Frank Reade, Jr.'s new electric air-ship the "Zephyr;" or From north to south around the globe. Part I.

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s new electric air-ship the "Zephyr;" or From north to south around the globe. Part I.

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Latest and Best Stories are Published in {coMPLETE.} FRANK TousEY. P.uRr.tsHER, 3! & 36 NoR'l'H MooRE sI'REE'l', NEw YoRK. { ) neE } Vol IV New York, June 1 1894. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 Ente1ed accmding to the Act of Congress, in the year 189!, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the ojJlce of the Lib1arian of Congnss, at 1-Vashington, D. C. New the,.." Zephyr;" or, From North to South Around the Globe. By "NON AME. PA.R'r I. The center of that group consisted of eight stout armed Mongolians, carrying the handles of a richly draped litter. No doubt some Chinese dignitary, who was traveling with his body-guard. 1


2 FRANK READE, JR.' S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP 'l'HE "ZEPHYR." Part I. The subseription Price of the FRANK READE by the year is $2.50: $1.25 p e r six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. JR.'S. New Electric Air-Ship the "Zephyr;" OR, From North to South Around the Globe; BY "NO NAME." Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., With His Air-Ship in Asia; or, A Flight Across the Steppes," etc. P..A_RT I_ CHAPTER I. attempted and which will stupefy the whole mind one of Uncle Sam's cruisers. The hull, THE "zEPHYR "-A PROPOSED TRIP. world with its magnitude. you s e e, is more narrow and rakish and many "I TELL you my new air-ship, the Zephyr, "Ah !" exclaimed the doctor, with interest. feet larger and deeper." just completed, is by far the most wonderful of "What may it Will you disclose it at so "I see," agreed the scientist. all my inventions. With it I shall be able to early a "Also there are a larger number of suspen accomplish feats which have heretofore been "It is no secret," replied the young inventor. sory helices. I have found it necessary to con r e !J:arded as sheer and utter impossibllities." "You have no doubt seen many men who can struct ten on a side or twenty in all. This will The speaker was a tall, handsome young man, boast of having made the trip around the give the ship greater power and superior buoy and one of the most distinguished in his line of world from East to West or vice vera. But ancy. In all respects the Zephyr is the superior the present day. never fr, the question of All over the world they were known and fa-It will be the talk of tb' e world. And what a buoyancy and .lightness of material had entered mous. In the charming little town of Reades-,chance for scientific observations. Will you largely into the construction of the Zephyr. town the machines were built. take any companions 1" H e r hull being nigh one hundred feet in For six months past Frank Reade, Jr., had Frank laughed and slapped the aged scien-length, was long tnd rakish, with a ram-like been at work upon a new and w 'onderful air-tist heartily upon the back. bow. ship. "Do not have any fears, my dear doctor,'' he The hull itself was of thinly rolled, but firm This wonder of the air he intended should far said, reassuringly. "You have been with me platinum, and capable of resisting a rifle ball. eclipse all others in point of size and magnifi-upon many trips and I would not leave you at The ram on the bow was of hollow, but tough cence. home if you care to go." steel. His speech, which forms the opening para"Of course I shall." The deck was much like the deck of an ordi-graph of our stor:y, was delivered in the pres"Enough! It is all settled. Now comedown nary ship. There was the main and after ence ot a short, white-haired old man, who wore to the shop and I will show you the Zephyr." cabins, and forward was the oilot house, a spectacles and had the general air of a savant, "I shail be more than delighted." square apartment of which all four sides were whicb indeed he was. With a wave of his hand Frank might have of toughest plate glass. Among scientists his name was well known. called out his coachman and span to drive Upon each side of the air-ship and next to Dr. Vaneyke was one of the foremost in his them down to the works, but he did not, as it the rail at intervals of eight feet were tall steel class. was not very far. standards, each braced with strortgest wire. At the moment the young inventor and the Together they walked down the hill, and Upon the tops of these standards, which were 11 aged scientist were standing upon the granite soon rea ,ched the gate. hollow and contained a revolving rod, were f I steps of Frank Reade, Jr.'s fine residence in Entering the yard, Frank led the way to a helices or flange-shaped wings of lightly rolled J Readestown. vast, high-roofed building. As soon as they steel. These were capable of being driven with The time was ten o'clock in the morning of a entered this building they beheld a wonderful terrific speed, forming the means of propulsion beautiful June day. Below them were spread spectacle. upward of the air-ship. the yards and workshops of the Reades. Resting upon a frame-work of timbers was At the stern was the rudder and propeller, "I knew that you would soon come out with what looked like the hull of a clipper ship. a huge flanged apparatus much like the screw a new wonder, Frank," cried Dr. Vaneyke, rub-The long, rakish bow and steel ram in front, of an ocean steamer. bing his hands excitedly. "So it is another however, disproved this supposition, and Dr. The general outside appe,arance of the air-ship, eh The Zephyd Well, may you Vaneyke exclaimed: Zepher was neat, light and handsome. Below have luck with her.'' "Upon my soul, Frank, she is a beauty and the first deck was the engine-room and power" Thank you!" replied Frank. no mistake! She is a different type of ship ful e lectrical machinery. "But what is yomintention Will you take from any other you have built." This latter deserves a more elaborate account a long voyage in her1" asked the scientist. "Yes/' replied the young inventor; "I have than we find it feasible to here give. "Yes," replied Frank, I intend to accom-departed radically from all previous lines. Powerful dynamos, actuated by immense plish a feat which has never before been even That ram in front and her sheer bow would re storage power confined in jars in the hold and


Pa1t I. FRANK READE, JR.'S EW ELECTRIC AIRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 3 generated by a process, which was a secret of man's face, I did at that moment. He had a order, and the matter was upon everybody's the inventor's furnished the motive power. pistol in his hand, and his fiendish gaze was tongue. The engine-room was a large cabin, in which fixed right on you." Frank's wife was nearly distraught when he were the dynamos and a switch for the helices, Frank waited to hear no more. With a was brought home. It was quite natural that the propeller and other purposes. bound he reached the door. she should disapprove of his intended expe The cabins furnished with great mag-He comprehended the situation at once. dition, but she made no outward sign of this nificence. There were always a great number of desperfeeling. : There was a beautiful salon with rich decor-ate cranks hanging about the yards, half But two visitors to Frank's bedside evinced ations and articles of vertu al}d bric-a-bric crazed inventors 'and crushed machinists, each probably more real heart-felt emotion than without end. The private staterooms were occupied with the delusion that the secret of many others. rich in their luxuriousness. Frank's machine had been stolen from them. One was a negro, an old and faithful servant The interior of the air-ship was like the abode The famous inventor was daily in receipt of of the Reades, who went by the patronymic of a prince of the blood. threatening letters, demanding various sums of Pomp. The armory was a cabin fitted up with a of money on penalty of death. The other was an Irishman named Barney small arsenal of rifles and revolvers of the Therefore, convinced that Dr. Vaneyke had O'Shea. Both were old time companions of latest pattern and make. Ammunition was seen a crank he was bent upon spotting the both Frank and his father upon all of tileir in good store. These were important adjuncts, fellow and having him expelled. famous trips. for a trip with the air-ship would be likely to But when he reached the door the yard seem"Fo' goodness sakes ali be, Marse Frank!" bring one into wild parts of the world where ed empty. cried the devoted Pomp with tears in his eyes. weapons would be needed. The fellow had disappeared. Frank could "I'se jes' glad dat youse am gwine to lib aftah Upon the bow of the air-ship was painted the see no hidingplace, and said: all. If l'se eber get's a chaince fo' to get my name Zephyr. The ship lay upon her frame"You must have been mistaken, -doctor. paws on dat crank, I'se jes' de berry coon what work all ready for the touch of the electric He is not in sight now." will make him dance, an' don' yo' fergit it." lever to mount into the air. : No," cried Dr. Vaneyke, positively. "I tell "Be jabers, I'd tar and feather ther omaA test had already been given, and there was you I saw him plainly." dhoun," exploded Barney, vehemently. "Be no doubt but that she would fly. No failure on "Well, if he is about here--" me sow!, he ought to be hung up by the heels that score. Frank did not finish the sentence. for the rist av his loife." "Well, professor," asked Frank Reade, Jr., The sharp report ol a pistol rang out upon Frank was not a little touched by the evi after the tour of inspection. "Do you think the June air. With a groan Frank Reade, Jr., dent devotion of Barney and Pomp. He as the Zephyr is c apable of circumnavigating the threw up his arms and fell the whole l ength of sured them that he would soon be himself globe from north to south 1" the steps. again, and all would yet come out right. "I do, if such a feat is possible by any living He lay at their foot, white and silent. With Then he imparted to them the full particulars person,'' replied Dr. Vaneyke. an awful cry of horror: Dr. Vaueyke was quick-of his proposed trip from north to south around "What do you think of her?" ly by his side. the globe. "Grandi Magnificent! I am much in love Both were delighted with the piau. Barney with her." CHAl:'TER U. twirled his cane for a shillelah and Pomp "I fancied that you would be. She far excels AN IMPORTANT MISSION-THE sTART. danced a break-down. 1 all the others. Well, doctor, then you'll decide FoR a moment the scientist in his horror and "We'se'll be dar, Marse Frank," cried the to go with me? excitement believed that the famous inventor coon. "Oh, yas, youse kin be mighty suah ob "Of course I shall. But who else will you was d e ad. dat." take 1" He sprang to his side instantly. Frank lay "Yez are too fresh, naygur," cried Barney, "Only Barney and Pomp. They have be e n still and pallid upon the ground. Blood was giving Pomp a taste of the shillelah on his with me in all my travels, and I could not upon his handsome fac e shins. really hope to accomplish a voyage safi'lly with"My God! he ils kille d! cried Dr. Vaneyke, The darky roared with pain. Then instantly out them." wildly. "Help! S end for a doctor! Pursue the lowering his head he made a blind rush at "They are brave, loyal fellows," cried Dr. Barney. Vaneyke, heartily. "It will seem like old The maniac11-l laugh of the murderous crank Though these two odd characters were the times, Frank, to be aboard an air-ship with rang through the building as he fled for safety. best of friends, they were ever playing pranks you and Barney a.nd Pomp once more." But the area was almost instantly filled with upon, each other. Each was an inveterate prac" Indee d it will," cried Frank, enthusiastic workmen., tical joker. ally. "Doctor, I hope to make this the star Several armed guards kept watch of the Pomp's head took Barney full in the stom-trip of my life." place and thes e went in ourauit of the crank. ach. The Celt sat down so hard that his teeth "I hope that it will be." While Frank was quickly removed to the of-rattled. "I feel that it will." flee and placed upon a couch, doctors arrived But he was quickly upon his feet, and rushed "Well, I will go back to the Antique Socia few moments later, but before they came Dr. upon the darky. They gripped, and then fol-ety' s rooms and get ready for the trip. When Vaneyke made the joyous discovery that Frank lowed a wrestle which only terminated when shall we startr 1 was not fatally wounded. A strange interpo-both got so tired that further exertion was out "In t e n days." sition of Providence had saved his life. of the question. "Good! Do Barney and Pomp know of The bullet had struck a metal number upon Frank Reade, Jr., was soon himself again. "I shall let the m know to-day," the >i sor of his cap, which was set in a mon-The crank who shot him was never captured, "J;>oes anybody el s e know of ogram of brass. This, being quite solid metal, having made good his escape. But the guard "Everybody ought to. I gave the facts to a had diverted the ball, which had thus been about the works was doubled. reporter day before yesterday. I saw it pub-prevented from crashing into his brain. -Preparations were under way for the famous lished in tae newspapers." But it had coursed along his skull in a sav-trip around the world. "Indeed? said the scientist, deprecatingly. age manne r, plowing up the flesh and produc-Readestown was in a state of furore. Thou "I must confess to not having read the paper ing a concussion, which, while it might not sands of curious people from all over the conn for thre e days. Having a scientific problem on prove serious, was nevertheless most painful. try congregated in the town to view the ascent hand, I-" A diagnosis by the doctors resulted in the of the air-ship. Dr. Vaneyke did not finish the sentence. He decision that Frank would live. The office and Frank Reade, Jr.'s house was clutche d Frank' s arm, and gasped: He was removed to his home and kept in a beseiged by the reptesentatives of the press, "The re-C.-there Did you see dark room for several days. The effects of the each eager to interview the famous voyager. Frank was astounde d. The scientist's face concussion passed off and he mended rapidly. Of course there were the usual coterie-of peowas like marble, and he pointed to the yard Of course the departure of the Zephyr was pie begging the oddest klnd of favors. beyond the open door. delayed by this incident. A tremendous sensaOne old lady requested Frank to bring her a "See him 1 asked the astonished in-tion was created by it all over the country. small bit of the North Pole to place with her ventor. "What's the matter with you, Van-The newspapers had thrilling accounts of the collection of relics. Another wished the young eyke1" attempted assassination of the famous young inventor to bring her a shawl "right from The scientist partly recovere d himself, but inventor. Illustrations and long articles, deCashmere,'' while a third wanted'the autograph said, fearfully: scriptive of the Zephyr and the projected trip of the Sultan. "Heavens! If ever I saw murder in any around the globe from north to south were in Dr. Vaneyke was the envied of all scientists


4 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIRSHIP 'rHE "ZEPHYR." Part I. He could have hung himself with all manner of The poor woman went down on her knees. The air was dull and hazy, and there was a personal requests, but like Frank himself cold"God will bless you for it," she cried. "As strong concentration of tbe sun's rays on the Jy and ungenerously refused. he will punish the villain who has brought air-ship's deck. But the day before the departure 6f the this sorrow upon me." Frank Reade, Jr., and Dr. Vaneyke sought Zephyr, one request Frank Reade, Jr. Again Frank assured M:rs. North that he the cover of awnings, and began to study sev which went to his heart. would do his best to rescue Adrian. Then the era! important charts. A lady, slender and pallid and dressed' in affiicted woman took her leave much comforted Barney busied :.timself with the dynamos, deepest black succeeded in reaching the gate in mind. and Pomp kept at his post in the pilot-house. of the Machine Works. Here she held her This was only twelve hours before the depart-The first day passed without incident. With weary wait. ure of the Zephyr upon her wonderful voyage. the coming of night they were far abov(;l a As fortune had it, Frank Reade, Jr. came out Everthing had been put in readiness for the mighty body of water. by this gate. Her hand was laid tremblingly start. This was ascertained to be Lake Superior upon his arm. Stores and ammunition were aboard the airana the next day would see the air-ship well "Oh, sir," she exclaimed, in a voice so inship in great plenty. 'Barney and Pomp and into the British Dominions. tensely sorrowful and weak that Frank was Dr. Vaneyke were already domiciled there. Frank had decided to strike at once for Hud touched. "I beg you, save my boy if you can. The doctor was flooded wiLh letters and tele-son's Bay, and from there he would cruise over I know he is alive, my heart tells me so, and grams from all over the country, containing all towards Smith's Sound and the likely points to that he will come back to me. My pray.ers sorts of requests and suggestions, He filed find the castaway Arctic explorers. must be answered." them all away, it being impossible fQr him to Several days passed without any event of im" My good woman," said Frank, gently. "I give then::. his attention. portance occurring. do not understand you." But early in the morning an important mesThe air-ship kept steadily to the northward. "God bless you, for listening to a griefcrazsage came to Frank's house from across the At A mighty track of wilderness and. primeval ed woman," she cried, fervidly. "He will bless !antic. 'It bore the frank of the Swedish consul forest lay far beneath. you for that. Will you listen to my story and at New York, and was countersigned by the They were far beyond the boundsofciviliza will me," prime minister of Sweden, and was signed tion, and the air had begun to grow chill and Frank swung the gate back again and said: "Oscar, King of Sweden," Thus it read: sharp as they neared the northern latitudes. "Come inside. I will hl'.ltr you." "To-FRANK READE, JR., Manitoba and the lakes of Winnipeg and The woman followed with tottering steps. rised of the conWinnipegosis had been left far behind. One Frank led the way to the office. Here he offertell!plated tri.P the to south morning Dr. Vaneyke, who was on deck at an ed the woman a chair which YC!U will make rn your a!rShip, It has_occurred earlv hour sighted the distant waters of Hud to the king to request of you that you will devote Then he listened to a tale of woe which some ;part of valuable time in the interest of son's Bay. thrilled him suf!'errng humamty to make fl!r the Consulting the chart the scientist decided crew of the Government explormg ship Thor whwh "I am Mrs. William North," she said, in left Stockholm twenty-two months ago, and has not that they were nearing the mouth of the Nel f t t "I a a do a d my sole supbeen heard from since. The Crown stands ready to e am ones. m WI w, n pay you any indemnity for your trouble and will son nv r, port until within eighteen months has been my ever hold in grateful remembrance such a service, At this point it had been decided to descend son Adrian the nature of which mll.Bt appeal to. the heart pf and refill the generating jars with fresh water any true man. Signed, "He was noble and good was Adrian, and "OscAR." Also the doctor was desirous of making a few my great '_Vesley Hawke, scoun-Frank read this communication with inter-trips along the coast the interest of drel that he Is, ent1ced him away to sea upon a est. Truly, his trip, was already becoming inThere was not a Sign of human hab1tatw1 whaling ship, with the promise of large pay volved with several very important missions. visible anywhere as the air-ship settled dow1 and a share in the profits of the voyage. But this would only add zest to the voyage, upon a small hillock which was devoid of trees, The Sea Gull, a vessel owned in part by and he did not hesitate to answer, American-and from which a good view of the sea could Hawke, who was Adrian's codsin, as I may exlike, in this terse fashion: be had. plain, sailed. for the sea in quest of .. To OscAR, King of Sweden:-! will comply with As it was the month of June the summer of whales. When the sh1p returned, Hawke told your request. Yours truly, the North had not opened, and ice still fringed me that Adrian, while out with a boat in pur. "FRANK REA.DE, JR." the shore and snow was in patches in the suit of a whale, was lost in a fog and could not Then Fran:k to public square, woods. be rescued. the air-ship was Ill readmess for asBut the voyagers were all provided with warm "My grief you can imagine. But I have since censiOn. clothing and did not greatly mind the chill air. formed the belief that Adrian was the victim The Zephyr, a perfect beauty m symmetry Pomp was left on board the ship-while Frank, of a foul and villainous plot. and form, rested a temporary platform. Dr. Vaneyke and Barney started f9rth upon My husband's brother, a millionaire in the A band was playmg, a great crowd thronge_d an exploring tour. Yvest, had died a few years previous and left the square, and Barney and Pomp at They were soon out of sight, and Pomp began his property in trust to be equally divided beposts, and Dr. at the rail makmg to busy himself in the galley with his cooking tween Adrian and Wesley, when Adrian was farewell n?ds to utensils. twenty-one years of age. Hawke many times Frank kissed his and little boy go?d-by, "Reckon dar ain't much use ob keepin' guard had been heard to curse his uncle for not leav-and shook hands With a number of in dis yer fo'saken place," he muttered. "Dar ing the whole fortune to him. The bands played, the people cheered, and while ain't no peoples about yer fo' suah I s' d I believe his avarice and hatred led him to Frank stood at the rail and lifted his hat: Barfink I gets some ob my cookin' fo?: decoy Adrian into that fatal voyage. I cannot cast free the anchor cable, and m the So the darky kept diligently at work in his 'Prove this, nor would I care, if I could O!J.lY Pilot-house. lever which set the cooking quarters, wholly ignoring the deck. have my boy back again. I cling to the mad twenty helices m the next moment His mistake soon became obvious. hope that he is yet alive, and may be found the Zephyr mto the If there were no human beings who found somewhere in that terrible Arctic wilderness. ?'he eventful to be fraught habitation in that dreary solitude there were Oh, sir, I know that you have a good kind Wlth fearful expenences, was begun. other foes, and these were not slow to seize the heart. I have come here to ask of you if you opportunity to court an acquaintance with the would look for my boy, when you reach the CHAPTER III. air-ship. Artie. It is my only hope of his salvation." HUDSON's BAY. Pomp's first intimation of danger was rej She ceased speaking and the light of pleadUP mto the air leaped the Zephyr. In a few ceived in a startling manner . seconds she was two thousand feet above the . mg m her tearful eyes, went to Frank's heart. surface of the earth.' He was JUSt g1vmg the finishing touches to a The young inventor was not of the kind to The scene below was a hazy panorama. The pile of dough when he heard a lumberingtread resist such an appeal as that, so he quickly retown looked like a pigmy village, and the peo-in the passageway behind him and a tremend-plied: ple were but ficas in point of size. ous snort. "My dear madam, rest assured that you have For a moment the Zephyr hovered at this The darky wheeled as if upon a pivot. my heart-felt sympathy. I will certainly acawful height, then Barney set the propeller in ,The sight which rewarded his gaze would cede to your request. I will make it a point to motion, and the course was set due north. have caused him to turn a deadly pallor had cruise through the Artie quite thoroughly, The journey was begun. such a thing been possible. though I would not hold out to you any false All took a last look at Readestown. It would As it was he was a much surprised and ter hopes. I fear that you will never see your son be some time before they would see it again if rifled darky. again." ever. There before him, reared upon his hind legs,


