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Latitude 90°; or Frank Reade, Jr.'s most wonderful mid-air flight.
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No. 125. { COl\IPLE'l'E} FRANK TOUSEY. PtTT!T,ISHitR, 3! &. 36 NOHTH MOORE S' t'REE!J.NEW YORK { l'ltlCE } New York, January 24, 1896. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 Vol. V. Ente1 ed aec01ding to the Act of Congess, in the yew, by FRANIC,TOUSEY, in the o_{fice of the Libmian of Congress, at tVashington, D a LATITUDE aoo I or, Frank Jr:'.3 J Eul '"' Barney flung his rifle. to his shoulder: He drew quick aim at the elk and fired, The elk fell across the ledge dead on the \natant. But tlns fact was not w hat caused the three voyagers a mighty start.


2 LATI'l'UDE 90 DEGREES. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year u/ $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. LATITUDE OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Mid-Air Most Wonderful Flight. A STRANGE AND THRILLING NARRATIVE. By "NONAME," Author of "Six i3ufiken Pirates," "Lost in a Comet's Tail," "Astray in the Salvas; or, The Wild Experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, in South America With the Electric Cab," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE DISTINGUISHED TRAVELER-THE CHALLENGE/ THE NEW AIR-SHIP, "THERE's one bit of latitude on the globe, I reckon, which yon haven't visited, Cap'n Horn," remarked Ole Olson, the wooden-legged vld tar, as he struck a match on his tarpaulin and 1gnited his stump 'Of a pipe. And,'' with a hitch nt his reefer, "you ain't likely to vis it it in this lire I'm free to say." "Eb ehl" sputtered the tlerynosed and bewhiskered recipient or this "You speak with on air of authority, sir. By guns, I'd like to know what it isf I've sailed the western, the eastern, the northern and the southern sene. I've hobnobbed with Kunakas, drank pulque with Mexicans, supped on remdeer meat wilh Alaskans,. hunt ed tiuers in Indio, sworn the Amazon. and was lost two years 10 the or Africa, besides crossing Australia. Egad, sir! I'd like to know to what latitude you refer, sir?" And tbe fire eating captain pounded the floor with the butt eud of the cane, made from a spoke in a wheel of one or the cannons which riddled tbe French at Waterloo. The scene was the smoking-room of the Veteran Soldiers' and Sail ors' Club in the great city or New York. The time was present day. ,Fifty shotriddled and battlescnrred heroes were assembled in the comfortable apartments, which from their characteristic furnishings, looked more like the Interior or an arsenal than a club room. They had just listened to a lengtpy and exciting article oa the great battle of Fort Donelson by Gen. Hooper Hines, one of the distinguish ed participants. It had been so strongly reminiscent or gunpowder, shredded flesh and splintered bone, that it had excited their war-like spirit and created a 11uantity of heroic enthusiasm wonderfnllv im mense in volume. Captain Horn was the distinguished president of the club. Bis lire bad been one wonderful kale1C1oscope or thrilling events. He coul1 boast of wounds innumerable, and prided hi mseiC upon car rying rour ballets In different parts of his anatomy which bad been beyond the reach or the probe. Captain Born was strictly a hero. That was his adopted profes sion. To any rash mortal who might seek to emulate the captain it might be well to state that it requires hundreds or dead rnen to make one hero of that type, Hence the sncceas of one In that profession de pends largely upon his luck in not slipping Into a dead man's shoes, In tbat lamentable case he simply becomes a vulgar oontribution to the succesil or some other aspiring hero. But Captain Horn was one or the few who have run the and come out with breath in his body. Hence he was an established hero and hod retired upon his laurels. So what Captain Horn claimed was by no menns bombast, but his legally. For that reason be was accorded much keen respect by his compatriots. But among this contingent was the famous old sailor, Ole Olsona native ;\merican with a Swedish narne. Ole had sailed in every sea on the facf! of the globe, under every civilized flag, and hod fought his gun in manv a hard naval battle. Be had consecrated one leg to the cause of heroism. Ole and the captain were warm friends, and yet the sailor was fond or eliminating from his friend's composition. Born was con stantly bragging or his travels In every quarter or the globe. This was the prime cause or Olson's remark at the opening of this chapter. "If yon bad a good chart here, sir," aaid Olson decidedly, "I could point out that latitude to you." "Bless my soul!" sputtered the captain, "charts are plenty, and ot hand, too; or, here is what Is better yet-a globe, sir, a revolving glohe on Mercator's projection." The captain drew the globe across the table and whirled it around once or twice. "Now, sir," he said pompously. "You shall prove your assertion, sir, or by heavens, I slu11l be compelled to regard it an a8peralon oa my honor as a traveler, sir, and challenge you to mortal Tut, tut,'' said Olson, blowing a cloud or smoke in the captain's eyes and making him sneeze. "You've drank all the blood you'll ever drink and so have I. Bot that's not here I'm going to prove what I say." Ir you can, sir, I'll order a bottle or Madeira." Make your davy on that, mate. Put your llnger on that. It's the eightieth parallel north." "Yes,'' agreed the captain. "I spent two years up in the ice hunting Walrus and had four Esqaimnux wives. Go on! All right said Olson calmly. "We will go just ten degrees further north. Wbat doas that make the latitude? 90 degrees eht Well, that' s the latitude you have never visited." The captain was silent a moment, then he said: "That don't count, comrade." Yes, it does, shipmate." "Eh! My assertion was, of' course, specific, and erubr;.aced only that part of the earth Inhabited by man," Ah, bot there are inhabitants upon that Polar t, contiguous to !10 degrees north latitude, as is proved and other evidences brought into the ice region by traverse Tbe Es qoimanx make that assertion." The captain passed a hand across his brow.


; LA'l'l'l'UDE 90 "Ehf' be muttered. W11ere Is that 90 degree north latitude? F s not tllat the P o le, comrade?" is, my hearty." And you say that there Is an inhabited continent tberef" 'l here is no doubt of it." C aptain Horn sat like one in a stupor lor some moments. Then be aro s e and amllled up and dowu the room a couple of times, when be paused be leaned over the table, and saia lmsklly:to Olson: .. C omrade, l've'iost five years of my life." EhT' exclaimed Olson. .. 1 tell you I have. My life work is not done. I've bello wasting my at tllis club. I'm a fool." Olson was astonished. Easy mate!" he said, "trick your wheel a little to starboard. You're listing a bit to port.'' I'm not on an even keel, I'll admit," said Horu, solemnly, "but I will be afore two years. Let me tell you. When I was twenty-one and free I made a sacred vow tllat before I died, I would visit every in ilablted country on the face of the earth. Whe n 1 joined this club and s e ttled down here to end my days I tirmly believed that I bad carried out that vow. I now find that I have not." Nonsense)" s aid the old salt. "You've came nigh enough to the line mat e," But Horn shook hla head. "No,'' be said, slowly; 90 deg. north! An inhabited continent. Well, you're sale anyway," said Olson, with a laugh, "for no man living can get tbere.'' Well," said Horn, '!'lth a gasping however that Is I've got to l ; eep my vow. I ve got to go there. Ols on gave a start. S te a dy, cup'en!" he said, "take a bit of a reef. You don't mean to say that you Intend to visit latitude 90 degrees!'' Horn nodded in a V!lgue way. On my honor as a gentl e man." he said. "Impossible!'' "It must b e eo." _. But you can 't." But I will.'' Olson puffed and blowed a moment like a porpoise, and then Cried: But you shan't!" l "I will! Thll two old timers glared at each other in the most antagonistic way. The air begun to actually smell or gunpowder. Then '' said Olson, grandiloquently, then-on my honor-If J'On will be such a fool-why I'm sworn to be in at your death. l'll go with y o u!'' Horn glared at his friend. "Well, I'm sworn that you won't!" he euid For a full minute the two doughty heroes stood llercely confronting other. "Until now, Captain Horn, I always thought you a man of honor,'' said Olson. "And I can say the same of yon, sir," retorted Horn. I'm Insulted, sir and you must fight me.'' It shall be so, hut you'll have to meet me in latitude 90 deg., sir. 'II wish you good-day." Wait! I accept. I will meet you in lat!Lude 90 deg., and chul-!lenge you to mortal com}lat there." It Is settled!" "Good-day, sir!" Au revoir!" Captain Horn gave fone last glare aL hie compatriot, and then amloled out of the club house. lie at once made hie way down to W11st .