The island in the air: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s trip to the tropics.

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"" N oname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in Enteed as Second Class .iVIatte at the New Y01k, N Y ., Post OUtce, Octobe 5, 1892. No 133 {coMPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. P"RusRER, 3! & 36 Noar a MooaE NEw Yom;:. { Jlticc } Vol VI o New York, May 15, 1896. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 CJCN1'8. Entered acc01ding to the Act of Congress, in the year 1896, by FRAN I( 1'0 USEY, in the office of the Libaian of Congress, at Washington, p C. Tholslond in tho Air: or. Frank Beade, Jr.'s Trip to the Tropics. By "NONAME.'' Succor came to Pomp not a moment too soon. It would have quickly been too His assailant's claws were at his windpipe when Barney descended upon him like a whirlwind. The Celt dealt the unknown a terrific blow on the skull with a steel bar which he had picked up from the deck.


., 2 'l'HE ISLAND IN THE AIR. 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 ISLAND IN THE AIR; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Trip to the Tropics. A MARVELOUS STOBY OF THE PLATEAU. By "NONAME," Author of "Across the Earth," "Along the Orinoco," "The Coral Labyrinth,'' "Over Two Continents," "Acroes the Desert of Fire," etc,, etc. CHAPTER I. DR. V ANEYKE'B PROJECT. BY referrin"' to a map one can lind a range of high mountains far down in Vene'iuela, or properly that part or British Guiana claimed by the Venezuelans, known as the Raraima range. Many strange legends and weird fantasies are entertained by the "Gringos," regarding these mountains. TLey are the subject o! local son"' and story. No human be;ng has ever explored them. As a gentlral thing, no man has dared to venture Into these wilds, which are in the main also quite inaccessable. What the Hartz mountains are to Germany, the Raraima peaks are to the superstitious aud morbidly religious 11atives. If a Gringo mother wished to quell a wayward child she would threaten to send it to Raraima. H a pestilence entered t.he valleys of the Orinoco, it was due to the evil powers which dwelt 10 Raraima. It was told th at Raraima was a perfect wonderland. That there were streams which !lowed over ledges of gold, clitia studded with diamonds, a lake bedded with emeralds and many other wonderful things. In a number of instances the cupidity of some hardy spirits had been aroused by tales, and some adventurous ones had ventured to seek out the mouutain El Dorado and despoil it of its wealth. But that they never succeeded was certain, !or they never roJturned to tell the tale or their journeyings. One important and truthful fact was established, however, by sev era! parties or English surveyors. There existed a mighty table-land or elevation unlike any other io the world. It covered an immense area, being over one hundred miles In length and fully as wide in some parts. This "island in the air," as it was called, was far above surrounding country; in fact, so much so that the dwellers in the valleys saw tleecy clouds oftAn de scend and kiss the elevation. j thought of the thing, the faint possibility in itself, had been sufficient to lire oce scientist's brain and arouse him to determined action Dr. James Vaneyke, the distinguished president of tbe Columbian Scientific Society, had sifted the matter carefully and arrived at a heroic conclusion. Wbat to him were the stories of hobgolins and fiends, of weird shadows and aw(ul monsters, so popular with the Gringos! He re garded them as mere vagaries-empty legends of au ignorant and superstitioull people. So he passed in silence over them and considered only a feasible way of reaching the summit of this most wonderful plateau In the worlJ. He took a trip to the Raraima region and rnade as extended a tour of exploration and lnvesUgation as it was sara for him to undertake alone. He :tt once became imbued with the fever to explore the "is! ami in the air." In his quandary he sat down 11.nd wrote a long letter to a very dear and distinguished friend of his in the United States, by( tbe nan:e of Frank Reade, Jr. This was a young man and the most wonderful genius on the face of the globe. He was known as the inventor of the Electric Horse, the Steam Man, the Submarine Boat and many other wonderful things. Readestown was his home., one or the prettiest little towns in the United States. Here were his machinE! works and here be perfected his inventions. Dr. Vaneyke wrote him a long and glowing account of Raraima and its unexplored wonders. "It will be the greatest feat of the age," be argued in conclusion; "only think of t!Je benefit to science. Now you are the genius who can solve the enigma or climbing Raraima. Will you not undertake the project! Invent an air-ship, a climbing vehicle, anything by which we can !!'et to the summit of the table-land. I shall be at Demerara in one week. Write me there, and I beg of yon this proposition your The moat wonderful thing the Table-land or Raralma was that it was utterly impossible to climb up to it. Upon all sides were sheer walls of grauite, as smooth as a tlo:>r, and up which even no wild animal, however alert of foot or tenacious of grip, could climb. best conaideraLion, Yours always, "JAMBS VANEYKE." When this letter reached Readestown Frank Reade, Jr., was in act or having the last touch pot upon bis new overland "Trap," a marvelous production of his inventive genius, as we shall see. This sheer wall of rock was in places fully three thousand feet high, and seldom less than one thousand feet. But far up on that island in the clouds there was vegetable and animal life and a climate necessa rily cooler than that or the country below. Waving palms and verdure-clad heights could be seen. Whether any pre-histor:c people or animals of an extinct species found a home there it was not safe to hazard a guess. Yet it seemed not beyond the range of possibility that this plateau, probably beyond the reach of that destroying genius-man-yet held forms or flora and fauna peculiar to a past age. Perhaps the mego thermi yet found a home there, or the icthyosaurus, or the plesiosau rus, or some other outlandish and unknown cre!l.tures. The mere He was indeed glad to hear from his old friend, the Professor, and read his letter w1tb interest. His first move after reading it was to touch a bell. Instantly oppos1te doors into the room opened, and two men step ped over the threshold. One was a darky, with gleaming ivories and dancing eyes. The other was a genuine specimen of the Celt, with a shock of red hair and a comical mug. "Did yo' ring fo' me, ?.farae Frank!" "Shure was it fer me, sor?'' '' Barney and Pomp," said Frank, come over here and sit down." A'right, sah!''


I THE ISLAND IN THE AIR. 3 It's done, sor!'' I have something of importance to say to you. The Trap is quite finished and ready for equipments." Yis, a or 1" Pomp nodded his head. "Yon wlll remember that some days ago we were diacussing the question as to an objective po)ut for a trip. We have crossed Asia once, traveled in Afrtca, and JOurneyed over the plains. 'l'be 'l'rap is the best vehicle we have yet perfected, and I am desirous or visiting some wonderful and unexplored part or the ea til with it. We were not able to decide at that time." "Shure. that's thrue, sor," cried Barney; "have yez hit upon a plan, sor?'' "I think I have." With this, Frank read the professor's lettel'. This made Barney and Pomp quiver oxcitement and interest. W hurrool'' cried tlte Celt, "there's nothing betther than a thrip to South Ameriky; suure, it's a foine idea!" "Golly, I jes' link dat takes de cake," cri'ed Pomp. "l'ae wif yo on dat, sah !" "Well,'' said Frat:k, with a smile; "now it's in order for you to get ready; so be oil with you, and do not fail to have all the sup. plies aboard and everything ready in a week." Slture, we'll do tllat, sor." Yo' may be sure ob dat." Barney turced a handspring to the door, and Pomp followed on his bands. The two lively servitors vanished, and Frank took U(: bis pen. Thus he wrote to Vaneyke: MY DEAR PROFESSOR-I have digested the contents or your letter with a great deal of pleasure. To say that I am aeeply interested would be a mild statement. 1 have no air ship at present, but I have just completed my Electric 'l'rap,' a vehicle aesigned for rough trav. eling in a perilous country. I do uot believe Raraima holds perils which we cannot safely meet on board tile Trap. It will give me pleasure to accede to your plan and travel through Raraima, and I will make this suggestion and plan: You are to cable me immediately upon receipt or this letter; then I will pack the Trap in sections aboard a steamer for Demerara. There we may secure our passports, tr that is necessary, and strike at once into the interior. So cable me via Havana as soon as you re ceive this. With my best regards, I am Yours faithfully, "FRANK READE, JR," In a few days the message came from Demerara as Frank expected. Then work was begun. 'l'!Je Trap was so constructed that it could be taken apart and stored in secti?ns in a steamer's bold. Of course tile project leaked out and hundreds or interested people called at the works to get a glimpse of the vehicle, or to catechise Frank. But the young inventor with his customary retieence declined to make any exvlicit statement. In due time the machine was aboard a New York steamer, and with Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp was en route for South Amen ca. In due course also Demerara, the quaint little town at the mouth of the Essequibo river, was reached. Here tile explorers went ashore. At lite quay they were met by a tall, line-looking old gentleman of scholarly bearing. "Dr. Vaneyke!" cried Frank. "I am overjoyed to see you!" "I am so glad that you decided in my favor, Frank!" cried the en thusiastic scientist. Why, I have not been able to sleep nigitts thinking about the project. It is grand!" We are all ready to start." First, let us go up aud see the British governor and get our pass A mere matter of form, you know," No difficulty was experienced in this. Then the professor cried: But I am anxious to see this new invention." And you shall,'' replied Frank; it 1s on the wharf now and we will at once proceed to put It together." So back they went to the steamer landing. As Frank said the Trap in sections was on tlie wh:rrf. It was now in order to put the machine together and no time was lost in at once accomplishing this. CHAPTER II. IN SOUTH AMERICA, FoR this purpose Frank bad brought skilled workmen with him from Readestown. 'l'hey were to return by the next steamer. The Blectric Trap was made almost wholly or thin bot tough steel. The body was long and deep, and furpished with windows of plate glass. The travelers could eit in the main compartment of the vehicle and look out upon either band. The Trap sat upon a light but powerful frame, Including the run ning work. The wheels were of steel with ball bearings and rubber tires. There was a nicety of adjustment equal to that of a bicycle. Above the main body of tite rrap there was a deck, guarded by braBB railings, which extended forward to a kind of dasller. Just back of this dasher was the pilot house or steering tower of the ma chine. The rear deck supported a structure of clo3e network of wire wbich was bullet-proof. In tbls were loopholes, and from it a view in all directions could be bad. There was a small quarter deck above it, on which was placed a gun ot most wonderful construction and Frank's own invention. It was a pneumatic dynamite and unl1ke the ordinary cannon utterly in the matter of weight and method of propulsion. It was but a Lbm steel tube with a compressed air chamber. The dynamite prujectile was placed in the breech and hurled to easily a distance or half a mile by the action of the pneumatic chamber. Impact caused tllo projectile or to explode with temtic effect. The machine also boasted of an electric search-li!!:bt o! power and range. This was placed on top or the pilot-bouse. The interior of the Trap was divided into several compartments. Forward and under the pilot-house were the dvnamos and electric engines, which furnished the motive power of the 'l'rap. In tue pilot bouse was a keyboard with various electric connections, by which the machine was operated, Tile Trap was well stocked with provisions, witit arms ana ammuni tion, in fact ali tlte necessary adjuncts for the hazardous trip t.efore them. Vaneyke was more titan delighted with the Trap 11nd its ap pomtmeuts. "Indeed,'' he said, "it is just the thing for a journey into the interior of a wild region like Raraima. We may explore with im puuity.'' "You may feel perfectly safe aboard the 'l'rap,'' declared Frank. "We could stand ofl' an army, so long ns we encountered no artillery." "Then we are to starb> at once?'' asked the doctor, daligbtedly. "As soon as possible,'' replied Frank. "I must go to tile Hotel Colombo ror my effects. It may require me a few hours to get in readiness." "That is a1l right," replied Frank, "take your time. We will not be ready to set out for some while yet.'' Away sped the doctor. Meanwhile the Trap was being rapidly fitted out. This itad drawn to the spot quite a crowd of wonder-struck natives. The Gringos were utterly unable to understand the character of the strange vehicle or the object o! the travelers. Frank diu not feel called upon to enlighten any of them, so for aught we know it may yet remain a mystery with them to this day. Within tbree hours the Trap was ready for tile start. Dr. Vanevke returned. all ready for business. TJe workmen who were to return to the Umted States, via the West Indies, now took their leave. "All aooard," cried Frank Reade, Jr., and a great cheer went up in reply. Aboard the Trap Barney and Pomp sprung, the scientist being al ready aboard. Then Frauk went to the key-board. A firm pressure on the lever and lbe dynamos buzzed. The Trap moved forward into the mam street or the town, and tile journey was really beguo. Excited Gringos and even many or the English population followed the maclline, mostly afoot, but some were in carriages and others oc horseback. the streets or the little town the machine quickly ran, and then came out upon the main highway. Tile open country now lay before them Along the banks or the Essequibo river, for a distance or lifty miles, the Trap ran. They had now passed out of sight of any plantation or dwelling, and were in the verge or a tropical forest. Tile highway was becoming a mere trail. Anotller day's ride," said Frank, and we shall be in the wilds. But I believe tbis is as good a place as we will lind to cross the Es sequibo." Then we shall cross bereT" asked the scientist. "Yes, but not until morning. Darkness on quickly iu the tropics." Tllis well known fact was quite apparent. Titere was no other way but to wait for another morn. "Begorra, I don't see bow iver we are goin' fer ter cross at this SJ?Ot," exclaimed Barney in amazement. Why not?'' asked Frank. "Shure sor, there's so much grass an' swamp, sor." "We'lllix that all right," said Frank; "it will be easy.'' I must confess myself," suid Dr. Vaneyke, "titat I am somewhat at a loea 10 see bow you are going to do it, Frank.'' Well," said the young inventor, at an early itour to-morrow I'll show you." "J shall wait with eagerness," replii!d the scilmtist. But Pomp only chuckled. "Golly!'' be muttered, "don' yo' fret yo'sef. Marse Frank he know wh!l' he am about, yo' bet. Yo' kain't stump him not one lily bit." The machine ran under the cover or a wide-spreading banyan. A chattering troop o! monkeys fled into tbe branches. Barney and Pomp amused themselves throwing sticks and clubs at these. to see them dexterously catch the object ... Be jabers, n11ygur," cried Barney in a chafllng ws.y," there's wan av thim as black as ye are." Huh!" grunted the coon. Dar am one hab got yo' face to' a suttin rae'." Frank and V!!neyke beard this and could not llelp a laugh for