Part I. FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELEC'L'Rlp AIRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 5 was a mighty specimen of the savage northern out delay, and not to make another stop until ment below Davis Straits, we could get home bear. At this latitude the bear, undoubtedly of the region of perpetual ice had been reached. all right." the same species as the white bear of the Arc-Accordingly the air-ship was once more rais"Do you know where you are now 'I" asked tic, boasts of shaggy fur of a course gray color. ed, and was soon sailing away to the north Frank. "Glory, fo' goodness sakes alibel I'se los", ward ove r the black waters of the big bay. "We have no idea." d e debbil hab done come aftah me," exploded As they went swiftly northward now, the "You re in Hudson's Bay." the terrified darky. "Ki dar, get away yo' ole waters began to undergo a change. Icebergs The two castaways seemed surprised. Then stuff. Take dati" and floes were encountered, and other eviOlsen shouted: In the fever of the moment Pomp seized a d e uces of a near approach to the Arctic re"But what sort of a craft is that, which can / pot of boiling fat in which he had been frying gions. sail in the air as well as the water? That is a doughnuts. The air became very piercing, but the voy-new invention since we left civilization." Quick as a flash he hurled its contents at the agers were well prepared for this. Frank The two castaways were regarding the air bear. Reade had provided fur suits for all hands, and ship with great wonder. The hot fat struck bruin full force fair in the these were now donned. But the rope now struck the ice cake. In a face. The result was most comical. It was the second morning after leaving the short time both were hauled aboard. Of course the hot liquid scalded the bear's south shore of the vast bay, when as Dr. Van-As they reached the deck of the air-ship their nose, mouth and blinded his eyes. With a eyke was standing in the bow of the air-ship, amazement knew no bounds. wild howl of pain bruin collapsed and tum-studying the horizon with a glilss, he gave a The mate, Strom, could not speak English. bled over backward in a mad heap, thrashing sharp cry. But the captain acted as interpreter, and sa tis about furiously in'his agony. Pomp was in the pilot-house. factory explanations followed. How the beast succeeded in doing so was a "What am dat, Marse VaneykeT' he asked. It was certainly a wonderful working of wonder, but he managed to get out upon the "Why it looks like a man on a floating cake Providence that the Zephyr should have struck deck. There to Pomp's amazement he beheld of ice!" cried the doctor, excitedly. the objects of its so soon. three more bears. "And it is," agreed Frank. "There are two But the two castaways were hungry, faint One of them had taken possession of the pilot of them. Bear down that way, Pomp." and wearied with long exposure to wind 'and house and began to investigate matters to his The darky helmsman obeyed. Nearer they wave on the ice cake. Ordinary men could not sorrow. drew to a large cake of ice floating in the black, have survived the hardships which they experi He put one of his huge paws full upon one of tossing waters. Upon it were two men, who enced. the heavily charged metal discs, and the next were waving their aims and shouting in a But Swedes are known as hardy sailors and moment was a most demoralized bear. transported manner at the sudden prospect of strong in constitution. Reared in a cold eli-His several hundred pounds of bear flesh was a rescue. mate, they were the best fitted to cope with hurled out upon the and judging:Uom the The voyagers on board the Zephyr were not the extreme cold. howls of pain, he had got the worst of the bara little amazed at flndingtwo men of their own They had found means of subsistence only gain. He picked himself up and sfid off the color in such a predicament in this out-of-thewith extreme difficulty. But affiliating for one deck of the air-ship in hot haste. way part of the world, and at once everybody's season with a tribe of Esquimaux, they had Meanwhile the bear whom Pomp had so curiosity was aroused. learned how to prepare and preserve dried harshly treated, was also beating a retreat Frank seized a long rope and flung it over meats, bits of seal meat and fish. w ildly toward the salt water. the rail. Fortunately, when exiled from their friends But the remaining two bears held the fort upon the ice cake, they bad plenty of this food brave l y They stood upon their hind IV. with them, and this bad kept them alive, aJ. 1 s niffed the air, and then espying Pomp started TH-E FATE OF THE ARCTIC EXPLORERS. though the supply was giving out when the for him. As Frank Reade, Jr. flung the rope, the airair-ship chanced to spy them. But the darky had armed himself with an ship came to a stop just over the castaways. The two sailors were completely wonder elephant rif:le. He fired one of the explosive The two men on the cake of ice were shouting struck with the workings of the Zaphyr. shells at one of the bears. themselves hoarse, and seemed in a delirium of Captain Olsen walked from stem to stern and It struck the brute in the shoulder and cripjoy. in a mystified way regarded the revolving hel pled him. But b efore Pomp could fire again It was easy to see by their general looks ices and the electrical machinery of the ship. the other bear was upon hi m. that they were not Americans, but Swedish "Upon my soul!" he exclaimed, in great won-The darky was not quick enough to get out derment, "I have neverseen the equal of this! of the way. They were clad in suits of fur and carried Why, there's no use of sailing the s_eas now. The bear's huge paw dashe d the rifle from his Esquimaux lances instead of fire-arms. Their It's navigation of the air we must all learn. hands, and another blow s e nt. Pomp tumbling appearance did not indicate that they had suf-When I get h6me I'll make the shift." end over end. fered long from hunger or been long on the "Ab, my good sir!" said Dr. Vaneyke, exThe darky was knocked clear over the rail of berg. p!anatively. "You are enjoying experience the air-ship and fell to tbe ground. The bear The air-ship was lowered, and Frank. swingaccorded to. but few men. This is the only air i n pursuit would have been upon him in an-ing the rope, sbou ship in exis.tence." ()ther moment, for the darky was stunned l;ly "Ahoy! do you want exclaimed the Swedish captain. "Ah, the blow. "Yes," shouted back one of the men in good well, the air will soon be fu11 of them." But suddenly a wild shout was heard, and English. "I think not," disagreed the scientist. "Mr. then followed a volley of rifle balls. "Who are Frank Reade, Jr., is the only living man who Bruin fell in a heap. One of the balls had "I am Hans Olsen and I was captain of the has the secret of the air-ship." -struck a vital and kille d him. good ship Thor until we were nipped in the ice, But Captain Olsen could not be convinced Dr. Vane:yke, Barney and Frank Reade, Jr., and the ship was lost. This is Gustaf Strom, that the world would not soon be over-run with came rushing up to the spot in great excite -my first mate. We have b!)en two years in this air-ships, and that the days of the merchant \ m ent. The other bears, however, had made off, accursed land. Six of our crew survive. We marine were over. and the excitement was all over. were separated from them and set adrift while The two castaways were made comfortable, Pomp quickly recovered and told the whole hunting on the ice-fi elds. We have not seen and then Olsen went into the cabin with Frank stOJi Y them for six weeks. In of humanity and located with Frank as nearly as possible "It serves you right for not staying on give us help." the location where he had left his companions. guard as I told you," said Frank Reade, s t e rn"What luck!" cried Frank, turning to his "It cannot be more than five hundred miles ly. Do not fail td heed'my ordeJ;S next time." companions. "These are a part of the Swedto the north," be declared. "We have wan Pomp, much crestfallen, returJled to the ish ship's crew which King Oscar asked me to dered for two years to the southward. If we galley. Barney stuck his tongue in his che e k look for. That captain speaks good English." are now in Hudson' s Bay I should say that my at him and grinned. Then be raised his voice : men must be at the present moment some-This made Pomp furious, and be muttered: "Have courage, Captain Olsen. We were on where near Cape Wolstenholme." "I'll jes' come square wid dat I'shman, any the lookout for you ." "Very well," said Frank. We will set our bow, jes' see if I don'!" "Were you sent for course thither." How Pomp kept his threat we shall see later "Not exactly, but we will see that you get Accordingly the's course was set in on. safely home," that direction. It was decided to cross Hudson's Bay with"If we could Upernavik, or any settle-The days were now becoming longer as they


6 drew nearer the Polar regions. 'The sun ran This was not an easy thing to do In warm iceberg, (for such it was) and struck it full lower on the horizon, and presented the phe climates it was very easy to rise above a storm force. nomenon seen at Stockholm at certain times of cloud, for the mild air would support life at a There was a terrific collision, and every man the year. greater height. w .as hurled from his feet. Five hundred miles was quite a long stretch But in this reg( on of great altitude the rarity Then darkness and stillness, broken only by over the broad, tossing waters of Hudson's of the air was so great that human life could the humming of the. dynamos, ensued. Bay, but finally land was sighted, and the cry not endure at a very great height. Frank Frank Reade, Jr., had been stunned by the went up: well aware of this. shock, but with an effort recovered himself and "Land ho !" And this ;was a very good and sufficient rea-crawled out upon the deck. The air-ship was soon leaving waters of son for his gredt alarm. He went as directly as possible to the search Hudson's Bay behind and crossing a part of the "Golly, Marse Frank," said Pomp, in an light. northern extremity of Rupert's Land. Soon undertone, as they came aboard the Zephyr. the ice bound Hudson' s Straits were seen "I done fink we'se gwine to hab a bit ob a CHAPTER V. ahead. blow." RELEASED-THE ESQUIMAUX BATTLE. Captain OlRen was at the air-ship's rail and "You're right, Pomp, said Frank in a FoR aught he knew the air-ship was a com-watching intently for. the spot where he had steady voice. plete wreck. The full horrors of the situation left his companions. "What yo use gwine fo' to do 1 Is yo' gwine dawned upon Frank Reade. The location of Cape Wolstenholme was eas-to stay yer, Marse He instinctively reflected upon the possi-ily found, and suddenly Olsen cried: "No," replied the famous inventor, decidbilities of such a contingency. "Ah, friends, there they are. God grant they edly; "that would never do. The best thing What a fearful fate was Thrown upare alive and well '' we can do is to run before it." on an ice-berg in the frozen north, with the airA collection of snow huts were seen on the Pomp received his orders and sprang into ship crushed and no means at hand of reaching shore of the ice hound straits. But there was the pilot-house. Barney was quickly at his civilization, the situation would indeed have no sign of life about them. post in the engine room. been frightful to contemplate. Captain Olsen and his mate walked up and The helices began to revolve and the ship But Frank would not believe that it was down deck in an agitated way. shot up into the air. quite as bad as this. ". I the wo,1;st !" cried the The propeller was run full speed in the effort Hope. ";as one of th'e dominant parts of his wrmgmg hands. If they v;;re allve they to out-run the storm. The air-ship flew composJtwn . would come out and welcome us. through space like a might b' d He reached the search-light platform and "Have no fears, sir," said Dr. Vaneyke, Of course there was no 1.Yttlen :sk th tturned the screw. The dynamo worked in a th b 1 h t 1 n 10 e a t f h" d e_y may e as eep or away on; un tempt. In the blackness it would not have promp as wn, ap m an mstant the whole This somewhat calmed Olsen s fears. _The been impossible to have misjudged the p berg was revealed in a noon-day glare of light. air-ship settled down and rested upon a field of height and have run full head into some The position of the air-ship was seen at a ice not far from the snow huts. tion of land or ice. glance. Then Frank Reade, Jr., with Barney led the Indeed, as the Zephyr was thus under full She rested between two wedge-shaped pin way the ground. Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke head Pomp was stationed in the bow as watch, nacles of the berg. Fortunately_ she had not remam_ed aboa:d the Zephyr. while Frank handled the steering gear. struck bow_ on, but rather had between Hast1ly the little party of rescuers made the1r How the wind did howl like a thousand dertwo pmnacles and there remamed wedged way toward the snow huts. vishes and the hail and fleeting snow cut like Immovably. befo_re they were reached, a chill forea through the thick skin suit of Pomp as Of course it stopped the machinery, a_nd bodmg, se1zed Frank Jr. He guessed he held his position heroically in the bow. the had disconnected the dynamos whiCh tl;le truth, even before w1tha few blows of an The ship was flying like a meteor thro h contmued to hum. ax, the ice cakes before the of the space. ug But as far as his investigation woul d permit, main hut were removed. 1 F k k th h Frank could not see that ship was hurt at The sight revealed was a heart-rending one. ran new at t e run could last forall. There, in a ghastly row, lay the decomposing eve;i The storm .w:uld soon shift Jts course A huge cake of ice had slid across the bow bodies of the six seamen. With a cry of sorthem or Already he and contribute<'! to hold the Zephyr in her row, Captain Olsen turned away, covering his e t e orce of the wm essen mg. place face with "his hands. The passengers, the two Swedes. Dr. The air-ship was simply held a prisoner upon Disease and starvation had overtaken the were well satisfied to remam 10 the the tip-top of the mighty berg." Truly it was a luckless sailors after the of their cabm. wonderful experience and a narrow escape. captain. The door of the ice hut was closed It was_ warm_ and Frank could have danced with joy at there and sealed. It was as fitting a tomb as could the rockmg of t?e aJrsh!p pre-alization that the ship was unhurt. have been erected, so the bodies were not disanythmg like ease of_ mmd. All hoped By this time the others had recovered them turbed. smcerelv for tbe speedy endmg of selves and came rushing out. When the situa Returning to the air-ship it was decided to But the hours passed and the ship still kept tion became apparent to them they were no less on proceed at once to the nearest settlement, on overjoyed than Frank had been. the coast of Labrador, and there the sur-Frank knew that they had covered several But though it was p lain that the air-ship was vi vors of the ill-fated Arctic expedition could hundred miles, and that they must be some-not badly injured, it was by no means easy to find transportation home aboard some sealing where along t -he coast of Hudon's Straits, or see how it was to be extricated from its present ship. possibly over the ice fields. position. But a strange darkness had begun to settle He was congratulating himself that the storm The berg upon which it rested seemed to be down over the region. Indeed, in a fe"\V mowould soon be past and the danger over, when stationary in the midst of a vast ice field. \ l I ments one could hardly see his hand before a thrilling thing occurred. However, nothing could be done until the him. It was tbe first real disaster of the trip, and storm was over, so all returned to the"warmt/"" The air became filled with cutting hail and a came in a sudden and unex?ected manner. of the cabin and made themselves as comfort-powerful wind set in from the northwest quar-Suddenly a sharp warmng cry came from able as possible. ter. Pomp in the bow. A few hours sufficed to terminate thll fury of Frank Reade, Jr. knew .well what an Arctic Frank heard it with a peculiar chill the storm. storm of this character was. Its dangers were Then straining his vision through the plate But the air-ship was a sight to behold. From not to be easily enumerated. glass front of the pilot-house, he saw a mighty stem to stern, from deck to helice shaft it was The temperature often went down in an white object just ahead in the gloom. coated with ice hour's time to thirty or forty degrees bel{lw It looked like a mighty mountain of white, The position of the ship could now be more zero, an intense cold, which few of the readers and might have been a cloud for its seeming plainly seen. of this story could truly comprehend. intangibility. But Frank, with a chill of hor-The possibility of extricating it from its What was more, the gale was of a terrific ror, recognized its deadly character. position was also easier to discuss. But how cyclonic character. The air-ship would cer He instantly reversed the propeller lever and to do it was a problem. tainly have a hard time in outliving it, unless swayed the helm, at the same time giving full The block of ice across the Zephyr's bow it could escape entirely by mounting upward to current to the helices. weighed tons. To remove it would require gi a sufficieht height to escape its greater force. But in vain. The air-ship was close upon the gantic power, indeed


Part I. ]<'RANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIRSHIP 'l'HE "ZEPHYR." But Frank Reade, Jr., was not long in devisfind that they were once more over the wijlest "A'right, Marse Frank." ig an expedient. part of Hudson' s Straits. Pomp to obey the order. The airFrom the hold of the Zephyr he brought However, there was no other way but to ship drifted slowly to the northward. forth a long cable made of steel wire. This make the best of it and set a course at once for This brought the trailing wire directls was a most powerful rope, and capable of sus-Labrador, or the east coast. through the middle of the contending force s taining a weight of tons. The air-ship was speeding along at .an eleva-The other end of it was connected with the d)' With extreme difficulty, Barney and Pomp tion of two hundred feet, when suddenly Dr. llflmos. succeede d in girthing the ice block with this. Vaneyke, who was in the bow studying the Frank had on. insulated gloves, however, s o The n a h eavy block was attached to a distant topography of the region below, gave a sharp that he was all safe. He drew the wire skill1 spur of the iceberg at the prope r angle. The cry. fully along-powerful electrical engine was called upon to "Frank, come here quick!" he shouted. The current which passed through the wire wind the other end of the rope about the pro"What is the matted" asked the young in-was of terrific force. The young inventor p eller shaft, in lieu of a drum. ventor, as he rushed to the rail. smiled grimly. This brought a tremendous strain to bear "Look down there! Do you !>ee that battle "Two pclints more, Pomp!" he cried. "Now upon the ice cake. At the proper moment going 'Vhy, they are hostile bands of Es-let her drift." Frank gave the order for the engine to start. quimaux, are they notr' All the voyagers were intently engaged in There was a tremendous straining and creak-Frank saw at a glance that this was the watching the move. N earer drew the live ing, and the ste el cable straightened. Then truth. Two bands of Esquimaux of hostile wire. slowly but surely the ice b egan to give tribes were engaged in a pitched battle on the A moment later it fell directly between the way before the powerful pressure. ice-plain. opposing forces. In their excitement they had Steadily and by degrees the ice block slid off There were over one hundred in the party, not as yet seen the air-ship or the wire. The the air-ship's bow. and they were having a hot time of it. It was effect upon them wholly baffies adequate de-The real extent of the damage could now be evident that none of them had seen the air-ship. scription. seen. The rail had b een crushed in .and a part Frank turned and shouted an order to Pomp of the bulwarks, but all this was damage which in the pilot-house. CHAPTER VI. a little carpentermg could easily repair. The air-ship was held in suspension above the INFORMATION GAINED-EASTWARD BOUND. Altogethe r there was good reason for con-plain, and the voyagers, with great interest, THE live wire fell directly between the con-gratulations over the succ.ess of the undertak-watched the battle. tending band of Esquimaux. ing. The only thino; now which barred the air"Whurrool"shoutedBarney, waving his cap. The result was terrific. In a flash men were ship's rising was the pressure of the spurs of "I'll me loife an ther gossoons with the picked up and hurled in opposite directions as ice upon either side. white bearskin hats!" if with the hand of a giant. Frank quickly_ solved this problem, He pro"Golly! I take yo' on dat, I'ishl" cried Pomp. Indeed, they were divided as if by the hand cured a live wire from the engine-room, which "But I'll bet yo somelin' mo' valuable dan of a Jove. Backward they were thrown in the he handle d with insulating gloves and very dat." wi)dest confusion. carefull) at that. '.' Phwat's that, naygur But even, then the true cause was unsuspect-This he .xtended along both sides of the air"I jes' bets yo' fifty cents, !'ish." ed. The air-ship was not seen nor was the Jive ship and brought it in contact with the ice. Everybody laughed at this sally, and Barney wire. The heat of the electric current being given made a vicious movement toward the darky. '!.'herefore, both parties returned to the at-the right circulation, made the wires red hot But the fight now was assuming the propor-tack. and its contact with the ice melted it away in tions of a terrific battle. The Esquimaux had But in closing again, they came once in its connection with the air-ship, so that in a no .fire arms, but they wielded their spears and contact with the wire. This time they saw as very short space of time water was pouring in bows and arrows with great fury. well as felt it. a torrent over the bow and stern of the ship. Numbers of dead and wounded were strewed Hurled-back as with a giant. hand, those of In less than an hour the Zephyr was freed upon the ice plain. How the affair might re-the Esquimaux sufficiently composed so to do, from her icy f etters. Amid cheers she once more suit it was difficult to say. followed the direction of the mysterious wire soared aloft. The advantage did not seem t() lie with with their eyes. "Golly sakes!" cried Pomp, cutting a pigeon either. Each seemed to be decimating the num-Then they saw the air-ship. The effect was wing on the deck. "It am drefful hard work bers of the other in equal proportion. It look-magical. to beat Marse Frank when he sets out fo' to do ed as if they might fight "until both bands were Nothing could have given the ast9unded Arc a thing, dat am a facl" literally wiped out. tic natives such a fright. Utterly demoralized "Begorra, that's so," agreed Barney, slyly One band wore helmets or caps of white fur, not a man of them stood his ground. putting out his foot. and this distinguished them from their oppon-They broke and fled in the wildest terror. The result was that Pomp's pigeon wing was ents. They displayed unusual courage and Not until distant ice hummocks sheltered them brought to a disastrous conclusion. The dar tenacity for Esquimaux. did they pause. ky's feet became entangled and he fell on his my word!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, "those Each band had fled in an opposite direction. nose raising a big bruise. fellows are unlike most of the Esquimaux I They were now far apart, leaving quite anum-But Pomp was on his feet in an instant. ha'!'e seen." ber of their dead and wounded upon the plain. He was not going to be beaten by the sky"Ah, sir!" exclaimed the Sweedish captain. "Wonderful!" cr;ed Captain Ols en, clapping l!trking_ of his friend if could help it. "I have lived among them. These are. not his hands.. "Why, Mr. Reade, you could whip Hi dar, yo' !'ish muff," he yelled. "I jes' like the natives on the coast. They are very the navies and armies of the world with your pay yo fo dat, an' don' yo' fo'git it. Look nut fierce and war-like, and always fighting with appliances. Simply send down a lightning dar!" each other." bolt and kill them off." Barney llttempted to" look out," but he was "'-''ell," said Frank Reade, Jr., "if we Jet "That is one reason why I would never di-not quick enough. 1 them fight, they will eat each other up in vulge the secret of my air-ship,'' declared The darky lowered his head and came at the short time." Frank. Celt like a steam ram. Taken fairly in the That would be a small loss to the world at "Indeed!" -\ stomach, Barney went over a tenpin, and large," said Olsen. "Unscrupulous parties would no doubt take \for several moments made vam efforts to re"I think I would stop it, Frank," adjured :Ur advantage of it to conquer defense le s s and cover his breath. Vaneyke. harmless peopl e and, much injustice and misery Pomp had his revenge 'in good fashion. Bar"Very well!" could be wrought." ney would' not have submitted, had The young inventor went into the cabin. "You are wise in that forethought, Mr. it not been for Frank Reade, Jr., who peremp When he c ame out he had a coil of strangeReade," declared the captain, impres siv e ly, torily put an end to the affair. looking twisted wire. "but there are f e w who would pursue the' con The Zephyr, r e l ease d from the iceberg, now One end of this he flung over the rail of the servative course you do." set her course once more to the south-east. air-ship. "I believe it is the best for myself as well as But the storm had carried the air-ship fur-Down it went, uncoiling as it fell. As soon as the world at large," said Frank, quietly. ther to the north than had at first been sup-it struck the ice Frank went to the bow. "Pomp, lower the ship." posed. "Change the position of the air-ship, Pomp," The darky pilot obeyed orders and down the Mighty fields were a11 about them, and he, tersely. Steer slowly two points to ship settled until it rested upon the ice plain. upon taking bearings .!!'rank was surprised to the north." Then Frank Reade, Jr., with Dr. Vaneyke I


