich a loie. Have at yez!'' Keep ye>' han's off me, chile," spluttered Pomp. But the next moment they \'I ere rolling upon the deck or the wagon In a lively wrestle. In the excitement of the struggle neither gave thought to thtt gang way near, which lAd down the side of the vehicle to the ground. Rolling over nod over, the two jokers suddenly went plunging down tbis. Tiley struck the ground w!tb a force w!Iicb momentarily stun ned them. Barney was the tlrst ap, and as he gained his feet he was about t.o make another dive at Pomp, when a sight caught his gaze which gave him a shock and drove all further thoughts of frolic for the time being from his mind. Down the pathway of light from 'the search-light he saw a. body of liorsemeo. They were half B mile distlt.nt O!er the dreary waste.


.FRA N K RE A DE, JR. s DESERT EXPLORER. Yet Barney could see t.h!Lt they were making for. the wagon full They flashed out or the radius or the searchlight and were instantly speed. lost to view. "Whurrool" he yelled. "Wud yez git up, naygur, quick! Shore Nothing more or them was seen that night. Bot there was no more there's danger sleep for any or the travelers. The Celt's startling words at once sabered Pomp. The rest or the night was occupied in careful watch and In discussing He was npon his feet instanter. the situation. "Yo' don' say?'' he gnspe _d. "Whn' am de trubble, I'ish--" "It is my opinion that we are going to have serio1,1s trouble with Then he pause

6 FRANK. READE, JR.'S DESERT EXPLORER. "Bot bow can we do that!'' Keep a good lookout, and if we see it approaching put on speed and run away from it." The professor shook his bead. "I doubt If we can dO that." "You doT" "Yes." "Whyf'' The sand storm comes on very suddenly, and traveling very swiftly, veers In it.s course, so no matter wbnt direction you ch oose, it would be nil luck nnd chance in dodging it." "Indeed!'' "It ts true." Well suitl Frank with n liabt laugh w e won't borrow nny trouble. We will wait' until we r:acb the b;idge before we croiiS it." The Explorer now returned to its course nod ran on swiftly. The hours passed. Tbe sun bad passed the IJleridian,alid wns on its downward course. The heat wn11 int-ense. It s&emed literally stifling in Its intenaity. All were glad to sit un der no nwning forward and cujole a breeze with pro!}igiou!! rans. exclaimed Prof. Alwise. If it is hotter tbnn this in Hades, Ilrope I may escape it!" I certainly hope you w111, professor," lnughed ,Frank. I don't intend to get there If I can help it." _"plillyl I so suah 'bout dat l'isbmnn," said Pomp, with a in his eyes. Don't yez give up worrying about yea1ll," spluttered Bnrney, in dignnntly. 1'11 take me chnnces wid yez any time!" ' I reckon dat yo' wild git left.'' "Begorrn, av I did, divil a bit nv help I'd axe from loikes or yez!'' "Sb, don't get embroiled this bot da)' I" cried Frank, reprovingly, that would he foolish!" The two irrepressible jokers quieted down, and presently Pomp went below to prepare a cool supper. A dull misty haze had seemed to appear on the horizon. At least IL seemed like mist; anE>came certain that the simoon was coming. In th!l far east a mighty yellow wave seemetl to be rolling resist lessly down toward the Explorer. Frank turned th e machine about so that it WB!J bead on to the storm. Then all waited its coming. They bad oot long to wait. Like o. fenrful cloud it swooped down over the desert. The fir&t shock seemed to fairly lift the Explorer nod thfentened to overturn it. But sand swept about its running gear and speedily anchored it. As it was, however, the ling mast above the, dome snapped like a pipe stem. Then what followed was ever after t o the travelers like a dream. It seemed as II nil the furies stormed about the machine. Part of tb11 time the air fas aa blncll. as Erebos, and one could see nothing a yard away. The atmosphere in the machine went up to stifl ing beat. Prof. AI wise forgetting himself made a mo. ve to open a window. But Frank clutched his wrist. "No, no!" be cried, "that will never do. You must not!" But we shall sLitle." Ab, t.ut there is no nlr outside. It is a furnace." True, I bad forgotten." All cast themselves upon their stomachs on the lloor or the machine trying to get coot air in that fashion. Their eyes bulged, perspiration was wrung rrol!l every pore, and their tongues seemed to be drylug In a horrible manner. Death was close upon them. But a few minutes more nnd"tbey would have succumbed. In that. few minutes the storm passed. The simoon pnsses away as soddenly as It comes. It Is fortunate lor the desert tr(!veler that this is so. 1 Instinctively the camel buries his nose In the sand at its approlicb. The Arab wraps himself in his sllnwl nod covers his face, lying 11at on. the ground antl prnyiog to .Mahomet. It be can manage to breathe the nAcessary length or time, and the sand does bury him too deep, his life is spared. But there are many chances against his 110ceess in this. Often whole caravans fail to outlast the furnace-like blast, and suc cumb to Its fury. Leaving their bones to blench and born in tbe desert, as a horrible warning to aU travelers. Frank wus the llrst to recover. He scrambled to his feet and rqsbed to a window, flinging it open. Into the cabin rushed a draught of cooling air. It w:as an intoxicating relief LO the stricken mec. All c t to the window and drank it in. My God,' that was a close call!" declared t be professor. A little more and we.would have been gone!" declared Frank. "You are right!" "We can now truly appreciate the advantages of pure air." "It ia swe

FRANK READE, JR.'S DESERT EXPLORER 'l' How to extricate the Expio'rer from' its sali

8 .. FRANK READE, JR.'S DESERT EXPLORER. Frank Instantly threw open the window. The next moment the pleader for mercy sprung into the cabin. Thank God!'' be cried, as be stood erect and handsome. ."I am aavedl Once more among my countrymen!" An astonished cry escaped the lips or the Explorer's party. "Wby-he is really one of our own people," crit>d Prof. Alwlse. "Yes," cried the rescued man. "I am cne of you. Do not lea treachery. My story is simple. For years I have been In uondage among those Arabs. Cruel is the treatment I have received, bot this is the trlekby which I have escaped tbllml'' ... Bot you are wounded--" "No, not a scratch. The tumble !rom my horse was Intentional, and my action feigned. It was a rose to escape them!'' "Well done!" cried Frank, heartily. "Well, my man, you are welcome. Bot you shall tell us your story." That I will," cried the handsome young fellow, cheerily, but It is a long story and suppose we wait until later when we shall be less occupied. The Arabs may return to the attack at any moment.'' "You should know them well!" I ought to. I have been lour years among them." "The Shiek Mahmond-whu.t sort or a manIa he,!'' "A murderous wretch I can assure you. He is not to be trusted." Like all oJ bls