>Street. He entered the office of a well known firm of ship owners. He the bead member or the firm, whose nnme was Hum. He stated h1s errand brieHy. The ship owner listened respectfullv. G'aptain Born was a m a n of great wealth. Mr. Hum began to suspect that tile cttptaln was mentally touched, and wondered how be should :get rid of him. He knew that It was Impossible to send a vessel to latitude 9tJ deg. Suddenly a happy tbo:1ght struck him. "On my w<>rd, Horn," be said, "do you want to go there a <:nicker way?" "What 'is it comrade?" asked the captain. "By airBhipl" Horn looked astonished. "By air-ship?" he gasped. "Yes, haven't you heard the latest? Frank Rende, Jr., the greatest inventor In the world, is about to start on a voyage of discovery to the North Pole in his new air-ship!'' guns!'' gasped the captain, "to the North Pole In an air-ship. Well, that will just be the to crown my life of adventure. "Hooray! I'll go it. Where shall I llnd this .uan and his air-ship!" "At his great machine works in Reudestown. You had better tele grnph him at once that you are coming.'' The captain embraced Ham and then rushed to a Western Union Office. Beat once wrote a dispatch. Thus it was worded: FRANK READE, JR., Readestown, U. S. A. .DEA.R SIR,-d must nccompany you on your trip to Latitude to de-DEGREES. j 3 r grees. I have a vow to fulfill. Will pay you any sum you name for the privilege. Wire me at once. Yours expectantly, CAPTAIN OBADIAH HORN. The captain waited for fully an hour for the answer, Wilen it came be reciveJ a great shock. Thus it read: CAPTAIN OBADIAH HoRN: We are sorry to inform you that Mr. Frank neade, Jr., and his two men, Barney and Pomp, left h e re on the mor11ing of the 24th in the air ship Shooting Star, bound for Hudson's Bay, North Grt-en land, and the regions of the North Pole. With deep regrets, JoNATHAN ADAMS, St!Crelary. The captain was too much of an old hero, howev e r, to let this first wave of defeat daunt hina. Back be went down to !:lam's office. He was reaolved to get under way M once for thP. North Pole, even if he had to buy a ship and crew to do it with. This was truly a he roic spirit. CHAPTER II. AT READESTOWN-TBE S TART-80, FOR THE NORTH POLE! A FEW days before the lneidents occurr e d, which we have just re cord e d th e re was a great stir In the little cit y of Readestown. Reade, Jr.'s new airship the Shooting Star, bad just bee n tinished, al!d such a great triumph wos it that the y o'lng inventor was constrained to issu e invitations to all his friends to dine wit h him aboard the air ship previous to his departure for the North Pol e Of course a l a rge crowd attended, and the utl'air wail in every way a glorious success. There were aft e r dinner speeches, toasts and bon mots galore. It was an e vent for Readestown. Everybody wns interested in theprojected trip to the North Pole. Frank received hundreds of letters rom various an

4 LATl'l'UDE 90 DEGREES. Then there wns the hold, well stored with provisions and e quip menta. The engine-room and mncbinery with the dynamos and tem of storage. 'I he staterooms and galley for cooking witb :,IJ thdr necessary equipments. It muat be understood that the air-ship cost, besides m e ntal in and time, much money to build and equip. But Frank Reade, Jr., was a comparatively w aalLhy young man, hts t :JCo me from bis many inventions being qui.e enormous. S o he could well affonl to builti an air strip and travel to the North Pole with it. All was 10 readiness for the start upon the great trip. Had Frank postponed a few days he would have certainly received Captain Horn's message, ami It migbt have made a grea t change in his plans. But he sniled at the appointed hour A lnrge crowd snw the air ship take its flight from Rendestown. Frank stood on the deck and waved the Ame rican !lag to th e che er. ing crowd. Barney and Pomp were il! the pilot-lwuse operating tbe k e y h01trd. The moment the Shooting Star leaped into the nir, it was s een that s h e was a s uccess. She could easily master the strongest currents of air, s a v e of cottr s e a hurricace, and obeyed every tmpulse of her navigatora Straigbt to the northward she sail e d. S oon Readestowu w a s left out of sigbt. 'l'be air-ship was two miles from the earth, :tnd just below a h a nk of drifting clouds. Baruey lashed whe e l and with Pomp came out on deck. Tbey b e gan tbrowing llip-tl o ps and turning som e rsaults in their ex uberance and delight. Hi dart" sang out the darky. "I ldn turn mo ob y should.'' "Oh, certainly! I have little reepect.Ior a mnn who will not stand up lor the of his birth.'' "Wburrool ouly for ould Eng:and ye'd see Oireland foremost among tbe people av the earth," cried Barney, vigorously. S ome day yez will see the burp hang high in Tnra's bulls agin. Moind yer eye!" It was an panorama they were passing over. Tbere were lakes, rivers, mountatns and valleys, villages, hamlets and cities. Stili on sailed the air-ship. It was sunset wben Frank said: At this rate we shall cross the St. Lawrence at midnight. As I am nnxious to see its Tbousand Isles by dayligbt we will lay to until morning Accordingly speed was ch ecke d,( and the air-ship floated among the clouds. For diversion, as soon as it became dark enough the search light was us ect. Its rays were thrown cown into a village stret>t. The result was interesting to note. The people gatherer! in a great crowd, and a scene of the most in tense excitement followed. At thst height, and in the lace of the light's blinding glare, the air !!hip could not be eeen. Doubtless tbe blinding light was to many of them an inexplicable phenomenon. A.fter some while spent thus in testing the search light, the air-ship drifted out of run!{e. It wal' pleasant pastime to sit upon the deck and enjoy the cool evening air, for it was a sultry night below. To add to tlte enjoyment of the moment, Pomp brought out his banJo and Barney his Irish fiddle. Plantation melodies and Irish uallads Whiled the hours away until midnight. Then Frank and Pomp rlltired for the night. Barney be ing on guard in his turn. CHAPTER Ill. A CROSS THE ST. RUPERT I,AND-THE GIAN T ELK. MORNING came at last and spe e d was again resumed. The day hit fair to be a pleasant one. Before noon Frank declared that they would cross the St. Lavtr.,nce His prediction came true. Tbe great river was crossed in the region of the Thousand Isle s Jt was an impressive scene. Great raft s of lumber were upon the broad surface of the river. Steamers were traveling up and down, and the summer resorts were crowded. It could be seen thnt the airship created excitement. Across the St. Lawrence tbe country began rapidly to undergo a change. Settlements took tbe place of villages and towns with graded streets. The dwellings became more primitive and few and fur between. Iodications of tbe great wilderness to come were seen. All that day the atr sbip sailed on, then Frank veered the course a lillie more to the West, and sairl: We shnll now very soon be in Rupert Laud, and the region of the fur hunters nod t raders." "Dat rrught jes' be a I{OOd chance fo' us to get in some good bunt itt', Marse declared Pomp. "Yes," agreed the young inventor. "And if the opportunity of fers we will do so." 'l' bis was something lor Barney and Pomp to look forward to, and accordingly they were upon the qui vive. And it could very easily be seen Lhat the region ti.Jey were now pa8S in& over was a rare one for game. The country wns wild, and d e nse forests with grass grown. prairies were everywbere. In the forests there were bear and de e r and moose, and upon thelpr a iries antelope and any quamity of wwged game, sucb as partridge and quail. Truly this is tile Paradise of the hunter," cried Frank; "the sup ply of gnme bere seems Inexhaustible.'' "It do dat, Marse Frank,'' agreed Pomp. "Couldn't neber shoo t j it all --""""." Ah, I am not so sure of tbat,'' snid Frank. Ever y year tho sportsmen from civilization are pushing deeper and deeper into the wilderness Very little game escapes tbem." Begorra, It s a blasted sha me!" averred Barney, sbm e tbey ought niver to bunt it so much!" "Oh, the demands of civilization are Inexorable,'' declared Frat : k ; "everything wild and untamed disappears before it. Only think! Nut m any hundred ye a rs ago the isle of Manbattnn, upon w!Jicb tbe great city of New York to-day was a bowling wilderness Bear s and wolves had their dens among the rocky clert.s, now perp e tuat ed by landsc a pe ga:deners in Central Purk. 