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Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sky Scraper;" or, North and south around the world
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Noname's" Latest .and Best Stories are Published in This { l"ltJcE } Vol IV 5 CJCN1.'8, o Frank produced a small electric bomb of his own manufacture. 'l'his he dropped upon the rampart of the Kaymucks' ice fortress. The effect was thrilling. It tumbled to pieces in a jiffy with the explosion, and the natives there concealed tumbled out into daylight an astonished crowd.


2 READE, ,JR.'S SKl bCRAPEB .. The pri c e of t h e FRANK READE LIBRAR Y by the year i s $2 'i0; $1.25 per six month s. p os t p a id. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLI S H ER, 34 and 36 Nort h Moore Street, York Box 2730. FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER:" on. North and s outh Arot.trtd the VVorld. By "NQNAME," Author of .Frank Reade, Jr., With His Air Ship in Asia,'' "Frank Reade, Jr., in theFar West,'' etc., etc. 1 I CHAPTER I. tions and a million air-ships to accede to all was .wreck e d a l!d picke d up by a Swedish bark and their demands. Really, it is absurd!" car!'1e d to C hr s tum a Here. he embarked as an A TRAGIC TALE. But among the correspondence there were em1g r ant and tl'\ a lly s e t m New York. . "Wha t w a s h1s surpr1se to be a t once arrested ON;E br1ght Jun.e hi a year, some letters to wh1ch Frank gave heed. One upon the ch a r_ge of hjs brother s murder. In vain the newspaperE o the world rece1ved a start of them read as follows: b e p rote s ted h1s in noce nc e Ht> was tried and con lbg bit of intelligence, which thre w scientists, .. SMITHSONIAN IN STITU T E.. v!c t e d a nd s e n te nc e d to be hanged, with a respite engineers and inve 1tors into a state of W a shington D. c. or .. el,ght mon t hs greatest excitement Everywhere at home m DEAR FRANK. 'I wo of tbe months gone. I th I b th h th 1 t' b have no doubt of ht s 1=ocence, and 1f that wr1tten e c u s, e s opst e P aces o us mess or "I a m hastenin g a ll pre p a rations for our dep art c onf e s s ion of Rhines could be found, the poor fel t he. tne theme became the one ure. I eX]lec t to be i n Read estown r ead y to start low could go tree : He has given me the latitude toR,C of d1scusson. wi t hin three d a ys. 'l.' oday a cas e was pre sented to a s near as I can r e member it;. l'he world ove r, no name VI as bette r known m e whi<;h h as s t rongl y e uli ste d my sy mpath y, and I "I am anxious to do all I can for him, and, with to fame than of Frank'Read'e, Jr., a dis a m will yours. No you rem e mber the your p erm, ission, on. our way to the Pole we will look tinguished young American in veL tor, who was m ys t erwus B a r to n murde r m New a f e w yea rs for the call'n Hopmg to s e e you at an early day, I the author of t t e wonderful Submarine'lloat, 9:go. .Barton, a y oung brok e r m Wall stree t a m, my dear fr1end, t h El t Man the Air-Ship and niany other llvl\ d ) Vlth h1s brothe r, A l e x a nd e r B a rton, "Yours always e ec r1c marrte d a nd e xtre m ely wealth y and swam wth his .. wonderful products of genms. b eautiful wif e in t h e c r ea m of s o c i e ty. JAMES VANEYKE, M.D. The most that was known of h1m J?ersonally, You rememb e r t h e circ umstances of the affair. Frank read this strange, patb,etic and thrill was that he was wealth_yan.d Hved m sumptu-A lexander Barton w a s f ound horribly butchered in ing tale with not a little of intereet. ()US style in the city of Readestown, where his his: room. His wife at t h e time' was a b sent a t C ape "Upon my word!" he muttered, "that 1!4tall ancestors had resided for a number of genera May. Every effo!t was m a d e to secur e t h e as.saasm. be attended to The most awful thing in the To the best of belief and; back e d by s trong ev1dence, ld h h f tlOn.s 1 the murderer was no othe r than J a mes Barton, t he wor IS t e angmg o an man. H1s only travelmg upon hts brother who disappeared tha t v e ry night, a nd no He was at the moment m hJ;>rary. wonderful voyages by atr or water, were a clew to his whereabouts could b e found. All over denly the door opened. A comwal laokmg negro called Pomp an Irishman name d B arney the world quost was made for him. darky as black as a coal on the threshold. O 'Shea and Dr. a sCientist whose : Thenf to add to the man' s "Well, Pomp!" said the young inventor. n a m e was widely known. dec ared she believed m James mnocence "What is it r The news which had so agitated the new.s 'Ihs to light a report that the re h a d been a "I'se i es' gwine fo' to say sah dat dar am a ld' h ff t th th c ollusiOn between the two to put .Alexander out of d 1 'd paper wor .1 'Ya s to t e e ec at e tbe way, secure his money and so for t h. The police Ia y Jel! outs e wants to see yo, sah. mventor haa JUS t completed W$ new a1r-sh1p a dopted this theory but fri e nds of the family assert "Very w ell!" satd Frank. "Show her in!" the "Sky Scraper," and that h i it he intended that it is false. A moment later there crossed the threshold to perform a most extraordinal'y1 feat, namely "A year a go, to the amazement of the whole couna. woman dre$ed in black, whose anguished the journey from north to around the t ry, JamesBa.;ton turned up in N e w He came trouble lined face yet showed marks of rare world from Sweden ib the steerage of an em1grantsteamer, beauty wonder 'Yas it that; great in '.'It is kind of Mr. to give me teres t was aroused mall Circles. e i)ce this.audlence!" she sa1d. "Here IS my card'." For centuries futile efforts had beep. made to ."His story is a thrilling one. The night of the Frank glanced at it .solv e the mystery of the poles. Hundreds of murder he had arrived UJ?On the just in tilne "Mrs. Alexander Barton!" valuable lives had been sacrificed and millions to se!l his brother assassm ated by !L m an. whom h e He gave a violent start. Then he bowed s p ent in the effort. But thus far no success as the c aptain of a wha ling sh1p, t hen at politely. h db g a ned a nchor 111 the h a rbor. "p ha as t d !" h 'd. "Wh t a een 1 "Captain Rhines had' acquired a bitter hatred for ray ve rna am e sat a Now, however, It seemed as 1f the .wonderful .Alexander 00 account of a diff o r e nc e in business can I for you 'l' feat was about to be surelY: aCC()mph shed. matters, and while engaged in settling up a question We Will not dwell upon the mterVIew which With his wonderful atrship, capable of concerning a mortgage on his ship Rhine s lost his foltowed. Mrs. Barton rehearsed the story maintainig a great speed, and of carrying pro temper and Barton wi t h a sailor's knife. He of b_er sorrows, and plead for James whom she visions for an extended length of time, it then butchered hun. J.ames Barton at once gave oolieved innocent. seemed certain that Frank Reade Jr. would c h a se and pursued Rhin e s to the wharv es. Here "Oh sir!" she said earnestly "if r,ou can d he was trapped by a number of the crew and t.aken find th' t d th tte nf succee aboard the ship Modoc which at once sailed ror the a an e wri n co ess on, you Of course there were many mcalcula,ble Arctic. wlll save h1s hfel" perils to consider. "At first Rhines intended to hang his prisoner at "Madam," .said Frank with deep feeling, The terrible cold of the Arctic which might the yard. but he adopted a more devilish scheme. "I can only say that I will make the at paralyze delicate machinery, tlje storms When the ship reached high latitudes it! Davis tempt. J1i o stone shall be left unturp.ed." <>f warm latitudes which might wreck tlie he put Bar.ton aaho!e upon a fr1g1d cqast She expressed her gratitude and then with" Sky Scraper; and in fact other things tot> and with a bitter wmter commg on. Then he sailed drew. 'Frank was more than ordinarily inter numerous to a"!.'b.e unfortlmate Barton would have perished ested in the affair. Yet the young mvontor was ready to take had it not been for friendly Esquimaux. For two He was resolved that no effort should be the risk and so made the announcement. months he lived with them. Then one day some spared to save James Barton With this, the This was the signal for the loose of a native a hundreq miles to the so:nth found matter was for a time dropped. Other mat ftood of corre!Wondence which fairly deluged a party of .sh1pwreck!ld f!SII_ors, who were m a starv ters now engrossed the attt>nt10n of all. 'thf e .in v.entor,taand thehmtost of which was with dogs tGreatf prhepaSrkatiSons were being made for the -o no re. at ve Imp_or nee w a ever. and sledges. Wha t was his amazement, upon reach s art o t e y craper. 9ra.nks wrote lDS!n'!lati,r;tg and threatenmg ing the spot, to find that they were no others tha It to be an event of no hght lmpo.rt,eplsties. Young milhonatres offered fabulous the crew of the Modoc. The ship had struck an ice ance. The whole country was agog with msums for a berth aboard the" Sky Scraper." berg and gone down shortly after Barton had been terest. Business men wanted to negotiate for the so,:::ruelly deserted. Readestown was overrun with strangers opening of trade or the distributing of patent And '?f thel,arty, all were dead of starvatlqn who wanted t see the ascension. A grand medicine the far off of o:f exercises had been prepared by. the world. SCientific mst1tutes and bod1es be killing .Alexander Barton This for safe keeping the town offiCials. :seeche. d the privilege of sending a representa James buried in a cairn ;iust at' the base of a cl' Bands of music were to be in attendance, tive along. by the sea, properly written and witnessed upon Ralutes were to be fired, and a grand cele-In fact, no branch of trade, industry, science a. strip of fox skin. Two months a vessel bration was arranged. <>r neglected an a'}lplication. Frank Reade Picked Barton up while out p.sbinjl' m a kayak, Pomp and Barney were in their element. 1 t d t t h and, as the master of the ship obJected to mak Th d thl th th 1n espa r urne o 1s ary, w o was ing a stop, he was brought safely to St. Johns, ey no ng more an e no nearly dead from over-work. Newfoundland, but without the confession, which, whtl(h Uiey gamed. It was also a great Why don't people use good sense !"he B&ld. however he did not deem that he needed. thmg for tliem to accompany Frank Reade, .. Why, it would take the resources of ten na "From there he took a coa.ster for Portland, but Jr., on his famous journey nort.h and south


' FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." 3 "around the world. The two were the best of This is a crude and inadequate description of mits glaciers-gleamed in strange contrast friends, and deeply attached to each other, the exterior of the Sky Frank now the verdure far below. though ever engaged in friendly nagging and took the doctor below decks. This was to Dr. Vaneyke a rich field for the !)ractical jokes. Into the Sky Scraper's cabin they went. This study of flora and fauna. "Shure, yez black monkey!" Barpey cried, was a wonderful place. No cabin could have Moreover, Barney and Pomp were itching to I don't know whativer Misther Frank wants been more sumptuously furnished for the size go upon a hunting excursion. Tney had seen fer ter take the loikes av yez alon* wid him. of it. "' deer, bears, black foxes, and many fur bearing Shure, its mighty little sunlight we 11 have an were rich carpets and delicate paint animals. They could hardly wait to get a shot ther way." ings on panel and ceiling, cases of books, of at them. wha' will I hab to do wif sputtered scientific instruments, maps, charts, and other So Frank decided to descend with the Sky1 Pomp. necessary Scraper for a brief time. The great airshlp "Shure, an' don't yez know that black clouds Just beyond this was a small compartment settled down, and finally rested upon a .soft shuts out the Joight av the sun 1" known as the armory. Here was a stand of bed of moss at the foot of a high precipice. Pomp picked up an old shoe and hurled it at small arms, the latest pattern of shell carrying No sign of human life had been seen. It was the Celt. It took him fairly in his open, laugh-rifles and ammunition. not believed that the region was often visited ing mug, and caused him to turn a back somer-The next compartment was a series of small by man. sault. staterooms with sleeping berths, Beyond this "The climate is doubtless too rigorous," said "Don' yo' gib dis chile none ob yo' sass!" cried was the engine room, where the wonderful Dr. V aneyke. Pomp with mock wrath. "I brek your jaw electrical machinery was. Barney and Pomp were the first to tumble jes de same as ole Samson slew de Philistines. Dr. Vaneyke spent a full hour attentively exover the rail and indulge in a few somersaults Don' yo' dat, honey!" an.ining this. Its like he had never dreamed on the soft moss. "Tare an 'ounds!'' gasped Barney, regaining of. It seemed good to once more set foot on terra his feet. a ruction yez want, do yez 1 Then the engine room was left and they enfirma, after several days in mid-air. /Have at yez! tered the galley or Pomp's kingdom where he The Sky Scraper firmlv Then The Celt rr!ade. a rush at the darky, He had exercised his expert knowledge of culinary art Frank a.nd Barney chmbed the heights near to the old shoe m hts hand hurled. it back. It to the great satisfaction of his patrons. reconnOiter. s_truck Pomp. full on hts skull wtth a crack This constituted: the interior of the Sky :r'hey saw only a mtghty expanse of unbroken a breakmg lathe, but the darky only Scraper. Certainly it wal:' a wonderful piece of wilderness. grmned. work and to be credited onlv to a master There was no sign whatever of human hfe. "Look out dar, chile!" he yelled. "Jes' clar mind' : Far to the northward was a long, dark and de track!" Dr Vanevke expressed his satisfaction and forbidding line. Then he hi.s head quick as a flash. It delight in giowing terms. Thi;> claimed Barney's attention at once, and took Barney m p1t of the stomach and the "Only think of it, my dear boyr he said. w1th a dull thfid. "I am the envied of all my brother scientists. I an ph wat wud yez be afther ht, ,fll Pomp, on to am in luck. Think what vast knowledge I shall ca},hng th!1t1 .. hts Rtdes. yo fink ob chtleT. gain and what important discoveries I shall That IS the H.etght of Land! satd Barney, gaspmF:, sprang furiOusly to h1s feet "Beyond that allts muchly unexplored, and 1t .and started for his tormentor. What would .. comprises a mighty territory extending to the have been the end it is hard to say, but at that I h'lpe you ,will, Fnenmp. featured old gentleman. Barney and Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke went on It was decided not to go if possible far out of He wore glasses and a beard white as snow. board. sight of the Sky Scraper's pennant. Even at It was no other than Dr. Vaneyke, the distin The band struck up, '!annon were fired,,and that limited 'distance there would seem to be guished scientist. Dr. Vaneyke at the rat! waved the Amencan plenty of game. "I tell you the Sky Scraper is the best of all flag. was the first to start yet," Frank said, enthusiastically. "You will Then Frank stepped into the dome, which Pushing through some brush a beautiful spectsee a beauty, Vaneyke." served as the pilot-house, and touched an elec men of the wood antelope leaped into vievy. "I am glad of that, my dear boy," said the tric key. Quick flash Barney !lung up his rifle and scientist, cheerily. "You know how happy I There was a t.!ight buzzing from the dyna pulled the trigger. am in your success." mos, then the huge wings began to beat the There was a sharp crack, the bullet went They passed through the yard of the great air, the Sky Scraper rose softly, and with the straight t o the mark, and the antelope fell. machine shops and came to a structure which ease and grace of a royal eagle. Up, bp it ']he Irishman gave a yell of delight. had the appearance of being a temporary soared far above the world, and hung a thou "Shure an' phwat a purty little beast!" he building. sand feet over the city. cried. ''It was almost a shame fer to shoot it, The vast iron doors were closed, but Frank The air was filled with blazing rockets, the liut it's foine eating it'll make." opened a small door and they passed in. din from below was something terrific. Frank 1l)le others had separated and Frank Reade The glass root Jet in of light, and there fired a salute from the. electric _gun, then the Jocl!-ted the trail ?f a In?OSe. Th}s was game resting upon wooden pters Dr. Vaneyke saw Sky Scraper started on Its thrtllmg voyage. whiCh at once clatmed his whole mterest, and the new invention. Soon the air-ship had left the city out of he speedily became forgetful of everything else He gazed at it spellbound for a moment and sight. in b1s then exclaimed : The panorama spread below as the air-ship For miles hp followed the scent and sudden" Upon mv word, Frank, this is rightly sped on its flight was something wonderful to Jy came withm range of a magnificent speci-named the Sky Scraper. It is the greatest inbehold. men of the moose. vention yet." Hills and valleys, lakes and rivers, cities, The animal was drinking at a spring in the "Do you think so r said Frank with pleas hamlets and towns all were passed over. woods. Frank drew careful aim and fired. ure. "Let me explain its structure to you." Crowds of people were seen viewing with The bullet struck the moose just under the And this he to do. wonder the famous air-ship. fore-shoulder and at once brought him down The Sky Scraper was in shape much after the The Sky Scraper made rapid til:ne to the with a cleft heart. Excited beyond measure, Jines of a mackerel, being long and cylindrical, northward. The Great La!>es were passed the young inventor sprung forward to secure with a hull of the best and lightest thin rolled over, the St. Lawrence river and the Canadian his prize. platinum. country, Of course it was out of the question for him Upon its upper surface was a long, flat and Then civilization began to he left behind. to return, carrying the huge animal, so he sliced narrow deck, with a hand rail extending all The vast wilderness opened up, and the change off as much of the best meat as he could carry .about it. of scenery was very marked. and started on the return. In the center of this deck was a small dome, The great forest tract, extending even to the He had no difficulty in retracing his steps, which also held a powerful electric light, capa-shores of Hudson's Bay and known as Rupert's but it was guite dark when he saw the lights ble of illuminating objeets two miles distant as Land, began to open up. of the Sky Scraper. plain as day. Only three days had been consumed in this A short while later Frank was on board. Upon the forward nart of the deck was an mighty journey. Dr. Vaneyke and Barney were there, but Pomp electric gun, an invention of Frank's, and a The Sky Scraper bad been making very rapid had not returned. 'terrible weapon, a.s the reader shall learn in time. Nothing had been seen of the darky since the the course of the story. Frank was now decided to go slower and start that morning. But yet no fear was 'fhe motive power of the Sky Scraper con-take note of the country as he did so. This was felt, until as the hours passed, 1t became evisisted of two powerful fan-like screw propellers pllrt!y on Dr. VaneykE!'s account. dent that he was not likely to return. in the stern, operated by electric machinery on The famous scientist was busy constantly What did it mean 1 All began to wax anx the inside. in taking notes. ipus. Midnight came and passed. What had The elevating power was two sets of wings, Finally, one morning,,the air-ship hung over happened to Pomp! Had harm come to him operated by powerful electrical force. The fora wild and beautiful valley. or bad he become lost in the ward wings were built in sections, like the There were a chain of Jakes, a river, spark However this was, Frank Reade, Jr., was in wings of a bat, and having a vast concave sur-ling brooks teeming with speckled .trout, a very anxious state of mind and decided at face were capable of a mighty lifting power. marS"hes peopled with beaver, a.nd"fOnests filled once to take steps to learn the fate of the faith The after wings were fan hke and intended to with game, and which extended back to the ful negro. balance the air-ship. base of mighty mountains, upon whose sumBut this proved no light task.


. I FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." I CHAPTER :J,.II. "Massy sakes, wha' eber am gwine to be-l Three were men and one was a .slendet" TREED BY w oL VElj-' I BE RAFT. come ob dis chile? .I'se done fo' dis young girl whose beautiful pallid face could be PoMP bad become separated from the others time. De ghosteses dey just come an' tote dis seen upturned with wonder and hope to the early in the morning. He struck the trail of a chile away." air-ship. By her side was a white-bearded old moose as bad Frank and followed it zealously Pomp was plucky enough in corporeal mat-man, The other two men were younger. for a long time, ters, but, in common with his race, he was Instantly Frank brought the air-ship about. He crossed a wide stream by wading up to vastly supers t i tious and afraid of the spiritThe sea was pitching so )ligh however that his armpits, and upon the othe r side encoun ual. he did not to descend and pick the cast tered his first calamity. The shadows in the fores t to him assumed a ways up. How w ere they to be rescued? This was in the shape of a combative l ynx. forms and shapes of a spectral kind. He crept Frank hit upon an ide .a. The animal was upon a bough jus t above into a cre vice of the cliff and prepared to spend "One of us must go down there on a rope, Pomp's !lead, and unseen by him as he pus he d tile night. he declared. through the brus h. -But b e was not to remain in this position At once Barne y sprang forward. It is not often that thes e animals will attack l on g undisturbe d "Shure, sor, an' let me be the wan to go!" he a human being. But this' specime n of the tribe In coming through the woods blood had criP.d, was undoubtedly h alf starved and in a very r hop.ped from his wounds in vadous place s. So a strong line was brought and fastened surly freme of mind This h a d c aught the keen scent of the hungry about Barney's waist. Anotlle r line was also Pomp, intent in g etting a shot at the moos e wolv e s which at night s o thickly peopled the provide d by which to draw the cas t aways one pushed into the brush. / at a t1m e aboard the Sky Scrape r. Suddenly he heard a peculiar rustlinoo sound They were now coming hot upon the darky' s B arne y w ent over the r a il and was lowered ov e r his head. "' trail. down. His b o d y was caught by the squall and Looking up, he received a chill as he saw the Pomp h eard their loug, mournful howls and he swaye d s o violently that he did not seem cat prepared for 1!spring. Down it came like knew wha t they meant. H e was shivering in likely t o the raft. It )Val; a moment of a thunderbolt. actual t error. great p e r!!, \ lt struck Pomp fairly between the shoulders, But y e t be was not d evoid of a certain pres" and with such forcethat the negro was prose nc e of mind. sense tau ght him tha t CHAPTER IV. \ trated. it would n ever do for him to remain in his This was fortunate for it threw the c a t from present position. I N ARCTIC R EGIONS. hfm, after leaving a few traces of its claws in So he adopte d what was the b est and the THE position of Barney, swinging violently the darky's back. only plan unde r t he circumstances Near by in the gale, was a p erilous one. If the rope Pomp was instantly upon his feet, and the w a s a tall pme tre e. Pomp sprang up among should break, or he should lo s e his hold, he lynx was agai n upon him. The darky had not the branches of this woul.d be engulfed in the raging waters. time to use his rifle. H e was n o t a moment too soon. The wolves 'fhose clinging to the raft watched him with He dropped it and whipped out a knife. c a m e howling about tbe base of the t r e e. But frightened inteoost. H required the full force Quick as a flash he caught the animal by the Pomp was beyond their r each. of the dynamos to hold the air-ship steady throat. The darky was powerful and a g ile, And there the darky r emained perched agains t the wind. and though the lynx half clawed his clothing through the l ong ni ght hours. But there carne a SJ!dden lull in the breeze. off him, Pomp held on. Beneath him were a myriad of fiery eyeballs Down slid Barney. He was now right over The knife was u sed with terrific force. Again and flashing t eeth. In vain the snarling pack the raft. The white bearded old ma1. caught and again Pomp t':lrust it Into the animal's tried to reach him. his legs dangling in the air, and drew him body. A few such doses sufficed. The lynx \Vhen the morning light came at last they safely down. gave up the ghost. slunk away, and the ct.arky ventured to de-In a moment the rope was fastened to. the Pomp was used up with the en-scend. raft, which anchored the airship aDd kept it counter. He was much worn out with his sleepless steady. His clothing hung in shreds and he was covni ght's experie nce. But he knew the prime I "Thank God! We shall be saved!" cried.the ered with blood. But a closer examination renecessity of finding the Sky Scraper. So he at. old man, wildly. "But who are you, and what vealed the fact that he had no serious wound. once set out throug h the wilas. !sort of a wonderful invention haTe you there For this .he was thankful. He proceeded in t .he direction which he which can travel in the air 1" "Golly!" .lae muttered. "I done fink dis chile d eemed proper. For uours he toiled on, 'l'hen "Shure an' haven't yez iver hear. &l' Frank \)ettah go back home and wash hisse'f up. Dat suddenlyh when his h eart bad begun to fail Reade afore 1" cried Barney; "he' s t.lae great was a drefi'ul nasty animile fo' to handle." him, he c anced to gaze skyward. American invintor, an' that is .lais latest the With this resolve Pomp started to retrace He gave a great shout of joy. TherP. was the Sky Scraper." .lais steps to the Sky Scraper. Sky Scrape r, far up in the blue ether. I: ''Well, I should say sol" cried tile olt man. He !onl.ed the river again and kept on for seemed hovering there and Pomp rightly" It is rightly named. Are you sure t.lae air-ship aeme wlilile. But the further he went the less guessed that Frank was looking for him. will hold us all 'up r familiar the looked. The overjoyed darky gained a barren emi-Barney laughed at this. Finally be came to a halt. nence near, and did all he could to attract "Niver yez moind about that," ke erietl.. "J;lat am berry funny!" he muttered, perplt!xattention. "Shure do yez see that rope ladter edly. "Dill chile am jes' turned around. I'se He was successful. The Sky Scraper sud-down to yez 1 Catch on to that an' 1!18 up." dead sualt I'se never been heah befo'.' denly bore down toward him, and he saw a The old man grasped Barney's baa.. Convinced of the darky concluded to man on the deck waving a flag. "What is your be asked. climb a tree and get his bearings again. It was Dr. Vaneyke. The air-ship descended "Shure it's Barney O'Shea, an' it's a.Jl Iaonest. This be tid, and as be believed located the and a few minutes later Pomp was pulledman, I am!" cliff, at the IJase of which was the Sky Scraper. aboard half d ead from exhaustion. I "You look it. Well, I am Otis TaRee, this He made a straight line for this. There was His story was heard with interest. All were1is my daughter S y bil. 'l'his Mr. path, and the course was through the wors\ to lind him alive, and Dr. and the other Jack Mains. wilderness be had ever seen. 1 dressed his wounds. honest seaman of the steamer .A.urelian "Golly sakes I" he muttered, after hours of Barney seemed the most tickled of any. wrecked in mid ocean by a p:a le.'' trailing in the dense brush. "I'se done got to "Be jabers !" he cried. "I'm mip:bty glad "Shure I'm glad to know all of yez!" iink aftah all dat dis chile am putty nigh lost rez are aloive, l a d. Shure, we'd given yez up, Barney, tipping his cap to the yeung lady. fo' a facT' mtoirely, an' that w ,tidn't do, fer I bev a smartl but yez mus t be afther climbing up 'hat rope But still he pressed on. score agin ye. I mane to pay up, to be shure.'' an' no fool in' about it.'' Suddenly the cliff loomed up before him. "Don' yo' be too suah, !'ish," said Pomp, Wallace Dane, a dark complexioned sullen He burst through the underbrush and came w.ith twinkling eyes "Dat amn't gwine fo' Jooking voung man, was the first te ascend out at its base. to be so drefful easy.'' the rope ladder. The place for an instant looked familiar. It The spirits of all were lively once more, and Up h e went and presently reached the airwas certainly similar to the spot where the Frank headed the air-ship. more to the ship's deck and was welcomed by Frank and Dr. Sky Scraper had been left. But the air-ship ward. Vaneyke. was not there. "I mean to strike the ocean just above New-Then Jack Mains, the sailor, w e n II up like In a moment Pomp saw his (a tal error. foundland," be declared. "Then I shall travel a monkey and Otis Vance followetl.. 1ilarney He had mistaken the locality. Where the north into Davis Straits and look for the then f astened the rope which secnrefi the raft;. Sky Scraper really was he could not even cairn." 1 !about Sybil Vance, and sprung ontQ ilte rope guess. It was probably miles away in another The Sky; Scraper made fast time over the ladder h1mself. tl.irection. vas t wilderness, and one morning the Atlantic Up he went with agility, while Sybil was He was lost. Ocean broke into view, with its tossing, storm-drawn safely up by Frank and Pqmp. It was by no means a pleasant reflection. driven waters. All were now safely on board, ana introduc-The situation was really fast assuming a seri-It was a day peculiar to those tempestuous tions were quickly in order. ous aspect. l atitudes. Black douds filled the sky, j agged The story of the shipwrecked party was soo n Night. was at baud. The sun had gone down lightning played, and the sea was in btllows told. 'fhey were passengers on a steamer f er and dark shadows were creeping over the land. mountains high. England, when the blew them from t h eirf What was to be done1 The darky el;perie ncFrank let the air-ship run out to sea until course, and the ship foundered. Most o f the ed a chtll. far out of s i ght of land. '!'hen he change d the cre w were drowned, but they m anage d t<> "Golly!" he muttered, "dis chile am j es course to the northward. cling .to the raft and weather the gal e bad off an' no mistake. If I goes trampin' Thus far not a sailinp: vessel had be e n see n Otis Vance was a millionaire o f N e w Y ork,. round in dem woods some mo' I jes' get lost but n o w suddenly Dr. Vaneyke, who was On and his daughter Sybil was a p ronlinent soc iety wuss den ever.'' the lookout, cried:, girl. Wallace Dane was a young m a n o f He climbe d the cliff and tried to locate the "My God! look down, Frank. There is a ure and as Frank Reade guessed, a suitor fo r Sky Scraper. shipwrecked party on a raft." her hand. But this was in vain. He shouted and fir ed 'l'b e young mventor sprang to the rail.. It The rescued party w e r e c onsc iou s of a noveb his rifle. No answer came back. He was in needed. but a glance for him to s e e the thrilling sensatio u at beln. g a bo ard the airs hip. despair. truth. It was to tnem l1k e a dream, a n d t hey were 'l'he darkness began to grow thicker. Pomp's There, pitching in the trough of the sea was wonderstruck a t the appointments a:Jd the superstitious fears began to assert themselves. a raft made of spars and wreckage, Upon it mecl.a.nism of tbe Sky Scraper. He trembled like a leaf and wailed : were four percons. At last t'te dream of centuries is realized!' f


