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in This Library. Ente1ed acc01ding to the Act of Oonoress, in the year 1897, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.f!lce of the Libraria'9 of Conoress, at Washington, D. 0 Fronk Roode, Jr., IN JAPAN WITH HIS WAR CRUISER OF THE CLOUDS.


2 FRANK READE, The subscription price of the Address FRANK Frank Reade, Jr., In JapaiV '"W"""ITEI: :::HIS h l War Cruiser of the ClOuds. By II NONAME," Author ot "Under the Yellow Sea," "Frank Reade, Jr 's P1airie Whirlwind; or, The Mystery 'ot the Hidden Canyon," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. .A. DARING RESCUE-THE JAPANESE ENVOY, IT had been long rumored that Frank Reade, Jr., of Readestown, U. S. A., the world's most famous youthful inventor, was hard at work upon a new invention. Just what it was, however, no oue could seem to find out. The Electric Air-Sh!p, the Submarine Boat and other wonderful productions of his genius bad startled the cquntry and created a new era in the line of modes of travel. Therefore it was not strange t)laL everybody awaited with interest the out come of this new venture. The great shops at Readestown, where the machines were perfected, were veiled in deepest mystery. The sharpest and most of reporters could not even gain au mkling of the truth. The keenest of them all, Mr. Vandyke Tattle of the Associated Press, in vain be sieged the place. Tattle was more than otliina.rily inter ested in the invention. T'o a fnend he earnestly declared : It is the one end and aspiration of my life to secure the privilege of accompany ing Frank Reade, Jr., upon his next trip. I would present the inCidents to the world in so vivid a manner that my fortune would surely he made." "There is Lut one way by which you can accomplish that end," replied the friend, 'who was also a personal acquaintance of the distinguished invent:>r. "Ah, indeed! pray tell mel" cried Van dyke Tattle, eagerly. "If you can succeed in doing him some special favor, or c;ain his gratitude 1 think you will succeed!" From that moment Tattle devoted himself to the of that end. It did not s eem easy, but the Fates happily sided 1with him and t .he chance came. Frank Reade Jr., spent most of his time at the shops. He generally left there for his home at an early hour in the evening. Wherever he went he was always accompanied: by two faithful servants; a colored man named Pomp and a shock headed lrishman called Barney O'Shea. 1'hey were his companions upon all of his famous travels in air and under sea. Upon the evening in question his broug ham was in waiting at the yard gate. Barney O'Shea was upon the box and Pomp was beside him. 'they were chaffing each other in their fashion. Despite the fact that they really t

that we enjoy the journey in the Air Dragon. b h d Upo n the table was a whtc a come in Frank's absence. The young Ill ventor opened it. His face brightened. "It is from Dr. Vaneyke," he said. Dear old friend I I shall be glad to see him." Thus the letter1 dated at Washington, D. C., read: 'DEAR FRANK: "Your g lowing d escription of the Air on h a s fill e d me with enthu.stasm and a de sire to accept yo.ur kind myttatwn to travel with you to the Ortent m the mterests of scienc e You may expect me in Reade stown at an e a rly day. With assurances of my deepest e s teem, "Your friend always, "VANEYKE." Frank laid the letter upon the table and was about to consult t;he charts agam, when a tap came at the door. "Comet he said sharply. It opened and Pomp appeared. The dark; and bowed. "I yo please, Marse Frank!" he de clared dar am a gemmen from JaJ.Jan to s e e 'yo in de odder room!" "A gentleman from Japan!" exclaimed Frank in surprise. "Who is "Donno sah! !::ere am his card." Frank took the pasteboard and read : "MUT Su MISHIM.A, Envoy of His Majesty The Emperor of Japan." Frank passed a hand across his eyes. He was puzzled. "what the mischief is all this r he mut tered. "An envoy from the Emperor of Japan! What does he wantf Can it be that he has -an idea that I intend to visit his country r' It was a matter of deep mystery to Frank. But he at once realized that the be!:ot ")Yay to solve it was to give the envoy an audience. A few moments later the Japanese nobleman was politely bowing before the famous young inventor. He was quite tall for a Jap, with a very intelligen face, and dressed with Bcrupu lous care. He talked excellent Enp:Hsh. "I have come to see you upon a very important mission, Mr. Reade," he said. "I represent my sovereign and have au thority from him to discuss with you a very secret and grave matter." "Indeed!" said Frank, wonderingly. "May I ask what it is r First Jet me apprise you of the fact, which may not be known to you perhaps, that a great crisis at present exists in the Orient." ''A "Yes, this very day war has been de clared between my countrr, and our natural foe and oppressor, China. Frank was astounded. For a few mo ments he could not speak, but sat quite still and stared at Mut Su. "War between China and Japan!" he finally muttered, "that means the dawn ing of a new era for both those nations, so long enshrouded in darkness !" CHAPTER II. THE. BESIEGED COLONY-THE NEW AIR SHIP. "You forget!" said the Japanese envoy, with dignity. "Japan has long enjoyed thtl of western civilization." "True!" agreed Frank, heartily. "It is in every moral and intellectual sense su perior to China. I assure you, sir, that my sympathies are with rour people." "'l'hank you!" rephed Mut. Su, joyfully. I felt sure of that. If my errand proves successful, then I shall have gained a greal end for my people and won their gratitude." And that errand--" "I will tell you!" continued Mut Su. "Of. course you know that the feud be tween China and .Tapan concerns Corea, and is an old and bitter one. "It is natural that we should desire to make our victory over China as decisive and complete as posssble--" "But," interrupted Frank, "is it not temerity in you to seek a war with ana tion which so far outnumbers you7" FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. Mut Su smiled. "You forgtot," he said, "that there is al most the difference in superiority between our people and those dogs of Chinese as between your best trained soldiers and the red men of your Wild West. "Japan has made rapid strides in ten years. We have a wonderful n3:vy and ap pliances of warfare of modern kmd as well as trained troops. The Chinese are a horde of untrained, brainless wretches." Frank saw the force of this argument, but yet was inclined to entertain a strong do1,1bt. He knew that China was one of the most powerful of nations, so far as numbers went. Doubtless Japanese soldiers were superior. But the Chinese Emperor, with his lim itles s resourcesb could continue to pour hordes of semi-arbarians into Japan for years. How long the latter country could continue effective resistance was a sLroug question. Yet he was too polite to inti mate all this to .Mut Su. "The fame of the American inventor and his wonderful air-ships has reached Japan," declared the envoy. "It has be come known to the emperor. I am em powered to offer you the title of a prince and any sum of money you may name for an air-ship which you shall construct for purpose of sailing over China and blowing her into perdition." Fank sat quite still, and looked askance at the charts upon the table. He under stood now the errand of the envoy. He also knew well that he must perforce re fus e it. Then that is your errand here, Mut Su 1" he as.ked. It is. -"I;Vhat have you to "I may as well be blunt and tell YOJl right now, that is impossible for me to ac cept your terms." Mut Su's face fell. "What r he exclaimed, lugubriously. "You will not build the air ship r "1 cannot." "What shall I tell my "'ell him tnat It would vwlate the of nations. I am an American citizen and must be neutral. My government would not allow me to build an aerial warship for. you.'' "But-you can build it in Japan!" said the envoy, persuasively. Impossible! I can take no side in your controversy. I can sympathize with you but little more than with China. Certain ly not enough to build you an air-ship." Mut Su's face was long and his disap pointment exceedingly great. Yet hts strong sense of politeness would not allow him to press the matter. "I am disappointed," he said. "My em peror felt sure of you. This is your final "lt mn'lt be.'' Mut Su arose to go. "You shall see," he cried, "that Japan will whip China despite the difference in size. Our people are "I certainly wish your nation the best of fortune,'' replied Frank. "Better than all I hope you may be able to settle the controversy in a peaceful manner." But before more could be said the door opened and Pomp appeared with a silver salver. "Suah it am a gem men to see yo', Marse Frank," he said. "Yer am his card.'' Frank glanced at the card : .. ALBERT WESTON, American Board of Foreign Missions.'' "A missionary!" cried Frank. "Show him in, Pomp." "A'right, sah!" A moment later the door opened, and a tall, ministerial gentleman entered the room. He glanced at Mut Su and then at Frank. "Is this Mr. Erank Reade, Jr. r' he ask ed. "It is," replied "I have come to see you upon a matter of the importance. It concerns human lives which> ih jeopardy in far away Japan. I am sul'e' that you are the only person in the -mocld can. give them rescue.'' "Rescue!'" exclaimed Frank. "Are they then in such peril ?" "Besieged by Chinese in the small town of Yashu on the coast of Japan. There are three hundred souls in the little colony -all Americans. The Chinese have threatened to cut them all in pieces, as they are in sympathy with the Japanese." "Right!" cried Mut Su. "The same report reached n;e. Yashu and Jts. colony are iu deadly pen]. You are a mtsstonary, "I am," replied Weston. "And you--;; "I am Envoy of Lhe Emperor of Japan. "I believe your people are friendly to the colony.'' Certainly! i t is the Chinese who threat en their extermination. Now, Mr, Reade, you have an excuse for coming to Japan with your air-ship," "No," said Frauk, "that is a question for the U.S. Government to settle. You should appeal to them." .. It would be too late," almost shrieked Weston. "I tell you, the circumstances are very desperate. Help must reach them quickly. Before a cruiser coulo be sent there they will perish.'' Frank was thrilled instantly. But-how can I help them 7" he asked. "Your air-ship. Go there quickly and break the siege. Drive the cowardly Chi nese away and save )our countrymen. I bring an appeal from the best people of our fand. You will not Weston was almost dramatic .Frank was deeply impressed. His face paled and horror came into his heart. "That is dreadfuU" he said. "The whole colony are at the mercy of blood thirsty fiends.'' "Aye!" cried Weston, forcibly. "You must not refuse, Mr. Reade. It is a duty you owe sufferiug humanity.'' Frank sprang up. "I will not refuse," be cri .ed. "It is my dutyand I will go!" "Perhaps when you p;et there y o u will see the of helping Japan!" cried .l'vlut Su, JO:yfully. "That wtll be a matter for future con sideratidnJ: ret> lied Frank. "I will start .. t once. lVlY new air-sh!P the 'Air Dra gon' is all equipped. I was just going to start for a tour across Japan.'' "Then you will have a worthy object in view!" cried Weston. "I will at once send a message as quickly as possible that you are on the way. But-this wonderful air ship-I have a great curiosity to see it.'' "And you shall!" cried Frank. "You shall be the first." "May I be asked Mut Su. "Certainly.'' Frank pulled a bell and Barney made his appearance. "Bring around the coupe, Barney," he commanded, "We are going down to the shops to look at the Air Dragon r "All right, sorl" cried Barney, as he hastened away with alacrity. Soon the carriage was at the door. Frank had forgotten his appointment with Tattle, the reporter, who had saved his life. But just at this opportune moment he appeared on the scene. "Upon my word!" exclaimed Frank, "if you will wait, Mr. Tattle, I will return very shortly. Or perhaps you would like to take a look at the Air-Dragon.'' Tattle gave a convulsive gasp. W onld he efclaimed. "Why that's worth a cool thousand to me. I've been here weeks t -rying to gain that end:' "Then jump in with us!" All entered the carriage. Frank intro duced Tattle,to the'others, and long before the shops were reached, all were upon the most friendly terms. Tattle was much taken with Mut Su, and unqualifiedly declared his sympathy with Japa,n. I shall sail for Tokio to-morrow!" de clared the envoy. "All Japan will be on the lookout for the Air-Dragon!" 'he shops were reached and all entered by the big gates. As it was a trifle dark, Frank touch!ld a spring and instantly electric lights made all about as plain as day. In the great dome roofed building was the latest triumph of inventive skill, the Air-Dragon. A brief descriptio n of the great air-ship


. ( \ 4 will not be out of place here. The visitors gazed at it wonder-struck. The hull was something on the lines of a barque, with high stern, sharp bow and broad keel. It was constructed of the lightest of thin rolled but very tough steel. The air-ship had the appearance of great lightness, but was also extremely strong and buoyant, and capable of carrying great weight. Its support in the air consisted of huge sail like wings forward, made of a peculiar quality of thin but tough rubber cloth, and a mighty rotascope in the stern, capa ble of many hundred revolutions per min ute and consequently a tremendous lifting power. The rotascope was manufactured of in contrived revolving flanges of firmest and thinnest steel. Its power was something incredible. The motive force of wings and rota scope was furnished by powerful electric the invention and secret of Frank Reade, Jr. The power of the airship was furnished by a hght four-bladed screw under the stern where also was the rudder for steering the craft. A model of beauty was the Air Dragon so far as 1\rchitectural lines went. The decks were all protected by little polished guard rails. In the side of the 4ull were plate glass windows, and the prow was a marve1ous bit of steel work representing the head of a dragon, with a long ram pro jecting from the forehead. The Air Dragon also carried an armament fit to reallv denominate her a "Cruiser of the Clouds." There were three electric guns. These were placed, two in a conning tower upon each aide of the air-ship, and ono upon the stern deck. -They were weapons of more than ordinary construction and scope, and worthy a detailed descrifltion. CHAPTER III. BOUND FOR JAPAN-THE NAVAL BATTLE. ORDINARY cannon of their could not have been supported in mid-atr by the air ship. But these electric guns were not heavy, but made of thin rolled steel, being notht ing more nor less than thin pneumatic tubes, from which powerful dynamite pro jectiles were discharged and exploded by means of electricity. One of these projectiles could blow a wooden ship out of the water, and make great impression upon an iron-clad. All these points were explained by Frank Reade, Jr., and now he said: "But let us now take a look at the in terior of the Air Dragon." Mut Su drew a deep breath, and said : "Oh, you Americans are wonderful peonle. You will revolutionize the world yet."' Vandy]!:e Tattle was busy with his notebook. Weston, the missionary, was deep in study. They now crossed the deck and entered the cabin of the air-s ip. At once they were enchained by the cozy and beautiful fittings of this. 'l'here were beautiful divans of costly silk and plush, furniture of expensive make, brica-brac and the appointments of a rich apartment. From one part of the ship's interior to another they went. Into the state-rooms, tidily kept, the gal ley where Pomp served up delicious dainties, the gun-room where all kinds of light arms were kept, and finally the engine room where were the marvelo"Qs electric engines which were the real secret of the great invention. When the last detatl of the air-ship was explained, Tattle closed his note-book with a -snap. "I've got alii" he said, "there is no wonder on earth to-day to equal Frank Reade, Jr.'s air-ship." "Amen!" said Weston, the missionary. "Now may God speed him in his errand of mercy!'" A few momer.ts later Mut Su and Weston took their departure. The former was FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. immediately en route for Japan and the other for New York. But the reporter, Tattle, lingered, aud Frank Reade, Jr's. keen wit had enabled hi(\1 to guess the rea,son why. Tattle was not one to heat about a bush, however, so he at once blurted forth: "Mr. Reade, I claim no obligation for the turn I did you a few hours ago, but Wait," said Frank. The obligation is one of the grep.test kind and I shall ac cord you any favor you ask, and I know that you have one in mind.'' Tattle gazed at Frank an instant and brought his fist down upon the table vigorously. "By thunder, you are the kind of a man I like I" he cried, forcibly. "And you'll tell me my fate at once, and I'll not kick even ifyougoagainstme. I want togo to Japan with you aboard the Air-Dragon I" There was a moment of silence.;, Frank looked steadily at the other. Then he smiled, and said: You shall go !"' Tattle snapped his thumbs, whirled about twice, and thenmadeadiveforward and embraced Frarik. "I'm the happiest man on earth!" he cried. "My fortune is made! I'll slave for you! I'll die for you!" "That's all right!" laughed Frank. "Be on hand by Thursday of this week. We will start then.'' Insane with joy, Tattle rushed away to the telegraph office. The next morning the whole country knew that Frank Reade, Jr., was going to the rescue of an American colony in Japan with his war cruiser of the clouds, the Air-Dri.gon. Of course the whole country was agog with interest. When the day came for the Air-Dragon to start, the voyagers, Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, Dr. Vaneyke, and Vandyke Tattle stood on her deck and heard the booming of cannon and the plaudits of thousands. The air-ship rose from the yards of the machine shops and mounted a thousand feet above Readestown. Flags were waved from the deck, bauds of music played below, and Frank fired a salute from the dynamite guns, the bomb being so timed that it exploded in mid-air, with grand effect. "Good-bye to Readestown," cried Frank as he stepped into the pilot house. It will be a long while before we shall see her again.'' .. Perhaps never," added Dr. Vaneyke. Dou't !lay that," cried Tattle, cheerily. "I tell you the expedition of the Dragon is going to be a success.'' Dr. Vaneyke and Tattle had become the warmest of friends. The aged scientist was at once much taken with the brilliant young newspaper man. The Air Drai{On at once started west ward toward San Francisco as the nearest route to the Orient. And now wonderful indeed was the experience of the aerial voyagers. The air-ship floated in space like a feather, With the force of her propeller she could drive ahead at a tremendous rate of speed. One moment the earth would be visible below in one mighty panorama of nature's wondersbthen the air-ship would glide into a cloud ank, only to reappear a few mo ments later. The great peaks of the Rockies were pasaed over, and the great Alkali deserts of Nevada to the great Sierras. Finally the Pacific Ocean burst into view. It was one morning ea}'ly, just as the golden orb of day glinted its rays over the sparkling waters. It was an inspiring sight, and brought a cheer from the I of all. The cities of San Francisco and Sacramento were passed over without a stop. Frank knew the necessity of getting to Japan as quickly as possible. For days the blue waters of the Pacific lay beneath them. Like a mighty bird. of passage the great air-ship flew on. Islands and archipelagoes were sighted ana '()assed, and one day a long coast 'broke into view. Frank, who was on the quarter deck was approached by Tattle, who said : "Is not that the coast of .. "Of Corea!'' replied Frank. '" We are in Japanese waters." The young reporter drew a deep breath Then we are close upon the scene of ac: tion he asked. Yes, .. replied Frank, "from this on we may expect thrilling incidents." Far below, upon the tranquil waters were lateen sailed craft. They anese vessels, It was evident that they were in'the Orient at last Frank had been carefully engaged in taking his be&rings. As they approached the coast there was seen a distant town upon a large and spacious harbor. The town rose in terraces from the sea. It was protected by forts at the en trance. The harbor seemed tilled with vessels of varied description. And as the air-ship drew.nearer to the scene a great cloud of smoke seemed to rise above the vessels and the booming of guns was plainly heard. "Look!' cried Tattle, wildly, "it is a naval battle, TJ:!ere are Ja{lanese ruen-o'war and Chinese junks. It IS a hot fight.'' This was true. It was the good fortune of the Air Dragon to arrive upon the scene just in time to witness..the greatesl naval encounter yet of the Oriental war. The little town, Frank knew, was Koshu, upon the Corean coast. The Chinese fleet, of, full twenty vessels, had dared to attack the Japanese war-ships. The forts were also taking part in the contest. The.scene WM grand beyond all 'description. "Upon my word," cried Dr. Vaueyke, "we could uot be in a better position ro view such a battlE'." "You are right," cried Tattle, who was busy with his note-book ; but it looks to...-? me as if Japan was getting the best of it. There goes a Chinese ship to the bottom."' This-was true. One of the Chinese ships at that moment> went down. The water was filled with struggling wretches. But at thi'> moment. the Air Dragon became greatly imperiled It had drifted over the scene, and none on board but had felt secure at that altitude. But without warrling the forts suddenly opened fire upon the air ship by de their heavy guns. The atr about the Dragon suddenly be came alive with bursting shells and hurt ling shot. If the air ship should be struck the chances were that it would fall, and the result be awful to contemplate. It was a. moment of terrible peril. CHAPTER IV. A TIMELY RESCUE. THE danger which threatened the AirDragon at that moment was indeed terrible. The air about her was literally fill, _. ed with flying shell and shot. Doubtless the Corean forts had taken. her f!lr some contri-:ance of the Chinese, and were disposed to annihilate her without delay. "Heavens!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, "they mean to bring us down, Frank I" "We are lost I" cried Tattle. It was a sublime and awful moment. But Frank Reade, Jr., had nerves of steel. He sprung into the pilot house and pressed the rotascope lever. Up shot the airship like a meteor. Up and up until far beyond range, and the little town of Koshu looked like a speck so far below, and the soundo of the guns were faint and distant. Lucky indeed was the escape of the airship. Had one of the deadly shells struck her, it would have sealed the fate of all on board. But very fortunately this did not happen. Frank let the air-ship drift to the northward until the scene of the battle was no longer directly underneath. Then he allowed her to drop a few hundred feet. They were now oui. of range. The scene of contest could be very plainly seen. Fora time it was watched with interest. Then Frank said: "Well, friends, suppose we go on down the coast. There is nothing to be gained by staying here!'"


"You are right, Frank!" cried Tattle, "and we have come desperately near losing our air-ship into the bargain. I say let us go on." "So say I!" cried Dr. Vaueyke. "All right said Frank ; "start the Dragon ahead, Barney." Barney, who was in the pilot-house, at once complied with this request. The AirDragon started southward and along the coast. Kosbu and its naval strife was left far behind. But new scenes and incidents were at .hand. The air-ship. bad left the sea and was now sailing over some bluffs directly in land, when Tattle, who had been watching the country below, suddenly gave a star tled cry: "Frankl come quick! On my word, there's the mischier to pay down there!" In an instant the young inventor was by the air-ship's rail. He saw what had caused Tattle's ex cited remark, and his bosom thrilled with horror. There, with his back against a cliff, was a man, dressed in European garb and plainly not a native of China, holding a dozen furious Celestials at bay. He wielded a huge Jtipanese sword of the pattern carried by the soldiery, and was making a bold bid for his life against the fearful odds. The assailants were all armed with Chinese swords and shields, and were try ing to get under their foe's guard and kill him. It was a magnificent defensive battle wbich he was putting up against such odds. In an instant he, of course, had the sym pathy of all on board the air-ship. "He looks like an American," cried Tat tle, wildly, "Begorra, it's a foighter he is! Have at the omadhouns." "He is certainly one of our countrymen!" cried Frank; "his life must be saved. Quick! Get the Winchesters!" Pomp and Baruey had already gone for these. Instantly each voyager picked a man. The crack of the Winchesters laid half of the yellow miscreants low. The remainder looked up in consternation, and saw the air-ship. They waited not on the order of "but fled incontinently. Their superstitious fears were fully aroused. Astounded, the erstwhile beleaguered man gazed at the air-ship for some mo ments without moving from his traps. His wonderful rescue was to him like a verita ble miracle. "Hello, friend!'' shouted Tattle. "We came up just in the nich of time,didn't afraid of us. Weare Ameri cans like your!Je!fl" "Great Jupiter!" gasped be of the big sword. "'Vbere in the world did you come from, and who are you, and what sort of a rig-ama-jig is t .bat you have there" "Do you mean this air-ship1'' -?'-"Air-ship1 Well, I'm beat l It is an air-ship and the solution of aerial naviga tion is so l ved Am I awake or am I dreaming1 "Pinch yourself and see !" Tat tle; "but wait a moment and we'll come down and talk with "Do, by all means!' The air-ship lightly touched the ground. Frank and the newspaper correspondent sprang to the ground. They advanced and offered their hands to the rescued man, who was seen to be young, tall, and handsome as an Apollo. "The pleasure is mine, gentlemen," he said, courteously. .My name is Alfred Lee, and I am agent of an American firm of importers in Pekin." "I am Frank Reade, Jr.," said Frank. "My r;Jsidence is in Readestowu, U.S. A." "And I am Vandyke Tattle, correspond ent for the American Press," said that worthy, cordially. At this moment Dr. Vaneyke appeared and was also introduced. In a few moments all were well acquaint ed and upon the very best of terms. Lee told his story succinctly. "lam on my way to Yashu," he said, "That is a small colony of our people FRANK READE, JR., lN JAPAN. twenty miles below here where there has been much trouble witlh the ignorant and idolatrous class of Chinese. In fact, the place is at present besieged, and there is great danger that all the people will be massacred." "We've hit the right place! cried Tat tle. "We're in luck, Frank. Have cour age, Mr. Lee ; we have come all the way from America to help your people." "Is that so 1" cried the importer eagerly, "It is," replied Frank. Who sent your "We came hy the urgent request of the Missionary Society of which Mr. Albert Weston is the head in New York." "Did Weston send you 1" cried Lee joy fully. "God bless him! Why, it is the salvation of our people! With this air-ship of yours you can frighten and subdue the whole riotous gang of heathens!" "We will try it," said Frank, grimly. "But how did you get into the scrape with these rascals, Mr. Lee 1" "Why, I met them on the cliff, and they feigned friendship until quite near me. Then one of them aimed a blow at me with his sword. I got a position here against this rock, but could only !l.Ct on the defen sive, and would have been surely killed had y_ou not arrived." Well, I am glad that we were able to render you the service!" declared Frank, heartily. '' W .e are now on our way to the relief of Yashu." "Good! Then I will go ahead as fast as possible and m11et you there." "Are you not afraid of encountering more of the foe 1" "I must take my chances. There is a villa just below here, the home of a wealthy mandarin of the first class. Perhaps l can get his protection, and he may give me a body guard to Yashu."' Then the better class of Chinese are not prejudiced against our people 1" "By no means. It is the common herd. But the mandarins and all Chinese offi cials are powerless just now. Why, the empire seems "It lleems to me a grave necessity that foreigners and their property should be protected," said Frank. "That will five me work to do with my air ship while am here. I have a plan, Mr. Lee. It is twenty miles to Y.asbu, and too risky for you to go thither alone and on foot. Get aboard the air ship and I will take you thither." A glad cry escaped Lee's lips. Mr. Reade, you are a philanthropist!"' be cried. "It will be noble work which you will do, and you will reap your reward!" "I ask no reward," said Frank, "but get aboard all. Let us lose no time in get-, tin g to Yashu." 'fhe words had barely left his lips, )Vhen a startling thing happened. The sharp crack of rifles rose on the a j r. Bullets whistled all about the voyagers, but fortunately nobody was hurt. The attack came from a clump of palms near, and was a thrilling surprise. It was evident that the Chinese riot ers had returned with fir e-arms, and meant to give battle to the strange flying machine and its occupants. With excited tones Frank cried : "Aboard all, for your lives!" Instantly the orde r was obeyed. Once in the cabin of the Air-Dragon, they were oaf e enough. "Where are the treacherous dogs1" cried Tattle, excitedly picking up his Winches ter. "Give me a shot at them!"' "Barney bad pressed the rotas cope lever, however, and the Air-Dragon spruag up ward. This revealed the Chines e miscreants in the cover below. It was an exposed position for them and they started run. The voyagers kept up a bot tire after them until at length they gained the cov er of a cavern in the cliffs. Then the Air-Dragon went on, and speedily left them behind. Twenty miles would be speedily covered by the fleet air-ship. Indeed, the little depression in which Jay the town ot Yashu could already be aeen. But an incident for a time diverted the Air-Dragon from descending upon the little town. Yasbu was situated upon the banks of a little river which ran into the sea. Sud denly smoke was seen 1ising from the bosom of this river and a shell was seen to burst in air ove;r the town. Lee's face turned deadly pale. "Heavens!" he cried, "the fiends ha"t"e got into the old fort at the point, and prob abl}' captured a mortar boat which was anchored there under a small guard. They are bombarding the town." This seemed a certain fact. Shell after shell was rising in the air and falling into the distance. But so far they had not done much damage. However, the gunners were getting the Pange. They must soon succeed, and then the would be terrible. lt certamly looked as if the little colony of foreigners would be wiped from the face of the earth if they: did not receive .succor soon. But this was close at hand. CHAPTER V. THE FIGHT ON THE PLAIN. "THEY are certainly bombarding the town, Frankl'' cried Tattle. "What shall we do7" "We'll put an end to that pretty quick," said the young inventor, grimly. He at once headed the air-ship for the r1ver. It was distant yet some fifteen miles. But these were covered as fast as the flight of the eagle, and it was not long be fore the whole panorama was spread to the view of the voyagers. There was the old fort and the mortar boat. A gang of the rioters bad possession of all, They were loading the mortar when the air-ship caught their gaze. That its appearance created a sensation goes without saying. The whole murderous crew gaped and stared at the spectacle. But they did not fly in terror. Far trom it. The Celestial is a natural juggler and conjurer, and not p;iven in general to cred ulity in m'-tters of a sort so wonderful. The air-ship, though they bad never seen its like, might be a huge kif-a, or s0111e trick of a conjuring foe. They realized their own peril and at once acted for their own defense. "Look out!'' cried Tattle, wildlv, "they have drawn a line upon us with that mor tar." This was true. The mortar had been instantly elevated and aimed at the air-ship. The yellow ras cals meant to bring it down, or expose what they considered a clever trick. "Look out, Barney!" shrieked Frank. "Get out of r!l.nge." The Celt made as quick actiori as possi ble. But the Chinese were quicker. The big mortar exploded. Up came a shell with a time fuse, and it narrowly missed striking the airs hip. As it was it burst some three hundred feet above the Air-Dragon. For a moment the racket was terrible, and the air was full of flying particles of iron. All on the deck bad dodged iuto the c abin, and this was lucky or some of the p articles of shell would have struck them, As it was much serious damage was done. A part of the deck guard rail was blown away, one of the rotascope flanges was shivered, several times the thin steel shell of the bull was pertorated, and it was indeed a wonder that the air-ship had not been completely riddled. It was a perfect shower of missiles that hurtled about it. Barl\lly in the pilot-house' had pulled the propeller lever wide open, so that the ship had shot forward. But not for a great ways. It came to an instant stop, and the whole structure began to waver. Instantly the thrilling truth dawned upon Frank. "We are sinking!" screamed Tattle. The wildest of excitement reigned for a few moments. Frank Reade, Jr., was the coolest party on board. He at once started for the en gine room. A glance at the machinery was sufficient


