The electric island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the greatest wonder on earth with his air-ship, the "Flight."

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The electric island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the greatest wonder on earth with his air-ship, the "Flight."

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The electric island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the greatest wonder on earth with his air-ship, the "Flight."
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. "Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1ed as Second Class 1l:fatter at the New Ymk, N. Y., Post O.Dtce, October 5, 1892. No. 114. { COM,PLETE} FRANK 1'0USEY. P!1BT.lSR&R, 3! &; 36 NORTH MOOltE S l RE&T, NE\v Yom;:, { J'II.JC& } New York, August 23, 1895. ISSUED "VE!tKf,Y. li Vol. V. Ente1ed acco1dino to the Act of Congress, in the yettr 1895, by FR.4N7( 'l'OUSin". iJ> the o(fi c e of the TAb1' a1ian of Con(11ess, at J.Vashington, JJ. C. rt1HE ELECTRIC ISLAND J With His Air-Ship, the. Flight." By '"'" NON.AME." The explorers stood for a few moments petrified with horror at the sight which met their &a.ze. There, imbedded in the ice were four men, looking as natural as life owing to the preservatiTe e:lfecta of the cold. The;y had died undoubtedly of starvation and exposure. I I


/ 2 'l'HE ELECTRIC ISLAND. 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. THE ELECTRIC ISLAND;; OR, the Greatest Frank Reade, "W"onder Jr.'s Search for Earth "W"ith on Ship, His Air""' "Flight." the .A. STOR-y OF ::M..A..R"'VELS_ By "NONAME," Author of "The Mysterious Mirage," "The Und"rground Sea," "To the End of the Earth in an Air-Ship," Lost in the Great Undertow," "The Chase of a Comet," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER L THE CAPTAIN'S STORY, "WHY, Indeed I do not regard the man's story as at all Improbable,'' said Frank Reade, Jr. To be sure be is a sailor and that class are given to romancing, yet for all that I would not be all surprised if Matt Owens' story is true.'' Col. Gallatin pounded on the floor with his cane and readjusted his eye glasses. Frank Reade, Jr!" he exclaimed severely, you surprise me. I tell you the whole thing is too absurd for beltef an1 is a positive fabri cation." Frank laughed at the colonel's great earnestness. "You certainly have the courage of your convictions, colonel," he said, bnt I fear they are tainted with prejudice.'' I'll admit Matt and I are not the best of friends," declared the col one!. And who could be, with a man who thinks the

/ THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. erful O.mount of electricity. You can llteraly draw It from the rocks. This admitted light in copious quantities to the cabin Forward I . At night light nlng plays a ... ross it like a diaplay of fireworks, It's no of tins was the pilot house. ordinary sigllt, sir." Aft was a high cabin above the deck. In this were kept the Ami yet it is safe to land upon!'' supplies and stands of small arms, such as rilles and shotguns of "We landed, sir, a whole boat's crew. One of our men received a every late pattern. severe shock, bot I reckon if ye're careful !e.'s safe enough." These were easy of access from the deck, and thus an important "llt certainly must be one of the greatest marvels of the earth!" purpose was subserved. cried Frank, entbusiastically. It Is all settled1 captain. '!'his very Guard rails of shining brass Iranalong on either side of the week the Flight sails. You must be all ready by Thursday." deck. Amidships was a gangway. Up from the deck rose three Wbo is In the crew besides myself and Col. Gallatin!" huge revolving musts. Dpon tbe tips of these were the w'hirlin!!: Only Barney and Porr.p and myself," replied Frank. rot1.1scopes, wbicb furnished the air-ship its means of elevation. U m 1'' muttered the aged mariner, and arose. The mainmast carried but one huge rotascope, but the fore nod miz "Wait a moment," said F'rank. "I wunt you to see the air ship in zen carried two each. her completed condition." 'l'bese were of steel, and driven at intense velocity by the electrical All right, skipper!'' machinery below decks. led the way out into the yard of the ma cblne W?rks. At the stern was the propeller with four huge blades. 'Inese had been ::Jutlt by him for the construcuo_n of hts own mven This constituted the description in the main of the exterior of the tiona, for Frank Reade, Jr., was the famous of the day. air-ship. The interior wus even more wonderful in detail . Rl!aJestown bud ?een founded by hts ancestors, and tt was a pretty Frank led the way Into \he main cabin. Tbia was a quite com modi little town upon a rtver which led down to the sea. oos apartment and elegantly furnished. As they "!ere crossing the yards, Bounds of what seemed like a Bert It contained most luxurious appointments, and was equal in all re ous altercation beard. specta to the finest drawingroom. Tbt>n tbe partt clpants Into VIeW. . Beyond this were the staterooms with the sleeping berths, anrl be One was an With a rich brogue and a shock of red ha!tr. yond them the dining saloon and cooking galley where Pomp presid The otLer was a negro with twinkling eyea and a skin as black as ed ebony. ,. , The pilot-bouse came next, with Its wonderful key board, which fur" HI, dar, Yf .no ,count nasty I an,' cried "You t nished the guiding power of the ship. Here also were nautlcallnstru. tell dat yo L me.,, Yo was berry Impudent, sub, an I menta, which were required juat as on board a ship of the sea. demand sausfacuon, sab! ,, . But the most interesting part of the air ship was the engine room Yez kin hnve It with a big S, retorted Barney, rolhng up bts This wns a wonder. . "::;t eu;e. ,I'll av such as yez In a jlfly!" Here were the electrical engines, and batteries, operated kum t s.and dati upon a system invented by Frank Reade and the most powerful Wtth whtch exclamation Pomp lowered his head and made a dtve in the world. ' lor the Irishman. Barney did not get out of the way quite quickly enough, and as a result, caught tile darky' head full in the abdomen. He went down as it struck by a catapult; then the two rolled over in a lively tussle. "Great tlshesl" gasped the captain, excitedly; "they'll keel haul each other.'' "Don't' fear for that!" laughed Frank, "they can't burt each other. is only a common occurrence." Just then the two wrestlers who were far from being in earnest caught sight of Frank Rende, Jr. It bad an effect upon them almost electrical. In an !natant they were upon their feet and bowing and scraping llefore their master. Wba' am it, Marse Frank! At yo' service, sah!'' "Do yez want me, sort" Frank affected sternness. "You rascals!" he said, severely, "have I not forbidden akylurk ing. Open the store-houee doors quickly. I wish to show the airsbip to my friAod, the captain here.'' Barney turned a llip flap and Pomp made a cart-wheel. In a few seconds the big doors flew open. Anwed to continue. At the appointed hour the big air-ship rested upon a platform in the yard of the machine works. was in readiness. Burney was in the pilot-house with his hand upon the motor lever. IN its lines, as Captain O"ens had declared, the air-ship was not a whit below the aymmetry and airy graCllfulness of a racing It needed only a signal from Frank to aet all the machinery In mo and it was broader tion. yacht. 1 Its dimensions, however, were alightly larger, of beam. This was for the purpose of economizing space, and this scheme was most admirably curried out. And at the right moment that slgnnl came. Tbe great rotascopes began to revolve. The ship vibrated, and, as the rotascopes increased their speed, rose slowly into the air. Above the hull -was a llome-shaped cabin amidships, glass windows In sides and roof. with plateUp huge bird it soared, higher and higher, until the town and the country in wonderful pauorama lay below.