4 THE ISLAND IN THE AIR. the assertion wns very apt. There was certainly a striking physi ognomical resembl,HJce. Thill made the Celt mad. Now if there was Poe thing tb"l two delighted in, it was a rough and tumi.Jle or wrestle. For this reason there was hardly an op portunity lost for the nagging of each other as a means of provocaLion But here was sufficient motive. "Be me sow!!" ejaculated the Celt; "do yaz mane that fer an insult, yez black son av a say cook!" "Yo' 'suited me fus' off, sub,'' retorted Pomp. "I reckon yo' bettah not say much.'' "Begorra I will that, an' in way yez won't loike!" "Hub! Yo' kain't hurt nobody, sah!" "Beja':lers, we'll see!" The Calt m a de a dive for the elusive negro, But Pomp lowered his hea 1 and caught i.he otber full in the pit of the stomach. Gasping for wind Barney aut down bare!. For a moment he was at Pomp's mercy and the negro danced around him like a monkey. The monkeys in the branches set up a loud hooting and chattering. "Does yo' bear dat, sabf" jeered Pomp. "Dare dey am !arlin' at yo' fo' a no good stuff!'' "Be me sow! I'll have your skin fer that!" shouted the Celt, spring ing up and greblling the darky by the knees. Both fell, and then ensued a lively struggle. Over and over the two jokers rolled, until an uulooked-for miahai> occurred. They failed to see a deep mud bole, towart! which they were work ing. Fronk shouted just late. Into 1 : they rclled kersplash. When they crawled sputtering out, they were sober and a sight to ltebold as well. It r e quired an hour's bard work to clean the mud from their persons. For once they bad come out even. Darkness now settled rapidly down. Not but a little of the river could be seen over the tall growth or sawgraas. A night in the tropics is always a trifle c!amp and prolific of fevera. So our voyagers retired early to relit. The next morning at an early hour the.v were astir. It was now tbat Frank was to show them !:ow the river was to be crossed. Dr. Vaneyke in particular was mucb interested. The Trap was so constructed that it would Jloat in water without any particular harm to itself or its occupants. But the sawgrass was the great obstacle. This a width of fully a quarter of a mile down to the water's ed,!:(e. But Frank was not daunted He had seen what the others ha stndyiug it with their glasses. On my word,'' declared the young inventor, "I bad no ide!l that it was such a mighty work of Nature. What sheer walls of granite! It is true that not even a mountain goat could climb them!" "Just so!" cried the scientist; "we have work before us, Frank." Tbat Is true!" It wHl cost us an effort to get np there, eh! It is a feat well worthy our ability, eb!" "I am not sore that we shall succeed," said Frank "do you know that the wall is evervwhere as inaccessible!" It is said to be so." Tile first and only move that we can make, as I see it is to first examine the wall upon all aides." "It will require a journey of fully three hundred miles to encircle the plateau." "It matters not," said Frank, resolutely; "that must be our firat move. Unless swamps or jungles mterfere we shall succeed.'' Pomp was in the galley preparing the evening meal on his elec tric stove. The vehicle was safely ensconced in the edge of a leafy bower among the trees. Twilight was at hand, and fast giving way to darknes&. Every thing was safe o.nd song aboard the Trap, and the adventurers were in good spirits. Barney turned on the electric lights as soon as the darkness on. lt illuminated the vicinity, and made a beautiful scene. After doing justice to Pomp's excellent cooking, all S!'t out upon the forward platform. The air was balmly and still. Barney brought out his Irish fiddle and Pomp his banjo, and made lively music for a time. Thus far the trip was a glowing success. We have seen no hobgoblins as yet," Frank: "and, in deed,lno peril of any consequence. I am inclined to believe these Grin gos an abaur clly imaginative set." "Wait," said Vaneyke significantly; "we have not seen the worst of it yet. There will be enough of dang;"lr to keep us occupied, I'm thinking, from now on." The scientist's words were remembered in after days. They were singularly prophetic. At about the hour or eleven Frank and the doctor retired to their bunks, which were hammocks slung under the after netting.