1-. 6 to show him the caus e for the Air-Dragon's unsteadiness. A particle of the shell bad p enetrated the casing of the p _artition and ha now!" But Frank was cool. He gave one crit ical glance at the scene below and said : "I think not!" "Then you see a way out of itt" cried the newspaper correspondent, eagerly. "Look out!" shouted Dr. Vaney.l!:e at this moment. "Thev mean to annihilate usr' Indeed it seemed so. The mortar had again been trained upon the air-ship. Boom! crash! The big shell, however, rose far above the air-ship and a parabola burst a great distance beyond so that no harm was done. I'll st ... p that," gritted Frank. He rushed to the electric gun and would have trained it upon the mortar and its cre'w. A shot from it would have terminated the trouble at once. But unfortunately an incident prevented this. The air-ship had sunk too far to allow the gun to be trained directly upon the mortar. A high headland also cut off the aim so that for the nonce the rascals were safe. But several thousand of them came swarming over the ridges as the air-ship settled down. They came on in a savage horde anxious to be the first to reach their intended prey. Below was a clump of trees. Fortunate ly the air-ship just evaded these. Had she landed in their branches the result might have been serious. Frank was at the rail anxiously viewing the situation. With a lunge the Air Dragon swayed forward and struck the gronnd. There was hardly enough buoyancy in the wings to prevent quite a rude shock. Things were shaken up somewhat, but no harm was done. The air-ship rested upon quite a smooth !Jiece of ground. One fortunate thing, sbe was out of range of the mortar, or at least for a time. Yet Frank was not oblivious to the bet that the mortar would soon be throwing shells over into the plain where the air ship was. But this he knew could not happen while the Celestials were coming in such a large body to attack the Air Dragon. At once the young inventor saw what his course should be. This must be to repair the damaged par aile! rod and get the Air-Dragon afloat again before another bombardment could be made. But first of all, the furious attack of the the foot soldiers must be repulsed. The>; were coming down upon the air ship hke a whirlwind. Barney and Pomp, Vandyke Tattle and Dr. Vaneyke had all.. secured their 'Vin chesters, and were opening fire upon the assailants even at that range. Barney and Pomp were in their glory. The two jokers liked nothing better than a lively scrimmage with a foe. "Golly! jes' yo' see dis chile pop dem yaller critters oberl" cried Pomp as be drew aim. "I'll bet yo' mah bat agin a possum, l'ish, dat. I bit him de fust shot." "Begorra, I'll take yez, naygurt" retorted Barney. "Yez niver cud hit anything. Shure if yez thried to bit the moon yez wud bit the earth instead." "Hi dar, I' ish! I bet yo' mah life on dat. Huh! don' yo' 'spose I kin shoot better dan "Cum now, yez black misfit!" roared Barney. "I'll bet if yez foired at the moon the bullet yez foired would hit the earth FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. instead, and I'll leave it to Mistber Tattle here if I ain't "'!'hat's right!' replied Tattle solemnly. "What goes up into the air Pomp ruust come back and hit the earth. No rifle has yet been invented which can send a bullet beyond the limit of gravitation." Pomp scratched his wool a moment, and then as the inwardness of Barney's jest dawned upon him, be whirled about and made a crack at the Celt which fortunately was dodged. "Yah, you am too smaht, I'ishl" cried. the angry coon. "Yo' betLah luk: out fo' yo' will bust yo' brain wif sich a load on it." :Arrah there, go t.n wid yezl" cried Barnev, angrily; "this is no toime fer fool ing. See the yaller divils comin' fer us loike imps av Satan!" So the two jokers began firing again at the advancing Celestials with all rapidity. Meanwhile Frank was working on the machinery diligently. As it would require more than his strength to straighten the parallel bar, and would also require some welding, be decided to remove it entirely and put in a new bar. As expeditiously as possible, he worked at the job. The uproar on the deck above was in creasing. A perfect fusillade was kept up by the Winchesters. But the shouts and yells of the Chinese were becoming more audible every mo ment. It was evident that they meant to capt ure the air-ship at all hazards. Frank suddenly pauaed in his work and a thrill of Indecision and doubt seized him. He was yet far from having his job corn pleted, and now just what he feareq hap pened. Down the companion-way came the call of alarm in Dr. Vaneyke's voice. "Frank, they're close upon us! I'm afraid we can't hold them any longer." The young inventor dropped hi!j tools and sprang up the stairs. As he reached the deck he beheld a thrilling sight. There were legions of the Celestials swarming about the air-ship armed with carbines and heavy swords. The four defenders of the :Air Dragon were behind the bulwarks and firing through loopholes as fast as they could load and empty their magazines. Frank saw that the situation was a mos t desperate one, Something decisive must be done at once. Without a moment's thought of the risk, he ran across the deck to the electric gun. Arrows, bullets and missiles whizzed all about him. But fortunately nQDe struck him. The next moment be was at the breech of the gun. He preRsed a spring in the deck with his foot and instantly a steel shutter, bullet proof, flew up from the deck. This protected him upon all sides and also enabled him to operate the pivot up on which was the gun. Pressinp; another spring the gun turned until its muzzle faced the foe. Then Frank lifted a small ring in the deck. Here was a. compartment in which were dynamite projectiles. It was but a mo ment's work to insert one of these in each breech of the gun. All this had required but a few moments of time. But the Celestials were at the very rail. A moment more and they would oe aboard. CHAPTER VI. THE BOMBARDMENT. FRANK knew well that if the yellow fiends once got aboard the air-ship all would be lost But be did not intend that this should happen. In spite of the awful peril he was as cool and systematic as could be. He depressed the muzzle of the gun, so that the projectile would strike well away from the air ship. The effects would reach even to the rail, it would not do to explod e the d y n a mite too near the Dragon for fear of doing it harm. All this Frank coolly calcula t e d Then he pressed the electric spring. The pneumatic closed with a click, and with a recoil the projectile left the barrel of the gun. The next moment an e arthquake shock was felt, and an unearthly ro a r fill e d the air. Up Into_ the air went of the doom ed Celest1als. From the ra1l of the air ship, from the very vergeof victory they were torn. Heaps of dead and d ying lay upon the ground. It checked the m. But Frank Reade, Jr., knew how neces sary it was to follow up this advantage. Quick as a flash he tired again, slightly changing his aim. This second bolt of death changed the tide. 'l'he wavering line of Celestials broke and fled incontinently. Like the waves of the sea they were borne backward. Frank could have anni hilated nearly the whole gang. But he did not care to do this. Unneces sary slaughter was repulsive to him. He at once returned to the eng ine-room and resumed his work on the machinery, while his colleagues above continued their fusillade with their Wincheste r s The Celestials had been eff ectually r e pulsed. But this was by no means the end of the affair. Indeed it was only the be ginning. For a time the defeated Chinese remained upon the ridge of land, yelling and dis charging their carbines Then a tall pdest in yellow robes suddenly appea r e d among them, and it could be seen that he was vio lently exhorting them. 7 "Golly! I jes wondab wha' dat ole chap am up tor exclaimed Pomp. Begorra t Mebbe h e's lecturin' 'em on the folly of their ways," averred Barney. But Dr. Vaneyke, who had been study ing the situation with a gla,s, now rejoined: It is very easy to see what he is doing. 1 He i s try to make them return the way they c a me! "Begorra, an' phwat is the object av' a s k e d B arney. "I don't know. W e shall very soon learn, I think," replied the scientist. And Dr. Vaneyke's word!> were prophet ic. Suddeni.Y. the Chinese vanished to a ma,n. The ridge hid them from view. Then followed twenty minutes or more of susP.ense. Not a Celestial was in sight. Wh1le our voyagers were wondering at the new change of plan, the explanation cameo Suddenly the dull boom of the mcrtar was heard in the distance 'l'hen up in the air there shot a shell. It hovered for some seconds seemingly over the air-ship. Then it fell two hundred yards away and exploded with deafening force. All was comprehensive. "Heavens I'' cried Dr. Vaneyke, "they' mean to shell us to pieces. 'l'hey are getting our range, and when they do we are surely lost." Th'is seemed a certainty. Another distant boom, and another shell rose in the air. It came a trifle nearer to the Air-Dragon. Frank carne hurriedly on deck Mercy on us, Frank 1" cried Tattle, for the first time laying aside his note book. What shall we do? They mean to blow us to smithereens." "We'll put a stop to that," said Frank, grimly. "We "Yes:' How, may I "Certainly. Keep rour eyes and ears open and you will see.' "Have yougot that rod replaced '1" Ver7. near!?, Another half hour's work w1ll do itt' "They will get our range with those shells before that time.'' "Will they r said Frank, with a p;rim smile. Perhaps they will and perhaps thev won't!" With this he went aft to the el ectric gun. It was but a moment's work for him to


displace a section of the deck and elevate the muzzle of the gun at a proper angle. His purpose was now seen b'Y all, which was to return tbe bombardment. One of the dynamite shells striking with In a reasonable distance of the mortar boat would silence it forever. Of course to get the range was the ques tion. This could only be done by repeated Frank placed a projectile in the gun and expelled it. It went sailing over the ridge and a di3-tant thunderous roar was heard. The mo tar shells had been flying about the air-ship thick and fast. Thus far no damage had been done, but they had coming nearer every moment, The nsk was imminent. It was evident that the first projectile had done no damage to the mortar boat. Frank shifted the range a little. He believed tbat he had over-shot the mark. Watching the puff of smoke from beyond the ridge which accompanied every shot of the Chinese, he got a dead line. 'l'hen he fired as rapidly as possible, drawing the range nearer with every shot. This was a dead sure way to hit the mark, and the crash came. Suddenlv there was a fearful racket beyond the ridge. Above the summit, fragments of the wreck were seen rising into the air. ThP.n no more shells came over the ridge. That great peril was done, away with. 1'he defenders of the Air Dragon cheered long and lustily, as they had a right to do. The victory they had won was a signal one. The Chinese were worsted. Nobody was more delighted than Van dyke Tattle. He made pages of notes and then danced and clapped his hands exuberantly. "Hurrah I Hurrah!" he cried, "this is glorious! Six columns in every New York daily, one hundred dollars per column! I tell you it's a rich find We've licked the heathen Chineel Yankee pluck! it counts every time!'' Frank now hastily completed his repairs in the engine room. Once more the ma chinery was in motion. The air-ship began to rise like a huge bird into the air. "Now, we will go on to Yashul" cried Frank. We'll soon put an end to the row there." Everybody was on the tiptoe of inteJ>est and excitement. The air-ship had hardly cleared the screening ridge of land, however, when all eyes were turned upon Ya!iliu. Then a great cry went up. "They have fired the towul" Indeed, so it looked. Great columns of smoke were surging upwards, and the distant crack of guns was :plainly heard. Evtdently the Chinese had made a fierce descent upon the colony, and meant to wiye it at once out of existence. No time was to be lost. The air-ship shot forward z.t a rapid rate of speed. Every moment she drew nearer to the ...-scene of action ; and now all burst upon the view of the excited aerial voyagers. YaRhu was a picturesque little town, built half out into the river upon floating rafts. The houses were all of the light character peculiar to China. The land ward side of the town was guard ed by a high and strong wall. This was defended by the white colonists and the bet ter class of Chinese who were their allies. The battle raging at the gateo. of Yashu was a terrific one. The a\r-ship quickly bore down upon the scene. Thrilling de vel opments were at hand. CHAPTER VII. THE FOE BEATEN OFF. ToGETHER the gates of Yashu the mandarins and high officials of the Chin ese town a.nd the white colonists fought against the riotous coolies As the Air-Dragon sailed over the spot no cessation of hostilities whatever occurred. Of course her appearance must have at tracted attention, but it did not check the fight, which waged hol ;ter than ever. Frank hardly knew which was the best manner to attack the Chinese. He finally decided to if possible repulse FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN, them with electric bombs, and then de scend into the town and confer with its defenders. He imparted this plan to Lee and Tattle and Dr. Vaneyke. "I should think it would be the best thing to do, Mr. Reade,'' said the colonist. "I will leave it. all to your very excellent judgment. "Your plan is all right, Frank," declared Tattle, conlidently. "Of course it is," said Dr. Vaneyke. "One of the first and most important things is to repulsE' the attacking force.'' "I only shrink from it because it will necessitate the taking of human life," said Frank. "Pshaw!" exclaimed Lee, earnestly. "You are preventing what will be a mas sacre. As for slaughtering a few of those miserable, degraded coolies, it would be a merciful thing." Frank hesitated no longer. He gave directions to Barney and Pomp to hold the Air Dragon down nearer t.he earth, so that he could bring the electric guns to bear upon the yellow foe. Th,e battle of the gates was waxing hot ter every moment. It was apparent that the assailants had learned the character of the air-ship, for ts appearance did not deter them in the contest. It was almost certain that they would very soon have succeeded in carrying the stockade had it not been for timely inter vention,' Frank sighted one of the electric guns and sent a projectile into the midst of the savage horde. It exploded with terrific force. The effect was most terrible. Heaps of dead and wounded men markad its de structive path. This for a moment deterred the attack ing party. The defenders, realizing that the air ship was aiding them, rallied and came up to the front boldly. A few of the shells caused a panic among the rioters. They fell back, broke ranks, and then The defenders of the town made a sortie which was quite effective hthen the Air Dragon descended into Yas u. Lee, the colonist was in a state of the wildest triumph. He fairly danced on the deck of the Air Dragon as he saw that the foe were driven away. "But they will return, he said ; when they have recovered they will come back." "Let them come,'' said Frank, confident ly. "We will tfive them a worse recep tion next time.' You have done a great thing for Ya shu, Mr. Reade!" cried Lee ; but for you, it and many of our countrymen would have been wiped out of existence." Down into the little town the air-ship descended. The strP.ets were narrow, bnt there was a little public square which af forded a good landing place. A great throng below greeted the descent of the air-ship with loud shouts and earn est acclamatiOn. They recognized in it a deliverer. The air-ship was instantly surrounded by men, women and children, both Euro pean and Chinese. Alfred Lee was one of the ftrsL to leap to the ground. He was instantly shaking hands with the liberated missionaries. One of these, who seemed to be the lead ing spirit of the colony, Lee brought for ward and presented to Frank. "This is Mr. Lorenzo Lane," he said, in introduction, "he is the mainstay of thi>J colony, I assure you." "That is giving me too much credit, Mr. Reade," Lane, with a smile, "but I am glad to hail you as our deliverer." "Indeed! I am glad to have been able to serve you,'' replied Frank. I hope to pre serve you from another such an attack. These rioters are a bad lot." "Dangerous fellows I assure you. We have had some unpleasant experiences with them. But we hope now tbat they will become amenable to the law." "This then is a treaty port?" "Oh, yes!" "Why, then, is not the government of China obliged to furnish you protectionr "It is, and they are doing the best they can, ,But affairs in the Flowery Kingdom 7 are in a very precarious condition just now. The Emperor is a pusillanimous sort of ruler and has over-confidence in his abili ties. The war has demoralized everything. Ignorant prejudice has gained the ascend ancy, insurr<'ction and disloyalty is rampant and really I tremble for the future of China." "The Japs seem to be carrying every thing before them!'' Indeed they are. It is almost certain that they will yet capture Pekin. In that event the present dynasty will be overthrown!" Which will not be a bad thing, will it?" "Indeed, t believe not. Though I hardly see how the Chinese will find a capal;>le ruler!" "What is the matter with old Li Hung Chang?" "He is an able man, but too old That is not all. The military and naval arm of China is v.aralyzed "Well,' said Frank, philosophically, "let them fight. It is nothing to you or I. We need only look after the interests of the subjects of our own country." "Exactly I Just at present we are all in much peril. The mandarins of Yashu spem utterly unable to cope with the rebellious element." "The U.S. Government should have sent a war-ship here long ago." "No doubt they would have, had it not been for the fact that there are but a few in these waters, and th'3y are already re quired at other points. But we are all right now that we have your co-opera-tion.'' "I hope so, replied Frank. "I don't believe tbese rascals C!!Jl get the best of the air-ship." Mr. Lane laughed. -' "You can whip a big navy !"he declared. "You have a wonderful invention there." Vandyke Tattle had been extremely busy with his notebook. Dr. Vaneyke had also been interviewing some of the Barney and Pomp bad been having a romp with some of the friendly Celestials and were right. in their element. Be_gorra, China i s the place fer purtv g u rlsl' cried Barney, winking his eye at one of the almond eyed damsels. "Shure I think I'd loike to sojourn here meself a while. Golly, I done fink dey wud hab yo 'up fo' an idol in no time, I'i-hl" cried Pomp. "Yo' jes' like oue ob dem, suah's yo' wuz born. "Don't yez g i ve me any av yure personal remarks, yez African ape!" retorted Bar ney. Shure there's no disgrace in that. Phwat was George Washington but an idol of h1s people?" Pomp wilted at this, and hurried off to the galley, to devise a new programrr:e for dinner. But just at this moment the beating of a Chinese war-drum was heard. Down through the dividing crowd came a tall, haughty mandarin, with a score of Chinese soldiers at his back. He advanced straight to the air-ship, and placed a hand upon it. CHAPTER VIII. A COWARDLY ABDUCTION. THE action of the mandarin and his guard was so authoritative, that all f\'l'e& were fixed u:pon He drew hts keen sword and whirled it once above his head, at the same time shouting in Chinese: "I am Hi Ping Yan, J;Dandarin of the first class, and loyal subject of the Great Sun. I come to seize this ship of war in the name of the Most High, our good anEI. holy emperor. Lee and Lane, who were familiar with the Chinese language, interpreted the dec laration to Frank. It was a startling moment. But the yo1ing inventor was as cool as an icicle. J "Humph,'' he muttered, "the whole army of China will not take the Air Dragon from mel" Great master who flies in the air!" cried the mandarin, pompously, "you are now, on penalty of your life, sworn to fight for the emperor against the pestilen tial Japanese, who have come to rack and /


l i ( 1 8 rava12:e our beautiful land. If you obey, you shall be made a prince. If you refus e, you shall d1e!' This was interpre ted to Frank, who smiJ. ed grimly and said to Lane : "Tell him this: I am a subject of the President of the United States a country which can devour China at one gulp. I 1 owe allegiance to no or emperor or prince. I refuse to fight m the service of China, as I have already refused to fight in the service of Japan!" This was interpreted to Hi Ping Yan who listened intently and then replied forcibly and angrily: "It is a great nonor to fight for the Ruler of the Great S11nl The American must help our emperor to beat the invaders. He must do it or he shall die!" "What is to be done!" asked Frank in a dilemma. "I can't seem to reason with wooden -head. Shall I have to fight him1'1 Lee and Lane were both in despair. They tried to reason with the mandarin. But he was obdurate. "Temporize with him!'' said Lane final ly, tell him you want tb: ee days to con sider his offer!" This was done. The mandarin upon this appeared satis fied. He ber,ame' more affa ble, and finally went away highly pleased. Frank did not like the situation. "It looks to me as if I had got into something like a scrafe," he declared. "How shall I gat out o it without much "We will see to that," said Lane, with a resolute air. "Hi Ping Yan will learn that American subjects owe no allegiance to his Emperor." The excitement over this affair had hard ly died out, when another incident of a thrilling sort occurred. Suddenly through the crowd a woman, distraught and agonized, came into view. She was wringing her hands and weeping violently. Everybody gave way before her, .but Lane suddenly gasped: "My God, that is my wife!" In a moment the leading miEsionary was by hie wife's side. 'Vhat is the matter, Helen 'I" he cried, with a terrible fear assailing him; "where is M y rtle1" "Oh, Heaven help us!" cried the agonized wife. She is "Gone!" gasped Lane. "Yes, she is lost to us forever, I fear." Then the whole fearful story came out. The missionary and his sorrowing wife told it to Frank. It seemed that among the river people, as those Chinese were called who dwelt in boats on the river, there was a young Ce lestia l named Hop Sing. Eop was more enterprising and scheming than any of his colleagues. He bad spent some time at sea on board a junk, and it was even averred that he had been thick with the pirates which infested the Yellow Sea. Hop Sing h 'ad one day visited Y ashu, and seeing the missionary's daughter, Myrtle Lane, had fallen in love with her. The daring young C elestial bad been so bold a s to try to make his passion known to h e r in the Chinese fashion. Of cours e hi s advances were rejected and it was b e li e v e d that the matter was ended. But one ni g h t a band of ruffians attack ed the Lane hous e and an effort waR made to carry Myrtle away. Hop Sing was at the b ead of the vill a ins. They failed in their attempt, but from that moment Myrtle Lane was in deadly peril. Indeed, she hardly dared venture abroad without a strong escort. Under cover of the attack on the town, H o p Sing bad stole up the river in a sam pan, and anchored under the wing of the L ane house, which projected out over the water. Then watching his opportunity while the excitement of the cominll: of the air ship had drawn all the men to the other end of the town, be made an effort to capt ure his prize again. This time be was successful. Hop Sinp: and his fellows had gained an entrance to Myrtle's chamber, and over powering her with a drug, had carried her FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. bodily to the sampan and vanished do ;vn the river. Mrs. Lane bad discovered the dastardly deed just too late to prevent it. 'fhis was the terrible tale. As it spread through the crowd the most intense of e.ll. citement was aroused. Myrtle Lane was a prime favorite in the colony. In an instant half a thousand men were ready to go to her rescue. Sampans and bouse-boats were manned and sent down the river in pursuit. But the effort might as well have been spared. They were unsuccess ful to a cer tainty. It was then learned that Hop Sing had gone to Boca d e l Taro, an islana near the mouth of the river, where the pirates had a rendezvous. This was believed to be an impregnable spot, and even the Chinese navy had been worsted in an attempt to oust this gang of pira tes, "Oh, my God!" exclaimed the mission ary. in an agonized state of mind. "What shall I dol Ob, bow shall I rescue my dar Jing child 1" Frank had r emained passive throughout. He li stened to the entire tale and noted all proceedings. rattle and Dr. Vaneyke were much in terested, and their sympathies were strongly aroused. They went to Frank and said; "Don't you think something ought to be done1 "Yes," replied the young inventor, "it is a sad case. But if we leave Yashu, the coolies will attack the place again." "Yet I think we ought to risk it," urged Tattle. Why not, Frank 1' Thus adjured Frank decided to act. He at once called Lee to him. "Tell your friend, Lane," be <>aid, "that I am going to the rescue of his daughter with my air-ship." "God bless you!" cried the colonist, earnestly. You will do a Christian act, Mr. Reade. Your reward will be certain. Frank at once madE' preparations to leave Yashu. The anchors were pulled in and the d;v namos again put to work. Barney was m the pilot house awaiting orders At this critical juncture a distant dull boom was beard. Tattle clutched Frank's arm. "Look!" be cried. Both gazed into the distance down into the river. A shell had risen high in the air and had burst with deafening roar. What did it mean 1 CHAPTER IX. THE N.A.VAL FIGHT, SucH a shell could only come from a heavy gun. There was no fort or battery the shore with such a piece of ord nance. That the voyagers were astonished goes without saying. What is the meaning of that 1" cried Dr. Vaneyke in amazement. "All, there goes anothe r.'' Then foll o wed at regular and rapid in tervals the boom of heavy guns All the residents of the town were. now interes ted. They thronged the housetops and the w.all of the town. But they could not get a very good view of the lowe r rive r, and it was impossible to tell what was going on there. Frank and his friends were determined to ascertain. "Let the ship go up, Barney!" cried Frank. "All roigbt, sor!'' Up shot the Air-Dragon. She hung a thousand feet in t .he air for a few moments over Yashu. The view of the voyagers was a wide one. They saw at once what was the trouble in the lower river. It gave all a thrill of surprise. "A sea fight!" cried Tattle, pulling out his note-book. "There is of in terest." "That is what it is!'' cried Dr. Vaneyke. "China and Japan!'' Two wooden cruisers were sailing obliquely about the harbor, each striving to get a point of vantage over the other. One fle w the fla g of Japan, the other the royal ensign of China. As the two deadly foes were b eating about for the advantage, they kept up a stunning fire. Hot shot and shells were burle d back and forth with the greatest rapidit y. J indeed p_I ucky, for 1t bad nsked Its safety m venturwg in to the harbor. For, just beyond the outer h eadland two more Chinese vessels were coming post-baste' to block the entrance and e n trap the foe. 'fhis was all very well planned, but the Jap did not flinch. They w ere determine d to whip their antagonis t and escape also. Of course they sougnt the b attle. The wily Chinese on the other hand acted wholly upon o he d e f ensive Tbev were waiting to make sure of the trap. -Frank let the aU'-ship hang in mid-air, and the voyagers intently watched the conflict. They wel'e well repaid. The Japanese proved themselves the most able of seamen. Their maneuvering won the applause of the aerial specta tors. "By Jove, the Japs are plucky, aren't they r cried Tattle. "He llo! there goes a yard for .Tohn China m a ni" The Japanes e vessel bad got the range, and the Chinese lost one of their yards at that moment. Then the b'attle became hotter. Aided by a strong current the Jap ves sel began to close upon the Chinaman. The cannonade was furwns. It did not seem as if either ve ssel could live long under the pounding of so much solid iron. The Chinese vessel seemed to suffer the worst. The Japanese gunners were better marksmen. Its cabin had been reduced to kindling. wood, its thwarts were shot away, guns were dismounted, and now a mast went crashing by the board. "The Japanes e win!" cried Tattle; "the Chinaman i s sinking!" One terrible broa d sidA the Japanese 1 cruiser poured into i t s defeated foe. 'l'hen 1 it drew away ana left its late opponent to ; sink. The naval battle was not over though by any means. Other factors in the contest now appeared. Suddenly into the opening which led into the little harbor the reinforcing Chin ese vessels hove into view. They were larger in build and carried more guns than the Jap. Almost instantly they opened fire upon the victor of the duel. Two to one 1 The odds were most tre mendous. But the pi ucky Japanese cruise r did not seem disposed to evade the Instead she made some most astonis h ing maneuvers to get the advantage of her two foes. l i t "Upon my word," cried e with t eager interest, "she will elude the m yet! r The Chines e are not in it with the J a p s.' Round and round the harbor went d .. three vessels. The Japanes e cruiser was fighting batteries both port and star board. And not without effect either. It was seen that she was getting a terrible pound ing though. Her yards were well shot away. Her funnel and bowsprit were gone, and there were gaping boles in h e r bulwarks. But yet she kept afloat, and suddenly the aerial vo .vagers gave a great cry: "Look! There goes another Chinese ship." It was true. A timely volley from the Japs' batteries sank one of her foes. The cheer which went up from the crew could be hearn on the air-ship'a deck. It began to look as if the J aps would win in spite of the tremendous odds. But, alas, the plucky little vessel wall now seen to be crippled. She seem ed to lose command of herself, and swing-ing round, struck a rock. This was the moment for her foe. The Chinaman bore down upon her exultantly, and fired a raking volley into her. This terminated the fight. The Japanese cruiser went down with


