In white latitudes: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s ten thousand mile flight over the frozen north.

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In white latitudes: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s ten thousand mile flight over the frozen north.

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In white latitudes: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s ten thousand mile flight over the frozen north.
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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4 N Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No. 146. { col\IPLE1'E} FnaNK TousEY. P['BT.ISHER 31 & 36 NOR'l'H MooRE s'REET, N E w YoRK. { JncE } Vol VI New York, November 13,1896. ISSUED WEKKLY. 5 CEN1'8. Ente.ed ac c m dino to the A q t of Cono1ess in the yeu1 1896, by FRA.N]( 'l'O US EfT, in the o{Tic e o/ t h e L ib ? 'a?ian o/ Cong 1 ess, at JVashinoton, JJ. C or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Ten Thousand Mile Flight Over the Frozen North. By "NONAME." Thre e r usted r ifles leaned against the wall. Frank picked up one ot these, and on the butt he saw engraved: ".rhomas Stowe! Ship Ethel May!" He handed it silently to St. Onge. It was easy to understand a ll.


IN WHITE LATITUDES. 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. In White Latitudes; OR, Frank Reade, Ten Thousand Mile Flight Over the Frozen North!' A WONDERFUL STORY OF WILD ADVENTURE. By ''NONAME," Author of "The Magic Island,'' "The Lost Navigators," "In the Black Zone," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. FRANK MAKES A DECISION, "THE land of perpetual winter, of constant Ice and snow, where the cold Is at times so iqtense tbat human life cun bardly be sup ported, that is a !leld of exploration aud res ea rch tor which my soul craves!" Paul Saint Onge, the distingui shed French savant and traveler, who bad summered and wintered in nearly every clime, made the above remarkable statement with all the earnestness of whicu be was capa ble. At the moment be stood in the grand foyer of the Palmer House in Chicago, and the person to whom he addressed the above statement was a man younger in years, but fully as distinguished and well known. Frank Reade, Jr., the young inventor, who hardly needs an intro d!lction to tbe readel', listened with interest to Saint Onge. "The problem of the North Pole bas been a vexed one!" be agreed. "Yet, alter all, of what consequence is it? You will likely lioll little there but cold and snow and ice. What else?" Ab, not so, Monsieur Reade!" replied the llistingulsbed traveler, confidently. What would you say if it were proved that a fertile conn try existed there, an(l that a powerful race of people in babited it!" I should say that a visionary theory bad become a fact!'' laughed Frank. "Ah, monsieur, but I am serious!" "Very well!" agreed the voung inventor, "bow can you account for the anomaly? A wild and fertile region In the cefiter of all that awful region of ice and snow!'' St Onge rubbed hiR hands briskly. "Ah, now monsieur gives me the opportunity. You will het.r in mind first Lbat beyond the 85th degree of north latitude there land ends, and there is found an open sea.'' "Yes," agreell Frank, "so I believe the latest explorers have de cided." Why is not sea a frozen expanse just tbe same as that in Davis Straits or tbe Sounds! It :s instead an open, tosaing sea, from wbicb the winds are quite temperate in comparison." "There is something in that," agreed Frank. Ab! I am glad to see that monsieur is reasonable. Now beyond this sea-what Is there!" "Nothing to e.bow that aught but this sea covers tbe entire region or tbe Pole!'' Ab, not sol There must be land, there must be powerful a11:encies to eo greatly moderate the temperature. What can these agencies bet What more reasonable than land-maybe a continent, and a volcanic one at that! Ab, monsieur, be sure, there is undiscovered land!'' The French savant's reasoning was logical and convinclug. It deeply impressed Frank Reade, Jr. Ir I thought that--" be began. What!'' asked St. Onge, eagerly. I have the meaus w1th which to visit that vicinity and forever set tle the matter," said Frank, witu my airship Aurora.' I could sui: uorth and south around the wo1ld." The savant's figure trembled and his eyes glistened. He was plain-ly very much excited, Ob, monsieur,'' be declared, you are the man to render this mighty benefit to the world and Lo science. Do not hesitate with your w->nderful air-ship-you can do it. I beg one great favor, and that is the proud privilege of accompanying you. If there is great expense. I will share it. If there is suffering or privation I will staud it. H it sllould mean death, I would gladly immolate my life upon this pro j e ct. Oh, Monsieur Reade, there is on grander object, no worthier aim!'' Frank was for som e moments deeply thoughtful. He llnally ht a cigar, and said: St. Onge you have interested me. I had thought of a trip to South Afnca with my air ship, but on my word, I am temp t ed to change my plans to conform with yours." St. Onge was effusive. "Ah, monsieur will never be sorry. It will be grand. He will do it.,, "What is rour address!'' asked Frank. "No. -Filth avenue," replied the savant. "Monsieur will let me know bis decision by t o-morrow!'' "I will," replied Frank, "but don't baUd anything upon this inter view. I may be unable to accede to yonr plans." Monsieur need bave no !ears," replied tbe obsequious little French man; "it Will be all nght, St. Onge is never disappoltned, But be hopes With this the savant bowed himself out and left Frank alone. The young inventor sauntered into tbe main ofllce of the hotel and for a time s e emed oblivious of all about him. Then be went up to his room. He Wlls stopping for a brief time at this hotel. His intention was to depart in a oay or two for Readestown, whence he would start in his new air-ship for some remote part of tbe world. Thus far be bad thought only of South Africa. But this meeting witb St. Onge bad thrown his mind into a new chnnnel. "On mv word!" be mused, "that would not be so very bad a plan. The North Pole, eh? or course we would bave to have furs-aod-1'11 see what my two friends think of it!" He touched a bell and then threw himself into an easy chair. In a moment a door of an adjoining room opened and a comical little Irishman stood on the threshold. He ducked and scraped and laid: "At yer sarviee, Mlather Frank. Phwat kin I do fer yez, aor?" Where Is Pompr "The naygur, sor? Shure be Is here wid mesilL" Then by Barney's side there suddenly appeared the inkiest, atelldest


IN WHITE LATITUDES. 8 little negro ever seen. His eyes danced and his ivories sllone as he grinned and scaped, saying: "l'se rtght beab, Marse Frank. Wha' yo' want ob me!" "Come in, both of you," commanded Frank. "I want to talk with you!" By way of explanation, it might be well to say that Barney and Pomp were f aithful servitors or Franl\ Reade, Jr., and had accompan ied him upon all or his famous trips the world over. Tlley wera true as steel, and really to sacrifice their lives for their young master at any time. When they were both In til& room Frank said curtly: "Sit down, IJoth of you!" Wonderingly they oiJeyed. Tllen tiJe young inventor proceeded to outline to them the North Pole project. We shall take our next trip,of adventure to the white latitudes," d e clared Frank. Now I want both of you to take the first train Lo Readestown. "A'right, sah!" "Yia, sort" "Have sto r es placed aboard the Aurora, and get everytlling In readiness fQr a start at an early day. Do you understand!" "Yis, sor!" "Yo' kin bet we does!'' 'l'hen be ofi lively!" Pomp turned a flip flap right 'there on the carpet, and Barney stood on his head; then they vanished. Frank drew a deep breatll. "We're in for it," he muttered. "Well, llere's for success!" With which he drew a pocket cllart out and began s:udying it. For hours he wa3 thus engrossed. It was a late boor when be retired to rest. He slept soundly enough for a short space but was early astir. Be descenued to breakfast, after wllich he remembered his prom ise to St. Onge. He called a messenger boy. To him he entrusted a message for No.Fifth Avenue. In less than an hour St. Onge was on band. He was all eagerness anu enthusiasm and when ]<'rank announced his intention of undettaking the trip to the white latitudes, St. Onge was beside himself with joy. "All, Monsieur Reade!'' he cried. "You will never be sorry. It will be one grand trimph.'' I am not eo s ure of the latter,'' laughed Frank; but us to the former, I am never Bkiog down from that dizzy height, things upon the earth look ed small indeed. Houses and trees dwindled to mites, and human beings to atoms. St. Onge, the Frenchman, was carried away with the novel experi ence. Be spent of his time at the air-ship's rail, studying the wonderful scene below, which unfolded to him a constant, ever changing panorama. Great cities and numerous towns were (sighted; mighty rivers looked like ribbons of silver stretching across country, and lakes were drops of molten metul on tbe landscape. Suddenly there burst upon the view of all a mighty expanse of water. "The ocean!" cried St. Onge. "Are you not on the wrong course, Monsieur Rea\le?" "I think not,'' replied Frank, for that is not the ocean." Ah! a part or it-a bay!" "No; it is Lake Erie." Why, of courael" exclaimed St. Onge, somewhat crestfallen. Why did not I think of that?" In a abort while the air ship bung over the great Jake. Plainly doz ens of passing vesaels could be seen upon its surface below. But darkness was beginning to shut down rapidly, and the day's journey to come to an end. Frank, however, had no idea of stopping the air 11hip. With a man at the keyboard it could sail on at mght as well as in the daytime. The search-light could show the course even on the darkest night. But just as the Canadian shore was looming up to view, a gust of wind oorne from the northeast, which sent a spattering of rain acro.>aa the deck. Per Dien!'' exclaimed St. Onge, we shall have a storm, Mon sieur Reade." Frank glanced at the eastern sky critically. "On my word, it does look a bit squally," he agreed. I am sor ry for that.'' Shull we travel with the same safolty!" asked the Frenchman. "I think so," replied Frank, unless the squall becomes a hurrl cane. In that case--" Well?" "We would bave to go either up or down!" "Up?" Certainly! lf we ascend far enough we shall be above the &torm. The upper strata or the atmosphere Is very cold, and so rare as to be trying to the respiratory organs.'' The savant nodded in comprehension, and began to pace the deck, all the while watchmg the storm phenomena. It was certainly an interesting spectacle, at least, so long as day light lasted, and even after the inky blackness shut down, for the elec trieal display was brilliant. Frank put on speed and got clear of the lake, for be felt that lt ;vould be better to have dry land beneath them in case or a storm. That the storm must overtake them was certain. Indeed they were traveling to meet it as rapidly as they could. The wind grew stronger &nd the air stinging cold. It was necessary to don heavy overcoats to remain on deck. Far below were seen the twinkling lights or cities and towns. now lowered the air ship to within a half mile of the earth, and the si11:hts and sounds were much plainer. The !lashing lights of a railroad train could be seen dashing across the Inky blackness of the country. Then came the first premonition or a storm. A dull, distant ronrlng came over thll billa and t!Jrough the oralleys. The air-ship began to pitch and rock violently. It soon became eTideot to Frank that the Aurora could not hold her head against such a blast, so he sprung into the pilot house. Barney was at the key hoard.