THE ELECTRIC ISL.AND. It was truly a grand There was no donut but tllut tlle nir-sbip wus u success. Up and np, higher nntl hlgller. No\\' men looked like pigmies, houses like toys, and forests like growtlls or mere shrubs. The cheering of the great crowd lleluw died away. Frank with the colonel and the captain stood hy the rail and watched the scene for a w bile. Steer due south, Burney!'' shouted Frank. All rolght, sor !" replied the Celt. We will take our last look at Readestown for a good while,'' satd Frank. Perhaps forever!" ventured the colonel. "Those people who are afraid should have dtayed at home," snap ped the captain. There is no doubt but that a collision would then and there have ensued had it not been for Frank's tact.. "Hi, there, colonel,'' he shouted. "You ore too neor that rail. It we should strike the wind abeam you would s11rely go overlloard!'' The colonel drew back ond Frank buttonholed the captain. The collision was averted. The air-ship was speeding southward at full speed. Reade6town was soon left far out or sight. New scenes were C(!DStantlyopening to view below. Hamlets, towns and cities were piU!sed over in mptd succession. It was a novel sensation, this of sailing in the air. Yet it was a most delightful one. All day the air-ship kllpt to the southward. When nightfall came the powerful aearcb-ligbt was brought into requisition. Then all sat out on deck nnd enjoyed the balmy air, while the Flight sailed through lleecy mass or floating clouds. It was all like a drean1 as the colonel declared, and the captuin did not feel able to dispute him. But this was not the only form or enter tainment in order. Barney and Pomp contributed a quota to the amusement fund. Barney, like a true Irishman, played the fiddle to perfection, and Pomp could strum the banjo and sing plantation songs So the two JOkers furnished no end of amusement. This was heartily enjoyed by all. The beginning of the voyage was most propitious. What would he t:te ending! Our adventurers gave no thought to that. It was quite enough to consider the present nnd trust to luck !or the future. But npne or tbtlm seriously fancied but that the entire trip would be a success. The colonel yet reQ:Jained skeptical in regard to the electric island, acd the captain was JUSt as confident. But all looked forward with interest to the project in hand and felt hopeful or success. Day after day the ship sped southward. Now she was over the Gulf and then came the Atlanttc. It was a long, long ways to llleak Kerguelen. But Frank knew that if they followed the present course long enough they must get there sometime. The broad lace of the Atlantic lay far below. At tiDieS islands dot ted ils surface. I "What! thtln you think we are going to have u storm!" "I do." I The old captain came nearer, and first shoo1ing a somewhat with ering glance at the colonel, continued: I What is more, it will be no olrdinary storm. These are the !all I tudes for the typhoon, which sweeps everything before it. I reckon ehip out of port in this storm will be mighty bad off." 1 "Do you realy believe that?" asked Frank with alarm. "I don't see any indication or such a frightful storm,'' sneered the colonel, as be squared his shoulders. "In any event, the air-ship can rise above it." "I don't know about that!" cried Frank. "These typhoons are a ter rific high gale, and I fear we should bave to get too high in the rarefieu atmosphere to support life. However, that must be our llrst resort." Hung me for u harpooner!" roared the captain, glaring at thA colonel. "What Is a blasted landlubber to know about on ocean storm, I'd hke to knowf Perhaps, sir, you have been to sea yourself!" "It is not neces ary for a man to have been at sea to be a gooli judge of the weather," said the colonel cuttingly. The captain snorted and instinctively began to roll up his sleeves. I But agam Frank Reade, Jr., interfered just In the nick of time. H& suddenly gave a great shout. "Look out! Send the ship np, Burney! There comes the storm!' In n moment all was excitement aboard the al.r ship. Everybody 1 ran here and titere, completely at a loss to know wbat to do. But Barney in the pilot-house had sense enough to obey orders. He touched the rotascope lever. Up shot the air ship like a huge winged bird. Up abe went and far above the clouds. But the lust glance at the sea showed a wonderful spectacle. It was churned into a terrific foaming muss. It seemed as if a mil lion howling demons bad descenued upon the water, and were bEoating it with terrillc fury. Great whirling driving masses or clouds now surgeu beneath the air ship, and the oarth was lost to view. I The pen is hardly adequate to lolly describe the spectacla. The ail ship, held in suspension far above the storm, was safe. And the aerial voyagers watched it spellbound. "Grantl!" cried Frank Reade, Jr., "is it not, friends!" "It is that, skipper," agreed Captain Owsns. "You'll see no sucl 1 sight on land." "Humph!" was aU the colonel said. "Begorra, it's lucky fer us we're out av it," sagely remarkell Bur ney. And Pomp for once agreell with his colleague. But at such an extreme elevation it was bitter cold. becam. necessary for the voyagers to -don the warmest or garmeuts. This was in strange contrast to torrid bent they bad t ee o ex periencing before the storm. But the storm dtsappeared almost as quickly as it had come on. It receded into tbe distance with a doll booming roar, leaving the sea as calm and placid a mirror The sun burst !ortb again with renewed heat and the air-ship de scended from its ctilly altitude. Down to within n. thousand feet of the sea the Flight descended. Then tho sen would stretch away upon evt>ry hand without an ob ject to break the waste. At such a time the acene was most desolate. I Steadily they drew nearer Equatorial Seas. It now became neces sary to stretch awnings upon the d!lck to protect the passengers from the torrid rays or the sun. The heat was sometbln!!: terrific. One day Frank came out or the cabin and said: We pnased the Equator ten minutes ago.'' Then a spectacle caused all to give a great cry. A wreck!" cried Frank. Look! there is a hopeless victim or the storm." All crowded to the rail and beheld a dismasteol vessel drifting ut will upon the waves. This announcement created a sensation. all looked at the sky filth the realization that they were upon the part or the globe whlcll exactly divides Its latitudinal measurement in the middle. The northern and southern spheres here found union. It was a curious and wonderful tl:ling to consider .But all recollected that they bad passed the Equr.tor, and were en tering the South Atlantic. All were now looking'forward to Kerguelen Land. But this was a !JOint far south or Australia. It became necessary to llrst reach an even latitude with the southern point or that conti nent, and then sail due south many hundreds or miles. On its long cruise the air-ship sailed serenely away. Thus far its course bad lleeu marred by no accident. CHAPTER III. THE MYSTERIOUS WRECK. BUT incidents were close at hand. When they did come it was with sudtlen nesa and force. One tlay the ship bung blgll In a bank of curious yellow clouds which seemed to extend to the horizon. Tbere was a curtous sound in the air which was re marked by all. "Captain Owens," cried Frank, "whnt does that peculiar sound meaa! You ought to be familiar with these freaks or the weather." 'rue old cocked his eye at the brazE'n sky above and then scanned the hor:zou. Then l:e said: Aye, aye, skipper! lthink I can see it plalu enough. I reckon a wise skipper would lay to onder !Jure poles!" It was evidently a merchant brig and had been riddled by the terri lie. storm. She was and must soon go to the bottom. It w as a thrilling spectacle, and the instinctive thought of all was of Lhe passengers. Had they shared the fate of many others and gone to a deep sea. gravel Or were there survivors aboard! II so nothing could be seen or them, and it was more than likely that none remained to tell the tale or the brig's misfortune. The air-ship descended nnt1l the deck or the brig, strewn with wreckage, could be plainly seen, But as yet no sign of human lire was visible. They have all been swept overboard," cried tbe colonel. "That is the opinion or a land lullber," said the captain, contemp tuously. Perhaps a sea-faring man can see signs of life aboard!" sneered the colonel. A s ef11ring man can se';l that tbe batches are battened down and it is possible that some or the crew are beneath them," said the cap tain. Lay over n. line, Frank, and I'll go dow!! and see what can be found!" "A good ideal" cried Fronk. "Bring a rope ladder, Pomp." "A'riaht sahl" The hrought the rope ladder and it was lowered over tbe air ship's rail. Down it descended to the deck of the drifting brig. The air-sbip was held steady :by Barney's experienced hands and then the captain went down the ladder us nimbly as a monkey. When he reached the deck or the brig be steadied the foot of the ladder antl Frar.k followed blm. They stood upon the deck of the sinking brig and .11lmost the first thing their gaze encountered was a most horrible spectacle. In the heap or lay the half naked form of a man. His upturned, pain-distorted face showed very plainly that be had !Jie,: tn great agony.


I 'l'HE ELECTRIC ISLAND. Part of the rigging ropes were wound about his throat, and had -evidently him. Ugh!" exclaimed Frank, averting hia gaze; ''that is hor : iblel" "You're right, mate," agreed Lhe caplain. "You c u1 see how il ia. All tile otllera washed overboard-unless there are some in the -cabin.'' Shall we lift the batches!" "Of cour&e, mate." Tae (captain p i cked up an iron bur, and with some difficulty the batch was pried open. A rush of air came up from the stilling place, and it was of a mal ()dorous kind also. Phew!" exclaimed Frank; that ia foul enough, I doubt if anyboqy could live down in there." "We'll see!" exclaimed the captain. Then he leaned over the edge or the batch and shouted: "Ahoy! Aoy below!" No answer came buck. "Ahoy!'' All was silence save for a faint sound of gurgling water. If any living being was below be was unable to answer. Frank and the captain exchanged glances; then the latt er said: I reckon we'd do well to go below ami investigate, m11te!'' "All right," agreed Fra!Jk. So down into the cabin they went. The light was dim, but yet they were enablad to see paasallly well. The brig was evidenlly the property of rich owners, for she was titted ou' most luxuriously. Her cabins held the roost expensive ol furniture, and there were evidences ol taste which could only be attributed to a woman's hun!. Through the first cabin they passed and mto the next. It was here that a sight met their gaze which caused both a chill. Upon a divan reclined the form of a woman whose beautilul face was upturned and ghastly. In her arm1 was a little girl of a dozen years who was also dead. Near by lay the dead form of another woman, a Portuguese, and evidently the nurse. Instinctively both men remoTed their caps. They gazed with pity and reverence upoa the victims of the storm. It Will easy to understand how they had come to their death. The hatches battened down had excluded air, the ventilators be eame clogged, and the crew or the brig washed overboard, had been unable to come to their relief, and as a result they had suffocate:!. For some moments the two men upon sad scene. Then they turned and went buck up the cabin stairs. 'l'heir main thought now was to get back to the air ship. It wus plain that they could succor nobody aboard the brig. It wus also rust settllcg in the water. The signal was given to the air ship, anit the rope ladder descended aguln to the deck. In a few moments Frank and the captain were once more aboard the Flight. Course was once more set to the southward. The brig was last seen as a mere speck on the horizon. It was only one or many victims of the terrillc storm, which period ically swPpt over these seas. For dnys the air-ship sped on Its southward way. The uir now begun to colder as they progressed below the Tropic, und it became necessary to wear the thickest or clothing. The winds were peculiarly chill and piercing. Indeed, one dny, while the sky wns overhnne with dark gray clouds and a mist was creeping UP. from the earth, Barney an Iceberg in the distance. Instantly glass&s were brought and the berg sub_iecte

