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Across the frozen sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s electric snow cutter.
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Latest .and Best Stories are Published in This :J ...... ibrary. I No. 83. { COl\IPLI!:T.} FRANK TousEY. PuiiLTsHER, 3! & 36 NoRTH MooRE STREET, NEw YoRK. { J JtrcE } Vol IV New York, June 2 2 1894. WEEKLY. 5 Entered accodin{J to the Act of Ca.toess, in the yeur 189! by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.{!ice of the Librarian of Congress, at fVashington, JJ. C ACROSS THE FROZEN SEA; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Snow Cutter. B y "" NON.AME." .!' ......... ... ....


2 ACROSS 'rHE FROZEN SEA. \ The subscription Price of tbe FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York . Box 2730. ACROSS THE FROZEN SEA; OR, Frank Beade, Jr.'s Electric Snow Cutter. AN EXCITING S'I'ORY OF THE NORTH POLE. By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr.'s New Electric Air-Ship the Zephyr," etc. CHAPTER I. AN ARGUMENT PROVED, I TELL you, Col. Healey, it is not only possible to re"ch the North Pole, but I have devised a way by which it is easy to do so." This certainly sounds like a strong statement, but the man who made it meant every word be saiu, and was, moreover, a reliable per eon. He was no other than Frank Reade, Jr., the world's most famous in ventor, whose history we need hardly repeat here. Suffice it to say that his home was in Readestown, ami that he was tbe youthful in ventor or the Steam Muu, the Electric Horse, the Air Ship, the Sub marine Boat, and mauy other wonderful devices, with which be trav. eled in various parts of tbe world, e1tber in quest of adventure, or upon some mission of a philanthropic or chivalrous nature. Frank Reade, Jr., was a very w;,althy young man, and constantly Mtting to his fortune through the medium of his inventions. But his wealth and his fame di d not spoil him. He did not consider himself too good or personally exalted, to shake hands with the com monest honest laborer. Col. Healey, the gentleman to' whom he addressed the words with which open this story, was also a famous mao. He was a noted Arctic travelEr and explorer, and bad only just re turned from the frozen north, one of four survivors of a party of sixty hardy men: The remaining fifty-six unfortunate aouls were sleeping in iey graves. They had ventured into the Arctic wrth the steam ya_cht J.ane, end had become nipjiled 'in the ice. 1 Two seasons spent in the cold clime, bad dwindled their number down so that when the government cutter Bear found them and rescued tbem, only Jour were left. This disastrous result of his Arctic had discouraged Heeley. He now declared that it was an impossible feat to reach the NorLlJ Pole. "It can't be done!" he declared, "the ice forms an impenetrable barrier." "Yes, it can he done!" declared Frank. PerhaJlS you can tell how!" ,. I can." Well, tell me how a ship is going to penetrate that fearful ice wall!'' "l would never compel the ship to do it. My plan is Lo go over the Over its surface!'' asked the colonel. ''Yes." Col. Heeley shook his head. Pshaw!'' he declared, .. that Is at: right. You will tlnd that the cannot haul sledges that far. The further you go, the scarcer are provisions.'' '' Ah, but I would not think of such slow progress!'' You would not take dogs?" ''Nu '' The looked ama;!ed. "Why, my dear man, you are crazy," he declared. "You could never go acro8s that waste on foot.'' "Neither would I attempt it." The veteran e:x;plorer looked at Frank in the sheerest of amazement. Then he managect to recover himself sufficiently to ask: "Well, how would you do it!'' "By electric snow cutter." "Electric snow cutter!'' "Yes.'' The colonel whistled and twirled his "Come now, Frank," he said, "I know you are a famous inventor. But are you in earnest? Have you invented such a wonderful thing?" "I have invented a cutter which will travel over snow and ice with the greatest of ease and great speed.'' "I should like to see it.'' "You shall. It is all completed. Do you know what I built it for?" "No.' "I was going to your reacue. Just as I got everything ready, the Bear brought you home." "Well, old friend," sai.I the colonel, with Pome show of ''I can assure you that I oppreciate your kindly motive. I am more than interested.'' "Come with me, and you shall see the new invention." A.t the moment they had been standiog on the sidewalk in Reades town, not far from the entrance to Frank's machine shop. The Colonel had run out to Readestown to make Frank a brief visit. This accounts for his presence in the place at this moment. Frank led the way to the gate. He pulled a bell-wire. In a momm:at a small wicket opened. The comical mug of an Irishman appcarP.d. His face lit up at sight of th'l visitors. "Shure, Misther Frank, an' is it yesilft'' be Cl'ied. "It's glad I am to see yez!" "Yes, Barney!" said Frank. "Open the gate and let us in." "All roight, The Celt was an old and faithful attache of Frank's estahlishmer:t. There was also a negro, black as coal, and named Pomp. These t.wo adjuncts Frank took with him wherever hjl went. The gate swung open and the two men entered. The negro was just crossing the yard. "Pomp," said Frank, authoritatively, "I wish to show Col. Healey the Snow Cutter." "A.'right, sah," rep,lied the darky with an obeisance. "Dis way, gem mens!'' The two men followed tbe darky into a high-arched building. In the center of this was a br6ad and deep tank. There were twenty-five or water in it. It led out into a canal heyond tile building, and this canal "by a series of locks was connected: with tbe river which led down to the sea. Passing by this, they eo tereq another building, and here upon a broad platform was the object of their interest. The new ioveiJ.tion, the Electric Snow Cutter, was before tbem. Col. Heeley stood gazing at it a moment silently. Then he walked around it several times. "Wonderful!" he finally exclaimed. What the colonel saw was a long, square body of steel, with round ed front, set upon transverse runners with hroatl tires. This was so designed that the cutter could travel upon the surface or the lightest snow. Above the main body of the cutter was a cabin with wimlows. A. guard rail extended along ti:e sides, and a door opened forward. Above was a deck, also provided with a guard rail. Forward on this deck was a pilot-house with plate glass windows. Over the pilot-house was a search-liabt of enormous power. Just to the rear or the pilot-bouse was a single high mast with a sail and a pennant above it. Aft was an uppAr cabin with circular windows. A.t the rear of the cutter was lbe means of propulsion. '!'his looked not unlike the stern wheel of a Mississippi But the blades of the paddles were lighter and concave. These dipped deAp into the snow, or cau ght their saw like edges upon tbe smootbest ice, and impelled the cutter forward. \ I


I ACROSS THE. FROZEN SEA. 8 There were also snow ar:d ice brakes to govern the speed of the machine on a swi(t or steev descent. 'J:his is n meager description of the outward part of the cutter. Frank now led the way into the cabm. Col. HeelE>V was deeply impressed. "Upon my word!" he exclaimed, I have never seeti the equal of this. But how do you get your propelling power, Frank?" "Electric engines!" replied the inventor. "Dynumos?,. Well, in part, yes." I don't see bOw you can _generate sufficient power in such a limit ed space." I have powerful systems of storage which is a secret of mine. I can depend on my engines for an ind e finite length of time." "It is truly wonderful! Show me the engines." I will!" replied Frank, t>ut first I want you to take a look at the rurnishings of the cabin." The cabin of the Snow Cutter was certainly beautifully furnihed. Of course the space was not great, but every inch was economically utilized and furnished luxuriously. It was indeed a miniature palace. . lp the main cabin there were shelves of rare books and maps. Pass ing into the next compartment there were stands or arri:ls and stores of ammunition. "This is the gun room!" declnred Frank. Her!