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP 'rHE "ZEPHYR." -.., Part I. and Captain Olsen disembarked and went to as interpreter, and also doubtless knew the Then Frank, the first to recover, made quick the relief of the wounded Esqui_maux. country well. action. 'l'hose who were alive watched the wonder Therefore he was pleased when the Esqui He sprang into the forward cabin. Off from ful visitor from behind distant ice hummocks mau nodded his head eagerly. this was the magazine, and he quickly seized and wondered do doubt not a little upon their "Yes, me go. Gib Mayvayo fire-stick he an electric bomb. real character and mission. go." He was upon deck again in a twinkling. But Frank paid little attention to them. His "All right," agreed Frank. "You shall have TIJe wolves wonl

rart I. l!'RANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIJYSHIP THE. "ZEPHYR." 9 state of the wildest confusion l)ond excitement.l After a time they ventured to approach the "Hold on, Pomp! Close lever No.4. Let the They were seen running hither and thither in air-ship and were communicative and evident ship go down!" the utmost of terror. ly social. All rushed to the rail at this startling com-Theair-ship no doubt to them was synony"Well," asked Frank after awhile," what do mand of the young inventor. The cause was mous with the supernatural, and their superyou make of it, Mayvayo Does he know any quickly seen and a sensll1t;ion created. stitious fears fora time got the best of them. thing about young Just below was a defile between two icy Theair-ship settled down and rested upon the Mayvayo's face shone in its rotundity and peaks. In this defi!e a single of a snow in the center of the igloo villa e. goou humor as he made reply: sledge was m a deadly wrestle w1t h an . .g Y ees, meester. He can tell allee about enormous wh1te bear. But an EsqUlmau was m Slgbt. .Th.ey young man. Him seen him here." The bear had evidently pounced upon the __) had all m terror sought the cover of thelr 1Ce "Good!'' cried Frank. "Is he here now' l" sledge traveler from some retreat in the pass. r huts and did not venture forth. "No," repli e d the Esquimau, It was a close hand to hand struggle, and the ' Of course the voyagers could not help but "Where is he'1" bear seemed in the supremacy. Pomp headed 'him off, and the Celt was obliged to seek another1 quarter for safety. This led him toward the galley and the cook room. Pomp was close behind, and there was not time for him to change bis course. Straight for the door he ran. But as he crossed the threshold retribution overtook him. laugh at the comical state of affairs. But "No knowee where he am. Go way off data The dogs were tearing and snapping at the Frank said to Mayvayo: way wif dogs, an' no come back." big brute, but with no effect other than to irri" Call your people out and talk with them. :M;ayvayo pointed to the eastward. tate him. \ Do you This -was all that could be learned. Adria!\ Frank had seen the sledge traveler's peril,' "Ay, sir!" replied Mayvayo, quickly. "I had been at the Esquimau:X: village but a few and also that he was a white man. vill do dat." weeks before. :of course the famous inventor was disposed \ So the Anglicized Esquimaux interpreter to go at once to his relief. tepped down from the air-ship's deck and do17: :d sled;e for As the air-ship settled down the white man shouted loudly some lingo in the Esquimaux eas d egan 0 as 1 e ques was to e looked up and saw it. style. a ran om one. At first his face showed astonishment and He repeated his words several times before Frank did not dally at the Esquimau settle-then delight. any answer came. Then from one of the huts ment. He had lea ned all he desired to know, Then he shouted hoarsely, and Frank made an Esquimau crept tremblingly out. land the Zephyr was soon again on its way. reply: He answered Mayvayo in a guttural voice. But exciting adventures were close at hand. "Have good courage! Hang right on and Thelatterarguedwithhimforsome while. The Zephyr was sailing on at a fair rate ofdon'tletthebeareatyou up. We'llsaveyou." The result was. that gradually the natives speed over the snow-covered wastes, when "All right," replied the traveler as he made came out of their seclusion and seemed to gain Frank suddenly turned to Pomp in the pilotredoubled efforts to _hold his huge foe off. The courage. ,house and shouted: air-ship struck the ground


10 FRANK REA DE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC .AIRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." In an instant Frank Reade Jr. and Barney When he had finishea the meal he felt much Both Barney and Pomp wanted to open fire went over the rail. refresh e d and exceedingly jubiliant in spirits. on thetn. But Frank restrained them. Both had their rifles and rushing up to the He enga(';ed in conversation with Frank, and "They may be friendly to us," he declared. bear, Barney fired point blank. The shot was thus occupied when a startling incident" It 'vould be murder to kill any of them ex struck the huge brute under the shoulder. oc curred. cept in self-defense." 1 It p enetrate d to a v jtal spot, evidently the Frank had neglected giving orders to Pomp "Frank is right," declared Dr. Vaneyke. heart, for the bear reeled b ackwards and fell to raise the air-ship and to continue the jour"Better wait and find out first whether they in a limp h e ap. ney. Suddenly the darky rushed in, in a very are friends or foes." The next moment Frank and Barney were excited state. "But be any wan kin see that at a shaking hands with the s tranger. "Marse Frank!" he cried, breathlel)sly. "Dar glance," averred Barney. "Divil a wan av thim 'o "Yes, I am Adrian North," he r eplied in an am a hull milyun of quee r lookin' p e opl e jes' but is arrumed.'' swer to Frank's queries. "You are from civa-comin' fo' dis yer ship, and dey am de worst"All right; said Frank, coolly. "Be you all ilization. Tell me of my people. I am an est lookin' peoples I ever did see." in readines s. If I find that they are enemies I Ame ri can." -Are they Esquimaux Frank, springwill give the order to fire." "Your people our prog res s ing," replied ing to his f eet. The strange people had come to a halt a hun Frank. "Arnerica leads the world." sah, dey am no_t. De;; am de curiousest dred yards distant. 'You are a Yankee 1 people I e ber They seemed to be holding a co'lsultation. Y es ." Then raise the s htp, cne d Go up Frank walked to a conspicuous position at the "But-what wonderful invention is that one or two hundred feet. Just htgh enough h' te . . , s 1p s s rn. whtch satls m the atr? for safety. He saw that these natives of the Arctic if "That is the air-ship Z eyhyr," :replied Frank. before Pomp could execute the or:der such they were were not of the Esquim;ux "It is an invention of mine." there was a thundering report and the air-ship t ' "Ad h kf t tot ype. n you--was s 00 rom s em s ern. Their skin was of a lighter hue, their features "I am Frank Reade, Jr." I more r egular in contour and far more intelli-Adrian passed a hand across his brow in a CHAPTER VIII. gent; But in this respect they were much thoughtful !flann e r. BACK TO CIVILIZATION. more to be feared. "Ah, I remember," he said, suddE\nly. "You FRANK READE JR. went down m a heap For their methods of warfa:re would neces a r e an inventor. I have heard of as_a with that shock, but 1:\e was onip had not been idle while .ship." "They must be enemies!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. Frank had been parleying with the foe. "You are very kind," said Adrian, with emo"And yet they are not Esquimaux. They had drilled a hole under the ice pinnacle/ tion. "I trust you will get your reward some "Still'they seem to be natives1of this region," and inserted a small charge of dynamite. This 4 dar .ventured Captain Olsen. it was hoped would shatter the ice and they I ..,o not speak of that,'' said Frank. I ani "Certainly." would soon be able to clear the deck and 1 not working for such a thing. The conscious"A new race of people, perhaps." leave the pass and the savage foe behind. ness of having helped to right a wrong is reward "It certainly seems so. We have at least Just as Frank finished his parley Barney d i s-enough." made a discovery. This may be of interest to charged the dynamite cartridge. They were at the moment in the cabin. science," said Dr. Vaneyke, thoughtfully. There was a sudden concussion a shock and Adrian was making the most of a comfortablll "Exactly.': the huge ice pinnacle tumbled into pieces.' repast set before him by the skillful cook, "Be jabers, I'm thinkin' it's a moighty bad Some of these rolled f rom the deck of the PtliBp. discovery fer us the same," put in Barney. ship and .some remained on the deck. Those It had been a long time since too Aretic cast "Kidar !'ish, you'se jus' about right," chimed remaining of such size as cemld be handled away had tasted such fare. It is needless to In Pomp. "Dey am de worstest-looking people were quickl y r olled from the deck. :say that he enjoyed it. I eber did see." Everybody caught the inspiration of the mo


Part I. FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 11 ment and worked liked beavers to clear the Then the Zephyr once 'more set out for her Barney let the dirty wet rag fly at Pomp. ship, voyage around the world. This seemed her The darky was unable to get out of the way It was judged safest and best to avoid, if pos-only mission now, but thrilling adventures quick enough, and it took him fair in the sible, any conflict with the strange natives. It were in store in the near future, and a new mouth. was not by any means improbable that they series of incidel)ts were close at hand even The dirty water filled his mouth, and for a might overrun the ship, and, getting the upper more exciting than any yet experienced. moment choked and blinded him. He pulled hand, massacre all on board. the dirty swab from his face and, mad as a hor-Their numbers were vastly greater, and it CHAPTER IX. net, rushed at Barney. would require a hard and stubborn battle to ovER THE NORTH POLE. But that nimble practical joker, though con-beat them off. Bes ides, great loss of life might DuE north the Zephyr's cours e was set now. vulsed with laughter, dodgM and started for / :result. After a time the ice fields and glaciers of the the cabin. So with the greatest of effort the voyagers frozen latitudes were once more encountered. But Pomp headed him off, and the Celt was worked to relieve the ship of its burden of ice. But. the Zephyr had nothing to stop here obliged to seek another quarter for safety. A fortunate delay in the attack of the strange for, so the air-ship kept on toward the North This led him toward the galley and t)le cook natives gl>ve them the time. In fact so well Pole. room. 1 and quickly did they work that just as Barney Soon they were in the region of the long day Pomp was close behind, and there was not was blowing up the remaining spur of the ice which lasts half the year round. Many beauti-time for him to change his course. Straight pinnacle the attack came. ful sights were seen, many phenomenons witfor the door he ran. But as .he crossed the Frank rushed into the cabin, and when he nessed. threshold retribution overtook him. emerged he had two ejectric bombs in his To describe all of these would fill a mighty Inadvertently Pomp had left a sack of flour hands. volume. opened just at the threshold, The darky had TheY. were an invention of his own1 and dead-Therefore the writer will not attempt .to do meant to empty it into a bin in the cook-room, Jy engines of warfare. He quickly hurled one that, but simply pass over the journey to the but had been called away upon some other. Qf these up the pass in the face of the motley North Pole, and bring the reader to the island duty before being able to do so. crew. 1 of Nova Zembla and thence to the Siberian As a result, at the threshold Barney ran The result was fearful to witness. settlements near the delta of the river Lena. against this, The bomb exploded with a great A One day, all were on deck, and passing over He stumbled and fell in a heap over the sack. perfect wall of fragments of ice rose in the pass a Russian settlement in this extreme northern In some manner it became entangled in his and directly in the faces of the attacking par-land of the greatest empire on earth, when legs, and the flour fell over him in a white ty. Frank Reade, Jr., exclaimed: cloud. It checked them, Bfd the next moment Frank "We are now in the land of despotism and Ears, eyes, nose and mouth were completely to Porn?: ,, of anarchy. doubt these_ settlements are filled by the thin, powdery material./ In fact, Ra1se the ship, Pomp. made up of exiles from Russia, poor unfortu-he looked like a white mountain as he Jay in& "A'right, sahl" nate fellows whO have been consigned to a fate heap with the flour piled on top him. Pomp rushed into the and tu_rned than dea_th, times through the in-Pomp came to a halt on the threshold. His an the The a1r-sh1p rose qu1ckly of law. ger vanished, and he thought no more of re a huge btrd. The effect upon sav-Rtght! crted ?r Vaneyke .. I alvenge. Convulsed with laughter, the darky. nat1ves was wonderful and comiCal. ways been heartly m sympathy wtth the S1berfairly rolled over in his merriment. They fled up the pass in the Wildest of terror. ian exiles." I Barney crawled out from the heap of flour he sight of the air:ship heavenward "Look!" cried Frank, "Does nGt sputtering, mad and disgusted. He made a v 'as too much for \thetr superst1twus fears. that look some mmes in that range of dash at Pomp again, but .at this moment the The voyagers stood safely on the Zeph!r s hills1 Yes,.you can see the laborers as they go electric gong rang" on deck." deck convulsed with laughter at the conncal into the tunnel." This was a signal which could not be disres lght below. This was true. garded. But it remained in view but a few brief mo A of men, in the garb of the Porn started for the deck and Barne roll:lents. The Zephyr's course was set to the tan connct were totlmg at the mouth of a deep d dPt h k th fl f h' lf y tph t . . cee e o s a e e our rom 1mse so a 1t was speedmg rapidly rome. . . he could do the same. a. way the dtrectwn of the coast. Near were sold1ers on guard and When Pomp appeared on deck Frank and Adr1an North paced the deck exCitedly. It the conviCts was a powerful, brutal lookmg D V k t th 1 Th' d t to him that he could not speed home Russian, with a knout or whip of knotted ropes b r._ aney e t tee ral ey seeme 0 . e m a very exc1 e s a fast enough. m h1s hand. "P .. d F k t th il t h After all the years of solitude and of suffer-With this he might at his pleasure castigate d cried go 0 e P 0 ouse . th A t t h h f th t h h d'd t be th an wal or or ers. mg m ll rc IC was es e was gomg orne. any o e wre c es w o 1 no o y e 1ron A' ht h ., It was a charming realization and a happy commands. p ng b' sad. d t th d . .. . omp o eye an m a momen e or er hope. It was a tnt1aule s1ght to wttness, and the t 1 th h' For days the Zephyr kept to the' southward. voyagers gazed upon .it with deep sympathy e: t k h th Then one morning the dancing waters of the for the unfortunate ones. t' 1 e. ethwo sk-y ar ersFwerke advtDng V etr At! b M f th 1 h d bt b rue 10n m e coo -room, ran an r. an ant1c urst mto v1ew. . any o ;peop e ave, no een eyke had been accorded a most thriiling spec Along the southward coast the au:-shtp held extled for the shghtestof offenses," satd Frank. t 1 its way until the shores of Newfoundland "Ah, the despotism of monarchy." ace. were reached. "Be jabers! talk about yez Russians," ex-Gazing down the r?ad _they Here, safe and sound, in a little port, Adrian ploded Barney, they're no worse off than the had seen man, clad m_ conviCts a North, Captain Olsen and Gustaf Strom, the Irish to-day, On me wurrud, av it wasn't for horse furwusly over a r1dge. Behmd h1m were Arctic wand!lrers, were allowed to aUght. England the Irish people wud be the proudest a score of mounted Russian soldiers. With tears of joy and warm expressions of on the face av the eart.h." "It is one of the exiles, and he is trying to \ gratitude, they gripped hands in farewell with "G'way dar, Potnp. "De !rank. Frank Reade, Jr. cullud people am JCS' comm to de front eber You are agreed Dr. Vaneyke, May \ They could not but regard him as the bene since ole Abe Lincoln proclaimed de emancipa-he succeed!" . . factor of their lives; their rescuer from certain tion fo' de slaves." At they m:came m death in the frozen latitudes. "Bejabers, the n3ygurs ain't in it with the the escapmg conviCt and h1s race for hfe. It was like a transition from the Valley of Irish," retorted Barney. "It's nothing but The soldiers wer_e evidently his life, for Death to the bright, happy sunlight of the black-skinned monstrosities they are, anyway." at every opportumty for an a1m they fired at world of life, and they could not help but feel "Ki dar, I' ish, don' yo' say nuffin agin de hitn. grateful to their preserver. cullud people. Dey am better dan de po' white "That is cruel!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. "Must They took a final farewell with Mayvayo, trash I'ish, any day, my wo'd fo' it." we see the poor fellow shot down in such a bar the Esquimaux intarpreter, of Barney and "Whurrool" yelled Barney, jumping up and barons manner7" Pomp, Dr. Vaneyke and Frank Reade, Jr. pickingupawetmoj>fromthedeck. 'It'san "Itisinhumanl"agreedFrank. "Butwhat :Mayvayo had decided to settle again in civil-insult to ould Oireland yez are givin' me, yez can we do7" ization, and did not return to the Arctic with niisfit black monkey, yez. Take that an' see The two men exchanged glances. the Zephyr. how yez Ioike it fer yer imphudence." It is an act of mercy to save that life," said


12 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE ''ZEPHYR." the doctor, seriously, "Why should we not ity of an American had intervened to save one recover. I may as well tell you that you are do it?" poor victim from the despotism of acruei Czar. aboard the air-ship Zephyr, and that none of "Do you think they really mean to take his The four voyagers were now wholly oblivious your foes can reach you at present." life?" of the action of the soldiers below, giving their "So kind, monsieur!" cried the exile in a "Of course, they never spare the life of one whole time to the resuscitation of the rescued fevered way. "Accept the everlasting grati-escaping convict. To attempt to make an es-man. tude of Myles Zalinska. Believe it, I am an cape is death." As he lay senseless upon the air-ship's deck honorable man, though an exile to Siberia." "Horrible!" he seen to be a man of more thanordinary "We will believe it," replied Frank; "but "So indeed it is. But, such is Russian de&intelligence and refinement if the features were you must not exert yourself at present. Keep potisru." to be accepted as an perfectly calm and sleep for a while." "We may not have the right to interfere." In spite of his tattered prison garb he was The exile, who bad called himself Myles Why not 1 Has not any one the right to seen to be a man of wonderfully handsome fig-Zalinska, bowed his head and then complied save human lifer' ure and the general bearing of one by closing his eyes. "But this man may be a murdered" to a mode of life above the common-place. In a short while exhausted Nature had as" It is not likely." His age could not have been past thirty. serted itself and he was asleep. Frank was irresolute but a moment. The "Mercy on us!" exclaimed Dr. Vaneyke, The air-ship had, during this time, remained air-ship was going in the same direction as the "what do you suppose they exiled this chap motionless a thousand feet above th,e earth. horsemen below. for? He dont look like a criminal." What was going on down below nobody Of course the Zephyr had no trouble in out"Neither do I believe him to be such," de-knew. speeding the horses. Then Frank made up his clared Frank. "If I am any judge of human Pomp advanced to the rail to look over. The mind. He rang the gong which called Pomp nature, he is a gentleman reared." rattle of fire-arms was heard and the darky on deck. "So say J." reeled back. The race between the escaping prisoner and [have heard of many cases of people in high "Glory fo' goodness!'l he yelled. "Ise done his pursuers was becoming very close and ex-standing being sent to Siberia through the evil got hit dat time." citing. machinations of political or social foes." This was true. Frank gave tHe order foP the air-ship to de"There is no doubt of that." A stream of blood was coursing down the scend until a couple of hundred feet above the "This may be such a case."' darky's face. earth. "I am inclined to believe it." In ali instant the others had sprung to At this moment the prisoner and the pur"But we shall not know until we have sue-Pomp's side. But the darky did not fall. suers as well caught sight of the air-ship. ceeded in resuscitating the poor fellow. Ah, he "Och hone, it's kilt entoirely he is," cried All showed great surprise, but none of the shows signs of life." Barney, in distress. horse& were pulled up. The prisoner seemed to Frank had washed the blood from his face, "G'way dar, I' ish!" cried Pomp, waving his become more terrified, while the soldiers look-and the blow was shown to be but an abrasion arms. "I jes''t one bit hurted. It am jes' ed upon the air-ship as some new invention of of the skin and a slight concussion. a lily bit ob a scratch." the Czar's, and consequently in sympathy with There was no fracture, and no doubt but that This was true. The bullet had fortunately them. the temporary effects of the wound were but a just burned the skin frqm the darky's fore But sudden! !I" the horse ridden by the pris-spell of unconsciousness. head, making a flesh wound of little conse-oner seemed fo give signs of flagging. The Atthlsmomenttheexilebegantoshowsignsquence. soldiers pressed ferward. of life. Meanwhile the soldiers were firing rapidly Frank smiled grimly and then threw a long He moved his head, his eyelids quivered and into the air. coil of wire over the rail. his lips moved. \ At that height the bullets reached the air-He donned a pair of insulated gloves, then After a moment he opened his eyes and look-ship and pattered like hail against the meta connected the wire with an adjunct of the ed about him. He was too weak for a moment bottom of tbe Zephyr. dynamos. In a. moment a powerful current to move, but he managed to whisper: "We'll soon put an end to that," said Frank,. was seething over the wire. Where a.m I 1 What is 'this?" grimly. He into the cabin. When he Down into the roadway fell one end of the :But he spoke in the Russian tongue and emerged he held in his hand a small bomb. wire. none on board undel'stood this. It was of his own invention, and the nature The hvrseman did not sec it, but suddenly "Phwat did he say?" queried Barney. of its construction was a secret of his own. they met with a.n astounding sul'prise. "Shure, it sounded loike Eyetalian." Frank had several kinds of electric bombs no As they came in contact with the wire, horses "He spoke in his native tongue,"said Frank. board. One was of a.n explosive and most were prostrated, riders thrown and stunned "I don't know it and we are up a stump if he deadly kind. into insens'ibility. cannot speak French." But this was one. composed of a powerful Those behind fell over thosll in front, and in The famous inventor at once bent down and chemical substance, the overpowering fumes of a twinkling the whole troop of soldiers were replied iii French. which would either drive back or stupefy an brought to a halt in a demoralized heap in the "Pardon, Monsieur! We do not know the army of men. middle of the road. Russian language. We are Americans, Do The famous inventor had no desire to Then Frank sprang to the pilot-house, and you speak French r' slaughter the soldiers below. It would have wit)l his own hand directed the course of the lnstanly the exile's eyes lit up quickly. e been an unnecessary taking of human life. air-ship. "Oui MonSieur!" he replied. "I talk French He went to the rail and threw the bomb The Zephyr settled down like a bird. Just a.s well as my own tongue. I am then among over. \ at that moment the horse ridden by the ecaping friends?" It went out of sight in a twinkling. Only convict fell. "Depend upon it," declared Frank, earnestly. one more volley came from the soldiers, and "Where-where are the soldiers?" then the voyagers looked over the rail to be-CHAPTER X. ."They are a. thousand feet beneath us at Phis hold an amusing spectacle. DEFEATING THE SOLDIERS OF THE CZAR. moment." The entire body of cavalry were in scattered DowN into the road settled the air-ship. The Th!il exile looked puzzled, but pressing one and full retreat. prisoner thrown from his horse lay in a stun-hand over his aching brow, he muttered: The bomb had struck the earth, and explod ned heap. "Ah, I can see it now. The reeking, filthy ing, the fumes had proved far too powerful for The Russian soldiers had not yet recovered mine, the brutish slave-driver, the bastinado! the foe. themselves from the effect of the deadly wire. Ah, to think that I should come to such as this, The way they made off was most amusing Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney sprang from and through thE) villa.iii.y of l'I}Y bosom friend." as well as surprising. the air-ship's deck. In a moment they had The voyagers heard every word IJlainly. All In less time than it takes to tell it they were lifted the senseless form of the exile aboard. understood French and knew what the exile far beyond range. Barney and Pomp laughed Then just as the recovered and came had said. uproariously, and even Frank and Dr. Vaneyke thundering up the air-ship shot up into the air. Frank looked up significantly. joined in the hilarity. Up it went for a thousand feet: The a.s"I knew it," he said in an aside; then he ad-As the position was not a safe one it was de-tounded and enraged soldiers could do nothlJ:lg dressedJ;he exile. cided to change. but shake their fists and swords a.t the air-ship "You must not exert yourself until your This became all the more imperative in the and yell in impotent rjtge. strength returns. Have no fear, you are among fa<;t that a detachment of artillery was now Their bird had escaped them, and the human-friends. You can tell your story when you seen coming up the road from the town. \ / /