'l'HE ISLAND IN THE AIR. It was atranged that Pomp should watch the first half of the night ami Baruey the Now if there is a Huperstitious being in the world it is a negro, and Pomp was no exception. As soon as be wus alone on deck the coon began to walk up and dowu, keeping a atJarp watch in all directions. Every stJadow in the forest deptlls ossumed to him a. weird shape. Every sound bad a rantastJC meaning. An hour passel!. It was no1v alter midnight, and the darky, wenried with strainina his gaze in ttJe gloom, hall relaxec.i his vigilance somewllnt. 0 Su intent had tJe been upm; keepiug watctJ of the forest depths about that he bad qutte forgotten the leary arcade above him. He was wlli?IIY uunware of a huge human-like form which hun" up there in tile branches directly above him. o Keen, gllntmg eyes, uml a. double row of fangs shone in the electrtc li.ght. Long, llony fiugers clutched the clinging vines, and the alert, sinewy form was all on the qui vive. Suddeuly Pomp stoo:l still. He ball beard a queer hissing noise, but was not quite sure where it came from. Sometlnug soft tumbled down upon his shoulders.. It fell about him auc.i he saw that tt WIIJ! a long vine. Instinctively be glanced upwuru, nod as be did so he gave a thrill ing cry. Down the long ropelike vine tha sinewy form with tile. awful eyes wns coming wittt the swiftness of a Jlush. He had not even time to make a move out of the way when it was upon him. What followecl was a. terrible experience. Keen fnngs were plunged into his slloulder, a suarling growl filled his ears and the duny lelt talon llugers at llls tllroat. Just iu time he pulleu them away and then grappled with his no known nssailaut. Over anc.i across tbe plntlorm they rolled and agninst the sli.,.ht brass guarll rail. Beoeattl such a shock it gnve way and they went off and down upon the ground. The coon foucd tbnt his unknown foe was more wiry and strong be was, and that be was gettiug the best of him. So he let out lusty shouts lor help. Pomp llad been unable to use of either his rille or pistol, so sudden and terrific hnd been the attnck. But now witll a superhuman efl'<>rt be managed to unshenth his knife. He made one lllind stroke at his lithe foe, when light and .,. reason Jell him. Pomp's cries bad necessarily aroused the others on board the Trnp. Frank and Dr. Vaneyke sprung confusedly out of their hummocks, and Barney came rushing out of llis den. "Whurrou! Phwat the divil is the matther?'1 he shouted. "Shure ph were is the naygur!" "I distmctly beard him cry for help," declared Frank. "He did,'' answered Vaneyke. Then sounds from the ground below, some distance awa.y, froze their blood with horror. They were snarling cries and hisses. "Heavens!'' shouted Frnnk, some wild benst bas him." "Quick! We must snve him." Barney was the !lrst over the rail. He saw two struge:ling forms on the ground. One fell back sense less and the other leaped at his throat. In the Celt's eyes Pomp's assailant was some wild ma.n of the woods. CHAPTER IV. uUT OF THE FIRE. SuccoR came to Pomp not a moment too soon. It would have q been too lnle. His assnilant's claws were at his windpipe when Barney descended lipon him like a whirlwind. The Celt denlt the unkuown a terrific blow on the skull with a. steel bnr which he hnd picked up from the deck. The creature reeled with a yell of mortal ngony, made a spring for Barney and then fell in a. henp. The blow wns a. fatal one. Whurroo!" shouted the Celt, bad c9s8 to the omadboun! Shure, I've foixed him this time." Then he ra.ised Pomp's bead. A dash of water in the face brought the darky to his senses. "Shure, he's not badly hurt," cried Barney, with delight. "No." cried Frnnk, with relief, "be will be all right soon. Eh, Pomp!" "Golly fo' glory I" mnttflred the coon, ns he ant up. "Neber was so broke up in mah life! De clebbil hnd mel" "Begorrn, I'm nfther thinkin' he's roight, sor,'' averred Barney; "it's a quare creature nnyway." The unkno'll'n foe was now more closely exammed. A powerful hairy body was surmounted by a brutish skull and features. 'l'be resemblance to a bumno being remnrkable nnd beyond de scription. But it was easy now to recognize tile crea.ture's true char acter. "It Is a powerful species of ape related to thA gorilla,'' declnred Dr. Vnneyke, then he rnttlec.i oft' a. lot of scientific formolre. There was good reason for mutual congrntulations on the outcome of the ntlair. Pomp was certaiuly in lack. I Ther? was no more sleep for any on board that night. Nor wdeed wns thtl Trap allowed to remain longer in safety where it was. As they clambered upon the deck the attention of all wns claimed by a peculiar distant sound. Golly,'' exclaunec.i Pomp, wba' in de world was dat !'' "Begorra, Jt sounds loike distnnt thunder," averred Barney. Frnnk and Dr. Vaueyke listened inteutly. 1 call it rushing waters,'' saic.l tile scientist, "bot what can hnve stnrteu them! We ought to have heard them before." The wind--" Impossible! The w1ud is in the snme qudrter. Ab, what is thai.!" A loud crashing was heard in the undergrowth and several terri lied woou c.ieer went tenriug by. Then came a patter upon the leaf carpet of tl!e forest liKe the fnll of hail, and an immense drove of pee canes or w1ld hogs passed. In a lei! momeuts other nnimnls followed by the hundreds. Cuattermg monkeys came tumbling out of the trees! the air wns tll!eu witll shrieking birds. Wl!at could it mean? What was the cauao of all this clntter nod uproar, this confusiOn and mad terror? "A tornado!" suggested Frank. "A fiood!" declared Vaneyka. But Barney suddeuly begau to sniff the nir. BeJabers, I sbmell shmoke!" be declared; it's a foire some where!'' Like a flash the truth burst upon the whole party. For a. moment they were dnzed, A forest tire and at that hour. That they were in its path there was no doubt. To be sure they were nenr the open plain, but the fire would not stop here. 'l'he plain was covered with matted grnss which would mnke a ter rific blnze beyond doubt. Yet ii. wns the only avenue of escape left. There was uo time to lose. The fire was at a terrific rate of speed. Alrendy the dull glow on the sky overhead could be seen aud sparks came driiting nlong. The searchlight showed a pathway across the snvanna beyond and out upon this the vehicle rolled: Frank wns at the wheel. On went the Trap at a. terrific rate or speed. Clear of the forest now the line of the fire could be plainly seen. It presented a terrifying spectacle. It extended in a fearful blazing line for miles along the base of Ra raima. The wm:l was sweeping it down upon the savanna.s with fur ious speed. Thnt the position was one of extreme peril there was not the Ienst doubt. Frnnk's face wore an nnxious expression. He kept the Trap going as fast as the nature of the ground would allow. Vaneyke stood close beside him and watched the situation. He was not a little disturbed himself. "What could have starlec.i such a. firer he asked. "It comes from the direction of the unexplored region." "Tbnt is hard to understand," replied Frank; "however, we may be able to learn sometime if we are lucky enough to escape it now.'' Do you t!Jiuk we shall accomplish that by outrunning it!" I am fearful that we shnll not be able to outrun it.'' The scientist gave a. start. "Eh!'' he exclaimed, "to be overtnken is death!" I know that,'' said Frank grimly. Then you think our fate is sealed!" "No," replied Frnak, "for I have another plan, a very simple and usual one. I think we migllt as well adopt it!'' "A counter fire?'' "Just tllnt!" Frank brought the rnnclline to a. halt. Hastily he drew from a locker a. long coil of wire. He paid this out over the rail and then started the trap away at right angles. The wire was quickly connected with the dynamos. It was or sen sitive !llaterial and as the powerful current bounded lhrongh it, it turned to a white heat. Trailing through the ury grass this live wire soon had a line of fire following swiftly in the wake or the machine. In a. short while full a quarter of a. mile was tbns covered. Thill started a long line of lire a.cross the savanna. The speed nt whieh it run was terriflc. In a verv few minutes fnll a half n:ile of space had been swept clenn, nnd was a smoldering black expnnse. The Trap now fell in behind this line of lire. Safety was now The counter fire swept on until the banks or a river were reached. The fire in ita rear spent itself at the ver11:e of the burnt savnuna. By tht! time all tllis wus accomplished, the morning light wns at hand. It was a welcome moment when the sun swung high above the horizon. Then the full extent of the tlre was seen. It had started some twenty miles distant in the verge of a rocky rel!ion, and hnd swept a. vast tract of plain forest and savanna. Only the banks or the winding river, a tributnry of the Essequibo, had stopped its course. As the lJurned tract was directly in the path of the Trap and our


THE ISLAND IN THE AIR. travelers, they proceeded to cross it. The fire had accomplished one I What magnificent specimens!" he exclaimed. Do you suppose fact. tllat they are an offshoot of the ancient Incas of Peru!" It bad made progress easier in the forest, lor the underbrush and "That I am to inform but it is <:ertain they are vines were cleared away so that the travelers were able to proceeu giants. Perbap! tbe1r real home IS 1n the Island 111 the a1r. more rapidly. The giant Indians were more astonished, it Is safe to say, at sie:bt Before noon the burned tract bad been covered. of the Trap, than the adventurers were at sight of them. They were now not ten miles from the sheer walls of Raralma. The They stood gaz10g at it in a

THE IN THE .AIR. "On a rope!" exclaimed Dr. Vaneyke. "Yes!" But-how will you get your rope np there!" Oh, we will Jlnd a way," replied Frank, but who will have the nerve to try the feat!" Begorra, count me in on that, sor,'' cried Barney. "I'll cloimb to the moon if yez say sot'' "Stop anll think,'' admonished Frank; "it is a good ways up "Shure, sor, I'm an old sailor." Ah, but climbing to a head is child's play compared with this, be sure. Then there is the possibility of the hold secured by the rope not being a good one." "Bejabers, I'll risk anything," cried the Celt; "give me a chance, aor." Frank knew that Barney was a first rate climber, and that there was no reason why be should not. be able to carry out the scheme so far as nerve went. Hoi' on, Marse I!'rank!" cned Pomp. Wba' am de mattah wif me tryin' dr.t lily game!" "Two volunteers already!" laughed Dr. Vaneyke. "You may put me down as a coward ii you will, llut I would never try such a daring feat.'' Nor), unless necessity demanded it,'' declared Frank; "but Barney &poke first, so we shall have to give him the first chance." "First to get the rope up there," said Dr. Vaneyke, incredulously. "We will try,'' said Frank. He studied the verge of the plateau and made out a mighty tree which seemed to jut out over thll edge. He decided to try and throw a rope over this. The difficulty of &ncb an attempt can hardly be imagined. Twenty-live hundred feet up in air is a mighty distance. But Frank elevated the muzzle of the pneumatic gun and drew tile sight care fully over the trunk of the tree. Then he placed a projectile from which the explosive material had been taken in the gun. To this projectile was attached a slender string which lay in coils upon the deck, The theory was to throw the projectile over tlle tree trunk and when it should descend it would neceasarily bring the strmg with it. In this way communication would be in a state of beginning at least with the island in the air. CHAPTER VI. BARNEY'S WONDERFUL FEAT. Ir would next be easy to draw a heavier cord up and then the rope. Then Barney would be given a chance to test his nerve and grit. Frank made carefully, sighted the gun, and stood ready to press the electric button which would discharge the gun. The Incas were grouped near, waiting the action of the white men. and Barney and Pomp had their eyes fixed on the tree, Frank loet little time. He had trained the guo as true as possible. He drew a deep breath and pressed the button. Piug! Whish! Up like a llash sailed t!Je long line, and in a mere breath of time it was seen coming down again. Frank was chagrm6d. He had missed the mark, The projectile had passed just under the tree. The come floating down and the projectile charged against an angle of the wall oi stone far above. "Missed it!'' cried Dr. Vaneyke; "it was n close one though.'' "It might as well have been a mile," said Frank In disgust; "pick up the line, Barney and Pomp." All roight, sort'' The line was quickly brcught aboard again. Then once more a projectile was placed in the gun. Again it was trained and this time at a little better elevation. Once more the gun was discharged. Up sailed the cord. This time the travelers gave a hearty cheer. lt had passed clean over the tree. The projectile came down. Frank ran forward and picked it up. Then be began to haul up the shorter cord. Up it went, and the rope after it. There it hung dangling in the air for a height of twenty-five hundred feet. Then Frank turned to Barney with a smile. "Now, my friend," he said, "there is your opportunity to dis tinguish yourself." Shure, sor. I'm afther ready.'' The Celt had stripped ofi his coat and now began to go up the rope like a monkey. Up and up he went until he was at a dizzy height. Merc:Y !" cried Vaneyke, that is a very venturesome thing to do. If he looks down now be will fall." A shudder ran through tbl' group of watchers. Barney was now fully a thousand feet in the air. The strain of the climb was beginning to tell on him. But he managed to relieve it. In the face of the cliff he saw a niche. Into this be crept for a moment of rest. Then the plucky fellow !lad the hardihood to look down and wave a salute to hiS friends below. Burney did not tarry long, however, but once more began his up ward pull. "I don't know,'' said Dr. Vaneyke, with a gasp, "but it seemed to me that tree swayed just then. What if it should give way!" A light or horror was in Frank's eyes. We will not think that,'' he said. Up and up went Baruey. It was a mighty effort of the physical 1 powers. But he kllpt on. 1 Now he was within reach of the tree trunk. It seemed an aae ere be bad clamoered on to IL. .. But be dill, and then stood upon the verge or the plateau. Barney O'Shea was the first to set foot upon the summit of Raraima. Be leaned over the verge and signaled those below. Then he dis appeared from sight. Now," said Frank, here goes for the next one. 1 don't see Pomp, hut tllat you must remain with the machine.'' "A'ngllt, sah !" Doctor, Baruey and I will pull you up," The scientist drew a deep breath. "Of course, there is no safer way," he said. "Well, I shall be ready, for 1 must reach the summit of Rarainia if it takes a leg." Frank took hold ol the rope and began to mouut upwards. He was an atlleletic young man and had no trouble whatever in climbing the rope. .UP he went lightly until one hundred feet from the ground. Then a Willi and startling cry went up from those below. "Look out, Frank!'' shouted Vaneyke, "the tree is giving way!" But Frank saw this as well as his friends. Instantly he slid down the rope; he was not a momt>nt too soon. He reached the ground and instantly sprang into the pilot house. Round came the lever and the Trap sprang forward. It was not a moment too soon. The great tree slowly inclined outwards. Some loose gravel came first, then a nom ber of bowlders and next the tree itself. It fell with a terrific crash upon the spot where the Trap had been. Had Frank not moved it forward, it would have certainly crushed it. There lay the tree and the long rope under it. It was an appalling situaqon. Tbe travelers looked at each other aghast. "Great heavens!" ejaculated Vaneyke; "that is a misfortune!" Confound the tree!" muttered Frauk. Why couldn't it have held? !'would now be up there with Barney." "YeP,'' said the doctor, with a shiver; "but how will Barney ever get down now? lt looks as if be was bound to stay there." Fran.k was silent a moment. He was doing some thinking. Along the verge of the plat.eao, no other object which would support a rope was tb be seen. The matter looked serious. It seemed curious that Barney did not now appear and make some signals to his friends below. But to the surprise of all be did not appear. That he most know of the summary cutting off of his means of escape seemed certain. But yet be did nQt allow himself. One question now forced itself upo11 the travelers. What was to be done? It was no light problem, to be sure. Of course, one might say find another tree and throw another rope. But not a tree could be round. If Barney would only appear now all could be remedied. Frank would need only to throw the line over t be verge of the plateau, for Barney could catch it and secure it to some suitable object. But the Celt, curiollsly enough, did not appear. Frank whistled and sh1.1uted in vain. Fire-arms were exploded, in fact, every kind or a call made. "That is queer,'' muttered Frank. Something must have hap pened to Barney. He would have answered.'' 01 course, tbis announcement had a depressing effect open all, They felt alarmed and sorry that Barney bad tried the feat. There was no ceroointy that he would ever return again. Perhaps it would mean a life exile. Such a horrible thougl:t bad its effect upon Frank. He was deter mined to climb the wall or Raraima. "I am going up there," he cried determinedlv, "if I have to g:> home and build an airship." All this while the friendly Incas had been watching the wonderful feats of their white acquaintances. The spectacle of Barney climbing that mighty dlstan::e up a rope was to them an awe-inspiring one. llulo now ad,nnced and engaged Franlr in conversation. He as sured the young inventor by signs that the position of Barney was one of great danger. But the Incas seemed to have no suggestions to make for 1:\is rescue until soddenly llulo went to the steep wall, and indicated the exist ence of a cavern in it, and pointed westward. "What is he driving at?" asked Dr. Var.eylte in a puzzled way. I really cannot understand," said Frank. Then he studied Ilulo's gestures again. And the more be studietl them, the harder the Indian chief tried to mnke them comprehensive. Until finally like a flash the truth burst upon the young inventor. "I have it," he cried; "he means that a cavern exists In the Ra raima wall which may possibly lead to the summit. lt is west of here. By Jove, if I only knew it was the truth!" "Do you mean that!" cried Vaneyke excitedly. "I have good reason for thinking so." /