nationality." "Yoll t,hink be will try his best overcome usf' "I lio." What will be do it. be !ails to break a way In here!" -..Al'be young American shrugged his shoulders. "He averred an intell'tion or besieging you, bot---" "What!" "His success will all depend upon bow much water you have aboard as well as eatables." "Wa have enough lor two weeks,' replied Frank. "Ob, well, then yon are u.ll right. His supply or water will be ex haosted In tw:) He will be entirely out tl:\en, and you -know it is a day's bard ride to the Oasis or Kodan, and in the desert without water is equivalent to death," All bad listened this statement with det!pest lntereal. The words of Lbe young bondman of the Arabs made a deep impression. Then yon think we have rather the best of itf' asked Frank. ."I certainly do." "That gives us courage." "Bot you must repel every attack made by them." 1 think we can do that/' ''Well," and the young man's eyes llasbed, "I am with you and ready to aell mJ life in the battle." Indeed we are lortonata," cried Frank. You are lio well versed in desert -life that you can help us greatly." "Indeed I will," cried the youth; .. but-may I ask what your mlil sion here iaf' "To find the underground city." "'l'ben you have bit upon the right man, for I can lend you to it." A joyful cry burst !tom all. "You eanf' "I ought to be able to; I lived there for two years." "You lived there!" "Yea, as the slave of that cruel sheik Bel As ban; be is worse than a demon I Ob, I can tell you all about it!" "Tell us now," cried Pro!. AI wise, eagerly. .. What sort of a city "Simply the rnlns or a ouee very large and powerful town. There are mo11strous palaces with m1gbty columns and !lrond balls_. 'Over all Is a depth of sand i u places ttrty feet deep. "Bot there are passages dog !rom one building to another and sbarts to let in air and light. There is one vast opening like a cavern by which you enter tne main court of the l'argest palace. From there you may penetrate lor miles under the desert. The sand did not Hll up the buildings, bot the streets, and as t.hese were in many cases arched o.ver, the wondflrfol city yet exists under the Sahara as perfect as the day it was built, and that most have been full a thousand years ago." The travelers listened to this wonderful description with mouths agape. Then Frank asked: "Are there any other tribes occupying this wonderful city but Bel Ashan's!'' ''No!" was the youth's reply. "An<\ be occupies the city only at certain times when he brings plunder to the place to divide with iris lawless crew.'' CHAPTER VII. THR OASIS OP KODAN. BUT as he llnisbed this speech the young bondman turned and looked about him curiously. But what sort of vehicle is this!" be asked. I have never seen or beard of Its like. Its wheels are burled in the sand, are tbeyf' "Yes," replied Frank "This Is a machine of my own invention, and I call iL the Desert Explorer.'' It is very wonderloll Bot how will you propel it n 'ow that your horses are buriedf' "Horses!'' "Or camels, were-they! I suppose the simoon killed_ them, as I !o not see them about." 'l'be youth 11poke with such sincerity that his listeners laughed. "You are in error, sir," Frank said. "This machine is not propelled by horses, or even camels.'' The youth looked wocder struck. You surely do not do-it yoursell." "Ob, no, It is done by electricity.'' "Electricity!'' ''Yes.'' "Obi" exclaimed the young bondman, vaguely, "I now that there was much talk before I lert America tlvll years ago of the power or electricity. Is it possible that It bas become such a scleneef' "You shall see," said Frank. Come with me." As the Bedouins did not seem mcllned to attack at once, Frank was enabled to take the man over the machine and illustrate to him Its workings. He was wonderstruek and charmed with what be saw. His enthusiasm was great. "I wJll be glad to stay by you," be cried. "We will dig the Ex plor er out speedtly. I have Q doable motive lor visiting again the underground city, nod that is to rescue my sister." "Your sister!'' exclaimed Frank In u.mazement. "Yes." "IIJI,ve you a sister In captivity!'' "Yes, she is in the bands or tbaL fiend, Bel. Ashan. Next month abe Is sixteen years old, and then be proposes to put her in his harem.'' "Tbe wretch'!" exclaimed FranK, in borror. "But-tell me your name, young man." It is Harold Barcombe." : The same!" cried Frank, excitedly "Is not your father E:lgar Bo.reombe, or New York City!'' "Be is!" said Harold, in astoniahment. "Do you know blm!'' "Well indeed. To find you and your sister is one or the objects or this trip across the Sahara.'' \. Harold was so amazed and overcome that for a moment be could not speak. 'l'ben be fairly embraced Frank asking him all manner of questions about his lather and many other things. But the eonversaUoo could not t.e continued long, lor the crack or rilles were heard from above. The Arabs have rome to the second attack," cried Frank. "Let us repulse them." . "That we will do!" cried Harold, seizing a rille. '!:bey tiprang to tb& upper deck, where Barney and Pomp and Prof. A! wise were drawing a bend on the advancing Arabs. This time tbEl roe were advancing LO the attack from a point direct ly in front or the mael;ine. This brought them within range or tbedyuamite gun which wasjost above the line or sand. Frank chuckled and said: 1'11 ux them this time!" He went forward and opened the breech of the gun. Placing a projectile in it, be made the dyn&mo connections and then sighted the gun. Be aimed for a hummock or sand behind which the Arabs were crouched; then be pressed the electric key. There was a hissing recoil and a sharp ping" and the projectile leaped from the muzzle of the gun. SLralght as an arrow to the mark it went. It st.ruck tile hummock or sand lull and lair. The Bedoums bad left their horses behind and bad advanced to the aitaek on foot. Wilen the proje::tile struck the sand heap for a few momenta notb log could be seen of the wretches. The air was fille1 for a hundred feet In height with a cloud or sand. It rose in a mighty pillar and carried up with.. it the remains of full a dozen of the Arabs. When tho. sand settled down there was a yawning cavity where the bnmmock had been, and the remainder of the Bedouins warP lleelng lor their lives. The way they cot for their horses would have done credit to monkeys. . With a wild cheer, the defenders of the Explorer sent a volley of rille balls after them. The Bedouins sprung to saddle and hastily rode out or range. ,.That was a settler for them!" cried Harold, "they won't come again.'' And his words proved 'rue. The Bedouins did not come again. They evidently bad bad enough ot Lbe fun. Tbey galloped1n a circle about the earefally keeping out of range. Then they held a conference. The travelers watched them closely. Can yoo tell what they will do, Baroldf' asked Frank. "I tbmk I enol" replled the young American, slowly: "They w111 now ride to the Oasis or Kodan; 'then they will go to Bel Asban for reinforcements and suppliea. They will in four days, and if the Explorer Is not liberated 'ben, t!Jey will besiege us." Fru.nk w&s convinced tbaL Harold bad bit upon the troth. "I believe you are right!" be cried. }et shovels, everybody!" No further bid