IN WHI'l'E LATITUDES. Phwnt do yez say, Misther Frank?" criecl the Celt, "shure we're blowing back to the lake, sorl" "Send her down!" cried thll young inventor. "Drop her into that depression in the hills!" "All roigbt, eor!" The air-ship sank like a huge bird down into the valley. Higll hills were on every band. In this depression the force of the wind was hrok11n, and anchors were thrown out so tbat the air-sllip rested all secure. But how the storm howled. For fully an bour the hurricane pelted across tile hilltops. Tllen it abated and the rain began to full. Up to this point the voyagers had been kept exceedingly busy that the anchor ropes were secure. Now, however, this was not necessary, and all repaired to the cabin for a respite. Pomp soon had au appetJzmg repast spread o! which all partook, for they were exceedingly hungry. By St. Denis!" cried SL. Onge. I never saw a harder wind in any part of the world. Ugh? it is lucky that we found this sheltered spot!" You are right!" agreed Frank, "it was our best course!" '' Begorra, the storm ain't over yit, l>e any means!" declared Barney. 'l'rue!'' agreed St. Onge, "but I think Its fury is spent." Yes," affirmed Frank, "we need fear no more from the wind!" "Am we going on to-night Marse Frank!" asked Pomp. "No," replied the young inventor, "I think it is safest and best to remain here for the break of day. We are not so badly oti!" Where do you reckon we are, monsieur?" asked St. Some wild spot among the hills,'' declared Frank, turn on the search-light, Barney, and let us see where we are." "All roight, sor!" Th e Celt sprung to the light and the next momant its rays l'lere tra versmg the mountain sides. No sign of human lmbitation was visil>le But a" the Celt tlashed the rays down into the lower gorge he gavll a great cry. Shure, Mist her Frank I" he cried, there is a railroad track!" "A railroad!" exclaimed Frank. Yis sorl" Sure enough all were able to see the traclts ns they wound through tbe gorg e and passed over a high tr!lstle. At the same moment St. Onge exclaim eo: "Moo Dieu! do you see nothing else! Is there not an obstruction on trestle! S omething across the railaT" In a moment all were exciteci. There was certainly a black object lyin g across the ralls. What dill it mean! Wns it a plan to wreck a passing trnin! Tlwnghts of train rol.Jbers and desperadoes crossed the minds of all. Frank Reade, Jr., was the first to act. "BarntJy, ge t your rille and mine," he ordered, peremptorily. "Pomp, keep guard on hoard here and look out for danger. I mean to go out onto that trestle. Would you like to go, too, Monsieur St. Onge!" '' With pleasure, Monsieur Reade!" cried the savant. "I will take my rille also.'' "Yes, tqis well to go armed. There is some hocus-pocus about this matter I believe.'' BarnPy wns instantly on hand with the weapons, and thus well equipped the three men left the air-ship. They scrambled down a high bank and were quickly on the roailroad tracl!:. Pomp had focused the search-light upon the trestle so that all was as plain as day. They quickly made tlleir way to the end of the trestle, and ns they reached this point they beheld a thrilling s1gt.t. The dark object on the rails was seen to be a human body; then H was seen that ropes bound i t to the 1ron rails. Even as they looked it moved a tritle, and a white, agonized face was turned toward them. For the love of God save mel" came a husky appeal. I hal'e been brought here by fiends, and doomed to die beneaLh the wheels of the express which is due here very soon now. Oh, my GY fell witb a tremendous splash in to the waters below. Overhead thundered the express. There had not been a second to spartJ. Fortunately the water in the stream was not deep arid Barcey got his charge, who seemed benumbed, ashore. Then be dragged rum into a thicket, saying: "Shore, can t yez walk?" "I think so, as soon as I get the cramp out or my replied the unknown. "May God forever bless you! You have saved my life!" "I'm glad or that, sor; but sbure we'd betther get buck to the airsbip, sor--" Air-sllipr' "Yea, sor.'' "What do you mean!" "I've no time to Pxplain to yez now, sor, but yez must come along loively." Without another word the rescued man limped away after the ex cited Celt. Already tlle fusilladll across the gorge was growing hot ter. Up the side of the ravine through the scrub grAwth they climbed. Soon they were upon the railroad track and in sight or the nir-sllip. Barney whistled a signal wbicll Frank beard and understood. A few moments later all met at the rail of the ail-ahip. Not a word was said l.Jy the stranl!er, who scrambled aboard with the rest. 'l'he ram was falling, and all were drenched. Whnrroot cried Barney, as they entered the cabin. "Shure, we bate the omadbouns, had cess to thim. And it was a foine job, too!" 'l'ben all eyes weco turned upon the stranger. He stood revealed in the cabin light as a n:nn of medium height, witb a patrician cast of features, side whiskers or gray and gray hair. He was a man of possibly sixty years of age. He was well dreseed, though his e;arments were now soaking wet He was evidently a man of the capil'alist or banl(8r class. For a moment he stood silently before them, Then be said: "Gentlemen, you have performed a humane deed to-night. You have save