'l'be wild Indian's wigwam no doubt was once pitched wbere now stands tbe palatinl Waldorf a n d tile residences of millionaires." B e jabers that seeins queer enuff.'' declared Barney; that most ave been about the time the O'Slleas were kings av Oire lend. Bad cess to the change!" "And wby?" lau ghed Frank. "You cannot wish Manhattan back to ils primitive wilderness and the abode of bowling beasts and sav agest' Divil a bit!" returned the Celt, "but if Oireland bad her roights, shure, she'd niver be undher the yoke av ould England to-day.'' "It is all the result of civilization," declared Frank; "everything gives way before its march.'' Shure, the Oirish were civilized sor, whin England took away their liberty.'' Yes, but the English were superior or they could I!Ot bave done it, declared Frank. Here the suhject was brought to a close in an exciting manner. Pomp bad to the rail and was looking down upon the country below. Sudd e nly be gave a sharp cry. "Shore, phwat's the matther wid y e z!" cried Barney, as he spmng to his side. But a glance w a s enou gh. "Golly! Jea' cast yo' eye at dat," exclaimed tbe darky. All sa,w what was r e ally a picture worthy an artist. Upon a ledge of rock, bigh above tops of a forest of pines, there stood a mighty specimen of the lordly elk. And right lordly he was, too, as he stood there with feet firmly planted, nostrils blowing and eyes fixed full upon tbe air-ship above it. The creature did not seem alarmed, but wholly the victim of curiosity, the trait of the deer tribe. By Jove!" exclnimed Frank; "wbat a magnificent spe<:imen of elk!" Barney's Pye glittered. Wbisht now an' I'll bag him!" he cried, as he strrted lor his rifle. Will V/'Z wait the air-ship, Mistber Frank?" Of course,'' replied Frank. Hoi' on dar, hcnAy!'' cried Pomp. "I reckon it am my shot! I seen de animile fus off!" Shoot thin, ana be banged to yez!" cried Barney; divil a bit do I care for that!'' "I kain't shoot wif yo' rille. De sight don' fit mab ey!!s," said Pomp; "go on an' shoot yo'sef.'' Do yez mane it!" "l does." All roight thin.' 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J \ LATI'l'UDE '90 DEGREES. I 5 Barney flung his rille to his shoulder. He drew quick aim at the elk and fired. The elk fell across the ledge dead on the instant. But this fact was not what caused the three voyagers a m1ghty start. "Mither presurve ns! Phwut the divil was that?" ejaculateC. Bar ney. All were gazing down into the wooded valley below. For a mo ment they searched the place with critical gaze. "On mtlh wo'd!" exclaimed Pomp, "I dona fo't I beerd some one shoot away down dere!" "Bejahe rs, it was the report nv another gun!'' declared Burney. I'll stake me loife on it!" "Oh, I guess not,'' said Frank, carelessly. "It mu s t have been the echo of your shot." And this conclusion was therefore ncceptet!, though it must be said reluctantly by Barney and Pomp. However, the game was bagged, and it was now in order to secure i t. S o the air ship descended. A good spot wa9 selected upon which to make a landing. 'l'he ulr ship rested upon the roc k y ldge. Frank stayed by the wheel, while Barney and Pomp leaped ov e r th e rail to secure the elk. As it would be a h e avy load t o carry, they decided not to take the animal b(ldily auoard, but to cut it up where it was. So procuring sharp knives, th e y s e t to work. They had succeeded in half !laying the elk, when a startling thing occurre d. The sound of harsh voices and feet was heard coming up from among the trees. Instantly B a rne y and Pomp sta rted up. Wha' am Jat! e xclaimed the darky. "Begorra, some wan is comin'l" "Who am it?" Kain't say." Wha' am we gwine to do!" Stay h e re, of course." Frank, who was on deck, started up and came to the rail. He ust in time to see a motley gaug of men burst into view from the forest. They were dark browed, bewhiskered men of the frontier type. Their lender was a giant in frame. All w ere armed to the teeth, and their manner was disLinctiv ely agg ressive. A sort of hoarse cry went up as they saw the elk in the bands of Barney and Pomp. Then they advanc e d in an ominous way, d i splayin g their guns. B arn e y and Pomp picke d up their rilles and cocke d them. Fo' de Inn's sakes!" exclaimed Pomp, c!EJy act as if dey was g w ine to gib us a fight.'' B egorra, I don t loike the looks av 'em, naygnr. Look out they don't g it atween us an' ther air-ship!" Yo' kin jes' bet on dat." S eem g th a t the Irishman and negro w e re armed the leader of the frontiersmen paused. He exchange([ a f e w words with his men, and th e n advancing a step hailed the two hunters. I say, strawngers, wha t are ye doin' in th e se parts!" We're on honest business sor, y e z kin mak e shure av that," re pli e d Barney; "that's the best we have to say to y ez." '' Olt, it is, eh? Well, it's my business to know if ye've any right here.'' "Any roi ght,'' retorted B:trnev. As good ns yures, I'm thinkin'.'' "Ye r thur, me frie nd," r e p ied the frontiersman. "We are or th e law, an' represent the queen on whose territory you ar' ponclHn g." Barn e y and Pomp exchanged But before either could re ply, Frank cull e d atte ntion to himself. Then you represent the quP.en, my friend!" he asked, politel v "In course we do," replied th e frontiersrnan in a harsh voice. "An' yow'll find out s o, too. I am under orders to arrest or sho o t anybodY. the S tates who is caugbt without a license shooting auywhar in Rup ert's Land.'' "Be fore we go any further," said Frank, calmly, "I want you to show me your commission. I don't oelieve the queen would acknowl edge you as a representative.'' "Oo you mean to insult me!'' blustered the big ruffian. "Not a bit of it,'' replied Frnnl\, coolly. "We are in a big wilder ness here where it is difficult to law, even if there was any law. Just inform me how you are going to prove to me that you rep resent the queen.'' "Wall, I ain't goin' to try to. l'rn in the employ of ther Hudson's Bay Company, that bus a charter from t her Que en, wllich is one aud ther same thing." "Ah, I thought so,' said Frank with a smile "The Huds o n's Bay Company is a great monopoly, hut I d o n't see how i t is going to pre vent our taking that elk which we have just shot.' The fronti e rsman gave utterance to an astonish e d oath. "Which you just shot!" he exclaimed. "Yes," replied Frank. "Wall, I'll b e darned! I shot that elk myself! It's my property, and yew ain't a-going to steal it-not if I know it!" "You shot it!" exclaime

6 \ LATITUDE 90 DEGH.EES. Barney and Pomp were quite excited, and each was eager to catch the tirst glimpse of the pnlar bear. Seals and whales were visible iu abundance. It was tbe season of Arctic summer, and consequently the straits were not frozen over, but were open and tb11 air wus quite mild. It was deemed best not to put on furs yet, though the voyagers in creased the thickness of their clothing somewllat. Sailing over one ul the biggest Barney cried: "Shure, Mistber Frank, we ought to discind and have a shot at some of the loine ducks down there." Indeed, I believe you're right, Barney,'' said the young inventor, with sudden inspiration. The berg was in fuct more than a berg, it was a huge lioating Island of ice. There was a deep depression in its ceo ter and here among the pin nacles of crystal wus a lake of water which the voyagers could see now was not in any way connecteu with the sea. In this water, which was probably almost fresh, there were myriads of ducks and geese and even swans. They were floundering nbout and having a great racket. The nearness or the air-ship did not seem to dtsturb them at all. With Frank in the majonty of cases impulse was action. It did not take him long to make up his mind. ln a jifly the air-ship was settling down upon a level Hpot high up near the summit of the berg and full fifty feet above the water. Here the Shooting Star rested safely enougtJ upon an icy platform. Then anchors were thrown out and ttle voyagers prepared lor the hunt. As there was no danger of an attack upon the air-ship by a lurk ing foe, it wus deemed safe enough lot all to leavtl the ship, and this they accordingly did. Frank leu the way over the slippery surface among the ice pinnacles. There was constant dnnger of Rlipping and getting a severe fall. Once Barney did Lake a headloug elide of twenty feet, but a bauk of snow made his bruises slight. "Golly, I done fink we orter hub nails in oor shoes," declared Pomp; "den we mought bah some lily chance to stan' up!'' "Begorra, It's as slippery as the greased pole at Donnybrook!" averred Barney. "Shure ye're Diver shure av phwat's comin' next." However, after a tJrtuoas course the three hunters reached a small plaL!orm under an ice cauopy with a thin breastwork helore ttlem. This wus not a dozen feet above the basin where were the ducks. No better chance could have been desired. The birds were all witbiu easy call. It was easy enough to draw a line on the best of them with the shotguns they carried. Frnnk made the plan. You take that line to the ltlft, Barney," be said. Pomp, take the right, aud I will take them when they rise." This was done. Indeed, so rapidly did they work, and so numerous were the birds, that before the pond was cleared, they had