To the end of the earth in an air-ship; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great mid-air flight

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To the end of the earth in an air-ship; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great mid-air flight

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To the end of the earth in an air-ship; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great mid-air flight
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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LZtes t and B e s t Stories are Published in No. 1 11. { COI\IPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. Prrnr.rsRER, 3! & 36 NoRTH MooRE srREET, NEw YoRK. { JJtiCE } Vol V New York, July 12, 1895. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 CJCNT8. Ente1 ed acc01dino to the Act of Conuress, in the yeu 1895, by FR.-iNK 'L'OUSEI", in the o.tnc e of the Lib1'a1'ian of Congress, at lf/ashinoton, V C. TO THE END OF THE EARTH M1dAir Flight. ________________ ___ By But Frank Rea d e Jr., turned the tables in an instant. Springing forward, he placed the muzzle of his rille against the bear's ear and fired. The hug-e b r u t e with a 9owl ot agony reeled, madfl some futile blows wit h her p aws and fell.


2 TO 'l'HE END OF THE EARTH IN AN AIR-SHIP. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. T o t he E nd of the Earth I N AN AIRSHIP: OR, Frank Reade, Great Mid-Air Flight. By "NONAME," Author of "Lost in the Great Undertow," "The Chase of a Come.t," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. l'HE NEW AIRSHIP. THE reporter Walter Mny res1ed his pencil a moment upon his knee and looked up with startled surprise into tile race or the mao whom lle was so cleverly interviewing. He had l.JeAn sent rlown to Readestown l.Jy the editor of the NPw Times, LO gather some most important This it was be lieved W('Uitl be raruished by the noted inventor, Frank Reade, Jr. The report had reaclled New York that Frank Read

TO THE END 'l'HE EARTH IN AN AIR-SHIP. 3 interested Lie became, and the stronger was his desire to become one of the party. But he coulu hardly muster up courage to ask the favor of Frank Reaue, Jr. At least, be feared the By Jove!" he muttered. "It seems as if I must become one of the ;>arty. Reully, it does.'' S o the amnz.,ment he experienced can hardly be imagined, when o ne day a letter was handed !Jim which read as follows: "DEAR MAY-I know well euoug!J what is on your mind, and that you cannot screw up sufficient courage to ask the privilige of becom ing one of our party. Now l propose to relieve you of that sing tnsk, by extending you a cordial in vi tat ion to accompany my sell and Barney anring gear and electric l>ey boards which con trolled the air-ship. A great plate glass window wae in front. Three masts arose from the air-shtp's deck. These were hollow and revolving with three hu g e rotascnpes which, uriven at full speed, fur nished the supporting power of the air-sllip. At her stern was a J111g-e proveller catJable of terrific speed. In general the Hainbow wus constructed with a Tiew to lightness, extreme buoyancy anu yet steadfustues8. Frank had designed her to flout In air like a feather. Yet witll suf ficient strenJ!;Lh and stability to defy the most powerful gale. So much fur the extertor of the Ruin bow. Now let us take a look at her interior. His here that we are more than ever impressed with the wonderful genius and forethought of the inventor. The cabin of the air-ahip was a literal revelation. It was as uaintily urran!'e < l us a ladies bouoloir There were lounges and settees all richly upholstered, also book shelves, cabinets anu the eomforta which woulu come welcome to the aerial travelers when far from Llome. Beyond the cabin was thtJ dining salon and the galley over which Pomp presided ns only he could. Next came the !laiotily furnished staterooms. Then below decks were