Across the Milky Way; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great astronomical trip with his air-ship "The Shooting Star."

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Across the Milky Way; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great astronomical trip with his air-ship "The Shooting Star."

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Across the Milky Way; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great astronomical trip with his air-ship "The Shooting Star."
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earth was far away, and as yet invisible, o rays of the aun shot across the Star's dec]; l indeed in another world. A superL.tit onoress, at 1Vashi noton, JJ. C. or, Frank Reade, Jr. &reat Astronomieal Trip With His Air-Ship u The Shooting Star." to tbe bank of :fleecy clouds. The white cold e plain to the aerial voyagers th11.t they were person ._,ould have been d"eply impressed,


Address FRANK / A eros the .Way; OR, Reade, Great Astronomical With Hi .. The Shooting Star.'' f By "NONAME," Author of "'l'he Mysterious Brand,'' "The Black Lagoon; "The Desert of Dea.tb, CHAPTER"'!. A QUE!!TION OF s:JIENCE. PROFESSOR DUifDERBERRY DEAN, or tile Nalional School or Sciences, wus in a perfect whiriWIU\I of perplexity und balfied ell'ort. For several months he bud spent of his time at the mirror or the Society's huge telescopP, trying to compute the or a newly. discovered comet. The st.ranger bud almost in the zenith, and then bad of a sudden and wil\iout apology descended into the Milky Way and vanished. Now everybody familiar with that curious field or nebulous mat. ter which clouds the sky on starlit 01ghts from north to south. Owing to its white color and flowing appearance from time immemorial, it bas been known as the .M1Iky Way. Why the comet, by no m .. ans of the llrst m&l!:nitude, should hare vanished Into that immense. almost mllmte, tract or ne bulre, it ,as not easy for Professor Dumlerberry to guess. At any rate it was au unceremonious aud exceedingly act on the comet's part. Juet at tbe when the appellauon "Dunderberr.r comet'' would in the yieldi It was exasperating turn or affairs for the result be many nights or and the little of his heud grew Jlerceptibly larger. In the height of his mislorlune o1ber scientists cnllPd coo dolence. of them, a sumewhat zealous rivul, laughiogl id "I ahoulll charter an air ship and go up and Ond the come p;hit Donderbt!rry. A tr1p to tile Milky Way would be an explo would agitate the world.r Donderberry preteoded n&t to notice the sarcasm, but as be wearily away the words rang in his brain: "An air ship! Oh, if 1t were only possible I'' Then he recollected tbut such a would be utterly im>nooilll" What would support a forl!lgn bndy beyond the limit of phere-what wool1l kPep human life an i11stant at such a height? over, the air ship itself was as yet a chimera. TIJUS reftec:Uog he continued Ins blind und useiPBB study of the asperatiog maPs or neholons mutter, hoping 11!1. the while tilat comet would soddenly reveallrself. But it did not do r.o and time Wl!nt on. Dunderherry grew h and was ahoot to abandon the quest iu despair, when an nnlooked thing happenecl. One dny while m11)tA.,ng observations for spots on the son, be given a startling snrprf!e when a strange body lloated the or the telescope. For a11 instant he thought of an aerolite, but progress was too slow. He at once focused on the passing object and saw that it very near. In fact bot a few miles away. AI revealed in the glnssiJe gazed upon it In amazement. the words escaped hie lips: "Gren.t Aristotle! It lift-as I live It is an air ship I" Swiftly the air eb!p paned away beyond the horizon, Jfnderberry followed lt as far aa he with the telescops. Then he burat rroJ; t he nod Into the read 1 '110' rOilm lJe e V. Illes Of the da1Jy papers o" '1;1! scann .. Surl!ly tte news Y have an account of unything 80 un haq tho P 1t does not see'" t_o be the case. Wh 1e meuUoned the to others of Ins associates, they declare liLt they bad of the uml bet )lit his hack an opuuon that o .. au was gomg duft. --tnt the following day rurolshet\ a complete vluuicatioo. A local nlfi'Bpuper contulned tile following account: Quite a remarkllble spectacle was ull orded our citizens yesterday when Lhe air ship Shooting Star passed over our town. The mventor and owner, Frauk Rt!ulle, Jr., has achieved a wonderlul triumpu in aerial science, und tile hitherto impo F si'Jie feat of aerial navigation se"ms to have become au accomplished fact." M:ore and a som'8wha.t detailel! description or the Shooting Star w,as gtven-. derberry rf'ad it with I be deepest of interest. .elt a s_eeret at this clear viudicatiou of his and the is colleagues. Yet from that t he was m n state of unrest. -IVherE>ver he went the 1ision of the air ship ranthroog lsffilnd, the feasibility or a trip to some allitucle from whence he could recover the lost orbit of the comet continually suggesteu itself LO him. It gave him no peace day or rilgbt, and tinnily be decided npon a plnn of action. f He wrote a lel :ter to Frank Reade, Jr., explainiue; his posltiofe' asking if it were possible for the air ship to ascend a reaBP.._ .. u e tance tow:ud the space limit from whence batter o cou be made. In which event would be for pecuni onslderauon undertake such a C'IDtract. The repl y came Immediately bnek \n tlle shape or a telegram: "PROF E S SOR 0UNDERBERRY DEAN:-Yoor me Not lor pecuniary consideration would I accept such a con lruct, but if ut all, for the benefit of science. I will meet nt the Academy of In your town on Monday next at 3 P. x., 11 agreeall\e, to talk the matter over. 11 FRANK RBADE, JR." Professor Dean's face was radiant as e read thi11 messuge. Already he feh the possi hility of lt would IJe to him indeed a joyful t11IDg should It be proved possible to gnln tilta necessary altitude. SC/ be waited anxiously for the hour of ajlpolntriNnt. When Mon'!ay came there nppeared at the Scientillc Institute a tall, handsome and diatiuguished looking young mao. This wu Frank Reade, Jr., the famous Inventor. In a few maments he was deeply in discussion with Professor Duo derherry. They were in close for b,oars. When Frank Reade Jr went away he said: You may rest assured, my dear professor, tba\ the project is wholly practicable. The Shooting Star is especially equipped for a trip even into epaee. It "Ill not be possible for us to accomplish the infinite distance to the Milky Way, but we can go along way toward it, a.nd then cross it at a distance which will be vastly advantageous for obserJations of tbe kind you deeire to make." /


ACROSS 'l'HE MILKY WAY. 3 "Goblll'' cried Dunoi<>rherry. "01 course I know it woulC: be lm possillle to reach the Milky Way, but you say we may take a trip acruss ils course which will accomplish all that I shall desire.'' "How s.ron do yuu d .. sire t:> st'llt'l?" asked the worhl over. Arriv .ing nl Reaol<'Siowu. Fruuk went nt once to Lhe works anti en tered his privnt" olficA. He toucheie:ht, Por.'' Wait!" sa ttl Frank, with a smlle. "I can see that you are curious. For your s111 is faction l will say that we shall in three days depart on a trip into sruce, iu ruct if possible, us as the Milky Wuy." The c .. ti.'l! kneS shook. H yez piaze, sor--" "Well!" "Thut's a long ways up into the air, Is It not, sor!" "It IS." Right rerninst the stars, sorr" .. w .. ll, yes.'' All roight, sor-but--" Spettk ou L I" "Phwnt tlte divil wud bec?me av us up there av we should foind Paradise, sur?" Frank laughed heartily. "Yon ought to look upon that as a p)Pasunt possibility," be said. "YGc ffil!!ht IJe able Lbeu to sp6ak with dear long since de partecl--" "Divil a bit!" said the Celt with kePn humor. "Shure there's moor u had lu .. my wu1tin' fer me up tl111re, au' shore they'tl make it bot fer Burney O'Shea If they caught him In paradiPe!" Well!" suid Frauk, if you feel that way about it, I would not go. It is a :ong and l'isky trip. We mt1y descend to the earth In a sl!ape leas mnss. I will give you the option to I!O or not as you choose!'' Whurroo!" cried the Celt, excitedly, dancing at.out. Do yez think I'd sbtoy to home, sor! NoL if the div1l himsiH wns there to meet mel" "So I thought," said Frank with a smile. "And now be oft' and get everything ready!" CHAPTER II. TBF. SHOOTING STAR. BARNn's l!rst impulsA was to lind Pomp. He knew that the coon was soml!wlure In the maclltne works. were hurrying hither nod tb Hhflr across the ynrd as he emer!!ecl from 1 he officA. Barn<>y made his way toward 11 high arched uuilding with a roof. The !!rent lloors were opPn, and there, upou a low platform, rested thH famou& air Rhip, Star. Just as Brney reached l .he entrance, he heard a voice raised in rol 11ck: ng song. It was a plnntalion melody, nod Pomp was the singer. The C"lt grir.nel and chnckleli. "BP.gnrru, he's feP.lin' Coin.,," he muttered. "Shure, it's mesil( as will take Lbnt out nv him roi!"ht quick!" Bnrut>y entPrPd 1 he store-house sof1ly. Be saw the coon engAged in scouring the ralline: of the air Be was l uhhinl! diligently and si lustily, so that he did not notice the &J>proach of Bnrney. Tbe C.,Jt carne Silently up In his rear. When but n few feet from the coon, Barney let out n cry which wts n they picl>ed til em selves up, and retired to opposite aides or the air ship's liPCk. Burney his hrnises and Pornp combed out biB wool. As soo as he could gel his renth, the Celt asked: Are yez sa.tbasli<>d?" Yuh; I 1s, chil ... replied the coon. 11 I reckon we'se about square." "All roi!!ht; thin I'll tell yez some news." Wha' nm dnt?'' "Shure MiHthPr Frank bas given ordbers fer a year's sopplles aboord the air ship." The coon's eyes rollPd. "Yo' don't say, ltonerf' Shure I olo.'' Deu we nm iOJ fo' a long trip." "Pltw.-re llo yez suppose!" I done link iL am to de Norf Pole." "Nul'' Wl111' am it (!An!" "Shure it's to Paradise." said Barney, poloUog upward. The coon looked at Barney as if he thought him crazy. Then be said: "Huh! dat ain' a funny joke nt all, aah!" 11 Bejnbers i1's no joke, hot the 1rnth," averred Barney. And Celt cousumed some time in convincing the hlnek man that the air ship was really bound for Milky Way. At length he made him understand it. 'l'lwo the two jokers lost no time In at onca getting to work on the equi or the Star for the mid-air CrUISe. As. the Shooting, Star rested In the storehouse she presented an im poeing appentUnce, und now that tbe opportunily oft,.rs, it might be well to give the reuder a fair description or the grant invention. She was long an