made three sharp rounds of firing, and nearly two score of the feathered game lay upon the shores of the basin. It wns a remarkably successful job, and the hunters were in high spirits. Sbure, they kin nlver beat us fer the huutin' av ducks!'' cried Bar ney. "Wud yez Ink at tlie loikes av tbim!" "Golly, dis beats de duck shooting down in ole Okeefinokee Swamp," declared Pomp. Wha' am we gwine to do now?'' "Take our game aboard the Star," declared Frank. "What with elk meat and ducks, we ought to live well." Yez are roigbt,'' cried Barney. "Come on, naygur, and pick up the burruds." The ducks were now up and classified. There were several different species. Then back to the air ship went the bunters. Tbe hunt bad been a success. Thus far the aerial voyage bad been like a pleasure excursion. But from this momeut dated incidents and events of a rapid and thrilling sort. The voyagers were sure to remember their trip to the Pole. They had hardly mounted the air-ship's deck w-hen Barney, cbanc ing to glaDce seaward, a great cry. Begorra, wud yez look!" be cried. There's a foine ship on folre!" Instantly all were upon the thrilling scene. Distant about two miles was a echooner-rigged vessel. Flames were seen leaping from her deck. At llrst Frank was of the opinion that these flames came from the furnace pipes of a whaler tryiug out oil. But a second glance told him different. Shfl was not the cut or of a whaling vessel. Moreover it could be seen that the flames ba1 involved l1er rigging. A great gasp of horror escaped Frank's lips. My soul!" be exclaimed, it is really a vessel on fire. She is doomed to certain destruction." CHAPTER V. CAPTAIN HORN PUTS TO SEA-THE STOWAWAY-THE CRY OF FIRE. IN our desire to follow the adventures of tlle airship and its crew, we have neglected the no less interesting experiences of other char acters of our story. Captain ,Obad!ah Horn was much chagrined of course to find that. be was just too late to embark with Frank Reade, Jr., for the pole aboard his famous air ship. But this did not deter tl!e old traveler one whit in his stubborn pur pose. He was resolute in his determination to vistt the North Pole as the only part of the habitable earth be had not puill a VISit to. Captain Horn was ltrtile in expedient. He was a good skipper him sell and kr.ew the art of navigation by heart. By my ears!'' be muttereli, I'll navlel" "How so!" "The thing bas been tried times wiWout number. But in every case the vessel has been nipped in the ice and proved a latlure.'' "That may be," said Horn doggedly; but there's always a time to succeed, comrade. I am the one to do that. Now to business!" "Well?" "I want-the best vessel you have got. Mind ye, not a ship of the line, but a good lust schooner.'' Ham writhed. "I don't see how I can," he began, But Horn in a big voice brought his band down with crashing force and Don't be a fool, Ham. You know that I can buy and pay ror any ship that you have. Let it go at that. I'll ship my own anu take all risks.'' Well," said Ham slowly, "it looks to me like a foolhardy attempt." "Don't say a word more. You kuow that when I undertake a thing I never quit. l'm going through. Here's my check lor 'hirty thousand. That'll pay lor the use or your schooner!" Captain Obadiah waved hts checK book, hut llam said: .. Never mind that till you C<'me back. or course you shall have tb& vessel. I'd never refuse you, Horn. Now, tberes the Advance--" I kDow her. Nice trappy and stanch little vessel. She'll do. I'll take her at once. Where is she!" Out there at the wharf.'' Any cargo aboard her?'' "Not a bit. We just lilted the last cask out of her hold.'' settles it. I'll put a crew aboard her iu a day's time. Oh, I tell you I'm no hand to procrastinate, sir.'' "I can see that," said Ham, lugubriously; "but I must regard your undertaking aa a foolhardy one. We shall never see you or the sllip ./ again.'' "You'll get your pay lfor the ship, commrade," asserted the old traveler stoutly. "As for me, I'm proud to die in just such dn at tempt. It's a fitting way for a man who bas t.raveleli as much as I have, sir. Now I wish you a good-day, sir.'' And the captain stormed out of the ship owner'8 office. He made his way hastily up town. did not take him long to adjust his so that he could easily leave home. Then be set out to lind hls crtlw. While on his way to a seaman's headquarters in West street, who should be run into but Olson. The old sailor got squarely in his way. "Ahoy, mate!" cried Olilon. "Where is yoar course laid nowr You're beaded sou' by sou'west. That'll bring you up at the wharves, me hearty.'' "And that's where I'm going, my maD,'" replied Horn, pompously. "Ab, indeed, and you are really in earnest about this foolhardy -; trip to the Polef' Of course I am.'' "Well," said Olson, rubbing his bands anct shifting his qujj from one cheek to the other, "of course you've reconRiclered your decisivn. not to ship me in your company!" Horn glared at the pre8umpluous old salt. "No, sir!" be thundered. "You can't ship with me. That's the end of it, air. Good-day, sir!" And he hrushed past Olson and bustled on his way. But the sail or's words came lloating to his ears.


I LA'l'l'l'UDE 90 DEGREES. "Never mind, me hearty! I'll meet you at the N.:Jrth Pole and settle that afl'air or honor if I have to charter a ship myself to go there." "Humph!'' muttered Captain Obadiah to himself. "He's just fool enotwh to do thnt. Well, if q.e does, I'll light him, that's all." It did not take the doughty captain long to pick up Ilia crew. He was somethmg of a sailor himself, but would never have dared to nav igate the Advance on his own responsibility. Really it would have been wise for him to take Olson, who was a perfect seaman. But the eccentric idea wbicb bad gained possession of him prevented this. So he selected an old whaling sle sure of settling that afl'air of honor with you at the Pole.'' Horn began to roll up his sleeves. "Then we'll settle ft now," he begun. But Olson put up a hand. "Not til! we get to the Pole, mate, then It's cutlasses for weapons. I have the choice as you well know, lor I am the challenged party." "But-you've no right ubourt is Frank Reade, Jr., and his air-ship, uc

( 8 LATITUDE 00 DEGREES. been ollliged to take yon all uack to Labrador or the seaport, for I could not have taken so many on my voyage to the Pole." That is reasonable,'' said Obadiah; it was a stroke of fate. remember now that Ham declared that the Advance would never re turn. He was a prophet." Barney meanwhile had headed the air ship up Davis Straits. For several days it journeyed on over the icy then llnally en tered upon the ice tields or Batlins Bay. They were now really in the Arctic. One d:1y Obadiah addressed Olson in his bluff manner: : "Do you remember the challenge, sir? You have not forgotten that we are to settle an allair of honor when we reach latitude 90 deg." I am well aware of it, sir," said Olson, stilly, "and I never shrink from my duty, sir." "Very well, str!" Then both bowed with dignity and drojJped the suuject. They pres ently fell to dtscussing other matters. Had they been aboard a sailing vessel now, they must have been greatly hindered by the great ice field which completely clogged Baf fins Bay. But the air-ship, or course, was not in the least affected by this, and sailed on at a good rate of speed. But cold was intense and required the speedy donning of thick furs. Also the sun ran lower on the horizon and betrayed tile curious pnenomenon familiar to Arctic dwellers. 'l'hus far nothing had been seen of llllman beings. Animals of all l(iuds were oeen, wolves, walrus aud white h e ar At times there was a feeling of temptation to in a hunt. But Frank was anxious to reach North Greenland, Th e re had been much talk of late year s tt1at the north of Green iand extend e d all the way to the Pole aD<.l formed real Arctic or Pola1 contin e nt. Frank discredited this theorv. He beli eved that there was a'broad and O!Jen sea b e tween the north ern part of Greenland and tile Pole. To establi s h this fact was what he desired. So tile air ship's course was slightly to the eastward, whlch Frank reckoned would bring him to the shores of Greenland, at a point some hundred miles nort11 of Upernrwik. Across tile great ice fields the air ship n:>w flew. But suddenly, as it was passing over rL lev e l plain of ice. the atten ti:>n of the voyagers was attracted by a curious scene. Ttlere was plainly visible below, a collection of aeveralllundred ice huts, the abodes of E squimaux. Dogs and sledg es, and all the accompnirtments of Esquimau life, were included in the scene. Sowe of the natives themselves were about or engaged in some occupation. The appear a nce of the air ship over tllem, created an intense sensa tion. Iu less time than it takes w tell it, not au Esquimau was in sight. But the beads of some of them were seen at tho openings