6 THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. The simplest wny to solve the mystery seemed to be to descend them. And this after some discussion was done. Frank Reade, Jr., Jed the way, Barney followed him; and the colonel came next. Down the Ice steps they went, until they hnd reached o. depth of full tw2nty feet. Then they came into a cleft in the berg, from whence a view of the sea could be had. Anas the chance or a sail. But this was remote. "Bejabers yez kin be shore av wnn thing," declared Barnev, "the naygur won't give up lookins: fer 1!8 until he foinds us be shure." "That Is right," ugreed Frank. "Pomp is Caitbfnl to a trust. He will never give up the search for us." And with this consoling reflection the three castaways waitd and watched for the lifting or the fog. Tbey shouted in chorus and dill many other things in the hopes that those on board the airship might hear it. But no response came. Once Frank fancied he heard a distant faint halloo, but this he tin ally conclnded wns wholly a muLler of imagination. The fog showed no signs of lifting. Hours passed and then utter darkness came on. The castaways were weary und hungry. Indeed they were threatened with extreme exhaustion. So Frank arranged it while two of them slept a third would watch. In this way the derary night passed. When morning came the Cog seemed denser than ever. The waves washed sullenly about the base of the berg with monotonoud cadence. Sen gulls and fugitive owls circled, screaming about the ice pinna cles. The)' would have made good food, but our adventurers had no wenpon w;tb which to bring them !!own. By this time our adventurers were beginning to sull er most severely. Hunger with all its horrors assnilell them. But late in the llny the great bank of Cog began to Hrt. It was a joyous sight Cor the custawo.yl!, hut after all it proved merely a transition from tbe frying pan into the lire. For with the lifting or the fog a chill northeast gale set in. w ,et ting everybody to the skin, and chiliing them to tbe marrow. It seemed as if their doom was certainly assured. Nothing palpable was at hand to better their condiaon. Misery wae theirs. Meanwhile, what of the air-ship and Pomp and the capt!4in! The fog settled down so quickly that Pomp had not thought to act until it wns too lute. Then he cried: Golly sakes! I done link Marse Frank bettah cum abo'd afo' dat fog gets too thick." With the idea of the adventurers, Pomp '11\'ent to the ruil; but to his distress, be saw thot they bud gone down into tbto berg, and were cut or sight. Words can hardly express the dismay and horror of the faithful darky To add to nil, there was a sudden snapping sound, and the nir-sbip recoiled. "Massy, Lordy!" screamed the affrighted dnrky. We hnb broke de anchor Now we'se jes' in fo' trui.JI.Jie! Wha' w;U become ot> Marse FrnnkT" "Great wbalts!'' cried the captain l'Xcitedly. That comes ot trusting three landlubbers alone on the berg. I knew it was a mls take to let that tire-eating co!cnel go w1th Reade. Why di:ln t he take a mao With him who understands the sen!" "Dat am berry bad!" groaned Pomp. "Mebi.Je we nei.Jber see dat ice berg again, no' wbu' will become ob Marse Frank? Ob, massy, Lordy, dat am jes' a drell"ul ling!" But the wailing darky ha

THE ELECTitlC ISLAND. 7 Pomp depressed the boat so that it hung directly over the berg. It J was nut easy to keep this position in the teeth or suc3 a wind. In fact so little could be seen below that Pomp was obliged to aban don his llrst project, and the cap tam said: "A vas& there, mate! There's no use trying to make a landing in such a wind. Keep her steady and we'll lay by for a clearing!" I done nnk dat am de bes' way," agreed Pomp. "I don' see aa we kin do anyllng else." So the air-ship was held as at.eady as possible directly over the berg. For boors this position was maintained, though at times the berg was hurdly visible. But after a time the wind began to lose Its velocity and the atmosphere cleared. Then Pomp leaned over the rail and gave a great shout. "Gol!y, I see Marse Frank!" be cried. "An' dert> am all de rest ob deml" This was a joyful fact. There, plainly visible upon the summit of the berg, were the three lost men. Jt was a joyful moment! Words cannot express the delight or all at the re-onfon. Those on tbe berg had watched and waited long for some eight of the air-ship. And when at lengtll it became certain to them tllat they were to be rescued they were in a transport. Never before hail life seemed so precious-never so much of a boon. Down settled the air-ship, and a rope ladder was llung over the rail. Down It fell to the berg, and In a very few moments the rescued party was sufely aboard tlle Fligllt. They were much fatigued and worn with the exposure, and for a. time gave way to faintness and exhaustion. But the warm cheer or the Flight's cabin and exhilarating drinks very soon brought them back. Then followed a mutual exchange or experiences. Pomp's clever work called for most unbounded praise. It was certainly greatly owing to bla shrewdness that the party been rescued. But now that all was over the spir ts or all revived and Frnnk di rected that the course be changed to tlie southward. The alrship went booming again on its way. "Now for Kerguelen," cried FJank. "I don't believe we will land on any more icebergs." "That is right, mate," cried Captain Owens, If you do, don't take a landlubber along who don't know a fog from a cloud or smoke." Colonel Gallatin merely said: Humph!'' Then he lit a clgnr and calmly ignored the thrust. Frank pretend ed not to hear it. The storm bad now abated, and soon the sky ,wns clear and the sun was shining brlq;htly. But yet the air was fearfully chill. The days passed rapidly. Every hour the cold ileemed to grow more intense. Also Ice-bergs became quite common. It wns plain that they were getting into cold latitudes. They were llrawing nearer to the land or tbe Antarctic. But it muat be remembered that this was the bleakest month or the jenr in the Polar sea. Soon the Antarctic summer would come on, and then the ice bergs would disappenr and the seas be clear uod smooth. Already they were nearing the latitude or bleak Kerguelen, and now the captain bt>gan to study out bls reckoning on tt.e Electric Isl and. This proved a problem of no slight aort. CHAPTER VI. THE TIDAL WAVE, TeE captnla experienced some difficulty in locatio:;; the wonderfill leland; but one doy he said brightly: To-morrow at daybreak we shall sight it.'' The result of this was that at daybreak nll were on the lookout for the long-sought islar.d. But the sun rose clear and bright. The air-ship sailed over the spot where the captain had declared the Island to exist. Here was n drawback. For a short time things were blue aboard the Flight. Tho3 col onel was satirical, the captain was confused, and Frank was a trilla doubtful. But the captain went over his reckoning again carefully and dis covered an error. He came on deck with a much brighter face nod manner. "Heigllo!" he cried; "we'll get there now snrely, mates. It's a curious mistake, bnt the beat or tbem have made them.'' "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank. "Then it Is an error in reckoning." "Yes," replied the captain, "we are fully one hundred miles north or the electric island." "One hundred miles I" "Yes.'' "Humph!" exclaimed Frank, "it won't take long to sail th at." The course or the Flight was again changed. It was reckoned that the .Vlight would cover the required distance before night. So all kept a loukout for the iile. Barney held the airsllip down for a lust run. Hours pasHed. Frank kept close watch or the speed register. It was approaching dusk when be came out on deck and said brisk ly: "Captain Owens, we have covered the hundred miles." The cuptam wus studying the horizou with his binocular. He turn ed and said: "Hold rust, skipper, we are sure to eight it soon." There was a smothered laugh from Gallatin. Even Barney and Pomp looked incredulous. 'l'he captain turned and glared at the colonel. Frank carelessly stepped between them. This averted a collision. Again the captain sought the horizon with his binocular. 'l'ben he dropped the glass and leaped fully three feet from the deck. "Whoorayl'' he screamed; "tht>re is the isle! Now what sny yer An Instant excitement was create:!. All crowded to the rail of the Even with the oal(ed eye the distant coast could be seen. Without a doubt they were approncbiug an island. That it was the elecalcal isle reQ'Ialned to be seen. But this was not improbable. As for Captain Owens, he was dead sure or it. 1 tell ye it's the island,'' be cried; there's no other in these waters. Just a mistake in reckoning, that's all." "Put on speed, Barney!" cried, Frank. "We'll soon know." The air-slnp sped on like a hawk. Swi!tsr an d swifter she went. Nearer drew the isle. But as they drew nearer, one thing seemed to puzzle the captain. His face fell. "That is powerful queer," be said, "there are trees on that isle. There are none on the electrical isle." "Indeed I" exclaimed Frank, maybe they have grown since." But t.he captain sbook his head. "No!" be said, "that Is not likely. Can there be a mistake." Again Gallatin chuckled and again the captain fell to studying his chart. Barney and Pomp in the pilot house logically discussed the all'air. Don' yo' fret!" declare:! Pomp, dat ole cap' en he jes' know wha' he am about. H dat Isle am in deae pabts ob de. sen, he tlnd it ro auah.'' "Begorra it's about to ime I'm aflber thinkin'," declared Barney. "Shure i( be don't foind it soon be niver will." "I'll bet yo' a new bat !'Ish dat he does!" cried Pomp. Bejabers, I'll take yez on that.'' So the wager was made. The air-sbiJ> was now quite near to the isle. It waa a bleak, barren tract not unlike Kerguelen. But there was vegetation or a ragged sort, mosses an.1 grass and some stunted trees. Captain Owens glanced at the Isle and said almost mournfully: No, that's not the place. It is a more barren isle." Whew!" exclaimed Frank, "bow can that her The electric island IS totally devoid or vegetation," said the cap tain. "Nor do I believe any can grow there!" A descent was made and the alr ship rested upon a Jedge of rocks. It was at once proved that this certainly waa an electrical Isle. Captain Owens was much downcast. He said: "It is very strange. I must te very much out or my reckoning. But I am sure the electric isla is somewhere in this vicinity.'' Then we will resume the search to-morrow," said Frank. "God bless you!" cried the old captain, gratefully. You have not lost faith in me, Frankl" By no menus.'' Thank you!" It was decided to remain upon the isle over night; so anchors were phiced, and as darkness came on the senrch-Jigbt was uUhzed. A brlel exploration was mude, but it resulted in no di1covery. The isle was not recorded upon any chart. That It hnd bean In existence for CPDturies there was no "One thlDg is sure." said Frnnk; "this locality Is seldom visited by vessels. It is possible that this isle wns never before sighted.'' "Certainly never visited," said the captain, "and the electric isle was 11ever VIsited by any one else.'' Darkness settled down thick and fast. A moaning breeze came In from the sooth. The breakers beat heavily upon the rocky shore. It was a wild and weird spot and seemed almost oct of the world. Indeed," admitted Gallatin, "it seems, Frank, almost as if we were on another planet.'' "So it does," agreed the young inventor. One is utterly lost to civilization here.'' The search-Jierht's ra\ s were reflected upon the roaring, rollir 1 g waves or the ocean. It was a mournful dirge the sang-it wus a lonely, wild. desolate place. The end or the earth l" declared Frank; it may well be called such.'' After a while It was proposed to turn in and sleep. But just as they were about to descend into the cabin Owens cried: "Hark yel Do you bear th11r thnt distant soondr' It was a strange, wild, distant murmuring-a vague volleying Uke a distant note from a battle lle!d.