all on board. Only one man was seen to swim for the shore. And a boat put out from the Chinese cruiser to him. At once Frank started up. "Lower the ship, Barney!" he cried. "I am going to save that plucky fellow," The order was obeyed. The air-ship swept down close to the struggling Jap. A rope was thrown him and he was quick ly in the air. A volJev ot shot from the Chinese cruis er came whistling about the air-ship, but luckily did no damage. Frank sent tbe air-ship up out of range. Then the swimming Jap was drawn aboard. As his dripping form came over the rail, Frank gave a cry of recognition. The rescued man also shouted : "Welcome, Mr. Reade! We meet again as I told you we would!" It was no other than the Japanese En voy, Mut Su Mishima, who had tried to enlist Frank in the service of the Emperor of Japan. The greeting was a warm one and the Japanese envoy was profuse in his mani festations of gratitude. "If those dogs had overtaken me they would have cut me in pieces!" he cried. "But what say you, Mr. Reade 1 Did we not give them a good "Indeed yo u did!" cried I ad mired your seamanship." Then followed an exchange of experi ences. Mut Su listened with interest to the story of the tight at Yashu. "Come to Japan!'' he said. "We wel come Americans the re." But when told of the abduction of Myr tle Lane he was horrified. "By my soul," he cried, she must be found at once! Hop Sing is a bad China man, and he is the right hand man of Lo Wun, the worst pirate of the whole China seaboard. I will help you to find his stronghold, and both the countries of Chi na and Japan will unite in giving you \.'banks if you will exterminate him and his crew!'' "I will surely do that!" declared Frank, CHAPTER X. THE MISCHIEVOUS SHELL, THE declaration of Mut Su Mishim& that he would aid the voyagers to find the renqezvous of the pirate Lo Wun was thankfully received. That Hop Sing had taken his fair prize thither, there was little doubt. "I will d e all this for you!'' declared Mut Su, "upon the condition that you will thereafter land me safely in Japan. You are welcom:. at our emperor's court. I will g ladl do that,'' replied Frank. And so the bargain was made. There wu .. little use of remaining where they were any longer. The Chinese cruiser was trying to make a target of them. "I would like to give her a shot," said rank, "if only for her impudence, But international complications forbid," Under Mut Su's direction the air-shiv started along the coast. The envoy did not believe that Hop Sing was at Boca del Taro. There was another rendezvous called Nana Pashi, a hundred miles up the coast. There was no doubt that Hof> Sing had gone thither in one of Lo Wun s fast sail ing ves sels. But, of course, he had not reached that point yet in the brief whil6 which had elapsed. But he was doubtless on his wav and this in itself was a favorable turn for our voyagers, for it would enable them to in tercept him. That is, this they hoped to do. The Air Dragon at once started upon its voyage of pursuit. Keeping along over the sea not far from the land the pursuers noted every sailing craft which was visible on the water be low them. But all were of the coast.ingtype of fisher men and not one showed the appearance of beinp; one of Lo 'Vun's piratical vessels. The failure to come up with any craft which might he suspect.ed as the one on board of which was and his prize somewhat disconcerted Mut Su, the envoy. FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. "That is very stran11=e!" he exclaimed. "He cannot have sailed so fast! 'Ve ought to be up with him!" "Perhars we are," suggested Frank. "Howr "Some one of these humble and harmless appearing vessels may be the very one we want. Why should not the rascal try to disguise himself in just such a manner1" Mut Su nodded vigorously. "Good for you, .Mr. Reade," he ex claimed. "No doubt you have hit upon the truth. Now the question arises how are we to distinguish the vessel1" That is difficult." "\V e cannot hail and search everr, one we meet. That would be impossible. "Most certainly." "Then what shall we do r asked the en voy in despair. "You are an inventor, Mr. Reade. Show us how to invent a plan for the solution of this mystery." I think I can tell you the best plan," said Frank. "Ah! What is it1" "Why not go straight to Lo Wun's rendezVO\.lS and lay tn wait for Hop Sings vessel to come along. If Nana Pashi is the spot why not go thither at once 1" lVIut Su clapped his hands. "Good I" he cried, enthusiastically. "Why did I not think of that? Go taNana Pashi 1 Of course. We will be sure to nab our man when he comes. Steer into the northeast I That will take us there The air ship was flying along at an even rate. The excitement was seemingly over for the time. While Frank and the envoy were hold Ing their discussion, Tattle and Dr. Van eyke were engau;ed in a hot game of chess upon the after deck. Barney and Pomp were holding a jolly confab in the pilot-house. But that the incidents of the day were not over by any means, was suddenly de monstrated. air ship was maintaining an even speed, some distance from the shore, when Frank heard the distant boom of cannon. "Eh, what's that 1" he exclaimed, spring ing up. "I thought we had got beyond the naval fight. Can it be that this is another1" "It can"t be possible!" exclaimed Mut Su. Both rushed to the rail. They saw beneath them a small island, which until this moment had escaped no tice. There were many such along the coast, and they were generally occupied by small settlements of Chinese, who lived by fishing and the cultivation of small gardens. But this isle seemed to be fortified and garrisoned by Chinese troops. It was a small outpost and coaling sta tion for the Chinese navy. The garrison commander had espied the air-ship, and conceiving it was some devilish contrivance of the dogs of Japanese for their destruction, had caused a shell to be sent up after it. Gaining the rail, it only a mo ment for Frank and Mut Su to take in the situation. The fools!" cried Frank, angrily. "Don' t they know better than to fire at us1' "That is easily explained," said Mut Su. "They think we .are a Japanese foe." "But they should first learn the truth1 cried Frank. "I've half a mind to return their fire." "Do by all means!" cried Mut Su, de-lightedly. But Frank refrained from doing this. He simply brought the air-ship about and displayed the American flag. Ti:Iis was his mistake. He was dealing with an ignorant foe which hardly knew the American flag from a piece of cheese-cloth. 'fhey accept ed it as a challenge. Boom-boom! Up came the shells and one narrowly missed the Air-Dragon's rail. A wild cry of alarm escaped Frank's and all dodged into the cabin. The shell burst not one hundred feet above tbe deck. The fearful result can be imagined. None of the voyagers, fortunately, were injured, but a piece of the shell lodged in 9 the joint of the rotascope shaft and in st!l.ntly stopped its revolution. The Air-Uragon began to sink. The wings. of course, made the descent easy, but their motion was not alone sufficient to keep the ship afloat. Frank rushed again to the rail. "You fools!" he yelled, angrily, as he waved the American flag, "don' t you see what you have done? The Government of China shall pay for this." Evidently it dawned upon the island gar rison just then that they might have made a mistake, for they ceased firing. Frank calculated the distance to the mainland. It was too far away for the air ship,to hope to reach it. To drop in the water was suicidal; there was no alternative but to make the de scent upon the island. So the propeller was started, and the boat held stearly. over the island. Down she sank gracefully. Mut Su now betrayed alarm. "If they see me," he cried. "they will certainly kill mel I think I had better keep_ out of sight." "Hide in the cabin!" rrled Frank. "As soon as I can get that obstruction out of the rotascope shaft we will go along. I will read them a ro1allP.sson on interna tiona! etiquette." lVIut Su therefore secreted himself in the cabin. Down sank the a ir-ship and finally land ed upon a high bluff before the Chinese fort. A scene of excitement followed. CHAPTER XI. THE LOGid OF A CHINAMAN. OuT of the island fort rushed the Chinese soldiers. They were evidently eager to make sure of their conquest. Frank did not wait for their coming. He sent Barney and Pomp aloft instantly with the necessary tools to repair the damaged shaft. The next moment the air ship was surrounded by the yellow horde, but Frank was at the rail, and exhorted them in an angry way. A richly-dressed officer advanced, and triea to talk with Frank. He was evi dently the commander. But the young inventor could not make himself understood. It was evident that an interpreter must be found. Fortunately there was one in the Chi nese band. He came forward, and an un derstanding was quickly reached. "You, who fly in the air," said the Chi nese commander, with dignity, "are our foe. You are in the employ of Japan!'' "That is false!'' cried Frank, botly. "I am an American citizen, and your govern ment shall pay well for this. outrage!" "Don't yon know that this country is at war with Japan?" "Yes," replied Frank," but is that any reason why you should fire upon me 'I'' Can you prove that you are not in the employ of Japan r ; asked the Chinese com mander. I can I I carry nothin_g--'' Frank in stantly stopped as he thought of Mut Su and his peril. He quickly continued: "My word is my guarantee!" The Chinese commander .smiled grimly. He bad noticed the equivocation slight as it was. He turned and signaled to a number of his soldiers. Th"JI came forward. with loaded muskets. What are you going to do.r' asked Frank, sharply. "I am going to search your air-ship," replied the commander of the island fort. "You are strongly suspicion I" Frank was not only alarmed, but very I object td that outrage!" he declared. the first man who comes aboard my ship dies like a dog!" Barney and Pomp descended from above and Dr. Vaneyke and Tattle, armed with repeaters, came out of tlie cabin. The Chi nese commander was for a moment only disconcerted. He knew that there was a disparity of numbers. This gave him confidence. But he waved his hand toward the fort. 1 "It is folly for you to resist," he sternly. "You are covered by cannon ana


I l I [ I l 10 at a word I could have you blown to frag ments. We must search your ship. If we find nothing Japanese abQard we will apol ogize and let you go free. But if ypu are proved agents of Japan, then you are our prisoners and we must seize your airship." 'In vain Frank tried to bluff, argue and even entreat the obdurate officer. In de spair the young inventor turned to rattle. "What shall we They will cut Mut Su to pieces on !" "It is horrible!' exclaimed the reporter. "What can we do r Run in quick and tell him to' flee for his life!" whispered Frank. "Anything but capture !" Tattle darted into the cabin. Mut Su had been all the while in a position where he had heard all. He was very calm as Tattle entreated him to fly. "No!" he said, resolutely. "You have done all{ou can for me. It is the fortune of war. am caged and I cannot evade the issue. I shall deliver myself up to clear you of all blame." The Chinese soldiers were at the rail. But before they could come aboard, Mut Su stepped boldly out on deck and held up both his hands. I surrender, Sir Commander!" he cried in Chinese, "but in doing so I absolve thes e Americans from all connection with the cause of my country. They are inno cent of any collusion with me or my na tion. They simply rescued me from drown ing in the waves of the sea, just as they would have rescued you or one of your peo ple, simply J'or humanity's sake, that was all. I am your prisoner and claim the treatment due a prisoner of war, and an Envoy of Japan!" The Chinese commander had listened to this brave and honorable declaration 'i'l'ith out a change of countenance. But now an evil light of triumph and the malignant hatred of his people for the Japanese shone in his almond eyes. He waved his hands to his soldiers. Instantly they sprang aboard the air ship and laid hands on Mut Su. The en voy made no resistance. "Lead the Japanese dog down here be fore me!" commanded the Chinese com mander. His order was obeyed. Mut Su stood be fore his captor and his foe. "My soul, I cannot see so brave a man slaughtered!" exclaimed Frank, in an aside to his companions. "They will not spare his life. There is too much barbarian hatred in that old commander's eyes." "Can we not rescue him?" whispered Tattle. "I wish there was a way." "Begorra, Misther Frank," whispered Barney, one more blow of the hammer an' ther rotascope shaft will be all roight." Do you mean that?" asked Frank, eag-erly. "Shure. sor." "Well, dimb up there just as quick as you can and strike it. Pomp, go into the cabin quick and bringme a wire connected with the dynamos that I can fasten to this rail. They may try to come aboard of us again, and the next time we must give them a hot reception." The two servitors needed no second bid dir.g. Away they dashed. Meanwhile Dr. Van eyke and Tattle were watcaing the pro ceedings of the Chinese. Mut Su, cool and brave, stood before his captor, who regarded him with a light of positive hatred in his eyes. "So, you dog of a Japanese, you thought to outwit Wun Foo, did you?" exclaimed the commander in scathing tones, "for this you need not ask for mercy. The em peror has forbidden that. The insults heaped upon our people, can only find atonement in blood!" "I ask not mercy of you nor of your cai tiff of an emperor!" retorted Mut Su, hot ly, "but there are rules which govern all warfare between civilized and honorable nations. Were you captured by one ot our military officers, you would not thus be subjected to i'ndignity, but remanded as a prisoner of war, to await exchange or a suitable ransom." Wun Foo laughed sardonically. FRANK READE, JR., IN JAP.AN. "Very clever, but you cannot evade your fate in such a way. The plea is futile. Think y<>u that China makes wat for pleas ure I When the Imperial Dragon calls us to war, he makes it our sacred duty to not spare the foe until he has spilled his last drop of blood!" "Barbarian!'' ejaculated Mut Su. "China is yet benighted and it needs only the round thrashing Japan will give her to bring her out from this cloud of bigotry and ignorance. For this end I, with thou sands of my countrymen, n1ust sacrifice life." "Your words are an insult to our emperor," hissed Won Foo. "I were recreant to my trust if I did not resent them. Coward! Dog!" Wun Foo's right hand dealt Mut Su a terrible blow across the face. At the same moment the Chinese commander spat upon the Japanese. "J erlchol" gasped rattle, if I was Mut Su, if I died the next moment for it, I'd get one hack at that bigoted and barbar ous old Turk!" CHAPTER XII. SHARP DEFENSIVE WORK. BuiMut Su's equanimity was something marvelous to behold. The blood coursed down his face from the cowardly blow given him. IW even forced a derisive smile, and re plied with cutting force: This is proof of my assertion that china is given over to barbarians like you, sir!" Wun Foo in spite of himself was ashamed. He saw that he harl. muchly soiled his dignity in that cowardly descent upon a man so much at his mercy. But he was a dogged old scoundrel, and determined to carry his point even though he was adjudged wrong. He gave a few sharp orders to his fol lowers. Instantly two of them advanced and forced Mut Su to his knees. For the first time the Japanese showed apprehension. But it was only a little gasp of horror. .He knew well what VfaS coming. The two powerful soldiers flashed in air their powerful two handed swords. They were experts at decapitation. One of the swordsmen could have cleft the envoy's head from his shoulders at one blow. But it was customary for two to strike from opposite directions. Once the two headsmen brandished their shining blades aloft. A moment more and Mut Su's head would have rolled in the dust. But even as the headsmen waited their command, there was a convulsive mo..-e ment upon the part of each, they dropped their heavy swords and fell in a heap. For a moment a pin could have been heard to drop, so great was the silence. Swift as a m"ssenger of thought, death had come upon the would-be murdererR. There had been no report of fire-arms, not a sound. But upon the temple of each was a tiny pink spot. Could its course have been followed into the brain, there a small steel needle would have been found with a weighted end to give it proper balance. Where these dead ly missiles bad come from can be guessed by the reader. From the deck of t he air-ship they had come. Barney and Pomp bad fired them from the cabin, unseen and unheard. They used a small and wonderfully con structed air gun, the invention of Frank Reade, Jr., which was noiseless and threw a needle, which, at short range with accu rate aim, was deadly. Just in time theyhad cut off the deadly work of the Chinese headsmen. "Golly !" gasped Potnp, "dat was jes' wha' de doctah ordered. I don' see but what we fixed dem chaps dead to rights." "Yez are roight, naygur!" cried Barney, in a hoarse whisper. "Bejaberal'd loike to fiive one to the big heathen himself !" Not yet!" said Frank from the deck, for he bad overheard this remark. "Wait for orders !'' Barney and Pomp repaired the rotascope shaft all right and the air-ship was able to spring into the air at any moment. 'rhis could have been done and escape made sure for the voyagers but Frank would not once think of leaving Mut Su uehind. J:Ie was to rescue the envoy 1f 1t was m h1s power. He realized that \Vun Foo was wrong in not holding Mut Sua prisoner of war, for the envoy' s rank entitled him to this consideration. For a moment Wun Foo and his follow ers were startled and mystified at the fate of the two headsmen. Then every eye was turned upon the air-ship. But there on the deck stood the voyagers apparently as mystified as the Chinese. Wun Foo's face changed, in expression. He advanced andt looked at the pink spots on the temples of the dead men. They were not bullet wounds. There was no flow of blood. It was apparent that all the Chinese were much awed. Tattle wa!> au accom plished ventriloquist. His quick wit r.on tributed to the of the affair. He bad picked up just enough Chinese to be able to say vaguely : "Don't dare kill him. The Dragon for bids!'' These sepulchral words sounded in the air just over Wun Foo's head. 'rhe Chinese commandant gave a yell of terror and lE'aped back. But again the voice sounded at his elbow weirdly: "Don't kill him!" The commandant yelled, and turning, gripped a coolie by the windpipe. "How dare you trifle with m e l" he yelled. "I will tear your vitals out!" But the voice again sounded in the ai.r above him: "Don't kill him!" This was enough for Wun Foo. The as tounded Chinaman could not believe but that the voice really came from a spiritual source. He staggered forward. crying: "The Great Dragon commands! Set him free! He shall live!" Frank exchanged glances with Tattle. "You did he asked. ''Yes ... "Very clever. I didn't know you were a ventriloquist!" "Oh, you: don't know all my virtues," laughed. the reporter. "A man in news paperdom must have a few

his men were unable to get aboard the air is some devil's trick!" he cried. "We will try the guns of the fort up,on the fly. ing ship. Come back, all of ye." The Chinese soldiers retreated with this command. There had been no more critical moment than the present. CHAPTER XIII. BESCUE OF THE ENVOY. WuN Foo's intention doubtless was to turn the guns of the fort upon the air ship. This of course would be most disastrous. One shot might reduce the frail vessel to atoms. 'fhe failure of the Chinese to board the Air-Dragon on account of the heavily charged hand-rail by no means decided matters in the favor of our voyagers. The odds were now largely against them. Of course Frank could have sent the air ship up and distanced the fire of the Chin ese fort. But he was loth to leave Mut Su yet a prisoner. He was determined to if possible rescue him, "We are going to have trouble, Frank!" said Dr. Vaneyke. What will we do 1" exclaimed Tattle. Hold your horses!'' said the young in ventor, coolly. "I'll find a way out of the scrape." Frank had been much P .verse to firing into the Chinese fort; but he saw now that self protection demanded it. So he rushed to the dynamo gun, and in stantly brought it to bear upon the wall on which the Chin e se cannons were mounted. H e knew that there was not an instant to lose. The first shot determined the contest for either party. Oulv two of the Chinese cannon could be brought to bear upon the air-ship. To dis mount these was Frank' s purpose. Quick as a flash he place d a dynamite p rojectile in the breech; theu one moment for a clear sight. Wun Foo and his followers had scatter e d to allow their compatriots in the fort to fire. Mut Su in charge of guards, was some fifty yards to the left. It was a critical moment. Then, before the guns in the fort could speak, the electric gun did its work. There was a shock, a hissing recoil, and a tremendous roar filled the air. A terrible breech yawned in the wall of the Chinese fort. Where the guns had been there was only a heap of debris. The effect can hardly be described in words., The Chinese were dumbfounded. This display of power was something most unexpected. For some moments Wun Foo was unable to a ct. He was aompletely taken aback by the demonstration. But the aerial voyagers were quick to follow up their momentary advantage. Barney and Pomp began picking off the guards who had Mut Su in charge. Seeing this Wun Foo shouted orders for others of his men to reinforce them. But the;y never executed the order. The reason for this was a good one. Frank now once more took a hand in the game. He drew a quick line with the electric gun and sent a projectile to check thereinforcements. It otruck the g1ound in front of the Chinese soldiers. Exploding with terrible force a literal mound of earth was raised in their very front. Many of them were half buried by it. In consternation the Chinese broke and tled. E\"en those in charge of Mut Su panic stricken threw down their arms in t oken of surrender. In vain Wun Foo tried to hring his ter rified men back. They would not be per suaded. With cheers Barney and Pomp now sprang from the air-ship's deck to com plete the rescue of Mut Su. In a moment they were bv the envoy's side. His captors were fiat upon their faces with superstitious terror. The Japanese envoy lost no time in at once starting back for the Air-Dragon FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. with Barney and Pomp. Some of vVun Foo's soldiers rallied by him tried to pick off the fleeing trio with their muskets but were unable to do so. Clambering over the rail they were safe ly on deck once more. It was a happy moment. Wun Foo, frantic and reckless, was visible below shaking his fists at the air ship. It would have been easy to have picked him off with a rifle bullet, but no one cared to do this. So he left alone in his impotent fury while the Air Dragon sprang high into the airand sailed away once more upon her course to Yashu. This had terminated the incident, but Mut Su never forgot his narrow escape. He was very grateful, When you visit Japan,'' he said, "you will see that our emperor will know how to repay you." "What a glorious story this will make for the newspapers when I sball get back home!" said Tattle, rapturously, ashe dili gently made notes. "I certainly hope that no international trouble will come from this episode," said Dr. Vanllyke. I don't see how there can!" declared Frank, for we did not start the trouble in any way. They fired upon us despite the fact that we displayed the American flag." "Have no [ears," said Mut Su, confident ly; "this Commandant Wun Foo has too much sense to let this affair reach the' ears of Li Hung Chang or the emperor. China is not desirous of getting into any dispute with your country, and the result no doubt would be that the presumptuous com mandant would lose his official, if not his own head." "I believe that is correct!" cried Tattle, "Certainly we were assaulted by the Chinese!" This set all fears at rest, and the air-ship kept on its way toward Nana Pashi. The delay it was concluded had given Hop Sing a chance to get further on his way to Nana Pas hi, But for all that he might be easily overtaken. Until darkness fell the Air Dragon kept on her way. Then the search-light sent its rays flashing along the coast. The' peril of this sort of navigation speedily became mainfest. Along the shore there were encountered various fortifications, and these invariably hurled shells into the air. It was necessary to keep at a great alti tude to avoid these, and this made the navigation very difficult. Moreover Mut Su could not very well re main up all night to direct the course of the Air neither could he be sure of the air-ships course. So Frank decided upon a change of tactics. He decided to find a lonely spot upon the shore and there descend and wait for day This plan was welcomed l)y all and the search-light soon located an unfrequented spot and made its descent. The was shut off so that at tention might not be attracted to the spot. Then all but Barney and Pomp prepared to tire. Barney and Pomp were to remain on guard during the night each serving alter nately. Frank and Dr. Vaneyke at once turned in, as did Mut Su. But Tattle sat up in the cabin to make some notes until midnight. Barney and Pomp were on the forward deck playing a festt ve p;ame of poker. Thus matters were when an incident, the first of a train of exciting experiences occurred. 'fhe two jokers were intent on their game and iL must be admitted were for a time delinquent in their duty. CHAPTER 'XIV. BARNEY AND POMP FIND ENTERTAIN MENT, PoMP had just captured a rich jack pot with four aces; phenomenal luck, and Bar ne!. was Begorra I'd lotke to know how yez kin do that 'I" exclaimed the Celt, suspiciously. "I've played this game all me loife and niver held sich a hand as that mesilfl" Pomp's eyes flashed. 11 "Look out dar, chile! I don' like any insinuations. Does you fink I done cheated ye1" "Bjabers it's a subject for investiga tion!" declared Barney. "Huh, luk out fo' yo' tongue! Dis chile carr;r a razor up his sleeve for sich fings as dati' It was likely that there would presently have been a ruction between the two jokers had it not been for an incident. At this moment a voice came out of the gloom seemingly almost at Barney's el bow. Melican mall playee cards No playee likee Chinaman. Heap no good." "Be me sowl!" gasped Barney. "Goll7l"ejaculated Pomp. Both Jokers were instantly on their feet and staring about. "Phwat the divil was that1" "I done heard somebody speak!" "Begorra so did I!' Then at the same moment both jokers caught sight of a figure at the rail. ln the dim light his face could not very well be seen, but his dress was that of a Celestial. At once they tumbled. "It's a Chinee!" cried Barney. "An' he knows how to talk Amerikan. Whurroo, there, yez r,eller customer, phwa:t do yez want here1' Me Melican man's friend. Pi Ho good Chineeman. Cookee, washee, allee same Melican man down in Sian Flanciscol" Both Barney and Pomp laughed at this announcement. They realized at once that .t'i Ho was a returned emigrant from the shores of Y ankeeland. How many more of yez are there W" questioned Barney, suspicwusly. "Nobody wif Pi Ho. He aile lone. Walkee on beach. See Melican man's light. Come down an' slee him!" "Well, if yez are alone an' yez are frindly, yez are to cum aboard," de clared Barney; "but mind yez, no treach ery, or be Mither Murphy's pigs it'll be the death av yez!" "Me Melican man's fliend. No atlaid of Pi Ho. He allee light." With which Pi Ho came over the rail. In a few moments so sociable was he that the three were fast friends. Pi Ho's story was a plausible one. He,h"J.d emigrated to America some years previous and worked in San Francisco un til he had saved up sufficient money to go back to the Celesttal Kingdom. He had procured a wife and a profitable rice plantation, and had been happy as a Chinaman could be until the war with Japan. The Emperor, however, had levied so heavey upon the rice growers for money with which to carry on the war, that Pi Ho had fallen almost to the verge of povertt, Dey takee n;tY plantatidn next," he de clared, "then they tly makee Pi Ho tlightee. Melican man sayee so. I glo to Melica wif him an' workee allee samee workee arms off." "Yez moight see Misther Frank about that," declared but pwhere is yer rice plantashun, anyw'Ry1" "Lilly bit ob ways ober hillee. Melican man comee over gib heap good stuff to dlink. Burnee throat, settee stomick on fire, allee samee ger.tee in bar-room Sian Francisco !" It did not require any interpreter for Barney and Pomp to get at the gist of this statement. They looked at each other and grinned. "Phwat do yez say, naygud" Golly l I neber was known to refuse de invitashun ob such a nice gemmen as dis!'' replied Pomp. "Phwat wud Misther Frank say, if we left der ship !" muttered Barney. Then he chanced to gaze tnrough the open cabin door and an idea struck him. The reporter, Tattle, was sitting at the table writing industriously. Barney strode to the door and respectful ly bowing, said: "hure, Mr. Tattle, an' wud yez do me a favor1" Tattle looked up in surprise. "Certainly !'. he replied, readily. What may it be1" How long are yez going to sit uP., sor7" Until I get my article written