\ we have all the paraphernalia necessary to stallll off a savage foe!" An indispensable adjunct!" agreed the colonel; there are many savage bauds 'Jf Esquimaux in the Arctic regions!" Next they came into a small compartment where was a fully equip ped dresser and dining table. Beyond this was a small kitchen pre sided over by Pomp. Upon the upper deck were the staterooms for live lravelers. This constituted the main features of the machine's interior Rave the pilot house and the engine room. The Iutter containel1 a wheel bv which the forward runners of the Cutter could be turned in any desired dtrection. Below tlie main cabin wns the electrical engine room. This ; was noc at all a large eompartmeot, having sufficient space fur one man to get around in conveniently. Barney had charge of tbts but his presence was needed there only at stated times. The electrical machinery was intricate and delicate in construction powerful. This completed the tour oJ tl:e cutter. The two men came out upon the UP.per declt and Col. Heeley sank into a camp-chair. Well, I declare!" he exclaimed, heartily, "thts is beyond ordinary \)Alief. I have never seen the equal of it in my life. Frank, I would not miss going with you, for I know that you will succeed." "You shall go if you choose!" declared the young inventor. "As for succeeding-, I do not mean to fail!" And you will not!'' Uow soon cnn you be ready!" "Wtthin twelve hours. When will you start?" "I am anxious to get away wiLhin two days. We have only to put provisions aboard the cutte r to be ready to start at ODCP. !" "It shall be so!'' cried Heel ey, but he suddenly inquired: "How will you get the cutter into Lhe Arctic?" "I have already provided for that!" replied Frank, "I shall float a barge into the basin which you saw in the other building. Then out through the canal and into the river the cutter will be floated. A tug w1ll there take the barge down to the salt water. There I shall !lave a rust steam yacht, the Iris, in waiting to take us all as far up Smith Sound as we can go. The rest will be easy.'' This was not a pleasant subject to rellect upon. Barney and Pomp however contributed largely to the removing of the sense of dread. They wen> both reckless of danger and bound to be lively and jovial In spite of everything. As the Iris steamed rapidly northward, Pomp brought out his ban jo and played and sang rollicking plantation melodies. Barney not to be outdolle produced au Iiddle out of which he got wonderful music. "Shure I cum av a race av fiddlers," he declared. "Be me sowl, me aollisters played before Brian Born whin Oirelaud was free and a kingdom av its own.'' I suppose every Irishman lougs to Sl\e the return of that day?" usked the colonel. "Yez are right!'' cried Barney; bad cess to ould Englnud for opo pressin' us.'' "Golly! I don' link it do yo one bit ob good, I' ish!" said Pomp, sniffing contemptuously. An' phwy not yez ulack apef' flasbed the excitable Irishman. "Yo' don' want to leave America does yo'? Wt1a' good it do yo' to hab Ireland set free no mo' dan' it do me any good fo' to set Africa free.'' Tbis looked more logical to the Celt, who subsided. Shure I don't think any wan wud be fool enough fer to set Afnky free. Yez don't know pbwnt patriotism is." "Don' yo' he sassy, I'ish," remonstrated Pomp. "Yo' jes' about wha' yo' am gwine to git if 1 git mall mad up." "Begvrra, ye'll get a good bating," declared Barney vigorously. "Yo' link so, does vo' ?" "Bejabers, I know it." Colonel Heeley ha;l gone down into the yacht's cabin with Frank. 'I' he two jokers were under no restraint. They faced each other tflreateningly. Some or the Jack Tars who took it stlriously now drew near, and cried: "Keelhaul him, shipmate. He insulted ye!" "Give him a Hipper in the bowsprit," urged nnotller. "Spoll his Jigger-bend!" 1 "Lively there, lads! Settle 1t in the right way. Go aboard of him." The two jokers were ripe for a ruction. Not since leaving port bad they indulged in a friendly set-to, and here was a royal opportunity. They needed no urging. Am yo' gwine to take back whn' yo' said, l'ish?" asked Pomp, curtly. "Divil a bit av ill" replied the Celt sluoiJornly. "It's yersiU should apologize to me.'' "Yo' link so?" "I tell yez so!" "Den look out fo' yo'sef! Ki dar!' Pomp lowered his h11ad and made a rush for Barney. The Celt dodged just in time, and the darky's bead struck the main mast with such force-that it actually made the top hamper tremble. Such a bfow would have brainea an ordinary white man. But Pomp didn't even wince. He turned quickly and made another dash at Barney. This time t!1e Celt failed to get out of the way quickly enough. But lie managed to bill' Pomp a lusty crack across the ribs. It did not stop hirn, however. And Pomp caught Barney witll his battering-ram head full in the side. The Irishman let out a grunt which was like the bursting of a bottle of champagne. CHAPTER IJ. Then be grappled with his adversary. ON BOARD THE IRIS. The j\lCk tars yelled with delight. CoL. HEELEY was very enthusiastic over Frank's plans. Over and over the two jokers rolled upon the deck. He believed at last that a solution of the Arctic difficulty had been It was nip and tuck. founlj. They would be sure to reach the North Pole. Now one had the upper hand, then the other. How it would have When he left Readestowu a few hours later be was in the highest of "terminated if mnch ,longer protracted it is hard to say. spirits. But an incident suddenly terminated the affair. Tlle colonel proceeded at once to tis home, and quickly made arln the deck tber!l; was a large skylight, below \fbich wad the galley rangements for .the great trip. and the cook's tables. Of course so wonderful an undertaking could hardly be kept secret. Suddenly Barney iost his g;rip on Pomp. It soou.spread over the entire country, and when the time for The latter spr11ng to his feet for the purpcse of making another the start Readestown was besieged by au army of cranks, of scientists blow with his beall. and of newspaper men. He backward, and then-All sorts of queer offers and propositions were m.nde to Frank. Crash! Bang! Clatter! "Golly, Marse Frank,'' cried Pomp, "I done link if yo' was to satDown through the skylight went Pomp, carrying the glass with isfy all dem pe?ples yo' would uebher be able to get Myay at nil." him. "You ara ngbt, Pomp!" agreed Frank. "I shall not even try to The colored cook of the Iris had an imrnense pan of soft dough in do that.'' the middle of the table, all rendy to mix into bread. Every preparatton was finally completed. Pomp's head dove straight into this. He keeled over and rolled The machine was well stocked with provisions. It was loaded safely upon the galley floor, carrying table, pan, cooking utensils and all on thl' barge and the start was made. with him. A few days later the steam yacht Iris, Captain Irvin Belden, was The dough fnsteued in Pomp's wool, and also stuck in his mouth onder way for the Arctic. nose and ears, nearly strangling him. Then atad not until then did those in the pr.rty fully realize the enor-He managed to clear his mouth and yell: mity o! the task they had undertaken. "Lordy massy! dis chile am done killed! I'se broke mah neck! 1 t was certainly not a light one. The chances were not large of sacSa'Je me!" cess. Then spluttering and gasping be emerged from the dough pan only Many things could happen. The Snow Cutter might become dis-to find himself confronting the irate cook. abled, the electrical machinery might collapse, and the party become j Pomp scrambled to his feet and was a sight to behold. buried forever in the wild northern wastes. His face and hair was no longer black,


ACROSS 'l'HE F ROZEN' SEA. The jack tars and Barney were crowded at lhe skyliglJt above. At the comical spectacle they whooped with laughter. This partly brought Pomp to his senses. When he realized that he was not badly hurt be was mad. Somebody else was mad too. This was Benjamin, the cook .ije dropped his apron and clutched his rolling pin. Wha' lo' yo' cum down in here dat a-way fo'?" he yelled. "Yo' nasty black nigger vo'! l'se gwine to take it out oh yo' hide!" Benjamin was a muliitto, and bad the trat.litional antipathy for the coal lllack negro. 'l'his in turn fired Pomp. "Hub! don' yo' be obstreperous yo' washed out nigger!" he retQrt ed. I didn't cum here ob rn11h own free will yo' may be sure W:ha.' am dat yo' call mef Washed out, eb! Yo' nellber wash yo'sef anyway!" I don' try fo' to mek mase'l a white man!" retorted Pomp. This was enough for Benjamin. / He made a furious at Pomp with the rolling pin. The latter caught it on his cranium and it ghuced off each time like water from u duck's back. Then Benjamin rem em be red aDll reached low for his adversary's shins. This was Pomp's opportunity. Quick as a flash he lowered his hea.d and charged. He struck Ben jam in full in tile bread ba s ket. It was like the stroke o( a battering ram. The elder darky gasped and went down like a falle n tree. And while he was gasping and floundering on the floor Pomp dash1 ed out or the Jloor and made his esc;lpe 1 This created a. fresh roar of merriment !rom above. 1 In fact, so great was tlie uproar that Captain Belden was culled on deck. 'l'his ended the episode, but Benjamin made u mental vow. "I jes' get wil dat llig bloke of a nigger ufo' dis v'yage am ended, an' yo' bet 1 will!" But he did not. Tbe necessary opportunity did not occur. But Pomp had a chance to get square with Barney later on, and just bow be did it we shall see. The Iris kept propitiou sly on l!'er northward way. But when ott the coast or Newfoundland sbe ran into a terrible Storm: For several days it was a hard questi o n as to whether. she would weather it or not. The hatches were battened down and the crew worked for their lives; but tinnily the sea abated. Calm seas now became the order until well up into Davis Strait. TIJen again the' seal! became rough and boisterous. Great qua.ntit ies of pack Ice encountered and monster were on every hand, It was not tile safest kind of work threading. a way in and out among tlJem, After dark the search-light from the Snow Cutter was employed, and men were obliged to keep a peipetual position in the bow. Gradually, day after day, the Iris worked her way into Baffin's Bay. 