8 THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. Thunder!" ejaculated Gallatin. "That' s all a landlabher knows about It!" erie:! the captain, con t emptnously. "Up anchors and out of here lively!'' Frank was amazed. What is tllat !" he asked. "Lively, or we're all dead men!'' cried the captain, earnestly. "I tell you I know what it is. I haven't sailed the seas all my life for nothing!" Frank gave the sign to Barney and Pomp who pulled in the an chors. But that there was good ground for this the captain's action speed ilY becume manifest. The dull roaring had increased Indescribably until now it was like .nearby peals of continuous thunder. The air-ship SJ)rung Into the air. As it did so, the search light's t bouse. At that moment a ftash or lightning shot out from the isle. This wos e:10ugh for the you_pg mventor "It will never dol" be declared. We can't approach the isle in that way. We shall go to smash!" Quickly the e11glnes were reversed and the air-ship drew away (rom the electric Isle. It was none too soon. But Frank got the air-ship beyond the range of the electric In flu ence. Then thl! aerial voyagers exchanged glances. The colonel, whose doubt was now wholly dispelled, went over to the camp of eneiJly Captain Owens!" he said, extending his hand. "I want to apolo gize to you for presuming to doubt your word, str. I am more than satisl!ed. Owens was nothing if not magnanimous, and promptly replied: Colonel, I thank you for the acknowledgment. It is manly, and characteristic or a soldier, sir." And your acceptance Ia as generous as that of a true slltlor must be, sir.'' "We be friends." "We will.'' Frank Reade, Jr., took otr his cup and cried: Hurrah for the army and the navy or the United States. Long may they live, and locg may Uncle Sam pension them both!" The cheer was given with a will. Then tlle question of tba feasibility of a landing on the island was discussed. 01 course all desire:! to acco&plisb this. It seemed to be much of a problem, but Frank Reade's ingenuity came to the rescue. "I have It," he cried. or course due attention was given. Well," exclaimed tbe captain, eagerly, "what is your plan, Frankf' Simply shut otr the dynamos, close the storage jars, and make 11 landing on the beach.'' The feasibility or this scheme was at once apparent. It was decided upon. The air-ship was so constructed that it could sail In the water like any ordinary vessel. A few momants later abe was in the water and steering for the lshlnd. Before reaching it tbe captain said: "When we visited this island many years ago we diecarded all articles of steel, and wore rubber boots. WheJ. her it is nectlssary to take this precaution now or I:Ot I will leuve to Mr. Reade to de cide." "I have provided for this c;:ntingency," said Frank. With which be produced some rubber sboe11 which would act as an Insulator upon the heavily charged Iron-impregnated SOil or the isle. With proper precautions it did not seem possible to receive a fatal shock. But what a curious freak or Dame Nature was this Isle. Many questions arose. How had the isle become so heavily Where did the alec tricity come, and how was It so curiously stored in tb;s isle! Alter some study Frank elaborated a theory. "It Is posslblert" he Haid, that thie Isle Is charged directly from the Its composition Is ol a certain chemical quoli ty which at tracts electricity and holds it in storage. When it becomes over charged or there Is any elPctrical disturbance In the vicinity, It doubt less throws it otr." "That explains the lightning flashes which we see occasionally playing over It," assumed the captain. "Just so,'' agreed Frank; "that !sit no doubt.'' Bot skipper, do yon Coney thi& islaneller sent her rap Idly forward and toward the Island. One hundred yards from the shore the anchor was dropped. Then Frank brought out a portable boat. As it happened this was or rubber and therefore it could safely mnke 11 landing. Pomp and the colonel remained on board the air-skip.