FRANK READE JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." cried Otis Vance. We h a v e mastered the art knew him too well. James B arton is one of versation, in which for a tjme they were so en ol flying, thanks to Mr. Reade." the noblest young men on earth!" grossed that they did not give great heed as to "Ob, I wis h I could travel around the world Dane muttered something like a curse under where their footsteps were carrying them. upon this beautiful craft!'' sighe d Sybil. his breath and walked away. Frank noted all "Evidently they intend to clear young Bar" v V e are now on our way from north to this and drew his conclusions ton if the y c an," he remarked, with a sidelong south around the world," declare d Frank. "Now I b e li e ve him innocent," he reflected, glance at Sybil. "Ob, I wis h I was one of the fortuna t e "and it shall be my effort to prove it if only for She picke d up the gantlet at once. party." the sake of that little fairy Sybil who I know "I smce roly hope they will," she said. t fear that would not be possible, daug b-loves him." I am incline d to the belief that the young ter," said t h e miillonaire "By the way, Mr. The hurricane blew fierc ely for thre e days. man i s innoce n t," affirmed Mr. Vance. R eade we a r e m aking you no end of t rouble rn all that time t h e S k y i!crape r w a s hardly Dane l aughe d scornfully Jus t drop us at the nea r est point in /)ivilizaa ble to put h e r nose again s t the wind. It was I have heard of gullible peopl e but I have tion." e vid ent t hat t h ey w e r e running into the Arctic. never s e e n your equal," be d eclared. "Whe r e w e r e y o u bound? asked Frcnk. Frank R eade realized that he was apt to "Wha t would you have us do?" flashed Sy-" For E nll:l and." have his f our passenger s on his hands for some bil "Condemn him without a fair trial? "I w ill the n take you t:> some goo d p ort in while yet. "He bas been fairly tried and proven certainSwede n s a y S t o ckholm-and you can the n g o Mains made himself extr e m e ly useful a bout ly ?uilty.'' safe l y on your way." t h e air-ship. H e becam e great friends with Proven guilty by what evidencer "We will c o n s id e r you an everlastin g b e n e -B arne y anti Pomp. "The most direct of circumstances!'' factor," said Mr. V a n ce w armly. On t h e third day t h e storm c le a r e d. Then, "Ab, that is n o evidence at all. If t hey will But c e r tain incidents wer e near at h and riding hig h in the frosty air, those on h oard the accept his story or if h e only had the means which w e r e destin e d to o verthro w this w e ll S k y Scraper looke d down upon an astounding to prove It, what would or could his tralai(l pl a n of the t ravel e r s si1,1h t ducers say?" Barney and Pomp h a d been busy keepinll: l'here, spread below, was the region of ice S y bil spoke firmly, resolutely, and without a Sky S c r a p e r l e v e l before a powerful cur-and snow. tremor in her voice. Her whole manner was of ai# which had suddenly arisen. As far as the eye could reach was one vast eagerness anti excitement, and implied a con Frank saw at a glance as soon as he came on expans e of f rozen seas and mighty iceb ergs. It viction of the right. deck that there was ahead. w a s a novel s pectacle. Dane's face was as black as a thunder cloud. 1'be air bad grown dark, the sky was heavy "Where are we?" gasped Mr. Vance. "Upon The pangs of a bitterjealousy w-ere gnawing at hunp;, and the masses of black clouds on the my word, this looks like the North Pole. h i s heart. horizon w ere indications of a blow. "We are not so very far from the region con"I this distine;uisbed inventor of And it came sooner than expecte d. The r e tiguous to it, said Frank. air-ship11 1s expected to find that wonderful was hardly time to prepare for it. "Well, it looks as if we \vere on you r bands confession in the cairn r be said. The oc ean b elow was lifted in great masses now for a sure thing, Mr. Reade.'' "Yes!" replied Sybil, "And I fee l sure that of foam. But it was speedily l o s t sight of in "Do not worry about that,'' said Frank, he will!" the mighty cloud of rain and sleet which burst pl easantly. "You are v!)ry welcome company.'' "He never will! over the a1r -ship. Frank now got out his instruments, and "What i" The Sky Scraper was whirled and hurled on-catching the sun at t h e right moment, got his "'I say that be never will!" ward through space like a puppet. In vain b earings. He spoke d ecisively, a n d with savage, exult the huge wings strove to battle with the air. "We are not far from the main channel of ing emphasis. Syb il g lanc e d at him as if she On and on, faster and faster sberaced before Davis Strait,'' he declared. "It is not far to would read the s ignificanc e o f his w o r ds. the mighty blast. For hours she kept on thus. the spot where is supposed to be l ocated the "Why n otf' she ask'e d Barne y and Pomp were hanging to the pro-cairn for wb,lcb we a r e looking." "Because it i s not there!" peller lever, and their best to k eep the "I p ray von may fin d It safel y, and a l s o the "Who bas taken it awayr ship right side u p. This was no easy matter confessio n!'' cried Syb il, Pagerlv. It w a s a keen, p e netrating look whic h she The passenger s were all h uddled in the "We shall hope to," replied Frank. p;ave him. D ane gave a v i ol e n t start, and cabin. Frank was earnestly for a let The scene spread l:ielo w wa11 a novel one to averted his gaze. up. But the wind seemed to grow stronger, the many o n board the Sky Scraper. Indeed, to "Taken It away!" b e m uttered. "Why, It t-empes t yet raged and the Sky Scraper raced Barney and Pomp it was enticing. was never there I will wager my lif e.'' b e fore it. They were both fond o f bunting, and t h e vaSybil d rew a deep breath. 'l.' h e castaway s were all terrified and much riety o f game visible below was allurement "I fee l sure tha t Mr. Reade will &d it,'' she a fraid t hat thQ air-ship woul d be das h e d to enough. said, confidently. pieces. But Frank said: Upon the ice cakes by boles in the ice were Dane gritted his teeth"savagely and said: "'!'here is little dange r of that. We are at sealE<. White bear s were seen at a distance "I haTe no doubt that will make you happ y t oo great an altitude to collide, and as long a s lumbering across the ice .field. Anon a black I can read lour heart like a printed hook, ; You the wing!< work she will kee p up. But we \Viii fox would go scurrying among the pack of are In love with this young scapegrace. You b e blown clear into the Arctic if this conb ergs, stranded upon the shor e or the frozen will believe in him against the world.'' tinues." sea "Yes," Sybil replied, fir m l y, I will a lways "You may be obliged yet to take us with Water fowls were plenty in various little o pen believe in James Barton. He is nobl e and pure vou as pa.ssengers,"laughed Sybil. bodies o f water in the distance. In spite of and g o od. Notbinl' will change me.''t "I am afrai d you woul d sc.on tire of it," said the lack of human life in the regio n, there "Time will tell!' gritted Dane. Frank, hut if we a r e d riven into the Arctic I was nothing lonely or dreary at all in the The s u b ject then was changed. T hey were shoul d be compelled to ask you to walt until I outlook, so plentiful was now near the iceberg. Mr. Vanc e was a trifle have performed a certain mission before car-There were some little repairs to be made in advance when a sharp cry escap11d his lips. 1ying you to Sweden.'' upon t h e delicate electrical machinery. "Look out!" b e shouted, leaping backward. "Certainly," agreed Otis Vance. "You are Nobody could do tha t but Frank himself, so" There i s danger ahead!" ver y kind.'' h e anchored the Sky Scraper at a height This was instantly apparent. From a crev" That mission,'' c ont.inued Frank, "you will of about three hundred feet. Here the air ship i ce in the berg a giant specimen of the white realiz'e the importance of when I tell it to you.'' rested, being supported by undulations o f the bear bad emerged. With thiR, be told the story of the murde r of wings. He was a savage brute, and reared upon his the confession of Captain Rhine s and of the ar-Even Dane and Mr. Vance himself were in-binder legs came straight for the three explor...J:eS t and imprisonment of James Barton. t eres ted in the scene bel o w. ers. S ybil Vance's face was deadly pale and h e r Sybil was as desirous as any o f descending, The sight of his white, gleaming teeth, his voice shook as she replied: an. i finally the subject was broached to F rank red, frothing jaws and glaring eyes terrified "We are well familiar with that story, Mr. Reade, Jr. Sybil. Rea d e.'' "You may all go!" be said, readily. "I will She gave a little scream and retreated a "Ah! ray be, then, you know this young d escend and let you get out. When. you want step. B a r ton? ask e d Frank. to <'all me down again, jus t blow a whistle Dane fired his rifle and beat an unceremoni" we know him well!" replied Sybil t e n s ely. wbi)l I will give you!" ous retreat. The bullet, however, did more .. And b e fore God there i s no doubt of his E ach was provided with a treble whistle. harm than good. innocence.'' The n Frank let the air-ship descend. It only wounded the bear and increased his "Indeed, I believe it!" agreed Frank. "You B arney and Pcmp and Jack Malus we. r e a ll fury. Before Mr. Vance could get out of the can now understand why I am so anxious t o to get a shot at the game. Each carried way the brute was upon him. secure the written confession of Rhines .'' a nfte. Only those who have faced the Arctic bear "Pray God that you may and save the life D ane and Vance were armed, but they were can have a correct idea of his power and feroc.:>f a n innocent man!" said Sybil, devoutly. not s o eager for bunting. With Sybil they i ty. The young inventor was deeply impressed walked about the ice field for some time. The-grizzly of the Rockies is scarcely more wit.h the m anne r in which S y bil received the 'l'be three bunters bad passed f-ro m formidable. Mr. Vance had not time to think n e w s of the mission of the Sky Scraper. His vi e w long since m pursuit of some foxes. before be was in the brute's embrace. was a k een, penetrating nature. The Sky Scrape r hung in the sky over-head His fir s t impulse .was to writhe out of the "I am not far w rong," be muttered, "or likeabugebird. WbileSybilandher e s \!orts bear'sgrip. she knows that Barton well. I will w a g e r h e traversed the ice fie ld She was dil!rqq!J of But this be quickly found impossible. The i s a lover.'' visiting a distanL ice pinnacle which brute's claws lacerated the flesh of his sboul The matter b eing called up in Dane's hearing from a berg. Exciting incidents were thetepy d ers. and in another moment his huge jaws once though, the latter said with a s ort of sav-entailed. \1 woul d have clo&ed upon the unfortunate man's age emphasis: > arm but fo r prompt actio n "It is all foolish sen t iment in regard to this CHAPTER V 'Quick as a flash Vance threw u p the b utt of Barton. The story of Rhines and the confes-EXCITING ADVENTURES. his r i fle and jammed it into the bear' s throa t sion in the cairn IS tot He is g uilty be;wnd HAD either Mr. Vance or Dane realized the It was his salvatio n As t h e b r ute tried to all doubt and should hang. risk of t heir undertaking they might well have the object be naturally relaxed his gl'ip. Sybil Vance turned upon him with flashing shran k from it. T hen Mr. Van ce slipped ouc of it. eyes and haughty demeanor. But they djd not. It was some little distance But bad been wildly screaming for "And I maintain h i s innocence!" she eried, to the berg. : help. .. grandly. "I shall defend him forever, for I As they walked on Dane.drew them into a c;on. 'I.' he. Y(!U n g .girl firm l y believed tha t her fat h e r .......... .... __ ...... ---


L \j 6 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." had reached the end of his career, and that he a lay on and mind your weather eye. 'That's On over the ice plain they ran with f11ll would never be able to escape from the bear's no ice hummock!" speed. Th'e wolves were coming with the speed clutches. But neither heeded this speech. Pomp for of the wind. "Oh, go to his aid for God's sake!" she ap-mischief, cried: It needed but a glance to see that they would pealed to Dane. "Do not let him be killed!" "I jes' take dat\ bet, I'ish! It will be de be overtaken before they could reach the air But the villain did not seem inclined to adopt drinks on yo' dis time!" ship. thi method. The truth was, cowardice was "Divil a bit!" cried Barney. "Whurra, But those on board the Sky Scraper now had one of the prevailing elements of his nature. wud yez luk at the snow fly!" seen the peril of the party. Frank Reade was He was afraid of the big bear. On the other And the snow did fly, but not the kind Bar-quick to act. hand, secretly be hoped that Mr. Vance would ney had calculated on. Quick as a flash he He rushed into the cabin and came out with really fall a victim to the brute's jaws. drew aim at the sup"posed hummock and fired. two ritles of his own invention. They looked Frenzied with the awful horror of the situaCrack! like so large were the barrels, tion, Sybil did not for him to act. fly, but it was not snow, but they were. really powerful rifles throwing a She carried a small nfle, whiCh she knew well whtte fur. 'I he supposed snow was nothmg deadly explostve shell. how to use, and mustering up courage started less than a white bear, crouching there with Frank threw one of the rifles to Otis Vance to her father's assistance. his back to them. and cried: Just as Mr. Vance had thrust the butt of his .Jack Mains' keen eyesight had detected this "Fire into the midst of the wolves! Take gun into the bear's mouth, Sybil reached the at once. It was in order for Barney and Pomp good aim!" spot. to be astonished. "God help them!" screamed Sybil, in awful Fearlessly she rushed forward and placing The Celt nearly dropped his gun as the bear, terror, "the wolves will overtake them!" the muzzle of her rifle close to the brute's fur, with a long, drawn howl, rose upon his hind But Frank threw one of the ritles to his pulled the'trigger. lep;s. shouldet and fired. The shell struck in the As luck had it, tne ball struck a rib and "Tare an' 'ounds!" he yelled. "Phwat the midst of the pack. glancing upward entered the brute's heart. divil is it 1 Shure an' it's dhramin' I am or it's It exploded with terrific effect. Several of 1'he battle was ended. a white bear!" the wolves were killed. This was the best With an almost human-like groan, the big "Golly, fo' glory!" sputtered Pomp. "It am sible thing that could have been done. bear reeled and sank lifeless upon the ice. Mr. jus' dat. Look out fo yo'se'f, chilluns. Hyar Instantly the ravenous horde were engaged Vance staggered back, pallid and bleeding, and de chap comes fo' us!" in tearing topieces the dead wolves. This cans saw Sybil standing before him, with the smok Indeed, there was but just time to gain a ed a brief delay. in!Z rifle in her hands. 1 1 vantage ground. 'fhen Vance fired. t1 Father!'' she cried wildly, dropping the gun Down the slope came the wounded and mad-Several more of the wolves were thus kllled. and rushing to his side. "You are not badly de ned bear. SLraight for his foes he made. Every rr:oment the party were drawing nearer hurt1" They had climbed upon a shelf of ice, and to the air-ship. "No, my child," 1eplied Otis Vance, happily, none too soon. Now they were just beneath it. "but you saved my life." "Foire!'' 'roared Barney. "Give it to the Frank had let down a long rope ladder. Just "Heaven be praised for that!" baste. Shure, he'll ate up the whole av us!" in time thev reached it, and one after another Dane now came up and tried to apologize for Jack Mains aimed at the bear's eye and fired. sprang up it. his cowardice. The father and daughter listen-But the bullet merely glanced oft the brute's The wolves were just beneath. But the three ed, but made no comment. 'fhe v:llain saw at thick skull. fugitives were in mid air beyond their reach. once that their estimate of him was decidedly It caused it to hesitate for a moment, howUp the ladder they went, and were soon a poor one. ever, and this gave Pomp a chance. The darky clambering ov 'er the rail. It had been a close But now that the danger was over, their spirfired. call, but they were its arose. His, shot struck the bear just under the "Phew!" gasped Barney, as he tumbled on The bear was a beautiful specimen of its shoulder blade. Another bullet from Barney deck. "Shure I thought it was the ind av me kind, and Svbil cried: cut a hole in the brute's abdomen. The giant fer sure." "Oh, what a beautiful mat its fine white fur bear sank down and exph;ed. "Golly! dis chile don' want no mo' ob dat would tmakel Why can we not take it home W ,ith cheers of delight the three kin' ob hunting!" declared Pomp, while Jack with us, father?" dashed down the slope and proceeded to skm Mlj.ins was non-committal. "We can and will," replied Mr. Vance, draw-their prize. After mutual congratulations had been ining a hunting knife. "I have skinned deer They had barely succeeded in this when the dulged in, Frank Reade declared: and buffal"' and I ought to be able to flay a air was broken with long-drawn wails. Over "Now we mu:st make search for the cairn in bear." the ice hummocks came a myriad of white which is hidden the confession of Captain And in a very short space of time the milfotms. Rhines. After that is found we will try and lionaire bad skillfully removed the bear's hide. Snarling, yelping, with flashing eyes and take you all back to civilization." In this operation Dane condescended to lend reeking jaws they came. Barney gave a yell All were agreeable to this save Wallace some assistance. and picked up his rifle. Dane. When this had been accomplished a return "Howly smoke!" he cried. "Look out fer The villain demurred quite vigorously. was made to the air-ship. The whistles were yesilf, boyees. Av it ain't a hull pack av "It is all rank nonsense!" he declared blown, and Frank lowered the Sky Scraper and whoite wolves." "You will find no confession there. I would they clinilled aboard. This was the truth. The Arctic wolf has not not yield to such hocus-poc-qs. I arn anxious Quite a lively gale Bad sprung up, and the the fear for man of its southern prototype. to get to England." air-ship was tugging hard at her anchor. NothMqre than two hundred of the savage animals Mr. Vance and Sybil, however, were strongly ing was to be seen of the hunting party" BJ.rney attracted by the scent of blood, came rushing in favor of searching for the cah:n. and Pomp ap.d Jack Mains. upon the scene. Slowly the Sky Scraper picked its way north-And, indeed, they were experiencing some There was but one thing for the hunters to ward. remarkable adventures. do, and this was to beat a retreat, which they The singular phenomena of the Arctic night With the enthusiasm natural to born lovers did in haste. now began. of sport, they had followed the trails of nu-But in due time Frank was able to get his merous wild animals, without any thought as CHAPTER VI. bearings so exactly that be said: to the distance they w,ere g-oing from the air-THE E s Q u 1M Aux. "Within twenty-four hours we shall reach ship. ONLY one thing saved the bunters from at-the cairn." Soon. they had go_ne so far it was hidden tack by the Arctic wolves ant!-desth. 'All to look forward with eager inter-from vtew by the htgh ranges of tce hummocks. The carcass of the bear was m thetr path, and est to t.hat moment. It' was no light job to clamber about over the the 'pack stopped to devour it. The three Whether the cairn really held the confession slippery and rough piles and blocks of ice, hunters made rapid tracks for the ice plain beor not was a matter of no little curiosity. many of them mountainous in size. yond. But some thrilling incidents were in store There were little beaten paths between these A sh<>rt while later they reached it. before this should be accomplished. The first made hy the foxes and wolves. Generally-the Their ardor was for the time dampened, and of these was near at hand. party kept in these paths. was decided to returi.I to the Sky Scraper. Barney was on the lookout when a strange They plenty of small game, hut they The air ship could be seen rocking at its an-sight met his gaze. ignored it. chor, and Barney saw a blue flag hanging In a little valley beneath he suddenly saw a "Bejabers, it's a bear or a brace av the black down. He knew that it was the summons for collection of ice huts. There. were several hun-foxes I want!'' cried Barney. "Shure no thin' a return. red of them, and smoke was pouring from else will suit me." "Shure, an' Misther Frank is signaling for some of them. "Don' yo' be too high toned, !'ish," sniffed us!" he cried. "It's back we must go." Fur clad denizens, as broad as they were long Pomj), availing himself of an opportunity to "Dis chile am agreeable," said Pomp. were lounginp; in scores about the place. H nag !Barney -as usual. "Yo' will jes' play in "'!:hat's my reckoning," Mains. was an Esquimaux village. big luck if yo' shoots one of dem lily bits of So they started across the lCe plain for the air A sharp cry escaped Barney. rabbits." ship. "Shure, Misther Frankl" be shouted, "wud Jack Mains roared in sailor fashion. But they had not traversed half the di"Jtance yez luk at the loikes av this 1" Blow me, mates!" he cried, "ye are both when terrible howls in their rear told them Frank was quickly at the rail and said: 1 better at slinging mud than ye are at hunting, the ominous truth that the white wolves were "Esquimaux, as I live]" I flgffer it." coming. The young inventor regarded them a moment Begorra, an' av I don't shoot as much as Thev wete for a moment the victims of a curiously. Then an idea struck him. any av ye I'll eat mesilf," retorted Barney, fearful terror. "Perhaps they are the tribe Barton ratertartly. And well they might yield to fear. nized with," he said. "I will find out." "Huh! I don' beltebe yo' cud hit dat ar ice Should the wolves overtake them it was At once he began to lower the air-ship. hummock yonder." more than likely that they would be torn to The Sky Scrape!'" settled down slowly and Pomp pointed to what seemed to be a round pieces in a twinkling. ilnal.!y rested upon a small hillock near the topped heap of snow on top of a hummock fifty Eegorra, run fer t.he loife av yez 1" yelled Esquimaux village. yards distant. Barney instantly halted. Barney. "Run, ye omadhouns!" The Arctic natives at sight of the air-ship "Put up or shet up!" he cried. "I'll bet yez But neither Jack nor Pomp needed prompt-seemed greatly excited. A loud uproar arose, the dhrinks I kin do it." ing. Both realized the danger as well as Bar-and men, women and children came piling out "Fall to, mates!" roare.d Jack Mains. "Get ney. of the huts. / t