'l'his was found reasonabl) clear, and for some tH. 'l'he cook was shaking his list savagely and Baying: "I li:l: yo' when yo' come back, yo ace ob spades! I habit in ro yo'!" Then Pomp did a very ungallant thing. He thulnlled his nose t() the departing cook. Barney saw and heard all and laughed uproariously. Bu't the Iris bad soon falltld from sight, and Frank's voice was heard: All aboard for the North Pole!" All scrambled aboard the Snow Cutter. A mighty icy plain extended as far as the eye could reach. Heading directly fur the north ward, l!' rank let the Snow Cutter out for a. swift run. It was the trial trip .But it was more than a success. l\:{ercy! how slf e did speed the smooth plain. r Tlle stern puddles revolved like a tlasb and drove the Cutler ahead at railroad speed. Mile after mile sped by. The sun was visillle only for a short while at intervals above the horizon. Tlle Arctic and winter was coming on rapitllr. Great rever berations went boomiug over the icy wat e rs as the hand of Jack Frost tightened things up. Truly it was a wonderful scel]e. The icy couutry presented a diversity and variety which baffid s description. There were great plains of ice us smooth and level as llo!' r, Then there were mighty peaks and crags or sheer ascent to the !Jei gllt of hundreds of feet. There was also wbat is called the ice pack where the bosom of the oceaD"has uph,eaved and thrown the ice into all manner of piles. 'l'hese ice packs could not be crossed by tbe Snow Cutter. It was necessary to go around them and tbis often 111volvetl a detour of many miles. But still the Cutter kept its way rapidly toward the Pole. For several days all were intently engaged in watching the cuiiuus phenomeua of the country. During this time uo thrilling incident occurred. But one day there came the first of a thrilling train of them. Barney was at the wheel, and the Cutter was speeding along the base of an icy clifl when suddenly there smote upon the air a mighty roar liKe thunder. The Cutter pitched and tossed under the motion of the ice field. For safety Barney brought it to a stop. Luckless move! It was just under the cliff. Down from above slid a disl0l1ged pm. uncle of 1ce. It lay right across the Cutter's bow, and held it pinioned. Col. Heeley bad it coming, but bis cry of warning was to() late. The Cutter JVIIS entrapped. While the earthquake the ice plain to heave and pitch, and great quantities of ice to come tumuling down from the clifi There was great danger that the Cutter would be cr, ushell. But very fortunately no othPr large fragment struck. her. There she was held piniOned safe enough. How badly she wns crushed 11 at all, could not be seen. "Golly! I done fink we am ir. a bad tlx now!" cried Pomp. "Be jabers that's eo!'' agreed Barney. I "II only this commotion would cease there'd he a chance for us!" sai'd Healey. Then the commotion ceased. The adventurers rushed out on deck to Inspect their lpositbn. It was not a flattering one. The Cutter seemed hopelessly wedged in her position. To cut the ice away would seem like a long 1 hard job. In fact it seemed out or the question. The explorers with long l a ces exchanged glances. "We're done for!" exclaimed Heeley. But Frank said: "We won't g;ve up yet." I He was about to--return to the cabin when his attention as well as that of the others was attra.cted by a queer sound and sight. 'I' he sound was a succession of grunts and deep roars. The sight was a literal army of bears coming down the face of the 1 \ 1 '


. . \ I ACROSS 'l'Hhl FROZEN SEA. 5 There seemed a score of them, and they were of the white species. 1 The Arctic bear is not a foe be despised. Not one in the party but knGw this well. This avahnche of savage beasts was coming straight toward the Snow Cutter. "Begorra, they're afther us!" 2asped Barney. Now i! there is one thing an Irishman is afraid of it is a bear. Barney was no exception, and he rushed into the cabin and reap peared witll his rifle. Before Frank or any of the others could interfere lie had drawn aim and fired at the beasts. The bullet struck one of them, and as chance bad ih in a vital part. The bear fell i:lead. "Whurroo!'' cried' Barney, "there's wan \ nv the bastes gone to his account. Shure here goes fer another!'' With which he Iired again. ThiS time his shot only wounded one of the bears. The result of this action was now plainly to he seen. 'l'lle wounded bear with a howl of pain starteu for tlle Cutter and the others followed llim pell mel!. Frank saw that the situation was a critical one. He shouted: "Into the cabin everyllouy! Lively or they'll be upon us!" I{ltO the cabin all sprung. The3 were none too soon. The bears reached the rail of, the Cutter and clambered over it The frail structure trembled t11meath their weight. With their powerful claws, Frank knew that they coultl do much damage to the invention. So he cried: To arms nil. Open the loopholes Barney. Kill all you can!'' Then the battle beguiJ. The bears seemed almost human in their powers of perception and to know that their foes were in tlle cabin which they strove to invade. They clawed at Ule door and the windows and would unuoubtedly have etlected an entrance ere long. The shots fired by the defeutlers did little for it was only at times that the beasts came within range. Fr.ank saw that different tacticS" must be employed and at once. He did not hesitate to do this. He went below and secured a long coil of wire. Up into the pilot house he went alter llaving connected the wire with the pvwerfol dynamos. Then be stepped out on the tlecl<. The bears were on the lower deck. 1 Frank held the wire m hls llunds, which were r.rotected llY insolate:! gloves. The bears saw him, aud with fierce essayetl to climu up to the upper deck. But Frank uncoiled a long piece of the wire anti lioug it down them. The result was thrilling. Wherever a wire touched a bear the brute was knockPd from the of the Cutter as if by thl' \Jlow of a l{iant. Nearly every one of the bears receivetl a stunning shock, which was IIIOt powerful enough tO kill, hut tO stun them. '1'11ey returned more angrily to .attack. But Frank maintaine>l his coolly and kept throwing the wire among them. The bears could not get IH!ar him. And repeated doses of this ldud of medi cine finally drove them .away in actual terror. Tbey rthat is to extricate tl1e Cutter from its present posi,wn. '' Can it be done?" as1

6 ACROSS 'l'HE FROZEN SEA. So Frank opened a window and sllouted to them in English. But they did not at once understand. Finally one of their number drew nearer. He seemed to have a knowledge of the English language and rtlplied: lglook man. Heap big warrior! You 'Merican man, eb?'' "Yes!" replied Frank, "I am no American. I will be your friend!" Give Iglook man firewater, heap drink, we be friends!" "Not much!" replibd Frank, tersely. "I can't give you a drop of whisky. But I'll be friends with you if you wish!" The Esquimuu seemed and, perhaps, a. bit angry. "lglook man no fool! 'Merican man travel sledge wituout d o gs. Igloo!' man like sledge fer himself!" "Oh, you would, eh!" said Frank, with sarcasm. "Your wants are small. Is there anything else you'd like?" "Gib lglook man sledge?" "Perhaps!" said Frank, ironically, but what else will you have?'' Gib me gun, rne kill walrus. Whale all so quick. Say so!" "You avaricious dog!" cried Frank, angrily. "I'll tell you what I'll give you, and that's one ounce of cold lead if you venture lo press your demands any further!'' The Esquimau was very angry. This last speech took all the good nature of him. "Hi-hi!" he yelled, in a piping voice. "Esquimau kill quick, heap kill you no gih it to him. Wllat say?" B e jal.lers, let me give birn a pohte reminder that it's not a lot nv paltroons lle's tal kin' to!'' cried Barney. "S!mre I'll only cut off a bid of his earl'' The Celt, and Pomp as well, were itching for a shot at the foe. But Frank would not consent. "Do not tire until we are fired upon!" be declared. Just now we most stand on the defensive." "I haven't any doubt but that we've got to tight the dogs, Frank," said Col. Heele y with conviction. "'l'lfat may be true!" agre e d the young inventor, "but you must admit that the conservative course is t!Je best!" "Oh, yes!'' The Esquimau spokesman was h :uling epithets and threats at the Snow Cutter's crew. But to his evident surprise they did not scare wort b u cent. "Come!'' shouted Fmnk, tli.ililly, "begone, you vile wretch! We have stooct enough of your impudence!" Frank placed the barrel of his gun through a loophole. The Esquimau wretch, however, would not heed the warning .F'rank stood it ns. long a& he could, and then said: "We will fire into the air over his head. That may frighten