12 "Well, sor, there's the naygur an' I as wants to go on a bit av a walk up the beach, sor. Wud yez moind watching the boat fer about an hour1" Certainly I" replied Tattle, with alacrity," 11:0 right along. I'll look after every thing1" Barney returned joyfully to Pomp and -Pi Ho. No time was loRt in at once set ting out for Pi Ho's residence. Along the beach the hospitable China man led the way. Suddenly upon crossing a part of the cliff they came upon the lights of a little settlement which Pi Ho explained was a town called Hosh Ku. "My house "ober dlere !"he said, point ing to a rather pretty little structure with a typical Chinese garden and verandas. As the two voya!liers accompanied their host the town, they passed a large pavilion lighted with lanterns and where hosts of men and women were play ing dice and cards. "Playee fan tan," declared Pi Ho. "Al lee samee Melican man in Sian Flancisco. Mebbe Melican man likee tly his luckee when come hackee." "Golly, dat would be jes' up to snuff!" declared Pomp. But they pushed on to Pi Ho's house for the time. There they were received royal ly by Pi Ho's wife and three charming daughters. Both Barney and Pomp drank such an abundance of the curious stuff that burn ee throatee, settee stomick on fire" that they actually waxed hilarious. Their ani mal spirits rapidly gain"ed the ascendancy. They began to sing songs and tell im probable yarns to the delectation of Pi Ho's household. At last they became so uproarious that very discreetly the C!lles tial host decided to take them on an ex cursion around the town. But it required some little strategy to induce the two frisky" Melicans" to leave the glass that cheers." However, Pi 1 Ho's diplomacy finally succeeded and they were soon in the open air. To say that Barney and Pomp were happy would be a mild statement. Down the street they hilariously made their way with their genial host, who ex plained matters to the curious crowd that followed the foreigners. Being under Pi Ho's protection, the two Jokers were perfectly safe and were jok mgly received by the merry inhabitants of HoskKu. They stopped at a Fan Tan gaming house and blew in what coin they had in a few moments. It required but little time for the wily Chinee to clean them out. This however did not sober them and they next wandered into a chop house. Here Pi Ho innocently feasted them upon rat-tail soup and a few other confections and delicacies which resulted in effectually capping the 'climax. The inexperienced foreigners disgraced themselves and proved their inability to go upon a successful svree a Ia by falling in a drunken stupor upon the noor of the chop house. ..... CHAPTER XV. THE TORNADO. HAD the community of Hosh Ku been like that of some civilized countries where law is supposed to abide, they might have fared sadly in their helplessness. But the Hosh Kuites were simple and charitable people, and inclined to sympa thize with rather than censure the un warv and luckless victims of Celestial dis sipation. Nor did Pi Ho desert them. The generous and hospitable host came to the front most gracefully. Four coolies were subverted for a few coins of the realm t::J place the two helpless men upon & 'stretcher. Then with a pro cession of some magnitude in the rear they were carried homeward. Tattle had waited indulgently for the re turn of the two servitors, and bad begun to wax impatient as the early hours of the morning began to draw nigh. "Mighty curious what has become of those chaps," he muttered. "I've half a mind to turn in." And thus be was mentally jawing the FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. "graceless rascals" when an astonishing sight burst upon his gaze. Through the darkness a procession with torches was seen coming along the beach. Then the startled Tattle saw two men ly ing on a stretcher. He instantly accepted the apparent fact that Barney and Pomp bad met with a serious accident. At once he rushed to the pilot house and pressed the alarm gong. Instantly Frank, Dr. Vaneyke and Mut Su came rushing on deck. The envoy re treated when he saw the crowd of Chinese coming. "Mercy on us!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. "What has happened l" "Where are Barney and Pomp1" de manded Frank. Tattle explained matters. Not one guessed the truth of the actual condition of the two jokers. Straight up to the air-ship came Pi Ho with his charge. As Frank and Dr. Van eyke leaped down he cried: "Bring Melican men home. No standee Chinee fun. Heap no good." What has happened them l" cried Frank, anxiously. And in that moment his fears were dispelled as Pi Ho replied: "No hurtee l Only heap dlunkee." "Drunk!" exclaimed Frank, in astonish ment. "Why, they never did 1:1uch a thing before," Then from Pi Ho au explanation of all was obtained. But at this moment both stupl)fied men came to their senses and staggered to their feet. In spite of their condition they took in the situation. They saw Frank Reade Jr. before them accusingly and heard hiS sE.rcastic denunciation: "Well, you are a pretty pair!" Barney and Pomp, too full for utterance, literally crept away to their staterooms to sober themselves in the quickest possible way. Pi Ho soon made himself agreeable with Frank. The young inventor was pleased to learn from him many valuable points. Pi Ho explained that there were many communities, of which Rosh Ku was one, that disapproved of the war with Japan. "Allee samee lightee with our brothers," he declared. "We no right killee them. They no right killee us.'' "That is -a common sense view of it, Pi Hoi" declared Frank, "if all of your peo ple looked at it that way there would soon benowar." Despite all this Frank sent word pri vately to Mut Su to keep out of sight in the cabm. He was not anxious for any trouble that could easily be avoided. Daylight came before the conference with Pi Ho was ended. The Americanized Chinaman knew of Hop Sing and his piratical colleagues well. They were often in the habit of devastat ing small settlements along the coust, and Hash Ku bad l6ng feared an attack. Just as they stepped out on deck Pi Ho gave a glance at the sky. The Celestials on the beach had suddenly started homeward with cries of wildest alarm. "Mercy on usf' exclaimed Frank, "what is the matterr' Pi Ho's face showed terror. Me got tee get home quick!" be cried, "big tlornado come, sweepee ev'yfiing to plieces. Melican man lookee out for air ship. Breakee all up!" The air had assumed a copper hue. There was an unearthly stillness all about, even the sea seeming like a motionless mirror. At once Frank, as well as the other voy agers, comprehended the truth. A Chinese torando was at hand. What this meant they required no hint to tell. Whole "illages were often blown away by these frightful visitations of the ele ments. The damage possible was some thing fearfnl. And the danger of damage to the air-ship was great. Should the rotascope or wings receive in jury, then the party would be in a very serious predicament. What was to be donel Pi Ho bad incontinently fled for home with the other villagers. Every moment the darkness grew more intense. Barney and Pomp were sufficiently re covered now to come on deck and asstst. The air-ship was carried over the cliffs to the shelter of a high banking so that it would escape a:s much of the wind as pos sible. The rotascope was firmly secured and the wings were lashed. 1'hen ropes were passed over the deck and secured to stumps and rocks, anchoring the ship firmly. Of course, the air-ship could have at tempted to ascend above the storm, but Frank feared that they would be caught before a :mfficient height could be reached. Of course the very quickest of work was needed to perfect these things. But they were executed. Then the storm broke. With a bellow like that of a thousand fiends, it struck the sea and then the cliffs For a time it was utterly impossible for the voyagers to tell whether the air-ship was being whirled through space or whether it yet held its anchorage. But after what seemed an age, the tropic storm passed almost as quickly as it had come. A !lcene of devastation was upon every hand. The air-ship had stood the blow fairly well. Some of the anchor ropes had yield ed and the braces of the rotascope had parted. This had twisted the shaft severely, and Barney cried: Shure, Mistber Frank, we are laid up agin. That will never worruk!'' This was true. The rotascope shaft had once more suffered injury. This would oc casion an aggravating delay. But the voyagers congratiJ.lated them selves that the denizens of the vicinit. y were friendly to them. The damage to the air-ship was repairable at least. Just at this moment Pi Ho and .anum ber of his countrymen appeared upon the scene. They brought the gratifying news that Hash Ku had escaped the patli of the tor nado entirely, though it was announc!)'d that a vessel was ashore upon the beach below. And Pi Ho made a startling decla'ration. "Me fink it am pirate ship allee samee Hop Sing!" he cried. "Maybe they fightee us killee all in Hosh Ku." CHAPTER XVI. THE PIRATES' ATTACK. THE declaration of Pi Ho was an astOund ing one. "The pirate ship of Hop Sing ashore up-. on the beach below!" cried Frank. How do you know that Pi Ho l" "Me knowee flag," replied the bhinaman. "HoP, Sing's men fightee our people flo sure. Ktllee all in Hosh Ku." Frank's eyes flashed. "No, they won't!" he declared; "don't you fear Hop I'll have to say about that. 1 The excitement of the aerial voyager was great. Tattle, Dr. Vaneyke and Bar ney went to the edge of the cliffs to take a look at the stranded ship. They beheld a curious scene. The Chinese pirate ship lay half upon her side; her bow was stove, but the force of the tornado and tidal wave bad carried her far up on the shore. Her decks swarmed with the pirates who were also engaged in carrying various ef fects ashore. It was certain that she would never float again, and the pirates were making the best of the situation. They had not as yet discovered the presence of the air-ship. The residents of Hosh Ku were in a fear-ful state of consternation. That Hop Sing's bloodthirsty crew should thus drop down upon them was a contin gency n1ost alarming, and for which they were little prepared. Unless they at once prepared to beat the savage crew off the fate of their little town was sealed. "Begorra, it's a bard Iukin' set they are!" declared Barney. "Shure, I'd niver want to meet thim afther dark." "I agree with you there, Barney," de clared 'fattle; "they are a bad lot "In our present crippled state I fear we


would have hard work to beat them off,'' averred Dr. Vaneyke m alarm. "Fur that reason I think we had better make preparations at once for self-de fense," said "Let us go back and report to Frank. No time was lost in this. They made their way back to the Air-Dragon and gave Frank a startling account of all. The young inventor listened with interest. "But I think we can hold them at bay!" be said confidently. "Have you a plan 1" asked Tattle. "Yes: "What is itr' Where is Pi Ho1 Ah, call him to mel" Pi Ho was upon the cliff studying the pirates' actions from the cover of a bowlder. He came hastily at call. "Pi Ho!" said Frank, earnestly, "if you and your people will do as I say, I think we can whip those pirates!" The Celestial ducked his head with de light. "Melican man say, Chinee man dol" he replied. Heap teilee ajlee ,!lame!" Yes!" rep lied Frank ; go at once to your bead mandarin, and bring him here with forty or fifty of your stoutest men. Now make all haste!" "Me do it; Melican man see how quickee I go!" Away went the nimble Celestial for the town. Tattle and Dr. Vaneyke, who had heard all, could not restain their curiosity, "Are you P.jOing to secure their co-opera tion, Frank r asked the doctor. "Yes, but not here!" replied the young inventor. "Ah I don't understand !" will when they return. It is im possible for us to attempt the evading of this struggle. The rotascope cannot be straightened out in time to once more get afloat!" "If we could straighten it out what an easy vict.ory it would be !"said Tattle, with flashing eyes. Indeed, yes!" agreed Frank, but I have a pretty safe plan." Already Pi Ho was se!ln returning from the town, with the head mandarin and a large concourse of stalwart Celestials. The mandarin Wun Su came up affably and saluted the rerial voyagers. He was attired in rich robes and carried a huge two handed sword. Pi Ho acted as interpreter and very quickly Frank made known his plan. It was received with acclamatiOn by the Celestials. And as their cheers rang out, they found echo below the cliffs, for the pirates had learned their presence and were even now mustering their force.; for a raid upon the town. Frank's plan was now materialized. The air-ship was a bulky structure but very light. The half hundred powerful Chinese coolies advanced and putting their shoulders under it, lifted it with e.ise. Frank's purpose was now understood. You see," explained the young invent or, "we can more easily defend the town from its position than from here. More over, union is strength. With the towns people to help us, we can beat Hop Sing." "And perhaps rescue Myrtle Lane," said Tattle. ''If she is on board that ship, she must and shall be rescued!" Toward the town the coolies carried the air-ship .. The excitement was now most intense. All the inhabitants of the place rm1hed out of the gates to meet the concourse. The.air was filled with their excited cries, The aerial voyagers yet remained on the deck of the air-ship and took in the novel situation with interest. Frank selected a place just within the city gates, and which commanded the ap proach. Here the air-ship was set down. I Preparations were at once made for a battle. The electric guns were depressed and sighted, and projectiles of dynamite placed in them. Scouts were already coming_in every mo ment reporting the action of Hop Sing and his men. FRAKK READE. JR., IN JAPAN. Barney and Pomp were right in their element. A conflict with the suited them, and they were anxiously waiting for the crisis to come. "Golly! if dey don't fink G.ey hab run up agin a yarthquake den I will treat!" de clared Pomp. "Begorra, they'll be afther thinkin' a cy clone has struck thim,'' averred Barney, confidently. "Don't be too sure," said Frank, with a laugh. "They may give us a harder figl;lt than we think for." "But they kain't lick dis air-ship!" as serted Pomp; "one shot f'om de 'lectric gun jes' make dem see stars!" The mandarin Wun Su was anxious to come aboard as was also Pi Ho. But Frank 'made an excuse to prevent their doing so. He remembered Mut Su hiding in tl:e cabin, and realized the possible danger of the Japanese envoy. To be sure the war spirit was not active in Hosh Ku, yet the sight of a Jap on board the air-ship might arouse distrust and cause trouble. Frank deemed it safer to a'.'oid any euch discovery. So he did not allow any of the Celestials to comE: on the deck, politely circumvent ing each such endeavor. A crisis was fast approaching. The pirates were now reported as com ing up through the cleft in the cliff in full force. Already distant firing was heard as the outposts and scouts of the Chinese force were driven in. The storm was about to burst. CHAPTER XVII. A DEMAND FOR SURRENDER, FRANK waited until the attacking force "came in view. Then, as the pirates appeared over the rise of land, it was easy to understand why the coast people stood in such deadly fear of them. A more ruffianly, villainous set of human beings could hardly be imagined. They were bristling with arms and even dragged a. cannon between them. This gave Frank a thrill of alarm. The air-ship had nothing to fear from the small arms of the foe, but a single can non shot might destroy her. So Frank 'watched the manipulation of this with deepest interest. On came the swarm of pirates. They were exchanging rapid shots with the inhabitants, but no effort of the latter seemed to check them. Superior courage and fighting ability counted in their favor. They evidently reckoned upon an easv conquest, for it was certain that they diil. not know of the presence of the air-ship. Frank smiled grimly. He continued to watch the cannon. This alone was what he feared. Tattle and Vaneyke stood anxiously by his side. "Isn't it pretty near time to give them a sainte, asked the doctor. Had we better allow them to get much "Don't fear!" said the young inventor, coolly, "they shall not get the best of us if I can help it!" Then he saw that the critical moment had arrived. He stepped into the gun room and sighted the electric gun. As he did so, he saw that the pirates had brought their cannon suddenly bear up-on the gates. Before Frank could draw a line upon the piece it was fired. The ball struck the right gate, shivered it into atoms and carried away one of the rotascope braces. It was a close call for the air-ship. Frank hesitated not a moment. He drew a line hastily upon the gun and fired. There was a tremendous roar and a lightning-like blaze. The projectile struck tile directly in front of the cannon. High up into the air rose a pile of debris, mingled with shattered human forms. When this settled and the smoke clear ed away, nothing remained of the cannon that was visible. 13 It was literally buried in a bole in the ground which the dynamtte, with its awful explosive power, had made. For a moment a hush followed the terri fic explosion. The astounded pirates were at a complete loss to understand this ebul lition. Then consternation most fearful seized them. The Hosh Kuites at once bej?;an to cheer and open a fresh fire upon thetr assailants. lt was a thrilling moment. The Mandarin Wun Su danced and shouted like a wild man in the excess of his delight. Oh, if his people might once beat the pi rates it would be the consummation of a mighty end. Victory was precious. Frank saw that his opportunity had come. While yet the pirates were in con fusion he sent shell after shell into their ranks. AU the hosts of Jove could not stand be fore such terrific onslaught. The pirate crew bad no alternative, They broke and fled. The side of the eminence over which they bad come looked like a plowed field. -Over the cliffs the pirates fled. It was momentary victory for the defenders of the town. To say that they were overjoyed would be a mild statement. They flocked about the air-ship, and for a time all was pandemonium. But the assailants bad not by any means abandon ed the attack. Suddenly, and while the joy of the Rosh Kuites was at its height a hissing, scream sound was heard and a shell fell in the mtdst of the vast multitude. It exploded with terrific force, killing several of the Celestials and wounding others. Mercy on us!'' cried Tattle. "They are going to give us a hot one yet, Frank." The young inventor realized the truth of thiL He knew that the pirates bad brought ashore another gnu and toshell the town. They had at once got tbe exact line. This was almost certain destruction for the air-ship and the town. For a moment Frank was appalled. Shell after shell came flying down into the town. The light framed houses of the Chinese went up like tinder. Fires began to rage. Every moment the shells were dropping nearer the "Something bas got to be done to stop that, Frank," said Dr. Vaneyke. "I know it,'' said the young inventor very coolly. The were protected by a distant elevation, behind which they were secure from a direct aim. But Frank elevated the muzzle of his electric gun and placed a dynamite shell in the breech. Then judging the distance as best be could hethrew it into the air. It fell far aA.aaistant roar was heard. Whether it had taken effect or not it was not easy to say. But as the enemy continued to throw their shells, it was known that the cannon of the foe had not been silenced as yet. So Frank proceeded to throw the shells just as fast as he could, elevating the muz zle of the gun at every shot. Suddenly the firing of the pirates ceas ed. At once a shout went up from all on board. "You've shut 'em up, Fr11-nk !"cried the docbor. It certainly seemed so, and Frank ceased firing. But this conclusion proved -premature. The purpose of the pirates turned out to be a very much different one. Suddenly over the distant elevation a pi rate appearea holding aloft a white flag. A truce!" cried Tattle, "perhaps they've bad enough of it, Frank." "I think their purpose is far different," said the young inventor. "We shall see -let him come down!" 'rhe truce bearer advanced nearer, and when within speaking distance Pi Ho went out and brought him to the


. -Frank met him at the rail. Pi Ho acted as interpreter. "\Veil!" said Frank, sharply, "What is your errand here?" "My captain, Hop Sing, sends greeting," interprete d Pi Ho. "He .will cease firing upon the town if you will surrender!" This demand created a sepsation. Frank laughed quietly. "Tell him to go back, Pi Ho," he said, "and tell his master that if he does not surrender we will hunt him from the face of the earth." Pi Ho communicated this emphatic announcement to the truce-bearer. The wretch showed his teeth, gave his pig tail a vicious twitch, and retorted. "Then you shall all die. Hop Sing knows no mercy. Beware his vengeance, His sword is keen/' With which threat he strode away. Over the eminence he went and out of sight. Frank proceeded to train his gun once more. CHAPTER XVIII. HOP SING'S CUNNING RUSE, AFTER what seemed a reasonable time for the truce bearer to have delivered his message Fran.ll: sent another shell over the ridge.' It exploded in the distance. The efl"ect of the reply to the truce was now made manifest. Also the purpose of the pirates in sending the truce was revealed and in a startling manner. Up into the air rose one of the enemy's shells. "Jericho!" gasped Tattle. "They've their position, Frankl" Th1s was true. The shell came from a point far to the right of the first position. It was evident that this had been found necessary as Frank had been getting perilously near them with his shells. This was a most' disappointing state of affairs. It necessitated gettinp; a new range and changing the altitude of the gun as well. But Frank ruade the best of it, and proceeded to charge the gun. Once more he began the experimental,shooting. 'l'his time chance aidea him. The very first shot proved a timely one, There was a terrific roar in the distance, and no more shells came tearing into Rosh Ku. The enemy's gun was silenced. Pro longed cheering followed this announcement Right valiantly had Frank Reade, Jr., and his disabled airship thus far defended the town. But Frank knew th'at this meant only a brief respite. The pirates would only get another and come back to the attack. He reahzed that a desperate coup-de-main was necessary, and instantly dec1ded upon a daring plan. He called Pi Ho to him. "Consult your mandarin!" he said. "And see if he can give me five hundred armed men!" "Allee light, Melican man!" replied Pi Ho. He hastily consulted wiLh Wun Su, the mandarin. The answer quickly came back. "Wun Su say yeppe. He go too, so Pi Ho allee once. 'Melican man heap say so." "All right!" cried Frank. "Muster your men-quick!" Instantly Pi Ho and the mandarin began to gather their army together. Tattle and Dr. Vaneyke no"" asked: "What is the move now, Frank 1" The young inventor explained. "I am going to five hundred of these fellows," he said, "and make a sally with them." "Is it not risky 1" "We will be two to one. If they will only stick by me I think we can whip the pirates out of their boots and capture their ship." "And perhaps rescue Myrtle Lane?" "Yes." "A rousing good plan!" cried Tattle. "But you are not going to lead them alone, Frank 1" FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. "Why not?" "Not much. I am going with you." "And II" cried the doctor. "No!" said Frank, decisively. "You must stay by the ship, Vaneyke. I will leave it in yours and Mut Su's care." "Very well," agreed the scientist, who was willlng enough to admit that he was too aged for so rough a sally. "I will re main on guard." So it was arranged. Frank with Tattle and Barney and Pomp all armed with Winchesters placed themselves at the head of the Celestials. When it is understood that not one fourth of this number carried fire-arms and only two-handed swords, it can be understood that the battle with the pirates was bound to be conducted on quite even terms. Led by the bra>e aerial voyagers, this body of fighting men rushed down over the cliff to attack the pirates. As Frank came in sight of the stranded vessel he saw that his inference had been correct. The piratts were transporting another cannon from the wreck. The attack was made none too soon. There was no opportunity to spring a surprisP upon the pirates. They saw the coming attao.JO: in full season to be prepared for 1t. At once thev rallied on the beach, and then met the fire of .the attacking party. For a few moments affairs. were extremely lively. Numbers of the pirates fell with the fire of the first attack. Then they returned the fire with deadly effect. Barney was slightly wounded In the shoulder. Pomp lost a piece of his scalp, and Frank was sh:>t through the sleeve three times. But still they kept on. Fully a score of the Rosh Kuites Jay dead on the beach. Ordinarily this would have routed themr but the example of their white leaders inspirited them. The next moment they were at close quarLers. This Frank had reckoned upon as the winning stroke. With weight of numbers he hoped to overwhelm the pirate crew. His hypothesis was a correct one. The plan worled admirably. The pirates were forced back, even into the surf. The hand to hand fight was bloody and desperate. The Chinese citizens remembered a hundred wrongs and were eager to avenge the death of many slaughtered relatives. 'fbe pirates knew that to repulse the foe was their only hope of escaping utter annihilation. Frank and his friends had withdrawn from the contest and did not strive to check it. They realized the futility of this. It would have been easier to hav:e stemmed the ocean tide. Some of the pirates escaped by reaching the cliffs; others swam across the little bay. And in the midst of the melee what was an unfortunate thing for the voyagers was the fact that they failed to notice a small lateen sailed boat which put out from the stern of the stranded vessel, through the surf and into the bay. Not until the battle was over and the search. of the vessel for Myrtle Lane was made did the truth become known. Then it was too late, for the sail boat was_ far out to sea. The Rosh Kuites were cheering wildly over their victory when Frank and Tattle, with Barlftly and Pomp, climbed over the rail. "I only hope we shall find her aboard this ship," said Frank, hopefully, "or, at least, some trace of her whereabouts." "We will hope for the best," said'Tattle. But though a thorough search was made no trace of the captive girl was found. But in a small stateroom, which had ev.idently been occ11pied by her, Tattle found an inscription upon the woodwork by a deadeye window. Thus it read: "Alas, I fear my rescue will come too late. I see my friends now on the shore, but ruv captors are launching a small boat from tbe rear of the ship and I knoyv that they mean to take me with them. Goct help me Should this reach th.e eyes of a friend, for God's sake, come to my rescue. I am sure they will now take me to their stronghold at Nana Pashi. I trust in Heaven, MYRTLE LANE." The reading of this thrilling revelation created a great sensation. CHAPTER XIX. A NEW PERIL. THE reading of Myrtle Lane's message upon the wood work of her state-room on board the pirate ship created a great sensation. Frank Reade, Jr., Tattle, Barney and Pomp, alllookeaat each other, and Tattle gave a startled cry. "What a fool I was!" he cried. "I thought I saw a boat put out from the rear of the ship through the surf. I had ought to have guessed the truth," The cunning Hop Sing h8s escaped with her again, and doubtless will go straight to Nana Pashi!" decl ared Frank. "We must go back to Rosh Ku at once, repair the rotascope, and pursue him. Come all." Part of the Rosh Kuites bad gone o>er the cliffs to chase to the death the remnant of the pirate crew. But the genial Pi Ho was on hand, and at once agreed with Frank's premise that Hop Sing had fled to Nana. Pas)li. He heap sharp Chinee man 1 declared the Celestial. Berry hard catchee him. Say so, Pi Ho go wif Melican man findee Hop Sing." Frank, however, was obliged to decline this very kind offer. There were more voyagers aboard the airship now than was really advisable. Be sides, he was just as certain of finding the pirates' stronghold for he had the ad vice of Mut Su to rely upon. Back to the town went the aerial voyagers accompanied by a part of the victori ous soldiers. Their reception at Hosh Ku was in nature of an ovation. The natives all greeted them with the wildest of demons trations. Dr. Vaneyke, it need hardly be said, was glad to welcome them back. "What now, Frank," he asked. "First of all to repair the air-ship, and then to Nana Pashi," replied the young in ventor. "You think the villain will go "Yes." Dr, Vaneyke looked incredulous. "If be is the sharp rascal I think he is," he said, "he will not go there at all. He will endeavor to blind pursuit by switching off in another direction." "I should think there was logic in your if I did not know that it is difficult for a pirate to land anywhere along the coast between here and Nana Pashi with safety. I believe hence that Hop Sing will strive to reach his in the quickest possible way," declarei!. Frank, confidently. "You may be right," said the doctor. "It would be an easy matter to overtake him now if the rotascope was a .ll in working order." "Indeed it would. It is a pity. However, we must make the best of it. Hop Sing will doubtless reach N al''l. Pashi hours ahead of us." "How long will it take to repair the rotascope, asked Tattle. '.'Not so very long; perhaps a whole day," replied the young inventor. "'Veil," cried the reporter, eagerly, "I don't see why we cannot catch the rascal. He surely cannot make Nana Pashi in day with that sail boat." Ab, but the repairing of the rotascope is a small matter compared with the other repairs." "Other repairs 1" "Why, certainly! The storm so jarred the electrical machinery that it must all be overhauled, and doubtless some parts of it will have to be renewed. This will require several days." Mut Su in the cabin gave a groan. "And I must remain penned up here in this fashion all this while! he exclaim eel despondently. I shall certainly baYe nervous prostration.'' : :