Part I. FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 13 This suddenly swung into position and the "But my eyes have not deceived me and I ately recognized as an enemy to the Czar and next moment a shell came flying through the have witnessed injus tice and wrong which I promptly sentenced to be shot. air. am sure could not have been done under the "One night, coming home at a late hour It exploded just the right of the air-ship. voice of the peoi?le. from an evening party, I was set upon by a The shock was tremendous. "Yes, Russia is a great nation, but it is un gang of masked men. The Zephyr pitched and leaped wildly and der a cloud. All theprayersofherright-mintl"Before I could beat themoffi was rendered seemed likely to be turned clean over like a ed people have not succeeded in righting the unconscious by a dl:ug. When I came to I was ship a.t sea. matter as yet." lying half naked in the gutter. But she managed to retain her equilibrium "Have courage," said Frank, "the day will "I was not badly hurt and made my. way fortu ate ly, though pieces of the shell shot come yet." home safely. But not until I arrived there did acros s the deck and all around her. "Which is my hope and prayer." I fully understand the full meaning of the at-Fortunately, however, she was not struck. "It will be granted." tack upon me. Frank Reade, Jr. and Barney were prostrated The Zephyr was now fully two miles in the "Then I discovered upon my left arm stamp upon the deck and Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke air. The atmosphere was chilly and raw and ed In black indelible, and never to be removed, were badly shaken up. overcoats were brought from the cabin. the Jette r Z." As for Zalinska the exile, he was awakened did not giv e directions to start the Zalinska with this rolled up his sleeve above and so thoroughly startled that he sprang up propeller. The air was still and there was lit-the elbow joint. and came rushing out on deck. tie danger of drifting far. There, plainly enough stamped upon the "My God l What has happened, monsieud" Frank had no notion of l eaving the vicinity white skin, was a perfectly formed but ugly he cried, wildly "Have we fallen to the of the Siberian mines until after he had had"" looking Jetter z. consultation with Zalinska. "You can see it friends "he declared "and "No," replied Frank, quickly, "the enemy The exile now seated himself near the rail. you can imagine upon s ent a shell after us that was all. Go back to The others grouped about him, and there, two the discovery. your bunk as as you can." miles above the earth he recited a thrilling tale I was wholly at a loss to understand it. It Pomp had sprung to the pilot house and to his rescuers. seemed as if it was a trick to make me a turned lever No. IO. The airship went shoot"I am an exile from my native land," he said member of the z society against my will. ing up through space. with a ring of sadness in his voice. "Few of I was deeply angered. !thought In a very few moments it was far beyond the you perhaps know what that means. of calling in the police. :each of rifle balls or cannon shot. "If you were in place, however, you would "The n it occurred to me that by so doing I The foe fired shells repeatedly, trymg to understand my feellbgs ld b 1 t' f t M t reach the air-ship, but they might as well have "There is no punishment equal to banish-would he doln by coudr 'tmdg my a e Y s ory 1 . wou ar y e ere 1 e spared themselves the. trouble. ment. It IS we! to say that the world IS wtde "No, I told myself it would be safer far to The Z ephyr far beyond range and the and there IS room for all. keep forever quiet on the subject. I did not voyagers the tlmesafe. go bew "wBhu1.cthonwtehcae onthe r hand there IS but one land dream of the real purpose of the villains who But could not be mduced to truly feel at home and truly had so foull branded me. low deck agam. be happy. y "That is the land of our nativity among the I went at once to and told her all. She CHAPTER XI. 1 f k d d f b th Th' was horror struck and at once threw herself peop e o our own 111 an o our u ts t THE EXILE'S STORY. is indisputable, 111 0 my arms. . . . "'Let us leave the country' she crted. 'We "I AM am all r1ght now," he declared firmly "I was ha_PPY m my fam1ly IS of will be safer in some other 1 feel sure I cannot stay below there any longer. I feel the noble s t 111 Rus s1a. One year ago I was high th t t d k h t l'f . a L 1s a ar sc eme aga111s your 1 e. the need of a.u. 111 the favor of ?zar and of my "But recklessly I refused to view it in that "But you should not over exert yourself," "But populanty IS a f atal procllvtty 111 Rus-l' ht ' said Dr. Vaneyke in protest. sia. It was not long before this was well de i h th t I d f I d "I feel quite sure of myself," declared the monstrated to me. la d a nee ear, e exile with a smile, "have no fears for me, "I formed the acquaintance of OlgaRavetsky, ct tootlhts Cy, ey can never prove me a f d h h db t f I te d rat or o e zar. nen s. . . prmcess 111 er rig t an eau 1 u n er 'Oh you do not know the extent of the He arose and went to the rail with qmck, and true. , fi t "w f 11 1 'th h th 01 d 1 vlllamy abroad, my love pleaded, I fear for rm s ep. e e 111 ove w1 eac o er, ga an M 1 I f f Certainly this seemed to bear out in his and we engaged ourselves to be married. It yo,?'y [ Ies, d T d declaration. Nothing more lie said under was the most sublime moment of my life. : T:oul tto Z e 'd wo ays the circumstanejils. "Our engagement was announced. It was passe e e er ye remame upon my Myles Zalinska gazed from the deck of the not then that I learned of the. existence arm. air-ship upon the country below, and then Q[. a rival. effort of would remove it. In vain clapped his hands in seeming transport. "Ivan Mykowsky, Minister of the Interior I tr1ed to accomphsh that end. For the first "Wonderful!" he cried, transferring his gaze and near to the Czar, had formed a liking for fear seized me when two o(. the Czar's officers to the swiftly revolving helices. "Nothing in Olga He had once proposed to her and had came to my house. the line of inventions can surpass this. Truly been rejected. "They had a requisition. for body from you Americans are a wonderful people!" Infuriated to learn that I was the success-the Czar. There was no disobey111g the royal "I am glad that you have so favorable an ful suitor, he would not rest easy until he had mandate. impression of us," said F .rank with a smile. schemed for and won revenge. "I was obliged to go with the officers. It How can I help cried Zalinska, with "He registered a black o th that Olga Ravet-was then that I began to thoroughly under-earnestness. "You are the most wonderful peo-sky should never be mine. stand the game. ple on earth!" "He took pains to insult me at an evening "Led into the. presence of the Czar and "Russia and America have always been party. I challenged him and a duel was ara couple of magistrates, I was closely quesfriends." 1 ranged. about my connections with the Z so" True. Russia is a great country, but it "By superior sword play I disarmed him and ctety. cannot compare witli America in many points." held his life at my mercy. Had smothered "Thi m my P!lrson was searched and one of Indeed!'' said Frank, politely, "that is a my merciful disposition and run him through, the officers bared my ana. Alas! there was the frank statement." all my suffering since would have been spared. telltale brand. "I mean in form of government more es. "But I gave the wretch his life. I made the "In vain I tried to explain all. I told the pecially. Russia is ruled by despotism, while mistake of my life story of my experience, and how the brand in America the poorest peasant has his say in "Instead of gratitude and repentance, he came there. public matters." only conceived greater hatred for me. Very "They listened respectfully, but only laughed "We are proud of our form of government," soon he had a villainous plan afoot. at my protestations. I was sentenced to be said Frank, "and !agree with you that Russia "In the city there was a Nihilist society shot at paces. is sadly by despotic rule." known as the Black Z'R, Their emblem was a "I was thrown into a dungeon that night. "Understand me," said Zalinska, impressive-black letter Z stamped upon the arm. The next day I was led forth upon the field to ly. "I am not an anarchist, and I have always "Whenever a man was arrested with the l etface a squad of soldiers. been a faithful follower of the Czar. ter Z stamped upon his arm, h e was immCJdi-"But just as the death line was drawn u p,


FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELEC'l'RIC .AIR-SHIP THE Part I. a cOurier rode onto the field. He had ames An artiller:y volley w:as fired into the air, but truth av it. Iverywhere yez go yez will find sage, which was read aloud. none of the shells came near enough to the Irish workmen in the United Sthates. Av "Olga was a dear friend of the Czarina, and Zephyr to do any harm. ye'll take a census av the min what built thim through her frantic influence the death sen Morning came at last. foine cruisers av Uncle Sam's, yez'll.foina that tence was commuted to banishment to Siberia. To those in the fort below the Zephyr looked Murphys, an' McGuires, an' Mcintoires, an "Before I left Moscow a note reached me like a mere speck far up in the blue ether. ,-O'Sheas predominate. Av it ain't the Irish from Olga, in which she protested her love, and With the coming of the day Frank was people what upholds Ameriky it ain't no declared that she was coming to Siberia to share quick to hit upon a plan of action. other." the exile.with me. It was decided to descend and take a good Everybody laughed at this convincing argu-" I 'have lived in that delirious hope ever since. survey of the fortifications of Plousky. Then ment of Barney's." If it were not for hope, truly the heart would the air-ship was to set out toward Moscow. "There's no doubt about the number of Me's break. Upon the Siberian thoroughfare, always and Murphys in tbe laud of the free,' said "I have never ceased to believe that my vin thronged with exiles and officers of the; empire, Frank with a laugh, "and they seem to be in dication would come, and that I would secure it was hoped to find Olga in her pilgrimage creasing all the while." a full pardon. to the place of imprisonment of her lover. But Pomp's eyes gleamed roguishly. He was "But I believed that m:y only chance lay in No one was more excited or wrought up over bound to turn the tables upcn his friend and escape. That was why I slippe d the guard and the matter than Zalinska himself. fellow joker. was rna king for freedom when you came to my He paced the air-ship's deck with feverish "Huh !" he declared; "dat don' stan' fo rescue." interest, and It seemed as if he would go mad nuffin' tall. Jes' yo' pause to reflec', !'ish, dat The exile paused here, somewhat in fatigue. with excitement. when dey come ob e r to Ameriky d e y come to a The air-ship left Plousky and was soon sail differunt land, an' d e y am !'is h l?eople no mo', CHAPTER XII. ing ov e r the Siberian plains to the westward. but American citizens It am ..y conside1ed the lack of courthe air-ship, keeping watch of the country be "Let me see. Did you not say that Olga was tesy upon the part of the guards. low. about to make her way to Siberia to join you "Bejabers, they moight be a bit more ci'l'il," He lived in the constant hope of seeing the in your averred Barney, positively. "Av' we sarved cavalcade in which his love Olga would "Yes.'' thim right wed give them a bomb or two as visible, swing into view. "Perhaps she is here." wud blow thim to smithereens:: After a time the air-ship hung over high hills "Ah! that was the hope which led me to es-"Golly, am a suttin' fac', I' ish,'' agreed broken by rocky passes. cape from that horrible mine.'' Pomp, rolling his eyes upward. "I jes' would Through one of these passes the Siberian "If she can be found we will take her aboard like to do dat fing m'self.'' highway led. Suddenly the exile's gaze became the air-ship," said Frank, kindly. "Then we "It wouldn't do,'' protested Frank. "Don't tixed upon a scene which gave him an awful will put you down in any part of the world you you even fire a rifle at them. The United of horror. \ \ \ I' may desire." States would have a Russian war on its hands For a moment he was tempted to throw him-/ Will you 1" cried the exile, eagerly. "Oh, at once.'' self over the air-ship's rail. you are noble and kind. May God bless you So the two faithful servitors were obliged to In the pass were a handful of men, in the cen for this.'' content themselves with simply disparaging ter of whom was a lady mounted upon a pranc The discussion ended here for' a time. Dark comments upon the incivility of the Russian ing black horse. ness was fast coming on, and the air-ship was bear, and the undeniable ability of the United In the rear was a small pack train. allowed to descend into a warmer atmosphere. States to whip Russia out of her boots. It was evidently a party of travelers, a'1d Here it was allowed to drift, for it was _n_?t "By golly, yo' jes' see what a navy Uncle they were defending their lives against a party desired to leave the vicinity of Plousky, wbich Sam am gettin','' declared Pomp with dis of robbers o; brigands, half a hundred in num-was the name of the Siberian town. tended eyeballs, "It am jes' a good one yo' ber. The night passed without incident. kin bet." As it seemed, there could be but one result. Once Frank turned the rays of the powerful "Be jabers it's allowing to the gude ould The brigands seemed to have the upper hand, search-light down upon the fortifications be Irish stock as has gone over to Ameriky from and the travelers were certain to succumb. low. the ould sod,'' declared Barney, positively. This spectacle alone was enough to fire the He saw the sentries give the alarm, heard the "Hul! l what yo' say dat fo'1" snapped Pomp. ard11nt and chivalrous blood of the gallant Rusreveille, and saw the men rush to quarters. "Bekase it's so, nagur. Wud yez luk at the sian exile.


p / Part I. FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELEC't'RIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 15 But the sight of the lady in the center of the With an effort Zalinska composed himself. The air-spip ,was now right over the inn. bodyguard was what thriUed him the most for But he paced the deck like a maniac, as 'the From its decks it had been quite easy to see all. in that moment he had recognized her. air-ship's course was directed over the forest in Frank did not make use of the searchlight, It was Dlga Ravetsky. The young Russian quest of the aHductor. for the moonlight was bright enough for all princess seemed brave and self-possessed in the No further attention was paid to the brigands purposes. midst of her awful peril. or the cowardly body guard. Strange enough, none of the inn people saw She even directe. d in a cool and plucky man-None of the latter seemed disposed to go to the air-ship in the sky above or were aware of ner the movements of her hodyguard. The fight the rescue of their mistress. In fact, they wei-e its presence. which followed was a bitter one. turning about to beat a cowardly retreat in a Frank had decided upon a plan of action and But the appearance of the air-ship put a new homeward direction. now caused Barney lower the alir-ship. face upon matters at oll;ce. The air-ship passed over the dense forest, but There was an open field not far from the inn Frank Reade, Jr., and Dr. Vaneyke gazed no sign of the abductor ll'nd his prize was to be and into this the Zephyr descended. But as down upon the thrilling scene for a moment seen. soon as the air-ship touched the, ground Zalins with the keenest of interest. The most assiduous search was made. It ka without a moment's warning leaped over Then Frank turned and shouted to Barney to was impossible to alight anywhere, the trees the rail and rushed toward the ihn. lower the air-ship. were so thick in foliage. The next moment he vanished into the yard. The huge propeller was reversed a trifle, until The forest was a large and dense one, cover-Frank was furious and vainly called to him to the air-ship was directly over the spot, then it ing many square miles. The air-ship povered return. began to descend. over it for some time in a futile quest: "Reckless fellow!" cried the young inventor, The appearance of the air-ship above the All this while Zalinska was in a terrible "he will spoil my plans. It don't look now as ignorant brigands had a startling effect upon frantic state. if I should succeed." them. He begged piteously to be allowed to deHowever, Frank deputized Dr. Vaneyke to For aught t4ey knew this was some terrible scend. But Frank knew better than to permit remain guard upon the air-ship. Then with engine of warfare sent by the czar to punish him to do this. Barney and Pomp heavily armed he descended them and terror seized them. The exile was in a distracted and irresponsi-to the ground and started for the inn. The battle was broken up for a moment, the ble sta!je of mind. The little party from the Zephyr had entered brigands beating a startled retreat. It would have been almost suicidal for him to the inn-yard when they heard the sound:of loud This seemed a desirable po\nt scored in favor have aescended inj;o the midst of his foes. They voices from the main room of the E-tructure, or of the travelers, but now to the dismay of Za-would quic)dy have cut him down. what would be properly called the office in the linska the body-guard also seemed to become Night was coming on rapidly. American hotel. impresseq with the same superstitious fear as It had been a futile quest for the robber chief A window was near and the three voyagers the brig

16 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR.'' Part I. nave sought to cut him out .and the lady went other, recoiled and a black oath of surprise It generally ended in a duel qf some sort, and with me of her own free will. He seeks to dropped from his lips. this mode of settling grievances was counte make me black in your eyes, but I am an honThe red beard and false wig did not suffice to nanced by the law. orable man." hide his identity from his uncompromising foe, 'Let them fight it out," said one bewhisker Who are asked one of the crowd. the man he had wronged, Miles Zalinsli:a. ed Russian. "I am Alexander Mavsky, of Irkutsk, and II "So you know me f' he hissed. A love affair! Bah! we never quarrel over am a fur trader. I can prove to-morrow in a '\Yes," replied Zalinska, rigidly. women on the Steppes," sail! a Cossack, in dis-hundred ways that I am an honorable man." : How did you gust. Penetrating eyes were turned upon Zalinska. "By the aid of kind friends, who are also for "I'll wager a kopack on the one who wins," 4 The latter' s face was mobile. eigners:" said another, derisively. \ "More than that," continued Mavsky. "I "Ah, they have dared to interfere with jusBut Zalinska was deeply in earnest when he could tell a l arger lie than my rival here and tice in the realm of the Czar--" declared that he would square with which would yet come nearer the truth. I "Hold! They have to thwart. in h'is foe. In a twinkling he had grasped the bridle rein of her horse, and thrown him upon his haunches. Then before Olga could recover herseif, the daring brigand boldly and skillfully plucked her from the saddle bodily, and in spite of her struggles was awa;y: up the mountain sid,e. might denounce him a'l an exile, just escaped justice anQ. give a wronged man a chance to He threw off his short jacket and drew a from the mines of Plovsky." avenge his wrongs. Ah, fate bas brought this dagger. He bar!ld his firm right ;trm and said, Zalinska's face still did not change. all about, Ivan Mykowsky." resolutely: It was steel-like in its rigidity. There was "Don't flatter yourself, dog!" hissed the vii "If you a;e not a coward you will meet me, an odd light burning in his blue eyes. He lain, with a sneer of triumph. "You have in Ivan Myko'wskyl" looked Ma vsky through and through. a in .h:re.t A of ."I am not a coward, as I will prove to you!" ) "HJdl"h 'd' 1 t t' t e zars1sno enverss 1san,an amescr'edMko sk 'thforce 0 esa! m a ow ra mg_ one, senger will quickly bring them. Then back to 1 Y w 7 WI Do not blacken your soul w1th more lies. I th b k t th 1 l'f H h h 1 He drew his own dagger and faced Zalinska. k It t th t h uld e mmes, ac o e s ave 1 e. a, a, a. now ?ou. IS passmg s range a we s o back to feel the weight of Ivan's vengeance!" The villain was an adept in the use of the knife, .,. meet m thts manner. So I know all. You "Never!" cried Zalinska, with power. .. Be and believed that he could master his hated have come all this wav to Siberia to accomplish fore I go _I will square accounts with you." foe. by force what you could not by foul schemes. The crowd had listened to all with but one Zalinskaknew that he was fighting for his Ah, your day of retribution is at hand, Ivan sentiment. ,... honor, for his freedom and for Olga. Mykowsky, for, see, I know you. Ah, it is a The high words and accusations, the tftreats There was a deadly resolution uppermost in kind fate which has thrown us together in this they all regarded as bumcombe. This was an his breast. He would submit only when death manner and I bow to it. Before we part this affair. of Jove between jealous rivals. should claim him. time we will settle accounts forever,'' Such affairs were common in that semi-bar Such resolution, backed by so keen a senti I Ivan Mykowsky, for the robber chief w!l.s no baric region. lnent of right, was sure to win.


Part I. ]<'RANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC .AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR. 17 But at this moment the proprietor of the inrr CHAPTER XV. caped exile! Seize him, guards! It is Zalinska, appeared. Very affably but firmly he said: THE DUEL-TABLEs TURNED. the Nihilist! I salute you, Marowsky." ."I cannot permit blood to be shed in this B I M k k d th The lieutenant of the mines turned his head G 1 . 1 fi h UT van y ows y rna e e greatest m1s room. ent emen, 1f yon w1l g t, please seek t k f h. l"f and saw Zalinska. In an instant six powerful <.he ard a e o 1s 1 e. a . Y . Had he fought the battle out as warily as he sol Iers were upon htm. Good enough! crted Mykowsky, hghtly, h d b 't th l"k l"h d th h Poor Zalinska fought desperately but was .. 1 t h . a egun 1 ere was a 1 e 1 oo at e e hus avfe the optendatdr. Therke be a! might have won. overpowered. He was led to the steps of the ter c ance or you o o ge my m e, var e B t z 1 k h d b 1 d 1 d coach and faced the stern old lieutenant. "y h II d th d d d z .. k u a ms a a een p aymg eep y an ous a o e o gmg, averre auns a, 't' f t th ht t t "So!" exclaimed that dignitary givinoo _, dl "I h d wat mg or JUS e rtg oppor um y. ,., 1 uetermme Y am more t y. It Zalinska a sweeping glance. "You are the "So let t be" came now. 1 . As.Mykowsky charged upon him with full fellow who gave my guard such a desperate The cro" d was now wrought up to a htgh f z 1 k ff ted t t t. w h race You are Myles Zalinska 1" . . orce a ms a a ec o re rea 1t a pttch of mterest. Affatrs of blood w111 always M k k d 1 "I have no desire to evade the fact" replied cater to the Siberians' taste, and now that they sazvagl e Y odwtsh y mtat eka flolrward. Zalinska bravely th t th 1 h a ms,.a parne e a ac s 1 u y, and saw a e nva s were 111 earnest, t ey were "th d t f h "But why did vou try to escape1 Don't you d 1 te t d wt !Ln upwar movemen o ts nght arm eep Y m e threw Mykowsky's dagger hand up in air know that. an exile has never yet thwarted the Wagers wf'e even made upon the result, and Th. d th .11 S 'f '. Czar's will1" the crowd st:ood ready to applaud or deride, as : ;1 dam. WI t: .the hght"Better death than the awful life in that I the exigency might demand. lllllt gMask agger was nven deep mine replied Zalinska proudly "I am a . m o y ows y s st e. Out mto the mn yard they went. S kl th' d th t th Russian and I can die" o qmc y was ts one a e villain Frank R eade Jr., and Barney and Pomp h dl 1 d 't t'l h f It th Marowsky, the stern old. lieutenant turned . d th th ar y rea tze 1 un 1 e e e pang as the h h JOme e rong. . dagger leaped out of the wound. is ead a moment as if affected by this reply. The looked at them w1th 1dle mter-He reeled back for an iustant faint and over-When he turned back, he held an official-est, but d1d not a_ddress them. come. looking document in his bands. Mykow!:lky's The contest qmckly began.. In that instant the realization was u 011 him face was livid in its revengeful hue. Frank felt that he had no rtght to mterfere. tb t h b te P "That's tight! send the dog back to the Z 1 k h' ter d t k h' a e was ea n. a ms a was 1s own mas an oo ts It te 'bl t d dd d mmes,' he htsscd. "Give him the bastinado. th was a rr1 e sensa 1011 an rna ene chances m e contest. h' b d 11 1 w h' ._ He sought the hfe of the Czar." 'Ih d tm eyon a contro. 1t a wolf-hkehowl e young mventor realize that thiS was d th d t' f b te h h d Marowsky turned upon the wounded wretch h R 1 i d an e espera 1011 o a ea n man e rus e t e uss1an sty e o omg busmess, and .he had f 1 Z 1 k almost fiercely and said no right to demur. agam urwus Y upon a ms a. Who are you'?" . . But at that moment a shrill feminine scream Of course h1s sympathtes were w1th Zalmska. t th E b d t d b "I am Ivan Mykowsky faithful servant of "B b Ih th .11 d wen upon e atr. verv o y urne to e, e Ja ers ope e gossoon wt o htm up h ld th 'II" ht the Czar. brown,'' muttered "If I only had the 0 a n mg Stg Marowsky motioned to hi& soldiers. roigbt, I'd moighty quick help him to do that Down the steps from the mn came the beau "Pla ce that man under arrest," he said. same." ttful figure of Olga Ravetsky. "What 1" gasped Mykowsky. "What 'b.o "Pooh! don' yo' go gittin' yo' blood up, !'ish," _The young girl had recovered from drug you mean, lieutenant 1 You arrest me7" said Pomp, wiLh a grin. "Yo' wouldn' be in it gtven her by Mykowsky, leavm_g Yes," replied Marowsky, grimly. "And l wif dem h eavyweights." room had come down to the mn yard JUSt m you will understand all when I read this im" Begorra.l I'm in it wid ye, naygur, any time time to see the close of the deadly duel. perial message from St. Petersburg .:yez may say," retorted Bar,ney. Distraught she rushed for and directly "This is an order of the Czar extending full But before they could badger further, the between the two combatants. pardon and restoration of estate to Myles Za conflict b egan. Mykowsky reeled back with a curse. He linska, wrongfully convicted of wearing the Zalinska at first stood upon the defensive. staggered and seemed about to fall. lette r Z and bearing allegiance to the Nihilist He met the attack of his foe coolly and deter-But Zalinska caught the form of his love in society of that name." minedly. He managed to repel his attack with his arms and strained her to his breast. "It is true!" howled Mykowsky, "he is the greatest of ease. "Olga, my own!" he cried, rapturously. guilty." Like panthers the two combatants faced each "Victory is mine, and we are united never to ;, He is innocent," thundered Marowsky. \ other. be separated again." "What is the proofT' 'l'hey edged about the ring, each looking for Then he turned to Frank Reade, Jr., who was "Here 1 the dying confession of Peter Laan opening. At the slightest move their knives at his shoulder. donsky, the wretch whom you hired to kidnap would meet in mid-air, and then they would "You, kind American, have promised to take and brand Zalinska with the Nihilistic sign." close. us to some foreign land where Russian despots Mykowsky reeled back with a gasp of horror. But so skillful were both in the dagger duel, do not hold sway." The game was up. that for a time neither drew b'iood. "I will pledge myself to do that," replied "Ladonsky has confesse(l !" he whispered. Then in a swift onslaught Mykowsky man Frank, warmly. "But is not our position one" Curse him I May he rot for that. Curses on aged to bury his dagger in the flesh of Zalinska's of danger here 1" him for his treachery." forearm. "It is. We must leave at once and--" All this Zalinska had heard like one in a A shout went up from the crowd. But Zalinska paused and. a ghastly pallor dream. The lieutenant of the mines now This seemed to decide the contest. It did not overspread his handsome face. The sound of a handed him the document. seem possible that with a disabled arm Zalinska bugle was heard, and into the inn yard rolled "This is the imperial pardon," he said. could conquer so desperate a fighter as Mya coach drawn by eight horses. "You are a free and favored subject of the kowsky. Behind the coach as escort rode half a hun-Czar once May God be with you!" The latter's eyes glamed with evil triumph. dred soldiers of the Siberian guard. A cheer went up from the crowd. Zalinska He alrlady looked upon the victory as his. Zalinska recognized the -pompous, se'>ere turned to Olga, who looked up into. his face groan escaped the lips of the voyagers as featured officer in uniform who reclined Rmong with radiant eyes. hey saw this. the cushions. "The clouds have clearP-dl" she said, sweetly. But Zalinska, without a moment's hesitation "God protect us!" he cried, dismally. "Oh! "This i!! the reward of fidelity and righteou!; c .ange d bis knife into his left hand. Olga, we are lost. It is the lieutenant of the ness. He seemed as undaunted as ever, and calmly Plovsky mines, Marowsky. He will know me .. And this of love," he said, as he caught her fac e d his antagonist.' Several passes were and I shall go back to servitude!" in his arms and kissed h!)r. made, and he appeared to be as skillful with his "Never!" exclaimed Frank, in an undertone. Then both turned and thanked Frank Reade, left arm a s his right. Come with me, quick. The airship is near at Jr., and Barney and Pomp for their kindness. Mykowsky was so confident of victory that hand." "I shall be restored to my palace in Moscow," be charged upon his antagonist. In doing this Imbued with, sudden hope, Zalinska seized said Zalinska, "and you have my cordial in vi be believed that with one fell swoop he could Olga's arm and turned to .flee. tation to visit us there and stay with us forever 1 win the fight, and down hio adversary. But Mykowsky, half reclining upon the pavif you like." ings of the inn yard, saw the move and his vii Frank thanked them warmly, and promised lainous face was distorted with insane fury. .to call if he ever chanced to visit the Russian "What hoi" he shouted. "There is an es metropolis.