?" FRANK READ E, JR.'S D ESERT EXP LORER. 9 In a few ho\}rs they had entirely cleared the running gear and I'll give them a good drubbing this time," he muttered. "I'll wheels. But it. was necessary to dig a gradually ascending slope for E'Xterminate the whole poisonous gang!" the machine to run up the level of the plain. Down toward the scene of battle the Explorer boomed. IL was the mid(Ue of tte next day before this was accomplished. ;It could be seen that the Bedouins folly a thousand strong were Then the ma11hine was ready to emerge from Its enforced confinesmiting the caravan defenders hard. ment. 1 Already they had run ofl many of the richest" laden camels. Bot when it came to making the machinery work it was a failure. But the Explorer went booming clown to close range. The travEl! So much fine dust had settled there that it was completely clogged. era opeced fire with their rilles. There was nothing to do but to clean it out thoroughly. Bot this fire was not strong enough to drive the Bedouins back. This proved a long and laborious task. Barney and Pomp were They paid nn heed whatever to tbe machine. obliged to keep at work another whole day. Frank saw tbat extrame measures must be taken. Varioull parts of the machlperr bad to be remo:ved and effectually So he the machine Into line with the rear of the Bedouin& cleaned and oiled; But at length all was announced in perfect shape. and trained toe electric gun upon them. Then Frank pressed the lever, and dynamos began to work. Frank was always averse to human slaughter. But In the present The machinery started with a buzz. case it seemed to be extremely necessary. The Explorer ran quickly out ol the trench. Once more It was on Those in the caravan were being cnt down like sheep. Men, the level plain. women and children were being butchered by tbe wretches in their All sprung aboard, cheers were given, then Barney went to the key fury. board, and the Exp)orer shot forward. Fr&nk trained the gun and sent a projectile Into the midst of the "Where now!" asked Prof. A! wise. Bedouins. Is not this Oasis of Kodan the way to the underground city!'' The result was fearful. asked Frank, or Harold. They fell in heaps, and as projectile after projectile plowed through It is.'' ranks they 'Oiere obliged to break and flee. I Let us go thither then.'' In their retreat they were extremely disorderly and terrified. Harold went in and set the direct and correct course for Barney. The white-haired old Sheik Mahmoud could be seen vainly endeavorThen all repaired to the upper deck td enjoy a which just fanned ing to rally them. the hot air currents of the desert. They could not be brought to face the deadly dynamite guo, and The. machine ran on rapidly mile after mile. were thoroughly rooted. Notbirill: was seen of the Bedouins, but a worse danger "as sighted. The caravan was saved and its handful of defenders were us aston Suddenly Prof. AhTu!e sprang up, crying: ished as if they had been rewarded with a visitation from another "Look! a waterspout!" sphere. It was n.ot a watjlrspout which was comlhg whirling over the hori 'I' hey regnrded the Explorer and the dendly dynamite gun with sheer zoo; but one of sand. .amuement. They are common in the desert, and are capable of raising tons of After the force of robbers was dispelled, however, one of their sand into higher air currents. number-'-a white-bearded, patriarchal man, mounted on a cream Woe to the traveler or. caraTan that cornea in contact with one of white horse, rode up. these revowing terrors. He bowed and addressed Frank, who was aL the dasher in 1 If too heavy to be lifted Into the clouds the object breaks the spout Arabic. and is at once buried in sand. Frank answered in French. "A sand-spoutr' cried Herald. Look out for it. It is coming our '' I speak French," he said, blt I a!IJ an American." way." 1 The face or tb.e o!d man lit ap. This was trne. ,.. Ah, I have heard of your wonderful people---the most wonderful But Frank Reade, Jr., unders10od exactly how to nieet lt, and he in the world! In the name of Mahomet 1 thee!" did not beeitate a moment. Allow me to reciprocate; &aid Frank, politely. Whom have I He rushed forward to the electric gun and drew a bead upon t!ie re. the honor or addressi,ug-thp owner of the caravan!" volving column. "I am ..Ali Shir, merchant or Cairo. I trade in Tunis and Algiers, It was half a mile distant, but ad vanci'* with fearful velocity. ani! cross the desert three times a year. We have heretofore beaten There was no time to lose. the robbers oft, but this time they would surely have slaughtered us It would cover the distance very quickly. J.l'rank but for your timely aid.'' ed the electric key. "I am glad to have been able to render it," said Frank. "These There was a reconand the next moment the projectile struck the fellows are the curse of tile desert.'' sand column. So indeed they are, noble Effendi. But pray

10 FRANK READE, JR.'S DESER'l' EXPLORER "The cltv!" exclaimed Prof. Alwia6, really It looks little like such on the surface!" This was true Bot Harold said: The city Is even noder us now. It's extent will not disappoint you when ; once you can enter it. TbQ.( single pillar is the only mark above ground.'' '' Even that shows good architecture!" said the Profesaor ecannfog it with his glaas. It ls a Doric colqmn." Every moment the Explorer brew nearer to the city now. Harold indicated a depression In the ground abd said: 1 There is the largest and best entrance that I know of to Dechan, the burled city of Sahara." Then we will enter by it!" declared Frank. Can the macbhie find entrance!" I think sol" Down Into the depression the Explorer ran. There waa a mighty cave like opening in the sand. And into this the machine ran. The nut moment the explorers gave exclamations of wond e rment. They were in a mighty high arched structure, a veritable peristyle at one end, with pillars or the most exquisite architecture. The Jloor was or tlnely polished stone, and every indication ehowed had once been the palace or kings. There waa a light or triumph in Harold Barcompe's eyes. "What did I tell you!'' he cried. "Is it not ll.nef' "Grand!" exclaimed Prof. AI wise. "Oh, here ia full scope for the The machine rolled slowly on among the mighty pillars aoq over the atone Jloor. The professor had beeu studying the for awhile, and now Frank asked him: "Well, AI wise, what do you think of itt" "I have just hlt upon what 1 believe to be a aolotioo." "Dr This may be one or the famous palaces or the Quee11. of Sbeba. The renaissaoca Ia of that period.'' "It