' 8 THE ISLAND IN TEE AIR. "Let us test it. We must do By way of reply Frank stepped into the pilot house. The Trap moved rapidly forward. The Incas cheerild and followed. Thus a number of miles were cov ered; but now darkness shut down. The searchlight was employed, however, and In its pathway of light tbe Incas guided the way. was past midnight when suddenly a cleft in the great wall was aeen. Between this the Trap glided over a rocky lloor. The next moment they w e re under the arches 6f a mighty cavern. The 'L'rap had no difficulty in entering this. Indeed it seemed to ex pnnd as they proceeded. But here the Incas halted. They seemed for a time the victims of superstitious dread and fear. Frank stop peel tbe Trap. llulo made sign talk to the effect that it was dangerous to go furth e r. But Frank mad e reply that he could not abandon his project for any fear or tbnt sort. It became evident tbat the Incas dared not go further, and that it would be necessary to leave them behind. So Frank shook hands with llulo, and the parting signs were made. Then tbe Incas turned back. The cavern now began to wind upwards, and Frank had soon fatb omed its character. There was everr Indication that it was an old water course, by means or which "some stream or body of water upon the platilau hac.! worked ils way downward and emptied itself into the valley below. Successive Jloods had doubtless "nlarged the cavern to lls prestsut size. CHAPTER VII. ON THE PLATEAU-BARNEy'S RETURN. IF this was true there was no doubt but that they would reach the summit of the plateau. It was an exciting anticipation. On crept the Trap up througll the rising passage. It silemtsd au interminable time before the machine finally emerged upon the open ground and into the outer air again. The voyagers saw the high walls of a canyon upon either sine. AboYe was the starry sky. But all drew a deep breath lor the great troth burst upon them. They were upon the summit of tbe plateau of R.araima. Along the canyon the machine picked its way. It was indeed surprising that the ascent should have been made 1 in such a way and so easily. { "Now what sticks me," said Vaneyke, vaguely, "is why none of I the Raraima tribe descend into the valley when it is such au easy matte1 by means o! this cavern." It is possible that they a:e not aware of Its presence, or at least that it leads down to the Talley," said Frank. "True!" agreed Vaueyke. "Or again some superstitious fear or religioua law may coniine them to the plateau." However it is," said Frank, we shall very soon force our acquaintance upon them." Which miy not be agreeable to them." That is true!" We may have trouble with them." So far as that goes we are well prepared for any foe," declared Frank. If they attack us we must defend ourselves. But we will not live in any such anticipation.'' I hope that we shall be able to make friends with them. I am yery anxious to get a look at them. How far from daybreak are we?" "It is an boor off only," replied Frank. We will run out of this canyon, and then for some sleep and a little something to eat." So the Trap presently ran out or the canyon. A great region Jay about them, which tlley could not well scan in such darkness. But they were on the is laud in tile air. And they hall been abl,) to bring the Trap with them. Surely better luck coulc.l not be desired. But Frank did not attempt to carry the exploration ft.rther in the dark. The adventurers now turned in for much needed sleep. They slept until long af t er Lhe sun was up. Then Pomp prepared a line morning meal. "Sunb I hope we fin' dat l'ishman to-day, sab," said the darky, hopefully. I done link sutnn' llappened to him." Frank'sllrst, ohject was to find Burnlly. But the travelers just now were engrossed in the strac>ge region spread before them. It was unlike anything they bad ever seen uefore. To the north was a great forest; to the west a rolling plain,with high lands in the distance. To the east was a basin or deep lake of water. It was likely that this was the residue or a much body of water, the major part of which had vauislled through the water course by means of which our friends had reached the plateau. The shores of this lake were sandy and smooth. It cove1 ed several hundred acres and was fed by a number of brawling streams. BPyond its stretched a great forest. There were in it trees and shrubs of a species unknown to any other part of the world. Dr. Vaneyke was at once interested. have hit upon a great discovery,'' be declared; "here is flora of an ag11 long past, and extinct elsewhere npon the globe." Ile was to begin his resEtarches, so Frank ran the machine up to the edge of the forest and the doctor sprung out. In a few mo ments he was busily examining the newly discovered trees nod col Jecing specimens of their bnrk and leaves. To attempt a detailed llescription of them with their classical or scientific names would bore t!Je readEtrs, so we will not at,empt it. The genial doctor, however, gave the nerves or his companions a jar with the jaw-breaking Latin names. I Meanwhile Frank had been studying the face cf the country as siduously. He was looking earnestly for some sign of the curious race of people who made a home on this plateau. Fnr beyond the rolling plain he once fancied he saw a column of thin blue smoke. After a while he turned his gaze toward the lake eastward. Then he gave a little start. Upon its broad surface he saw what seemed to be a cunous looking craft. Be turned to Pomp. .. Hriog me my strongest glass," he said. "I want to study that object." "A'right, eahl" Pomp quickly produced the glass. Frank took one look and said excitedly: It is a large canoe or proa and there are seven men in it. They are coming this way. Where is Vaneyke!" Seeing the doctor yet among the tretss, Frank shouted: .. LivelJ(, doctor! the unknown inhabitants of tbis place are coming. There is no time to Jose!" Vaoeyke hurriedly gathered up his specimens and rushed aboard the Trap. Frank steered the machine into a clump o! trees near the shore. That they bad not been seen was a safe aMsumptioo. The Canoe come nearer every moment. The occupants evidently intended to land upon the beach near where our friends were in hiding. They were seven in number, and our adventurers trained their eyes to get a glimpse of them. It was an exciting moment. Here was an undiscovered ruca of people. The purity of their race oantec.lated almost anything else ou earth, for there had certainly been no intermarriage with other nations. They were dressed much after the simple fashion of Biblical tribes, in tunics and long robes. Tbe!le were of some unknown texLUre, but sbowed that :hey knew the art of weaving and making cloth. Who knows but that they are the lost tribeof Israel,'' cried Dr. Vaneyke, "of course it seems hard to understand how they conlcl have traveled all this way to this place, but we must remember that the face of the earth was dillerent in those days." "They certainly are unknown to the rest of the world,'' said Frank. "We will try and unravel the mystery very soon." Nearer the canoe apr-roached. lt wns heac.led straight for the spot where our adventurers were concealed. A lew moments later it skimmed mto the little bay and was forced out upon the sands. Then the occupants got out. They were very near to our friends now, and every feature could be seen. Four of them were men and three were women. Two of the women Cllrried babes in their arms. The men were giants In stature, with fair skin, yellow hair, and handsome Greek features. Tbey were tall, symmetrical and power ful. The women were nldo tall and finely formed, with placid and mo bile features. They were bean.ifulas is a piece of statuary, but Jac:k ed the expression and vivacity which mal;es radiant loveliness In these modern days. The men were armed with very primittve weapons-batt-le axes of stone and rough metal, bows and arrows and heavy bludgeons. They carried between them what looked like a doe, wh1ch was of a pure white. Undoubtedly it was a new species. Dr. Vaneyke was all through his glasses. He could hard ly contain himself. "Indeed, their methods are prlmiti'l"e as on the first day of creation," be declared. lL is plain to see that thuy are nomads." Why!'' asked Frank. They are going to camp." Wbat.-here!" "Yes.'' The young inventor was and not a little dismayod. "Well,'' be said, dubiously, "in that case what we do! We shall be discovered." What or that! It will give us an bpportunity to make their acquaintance." '' That may not be agreeable-at least to them." The smentlst shrugged his shoulders. It will be necessary if we hope to gain any valuable data," he said. I am consumed with curiosity to know from what scource these peo ple sprung." You may not be able to Jearn even tben,'' said Frank. "I doubt If these people have records or their past." "But they most have legends-memories, tales or such like,'' de clared Vaneyke; "muc!J. of th11 world's history Is based upon such.'' Which is not the most reliable.'' Very true, but it must needs be accepted in lieu of anything bet ter. But, did I not tell you! They are going to camp." The booting party of nomads, for such tlley appeared to be, were chattering with each other in some outlandish tongue. It was im possible for our friends to understand them. /