lS FRANK REA DE iJR. 'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." -Part I Then, with Barney and Pomp, he returned to buoy it up. But such a calamity did not "You shall have the opportunity," said to the air-ship. occur. sincerely Dr. Vaneyke listened to the recital with Barney and Pomp, being under cover, were "Thank you!" great interest. all right, but Frank and Dr. Vaneyke on the The Zephyr crossed the Altai Mountains. "Upon my word!" said the sci entist, that is air-ship's deck came in for a terrific bit of Certainly it had never been the good fortune a romance in real life, and a thrilling one, too. treatment. of any man before to view this wild region as I am glad that the tables were turned so neatly The y w ere buffeted and lashed by the cutting it was now viewed in its entirety by our vo;ron Mykowsky." clouds of sand. agers. How the vill!l-in fared thereafter or any of the Indeed, it was like a knife, and their clothes It would require volumes to describe the, others, the voyagers never knew. The y were a were half torn from them, while hands and scenery and the sights which were revealed t<> 1 few moments later a thousand feet in the air, fac e s w e re badly lacerated by the keen blast.. them. All were prone to admit tha t the Rocky aud l e a ving the scene rapidly. It was always Several times Frank reckoned that he must Mountains of their nativ e land ha.d nothings<> p:r:esume d, however, that Mykowsky eithe r succumb In despair and be hurled into eternity. wild and picturesque as this central part of die d or w ent into exile, and Z alinska and Olga But a deadly desperation caused him to h a n g Asia. .< m arried' h a ppily. on pluckily. At times they desc ended and explored some The Z ephy r contmued on to the southward The storm could not last forever, howe': er. fastness or hunted for wild game. and throug h C entral Asia. The Steppes in all How the air-ship live d through it the voyage r s But the y were c areful to avo i falling into. their wildness lay beneath the m for days. were nev,er able to fully understand. any great p e ril The y were fortunate in this Finally came .in sight of a mighty range But that. she c ertain, else the incir espect, and no incident of thrilling sort occur-of mountams dents of th1s story could go no further. Sudred until after the mountains were crossed. The Altai Mountains, said Dr. Vane yke. denly light brpke upon the vision of all, the Then they came to a 313ction of 'country which "Beyond them we shall enter Outer Mangolia: Zephyr took a series of quick upward leaps and seemed to be inhabited. To the southeast we may hope. to ente r Ind_ia." w ent f a r up above the storm. There were evidence s of human life, but none The words ha!'l barely left the learned smenFrank and the doctor crawled from beneath of the people were visible for some time. That tist' s lips, when from the desert below a strange, a h eap of sand near the rail. they were nomads and barbarians of the low-yellow cloud of sand seemed to and struck Barney and Pomp appeared on the scene from est type there was no doubt. the Zephyr's k ee l. the cabin. Suddenly Barney who was in the air-ship's In an instant the air-ship was in the midsh of The was a sight to behold. Deck and bow gave a shout.' a mighty whirling of sand,,al: was dark rigging_was_Ioaded with_ fine sand: "Wud yez Juk at the J oikes a:v thim 1" he ness, and the a1r-sh1p seemed tumbling through The a1r-sh1p was now m the br1ght sunhght shouted. "I niver seen peopleloike thim afore space At thai awful moment not one on board and shooting into the upper currents of the apiri all me loifel" believed it pos sibl e to escape alive from this mosphere. Dr. Vaneyke was at once by the terrible storm cloud. But below there could yet be seen the hailrail. ing, tumbling currents of the sandspout as it He was sure no be interested in a matter of , CHAPTER XVI. hurried across the desert. this kind. ""_Glory fo' goodness!'' cried Pomp, "Upon my word," he declared, "they are OVER CENTRAL ASIA. D1d a!ilybody eber see de beat ob dat l Am 1t barbarians of a singular type!" SWIFT as lightning had been the coming of not a drefful fing, an' Marse Frank an' Marse Below upon the plain was a group of nonde-the sand-storm. It was a phenomena quite Vaneyke jis' look at dem 1" script beings. common in parts. "Begorra, wud t?at they had been Less shar and ex erienced e es would have Two confhctmg currents of a1r meet and through the Cr1mean war!' cned Barney. 1 d th p t p 'ld b t y f th create a vacuum. Into this the sand is whirled "I feel as if I had got the' roughest shaking cd asse d wl 1 h wk. 1 edas s, orf eby . resse en 1re y 1ns ms an were o a rut1s and assumes fnghtful force. up I ever got," declared Dr. Vaneyke, smcerely. b 1 th h t Very often these" sand spouts" travel the "I wouldn't go through it again for anything.' east Y appearanceh lfrhougdoud.. b d b k b d F l.k b They were some a un re m num er an desert for m1les only to rea upon some o "The same here! cne ran ut we are d' h h. d' ject and bury it perhaps a hundred feet deep safe now and going to Heaven too fast. Shut were mdg t 'teh aflr-s lp m a won ermg d ff d B .. manner, tmge w1 ear. m san. o spee, arney. "L th h B .. 'elF k "L t The air-ship therefore was in a frightful po-"All right sorl" ower e s lp, arney, sal ran e I . ' . us take a nearer look at them.'' Sit wn. . Barney mto the and The ship was lowered until within twa hunOnly oli.c thmg saved 1t versed the hehce lever. The alr-Sh!Jl ceased 1ts dr d f f h th At the moment that Dr. Vaneyke had sight-upward flight and began slowly to settle down. 1 0 t e th \,e "fi d b b ed the Altai mountains and declared that Frank and the doctor were obliged to adjourn t IS wa_s 'ld e t e arlans Outer Mongolia was beyond them, Frank to the lavatory, take a bath and make a com-sl'kar eh .awtaytlhn e WI fes 01 rrofr.t ey ran b 'd 1 te h f 1 h' 1 es eep o ecovero acumpo rees. Reade, Jr., was Y hiS St P e c ange 0 cot mg. But sufficient opportunity was given the doc-But Barney was m the pilot-house and Pomp As for Barney and Pomp, they were employed t te d th 1 't" d . . tor o no own e1r pecu 1an 1es an perm the engmeroom. Almost as qu1ck as the all the rest of the day m cleanmg up the Zephyr. 1 f t y ello \ v cloud arose Barne y had seen it. It was no light amount of work to r e lieve the sona ea ures. Quick wit upon the Irishman's led him deck of its load of sand, and also to clear up "Probably they are as near to the type of the to r e alize the dange r. Instantly he passed a the delicate running gear of the air-ship. primitive man as we will be likely to find in lev e r and sent the current full force into the It required hard work all that day and part these days," he de9lared. "Their homes are h e lic e s. of the next. The air-ship was brought to the probably in caves And dugouts even as were Whil/3 t)le force of the helices was not suffici ground while this was being done, near a liberal those of prehistoric man.'' e n t to o vercome the power of the storm it yet spring of wate r. .Why, then, might not our scientists come had its effect. The country about was wild and desolate. here to make a study of prehistoric life?" asked The air-ship was whirled about like a top, Wild beasts had roamed the hil'ls; panthers Frank. 1 and hurle d and buffe t e d hither and thither as and wolves and vultures of terrific size soared "I see no reason why," replied the doctor. if it was but a bit of light cork upon the ocean constantly above the air-ship. "In fact, it would be my first move if I wer waste. By noon the following day, however, the air-active in that direction.'' But whenever the I slightest lull came the ship was ready to go ahead. The air-ship once more went forward up helices gave the Zep)lyr an upward shoot. It Rising a thousand feet, its course was set to her southeastern course. was thiSinfluence, slight as it. seemed, which the south-east. Frank consulted the chart of Suddenly, as the ship sailed over the summit undoubtedly saved the air-ship from destruc-Asia, and decided. upon a course directly over of a a wonderful sight was spread tion. Outer Mongolia, and thence across to India. out to the view of the voyagers. Madder and more furious the storm waxed. "I think we will find more to interest us this For the distance of many miles a valley, fer Great sheets of flying sand swept across the time in India," he declared. "It ia but a short tile and rich, extended before their gaze. deck from stem to f\tern. It was that this while since we took a trip across China.'' In its very center was a large city, with material would clog the helices that Frank "I agree with you!" delared Dr. Vaneyke. streets and av.enues, and mighty buildings of feared. "Perhaps I will find a little time for archreoquaint architecture, and all built of a strange, In such a case tbe air-ship would undoubted-logical research among the ruin s of temples brilliant carmine-hued stone. ly fall to the earth as s oo n as the storm ceased and cities there.'' The co l o r was not that of brick, b u t a much


p Part I. FRANK READE. JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 19 more brilliant hue. Evidently the stone was The avenues were broad and paved with commenting upon the beauty of the vari-col-of a kind peculiar to the region. square slabs of crimson stone, 'There was no ored stone. But the spectacle was one of most wonderful evidence that they had been used for wheeled Everywhere the doctor secured a specimen. glowing sort. None on board the Zephyr vehicles. He was in high spirits, and kept up a constant had ever seen the like before. Camels and asses were undoubtedly the vehi-stream of talk. "The most beautiful city in the world!" cried cles of conveyance used, and the public square But Barney was not the kind to feel deeply Frank. "The Crimson City! Truly it is a in the days of 'the city's prosperit must have interested in such matters. wonderful sight!" : furnished a wonderful panorama of Oriental His was more of a prosaic mind, and more ."Right!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, excitedly. "But magnificence. over, his education did not extend to the scope what sort of people are its inhabitants, I would It was easy for the to supply the of scientific research. / like to know. They must be civilized." features lacking. Dr. Vaneyke was all en-He listened patiently to what Dr. Vaneyke "Very likely," agreed Frank. "Perhaps thusiasm. said with regard to the temple and the one-they also a crimson people. This is cer"I tell you, the people who inhabited this time inhabitants of. the city, sl:taking his head tainly a wonderful discovery." place were not of the ordinary kind," he de-and muttering: clared, they were certainly architects and "Be jabers, mebbe that's thrue. But av it CHAPTER X VII. artisans of the highest order. Here was a de is, how does the dqcthor know anything n;tore gre e of civilization fully equal to the Greeks." about it than I do T THE CRIMSON CITY. "This undoubtedly was a powerful city in So at a convenient opportunity Barney left THE voyagers gazed upon the beautiful the days of Athens," declared Frank. Frank and the doctor and strolled a pay to an spectacle before them with wonder and ad"Without doubt. But what a strange prob-other part of the temple. miration. Thus far during the trip they had lem for this generation. These people lived, The Celt had reached the entrance to a small seen nothing to equal it. flourished and prospered here some few centu\)Ourtyard, when an exclamation escaped his They were at the time fully five miles from ries ago. Now not one of them is to be found. lips. the Crimson City. What has become of them i'' "Be jabers, that's very Its bright hue against the emerald green of "Indeed, that is a serious question," admit-An object lying upon a marble bench was the valley about it was a contrast most strik-ted Frank. what had caused the remark. It was what ing. "They have left their city behind them. How looked like a piece of red flannel, but upon At first glance it seemed to the voy do you explain their picking it up Barney saw that it was nothing agers that this was. a city teeming with life "It is not easily explained. You might say more than a jacket similar to tho&!) worn by and traffic an undiscovered metropolis in an that a conquering army came in here and ex-American unknown land. __. terminated them." The Celt was too astonished fox a moment to To have the honor of the first discovery, and "But would they not also have leveled the act. to first speak with this new found race, was a He held the coat up at arm's length. He thing not to be lightly considered. "Such was the ancient custom," knew that it belonged to none of his party. Dr. Vaneyke, particularly, was much elated. "Exactly." "Whurroo," he exclaimed in amazement. This will be the talk of the scientific SO "On the other hand, a pestilence may have" Av it ain't a bit av a coat an' ph were is the cieties of Europe and America!" he declared. swept them ont of existence. The survivors Shure it can't have been here sinde the "I shall have my full when I get home." may have sought asylum in other lands, have people lift the. city, I'll take me 'davy." Thus all were congratulating themselves as become scattered, and never returning, the city Barney now had recovered his senses suffi the air-ship bore down like a huge bird toward has since remained deserted." ciently to make a further investigation. He the Crimson City. "There is nothing unreasonable in that argu passed into the courtyard cautiously. But in one respect they were doomed to dis -ment,"agreedDr. Vaneyke, "butisitnotaseri-"Av there's any of thim barbarians here-appointment. 1 ous question to consided Look at home: abouts now," he muttered, "I'd betther see As they neared the now a great surprise There are our vast cities of New York and thim fust afore they see me. Mebbe they won't was accorded them. Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Chicago. Does it like the looks av an Irishman." Its streets were silent and deserted. Many seem possible to us that some centuries from So the Celt began to make a carefll'l'search of of its magnificent buildings were falling into a now they may be a heap of ruins, to be ex-the vicinity. state of decay. plored by savants fro;n a distant clime, even This proved the wisest move, he had ever The Crimson City was a thing of the past. It as we are e:kplaring this maile in his life. had tlourished and thriven in early days, and Frank shook his head. He crossed the courtyard and came to a corthis visit was too late. "It seems incredible," he agreed, "but it is ridor leading into another. part of the temple. Its people bad passed awsy like a dream, as by no means impossible." Just as he reached that point, he heard a loudl it is known that many mighty nations have "Certainly not." cr}' for help, there was the crash of fire -arms done before. An exploration of the Crimson City was now and the of steel. What they were, what their dress, their Ianin order of course. Barney saw several red-clad forms hustling guage, their customs, was all a mystery. Only Pomp volunteered to remain aboard the air-through a distant chamber in the temple. the ruined buildings furnished evidence that ship. The explorers took repeating rifles with At once the Irishman's 'curiosity and fear they had ever existed. them, for it was not known just what perils were aroused. The voyagers gazed spell-bound upon the de-they might encounter. "Shure, it's Misther Frank an' the i\octhor serted city. A monument of ruins to an obso Before them was a mighty temple, with steps they have attacked!" he cried. ."Bad cess to Jete race. of a kind of stone resembling onyx. It was dethe boodlumsl" "Upon my word!" said Dr. Vaneyke. "I am cided to enter and explore this first. Away Barney dashed to the relief of his very much disappointed! I had hoped that we Dr. Vaneyke Jed the way into the temple. friends. But just as he was passing into the \ might have come face to face with the builders The aged scientist examined the stone critical other part of the temple a tall, swarthy faced f this wonderful city." ly and chipped off a piece with his geologist's barbarian sprang from behind a pillar and It is to be regretted!" agreed Frank. hammer. whirled a steel scimeter over his head. However, may we not descend and take a Frank and Barney fo11owed him into the Barney O'Shea was a man of quick wit and k about the place i" temple. rare adroitness . Certainly!" Passing through a portico built something He saw that the fellow would split him in Barne. y, who was in the pilot-house now, after the Roman patt.ern, they came into a spa-two if he hesitated. Therefore, he dashed for-slackened speed on the helices and the Zephyr cious hall or council chamber. ward and grappled with him. began to descend. Here was evidence in plenty of the former The fellow was a perfect giant, but that did Like a mighty eagle the air-ship settled down magnificence of the building. not deter Barney. toward the center of an open !!quare in the The pillars supporting the roof or ceiling of The celt knocked the scimeter from his grasp heart of the Crirr..son this massive chamber were of a beautiful stone at the first blow. The barbarian seemed as-Here she was allowed to rest upon the pave-highly polished and resembling agate. tonished, but with a hoarse yell he closed with ments and the gang ladder was lowered from They were of various colors, so arranged as Barney. the deck. to give a blending worthy of our modern Then followed a struggle the like of which is The appearance of the city from this close artists. sel.8.em reeocded. standpoint wall magnificent. Through this chamber our explorers passed, /