THE ELEC'fRIC ISLAND. 9 Barney and the captain were at the paddles and very quickly sent the little craft flying in toward the shore. A good point was selected and a landing made. As the explorers stepped on shore they expel tenced not the slight est shock, but it was all owing to the iusulnted shoes ns they well knew. Frank led the way al011g the shore. A l>leaker or more barren spot could hard be imagined. The soil seemed to be of a peculiar metallic nature. Ro. cks dis lodged would rattle against each otlltr with a clink like that or metul. Once Barney ventured to pick up one or stones. He received such a stinging shock that be dropped it with a cry of pain. "Begorra, the dlvil's in them!" he cried. "Shure, I niver want to thry that agio!" Everybody laugl!ed at thia, and Frank suddenly paused before a cleft in the A surprising spectacle bad cnught his attention. It was a curious scintillating hght in the recesses or a group or stiff and star ched like reeds. These were only one of a few varieties or marine plants, which seemed .to thrhe in the electric isle. The light was like that or an incandescent lamp, and indeed shone with a woudeful glare from the rocky recess. Frank saw that two points or tbe rock came nearly together and made a positive and negative current, actmg upon the rock as upon carbon, and on the same principle as the ordinary electric light. "By Jove!" exclaimed the young inventor, "had this Isle been dis covered before the day of Euison, there would have been little field {or htm." ,. "You'ra right," agreed the captain; "man's works cnn never ap proach those or nature." "You have hit lhe nail on the bead," agreed Frank; "surely no body can dispute that point. Helgho, just touch the points of those weeds, Barney, and let me know what amount or electricity they may cont11ln I'' "Ugh!'' exclaimed the Celt, with reluctance. "Yez don't want to paralyze me do yez, Frankf' "Oh, you cunnot get much or a shock:" laughed Frank, .. but wait! I'll try it myself.'' "With wbicll be touched a point of the weeds. .4 needle-like sho'lk ran up bla nrm. Be quickly recoiled. A"' I thought," be auld; ''they are n species peculiar to thil won derful isle. Hello!'' The Iutter exclamation was caused by suddenly catching algbt or a object in the sand. AL llrst the Impression was tl)at It was a annke. But a second glance caused the cnptain to about: Bang me high, but it's an eel, mates!" An eel!'' exclaimed Frank. "Yes!'' Begorra, It's a funny kolod,'' said Barney. I niver seen the loikes afore!" "Nor I!" cried the captain. "But I have,'' said Frank, quietly; "it Is the only species which could live on this Isle I believe. Many of them are found in the English channel. lt is an electric eel. This wns a palpable fnct. CHAPTER VIII. "You must haven hole in your gloves, Barney," said Frank. "Divil a bit," declared the Celt. But the fact was eas:ty explained. One bare wrist had come In con tact with the electric turtle. That wrist was quite numb and sore. "On me worrad," gasped the Celt, "I niver got sicb n tumble In me loire, bud cess to the ornadhoun." The turtle lny struggling on its back. It was decided to leave him there until the return. So the party set out once more nlong the beach. Frnnk picked up a stone and it against the cliff. or course his bands were protected with the rubber gloves. There was a shnrp clap like miniature thunder and a llahtnina flush nod sparks leaped from the cliff. "' .., Everything about the isle wns most powerfully charged with the deadly electric linid. Every moment as the explorers pro!rressed new wonders turned up. Turning nn nngle of the cliff they came to the mouth or a cavern. Here was an alluring opportunity. Tbnt the cavern held some great wonder Frank felt !!ore. So be said: What say you, friends! Shall we explore It!" "or course!" agreed the captain. We can't get lost, can we!" "Burdly." "Begorra, let us tbry i.t, Misther Frankl'' cried Barney. So they entered the cavern. There was no need or any light to show them the way. Every now and then, where two points of the rock came together, light m great brilliancy shone forth. All was as plain ns day In the place. It was certainly a most marvelous spectacle. The walls or the leland cave were nil nblaze. Suddenly Frank es pied what looked like a fallen star or light in the sand at his feet. At first he thought it an electric freak, but some motive impelled him to make n closer exnmlnation. The reeult waiJ thrilling. An excited cry broke from his lips. "On my word," he cried, "here Is a mighty discovery! ' Instantly the others were !ly his side. Frank had picked up the glittering ball of light anli held it In his band. It was tbe only object they had found tbus fur, wblcb failed to give an electric shock. The reason was obvious. It was or material upon which electricity bad no charging effect. It was or cnrbon, and yet so Intensely pore, us to be without susceptibil ity. "A diamond!" gnsped the captain. For a moment all three were spellbound. They could only look at each other blankly. Begorra, it's "prolzel" cried Barney, tinnily. "It's worth a for tune. sort" Indeed It is," agreed Frank. H was fully half the size or a pigeon's egg. Its light was or the pure&t and its value autold "Dlnmonctal" gasped tl.te captain. "Who'd have thought it! We can make our fortune right hero, friends!" The fever seized them at once. All begun searching for another gern. Several more were found, but none or that size. All were smuller and of less value. At length the quest was abandoned, Frank proposed that tbey continue their eo orts to explore the cavern, so they went on. The passage seemed to lend downward. Suddenly the roof seemed to expand and a glittering blaze was before them. At first all thought It a Jake or lire spread out before them, but aa THAT the eel was or the wellknown electric variety Frank felt they drew nearer they saw that IL was water. sure. The glare of tt.e electric focus from many points reflecting upon the ELECTRICAL WONDERS, The!e often wriggled ashore after roo1, and, in fact, in this respect water gave it that appearance. Nothing like it had ever been seen by were not unlike the lamprey. the explorers or could be imagined. Tbal it could give a powerfnl.shock was beyocd doubt. "ls It not grand!'' exclaimed the captain. Any English boy who bas visitell the Dover coast knows this from "We ought to have our pontoon bout here,'' said Fra11k. experience. "You are right." So IL was proven that the electric island bad both animal and vega''It would be worth while to sail upon snell a lake. Indeed it seems table life. all like a dream or tairyland.'' What other forma there were remained to be seen. "It really does." The party were now all carried away with the project of exploring But in Hell of the boat it was next in order to take a walk along the the Isle. Fran!( led the way along the shore. shore. They had not proceeded far when another wonder was added to the This was followed for some ways, but as the lake seemed to e:lttend list. an Interminable distance into the cavern, it wa8 finally decided not Out from the rocks there crawled a huge t"Jrtle. feasible to go further. It was not unlike those found in the Tortugas in point or size, but All decided to return to the open air. it was blood red In color. We will come better prepared next time,'' said Frank, "I am Moreover, it bad strange, scintillating eyes, and an irrldescent, carried nway with the idea of a tour of exp!Qrallon In tbe ca.uoet'' d umgeable tint that quite confused the eye. "Goorll" cried the captain, I'm with ye, mate!" An electric tllttle!" cried Frank; we ought to have him for a First let us explore tbe exterior surface of the Island." specimen. Let's turn him Barney," "Begorra, that's roigbtl" cried Barney. "Mebbe we'll have enourh All roight, sor." to do that!" Both pulled on rubber glovl'.s. They overtook bia turtlesblp but a So they retraced their footsteps to the outer air. 'rhe uirship few feet from the water. could not be seen from this point. They laid violent bands upon the monster and-presto! over he went. So Frank suggested climbing a cliff near, to make sure that 1111 wns Also did Jlarney. well with her. The Celt turned two complete somersaults, and a more astonished The cllff was climbed In safety. The alr-ahlp yet lay safely at her Irishman was never 111en. anchora .. e. Tare nn' 'ounds!" be gasped; "phwat the divll did it do to met" I So all fears were al111yed. Everybody laughed. The buck side or the cliff PXtended down ward with a sharp slope ror