"I am sorry for you," laughed Frank. "I can suggest only one idea." "What is asked the envoy, ea gerly. d "Remain secluded in the day t1me an go out at night." "Ah but that is also risky. At any mo ment i might run into some of these Chi nese who would cut me ta pieces without merCy." d 1 "Ah but wear a isgUise. However Mut Su decided to remain closely in the cabin until after the airship should have left Hosh Ku. Thus far his presence on board had not been suspected. The aerial voyagers were treated w1th the utmost kindness and respect by the townspeople, who re!'arded them as their deliverers from the p1rates. Even had it been discovered that a Jap anese envov was aboard the Air Dragon ano under the protection of Frank, Jr. it is doubtful if the peaceful Rosh Ku would have ventured to attack the air ship. So Frank felt pe_rhaps more secure than did Mut Su, who lived in a constant spell of dread and Meanwhile work on the repamng was going on rapidly. As Frank had declared it did not take long to repair the Its guards were unbolted and the shaft lowered to the deck. Then an anvil was procured, with bellows and a forge, and in a very short while the bent .shaft was straightened. Hut the intricate electrical machinery required time and careful manipulation. Frank worked early and late and at the expiration of three days it really looked as if the air ship would soon be ready to fly. By this time it was reckoned that Hop Sing must have reached Nana Pashi. Had the repairs of the air-ship been ac complished but one day ear1ier, many thrilling and trying incidents had been avoided. But this was not to be. At noon: of the third day, an exciting re port reached Rosh Ku. A large body of the Emperor's troops, in fantry, horse and artillery, were approach ing the town. Full six thousand was the army which was on its way to a harbor fifty miles below to prevent theJ apanese from landing v.n attacking force which was supposed to .co-operate with the general advance upon Monkden. At their head rode the most bigoted and merciless heathen in the whole of China, Gen. Hi Hing. He was one of the Emper or's favorite officers and had sworn to burn and disembowel a thousand Japanese with his own hand before the year should go out. The loyal Chinese in Hosh Ku prepared to give the advancing hosts a patriotic re ception. But there were many non-symzYii,thizers with the war, who were disposed t6 regard the matter with apathy. Frank Reade, Jr., was not a little con cerned about the situation, and called Pi Ho and the mandarin, Wun Su. They assured him that Gen. Hi Ring shoul d have a eulogistic account of the ser vice done the town, and that he need fear no molestation. However, in spite of this, Frank felt not a little uneasy, as did all the others aboard the airship. Mut Su was intensely excited. "They will have my head I" he declared. "I tell you I shall not live to see my em peror again. I know this Hi Bing. He is a lawless and brutal scamp!" Frank Relide, Jr., shuthis lips firmly. "There is one thing we can do," he de clared. "We can sell our lives as dearlv as possible." "But not on my account," protested Mut Su. "They shall not take you!" declared Frank, rigidly. "You are under my pro tection." CHAPTER XX. THRILLING SCENES, THE envoy could not restrain his feel ings of gratitude at this. FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. He seized Frank's band and pressed it to his heart. "If you ever come to my emperor's court, I will prove to you that a Japanese never forgets a favor done him." "I have a plan, which I think would be better for us and safer for Mut Su," de clared Tattle. 'l'his announcement created a sensation. All w e 're upon him, "What can that asked Frank. "A very simple thing," replied the re,porter. "Let Mut Su put on a disguise, get a small boat, and put o ut to sea. We can then join him and pick him up at some point on the coast after we get the air ship again in sailing trim." There was a moment of silence. Certainly the plan possessed its feasible and sensible points. But on the whole Frank decided that it was not advisable. "At this late hour I think there would be a great deal to risk!" he declared. "There is no reason why Mut Su's pres ence aboard this shipshould be suspected. Under the protection of Pi Ho and Wun Su, the mandarin' :n: think we will be safe!" So the matter rested. But near events proved that Frank's theory was most erroneous, and serious results transpired. Meanwhile, the Chinese host was rapidly advancing upon Hosh Ku. The distant roll of drums was plainly heard, and fin!l.lly the mighty array came into view. It was a !ltrange and barbarous sight this Chinese army. Picturesque to a cer tain degree, but heathenish beyond com-pare. Our voyagers gazed upon it with deep interest. Tattle was right in his element, and was doing excellent work with his note book. "Golly!" exclaimed Pomp, "dey don' look much lak de Southern sogers in time ob de civil war. I jes' remember dat well nuf fo' I was jes' com in' out ob mah pick anniny clo'es." "Begorra, av all I've heard is thrue," declared Barney, "shure that cudn'thave bin much, for be me trothhi niver knew that pickanninies wore clot es." Pomp at once flared up. Don' yo' sassify me, I'ishl" he cried, angrily. "Yo' am finkin' ob de po' white trash lak de !'ish. I b'longed to a 'specable cullud fambly, I did, an' don' yo' frow no insinoowationsl" Everybody laughed at this, but Barney, usually ready for a xuction, preserved a contemptuous silence in Frank's presence. Nearer now the marching Chinese drew. Then some of the leading citizens of the town went out to reet the general's staff which was ad vancmg mounted on Barbary ponies. As the pompous Hi-Ring rode up with his throng of retainers and servile officers, .the town representatives prostrated them selves as if b efore the Emperor, instead of his bigoted representative. "Begorra, wud yez luk at the fools!" cried Barney. "Shure yez would think it wuz the Pope." To be sure, we don't have any such slavish exhibition in free America," de clared Tattle. "After all, it is the best country in the world!'' "Nobody will dispute that," declared Dr. Vaneyke. After the servile ceremony of bidding the army welcome to the town, the gener al and a detachment of his soldiers rode down into the streets. Frank Reade, Jr., drew a deep breath. He knew that the critical moment had come. But he was ready. Though none of the others knew it, he had carefully placed shells in the electric guns and had them all ready for use. He knew that the artillery of the Chin ese army was to be feared, but in case of a battle he was resolved to be completely ready. There was much ceremony of greeting and making welcome the Chinese general so that it was some while before his atten tion was called to the air-ship. The result was startling. In tones of thunder the Chinese com m der ordered up his bodyguard and ro down to the little square where the Air-Dragon rested. 16 Then he gazed upon the aerial wonde r for some while with the deepest of appar ent interest. But a close observer would have seen a covetous. gleam in his eye. Wun Su, the mandarin, endeavored to illustrate the powers and peculiarities of the air-ship to the Chinese general. He might have spared himself the trouble. For Hi Hing had heard of the Air-Dragon already. He had been at Koshu when the air-ship first arrived off the Corean coast, and 'when it so narrowly escaped being brought down by the cannon of the forts. At the time be had Issued a proclama tion promising a mighty reward to' the party or parties who would capture the air-ship and press it into the service of China. For the wily commander saw that with it he cnuld easily hope to whip the into! erant Japanese and subjugate the entire island. So it can be easily imagined with what. sensations of evil triumph and malicious intent he now gazed up_on the air-ship, ap parently within his clutches. He disregarded entirely the explanations and words of the mandarin. A frenzy seemed to seize him. Without pausing to consult the Toyag ers at all he issued hurried and excitea or ders. These were obeyed with flying haste. Up came a detachment 'Of coolies. They were armed not with rifles or muskets, but with axes and ropes. "What; the deuce are they going to exclaimed Tattle, in amazement; they are not even civil, Frank!" Never mind I" said the young inventor, coolly. "We'll soon bring them to terms!" Into the ground the coolies drove great stakes. Then they. essayed to draw the ropes over the air-ship's deck. Frank saw their rascally purpose, which was to prevent the air-ship taking flight. He smiled at the simplicity of the Chinese general. But "the move also aroused his anger. He decided that matters had gone far enough. So he boldly stepped out on deck and 'in his loudest voice proceeded to forbid the in their work. The effect was most exciting. The coolies disregarded his commands, whereupon Frank cried : Barney and Pomp I Take your axes and cut those ropes!" Instantly the order was obeyed. The two servitors cut the ropes as fast as they could reach them. One of the coolies at tempted to interfere with Barney and the Celt squared off at him. "Yez murtherin' haythin'," he cried, "I'll take the heart a v yez! With which he parried a blow of the yellow rascal's ax-handle, and let drive with his fist. It struck the coolie fair upon the point of the jaw, and gave him such a tremend ous shock that he tumbled over insensi ble. In a moment a sequence of thrilling scenes were enacted. The Chinese general roared orders like a lion. Down the street there came dashing a detachment of troops. These were proceeding to deploy about the air-ship, when Frank turned the muz zle of the electric gun full upon Hi Hiug. and his s.tatf an

16 Frank pointed to the stars and stripes waving over the air-ship. This, however, did not seem to impress Hi Ring in the least. It was interpreted by Pi Ho. Then the answer came. "This is a time of war and the friends of the emperior are justified in seizing what ever can be made of use to China. You are upon China soil and your air-ship is confiscated to the uses of this army." Frank retorted that though tb1s might seem logic, it was not international law, and warned Hi to trouble the Air Dragon at his peril. Now the' Chinese commander knew well FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. and distant three hundred yards, I will blow it to pP wder with one shot." Hi Ring returned a jeering reply; yet his curiosity was aroused, and he expressed a desire to see the boast of the American verified. He qualified this desire with a threat. "If you fail to keep your word I will have you drawn and quartered." This angered Frank, and for a time he half decided to blow the bigot and his horde off the face of the earth. But after awhile he overruled this, and drew a line upon the distant bowlder with the forward gun. In lieu of the regular charge be placed two of the projectiles, or dynamite shells, l?i Ho and Wun Su, who had seen the operation of the electric gun before, were amazed. But they were shre\vd enough to turn it to the advantage of their friends, and Pi Ho took it upon himself to shout in the Chinese tongue : "Rise, servant of the Great Sun! The American wizard spares your life upon the condition that you treat him as a dis tinguished foreigner should be treated." With this Hi Ring arose. He now essayed a more agreeable conversation with Frank, and assured him that he was his friend, and that he renounced his rigflt to seize the air ship in the name of the ern peror. '.fHERE, WITH HIS BACK AGAINST A CLIFF, WAS A MAN, DRESSED IN EUROPEAN GARB AND PLAINLY NOT A NATIVE OF CHINA, HOLDING A DOZEN FURIOUS CELESTIALS AT BAY. HE WIELDED A HUGE JAPANESE SWORD OF THE PATTERN CAR RIED BY THE SOLDIERY, AND WAS MAKING A BOLD BID FOR HIS LIFE AGAINST THE FEARFUL ODDS. enough that Frank was right, but this made little difference to him. He was anxious to possess the air ship, and this overruled his good sense and dis cretion. So he replied : "You will deliver up your air ship to us or we shall proceed to take 1t by force!" This angered Frank. I possess some powerful dynamite guns," he retorted. "If you dare to at tack me I will certamly blow you to per dition, you and your army!" Hi Hing evidently regarded this as a bluff, for he replied : "What are your puny guns compared to our batteries of tleld I could turn fifty cannon upon you in an hour's time." "One of my guns is worth more than your field pieces aU put together," returned Frank. "If you wish I will prove it to you. See yonder hup:e bowlder on the Though 1t is hundreds of tons in weight, into the breech. Then .he drew a careful line. It was but a moment's work to press the electric button. Whish! Click! Snap! This was all that was heard for an infini tesimal instant. Then there was a roar like a thousand cannon-like the awful burst of a concentration of heaven's most artillery. A great cloud of dust, fragments and smoke rose high in the air. Hi Hing rubbed his heathen eyes. Was it a miracle or The bowlder had vanished. Words cannot express the effect of this demonstration upon the ignorant com mander. For a moment he was dazed. Then he did the very last thing which a brave and enlightened man would have done. This was to slip from .his pony a fall upon his face. His example perfor was followed by all of his staff. "But the Great Sun will make a p-rince of you and give you wealth uncounted, if you will lend your air ship to his cause." To which Frank replied tersely: "I will not fight for you nor for Japan. I came hither to defend the American colonists upon your shores. Having done that, I have done my duty." After a while Hi liing withdrew. But it was noticed that his troops yet surrounded the air ship. Vaneyke and Tattle now appeared on deck. They had listened to all with the deepest of interest. "well," cried the doctor, with something like a thrill of triumph, "you brought the scamp to terms!" "Yes," replied Frank, "b'!t I am afraid it is only a temporary truce. "Yes. I don't trust the rascal at all. He will break his word as easilr, as a stick if he thinks he can do it safely!'


"I with you!' declared Tattle, "be fs the most consummate scoundrel on tl;le face of the earth. My word for it, be is up to some devilish trick now!" "Begorra, then we'd betther be ready for him," said Barney. "That we will!" declared Frank; the best thing we can do is to get .the air-ship repaired and ready to fly as q mckly as pos sible!" Mut Su was consulted and said: "Be sure that Hi Ring is not to be trust ed for a moment. He is the greatest ras cal alive." Frank at once went below and w\s at work on the machinery industriously, FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. air-ship. To say that the were terrified and astonished is a mild state ment. Frank recovered himself. His eye flashed lightning. "So be means war, does be 1" he gritted, savagely. "Well, be shall have it, for I'll sweep every gun from that hill, or die in the attempt!" CHAPTER XXII. HI BING IS SUBDUED. THERE was no CJ.Uestion but that Frank Reade, Jr., was JUstified in retaliating upon the Chinese artillery, now that tJJ.!lY had fired upon him. 1'1 A cheer broke from the lips of the rerial travelers. It was caught up by many of the Hosb Kuites. That's right, Frank," cried Tattle, "clear out the w4ole of them. Don't give them any chance to come to close quart ers." I don't intend to," rejoined the young Inventor, decisively. Another battery which bad been gallop ing up to the spot, now came to a stop. Frank nevertheless sent a shell after it. It dismounted two of the guns and killed a number of men. Hi Ring was furious. He could be seen dashing about on his Barbary pony trying to bring up his army. "LOWER THE SHIP, BARNEY!" CRIED FRANK. "I AM GOING TO SAVE THAT PLUCKY FELLOW," THE ORDER 'VAS OBEYED. THE AIRSHIP SWEPT DOWN CLOSE TO THE STRUGGLING JAP. A ROPE WAe THROWN HIM AND HE wl:\en be was called on deck by Dr. Van eyke. "What is the matter now 1" asked the inventor as he came rushing up. "We want you to observe what this very honorable Chinese General is doing," said tbe scientist. And Frank did observe. He saw that a large body of the Chinese artillery were occupying a pommanding position over the town. The guns were being rapidly brought into place. The young inventor was astounded. "You don't believe the bigoted fool meaus'to try and intimidate us?" he asked in stupefaction. "He is a treacherous dog!" cried Mu t Su, who had beard this in the cabin. "Look out for him! Ah, did I n,!)t tell you sor At that moment one o1 the guns swung into position. Quick as a flash its muzzle was depressed and there was a sullen roar as it was fired. The ball passed just over the bow of the WAS QUICKLY DANGLING IN THE AIR. Hi Ring's treachery was apparent. It angered Frank beyond all control. "I'll sweep them from the face of the earth!" be "Such treachery shall be punished!" There was no time to lose either. If one of the cannon shot should strike the air ship the end would be assured swift and speedy. Frank drew a line upon the battery and fired. The dynamite shell struck in the midst of the park of guns. The result was thril ling. A mound of earth was raised where they bad stood. Guns and gunners were burled in the air. When the smoke cleared away, hardly one of them was mounted. Over the em inence the surviving artillerymen were running for their lives. The explosion had been a terri ftc one. The shells used by Frank were of the Jarg est size and be bad placed two in the gun. Frank with grim purpose turned the elec tric gun full upon the rank and file of thPJ infantry. If they advance I shall certainly anni' bilate them!" be declared; it will be bet ter for them to draw off." "I should BillY so!" said Tattle. Mut Su, from the cabin door, bad been watching the scene with flashing eyes. He was overjoyed. "The pig heads richly deserve the les son!" he cried. "You would be justfled in exterminating the whole of them. You can know now why Japan is obliged to fight t .bem." "They will put their bands upon Ameri can citizens at their peril!" said Frank, de terminedly. "Begorra. Misther Frank, they're cominp:!" cried Barney. This was true. The distant rank and file of the infantry were,advancing. It was certain that Hi


ll II -18 Bing meant another attack upon the air ship. Frank did not wait for a near range. If he had he could have slaughtered hun dreds of them. He had no desire to take life needlessly. He believed that he could giue them such a fright that they would refrain from making the attack. So he aimed for a point of land just in front of them. Then he fired the electric gun. A great column of earth rose in the air where the shell struok. A small hillock was formed and a cavity blown in the sur face of the plain which would almost have engulfed a company. Many of the advancing Chinese were hurled violently to the ground. They were instantly checked. "Another1 Frank!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, "They will oe sure to run then !" The young inventor needed no bidding. He saw the opportunity and at once em-braced it. Boom-crash I another shell exploded in front of the enemy. Another and another was sent In the same direction. Even had Hi Hing possessed the pluck to face that deadly tire himself, his troops had not and they broke into wildest con fusion and fled. Not until they had got beyond range of the deadly electric gun did they come to a halt. Hi Ring was baffled and deeply chagrined. The Hosh Kuites could not restrain their joy and wildly thronged about the air ship. They were by no means in sympa thy with Hi Ring and his soldiery. Pi Ho took occasion to say : "Our people likee Melican men. Heap no likee Hi Ring. Glad Melican man whippee him." The Chinese commander's swelled head, however, had lost none of its size, for down into the town presently came ames with a white flag. The message was written upon a strip of rice paper in Chinese characters, and Pi Ho was called upon to interpret it, as Frank could not read it. Thus the message read : "Hi Ring, general of the forces of the Most senda to the foreigners of the flymg ship and demands their unconditional surrender in the name of the Emperor on pain of death." "Well," exclaimed Frank in amazement, "did you ever see the beat of that 1 No body but a bigoted Chinaman would have written such an idiotic message. Why, they are defeated and yet demand that we, the victors, surrender!'' "Hi Ring is a consummate thick-headed fool!" cried Tattle impatiently, "he de serves to have his army and himself blown to perdition for such effrontery I" Frank would vouchsafe no reply at all to this ridiculous demand, and the mesBenger returned to his master empty hand ed. What the effect of this was upon Hi Ring did not become manifest, for he made no further attempt to attack the air-ship. Barney and Pomp meanwhile had been busy. adjusting the machinery, with the result that Barney now appeared and de clared: "Shure, Misther Frank, I belave the air ship is all to floy onct more.'' "Good!" cried Frank. "Then we will waste no further time here." The signal was given, adieu was said to the friendl:y Rosh Kuites, and then Frank pressed the rotascope and motor levers: The rotascope whirred, the big wings made prodigous passes, and lightly and swiftly the air-ship arose. As she swept aloft into the air a curious spectacle was revealed far below. The entire Chinese army of Hi Hing had spread their ranks, and were fleeing like sheep in every direction for safety. This caused the aerial voyagers a laugh. Mut Su ventured out on deck, and he was in high spirits. "It would be easy to annihilate the -,vhole thievish band of them!" be cried, but America is not. at war with China." "No," replied Frank. "The Air Dragon is here solely to act in self defense and pro tect American citizens wherever found." FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPA"K. The air ship, therefore, left the scene quickly behind. 'rhe fears of the Chinese soldiers were needless. Along the coast the Air Dragon now made rapid course. It seemed, at last, as if the aerial voy agers were likely to reach the objective point of their journey, Nana Pashi, and the stronghold of the pirates. There was no doubt but that Hop Sing and his fair captivn had already reached that spot. If so, then no little skill, strategy and daring would be called for to effect her rescue. But all of the aerial travelers were reso lute and confident; .Just as nightfall was coming on, Mut Su handed his glass to Frank, and said : Tht> headland of N ana Pas hi is in clear view.'' CHAPTER XXIII. AT NANA PASHI. THIS announcement of the envoy created something like a sensation. With the aid of the glass, a distant line of blue extending out from the mainland, was made out to be the headland in which was the. deep cavern of N ana Pashi and the pirates' stronghold. "Then they are in a asked Frank. "Yes," replied Mut Su," it is reputed to extend fully a mile under the cliffs." "That is bad. They can the more easily baffle our attempts at rescue." That is true. Yet if you employ strategy, or perhaps blocade the .entrance to the cave, you may bring them to terms." It seemed unfortunate that darkness waR so near at hand. But Frank said : "They have doubtless sighted U!! already and it will not do to delay. We must make an attack at once." By the :time the air ship reached the vi cinity of the pirates den, the earth below I could not be seen without the aid of the search-light. t This, however, was not employed, as Frank desired, if possible, to take the pi rates by surprise. However, that they were expected was quickly made manifest. Fires were lighted upon the cliffs and at the mouth of the great cavern, and groups of armed men could be seen walking the beach and looking upward. The stronghold of the pirates was well designed by nature for such a purpose. Two lonil: headlands, shooting out into the ocean like the claws of a crab, inclosed a deep bay, This was hemmed in upon all except the ocean side with high cliffs. At the lower end of the bay was a mighty cliff rising full one hundred feet into the air. In the face of this was the cavern. At the mouth of the cavern there were wharves, at which now lay a couple of lateen sailed junks. In the bay two more were anchored. H was evident that the air-ship was plainly visible to the pirates against the sky, for now a scene of great excitement ensued below. The yellow rascals ran hither and thither like sheep, and just as the aerial voyagers were wondering wbat their game was there occurred a tremedous explosion. A shaft of flame leaped into the air and a huge shell passed just over the air-ship's thwart. It exploded fully a hundred yards beyond with deafening din, doing no harm though. "By Jove!'' cried Tattle; "that was a clos e call, Frank!" "They mean business!" said 'Vaneyke. "You're right," agreed Frank. "We will shift position a little." So the air-ship was sent up some hun dred feet h!gher. The mortar used by the Chinese was not adequate to this increased distance. Still they kept firing it and the shells burst sometimes just under the air-ship. The din waR frightful and unpleasant therefore, but Frank did not heed it. He had focused the search-light upon the yellow crew and was studying the situation coolly. He knew that he could easily silence the mortar whenever hP. should choose to do so. What he desired to learn was the relative force of the pirates and how best an en trance could be effected to the cavern. Seeing that they could not reach the air ship, after a while the mortar ceased It& firing. Frank let the air-ship drift over the edge of the cliffs and out of range. Then Tattle said: What move shall we make, Frank t Have you "Yes," reP.lied the young inventor. 1' I could destroy their ships and silence that mortar now. But for certain reas ons I wtll defe;: such action until later. 1 will very quickly show you what I propose to do." Frank allowed the air-ship to drift in land for nearly a mile. A high elevation must now hide it from the view of the pirates. Frank here held the air-ship stationary, Then he stepped out on deck and said: "I will now give you the plan I have de cided upon!" Of course the voyagers were all inter ested. They listened eagerly. "We are now a mile or n ore from the coast," said Frank. "A descent can safely be made here. I propose to take two vol unteers with me and descend to the ground. Whoever is left in charge of the air-ship is to return to the cliff and make it as troublous as possible for the pirates with the elect.ric shells. Divert their at tention whilewe are trying to find an en trance to the cavern. Do you see the The aerial travelers cheered. "That is a great scheme, Frankl" cried Tattle. "I will be one to go with you." Begorra, an' here's mesilf!" cried Bar ney. "Then it is settled," cried Frank. "Throw over t .he rope ladder, BarneJ'. Let us Jose no time. Pomp, you will officiate 1 in the pilot-house." L.J "A'right, sahl" l Frank felt a touch on ,the arm. Re turn -1 ed and faced Mut Su. The Japanese was very eager in his manner, as he said.: I beg of you to allow me to go also, Mr. Reade." Frank hesitated. This would leave only Pomp and the doc tor aboard the air;ship. Yet it was not likely that Mut Su would be able to help them much. "Very well," he said. "You shall go. But there will be great risk I" Mut Su's eyes flashed. "That is what I desire I" he said, firmly; "have no fear!" The rope ladder was thrown over and the four fnen, Tattle, Frank Reade, Jr., Bar-, ney and Mut Su,all armed to the teeth, de-scended to the earth. All was as black as a pocket. \ But they were able to find their ay the direction taken by the air-ship whjl!n ,. went directly back to the pirates' ca v e. """"" Silently, with Frank leading the way, the four darinp; explorers crept over the in tervening distance to the cliff. The ground was, however, moderately smooth and they had soon covered the mile. A great light shining against t he sky showed them where the cliff was. The air-ship could be plainly seen hovering over it. Then there was a distant flash and an earthquake like roar. 'That Is one of the electric shells," whis pered Tattle. "The pirates will have their hands full now." "You are right," agreed Mut Su. Frank led. the way to the very brink of the cliff. Thus far they bad no foe. The scene spread below was an exciting one. But the reconnoiterers had given but one look at it when a startling thing happened. From the shadows dark forms rushP.d. In a twinkling the little party were sur rounded. Swords flashed angrily in the semi-light, and a voice in the Chineselan guage cried : "Stand and deliver I You are our prison ers !''


Only Mut Su's c_uick wit saved Barney from losing his head at that moment. CHAPTER XXIV. HEMMED IN, THE moment the Chinese guard sprung out of the gloom, Barney leveled his rille at them. Down came a keen two-handed sword in. the gloom. It would have beheaded the Celt but for Mut Su. The envoy saw it, and quick as a flash thrust his ritie barrel before Bar-ney. The sword blade rang on the steel bar rei, but glanced aside. Barney stillli ed. Before another blow could be struck, Mut Su cried in the Chinese tongue: "Hold! we may be friends! Who are "We serve the great Hi Chang, com mander of the pirates. Who are "We are pa8sing travelers!" replied Mut Su. But before be could say more one of the pirates had lit a wafer which, for a moment, illuminated the vicinity like day. The result was thrilling. The Chinese pirates saw three white for eigners and a hated foe. Savage curses rang out. "Dog of a Japanese !" "A spy-a spy !" "Kill him I Quarter him!" These cries were given in the Chinese language and therefore comprelfensi ve only tcMut Su. But he shouted in English: "We are b etrayed, Americans! Fight for your livesT' With which he fired his rifle point blank at the Chinese. One of them dropped. It was the signal. The Chinese pirates rushed forward, brandishing their swords. Luckily they were not armed with any other weapon." these stood no show with the rifles. The pirates were shot down before they could get near enough to do execu tion with their swords. Frank had for the moment felt dismay, for he feared that they were certainly be trayed to the foe on the beach below. He felt sure that the crack of the rifles must be heard by them. But the booming of the shells made such a racket that the conflict on the cliff was unseen and The Chinese gilard was put to flight. They fled into the darkness. ''Hurrah!" cried Mut Su. "That is vic-tory for y:s." "Ah, but I fear it is premature," said Frank. "They will carry the news to those below.'' Then our plan is foiled," said Tattle, dismally "Begorra, I'm fer goin' for'ard!" cried Barney resolutell. W surely wil not turri back," declared That is fully as dangerous as to go forward." "Then let us go on!" cried Mut Su. "Lead the way, Mr. Reade." Certainly the Japanese envoy could not be accused of a. Jack of courage. Frank lost no time. Along the brow of the cliff all crept. If there was another entrance to the cavern than the one below, now was the time to find it. Frank knew this well, and he followed some observations which he had made while on board the air-ship. He had seen some Chinese suddenly ap pear at a point on the brow of the cliff just to the eastward of this point, and he be lieved that he should find something there. His belief was verified. He discovered a beaten path which led down through a cut in the face of the cliff. Down this the rescuing party went. Slipping and sliding they went down for a hundred feet. This brought them suddenly to a shelf of roc);: which seemed to jut out from the face of tbe cliff. And here was the yawning mouth of a passage cut in the solid rock. For a moment tbe rescuers stood over whelmed with the force of their discoYery. It was almost too good for belief. FR..iNK READE1 JR., ll'i JAPAN. "Is it safe to enter1" asked Tattle, trying to penetrate the gloom. "Whether it is or not we try it," said Frank, grimly. With which he stepped boldly into the passage. A dim star of light wa<> seen in the distance. 'I.' here was apparently none of the pirates in the near vicinity. Without doubt this passage had been trusted to the guard just dispeiled by the All the others doubtless were at the mouth of the big cavern. Whether the defeated guard would be able to get word to their colleagues below in time to entrap the invaders remained to be seen. As for the rescuers it was enough for them to know that they had found open and unguarded passage to their foes' stronghold. They waited for nothing more. Along the passage they went swiftly. The distant star of light grew bigger. Soon it merged into a broad glare and then t.he party came to a point where the passage terminated in a large chamber. Beyond this chamber was a gallery up which a great light came from the lower cavern. Below there the pirates could be seen in a great throng. Many of them being brought in wounded from the effects of the deadly shells. Here we are," whispered Tattle. "What are those figures in that opposite passa!{e "Women and children!" This was true. Huddled in the g!l.llery passage were a great throng of Chinese women and chil dren. They were the pirates' families. Nana Pashi was literally a little king dom, or rather nest of the pests of the China Sea. For a moment the rescuers gazed at them in amazement. Then a sensation was created. The women and children had spied them, and screaming with alarm began to re t1eat to the lower cavern. Of course this attracted. the attention of the pirntes below, and in an instant the position of our rescuers became one of fear-ful peril. A party of the pirates came rushing up into the gallery. It was unfortunate that the rescuing party was betrayed. At the same moment Mut Su graEped Frank's arm, and gasped: "May our gods defend us! They are filling the passage in our rear also. We are caged, entrapped, and death is close upon us!" CHAPTER XXV. LOST IN A LABYRINTH. THE exclamation and alarm of Mut Su was well.warranted. 'l'he passage through which they had come was indeed filled with pirates They were literally hemmed in. It was a fearful position. For a moment not one in the party but was in a quandary. What shall we gasped Tattle. "Fight to tbe end!" said Frank grimly "Back the way we came 'I" "No, it will never do to be hemmed in in such narrow quarters. We must be in a more open place. Come with mel" l!'rank sprung across the chamber to the passage where the women and children had been. Finding that it led on and was not ob structed, the little party of rescuers con tinued to fly along it. This was proved their salvation. It gave them a bit of a start. The Chinese foe were close behind them but they were no longer hemmed in. Frank led the way in the mad race, and T!l.ttle was close behind him. Mut Su was next and Barney the last, reluctant tore and shaking his fist ever, and anon at h1s pursuers. It was a strange chance that none of the pursuers had guns. No bullets came clrasing after the fugitives. But all carried swords. Should they get near enough to use these of course the re sult would be serious. But the cavern now became a literal labyrinth. Passages ran in all directions, and the fugitives were for a moment in doubt which way to go. "Which cried Tattle. Frank hesitated. "I don't want to get lost in this infernal hole!" he cried. "I hardly know which way to go!" However, he chose a passage which l e d at right angles, and for a moment they were out of sight of their pursuers. Then turning again into another passage at the left the fugitives doubled upon their foe. Several times they did this with grat ifying success. The Chinese were obliged to halt and ten to determine which way the fugi tives had gone. This gained time for thE'm, and what was better, the treacherous echoes of the cavern sent the foe off in au other direction. Breathless, the fugitives were now en abled to for a moment rest and recover themselves. Sinking, panting, down into some shadows, they were glad of the re spite. "Whew!" gasped Tattle. "That is a lit tle the hardest run I ever made." "It was a close call," agreed Mut Su. "But I think, friends, we are going to haYe trouble to get out of this tangle of passages." "I think it will be confusing," coincided Frank. "The best we can do, however, is to listen for the roar of the battle out This could now be faintly heard, and the periodical explosion of the shells gave the walls of the cavern something of a shock. For some time the rescuers rested with perfect safety, for all sound of their pursu ers had died out. "Didn't we shake them handily r cried Tattle with glee. They might as \\"ell tr_y to look for a needle in a haystack. Some time passed thus. Then Frank finally proposed that they retrace their steps. His plan was to work their way back to the outer cavern and then, if possible, learn the exact part of the pirates' den in which Myrtle Lane was held a prisoner. But at once the rescuers found that they had a large sized contract on their hands. It was indeed a difficult task to make any headway in the inextricable.tangle of the labyrinth. Also the echoes of the distant conflict seemed to reverberate in such a way that it could not be depended on as a guide. No footprints were left in the flinty floor of the cave, and it would have been difficult to have found them in the gloom. This was at times partly dispelled by c!'evices in the roof through which light shone down from the stars. Frank had almost decided that it would be best to abandon the attempt until day light should come, when Tattle clutched his arm and cried : ."By the great dolphin, what do you call A distant glare of light was seen. With out doubt it came from the outer cavern. By the best of luck the rescuers had work ed their way back almost to the starting point. They lost no time now in starting for the light. On they ran rapidly. The sounds of the conflict became .plain er. It was evident that Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke were giving the pirates a liberal dose of dynamite. "Fortune favors us!" cried 'l.'attle. "We are certainly bound to get out of here safe ly!" But the words had hardly left his lips when a thrilling thing occurred. Suddenly, just as they were passing the mouth of a side passage, loud cries filled the cavern and they were in a twinkling surrounded by dark forms. "Trapped!'' shouted Mut Su. "Fight for your lives, friends!" Gleaming swords flashed in the gloom. Our rescuers fired almost point blank at the attacking foe. This for a moment only held them in check. 'rben the Americaus were forced back and in the melee separated. Vandyke Tattle fled down one of the passages for his life. It was madness for him to attempt to hold such a force in check.