-. FRANK READE: JR.'S SCRAPER." 'r ) Franli: Reade did not for a moment suspected the Sky Scraper forward, intent upon the "That will be a favor,'' declared Orsino. but that they were friendly enougn and had no rescue of the fugitive. "Glad to meet your friends." thought of danger, so he said to Barney: --He bowed to Mr. Vance, doffed his hat to "Come, Barney. Let us go down and talk CHAPTER VII. Sybil, and then met thegi!-ZC of Dane, who was with them." THE FUGITIVE'S STORY-THE FIGHTING ESQUI glaring at him. As a chill breeze was blowing, the two men MAUX. With a cry of recognition Orsino started for wrapped extra furs abont them and with their FoRWARD shot the Sky Scraper in the effort ward. rifles slung over their shoulders left the deck to rescue the flying white fugitive. He was "Why, my old friend--" he began. of the Sky Scraper. lashing his dogs and the sledge was bounding But he stopped. Dane turned half awav, in Down the hillock they slid, and at once furiously over the ice plain. terrupting him coldly: started toward the Esquimaux, holding up But the Esquimaux seemed o be surely gain "You mistake. I am not acquainted with their hands. ing. There was no doubt but that they wpuluard." more of surprise and misgiving than the Es" ,U{Zhl what if we were to tall?" The two envoys now approached untli twenty quimaux had. "'fhat is hardly likely!'' said Frank. "Such feet distant. Then they stood stolidly watting At tlrst be bad slacken(l,d his team but now a thingjs wel1 provjded against." for the others to speak. kept on with his gaze partly fixed upon the "Oh, I suppose so. Experience will n o doub t Frank addressed them in Swedish, thinking air-ship, which settled down until barely fifty overcome the feeling of fear I have now." perhaps they would have caught a smattering feet over his bead. "You may be sure of it," replied the young of that language from the settlements below. At this altitude Frank gauged the speed of inventor. But they sbool_t their heads, and, to the young the Sky Scraper to that of the dogs. Then Orsino went from one part of the air-ship to imentor's surpnse, one of them said in broken Barney leaned over the rail and shouted: another. Nothing escaped his keen twinklin g English: "Whisbt, aloive down eyes. Every part of the tnacbine was n oted. What coom Esquimau man want good The driver of the sledge seemed more .aston"Well, this is certainly a triumph of genius,'' whisky. No more." ished than ever, and replied: he finally .admitted. "Really, Mr; ;Reade, ycu "Ab, my fine fellow," said Frank, "I am "An Irishman, by all that's just!" ,,, are the mos.t wonderful man of theday," glad you speak my language. I wil'l try and "And an Oirishman is as good as any other'opinion the others had formefl o f make you some presents after you have aos.wermon," retorted Barney. Orsino, Barney and Pomp bad acquired an ed my questions. Are you the head man of What the deuce have you got. tlleref' stinctive distrust and dislike of him. your shouted the fugitive. "A macbine1" "Shure, it's an evil eye be has," averred BarSomething lil>e a gleam of comprehension for "If yez warn't a dunce ye d see that at ney. "I niver loike the loikes av it." a moment flitted across the mobile face of the wanst." "He am jes' a scallewag if dis chile am on de native. He noaded his bead; with a grunt. Jupiter and J er;cbo! that beats me! Where right tip," agreed Pomp. "Is tbere a white man in your village, or are you from r Frank did not take particular interest in the have you ever seen one here before1" "From Readestown, U.S. A., and the owner fellow. He had no fear that he might mean The Esquimau's face clouded and he frowned av this Skoy Scrapper is Misther Frank Reade, any of them harm, and knew that he woul d savagely, saying: sor, an' if yez will catch on to this we\ll relieve soon be rid of him an1fway. "Inglis man gib whisky quick! Eskimo yez from yez prisint imbarrassmint. Shure, So the Sky Scraper went on its way for some man kill I" sor. hours. Then be brandishe d his war club. Frank Down tumbled a rope ladder. The fugiti ve There was not much diversity in the land attempted a pacifiCl reply, but the whole gang saw the point and in an instant dropped the scape below. set up a loud yelling. reins and grabbed the ladder. The same monotony of ice and snow a n d open Then the yOl'mg inventor saw at once-the He was whisked out of the sledge like a water abounded. Game seemed to-be plenty, futility of making friends with this tribe of flash, and up sbot the air-ship. Then Barney and the air-ship frequently met great flocks of 111atives. They were hostile beyond a doubt. shouted: geese and ducks making flight. The best thing be could do was to get back "Hang on an' clo imb up if yez are any kind These d!d not seem afraid of the air-ship, and to the Sky Scraper as quickly as possible. av \L sailor.'' coul d have been shot by scores, as they passed Barney pulled his s l eeve. Before the fugitive had re3Ched the deck, within a few feet. "Whisbt, Misther Frank I" he wblspertld. Frank bad regulated the speed of the air ship But w ith such a surfeit of game jt was wan "Shure yez betther not take any chances wid and was on band to meet him. ton ness to shoot them. So they were !Lllowed the omadbouns !'' As be came over the rail, he was seen to be a to pass. Even as be spoke one of the envoys made a dark-Nisaged, keen-eyed mao of possibly forty But suddenly a new and startling scene.was blow at Frank. Tbe other darted his lance at years of age. His appearance, so far as facia l spread to the view of all. The Sky Scraper .,...._.,, Barney. lines of character went, was not prepossessing. drifted over the sunnmit of an ice m ountain, It passed through t ,be Celt"s coat-sleeve, but Frank noted this in the-swift, critical glance and it lay revealed i111 the valley below. quick as a flash Barney snapped it and grap-which be gave him. It was nothing leHs than a battle field, with pled with his foe But be rea ily stepped forward and proffered two large bodies of armed men engaged .in Frank had dodged the blow with the club, his hand. deadly strife. and whirling his rille aloft, knocked the Esqui"Glad to see you, friend," be said. "I am The snow was strewn with dead bodies, and mau down. The tribe now came yelling to-Frank Reade, Jr., the owner of this air-ship.'' it was bard to tell which side really held the wards them. Well," said the res<'ueti man, with a deep advantage. The fellow Barney bad grappled with was drawn breath,'" I haven't bad such an honor All rushed to the rail and viewed the scene stout, but not quick enough for the Ce lt, who for twenty years. Indeed, I am almost inclinwith varied exclarr!ations. was an excellent wrestler. e d to believe that I am dreaming. You whisk "How awf1Jil !"cried Sybil with a shiver, and Quick as a flash Barney downed him. Then e d me out of that bad scrape in lively fash turning her gaze away. he and Frank started for the air-ship. ion.'' "I); is a fight for annihilation, declared The air was full of flying javelins and clubs, "We were in the right time, I think,'' agreed Frank Reade, Jr. but none of them st{uck the fleeing men. They Frank. "We ought to separate them I" cried Mr. reached the a 'ir-sbip, and a moment later the My name," said the stranger, "is Rafael Vance, excitedly. .They will exterminate Sky Scraper sprang into the air. Orsino, and I belong in London, England. I each other." But even as the air-ship sprang into space am up here in the interests of a fur company "Let them do it I" growled Wallace Dane. and hung over the scene, a startled cry pealed and have been doing the whale region by "They are of no benefit to the world.'' from the lips of each voyager. s ledge. I have found the Esquimaux every-But Orsi no cried wildly; In the valley just beyond a thrilling scene where friendly but in this locality.'' "They are the Kay mucks and the O d ungys. was witnessed. The stranger's manner was frank, ready, and The Kaymucks are friends of the wnit e man A white man wrapped in furs and ridinp: h l s statement logical enough. Yet somt>thing and saved my li fe. The Odungys are stronger, upon a sledge drawn by dogs at full speed, impressed Frank Reade, Jr., he knew not why, however, and will whip them. We must save pursued by a dozen other sledge teams driven that be did not speak the truth. the Kaymucks."' by EsqUimaux. However, the young inventor'said: At once sympathy was of course aroused for They wertl straining every nerve to overtake "Well, you are welcome to the Sky Scraper. for the Kaymucks. Frank was ever i ncli ned the white fugitive. It seemed"certain that they I am on a voyage north and south around the to champion the cause of the weak. would, and Frank Reade sprang into the pilot world, with my men here, Barney and Pomp, So be decided to make a move at once to s ave house. These other people, Mr. Vance ana his daugh-the unfortunate Esquimaux. .S:e called to "Get :vour rilles, ever ybody! h e shouted. ter, and Mr. Dane, I picked up from a raft at Barney who was in the pilot-bouse: "We must save that man!" ea. I shall !and them in Stockhol m, and will "Slacken speed, and lower tt. air-s h ip, And the JJropeller lever Frank "tart. drop you there a l so, if you wish.'' Every man get his Winchester


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." The order, it is needless to say, was quickly If so, then they ought to know the where For a moment the two men faced each other obeyed. abouts of the cairn and the _grave of Rhines. like statues. Every cne armed himself, and as the air-ship Dr. Vaneyke evidently read Frank's thoughts, Then in a cautious, cat-like manner, Dane descended; tire wlas opened upon the Odungys. for he said: glanced about him. The Esquimaux seem1ld amazed at the ap- I think we had better inquire of this tribe "At last we are alone!" he said. "I am glad pearance of the air-ship above them, and for a about the cairn!" this moment has come." moment both sides fell back in confusion. "So do I," all:reed Frank. "Good!" said Orsino, in the same guarded But the Esquimau is a stranger to fear or The head man or the tribe, a fat, greasy little manner. "None of them suspect that we were superstition. Had it been any othllr class of fellow, came. forward and Frank saluted him. ever acquainted before." natives in the world, no doub't they would have Orsino stood near. "I was afraid you would betray me on that ceased fighting entirely. After vainly 'trying to make the fellow first meeting." But only for a few moments did the Esqui understand him, Frank was about to give up "Ah! but I dirl not know." manx with their bull-dog persistency give up in despair, when Orsino stepped forward. "I know, I know. Well, now to busine11s. the battle. "I can talk a smattering of their tongue," be You got here all safe." It was quickly resumed and more fiercely said. "I understand the Icelandic and they "So you see." than ever. And the Odungys seemed to have know it a little." "And you have succeeded 1" the upper hand and drove the re-So Orsino acted as Orsino laughed in a rasping way. sistlessly before them. It was a critical rno-"What I wish to J earn," said Frank, "is the "Sorlie months since I left New York," he ment. fate of certain white men who once sojourned said. "We stood then in a room of a certain in these parts. One of them left a cairn here house and you promis ed me five thousand dol CHAPTER VIII. with important papers in it. I want, if posJars for the recovery of that confession from "I NEvER FAIL I" sible, to find that cairn." the cairn before other bands could claim it. FRANK READE, JR., saw that only the most This announcement struck Orsino like an What you want of it I think now I can see." decisive of action would result in the termina electrical shock. He seemed for a moment "Yes," said Dane, in a metallic voice. "That tlon of the battle. startled, and his eyes gleamed peculiarly. I confession would clear James Barton. Once He knew the persistency of the EsquimauA: But he quickly recovered, and seeing that he is cleared, this girl Sybil, whom I bave well enough for this. Fran I;; had not notict:d his emotion, replied: sworn shall be my wife, iH lost to me forever. Only the certain conviction that death would "I will ask the old fellow what you desire." But James Barton dies on the gallows, and my be their lot would caul!e them to turn back. Orsino then conversed w -ith the Kaymuck chances are good if you have done your duty This all. chief in an unintelligible fashion. Presently and safely robbed that cairn!" Rapid fire from the Winchesters was opened he r.urned and said: took a step forward and said, tensely: upon the Odungys..-"Some white men did Jive here about a year "Inever faill'' Orsino showed himself and shouted encour-ago, and one of them left a cairn. It is some agingly to the Kaymucks. ThllY yelled and where on the coast, about twelve miles to the CHAPTER IX. fought like demons. east." TheOdungys were mowed down frightfully "Tbatsettle'sitl"criedFrank joyfully. "We LOST IN THE STORM. It,tbe Wincbesters. will go there at once. If we find it, our mission AN almost animal-like cry. of triumph e3 It was horrible slaughter, and this Frank did is accomplished." caped the lips of tbe villain, Wallace Dane, as A o t like. "Pray Heaven we may!" said Sybil Vance, he took a step forward. He was averse to wholesale bloodshed, and fervently. "Don't trifle with mel" he hoarsely cried, "I dropping his Winchester, rushed Into the Orsino t urned and regarded the young girl want the truth." cabm. curiously. Every one except Dane seemed "Can't y o u take so a hintf' When he oame out he had a long coil of wire pleased that the cairn was located at last. "Have you got it r i his hand. He Rhouted to his companions: Frank made the Esquimau x some presents, "Yes." "Hold on, boys! Give up fir ing. I have a n and then old Kaylo, the Kaymuck chief, was "Let me have it." other and better plan." hired to go ahead with his dogs and sledge and Dane's r ight hand was thrust forward, b u t Of course all complied. snow the way to the cairn; Orsino steped back. A flash of rage swept The firing ceased. But just as preparations were made for the across Danes bro.\>. The Odungys, evidently believing their white start, the old chief pointed to the north and "Why don't you let me have it f' h e fiercely foe's ammunition seemed to gain shook bis bead. cried new courage, and returned to the attack more Orsino talked with him a moment, and then "Don't you know 1" fiercely than ever. turning to Frank, said: With a hissing cry, Dane clutcheearch for the others." Frank had a belief that this tribe was the He took a turn over the deck and rounding One moment!" one with ..thom Rhines and James Barton had the cabin wall came face to face with Wallace Dane put forth a detaining hand. Orsino fraternized. Dane. seemed surprised.


FRANK REAPE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." 9 "Weill" he said curtly. !was not strange that he should lose his bear-"'!'hen yez are more ignorant nor I give yez "I want to talk further with you r ings in leaving the air-ship. credit for," averred Barney. Uh, I thought you did not care to have any He started in what he believed to be the "I knows a heap mo' den sich po' trash as further business with me." proper direction for the E squimau village. But yo' !" sniffed Pomp. "An"lt am jes' as likely Don't exasperate me. '!:his is very imporm reality it was In exactly an direc-dat dab is night bosses as dat dere is night taut indeed. It is a chance we cannot aftord tion. mares." to lose." It was snowing quite hardand thickening up This was a poser. Barney was for a moment Orsino was silent for a moment. He gazed rapidly, while darkness was growing most in-nonplused. Jack Mains roare d. at Dane as if he would read tbe other's tense. The doctor would have turned back "Heave him another, lad r he cri e d; "there's thoughts. sooner but for his zeal to lind Frank. sea-horses, too, as I can make my 'da vv." At this moment a form passed into ,the cabin But after a time he came to a halt, satisfied "Begorral" sputtered Barney, "there may at the ot.herend of the air-ship. It was unseen that he had taken the wrong course. He turned be night horses in Afriky, but they're all mares by either villain and was no other than Dr. b ack at once. in ould Oirelandl" Vaneyke. But though he tramped for hours in the "Yah, doan gib me no cheap talk about Ire The doctor had returned for his Winchester, snow, he coutd not find thE: air-ship. His posi l and," retorted Pomp. "It am jes' a small for there had been talk among some of the tion now became a fearful one. rhe Ar.ctic lily bit of de airth, an' England rules the party of a hunt. blizzard had set in full force, and, the awful Irish." He passed into his state-room. The window con viction came upon him that h e was hope"That's a lie!" roared Barney brandishing was on that side of the air-ship, and he heard l essly lost. This, he knew, was almost equiv-his shillelah, "an' here's defeat to the oma the voices of Dane and Orsino. alent to d_eatb, for hur:nan life !)Ould dhoun as says so, Shure Oireland rules En He would not have heeded th_ts, a!ld doubt-bar.dly restst the frtghtful fall Ill temperature gland an' Ameriky as well. Luk at the army ,less would have passed out agam wtthout bewhtCJi was sure to come. an' navy. Luk at the successful business men / his presence. to them, had it not been of this glorious--" 1 for an mcident. CHAPTE,J;t X. But Barney was forced to stop. Pomp, with / A sentence dropped by Dane was so thrilling VISLT TO :rHE C AIRN. a deprecato.ny gesture, had started for the door and peculiar as to claim startled attention. MEANWHILE the party at the Esquimau of the galley. ,. In a moment he felt justified in becoming an village had been having a gay time. Barney gave Jack Mains a wink. and both eavesdropper. The Kaymucks proved good entertainers, and crouched d own to watcli the fun, Porpp opened "The job can be worked as slick as a whis-their spirits did not seem at all dimmed by the the aoor. WJ:iat followed was an utter revela, tle," Dane was saying. "I tell you it is a big Joss of so many friends in the battle with the tion. jlhance. Just.think of it. With this air-ship"Odungys. A second previous Pomp had been as black ln.our AJOSsesston we can fly to any part of the All of games and sports were wttnessed as the essenc.e of charcoal. When the flour w?,rld. by the m_en. Tt:e!l came t!J Frank had ceased its momentary flood, hs was from we learn to operate tti exclatmed J; and m stgn talk that 1t would head to foot a Jiving example of a white man. Orsmo, breatblessly. be sa_ fer to seek afte r the storm. Flour ran down his back, sifted into hi'i "Of course we can. I would not be afra1d to Thts was. commg on wtth a !engean?e and pockets, filled his shirt front, hiR wool, his :wager that I could do it now. I have not been F,rank reahzed that the Esqmmau chtef was eyes, nose, ears and mouth, in short, complete-idle all days, and I am always very obfl?iht. Jy buried him. ser,vant. crept thetr snow h .uts For a moment the astoundP.d darky could not cannot .. express myself! exclatmed to htbernate blizzard and the'whttes act. Then, as he comprehended the trick and Orsmo, wtldly. It be the returned to the !1-lr-shlp. heard the roars of laughter behind anger got on earth: How wtll we ab.le t!J do ,!t.f' Dane and Orsmo were m the cabm when the the best of him. you afratd to do some ptg-sttCkmg1 party came aboard. He his vision, and without waiting Orsmo started, and for a moment All was made ready for the but no one to sift the flour from his person, started for a!!i?ast. Dane laughed .. thought to count noses to see tf any one was his tormenter, Barney. I see you catch my tdea, he satd. Weill absent. Woe to the unlucky Irishman! Barney tried e-rery one but one must be droopea So Dr. Van':ykes absence .was no. t noted at to beat a retreat, but Pomp caught him in the overboard ,!"tth a silt gullet; and that one you once. The blizzard had set m n,ow m e arn!)st. rear, head down, like a battering ram. oaH.guess_. Barne;r and at. Franks I;'P The Celt was fairly driven into a tub of dirty The gtrl1 m the cabm, 'YhlCh was li ghted water at the foot of the stairway. In he went :: ExactlJ;";" el e ctnCJty, as Barney had hts head first. exclatmed Orsmo. You play for Iiddle t;'nd h1s banJo. Nose mouth, eyes and ears were filled with g a me. ComiCal Jokes and songs becar:ne the order. the vile stuff. Wilen he emerged, spluttering You see tt 1!1 my only I must make and the party made merry whtle the storm and gasping, Pomp was having his laugh. a coup de matn. The gtrl wtll co.nsent ra15ed. The d arky roare d with joy. to marry me. I must her. 1s her There was .no of s _erlous conse"Who am got de be s ob it a111" he yelled. father whom we must Thet;t m order quences, and, tt;tdeed, little any one dreamed\" Hi hi hi! I done fink yo' am got yo' pay to get hold of the atr-sh1p that nt gger and tbat one of thetr number was at that moment !'ish'" and that old s.::ientific frozen to Then he realized the folly of this and decided against the strings which would cause the flour -The pall of stlence which fe,ll upon the party upon a different plan. Frank Reade, Jr., must to open. fearful, FoJ;" some wh1le nobody coulrl be notifi e d immediately. Barney adjusted this nicely. He let Jack I The 'illains would not act at once. There Mains into the secret, and the sailor was de; Then 'Frank aroused himself. was time in plenty to circumvent their awfulllighted. "Search must be made!" he "Come, plot. Some time was spent in the kitchen talking every able-bodied man!" "!-never liked the looks of that Dane, any-over various topics and smoking. All volunteered but Dane. He went to his way," reflected the doctor. "The best I "I done tole yo one fing chilluns,"Pomp was stateroom. Tbe search party was oan do is to tlnd Frank at once and tell htm saying. "Dis chile ain' dead stuck on dese yer A short while later the Esquimaux appeared all!" Eskimo gals. Dey am wuss nor a reg'lar night with their snow-shoes and their dogs. They with this he at once left the air-hbs!" were pressed into service, and the search at ahip, taking care that the two plotters should "Yez mane a noight-marel" corrected Bar once begun, not see him. ney. For ha)[ the day it was continued, but not a The doctor's mind was so stirred up by the "Ijes' means wha' I rlone sa-y, !'ish!" blust-trace of the missing man could be found. thrilling incidents of the half hour put, that it ered Pomp. It was like looking for a particular pebble lD


v s sc I 10 FRANK READE, JR.'S ''SKY SCRAPER." the Great Sahara, or a pin in a haymow. Not There was the Italian Rafael Orsino. Had he The scientist succinctly related his experi the slightest clew could be obtained. visited the cairn and abstracted the parch-ence. Frank listened with the deepest of in With sorrow and relu--tance, Frank was ment1 Was he after all lihe hireling of Dane? tere"t and surprise. finally obliged to give up the quest. A thomlt and then we have the promontory. It wa just now covered witu to my _daughters conduct. You will then in P.?ssess\onl'_' now. agree w1th me tba,t the disappearance of that But the gtrl; satd Orsmo. But this was quickly removed. The stones confession is a very thing." "It is unlucky that she is not on board. But were dislodged1 and the cairn opened. "Indeed I believe you,' reptied Frank. "I you see we shall not have another auch a Frank Reade, Jr ,searched the pit in don't think von need explain.' chance. We must fix it to get bold of her the earth carefully. A fe,v moldly bits of "Allow nie to give you a few facts. I knew later: paper and parchment were all that it contain James Barton as a noble and upright young Thus the precious pair of rogues had planned ed. The young inventor realized with a thril1 man; He was to have wedded my daughter. when Frank Reade marched stratgbt up to of horror tqat the cairn was empty, and that I do not trust Wallace Dane. He bas proposed the confessiOn gone. to Sybil and been refused. He was heard to I he mventors face wore a make a threat that be would yet have her. expressiOn, and h1s eyes snapped as be sa1d CHAPTER XI this Orsino is a cunnmg rascal. Prob-vigorously: ably Dane has a grip on him. Learning that Gentlemen, I want that roll of fox skin THE VILLAINS EXPOSED. the confession of Rhines was In existence and parchment which you stole from the IT was an awful truth to face. For a moment that Barton would be cleared if it was found Which one of you has it r Frank was speechles"s. the scoundrel conceived the idea of first getA bomb drovped at the feet of the villains All were waiting anxiously to see him pro-ting p,ossession of it and allowing Barton to could not bavegiven them a greater duce the written parchment. But the young die. rhis would dispose of him as a rival. So For a moment neither could speak. Dane inventor drewback empty-handed. he at once sent Orsino up Into this wild place was the first to recover. He tried to fain indif" My God!" he groaned. "It is gone!" to recover that bit of parchment." terence. "Gone!' "Ab!" said Frank, slowly, "tl:jen you really "I don't. understand you," he said, Yupercil-'fhd dismal ultimatum went from lip to lip. believe that they have iously. "What do you mean?" It was an awful thing to consider. That one "I dol" "You'll find out very quickly," said Frank, thing which would save an innocent man from "But-bow can we get possession of it?" resolutelyi "if you don't cleliver up that con. the gallows was gone. Mr. Vance set his lips tightly, ana his eyes fession. want it.'' "Very likely it was never there," said Wal shone resolutely. la<'e Dane in an incredulous manner. "It must be recovered if force is used!" CHAPTER XII. "There is no doubt but that it was," retorted he declared, Frank.. "Wait awhile,' said Frank, evidently with ALL SCHEMES FAIL. "Ah!" said the villain with his peculiar sudden inspiration. "Leave matters in my "You will have to prove first that we have ilmile. ""'h'ere is it now then 1" hands, Mr. Vance. I will have that confession got it," said Dane, who was arguing to gain Sybil bad until now seemed likely to faint. if t .hey have got it!" time, and made a side motion tu Orsino. But at these words, she seemed instantly to "May 'Heaven aid you," was the fervent The latter began to work around in Frank's gather wonderful strength, for springing forprayer of Vance. rear. ward she cried: Then Frank hurried into the pilot-bouse. "I have plenty of proof,'' said Frank. "It has been stolen beyond a .aoubt. It is The Sky Scraper was on its swift course back "You have 1" the purpose of the thief to see that innocent GO the Kaymuck village. "Yes. man bang.'' First of all, Frank desired to settle the ques. "What is it I'' Her eyes were upon Dane. But.that worthy tion of Vaneyke's fate. Then :he would turn "Here a gentleman who overheard tbe turned and began to converse languidly with his attention to Dane and Orsino. wholu of your rascally plotting. Come now, Orsino. The others were silent. Back went the air-ship. Over the Esquimau the game is up. I give yon this chance. De "Yes, it is Lbe work of a tlend I" cried Sybil town it passed. liver up the confession and I will land you in Vance in agonized tones, "be seeks the life of Then suddenly a great cry went up from Stockholm with the others. It you dCI not I the man I love. Ah, cold and ctuel. be is in-those on the deck. Far below uflon an ice-shall take it from you bv force, and leave you deed. Murderer be will be if he sees James field a man was !leen running at fu 1 speed. here to a pleasant fate wltb the Eskimos." Barton hang for that deed of which he is not He was gesticulating wildly, and 1t needed Dane laughed scornfully. guilty." but a glance to Ncognize Vaneyke. "You talk cont1dently," he said. "It will "I:le must not bang!" cried Frank Reade, The joy of all, when -the doctor was seen to not be easy for you to take that from me by determinedly. Do you really think, young be safe and so 'und, cannot be expressed in force.'' lady, th11t there is ground for belief that the words. Frank turned to call Barney and Pomp. He confesslbn was !)tolen from the cairn for the The air-sbip at once descended, and in a few was very angry, and determined to carry out purpose of hanging James moments the doctor was taken aboard. his threat. Syhil turned a pallid but resolute face toHe bad spent a rather uncomfortable night But even as he turned, Ors_ino with an ani ward the you:p,g inventor. in the storm, but was kept from freezing by mal like yell sprang forward. I know it,' she cried with conviction and burrowing in the snow and making for him-Be dealt Frank a terrific blow just back of earnestness. "And there is a man who can self a temporary snow house like that of r .be the ear. The young inventor dropped as if-tell moJ;e it if be, chooses I'' Esquimaux. shot. Her finger wa1 pointed at Dane. A sensaHis heavy fur suit had protected him well. Dr. Vaneyke carne to Frank's assistance. tlon was created. 'fhe villain's face turned When the storm subsided he once more sallied But Dane dealt1bim a fearful'blow which sent white and red by turns. forth and this time was able to locate the the old man in a half senseless heap over the "The girl is mad!'' be exclaimed. "What do Kay muck village. rail and into a snowbank. I know about it7 W.hat motive would I 'have The doctor was warmly welcomed and bast!-Frank bad fallen li ,ke one dead. Only for a in doinp: such a thing? How could I do it any-ly recounted his experiences, though he said moment the-two iilains hesitated. way 1 l can prove an alibi from first to lastr nothing of his motive in starting back to the Orsino bad whisked out a knife. But Sybil had turned back to the air-ship Kaymuck village to find Frank after his over"Shall .I kill him?" he hissed. upon her father's arm. 'fhe subject was not hearing of the conversation of -the two vil "No, you'll only spill blood everywhere," said pressed further. But: Frank Reade, Jr. began lains, Orsino and Dane. Dane, hurriedly. "Toss him overhoard. I to do some tall thinking. But after having partaken of guess you've broken hi" neck anyway.'' Ah !''be muttered at length. "I think I can and recovered himself, the doctor managed to Quickly both laid hands on the young in see. This viii ian is in lo':'e with Miss Vance. say in an undertone to Frank: ventor. He hopes to win her by putting Barton out of "I want to see you upon a very import-They threw his body out into-the snow. 'Then the way. But who stole the confession, and ant matter.'' both start.ed for the pilot-bonse. The air-ship --" The young inventor was just a little sur-was at their mercy. He came to a sudden stop. A startled prised, but he only said: Dane rushed into the pilotbouse and seized thought across his mind. It caused "All right! Come down into my state-room a levfi!r. hitu to wonder why it had not come to him be-in half an But he did not understand what combination fore. At that time Va:neyke was on band. to set it upon to make the Sky Scraper ascend.