IN WHITE LATITUDES. Mr. I am glnd that we arrived just in the nick of lime. Let us Introduce ourselves. I am Frank Reade, Jr., the owner of this air-ship. This is Monsieur St. Onge, of the Royal J!rencll Acad omy of Sciences. These are Barney nod Pomp. You are welcome ou board the Aurora, and I shall see that you are put Ill a safe way to return to your home." "You speak of an air-shiiJ,'' said Dwight, in a puzzled way. "Rigl1t, said Frank, politely. ''You are on bonrd one now." "Well, I must say it ill a surpnse," declared the Toronto banker. "From what I can see it is a palace." "You shall see,'' said Frank, "but first let me you with dry clo t hing and a few creature comforts." Iu a very short space of time Dwight was wholly at home aboard the Aurora. He was delighted with the wonderful air-ship. "Indeed!" he d e clared, "I am only sorry that I am not one of your party to the North Pol e I wish you unbounded success." Whatever became of the bank robbers VIaS never known. They did not venture to attack the a1r-ship again and the night passed without further incident. The stormed cleared awny at daybreak nod the air-ship went aloft. Frank carried President Dwight to the nearest railway station, where he obtained a train to Toronto. So ended the first thrilling incident of the trip. In a few hours the airship was sailing northward over British territory. Frank headed directly across Georgiana Bay lor Rupert Land and the southern shores of James Bay. After crossing Georgiana Bay, tile real wilderness of the North west bel!an to unfold itself. Mighty fore sts extended as far as the eye could reach, thickly popu luted with game of all kinds. Occasionally the re were to be seen the rude camps and or trappers and fur hunters; but beyond these no sign or human hfe was vis ible. For two long days and nights the airship sailed over this great wilderness. Tile air became raw and chill, and it wns so'.ln necessary to don warmer garments. "We are nenring the while latitudes," dtelared Frank. "Do you not alt eadv feel the cllill or ice and snow!" "Indeed that is true," agreed St. Onge; "furs will soon be in or. der." Then a few hours later the water of James Bay burst into view. As th e shores or this southern point of the Hud&on's Bay burst into view it was seen th:lt a rude fort or block house was situa'ed upon a promontory below. But not a sign of human t>eing was about. Frank had at first no idea of stopping until the air-ship was amongst the ice. But something about this deserted frontier fort ex cited his cul'iosity. "On my wor,l!" he cleclared., "I've half a mind to explore that old place. W ba t say you, St. Onge!" "Do by all means, Monsieur!" declared the French savant. \ Phwat'ii the ordher, sor?" cried Barney, who had been listening. "Make a landing!" said Frank. Barney was not loth to comply. They had been in the air now lor a long while, and he was quite willing to once more set foot on laud. So down settled the air-sbip like a huge bird and a lew moments late r toucbed the ground not twenty yards frorr. the deserted fort. '\'he electric machinery stopped its b'J:iZing, and the rotascopes eaae:l to revolve. threw out the anchors and tben ever} one of the voyagers went over the rail. It seemed indeed good to eet foot once more on terra firma. The motion of the air ship made the ground heave a tritle, but soon ull got used to that. Frank l e d the way along edge of the promontory toward the block house. It was a structure of logs witll loopholes, and a dis mantled stockade half surrounded it. It was plainly not tenanted now, but that it had been recently was s e en by a number of half visible footprints in tbe soft soil of the yard. Frank led tbe way to the door, when St. Ouge called his attention to an obj ect on the beach below. It was a dilapidated ship's long boat, pulled high up on the sand. A ragaed sail clun g to a slender mast. It was an unusual spectacle in this"' part of the world. Fmnk, howevl'r, did not stop just nuw to investigate this matter, but entered the main room of the block bouse. H e re be was destined to lind that which was bound to iutluence the entire trip to the Arctic. CHAPTER IV. A THRILLING STORY, THE main room of the block bouse contained no furnishings save a rud e table of board s )lnd some coarsely constructed There was a tremendous broad hearth where many a cheery lire had blnzed. It was easy to imagine tim of bunters and trapper!! who had gathe red about the cheery blaze in daJB gone by. For this deserted block house had no doubt once been a rendezvous for the Hudson's Bay Company's furhQnters. Here they for their supplies and the pay for their skins. For wha:t reason the post had been discontinued it was not easy to say. But such was the caRe. As our vo>'ogers entered the place, they were deeply impressed. They knew tbnt in these rude walls there cad gathered the hardiest, most adventurous class of men on earth. But Frank's IJUICK eye caught something white on the table. It was a piece of canvas tacked down upon the boards securely. Upon It, trucl'd with a curious red stain wlllch lookeu like blood was the fol lowing start!iug message: 11 To all Viditors here: Know i>y this that John Kelley and Sam Sprague, survivors of the wreck of t.h" Ethel May, here landed and maole their home for many weeks. With which there IS a story. Twelve months ago tbe Ethel May, Captain Carlos Clyde, with thirty men in crew and the captain's daughter, Ethel, a!loard, was cruising for whales in Davis Strait. From tllere we worked our way through Hudson's Strait into Fox Channel, when one dark night a storm descendeu upon os and we were ni. pped in the ice. 11 All efforts were of no avail to extricate the Ethel May, and we 1 were obliged to seek refuge upon a small island. There we removed stor11s from the ship, and with some ol her lumber constructed a cabin. 11 Six of our men fell sick and died. Ten more deserteli one and we ever saw them again. Whether they succeeded m reachmg civilization. or not we do not know. "Tllis left fourteen of us on the Isle. Of course, witiJ so many mouths to feed; the stores began to grow less. It was plain thut something most be done, or we must all perish in the ice. But we liveu in hopes of tlil' ship getting free when the ice pack should break up. Bnt alas! the proved too great, and wht>n the pack broke up she went to lbe bottom. Tliis was a bitter disap pointuent. "After this the men began to drop eli one by one Six more died of scurvy, und four deserted. This left only myself (John KelleY), Sam Sprague, Captain Clyde, the purser, Harris Raynham, anti Ethel C.yde, the daughter. 11 We planned one day to take the long-boat and strike southward through Hodson' s Bay, hoping to reach a settlement. But when all wns in reaainess, tile captain broke his leg anti could not be moved from his couch. As it meant another winter on the isle if the start was not made at once, it was decided that Sprague nnd mysel! ahoold set out in tile long boat to reach CIVilization nnd get euccor the best way we co11ld. Young Ilarris Raynham, who was in love with Ethel, was to remain wtth the captain and his daughter until we could re turn wltll alu.'' "lt woulll take a volume to tell of our thrilling experiences in reaching this spot. But we have succeeded and to..(!ay we start for and for succor. God grant we may find it. Should this meet the eye of any noble hearted man, II it js within his power, we would bel! of him to carry. succor to the castaways In Fox Channel should we fail to get through the wildnerness alivl'. Signed. 11 JoHN KELLY, 1st mate, "SAM SPRAGUE, X his mark." Frank read this s:1rprising chronicle aloud, while the others listened with interest, It was truly a most remarkable narrative. "Moo Dieo!" exclaimed St. Onge, "that is like a story book!" 11 Begorra, it bates the nights," declared Barney. "Or Uncle Tom's Cabin, snh," asserted Pomp, whereat Barney glowered at the coon savagely. "Shure there's no comparison in that,'' he cried. 11 Jea' as much, sali. as in wha' yo' said, sah," protested Pomp. But Frank and St. Ooge were Llie matter seriously. "Do you tliink tbo9e three people are yet on that 1sle, Monsieur Reade!" asked St. Onge. 11 Without doubt,'' replied Frank. "Then we would be Wltliout charity to refuse to aid them." "You right," agreed the inventor, 11 and we will certainly make a search for them. They are directly in our path to tbe Pole." Further search of the fort r11sulted in no other discovery of interest. The voyagers returned to the air-ship. The cold gray day was drawing to its close. The tossipg inhospit able waters of Hudson's Bay stretched an unseen distance to tile northward. It was really a wonderful thing Lo reflect upon that these two hardy seamen had traveled that Interminable distauce in tempestuous seas in the small boat with only scant food and little water. It was truly a heroic accomplishment. While all this time upon that dreary ice-hound isle in Fox Channel, tte three castaways, if yet alive, were waiting witll hope long defer red. "We will start at on::e,'' declared Frank. "Put on all speed, Bar ney! We must not be too late." The Celt needed no urging. He sprang into the pilot bouse, and set the rotascopes in motion. Up leaped the airship. Up she Wl'nt for a thousand feet. Then Barney set his course due north. A chill wind was blowing, and the night bade fair to be extremely dark. 'l'here were a few snow flakes in the air. But this was no barrier to travel. The search-light's rays made a pathway far ahead, and from the pilot house any Obstruction could f'asily be seen, But there was little canger of striking an ohRtruction at that alti tude, and sailing over the raging waters of the stormy bay. For somewhile the voyagers remained in the pilot bouse watching the great waste of waves below. Then Pomp scurried away to pre pare supper for the party.