,--4 ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. He bad placed oneof these chHmical generators aboartl the atr ship. From It tubP.s and valves extended to every part of the cabins. The windowe and doors were so constructed that they could be her metically Bellied. Thus the voyagers were enabltuns get control or some powerful current which might perhaps in tbA twinkling of an eye transpose the air ship to Rny dist 1nt point, though it were thous r mds of miles away? When it was remembered that the resistance of 1 he atmosphere did not exist in that mighty space, and that the air ship would suff e r no damage therefore in such transit, It looked more and more feasible. But there was another risi which Frank cooshiered with a positive chill. Suppose the air ship should fall within the circle or gravity of some planet or other body In that far-away firmament. Would the voya g ers not be forever suspended to meet death from starvation, and to re main there for eternltyf It was a tremendous subject to grapple with. But Fronk Reade, Jr., was ready to sacrifice life if need he, to accomplish an invention. He did not retire that and before dawn came he bad perfected a curious-looking disc of steel and copper a conglomeration of dy naUios aP-d wires. CHAPTER III. THE CRANK'S VISI'r. FRANK was jubilant over his new Invention, which be was pleasetl to call the attractomotor. or course there might e.:tist conditions which would preclude its prncticlil:lihty. But h11 had confidence in the success o! the new in vention. He placed it aboard tbe Shooting Star, where it excited the curi o s Ity or Barney and Pomp. Meanwhile the Star had been made wholly rendy for the great trip. Frank received a wire from Professor Duuderberry that he would loa ou hand at an early hour tile next day. Naturally the report of the proposed expedition spreadmg through the land crer1te iu my curd!" With this be Lipped Barney a bit or pasteboard. The Celt read: RINALDO RAY, Astrologer and Second Sight Seer, No. -BROADWAY, NEw Yo&K. Several times the Celt read this annouocement with interest. Then he mutleretl: "Shure he mudt be wan av thim scientists, on' mebbe be bas business whl Mist her Fro.nk aflller all." 'l'ten aloud: Do yez know Professor D e an, sor?" "Ce rtainly! We were claesmntes. Be otr With yon, for I am in a tremendous hurrv." All roigh t sor." Barney entered Frf\nk's private office anrt place : the card before him. The young inventor glance

.ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. "I am very sorry, Mr. Ray," he : soid, politely, "bot I am obliged to refuse you the assistance you ask. I can carry no more passengers aboard my air ship. The sight seer's lace fell. A look ol bitter disappointment shone m his eyes. "Do not say that," he pleaded. "You cannot refuse, in view ol the great end to be gained." I fail to see it. I tlo not believe ic second sight, or spiritualism, or anything ol the kind." Then you have no faith in my tbeoryf" "I am sorry to say that I have uor,. But what tl I prove to you that it is true?'' "How will you do that!'' Ray looked at Frank keeuly. The gilt ol secontl sight is a powerful one," be ilaid. It enables me to look into your soul and see what is there. Concentrate your mind upon a certain tl1ing and I will tell you what your ttwuglns are." "Very well,'' snit! Frank. Ray leaned hack iu hts cha1r and his bead fell forward upon his breast. H1s features !!;rew pale, and his eyes like those ol a corps e He mumbled in coherently, stretched his arms out a few times and then suddenly himself. His color came IInck and be sat up quickly. His eyes now gleamed like diamonds. I have seen it!" be said. "Well?" asked Frank. "Your iunermost mind. You have been repeating these words: How shall I get rid or this craJik!'" Frank was astouishetl. "By Jupiter!" he PXClaimed. Am I not right?" asr.;ed Ray, eagerly. "Yon are,'' replied the young in\eutor, bluntly. "You are a keen fellow, Ruy. How tlid you do that!" "Easy enough! It was lly my gilt or second sight.'' For a moment there wus un uppermost in Frank'g mind to accede to request of the mind It woultl be but one more in the party, and after all this fellow was interesting a.nd perhaps harmless. But as he looked at agnin his heart forsook him. A better type of the dangerous crank lle had never seen. No it wootld certainly never be sale to take thts fellow with thtm. At uny moment some insane freak might come upon him to plunge all into certain death. Ray was WlllChlng him narrowly. Finally he said: 11 What have you decliled, Mr. Rende!'' Frank looked him squarely In the eye. "I must stand IJy my decision!'' he s a id. Something like u groan welled up from Ray's breast. He arose and walked to the door. "You are making a grievous error!" he said. "This is the one great chance of u lifetime to r e nder science the greatest ever heard or. You will rAgret it when too Intel" With this the mind-reader passed out of the room. Frank drew a br"ath of relief. He had g-ot rid of the fellow far easier t!1an be hnd hoper! for. But something impressed him that he bad not seen the last of Rinaldo Ray. CHAPTER IV. UNDER WAY. PROFESSOR DUNDERBERRY arrived right 00 time. He brought with him a number of trunks with scientific apparatus and a powerful portat.le telescope. All these were placed aboard the air ship. Then he went to dine witll Frank Reade, Jr., lor the last time on earth lor a good wh1le. Frank then took occasion to tell him or his experience with the mind render, Ray. Dunderllerry listened with lnlerest and laughed heartily. 11 I hardly think it would be sale to take such a charact er along," be said. "He might array some or the spirits ol old time pirates against us up there and seize the ship." Well, be was the worst specimen or a crank that I ever heard or, said Frank, "though I must say that his mind reading trick was a good one.'' 11 The trick or a jup;gler or a magician," said Dun c lerberry; 11 there are plenty or those fellows in the world. You meet them every where. You did well Ia getting rid ol him." "So I think." The hour of departure came. The air ship had been llrought out into the yard, and Barnev and Pomp patrolled the deck. A large crowd waited outside to see the ascension. Everything had been attended to; Frank bad seen that the Star was in compl ete readiness. All his affnira in Readestown were adjusted, and at the last moment be and Dunderberry eteppecl abo11rd the Star. Frank gave the signal to Barney. The Celt pressed an electric button. Instantly the electric machin ery began to buzz, and the air ship sprung aloft. Up she floated gracefully, like a great bird. Up and up, higher and higher, until Rendestown looked like a collectjon ol pigmy honaes. Then she shot into a great Jleecy mass ol clouds, and tbe earth was shut !rom view altogetuer. Frank aud Dunderberry remalued on deck until this happened. Thee the young inventor Raid: "Come into the callin, Dean. I want to show you the attracto motor.'' Tile scien1is\ complied. Frnnk then explained to him his theorlee regarding Llle electric forces in or beyond space. was intensely interested. ''By Scipio!" he "Xcluimed. "You are a gPnius, Frank Reade, Jr. That excels anything I ever heard or. It is simply a wonderful theory and il it proves computltJie-why, is possil.Jie hereafter." "I b"lieve that, it wiiliJe successful in a measure," saitl Frank; "at least the experiment is worth trying." "Indeed it is!" Meanwhile the air ship bad risen to the height of several n;riles. Progresa now slower. The earth cuuld not be seen, for beneath them were immense fields ol wilite clouds. The sun shone upon thPm with a whiter light, and involuntarily Dunderllerry turned up his coat collar. 'l'be a1r was keen and odsK. It was clear as crystal and yet opprfS BiVe. There were none in the party but breathed hoarsely. '!'here seemed a f eurful pressure on the chest. Suddeuly DuuderiJerry felt a stream of blood gently trickling !rom the corner ol his mouth. Tbe pressure was too great lor his lungs and he sought the refuge or the cabin. Frank looked at the !(uuge anti said: 11 We may us well seal the doors and windows. Another mile and It would distrPBS us!'' This wns quickly tlone. Then the chemical generator wao put to work and the party breathed Pasily once more. But the windows and deck now IJPgnn to qu1ver with n white frost. It grew almost to the depth o f a hall mch en the p1lut house rail. It a Slill awful cold antl by the ou1siole tllPrmometPr it was seen timt the mercury was down into the bulb an