_/ .. FRANK READE, JR.'S ''bK.Y SCRAPER." 11 Only Frank Reade, Jr., 'and Barney and None of theRe reached the air-ship, but Frank Dane desperately. I have lost my big game, Pomp knew this. saw at once that the intentions of the natives and I don't care what becomes of me." It a wi:se precaution of the young in were hostile. Frank was thoughtful a moment. ventor's in having set the lever upon a combi"The villains have stirred them up!'' he cried. He discussed the affair a few moments with nation. This prevented any one the air"Ah, they deoerve to be hung!" Mr. Vance. ship without that knowledge. "That they do!" declared Otis Vance; "but "I have no doubt they will fraterniz e with Dane reversed the lever, but there wa!l a first Jet us recover the confession." the Esquimaux," he said. "We will be well buzzing and whirring, and the air-ship did not "Begorra I'd jis t loike to thty a bead anther rid of them." move. spalpeens!" cried Barney. So it was decided to accept the offer of "Confound it all!" yelled the villain. "What "No," interposed Frank, "that will never Dane. ails itt'' do. Don't shoot until I give orders." Provisions, ammunition and guni were "Perhaps you haven't got the right lever," And the command was obeyed. given them, and they were given their 11berty. Orsino. N othfhg was to be seen of Dane an'd Orsino. 'l'hen Frank Reade shouted: I'll swear to it!" They were probably secreted in the ice fortress "All aboard! Now we leave the Arctic!" Now Dane had watched Frank manipulate of the Kaymucks. The Sky Scraper shot up into the 11ir. the lever, and he knew that this was the onP. Frank attempted to open a parley with the The abandoned villains waved their arms, But he did not know how to operate it. This Esquima11x. But they greeted the attempt and as the Sky Scraper shot forward were soon was why the air ship would not rise. The vil-with yells of derision. lost to view. lain was discomfited. This angered the young Inventor. Frank set a Rtraight course for Reykjavik, is wrong!" he fumed. "I'll soon bring them to terms," he declared, the capital of Iceland. "Be lively!' cried Orsino. "That old covey resolutely. Mr. Vance declared that he would just a11 is giving the alarm!" Electric wires were dragged over the air-soon be left there as anywhere, if he could This was true. ship's rail. Then Frank produced a small elec-chance to hit a home-bound steamer, and thi11 Dr. Vaneyke had recovered, and was shout-tric bomb of his own manufacture. might be the case. J:f hot, then Frank would lng to the hunting party. 'fhere was no time This he dropped upon the rampart, of the tllen take them to some important port on the to lose. Kaymucks' ice fortress. coast of Norway. "Confound tile thing!" roared Dane, with a The effect was thrilling. The flight across Davis Strait and the Tolley of curses. It tumbled to pieces in a jiffy with the ex-southern part of Greenland was without any Then he fell to trying the other keys and plosion, and the natives there concealed tum-remarkable incident. levers. The result was that he placed his hand bled out into daylight an astonished crowd. Indeed, heavy mists lay below the air-ship upon a live wire. Then Frank Reade, .fr., saw a sledge with a while over the water, and when over Green The effect was ludicrous as well as instanta-score of dogs attached leave the at full land for a long space they drove through neous. The villain was hurled across the room speed to tbe southward. Upon th1s 'sledge heavy snow as if kicked by a mule. were the villains Dane and Orsino. Pursuit But at length they emerged mists and When he picked himself up he was very was at once given by the Sky Scraper. storms and .the waters of the North Atlantie angry indeed. He seize d an iron bar and was smiled beneath them about to striKe the key board. CHAPTER XIII. In due course land was obs11rved to the "Curse the contrivance!" he yelled. "I'll eastward. Frank announced t .hat it was the smash it, if nothing AT R E Y K J A vI K coast of Iceland, and all to the rail But Orsino restrained him. IT was certainly a piece of folly in the two to get a view of the famous island. "No!" he cried, "that won't do. Come with villains to hope to escape in that manner. They beheld a rough and barren coast with mel'' Of course the Sky Scraper could ea!>'ily overpatches of vivid green verdure here and there "Where" take the dog team. among the rocks. "We must pull Reade .aboard the craft It sailed along some ways above the sledge. Stunted forests and desolate plains and again." When the Esquimau village was several miles mighty mountain chains rising seemingly into Dane looked surprised. behind Frank Reade proceeded to act. the clouds were the chief features. "WhaL for f' He drew the electric wire, trailing from the Reykjavik was a rough collection of huts and "We will compel him to operate the rna-Sky Scraper's deck, across the pack of dpgs. rude dwellings of stone. In the small harbor, cbinery. WI! can keep him prisoner until he In a moment they were piled up in a n uncon-however, there were quite a number of vessels. h a s learned us all and then toss him overboard!" .scions heap. And among them was seen a steamer which Dane saw the logic of this, or at least thought Awful curses broke from Dane. flew the American flag. It was a welcomP.sight h e dirt He was quick to act. "The j.ig is uP., Rafael!" he ye1Jed. "We'd to all. "All right! Come on!" better surrender!' "If I can get passage aboard of her," said Out of pilot-house.both sprang. But in that But at that moment the wire struck them. Mr. Vance, "it shall be my duty to go at once instant they saw that the was up. In a moment they were s enseless. back to America and repneve poor Barton. I Frank had regained senses and was Down settled the Sky Scraper. shall give up my European trip." scrambling to his feet. Dr. Vaneyke was sig-The senseless villains were taken al:)oard. The appearance of the Sky Scraper over the naling to the h11nting party who was now quite The confession of Rhines was found in an inner harbor of Reykjavik had apparent)) created a near the air-ship. pocket of Dane's coat. When the arch villain sensation. Against such odds the two villains could came to he found himself a prisoner. The decks and rigging of all the ships were hope todd nothing. The rejoicing of all on board the Sky Scraper instantly crowded, and the American steamer They saw this at a glance. was gall and ,warm wood to the villain whose in particular. "Tht:> game is up!" cried Dane. "We've got schemes were now set at naught. Frank Reade, Jr., allowed the Sky Scraper to shirk for ourselves, Rafael. what shall we Mr. Vance faced him with great sternness, to descend until within a few hundred feet of do" and said: the steamer's maintop. Then he stepped to The two villains looked at each other. "Dane, you are a bigger rascal than I took the rail and waved the American flag. The n Orsino cried : you for. I had no idea that you would: attempt A cheer went up from t ,he steamer's crew "To the Kaymuck village. We can get anything so infamous." Then a btass cannon forward spoke a hearty Kaylo on our side. He and his men will stana "I played for a big haul and lost!'' growlen salute. for Dane,; that's 1.!1 there is to it. I have lost and Frank stepped to the breech of the electric "Do you believe it" I am satistled." gun. He inverted the muzzle and pressed an "I know itr' "But only think of it!l' continued Mr. Vance, electric key. O:ver the rail of t .he-Sky Scra'per the villains "the destruction of Rhines' confession meant A project. iJe shot down into the waters of the sprung. Quickly they ran across the ice plain the hanging of an inno.:ent man!" harbor. There was a deafening roar, and a and disappeared the bergs. Dane parted his lips until his teeth shone colump uf water rose to the height of a hun At this n.oment the hunting party up. like white pearls, and retorted: dred feet, making a beautiful display. Explanations were quickly in order. The "I don't care. He won the I loved away In that moment the young inventor showed ,astonishment of all was great when Frank told from me. Curse himl I hate him!' the ad vantage he over anything that them the truth about the villains. Mr. Vance turned away, saying to Frank: floated upon water. .1.he novel salute im-It was necessary to recapture them and gain "He is incorrigible. Really, I think he is the all aboard the ships. the confession of Rhines.Plans were quickly worst wretch I ever knew." Others of other nationalities answered the made. But Dane called out: salute. Then Frank allowed the Sky Scraper Frank was not seriousl;r injured and ha,d "I say, Vance!'' to descend until he was within hailing dis now quite recovered. He went into the pilot-"Well" said that turning, tance of the steamer. bouse at once. "What are you gomg to do with ns 1" Then he suffered !he huge wings to bold the The villains, however, had so dtlranged the Mr. Vance looked at 'Frank Reade, Jr. Inair-ship here in suspension, while he stepped machinery, that it reduired some little time to deed th!s very quest.ion had been absorbing the to the rail and saw a sea of startled face11 get it in working order But the start young inventors mind. below him. was finally made. "Upon my word, I hardly know!" he said. The officers of the steamer stood upon the Iu the mP.antime the two villains bad reached "If I were to exercise just prerogative, I would hridge, and the captain, placing a speaking the Esquimau village. deliver you up to the law." trumpet to his lips, shouted: 'l'he Kaymucks were quickly arou.,ted. "You'll have to carry me quite a ways to d o "Ahoy up there! What sort of a craft do Orsino had no trouble in getting n..a'ylo upon that," said Dane. you call thatf' his side. Preparations were made for resistThis was true. "This is the Sky Scraper, ship of the air," ance if the Sky Scraper should attack them. Frank was for a moment. rf}plied Frank Reade, Jr., promptly. "Wha t '! 'his had hardly been accomplished when the Then Dane contmued: craft are air-ship was bearing dow1;1 upon the spot. "I'll makP. a compromise with ye. Put us oft "The Orient, of the U. S. North Atlantic The Sky Scraper was several hundred feet in here, give us our liberty and weapons, and w e whaling squadron," replied the captain. "I the a ir, and hung over the Esquimau village will never trouble you again.'1 'lim Hiram Beals, captain, and hail from Bos f o r some while. Frank glances with Vance. ton." Then slowly it descended. "Why, you wlll have hard lines," he said. "Good!" cried Frank. 'Will you take pas Frank R eade, Jr., wag at the rail, and at sight "It may be rears before you will get back into for Boston 'I'-' of him the Esquimaux raised a terrible outcry civilization.' "Of course," was the hearty reply. and sent up a shower of javelin!!. "I don't care if I nev.erASee it said "When do you sam"


r 12 FRANK READE, JR._'S "SKY SCRAPER." "In thirty The Sky Scraper was an object of intense the airth, Ameriky not ixcipted. Shu re, av Frank threw a ladder over the rail. Down wonderment to them. there' s anything yez hear of in any. part av the this he went and stood upon the steamer's Indeed, the ships of other nationalities in the airth, if yez will go to Oireland yez will foind deck. He shook hands with Captain Beals and harbor s1,1rit ash()re large quotas each day to it twice as large." was heartily welcomed. view the wonderful air-ship. "Dat am berry funny," asseverated Pomp. Succinctly Frank told his story and explain ThiB kept Barney and Pomp busy, and also "Fer instigance," went on Barney. "Yez ed the cliaracter and mechanism of the Sky tickled their vanity greatly, for nothing dehev heerd tell av the Iffell tower. Shure, Sctaper. lighted them m9re than an opportunity to ex-they've wan in Dublin tin toimes as high, an' The crew of the Orient listened with great patiate upon the virtues and wonders of the yez kin sit up there on a fair day an' see the wonder. Captain Beals scratched his head famous invention. north an' south poles shtickin' up into the air perplexedly and said: Dr. Van_eyke found gratification of his plans as big as loife." "Well, I'll be keelhauled! I never reckoned in conferring with the dignitaries of the town. "Gbllyl" gasped Pomp. upon seeing shills sailing in the air. B .ut the He viewed many ancient relics, gatheced inter.-"Thin we have great race horses in Oireland. world is gittin powerful smart, and it"s just esting facts to be incorporated in his book, Sure, wan av thim run a moile over Lim such wonderful chaps as you are doing it tool" which he intended writing upon his return erick coorse in tw:ii?-ty-two seco ,nds, by me own Then the IJassengers aboard the Sky Scraper, home watch. Ivery Brtttsh son-av-a-gun wmt home Mr. Vance, Sybil and Jack Mains, descended to Then it was decided to proceed at once to broke tbot c;lay. But moind ye, thar's no gir the Orient's deck and were booke4 as passen-Thingvalla. ruls in the woorld so pooty as those in Oire gers. Accordingly the Sky Scraper spread its wings land. I saw a pretty flower in a hedge wan Mr. Vance gripped Frank's hand heartily, and left Reykjavik, amid the cheers of the pop-day, an' think in' I'd loike it, I put me band and said: ulace. upon it an' got a divtl av 11scblap in tber jaw. "Mr. Reade, I shall never forget my journey The pughty volcanic plain of Thingvalla was Sure, it was a Limerick gal, an' she was loike a with you u 'pon the Sky Scraper. I shall hope distant but thirty-five miles, so it was but a ginnivine rose. But to tell yez about the Mol t o see you upon your completion of, your jour-short while b e fpre it burst. into view. It's a very woild an' fierce haste, ney around the world." The name is derived from the ancient terms: an lives up' in ther mountains av' Tipperary. Sybil looked unutterable gratitude as she Thing, to speak, and valla, a Ht:re in-the It's as big as an elephant, an' whin it roars it said in a choking voice: heart of a mighty volcanic region, many miles kin shake a hopse to pieces. Many a poor divil "But for you my life would have been wreck-in extent, were great sinks, sheer walls descendhas the Mollygobbler gobbled up alive.'' ed. Accept my undying gratitudei" ing into them, and fissures rent in basaltic "Huh!" exclaimed Pomp; "I don' want no Jack Mains pulled his foretop. rock, which looked as if hewn out by the hands pabt of sich a country af! dat." "Hang me high," he exclaimed in his sailor ot ancient Titans. "Whisbt till I tell yez," said Barney, solemnfashion, "I') I never forget ye, skipper, and may The action of the volcanic period had created ly. "Wan day me an' Father MacFinn, the ye have luck on yer God bless ye, sir, a vaSl natural amphitheater with a forum, and illage priest, wint out hunting fer foxes. Be ts all the a poor satlor can give ye!" Then in. ttlis place the ancient Parliaments of the jabers, I had great luck! I foired at wan, an' he waved his hand to Barner. and Pomp on the Icelandic peoples were held, as well as councils the l:!ullet turned siven ways an' killed nineSky Scraper's deck above. I'll see ye in port, of war. teen, an' carried thim a.ll home on me pack. mates, an' may luck go wid ye!" Many and varied were the traditions con Shure, there's lots av foxes in Oireland." "Begorra, the same to yezl" cried Barney. nected with this council chamber of Nat.u re s "Law sakes!" gasped Pomp. "I should sal "Yo' hab mah bes' respects!" said Pomp. handiwork. Far to the northward were the yo' was right, I'sh. But you done tole rne nu Then Frank turned to Mr. Vance in farewell, slopes of mighty, Mount Hecla, with its perfin' 'bout yo' 'sperience wif de Mollycobble;: and said: petual !JOiumns of tire llond smoke. Barney lit his pipe. "I hope yoa will get home in time to save After leaving the plain of Thingvalla, or the "Wud yez give me a bit av toime r he said, youn_g Barton.'' "place of speech," the air-ship went on to the calm![. "Well, afther shootin' the foxes "He will," declared Cavtain Beals. "The Geysers. These were viewed briefly, and then mesil an' ther priest wint on until we seen fil'!!t port we make is St. Johns, Newfoundland, Dr. Vaneyke said: phwat looked like a deep cave in the hills. and a telegram can be sent t,here." "All right, Frankl I am ready now to con Shure we wudn't turn back, so in we wint. Of eourse, as Frank Reade, Barney an(IPomp tinue the journey around the wor}d.'' But there war sich a hot wind cum out av it were to continue their journey around the Up into the air shot the Sky Scraper.. that we quickly came out agin. W,ell, wbin world they could not learn at once the result Frank quickly got his bearings, and set his we got outside,l.chanced to look up, an' be m e of the reprieve. But in taking leave of the course. This W!l.S directly across Greenland sow], I seen a couple av big sleepy eyes, an' Vances suffice it to say right here, that there-once more, and in a straight line ior the North yez bel ave it, 'twas no cave at all, but the M o lprieve did arrive in time, and. young Barton Pole. lygobbler's mouth we'd walked into.'' was cleared and saved from the gallows. Such rapid progress was made that before Pomp's wool rose and his eyes dilated. It would be well to say also that a year later long they were, over Scoresby's L imd, or North"Massy sakes! wha' yo' done den, honey? and true Sybil Vance became his hap-east Greenland. "Begorra, we both cut fer our loives, an' we py brtde. Neither Dane nor Orsino troubled While at Reykjavik the aerial voyagers had niver wint hun tin' fer ther molly gobbler them afterward for they did not return from been comfortable in ordinary clothing, but now agml" the Arctic regions alive, losing their lives in they were obliged to don their heavy furs once There was a long and painful silence. Pomp a crevasse a short time after having again fra more. looked as if he was undergoing a hard proce s s ternized with the Kaymucks. The cold grew .intense as the Sky Scraper of mental digestion. Presently be remarked: ---sped over the frozen wilds of the Northern "Dat am berry funny, I' ish. I'se no doubt CHAPTER XIV. Continent. yo'm tellin' de troof.'' BARNEY .A.ND POMP EXCHANGE IDEAS. There was little of interest in the Hight "Bejabers, I had a priest wid me!" THUS terminated happily the first chapter in across Greenland. "Yah, obco'se! I take yo' wo'd fo' it. But the sHies of remarkable accomplishments by It was an unvarying monotony of ice and dar am some berry animiles down in de the crew of the Sky Scraper. New and more snow, and all were fina!Jy to see the waters paht ob Georgy I cum from." thrilling incidents were in store. of Baffin's Bay burst ipto view. will yez tell av wan r Frank did not at once leave Iceland Here Frank shaped his course more to the I km do dat, I' ish. I wo'ked fo' a man Dr. Vaneyke was anxious to spend some lit-northward. \ kep'a hundred and fifty mules. Well, one t.le time in research upoQ this wonderful little It had-been decided not to attempt. any ex-morning dis child beerd a great kermotion. I island, with its barren characteristics upon pi oration of the Polar this having been done got up an' looked out ob de windy, and which it seems almost incredible that human accomplished on a former trip. wba' yo' fink I sawf Golly! fo' gracious! dar life should be supported. "We must get over the Arctic Circle and was a.tremenjis big critter jist scrap in' up de "Yet," said the scientist enthusiastically, down into Siberia before another week," de bones ob de last mul e!" "here lived and ruled tbefamousSnarro Sturclared Frank. There was another pause. Barney astutely leson the chief of Norw&gian poets and historSo the Sky Scraper was put to full epeed. puffed at his pipe. Then suddenly removing ians. Here was written the famous Heims-As tbe Pole was approached the cold became it from mouth, he asked : kringla or World Circle consisting of an ac int.ense. phwat.was itr' count of all the Norwegian kings from mytb_ic Barney and Pomp, however, managed to "Wb!_, jist a common Georgy house tlyl" times down to A. D. 1150. Famous old Sagahave a good time. The two jokers were up to replied):'omp, quietly. man was Sturleson. Here at Reykjavik in the tricks, and brimful of mischief. -year 1477 there arrived a Genoese barque cap-Barney loved to gull tqe darky with monCHAPTER XV tained by a long visaged, gray-haired mariner strous stories or the "ould sod," and generally from Genoa, who took an amazing interest in he found a credulous listener. As it.liappened A HUNT IN_ ;rnE JUNGLE-A. STARTLING SUR hunting up traditions and of theexPomp had never been in Ireland, so be_ never PRISE; istence of a unexplored continent to disputed the Celt's -.,ord, but 11imply liscened FoR a moment Barney sat quite still. He the southwest vtsited in tradition and no doubt with mouth agape and reverent wonder. did not venture to dispute, his word. in very fact by Eric the Red.'' "Bejabers, yez kin talk about hun tin' white But after a time he drew a long -brear, h, dulllp-"This same Genoese paptain was no other bears in the Arctic order tiger in India," said ed the contents Of his pipe and arising walked than Columbus, and it was no doubt from the Barney llOlemnly, "but I tell yez, naygur, it solemnly away. Icelandic tradition that he obtained the theory ain't a flg to hun tin' we has in ould Oire, Pomp did the same. The grim humor of of the existence of a new world. land. Have yez iver heerd av ther larfin' mol-their natures forbade any outward exhihit, ion "A very interestinf fact!" said Frank Reade, of doubt,'but s omehow Barney could not help Jr., "andonewhich daresayisnotcommonly "Kain't say as I eber did,"replied Pomp, a vague impression that Pomp had made a known.'' with honest, wide-open eyes. little the best of it. Yet it is a fact!" declared D.r. Vaneyke, "Whurrool Half av yez loife is wasted! The air-ship kept booming along. p ositively. "I would !ilie also to visit the gey-Tal k about yez gorilla an' yez megotheridums! Dr. Vaneyke noted the different localities sers and the famous Plain of Thingvallal" I tell ye rez should see the Oirish Mollygobover. Kane Basin was one, and then "You shall have your desire.!" said :!frank. bier. An faith, 'I'll tell yez a story about that carne Grant Land, and the scene of so many So the air-ship made a landing in Reykhjavik same.'' hardships experienced by explormg parties in with the kindly permission of the governor. Pomp looked acquiescent and inteiested, so the past. T h e simple natives of the idland showed all Barney confidentl y went on. At 83 deg. 24 min. north latitude t h e Rpot eviden ces of their inherent and reputed hospi"Now yez must know that Oireland, the reached by L ockwood and Brainard was passed tality. land av me nativity, is the foinest counthry on over, and then came the open Polar Sea.


FRANK READE, JR.'S '"SKY SCRAPER." 13 It required some while to cross this and carcass into the path and heaped some brush Frank studied the situation several moments. make a southern course. Then gradually the over it. But his courage did not fail him and his in Arctic Circle of the Eastern Hemisphere began Then he pushed on in quest of Barney and ventive'faculties now stood him in good Head. to draw nearer. Pomp. He heard their rifles again and soon Through the pilot-house window he could The Island of Nova Zembla was sighted, signaled them. see the ele.ctric gong. He raised his rifle and and then the white peaks of the Byronga When be came up, they had a deer and half drew careful aim! If be could strike it he Mountains. a score of fine pheasants. Truly, it was a could set the alarm going. Frank now followed the coast to the delta of sportsman's This would be sure to awaken Vaneyke. the river Lena. Evidences of human life now "Begorral' cried Barney, enthusiastically, Even as he drew aim Barney saw his purpose became plentiful. "I niver found foiner shootin' in all me loife. and cried: Primitive towns were and outlandish Shure it' s to the queen's t&Stel" "Shure sor that will do if yez kin hit it" people were seen. It its height it could not be "Golly! jes: lak fo' to try ma.h luck on an"I can try,"' said Frank with lips tightly 'set seen what effect the appearance of the Sky other deer,' sa1d Pomp. as he drew aim Scraper had upon the people. "Go an, yez black ape!" cried Barney. "Ye One moment his keen eye gianced along the Until the city of was reached ki,lleq that deer in al,l yer loifel" barrel. Then the rifle Frank held a southeast course. Then he veered Don yo !>e ,so suah, ch!lel I doi?e ma,h The next moment the electric gong was to the south west. bullet had Jes as much to k1ll1t as yo s ing for all it was worth Hundreds of miles of barren territory were habl" : 'l'hegiants seemed astounded a'nd came to a The S1tuat10n was explam':d to and halt., They seemed inclined to set the air-ship The scenes witnessed would fill volumes, but he was asked to referee the dispute. Th1s was down for an investigation but something a. no incidents worthy of note occurred until one how it happened. curred at that moment to pre.,ent day, after days of swiftsailin", the Sky The deer had leaped into the open, and the "Hoorah!'' cried Barney. there's the the sandy Desert of Shama and s1gbted two hunters had fired at the same moment. doc thor himself!" the migl!ty r'!-nge of the Hilpalayas. Roth bullets hit the mark, but one passed Dr. Vaneyke had been aroused, and now 1 The _was crossmg the K:;vanlun through the back and another through the rushed out of the cabin. He was a trifle dazed, Range mto Th1bet, when Frank dec1ded to heart. : but seemed to take in the situation readily. make a descent. the was d1smtegrated, 1t cer He made a quick div" into the pilot-house. Thousands of .m1les had been covered thus tam that ball would have. proved fatal. His hand pressed the moti've lever, and there far. All were w1llmg and eager to once more But, each cla1med the shot wh1ch cleft the suit was astonishing to the Thibetans. set foot on firma. s heart. Like a bird of the air, the Sky Scraper leaped So,. selec.tmg what looked like a favorable a fo.ohsh quarrel about, sa1d aloft out. of their clutches. Up it wtlnt like a spot m a little green valley, Frank allowed the bullet was su.ffirocket for a tlrousand feet. Sky .to descend. Clent to kill. You must d1v1de the wh1ch And it might have continued going bad not The air-ship settled down and belongs tt? one as much as the other. Dr. Vaneyke shut off speed and held it in sua rested upon a grassy knoll near a dense JUngle. And so 1t was settled, though both hunters pense There had been visible no sign of human habgrumbled not a little on the return to the airT f th t h d 1 t th 11 d itation, and it was fair to assume that the vi-ship. woo e g1an .s a ung o era -cinity ,was free from such. The jungle seemed to be full of game. An-bad up to a dizzy before This was what Frank desired, for he had no other wood deer was shot, ani some grouse. their gnp. When they did lep go, they WIIN desire of falling in with any"ilf the natives, Then the deer shot by Frank was found. da;shed to .the ground and to who would be likely to be hostile. They had been absent from the air-ship The Th:ibeta _ns stood, gazmg upward for The natives of this section were a cross be-about two hours. sorne hk.e those of tween the Mongolian, the Hindoo, and the Mo-The bunt had been a glowing success, and all thern, lm!>ued With superstitiOn, fell hammedan, and an ignorant, war-like class. were in high feather. But as they traveled on upon their faces abJectly. Intercourse with them would not be at alii through the jungle, Barfley, who was in adOthers were angry, and shook the1r battle pleasant. vance; suddenly dropoed his load and gasped: danced about madly. And now our Our voyagers being now in a semi-tropical Mither av Mercy! Phwat do yez call that f m t.he jungle suddenly found them clime, had long sinctllaid aside their furs, and I niver seen the loikes av that foot afore!" se lve s were now dressed in white duck suits and cool In the soft soil of the jungle path there were Barne;r, m an had ex shade hats of cork. many footprints. They came from a traversp_osed himself. The saw h1m, and the All leaped out upon the green turf with ex ing path and were monstrous in size. Frank Sight created a sensatiOn a !Dong. them. hilaration. Barney's restless spirit however gave a sharp cry of comprehension. One moment they stood m cropped out. "No doubt they are Thibetan giants!" he they came after the fug1t1ves With lopmg "Begorra, it's a hunt I must have!" he cried. cried, "they are going in the direction of the strides and savage yells. "Shure, naygur, are yez wid me' l" air-ship. If they find it the consequences may Frank Reade knew that was t-h:e only "If Marse Frank am wi!lin'," said Pomp. be serious. Forward, lively!" course. For thjlm to stand their ground m face "Go ahead!" cried Frank, "but don't get The three hunters dropped their loads of of such would be folly. into trouble." game in the path and rushed forward. A mothe mventor shouted: "Don't yez worry about that!" cried Barl}ey. ment later they burst /ont of the jungle. An ,}he Jungle, boys! We must g1ve them "Wait till yez see the foine rabbit I'll bring astounding and terrifying sight was revealed thBe slip. d p d d b'dd' back." to them. an ox;np nee e no 1 mg. "You may get bigger game," said Dr. Van-Theclearingbeld fullyascoreof natives the Theyd1dnot heRltate to obeythe1remployer. eyke. "I have no doubt there are tigers in the like of which they had never seen before. led the way. bush, and as for human foes, perhaps you have They were of a Mongolian ty, pe, barbarously The chasE! through the JUngle was an exc1t not heard of the T!:!ibetan giants. Somewhere clad and literal giants in stature. The shorte,st mg one.. in these parts there is a nation of them, and could not have been less than sbven feet h. The g1a?ts cl?se and to they are a savage crew indeed." But what filled the three white men w1th be spreadmg lines the ev1dent pur-However, Barney and Pomp were not to be horror was the spectacle of half a score of the pose of. surroundmg the fugitives. Frank fore-deterred by any 'lUCh report as this. They giants who had lifted the Sky Scraper bodily saw thiS. took their rifles and soon disappeared in the upon their shoulders and were carrying it away The young. mventor kept glancmg upwards forest. as if it were a toy. and was sat1sfled that they were seen by Dr. Frank and the doctor were left-on board the A more astounding state of affairs could h" 'dl d d' d Sky Scraper. hardly be imagined. a1r-s 1p was rap1 Y escen mg an They sat under the awning on deck for some __ drawmg nearer. Suddenly Frank shouted: while engaged in smoking. Then Frank threw CHAPTER XVI "?old on, and Wait away his cigar and said: H1s admomt10n was a t1mely one. H1s tram-" Upon my word, doctor, I wish I had gone OVER THE HIMALAYAs'. ed had heard the snap of the breech of the hunting with the boys. I feel just like a bit THE Thibetan giants had lifted the Sky electr1c gun aboard the Sky Scraper. of exercise." Scraper as if it were a stick of timber, and He knew that Vaneyke meant to use the "It is not too late to overtake them!" de-were actually carrying it bodily away. Frank, deadly weapon. clared the scientist. "Go ahead and I will Barney and Pomp, in the verge of the There was a. moment of suspense. The fugis'tay aboard the air-ship." gazed upon the spectacle literally dumfounded. tive.s looking upward saw the needle-like muz I don't think there is any danger of an at It was some time before Frank could recover zle of the gun thrust, downward. tack from the natives." himself. Then there was a lightning flash and a terrific "Of course not," said the doctor. "I feel He knew that Vaneyke was on board, and thunderous roar in the jungle. The ground like taliing a nap and I'll turn in. Go ahead." probably asleep in the cabin. Why did he not trembled and the dry grasses igniting, flames So the matter was settled. Dr. 'Vaneyke awakeW leaped into the air. went below to take a na ; p and Frank with What was to be done1 A thousand plans Dr. Vaneyke was Eleen at the rail making elephant rifle started to find Barney and Pomp. chased each other through Frank's brain. gestures to the fugitives to run back to the The young inventor strode away through the .The Thibetans were savage looking brutes, clearing. The shot from the gun had probably jungle at a lively gait. and no doubt, at the slightest provocation, the way. He could only g uess at the direction taken could rend tht> airship into fragments. It was They were not long in following this instruc-by the two hunters, but he was guided finally an awful critteal moment. tion. Back they went, leaving a wall of flame by the distant crack of a rifle. "Bejabers, I'll foire at ther thieves!" said to the right as the (Ire spread. "'!'here they are," he muttered, "they have Barney, half raisin!f his gun. The giants were upon the other side of this. bagged something already!" "Pick yo' man, I 1shl" rejoined Pomp. In a few moments the fugitives were once more At that moment was a rustling in the But Frank put up his hand. in the clearing. copse near. Then a beautiful specimen of the "No,'' he said. "Wait a moment. That The Sky Scraper was just over their heads. jungle deer leaped out. would not do.'' Down it settled and once more rested upon the The creature hesitated one fatal moment. lt Then a plan ocourred to him. ground. allowed Frank to get his rifle to his shoulder He saw that if Vaneyke could onl;r be arous Frank and Barney and Pomp quickly went and fire. ed he might set the wings in motiOn, and by aboard. Up sprung the air-ship and the thrill The deer leaped in the air and fell dead. ascending save the air-ship. But how was he ing scene below was revealed. This was good game, and Frank pulled the to awaken the scentist1 The giant<> were fleeing before the flames