6 IN WHITE LATITUDES. This was soon steaming hot and the voyagers did ample jus tice to it. Barney was able to leave the key board long enough for tillS. But the one topic of discussion was the wreck of the Ethel May. All sons of theories were advanced. St. Ouge was inclined to take a gloomy view or the outlook. He faiJCied that the three ca staways would lJ dead ere they could reach them. "It looks to me monsieur,'' he said, convincingly, "as if the young man has a large task upon his hands to care for those in his cllarge. H he is spare d hil! health and strength possibly he may do it. But if can the crippled captain or his daughter do!" That is true," agreed Frank, but we will believe that Harris Raynham is a young man or remurcq and or staying qualities. He will bunt and !ish and keep plenty or stPres on hand. Perhaps the c a ptain's leg has set by this time and he is all right again." But St. Onge was dubiOU@. I know the rigor of the be said; there are so many forrns of climatic sickness to assail one." Thus the evening was passe(!. Barney was relieved by Pomp a lit tle past m i dnight. When daylight came again they could see nothing but water on all sides. Theyjwere tar out over tbe stormy expanse of Hudson'i Bay. The distance to Fox Channel was mighty, and again it was wonder ed how the two daring sailors had ever accomplished it in the long boat. The morning was keen and bright. The threatening storm had lifted for a time, and au unusual thing for those latitudes, the suu shone clearly. Suddenly Barney called Frank's attention to land dead ahead. Shure, sor," sai d the puzzled Celt, we can't be off our coorse accordin' to the compass." That is all right," declared Frank. "It is the Island of Agoomsha. We are not y e t out into the main or Hudson'a Bay. This arm is called James B u y." "An islabd, sorl" exclaim11d Barney, "shure enough, here it is on the chart. And there are others." "Yes!" replied Frank, "they lie to the eastward. They will give us no trouulo. Just keep her due north." Agoomshu Island was a wild and rugged region, Great !locks or ducks and wild geese rendezvoused in its deep fiords and lagoons. But no sign or human hfe was seen, though It was known that rov ing banda of Indians often visited the place in their kayaks or canoes, to coll ect the eggs or the wild !owl. The long reefs were alive with seal and walrus. All this was evi lienee that th e y W(lre rapidly a;>proaching the Arctic region. Bey ond Agoomsha, the airsbip kept in nearer the western shore until a great promontory was sighted, which the chart gave as Cape Henriett a M a ri a Th ey were now in Hudson's :Say proptlr, and for many days the air-sbip h eld its course northward over the tossing sea. Ice b ergs and tields common, and the air was now so cbiil, tha t the voya g ers thought best to don their Curs. Every hour now brought them nearer to Fox Channel. An:l natura lly the suspense was high; Barney crowded on all speed. And one day bo sighted land again, dead uhend. Mansfiel d Island," declared Frank. That is Hudson's Strait to the east ward.'' I s ee but ice fields, Mr. Reade,'' declared St. Onge. Th e winter is near at band, and tbe straits are .closing up," said lfrank. "The cnanoel is not always open. But two weeks ago a ship could easily have sailed around the northern point of Labrador untl into Hudson's Bay." The air ship drew rapidly nearer Mansfield Islanll, and suddenly Bar ney gave o great shout Mistb e r Frank," be cried, wildly, "there 's some one on that island I" And all on the air ship's deck, saw in coufl.rmation of this, a wbite flag nailed to a pole on a high clifl'. CHAPTER V. SNOW-BOUND, IT was certainly a signal tor relief, and showed plainly that upon tbe isl e were tho$e needing succor. But this was not the isle where thll Ethel May's people were waiting for help. Frank was sure o! this. Hut be could not deny the tact that somebody was upon l\Iansfleld Island. Who CO'lld th e y be! This was a qu e s t ion. More castaways!'' exclaimed St. Onge. I tell, Monsieur Reade, we can play good Samaritan to now!" Yllu are right!" agreed Frank; "but we cannot refuse." Certu inly not." "Eve n if we accomplish nothing more on this trip, the time cannot be considered as lost!'' "By no means!" The air-sl\ip s'ettled down toward the island. And now drawn up on the sandy beach there was seen a ship's yawl stove and useless. Back from the beach aud under the clifl' was a rude habitation of tir bouoohs and rock slabs. But not a human being was in This was odd. Where were ttiey! I The voyagers exchanged glances. But Frank was not long in ex plaining. "They may be in the interior or the Island bunting," he said. ''Perhaps somebody is in the hut; we'll soon lind out." "Shall we land on the bench, sorT" asked Barney. "Yes, we:. back from the clifl.'," snhl Frank. "Steady there!" The Aurora settled down upon the sands lightly. Then Frank made a funnel of his hands and shouted: "Hello, the hut I" No response. "Hello!" All was silence. Without further word the voyagers sprang over the rail and ap prooched the rude habitatton. Then it was seen tbat it had been long since living being had crossed its 'hreabold. Several mounds in the sand with upright slabs of stone partly tv!d the tragic story. But the scene which met the gaze of the voyagers in the hut was fearful. There, partly enrolled in skin robed were three skeletons. That was all. There were a few implements of ship's stores lying about. The cin ders and ashes or a long extinct fire were in the center of. the hut, 'I'hree rusted rilles leaned agninst the wall. Frank picked up one of these, and on tbe butt be saw engraved: "THOMAS STOWE! Ship Ethel May!" He handed it silently to St. Onge. It was easy to understand all. These death-stricken castaways were a part or the deseruog crew mentioned by K11lley and Sprague. They had made a daring attempt to read civilization. But the stormy sM bad crushed their boat, and cast away on Ibis isle they had died of et.arvation and disease. It was a fearful scene and made those who witnessed it faint and sick at heart. "May Heaven rest their souls!" said St. Onge; "how ti.Jey must have suffered." There was nothing to be done bot to return to the air-ship. This was done and tbe Aurora wn@ quickly aloft once more. One thing had been settled and that was that Kelley's gruph1c account was truthful. Straight up the Fox Channel the air-ship now held its course. As no longitude or latitude had been given by Kelley, the voyagers bad nothing to guide them, l>ut the !act that the three castaways were upon an isle in the Fox Channel. Several islands were sighted, but none of them bore sign of human occupnncy. The air-ship sailed a somewhat Irregular course in order to make the eearch thorough. Thus matters went for some days and it had begun to look like an impossibility to find the missing isle, when a heavy snow storm set in from the northeast and for a time the air-ah1p was in a fleecy cloud. Snow quickly drifted upon the decks and no OhJect could be seon ahead so Frank checked the engines. The slluation rapidly became an unpleasant one. For tlle rotascopes clogged and worked with difficulty, as did ther propeller. Frank would have made a landing at once had there been land be nllath, Howling and sifling, cold and cutting was the storm. The search was utterly inadequate to pierce tbat white cloud. It would not do to stop the rotuscopeM or the propeller entirely, tor then they most have fallen Into the sea. But the strain upon them was tremendous. Frank studied the barometer, and said finally: Thid storm has come to stay with us for somewbile. The best thing we can do is to get in somewherll out of it." "Ah, Monsieur Reade, that is true," St. Onge, "but where shall that bel" Tllat is the problem," declared Frank. It it was not so far to the land east or west l'd make for it and camp down until after this storm Why not light upon a borg or some floating ice pack!" suggested the French savant. It is a good substitute, and what little we drift out or our course we can make up nfter the storm." "Good!" cried Frank. "Your suggestion Is capital. And as I live I believe we are over an Ice pack now. Descend, Barney, and let us find some sort or a resting place." All rulght, sort" Down settled the air-ship, and in a few momeuts a white surface '!as seen below. A great height of glittering white rose npoo one hand. That it was either an iceberg or floating pack Frank felt sure. It would be a drifting isle, but anything was better than facing that aw ful storm at such an altitude. So the Aurora descended and rested upon the white plain. The jagged peaks about seemed naught else bnt !he pil:nacles and crags of an iceberg. Under their cover, however, the fury of the storm .vas greatly les sened. So the voyagers felt secure, anrl Frank was much relieved. To-morrow," he said, or alter the storm nbatea we will be able to make up tor any loss of distance by drifting." Shure, sor," cried Barney, "I'm a!tber thin kin' that be that toime it's buried In suow we'll bel'' It is a transient said Frank, "such a contingency would not be so very alarming!"


IN WHITE LATITUDES. "Whnrrool'' ejaculated the Oelt. "PhwaL the divil was thnt!" Every man sprung LO his feet. The sound wllicll came to their ears was a savage roaring, like that of wild beasts. And sach indeed it was. As bey followed the searchligbt's glare, they saw a !Juga white bear clambering down the icy heights. He wns followed by another and another. Half a oozen of them came sllambling toward the air-ship. In Lho gloom they looked formidable indeed, and for a moment St. Onge was in terror. But Frank reassured him. "They can do us no harm!" he declared. "As soon as they tlnd out they-will go away." "Mon Dieu!" exclaimed the little Frenchman. "I am not so sore of that, Are you certain that tlleJ will uot. break in our windows, Monsieur R e ade!" "Very sure," replied Frank; "you need have no fear. Are they not maguilicent fellows!" And ir.deed they were monster specimens of their ki!ld, They placed their huge JUWs against the grated windows and glared in at the voyagers. But they could do no further llarm. Nor were they unaccom pan i ed. A distant mournful wail was heard, followed lly another und another. Soon a chorus or howls made the night hideous. Tbeo the white snow surface became black with the legion of Arctic wolves which came suapping about. Frank was astounded. "How is this?" he exclaimed, turning to St. Onge. Where did ull these auimals come from!" "Indeed, monsieur, I c11r.not say," r e pli ed the savant. "They cannot find a living on tlua ice pack. We must be contigu ous to or in connection with the Rbore. '' Monsieur is right," agreed St. Onge. "I see no better explana tion." And yet," said Frnnk, "it is one hundred miles to lund in either direction. How could they have traveled all tlmt. distance over ice fields, which are continuall y breaking np?" St. .Onge could only stare He saw the point and its Truly here was a problem. Where bad the wolves come from! It was ensy enough to occonnt for the bears, for nearly every iceberg carried them. But the wol vesf They never ven tured out on the ice pack, as was well known, yet he ra was a legion of them in lull cry. Frank was plunged in deep thoUg"ht. When at length a solution of the mystery came to him be was a mazed. Well, l'm fudaled," h e exclaimed. Why didn't I thmk of that before!" "Eh!" "xclaimed St. Onge. "Why, of course. It is likely we have, by cllanca, alighted upon some big island. P e rllaps it is the very island we are looking for!" '!'his was a revelation. And now as the voyal!;era gazed out upan the wbite pllaks and it was s een that they looked les11 and leas like an iceberg. There was no disputing the fact. They were UJ>On an island. Of course interest was now at fever height. There was little sleep for all that night. And when morning came, the storm did not at once abate. Barney, who was on guard, naade an effor t to look out of the pilot bouse win dow. He had but a narrow space to see through, for the snow on a level was far above the lower panes of the window. It nearly cover ed the airship. Tons of the solid stuff weighed upon the decks of the air-ship and fairly made her and groan. Had the storm continued a few hours longer, the air ship must have been comyletely buri ed But it did not. It suddenly cleared with a stiff gale from the north west. This helped to clear away some of the snow, and blew great drifts everywhere, but for all this tbe Aurora w 11s anchored; buried in the snow. CHAPTER VI. FOUND AT LAST, THE situation was by no means a pleasant one to contemplate. The airship coul d not hope to rise with all that weight of snow on Ita deck anchoring it. All the while the cold was growing more bit ter. Frank was astonished at the outlook. "Well, I never!'' he ex claimed. "Who would have thought tbisf Wt! seem to b e in a bad scrnpel" "Unless we can shovel away the snow monsieur,'' declared St. Ongc. "That will oe a heap of work," declared Frank, "but the sooner we accomplish it the better. II it freezes then we shall:find it difficult" Barney opened the deck door and dug a tunnel out across the deck. Then work was be g un on the snow. Long before it was half removed tbe voyagers thought they bad undertaken a tremendous c o n t ract. And indeed this was literally true. But all kept at work diligently and:by noon had cleared the entire forwar d part of the ship. Then work was begun on the alter part. The sun had now appearecl and tbe were able to see something of their surroundings. And Frank's theory was at once verified. Wooded slopes were be yond the clitl line to the north ward. 'r11ey were upon an island. Witb daybreak the wolves and bears had disappeared. To the southward lay strips of open sea; and great irregular lines of ice. It was hours past noon ere tbe last vestige of had been re moved from the air-ship's deck. Then the rotascope valvea were cleaned and the air-ship was ouce ready lor un ascent. Barney sent her aloft. As soon as she reached the upper atmos phere tl;e complete ou11ine of the Island was seen. It was fully thirty miles lu length and ten in breadth. It wus part ly wooded with high cliffs an:! many irregular bays and harbors. But what caught_ the gaze or all and gave them a thrill was a cloud or smoke rising above one of the cliffs on the eastern side or tbe island. Tuis was a certain sign of the presence of human beings, and Frank and St. Ouge gripped bands. "We have founnt to them. For a time they were in fairyland. So tllis craft wlll really sail in the airr exclaimed Raynham, in sheer amazement. I can hardly believe my senses. It aeem11 as if I must lle in some other sphere." Everything was done for their and to palliate the grief of the young girl. Later in the day the funeral of Captain Olyde was held. He was buried under the clifl beside others of his craw. Then a slab of soft stone was chiseled into a memoriam of his sad fate. Alter the affecting scene was over, Frank called Raynham into the cabin and aHked: What are your wishes, Mr. Raynham! We can take you back to civilization at once!" Raynham was familiar with the object of the air ship's visit to this part of tbe world. He could see that It would be a great detriment to the party to return now to civilization. So he said: Mr. Reade, it matters not where we wander now. We have no home ties, all are broken. The world is our home. I wish yon could take Ethel as a passenger, and give mo employment aboard this atr. sbip during the rest of this cruisP," There was an appealing accent in his voice which, aside from other considerations, Frank could not help but heed. After a few moments' thought the young ioventor said: "Then you have no home to go to!'' "No. str!'' "Nor friends to await your returnf'