of the ice huts cautiously taking a look at the, to them, strange apparition. This crmsed a laugh on board the air-ship. "Guns and sabers!" exclaimed Captain Obadiah, they needn't be afraid of us-we won't harm them." "Divil a bit!" cri ed Barney. "Shure we'd loike to make (rinds wid 'em." "We will try it if you all so desire," said Frank. "You have only to say the word." "Good!" cried Obad1uh, and the others joined in the chorus. the air-ship settled down. It rested upon an ice hummock in the center of the village. The voyagers leaped over the rail and stood once more on terra tirma. It was some whlle before they could induce the timid Esquimaux to come out of their ice huts. But they tinally overcame their fears, and as soon as they become assured that their visitors were human b e ing3 and not of a supernat ural character, they were completely reassured. In a short whil!l the whole village, men, women and children were swarming abot the voyagers. ; urious looking mites of bum11nity they were, as broad as they were tong in their fur suits. Tbey were fortunately a friendly trihe, and nfter gettin"' acquainted entertained their visitors hospitably. "' Captain Obadiah a nd went sledge ridicg. and were offered a fat shce or blubber dipped :n 011, but they were to risk offend iog their new acquaintances and drew the line at "Great muskets!" exclaimed the captain with a wry face. I never smelled anything like that in my lire. It was enou"'b to drive one to suicide." "' However the Esquirnaux diLl not show .Jffense and all went merry as a marriage feast for a time, CHAPTER VI!. THE OPEN S EA. THEN it entered the heads of some oL the pudgy natives to pay a visit aboard the air-ship. or course a refusal was out of the question. Fmnk undertook to sbow a delegation over the shi!J. They passed from the cabin to the pilot-boose, thence into the bold and finally out on deck again. Tbe mechanism of the ship was all Greek to them, but they bad seen many wontlerful things, and were delighted when Frank made ea::h one a small gift. But they had llarL tion, and was a mixture of grease, garlic, whale blubber, dead fish and dog It could not be described in words. Whew!" said Frank, pinching his nose, "it -will have to be fumi gat ed before we can extst in there." This was a nice little job for Barney and Pomp. But, after burning cberr.ic a!s for a th e bad odor was driven out. Of cou r se, the Esquimaux never suspect e d anything of this sort else 1t is possible that they might have felt insult e d. However, some quite pretty furs were purchas e d of them. These fortunat ely dill not smell bac, so that could be said against them. On the whole the briaf s tay in th e Esqulmau village was enjoyed. The chief of the tribe urged them ;,., come agam. But once more the air ship was under w:Ly and bound for North Greenland, The next rnorning its shores were seen. These were 1Jigl1 clitled and black. In places the rock formation was exposed to view. But in general it looked like a great of icebergs pil a u up in an enorm o us heap. It was a wild and dreary spot. Over the Arctic contment the au ship now continued to sail. Frnnk turned his c o urse due north, and put on increased speed. The cold b e came int e nse. He wanted to see how far toward t.he Pole tho continent extended. It was his purpose to a pproach it from that direction. The frozen waters of Batlln s Bay were now left behind. In tho R e waters many a good ship had been nipped and now lay fathoms deep. Many a brave crew of explorers had pel'ished ther e All these retlections came to the voyagers and they were de.Jply im pressed. Indeed had Frank been in any l e ss o f a hurry to reacl1 the Pole, he would have spent some time 111 locating the bistoric spots and searching for the relics. Dut time was too value.ble just now and the Shooting Star kept on over Greenland. Great mountains covered with snow and ice, deep valleys the same, and desolate plains the ord er. It was easy to see that they w e re on land and the explorers were all intensely interested. "I have often heard it proposed to push through to the Pole with dogs and sledges over this part of the country," sa1d Frank, but I can tell you that such a thing is impracticable. It could never be done!" I agree with you, comrad e,'' saill Captain Obadiah; would be impossible for them to cross these cr e vass e s or climb over this moun tain wall." "Just so," said Frank; "wllat is more, tlley would lind tbe ope!l sea to the north of them.'' Which would be a barrier.'' ''Sure!'' So tllis favorite theory of many explorers was exploded. ThP. atr ship sped on swiftly. Mountains and valleys and 3now clad plai. s s lid rapidly past. The n there se e med to come a noticeabl e change in the atmo spne re. "On my word, comralle," said Capta in 0\Jadiah, I b e iieve it IS getting warmer." "It will get warmer the we draw to the Pole,'' said Frank. The cap t ain was surpris e d, Do you mean that?." be asked. "1 do How do you explam it?" "My way of thinking is that the Arctic or Polar continent ts the scene of many active volcanoes. This heated action of the earth's forces has a material ellect upon the atmosphere.'' By guns!" exclaimed the ca;1tain, admiringly, what a bead you have got. How did yon !wow that!" I have reasoned it out," r e plied Frank with a smile.


LATI'l'UDE 90 DEGREES Well, it's pretty good reasoning. AnybJdy would think that you bad been there." We are as near the Pole now as any human )emg ever got," said Frank, EhT how is that!'' The Lock ward and Brainerd expedition reached a latitude of about 83 degrees, I uelieve. 'l'hat was wiLhin seven degrees ol the Pole, but IL m1gbt as well have been seven hundrlld." "Ah!'' They, I believe, report coming to an open sea, which barred their further progress. This forced them to return." As it became certain that the end of Greenland bad been passed, all were now looking forward to a glimpse of the reputed open sea. Counlleea explorers bad vouched lor it, but few living men bad ever seen it. Some doubted Hs existence, but Frank firmly believed in it. Great fields of ice now stretched away to the northward, IJuL Frank cal:ed the captain's attention to one fact. Do yo a notice a di!l'ereuce in the ice!" he asked. Do you not see that it is not quiLe so hard and solid as that of BuiHns Bay?" "I had not noticed, comrade," said Captain Obadiah inquiringly. Well, there is a great diftere1;ce. This ice is of a difl"erent qual 1ty and not near EO durable. That id in my estimatiOn a very important fact "Indeed! How so?" lL shows the inlluence of a warmer region near at hand. In fact there is no longer the same chill in the air which we have been ex periencmg." I have noted that,'' declared Otwdiah with interest, "then you think we are approaching a warm11r region?" I do, and U.1at is the open Polar Sen. H there did not exist a warmer atmosphere north of us, that sea would not be open." I agree wiLh you," declared Obndtah emphatically. "In fact bello!" Tile captain pointed excitedly to the horizon. At the same mo memen t .Barney from the pilot ilnu8e cried: .1\liatller Frank, wud yez come here, sor. Shure I think there's open watllilr ahead." The open sea!" exclaimed Frank, excitedly. Tt.en all rushed for glasses. There was much excitement. For a certain fact, open wnLer lay before them. To say that : Frank was delighted would be a mild statement. The young inventor fairly danced with joy. "That IJenrs out my theory!'' lie cried. The open sea is no myth! This is worth everything to Now for the Polar continent!" Perhaps Captain Obadiah was fully as excited. He stumped UJI a!ld down and lt>pt saying: "This will settle it! Obadiah Horn. miseion will be ended, and you can retire from a traveling life!" The air-ship was sent forward with all speed. rue intervening miles were quickly cut down, and soon the line of coast was seen. The snow and ice ceased within a mile of the water. Tbe shores were Sn!ldy and low. Tbe air-sbip sailed down, and by Frank's orders, alighted upon the gravelly beach. The young inventor was desirious or taking a reckoning, and also of examining tile electric engines before essayiug tbe long trip across tbe Polar Sea While he was thus engaged the of the party took an explor ing trip along the 8hore. Captain Obadiah and Olson went in one direction, and Barney and Pomp in the other. The two latter men their shotguns to b&g some wild geese, should they chance to come Ul 10 any, But there was another purpos 0 in Barney's mind. The Celt had it in for the darky for a practic:cJ which he had played upon !lim some time lef01 Fr!IJlk had tabooed sKylarking aboard the air ship, so that for some while the two jokers had beeu kept in abeyance. But now that they were upon terra firma they had free license, and were disposed to make the most of it. Barney was diapoaed to be the aggressor, and he waited for his opportunity. He bad provided for it beforehand. Aboard the air-ship there were a number of decoy ducks which Barney had cleverly doctored. His method hml been to cover the wooden blocks with a coat of glue and then carefully leathP.r them. Indeed at a distance they ha