THE ISLAND IN THE AIR. 9 Two or the men began to dig a bole in the sand. The other two proceeded to flay and dress the doe. 'l 'be women collected fagots and placed them in the hole made by the men. Then fire was struck with flint and some pieces or tinder. The fagots burned for some while autil fin'llly only a great bed of hot coals was left. Then the doe all dressed and prepared was laid bodily upon tllem. Then the sand was heaped over the doe and the coals until a amok iog bauk or it was made. "Golly!" muttered Pomp, "dat am a berry way fo' to cook a deer.'' "That is the most primitive oven ever used by mao," declared Van eyke; but you will find that the deer will be delicipusly cooked in time." And this proved true. After wa1tiog the necessary length or time, the nomads uncovered the doe aud brought it forth cooked to a turn. The juicy meat was cut out iu great ilakes and devoured. "Well," said Frank, with a laugh, ''that is bad. To tell the truth I would not object to a slice of that myself." 1 "Nor I," said Vaneyke. "Ab, what is wrong now!" A stilled cry bad come from the other side of the Trap. Frank and the doctor turoE>d to behold an astomshiug sight. Over the nul came a rather dilapidated figur e Pomp assidted h!m and as his comical mug was seen fair and full, Dr. Vane]ke gasped: "On my word it is Barney!" "Barueyl" ejaculated Frank. It's mesilf, aor," said the Celt, bowing and scraping. He was truly a sigllt to behold. His clothing wae tattered and torn, and h1s whole appearance thnt of one who had been turough a roug11 experience. His friends crowded about him in awazement, and Frank aeked: How did you get here, "Shure, sor, 1 hardly know,'' replied the Celt, in a puzzled man ner, "but 1 was ou the other shore av that lake wbin I see the Trap, an' shore I med for it. Howiver did yez git it up here!" "We round an underground passage," said Frank, "but I do not understand you. What became or you after you reached the summit of the plateau! Why did you not aoHwer our sigoala!'' Barnes scratched his bead rellectively. Shure, sor, I was niver able to do that," he replied. The divil had me, an' I cum near drawing me breath agio," How was that!" asked Frank. The Celt tol

10 THE ISLAND IN 'l'HE AIR. The travelers gazed upon the scene spell-bound. It was some I stead of going boldly down to city, we watch our chance and fall while before they gave up tbe scrutiny. in with a few of them. We can Judge from their conduct what to exThen Barney clutched Frank's arm, and said: pect." . "Shure, eor, there's sometbiu' comio' behindt us, sor, an' I'm afther ''Capital!'' agreed Van.eyke;,." 1f we find them friendly 1t IS safe to tbinkin' it's safer to get into the cover av that clump of trees yon assume that the others Will be. der sort'' J uat so!" .: You are right," agreed Frank, and the machine took up this posi "Let pn,t it into execution at onca.'' tion where it was hidden by the foliage !Jut yet the explorers could All nght. see about them. F rauk ran the Trap out of its cover and upon the stone paved road, Up the paved road some sort of a conveyance was certainly comSlowly on toward the city it rolled. in.,. Frank could not brin"' himself to believe that horses were In use Finally a deep wood was reached. The Trap swept around a curve on"'the plateau. "' came run upon a doze! hunters, who were standing over a The conveyance drew nearer. Then a revelation followed. wh1te d?e .they had JUSt k1lle?. There were no horses attached to the rude vehicle. It was drawn He1gho!' cr1ed Vaneyke; "th1s Is our chance. Now for 1t. by men. The machine came to a halt. The etrect upou the plateau natives It was nothing more nor less than a huge van of the very crudeat was curious. construction, with heavy wheels and axles of wood. They turned and instantly fell Into all attitudes of surprise. It was drawn by twenty stout men. Under a canopy upon the van Frank took admntage ol this to step out onto the front platform was a sort or gaudily decorated throne, aud upon this sat a man and make amicable signs. or commanding presence. The barbarians stared at him, disregarded the eigne, and seemed to His whole appearance proclaimed him of royal birth. Two pages take a territic alarm, sat at his feet. They drew back, gave utterance to loud, excited whoops, and made It was easy to understand now the purpose of the paved road. This menaces to The young inventor saw at onee the boJ>elessness was the kwg'a chariot, and it was easier hauled and with less joltwg or the feat he bad undertaken. for the royalliones over the stone pathway. "No use!" he muttered, and stepped back Into the pilot bouse. He The exploren appreciated this fact easily, and thus one problem was was not a moment too soon. solved. Curiously they watched the ponderous chariot pulled slowly An arrow grazed his cheek. An inch nearer and it would have over the atone roadway by the atout-lirnbed men. been serious. Dr. Vaueyke was satisfied. Behind came several palanquins or roughly made and draped lit "All right, Frankl" be cried. "1 see that you cannot reason with ters, carried by four or twelve men as required. In these probably them. We had better avoid them!" rode the courtiers and nobles or the king's train. Back of these fully Frank's hps were tightly set. two hundred armed barbarians marched. "They are unmannerly and unfriendly curs!" be said, "but I mean Despite their rude dress and homely equipments, so sturdily and to see their city anyway. We will run down and take a look at it. granaly did these men bear themselves, that the pageant was uot They can do us no harm.'' without its effect of grandeur, and the explorers could not help being "Good!" cried the doctor with sparkling eyes, "that is the kind of deeply impressed. talk I like." It was easy to imagine that these were old Spartan times, when to But matters In front now engrossed the attention of all. be a hero meant much, and when the world was lar more genniue lu The barbarians had by one impulse started for the machine. It bulk than it is to-day. was evident that they meant to attack it. There seemed nothing licentious or even vulgar about these earnestThey were brandishing their weapons furiously and came on like a faced, stoutarmed barbarians. They seamed above sel!ish or sardid whirlwind. Powerful fellows they were. ends. Frank had no idea, however, or killing any of them unless be was They were not aware of the nearness or the Trap and the visitors compelled to. So he the Trap ahead. from the civilized world. They passed rapidly and insensibly by. But these intrepid warriors fiung themselves madly in front of the 1 When the last man bad passed, Dr. Vaneyke drew a deep breath machine. They were rurious and desperate. and said: As a result several of them were crushed beneath the wheel@. But L is eaqy to see ho"V primitive man might have remained, had his two managed to clutch the rail. sphere been always as limited as that of these poor fellows." Over upon the deck they came. They dashed their heavy bludgeons "Then the world owes much to tbe spirit of adventure and explora against the pilot-house window. tion which pervad

'l'HE J.SLAND 1N THE AIR. Il The rise of lnnd was soon reached, and the machine went speed ing down on her return. But she was not yet out of the woods. Before many miles had pasaed in this wny, a large party of the plnteau natives appeared in a cut. It was certain that tbey meant to intercept the machine if they could. Frank took a good glance at them. It irritated htm much. I hate to destroy them," he muttered. Why don t the fools get out or the way!" They hnve very little sanae,' cried the doctor. Luk out, Misther Frank,'' shouted Barney. Shure, there's n log across the road!" This was true. They had dragged a buge log across the stoneway. Frank saw with a thrill that he must leave the road. At such a rate of speed he disliked to do this. The ground on either side lookel! a trilla marshy. And so it waa, aa the immediate proved. With a jolt und a jar tile Trap left the smooth road. Out it shot upon the green sward. It could run fast enough even there, but an unexpected thing hap paned. Suddenly and without warning, the machine pitched forwaro, gave a terril!c lurch, and lay hal! upou its side. The dynamos buzzed, every portuble thing aboard was hurled about and the voyagers were more or less injured. It was an exaaperating incident. The forward wheels of the maclline bad sunk into n mire pit, and here it lay with wheels submerged. Golly fo' glory!" yelled Pomp, we'se struck hard luck dis time. Dat nigh bruk mnll two shins!" Be it's a pity it d1dn't take yez in the head instid." "Hi dar! wha' yo' mean hy dat, sahl" spluttered Pomp, angrily. Be jabers, yez bead ain't quite so soft! Divil n bit wad yez bnve felt it!'' Pomp grumbled nnd growled, but said no more. 'l'be Celt seemed to have the best or him. But. the position or the Trap now a serious one. or course the mob of plateau natives were delighted. They fancied that their prize was all won. But there's many a slip and so forth. Barney and Pomp were ready with their Winchesters when tile crew came. At such pbort range the slaughter was dreadful. The attacking party liang themselves recklessly furward. But they might us well have attempted to assail Glllraltar. The deadly l!re so mysterious withal to them perforce drove them back. They were valorous when it came to matters of mundnne sort. But the superstitious el?.ment was strong in their composilion s as it is in the breasts of all ignorant or uneducated peoples. Baflled and territled by tllat which they did1not understand, they retreated to tbe cover of a copse near. But this was easily within range, and Frank said: "Dislodge them! We must dnve them back to a safe distance!" "You are right," cried Vaneyke, "for reinforcements are coming from the city!'' This was seen to be true. So the explorers opened a hot fire upon the copse. Nothing living could st.anu it and the dnrk haired natives were obliged to llee. CHAPTER X. IN THE MOUNTA IN FORTRESS. As they were now beyond bowshot Frank felt that the dnnger was for the nonce over Se he applied himself to the problem of getting the Trap out or the mire pit. This was no light For a time it waa not clearly seen bow this was to be done. To attempt it with shovels or scoops would be folly. In fact, it would be so thin was the mire. Frank Reade, Jr., however, was not long without an expedient. He would have belied his reputation as an inventor else. He went into the lower compartment of the Trap and brought out some heavy coils or cable. I put these aboard for just sueh an exigency as the present," he declared. It was lucky that I di

i I 12 THE ISLAND IN THE AIR. However, by means of diagrnms drawn in the sand and many signs, the ecieu tist learned something. "They fea.r a Great Deity," he said, "and they have a well defined legend of the creation and the flood. In moat respects they are good Cbris tians." That is remarlrable," agreed Frank. Is it their belief that this bas always t-een the home of their people!" No,'' replied the doctor. They speak of a distant time when their people came hither from a far land, where they were persecuteLI by foes." Bnt the Romans asked Frank "what of them!" "Now, you are getting too deep lor me," declared the scientist. "I have been unable to learn anything about them yet." Before more could be said, Barney caine rushing in with a wild cry. "Oeh, hone, Misther Frank, there's the divil to pay! Thim black haired rapscallions have cum down an' attacked the outer works, sor, an' there's a divil av a foight goin' on!'' CHAPTER Xl. A TOUR OF EXPLORATION. lN an instant Frank was upon his feet. Is that true?'' he cried excitedly; they have followed us here then?'' Shure that's it, sor!'' "You can hear distant soundd of conflict," said Vaneyke. "Listen, Frank!" "I hear it!" replied the young Inventor. "Come on you two, l'omp, stay with the machine. Take your Winchesters!" In a trice the three men were ready. They set off at once to the scene of excitement. The Greeks were in a state of great commotion. Women and children were rnslling to hide in the fastnesses, while the me1.1 were going rapidly to the scene or battle, Climbing over the rocky heights Frank and Barney and Vaueyke qnickly came upon the scene. It was a thrilling one. An immense body of the Romans had crowded into a gorge and were fighting hnnd to hand with the Greeks. They meant to win an entrance. It was possible that they n:ight have succeeded, so sudden was their attack, had it not been for the Winchesters. It was easy for Frank and his companions to take np a commanding position and open a murderous fire. The dark-haired barbarians were mowtJd down like sheep. This encouraged the Greeks, who fought lustily. The strange "fire Slicks of their allies were a source of wonder to them. For fully an hour the battle raged furiously. Then the stubborn Romans, leaving heaps of their slain, were forced slowly back. They finally abandoned the attack. Their repulse bad cost them dear. It was a great victory for the Greeks. But they were not insensible to the fact tnat they owed much to their allies. From that moment the latter were the lions of the hour with them. Nothing was too good for them. Darkness came on. As there was some danger of a night attack torche11 and guards were placed in the main pass. But Frank ran the machine up to a. commanding position and sent the rays of the search-light down through the pass. This was a revelation to tbe Greeks. The dazzling light, as power ful as the sun, was to them a marvelous thing. They treated it with reverence. A fete was held in the mountain fortress that night. Our adven turers were the guests or honor. Barney and Pomp bad a high old time. 'l'he Greeks brewed a be witching nectar akin to yellow wine, which just caught the taste of all. What matter 11 the two jokers did drink a little more of it than was aecessary? It was a special occasion and Frank winked at it. 'fhe next day thll Romans renewed he attack feebly. But their re pulse was instant and signal. Frank was responsible for this. The young inventor believe