20 He was unable to even guess the fate of the others. He could only try to save his own life. Being fleet. of foot and aided by the shadows be eluded his foes. This brought him eventually into another side passage which seemed to lead out into a gallery in the main cavern. "By the horn spoon!" muttered the re P.or t el', as he paused to recover his breath. 'I don't know whether I could do that thing again or not. I never came so near being nipped. I wonder how the others .ard I suppose I ought to go back and see." But on more mature consideration he de cided that this would be folly. If they had escaped they were doubt)ess now endeavoring like himself to find a way out of the cavern. If they were killed he certainly could give them no aid. He decided to, if possible, lind his way out of the cave and back to,the air-ship. If possible while he was doing this he would endeavor to rescue Myrtle Lane. So be kept on cautiously along the gal lery. Fortunately none of the pirates were in that part of the cave, and he was en abled to proceed with safety. Suddenly, as he was creeping along the gallery, be received a thrilling shock. For a moment he was unable to speak or move. A voice, soft and thrilling in its accent had reached him For a moment he was at a loss to know where it had come from. "Mercy, good sir! I know you are one of my countrymen. Ob! give help to a cap tive girl." Tattle gave a jlasp and cried: "Great dolphins! have I found you 1 Are you Myrtle Lane'!" "Yes, yes!" was the eager reply. "Oh I you have come to save mel" Then Tattle turned and beheld a vision which he ne'l'er forgoL during the course of his life. CHAPTER XXVI. TATTLE'S ADVENTURES, SET in a niche of the cavern wall was an iron-barred door. Beyond it was a cham ber sculptured out of the soft limestont>, and furnished with Chinese appointments. Against the iron-barred door, and trying apparently to force her way out futilely, was a young girl more beautiful, more fairy like than any, human being Tattle had ever seen. In that moment he understood why the brute Hop Sing had been so determined to win the girl as his bride. She was a peer less prize. For a moment Tattle stared at this pict ure of female loveliness, then he recovered himself. He doffed his hat. "I beg pardon, miss!'' he stammered, "it is true that I am here to try and rescue your' "Then my father sent you--'' "I come from your father, and with some companions have been zealously searching these caverJ:\S. Providence has brought me to this soot." ''Indeed it could he nothing else," re plied the captive girl. "And your friends -where are they 1" "I have become separated from them," and with this the young reporter told the story of the air sh:p and its mission. Myrtle Lane listened with deepest in terest. When Tattle had finished, she drew a deep breath, and said : "Oh, it was indeed kind of you and your friends to come here and endeavor to res cue me. For this I am more than grate ful." "It is a service which we take intense pleasure in rendering," replied Tattle, gal lantly, "but now the question is, how am I I going to get you out from behind those bars 1" This did not look like an easy task. The bars were large, and to break them seemed impossible. To cut them would require the use of oil and a saw, and would take too time. "But do they keep no guard over you 1" asked rattle, in wonderment. "Two Chinese have watched the door un til within an hour," replied Myrtie, they went away very suddenly." FRANK READE, .JR, IN J.AP.AN. "The electric bombs drew them away," said Tattle ; like all the rest of the pirates, they went to tind out what the matter was.'' "They may return at any moment," ventured the captive girl. "That is the point," agreed Tattle. "And I must get you out of there before they come back." But how to do this was a conundrum. Tattle proceeded to carefully examine the door, the hinges and the lock. A Hercules could not torce that !" he said, hopelessly. "What shall I do 1 If the turnkey had only been so kind now as to have left the ket,s--" "I think he has!' said Myrtle, "there is a small shelf of rock out there where I have seen him place them at times to gether with his lantern." "That settles it!" cried Tattle, eagerly. "Heigho! What is this 1" 'Down from the shelf of rock he drew a lantern and a bunch of keys. Quickly he proceeded to tit one of these to the lock. It did not fit. Time wu1 precious. One after another of the keys Tattle fitted. They would not turn the bolt. Again aud again he desperately tried the obdurate lock. It was of peculiar oriental manufacture, and nothing could be done with it. Cold perspiration broke out over the young reporter. He was in the bleakest of despair. "God help us l" he panted finally. "I don't see what I can do." But the young girl was calm and reso lute. She had watched him intently all the while. Look on the shelf and see if the):e are other keys,'' she suggested. Tattle could have kicked himself for not having thought of this before. He reached up on the shelf and-joy! there were three large keys upon a ring. One of these he applied to the lock. He turned it clear over, there was a clicking sound, the bolt shot back. With a cry of iutense joy Tattle flung back the door. Myrtle stepped out into the "Saved, thank God!" gasped Tattle, then his blood froze in his vein&. An excited cry smote upon the air and two burly Chinese sprung out of the gloom. In a twinkling the brave young reporter realized the situation and knew just what to do. He knew that it would be folly to attempt to outfoot the jailers with Myr B-q.t he knew that it would be possible for him to hold them at bay long enough for her to get a safe distance from the spot. So he cried : "Run for your life I Turn to the right at the end of the gallery I I think it leads out upon the cliff I Once out there safely, hide wherever you can 1 We will find you!" "But you!" gasped the young girl. "Will they not kili you 1" "Not if lcauhelpit. At anvrate,you cannot help me. Fly for your life !.,..Gogal" Myrtle obeyed. She flitted away into the gloom like a wraith. As 1'attle had guessed the gallery led to the cliff path. She met nobody and kept on up over the face of the cliff and sanTe exhausted and fainting into a clump of bushes. There she crouched, not daring to move and praying fervently. Tattle meanwhile left to face the two burly Chinese jailers was in truly a des perate situation. For a moment he faced the foe and looked for an advantage. His rifle yet held one cartridge. He fired almost point blank at the first pirate. He fell instant ly dead. The second was upon Tattle like a tiger. Hi,s was lifted high to plunge ;in to Tattles body. But the young reporter reached up and gri:pped the brute's wrist. With a quick tw1st he disarmed his foe. Then the struggle became hand to hand and desperate. Vandyke 1'attle was not what might be called a fighting man. Yet he was supple and athletic. Moreover, he bad the courage of a lion and knew that he was fighting for his life. Up and down and around the gallery went the two combatants. Not a wo1d was spoken. But each fought silently, desperately looking for the chance to give the death blow. Each breathed hard, and gripped each other with all power. But the muscles of the Chinese giant proved to be no match for the superior sci ence and skill of the American. Suddenly Tattle got a. backlock on his antagonist and threw him, Like a giant tree the giant. went down, So sharp and terrific ;vas the fall that he struck his head against a jagged corner of the gallery wall, and his skull was crushed like an egg shell. Tattle wriggled out of the dying embrace of his foe. Springing to his feet, he staggered along the gallery toward the outer air. He knew that there was no time to lose. Already he beard voices in the distance. He felt the draft through the gallery, and Lbe cool air revived him. But just as he believed liberty within his grasp, the passage to the cliff was suddenly filled with dark forms, which at once surround edbim, CHAPTER ..XXVII. THE RESCUE COMPLETED, WoRDS cannot express the fearful sen sations of the young reporter at that rna ment. His struggle had left him faint and ex hausted, and he could have offered no re sistance. But luckily there was no need of it. Familiar voices burst upon the night air. "Why, upon rn) word, it is Tattle! Thank God!' "We thought you dead!" "Bee;orra, good lu!:k is wid us ain!" "Friends!" gasped 'Tattle, Joyfully, "thank God for that!" The meeting was indeed a to all hands. Explanations were qUickly in order. After sparating from Tattle, the others of the party had eluded their assaHants, and once more became fugitives in the Ia byrinth. They bad Just emerged after many wan derings, and in time to encounter Tattle as we have seen. In return rattle told them the story of his rescue of Myrtle. It created a great sensation. "Hurrah!" cried Frank. "You are a trump, Why, it begins to look like success. Are you sure tee girl came out this way !'' "Yes," replied the young reporter, "but I am not so sure but that she again fall into the hands of the foe." "Let us push forward then to the cliff path." There was no other or better couj:&e and this the rescuers proceeded to do. .. They soon emerged into the oper.. a1r and proceeded to climb the cliff, leaking care fully for a trace of Myrtle. The airship still bung over the mouth of the pirates' cavern, hurHng death and disaster down upon them with the electric shells. But the cliff was free from Chinese. lt was evident that all of them had sought the protection of the cavern. The relief of the rescuing party upon emerging once more from what had come near being a death-trap for them, can well be imagined. But where was Myrtle 1 Along the cliff thorough search was made for her. And though they little realized it several times the searchers passed very near her hiding-place. N ('t recognizing them in the darkness Myrtle crouched silent and trem bling in the brush. The disappointment of all was great. But Tattle was not discouraged. "Daylight will enable us to find her!" be declared, '' it is easy to see that she has crept away somewhere and does not dare to emerge." "Do you believe she succeeded in getting out of the cavern 1" asked Frank. "Ob, yes!" replied Tattle, posit.ively. And thus the matter rested. But Frank


FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. was anxious to once more get aboard the air-ship. So he proceeded to signal it. Retiring half a mile from the brow of the cliff he drew a couple of electric globes from his pocket. These wer connected with a small battery so chargea 'that when .the globes were lit they would _send fanci ful streams of electric spt;trks high in the air. The signal was instantly seen on board the Air Dragon. Dr. Vaneyke ceased hurling the electric bombs down upon the pirates, and cried to l'omp in the pi!ot-house: "T,bere is the s1gnal, Pomp! Answer 1t! The darky at once obeyed. He turned the flash )1ght full upon the spot where the rescuers were. At once a great cheer went up from them. Down settled the air ship. It rested upon the ground not twenty feet from the position of the rescuers. A lew moments later they scr&.mbled aboard. It was a joyous meeting for all. Pomp and Dr. Vaneyke listened to the story of their thrilling experiences with much in terest. It was decided to wait until daylight to resume the search for Myrtle, "I think she is a brave and sensibl e girl," said Tattle, "and she will keep in hiding until daylight, and we can rescue her." "Well," declaredDr.Vaneyke, ''we have spoiled the chances of tqose pirates going to sea for a while. Every craft they_ owned is at the bottom of their harbor. We have dest.royed everything that we could reacn with the bombs." "That is good," declared Frank; "it is a pity that we could not reach the dastard ly crew tbenfsel ves." '"fbat is impossible. They can hide in the cavern and it is imposs le to get to them." The air-ship now sprung a oft. It was 11een that the gray light of d n Waf! ap pearh:.-g in the east. Gradually the darkness w dispelled and rporning light came. As the sun ap peared above the horizon the extent of the damage done by the electric shells was seen. The harbor was literally cleared of the pirate craft. The sands were strewn with wreckage. Not one of the pirate crew could be seen It was truly a scene of ruin and desolation. "Well, doctor," said Frank, with a laugh, "I must say you did your work well." "I don't helieve they will soon forget it," said the doctor, grimly. At this moment Barney gave a loud cry: "Shure, there's the young Ieddy, sor !" All eyes were downward. There, upon a little rise of land, stood, Myrtle Lane signaling the air-ship. At once it -She was taken aboard and the rescue was complete. To say that all on board the air-ship were in high spirits would be a mild statement. It was decided to return at once to Yasbu. The pirates bad certainly been severely punished. But at this moment Tattle, who was at the rail, cried : Hello I there is a flag of truce." It was true. Upon the brow of the cliff a number of Chinese had appeared wiGh a white flag. Myrtle (Save a cry of fear, and said: 'That 1s Hop Sing." CHAPTER XXVIII. THE JAPANESE PRISONERS, INSTANTLY all eyes were fixed upon the pirate chief, Hop Sing, who was the one of the party of Chinese to hold the flag of truce. Myrtle, in terror, would have retreated to the cabin, but Frank said : "Have no fear. No harm can come to you now!" Hop Sing waved the flag in an eager way, and the .air ship gradually settled down to within hailing distance. Then Frank went to the rail and shout ed: "weh, what do you want r Hop Sing, from his life in the American colony of Yashu, understood English well. So he replied : "Me wan tee make friends wif Melican men. No fightee any more. Gib Melican girlee up." "1 think you will!" retorted Frank, "from sheer necessity as I see it." "Me no pilate any morel" inoisted the shrewd rascal. "ffi.op Sing go back to Yashu. Be goodee Chineeman allee time." At this all the voyagers exchanged glances and laughed. "He very likely thinks we are suckers," said Tattle. "I can hardly refrain from giving him the benefit of my rifle." "He certainly deserves to die,'' cried Dr. Vaneyke; "yet I would spare him. Moreover, he carries a flag of truce." "Correct," said Frank. "We can't play a treacherous game, though I have no doubt be would readily serve us that way." "Oh, do not let him come aboard!" plead ed Myrtle earnestly. "I cannot tell you how afraid I am!" "Don't fear, Miss Lane!" cried Tattle, gallantly. He shall never cause you further trouble. I will sec to that." The young girl's faco2 flushed a vivid scarlet and she turned a grateful glance upon the young reporter which made the blood tingle hotly in his veins. So Frank mada a stern reply to the pre tended repentance of the yellow rascal. "You contemptible scoundrel!" be cried, forcibly, "I warn you to keep out of our way. Only the honor of a _flag of truce protecLs vou now. We know your game, and let this g uirle yo u in your action." With which Frank snapped his fingers to Barney who sprung the lever and let the air-ship leap into space. Soon the pirate strqnghold was left far behind, and the Air Dragon was making rapid headway for Yashu. The voyagers wer.e all now in the high est of spirits and certainly there was good reason for their being so. They had passed safely through a most thrilling ordeal and had accomplished the main purpose of their trip, which was the rescue of Myrtle Lane. All sat out on deck enjoying the balmy air as the Dragon sailed onward. Suddenly Dr; Vaneyke said: "Do you know I have a great desire to stop at Bosh Ku and see Pi Ho. I have no doubt be will be very glad to see us!" "Indeed, we should have a warm re ception there," cried Tattle. "I confess to that desire my!lelf, yet of course we will run the risk of another collision with that bifioted general, Hi Hing." Hang him !" cried the doctor. "We need hardly fear him now. Again it is hardly likely that he will be there now." "You are right," said Frank, who bad been listening to all this. "If it is really the unanimous wish to stop at Hosh Ku we will do so!" "I would lik. e to!" declared Tattle, and the others coincided with him, even Mut Su. So it was decided to stop at the little Chinese sea-port. But in the interim other adventures were in store. The first of a series was right at hand. Barney, who was at the wheel, had caught sight of a scene which was being enacted upon a cliff' far below, and which ov erlooked the sea. A number of armed men were gathered there. They were Chinese soldiers, and in thl'ir midst were several prisoners. "By the dragon!" exclaimed Mut Su, "they are countrymen of mine." exclaimed Tattle, "and pri,soners, tool" "It is true!" Upon the sandy beach were drawn a number of light boats. One of these car ried at its masthead the flag of Japan. Thi& made all at once comprehensive. The Japanese prisoners had been upon some sort of a spying expedition along the coast and had been run down and captured by the Chinese patrol. The Celestials evidently intended to ex ecute their prh!oners for they had stripped them of their arms and were even now measuring distance to shoot them. The rerial voyagers gazed upon the scene with interest. 21 .Mut Su was fearfully excited. He strode furiously up and down the deck. "It is too much of me to ask of you to intercede for my countrymen !"he said to Frank. And yet-I cannot bear to see them die I" "I am very sorry that I cannot interfere," said Frank, regretfully; "but you can understand that I must be neutral. They are prisoners of war. I have no right to intercede for them." Quite right,'' said Mut Su, "and yet I feel as if I ought to go to their rescue. But what can I do all alone against so many of the "I can hardly advise you,'' said Frank. Certainly it would be inadvisable for you to atllack them single-handed. You would be a!Miost certain to get the worst of it." But at this juncture another incidentoc curred which completely changed the com plexion of matters. Suddenly, from a thicket, there burst a company of Japanese marines. They car ried ritles and long swords, and with a cheer charged to the rescue of their cap tive comrades. How this rescuing party happened to come up so opportunely was not at the moment made quite clear. No did the aeria l voyagers endeavor to make it so. It was enough for them to know that they had come up just in the nick o( time. Naturally their sympathies were with the Japanese, and they accordingly cheer edIustily. Mut Su was beside himself with joy. He danced about the deck like a ventable East Tndian dervish. The Chinese captors, thus taken by sur prise, could hardly offer much resistance. With characteristic vengefulness they be gan to cut down mercilessly their helpless captives. 'fhis brutal and cowardly trick made Mut Su frantic. He could hardly contain himself. "Dogs of cowards!" he shrieked," they can strike none but the defenseless. Shame to the m for brutes and fiends. Let their punishment be death." But the cowardly Chinese had time to massacre but a few of their captives when the rescuing Japs were upon them. A terrible and. swift vengeance was enacted. The Chinese were head and shoulderso ver the stocky Japs. But the latter were most terrible fighters and drove the yellow foe over the cliff like chaff. Dozens of the Chinese -fell beneath the unerring rifles anddeep cutting swords of the Japanese. But a brief contest was it. Then over the cliff and almost into the sea the Chi nese were driven. They scurried away through the surf in the little sampans, and this for the time ended the battle. Mut Su could stand it no longer. He turned to Frank. "My good friend," he said, will you permit me to join my countrymen for a short CHAPTER XXIX. FIGHTING ON SEA AND LAND. OF coarse Frank could not refuse. So Barney lowered the air-ship. When at a height of fifty feet from the ground, a rope ladder was thrown out and Mut Su de scended. When he leaped down upon the cliff his countrymen came running toward him with eagerness and surprise. He spoke to them in-his native tongue which reassured them, and soon he was making them -a fervid speech. The Japanese soldiers cheered repeated ly' and regarded the air-ship wonderingly. Mut Su evidently explained its character and its mission to them, for they also cheered it as well. After haranguing his countrymen a while, Mut Su turned about and addressed Frank who was at the rail: "These are marines from the Mirakima, one of our warships," be said, "the ship has drifted off' shore in a fog. They came ashore to reconnoiter. When the Mirakima returns they will be all right. Ah, I see a sail now upon the distant horizon, and if I mistake not, it is her,"


/ 22 It was true that a sail had appeared upon the horizon. That it was.the returning warship was possible. All now watched its approach with in terest ; particularly the Japanese mariners we'!'e eager. But as the ship loomed up nearer some thmg like consternation seized upon all. She seemed to fly the flag of the Chinese navy. The air ship had descended to the ground. The Americans were now deeply interest-ed in the situation. At this juncture also a couple of scouts came in and reported a large force of Chi nese coming along the shore. Mut Su was now in a quandary. He was ot.course bound to stand by his countrymen and see that. they safely from their predicament. Frank was loath to become mixed up in the affair, and yet he disliked to leave the envoy in a desperate plight. What could he do 1 The situation was certainly a desperate one. With the coming of a large land force, and the appearance of the war-ship, the fate of the little handful of marines seem ed settled. To have attempted to transport them to a safe point aboard the air-ship was, how ever, impossible, for it could never sustain such a weight. The distant sound of the Chinese drums could be plainly heard. They were ad vanQing rapidly to the attack. Mut Su, however, was resolute, and grasping Frank's hand, said : "My friend, I cannot ask you to become embroiled in this affair. I can only thank you for your kindness thus far and beg of you to leave me here to die with my brave countrymen, which is but my duty." An idea occurred to Frank. "Wait'" he said, "perhaps I can save you after all." The young inventor went aboard the Air Dragon. He stepped into the pilot house and pressed the rotascope lever. Up shot the light craft like a bird. Up, up it went, until the sea and land lav below in one v,ast panorama. Then numberlei!s crafts were seen be yond-what had been the horizon when upon the surface balow. Frank knew that the Mirakima blown off shore in a fog must needs be within range of vision now, if she really intended to return to the res cue of her detached crew. And surmise proved correct. Not a dozen miles down the coast, and steaming along near the shore, was the lit tle Japanese crusier. She would reach the cliffs yet almost simultaneously with the Chinese war-ship. Frank was much pleased. "J;,et them fight it out," he said, "the J aps will win if they pursue their usual tactics." So he lowered the Dragon. When it touched the ground Mut Su was eagerly at the rail. "Well1" he asked. "What do you make .of it 1" "Your ship is about a dozen miles be low here, and making for this spot,"'said Frank. The envoy gave a cry of joy. H you can bold the land force at bay until she arrives, you will have a fighting chance. 'That is all we ask," cried Mut Su, e a gerly. Frank now sent the air-ship up fully a thousand feet. He had no !lesire to par tici)ilate in the affair. \\ itb deepest interest the aerial voy agers watched the course of events. Myrtle Lane came out of the cabin and joined Tattle rather shyly at the rail. "I hope the brave Japanese will not be defeated," she said, "but I fear that they will be outnumbered." "There i!l certainly some danger of that," admitted Tattle. "We will pray for Mut Su's success, though." The Chinese man-of-war had already sighted the Japanese cruiser. Each seemed eager to meet the other and they were rapidly drawing nearer together. A sea fight was a certainty. FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. The Japanese on the cliff had already signaled the Mirakima. Boats put out from the cruiser. But the Chinese man-o'-war hove to just in the bay and sent hot shot after them. They were obliged to return to the cruiser, and the rescue of the force on land was thus for a time deferred. But Mut Su was not disconcerted. He secured a position of v:tntage on the cliff and opened fire with the Chinese on the beach. Thus the battle began. The hostile vessels began to sail about in a circle, each seeking the advantage of the other. The air was made hideous with the boom of the cannon, and soon each began to suffer damage. Masts and yards began to go by the board, splinter!! flew and smoke surged from certain parts which were afire. The battle was a royal one while it lasted. It was indeed hard to say which had the advantage. But after a while, Dr. Van eyke cried in dismay: "Upon my word, I believe the cruiser is getting the worst of it." This was seen to be a fact. The big man-o'-war had heavier guns, and these had begun to tell, Suddenly the cry went up: She is sinking!" It was true. The Japanese vessel was certainly going to the bottom. No power could save her. The man-o'-war now ranged alongside and raked her badly. It was seen that no quarter was to be given. And suddenly the cruiser gave a great plul}ge and went down. The water was filled with wreckage and struggling human forms. All drew a deep breath. Their disap pointment was intense. Frank bad struggled bard to resist the templation to lire. upon the Chinese vessel and turn the tide. But be overcame his sympathies in the interests of fairplay. "I have no right to interfere!" he said. 'We must remain )leutral." Then another astounding fact became apparent. A large body of the had overpowered the Japanese on the chff. They were overcome, and Su, the envoy, was a hopeless prisoner. CHAPTER XXX. REUNITED AT YASHU. AT no stage had Frank found it difficult to resist the temptation to inter cede in behalf of the Japanese. His acquaintance with Mut Su had ripened into a positive liking and be shud dered now as be reflected upon the certain fate of the envoy. To fall into the hands of the Chinese meant certain death. 'I.' hat Mut Sp should come to such a sad and untimely end was a source of deepest regret to the voyagers. "Upon my word," cried Tattle, "I don't see why we ought not to rescue him." "I suppose we have no right t.o interfere!" said Frank, though I am sorely tempted.'' '' Is there no feasible way r "None that I can see!" The victorious Chinese were apparently in high spirits over their success. The prisoners they bad taken were conveyed aboard the man-o'-war. Mut Su was among them. The aerial travelers saw him disappearing in the cabin of the Chinese vessel. Then Frank said: I am more sorry than words can tell. Yet I am powerless to interfere. Let us try and forget it all." The air-ship now beaded for Yasbu. Darkness soon settled down and it became necessary to employ the search-light. The affair was over and the voyagers had nothing to reproach themselves for. Yet a gloom fell upon them, and not onP. but would have given mach to have secur ed the rescue of Mut Su. However, it was war, and as neutrals they could not blame themselves so the matter was dropped. Early the next day, Frank held the air ship a ttifl.e inland and Barney gave the cry: Shure, there's the place, sort'' Myrtle Lane could bardly retrain her feelings of deepest joy as the quaint little town of Yasbu burst upon her vision, She knew that she was 'loon to be re-stored to her parents and thilj was a most joyful Soon the air-ship hung above the place. It could be seen that a turmoil was created below. The Chinese inhabitants rushed hither and thither in the wildest of excitement. The Europeans wa>ed all manner of sig-nals. Slowly the air-ship settled down. Frank bad no fear but that they would meet with a friendly reception. He selected the little square in the center of the town, where they had alighted be fore as the best landing spot. Soon the air ship rested upon the little green plot. Almost instantly it was sur rounded by a wild and.excited mob. Myrtle stood on the deck and suddenly caught sight of her parents, who were madly forcing their way through the crowd toward he,r. In anotber moment she was in their arms. It was a joyful reunion. With tears in her eyes the grateful mother showered her thanks upon Frank Reade, Jr. The young inventor felt more than repaid in that moment. He modestly protE'sted against the effusive demonstration. As for Tattle he exceedingly glum, "Will we not remain in Yasbu a while1" be asked of Frank. "There seems to be little need of our ser vices here!" said the young inventor, "I bad thought of pushing on to Pekin. We will, however, remain here until to-morrow." The young reporter sighed. There was a curious ache in his heart. The truth was, there had sprung up be tween him and Myrtle Lane, something more than an ordinary liking. Vandyke Tattle bad never been a senti mental man. Indeed his boast had alwavs been that of the practical man of. the world. But for once he was disposed to forego this assertion. The pretty face anti soul ful blue eyes of Myrtle Lane had raised havoc in his heart. "Uponmyword!" bemused, "itisqueer -enough that I, Vandyke Tatble, reporter, and callous to sentiment, should fall in love. For I certainly have and I would give all my old shoes for one of Myrtle Lane's smiles. But I am sure she will never care for me." Had Tattle known the truth he would have experienced far different sensations. It was true that Myrtle reciprocated his liking. The air-ship \"'lS surrounded by an en thusiastic crowd, All of the Europeans in the little CQ.lony crowded upon deck and shook h 'll-Qcts warmly with Frank. ( "But for you; they said," we should have fallen victims to the Chinese rioters, We owe you our lives." Frank modestly disclaimed this, but was much gratified all the same. A sort of fete was held in the little sg,uare. After this darkness fell and mgbt came on. The search-light made all in the little as plain as day. Until a late ho!lr the denizens of Yasbu bung about the atr sbip. Then gradually all retired, the tow!?-be came quiet, and Frank turned off thehp;ht. All retired except Barney, who remamed on guard. The Celt was not as much on the alert as usual, for he deemed all safe in the little town, for certainly they were among frienas. After a while he went into the pilot and became absorbed in an interesting book. He remained there enwrapped un til relieved by Pomp near morning. And while Barney bad been thus lax dark forms bad been busy about the air-ship. Not until daylight came did this become apparent to Pomp. Then, astounded, be saw that heavy cables had been twined about the propeller of the air-ship, and