him." Barney an!J Pomp were only too eager for th1s. Crack-ack! The three rifles blended. Col. Heelcy diu not fire. The Esquimau spoke9man proved hims elf a coward. He fairly turned a buck somersault in his terror and fled dowli the incline. When be joined his compamous they wme much excited. They made the air btlieous with their yells and it was evident now that a fight with them was unavoidable. "We have got to shed human blood," said Fra nk. "l am eorry for that." Tile Esquimaus were no,t long in coming t o the attacl>. They deployed right and left in a long hne a nd came swarming up the slope. The danger of such au attack co,uld easily be seen. Could they gain the deck without hindrance of rnate1 ial sort they woald have the travel e rs at their mercy. But t!1e e lec t ric wire Fra111c believ e d would stop th em. He held tbe key in his hand re a dy to press. lJamey and Pomp and Cui. Heeley were at the lOO!Jholes. The Esquimaux were now within easy range. Col. Heeley gave the word: "Fire!'' The three rifles spoke and with deadly effect. : As fast as tile repeaters could be worked the E s quimaux went down. But there were so many of them that this limited fire was not sufficient to stay them. . They carue on in a solid body. They made the air bideons with their yells. Nearer every moment they drew. It was a critical time. Frank held his linger upon the key. He was waiting only for a favor able moment. A tbou_sand painful thoughts coursed through his brain. If the wire failed ? What if the dynamos failed? But-the young mventor smiled at the absurdity or this thought. "Impossible!" be muttered. "It cannot fail. We shall repulse them. We must do it, or we are certainly lost!" CHAPTER V. BREAKIN G THE ICE :\\er of a Samson. Tiley were piled in heaps under the Cutter's runners. In vain they tri e d to get onto tlle deek. They might as well have tried to bring down the moon, so powerful the work of the deadly wire. Of course tlley did not understand the cause of their discomlilure. If they had they would not have failed to avoid the deat:Ix wire. Bnt each one in essaying to gain the deck was bound to come in contact with the wire. Barney and Pomp used their rifles to advantage, but Frank seeing that there was little use in such wllolesale slaughter tiua!ly checked til em. The Esquimaux were obliged to desist in their attack and tinnily f e ll l.lack defeated. They retreated incontinently to the cover of some ice cakes, and tiler e made the air hideous with baffled howls. The defenders of tiJe Cutter bad now a signal victory. There was cause for thntual congratulation. But the end was not yet. The Esqulmaux did not seem inclined to give up their game ijO easily. They began to make camp on the spot. Finally another party with dogs and sledges came to join them. Frank saw at a. glance wtmt tbetr game was and he was not a little dismayed. "Upon my word," he exclaimed, ruefully, "they mean to besiege us, don't they?'' "Besiege us!'' ejaculated the "Frank, you're right; we're in for tt now." "Begorra, it's n. bad scrape!" said Barney, dubiously. "Phwhat iver will we do, 1\hstber Frank!'' The young inve!ltor was puzzled, but he would not y i eld to despair. His face wore a resolute "We will fix mutters all right," be muttered. "Of course they have the best of us. They can wait out there an indetinite kmgth or time while we must depend upon a limited su pply or provisions." Correct,': agreed the colonel; llut can we not attack them open ly, make a sally as it w e re!" "They would overwhelm u s," declared Frank. "No, there is a better way." "What?'' "We must manage to get the Cutter out of her present position ." Can we do l t!" We must do it!" "I certainly hope it may be done,'' said the colonel. And I have great faith in your ability, Frank." Of course in going outside to work we will have to run the risk of getting cut down by their arrows!" said Frank, but I believe i t can be done just the same." Frank was not long in formulating what he believed wculd be a successful plan. It was easy enougl ; to I!O omt 'llpon the opposite side of the Cutter, and escape the aim of the Esquimaux, for this w a s the stue next the clill'. But m order to work upon the bow nf the Cutter it was necessary to become slightly exposed. Y e t the young i'nventor determined to take the risk. He knew that s o mething desperate bad got to be done. He was will ing to expose himself to gain the necessary end. So he saifl to Barney and Pomp: Keep up a steady tire upon those villains. W h enever you see a bead appear above the ice '3akes, fire upon it." "Misther Frank," s aid Barnex, ttembling with eagerness, "are ye2: going out to work on the ice?" I am!'' repli e d Frank. S hure, sor, but YdZ ought not to expos e yesllf in such a. manner. " But I must!" Och, worra, worra, wud yez let me go, sor ? "No!" repli e d Frank, resolutely. Y-ou must fqllow my instruc tions closely. Don't fall to obey!" Barney said no more. But n s Frank was about to go forth upon bis perilous be felt a band upon his shoulder. He turned in Col. Heeley stood by him. "Frank, I am going with you!" be said. "You are not going alone!" ''It will i:le foolish for you to incur the risk," sail! the youna inventor. P Nevertheless I shall do so!" The Colonel's manner was very resolute, and Frank said no more. Both went out on deck. They were now upon the opposite si{le of the Snow Cutler and pro tected from the arrows of the Esquimaux by the cabin.


I ACROSS 'l'HE FROZEN SEA. 7 But presently us tlley made their way forward tlley must be expos-ed. Frank made a dash forward. A yell np from the Esquimaux as hia form burst into view. A cloud of arrows came hurtling to the spot. One penetrated Frank's sleeve, another bounded from his fur cap and a third struck the steel drill in his hand. But fortunately not one did him bodily harm. And in firing the Esquimanx ha,d exposed tllemselves. Barney and Pomp worked tlleir repeating rilles. And so vigorous a volley did tbey pour into the foes' midst that they were glad to retreat behind the ice cakes. This gave Frank an opportunity to work. He dodged beneath the huge pile of ice whicb wedged the bow of the Cutter. The next moment Col. Heeley was by his side. 1 They were in a position now tbat was not 10 exposed to the Es qnimaux' tire. .\.nd an idea now occurred to Frank. He wondered that be llad not thought of it before. "Here we are, Colonel," he cried. "lt was a close sllave;" "Yes.' "Wllere will you work?" "I don't see wlly we can't work right here," cried Frank r "we shall not be exposed either."' "Rigllt! let us try il." Frank. at once llegan to dig upward into the berg. The two men worked like beavers. All the while Barney and Pomp kept the Esquimaux occupied. For nearly two hours the desultory battle went on. The deck of tlHl cutter was covered with arrows and javelins. Many of the natives bad fallen victims to tile unet-ring aim of Barney and Pomp. The hole was finally drilled large enough to receive the cartridges. Frank inserted them and connected the wire. This discllarge It was believed would free the Cutter. Now once more it became necessary for Frank and the Colonel to risk the fire of the Esquimaux upon tlleir return to tile callln. Tiley awaited wllat thay believed to be a favorable moment and tl.ien darted out of their cover. As fortune had it, not one of the arrows sruck tl.iem. They burst iuto the cabin safely, and Barney and Pomp cheered. "Sbure, Misther Frank," cried the Celt, !Jave just paralyzed the omadhauns! 1'bey don't dare to show th eit heads ai.Jove the ice, sor!" "Golly, it am lots ob fun!" grinned Pomp. "Jes' yo' watch fo' de nex' one." Well, if this explosion does what it ought to, tlley won't trouble us much longer anyway," said Fmnk. He quickly connected the wire with the dynamos. Then all awaited t!Je shock. It came a moment later. There was a mulliet serious. The crew of the Cutter cheered wildly. Frank quickly sprang to the steering wheel and pressed the motor lev er. The Cutter glided out of her awkward position and started away across the suowy waste. There was no use of battling with the Esquimaux further now. A better and a 8afer way was to go off and leave them. They could not keep in sigllt of the Cutter with their sledges. So as the Cutter glided out of her cramped position, Frank put on all sp e ed. A yell went up from the natives. It was answered by Barney and Porno, who took a farew ell shot at the foe Do.wn the ice valley glided the Cutter. Soon the locality which llad nearly witnessed tbeir rnin was left far behind. On and on went the Cutter. Mile after mile sped by. Still to the northward the course was held. Pomp prepared a rattling good meal for the famished travelers. After this the spirits of all arose. "I tell you wo are bound to succeed!" cried the colonel. "Barring serious accidents we will," declared Frank, confid e ntly. "Begorra, it'll he a proud day whin we set foot on the North Pole!" cried Barney. I don' see how youse gwine to set yo' foot on de pole, chile," said Pomp, sol e mnly. What's that ye