JN WHITE LATITUDES. "Our friends are dead!" "In that case," said Frank, t!1e cloud leavin!( his brow, "perhaps you would enjoy accompanying us for the rest of our It will not be for long and always, if we a ship I stt.nd ready to place yon aboard ber if you desire." "Not much!" declared the young lover vigorously. "We will go with you where you go, Mr.. Reade, no matter where.'' "Tllen it is settled," declared Frank, and rang tbe starting bell. In a moment th e air-ship was under way. Up into the Arctic sky it sprung, an c l soon tbe isle where the cast sways for so lived In hope def e rred, was a rpeck in the distance. The white latitudes now began to rapidly unfold before them ami the cold grew intense. During their stay on the isle, Ethel Clyde bad been enabled to make for herself some fur garments frcm t!Je skins brought in by Raynham on his bunts ar.d these she found it best to wear. The air-ship was now followmg tbe eightieth parallel of longitude toward tbe Pole. would bring them acrose Cockburn Island and eventually into Lancaster Sound. This would be very war North Pole territory. Everybody was eager and anxious to reach the Pole. As the days went by aud her pangs of grief were assuaged, Ethel began to pick up and the change of living told heavily in her favor. Hams R a ynlmm did the same. The two lovers began to enjoy the situation and were happy. The y waxqd much interested in the object or the cruise, and paced the deck at all hours, watching the curious action of the PUn and the planets. The latter were now nearly ou a line with tbe horizon, for the Arctic day was near its close. Day by day the air-ship cut down the distance t.o the open sea. Tbe phenomenon witn es sed would fill a volume. Tlle wonderful northern lights or Aurora were grand beyond description. At last the 90th degree of North Latitude was reacllett and a wondet!ul scene was spread before the voyagers. 'l'hey beheld the waters or the open polar sea. The shores were remarkablv free rrom ice and t!Je wind which blew from the water was temperate. All of wh:ch St. Onge claimed vindi cated his theory that the contiguity of the North Pole was a warm climate and a fertile undiscovered continent. The quljstion would have very soon been settled but for an incident and an accide nt. Pomp was tilling the storage jars when he noticed that the driving gea r of the electric engine was crack e d. Should this break while they were in mid-nir the clmnces were excellent that all on board W011la be instantly killed. Pomp instantly rt>ported Lhe matter to Frank Reade, Jr. That settles it for a two days' job," he cleclnrecl. We will de scend upon that high cliff yonder, Barney? Here is a job or work lor us.'' 'rbe air ship accordingly descended upon the spot indicated hy Frnnl\. Fro m this point the coast in eitber direction extended wil!} and irregular. Frank at once began work upon the broken gear. As Barney and Pomp thus found time a drug upon their bands, they requested leave of absence for a bunting trip. Of course, Frank granted it. Delighted, the two jokers made quick preparations. They f!Xtended an Invitation to Onge, but the savant declined. He wns intending to make a little geological exploration on his own account, and had no particular love for bunting. As for Hal;l'iS Rayn ham, he was all devotion to Miss Clyde, and consequently did nor ac CI'pt either. Armed to the teet\1, Barney and Pomp left the a1r ship, and struck out across tiHI ice tields to the westward. They had not gone far, when Barney clutched Pomp's arm. Whist, now, bot I see a foine white bear," he said. CHAPTER VII. THE BEAR HUNT, INSTANTLY the coon came to a halt. His fear of bears was or the proverbial sort. Golly, yo' don' say," he exclaimed, with eyes as big as saucers. Where yo' 11ee him, ch!le?" "Just rernist that big block av ice," declared Barney, pointing across the tield; yez will have to look sharp, fer Bbure be's about the color av the snow h1msilf." Pomp at that instant spied the bear. It was a monster or its speciPs and seemed to be tearing away and rending at something beneath its feet. This, at the distance looked like a seal, as it undoubtedly was. For some moments the two bunters were undecided. They were 1n quest of game, hut now thar they had found it, it se e mP.d pretty big to tackle. Finally Pomp said: Wba' am y o' gwine to do, honey? Sllall yo' tnckle him!'' "Phwat d o yez say, naygur! Shure, I don't loike bears mesilf." I reckon Ah would rather bunt fo' possums any time,'' chattered the coon. "Yez won't find thlm in this part av the world," said Barney. Well, bor e's at the reptile!'' With which he rais e d his ritle nod tired. Either the dim light of the Arcllc day or the whiteness of the intervening snow, or perhaps shni\ing nerves, affected Barney's aim. For the bullet went wide of Its mark. It struck an ice pinnacle just beyond, and it down with a crash. The bear roared dellantly and stood upon Its bind legs. It at once spotted the two hunter!!. The Arctic bear is at times aggressive, and Is no despicable foe at any time. 1t at once set sail for the two jokers. Consternation was now their lot. Howly murther!': gasped Barne)'; here cum11 the bloody baste! Phwativer shall we do, u Run ro' it!" "Divil a !lit!" declared the Celt atoliclly. "Yez niver see an O'Shea ran !rom the inemy yit. Bad cess to yez, take th uti" Ar.d barney tired again at the bear. This time the bullet hit the mark. But it di