6 ACROSS THE MILKY W .A.Y. "Then it Ia a failure. We have done no harm and can return to the earth.'' Ah, bat suppose it works JUSt enough to Jimd us in space and anchor na there for all time.'' Dunderllorry knit his brows. "Is there any pusslbility of that!" be asked. "A grent possibility!'' The professor shrugged his shoulders. So be It!" be suhJ. I cannot better sacrillce my life than in an experiment at once so unusual and so grand." Then yon are with us!" To the end!'' 1.'hla termiuateJ the discussion. The long day finally came to a close. As good fortune had it the night found all in good spirits. The pro fess o r's heavy was mounted on the upper deck where an in closed spnce was built. .Soon th11 entire lay like a vast mnp l.Jelore the scientist. The plnn,.ts one alter another WPre plainly visible, aml tbe white path of th e Milky Way 9how e d up vividl y "Grand!" eja culated the distin g uished astronomer. "We could not have cundttions more fuvor :. ble!" He f o cuse t the various sections or the Mtlky Way one nfter anotber. No until dnybrenk tlid his labor ceu se 1.'hen he thro\9 hlm elf lown npon a couch in the cabin. For sev e ral hours he lny tht're ltke one in a stupor. When he Hnally a r ose be said: uNo, use, Frank." "Then you were not snccessful!" asked the young invP.ntor. Not in the leas t although it was much f!a,ler to penetrate the nebulous matter at this a llitude. I need to be much nearllr. I sb o uld say of mil .. s.'' "Horr.!' was all Frank said. / He weut Lo thA observation window and looked out. Then be lt'nve a sh a rp cry. "Lool..t'' ue tiXClaimed; "have you ever se e n anything more won All looked as lllr e cted and heheld a sight. Tho clouds, so mnny miles below, were dispelled und no>< t he e arth was visible. Bot It was as a migbty irregular shapPd dis c with a pule bluish tint over it. Not any I hing more wus distinguishabl e "That Is quee r!'' exclnimlld Frank, lu great surprise. "How do you explain it, profes8or?'' The SCientist looked puzzled. "I u g ree witn you thnt it is odd he snill. 'At a of o nly t e n miles w e ou g ht to be able to disc e rn largeobjects, as lakes and mountains on tbe earth's surface?'' asked Frank. "We OU!!ht to." "Ho w do you tiXplain it! You are a man of science.'' "Pos sihly it i s to a conditi o n of the atmos phere," replid Dean. Yuu know we nrii In space!" For a moment nil seemell i nclin e d to accept this view or tbe mat ter. But a thOO!!:ht sulldenly s t ruck He gazed ut the earth clostily. Then hll lnokell at the sun which was now quite visible beyond the earth's horizon. h looket! h u lf as lurg e us th o e11r1 h. Then he flew to the gnuga. F o r a m o meut he turned deadly pale and w u s unable to Spllak. Then he nnlculnted: "It is t'Xplnlued. We are llyin!! through space, God knows where, and the earth is e v ery moment getting fartbcr away from us." CHAPTER V. ADYENTURES IN SPACE. IT wus an astounding as well as rellec t ion. If tbey were being carried through space, what strange force was carrying f humf Wnat law of attraction or gravitation! What meteoric force! Were thll j samply falling for lack of snpport, and would thPy con tinue to full until plunged like an aerolite into the atmosphere of sqme planet o r othor heavenly hool_v! Or would th .. y, like the cor:1et, describe an orbit in the heavens for time eternal! All thesH qnA9tlon ftaohed through the brains of the excited voy. agers In knlelolnecuple order. No wonder thut nil clung to the window railing, with white, pnllld race!'. N wontiP.r that they looked buck to the rapidly receding earth with an yearutng and horrible despair. God helt nsl'' gronnetl Frank. Mither Mnry pres,.rve us!'' sighed B rney. "De goool Lor' sahe nsl'' whimpered Pomp. Bnt Dunolertl'!rry Dean sulli nothia;g. With his P"r.cil and note book he was making rapid calcolntions, glanct'S .. ver nnd anon ut the stars wbich w e re now plain, even though It was 9Unli)!ht everywhere. He seame l qnit enol nnd nnconcerned. Venas-Mercnrv in trunslt-the moon obscured!" he muttered. At thia rate the Malkj Wny--" Then the wonls tlle l out on his lips in an unintel!h!ihle murmur. When he cnmA nnt. of his reverie he suw Fa ank sitting at the window. The young Inventor cnlm, but a triHa HavP iden whllre we are going to, professor!" he aRked. We are llri!tiug in spactt." Driltin a!" "Exactly!" "I should say we were being hurled at the rate of a thousand rr.ilel a minme. The earth is getting away from us pretty raat.." "Well ves!'' Do y'o'u think we'll Pver get back te itf' Denn was rellective. '' Perhaps not," be said, indifferently. Why do you act as if you did not care whether we will or not!,. s11id Frank In surprise. 'l'he professor smiled. "I have decided to yield up my life for the benefit of science," be said. But what ,good will it ever do if you never get back to the earth to impurt your discoveries!'' osketl Frank. Ah, thut is the onl) thing which pPq>le xes me declnred Dunder berry. Anti I can assure) on it is a mutt e r of great concern. Yet i t is likely that some time this air s11ip will he burled back to tbe earth, in which my papers may bll rouud." "Inde"'l" 1 But if th e y are n e ver found, I shall myself soon learn more of the secrets o! tile stellar world than l.Jave ever I.Jeen solved since th e world Frank felt like saying that this would b e poor sa: isfaction. Bot he Wide!} refrained M e anwhile, the grent disc of the Parth seemed to grow smaller and small er, whil'l the sun became larger und see m ed stution uy. The stra nge illu ion was then accorded thP.m Lhut the earth was !lying around them, and they in turn aronn t l the sun. in th e stellar world seemed The great con ste llaLtons w .. r e in tlitl'er .. nt quur ers and constantly changing. T his was otuler

ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. He Knew that this would lle of no use. Being in space, propol sory powt!r could not be employed. Bot Dean cned: "Have ne fear! We are safe!" ".But the aerolite--" It is falling just as we are only in another direction. We shall be OUt Of its COUrde before it gets here!'' The professor pulled out his watch. When first seen, the aerolite bad seemeJ the size of a cannon ball. Bot now lliLh its halo of light and mist it was as big as a house. A minute elapsPd before iL shot past. A full half mil" tiistant it bped downward and began to gradually grow smaller. The voyagers all drew a breath of rt!lief. Of course we shall have these risks to run," said Dean, coolly. "If it had struck us--" We should have known but little of what would follow." "Death!" .. or course!" Frank guzetl alt'lr the rapidly vanishing aerolite and naked: Wall it lull on the eartt1!'' "Not unless it changes its course,'' replied Dean. "It shoul .. must he endured," sni < l Frank. "If we come> out of this scrupe ull right, so be it. If not-why we will uo tl:e best we can." "Which is philosop!l:v and common sense," agreed thP. pro!Pssor. Save for superstitious fanCies, Burney and Pomp did not grumble ut the state of aft airs. It wue fortunate for them that they had nnboundeD said !IOthing. Well, W<'ll," Pail Frank, "if you know, why don't you say so?" "If yez plazP, sor," Barney. "De troo! am, sah--" stammered Pomp, Speak!" "So fur v.s we know, sah, de di

ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. Where is the tilth!" he asked. "SomewherP in this hold in hiding,'' replied Frank, positively. A stowaway!'' Just sol" For a moment all were too mach nmuzed to speak. Then Frank enid: He doubtless secreted himself here before the air ship l9fL Reades town. Of course he would get llungry, and he bas as a result opened these boxes to get food!" Qu1te correct!" cried Dunderbsrry. "And now what Is in order!'' "We musL lind him!" The search hegnn at once. Barney and Pomp took one side of the bold and Frank and Dean the otller. But they had overturn eli' but few boxes when a sepulchral voice said: ''I will surrender, friends. 1 am here in the interests of science only. Believe me that It was my only wuy to gain desired enda!" Then n short sq.1at llgure carne from the depths of the bold. He wns dressed in a hlack garment. A glance was sufficient for Frank Reade, Jr. It was Rinaldo Ray. Thll crank and mind reader it was beyond all doubt. He appeared abject and battered enough. "You!" exclaimed Frank, angrily. "Did 1 not refuse you passage on this trip!" 11 True I'Uougb, sir.'' 11 What do you mean, then, by this Intrusion? This mise able tres pass!" Rinaldo Ray bowed low. "The method was not honorable," he admit\ed, "but I believe the ecd attainable warranted it. I was desperate, and took my only re course.'' 11 You are a scoundrel!" cried Frank, ang-rily. Ray smill'd meekly. "An Impostor, a wretch! I've a mind to throw you over the rail!" Ray bowed low. "In that even:," be said, "you would only save me the ultimate trouble of a transportation from Eartll to Paradise." 11 Wtat do you mean!" That we are in Paradise now." DuQderberry drew a prolonged whistle. He winked at Frank. Yon are a lJeliever in Theosophy!" he naked of Ray. I am! It is the greatest and most pl'ofonnrk, nor the propeller either." 11 Neither.'' 'J Now, were you aware that a detonation or in space has a far reaching effect. In fact that it nets as a buffer, and is the only method of propulsion which can he employed? Furthermore, the ex plosion need be only o! the lightest kind.'' A great light burst in upon the professor. He saw the other's point in a tiash. For a moment he was startled. Then be cried wildly: "By Jupiter! You have keen wit, sir! You have hit upon a grear. scheme!" Then be shouted wildly for Frank. The young Inventor carne rushing m. The matter was explained to him, and Frank tore his hair metaphor ically. 11 Why, the simplest of tbings,'' he said. "It may P-nable us to at least get out of our prest!nt orbit. A&othPr orbit might carry us even to the e arth. Ray, you have don e us a great ser\'ice.'' But the TIJeosopbist gravely pointed out into space, snying: 11 Give the credit there. Tl:ey are the ones who gave the idea to me.'' The spirits!" "Yes." Rinaldo spoke with the deapest of sincerity. His face was open ami his gaze e11rnest. Fr:1.nk ami Dean were puzzled. 11 Well," exc)airned the young inventor, later, "if that fellow is a madman, be is unlike any other I ever saw.'' "You are right!" cried Dean, "and I am ball tempte

ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. 9 l1e caught sight of a distant ball of fire. It seemed far above them and in the field or the Milky Way. AL first he lllought or 1111 aerolite and then or n comet. It was rushing along with frightrul force. The voyagers now were all able to view it.. That it would not strike tile air ship was certain. All fears were easy on that score. Anti a raw hours Inter it went flashing by overhead on its terrific orb1t. H vunished right into the midst of the Milky Way. On l he eai'Lh," suid nuuderllerry, thnt will be called n shoot ing star. As a matter of fact It is 11. fulling asteroid. It is lucky for us that we ure not in its wuy!'' But an hour later ull became conscious or an astounding und de moralizing fuct. The earth was receding !rom them. S J me stronger force was drawlne: them toward the Milky Way. At this rate they seemed certain to reach it. For a time they at n loss to account for this distrl)ssing pbe nomenon, but tlnally OuntiPrberry hit upon the solution. That falling asteroid is uc3ountnble for it,'' he decluretl. "It macle a tremendous commotion In spuce, and we ure feeling it In the shape of n current of attraction." We must overcome it,'' said F rank. "Impossiblal" Whv?" "We.have not the power, Powder will not do it. We shall speed on toward the Milll1 t tile air sl.ip less and less in its Finally, it ceased altogether all(i the ship rllmainell al most stationary. Then n sudden, startling idea came to Frank. Be up. On my w ord.'' he cried there is one thing which I bad forgot-ten altogether. It muy prove our salva t ion." "Ah.'' asked Rinaldo R o ly, "what may that be Mr. Rende!" The electric uttractomotorl" Frank was angry with himself for not having thought or this belore. Although be was not sure of 1ts succ e sslul working, he was bound to try it. It did not take hng to procure it from the air ship's hold ; Then with great core it wus fastened to one of the win dows or the pilot bouse. The was then drawn, nnd t!1e disc heavily charged. It was not long before all expe rienced the sensation that the air ship was movIng. Somewhere beyond the regton of space the attractomotorhad form ed an llll&wering magnet. That it was drawing the air ship onward was certain. CHAPTER VIII. SICKNESS COMES. FoR a brief spell hope was revived in the brPasts or the voyngers. It began to look not only pos8ible bot c e rtain that the attructomo tor wouhl work out their soLvation. But as all ey"s were turned toward the earth a sudden painful fueL became apparent. It wns receding from them inStPad or their npproachmg it. This was by no means a pleasant realization. Then it was perceived that the nttrnctomotor bad found its mag netic affinity n some other planet or heavenly body. As nf,lar as Frank could reckon they were being drawn with frightful spe'ed to wnrd the sun. This would never do. It was impossible to tell bow fast they were travelin2:. Bot between tt.em and the sun there were mighty fields of meteorites. Any on" of these would be sufficient to wreck the air ship. It would never wl" he eJaculated, "that will never dol We would go Lo deet ruction!" "Worse and worse!" cried Dean wringing his hands. "Oar chances are growing small, Frankl" "a'bat they nre," said the inventor, gloomily. "Why could not the nttractomotor have madll affinity with the earth!" Futa is uguinst us." Rinaldo Ray was noncommittal. He would say nothing. "P11rbaps," said Dean, after thought, 11 time may change oar position so that we will strike affinity witll the eartll," Frank's face If we had only tried it a while ago when we were so near the earth." "Too had!" "We be in terrestrial atmosphere now." 11 You are right. Yet, us I say, a change or our position may yet give us the opportunity. I would advise keeping tbe attract.:>motor in position and trying it from time to time." I will do so.'' Some strange phenomenons were now witnessed in the sky above, espt>cially In the regions of the Milky Way. 1'he sun's rays, shiuing through the nebulous matter, made pris matic hues more benutifQI than any rainbow. Strange shapes and forms were produced. At times 1t se9.ned as ir forests or pearl, seas or gold and silver with rocky shores, and even a shadowy city or gold, appeared. ll was a wonderlul phantasmagoncal display, and had not the voy ages lJeen men of learning and comprehension their superstitious would surely have been aroused. Since corning int o space not one had ventured out on deck. To have attempted such a tiling would have btJen certain death. For space holds no lire-giving element. It is as much a vacuum as if one were the bell of au air pump. Tn hreuthe for even a moment would have been utterly Impossible, yet Frank proposed the r ent. I should like to step out on deck," he said, though its chief pPril will he the possibility or heing carried over the rail into an orbit or onA' own; being so much lighter a hody than the uir ship." How will you go to work to accomplish so hazardous a feat!" asked Dean. "Easily. I have generators and helmets which I use aa suits when onder water. The oxygen gPnerntor, heing fastened on the back, mnkes a circulation in the helmet on the eme prmCiple that we get our air in this cnbin." Why, that is qutte prac t icable,'' cried the professor. "Truly, Frank, you're a man of wondertal resource." A genius!" said Rinaldo Ray. The diving helmets were t.rougbt up !rom the bold. Then Frank donned one, followHrioos. In face or' any other contin gency, the coursl{e or the voyog<'rs might have hllld out.. B11t ickness with tbtl possibility of death. was u foe which was terri!Jie indeed to meet.