r THE ISLAND IN 'l'HE AIR. 13 Several new and unheard of species of animals were discovered. And thus went on until morning came at last. Also many new plants and trees. Truly Raraima had preserved much of the antediluvian life which is Then the natives proceeded to make a lire aud cook their morning men!. After that they held a council. known only to the rnouern s cientist Ill t h e geological drift, Vaneyke was wholly satislied, when one day Frank said: Tben three of them came up and cut Fmnk's bonds, He was led before the chief of the tribe. "Suppose we I urn our faces homeward. What say you!" "I om very willing," replied tlle scientist; "my work is done.'' By means or signs and they made him a proposition. So the Trap was started lor the canyon by means of which they bad reached the plateau. It was in substance that if he would show th e m how to make the Trap go his life would be spared. Frank in reply proposed to make It operate for them. They bad now been over a week upon the island in the air. It was Frank's purpose to journey nortbward to Caraccas and ttence ship But the wily leader would not fall into this snare. Frank saw linhome. ally that was of no use to try to argue witb tbem so be gave it up. He positively refused their terms. One day the Trap came out of the Raraima forest and upon a table land. Below lay a wbite walled city. '!'hey knew now where they were. They came back to the city of the "R?mane," so called, and were but a short distance now from tbe canyon and Ltle outlet of escape from Raraima. Frank started the maclline down tbe steep descent and soon was skirting tbe plain to tbe southward. 'l'be result was tbat the barbarians waxed very angry. He was bustled back to the tree and tied up aga in. Then the barbarians went back aboard the Trap. What are you going to do!" asked the doctor. "I don't know," said Frank, anxiously, "I have no doubt they will end by smasbing the vehicl e all to pieces! : I suppose so!'' But from a tbicket some of the natives were started. Tbese were seen runniug toward the town. But nothing further was seen of them from that moment. If however they monkey with the key board then may set the Trap iu motion. Whether they will know bow to stop it or not is a question.'' Darkness shut down suddenly while they were yet some way from the canyon. The course could have been pursued by electric ligtJt. I don't believe they will." But Faank decided to camp one more night on tbe island in the air. So he made everything sbipshape a\JOard the vehicle, and in a very short while all bad retired to rest except Barney, who was 011 guard. "Then they must take Ute consequences. Ah!" Frank writbed in his bonds. He saw the 'l'rap suddenly dart for ward. Tbe night was balmy and dark as a pocket. It was one of those still, calm evenings, conducive to sleep ami tlle lulling of one's nerves. A dozen of the Romans were aboard, and tbeir leadllr had been ex amining the keyboard. By the merest chance he opened the lever. Barney could hardly resist the influence. The re was no apparent danger near at hand, that fear dtd not conspire to keeJ> bim awake. Instantly the machinery buzzed, and the vehicle shot forward. Straight out over tlle plain it went. Fatal fact. Tbe Celt, for the first time in bis life, committed the terrible fault or sleeping at his post. My soul!'' cried Dr. Vaneyke; they will go to destruction, '!hat is toward the verge of the plateau.'' The otber barbarians started,,howling, after;the machine, This left our adventurers alone ; I Massy sakes!" cried Pomp. "Dat am de ruin ob de Trap.'' Begorra, they're surely bound to go to smash over the precipice WHICH IS THE END, shouted Barney, We'll be aftber niver git.tin' home now.'' CHAPTER XII. WE can offer no excuse for Barney's omission. He was culpably "If we could only cut our bonds!" ejacnlated Ftank. "We are at fault. alone. We migllt escape.'' But the fact remains that he did sleep at his post. And strange "I have a knife in my waistcoat pocket," cried Vaneyke; "if I figures were flitting in the gloom ghost like about the Trap. could only make use of it." How long the Celt slept be never knew. When he awoke it was In Barney made a superhuman effort to slip his arms out of the a rude manner. bonds. And he succeeded. Cold lingers clutched his tbroat. A hiss sounded in !:is ears. He Whnrrool" he shouted; "shore it's mesilf as soon get yez could not sbriek or speak aloud. out av this!'' All was darkness about him. With quick hands he untied the cords about llis ankles. But be knew that strange hands held him, and be was picked up he secured the doctor's knife and liberated tlle otbers. Then and carried from the platform of the wagon. It was a joyful moment. A few moments later be was bound to a tree. In ransacking the Trap most happily the barbarians had heaped Then he saw other forms being brought out of the Trap. He most of the effects upon the ground near. In their excitement knew that they were prisoners like himself, and that they were they had gone off and left these. Frank Reade, Jr., Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke. Among them were tbe ammunition and weapons. The explorers All prisoners, and thll Trap in tlle power of the dark-haired barbatook each his rille and as mu<;tl ammunition as be could carry rians. This was the truth. Then they started for the canyon. There was no time to lose. And the Celt knew that he was the m:.n responsible for it all. He On they ran at full speed. At any moment they knew that the groaned aloud in horror. barbarians would return and give cllase. OctJ, mnrther, murther!" he wbin!'d, phwativer shall I do! As to the fate of the Trap they could hazard a guess. When last Sbure, Misther Frank will niver fergive! Lack a day! Phwat a fool seen it was headed for the verge of the plateau. 1 am!" It was hardly likely that the barbarians knew how to stop it, or even But a voice sounded beside him. to guide it. "Barney, is that you!" In that event it must be ere now at the bottom of the Raraima walL It was Frank's stern voice. Certainly it would never aurvive that fall. "Shure, sor, it is!'' Yet, no explosion was heard as Frank believed would be the case What happened to you? How did those rogues get aboard tbe with dynamite aboard. Hut the explorers did not turn back. Trap?" They reached the canyon later in tbe day. Barney gave a groan. Down into the cavern they rapidly descended. A 'half hour later Shure, sor, it was all me fault," he said, huskily. "I fell ashleep, they emerged upon the lower level. sort Instinctively all looked up to the dizzy height above. "Wbat! Asleep at your post!'' "My soul!" exclaimed Vnneyke, "if they have fallen all that dis-"Woe Is me, sor!" tance I must pity them." "I am surprised at you, Barney," said Frank, angrily. Then lapsed "They are beyond pity ere this," declared Frank. into stlence. "Then yon think they went over?" "Golly! I done fink we is done fo'," exclaimed the darky, Pomp; "Yes!" dey will suah kill us an' take de Trap I'' 0111" "Mercy! We are lost!" ejaculated Vaneyke. "Let us however All stood still with a sense of awful horror. For at that moment a hope for the best.'' terrilic explosion rent air from a point beyond an angle in th& "I hope the divlls will kill me an' lave the rist av yez go!" groaned mountain wall. For a moment all were dazed. Barney. "That was it," said Frank huskily, But aoiLewhat strangely the "Romans" seemed to forget their "The trap," said Vaneyke. prisoners, and occupied themselves with running excitedly over the "Yes." Trap. But--" They were so carried away with the enormity of their capture that What?" 'hey could not contain themselves. It should have reached the verge of the plateau before na." Frank Reade, Jr., was in hopeless despair. He saw that the expe "Tbat is easily explained," said Frank. "No doubt it made a long dition was doomed to end in a terrible failure. detour steering itself and running at random until it finally went He felt sure that the Romans before they got through would over.'' destroy the machine and kill their captives. Nothing less could be With a common impulse the explorers set out for the spot. expected. They stumbled on oTer the rough ground for a quarter of a mile. Time passed and the barbarians were still engaged in ransacking Then they beheld a terrible scene. the machine. It was a shattered heap of bowlders and pulverized rock, a deep Frank groaned as he thought of the result if they should get hold of I hole in the ground, and the debris scattered over bundreds of feet. any of the dynamite. j Very little was left of tbe Trap. It had been wiped out of existence It was a e;reat time for the captors. They were in a state or great in a flash or time. hilarity. Appalled, the adventurers looked at each other .... l


14 THE ISLAND IN 'l'HE AIR. 1 "Hard luck," said Frank, coolly. "It looks like a walk home." "Begorra, an' all fer me own fault," groanPd Barney, "It was too bad to see such a wonderful invention destroyed," said Vaneyke. "Never mind crfed Frank, lightly, "we are clear of the enemy and have our lived. We ought not to lind fault, We have sacrificed the Trap, but we have gained our ends. We have explored Raraima." "Right," cried the doctor, "but who will recompense you for your loss Frank?" "I am fully paid," replied Frank. "Now, let us go home." "Do you thlnlt those rascals went over with her?" asked Vaneyke. Frank pointed to the mountain wall. 'l'bere, crushed against the atone, was a blood y mass. It was part of a man's limb. This was suffici ent answer. It was easy enou g h to pick up pieces of the Trap over a large area. But there nothing worthy or preservation. As Frank s a id, there was really nothing left for them to do now but to go home. This meant a long, arduous tramp through a perilous region. It was proposed to return to Demerara. But now a new obstacle confronted them. Not one in the party was able to figure out the proper direction. Thtly had no compasR or other Instruments to guide them now. It looked blue for them indeed. But every cloud bas i t s silver lin ing. Even their misfortunes were dest.ined to reach an end. cuddenly as they were debating the matter a chorus of cries reached them. Instinctively they gripped their rilles and sprung up. But their fears vanished. Por there running towards them were a number of giant forms. They were the Incas, and llulo w a s at their head. In a few moments a warm greeting was held. Then Ilalo and his men listened wiLh interesL to the story of adventure oa the pia tea a. "But we are now badly stuck," said Frank in sign talk. "We know not ttle way to the Esseq Jibo River." To Frank's surprise llulo expressed Ills desire to guide the party thither. He knew the country well. It is needless to say that tile oller was accepted with alacrity. The party set forth at once. And Raruima, the land of magic and mystery, was quickly left be hind, There were re.v regrets. Bat our voyagers were destined to remember for many a day their adventures upon the island in the air. Perhaps, some day, it will be visited again by other explore'rs. But lt is safe to say that their adventures cannot be more excting. Steadily lhrougll the wildnerness the explorers and their giant guides proceeded. Days passed into weeks before they flu ally reacbe1l the Essequibo. It was now only necessary to follow this river to the sea. So adieu was bid to the faithful Incas. They returned to the wilda and our friends went on toward the sen. As soon as they reached the navigable part of the river, progress was easy. They procured passage on a small boat, and ln due time reached Demerara. Here they took a coast steamer for Caraccas. 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For sale by all newsdeale rs, or sent, po s t-paid, upon receipt of the price. Ad dress Frank Tous ey, Publisher, 3i and 36 North Moore St., New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS-Containing full directions for making Magic To y s and devices of many kinds. By A. Ander son. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents For sale by all news dealers, or sent, postpaid by mail, upon receipt of price. Ad dres s Frank Tous ey, Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS-Containing complete in structions for performing over sixty Mechanical 'l'ricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it by mail, postage free, upon re ceipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, con talning full airections f o r constructing CI.Luoes and the most popular mann e r of sailing th('lm. By C. Stanfield Hicks; Pric e 10 c e nts. For s ale by all newsdealers in th e Unit e d States and Cauada, or e e nt to any addre ss, postage free. ou receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 34 ani 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. IIOW Tu DEBATE.-Givlng rules for conducting outlines for debates questions f o r di s cussion, and the best sources for informati o n on the qu e stions given. Prla e 16 cents. For sale by all newsd e alers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, postage on of price. Address Frank Tousey, vublisher, 34 and 36 .North Moore Street, New York. Box 2780. 40W TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated, containing fUl\ instructions for the manag e m ent and tra ining o the canary, mooll ing-bird, bobolink, paro q u e t, parrot, e tc., etc. Price 111 cents. For sale by all newedealers, or sent, post-paid, on receipt of the pric e Address Frank Tousey, publisher, M and 86 North Moora street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730.