20 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." Part I. CHAPTER XVIII. To this he was -strapped, and a number of These who reached the rail were thrown over DR. VANEYKE BECOMES A PRISONER. the uther barbarians, mounted upon other with such force that they were badly maimed, BAR NEY speedily found that he had hold of a horses, dashed away with the prisoner down a or suffered from a broken neck. It a giant in strength, but a child in skill and side avenue. terrible experience for them. science. The doctor was pale, but calm. He knew :j]'rank kept the current on until he saw that The Irishman was a famous wrestler, and that he was in a bad plight, but nothing was to the deck was cleared. Then he turned Lever this ability now fulty made up for the other's be gained by showing fear. No. 11, the helice lever. prodigious muscle. His captors he recognized at once as a species Up into into the air rose the Zephyr, leaving Yet }twas a terrific which followed. of Mongolian hill robbers, whose business was the startled and terrified robbers below. \ Being brought to close quarters without warnto plunder travelers an(.l steal them away for They did not stand their ground, however, ing, Barney had found'no opportunity to use ransom to the fastnesses of the hills: but broke and fled in the direst of confusion. \ firearms. He knew that the least resistance upon his T(J them it was a most supernatural proceeding. So the barbarian escaped being shot. But as part would be futile, and would mean death. The air-ship shot up into the air five hundred bad a fate was in store for him. So he kept cool and calm, and reposed faith feet. Here, Frank held it iu suspeusion. Round and round the two contestants whirl-in ability of his friends to rescue him. Baruey and Pomp came rushing out of the ed, now one having the vantage, now the other. Pomp was itching to go in pursuit of the cabin. Pomp related the fate of Dr. Vanekye, The barbarian's companions had left him and Mongolians with the air-ship, but he knew that and Frank cried; did not know of his position. He could there-this would be impolitic. "We must overtake them and rescue the fore expect no assistance from them. Fralilk and Barney were yet in the temple, doctor at any cost. Take the wheel, Barney. Barney tried to get a shoulder lock upon his and would he left to the mercy of the barNow for action!" antagonist and throw him. barians. Dr. Vaneyke was dearly beloved by all, and But the other was so powerful and wary that But at this moment Frank and Barney dash-it was not proposed to leave him in the hands he could not do it. ed out of the temple, and toward the air-ship. of the barbarians. "Tare an' 'ounds," gritted the Celt, with sudPomp saw the barbarians chasing them full tilt. den desperation. "Yez won't kape me here The darky was all excitement, and rushing CHAPTER XIX. much longe r. There's Misther Frank as wants to the rail. waved his arms, shouting wildly; IN THE voLcANo. me help an' shure I musht go to him." "Hurry up, Marse Frank! Hurry up, !'ish. p b d th d' t t k b So saying, Barney made a prodigious effort You'se dead suah to git here fust." OMP e wn en Y and fairly lifted the other from his feet. There This looked like a fact. To expedite matters, m Cnmson City W!Lh was a swaying, a quick spring a trip and however, Pomp raised his Winchester and beane[ ehas el: h h' Barney had thrown his man. gan to blaze away at the barbarians. was 0 t e :ves_ an as .t e _alr-s 1P now As he fell with the force of a stone from a Three of them fell, but this did not deter the sbaldled ofvher the City m that ha l h b b th o y o orsemen were seen ma mg t e1r way catapu t, t _e ar anan s head struck one of o ers. at full s eed into th hill the stone p1llars. On they came funously. P e s.. . He never moved after that, but lay limply "Golly!" muttered Pomp, with starting eye-That :tneyke was m their midst there back upon the pavement. Barney was aston-balls. "I'se jes' 'fraid dey come right abo'd no 1 th h. ished, for he did not fancy the blow severe air-ship." ccor lllg y, e air-s Ip was sent forward enough to produce insensibility. Indeed, so it seemed that they would. But at full speed to overtake them. Of course t?e But a quick examination told the Celt the Frank now leaped over the rail. Zephyr could outspeed the horses, but the disstartling truth. Barney came close behind him. tance to overcome was great. The fellow had struck the pillar in such a But the barbarians were also near at hand, Frank went to the of ship and di-way as to break his neck. He was dead before and began also to pile upon the deck. rected Barney, who was m. the p1lot-house .. he struck the floor. They seeemed literally to have no fear what-On swept the like a monster bird. "Bejabers, there' s nothin' more to be feared ever. Every mome_nt they gamed upon the robbers. from him thin," muttered Barney. "Ah, well All three of the voyagers blazed away at Now the hills were reached and the now I must be off to give Misther Frank them with their Winchesters. of Dr. Vaneyke were se?n to look w1th help." But this did not check them. They reached terror, lashed the1r horses agam to the The Hibernian sprang away quicldy. He the deck, and seemed very likely to gain pos-utmost. . . darted through the arches of the temple, and session of the Zephyr. !he SCientist was now plaml! seen_ m T the1r to his amazement came face to face with Frank Frank did not intend that they should, midst securely bound to a horses back. Nearer Reade. though. every moment swept the Zephyr. Frank was flying before a large and enraged He saw, however, that quick action was nee-But the Mongolian robbers just at last mob oi' the barbarians. essary, and he delayed not fm-ther. a method of escape wh1ch sur" Misther Frank!" cried Barney, excitedly. "To the cabin, boys!" he cried. "I am going prlsed the aenal voyagers. "Phwereiver is the docthorr to charge the hull with electricity." a broad-mouthed was seen "My God! he is a prisoner in the hands o Both Barney and Pomp knew just what to to yawn Wld_e before them. th1s they those wretches," replied Frank, in a distracted do. loped and disappeared from s1ght almost mvoice. "I fear he is lost forever for they will They rushed into t .he cabin and got upon a stantly. kill him." platform with glass lep;s. Frank darted into The Zephyr was brought to a stop and by "Och hone, that's too had!" wailed the sym-the pilot-house. Frank's orders it dee.cended to a point just pathetic Barney. "Shure, 1\>Iisther Frank, we He was not a moment too soon. above the cavern's mouth. must rescue him." A number of the barbarians threw them-What was to he "Certainly, but there are too many of them selves against the door. Quick as a flash, An expression of blank dismay was upon against us now. Quick, for your life! We Frank touched a particular lever. Frank's face. To enter the cavern with the must go back to the air-ship.'' In a moment sparks leaped t'rom the wire, Zephyr was of course impossible. Barney raised his rifle and fired at the pur-and then a most astounding, !LS well as amus Further pursuit of the robbers seemed quite suing foe. One of them fell, but this did not ing, scene followed. impossible. To venture into the cavern i deter the others. There were fully a score of the Mongolian such. sma!lforce would be almost equivalent They came on, a howling infuriated mob. robbers on the deck. suicide. They did not seem to know the use of fire-arms The moment the electric fluid passed into the Time was 'Every moment increased but were armed with javelins and scimeters. steel hull and deck of the Zephyr, they felt it. the peril of Vaneyke. Dr. Vaneyli:e and Frank had been taken unOf course, they did IJDt know what it was, and Frank was almost beside himself with desa wares by the wretches. terror seized them with the first astonishing peration and despair. As a result the doctor fell into their clutches. thrill. "Heaven help him," he muttered. "I don't Frank made a valiant effort to rescue him, but But as the volts came in greater force, sevsee how we are going to save him." in vain. era! made a rush for the rail to leap over. Golly, Marse Frank," cried Pomp, in dis-Meanwhile, Pomp on board the Zephyr had Before they reached it, though, they wer may. "I jes' finks it am all up wif Marse witnessed a pa!'t of the struggle. seized and flung in various directions by the Vaneyke disyer time." He saw Dr. Vaneyke hustled out of the terninvisible but element. They were flung "BeJabers, it lul!:s that way," said Barney, pie by the barbarians and placed upon the back into the air only to fall back on the deck and with emotion. o f a fleet ho.rse. be again flung up. The aged scientist Wli.S dearl y belo ved by the


FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE ZEPHYR." 21 two faithful servitors, who were indebted to "No," replied Frank, shortly. CHAPTER XX. I him fonnany kind favors. "Thin shure I'll go wid yez," protested OVER INDIA. "But he must be saved!" cried Frank des per-Barney. ately. "Can't one of you think of a "Do as I say," thundered Frank. "Stay by IN that moment Frank Reade, believed Barney suddenly clapped his hands. the air ship and when we come out, if we ever w?rst. He had no doubt whatever that the "Be jabers, I have it!" he cried. do, you can be ready to help us then." SC1ent1st was dead. cried Frank eagerly. The air-ship touched the ground and the 'Weak and faint with horror, he sank dow!lJ "Shure, whv can't we shmoke the divils out famous inventor leaped out. for a moment overcome av there jist the same as ye would a wood-He had provided himself with a hatchet and "Oh, God!" he groaned. "Poor chuck out av his some rope, for he knew not but that he might eyke! Only to think that I cannot save him!" Pomp burst into derisive laughter, and. need them. But. hope once more revived in the plucky ) Frank looked disappointed. Also he carried his rifle. -Into the cave he youths breast. 1 "Well, phwat are yez larfin' at naygud" quickly went. He would not give him up. spluttered Barney. As he entered, he saw a thin stream of lava "Not until I have found him will I believe "Golly sake, !'ish!" cried the darky. "What trickling across the floor. A groan of horror it," he muttered. "He may have merely faint yo' fink become ob Marse Vaneyke all dat escaped his lips. ed." time? Don' yo' fink he be sufingca.ted toor For he realized that the cave must be con-This was certainly logical. Frank at once Barney looked crestfallen, and relapsed into nected with the crater of the volca:rao. In that began to study a method of crossing the wide humiliated silence. case for aught he knew, the doctor might have stream of lava. But Frank rejoined: been overcome by the hot lava or fumes long He had no rope now, and if he had it would "Well, think of something else if you can. ere this. be hardly likely to do him any service. Of course Barney's plan is a little bit obscure, But he rushed into the cavern, taking care to The lava currant was much too wide to be but you may hit something else." avoid the stream Qf lava. . crossed in such a manner. Frank went to the ship's rail and looked For full fifty yardB the famous. inventor But at that moment Frank saw what he be over. kept on. Then he came to a serious obstacle. lieved was a safe and sure way of crossing. He saw that the ground was well trodden, as This was in the shape of a counter-passage, High up' tm the cavern wall there were pro if the robbers were in the habit of seeking re-which crossed the main cavern, and here flow-jecting ledges or shelves of rocks. It was but fuge in tHis cavern constantly. ed a stream of lava full ten feet wide. a moment's work for him to swing himself up It was no doubt their stronghold. For a Frank dared not risk a leap. to them. time the young inventor was wholly at a loss Ordinarily he could leap a wider gulf, but he To his joy he found that by clinging to the bow to proceed to rescue Dr. Vaneyke. knew that the slightest misstep would mean wall he could make his way along slowly but But suddenly a strange and most opportune death, not only to himself, but to the man for surely. thing happened. whom he was looking. In this manner he actually succeeded in cross The mountain suddenly seemed to give a So he paused a moment to consider some planing the deposit of lava. Once upon the other peculiar tremble and a dull thunderous roar. for crossing the' molten torrent. side he staggered on through the cavern. Then looking up to the summit with startled He felt sure that the doctor was beyond it, To his surprise he suddenly saw a familiar gaze the aerial voyagers saw a quantity of and that he was still alive. In fact, he raised form before him. flame and smoke shooting up into the air. his voice: It was Dr. Vaneyke. This was from the old and long extinct "Halloa! Dr. Vaneyke!" The scientist was lying upon the cavern flopr, crater. It had suddenly burst forth into actiA second later an answer came faintly back: and his hands and feet were securely bound vity again. "Ay, ay!" with thongs. It was somewhat odd that the eruption -"I am Frank Reade, and I am 1coming to It required but a glance for Frank to see that should 'have occurred at such an opportune your rescue. Are you safe 'I" he was unconscious. The pain of his bonds moment for our friends ."I am tied hand and foot. If you come which cut deep into the flesh had induced this. But occur it did great shower of ashes quickly you can save me." In a moment Frank was by side. began to fill the air and sifted down upon the "Keep up courage. I will come." "Vaneyke!' he cried. "Speak to me. You h' d k Frank was now very determined in a purpose are not dead, old friend." a1r-s 1p s ec t h. f d .11 b Streams of lava began to flow down the 0 rescue IS rlen But the st1 eating pulse sat1sfied Frank mountain l:lide, and the thunder of the erup-He saw a projecting spur of rock in the roof that Jle was yet At once Frank cut the tion increasad. of the cavern. At once he made a slip noose in thongs and then drew a flask of whisky from I . the rope and flung it upward skillfully. his pocket. It began to look for the_ a.Jr-shlp, It caught the projection and tightened about A few drops of this between the doctor's lips but Frank took a great r1sk and remamed. it. Testing its strength Frank felt sure that it brought him to quickly. just what he expected, and was would support him. . He opened his eyes slowly, and seeing Frank longmg for . Then be gathered himself for tB.e spring and bending over him, exclaimed: The erupt1on had acted m a ternfymg man-swung himself out into the air. "Thank God! I am saved!" ner upon_ the robbers in cave. No Across the molten stream he shot and landed "I hope so, old friend!" cried Frank, earnest:that they were m danger of bemg safely on the other side. He recovered himself ly. "Do you feel better buned aliye m the place. and tied the rope up so that it would not be "I am all right," said the scientist. "I was So they made a break for the consumed by the lava. only a trifle faint, that was ali." As they came rushmg into the outer a1r Frank Then he was thrilled by hearing Dr. VanIn a few moments Dr. Vaneyke recovered looked for among them. eyke's voice faintly calling: fully and got upon his feet. But the did not appear. "Hurry, Frank, or I shall die." Satisfied that he was himself again, Frank The truth f?rced upon the "Hang on!" cried the.famous inventor reso-thought of imiQediate action. He knew that mventor. sCientist had been left Jutely. "Don't give up!" this was imperatively necessary. to per1sh. Frank rushed on through the cavern with all The thunder of the was now some rank pa1d no heed to the robbers. Heal-speed. He knew .the mighty importance of thing awful, and the flow of lava was rapidly them to escape safely down the mount-baste. increasing. am-side. But it seemed an interminable distance. He It was necessary to get out of the cave as He.. was thinking of Dr. Vaneyke, and satiske,f!t on, however, at full speed. quickly as possible. fied that the scientist had really been left in Just as he reached a point near where he be"Come!" Frank cried, "We must the place to perish, he called out sharply to lieved he must. find Dr. Vaneyke he came to an not stay here longer, doctor." Barney : appalling spectacle. "Where shall we "Lower the ship; Barney! I am going into Before him was a perfect sea of molten lava !'We must return to the air-ship." the cave after the doctor." so that he could not hope to cross. "But "Oh,. Misther Frankl" cried the Celt. "My G<>jl" he cried, "where are you, doc"Why, by the same way that I came in "Would yez think av the danger." here." "I have no time to think of that," replied But no answer came back to his agonized ap"Can we do Frank. peal. "That is not the question. We must do it,,. "But yez must not go. Shure, let me go in All was the silence of the grave. said Frank, desperately. yure place." They at once, started through the cave r n


22 READE, JR.'S NEW ELECT,RIC AIR-SHIP THE ZEPHYR.'' Part I. Frank Jed the way, fairly dragging the doctor A wild and savage country was passed over omen-an apparition of the supernatural sortafter him. in this flight. and fled in abject terror. But in a few moments they came to an imDr. Vaneyke satisfied himself with taking The woods quickly concealed them, and the passable Qarrier. observations through a glass from the air-ship's battle was over. With horror Frank saw that the flow of lava deck. Frank, however, threw down an electr. c had so rapidly increased that it was flatly im He had no desire to risk falling into the bomb into the woods to make sure of the vic possible for him to reach the shelf by which he hands of a hostile people again. One experitory. 1 had entered. ence was quite enough. It exploded with terrific force. What was to be One morning the last range of the mountains Then the a ir -ship settled.down until it was The situation was really getting desperate. of Thibet were passed over, and the mighty, within a hundred feet of the ground. The force of the eruption was increasing, and snow-clad summits of the Himalayas burst Frank, leaned over the rail and hailed the the walls of the cavern shook and seemed likeinto view. men below. ly to fall in. Mt. Everest was visible far to the eastward. 'rhey were evidently .En,glisbmen, and wore "My God!" cried Frank, in an agony of desFrom their aerial position the voyagers had an white suits, cork hats, and carried repeating peration. "We must get out of here in some unparalleled view of this most wonderfql rifles. way." region. "Hello!" shoutea Frank. "Do you want any "But we certainly cannot go in this ,direc The Himalayas passed, tjle sun began to as-tion," said Dr. Vaneyke. sume the fiercest of heat. "It seems you have helped us without the "No: It would have been unbearable on the airasking,' replied one of the men. "Who are "Wait a moment." ship's deck but that Frank had awnings put you, and what kind of an invention have you "What is up. got The doctor passed a hand across his brow Taking the bearings one day, Frank learned "This is the air-ship Zephyr!" thoughtfully. that the part of India they were now over was "An air-ship!" gasped the Englishman, "If I remember aright," he said, "not all of the Nepal State. "then the old prophecy has come to pass of the Mongolians went out that way. Some went This was a part of the wildest region in In men riding in air." further into the cave. They aid not return, dia, and replete with perils of the most terrible "It looks like it," replied Frank. "What is and it seems to me there must be another exit sort. your in that direction.'' There were terrible jungles and dense woods, "We are English and good! subjects of the Frank's decision was quickly made.1 infested with wild and ve:nomous rep queen. Wba.t are "We can no more than risk it," he declared. tiles. "We are Americans.'' "It is death to remain here." In places native sett)ements were seen, and "Well, I might have known that it was some Accordingly, back through the cavern they at one point where there \vas an English garriYankee But won't you come down ran. They presently came to a passage diverg-sou, the air-ship was given a royal salute. and see ing to the right and trending upward. Frank replied by discharging a couple of ''With pleasure!" Frank felt a draught of cold air through electric bombs in mid-air. Frank made a motion to Barney and the air-this. Soon after leaving this spot the first of a seship settled down. Very quickly it rested upon "I believe this is the .exit!" he cried, joyries of thrilling adventures began. the ground." fully. chanced to in the of the the Englishmen came out from He bent downward and examined the soil of shtp, and they were JUSt over a wild patch of behmd the paltsade. the cavern floor. There were plainly decernible tangled forest when a thrilling CFY escaped his Frank descended the gang-ladder and ad footprints lips. vanced to meet them. Dr. Vaneyke followed "This is the way they went! he cried. "Come In a moment Frank Reade, Jr., was by his while Barney and Pomp. stood, at the rail. along, doctor," side. 1 "I am Frank Reade, Jr., from the United Up through the passage they went. In a few A startling scene was spread to their gaze be States," said Fran1r, plainly. moments what seemed like a wall of smoke low. "And I am Archibald St. Clair of Sussex, was before them. replied the first Englishman, "this Then they came out into the air. They were CHAPTER XXI. IS Lord Hugh Swelton and Mr. Richard Montupon a shelf of rock which plainly overlooked gomery, Lieutenant of Her Majesty's Hus. a part of the crater. I N THE POWER OF THUGS. sars." The active part of it fortunately was some IN the heart of the dense wood there was a Frank shook hands with the nobility and distance away, but the crater was seething and small clearing. then introduced Dr. Vaneyke and Barney and boiling, and giving" forth tremendous reports. In the center of this there was a native. hut Pomp. 1 It was likely any moment give way to or rather a species of bungalow around which "So you're really on a trip around t ,he an eruption. there had been driven a palisade of bamboo world!" cried Sir Archibald. "Well, what Our ad venturers, therefore decided that they stakes. blooming sport it must be. It will be a great fad had better get out of the way as quickly as Behind this palisade three men of apparently now to have an air-ship instead of a fast possible. English nationality were holding at bay at yacht." . Accordingly they made their way hastily least half a hundred fierce Indian warriors. "I am not so sure of that," said Frank, with along a shelf of rock, 'and came out upon the They were savage fellows dressed in the half twinkling eyes. "It will be necessary first to brow of the mountain. Turkish costume affected by the natives of build one." A c!e ar course lay before them, and they Nepal, so near to Turkestan, anyway. "Aw, then you have your ship patented 1" began to descend with all speed. Armed with spears, darts, and dressed in "No, but the secret is mine, that I am '!'he air-ship was seen hovering near, andby native armor of plaited grass, they were fiercenot giving away." good luck Pomp and Barney saw them. ly trying to carry the bungalow. "Catch a Yankee giving any secrets away," They at once brought the Zephyr down to the The three defenders were armed with rifles, laughed Sir Archibald. "But deuce take it, / spot, and in a few moments they were once and they had defl'nded themselves valiantly to I'm awful glad to meet you if you are Yanke;r more safe and sound aboard the air-ship. the bitter cost of the natives. don't you know. We were having a blue ti e The happy congratulations were many, but Certainly half a dozen oi'them lay dead upon when you came up.'' I Frank did not like the appearance of the thun the ground. "I am glad if I have been of service," s,aid dering volcano so near them, so he gave the Two white men stretched out upon tli' e Frank. I Zephyr full speed to the southward. grass behind the palisades showed the defend" Service! Why, you've saved our lives. As the air-ship sped on through the bracing ers had originally numbered five. Those chaP,s are the followers of El Kado the air, the volcano and the Crimson City were The battle was raging fiercely when the airThug. They would have downed us very soon left far behind. ship appeared above the scene. shortly. Two of our boys are gone, poor fel lt had been a narrow escape for both Frank The appearance of the air-ship had a curious lows. We owe you !JUr lives, Mr. Reade." and the doctor, andnone in the party cared for effect. "Thugs, eh 1" Frank. "But what a repetition of such an experience. The defenders of the bungalow looked you doing in this desolate It seems The air-ship did not venture to descend again amazed, and paused in their fighting to gaze at to me that you are reckless to come here at f1lr several days. it. all.'' Still to the southwest, the Zephyr kept all But the ignorant natives, not comprehending "Come in and partake of a glass of wine and the while nearing the boundary line of India. its character, at once accepted it as an evil we will tell you all."


FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW E:Y,ECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE ''ZEPHYR." 2 3 Frank could not refuse, and he followed t ,he He and Sir Archibald were instantly uponlstory. But it was not destined that they Englishmen to the piazza of the bungalow. their feet. should come to a close combat. While the other two Englishmen were tenDick Montgomery and Lord Swelton came Suddenly Barney raised one of the bombs derly removi{lg the bodies of their dead comrushing behind the palisade. Dr. Vaneyke with a loud shout: rades, Sir Archibald told the story. quickly clambered aboard the Zephyr. "Bad luck to the divils! It's a sorry day for Seated at a willow table, with a decanter of The natives had rushed for the air-ship. Barthim that they iver attacked Frank Reade an' wine between them, Frank listened to a tale so ney and Pomp were hesitating, not wishing to the air-ship." weird and horrible that it thrilled him through leave their master behind. "Golly, dat am a fac'l'' cried Pomp. "Jes' .and through. Frank seeing the danger shouted: gib 'em a good dose, Barney." ,. "Twelve months ago, in Calcutta," said Sir "Go up, Barney, then give them the bombs. The Celt needed no urging. The bomb left )Archibald, "the gentlemen to whom I just inBe lively!" his hand. Down it went with unerring aim. traduced you were leaders there, and Barney needed no second bidding. It struck fairly in the midst of the gang. The -enjoying life as only Englishmen know how. The natives were almost at the air-ship's rail. effect was simply terrific and far beyond bu-" Lord Swelton, as you will see, is much older But the Celt pulled Lever No. 11 and the man conception. than either of us, and at that time was Lieut. Zephyr shot upward. With a tremendous roar, a hole large enough Dick Montgomery's prospective (ather-in-law. The natives halted a moment and gazed at to sink the bungalow in, madk in the "Beatrice Swelton was the belle of Calcutta, the air-ship with something of their former ground. .and many a young officer laid his heart at her superstiLious fear. Into this full a score of the villains were piled feet. But they had overcome this to a great extent in an indiscriminate heap. Death was almost "But she met with Dick Montgomery, loved and were all eager for the fray once more. instantaneous with these. him, and was betrothed to him with Lord Frank alone of the Zephyr's crew was. left Otheis on the outside of the fated circle were Swelton's cop sent. on the level. The air-ship now was fully five blown from their feet and burled in various di" Swelton thought the world of his daughter. hundred feet. above the earth. rections. Those unhurt and able to do so, beat Indeed, she was the apple of his eye. But be The natives pressed forward now with sava terrified retreat. had faith in Montgomery and so countenanced age furry. In less than thirty seconds not a. live thug the match. They were a pict.uresque crew as they came was on the spot. "Thus matters were, and everybody in Calon to the attack. Their complexion of that Inta the woods they bad rushed, wholly overeutta envied Dick when a terrible thing ocpeculiar nut-brown, their raven black hair and whelmed with terror at the result of the ill ad curred. piercing eyes, their 11trange dress and fantastic vised attack on the air-ship's crew. Dr. Van" Swelton had in his employ a native servant, appearance, formed a scene which once seen eyke did not throw his bomb. There was no a native of the State of Nepal. was not easily forgotten. need of it. The victory was won. "He bad been warned several times that In fact, their savage looks were enough to The thugs were effectually dispersed and they Nigra was a treacherous fellow and leagued frighten a brave man, and Frank Reade, Jr., di not show up again that day. with the Thugs. His lordship would not be even felt peculiar as they came for the palisade The thick foliage of the almost impenetrable lieve it until one day be actually caught him in like a band of bloodthirsty wolves. forest bid them from view. the act of stealing. "Stand firm all!" cried. Sir Archibald, who The Englishmen had witnessed the exbibi" Swelton was so angry that be caused the was all pluck and resolution. "We can and tion of the air-ship's power from the bungalow. fellow to be taken up by the authorities and must whip them." They were deeply impressed. publicly flogged. "Right!" cried Frank, "and if they only do "Egad!" cried Dick Montgomery,," that is "Nigra was a revengeful fellow, and SOOI) their duty aboard the air-ship we will surely do the most complete victory I ever witneSsed. Swelton received a mysteriorts mesgage of it." why the blooming jays couldn't stand before warning that his life was threatened by the But for some reason or other relief did not that kind of fire not a moment." Thugs. come from the air-ship as soon as expected by "You're right, lad!" agreed Lord Swelton. "Of course, like any brave man, Sweltoq did Frank. "It was a right corky thing." not heed it. Then one day the awful blow fell. Th t th B t th . 1 'th th "Mr. Reade, again we owe you our lives" T h e ru was, arney a e rat wt e . he ouse was entered. Beatrwe was 1 t b b f f 1 f d th t declared Str Archtbald. d d d t k F e ec rtc om s, was ear u o roppmg em a . rugge an a en away. rom that day to th t h ht f f f bl f h' Not a btt of tt, cried ]'rank in his whole h S It h a etg or ear o owmg up some o ts t ts we on as not seen bts daughter. f d 11 hearted way. "You owe me nothing. If I Th :ff ted t d rten s as we . e a atr crea a remen ous sensatiOn. "Sure, naygur, yez will have to go a own a have been able to do you a brief service, it Of course, sympathy was stong for Swelton. b't, dB 't dl "I d 't d t t makes me happy as well as yOlJ" M If d 1 crte a.rney, exct e y. on ars o yse a.n four others of the Hussars, wtth fi 't d _, t th 1 f f "Well, I never!" exclaimed Lord Swelton h re 1 own on o e spa peens or ear av me the fat er and lover, started oui;;on the trail. 1 ., elevating his monocle. "You Americans fair" w h b th t d own peop e. e ave een a year m e ques an here .. ,. 1 ly equal French in compliment and gallan we are in Nepal. We have bad terrible expeJ:iA nght, I tsh. crted Ftlmp, slackmg the t encee I can assure you speed of the helices, "Jes yo' sing out when r:;.U d., d 1 d s Ar h' h , pon my wor ec are tr c te wtt "One of our number was killed by a thug yo fink I has gone down far enuff. t' "I bel' th t .f th "All ht N b !" d COUVIC IOU, teve a I ere IS ever a two have just been shot, and another died of rtg '. naygur. ow e alSy crte railroad built to the mbon it will be a Yankee fever Barney, steadt1y. h .11 t "t D ttl d th h' w o WI proJeC 1 "We three are all that is left of the party. own se e e atrs tp. . "That is the fairest thing I ever heard Eng-But we mean to follow Nigra to the end and Dr. Vaneyke was also by the rat! wtth 11bomb 1 d f A ,. 1 h d F k "c . an say o merwa, aug e ran errescue Beatrice or die in the attempt m hts hand. Between them they had enough t I th h ld be th' b t b th l f 1 t d h . am Y ere s ou no mg u ro er y Sir Archibald finished speaking and poured o e ec rtc eat to literally extermmate the I d f d h. bet th 1 d f l'b t whole gan<> of thugs. ove an nen s tp ween e an o 1 er y out a glass of wme. Frank was deeply 1m-"' . and the mother country.'' Pressed with the thrillin<> narrative. Suddenly Barney cned: "It h t h ld t!" d 1 d Lo d "' "A' ht 1 J t 't bit I'll ts w a s ou exts ec are r At once his sympathies were enlisted and he rtg naygur es yez wat a an s elt 'th h "I b th 1d b t h par'lyze the omadhouns." w Wt emp asts, say, ury e o as a ou to offer ts servtces to the English. . feud wtth the bones of our ancestors who are an in the quest when a thrilling thing hapThe atr-shtp now hung motwnless two responsible for it, not us." Pened hundred feet over the heads of the vtllamous "H h'" d D' k M "' urra crte tc "Eng-A, warning cry came fram Barney and Pomp crew. land and Ameriea forever!" on the air-ship's deck. Then into the clearing But they seemed to utterly disregard the airEverybody was in the best of spirits now. rushed a legion of the natives who had overRhip, and.were concentrating all their energies There was little danger of an'ather attack 0ome their superstitious fear, and had returned to the destruction of the palisade. from the thugs right away. w the attack. rushed upon the frail and in Barney was !eaning over the Zephyr's rail and sptte of the red hot fro'? the heard the flattering remarks given above. CHAPTER XXII. they soon succeeded m teanng a part of tt He scowled, and of course to put in his DEFEATING THE THUGS. down. oar. IT was a thrilling incident, the appearance of Then through this breach they rushed madly. "Begorra, that's all right!" he cried "but the natives upon the scene again just as Frank Woe to the brave defenders if that merciless Ringland never'll prosper until she sets ould was about to offer the services of his air-ship in crew meets them in the open. Ireland free!" the quest of Beatrice Swelton; J of numbers would be sure to tell the 'Everybody laughed at Barney's attitu de.


24 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." "That will come some day, Barney," cried The dry humor of the two rascals had where, and had imbedded itself above the barb Sir Archie, with a smile. "Home rule will amused the Englishmen much and they seem-in the victim's side. bring it around all right." ed much revived in spirits. Even Lord SwelLord Swelton bad been prostrated with the "To the div.H wid yer home rule, or any other appeared to emerge from the terrible shock and pain. In an instant Frank was. ruler' cried Barney, heatedly. "That's only gloom which bad been upon him since the ab-by his side and before the others bad recovered a bit av a lame argyment got up to throw sand duction of his beloved daughter Beatrice. from their horror. in the poor Micks' eyes while the English l andbad become deeply in. the "Great Heavens!" cried the young inventor. lords go an grinding the lives out av our poor affatr, and he saw another opportumty to rtght "Are you badly hurt, sir?" people. Don't yez talk to me. Barney O'Shea a great wrong, and he at once modestly offered _ knows what's what, an' don't yez fergit to pin the services of his air-ship. I tbmk not,_ noblet;n_an that in yez hat." course the Englishmen accepted with appearmg to reco;er himself. It came wtth "Hub! dat's nice talk fo' yo', !'ish," put in great delight and expressed their gratitude in such a sudden of that for a mo\ Pomp, in a bantering tone. "You'se all us the warmest terms. ment I h,ad to gtve way to It These who reached the rail were thrown over with such force that they were badly maimed, or suffered from a broken neck. It was a tenible experj.ence for them., Frank kept the current on-until be saw that the deck was cleared. tellin' about what a po' mis'able people de nig"I am now in great hopes of tracking down "Lie perfectly still," said Frank earnestly. gers am, but I jes reckon dey's free people, the brute, Nigra, said Lord Swelton, with a" I will try and draw the arrow out." anyway, sence de 'mansipation procklingashun tremor in his voice. "Certainly, if it cannot "Pray do so," rejoined Swelton. "It pains I of Abraham Link:um." be done with your assistance and that of your me dreadfully." "Bejabers, if yez mean to cast any aspersion air-ship, Mr. Reade, we will have to give it up Frank away the wounded man's coat on der Irish people, naygur, yez had bettber a hope less task." with his knife until be could see the flesh. think twict afoxe yez do it." The words bad barely left his lips when Then he took hold of the shaft and gently 1 "Huh! yo' don' skeer me one bit, risb," Lord Swelton gave a groan, threw up his arms tried to extract it. / sniffed Pomp. and felllike' a log. But it was imbedded above the barb, and his ":Whurroo! I'll scare ye wid me fisht in yer best efforts could not puli it out. A terrible eye if yez don't take care," warned Barney, in CHAPTER XXIIl. cry of pain came from Swelton. a blustering manner. "My God! it is killing mel" cried the noble-There would certainly have been trouble beTHE POISONED ARROW, man in agony. tween the two had i_t not been for Frank, who, FRANK READE, JR., was not six yards from Montgomery aud Sir Archibald were in par with a few sharp words, put a summary end the English nobleman at that moment. O:ll:ysms of sympathy and fear. They, however, to it. He was astonished and horrified to see him seemed too nervous to x:ender any neccessary Pomp went to the galley to prepare the fall but be saw at aglance what bad caused it. assistance, evening meal, while Barney went into the Sticking in Lord Swelton's side was an arrow. Frank saw at once that to get the arrowhead engine-room, It had to come from nobody knew out would require a small surgical operation.


Part I. l<'RANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 25 "Oh, Mr. Reade," !Jried Montgomery, appre-Frank took uy the arrow head and examined] die now a s at any time. I have lost Beatrice, hensively, "do-do you think it is a serious it. He gave a great start. and I have nothing to live for." w?,und ? Uyon it was a peculiar stain. The young in-Frank knew the importance of keeping the I cannot tell as yet, replled Frank, curtly. ventor looked very grave. man's spirits up. "Lord Swelton, I can remove arrowhead, Frank had spent much in India in pre"Don't say that sir!" he cried. "You have but I shall have to cut you a tr1fie. Can you VIOUS years, and was qmte well aqua!nted th' to]' f. y d h h 1 standit?" withthecustomsandpracticesofthethugs. every ,our aug ters albe "Yes, yes, go ahead," declared the plucky In this part of India he knew that the terrescue rom t e ugs. nobleman. rible hooded snake or cobra abounded. The "It is hardly likaly that she is alive," groaned Pomp drew a keen scalpel knife rrot;n his were in the habit of poisoning the tips stricken "She has doubtless before pocket. He was quite well skilled in surgery, of their arrows with poison obtained from this th1s fallen a VICtim to the deadly vengeance of and in what seemed a jiffy he had sliced the deadly reptile. Nigra." offensive arrowhead out. The poison was an extremely virulent one, "J es' yo' keep up yo' baht, sah," cried Pomp, A warning cry came from Barney and Pomp on the air-ship's deck. Then into the clearing rush.ed a legion of the natives who had overcome their superstitious fear, and had returned to the attack. A great moan of relief came from the sufferand few into whose system it entered ever "an' dis chile done sabe yo' or he kill hiss'ef ing man. lived to tell of their experience. too." "Thank heaven for that," he declared. "I Lord Swelton had begun to show the effects The plucky darky adopted a dangerous but el a bit better.'' of the poison, for there was no doubt but that most efficent method of abstracting the poison hat the arrow had been fired by one of the the arrow was a poisoned one. from the wound. gs was certain. Realizing this fully, Frank's awful horror can This was to apply the lips to it and draw the I deed others l;>egan to come along also, and be better imagined than described. poison out by suction. Of course it involved no it w a s deem e d safest to go aboard the air-ship. Something must be done, but what7 little risk, for the slightest cut or break in the "I will t each those chaps a lesson," muttered At this moment Pomp came on deck. Frank mouth would throw the deadly mat tel' into Frank. had begun to bind a ligature below the wound, one's system in a moment whish would be be-The wounded man was taken aboard the air-when the darky, who had heard of the affair yond control. ship. But complained of feeling sick. came forward with a rush. But the darky's thick lips covered the wound. Frank studied his face and saw peculiar yellow "Hol' on dar, Marse Frank!" he cried excited-In a moment he had drawn a great quantity of lines which gave a thrill of horror. ly. "Jes' yo' one minit. Dis chile know blood and virus, which he repeatedly ejected "My soul, Lord Swelton, you are poisoned! how to fix dat fing.'' from his mouth. Make your peace with God!" Is that so, Pomp" The yellow lines in Lord Swelton' s face began "Poisoned!" cried Swelton, in horror. "Dat am a fac', Marse Frank.'' to disappear and his natural color to come What do you mean, sir?" "It is little matter," said Lord Swelton, back. "Wait a moment and I'll tell you.'' hoarsely. "Perhaps it is as Fell that I should At length what seemed a sufficient amount


26 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELEC'l'R!C AIR-SHIP THE ''ZEPHYR.'' ....._ Part I. of the sucking process had been gone through CHAPTER XXIV. with some impatience; "what do you think of With, and Pomp removed his lips. FRANK MAKES A DARING PROPOSAL, The n Frank cauterized the wound carefully, IN the search-light's wonderful.path of radi "Indeed, it is quite a problem," replied and bound it up with soft lint. ance there was witnessed an explanation of Frank, earnestly. "Can nobody advance a Lord Swelton was given a tremendous dram the dancing lights. plan r of whisky and put to bed. Pomp rinsed out Upon a shelf of the mountain wall and di "Wh.v-why, I should think that it would be his mouth with a chemical solution furnishe d rectly befor e the mouth of anenormous cavern the only course for us to b 'and togetper and by Frank, and also got. outside of a good swig a large body of men were gathered. enter the place," Montgomery, whcse of whisky, which latter event Barney witnessed All were sitting down in semi-circles with blood was at fever heat. with green-eyed envy. bowed heads before a number of tall poles in "Pshaw! that is ou't of the question," Pomp was overwhelmed with the profuse the hands of other fantastically dressed na posed Sir Archie. "We would only be congratulations and gratitude of the English-tives. m1tting suicide.'' men, and the y thrust handsome presents of Uponthese poles were the lights and they "How sor money upon him. But he promptly refused were moved up and down swiftly. A couple of "Why, that cavern probably holds several them, saying: dancing dervishes were seen in the center, and hundred of the villains. What show would we "Dat am a'right, sah! If I hab saved de gem-the whole affair was recognized at once as a stand against such odds 1" men's life, den I hab done all dat I tried fo' peculiar form of religious ceremony. This seemed Jogica;J enough. Dr. Vaueyke sah. Youse berry welcome, gemmens, to my That these were thugs there was no doubt. was appealed to for a scientific theory. '}:lo' services." That they were a part of the tribe which had "There is only one way to do," lre said, blunt-Lord Swelton was now sound asleep. He battled with our adventurers a few hours be ly. "You have got to invade the enemy'swas to awake some hours later quite fore it was safe to say. stronghold.'' himsel again: Those on board the air-ship viewed the weird "Impossible!" cried Sir Archie. "I tell you The spirits of all were now high. Pomp was scene with a thrill. it can' t be done.'' the hero of the hour. "By Jove! what a sight that is1" cried Sir "Then you have the alternative of waiting It was now quite dark, and as Frank reArchie. "I never saw anything more fantastic for the foe to come out and fight you.'' ali zed the danger of a night attack, pe ordered in my life.'' "Can't we starve them out 1 Barney to raise the air-ship. "Nor I!" cried Montgomery. "They are evi-"You would only be taking the life of Bea-The Zephyr therefore went up into tne air dently engaged in worship." trice." about three hundred fe eh, and was anchored to "Yes." "But we do not know that she is in the await the coming ofdaylight,. "Ah, nq.w, see them skip!" The night was pitchy dark, the moon and "Bejabers an' it ain't afeard they be!" ctied "Weare acting upon that assumption.'' stars being obscured under dark clouds. Barney with a ;roar of laughter. Montgomery was waxing angry. Frank saw The vast country lay below like a hidden "Golly, dat am a fac'l'' cried Pomp. this at a glance and at once interposed to pre-waste. All were sitting out on deck, whe.n Indeed, a ludicrous scene now took place. vent an angry debate. suddenly Barney, who was in the pilot-house, The astounded thugs, dazzled by the brilliance An idea had come to the young inventor like gave a sharp cry. of the search-light, and unable to understand a flash. "Be jabers, phwat the divil is that?" he its origin, had beat a hasty, pell mell retreat For that matter he was hardly ever at a loss cried. "Wud yez cum hyar, Misther Frank, into the big cave. for an idea. His inventive genius was very an' tell a poor sowl phwativer yez call it.'' It was comical enough to see the manner in seldom at fault. the matter, Barney? cried Frank, which they went tumbling over each other in "Wait, gentlemen!" he said, quietly. "I leaping up and rushing to the pilot-house. their haste. have an idea." "Shure, sah, I don't know. But if yez will Frank, however, had an idea in view. At once the attention of all was claimed. cast yer eye over ferninst the mountain side "Up with the anchor, boys!" he cried. "You have, Mr. Reade 1" asked Sir Archie. yez will see it too: Pomp and Barney sprang to the windlass, "Yes." Frank di!l as directed, and was given a pecu-and the anchor was quickly mised. Then "What is it 1" liar thrill. Pomp went to the pilot-house, and the air-ship "I am going to invade that cavern." Against the black gloom of the mountain he was sent forward so as to be neariy over the "You 1" saw a number of dancing lights like ignis spot where the thugs had been. "Yes.'' fantuns. These were i.n perpetual and rapid Not one of them was in sight now. Everybody stared at the young inventor. motion. Frank turned the search-light's rays upon ""\Vhat, alone?" They "looked like stars bubbling up into the the spot and showed the vicinity up as bright "Alone.'' blackness from som& fiery furnace below. The as day. "Mr. Reade that would be suicide," protest young inventor regarded the scene for a time All were now in a fever of excitement and ed Sir Archie. in utter mystification. anticipation. Oh, I think not r said Frank, with a -smile. "Well, that is queer!" he muttered. "What "Do you imagine that the yourig lady, Miss "Shure yez will niver attimpt to do that an' can it be 1" Beatrice, is held a captive in that cavern 1" not take me!" cried Barney, eagerly. "Av yez "shure, sor, I'm thinkin' that it's some av asked Montgomery of Frank. leave me behind Mist her Frank, I'll surely die' thim bloody omadhouns av thugs as is doing "That is hard to say," replied the young in afore yez come back av thinking about yez." it.'' ventor, with a smile. "We may not be upon ''That's all right, Barney," said Frank, quiet Perhaps so, and yet it may be some curious the right track at all, you know.'' ly, "but ,this time I shall go alone.'' natural phenomena.'' "God grant that we are!" "Sure phwat could yez hope to do as wan By this time the whole party were regarding The air-ship was brought down a& nearly as against all of thim the enigma. The exclamations of wonderment possible to the level of the cavern floor, and the "One man woul'd stand as good a show as were many. search-light's rays were thrown into the in two.'' "Well, 'pon honot!" exclaimed Sir Archi-terior of the place. Everybody looked aghast. t: bald," what can it be' l" But little could be seen beyond a distance of "Mr. Reade," said Montgomery, firmly, w "I have seen a similar manifestation in one hundred feet, where the passage took a cannot agree to this sacrifice up0n your pa t. swampy averred Dr. Vaneyke, "and it turn. It is suicidal.'' is g enerally b elieved to b e the gases of decompo Of cours e, the air-ship could not enter the said with a smile, '>_' ou sition. But this is upon too high ground for cavern. What was to be are labopng under a delus10n when you t.nmk such an assumption." It looked to be a necessity of the direst sort 1 am incurring any risk whatever. I am going "What can it to enter and explore the place. But how was into that cavern and shall come out without "It is very strange.'' this to be doner' being harmed in the least." "How curious.'' This was a question which Frank felt dis-This was mystifying. ''I will soon find out!" cried Frttnk Reade. posed to weigh carefully. Perhaps you'll explain," began Sir Archie, He sprung to the platform above and ignited The Englishren, Sir Archie and young Mont vaugely. the carbons of the s earch-light with an electric gomery, awaited the result with deepest inter "Certainly," replied Frank, rea.dily. "Bar current from the dynamo room. est. Frank paced the deck a few moments in ney, you and Pomp may go down to my cabin As the search-light flashed up a wonderful great doubt. and bring up a metal case there marked No. sight was beheip. "Well, Mr. Reade ," said Sir Archie finally, 200."