, 14 FlUNK RE.<\DE, .HCS SKY SCRAPER." with all speed. The fire was every moment Cod s Lernation seemed to seiz e them, and his bungalow with his guards. The air-ship becoming more extensive. they appeared to b e th.e 'ictims of supersti-was surrounded with a body of Hindoo sol '' llegorra I thought the Sky Scraper was tious terror. die rs. lost that toime!" cried Barney. "Shure I niver M any fled into the huts and e v e n into the Dr. Vaneyke was extremely anxious to study thought we' d p;it it back agio!'" jungle. Others fell upo n their fac es and some the habits and peculiarities of the people, s o "It's a wonder the savages did not attempt stood stupefied watching t)l e mysterious apFrank agreed to stay over the next day in to destroy it at once!' said Frank. "Fortup arition in the sky. Baratik. nately for us they did not!'' By the prisonl)rs stood a tall, powerfulHin He offered Lieut. Holcombe safe transporta" It was foolish of me to fall asleep!" dedoo, with a peculiar sharp creese in his hand. tion to Luckuow, the nearest military station, clared Dr. Vaneyke. "We can't leave the air-He was the executioner, and the metho'dem which he gladly accepted. 1 ship unguarded even in the desolate depth of ployed by him was to with one scientific cut That evening in the cabin of the Sky Scraper t the Sahara!" disembowel the victim. Holcombe told his storl to Frank Reade, Jr. "That's sol" agreed Frank, "we will find In another moment the horrible deed would "I was stationed at ucknow with the com foes of some kind to oounce upon it." have been executed had it not been for the ap-pany of Ninth Fusileers of H, M. Guards, when "Golly, but dis chile am glad fo' to gib dem p earauce of the air-ship. n e ws was received of an uprising in theN epaul big giants de shake!" cried Pomp, cutting a 'fheSky Scraper s wooped down like a m,ighty country and I was instructed to go thither at dou ole shuffle. bird of prey and touche d the ground in the cenonce and put it down, There waranch this is of the Indian Em. "I hope you will succeed.'' said Barney, mischievously. pire r : "I have little faith in it. But I have not told "Huh!" 'g1unted Pomp. "I done fink yo' "These are Kampoors, and this i s the village you the reaso.ns of theKampoors for sacrificin fin' yo' ancestors among de gorillas dar.'' of Baratik, in the province of N epau 1. 'l'hey all of us prisoners.'' Barney flushed, and the two jokers would no are not a bad Jot of Hindoos setting a side their "No!" doubt have indulged in a bit of a tussle then religious prejudices!" "There lurks in the jungle near here a pair and there, had it not been for Frank, who "Ahl then you were chosen as a human sac-of terrible man-eating tigers. Every httle frowne d it down. rifice to their while they' descend upon the town and carry I) The air-ship made good time down the slopes "Exactly. I have lived arnon!); them for off some luckless native. of the Himalayas. some months, most peacefully But one of "Then the high priests bt>at their tom toms Gradua lly the mountain district began to r e -their high priests for some r eason or other, and select a number of victims for s acrifice to cede, and now came signs of towns and even put me on the list of sacrifice.. Resistance \Vas propiti:;tte the gods that they may keep the small cities. of no avail." tigers away." ) 'fhes e were primitive and in most "Well," said Frank, forcibly "we 'll soon "How Idiotic!" said Frank. "Whv don't cases consisted of cane bunga ows or thatched knock some of that nonsens e out of their be -they all turn out and hunt them down i roof huts. fogged brains. Suppos e you speak to them "Oh, that is Hindoo superstition. So long As the Sky Scraper was sailing over one of and restore their as idolatry reigns in India, so long will it re them, the voyagers beheld a most terrible "I will," replie d the li eutenant. main in a darkened state." sight. He understood the K ampoor tongue very "I should say s o. I have little patience with In the central square of the town six nake d well, and addressed the prostrate Hindoos such a people." men were bound to stakes, and it was evident from the deck of the Sky Scrape r. "But I have an idea that these Kampoors that an execution in the Hindoo style was in arise!'' he cried. "There is know the tribe which attacked us that luckless order. nothing to fear from my white brother who day in the jungle. I have no doubt I could Among them Frank fancied that he r e cog flies in the air." lea:rn through Munyadi whether or not there is nized a white man. This decided the young in-It required some time, however, to restore a white girl h eld captile by them, provided I ventor in a course of the confidence of the ignorant natives How could do him s.ome great service." --ever, they finally gathered about the wonderful "And what might that CHAPTER XVII. flying machine and, listened to the'words of the "I can think of nothing greater than the ex-LIEUT. HOLCOMBE's STORY. lieutenant. tirpation of,the man eaters." DR. VANEYKE stood by Frank's side anu also The head man of the village finally ventured Ah, I see." witnessed the scene. to come forward. "Forgive me for proposing a thing to you "My soul!" he gasped. "Do you see what He was quite a distinguished and intelligent which may not meet your favor. But with the y are going to do, f ellow. He rejoiced in the name of Munyadi this air-ship you could easily hunt them down." "An execution 1" Bhar, and smiled in a pleas a ,nt manner as he "A tiger hunt!" exclaimed Franil: with de" How horrible!" was introduced to Frank Reade, .Jr. light. "Why, that is a sport for kings. Of "It is probable to satisfy some silly religious Now that the fear and the reserve of the course we will try ,it." rite. I believe one of them is a white man." Hindoos was overcome they became quite so Do you mean cried Holcombe, joyfully. "He is, as sure as fate." cia!. The priest who had ordered the sacrifice "Of course I do. We will try it to-morrow." This was enough for Frank. was summarily sent for by Rajah Munyadi and "A thousand thanks!" cried the lieutenant, He was determined to save the fellow's life condemned to death. wildly. "Fate is certainly favoring me.'' At once the Sky Scraper began to descend. Quite a celebration was held in the square. By this time the Hindoo populace had caught The Hindoo soldiers paraded, bands played and .I sight of the air-ship. The effect was most snake charmers entertained the visitors. startling. Then nightfall came and the Rajah retired to 1


r .. FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." 115 CHAPTER XVIII. For some while they tramped on, Tht> air-Not a sound had the man-eater made, not a. A TIGER HUNT ship hovered three hundred feet over their move until this moment. heads. The n a terrible ro a r deafened those in the HoLCOMBE could hardly wait for the morning Holcombe, who was at ,the rail, suddenly cavern. A powerful body shot forward. to come. leaned over and shouted: There was a terrific explosion as the rifles of At an early "bour he hurried to the bungalow "Look out! You are very near their den. all three bellow e d at once. Then Frank felt of the Rajah Munyadi and laid the matter be Go to the right!" himse lf hurled to the f:IIJor of the caveru. fore him. There was a beaten path turning to the right It seemed as if be was crushed b e n eath & The Hindoo ruler was overjoyed with the at this point and Frank, knowing that it was ton's weight. Then for a few moments h e was idea. A tige r hunt was sport enough for all. a tiger track, turned into it. unconscious. The town was at once aroused. They had not f a r to go. The force of the blow given by the tiger's The pe ople congregated enthusiastically in Suddenly the three hunters came out into paw was the cause of hts faintness. But the square The rajah came over to the air-ship the edge of a little clearing at the base of a though the tiger's jaws closed for a momeut on to see Frank. rocly hill. his shoulder, it was a futile attempt to pterce Of cours e Barney and Pomp were carried A terrifie!l nativE' bush-beater dashed past the meshes of the armor. away with the project. them, shoutiJ g: Barney and Pomp, in that swift instant, Anything in the line of such royal sport "Look out., sahibsl The man-eater!" realize d the danger of their master. pleased the m mightily. Great preparations Frank pushed forward and beheld a thrilling Without thought of fear o..r the least hesitawere made by t'verybody. s c e ne. tion, they rushed to his rescue. The rajah at once sent messengers to the There, right at the base of the hill, crouched Barney made a blow4at the tiger with his walled town of the Mejims to learn if Alice the striped giant form ;of a tiger. A roar most hunting knife. was there imprisoned upon the assurance of thunderous went up. But the huge beast turned from Frank's Frank R ea d e Jr., that the tigers should be ex The young inventor dre w a d eep breath. H e body and Barn e y tirpated. knew that he had been seen. The Celts kmfe went to the htlt m hts As for Holcombe, he was in his element. He "Now, Barney," be said, quicldv and de breast, yet the beast did not seem to feel the could hardly wait for the preparations to be cisively, "you go to the right and I'll take the thrust. made. center. Pomp, go the left." J he brute's powerfJil jaws crashed upon the It was arranged that a number of the KamThe order was quickly obeyed. The man-eater armor of his foe, but without injuring him in poors go ahead and beat the jung le. If did not seem loth to meet his antagonists. the least. the Ligers were there they would sooner or Rat.her he seemed to court battle, for he ,Again and again Barney used the knife. later show themselves. crept forward stealthily, lashing his long tail Pomp also came forward now, but a blow of The n Frank Reade, Jr., would be on hand and roaring loudly. the tiger's paw knocked him in a stunned and destroy them. Frank now saw in his rear the mouth of a heap. At first it had been Frank's intention to seek deep cavern. Only the armor saved the three venturesome for the tigers with the Sky Scraper, and fir e This was probably ti'<{ers' den. How ti ger from cer.tain death. upon them with the needle gun. many of the bi:utes were m those dark depths In vam the brute trted to overcome Barney. But second thought influenced him not to do be had no means of knowing. The Irishman was driving the knife deep at this. He taised his rifl e and took careful aim at ev e ry blow. When he announced this intention to Hoi-the tiger. There was a moment of silence and Blood was gushing in torrents over him. com be the latter cried: then the gun spoke. Nothing in the shape of beast could withstand "I you do not know what you are doing, The shell struck the tiger just where it was such an attack. Mr. Reade. It is no thing to face a man-aimed and exploded with terrific force. But The tiger, with brute instinct, seemed t. eater and especially with any rifle of ordinary the brute had chanced to make a backward divine this, and broke away from Barney. U make." leap, and the explosion caused him to Lt.rn a 1staggered to the mouth of the cavLrn, and But Frank only smiled. somersault. When he recovered, it was seen there sank down in a dying state. "Barney "be said, "bring up that black case that a large strip of hide had been torn from 'Barney picked himself up and stood dripping in my room." his shoulder. with blood in the tiger' s den. But not a drop It required Pomp's aid to enable Barney to But the shell had reached niJ vital part. of it was his own blo.:>d.' obey this request. But when tbe long black FranK threw back the lever for another shot. Frank and Pomp had both recovered, and box Jay up_on the deck, Frank said: But. the tiger, w\th a roar, came !low scrambled to their feet. 1 he. same rt>al "Now, lteutenant, I wtll show you another boundmg towards htm. tzatwn dawned upon each, and thts was tha t of my inventions." Barney and Pomp both fired. bo t h the man-hunters of the Baratil{ Jungle Holcombe could say nothing but waited for Barney's shell. missed and exploded in the w ere done for. the case to be opened. Then he was indeed jungle beyond. Pomp's struck the ground The y were not even scratched, and fully resurprise d. under the tiger, but did not stop him. covered from the stunning eff ects of the blows Frank lifted from it what looked like a lot of Frank saw that he was bound to be struck by from the tigers' paws. All three walked coolly fine s teel netting. But quickly h e shook it out the tiger. out of the cavern. and showed a j acket of steel. He fired instantly, and then crouching low, Golly!" exclaimed Pomp, "dat was de he put on. Then he produced a helmet, drew a long knife. The she ll missed the tiger, clean es t knock-out blow I ever got in mab life. and also the res t necessary to completely attire but the brute was destine d to meet his fate. I n eber fought dat. tigah cud strike so hard a him in a rmor from head to foot. The force of his weight thrown against the blow as dat." Holcombe was astounded. young inventor crushed him to the eartb. The "Bejabers, av ye'd bin undher him all the "Armor!" he said, "that is a revival of medi-tiger's jaw closed over the arm of Frank whoil as I was, ye moight talk!' cried Barney. eva! times." R eade, Jr. "Shure, I thought the bloody baste wud swal "Ah, but this is very different armor," said But the gleaming teeth could not penetrate low me whole!" Frank. "Just examine thos e meshes No the mail. In vain the brute tried to chew his "Huh! I done fink it would distress his rifle e 'ver made can send a ball through them." foe up. stummick jes" a: lily bit," said Pomp,. with "Wonde rful!" cried Holcombe, excitedly. But Frank plied the knife with all his might. twinkling eyes. "So vou will wear that to hunt the tigers?" H e use d excell ent judgment also and endeav-In spite of the serious scrape he had just "Why not1 They cannot poss ibly ch e w me ore d to disembowel the animal. p assed through, thP darky could not forego up. Of cours e I could annihilate them with This was the mos t vita l point he could r each that excellent opportunity to g e t in a dig at my e l ectric gun. But there would be no sporL and in a few moments he roll e d the dea d c ar B arney in that." cass of the man eater from him and arose The C elt's eyes !:lashed. "You are right!" cried Holcombe. "I hope unhurt. "Bejabers h e'd never smack his lips to swaT-you will s ucceed." The natives about in the jungle low ye be returned. "Shure, be never med "I shall." yell e d their dehgbt, and B arney and Pomp the e ffort." Frank drew from the case two more suits of came rush np. "Tut, tut!" interrupted Frank. "You should armo r. "Hurrah!' shouted Holcombe from the Sky bt' more polite considering the you have "These are for Barney and Pomp!" he deScraper's deck. "What' will you do Mr. jus t passed through." clared, "they will accompany me!'" Reade 1 The mate of this tiger does not seem But at this moment the air was rent with "Ob,. how I wis h I could go tool" cried the to b e in sight." wild cheering. All the Kampoor natives rush-Eng li s h li eutenant. "He is probably in the cave," replied Frank, ed out of the jungle and made a t e rrific din in "You can at least be a spectator," s aid The only way is to go in after him." their mad joy at the demise of the dreaded Frank. "You and the Rajah can b e gues t s of Ab! but' this wa" very much different from man-eate r s Dr. Vaneyke. The doctor can elevate the Sky facing the y ello w brute in the open. It was an 'rbe y 'were not now afraid to come to the Scraper over the jungle and you can see the act to tes t the nerve of the bravest of men-to mouth of the cavern. They cr.o,wded about the fun!' invade the tiger's den. d ead tigers and bt'gan to hack them to pieces "Which is better than nothing!" agreed with their spears and knives. Holcombe CHAPTER XIX. Barney and Pomp and Frank were over" I should say sol" whelmed with the enthusiastic demonstrations These plans were conveyed to the Rajah. He THE TIGER VANQUISHED-RETURN OF THE of the natives was very much please d to go aboard the airSENGER. The airship descended, and Munyadi fairly ship. With eage r anticipation he waited for FoR aught Frank Reade k11ew there might embraced Frank in his joy. the sport to b egin. be a dozen tigers in the cavern. Yet he did "Sahib shall have every wi s h in our -p,ower For some hours the native s had been busy not flinch. grat ified!" he cried. "We are his sla"es. beating the jungle. With Barney and Pon1p by hi s s ide he s tart-Lieut. Holcombe was profuse in his congrat Then word came that the man eaters had e d upon the perilous attempt. A!! w a s as d ark ulations been located. 1'hey were in the very thickest a s Erebus in the place. 1 "YourR was a wonderful exploit!" he cried. part and near a rocky eminence. But he pushed boldly in. Suddenly Pomp "Truly, Mr. Reade, you and r,our inventions At once Frank, Barney and Pomp set out paused. are the to.arvel of this century.' thither. "Golly, Marse Frank, look out fo yo'sef." "I fear that is it,"laughed Frank. 1'hey were attired in suits of mail and car-Just ahead in the gloom the three hunters" Ot course we had the ail vantage of the tigers ried the explosive shell rifles. Boldly they saw two balls of fire, They were the eyes of in the fact that they could not penetrate our plunged into the jungle. 1 the second tiger. armor." 1


16 FRANK READE, ,JB."S "SKY SCRAPER." "Still there was risk. I suppose a powerful tor. It is not often one has the chance of wait The Hindoo ruler looked aghast. blow from one of their paws might have broken ing upon a real live king!" "Ah, sahib, you do not understand!"' he said, bones for anv one of ;)"OU "These are my servants, and no Hindoo ruler "Ah, yes,'' Frank; "but we eRcaped CHAPTER XX. can travel without them." that calamity.' Frank looked appealingly at Holcombe, who "For which we all have reason to be thankON TO MEJUM-THE PARLEY. now came to his relief. The lieutenant exful," declared the lieutenant. "DoN' know about dat, sah,'' 'said Pomp, plained the matter to the rajah. But 1t was a Dr. Vaneyke had never bad any fears any-with a wry face. "I kain't say I'm stuck on long w3ile before the ruler could reconcile him-way as to the result of the battle. It had been dem air kind ob kings. But I spec he brung self to it. a foregone conclusion with him that the tigers his own body servants wif him.'' HoweTer he finally c9nformed to there gula would be wiped out of existence. "Oh, no," replied Frank. "I can't.carry the tion and a few words curtly given sent his The rajah could not restrain the joyful whole tribe. Only his majesty himself must from the deck. demonstrations of his people. go.'' For a moment in a spasm of offended The conqueror of the dreaded man-eaters "I don' fink dat will wuk," said Pomp, he seemed inclined to follow. 'But he qu1ckly was a personage_more than ordinary. doubtfully. "Howsumdever, I'se to fix recovered. Turning away, he went forward They ms1sted upon carrymg the Sky Scraper up de state room, as yo' orders me.' and said nothing more until the air-ship was upon their shoulders back to the town. Pomp slid away to execute this mission. The high in air. Ar!ived there our voyagers were give11 an others a}so went about.various prepara.tiOJ?-S .. hi.s enthusiasm overcome all feelings of ovatiOn. The night passed w1thout any speCial mc1-mJured dignity and he rushed to the rail re" I tell you these people will always be grateWith the early morning light all were the scene so far below, with eager sat-ful to you, Mr. Reade," declared Holcombe. aat1r. 1sfact10n. "They will never forget it.'' were be!!-ting peop_le 'were scurry Frank let the Sky Scraper mount. full a "Indeed!" said Frank warmly "I am glad mg h1ther and th1ther m .the httle Kampoor thousand feet into the air. Then he set his to know that. .Certainly, we the tiger town. course for the city. hunt very much. It is a rare sport.'' The kmg or rajah had g1 ven 1t forth thl!-t war Of course it d1d not take long to make the "I should think It mig4t be in the manner' was t o be IJ?ade upon the Mejums. i'h1s had Journey. you pursue it. I wish I was the possessor of created What required two days of laborious march-. one of those suits of armor!" War the mstm';lt cf nature. At ing for the Hindoo soldiers the Sky Scraper But our friends now were looking forward once active were m progress. could accomplish in a few hours. eagerly to the return of the messenger from the The Kampoor were. marshaled sev-It was in the middle of the afternoon that Mejums' city, where Alice and her father, Caphundred strong 1.n the square of the Mejum came to view. Then all crowded to the ta!n Amos Bright, were supposed to be held Vlllage. Here. the raJah them. rail to get a look at the Hindoo city. pnsoners. Then marchmg were given. them and It was situated upon the side of a mountain Especially was. Lieut. Holcombe anxious. they started for the City of the. eJums. The and seemed to be a collection of stone houses, That day passed and yet another. Then upon Sky Scraper and party were waitmg. same of them severa. l stories in height. the third morning there was great excitement voyagers upon the m_am deck Around the city there was a high wall Qf in the Hindoo town. the commg of the rajah. With some stone and upon this were mounted a number The messenger returned and made his report Holcombe was partiCularly res-of cannon which bad been secured in some to the Rajah. battle with the English. The latter sent for Frank and Lieut. Hoi-Why t yello;w Acoundrel he The Mejums were reaii,Y considered one of i:ombe. They hastened at once to his bunga-fumed angrily. .t he the "trongest tribes in Ind1a. They were skill-low, and there Munyadi t<>ok them by the know we are wa1tmg for Time IS ful fighter

I FRANK READE, JR.'S (&KY SCRAPER." 1'7 declared that he would send word to the MeA great pit was torn in the paving and the CHAPTER XXII. jum ruler. natives were driven back before tl1e terrible FAREWELL TO INDIA. Some time passed before the Mejum rajah blast. IN that awful moment Sydney Holcombe heap Reared on the scene. But others rushed forward to take 1lheir lieved d eath upon him. To escape the cord of He was a powerful built and savage looking rrlaces, and for a time there was thrilling work. the Thug seemed Impossible. fellow; yet it could be seen that he was imThe air was filled with flying missiles. But it was not oraained that death should press ed with the appearance of the air-ship. Frank sent another bolt into another street. overtake him so summarily, Fate was not Munyadi opened parley with him, and made A literal barricade of debris was raised. thus so unkind. li i s formal demand for the release of Alice Such awful lightning like visitations the He had been .so eager in his attempt. to reach Brig h t Mejums could nor comprehjlJld. It seemed like the grat.ed door of the prison cell in which he The Mejum rajah listened suavely, and the.u. superhuman work. beli e ved Alice would be found, that he had !llade r eply: But yet they swarmed forward in legions to' failed to heed anything else in his path. The flying Englishmen may return the way ward the rajah's palace. That dignitary him-But the moment the Hindoo murderer sprang t hey can1e. The English has promised to self could be seen in the van trying to incite upon him and the deadly cord flashed before remain in the palace of MeJum." them. hts eyes, he realized exactly in what a despe When Munyadi translated this reply HoiFrank coul