can't be King Solomon's famed temple." "Oh, no, but It is In that part or the world from which the Queen of Sheba Is vaguely supposed to have come." "Good enoughi Perhaps we may find somet!llng yet to anbstantlate that Ide&:" Ah, I rear not. Tl:ese robbel'l have doubtleas deiltroyed or car rled oil any reoords or portable Lhinga.'' "They al'e the curse or Egypt and the East," said Harold Bar com be. "That Is well said." "But bejaberil I don't see Done av them hereabouts!" cried Barney. "Shnre av they live here we ought to foind thlm.'' "We have not yet penetrated deep enough," aeclared Harold. "Let me now direct your course." He went Into the pilot house with Barney. The waa now employed. All dark pa!Yagea were made light as day, and thus the machine went slowly on feeling its way. Nothing as yet had seen or the BMoulos. From one paved court to anotbar the macbJDe paased. So high arched and spacious were the buildings that the Explmer could go anywhere. But Jlnally they came to a passage too narrow for It to paas. T.bis would have been abandonetl but for an incident. The keen eyes or Harold Barcombe caught sight or a light far aowo the pas sage. There,'' he cried, there is the entranee to the stronghold ot Bel Ash an. 1\ Is there that I shalt Jlnd my sister!" All waa excitement at this announcement. Every one was dlsap pointed the machine could not invade the stronghold. Bot It could not do so, so the project was dropped. But in some maon11r the place must be invaded and the Bedouins given battle. Harold was the tlrst to hit npon a plan. I would suggest a sally being ma:le," be declared, perhaps we could manage to creep in there and rescue Edith tn some way!" "Perhaps we could.'' agreed Prof. AI wise. Frank readily agreed. "Yon kuow the ropes t.letter than any of us, Harold," bts yon shall lead the way." The vonng American readily agreed to this. It was arranged that Frank and Barney were to accompany him. Pomp and the professor would remain aboard the Explorer . Frank baa a. long piece or line wire which was wound upon a spoo!. With this and a telegraph sounder h11 expected to eQSily communicat.e with those aboard t!:e Explorer. But before the party leave the machine a strange thing bnp. pened. A warning cry came from Poinp. "Look out dar, Marse Frank; de debblls am comin' fo' sbo!" The "debblls '' were certainly coming. The clatter or horses' hoofs were plainly beard. Then into view rode a-cavalcade of horsemen. They were Bedouins and bound Into the passage, whose mbnth the machine now stood. They drew rein and gazedin amazement ai the strange sight. The machine and its presence there was a curious thing to them. Moreover, it blocked \heir further passage. It was a moment of most exciting precarious kind. CHAPTER IX. BEL ASnAI!f's ESCAPE, As the Bedouins ant there like statues upon their sleek horses, they formed a picturesque spectacle. They also a good and easy mark, and Barney might have Jlred upon them bot Frank restrained bjtn. "Not yet," be !laid. "It is not time." Bot Hu.rotd Barcombe, who been scanning them closely, exclaimed: "It Is Bel Aeban himself!" "You don't mean it!" exclaimed Frank. It Is the truth "This is luck. We most capture him," declared the young Inventor. HowT" queried the young American with incredulity. You shall see I" . Frank went to one o( tbe forward windows. He held a long coil of wire In his This he made a noose or and flung it across the passage. It alid held upoo a jagged bit or roek. Paying out enough slack wire, Frank llrst connec ted the other end wltb the dynamos In the engine room. The wire thus charged to a tremendous extent waa about high enough to reach the breast or any one or the horsemen. Then Frank went Into 'he pilot boose and ran the machine back from the inouttl or the passage. This left It clear and was a plain invitation to the Bedouln!l to daab by machine and escape .. "They will getby us!" cried Harold "Js that safe, Mr. Reade!" Keep cool!" said Frank, steadily. "I know what I am atiootl'' Ma,tters worke!l just as Frank thought they would. One 9f the Bedouins came forward for a parley, his horse plrouet\ing gaily. When a few yards from the machine Frank opened the pilot boose window aod cried in French: "Ab, Is It you, Bel Ashant" "Aye, Effendi," replied the great Sheik, in a cynical tone. "So you have decided to beard me In my den!'' "Your life and the .safety of your band of cntthroats will depend upon bow quickly yon decide to deliver up to ue the young girl in your power!" said Fracll:, sternly. "Ah, that will never be!" said Bel Asban, with a grating laugh. "She Is mine, and with all your power you cannot take her from We shall seel" "Tbh Is tbe retreat of .Bel Asban, and you can never drive him froin it." Before Frank could say more, just what be had expected, o.od indj!ed, hoped for, came to paas. The wily sheik suddenly gave his horse spur am! attempted to llasb by the machine and into the passage. -He was partly successful. He would have escaped any b!lllet sent after him, bot wire whlcb Frank had stretChed acroas the passage struck him ju&t !Jreast high. That 11ettled the argument. Wily Hel Alban received .the force of the electnc Bh()!lk. It was not harsh encmgh to kill him, hut suftlcient to stun him. Horse and rider went &.!own in a heap. Then Frank cried: "Fire! Fire upon lheml" Instantly a volley was given the Bedouins. S o tlerce wna the volley given them that they were not able to come to the aid or their ctlief. They beat an incontinent retreat leaving several of their dead upon the Jloor .of the temple. Then Barney and Pomp opened the door and sprang down the gang ladder. In a j1ffy they bad the sheik bound, and were carrYing him aboarcl the l!]xplorer. He bad just begun to revive, and when be folly regained his senses he was in tbe cablu of the Explorer His foes were all about him, and a more aatonished Of dismayed vlllam was nev11r seen. "Well, my tine fellow!'' cried Frank, with a hearty laugh, this iB a bit of a surprise party to you, ehf' . He muttered an Arabic cures. How did 1 come here! 'I never knew Ellm to stumble before. A malediction on his tripping feet!'' All laughed at his crusty manner. "Now," Bald Frank, sternly, "if you value your life you will agree to my terms!" Del Ashnn looked up "Weill" he exclaimed. "What are they, noble Effendi!" "Deliver up to us the glrl 'now held captive by you! We will give you your life and 'yl>u may safely If not-you ahall die!" Bel Asban's grim raca only hardened, and he said: "Elfeodi aslu too much, that I can never do. I. have sworn by the heard of my fathers, and made a sacred vow to that she shall be the pearl or my harem. It must be B'ol" "We will see!'' said Frank, coolly. "I give you OJ)e more cbancel .. Bnt Bel Ashan did not relax. I 'll'ill pay a ransom!" he declared "Ten thousand piastres are yours." "Money will not do," replied Frank. "The release of the girl, or nothJDirl" .