say. ye black misfit?" cried B a rney. "Don't yez insult a gintl e man, sor!'' "A gen'l e man!" sniffed Pomp. "If y o' elected to dat offis, wha' am all de odder gen'leman gwine to do? Dey got to git out, I reclwn !" Git out, yez ape!'' gtunted Barney, making a bitT at Pomp, and thus the two jokers went on jo!lying each other. And all the while t!Je Cutt e r )(ept forging on her way to the north. I am in hopes we s':lall find the great Arctic Sea frozen," declared Frank. "If so, we will reach the Pole in quick time." Do y ou mean the sea contiguous to the PoleY'' asked the colonel. "Yes.'' Why, I thougbt that was always open?" I do not believe it, and I will give you my reasons why." CHAPTER VI. TBE ICEBOUND SHIP. FRANK drew a note book from his pocket. He quickly referred to memomuda therein contained. Here is one explor.,r," be said, who penetrated to the northern limit of the iC)' Jloes. He swears that he came to an open sea-a mighty Polar ocean." '' That is right," agreed the colonel. So I have always been led to believe.'' But here are others 'fhO have penetrated to the same spot and swear tl.iat no open sea tllera existed." .. rhat is queer.'' "Yet it is true." It lu;rdly see me as if any of those explorers would lie." Nor are they falsifying," declared Frank. That is not the idea at all. They are all of tbem right.'' What do you mean?" colon ellooked puzzled. 1'hat is easy e:wugh to Both are right. Tl:e St!ason the first explorer reacl.ied the open Polar sea was probably a miid one, and it waa undoubtedly open. Tlle next season the sea was probably closed. So all were right." "I see," said colonel, readily. "The seasons vary, even as in our part of the world.'' "Exactly.'' Well, tllen I certainly hope that we will tlnd the sea closed and frozen over solid." "If we do," said Frank, hopefully, "it will be a quick and glorious run to tile Pole.'' Here the subject droppe t i. Somawhile later an incident occurred however, which attded to t.he of the trip. Suddenly Barney gave the alarm. "Shure, Miather Frank, cum on deck!" he cried. All rushed up to fiud the Celt in u state of deepest excitement. He pointed to a distant ice floe. "Look tl.iere wud yezl'' he shouted. "Shure it's a ship!" "A ship!" Thi s was true. There in the ice was a large ship of clipper build, and encased from Keel LO masthead in a coating or ice. Yards, sails and all were thus enveloped, making it look hke a craft of purest crystal. It was a beautiful spectacle. 'l:he travelers gazed for a time spellbound. Then Frank cried: ''Change course, Barney! We must pay her a visit." "All roight, sor.'' Celt wit!J alacrity obeyed. The Cutter stood down for the ice bound ship. It was seen that she was badly mpped. Her hull was badly squeezed. She would never return to her native port. That she was a whaler and l.iad been carried into these wilds by ad verse currents was beyond doubt. But of her cr!nv? Not one of them could be seen; her decks were deserted; no smoke issued from her furnace pi pes. Were they all dead? It was a frightful thought to the Arctic travelers, and yet the con viction was upon them that this was true. Bat wllat hall been means of the1r death? Had they perished of starvation? Had their suppli e s failed tllern? And yet the explorers could hardly believe 1 his true. There w a a good bunting, and the game of tiJe r e gion was sufficient to ward ofi' starvation. Perhaps disease, perhaps terrible home sickness and des pair had cau s ed th e ir deaths. But the truth would soon be known. The Cutter pushed forward at full speed. She could not cross ice Jloes howe ver, and the explor e rs were obliged to walk a distance of pos s ibly a hundred yards But they reached ship's side wnheut incident and clamb e red over the rail. There was now no doobt in the minds of all the crew of the nipped ship were long sjnce dead. No sign of life was visible anywhere. All was the silence and somber aspect of the tomb. The explor e rs felt this forcibly as they stood upon the deck. They seemed to be literally in the pre s ence of death. For a moment they hesita t ed ere venturing to open the cabin door Then Frank pressed up on it. It required all his might to open it. The stairs leading down into the cabin were yet bright and clean. Frank led tbe way. The cabin was as the cabin of any ordinary vessel and for north ern seas. the furnishings claimed the attention of the explorers only for an instant. Then a great cry of horrol' burst from all. At the table sat a man, or rather the shriveled remains of one. His head was bowed low upon Lis breast. In one skeleton hand was a revolver pointed across the table. Upon the opposite s ide or the table, upon the floor, lay the form of another man. In his hand also was a revolver. But the most grewsome discovery was yet to come. At the head of the table wae a small divan. Upon this lay the form or a female. Rich and costly were the robes which enshrouded her skeleton form.


8 ACROSS 'l'HE SEA. That she had been a wordau or great beauty and high birth was cer talll. Diamonds and opals gleamed in her tmiling hair. Upon the table lay :he heavy log book of tile dbip. Frank turned its pages. The name of the ship was upon the log, the Petrel, and iJer captain was Abram Moss, of New Bedford, U. S. A. Then the record of tbe fate of the crew was found. While in high latitudes near the coast of Greenland, the crew was stricken with a strange and baflling disease not unlike the scurvy anti much like leprosy; They could not t be saved, and one and all succumbetl with a high (ever and were buried at sea. 'l'he captain was the last to die, and the only survivors were Clfir ence Roth&ay, a wealthy Euglishman, autl his wife Lucia, anti a llasu ing young American, Hugh Montclair. This was the tragic story or the gootl ship Petrel's fate. The explorers regarded the ntfuir as n terrible incongrueus thing, and were not inclined to pursue their inspection of the ship further. Come away!" snitl Col. Heeley. Ugh! it gives me a chill. I can't stay in this cabin a moment longer!" "Begorra, I'm will yez!" cried Barriey. Shure it's loike being in a tomb.'' "l'll admit it rs unpleasant," said Frank. "Well, wa'll leave the dead people here anll allow the ship to remain their perpetual tomb.'' Let us go!" said the Colonel. With which tbey left the Petrel's cabin. It was folly to think or ever reclaiming the ship. Hsr timbers were too badly crnshed. Ther-e Bile must remain for an leng-th of time,. perhaps for ever. 'l'he winds of a century might whistle through the tops or the big ves3el, for wood was slow to decay in those latitudes. Nothing better could be done therefore, thau to leave the Petrel and her ghastly freight where it was. Perhaps some war 11er season than usual might relax the icy grip in which she was held. In that case she would go to t!Je bottom or the Arctic and find an eternal resting place. li.eturning to the Cutter the pnrty found to their great joy that Pomp hatl a steaming meal rady for them. They were glatlto vartake end then turned in for a good sound sleep. Some hours later th e Cutler her journey. 1 For severaluays pnst the display'of Auwra Borealis l:ad been some thing gorgeous. Heeley, who was quite a weather prophet, predicted that rough weather was near at hand. Indeed be seemetl to have hit upon the troth, for now the air grew nippmg and keen and the sky assumell a peculiar llaze intlicalive cer-tainly of snow. 'l'hat a storm was .near at band was certain. Already a few scurry ing flukes were io the air. And the cold was something frightful. lL required the fur or the explorers and the electric heating ap paratus of the Cutter's cabin to keep from lrP.ezing. This refutes plainly the old axiom that :t is ever too cold to snow," .::eclared the colonel. Nothing could be colder, and yet the snow coming "I think we bad better prepare for it," said Frank. j So do I." "Begorra does it snow ivery toime as deep as the snow is now?" asked Barney, som.,whut Snow!" exclaimed Col. Healey. "Why ten feet is an ordlnll ry fall. We will do well to get upon some high point, and wait tllere." "You are right," agreed Frauk. So the Cutt11r was brought to a halt upon a higb, mound or ice. preparations were made to wait for the storm to pass. Very soon 1t began to come on. Great whirling banks of the feathery substance now came &rftiug through tbe rarefied atmos1=here. In a short while a literal bJ.zzard was in pro2:ress. All was the darkness of Egypt, which even the electric lights or the Cutter could penetrate. CHAPTER VII. BURIED IN SNOW-THE FROZEN SEA. 