18 FRANK READE, JR.'S SKY SCRAPER." They were brandishing their swords and leavin' India!" cried Barney. "Shure, it's a Barney made believe to pull off his coat and spears excitedly and rushing toward the escap-foine toime we've had here!" shoes as if he also intended to bathe. Pomp ing vovagers savagely. There was not a mo"Golly, but jes' yo' wait until we gits to de was completely deceived. But the Celt was ment to lose. Dark Continent!" said Pomp, showing his ivorvery careful to allow Pomp to enter the water "Give them a volley!" cried Frank. I ies in a happy grin. first. -All three fired at the advancing natives, and "Yes," agreed Dr. Vaneyke with Barney, The darky waded in and Barney stood this called them to a temporary halt. It served "I have enjoyed our experience in India. Y .et, watching him with a broad grin upon his face. the purpose intended, which was to give the as Pomp says, we will no doubt find interest-Pomp waded out to his arm-pits and then voyagers time to gain the deck of the Sky ing events and scenes in Africa." soused himself. He made a long dive out into Scraper. "Farewell to India!" cried Frank as the Sky the Jake. Up the rope ladder they went. A number of Scraper shot zepithward. "Farewell to the He was under but a few seconds, and when missiles followed them. One arrow cut a hole land of Pagan myste,ry and he came up his face was a comic valentine. in Barney's coat sleeve, but no further harm darkness and degradatwn and cnme!' HA could hardly get h1s breath and struck was done. --out for the shore wildly. Once on board the S]ty Scraper they. could CHAPTER XXIII. "Huh! Urn I br-ugh! Golly sakes ali be, laugh at their foes. Cheers were given, which IN THE ABYSSINIAN DESERT. wha' am de mattah wete answered by the yells of the discomfited ALTHOUGH Frank set his course for Bombay H i s feet struck the bottom and he rushed crew below. he had no intention of making a stop there. out with all speed: Then he fell to retching Munyadi, the Kampoor rajah, was much im-Much interesting country was passed over, violently. -pressed. He approached Frank, and with shin-and the city of western Indi a itself presented a Barney was doubled up with mad hilarity. mg eyes made an astounding proposition. unique and interesting appearance. Then the This angered Pomp and he yelled: "We will conquer India!" he declared. "Sa-fast waters of the Arabian Sea Jay to the hor"Fo' de Lor' why didn't yo' tell me all abou t bib, we can subject every tribe in the empi re, izon line. dat Yo' jes' wanted fo' ,to see me go dat and drive the English out. You shall be made Whether the appearance of the Sky Scraper a-way. Golly, gwine to pay yo' back fo' emperor. interested the people any or not as it p:}ssed dat!" 1 But F rank politely declined. Not wishing over Bombay, the aerial travelers could not The darky ejected the saline water from l:i's to offend the Kampoo r ruler, he took thp pains say. mouth ana made a mad cash at the Celt. to explain that on account of vast interests in 'fhey were but a speck in the sky, at such an "Begorra, av yez was such a fool as that America he woul d be compelled t o abandon s o altitude was the air-ship. shure it was no fault av mine!" cried the Ce lt. glorious a project. The sail across the Arabian Sea was not var-But Pomp was not in a mood to listen to Munyadi, however, was not to be abashed so ied by any thrilling incident. re'ison. easily. Another happy idea came to him, and Studying the water so far below with a glass He made a straight line for Barney. The his face brightened. occaswnally various odd-looking craft were latter bolted dovvn the sandy beach. As Pomp Sahib will loan his fl,ring boat t o Munyadi seen. The day proved fair, however, and the was just about to come up with him an as-and he will p11.y him a prmcely for the use sea was calm. toun!ling thing happened. of it. Munyadi will sit upon the throne of In-It was night of the second day when Cape Both went out of sight in a twinkliQp;. I t dia. Guardafin was sighted. was exactly as if the earth had opened and Frank explained that his engagements with This was a mighty promontory of precipitous swallowed them up. 'the air-ship would utterly prevent any such a rock with sheer descents. Frank allowed the They had stepped into a veritable species of plan. He deeply regretted this. The rajah air-ship to descend as they passed over it until quicksand. It was almost of the consistency looked incredqlous, but was forced to be con-small objects were easily seen. of lime and water thinly s lacked. Down they tent. The Singoli mountains a small were went into this mass. But fortunately, unlike Theair-shipnow took flight away from the lefttothenorth. Frankkepttbeair-shtp more the ordinary quicksand, it did not close over Mejum's city. to the southward. 'l'he below them was them forever. Alice was a!!sured that there were none of known as Omali, and was a part of Southern They came up a second later, and floundered the members of the English regiments pared by Abyssinia. about in the liquid slough like two ungainly the bloodthirsty Mejums. She and Lieut. The regio n was rough and rocky and very porpoises. Spluttering and swearing they crep t Holcombe were the sole survivors. sparsel y settled, the people being composed out on terra firma much disgusted. Her eye!! filled with the recollections of her mostly of tribal clans, Arabs and wandering "Bejabers, ph were am gasped Barney, as father's awful fate, but Sydney Holcombe whis-nomads. he vainly tried to dig tl'le sand from his eyes. pered cheering words to her. As the machinery of the Sky Scraper had "Phwat haP-pened It was decided to proceed to the military post now stood for a long time a tremendous strain "Golly, I se nigh dead I" s pluttered Pomp, at Lucknow. Frank thought it best to select some suitable ejecting huge quantities of sand and water But first it was necessary to take Munyadi place and descend, and make camp for the from his mouth. back to hi!! home. night. "Begorra, naygur, it's two fools we air. The army of Kampoors was met scarcely half Accordingly a green valley between high and Phwat do yez way between the two cities. As nothing was rocky hills was sel ected. 'Pomp straightened himself up as well as he to be gained by the Kampoors assaulting the Here a pleasant spot was found not far from could and blinked at Barney. Mejum's town, they turned back in their the shore of a small lake. Tbe air-ship was an"I ain't no objection to yo' callin' yo'sef a. march. chored, and then the aerial travelers had an fool,'' he said, curtly, "but Ah don' wan't y o Munyadi joined them and regretfully took opportunity to stretch their legs o n terra firma. to call me dat. leave of the Sky Scraper. It is needless to say that they p;Iadly availed Barney greeted this with a rpar of laughter. As the air-ship sailed away, he sat upon his themselves of this opportunity. Darkness was Then he began to ridicule Pomp. watching it wistfltlly until i t was a mere yet an hour distant. "It's a foine Iukin' dude yez are now. Shure speck in the distant sky. The doctor at once spied what he believed to yez wud sp!le a fottygraf. Go an wid yez for a. The tri p to Lucknow was quickly made. The be the r uins of some ancient city just at the bag av sand!" arrival of the air-ship created a sensation. base of the hills. Ain' no wuss nor you am I" retorted Pomp. 'l'he entire town and garrison turned out. At once be set o ff on an exploring tour. "Don' yo' me no mo' ob yo' sass, chile!" Salutes were fired and the commandant, a pep-Barney and Pomp were anxious for a swim and Both had partly wrung out their wet gar pery little English martinet, met the vi'sitors started for the Jake. ments by this time. B u t before they could with the necessary red tape. When they reached it Barney took up some pro ceed f urther with their conversation a start-Lieut. Holcombe and Alice took leave of of the water in the palm of his hand and tasted ling sound called them to their senses. Frank Reade, Jr., and his companions with it. 1 This was the distant crack of a r i fle. In an deepest emotions of regret and of gratitude. The wry face he made up and the exclam-instant Barney sprang up and gazed toward, "We shall return to England at once I" he ation which escaped him was comical enough. the Sky Scraper. A most startling sight was declared. "Ihavehadenoughof India and I "Wougb! Ugh! Whurroo!" he sputtered, revealed. shaJJJeave the service. I think we can be hap"phwat the divil have I Shure an' it's The air-ship was yet in its place of anchor py in old England!" pizened I ami" a ge. But upon the further side of it and halt-And be looke d tenderly at Alice, who smiled "'Vha' am dat yo' Sli.Y, I'isb said Pomp, ed upon a ridge of land was a cavalcade of and said: proceeding to strip. "Wha' done yo' take yo' horsemen. "I think we can too I" plunger 'l' hfly were Bedouin Arabs beyond all p ossi"I you both!" said Frank, "Bejabers I'll niver bathe in thim wathers!" ):>ility of doubt. warmly. 'I hope to see you again some time cried Barney in disgust. "Shure they're wuss Both Barney and Pomp well knew the char and would be pleased to welcome you to nor a pen. Be!ijorra, no! I'll ni ver do that," acter of these. nomads of the desert. They were Readestown." "Don see n u flin de matter!" said Pomp, inrobeers, cutthroats and thieves. You may be sure we shall never forget you nocently. Frank Reade, Jr., was alone on the Sky Seraand yo u r great kindness," declared Holcombe, "Don't yez '?'' said Barney, with a sudden per's deck. warml y. 1 bright thought. "Well, naygur. it's just me He had fired the shot to warn Barney and A fete was given the aerial travelers that disposition. Go right ahead and I'll folly yez-Pomp. It bad the desired effect and two more night in Lucknow. The next morning Frank perhaps," the latter under his breath. startled individuals it would be har d to im-Reade, Jr. announced his future course. Pomp was dying for a swim. The water was agine. "I intend to proceed in a direct line to Born-as clear as crystal, the sands w bite and inviting. Golly fo' glory !" yelled P omp, does yo bay," be declared, "thence I shall cross the He could see nothing the matter with them. see dat ar, I'isb 1" Arabian Sea to Cape Guardafin at the entrance He had not seen Barney taste the water, so he "Begorra, av coorse I do." to the Gulf of Aden. Then on to the sources of became an easy victim as the sly and fun-loving Dey am Arabs the Nile and Tanganyika Lake, thence a flight Celt hoped that he would. "Shure as ye're aloive through Southern Africa to Cape Town." The Irishman knew that the water was ex" I done fink if dey get deir eyes on us were 'fhe British guards paraded and fired a fare-tremely saline. Indeed so bitter was it that done fo' !" well salute. he had nearly gagged by it. He chuckled "Bejabers, thin let us get back to the Skoy Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp and Dr. inwardly as he thought of the experience in Scraper, an' at wanstl Shure, Misther Frank Vaneyke stood on the deck and waved the store for Pomp. has called us!" American flag. Up into the air sprang the Sky "Begorra, he'll be afther having all the fun They lost no t ime in heeding the summons. Scraper. he wants now," he muttered under his breath. Straight for the air-ship they started at f uJJ. "Begorra, it's sorry I am that we are afther "Oi'll see the fun!" speed. /


I FRANK READE, JH..'S "SKY SCRAPER." 19 And it was remarkable good speed that they The rope ladder was dragging on the ground. eyke. "He cannot be saved now. That was a made. aalf the distant:e was covered before The scientist embraced the scheme instantly. murderous deed!" the Bedouins saw them. He caught hold of the ropes ar..d the next ruo __ The Arabs had been regarding the Sky Sera ment was ,high in air. OHAPTER XXV per with something like profound astonish A number of Bedouin bullets followed him, ment, but fortunately did not hit him. INTO CEN'l'RAL AFRICA. To them it had the appearance of a sailing Up two thousand feet shot the Sky Scraper. BuT Dr. Vaneyke had spoken prematurely. craft transferred from the bosom of the Gulf All the wpile the doctor was climbing up the It certainly seemed as if the dritting man's life of Aden or the Red Sea to this fertile, green ladder. was lost. spot in the valley. It bad been a close pinch for him, but he bad The bullet had struck his wrist just as be But the sight of Barney and Pomp dispelled been saved by Frank's quick and ready idea. was about to clutch the ladder. But as was their lethargy. 0-rer the rail the doctor went and was met afterwards discovered it made but a flesh They human beings, and of a dif joyfully by his fellow voyagers. wound. ferent .nationality. It was not their way ever "Mercy, doctor!" exclaimed Frank. "I had Sagacious Pomp bad made instant action to to inquire into a matter of the sort. It mat nearly given you up for lost." remedy the mishap. He swung down another tered not how the white men came there. They "Well, I bad about given up hope myself,'' fold of the ladder: It writhed about the drown were there, and recognized as lawful prey by replied the scientist, "but is it not a pity that ing man, and he was entangled in its folds. the Bedouins. we should be cheated out of so delightful a There, not fifty feet from the verge of the Like a cloud that band of desert riders came cam place. And darkne. ss is close at hand falls, he was held. Pomp made no effort to swooping down and surrounded the air-ship. now!" draw him up. This was true. To the contrary he simply held the rope lad CHAPTER XXIV. It began to look as if it would be necessary der steady. Barney, seeing the idea, slowly FIGHT WITH BEDOUINS. to another night in the clouds. But just propelled the Sky Scraper toward the shore. BuT' fortunately, before they succeeded in do as the shadows grew thick Frank spied -an-'fhus the fellow was drawn slowlybut safely i?.g this, Barney and Pomp reached the rail of other good camping place. out of the swift current. He suddenly revived, ;:he Sky Scraper. This was upon the bank of a wide river in and as his feet touched bottom crawled out Onto the deck they scrambled. Then the which was a tremendous cataract. The air-ship upon the river bank. Arabs fired a volley. descended in a favorable spot. He was saved! It was a clever bit of work. ,-f 'Uhe bullets rattled against the steel body of There was not a sign of human life about the Frank and Dr. Vaneyke could not restrain the Sky Scraper and one 'scraped the back of place and Frank did not believe t)lat they their enthusiasm. Pomp's hand. No further damage was done, would be troubled again by wandering foes. So "You are heroes, Barney and Pomp!" !Je however. camp was again made. cried, as the air-ship descended. "Nobody Begorra, it's by the skin av our teeth!" The search-light was turned on and allowed could have done better." cried Barney. "Shure, I thought it was the to play upon the falls. A most gorgeous scene "Thank God, I am among men once end av us fer shure." was the result. more!" gasped the re;,cued man. "It is like "Wha' am yo' .gwine to do, Marse The falling water was in mighty vblume and transition to Paradise!" screamed Pomp. "Shall we get up de anchors, all colors of the rainbow showed in the falling As he stood dripping before them now his sah spray. rescuers saw that he ;was a man of rare good "No," replied Frank, quickly. "Bring out All were fatigued with the day's doings and looks, though scarcely clad, and with the ap your elephant rifles and plenty of shells, quick. were disposed to retire. Barney and Pomp pearance of one famished. We must fight!" were to watch alternately. "It was a close call for you," declared Frank. Barney and Pomp needed no second bidding. Morning came bright and clear. 'l'he sun" Another moment and you would have been Under ordinary circumstances Frank would shone in a sky of burnished ,brass. The heat over those falls. That would have been certain have order"d an ascension. was somebhing power-ful. death." But he knew that Vaneyke was at the ruins '!'here was a clump of palms by a little spring "You are right!'' agreed the res:ued man. upon the hillside. To leave him was out of the not far from the river. Here Frank and Dr. I owe you my life. God blesslou! You can question. Vaneyke went to get a drink of water. scarcely fail to pity me when have told you There were perhaps a score of the mounted Th'lly had barely veached the place when a my story." Bedouins. startled cry from Barney and Pomp caused "We would be glad to hear it," replied They were stalwart, savage-looking fellows, th'em to turrr back. l!'rank. and armed to the teeth. They rode horses of The reason was quickly apparent. "I will make it brief," replied the stranger. pure Arabian breed.,, and fleet as the wind. Out in tire middle of the river, and being" M:y name is '\Vallace Foster. [am an explorer,. Failing to stop Jjarney and Pomp, they cir-borne down by thll swift current toward the and represent a bureau of exploration in Lon cled about the Sky Scraper, firing at it the cataract, was a man clinging to an overturned don. My travels have carried me all over the while. boat of the skiff pattern. world. I came out to Nubia a year ago to ex Frank knew well enough their .murderous He could not hope to stem the powerful cur-amine some ruins. I was attacked by Bedouins, character, so he did not hesitate to fire in rent, and his fate seemed to be sealed. and all my party killed but myself. For some return. Carrisd over the cataract, death would be reason I was spared and carried into captivity. In the cover of the pilot-hquse the three voy-certain. I have been subjected to every indignity and agers opened fire upon the Bedouins. The air For a moment Frank and Dr. Vaneyke stood torture since. But yesterd11y I escaped. Betship was bEjing hotly peppered by the wretches. petrified with horror. ter death in the wilds for me than a continu Fra,nlr could have annihilated them with the They saw that the emperilled man was a Eu-ance of such a life. I stole a small boat and needle gun. But he believed that he could ropean, probably an Englishman. embarked upon the river. All night I drifted.

20 .FRANK READE. .JH.. s "'SKY SCRAPER." you've mastered the art of fi,ring in the. air, of or antecedent. s rather. He made no comment, of facing a Jive gorilla in his native wilds was submarine travel, and what IS there left to ac however, until railed him upon it. not a pleasant one. Indeed, it is wonderfull" "Well, naygur!" cned the hectormg Celt, in "The gorilla!" finally said Dr. Vanevke in a Foster went aboard the air-ship, and Frank his blunt way. "Phwat do yez think av hushed voice. showed him over it. He was more than pleased Wud yez like to go back to the castle av yure "Yes,' agreed Frank, "that is the king of and wonder-struck. ancisters1" the forest, without doubt." "Now, I am going southward through Cen-"Don' yo' talk, !:ish!" spluttered Pomp. "I "Golly, Marse Frankl" gasped Pomp, who tral Africa," Frank said. "I will be pleased to done tluk mah ancisters am jes' as respectful was much terrified, "I fink I done heah dat a convey you to the nearest point of safety you as yo's any day!'' bullet won't. go froo de hide ob a gorilla." will name, Mr. Foster." Barney wisely refrained from argument upon "Well, I've heard something of that sort my "Indeeill I thank you!" replied the explorer. this question. But he said: self," said Frank, mischievously. "One hundred miles south on this same river "Yez needn't get angry, naygur. Shure, "Mass!. sakes ali be, Marse Frankl" ctied the' there is a trading post of Portuguese. I shall thar's many a worse man than ye had ances darky. 'I done fink we bettah bah de needle be safe there." tral castles!" gun fo' him," "And will you return to England?" "Yo'sef, fo' said Pomp, keenly ._ "Well, I don't believe but that our Winches-The explorer shook his head. "Whurroo! do yez mane that fer an insult?'' ters will throw a hot enonF;h bullet for him," "No," he replied. "I have a determined "Jes' as yo' please, sahl" said Frank. 'We will risk it anyway." purpose to finish the object of my explorations "I'll break the head av yez." Once more the strange, unearthly .cry went before going home. I will tr1, and organize a "Jes' yo' try it!" through the forest. new party there to complete It," Barney doubled ,up his frsts and Pomp low This time it sounded nearer. Also it was fol "I hope you will succeed," said Frank, warm: ered his head. That there would have been a lowea by a crashing of brush. ly, and I will leave you at the post you lively ruction right away was certain had not "He has siF;hted us!" declared Frank. "He 1 name." Barney been suddenly called aft by Frank is coming this way." The trading post named by Foster was nam Reade. "Golly, but we kain't see him,'' said Pomp, ed Obbia. It was really in an Italian province The Sky Scraper settled down rapidly, and with chattering teeth, and looking as if he though a colony of Portuguese. ;Frank selected a small clearing in the mighty would like to break and run! Everywhere in Africa one mee.ts with the forest, and which was tqe only visible one. "Turn on the search-light," said Frank; Portuguese. On account of their slave-trading 'hey were now in the very heart of the "then we can tell." propensities, they are really a curse to the mighty woods. As the Sky Scraper settled Pomp hastily pressed the valve. Th'e current .......,.. country. down and rested upon a heap of underbrush, was on, and the powerful light went searching As there would doubtless be some risk in en the tangled wilds and inky arches of the forest into the forest depths. tering Obbia with the airship, Frank proposed were upon all sides. It had the desired effect. to leave Foster just outside. It was an impressive spectacle. There stood the !>Orilla between two trees, a The traveler readily agreed to this and took Our adventurers had no idea of the enormonster of his species. He was truly a fright farewell of his rescuers. It was at a point but mons height of the trees until they were actuful sight. a short distance removed from the town, and ally at their base. He was of great height and yet immense he would encounter no difficulty in reaching Then they walked the deck of the Sky breadth. The muscles of his body and limbs there. Scraper and looked up in abject wonder. were something enormous, being ox like. The air-ship then mounted into the air and "Upon my word l gasped Dr. Vaneyke, "I The head was low and Hat;>with huge continued on its way to Central Africa. An have never seen any like them in my eyeballs, a fiat nose and animal jaws, with pro adieu was waved to Foster, and then new and life. Is it not wonderful!' trudingfangs. The human like characteristics thrilling incidents began to claim the atten"Indeed it is," agreed Frank Reade, "but of the beast only served to increase his hid tion of our voyagers. I'm thinking we shall need an electric light to eousness. A straiF;ht course was now made for the sup-invade that forest.'' The explorers stood for a moment quite over-posed source of the Nile, the Victoria Nyanza "So we shall.'' come with the fearful spell which one is always Lakes. "And so we will!" cried Frank with inspira-subject to in the presence of this terrible moo It was a wild and wonderful country which tion. "I will take a coil of wire along with ster. the Sky Scraper now took flight over. us, and carry a thousand candle light which I Pomp was the picture of the most abject ter-The sandy deserts of Nubia were exchanged have in the cabin.'' ror. for the mighty jungles and forests of Central With his native ingenuity it did not take The darky was generally very plucky in Africa. Frank long to rig up tbe electric search lamp. times of danger. but now his knees shook and Rugged and picturesque indeed was the Then plans were made for .an excursion into the his teeth chattered like castanets. scenery. Large villages of natives were seen black forest. Yet he continued to focus the search-light below. Mighty rivers and broad lakes. Vast Barney was deputized to guard the Sky Seraupon the gorilla. plains and deep forests. per until the return of the others. The good-The beas, t seemed dazzled as well as perplexed But Frank did not deem it safe or wise to atnatured Celt did not demur. by the brilliant light. It also seemed to enrage tempt a descent anywhere until Nyanza Lake He would muc.h have liked to go, with Frank him. should be sighted. and the doctor, but he said: He brandished the huge club which he held 1 Once in the Congo Free State he knew that "All roight, yez kin go now, lint it'll in his hand and forward. But in ten t)le natives were more inclined to be friendly. be my turn next to1me." steps the beast halted. At least they had had intercourse with white Of course an encounter with any of the deni-Loud a.nd terrible, were the roars with which men. zeus of the mightl forest would be far from the gorilla filled the air. The two men, Frank So the Sky Scraper kept on day and night pl!lasantor safe. So all went well armed. and Vaneyke, could have shot the beast then wtth the same steady pull. At time Rifies and pistols were carried and Po111p car-and there, but they were desirous of studying winds were encountered, but on the whole ried the sel).rch-lamp. the beast as far as possible. good progress was made. Leaving the air-ship the party boldly entered So they did not fire. But Pomp was every Until one day Frank announced that before the black forest. For a time there was some moment becoming more nightfall they ought to be in sight of Nyanza climbing through dense shrubbery. In their intense interest m ac _,) Lake. But after a time the woods were entered and tions of the gorilla, they Md not heed Pomp. A mighty tract of forest was now being found to be carpeted wit. h leaves and quite The darky suddenly cried: passed. The trees were of leviathan height clear of brush. "Golly, Marse Frank, I'se done skeered to and size, and so closely set together that nothBut upward to a tremendous height rose the deaf. I can't stay no longer. He will git dis inf: could be seen under them. smooth straight trunks of the trees. chile fo' sho'l'' 'That is a famous forest," l!'rank declared. As in most tropical countries the foliage was Then, with a mad yell, Pomp dropped the -...., "It i'! described by Stanley and Livingstone as all at the top. But it was so dense that the electric lens and started madly for the clearing. so Tery dense that in portions the light of day light of day was almost excluded. Indeed, obThe effect was thrilling. is almost entirely shut out." jects were not visible fifty yards distant. It left Dr. Vaneyke and Frank facinF; the "Begorra, that's v-onderful !" cried Barney. The gloom was of a peculiar somber kind. beast in the gloom, which now in the transition "Shure, howiver would wan find his way_ out?" Even the habitues of the forest seemed to par-so sudden from the glare of-tee electric light "No doubt it is replied Frank, take of it. made it seem to them almost utter darkness. "yet in those inkl depths dwell the gorilla and Tne birds which fiew about were noiseless --the savage race o dwarfs." and songless. The morikeys went shadow-like CHAPTER XXVII "I wish we could descend long enough to from limb to limb, not even chattering at the make a study of these people," said Dr. Vaninvaders. BATTLE WITH THE DWARFS, eyke, eagerly. "I would give much to be able Truly it was a region of silence and of dark THE crazy move of Pomp had placed the Jives to do so." ness. Our adventurers could not help beinF; of Dr. Vaneyke and Frank Reade Jr., in great Frank hesitated a moment. deeply impressed, jeopardy. He was eager to reach the Congo Free State "Wonderful, is it not?" exclaimed Dr. VanHad the gorilla advanced upon them in that without further delay, But yet the request of eyke, who was busy gathering some odd bobewildering moment of darkness, he would the scientist did not seem unreasonable. He tanical specimens. "Is it possible that human have had them at his mercy. decided to grant it. beings inhabit these solitudes r But as fortune had it, the beast did not "We shall not lose much time," he declared. "Yes, it is!" declared Frank. "Wait and advance JUSt then. "Let it be so. We will do it." you shall see.'' Frank was the first to recover his senses. Bamey eagerly sprang to the Sky Scraper's The party pushed forward deeper into the With an angry cry he reached down and pick lever and slackened speed. forest. ed up the fallen lens. Suddenly all were brought to a halt by a Tne probable reason why the gorilla had not CHAPTER XXVI. distant and startling sound. It was like the taken of their confusion was prob hoarse roar of a maddened beast. ably because hts vision also was aazzled by the THE AFRICAN GORILLA And yet there was an accent in it which seemelectric light. ed almost human. For a moment not one of But the moment Frank picked up the lamp PoMP was as delighted as the others with the party spoke. and once more focused it, the gorilla let out a the prospect of a descent. All had instinctively comprehended the terrific yell. The darky had kept close watch of the region meaning of that sound, and the impression Instantly brandishing the club he started for which he knew was the of his ancestors made was a thrilling one. Indeed, the thought his foes. ., j