FRANK READE, JlL'.::>. DES.I.;R'l' E.XPLORER. 11 Never!" That Bettles It!" Frank turned to Bllrney. Pu II otl his sandals!" he said. The Celt obeyed, and the sheik's feet were bared. Then Frank brought forward the same wire which had strlck11n Bel Ashan from his horse. . It was bat a moment's work to make a coli or It and apply it to the bot,om of the sllelk's feet. For a few momenta the gritty Arall stood the inllictlon well. Then his muscles to taut and his veins to swell; great drops of perspir(ltion oozed from every pore. The agony was Intense, and a thrilling cry burst from his lips. Frank withdrew the torture. Will you come to terms nowf" be asked. The sheik for a moment could not speak; then he finally articulated: . I will pay any ransom. Name your price, E.lfendi." "Only Llle release of the girl will. do." Again the sheik's brow dnrkeued. Never!'' he gritted . Again FranK. upplied the current. Again the Arab's form atralght ened; the agony was most ihtense. Wbnt woulq ba ve beec the outcome it is hard to say. It is possible that this trial would have brought the rascal to terms. But at that moment there' arose an uproar outside. Warning cries came fro. m Barney and Pomp. Dey am comin', Marse Frauk! Cl'ar de track! We'se gwme hab u. llght dis time." Fra.nk and Harold seized their rilles and sprang to tbe loopholes. It was true that the Bedouins were coming to the auack again. The place fnicly swarrr.ed with them. Bullet.s rattled against tile Explorer like hail. "Give it to tbeml" cried Frank. "Don't let them come to close quarters." Tbe defenderi! of. the machine were not S\OW to comply with tbls order; bullets Jlew thick and fast. But the Bedouins swarmed about the Explorer like hornets. Frank saw that the situation was getting perilous. A whole galig were cQmlog with Should they succeed in com ing to close qaarters, no doubt they w:ould succeed lo doing much damage. Frauk at once adoptell a measure to guard against this contingHe sprang into the and started the machine ahead. !l'bere was not no abundance ol room in the place, but Frank ran the machine ahead several hundred feet and then brought the dynamite gun to bear upol) tile attacking horde. He bad refrained from using this heretofore for fear that the con. cusslqo might engulf all about. But it bad now assumed a serious aspect, and It was plainly necea. aary that extreme measures should be taken. So he did not hesitate to lire Lbe (llectrlc gun. The projectile exploded with atunnh;g force.. Dozens or tbe Bedouins were killed, au

12 FRANK READE, JR.'S DESERT EXPLOR ER. Pomp .was athletic and a good wrestler. The was .1( r There, beneath a mighty plllar lay the crushed shape of tbe Explot match for him and the darky would have speedily mastered him. don Heartsick 'and half fah;t Frank crawled over the ruin, crying: But the shrewd fellow, renlizing tbls, made a sudden break and ... Po ''h you alive!'' dashed away Into the shadows. "It"l.8 possLOt .... 'llu.r .,t 1\ crv r ...., I" 1 Pomp did not pursue. "That is dreadful lack, when we had blm in our grasp!' He turned to assist Harold. h Yes, but It cannot be helped. We must make the best of it. H& 1 The young AmeriMn bad a knotty problem to solYI!. He had shot will not be able to get far In a eouple of hours!'' one of his assailants through the sword arm, but the fellow yet "Ab, but not many miles i!l that direction is the oftbe with his other arm. and fertile valley of Kulp. If be reaches that he will have all of His companion stood by him and Harold was busily employed wardCentral Africa to bide in." ina off their blO)VS with his gun barrel. . .. We will not believe tbilt," said Frank, hopefully. .. Keep :tp How the fight might have terminated it ls not easy to say; bot. good heart, my We will rescue Edith yet!" suddenly Pomp rushed in to Harold's aid. But the forebodings of all were oltbe kind. This changed the programme. The Bedouins were not looking for anything of this aort. One of tbem was knocked senseless by the darky. 'fbe other broke and lied, as had biB companlon. ANOTHER ATTACK. Pomp and Harold were victors. FRANK at once began to overilaul the machinery of the Explorer. Neither bad suffered a Bllratcb. They could not forbear a cheer. That It should break down at this critical moment '!'&S certainly a What good luck!" crled Harold. Come, Pomp, let's get out of most exasperating tblng. . berel" rhere was nothing to do, however, but to make the best of it. "I'se wld yo', sah.'' So Frank at once began work. He speedily located the derange. Each took one or the keen scimeters away with hlm as a trophy. tnent. They s.\al'ted l}OW on 'be return to the Explorer. While be was at' work upon It the others were scanning the desert. As they drew nearer t:) It the rattle or llrearms and the sbouts of The sheik and his captive bad faded v-iew. Harold had no comestl\nts could be beard. doubt but that he meant to strike for Kulp. CHAPTER XI. It was evi:lent that a batt.le was going on tbere. But suddenly Barney shouted: Harold and Pomp both were anxious to get there and take part:tn "Shure an' the hayLbins are coming out av the underground ciLy.: It, They pressed forward eagerly. Tbls was tree. 'But suddenly tber!l came a tremendous roar. Every eye was turned in that direction. It was like an earthqunke shock. Harold and Pomp knew wba' it Tbe Arabs were coming ont of the underground city and now they meant. ........ ,.,.w -. colild be seen in concourse some two miles away. Frank had fired the electric gun. They looked scarcely larger than flies at that distance. The trav. was a bush right after this, and the firing was desultory. elers watched them for some time. "Now Is our time!" cried Harolp. "Come on, Pomp!" Tbe'y have good courage," said Pro.t. Alwlse. "Tliey are coming They ran forward quickly and soon had come In sight of the mBto see us!" chine. A lew moments or more and they were clambering aboard. This "'"s Well!" exclaimed Frank as they appeared. "What is the wordf.' Tbe Bedouins were all :noun ted, and were coming down toward the "We succeeded In finding the den!" crl!)d liarold, "but.tbe wretch machine. In a short1while they were quite near. basHed, with Edith In his arms!'' But they did not venture within gunsbot. They wjsely kept out of .Mercy! Is that true!" cried Frank. "Wbere.bas he gone!" raqge. "I believe to the desert. There Is another means of exit there!" They made a circle about the machine, and contented themselves Then we had better get out of here and give chaser 1 with fierce yells and savage geHtures. "I should say so.'' Darkness was now rapidly shutting down over the desert. Frank sprung into the pilot house. The Bedouins bad not yet re. 