9 10 LATITUDE 90 DEGREES, "Yez ain't able," retorted Barney, shaking his red bead defiantly. Yez ain't got ther beer to do it.'' Clar de track, cblle!" cried Pomp, lowermg his head. "l'se a 'COmin'!" Tben be swooped do"n upon Barney. The wrestle that followed was a lively one. It was hard to say which bad the best or it, or how long it would have lasted, had it not been for an interruption. This was in the form or a disLant report of a gun. In an instant the two skylarkers were sober. "Dut am Marse Frank's signal," cried Pomp. Begorra, that's thruel" agreed Barney. Wha' can be de mattabT" "P'raps some av the Esquimaux have attacked the air ship, be jabers!" "I reckon we bettah get along back!" "In course!" So they picked up their rilles and started back to the air ship. But when came in sight of it nothing w:as alien or a foe. 'fben they knew that Frank had liuished his job, and was ready to start upon the trip across the Polar Sea. Barney and Pon1p soon reached the air-ship. They learned that thiR was the truth. Captain Obadiah and Olson were already tbere. As soon as possible, therefore, the air-ship was once more afloat, nod the start was made. Rapidly the coast line faded away and soon nothing was about them but a seemingly boundless sea. Its waters were blue and clear as crystal. At first it seemed as if they must be fresh. B:1t t his was not so. The air-ship kept on her course acro11s the Polar Sea for many houra. Frank was constantly at the wheel and eagerly scanning the horizon. He was looking !or the Polar Continent, which was supposed to lie upon the 90 dt!gree parallel, or exactly at the earth's axis. H it was proved that such a land did really exist, it would be a grand triumph for science. If not, then the theories of many lt!arned men must be set at naught. But the voyage to 90 deg. latitude could not last always. Every hour now cut the distance down. The suspe[lse or the voy agers became Intense. But at the vary most critical moment when everybody was on the qui vive, Frank cried: "Ahoy! there she is. Land at last." "Land!'' The exclamation went from lip to Up. It was an intense moment. They felt much as Columbus have felt when he first sighted land in the western heimsphere. Jt was an indescribable sensation. To think that they were to see this wonderful Polar continent before any other living white man was a most exciting thought. At first it was but a faint line on the horizon. But it gradually grew plainer until the black basaltic cliffs or a vol canic continent burst into view. Beyond them were mighty mountain ranges and hills. Some or these were unmistakably acr.ive volcanoes. "That explains it all," said Frank; "the volcanoes are what make the mild climate at this extreme point of the Arctic world." It was indeed an anomalous thing that such a region or warmth should exist so completely surrounded by a mighty region of ice and snow. Nearer the air ship drew to the Polar shore. At last we have reached 90

\ LATITUDE 90 DEGREES. The two duelists paused and fiercely turned upon him. Stand aside, you, sir!" roared Obadiall; tllis is our affair." "And mine, too!'' cried Frank, undauntedly. Wllat does this meanT Why are yo11 figllting like thisT" Olson swung Ius wooden leg a !lout, and replied: Au atl'uir or honor, sir. I am the challenged party." Hadtab. Frauk saw the truth at once. Ha knew that these men were types of the old time and nav>: men, who deemed it a sacred duty to stand upon a potnt or questionable honor, even at the sacrifice of life. He also saw in that moment how difficult it was going to be to con trovert these whims so deeply engrafted iu their compositions. 1 Force could not accomplish it. Only diplomacy would avail. Well,'' exclaimel the young inventor, cudgeling Ilia oraiu for a plan, "let us & ee, Can we not arrange a compromise?" Au apology,'' declared Obadiah. Never!" grttted Olson. Wait-wait," cried Frank, "let me see. What were the terms? Where "!'ere you to figbtT" "In l:.titude 90 deg. declared Olson. "And here we are. No settlement can be made. Stand guard." Hold,'' cried Frank, beatmg !Jack the swords again. Then a swift inspiration came to !Jim. You are breaking your compact,'' be cried. You are rorfeitino your honor. Tlus is not a duel but a che!ip brawl.'' "' "Wbatt" cried Obadiah, lowering his sworJ; "explain your words How do we forfeit our honor?" "You agreed to fight when you reached latitude 90 deg." H Yes .'' Well, shame upon you! We are yet many degrees from that latitmle. Tllis is not latitude 90 The sword points fell. The force of the argument was seec. It was eutlicient. The lue!ists looked crestfallen. "Have we made a mistake, messmate?" exclaimed Olson. "Put up your sword. We will settle the atl"air in 90 deg. or not at all.'' Right!" agreed Obadiah. "TI.Jat was the term or the compact. But no harm llas been <.lone." "None at all. Twill wait upon yon at 90 deg." Very well, sir." Back aboard the air ship the duelists went. In a few moments they were upon as friendly terms as ever. Frank went into the pilot house and laughed until his sides were like to split. Barney ani} Pomp were with him. We!l, I never!" be cried, "I should think those two old cranke were taken rigbt out of an old buccaneer novel and dropped down among us. If obey are not geuui&e characters, then I'll treat." "Yo' nm right, Marse Frankl" cried Pomp. "Whew! but didn't dey make de sparks fly." Oh, yes,'' said Frank. We have no swordsmen m these days equal to them. But what shall we dot When we reach the Pole they will certainly have it out.'' Be jabers, let 'em It, sor, cried Barney, "it's only their own throats they

' 12 LATll'UDE 90 DEGREES. "Are we sinkmg?" cned tile young inventor. l 'fhen up the Polar valley the air-ship sailed once more. Yes!" The Norse city was left far behind and soon was out or sight alto" My soull''. gaiped Frank; then we are lost!'' gether.. Bot new now claimed tile attention of all. Down the au-sll1p waa fast settling. She would soon rest upon the Passmg over a sectwn of the mountain range, a wonderful ele earth at this rate. vated lake burst into view. Down into tile dynamo room Franll: sprnng. He went hastily over It was bigh above the common level, and surrounded by jutting tile engines, but could not at or.ce locate the trouble. walls of black basalt. It was fully ten miles in lecgt!l and breadth. At thnt moment thrilling cries came from the deck. This was a picturesque spot in the ileart of tile grim mountains. "Begorra, Misther Frank, tlley're afther attackin' us,'' cried BarLooking down through the transparent lluge !ish were seen ney, wildly. Wud yez come quick!'' upon the gravelly bed. As Frank leaped up into the pilot house through the window he Across this mountain lake voyagers sailed. eaw a thrilling scene. Then once more thtl mountains divided, and this time a strange val'l'he Polar people were really coming to the attack. It was evident ley was seen tilled with clouds or smoke. that they regarded the aerial as uuwelcorne intruders. Tiley No living thing-no-vestige of green could be seen anywhere. It were exhorted to the fmy by the priests. was au earthly type of Hades. 1t was a thrilling moJuent. "Great Jericho!" exclaimed Olson. ."We don't want lo go in Any one with less nerve than Frank Reade, Jr., migllt have faltered there!" at that moment. "Ii.'s a volcanic valley," declared Frank. "Part of that cloud is But he did not. steam. There are geysers. Oh, see that!" He saw the consequences of the tJnri.Jarian hordes comiD"' aboard Even as he spoke an enormous geyser near by sent up a cloumn of the air sllip. It would mean deatll and destruction. 0 water full sixty feet into the air. The report was like that of a can There was I.Jut one c o urse to pursue. non. They mus t be repul se d. "Whew!" gasped Captain Obadiah, "that came from a hot place!" Frank was much averse to the shedding of blood. He knew that "We may all have to go there some time," said Olsou grimly. these ignorant people w Gre not cognizant of what they were dow g. ."You will, sir, when we reach latitude 90 degrees," said the cap. To shoot them down likl' sheep seemed intensely wicked. tam tartly. Yet self prese rvation dernaudej extreme measures. Alr e ady the "Tbere is as good a chance for you, sir,'' retorted Olson. voyagers were armed wiLl! Winchesters, ready to repel the attack. Frank penetrated as far into the volcanic valley as he ttared with The Polar warriors were fully a thousand in number. '!'hey came tlle air-ship. 'l'ben he arose above it, only to bring another astoundon wiLh