IN WHITE LATITUDES. Well, burry up and get dressed," be saiil. "1 want y ou to assist me. Did you see St. Onge?" Divil a bit, sor!" Well, I am a bit worried about h im, He left some while ago, and was to have returned before this. Some accident may have befallen him. If be does not return soon I want you to go 011t after him.'' All roigllt, sor !" 'l'he two jokers hastened rway to their staterooms. They quickly reappeared with dry garments on. Then they rendered Frnuk some aid below decks. All this while no word came !rom St. Onge. 'l'he d10ner hour passed, and Frank became alarmed. Raynham volunteered to go with Frank :n quest of the man, and after some 1hought tbe young inventor Sdid: "Very well; it shall be you and I, Mr. Raynham. Barney and Pomp, keep your eyes open aboard ship now. No sky-larking." All roight, sor!" W e 'se gwine to, sah?" "I hope you will not als o get lost," said Ethel, in a fearful voice. "Have no f ear,'' said Raynham, presaiug her baud. We shall return safely and I bope witb tbe missing mao.'' A raw moments later, Frank am! Raynha:n left the air sbip's deck. Frank knew tbat it would be of little use to look lor St Onge among tb e ice packs. The savant would confine his research to tbe sandy b e ach, which was clear of ice and suow. So they set out along the sho r e of the open Polar Sea. As they went on they occasionally found footprmts iu the sand. This constituted a sort of trail and tbey were ravhlly when suddenly Frank gave a sharp cry. What is tbe mutter!'' asked "Look! that explaiLVage ned bostile." Mercy!" exclaimed Rayn!Jam; "then St. Ooge is in deadly peril!" "lle isl" Togeth e r the two men pressed forward. Each knew the fearful need or prompt action. As they ran on the trail wus broad and plain. T hen they cam e up on a thrilling scene Blood was seen upon tbe sands. Tiley wer e trampled and dug up as with a fierce struggle. Aud just u nder the cliff laid the dead body of a man. For a moment the hearts of the two explorers were chilled. But a n e ar e r view revived hope. For th e body was not that of St. Onge as they had f e ared. It was that of oue of the Esquimuux shot to the heart. It told a plain story. The little French savant had made u brave stand. But that he had be e n eventually overpowered was certain. Frank and Raynham followed the trail up the cliff. Here they came upon further discoveries. CHAPTER VIII. THE ESQUili!A{TX. FoR here they found the marks of the dPparture of the Esq>1imaux wit b their prisoner There were footprints of and Frank and Raynhnm exchanged glances. "This means plainly only one thi n !!," saili the young "they have taken St. Onge awav witb them.'' What will they do with him?" H e aven knows. Probably when they reP-Ch their village they will torture him to death. It is awful!" What shall we do''' Back to the air-ship!" c ried Frank. We have no time to !os e if we would save his life.'' Together th e y started b ck along the shore They rnn, stumbled, and sp e d on with all baste. Bu t suddenly tbey halted. A startling reached their ears. It was a chorus of wild yells, and th e n the crack of!rHles, What does that mean?" cried Raynham, aghast. "It means that they have attacked the a ir -ship!" declared Frank. "Heavens!'' gaspe

10 IN WHITE LATITUDES. Several huge birds were seen passing over the shiJl on soaring wings. They wtre gulls. "We are near land!" exclaimed ]<,rank, "that is not to be disputed. St Onge, you are a latter day Columbu8!" The savant was much p!Pased and now strutted the deck like a little peacock. An hour later, B arney, who was in the pilot house, called to Frank: Shure, Misther Frank, will yez cum here a moment!" "Ce!'lainly!" agreed the young inventor. What is it, Barney!" If yez will take that glass, sor, an d look dead ahead will yez tell me phwat yez see?" Frank complied at or:ce. 1 He studied the horizon as Barney directed. Then he gave an ex clamation. :::lmoktl!'' burst f rom his lips, it is smoke!" Shure an' phwat cud it cum from, sor?" asked Barney. lllooks like a)cotumn from the funnel of a steamllr." "Shure, phwst wud a sthesmer be doiu' in these seas, sor!" "It is impossible, or course," declared Franl,. "And yet-what can it be? Some distant tire-land-. why, p e rhaps it is a volcano!" Pardon, monsieur'" said a voice, lit. his elbow, but will yon allow me the glass1" It was St. Onge. "Certninlyt" replied Frank. "See what you can make of it." The little savant studied the horizon a moment attentively. Then be looked up at the sky aud down at the sea. He consulted the barometer ThAn he said: "I have to inform you, Monsieur Reade, that we wit) sight land in twenty minut es, at least. That distant white cloud is smoke from a volcano. That in i tself is proof." "Not altoget her. The volcano might rise out of the sea.!" Ab, but B9e the h aze in the atmosphere, monsieur. It is right from the land. You wilt find it nowhere "I give up!" said Frank, with a l a ugh; "there is no doubt but that you are right, St. Onge!" "We shalt see!" declared the Frenchman, positively. At thts moment Raynham, wbo was at the rail \'"ith Ethel Clyde, called to Frank. "Would you mind coming here a moment, Mr. Reade?'' "Certainly," replied Frank, and at once joined the c oupte. They appeared somewhat excited. Do you see an object out yonde r on the water!" asked Raynham. "I think it. is an overturned boat," said Ethel. Frank gave a violent start. "It is no thing else!" be exclaimed. ''Hi, there, Barney turn the air-ship's course to tbe west! Steady!' "All roight, The Aurora came about and drew nearer to the floating_ object. There was no doubt about it. It was'!in overturned boat. Astounded the voyagers looked at each other. Here was mystery doubly intensified What did it mean! It was believed that they were far from the radius of civilization or even access to the outer oceans. Yet bare was proof of human habit ation and of tue region. CHAPTER IX. T,AND HO! WHEN the air-ship was right over tlle floating craft Frank gave the oraer to tlescen

IN WHITE LATITUDES. 11 I fear that will never be.'' "And why not!'' protested Raynham; t he insatiable white set tler and e;plorer bas penetrated to as inaccessible spot@ e.s tliis and built cities ar.d made a nation. Just make a discovery or gold and see what power will keep them from rushing here." "Tliere IS homely truth in that statement," agree:l Frank Reade Jr., "tbe people will lloclt to any part of tbe world in qnest of gold.'' "On my word," declared Raynham, "I've half a mind to found a co lony here myself What do you say if we make our perpetual home here, Ethel?" But the young. girl laughed. "I think not," she said "What could we do so far !rom Boston, New York or Chicago!" "There would be no large stores for shopping," said Raynham, mischievously. "Not that-but--" 41 What!'' We would be exiled from society!'' Pshaw! am I not society enough for you! Besides, in a short whil e there would be plenty of I ndy emigrants--" "Oh, C.on't tease me in that way! I mean societv-realsociety, such as we have nt home!" Oh, I comprehend!' said Harris, with mock seriousness. "Five o'clock tea, evening bops or nights at the opera. Elegant chances to display fine toilets, et cetera, et cetera!" Well, allow that!" The degenerat e tendency of the modern female mind. Wha t would have become of Plymouth Rock i f all the Pilgrim ladi e s had de cided to stay in London, rather than incur the deprivations and lllng or some sort of n temple of worship?" Undoubtedly the latter!'' declared St. Onge; but we will find some stronger clew yet.'' The pussage seemed to 11,row narrower ns they went on, butQit sud denly diverged and tbe explorers were given a great surprise. They came out into a high arched chamber, with vaulted nave and circling gallery. Here was seen the architectnral work or humun bands. The great pillars were polished and shone like burni8bed metal. At the far eud or tb'ls was a great d1sc upon the wall It gleumed yellow and llright in the light of the electric lantern. But dust was upon ev e rything, Hundred of bats tlaw shrieking out of the place. It wus evHient that temple of worship bad not been used for many years. It was some while IJelore any could recover himself sufficiently to speak. Then Harris Raynham said: S urely, these were a most remarkable p e ople. But they have either abandoned this temple or tbey have passed away True,'' cri e d Frank; what is your theory, St. Onge!'' "They may buve become extinct as a tribe," declared the scientist. "Ce rtainly none or them are living here now." I huve a curiosity tu examine that disc,'' declared Raynham; "it looks to me like solid gold." "So it does to me," agreed Frank. So they descended into the amphitheater. As they approached the tlisc they saw that it was hammered into the rock wall, and it needed but a IJrie r examination to reveal tile thrilling truth. It was reully solid gold. 'l'be !luge mass was hammered into tbe circular nicbe in the wall, and upon its surface were engraved strange characters. Tlie force of tile discovery affe cted the e:x;plorers greatly. Jericho!" exclaimed Raynham, there is gold enough to make us immensely rich!" "And it Is the virgin stuff," declared St. Onge. "Nothing conld be purer. We can confiscate it us it bas now no living owners." "Which we will do,'' declared Frank, liB he cut out a small spec1men; "but first had we not better lin ish our exploring tour!' Certainly," agreed St. Onge, and Raynham did not demur. So they continued to explore the ampbitheater. There was plenty of evidence thi& hull once been n place o! idolatrous worship. But notbing more of importance was found and tbe voyagers en-CHAPTER X. tered a passage leacred Arctic natives are so ndorned?" them, or a pestilence worked their extermination! The idol is not necessarily a likeness of any of the natives," suid This wus a problem and a mystery. Tbere seemed no ready means St. Onge; "idols v ery eel:lom are. Let us go forward aud examine of solution. it.'' For a moment the explorers thought of descending and exploring They crossed the intervening distance to the !do l, and now were the ruined city. able to realize what a monstrous structure it really was. But Frank on second thought was constrained to say: Th e height from the rudely carved chin to the summit of tbe brow, "It will not pay. We had better return to the alrship and pay a was fully forty feet. What was a curwus fact was, that the eyes were visit there with her!" cavities, and niches were cut in "the idol's cheek, as if they were in" Bat the gold disci" asked Raynham, tended lor a ladder to climb up by. H will be saf.e where it is. We can retarn for it at any time.'' Barney at once started to climb up. So it was dec1ded. "Begorra," be cried, "let' s see phwat is up the re, anyway!" They made their way back the way they had come. Once aboard "Go ahead, Barney,'' said Raynham; "I'll follow you.'' the air-ship Frank touched tbe lever and sent the Aurora aloft. The Celt went nimbly up the face of the idol, by means of the nichea. Over the mountain wall she sailed and down toward the ruined city. He bad soon reached the cavity above But before she could descend again a startling thing oocurretl. It was large enough for him to stand upright In, and be shouted A distant roaring sound was beard. All looked up the valley. And down to the others: as they did so not one in the party but turn ell pale. Shure, it's a cave which goes into the rock; there's no telliu' bow It was a startling sight which they witnessed. Down the cleft befur. Will ye:i cum up!" tween the hills a great yellow cloud was plunging. or coursll! replied the trio. It was a species of hurricune probably peculiar to tbnt region. If Th en they began to climb up. it should strike the air-ship it might mean destruction. Raynbum went nimbl y up and St. Onge followed. Frank was the. For one swift instnut the voyagers gazed while every man felt hi& last.. All now stood in the cavity o the idol's eye. hair fairly rise.