'l'HE Electric Cutter had rnn into a genuine Arctic storm. But the explorers could do no better than make t.lie best of it. They made themaelves cozy in the cabin. As the storm increased the temperature began to rise so that it was not quite so cold. The cold wave driven before the storm had ; evidently passed. Yet it was rather dreary waiting for the storm to pass. Various means were emplo y ed to dispel ennui. Games were played, sung, and finally aH retired to sleep. And while they slept a white win _ding shAet was being folded about them. For forty-eight hours the storm raged. Snow was over the deck of the Cutter, and nothing coalcl be seen outside. Then it abated and finally Frank concluded that it must have passed, as it seemed a bj; lighter in the cabin. He went to the window and tried to look out. A solid bank of snow was against it. A startled came to him. "Mercy!" he gas ped. ''We've got l!uried in the stufl; are wet'1 Col. Heeley exchanged glances with Frank. I'll wager we are.'' But we have air." "Tliat may be The snow is very light and would not exclude that. But do you not feel a cert<1in closeness?" "I must admit that I do?'' agreed Frank. "Let us investigate.'' The young inventor at once went into the pilot-house. Snow obHcured the windows on all sides. lie opened the dour Lo go out upon the deck. To his surprise be saw only a great bank of the featliery stufl', som or whicb fell into the pilot-house. "My soul!" he gaspeunk lor a great tlistance they dug. 'l'beu tliey dared go no further for l ear tilat it woultl cave in and engulf It was a thrilling situation. Tney were completely under the Rnolv. How long they woultl have to remain in this was uot easy to guess. It be fur months. Yet how to extricate themselves was a puzzle. It was eviuent that the snow was everywhere or a uniform depth To tunnel then was folly. "Try an upwaru abaft!" crietl Frank. This was done. The result was that after digging upward for four or five feet light and air was admitted. Barney climbed up and took a ook about. When he came down he sir rugged I! is broatl shoulders and growled: "Begorra It's a bud lix we're 111. Shure h'11 snow iveryw!Jere as far as YllZ can see, and it's cowlder thau blazes up there!" The explorers were completely at a loss what to do. 1 Here was certainly a puzzler. was to be uone? 'l'o attempt to dig out of tile snow seemed absurd. It woultl appar ently take inonths. Frank in turn climbed up through the shaft and took a view or the situation. He saw that Barney was right. He returned to the cabin and spent time in careful thought. Some method must be d vised to extricate the Cutter from its tion. Just how to do it was the question. Frank was one or the kind t!lat :when once be essayell a prolllem he never relinquished it until it was solved. So he labored away at it. And while thus engaged fortu nately Na ture came to llis aiel. SomEthonrs later Barney made a thrilling report. "Shure, sah, the snow is not LS deep -as it was," be declared. "lL seems to be falling, sor.'' "It does?" exclaimed Frank. Yis, sor.'' Tlren the temperature is rising.'' "Faith, I think it is, sor. The snow is going down anyway, sor." "Thank Heaven for that!'' exclaimed Frank. "It is very easily explained all!" cried the colonel eagerly. "The snow is so very light, you see, that a cliange1 in temperature must pack it some.'' "How much bas it fallen?" "I should thick a loot." Frank went into the pilot-house. He was overjoyed to see that the snow had settled just below the top of the window. He could look out and see the snowy plain beyond. This decided him upon action. We must dig our way our.," he declared. Bring out the shovels." This was done and all went to work. Ia a little while they bad dug a deep pit all about the stern propeller, and cleared tlie cogwheels or the snow which clogged them. It was whiJe thus engaged that an idea occurr<'d to Frank. He went into the caiJiu arHi started the machinery. It worked heav ily at first but with increased force as they got clear or the clogging snow The action or the swiftly revolving blades quickly cleared a large space about. Then Frank proceeded to rig a device made or several of the sllo'lels and conn e cted it with the propelling rod. They were made to revolve like lightning the same as the propeller, and could be transported anywhere about the Cutter. Holding tlie long bar npon whih revolved the shovels, Barney and P lmp thus bad an electric snow shovel which cleared more snow in one minute of action than could have r e moved by hand in ten. Tbe electric snow shovel was at once a booming success. With entbnsiasm the party worked upon the snow bank. The result was 'that before the day clcsed the Cutter was entirely free of snow and an upward path was partly constructed by wliicli it would be enabled to glide to tbe surface. As luck had it that night a powerful freeze and a crust capable of bearing any weight was formed. I 1'he next morning the path was completed with the use of ice picks and then the CuttAr was started ahead. She easily ran out or her imprisonment and out upon the frozen


ACROSS THE FROZEN SEA. crust. Tbe explorers took a farewell look at the deep hole where they It is no myth!" bad been buried. Tbe interest of the explorers was hardly to be expressed in words. Then with a cheer all clambered aboard, and the Cutter once tnore They could not fiy fas& enough toward the Polar continent. Extra went on her way. speed was put on. Straight to the north she kept. All sorts of conjectures were made. The queer actions of tbe electric needle now convinced Frank that "What sort of a country do you suppose it is?" cried the colonel. they were somewhere near the magnetic region. "Perhaps a veritable Eden1" said Frank, with a laugh, "but more Suddenly there burst into view one moruing a most thrilling specta likely a desolate rocky isle!" cle. With a flrigidity of frightful sort. Too cold for snow!" As Jar as tbe eye could reacb was visible one smooth, level shining Possibly!" field of ice. Frank gave a shout: "Yet you are of course, aware that there are many scientists who The frozen sea!" believe faithfully that the Polar Continent is a warm and equable The cry was taKen up by the others, and great was the excitement. clime!" At last the much talkeu of point had been reached. It may be so?" Anu here a halt was called. "Let us hope so anyway!" Frank knew that it would be a long ron across the mighty expanse, "So I say!" an

10 .ACROSS 'l'HE FROZEN SEA. SmoktJ also issued from a crevice in the roof. "It is a human habitation!'' cried Col. Heeley. "That point is set tll'd beyond ali doubt." The Polar Continent was inhabited. But by what sort of a race? Were they a. tribe of Esquima.ux, or a difierent race entirely and peculiar to the clime? This question was quickly answered. Suddenly from the hut there emerged the form of a man. He was a literal giant in and frame. He seemed fully seven feet tall, and was clad in a semi-barbaric costume of skins. His muscles were like those supposed to have been possessed by aboriginal man, and long yellow hair f.!ll to his waist. H9 did not appear to see the explorers, and moved away down the valley swinging a huge club. Presently a child with llaxen hair and white skin ran out, and then in the doorwllj' appeared a plain looking woman, tit compamon of the man. Upon my word!" said F auk, finally, ;, i! I did not know better I should believe them descendants of the ancient Norsemen who once inhabited the shores of the Nortb Sea." "Perhaps they are a branch of that people," declarea Heeley. But how could they come here?" I don't know. They were greut explorers; with their ships the ancient Vikings went everywhere, you know. They settled Iceland, and to settle America." "That sounas logical," agreed Frank. "I a;m anxious for a close acquaintance. l wonder if they are hostile!'' We will soon find out if we go down there," declared the colonel. But the attention of all was clai!IIed at this moment by a startling sound. It was a distant, strange medley of yells, and turning, all saw com ing along the ridge toward them four as savage looking tleiugs as ever the eye rested upon. That they were of the same clan as the one yellow-haired fellow they had seen was certain. Their appearance was hostile in the extreme. They advanced, .awinging their axes fiercely and yelling madly. For a moment the explorers knew how to act. Wba' am we gwine to do, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. Wait here!'' said Frank. He saw that the numbers were even, and felt willing to take the chances. "But-it looks as if they meant to attack us!" said the colonel. Are we not good for them?" asked Frank. "We ought to be. But shall we tire!'' "Not yet!" replied the young inventor. "I want to parley." Frank was fairly versed in the Scandinaviim tongue, and now he stepped forward, and shouted, boldly; '\.Hold! stand where you are!" He spoke as plainly in Scandinavian as be could. To his relief he saw that the Arctic natires appeared to understand him. 