'I be suo was sinking into the sea of sand, and Frank declared: covered from the conrnsion caused by tbe last allot ofthe dynamite "We shall not be able to leave here tonlght, bot I think we can gun proceed in the morning.'' sent the machine forward and right into their midst. Harold received this announcement with a heart-sick feeline;. He The heavy wheels bore down upon thern mercilessly, and caused lenred that his sister's fat e was sealed. them to scatter in every direction. Once her captor should succeed in penetrating the mighty region of The rout was complete. Barney and Pomp and Prof. A!wise kept Ethiopia, the chances of l!nding him wonld lle infinitesimal. up a constant fire. Moreover, \here were powerful nations of savage people there, more Harold was by Frank's side In the pilot bonae. The machine bod barbarous even tha6 the Bedo,oins. Tbe-machine could hardly prosoon entPred tbe main temple. ceed thither with safety. Threading Its way among the huge pillars, it very quickly renchea Tbe Bedouins yet hovered about on the desert, like LtyeniUI watching the mouth of the cave. a prey which seemed certain to become theirs. Out Into the open air dashed the Explorer. It was with a l<' runk worked at the broken machinery until alate hour. retief that tl,le travelers emerged Into the sunlight, hot though h Darkness most impenetrable had settled down. over the desert. Barwas. ney was on guard forward. . It was but a moment's work to run up out ol the depreseion. Another attack from the Bedouins was not anticipated, But just tbey were npori the level plain once more. before mfduigbt it occurred to Barney to employ the searchligbt and Every eye swept the broad expanse. find out, if possible, just wbat they were doing. "There!" cried Harold-" there goes the villain!" So the mounted to the platform above and turned the light on. Far out on the eani.Jy waste was seen a little black speck. It was The sight which met his gnze W11B a surprising one. Sheik Bel Ash an. As the glare of the electric light made a pathway e.8 plain as day Frank started the machine forward at full speed. across the gleaming sands, waif seen to the snrprlse of all that the Of course the overtaking of tile she i k and the rescue of Edith Bar Bedouins were close nbout the machine. combe was paramount to everything else now, Full two hundred of them were creeping cautiously towa1d the rna That the slleik would have been overtaken but for an incident wlis chine In the heavy sand. certain. A cry of warning went up. Tbe machine was at a high rate of speea over the desert "To arms!'' shouted Harold Barcombs. "They mean to attack when suddenly and without wnrning there was a clicking sound, a us!" dull whir, the Explorer ran a: hundred yards further and stopped. Indeed this was true. Perhaps the most astonished person on board was Prof .. AI wise. A chorus of mad cries went up, and a legion ol forms came surging "Eb!'' be !?,asped. W-what bas bnppened, Frank! Who stopped out ol the darkness. the machine! Before even a move could be made for defense, they reached tbe 11 It l09ks as If It bad stopped of Its own accord!'' said Frank, lookwheels of the machine. log at the key-board. Up they came over the side s.varming like bees to gaio the upper "Of Its own accordf' deck. I Yes!" Frank Reade, Jr., came bouudin!f out of the engine room. "Ab, something has broke!" '' Olose everY. door and window I' be shouted. 11 Everybody at the Precisely!" loopholes!" Consternation seized upon the little party of desert explorers. Tbe order was was a dismaying moment. This was in season to prevent any or the lawless crew from gaining Frank at once shut oil tbe whirring machinery. He went au entrance to tbe machine. below decks. But they were upon the lower deck or platform, and bad begun A glance at the dynamos and he drew a bteath of relief. pounding most furiously upon the doors. could be repaired but them. The steel screens which covered tbe upper deck also became the It Is all right!" he said after a moment "We shall be able to' recipient of fierce blows. / go on In a few hours.'' Something must be done and at once, it was evident, or they would "Tbat is joyful!'' cried the professor. "Then It is nothing certainly get the best or the fight. manent?" Barney a'nd Pomp were already at loopholes, and were firing wltb "Ob no!" revolvers at close and deadly range. But:_how shall we overtake the shelkf' asked Harold, in dismay, All was a literal pondemonium.


plan to outwit He donned some rabbet gloves, and carred a wire connected wi\b the dyo11m01 to the platlornt wbere was the search-light. From here be was .able t.e It like a lariat down among the lawleaa crew. Wherever It atnack, It created a terrific panic. .Men were knoclted .aeoaeleiiB and fell in literal heaps. One whole side of the machine :ttas cleared. Then Frank trM!fi ltlle wire ou the other aide and wUb good eft'ect as well. .Men were burled otroa the sWe -of the machine bJ an unseen deadly power. Those who were oot killed by llhe sbock Jl.ed to return no more, the experience being enough. r Thus in a few mvmeots the at.taeklog party were at arm's length, and IJle defenders of the Explorer were able to use their rilles. These were the which 'tGkl tale. Fired In swift order, so that a rattling volley wM C911Staotly kept up, the Bedouin& were bound to fall back. The attack ended Ui a repulse. It was 11 wooderf11l victory for the defenders of the m11cbine. They bad good reason to feel wellsatislled. They ma!)e the air ring witb tbeir cheers. The Bedouins did not return to the attack. The repulse proved sur ficleo t to restrain tbem. An hour later Frank came agalo on deck. He stepped iato the pilot-house .and swept the plain with the search light. He locatoo the Be!louios. They were gathered .. in u body now, but just out of range. Fr11nk scrutinized them a mom11nt, and said: : We will leave them behind. When we bnve run a safe distance .then we ""ill camp agaln and try to some sleep. I feel the need of it greatly." "\\'h. at!" cried tb.e professor; "you don'-t mean to tell me, Frank, that you have the machine io work\ug order again!" "You shall see." Frank pressed the motor lever. At once the Explorer began to move. A moment more and It was rolllog aw11y over the pl11ln at the s11me tremendous rate of speed as usn11l. Before m11oy minutes b11d passed the Bedouins were left out or sight altogether A half boor l11ter the machine was again to a llalt. ,. This was In a little depression In the plain "We will camp here for the night,'' said Frank. "To-morrow morning let all be astir early; we will again go on our way," All cheered heartily. 