the engine and uynnmo r.ooms. 1 Here was all the wond<>rful machinery which ran the boat and whose construction wns one of Fl'nnk's s<>crets. Not the least lnteresteu and or all was Walter May who eoulu hardly contain himself. "I can hardly b e lieve my senses!" he exclaimecl, in excess of de light. Am I reall.v to go with you on this trip, It" rank?" "Indeed, it is your choi11e," replied the voung inventor, if you WRnt to go, though, yon must be ready in another hour." CHAPTEd II. THB ASCENSION. I AM ready now," declnred Walter. My traps are all aooard. Let her go at any time. Do you know what heaps of my frlen&a i,p New York sail!?'' Frank looked interested, and the your.g reporter continued: They said that I would rue the day. They were sure that the air ship, like every other, woulu prove a flzzle and fall to the earth. I would '>e flashed to piecee. See!" Frank laughed. "Take the warning while yet in time," he said. "Humph!" l!runtetl Walter, "don't thmk I'm such a fool. If I fall why you Will fall too. I don't believe that you are such a fool us to throw your life away!" Well, hardly," Frank. "If I thought \he Rainbow woalcl : fall I wouldu't go up with her." "Tllat"slt. I knew it. Well, I would rather die than miss the chance of going. so it don't matter much anyway. Won't it be cold at th e N o rth Pole?" "Just a little," said Frank, with a smile, "didn't you bring warm clothing? }<'our overcoats and Onnnelsl" That will hardly uo. Only can resist the cold ol the Arctic. But we have half a dozen fur suns aboard already. You shall have one.u "Thank you!" The moment drew nearer for the start. Barney and Pomp could haruly coutain 1 h e mselves. They were jokers and fond of playing tricks upon each other. It was to say which generally came out best. It was really about an even thing. "Begorm, cried Barney, jostling Pomp In the rlhs, "whin we giL to the North Pole yez will he the higgest curiosity there.'' Wl.a' yo mean by dat, l'ish?" asked Pomp, stillly. Can't yez dee? Ain't tile counthry all snow anu ice up there?" "I reckon it am.'' '' Well, be av that's so yez figger fer yersilf. Snow an' ice is white. The Polar bear is white. Shure it's mPRilf and Misther Frauk an' his friud is white. Shure yez will be the only tbing I.Jiack up there!'' Pomp grunted andmade a biff at the Celt with one hand. But the Irishman dodgeu acd retrented to tbe pilot house. He slammed the cloor which Pomp could not force. ''I lay fo' yo' when yo' come out, yo' l'isb muckuhl'' cried Pomp, angrily. Of course Frank had seen nothing of the fracas, or he would have forbidden it, J\l!it at this moment he was himself engrosseu with au amusing afi'air. While he was showing his frif'nda about the air-ship, suduenly and without warning u man came Hying across the yard. His manner was exciteu and almost maniacal. He was mutterin"' 'Vildly to himself. "'. In all their days the spectato rs had never seen such a quaint, curi ous looki:Jg in<.lividuul. He was tall anu intensely angular, with cadaverous features, keen blue eyes, a tuft of red beard on his cb1n and long yellow huir. He was dressed in a tall fuzzy hat, a long tailed coat or brown homespun, With huge silver buttons, striped drill trousers and heavy cowhide boots. lle carried a prouigious carpet bug iu his band aud a colton utr,brellalurge enough for a smull tent. Hi, hi! Git out or my way, will yew, mister!' he blustered as he pushed seveml of the men aside anu sprang on to tile deck of the air-ship. Then he dropped his carpet bag, whipped out a huge bnudanna and bPgan wiping his fuca vigorously, glaring about him excitedly the while. or course all regarded tbis apparition with amazement. It was like a spPcter from the past. Had he announced himself 1 as the spiritual representation or Jonas 'l'oud, Unci" Sum, or some other V Yankee celebrity, th e crowd wonlu have believed him. Walter May was the first to recover himself. Jericho!" he gasped; what has the Ill owed in now! Hello, my friend! Where did you come from!" The newcomer t urned to Walter, flauntvd the tuft on his chin, and uisregardiug the question, aske<.l: Kin any of you chaps tell me whar I k!n Jiud Mister Frank Reade, Jr.!" There was silence for a moment. Then l'ran k stepped forwnrd. I am Frank Reade, Jr.," he said. The new-comf!r gaped and stared and lookeu Frank up and down with sleer am11zement "Yew!" he finally exclaimed. "Gosh blow itl yew ain't nuthin' but a boy." Frank omiled. 