10 ACROSS 'fHE WAY. Finally Roty was taken down very sick. Be raved incoherently, and "Ament" was In dreadful pain. Hour after hour they sat there. When night came they slept In In luclu moments be macle strange statements. that same positwu. There was no thought of food. "I tell you It is written," he salol, "My spirit frienarful sp e ll. lessor hummed a song. He wus ill, h!'art-sick and wretched, but be would not viehl. Au The they drew to the earth the more rapid s e emed their pr.r iron will kllpt tum np. gress. But the fearful climax came one day. Rinaldo Ray was its central They were shooting out of space just as an aerolite does. In due figure. cour d e they woa1<1 plungll into the atmospltere. Frank was in the pilot house making observ n tions, The profesor On and on tlwy speoJ. wns asleep in his state-room, and Barney and Pomp were working in FranK thus far bud laid all to the good work of the at: ractomotor. the hold; But now 11 new and startlioog r e uson was discovllred. Sutldeooly Frank heard a strange cry. It w a s like the wild sup At :t distant pomt at rigllt angles with thl' air ship a great glaring plicating uptuml or somebody in dreadful agony. light was St>en. He sturi!!IJ UJI, 'hinking ol Ray at once He was sure in that mo AL once lL was recognized as an aerolite. That it was falling toward mP-nt that the TheoS'I(Ihist was dyin g 1 th e e arth was apparent. Bat before he could reach the llu or, he h e nrd the deck door open Its coure wae otolique to that of the air ship, which it was approach and shot. BorriHell he rushetl to the wiuolow. ing at furious speed. For a moment all were alarmed. 'l'he scenP which he was a terrtble one. There was the The "Jupiter!" excluimed l!'rauk. I that we are in Its coors& osophil!t running along the deck, with nothing on llut his sleeping anti that it will strike us! "That looks to lie true," agreed the professor. "She is certainly "Help !" shouted Frank. "BrornP.y-Pomp I Bring the diving coming this way ut fearful speed." soils. must him back before oenth cnn seize him." 'l'he specLncle was a sublim e as well as terrifying one. Burney ao: d Pnmr1 ColmA tumblioog up out of the hold. Ou swept the meteor lllllil it llashed past some mil e s above the air Professor Dean ulso tumbled out of his bunk and appP ared on the ship. Then it receded with a rumbl e -like thunder us i t plunged iDtOo scene. the eurtb's utmosphere. But all were on IV in time to witn11ss the awful f a te or Rinaldo Ray. The air ship spun about like a top, until all on hoard were dizzy and The man inc matle a cnnvulsiVH over the rail, shot back of the nigh blind. Once it seemed a certainty thut t he air ship was t. oomed. air ship n dozen yards and tooers remuin e d. Tllere came a terrillc crush wllicb ee. erned to rend the ship from But he was plainly as deud as tleud be. stem to stern. His attenuated form was sLifi and set, nnd his vacant t>ycs wide Then it rocked violently and became quiet once more. After the opPn, glarir g at the nir st.lp. h wus a horrihlll SflP.C!. acl e meteor hall passed, D"an asked: "Oh, my God!'' Dean, "that is too h o rril!le!'' "What on earth struck us! Was it the concussion!" Gradually the air ship, being a h e avier ootly, left the dead m a n lie"Bejabers, 1 was sure tbe air ship was going to pieces!'' cried Barbind. ney. To reconr his body wonlol have be e n impoijsihle, !'ven had it be e n No," s aid Frnnk, seriously. I fear that we have been struck by desirnlole. Roooaldo Ray was heyonol all human nitl: a fragmeut of thtl aerolite. Oil-shut the after-cabin door, Ba ney-And his hotly would continu e to float on throngh apace until s uch quick, or we suftncata." time as decoml>osition would dissolve it into ashes. It was the eood Barney ucted juso in tim&. All the artitlci'll air in the cabin was or the Th"o'O(>hist. gtving way to space. The after part of the air ship was open in som& Whether his spirit was at that moment over the air ship pall, as this proved. could be only a of cunjecture. The Theosophist and his the, An exulunation was quickly l!:niooed. orit.>s were gone. From the UJ>par observation the extent of tl>e damage done None of toe voyngPrB had the hardiho?d to look hnck astain t o the Star by the fragm,.nt which had struck It, was easily se Hn. where that hideous corpse was following the air ship for s e v e rul It had plunged strought through the air ship's hall. days. Whnt was worse, in this part ol the hull were the dynamos. If it. Then it was seen that they bnd left it far behind. This was u grtat bad struck those, heyond doubt they were demolished. relief. In that event the situation was a terrible oue. Do.)' passlld and the store or provisions began to grow lower. Truly, Wio h the dyooamos dPstroyed the air Phip conld not be sailed, as tho future hPitl a serious outloo k neither the rotascope nor the propeller would net. Eveoo Frank R Ha professor rushed to the pilot house. "Wellr' Look at the i>arth I" The PCiPnt!st did so. He a yearning, half incredulous cry. "Is It he llxclaimed, "or is IL an optical delusion! Are we really the eurt h!" As Ilivll I h,.lieve it," !laid Frank, feverishly. Certainly tloe disc is nnd plainer." So it seems to me. But it seems too good to be true!" We will hope." "Ay .. !' Th,.n hoth m,.n sank down by Lhe pilot bouse window and watched tbA oi)Stllllt d(SC Of the eurt h, Soon wh;tA hlor hid n part of lt. "CloudRI'' llXclnimPd Frank. "It hns bello since Wll ha v Beall thoee. w .. are nearer at a fearful "Beaven lie pruls11d!" But they did not. 1 The truth was pllllo. The dynamos were wrecked, aud the Shooting Star was like a dig. man1led ship in It was u most terrible realization. What was more, the Stnr was shoo ting down towurtl the earth nod would soon plunge iooto ttoe atmosphere. In thnt event, without some resisting force the voyagars would fall upon the earth at frightful speed ur.d be crnsheol to a jlllly. This was the thought in Deaoo's mind. "My God!" he g:osped. "We nrll all lead men! There is no help for us! We have only escaped from a fearful deatll by starvation in spnce to rHtarn to thll earth, it is true, but to meet a worse death when we get there!'' Frank maole uo rAply. Is there no way to repair the dynamosf' asked Dean, desperately. Frnnk shook his head. "Noue!" he said. Then we are oloomedr "Not ooPcPsnrily!" '' Wh. a : Will it not. be death for as to !nil fnll force a or a dozen milAR or more through the atmosphere, with all the speed of gronilntion!'' It wonlol be. But we shall not fall at such speed!" Wha\ dn yon mPnn!" \ I loave provioiPd lor just such a contingency ns thiR!" said Frank. By tnnching this the wings of :o parachute will l!y out from the ship's Piooes uno! she will Siilk gradually und safely!" cl<>ared. 'i'hauk God!" he cried; "then we have hope once morel"