'rhey came to a halt. Then one of them who appeare11 to he the best qualified as a spokes man came forward, with a slight variation of the <)ialect as Frank knew it: Who are you, strangers! What do you want in the lan d of Eric the Bold?" "You are Norsemen!" replied Frank. "We are from a far land called America. We would be friends, and give you greeting." Eric knows no friends but his own people!" replied the chieftain, haughtily. "Let us at least not war upon each other then,'' said Frank. "We do not seek your lives! ' We will give truce!" repliej BoiJ Eric, as ho strode nearer; "truly j'ou are a strange people. We have never seen you hefore." "No," replied Fmnk. ',. Without doubt we are the first of our race to visit this wonderful region." Is your land by a powerful king?" "Ay, that it is!' replied Frank, impressively. Our people are many, and we sail all seas in the world with our ships. We tight not with axes as you do. See!'' Frank raised his revolver, and fired at a hawlc in the air above. The Polar natives shrank back in amazement at the report, and were plainly astouisherl to see the hawk come lluttering down. Eric the Bold came forward in amazement to examine the pist.ol. Frank explained it to him as best he could. The chief listened in tently. "We artJ friends,'' he said, finally. We will not tight. Come to our city; you are welcome. Eric rules and you are safe." Frank hesitated a moment. What say you, Heeley?" he asked. "All right," replied the colonel. Thus it was settled. "We will go. Barney and Pomp," he said, "you will go back to the Cutter and wait for our return." Without a word Pomp and Barney obeyed. Then Eric caught sight of the Snow Cutter. Abruptly he asked its nature. Frank explained it to him as best he could. The ch ief or the Norsemen listened most attentively. Then Frank led him down to the Cutter and descnbed it to him. Eric was deiighted as well as astonished. He could hardly be in duced to leave the Cutter. "I will give my kingdom for that,'' he so-ill earnestly. "It is my desire;-I must have one lil'e it!" Frank saw a dangerous light in the chief's eyes and was forewarned. CHAPTER IX. AT THE NORSE VILLAGE. ERIC THE BOLD now proposed that the party Tisit his village. So Frank and tl.Je colonel accepted 1tl.te invitation, and leaving the Cutter in the care of Barney and Pomp, they followed the iea

, ACROSS TilE SEA. 11 dred warriors. We once killed six hundred or Olof's men, who were trying to force the pass, while we lost but a ourselves. 1t is our safeguard." "You ar, e fortunate," declared Frank. "But is there no other point of attack?" "Not a safe one," replied Eric. They now approacbell the Norse city rapidly. Some of Eric's follow ers had ruu on ahead til warn the of his coming. It was a scene of excitt neot which now ensued. The en tire populce aroused and streame(i out into the valley from the city gates They thronged about the new-comers, men, women and childreQ. But Eric's presence protected them. Into the city they w e re escortecl. Eric took them to his house and gave ti.Jem wine, which was pressed in the Arctic valley, and :.lao meat. Then he led them m the wall which blocked the Pass of Thar. This wall was of solill masonry full fifty feet high. It was truly impassable, and an etrectnal oi.Jstacle to the attacks of a foe such as Olof the Cruel. Of course modern engines of warfare would easily have battered it down. Truly Eric the Bole was a most hospitable ruler, and his distin guisl.h ld visitors were well Hllertained. "' Eric insisted that they should not return to the Cutler that night, and they slept in Norse beds for the first time. These were made of the skms of the bear suspended from the ground like a hammock. Tiley were primitive but exceedingly comfortai.Jie, and our friends could not lind fau:t. The non-return of the two explorers to the Cutter that night re sulted in a complication which we sha!lq_etail in another chapt er After the mornicg meal in Eric's palace was over, tile Norse ruler, in honor of his guests, clecreed a holiday. By his direction alan a program me of field sports was arranged, of which his gut>sts were I.Je witnesses. "That will certainly' l>e inter es ting,'' declared the colonel. "I shall enjoy witu essi n g such a thing." "Jus. t think!'' exclaimed Frank. "We are to see these sports given just as they were centuries ago in the laud of the Vikings!" It was intleed an exCiting refitJctio1. Outside the ctty was a greeu plot upon which the sports were usuallv held. H e r e the participants gathered. Nearly s tripped, they were the most perf,ect physical type of men the young inventor thought that he had ever seen. The con t our of tileir bodies, the swelling muscles and full chests, were evidence of Samson-like powers. It wag to be indeed a treat for the explorers. Tile entire populac e of the Norse city turned out to Sl'e the event. Eric the Bold occupted the seat or honor and Frank and the colonel sat be8ide him. First there came trials of skill at wrestling. It was an exhibition Titanlike in Its dAtails. The giauL Norsemen wrestled as even Hercules and Arteo us of olll might have done. One powerful warrior and vanqui s h ed all com ers was de clared the champion and accorded the winner's prize. 'l'hen followed swiftly other gnmtts ar:d trials of muscular power and skill. There were foot races, leaping matches and boxing settos. Also duels with short sword and shield or with battle axes. Then the lifting of heav y weights followed, and m any oti.Jer feat s of strength. Finally Eric stepped down and threw otf his royal mantle. "Come forth Erl, thou king o! wt:estlers!" he cr d. "Eric chal lenges thee!" A great mur:nur went up from the throng. Tl!e Norse chief had challenged the wrestling champion. Of course he c a me forward in response. To Frank and the colonel it looked presumptuous in E ric to challenge Erl the Giant. But the chief w as in earnesc. Preparatio ns were made for the struggl e A was made and Er1c stepped into it. He beckoned to Erl, who advanced and met him. Then the two men grappled. It was now seen that E rl really was not phy sioa lly the superior of Eric, though so much larger. The Norse chief was a wonderfully Willi built man. In vain the giant Erl strove to overcome him. Eric clang to his grip with great persistency. I : was his.forte to stand upon t!le defensive and tire his antagonist. For a long. while th ey wresMed there. And before long it became apparent that Eric was succeeding in purpose. Erl began to wax v fi ry tired, and of a sudden the Norse chief put all his strength into the etlort to ti1row the famous wre stl

.. 12 ACROSS THE PROZEN SEA. He gave Frank and the colonel up for lost now. There seemed no doubt in his mind that they bad tfeen assassinated. lt was a horrible position r .. r the affrighted darky. Wha' am dis gwiue lo' to do?" he gasped, with horror. Suah null l se all lef' alone 10 dis dretl'ul paht ob de world." '! 'his certairliy seemed true. Pomp's wool nearly stooj on end. But he kept the Snow Cutter out of the way of the Arctic natives, arHl waited still !Joping til at Frank and the <'Olonel would show up. Leaving him thus let us follow the fgrtunes of The Celt was a prisoner in the hands of the Norsemen. Had tlley b een members o f tlle band of Eric the Bold he would no doubt have fared dltfereutly. But tbey were not. Tbe truth was, Olaf the Cruel had long been waiting the opportunity to safely invade tbe nation of bis rival Eri c. He had been unable to carry tile Pass or Tbar, nor could lle safely cross the volcanic mountains. But now that the sea had frozen over e a,gain he found it easy to make a detour and attack his foe from that directwn. All unsuspecting this stratagem of Olu!'s were the people of Eric, who were .entertaiuing Frank and the colonel tbis moment far down in their valley village. Upon the icy shore hundreds of Olofs warriors were gathered, wait ing only for the word to descend into the valley and massacre the foe. Barney, of course, was not aware of this. He saw no lletween these Norsemen and those with wllom Frank and the colonel had departed. Celt felt certain now that Frank and Col. Healey werl! killed. What his fate would lle be did not know. His reflections were not of the pleasantest, uut he was a plucky fellow, aud li.ept up a bold front. He was hustled away over the ridge by his savage captors. '!'hey chattered in an unintelligil.Jie tongue, and for a til\le handled Barney roughly. Several times one old chief seemed llisposed to brain the Celt with his war ciu). But another chief, with long red beanl, intel'ceeded for him. 'l'he Celt's ready wit and presence of mind did not desert hrm. Ht! realized, well enough, wbat a desperate predicament he was in, but it was his disposition to make the best of it. It occurred to him that if be c ould enlist tile interest or curiosity or !Jis captors, he would be all right. So he uegan to sing and dance furiously In the Irish fashion. The Norse warriors regardet.l him witt! astonishment. Tben the.y g : thered about him apparently interested. Barney redoubled his etrorts. He indulged in comical grimaces, told side-spHtting stories, though he knew his captorR cnuld not understand a word. But his antics were comical enough to clarm tile attention and ir: or the savage warriors at once. It is said that music hath "charms to soothe the savage breast." Remembering this, Barney drew from his pocket a small harmonica, and began to play upou it. He was an adept in the art, and ground out some inspiring melo dies. 