1 Well," he ''What Is your business with me!" The stranger thrust his bauds deep in li,illpockets aud whistled Aunt Dinah. Then he tossed out a huge quid an !I said: If yew air Mtster Reade then I've hit agin a stump. I heern tell of Frank Reade, Jr., the great inventor, au' I 'low I hed a powerful curiosity tew see him. I'm sumthin' of an inventor mysell, but gosh blow me! I thought Frank Reade, Jr., wus au olJ man." Well!" said Fra:Jk, tersely. "I see ye ain't much more'n a hoy, but that huin't yore fault, I reckin. Beg yure pardon, fer not introducin' myself afore this,'' v,:lth a sweeping bow. "I'm Jede

4 TO THE END OF THE EARTH IN AN AIR-SHIP. Yas; but them Hendersons never tlid hev any luck. Naow there was nine on 'em-all boys -uu' Jerry an' Hank an'--" "or course you had some ul!ject in view in honoring me with this visit, Mr. Spruce," interrupted Frank judiciously. "What can I do for you?" "Wall," said Jedediah, awelling up, "I came daown tew see vure air-shill I heern tell so much anaaut. I'm interested in all kinds or inventions, null when I wuz a boy sot out to be au inventor myself. Naow I've iuventell .a. new kind or boot-jack that'll take yur e hoots oft' an' put 'em on a!!iD while yew wnit. Yas, by gosh, and will gin 'em a good streukin' ol tnller lew at ther same tim e Naow Square Par kins, he was Sisler flanuah's lust he kinder thought thet some on these ere Wall street chaps mought water sornP stock au' mal;e a fortin' out or tire mvention. Thar wuz Pete Squll!glea got up a new milkin' stOol and b\:osh got lortyniue dollara an' SIXty t"w an' a halt cents Ce1 ther patent. Kam t euy I'd sell rr y lloot juck fer that, but howsurndever I'll like Lew talk on it. Naow I've a. llurned liberal propersition Lew make." J.,deuiah cocked his hat on one sirle, accumulnte c t a fresh quid or tobacco in one cheek and drew a billet of solt pine from Ilia pocket and a jack-lwife und began whittling industriously. Frank and t11a others were nearly convulsed, and it was with diftl culty t hat Frank kept a sober race. Well, friend SJtruce,'' snlll Fmnk, "I always like to meet a brother inventor, lletween you und I there is not any money in it. The in venting business is a pretty pool business. I think it would be bett e r for you if y ou went back to Vermont und down on your farm. TharP are too many inventors in the country tolluy. I am gettmg crowded or1t myeetr." Jededlalr's jaw fell. "Yew don't say!'' "Yes, I do. Now, I'll take yon over the air ship with pleasure, and presently you can witness the ascent. Then take tile cars and go back to Vermont." Jedediah was so impressed with this prosaic advice, that he actually swallowed his quiin' tew the North Pole in an air-ship. Naow, Mr. Reade, I want tew go with yew!" Frank was dismayed. "No, no!" Ire said sharply and sternly, "that ie impossiole. I have all the people I can carry now." B gosb, I'll turn over my boot-jack patent tew yew. Malta yew a clean present or it." Frank saw that a g the anchor ropes. Tben the rotadcopea began to buzz. A great cheer went up from the crowd. The air-ship tram bled like a thing of life. Then there was a moment or suspense. A lew skeptical ones muttered: She won't rise!" But the next moment they saw their folly. With a graceful motion the uir-ship sailed upward. Deafening cheers rent the air, 'i'hen the crowd witnessell a thrilling act. All this while the Yankee, Jed Spruce, llad atood disconsolately