1 The watch was divided between Barney and Pomp for the rest of the night; but a few hours remained. But even that amount or rerreshlng sleep had its good effect and all arose th& next mornlnll mach recut:erated. At an early hour the lllachioe was under way. Not a living being waa In sight anywhere. Not until noon was then. any change in the country. Then, a dark line wus seen to the southward. On nearer approach wavl'!g green palms were seen. "An oasis!'' cried Professot AI wise. But l'h.rold i Bnroombe shook his h'811d .. No!'' he said; "it Is the fertile land of Kulp. Ah, I fear I shall never see my sister again!" Keep up good heart!" said Frank quietly, thera is nothing lm poaslble." The machine r11pldly drew nearer the'fertlle tract. Arid riow far to the southward mighty moimtalo ranges were to be seen. It was true that they bad reached the lower end of Sahara and were in the most barbarous region in the world. . Here dwelt tribes not clliesifled or known by the historian or cbron. Ieier. Barbarous, untaught and thiel'ish. Even as .the machine entered tho fertile land, a walled city rose be fore their view. It was not a large town, bot entirely surrounded by a moat and a high wall or rough sto11e. "A city!" cried Prof. AI wise, with interest. mast not lose this opportunity." And oat came the scientist's notebook and he proceeded to preserve his impression or the curious place. . A borde o( savages, half naked horsemen, vantshed through the high gate as the machine approached. n closed behind them. Upon the walls were a number or soldiers, half nakt5d barbarians with lances. The whole conn try was a desolate and wretched region. The dwellers In the place evidently did not till t!ie soil. No fertile farms or crops were to be seen. "Jllel" eaid Prof. Alwlse, Impressively, "they make their living by preying upon caravans. They are natural thieves and highwaymen. Woe to the luckless traveler who falls into their cliltcbes!" ''Right!" declared Haroold. "It is short shrift and farewell to life. They ar.e a merciless set!" Then It ill among these people that Bel Aahan will sesk a hidillg place!" aaked !!'rank. "Yes." 13 It is by no means a secure one. With a few shots from our dyoaite gWI l could blow tlleir wall into smithereens." "Very trqe. Bqt yoa will find that they will fight savagely.'' Let us l)ariey with tllem." It Is or no use!" l Why DGt1" "You wi'll tlnd that tbe.r cannot speak any language bat their own." At least it will do no harm to try." .. Certainly not." So with thill resolution !!'rank ran the machine right up to the gate of the walled caty. .., Hel:tho!" ae shouted in French. WIJo Is your spokesman! St>nd hifll out!" Tae half oakl lancers dodged down behind tbe wall. Frank re peated the baiL But they did not seem to understand. At tb11t moment though a most astounding and unlooked for. thing happened. 4 f!uplllar v olce came down from above and a familiar form appeared on the wall of the barbarian city. It was Bel Ashan. CHAPrER XII. THE WALLED CITY. EFFENDI bas called," be shouted, 11nd I will answer.'' "Good!" cried Frank. "You are jQIIt thl' man we want, I am glad tbut we have run you down." What do you 'I"IUlt!" "We waul. you to surrender. Prolluce the young girl whom you bold as a captive, or we will blow your elty to powder!" "'Before you can do that," sneered Bel Asbao, "I can turn three thous11nd warriors upon you!'' "I do&'t care f111; a million of your warriors. Take my wor4 for it, I can whip them all.' "I refuse to surrender. Before another hour yoar hPada sb!lll bang upon the gates of Kulp.'' With this Bel Ashan vaniDhed. A fearful din arose, and the fairly swarmed with ba rbnrianli They began to burl javelina and arrows 11t the machine. Bot of course ita st.eel11rmor turned them off 11s water from the back or a duck. "I am going through Lbat place," s11ld Frank resolutely. "Look out every one!" He aprang to the dasher and elevated the electric gun. He took careful sight and fired. The projectile struck the gate or the walled city, acd there waa an earthquake shock. Pieces of the structure were hurled hundreds of yords away. Once D.gain Frank fired. This time a bole was literally blown through tbl! thick wnll of cohble. It plain that the dynamite gun QOnld batter the plnce .down with eaae. The barbarian race swarmed out of the fallen gate and started to attack the machine. But Frank two electric bolts straight at their feet. A heap or sand and debris teo feet high w11s ralsed. Half a hundred of the wretches were blown into eternity, This was enough. Such treatment could not fail in its terrifying etfect. They broke ranks and lied incontinently. Tbe macbln.e pressed forward rapidly, and the next moment was in the city. A horde or women and children were huddled upon the housetops. .Frank could not make warfare with them. Bat be sent one electric i)rojectlle after another after th_e 1leelog Kulpltes, and fairly drove them from their city. The terrible thunder or the dynamite bombs, and their frightful work was enough, to frighten the stoutest b81lrt. The Kulpites were driven llterall)' out of their clty. Bel Asbao had fled at the first onslaught. He had taken Barcombe with him. His course waa down the valley Frank had co furtherquarrel with the Kulpltes. He simply wished to capture Bel Ashan, so he pressed on In pursuit or him. Tbla left the terrified Kulpltes to reco-rer from their fright as beat they could. When Bel Ashan beard the deadly Explorer thundering at his beela be was indeed terrlfioo. Self-preservation ls nature's first law, It Is said. The wlly Sheik saw that tbe double weight was telling upon his horse. He would be overtaken. Thut would mean pr11cticaUy death. He hesitated some while before tak-Ing the action which be saw was nec essary. Then he suddenly reined up hls horae. Edith Barcombe was bauoji to the saddle In front or him. The sheik cut her bonds and hissed: It ia a lucky escape for yon, my pearl! I give you up now to save my life, hut I. will reclaim you later, for those Christian dogs shall never get out of this country alive!" Edith fell to the ground and the sheik galloped madly on. The next th1t Explorer came to a h11lt and H11rold WAS over the J'allln a twinkling. .. "Edith!" he criod, wildly-" my darling sister! You are


JR.'S DESERT EXPLOR,ER. Joyous was that meeting between brother 1\Dd sister. She was''"-., h h 1 d d k d b 1 th 11 l'<>'htto bear 00 en auourd the machine and carefully cared !or. e?., e u.rr e on ee an rmg ng .e searc 1., There was no thought or pursuing the Sheik Bel Ash an further. the r.un. The main obje .ct or the expeditlon.,--the rescue .of Edith Barcombe To his joy alft . "'' ear .... bac11.; ., -hacl been accomplished. . .. I's a'right, Marse Frank. Jea' gib dis chile time!" "Now, professor!" cried Frank." we are ready to help .ron.. out with Then out from the debris crawled Pomp. How he had so wonderyour archaeological studies. Suppose we. attend to that now." folly escaped uninjured was not to be easily understood, "I am more than agreeable!" cried the professor, eagerly. It was a literal miracle. "Do yon wish to to underground And all were so overjoyed to know that he -was safe that they nigh "No, I think not. I would prefer to take the old ruins north of forgot the awful calamity which had deprived them or the machine her:e and on the line to Cairo. There arA many there which I am sure and the only visible means or out of thedesert. have never bee.n explored." When this came upon them full force the effect wns terrible. "It shall be so." The macliine was certainly beyond repair. It could DI!Ver be put So the course of the machine was set in that direction. Into running order again. Edith and Harold were promiRed safe transportati(ln home to Aghast at the situation all stood staring at each other. America as soon as Cairo was reached. "We are lost!" said hopelessly. In the meantime they were very happy and not at all impatient. "No!" declared Harold, firmly. "H we can only keep clear of the Edith was a very beauti!ul girl. She