were fastened to trees some distancE! away. The air-ship was literally anchored. At once Pomp gave thE> alarm. Frank and Dr. Vaneyke, with Tattle, came tumbling__out of their bunks. "What's the matter 1" asked Frank sharply. Pomp pointed to the cables. At the same moment the roll of a drum was heard and a file of Chinese soldiers came rapidly into the square. It was a thrilling moment. CHAPTER XXXI. THE TROU1!LE WITH PING YAN, IN that moment Frank saw the whole game. The air ship was secured by the cables around the propeller so that flight could not be made. This was done no doubt by the minions of the egotistical Hi Ping Yan, the man darin who upon a former visit had endeav ored to seize the Dragon and preis it into the service of the emperor. Frank saw that there was certain to be trouble. The file of Chinese soldiers came rapidly into the square in the early morning light. Ping_Yan was at the head of them. "Upon my word!" gasped Tattle1 "they are to try and seize Franxl" "Yes,' agreed the young inventor coolly. ''Shall we submit?" "Not" There was a resolute light in Frank's eyes and an angry ring in his voice. He wa,s much out of patience .with the stupid Chinese mandarin. Hum!'' muttered Tattle. "It begins to look as if we must have trouble with these heathens. You'll surely have to kill a few of them, Frank" This the young inventor was much averse to doin12;. But yet he was deter mined not to give up the ship. The Chinese completely surrounded the air-ship. By this time the whcll.e town was arousen. Some of the missionaries and prominent Europeans attempted to reason with Hi Ping Yan. But they might as well have talked to stone. The greedy eyes of the mandarin had be come lixed upon the air-ship and he was determined to possess it. In his exaggerated idea of his power and importance, he allowed his better judg ment to be overruled. Frank watched the deploying of the sol diers into the square a moment. Then he said in a steely voice: "Barney and Pomp, take axes and cut these cable;>!" "All roight, cried the Celt, with alacrity. Pomp followed him. The two servitors at once began work. The effect was exciting. In an instant Chinese soldiers with drawn swords, sprung forward. The;r brandished these threatenin'gly toe heads of Barney and Pomp. This maddened tlhe latrer. "Begorra, don't yezdare to meddle with me, yer misfit yaller dog!" yelled the Irish man, warding off the sword of of the attacking party. "Shure, take that for your impoodencel" Straight from the shoulder the Celt sent his sturdy fist into the' Chinese soldier's face. The Celestial went down as if kicked b.Y' a horse. Pomp knocked a second over with the handle of his ax. In a moment a hand-to hand fight was in progress. Frank yet desisted from firing upon the Chinese soldiers. But fearful that Barney and Pomp might suffer serious injury, he now took an active hand in the affair him self. Leap down from the air ship's deck, he rushed between the fighting men at the same time crying in a voice of thunder: Back, you dog r His presence was so commanding, and carried such authority with it that the Chinese instinctively fell back, and there was a lull. Barney and Pomp stood close by Frank determined to defend him with their while Tattle and Dr. Vaneyke had gone to the electric gun, determined to use it if the need came. FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. But at this monent several men rushed into the square. 'fhe noise had bronght the whole town to the spot. These men were headed, as was seen, by Mr. Lane, the leader of the colony. 'With eyes flashing indignation, Mr. Lane rushed up to the Chinese soldiers and began bet:ating them in their own tongue. But the)' doggedly held their position until suddenly there was a flourish of drums, and the colonel of the corps with Hi Ping Yan, the mandarin, pompously advanced. Mr. Lane at once sailed into them. What do you mean 1" he cried in the Chinese language. "Don't you know that you will lose your heads for this if word is sent to These men are foreign ers, and under the protection of the Amer ican consul, and entitled to cerem_onious treatment at Yashu, which is a treaty port1" The Chinese military commander defer red to Ping Yan whose bigotry had not lessened one whit. "This is a time of war," he said, pomp ously. "In defense of the Empire the sub jects of the Emperor demand the use of this flying-ship. With it we can whip the Ja:panese." But it is the property of an American and under the protection of the American flag, declared Mr. Lane, vigorously. "Your Emperor does not want trouble with the United States of America. You have no right to trouble the air-ship." The doggedness of the mandarin was not inclined to yield. He replied, obstinately : "If the flying-ship is not surrendered at once every man aboard her shall be be-headed." The rage of Mr. Lane knew no bounds. He stormed and raved and threatened. But it seemed to do no good. Frank, however, now turned and gripped his hand. '"I thank you for your intervention," he said. "I see no way to avoid bloodshed. But do not fear. The Air-Dragon can take care of itself." Mr. Lane and the representative of the American colony withdrew from the A<;_uare. Frank had called Barney and Pomp aboard. He went to the fopward gun. "Will you give them a shot, Frank 1" asked Tattle. "They certainly deserve it." "Only as a last resort," said the young inventor, grimly, "but it really looks as if it would be necessary." But at that critical moment the keen eye of the young owner of the air-ship saw a way out of the difficulty. He was not slow to seize it. He sprang to the gun, and. turne.i its muzzle full upon the huge cables which bound the ship to the earth. Several of these Barney and Pomp had succeeded in cutting. It occurred to Frank that he might sever the ot)lers with an electric bomb. There was no time to lose. The Chinese soldiers were coming to the charge. In another moment a number of them were at the rail. But Frank at that moment fired the gun. The dynamite projectile struck the cables and cut them instantly. There was a terrific explosion and then the air-ship sprung upward. Several. of the Chinese soldiers were clingin!l' to the rail. Some of them re linquished their hold and dropped. But a few waited and were in a twinkling a feet in the air. Frank and Tattle shouted to them to hold on, but they were so overcome with terror that they did not obey and suddenly dropped. When they struck the earth they were pulp. It was a horrible fate. But the aerial voyagers could not feel that they were to blame. The air-ship was released fro.m its most perilous pos1 tion. "We've !1;iven them the go by this time," cried Tattle, but really that old mandarin deserved a kicking for his perversity." Frank smiled, for he understood well enough why Tattle was disappointed at having to leave Yashu so soon. Pretty Myrtle Lane could have told much more about It, 23 CHAPTER XXXII. THE FUGITIVE. THE air-ship hovered over Yashu but a few moments. Then Frank headed it up the c..>ast. Now for Pekin !" he cried ; then we will,cross over to Japan, and after that What 1'' asked Tattle, eagerly. "Home, if it is feasible." "It really looks as if we had accom plished about all we shall be able to here," said Dr. Vaneyke; "the interests of the colony at Yashu now seem to be all right." "That is what I was thinking of," said Frank. I see nothing more to detail& us." ;,: "I am satisfied," said Tattle, with averted face, "but-er-by the way--" "Well1" "Is there any possibility of returning to Y ash u before we leave 1" Why 1" asked Frank, roguishly, "did you leave any valuable article there 1" "N-no," said the young reporter, on easily h. "it's all right. I'm willing to go along ome any time." Frank and Dr. Vaneyke exchanged glances and smiled. Then they separated. Barney and Pomp were delighted with the prospect of being homeward bound he fore many days. Begorra, I can't say as I'm afther bein' dead sthnck on these pig-tailed haythins," declared the Celt. "I'd a heap rather pay a visit to ould Oireland." "Golly I de State ob Georgy am OOd nuff fo' me," declared Pomp. "I jes sot mah life by dat." The air-ship made rapid progress up the coast. After a while though, Frank changed its course inland, and in a direction which he reckoned would bring him eventually to Pekin. This was the first time that the voyagers ohad been away from the coast, and the in terior of China certainly presented a vast ly different aspect. The country seemed quite thickly se&. tied, and villages were frequent and quite large cities not uncommon. But yet there was certain wild tracks of country passed over, and it was after sev eral hupdred miles had been covered that the first exciting incident occurred. The air-ship was passing over a mighty extent of jungle, when they saw a large detachment of Chinese soldiers all march ing in order. At first this held no significance for Frank Reade1 Jr., but as Tattle continued to study the oand of warriors he suddenly cried: "Hello, Frankl her-e's a go!" "Eh 1" exclaimed Frank, in surprise. "What is it r There are some of the ch&.ps in that army who captured Mut Su." In an inant Frank was at the rail. "You don't mean it!" he gasped. "Look for yourself !" Frank became at once satisfied that Tat tle was right. He drew a deep breath. "Poor Mut Sui" he exclaimed, "he was a go.od fellow, if he was a Jap. It cannot be that he is as he would be with them as a prisoner." "Perhaps he is somewhere among them," said Dr. Vaneyke; "have you looked very sharp 'I" But the keenest scrutiny did not reveal Mut Su. The logical conclusion therefore was that he had been executed by the Chinese who had captured him, despite their declaration that they intended to carry him to Pekin a prisoner of war. The Chinese army had seen the air-ship, and all seemed to be regarding it with something like excitement. One of their officers made signals with a flag. But Frank did not answer them. "I don't propose to take any chances by descending there, he said. I've had all to do with the ignoramuses that I intend to have. Confound them!" "That's where your head is level, Frank," agreed Tattle; "but I'd just like to know whether they really killed poor MoL Su or not." They probably would not gratify us


with the information if we asked it of them," said Frank. "I daresay. Well, I've no doubt China will be a great country some day, but she must first emerge from tbe cloud of igno ranee and fanaticism which is her bane. This war may mean her regeneration." "Indeed I believe it will," declared Frank, with conviction; "but-Hello! what is The air-ship had passed nearly a mile beyond the Chinese army and wa, passing over a clearing in the jungle. And m the clearing a scene was beheld which caused all the wildest kind of a thrill. A hundred or more Chinese soldiers were tearing through the jungle as if in quest of some one. In the very center of the clearing stood a lone man who was dancing and leaping and waving his arms at the air-ship. For a moment the aerial voyagers were literally dumfounded. Then Frank gasped : "Upon m;r word that looks like--" "Mut Sui' yelled Tattle. "It is!" screamed Dr. Vaneyke. "Low er the air-ship!" Barney in the pilot-house heard the cry. Instantly he turned off the current. Down sank the air ship. Mut Su was behaving like a wild man. His joy at once more being able to join the aerial voyagers seemed beyond all control. When the Air Dragon touched the ground, he rushed into Frank Reade, Jr.'s arms wiMly. "Don't let me fall into their hands again!" he cried. "By the soul of my father my escape was a llliracle. The gods sent :you to my aid just in time. Ah, look! There they come after mel" From the jungle the pursuing Chinese soldiers sprung. They had seen the air ship descend and suspectedthe cause. But Frank cried: "Don't you be afraid, my Japanese brother. They shall not take you. Up with the ship, Barney!'' Up sprung the air ship, leaving the baf fled Chinese below. Then Mut Su told the thrilling story of his captivity and his escape. 'rhe aerial voyagers listened with deepest interest. "I was delivered up to Gen. Chang!" he said, "and the orders were to take ine to Pekin to receiv e my sentence of 1leath from the lips of the emperor himself. "It seems that there is a rich bounty upon all prisoners of my rank, delivered alive in Pekin. What my fate would have been if I had not escaped you can imagine." "They would probably have flayed you alive!" ventured Tattle; "they are quite of it, I doubt not." Exactly!"' agreed Mut Su, "but I kept my wits about me, and was resolved toes cape il I could. So several miles back here in the jungle I managed to twist my wrists out of the rope which bound them. "Then I the big swo'rd of the nearest sold1er and sent him spinning with a cuff over the ear. Before the others could reach me, I had cut down three sol diers near me, and then made a. bold dash for the jungle and for life.'' CHAPTER XXXIII. OVER THE CHINESE CAPITAL. "I WAS successful," continued Mut Su, with flashing eyes. "One Son of the Sun is a match for four of those lazy Chinese dogs. Almost before they knew it I was hid deep in the jungle. "You know the rest. I ran on and on, keeping well out of their way. They could not catch me, and here I am.'' "It was a. plucky deed," cried Frank, "and reflects credit upon you. But you are safe with us now." "Good!" cried the envoy, joyfullyi "and you will fulfill your promise to vis1t Japanr "I will!'' This filled Mut Su with delight. He did not demur at the proposed visit to Pekin. "It is well to havd a look at the Chinese capital," he said. "Before many da?,s it will be the <>roperty of my own FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. "Then you anticipate victory for your nation asked Tattle. "I do!" replied the envoy, confidently. "Thus far our people have met with sweeping victory. It is the cry now: On to Pekin!' Once the capital is ours you will see that China shall have a new future." "In that case," cried the reporter, "the war will be a. benefit to China. It would not be so bad an idea if both nations were united under one dynasty." But Mut Su shook his head. "I fear yo u will not see that," he said. "I hardly think our pEIe city and near a. mighty pago da. with flowering gardens, was a rich ret inue and train of servants carrying upon their shoulders a richly dra.!Jed litter. In this beneath a slanting silken curtain, was a. Chinaman. He was truly the emperor. The emperor's train had come to a halt and his mightiness even was looking up at the ip. There came up above the 1 oar of the city the hideous din of gongs and trumpets in the temples. The denizens of Pekin were all certainly of the opinion that the dogs of Japanese, aided by the evil spirits had come upon some flying warship to devastate and de stroy their capital city. It was therefore but natural that the great capital of China should become convulsed with deadly fears and apprehen sions. Troops of soldiers were scurrying about, guns be!!'an to boom, m.ighty shell sailed up and burst directly under the air-ship. The Dragon gave a lurch and began to fall. CHAPTER XXXIV. ADIEU TO PEKIN. As the shell burs t under the air-ship for a moment it rocked and pitched violently, and then began to fall. A fearful cry of horror went up from the voyagers. It was a thrilling and critical moment. The result of falling into the streets of Pekin at that excited moment was not to be easily reckoned. Certainly it would mean serious for all, Mut Su especially "My God! cried Frank Reade, Jr., rush ing to the pilot house. "What has hap pened 1 Send her up again, Barney! Has the machinery given But in that moment the situation was luckily reversed. The air-ship suddenly ceased .falling and began to rise. Frank sprung into the pilI'Obably get word to the Emperor, and he will send forth an edict that you may descend with safety." "That will mean much trouble and


FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. bother," cried Tattle. "Are you particu larlv anxious to descend, Frank1" "Bv no means," replied the young in ventor, quickly. "My wish was simply to in some way assure the Emperor that we are friendly." "'IVhy not drop a written message, then 1" asked Dr. Vaneyke. "Would they be able to read it 1" "They might take it to some European resident who could,"suggested Mut Su. But Frank finally hit upon what he be lieved to be the best plan. The air-shiJ? hovered over the Chinese capital until directly o<:er that part where were the residences of the foreign element. The foreigners could be seen gathered in groups before their houses, and all engaged in watching the air-sl:ip. Frank let the Air-Dragon descend as low as he-dared, and then he leaned over the rail and waved the American flag. A wild cheer came up from below, and then an English and American flag were both raised on a staff in reply. The signal was understood. But the Chinese were invading the for eign quarter in every direction. It was evidently not going to be safe for the Drag on to descend as yet. Frank now brought a simple telegraph sounder from the cabin and attached it to a wire which he proceeded to lower to the gr6'und. The other end of course was connected with the battery and another instrument. As it happened, in the crowd below was a. telegrapher who made no difficulty in at once establishing communication with the air-ship. "You are Americans 1" came the query over the wire, "Yes!'' Frank replied. "No other nation could have solved the problem of aerial navigation. Does your air-ship belong to the "Not" replied Frank, "it is a private in vention and private property. We came to this country for the purpose of afford ing protection to the beleaguered American colony at Yashu. Is your position threat ened 1" "Not as yet," was the reply. "Although I would not advise you to make a landing here. It might aggravate the ignorant fears and pl'.ejudice of the Chinese. It is hard to make them think that newcomers are not foes." "Then it will hardly be safe for us to "Hardly." We then send you greeting and trust that you will become involved in no seri ous trouble with the heathens." "I don't think we will, for we are under the protection of the emperor here. We return the greeting cordially. I am John Kane, secretary to the American Consul. May I ask your name 1" "I am Frank Reade, Jr., the owner and inventor of tbe Air Dragon. I have on board Dr. Vaneyke of Washington, scientist< Vandyke Tattle, of New York, corre spdndent, my two men, Barney and Pomp, and the Japanese envoy, Mut Su." '' Then that is all the more reason why I hardly think it would be safe for you to come down. Should it become known that one of your party was a Japanese official not one of-you would escape alive." I believe you are right," returned Frank. "And thank you for the warning. I bid you adieu !" Then he drew up the wire and turning to his expectant companion, said: "We-shall have to forego the pleasure of any sort of a sojourn in Pekin. It will mean nothing but.trouble for us and that we can hardly afford," -Right I" cried Tattle. I for one am satisfied." "We don't want to take undue risk!" said Dr. Vaneyke, reluctantly. I tell you, gentlemen," cried Mut Su, heartily, "come to Japan and we will promise r,ou safe conduct and a hearty welcome.' There was a moment'fi silence. Then Frank said : "Is there a unanimous sentiment to that effect1" "Yes," was the chorused reply, and Barney, at a signal from Frank started the air-ship to the southward. Pekin and f its curious buildings began to fade away in the distance. There was some disappointment felt by Dr. Yaneyke, who had been anxious to study life in the Chinese capital. But when he recalled the fact that Japan would afford .him an excellent field, and Corea as well, he was content. Until nightfall the air-ship .liept on its way toward the coast. It was determined to cross the Gulf of Pe ChiLi, which was really the theater of naval events between the two nations. From the Shantung Promontory it was not a great distance across the Yellow Sea to Corea, and thence they might proceed southward to Japan. Until a late hour the voyagers sat up on deck listening to music made by Barney and Pomp with their banjo and fiddle. The air was balmy, and the night though dark was quiet and restful. But finally allt1etired, leaving Barney on guard. The Celt had set the lever of the air-ship so that an even speed and altitude was maintained. This left him at liberty to sjt out on deck and enjoy the balmy breeze. He seated himself by the rail and lit his pipe. Gradually he dropped into a spell of reverie. As it was hardly likely that the air-ship could strike an obstruction Barney felt no fears of any kind. A couple of hours drift ed by. TI:ien the Celt was aroused in a peculiar manner. He heard the distant sound of voices. They seemed to come from the air above. Startled, the Celt sprung up. He glanced upward aL the same moment. His heart almost stood still with the spec tacle which he beheld. Down from the upper regions a mons trous object which seemed to have a pair of terrible fieryeyes was descending. It was commg straight for the air-ship and must certainly strike it. A yell of wildest terror escaped the Celt's lips. "Och, worra, worra, wud yez come quick, 'Misther Frank. Shure the divil is afther us intoire)y !" CHAPTER XXXV. THE CHINESE AERONAUTS, BuT despite his terror Barney was not wholly devoid of ideas. He made quick action. Be pressed the electric button which alarmed the ship. Then he sprang to the search-light. He threw its rays upward and a startling sight it was, indeed, which he beheld. There hangin12: directly over the air-ship was a monster balloon. The two Jiery eyes Barney had seen were lanterns. But the balloon was sinking and straight down upon the air-ship. If it became en tangled with the rotascopes the result might be serious for all. Barney yelled at the top of his "Whurroo, yez omadhouns! Don t yez see that yez will be afther running into Kape off fer the loifil av yez!" An answer came back from the car :>f the balloon, but it was in an unintelligible tongue. At this moment Frank Reade, Jr., and the other members of the air-ship's crew sprang on deck. What's the Frank cried. But a glance showed him all. A cry of alarm escaped the lips of all. "We are swamped!" Tattle. "Keep off there." "Keep off!" shouted Frank. "Lower the ship, Barney-quick!" The Celt obeyed, but it was too late. The huge car of the balloon settled between the rotascope shafts, and then the upper silken structure was punctured by the revolving blades. Down it settled over the rotascopes in a cloud, and completely blocked them. The machinery whirred and buzzed, and would have gone to smash had not Barney shut off the current. The Air Dragon, hampered and weight ed thus, began to fall. It was a moment of horror! Fortunately, however, the descent was not rapid, for the vas' t expanse of silk made a sort of parachute. Should the air-ship strike the earth, however, there was a likelihood that the shock would damage the machinery. 'rhere were two men in the car, and they were spilled unceremoniously down upon the deck. 'rhey were Chinese. There .was .no time, however, for parley or explanations. The air-ship was falling -where1 Barney had presence of mind enough to turn the search-light down ward. 'rhen it was a thrilling spectacle which rewarded the gaze of all. Below them was water-a vast expanse. A great cry of horror went up. "We are lost!" groaned Dr. Vaneyke, "the weight of the balloon car will carry us to the bottom!" Frank Reade, Jr., was perhaps the cool est of all. He knew that unhampered by any serious weight, the air-ship could not sink. To get rid of this endangering weight was then the Jirst move. He seized an ax, and cried: "Give help, all! We must get that car overboard!" A cheer went up. Seizing axes, hatchets, chisels or whatever keen-edged tool could be found, the aerial voyagers attacked the balloon car. To cut away the ropes was the first nwve. But this had barely been accom plished when the air-ship struck the water. There was a shock which nearly pros trated everyone. Then water began to rush over the air-ship's deck. It was a thrilling and critical moment. Not one on board but believed that his last hour had come. It seemed certain that the air-ship must sink, perhaps, in a hundred or more feet of water. But fortune yet decreed in favor of the voyagers. The air-ship went to the bottom of the lake of water, for it was a lake into which they had descended. But the water was shallow, not more than three or four feet deep. The larger part of the deck was, therefore, exposed. The aerial voyagers did not drown, but it was some while before they were able to fully understand the situation. Then Barney flashed the search-light about in all directions, and it was seen just how things were. The shores of the lake were some dis tance away, The shallow spot in which the air-ship had fortunately struck, was seemingly near the center of the little body of fresh water. But water filled the hold of the air-ship and must necessarily do some damage to the machinery. To get rid of the weight which held the Dragon down was now eer tainly the most necessary move. So the aerial voyagers at once began to cut the cumbersome basket of the balloon to pieces. As fast as it was dismembered it was thrown overboard. The two Chinese aeronauts who were much bewildered at the situation, had re mained by the cabin, apparently some what in doubt as to the result of their pe culiar ad venture. Here they remained curious spectators until the air-ship was freed of its incum brance. Then pumps were put to work and the water taken out of the hold and the Dragon floated. Fortunately the rotascopes were found to be not badly injured. The clogging remnants of the silk bag of the ballcoll. were carefully removed. But they were not as yet put into use for they needed some repairmg, and t .be machinery as well must be put in order. So Frank decided to let the air-ship float on the surface until daylight should come. "Well!" cried Tattle, with a long breath of intense relief. "We out of that scrape most fortunately, dtdn't we 7" "You are right," agreed Dr. Vaney,k:e. but where are the authors of all this mischieH" The two Chinese aeronauts were seen cowering somewhat fearfully by the cabin, :Frank Reade, Jr. went up and spoke to them. But they did not understand the English tongue and made unintelligible reply,