t frapk Tousey's Jiapd Books. Containing Useful Information on Almost Every Subject Under the Sun. Price 10 Cents Per Copy. No.1. Napoleon's OrACulnm and Dream Book. Containin' the great oracle of human destiny; also the pl.,te book.. Price 10 cents. No.2. HOW TO DO TRICKS. 1:'he gceat book of magic and card triuks, containing full 1nstruction of all the Je,111ding cnrd tricks or tlle dBy, also the most popular mna-icul Ulusiontt a.s peaformed by our leading magiCians; every boy should obtain a copy, as it lfill both amuse and instruct. Piice 10 cents. No.3. HOW '.fO l'LIRT. The arts and wiles of flirtation are fully explained by thi litt.le book. Besides the various methods of handkerchief. fan, glove, parasol, window and ba.t flil'tations, it contains a full list of the language a.nd sentiment of flowers. which is interesting to everybody, botb old and young. You can aot be happy without one. Priee 10 cents. No. 15. HOW TO BECOME RICH. Tb1B wonelerful book presents you with the example and life exper1ence of some of the most noted and wealthy men in the wor1rl, including the eelf-made men of our country. The book is erlited by ODft of the most successful men of the ptesent age, wbos6 own example is in itself guide enough for those who aspire tn fame and money, 'rhe book wi11 give you the secret. Price 10 cents. No. 17. HOW '1'0 DRESS. Oontaining full instruction in the art of dressing aud ap4' penriuf.C well at bome and n.broild, giving the of colors, materia], how to bave them wade up. Prloe 10 cents. No. 18. No, 28. HOW i'O '!'ELL l'OR'l'ITh'"ES. Every one iS desirous of knowing whut his future life will bring fortb, wheLber happiness or misery, wealth or po"'"' erty. You can tell hy H. glance at this iittle book. Buy one and be couvinced. Tell rour own fortune. Tell the fDrt unes of your friends. Price 10 cents. No. 29. HOW '1'0 BEC(),_!UE AN INVENi'OR. Every boy should k,ow how inventions origii.a.te. 'l'hfa book explains them nll, givmg exumples in electricity, bydraulica, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc,.. eto. 'l'he mort instructive book published. Price 10 oenta. No. 30. HOW '1'0 COOK. One of the most instructive books on cooking ever pul>Jished. lt ootains recipes for meats, fisb. game, and oysters: also nies, pn,fdings, cakes und all kinds of by One of our most No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER. Contniningfourteen illustrations, giving the different poOne or the brightest and most;able httle books 8veJ sations requisite to bbcome a good speaker, render and to the world. Everybod.v wishes to know bow to elocutionist. Also coota.ininJ!. tr:om all the po_Pular become beautiful, both male and female. The secret ia authors of prose and m tlle most. Simple simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be con-, (I.Dd concJse manner possible. Pnce 10 cenk. \'iuced bow to becowe beautiful. Price 10 cents. HOW '1'0 BECOME BEAU'1'1FUL. No.5. HOW i'O lUAKE LOVE-I many curious and interesting things not generally known. Prtoe 10 cents. No.6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE. Giving full instruction for the use of dumb-bells, lnrline elubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and vat"ious otber a bealthy br following the instructions contained in thi! little book. Prioe!O cents. No.7. HOW '1'0 KEEP BIRDS. Handsomely illustrated, and full instruction! 10 cents. NO. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S Unlted States Distance '1'ables, Pocket Companion and Guide. Gfvinaltbe official distances on all the railroads ot the United titates and Canada. Also, table of diatancea bJ water t.o foreign ports, hack fares in the principal citielj, wast No.20. How to Entertain an Evening Party. A very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card-diversions, comic recreations, etc., euitnb1e for parlor or drawing-room entel'tainment. lt contains more for the money than any book published. Price 10 cents. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH, No. 32. HOW TO RID.t; A. BICYCLE. No. 33. HOW i'O BEHAVE. advantage at partiAs, balls, tlle theater, church, and in tHe dr!l.wing room. Price 10 ce!lts. No. 34. HOW '1'0 FENCE. Containing fuilmstruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described wiLb twenty-one praciical the bestpositione in fencing. A complete book. Pric& 10 cents. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES, No.8. HOW '1'0 BECOl\IE A. SCIENTIST. The moJt complete bunting and fishing guide ever pub lished. It contains full instructions about guLs, hunting A complete and useful little book, containing the rulee with descrip.. and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croQuet, dominoes, etc. Price 10 cents. A useful and inatruotive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also, experiments in acoustics, mechanics, No 22 HOW '1'0 DO SECOND SlGH'l', be eQ.ualed. PricelO cents. I Heller's second si,.cht explained bv hie former assistant Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaimng how the secret dialogues we..J No. 9.. carried on betw8en the magician and the boy on the stage; HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIS'I'. authentic lly Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading t .bis book of instructions, by a practical amount of fun for himself and friends. H is the greatest book ever published, and there's mi11ions Cof fun) in it. Price 10 cents. No. 10. HOW TO llOX. a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books. a.s it wiiJ teach you bow to box with out an instructor. Price 10 cents. No. II. HOW 'fO LOVELETTERS. A most oomvlete little book. containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them; aJao giving eoecimen letterS tor both young and old. Price 10 cents. No. 12. HOW 'l'O WRITE LET'1'ERS TO tA.DIES. Giving complete instructions for writing letters to l&dies of introduction, notes andre No. 13. How to Do It; or, Book of Etlq11ette. It is a great life secret, and one that every young ntab de aires to know aU about. :Send 10 cents and get it. l'httra'e happiness in it. No. 14. No.23. HOW 'fO EXPLAIN DREAMS. Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'l'bis httle book gives the explanation to all cents No. 24. HOW i'O WRITE LET'1'ERS TO GENTLE MEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all also giving sample letters for mstrnction. Price 10 cents. No.25. HOW TO BECO!UE A GDlNAST. Oontaining full instructions for aJI kinds of sports and athletic exercise,. Embracing thirty-five illusJ:Sy Professor W. Macdouald. A bandy and use ful book. Price 10 cents. No.26. HOW '1'0 ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A. DOAT. Fully illustrated. Every boy should know bow to row and sail a. boat. Full instruct1ons are given in thislittJe book., with instructions on swJmmiDg and riding, com .. panioa sports to boating. 10 cents. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECI i'A.'1'10NS. HOW i'O 1\IAKE CANDY. A complete band-book for making all kinds of eand:J, ioe-pieces, t.ogether with many standard readings. Price 10 cream, syrups, esaencea, etc., eta, Price 10 cenL cents. No. 36. HOW '1.'0 SOLVE CONUNDRUl\IS. Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curioua and witty sayiugs. Price 10 cenu. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE. It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it\Yill teat1 h you bow to make almust around the house, "uch as parlor ornaments, brackets. oements, reolia n barps, and. bird lime for birds. Price 10 cents. No. 38. HOW TO YOUR OWN DO(.,'TOR. A wonrlerfnl book, contai'tlinJ! useful and practical infor mation in tl:le treatment of ordinary diseases and ailmenta common to every family. A 4oundinR" in useful11nd e:ffect ive recipes for complaints Price 10 CPJ)..ta. No. 39. How to Raise Poultry, Pigeons and Rabbits. A usefnl a.nd instructive book. Handsomely illustrated. By Ira Drofraw. :"rice 10 cenc.s. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS. Including hints on how to catch Moles. Weasels, Otter, Rats. Squirrels and Birds. Also bow to cur :Skins. Co piously illustrated. B.Y J. Harrington Keene. PrJce 10 cents. No. 42. The Boys of New York Stump Speaker. for home amusament and amn.teur shows. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, post-paid, upon receipt of price. Address Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.