'l'be Norse captors to forget all else in their interest. While their companions were trying .to capture the Snow Cutter, the majority or Olof's warriors were laughing uproariously at Barney's antiCS and Anjoyiug his music. Tile Celt had "caught on'' with the savage crowd. There was no furtller attempt to take his life. Instead one of the warriors advanced and laid a band upon l11s suoulder with a guttural remark. His action seemed to imply ownersllip, and his gestures in dicated tbat Barney was to obey him. The Celt his head and followed him, but mentally he was studying an adroit plan or escape. By this time the warriors who had been chasing the Cutter now gave over the attempt and returned. Olof the a giant warrior with long blonde curls falling to his waist. now marshaled his men and addressed tbem in a rervicl man I ner. Singing a wild, barbaric they began to descend into the valley. The first sign of Eric's people was seen when the invaders came upon a little stone hut in the side of a mountain. A 11ock of goats grazed 'llt the ctoor. A woman was churning 1 near by, and children were at play. The husbandman rushed from the but' as the warriors appeared. What followed made Barney's blood boil, thougll he was powerless. The warrrors instantly surrounded the humble habitation. There was co show of sentiment or mercy. All were killed. The little hut was tired, and as rolled up a yell of discov ery came from the valley below, and wa carrietl from lip to lip until it reached Eric's village. 'fhis was the way of Olof the Cruel. "I will exterminate tbem all, blood and spawn!" he declared in the Norse tongue. Olof spares no foe.'' Chanting their war song, the invaders surged down on the vnlley. Now they came il'l srght of Eric's village, and by a little green hill they were met by the first show of resietance. A hundred of Eric's peasants, armed wub hatchets of stone and clubs of wood, sto od in their path. The war cry went up and the invaders descended upon the little party of defenders lil>e wolves. The valor display11d by Eric's men was something remarkable. They were really tighjjng to l!aln time so th .at chose in the city could prepare for the aftacl>. Not one of them but knew that llis life must be sacrificed; but this did not at all deter them. They fought desperately, one another up llis life be fore such superior n urn bers. Barney's Irish blood was up and be yelled excitedly: "Begorra, f>O in, little men, an' !hope yez will win! I'wisbt I cud help ye!" But the Celt knew well the folly of any rash move. He was hut one among the many and his single effort would not have turned the tide. The little band of defenders were totally annihilated, anti now noth 1 thing lay between the invaders and the goal of their desires. CHAPTER XL THE Bo\.TTLE OF GIANTS. As Eric the Bold went down beneath Frank Reade, Jr.'s powerful blow, for a moment the situation as Col. Heeley had feared was criti cal. The Norse warricrs all at once misunderstood the affair and were instantly in sympathy witll tbeir chief. Witb excit6d cries thea rushell forward with weapons in hand. But Frank Reade tbrew up his arms. Back!'' hs 'in the Scandinavian dialect, "I have not harmed your chief. It is only a test of strenl\th !" This was sufficient to bold them in check! Hut they assumed threat-ening attitudes until E1fc got upon Ilia feet. For a moment the Norse chief was so dazed that be could not make action or speak. Then us IJe recovereli be looked at Frank in a half resolute, half puzzled way. He looked at his breast and felt of the spot w3ere he bad received tile blow. i There was no abrasion, it was not even sore. And yet he hall lleen knocked down with Titnnforce. Eric was puzzled. For a few moments he stood in silence. Then be experienced a crestfallen feeling. He looked about and saw the angry attitude of biB people and comprehended that phase of the situation at once. He addressed them stemly, ordering them to tall back. Tuen he turned to Frank. "You have the strength of a god!'' be said with conviction. "It is not human power!" Frank laughed at this. "Do you think so?" be said, coolly. "Are you Slltlstied!" "If you do not get your strength from the gods, there is a trick about it," averred the Norse chief. Frank was not prepared c o deny this. But he said: "Appearances are deceptive, Sir Eric. It is not always the large man wbo has the I(IOSt power!" . Eric stood a moment. Tben lle advanced and again bared his breast. "Strike again!" be said. "Wait!" He spoke a few words to his men. Two of them, stout fellows, advanced. 1 By their cllief's ofllers they stood behind bim and with theLr han,ls upon his shonlders braced him. Tt:en Eric said to the young inventor: StriKe again! If you prevail against us all I shall believe you en do wed or the goed through the whole atl'air, but now he felt better. He could not help a smile at the result of Frank's ruse. Had the Norsemen known the truth their emotions would have been vastly different. From that moment tile two visitors were more than wel<;ome in the Norse settleme nt. They w e re reverenced as favored of Thar. But while all this lmd heen going on au incident of most thrilling sort had been crilmif1ating elsewlwrt!. The 'Jand of Olof the Cruel hau mvaded the valley and were advanc-ing upon the town. Tne alarm came like a thunderclap. In an it spread over the entire town and oreMe1 a tremend ous furore. The Norse people were thrown into a state of terrible Women and children flocked into the town aml sougbt refuge be bind its walls. Armed men rushed to close the gates ar;d barricade them and rr ake other preparations to resist the foe. It was the first time that Olof's men bad ever gained the Vll'lley.


d0ROSS THE FROZEN SEA. 18 The y were known to ba superior in numbers and in knowledge or warf ... r e Eri c was much wrought ap over the situation. Cui. Heeley and Frank now founu themselves in rather a serious position. It Jookeq as if they would l:ie obliged to s tay in the city until after the battle wus over. To attempt to return to the Cqtter wou!d be risky indeed. Indeed it would be almost certainly fatal. Well, Frunk!" cried tile Colonel, "I think we are in for it." That's so." "It Iouks as if we would be obliged to help Eric out." "S. o it uoes! I am afraiLI though, it will be a hard fight. I only wish w" coulu reacb the 'Cutter and get some of tllese electric bombs.' Witll them we could heat Olof otr, easily." "Sure! but we llave not got th e m." Tbe distant war cries of the invaders coul

l4 ACROSS THE FROZEN SEA. You're right!" And tins r bey would have proceeded to do so as to easily reach the Frozen Sea in case of pursuit llut for tm incident. Suddenly a familiar voice was beard ringing forth in notes of agony: Ouch! bad cess to yez for a set of omadhauns! Shure, it's killing me yez aret" "Barney I" ejaculated Frank. 'l'hat is so!" "What can it mean?" Without further hesitation or inquiry the two men dashed into the clump of trees. And they came upon a thrilling scene. In the center of a clearin;; was the Celt pale and excited bound to a stake. A half dozen savage-looking Norsemen were seated about him laughing and jeering. Every now and then one of them would jab the point of a jave lin i11t0 Barney's ribs, ami it was this barbarous treatment that had called the cry of pain from his lips. The appearance of Frank and the colonel upon the scene was ex citing. Both rescuers took in the situation at a glance. Neither paused for sentiment. Both knew that it would be folly to even give the savage foe a chance, so fired instantly. Two of the Ravages fell. 'l'he other ft>ur started for the newcomers full tilt; but again the repeaters spoke. 'l'wo more dropped. The remaining two p:msed in terror. Frank and the colonel could easily have shot them. But they ellowerrilic shock. A grinding sound and then all was darkness. The Cutter was motionless. Frank and the others had been knocked half insensible. All was semi-gloom abou c them. Frank was the first to recover. He crawled out of a corner and gasped: "For the love of Heaven, what has happened! Are we crushed?'' "I done link dat am so, sub!'' cried Pomp in terror; "dis chile he was steering an' jes' as we was goin' round a big pinnacle or ice, it done topple over and !all on us!" This was the appalling tt'IJtb. The Arctic travelers crawled out of the Cutter's cabin and out upon the ice heap to behold a terrible sight. The tons of ice bad crushed the Cutter beyond all hopes or redemp tion. She waa forever ruined. To repair her was impossible. The situation was a bleak one. In thllt God-forsaken part of the world they were isolated, cast away with only limited provisions and no means of transit but their legs. Fru.nk saw his wonderful invention, the pride of his heart, thus de stroyed before his eyes. But his pluck did not desert him. "Come, boys," he sa ill. We can't dally here. .A II depends now upon connecting with the Iris. It is twenty-five milea for us to tramp and we have only twenty hours before it Will be too late."


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