12 IN WHITE LATITUDES Then Frank cried: "Into the c a bin with you, everyone! Work lively or all is lost!" And into the cabin they went. Frank sprung to the keyboard. He threw the rotascope lever wide open. Up shot the air-ship like an arrow. Frank saw but one This was to rise so far above the storm that its inflttence could not be felt. A minute's warning would have enabled him to do thi&. But the hurricane traveled in seconds. Bef or e i\ could reach the upper stratum t h e air-ship was caught by the blast, To llescribe what follow ed i s most difficult. To the voyagers It was a wild, incongruo u s dream. The air-ship was caught up like a ball or cotton a nd whirletl and tossed tbrough space with the utmost ea se. It was impossible to get out of that giant clutch. The horror of that experience was never forgotten by the voyagero. They were thrown about the cabin violently, and suffered fearful bruises. How Ion"' they were in the grip of the hurricane they never knew. But when it ceased and the airsh ip grew stead y all crept to the win dows. It was a startling scene which they l>ebeld. Only tossing wate r s were visible. The land or the Polar Con had vanished as if by ma2'i c. Where are we?" gasped Raynham. ''Shure, we're out to say agio!" cned Barney. This was undeniable truth. They were out over the Polar Sea. How far they were from the Polar Continent it was not easy to say. But Frank went into the pilot bous e and consulted tbe keyboard, Th e a ir-ship bad sufl ered a f ea rful wrenching. The rotascopes were somewhat d!lmaged, but yet the air-ship see med liS buoy11nt 11s ever. Frank set the course back l o r th e Polar Continent. St. Onge was q111ckly by his side. We are going back, Monsieur Reade?'' be asked. "Yes," replied Frank. "That is good!" The air-ship sped away once mole to the northward, or as well in th a t thing was wrong. He cull e d all tbe othe rs into the pilot house and explained the sit uMion. "Try as hard as I can," he declared, "I cannot get away from this ope n sea We caunot have been sailing in a circle." Then wllere are we!" asked R11ynbam. "That is tbe q uestion," said Frank. St. bad listened qUiet ly. Then he said: "My friends, we shall never see the Polar Continent again.'' A s tounded, the others t urn ed upon him. Raynham exclaimed: "Wha t do you meau?" "You beard met" What reason have you for thinking tbat!" asked Frank. We are lost!" Th11t Is true, but we are in hopes to !lnd the continent just the .'' S t Onge shook his head. "It will be 11 chance in a hundred," be said ; "that chance is ll" ainst us!" "Frank went i11t0 the c11bin and did some study ing. When he came out a abort while later, he changed tbe c ourse or the air ship. I believe this will take us to the continent," he said, c?nfidently. "We should make it in a lew hours if at 111l." But s ix hours pass e d, and still only the migbty expanse of waters w e r e to be Hee n on all sid e s. This was growing monotonous. Tb e re was no sun by which to take a reckoning, and no certaio way t o find out where tbey were. lt was as if ther were in a great voi d of space 11nd tossing waters. Days pass e d, 11nd yet there was no sign of laud. irank calcul a ted th a t the air sh i p bad sailed fully a thousand miles. By Jupiter!" be excl aimed; to l>e getting somewhere soon. As I t is we are-well, nowhere.'' S t. Onge had grown strangely silent and moo dy He seemed to shun tbe rest of the party and spent much of his time in the cabin. The meaning of tbis was not clear. Here was ano1ber mystery, and t he sequel was the one tragic event of the expedition. "I t e ll you," said Raynham one day, "something b a s come over S t Onge. H e is not all there.'' "Eh!" exclaimed Frank in surprise "What makes you think so!" "His strange ac1ions.'' What have you n o ted!" "His stateroJm is next to mine. He sl e e ps at mghts, but walk s Ius floor a n d t11lks and mutters strangely. He is either ill o r unbalanced mentally." Pshaw!" exclaimed Frank in surprise, "that cannot be. HI! Ia probably working on some abstrus e prolllem. He will be all right in & short while, have no fear.'' So the matter was dropped. But the next evening St. Onge announced in a auave and logical manner at the dinner table, that be had solved the mystery of their lo cality. I can explain it all to you!" he said. Come to thf cabin after dinner and I will explain it!" Sor' exclaimed Frank, flashing a compreher.sive at Raynham; that is what you have been so assiduously studj ing for some days past?'' "Yes, Monsieur Reade!'' replied St. Onge, "that is true; and I bave sol\ed the whole problem!" or course, all were on tbe qui vive. Taat is joyful news, and entitles you to great credit, Monsit>nr St. Onge!" ueclarps, or perbape we are in some otber coruer of the Arctic. Well," cried Frank triumphantly, "we sball be able to get our bearings nfreeh anyway and make sure of a return to the Polar Continent By this time the others had crowded into the pilot, house. St. Onge seemed the most excited of any. Indeed, he rapidly grew violent. "I tell you it is a hoax!.'' l:e cried. "Don't let the devils deceive