Latest Issues of Latest Issues of La test Issues of ITDMir LIBRARY. Frank Library YouNG the author of "Young Sleuth." SLEUTH L!BHARY. No. Left. 62 Joseplljump and His Old Blind Nag, by Peter Pad 63 'l'wo in a. Box; or. The and Sl.lort ot It, By "Noname." by Tom Teasdr 64 The Sborty !{ids; or. 'rhrPe Chips of l 'bree Old Blocks, by Peter Pad No. Price 5 Cents. 65 Mike Mcnuinness; or, "l'ravelinar for Pleasure. s6 'rb"Shortya' Christmas Snaps, 81 67 'l'l ... .Bounce 'l'wins, or, '!'he 'l'wo Worst Boys to .Part I. the World, by Sum t:imiley 82 Frank Reade, Jr. e New Electric Air-Ship, tbe "Ze68 Nimble Nip, thel10p of the School, From North to .South Around the Globe. 69 Sam Spry, the New York Drummer; s;t Across the Frozen Sea; or, Franl< Reade, Jr.'s Electric Before Pleasure, by Peter Pnd 84 Atlantic Valley: or, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Submarine \VQnder, tile'' Durt.'' 72 :Muldoon, the Ftreman, .bY 'l'om 'l'easer 85 !frauk Reade, Jr., and His bew Electric Air-Ship, the 73 A Rolling ::,tone; or, Jack Ready'e Lite of Fun, "Eclipse;" or, the Chinaoe Pirates. Part I. by Peter Pad 86 74 An Old Boy; or, Maloney After 'feaser 87 Frankl Reade, Jr.'s lllipve r of the Prairie; or, !fighting 75 Tumbling Tim; or, Traveling With a. Circus, tile Apaches in the J<'ar tionthwest. by Peter Pad 88 Under tue Amazon for a Thousand l\li1et5; or, Frank 76 JudRe Cleary's Country Court, by 'l'om Teaser Reade, Jr.'e \VonderfulTrip. 77 Jn.c-Ready'sl')ohool Scrapes, by Peter Pad 89 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Silver Whnle; or, 78 !\1u.4oon, t .he Solid Man, by Tom ed.8er Under the Ocean in the I J:Iectric '' Doll)hin ." 79 Joe Junk, the Whaler; or, Anywhere for l fun, 90 Frnnl< Jr.'s Catamaran of the Air: or, Wild and by Peter Pa.d Wonderful Adventures 111 Austru.Ua. EO The DeRcon's :Son: or, The Imp of the Vilta2e 91 :Search lfor a Lost .1\lan in His Lat-81 Behind the Scenes; or, Out \Vith a 92 Frank Reade, Jr. In Central India; or. The Search Combination, by Peter Pad For the Lost t)avants. 82 The Funny li'onr, by Peter Pad 93 Reade Jr.'s Wonderful : R:H Boston, 94 Over the Andes Witb ltTank Reade, Jr., in His Nen 85 A Bad or1 Hard to Crack, by '!'om l'ea.ser oy, Wild A1lventures in Pern. 86 Sam; or, 'l'he l'roublesome .l!"'oundling, 95 li'rank Rende, Jr.'s Prairi"' \Vllirlwind; or, 'l'he Mystbry by Peter Pa.d of the Hidden Vanyon. Muldoon's Base Bn.ll Olub in Philadelphia, 96 Under the Yellow Se1t; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search by 'l'om Teaser lor the Uave of Peurls WiU1 His New :Submarine 88 Jimmy Grimes; or, Sharp, Smart Teaser 97 Horizon for Ten Thousand Mi1es; or, 89 Little Tom:ny Bounce; or, Sometlliog Ltke His l:l'rank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful 1'rhl With li1s AirDad, by Petcc Pad Sbip. 90 ?tlnldoon's Picnic, by Tom 'l'ea.sor 98 Frank lteade, Jr.'s f::;cra.per;" or, North and 91 Little T"otl\IDY Bounce on Hie Travels; or, Doing A round the \Vorld. 92 Snm Bowser at 99 or, l!"'rank Pla.y. by Peter Pad 100 From OoMt to Uoust; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s '!'rip 93 Next Door; or, 'rbe Iri!>b 'J1wins by '!'om 'l'ea.ser Across i\ frica in His J ectric" Boomenmg." 94 The Aldermen Sweeneys of New York, 101 Frn.nk Reade, Jr., and liis Electric Cut; or, Out\\itby 1'om 'reaser t.iug a Desperate 95 A Bad Boy's Note Book, by" Ed" 10'2 Los t in tbe Mountains of the Moon: or, :Frank Reade. 96 A Bad Boy at School, by" Ed' Jr. 'a Vreat 'l'rip Wi[h His .New Air-Ship, tbe 97 Jimmy Grimes, Jr.; or, the Torment of t.he Vii-"Scud.", by 'fom Teaser 103 100 ?\tiles Below the Surface of the Se1t: or, The 1\Jnr98 Jack and Jim; or, Rackets and nt velons 'l'rip of .l!'rank Reade, Jr.'s:" Hard-Shell" Sohool, by 'l'om 'l'e&Ser Submarine lloat 99 'l.'he Book Luck, by" 104 Abandoned in Alaska; or, Frnnk Rende, Jr.'s Tbrill-U:f Gold Claim With His New 102 '1'be 'l'ra.veling Dude: or. The Comical Advent105 Around the Arctic Ci rcle: or, lfrnnk Reade, Jr.'s ures of Ola.rence .lfitz .Roy by 'l'um Teaser 1\loet Famous 'I' rip With His Air-tibip, the Urbit." 103 Senator !\1 uldoon, by 'l'om 'Jleaser 106 U lteude, Jr.'$ Submar-104 or. Worldng 107 F th N'l t b N' F k R d J 105 The Oomical Adventures of 'lwo Du:les, 1he by 1'om Teaser 108 'l'h e Chase of a. Uotnet; or, Franl' Reade, Jr.'s Most 106 Muldoon the Cop Part T bv 'l'om Tenser Wonderful 'friD With His .New Air-Ship 107 Muldoon: the p ,,rt, Ii. bY 'J'om 'l'enser .. Jflasb." 108 Billy 1\loss; or, From One 'l.'hing to Another. 109 Lost iu the Great Undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s by 'l'om Teaser :Sub:narine Cruise 10 the Gulf St\'eam. 109 Truthful Jack; or, On Hoard the N'll.ncy Jane, 110 From 'l'rop1c to 'fro pic; o r Frank Reade. Jr.'s Latest by I om 'L'flaser 'l'our With His Bicycle Car. 110 Fred Fresh; or, As Green as Grass. by 'l'om 'l'ea.ser 111 To the End of the KurLh in an Air--Ship; or, Frank Ill The Deu.con'a Boy; or, '1'he 'Vorst io Town, Reade. Jr.'s Great Mic.l-Air Flight. by Peter Pnd 112 The Underground Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Subter-112 Johnny Brown & Co. at School; or, '11be Deacranean Cruise in His /':lubmarine Boat. 113 113 F!ithk Crack, by 't'om l'ea.ser Ohaise. aPad 114 Circus, by rom 'l'eaeer the Flhd1t. 116 Benny Bounce; or, A Block of the Old Uhip, 115 J !'or Six Weelrs llttried in a Deep Sea. Cave; or, by Peter Pad lfrank Reade, Jr.'s Great :SniJmarine Senrch. 117 Young Dick Plunket; or. 'l'he Trials nod 'fribu-1 ll6 'l'h e Galleon's Gold; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep lations of Ebenezer CrO\Y, by :Sam Hmiley Search. ns Ireland; or, '!'be Solid 117 Nth': 119 Muldoon's Grocery Store. Part I. by Tom 1'esst!r Antipodes. 1'20 Muldoon's Grocery Stote. Part II, by 'fom Teaser 118 Reade, .Jr.'s Greatest Flying Machine; or, 12l Bob .Bright; or, A Boy of and Fun. the 1'error of the Coast. Part I. by Tom Teaser 119 On the Great Meridian With Frnnk Reade. Jr., In His 122 or, A Boy of A 'l',venty-Five 'l'housand Mile 123 Muldoon's Trip Around tbe World. I, 120 Under the Indian Ocean With Frank Reade, Jr.; or, 1'24 1\luldoon's Trip Around the World. 1211 Experiences of by rom Teaser frank Reade, Jr. Barney and Pomp, in South 125 Muldoon's Hotel. Part I by Tom Teaser America With the Electdc Cab 126 Muldoon s Hotel. Part II. by 'forn 'J'eas"' r 122 Lost in a Comet's Tail; or. Frank Reade, Jr.w s Strange 1'27 Muldoon's Uhrzstmas, by 'fom TeaRer Adventure Wzth His .New Air-Ship. 128 'fbe Sbortys' Rackets, by Peter Pa.d 123 Six Snnken Pirates; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'s A1arvelons 129 m the 124 Reade, 1Jr .'e OverISO Sam Smart. Jr.: o r Followin6t in the Footsteps l and Trip With His Electric Phaeton. of His Dad. Part II, by !-'eter Pad 125 Latitude 90: or, Reade, Jr.'s Most Wonderful 131 TW:l'et Us; or, Hustling for 126 Forest; or, With Frank Reade, 132 Three of Us; or, Hustling for Boodle and .Fnn. Jr, on a. Submarine Orui se. Pa.rt. II. by 'l'om 'l'easer 127 Across the Des ert of Fire: or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s 133 Out .For Fun; or Six l'ttontbs \Vitb a Show. Marvelous 'l'ril? to a StranJre Conn try. 11y Peter Pad 178 Over Two Contmenta; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s 134 Dick Duck, Lbe Boss of the Town, by 'I' om 1't1aser Uistance Flili!ht \Yitb His New A ir-Sbip. 135 'rbe Sbortys Doing Europe; or, On a Grand 129 The Coral Labyrinth; or, Lost. With Frank Reade, Jr., rour for Lfun. Part I by Sn.m Smiley in a Deep Sea Cave. 136 or, Oby 130 or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in 137 Aunt Maria; or, She Thought She 131 Reade, Jr.'s Latest Trip 138 Muldoon In Chicago; or. 'l'he Solid .1\lan at the 132 1,000 Fat.homs Deep; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in World's Fair, by 'l'om Teaser the Sea ot Gold. Price 5 Cents. No. 75 Youn.z Sleuth at Monte Carlo; or, The Crime of the Oasino. 76 Young Sleuth and the Man with the 'l'atlooed Arm; or, 77 City; or, Waltzing Wil-liam's School. 78 Young ::Sleuth in or, Saving a Yl)ung American from the !'rison Mines. 79 Young Sleuth Almost Knocked Out; o r Nell Blondin's Desperate 80 Young S l e ut.b and Billy the Kid Numbe r 'fwo; or, 'l'he Hidden Ranch of t.he Panhandle. 81 Young Master ::itroke; or, The Lady Detec tive's Many Masks. 82 in a Mask; or, Young Sleuth nt tile French 83 Young Sle'utb in Pnris; or, The Keen Detective and the 84 Young Sleuth and tbe Italian Brigands: or, The Keen Detective' s Grerltest Rescue. 85 Youn,.; Sleuth ll11d a Dead Mans Secret; or, 'l'he .Mesin the Handle ot a. 86 Yount:: Sleuth Decoyed; or. J'I.Je Woman of F'ire. 8 7 Boys; or, Fol-88 Youug :Sleuth at .Atlantic Vity; or, 'l'he Great Seaside Mystery. S9 Youug :Sienth, U1e Detective in Chicago; or, Unra.vel inli:' It Mystery. 00 'l'be Mnn in tlle Snfe; or, Young 'Sleuth as a llank 9l Young f::;leuth A.nd tile Phantom Detecti"e: ::lr, 'l'be 'l'ra,il of the Dead. 92 Yonng n.nd tbe Gi rl in the 1\fasl<; or, 'J'he Lady Monte Vristo of Haiti more. 93 Young Sleuth and t.he (Jorsican KnifeThrower: or. J'lle 1\lystery of the Murdered Actress. 94 Young Sleuth and the Crime; or, ']'be Evi dePce of a Deatl 'ritness. 95 Young Sleuth in the 'J'oils; or, The Dea.tb Traps of York. 96 Young und tbe Miser's Ghost; or, A Hunt l for Hidden 1\loney. 97 \!' oung S leuth as a Dead Came Sport; o r, 'J'be Keen Detectives H.use for $10,000. and the Gypsies' Gold; or, The Pnclage 'Marked" Z." 99 Young tileuth and Poliry .Pete, the Sharper King; or, 'fbe Keen DetPctive's Lottery Gtuue. 100 Young in tbe Sewers or New York; or, K


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