in the verge of the throng. It was a terrible disappointment to him to see the air-ship sail away without him. He was a resolute, daring Ctlllow, and conceived a sudden, reckless plan. B'gosh, I'll hev a r1de in the air he muttered. One or the anchor ropes rlragged. As tire air-ship sprang upward Jededin'l grabllell it. In an instant he was dangling in mid air and whisked up a feet from the earth. As it none of those on bonrll saw him. Those below could not, of course, m 11ke Frank comprehend the situation. And tllere hunt; Jedediab betwixt heaven and earLb. CHAPTER III. JEDRDIAH CARRIES HIS POINT, THE Yankee was shrewd. He knew or course that if he was seen or If he cla.uabered aboard the air-ship now, be would simply be sent back to the earth again. He was un expert climber so be went on up the rope until rigl:t under the kl'el. And here he knotted the f'nd of tho rope up in such a manner that his weight was sustained easily and without strain on his arms. Fur ahove the clourls the Rainllow sailed. And those on her deck little dreamed that she really carried an extra passenger. It was evident that Jed Spruce was a man or more thnn ordinary nerve, or he could never have maintained his Jllecarious position. Meanwllile those on the'd deck were enjoying the situaLion keenly. ll was a. novel experience to Wz;lter May, and be could hardly contain lrimsell. He paced the one rnorr.ent forward, and then aft scanned the earth intently 11nd excitedly. He sow ltecorne but a merll speck in the distance. Woolls and fields, rivers anti lnkes, hills niHI faded into one common mass as the ai1-ship rose to its greatest Then il shot into a cloud and tile earth was shut out entirely. Walter drew a (feep breath. '' Well, I he exclaimed. "'l'his IS au experience far beyond the piJwers of descrivtiou I Indeed, Frank, you have accomplished a m1ghty feat." You may not feel quite so entlluslaslic before trip rs over," ventured Frank. "Why!'' It is a good ways to the Pole, and we shall probably have rna ny ' ery perilous experiences." "All tl;e declared the young reporter confidently. l assure you is what 1 pray for " Why?" Oh, it will give me material for newspaper stories. I shall be in demand when I get loack t o New York.'' I hope you will,'' langbell Frank. And I also l.!ope yon will get back to New1York alive!" "On, now you are trying to scare mel" said jocoaely. Time will tell I'' With which Frank went into the cabin. Walter was reflective. "Well,'' he muttered, finally, "maybe New York will never see Walter May again, but I will not be the lirst one who has immolated his life upon t!1e altar of Arctic exploration." Barney and Pomp were having a confab in the pilot bouse. Bar ney was regulating the speed of the air-ship. Bllgorm, naygur!" cried the Celt. "I'm atther think in' it's a pity Misther Frank didn't take that Yankee a1,1ng wid us. Be me sow! lle'tl have med fun enuft fer the whole av us!" "I reckon yo' am right, chile," U!!reed Pomp, "but you an' I llain't got no lliznees wif lint big Yankee!" "Ph waL do yez meau !" "Jes' wha' 1 say, chile. He brek us in two like lily sticks. He am a berry muscularious man, I tell yo'.'' "Beju bers, it's a good monas breaks Barney o :sbea in two!" boasted lire Celt. "Hub!" sniffed Pomp. Barney turued aronut!. "Ph wat's that yez sayr "Didu't say nuffiu'.'' "YI'Z didn't!" "No, I jes' thou ght something." "Yez tllougllt somcthiu'! Phwat did yez think, yez black bab oon?'' "If I tole yo' dat it might burt yo' feelings, sah." "Yez needn't be alruill av that. Shure there's not the size in yez to co that." "A in' so suah ob dat. But I tole yo' wba' I fink. I done bellebe dat Yankee lick yo' wir his lily finger." Barney puffed and indignantly at this asseveration. "P'raps yez wud loike to tuke llis place, uaygur!" be blustered. say the worrud!" "Don' yo' l.Je so. llnxiou9," said Pomp coolly. "Jes' yo' wait until we gl ts on de ground agio. l'se got one Ia