I \, ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. 11' But there ia a :Ianger which you have not considered." "Wbntf' We stulll full upon the earth, to be sure. But in what kind of a spot shall we aligh\f Without the aid of the rorascopes we cannot be the choosers. 'l'here is the possitoility of falling into a lake, or an oeeun, .,r for that matter into the hunds or some savage tribe in the mitlst of a wildernPss or desert. The chances are slight that we shall alight neur Reatlestown." Very true," Dean. "I bad Di>t thought of that. Not a pleasant contemplation. But we can lind menus to lloat if we fell in water. Yes." Or if among sanges we can make a <1esperate fight. We have lire-arms aboard." 01 we shall do the best we can." Every moment now they were drn""ing nearer the earth. Suddenly the blue mist began to dispel, and the outliues or land and sea were seen. Then mountains nod water became plain. Fran It pressed the spring which set the parucbute wings out. Then the descent wus made Blower. The motion of the air ship in the atmosphere was now plainly felt. Through a belt of clouds the Shooting Stur fnnk, and then a mighty and most delight!ul panorama wna spread before thP. voyagers. The dear old eurth wus but a few milel! below. Its mountains 'and Its lnkes and riv r9 silowed very plainly. Instmtly Professor Dean knelt and pra) ed. Barney croijsed himself and Pomp fell UJlOn his fnc A Frank removed his hiLt ami Jookell del'Outly aloft to that very region or space Iron: whose terrors they had just been dt>livered. The parachute wings on the air ship's sides were the salvation o! the voyagers. Down slowly settled the air ship. Soon ObJects below became quite plain. Only a mile was left to traverse. Frank and Dean were busy study ing the counry. They saw I.Jelow them a great range o! mountains. Eastward were mighty lloorlike plains. Westward were foothills and a t!Ppression. All WdB o, mil!htv wilderness. There was no sign of civilization, The professor ,.xclaimed: "We are upon the American continent, Frank." "Yes!' I should say these were a part of the Rockies." As true us you live!" reJlllell the yonng inventor. See those deep canyons! Note the bronli mesa-the cacti ami the palms! On my word, I heliP-ve this is the region or middle Arizona." Apache land!'' "Yes.'' The two voyagers exchanged glances. Frank shrugged his shonl ders. Da you see any sign or human habitation-at least, of civjliza tion!'' "Not the lenPt." "Then the worst has come to us. We shall fnll into that little "pocket among the hills down there, and perhaps right into u nest of Apaches. h is a certain !act that they infest all the mountain region ol Arizona." .In thut event--" "We may have dropped literally from the frying pan into tile tire; l!ut we will do our best.'' CHAPTER X. THE APACHES. IT was by no means a comforting rt>llection thnt the nerinl voyagers bad dropped from the clouds into a region infested with deadly peril s Denn knew well what it meant to skirmish with Apaches in their own lund. It would mean but one ullimate ending. The air ship could not cer:ainly leave its resting place. Then it would he only n matt11r of time when the besieged advent urers would full victims either to starvation or the scallling knives of the fiends. As Dean had said, there were plenty of lire-arms aboard, and the foe could be kept at hay But this would not effect the ultimate outcome, unless succor came from some other source. Wbat that souree might bo it was not easy to say. There were military outposts in Arizona, but none were in the vicinity so lor as coulu be seen. Down settled the nir ship. In a verv shcrt time she wns descending among the high peaks, and then it was seen just where she would alighr. When she touched the earth with a sudden jnr, it was upon a beup or '1roken quartz, on a small mound in a pocKet of the hills. On all BldPB. were frowning peaks and mountain walls. Passes led in various directions out of the pockets. Vegetation was scnrce. The lloor of tbe pocket wns sandy and ledgy. .The region was desol&te. Now,'' said Frank, "if the Apaches oot see us nlight here, the chanceEr nre Wid may snccePcl in getting out or this pocket." "Bot the chan cPs,'' snit I DAnn, "are one hundred to one thnt they have seen us, aud are even now scnrryingnmong the hills hereabouto!" "They cnn easily surround ns." Indeed, yes, and once surrounded we are done for, unless succor reaches us from onLside." As ae tho air abip rested firmly on the ground, It was the first impulse of the to get once more on terra firma. They down from the air ship's deck and were rewarded witll a startling surprise; not one but fell in a heap. Not one could stund any length of time on his feet. Fearful giddi ness wns the cause. They had been so long in space, gyrating and whirling in all direo.: tions for mvnths, thnt all lfD!e of equiltbrium was temporarily lost. That it wonll! return In a short wblhl, 9f course, wns a certainty. So they rolled about on the ground and tried :o overcome the deadly faintness of the etlort to regain a perpendicular posi t ion. It wu fully an hour before Frank was able to maintain a tottering walk. Snell a thing as exploration of the pocket tbat day was out of tile queRtion. Moreover, all were weak yet from the dread,ul aerial sickness. S. they crawled back aboard the air ship. Pomp prepared a heurty meal of which all partook. A few honnt sleep unli ull felt !.Jetter. Nightlull, however, was at hand. Nothing could be done, therefore,. about a change or base until the next day. But when nightfall shut y, he saw a .hright red star of light. Now look over there!" enid the professor, pointing to anotblll" peak. Another bright star or light was seen. Frank looked at tbe1111 closely. "They are si!;:nal fires," declared the scientist. "You may be sum that we are in the center or a cordon or Apach es.'' "Ugh!" Bald Frank; "that is unfortunate!" ''Yes." "We ought to have moved out of here immediately upon alighting.. "' "That was impossihle." Which was our misfortune. There is little hope for us now. W might us well have remained in space as did poor Rinaldo Ray," That is true," agreed D ean. "And is my opinion that we aft' exposing ourselves out here, We m1ght expect an attack at anw time." "You are right.'' The words hud barely l11ft Frank's lips when something ellekell against tbe wall or the cabin by his bend nnd fell into bis lap. He pick e d it np and exclaimed: "By Jove! An Indian urrow!" "Enough!" exclaimed Dean, springing up. "Into the cabin eve ry body, or it will I.Je the end or us!" Barney and Pomp darted into the pilot bouse. The strongest ligW. available now .was u largo reHector, as Lhe destruction of the dynamOii ruined tile connections or the search-light. ThiS r e llector could throw u light but a few yards ahead of tbe air ship. Beyond ull was intense darkness. or course this was largely in the Apaches' favor. It enabled them tAll creep op unobser\"ed. And lor the inndvertant arrow they might have I!Ot near enouglll to have picked off the whJie party or voyagerd at one well aimed vCii Jey. As it wns, tlJey narrowly escaped several bullets and arrows on tile wav into the callin. The cubin doore and win

I 12 ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. But once the foe is crippled or disu.rmed, then the Apu.che nature lbOWS Itself. No tonure is too fiendish for the miserable captive-no death too } arsh. So every Apache cireepmg Jpon the air ship was counting the c:bancea for his life. Eacb knew \bat determined white men were on board thnt strange eraft. Each knew that the death-dealing rit!es might single him out. S uch has ever been the bad fault or Indian A lack or concert of action and collective courage. But they squirmed up to within guusbft or the air ship am! opened a desultory lire. Bullets rattled against the cabin The defenders could only re l urn the fire at random. "If only the dogs wud just show thimsilves, cried "Shure, I'd made some av thim sick!'' "Golly! so would I," averred Pomp. That is not t.heir said Dean. They always want to win tbeir victories witboul cost." "That we cannot permit!" said Frank. "By no means!" So the desultor-y fire was kept up for hours. But the Apa ches diu :not venture an attack. Thus the night went on. Alter a time the Indian !Ire ceased. It seemed as if they bad the conflict. When dawn came not one of them was in sight. n was bard to l9alize that a skirmish had just been taking plact> there. Well,'' said Barney, with bravado, "we give thim Bleb a bot re ception that they give up the thryin' to overpower us." "They were !eehng of us," said Dean. We must be more on lhe alert than e\"er. There was less danger of an attack last than there will be again.'' Tbe boiling Arizona sun was over the glinting peaks. The air wus intensely But in the pocket a certam welcome coolness reigned. Not an Apache was in sight. Frank bad thought of a reconnoitering trip, but Dean said, earnest ly: For the love of Hflaven do not go outside to-day. I'll wager a man cou l d not get ten feet from the air ship without being transfix e d by an arrow.'' Where are the fiends?" asked Frank, in amazement. are hiding behind every available crag and spur of rock hereabouts,'' said Dean. "I remember tbe warning an old trapper once me. When you strike int& the Arizona bills and see no Apaches,' he Rni d, you may be :sare that they are all about you. They have the slickest faculty or making themselves invisillle or any savagt!s on earth.'" "Then I see no help for us but to remain right here!" It is our only chance! But for how lona'" "Until they make0 their minds to attack or uoUI succor shall come." "Is either chance good!" "Not in the immediate future. The Apaches ara patient. R ather than lose a life they will watch us lor a hundred years!'' Confound them!'' said Frank, angrily. I wish I had my gun here. I'd soon scatter them." "I don't doubt it. What a pity that we have not the gun!" "Indeed it II they would only show themselves there would be tome satisfaction in lighting th11m.'' But the day began to drift by and the patience of the besieged was becoming exhausted when an unlooked for happened. CHAPTER XI. BESIEGED. SUDDENLY from behind one O( th e bowlders a savage stepped into wie w He curried in his band a flag which might once have been white Frank rec?gnized the truce at once, and commanded Barney and .P omp not to tire. Thus reassnred, the Indian envoy came rapidly forward. Be was a abort, squat savage, after the manner of the Apache, with x c:eedingiy broad shoulders aud deep chest oq very slender legs. He was dressed in buckskin and wore a Navajo blanket. He approached tbe air ship until within easy speaking distance. 'then Frank stepped out on the forward deck. "Pale face speak,'' said tbR Indian, m a guttural tone. Well, my red brother," said Frank, "what can I do for you!" Black Wolf, be big chief. Own all dis country. White man no rig h t come here!" Are you Black Wolf!'' asked Frank. T ne Apnche inclined his bead Then my red b .rother," said Frnnk, I want to assure you that we are not here of our own free will, and if you will agree not to mo lest us, we will take our way out of your country just quickly as we cant" The savage's beady eyes glittered. This Apache land," he declared. White man no right here. Do heap damage. pny Apache!" "Well!" asked Frank. "How much pay do you want!" White man lay down guns. Gib to red man all be bab. Mebbe .AjJacbe let him go free!" "What assurance shall we have that you will let ns go asked Frank. "Only your word?" White man sur.renuer. No tell now!" "Eurnpb!" muttered Frauk, "tllat is a po .or gnme, Mr. Indian. Perhaps you think we are fools. No uncouditional surrender. to you!" That is right sairt tbe professor. Do not trust them or you will be sorry. Once wo are in their clutctles they will forget their word and torture us. Yvu cannot trust an Apache!'' Frank raised his voice. "Listen, red man!" he said. "These are our terms. You can ac cept them or not us yon choose." We will leave our uir ship behind with many rich and valuable ef fects. You are to leave this vicinity until we are gone. When we are once out or these !.ills we will trouble you no and you can have what we leave he1e. We will take nothing but our guna and a few perional elftlcts!" 'l'h ere was a moment of silence. The stolid expression of the ApacLe's lace never changed. White meu our prisonara," be said. "Must snrrentlerl" "Listen!" said Frank, angrily. It will cost you much powder and many or your braves to take us. We are well armed and will fight to the death. You will then get only wltut we leave yon now, and you will have paid a big price for it." "Ugh!" retorted tbe "Black Well has thousand men, fighting men, and he cut white men all to pieces. He bas spoken. White man surrender or Black Wolf take l!iS scalp!'' You may as well get back to your fellows!" cried Frank, angrily. "We cannot treat with you for a certainty. Come an:l take us if you can!" Black Wolf turr.ed and strode away. Frank enterPd the cabin and the voyagers kuew that it must be a struggle to the death. The battle now began. Bullets nod arrows oegan to rattle down upon the air ship. Yet, of course, they could do no harm. On the other ban(} the defenders accomplished much. By keeping a coutinual sharp eye on the heights they occasiOnally succeEded in spotting a savage, and a rille ball quickly cut his rascally career short. Thus the conflict went on through the day. In the meanwhile Frank had been at work on the dynamos. He succeeded in resurrectiug one, a small one, intact, and be at once proceeded to connect it with the search-light. The result was that it was made to yield quite 11 respectable light, which made all quite plain within a radius of several hundred yards. This would be the greatest of safeguards agai11st a night nttack. '!'be spirits of the voyagers freshened and they entere d upon the worK ol defense witll fresh courage and interest. ThEire was a good chance of holding the savages at with go01l success lor un indefinite period. Perhaps some &f rescne might turn UJI. C e rtainly this would be better than surrendering to the Apaches, who beyond doubt would torture tbe prlsonet s to death. "Better death in strong selldelense," sa1d Dean. "I know these Apaches. You canno t trns t them." After Lhe return of Black Wolf to his companions there was ratber.a savage attack with bullets and arrows. Then the attack di&d down anrJ finally ceased. For several hours not a shot w a s beard nor a Ravag e sean. But this wns entirely characteristic of the Apnche. Silence with them !:Joded trouble and by no means any intention of giving up the game. Tile Apaches would ne7er do this until their numbers were so re duced that necessity compelled it. 01 this our adventurers were assured. With something of curiosity, t!ley waited to see what the next move of the wretches would be. Time passed and the day waned. It then seemed an assured fact that they intended to wait lor darkness. We may look for some sort of a sharp game to-night," said Dean. Be well prepared.'' After a time the Arizona sun settled rapidly in the western aky; darkness most intense followed. Frank did not at once make use of the search-light. He knew thnt the Apaches would not venture their nttack until a late hour at night. He preferred to wait until be could spring the light upon them with deadly llffect and ndvautage. After the evening meal, prepared by Pomp, the defenders tooil: their positiO!IS and kept the sharpest kind of a lookout. The silence of the grave reigned :n tbe pocket; not the least sign or the savages was visible or audible. But or a radden a bright flame of light leaped from a crag, and came whistling down upon the air ship. From ali quarters others came. They fell on the deck or on the ground about, and burned vlc1ously for a time. They were blazing arrows. The savages were trying an old method of destroying their foes, but it would not work. The fire bad no effect upon the steel surface of the air ship. For folly an hour the arrows continued to fall, but they all died out without effect. At length the attempt was abandoned. Silence once more reigned. It was now past midnight. The adventurers kept now a closer watch than evl'r, for it was certain that the savages would try a new dodge. What it woultl be they could only guess.