LATITUDE 90 DEGREES ist g enough to fight your foolish duel. But I don't believe that j O U can." The captain and Olson looked at the lake of lava. Then both threw down the swords. \ Tll e skipp"r is right, 1ir,'' daclared Olson, the affair is set-'-tied." Well, comrade, it is no fault of mine that the chosen spot was in the middle of a crater," apologized the captain. "Consider t!Je question IJonorably settled by Fate," said Frank. Is not tllat fairf" "It is,'' cried Obadiah, heartily. "Comrade," tolding out his baud to Ols on, my honor is appeased." And I will say the same, shipmate!" d e clared the old snit, bearti ly. Then the two old fighting cocks shook hands warmly, and the fa mous a ffair of honor was settlad. Frank took due credit to himself lor his skillful inte rcession. The air-ship rose above the crater and went on beyond the Pole. Far enoull:h iu that direction would tal.;e them to the delta or the L e n a and Sib('ria. Captain Obadiah and Olson w e 1e soon engaged in playing ches s a nd were warmer friends than ever. Each resp ecte d the other's valor and nerve, one! this is ever the truest basis of friendship. Frank's purpose now to to the other shore of the Polar Continent and then to sail around it to make sure that it was sur rounded by water on all sid PS. 'rhe European and Asiatic side of the continent was somewhat diii erent in top<>graphy. Tllere were numerous rivers and stretch e s or level gre en plain. U pon this latter fed many strange sp e cies or elk ond moos e lt was a strong temptation to descend and have a jolly bunt, but Frank refrained and kept the airship on its course. The weather was delightful and mild. Inde ed, all were favorably impressed with this section of the Polar Contin e nt. But soon the SIJe ne began to change again. The pla ins gav & way rapidly to a series of foot bills and deep gulch __, 0!1,. Ttere wer e brawling stre ams and de e p pools. The re.'' said Frank with sudden conviction; if anywhere in this region g old IS to be found it is right here." Do ye b e lieve it, mate!" cried Olson eagerly. ''I do.'' Why not do a bit of prospecting! When I was in the Mountains of the Moon we one day came upon a rich find--" ; EaMy, c o mrade," pt in Captain Obadiah at this moment. "We care for no Munchausen storie s just now." Do you mean an insult, sir! fiasbed Olson. "No, no!" put in Frank suddenly. We've bad one affair of hon or. Let us not have another." But I am insulted,'' began Olson, However, before be could say more, or the affair could come to a bead, a thrilling thin g occurr ed. S uddeoly from forward a loud cry of alarm and terror went Barney bad been trying to arrange a section of the anchor cable In the bow of the ship. Being near the rail, his root slipped, the coil of rope fell against him, and the ne x t moment he was overboard. It was Pomp who let out the mii!htY y ell of alarm. "Fo' de ian' sake, Marse Frank!" he scr e amed, "dat l'lsbmo.n bab f a llen to his death!" "Heavens!" gasped Frank, "that is the end of Barney!" The distance to the earth was full five hundred feet. The air ship was moving slowly. Below was a swirling river with deep pools. It was a frightful fall. All rushed to the rail expecting to see Barney's Ji(eless form upon the earth below. But in this they were diRappointed. Tbe Celt wos not in sight. The long coil of anchor rope had po.yed out and was hanginr: fifty feet from the earth. But nothing was se e n or the C olt. By muskets!" cried Captain Obadiah. Wbat do ye reckon h a s of him!" "Can you not see him anywhl're!" breathed Frank hoarsely. "Oh, if he could only have clung to the rope!'' "Perhaps he did, mate,'' said Olson. Pomp a joyful yell. "On mall wo'd, Marse Frank, be am iu dat ribber," he cried. In the ri verT" "Yes, sab, fo' suah; I jes' see him crawl np de bank." "Thank Heaven!" cried the young inveraor, joyfully; "then he is alive!" "I done 'lelieve so, Marse Frank." "Down with the air ship," cried Frank; "be must be in need of help after such a frightful! fall." But Pomp was already at the keyboard. The air ship descended quickly, ami rested upon the grouod not many yards from the river. Then, as Frank leaped over tbe rail, a bedraggled form clambered up the bank, and a rich brogue was beard. "Begorra, tllat's tl:e cowldest wathflr I iver tuk a swim it, bad cess to It!" "Barney!" cried Frank, joyfully; "bow die you escape death!" The Celt's eyes twlakled. "Shure, that's nothin'," he said. "Yez can t break an Irishman's neck at that distance." CHAPTER XII. A FIND-SOUTUWARD B OUND-THE END, "ON my cried Frank, "I believe you, Barne y Did you fall into the water!" "Shure, an' can't yez s e e by me looks, sor! I'd niver gone in swim min' wid me clothes on." Everybody laughed, and the nervous tension of a abort while pre vious was greatly relieved. Barney exrlained his providential escape in bis peculiar fashion. It seemed that in going over the rail be bad a good grip on the anchor rope. It paid out rapidly b e neath his weight, and when less than tllty feet from the water the sudd e n shock of reaching the eucl of the rope caused tlle Celt to lose his and be dropped into the river. It was a cold plunge, but was an excellent swimmer, and quick ly found his way out as we have seen. It was a matter of much joyful congratulation that he bad escaped with his life. ''Be me sowl," cried B a rney, as be wrung the water from his garments, "it's the loiveliest place fer fish I iver seen. It's aloive wid thim." Fi s h!" exclaimed Olson! "I'm fond of the sport, mates. Sup pose we have a try at it?" The suggestion met with general favor. Fishing tackle was proanti the sport b e gan. Thl're were trout and gra yling of prodigious size and ravenous app e tit e The sport was first class. Frank and Cap t ain Obadiah went down the stre am some ways, following the current and rapidly filled their creels. They finally reached a point where the stream broadened and ran over shallow pell .'Jly lmrs. Here it necessary to wade. As Frank stepped into the tro.nsp a r ent current he noticed something With a y e llow hue im bedded in the sands. Impelled with a queer pres e ntiment he reached down and prcked it up. Its weight was considerable. B y Jove!" exclaimed the young inventor. Come here, Horn. I hav e made a discovery." "Eh, comrade?" exclaimed the old veteran. "What is it ? Look for yourself.'' Frank held the object up. Obadiatl gave a gasping cry. "Gold I'' he said, huskily; "a line nug get of gold!'' Just Ho!'' declared Frank. And there is more here also." At this moment Olson and Pomp came up. All once became im bued with the gold fever. In a few moments they were excitedly wading the stream and searching for nuggets. Their efforts were well rewarded ln a v ery short timA a snug fortune had b e en recovered from the sand bar. That the sands of tb& river would wash out great ret urns there was no doubt. The result W!IS that severo! days were spent on "Polar Bar as the name was given to the b ell of sond. In that space considerable gold was recov e r ed. This was taken ahoarll the air ship. But aft e r a while oil tired even of gold huntmg. It was then that Captain Obadiah one day a ppeared on deck and eleetritled everybody with a proposition which all had begun to think seriously of. "I say, comrades, we 've rnn our race nod bad a good time. Why is it not in order to m ake a chang e!' What shall it be, capt a in!'' a sked Frank. "LeL us gu home!" "Home!" Be it ever so bumble, there's no place like home!" snng Olson. "I'm qui t e ready, mates." B e gorru, it's not sich a bad place alther all,'' averred Barney. "I'm in for it if the r est of yez are "Golly! I'se seen oil I want to ob dis yer k en try,' declared Pomp. Frank wa11 rellective. He consulted a calender and said: Well, if that is the desire of all, it shall be so. We will be able to make Newfoundland before winter sets in. So the matter was dl'cided. Tbey bad visit e d the North Pole, bad carried out their scheme suc cessfully, and were satisfied. They were carrying t.ack a fortune. Captain Obadiah and Olson ha