r IN WHITE LATITUDES. 13 you! They have tried all night to make rna bl'lieve it with their red hot irons and their stings, but it is a lie! We are :m the planet Mars, and we can never get back to the earth until we find the right current!" With which the maniac pickeu up a hammer and made a savage blow at the binnacle post. lt g lanced from the met a l cap, and before he could stril;e again Frank motioned to Barney. They seized tb& madman by the sh:mlliers. This ';"aS the climax. Frank saw at once that desperate measures must be resorted to. The lives or all were at stake. "Easy, St. Onge,' be said, "Jet us have a talk. Come into the cabin!' "Unhand me, ye fiends!" yelled the maniac. "Curses on ye! I am t11e ruler or this planet anli I want your blood. I will have it Burney was a powerful fellow, but in that moment he was no match [(lr the mad scientisi. The struggle whi ch followed was fierce and sanguine Just us they fancied they bad the uniortunute man overpowered, he made a desperate effort and wrenched himself from their grasp. With a mocking laugh be sprung to the pilot house door and across the deck. "Ha, ha, hal" he shrieked. "You thought you had me in your power! But I defy you! I am immonal and cannot die! I p;o to visit the nymphs or the sea and revel in the joys or Neptune! Fare. well!" "My soul!" cried Franlq "stop him! grab him somebody!" Too late! Even while the maniac's harsh, terrible laugh was ringing upon the Arctic air, he had con8ummated. Ills own destruction. Over the rail be went with one mnd olunge. Before the others could reach the rail be baa vanished in the cold yeasty waves. "Down with the air-ship!'' cried Frank. "We must save him i.f we cnnl" Barney was quick to obey the command. The Aurora settled down to the water's s urface. the unfortunat e m au did not ri se to the surface. He was never seen again. It was his end For some while the airship hovered over the spot. When it wns evident that human effort was of no !UI"ther avail, however, slowly aro s e and continued on her journey While the termination or the madman's life was perhaps the best th ing for him and all parties concerned, there rested over the party a pall o f gloom. While in his right mind, Sl.'Onge bad been an agreeable and pleasant compnniun. His fat e was sali indeed. "It will h e a blow to hiM f e llow memllers of the French Academy," declared Fran!;; it is v e ry sad." '!'he air ship on slowly wwnrd the ice fields. Frank had re tired to hiM state room to make an e ntry or the day's sad events in his Jog uook, when there came a top on the door. 1t opened, and Raynhatn entered. His face was ghastly white. Mr. R e ad e," be said denti.Jihnng s over us. J: believe we are fated never to see home and friends again!" Frank was a9touisbed. "Mercy on us, Raynham," he exclaimed. "Yoa are not going daft, too! Brace up, my good fellow!" But Rayn11am would not listen to words or cheer. CHAPTER XII. LOST IN THE I CE-THE EN D. THERE is a g r eat calomity iqJpeuJing over us!" be saiJ. "Why do you think that? aske1 .Frank. I c a nnot tell y o u!'' replied the young sri! or; "but I never had this feeling, this strange premonition, that something terrible did not happen!'' "But it bas happtlned. It JS St. Ooge's rate which has affected vont'' Raynham sh oo k his bend No!" be said; "the cnl;, mity is to come. Nothing will avert itt" Frank poured out a glass or winl'. "Tal\e tbio to quiet your n e r ves!" he suid. But Raynham refused. He wa s i n a state of profound melancholia. "Dear me!" said Frank, in diamay; "I don't see what I am going to do with you. Ia this all the etrect of climate!'' "Pardon me!" sa ill the young sailor, rising. I have no right to burd e n you with my apprehensions." "They will not burden you l ong!" said Frank, cheerily; we shall strike better luck before long!" Raynham w ent out on d e ck. In a few moments a gentle tap was heard on the door. In surprise Frank said: "Come in! It opened and Ethel Clyde pnle and distraught stood on the thresh old. For a moment she hesitated. "Miss ()lyde," said Frank, .. have a ch a ir. You look ill What can I do for you?" Ab, Mr. Reade, I don't know what makes mil feel so queer!" ex claim ed the young girl, but I h!i.Ve a fearful presentiment that something is going to happen!" Frank was astounded. Mercy on us!" he exclaimed; what has struck the ship! Htwe you got thnt complaint also!" "I-1 wish we could sail for home," almost pleaded Ethel, really, I do not think we will ever find that Polar Continent again." Miss Clyde," said Frank, tryiog to keep a straight face, have you caught this hypochondria fwm Mr. Raynham!'' "Mr. Raynham!" exclaimed the young girl. "Why Is he so af fected then! He bas shown nothing but a cheerful front to mel" Frank saw that she spoke the truth. He was puzzled as well as eur prised. In that moment a revulsion came over him. After all the Arctic trip bad been a success and St Onge's theories bad been proven correct. What necessity was there for" present re turn to the Polar CoutinenU Something like a shade of home-sickness came over Frank himself. It never took him long to make up his mind. "Miss Clyde," he said, "I sympathize with you. Your sojourn In the Arctic bas been associated with nothing pleasant. You have come here to ask me to head the air-ship homeward." "Yes," she replied, .simply. It shall !Je done.'' Ob, Heaven bles& you!" She ar.:Jse nod llitted from the room. Frank's band v1as upon the bell to call either Barney or Pomp, when hurried footsteps came to the door. It was openej and Barney stood there pale as ashes. "Och, :Misther Frank," he cried, "there's a break down In the rna chinery. Will yez cum, quick!" "A break down!'' exclaimed Frank. Where is it.!" In the engine room, sor." Imniuctivel)' the young intentor thought of the warning of young Raynham. But he hastened to the engme room. Barney's words were true. '!'be machinery had broken down, and It was with difficulty that the rotuscopes could be kept moving. A glance told Frank an appalling fact. The break was such as could not be repaired-at least, outside of the machine works. It was the result of wear and tear, and sections of the worn out machinery needed f!plucing. This or coarse wus oot or tbe !J_uestiou. For a moment a great wave of horror settled down over Fran :.'a soul. With pule race be turoed to Barney. How far are we from .be icefields!" be asked. "About two miles, Go back to t!Je pilot boo1se and make the nearest course for them. Do all you can to keep the rotascopes moving." The Celt vanished Then Frank went to work to bolster up the machinery; but he saw it was or no use. Then went quickly on deck. A startling state or affairs met his gaze. The air-ship was not one hundred feet from the surface or the sea and still slukirg. lli a few moments sbe must ;ake. a watery plunge. The iceHelus were yet quite a ways ott No immediate harm could come from striking the sea, for the airship was stanch. Bnt t!Je waves were l:eavy, and she was not built with an eye to resisting their force for n great length or time. Raynham anti Ethel stoad by the rail, pallid bat brnve. Frank did not address them, but for a moment stnd1ed the situation. Then he saw that the likely result. or the airship's lloating on the sea would be that she would ultimately drift upon the ice floes, as wind and wave were that way. Upon the ice floes-what? He had no means or knowing how far they were from any CIVilized part of the world. How were they to reach civilization, or even a warmer clime? They wonld have no means of travel hut their limbs, and in the Arctic wilds it would take a lifeLime to work their way out afoot, especially with a lady in the party. The outlook was a dreary one. For once in bis life, Frank Reade, Jr. felt almost hopeless. The task before him was one of gigantic proportions. Then his grit and indomitable will asserted Itself. He went into the pilot boose and tried to stimulate the dying rotascopes into fresh action. It was usel es9, The next moment the air ship was pitching and tossing upon the rough and choppy sen. Several times she seemed likely to swamp before reaching the ice lloe, but Hnally the wjnd ar.d title carried ller into a little sheltered bay. Here she began to grind upon the ice. Frank leaped out upon the fioe with a rope. Barney and Pomp rollowed him. S o light was tb,e Aurora, thai with their united efforts they were able to pnll her out upon the ice. She rested there high and dry. For two days the adventurers remained ahoard the air ship, planaiug a course of action. An impromptu sledge was rigged with long ropes, and upon this was placed a sent, enclosed in warm furs, for Ethel. The four men were to drag her over tlle Ice fields, for she could not hone to walk. BAbind this sledge was devised another upon which were camp utensils and stores and ammunition. There was hope or finding game by the way. or course it was necessary to desert the air-ship and also leave be hind many valuable things. Bat the question now was one or life or death and was paramount to all others. Wten thoroughly equipped leave was taker. not without some emo tioo of the airsbip. Then the party started on its weary and uncer tain journey. Frank had calculated that tbe Ice pack was in the upper part or Baffins Bay, and that by following its verge he might eventually work down into Greenland and lind a Danish settlement. How he was mistaken we shall very soon see. Day after day they plodded on ever t he icelleld keeping the aea al


14 IN WHITE LATITUDES. ways upon their right. At night camped under some ice heap, with th eir furs and blankets for sole protection. Fortunately no wolves struck their sceht. Days passed into weeks. It was a horrible uncertainty they were laboring under. Thus far, however, no Aerious mishap bad occurred. And one day all sighted a mighty black headland far out to the southeast. Frank studied it for some while. "It is probably a part or Greenland," be declared. "We will strike the coast and follow it down.'' Hope revived. They struggled on for two days. The distance across the ice was enormous. The headland seemed as fsr off as ever. Would they never reach it! Despair came once again. After all when it was reached they had gained but a jo t on their awful journey. Could they ever hope to traverse that long Greenland coast! It seemed a mighty undertaking. They were growing weak and Pomp bad a severe illness which caused delay. Th e s to r e s were getting low and game seemed to have vanished en tirely The inevitable end seemed to be looming up. Indeed they had begun to feel a stoi cal resignation to death. Thus matters were when one day the party were toiling through a little defile among the ice cakes. Just ahead was a high barrier or i ce. This wa s full fifty feet high, but Barney, lookin!!: up, caught an as tou n di n g sight. For a moment the Celt seemed in danger of losing his sense s. What is the matter, B a rney!" asked Frank, rushing to his side. "Shure, sor, wud yez look!" All eyes were turned in the direction indicated. A sensation was the result. For there above the ice wall floated a flag upon a tall spar. It was the mainmast of a ship In a moment the explorers were half mad. Leaving e verything, they rushed forward. It involved a little de tour, but they managed to round the upper end of the ice wall. There before thei r eyes, rocking in a lit tle fiord amJng the ice, was a full rigged ship. bad hoisted to her masthead the Norwegian flag. Upon her decks hardy sailors were s een and a boat was visible upon the ice tloes not ball a mile aw ay. "Saved! saved!'' cried Raynham. wildly. It the delirium of the moment the c as t aways embraced each other. It was a joyful moment. The brig Brinbilda w a s in these waters after seals. Captain. Jar! Starleson welcomed the castaways aboard with true Norwegian hoa pitality. One of the first questions Frank asked on coming aboard was: What 11:reat headland is that yonder!" Captain Starleson looked surprised. He replied in Norwegian: "That IS the North Cape!" "The North Cape!" ejaculated Frank. "Where are we!" "In the Arctic Ocean, sir, not far from the coast of Norway!'' "Well,'' exclaimed the young inventor. "I wus never more turned about in my life. But I can see all now. We came clear across the Arctic in the airstlip, and if the machinery had not given out, would have landed in Nova Zemlllal" This was true enough. Surely tbe voyagers had been badly off their reckoning. But the end of their troubles had been reached. They were obliged to remain a month on board the Brinbilda. Then Captain Starleson gave up his seal quest and turned his ship's prow homeward. After a long sail down the stormy Norway coast they finally reached Christiausand. Here an English vessel took them to Southampton, and thence they sailed for New York. The great White Latitudes was ended. l In a large measure It had ben a success. The sad tragedy of St. Ouge was the principal calamity. His friends in New York took measures of sympathy, and a monu ment was erected to his memory, while all the scientific societies paaa ed measures or regret. This was all that could be done. It was a and ending of a gifted life. But now that the voyagers were safel y at home, and could look back upon the visit to the Polar C o ntinent, there was some regret that they had not been able to carry their explorations further. .. Indeed!" said Raynham, with flashing eyes, "I should like to ItO back there and recover that disc of gold. It was worth a fortune!'' "Never mind,'' said .l!'rank Reade. Jr., quietly, the Aurora is not the last air-ship I shall build nor this the last voyage I will take to the No.rth Pole!" In due ccurse or time Harris Raynham nod Ethel Clyde were mar rid. Frau!' Reade, Jr. had the honor of giving the bride away. Frank, with Barney. and Pomp returned to Readestown. It was many a long day ere they forgot the vivid and thrilling incidents of that memorable voyage by air-ship to the unexplored part of the world known as the "white latitltdes." (THE END.] 'Usef-u.1 a:n.d. 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