r FRANK READE, JR.'S ''SKY SCRAPER.'' 21 F1ank saw that it was best to take no bible, dodging from tree'On Frank There was a loud shout in their rear. The dwarfs had been in hot pursuit. A few Reade, JJC.'B _part. saved the He flashed "What was that1" gasped the doctor. and they would have boardea the electriC light full in the gorilla's face and "Are we attacked from the rear 7 If so we the a1r-sh1p. pulled the trigger of his rifle. are lost." But Frank shouted to Pomp as he rolled over Frank was obliged to hold the rifle with one "No!'' cried Vaneyke, joyously. "It is rein-the rail: hand. But so tightly did he grip it that the forcements." "Lively there, Pomp, Switch on the current. bullet went true to the mark. 'his was true. Set the lever.'' 1 The gorilla dropped in a quivering heap with It seemed that Pomp had gone back to the The darky needed no second bidding He the b)ood welling a torret from its mouth. cl.earing of great terror. Barney saw was only too glad to leave so unfavora'ble a The bullet had p1erced the heart and death him and ha1led h1m. spot He obeyed and the air-ship like a l;lird was instantane?us. "Faith an' -phwap, are yez. 1" into space. F.rank saw th1s then turned h1s atten-shouted the Celt. Ph were 1ver 1s M1sther Up it shot leaving the clearing and the angry tion to Dr. Vaneyke. Frank and the doctber1" dwarfs far below The doctor lay senseless .UDf?n the grou1;1d. "I!on' ask dis chile,!" gasped Pomp. "De' Dr. Vaneyke them awhile with a But Frank saw that beyond bemg stunned. he debbil am aftah us_ all. glass. But Frank did not return to court baj-was unhurt. Barney at once lit upon the darky. tie with them The young inventor at once dre'Y a flask "Phwy don't yez answer!" he yelled. from his bosom -d gave the stricken scientist "Ph were are they W" to the southward he set the course the Sky a deep draught, He at once revived and sat ;; In de wo.ods," replied the darky. Sc.raper. 1 up. Phwat d1d yez come back m th1s shape fer Victoria Nyanza Lake was crossed and then "Frank!" he gasped. : 'Heaven you th.fp 1" the Kpngo Free State was in vieV:,, Usindi ar:; unhurt! 1 _De us1 Pomp. Urrundi and Mogold. were passed over. Then "Is. badly h)lrt,. Frank, w1th a laugh. "P,1s Jes cut fo. de Lake Tanganyika came to view .. D1d :f,ou kill h1m 1 An dem behmd 1 exclaimed Barney; Tee aerial voyagers were now exactly over .. -Yes. .. angrily. Yez are a fome ... yez are, the heart of Afrtca. There was desire upon the Good for you! I want h1s skm. Why don t yez go back afther thm1l part of all to spend some time in Kongo but The doctor recovered very quickly. He was "Don' yo' talk, chile!" cried Pomp in agony. Frank eould not agree to this soon upon his f':et. An examination was' then I'se jes: nebber to' to go inter dem "We are about half round the world!" he de of w?_ods agm, no.nebber 1 clared. "We have lost mncb time thus far hnk, Begorra, Wemustnowmake it up. I cannot agree ilp No doubt vo:-ould hked cned,Barney, for 1t s mes1lf as IS gomg ter do stop again until we get to Cape Town.'' But what If h1s mate IS m the So a large part of Africa was passed hasUly V1Cmlty1" W1th wh1cb Barney grabbed h1s rifle and over ... .. "It would be well to return to the airsbip leaped down from the air-ship's deck. Pomp V now," said Frank. "We can return 'for .the was only too glad to exchange places. Dr. aneyke was. the m?st d1sappomted of skin later.'' Into the forest dashed the Celt, all excite But Y':t he s .ald "But where is Pomp 1" ment, and eager for a fight of any kind. Fear" Ne':er mmd_. doctor. Frank, .cheerily, The two men exchanged glances, and then was not one of the elements of his composition. we. wlll m that regwn some t1me on a laughed. It was amusing. And as be ran on he suddenly heard the speCial trip, "Pomp is a very valiant fellow," said Dr. sbund of firing For days t_he Sky-Scraper kept southward. f Vaneyke.' "We needed his assistance." He also saw the glare of the search-light. I_'art of the time the was so great that 1; "Well, I think be is excusable," said Frank. "Bejabers that's them!" he cried. "Shure little could be of the countr:f below. "l have heard of the very bravest of menit's a foight they're having!" all were Africa vast those who would unhesitatingly face a battery And this is bow it happened that Dr. Van contment and destmed m the no very d1stan.G of guns-turn pale and even f!'int at sight of eyke and Frank heard a shouting in the rear. f!lt_u!:e be a wonderful part of the world's the African gorilla.'' It was Barney who was coming to their as Cly,lhzatwn. ,, "Well, I believe you are rigb't," agreed the sistance. All these savage of natives, doctor. We'll have to excusa Pomp. In-The Celt rushed up breathlessly and at once d eclared Dr. are passmg '!'a1o deed, I felt very queer myself, and when that opened fire on the dwarfs. The addition of The. man IS gomg_as North AmeriCan big fellow was upon me I was horror struck." even one made things look better for the fugi-India n before the v1ctouous march of he It was decided to return to the air-ship. But tives. even as Frank was picking uptheelectric wire A red hot fire was kept up, and the retreat That IS true, Frank,_ there.1s no, a startling thing happened. was working famously, when .Dr. Vaneyke doubt but,that Afr1ca IS the commg natwn f. A lithe javelin came hissing through the air suddenly exclaimed: the earth. and struck Dr. Vaneyke's hat, It pierced and "My God! they have appeared in our rear, Barney and Pomp were by no means carried it from his head, and stuck in the Frank. We are surrounded and are lost!" ed to argue this point. Therefore for the lack ground just beyond. of argument it was dropped. A narrow escape indeed Just the fraction But such. time as the air-ship was near the of an inch nearer and It would have been the CHAPTER XXVIII. earth, Dr. Vaneykestudied the scenes below. end of the scientist. And many and varied they were, :> He gave a startled leap in th,e air. BATTLE WITH THE DWARFS. Great villages of blacks were paRsed over, "By Cicero I" he gasped, What was that, THE announcement of Dr. Vaneyke that the towns and cities built by white settlers and Frankf' dwarfs had appeared in their rear was a most also mighty tracts uninhabited by man. "Quick, get behind a tree!" shouted the disheartening one. It fell upon the ears of Indu,ecourseoftimeCapeTownwasreaehed. young inventor. Frank Reade, Jr., like a death knell. It was a beautiful cle"r morning when the The doctor was none too quic.k. Frank had The young inventor knew better than to exSky Scraper hovered over the quaint lit.tle towh aent the search-light's rays Into the forest, and pect mercy of the dwarfs. He knew .that they at the extremity of the African Continent. a.11tartling sight was revealed. would be all massacred. of the air-ship created aaensa-A. legion of diminutive forms had appeared, Where the little denizens of the black woods twn m the town. and were from tree t,o tree. They bad come from was a mystery. A brief stop was and Frank paid )llf1s were the dwarfs, whb made the dark Thev seemed indeed to spring from the very respects to the American consul. forest home. ground. .It was strange but true; the place even thousands, 'of c11rious people ina Frien,da with nobody were these peculiar was alive with them. the air-ship, aavages. Their nature was of the most mur-Very pale but resolute, Frank turneq his Then, after gaini)lg a fNI!h supply of pro..,sclerous sort. head and saw the flitting forms of the dwarfs ions, Fran k announced all in readiness for u.t. The sensations of the two attacked men can in his rear. longest flight they bad yet taken. then oe ima"ined. It was odds of one hundred He realized full well, that they were be in(;{ "I shall proceed, straight to Kerguelel\ :j'sto one. "urrounded. 'There was but one way to aver.t lands," he declared. "Then due south to ]ln. Arrows and javelins came flying thickly the catastrophe. derby Land and the Pole. Passing direc'l)' ihrough the air: This was to make a break and run for life. over the polar regions we will make Cape Horn The dwarfs were rap.idly advancing to the Of course there was the possibility of being and follow the South Amefican contieaj; attack. Not a word did' they utter, not a sound stricke n down by an arrow or a javelin. home. This will complete our trip norih aacl did they make above a slight rustling as they But it seemed that they stood a good show of south around the world." changed po'lition. being killed anyway. It was as well to accept Barnel and Pomp had already begua to There was something so unusual about their this cbanf'e as to do anybhing else. think o home. They had been absent ao'lt method of attack and their personal appearSo Frank gave the word. long enough to feel a genuine appreciation fdr ance that one vra.s constrained to feel terror In "About face and charge for the air-ship," be it. spite ot himself. cried. I'll be done J.!;lad fo' to see Readestown The little black fellows seemed literally to The order was instantly obeyed. mo'," declared Pomp, "I likes to trabbel wei swarm in the blaek depths of the forest. The The three adventurers turned as with one enough but ah likes to get home too." position of our adventurers was momentarily accord and started on a mad run for the clear 1ez are a good ways from it yet, growing more risky. ing. The dwarfs were evidently astonished. I'm tbmkin ," averred Barney. "Yez don't They the safest course of retreat pasInstantly they tried to close in upon the fugi want to be too sure av ever getting there,"


' I 22 F'RANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." \ Qmte a send-off was given the party from was for the purp?se of inspecting !rank. "Were it not for man's Jove of rov-Cape Town. machmery of the a1r sh1p and also of domg mg and exploration, many of the great won-The governor of the colony caused a salute to some repairs to the wings. ders of the earth would be to-day uqdiscoverbe fired from the fort, and the war ships in tht: 'fhe waves beat mountain high upon the ed !" harbor d1d the.same. rocks of the desolate island, and our voyagers "Which is true enough!'' agreed Dr VanNot to be at this sort of thinghFrank felt little encoura,ged as the scene lay before eyke. "But I say, there is enough soil dropped a bomb mto waters of the arbor. them. here. Let us give this fellow a Christian The a brilliant one, the explosion "Gracious me!" exclaimed Dr. Vaneyke, in burial!" a pyramtd of water fully one hundred amazement, "I have heard it said that Ker-This was done and the slab of slate placed feeTthhlgh.h h' guelin was a desolate spot, but I had no idea it at the head of grave. Then the party start en t e a1r-s 1p sped away to south-was like this." ed to return to .the air-ship. '!est, and soon Cape Town and the AfriCan con"Rather cheerless," agreed "yet it But they had just come out of a tment_had sunk below the horizon. will do for a Jandinp: spot." depression, and got a good view of the sea, Stra1ght for Kerguelen Frank set h1s "Bejabers,_l'd niver want a farm on that when an astonisliing and startling thing was The r!Jugh waters of the Sopth Atlantic lay land!'' cried .Harney. seen. m a m1ghty expanse as far as the eye could "!don't think you would," laughed Frank. Justoffshorethore rodeatanchorastrangereacb, Indeed, the position ofthe aerial voy ".It .-:vm hardly support anything of that looking vessel, with lateen sails. It was a ...&gers was one worthy of kmd. Malay pirate, as the black flag at the masthead They were aboar_d a yet wonderfully "Phwhat's that, sorW Won't anything grow attested. compact and elastiC mach me, far above the here at all, sor" "Jupiter!" exclaimed Frank in amazement surface of the sea. All depended upon the I am afraid not," replied Dr. Vaney:ke. "What does that mean 1" faithfuh_1ess of those delicately adjusted parts "Only moss !1-nd a few larchesi that is all. I "It is a Malay pirate!". gasped Vaneyke. of machmery. believe there IS not a foot of araole land on the "But where did she come from 1 I'll swear Should an accident happen, should the wingS! islanrl-is there1 there was not a vessel in sight when we landed fail to operate with nicety, or any part of the "Not a foot, replied Frank. "It 1is only here!" '-..,. machinery break, what would be their one vast formation uf rock." "I remember seeing a sail upon the horizon This was true. Kerguelen Land is probably when we descended!" said Dr. Vaneyke. "No Dashed to a most fearful death, either upon the most desolate of spots on the earth's sur doubt it was her and she has followed us all land or water. In the latter case it would seem face. Woe to the sailor who might chance to the way!" like certain death. be cast away upon it. "Begorra, wud yez luk at t e crew of them!" Their lives seemed to be depending upon a But fortunately it was so far out of the beat-cried Barney." hair, and yet if th's hair was sufficient, it was en tracks of 1:1teamers or sailing vessels that Then all gave a cry of a1arm. as good as a cable, certainly, such a contingency was hardly likely, From the shore there had come into But Frank Reade, Jr., the cool .and. The island is o_ne hundred long, "I?Y fifty view a score of dark-skin_ned, mventor, had counted all these posslblhtles. broad. It lies 10 the Antarctic Ocean m lat1-Malays. They were brand1shing sharp creeses There was nothing for whichprovision had not tude 49 deg. 54 min. south, longitude 70 deg. 12 and had started for th!l air-ship. been made. min. east. There no time to lose. Every part of the wonderful mechanism of The Sky Scraper descended in a convenient "Quick!" shouted Frani!:. "If we don't get the air-ship had been constructed with a view place, resting upon some mossy rocks. there first we are lost!" to four times the strain upon it that it would Then the aerial voyagers scrambled out onto Unfortunately none of the aerial party had be actually called to bear. terra firma. Right glad they were of the taken weapons. So sure had been of the If one of the propellers broke another would chance to stretch th!lir legs. safety of their position and immunit,from take its place. The wings were so constructed The Sky Scraper was securely anchored .and foes that they had not taken this precalition. that they might form a parachy.te and thus first a short trip of exploration was taken into It was certain that the Malays meant to cap temper a sudden descent. the island. Nobody remained with the air-ship ture the air-ship if they could. All depended Every J;ttl,e spot in the machinery was criti-for there was no danger of an attack from any upon reaching 1t first. cally examined by the young inventor every foe, for doubtless they were the sole inhabitants It was a fearful and critical moment. Frank day. of the i"le, Reade, Jr., led tht> way, and the four voyagers If there was the slightest danger of a part Dr. Vaneyke was in his element. He dis-made every effort to reach the air-ship .first. failing, it was quickly removed 11nd replaced by covered various strange forms of plant life, perfect work. among them being th"' wonderful Kerguelen --Thus accidents were guarded against. Land cabbage or antiscorbutic plant. CHAPTER XXX. And too great care could not be exercised This is famous as being one of the best reme. when it was that the Skv dies for scurvy A peculiar HOI THE SOUTH POLE. no-;v had before 1t a fhghtof thousands of m1les oil is pressed from 1ts leaves and then b01led A FEW moments more of delay would have over water and a land where to be cast away with the food. been fatal to the aerial vovagers. By the best would mean utter isolation and death. Truly Deep into the island the voyages penetrated. of luck they had been apprised of the danger the course of the Sky Scraper now was beset But it was plain to be seen that there were just in time. with greater perils than any hitherto made. not existant upon the island any of the neces-With all speed they now ffed toward the Sky sary; products for.sustaininglife. Scraper. The Malays were not fifty yards disTo be cast away upon Kerguelen would cer tant when Frank reached the rail. CHAPTER XXIX. tainlo be a very serious matter. He was on board in an instant. Quick as a ON BLEAK KERGUELEN. But that such had been the case our explortlltsh he -ran to the electric lzun. It was but a KERGUELEN. Island lies exactlv upon the ers were soon to discover, moment's work t.o train it upon the fot>. fiftieth parallel of south latitude. 'Below it to Suddenly Barney came upon a startling spec-Frank had no desire to kill any of them. His the South Pole, is a vast unbroken sea. tacle. A cry escaped his lips, and all the sole purpo"e was to hold them in check until'-' This is described by mariners as a tempest-others rushed to his side. the anchors could be brought in. uous rough ocean, and safe only for ships of "Begorra wud yez luk at the loikes av this," So he aimed the projectile to strike a leviath the stanchest build. Many a craft has sue-he cried. "Shure it is something dreadful." an bowlder just in front of them. cum bed to the fearfu! force of the heavy wav_es, In 11: mo'?ent the others br his Then sighted Lhe needle-gun and pressed the water even seemmg to have greater spec1fic Certamly 1t was an astoundmg s1ght whiCh the electric key. There was the next weight. they beheld. a most terrific explosion. Our aerial however, were not com-There at the base of a huge moss covered rock \Vith a flash, like that of the lightning, the. pelled to"take any of these points or 'facts into was a human skeleton. The few shreds of electric bolt struck the ledge. IIi an instant the consideration. clothing yet partly shielded the remains. air was full of flying fragments of rock ; They were beyond the influence of the waves, Beside the> skeleton was a gun stock and a The Malays fell upon their fa<.'.es with the and had nothing to fe a:r from them so long as rusty dagger. But against the rock leaned a force of the shock. 'fhe electric bolt had done the Sky Scraper kept a! ott. slab of soft slate. its work well. They were held in confusion But there was occasional vessels sighted, and And upon this there was sctatched evidentann check for a few moments. it was noticed that the_y did seem J:y with the point of the dagger, a sadexplana-This enabled Barney and Pomp to hp.ul in up as well before the wmd as m the less bo1stwn of the scene. the anchors. The Sky Scraper sprang upward. terous waters further north. Frank read it as follows : In a !!econd she was beyond the reach of the I!ays passed, and. still' the Sky Scraper kept "Cast away 011 this cursed continent the 19th of Malays. UJ? she went for.a thousand feet, be-on 1ts southward fl1ght. March, 1842, Dying of exposure and fever. May God fore a startlmg fact The vast 'expanse o( water covered an 1m-have mercy on my soul! Sole survivor of the wreck In the run to the &lr-shlp, Frank and Barney mense distance, and seemed actually limitless. of the Vesta, whaler. Whose eye this meets, pity and Pomp had outstripped Dr. Vaneyke. Howeve11, on board the air-ship was the writer and pray f?r him. The aged scientist had almost reached the -not as dull as might be im 'agined. There was .. "S1gned: MATT KlvEN, air-ship when he stumb)edand fell. His fellow always in the Jines of interest or Mate of the Vesta, whaling vessel from Mel voyagers had fancied' him safe aboard the air-duty to claim ones time. bourne, 1842 ship. But at length a distant dark Hue became vis"Poor fellow," exclaimed Dr. Vaneyke, When the doctor picked himself up, the Sky ible upon the horizon. It was sighted andre"that was certainly a hard fate,'' Scraper was high in the air. The situation was ported by Frank Reade, Jr., to be Kerguelen "Ah, he is but one ,of many who have lost for him a desperate one. Island. their lives in distant climes," said Frank. When the Sky Scraper reached the altitude All were now upon the qui vive. "When a man begins to knock about the of one thous!l.nd feet, Frank set the lever and It was the first land sighted in a number of world then he is exposed to many dangers." held it suspended. Then all rushed to the days, and naturally all were interested. The "Begorra, how iver can wan stay at home rail. Sky Scraper headed for it. all the toimel" cried Barne;.. The sight which met their gaze so far below Soon the rocky, inhospitable '!bores of the "\\"ell, that would be dlfllcult for you,l3arwas an astounding ona. Island of Desolation, as It is sometimes called, ney!" cried Frank, laughingly. "Massy sakes!" screamed Pomp," who ebber loomed up n ear at hand. "I don't fink it would, Marse Frankl" said am dat 1 A in' dat Marse Vaneyke down dad" The Sky Scraper descended gradually. It Pomp, with a p:rin. "Dis chile hab a little "The docther!" gasped Barnev. was Frank's intention to make a brief landing leaning hisself dat way." "Great Heaven .. !" ejaculated Frank," he did upon the island. "Well, we are fortunate in that facti'' said not succeed in getting aboard."


.. FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." "Shure, sor," cried Barney," howiver did we "Our next point will be Enderby Land,"cried "Glad to meet you, gentlemen. I am Edgar overlook him?" Frank', u that is on the Antarctic Circle. We IIartley, mate of this vessel."' "I can't understand it!" exclaimed Frank. will then be in frozen latitudes once more." "And I am Frank Reade. Jr. "'said Frank. "But we must go back after him or he will be Every hour now the air grew more and moue "Where is your captain?" kille d!" biting. Frost began to cover the metal work "Ah!" replied the mate, with quivering voice, Indeed, the po,.ition of the doctor could readof the air-ship. "that is ()Qr distress!" ily be seen to be a desperate one. Afready the The voyagers for a time were comfortable in "Dead r Malays had started for him. heavy overcoats. Then on the second day, they "No, worse than that. He is lost somewhere Dr. Vaneyke, however, was not a coward. once more donned their Arctic fur suits. on that cursed Antarctic with b_is He realized fully the exigencies of his position. The cabin of the Sky Scraper was closed, and charming daughter Violet and two of our best He knew that if the Malays captured him his the electric heating apparatus turned on. Soon men." fate was sealed. There was no alternative but all was as snug as could be desired. Frank was deeply impressed with this dec to seek safety In tlight. Icebergs were encountered in great profusion. laratlon. 'fhen Mate Hartley }Vent -on to tell He did not fear being left behind by his com-Then one morning a distant long line of white his story. pan ions. He knew Iull well that they would Jar. against the horizon. "We had been two months in tllese seas," he return for ltim. 'It is Enderby Landi" declared Frank. "It declared. "And had exp!lrienced very fair So he started to hastily retreat into the inis one hundred miles distant." luck, when a nor-ther, or at least what we terior of the island. But the pirates had al"Gqllyl" ejaculated Pomp. It don't look would call a norther in our part of the world, ready seen him and started in pursuit. to be no mo dan ten miles!" set in. I It now became an exciting chase. Frank "That is owing tothe-extremerarityof the "Itbloweda-hurricanefo_rtwo weeks. The Reade, Jr., had at once caused the Sky Scraper atmosphere," said Frank. seas were so high that we could make little or 1 t9 dtlscend. But befortl he could say mo1e, a startled cry no head way against them. J He did not dare to throw out any bomb or came from Barney. "Gradually we were blown to the southward; ,even to Hre, for the were close upon "Ship ahoy)'' he yelled. "Bejabers, it's med until we found ourselves in pack Ice. A _,) scientist, and the latter stood the chance of all out av ice!" fearful came, and here yve have been for being killed as well. Indeed it seemed as if Barney's expression nine months immovable. It is very evioent Dr. Vane;rke was far from being as fleet of was the correct one. There was drifting.some that we are drifting now. Probably tJ)e ice has as the Malays. They easily overtook him two miles distant, an immense field of ice, and broken away from the mainland where it was in a race of a few hundred yards. there, right in the center of it was a ship, hull, anchored." The doctor paused exhausted and realized masts, rigging and all, apparently done in ice. "Thatis doubtless-it," agreed Frank. "But the futility cf further attempt at escape. !le But Frank Reade, Jr., knew that it was more what of your captain i" turned prepared to sell'his life as dearly as tlian the-semblance of a ship, that it was, in "Ah, he went ,ashore with two of our sea possible. fact, a stern reality. men. His daughter Violet went with him. He drew aim with his rifle at the first Ma-We have never seen or heaJ,"d of them since!" lay and fired. Hi11 foot, however, slippilig CHAPTER XXXI "That is strange!" upon the mossy rock, the aim was distractea "Indeed it is." an' d the ball went wild. ICE BOUND. "But you have some. theor\!'1as to their tate!" The next moment the Malays were upon -THE seeming ice ship was more nor "Yes. We believe.rthat they, be<;ame 'lost him. What followed was to the aged sClenless than a reality. It was a driftmg wreck, among the icebergs. or the frol!en. valley of that tist afterward like a dream. and its black hull and tlte color of its rigging fearful country. We made a wide and inef He parried the blow of the first Malay's was concealed by the coating of ice upon it. fectual search for them." cutlass. Then he slipped and fell. It was his Frank realized this at once, and be cried: "And could you find no trace of them f' salvation. "I tell you, friends, that is a real ship!" "Only their footprints, which we followed No sooner had he touched the ground than "It he," said' Dr. Vaneyke, "It is a southward for a mil.e or more. Then a heavy a. heavy form fell across him. It was a Malay literal piece of ice." snow-storm obliterated them!'' with a bullet his heart. "Bejabers, it Inks loike that!" cried Barney; was thoughtful for some moments. Barney had 'tired 1t just in the nick of time. "but wud yez luk. '!'here's a mon aboard av Finally he said: The next moment the Sky Scraper shot down her." "Are you well stocked with into the mjdst of the pirate crew. "Golly! he am jes' waving a flag!" cried ";Enough for twelve months yet."' The rifles of the voyagers were blazing right Pomp. "Oh. then you are all right!" and left, and the savage crew fell back. When Th1s was true enough. "'rheu you belie ore that we shall get free Dr. Vaneyke scrambled to his feet he was seizA man had suddenly appeared at the rail of-from this terrible imprisonment of ice r ed by the collar by Barney and Pomp, and then the ice-clad ship and was waving a white flag. "Certainly, as soon as you get into warmer drawn over the rail. This at once decided Frank Rmde in his ac waters. You are and the 'rhe age d scientist's life was saved just in the tion. .further you go the less w11l he j;pe size of this nick of time. As he stood once more s a fely on He sprang to the pilot-house and at once huge field of ice. When once a berg breaks the Sky Scraper's deck he turned and fairly turned the Sky Scraper in the direction of the away it is ascertain to drift into warmer waters emhrac Barney and Pomp. ice tloe. toward the equator, as the nee.dle is to follow Fran it sent the Sky Scraper aloft once more. The Sky Scraper rapidly drew nearer to the its pole." When a thonsand feet in the air again he held ship. Then she settled down like a huge bird "Thank God for that!" it in suspension. and re sted upon the ice field. "Do you believe your ship to be intact t" Looking over the rail it was seen that the It was seen that the ship was liter'l.lly frozen "I do not believe a timber is started in her. Malays were making their way back to their into the ice and could not be easily extricated. She is sound as a dollari" ship. 1 Yet to all outward appearance she was vet "That is good. I see nothing for you to "Begorra, I'm thin kin' they got a bit the stanch and uninjured. fear. I should certaini,Y never borrow trouble." worst av that foight !"cried Barney, bad cess Probably she had got caught in the .cold "But our ?' said Hartley, with agi to the loikes av thlm.'' waters a previous season, perhaps while whalt -ation. "My God I it is too awful to think of .'You are right," rejoined Frank, "and I inili and not sufficient thaw had occurred to leaving him down here!" don' t suppose it would be any crime to anni-enable her to escape. "But he has probably fallen a victim to the hilate the whole crew of them." The man at the rail was clad all in furs. Our rigors of the climate, as well as his com pan 'fhey are a set or murderers," cried Dr. Van adventurers noted now that smoke came from ions," said Frank. '. eyke, "there can be no harm in putting then the ship's galley pipes. "I do not know that. And wbile I have that out of'the wav. It is only justice." And as the air-ship settled down other men haunting doubt, I cannot hear to think of leav"1'11 blow up their ship anyway," decided came out of the cabin. Perhaps a dozen in all ing the Antarctic!" Frank. "That will give them a chance to try there were. "I can understand l:)ow you feel," said a hit of Crusoe life on Kerguelen: The ice floe was perfectly stable and Frank Frank, and then with su4,den inspiration: The others all clapped their hands in approvand Barney prepared to cross over and hoard ''but wait. 1 have an idea!" al of this scheme. So Frank let the Sky Serathe ship. "Ah I what is it?" per descend until he could get a good line on But a hail came: Frank waved his )land toward the air-ship the pirate ship with the needle gun. "Ahoy there I" and said: Then be1pulled the lever. "Ahoy !"replied Frank, heartily. "There is the means to learn whether or not The electric bolt struck the pirate ship about "What manner of craft have you there that. your captain is alive. I can explore 'half the amidships. A tremendous hole was tore in the can sail in the air l" continent with my air-&hip in a few day ... hull and she began at once to sink. "It is a rroduct of Yankee ingenuity,'' cried A wild cry of joy and hope escape1 Edgar The effect upon :the pirate crew was most Frank; "this is the Sky Scraper air-ship from Hartley's lips. He clutched Frank's arm thrilling. Readestown, U.S. A. What ship are your eagerly. Instantly they leaped overboard and started "The Pearl, Captain Bracer, from New. Bed"Ol:i, God he be cried. "Will yoq. to syvirn to the shore. Those on shore were ford, Mass. in search. of whales.'' do that 1 Oh, 1f you dpuld only find them I fearfully excited. Frank could' ha-re destroyed "ViTe are coming aboard!" Let, me tell you," be lowering his voice, the whole of them but he did not care "All r-ight:" "Violet.and I were t9 be upon return-to do this. "Are you in distress1" ing to New Bedford. You underst-and, I will The crew of the Sky Scraper cheered. Then "Yes." give my life to find hel) and sound I" the air-ship shot up into the air. For several This was enough. Fr.ank did nof. wait to Frank was really much impressed with what hour!'! it hung ,over the island while Frank exwhat 'the trouble might be, but said toBarney: the young mate said. a:is syrppathy was ami ned the mach!nery. "Cornel let )IS he off!" aroused nt onc1_1.anq he was resolved. to do, But the young mventor happ1ly found that The Celt needed no second b1ddmg. He was he could to ass1st h1m. this did not need repairing and that there was qu-ickly ready and the two men went over the A dozen different Plan revolyed through his no necessity of landmg again. rail. mind. He grasped hand and said: 'l'hi s was fortunate, for to have made another They quickly crossed the intervening dis"I will first rejease yout: ship from ice landing on the island would cet-tainlv have tance to the frozen ship. Then they clamberfloe. Then we will look for tlie missing peo-heen to court another encounter with the Ma-ed over the rail and stoo d on deck. ple." lays. The crew came .forward to meet them. us 1'" exclaimed Hartley, in amaze So the Sky Scraper's course was now set for Sturdy, honest-looking fellows they were. The ment. "How do r,ou expe;:t to do that 1"' the South Pole. spokesman said: "You shallsee1' said Frank,,resolutely.