I / 14 LATITUDE 90 DEGREES. "Don't tell him that, Mr. Reade," pleaded Olson; he will be just foolish enough to set out for there at once." "It I knew!" cried Obadiah; "but, pshaw, sir, that is not yet an fact." "No, that is true," declared Frank; "but I purpose to make a trip there some day." "Good! If you should find it inhabited, sir, you must let me know. But perhaps before that time I may be setting foot upon a land from .., which none of us ever return.'' ''I trust nnt, sir," snid Frank earnestly. The air-ship spesdily got under way and once more sped over the volcanic range and the valley. When the open sea beyond came Into, view allj,began to feelilthat a go'ld start homeward was made. Across the open sea the Shooting Star made Its way, anil In due time the northern; coast of Greenland hung in sight. Once more they were above the ice fhdds, where the walrus and the ll'bite bear had their haunts. :For days the air ship hung over these. Then finally Frank an Jiiiunced that they were upon the shores of Bafllnsl Bay, and he pro posed to run across to Labrador, and thence again in to Rupert Land. -.But at this juncture; the great catastrop!1e came. So suddenly did it precipitate itself, that none in the party were prepated. The Star bong perhaps a thousand fet>t, over the Ice fields. Barney was at tho wheel, and the rest of the party were in the cabin. The weather was bitter cold, for the Arctic winter was settling in. The m 11in strait which ex-tended through the bay, was rf\Pitlly con goaling, and would soon be clossd to navigation. The sun appeared above the horizon only at mtervals, and a gloom was upon every thing. This had more or less of a depressing effect upon the spirits OJ the party and all were sure that they should feel betler wuen twenty de grees further south. Suddenly, however, Barney noticed that the rotascopes began to lose their power. The ship began to sink. The Celt put on all speed, but this made no difference. Something was wrong. The ship fell five hundred feet, then wavered and began to fall again. Frank rushed into the pilot-house. -"What is the matter, Harney!" he cried. "What bas happened?" Shure, sor, l'm not able to tell yez,'' cried the Celt, the machin ery wor/t work!" A ghastly pallor swept over Frank's face. "I understand it," he said; the "Worst has come to pass. The electric engines have worn out. We can never return home with the air-ship.'' The other voyagers beard this with consternation. A genuine panic was at once created. IL was a fearful thing to contemplate. In a few moments the dis abled air-ship rested upon the i!le fields. Ifrank did all he could to repair or bolster up the engines. It was impossible. We are anchored," he said, gloomily. "There is one hope for us. 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"Well," said Cuptain Ohadiah bracing up a bit; "we can at least go bear bunting, or perhaps lind Esquimaux.'' Esquimauxl" cried Olson, they ere the chaps who can take u,s in their sledges and carry us to Reykjavik.'' "No," said Frank; "I don't belieYe we'll lind an Esc;uimau In tl1is part of the country this winter. They locate further south!" Why not make an expedition to find them?" asked Olson eager ly. "It would hardly be safe," said Frank. "We conhl not travel far afoot and would lose our way and parish!'' "That is right, comrades!" declared Obadiah. "We had better stay here.'' But at that moment a strange distant sound came to the ears or all. For a moment they were electrifie.:l. What is that!" exclaimed Frank. On my word!'' cried Obadiah, it sounded like a fog whistle.'' "A steamer wh1stle," decided Olson, "but it can't be.'' "Ob, surely not," agrAed Frank. "There could be no vessel in the this time or year." Again the distant sound was heard. This was enough. All donned their furs and rushed out on deck. Wilh leveled glaijses they scanned the blue waters or the strait. Jo'ar down on the horizon line there was a black speck and an as cending column. lt was smoke. Whurrool" shouted Barney, at the top of his lungs, "it's a etheamer, fer shore, and they're whistling for ns.'' Then we'll return the signal," cried Frank. He sprung to the electric gun. He sent a time bomb high in air. It exploded with terrific report. Again the whistle came. The bad been beard. Who can describe the suspense and excit e ment of the voyagers as the little steamer drew nearer. Up the straita she came and the cast aways rushed down to the edge of the ice. And to the amazement of all on her deck stood a familiar figure It was Oliver Ham, the owner of the lost Advance. J A boat came out to the ice. A moment later Bam was embracing Captain Ohadiah, who lugu briously told of the f ate of the Advance. 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'I' be Long and SIJort ot [(, by Tom Teasd r 64 The Shorty Kids; or, Three Chips of J'hree Old Blocks, by Peter Pad 65 1\like 1\lcouinness: or, 1'raveliD2' for Pleasure. by l''Jm Teaser 66 rl'he Shortys' Obrist.Jnns Snaps, by Pad ti7 '!'be Bounce 'I' wins, or, l'lle 'l'wo Worst Boyij m the World, by Sum :Smiley 68 Nimble Nip, the Imp of the School, by Tom Tenser 69 Sam Spry. the New York Drummer; or, Bu 8mess Before Pleasure, by Pete r Pnd 72 )tuldoon, the li'Jreman, by Tom 'l'easer 73 A .Rolling ::,t.oue; or, Jack Ready's Lite of Fun, by Peter Pad 74 An Old Boy; or, l\laloney After Education, by Tom 'l'easer 75 Tumbling Tim; or, Trnveling,Yith & Circus, 76 Judge Cleary's Conntr.v Court, 77 .Jack Ready's :School Scrupes, by Peter Pnd 78 )luldoon, the Solid by 'l'om l'ed.Ser 79 Joe Junk, the Whaler; or, Anywhere for l''un, by Peter Pad EO The DeRcon's Son; or, 111he Imp of the VillnR"e. by 'J'om 'J'easer 81 Behind tbe Scenes; or, Out With a New York by Peter Pad 82 1'he .IJ'n n ny 1 1 our. by Pete r Pa.d 83 1\luldoon's BtLSC Ball Club, by 'l'om 'l'easer 84 'Muldoon's Base Ball Club in Boston, by 'l'o111 Teatser 85 A 11:gg-: or, 1-lnrrl to (.ll'ack, by '!'om 1'eas'er B6 Sam; or, 'J'he Troublesome .li'oundling, by Peter Pad 87 Muldoon'& Base Ball Club in Pbiladelpllia, by 'l'om 'l'enser 88 Jimmy Grimes; or, Sharp, Smart and Sassy, by 'L'otn 'l'easer 89 Little Tommy Bounce; or, Something L1ke His Dnd, by Pete r Pad 90 'Mnldocm's Picnic, by ffom Teaser 91 Litt.le 1'ommy llounce n His Travels ; or, DC'ing ;\ttlerica for lfun, by Peter Pad 92 .Bou.rding-l'3cbool; or, Snm Bowser at Work and Play. by Peter Pad 93 Next Door: or, 'fbe Irish .rwins, by 'l'om 'l'easer 'l'he Aldermen Sweeneys of New York, by Torn .rea.ser 95 A Bad Boy'e Note Book, by" Ed" 96 A Bad Boy at School, by "Ed" 97 Jimmy Grimes, Jr.: or, the Torment of t .he, by rom Teaser 98 Jack and Jim; or, Rackets and Scrapes at Sohool, by 'l'om 'l'easer 99 '!'he Book -'ucl<, by JJ;d 100 .\Iuldoon's Bollrding House, by 'l'om 'l'eaijer 101 1\fnldoon's Brotht:lr Dan, by .rom reaser 102 'l'be 1'rnveling Dude: or, 'l'he Comical ures of (JI"rence l!"itz Roy Jones. by 'l'tllU 'l'eMer 103 Senator !\I uldoon. by Tom 'fenser 104 or, Working 105 The Oomical Adventures of 'Iwo by 'l'om Teaser 106 Muldoon, t11e Cop Part I. by 'l'om Tenser 107 Mnldoon. the ()op. Part II. by 'l'om 'l'easer 108 Billy M Oss; or, From One Thing to Another, by 'l'om Teaser 'Xrulbful Jack; or, On Board the Nancy ,Jane, by I om 'l'en e r 110 Fred :B""resh; or, As Green as Grass, by Tom 'l'easer Ill 'l'be Deacon's Boy; or, The \Vorst in Town, by Peter Pad 112 Johnny Brown & Co. at School; or, The Deac-on's Boy at His Old Tricks, by Peter Pad 113 Jim, Jack and Jim; or, 'tllree Hard .Nnts to Orack, by l 'o m l'eo.ser 114 Smart & Uo the .Boy Peddlers, by Peter Pad ll5 'fbe 'fwo Boy t.:lowns; or, A Summer With a Uirous. by 'l'om 'feaaer 116 Benny llounce; or, A Block of the Old Uhip, by Peter Pad 117 Dick .Plunket: or. 'fhe Trials and Trib-118 Solid Old Sod, by 'l'otn 'l'easer 119 Mulrloon's Store. Part I. by rom 1'esser 1'2:0 .Muldoon's Grocery Store .!;'art I, by rom Tenser 12l Bob Bright; or, A Boy of BusinesA and ll'un. Part I, by 1'om Teaser 122 Bob Hrigbt; or, A .Boy of Business and Fun. Purt ll. by Torn 1'easer 123 Muldoon's Trip Around the World. Part I. 124 l\luldoon's Trip Around tlle World. by .rorn Teaser 125 Muldoon's Hotel. Part I. by Torn Teaser 126 Muldoons Hotel. Part II. by Tom 'J'eas*'r 127 Muldoon's UhrJst1nas, by Tom 'reaser 128 'l'be IShortys' Ubr1stmas Rackets. by Peter Pad 129 t'_ollowmg in the 130 Sam Smart, Jr,: or. ll'oJlowio&' in Footateps of His Dad. Part II. by Peter Pad Price 5 Cents. No. 72 Adrift in Africa; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Among the Ivory Hunters With His New I!;lectric Wagon. 73 Six in tbe Clouds: or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air Sidp, the 'l'buuderbolt of the Skies. 74 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Jilectric Air Racer; or, Around the Globe in 'fhirty Days. 75 },rank Reade, Jr and Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift in tbe Frozen Sky. iti Engine; or, 77 .Frank Reade, Jr, ICxploriog a Submarn.ine Mon!ltuiu or, Lost at tbe Bottom of the Sea. '18 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Buckboard: or, 'l'hrilling Adventures in NC'orth Australia. 79 Frank H.eade, Jr.'s Search for the Sea. Serpent; or, :Six Thousand Miles Under thee Sea. 80 Frank Jr.'s Desert Explorer; or, The Underground Cif.y of the Sallarll. 81 Part I. 82 Frank Reade, Jr. s New Air-Ship, the "ZeF1om North to .South Around tb.e Globe. 83 Across the Frozen Sen.; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Snow ()utter. 84 Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley; or, 'Frank Reade, Jr. and His Submarine WQnder, tlle "Dart." 85 Reade. Jr., and His New Electric Air-Ship, the Eclipse;" or, tho Chinese Pirates. Part I. 86 87 Frank Reade, Jr.'s fllipver of the Prairie; or, Fighting tlle Apaches in the J

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