I ACROSS THE MILKY WAY. 13 But suddenly Dean, whose were very acute, whispered: "On my wont, Frank, 1 uelieve I can hear them!'' "Can you!" "Yes!'' "Iu what direction?" Oat yonder, or toward that southern end or the pocket. Lis ten!" Frunk d1d so, but not the slightest sound could be heard. However, Dean was poaitiv..,, "Enough!'' said the young inventor. "We wi"ll soon lind out!'' With thid he stepped UJ> to the nnd turned it on full force. ln au Instant the pocket in that direction was made as light us day. And simultaneously a great chorus of yells went up. Bullets began to lly. Tue sc.,ne was startling. The lloor of the pocket was With wri!rgling forms. The Apaches, as was tlle1r custom were trying to upproaclJ the air slJip I.Jy I, Give it to them!" cried Frank, as he s e ized his repeater. terrific volley followed. The e!iect was disastrous to the did not attempt to make a stand. The blinding wllite light them, and they tied before it iu cowardly fashion. lJefure they got out of range many an Apache lay dead on tile ground. The aim uf the defenders wns deadly. settled the adair for that night. Tile Apuclles did not return attack, r foe. MeanwhiiA in the northeast heavy clouds be!!'an piling up to the Zenith. Long streaks of lurid liglltning ran across the sky. 1'be distant rumble of thunder was beard, and a soughing wind played among the peaks. Perhaps the storm may prevent an attack to night," said Frank. But Dllun shook his beau. "They will not fail to take advantage or it," he said, "I know tile Apaches far too WtJll. Be sure of that!" Sood heavy drops of rain came splashing down. Then darkness clo;ed in and the wnr of the elements began. Untilmitlni!!ht tile storm raged with great fury. All this while the defenders stood on t.lieir guard. Dean's preuiction was verified. The Apaclles did not lose an op portunity to make an attock. And tllis time somewhat singularly thlly came openly and savagely on a cbarge. This was au unusual thing. So impetuous was 1 he assuult that, !Jut for the assir.tance or the and the deadly work of tile repeaters, tlley might have been successfil. As It was, however, tlui fearful stinging volleys drove them back with frightful loss. Fully a doz'ln of their dead were carried away in 1 he retreat. The rain fHllin t<.rrents. It drenched the earth and made cataracts over the clills. It aided r a J her than impeded the defenders. The Apaches on the other J.aJHI wer" soaked to the skiL and unalJle to bundle themsel vee as allroi1ly as usual. So it turnel out a hollow victory for the white men. They sent up a riu,!!;lng che : r, and then Frauk cried: "Now, bo) s nuw is our lime!" Tile snvug"s had hcen driven buck to the cover or the rocks. Frank held the search-light's l!lare upon the northern wall. This left the e1>trance to the soutllern pass in darkness. Preparations wer e quickly made. It was haruly likely that there would be sentries in tl:e pass. Tbe Apaches would surely never thinK of such a thing as an attempt at e scape on the part of the besi e g .. d. A few moments later four mufHed and armed men slipped down over the air ship's rail, and each I.Jollling a short rope, that they migllt not become separated in th!l darkne ss, they set roun. Slowly and steadily, with every seuse on th. e alert, they crept for ward. 1'11ey could only locate the entrance to the pass by guess work. On over the slipp<'ry ground they cre pt. Down poured the fearful torrents of rain. Nothing could be seen a yard about. It seemed an age before they tinnily reachlld the mouth or the palls. Frank, who was in advanc>, came into collision witil the rocky cor. uer, For a moment It stunned llim. Bnt, f e eling his wny along the wall, he kept on. It seemed as If they bud crept n mile iu the darkness, but in reality it was only a little more than a hundred yards down the pass, wben a startlin!J: Incident occurred. In feeling his woy along tbe rocky wall, Frank put his band against something soft anu warm. A guttural exclam a tion followed. Like a fiash, Fmnk eprnng uway. It was an Apache-probably a sentry-cowering under the rocks. 1'he crisis for a moment unn e rved the young inventor. A short, eharp exclatnation came from the lips. 1'ben, witllout an answer. the fugitives plunged ahead at rando m into the gloom. They ran, sLUmlJI>d aud fell they knew not how far. But finally hreatltless and >xhausted they came to a halt at o. brook in the pass. Tile rain had suddenly ceased its torrents lor o. brief spell. Whew!" gasped the professor, Ienning n rock. I can't g > l any further just now, even if it costs me my lif e !'' "Same here!" declart>ll Frnnk. "Golly!" whispe r ed Pomp. "I done fo't I felt dem Injins in mab hair!" Bejabers !" retorte d Barney; "they wud be arther, dullin' their knives on that, l'm thinkil''' Pomp a rPply, and a wordy warfare might have followed baG not Frank put an NHI tn it, The voyagers crouch N t down here for awhile. Every moment they expected to s e e tile torclles of a pursuing party, but : he y did no t appear. For oome singular re uson the Apache sentry did not give the alarm. On second thou!!'ht this wns not strnnge. Be Jlid not recognize any of the party as white men, and had n o t the slightest suspici o n of their identity as such. H he had na doubt he would have sent up the alarm. Wba' conclusions were, there was no m .. an1 of knowing. So after a much reassured, the fugitives went on down the pass, After a time the storm cleared. 'l'he s tars came out and the way was made quite clear. Not an Apache waR s e e n or heard anywhere. The truth was they were yet c o w e ring np there iu the rocks watching tile air sllip and yet not daring 1 o attacl' it. lla) llght thA party had made the wide plain below, They forded tlw hroud but sha llow river, and llt ally g a ined the CO\'er of a lonely butte som Reve n miles from the bose of the mountains, Here I hAy decitled t rem a in until nightfall should come again, as to cross the oprn pra1rie in daylight would IJe too risky. "Well," criad Dean, >xuberantly, "our scheme has worked excel lently so far, has it not!" "Indeed, tnat is true.'' "Will they not be