21 FRANK H.J a happened. Upon a spur of rock far above a free ship. marvelous sight was spread to view. All gazed slender female appeared, and a wild The next thing was to get her out of the upon it with amazement. scream came down to the ears of those on board strait into the open sea. Two long mountain oha!ns extended to t.he the Sky Scraper. The crew cheered lustily at the success of southward as far as the eye could reach. Be "My God, It is Violet!" gasped Hartley. Frank's scheme. Then the young inventor tween these was a deep valley. It was truly the daughter of the lost captain went down to the deck of the Pearl once more. Partly up the outward slopes of these volof 'the P e arl. had seen the' air-ship from He caused a cable to be attached to the bow canic mountains the line of snow and ice ex-her cell in the clitf, and escapir!g, had managed of the ship, and the Sky Scraper gentl,Y towed tended. to gain this point of rock. her out of the strait. It was somethmg of a But up(}n the inner sides and through the But her fo e s were after her even now. Three strain for the light air-ship, but she did it by great valley, there was not a particle of snow. of the Antarctic savages were scaling the clitf degrees. Only green grass !tnd flowering shrubs and to recapture her. The next .thing was to clear the rigging of Arctic mosses. Hartley wa.'l in the wildest state of excite-the ice which enchained it. Frank caused It was a wonderful spectacle and one almost ment. He could hardly contain himself. small wires to he twined about the ropes and beyond belief. For a time our adventurers "Let me out!" he shrieked. "I must save.....;.z, masts and laid over the sails and blocks. gazed upon it; spell-bound. her!" A current sufficient to melt the Ice was em-Especially was Hartley interested. "Keep cool,'' admonished Frank. "She shall ployed, and soon great clouds of steam arose "I vow that is a wonderful phenomenon!" he be saved." m the air. Piece oy piece the ice melted and cried. "In all my tra>els, I have never seen 'l'he young inventor 11prung into the pilot dropped off. its like." house and sent the Sky Scraper forward to the In a few hours the crew were busy polishing "It is grand!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, enthusias-very edge of the cliff. As it floated to t.he the spars and tarring the ropes. The sails were tlcally. What a contribution to science this Hartley at the rail leaned over and clasped the unbent, and general activity reigned on board discovery will bei'' voung girl in his armA; ihe Pearl. Frank Reade, .Jr., was busy lookinjl; for a Thus she was safely brought to the deck of # The ship was now manageable and able to convenient place for descent, for it was his the air-ship. Her pursuers, discomfited, gave stand before the wind. When all this had been Intention to explore the volcanic valley; Barover the pursuit. done Mate Hartley, by Frank's request, went ney and Pomp were at their duties" The joy o_f the two lovers was most intense. aboard the Sk,Y Scraper. Down settled the Sky Scraper rapidly. But Those who witnessed it avtrted their gaze a Then the a1r-ship set out for Enderby Land just as it descended withiQ. a few hundred feet reverent manner. one hundred miles dlsta,nt. of the earth, Hartley gave a wild cry of amaZP. "Violet says that all of her party are cap-The Pearl was to cruise about the vicinity ment. Instantly Frank and Dr. Vaneyke were tives In those clitr declared Hart until the return. The purpose of the expedl, by his side. ley after awhile, approachmg Frank. "She tlon was to rescue Captain Bracer and his com"Look!'' he cried, excitedly, "the Talley is thinks we can rescue them without much trou-paniQns If possible. peopled with human beings.!'' ble." It was not known that theywere alive, but Astounded, the others saw as well as Hart" It shall be done!" cried the young inventor, Ji.ope was clung to. ley that this was true; heartily. Hartley was the only one of the Pearl's crew From a deep fissure in the mountain !!ide ful-The Antarctic natiores had all retired to a togo aboard the Sky Scraper. I ly a hundred wild, savage looking mef:t swarmsafe distance from the mys&rious destroyer He was deeply impressed with the novelty of ed forth. The Sky Scraper had caught their which had descended upon them from the sailing in the air, and expreseed his approval gaze and they were regarding it with evident clouds. in manr. ways. The Sky Scraper made a swift amazement. There was no doubt but that they were ftight of that hundred miles. They w re literal giants In frame and dre!\sed greatly puzzled, If not impressed with a deadly Soon Enderby Land lay revealed below them. in the skins of various wild animals. That fear. Truly it was a wild and desolate scene. thev were savages of a low order was apparent. Frank saw that it was his time to act. He The had seen nothing_ip. their trav-This was the first discovery of a human race went to the ntledle and sent a bomb down els so far to compare with it. but a peculiar to the region of the Antarctic, and was to the base of the chtf. mighty waste of ice gorges and snow was visi-of no little importance. It exploded with fearful force. The air was ble as far aouth as tlie eye could reach. dlled with flying atones, turf and The


r } ) FRA NK READE, JB .'S "SKY SCRAPER." t5 natives were now thoroughly terrified, and Realizing the enormity of the .risk incurred, longing to see old Readestown and A merica fled. Frank finally abandoned the plan and let the once more. Those in hiding in the cav e dwellings rushed air-ship descend into the valley. Days passed and the flight over Graham's out and took to flight. Suddenly frotn one of Notqing was seen of the nattves. Land, and the Polar continent in general was the caves three men rushed out. They were doubtless hiding in the mountains. devoid incident. At once they were seen to be white men. It was quite useless to endeavor to treat or Naught was vt s ible so far below but vast Hartley recognized them. 'make friends with them. wastes of ice and snow, The unvarying mono" It is Captain Bracer and the two sailors I" So no attempt was made to do this. Frank tony was painful to t,be eye. be crie d, let me signal them!" let the air-ship drift slowly ;along through the So it was with something like a thrill of reJ The air-ship a t once descended and rested valley. lief that saw the bleak, angry waters upon the ground. Captain Bracer and his m e n Close observation of its peculiarities was thus of the Soutli Atlantic break into view. looked aoout in a bewildered manner, until made. Dr. Vaneyke busied himself greatly in Then the skies became black and stormy. t h e y saw the air-ship. this manner. The wind blew a hurricane and for days the Then the captain recognized Violet and Hart"The soil is rich in plant food," he declared, Sky Scraper beat steadilv against it. ley on the d eck. At once they started for the "but there is an ab-.ence of the plant. Doubt-It seemed as if it would never overcome the ky Scraper, less it would thrive here if brought here. It is terrific resistance, but after a week of hard Some of the Antarctic natives undertook to certainly a wonderful r egion." battling the air-ship got out of the tempestuous <:base them, but Frank sent a bomb int o their "Do you think that it could support a nation clime, and one day a dark, forbidding line of midst and they at once fled into the mountains of asked Frank. coast w'as seen to the northwest .and did not again show thems elves. "If its extent is what I think it is, yes," re-Instantly all were on deck with glasses to It could be seen that the r escae d men were plied the scientist," but--" study the distant coast. regarding the Sky Scraper with wonderment "WhaH" But it remained for Frank Reade, Jr. to .as they ran toward it. "The inhabitants would be constantly living declare what land it was. He carefully took In a few moments they were at the rail. 'l'hey upon the verge and crust of a terrestrial helf. the bearings and then CJlambered on deck their meeting with Vio-No doubt us there are internal fires of "It is really 'l'erra del !"uego,'the land of let and Hartley was a Joyful one. fearful scope. fire. Far to the westward 1s the mighty head Captain Brace r was a bluff, jovial old salt. "Do you think they will ever break forth?" of Cape Horn." As he embraced Hartley, he cried: "That is a difficult question to answer. PerAll dre\v a breath of joyful relief ":Why, lad, we never e:cpected to see J:"e haps not for ten thousand years, and yetJiab_le It was certainly a joyful reflection that at agam. Have ye been huntmg for us all th1s to at any moment. When they do, there will last they were upon their own side of the time 'I" be a revolution of the whole earth's sur-earth and in sight of an American continent. "I would never have returned without you!" The Sky Scraper now made rapid flight. For CJried the brave young mate," but I fear that "In what re&peet'l'' fully two weeks her electric hati been we should never have succeeded in "Why, everything about here will sink be-driving constantly and her wmgs had been you, but for this gentleman and his wonderful neath the falling crust. There will be earth-beating the air .air-ship." quakes, and the ocean will rush in to flood and Of course the friction and wear was !lOme-"Airshipl" gasped the amazed sea captain. fill up the depression. Such a removal of the thing fearful, and Frnnk saw tbat a landing Blow mel sailed man1 a good sliip on ocean will lay bare certain parts of the globe must soon be made and some of the IUrnatures the seas, but never in the air. now submerged. New continents will arise replaced. "That Is what this is," said Hartley, with a from the sea, and old ones will be flooded. The So he hailed the appearance of land with "but let me introduce you." Arctic Ocean, as in the Glacial Epoch, will something like joy. It was his intention to Frank Reade, Jr., Dr. V'll.neyke and Barney rush do" n across North America. The North pass over Terra del Fuego, however, and alight .and Pomp all shook hands with the captain: Pole will be transposed to about the vicinity of m Patagonia. 'hen followed much explanatory talk. a belt near Cuba, and the South Pole to the "We will then have a hunt on the Pampas, .. The captain explained how ,they had wander-center of India. Where the regions of ice now he declared. "Surely that will be something e d into the snow valleys and got lost. Ftnally are in the Arctic and Atlantic, there would be to anticipate." they had found the volcanic valley just in time the heat of the equator and tropics." Barney and Pomp were delighted, as was to e scape being frozen, and had at once been Frank listened to this hypothesis in amaze-Dr. Vaneyke. Two weeks in their cramped CJaptured by the natives. ment. quarters Induced a natural longing to get down What would have been their ultimate fate It "Wonderful I" he exclaimed," have you any upon terra firma for awhile. w a s hard to say. Probably they would never precedent for such an assumption\ doctor" The flight over Terra del Fuego was most inhave seen civilization The best of precedents. Geo ogy teaches teresting. "But I kin tell ye, th1s is a wonderful freak us that the majority of the North American It was a wild region, indeed, and it "\'!'as reado f nature, this valley," declared Captain Bra-country was under the sea, also many parts of ily why it was called the Land of Fire. CJer. "There's nothing in this country to equal Europe and Asia. At onetirne no doubt EngExtelisiveconl:lagrations were seen everywhere it." land was connected by land with the continent. and in places men and animals were fleeing "I agree with 'you!" cried Frank. "Do you Some such depression or internal convulsion for their lives before the flames, know how far south it as th'is one I have described as possible, trans-Then the Straits of Magellan were crossed. "I have reason to believe everi to the imme-fcrred the cities and continent of Atlantis to Several ships were seen picking their way diate region of the South Pole. It must be the bottom of the sea." through. that the earth's internal fires approach quite "Goll[l" gasped Pomp, who bad been listenPatagonia loomed up ahead. Before near to the surface, and that is what makes ing. done fink we be like de people in nightfall the Pampas Jay below and the South ;;be land so warm and fertile." Noah's ark, den. I don' see how anyboay but Atlantic Ocean w11.s out of sight. "There is no doubt out that is a correct by-us canbe sa bed, bekase dar's nobody kin fly :Frank selected a good 'place tor a descent. pothesis," agreed Dr. Vaner,ke. "This discov-in de air but us." This was in the verge. of a vast area of beech ery will astonish the scienttfic world." Keep your eyes open Pomp,'' laughed woods. This was the principal wood of PataBut preparations were made to convey the Frank. "When you bear of an earthquake gonia. whalers crew back to the ship. It was their just get aboard the air-ship in the

26 FRANK READE, JR.'S "..SKY SCRAPER." "Wud yez luk fer said the Celt, the beech woods, and' with the cover of dark didn't know anyfing about it until I was nigh arising. "Shure, an' its a big white eye Iukin' ness would no doubt make an attack. de ground, sah !" up at me out av the wather." The sun was just settling in the west. There' "Mercx,

FRAN K READE JR.'S SKY SCRAPER." 27 w hen t h e Selvas o f the m i g hty A mazon s h ould "Begorra I'll go alone!" h e c r ied "Divil a now saw, but the coil of a might y serpent ot b e r eac h ed cow{tr d d o I want w i d mel the anaconda s p ecies T o descri be t .he wonders of the m i g hty tabl e -S o Pomp y i elde d. fhe canoe w a s equip p e d, A t errib l e yell burs t from Pomp's lips He l a nds ove r whiCh t h e y now passed, would re-and t h ey pushed o u t i n t o t h e stream. would have leap e d overboard in his fright but qui r e volumes. As they did so a sixteen f oot a lligator l e i s ure-it w a s too late. We will not attempt it here but c arry the l y glided out of s ome saw grass and blinked at D own came t h e terrible coils, and in a n inreader on to t h e fam o u s S elva s w h e r e our ad-them. s t a n t woun d about him. U_p int o the foliagev e n ture r s wer e uestin e d to expe ri e n ce some But B arney was a t the p addle and sent t h e h e w a s h a ul e d b y irresi stible force and h e f elt mos t thrilling adven tures-. canoe up the sluggi s h current a t a r apid pac e. himself. b eing crushed to death by that a w f ul On e day the broad tabl e iands b egan to merge I t was the purpose of the e x pl o r e r s to k ee p pressure into f o rests. a s near t h e shore as p oss ibl e This was in the I t was a 'n awful fate to befall the terrifie d Aud s u c h forests! Nothing in the world i s b elie f that the hug e monster s suppose d t o in-darky. to be compared t o t h e S e l v a s of t h e A m a zon. fest the river w e r e in its middle 1 Few t h e white men who have traver se d the m But this was a mistake. The a lli gators CHAPTE R XXXVIII. in t h eir e ntirety. and a huge s peCies o f water s n a k e were a t To-day i n s pi t e of .year s of and home in the bt:akes and s a w gras s along the F ATE OF THE S K Y s c R A PER. t h e r e are nHg hty portiOns of th1 s shore FoR a momen t Bar n e y stood p a r a l y z e d wit h w1lderness unexplored. Races o f m e n hve However, they paddled on for a good while horror a t the s i t u a t io n He saw the awful unlike a n y o t h e r. B e asts and in safety. fold s encirc l e Pomp, and knew that deat h and saunans of dtfferent s p e c1es from No incident of an exciting nature occurred. rr.enaced his f r i end. any m part the world. The scenes about them w ere of the most w on-The n hi s wits returne d. Into t ht s m t ghty Wild erness the voyagers d erful description. The C elt was n eve r a coward in time of dan now m a d e the1r w a y The huge tree s bent over t h e river and in g e r. F r ank was true to h1s promtse to m a k e a d e pl a ces their tops w e r e c onnecte d by v eritable He was willing t o give his life to save his ? e n t Dr. was on edge with a n-bridge s of trailing vines fri en d. Quick as a flash he acted. "' ttctpa tlOn and exCitement. 1 A r.ros s thes e bridges troops of monkeys went "Begorra don' t yez give up, he B a m ey and Pomp got thetr huntmg yell e d. "Howld on, an' I'll save yezi 'F for the y knew that there was sport m Barney and Pomp could eas i?r have shot t!lrrible of the ooacon store for t h e m. th h d tb b a d h f 1 stnctor dancmg m the fohage above. Up went Sothe r ewas,and someexcitingadventures e m a. e y nt e .otagetheCelt'srifle. the like o f whi c h they had n ever before expe and bl endmg w1th 1 t s n c b c o l o r h armo n 10usly A k .u n were p arrots and othe r gorgeous hued btrds qi).IC sure a1m. e n ce d m a n y l anw. Once Barney gave a quick start and ceased He was a dead shot.. The rttle and the rowin bul! e t w ent true to 1ts mark. The "wta am de mattah 'I" exclaimed Pomp, brams were among the CHAPTER XXXVII. starting up. Then the coils the slippery IN THE SELVAS. "Begorra wud yez luk a t the loikes av bod y be gan to s tde do'Yllmto Lhe water. that? droppe d als o, and fell JUst beyond the prow of I T was at a dtflicult matter to find a But Pomp saw the object of B arney's r emark t h e c a no e sa,te and fit landmg place for Sky S _craper. at the same moment not fift y yard s ahead. A The darky went w1th a splash. He fhe woC?ds were exceedmg lyl and tree trunk h a d f allen into the water a t some wa;; not s o badly lDJUred but that he could matt e d wtth vegeta tiOn tha t a clearmg was time. and upon this was stretch e d a long yelswtm: not a common thmg low form. H e m stantly struck out. Barney_droppe d h,is But explorers a break m the It w a s a jaguar, !Lnd the beast's e yes seemed rtfle and went forward to help h1m 1n,to tlie fore s t J':"St where two small rtvers m e t and befixed intently upon the water. Its tail was canoe came tr1butary to the Amazon. just touchin g the water. But at that moment a dozen huge heads It was barely large enough to afford a land-Suddenly its p a w was s een to fla s h down-rose O?t of th.e water all around the boat. mg place the S k y Scraper.. ward, and when it ro s e the r e was in i t s grasp L evtatban Jaws made a rush for the ,But, that 1t was so was qmte enough. _The a huge fis h. This told the story The jaguar negro. A yell of terror Pomp slips. a1r -s h1p desc ende d, and r ested upon a httle was fisb,in It se emed for a moment as 1f the darky was mound of sand not fifty yards from the banks Th fi h gd._ d d th b t' indeed doomed. But fortune was on his side. of the rive r. e s 1 sappeare. own e eas s capaW 'ith a superhuman effort Barney just drag-The anchors were throw n out, and the posimaw, when, a s tt saw and Pomp, ged him into the canoe. The jaws of an allig ation of the air-ship m ade secure. It, turned and flashed out of m the fore s t tor barely missed his heels. Whe n t hi s h a d been a c c omplished, our ad-B arney had sprung to his rtfle to -get a shot Then Barney seized t -he paddle and sent the venturers began to look about them And the atBthc hbeast. t 1 te canoe flying down the stream. The allie:ators scene which now fell upon their gaz e was cer-ut e oo .a came s wimmi{!g b ehind. tainly a wonderful one It h a d m the Impe n etrable depths. Bres s de Lor' !" gasped Pomp, "I done Above their beads t o the height of fully one was but on. got away from dat snake!" hundred and twenty feet or more rose the tree Begorra, .that s fome v.. ay; to fish! Bejabers it was a close call!" to.IJS. averred I wouldnt m omd I owes yo' mah life, I' ish." The tnees :were literal giants of their species. I had the !1-ny.way. An' yez have owed me a ,dollar fer over a There were the wide spreading palm, the De las ttme yo_ H;P I. went fishm I'ish, yo ear!" luxuriant tre e fern, the. m sive mahogany, up all de batt, P_ompfac e t10usly.. "Fo' de Lor' I'se done gwine to pay yo' dat and dye wood the c aoutchouc or rubber tree Shut up yer head! sa1d Barney, testily. dollar right away!" and the bombox,'or wool tree.' "Phwat do yez call that?" The n they laughed. Nothing could dash the And throug h all their branches densely and At that moment the of a huge jova l spirits of these two comical geniuses. luxuriantly crept all manner of clinging and tree fern, a strange btrd, but With the most "Whar am yo' goin' now 1" asked Pomp. trailing vines. gorgeous of plumage, flew. "Bejabers, back to the air-ship. Shure I've Indee d the foliage was something magnifiInstantly Pomp threw hts .nfle to h1s shoul-had enough av this unlucky counthry." cent, and our adventurers g azed upon it spell dcr and fired. "I'se wid yo' dar, !'is h." bound. was a neat shot, but Po!flp s a1m :was. un-And back to the air-ship the two explore rs, "This the treat of my life!" declared Dr. errmg, and down came the btrd fluttermg mto faint-hearted went. Frank and Dr. Vaneyke "There are m e n in my profession toth:; W!Lter. were surprised. day who would give a fortune to be h e r e!" Begorra, that s d andy cne d Barney, "What has brought you back so soon 1" cried "Then you are a luck y man I laughed Frank. : Shure, feathers wull make a the young inventor m "I supposed "I will admit that! fome lady s bonnet. you would be absent all d a y." But Barney and Pomp were hastily prepar-And he bent to the paddle to the btrd. "Bejabers it's lucky yez are to have ing for a little bit of sport on their o w n hoo k. But at that momenta hus e pa_1r of Jaws rose us back at all, a t all! rev.Hed Barney. Frank had given them leave, A.nd the y had out, of the water, and the btrd dtsappeared. Thereupon they detailed their adventures. got out the rubber canoe from the cabin and c e a sed to Frank and the doctor laughed hee.rtily at their put it together. '.'M!ther presarve u s he gasped. ".Shure, comic version of it. This made a buoyant and safe craft, and 'they th\m was larg e enoug h to take us.m boat There was no disposition to linger long in proposed to t ake a trip up the river for some aGII.ll I d Ank b tt h t the spot where they were. AllJ;I,ands begun to ways with it. o Yl. ,?ne yo t; a no. go think serious of home, so a few hours later the This seemed the safest "and best m ethod of exI t s h satd wtt h a shiver. I Sky Scraper arose and the journey was r ep! oration, for the woods w e r e so densely a!n. Jonah dat wants to b e swallowed up, I sumed. matted with vines as to be practically imam The flight over the mighty Selvas occupied a penetrable. Barney was a s much of Pomp's mind as could couple of days, and then after crossing the Dr. Vaneyke was disposed

28 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SKY SCRAPER." He had no intention of making a stop any time to ,.throw themselves overboard when.she tune here in your harbor. Instead of locking where, for these islaads were familiar to all of aank. They were nearly drawn into the vortex, them up you should politelr,extend them court f the travelers. but all were good swimmers, and kept up esy and aid to reach home.' But fate had ordered it otherwise. All went until the canoe could be righted. Tlien they But the governor was sure that he had cap well until the air-ship hung over the Isle of climbed into it. tured some mortal foes and insisted upon a Dr. Vaneyke had a desire to see the city of CHAPTER XXXIX. The consul as well as Frank knew the charHavana from the deck of the air-ship. So SPANISH JUSTICE-THE END. acter of a Cuban trial too well. It would conFrank sent the Sky Scraper thither. THE position was a most calamitous one for sist merely of a hearing of the officer's story, It hung over the city at an elevt:ltion of a the voyagers. The transition from the sky to and an order to shoot the prisoners for safety's thousand feet. Its appearance in the sky ere t .he water had been so sudden and complete as sake. ate close. and Pomp'now came rushing on deck. Frank's' first move was to send for the Amer Many strange narratives have been written, Tber.e was bull little time in which to think ican consul. but as far as facts go, the reader will cert!Linly or act, or affect dismay., The portable canoe The lattP.r came in .. liaste and attempted to agree that Frank Reade, Jr.'s, trip north and was quickly produced. reason with the governor of the castle. south around the world stands without a par 1 And barely had it been procured when the gentlemen are American citizens," he allel. air-ship settled into the water. Over the rai!1declared, "they have b ee n travelmg around the rusned the water, and the voyagers had just world in their air-ship and met with a mis for [THE END.] r llt.'W TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-:By :Harry Kennedy. The se cret gtvenaway. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instrno tions, by a practic& professor (delig hting multitudes every night with his wond ei:ftil illlltations), can roaster the art, and create any amount ot fUn for hims elf and friends. It is the GREATEST BOOK evtJr published > an!l the re's M::ILLioNS ( ojfun) IN rr. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. .For sale by all newsdealers, price 10 cents; Oi send price to the oftlce of THE BoYS Ol!' Nxw YoRK, and rec e ive a oopy by return mail. Addr ess Frank Tousey, pubU..her, S4 a.nd 88 I. Moore street.; New York. '?. 0. Box 21730. FRANK TOUS:ElY'S TJNITED S TATES ':'_\BLES,' POCKm COMPANION, AND GUIDE.-Givlng the oftlc!a.i distances on all the' railroads of the United States and Canada. Also, tables of distan

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Price 10 cents. ; ea. .Bve y young man and every young lady JD the land ahoold How 'l'o Do Chemieal Tricks. bave this book. -(rice 10 cents. I{OW '1'0 BECOME A BOWLER. A. oomp1ete manual of bowliag. Coutaining foU instruc-Oontalnln.r over one ltadri.d biPlf amnoiDI u No.l54. tion5 for pl 1ia.g all the ebaadl\rd American &D41 etracttve tricks with cbemioels. By A. Am.d.eraou. Haad HOW TO KEEP A.ND MA.NA.GE PETS. tr&getbeT with rules and B1&tems of &portio in 1' aomely Price 10 Clents.. y the Hwliog clabs in the United tit&tea. 1 Bartbo omew 8at;teri:IOn. Price 10 cent &. 0 9 kinds of pets; also giving full iD8tructiona for maftna 62. To Do Sleight of B .... <()Aaes. etc. FoHy explained by 28 bandsome illuakatioo-. Hew to Become a West Point Militarl, CAdet. Oont&ining over fifty of the latest &ad .,_ lrieb 11 makana it the mst complete book ef the kinclver Uontaini full explanations bow te aain a mittanoe, by A I so contaiaing t.b.e secret of aeeoa.d aiaht. Joll... Price 18 centa. 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FuU, illlllltrat--tbin1 &D e n gineer sll o uld know Price 19 cents. I 64. lllo. 57. How to Muke Machines. 72. HOW '1' 0 MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. Ootatainiug full directicms for making Electrical Machines. How to Do Sixty Tricks With (lards. Inductio n Ooil s l>ynamos and Novel 'l'oys be l!' ull d i rection s ha:w t.o make a. Banj o Violin. Zitker, work e d bJ. electricity By R. A. R onett. Fully lllua-Emhncing all olthelatostand moot deceptive card Uicb r ice 10 cents. t wit b i1lustratioos By A Anderson. Prioe lt oeut., FM' instrument used in 11.nei ent o r mod e rn t .imes. Pro_ fu se ly 65. s ale by all newsdeal e r s or we will send. it to ,-oa. br IDaU. po&trtRe free, upon J'eceipt of pri(' 8. Muldoon's Jokes. This is one of the most orieina.1 joke book s ever published, 73. 58. and it is brimflll of wit and humor. I t contains a large How to Do Tricks With Nlllnbers. HOW TO UE A. 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Girls. 5 Z e b Smith's Country 6 On a, Jury. 7 Mrs. Brown' s Boarding-House. 8 Henpecked. 9 Columbus, the Discoverer, by Duke Bagbag 10 A Bachelor's Love 11 Uncle Josh. \ 12 Hunting :for a, 13 Mrs. -Curta.iB Lectures. 14 D odging a, Creditor. 15 My Wife' s M o ther. 16 G o ing to the Oountry. 1 7 A Quiet Fo1irth of July. 1 8 Where Are You Going? 19 That Parrot lfext Door. 20 OUr 21 Good Templars Ezposecl. 22 Our Boa.rdingo.Seliool. 23 The Troubles of llr. aa4 Tumbletoa. 24 llrs. Bli:u.ker ; s Blintls. 25 My Birthday. The above books.are for sale b y All .Newsdealers in the United StaW8 and or wlll be sent, p ostage free, t o any address, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher /34: & 36 North N Y. I // ..


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