10 THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. fully a hundred yards. Barney detached a bowlder with l!is foot and sent it rolling down. The effect was remarkable. For the entire distance down thA surface of the clifl a line of fire leaped from tl!e rock. A continuous peal of thunder emote the air. This showed how beavily charged tl!e island was. It WIU! a most brilliant spectacle. Assured that the air-ship woe in safe quarters, Frank now felt en couraged to continue the exploration inluuJI. Accordingly all s e t out for tile interior. It was totally unlike uny region they had ever seen before. There were deep cuts and rents in the stone formation or the isle as if at some time nature had played havoc with everything. Taere were formations of iron-stone, turned completely into tl!e most grotesque or shapes. / "Jericho!" exclaimed the eaptnin, "Lilia isle most be a shining mark for all electric storms in these quarters." "You D'e right," said Frank. ":E>o yoa see that tremendo11s fissure in the rock! That most have been the track or a bolt.'' "Ob, certainly.'' At the same Instant an idea 1lnehed simultaneously across the minds of both. "Hang me high!" exclaimed the captain. "I wouhln't care to be on this Isle during a storm!'' "Jt could not be very safe," agreed Frank. "Why, we would be almost certain to be struck.'' "So it would seem,'' said Frank. Then instinctively both glanced nt the sky. Uopon the 4orizon there was a ragged cloud. The sky wne clear and serene o : herwise. It did not seem at all likely that a storm was to be Immediately ex pected. So the explorers put aside their fears. N e w wonders were cropping out on every hand. Barney, who kept in advance was irrepres9ible. He wus continually getting ehockei and Frank WIU! obliged to warn hoim. Bot the Celt only cried: Shure, eor, av I don't put me hands on a thing onct in awhile I'll never know whether it's an electhric cbarge or not, eor." You'll perform tll&t feat by and by once too often," said Frank. Shure, aor, I hope not.'' An hour passed. So engrossed were the party in their research that they lost track or all else. So that when they were auddenly brought to their senses In an amaziug macner, it was to 1111 tbern with dismay. The cause af this was a distant thunderclap. At the same mo ment a shadow foil over everything. The eon's ray11 were excluded. looked up, and saw that great angry masses or clouds burdened the sky. The critical hour had come. An electric etorm had been creep ing down upon them unHwares. Frank'!! face paled. My soul!" he gasped; unless can back to the air-ahip before it breaks we are all dead men!" CHAPTER IX. THE ELEC 'fRICA.L STOR.M, W ORDB can hardly describe the situation. f'..ertalnly a more thrilling ,Goe could not be imagined. The electrical storm was very near at hand. What folly that they bad not observed it before and been prepared for it. It Will an even tbiug now whether they could escape it or not. But no time was lost. Back to the air-ebipl" shouted Frank. ''Lively all!'' Begorra, It'll be a race fer life!" cried Barney. That Is right,'' agreed the captam With all speed they set out ou the full run for the isle. On they went as as they could. But it seemed as if they would never reach the 1hore. They had come further than they bad fancied, Moreover there was no little risk in such headlong haste. . a stnmllle or a fall which would bring them In contact with the heavily charged terril firma might result in certain death. All these thinga were considered. So they ster.ped gingerly nod with greal caution. On and on they went. 1 Every moment the elemet:ts were marshaling above their heads. The dull sullen boom or the thunder was most terrific. Lightning began to play In the air. and there they darted. or course, at any moment the explor ers were apt to be struck. Horronl Must the storm break before they should reach the air shi!)T They set their teeth hard and rushed on. Now they were upon the clifl ascent. A terrific peal rang through the heavens. There waa n blindmg llaeh and every one reeleoJ. Thut bolt had struck the Isle. Others must follow. Now they saw waves rollinS!: angry and sullen on the beach. The next were upon tbe sands. But they were yet some ways from the pontoon boat. Would they never reaclJ itT On lind on! With pantihg chests and dilated eyeballs they stagger-ed on. Frank: was the llrst to reach the boat. He tumbled headlong into it. The Cll))tain and Barney followed. The captain f)icked up an oar and shoved out from the Out into the surf the llgbt craft sprang. It Heemed as If the heavy waves must alnk her. But she was as buoyant as cork and could not sink. Nearer to tile r air-ship she drew. The sea was getting heavy and was breaking over the air-ship's deck. There was no time to lose. Every peal of thunder, every lightning 1lash brought terror inde ecrlbable with it. But the explorers bent to their paddles with increased power. They drew rapidly nearer the air-ship. Nearly exhausted they ran the canoe alongside. Pomp and the colonel were to help them aboard. Then Pomp set tl!e air-ship's propeller in motion. Back she ran from the island. It was fully a mile or perilous progress in a rough sea that she was obliged to run before the electric engines could be trusted to operate the rotascopes. Tben the dynamos were given full play and she sprung out of the water like a dock. All felt safe now; it was an intense feeling or relief. Tbe escape had indeed been a uarrow one. A mutual expression of gratification followed. "Thnt was as close a shave as I ever had," declared the captain. "I would hardly care to take my chances over again.'' "Nor I," agreed Frank. "I don't think I could have kept on fifty yards further.'' "Begorra, I thought the Ouid Nick had me fer shure," cried Bar ney. "Shore, an' I belave that island belongs to htm." "Indeed you're not far wrong, I make it," cried the captain, "look at It now!'' The island looked Indeed as If his Satanic Majesty had command of lt. Llghtnin:r llnshes played about it with blinding frequency, ami the display of electrical forces was suCh as our adventurers had never seen before. They were simply dazzled by the exhibition. The isle seemed oge blaze of nre. "Jericho!" exclaimed the captain, "it's lucky we're not there now.'' There Will very little wind, bot the rain at times descended in tor rents. The clouds seemed to literally come down and touch the isle, and a fierce artillery lire seemed to take place between the two. The air-ship bong over nil, the voyogers watching the exhibition with a wonderful fascination. For boors it was continued. Then the stotm increased with such fury that the air-ship was obliged to rise above it. T his hid the Island from view for hours. The air-ship drifted some miles from the spot. When the storm cleared, however, the air-ship again bore down for it. Marks of the !terce battle between the electrical forces of the clouds and of the leland could be plainly seen. Huge ledges were shivered, rocks were rent, and debris scattered a boot. Frank gazed upon the scene for some while, and concluded: The fnte or this ielano can be very readily forecast. The batUe between the forces of the aky and Ita forces will continue an til one or the other Is worsted, and of course that most be the Island." You are rigutl" cried the captain. The forces of the sky are in exhaustible." "While the ialsnd Is being rapidly worn away.'' "Just eo." With this logical conclusion another queeuon arose. Should they visit the Island again! The question was subjected to debate. It seemed sale enough now that the &torm bad p!U!Sed. But Frank said: '' We have seen presumably about all or interest there is to be seen. Can we see any more!" "I don't believe it," said Gallatin. I should imagine that the beet pnrt of this m arvel has tetlo seen." But the captain hesitated. We probably won't come to this part or the world again, mates," he &aid. Had we not better make a good job of itT" "Well," said Frank, suddenly pointing to the horizon,-"I don't. believe it will be posalhle just at present.'' The cause of this remark was readily seen. A heavy fog was ertleping up from the horizon line. dense, and one of the lasting kind. To descend upon the Island in the face of tllis fog like a foolish piece of business. 9 seemed would seem That aettles It!" cried the captain. We will walt until thia fog is past.'' So it WIU! de:lded.


THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. 11 Meanwhile, the fog came on rapidly. Soo:) had settled down over the isle and ocean. All was a heavy bunk of white. There was nothing to do but to wait for it to pass. So the voyagers settled down to this, and patiemly gave tbemselvt>a up to waiting. Barney and Pomp were in most exoollent spirits. "Golly, l'ish," cried the darky, "1 uone fought de dehbtl bad yo' to' shore down on dat ar island!" I thought so mesill," agreed the Celt. J done tiuk be wud j e a' be gittln' what 'Jelonged to llim, eh!" "Pbwat's that yez any! Shure, yez don't mean to insult me!" Huh! Dat aiu' nQ bery ell8y mattah !o' to do dut!" Barney's red hair rose literally on end. "Bejabers, pbwat do yez mane!" !Je blustered. "Av I thought yez wuz in earnest, shure I'd foix yez be me sow I on that!'' "Huh! Yu' ain de size," jeered Pomp. "Whurrool that's en uti' fer mel" shouted Barney, making a rush for the e in Dav-y Jones' Iockert Break away, mates!" "Golly.!" spattered Pomp. "I ain' got froo wi dat I'ishman yitl'' "Begorra, whln I git through wid the naygur yez will hardly know biro I promise yez!'' But Frank Reade, Jr., appeared on the spot at this moment and the two jokers at once assumed a soher attitude. Skylarking wns now decidedly out or form. CHAPTER X. FATE OF THE ISLAND. THE fog \\'118 wonderfully slow in lilting-all that night it hang over the island. But in the morning the wind veered, and in a few moments 118 if by magic the fog was entirely dissipated. Once more the airsbip hovered over the electric Island. This time it sailed across the Isle to the surprltte of all on board without any disturbance of the dynamos. Thoogh the compass was affected as usual. But this phenomenon was easily explained in the fact that the major part of the subtle lluid lind been discharged from the isle by the storm. However, there was no doubt but that enough was left to give one a severe shock. This was proved by lowering a wire. The moment it touched the ironstone ledges below there was a fiasb of vivid light and a current shot over the wire. This wll8 by no menus pleasant to Frank Rende, Jr., who held the wire. But no harm was done. "Do you want to descend, captaior a9ked Frank. "Well," auld the captain slowly, "I don't want to go alone." "I'll go with you," said the colonel euddenly, to the surprise of nll. "1 accept the offer," declared the cnp\nin politely. The ir..sulated shoes and clothing were donned, nnd then the rope ladder was thrown over the rail. It fell to the ground, and the colonel stepped out on the rungs. The captain followed him, and the two men descen bA atfected, and Ft ank 'lecid e d to leave the isle. So the alrBhip stood out to sen. When a safe distance from the island she wait ed for a stgonl from the explorers. Time p118sed. Frank kept an anxious watch of the Isle. But yet the pontoon boat did not appear. "Be roe sow!, they're rooking a long tour av the place," ventured Barney. '\. They ought to be on ha::td by this time, surely," said Frauk. 1 "Can anything have happened to them!" This was IJy no means a pleasant rellectloo. Frank was slow to yield to it. But us time passed his fears began to strengthen; be felt decid edly liKe taking an ucttve step. But what could he do! To sail ove to the island now was impossible. It was at thi s juncture that Barney cried: "Sh ure, sor, there's something wrong witb the island!" "Eh!" excl a imed Frank, and then his face blanched. It was beyond doubt that there was sometuing wrong with the electric island. It Wll8 seen to be rocking violently, and there wns much ngitn Lion ln the water about it. What did It mean? Eraok could think of but one solution. It musr. be nn earthquake. If so, the fate or the two explorers might be Frank was horrified. But yet he seemed utterly powerless. What could be done! Certainly the exigency called for some sort of immediate action. But it was a conun1.1rum to tell what to do. But in this moment of doubt a solution came. Suddenly Pomp cried: "Golly, Marse Frank, dere am de boat! Mussy Lordy, bow high de waves do run!" A great cry of joy eecaped Frank's lips. He realized that his friends wore safe at last. Tile pontoon wns seen pulling for the open sea. The two occupants were evidently much excited. Nearer they drew and uow the airshlp settled down so Bi to throw overboard a rope ladder. A line was blso thrown t.o secure the pontoon. Up the la.dder the colonel and the captain climbed and nbonrd the airship. They were much exhausted. Their story was brieOy told. "We were exploring the far side of the isle," said Gallatin, "when we heard strange sounds. It was as if some strange power beneath the isle Wll8 at work. Then the ground began to rock.'' '[hat was enough for us!' cried the captain. "We at once started for the shore." "It was a close call," enid Frank, "but I am glad that you n r e now out of harm's way!" "I thank you!" said Owens. But loolcl see what bus befallen the isle.'' All eyes now turned upon isle. An lllltounding spectacle W118 revealed. The grent cliffs seemed neqding to the sorl which came bounding and thundering up almost to their very summits. lt seemed 118 if the sea was rising, but the voyagers knew better than this. "Mercy on us!" cried Colonel Gallatin, "the island is sinkmg.'' Indeed, this wns seen to be a certain fact. Astounding though it was, It Wllll nevertbelesa true. Spell-hound the voyagers gazed upon this wonderful spectacle. It W118 easily explained. The island bad undoubtedly been one of volcanic origin. It was now about to return to the deptlls of the sea, by some in tarnal commotion of the earth's crust. The electric island, the greatest of earth's known wonders, wns about to vanish lrom the stght of mnn. It was a wonderful thmg to think of, that they were to be the priv ileged few to gaze for the lust time upon the electric island. Steadily it sank iot o the ocean. Strip after strip began to vanish until at length only a very small part of it was left. This W118 visible but a brief while longer. !!'here wll8 a sudden violent upheaval, a dull sullen ronr, a boiling and biasing or the waters which lasted for fully half an hoar. Then the sea rolled with regular motion over the epot where the electric island had been. It was no more. For some while the aerinl voyagers j!'azed spellbound upon the sea. For some hours the air-ship hovered over the spot. The voyagers watched it as if they half expected the island to re appear. But it did not. Captain Owens approached Frank on the main deck. "Well, captain," said the young inventor, are you satisfied with this resuttr Perfectly," replied the captain. An