was instantly a fa'Vorite with all. Bedouins we shall be all right. We can graduallY. make our way to "I shall be so glad to see rny dear rather," she said. I can hardly remember him. I was so younu: when we were separated." "BuL we shall never be able to do that!" cried Frank with horror, "You may be sure be will be glad to see you," said Frank. "He "!or there they are now!" is praying hourly for your safe return." Into the ruin there dlij!lied a body pf horsemen, and at their head The machine now headed to the northward. the cruel Sheik Mahmood Bey. A course along the verge of the desert was kept, and one day ruins The altuo.tlon was one of the gravest klod; For a moment an awful were sighted to the east. still horror seized upon our explorers. At once the macblne started for them. Pro!. AI wise was all exThen Prof. A! wise said: cibement. We are lost!" As they drew nearer the ruins or n mighty kgyptinn temple were set>n. The machine bore down !or tl:em rapidly. The temple was partly buried In the sand, but ita architecture was seen to be of the grandest. The machine hnlted under the main portico .which was fully fifty feet high and guarded by hugeatooe sphinxes. 'l'he professor at once brought out biB arcnmloglenl'tools and start ed into the ruin. There seemed no dnnger from Bedouin foes, for the exploring party seemed only humnn beings in the vjcinty. In a few momenta the professor was breaking open mummy cases, recovering acarabens and Egyptian MS. lr.: abundance. He wns extremely enthusiastic In his work and forgetful of allnbout him. Frank proposed thnt he and Barney should a:lao take a trip through tl:e ruins. Harold Barcombe insisted upon going, nod Edith cried: Well, I ohject to being left behind. I clnim the right to go, too!'' It is yours," snld Frnnk, laughing. If yon care to brave tb.e perils." 1 think I can safely do so," said the young girl, cbeerfully. "At least I am not afraid.'\ Well said. I will try 4nJ see that no harm comes io you!" Preparations was quickly made. Ynn wiU remain nboard. the machine and look out for things, 1 Pomp," said Frimk. "A'rlght, sahl" agreed the dnrky. Bnrney and Frnnk, )Iarold nnd Edith now set out Into the rnlos, lenviog Pomp and the mnchioe bet.lnd. The professor was seen not fifty yards distant instently engaged in his work. Truly the ruins were something enormous in extent. The explorers gazed upon them with interest nod wonderment. Wbat do you niake of it, AI wise!'' cried Frank, "is this n solitary monument lo the desert, or was it once part or a city!" "1 am inclined to the latter supposition!" replied the professor. "It must have been a powerful big city, i! thiS Is a sample of its buildings." . There is oo doubt but thnt it wns." Lenving the absorbed in his wQrk, the party strolled thro ugh tbe ruins. . Many curious heiroghyphics were to be seen upon the walls and pil lara. In the cQDter court was an obelisk of great height. Finally, tiring or the expedition, the party started to return to the machine. They were strolling slowly alonl!;, when suddenly Bnroey cried: "Begorra, wud yPZ luk at Shure, the walls are falling!" Then the explorers bel;eld an astounding sight. The entire of the ruin, with its mnssive portico and row of mighty columns, tottered and fell outward. 1.'here was a thunderous roar, nod the ground trembled ns with no enrthqunke ahock. Then Frank Reade, Jr., gnve an awful cry of horror. My God, the machine!" he shrieked. The same horrible reflection swept over all. The Explorer had been left upon the other side of that mighty wnll of stone Io Its ran it must have become engulfed. Edith nearly fainted with the force of the shock. The knees of the men smote and their faces were ashen. There was no doubt but that the Explorer was under that ruin. And Pomp-whnt would aave him! It was an awful moment. Frank Reade, Jr., wns the first to recover. The profesaor, white fnced, had turned from his work. Theyouog inventor cried: "Come, we must know the Lruth!" Frank sprang forward, determined to know the worst. As he oenr ed the }."llin lie snw that his worst fears were confirmed. CHAPTER XIII. THE END, THEN the reaction eame. Frank Reade, Jr., aprnog from behind the cover of a pile of stones and cried: "To cove" every one! We will sell our lives as denrly as possible!' Fortunately nil were nrmed with repllatlng riOes. They did not hesitate. to obey Frank's commnnd. . The Bedouins had sighted them, and with exoltant cries were com. The Americana tired o volley, nod a number of the Bedouins fell. They were checked but n moment, however. Then they came un again. It was likelY that the !ate of the party would have been sealed nt that moment, but for an incident. Suddenly Harold shouted: "Look out! They are In our rear!'' This seemPd ttue. Suddenly into the ruin in the rear of the defenders there appeared n party or horsemen. . They were richly dressed in uniforms of scarlet and gold. To the surprise of nil but Harold, the Bedouins suddenly toGk tv their heels. A cheer escaped the uniformed guard. A body or tberu went in pursuit. Others surrounded the .Americans. It's all right.!" cried Hnrohl. It Is the sultan's guard." "Tile sultan's guard!" exclaimed Frank. "Yes. We are saved!" This was even so. The next moment a dapper little Turkish officer had dismounted, and was saluting the party. He. spoke in the French language. ''You are lngleez. We give you the sultan's protection." "Which we will gladly accept," cried Frnok, readily. "You have com" juat in the nick of time." By the merest chance Abou Ben Hassan, the sultan's military com mander, had been crossing the desert and hnppenea upon the ruin. The Bedouins were not overtnkeo, and escaped into the desert. arrangements were quickly made with Ben Hassan by which the party was to be safely escorted to the American Consulate at Cairo. Horses were furnished and the start was mnde. There little thnt could be saved !rom the Explorer's wreck. Frank decided to lenve it there, and declared: "Never mind; .I will yet build a machine to beat that all to pieces." Soon the party were under wny to Carlo. Fonr days Inter they reached the heights which looked down upon the city cf the desert. T.he pnrty were well rece1 ved io Cairo, though the7 did not linger long thsre. They were all anxious to get back to America, so an outgoing at:eam er took them to the Mediterrnoean. Iii course of time the stormy Atlantic was safely crossed. Once more ttey were in .\:mericn. Cable dispatches had been sent from Loudon to Mr. llarcombe and he was at the landing to meet them. We wiU not dwell upon that happy reunion between fnther nod chlldren. Tbe whole h .. ard or the famous exploit and fresh laurels were added to the fame of Frnnk Reade, Jr., the wonderful young inventor. Pro!. Alwlse went back to the Smithsonian Institute and proceeded to write a learned lecture upon Arehwology. Frank and Barney and Pomp In due time nrrived safely in Readestown. The young inventor, trne to his word, at once went to work upon a new invention, and this brlngi to an end our story. [THE END.]


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