, ,, 26 "I can't make them understand," cried Frank. Where is Mut Sur The Japanese envoy came forward at once. Here I am !" he replied, and he addres sed the aeronauts in Chinese. 'J'he eff ect was exciting. Recognizing in the Japa nese one of their sworn foes, the Chines e aeronauts drew their swords and with an gry cries made a rush at him. 1'hat mo ment might have been Mut Su's last. CHAPTER XXXVI. OVER THE GULF OF PE CHI LI, BuT Frank Reade, Jr., seized a stout iron bar, and springing betwee n the aero nauts and their would he victim beat their swords down. "Hold!" he cried, angrily. "This is no place for warfare!" Mut Su had retreated and now addre ss ed the Chinese ap;ain in their tongue, ex plaining the situation to them. at once altered matters. The a eronauts put up their swords, and accepting the truce talked fre ely wit. h MutSu. The envoy obtained from them an ex planation of their appearance in m that section. 'fheir nalne they g as Hi Li and Pin Chow. They were the makers and owners of the balloon, and it had been merely an experimen-thefr part. Th ever qreamed of the existence of the orof fallinp: witblotlier aeronpts or voyager'> of the au-. Indeed they did not seem at all pleased with the contingency which had arisen. They were not inclined to be social, or even friendly, and seemed to have but one desire, and that was apparently to get out of the vicinity as quickly as possible. Frank saw this at once, and satisfied that they had not made an aerial ascension for the purpose of wrecking the airs hip, was disposed to let them go: HiLi and Pin explained. that they had not intended to run mto the air-ship. But their balloon had become unmanagea ble and bad begun to sink. They had been unable to prevent its col lision with the air-ship. Satisfie d that they spoke the truth, Frank said to Mut Su: "Tell them we wish them no harm. They can go ashore at any time they please if they know of any way to get there." Mut Su imparted this information to the Chinese aeronauts At once they started for the rail of the air-ship. "Where are you asked the as tonished envoy. They explained in their native tongue that they were able and willing to swim ashore. all that .. gasped Mut Su. By way of reply the aeronauts cleared the rail and were quickly out of They swam with the ease of wate r duclrs. And this was the last seen of them. Un til morning the air-ship .floated on the sur face of the little lake. But all hands were busy all that while drying and cleaning the machinery. .A.t daybreak the Air-Dragon once more ready for flight. She wa$ not much the worse for the thrilling experience which might hav e been her destruction. Up from the water she rose like a mighty w a t e r fowl. Once more a cours e was set to the eastward. Suddenly as the aerial navigators were at the rail Frank cried: "Yonder is the Yellow River or the great Hoang Ho." "The Yellow River!" cried Dr. Vaneyke, "that i s the mighty stream whose course was chanF:ed." "Indeed!" exclaimed Tattle. "Itusedto empty'into the Yellow Sea, but now discharges its muddy current into the Gulf of Pe Chi Li." "Why was the course of the river changed .. asked Tattle. "For some purpose, I be lieve," replied tlie scientist. "Doubtless to a region nearer the capital, and perhaps more productive." FRANK READE, JR., IN JAPAN. "It mus t been an exciting time when the current of the mighty stream was diverted," declared Tattle. "Indee d it was!" As they nearer the river now a mighty stretch of country was spread to view. Upon the shores of the Rtream, upon is! ands in its midst, and vast low-lying tracts bordering there were great planta tions of rice. Upon the river current were thousands of sampans or small bo ats. In large coves, or bayous, there were innumerable small houses built upon sta.kes driven in the mud. "These people are regular water birds!" cried Tattle. Dr. Vaneyke laughed. "Now," he said, .YOU can understand why thos e fellows were so willing to swim ashore last night." I The air-ship drifted along down the course of the Hoang-Ho. Wonderful sights were spread below. But finally the boundless waters of the sea burst into view. "The Gulf of Pe-Chi-Lil" declared Frank. "To our right is the Promontory of Shan tung. (Jpon that promontory we shall see the great fortress Wei-HaiWei.'' Out over the great Chines e gulf the air ship drifted along the coast of Shantung for hours. Tllere were myriads of Chinese craft upon the waters of the gulf. But little was seen of war ships. Suddenly Frank called attention to dis tant smoke upon the horizon. Also a faint sound of thunder could be heard. "I believe there is a naval battle going on off there!" he declared. It certainly sounds like it." "Indeed!'' cried Tattle, eage rly. "Let us bear down that way!" "(Jghl" exclaimed Dr. Vaneyke. "I don't know about that. Our experience thus far has been rather unpleasant with naval engagements." "But we need not get within reach of the guns!" pleaded Tattle. "All right," agreed Frank. "We will see what is on!" So the air-ships course was changed ; she bore down toward the distant cloud of smoke. And as she drew nearer, suddenly above the horizon, the forms of the battling ships could be seen. There were six vessels in all, three Japane&e and three Chinese. Theywere iron clads. As they carried modern rapid fire guns, the din was most tremendous. Shells were bursting in the air, and hot shot were rico chetting over the waves in all directions The air-ship drew as near the scene as possible, and the voyagers observed the battle scene through powerful glasses. It was, indeed, a wonderful exciting. spectacle. CHAPTER XXXVII. AN EXCITING SEA FIGHT. WORDS can hardly describe the situation in all its lurid fierceness, its >ivid detail, its roaring, thunderous magnitude. A sea fight between modern ironclads is a spectacle once seen never to be forgot ten. The aerial voyagers, suspended at a safe distance in air, could with impunity view the mighty scene as the six vessels poured iron death into each other. Three were Chinese, and three Japanese. Far to the southward was the Shanting Promolltory and theforts ofWei-Hai-Wei. But these forts w ere far out of range, and could take no part in that fearful duel in the Gulf of .t'e Chi Li. The impact of the heavy shot against the s+.out armor of the ships could be heard even at that distance, and Dr. Vaneyke could not help an exclamation: "Upon my word, I don't see what pre vents thos e ships from going to the bot tom in short order. The armor mus t be of stout stuff." "Indeed, I was thinking of that same thing myself," declared Tattle, with his in evitable note-book in band. "This is in though, for the fact that iron-clads of this type are meeting in b a ttle fot" the first time.'' Mut Su was leaning over the rail, watch ing the battle earnestly and apparently praying for the success of his countrymen. For w.hile the battle rag e d At times the dense clouds of smoke n ear ly hid the vessels from vi e w. Suddenly one of tlie J a p a n ese vessel s was seen to lis t badly. A groan burst from Mut Su. He was terribly excited. When an ironclad gets a wound of serious sort, its career is terminated very speedily. Unlike a wooden vessel, it cannot flo a t until water .logged, but must g o to the bot tom at once. And so it was with the crippl e d cruiser It was in sight but a few moments Ianger. As it went beneath the waYe s, it s ee m e d as if all the other were concen tratiniZ their fire upon it. There was a terrific exfllosion which might have been the vess e l s magazine or the upheaving of her decks and then the water shot up many feet into the air in a. column and all was over. That is, so fat" as that vessel was con cerned. But the others continued ham merlng at each other vigorously. It was now three to two, and the advantage largely with the Chinese. While their vessels were warships, the Japanese craft were cruisers. Matters looked dark for Japa n. Mut Su began to pace the d eck violently He was in a very much ex,cited frame of mind. "Ob, if I could only be there for a moment," he exclaimed. "They need more spirit, more snap. Confound them! They must not let those dogs of Chinese whip them!" Shot and shell flew thick and fast. Smoke so enveloped the contending ves sels that for a time little of them could be seen. Then a great cry went up. .'Whurroo!'' cried Barne y. "Shure i t s the Chinese as get it in the neck this toime." This was true. One of the Chinese ships, battered all to a wreck, drifte d out of the circle of smoke. It did not sink, but it was unable to fir e a gun or to use its machinery. It was now even up between the combatants. How the contest might have ended it i s difficult to guess. But at this moment four more Chinese vessels suddenly loomed u p on the scene, from the direction of W e i HaiWei. Of course this put a new face on matters at once. The Japanese were valorous, bu. t the y would have been worse tha n fools to have endea.VIored to hold their own with such overpowering numbers. Their proYince now was to extricate themselves from the muddle they were in as and quickly a s possible. This they fortunately were enabled tcr dQ, for the fact that their vessel s were cruiser s and consequently lighter and swifter than the Chinese. Swiftly they drew out of the conflict yet dealing telling shots all the while. The triumphant yells of the Chinese could be heard even at that upon the deck of the air ship. "Hurrah for the brave Japanese!" cried Tattle, "they are drawing out of the scrape wonderfully w e ll. All honor to your countrymen, Mut Su.'' "'fhank 7ou !" replied the envoy wit h pleasure. Your expression of good will IS very kind. I hope our men will do their duty, even though they may b e defe a t ed.'' "They can easily outrun those bi g warships!" declared Dr. Vaney k e Ah, but that is not all," cri e d Frank, "they must outsail those other ships which seem bound to hem them in." This was seen to be a thrilling fact. Th e new-coming ships bad spread out to inter cept the escape of the Japanese ve s sel s from the Gulf.' Matters began to look doubly exciting. The Japanese cruisers had no trouble in running away from the big war-ships But among the Chinese new-comers were several fast sailing vessels. So that it now became a race between


theu, and an exciting race it was to be sure. Our aerial voyagers watched it with br-eathless interest. The Japanese cruisers crowded on all steam. The Chinese vessels pressed in to intercept them. As they drew closer, a running fire was kept up. The Japanese responded, but they were obliged to crowd in nearer to the shore to avoid being cut off This was just what the Chinese wanted! as ill would force the J aps nearer to Wet Hai Wei and the heavy and deadly guns of the fort. Matters looked black for Japan. But Mut Su only smiled grimly, and said: "You will see. Some of those Chinese ships will go to the bottom." The words had barely left his lips when an incident occurred which explained what he meant to the others. Suddenly, and with lightning swiftness one of the cruisers changed its course. Straight for a Chinese war-ship it head ed, and before the unwieldlv craft could get out of the way, there was a terrific crash and the cruiser's ram had pierced its armor like cheese. A ringing yell went up from the cruiser's deck as the Chinese sbtp iiropped astern, and began to fill. In a few moments she went to the bottom. This changed the complexion of things at once. The other Chinese vessels were wise enough to keep aloof, and contented them selves with hurling shot at the swift ad versaries which bad as little effect upon them water upon the back of a duck. The two cruisers scurried to sea with a lucky escape from a bad trap. They were soon but specks upon the horizon. While the Chinese fleet pulled itself together and began to count its hard knocks and bruises. It was not exactly a victory for them, though they had driven the invaders away. They had lost two of their best vessels, which was no ligbtmatter. The Japanese had lost one. Altogether it had been a plucky .::om bat on both sides, and the aerial voyagers gave a cheer for Japan aut of honor to their dis tinguisbed friend and fellow passenger, the envoy Mut Su. CHAPTER XXXVIII. THE SERPENTS' DEN. THE air-ship nowfloated on andover the fortifications of WeiHai Wei. These were of great interest. All were suPprised at their extent. They were really the most powerful fort ifications in that part of the world. It seemed as if they ought to be impregnable. "Your people will have trouble to cap ture that place, Mut Su," said Tattle to the envoy. But Mut Su smiled. Wei Hai Wei will be in the possession of Japan within a month!'' he declared. And his prophecy was fulfilled as after events proved. The air-ship kept well up out of the way of the fortifications so that no stray shot might reach it. But with a powerful glass. all could plainly be seen below. After an hour spent thus in study of these wonderful defenses, the Air-Dragon stood .out to sea. "Now for fair Japan!'' said Frank. Mut Su was delighted. "You shall see what a welcome our peo pie will give you!" he declared; "the em peror will do you honor!"' The Air-Dragon made rapid progress across the Yellow Sea, and in a few hours land once more came to view. This as all knew was the cast of Corea. Now Corea is one of the strangest na tions on the face of the earth. It is the land of 9.ueer customs, odd peo ple, and curious reltgious prejudices. Dr. Vaneyke was interested in the project of crossing the peninsula. "Keep as near the earth as possible, will you Frank 1" he asked. "I would like to study up the manners and customs of some of these queer people." Frank agreed to do this. FRAN K READE, JR., IN J APAN I But as the air-ship got fairly inland, J darkness began to shut down. As Dr. Vaneyke's desire could not be gratified after dark it was decided to select some good' spot and camp until daylight should come again. Mut Su, of course, regretted the loss of time, but yet did not demur. '!'hey were now some distance inland, and in a wild region, where it was believed that there were no inhabitants. It was not known that the inhabitants would be unfriendly, yet it was deemed best not to run any risk, for Mut Su de clared that there was no little peril to be incurred. '!'he spot selected for the camp was In the verge of a deep jungle. The Air-Dragon rested upon the soft earth by the bank of a little stream. It was believed that the tall grasses of the j ungle would effectually hide the air ship's lights, and that they would be safe from detection here. Barney and Pomp collected some fuel and started a fire to keep away the gnats and poisonous flies which infested the air. The air was balmy and soft, and ail de lighted in sitting out on deck until a late hour. They smoked and converse1 in a jolly way until near midnight. Then Dr. Van eyke arose and said: "Come, boys, let's go to bed!" But at that moment Pomp, who bad strolled aft along tbe deck, came running back with a yell of terror. "Fo' de Lor' sakes!" he gasped. "Sabe dis chile!'' "What's the matter with demand ed Frank sharply. The excited darky sought refuge behind Frank and cried: "Massy, Lordy! Dis chile am 'fraid ob a snake! Fo' de Lox' sake, look out fo' yo'se'f, Marse Frank!" At that moment Frank, as well as the others, saw the cause of the darky's alarm. A sinuous form was wriggling across the deck. A great cry went up : "A snake!" Barney threw the search-light along the deck. The sight was an astounding one. There was the monster reptile coiled with the cry of warning. Back of him, and having con:e aboard by means of the gangway, were a score of others. They literally lined that side of the deck. It was a startling sight. They were hissing and darting their sav age heads hither and thither in an angry manner. "'!'he cobra!" exclaimed Mut Su. "We have dropped into a nest of them!" '!'his was the literal truth. '!'his deadly reptile, the curse of the Orient, is especially prevalent in the jun-gles of Corea. The reptiles bad been attracted from all parts of the jungle by the bright lights of the air ship. "Mercy on us!" exclaimed Vandyke Tat tle, retreating to the cabin door. "I can't say that I want to make their acquaintance Barney, who was more courageous, picked up a club. "Begorra, I'll foix the hastes!" he cried. But Mut Su interposed. "No, no!" be cried "Don't attempt it! If they strike you, it will be your death!" "Bejabers, I'll not give them toime!" cried the Celt. "Ah, but you cannot be quick enougl.r. They will strike you. An ordinary club won't kill one of them," "Stand back, Barney," commanded 1 Frank. We can' t afford to lose you But bow are we to get rid of the reptiles f' "Ugh!" exclaimed Tattle. "I say that I want them for bed-fellows." "Nor me either!'' said the doctor. At this moment Pomp came out or the cabin with a shot gun. He fired at one of them, and blew him into fragments. Several were dispatched in this manner. But more w:ere coming up tbe gapg plank, There seemed fully half abundred of them. 2'1 What was more, as Barnev flashed the search-light over the rail, the sight which was beheld was an appalling one. The ground was literally alive with the monsters. It seemed as if hundreds of them bad come out of the jungle. The air-ship was literally in a den of the serpents. Dr. Vaneyke and Tattle climbed upon chairs. Barney and Pomp retreated to the pilot-house. 5 In despair Frank turned to Mut Su, the envoy. "In mercy's name, what are we going to he cried. ".How shall we get rid of "I should think the first and best. move would be to get out of this vicinity,'' said. the envoy. "Right!" cried Frank. He sprang into the pilot house. A touch at the lever and the air-ship sprang into the air. Some of the serpents tumbled back to the earth, but there were yet fully half a hundred upon the deck. How were these to be got rid This was a question which for a time puzzled the aerial voyages. To shoot them would mean a tremendous expendJ.ture of 1lowder and shot. But Frank 1\eade, Jr. s inventive faculties came to tile rescue. "I have it!" be cried. He at once proceeded to put .}:tis ideas in-to execution. 1t very speedily became a somy moment for the cobras that they bad found the temerity t o invade the deck of the air shi p CHAPTER XXXIX. WHICH ENDS THE TALE. FRANK's theory was an original and an effective one. He procured a long wire from the cabin, and putting on some insulated gloves, connected it with the dynamos. This charged the wire so heavily that it must become destructive to human or ani mal life instantly, With this wire he was enabled to reach the reptiles at a safe distance. A touch of the wire was sufficient to kill each serpent in turn. They had but to strike it with their fangs to find little time to regret the procedure ti:.e next moment. One after another the reptiles were thus disposed of. Barney followed on behind a11d threw them overboard as fast as they were tlius killed. Consequently, in a very short time the deck was cleared. Tpe great peril wasdone away with. It need hardly be said that all drew a.. breath of relief. Tattle even would not be convinced that all were disposed of and persisted' in continuing the search. It was well that he did so, for one ef the reptiles was found later in the cabin where: it bad manl!,ged to crawl. It was dispatched, and then all retire

The flying air-ship was a marvelous ob ject to tne Japanese. The emperor was keenly delighted with it, and ventured to take a short sail in the clouds with Frank Reade, Jr. He offered a fabulous sum for it, or for the secret of its invention. But Frank smilingly declined, "I am an American," he said. "I can not sell you the secret. If I were to sell it ever, it must be to my own government. The emperor was bound to acknowledge this as loyal, despite his desire to own the air-shi p After be ing feted and d ined and honored to the extreme by the Japanese, Frank d e clared to his companions: "Well, now that we have accomplished all that we can in this part of the worl d, are you not all ready to go home r "Ay!" was the unanimous cry. "Any time that you wish to start, Frank." So, after biddinp; a ceremonious adieu t o the emperor, to M u t Su, and a,p Japane. se friends, the aerial voyagers went aboard the Air Dragon, Frank switched the lever on, and the air s h i p sprung into the air. Homeward bo u nd! Those are ever magic words, and after thei r long absence in for FRANK l{EAI>E, JR., IN JAPAN eign lands, the voyagers were all willing "Dough to get home. Across t h e Pacific the air ship held its way swiftly. Frank had decided to pro ceed at onc e to San Francisco direct. Tattle had announced h i s desire td take leave of the party at the Golden Gate. "Why sot" asked Frank, in surprise. "You will need to go to New York." "Yes, but I can go thither by rail." "But if you go with us to Readestown, y o u will save time and get to New York much q u icker." Tattle could not deny thiR, yet he still insisted upon being left at San Francisco. It was so m e while before he m ustered u p s u fficient courage to explain his reasons to F rank. 'You see," he finally confessed, "the Lanes are coming home and will be in San Francisco about that time. To tell the truth, Myrtle and I are to be married. "I congratulate you," said Frank warm lr,, "Our voyage has not been without its httle romance then after all, has it 1" Tattle blushed and thanked his friend, a n d t.he subject dropped. At Sat1 F r ancis co Tattle t ook leave of his fellow voyagers. Then the air-ship went on to Reades-town, where the voyagers were welcomed home. Dr. Vaneyke at once went on to Wash with his collection of specimens and SCientific data. Barney and Pomp were glad to get back to Readestown oace more, and were wel comed by many of their cronies. "Begorra, but I've no use any more fer the Chinese," declared Barney: "Shure Chiny is not in it wid Amenky at all at all "Dat am a trooful fac', sah," agreed Pomp. "I'se jes' sassifl.ed to stay right yer on Uncle Sam's ground," Frank proceeded to take the Air-Dragon apart and break her up, for she had stood a long voyage and would not be likely to go another like it. The delicate machinery had nigh wore out. But this did not disconcert him, for he at once began work upon another in vention fully as wonderful. Perhaps we ,shall be able to tell the reader what it is at some future day, and with your kind permission we will now write. (THE END, ) MULLIGAN'S BOARDING HOUSE. OUR SERVANT GIRLS. By "BRICKTOP." Prof usely ill ustra ted by 'l'HOMAS W OR1'H. Th is b o ok illustrates the Comic side of full of funny Ad ventures and Novel Situations, abo u nding in J okes and Origina l Sayings Pri ce 1 0 cents For sale by a ll newsdealers, o r we will send it t o you upon r e ceipt o[ price, Address FU.A.NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. TO EUROPE BY MISTAKE. By "BRICKTOP." Telling all about. how it happened. containing twe l v e illustrations by the great comic artist, 'l'HOllfAS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, o r we will send it t o you u po n re ceipt of price. Address FU.ANK T O USEf, P ublis h er, 2 9 West 26th Street, New York. JOINING THE FREEMASONS. 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A.) 1150 Daniel Boone s Best Shot; or, 'l'he Perils of the Kentucky Pioneers .. by John Sh erman 1151 The Parson' s Boy ; or, 'l'he Innocent On e of the F amily comic ... ......... by 'l'om Teaser 1152 The G ame Cock of Deadwood. A Story of the 'Wild Northwest ........ b;r Geo. G. Sma ll 1153 Randy Rollins, t h e Young Frreman. A Story of Heroic D eeds .... by Robert Lennox 11M Lit tl e Buffalo Bill; or, The Boy Scout of t h e Rio D e l Norte .... by Lieut. E. H. K e llogg 1155 The Lo s t Island. A Roma nr.e of a Forgot ten World ..................... .... b!, C Lit tl e 1156 The Sile11t Band ................. br, Non ame" 115 7 Kit Ca r son's Little S cout; or, 'lhe R enegad e's Doom ... ........... b y Gaston Garne 1158 Hook and Ladder Jac k the D aring Young Fireman .. ...... ............ by Hobert Lennox 115 9 'l'he M e n in Groe n ............... by No name" 1160 Y ellowstone K e lly ........ by R obert Maynard 1161 Captain Jack T empest, the Prince of t h e 1162 'iio.Y;8 :Fiib.t; Ti;..; bli:.!r o S c hool. ................... b y George G. Small 1163 Boardiiig School Sc r a; or, 'l'he Rackets of a Young V entriloquist. P>trt I.-comic .......................... by Tom T easer 1164 Boarding S c hool Scrapes; o r The Rackets of a Young Ventriloquist. P art. II. -comio ...... .................... by' Tom Teaser 1165 Lost on a Yacht or, The Adventures of Four American Boys ..... : .. by R. T. Emmet 1166 Rob Rudder, the Boy Pilot of the Mississipj)i. ........................... by P T Raymond 1167 On a Sinking Island ....... ....... by Kit Clyde 1168 Muldoon's Flats-comic ........ b y ,Tom Teaser 1169 The Hut in the Swamp;or, '!'he Mystery of Hal P ercy's Ea.te ........... by R. T. Emmet ,1170 and, Jed, the King Trappers of the BOrd e r .. ................ .... by P T. R aymond 1171 Clear the Track Tom; or, The Youngest Engineer on the Roa d ...... b y Albert J. Booth 1172 The Demon of the Deep; and Bene ath the Sea ... ...... by noward DeVere 1173 Larry the Life Saver; or, A Born Fire m a n by Rot>ert Lennox 117i The Island of Mystery; or, Adventures Unde r the Se a ........... by 1Ioward D eVere 1175 Gold burn, the Girl Guerrilla ......... .... by Morris R e d wing 1176 Dick Mizzen; or, 'rhe Cruise of the 'Cor-sair' ............. b y Richard R. Montgomery 1177 Yankee Bob, the Young Scout of the R! annock ..... ............ b y Ralph Morton 1178 'lhe Potomac Detective ... .. by Ralph Morton 1179 Union Dick in theRebe!Camp ............ by Philip Murdock 1180 Cavalry Jack at Murfreesboro .......... .. by Col. R alph Fenton 1181 Cavalry Jack in the Swamps ............... by Col. Ralph Fenton 1182 Sea-Dog Charlie; or, The Adventures of a Boy H ero ........ : ......... by w. I. Jame s Jr 1183 The Shortl"S on the Road; or. In the Old Business Just for Fun-comic by Peter Pad 1184 'l'he Haunted Cave ...... by Jas. D. Montague 1185 Infantry Dave, the Young S cout of the Wilderness ................ b y Ralph Morton 1186 Daniel Boone, the Hero of K e n tucky ..... by Paul Braddon 1187 Three Yankee Chums; or, Dr. Dodd's Ex ploring Expedition by Commodore AhLook 1188 Burt the Detective; or, A Sleuth-Hound 1282 Little Mac, the Boy Ralph Royal on the 'l'rack ... by Police Captain Howard 1263 The Marked Moccasin; or, Pand;r Ellis' 1189 'l'he Mysterious Messenger; or, 'l'he Secret Pard .... ......... . ...... by Marhne M anley of the Three Black Stars ... by Hart Barnard 1264 Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes 1190 The Gallant Middy; or, Captured by Pi 1265 Young Jack Harkaway Fighting the r a t e s .. ... ........ by Richard R. Montgomery Moors ... .......... .. by Brace bridge Hemyng 1191 M eta the Girl Crusoe; or, The Secret of 1266 Ferret, the Little Detective; or, 'l'he Man the Sea ..... ................. by Gus. WilliamR of lllany Faces ... by Police Captain Howard 1192 Under the Gallows ........ by aU. S. Detective 1267 Chased Around the World; or, 'l'he De 1193 'l'he Gold Hunters of Mexico; orJ.. 'l'he tective's Mistake ....... by a N. Y. D etective Prairie Phantom ............. by H. I.J. Emmet 1268 M aster of Himself; or, A Boy s Fight in 1194 Drifting Harry; or, Hoeing His Own Row the World ........... by Commodore AhLook by J. G Bradley 1269 Young Jack Harkaway and the Idols of 1195 A Trip to the Center of the Earth........... Gold ....... . . ... by Brace bridge Hemyng by Howard DeVere 1270 The Rival Scouts ................ by J. R. Scott 1196 Custer' s Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of 1271 On D eck; or, The Boy Pilot of Lake Erie the Ljttle Horn ..... ... by Col. J. M. Travers by How. ard DeVere 1197 Sh ady Dell School; or, Haps and Mishaps 1272 Secrets Under the Sea ......... by Kit Clyde f Sch Ibo L f b C t Will D t 1273 Young Jack Harkawa:)' and the Muti-1198 Dick on n eers ................. by Bracebridge Hemyng by J. R. Scott 1274 The Young Revenue Detective; or, 1199 Sawdust Charlie, the Pet of the Ring..... Among the :Moonshiners. by An Old Ringmaster by a Retired Detective 1200 The Blasted Pine, or, Three Boy Scouts... 1275 Long-Paw, the M ysterious Hunter ....... by Kit Clyde by C apt. Will Dayton 1276 The Young Engineer; or, Fighting Agains t 1201 The Boy Trapezist by a Former Professional Odd b H d D 1202 Little Nugget, the Pride of Leadville..... 1277 by Major J. Anderson Cripple Creek ..... .. by Brace-bridge Hemyng 1203 The Young Aeronaut ... ......... by Prof. 'Vis e 1278 The Sea Fiends; or, Under the Ocean ... .. U04 D enve r D a n and His Mystic Band. by C. Little by Howard Devere 1205 Denver Dan and the Road Agents. by C. Little 1279 Zola, the Old Trapper's Daughter ....... 1206 Denver Dan and' the Counterfeiters.... by R. T. Emmet by C. Little .1280 Fred Hazle; or, Adrift on a Floating Is! 1207 D enver Dan Outwitted; or, The Outlaw's and. by H. C Emmet '1' h b c L'ttl 1281 Young Jack Harkaway and the Pearl rmmp .. .. ........ .... ...... Y 1 e Divers of C e ylon .. .. by Brace bridge Hemyng 1208 D enver Dan the Sheriff ............ bkC. Little 1282 Stuttering Mose; or, The Old Scout of the 1209 D enver Dan to the Rescue; or, The ounR evolution ....... ..... by Gen. J. L. Johnston taineer's Strata'jm. by C. 1283 Captain Hurricane; or, The Waif of the Benve r is ....... gy g. f.Ule Wreck.., ................... .. by Aia.n Arnold 1 11 enver an m ew or ........ 1 e 10 The Young E(f,lorers. The Adventures of 1212 The 'l'win Boy Scouts .... by Percy B. St. John = 1213 Prairie Phil; or, 'l'he Panther of the Platte 'l'wo Boys in uatemala .. ........... .. ... by Harry Rockwood by Capt. 1\'ill D ayton 1214 Trapper Duke; or, The F e m ale Avenger. 1285 Young Jack Harkaway_ in the Land of by Jas. D. Montague Tigers ......... : .... by Bracebridge Hemyng 1215 Bl ack and Blue; or, Nick Wharton on the 1286 Denver Dan, Jr., and His Band of DeadW arpath .............. by Harry Rockwood 1287 'l'Shhocts .. : .. t t 'h" ;,-B-... t ;; by" Noname" 1?16 Little Hal the Boy Engineer e rmse o e eau Y ............. .. by Captain will':Dayton by Capt. Will Dayton 1217 The Pir&te's Son ... ...... b J. T. Brougham 1288 The Mad Man of the North Pole; or, The 1218 The Se arch for the" Midas' or, Treasures Boy Mazeppa of the Arctic Seas .... ..... from the' Dee p .. .. ......... by Gerald Fleming 1289 Young Jack Harkaway and the 1219 Gorilla G eorge; or, A New York Boy in India .... : ........... by Brace bridge Hemyng Afric a ..... .... ........ .. by J. L. 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Uy eter a 108 illy Moss; or, .L>'rom One 'l'hiug to Another, 139 Cons tn Harry; or, An English Boy in .a,1 f'.,,..6 74 An Old Boy ; or, !t1al oney After Educ a t i on, by l 'om P a :ti. bl': .. by To1n 'l'easer lQn Jack; or, On Board the 140 Coutjlll Harrl'; or, An EliRlieh Boy in .f, .1 ........ ,.,, 7 5 Tumbling 'fim; or, 'l'raveling With a Circus, ,. Part. I I bv ,..,1 by Peter Pad 110 l ired Fresh; or. A a Green as Grass by 'l'om l 'easer 141 A New Tommy Bounce; or,.Tbe Woi-1 '' 76 Judge Ole ary's Conn try C ourt, by 'l' o m T easer 111 rhe Deacon' s Boy; or, 'l'he Worst iu 'l'own, Lot. Part 1. by ,.., I 77 Jack R e ady'tt :Sohoo l S crapes, by Peter Plld 112 Johnny Brown & C o. At Scho ol, or, '1"\>bYePDeteearc_Pad 142 A N e w rc.muny Bounct: or, 'rhe Wor .. 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