12 THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. "Don't be so sure of thnt,'' snid Frank. We are not yet at the end I they are so cunning nnd treacherous. A. white man is no match at of the rope. A. great deal may happen before we reach llome, aud our all lor them except in the open.'' trip is not ended until then." The matter of a search or reh9f party was discussed. Which is right, skipper?" cried the cnptaln. Let us comBut as It was intensely dark this a forlorn hope. promise and say that the trip thus far has been a su.ccess." Howevbr, there was the searchlight, and w1th its powerfll rays it Exactly," said Frank. seemed as if the colonel, If alive and ou his way II orne, might be found. I am satisfied," agreed the colonel. Let us hoP,e that the So it was decided to make an ascension and search lor the missicg trip home may be just as sIccess!ul." man. The Flight now set out on her northward way. They nccordlngly went aboard the Flight, and she sprang up into It was with a feeling of relief that the party realized, alter all, the air. that they were on their way borne. The searchllght's rays were thrown down to the earth aud sent Frank intended to touch the corner of the Australian Continent, hither an,i thither. and from thence pass on to New Guinea to across Europe l:llowly the air.sbip sailed toward the mountain ; and the Atlantic home. It was not long before Its slope Willi reached. Up and do'l'(n the This would be lraversmg the exactly opposite sphere or the earth, mountain side the search went on. and would give the voyagers un opportunity to view some wonderMeanwhile what or the colonel? Was it true that be bad fallen into ful countries clutches or the blacks! All were enthused with the plan. Leaving the air-ship he bad set out in a straight line for the distant The colonel was mach interested in natural history and botany, mountain which bad been named the Lion's Head for want of a better and was desirous of penetrating the interior or A.ustr.alia for a 1 name. ways. The ehape of the mountain warranted this appellation well, for it Frank promised him that be should and this had ellect of mukwas very wncb in the shape or a lion's lleud. ina him very happy. Tre intervening region was of the wildest description. There were It was a long sail over tempestuous BAa& to Australia. great tracts of bush land and tangled forest resembling a jungle. There were times when head winds held the air-ship in abeyance, Tile colonel was right in bia element. He wielded his hutterlly net and she consequently could -not make as good progress. with rare euccees. Nevertheless she kept on day and night. One day Frank came on Specimen after specimen of the rara avis he found and stowed care deck a glass. fully away in his knapsack. He scanned the horizon for some while, and said: All the while be was getting further and farther away from camp. We shall sight the continent before noon.'' He reached the slope or the mountain una here encountered a bo1111y Hurrah I" shouted the colonel. tract or desert land. A good watch was kept ror the land. As Frank hacl predicte!l about The sand was loose and shifting and beneath the desl!rt brush there noon land was sighted. were venomous reptiles. It to the voyagers os if they were already more than boU Poisonous adders and deadly spiders there found haven. But these way borne. And indeed eo rough had been the last week's journey bad no rear for the naturalist. that they were jus tilled in this. He even we!lt so far as to secure a number of them for specimens CHAPTER XI. THE BUSHMEN, THE bard battling agamst head winds had heen a severe strain upon the machinery or the airahlp Ill! Frank had learned. But yet, It showed no signa of a break-down, and the young inven tor bad faith that it would last until they should reach home. Sue!: a cruise as this could never be undertaken again by the Flight. Her work would be done. She would have sailed over twenty thou sand m:les. But Frank bacl not intended to ever use her agam anyway. His mind already occupied with a new and wonderful invention. Rapidly the air-ship drew nearer the Australian coast. No effort was made to lind a sea-port or any balJltatlon of civilized beinl' Indeed, this was deemed best to nvoid. The purpose in landing was wholly to rest the engines of the air ship and give Colonel Galla tin a chance to conduct his explorations. The long cliff bound coast was now beneath them. The alrsbip sailed into the interior for fullllfty miles. They crossed a barren plain where the emu fed, but tlnally reached a fertile valley. And here the party descended. The alrship rest .ed upon a small elevation among some oak trees. From this point an extensive view was to be bad. There was a cooling spring near and the woods were fall of game. Tho pheasant abounded and soon a hunting party was organized; this was an enJoyable experience. Frank at once began renovating the machinery; this occupied a full day of hard work. But be soon bad it all anu then there was leisure time upon bia banda. Tbe voyager were charmed with tho beautiful region. It was a great relief to get upon terra firma after a long spell or. sail log in the air. But so far no adventure worthy of note occurred. There were beasts of prey in the vicinity and much large game. The deer and the kangaroo abounded. But the black, tbat cunning bush native, seemed to be missing. Yet Gallatin wo.s warned by Captain Owens, wbo said: I've bad experience, mate! r know what I'm talking about. The fact that von have not seen a black Is no evidence that be is not here.'' That Ia traP," agreed Frank. When you see no blacks, It is generally agreed in this country that there are plenty of them near, and that they mean mischief.'' I can take care of myself,'' said the colonel, conlldently. But tbla proved u vain boast. The colonel set out alone and early one day for a distant mountain slope, to secure a valuable and rare species of butter-lly. The day passed and evening came. At dinner it wall noticed that the captain bnd not returned. At once the alarm sprer.d. Everybody felt sure that his fate was sealed. "I tell yon the blacks have got him," dechned the captain. "Let as hope that be Is simply belated,'' eaid Frank. "Maybe, overtaken by night, be has been obliged to camp." This was all logical euougb, but yet the terrible fear haunted ail. I tell you tbe bnabmen are a terrible foe,'' declared the captain; asphyxiutlng them with a chemical be poBBessed. So intent did the colonel become iu Ills favorite vocation 'that he took no note or time, or heeded where his rootateps were currying him. So the sun was well down In the western sky when he came upon a startling discovery. At the base of a sage bush be came upon an object which caused his heart to give a leap. It was the imprint of a bare foot. Undoubtedly the owner a black native. For a moment the colonel gazed upon that footprint with curious sensations not unmixed fear. He knew what it meant. He was In the region of the bushmen, the most lnaidlons and deadly strategic roe that one could have to deal with. The mere finding of this footprint was an omen of great danger. It meant that the cunning foe were near. Undoubtedly they bad him under surveillance. When this thought Is coupled with the knowledge that they might at any moment drive one of their poisoned darts into his body an unseen covert, the uncomfortable eensations may be compre hended. The colonel, however, was a plucky and shrewd man. Conscioua that possibly the eyes of any nnmber of the Coe might be upon him at the moment, be took no cognizance whatever of the footprint. He kept on as carelessly as ever, pretending to cage a new butterfly, but all the while edging his way down the slope. T)le full enorn:lty of his peril was now upon him. He seemed almost to reel his black foes about him. It was a effort to control his nerves. Oh, If there was only some way to signal his friends. If the air-ship could only appear upon the scene. But It was unreasonable to expect this. He knew that the extreme peril was all the result of his own rash ness, nothing else. He kept on down the slope, carelessly prenteuding to chase a butter fly. Bot be suddenly paused. He was right m the shadow of a big buab. Just beyond In a little clearing he saw-most uncommon sight-a powerful black. The fellow was entirely naked save for a breeh clout and carried a blow-pipe and a bag or poisonous darts over his shoulder. He had just killed a small serpent, and the colonel saw that he preparing to devour it. For the snake Is a choice article of food among the bush natives. It is esteemed above all else. The native bad aevered its head, displaced Its vitals, and was peal Ing the skin from its body. Then holding It up by the tail, the black began to devour the reptile just as an Italian eats macaroni. Fascinated ae well as stricken with a sense of Intense loathing, the colonel watched h1m. As he watched, the impulse was strong upon h!m to shoo the wretch. But second thought taught him the extreme folly or this. The allot would of course bring others to the spot, and his life would not be worth a ret-d. I


THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. 13 He Iii tie realized that at that very momeut he was the c y nosure of a scor e or IJuleful eyes. He was watched upon all sides. He was completely surrounded. Iu fact was h o pel e ssly In the clutches of the most merciless of man bun t ers on the face of the earth. He did not know what was really a fact that this native devouring the snake waa really a preconcerted barrier placed in his path. But this was true. He could not go ahead without exposing himself to the native. To go around was his only course. Had be followed the first and natural Impulse he would have cleared his path J>y shooting the fellow. But it was fortu c ate thnt he did not do this Indeed it was the 9aving or his life. Ten seconds after firing he would have been a dead man. So the colc>Del drew back and placed a bush betwe e n him and the native. l hen he sought to make a detour. But again he was brought to a startled bait. There, right before him and not twenty yards distant was another native. Hia back was turned to the colonel, and he was making an exami nation of the ground. colonel al ized that his case was hopeless. The bushmen are merciless. Better appeal to t.he mercy of wild beast11 than to them The colonel made no effort to compromise with them. He knew the folly of this. His best move was to remain stoical and inactive. Oh, bow h e pra yed for the coming of the air-ship. Would his friends suspect the truth and come out to search for him! Might they not arrive in time to save him! All these thoughts croszed his mmd. Hope blended with deadly terror. Despair supervened all. "God help me!" be thought. "I shall never see borne or friends again.'' He had something like an instinctive curiosity to know what they would do with him. He had heard that many of these blacks were man-eaters. Would the y practice their cannibalistic appetite upon tbem! Darkness was fast settling down. In a few moments it was pitchy black. The colonel was not a little puzzled to know what the blacks were up to. They held a long and earnest conference. Then two of them &at down near bim. Toe others went trooping off through the bush. The colonel was never able to fathom their purpose in doing this. But it was tbe very incident which turned the tide in his favor. For after some hours bad passed be was blinded by a sudden flood of light from the sky. So also wer11 the bushmen. The colonel knew In an instant what it was. "The search-light," he gasped; "they are looking for me." The blacks tried to gaze at the light. But it evidently blinded them. Moreover, being unable to understand it they were stricken with fear. The re was a distant report.. One of the blacks threw up his arms and fell. The other fied. Then down settled the alr-sbip while bullets were sent whistling in every direction. lt was Barney's keen eyes had detected the colonel and his captors far below. The Celt had fired the opportune shot and saved the life of Colonel Gallatin. Down settled the air-ship rapidly. The next moment it touched the ground. Barney sprung down and cut the bonds or the colonel, and cried : S hure, sor, it's a ble s sing that we've found y ez!" "You have saved my lite!" cried the colonel, quite overcome. "I shall never forget that!" A few moments later be was safe aboard the air-ship. But the episode was not ended by any means. Loud shrieking cries were heard from all parts of the bush. The voyagers got into thll cabin just in time. For a shower of darts cnme rattling down upon the decks, and had any been struck, It must have been a fatal thing for \hem. "Mercy on us!" cried Frank; Jet's get out of this!'' Would they dare attack us openly?" asked the captain. "It is hardly likely," replied Gallatin. We shall be out or their way very quickly!" Frank pressed the lever. 'l'bere was a territlc buzzing sound In the dynamo room, but the air ship did not rise. He pres s ed it ognin. No use. A sudden chilling fear seized him. He descended into the engineroom. It was some while before he came b"ck. When be did, his face bad an ashen pallor. We are done for!" he said. What!" exclaimed ail in chorus. "The air-ship will nefer fly again I" For a moment all were speechless; the effect of this declaration can hardly be imagined. Then Gallatin sntd: We are lost!" "Well," said Frank, recovering himself. "Not quite so bad as that I hope. But certainly we are In an unpleasant position.'' What shall we do!" "The first move that I can see is to beat off these savages; once that is done, we can devise some way to reach the coast and trust to luck to get to a settlement." "A dismal outlook!" said Captain Owens, "but it seems the only and best move.'' If anybody could suggest a better, I should be pleased hear it," said Frank. "There is no other move," agreed the colonel, "let it go at that." So all picked up rilles and went to the loopholes. As they did so, the forms of the bushmen could be seen hovering In the bush. For a time they seemed to openly attack the air-ship. But a bot fire drove them back, and then for a time nothing was seen of them. The search-light swept the vicinity, and at everr opportunity one of the foe was picked off. But suddenly a terrible cry of alarm came from Barney.


14 THE ELECTRIC ISLAND. "For heaven's sake, M isth" r Frank! h e cried "they're goin' to cook us e r sure! Wud yez iuk at th11t!" Fmnk saw Jurij flames 11g11inst the dark sky. Fire!" he gasped. The game or the bushmen was readtly seen. They hlld started a Ore in tbe bush. This would sweep down upon the air-ship and destroy lt. There was no way to save it. Jt was an appalling moment. What could be done "My soul!" e x claimed Gallatin, "must we lose the air-ship!'' We must save ourselves," said Frank; the air-ship is beyond all help.'' But how shall we do that r "We must leave her aud get away from here as quickly as we can.'' "But--'' "What!" We will be almost certain to run Into the bushmen. They would quickly pick us off." "Don't rear that," cried Frank, "there won't be one or them In the path or the fire. They will he behind it, aud come along to pick up our bones." Can we outstrip the tire "That remains to be seen." God help ual" One thing is sure. There Is no move for us but to leave the airship." This point settled, there was no time to be lost. All hurriedly picked up their effects and started for the bush. The fire was rushing down upon the air-ship like a flerce tornado. Oue last sad look was given Then they turned away. They nev er saw it again. On through the bush fled the fugitives. 'l'bey knew thll importance of reaching the coast at once. They kuew that the blacks would be c!ose behind them. To be overtaken meant death. As luck would have it they came upon a swiftly flowing river. A hasty raft of Jogs was made. This destroyed the trail and threw the blacks off the scent complete Jy. Down to the open sea they driftAd. It would require volumes to describe their adventures ana sufferon the way to the nearest settlement. For wel!!ks they lived on shell tish and such game as they could find. But eventually they reached a small seaport. The rest is easily told, A small fishing vessel took them to Melbourne. Here a steamer to Saii. Franciaco was obtained. A lew months later they were upon their native soil once again. The great quest was ended. Frank Reade, Jr. lost his One air-ship, but be bore the calamity philosophically. Never mind I" he said, "I'll build another. The next will be a bettet one.'' lie with Barney nod Pomp returned to Rendestowo. There they are sojourning at the present day. The colonel aud the captain became lire-long !rl811ds. The ex periences in quest or the electric Island will never be forgotten by either. And this, dear reader, brings us to the end or our' story. (THE END. rrsefu.1 a:nd I:ns-tr"U.c-ti ve :Books. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS-Containing over one HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND-containing over fifty of the dred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contaimng the A. Ande r son. Handsome l y illustrated. Price 10 cents: For s ecret of second sight. Fully illustrated, By A. Anderson. sale by all n ewsdeale r s or sent post-paid, upon rer. eipt of price. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent post-paid, Addres s Frank Tous ey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, upon receipt of price. Address Frank Tous ey, Publisher, 34 & New York. P. O.Box 2730. 36 North Moore New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS-Containing full directions for making Mag ic Toy s and devices of many kinds. By A. Ander son. Fully illustrat ed. Price 10 cents For sale by all news dealers, or sent, post-1>aid b y mail, upon rec eipt of price Ad dres s Frank Tousey Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730. BOW TO MAKE AND USE ELEOl'RICI'l'Y.-A rlescriptton of the u ses o f e l e ctri c ity u.nd t o g e th e r with full lnstruutio n s for makin g Elec tric Toys Batt e ri e s e t:l. By G e orge Trebe l A .lll:., M.D. C o ntaining ove r fifty Illustr a ti o ns. Price 10 c ents. For s a l e by a ll newsdeal e rs in the Unit e d States and C a n a da, or sent to yo11r addrlli!s, po s t a ge fr ee, on r eceipt of pri ce. Address Frank 'l'Qusey, publi sher, 8 1 and 86 !iorth Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. IJOW TO BECOME A Te book publlsh e d Pri ce 10 ce nts. F o r sal e b y a ll news d ea l ers I t .he Umt.ed States and Canada, o r s en t to y ouT add r ess p ostag e nD receipt or prlca. Address .nank Tousey, publisher, 84 and 36 Nortll Moore Street, New York. Box 2780.


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