Part I. ]<'RANK. READE, JR. s NEW ELIW'l'RIC AIH.-SHIP 'l'HE "ZEPHYR.", 2'l I 1 Instantly a light of comprehension broke "I have three of these sets of electric ar-. And before he had gone ten steps further it across the features of the two faithful servimor," he declared. "Barney and. Pomp use came. tors, and Barney said: ., the other two,'. Suddenly dark forms swarmed about him; "Shure.Misther Frank, phwy didn't we think "But is this armor available when not the air was filled with hissing cords, and sev av that afore 1 Sure, av course ye can :enther charged with electricity r asked Sir Archie. era! of these went twining about his neck. the cave safely enough, but shure won't yez let "For purposes of defense-yes. It is bullet Without his armor, it would have been to me go too1" proof.'; Frank a gantlet of death. As it was, however, "Be off, you rascal!" cried Frank, !>ternly, "Wonderful! You could get a large price the deadly cords could not do him harm, and and Barney departed with Pomp. for that in from almost any nation in he smiled grimly. r In a few moments they returned with a long the world, Mr. Reade.'' Swinging his arms about, he hit right and black metal case. It was opened and a won"It is not money or notoriety that I am left, with thrilling results. derful sight revealed. after' ," declared Frank. "My inventions are The astounded Thugs went down like ten-It contained a wonderfu.I suit of armor made my own, and gold cannot buy them.'' pins. Not one of them uttered a sound after of the finest meshes of steel, all ip:Jpervious He turned and gave a few orders to Barney having experienced the force of the electric cur-to & bullet at the shortest range, so tough and and Pomp. rent. finely wrought was it. In vain the courageous and faithful Celt be-Right and left Frank struck out, and the viiFrom head foot this armor covered Frank sought Frank to allow him to go also. The lains were utterly demoralized. Suddenly as he donned it. A visor was made to cover the famous i1iventor "'as inflexible. loud yells ot:rage and terror went up, and then face completely if necessary. "You will stay where you are, Barney," he there was a hasty "Wonderful!" cried Sir Archie, with genuine declared, firmly. "Keep that wire heavily It was to them as if some merciless, terrible admiration which was echoed by the others. charged and remember my signals.'' monster was in their midst, dealing blows "But bow can you battle with such odds 1" "All roigbt, sor," replied Barney, with a rue-right and left. The darkness did not enable cried Montgomery. "Despite the armor they ful smile. "May the Blessid Vargin be wid them to determine the shape and size of their would overwhelm and pin you down, Mr. yez, MiRther Frank." antagonist, or explain to them the secret of .Reade.'' Frank now let himself down from the a-irhis tremendous power. "You will see that that is quite impossible," ship's deck. Frank followed them up hastily, but it sud-replied Frank, as he adjusted the last links His feet struck the ground, and be walked denly became apparent to him that be could do and stood clad in mail from bead to foot. into the cavern, unreeling t'b.e electric wire as nothing without the aid of light. lie certainly looked like a knight of old in be did so. Accordingly be turned the slide of the elec-tbat wonderful armor. In right band Frank carried a small intric bulb in his hand. candescent lamp. By pressing a .spring, he In an instant the cavern was illumined with CHAPTER XXV. could with this flood the cavern with a feara light more brilliant than that of day. THE WONDERFUL VICTORY. fully brilliant light. The cavern floor was then seen to be strewn FRANK certainly made a formidable appear-But this light' be did not choose to use at! with dead and unconscious Thugs. In the cav-ance in the chain armor. once. He walked boldly into the black mouth ern passage beyond, Frank saw scores of the It was molded to his handsome, athletic of the cavern. dread and stealthy foe. form, and was so delicately constructed as to A moment before under the search-light's But be had little reason to fear them. It did yield to every motion of the muscles with perrays: the place bad seemed:deserted. Now, bow-not seem as if they could cope successfully with feet pliability. ever, just as Frank reached a point twenty feet the terrible force over which he held such per-All regarded him with wonder and admira-inward, be beard a faint rustling sound behind feet control. tion. him. Yet the Thugs were not disposed to "Now, Mr. Montgomery," said Frank, quiet-The young inventor's instinct told him wba their retreat invaded in this manner without. ly, if you wish I will explain to you why I was coming. some show of resistance. successfully defy all the strength of my He smiled grimly 'and kept right on. All A shower of bullets came from the shadows, foes, .no matter bow numerous.'' happened in a flash of time. The Thug, for and the cavern arches thundered with the reFrank turned open tbe vest of the mail coat. such it was behind 'him, sprang forward like a port of the firearms. See," he said, it is lined throughout with cat. But leaden missiles bad little effect upon the rubber which is a perfect insulator,and nol The next moment the deadly coil was wind-chain armor, and Frank was not in the least conductor of electricity. Throughout the ing itself around Frank's neck. Frank heard injured. steel pla.tes which you will see at intervals the swish of the cord, felt it. tighten about his Throwing the rays of the electric light into there are small wires. These all center in the throat, and might have been alarmed under the deep passages, he advanced to the attack. back of the mail coat and are heavily charged certain circumstances. Many of the Thugs had not witnessed the by means of a long coil of wire which I carry But be knew ihat the deadly garrote could force of his terrible blows, and these were dis-from the air-ship with me, and which is con-not affect his chain armor and be felt safe. posed to offer resistance. They came swarming nected with the dy!lamos. This makes of me He felt the cord tighten and then pretended about him like bees, and for a it seemed a walking battery. A slight blow with my to reel. likely that he would be overpowered. fist will knock a man senseless, and a harder In a moment his foe was.upon him. But the But the giant resistance of the electric cur blow would kill him. Indeed, it would matter next moment the Thug was sorry for his at-rent was sufficient for an army of such foes. not bow great a gang assailed me, unless I was tack. Frank bad only one thing to dread and this crushed by a cannon ball or some:heavy missile Frank simply turned once and gave the fel was the possible severing of the wire which of the sort. I could easily whip any number of low a crack with his gloved band. connected the armor with the dynamos aboard the rascals single-handed. Now you may un-It was not a hard blow, but it was sufficient the air-ship. derstand why I consider myself safe in invad-to knock the would-be murderer, figuratively This was very fine and thread-like and so pli ing the Thugs' cavern.'' speaking, into a cocked hat. able as to be easily reeled from a bobbin aud by Montgomery and Sir Archibald had listened He lay in a senseless heap upon the cavern an automatic a;:rangement again reeled up. o Frank's statement with utter amazement. floor. If anything should come heavily in contact It seemed almost beyond belief. They re-The cord was yet about Frank's neck. The with this wire there was danger that it might garded the mail-clad young inventor with a young inventor removed it, and then went. on be severed. In such a case Frank would of surprise which words cannot describe. his way into the cavern. All was pitchy dark course be at the mercy of his foes. "'Pon honor!" excl aimed Montgomery, with ness. Therefore be kept his back as much as possia shrug of his shoulders, "you would be a great But it was not at all likely that be had not ble to the cavern wall, taking care not to let manager to have in time' of war. I believe you'd been spotted by the Thugs. his foes get in his rear. invent something to whip the enemy if they There was no doubt but that the companions Like Achilles his armor was not without a stood one hundred to one.'' of the fellow whom he bad just disposed of had vulnerable part and this was' it. He kept con" By Jupiter!" cried Sir Archie," I would n,:,t seen the event, and would make another at-stantly upon his guard. care to enter the field aga!nst you, Mr. Reade, tempt to stop his course. r Frank sent the rays of his electric lamp into in:anytbing like open battle. I should accept In fact, Frank could already half see and one of the cavern passages. He saw that the defeat as a foregone conclusion.'' actually feel a number of his foes about1bim. Thugs bad there concentrated in force and Frank laughed pleasantly and then proceed-He held himself in momentary readiness for an were about to descend upon him, ed to adjust his helmet. attack. They had clubs and cudgels for weapons and


-28 FRANK READE, JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC AIR-SHIP THE ''ZEPHYR" Part I. suddenly with loud yells swooped down upon was to be found. Neither was there any evi-sides were passed over, and the clear spaces the young inventor. dence that she had been held a captive there at were thoroghly swept by the penetrating rays. any time. But no sign of human life was to be found CHAPTER XXVI. Of course it was possible that the escaping anywhere. Whatever direction had been taken A CHANGE OF PLANS. Thugs had taken her away with them. by the Thugs, they certainly were not in sight THE attack of the band of Thugs was swift But Frank discredited this. He hit upon a now. and fierce. Frank knew that upon its issue new theory, and this was that the Englishman For several miles about wood and jungle, depended his plans, and then success. had not been pursuing the right parties all "this hillside and plain were thoroughly searched. Therefore, he braced himself well for the while, and that Nigra was not of this band of But not a l'>ign of the Thugs was discovered. struggle. Thugs. Where they had disappeared to so suddenly On came the Thugs with savage cries, and With this clearly formed conclusion, he did was certainly a problem of no mean sort. brandishing their weapons. In spite of the not waste further [time in the vicinity, but For hours the quest was kept up, and until superior and deadly force which Frank knew started at once to return to the air-ship. daylight broke. Then it was abandoned, and that he possessed, and which would affect the This was an easy matter, and as he came out a new method of procedure was discussed. numbers of the foe, he felt a bit doubtful of the of the cavern into the glare of the search-light, Lord Swelton now appeared on deck, assist result. the loud cries of joy from the lips of his anxious ed by Montgomery. The Thugs had heavy clubs and cudgels, hav-friends greeted his ears. His lordship insisted upon leaving his berth, ing divined the fact that their foe was pos, "Whurrool May the Blissid Vargin be and also demanded the details of the night'!! sessed of armor which would resist their rifle praised av it ain't Misther Frank, back agin work. bullets. safe an sound!" cried Barney, joyfully. Frank had not wished to acquaint him with A fearful blow from one of these weapons, "Golly sakes! dis am de bes' ob luck!" yelled them, but Swelton insisted so strongly that he Frank well knew, might terminate his career, Pomp, exuberantly. was obliged to do so. if it succeeded in breaking the delicate wire "Thank Heaven!"' cried Sir Archie and Mont-His lordship bore the dismaying news of the upon which he depended for his abnormal mus-gomery in one breath, while Dr. Vaneyke failure to rescue Beatrice with more of calm cular power. hastened to meet the :voung inventor at the ness and fortitude than it had been believed But his eye fell upon a heavy iron bar lying gangway. that he would. upon the floor of the cavern. Frank was with the joyful "So we have been on the wrong track all the At once he picked this up. The moment it greeting. while!" he mused. "Well this is most dis came in contact with his armor it was charged Almost before he was allowed to remove his eouraging. It cannot be, however, that God with a powerful current, and became an awful armor, he was forced to detail the story of his will not grant my prayers. I shall still con-weapon. adventures in the cave. tinue to cling to hope." Frank hung his electric lamp at his belt and TQ.e air-ship's crew listened with deepest in"Good for you!" cried Frank, with great gripped the bar with both gloved hands. terest. When Frank had finished Montgomery pleasure. "Keep up your courage, sir, and I One of the Thugs made a blow at him with a gave an exclamation of pain. feel sure that we shall yet succeed." club. "My soul!" he gasped," if we are then off the A long conference was held in the cabin. Frank caught the blow on the iron bar, and track how shall we eyer find Beatrice?" The decision arrived at was that the Zephyr the next moment the wretch went down like a "Swelton will be much disappointed," de-should be headed for a range of mountains dis felled ox. clared Sir Archie, in a despondent tone. "We tant not more than one hundred miles, and in l Another was upon him, but a touch of the had better not tell him jnst yet. Then you which were some old ruins, where it was be heavily charged bar knocked him into insensi-really think we are on the wrong track, Mr. lieved that the main body of the brotherhood bility. of Thugs was located. Yet this did not have the effect of checking "I do," replied Frank, positively," but keep Here it was supposed that novices were the advance of the wretches. They came on in up good heart. I am going to stick by you and taught the art of the cord and the stealth of a furious body, making blows at the plucky in-see you through. With the air-ship we can the human panther, whose victims are vader. scour India, and if we do not find Miss Swelin that benighted portion of savage India. But Frank managed to skillfully parry them ton it will be no fault of ours." As Nigra was known to be high in his pro-all, and stood upon the defensive. "Got;! bless you, Mr. Reade!" cried Sir Archie fession, it was deemed not improbable that he The iron bar which he wielded did terrible fervently. "You will remove a mighty woe was at this headquarters of the murderous execution. The Thugs went down before its from the heart of a doting and broken-spirited league. powerful sweep and terror seized them. father. You will not fail to get your reward If so, undoubtedly Beatrice was there also. To them Frank, in his armor, assumed the for such an act of noble sort." It was, therefore, decided to proceed at once to proportions of a giant. What manner of man "I seek no l,'eward other than the consciousNegu;n, as the place was called. was this, who could with his single arm light ness of having rendered a suffering fellow be-The air-&hip was headed in that direction. su't:cessfully with them all1 Surely he must ing a favor," declarad Frank, modestly. The day was opening fair and warm, and the be a god, or perhaps endowed with some evil '(hen he hastily removed his armor, and. pres-sun's rays beat down pitilesssly upon the air-spirit. It was all a conundrum to the supersti-ently reappeared upon deck. ship's deck. tious Thugs, and they yielded to terror. Barney and Pomp were waiting for orders, Pomp was in the pilot-house and Barney Sharp orders went up from theleaders. Back and as Frank appeared the Celt cried: was in the bow, while Frank Reade, Jr., and into the main passage of the cavern they re"Misther Frank, phwat wud yez haveus be the others were sitting in steamer chairs amid-treated in great disorder. doing av now 1 Sure we're all ready for a ruction ships. Suddenly a startling thing happened. With a thrill I!'rank saw that he had won the or a riot. Jist give us the wurrud." battle. "Well, Barney!" said Frank, quickly. "I CHAPTER XXVII. He now quickly assumed the aggressive anc;l think take a cruise over this valley and THE FIRE IN THE JUNGLE . began to pursue the foe. explore it by search light. Let Pomp go to A TREMENDOUS and awful roar broke upon From one part' of the cavern to the other the and you attend to the_ '>earch the air_ and the a:ir-ship bound.ed at thte Frank went, chasing the terrified Thugs and light. I wlll be in the bow and g1ve you same t1me, rockmg and swaymg terr1bly as 1 looking for the girl captive Beatrice Swelton orders!" uuderthe influence of some mighty force b -whom he believed to be in the cavern. "All right; sari" cried Barney, readily. "I'll neath it. f j The Thugs retreated before him and suddenly do jist as ye say, sar." Then vast clouds of ashes, smoke and ,iJre JFrank saw before him a patch of the night sky Barney went at once to the post on the bridge filled th_e air around it. and came out of the cavern into the outer air. above. In an mstant one could not see across the This was and upper exit from the He quickly had the search light in good deck for flying dust and ashes which filled the place and further up the mountain side. working order. Pomp was in the pilot-house. eyes and nostrils, and seemed likely to suffo-The Thugs had all disappeared and apparent-In a moment the air-ship rose like a great cate all on board. ly made good their escape. No trace was to be' bird, and hung two hundred feet over the Frank Reade, Jr., kept his presence of mind found of Beatrice Swelton. valley. and had managed to shout: Frank could not pursue the Thugs further. Then Frank sent the rays of the o;;earch light "Pull lever No. 11, Pomp. Let the air-ship He returned therefore and made a careful down to the earth making the spot where its up-up!'' search of the cavern. rays rested as plain as day. "My God!" cried Lord Swelton in agony. But not the least trace of the missing girl The dense woods of the valley and the hill-" I am suffocating! What is it?"


Part I. FRANK READE, JR,'S NEW ELECTRIC .AIRSHIP THE "ZEPHYR." 29 'I "What has happened T' "Not so!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. rapidity of lightning speedily assumed the pro" God help us! Has the world come to an What is it then?" portions of a mighty fire. end?" "Listen, and I'll tell you. We are directly At the same moment, from another quarter Indeed, there was good cause for almos t any over the crater of some volcano, which burst of the jungle came: another sheet of flame. conclusion at that moment. The awful roar, into an eruption without a moment's notice, Frai).k at once procured his long-range glasses the fiying ashes, the sparks of fire, all would and just as we were passing over it." and proceeded to study the distant blaze. seem to bear out this or any like hypothesis A As he did so he became impressed with a the world was really coming to an end. "Yes, and as soon as the air-ship drifts a thrilling fact. rBut Jr., had been astute little ways further, you will be beyond the The fires were at regular intervals and set as nough to m mstant cloud of eruption, and you can see it very with one common accord. It looked plainly a The ashes d1d not enter the pilot-house, for 1 1 if human agency was at the bottom of it. with great prt!sence of mind Pomp had shut pam y. . "By Jove! that is queer," muttered Frank. the door Dr. Vaneyke s predictiOn proved true. "If th t. t h th t ., . a IS rue, w at are eyup o The darkey had heard Frank's order and in The air-ships propeller soon placed her be" I h d th t th k' d th 1 d d th ld b ave an 1 ea a ey are smo mg out a stantly pulled Lever No 11 yon e c ou an en It cou e seen that t' t d M t The air-ship leaped upward With it all came from the crater of a volcano far begomeryd. s h' . . .' low on t e Ieve 1 averre Ir Arc Ie, In-the velocity of the wmd 1t rose, and m a few credulously. "They would not set fire to such t moments more in sunshine. By a singular ch?'nce they had to a large amount of jungle." But the ship Itself was a s1ght to behold. be over the crater JUSt as the eruptiOn came. Frank said nothing but watched the scene It's deck was literally covered half a foot It was a very narrow escape from destruca few minutes. deep in ashes. Some of these were alive, and tion, as all were bound to admit. But now Th h d p there would have been danger of fire had there that the danger was over the spirits of all rose. en e gave or ers to. omp to head the been wood in the compl'Sitlon of the Zephyr's The first move necessary was to shake the Zephyr for the spot. s_ta.twning in the deck. ashes from their clothing. Fortunately, they bow, he carefully the distant fire. Those who were on deck were also a funny were light and easily removed, though all Several remarkable _thmgs he noted, one looking set of objects. found it necessary to cleanse themselves with of these was the JUngle ended the Th h h d d th 'th a good bath blank and preCipitous wall of a mountam . e as es a covere em WI a It looked as if the fires had been set in a coatmg, and they looked odd enough. It re-Barney and Pomp found a good sized job on 1 t d 'ld b t t b quired no little work to dig it out of eyes and their hands to clean the decks and helices of sthemfi-Citrc fe tho. rive WI 11 eaAs 0 tayhailtl d d h e oo o IS mountain wa grea c ears so that they coul see an ear. the air-ship. d F k Wh t if t h b "G t !" d s A h' t se1ze ran a 1 was a uman etng? rea guns gaspe lr rc Ie, m a spu -They did not grumble with the task ho -Th -h' h t f d d h ,.tering way "what on earth has happened 1 w e air s 1P 8 0 orwar an m a s ort ., ever, but went bravely to work, and m a short while a part explanatiOn of the fire was made b t h t time the a i rs .hip was once more put to rights. p l ain. 1 a c ou o as es urs over us s ou -All now began to look forward eagerly to the ed Montgomery. "Where did they come 1 1 tN Upon the land which had already been arr va a egum. burned, and following the line of the fire, were "Begorra, that's phwat I'd like to know!" What they would encou:r:ter and a number of people. exploded Barney. results they could_only 1magme. But thr1l -They were savage in dress au,d features, and Pomp, in the pilot-house, was the only one to m store. Vaneyke exclaimed . escape the doucbe. He could not help a laugh The a1r-sh1p kept a steady co urse for over They are not Thugs but nat1ves of th1s as he viewed the others. two hours. At the expiration of. a kind mountain peasant. They are l .But Dr. Vaneyke was at the rail. Frank began to look fo r themountam m which an honest class. "I'll explain it to yon," he cried, "if you will were the ruins said to be the headquarters of "Is that p ossible 1" cried Sir Archie. "I did o nly come here a moment." the bl'Otherhood o f Thugs. not believe that an honest native co uld be All rushed to the rail and looked o ver. A The mountain was located by Dr. Vaneyke. found in India. Are they Brahmins T' wonderful sight was presented to them. It was a high peak with an extinct crater. "I believe they are," replied the scientist. [ Below, fully a thousand feet, was a tossing Toward it the air-ship p r oceeded. But long ".They are probably engaged in smoking o u t a cloud of fire and ashes. These completely obbefore it was reached a thrilling thing occurred. tiger. But, no! Look I My God, what a horsc ured any view of the earth wh11tever. Suddenly a line of fire was seen to leap into rible sig!rtl" world is burning up!" shouted Mont-life t hrough the dense dry m ass of a jungle The words o f the aged scientist brought all gomery, in horror. "Certainly it has that ap some five miles away. to the rail, and they beheld an awful spectacle. pearance. It was at first a small flame, but with the END OF PART r. The continuation and conclusion o f this stor y can be found in the FRANK READE LIBRARY No. 1 2 entitl ed FRANK READE, JR.'s NEW ELECTRIC AIR SHIP THE "ZEPHYR;" or, I'ROM NoRTH TO SooTH AROUND THE GLOBE," by Non arne," Part II. rrsef-u..1 a:n..d. 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Queen of the Queer tn New York. t5 Funk Re&de, Jr., and His Queen Clipper of the Clouds, 46 A l5(j to 1 Shot; or, Youu2 Sleuth as a Jockey. Part II. 47 Yonog Sleuth and tbe Express Robbers: or, Ferreting 46 or, Strange Advent48 Best Race. 41 of the Air; or, 49 A 'l'ip; or, Young ::;Ieutb at the Amerfcaa 48 Frank Reade, Jr., Exploring a R\vertooflbstery. 160 At Long Odds; or, Young Hleutb's Lightning Fiiaish. 49 Frank Reade. Jr., in tbe Sea of Sand, and His Discovery 51 1:oung Sleuth and tbe Great Wall :Street ll.Jsteeyi or, of a Lost People. Tracing a Strange 'l'rttgedy of a Broker's 08ice. 50 Obased Acrose the Sahara; or, The Bedouin's Captive. 52 Young Sleuth and the Opera House Myete17; or, Mar ... 51 or, The 53 of .New York; or, The 52 Frank Reade, Jr . and l'iil' of the Air; or, River'l'bievesand the Kee'n Detective. tbe Search for the Monntain of Gold. M Yomog Sleuth and the Mysterious Doctor; or, A Medi-53 From Pole to Pole; or, Frank ll.eade, Jr. 'a Strange Sub-cal Student's Dark Plot. marine Voya,re. f M Young Sleuth nnd the Rival Bank Breakers; or, The 54 The Mystic Brand: or. Frank Reade, Jr., and HisOerKeen Detective's Girl Decoy. land Sta2e Upon the Staked Plains. 56 YounJr Sleuth's Flaab Light; or, Tbe Dark )bstery of a. 55 Prank Reade, Jr in the intheFarWest; or, 'l'he Search Eve. 56 His Air Ship in Asia; or, A 67 in the StateRoom; or. 57 Torpedo Boat: or, At 58 or, The Keea Detective War With the Brazilia.h Rebels. 59 Young :::,)entb's Terrible Dllemllla; or. Oue Cbenoe in 58 Frank Reade, Jr., and Hie Electric Coach; or, 'fbe One Hundred. 59 or, The 60 Ball; or, Se&I'Ch for the Isle of Part Jl. 61 Young Slentb's Big Oontract; or, Oleaming Oat tbe 00 Gun ... Carriap:e; or, 62 or, 'l'he False Detective's Vil-61 Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric Ice Boat; or, Lost tn the Jainy Land of Urimsoo Snow. Pttrt I. 63 Young Sleuth's Terrible Test; or, Won at the Risk of 62 Frank Reade .Jr.'s Ice Boat; or, Lost in tbe Life. Land of Orimson Sno.v. Part 11. 64 Youna;r Sleuth and the Man With tbe Diamond Eye. 63 Clouds: or, = 64 Frank Reade, Jr.s EJectrtc Oyc lone; ol", Ad-67 Sleuth's Last Dodge; or, The Keen Detective"& ventures in No Man's Land. I. Greatest Ruse. 65 Frank Reade. ,Tr.'s Electric Cyclone: or, '1'hril1ing Ad .. 68 Young Slenth and the Female Smuggler; er, Working ventures in No Man's Lanrl. Part. II. For .. Uncle Sam.'' 66 The Sunken Pirate; or. Frank Reade, Jr. in Search of 69 Young Sleuth's Lightning Ohanges; etr, 1'he Gold Brick a 'l'rea.sure at the Bottom of the Sea. Taken In. 67 Frank Reade, Jr .. and His E lectric Ail'-Boat; or, Hunt70 Young Sleuth and the Owls of Owl Mountain; or, Tb& 68 Jr, Among; the 71 The Keen DeUdive'a Cowboys With bis New Electric Carnvan. Best Knock-Out. j 69 From Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful Trip of Fl'ank 72 Young Hleuth's Sharps; or. Sharp Work Among Sharp Reade, Jr., With His Latest Air-Ship. Crooke. 70 Frank Reade, Jr., and His .E.lectrio Prairie Schooner: 73 Young Sleutb's!Seven Signs; or, The Keen Detective's 71 the Lakes; 74 be Stage; or, An Act Not, on the or, A Joorney Africa. b:v Water. Bills. 72 the Ivory 75 at Monte Oarlo; or, The Crime of the 73 Six Weeks in the Olouds; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air76 Yonng Sleuth and the Man with the Tattooed .Arm; or, Ship. the Thuuderboh of the Skies. Tracking Miseing Millions. 74 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; or, Around the 77 Young Sleuth m Demijohn City; or, Waltzing WH75 His Flying Ice Ship; or, 78 Or, Saving & Yung Americ&ft Driven Adrift in the ]'rozen Sky. from the Prison Mines. 76 Reade, Jr .. and His lJ:lectrio Sea Engine; or, 79 Young Sleut h Almost Knocked Out: or, Nell Blondin'& HuntinR for a Sunken Diamond Mine. Desperate Gtt-me. 77 Frank Reade, Jr, Exploring a Submar&ine Mountuin; 80 Young Sleuth and Billy the Kid Nnmber Two; or, TtM. or, Lost at the Bottom of the Sea. Hidden Ranch .. of the Panbandie. All the above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of price. Address P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY Publisher 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.


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