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(). by Tom 'l'euer 1 Jun ior: or, 'fbe Son of His Dad. )ft by Peter Pad f All l'rades, by 'l' o tn 'l'euer 1.1 L b Hoy ia America, by Tom 112 Ebenezer C row, by Pete Pad 173 on His Ear ; or, Pad 174 l :hldebrandt Fitzgum; or, A17 Quie t L 1t.tle Cou s in b y ro m 175 Billy Bakk ns, the Boy witb the Big Mootb, by U orurnodore AhJ.,ook 176 Tbe Short7s Married and Settle d D own, by Pete I' All the above libraries a o f price Address \e b y l Canada, o r sent to your a d drc:t po t pald, on \ FBA:NK TOUS isher, 29 at 26th Stre ew Y o r k LA THE FRA ADE LIBRARY. '10NONAME." 98 Fraak Reade, Jr.' 1 Scraper" or Nort and ll:ll Sehae or The Wild E.sperie neP" South Around tb ld. 1 Jr and Pom 99 Uade r the E'\uat:o r r ouador to Rorneo ; or, Frank A I h the E lectnc f'ah Jr. s Gre nbmarrne 122 1 T&il. 100 From ( r Frank Reade A kl!. nw tbollah&ra ; M. Fran k Reado Jr I>: 1 'I 1T -.. ftia Subwuh r r. 1 ...... 1 lr A w. :: Ft&D k The Mr .. ing Pl&n ., t.; or, J t .. a F all e n \\ ith lj.. 1 a New 8 C8 'en1th.'' 160 tg: 1o1 t2 4 ,Jr Over-.Rnlountains oft Moon: or, }!'rank Reade. La "Rocket.'' Great Trip With New Air-Ship, the U6 tituQ e 9()0: or, t rank Rea,J r s Most\\ Ol ,1e t1u l u SCud l MHI-Air 151 'J'he Prairie PirateA; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Trip to Teus With His Electric Vtthicte tbe Detective. 152 Over tbe c rient; or, Frank Reade, J1'.'8 'J.'rave l s io 'l'urke y With His New 103 100 Miles Below tbe Surface the Sea: or, Tbe Mar-0 \th Frank 1 : v e lone 'l'l'ip or .b"'rank Reade, Jr. "..l:lardi;bell" 1' Acro ss tQe Desert of F'ire: o r k Reade 163 8obi / ronk R ede, Jr."s Deep IM or, Funk Reade, Jr.' .Tbrill ManeJoul! 'l' r il,) t o a t inK ::Jearch for a Lost Goid ()Jaim With Hts New Jr.'s f 1 4 to lOS or, Frn.nk Jr.'s fbe Cor al Labyrinth; or, W h ) t .. in a D eep S e a O ave Mos t \l"amoua 'l'ri p With His A ir-!Ship, t C rb l the O r inoco; or, With F r 100 He& d e Jr abmarVenezuela. J 107 9!) Read f 0 d J M t .000 F athom s Deep; or, With : F ra 108 w t h e S e a o f G old. .. !t'l&&sb. Air; or, Frank R 109 Lost in the Great Uocterto": o r, Frank Reade, J r.'s 1 a the \'fild l\fan's Land: 01', With l ::luhmllrin e Oroisem the G ulf J n the Heart of Australia. 110 From 'l'rop1c to 'rropic; or, ] frank Reade, Jr.'s Latest. e Sunke n Isthmus: or, With Fu11 111 An Air-Ship; or, Frank Hll Reade Jr.'s G reat Mid-Air Flig h t. e Lost CaravH.n; or. Frank R e 112 The U ndergr ound Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Subter-, 'tnked Plains With Hi.s Electric H raneau Cruise in Hi s Submarine Boat. e Transient Lake: o r Frank R eat )13 The Mysterious Mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'a DAsert u rea in a Mysterious Country 'With Sea rch for a Secret Oity with His New Overb.ud ip, thfl Spettre. Obaise. Weird hlnd : or. Frnnk Reaf 114 Tbe Kleut .ric leland: or? l:l' rn.nk R eade, Jr. 'e S earc b f o r bmarine S earc h for a Dee p SeA. \\ the Grea t e!!t Wonder on Earth With His Air-Ship I Abandoned Country; or, ]frank the._ Fli5(llt.'' ring a New Continent. 115 J:for Six Weeks Buried in a Deep Sea Oave ; or, the Steppes; or, Adrift m A a Frank Reade, Jr. s Great Submarine Search. l de. Jr. 116 'l'be Galleoo'11 Gold ; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s D eep I Unknown Sea; or, Frank ReAd e :Search er Cruieo. 111 Acroij.S Aust rl\li & W ith Frank Reade, Jr. In H i s New Black Zone; or. FrRnk Reade, Electric (Jar; or, Wonderful Adventures in the M ountai n of hory. Antipodes ..o s Navip:ators; or, Frank Reade. 118 Machine; or. 119 On the Great Meridian Witb Frnnk Reade. Jr In Hi a of Mystery. A 1 'wenty-Five 'l 'bousand Mil e 1 Reade, 120 Under the Indian Ocean Wit h Frank Reade, Jr.; or, )4 nte LAtitudes: or, Fr&nk RtHtd A O ruise in a Submarine Boat. ps and 1\lile Over tbe F r oz e n I Tt1 t Wh tt l' t o r Reade, Jr. 'a11'rip to the 'tr I 1 d t .\f of Guinea; or. Frank Reade, Jr., Read e IIWte, Jr J t tte Sunke n .H.eef of Gold W ith His New Latest 1 .-bma.rtn ,Uoat. I 157 J'h e Yello" iChan: or, Frank Reade, Jr. Among tb& e, Jr.1 1 n 'l'bugs in Oentr&l IndiA. 158 Frank lhade Jr., in J&('&n Wit.h His War Orois e r o t Trip to tbe Clouds. 1 5 9 Frnnk Rett.dw J1',, in Cuba: or, Helping the Patriots. de, Jr., With Hi s L atest Air-Ship. 160 Chasing a Paate : or, J1"runk Reade, Jr. on a Desper a te-'-Jr. in Cruis e. tnnarine 16lln the Land of Fire; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Amon the H ead Hunters on the 162 7,00J Miles Ondergr:Jund; or, Frank Reade, Jr., E x Adven-163 or. Frank Reade, Jr., an!! !\v Air-the Ghosts of Phantom hland. 164 The O loufl Uity; or, Frank R " Jr.'s Most 'V o n d er"trange 165 or, F r a n k R ea c h Jr. in tbe l:)outl l r Ex-166 of the Moon : or. 1'\rank Re&de, Jr 's Frank Exploits i n Africa Witb Hia &tec tri c l'hunder r." 167 37 Bags ot G o l d : or, J frank Reade, Jr. Huntlnflor a t tnder168 Frank R end:, Jr.'1Trip to l:a s 1'a. 1 t for 169 J 'he Caribs? Oave; o r F rnnk Reade, Jr.' td-Ait' er. u 'ep Sea S earch for the Reef of PeRris 170 The Desert or Death: or, l .. rank R eade, Jr, K.s.plor \11 'sun ; or, Wit b J rnk R eruie. .Jr. on a Perilous Uruise. S A d van-1'12 fhe Black Lngoo n ; or. ''7 s ubmAl'-' Ten 173 Jr. SolYing & Mexican Mystery. For sale by all n ewsdealers in the United State Ca n ada, o r se n t to your a fl s p ostpai d o n r e c e ip t of the price, 5 dress 1 1 ts. A d FRANK TOUSEY, P ubJ a .sher, 29 West\ 26th Street, New y,rk.


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