ill up ro yo'.'' Whurrool'' 'cried Burney, "there's no toime loike the prisint. Mebbe we'll niver get down to the ellrtb agio. Yez hall betther make use av yure prisint oppochunity." "Tnt, tut, enough or that,'' came a. stern voice from below, Cor Frank had heard all. "You rascals will he EjUarreling yet." Pomp skipped into the galley and gave Barney's porJon of the con somme an extra dash of red pepper by way or a small revenge. Then preoently all came down to dinner. It was first meal aboard the uir ship. It was served up finely .bY Pomp, and nil partook or it heartily. The voyage was propitiously. The air-ship held a. steady north ward cou r se until dark. "To-morrow,'' said Frank, "we shall be over Clnadian eoil." "Hurrah!'' cried Walter. "Won't it be something to say that we have been to the end or the earth." When night came the air-si.Jip rode high above a bank of tleecy clouds. The search-light sent its lightning rnys !lashing through this. lt must have been a beautiful meteoric exllibition to wondering peo ple on the earth below. Pobahly rew or them guPssed the t ruth of its cause. It was arranged that Barney and Pomp should alternately keep watch nights. 'l'he air ship's speed was to be reduced to a fraction or the ordinary article. Tbns all plans were made. Frank and Walter tirrally retired. It was Pomp's first wntch. Just alter mi

TO THE END OF THE EARTH IN AN AIR-SHIP. The dark_ e's woo l literally rose and his eyes seemed likely to leap 1 "Naow look hyar, Mist e r Reade,' argued the Yankee, "I kin make from their so::k e ts. it tew yore advuutage I'm a durnatiou good work e r ao' yew've only "Massy Lord y !" be gasped. 1't Wha' de debbil am dat! Am it a tew t Hll me what tew do and ll'gosh it'lii.Je doue. It'll be tew yure adan' miue." All are grossly supersti tious. Pomp was no exception. 'l'he fellow's manner was so earnest and persuasive that Frank' For the moment be saw iu the intruder a ghost. What else could it ange r wus turned usille. be, he rell ected! Hut he was determined to give the fellow a bit of a scare, anyway What human being could come up from the earth and clamber So he turned to Burn e y aud suid stel nly: aboard in such a fashion! Low e r the uir-ship, Harney I'' Jt was certainly a supernatural afl"air. The darky was li temliy par-The C elt stood a momeut 10 surprise Then he hastened to obey alyz e d wit h terror. the order. His knees tremhlegorrn, Fran! ;,'' ventured Bnrpey, "I'll let the poor divil "Look here, yu black cloud," he roared. "I know darned well slape in my bunk if yez wtll lave him bel" what he'll sny. He'll put me duown onto the But 1 ain't "You scamp!" cried Frank with mock anger, "I believe you are in in' thar, Yew may say yure prayers H yew don't ogree tu keep the conspir a cy!" mum.'' Barney swore by a11 that was sacred that this was impoesible. Yep-yes!" spluttered Pomp. "It' s noL so sort'' he cried. "Shure I'd niver use me Impl'yer so Arter we g i t up Inter tber ice regions he kn in't drop me. Then mean us all that!" I'm in fer it. I'll dew na murh fer yew, if y w ll help me, "I never knew yon to be false to me,'' agreed Frank, "but I be-Pomp was rea lly in sympathy with the Y u ukee. Both he and lieve it was n put up job to s e crete this fellow on board." Barney bud beeu anxious tbut he should become a passenger. Burney and Pomp prott>sted. The Yankee their com So he spluttered: pllcity. "A'right, honey! I'll help yo' aU I can. But yo' mus' keep berry Frank: was satisfied. close!" "We ll, frien d Spruce,'' he enid, ironically. "Yon will have to work "Yew bet I will!'' your p assage if y o u go with ua. G e t a mop and slosh the deck." "De I.Jes' ling yo' kin do ia to hide fo' a while sah !'' Jede lll'lh biL off a hunk of tob a cco. "_.\.II right, my friend. Yew kin tell me tile best place!" "Whar's yer darned o!d mop!" he roared. "I'll dew anything yew 1 kin jt

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